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A gyrating red, white and
black Congoo line" near mid-
night in Dortmund, Germany
meant only one thing: The
Trinis were in the house and
in full force at World Cup
2006, page 7.

Some 25
years after
his death,
Bob Marley
is still
with hon-
ors in lands
far off from
his own country. Brooklyn,
New York stepped up recently
to name one of its most popu-
lar streets after the reggae
icon, page 17.

W e

Rene Pr6val
was in South
Florida last
month offer-
ing hope to
Haitians in
the United States that the
troubled state would rise
again, although not overnight,
page 2.

News .......................... 2 Tourism/Travel ............ 11 Arts/Entertainment ..........17 Sport ..................................23
Feature ................................7 Food ..........................................12 FYI ......................................20 Region ....................... 24
Viewpoint...................... 9 Health............................. 13 Business ..........................21 Plus, Jamaica Supplement


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'Don't give up on Jamaica'

- Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller charms diaspora

in official South Florida debut visit

Looking and sounding
every bit like the sea-
soned politician that has
endeared her to many of her
homeland's poorest citizens,
Portia Simpson Miller -
Jamaica's first female prime
minister made a series of
stops in South Florida late last
Her message: Don't give
up on Jamaica.
In speeches that were part
religious revival, part political
rally, Simpson Miller spoke
passionately, encouraging those
from the Jamaican diaspora to
be a part of the solution to the
island's woes.
"The construct of Jamaica
is not confined to the over 2.7
million people living within its
shores, it embraces and
includes another 2.7 million liv-
ing overseas," Simpson Miller
"The fact that you (are)
physically located in Jamaica
does not make you any less
committed to your homeland
and its development," the
leader reminded the audience
of about 300 which gathered at
Nova Southeastern University
in Davie, Florida.
"There is nothing that we
set our minds to as Jamaicans
that we cannot achieve. I want
to assure you, I am going to
working very hard to ensure
when you want to return to
Jamaica, you can come home
and live in peace."

Simpson Miller makes her case to
Jamaicans in the U.S.
Though Simpson Miller's
message was delivered at what
was billed as a community
forum, the audience of mostly
Jamaicans was not given an
opportunity to ask questions of
their homeland's new leader in
her first official visit to Florida
since taking office in Mar. 2006.

But Simpson Miller did
pose for pictures and shake
hands with many who came
from all over South Florida to
meet the woman who made
history in Feb. 2006 when
delegates from her ruling
People's National Party (PNP)
elected her leader of their
party. That decision meant she
would become the first woman
in the island's history to hold
the Jamaica's highest political
Simpson Miller, 60, suc-
ceeded P.J. Patterson, who
served a record-breaking four

Haiti's new president

positive start in M

MIAMI Surrounded by
secret service agents and
police, Haiti's newly elected
leader Rene Pr6val entered a
Liberty City, Florida auditori-
um late last month to thunder-
ous applause.
This was his first visit to
South Florida since being cho-
sen president of Haiti in
The soft-spoken, diminu-
tive agronomist, took 51 per-
cent of the popular vote in an
election which resulted in him
replacing the hugely popular
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who
left Haiti in 2004 and has been
exiled in South Africa ever
Preval, in a speech
designed to encourage Haitian
Americans to remain dedicat-
ed to a country that has been
beset by economic and politi-
cal strife for decades, outlined
many of the challenges his

newly minted administration
faces as it works to forge a
course for the nation of over
eight million people.
"Everything cannot hap-
pen in one day," Preval told
the audience of primarily
Haitian nationals, in the coun-
try's native creole language.
"We need investments in
the country," he added.

terms as prime minister before
deciding to step down.
Since taking office,
Simpson Miller has seen a
decline in her popularity at
home in Jamaica, but polls
commissioned by the Jamaica
Gleaner, still show her leading
likely political challenger
Bruce Golding, leader of the
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP),
in a head-to-head match up.
Elections are expected to be
called by next year.

Simpson Miller's message
of unity, peppered with stories
of her rise from "the bowels of
the working class" from rural
Jamaica, resonated with many
in the audience. They were
won over by her homespun
charm demonstrated by going
into the audience to hug and
greet many of her countrymen
- down-to-earth delivery, the
emphatic way she hammered
home her points, while evoking
the IrL n ;ih of a woman"
mantra that was the hallmark
of her successful campaign for
president of the PNP.
While offering few
specifics about how she
would solve problems facing
Jamaica, which she readily
identified including the stag-
gering number of murders that
made the island stand out for
having the highest murder rate
per capital in the world in 2005 -
public corruption, political trib-



He said that Haiti must
work to increase the number
of tourists who visit the
Caribbean nation. The leader
acknowledged that was not an
easy task given Haiti's history
of violence and kidnapping
that has captured internation-
al headlines.
For Haitian-born Miami
resident "Marie", who said
she misses her homeland daily,
Pr6val's speech was good, but
left her with more questions
than answers.
"It was good to see and
hear him," she told Caribbean
"He is talking about all of
these problems, but I know
that they are not going to be
as easy to solve as people
think, but it is a start."

- Damian P Gregory.

July 2006

U.K. Privy Council

orders T&T to grant

radio licence to Hindus

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The Privy Council in
London has ruled in favor of
the Sanatan Dharma Maha
Sabha (SDMS), a Hindu
umbrella organization which
had taken the Trinidad and
Tobago government to court
for failing to grant the organi-
zation a radio broadcast
Earlier this month the
Law Lords ordered the attor-
ney general (AG) to grant the
licence forthwith.
The decision by the Privy
Council has brought to an
end a four-year long battle
between the Maha Sabha and
the government over the grant-
ing of the licence. The Hindu
organization had claimed
that the People's National
Movement (PNM) government
had dJ, i rak ly discriminated
against it after it granted a sim-
ilar licence to a well-known
PNM supporter Louis Lee
Sing to start his radio station,
In a 19-page judgment, the
AG was ordered to immediate-
ly ensure the granting of a FM
radio broadcast licence on an
appropriate frequency to the
Central Broadcasting Services
Limited (CBSL), a company
formed by the SDMS. The AG

Gays oppo,

deejays I

in the Unit
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Popular Jamaican reggae
artiste Mark Anthony Myrie,
also known as "Buju Banton"
has been prevented from per-
forming in the United
Kingdom following a petition
from members of the gay
Banton was
scheduled to
earlier this
month at the
Two" club in Buju Banton
the English
seaside resort of Brighton.
However, the police refused
permission for the event
because of pressures from the
gay community.
According to reports in
the U.K. press, the operators
of the club originally defended
the decision to have the con-
cert at the venue saying that

was also ordered to pay the
SDMS's legal costs in both the
local courts and the Privy
Council, an amount which will
easily cross the million-dollar
A release was promptly
dispatched from the AG's
office promising to "take
immediate steps to provide the
appellant" with a licence.

The appeal was heard
before Lord Hoffman, Lord
Hope, Lord Hutton, Lord
Brown and Lord Mance. They
commended the local courts
for the manner in which it had
handled the case and found it
"highly regrettable that the
Court of Appeal was allowed
to proceed under false premis-
According to the judg-
ment, there was "unexplained
and unjustified discrimination"
in the refusal to grant the
CBSL a broadcast licence in
favour of the Citadel Limited
application, whose application
had been filed long after the
The Maha Sabha and
CBSL had applied for broad-


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ed Kingdom
they had been promised that
Buju Banton would not per-
form his most notorious song
"Boom Bye Bye", written in
1992 when he was 18 years
old. The song advocates
killing gay men.
They, however, backed
down fearing that holding the
event would affect their
There were also reports
that a concert
scheduled for
July 29 in
Britain, fea-
turing Moses
Davis better
known as
Man" has
Beenie Man been can-
celled after
police raised concern over the
violent and homophobic
nature of his lyrics. Other
dancehall stars have also been
targeted by gay rights groups.




Hoteliers worried about crime effects on Caribbean tourism

MIAMI, CMC Newly elect-
ed President of the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA)
Peter Odle says he will use his
two-year term in office to ini-
tiate strategies to deal with
the crime situation that poses
a serious threat to the regional
tourism industry.
"We can no longer see
crime as a matter affecting
just an individual location, but
it has become a holistic matter
in the Caribbean. We are
discovering more and more,
especially with the advent
of the Internet, that if one
country is affected by crime
the entire industry suffers," he

cials, ending their weeklong
Caribbean Hotel Investment
Conference (CHIC) here, wel-
comed a decision by the New
York Times newspaper to
donate $1 million in advertis-
ing to reduce the impact of
the new policy by the United
States that its citizens require

passports to re-enter the
country from visits to the
"It is the best example of
real friends," said CTO
Secretary General, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace. "They
recognized that the Caribbean
would experience difficulties

and came to us. It was their
initiative. Imagine what will
happen if other media follow
The U.S.-based newspa-
per said that it would print the
advertisements on a "space-
available basis", to boost the
awareness among the U.S.

consumers that as of Jan. 1,
2007 they need a passport to
return into the U.S. after visit-
ing the Caribbean, Mexico or
Canada. The newspaper prints
close to 600,000 copies on
a weekday and 880,000 on

told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) late last
CHA Secretary General
Alec Sanguinetti said his
organization would work
closely with the Barbados-
based Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) in the
fight against crime. He said
both organizations had recog-
nized the danger being posed
to the future of the industry
from rising crime and were
combining their resources to
deal with it. He also said that
for the past two years they
have been able to obtain
the co-operation of the
Association of the Caribbean
Commissioners of Police
(ACCP) on the issue.
"The theme of their annu-
al conference held in the
USVI last year and in Aruba
this year was protecting the
tourism industry product and
they were quoting statements
from the World Travel and
Tourism Council study com-
missioned by the CHA on
protecting the tourism prod-
uct. So they are very much
aware of the need to address
the problem," he said.
Sanguinetti said that
police commissioners were
members of the national hotel
associations in the region and
the CHA is holding discus-
sions with the ACCP on an
exchange of membership at
the level of directors.

Meanwhile, tourism offi-

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T&T RP.M. meets U.S. vice president

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Prime Minister Patrick
Manning last month held talks
with United States Vice
President Dick Cheney on
several issues, including
deportees and
drug traffick-
ing in the
and the U.S.
vice president
met at the
White House
for about 35 Manning
according to a statement from
the prime minister's office.

During the talks, special
emphasis was
placed on
stemming the
drug traffick-
ing trade in
the Eastern
and the need
for the U.S.
to work more Cheney
closely with
countries on the issue of
deportation of criminals to
their shores.

Caribbean countries have

long complained that the
deportation of criminals, who
would have spent most of
their lives in the U.S., has
been a major contributor to
growing crime in the region.
They also argue that the
demand for drugs in the U.S.
has fuelled the drug
trade in Caribbean islands and
therefore the U.S. needed to
provide greater assistance in
helping them with security.
Discussions also focused
on duty access to U.S.
markets for goods packaged
in Trinidad and Tobago.

N.Y. group welcomes extradition

of Guyana's most wanted man

Brooklyn-based Caribbean
group has welcomed the
extradition to the United
States of indicted Guyanese
businessman Roger Khan,
calling for wide criminal inves-
tigation into his activities.
The Caribbean-Guyana
Institute for Democracy
(CGID) said in a statement
earlier that Khan should be
"punished to the fullest
extent of the law possible, if
"The long arms of U.S.
justice has inevitably and
finally reached out and
touched Roger Khan, who
has been a fugitive from U.S.
juitkL i it stated. "This gen-
tleman is, unquestionably, a
threat to U.S. national securi-
ty as well as a clear and pres-
ent danger to the Guyanese

CGID commended
Surinamese law enforcement
and justice authorities for their
"excellent work" in capturing
"this dangerous fugiii\L and
extraditing him to the U.S.
On June 29 Khan was
deported to Trinidad by
where he was
picked up by
U.S. law
officers on
charges. He
had reported- Khan
ly entered
Suriname illegally from
Trinidad. Khan, listed as
Guyana's most wanted man,
was extradited two weeks
after he was held in
Paramaribo. On June 28 a
judge in Paramaribo dropped

drugs and weapons possession
charges him, and rdJL rid
him expelled from the coun-
Khan, 35, was indicted by
a Brooklyn court in April on
alleged cocaine trafficking
charges to American destina-
tions between 2001 and 2006.
He became Guyana's most
wanted man in March after
the military reported the dis-
appearance of 30 Ak-47 rifles
from a depot at army head-
Khan had fled to Suriname,
where he was arrested on June
15 with three ex-Guyanese
policemen bodyguards, and
held until his expulsion from
Suriname at daybreak on June

More on page 26.

- A Bermudian accountant
accused of stealing almost $2
million from the Bermuda gov-
ernment had his guilty plea
dramatically revoked in New
York late last month and may
now stand trial instead, the
Royal Gazette newspaper
Harrison Isaac, Jr. admit-
ted in January that he stole
$1,899,888 from a Bank of
New York account, the
biL.l ever fraud against
the Bermuda government.
However, an 11th-hour court
battle on the day the 35-year-
old Bermudian was supposed
to be sentenced saw this plea
rejected instead.
Isaac had admitted a con-
spiracy to defraud the Bermuda
government after striking a plea
bargain with an agreement that
he would testify at the trial of
33-year-old U.S. national Taketa
Thomkins who maintains her
innocence and would therefore
not face further charges of
money laundering. However,
during a tense afternoon of
courtroom sparring on June 27,
the American government per-
suaded Federal district judge
Laura Taylor Swain to revoke
Isaac's guilty plea.
Lynn Neils, of the U.S.
Attorney's Office of Southern

MIAMI Anthony Bowen,
managing director of the
Windjammer Landing Villa
Beach Resort and Spa in Gros
Islet, St. Lucia, was honored
by his peers late last
month at the 2006
Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference
(CHIC), with the
2006 Golden Conch
Award as "Caribbean
Hotelier of the Year".
The award recog-
nizes superior hotel
management, as well
as the ability to nur-
ture the intricate ele-
ments that lay the
foundation of success,
not only for a specific
property, but the
Caribbean hospitality
industry at large. The Bowen display
annual tribute is spon- the audience.
scored by Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown & Russell
and American Express.
A native of Barbados,
Bowen began his career as
food and beverage manager,
then assistant general manager,
of the Southern Palms Hotel in
Barbados. His next position
was as a partner in the Silver
Sands Beach Hotel. He then

July 2006

New York, argued that under
the plea bargain it was agreed
Isaac would specifically admit
conspiring with Thomkins.
However, Isaac actually plead-
ed in what his defense attorney
Alexander Eisemann called an
"artful crafting" of words to
conspiring with pl r,< ,ns" not
naming Thomkins.

Instead of sentencing him
as was planned, Judge Swain
ruled that the plea agreement
was unenforceable and his
plea was no longer effective.
Isaac worked as a management
accountant in the Bermuda
Accountant General's
Department. He had sole access
to the Bank of New York
account which was set up by the
Bermuda government to pay
vendors in U.S. dollars under
post-9/11 financial regulations.
According to the charges,
Isaac made unauthorized wire
transfers out of it to accounts
controlled by himself or a co-
conspirator in the U.S. and
Bermuda between May 2003
and Feb. 2004.
On the basis of his original
plea, Isaac had been said to
face a maximum sentence of 25
years in prison and a fine of up
to $250,000.

moved to the Sandy Lane
Hotel, as food and beverage
manager and later director of
operations for Pemberton
Resorts. By 1986 he was a
shareholder in
the Treasure
Beach Hotel.
In 1989
Bowen relocated
to Jamaica,
S having been
appointed vice
president of
development for
Ciboney Villa
Resorts, Jamaica;
then on to St.
Lucia as general
manager of the
Landing Villa
Beach Resort.
s his award for Bowen then ven-
tured to Antigua
to manage the
Pinapple Beach Resorts and
was later hired to develop and
open the Carlisle Bay Resort in
He later returned to St.
Lucia and the Windjammer
Landing Resort as the manag-
ing director.

N.Y. court revokes

Bermudian's plea

Windjammer's Anthony Bowen

is Caribbean Hotelier of the Year


The BET J booth at the Caribbean Fair, part of "Cariibbean Week" celebrations in New York last month, was a hive of activity. BET J
used the opportunity to strengthen its partnership with Caribbean destinations and promote "Island Lime" to a market that BET J
executive Cybelle Brown, a St. Lucian, describes as both influential and underserved.
"We value the Caribbean community in the U.S., which is an influential and huge constituency," said Brown, vice president of
sales and marketing for BET Digital Networks. "Yet it has not had a place to go for nostalgic programming or to learn more about
what's happening the Caribbean, such as the latest music coming out of the region." She said that as the network evolves, "Island
Lime" will also be the venue for economic, political and other news features.
Based on the success of Caribbean programming on the former BET Jazz channel, BET J has embarked on an entire day of
programming dedicated to Caribbean music and culture, including island festival specials. "The Caribbean has been a successful
part of our programming and revenue model so it's important for us to give back to the Caribbean," said Brown, who pledged BET
Digital Networks' continuing commitment to helping various Caribbean organizations gain exposure on the network.


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Caribbean seeks new trade pact with U.S.


- Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries are
seeking to enter into a free
trade agreement with the
United States even as a leading
regional technocrat said the
Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA) was no
longer a viable option for the
Caribbean trade and economic
"FTAA has been on life
support for some time and the
prognosis is not good," said
Dr. Richard Bernal, head of
the Caribbean Regional
Negotiating Machinery (CRNM).
"While it was a viable
option in is no
point in putting your eggs in bas-
kets that are not likely to be pur-
sued by everybody else. If
nobody isn't, how are we going
to negotiate it," he added.
Speaking at the end of the
recent prime ministerial sub-
committee meeting on external
trade negotiations, Bernal said
there was need to move quickly
to develop a "long lasting"
trade relationship with
"What we discussed is
whether to approach the United
States for a free trade agree-
ment. The U.S. has made clear
that any new trade agreement
would have to approximate a
free trade," he said adding, "we
are interested in making the
decision as soon as possible.
"We have to think of secur-
ing our interest in the United

States on a long term basis. In
addition, we want to expand the
coverage of the Caribbean
Basin Initiative (CBI) and the

Caribbean Basin Economic
Recovery Act (CBERA) which
is confined to trade in goods."

Bernal said the FTAA
process had been stalled for
some years now and that out-
side of CARICOM, interest in
renewing that with the U.S. has
moved to the World Trade
Organization (WTO) and bilat-
eral negotiations and in addi-
tion some interest has waned
because the Dominican
Republic and Central America
have replaced their market
access with the Central
American Free Trade Area
(CAFTA) agreement.
Trinidad and Tobago has
been pushing for the FTAA to
be headquartered in Port of
Spain and Trade Minister
Kenneth Valley said that as far

as the Patrick Manning admin-
istration was concerned the
FTAA was on the back burner.
"I believe that we could see
some movement early next year,"
he said, noting that it had been
sidetracked because of elections
in Brazil and the U.S.
"Until they get past the elec-
tions, I don't think it is going to be
an issue they will consider," he
told the Caribbean Media
He said Port of Spain had

July 2006

Caribbean leaders to meet in

special summit on economy


CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) leaders will
meet in a special summit later
this year to discuss the frame-
work to further advance the
arrangements for the single
economy dimension of the
CARICOM Single Market
and Economy (CSME),
Barbados Prime Minister
Owen Arthur has said.
Arthur, briefing reporters
after making a presentation to
his regional colleagues attend-
ing the 27th annual CARI-
COM summit here, said no
date or venue had yet been
decided for the special meet-
ing. But he said that in order
to speed up the pace of the
framework, a symposium

would most likely be held in
Barbados prior to the special
summit to "advance the
framework establishing the
single market."
Arthur, who has lead
responsibility for the CSME
within CARICOM, said the
meeting would be sponsored
by the Barbados government,
the University of the West
Indies (UWI) and the CARI-
COM Secretariat.
"We recognize that now
there can be an acceleration
of the pace to have that
framework for the single
economy ready by 2008...with
the understanding that some
time after we have had that
additional symposium there
will be a special summit of
heads," he said.

Teacher on murder charge

not been pursing the FTAA
headquarters issue aggressively
for the last year and a half, "but
we are still watching it."
Jamaica's Prime Minister
Portia Simpson Miller, who
chaired the meeting, described
the deliberations as "a good
one," adding, "we discussed
several important issues affect-
ing our region."

ST. GEORGE'S Grenada,
CMC A 40-year-old school
teacher, Nigel Abraham, who
allegedly strangled his wife,
has made his first appearance
in court here.
Police said the body of 36-
year-old Bernadette Abraham
was discovered at her home last
month, but her husband was
only charged in connection with
her death earlier this month.
According to the police,

the accused was charged fol-
lowing investigations by mem-
bers of the Criminal
Investigations Department
(CID) and the findings of
forensic experts.
Abraham appeared
before Magistrate Patricia
Mark and was not asked to
enter a plea. He was remand-
ed to re-appear in court on
July 20.

U.K. Privy Council orders T&T...


More than 300 Jamaicans
squeezed into the grand ball-
room of Hollywood's Westin
Diplomat Resort last month
to welcome their new Prime
Minister Portia Simpson
Representing the elite, the
influential and the moneyed
Jamaicans living in South
Florida, this invitation-only
crowd paid rapt attention to
the Simpson Miller's every
word as she delivered the
"gospel" of Portia, not unlike
a preacher on the pulpit.
Although her speech was
measured in the beginning,
the prime minister eventually
warmed up, sprinkling her
words with biblical verses as
she urged Jamaicans in the
diaspora to unite in the name
of nation building.
"I come to the kingdom at
a time such as this," she said.
"... My faith and my god is
Her plea, however, lacked

specifics, as
did her men-
tion of crime
and violence,
a topic at the
forefront of
minds at
home and
abroad. But, Simpson Miller
her efforts to
rally the
crowd seemed to work as she
urged Jamaicans not to "join
in badmouthing your country"
and to "never forget the blood
running through your veins."

The same speech was
used to motivate the 300-plus
audience the following
evening at a forum at Davie's
Nova Southeastern University.
This event, which was open to
the public, brought out
Jamaicans from all economic
levels. Simpson Miller again
used her "gospel" to her
advantage, moving her South
Florida constituents to the

kind of frenzy typical at a
campaigning event.
"Jamaica needs a change,
and I am that change," she
promised, as she pleaded with
Opposition Jamaica Labour
Party supporters to back her,
explaining "I am about the peo-
ple, Jamaica and Jamaicans."
As she did the night
before, Simpson Miller prom-
ised to balance the books and
balance the people's lives as
well. She announced an initia-
tive to advertise Jamaican jobs
in and outside Jamaica so that
Jamaicans in the diaspora
would also have access. Her
impassioned comments about
understanding the poor because
of her poor background also
resonated with the crowd.
With that, the audience
sprang to their feet, erupting
in long, thunderous applause,
in honor of Jamaica's first
female prime minister.

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

casting licences in Dec. 1999
and Sept. 2000 respectively. A
search of the Companies
Registry revealed that Citadel,
whose directors were Louis
Lee Sing and Anthony Lee
Aping, had only been incorpo-
rated on Aug. 28, 2001.
Citadel applied for a
licence on Mar. 13, 2001. The
SDMS found this out in Aug.
2002, prompting the organiza-
tion, whose application was
still pending, to take legal
action against the AG on the
grounds of discrimination.
The judgement said there

'Don't give up
alism, and problems with
Jamaica's struggling economy -
her connection with the people,
that saw her write a page in
Jamaica's history, was evident.
"That's what we needed all
along, a prime minister that
will stand up for rights, and for
unity, and (who is) non-politi-
cal," Jamaican-born Kirk
Harpaul told Caribbean Today,
after listening to Simpson
Miller speak. "We need a true,
genuine prime minister."
For Jamaican-born Sharon

was a "conspicuous" failure to
process the application over
three years by the director of the
telecommunications division.
The matter was first heard
before Justice Carlton Best on
Jan. 19, 2004 and judgement
was given on Feb. 4. The
judge held that there had been
unequal treatment against the
CBSL and the SDMS, but con-
sidered it unnecessary to grant
an order obliging the Cabinet
to give the organization a
licence. He ruled that only the
CBSL was entitled to relief.

on Jamaica'
T. rrdo iin, Simpson Miller's
leadership is an encouraging
sign that Jamaica has brighter
days ahead.
"We just want to work
with her and wish her all the
best," the Lauderhill, Florida
resident told Caribbean Today,
"and hope that Jamaica can be
a better place that we can go
home and be happy."
Story and main cover photo-
graph by Damian R Gregory,
Caribbean Today's deputy
managing editor.

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Trinis lead Caribbean celebration at soccer World Cup in Germany

Agyrating red, white
and black Congoo
line" near midnight in
Dortmund, Germany meant
only one thing: The Trinis
were in the house.
For nearly two weeks last
month, thousands of fans of
Trinidad and Tobago's Soca
Warriors soccer team made
their presence felt during
World Cup 2006.
They traveled from the
twin-island republic, parts of
North America and Europe,
and the rest of the Caribbean
to celebrate their team's par-
ticipation in soccer's bin_.- ,I

show. Along the way they
startled, engaged and
embraced the wide-eyed
German population not used
to the Caribbean carnival spir-
it. And even though the Soca
Warriors failed to find the net
on the field, their loyal fans -
face paint, flag waving and all
- scored big off it.
"We're sharing in a piece
of history," was how Riyad
Khan, a 28-year-old who lives
in San Fernando, Trinidad,
explained the experience to
Caribbean Today as he trav-
eled by train to T&T's first
game against Sweden in
"We're here to explore

High Court steps in

as Guyana wiretap

controversy deepens

Justice William Ramlall's gag
order last month prohibiting
all government ministers and
their functionaries from com-
menting or issuing statements
on the so-called "tape gate"

scandal has temporarily
cooled the political climate
The scandal, which has
ensnared Police Commissioner
Winston Felix, had also
sparked a nasty public spat
between the top cop and
Home Affairs Minister Gail
Felix, last month, applied
to the High Court to quash
Prime Minister Sam Hinds's
decision to write to him on
allegations arising from a
number of controversial wire-
tapped conversations. He also
sought and was granted an
order prohibiting the prime
minister from proceeding with
any investigation to determine
whether to advise President
Bharrat Jagdeo to appoint a
tribunal to probe possible
wrongdoing in the matter.

The controversy started in
February after a robust Joint
Services campaign to recover
38 weapons stolen from the
army's storage bond entangled
some prominent businessmen
and former police ranks. All
are now wanted for question-
ing here following the discov-
ery of the illegal weapons,
narcotics and other parapher-
nalia at their firms or homes.
Two wiretapped tapes,
allegedly containing the voice
of Felix discussing sensitive
national security issues with
an Opposition legislator mys-



seriously surfaced at the
height of the campaign. Prime
Minister Sam Hinds wrote
Felix last month demanding
an "immediate rp, n,ii fol-
lowing repeated televised
broadcast of the two tapes.

Felix told Hinds in a letter
he would consult his attorneys
before responding fully to his
demands, but stunned the gov-
ernment with a sudden move
to the High Court. In his affi-


A T&T fan proudly raises a banner that underscores his support for the Soca Warriors at the 2006 World Cup.

the culture of Germany and
have fun; that goes without

Khan, who visited a few
other cities including Frankfurt,
Dusseldorf, Nuremburg and
Kaiserslautern, was absolutely
right. And judging from the
massive presence of ever jump-
ing and cheering fellow Trinis
at all three Soca Warriors'

match venues Nuremberg
and Kaiserslautern were the
other two he was never alone.
All harbored the dream that
T&T would somehow pull
through the first round or
group phase of the competi-
tion, especially after a promis-
ing start, but few had entered
Germany expecting the
Warriors to beat established
soccer powers like Sweden and

"I'm not looking for them
to win a game," said former
national youth player Carlos
Lee before T&T's first game
against Sweden. "But if they
can tie a game that will be
A 0-0 draw with Sweden
satisfied that appetite. It also
inspired the players and fans
to set their sights even higher

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Trinis lead Caribbean celebration at soccer World Cup in Germany

as the competition wore on.
Losses to England and then

"We're all one big family
in the Caribbean," said
Jamaican Alison Taffe as she

well. Many liked the spunk of
the underdog Warriors. T&T,
with its population of 1.3 mil-

countries. In large cities like
Frankfurt and small towns,
Trinbagonians were spotted

the streets and stations after
games, blew horns and whis-
tles, and hugged strangers as if
they were long lost friends. In
many instances, the locals
returned the favor as if it was
the most natural trade.
"We support the Trinidadians
over the Englanders," German
Rainer Schuhmann said after
T&T lost to England in his
hometown Nuremberg. "It's
For two weeks in June the
Caribbean had indeed made
its mark in Germany.

Story and photographs by
Gordon Williams, Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Trinidad and Tobago fans at the World Cup show off their true colors.

Paraguay ended those hopes,
but did not totally dampen the
Caribbean spirit. Many from
other countries in the region
showed up in Germany specif-
ically to cheer for T&T.

waited for the kickoff at
T&T's second match in
Nuremberg. "I have no prob-
lem supporting Trinidad."
It turned out that view
was shared by Europeans as

lion, is the smallest nation
ever to play in the World Cup
finals. And, of the 32 teams in
this year's event, the Trini fan
support and visible presence
did not fall far behind other

almost everywhere, in stores,
bars and train stations, even
on days when the Soca
Warriors were not scheduled
to take the field.
They sang and danced in

High Court steps in as Guyana

wiretap controversy deepens

davit, Felix said "it appears to
me that the Government of
Guyana has...has purportedly
commenced invocation of the
constitutional provisions
to effect my removal from
However, this was reject-
ed by Minister Teixeira who
said the government has never
called for the removal of the
police commissioner.
"In fact, it has not been
the administration but the
Georgetown Chamber (of
Commerce) and members
from the Private Sector
Commission (PSC) who have
been repeating calls for his
resignation," Teixeira said in a
television broadcast.
"I would like to disclose
to the commissioner of police
how erroneous his conclusions
are and the height of reckless-
ness he has publicly displayed
in making those unworthy
claims," she continued.
The minister said that if
the commissioner of police has

nothing to hide, tiur, I in the
face of mounting public con-
cern he would see merit in not
opposing an investigation as
laid out in the constitution."
Felix has consistently
denied the conversations on

the two tapes ever took place
and said in his affidavit that
they are clumsy simulations,
edited by "phantoms who
seem to have caught the ear of
the government."
Meanwhile, parliamentar-

ian Deryck Bernard, of the
main Opposition People's
National Congress Reform
(PNC/R), says he finds it
alarming the security minis-
ter's first worry is about the
contents of the tape and not
the perpetrators who made
the illegal recording.
Teixeira said since the two
tapes surfaced the government
had given the Joint Services
an additional G$20 million
($100,000) for intelligence
gathering; authorized the
deployment of the GDF from
their barracks; and enlisted
international assistance in the
criminal investigations. She
accused Felix of pursuing an
unprofessional course of
action by seeking to discredit
Hinds and the government by
"using the courts and other
technicalities to stave off an
investigation into his conduct.
"By inference and by
words, the commissioner of
police has unprofessionally
and precipitously gone to the
courts prejudging the actions
to be taken by the honorable

prime minister and His
Excellency the President
(Bharrat Jagdeo) on the basis
of unsubstantiated and base-
less claims against the govern-
ment," she said.

Teixeira said the police
commissioner's move to the
High Court is reckless and has
undermined his professional-
But in his ruling, Justice
Ramlall said Teixeira's state-
ments were dJil,,i ul ',
reminding that the constitu-
tion gives every Guyanese the
right to legal redress.
The ruling is welcome
respite from the boiling con-
troversy which threatens to
further tear apart this racially
and politically fractured coun-
try. Guyanese now wait to see
what will be the next develop-


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Dads are the awesome-est Turning t

Dads are the awesome-est Turning t

We've reached an odd
place in Western his-
tory when a case has
to be made for fatherhood, but
here we are.
I'm a shameless "Daddy's
girl" even though I'm well past
the age of a "girl" and
"Daddy" is 10 years in the
grave. I'm even past grieving at
this point and struggle some-
times to bring his face into
What I have no trouble
recalling is the power of his
influence in my life and the
utter impossibility of imagining
a childhood without him. It's
not that he was perfect who
is? but he was mine. And
because my mother died
young, he was mostly mine for
much of my childhood.
This particular happen-
stance is probably what led me
to become a champion of
fathers. If my father had died
young instead of my mother,
maybe I'd be a champion of
motherhood, but I doubt
it for this simple reason:
Motherhood doesn't need a

The sanctity of mother-
hood is intact and manifest,
as irrefutable as the umbilical
bond between mother and
child. Fatherhood is something
less certain. Until the advent of
DNA to prove paternity,
fatherhood was a bond of faith
founded in trust.
She says, "The baby's
He says, "I will be his
Unlike women, who know
with inescapable certainty that
they are the parent of their
own child, men have had to
place their faith in the integrity
of their sexual partner. Thus,
fatherhood was a voluntary
commitment, a quintessential
offering of self-sacrifice and
surrender to mother and child.
His selfish interest, of
course, was tied to his wish to
propagate and protect his own
bloodline. Even so, sticking
around requires a leap of faith
that borders on the mystical.
It's really rather sweet
when you think about it man
surrendering his less laudable
nature, tamping down his more
natural inclination to play
Johnny Appleseed in order to
mow grass on weekends and
patch skinned knees for the
added privilege of working
hard for little credit. Fathers,
in a word, are awesome.
Things have shifted a bit
in recent years, you may have
noticed, and LI, k" isn't
a word you hear much in
describing men, unless you've
got some little moon-faced twit
gaping at a guy'csp or the
angle of his jeans. More often

they're deadbeats, losers,
rapists, murderers and abusers.
Oh, and idiots. Name a TV.
dad who can tie his shoes with-
out assistance from his far-
smarter wife or kid.

Fathers aren't only
morons, they're expendable.
Today's women armed
with degrees and checkbooks,
not to mention easy access to
sperm banks enjoy the social
freedom to have children with
or without
dear ol' dad
counting con-
tractions and
are increas-
ingly opting
\ y out of the
Gone is any
shame associ-
KATHLEEN ated with hav-
PARKER ing children
out of wed-
For a visual aid, picture
Angelina Jolie goddess/moth-
er toting her collection of glob-
al offspring with unwed Brad-
Dad in tow, shuffling along like
a bashful Sherpa. You get the
feeling he's a bit player in the
larger narrative, a cameo father
with a little "f". How long
before mother becomes bored
with the father she thus far has-
n't bothered to marry?
Obviously, l.,1briiIL, occu-
py a demographic all their own,
and celebs of Jolie-Pitt status
dwell in a niche apart. Who
else gets to shut down a coun-
try while they give birth? But
the broader celebration of
these faux-unions and love-
babies creates a new storyline
that trickles down to the street
and gets re-enacted by the un-
celebs and lesser actors among
Advice to Jolie wannabes:
If you're going to have babies
outside of marriage, it's best to
have a few millions stashed in
el banco. Barring that, it's best
to have a father who cares that
his offspring are more than the
result of a random sprint
around the fallopian track.
To say that children want,
need and deserve to have a
father seems as unnecessary as
insisting that they want, need
and deserve oxygen. How did
we arrive at not knowing this?
That some marriages aren't
good enough to preserve is
understood and regrettable. But
why we would willingly fashion
a society in which men are deni-
grated and fathers minimized
like some useless icon is a mys-
tery that escapes me.
The even greater mystery
is that men continue to sign up
for the job, to sublimate them-
selves to the higher charge of


W ell, I have
been saying
for years
that men cannot really
cheat on women, as it
is the very nature of
men to stray, and
deep down in their
subconscious, women
kind of expect it.
But when a
woman who is per-
ceived to be virtuous,
respectable, domesti-
cated and wifely, takes
unto herself a lover,
then men freak out.
It's like they were
blindsided, hit by a
left hook that they
never saw coming,
taken completely by
surprise, and that's
why it upsets and
hurts them so.
"I never thought
that my wife would go with
another man, never in my i. /..
dreams. All those evenings she
gone to prayer meeting, and she
was on her knees, but not
But it's because of this
foolish notion that men have,
that women do not, and will
not screw around, plus the fact
that wives are 'property' why it
mystifies them when they do.
Women have confided to
me that every few months they
have to go outside for a little
taste of something different,
even though it will not affect
their relationship with their
"I wish men could under-
stand that women have the same
wanderlust that men have, but
just that many are afraid to act
on it. Well, I'm not."
What is interesting is that if
the man found out that his
woman was turning the screws
with another woman, he might
not be as upset as if she had it
with another man. That's
because a rival man has a
screwdriver, enters a woman,
penetrates her body, mind and
soul, and men can't handle that.

The eye opening findings
of a team of German

:he screws

reported that
53 percent of
women said
that they had
been unfaith-
ful to their
partners, com-
pared to 59
percent of TONY
Still, the
reasons why
women are unfaithful are differ-
ent from men. Men are driven
by lust, while women usually
have more complex reasons and
in fact, infidelity can happen
even to good people in good
marriages, the research paper
says. The top three reasons they
say, are friendships at work,
child centered marriages and
intimate Internet conversations.
Now we all know how that
friendship at work scenario
pays out. The wife spends a
whole heap of time with her
boss or co-worker in the prime
hours of the day, with her at
her best. They are in constant
contact, sharing office stuff,
personal stuff and other stuff,
seeing each other constantly.
By the time she gets home to
hubby, she is tired, worn out
from the day and ready only
for housework and child duties.

But come tomorrow, she's fresh
again and ready to work with
and banter with the man in the
office. It's a time that she looks
forward to. Naturally some-
thing is going to happen, and in
no time it grows until it
explodes and she turns the
screws on her husband. She
didn't set out to do it, but it
What's even more reveal-
ing, the study unfolds, is that
half of all wives turn the screws
on their husbands at some
point in the marriage and 90
percent feel no guilt at all. In
fact they felt entitled, because
they had been so unhappy in
the marriage, so her turning
the screws was a liberating and
justifiable action.
That's another thing, this
term 'happily married'. I did an
informal survey, speaking indi-
vidually to both parties, and
many husbands professed that
they were happily married, and
many wives also told me that
they were happily married, but
to date, no husband and wife
from the same marriage told
me that they were both happily
married. So, one man's heaven
is one woman's hell and vice

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World soccer stage displays T&T's crowning glory

I t is not often that small
nations, especially from the
C.,ril'hIiin make such a
positive impact on the world
stage that even those who once
sneered at that country eventu-
ally had to turn around, switch
their thinking, and salute the
"little engine that could".
"The little engine that
could" is precisely what
Trinidad and Tobago turned
out to be at this year's World
Cup soccer finals in Germany.
T&T struggled mightily to
get to the final round of 32
teams, having to survive a
playoff with Bahrain. And with
1.3 million people in the twin-
island republic, T&T became
the smallest nation ever to
qualify for the big show last
But that was just the
When the "Soca Warriors"
- the popular nickname for
T&T's team arrived in
Germany no one expected
them to do well in a group that
included European powers

England and Sweden, plus
Paraguay, a quality team from
soccer-mad South America. At
best, the critics said, T&T
should simply try to avoid total
embarrassment on the field.
Forget about winning or even
securing a point for a draw.
Many T&T fans, even the
staunchest among them, some-
how believed that as well. To
them, qualifying for the World
Cup was their "World Cup
finals already", as one fan said.
Everything else, they
explained, was mere gravy.
For many fans, the trip to
Germany would merely repre-
sent a chance to re-locate a
huge soca fete from the
Caribbean to Europe.

Yet someone failed to con-
vince the Soca Warriors them-
selves. Inside the T&T camp
there was a quiet confidence.
T&T's crafty coach Leo
Beehakker did not have a mass
of high-priced soccer talent at
this disposal. What he did have
was a loyal group of hardwork-
ing players so passionate about
their sport and country that no

one could convince them that
they would not do well on the
field of play.
And that, indeed, they did.
The Warriors battled to a
gritty goalless draw against
Sweden, succumbed to two
late goals against mighty
England, before showing the
world that they could perform
with attractive grace and style
as well in a loss to Paraguay.
T&T scored no goals in
their three games and earned
only a point from Sweden.
The team earned respect on
the field, and the fans, that
spirited, colorful throng which
marched into Germany armed
mostly with a smile and unbri-
dled joy, grabbed a huge chunk
of it off the pitch as well. Many
non-Trini fans, not just from
the C(rilbb.iin, embraced the
march of the Soca Warriors.
They cheered for them, partied
with them, and cried with them
when they lost.
The Trini fans in turn were
on their best conduct. There
has been no report so far of
misbehavior by fans. If they
committed any "crime", it's
simply that they had way too

much fun. It was not an unusu-
al sight to see Trinis prancing
around the streets of Frankfurt,
Nuremberg, Kaiserslautern and
Dortmund late into the night.
They drank, they sang and they
Their spirit was so infec-
tious that the Trini colors of
red, white and black were
being paraded around by peo-
ple who could hardly tell
where the twin-island republic
was located, much more who
was on the team. They just
seemed to be having such a
good time and others wanted a
piece of it.
Yet when it all ended, at

the last match in Kaiserslautern,
it became clear that the little
nation that could had done
much more than become a road
party. Thousands in the packed
stadium rose to applaud the
valiant Soca Warriors as they
left the field for the last time in
the tournament. It was a salute
that would have made any Trini
- and anyone from the
Caribbean as well extremely

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Turning the screws

"Well, I'm glad that she's
happy, at least one of us is."
What's interesting, is that
just like men, women also have
sex driven affairs, for as sure as

night follows day, sex eventual-
ly dies after marriage. But hear
this now, that death can be
resuscitated if a third party
enters the graveyard. That
same sexless frumpy wife can
become a raging inferno if
some young stud woos and

wins her, and as for the hus-
band, all he wants is a wink
from a young lass and the force
of a thousand dormant volca-
noes will erupt with a cata-
clysmic explosion that will rock
his world.
Believe it or not, low
self esteem, brought on by a
woman constantly doing
housework and caring for chil-
dren, will also drive her to turn
the screws. Her husband only
sees her as a wife, a mother of
his children, the keeper of the
house, no longer a lover. But
along comes John, Big John,
smooth talking lean and hand-
some John who reminds her
how sexy and desirable she is.
You'd be frightened to see how
fast she flings off the apron and
turns off the stove, for she's
desired again, a whole woman.
Remember, women thrive
on praise and admiration, just

like flowers.
This Internet thing has
changed the lives of so many
people and has also added
fuel to the fire of infidelity.
So many wives have intimate
relationships on the Internet
that eventually grow into the
real thing. I'm sure you've
heard the term cybersex, well,
it's true, and many women are
hooked on it. It's so easy to
expose yourself and bare your
soul over the Internet, espe-
cially if you're basically a shy
person. After a while it gets so
hot that only a consummation
can cool the ardour.
But hear this now, the
research says that women can
actually be guilty of emotional
infidelity. The therapist says
that if you're married and
share secrets with a close
friend of the opposite sex or go
out for drinks after work all
the time with the same person,
you are guilty of emotional
"You can't have an inti-
mate relationship at work and
still have a great relationship at
home. Even if there is no sex,
it's still adultery," he says.
Well, I have been saying so
for years, that women can do
this emotional no sex thing and
shut out the husbands in the
process. After a while she
won't even like her husband
any more and not know it. Oh,
she still loves him, because of
long service and devotion, but
doesn't like him very much and
finds everything he does
annoying and irritating. Some
even focus on their children so
much that they virtually cheat

on their husbands emotionally
with the children, without
knowing it.

What's even more scary is
how women can carry on
affairs and act as if everything
is normal at home.
Usually when men have
affairs the world knows, the
cliche coming home late, scent
of perfume and so on. But it's
different for a woman. The
research paper says that there
are signs that men should look
Men, be concerned, be
very concerned if your wife
suddenly demands more sex,
seems unusually attentive to
you, and wears her wedding
ring more often than she did
Even so, most women who
turn the screws stick to their
old routine, leave for work
same time, return home same
time and none's the wiser. But
it's what happens in between
that's important. Let us not for-
get revenge as a motive, as
many women turn the screws
to get back at them. Revenge
they say is a meal best eaten
cold, but in this case it's hot,
hot, hot.
I have been saying it for
years, that men screw around
and women screw around too,
but the women are better at
turning the screws, plus screw-
drivers are everywhere.
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Barbados calls for regional campaign

Barbados calls for regional campaign

Barbados Foreign Affairs and
Foreign Trade Minister Dame
Billie Miller has reiterated her
appeal for a regional cam-
paign in the promotion of
Caribbean tourism.
"I want to appeal, as I
did during the years when I
presided over the CTO...
10 years later, I still want to
appeal to you. A regional
advertising or promotional...
campaign is critical," she told a
huge gala ceremony at the
Governments of the Caribbean
State Ball held last month at
the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in
midtown Manhattan.
The ball was organized by

the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) as part
of celebra-
tions for
Week" in
New York.
tourism has
to become
more com-
petitive if it is Miller
going to be
world class, Dame Billie said
during her acceptance speech
after receiving the CTO's
highest honor, the Lifetime
Achievement Award.
The former CTO chair-

man, one of only two females
to ever head the regional
tourism organization, said
many years ago a pilot cam-
paign was instituted, with con-
tributions from the public and
private sectors, in which the
Caribbean was successfully
"profiled to the world.
"We abandoned it, but I
think we need to go back,
where all the governments -
and it is going to require polit-
ical will all the stakeholders
put their money into the
regional campaign to profile
the Caribbean," she said.

Bajan Odle is new CHA president

MIAMI, CMC Barbadian
hotelier Peter Odle has
assumed the presidency of
Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) for the 2006-2008
During the closing cere-
mony of the 2006 Caribbean
Hotel Industry Conference
(CHIC), held late last month
at the Hyatt Regency here,
outgoing president Berthia
Parle officially passed the
baton to Odle.
In his inaugural address
Odle said the essence of his
platform would be based on
"unity through consultation
and communication." He said
the CHA needed to become a
more effective leader in

regional tourism while
strengthening its relationship
with other tourism partners.
"Of equal importance we
must also become more
responsive to the needs of our
members, underscoring the
importance of upholding and
advancing the diversity and
representation that is the core
of the association," he said.
The new CHA president
also noted his intention to
tackle the issues of liberaliza-
tion, regional collaboration,
the cruise industry, intra-
regional travel and advocacy
with a unified approach.
"What is at stake is the
viability of an industry that
continues to attract so many

people from
all over the
world," he
Odle, the
owner and
director of
the 76 room
Odle Mango Bay
hotel in
Barbados, is joined by a group
of officers elected by the
membership which includes
Allen Chastanet of St. Lucia,
first vice president; and
Jeremy MacVean of The
Bahamas, second vice presi-

Caribbean sees rise in tourist arrivals

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
A number of Caribbean coun-
tries have seen an increase in
their tourist arrivals for the
first quarter of this year
compared to 2005.
Figures released by
the Caribbean Tourism
Organization last month
revealed arrivals up in Antigua,
four percent; Barbados, 4.5
percent; Grenada, 13 percent;
Jamaica, 15 percent; and
Guyana, 19 percent.

St. Lucia, however, has
experienced a 10 percent
decline in arrivals for the
January to March period. The
decline comes despite the fact
that the island has registered a
significant increase in hotel
rooms and airline seats.
The CTO figures also
point to a 1.5 percent decline
in arrivals for May 2006,
despite the fact that tourism
officials have been reporting
an increase in arrivals for the

St. Lucia Jazz Festival, which
took place in May.
There was an overall
decline of eight percent for
arrivals in St. Lucia during the
January to May 2006 period,
the CTO report indicated.
Tourism officials here
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation that they were
still assessing reasons for the

Ritz Carlton looks to set up hotel in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
The international hotel chain
Ritz Carlton is making plans
to set up a hotel in the south
of St. Lucia.
This was confirmed late
last month by Tourism Minister
Phillip J. Pierre and President
of the St. Lucia Hotel and
Tourism Association (SLHTA)
Allen Chastanet.
Pierre told CMC on June
30 that a letter of intent had
been signed between the
developers, an Irish-based
group and officials of Ritz

Carlton in the presence of sev-
eral industry officials.
"The contract is now
being finalized to break
ground on a property in the
southern town of Vieux Fort
which will be branded to Ritz
Carlton," Pierre said.

Chastanet disclosed that
discussions were also being
held on the designing of a
championship 18-hole golf
course by a leading interna-
tional group of developers.

"This is excellent news for
the destination because any-
time you can attract a brand as
prestigious as Ritz Carlton, it
is a great acclaim for the desti-
nation and would bring a lot to
the table," Chastanet said.
He said the Ritz Carlton
was one of several hotel oper-
ators and developers currently
setting up shop in St. Lucia,
most of which will be opening
in time for next year's Cricket
World Cup.


Caribbean seeks delay

of U.S. passport plan

Caribbean tourism officials are
pushing for a further delay to
the United States plan to
implement passport require-
ments for American
The plan, which is due to
take effect on Jan. 1 next year,
will make it mandatory for all
Americans returning home
from the Caribbean and other
countries in the Western
Hemisphere to have a passport
to enter their country.
But Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, secretary general
of the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO), said that
the region would be at a disad-
vantage if the passport
law were enforced next year.
Vanderpool-Wallace said
regional tourism officials have
been meeting with senior U.S.
officials in the Caribbean who
have agreed to press the
Caribbrn's case in
"The reason for a further
postponement must be that the
pick up of new passports by
U.S. citizens has been nowhere
near the numbers that we
would like to see," he told
journalists gathered here for
the closing of "Caribbean

Caribbean na

free moveme
CMC Caribbean nationals, as
well as visitors to the region,
will be able to move freely
throughout the countries
between January and May next
year as the region is converted
to a single domestic space for
the 2007 Cricket World Cup
This move is part of a $13
million security plan agreed on
recent by Caribbean communi-
ty (CARICOM) leaders during
their summit here. The plan will
include the nine countries host-
ing cricket matches in addition
to Dominica.
Barbados's Deputy Prime
Minister Mia Mottley said per-
sons who would be traveling
intra-regionally would not have

Week 2006" last month.
Regional tourism officials,
working through the Caribbean
Community Council for Foreign
and Community Relations
(COFCOR) and Caribbean
ambassadors in Washington, suc-
cessfully argued against the origi-
nal implementation date of
Jan. 1, 2006, saying it put the

region at a disadvantage since
Americans returning from
Mexico and Canada by air
would not need a passport
before Jan. 1, 2007.
Those returning from the
two U.S. border states by land
have been given an additional
year, and will require a pass-
port by Jan. 1, 2008.

tionals allowed

nt during CWC
their passports stamped upon
entry even though they would
still be required to submit an
immigration form "largely
because there is other informa-
tion on it." She said there
would also be a common
CARICOM visa and the 10
countries (nine host countries
and Dominica) have agreed
that for the period Jan. 15 to
May 15, the common CARI-
COM visa will be the visa they
will adhere to. The visa
requirement is for 46 countries
and will be issued from Aug.
15 this year. Britain will issue
those visas to countries where
there is no diplomatic repre-
sentation by CARICOM.

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Escoveitched fish fit for a Caribbean king

Fish is a Caribbean
favorite, and not just
because the islands are
surrounded by the sea. It's all

in the preparation, which can
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spicy delight that makes your
mouth water just thinking
about it. And
now that the
summer is here,

households will
find the time to
get this tasty dish
going for family
and friends.
The recom-
mended fish for
this delicious
feast are snap-
per, jack, king,
cutlass, sprat and

* 3 lbs. fish sliced
in 1/2 thick
* 4 teaspoons
black pepper
and 4 tea-
spoons of salt

* 2 or 3 limes or lemons
* 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper cut
in strips or 1/2 teaspoon
dried tabasco pepper
* 2 cups cane or malt vinegar
(white or brown)
* 1/2 cup oil for frying
* 1 teaspoon pimento seeds or
whole allspice
* 2 large onions sliced
* 1/2 teaspoon whole black
pepper grains

Wash fish thoroughly
in water to which juice of
the limes or lemons has
been added. Dry thor-
When absolutely dry,
coat the fish both sides
with the combined salt
and black pepper and set
aside on paper towels.
Heat oil in frying pan
to boiling point and fry
fish on both sides until
nice and crisp. Set fish
aside in a deep Pyrex
dish or other bowl.
In a saucepan combine
vinegar, sliced onions,
peppers, pimento seeds,
whole black pepper grains,
and bring to a boil. Simmer
until onions are tender and
remove from fire and cool.
Pour over fish and leave
steeping overnight.
Note: If sprats or goat fish
are used, do not slice.

Edited from


Gordon Williams photograph

A hard-working journalist covering soccer's World Cup 2006 in Germany took time out at the stadium's
media center in Dortmund last month to sample the day's special menu offering, the "Tobago style rice
dish". Later that day, June 10, Trinidad and Tobago played Sweden in the Soca Warriors' opening match.
The result was a 0-0 draw, but for this scribe the Caribbean meal was definitely a winner.




Government rejects calls for condoms in Jamaica's prisons


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
A call by the Ministry of
Health here for the distribu-
tion of condoms in prisons has
been turned down by the
Ministry of National Security,
which has responsibility for
The decision was made
during a meeting that was
held late last month involving
officials of the ministries of
National Security and Health
and the Department of
Correctional Services.
Security Minister Dr.


of Corrections Colonel John
Prescod made the proposal,
which led to riots at the St.
Catherine and Tower Street
adult correctional centres,
resulting in 16 inmates being
killed and 40 others being
In 2001 the Health
Ministry said it had no immedi-
ate plan to issue condoms to
prison inmates to reduce the
spread of HIV/AIDS. Then
acting Chief Medical Officer
Deanna Ashley said the min-
istry and prisons service offi-

ter Phillips called the meet- Phillips cials were developing a pro-
after prison authorities owners, gram of education, training
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Home may be where the
heart is, but it's also
where steep stairs,
fragile glass, sharp objects,
scalding water and dangerous
toxins lurk.
An adult knows how to
avoid such hazards. A baby or
small child, however, is oblivi-
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Author Vicky Lansky,
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your children.
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poisonous substances and
jagged utensils. Children tend
to be curious, so take precau-
tions. "Lock up everything
you can," Lansky says. "You
can use safety locks, a yard-
stick, bungee cords or even a
dog collar. Just clamp down
cabinets and doors so only
adults can open them."
Turn all saucepan han-
dles to the rear of the stove,
and remove the stove knobs
or use knob covers. While
you're at it, move all cleaning
supplies out from under the
When you're cooking,



Children need parents to protect them in the home.

use a kitchen timer. A child
can easily distract you, and if
you don't have a reminder, a
fire can result.
In addition, have your
child use paper cups instead of
breakable mugs. If a glass still
breaks, clean the mess up at
once, and use a damp paper
towel to pick up small shards.
The Bathroom The
bathroom has even more dan-
gers than the kitchen does.
Again, make sure that all cab-
inets and drawers are locked.

Never leave medicine or
cleaning supplies out.
Remember that mesh baskets
in the shower are good for
keeping shampoo, razors and
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Ministry for what he said was
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needs to happen is that the
entire health care in the pris-
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responsible Ministry of
Health," he said
According to Dr. Notice,
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endorsement of homosexuali-
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AIDS committee upset o

army's position on HIV/A

CMC The National AIDS
Commission (NAC) says it is dis-
appointed at the position adopt-
ed by the Belize Defence Force
(BDF) regarding the mandatory
HIV/AIDS testing of recruits.
Late last month BDF med-
ical officer Dr. Irvin Gabourel
defended the practice, but NAC
Chairman Dolores Balderamos-
Garcia said the National AIDS
policy specifies that mandatory
testing should not be used as a
basis for excluding persons
from working and that includes
employment in the BDE
"This is actually the

policy of the land, both the
workplace and the National
HIV/AIDS policies," he said.
He said while the policy
has not "been passed into law,
but a policy leads to the next
steps of making the amend-
ments and adjustments to the
"We have to start with the
policy framework and if as a
country we have a policy of not
forcing testing or not having
mandatory testing, then we
have to call on all partners to
abide. And this is why we felt it
necessary, not to be quarrel-
some or argumentative or any-


river Belize

IDS testing
thing, but we felt that if there is
one policy in the country, we
have to promote that policy
without exception.
"Because if the BDF can
say, well you know because our
soldiers have to be fit and they
have to do rigorous exercise we
don't want anybody with HIV
within in the Force, and so you
screen people out.
"Then the Coast Guard
might come up and say we can do
that or some other agency or non-
governmental organization might
jump up and say, if the BDF can
do it, so can we," he said.
Balderamos-Garcia said he
was not against organizations
that require high physical activity
not having the responsibility to
carry out medical tests. But he
insisted it would be "irresponsi-
ble of the National AIDS
Commission to ever suggest that.
"Naturally there has to be
proper medical tests for various
kinds of employment. I mean
everybody, women have to do
our pap smear, we have to do
our breast exam, and men have
to do their P.S.A. test for
prostate cancer.
"Screening does need to
take place to maintain people's
good health, but the point we
want to make, focussing specifi-
cally on HIV and AIDS, is that
in and of itself, the HIV status
in and of itself should not be
the reason to screen somebody
out of an employment," the
NAC chairman said.

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Hospital ship to provide heart

surgery for T&T's children

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Minister of Health
John Rahael has announced
that a hospital ship, visiting
Trinidad and Tobago soon,
could provide heart surgery to
as many as 80 children with
heart problems.
Rahael said the ship will
visit in late July and stay for
six to eight weeks. He said
Cabinet agreed to the visit of
the DSS Anaesthesis II, a hos-
pital ship owned and operated
by a European relief agency
because of the benefits it
offers to the country.
Noting that some heart
surgery required by children
cannot be done in Trinidad,
he said: "Now with the advent
of this vessel and a team from
Sweden that will be coming
down, that is paediatric sur-
geons, we are hoping to elimi-
nate that waiting list."
While the ship operates as
a charity and would not be
charging for the costs of its

personnel and surgical opera-
tions, Rahael said the visit
involved "other budgetary
costs" to the tune of
TT$400,000 which would be
paid by the government.
The ship has 150 surgeons
who cover 200 different med-
ical specialties. It has 18 oper-
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the knob, but small children
will not be able to.
A swinging gate at the
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common sight in houses with
newborns. A second gate at
the bottom of the stairs is
even better.
"If you have any doubt
about how safe your house is,
just get down on the floor and
crawl around," Lansky says.
"You'll be amazed to discover
objects that your baby can
choke on, sharp edges on fur-
niture and many things that
can easily snap off or tip over.
You can never do too much to
make your home safe for your

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outside the bathroom in case a
child locks herself inside. It's
not a bad idea to remove the
doorknob altogether until
your child is old enough to
handle the lock.
Doors, windows and stairs
- You can buy devices that will
childproof windows or allow
them to slide open only a few
inches. It's a good plan to put
decals at eye level on glass
doors and windows to remind
children that they are solid
Attach a bell to a win-
dow or door. This will notify
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New York street renamed after Bob Marley

NEW YORK, CMC The "I think this will be histor-
legend of Bob Marley now ically significant," said
has a permanent home in Jamaican Michael Russell,
Brooklyn, New York. chairman of Community
The bustling stretch of Board 17 in Brooklyn, who
Church Avenue, between worked with other board
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Vincentian artistes protest

against music piracy
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, one radio station and the police
CMC International record- picked up that person and sub-
ing artiste Kevin Lyttle was sequently let (him/her) go."
among a number of local
singers and producers who CHEAP
staged a demonstration Bailey said pirates could
against the piracy of their afford to sell bootlegged
music late last month. music cheaper because of a
The demonstration lower cost of production.
came two days ahead of the "Like everything else, the
carnival celebrations in St. brand name stuff is more
Vincent and the Grenadines. expensive than the knock off
"The issue is that we are stuff," he said. "They (pirates)
not collecting any revenue at didn't have any cost to start
all because the pirates are col- with. All they had to do was
lecting the stuff and selling buy some CDs and get the
them even before we could stolen stuff from the radio
get the chance to put them on station or wherever and put
the street," producer Adrian it on CD.
Bailey said.
He said the
protest was the
first in a series of
public awareness
exercises intended
to curb the prac-
tice even as he
accused employees
of some radio sta-
tions leaking pro-
motional copies of
artistes' music to
"We put them
on the radio for
promotional pur-
poses and some-
how they get out
of the radio station
and go straight to 'f
the person selling
on the street,"
Bailey said, Lyttle
adding: "That's not
right. That is ille-
gal." "It is illegal to sell stolen

He said artistes had, over
the years, complained and
provided evidence to the
police but the perpetrators
were released without being
"At this point in time we
are seeing a number of ven-
dors and it seems to be legiti-
mate and persons coming into
St. Vincent think this is legiti-
mate stuff so they can buy."
Bailey said it was impor-
tant for the authorities to take
ilih_, people off the street
because it is illegal.
"We have identified from
particular radio stations per-
sons, who have been doing it. I
even found evidence against

property. If they want to
sell legitimate stuff please
approach the producers. We
will definitely want to assist
you and support you."
Culture Minister Ren
Baptiste last month warned
pirates to stop the practice,
adding that her ministry was
prepared to help artistes in
seeking redress.
"I am making my final
appeal to individuals to
remove those CDs from
your shelves wherever you
conduct your trade," the
minister said.

"In the Third World, his
impact goes much further and
resonates not just among
Caribbean natives, but natives

Bob Marley's son Rohan, center, displays the Brooklyn street sign in honor of his father,
alongside Jamaica's Consul General to New York Basil K. Bryan, right, and New York
City Councilman Charles Barron.
Caribbean community. They Known worldwide,
will relate to it quite easily." Marley's music embodies
Renaming Church political repression, artistic
Avenue would pay a "fitting insight and political aware-
tribute to this musical genius, ness.
this humanitarian, this giant in "His music proves inspira-
this part of New York City tional and life-changing," said
that is known for a preponder- Russell, an administrator with
ance of Caribbean nationals," New York City's Human
Russell added. Resources Administration.


of Africa, Asia, Europe, and
North and South America."
Russell said to rename
Church Avenue would help to
revitalize businesses in and
around the avenue's arteries.


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in many Ways over the years, from the erotic
beauty of the islands and people, to the
pulsating rhythms of their music -
reggae, soca, salsa and merengue. -
Now, Caribbean food is beginning to
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world views this region, from jerk "
pork to curry chicken, fried plan-. :
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flying fish, from mango
chutney to guaa jetty.
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July 2006




Florida art center designated a Major Cultural Institution

HOLLYWOOD, Florida -
The Broward County Board
of County Commissioners, as
recommended by the Broward
Cultural Council, last month
designated the Art and
Culture Center of Hollywood
as a Major Cultural Institution
The Art and Culture
Center of Hollywood is one of
five MCIs in Broward County.
Other Broward MCIs are the
Fort Lauderdale International
Film Festival, Museum of Art,
Museum of Discovery and
Science, and the Opera Guild
of Fort Lauderdale.
"This is a landmark day in
the history of the Art and
Culture Center of Hollywood
and is the culmination of an
effort over many years involv-
ing many dedicated people
who deserve many thanks,"
said the center's Executive
Director Joy Satterlee in a
press release. "I also want to
thank the Broward County
Commission for supporting
the arts in Broward County
and for recognizing those
institutions that strive every-
day to deliver high-quality,
interesting and informative
visual and performing arts
programs to the widest possi-
ble audience."

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, which is housed in the historic Kagey mansion, was recently named a Major Cultural
Institution in Broward County, Florida.

"The Art and Culture
Center of Hollywood has long
been an asset to the City of
Hollywood as well as Broward
County, and it's no wonder
that it has become the
city's first designated Major
Cultural Institution," said
Hollywood Mayor Mara
"This distinction further

illustrates how Hollywood has
truly become a 'City of the
Founded in 1975, the
Art and Culture Center of
Hollywood has a free annual
Ocean Dance event annually
on Hollywood Beach that
has featured such notable
performers as Mikhail
Baryshnikov and his White
Oak Dance Project. It played

a key role in Hollywood being
awarded a $5 million grant
from Broward County for
construction of the city's
ArtsPark, co-sponsors of
music and drama programs

"Reggae Sumfest", the annual
summer jam held in Jamaica,
will kick off on July 16 in
Montego Bay.
The 14th edition of the
musical event, which runs
through July 22 this year, is
scheduled to feature a combi-
nation of reggae and hip hop.
Among the artistes down to
perform are Damian "Junior
Gong" Marley, Rihanna, Lady

The best of dancehall will be
on tap July 19 at the "Top
Ranking" show, featuring the
likes of Yellowman, who will
receive an award for his con-
tribution to the music. Beenie
Man and Bounty Killer take
the stage the following night
during "Stormfront". The
"Ignition" concert is sched-
uled for July 20.
The summer festival will
climax with "The Summit" on
July 22. Rihanna and Jr. Gong
will help bring an end to the
event, which is being spon-


Saw, Beres Hammond, Buju
Banton and Mr. Vegas. Top
hip hop artistes like 50 Cents
and G-Unit have also been
listed for the week-long show.
The opening night will feature
the new free Vibe Island
Beach Party and the fashion
treat "Reggae on the
The following day is
"Mad Mondays Mobay"
which promises an art and
craft street fair, food and

'Jr. Gong' Marley

scored by Red Stripe, the
Jamaica Tourist Board, Air
Jamaica, Digicel and Ocean
Spray, as well as media part-
ners, the Jamaica Observer,
CVM TV and Fame FM.
For more information, log on

Reggae Sumfest set for

Montego Bay, July 16-22

along with the City of
Hollywood's Parks and
Recreation Department at a
number of community centers,
and co-presents along with
the Broward Education
Communications Network a
distance learning visual and
performing arts series for all
Broward County students. It
also oversees programming
at the Hollywood Central
Performing Arts Center and
offers complimentary admis-
sion to its galleries on the
third Sunday of most months.
On the same day, the center
hosts "Family Day", where
children and their caregivers
may participate in a fun,
hands-on visual arts activity at
no charge.
MCI designation requires
achieving a high level of artis-
tic or cultural endeavor in the
community and institutional
For more information,
visit www.artandculturecen-

July 2006

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If you must go, then you should know

...Rules for U.S. aliens thinking about emergency travel

Often aliens from the
Caribbean living in the
United States are sum-
moned to return to the region
on short notice. It may be to
attend to a death in the family
or other emergency situations.
For those aliens who are
not sure of their status in the
U.S. and wish to complete
emergency travel to the
Caribbean, it is important to
know what U.S. law allows,
especially regarding re-entry
into the U.S.
The following is informa-
tion obtained from the U.S.
Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) to assist aliens
who may be faced with the
possibility of making emer-
gency travel:
Before leaving the U.S. on
an emergency, aliens should
determine if they require a
travel document to re-enter
the country. There are several
types of travel documents that
aliens (including legal perma-
nent residents) must obtain if
they wish to re-enter the coun-
try after travel outside of the
U.S. The following examines
re-entry permits, advance
parole and refugee travel doc-
uments. To apply for any of
these benefits, use Form 1-131.
A summary is provided below.
For further information on the
purpose of these documents
and eligibility requirements,
please refer to 8CFR.223.1.

Due to recent changes to
U.S. immigration law, travel
outside of the U.S. may have
severe consequences for aliens
who are in the process of
adjusting their status, extend-
ing their nonimmigrant stay, or
changing their nonimmigrant
status. Upon return, these
aliens may be found inadmissi-
ble, their applications may be
denied, or both. It is important
that the alien obtain the prop-
er documentation before leav-
ing the U.S.
Admission into the U.S. is
not guaranteed. In all cases,
the alien is still subject to
immigration inspection at a
port of entry to determine
whether the alien is admissible
into the country.
Under the Illegal
Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility
Act of 1996, aliens who depart
the U.S. after being unlawfully
present in the U.S. for certain
periods may be barred from
admission, even if they have
obtained Advance Parole.
Those aliens unlawfully pres-
ent in the U.S. for more than
180 days, but less than one
year, and depart voluntarily
before the start of removal
proceedings are inadmissible

for three years; those who are
unlawfully present for one year
or more are inadmissible for 10
Aliens who have concerns
about admissibility should con-
tact an immigration attorney

of entry. It is also important to
note that travel outside of the
U.S. for more than one year
will under most circumstances
break the continuous residence
requirement for later natural-
ization purposes. Travel for

grant status and have or obtain
a valid K-3/4 nonimmigrant
visa before applying for read-
mission to the U.S.
Refugees and asylees who
have applied to adjust to per-
manent resident status under

If you enter the United States illegally, like these people seen crossing the Mexican/U.S. border, you are unlikely to be granted a re-
entry permit if you must leave the U.S. for an emergency outside the country in the future.

or an immigrant assistance
organization accredited by the
Board of Immigration Appeals
before making foreign travel

Lawful permanent resi-
dents (LPR or green card
holders) use re-entry permits
to re-enter the U.S. after travel
of one year or more. For
LPRs' returning to the U.S.,
re-entry permits are generally
valid for two years from the
date of issuance of the re-entry
permit. The LPR should apply
for this benefit before leaving
the U.S.
Conditional residents use
re-entry permits to re-enter the
U.S. after travel of one year or
more. For conditional resi-
dents returning to the U.S., re-
entry permits are generally
valid for two years from the
date of issuance of the re-entry
permit or until the date the
conditional resident must
apply for the removal of condi-
tions, whichever comes first.
The conditional resident
should apply for this benefit
before leaving the U.S.
The bureau does not extend
re-entry permits. See Section
223 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act.
A re-entry permit does not
guarantee admission into the
U.S. Aliens with re-entry per-
mits are still subject to the
inspection process at the port

over six months may break the
continuous residence require-
ment. See Section 316 (b) of
the Immigration and
Nationality Act.

Most aliens who have
pending applications for immi-
gration benefits or for changes
in nonimmigrant status need
advance parole to re-enter the
U.S. after traveling abroad.
Aliens applying for advance
parole on the basis of a pend-
ing application for adjustment
of status must be approved for
advance parole prior to leaving
the U.S. in order to avoid the
termination of their pending
application for adjustment.
This does not apply to aliens
who have applied to adjust to
permanent resident status and
who maintain H-1B (specialty
worker) or L-1 (intracompany
transferee) status, or their
dependents, who have applied
to adjust to permanent resi-
dent status and who have valid
H-1B or L status and valid
visas, V nonimmigrants who
have a valid V nonimmigrant
visa, are in valid V nonimmi-
grant status and have or obtain
a valid V nonimmigrant visa
before applying for readmis-
sion to the U.S., and K-3/4
nonimmigrants who have
applied to adjust to permanent
resident status and who have a
valid K-3/4 nonimmigrant visa,
are in valid K-3/4 nonimmi-

section 209 of the Immigration
and Nationality Act may travel
outside the U.S. on a valid
Refugee Travel Document and
do not need to apply for
advance parole.
Aliens in the U.S. should,
prior to departure, obtain
advance parole in order to re-
enter the U.S. after travel
abroad if they have:
Filed an application for
adjustment of status, but have
not received a decision from
the USCIS;
Hold refugee or asylee
status and intend to depart
temporarily to apply for a U.S.
immigrant visa in Canada;
An emergent personal or
bona fide reason to travel tem-
porarily abroad.
Applicants who are the
beneficiary of a private bill and
applicants who are under
deportation proceedings must
file to the Department of
Homeland Security, 425 I
Street, NW, ATTN: Parole and
Humanitarian Assistance
Branch, Washington, D.C. 20536
Aliens in the U.S. are not
eligible for advance parole if
they are:
In the U.S. illegally;
An exchange alien sub-
ject to the foreign residence

A refugee travel document
allows people who are or once

were refugees or asylees to
return to the U.S. after travel
abroad. The refugee or asylee
should apply for this benefit
before leaving the U.S.
In some cases, immigration
officials may issue travel docu-
ments to refugees or asylees
who are physically outside of
the U.S. See 8CFR 223.2(b)(ii)
The Secretary of Homeland
Security may allow any alien
applying for admission to the
U.S. temporary parole into the
U.S. for urgent humanitarian
reasons or significant public
benefit. This benefit is granted
sparingly, on a case-by-case
The alien must file Form
1-131, Application for a Travel
Document, complete with sup-
porting documentation, photos
and applicable fees. This form
can be downloaded from the
DHS's "Forms and Fees" page.
See the application for specific
filing instructions.

If the alien is a permanent
resident or conditional resi-
dent, he or she must attach:
A copy of the alien reg-
istration receipt card; or
If he has not yet received
his alien registration receipt
card, a copy of the biographic
page of his passport and the
page of his passport indicating
initial admission as a perma-
nent resident, or other evi-
dence that the alien is a per-
manent resident; or
A copy of the approval
notice of a separate application
for replacement of the alien
registration receipt card or
temporary evidence of perma-
nent resident status.

An alien in the U.S. and
applying for an Advance
Parole document for him or
herself must attach:
A copy of any document
issued to the alien by U.S.
immigration officials showing
present status in the U.S.;
An explanation or other
evidence demonstrating the
circumstances that warrant
issuance of advance parole.
If the alien is basing his
or her eligibility for advance
parole on a separate applica-
tion for adjustment of status or
asylum, he or she must also
attach a copy of the filing
receipt for that application.
If the alien is traveling to
Canada to apply for an immi-
grant visa, he or she must also
attach a copy of the consular

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The National Passport
Information Center (NPIC),
the United States Department
of State's single, centralized
public contact center for U.S.
passport information, is offer-
ing a toll free service and has
expanded its service availabili-
Persons with questions or
need status checks on pending
passport applications can call
1-877-487-2778. Customer
service representatives are
available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Friday,
excluding Federal holidays.
Automated information is
available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
For e-mail access, visit: Website of
passport and other interna-
tional travel information is
available at

The United States
Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has
announced that aliens must
mail applications to renew
or replace permanent resident
cards, commonly known as
"Green Cards", directly to the

Los Angeles Lockbox.
The Lockbox is a process-
ing facility used by USCIS to
accelerate the collection of
applications and petitions.
The announced change allows
the agency to improve the
processing of Form 1-90
(Application to Replace
Permanent Resident Card) by
electronically capturing data
and images and by performing
fee receipting and depositing
from one central location,
rather than at the local district
office, service center, or appli-
cation support center (ASC).
Aliens filing a Form 1-90,
regardless of their state of res-
idence, must mail those appli-
cations with an application fee
of $185 and a biometrics fee
of $70 to one of the following
For U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) deliveries:
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, P.O.
Box 54870 Los Angeles, CA
Or for non-USPS deliver-
ies (e.g. private couriers):
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services,
Attention: 1-90, 16420 Valley
View Ave., La Mirada, CA

Applicants should not
include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form I-
90 to the Los Angeles
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics pro-
cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their
initial evidence during that
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.

Multi-lingual counselors
are available to respond per-
sons suffering from stress or
needing help with housing,
food, child care, caring for
teens or other similar prob-
Call 211 from a regular
telephone or 954-537-0211
from a cellular.
The free service is being
offered as part of Broward
County's helplines.

Miami Dade College donates supplies to Caribbean schools

n 1995, Miami Dade College (MDC) history
professor Dr. Morris Johnson, right, traveled
to South Africa for eight weeks to work on a
doctoral dissertation. He encountered an edu-
cational system in deplorable condition. Some ,
schools were burned while others had windows
missing and a few were riddled with bullet ....
holes. ......
Upon his return to the United States, Dr.
Johnson decided that something should be
done. Thanks to the generosity of Miami Dade
College North Campus students, Dr. Johnson
donated basic school supplies such as back-
packs, paper, pencils, books and dictionaries to
needy children in countries such as South
Africa, Brazil, Tonga, Fiji and Trinidad.
This year, he is donating book bags filled
with scissors, paper, pencils, calculators and
books to students in The Bahamas, the
Dominican Republic and Haiti. The first set of
donations were shipped to The Bahamas late
last month and is to be followed by donations
to the Dominican Republic in July and Haiti in
"It may not seem to be much, but when
you go into a school where there is barely any
equipment at all and you drop off three suitcas-
es full of supplies, everyone is grateful," said
Dr. Johnson, who has been teaching at MDC's
North Campus for 30 years. "We really make an
impact. It is truly rewarding to provide the sup-
Donations this year came from MDC
North Campus students in history and social
environment classes. Anthropology professor
Robert Moorman also asked his students to
donate. The students' donations filled two
rooms. One of Moorman's students, Maritza
Marquez, collected 80 book bags full of school
supplies and eight world globes.
"It was a lot of work," said Marquez, a
30-year-old nursing student at the North
Campus. "The garage in my house was full."
Anyone interested in making donations
may contact Dr. Johnson at 305-237-8111.'

July 2006


Caribbean enjoys success attracting

foreign investment ~ IMF

Choppy seas ahead for

CARICOM single market

Countries in the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
have enjoyed relative success
in attracting foreign invest-
ment, says an International
Monetary Fund (IMF) work-
ing paper.
According to the paper,
released late last month,
investment as a share of gross
domestic product (GDP) is
relatively high from a global
perspective in many countries
in the region. It said the
region has experienced a sig-
nificant amount of public sec-
tor investment and foreign
direct investment (FDI), par-
ticularly in the tourism sector,
over many years. Despite this,
it said growth in GDP had
been "disappointingly low"
for many Caribbean countries.
The paper u--_-,1Ld that this
has resulted from greater
emphasis on public investment
than on private investment.


In general, the income tax
rules of the United States
provide that a citizen or
resident of the U.S. be subject
to tax on his or her world-
wide income.
In order to promote for-
eign trade and to place U.S.

"For example, there may
be few linkages between the
foreign-owned capital stock,
such as resort hotels, and the
domestic economy," the paper
said. "Alternatively, there may
be crowding out of domestic
private investors."

The study, conducted on
seven CARICOM member
states Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, and
Trinidad and Tobago said that
private domestic investment
(PDI) could prove to be an
important factor in unlocking
"If PDI were to increase,
then the returns to capital
spending by public agencies
may also increase," it said.
"PDI could also improve the
linkages between the domestic
economy and foreign-owned

citizens residing and working
abroad on equal footing with
their foreign counterparts, the
U.S. Congress enacted a tax
law which allows, in general,
certain U.S. citizens employed
in foreign countries to elect to
exclude from gross income for
U.S. tax purposes up to a spe-
cific amount of their I1 rL Ign
earned income" and to

The working paper said
public policy should focus on
the cost of capital as a means
of raising PDI, stating that
across the Eastern Caribbean
Currency Union (ECCU),
corporate tax policy may be
regarded as "opaque and
highly discretionary".
It said it likely penalizes
domestic investors at the
expense of foreign investors
through the distribution of
"inefficient tax concessions".
The paper said invest-
ment-to-GDP ratios in the
larger CARICOM countries -
Barbados, Jamaica, and
Trinidad and Tobago are
close to the middle-income
average of 20-25 percent. But
for the smaller ECCU coun-
tries, the ratio is much higher,
it said.

Barbados on drive to increase

foreign business, investment

Barbados is seeking to
increase foreign business
development and cultivate
additional investment, says
Barbados Investment and
Development Corporation
(BIDC) Chief Executive
Officer Anthony Sobers.
Sobers said while tourism
continued to be the primary
economic driver, Barbados
hoped to become the premier
international business center
in the region. He said the
country, already home to more
than 7,600 transnational com-
panies, offered a \\ J I-devel-
oped" financial services sector,
comprised of banking, insur-
ance and trusts businesses.
As part of its thrust in the
United States, the BIDC last
month hosted a major business
symposium at the Grand
Hyatt Hotel in midtown

Manhattan here. Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister
of Economic Affairs Mia
Mottley outlined Barbados's
policy towards foreign invest-
ment at the
offers many
advantages to
looking for
practical, effi-
cient expan-
Mottley sion solu-
tions, and the
symposium gives us a dynamic
format to share this with
potential investors," Sobers
said. "The government pro-
vides several tax incentives,
training grants and subsidized
industrial space to help offset
start-up costs for foreign busi-

"Close geographic prox-
imity and cultural similarities
also are advantages for U.S.
companies, which are better
able to manage time zone dif-
ferences and establish well-
managed command centers
close to home," he added.
Additionally, Sobers said
Barbados boasts one of the
Caribbean's most technologi-
cally advanced infrastructures
and a highly skilled work-
The conference, entitled
"Managing Global Expansion
- Utilizing Near-shore
Strategies and Tax Treaty
Networks", featured presenta-
tions on selected topics,
including global sourcing solu-
tions, leveraging tax treaties
and maximizing returns on

exclude certain amounts relat-
ed to h1 r ign housing cost."
This law has been blessed
in the past by many U.S.
employees working abroad
because of the positive impact
such law had on their U.S.
income tax obligations. This
blessing might be about to
change, since on May 17,

CMC While the Caribbean
Single Market (CSM) ship sets
sails with all booked passen-
gers on board, an early fore-
cast tN1._L"I" choppy seas
The six remaining states
which agreed to be part of the
CSM, which signed on earlier
this month, and representa-
tives from government, the
private sector, academia and
civil society left three days of
discussion on the regional ini-
tiative in Barbados recently
satisfied that they were
singing from the same hymn
sheet, but are acutely aware
that the real work of dealing
with some residual issues
The main bone of con-
tention appears to surround
the classification of countries
as More Developed and Less
Developed, a classification
which is
expected to
access to the
Fund (RDF),
which has
been devised
to assist dis- Arthur
countries make adjustments to
effectively participate in the
CARICOM Single Market
and Economy (CSME).
The early indication that
it will not be smooth sailing
came from Barbados Prime
Minister Owen Arthur, the
man with lead prime ministe-
rial responsibility for the
CSME, who, following the dis-
cussions in Barbados, said the

present categorization of
countries into MDCs and
LDCs could not work.
According to that classifi-
cation, Suriname, Trinidad and
Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica,
Belize and Barbados, which
signed on to the CSM in
January, are designated as
MDCs, while Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) Antigua and
Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- which were scheduled to sign
on this month are classified as

This classification, howev-
er, does not bear any rele-
vance to the countries' per
capital income which places
Antigua near the top with a
per capital income in 2004 at
$10,213 being designated as a
LDC, while Guyana, with a
per capital of $1,042 and
Belize, with $3,727 are desig-
nated as MDCs.
"So," says Arthur the
country with one of the high-
est per capital incomes is locat-
ed in the OECS and is desig-
nated as an LDC, not based
on any economic criteria, but
based purely on issues of geo-
graphical location and we
have a situation where two
countries with the lowest per
capital are designated as
"Antigua has one of the
highest per capitas, so its citi-
zens are among the richest,
but they are also the lowest
taxed, so we are going to have
a very important difficulty in
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Changes to foreign earned income

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July 2006




St. Vincent reports improved economic performance

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC The Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves-led government is
reporting "improved" eco-

formance dur-
ing the first
five months of
this year
ing concerns
raised by the
Monetary Gonsalves
Fund (IMF)
about the
high wage bill, high poverty
rate and the almost EC$1 bil-
lion ($370 million) national

- British Airways (BA), the
only airline currently offering
direct service between
Bermuda and the United
Kingdom, is
to step up
its winter
service on
that route "* L--
up to five ."'"',:
flights a
The air-
line has
announced a
25 percent
increase in
the number of seats available
on the route, which comes fol-
lowing its now daily service
during the summer months,
which began at the end of
"This increased winter
schedule, which is a commit-
ment of more than 2,200 seats
a week between Bermuda and
London, underscores the

Gonsalves, who is also
minister of finance and eco-
nomic development, told jour-
nalists late last month that
total revenue and grants had
increased from EC$132.4 mil-
lion ($49.03 million) in 2005 to
EC$156.6 million ($58 mil-
lion) this year. Revenue dur-
ing the five-month period
this year amounted to
EC$150 million ($55 million),
an improvement over the
EC$129.8 million ($48.07
million) reported in 2005.
At the same time, total
expenditure was $EC$166.4
million ($61.63 million) this
year compared to EC$153.7
million ($57 million) last year.

importance of the route for
British Airways," said Robin
Hayes, B.A.'s executive vice-
president for the Americas.
He was visiting the island

recently to offer his congratu-
lations to district Manager
Philip Troake, who retired
from the company on Friday
after 41 years service.
The expanded winter
schedule is the largest since
the dedicated route started 16
years ago, and will offer all
four classes of service onboard
a Boeing 777 aircraft.

There was also an improve-
ment in the current account
balance with figures of
EC$13.1 million ($4.9 million)
this year moving from a deficit
of EC$3.1 million ($1.15 mil-
lion) last year.
"So that you see there is
an improvement in the finan-
cial position of the central
government. I should point

out that in relation to borrow-
ings we haven't really gone on
the market to borrow yet," he
While acknowledging con-
cerns raised by the IMF, the
prime minister told journalists
that the country was not
beholden to the international
financial institution.
"I want to make the point

clear. The IMF does not run
this country," he said. "We lis-
ten to the IMF; where their
ideas are ideas which we con-
sider reasonable to adopt we
adopt them and call them our
own. If we disagree we say we

Changes to foreign earned income...

2006, the U.S. president
signed a tax bill, which will
increase the tax burden of
these foreign-based U.S.
The purpose of this arti-
cle is to summarize the gen-
eral provisions of this law
and alert the reader of the
effect the new changes in the
law might have on these

There are certain require-
ments a U.S. citizen has to
satisfy in order to be able to
avail the provisions of this
law. First, the citizen must be
considered to have a "tax
home" in a foreign country.
Generally, the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) has
considered that a taxpayer's
"tax home" is the location of
the taxpayer's principal place
of employment. Once it is
established that the individual
has a "tax home" in a foreign
country, the individual must
also satisfy either the "bona
fide residence test" or the
"physical residence test".
Whether a citizen of the
U.S. is a "bona fide rLILdL LuI
of a foreign country or coun-
tries requires an analysis of all
the relevant facts and circum-
stances, since such term is not
defined by statute. Some of
the factors that courts have
considered to make such a

determination are the taxpay-
er's intention, the establish-
ment of a home temporarily
in the foreign country for an
indefinite period, the assump-
tion of economic burdens and
payment of taxes to a foreign
country, and the treatment of
the taxpayer's income tax sta-
tus by his employer. This list
is not an exhaustive list, and
while some factors may carry
a heavier weight than others,
all must be viewed collectively
in the determination of
whether the taxpayer satisfies
the "bona fide residence test".
On the other hand, under
the "physical presence test", a
U.S. citizen would be consid-
ered a "qualified individual" if
such individual is present in a
foreign country or countries
during at least 330 full days
during any consecutive 12
month period.
This test is more subjec-
tive than the "bona fide resi-
dence test", since the statute
only requires physical pres-
ence in a foreign country for
the requisite period of time,
rather than the need of the
individual to objectively
establish residency. For pur-
poses of the "physical pres-
ence test," the 12 month peri-
od may begin with any day,
the 330 days need not to be
consecutive and a full day is a
continuous period of 24

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if the citizens of Barbados, the
second highest taxed country
in the region, are supposed to
take their tax resources and
send them to a country in the
region that is among the high-
est per capital income with its
citizens being the lowest
Arthur says it is because
of issues such as these that
regional heads, once the CSM
is fully in place, will have to sit
down and devise a new classi-
fication based on the reality in
the islands.
"It can't be that you want
to exclude Antigua from
being able to access the

resources of the fund, but it
has to be addressed in terms
of our getting a new perspec-
tive on the designation of
countries as disadvantaged
countries and not as LDCs for
the purpose of accessing the
"Because how else would
you justify a situation where
the richest country with the
lowest rate of tax gets grant
financing from the poorest
country with the highest rate
of tax?" the prime minister

He says the new formula
will also have to take into

consideration the circum-
stances of countries, for
example St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, which lost its tra-
ditional preferential markets
and also stands to lose gov-
ernment revenue as a conse-
quence of signing on to the
Notwithstanding the
difficulty, Arthur is, however,
confident that all states,
including those in the OECS,
can sit down and work out a
formula that is acceptable to

Once it is determined that
the individual is a "qualified
individual" by satisfying the
hlr iign tax home" require-
ment and by satisfying either
the "bona fide residence test"
or the "physical presence
test", such individual may
elect to exclude, up to a cer-
tain amount, the sum of his
foreign earned income and his
foreign housing costs from
such individual's gross income.
Here is where the new law
kicks in. Even though the new
law increases the maximum
amount a qualified individual
may exclude by increasing the
former $80,000 annual limit to
$82,400 for the year 2006, it
also provides new guidance
for the computation of the
U.S. tax liability on the non-
excluded amount that will
usually subject such non-
excluded amounts to higher
U.S. income tax rates.
In addition, the new law
places a cap of $11,536 on the
amount such individuals are
going to be able to deduct as
foreign housing expense,
which deduction under the
former law was not limited.
These changes in the law
could translate to thousands
of dollars in additional taxes
to many U.S. employees
working in foreign countries.
In the future, these
changes in the law are
expected to have not only a
detrimental effect on U.S.
employees working abroad,
but also on the U.S. employ-
er. Thus, it is extremely
important that U.S. employ-
ees and employers that may
be affected by this new law
consult with competent U.S.
tax counsel to determine the
effect such change in the law
might have in their future
U.S. tax obligations.

Michael Rosenberg is a
shareholder and Oscar I.
Alfonso is an associate with
the Coral Gables law firm of
Packman, Neuwahl &
Rosenberg and can be
reached at 305-665?3311

British Airways to increase

winter flights to Bermuda

July 2006

. ......


Soca Warriors shine at soccer's World Cup

Trinidad and Tobago, the
Caribbean's lone repre-
sentative at the 2006
World Cup finals, made an
early exit from soccer's bi_-,L ,I
event last month, but not
before leaving a memorable
mark, displaying true regional
grit and spirit to earn respect
and even admiration from all
who flocked to the competi-
tion in Germany.
Rallying against the
gloomy predictions by odds
makers, who figured the Soca
Warriors would be easy pick-
ings for the game's elite, and
playing in front of thousands
of colorful supporters who
made the trip to the tourna-
ment, T&T opened with a sur-
prising 0-0 draw against
Sweden in Dortmund on June
10, then followed with another
courageous performance in a
0-2 loss to England in
Nuremberg five days later.
T&T ended its Group B
schedule with a 2-0 loss to
Paraguay on June 20 in
Kaiserslautern to finish the
competition with one point,
not enough to advance to the
second round as one of the
top two teams from the group.

But the Soca Warriors
won in so many other ways.
Against Sweden, they defend-
ed stoutly for 90 minutes to
keep a clean scoring sheet;
and although the European
powerhouse missed several

scoring chances, T&T was by
no means outclassed.
"We had our eyes wide
open," T&T's coach Leo
Beenhakker said cheekily
after the Sweden game.
"Don't blame us if they didn't
score a goal."
Beenhakker, however,
conceded that T&T did not


match up well against their
Group B rivals, which, in addi-
tion to the two European
teams, also included Paraguay
from South America.
"We recognize that we
don't have the talent and qual-
ity of the opponents," he

But that did not scare
T&T leading up its next match
against England. The Soca
Warriors battled gamely until
England scored two late goals
to win the match and avoid
the embarrassment of being
held by a nation of merely 1.3
million. The result left many
convinced of the vastly

.Team gets grant from T&T gov't

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The government has
delivered on its promise to
grant TT$1 million to each
member of the Soca Warriors
squad following the perform-
ance of the team in the
Football World Cup in
Sports Minister Roger
Boynes made the presentation
at the VIP Lounge at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium in
Port of Spain on June 30.
Pledging government's
commitment to assist the team
for the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa, Boynes said it
was necessary to set aside
funds early enough to facili-
tate necessary training ses-
sions, both locally and abroad,
as well as friendly matches
with other nations.

Meanwhile, Trinidad and
Tobago Football Federation
Senior Vice-president
Raymond Tim Kee expressed
surprise that the cheques had
been prepared so quickly

given that Prime Minister
Patrick Manning only made
the promise on June 24. Tim
Kee appealed to the players
to seek professional financial
advice as "$1 million could
evaporate in a quick time"
and he warned them to
beware of "fancy cars as
they depreciate every day."
He also issued a challenge
to the corporate sector to
invest in sporting events
beforehand and not after the
fact, as money was needed to
ensure the comfort of players,
coaches and assistants before
major events.
Each of the 24 members
of the Soca Warriors squad
received TT$1 million,
comprised of $750,000 in
units from the Unit Trust
Corporation and $250,000 in
cash. Captain Dwight Yorke,
who came out of retirement
to lead the team, was reward-
ed with $1.25 million, made
up of $1 million in units and
$250,000 in cash.

improved quality of soccer
coming out of the Caribbean.
"They have gained respect
because people don't expect to
bash them," said England
reserve goalkeeper David
James, whose father lives in
Jamaica. "(T&T) have drawn
against Sweden, which is a
tremendously talented side;
they've pushed England to the
last 10 minutes."
Captain Dwight Yorke,
who played professional soc-
cer for years at top clubs in
England, was elated by the
positive impact made by the
Soca Warriors from the begin-
ning of the competition.
"It's a very proud
moment," he said after the
Sweden match, "for me, my
family and country."
In the final group game
T&T stumbled again, this time
to South American team
Paraguay. A goal in each half
sunk the Soca Warriors' slim
hopes of advancing to the
tournament's Round of 16.
However, that did not dampen
the euphoria felt by Trini fans,
which had been ignited by
the twin island republic's
qualifying playoff win against
Bahrain long before the
first ball was kicked off in
"It's great to be the small-
est nation to qualify (for the
World Cup)," said Riyad
Khan, a Trini who made the
trip. "It's a dream opportunity
to travel to Europe and partic-
ipate in the bi,_,L-.I sporting
event in the world."
And in the process the
Soca Warriors captured the
hearts of millions of soccer
fans worldwide as well.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing

The Bahamas rescues

Caribbean Volleyball

Champs set for Aug. 20-27

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC -
The Bahamas Volleyball
Federation (BVF) is stepping
in to host the 11th Caribbean
Volleyball Championship
(CVC) this summer after
Barbados was forced to decline
staging the competition.
The unavailability of the
international venue Wildey
Gymnasium foiled the
Barbados bid effort to stage
CVC 2006, and the event set
for Aug. 20-27 has now been
shifted to New
Providence, "Usually ther
The Bahamas. "Usually there
It is hoped bidding proce
that 12 coun- (late) stage o1
tries will field a matter of ur
men's and that we need
women's championship
teams, includ- the qualificati
ing The all of the tean
Bahamas and Don Cornis
defending Bahamas Vo
Other invited countries
are Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad
and Tobago, the Cayman
Islands, St. Lucia, Martinique,
the United States Virgin
Islands, Guadeloupe, Aruba
and the Netherlands Antilles.
At a press conference late
last month to announce the
country's hosting of the cham-
pionship, the BVF President
Don Cornish said it was cru-
cial to step in as hosts of the
CVC held every two years -
in order to maintain the
integrity of the sport in the
"Usually there would be a
bidding process but at this
(late) stage of the game it is a
matter of understanding that

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f the
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is to
ion p
is in
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we need to have the champi-
onships to continue the quali-
fication process for all of the
teams in this zone," Cornish

This CVC is a qualifying
series for the North, Central
and Caribbean Volleyball
Confederation (NORCECA)
Championships that lead to
the Pan American Games.
There are also efforts to
ensure the par-
ould be a ticipation of
)uld be a Haiti and
but at this Jamaica, which
D game it is had announced
standing their withdrawal
lave the because of
o continue financial prob-
process for lems.
n this zone" The
resident of The Bahamas Sports
ball Federation. Minister Neville
Wisdom urged
agencies and the private sec-
tor to support the champi-
onship, which will cost
approximately $200,000 to
"The funds that we are
going to be able to give are
limited and we will need
cooperation from the govern-
ment agencies and the private
sector. I communicated with
the chairman of Caribbean
Volleyball body to ensure the
participation of Haiti and
Jamaica. These countries' par-
ticipation will bode well for
the success of these events,"
said Wisdom.

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Health concerns in

to Cricket World Cu

CMC Health management
systems in some Caribbean
countries are not yet up to the
task of managing the influx of
cricket fans and officials
expected for next year's ICC
Cricket World Cup, according
to the man leading a key
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) health committee.
Barbados Minister of
Health Dr. Jerome Walcott,
chairman of the region's com-
mittee of ministers of health
and other health officials, told
journalists that while prepara-
tions in some areas were on
track, other areas needed
urgent attention.
He said while countries
such as Jamaica, Trinidad and
Tobago, Guyana and Barbados
were generally on track and
seemed to be moving ahead
with their plans to host the
increased number of visitors
expected for the tournament,
deficiencies in the health sector
in the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean (OECS) were evi-

The minister identified the
surveillance for infectious dis-


single IT
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
Former St. Lucia Prime
Minister Dr. Vaughan Lewis
has called for the revival of
an initiative to create a single
maritime space within the
Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS).
He said this would make
the sub-region more attractive
to investors and visitors and
would give the tourism industry
a major boost by simplifying
immigration procedures within
the sub-region.
The Trinidad-based
University of the West Indies
professor, who currently
heads a Caribbean community
(CARICOM) technical work-
ing group on governance, said
the move is vital for the sub-
region now that most of the
OECS countries had turned
to tourism as the mainstay of
their economies following the
demise of the banana and
sugar sectors.
Dr. Lewis said the sub-
region should now move
towards the creation of a larger
tourism space with the devel-
opment of a single maritime
zone stretching from St. Lucia
to Grenada. This, he said,
would facilitate the movement
of persons in the area by hav-
ing them clear immigration in
one territory rather than in all
member states.

eases, adequate emergency
facilities, the training of para-
medics and provision of ambu-
lances, port health, liquid
and solid waste disposal, and


preparing for possible threats
such as avian flu as some of the
unresolved problems.
"There is a need for prop-
er and upgraded emergency
facilities in the host countries.
A number of countries had
said this initially, but we
thought this was not happen-
ing quickly enough," he said,
noting that this was the
message he delivered to
CARICOM's Cricket Prime
Ministerial Sub Committee

r St. Lucia P.M

maritime space
"When a yacht for instance
arrives in St. Lucia it will be
cleared by the local immigra-
tion and then be free to move
through the other territories
both by sea and land without
having to go through
customs/immigration in the rest

of the area," he explained.
He said within such a zone
people would have freedom of
movement allowing investors
greater latitude in developing
new products.

He added that the pro-
posed single maritime zone
tourism could give the region's
tourism greater variety.
"What small size does in
some respects is that it reduces
the diversity and the variety
that people look for in tourism



ip 2007
"For example, in St. Lucia
and St. Kitts, which are quite
advanced in terms of their sta-
dia, now you realize that in
terms of the provision of emer-
gency health care, that they
now need to have an overlay
and incorporate health facili-
ties in some of the completed
stands that they've overlooked
in terms of emergency centers
for spectators," Walcott

In terms of monitoring
infectious diseases, Walcott said
there was a possibility of dis-
eases which were not endemic
to the region being brought in.
"CAREC (Caribbean
Epidemiology Centre) has
been working with some of the
countries to develop a program
in terms of strengthening the
laboratories to be able to iden-
tify infections diseases," he
said, noting that member coun-
tries would be required to con-
tribute up to $100,000 towards
building capacity in this regard.

Caribbean not ready, says
tourism expert, page 25.


and so the wider space will cre-
ate that variety and so working
towards making a maritime or
sea space for tourism would be
an important objective," he
The idea of a single mar-
itime zone for the OECS was
first mooted prior to the Sept.
11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the
United States. The initiative
was then placed on the back
burner as the sub-region sought
to address its own security con-
Dr. Lewis said it was time
to revive the initiative, noting
that the same way the OECS
created a single economic
space for banana production in
the Windward Islands, the
same needed to be done for
"This is the way to go if we
are going to be in a position to
take advantage of the revenue
tourism can bring from the
scale of the operation," he said.
The OECS earlier this year
announced that it will pursue
the branding of the sub-region
as a joint yachting destination
and create a company to collec-
tively negotiate with cruise
lines. The plan was approved
by OECS tourism ministers
when they met for their annual
general meeting in March.

CMC Leeward Islands Air
Transport's (LIAT) newly
appointed Chief Executive
Officer Mark Darby has
unveiled an ambitious plan to
take the financially strapped
regional air carrier out of the
red by the end of 2007.
Darby, an Englishman
with more than two decades
of experience in the airline
industry who has taken up
office at LIAT's Antigua
headquarter, told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
that his first order of business
would be to reshape the carri-
er's network in an effort to
reverse its financial fortunes.
"For the rest of the year
we will be having a very good
look at the route network,
where we operate, when we
operate," he said. "I am not
sure we are offering flights to
people at the times they want
to travel to destinations where
they really want to go.
"Quite often we've got a
flight at say six o'clock in the
morning, our competition is
flying five minutes later to
exactly the same destination
and both of us are flying half
full. That just doesn't make
any sense, so we need to be
more selective about when we
fly and bring some sense to
the market," Darby added.

Darby, who helped to
manage the creation of Air
Arabia, a low cost carrier in

the Middle East, said he had
no immediate plans to cut
staff but would be strengthen-
ing LIAT's marketing thrust,
as the carrier was previously
too reactive, rather than
proactive in the areas of sales
and marketing.
"The concentration will
be very much on the revenue
generating side rather than
looking at ways of cutting
staff. I think there is plenty to
do in terms of getting the sales
and marketing efforts of the
airline together much more
effectively," the new CEO

He said prolonged negoti-
ations with the airline's pilots
would continue with the hope
of reaching an amicable settle-
ment as soon as practicable.
"We are in actual discus-
sions with the pilots," Darby
explained. "We already had a
number of discussions and
those will continue until we
reach a satisfactory conclusion
for both parties. Clearly the
airline is struggling financially,
it has been for many years.
We want to work with them to
see how we can improve the
airline and pay them the rates
of pay they aspire to.
"I am not saying we are
going to give them a blank
check. We haven't got the
money to do that so we have
to look at creative ways of
reaching an amicable settle-
ment," he added.

Nigerian barred from

practicing law in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
An African immigrant who
falsely claimed to be an attor-
ney-at-law has been barred
from practicing law here.
A court ruled that Leonard
Ogilvie who practiced law here
for three years until apprehend-
ed by police in March while try-
ing to leave the island, is not a
legitimate member of the legal
Several civil cases involv-
ing the controversial Nigerian
were heard during the case
and while he won one, Ogilvie
lost all the others.
In a case he brought
against the state for detaining
him illegally for too long, gov-
ernment lawyers conceded
that he had been held for 14
1/2 hours more than the 72
hours legally allowable. For
this Justice Albert Redheaed

ordered that Ogilvie be paid
EC$7,500 for the distress he

In yet another case
brought by the attorney gen-
eral and the Bar Association,
seeking his removal from the
roll, the judge agreed that
Ogilvie was unfit to be regis-
tered as a lawyer in the state.
The judge noted that in all
his years on the bench he
never came across "as brave a
defendant who sought to
become a lawyer by lies, deceit
and false documentation."
He noted that not only is
Ogilvie not a lawyer, but he
also failed his exams as
proven by documentation sub-
mitted to the court.

Liat's new boss unveils

plan for troubled carrier

July 2006


Jagdeo outlines security plans

for upcoming Guyana elections

CMC The Guyana govern-
ment has outlined its pre and
post-elections security strategy
designed to prevent violence
which marred the last three
polls here.
Bharrat Jagdeo said
the security forces
will be fully mobi-
lized to deal with .,in
situation which
threatens the polls,
set to be held this
"We will ensure
that training is done
urgently to rehearse
all the scenarios
likely to be encoun-
tered during the Jagdeo
elections period,"
Jagdeo said while addressing
the annual conference of army
officers late last month.

Urban violence rocked
the 1992, 1997 and 2001 polls
which were also characterized
by Opposition party allega-
tions of massive voter irregu-
larities resulting in rejection of

the results and the filing of an
elections petition in the courts
in 1997.
"To regain and inspire the
confidence of the public we
would never rest satisfied until

we have eradicated from our
midst the criminal gangs and
successfully confronted organ-
ized crime in all of its manifes-
tations in Guyana," Jagdeo
told the officers.
The 2006 general and
regional polls have been re-
scheduled from May to
September following a consti-
tutional amendment by the

governing People's Progressive
Party (PPP) government. The
main Opposition People's
National Congress Reform
(PNC/R) is challenging the
amendment in the courts.
Touching on the disap-
pearance of 33 Russian-manu-
factured AK-47 automatic
assault rifles and five pistols
from the army's Camp
Ayanganna headquarters in
the capital in February, Jagdeo
said "the failure to recover
them have also added to uncer-
tainty about public safety."
Said Jagdeo: "Crime
exerts an unacceptable price
on national development,
particularly in the context of
the newer manifestations of
crime, such as internationally
organized narco-trafficking,
alien and small weapons
trafficking, kidnapping and
"Additionally, the
increased resources needed
for fighting crime calls for
more attention to developing
strong alliances to confront
the challenge."

Caribbean not ready to host

Cricket World Cup ~ Parle

Lucia, CMC -
Former President of
the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA)
Berthia Parle says
with only eight
months to go before
the start of Cricket
World Cup the
region is still far
from prepared to
host the event.
She added, how-
ever, that she is
expecting the region
to rise to the chal-
lenge to pull off the
"On the issue of
whether we are ready,
I don't think so. Will we be
ready? We better be, other-
wise we will have some seri-
ous problems," said Parle who
recently completed a two-year
term at the helm of the
regional tourism body.
Speaking here on her
return from the recently con-
cluded Caribbean Hotel
Industry (CHIC) conference
held in Miami, Parle said that
there was still a lot of work to
be done if the region is to
accommodate the hundreds of
visitors expected in the region
for the event. She said that the

issue of additional accommo-
dation was still to be resolved
as most of the hotels were
already booked outside of
reservations for the games. In
addition, travel within the
region still has to be worked
out both in the context of
availability of transport and
arrangements by the immigra-
tion departments to handle
the influx of visitors.

Parle added that the
perception among people in
the region was that once an
investment was made in

preparation for the
World Cup then
returns would be
guaranteed, and there
was generally a feeling
among Caribbean
people that the event
would generally pro-
vide huge returns.
"We need to contin-
ue to educate our peo-
ple because the feeling
on the ground is that a
lot of people are going
to get rich overnight
and make millions of
dollars and it ain't
going to happen,"she
"So I am firmly of
the view that there are
going to be many disappoint-
ed locals and governments as
well," she added.
Scores of locals and
business interests have been
renovating their houses and
establishments to be in a posi-
tion to host the many visitors
seeking accommodation for
the six-week event.
Cricket World Cop begins
in Mar. 2007 with an opening
ceremony planned for

Opposition M.R to give

pay rise to charity

- Opposition Member of
Parliament Michael Dunkley
said he would donate any
increase in his salary to charity
as controversy continues to
rage over rises approved by the
House of Assembly.
Dunkley, the United
Bermuda Party's (UBP)
deputy leader, said he felt
"extremely uncomfortable"
about the pay increases and
that it was ~i ur.i;co ,u" that
the Bermuda government was
now attempting to "ram the
legislation through."
The pay increases, which
will see Premier Alex Scott's
pay package leap a massive 80
percent to $200,000 a year,
were passed by the House in
June with support from all gov-
ernment M.Ps. The UBP voted
against the bill which will also
see full-time ministers getting
$150,000 a year and part-time
ministers $100,000.

But in a surprise move on
June 27, government Senate

leader Larry Mussenden, who
is also the island's attorney
general, again deferred any
debate by the 11 senators on
the hikes which will now go
before the
Upper House
in two weeks'
Dunkley said
he believed
the increases
would even-
tually be
rejected by
Scott the Senate,
but added: "I
will tell you that I will not
accept it.
"If it goes through my
increase will go to a charity
and at that time I will let peo-
ple know what charity just so
people can see that I really did
donate," he told the Mid-
Ocean News.
Dunkley told the weekly
newspaper that he believed some
of his party colleagues were also
willing to hand over any increase
in income to charity.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Ganace Ramdial, a for-
mer president of the Senate has
died of a massive heart attack.
He was 72.
Ramdial died earlier this
month after being admitted to a
nursing home on June 28 when
he complained of feeling sick.
He was treated but returned to
the facility on June 30, after
which his condition worsened.
He died on July 1 in the
presence of his wife Gloria, sons
Garvin, Gary and other mem-
bers of his family. Ramdial was
being treated for inflammation
of the pancreas, but doctors told
his relatives that he suffered a
massive heart which was the
cause of death.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Jamaican government is
working along with the
Association of Caribbean States
(ACS) on a plan to measure the
progress of the region's tourism
industry in achieving sustainable
Tourism, Entertainment and
Culture Minister Aloun
Ndombet-Assamba made the
disclosure while speaking in the
House of Representatives late
last month.
"This involves the develop-
ment of a methodology with
common goals for measuring

Ramdial was a close friend
of former Opposition Leader
Basdeo Panday, who was
instrumental in his appointment
as Senate president on Nov. 27,
1995. Ramdial was re-elected to
the position on Jan. 12, 2001.
Ramdial, an attorney-at-
law, was called to the bar at
Inner Temple in the United
Kingdom in 1963. He was also a
fellow of the Chartered
Institute of Bankers in the
United Kingston and served on
the boards of several public and
private sector companies during
his long and distinguished
career in this country's financial

the impact of sustainable devel-
opment. The indicators will
allow public/private sector
agencies to gauge and monitor
the tourism sector's progress,"
Ndombet-Assamba said.
She indicated that the proj-
ect, which is funded by the
Foreign Commonwealth
Office of the United Kingdom,
seeks to identify, prioritize and
assess pilot destinations in ACS
member states that will become
part of the Sustainable Tourism
Zone of the Caribbean (STZC).

Former T&T Senate

president dies at 72

Jamaica, ACS collaborate

on tourism development plan

July 2006


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Dome of volcano collapses

BRADES, Montserrat,
CMC The dome of
the Soufriere Hills
Volcano collapsed late
last month sending
pyroclastic flows down
eastern side of the
island and ash clouds to
just over 12,000 in the
Scientists at the
Montserrat Volcano
Observatory (MVO)
said the ash plume was
blown north-west by
prevailing winds with
most of the ash falling
into the sea. However, Souf
some ash fell in the
Salem and Woodlands areas
and residents were asked to
wear ash masks.

for citizen security
WASHINGTON, CMC will be the establishment of a
The Inter-American "crime observatory" to moni-
Development Bank (IDB) tor trends in crime and vio-
says it has approved a $19.8 lence and collect data and
million loan to Guyana to sup- information the Ministry of
port a citizen security program Home Affairs (MoHA) and
that will engage police and the GPF need to plan, imple-
local residents in preventing ment and evaluate citizen
crime and violence in the security policies, strategies
country's most populated and programs. It will finance
regions, technical assistance, training
The program, which seeks and computer hardware and
to help Guyana arrest the rise software to create the infor-
in violent crime and insecurity mation system and to support
it has suffered in recent years, the development of staff of
will strengthen the Ministry of MoHA's policy and research
Home Affairs and modernize unit. It will also promote
the Guyanese Police Force improvements to the min-
(GPF), the IDB said in a istry's overall administration
statement. It said it would also and performance.
promote social development The GPF will receive sup-
in disadvantaged communities port for training in crime
in Regions IV and VI of the investigation and detection,
country. information management,
The IDB has financed cit- case management, recruit
izen security programs in training, neighborhood polic-
Colombia, Chile, Honduras, ing, and human rights.
Nicaragua and Uruguay. Resources will be provided to
A key part of the program build and equip a crime labo-

increased the alert level
from level three to level
four when, the earth-
quake swarm which
had died off previously,
returned (June 29)
The statement said
that various parts of the
island had to be closed.
The Soufriere Hills
Volcano roared to life
in 1995 after years of
being dormant. In May,
the lava dome of the
volcano collapsed caus-
ing mud flows and
surges along the north-
east flank of the island.

ratory and training facilities,
remodel police stations and
develop a new urban traffic
management plan.
IDB said the program
would also help the GPF
improve its internal organiza-
tion and administration,
including planning, budgeting,
accounting, auditing, human
resource management and
procurement. It will also assist
the police in developing part-
nerships with communities.
Participant neighborhoods
will receive support for vio-
lence and crime prevention
services they will choose from
a menu of alternatives on the
basis of their assessment of
their own community's needs,
the IDB added.
The IDB loan is for 40
years, with a 10-year grace
period. Interest rates will be
one per cent a year during the
first decade and two percent a
year thereafter.

CMC Fugitive Guyanese
businessman Roger Khan was
late last month deported to
Trinidad and Tobago where he
was reportedly arrested and
transported to Miami to stand
trial on drug trafficking
This has, however, sparked
a fuss by his lawyers who claim
that his legal rights have been
violated as he was "kidnapped"
and sent off to the United
Local law enforcement
authorities reportedly made
the decision to expel Guyana's
most wanted man because he
had entered Suriname illegally
from T&T. Around 6 a.m. he
was escorted by three heavily

An official statement
issued on June 30 said that
"the authorities had earlier

armed policemen and put on a
flight to Trinidad where he was
met by U.S. law enforcement
In April he was indicted
by the Eastern District Court
in Brooklyn for cocaine traf-
ficking between 20(11 2 n in

Tom Walsh, spokesman
for the U.S. Embassy in
Suriname said: "I can only
confirm that the U.S. submit-
ted a formal request on June
19 for his provisional arrest on
charges for cocaine trafficking
to the United States."
He further noted that
Khan's arrest by Suriname
police was a "major strike
against narco-trafficking."

Khan's Surinamese lawyers,
however, are stunned by the
dramatic turn in events.
"We are investigating what
actually has happened. Only
the prosecutor general could
give us the answers. That is
why we sent him two letters
asking him to explain to us
what has occurred," said
Gerold Sewcharan one of
Khan's two lawyers.
Depending on the
response of the prosecutor the
lawyers said they will decide
what their next steps will be.
"My client was kidnapped
since he was taken away with-
out any legal procedure to jus-
tify that," Sewcharan added.

Dominica seeking to end

dispute with Venezuela

over Bird Island

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
The Dominica government
has announced that it is look-
ing to bring an end to the
issue of the ownership of Bird
Dominica and Venezuela
have agreed to set up a com-
mission which will look at the
boundaries of the island to
determine its ownership,
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit announced at a press
conference late last month.
He, however, did not give
details about who would make
up the commission and its
terms of reference.
For many years Venezuela
and Dominica have battled
over ownership of the small
island located 70 miles west of
Dominica and 340 miles north
of the Venezuela mainland.
Said Skerrit: "The inter-
national community recog-
nizes Venezuela's sovereignty
over Bird Island. This is a
fact and this is enshrined in
treaties and everything.
"The United States, Great

Britain, Canada, U.K., France
all these countries recognize
Venezuela's sovereignty."
The Dominica leader said


his country will not get
involved in a debate with
Venezuela, noting that his
government has engaged the
government of the South
American country to look at
ways to bring the matter to a
close in the best interest of
affected states.

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC A government minis-
ter in Grenada is not satisfied
that there has been enough
public education here on the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME).
Minister for Foreign
Affairs and International
Trade Elvin Nimrod said
while some efforts have been
made to educate Grenadians
on the regional economic
initiative, much still needs to
be done.
"I must agree that we in
CARICOM (Caribbean com-
munity), including Grenada,
could have done much more
at this point to educate the
population on the implications
of the CSME. But we still
have done a great deal,"
Nimrod said.
He said the Division of
Trade has so far conducted 51
education sessions with vari-
ous non-governmental organi-
zations and other entities,
including the Opposition, on
the pact which will allow for
the free movement of goods,
services, capital and labor
throughout member states.

However, Opposition
Member of Parliament Peter
David said that the man-on-
the-street is still not convinced

about the reality of the single
market and the impact it will
have on his life.
"I must say that the vast
majority of the Grenadians in
my view, though, are aware
that there is something called
CSME that is about to come
into our lives, they are not

sure about the impact it's
going to have," said David.
The six members of the
Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS)
were expected to sign the
instruments of accession to
become members of the
single market component of
the CSME during the CARI-
COM Heads of Government
Summit in St Kitts, scheduled
for earlier this month.

IDB provides loan to Guyana

Grenada minister wants

more CSME education

Suriname expels Guyana's most wanted man

July 2006


CARICOM official calls for full

labor movement across region

IDB and CDB to fund Caribbean

disaster prevention initiative

CMC The Caribbean com-
munity's (CARICOM) main
advisor on free movement
says regional states should
push towards full movement
of labor within the region as
soon as possible.
Steven McAndrew, the
free movement specialist at
the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy (CSME) Unit,
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation it was time to
remove restrictions which pre-
vented any worker in a
regional state from seeking
employment in another state.
"We need to understand
that we have implemented a
regional market of which a
regional labor market is an
integral part, so we cannot
continue to distort the market
by only granting free move-
ment to a limited category of
persons," he said late last
McAndrew said after
observing the workings of the
regional free movement initia-
tive, which was introduced in
some states in advance of the

official implementation of the
single market aspect of the
CSME in January this year, he
was convinced that fully open-
ing up the regional labor mar-
ket would not result in per-
sons flooding any of the terri-
He said 3,500 skilled
national certificates have been
issued so far, with Barbados
absorbing the majority of per-
sons, followed closely by
Trinidad and Tobago and
Jamaica. Over 97 percent of
the certificates issued were to
university graduates, he
"If you look at the 3,500
certificates which were issued
up to (June 28), you cannot
say there has been a flooding
of skilled nationals because
the numbers are very, very
low if you take into account
that it has been in operation
for a number of years.
"I think these numbers
are proof that there would be
no flooding because one of
the major fears people have
about free movement is that
certain member states will be

flooded but the evidence so
far is not supporting this at
all," McAndrew added.

The CARICOM official
said while there were a few
problems in some states, the
free movement aspect was
operating without any major
"There have been some
teething problems in some
member states, but we are
working with those member
states in order to solve the
problems which have arisen
but generally the free move-
ment has operated very well,"
he said.
Currently artistes, musi-
cians, university graduates,
media workers and sports
persons are eligible for free
movement but the CARI-
COM Council for Trade and
Economic Development
recently submitted a proposal
for nurses, domestics and
teachers be added to the cate-
gory of persons moving freely.

Divided Opposition party fires two legislators

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The executive of the
embattled main Opposition
United National Congress
(UNC) has replaced two sena-
tors and had also adopted a
motion aimed at removing its
political leader Winston


Dookeran from his post.
But in an immediate reac-
tion to the decision late last
month, Dookeran, a former
central bank governor, said
that he had no intention of
allowing the "cabal" within
the divided executive to stop
his plans of wanting to "build
a better country for all."
Dookeran was not present
when the faction of the execu-
tive, including Opposition
Leader Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and FIFA Vice
President Jack Warner, adopt-

ed the motion at a meeting on
June 28. That faction, which is
known to be supportive of for-
mer chairman and party
leader Basdeo Panday, has
been accusing Dookeran of
not attending meetings and
carrying out parallel activities.
Dookeran, speaking at a pub-
lic meeting of his group, said
that when he took on the
responsibility of political
leader "I received a number
of calls urging me to go for-
"And when I heard.. .of
the sad deliberations on the
part of the executive, and the
attempts and decision to deal
with me, and to deal with me
by moving a vote of no confi-
dence in me, I know that the
hearts of the people are with
me and you are the only ones
that can provide that confi-
"People have already lost
confidence in the executive.
How can we.. .allow a group
like that to move such a
motion," he asked, insisting "I
will continue..."
The executive had also
announced that it had decided
to replace Caroline
Seepersad-Bachan and Sadiq
Baksh, the party's organizer.
Dr. Shastri Moonan and
Raziah Ahmed have since
been named to replace them.
Both Baksh and
Seepersad-Bachan have

appeared on the platforms of
Dookeran, and Baksh sarcasti-
cally told reporters that the
executive had committed
political suicide and "may
their souls rest in peace." But
Persad-Bissessar, a UNC
deputy leader, told reporters
that she had turned down an
invitation by Dookeran to join
his faction within the execu-
Persad-Bissessar said
despite the motion of no con-
fidence against Dookeran, the
executive was not booting him
out of the party.


She said the executive will
move to convene a series of
meetings islandwide to discuss
the issue with the final meet-
ing taking place on Aug. 13.

Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) has announced
the launch of a disaster pre-
vention initiative in partner-
ship with the Caribbean
Development Bank (CDB)
to help mitigate the effects of
disasters in the Caribbean
An IDB statement said
President Luis Alberto
Moreno and CDB President
Compton Bourne met in
Barbados late last month with
national disaster coordinators
from 18 Caribbean states to
review and discuss approaches
on financing in anticipation of
disaster events.
International partners,
including the United Nations
Development Program
(UNDP), the Pan-American
Health Organization (PAHO),
and the World Bank, which
are active in promoting disas-
ter risk management, also

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC The Grenada Senate has
approved legislation clearing the
way for the island to join the
regional single market.
However, an Opposition
senator says a huge gap still
exists between the leadership of
the country and the population
on the regional economic pact,
which will allow for the free
movement of goods, services,
capital and labor across partici-
pating states.
The single
market is the
first phase of
the CARI-
COM Single
Market and
Passage of
the Revised
Treaty of Gill
Bill came ahead of the
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) summit in St. Kitts and
Nevis earlier this month. The six
members of the Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS), including Grenada,
were expected to join the pact
In January the single mar-
ket came into operation with
Barbados, Belize, Guyana,
Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad
and Tobago the first to join.
However, OECS leaders held
out, pending the creation of a
regional development fund,
which would cushion smaller
states within the 15-member
CARICOM bloc, as they

attended the meeting and "sig-
nalled their renewed commit-
ment to helping the region
reduce its vulnerability to nat-
ural di ,,IL r, the IDB stated.
MNrl Ino and Bourne
highlighted the importance of
protecting peo-
ple's liveli-
hoods from
the economic
and financial
associated with
natural disas-
i~ r, the
Bourne added.
In his first
official visit to the Caribbean,
Moreno also formalized the
IDB's partnership with the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Response Agency (CDERA)
in support of disaster risk man-
agement in the tourism sector.

opened their borders. The fund
has since been established and
government leaders were
expected to approve its terms
at their summit.

Meanwhile, Senator Arley
Gill said that while the National
Democratic Congress supports
the single market there are con-
cerns about the
lack of involve-
ment of the .
local popula-
,I am say-
ing that in
Grenada I see
a gap between
the leadership
of the country Hood
and the mass of
the Grenadian people, in terms
of the CSME, in terms of the
integration process," Gill told
the Senate on June 30 during
debate on the bill.
"I am saying that if we're
going to have a successful
implementation of this process
there is need for a deepening in
the relationship between the
political leadership in the region
and the people."
Tourism Minister Senator
Brenda Hood said despite prob-
lems the single market offered
many opportunities, especially
for lesser-developed countries.
"I think sometime we feel
that changes can be very nega-
tive, but I think we have to use
it to our advantage," Hood said.

Grenada approves CARICOM

legislation on single market

July 2006


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