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Haiti's former
Prime Minister
Yvon Neptune,
who was jailed
previous inter-
im administra-
tion, has finally
been released
from prison
following an order by the
country's Appeal Court,
page 2.

Jason and Laura Henzell man-
age "Jake's", the Jamaican
seaside Treasure Beach resort
of cotton candy-colored cot-
tages, which has become syn-
onymous with the best in inter-
national literary arts, page 7.

Two Caribbean-born boxers,
O'Neil Bell, left, and Glen
Johnson, are getting ready for
more glory in the ring. Bell is
looking to defend his world
cruiserweight title, while
Johnson wants to take back
the light heavyweight crown,
page 20.

New s .................... 2 Lifestyle ................. 11 Arts/Entertainment ....... 17 Business ................ 22
Tourism/Travel ............ 7 Food .................... 12 Sport ................... 20 Back To School Feature ... 23
View point ................ 9 Books ................... 16 Politics ................. 21 Region .................. 27

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New push to squeeze illegal aliens out of U.S. work force
GORDON WILLIAMS (ICE) arm will partner busi- accomplish greater industry Dahlia Walker-Huntington. However, if the new pr
nesses in a program that will compliance and corporate due "There is a lot of uncertain- gram forces them to comply
A panic wave set off ensure that employers weed diligence through enhanced ty.. .People are scared. with the rules of not hiring
among undocumented out immigrants not legally federal training and education "(IMAGE) will clearly illegal immigrants, or face
aliens in the I Jnited allowed to work in the U.S. of. mplI > %, r, have an impact on the steep fines, the employers \

States a few months ago, leav-
ing thousands of Caribbean
immigrants jittery and con-
fused, could be further height-
ened by a recent Department
of Homeland Security (DHS)
decision to intensify its push
towards a legal American
work force.
The DHS last month
announced that its Immigration
and Customs Enforcement

The new program is called
the ICE Mutual Agreement
between Government and
Employers (IMAGE), which,
according to a press release
issued by the DHS, "is designed
to build cooperative relation-
ships between government and
businesses to strengthen hiring
practices and reduce the unlaw-
ful employment of illegal aliens.
The initiative also seeks to

That proposed compli-
ance should do little to ease
the prevailing tension existing
in the undocumented alien
Caribbean community, espe-
cially after ICE's recent
announcement to increase its
efforts to round up illegal
immigrants on the job.
"Months ago there was a
wave of panic," said Miami-
based, Jamaican-born attorney

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way or the other it is going to
have some
impact," she
to Walker-
business own-
ers tend to be Walker-Huntington
to the problems faced by ille-
gal immigrants seeking
employment. They also hire
them because they believe
they can trust them more than
others not from the region.




have no choice but to cut
them from their payrolls.
"It's the bottom line,"
said Tanya Ragbeer, president
of the Greater Caribbean
American Chamber of
Commerce (GCACC), which
lists some 150 Caribbean busi-
ness owners among its mem-
"If that is what the gov-
ernment demands, then we as
a people are going to have to
According to Walker-
Huntington, when ICE
announced its stepped up ini-
tiative a few months ago, she
was "flooded with calls" from
people who did not know

Ex-Haiti P.M. Neptune

released from prison

CMC Haiti's former Prime
Minister Yvon Neptune, jailed
under the previous interim

administration, was released
from prison late last month
following an order by the
country's Appeal Court.
His release has been
welcomed by Prime Minister of
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who was
one of the key leaders of the
Caribbean pushing for
Neptune to be let out of prison.
On July 27, a frail Neptune
was carried out the National
Penitentiary by two United
Nations soldiers who took him
to a waiting ambulance which
then transported him to a U.N.
hospital to undergo medical
Neptune, who served as
prime minister under former
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, was arrested and
detained 25 months ago on
accusations he masterminded
what Aristide's opponents call
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a small village near Port au
Prince on Feb. 11, 2004.
On leaving the prison, the
59-year-old former leader,
who was on a (liquids only)
hunger strike for the past 15
months, told journalists "the
fight will continue" since there
were still a number of other
political prisoners in jail who
should be released.
"This is not exactly the
way I wanted it to happen but
the essential thing is that I am
going to go, but the fight will
continue," he said.

As news of his release
spread, scores of people took
to the streets of Port au Prince
to celebrate. Gonsalves told
the Caribbean Media
Corporation he was overjoyed
that the former leader had

been freed.
"I am overjoyed. He
ought to have been released
earlier and I am very pleased
to see that the democratic
institutions are working in the
country... CARICOM as a

August 2006

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U.S. revokes visa of Guyana's top cop
WN, Guyana, been revoked, but in the ment," Jagdeo said.
a's President last two years it has taken a The U.S. Embassy also
o has called on tough stance against nationals revoked the visa of former
tes Embassy suspected to be involved in the B Home Affairs Minister Ronald
revoking the visa illegal drug trade. Two months Gajraj, who had been accused
e Commissioner ago, the U.S. Embassy also can- of involvement in extra-judicial
celled Greene's diplomatic visa. killings. But even though a
embassyy can- "Now if you revoked one ;- Presidential Commission of
s visitor's visa on visa, why not revoke both at the Enquiry cleared him of any
me day he was same time. If you were so con- wrongdoing, the U.S. govern-
ike over from cerned about his involvement, ment refused to lift the travel
Commissioner then all of his visas should have ban imposed on him.
been revoked at that time...I Jagdeo said the revocation
timing very want answers," Jagdeo said. of Greene's visa would affect
se if there was In a statement last month, his credibility.
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tmis ongoing investigation it
should have been done much
earlier," Jagdeo said.
Jagdeo reminded that
Greene "held some critical
positions," including crime
chief and acting commissioner
of police on several occasions.
"So I find the timing very
strange and I have asked the
U.S. government to provide us
with specifics," the president

Washington gave no
details why Greene's visa had

Greene uenieu any involve-
ment in the illegal drugs trade
and expressed outrage that
attempts were being made to
"besmirch my good character."

Jagdeo said that his
administration wanted evi-
dence of Greene's involvement
in illegal activities before it
took any action.
"We did not move against
Felix based on rumors or any-
thing else. We are not prepared
to do that," Jagdeo said, chal-
lenging Washington to make

Guyana's acting Police Commissioner
Henry Greene, left, has a chat with out-
going Commissioner Winston Felix at a
recent function.
the evidence of its claims public
or even the reason for the visa
revocation, iinkL Greene has
agreed to this.
"If we find there is evi-
dence of wrong doing, we will
remove him. If he is involved,
then there must be evidence
of his involvement and they
should provide that to Mr.
Greene and the public and, at
least, share it with the govern-

"it must. It must cast a
shadow because it leaves
doubts in the minds of all
Guyanese and they (U.S.) have
some obligation to all of us as
a country to say, here are the
reasons why we revoked the
visa and we have provided evi-
dence to your government and
then shift it to us if we don't
move on it," he said.
"If they give us the evi-
dence I am prepared to make
it public,"Jagdeo said.

CMC A bill approved in the
United States House of
Assembly last month, clamp-
ing down on Internet gaming
has been described as nIIhLi-
tling" by a former Antigua
and Barbuda diplomat.
Critics say the Republican-
written bill is an election-year
appeal to the party's conserva-
tive bases, but Sir Ronald
Sanders told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
that Antigua would have to
look very keenly at what hap-
pens with the legislation as it
progresses through the U.S.
"At the moment, there's
nothing to worry about
because the bill is not yet law,

but it's a very bad signal and it
will cause unsettlement in the
industry," Sir Ronald said.
"It's a bad
signal because
what it's actu-
ally saying
is that the
United States r
tion is contin-
uing to ignore
panel deci- Sanders
sions made at
the World
Trade Organization (WTO)
that says they need to bring
their laws in conformity with
their obligations under the
general agreement on trade
and services."
Earlier this year, the WTO

upheld an Antiguan complaint
against the Americans that
U.S. restrictions broke rules
on free trade.

While Antigua has been
waiting for the U.S. to comply
with the WTO ruling and
remove its checks on Internet
gambling, last month's approval
of the bill will result in a more
stringent clampdown on the
"The position of the
Antiguan government was that
the United States government
was in violation of its obliga-
tion to allow cross border
sports and recreations, includ-
ing Internet gaming into the
U.S. territory," Sir Ronald said.

"The United States is in
fact acting almost in violation
of the WTO ruling so far, and
it will make unraveling all of
this very difficult for a panel.
One is to be constituted again
shortly to look at this matter
to see what steps the United
States has to take to bring
itself into compliance."
Sir Ronald feels the U.S.
is employing delaying tactics
"so that the Antiguan govern-
ment will eventually get fed
up, or that the money for
funding the case at the WTO
will run out and it will disap-
pear. I think that's obviously
the proposition that we are
seeing here."


* ECLAC predicts 6% growth
for Caribbean economies
The economies of Caribbean coun-
tries are expected to grow by an
average 6.3 percent this year,
according to the latest figures
released by the Economic
Commission for Latin America and
the Caribbean (ECLAC).
ECLAC said steady expansion
of the world economy and abun-
dant liquidity on international capi-
tal markets have helped bring
about increased exports and better
terms of trade for South America,
Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago.
"While the remaining
Caribbean countries and Central
America saw their terms of trade
deteriorate, they did benefit from
remittances sent by emigrant work-
ers, as did Mexico," ECLAC stated

in a report titled "Economic Survey
of Latin America and the Caribbean,
2005-2006" released late last

* T&T seeks to evacuate
nationals from Lebanon
The Trinidad and Tobago govern-
ment last month said it was seek-
ing to evacuate its nationals from
war-torn Lebanon.
A statement issued by the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs said
the London-based T&T High
Commissioner Glenda Morean-
Phillip had been in contact with the
island's Honorary Consul in Lebanon
Jean Haidar to coordinate efforts to
locate and evacuate nationals who
wished to return home.
The ministry said it was aware
that at least three nationals had

indicated a wish to be evacuated.

* Barbados, U.S. sign pact for
seismic station
A Tsunamis and Coastal Hazards
Early Warning System for the
Caribbean (Caribe-EWS) came a
step closer to reality last month
with the signing of an agreement
between the governments of
Barbados and the United States.
Barbados Attorney General Dale
Marshall and U.S. Ambassador Mary
Kramer initialed a memorandum of
understanding which will result in
one of the region's seismic monitor-
ing stations being located at Gun
Hill, St. George, the site of a former
British signal station.

* U.S. urges St. Lucia to
tackle crime

A United States official has urged
law enforcement authorities in
St. Lucia to deal with the rising
crime problem amid reports that
Washington was planning to issue
a visitor advisory notice against the
New U.S. Consul General Clive
Howard Jr. said that in recent times
a number of visitors had become
victims of violent attacks and there
was need for urgent action to deal
with the situation. Howard told
reporters late last month that he
was in St. Lucia for talks with
police officials on how the crime
situation was affecting the tourist
industry and the island in general.

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CMC Guyan
Bharrat Jagdeo
the United Sta
here to justify
of acting Police
Henry Greene
The U.S. e
celled Greene's
July 21, the sar
scheduled to ta
retiring Police
Winston Felix.
"I find the
strange because

August 2006

U.S. bill against Internet gambling 'bad signal' ~ ex-Antigua diplomat

U.K, Privy

Council favors


T&T chief justice

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The London-based
Privy Council has ruled against
any immediate arrest of the
embattled Trinidad and Tobago
Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma
on a charge of attempting to
pervert the course of public jus-
tice, even if the state gets the
Court of Appeal to overturn an
injunction preventing his arrest.
A statement issued late
last month by the lawyers rep-
resenting the chief justice said
that the ruling goes into effect
"immediately upon the deliv-
ery of the said judgement of
the Court of Appeal".
On July 27, the three-
member Court
of Appeal said
that it would
hear the mat- '
ter as one of f .
urgency after .'
it categorized
the case as "a
novel and
exceptional Sharma
Jh.t,,r) .
Lawyers for Police
Commissioner Trevor Paul, his
assistant Wellington Virgil and
the Deputy Director of Public
Prosecution Carle Browne
Antoine are seeking to over-
turn the ex-parte injunction
granted to Sharma's lawyers by
High Court Judge Judith Jones
preventing his arrest on the
charge. Further, the injunction
bars any member of the 7,000
strong Police Force from exe-
cuting the arrest warrant that
the police had first tried to exe-
cute on July 14 at the residence
of the embattled chief justice.

According to the Privy
Council ruling, both the respon-
dents and the attorney general
gave an "undertaking" that the
terms of the injunctions granted
by Justice Jones on July 10 and
maintained on five other
occasions "will continue to be
observed by all persons bound
by them unless and until judge-
ment of the Privy Council is
given against the chief justice in
any appeal, which he may make
to the Privy Council against the
judgement of the Court of
It said that the terms of
the injunction would also
remain "until further orders of
the Privy Council, so long as
the chief justice's appeal to the
Privy Council is prosecuted
with due expedition".



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IMAGE to help U.S. businesses avoid hiring undocumented aliens

United States Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) has
announced a new initiative to
help employers ensure they are
building a legal work force
through voluntary partnerships
with the government.
Called the ICE Mutual
Agreement between
Government and Employers
(IMAGE), the program is
designed to build cooperative
relationships between govern-
ment and businesses to
strengthen hiring practices and
reduce the unlawful employ-
ment of illegal aliens. The ini-
tiative also seeks to accomplish
greater industry compliance
and corporate due diligence
through enhanced federal train-

ing and education of employers.
According to a press
release issued by the DHS late
last month, the criminal prose-
cution of worksite violations
has increased in recent years.
DHS claims it has been flood-
ed by requests from employers
seeking information on how
to avoid hiring illegal aliens.
IMAGE is a partnership pro-
gram that seeks to provide
answers to these questions and
help employers comply with
the law.
"Any comprehensive strat-
egy to stem the flow of illegal
immigration must address the
thousands of employers that
hire illegal aliens both witting-
ly and unwittingly," DHS
Secretary Michael Chertoff

was quoted in the release as
"We have been bringing a
growing number of criminal
prosecutions against unscrupu-
lous employers; however prose-
cutions are only part of the
solution. If the government
is going to fully address the
problem of illegal alien employ-
ment, it must partner with
employers, educate them and
provide them with the tools
they need to develop a stable,
legal workforce."
"Most employers want to
comply with our nation's immi-
gration laws. Yet, every day
they are confronted with illegal
aliens attempting to secure
jobs through fraudulent means,
including the presentation of


What benefit does IMAGE hold for
ICE will provide training and education to
IMAGE partners on proper hiring procedures,
fraudulent document detection and anti-discrimi-
nation laws. ICE will also share data with employ-
ers on the latest illegal schemes used to circum-
vent legal hiring processes.
Furthermore, ICE will review the hiring and
employment practices of IMAGE partners and
work collaboratively with them to correct isolat-
ed, minor compliance issues that are detected.
Those companies that comply with the terms
of IMAGE will become "IMAGE certified", a
distinction that ICE believes will become an
industry standard. Participation in IMAGE will

help companies reduce unauthorized employment
and minimize identity theft.

What is expected from companies that seek
to participate in IMAGE?
As a first step, companies must agree to a Form I-
9 audit by ICE. They must also use the Basic Pilot
Employment Verification program when hiring
employees. This Internet-based system, which is
free to employers and available in all 50
American states, provides an automated link to
federal databases to help employers determine
the eligibility of new hires.
For more information on this program and other
USCIS verification programs, visit the USCIS
website at


In order to become IMAGE certified,
partners must also adhere to a series of best
practices. These include the creation of internal
training programs for completing employment
verification forms and detecting fraudulent
IMAGE partners must also arrange for
audits by neutral parties and establish protocols


for responding to no-match letters from the
Social Security Administration.
ICE is also asking employers to establish a
tip line for employees to report violations and
mechanisms for companies to self-report viola-
tions to ICE.
A full list of best practices can be found at

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where to turn. Many govern-
ment agents would invade
workplaces and cart away any-
one who could not produced
the desired immigration
approval. They also feared lay-
off or dismissal from jobs, pri-
marily in small establishments
such as restaurants, beauty
parlors and corner stores.
There are reportedly
more than 12 million illegal
immigrants in the U.S. If ICE
came looking for undocu-
mented aliens, they argued,
then they would not be hard
to find.
"Many of (those business-
es) identify themselves as
Caribbean," Walker-
Huntington said.

Meanwhile, there is no
clear indication how much
Caribbean business owners
would be willing to comply
with the new program. Most,
according to Ragbeer, do not


counterfeit documents and
stolen identities. Employers
are not trained or obligated to
be document detectives," said
Julie Myers, assistant secretary
for U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"We are launching
IMAGE to help employers
deal with these situations and
confidently develop a legal

Under the program, ICE
will partner with companies
representing a broad cross sec-
tion of industries in order that
these firms may serve as char-
ter members of IMAGE and
liaisons to the larger business
community. As part of this
program, businesses must also
adhere to a series of best prac-
tices, including the use of the

Basic Pilot Employment
Verification Program, adminis-
tered by U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
To date, more than 10,000
employers across the United
States are using the Basic Pilot
Employment Verification to
check the work authorization
of their newly hired employ-
ees, the release stated.
N, w employers are sign-
ing up to use the Employment
Verification Program every
day," said USCIS Director
Emilio Gonzalez. "It's an indi-
cation that more and more
employers are committed to
making sound hiring decisions
and in the process preventing
unauthorized people from
working in the United States."

want to discuss publicly
whether or not they hire
undocumented aliens for fear
of being targeted by agencies
like ICE.
"I am not hearing from
the businessmen," she said.
"They are not willing to admit
they hire illegals."
Meanwhile, other experts
on Caribbean affairs are reluc-
tant to support the DHS's
intensified push to get employ-
ers to comply. The issue, they
claim, is much broader.
"The immigration policy
needs addressing, but the way
to address it is not by picking
(illegal aliens) up, jailing them
and then deporting them," said
Glenn Joseph, vice president
of the Institute of Caribbean
Studies in Washington, D.C.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

August 2006

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are very pleased to see this
happen," Gonsalves said.

Speaking to a group of
journalists from jail on July
26, Neptune blamed the
newly installed government
of President Rend Preval for

keeping him locked up and
charged that he was aban-
doned by the international
"I am a political prisoner,"
Neptune said. "Whether I get
out of jail dead or alive will be
on the government's decision.
My case has nothing to do
with justice. It's up to the gov-
ernment to release me."

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Guyanese go to the polls on Aug. 28

Ex-Haiti P.M. Neptune

released from prison

of having international
observers, which was started
in 1992, would be maintained,
with hundreds of foreign and

CMC Guyanese are prepar-
ing to go to the polls on Aug.
28 to elect a new government
after the President
Bharrat Jagdeo
made the highly
last month.
The announce-
ment comes after
the country's
Parliament voted in
May to extend the
Aug. 4 constitution-
al deadline by one
month to give the
Guyana Elections
Commission Jagde
(GECOM) more
time to adequately prepare for
the polls.
After receiving the all
clear from GECOM authori-
ties, Jagdeo moved to fix the
election date.
"Having taken into
account the advice of
GECOM, and in accordance
with the powers given to me
under Article 61 of the
constitution, I today, July
21, proclaim that the gen-
eral elections for the elec-
tion of the president and
for the election of mem-
bers of the National
Assembly, will be held on
August 28th," said Jagdeo,
in prepared statement
released by the
Government Information
Agency (GINA).

I He also said the tradition

free and fair elections, but
said this would require the
support of the general
"Guyana is a member of
the fold of nations that are
free and democratic. The single
most important feature of our
democracy is the right of every
citizen to elect a government of
his or her choice. The advice
tendered today and subsequent-
ly elections are the most com-
pelling evidence of the restora-
tion of that right," he added.

With security a major con-
cern, the president also called
for an election "free from fear
and violence."
He urged political parties
and their supporters to join in
an effort to ensure a peaceful
and civil electoral period,
while warning that the securi-
ty forces will be on alert.
"Let us work together in
harmony to ensure that elec-
tions are held in a peaceful
environment, providing opti-
mal opportunity: for GECOM
to effectively execute the tasks
necessary for a transparent
elections process; for citizens
to exercise their rights accord-
ing to law; for the media to
responsibly inform the public;
for certified observers to
freely observe the elections
from beginning to end; and
for political parties to be able
to present, openly and freely
their programs and plans for
Guyana's future," he urged.

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local monitors due to partici-
pate in the upcoming poll.
The president was full of
praise for both the interna-
tional community, for assis-
tance rendered to Guyana so
far, and to GECOM officials
for meeting the challenge of
Last month GECOM
Chairman Steve Surujbally
said the commission was now
in a position to conduct the
polls, having completed the
revision of the List of Electors,
as mandated by law.
"I would like to commend
the Guyana Elections
Commission since, in spite of
difficulties, the commission
and its staff have been able to
confront and overcome the
many challenges and hurdles in
their way," the president said.
He assured that no effort
would be spared to ensure

August 2006

Jake's in Jamaica: where the word and guests find a home


Jake's", the Jamaican sea-
side Treasure Beach
resort of cotton candy-col-
ored cottages, has become syn-
onymous with the best in inter-
national literary arts.
Jake's hosted the sixth
annual "Calabash International
Literary Festival recently,
accommodating more than
3,000 over the three days of
spoken and written word,
music, concerts and special per-
formances. Poets and writers
from across the Caribbean
island and around the world
came to read and perform their
work on a stage framed by the
ebbing tide of the Caribbean
Indeed, the words of Sonia
Sanchez, Kwame Dawes,
Tanya Stephens Ishle Park,
Lorna Goodison and others
will mark this year's festival as
one of the most memorable.
Founded by Colin C('IlinIl r
a noted author and mentor, and
produced by Justine Henzell,
both Jamaicans, "CULihis1h has
truly lived up to its mission: to
be daring, diverse, and inspira-
tional. In fact, its first year was a
clue of what was to come.

"We didn't know what to
expect. But, from the first year
you could see that writers never
had a platform to read their
work in Jamaica," explained
Jason Henzell, general manager
and co-owner of Jake's.
"And, on the recipient
side, so many Jamaicans have
read their books and never got
a chance to meet the authors.
The first festival was so much
more than just meeting the
authors, it was a weekend
spent with them. It was, and
still is no pretentiousness, no
attitudes, just very grassroots,
which makes everybody very
at ease.
"I don't think this would
have worked in the ballroom
of a fancy hotel, you need a
certain surrounding. Right
from the beginning, Colin said
he wanted it to be daring, edgy,
bold. And, as much as Jake's
has done for Calabash,
Calabash has done for Jake's.
In fact, Calabash is bigger than
Jake's, it's Treasure Beach,"
Henzell emphasized.
The energetic businessman
noted that the type of events
held in a community frames
the image of that community,
adding that foreigners don't
necessarily think of Jamaica
as an intellectual place, but
instead see the island as an
entertainment and beach
destination. Calabash has
helped to change that percep-
tion, he said.
The literary festival has
positively impacted the local

community economically,
according to Henzell. Every
guesthouse is fully booked
months in advance of
Calabash, usually held in May.
Many rent out their bedrooms.
It's the bi_.L.I event of the
year, and it has the most spin-
offs throughout the communi-
ty, he said.
"It's heartening to see
school children from the
region attending Calabash,"
Henzell explained. "People
from the area also see it as an
opportunity to learn more
about the literary arts. When
you see someone reading with
passion and love, it really says
something about the power
of books, and Calabash of
Henzell added that
Calabash is a home for con-
scious people, including
"This is what makes it
very stimulating without being
snobbish," he said. "I kind of
took for granted that most lit-
erary festivals are like this.
But, not at all, they are very
boring, very snobbish; it's all
about business, not about the

mixing and the socializing,
which is so important."
The significance of
Calabash to the community
and, by extension, Jake's, was
demonstrated when Hurricane
Ivan hit Jamaica with devastat-
ing force. The hurricane

Henzell and his wife Laura are having a
ball at "Jake's".

severely damaged the resort,
but the community rallied in
numbers, bringing back the
resort to full operation within
two months after the destruc-
tion. The only evidence of

Ivan, according to Henzell, is
some sand erosion on the
beach and the roads that are
still in deplorable condition.

Henzell sees unique
opportunities in his home com-
munity of Treasure Beach,
much like his English grand-
parents who settled in
Mandeville in the 1920s. In
1941 they built a vacation
home, Treasure Cot, the sec-
ond beach house ever to be
built at Treasure Beach. They
eventually rented out the cot-
tage to vacationers, including
Alex Haley, who wrote the
book "R is '.
"It's hard to say how much
of 'Roots' was written there,
but Alex Haley was there for
about six months and he was
writing the whole time. So we
feel fairly confident to say that
a substantial part of it was
written in that cottage,"
Henzell explained.
Later, in 1991, Henzell's
mother Sally, a theatrical
designer, bought her own
patch of land in Treasure
Beach, designed and built two

unique cottages and a restau-
rant, the only eating establish-
ment in the area. The idea for
Jake's was born.
Further expansion
required professional invest-
ment and financial expertise.
That's when Henzell came on
board. An investment banker
at the time, he gave up his
financial career and joined his
mother to manage the growing
hotel business, while she
focused on designing the
charming cottages that is Jake's
today. The young Henzell
brought vibrancy to the unique
resort, with spontaneous
events and marketing ideas.
Word got around about this
"happening" place in Treasure
Beach called Jake's.
"Soon after, Chris
Blackwell approached us and
asked us to be part of his
Island Outpost collection,
which includes the resorts
Strawberry Hill, Goldeneye,
and The Caves. So, we are now
under that umbrella," he said.
Today, Henzell and his
wife Laura manage the suc-

Sandals Whitehouse hotel attracts tourists, controversy


KINGSTON, Jamaica Until
the Sandals Group agreed to
open the latest of its hotels
there in Feb. 2005, the
Whitehouse community in
Jamaica's western parish of
Westmoreland was a sleepy
fishing village.
But instead of attracting
tourists, Sandals Whitehouse,
the multi-million dollar all-
inclusive hotel, has become
embroiled in a controversy
that first surfaced after the
Sandals Group complained
that the state-owned Urban
Development Corporation
(UDC) had failed to deliver
the property fully functioning
and completed when it opened
its doors for business.
The project is a joint ven-
ture between two government
agencies the UDC and the
National Investment Bank of
Jamaica (NIBJ) as well as
Gorstew Limited, the private
holding company of Gordon
"Butch" Stewart, the owner of
the Sandals Group. Sandals
said because it was not hand-
ed a proper functioning hotel,
it was forced to cut rates and
refund hundreds of guests and
that its international reputa-
tion had also been damaged.
In fact, Sandals com-
plained that the hotel was
completed more than a year
behind schedule and well over
the $70 million budget.
The main Opposition
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP),

citing mismanagement and
cronyism, called for a probe
into the project and last
October Parliament approved

an Opposition motion calling
on the government to conduct
a forensic audit into the finan-
cial and management aspects
of the project.

On Oct. 25, last year, the
government of then Prime
Minister P.J. Patterson,
appointed a six-member team
to carry out the audit. But soon
after the team was appointed,
Gorstew Limited and Sandals
Whitehouse Management
Limited filed civil suits against
the UDC, and two other devel-
opers NIBJ and Ackendown
Newtown Development
Sandals said that it was
owed $29 million as a result of
the losses suffered and that it

also wanted the court to rule
that it should not contribute
to the $41-million cost over-
run because it made no mate-

rial design change to the prop-
erty that would have signifi-
cantly contributed to the
But in
response, the
UDC claimed R
that a sub- jP "_-
stantial rea-
son for the
cost escala-
tion was the Stewart
changes in
design demanded by Gorstew
and Sandals.
In the midst of all the
controversy, the sleepy
Whitehouse community was
being gradually awakened by
the influx of visitors. For a
short while the issues sur-

rounding Sandals Whitehouse
appeared to have fallen off
the public radar. But seven
months after the lawsuit was
filed, the Contractor General
Greg Christie announced that
he had concluded his formal
investigation into the project
and submitted a 73-page
report on his findings to
Parliament on July 18.
The report was critical of
the state-owned entities, and
accused UDC under its chair-
man, Dr. Vin Lawrence, of
committing flagrant breaches
of procurement procedures on
the project. It also accused the
UDC of hiding information to
sabotage the investigation
making reference to sabo-
taged investigations, dummy
corporations, unchecked
spending and massive cost

The report said that the
project was wracked by multi-
million dollar overruns and
recommended that the legisla-
ture ensure public bodies and
public officials who breached
procurement procedures were
held accountable.
Christie said Dr. Lawrence
acted in conflict of interest
when awarding some of the
contracts on the project. It
said in one instance, a J$18.8
million ($285,160) contract
was awarded to Jentech
Consultants Limited, which is
a civil and structural engineer-

August 2006




New study to determine tourism spending in the Caribbean ~ Odle

CMC Caribbean hoteliers
have commissioned a study
aimed at determining how
much of each tourism dollar is
remaining in the region, says
newly-installed Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA)

President Peter Odle.
While dismissing a recent
United States study which con-
cludes that Caribbean hotels are
enjoying high profitability as
not being representative of the
sector, Odle told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC) that

the CHA-commissioned hotel
spend study would give a much
clearer picture of the what is
occurring in the sector.
"While they are not going
to specifically address the area
of profitability, I am sure that
hopefully out of the study will

come some idea of profits, but
the study is designed to extract
information on how much
money is left in a country and
the trickle-down effect of the
tourism spend in that particular
destination," he said.
Odle said the CHA study,

Jake's in Jamaica: where the word and guests find a home

cessful family business. And, in
Jan. 2005, Henzell was named
president of the Island Outpost
"It's been very stimulat-
ing," he said. "Like us, Chris
Blackwell has a very unique
approach to development. It's
not about bigger; he goes
against the grain and is not
afraid of doing something very
unique. In the Caribbean on a
whole, if you are a small hotel,
people automatically see you
as down market, whereas we
are small but up market. So,
we have created a real niche
for Island Outpost, not just for
Jake's. We are known as the
boutique collection for
Jake's clientele has
changed over the years. In
1995 the majority of the guests
were German backpackers.
Today the resort attracts most-
ly New Yorkers, Londoners,
and Floridians.
"People literally started
arriving by helicopter. They
would rent a helicopter for
$1,000 to come and stay in a
$75 room," Henzell explained.
"We completely turned the
market on its head. We were
now attracting New Yorkers
and Londoners who wanted
something authentic, something
that would inspire them, some-
thing that was appealing, some-
thing that was not pretentious,

something that was funky. Who
would have thought that there
are New Yorkers that want a
place without a phone, without
a television."
Giving back to the com-

Jake's resort at Ireasure Beach, Jamaica.

munity, in 1998 Henzell co-
founded a non-profit organiza-
tion called BREDS (short for
brethren), established by local
community leaders with the
assistance of Peace Corps vol-
unteers to promote education,
sports, cultural heritage, and
environmental awareness in
Treasure Beach. Their goal is
to make Treasure Beach a
model for low-density sustain-
able development.
Among BREDS's accom-
plishments is the reduction of
building density from 30 rooms
per acre to 10 rooms per acre.
A $85,000 grant will allow
them to conduct environmen-

tal audits of guest houses at
Treasure Beach and make
environmental practice recom-
mendations. Jake's is Green
Globe certified, and the aim is
to certify all guest houses and

market the area as an eco-
friendly destination.
Henzell said BREDS has
established the Treasure Beach
Emergency Response Unit
with its own ambulance and 27
first responders. The non-prof-
it community organization has
also built and refurbished a
number of classrooms. A 15-
acre sports park is also in the
works. It will have cricket, soc-
cer, basketball, tennis, swim-
ming pool, children's play area,
running track, j, ',ill.: trail,
and other facilities.
Asked about the
inevitable change that will take
place in this small village,

Henzell said: IrLrsiurL Beach
will change because everything
does. The important thing is
that it is managed change, and
that it grows in a way that
makes Treasure Beach sustain-
able and will make it a premi-
um destination. Obviously, it is
better to be small and premi-
um. We can't be mass because
we don't have a seven-mile
beach like Negril."
What's next for Jake's?
The entrepreneur sees the
brand growing into cottages
and villas outside of its present
location, but within Treasure
Beach. He noted that many
people have asked about
designing and building. So,
Jake's in the future will also be
a management company, main-
taining these properties for
absentee owners.
"I think that Treasure Beach in
the future will be known for its
architecture," Henzell said.
Is_,. r is not necessarily bet-
ter, it's about being creative.
There is no question that my
mother is an artist and a very
talented designer. So, to me, as
her son, I feel a big sense of
pride to support her with land
and the financing to keep
expressing herself."

Photographs and story by
Dawn A. Davis, a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Sandals Whitehouse hotel attracts tourists, controversy

ing entity in which Lawrence
was a long-standing sharehold-
er and director.
It was also noted that
contracts were awarded to
Gorstew Ltd. amounting to
$421,068, and an unknown
amount to Appliance Traders
Limited, companies that are
owned by Stewart.
"The referenced circum-
stances have undoubtedly
raised compelling evidence of
a conflict of interest, and
absence of transparency, a
lack of competition and the
absence of arms length
approach in the award of the
subject consultancy con-
tracts," the report said.
"We would respectfully
recommend that the legisla-
ture acts decisively and with
urgency to ensure that public
bodies and public officials
who, with flagrant and glaring

impunity, ignore the govern-
ment's procurement proce-
dures, are made to be held
punitively accountable for
their misdeeds and breach of
the public's trust."

The JLP said that the
breaches were a "blatant dis-
regard of rules and regulations
that govern public contracts"
and has demanded that the
report be sent to Parliament's
Public Accounts Committee
as well as the forensic audit.
Soon after the report was
laid in Parliament, the UDC
dismissed some of the find-
ings, insisting that it had given
full access to investigators.
In a statement, the UDC
said it found the allegations
disturbing and that all files
kept on the Sandals
Whitehouse project were at
all times fully available to the

contractor general.
"At no time did the UDC
make any 'Jd1ib ral attempt
to conceal information regard-
ing certain relevant decisions
as well as the basis upon
which those decisions were
made' as alleged by the con-
tractor-general", it said.
"Our records will show that
there was never any request
from the Office of the
Contractor General for addi-
tional information and docu-
mentation and at no time did
that Office indicate to the UDC
dissatisfaction with either the
quality or timeliness of the docu-
mentation which was provided.
"In addition, the contrac-
tor general was at liberty to
interview any of the officers of
the UDC or other persons
having knowledge of the proj-
ect to seek and obtain clarifi-
cation or additional informa-
tion if he needed such infor-

mation", the statement said.
But Christie said he is
standing by the report.
"Having carefully read
your comments, I must
respectfully advise that the
Office of the Contractor
General reiterates and stands
firmly behind each and every
one of its findings and conclu-
sions as are set out in the ref-
erenced report," he said.
Gorstew Limited has since
said it had asked its lawyers to
write to the contractor general
"to clarify the issues that we
have spoken about in our
release and to provide a for-
mal legal documentation to
back up our assertions.


Editor's note: Dr. Vin
Lawrence has since resigned
as chairman of the UDC.

which is being
conducted by
the Barbados-
based consult-
ants, Tourism
Global, would
encompass the
Caribbean odle
area. The
study is expected to be complet-
ed by September.
In its study released last
week, the Atlanta-based PKF
Consulting used financial state-
ments from 34 hotels operating
in various countries, including
Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas,
Jamaica and the British Virgin
islands, to conclude the
Caribbean hoteliers enjoyed a
profit margin of 22.9 percent,
while U.S. hotels had a profit
margin to 20.4 percent.

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Immigration is vital to the
development of the United
States. In President Bush's
May 15, 2006, Address to the
Nation on Immigration Reform,
he emphasized the importance
of immigration to our country:
"The success of our country
depends upon helping newcom-
ers assimilate into our society,
and embrace our common iden-
tity as Americans...When immi-
grants assimilate and advance in
our society, they realize their
dreams, they renew our spirit,
and they add to the unity of
Indeed many immigrants
have achieved success, climbing
from the bottom rung of the
societal ladder to the upper
echelons. Foreigners add to
the eclectic mix of backgrounds
and foster cultural diversity.
In this increasingly globalized
world, immigrants encourage
stronger relations with other
nations. The influx of people
adds to the United States'
labor pool of workers, allowing
the economy to prosper.
Immigrants dream of living
in America to fulfill the prom-
ise of Ill, liberty, and the pur-
suit of happiness".
Throughout the world,
it is accepted as fact that
Americans are not geographi-
cally inclined. A recent geo-
graphic literacy study found
that American students are
severely lacking in the area: 88
percent of those questioned
could not find Afghanistan on
a map of Asia, and 44 percent
of those questioned could not
find Iraq, Iran, Israel, or Saudi
Arabia on a map. This is
extremely disturbing because if
students cannot locate coun-
tries in the world, they cannot
possibly understand the intri-
cate relationships of the global

Immigrants combat this
isolated American mindset by
bringing cultures from other
nations and infusing geography
lessons into communities.
Immigrants bring their native
culture of art, food, dress, and
customs, creating a more under-
standing American society.
The major U.S. cities of Miami,
New York and Los
Angeles are replete with immi-
grants and, as a result, are
known for their booming com-
merce, unique attractions and
diverse demographics.
One striking example that
shows the benefit of foreigners
is the addition of mosques in
urban areas due to the immi-
gration of Muslims. The avail-
ability of churches, synagogues,
and mosques allows Americans
to understand the Islamic reli-
gion. Since Sept. 11, 2001,
many people have scorned
Muslims as terrorists. Having

mosques available permits
friendly discourse about the
true ideals of Islam and
destroys ignorance.
The effect is evident with
the contrasting areas of Miami,
Florida and Dayton, Ohio.
Miami has a diverse cultural
landscape with immigrants from
Latin America, the Caribbean
and Asia. Dayton has a homo-
geneous demographic with peo-
ple of European lineage. In
effect, immigration tends to
destroy ignorance and encour-
age a worldly view.
In the U.S., foreign lan-
guages are neglected in the edu-
cational system. In Europe, gov-
ernments require the learning of
foreign languages because they
understand the need to think
globally. Immigrants bring their
native language, revealing that
proficiency in foreign languages
will be essential in the future.
Without this encouragement to
think globally, most Americans
would be content with perfecting
their English skills.

Especially important is the
phenomenon of trained for-
eigners who enter the U.S. to
work in a professional field, the
brain drain, because they con-
tribute positively to the econo-
my without requiring the finan-
cial cost and time of training.
The impact of foreign sci-
entists and engineers is
immense: immigrants made up
about 50 percent of those aged
25-44 with doctoral or profes-
sional degrees and working in
i. nIiL rinl math/computer sci-
ence, and physical/biological sci-
The innovation of America
is largely dependent on immi-
grants, as America is not grad-
uating enough native scientists,
doctors, and engineers to fill
demand. The salaries of
Americans in these fields do
not suffer. In fact, there is
more labor supply due to
immigration, so the competi-
tion for the best and the bright-
est drives up salaries.
Some people argue that
illegal immigration leads to
lower wages for Americans,
but the true effect on employ-
ment cannot be generalized so
simply. The majority of illegal
immigrants are Mexicans who
work for dismally low wages
in states next to the border.
Average Americans who
require at least minimum
wages scorn most of these jobs.
Whether illegal immigra-
tion is inherently wrong is not
at issue. Illegal immigration
provides employers who need
unskilled workers with cheap
labor, increasing production
and profit margins, which
translates into more competi-
tion among businesses. This is
better for international busi-


Immigration is vital


E U p o I N

All hooked


Afew weeks ago, a
friend of mine called
to ask my advice
regarding his son who seemed
to have a penchant to smoking
Fortunately, just a few
days before that, I had interac-
tion with some organizations
that dealt with the problem of
addiction and dependency, so I
had a few contact numbers
and places to refer him to.
The lad was no bum, but
rather mannerly, quiet and
polite, educated, skilled in his
profession and smart. But he
was hooked on weed.
Some among us may say,
"But a nuh nutten dat, mek de
boy smoke him collie." But I
know differently, as I have
seen first hand what it has
done to friends and colleagues
of mine. I'm not fighting
against ganja either, as I feel
the same way about alcohol.
Oh, a little smoke occa-
sionally is harmless, as is a lit-
tle drink now and then, as long
as you aren't driving of course;
social drinking or social smok-
ing it's called. But the rules of
the game change when the ser-
vant becomes the master, and
the person is so dependent
that he or she simply cannot
stop, even though they will
profess, "Hey, I can stop any-
time I want to, anytime."
Whenever I hear that I
always say, "Well, stop right
now then, prove it to me."
At that point the argu-
ment shifts, as "anytime" is
forever in the distant future,
never to materialize today or
anytime soon. Remember that
when you dance with the
Devil, he won't change, but
you will.
When I last saw my dis-
tressed friend and asked him
how his son was doing, and if
he had gone to any of my
referrals, he replied that, "Oh,
he's okay now, he has prom-
ised to stop smoking for the
family's sake." Not to burst his
bubble of hope, but the statis-

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ties of their favorite brew
from hiding places that not
even the FBI could find.
But what they cannot hide
is the smell, as not even the
most powerful Listerine or
Scope can mask the telltale
odor. Money is drained away,
money that could otherwise
buy food, books for the kids,
or clothes. It's a common sight
to see women corralling their
men folk on payday, before
they find their way to the cor-
ner bar to drown their sor-
rows. Yet these same people
will say, "Oh, I can stop when-
ever I want to."

What is frightening is the
age that many kids become
hooked. I learnt that an
extremely large percentage of
substance abusers fall within
the nine to 15 year-old age
group. Yet you have parents
who still insist on giving their
young children alcohol to
imbibe. "Cho, is just a little
tip, it can't do him anything."
What is even more astonishing
is that some of these parents
are from homes where alco-
holism has wrought havoc, yet
they see no harm in indulging
their offspring. So the cycle
But there are other addic-
tions. Gorgeous Halle Berry
had to kick her last husband
to the curb because he had a
sex addiction. Imagine, some-
one as beautiful as her could-
n't satisfy his urges. But sex
addiction is quantitative, not

tics show oth-
erwise, and
that simplistic
rarely works.
People who
are depend-
ent on any i
need great TONY
help to wean ROBINSON
off it, and it's
the rare person who just stops
cold turkey.

But ganja is no worse
than alcohol, as they are both
mind altering. In fact, I would
give alcohol the slight edge in
terms of danger, as what I've
seen drunkards do, I haven't
seen ganja smokers do,
although it often leads to
harder drugs.
The police worldwide say
that the majority of motor
vehicle accidents are alcohol
related, resulting in death and
dismemberment that horrify
even seasoned veterans of the
police force.
Alcoholism is a scourge,
and only people who have
been touched by its ugly
talons, as it rips away the fab-
ric of families and relation-
ships, can understand or
appreciate its destructive
force. People lose jobs, lose
ambition, lose their minds,
lose their health and their
lives all because of alcohol
dependency. They loiter in
bars, drink on the job, while
driving, ferret out hidden bot-

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VIE W P 0 I n T

I want to deal with it, I can't
force them, but it is some-
thing that they will have to
deal with later" -former
Nevis Premier Vance
Amory indicating last
month that the issue of
Nevis's secession from St.
Kitts did not die with his
failed election bid.

* "This unprecedented col-
lapse of the island's power
system has serious implica-
tions for the country and it
cannot be left to the company
to investigate itself" -

Leader Bruce
Golding com-
menting on
last month's
island wide

* "I want answers" -
Guyana's President Bharrat
Jagdeo last month demanding
the United States show evi-
dence to support its decision
to revoke the visa of acting
Police Commissioner Henry

* "We now have the chief jus-
tice, who has been charged for
a criminal offense and for
whom a warrant has been
issued, presiding over the
courts of the country" -
Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney
General John Jeremie last
month saying attempts to have
the embattled Chief Justice
Satnarine .'/li, iit, investigated
for alleged acts of misconduct,
under the provisions of the
Constitution, have effectively
been blocked by lawsuits filed
by the head of the judiciary.

* "The chief justice is not
above the law but equally the
chief justice is entitled to
have due process followed" -
regional constitutional lawyer
Dr. Francis Alexis last month
warning government officials
in Trinidad and Tobago not to
meddle in the work of the
judiciary as controversy sur-
rounding Chief Justice
Satnarine .'li,i it, deepens.

Compiled from CMC and
other stories.

qualitative. He just has to
have it from whoever, when-
ever, wherever. He even
checked into sex rehab, but
his thirst could not be sated.
Halle's husband is not alone.
It's just that we call it different
names. For a man it's sex
addiction, for a woman it's
nympho, slut, whore, harlot.
Still I don't see it as harm-
ful as substance addiction, but
that's just me. But in these
times when you have so many
things going around, it can
have devastating consequences
and can be a death sentence.
Gambling is huge, and
years ago it was confined to
the ponies, the steeds, race-
horses, the only animal that
can take so many people for a
ride at one time. The Sport of
Kings that is loved by the com-
mon people, but makes pau-
pers of many. Now we have a
slew of gambling institutions

that have created more addicts
than in crack houses. Simply
put, they are hooked, but it is
no simple matter to stop.
A few fortunes have been
made, but many have been
lost. When you add up the
money spent on gambling it is
mind blini --I' eL rini For
many people, this daily occur-
rence of gambling is as natural
as eating breakfast or lunch
and they all do not see it as an
affliction. "Cho, a nuh nutten,
just a little wager, I haven't
got to do it, I can stop any-
time." I wager you that they
cannot kick the habit, can't
stop, can't quit, win lose or
draw, they're hooked for life.

Cigarette dependency,
tobacco addiction, whatever
you call it, those little sticks
with the gossamer wisps of
smoke, hold people with
greater adhesion than a young

All hooked up
woman to an old man with
money. They cannot let go. So
much so that an entire indus-
try has been created to aid
smokers quit. There's the
nicotine patch, tablets, low
dose cigarettes, drying out
farms, all costing gobs of
money. Many fail, yet the
smoker will still insist, "Cho, if
I want to quit, I can quit any-
time. In fact I'm down to two
packs a day now."
I know people who are
addicted to chocolates, yes
chocolates. They have this
insatiable craving that they
cannot beat. I guess it's harm-
less enough an addiction,

ness and for domestic con-
sumer prices. In this case, ille-
gal immigration may bring
wages down, but it is not
appreciable in the view of the
entire economy.

All immigration, whether
legal or illegal, makes up a
majority of employment
growth. In the U.S. economy,
foreign-born workers make up
over 57 percent of employment
growth. This increase in the
U.S. labor pool strengthens the
economy by increasing supply
and demand, and thus boosting
When immigrants first
arrive, most do not have the
finances to buy a house in the

although the side effects can
affect your sides, as in love
handles of mammoth propor-
tions. Yup, people addicted to
chocolate are often a tad on
the portly side.
Simple as you take it, peo-
ple get addicted to prescription
drugs. People pop pills to fall
asleep, to stay awake, to open
appetite, to suppress appetite,
to quit smoking, to ease pain,
to fight depression, to raise the
dead. You name it, there's a
pill to fix it. As a result, a new
addict is created, addiction to
prescription drugs. Now I see
where people are even hooked
on the Internet.

So name your poison,
there is so much to be hooked
on, even coffee. In every case
it has a negative and destruc-
tive effect on the slave, yes
slave, for that is what a person
hooked up really is, a slave to
his or her hook.
Still, of all the evil addic-
tions, some are a little less evil
than others. Take sex addic-
tion for example. I must do
some more research before I
pass judgement. I'll let you
know my findings.

migration is vital

suburbs. They usually buy or
rent a home in their price
range, which includes those in
undesirable neighborhoods.
This revitalization of previously
ignored neighborhoods
through immigration solves a
major problem in urban areas.
These areas suffer from gov-
ernment deficits, low resident
income, faltering public servic-
es, and high crime rates.
Immigrants move into the area,
bringing their vibrant culture,
starting businesses, and bring-
ing determination to an apa-
thetic community. This posi-
tive effect is compounded by
chain migration.
Immigrants flock to areas
where relatives live or where
there is a familiar language and
culture, creating Jlns'.
This grass roots development
improves the working class,
rather than abandoning and
removing them through gentrifi-
Immigrants move to
America, but they never forget
their homeland. Many return
for visits or send funds back to
relatives, which improves the
economies of other nations and
most importantly, diplomatic
relations among those nations
and the U.S. In this way, the
U.S. is forced to interact with for-
eign countries. More frequent
communication leads to better
relations and ultimately, a peace-
ful and long-term relationship.
In today's world of
weapons of mass destruction

and ethnic cleansing, the U.S.
needs as many allies as it can
get. Alliances such as the
North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) and the
United Nations (U.N.) are able
to function more effectively
with popular support for the
With today's issue of immi-
gration, the loudest controversy
is over illegal immigrants. Yet
all foreigners who come to the
United States add to the "melt-
ing pot" economically, cultural-
ly, and politically. We cannot
forget that the founding fathers
were immigrants who created
the constitution and formed our
country's foundation. They had
the great comprehension that
the U.S. could only prosper
with the new ideas of immi-
grants. Foreigners strengthen
our economy, teach cultural val-
ues, and bring the vast world
closer together. With them, our
country is a much better place.

Brian Lee is a graduating sen-
ior at Coral Reef Senior High
School in Miami and the son
of Jamaican parents who live
in Florida. The above article
was the winner of the South
Florida segment of the
National Caribbean American
Heritage Month Youth Essay
Competition.
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How can I avoid dehydration?

Question: What exactly is
dehydration? It put me in the
hospital after a mild flulike ill-
ness. How can I avoid it in the

Answer: It may come as a sur-
prise, but your body is 50 to

60 percent water. Each of your
trillions of cells is about half
water, and you also store
water outside your cells in
your blood and in the spaces
between your cells.
Dehydration is when the
amount of water in your body
gets too low. We get water
from food and drinks, and we
lose it through sweat, exhaled
breath, urine and feces.
Many things can cause

you to lose more water than
usual, such as exercising in the
heat, a bout of vomiting or
diarrhea, a high fever that
results in a heavy sweat
(which can happen when you
have the flu or something like
it), or diuretic medicines.
A mild case causes a little
dizziness when standing up,
weakness, and fatigue. More
severe dehydration can cause
seriously low blood pressure
or even loss of consciousness.
Estimating how much
water you've lost when you're
sick is difficult, and it's often
hard to eat and drink enough.
Sometimes intravenous fluids
are necessary. So if you've got a
condition that could be causing
you to lose water, just do your
best to keep up with the fluids.
And if you think you're getting
behind, call your doctor.

- Anthony L. Komaroff,
M.D., Harvard Health Letter
editor in chief.

2006. President and
Fellows of Harvard College.
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Pear pleasure: avocados' benefits

far outweigh risky fat content


QUESTION: A friend of mine,
who is a nutritionist, says I
should eat avocados to reduce
my risk for heart disease. My
doctor says not to eat them -
they're too fatty. Can you settle
this and tell me what to do?

ANSWER: I love avocados
and believe that the benefits
far outweigh the fat content.
Technically, both the nutri-
tionist and the doctor are cor-
rect. Avocados are high in
calories about 200 calories for
half a cup, according to the
USDA Nutrient Database.
Between 70 and 90 percent of
the calories in avocados are
from fat, but it's "monounsatu-
rmd 'fat, which lowers cho-
lesterol and subsequently your
risk for heart disease. It's the
same with olives and olive oil.

The avocado beats all
other fruits (yes, it is a fruit) in
beta carotene and potassium
content. If you are on certain
diuretic drugs and have been
told to eat a banana or drink
orange juice daily for potassi-
um, you should know that avo-

cados are even better they
contain more potassium than
both bananas and orange juice.
For diabetics, avocados -
also called "alligator pLr, '
because of their shape and skin
- are a great choice because
they don't contain a lot of
sugar or starch.
Avocados contain heaps of
protein, potassium, folic acid,
thiamin, riboflavin, biotin,
niacin, pantothenic acid, vita-
min E and vitamin K. Two
other nutrients stand out as
crucial to health. The first is
beta sitosterol, which may ease
symptoms of BPH (benign
prostatic hypertrophy). Guys,
you may end up needing medi-
cine costing hundreds of dol-
lars a month, but one avocado
will set you back about a dollar
and lab analysis shows that
avocados contain about 76 mg
beta sitosterol per three and a
half ounces of raw, edible fruit.
I'm not suggesting dollops
of guacamole on top of meat-
stuffed cheese burritos; I mean
sliced-up avocados on top of a
The second nutrient in
avocados is glutathione. You
need glutathione to stay alive
and process dangerous byprod-

Keep yourself afloat: Tips to prevent drowning

MIAMI, Florida Drowning
is the number one cause of
death for children ages one to
four in Miami-Dade County.
The Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue Department in South
Florida recommends a multi-
layered approach for parents
and caregivers to help prevent

* Teach children water and
swimming skills as early as
possible by enrolling them in
local swim programs.
* Install a self-closing and
self-latching gate around the
pool so that children do not
have direct access to the pool
from the house.
* Alarm every house door
that leads to the pool to alert
you if a child has gone outside
and install a safety pool cover
to securely cover the water
* Never leave children
unsupervised in or around a
body of water even for a
moment. Don't be distracted
by doorbells, phone calls or
chores. If you must leave the
pool area, take the child with
you, making sure the pool
gate latches securely when it
* Remove all toys, tricycles
- anything that might attract a
child from the vicinity and
allow children to play in the

Playing it safe means the children can always have a good time.

pool area.
* Designate an adult to
watch the children during
pool parties or family beach
* Avoid keeping water or
solutions in buckets and other
containers when toddlers are
in the home.
* Never leave an infant or
small child unattended in the
bathroom, even for a few
moments. Children can drown
in as little as two inches of
* Talk with baby-sitters
about pool safety, supervision
and drowning prevention.
* Don't rely on flotation

devices to protect your chil-
dren in the water. These
devices can slip out from
underneath an active child.
* Long hair should be
clipped close to children's
heads, be braided or make the
children wear a cap. Long
hair can get suctioned into
pool vacuum lines and cause
* Respond quickly if some-
one calls for help. Post CPR
(cardiopulmonary resuscita-
tion) instructions and the 911
emergency phone number
near the pool area. Check
with the American Red Cross,
American Heart Association

or Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
for a schedule of CPR classes.
Keep lifesaving
equipment, such as a pole, life
preserver and rope in the
pool area. Hang them from
the fence so people won't trip
on them.
Don't assume that a
drowning incident couldn't
happen to you or your family.
It's preventable, but no one is

For more information on
drowning prevention, please
call the Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue Department Media
Relations Bureau 786-331-


ucts in the body. We produce
it, but aging, certain drugs and
disease conditions wipe it out.
Avocados contain 15 to 20 mg
of glutathione per three and a
half ounces.

Glutathione is so helpful
to the liver and digestion that
studies have shown a correla-
tion between eating glu-
tathione (from fruits and veg-
gies) and a lower risk for can-
cer, specifically oral and pha-
ryngeal cancer.
Glutathione may be
depleted from the body by
many drugs, including aceta-
minophen (Tylenol), and
depletions can cause joint pain.
If you take this medication, it's
good to supplement with glu-
tathione, or eat lots of foods
that contain it.
Don't try this at home, but
isn't it fascinating that certain
parts of the avocado tree, leaf,
skin and seeds have been pul-
verized, roasted or otherwise
concocted for use over the cen-
turies to treat intestinal para-
sites, wounds, neuralgia,
hypertension, sore throat,
menstrual problems and even
as an abortifacient?

This information is not
intended to treat, cure or diag-
nose your condition. Suzy
Cohen is a registered pharma-
cist. To contact her, visit
www. dearpharmacist. com.

2006 Dear Pharmacist, inc.

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Dare to sample pineapple, mango and papaya squares

With the summer fully
here, Caribbean
people are always up
for fruit-flavored delights,
especially pastries to satisfy
the % \\ I tooth's" cravings.
This month, Caribbean
Today offers a tasty treat,
made from the familiar fruit
of the region. Similar in tex-
ture to lemon bars, these have
a shortbread cookie base and
a delightful tropical fruit fill-

* 2 cups chopped cored peeled
fresh pineapple
* 1 cup chopped peeled pitted
* 1 cup chopped peeled
seeded papaya
* 3/4 cup (packed) dark brown
* 1/2 cup orange juice
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1/2 teaspoon grated orange
* 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon
* Pinch of ground cloves

* 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter,
room temperature
* 3/4 cup sugar

* 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 2/3 cups all purpose

For filling: Combine
chopped pineapple, mango,
papaya, brown sugar,
orange juice, cinnamon
stick, orange peel, lemon
peel and ground cloves in
heavy medium saucepan.
Cook over low heat
until reduced to 1 1/2 cups,
stirring frequently, about 1
1/2 hours. Remove cinna-
mon stick. Cool.
For crust: Using electric
mixer, beat butter, sugar,
vanilla extract and salt in large
bowl just until blended.
On low speed, gradually
add flour, beating just until
dough begins to come togeth-
er. Turn dough out onto
floured work surface.
Gather dough into ball;
divide into two pieces, one
slightly larger than the other.
Flatten each piece into square.
Wrap each in plastic; chill 15
Preheat oven to 375E.
Roll out larger dough piece on
lightly floured work surface to

10-inch square. Transfer
dough to nine-inch square

one day ahead. Store in single
layer in airtight container at
room temperature.)

Edited recipe and photograph
reprinted from Epicurious

Mango, ginger beer make

cool summer drinks


uity, tasty squares.

metal baking pan.
Press dough onto bottom
and half-inch up sides of pan.
Pour filling into crust. Roll out
remaining dough piece on
floured surface to nine-inch
Cut into one-inch-wide
strips. Place four strips atop
filling, spacing evenly. Place
five more strips diagonally
atop first four strips, forming
lattice. Trim lattice edges.
Bake until crust is golden
brown, about 50 minutes.
Cool completely. Cut into nine
squares. (Can be prepared

* 4 large ripe mangoes
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup evaporated milk
* 16 cubes of ice
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 can Seven-Up or Sprite

Wash, peel and
cut up mangoes. Place
mango, milk, sugar,
vanilla and ice cubes
in blender.
Blend on slow
speed until ice cubes
break up then use high-
er speed.
Chill until ready for use
and than add Seven-Up
or Sprite and stir.

You can get fresh ginger
from the produce section of

your supermarket.

* 1 pound fresh ginger
* 4 pints of boiling water
* Sugar to taste

Wash, peel and grate fresh
ginger. Place in a large
bowl and pour boiling
water over the grated
ginger. Leave to soak for
about a day.
Strain mixture into
another large bowl or
bottle. Add sugar to
taste. Store in the fridge.
Serve over ice.
If ginger beer is too
strong add more water
or soda water to give it a

Reprinted from Caribbean
Cuisine Site.

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to US$40 million, its pledge to the
Global Fund Against HIV/AIDS and
other infectious diseases. The
money from this fund goes to
almost all developing countries,"
Maxim Pimenov, charge d'affaires
in Guyana, told a news conference
to discuss the recently concluded
G8 Summit in St. Petersburg,

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Caribbean culture has influenced the world
in many Ways over the years, from the exotic
beauty of the islands and people, to the
pulsating rhythms of their music .V
reggae, soca, salsa and merengue. U '
Now, Caribbean food is beginning to -
play a new and vibrant role in how the -
world views this region, from jerk
pork to curry chicken, fried plan-
tains, fried yuca, cracked conch to
flying fish, from mango
chutney to quava jellytt.
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August 2006




A roadmap to fulfillment and freedom


Most books that embark
on teaching the rudi-
ments of wealth build-
ing, financial management,
investment, and success strate-
gies are usually viewed as bor-
Not so with "The Baron
Son". Authors Vicky Therese

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Davis, William R.
Patterson, and D. |
Marques Patton
have managed to
incorporate all the
principles of success
and wealth building
in an engaging story.
No gimmicks
here, you will learn
and retain the busi-
ness and life plans so
artfully laid out as
you follow the life-
changing events that
catapult a young man
from penniless to

Set in times past in the
land of Mh'ki, we are intro-
duced to the Baron, the richest
and most respected man in the
land, who is besieged by three
inquisitive youths seeking his
secrets to wealth and wisdom.
In olde English readers are
taken on a journey of discov-
ery, creativity, rejection, loss,
and rebirth.
As a youth, the Baron lost
his family, his position, his

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wealth, and wit-
nesses grave injus-
tices against the
TIE helpless.
Motivated to turn
around his now
penniless state
and that of the
and disenfran-
chised he takes
the path of cre-
A ,,*- activity. But, it is
not without
.......... great challenges
that oftentimes
breeds fear, doubt, and
It is through these trials
that he learns that "thy strug-
gle shall bring wisdom... The
mind is promptly exhausted
when permitting negativity to
fester. The energy expended on
such doubt may easily be
applied to creative endeavors.
Embrace not that which lim-
iteth thee".

Persistence breeds creativi-
ty, a lesson learned early on as
we follow the Baron on his

'iter delivers a 'pa

nctly fresh Caribb

If lovely little Dominica has
to be the scene of murder,
rape and vengeance, then
it's a welcome relief that the
tale is told by a native of the
Caribbean island, and that the
story comes from a novel.
That clears all the room
for the reader to simply relax
and enjoy; for Marie-Elena
John does offer up
material to savor
in "Unburnable".
If the novel is
John's first, then it .
is clear that her tal- '
ent and future are . '
exceedingly bright. .
Her intention
shoots out immedi- r- .
ately from the very
first page when sht ,
sets an appetizing
table of what is to
come: sex, violence,
a woman's intrigue, and rela-
tionships between a small
country and its characters.
Yet "Unburnable" is
about enduring love and
Caribbean culture as well,
neatly woven and tastily writ-
ten in a fashion that moves
quickly and almost drags you
along with it. If the short
chapters are like samples of
delicious Saturday afternoon
Caribbean soup, the language
is actually the main course.
John exposes the reader
not just to Dominica's culture,
but the unique feel of the
entire region as well. It's dif-
ferent from the America the
book's lead character Lillian
had come to know after leav-

entrepreneurial venture.
Through trial and error and
good planning, he makes a step
on the road to success, acknowl-
edging that achievement cannot
be attained by oneself.
Readers also share in the
Baron's failures, his missteps
due to natural disasters, greed,
negativity, and market forces.
It is through these events that
the reader captures the essence
of business.
"Tis the repetition of spe-
cific measures that alloweth
one to unconsciously duplicate
successes or failures... a man's
actions serve either as the mar-
ble to erect his empire or iron
bars to fit his prison."
Indeed, "The Baron Son"
draws a roadmap to a fulfilled
life and financial freedom; the
lessons are clear. "Positive
thoughts and deeds" as a foun-
dation for success is unmistak-
ably the thread that runs
through this rich fabric.

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

ige turner'

lean flavor
ing the island, but it is also the
pulse that no amount of years
elsewhere could dim in her
soul. Lillian's typical "mix up,
mix up" regional background
- Carib father, African mother
- only adds to the spice and
color of the tale.
Yet it is that tale -
Lillian's return to Dominica to
confront her past,
lover Teddy in tow -
S i that keeps the reader
%\.$"i. riveted. She must sift
away the scandals of
her past, folklore that
stains her grand-
S mother Matilda and
her mother Iris. That
same sordid past
that forced her to
.1... leave Dominica in
the first place forces
her to return 20
years later. It is time to make
it better, to release the haunt-
ing. To heal herself.
"Unburnable" is a mag-
net. It sucks you in and keeps
you braced for the truth, the
finish as it unfolds. But that is
fiction. In real life, for John,
she has set the bar for her
other works so very high.

PUBLISHER: Amistad, an
imprint of HarperCollins
Publishers. ISBN: 0060837578.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor. Beginning Nov. 1,
2006 you may e-mail him at

August 2006


AE n T IE C RN Tn D n m A n TYi dy

Maximum style: Love of performing never gets old for Maxi Priest

~ Versatile singer rolls through Florida on 'Reggae Sunsplash' tour

Maxi Priest has seen
the music tour circuit
many times, all over
the world, in more than two
decades as a performer.
The British-born son of
Jamaican parents can't
remember the number of
shows he's done on the
Reggae Sunsplash tour -
stretching from the Caribbean
to Asia and North America.
But, he swears, getting on
stage never becomes a played
out routine.
So when the United
States leg of the show rolls
through Florida this month -
West Palm Beach, Tampa and
Cocoa Beach the veteran
singer will still be eagerly hop-
ping around.
"The time flies so fast,
especially when you're having
fun," he told Caribbean Today
recently from London. "No, I
don't really feel old. I feel I've
been around the blocks a few
times. But this is what I do
and what I love."
That passion, and the
long, winding road it has
taken him through, has also
given him a unique perspec-
tive on the rise and decline of
"the godfather" of reggae
shows, from its early years of

dominance, to the current
flicker of hope that says
Sunsplash will rise again from
the ashes.
"I don't think it has faded
away," Priest said of Sunsplash,
which has featured some of the
world's greatest musicians and
performers since its inception
decades ago in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, including reggae leg-
end Bob Marley and Stevie
"The 'shop' was closed
down because of neglect or
someone not taking up the
slack," is how Priest described
Sunsplash's decline in promi-
nence following the death of
founder Tony Johnson.
"Lots of black business
never seem to carry on after
the person who created it (has
passed)," he added.

But recent events indicate
that Sunsplash is planning a
huge comeback. This month,
the tour is scheduled to fea-
ture some of the bin-,lI
names ever to play reggae,
including Priest, British group
UB40, and the veteran
Jamaican acts Third World
and Toots and the Maytals.
Long after Marley died in
1981, and aided by his legacy
and that of others, reggae has

iviaxi unrest crossing generations witn Ins music.

now stuck a firm toehold in
the American fan fabric. They
have finally come around.
"It's obviously improved
since Bob," Priest said. "(The
Americans) have embraced it
a lot more.
"We've had a lot of chart
success (in the U.S.) since the
days of Bob and the rest of
the cats like Dennis
Brown...Obviously the music

has changed and adopted dif-
ferent forms."

Priest himself has long
been versatile in his approach
to music. He has topped
charts with traditional reggae,
R&B and soul numbers. He
has teamed up with singers
like Roberta Flack and Beres
Hammond, plus deejay/dance-

hall acts like Shaggy,
Beenie Man, Bounty
Killa, Shabba Ranks
and Red Rat. He does-
n't want to be fenced in
by genres and asks
audiences to under-
stand when the music
and other artistes
change as well.
"For me, I'm not one
of those to sit and say
'dem not playing true
reggae'," Priest said,
while explaining the
sometimes harsh judg-
ments fans make about
performers who try to
"Music is music... I
get my music from an
open mind and respect
for the art."
A long list of hits,
since his first shot on
the charts in the mid-
1980s, seems to under-
line his point. "Close To
You", "Say A Prayer For The
World", "That Girl" (which he
did with Shaggy), "Some Guys
Have All The Luck", "Wild
World", "House Call" (with
Shabba Ranks) and the "Set
the Night to Music", a 1991
duet with Flack, ensure Priest's
followers evade not just cultur-


Jamaica's 'Miss Lou' is dead

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaica's beloved cultural
icon, Louise Bennett
Coverly, better known as
"Miss Lou", died last month
in a Canadian hospital.
Miss Lou, 86, died at the
Scarborough Grace Hospital
in Toronto after collapsing at
her home.
Born in Kingston on Sept.
7, 1919, Miss Lou had been
Jamaica's premier folklorist,
poet, entertainer and comedi-
enne. She transformed theater
in Jamaica and is often
referred to as a cultural giant
who made the Jamaican
dialect an accepted language

Cultural icon Louise Bennett.

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accolades and awards during
her lifetime, including the
honorary degree of doctor of
laws from the University of

the West Indies and York
University in Canada.
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receive an official Jamaican

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August 2006


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Caribbean music not well defined

~ Burgie


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
He's recognized as one of the
greatest composers of Caribbean
music a true pioneer and an
eternal pacemaker.
Irving Burgie penned such
classics as "Day-O" and
"Islands in the Sun", as
well as the Barbados
national anthem.
"Day-O" was made
popular by renowned
entertainer Harry
Belafonte and Burgie
composed eight of the
songs on Belafonte's
ground-breaking 1956
"Calp>%, album. The
album, an amazing
musical accomplish- Burgie
ment, was number
one on the Billboard charts
for 32 weeks, being the first
album in history to sell over
one million copies.
Burgie, a Brooklyn-born
composer of a Barbadian
mother and American father,
tells the Caribbean Media
Corporation that despite
many strides Caribbean music
is still not defined after many
years of experimentation.
"The Caribbean thing

(music) at this point is evolv-
ing into something that I don't
think is quite there yet," he
says. "As a matter of fact, I
was a little concerned that
lately in the last few years that
almost all the islands are hav-
ing nothing but jazz festivals
and the Caribbean music is
pushed aside
Burgie, how-
ever, concedes
that there may
be a fusion of
Caribbean music
and other genres
in the near
future that will
be more of what
Caribbean peo-
ple represent.
He was in
Barbados finaliz-
ing plans for a
program in New York where
Caribbean islands will cele-
brate the 50th anniversary of
the "CaIlp %, album.

He says another major
problem facing the music
industry in the Caribbean is
the issue of copyright.
"The whole situation here
is that they have never been

burgle's music scored major success for belaTonte ana u"alypso" ana vice versa.

really able to establish a legiti-
mate copyright situation. In
fact, many of the people here
that write stuff, they have
their material copyrighted in
the (United) States because
they do have a copyright code
and a system and it's hard to
develop here," Burgie adds.

With the inclusion of
musicians on the list of per-
sons so far granted free move-
ment across the Caribbean
community, Burgie says the
idea is a good one that should
be encouraged since it pro-
vides a bigger base and opens
the market for artistes to
flourish in the region.
"You take a lot of those
big time writers in the States,
those guys were courted by
Hollywood and all these peo-
ple and given a lot of money
for writing their things. But
they don't have that kind of
base here it takes to attract
people who have some facility
and knowledge and experi-
ence and talent," he says.
The solution, he says, is to
create a successful system that
catches the world's attention
similar to the reggae and
calypso phenomena.
"The only way you can
have a successful system here
is if you can build something

that catches on, for instance,
like calypso did or reggae did
where it went into the outside
world and then the outside
realizes," he says.
He points out, for exam-
ple, that the U.S. offers a base
for exploitation because of its
large appealing industry for
millions worldwide.

Burgie will be honored at
this year's Caribbean Festival
of Creative Arts (Carifesta) in
Trinidad and Tobago, as well
as the event in the U.S. In
commenting on the special
U.S. gala program, he says
"they are going to give me a
song of the century award for
'Day-O' and it will be quite a
big C I brall, iin on Oct. 29.
In keeping also with this cele-
bration there will be a launch
of a website and DVD in
Burgie's honor this month.
Meanwhile, the Literary
Award for school children in
Barbados in his name and in
honor of his mother continues
in its 26th year. It has grown
from seven to 12 students,
including a student graduating
from the University of the
West Indies each year.
As to his future, Burgie
who is 82, said: "I don't really
have anything to retire from.
I just go right along and I try
to keep myself involved and I
travel and I try to live well
and take care of myself and
help my friends and my fami-
"Life has been very, very
good to me and I've lived very
well and enjoyed most of it
and I'd like to do the whole
thing over again, but I still
expect to be around here for a


Maximum style: Love of

performing never gets old for

Maxi Priest

al barriers, but age ranges as
"My audience is a very
cosmopolitan audience," said
the father of nine, who still
sends the girls swooning dur-
ing shows, as he responded to
a question about who shows
him the most love.
"Very liberal.. .black,
white, all nations, all age
crowd. I don't think much has
changed in that respect other
than the fact there is a young
movement going on...At the
same time, the youths are giv-

ing me respect."
Enough to make him con-
sider another couple more
years on the circuit?
"This is what I do," said
Priest, who is promoting a
new single Nlkik, Me Wanna
"As every year comes, I
greet it with open arms."

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor. Beginning Nov. 1,
2006 you may e-mail him at
editor@caribbean today. com

August 2006





Stanford 20/20 cricket raises level of Caribbean spirit

The color and excitement of the Caribbean spirit was fully on show as the inaugural Stanford 20/20 cricket tournament got underway last
month in Antigua. Some of the tournament's highlights on and off the field were captured by the organizers' photographers.

The Antigua Posse gets into the groove at the "Sticky Wicket" restaurant and bar.

St. Lucia's Garey Mathurin takes a catch. 20/20 fashion in full swing.

St. Lucians get behind their team.

Antigua's team takes a victory lap after an early round game, but the homesters were eventually knocked out of the com-

August 2006




Caribbean's 'Road Warrior' Johnson bids

to retain world light heavyweight boxing title

ACaribbean boxer gets
another chance to
regain a world title in
the ring when Jamaican-born
Glen Johnson fights Britain's
Clinton Woods for the
International Boxing
Federation (IBF) light heavy-
weight crown early next
month in England.
The 37-year-old Johnson,
with a ring record of 44 wins,
10 losses and two draws, will
meet Woods on Sept. 2 at the
Bolton Arena in Lancashire.
For Johnson, it will be
the third time fighting the
Yorkshireman in his home
country. The two first fought to
a draw in Nov. 2003. Johnson,
known as the "Road Warrior"
for his willingness to fight any-
where in the world, won the
return match and claimed his
first hold on the IBF title in
Feb. 2004, also in England.
However, he was lured by
a large purse to relinquish the
belt and fight top American
Antonio Tarver. They met
twice, Johnson winning the
first bout, Tarver the second,
both on decisions. Now
Johnson is looking to regain
his crown from Woods.
"Being a champion is
always what it is about," he
told Caribbean Today last

month. "It means something."

What has also been of
major importance to Johnson
is representing his Caribbean
roots. He spent his early teen
years growing up in the
Jamaica parish of Clarendon
before migrating to Miami,
Florida to join his mother.
However, he has always main-
tained his ties to Jamaica.
"I can't stop rLpulini_ "
he explained. "I can't switch
off from being Jamaican."
Early next month his
focus will be squarely on

Woods, a man
he said he
admires but
would like to
finally confirm
his superiority
"I punished
him for 24
rounds (the
total for the
first two fights)
and he took it,"
Johnson said.
"You can't
count him
out...He's a
tough guy. I'll
never underes-
timate anyone.
t, has big busi- He's a danger."
claims that the
IBF title signifies the best
light heavyweight fighter in
the world, although France's
Fabrice Tiozzo (World Boxing
Association) and Poland's
Thomasz Adamek (World
Boxing Council) hold the
other major belts in thel75-
pound weight division. He
hopes to win the IBF crown to
attract bigger-paying fights as
his career winds down.

However, the 2004 world
"Fighter of the Year" told
Caribbean Today he is in great

shape and that his training
schedule for Woods, who has
record of 39 wins, three losses
and a draw, has been on tar-
"It's going good," Johnson
said. "I feel excellent."
Johnson last fought in
February against fellow
Jamaican Richard Hall in
South Florida. He beat Hall
on decision in a brutal 12
round bout at the Hard
Rock Hotel and Casino in
Hollywood. He had been
scheduled to fight Woods in
June, but the champion
skipped the mandatory title
defense with the approval
of the IBF, according to
Johnson's promoter Leon
Margules to take on
Australian Jason DeLisle in
May. He knocked out DeLisle
in the sixth round.
As for being asked to go
to England for a third time to
fight Woods, Johnson, who
has been victimized by bad
hometown decisions at several
venues in his long career,
explained in simple Jamaica
style it is no problem.
"You've just got to go
take care of business," he said.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Bell preps to defend world cruiserweight crown

Undisputed world cruis-
erweight boxing cham-
pion O'Neil Bell, a
Caribbean native who current-
ly resides in the United States,
is looking to put his crown on
the line next month.
Bell, who currently holds
the World Boxing Association
(WBA) and World Boxing
Council (WBC) titles in the
200-pound division, is awaiting
confirmation for a possible title
defense against American Chris
Byrd, a former International
Boxing Federation (IBF)
heavyweight champion who will
be stepping down in weight
class to face the Jamaican.
The exact date and loca-
tion for the fight were still
being discussed up to press
time. However, according to
Bell, the fighters are ready to
"Both me and Chris
agreed on that note," he told
Caribbean Today last month.
"I like to accept chal-
lenges and of course Byrd is a
challenge," he added later in
explaining his choice to fight a

quality heavyweight. "...It's
gonna take fights like that to
put your name out there. It
will be a good showcase for
my talents."

Bell has already
impressed boxing critics this
year. In January he knocked
out Jean-Marc Mormeck
in 10 rounds at New York's
Madison Square Garden to
take the Frenchman's WBA
and WBC crowns. At that
time Bell held the IBF belt as
well, but was stripped of the

title after failing to make a
mandatory defense against
American Steve Cunningham
in June. Bell had asked for a
postponement of the fight
after complications from sur-
gery to remove a wisdom
tooth prevented him from
training properly. The IBF
rejected the postponement
"I was frustrated after
they stripped me," he said.
"But I looked at the great
ones (boxers), they've all been
through the struggles."
However, Bell is bouncing
back and, in addition to Byrd,
he is also training in the
Atlanta area to participate in
a "Superfighter" series in
Australia later this year. The
-\N L 11 \ planners want to
involve eight heavyweights in
a one-night elimination con-
test. The eventual winner, who
gets a reported $5 million, will
have to win three fights that
night. Each fight is scheduled
to go three or four rounds.

A possible Mormeck
rematch could be in the cards

as well and Bell has not ruled
out eventually facing
Cunningham, a former long-
time sparring partner, some-
time in the future. He claimed
that although the American is
,killul in the ring, he would
not pose much of a threat.
"I don't see him present-
ing any serious problems,"
Bell said.
In the meantime, Bell is
concentrating on getting ready
for Byrd. The 31-year-old
Montego Bay-born boxer is
training twice a day at a new
gym. He said he is nearly
halfway to his peak, but on
target for whenever his next
bout is announced.
He said he has also recov-
ered fully from a ribcage
injury suffered during the
Mormeck fight.
"I'm cool," he said. "It's
been seven or eight months."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2006
you may e-mail him at

Cricket World

Cup makes


launch in India

Senior Cricket World Cup Inc.
officials last month launched
the 2007
event in
India with
chief execu-
tive officer
and manag-
ing director,
Dehring hailing the
event as a
major success.
"I thought it went very,
very well. There was a very,
very strong attendance by the
Indian media which of course
is quite massive," Dehring
told CMC Sports in a tele-
phone interview from India.
"There was in excess of 10
or two television crews and a
host of other media from
across India that were here to
He continued: "It was a
tremendous response and a
very good gauge for how the
Indian market perceived the
Cricket World Cup in the
"They certainly think if it
as a mega event and a very
special event simply because
of the spirit and history of the
Caribbean when it comes to
cricket and of course, the rela-
tionship between India and
the West Indies with so many
West Indians who actually
played for the West Indies and
live in the West Indies, of East
Indian descent.
"So there is pretty good
amount of affinity between
the two nations and I think it
gives the Cricket World Cup
in the Caribbean a very spe-
cial appeal."
At the launch, the official
logo of the Mar. 13 to April 28
tournament was unveiled,
while Dehring and Grenada's
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell
made presentations.
Dehring was accompanied
at the event by Ken Gordon,
chairman of the CWC 2007
Inc.; Chris deCaires, chairman
of World Cup Barbados
Inc., and CWC's Corporate
Communications Director
Marvia Roach.
With India currently rep-
resenting cricket's largest tele-
vision market, the launch also
saw the CWC contingent link-
ing up with their official spon-
sors, including Hero Honda,
Hutch, Pepsi and LG, Dehring

August 2006


Nevis last month ended three
terms of government for Vance
Amory and his Concerned
Citizens Movement.
Joseph Parry's Nevis
Reformation Party
won the poll, ending
14 years of office for
the CCM.
The CCM had
been pushing for
secession from its fed-
eration with St. Kitts
to become one of the
world's smallest
nations at 36 square
miles. A referendum
in 1998 fell five per-
cent short of the two-
thirds majority need-
ed to break away.
Premier Amory
insisted the issue isn't
dead, while Premier-
elect Parry said the
NRP favors constitu-
tional reform.
Parry said the pri-
ority of his adminis- Joseph Pa
tration will be the Hensley Da
revitalization of the
island's economy. He told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that his party would
begin to "look at our tax struc-
ture and administration of
taxes" while seeking to "inject
funds into the economy."
He said the priority would
be to "stabilize the economy
in Nevis and to make sure that
people are well positioned to

benefit from the development
that will be coming to Nevis
for the next few years."

Parry said that for the


hope for improved relations
with Basseterre.
'niiL 1991 we have
(said) constitutional reform is
the best way for Nevis and
now that we are in govern-

rry, right, the new premier of Nevis, celebrates his election victory with party supporter

past 14 years, his party had
been drafting development
policies for the island that
forms part of the twin-island
federation with St. Kitts. He
dismissed any notion of seek-
ing to move away from the
federation and seek to
become an independent state,
insisting that constitutional
reform represented the best

ment we can more reach out
to the Federal government
and seek out a road or a road
map that we can be satisfacto-
ry to citizens of both islands,"
he added.

Compiled from CMC reports.


* 10 parties file for Guyana's
Nomination Day excitement swept
over Guyana's capital last month
as political parties competing in
this month's general and regional
polls presented their lists of candi-
dates to the Guyana Elections
Commission (GECOM) at City Hall.
Ten political parties filed the
required legal and constitutional
documents to contest the Aug. 28

* Dookeran hints at new
'movement' in T&T
Embattled leader of Trinidad and
Tobago's main Opposition United
National Congress (UNC) Winston
Dookeran, has hinted at the forma-
tion of a new all-inclusive "move-
ment that will transcend change"
even as he left open the possibility
of healing the rift within the party.
Addressing supporters at what
had been billed "Dookeran's Day"
in Freeport in Central Trinidad late
last month, Dookeran said he had
been given a new mandate as to
"how to move forward with a new
movement that will transcend
change." He told supporters that a
national congress would be
formed from the people bringing

"together all interested parties."

* Bermuda's politicians get
huge rise in pay
Bermuda's politicians are to get
their controversial pay rises thanks
to the island's constitution.
The pay rises, approved in
June by the House of Assembly,
cleared their final legislative hurdle
last month after it was ruled that
the constitution prevented the
Senate (Upper House) from voting
on the hikes which will see
Premier Alex Scott's pay package
shoot up by 80 percent.

* Ex-Opposition M.P. to join
Dominica's ruling party
Former Deputy Leader of
Dominica's Opposition United
Workers Party (UWP) Julius Timothy
confirmed last month that he will
take up a Cabinet position in the
Roosevelt Skerrit administration.
Timothy, a former finance min-
ister, will be responsible for interna-
tional business. He said he has been
meeting with Skerrit to finalize what
other portfolios he will be given.

* Canadian diplomat predicts
safe Guyana elections
The outgoing Canadian High

Commissioner to Guyana Bruno
Picard has predicted a violence-
free poll in September.
"I have trust and confidence in
the maturity of the political class
of this country and the maturity of
the Guyanese to prepare for those
elections peacefully (and) to hold
those elections peacefully, and to
accept those results peacefully,"
Picard said last month.

* Opposition will support
Grenada's electoral reform
The main Opposition National
Democratic Congress
(NDC) says it fully supports the
introduction of an Organization of
American of American States
(OAS) recommended system of
continuous registration of electors
in Grenada.
The NDC said last month it
would also give support to the
Keith Mitchell administration in
ensuring the implementation of the
recommendations by an OAS
observer mission.

Compiled from CMC and other

Opposition JLP kicks off

Jamaica election campaign

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The Opposition Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) has
declared its readiness to top-
ple the governing People's
National Party (PNP), which
has held power here for the
past 17 years.
JLP officials last month
outlined plans for their politi-
cal campaign as speculation
mounted that Prime Minister
Portia Simpson Miller would
call general elections shortly.
"Bring it on prime minis-
ter. Anytime you're ready, we
are ready for you," JLP
General Secretary Karl
Samuda told reporters. "Let
us not just hear talk, talk, talk
about all this wonderful popu-
larity and five term thing. The
only way you can manifest
that hope into reality is to
hold an election and we are
ready for you anytime."

Beginning late last month
the JLP was scheduled to stage
a five-day tour, taking it into 35
constituencies and more than
150 communities to promote
its message of change.
The JLP is hoping to
break the political grip of the
governing party, which is
going for five consecutive
terms in power.

Samuda said the cam-
paign for the next elections
would cost millions of dollars,
but said the JLP had the nec-
essary cash in its political war


"Democracy is very
expensive," he said. "Funding
is always a problem in Jamaica
today. But we are hopeful and
very encouraged by the
response so far."
General elections are con-
stitutionally due here in 2007,
but it is expected that Simpson
Miller, who assumed office
through an internal party elec-
tion earlier this year, will seek
her own mandate by going to
the polls this year.

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Celebrating its 12th year, the
150-member strong Fort
Lauderdale-based Greater
Caribbean American Chamber
of Commerce (GCACC) has
become an important link
among Caribbean businesses
in South Florida.
"We provide links to gov-
ernment entities and network-
ing events that allows our
membership to meet other
Caribbean and American busi-
nesses to create partnerships,"
said Tanya Ragbeer, GCACC
However, Ragbeer admits
that getting Caribbean busi-
ness owners to network is
sometimes a challenge.
"What we don't take
advantage of is the networking
opportunities, going out there
and talking to people about
our businesses; exchanging our
business cards," she said.
"We actually don't under-
stand the value. We don't
understand that it is word-of-
mouth advertising and it defi-
nitely helps our businesses.
"We as Caribbean people
think that we can sit in our
offices and business will come
in to us, just because we are
Caribbean. But, it doesn't
work that way. People have to
know that you exist and know
what you do to be able to refer
to you. And, unless you are
out there promoting yourself
and your business, it just won't
work," Ragbeer added.

Asked how she tackles
this particular challenge, the
GCACC president noted that
the issue is dealt with at meet-
ings and gatherings.
"We talk about it," she
said. "People are actually shy
about giving out their business
cards; they are shy about talk-
ing about their business. But
after exposure at the meetings,
they realize the value."
She was quick to point out
that Caribbean businesses are
"We are entrepreneurial
people and we understand
business," the banker empha-
The bottom line, Ragbeer
explained, is that members
want the opportunity to expose
and improve their business.
They want training. Caribbean
people, she said, enjoy a little
lyme, so, if they can do it in a
social environment, they come
out in droves. It is "business
without the pr,,sirL

As a platform for economic
development, the GCACC par-
ticipates in trade missions that
bring diverse businesses togeth-

er. According to Ragbeer the
GCACC participated in a trade
mission to Jamaica, and plans
to expand it to include other
islands to facilitate trade
between island businesses and
their counterparts in South
Florida. It is likely that
GCACC members, who
are predominantly Jamaicans,
in addition to Hatians,
Trinidadians, Dominicans
and some Americans, would

President of the Greater Caribbean
American Chamber of Commerce Tanya
Ragbeer, right, presents the GCACC's
"2005 Small Business Person of the Year
Award" to Carl Dixon, owner of Carl's
Seafood Restaurant in Lauderdale Lakes,
earlier this year.

benefit from the majority of
these linkages.
Although the GCACC
suffers from meager funding,
its all-volunteer staff, which
consists of seven executive
board members, six advisory
board members, and eight at-
large directors, continue to
host in-country trade missions,
workshops, and training. One
such event is a scheduled
media forum to be held this
month that will bring together
South Florida print, television,
and radio organizations to talk
about doing business with the
media to community and busi-
ness leaders.

Ragbeer also confirmed
that a restaurant expo is also
planned for October. Dubbed
"A Taste of the Caribbean",
the forum will highlight the
variety of Caribbean restau-
rants in South Florida.
"Restaurant owners will
get feedback from surveys that
we have set out to the commu-
nity," she said. "And, they will
be able to use this feedback,
whether negative or positive,
to get to the next level."
The GCACC's annual
"Business of the Year" event
puts a successful business in
the spotlight "so that people
can see which businesses are
up and coming within the com-
munity," Ragbeer noted.
The GCACC's continued
focus on business success strate-

gies has also led it to partner
several Broward County cities
involved in major redevelop-
ment projects, Ragbeer con-
firmed. For example,
Lauderdale Lakes' current
redevelopment project, on
Oakland Park Boulevard just
east of State Road 7, could
open up potential economic
partnerships for the astute busi-
ness owner according to the
GCACC president. The
GCACC hosted a forum specif-
ically to educate its members
about this opportunity.
The developer, United
Homes International, is build-
ing a mixed-use community,
dubbed Bella Vista, which is
estimated to cost around $130
million and will include condo-
miniums, townhouses, retail
shops, a library, and green
spaces. Ground has already
been broken and lots pre-sold
to prospective residents. The
GCACC has also informed its
membership about other rede-
velopment projects in the City
of Miramar, Florida.

The GCACC's partner-
ships are not only about eco-
nomics. It is determined to
spread the entrepreneurial
spirit. Its alliance with the
Institute of Caribbean Studies
focuses on education and
"Our goal is to help stu-
dents be socially conscious and
provide them with funds to use
towards their education,"
Ragbeer said. "We hold an
essay competition each year,
and the topic this year was: 'Is
Immigration Good for the
United States?' The essays
were phenomenal."
She added: "Many people
tend to assume that because
our children are being educat-
ed in the United States they
are not stepping up at a level
that they would back home.
But not so, these children are
really bright. The young man
that won, Brian Lee, is of
Jamaican heritage and is plan-
ning to go to the University of
Miami this fall."
The GCACC also awards
$500 scholarships each year to
students in high schools in the
Lauderdale Lakes and Lauderhill
areas. These scholarships come
from the Chamber's annual golf
tournament, sponsored primarily
by the City of Miramar.
"We give back to the com-
munity, by inspiring our youths
to look toward business owner-
ship," Ragbeer said.

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

CMC A leading Caribbean
business executive says the
recent ENRON scandal in the
United States has resulted in
the continuous scrutiny of the
operations of global financial
services companies.
"This will be a determining
factor in making one company
over another, the company of
choice and CLICO (Colonial
Life Insurance Company)
intends to be the company
of choice in the Caribbean,"
said CLICO's Executive
Chairman Leroy Parris.
In 15 years, Enron grew
from nowhere to be America's
seventh largest company,
employing 21,000 staff in
more than 40 countries. But
the firm's success turned out
to have involved an elaborate
scam. Investigators said that
Enron lied about its profits
and accused it of a range of
shady dealings, including

* WTO 'time out' no harm to
The suspension of a new round of
trade talks at the World Trade
Organization (WTO), while disappoint-
ing, should not be harmful to the
region, according to Dr. Richard
Bernal, the Caribbean's lead interna-
tional trade negotiator.
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy
last month announced the "time out" of
the talks, referred
to as the Doha
Agenda, saying
that key players
were too far
apart in their
positions, but he
did not say how
long the suspen-
sion would last Bernal
since that
depended on when countries made
concessions from their entrenched

* Sanders wants businesses to
Former Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald
Sanders has urged businesses in tiny,
eastern Caribbean islands to merge
their operations as part of a survival
strategy within
the regional sin-
gle market.
Sir Ronald
said successful
companies from
Organisation of
Eastern Caribbean
States (OECS) ter-
ritories could I
compete with big- Sanders
ger enterprises
from some of the larger Caribbean coun-
tries if they pool their resources.

concealing debts so they didn't
show up in the company's

As the depth of the decep-
tion unfolded, investors and
creditors retreated, forcing the
firm into Chapter 11 bank-
ruptcy in December last year.
Parris quoted a former
U.S. executive as saying that
"if the rate of change on the
outside exceeds the rate of
change on the inside the end
is near".
Parris, addressing a recent
meeting of CLICO officials
from Barbados and the
Eastern Caribbean, said that
as a result of the new scrutiny,
the Trinidad-based conglom-
erate was working "assiduous-
ly" to maintain its leadership
position in the Caribbean as a
strong, well managed, innova-
tive company.

* Arthur worries about B'dos's forex
The amount of foreign exchange
Barbados spends on imports is much
larger than what the country earns
from the sale of goods and services
and this is a major worry for Prime
Minister Owen Arthur.
The Barbados leader argues that
if this imbalance is not addressed
soon, there could be serious conse-
quences for the Barbados economy.

* T&T firm signs big loan with
German bank
The German-based KJW IPEX-Bank
has provided a $1.2 billion loan to the
local-based Methanol Holdings Trinidad
Limited (MHTL) for the construction of
a petrochemical plant regarded as the
largest ever private sector financing
project in the Caribbean.
Construction on the seven-build-
ing complex is scheduled for later this
year at the Point Lisas Industrial
Complex, south of Port of Spain.

* Dominica's fiscal performance
among best
Regional economist Jawala Rambarran
says Dominica's recent fiscal perform-
ance is among the most impressive in
the Caribbean.
"Dominica has shown what I con-
sider to be the strongest fiscal consoli-
dation effort in the Eastern Caribbean,"
Rambarran said while speaking last
month at a Caribbean Money Market
Brokers (CMMB) seminar. "As a matter
of fact no other country except Jamaica
can boast of a stronger fiscal consoli-
dation effort. What you have done is
tremendous and I think government
should be commended for that."

Compiled from CMC and other

Enron U.S. scandal has

Caribbean implications

'Business without pressure',

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17-y-o wins Caribbean Heritage Month essay contest

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Brian Lee, second left, a 17-year-old resident of Miami, was recently selected the winner of the South Florida segment of the
National Caribbean American Heritage Month Youth Essay Competition, which was hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies,
Washington, D.C., and sponsored for students in the area by the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (GCACC).
Participants submitted essays on the topic: "Is Immigration Good for the United States?" (Essay reprinted on page 9.)
Lee, the son of Jamaican parents Bernard and Marie Lee, entered as a senior of the Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami.
He was awarded a $200 United States savings bond and a plaque of appreciation at the GCACC's recent "Unifest" celebration
where he read his essay to the crowd. He also attended the Business Leaders of America National Conference in Nashville,
Tennessee, where he competed in the category of economics and placed seventh. Lee was awarded an academic scholarship
to the University of Miami and will enroll this fall as an engineering major. For now, he spends his summer enjoying his favorite
pastimes reading and playing badminton.
Others in the photograph are, from left, Hazelle Rogers, Lauderdale Lakes city commissioner; Tanya Ragbeer, president of
the GCACC; Glenn Joseph, vice president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies; and UNIFEST emcee Neki Mohan, from Channel 10
television station in Florida.

Youth leaders from
across the Caribbean
are being co-opted as
advocates of the regional sin-
gle market and economy,
which came into operation
earlier this year.
Some 30 youth leaders
from the region met in St.
Lucia last month for a work-
shop on the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) Single
Market and Economy
(CSME) looking at issues


such as the history of regional
integration, the current status
of the CSME as well as media
"The sessions were quite
informative. We were able to
do quite a lot," Grenada's
Nerisa Celestine said, express-
ing satisfaction with the work-
"We already started sensi-
tizing the public about the
issues relating to CSME, but

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IANNELLI regularly talk with your child L0W-. you should review as your child booster dos

The end of summer
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school, or starting
school for the first time, for
many children.
In addition to the usual
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faced with many other issues,
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suicide and bullies. Talking
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these issues at age appropriate
times may help decrease their
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to them.
It is also a good idea to

about how school is going.
Regular communication will
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Does your child like going
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friends? How are his grades?
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recess, lunch and in between
Breaktime is when chil-
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Getting your children ready for school is
important to their development.
asking open ended questions
about what happens during
these times may help you to
recognize problem behaviors.
Other topics and issues

goes back to school include:
Immunizations As part of
the preparation for your child
going to school, you should
find and review his immuniza-
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can prevent a frantic call to
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Evaluating a school or program helps adults make better choices

If you are considering contin-
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three or so possible educa-
tional providers and ask a rep-
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the following questions:

What are my educational options?
* What programs are available?
* When and how are courses
* Are there any programs
specifically designed for adult
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* What career assistance serv-
ices are available when I

* What is the average course
load for an adult learner?
* How much time should I plan
on studying per week per class?
* What are the requirements for
my particular area of interest?

How do I apply and get admit-
* Admission requirements and
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and/or entrance exam test
scores are required? What is
the minimum grade point
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any courses I need to have
completed before I will be
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courses) Do I need to submit
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* Application procedure: What
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Is there an application fee
and how much is it?
* What are the deadlines to
apply? When and how will I
be notified of the admissions
* When do you admit students?
How many students do you
* How do my previous credits
* How do you regard an older
and/or a lower GPA?

What support services are
* What services are available
related to academic support,
tutoring, "How to Study"
classes, assistance centers?
* What types of educational
planning, academic advising,
and/or career counseling are
* Are there any special programs
for adult, part-time students?
* Are there support services
for similar communities or

What is the cost and what
financial assistance is available?
* What is the cost per credit?
Are there other fees?
* What can I expect to pay, on
average, for books/supplies
per class?
* What types of financial aid
are available?
* What are the criteria for
applying for the various types
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that setting aside a quiet,
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that will be your study place
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countries on board. Last
month six other countries
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for the free movement of
goods, services, capital and
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must put particular emphasis
upon equity, quality and the
integration of our distinctive
Caribbeanness into the gener-
al world of things," he added.
At the same time, Dr.
Jeffrey said strategies need to
be devised to retain the
regional workforce in a com-
petitive environment. He chal-

lenged the graduates to make
use of the abundance of
"All the factors of pro-
duction, including labor, are
searching and finding the most
profitable and desirable loca-
tions with little concern for
borders," he said.

to young people and
get them involved in the
CSME. Kyle De Freitas, of
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
described the sessions as
"opportune". He added,
"When disseminating informa-
tion, especially about the
CSME, you must take a sys-
tematic approach to doing it.
"What I am hoping to do
is to have a training of trainers
conference similar to this one
for CYAs. This allows for a
more targeted approach, not
just educating people about
the CSME, but preparing and
enlisting them to help with
disseminating information
such as its benefits," he added.
Dr. Heather Johnson,
deputy program manager for
youth and community devel-
opment at the CARICOM
Secretariat, said she was
pleased with the workshop
and congratulated those who
assisted in making it a success.

Youth leaders to be CSME advocates

August 2006



Suriname says 'sorry'

for Moiwana slaying

MOENGO, Suriname, CMC -
The Suriname government
has officially apologized for
the murder of 39 civilians
nearly 20 years ago that had
been condemned by the Inter-
American Court of Human
Rights (IACHR).
At a cere-
mony last
month at a
soccer stadi-
um in the for-
mer bauxite
mining town
Moengo, 100
east the capi- Venetiaan
tal, President
Venetiaan offered apologies to
relatives of those killed as well
as the entire nation for the
Nov. 29, 1986 massacre carried
out by soldiers.
"As representative of the
Republic of Suriname, the
president of Suriname solemn-
ly and publicly declare that the
state Suriname offers its apolo-
gies to the whole Surinamese
nation, in particular the surviv-
ing relatives of the victims of
Moiwana, for the brutal armed
attack, that has been carried
out by the state, on the peace-
ful community of Moiwana, on
November 29, 1986," he said.
The apology was also
directed to Matodja Gazon,
leader of the Aucaners maroon
tribal group.

"Wrong intentions, an

erroneous decision has result-
ed in the nightmare of a mass
murder on innocent, defense-
less civilians, on behalf of the
nation," Venetiaan told the
ceremony attended also by
representatives of various
international organizations
and countries.
The IACHR ordered the
public ceremony as part of its
ruling and also called on the
Suriname government to pay
compensation for material
and moral damages to 130
Moiwana community mem-
bers and surviving relatives
of the victims. Each person
received a sum of $13,000 in
In his state-

tion was dis-
tancing itself
from those
that had par-
Bouterse ticipated in
the killings
carried out
during the rule by the military
government of Desi Bouterse.
On Nov. 29, 1986, the now
deserted village of Moiwana
was raided by an army unit as
a crackdown on the so-called
"Jungle Commando", a rebel
group which took up arms
against the Bouterse adminis-

* Arthur rejects alien
landholding laws
Prime Minister
Owen Arthur
says the
Barbados gov-
ernment will not
follow Eastern
Caribbean coun-
tries and intro-
duce alien land
holding legisla-
tion, since this strategy does not
keep land out of the hands of for-

* Dominica breaks off ties
with U.S. group
Less than a year after accepting
the "Salute To Greatness Award"
from the United
Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit
says he has broken off relations
with the organization.

* United States DEA sets up
in Suriname
Officers of the Unites States Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) were
scheduled to arrive in Suriname to
form a permanent presence of the
agency in the Caribbean commu-
nity (CARICOM) state.

* T&T Muslim leader
granted bail
A High Court last month granted
TT$400,000 ($66,660) bail to
Yasin Abu Bakr, the leader of
the JamaatAl Muslimeen group,
who had been in prison since
November last year on charges of
sedition, incitement and terrorism.

* Bermuda vows to beef up
"Street-wise" police officers from
overseas will be the main target
in a recruitment drive as the
Bermuda government seeks to
bring the Bermuda Police Service
(BPS) fully up to strength within
three months.
Compiled from CMC reports.

Photograph by Roberto Ribeiro OAS/OEA
Ambassador Henry L. Illes of Suriname, left, last month assumed the chairmanship of Permanent Council of the Organization of
American States (OAS). At right is Ellsworth John, the council's vice chairman from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who presented
Illes with the gavel symbolizing his new post.
According to a press release from the OAS, Illes pledged to continue focusing attention on poverty-eradication and develop-
ment issues. He will lead the hemispheric organization's second highest decision-making body for the next three months, while
Ambassador John becomes the vice chairman for that period.

Homosexuality and prostitution are

not crimes, says Bajan priest

CMC An Anglican priest here
has stoked heated public debate
on homosexuality and prostitu-
tion when he declared they are
not crimes and 1u,1',2L"ILd gov-
ernment remove them from the
sanction of the law.
While saying the acts are
a mi Austin Carrington,
rector of the Christ Church
Parish Church, said last month
they should not be classified
as criminal acts.
"But, because it is a sin
doesn't make it a crime. I am
convinced it should not be a

crime," stressed the priest
who is also a HIV/AIDS edu-
cator and counselor.

He said discrimination
against those engaged in bug-
gery and prostitution drives
them underground and
increases the difficulty of
offering them counseling,
especially in cases where they
might be suffering from
"It is very difficult to
reach persons who may be
HIV-positive and want to

come to us for help and guid-
ance," he was quoted as say-
ing in a Nation newspaper
The government here has
repeatedly rejected calls from
sector interests and individu-
als to decriminalize buggery
and prostitution.
The priest also supported
the idea of distributing con-
doms in prison, arguing the
reality is that sexual activity
does, in fact, occur in over-
crowded conditions like those
in prison.

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