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Some of the brightest literary
minds produced by the
Caribbean, like Deborah Jack
who grew up in St. Martin,
will be working with the word
at the upcoming Miami
International Book Fair,
page 23.

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~ Yvette D. Clarke's
strong Caribbean
roots and a pri-
mary election
victory have
propelled her
to the verge
of a seat in the
U.S. Congress,
where she
intends to be
'the voice' for
immigrants from
the region,
page 2.

Region ................ 23
Politics ............... 24

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'Tallawah' Clarke taking the Caribbean to Capitol Hill

The tingling of excitement
still lingers long after her
historic election win, but
Yvette D. Clarke is already
getting used to being a United
States Congresswoman...and
she doesn't even have the job
"I think it's still sinking in
more and more every day,"
Clarke told Caribbean Today
more than a week after she
won the Democratic primary
for New York's 11th
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month, which virtually assured
the Brooklyn-born daughter of
Jamaican parents will be her
party's representative on
Capitol Hill.
Clarke, a New York City
councilwoman who will likely
take on Republican challenger
Steve Finger in next month's
general election for Congress,
declared she will "be that
voice" in Washington which
highlights issues of concern for
Caribbean immigrants at the
federal government level. That
is an opportunity her mother
Una, who preserved a strong

Caribbean influence on
Yvette's life and became "an
inspiration" for her daughter's
political career, missed after
unsuccessful bids for the same
Congressional seat. That the
family matriarch, a descendant
of the Accompong Maroons in
Jamaica known for their fiery
will against overwhelming odds
when opposed by their colonial
rulers, did not make it to
Congress did not dampen the
enthusiasm of the Clarke clan.
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gratifying," said Yvette. "
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Recently, Trinidad and
Tobago's Prime Minister
Patrick Manning criticized the
U.S. for slacking off on socio-
economic assistance to the
Caribbean. Dominica's Prime
Minister Roosevelt Skerrit also
called on the U.S to do more
for the region.
"We continue to raise the
issue of the diminishing pres-
ence of the U.S. in the
(CUrihlb inl" Skerrit said.
"The American govern-
ment has the capacity to assist
us even more but they have
not been doing that over the
last 20 to 25 years especially in
regards to regional security."
Caribbean leaders met U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice late last month.
However, the focus of
Clarke, who recalled visiting
Jamaica many times while
growing up, will also be on her
own constituents in New York.
She said she was not pleased
with Owens' representation of
immigrants from the Caribbean
and elsewhere and plans to
become a stronger force on
those issues. She also noted
that other immigrant groups
have long enjoyed much
stronger representation.

Her role as Congresswoman
takes on additional historic sig-
nificance. Last month's result
meant Clarke followed the foot-
steps of Shirley Chisholm, whose
parents were also from the
C(',rihbbk who won the same
seat in 1968 and became the first
black woman elected to
Congress. Una CLirl<,, the 41-
year-old's mother and a former
New York City councilwoman
herself, had failed to beat Owens
before. But Yvette avenged that
by beating Owens's son Chris,
who finished last in the four-can-
didate race.
Clarke won 14,946 votes,
Yassky 12,570, Andrews 10,983
and Owens 9,403.
After she was declared the
winner, Clarke shouted "We
did it, everyone!" in her victory
speech as supporters chanted
"Yvette, Yvette, Yvette".
"I will not stop fighting
until all immigrants of the city,
state and country are afforded
the same rights as anyone else,"
she said.
She appears to have
already secured the ideal job
to embark on that mission.

CMC and other reports
contributed to this story.

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

October 2006

proud... (It's) a sense of pride
(for her)."

That the daughter also
rose to political prominence
has made a highly supportive
Caribbean population in her
district proud as well. And
they showed it at last month's
primary. Clarke, one of three
black candidates in the ethni-
cally-charged primary race,
which included the son of
retired Congressman Major
Owens, secured just over 31
percent of the votes, beating
her nearest challenger
Councilman David Yassky,
the only white candidate, who
had 26.2 percent.
With the overwhelming
voting presence of Democrats
in the district, Clarke is virtual-
ly assured to win next month
against Finger who, she said,
she Jd Lsn't know well" and
"can't remember" meeting.
Therefore, Clarke has already
turned her focus on the job
ahead, and while she said her
duty is to represent all her con-
stituents equally, she also
understands that immigrant
issues, especially those affect-
ing Caribbean nationals, must
be at the forefront of her
efforts in Washington.
According to Clarke,
Caribbean immigrants have
made great strides in the U.S.,
especially on the social level.
The emphasis now will be on
further economic and political
empowerment. Yet she is bank-
ing on the strong Caribbean
influence in her background to
pull it off. When asked if there
is one word or theme which
sums up her personal and polit-
ical character, Clarke quickly
replied "tallawah", a Jamaican
term which means resilient and
determined to succeed.

She will need to be. U.S.
interests in the Cj.rihlajiin
welfare have waned in recent
years and several leaders last
month insisted that although
America's foreign policy is
focused on anti-terrorism cam-
paigns elsewhere in the world,
the region still needs attention
from the superpower, especial-
ly assistance with development
and security.

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CARICOM, Rice hold 'very cordial' meeting in New York


NEW YORK Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
diplomats described as "very
cordial" a meeting between
regional foreign ministers and
United States Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice late
last month.
"It was a very good meet-
ing," Grenada's U.S.
Ambassador Dennis Antoine
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) at the
end of the hour-long meeting
at the Waldorf Astoria in New
"It was a very cordial
nL linie- added the dean of
CARICOM diplomatic corps
in Washington. "We empha-
sized the partnership of equal
access. That is the growing
concept of our meetings.
There is growing respect
between the United States

dimensional issues and agreed
to work collaboratively for
each other's interest," he said.
"She (Rice) was not

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves addresses the United Nations General Assembly.

Guyana David Robinson had
urged CARICOM to with-
draw its support for Venezuela
because "the South American
country could hinder their
ability to combat terrorism
and nuclear proliferation."

Antoine said security, the
HIV/AIDS pandemic and
"the challenges facing the
region's economies," were
among other matters dis-
cussed with Rice.
"We took a look at multi-

Rice was Trank and respectful, according to
CARICOM leaders.
pressing anyone. It was an
expression of mutual con-
cerns, very frank, meaningful
and respectful."


Antoine's remarks came
on the heels of a call by St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves for "a concept
of a new relationship and lan-
guiagL between Washington
and the region.
"Overall, I think we have
to have a concept of a new
relationship and, broadly
speaking, a new language,
which we can use to articulate
the issues in that relation-
ship," Gonsalves had told
CMC ahead of the meeting.
Ellsworth John, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
ambassador to the U.S.,
agreed that the CARICOM-
Washington meeting was
"very cordial," adding that it
was "a frank exchange of
ideas on a range of issues."
He identified, among those
issues, a trade and investment
conference, slated for
Washington on Oct. 13; next
year's conference on the

Caribbean to be held in
Washington and U.S. support
for Guatemala as a non-per-
manent member of the United
Nations Security Council.
"She outlined reasons
why it was good to vote for
Guatemala and stated the dif-
ferences with Venezuela with-
out getting into details," John

Gonsalves had told CMC
that CARICOM was unequiv-
ocal in supporting Venezuela,
despite pressure from
Washington and the on-going
row between the United
States and Venezuela.
"The fact that President
Chavez made a speech at the
United Nations, which may
have upset the United States,
would not change our support
or, indeed, CARICOM,
or individual CARICOM-
member states, support for
Venezuela," he said.
U.S. Ambassador to

October 2006


C aribbean culture has influenced the world
in many ways over the years, from the erotic
beauty of the islands and people, to the
pulsating rhythms of their music -
reggqae, soca, salsa and merengue.
Now, Caribbean food is beginning to -
play a new and Vibrant rote in how the
world Views this region, from jerk ". -.
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'Jerk' lovers savor the flavor at annual Florida fest

DAMIAN P. GREGORY you feel like you home,"
Jamaican-born Nicole
SUNRISE, Florida Lovers of Grayton, a resident of Fort
everything "jerk" converged Lauderdale who has attended
on Markham Park in South the festival each of the past
Florida late last month to three years, told Caribbean
sample food prepared by Today. "It is a part of my cul-
cooks from Jamaica and the ture, you know."
United States. "You got a piece of
"When you come here Jamaica right here," Fort
Lauderdale resident Angela

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Ihis young lady definitely found the jerk ribs to her liking.

Clarke, told Caribbean
Today. "It was all good, the
chicken and lobster and the
But her friend, who would
only identify himself as Ricky,
had a definite favorite.
"The pork," he told
Caribbean Today enthusiasti-
cally. "It really great. I like
how they do it, the set up is
the real thing, like they have
back home."

The annual feeding fest
not only attracted those from
Jamaica, but other fans of the
spicy food that is becoming
more well known outside of

the islands.
"I am eating jerk pork,"
said first time festivalgoer
Theresa Caine, a Chicago
native who now lives in Fort
Lauderdale and is a self-
described Jamaican by injec-
tion. "I am not mad at it."
She was among an esti-
mated 7,500 people who,
organizers said, attended the
nine-hour event on Sept. 24.
Some 22 vendors who offered
variations on the popular
spiced food that included the
traditional chicken, pork,
fish and ribs and the non-tra-
ditional jerk ice cream.
Yet food was not the only
thing that kept the crowd enter-

trained. Music headliners Byron
Lee and the Dragonaires were
also on hand.

But one man cornered the
judges' idea of what it means
to be the king of jerk. For the
third time in the popular festi-
val's five-year history, the
"Gold Dutch Pot Award"
went to Burnet Spence.
Spence, an amateur cook who
hails from St. Elizabeth,
Jamaica, left judges wanting
more of his savory jerk.
"His presentation and
taste were far superior to the
others," organizer of the jerk
cook-off contest, June Minto
told Caribbean Today.
Spence's secret?
"I have a layered taste,
when you first bite into my
chicken or my pork, you get
a sweet smoky (taste) as you
bite," he told Caribbean
Today. "As you go further in,
it gets a little spicy, not too
hot. As you go further in you
taste the pimento. As you
begin to digest it with the
saliva the combination of all
three gives you a lingering
taste that makes you want

Story and photograph by
Damian P. Gregory,
Caribbean Today's deputy
managing editor.

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requesting an absentee ballot

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October 2006


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Leaders of many Caribbean nations were in NewYork last month to attend the 61st Session of the U.N. General Assembly. This month
Caribbean Today publishes a summary, compiled from CMC and other reports, of addresses delivered by some of those leaders.

Suriname wants U.N.
to deal with poverty
Suriname has called on
the interna-
tional com-
munity to
increase coop-
eration "in
areas of rele-
vance to
humanity" so
that the Venetiaan
world's peo-
ples can enjoy
a fair and decent standard of
President Runaldo
Venetiaan told the U.N. that
guaranteeing the availability
of the necessary infrastruc-
ture, health services and edu-
cation for all is still a major
"The world order contin-
ues to deny the vast majority
of the international communi-
ty the opportunity to escape
poverty and to utilize its abili-
ty and skills to achieve
progress and prosperity,"
Venetiaan said.
"There is need for
enhanced cooperation in areas
of relevance to humanity if we
are to create an international
community that will be able to
offer all of its members a fair
chance to a decent life."
He said the appeal for an
enabling international envi-
ronment for sustainable devel-
opment and poverty eradica-

tion is still "a vivid one," not-
ing that the international com-
munity needs to support the
call of the vast majority of
member states for fair terms
of trade, increased market
access for products from the
developing countries and for a
"more effective and support-
ive" international financial
Venetiaan said Suriname
is fully supportive of the
implementation of the inter-
national global partnership for
development, explaining that
it can obtain guidance for its
decisions from commitments
adopted at major United
Nations conferences and sum-
mits. He urged this "partner-
ship" to aim at energizing the
"political will" of all states so
that those commitments could
be implemented and "gen-
uine" opportunities for sus-
tainable development and
poverty eradication realized.

St. Vincent calls for
Stating that he was speaking
on behalf of the world's "mar-
ginalized," St. Vincent and the
Grenadines' Prime Minister
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves called on
the United Nations to provide
"coherent kl ad rlup in
addressing the plight of the
world's poorest countries.
In his impassioned contri-
bution to the 61st Session of

the U.N.
said all "right-
thinking per-
sons want and
demand" this Gonsalves
type of lead-
ership from a "reformed"
global body that is "true to its
central mandates to serve
humanity well."

Speed up aid to poorer
nations Barbados
Barbados has called for
speedier implementation of
decisions on increased finan-
cial aid for the world's poorest
Senior Minister and Foreign
Affairs Minister Dame Billie
Miller told the 61st Session of the
U.N. General Assembly that
these resources
were needed
urgently, partic-
ularly for coun-
tries like her
own, which
have complet-
ed preparation
of comprehen-
sive national Miller
strategies to attain the
Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), among other interna-
tional development goals and

"While developing coun-
tries must retain responsibility
for their own development,
national actions will not be
sufficient to bring about their
fuller participation in the
global economy," she said,
alluding to promised aid made
to developing countries last
year by the Group of the
World's Richest Countries
(G8) during their meeting in
Gleneagles, Scotland.
"These actions must be
complemented by a support-
ive international system,
essential elements of which
include improvement in global
governance, improved coher-
ence in the operation of the
United Nations System and a
greater voice for the United
Nations in global development
policy dialogue," she added.
At the same time, Dame
Billie called for the "democra-
tization" of the governance of
the international financial and
trade systems, stating that
changes in global governance
have not kept pace with the
growth of global interdepend-
In addition, she called for
the adoption of lit rH. I
slp," to end what she regard-
ed as the "marginalization" of
developing countries and
small economies in the policy
formulation and decision-
making processes in the multi-
lateral, financial and trade

"Globalization must be
made more inclusive and its
benefits more equitably dis-
tributed," she said.
The Barbados minister
said improvement in global
governance must be "mir-
Srn rd in the strengthening of
the management and coordi-
nation of the U.N.'s opera-
tional activities at the country
level, pointing out that this
would ensure delivery of
development assistance in "a
more coordinated way."
Dame Billie lamented
that the "development cluster
of issues," emanating from the
historic 2005 U.N. Summit has
been "painfully slow," stating
that Barbados's assessment is
"decidedly mixed."

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Senator Anthony Hylton, left, Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, is greeted by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at U.N. Headquaters in New
York City. The men met for 15 minutes late last month at Annan's office to discuss matters of interest to Jamaica and the world body. Hylton, along with several Caribbean
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Chastity has its place

The powerful force that is
the will of people root-
ed in Caribbean her-
itage was on display again last
month in the United States.
New York City
Councilwoman Yvette D.
Clarke, a daughter of Jamaican
parents who has always shown
her strong connection to the
region, won the Democratic
primary for the state's 11th
Congressional District.
Because of the over-
whelming presence of regis-
tered Democrats in the dis-
trict, that means Clarke is a
virtual shoo-in for a seat in
the U.S. Congress after the
general elections next month.
The Caribbean diaspora
should hail Clarke's accom-
plishment as a significant
milestone in how far the
region's people have come in
the U.S. She succeeded her
mother Una, a former city
councilwoman herself who
had come up short in the same
race years before but she
repeated the achievement of
Shirley Chisholm, another
American born to Caribbean
parents, who decades ago
became the first black woman
to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Yet Yvette D. Clarke faces
a slightly different challenge
than Chisholm. While she
vows to serve all her con-
stituents in New York, she has
also promised to be "that
voice" for Caribbean people in
Washington. That promise
should be most comforting for
anyone with Caribbean con-
nections. See, there is a major
concern brewing over the
attention the U.S. has been
paying to the Caribbean.
Some of the region's leaders,
most notably Dominica's
Roosevelt Skeritt and Trinidad
and Tobago's Patrick Manning,
have openly challenged the
U.S. to become more active in
the welfare of the region. They
are demanding help, specifical-
ly in the areas of development
and security. The region feels it
is being ignored by the U.S.,
has been for years now, and it
doesn't like it at all, especially
because the leaders believe
that the U.S. can always count
on their support.

Yvette D. Clarke says she
understands the concerns of
the region's leaders. She even
goes further to ,t,--L"-LI that
her predecessor, retired
Congressman Major Owens,
neglected the interests of
Caribbean immigrants, espe-
cially in New York's 11th
District. That trend has got to
stop, she argues, and she will

be at the forefront of efforts
to reform U.S. policy in that
area when she gets to Capitol
Caribbean people, and
not just those in the New York
area, may do well to mark her
words. If the 41-year-old
Brooklyn-born Clarke suc-
ceeds in carrying out her
intentions, then all of the
Caribbean's people stand to
However, she has already
made it clear that for far too
long, the lobby efforts of other
immigrant groups, the
Hispanics, Italians, CIIIIILM
Koreans, for example, have
outstripped those of Caribbean
immigrants. While huge strides
have been made towards social
advancement, economic and
political push still lag way
That should serve as a
wake-up call to Caribbean
people in the U.S. When one
of your own is telling you that
you are not doing enough to
help yourself as a group, then
it's time to re-evaluate what
you do.. .and how you do it.

It was not long ago that at
least one major U.S. main-
stream newspaper reported on
the apathy amongst Caribbean
nationals in the country when
it comes to getting involved in
political issues, especially
immigration reform. The
point is, if you don't look out
for your own interests, then
you cannot expect others to
do it for you.
Right before our eyes, in
the form of Yvette D. Clarke,
Caribbean people can see that
the great promise of the
"American Dream" can actu-
ally come true. In a country
where they tell you that you
can achieve anything you
want, it's nice to know that
there could be some real truth
to it. Clarke's victory at last
month's primary offers a
glimpse of that.
When asked recently if she
would consider running for
higher office in the U.S. let's
say, ah, president in the
future, she coyly iu--e eLLd that
it's best to focus on her new
assignment first. Yet it was nice
to know she did not reject the
idea outright. Imagine that, a
Caribbean person in the White
House. Wouldn't that be the
"American Dream". It can
come true.

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

It's clear that most
of the world's Q
problems stem
from sex, so perhaps
we should adopt some
of the principles of
Eastern countries who
have strict sexual
Imagine, adulter-
ers are stoned to
death, or beheaded.
Perhaps we should
adopt that principle
and save us some of
the myriad problems
that stem from that
And believe me,
there are benefits to
be derived from not
having sex. This young
man who e-mailed me
complained bitterly
that his wife stopped making
love with him because he lost
his job and couldn't give her
money to spend on herself
anymore, even though he still
managed to pay the household
bills. Now you see what some
women reduce themselves to?
I have been addressing this for
years, how women use sex as a
weapon, a tool, as leverage,
and here it rears its ugly head
once again.
Her sexual output diminish-
es in the same proportion that
his income falls. Now when he
goes astray, you'll hear how man
bad and doggish.

So, take sex out of the
equation and problems will be
less, at least that's the theory.
The Catholic Church has tried
it with their priests, damning
them to a t.,liihl life, forbid-
ding them from indulging, so
that they could be more
focused on their other duties.
Like I said, that's the theory,
but the practice is another
thing. Many a father and nun
were forced to kick the habit,
as the urge was greater than
the Word and the mind was
willing but the flesh was weak,
so weak.
But it is true that sex inter-

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feres with
genuine rela-
tionships and
puts a differ-
ent spin on
things. Many
times you
may have
male and
female friends


who have ROBINSON
been best
friends for
years, sharing all their secrets,
triumphs, trials and tribula-
tions. He has no interest in her,
nor she in him. Suddenly one
day, or night, they discover that
there is more than just a frater-
nal platonic bond, and the
libido increases as the chem-
istry kicks in. Wham bam,
sparks start to fly and the
clothes follow.
Well, for all intents and
purposes that friendship is
over as it has taken on a new
dimension. Now other ele-
ments come into play, with the
chief one being jealousy. Yes,
this sex thing awakens the
green-eyed monster, and
believe me, it doth mock the
meat it feeds on. Problems that
never existed before are now
swirling around and that beau-
tiful bond that was shared for
years is now shattered.

"Is what happen to .I1... ~,
and Robbie, look how many
years they were friends, but now
since dem step it up to a new
level is pure ..... '
"Guess why, nuh sex mash
it up."

They were better off
chaste, as they could focus on
the real friendship, but take
those away and the Pandora's
Box flies open, letting out all
the demons. Because of this,
it's often difficult for members
of the opposite sex to be true
friends, not impossible, but dif-
ficult. It usually works the
other way around, if they were
physically involved first, broke
up, then became friends.
Yes, many people find that
exes make the best friends
after all the initial hurt after
the breakup heals. It also
works if one party is ugly as
hell. It's so easy for a man to
be platonic friends with an
ugly woman or vice versa, but
it would be extremely difficult
for me to sustain a platonic
friendship with Beyonce, or
Halle Berry or someone who
looks like them. One day
something would crack.
Be chaste, and there's no

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VIE W P 0 I n T

* "This is the
of foreign
tribalism" -
Tufton, presi- :M t
dent of the
Party's young professional
arm "Generation 2it it I' -
expressing his disgust last
month after St. Vincent and the
Grenadines Prime Minister
Ralph Gonsalves endorsed the
ruling People's National Party,
accusing him of attempting to
import divisiveness into
Jamaica's politics.

* "It is good
that the con-
stitution has
become a
living instru-
ment and
ordinary cit-
izens aref

talking about it. I
think it is progress" -
Guyana's Health
Minister Dr. Leslie
Ramsammy last month
discussing the renewed
national interest in the

* "It is hard
to look out
and see the
beauty out-
side the win-
dow and
think that it
can happen
here, but it
can happen here and I think
these countries know it" -
Mary Kramer, United States
ambassador to Barbados and
the Eastern Caribbean, last
month commenting on the
Caribbeani s response to terror-
ist attacks.

* "I cannot put it in more
definitive terms, we have not
agreed and we have no inten-
tion of proceeding down the
path of registering or licens-
ing prostitutes. The govern-
ment of Barbados does not
see the trading in flesh as

which we
want to pro-
mote" -
minister of
state in the
Prime Minister's Office, mak-
ing the government's intention
clear ahead of Cricket World
Cup 2007.

* "At the
moment we
are in no
land...and we
are not pre-
pared to walk
into any situ-
ation" -
Leader of Guyana's main
Opposition People's National
Congress Reform (PNC/R)
Robert Corbin arguing last
month that no provision has
been envisaged in the constitu-
tion for convening Parliament.
Guyana held elections in late

* "It's
deplorable" -
Minister of
Affairs and
Public Safety
Burgess last
month bash-
ing burglars who targeted
properties while Hurricane
Florence battered the island.

* "Election
date don't
belong to me,
it don't
belong to
Miller, it
belongs to
the people of
Jamaica and must be revisit-
ed in the constitution of the
people of Jamaica" -
Opposition Leader Bruce
Golding last month calling for
a fixed date for elections in

* "It is absolute nonsense to
suggest that a printer or pub-
lisher or newspaper can print

they want
libelous or
under the
disguise of
freedom of
expression" Dominica's
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit last month denying
newspaper reports that he was
seeking to muzzle the media.

* "Cuba gives
freely and
asks for noth-
ing in return"
- St. Lucia's
Dr. Kenny
Anthony last
month hop-
ing member-states of the Non
Aligned Movement(NAM) will
take a leaf from Cuba's books
when it comes to offering aid to
smaller Caribbean states.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

Chastity has its place

Just recently I read where
in one of the states in the U.S.
they passed this seduction law,
where a man can actually be
charged for seduction. There
would be no need for that law
if people lived a life of chastity

and saw people for their other
qualities. People should be able
to sleep in the same bed and
have enough discipline to be
chaste, instead of being chased.
At this point many people will
chime in and say, "But that's
easy, just get married and you'll
achieve that state."

Hey, it's s fact, mistresses
get more sex than wives, and
wives get more from their
lovers than from their husbands.
There is a theory that
women who have sex with a lot
of men really suffer from low
self-esteem and are therefore
always seeking acceptance and
love. The same goes for men
who sleep with a lot of women.
The theory is that wanton sex
is a result of low self-esteem. I
know this young lady who told
me that, "Every problem I had
in life is sex cause it."

It does affect our young
people, distracting them from
their schoolwork, diverting
their energies in the wrong
direction. A teenage pregnan-
cy in a young 14-year-old
changes her life forever, and
even at age 40 or more, she

doesn't really get over it.
Many feel robbed of their
youth, many are still bitter at
the experience, and some find
it difficult to speak about it,
even after 20 years or more.
But are the kids being educat-
ed? Recently a doctor friend of
mine gave a talk at a high
school and was shocked to dis-
cover that not even one stu-
dent knew what the uterus was.
So instead of sweeping it
under the carpet or allowing
kids to learn it from their
peers, we should educate them
more. I always found it strange
how parents would expose kids
to violence, bombings, shoot-
ings, murder and mayhem on
T.V. shows or movies, even the
nightly news, but just mention
the word sex and it's hell and
powder puff.
People will say, "How can
you write about sex, this is a
family paper." Yet the same
paper is full of news of murder,
international strife, corruption,
robbery, bodies blown to bits
and such gore. It's our daily
fare, but just brush the topic of
sex and you're disgusting and
damned to hellfire. I wonder
how we all got here anyway,
must have been immaculate
Still, it's easier said than
done, and if we all stop and
think, a lot of our problems in
life were caused through sex.
And as another young lady
told me, "The Lord really has
a great sense of humor, where
he gave us this tremendous
urge, then expects us to prac-
tice self restraint."

Because of not being
chaste, it leads many people
into the throes and complica-
tions of adultery. But, the irony
is, those so called virtues are
unnatural, and that's why they
are so difficult, nigh impossible
to achieve. The priests who
took vows and were instructed
to be, li h,,l are a prominent
group that proved that theory
to be unworkable. And if
priests, steeped in religion, clos-
er to God (they'd like to think)
than you and I, can't cope, how
can us mere mortals?
You can't live without sex,
it's unnatural. Okay, you can
live, but is it really living?
So the struggle continues,
and even as I write this I know
that it is nigh impossible to live
up to the ideals of chastity. For
some people, it's not by choice,
as nobody will sleep with
them. Still, it's just not in our
nature, as temptation is all
around us. And you know
what is true, people look on
virgins, those chaste, practicing
celibacy as almost freaks.
"Say wha, yu nah do nut-
ten, sumpting must be wrong
wid yu."
But still, we must be
responsible and talk to our
children early, as times have
changed drastically and it has
reached life and death propor-
tions. As this man said,
"Chastity, has it's place, but
not with me." Later.

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Caribbean looks at fresh AIDS plan Eating beforehand reduces

Caribbean looks at fresh AIDS plan Eating beforehand reduces

CMC The region's leaders are
taking a different look at the
problem of HIV/AIDS and its
impact on the Caribbean,
according to Barbados's junior
foreign affairs minister.
"Traditionally, our defini-
tion of security was shaped by
history and by traditional geo-
political paradigms which
reflected military and national
security considerations," said
Kerrie Symmonds, while
addressing Caribbean-based
United States ambassadors
gathered for a two-day meeting
in Barbados to discuss the
HIV/AIDS pandemic in the
"Today, however, that defi-
nition has evolved to include
non-traditional threats such as
that posed by HIV/AIDS to the
stability of our economies, our
labor forces and our economies.
"Indeed, this virus poses
the single greatest threat to the
region's security, as we seek to
develop a civilization that can
proudly enter the portals of the
21st century," he added.

in Jamaica
and production of educational
"UNESCO and the
Japanese government will
continue to support the Ministry
of Education and Youth in
strengthening the sector's
response to HIV and AIDS
under the initiative that is
referred to as 'EDUCAIDS', that
is, education in the fight against
HIV/AIDS," Dr. Boafo said.
He also said that the sup-
port from UNESCO and Japan
formed part of a larger interna-
tional assistance framework on
preventive education programs,
and that Jamaica is currently
one of several countries, and the
only island in the Caribbean
region, that is involved in the

the effect of medications

financial assistance from the
U.S., Minister Symmonds told
the ambassadors that the reality
of the situation in the
Caribbean is that limited
resources have been strained by
the need to
deal with new
posed by an
ing global
Symmonds to the minis-
ter's plea,
Mary Kramer,
U.S. ambassador to Barbados
and the Eastern Caribbean, said
she cannot promise additional
funding at this time. Instead
she's promising more effective
use of available funds.
"With the people who are
here from Washington we can
be assured that we who are
working here in the region,
know all of the areas that
are available to us from
Washington," Kramer said.

QUESTION: I've just begun
taking the antidepressant
Prozac (fluoxetine). It's been
about a week and a half. It
doesn't seem to be helping at
this point. Should I stop it?
ANSWER: As a general rule, I
don't think people should sud-
denly stop medications. There
can be negative consequences
to doing so without your doc-
tor's approval especially with
For most people, Prozac
may take three to four weeks to
give you the full effect. Take the
medicine in the morning and be
aware that typical side effects
include nausea, taste changes,
painful urination, insomnia, agi-
tation and even sexual prob-

AIDS fight
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Dr. Kwame Boafo, newly
appointed director of the United
Nations Educational Scientific
and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) office in the
Caribbean, has said that the
agency would sustain its
HIV/AIDS initiative in Jamaica.
Dr. Boafo said that the
project, which primarily sought
to reduce the spread of
HIV/AIDS through education,
was primarily funded by the
Japanese government, the
United Nations C(!ii!lr, ii Fund
(UNICEF), the World Bank,
and the Global Fund. He said
the initiative would be under-
taken from 2006 to 2008 and
would focus on areas such as,
strategic planning, professional
development, and the design


QUESTION: My husband has
a prescription that says "take
on an empty stomach", but he
refuses to, saying it's inconven-
ient and it doesn't matter. We
are arguing about this. What
will happen if he doesn't follow

ANSWER: His medicine may
not work as well. The caution
"on an empty stomach" is
there to alert patients that food
will interfere with the amount
of drug that ultimately gets into
the bloodstream or possibly
slow down the effectiveness.
This is the case with many
medications, including thyroid
hormones, tetracycline, fluoro-
quinolone antibiotics and some
Say you have a serious
prostate infection and you're
on an antibiotic with a label
warning you to "take on an
empty stomach". It's 1:30 and
you decide to eat lunch and
take your medication with the
meal. In this case, you might
lose between five percent and
30 percent of the drug (maybe
more if you have eaten calci-
um-rich foods, which interfere
with fluoroquinolone antibi-
otics like Cipro and Levaquin).
As a result, less medicine gets
to your prostate to fight the
bacteria that has invaded and,
if you do this all the time, you
could suffer longer and need
more medicine.
With some drugs e.g.
osteoporosis drugs (bisphos-
phonate drugs) like Fosamax,
Actonel and Boniva even the
tiniest amount of food gets in
the way. They have to be taken
with water only; you can't even
nosh on a cracker. I know, it's
distressing. These drugs upset
the stomach and a little food
would help, but again, your
absorption goes down dramati-
cally. Therefore, they should be
taken without food.
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thumb for a prescription that
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* 2 pounds ground beef
* 1 (1 1/4-ounce) package mild
taco seasoning mix
* 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped
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* 2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans cream of
chicken soup

* 1 (16-ounce) container sour
* 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
* 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded
cheddar cheese
* Garnishes: homemade salsa,
sour cream, green onion curls,
chopped fresh cilantro

Brown ground beef in a large
skillet, stirring until it crumbles
and is no longer pink; drain. Stir
in taco seasoning mix and half of
chopped green chiles; set aside.
Stir tI.. 1-h11" r remaining green
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half of soup mixture into a lightly
greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Spoon beef mixture evenly
down centers of tortillas; roll up.
Place, seam sides down, over
soup mixture in baking dish; top
evenly with remaining soup mix-
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Bake at 350 for 25 minutes
or until thoroughly heated.
Garnish, if desired.

Yield: Makes eight servings.

- Edited from Southern Living

A tasty plan is Cuban flan

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 14 oz can condensed milk
* 4 eggs
* 12 oz can evaporated milk
* pinch salt (optional)

Using a double boiler,
cover mold bottom and sides
with caramel. Mix all ingredi-
ents in blender and pour into
mold. Close with lid.
Partially fill bottom pan

of double boiler with
water. Cook at low
heat for an hour
or until a tooth-
pick, inserted in
the center, comes
out dry. ..
When ready,
remove mold and let
cool to room temperature,
then place in refrigerator for
about 1 1/2 hours or more.
Once cold, turn upside down
over a serving dish.

If you don't have a double
boiler, place your flan
mold in a large
Pyrex dish par-
tially filled with
water and cook in
/ oven for about an
hour at 350 degrees.

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Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15, the anniversary of Independence for five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and
Nicaragua to Oct. 15. In addition, Mexico declared its Independence on Sept. 16, and Chile on Sept. 18. The term Hispanic, as defined by the United States Census
Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as
Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino". More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Broward County celebrates

with art, music and culture

Weeks of celebration
climax mid-October
as Broward County,
Florida marks Hispanic
Heritage Month.
Among the attractions is a
multi-cultural art exhibit in
the Governmental Center
lobby, 115 S. Andrews Ave. in
Fort Lauderdale, which coin-
cide with Hispanic Heritage
Month, celebrated in the
United States between Sept.15
and Oct. 15.
There will also be a
Hispanic Cultural and
Educational Center, a
15,000 square-foot space
located on the third floor of
the Broward County Main
Library. The center's collec-
tion will feature 20,000
books in Spanish, as well as
an extensive collection of
Spanish-language movies
and music.
In addition to the collec-
tion, the center will also house

a computer lab, specifically
designed for Spanish speakers,
a children's area for Spanish-
language story time and a
large exhibit space that will
frequently feature exhibits
and programs from different
Spanish-speaking countries.
"It has been a long-time
goal of mine to create a
Hispanic Cultural and
Educational Center where
the public can come to see,
learn, and experience the
many aspects of Hispanic
history and culture," said
Commissioner Diana

The month-long cultural
exhibit in the Governmental
Center lobby features items
from a variety of Latin
American countries, including
paintings and pieces and other
assorted media created by of a
number of female artists from

South America. The featured
artists include Denise Plazas
(Colombia); Maria Teresa de
Triana (Colombia); Malavi
Mendoza (Argentina);
Teresita Mesa (Colombia);
Ana Candioti (Argentina) and
Liliana Gerardi (Argentina).
The art exhibit is being coor-
dinated by Mujeres Latinas,
an organization dedicated to
assisting women of Latin ori-
gin and their families integrate
into American society.
"This is a wonderful way
to celebrate Hispanic heritage
and Broward County's rich
history and cultural diversity,"
said Wasserman-Rubin.
In addition, Broward
County Libraries Division is
sponsoring more than 50 pro-
grams celebrating Hispanic
For a complete listing of
library programs, visit

* 42.7 million
The estimated Hispanic population of
the U.S. as of July 1, 2005, making
people of Hispanic origin the nation's
largest ethnic or race minority.
Hispanics constituted 14 percent of
the nation's total population.

* About 1
...of every two people added to the
nation's population between July 1,
2004, and July 1, 2005, were Hispanic.

* 3.3%
Percentage increase in the Hispanic
population between July 1, 2004,
and July 1, 2005, making Hispanics
the fastest-growing minority group in in
the U.S.

* 102.6 million
The projected Hispanic population of
the U.S. as of July 1, 2050. According
to this projection, Hispanics will consti-
tute 24 percent of the nation's total
population on that date.

* 22.4 million
The nation's Hispanic population during
the 1990 census just slightly over
half the current total.

* 7.6 million
The number of Hispanic citizens who
reported voting in the 2004 presidential
election. The percentage of Hispanic citi-
zens voting about 47 percent did
not change from four years earlier.

* 64%
The percentage of Hispanic-origin peo-
ple in households who are of Mexican
background. Another approximately 10
percent are of Puerto Rican back-
ground, with about three percent each
of Cuban, Salvadoran and Dominican

1 the United States.

origins. The remainder are of some
other Central American, South
American or other Hispanic or Latino
Roughly half of the nation's
Dominicans live in New York City, with
about half of the nation's Cubans resid-
ing in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
(Source: AmericanFactFinder)

* 13
The number of U.S. states with at least
500,000 Hispanic residents. These
states are: Arizona, California, Colorado,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New
Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North
Carolina, Texas and Washington.

* 43%
The percentage of New Mexico's popu-
lation that is Hispanic, highest of any

* 4.6 million
The Hispanic population of Los Angeles
County, California the largest of any

county in the nation.

I 19
Number of U.S. states in which
Hispanics are the largest race or
ethnic minority group.
$222 billion
Revenue generated by Hispanic-
owned businesses in 2002, up 19
percent from 1997.
9.5 million
The number of Hispanic families
who reside in the U.S. Of these fam-
ilies, 63 percent include their chil-
dren under 18 years old.
Percentage of U.S. population under
age five that is Hispanic, as of July 1,
* 31 million
The number of U.S. household resi-
dents age five and older who speak
Spanish at home.

* $35,967
The median income of Hispanic house-
holds in 2005, unchanged from the
previous year, in real terms.

* 21.8%
The poverty rate among Hispanics in
2005, unchanged from 2004.

* 58%
The percentage of Hispanics age 25
and older who had at least a high
school education in 2004.
Edited and reprinted from RTO

Hispanics have enriched America Bush

National Hispanic Heritage
Month 2006
Americans are a diverse
people, yet we are bound by
common principles that teach
us what it means to be
American citizens. During
National Hispanic Heritage
Month, we recognize the many
contributions of Hispanic
Americans to our country
Through hard work, faith
in God, and a deep love of fam-
ily, Hispanic Americans have
pursued their dreams and con-
tributed to the strength and
vitality of our nation. They have
enriched the American experi-
ence and excelled in business,
law, politics, education, commu-
nity service, the arts, science,
and many other fields. Hispanic
entrepreneurs are also helping
build a better, more hopeful
future for all by creating jobs
across our country.
The number of Hispanic-
owned businesses is growing at
three times the national rate,
and increasing numbers of
Hispanic Americans own their
own homes. We continue to ben-
efit from a rich Hispanic culture
and we are a stronger country
because of the talent and cre-
ativity of the many Hispanic
Americans who have shaped our
Throughout our history,
Hispanic Americans have also
shown their devotion to our
country in their military service.
Citizens of Hispanic descent
have fought in every war since
our founding and have taken
their rightful place as heroes in
our nation's history. Today,
Americans of Hispanic descent
are serving in our Armed
Forces with courage and honor,

and their efforts are helping
make America more secure and
bringing freedom to people
around the world.
As we celebrate National
Hispanic Heritage Month, we
applaud the accomplishments of
Hispanic Americans and recog-
nize the contributions they make

to our great land. To honor the
achievements of Hispanic
Americans, the Congress, by
Public Law 100-402, as amend-
ed, has authorized and request-
ed the president to issue annual-
ly a proclamation designating
Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as
"National Hispanic Heritage
I call upon public officials,
educators, librarians, and all the
people of the U.S. to observe this
month with appropriate cere-
monies, activities, and programs.

The above is an edited version
of a proclamation issued last
month by U.S. President
George W. Bush marking
National Hispanic Heritage

Daily life in one of
Imperial Spain's most
important outposts
in the New World will be re-
created Oct. 7-8 at the 18th
Annual Colonial Arts and
Crafts Festival in St.
Augustine, Florida.
The festival is scheduled
to be held on the grounds of
the Colonial Spanish Quarter
Museum and will feature
skilled craftsmen in authentic
period clothing demonstrating
a wide range of crafts that
were essential for survival in a
Spanish colony of the 1700s.
Weaving, spinning, bas-
ketry, lace making, and natu-
ral dyeing are just a few of the
crafts to be demonstrated. In
addition, the festival will fea-

ture storytellers, colonial
music, and special activities
for children.
The Colonial Spanish
Quarter will provide an
authentic setting for an educa-
tional and fun look at life in
old St. Augustine. The
entrance to the Spanish
Quarter is on historic St.
George Street.
Sponsored by the St.
Augustine Textile Guild, the
festival is funded in part by a
grant from the St. Johns
County Tourist Development
It will run from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. each day. Admission is
free. For more information,
call 904-825-5033.

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[he allure of 5 v \ some 165,000 travel agen- Most Romantic Resort -
the Caribbean cies and professionals from Sandals Grande Antigua
again received 140 countries, had to sift Resort and Spa
bal approval as I through 3,600 nominations. Leading Honeymoon


many of the region's
destinations were
selected for top
prizes at the World
Travel Awards
(WTA) held last
month in the Turks
and Caicos Islands.
The travel
industry's so-called .. *
equivalent of the
"Oscars" revealed Caribbean
that the Caribbean
remains among the most
world's most sought after
vacation spots by visitors
seeking recreation, relaxation
and even romance.

destinations were voted among the most romantic.
This year some 791 cate-
gories in the tourism industry
were highlighted. Voting
began in May and ended last
month. Voters, represented by

The host country was
not left out from the win-
ners' group, earning the
"World's Leading Beach"
and "World's Leading
Island Destination" at the
13th annual awards.
Also topping the \\orid '
winners group were from
the Caribbean were:
Leading villas Round
Hill Hotel and Villas,
Leading Sports Resort -
Casa de Campo, Dominican

Destination St. Lucia
* Leading Family All-
Inclusive Beaches Resorts
* Leading Ecotourism
Destination Tobago Main
Ridge Rain Forest
* Leading Cruise Line -
Royal Caribbean
* Leading Beach -
Providenciales, Turks and
* Leading All-Inclusive
Company Sandals Resorts

Guyana launches new thrust for Cricket World Cup

CMC As Guyana prepares
to join the rest of the region
in hosting Cricket World
Cup 2007, the Guyana
Tourism Authority (GTA)
has announced plans to
repackage the country's
main tourism products.
Brian James, chairman of
the GTA, said the repackaging
effort will result in a greater
focus on eco-tourism, since the
country cannot seek to repli-
cate the sun and fun type
tourism packages which
Caribbean islands make the
center piece of their marketing
"There is a lot more geog-
raphy, more land and the prod-
ucts are not the typical sun,
sand and sea," James said.
"We are more into a specific
niche market where the
tourism product appeal who
are into eco tourism, adven-
ture, nature bird watching,

sports fishing.
"We have a
number of cul-
ture items in
our tourism
product, which
you will not
find in other
parts of the
Caribbean. This
is due to the
number of races
we have in
"There are
African and
Indian heritage
festivals. We
Month, there
are different
types of cultural
ethnic activities Guyana is hoping
that we are pro- interest visitors d
moting. So we are not going
after the mass market to have

g eco-tourism atractions liKe Dira watching will
during Cricket World Cup 2007.
jumbo jets with 400 to 500 peo-
ple coming out together, which

our ecology will not be able to
sustain," he added.
He said while the individ-
ual tourism products have to
be developed, promoted,
directed and sustained by the
private sector, the GTA would
be working along with the pri-
vate sector to ensure that the
Guyana product was devel-
oped in a sustainable way.
James said even though
tourism is not a major revenue
generating product, it
contributes to Guyana's Gross
Domestic Product.
"It has gone from a literal-
ly an unknown commodity to
approximately 12 to 15
percent of the nation's gross
domestic product, and what
differentiates it from the typi-
cal West Indian tourism is that
it is not an island," he added.

Tourism important in

AIDS fight activist

Dr. Carol Jacobs, chairman of the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria, says
the tourism sector is of critical
importance in the fight against
"In a region which boasts
of 40 million tourists passing
through the region annually, the
tourism sector must see itself as
having a critical role in sensitizing
those who work in the industry, as
well as those who travel for pleas-
ure or for work," said Dr. Jacobs,
an eminent Caribbean family
physician, who also chairs the
Barbados National HIV/AIDS
Her comments came last
month as St. Lucia prepared
to host a large delegation of
Caribbean media, tourism and
development officials for the

Caribbean Media Exchange on
Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), a
regional forum known for dealing
with the controversial connec-
tions between tourism and
"The AIDS program relies
heavily on our media partners to
help us achieve these ends," said
Dr. Jacobs.
The fifth anniversary of
CMEx, to be held at Coco
Resorts and a host of other prop-
erties on the island, was sched-
uled to examine the enhancement
of sustainable tourism develop-
ment through the lens of "Chic
Communications GC ',nph dis-
cussing culinary, cultural, health,
sports, and village tourism link-
ages over four days in Castries.



Music will be the drawing card for visitors planning to travel to Jamaica early next year. Last month the organizers of the Air
Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival announced their plans for 2007, the 10th year of the event, at a launch held in New York. They
listed several well known artistes confirmed to perform at the festival, set to run from Jan. 25-27, including Arturo Tappin,
Christopher Cross, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Michael Bolton, Monty Alexander, Pieces of a Dream, plus reggae stars Freddie
McGregor, Luciano, Shaggy and Wayne Wonder. Among those who attended the launch were, from left, David Shields, Jamaica's
deputy tourism director; and festival officials Walter Elmore, Marcia McDonnough, George deMercado and Gregg Truman.

October 2006



* American Eagle adds Caribbean
American Eagle has increased its
services to five Caribbean destina-
The airline will offer additional
flights from its San Juan hub to
Antigua, Dominica, Anguilla, St.
Thomas and St. Croix, using the
ATR72 turbo-prop aircraft with
capacity for 64 passengers.

* Faith tourism for The Bahamas
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is
partnering with former Fox News
correspondent and CNN news
anchor Andria Hall to promote faith
tourism in those Caribbean islands
Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.

* Club Med to open in December
Club Med La Caravelle is scheduled
to open in Guadeloupe on Dec. 16
following the completion of renova-
tions, which reportedly cost $29 mil-

* Travelocity exec to address CTC
A senior executive of one of the
leading online providers of travel
services will give delegates to the
29th Annual Caribbean Tourism
Conference (CTC-29) an insight into
how to use the Internet to expand
their business.
Tracey Weber, the chief operat-
ing officer in North America for
Travelocity, will set the tone for the
CTC-29 scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in
The Bahamas.

* New tourist board for Montserrat
Tourism entrepreneur John Ponteen
has been chosen to chair a new
board of directors for the Montserrat
Tourist Board (MTB).

Compiled from CMC and other



The Miami-Dade County
Public Schools and The
Education Fund have co-pub-
lished a free Parent Resource
Guide 2006-2007 for the pub-
The 88-page guide, spon-
sored by global financial serv-

ices provider ING, gives par-
ents information they need to
know about their child's
school, curriculum and stu-
dent requirements.
The guide is printed in
three languages -English,
Spanish and Haitian creole.
Each school in the system will
receive additional copies for

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The 2006-2007 Guide pro-
vides a wealth of information
including revised curriculum
requirements, test schedules,
immunization requirements,
student services, legal rights
and parental involvement.

Elderly residents of
Broward County, Florida,
home to hundreds of
Caribbean immigrants, will
get hurricane help from the
A $5,655,000 grant that
will provide assistance to resi-
dents 60 years and older that
were affected by the 2005
The grant money will be
administered by the Broward
County Elderly and Veteran
Services Division, and will be
used for rental subsidies to
assist elderly residents for
housing expenses incurred as
their residences were dam-
aged, in-home services such as
minor repairs and clean up, as
well as roof replacement.
The grant funds will be
available to any Broward
County resident 60 years or
older who is not receiving
services from another source
and was impacted by a hurri-
cane in 2005.

Assistance will be provid-
ed through an application
process. For more informa-
tion, call the Elderly and
Veteran Services Division at

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

The United States
Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has
announced that aliens must
mail applications to renew or
replace permanent resident
cards, commonly known as
"Green Cards", directly to the
Los Angeles Lockbox.
The Lockbox is a process-
ing facility used by USCIS to
accelerate the collection of
applications and petitions.
The announced change allows
the agency to improve the
processing of Form 1-90
(Application to Replace
Permanent Resident Card) by
electronically capturing data
and images and by perform-
ing fee receipting and deposit-
ing from one central location,
rather than at the local dis-
trict office, service center, or
application support center
Aliens filing a Form 1-90,
regardless of their state of
residence, must mail those
applications with an applica-

tion fee of $185 and a biomet-
rics fee of $70 to one of the
following addresses:
For U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) deliveries:
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, P.O.
Box 54870 Los Angeles, CA
Or for non-USPS deliver-
ies (e.g. private couriers):
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services,
Attention: 1-90, 16420 Valley
View Ave., La Mirada, CA
Applicants should not
include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form I-
90 to the Los Angeles
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics pro-
cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their ini-
tial evidence during that
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.

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

The Art and Culture
Center of Hollywood, Florida
will hold a I'arL n1, Night
Out" event on Oct. 13.
I',rLl n, Night Out" is a
chance for parents to have an
evening out on the town
alone while their children
ages four to 12 create art, par-
ticipate in creative movement
activities, play games, eat
pizza and watch movies at the
center, 1650 Harrison Street.
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Dominica's World Creole Music Fest wanted

n filmmakers

3d for festival

Grammy award winners
Shaggy and Wyclef
Jean will be among the
top acts appearing at the 10th
Annual World Creole Music
Festival from Oct. 27-29 at
Pottersville Savannah in
The festival will open with
the Jamaican-born dancehall
artiste Shaggy, who won a
Grammy Award for "Best
Reggae Album" in 1995 and
Dominica's own WCK, creators
of Bouyon music. Other per-
formances will include T-Vice
from Haiti, Royalty Band from
the U.S. and Zouk Flam from
The next day, Haitian-born
Wyclef Jean, formerly with The
Fugees, will perform. Joining
him will be Triple Kay from
Dominica, performers of zouk,

compas, reg-
gae, cadance,
dancehall and
local bouyon
music; and
Stars, also
Hunter and
King Dice. Wyclef Jean
The sounds of
Sakis and Djakout will com-
plete the evening's line-up.

Dominica's Impromptu
Band will take the stage on Oct.
29, along with "The Dragon"
Byron Lee of Jamaica, Admiral
T of Gaudeloupe, as well as
Tabou Combo and Carimi, both
from Haiti.

Digicel is the platinum
sponsor of this year's World
Creole Music Festival. Other
sponsors include Heineken,
Jamaica Rum
Star and
T Sun Airlines.
S" .For more
Shaggy on the festival,
contact the
Dominica Festivals Commission
(DFC) at 767-448-2045 or visit the
festival's website at
creolemusicfestival, dm

Success of 'Harder They Come' amazes filmmaker Perry Henzell

TORONTO, Canada, CMC -
Jamaican filmmaker Perry
Henzell says he is "amazed" at
the "phenomenal" success of
the movie "The Harder They
Come", since it had been a
"hard sell" when it was
released in 1972.
Henzell was speak-
ing with patrons, who
attended the screening of
a restored version of the
movie at the ongoing
Toronto International
Film Festival (TIFF) in
Canada last month. He
said it was impossible to
get a distributor, and
when no international i
company would take the
film, he personally took i
it to some 36 countries
over a six-year period.
"When the movie
opened in Brixton, nobody
came. We printed 2,000 flyers
and got runners to plaster
them everywhere and the next
night, the place was rammed,"
he recalled.

The movie was shown in a
section of the 10-day film festi

val called "Dialogues: Talking
with Pik IurL where film
t directors were invited to
"select and discuss films that
have inspired them, had a sig-
nificant impact on them, or
were pivotal in the progression

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of their own -.,r rs .
The restored version of
"The Harder They Come"
also contains 20 new shots.
The movie, which starred
reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, also
launched the acting career of
Carl Bradshaw, who was a high
school teacher at the time.
He told the audience that

no one realized how big the
film would become, as for
many of the actors it was just
"a mackerel and banana"
"What that means is we
didn't really see it as having
any substance but it could feed
you and keep you from starv-
ing. I had no
idea I was
launching my
career," said
the award-
winning actor
and movie
producer, who
has appeared
Henzell in almost
every movie
shot in Jamaica, including
"Third World Cop", Smile
Orange", "The Ltuniiiki ,
"Klash" and "Dancehall
Henzell's second movie,
"No Place Like Home", was
one of two Jamaican movies to
premier at this year's Toronto
Film Festival, the other being
"Made in Jamaica".

L.A. nightclub cancels Buju Banton show

Managers of a nightclub here
last month cancelled an October
performance by Jamaican reg-
gae artiste Mark Myrie, also
known as Buju Banton, after
customers raised concerns about
his anti-gay lyrics.
Press reports stated that e-
mail messages and telephone
calls from patrons prompted the
cancellation of the Oct. 2 show.
"We felt it was the right
thing to do after doing some

research on the matter," said
Adam Manacker, general man-
ager of the Highland nightclub
and restaurant.

Earlier this year Buju
Banton and Beenie Man,
another Jamaican reggae star,
had shows in London cancelled
after activists condemned them
for their homophobic tunes.
One of Buju Banton's earlier
songs "Boom Bye Bye" glori-

fies the shooting of gay men.
However, his most recent album
"Too Bad", released last month,
omits homophobic lyrics.
The husky-voiced star has
been a major figure in Jamaica
since the early 1990s with brash
dancehall music and, more
recently, a traditional reggae
sound. But his career has been
stunted in the United States
and Britain because of his atti-
tude toward gays.

Miami The Women's
International Film Festival
South Florida (WIFF) is seek-
ing films for its second annual
festival which will take place
Mar. 29-April 1, 2007.
Screenings will be held in
both Miami-Dade and
Broward counties.
Festival entries will be
accepted into two main cate-
gories, "U.S. Fem-Cinema",
for women from or living in
the United States and "World
iL \ I\\ for women who
come from other countries.
Filmmakers may enter
feature length (70 minutes or
longer) narrative/dramatic
films or feature length docu-
mentaries. The festival will
also accept dramatic shorts
and short documentary films
(films 49 minutes or less).
Cash and prizes will be
given for the best films.
"We're really excited to
have juried competitions with
both American and interna-
tional filmmakers being
judged separately this year,"
Yvonne McCormack-Lyons,
executive director of the festi-
val said in a press release
issued last month. "It pro-
vides our audiences the
opportunity to see from the
eyes of women here in the
U.S., as well as a window into
the thematic and JL~Ithl itk
concerns of issues stemming
from across the globe."

The WIFF is a four-day
"Women's History Month"
celebration showcasing

he cultural diversity of
artists and art organiza-
tions will be the focus
of a Cultural Diversity Artists'
Forum this month in Hollywood,
The workshop, set for
7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Okalee
Museum, 5710 Seminole Way,
will encourage dialogue with
artists and arts organizations in
order to identify their needs.
It will also offer artists an
opportunity to learn about the
different services offered by the
Broward County Commission's
Cultural Division, to learn new
skills for career enhancement
and network with other artists
and arts organizations, as well
as information on grants,
workshops, school and commu-
nity artist residencies, teaching
opportunities, publications and
"The Cultural Diversity

women's films, visual art and
other art forms. The event
also includes workshops,
panel discussions, symposia,
and parties celebrating women
"The mission of WIFF is
to bring together women
artists from all over the world
to explore, share and dialogue
about issues concerning
women through the arts," said
McCormack-Lyons. "With
women representing only five
to seven percent of filmmak-
ers, it is no wonder that the
images of women and the sub-
ject matter of films presented
to the general public are often
less than ideal. With these
kinds of statistics, WIFF's role
is very important."
Filmmakers can submit
their films to: Women's
International Film Festival,
P.O. Box 120337, Fort
Lauderdale, FL 33312 or
through the website www.wif- where they can
view complete submission
rules and information.
Submission deadlines and
processing fees are: Early
submission deadline: Oct. 31,
2006, $25 features and $20
shorts; official submission
deadline, Nov. 30, 2006, $30
features and $25 shorts; and
late submission, Dec. 7, 2006,
$40 features and $35 short
For more information
about the WIFF, call 954-937-
8299 or log onto www.wiffon-

Artists' Forums are a wonder-
ful opportunity for us to learn
about the area's artists, as well
as openly discuss new ideas and
future needs, of artists and arts
organizations," said Mary A.
Becht, director of the Cultural
For more information about
the free forum, which is being
held in partnership with the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, call
Adriane C(lrl, grants special-
ist, at 954-357-7530 or e-mail:; or Terresa
Ford, arts education specialist,
at teford@broward org or
Online registration
can be made visiting
www.broward org/arts and
clicking on "Workshops".

Florida hosts forum

on artist diversity

October 2006



Caribbean Week

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The tasty flavor of a tempting
destination will be available in
Toronto this month, and
organizers of the first ever
"Caribbean Week" are hoping
that it will be sweet enough
to draw visitors from the
Canadian city to the region.
Between Oct. 11 and 15
Toronto, which has hosted the
popular "Caribana" festival
for years, will be engulfed with
the Caribbean's special brand
of allure food and entertain-
ment in this first time event
presented by the Caribbean
Tourist Organization (CTO).
The CTO hopes the experi-
ence will be linger long
enough to transform into a
significant boost for the
region's tourism industry.
"It's taking the people
to the market," CTO's
Communications Director
Johnson JohnRose told
Caribbean Today recently.
"It's giving them a little
taste fo the region so they can
come to the region and have
the full meal."
According to the CTO,
which has also been organiz-
ing a similar event in New
York for the past four years,
Toronto has always been a
target, along with other North


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Toronto will host "Caribbean Week" this
American cities with large
Caribbean populations.
"We have, for quite a
while, been trying to get it
done in Toronto," JohnRose
said. "Hopefully we can do it in
other cities n the U.S. as well."

Taste of the Caribbean comes to Toronto

The schedule for the CTO's first ever
"Caribbean Week" in Toronto is as

* Thursday, Oct. 12 at The Carlu
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ribbon cutting open-
ing ceremony and media marketplace
and luncheon for sponsors and offi-
3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.- Travel agent train-
ing sessions
6 p.m.-10 p.m.- Agent carnival and
mini-marketplace showcasing
Caribbean foods and entertainment.

* Friday, Oct. 13 at The Carlu
"DoltCaribbean" wedding promotion,
followed by a champagne reception for
the winning couple.

and consumer attention by
presenting the best of the
Caribbean; create a platform
for the sale of Caribbean vaca-
tions; and create opportunities
for our member countries to
use the event to further their
individual objectives."
"What you're doing is

EXPOSURE exposing the Caribbean to t
The intent of the celebra- people," JohnRose said.
tions is clear. According to a "Taking the Caribbean and
press release from the CTO, bringing it to life... and don
"Caribbean Week" in Toronto by Caribbean people."
wants to "create events, which The CTO is the C,,ribb 1
will attract significant media tourism development agency




* Saturday, Oct. 14 at The Ontario
Science Centre
10 a.m.-5 p.m.- The Caribbean
Marketplace, open to the public.
Representatives from Caribbean desti-
nations, airlines, tour operators and
hotels will be present to showcase the
best of the region's destinations.

* Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Cathedral
Church of St. James
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Special service
including the music of the Chorale of
Toronto. Reverend Douglas Stoute will
preside over the celebration.

For more information on "Caribbean
Week" in Toronto, call 416-935-0767
or visit

which represents 32 govern-
ments and some private sector

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

A scholarship fund in honor
of the late Louise Bennett-
Coverley (Miss Lou) Fund was
officially launched last month at
a community cultural tribute to
commemorate the birthday, life
and legacy of the late Jamaican
icon in Miami, Florida.
The scholarship, tenable
at the Edna Manley College
of Visual and Performing Arts
in Kingston, Jamaica, will be
awarded to a student pursuing
the three-year diploma course
in performing arts. This was
announced by Norma Darby,
director of the Florida-based
folklore group, the Jamaica
Folk Revue, who spearheaded
the planning of the cultural
A proclamation declaring
Sept. 8 as "Louise Bennett
Day" in North Miami was also
presented by that city's Mayor
Shirley Gibson.

More than 600 persons
attended the three-hour long
program of cultural perform-
ances which featured folk
songs, poetry, drama, dance
and video clippings reminiscent
of the work and life of Miss
Lou, including the famous
"Ring Ding" entertainment
with the children.
The audience was enter-
tained by local artistes includ-
ing the Jamaica Folk Revue,
the Tallawah Mento Band, the
Roots and Culture Dancers,

the Sierra Norwood Children's
Choir, the Queens


Entertainment Troupe and
dub poet Malachi Smith.
Special guest was
Jamaican cultural performer
Faith D'Aguillar who enter-
tained the audience with a col-
lection of Miss Lou's well-
known pieces.
Miss Lou, who died in
Canada recently, would have
celebrated her 87th birthday
on Sept. 7.
A similar community trib-
ute is being scheduled for Oct.
14 at the African American
Library and Cultural Center
in Fort Lauderdale as part of
Jamaica's National Heroes'
celebrations in Florida.


Family of dead

singer sues gov't
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC The family of singer
Patrice Bascombe, who died
last month following a motor
vehicle accident, is suing the St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
government over claims of
gross negligence on the part of
health officials at the Milton
Cato Memorial Hospital.
Bascombe was one of two
finalists selected to represent
the island at the
regional level of the Digicel
Rising Star Competition.
The 18-year-old former
junior queen contestant,
national dance champion and
singer died while being pre-
pared for surgery, hospital
authorities said. But the fami-
ly's attorney Bayliss Frederick
said that Trinidadian patholo-
gist Dr. Hubert Daisley con-
firmed that the singer died
from septicemia or blood poi-
soning. Frederick has alleged
that the young singer died as a
result of gross negligence.

Florida launches 'Miss Lou'

scholarship to honor late icon


October 2006

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So-called offshore "tax
haven" jurisdictions such as
the Cayman Islands, The
Bahamas, and the British Virgin
Islands have traditionally served
as the preferred choices for for-
eign individuals to form holding
companies and trusts.
Similarly, many United
States persons use them as well
for such purposes, and keep
them fully compliant with the
related U.S. tax requirements. In
most cases, these structures are
created for completely legitimate
business or personal reasons.
On the other hand, there
are of course some individuals
and entities which attempt to use
tax haven companies to hide
assets and income from their
home country tax authorities. In
recent years, these activities
have undergone intense scrutiny
by the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) and the U.S. Congress,
and numerous "secret" offshore
schemes have been uncovered.
In this regard, on Aug. 1,
2006, the U.S. Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigation
issued an extensive 370 page
report entitled "Tax Haven
Abuses: The Enablers, The Tools
and Secrecy" (the report).

Commissioner of Internal
Revenue Mark Everson testified
before this subcommittee that
the report reviews the struggles
of the U.S. government to com-
bat the alleged use of Caribbean
and other offshore financial cen-
ters to hide trillions of dollars of
assets, avoid taxes on billions of
dollars of income, and partici-
pate in money laundering.
As one example, the
report mentions that Enron
Corporation, one of the most
notorious users of offshore struc-
tures, formed 441 offshore enti-
ties in the Cayman Islands in a
single year.
The expressed purpose of
the report is to "open the black

* Help reception for small busi-
The Miami-Dade Department of
Business Development will be
holding a reception at 6 p.m. Oct.
11 at the Continental National
Bank of Miami, 1801 S.W. 1st St.,
to kick off its new program that
guarantees loans to Community
Small Business Enterprise (CSBE)
and Small Business Enterprise
(SBE) firms.
The program relieves some of
the financial burdens these compa-
nies encounter as small business
contractors/vendors when awarded
county contracts guarantees loans
for CSBE and SBE firms performing
on county contracts, through a
partnership with Continental

Enron Corporation once formed 441 off shore entities in a single year in the Cayman

box" of how financial profes-
sionals allegedly help their
clients conceal and secretly uti-
lize foreign offshore assets while
circumventing or violating U.S.
tax, securities, and anti-money
laundering laws. It then reviews
a number of fascinating case his-
tories where various "promot-
ers" recruited clients over the
Internet, prepared an ..!,i...ii.
how-to manual", and devised
various complex trust and securi-
ties transactions schemes for
shielding their activities from
law enforcement authorities.

The most detailed and inter-
esting case history discussion
involved the use of a virtual "spi-
der web" of 58 non-U.S. trusts
and corporations and a wide
range of offshore mechanisms to
exercise control over their assets
and $600 million in related
investment gains.
In essence, the report pro-
vides a roadmap of the beliefs of
the U.S. tax authorities on "how
not to" establish and maintain
offshore structures.
As a bottom-line, if any for-
eign or U.S. investor still
believes that the use of a
"secret" tax haven will forever
shelter their investments from
the prying eyes of the various
legal authorities, a casual review


National Bank of Miami.

* 30th Miami trade confab
Dec. 4-6
The effect of recent initiatives
such as the Caribbean Single
Market will be among the issues
assessed at the 30th Miami
Conference on trade and invest-
ments scheduled for Dec. 4-6.
Will the Caribbean be able to
effectively integrate and create a
truly single market space that
allows for increased regional and
foreign direct investment? Is
CAFTA-DR delivering on its prom-
ise or is there significant work left
to be done to make Central
American economies competitive?
Those subjects will be discussed

of the report should put an end
to such foolishness.
Although the report gener-
ally targets U.S. taxpayers rather
than foreign persons with no
direct U.S. connections, it does
inevitably give rise to the practi-
cal problem of potentially "taint-
ing" the honest, legitimate uses
of low or no-tax Caribbean
and other jurisdictions like the
British Virgin Islands; the
Cayman Islands, and The
Bahamas. In our experience,
foreign investors using these
jurisdictions to hold their U.S.
assets have sometimes been
misidentified as U.S. persons
or as having engaged in illegal
activities, which has caused them
numerous related difficulties and
professional expenses to clarify
their situations.
Professional advisors will
therefore need to carefully con-
sider these types of potential
issues with respect to each per-
son's individual circumstances.

Leslie A. Share and Michael
Rosenberg are shareholders
with the Coral Gables law
firm of Packman, Neuwahl &
Rosenberg, and can be reached
at 305-665-3311.

by leaders from the region at the
three-day event.

* Belize banking on CABEI
Belize has signed an agreement
making it a non-founding benefici-
ary member of the Central
American Bank for Economic
Integration (CABEI).
CABEI, established by the
governments of Guatemala, El
Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and
Nicaragua, aims to contribute to the
social and economic development
of the Central American region.

Compiled from CMC and other

Miami-Dade offers free

public business seminars

| roughout October the
Miami-Dade Enterprise
Community Center
(ECC) will be conducting a
free public business plan lab
and seminars for aspiring
entrepreneurs in South Florida.
Those participating in the
"Emerging and Expanding
Business Seminars Series" can
receive the ECC Certificate
Program upon completing the
seminar series.
Seminars will be held at
3050 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 201
in Miami. They will be divid-
ed in two parts consisting of
the "Emerging BuIii,,' and
the "Expanding Business
Among the topics to be
discussed are assets, manage-
ment, legal contracts for small
business owners, business
plans and government con-
tracting, business licenses and
taxes, loans, and how to start
a successful business.

The ECC is a division of
the Miami-Dade Empowerment

Trust. The mission of the ECC is
to maximize the opportunities
for entrepreneurs and small
business owners to succeed in
Miami-Dade County and con-
tribute to its economic growth
by providing a wide array of
business services through a
"One Stop Entrepreneurial
The center offers a small
business resource library and
daily one on one business
The ECC houses non-
profit organizations, public
and private lenders and gov-
ernment agencies like the
Minority Business Enterprise
Center, a component of the
United States Department of
Commerce Minority
Business Development
Agency (MBDA). The pur-
pose of this office is to foster
the establishment and growth
of minority-owned businesses
in America.
For additional informa-
tion and to register, call 305-

The Guyana government has
confirmed that the country's
largest trade and investment
exposition, GUYEXPO, will
proceed as planned this
Tourism, Industry and
Commerce Minister Manniram
Prashad said the event would
take place from Oct. 26-31.
Prashad, said he had
met with the GUYEXPO
Committee to discuss prepara-
tory works and site designing
and that the event would be
held under the theme
"Exhibiting Excellence".
Organizers said they
expect more than 80,000 peo-
ple to attend the exposition

that provides local companies
with an avenue to promote
their products. The state-
owned Guyana Chronicle
newspaper had reported there
were fears that the exposition
would have been postponed
this year, because of the Aug.t
28 regional and general elec-
tions that had been won by the
incumbent People's Progressive
Party Civic (PPPC).
Prashad said GUYEXPO
has contributed significantly
to the economy, as many local
enterprises, small and large,
have been able to clinch lucra-
tive deals.


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October 2006




T&T's Hislop bides his time over new U.S. soccer challenge

~ T&T World Cup hero moves to MLS's F.C. Dallas


Shaka Hislop knows all about
waiting. That's because he's so
confident it will never be in
The man who stepped
from the shadows of a substi-
tute at virtually the last minute
to shine for Trinidad and
Tobago on soccer's
bi-LsI stage the
2006 World Cup finals
in Germany lives the
perfect formula:
patience does pay.
"You never know
when opportunity will
come. You just have to
be ready," the goal-
keeper told Caribbean
Today last month as
he continued his cur-
rent role as a back-up
with his new team F.C.
Dallas of Major
League Soccer (MLS)
in the United States.
Staying ready is
the philosophy Hislop Hislop in a
has adapted through-
out his long career, including
14 years in Europe's profes-
sional leagues, many at the
club game's highest level. Yet
even though success never
totally eluded him twice fin-
ishing runner-up in the English
Premier League (EPL) he
had to wait until age 37 to rel-
ish the greatest moments of his
soccer life. And after all those
years, which included hopping
between several clubs top
flight English teams Newcastle
United and Portsmouth among
them it happened in the
space of one month.
In May, the 6' 4" Hislop
started the final of the EA.
Cup for West Ham, It took a
spectacular late shot from
England international Steven
Gerrard of Liverpool to snatch
one of the most prestigious
trophies in world club soccer
from the grasp of Hislop and
the Hammers.

But Hislop was not deflat-

ed for long. The following
month just hours before
T&T was to make its historic
entrance into the World Cup -
he learned that he would
replace injured Kelvin Jack in
goal against Sweden. Nothing
in more than a dozen pro sea-
sons, and dozens more interna-
tional caps, could top the expe-

action for West Ham in England last season.

rience of lining up with his
teammates as T&T's national
anthem cascaded from the
public address system on June
10 at Dortmund.
"It was a lifelong ambition
to be in the World Cup," said
Hislop, who went on to per-
form brilliantly for the Soca
Warriors in a surprise 0-0 draw
with Sweden, and days later
in a 0-2 defeat to England,
although he was again beaten
by a Gerrard strike late in the
"Throughout (my career) I
always thought something was
missing for me and that was
the World Cup.
"Things went well for me
personally and the team," he
explained, although the tiny
twin-island republic of just
over a million people the
smallest nation ever to reach
the finals failed to score a
goal in the tournament and
was eliminated in the group

"It's a high that I will
probably never come down

Hislop's bi.-sl soccer
highlights had came within a
month of each other, making
that, according to him, "a nice
note to sign off" his European

ranked professional league,
but still scoffed at by the tradi-
tional club powers of Europe
and South America.
He misses the packed ter-
races at England's soccer
grounds and the chanting,
ultra-passionate fans who roar
on world-class players each
"Of course," he admitted,
"the environment is different."
But he looks at the MLS,
a relatively young league with
a promising future, as a fresh
start that he is already relish-
"It is not a come down,"
said Hislop about playing in
the MLS. "It's still about foot-
ball, soccer. It was a time for a
new challenge. I wanted a new
challenge, a fresh challenge."
So he did not re-sign with
West Ham, although, he said,
the club offered him a con-
tract. He claimed he wanted to
be closer to T&T, the place he
calls "home", although he was
born in the United Kingdom

Hislop, left, and captain Dwight Yorke celebrate T&T's historic qualification for the

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being buoyed by the World
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and attended Howard
University in the U.S. T&T is
also where his wife and her
family are from.
"I wanted more stability,"
Hislop explained.
He went to EC. Dallas
fully aware that the starting
goalkeeper's job belonged to
Dario Sala, a 32-year-old
Argentine who last played for
Arsenal, another top level
EPL club. With the club on an
impressive run in the MLS's
Western Conference when he
joined in early August, Hislop
already knew he would have to
compete hard for playing time.
At the time of this interview
early last month he had only
seen action in the U.S. Open
Cup on Aug. 23, and was still
waiting to make his MLS
"Even with his pedigree,

we knew when we brought him
in that we weren't just going to
give him the (starting) job,"
EC. Dallas's Media Relations
Manager Justin Pearson told
Caribbean Today.
"He would have to fight
for a job like everyone else on
the roster."

Hislop doesn't mind. He
said his intensity has not
diminished with the crossing of
the oceans. He signed on with
EC. Dallas through the end of
next season simply because he
wants to play.
"I'm still as competitive as
I was," he said. "The rules of
the game haven't changed that
much (from England to the
U.S.). My competitiveness has-
n't changed that much."
However, he understands
that he still must prove he is
good enough. For that, he is
armed with his most telling
"The single-minded inten-
sity remains the same," Hislop
He insisted he has set no
timetable for grabbing a start-
ing spot. Sitting and watching,
the patience that has brought
him so much reward in the
past, is fine.. .for now.
"It's nothing new to me,"
he said. "It doesn't bother me
in the slightest...It's just part of
the game."
While he waits, Hislop said
he has no problem doing what-
ever he can to help EC. Dallas
win the MLS. He supports Sala
and the other young goalkeep-
ers at the club. In some ways he
is like the old veteran passing
on the knowledge. They turn to
him, and he loves it.
"I feel I have a role and
responsibility to be support-
ive," he said. "I am enjoying
And even if it eventually
turns sour, which Hislop seri-
ously doubts, he can always
look back at his special sum-
mer, when in less than a month
his soccer career reached its
"I was happy as a fan just to
be there," he recalled about
hearing the T&T national
anthem in Germany at the World
Cup. 1 ,r nk it was a special
moment. That was the highlight
on the field. What a big moment
for me, my country."
Just something to think
about while he exercises his
most valuable virtue.

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

October 2006




Celebrating women takes center stage in 'First Rain'

TITLE: First Rain
AUTHOR: Donna Weir-Soley
It's not often that words from
another so stir the spirit that
they conjure up memories
deeply buried with time.
A book of poetry :, Ik l inil_
the rhythmic music of language,
"First Rain" celebrates the lives of
the women in the author's life -
from her grandmother to her aunty
and her close friends, who have
played significant roles in shaping
her words.
Donna Weir-Soley recreates
the lives and tales '.f iIi, women
through her own unique storytelling
voice. And, through her stories you
will go back to a time when you felt
most nurtured, a time when quality
time meant a family g.ili, ringi with
the eldest matriarch in the family
the center of .ill nli. ,! as she
weaved her life store ..... but
strong as a bamboo basket.
...Ah was born Teresa Matilda
but evvy baddy call me mi Miss
Mattie or Sistah Mattie
Mi madda was a Maroon, )t. i.. r
people dem
she was as a healer an a midwife;
Mi daddy people dem come from
im come ere wen im a bway...

... Mi nevah have a
easy life -
M i born .,,,, ,.ih,, ,
Mi birth thirteen
one born dead
one get poliomylitis
from im a baby
one get a bad injec-
tion almost cripple im
Mi bury two husband
Cousin dem, same
one jetblack and cool ', de stone
in im water jar
de odder one red 'i ,. wite people,
eye dem ... !,. de pickney dem
glass marble...
Pictured on the cover is Weir-
Soley's r.inidm.ilii, r She is Nanny.
She embodies the strength of all the
women mentioned in this book; the
women who nurture and send their
sons and daughters into today's
harsh non-communicative world
giving them power to navigate.
Indeed, many have written
about positive forces in their lives,
but these stories/poems are differ-
ent. They go beyond just telling the
tale; they invite you into the
author's world. But, her world
becomes yours because the stories
are so familiar, so personal to your
own experience.
These tales are the Caribbean
experience, whether we want to

acknowledge it or not. In
I act, some totally deny this
part of their existence the
country life, cooking on a
dtik i!i on a coal fire,
feeding the pigs, going to
bush with grindf.Ii111.r
Sadly, this means denying
your being living a life
outside of who you are.
The men-folk in Weir-
soley's life are also
explored, always with
love, some with a bite.

...Fadda nuh dare look pon me.
Him talk to mi wid im back turn,
name de worlds I and I see
and de faces that refuse to see me.
Me learn de rhythm of him voice,
each curve and dip, swell and whirl,
syllable by syllable me swallow him
,1,. ,,,, whole
.,,1,ilme learn to speak in parables
i,;- de river...

But it is the women who take
center stage. In fact, they are the
first line of defense against adversi-
ty The women we meet in "First
Rain" 1b.iili, enemies, physical or
psychological, overcome great
handicaps, the jump hurdles to sur-
vival and success.
H Lr niir.iiin i.,ris paint a
picture many displaced Caribbean
people can relate to the loneliness
even in the middle of a vast concrete

jungle; the culture shock; the day
job, the night job; the overt discrimi-
nation. But, amidst all this the she
.lh',\ s Ii!, I talK 1 w and contri-
butions made to our adopted lands.
... What if we were to tell the truth
about our voluntary exile?
That we became the butt of jokes In
I 1 i.,, Color
for the three, four jobs we worked
to make down-payment on the
modest home,
since ,, ,, ,. a home expressed the
dogged determination
that cast our spirits in iron, made us

to racial slights and other insults
we broaden our backs to take daily...
Insults bred desire, hope,
molded by large, tough hands into
words heavy as brick that become
edifices of powerful Caribbean
immigrant experiences.
"First Rain" get it!
PUBLISHER: Peepal Tree Press
Ltd, U.K.

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


* Jamaican launches book
Jamaican David P. Rowe, a South
Florida-based attorney, last month
launched his book "Ira Rowe,
Caribbean Lawyer, Materials,
Tributes & Cases" at the St. Thomas
University School of Law.
* Law professor wins book prize
A book with a bittersweet Caribbean
flavor has been selected the winner
of the Frederick Douglass Book
Prize, which is awarded for the best
book on slavery or abolition.
"Degrees of Freedom;
Louisiana and Cuba After Slavery
Rebecca J. Scott", a Charles
Gibson Distinguished University
Professor of History and professor

of law at the University of
Michigan, is the author of the book.
She won a prize of $25,000.
* New book focuses on abuse
A woman struggling to survive
abuse while living in the Dominican
Republic, Puerto Rico and the
United States, highlights a new
book titled "Tres Gritos de Abuso
Carnal Angustia Y Terror".
The book, written in Spanish by
Leonidas Santana, focuses on the
hardships faced by the author.




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Miami Book Fair International set for Nov. 12-19

Some of the brightest liter-
ary minds to come out of
the Caribbean will be
among those featured at this
year's Miami Book Fair
International set for Nov. 12-
The book fair, which has
attracted dozens of award-
winning writers from around
the world, will be held at the
Miami-Dade College Wolfson

campus, downtown the South
Florida city.
The 2006 book fair is
expected to offer eight days of
fun-filled activities, including
the "Street Fair" on the week-
end of Nov. 17-19, featuring
readings by established and
aspiring authors, plus a wide
selection of books for collec-
tors to choose from and inter-
national pavilions showcasing

the books, arts, food and
drinks from around the world.

Isabel Allende, Thomas
Cahill, Nora Ephron, Edward
P. Jones and Robert Olen
Butler are among the cele-
brated authors who are sched-
uled be among more than 200
in attendance this year. They
will joined by many writers

from the Caribbean, including
Kamau Brathwaite, Deborah
Jack, Philip, Dawad, Shara
McCallum, Lorna Goodison,
Lawrence Scott and Mervyn
Miami Book Fair
International is one of the
largest presenters of Spanish-
language writers in the nation,
offering a rich Hispanic pro-
gram as a complement to

English-language events.
Miami Book Fair
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gram of the Florida Center for
the Literary Arts at Miami
Dade College and is held at
MDC's Wolfson campus at 300
N.E. Second Ave., Miami,
Florida, and surrounding
downtown streets.

Caribbean authors join Miami's page turning experience

Below Caribbean Today fea-
tures profiles of Caribbean
writers who are scheduled to
participate in the Miami
International Book Fair.

was born in
Barbados and
is a poet, per-
former, cultur-
al theorist and
researcher. His
most recent
book is "Born
to Slow Horses" (2005), but
he has authored other works,
including "Ancestors: A
Reinvention of Mother
Poem", "Sun Poem and X-
Self" ( New Directions, 2001),
"The Arrivants: A New World
Trilogy: Rights of Passage
Masks-Island" (Oxford,
1968); "Zea Mexican Diary"
(Wisconsin Press, 1993),
"Dream Stories" (Longman,
1993), "Middle Pt,,g,
(New York: New Directions,
1993) and "The Development
of Creole Society in Jamaica
1770-1820" (Oxford 1971).
Brathwaite has received
numerous awards, among
them the Neustadt
International Prize for
Literature, the Bussa Award,
the Casa de las Americas
Prize, and the Charity Randall
Prize for Performance and
Written Poetry. He has also
received GuInL n-iiim and
Fulbright fellowships.
His book "The Zea
Mexican Diary" (1992) was
The Village Voice Book of the
Year. Earlier this year
Brathwaite was awarded the
Griffin (International) Poetry
Prize in Canada for his newest
work "Born to Slow Horses".
He is a co-founder of the
Caribbean Artists Movement
and was educated at Pembroke
College, Cambridge and has a
PhD from the University of
Sussex in the United Kingdom.
He has been professor of com-
parative ILiterature at New
York University since 1993.

Deborah Jack was born in
Amsterdam and grew up in
St. Martin. She is a poet and

Her col-
lected poems,
"The Rainy
Sarli IIn r(St
Martin: House
of Nehesi,
1997), is her
first published
book. Her
poems have appeared in "The
Caribbean Writer" and
Awards and honors
include a Caribbean Writers
Institute Fellow, University of
Miami, Prince Bernard
Culture Fund grants,
University at Buffalo College
of Arts and Sciences
Dissertation Fellowship.
Jack was listed as one of
the nation's most popular
artists at the turn of the centu-
ry in "St. Martin Massive! A
Snapshot of Popular Artists"
(1999). She is currently an
assistant professor of art at
New Jersey City University in
New Jersey.

McCallum is
the author
of two books
of poems
from the
of Pittsburgh
Press, "Song
of Thieves"
(2003) and
"The Water Between Us"
(1999, winner of the 1998
Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry
Originally from Jamaica,
McCallum directs the Stadler
Center for Poetry and teaches
at Bucknell University. She is
also on the faculty of the
Stonecoast Low Residency
MFA program. She lives in
Pennsylvania with her family.

Taylor was
born in
Trinidad and is
the author of
three books of
poetry, "An
Island of His
Own" (1992),
"The Goat"

(1999), and "Gone Away"
(2006), all from Junction
Press, and a compact disc,
"Road Clear" (2004), done in
collaboration with bassist
David Williams.
About the poems in his
latest collection Debbie Jacob
wrote in her column in the
Trinidad Guardian, "Lost in
the cold and unable to return
home to the tropics, the West
Indians of Taylor's poems
reach as far as they can:
Florida". Taylor lives in
Brooklyn, New York.

Scott is from
Trinidad and
Tobago. He is
the prize-win-
ning author of
the novel
"Aelred's Sin"
Allison &
Busby, 1998),
which won a
Commonwealth Writers'
Prize, Best Book in the
Caribbean & Canada 1999.
"Night C.,1 p1,, (Allison&
Busby, 2004), his most recent
novel, was short-listed for a
Commonwealth Writers'
Prize, Best Book in Canada &
the Caribbean
and nominated for The
International Impac Dublin
Literary Award 2006 and was
published in France as
Calypso de Nuit in June 2005.
His first novel, "Witchbroom"
(Allison, 1992, Heinemann,
1993) was also short-listed for
a Commonwealth Writers'
Prize for Best First Book in
Canada & the Caribbean,
His short stories have
been read on the BBC and
have been anthologized inter-
nationally, notably in The
Penguin Book of Caribbean
Short Stories and The Oxford
Book of Caribbean Short
Stories. He divides his time
between writing and teaching
literature and creative writing.

Ramabai Espinet was born in
Trinidad and Tobago. She is a
poet, essayist and critic. Her
first novel, "The Swinging

Bridge" (Toronto: Harper
Flamingo, 2003), was short-list-
ed for the 2004 Commonwealth
Writers Prize in the category of
Best First Book (Caribbean
and Canada Region), long-list-
ed for the IMPAC Dublin 2005
prize for fiction and selected for
the Robert Adams lecture
series 2005, held annually in
Toronto and Montreal, and fea-
turing Adams's pick of "mod-
em ~L. I ii '.
Other works by Espinet
include the poetry collection
"Nuclear SL,,ii,' (1991)
and the children's books "The
Princess of Spadina" (Toronto:
Sister Vision, 1992) and
N inIj Carniva" (Sister
Vision, 1993).
Her performance pieces
"Beyond the Kala Pani", and
"Indian Robber Talk" both
explore the historical record
of South Asian immigration
to the Caribbean. A docu-
mentary, "Coming Home"
(Caribbean Tales/Leda Serene
Films), and focused upon the
context of Espinet's work,
especially "The Swinging
BrIdgL was released in 2005.
Espinet is a professor of
English at Seneca College in
Toronto in the School of
English and Liberal Studies.
She also teaches at the

University of Toronto in the
Department of Caribbean
Studies and the Institute for
Women's Studies and Gender
Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Dawad Philip was born in
Trinidad. He is a poet and
painter and cultural activist,
as well as (formerly) a journal-
ist in the United States. He
is the author of "Invocations"

and his work has appeared
in several anthologies, includ-
ing, most recently, "Poetry
International's English
Language Poetry from Around
the World" (2003-2004).

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Religious groups to help

spread CSME message

CMC St. Kitts and Nevis has
joined fellow Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) country
Barbados in declaring that
commercial sex workers will
not be welcomed to its shores
for next year's Cricket World
Cup (CWC).
However, Prime Minister
Dr. Denzil Douglas told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) last month that while
prostitutes would not be wel-
comed for the CWC, it was
about time that Caribbean
people engaged in serious dis-
cussions on the decriminaliza-
tion of prostitution and homo-
"St. Kitts and Nevis has
not begun to discuss the mat-
ter of legalizing commercial
sex workers or homosexuality,
therefore my government
would be highly irresponsible
if we were to move to allow
commercial sex workers to
move into the country for
World Cup in that way," Dr.

Douglas said.

"This (prostitution) is still
highly illegal in St. Kitts and
Nevis and I as prime minister
would be the first to ensure
that the law
is maintained
and that the
law is pur-
sued against
those who
are being
involved in
those activi-
Douglas ties," he

Douglas, however, said
Caribbean people could no
longer delay discussing the
legislation of prostitution and
homosexuality since the crimi-
nalization of these acts was
fuelling the discrimination,
which was pushing HIV/AIDS
"We must not bury our
heads in the sand because
these are important issues -
issues that have to come to
the fore in the discussion of

Caribbean people on the topic
HIV/AIDS," said Douglas.
The prime minister said
it would be unreasonable to
seek to legalize prostitution or
homosexuality in Caribbean
countries before there was
widespread debate on the
highly emotive issues across
all sectors of society.
"I believe the govern-
ments have to respond to
show leadership. That leader-
ship means the time is now op
open discussions on human
sexuality within the wider
ambit of HIV/AIDS and what
it is doing to Caribbean popu-
lations," Douglas added.
Last month, the Barbados
government warned that any
local prostitute or anyone
coming into the country to
trade in prostitution either
before, during or after the
international sporting event,
would be made to feel the full
weight of the law.

Haitians visit The Bahamas searching for jobs ~ IOM

CMC The Barbados govern-
ment is seeking to get the reli-
gious organizations in the
country to assist in spreading
the gospel of the Caribbean
Community Single Market
and Economy (CSME).
The CSME was the main
discussion point when Prime
Minister Owen Arthur, who
has lead prime ministerial
responsibility for the CSME,
met with the Religious
Advisory Committee on
National Affairs an inter-
faith body comprising
Christians, the Islamic com-
munity and Rastafarians last
Arthur told the religious
leaders that the church must
always be engaged in matters
affecting the society, particu-
larly on issues driven by
"This country is facing
change on a number of issues
and there are some things that
cannot just be solved by polit-
ical power or the law. We
have to engage the church on
these matters and we have to

do so on a sustained basis,"
Arthur said.
Chairman of the Religious
Advisory Committee on
National Affairs, Anglican
Bishop Dr.
John Holder,
described the
CSME, an
initiative to
integrate the
region's econ-
omy into a
single eco-
Arthur nomic space
as nIIL-w and
challenging." He urged the
religious fraternity to ,ip
out in the new CSME arrange-
ment guided by God's com-
mand to love our neighbor."
The CSME allows for the
free movement of skills, labor,
goods and services within
CARICOM and is regarded as
a suitable response by the
region to the changing global
environment in which
Caribbean states have lost
preferential treatment for their
goods and services.

International Organization for
Migration (IOM) says recent
research confirms that many
Haitians migrate to The
Bahamas primarily in search
of employment.
It said that the research,
conducted in collaboration with
The Bahamas government and
the College of the Bahamas
(COB), showed that the
Haitians were leaving from var-
ious points, "in many instances
in an irregular manner, primari-
ly in search of work".
"Because of their generally
low educational levels and
poor English language skills,
they largely seek unskilled or
semi-skilled jobs and are often

able to circumvent labor per-
mit requirements with employ-
er ~JI'II|1k L the IOM report-

It said the research find-
ings also lI..JLI that Haitian
migrants are not well integrat-
ed into Bahamian society.
"Owing to low income
levels, they make considerably
more use of public than private
healthcare and education
services while seeking help
amongst Il LInIhI LS for other
kinds of social support", the
report stated.
"Haitian migrants largely
remain a distinct and separate
community, generally living in

poorer accommodations than
other groups; perhaps for that
reason, significant numbers of
respondents disclaimed any
intention to settle permanently
in The Bahamas", the IOM
It said that research esti-
mates extrapolated from avail-
able data l,_.,LI the popula-
tion of Haitian nationals pres-
ent in The Bahamas range from
between 30,000 and 60,000,
adding that "more information
needs to be developed about
the numbers of "flow through"
migrants, i.e., those using The
Bahamas as a transit point to
the United Sijis .

Land sale to foreign investors vital for development ~ B'dos

CMC The Owen Arthur
administration has again
defended its policy of allowing
Barbadian land to be sold to
foreign investors saying it
would be sensitive and sensi-
ble about what projects are
Prime Minister Arthur
told a political branch meeting
of his ruling Barbados Labour
Party (BLP) late last month
that the big projects, especially
in the tourism sector, were the
only way the country could
continue to pay its bills and
deliver social services such as
free education, subsidized
public transport and free
health services.
The prime minister said

government would not consid-
er the alternatives such as casi-
no gambling, increased bor-
rowing, currency devaluation
and private beaches and there-
fore had "very little to work
Arthur said while manufac-
turing and agriculture were
important sectors which still
had to be supported and devel-
oped, they could not contribute
enough to pay the country's
"What will be in the new
economy that will give you the
assurance that wages in the
public sector will be paid
when they fall due?" he asked.
"The sugar industry is $40
million ($20 million) a year,
the public sector wage bill is

$700 million ($350 million) a
year and I can't tell them
(public servants) at the end of
the month to hold strain and
hold an IOU," the prime min-
ister told constituents in the
St. James South constituency.

Arthur said his adminis-
tration was busy at developing
a new economy based on
tourism and services.
"All across Barbados we
have given the impetus in
building a new capacity to earn
foreign exchange for this coun-
try. Once we get them together
we can go up market," the
prime minister added.

* $15M loan for Haiti's poor
The Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) last month announced
the approval of a $15 million soft
loan for a program to expand drink-
ing water and sanitation services to
rural communities in Haiti.
According to the Washington-
based bank, the project is expected
to benefit some 90,000 people in
the rural areas of Artibonite, Grand
Anse, Nippes and Ouest, including
the island of La GonAve, where
average consumption of water is
around seven liters per person a
day, nearly one-third of the basic
minimum recommended by the
World Health Organization.

* Grenada to get agro-aid from
China will be assisting Grenada in
agriculture and technology as part
of the second phase of a co-opera-
tion agreement signed between
both countries, according to
Agriculture Minister Gregory Bowen.
Bowen, who recently returned
from an official visit to Beijing, said
the Chinese have agreed to provide
assistance for the establishment of
four centers for agro-processing and
another four for animal husbandry.

* T&T observes Republic Day
Trinidad and Tobago last month
observed its 30th anniversary as a
republic that is likely to be its last
under the present Republican
The Patrick Manning-led gov-
ernment has already disseminated

for public discussion a new draft
constitution that could see various
changes, including an executive
head of state to replace the largely
ceremonial one at present, and a
change in the appointment of minis-
ters to the Cabinet.

* Cheaper electricity for St. Lucia
Prime Minister Dr. KennyAnthony
says the agreement with Venezuela
to provide oil at a concessionary
price to St. Lucia will result in cheap-
er electricity rates to consumers.
"As far as the government is
concerned, our priority will be to try
to get a cheaper fuel to LUCEEC (St.
Lucia Electricity Services Company
Limited) so that they can reduce the
cost of generation of electricity,"
Anthony said last month.

* St. Kitts and Nevis marks 23rd
St. Kitts and Nevis marked its 23rd
anniversary of Independence on
Sept. 19 with a call from Prime
Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas to citi-
zens to position themselves to adjust
to the current socio-economic tran-
sitioning taking place in the country.
The prime minister said the
main focus of his administration
would be to empower citizens to
take advantage of the emerging
opportunities in the aftermath of the
recent closure of the 300-year-old
sugar industry.

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Barbados, St. Kitts reject sex

workers for Cricket World Cup


October 2006


P 0 1 I T I C S

Panday returns as UNC chairman in T & T

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The main Opposition
United National Congress
(UNC) says its former leader
Basdeo Panday had resumed
the post of chairman, less
than a five months after
he announced his resig-
nation from active poli-
The move by the
UNC, taken at an emer-
gency executive meeting
last month,
followed the decisions by
the party's embattled
political leader, Winston
to form his own
Congress of the People
Panday told
that one of his immedi-
ate tasks would be to
write to Panday
the party's membership
as well as those who had
helped form the party to
return to the UNC. He said
the executive had also agreed
that the Leadership Council
would continue to direct the
party until a leader is chosen.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC -
Foreign Minister Knowlson Gift
resigned with "immediate effect" from
the Trinidad and Tobago government,
according to a statement issued by the
Office of the Prime Minister late last
The statement gave no reason for
the sudden resignation, but said that
Prime Minister Patrick Manning
"accepted Mr. Gift's resignation and in
so doing, has expressed his gratitude
for the loyal service rendered by Mr.
Gift during his tenure as Minister of
Foreign Affairs".
"The Prime Minister also wished
Mr. Gift well in all his future endeav-
ours", the statement added.
Gift, 71, became minister of
foreign affairs in 2001 after Manning
was named prime minister by then
President Arthur NR Robinson fol-
lowing the collapse of the Basdeo
Panday administration. He held on to
the post after the People's National

He did not rule out of the pos-
sibility of his former Attorney
General Ramesh Lawrence
Maharaj, whose criticism led
to the downfall of the Panday

government in 2001, being
part of the Council.
"I have decided to resume
the chairmanship of the party.
This is in response to requests
from the people and the party
who have supported us,"

Panday told reporters.
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MoBay airport expands for CWC 2007,

anticipates heavy traffic into Jamaica


It won't be complete in
time for Cricket World
Cup (CWC) 2007 begin-
ning in March, but operators
of Sangster International
Airport in Montego Bay have
issued assurances that the
entry to Jamaica, through its
second city on the western
side of the Caribbean island,
will be prepped enough to
comfortably handle the
expected large influx of visi-
tors and cargo for the massive
international event.
The airport's new arrival
hall, part of the overall expan-
sion of the airport, the hub of
the country's national airline
Air Jamaica, is scheduled for

completion by Jan. 2007,
according to MBJ Airports
Ltd., the four-company con-
sortium that runs the facility.
That means that the 12,000
visitors "anticipated specifical-
ly for cricket" (but which does
not include teams and their
entourages), according to
Althea Tharkur, marketing
analyst for commercial devel-
opment at MBJ Airports Ltd.,
should have few hitches relat-
ing to overcrowding when
they arrive.
The tournament will be
played in several Caribbean
islands. However, Jamaica will
host the opening ceremony at
the Trelawny Multi-Purpose
Stadium, located not far from
Sangster International, in

addition to several warm-up
games beginning Mar. 5.
Yet with all the adjust-
ments necessary to accommo-
date the influx of visitors and
cargo, for example equipment
for media crews and general
luggage, around the time of
CWC 2007, the consortium
insists that the major concern
- security will not be short-
"It (security) is our main
focus," MBJ Airports Ltd.'s
Security Coordinator Cecil
Weekes, told a group of jour-
nalists who toured Sangster
International recently. "...It's
zero tolerance for that."


Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is undergoing major expansion.

For CWC 2007 the east
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have separation of passengers,
although most passengers will
be channeled in that direction
as construction at the west
concourse picks up intensity
around that time. Gates 8-19
on the east concourse will be
open by CWC.
By the time the expansion
of the airport is completed in
2008, the immigration and cus-
toms area will be shifted from

its present spot to the area
where the ground transporta-
tion section is currently locat-
ed and the separation of
incoming and outgoing pas-
sengers will become perma-
nent. By that time, all luggage
will be checked by the airport
before being sorted by the air-
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required to go through the
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* Reviewing common carriers'
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to protect those consumers

Another new wrinkle of
the expanded airport is actual-
ly CUTE (Common Use
Terminal Equipment), which
allows all airlines to have
access to check-in points at
gates once they have the prop-
er pass codes.
The airport also has big
plans to increase passenger
traffic. Three million passen-
gers currently pass through
Sangster International each
year. By 2010, MBJ Airports
Ltd projects that the figure will
move to nine million a year.
A recent trek through
the airport showed that the
expansion still has a way to
go. Large spaces are void
of color and style, although
that is expected to improve
once the work is completed.
However, the east concourse
offers a pleasant, airy feel,

complete with shops and bars.
Passengers seem to take any
sort of discomfort from the
expansion work in stride.
MBJ Airports Ltd.
sources told Caribbean Today
that not all parties were
enthused over the expansion
plans of the private consor-
tium, which includes foreign
entities. There were concerns
that the airport would lose its
"Jamaican feel".
"There was a lot of resist-
ance prior to privatization,"
Tharkur explained. "The pub-
lic felt it would be losing its
"(But) we have always
talked about maintaining the
Jamaican sense of place at the
airport," she added.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

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