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Caribbean-born light heavy-
weight Glen Johnson will get
what could be his final shot at........................................2 Feature ..................................11 Sport ......................................15 Foo
reclaiming a world boxing
title when he fights American
Chad Dawson in Tampa,
Florida this month, page 15

N ew s ........................................ 2 Feature .................................. 11 Sport ...................................... 15 Food ........................................ 18
Spring/Summer Education ..6 Arts/Entertainment........... 13 FYI ....................................... 16 Politics/Region..................19
Viewpoint ......................... 9 Health .........................1.......4 Business................................17 Tourism/Environment ..........20

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Hilca Thomas
has been
named the
"2008 National
Principal of
the Year" by
the National
Association of Secondary
School Principals in the
United States, page 5.



32-year-old Jamaican Kevin
Brown was 'acting strangely'
at the Orlando International
Airport. He was searched,
arrested and charged in
Florida with attempting to
carry bomb parts onboard an
Air Jamaica flight bound for
Montego Bay, page 5.

The roots of Rastafari, a reli-
gious faith which originated in
the Caribbean, can now be
traced through an unprecedent-
ed exhibition at the Smithsonian
National Museum of Natural
History in Washington, D.C.,
page 13.




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United States has issued a of the Western Hemisphere The DHS said it had decid- agent charged demanding
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June 1, 2zu9 deadline for all
American travelers returning
from the Caribbean by land or
sea to have either a passport
or other approved documents
to enter the U.S.
U.S. citizens are already
required to have a passport
when returning home by air,
but the rule will kick in for
cruise passengers as well as
those who re-enter the coun-
try at land crossings.
The U.S. departments of
Homeland Security (DHS)
and State (DOS) indicated
in a joint statement late last
month that the rule, which
also encompasses travel to
Canada and Bermuda, is final

MIAMI In his first official
visit to southern Florida since
winning last September's gen-
eral elections, Jamaica Prime
Minister Bruce Golding called
on nationals here to work
closely with his administration
for the betterment of the
"We need to make a
greater effort," he told a town
hall meeting Mar. 28 at Nova
Southeastern University in
Davie. "Jamaica couldn't sur-
vive without you.
"Jamaicans abroad are
our greatest ambassadors,"
Golding continued. "Jamaica
is too rich to be so poor."
The Jamaican leader said
about 350,000 of Jamaica's 2.5
million people live in poverty.
In addition to remittances
that contribute significantly to
Jamaica's economy, Golding
called on his compatriots
abroad to give of their time,
talent and skills to help the
island grow. The Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) said Jamaicans in the
United States sent home an
estimated $2.1 billion last year.


NEW YORK The son of
two Caribbean nationals is the
new governor of New York
following the resignation of
Governor Eliot Spitzer.
The parents of the former
Lieutenant Governor David
A. Paterson were born in
Grenada and Jamaica. His
Grenadian-born father is a for-
mer New York state senator.
Paterson became New
York's 55th governor last
month. He is the state's first
black governor and replaces
Spitzer, who announced his

Travel Initiative (WHT-),
also known as the U.S. pass-
port rule.
"We are on course to
implement and enforce the
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative, which is an impor-
tant step forward in securing
the homeland," said Homeland
Security Secretary Michael
"Limiting and standardiz-
ing the types of documents
presented will result in a more
secure and efficient border,"
he added.
"We will continue to
encourage cross-border travel
and trade while at the same
time decreasing identity theft

Golding also touched on a
wide range of issues, from esca-
lating food prices, finding alter-
native energy sources, over-
hauling the educational system,
to rampant crime. He said the
incumbent Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP) is determined to
address "the causes of crime.
"We have to strengthen
the capacity of the police
force," he said, pointing out,
however, that Kb lh r you can
strengthen that police force
you are going to have to clean
it out."

Last month's town hall
meeting was the first of a
series of events that the
Jamaica prime minister was
scheduled to attend during his
three-day visit to South
Florida. The following day
Golding was expected to
attend church services at the
Maranatha Seventh Day
Adventist Church in Miami.
He was also the featured
speaker on Mar. 30 at the sec-
ond annual Community
Service Awards Ceremony and

resignation following revela-
tions that he was involved in a
prostitution ring.
"I am deeply sorry that I
did not live up to what was
expected of me," Spitzer said.
"To every New Yorker, and to
all those who believed in what
I tried to stand for, I sincerely

Paterson is said to be
liked and respected by leading
figures in both main United
States political parties, but is
also considered untested.
In 2006, he surprised the
Democratic establishment in

ed to issue me WHTI land and
sea final rule more than a year
before its implementation in
order "to give the public ample
notice and time to obtain the
WHTI-compliant documents
they will need to enter or re-
enter the United States on or
after June 1, 2009."
It said many cross-border
travelers already have WHTI-
compliant documents, such as
a passport or a Trusted
Traveler Card NEXUS,
The DOS added that it was
already accepting applications
for the new passport cards.

Tea Party in Miami, hosted by
the Jamaica Consulate. During
that event, 12 Jamaican nation-
als were honored for their con-
tributions to the community.
The honorees included
poet Ivy Claudette Armstrong;
Lauderdale Lakes Mayor
Samuel Brown; Tampa com-
munity activist Elloreece B.
Burrell; NASA mission man-
ager Glenn Chin; media spe-
cialist Don Daly; former
Houston, Texas Honorary
Consul Beverly Ford; and
record-breaking pilot
Barrington Irving.
The others were Miami
Anglican priest the Reverend
Horace Ward; Michael and
Jackie Shaw of Sunshine
Theatre Company; founder of
the Jamaica Nurses Association
of Florida Joyce Wright; and
educators Winston Whyte and
Karl S. Wright.

Golding says all the right
things in meeting with
Jamaicans in South Florida,
page 11.

Albany, the state's capital, by
leaving the Senate and the
possibility of becoming major-
ity leader if the Democrats
captured a majority there to
run for the largely ceremonial
post of lieutenant governor.
Born in Brooklyn on May
20, 1954, an early childhood
infection left him with severe-
ly limited sight.
Paterson is a graduate of
Columbia University and
Hofstra Law School, both in
New York, and is also an
adjunct professor at Columbia

sex for issuing 'green card'

police have arrested a
Guyanese-born United States
federal immigration official
for demanding sex from a
Colombian woman in
exchange for a green card.
Prosecutors in Queens
last month said that Isaac R.
Baichu, 46, was recorded
demanding sex from the
unidentified young woman,
and will be prosecuted on cor-
ruption charges.
Immigration officials said
Baichu handled about 8,000
green card applications during
his three years as an adjudica-
tor in the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services part of
the federal Department of
Homeland Security.
Prosecutors said he plead-
ed not guilty to felony and
misdemeanor charges of
coercing the young woman to
perform oral sex and of prom-
ising to help her secure immi-
gration papers in exchange for
further sexual favors. If con-
victed, he will face up to seven
years in prison.
An immigration
spokesman said Baichu

has been suspended without
pay, and the inspector general
of Homeland Security is
reviewing his other cases.

Prosecutors, who said
they recorded a meeting
between Baichu and the
woman on Mar. 11, at which
he made similar demands for
sex, urged any other victims to
come forward.
Money, not sex, is the
more common currency of
corruption in immigration,
officials said.
The young woman in
Queens, whose name is being
withheld because the authori-
ties consider her the victim of
a sex crime, did not even tell
her husband what had hap-
pened, officials said. They said
she came to the U.S. on a
tourist visa in 2004 and over-
Authorities said when she
married an American citizen a
year ago, the law allowed her
to apply to "adjust" her illegal
But unless her green card

U.S. remains firm on sending

Caribbean criminals back home

CMC A U.S. State
Department official said that
Washington will continue to
send back criminal deportees
to the region, even though the
George W. Bush administra-
tion was aware that deporta-
tion remained a key issue for
countries in the Caribbean.
The Assistant Secretary
of State for the Western
Hemisphere Thomas Shannon
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that
Washington was bound by law
to deport criminals.
"We are deporting citi-
zens of the Caribbean who
have committed crimes in the
United States and we are
under a legal requirement to
do that," Shannon said.
"This is something.. .we
must do in compliance with
our own law."

At the June 18-21, 2007
Conference on the Caribbean
held in Washington D.C.,
leaders of the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
raised the topic of deportation
in their meetings with
President Bush and Secretary
of State Condoleeza Rice. One

of their consistent concerns
was the need to receive more
information on deportees,
including more detailed crimi-
nal records. Shannon said the
U.S. listened to the concerns
and will act accordingly.
"What we can do is work
more closely with out
Caribbean partners to make
sure that when Caribbean
nationals are deported back to
their home countries that their
home countries know who is
coming (and) what crimes they
have committed," he said.
"We've worked through
international institutions like
the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) to help
build capability in these nations
to reintegrate these people in
the Caribbean society."
During the Washington
conference, CARICOM leaders
renewed their call for U.S. assis-
tance with the lik 111 and
reintegration of deportees. The
United Nations Development
Program (UNDP) funds a $1
million project in Haiti to pro-
vide deportee reintegration
services including counseling,
vocational training, skills
development and micro-
credit lending.

Jamaica P.RM. calls for closer working

relationship with diaspora in the U.S.

New N.Y. governor has Caribbean roots

April 2008






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April 2008

Canada says no to Caribbean

immigration application cap

MIAMI Police last month
arrested an influential Haitian
American community activist
here and charged him with
more than 20 counts of racket-
eering, theft and money laun-
Ringo Cayard, 55, direc-
tor of the Miami-based
Haitian American Foundation
Inc. (HAFI), was arrested on
the night of Mar. 20 on the
charges, which include fake
records which he used to give
himself a significant bonus.
Police also charged
Cayard with siphoning thou-
sands of dollars from Miami-
Dade County contracts relat-
ed to staging festivals and pro-
viding meals to the elderly
and that his arrest caps
,\pi npg investigation" of
the foundation's finances over

the past two
and a half
one of the
social services
agencies in
Miami-Dade's Card
Haitian com-
received almost $2.9 million in
county contracts and grants
between 2002 and 2006.

Cayard has been one of
the most prominent voices in
local Haitian politics over the
past 25 years. He's been a
political ally to Miami Mayor
Manny Diaz and County
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle.
Diaz placed Cayard on a city

bond-oversight board.
"To arrest him under
cover of darkness on the eve
of Holy Week is a disgrace,"
said Milton Hirsch, Cayard's
The arrest report also said
Cayard r,. i, ri, d a
scheme to bill the county for
phantom mnal, that HAFI
was supposed to deliver to eld-
erly Haitian residents under a
contract with the county's
Alliance for Human Services.
The report charged that
Cayard and a HAFI employee
submitted fake monthly
invoices six times between
April 2003 and Jan. 2005
when his non-profit failed to
deliver any meals.

Jamaican acquitted of shooting at N.Y. cops

NEW YORK A jury in New
York has acquitted a Jamaican
man who was the first person
charged under a new law in
2006 that increased prison sen-
tences for the attempted mur-
der of a police officer.
The jury in State Supreme
Court in Brooklyn last month
found Damien Henry not guilty
in a case in which he was
charged with firing an Uzi auto-
matic machine gun at two police
officers outside a Jamaican
nightclub in the East Flatbush
section of Brooklyn in 2004.
Henry, 27, was shot 18
times by the officers but sur-
vived. The officers were unin-
Several jurors said they
believed that the officers were

less than completely honest on
the witness stand.
"There were a lot of holes
in the case," said one juror, a
woman in her 20s.
"I felt like they weren't
always telling the whole truth,"
she added.

Henry is celebrating his
acquittals in prison, where he is
serving a 25-year sentence for
shooting up a Brooklyn restau-
rant in 2005 after being told to
smoke outside.
Henry, who had faced a
possible life sentence for the
attempted murder of two
police officers and two bounc-
ers in the current case, was
convicted on Mar. 5 of second-

Guyanese-born U.S...

application was approved, she
could not visit her parents or
her brothers' graves and then
legally re-enter the U.S., they
said. And if her application
was denied, she would face

The charges against
Baichu, who became a U.S.
citizen in 1991 and earns
roughly $50,000 a year, appear
to be part of a larger pattern,
according to government
records. A Miami agent of
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, responsible for
transporting a Haitian woman
to detention, is awaiting trial
on charges that he took her to
his home and raped her.
"Despite our best efforts
there are always people ready
to use their position for per-
sonal gain or personal pleas-

ure," said Chris Bentley, a
spokesman for Citizenship
and Immigration Services.
"Our responsibility is to
ferret them out," he added.
According to the criminal
complaint, Baichu told the
Colombian woman he expect-
ed her to do "just like the last
time," and offered to take her
to a garage or the bathroom
of a friend's real estate busi-
ness so she would be "more
comfortable doing it" there.
Prosecutors said Baichu
was arrested as he emerged
from a Queens diner and
headed to his car.
Later released on $15,000
bail, Baichu referred calls for
comment to his lawyer, Sally
She said Baichu "did not
have authority to grant or
deny green card petitions with-
out his supervisor's approval."

degree weapons possession,
which carries a sentence of
three to 15 years.
In 2002, Henry was charged
with shooting an officer in the
arm, but was acquitted.
In 2004, he intervened in
an arrest and was charged with
punching an officer, Andrew
Rydlewski, in the face. He
pleaded guilty to a low-level
It was 10 days after his
plea in the punching case that
Henry got into another con-
frontation with Rydlewski out-
side the Ragtop Lounge in
East Flatbush after being
denied entry. Rydlewski and
Sergeant Ajay Kapour said
that Henry fired an Uzi at
them, and they shot back, strik-
ing him 18 times without hit-
ting any major organs.

Henry was charged under a
new law that increased the mini-
mum sentence for attempted
murder of a police officer to 20
years, from 15. Henry's lawyer,
Harold C. Baker, mounted a
defense that his client was "set
up" by the police and bouncers.
The bouncers had summoned the
officers with calls to their private
cellular telephones, not to 911.
Several jurors said that
while they did not believe the
conspiracy theory, they were
troubled by testimony by a
police expert in gunshot
residue that several of the
shots that struck Henry were
fired from less than eight inch-
es away. The officers had testi-
fied that they shot him from
about 10 feet away.
"Some of the jurors really
had a bad perception of the
cops, and they didn't believe
them," said the jury fore-
woman, Khadijah Carter.

TORONTO, Canada -
Citizenship and Immigration
Minister Diane Finley has
promised that the number of
applicants seeking to enter
Canada yearly from the
Caribbean and the rest of the
world will not be capped and
family re-unification will be
preserved in the legislative
amendments to modernize the
immigration system.
She addressed the con-
cerns with CMC a week after
the Conservative government
tabled sweeping immigration
legislation to clear up the huge
backlog of applicants and
bring in skilled workers more
quickly. The backlog stands at
about 800,000, and some appli-
cants have been waiting for
almost six years to have their
applications looked at.
"That's totally unaccept-
able," declared Finley. "We
are competing with other
countries that have processing
times of three to six months
and we are six years. We are
competing with other coun-
tries for talent that we very
much need right across the
country. We are losing out in
the competitiveness race.
"The changes that we are
making are really about bring-
ing common sense and good
business and management
practices to the immigration

system. Under the existing
system, every application has
to be processed, even if an
applicant has made multiple
applications, a person is dead
or someone chooses to go to
another country.
"The changes have noth-
ing to do with the refugee
system, there are no caps on
the number of applications
and the preservation of family
re-unification is a priority for
us because we care about

To expedite the process
quickly and smoothly, Finley
said consideration will be
given to transferring applica-
tions from a country or region
swamped with requests to
enter to Canada to another
country or area where the
workload is not hectic.
Finley also said adminis-
trative changes will be made
and the ministry's computer
system will be upgraded to
fast-track the process in three
to six months.
In its last budget, the gov-
ernment set aside $22 million
over the next two years and
$37 million a year after that
for additional resources to
shorten wait times and reduce
the backlog.

Regional leaders hold

'fruitful' talks with Bush

Caribbean leaders emerged
from talks with United States
President George W. Bush last
month, describing their con-
sultations as fruitful.
Prime ministers Hubert
Ingraham of The Bahamas,
David Thompson of Barbados
and Dean Barrow of Belize
gave no indication of what their
discussions would yield, but
reported that issues of democ-
racy, security, tourism and the
Caribbean Basin Initiative were
among the topics discussed with
the American leader.
"We had a discussion like
you would expect neighbors to
have," President Bush told
members of the media after
the meeting.
"We talked about trade and
tourism. We talked about how
to make sure that our security
needs are met without inter-
rupting the ability for our peo-
ple to travel as freely as possible
and for the ability of people to
be able to make a good living as
a result of tourism."

The U.S. leader also gave

the Caribbean heads the
assurance that their region
was important to his country.
"We often times talk
about dealing with the Middle
East or dealing on the conti-
nent of Africa, but it was
important for these leaders to
know that we believe that a
good, strong, healthy, vibrant
neighborhood is in the inter-
ests of the United States,"
Bush said. "So we had a good,
friendly, important discussion,
and I can't thank the leaders
enough for coming."
Referring to the recent
election victories of prime
ministers Thompson and
Barrow, Bush commended
Barbados and Belize for their
g Id, fair, clean elections."
Ingraham, who is also
CARICOM's chairman,
thanked the president on
behalf of the leaders for tak-
ing time out to discuss the
"We're very pleased and
grateful that the U.S. presi-
dent invited us to come," he

Haitian activist arrested on theft,

racketeering charges in Miami


Bomb parts
A Jamaican national,
reportedly troubled by
past experiences includ-
ing a stint in Iraq and the mur-
der of his mother in the
Caribbean, was detained on
April 1 by officials of the
United States Transport
Security Administration (TSA)

Bomb expert searches Brown at the
Orlando airport.
after "acting strangely" at the
Orlando International Airport
in Florida.
The TSA revealed that the
man, Kevin Brown, a 32-year-
old permanent resident of the
U.S., had "suspicious items"
in his luggage. Those items,
according to a statement by
the Federal Bureau of
Investigations (FBI), included
parts for a bomb, such as galva-
nized pipes, explosive and flam-
mable liquids, end caps, a rocket
igniter, BB gun pellets, batteries
and literature containing bomb-
making information.
Brown had attempted to
take the items with him on an

found in luggage
afternoon Air Jamaica flight
bound for the Sangster
International Airport in
Montego Bay. He told the FBI
that he wanted to show friends
in Jamaica how to build explo-
sives like those he saw in Iraq.
He has been charged with
attempting to place an incendi-
ary or explosive device on an
aircraft and made court appear-
ances in Orlando in the days
following the incident where he
was not granted bail.

According to reports of the
incident, Brown, who some
reports indicated had been tak-
ing anti-depressant medication
and living on the streets for a
while, had checked in luggage
at the Air Jamaica ticket count-
er. Eyewitnesses said he then
began rocking and walking back
and forth.
Brown, who also had a lap-
top computer in his carry-on
bag, was pulled aside by TSA
officers, who searched his lug-
gage and found the items. He
was then made to sit down at
the curb outside the airport ter-
minal and searched.
Brown was carrying a
Jamaican passport when he was
apprehended. However, it was
reported that he served in the
U.S. Army, from which he
received an honorary discharge
and a commendation medal,
and later worked as a contrac-
tor in Iraq. Up to press time it
was still not clear if he did mili-

of Jamaican
tary duties in Iraq.

However, people who claim
to know Brown said he was
never the same after returning
from Iraq and his medical
records were being reviewed by
"He sees things, he hears
things and he just doesn't act
normal," one woman was quot-
ed in Jamaica's Gleaner news-
paper as saying after the airport
Hotelier Sandra McLeod,
Brown's mother, was found
strangled at a resort in Negril,
Jamaica in 2005. The murder,
The Gleaner reported, "devas-
tated" Brown.
The Jamaica Observer
newspaper reported that
Brown, who attended schools in
Jamaica and was reportedly on
his way to visit a cousin in
Montego Bay, "told investiga-
tors that he planned to set the
bomb off on a tree stump when
he arrived in Jamaica".
Jamaica's Prime Minister
Bruce Golding ordered the
country's police force to investi-
gate the matter. Investigators in
the U.S. said Brown's act
appeared to be an m,.Lil.d
incident," but they were trying
to determine if he belonged to
any organized group.

Compiled from several news
reports, including CMC.

Barbadian authorities aid in capturing int'l fugitive
MIAMI United States International Airport inter- authorities as a fugitive of
Customs and Border Protection cepted Rodrigues on Mar. 18 France.
(CBP) officials have confirmed "as he attempted to transit "Upon his arrival at
that Barbadian law enforce- through the United States en Miami International Airport,
ment authorities had been help- route to his home in Canada. Mr. Rodrigues was stopped by
ful in intercepting an interna- "The fugitive was returned CBP officers for questioning",
tional fugitive last month. to France in keeping with a the statement said.
Officials of the U.S. State 1996 Bilateral Extradition Harold Woodward, the
Department said they were Treaty between the United CBP's director of field opera-
notified by Barbadian immigra- States and France, to face rape tions, said the case "exempli-
tion officials that Amaro and attempted rape ,. Id rgL ,, fies an extraordinary level of
Rodrigues, 54, a fugitive of the statement said. interagency and international
France, was heading to the U.S. The U.S. said the cooperation, resulting in the
after vacationing in Barbados. Canadian citizen was "vaca- arrest and extradition of a
The statement said CBP tioning in Barbados when he dangerous fugitive."
officers at the Miami was identified by Barbadian 4

Caribbean American youth essay competition open through May 9

Entries are still being
accepted for the fourth
annual National
Caribbean American Heritage
Month Youth Essay
The 2008 contest, designed
to commemorate the declara-
tion of June as "National
Caribbean American Heritage
Month" by the United States
Congress, is open to 11th and
12th grade students who live in
South Florida's Miami-Dade
and Broward counties and have
a Caribbean heritage as defined
by the competition's rules.
The competition is being

offered through a partnership
between the Institute of
Caribbean Studies, organiza-
tions such as Transforming
America Through Interaction
(TATI), the Greater Caribbean
American Chamber of
Commerce, University of the
West Indies Alumni
Association and area schools.
The winning entry for
each regional/local competition
will be judged in the national
level competition and the
grand winner will receive
airline tickets for two to a
Caribbean destination.
The title for this year's

competition is: "If you were
running for president of the
United States, what are the top
three issues that you would put
on your agenda?"
Winning entries in the
local/regional competition will
be announced on June 1.
Essays should be e-mailed
in MS Word format to: Student
Affairs Director, TATI, Inc.: stu-
dentaffairs@taticaribbean. conm.
Entries must be submitted no
later than May 9. Contact stu-
dent affairs director, TATI, Inc.,
at 954-802-4291 for more infor-
mation about the competition.

Jamaican named best

assistant principal in U.S.

MIAMI Jamaican Hilca
Thomas has been named the
"2008 National Assistant
Principal of the Year" by the
National Association of
Secondary School Principals
in he United States.
Thomas, a former
Ardenne High and University
of the West Indies (UWI) stu-
dent in the Caribbean island,
is an assistant principal at
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools' (M-DCPS) Howard
A. Doolin Middle School.
Thomas has been honored
with the national award for
her work in motivating stu-
dents and faculty members to
be lifelong learners. As cur-
riculum assistant principal at
Doolin Middle School since
2000, she has shown leader-
ship in collecting and analyz-
ing student assessment data to
identify students' weakness
and assist teachers in tailoring
instruction accordingly.
She has also made collabo-
ration with the school's faculty,
parents and students the core
of her leadership. M-DCPS
Region V Superintendent
Janet Hupp said one of
Thomas's "most outstanding
capabilities is her ability to
interact and motivate all stake-

holders." Doolin Middle
School Principal Eduardo Tillet
believes Thomas's hard work
and leadership helped move
the school grade designation of
a "C" to "an "A" in 2006.
Thomas received a bache-
lor of science degree in zoolo-
gy from UWI and a master of
science in biol-
ogy education
from the
University of
Miami. She
taught science
at the middle
and high
school levels
Thomas before moving
into adminis-
tration at
Howard A Doolin Middle
School. In Oct. 2007 Thomas
was among a group of M-
DCPS principals and assistant
principals to win five of six
"Outstanding Leadership
Awards" from the Florida
Department of Education.
She will be officially hon-
ored as this year's "National
Assistant Principal of the
Year" at a black-tie event in
Washington, D.C. on April 19.
The award includes a check
for $5,000.

NEW YORK Even as the
Trinidad-based Coalition of
Caribbean Rights says it will
seek international assistance
in getting sexual assault
charges made against St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves heard in court,
Vincentians in New York are
calling for closure to the case.
Deeply concerned about
what they consider to be the
tarnishing of the country's
international image, a number
of Vincentians here have called
for the charges leveled against
Gonsalves to be put to rest
once and for all. Though seem-
ingly sympathetic to the
Vincentian leader, most nation-
als told the Caribbean Media
Corporation it is time to bring
closure to an issue that has
painted a bad image abroad.
"It's a sigh of relief that the
court has found it appropriate
to dismiss the action," said
Arnold "Lydon" Charles, a for-
mer president of the Brooklyn-
based Vincentian umbrella
group, Council of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines
Organizations, U.S.A., Inc.
(COSAGO), alluding to the
recent high court ruling in
upholding the decision of the
Director of Public Prosecutions

to dismiss a private criminal
complaint, filed against Dr.
Gonsalves by four attorneys,
on behalf of a 36-year-old
female police officer.

Greg Dublin, a director at
the Friends of Crown Heights
Educational Center in
Brooklyn, said
he hopes the
judge's decision
will "bring
some sem-
blance of nor-
malcy" in the
month, High Gonsalves
Court Judge
Gertel Thom
upheld DPP Colin Williams's
decision to discontinue a
charge of rape against
Gonsalves, saying that she
found "no arguable grounds
for a review."
But Hazel Brown, a
spokesperson for the
Coalition of Caribbean
Rights, told a news conference
in Port of Spain recently that
the decision not to proceed
with the matter against
Gonsalves is cause for serious
concern in the Caribbean.

Vincentians in N.Y. want closure

to PM.'s sexual assault case

April 2008




It's the llth hour no, make
that thel2th hour and the
clock is ticking closer to
midnight in your scramble to
find college money for your
high school senior.
You're standing at the
starting line. You have this
feeling of guilt. Paralysis is set-
ting in. You don't know where
to start.
Unfortunately, experts
say, this is an all-too-com-
mon situation. Not that find-
ing chunks of money for col-
lege is a walk through the
park, but many parents
haven't really come to grips
with what it may take to
cover even a sliver of
tuition, room and board,
and books, said Kal Chany,
a college consultant based in
New York and author of
The Princeton Review's
"Paying for College Without
Going Broke".
If this sounds like your
situation, don't roll over and
give up. You still have time
to take control. Here are
some tips to help you and
your college-bound hopeful
- quickly get focused:

* Do some homework The
lion's share of need-based
financial aid (in the United
States) comes from federal
and state government, so
you need to devote most of
your time to becoming
knowledgeable about the
process, the deadlines and
how eligibility is deter-
To qualify for federal
financial aid, as well as state
aid and grants from many
colleges and universities, A(
you must file the Free
Application for Federal
Student Aid, or FAFSA
The Department of
Education begins accepting
FAFSA applications for the
2008-2009 school year in
January. Between now and
then, Chany says, parents
should determine at least a
ballpark number for their

expected family contribution,
which is the amount the family
will be expected to contribute
to college costs in the aid for-
Why is this important?
Because the cost of attendance
- the sum of tuition and fees
and room and board, plus
allowances for supplies, books,
transportation costs and other
personal expenses minus the
expected family contribution

"Financing College".

* Investigate free merit money -
If you're a top athlete, scholar
or a talented musician, you may
easily qualify for merit-based
scholarships from a school.
But there seemingly are
also scholarships for every
extracurricular activity and
hobby from Scouting to the
environmental club to duck call-
ing. While merit money is avail-

acting quickly may be the difference in getting a chance to study.

gives you an approximate num-
ber for need-based aid.
To crunch your numbers,
check out financial aid calcula-
tors on web sites such as, www.col-
legeboardcom and www.saving- There also are
many excellent guidebooks,
including Chany's and Kiplinger's

able from thousands of employ-
ers, organizations and religious
institutions, local awards may be
less of a long shot than national
contests. In addition to a multi-
tude of available web-based
search tools, your child's guid-
ance counselor should have


Tips for getting a late start on

finding college money

the private route a better buy.
Consider some creative
solutions on how to manage col-
lege costs. Earning college cred-
it on high school advanced-
placement courses could shave
a year or more off the tuition
tab. Or maybe mom and dad
agree to foot the bill and cover
the loans for the undergrad
years, while graduate school is
on your son's or daughter's
Finally, keep in mind that
there can be quite a difference
between the listed sticker price
for a school and the actual
price you pay, once scholar-
ships, loans and other financial
assistance flow to the bottom

Scarcely a week goes by
when I don't field at least
one question from anx-
ious parents preparing for the
day when they'll send their off-
spring to college.
How many schools should
we apply to? Is it worth the
trouble to fill out the federal
financial aid forms? Is hiring a
college consultant to come up
with a list of potential schools
the way to go? And, of course,
how much should we budget
for textbooks and pizza
As the father of two col-
lege students, with a third one
potentially a few years away, I
am keenly aware of the finan-
cial pressures of higher educa-
tion. While writing about kids
and college costs has made me
more conscious of the issues,
I've had my share of financial
successes, failures and surpris-
es too.
From my time in the
trenches, here are some warn-
ings, tips and suggestions that
may save you money and a lit-
tle aggravation while navigat-
ing the twists and turns in the
college-selection process:

Before your teen gets too
far down the college path, have
an honest discussion with him
about the costs and where the
money will come from. How
much are you willing and able
to spend without draining your
bank account? What will be
your student's role in financing
school, and how much might
be needed from scholarships,
loans and work-study pro-
grams to plug the gap?
Talk about what's a rea-
sonable amount to borrow.
Does it make sense, for exam-
ple, to borrow heavily to
attend a school and earn a
degree in a field where post-
graduate earnings potential is
Would it be worthwhile to
consider a private school
where your student could like-
ly graduate in four years rather
than a public university where
the limited availability of
required classes could lead to a
five-year commitment? In that
vein, the financial might make

'Brain Food' available to South Florida teachers

MIAMI This month, South
Florida teachers will get the
opportunity to experience
"Brain Food", a workshop of
Project MIND that shows fun
and creative learning strate-
gies math and science teachers
can use in the classroom.
Public and private school

teachers in Broward, Palm
Beach, Miami-Dade, and
Monroe counties are eligible
to attend.
Project MIND was origi-
nally developed by Dr. Hui
Fang Huang "Angie" Su in
1988 to help academically at-
risk students improve their

ability to solve math prob-
lems. It is a research-based
Pre-K-12 math enhancement
The workshop will
emphasize the use of games,
story telling, and strategic
methods based on logic and
intuition. It includes lesson

plans, activities, free teacher
resources, online assessment
and learning. Participants are
eligible to receive 30 in-serv-
ice points!
"Brain Food" will be held
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three
Saturday, April 12, 19, and 26
in the WLRN Conference

room. All mathematics and
science educators K-12 are
invited to register and attend.
Email Marry Kemp at to secure


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Graduating from high school means that
tough college choices remain ahead.

Count your lucky stars if
you end up with a high school-
er who is really engaged in vis-
iting campuses, staying on top
of essay deadlines, hunting for
scholarships, and weighing the
pros and cons of each school
on the radar screen. You can
pretty much shift into cruise
control from here on out.
More typical, I think, is the
junior or senior who needs
nudging every step of the way -
right up to packing the family
van and pointing it toward
good old State U. It's perfectly
normal for teens to be wary of
life after high school gradua-
But if college is indeed in
the cards, how can you deal
with the denial mode? When
our oldest son was a high
school junior, for example, we
jump-started the process by

Getting real about college

April 2008



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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Government is moving
to ban mobile phones with
cameras from all schools here.
Education Minister
Esther Le Gendre said last
month that principals have
been given guidelines "to
implement a ban on the use of
camera phones in schools."
This latest development
came after pornograhpic
images were taken by students
and put on the Internet
recently. This caused outrage
among several interest groups,
including the Trinidad and
Tobago Unified Teachers
Association and the National
Parent Teacher Association.
Le Gendre said principals,
who are effectively the front-

Tips for getting
scholarship lists.
Get right on this, because
many application deadlines are
coming up quickly. Also, Chany
said, as your student bears
down on applications and
essays, keep in mind that "less
than five percent of the money
for college comes from outside
private scholarship sources. So
don't devote a huge amount of
time to this."

* Be wary of the hired gun If
you feel like you're in over your
head, professional help is avail-
able from college consultants and
scholarship search services. But
be careful when considering
some of these national services,
which often rely on direct mail or
mass e-mail blitzes to attract fam-
ilies. Their promises, at the very
least, can be of questionable
On the other hand, some
professional consultants who
walk you through every aspect
of the application and financial
aid process can be worth every
penny. Decide how much time
and money you want to devote
to this project.

* Look for deals As your stu-
dent comes up with a final list
of schools to apply to, it may
pay to look for offers like this
incentive from the University of
Kansas: The university will lock
in a guaranteed tuition rate for
in-state students for four years.
There's another parental benefit
to the plan students will have
added incentive to graduate in
four years.
It is risky, of course, to wait
so late in the game to start eye-
balling the tuition tab. But with
a little bit of knowledge about
the financial aid process, you
can at least get going in the


line managers of schools in
this country, "are being asked
to exercise their authority
firmly, fairly and swiftly in
matters of discipline." She
said where it is warranted
sanctions will be placed on
students who breach this new
Le Gendre said in the
wake of recent incidents of
violence and indiscipline in
the nation's schools a security
manager is to be hired on
June 1 to r \ Ki\\ the security
policy of the ministry and
develop a strategic plan for
the management of safety for
schools as well as the facilities
occupied by non-teaching staff
of the ministry."

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right direction before the clock
strikes 12.

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Haitian students to benefit from laptop project
VASHINGTON The Inter- not only makes for the best audio files and electronic docu-
Lmerican Development Bank team, but also a model for ments, will be translated into
[DB) and the One Laptop Per other countries in the creole and applications will be
'hild Foundation (OLPC) will Caribbean and Latin America."
nance a pilot project to test Emma Nislund-Hadley, the
whether one-to-one computing IDB's project team leader, said
an improve teaching and while there were studies about
-arning in schools in Haiti. the impact of computer labs and

OLPC makes the XO lap-
top, a low-cost computer
designed for children in places
with poor infrastructure. The
rugged machine, which uses
open-source software, can be
powered with car batteries,
solar panels or devices such as
cranks, pedals and pull-cords.
The IDB said it would
make a $3 million grant for the
pilot project, which will distrib-
ute XO laptops to some 13,200
students and 500 teachers in 60
Haitian primary schools.
OLPC will contribute $2
million to the project.
"As one of the poorest
countries in the world, deploy-
ment in Haiti has always been
an important goal for OLPC,"
said Nicholas Negroponte,
founder and chairman of One
Laptop per Child.
"Doing it with our long
standing partner, the Inter-
American Development Bank,

shared computers in the class-
room, I IL rL never been a
comprehensive evaluation of
the learning model based on
giving each child a laptop.
"This is crucial to deter-
mine the effectiveness of this
model under conditions of
extreme poverty and as a tool
for accelerating learning."

The pilot project will
assess how a child-cantered
learning technology can be
used to bridge problems such
as the shortage of qualified
teachers and educating chil-
dren of different grades in the
same classroom. Another
major priority for the Haitian
government is speeding up the
learning process for students
who enter school late or repeat
Under the project, content
including text books, movies,

Children in Haiti will soon benefit from
low cost laptop computers.
developed for subjects such as
reading and writing, numerical
literacy and problem solving,
environmental studies and
social skills.
Training will be provided
for teachers and students to
operate the laptops and carry
out basic maintenance and
trouble-shooting tasks.

T&T plans to ban camera

cellular phones in schools

April 2008



taking a college campus road
trip followed by a visit with
admissions officers during a
get-acquainted session at his
high school.
Whatever you do, don't
over-function for your under-
functioning student. This is
their thing, not yours.

Several years ago I attended
a parent meeting in which a high
school guidance counselor asked
for a show of hands among those
who had attended college. Most

everyone raised a hand. Next,
parents were asked if they
attended an Ivy League school.
This time, only a few hands went
up. Finally, the counselor wanted
to know how many people con-
sidered lihLeil\L, happy and
successful. Every hand in the
auditorium went up.
The point of the exercise:
Getting into a highly selective
college is not the meal ticket to
fame and fortune. There are lots
of other factors involved, and
the brand-name schools don't
have a lock on the formula.
The thinking among some
teens (and parents) is that the

more selective a college, the
better the college must be. Not
so. In fact, there are hundreds
of fine schools many you've
probably never heard of that
could provide great educational
Look, I'm all for any stu-
dent who has the smarts and
the zeal to pursue a blue-chip
dream school. But, better to
choose a school after weighing
its assets and drawbacks -
rather than on its brand name.
I've always thought the
college-selection process was
like shopping for a car. Kick
the tires, review the pros and
cons, and wait for the salesman
to make you a good offer. And
yes, they do need to sell you on
why their school is worth the
sometimes outrageous sum of
money they want you to spend
on your child's future.

2008 Tribune Media
Services, Inc.

Good advice,

good data

"The Princeton Review: Paying
for College Without Going Broke",
by Kalman Chany

"Kiplinger's Financing College",
from the editors of Kiplinger's
Personal Finance magazine

"Harvard Schmarvard: Getting
Beyond the Ivy League to the
College That Is Best for You", by
Jay Mathews

"Winning the Heart of the College
Admissions Dean: An Expert's
Advice for Getting into College", by
Joyce Slayton Mitchell.

Grenadian medical student

scores top grade in science

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC A Grenadian medical
student has emerged with the
top grade in a science examina-
tion involving more than 400
students from around the world.
Roggie Reason, a second
year scholarship student at the
American-owned St. George's
University (SGU), earned the
top score in the Basic Science
Comprehension Examination
(BSCE) at the North Umbria
University in the United
"It's nice to know that a
Grenadian scholarship student
who did all of his primary and
secondary and undergraduate
work in Grenada was number
one out of 400 students taking
the first year final exam," said
Dr. Chirl,, Mondica, chancel-
lor at SGU.
"I was told that he was not
number one by a point or so;
he was number one by a lot

Youth forum
Free, one-day Jamaica
Youth Forum, aimed
at South Florida high
school and college students,
will be held on April 12 at the
University of Miami.
The forum, being pre-
sented by the Jamaican
Diaspora Southern United
States, will focus on the
theme "Shaping Our Future:
One Aim, One DIIIIn) It
will be conducted from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
The forum will seek to
enlighten and engage young
leaders in discussion relevant
to their success in the U.S.
and abroad. Panel discussion
topics will include "Making
an Impact", "Building
Relationships" and "Cultural
Scheduled panelists
include Dr. Lloyd Cohen, pres-
ident of the Jamaican
Association of Miami-Dade
Educators; David Mullings, co-
chair of Jamaica Youth Forum
and chief executive officer of
Realvibez Media; and Kelliann
McDonald, founder of the
Jamaican-American Student
Association (JAMSA) at the
University of Florida.
"Our local Jamaican com-
munity and Jamaica's future is
highly dependent on how well
we nurture our future leader-
ship," said Marlon Hill,
Jamaican Diaspora Advisory
Board member. "This forum is
intended to be a catalyst for
this community-building goal."
For more information,
call 786-349-2584.

and we need to acknowledge."
Some 416 students from
around the world sat the
BSCE, climaxing a year of
studies, part of the Keith B.
Taylor Global Scholars pro-
gram to train medical profes-
sionals in developing countries.
The students in the program
take the first year of the basic
medical science phase of SGU's
doctor of medicine degree at
the U.K. university, which has a
long record in teaching bio-
medical sciences.
Reason was among the
first five Grenadian scholarship
students in the program, which
began in 2007.

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'MAQ' targets Caribbean

love for cricket in the U.S.


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7f there is one sport that
brings Catribbeanii people
together, whether in the
region or overseas in countries
like the United States, it's crick-
et. Yet, despite thousands of
players involved with hundreds
of teams the game has strug-
gled for widespread acceptance
in the US. MahammadA.
Qureshi is hoping to change
that with "MAQ T20", which
highlights the shorter 20 overs
version of the game. The first
tournament is slated for
Memorial weekend in
Lauderhill, Florida. Qureshi
recently discussed his plans
with Caribbean Today's
Managing Editor Gordon
Williams. The following is an
edited version of that interview:

is a big investment for you, in
terms of this tournament and
everything involved in 20/20.
What was the chief motivation
behind getting involved with
such a big project?

QURESHI: I've been trying to
promote the cricket in the U.S.
The U.S. has never been pro-
moting the cricket. As you
look at it, organizations come
and go. A lot of independent
tournaments are only for one
time. (No) organization has a
two-year plan how we're going
to promote the cricket in the
U.S. We have 750 teams and
they've never been promoted.
So, here, with this thing
we have the chance to bring
the fast version of the cricket,
which is called 20/20. "MAQ
T20"...We have a huge pro-
gram, which will involve sum-
mer camps. We also have inde-
pendent tournaments.
That's all these programs
going for three years ahead of
us. And (we're) trying to pro-
mote this cricket because the
game is the world's second
largest game after soccer and
never got promoted.
The year I stepped in, I
did 1999, first tournament,
short version for Americans.
Cricket, like baseball, two and
a half hours, 20/20, in the city
of Dania Beach (Florida). And
you don't have the proper sta-

dium (there), but we did the
tournament very well. I've
been waiting since then.

G.W.: How much is your
investment worth?

M.A.Q.: Sincel992 we've been
trying to promote the cricket,
I've spent a million or so dol-
lars on my own to promote the

G.W.: How much is this (MAQ
T20) tournament going to cost

M.A.Q.: This thing is costing
over a million dollars to just
put it together for a three-day
tournament. Just for three
days, Memorial Day weekend.
It's costing over a million dol-
lars to promote all these
games coming up.. .because we
have a concert after that...

G.W.: What would you use as a
measuring stick to decide the
success or non-success of this
particular event coming up on
Memorial Day?

M.A.Q.: Major thing, basically,
this is the first (cricket) stadi-
um in Broward County. First
(cricket) stadium in the United
States. There is no exposure
worldwide. Everybody is look-
ing at it. U.S., they think, did-
n't play cricket. So this (tour-
nament) is the biggest expo-
sure you're gonna get on this
event. There's telecasting on
T.V, radio and news media. So
this is a big event, we have
covered, for the future of
cricket, coming up for us.

G.W.: You're old enough to
have known cricket when Test
cricket was the biggest game in
town. Is it bittersweet for you,
that the promotion of cricket
in this country (U.S.) is not
resting with your first love,
which is the traditional type of
cricket, but more with a faster
game now, 20/20 cricket?

M.A.Q.: If you look at it like,
you want to promote the crick-
et, you want to bring the best
teams and fast in America,
where Tests have never been
promoted, we bring the short
version. We had to bring the
youngsters. If you look at the
youngsters, they are ready to
go.. .Here, nobody played
cricket. Only baseball, soccer
and all of that. I have the
dream and goal to promote the
cricket. When I became a suc-
cessful businessman after fin-
ishing college in 1989, I opened



In Greek mythology
Adonis was a handsome
young shepherd loved by
His name has become
synonymous with perfection in
men, as in: "He was handsome
like a Greek god, so near per-
fection, an Adonis."
That, it seems, is what
women want. Apparently it
appears that many women still
want the knight in a suit of
armor on a white horse, noble,
honest, mannerly, although
that came from the slightly
older ladies.
But in spite of what the
books may say, sex still ranks
high on the list of priorities of
many women as some have
told me. "He must be well
endowed, at least an impres-
sive six inches flaccid," one
Oh my, and there you
were buying into the notion
that size doesn't matter. By
now we all know that's bull,
the same way they say that
being poor is no crime, and
that the meek shall inherit the
Earth and all those nice
sounding phrases. Maybe that
would apply one time in the
world's history, but certainly
not now.
Size does matter, and, in
spite of what you hear, it mat-
ters to women. If it didn't mat-
ter they wouldn't sing about,
"We don't want no short short
men, no little teeny eenie
weenie short short men."
Based on my research and
findings, almost all the ladies
expressed that whereas they
didn't necessarily want a man
to be hung like a horse, he
should be amply endowed.
"No cigarettes between the
fingers for me," one lady said.

No wonder men spend so
much time fretting about their
size and spend time and
money on those penile size
enhancers, some of which may
cause serious harm. Women
have been known to laugh at

men who
come up
short. They
also said that
Mr. Adonis
must also be
skillful in
that depart-
ment. "It's no
use if he has TONY
the tool but ROBINSON
can't use it,"
a lady
emphatically said.
Not only that but he must
be able to perform for at least
an hour without falling asleep
right after. No wonder men
have high blood pressure and
nervous breakdowns. But this
'falling asleep right after syn-
drome', seems to be a serious
issue. It seems that when a
man is finished all he wants to
do is sleep, or maybe he has
to, in order to recoup. But the
woman still wants to talk, cud-
dle, touch, interact, kiss, needs
affection. "I feel so used, as
he's finished, him just roll over
and start to snore."
Adonis would not only
perform above and beyond
the call of duty, but stay
awake too and give post game
commentary afterwards.
Adonis must not only
look good, but be functional,
according to this lady, for she
says that the man must be
able to cook dinner or break-
fast, or, if he can't, should be
willing to say, "Let's go get
something to eat." He should
also wash the dishes without
the woman having to ask,

leave the toilet seat down and
dry, give gifts for no apparent
reason, and do little chores all
the time...cheerfully.

This other lady also
expressed to me her version of
Adonis, and curiously, sex was
way down on the list for her.
Her number one was respect.
The man should give her the
same respect that he desires
from her. Sensitivity came sec-
ond: "He must be sensitive to
my feelings and if he does
something to hurt me, he
should apologize and try not
to hurt me the same way
The trouble is most men
don't even know when they're
hurting a woman anyway. The
fact is, sensitivity doesn't fall
high on most men's list of pri-
orities. The reality is, most
men are afraid to show their
sensitive side for fear of being
deemed weak or soft. There's
a popular song on the charts
that says, "I showed you my
sensitive side and you took me
for a ride, I should treated
you like them other guys did.
If I had followed my original
plan, you would've been noth-
ing but a one night stand."
That sentiment is echoed
by many men and recently a
young man e-mailed me, say-
ing how he followed his par-
ents advice and treated this
girl with respect, was a gentle-
man, was honest and moral
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* "We are not looking at a shal-
low piece pizza, but a deep dish
pizza" Wendell Mottley, a for-
mer Trinidad and Tobago
finance minister now head of
Caribbean operations at a
United States-based financial
institution, on the economic
problems of the Caribbean, par-
ticularly in light of a possible
recession in the U S.

There are women who
abhor that type of behavior in
men, which just adds more
problems to men's dilemma,
"Who do you treat how?"
Many seek rogues. Every Joe
Grind is a brute, yet women
are still drawn to them. Look
how many women leave their
decent husbands and take up
with sleaze balls. Go figure. In
affairs of the heart, nice guys
seem to finish last.
But back to the ladies
seeking Adonis. "He must be
honest and open with me,
even if what he has to say will
hurt. Gentlemen, don't fall for
that one, it's a trick. What a
tall order, as honesty and talk-
ing can be a deadly combina-

* "Countries that need
resources turn to people who
have resources. Our concern is
about our relationship with the
Caribbean and our interest is
building a strong relationship
between the United States and
the Caribbean. We will never
fault Caribbean countries for
looking for help where they can
find help" US Assistant
Secretary of State for the Western
Hemisphere Ambassador
Thomas .Yit,i1, ,. responding to
decisions by some regional coun-
tries to seek assistance from
other governments which do not
have good relationships with

tion. That's why countries
have diplomats who find ways
to say unpleasant things in a
nice way. Too much honesty
can lead to crosses, so some
things are best left unsaid.
Imagine being honest and
saying, "I just saw your best
friend, and my, she looks so
good I'd love to sleep with
lih r, or "I'm going away for
two months, and being a man,
chances are I'll sleep with
another woman if I get the
chance." Those were future
possibilities, flirting with the
laws of probability and wishful
thinking. But honesty with
matters of the past can be even
more devastating. "So did you
sleep with her?" "I cannot tell
a lie, I must be honest, yes I

* "Many women in Trinidad and
Tobago have very little say over
when they have sex and with
whom" Angela Lee-Loy, chair-
man of the National AIDS
Coordinating Committee last
month explaining that fear of
violence or abandonment often
prevents women from discussing
fidelity or negotiating condom
use with their partner, increasing
the possibility of being infected
with HIV

* "The fact is,
there are crimi- I
nals in the force"
- Jamaica's Police

Seeking Adonis
did, and keeping with my hon-
esty, I would do it again if I got
the chance." Not even women
are so honest with their men,
yet they ask that of them.

Still seeking Adonis, they
say, "He should not give me a
reason not to trust him." That
I'd love to see, as women will
always find reasons not to
trust their men. If he leaves
the house, it must be woman
house that he's gone to. If he
departs from the norm and
comes home later than usual,
the same applies. If his cell
phone is off, that's proof
enough for mistrust. Women
will always find reasons to
mistrust a man, no matter

Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin last
month saying Jamaica's police
force is riddled with criminals.

* "We would hate that these
violent attacks on innocent
people by warring gangs would
get out of hand, as
it could trigger
migration i he I her
to neighboring
territories or lo
islands of the
eastern Caribbean
- St. Lucia's Prime
Minister Stephenson King last
month expressing concern that
continued unrest in Guyana,
caused by the recent murders of

what they do, no matter what
they say, and that's a fact.
He should remain faithful
to her and her alone. That's a
fair request, but ironically,
women often lose respect for
men who fall into this category.
For some reason they're
attracted to womanizers, then
suddenly expect them to just
settle with them. Very often if
they do, they take them for
granted, and also hold them to
sexual ransom. But if she
knows, or thinks that he has
options, she realizes that if she
slips, he'll get it outta street.
That may keep her on her toes.
Hey, it's just my theory.
Still \L*kin they say that
Adonis should, I'1,,,L me
sexually, be intelligent and

innocent people, may result in
the mass migration of Guyanese
to his and other neighboring
Caribbean states.

* "The people of Dominica
cannot be held accountable for
what everybody says" Minister
for National Security Rayburn
Blackmoore dismissing a sug-
gestion that Dominica may be
joining forces with Venezuela to
form a military alliance against
the United States is laughable.
Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

have a good sense of humor."
Many guys who I spoke to said
that they have a great sense of
humor, for whenever they say
anything to their women, the
response always was, "Ha, you
must be joking."
So that's how some women
expressed what their Adonis
should be. Ironically I know
some gay men who would fit
the profile, sensitive, caring,
thoughtful, does dishes, cooks,
cleans, washes, irons. It's only
in the sex department they'd
fall short. Pity Mr. Adonis -
when they do find him for
dog nyam him supper.

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RM. Golding says all the right things at meeting with Jamaicans in South Florida

Among the political
personalities of who
have emerged in
Independent Jamaica, Orette
Bruce Golding is second only
to the late Michael Manley in
his articulateness.
He is almost the equal of
Manley in his ability to reduce
complex political issues to
crowd-pleasing sound-bites.
He surpasses Manley in
the use of the vernacular to
both get his point across and to
elicit applause. And his turn-
of-phrase reminds this reporter
of retired academician and cul-
tural icon Professor Rex
These verbal attributes
were on full display when
Prime Minister Golding
addressed a town-hall meeting
at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci
Performing Arts Center on the
Nova Southeastern University
Campus in Davie, Florida on
Mar. 28.
"Jamaica is too rich to be
so poor," he said. "We are too
bright to be struggling so
There was the obligatory
acknowledging of the "crucial
role" remittances from over-
seas-based Jamaicans have
played in keeping the island's
economy afloat.
"Jamaica couldn't survive
without you," he declared to
resounding applause.
Neither bauxite nor tourism
brings into the economy the
kind of money Jamaicans send
home every year.. .more than
J$2 billion last year, he noted.
"But it's more than just
the money," he said.
More applause.
"Regardless of our num-
bers in any community, in any
situation, we manage to make
our presence felt," Golding
added. "As good as our
ambassadors have been they
haven't had the same impact.
Jamaicans abroad are the
country's best ambassadors."
Even more applause.

The government must do
more to utilize the talent, skills
and expertise of Jamaicans
abroad, the prime minister
And this evokes a sense of
dissonance for this reporter.
Wasn't Golding a senior
Cabinet minister in the 1980-89
government which was infa-
mous for it's preference for
foreign consultants over both
local and other Jamaican
The sense of dissonance
set in when Prime Minister
Golding mentioned I., ,d
L Liurni) as one of the priori-
ties of his administration.
"We need to modernize farm-
ing," he told his audience.

In this mission, he foresaw cru-
cial roles for the College of
Agriculture and the Scientific
Research Council.
He posited the need for
food security in the context of
rising commodity prices over
which Jamaica had no control.
He prefaced this prioritizing of
food security with the com-
ment that "Dudley will proba-
bly crack a wry smile when I
mention this." The reference
was to retired Ambassador
Dudley Thompson, sitting in
the audience.
"Never mind the wry
smile. Dudley should be for-
given if he laughed out loud," I
commented to a colleague
Amb. Thompson was first
foreign minister and later
National Security Minister in
1972-80 People's National
Party (PNP) government which
made food security a major
component of its development
program. That was after the
Arab countries imposed an oil
boycott following their defeat
in the Yom Kippur War. That
boycott triggered massive
increases in the price of oil and,
as a consequence, most other
imported commodities.

Remember the Production
Plan? Remember the slogan
"Eat what you grow. Grow
what you .,i Golding's
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP),
then in Opposition, pooh-
poohed those policies. They
slammed the slogans.
On education, the prime
minister reiterated his party's
promise that if elected to gov-
ernment the JLP would
remove tuition fees for
"This is not giving parents
a free ride," he told the audi-
ence, noting that in 2005-06
school year, parents spent J$19
billion on the non-tuition
aspects of their children's edu-
His administration would
also strengthen early-child-
hood education, create a
machinery to facilitate greater
parental support and extend
the school leaving age from 16
to 18.
Long-time political-watch-
ers would probably recall JLP
Education Spokesman Edwin
Allen's unprecedented crossing
of the floor of the House of
Representatives to shake
Michael Manley's hand when
the then prime minister
announced a policy of free ter-
tiary education. Allen's party
frowned on that gesture and
proceeded to oppose the poli-
cy. They accused the govern-
ment of promoting "a freeness
Dissonance aside, Golding
said all the right things in this
his first meeting with

Jamaicans residing overseas
since becoming prime minister
just seven months ago.

In response to the
inevitable first question at
gatherings such as these, he
spoke of the need to "strength-
en the capacity of the police
fn, in the fight against

crime and violence.
"But first we have to clean
it out," he said to loud cheers.
He had told the commis-
sioner of police that the top cop
had the full support of the gov-
ernment in his efforts to clean
up the force. Additionally,
Golding said, the country had
to address the causes of crime.
A first step in doing this was to
devise programs of upliftment,
which focused on young men.
At the same time, he said,
there was a need to enforce
the law "without fear or favor
or concern for status. Those of
us in leadership, people of
prominence, must set an exam-
ple by obeying the law."
In response to another
question from the audience, he
reiterated another election
platform promise.. .to remove


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user-fees at public hospitals.
The technocrats had told him
that the country could not
afford this. His response?
"We cannot afford not to
afford it."
On poverty, Golding
lamented that there were some
365,000 people living below
the poverty line. To ameliorate
their situation, the government
had already spent some J$500
million this year alone on sub-
sidizing basic food items.
These subsidies would be con-
tinued, but they would be tar-
geted in ways designed to
ensure that only the neediest
benefited. The government
would not allow people to buy
subsidized cornmeal to "feed
their Alsatians" he said.
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F nT U R 6

U.S. paints bleak picture of human rights violations in the Caribbean

States Department of State has
painted a bleak picture of
human rights violations in the
In its "U.S. Country
Reports on Human Rights
Practices 2007", released last
month, the State Department
accused the region
of a number of
ranging from
excessive use
of force by
police, to
poor prison
conditions, to '
and violence
against women.
The report described
prison conditions in Antigua
and Barbuda as "poor",
attributing overcrowding in
part to "a law that limited the
ability of magistrates to grant
bail to those accused of certain

The State Department

said though the constitution
provides for freedom of speech
and of the press, the Baldwin
Spencer administration
respects these rights on a
"somewhat limited basis".

In The Bahamas, the
report stated that while the
,-.overnment generally
respects the human rights
of its citizens, there were
problems in some areas,
including complaints of
abuse by police and
prison and detention cen-
tre guards, lengthy pre-
trial detention, poor deten-
tion conditions, delays in trials,
violence against women and
children, and discrimination
against persons of Haitian
The State Department
identified alleged human rights
problems in Barbados as
excessive use of force by
police, poor prison conditions,
and societal violence against

women and children.
In Belize, the State
Department said human rights
problems included brutality
and the use of excessive force
by security forces.
The report stated that
human rights problems in
Dominica primarily involve
violence against women and
children and ad\ r,L condi-
tions" experienced by indige-
nous Kalinago or Carib
In Grenada, the State
Department said human rights
problems include allegations of
corruption, violence against
women, and instances of child
The State Department
said despite some improve-
ments, Haiti's human rights
record remains "poor".
The report said while the
Jamaica government generally
respects the human rights of its
citizens, there were sLri s ,,

pr, blk 1,ms in some areas. It
identified these as "unlawful
killings committed by members
of the security forces; mob vio-
lence against and vigilante
killings of those suspected of
breaking the law; abuse of
detainees and prisoners by
police and prison guards; and
poor prison and jail conditions".
In St. Kitts and Nevis, the
State Department said prob-
lems include poor prison con-
ditions, corruption, and vio-
lence against women.
The State Department
said abuse of suspects and pris-
oners by the police, long
delays in trials and sentencing,
violence against women, and
child abuse are the major alle-
gations in St. Lucia.
In St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, the State
Department said problems pri-
marily surround "impunity for
police who used excessive
force, poor prison conditions,

an overburdened court system,
violence against women, and
abuse of children".
The report said problems
in Suriname include police
alleged mistreatment of
detainees at the time of arrest;
abuse of prisoners by guards;
overcrowded detention facili-
ties; an overwhelmed judiciary
with a large case backlog; and
lengthy pretrial detention.
In Trinidad and Tobago,
the report highlighted police
killings during apprehension or
custody, inmate illness and
injuries due to poor prison
conditions, high-profile cases
of alleged bribery, violence
against women, inadequate
services for vulnerable chil-
dren, and unsafe working con-
ditions as some of the alleged
major human rights violations.


RM. Golding says all the right things in

meeting with Jamaicans in South Florida

ernment pay for all this?
Here Prime Minister
Golding returned to the issue
of the more affluent members
of society obeying the laws of
the country. The government
intended to close tax loop-
holes, he said. While wage and
salary earners had their
income taxes deducted at
source under the country's
Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) sys-
tem, self-employed people,
many of whom were lawyers
and doctors, were not paying
their fare share. He said that
at present just two percent of
registered companies paid 70
percent of corporate taxes.
That had to change.
Just prior to leaving
Jamaica Golding said he met
with the country's energy
chiefs to work out solutions in
that area. While he was not in
a position to make a specific

announcement at this time,
Golding said, he expected the
solution (or solutions) to be
built around the use of natural
gas, coal or both.
Another question from
the audience elicited an
announcement on foreign poli-
cy. The government would
establish embassies in Haiti,
Brazil, Spain and a Gulf State.
When moderator Winston
Barnes called an end to the
proceedings, some 40-minutes
after the scheduled close, sev-
eral people were standing in
line to ask questions. Given
that fact, and the sustained
standing ovation he received,
Golding can chalk up this first
meeting with Jamaicans resi-
dent overseas as a resounding

Patrick Smikle is freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

my business up and I thought
one day I was gonna put my
teams together here to play
cricket. The time's now.

G.W.: The adaptation of cricket
in the U.S. has always rested
with the ex-pats. How impor-
tant is it for you that the
youngsters, the American-
born, catch on to the game?

M.A.Q.: See, any game (from
outside) America, they're
never gonna promote it.. .So
you are a promoter and (if
you) really want to promote
the cricket you have to start
with the youngsters. Bring
them so the parents come in.
When the parents come in and
participate, county, city and
state they'll be watching the
game and recognize it...

G.W.: Stanford 20/20 has
shown to the Caribbean and a
lot of the world that a tourna-
ment like that can be very suc-
cessful. A shorter version of
the game, properly promoted
and the exposure. Have you

looked at the Stanford 20/20
tournament and taken any
kind of lesson from it?

M.A.Q.: If you remember...
back in 1999 I'm the first one
who created the 20/20 tourna-
ment in Dania Beach park
(Florida). After that the world
started playing (that version of
the game). So I had the vision
prior to (Stanford 20/20 and)
what anybody started in the
world. So we are the ones who
created this thing and people are
learning from our creation. So
we don't have to go back to learn
from others' creation. Even the
ICC (International Cricket
Council) did a tournament after
us. Any good thing we always
want to learn. Anything. (But)
our organization was there (at
Stanford 20/20) to watch. We can
be as successful to learn from
other things.

G.W.: This (20/20) idea, you've
been in it from the beginning.
You say you'll be in it for the
long haul this tournament on
Memorial weekend and the
others. How long do you think

you think you'll be in it before
you determine if this is a suc-
cess or not a success?

M.A.Q.: It's gonna be a yearly
project...I was planning to put
the stadium in Orlando. We
own the land up there by
Disney. So we're gonna build a
stadium similar like this (in
Lauderhill).. .So once we kick
off from here we need more
stadiums. We're already ready
for a next stadium. So it'll take
a year to promote the whole
game so we're gonna spend a
lot of money during the year.
Several million dollars just to
promote these games until
2009...Then we will have a suc-
cessful result...
Every country is playing,
except America, which is not
playing very much exposure-
wise. They've been playing,
nobody's been promoting. So
here we are. We're trying to
promote this game...One day
we're going to bring the (U.S.)
team to World Cups and bring
the cups to home in America.

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April 2008

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GORDON WILLIAMS for Marley's famous song Rastafari, waited for the St i a J 77
"War". The posting also emperor in Jamaica, is on dis- St. Lucia Jazz

roots of Rastafari, a religious
faith which originated in the
Caribbean island of
Jamaica, can now be
traced through an
unprecedented exhi-
bition at the
National Museum of
Natural History in
the United States
The milestone 1
exhibition here, titled
"Discovering k
Rastafari!", began
early last November
and is scheduled to
run for a year.
"Rastafarism has
never been in any
major museum," said
Jake Homiak, cura-
tor of the exhibition. A photogra
Yet the exhibi-
tion in itself is not a validation
of Rastafari's presence, which
first sprung up in 1930s colo-
nial Jamaica, but spread
throughout the Caribbean and
the globe. Reggae, now
among the world's most
potent musical forces,
has long carried the ban-
ner for Rastafari, espe-
cially through the works
of icons such as Bob
Marley, Peter Tosh and
the Burning Spear.
In his song "Black
Man Redemption"
Marley made it clear that
Selassie, through his
ancestry, and Rastafari
"Coming from the
root of King David,
through to the line of
Solomon, his imperial
majesty is the power of
The exhibition,
housed in one room, is Late
not the only one on show point
at the museum. Yet it is
amongst the most intriguing.
"Discovering Rastafari!"
takes observers through the
journey of the faith via a col-
lection of photographs, signs
and artifacts. It makes impor-
tant note of Rastafari's strong
ties to Africa and late
Ethiopian Emperor Haile
Selassie I. The connection of
the black man of the African
diaspora is also shown
through the focus on Marcus
Garvey, a Jamaican who
sought to return blacks to the

The emphasis of Rastafari
to seek peace, equality and
harmony is summed up at the
entrance to the exhibition,
where a placard offers a quote
from a Selassie speech, which
eventually made up the lyrics

explains that "Rastafari is a
cultural, religious, and revolu-
tionary movement that began

play. One elder described the
visit as a fulfillment of

ph of Rastafarian elder Tawny, left, and members of his family, are part of the exhibition.

in Jamaica in the 1930s.
Inspired by Biblical prophecy
and the teachings of Emperor
Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia,
followers of Rastafari identify
themselves as Africans seek-

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I is the focal
of the Rastafari faith.

ing to return to the conti-
The exhibition goes a
long way in explaining many
issues surrounding Rastafari,
in an easy way that both
attracts and enlightens visi-
tors. The photographs show
Rastafari in many moods -
celebratory, prayer and reflec-
tion. Another postcard makes
it clear that "Roots reggae
artists continue to place
Ethiopia and Emperor
Selassie at the center of their
Among the highlights are
photographs and articles doc-
umenting Selassie's historic
trip to Jamaica in 1966. The
original of a huge placard car-
ried by Ras Daniel Heartman
as he, along with members of
the Church Triumphant of Jah

However, the centerpiece
of "Discovering Rastafari!" is
the video presentation, which
features members of the faith
offering testimony. They talk
about various aspects of
Rastafari, including the sacred
herb, food, language, locks,
family, role of women and dif-
ferent factions of the faith,
ranging from the Twelve
Tribes to the Nyahbinghi.
The narrator offers that
"the message of Rastafari has
truly become an international
movement." But although
Rastafari is more readily
embraced by widespread soci-
ety these days, it was not
always that way.
"There was so much dis-
crimination," one elder said
while explaining the earlier
persecution experienced by
They also talk about
returning to Ethiopia, where
Selassie once pledged land for
them to re-settle.
"For Rastafari, Africa is
their sacred homeland," said
the narrator.
For visitors to "Discover
Rastafari!" the journey offers
a type of spiritual connection
with an often misunderstood
faith. The many signatures in
the reception book showed its
impact on the variety of peo-
ple different nationalities
and ages who have caught a
glimpse of the display. From
"It's really cool" written by a
child, to "It's about time!!
Free for all to see and learn",
the exhibition which closes
in early November has
struck an important chord.
Rasta has made it to the
top of the hill.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Grammy Award winning
American balladeer
Michael Bolton, as well
as soft rock duo Air Supply,
have joined the line-up for the
2008 St. Lucia Jazz festival, set
to celebrate its 17th anniver-
sary from May 2-11.
Also booked for the festi-
val, which is produced by the
St. Lucia Tourist Board in part-
nership with BET Event
Productions, are Angie Stone,
Anita Baker, Dianne Reeves,
Dionne Warwick, Jonathan
Butler, Najee and Wyclef Jean.
"We expect St. Lucia Jazz
to be another spectacular event
on the island's tourism calendar
this year," Cybelle Brown, vice
president of sales and business
development for BET Digital
Networks, was quoted as say-
ing in a recent press release.
year we're
continuing to
improve the
quality of the
event," said
St. Lucia's
minister of
tourism and Bolton
civil aviation,
who added major infrastructur-
al improvements were being
planned, including showcasing
St. Lucia's premium restaurants
on Pigeon Island.
"Our aim is to re-establish

St. Lucia as hosts of the pre-
mier jazz festival in the
Caribbean. Having great
artistes is not enough if we
don't bolster the experience."
Other acts carded for the
festival include the Juilliard
Quintet, fea-
turing saxo-
phonist Ron
Blake, trum-
peter Eddie
Carl Allen
and bassist
Ben Wolfe.
Also per- Wyclef Jean
forming at St.
Lucia Jazz
will be saxophonist Jacques
Schwartz-Bart; keyboardist
Alex Bugnon, guitarist Nick
Colionne and neo-soul singer
Ledisi; along with local and
Caribbean performers.
St. Lucia's 10-day jazz cele-
bration focuses on the straight
jazz category as well as
acoustic, new age, jazz, soul,
fusion, R&B and hip hop held
in a variety of locations and
venues around the island,
including Jazz on the Square in
Castries and Fond d'Or Jazz in
For more information, visit
the official St. Lucia Jazz web-
site at www.stluciajazz org, or
contact the St. Lucia Tourist
Board toll-free (888) 4-ST-


* DJ Movado on shooting
Jamaican dancehall deejay Movado,
who had been slapped with gun-
related charges, was offered bail
when he appeared in court late last
The 27-year-old performer, whose
real name is David Brooks, was arrest-
ed on Mar. 26 by detectives assigned
to the Major Investigations Task Force.
He was held when he showed up for
questioning in connection with a
shooting incident on July 27 last year.
Movado has been charged with two
counts of shooting with intent and ille-
gal possession of a firearm.

* Musician takes Digicel to
A Dominican musician confirmed
last month that he was taking Irish
mobile giant Digicel to court over
an alleged copyright infringement.
Daryl Bob, the former lead
singer of the once popular Rough
and Ready Band, has claimed that
the company used one of his songs
in the production of a commercial
without first obtaining his permis-
sion. Up to press time Digicel had

declined to comment on the matter.
* St. Maarten celebrates
Music, dancing in the streets, fun
and pageantry will highlight two
weeks of carnival celebrations in
St. Maarten.
This year's version of the annu-
al affair, which features festivities
like jump-up parades, calypso com-
petitions, beauty pageants and the
annual "Jouvert" celebration, will
be held between April 17 and May
3. For more information, visit

* Legend, Ocean headline St.
Kitts Music Festival
American soul singer John Legend
and Caribbean artiste Billy Ocean are
among the headliners scheduled for
this summer's three-night St. Kitts
Music Festival, set for June 21-23.
The festival, now in its 12th
year, will be staged at the Warner
Park Football Field.

Compiled from CMC and other


April 2008




11 6 n t T 91

Supplements: Can they boost athletic performance?

There are over 100 com-
pounds advertised to be
rg,, gL iK aids", substances
you eat that improve your use
of energy, increase energy
production, or shorten the
time needed to recover from
Of these, only a few actu-
ally have any evidence to sup-
port their use as performance
enhancers. But many are
known to be dangerous or
potentially harmful.
Previously, I discussed the
ergogenic qualities of vitamins
and minerals, amino acids and
proteins, and caffeine. Used
appropriately in moderate
amounts, they are generally
safe. And some of them can
boost athletic performance,
especially the vitamins and
minerals when an athlete is
not getting sufficient amounts
from a balanced diet.
Most other supplements
do not have a dietary origin,
and in fact act like drugs. But
unlike control over prescrip-
tion medications, the United
States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) does
not have the same regulatory
control over supplements.

EPHEDRA (Ma Huang) -
Ephedra and related com-
pounds, such as phenyl-
propanolamine, ephedrine,
epinephrine and phenyle-
phrine don't enhance athletic
performance nor do they pro-
vide any nutritional benefit.
Ephedra-like substances
stimulate the nervous system,
increase heart rate and blood
pressure, and speed up the
metabolism. They are consid-

ered illegal substances by the
(International Olympic
Committee) IOC and
National Collegiate Athletic
Committee. Ephedra was
banned by the FDA in Dec.
2003. Athletes have died from
taking amphetamine-like sub-
Drugs related to ephedra
are used in asthma treatment,
but even if prescribed can dis-
qualify an athlete. Athletes
with asthma competing at the
highest levels need to inform
the sports association of the

medications they are taking.
The athletes must be certain
that none of their medications,
including inhalers, is on the
list of banned substances.
Many of the over-the-counter
asthma sprays contain banned
If you have asthma but
exercise non-competitively,
good control of the condition
with medications means more
enjoyment of exercise and
better performance.

ANDRO Despite the claims,
"andro" (short for androstene-
dione) doesn't build muscle
mass or enhance athletic per-
formance. It may boost testos-
terone levels a bit, but most of

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taining andro. Andro is a
banned substance for competi-
tion at the amateur level and
also for many professional

(Dehydroepiandrosterone) -
DHEA is a naturally occur-
ring steroid made primarily in
the adrenal glands. DHEA
tends to fall as we age, and
one study showed that DHEA
given to older men improved
strength in some.
This one piece of evi-
dence has been wrongly
applied to younger people,
especially athletes. The reality
is that DHEA isn't effective in
improving athletic perform-
ance or strength training. Side
effects of DHEA are
unknown. Because DHEA
can be converted to testos-
terone and estrogen, DHEA
may result in problems similar
to those of andro. In addition,
researchers recently discov-
ered that DHEA increases the

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Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is
one of the key enzymes that
are essential to energy pro-
duction inside the body's cells.
Within each cell, Coenzyme
Q10 resides in the mitochon-
dria, the powerhouse of aero-
bic metabolism.
Since this is a natural
energy booster inside all cells,
it's easy to understand why
people would be excited about
a coenzyme Q10 supplement.
But after many years of trying,
scientists have been unable to
show any performance-
enhancing benefit when it is
taken by mouth. Reports of
side effects are rare.

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Medical School faculty and
practicing internist with
Harvard Vanguard Medical
Associates and Brigham and
Women's Hospital, Boston,
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Grim HIV/AIDS news for
Caribbean health officials claim
that at least 31 people are dying
daily in the Caribbean from the
deadly HIV/AIDS virus.
UNAIDS Director Karen Sealey,
speaking at the launch of an HIV
Epidemic and Response Synthesis
in the Caribbean last month, said
that the statistics also show that
47 persons had become infected
with the virus on a daily basis last
Figures show that at the end of
2007, an estimated 230,000 peo-
ple were living with HIV and AIDS
in the Caribbean. Some 17,000
people were newly infected during
2007, and there were 11,000
deaths due to AIDS. In The
Bahamas, Haiti and Trinidad and
Tobago more than two percent of
the adult population is living with

New plan to
tackle dia-
betes in
The Barbados
government has
unveiled a new
plan to tackle
the worrying Estwick
trend of diabetes
in young people here.
According to Health Minister
Dr. David Estwick, there has been
an increase in diabetes in children
and adolescents in recent times.
He said that surveillance systems
will be implemented in the poly-
clinics across the country to report
on the incidence of diabetes and
other non-chronic diseases among
young people.

User fees
removed from
Health Minister
Ruddy Spencer
says all is in
place for the
removal of user Spencer
fees at Jamaica's
public hospitals and clinics starting
this month.
Spencer told a news confer-
ence late last month that some
J$60 million ($845,172) had
already been disbursed to regional
health authorities to carry out
immediate upgrading of some pub-
lic health facilities and to purchase
additional chairs, filing cabinets
and tents to accommodate the pro-
jected 30 percent increase in
patients expected on April 1.
The minister said it would cost
the government J$3.85 billion
($54,231,921) to support the new

Compiled from CMC reports.


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, Crtowns..Bridges, Dentur-es
, Oral Surgery & oant Canals
, Bleachingotf Teeth

April 2008



Jamaican gets shot at world boxing title


Jamaican-born light heavy-
weight Glen Johnson will get
what could be his final chance
at reclaiming a world boxing
title when he fights American
Chad Dawson in Tampa,
Florida this month.
The April 12 showdown at
the St. Pete's Times Forum
offers the Miami-based Johnson
a shot at Dawson's World
Boxing Council (WBC) crown.
The 39-year-old Jamaican
told Caribbean Today recently
that he is fit and ready to bat-
tle for the full 12 rounds if
"All is a go," Johnson
said. "Training is good. I can't
He also promised not just
to take the 25-year-old
Dawson's title, but punish his
opponent as well.
"Everything is sweet,"
Johnson said. "Pure lick the
boy a go get."
Meanwhile, manager
Henry Foster backed
Johnson's claim that the fight-
er's preparations for the bout
were going smoothly.
"Glen is doing great,"

Foster told Caribbean Today
recently. "His training is in full
According to Foster,
Johnson was sparring up to
three times a week in Miami
leading into
the champi-
onship bout,
but was
expected to
I, back"
by the first
week of April.
Johnson sparring part-
ners were
handpicked for their youth,
power and especially speed to
simulate the younger
Dawson's style.
"Everything is a little
more quicker," the man called
the "Road Warrior" said.

Johnson, the 2004
"Fighter of the Year" who
once held the International
Boxing Federation (IBF)
crown for the 175-pound
weight division, believes time
may be running out for him to
reclaim a world title. For that
reason he set aside a title bout

against Britain's Clinton
Woods to take on Dawson.
"Anytime you get a shot
at the world title can be realis-
tically your last," Johnson
"We gave up our manda-
tory IBF shot to take this one
because it came before the
Woods bout. Now we have to
go out and capture the title.
"This guy (Dawson) chose
me," he added. "Now we'll
just have to deal with him."
The Clarendon-born
fighter said he had no predic-
tions for the Dawson fight. He
plans to seek an early knock-
out, but if that doesn't work
he said he is ready to go the
distance. The only object,
he said, is to win, and for
Johnson the title fight could
not come soon enough.
"This is an urgency from
two years now, since we last
lost the title in 2005," said
Johnson. "The time for me is
now, definitely. We're not
looking towards tomorrow.
April 12 is it."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Caribbean clubs crash out of CONCACAF soccer


gulf between professional soc-
cer in the Caribbean and
United States was again
exposed last month during
the quarterfinal round of the
CONCACAF Champions Cup
(CCC) between American club
D.C. United and Harbour
View of Jamaica.
The home and away tie, which
featured four-time U.S. Major
League Soccer (MLS) champi-
on D.C. United and Caribbean

Harbour View Football Club's Ronny
Amaguana, right, tries to escape from
D.C. United's Fred.
kings Harbour View ended in
a lopsided 6-1 aggregate loss
for the regional team, follow-
ing a 1-1 draw in Kingston on
Mar. 12 and a 5-0 drubbing at
the RFK Stadium here on Mar.
After a spirited showing
from Harbour View in the first
leg, and a creditable first half
here, the Jamaican champions
crumbled under a stepped-up

showing by D.C. United at
home, conceded three goals
within five minutes in the sec-
ond half, and crashed out of
the CCC. The second half
swoon was indicative of the
long road ahead for regional
teams if they are to match their
North American counterparts.
"There's a big gap
between us and the MLS up
here," admitted Harbour
View's coach Lenworth Hyde.

D.C. United was expected
to give an improved showing at
home. Coach Tom Soehn
lamented his team's pre-season
rust in Kingston MLS began
late last month -and also the
unfavorable playing surface at
the Harbour View mini-stadi-
um. He looked forward to fan
support at the RFK Stadium.
But neither D.C. United
nor Harbour View was at full
strength in front of the 12,394
fans who showed up at RFK.
The home team was without
top striker Bolivian Jaime
Moreno, who was injured in
Kingston. Harbour View field-
ed a team minus two starters,
Rafiek Thomas and Kemeel
Wolfe, from the first leg. Both
were denied U.S. visas.
Harbour View still boasted
several Jamaica senior national
players. Yet that could not stop
a talented D.C. United club
featuring several players from
soccer hotbed South America,
including Luciano Emilio,

Franco Niell and Fred from
Brazil, and Argentine Marcelo
Gallardo. Emilio scored twice
at RFK and Fred once. Devon
McTavish, who got D.C.
United's lone goal in Kingston,
scored a double at home.
Harbour View reached the
quarterfinal after eliminating
Joe Public from Trinidad and
Tobago to become Caribbean

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

CMC Jamaica's junior ath-
letes produced another colos-
sal display and strode to an
unchallenged 24th consecutive
medal-topping performance as
the 37th CARIFTA Games
last month.
Propelled by champi-
onship records from distance
runners Natoya Goule and
Kemoy Campbell, the
Jamaicans won 11 of the 22
gold medals during the last
session of the three-day meet
at the Jubilee Stadium.
They piled up 69 medals,
comprising 29 gold, 25 silver

*Caribbean bags four medals
at World Indoors
Bahamian Chris Brown and
Jamaica's 1600-metre men's relay
team boosted the English-speaking
Caribbean's medal haul to four as
the 12th IAAF World Indoor track
and field championship ended last
Brown took the bronze medal in
the men's 400 meters in 46.26 sec-
onds and Jamaica's men chased the
United States to collect silver in the
4x400 meters relay. Their medal suc-
cesses added to those of Kim Collins
and Tahesia Harrigan, who had
picked up silver and bronze medals,
respectively, in the 60-meter sprint
on the meet's opening day.

* Jamaican Cummings scores
in MLS
Jamaican-born forward Omar
Cummings scored a second-half
goal to help the Colorado Rapids
open the new Major League Soccer
season with a 4-0 home victory
over the Los Angeles Galaxy late
last month.
The 25-year-old Cummings,
playing his second season for
Colorado, scored the third goal for

and 15 bronze to overwhelm
the opposition again.
Trinidad and Tobago
placed second with 30 medals,
10 gold, 10 silver and 10
bronze, and The Bahamas col-
lected eight gold, three silver,
and 12 bronze to finish third
with 23 medals.
Barbados placed next on
the medal grid in fourth place
with 26 medals, seven gold, 10
silver and nine bronze, fol-
lowed by Martinique with 14
medals (5-3-6), and Grenada
with eight (3-2-3).

the Rapids.

* Caribbean athletes win U.S.
junior college sprints
Caribbean athletes Ryan Brathwaite
and Natasha Ruddock registered
impressive wins in the sprint hur-
dles at the National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor
Track and Field Championships in
the United States last month.
Both athletes posted meet
record victories in the semi-finals
before collecting gold in the finals.

* Bahamas, Bermuda
advance in World Cup soccer
The Bahamas and Bermuda chose
contrasting routes but still booked
their places in the next round of
the World Cup qualifying campaign
late last month.
While Bermuda trounced the
Cayman Islands 3-1 to win 4-2 on
aggregate, The Bahamas drew 2-2
with the British Virgin Islands to
finish with a 3-3 tie on aggregate,
advancing on the away goal rule.

Compiled from CMC reports.

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Congressman Kendrick B.
Meek (Democrat-Florida) will
host a "Foreclosure
Prevention Clinic" from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the
Miami-Dade College, North
Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th
Ave. in Miami, Florida.
The clinic will focus on
various mortgage and foreclo-
sure issues such as loan terms,
foreclosure prevention, loss
mitigation counseling, delin-
quency procedure, under-
standing various options, refi-
nancing, reverse mortgage and
legal assistance.
Those who attend will also
have the opportunity to partic-
ipate in a private session with
their lender and receive per-
sonal, private advice on their
particular housing concern.
Individuals planning to
participate in the clinic should
bring all relevant mortgage
and financial information, as
well as proof of income.

A variety of attractions
from the Caribbean and else-
where will be featured at the
Christ The King Catholic
Church's two-day "International
Arts & Craft Spring t Li i\ lI
April 26-27 in Miami, Florida.
The festival, which is free

York Former Barbados Senior
Minister Dame Billie Miller has
been awarded the 2008 United
Nations Population Award.
The U.N. Population
Fund (UNFPA) said last
month that Dame Billie, who
was also a former foreign
affairs minister and a gender
advocate, is the recipient of
the award along with a New
York-based non-governmental
organization that IK Ip, to
save the lives of women in
developing i. u ii rL" .I
Dame Billie and Family
Care International (FCI) were

and open to the public, will be
held at the church grounds
16000 S.W. 112th Ave. The
opening day will run from
9 a.m. to sunset. The second
day's program is from noon to
5 p.m.

The South Florida
Chapter of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization, Belize
Tourism Board and The
Belize Tourism Industry
Association Members will
hold a "Discover Belize" func-
tion on April 8 at the Ten
Palms Restaurant, Gulfstream
Park in Hallandale, Florida.
The function begins at
6 p.m. with a networking ses-
sion for hoteliers and other
travel industry interests. For
more information, call 305-

Females of Caribbean ori-
gin, ages nine to 25, single,
residing in Florida for over six
months and who have never
been married or given birth to
a child, are being invited to
enter in the 2008 "Miss
Florida Caribbean" pageant.
Selected delegates will under-
go eight weeks training in a
self-development workshop,
which includes grooming,

chosen from
among 11
individual and
seven institu-
tional nomi-
nees from
around the
world, the
UNFPA said. Miller
award is given
each year to individuals and
institutions for their "outstand-
ing work in population and in
improving the health and wel-
fare of individuals", UNFPA
Dame Miller, an attorney

stage presentation, speech and
physical conditioning. "Miss
Florida Caribbean" 2008 will
make appearances events such
as fundraisers, carnivals, talk
shows and festivals.
The pageant finals will be
staged on Nov. 9 at the Hilton
Fort Lauderdale Airport
For more information,
call 954-882-2729.

The fifth annual "Jerk &
Caribbean Culture L i\ I
will be held on May 26 at the
Meyer Amphitheatre, down-
town West Palm Beach,
For more information,
call 561-236-2537.

Wishes on Wheels is mak-
ing available power wheel-
chairs to non-ambulatory sen-
ior citizens, ages 65 and over,
and the permanently disabled
of any age, if they qualify.
Usually there is no charge
or out-of-pocket expense or
the power wheelchair, includ-
ing shipping and delivery to
the home by a technician.
For more information,
call 1-800-823-5220 or visit
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by profession, was first elected
as a Member of Parliament in
1976 and was the first woman
to be named minister in
Barbados. In addition to hold-
ing a numerous ministerial
portfolios, including health
and education, UNFPA said
Miller "has been promoting
population and gender issues
in several .JpiJ iIlt .
The awards will be pre-
sented at U.N. headquarters
in New York on May 22.

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New Jamaican envoy presents credentials to OAS

WASHINGTON In present-
ing his credentials to the
Organization of American
States (OAS) last month, new
Jamaica Ambassador Anthony
Johnson pledged the continua-
tion of his country's "impor-
tant role" in the hemispheric
An OAS statement said
Johnson "underscored
Jamaica's continued commit-
ment to the principles of the
OAS charter and to the orga-
nization's essential purposes -
the promotion of democracy
and human rights in present-
ing his credentials to OAS
Secretary General Jos6 Miguel
Johnson also promised to
uphold the charter's mainte-
nance of peace and security,
and the promotion of econom-
ic development to eradicate
extreme poverty.

Johnson, who is also
Jamaica's envoy to the United
States, gave a brief overview
of his government's emphasis
on promoting economic devel-
opment, based primarily on
tourism, agriculture, mining
and energy. He also thanked
the OAS for its "engagement
and collaboration with
Jamaica over years, including

through the electoral observa-
tion team led by Assistant
Secretary General Albert
Ramdin that monitored the
general elections on the island
last September", the state-
ment said.
Insulza lauded Jamaica
for its "tradition of providing
leadership at the regional and
sub-regional levels, an ele-
ment that is always important
to the activities of the OAS",
it added. The
secretary gen-
eral expressed
that Jamaica
would "contin-
ue to lead the
way in our
Johnson for better
peace and cooperation among
our to liiulrIL. .
The new Jamaican envoy
replaces Professor Gordon
Shirley, who demitted office
last September.
Prior to his current assign-
ment, Johnson was senior lec-
turer in the Department of
Management Studies at the
University of the West Indies;
Opposition spokesman on
agriculture; and minority
leader of the Jamaica Senate.

Tax time is here. You
should have already
received your W-2s from
your employers) and tax infor-
mation from the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS).
Carefully check your name,
Social Security number and all
of the data on your W-2s and
on your Social Security card. A
mismatch could delay your tax
refund and cause
problems with
your Social
Security benefits
in the future.
Such errors are
easy to fix now.
This informa-
tion includes
name changes. If
you've legally
changed your name due to mar-
riage, divorce, court order, or
for any other reason, make sure
you change your name with
Social Security by applying for
a new Social Security card.
Make sure you change your
name with your employer as
well. If you change with one
source but not the other, it
could cause your earnings to be
improperly recorded.

If you are the parent of a
newborn, you want to make
sure that the newest family
member has a Social Security

number too. Most people apply
for their baby's Social Security
card while they're still in the
hospital at the same time they
apply for the birth L r ii fkaiL
But if you didn't, you'll need to
apply for your child's Social
Security number in order to
claim the child as a dependent
on your tax return. You'll also
need it if you ever need to
apply for government benefits
on behalf of
tthe child or
your family.
To apply for a
Social Security
S card, all you
need to do is
complete a
and provide proof of identity,
age, and citizenship. In the case
of a child's first card, you'd also
need to prove that you are the
parent. For a name change,
you'd need to provide docu-
mentation with your old and
new names.
For more information
about getting a Social Security
card and number for your child,
or to change your name and get
a replacement card for yourself
with your updated information,
visit Social Security's website at


Former Barbados minister wins U.N. award

Does your information match up?

April 2008


U.S. legislators table bill to close

tax loopholes in the Caribbean

States presidential hopeful
Barack Obama has joined
three Democratic colleagues
in tabling a bill in the U.S.
Senate that would close a
loophole which now allows
rich Americans to avoid pay-
ing taxes through offshore
havens in the Caribbean.
Obama, an Illinois sena-
tor, and senators John Kerry
of Massachusetts, Brad
Ellsworth of Indiana and
Rahm Emanuel of Illinois
introduced the Fair Share Act
of 2008 in the wake of the
"fleecing of the American tax-
payer by almost US$100 mil-
lion a year" by U.S. defense
contractor KBR, Inc.
"It was discovered that
KBR has avoided paying its
fair share of Social Security
and Medicare taxes by creat-
ing shell companies in the
Cayman Islands," the senators
said in a joint statement.
"The Fair Share Act of
2008 will end the practice of
U.S. government contractors
setting up sham companies in
foreign jurisdictions to avoid

payroll taxes," it added.

Obama said American
companies have a responsibili-
ty to pay taxes, and "guaran-
tee that their employees will


receive the Medicare and
Social Security benefits they
are entitled to through their
"It's unacceptable for fed-
eral contractors to use foreign
affiliates or tax shelters in
order to avoid paying their
share of payroll taxes and to
shirk on their basic obligations
to American N rk1 rk the

statement said.
The Fair Share Act of
2008 legislation will, among
other things, amend the
Internal Revenue Code and
the Social Security Act to
treat foreign subsidiaries of
U.S. companies, performing
services under contract with
the government, as American
employers for the purpose of
Social Security and Medicare
payroll taxes.

In the wake of the U.S.
Department of State's release
of a scathing report on alleged
money laundering in the
Caribbean, the U.S. Congress
recently dispatched a team of
investigators to the Cayman
The Cayman Islands gov-
ernment said the U.S. inves-
tigative team met with offi-
cials to address "any misper-
ceptions about the role of
Cayman's financial services
sector relative to U.S. business

What's the secret to successful

investing? Start with discipline


QUESTION: I would like to
know all about the stock mar-
ket, what you look for in stocks
and how you go about picking
winners and why you feel you
have been successful.

QUESTION: I was always
taught that your money should
work for you. I'm looking for
an investment to grow dramati-
cally over the coming years.
Any advice would be great.

ANSWER: I don't know of any
investments that will grow "dra-
matically" over the coming
years. Nobody does, least of all
the self-anointed gurus and
investment newsletter publish-
ers who promise huge, huge
profits in bold-faced letters if
you subscribe. If they really
knew, why would they tell?
Could it be their real profits
come from the money their
clients and subscribers pay them
rather than from the invest-
ments they so loudly tout?
My success as an investor -
yes, I have been successful has
come not from picking "hot"
stocks but from having the dis-
cipline to adhere to basic and
time-tested principles.
I've always had a clear
goal, including the amount of
money I wanted to have accu-
mulated at different stages in

life. To achieve that goal,
depending on how much
money I would save every
month, I calculated the rate of
return my investments needed
to achieve. I then picked an
asset allocation likely to give
me such a return with the least
amount of risk.
Asset allocation in its
broadest sense means how you
divide your money among dif-
ferent "asset I,, such as
stocks, bonds and cash. I
believe that low-cost, broadly
diversified mutual funds and
exchange-traded funds are the
most efficient and effective
building blocks that investors
can use for their asset alloca-
tion, particularly their alloca-
tion to stocks.

Many people I respect dis-
agree and argue that investors
willing to put in the time and
effort can build a diversified
portfolio of stocks on their own
without the management fees,
other costs and potential tax
drawbacks of mutual funds.
Those who want to learn
more about picking stocks -
and investing in general -
should consider joining the
American Association of
Individual Investors
(, a not-for-prof-
it investor education group
founded in 1978 with about

150,000 members.
At $29 a year, its basic
membership is one of the best
bargains I've found, providing a
wealth of investment education
and guidance, including an ad-
free magazine 10 times a year,
annual mutual fund and tax
guides, model stock and mutual
fund portfolios and free stock
reports. The magazine never
touts "Must Buy" lists or "hot"
tips but rather stresses invest-
ment education and understand-
ing. The web site, while offering
special content to members, also
has extensive free educational
materials for everyone.
Another not-for-profit
investor education organization
worth considering is
BetterInvesting (www.betterin-, formerly the
National Association of
Investors Corporation.
BetterInvesting, an umbrella
group for nearly 12,000 local
investment clubs, offers a free
one-month trial membership.
After that, it costs $6.95 a
month or $79 a year.
For my money, I prefer
AAII. But BetterInvesting may
appeal to those interesting in
forming investment clubs, and
several people I know belong
to both organizations.

Edited for space. 2008
Tribune Media Services Inc.

Weakening U.S. dollar

will affect region ~ minister

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC A former finance min-
ister in Grenada has said the
weakening United States dol-
lar would have an adverse
effect on visitor arrivals to the
Caribbean, as well as the
region's ability to repay
national debt.
Anthony Boatswain, the
current minister of economic
development, made his projec-
tion as the U.S. economy grap-
ples with an escalating credit
crunch sparked by a mortgage
As the U.S. dollar
declined against currencies
such as the Japanese yen and
the Euro, Boatswain said
Caribbean countries would
have to dig deeper to pay for
imports from outside the U.S.
"It means that we would
have to pay more for the
goods that we import from
countries outside of the U.S.
with which we trade, for
example Japan, Canada
Europe... because the U.S.

dollar is floating vis-a-vis
these currencies and the U.S.
dollar is moving downwards it
means that we have to pay
more," Boatswain explained.

Boatswain's comments
echoed similar sentiments by
Prime Minister of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves and former Central
Bank Governor of Trinidad
Dr. Terrence Farrell.
While Gonsalves was con-
cerned about countries' ability
to service their national debts,
Dr. Farrell said the region's
tourism sector would begin to
feel the effects of the crisis as
U.S. consumers cut spending.
Boatswain is ',u-- linn
two key counter measures to
combat the effects of the U.S.
credit crunch and the falling
currency an increase in local
production and a reduction of
the country's dependence on
foreign goods.


It's most homebuyers' worst
nightmare. They've finally
found the perfect house.
They sign the purchase agree-
ment and begin planning for
life in their new dream home -
only to find out that they can't
qualify for the loan.
Fortunately, that scenario
frequently can be avoided
thanks to the growing popularity
of pre-approved loan programs.
Today, most lenders encour-
age prospective homebuyers to
secure financing before they
start shopping for a home. Pre-
approval saves time for every-
one and makes the closing
process more efficient. It also
lower costs, since buyers do not
pay upfront fees for credit
checks and appraisals only to
find that they didn't qualify.
Before discussing how pre-
approval can take the uncer-
tainty out of shopping for the
home of your dreams, it is
important to understand the
difference between pre-qualify-
ing and pre-approval.
Prequalification is simply a ver-
bal exchange in which lenders
tell prospective buyers the max-
imum mortgage amount they
are able to borrow based on
their financial status. Pre-
approval goes a step further by
verifying credit information at
the time of loan application. It
is a commitment to lend subject
to receipt of satisfactory prop-
erty appraisal, and no changes

or omissions in the information
on which the pre-approval was

There are several important
advantages of pre-approval:
Because sellers and real
estate agents view consumers
who are pre-approved as seri-
ous buyers, you can increase
your purchasing power and,
hlil rL f rL may be able to nego-
tiate a better deal.
Once you know how
much you can afford, real
estate agents can guide you
toward properties in the right
price range.
Since verification of
financial information can take
place up front while you are
shopping, the total underwrit-
ing time, and the eventual clos-
ing of the loan, is faster and
more efficient, meaning you
enjoy the tax benefits of home-
ownership sooner.
Credit problems caught
early, such as late payments on
a credit card, can frequently be
resolved so that the loan
process can move forward.
Getting pre-approved for a
home loan is a smart step. When
you find that perfect home, you
can plan your future with a

Jose H. Caraballo is a home loan
consultant with the Pembroke
Pines, Florida office of
Countrywide Home Loans, Inc

Getting financing first can clear

path to dream homeownership

April 2008




April 2008

- C -


Island style: chicken calypso with rice and peas

Calypso is the exuberant spirit
of the Caribbean. Upbeat,
spicy and sweet. This month's
Caribbean Today dish, cour-
tesy of Publix Apron's Simple
Meals, fits the bill precisely.

Cooking sequence
* Preheat grill
* Prepare rice through step
three to five minutes
* While rice cooks, prepare
and grill chicken 15 minutes
* Complete rice and chicken;
serve 10 minutes

Meal time 30 minutes.
Serves four.
Suiie LIe Ld items sweet plan-
tains, bakery Cuban bread,
apple pie.

Wine suggestion A smooth,
medium-bodied wine such as
Clos Du Bois Chardonnay,
which has fruity flavors of
pear, green apple, butter, and
toasty oak.


* 1 3/4 lbs. boneless, skinless
chicken thighs
* 1 1/2 teaspoons Complete
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* olive oil cooking spray
* 1/4 cup molasses
* 1/4 cup pre-sliced green
* 3 tablespoons Asian sweet
chili sauce
* 1 tablespoon cilantro herb
* 1 lime (for juice; rinsed)

1. Preheat grill. Sprinkle
both sides of chicken with sea-
soning and pepper; coat with
cooking spray. Place on grill
(wash hands); close lid (or
cover loosely with foil). Cook
five to six minutes on each
side or until internal tempera-
ture reaches 165F. Use a

meat thermometer to accu-
rately ensure doneness.
2. Combine remaining
ingredients, including juice of
one-half lime (one table-
spoon), in medium bowl. Add
chicken, turning to coat even-
ly; cover (with foil) and let
stand five minutes, turning
occasionally, until flavors have
blended. Serve chicken with
sauce for dipping.


* 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut
* 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium
chicken broth
* 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
* 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk
* 1 (10-ounce) package yellow
rice mix
* 1 cup frozen green peas

1. Combine coconut milk,
chicken broth, raisins, and
jerk seasoning in medium
saucepan. Cover and bring to
boil on high.
2. Stir rice mix into boil-
ing mixture. Cover and
reduce heat to low; cook 22 to

25 minutes (covered), without
stirring, or until most of liquid
is absorbed and rice is tender.
3. Stir in peas; cover and
cook four to five more min-
utes or until peas are heated.
Fluff rice with fork and serve.

An easy pan roast chicken you all will crave

ou know a recipe
you've cooked is a clas-
sic when people
remember it and crave it years,
or even decades, after they
first ate it.
What makes a chicken
recipe a classic? First, it's the
way the chicken is cooked. For
roasting, I always like to but-
terfly a whole chicken, cutting
out its backbone and flattening
it. Then, I brown the chicken
skin-down in an ovenproof
skillet before finishing the
cooking in the oven.
The result is a beautiful,
evenly cooked bird with crispy,
golden-brown skin.
Then there's the sauce. It's
really simple to make, a quick
reduction of port wine and
chicken broth. Next, the sauce

is enriched with a little cream
and, finally, the whole-grain
mustard (in the style of
Meaux, France, available in
most food stores) and some
Dijon mustard are stirred in at
the last minute, naturally
thickening the sauce. Just be
sure to reduce the heat to low
before you add the mustard, so
it will blend smoothly and

won't form clumps.
That's all there is to it.
And the result is a roast chick-
en that will linger in the mem-
ories of the people who eat,
and give you the reputation of
a wonderful cook capable of
creating a kitchen classic.


* 1 whole frying chicken, about
four pounds
* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin
olive oil
* 1/2 cup port wine
* 1/2 cup store-bought organic
chicken broth
* 1/3 cup heavy cream
* 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
* 1 tablespoon Meaux
(whole-grain) mustard
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh parsley leaves
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh tarragon leaves

Preheat the oven to 400
degrees F. (200 degrees C).
Meanwhile, butterfly the
chicken. With poultry shears or
a sharp knife, carefully cut along
the ribs on both sides of the
backbone to remove it. Spread
out the chicken, skin up, on a
clean work surface and press
down firmly with the heel of
your hand to flatten the chicken.
Over high heat, preheat a
heavy ovenproof skillet large
enough to hold the flattened
chicken. Add the olive oil and
swirl it in the skillet. As soon
as you begin to see slight wisps

of smoke, carefully place the
chicken skin side down in the
skillet. Sear the chicken, undis-
turbed, while reducing the heat
little by little to medium, until
its skin has turned golden
brown and crisp, five to seven
minutes. With tongs or a large
fork, carefully turn the chicken
skin side up.
Transfer the skillet to the
oven and roast until the chick-
en is deep golden brown and
the juices run clear when the
thickest part of the thigh is
pierced with a skewer, 10 to 15
minutes. When the chicken is
done, transfer it to a carving

board, and cover with alu-
minum foil to keep it warm.
Pour off all but a thin
layer of fat from the skillet.
Add the port, put the skillet
over high heat, and boil until
the port has reduced by half,
about five minutes, stirring and
scraping with a wooden spoon
to deglaze the pan deposits.
Add the broth and continue
boiling until the liquid has
reduced by half again, about
seven minutes.
Stir in the cream, bring the
liquid back to a boil, and cook
for about three minutes.
Reduce the heat to low, stir in


the Dijon and Meaux mus-
tards, and adjust the seasonings
to taste with salt and pepper.
With a heavy knife, cut the
chicken into serving pieces.
Return the chicken pieces to
the skillet, spoon some of the
sauce over them, and sprinkle
with parsley and tarragon
before serving.
Serves four.

Edited for space.
2008 Wolfgang Puck
Worldwide, Inc. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services Inc

Miami-Dade Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle and some of the crowd at Arcola Lakes Park get some food during a fun afternoon at
his fifth annual "Easter Egg Bash" last month. Hundreds of children, their parents and guardians were entertained with games,
music and a performance by the dance group Royalty.


U.S. official v

promises to review CARICOM leaders announce

promisess to review CARICOM leaders announce

c7AiICMscrime fighting needs

CMC A high-ranking
United States official has
urged Caribbean governments
to identify what they need to
deal with the growing crime
problem in the region.
Assistant Secretary of
State for the Western
Hemisphere Ambassador
Thomas Shannon told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that as Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
leaders prepared for their spe-
cial Crime and Security
Summit in Port-of-Spain, they
should compile a list of their
pressing needs.
"We're going to be look-
ing to Caribbean countries to
help us understand that (crime
problem) better. We hope to

Fraud case c

delayed in

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Attorneys for embattled
Jamaican parliamentarian
Kern Spencer, who is charged
in connection with the Cuban
light bulb scandal, have
expressed concern about the
delay in the start of the for-
mer minister's trial.
Spencer who is facing
fraud charges related to the
controversial project appeared
in court late last month, but
the prosecution made a suc-
cessful submission for more
time to present its case.
The Director of Public

For immigrants, one of
the disadvantages of
moving to a new country
that has a different political
system is that we often auto-
matically transfer expectations
from our native country to
the host country.
Many Caribbean
American immigrants who
were ready to cast their ballot
for their presidential candi-
date on Jan. 29, 2008 got a
surprise they could not vote
for their presidential candi-
date because they were regis-
tered as independents! They
had no party affiliation.
To vote on all ballot ques-
tions, including the presiden-
tial question, in any primary
election, you need to have a
party affiliation. You need to
be either a declared Democrat
or a Republican.
If you are registered to
vote as an "independent" with
no party affiliation, if you do

be able to
have a conver-
sation with our
partners to get
their under-
standing of
how we can
better help Shannon
them," he told
CMC after meeting with
Barbadian Prime Minister
David Thompson in

The U.S. has pumped
$170 million into initiatives in
the Eastern Caribbean over
the past three years and
this year the U.S. State
Department said it had bud-
geted an estimated $1.6 mil-

lion to help those countries
boost technical and material
capacity in maritime security
and law enforcement.
However, Shannon
acknowledged there was still
more to be done.
"We need to put more
resources into the region and
that's the bottom line. A lot of
Caribbean countries are
expending a lot of their budg-
et on security issues...and we
need to recognize that and
help out," he said.
"So we'll be working with
our Congress to make sure
that as our budgets go forward
we have the resources we
need to help our Caribbean

against Jamaica ex-minister

i Cuban light bulb scandal

(DPP) Paula
Llewelyn told
the court that
the Crown
was not yet in
a position to
hand over the
relevant docu- Spencer
ments to the
defense and
an adjournment until May 16
was granted in the high-profile
"We have to get our case
together. We have to deal with
certain matters and it's usually

American vo
not declare a party affiliation,
you will not able to vote on
the presidential ballot ques-
tion in future primary elec-
tions (usually in January), you
need to declare a party affilia-
tion by July 25, 2008.
There are two ways to
declare your party affiliation.
First, you can pick up and fill
out a new voters' registration
application, indicate a party
change, and mail the completed
form to the Supervisor of
Elections office. Or you can
download the form and mail it
to the Supervisor of Elections
office in your county. (The fol-
lowing are contacts for offices in
Miami-Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach counties in Florida:)
305-499-8683 954-357-
www.pbcelections. org 561-

As an independent regis-
tered voter, you will still be

a courtesy that is given on
many occasions in many cases
and the Crown regards this as
it would any other case," she
said after emerging from
The decision did not sit
well with Spencer's legal team,
which argued that the delay
was too long.
"There is nothing for us to
do. We can't prepare a defense
because we don't know what
the charges are," contended
attorney Deborah Martin.

ters' alert
able to vote for a presidential
candidate in the November
presidential election. But
don't be caught unaware in
the next primary presidential
election. Declare your party
affiliation now so that you
won't have another surprise.
Do it now and get it over
See you at the polls!

Dr. Marcia Magnus is chair-
person of Caribbean-
American Politically Active
Citizens, a group of
Caribbean Americans who
are committed to increasing
voter turnout. Members are
non-partisan and, based on
the recommendations of a
panel of advisors, make rec-
ommendations on which can-
didates and issues would be
most beneficial to Caribbean
Americans in South Florida.
For more information, call
954-454 -7473.

plans for June confab in N.Y.

NASSAU, The Bahamas,
CMC Caribbean communi-
ty (CARICOM) leaders have
announced that they will hold
a conference in the United
States in the next three
months, which will coincide
with the Conference of the
Caribbean which was held in
Washington on June 20, 2007.
At the closing press con-
ference of the 19th Inter-ses-
sional Summit of the
Conference of Heads of
Government here last month,
chairman and host Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said leaders took the decision
to accept an invitation from
the chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee of the U.S.
House of Representatives,
Congressman Charles Rangel
to have the meeting in New
"It's called the New York
Conference of the Caribbean
Community 2020 Vision
Continued", Ingraham said.
"We expect to meet with
the mayor of New York, the
governor of New York state
and business leaders to dis-
cuss trade and investment,

culture, education and other
issues of interest and concern
to the region."
Congressman Rangel,
who is regarded as a friend of
the Caribbean, was instru-
mental in organizing the 2007
conference at which the lead-

and Barbuda,
The Bahamas,
Guyana, Haiti,
Jamaica, St.
Kitts and Rangel
Nevis, St. Rangel
Lucia, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines,
Suriname and Trinidad and
Tobago met with U.S.
President George W. Bush.
At that meeting the leaders
reaffirmed their unequivocal
commitment to a secure and
prosperous region and future
for the benefit of all
Caribbean and U.S. citizens.
The New York meeting
will be held over two days
from June 19 to 20.

residential elections are
held every four years in
the United States. This
process was set up in the U.S.
Constitution. The constitution
requires a candidate for the
presidency to be:
* At least 35 years old
* A natural born citizen of the
* A resident of the U.S. for 14
So how does one become
president of the United States?
The following steps outline the
general process for presidential

Step I: Primaries and caucuses
There are many people
who would like to become
president. Each of these peo-
ple have their own ideas about
how our government should
work. Some of these people
can belong to the same political
party. That's where primaries
and caucuses come in. In these
elections, party members get to
vote for the candidate that will
represent their party in the
upcoming general elections.

Step 2: National conventions
At the end of the primaries
and caucuses, each party holds
a national convention to final-
ize the selection of one presi-
dential nominee. During this
time, each presidential candi-
date chooses a running-mate
(or vice-presidential candidate).

Step 3: The general (or popu-

lar) election
Now that each party is rep-
resented by one candidate, the
general elections process
begins. Candidates campaign
throughout the country in an
attempt to win the support of
voters. Finally in November, the
people vote for one candidate.
When a person casts a vote
in the general elections, they
are not voting directly for an
individual presidential candi-
date. Instead, voters in each
state actually cast their vote for
a group of people, known as
electors. These electors are part
of the Electoral College and
are supposed to vote for their
state's preferred candidate.

Step 4: The Electoral College
In the Electoral College
system, each state gets a cer-
tain number of electors, based
on its population. Each elector
gets one electoral vote. For
example, a large state like
California gets 54 electoral
votes, while Rhode Island gets
only four. All t< ili, r, there
are 538 electoral votes.
In December (following
the general elections), the elec-
tors cast their votes. When
the votes are counted in
January, the presidential candi-
date that gets more than half
(270) wins the elections.

- Ben's Guide to U.S.
Government for Kids.

Deciding U.S. presidential elections

April 2008



U.S. travel alert for Guyana expires May 1

United States Department of
State says its travel alert for
Guyana expires on May 1.
It said the alert, first
issued on Feb. 26, is issued to
"inform U.S. citizens of safety
and security concerns
throughout Guyana following
recent events in Lusignan and
Bartica by armed criminal ele-
"U.S. citizens should care-
fully consider the risks of trav-
el to Guyana in light of recent
attacks in the Georgetown
suburb of Lusignan and the
Essequibo River town of
Bartica", it said, noting that in

both places, attacks were con-
ducted by "heavily armed
galg' .
The Jan. 26 and Feb. 17
attacks resulted in the deaths
of more than 23 people,
including five children and
three police officers, it said.
"Due to the seemingly
random nature of these
crimes, the disparate locations
in which they occurred, and
the fact that the perpetrators
have not all yet been appre-
hended, additional attacks in
other parts of the country can-
not be ruled out", the state-
ment said.
"The U.S. Embassy urges

U.S. citizens traveling in
Guyana to maintain a high
level of vigilance, consider
security issues when planning
activities throughout Guyana,
minimize movement when
possible while avoiding large
crowds, and not to travel at
"Guyanese authorities are
conducting an investigation in
response to the recent inci-
dents and may institute fur-
ther actions or precautions,
including roadblocks or other
nml iurL it added.

Montserrat volcano still dangerous ~ scientists

BRADES, Montserrat, CMC
- Scientists monitoring the
Soufriere Hills volcano have
reported that while lava extru-
sion has stopped, the dome is
still capable of either collaps-
ing or exploding.
"During heavy downpours,
ions, lahar activity in drainages
around the volcano remain a
potential hazard," said Director
of the Montserrat Volcano
Observatory Dr. Vicky Hards
in a statement issued on
Mar. 31.

She, however, noted that
the likelihood of an explosion
or collapse of the dome which
still consists of a large mass of
hot lava, was decreasing with
time as the dome slowly
The statement also noted
that measurable activity at the
Soufriere Hills Volcano, which
began erupting in July 1995,
showed no significant change.
"Recorded seismic activi-
ty remained low and the seis-
mic network recorded just a

single rock fall signal," the
statement added.
The release also indicated
that the alert level on the
island remained at four.
Access to all areas on the
southern flanks of the Belham
Valley, except Isles Bay Hill
and to the east of the Belham
Bridge, has been prohibited,
as well as the area south of
Jack Boy Hill to Bramble air-
port and beyond.

Anguilla upgrading disaster warning system

THE VALLEY, Anguilla,
CMC Anguilla has taken the
lead among Caribbean islands
in rolling out its National
Disaster Warning System.
Disaster management offi-
cials here said the system was
designed to provide emergency
alerts and notification and will
"take advantage of multiple
communications means to get
the message out".

The first phase of the
national system was tested here
late last month, following a suc-
cessful pilot project last year.
Officials said the second
phase of the project will be
the establishment of a website
through which the public can
register to receive emergency
and tourism information mes-
sages. Information on pur-
chasing a warning system FM

radio receiver will also be
included on the website.
Partners in the project
include the Anguilla Tourist
Board and the Anguilla Hotel
and Tourism Association,
Radio Anguilla, Royal Anguilla
Police Force, the DDM, and
the Media Coordination Group
of the National Disaster
Management Committee.

Region urged to focus on health, wellness tourism

CMC The Caribbean region
has been encouraged to market
itself to the United States,
Canada and Europe as a mecca
for health and wellness tourism.
Tourism Minister Richard
Sealy said since many
Caribbean economies rely
on tourism as a major foreign
exchange earner, it was time
for the region to create a new
niche for itself.
"I think that it is a neces-
sity for us given that tourism
is our main industry, and given
our limited resources and the
fact that a hardworking and
well educated work force is
about all we have going for
us," he told regional partici-
pants at a recent Caribbean
Export Development Agency
three-day seminar.
"My understanding where

trade and health tourism is
concerned is that there have
been several approaches
adopted worldwide and gov-
ernments can get involved in
the sector as part of their
national policies in many dif-
ferent ways."

Commenting directly on
how Barbados planned to
assist investors in health and
wellness tourism ventures,
Minister Sealy noted that leg-
islative amendments were on
the cards.
"There is already enabling
legislation (the Tourism
Development Act) and all
that is required is for the
sponsor of the project to
prove to the minister of
tourism that it is a tourism-
related project and that there

are some concessions avail-
able," Sealy explained.
Executive Director of
Caribbean Export Phillip
Williams, who also addressed
the conference, added that the
Caribbean was ideally suited
to service the North American
market given its geographic
proximity, direct flights, com-
mon language and its sun,
sands and sea, which all con-
tribute to the region's attrac-
tiveness as a primary destina-
tion for health tourism. He
said the time was ripe for
service firms to explore con-
crete business opportunities
and for business support
organizations to develop serv-
ice sector strategies to facili-
tate two-way trade between
Canada and the region.

New 'one stop' Caribbean

travel website launched

NEW YORK The Caribbean
Tourism Development
Company (CTDC), the market-
ing and business development
unit owned equally by the
Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) and the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO),
has launched its official website.
is designed as the first central
portal for all things related to
Caribbean travel.
"Our goal with is to
create a one-stop shop for
travelers and travel agents
with all necessary information,
images and vacation offers at
their fingertips," said Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, co-chief
executive officer of the
CTDC. "In today's web-ori-
ented world,
it's all about
the rich con-
tent and our
site provides
visitors with a
complete vir-
tual experi-
ence that will
both whet Sanguinetti
their appetites
and provide all the tools they
need to plan and book their
The website was designed
to offer travelers the most cur-
rent destination information

including weather reports,
upcoming festivals and events,
news from the Caribbean,
travel deals and promotions.
Travelers can also utilize the
site to book a Caribbean trip
with Travelocity, the website's
official travel booking engine,
or to be connected to a
Caribbean specialist travel
agent to plan
or book their
Other dis-
tinctive fea-
tures of the
site include: a
"Hot DL ,I
section with
special travel Vanderpool -Wallace
values; maps
of the region; and detailed
descriptions of places to stay,
things to do and special events
throughout the year.
"Our goal since day one
of the creation of the CTDC
has been to create buzz and
business for the Caribbean,"
said Alec Sanguinetti, co-
CEO of the CTDC. "We are
achieving both of these goals
on this new site. Never before
have travelers had the oppor-
tunity to find so much dedicat-
ed information in one place as
they now have available on"

CMC The Guyana govern-
ment says it has no intention
of lowering its environmental
standards to attract foreign
investment in the mining sec-
Prime Minister Sam Hinds,
speaking at a one-day Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR)
workshop organized by the
Canadian High Commission last
month, said that there would be
no adulteration of the global
environmental guidelines.
Hinds, a Canadian-trained
mining expert, said the local
standards would not be "an
iota 11~ \\ l r than the interna-
tional benchmarks because of
heightened searches for min-
eral resources in Guyana by
overseas-based companies.
But he praised the historic
role foreign companies have
played in the country's eco-
nomic development adding
that they bring "connection
and integration in the world
Hinds said with interna-
tional nervousness created by


global warming "there have
been renewed attention to
finding uranium resources
here as an alternative energy
source to the popular, but
expensive, fossil fuel."
The prime minister, who is
also the minister of mining in
the Bharrat Jagdeo administra-
tion, said there were three for-
eign companies that have been
exploring alternative energy
resources in the country.


Guyana rejects lowering

standards for investors

April 2008

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