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Obama is
promising 100

percent debt
relief for the
Caribbean if he becomes the
next leader of the United
States, page 2.

- A Jamaican-born woman, circled at top right, died A
on an emergency room floor at a New York City hospitaIA
recently while staff and other patients walked by without
attending to her. The incident sparked outrage in the
Caribbean American community and prompted investiga-
tions by United States federal and state agencies, page 2.

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Immigrants in the United States,
even those who are citizens, are
less likely to vote than home-
grown Americans for several
reasons. Yet history is strewn
with instances where one vote
really mattered, page 7.

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Probe underway in death of Jamaican woman at N.Y. hospital

NEW YORK United States
federal and New York City
investigators are considering
possible criminal charges after
a Jamaican patient at the
sprawling Kings County
Hospital Center (KCHC) in
Brooklyn died last month,
unattended on the floor of a
psychiatric emergency ward,
officials said.
The June 19 death of
Esmin Green, 49, was graphi-
cally revealed in a shocking
surveillance video that showed
her writhing on the floor as
other psychiatric patients and
hospital staffers seemed to
ignore her.
Robert Nardoza, a
spokesman for the Brooklyn
U.S. Attorney's Office, said a
criminal civil rights investiga-
tion into KCHC, which had
started earlier based on other
complaints, will now also look
at Green's death.
The spokesman for the
Brooklyn District Attorney's
Office said any suspected
criminality referred to it by
the city's Department of
Investigation (DOI) would be

prosecuted. A DOI spokes-
woman said the agency was
"aware" of the incident.

City officials recently
turned over the video to attor-
neys for the New York Civil
Liberties Union (NYCLU) and
mental health
advocates, in
with a civil-
rights lawsuit
filed a year ago
criticizing the
way KCHC
treated psychi-
atric patients. Clarke
The suit result-
ed in a preliminary injunction
that directed the city, which
runs KCHC, to beef up staffing
and procedures at the psychi-
atric emergency room.
After her death, Green's
body was taken to the
morgue, where it remained
until New York City officials
decided to pay the cost of the
funeral and shipment of her
remains back to her native
Jamaica, said Donna

Lieberman, head of the
A wake for Green was
scheduled this month at a
Brooklyn church.

"The reason why this
woman died the way she did
was that there is a culture of
indifference that permeates
every aspect of KCHC psychi-
atric care, nothing short of
that," said Robert Cohen, a
partner at the law firm of
Kirkland and Ellis Llp, which
teamed up with NYCLU to
bring the lawsuit.
Yvette D. Clarke, a
Caribbean American con-
gresswoman from the 11th
Congressional District in
Brooklyn, joined a chorus of
condemnation of the manner
in which Green died.
"It is clear that there was
a massive breach in the proto-
col for patient care at Kings
County Hospital with regard
to the treatment of Ms.
Green," said Clarke, the
daughter of Jamaican immi-
grants, whose district compris-

es the largest number of
Caribbean nationals in the
United States.
Lieberman said hospital
records stated Green was
awake and going to the bath-
room at the time the video
showed she was face down on
the floor.
"We are
shocked and
distressed by
this situation,"
Alan Aviles,
president of
the city's
Health and
Corporation Bloomberg
(HHC), which
oversees KCHC, said in a
"It is clear that some of
our employees failed to act,
based on our compassionate
standards of care," he added.
HHC officials said four
staff members, including the
hospital's director of psychia-
try and the head of security,
have been fired and two were
suspended in the scandal.
Meantime, irate friends

and relatives of Green are
demanding justice for her.
"To see a woman in the
hospital on the ground and no
one does anything to help her,
they should go to jail," said
Pauline Robinson, a close
friend of Green.
"I'm going to put it in the
hands of American law,"
Trecia Harrison, Green's
daughter, told reporters by
phone from Jamaica. "But I
can tell you this: That hospital,
it needs to be closed down."
New York State Health
Department records show
KCHC received 56 citations
between Jan. 1, 2005, and
June 30, 2007. Many of them
were for "incident reporting"
and piiinIu rights".
On Feb. 14, 2005, the hos-
pital was fined $22,000 for two
incidents, including the beating
of a patient by a staff member.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
said New York City will pay
Green's funeral expenses.

Obama promises Caribbean debt write-off if elected U.S. president

Democratic presidential can-
didate Senator Barack Obama
is promising 100 percent debt
relief for the Caribbean if he
becomes the next leader of
the United States.
While Obama himself did
not reveal that plan for the

region, his foreign policy advi-
sor Dan Restrepo told the
government and tourism offi-
cials attending the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO)
conference here last month
that this is one of the policies
to be pursued by Obama if
elected to office.

"As you all well know
the poorest countries in the
world, including some in the
Caribbean, suffer under the
weight of enormous external
debt. Barack Obama wants to
see a 100 percent debt cancel-
lation for the world's heavily
indebted poor countries,

including all such countries in
the Caribbean," he said.
Restrepo also spoke
about Obama's intention to
facilitate trade between the
U.S. and Cuba, saying that the
Democrat would personally
lead direct diplomacy with
Cuban officials.

He said the presidential
candidate has also been keep-
ing a close eye on develop-
ments in Haiti where recent
food riots led to the deaths of
seven people and the ousting
of the country's prime minis-
"Barack Obama believes
we need to provide food assis-
tance, in the short term, to
prevent hunger and stave off
additional political instability.
But he also believes we must
help improve Haiti's economic
prospects over the long term,"
Restrepo said.
"As he has said, it is time
to invest in the economic
development that must under-
pin the security that the
Haitian people lack, but it is
also time to press Haiti's lead-
ers to bridge the divides
between them for the common
good of the Haitian people."
Restrepo said that Obama
also understood the unique
security challenges of the
Caribbean and that the issue
of trans-national crime is of
great importance to the
region. He has therefore
promised to restore funding
for drug control programs,
which were cut by the George

W. Bush administration, and
to put an end to the illegal
gun trade in the south.
"As we all know, the
Caribbean forms our third
border. For our mutual benefit
we must more effectively con-
front the trans-national crimi-
nal networks that fuel insecu-
rity and fear in the United
States and in the Caribbean,"
he said.
"Barack Obama under-
stands that dealing with the
effects of trans-national crime
is a priority for governments
throughout the region. He
stands ready to work in part-
nership with them to effective-
ly disrupt illicit networks. To
do so we need a new hemi-
sphere security approach."
The Democratic nominee
has contended that the U.S.
and the Caribbean face a wide
variety of challenges which
they can both conquer
through partnership.

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U.S. president honors

Caribbean nationals

States President George W.
Bush last month honored the
contribution Caribbean
nationals have made to the
development of his country.
In a
in observance
of the third
anniversary of
Month in the
U.S., Bush Bush
said it is "an
opportunity to show our appre-
ciation for the many ways
Caribbean Americans have
contributed to our country.
"Caribbean Americans
have helped to shape our
national fabric with their
vibrant traditions and their
unique history", he said in a
White House statement.
"They have brightened
our lives with the spirit and
vitality of their culture.
Through strong leadership
and pride in their heritage,
they have enriched America.
In all walks of life, they have
contributed their many talents
and added to our nation's

development and prosperity".

He said America especial-
ly shows its gratitude for the
men and women of Caribbean
descent who have served
bravely, and continue to serve,
in the U.S. armed forces.
"These heroes have
answered a call greater than
self and we keep them in our
thoughts and pra, L r, he
"During June, we cele-
brate and recognize the
Caribbean Americans whose
determination and hard work
have helped make our country
a better place. Now therefore I,
George W. Bush, president of
the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vest-
ed in me by the Constitution
and laws of the United States,
do hereby proclaim June 2008
as CaribbeanAmerican
Heritage Month", the procla-
mation read.
Bush said he was encour-
aging "all Americans to learn
more about the history and
culture of Caribbean
Americans and their contribu-
tions to our nation".

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CARICOM leaders claim successful talks with U.S.


NEW YORK The Second
Annual Conference ended in
New York last month with no
concrete initiatives adopted,
though Caribbean community
(CARICOM) leaders say it
has paved the way for further
dialogue and
the spurring
of regional
"The dis-
cussions have
started, and
the doors have
begun to
open," Manning
Trinidad and
Tobago's Prime Minister
Patrick Manning told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
after a breakfast reception at
Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem,
bringing an end to the two-day
event dubbed "Conference on
the Caribbean: A 20-20 Vision
Manning said the region
can expect trade and invest-
ment expansion in the fore-
seeable future as a result of
talks with top investment,
banking and stock exchange
officials in the Wall Street
Financial District in

"I think it went very
well," said Manning, referring
to the overall conference, not-
ing that CARICOM leaders
arrived in New York City just
as the U.S House and Senate
overrode a presidential veto
extending the Caribbean
Basin Initiative (CBI), which
would have
expired by the
end of
"And to
put flesh into
that now,
some discus-
sions were
necessary, and King
those discus-
sions have
now taken place," he added,
describing as "most construc-
1"|, closed-door talks CARI-
COM leaders held with top
Wall Street officials.
"There was exchange of
views, so that we understood
them better, and they under-
stood us better what they
expect from them and what
we expect from them,"
Manning continued.

During the conference,
CARICOM leaders met with,
among others, Goldman
Sachs, a leading global invest-

ment and security firm; top
officials at the New York
Stock Exchange; the Empire
State Development
Corporation, the trade and
business arm of New York
State; representatives of the
Governor of New York David
Paterson; and New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In addition, Manning said
CARICOM heads of govern-
ment were able to cement
their relationship with Harlem
Congressman Charles Rangel,
the architect of the New York
Conference on the Caribbean,
who is chairman of the U.S.
House of Representatives'
powerful Ways and Means
"We have a lot of needs,
we are the Third Border of
the United States," Manning
"We feel that we have
been neglected, and we are
very, very pleased to have new
friends in the Congress, who
can easily advance the
Caribbean cause."
St. Lucia's Prime Minister
Stephenson King described
the conference as "most suc-
cessful," but added: "We need
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Caribbean terror suspects plead not guilty

Caribbean-born men accused
of plotting to blow up the
John F Kennedy (JFK)
International Airport in New
York and the surrounding
environs in Queens pleaded
not guilty to the charges last
month in a U.S. federal court
in Brooklyn.
Trinidadian Kareem
Ibrahim, 62, and Guyanese
nationals Abdul Kadir, 59, and
Abdel Nur, 57, were ordered
held without bail at their
arraignment. Another court
hearing was set for Aug. 7.
The three were whisked
away from Trinidad and
Tobago by private jet last
month, in an operation that
involved 15 Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) agents and
local law enforcement officers.
The move came less than 48
hours after their extradition

challenge was struck out by
the Court of Appeal in the
twin-island republic.
Another suspect, Guyana-
born Russell De Freitas, who
was previously arrested in
New York, is still in jail pend-
ing trial. He has also pleaded
not guilty. De Freitas, a natu-
ralized American citizen, is a
former cargo handler at JFK.
The four accused were
indicted in New York a year
ago on charges of plotting to
blow up JFK, which handles
1,000 flights and over 120,000
passengers daily. If convicted,
they face a maximum sentence
of life in prison.

Lawyers for the four
denied that their clients were
terrorists. Attorney Daniel
Nobel, who represents Nur,
described the charges as

"enormously exaggerated."
He said Nur "is a gracious guy.
"He is in no way an ideo-
logue who conspired to do
harm to other individuals,"
Nobel said.
Kadir's lawyer Kafahni
Nkrumah said his client, who
is a former member of
Guyana's Parliament, "had no
involvement in any plot to
blow up JFK."
U.S. authorities said the
terror suspects planned to
"cause greater destruction
than in the September 11
attacks." They said in court
papers that the men hoped to
use explosives to ignite the
fuel pipeline feeding JFK.
"Any time you hit Kennedy, it
is the most hurtful thing to the
United States," De Freitas
allegedly said on a recording
made by a police informant.

U.N. supports Caribbean's right to self-determination

The United Nations Special
Committee on Decolonization
has approved a two-part draft
resolution, reaffirming self-
determination as a fundamen-
tal human right for Caribbean
By the terms of an
"omnibus" draft, the Special
Committee last month recom-
mended that the General
Assembly reaffirm "that, in
the process of decolonization,
and where there was no sover-

eignty dispute, there was no
alternative to the principle of
self-determination, which was
also a fundamental human
The draft is entitled
"Questions of American
Samoa, Anguilla, Bermuda,
British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Guam,
Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint
Helena, Turks and Caicos
Islands and the United States
Virgin Islands" and the text
also contained provisions con-

cerning each of those Non-
Self-Governing Territories.
According to the draft,
the Assembly would reaffirm
the responsibility of the
administering powers to pro-
mote the economic and social
development of the territories,
and to preserve their cultural
identity and natural environ-
ment, "giving priority to the
strengthening and diversifica-
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July 2008

U.S. congresswoman tables

legislation to assist Haiti

States Congresswoman Barbara
Lee has tabled a bill in the U.S.
House of Representatives that
would provide
"critical assis-
tance" to Haiti.
Lee said
that the "Next
Steps For Haiti
Act" would
create a pro-
exchange pro- Lee
gram, designed
to improve critical sectors of
the Haitian economy.
She said these range from
education to health to energy
to transportation to disaster
"The bill is intended to
help expand Haiti's capacity to
absorb development aid and
improve the welfare of the
population," California
Democratic Lee said in a state-
ment issued here on June 27.
"The need for the legisla-
tion is significant."

Haiti is the poorest
country in the Western

Hemisphere, and most sectors
of its economy face significant
Lee said the recent 40 per-
cent rise in global food prices
and the subsequent 50 percent
rise in the cost of Haiti's staple
foods since mid-2007 have
placed additional stress on the
economy and "have severely
impacted the Haitian people.
"Unemployment and
underemployment are ram-
pant in Haiti, with estimates
Li---liinW that two-thirds of
the country's 3,600,000 work-
ers are without consistent
work," Lee said.
She said Haiti faces
NLf r4|',1i,. ILI in education
due to .K equity, quality,
and institutional capacity as
evidenced by the fact that less
than 30 percent of the children
who enter primary school will
reach the 6th grade."
Average life expectancy
of Haitians is only 53 years
old and less than half of the
population has access to clean
drinking water. Only eight
percent have access to ade-
quate sanitation.

Obama appoints Haitian American

union boss national political director

NEW YORK United States
Democratic presidential con-
tender Barack Obama has
appointed a Haitian American
as his national political director.
Patrick Gaspard, vice
president for politics and leg-
islation for Local 1199 SEIU
United Healthcare Workers
East, regarded as the largest
union in the United States,
said he was delighted to be
part of the historic bid to get
the first African American
elected to the highest office in
the United States.
"This election offers a
clear choice between John
McCain's agenda for continu-
ing the failed policies of
George W. Bush and Barack
Obama's vision for change,"
said Gaspard in a statement
issued here late last month.
Gaspard first got involved
in presidential politics in 1988
when the Reverend Jesse

Jackson, another African
American, sought the
Democratic Party's nomina-
tion for the U.S. presidency.
Subsequently, he worked on
the campaign of David
Dinkins, the first African
mayor of New
York City.
the past year,
Gaspard coor-
dinated politi-
cal activities
for over
300,000 mem- Gaspard
bers of 1199
SEIU in the New York,
Maryland, Massachusetts and
Washington areas. He said if
Obama is elected president in
November, he will return to
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Why should Caribbean Americans vote in the U.S.?


Immigrants, even those who
are citizens, are less likely to
vote than homegrown
Americans for several reasons.
American voting behavior
is determined by income and
age. Americans are more like-
ly to vote if
they earn
more than
$50,000 per
When I
used to live in
Florida, I Obama
remember see-
ing Weston
dads and moms at the ball
field scouring their sample
ballots prior to election day.
As I saw them, I wondered if
this was a common practice
across all income levels. I
researched the issue and dis-
covered that income deter-
mines voting behavior.
In America, age also
determines voting behavior.
For example, only 20 percent
of people who are in their 20s
typically vote, 50 percent of

people in their 50s vote, and
70 percent of people who are
in their 70s vote. Third, peo-
ple are more likely to vote
when they are informed about
the differences among candi-
To be informed about
how each candidate's inten-
informed vot-
ers read news-
papers, attend
town hall A l
watch political
debates and
research the
voting record McCain
of the candi-
dates until they find out how
the candidates differ in their
approaches to solving impor-
tant issues like how to
improve our schools and how
to improve access to health
care. Immigrants are less like-
ly to be informed than home-
grown Americans.
Our 2002 Caribbean-
American Politically Active
Citizens (CAPAC) community
survey indicated that the qual-
ity of their children's educa-

tion emerged as a top priority
for Caribbean Americans.
County, state and federal offi-
cials make lasting decisions
about every aspect of our
lives, including education. For
example, some aspiring legis-
lators (like United States pres-
idential hopeful John McCain)
believe that offering vouchers
to a small percentage of par-
ents and their children to go
to the school of their choice is
the best way to improve edu-
cation. Other candidates (like
U.S. presidential hopeful
Barack Obama) believe that
to improve education, teach-

Miami F.C.'s aim to bol-
ster its suspect
defense and make a
run at this year's United
Soccer Leagues (USL) title
appears to have hit the target
following the addition of a
"Soca Warrior".
Since Trinidad and
Tobago's World Cup star
Avery John joined "The
BlL, ', the club has been
stingy against opposing goal
scorers. And, despite a sub-
par offensive season, still
managed to move into the top
half of the 11-team USL
Division I standings by the
end of last month.
Through the end of June,
in 10 USL games played by
Miami EC. since John arrived
early May, the club has con-
ceded just seven goals, record-
ing six shutouts along the way.
In four games prior to that,
the team allowed seven goals.
Yet John's move to Miami
EC., despite a solid showing
in two games for T&T at
World Cup 2006 in Germany,
raised a few question marks.
Now 33, and out of America's
top flight Major League
Soccer (MLS) after four sea-
sons, some wondered if the
defender could fit in with the
new club and regain the zest
for the game in the second-

tier USL. Back in mid-May,
following the second of two
games in three days, John's
sudden burst of laughter, fol-
lowed by a mild sigh, were
dead giveaways.
"Ha! Really tired," he
said on a
balmy Sunday
night in South
happy shortly
after anchor-
ing the Blues'
first shutout of
USL season, John
his third game
with the club.

Just weeks into his latest
football adventure, John was
already relishing the twitch of
excitement from being plunged
back into full-time competi-
tion. The defender, who lined
up for T&T against Sweden
and Paraguay at the World
Cup, returned following a
lengthy break when he failed
to hook up with another fran-
chise after a stint with the New
England Revolution of the
MLS ended. Except for try-
outs, he had not played com-
petitively since January before
joining the Blues.
Yet the adrenaline rush


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the U.S. Senate from Oregon by one
percent of the vote.
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'Soca Warrior' bolsters Miami F.C.'s

run for U.S. soccer title



July 2008


Why should Caribbean Americans vote in the U.S.?

ers need to be paid more and
given the resources that they
need. For example, in
Broward County, Florida, a
teacher who retains a child
loses a $1,500 incentive for
every child who is not pro-
moted to the next grade.
Knowing that immigrants
are less likely to take the time
and have the know-how to
research the candidates and
their positions on the issues,
the CAPAC surveys the can-
didates, attends the town hall
meetings, and endorses specif-
ic candidates for every ballot
issue in Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach

counties for elections. The
voters' guides are typically
published in Caribbean Today
and Caribbean Contact news-
papers and at
www.jamaicansRUS. com.

Dr. Marcia Magnus is
founder and chairperson of
the Caribbean-American
Politically Active Citizens, a
non-partisan group of citi-
zens who are committed to
increasing voter turnout by
publishing Voters' Guides in
Miami-Dade, Broward and
Palm Beach counties in
Florida, United States.

F nT U R 6

DON'T VOTE IF you believe that your children, your family and friends
and the Caribbean community in South Florida are better off today compared
to two years ago. Don't vote if you believe that...
* the quality of your children's education can't get any better
* your friends and family have better jobs today
* you are more satisfied with the quality of your health care today

* you are more confident today that your vote will count

* your friends and family now have more city, state, county and federal contracts

* you feel more safe from terrorism today now

* you believe that you are paying a reasonable amount for homeowners'
insurance and for gasoline
* the criminal justice system is more fair to you and yours and men in prisons
* U.S immigration policy is more favorable to you and yours
for minor offenses, and for legislation which treats Haitians and Cuban
* people no longer discriminate on the basis of race

* the poorest, homeless, the underemployed, the 20 million illiterate Americans
have received the job training and other services which they need to
become self-sufficient
* corruption among elected officials (who spend tax dollars) is at an all-time low

VOTE if you believe that Caribbean American taxpayers need to hold
elected officials more accountable for...

* converting our'F' schools into 'A schools
* passing legislation which ends job discrimination equal pay for equal work
* funding universal health care coverage so that the 40 million Americans who are uninsured
can receive health care too
* investigating voting irregularities and holding election officials criminally responsible for
those irregularities
* opening the door to city, state, county and federal contracts to those outside of the
old boys' club
* evaluating the effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration at airports and
other overt national anti-terrorist initiatives
* stopping insurance and gasoline companies from massive price increases

* investigating and stopping the disproportionate incarceration of Black boys
* deporting more than 2,000 Caribbean Americans to the Caribbean, some
immigrants equally
* ending predatory lending (non-Whites are charged higher interest rates)
among financial institutions; prosecuting the perpetrators of hate crimes
* funding literacy programs, mental health services, disability services, drug
rehabilitation pro grams to help the 20 million illiterate Americans, veterans, substance
abusers, and the homeless
* passing legislation which exposes and punishes corruption of elected city, county,
state and federal officials

'Soca Warrior' bolsters Miami F.C.'s run for U.S. soccer title

carries a bit more weight
these days. Not that he minds.
In May John acknowledged
that the rigors of pro life
would take a while getting
used to again. What he didn't
concede was that his situation
is any different than anyone
"I think, regardless of your
age, it doesn't mn I r, John
explained with a shrug outside
the home locker room at
Tropical Park Stadium on May
18. "Back-to-back games are
going to be hard on anybody."
Back then, John was look-
ing forward to the upcoming
slate of USL games to regain
total sharpness. He was hop-
ing, just maybe, to force his
recall to T&T's national pro-
gram for another run at a
World Cup finals berth in
2010. Up to that point he had
not been part of T&T coach
Francisco Maturana's setup.
What John knew of T&T's
progress was limited to media
reports and conversations
with former national team-
mates. The Warriors' shaky
start to their campaign last
month, when they squeaked
by Bermuda after losing the
first leg in T&T, may prompt
Maturana to re-consider.

But John's new colleagues
at Miami F.C. are already
"You see someone with
his age still out there running
as hard (as anyone)," said
Eric Vasquez, who played
against John when both were
in the MLS. "You respect
,Mii he's got here he
brought experience and the
right attitude and the right
mentality," explained Sean
Fraser, a Jamaica internation-
al in his third year at the club,
"and that's what we need."
While Miami EC. has
struggled offensively all sea-
son, scoring 12 goals in 16 USL

games through June 22, the
defense has given away little
since John arrived. His coach,
a man who knows a bit about
playing at the highest level, has
also been impressed by the
quick mark he has made.
"Avery has leadership and
he has the World Cup experi-
ence," explained Zinho, a
member of Brazil's 1994
World Cup winning team, now
in his first season as Miami
F.C.'s coach after playing for
the team the past two years.
"So he can orient and he
knows how things should be
done at the back. He can
move the other guys around if
it needs to be done."
John understands the task
ahead. It's been two years in
his rear view mirror, but he
can still recall the World Cup
experience with awe.
"It is the best moment in
your football career, ever," he

But John admitted that
the warm memories of T&T's
success on the world stage
were somewhat tainted by
heated feelings which surfaced
during a money dispute
between the "Soca Warriors"
and the T&T Football
Federation. The players said
they were owed more money;
the federation held out. And
although the matter was set-
tled by a court recently, with

each T&T player involved
expected to get a sizeable pay-
off, the bitterness for some
may not have totally dissipat-
ed. According to John, the dis-
pute cracked a sacred bond.
"If you think about it this
way," he explained following a
Miami F.C. training session in
Sunrise, Florida. "You have
about 16 or 18 guys that are
fighting a court battle. That's
more or less the core of the
With the settlement, the
healing may have begun.
Players from the '06 World
Cup team, who had been out
due to the dispute, returned to
T&T's fold for recent friendly
internationals against England
and arch Caribbean rivals
Jamaica. The "unity, organiza-
tion, discipline," which
according to John were the
most important ingredients
injected into T&T's football
by former national coach Leo
Beenhakker, who guided the
team to Germany, may be on
their way to being restored.
John is gearing up to become
part of that if needed.
"You always feel you
should have been there," he
said, "(that) you can help the
team move on."
John understands that
decision to return is not his.
But if the Soca Warriors made
it to South Africa 2010 with-
out him he'd still be happy.
"It's not about Avery
John," he said. "It's about
Trinidad and Tobago."

In the meantime, his foot-
ball is being played in a
league rated lower than the
MLS. He is part of a roster
sprinkled with various nation-
alities, including Brazilians,
Americans, Jamaicans,
Haitians, Colombians and
Hondurans. His head coach
speaks mostly Portugese. But
none of this has seriously
affected him. In May, John
said the club embraced his
arrival. His enthusiasm for the

game is as high as ever.
"Adjustment-wise they
have been very, very good,"
he said.
Players invite him out to
eat and hang out. The coach-
es, especially Zinho, take time
to make sure instructions are
clear, despite the language
barriers. He too senses that
John is willing to fit in, even
as he demands excellence.
"He's showing more
patience," said Zinho.
"Always talking, always push-
ing the players."
John said he is simply car-
rying out what is expected of
him. It is clear nothing must
interfere with the team's goal.
"You can't misunderstand
what (Zinho) stands for or
what he likes or what he
dislikes," said John. "...So
that has never been a prob-
lem...You know he plays, you
know what type of person he
is and when he talks, even
before it's translated, you
already know, more or less,
what he's saying."
John values Zinho's input
and hopes it will help improve
his game. And since other
USL players, such as Randi
Patterson and Osei Telesford,
were plucked from the league
and placed in T&T's squad, he
is confident his time may
come too.
"At the end of the day,
wherever you are playing foot-
ball, it could be the MLS, it
could be the USL, it could be
the English first, second, third
division, it could be some-
where else in the world, once
you're competing, once you
are fit and once you're doing
what is needed to be on the
national team and competing
week in, week out, you should
earn a call," explained the man
from Vance River, Trinidad.
"Once you're getting the
job done, who cares what
league you're playing in?"
If it sounds like John is
singing the Blues, maybe it's
because he is.

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S the dapora, aga

Dissin' the diaspora, again

Why P 0 I Them 'dirty' old men?

Why call them 'dirty' old men?


Communication is the basis
for life. When communication
fails, abnormality sets in.

This principle was demon-
strated recently in New York
with a decision, seemingly
influenced by the Caribbean
diplomatic corps, to retain the
services of a "mainstream"
public relations firm to com-
municate to members of the
diaspora and the black media.
The event was the
Conference on the Caribbean,
which attracted several
Caribbean heads of state and
Cabinet ministers who arrived
in New York rather surprised
to hear that some local media
operatives were considering a
boycott of the meetings engi-
neered by the respected
Harlem Congressman Charles
Rangel, who chairs the power-
ful United States Ways and
Means Committee.
The boycott suggestion,
attributed to Guyanese broad-
caster Bobby Vieira, general
manager of One Caribbean
Radio, and supported by some
media colleagues, alarmed
several of the visiting heads
who must have been con-
cerned about a potentially
hostile response from the dias-
pora for an important diaspo-
ra-centered event that had
been so poorly publicized
throughout the Caribbean
American community.
Thankfully, all things typi-
cally work together for good
and the protests of an out-
raged broadcaster, published
on the popular Internet-based
CaribbeanWorldNews. com,
may have brought greater
attention to the conference
and energized the public rela-
tions agency in question to
ramp up their communications

A diplomat expressed a
measure of disgust with the
Caribbean World News arti-
cle. As a champion for revers-
ing the inverted prejudice
from numerous Caribbean
government and private sector
organizations against diaspora
professionals, I had to dis-
tance myself from the boycott
call, but nevertheless point
out that decision makers con-
sistently show contempt
towards black, hispanic and
Caribbean professionals in the
marketplace. This is a topic
about which I have extensive-
ly written and discussed on air
over the years and a subject
that was fully ventilated at
May's Caribbean Media
Exchange on Sustainable
Tourism (CMEx), held in San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
Admittedly some progress

has been made, but too little to
write about, except to say that
the island of Jamaica is a shin-
ing light within CARICOM
(Caribbean community) when
it comes to securing the servic-
es of the diaspora, while still
falling short of an acceptable
standard. Speaking at a recent
diaspora conference in
Jamaica, Prime Minister Bruce
Golding is reported to have
said that often when the coun-
try needed an expert to solve a
problem the tendency was to
look everywhere except among
"our Jamaican people." He
said more needed to be done
in order to open a line so that
the government can know who
is overseas and who is "here in
Jamaica" that has an interest in
helping, as well as the ability to
help. He said the diaspora has
a spirit of goodwill that is pow-
erful, on which a value could
not be placed and was some-
thing that Jamaica should take
advantage of.

My conversation with the
New York-based diplomat sur-
prisingly revealed or maybe
not so surprisingly that our
region's representatives in
Manhattan were unaware of
any Caribbean public relations
firms who could communicate
to their own people and whose
services could be retained for
the Caribbean conference.
What a shame, I thought,
underscoring the pervasive
ignorance across the region
and in the marketplace about
the professional skills within
our expatriate communities -
an ignorance that perpetuates
the barrel mentality perhaps
that's what Caribbean
Americans are limited to con-
tributing in their eyes.
Sadly, those leaders and
organizations who are aware
of the depth of talent in the
diaspora still remain attracted
to the Madison Avenue mind-
set, which rewards companies,
some of which burn more
energy and resources on pitch-
ing clients and on overhead
expenditure than they do on
meeting client needs once the
lucrative contracts have been
Will we ever see a change
to this affront to Caribbean
identity and independence?
My fervent prayer is that we
will sooner than later.
It starts with communica-
tion. Maybe there is a silver
lining in all of this.
The dialogue will surely

Bevan Springer is director of
Counterpart International's
Caribbean Media Exchange
on Sustainable Tourism

t's always the women who
are clamoring for love and
romance, but what about
the men, especially the old
When you are young and
strong you are respected,
loved, admired, perhaps even
feared. But as you go up in
age you are ridiculed, derided,
laughed at, mocked, patron-
ized and, at best, tolerated,
usually if you go looking for
Just because one grows
older, one is not expected to
enjoy the passions and pleas-
ures of love. So much so, that
if an older man pursues love,
he is deemed dirty.
It was while in the compa-
ny of some older men that the
question of old men and love
came up. "Why is it that the
term dirty is placed before a
man's name just because he is
old and happens to still look
at a woman?" I asked.

Young men sow wild oats,
while old men reap scorn and
ridicule. Even as women chide
these young men and some
men grudgingly admire them,
there is a certain respect that
is heaped upon them, for the
men would love to be in their
shoes, and the women would
love to get a piece of the
action. As he grows a little
older, he is deemed suave,
debonair, dapper and daring,
still a force to be reckoned
with. Gray at the temples, still
erect, even when he's laying
down, he is a lustful, ribald,
raunchy, rollicking, robust
man. That is, until somewhere
along the line, as the years
creep up, he one day
approaches a woman and hor-
ror of horrors, instead of smil-
ing back and taking him on,
she recoils in horror and her
eyes say it all. "Get away from
me you dirty old man."
Dirty old man...the stark
realization hits home hard,
that awful word, dirty, depict-
ing degradation, dankness,
dourness, doing dismal dis-
gusting dastardly damning
deeds. When did this happen?
But dirty old men need love

too, and not
because the
passage of
time has
crept up does
it mean that
the thrill of
the chase is
gone. It just
isn't fair, and TONY
here's why. ROBINSON
There is a
certain physi-
cal and physiological ironic
twist to this dirty old men tale.
For, as the man gets older, he
not only seeks out younger
women by choice only, but
basically is driven to it. He has
to, just to keep his engines
running. He has no choice.

I spoke to some older
men, dirty and otherwise, and
they all told me the same
thing: "An older woman just
doesn't do it for me anymore."
In essence, they found it virtu-
ally impossible, to achieve,
much less maintain an erec-
tion with a woman who was
up in age.
Now this is no indictment
on older women, for they too
have their story, but rather an
honest confession from older
men who are virtually prison-
ers of this cruel and bitter
irony, victims of their own
devices. The fact is, they can
now only be turned on by
young nubile lasses. "I still
love my wife, but after 40
years of marriage, and doing
the same thing with the same

body, I can only conjure up so
much fantasy to rise to the
occasion. Frankly, I'm all out
of fantasies. As a result, we
just roll over and go to sleep
every night."
His wife of course, would
deem him sexless. But put
that same man with a young
wench and listen to the bells
and whistles as they chime,
clamor and clang, as the once
rusted pistons find a new gear
and a new lease on life. But
the price he has to pay for
needing love and fulfilling his
lust is to be called dirty.
Women's bodies are
viewed by grandpa with the
same desire at age 75 as they
were at age 25. But at 25 you
could pick and choose and
refuse, while at 75 the pickings
are slim and the old man is
grateful for any young thing
who winks his way. And for
this he is deemed dirty.

The same lust that lingers
in the loins of the 20 year old
lays waiting in the lair of the
70 year old. And not because
he can't sprint down the track
as fast or as often as he used
to means that he has given up
the sport. Give the old man a
break, after all, even horses
are put out to stud after they
have retired, so what about
old men? No one calls those
examples of equestrian ele-
gance dirty old horses? Neigh,
they are proudly looked upon
as prizes, and good money is



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Why call them 'dirty' old men?

paid for them too.
The basic fact is, a young
man of lusty habits and wild
ways should be the one who is
called dirty, for the things that
he wants to do with women at
times stretch the imagination.

But no old man would
have the strength, the power
or the wherewithal to get
down and dirty with any
younger woman. Simply put,
he can't risk it, as his heart
may give out. Instead, he's just
content with a canter around
the park, and for that simple

pleasure, they call him dirty.
Well the plain truth is, like it
or not, call them what you
may, dirty old men need
romance too, and thank heav-
en for the young women who
accommodate them, but thank
Viagra even more. The old car
may need a booster, and the

only thing dirty about it, is the
fuel pump.
And how does one grow
older, still maintain the pas-
sion, the lust and the sexuality
while seeking love without
being called dirty?
Simple, don't look your
age, stay slim, exercise, stay

fit, shave the head, so you will
be still deemed a virile pas-
sionate man, and not a dirty
old man.

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Caribbean call centers rapidly expanding ~ report

A newly updated
report on Caribbean
call centers shows they
are rapidly expanding.
The report, pub-
lished by the Zagada
Institute, the region's
leading independent
research analyst, and
released here late last
month, said the
Caribbean agent posi-
tions, now about
60,000, will exceed
100,000 by 2010.
The report said
over 90 percent of this
growth comes from U.S.-lin
service suppliers fulfill-
ing projects for Fortune 1000
and large United States corpo-
The report also detailed
factors driving the high level
of satisfaction that U.S. corpo-
rate customers and their
clients are reportedly receiv-
ing from leading Caribbean
vendors across regional mar-

from the Caribbean Nearshore
market due to the high levels
of care provided to their end-

ked businesses are on the rise in the Caribbean.

The report evaluated the
entire Caribbean market with
complete assessment of the
larger maturing locations,
such as Jamaica. Other mar-
kets, such as Barbados,
Trinidad, Guyana and the
seven smaller markets making
up the Organization of


* N.Y. pledges big investment
in Caribbean
A New York official has pledged to
expand the city's investment
opportunities in the Caribbean in a
few months.
City Comptroller William
Thompson, whose roots are in St.
Kitts, said that by September or
October he will announce "sub-
stantial investments" in the region.
Thompson said these would
include real estate, private equity
infrastructure and a pension fund,
as well as industries ranging from
health care to financial services,
energy and telecommunications.
"If we didn't invest in the
Caribbean, we would be missing
the boat," the comptroller said.

* U.S. removes 'too rich' T&T
from preference
United States President George W.
Bush will remove Trinidad and
Tobago from a trade program
known as the Generalized System
of Preferences (GSP) because it
has become too rich for the initia-
In a letter dated June 30,
addressed to the Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives and
president of the U.S. Senate, Bush

said Trinidad and Tobago was being
removed from the program
because it had become a "high
income" nation, based on the latest
statistics from the World Bank.
T&T's State Minister in the
Ministry of Finance Mariano
Browne said that the development
will affect only about two percent
of this country's exports.

* U.S. extends trade
agreement with Caribbean
Caribbean countries have wel-
comed the extension of the
Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership
Act, saying it would allow for fur-
ther growth of the garment indus-
try in the region.
Guyana's President Bharrat
Jagdeo said that information
regarding the extension of the Act
until 2010 was given to Caribbean
leaders when they attended the
recent Caribbean Conference in the
United States.
"As you are aware, the expira-
tion of that Act would have created
significant hardship for many sec-
tors, especially the garment
importing sector of the Caribbean,"
Jagdeo said.

Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) were also assessed.
The report also featured
three case studies of compa-
nies successfully operating in
Jamaica, the Dominican
Republic and the Eastern
As a core business func-
tion, it said customer care
service is an important deter-
minant of firm profits, and
that contact center operations
are essentially providing serv-
ice care to end-consumers in
the outsourcing process, or
what is called "metacare" in
the Nearshore context.

The report found that
firms ignoring metacare in
their site selection and part-
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~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Jamaican students shine bright on world's technology stage


It has been an amazing
year for four students of
Northern Caribbean
University (NCU) in
Mandeville, Jamaica.
The young men, members
of the Department of
Computer and Information
Sciences at NCU, are Damion
Mitchell, of Coleyville; Ayson
Baxter from Newport; Conroy
Smith of Moravia, all in the
parish of Manchester; and
Imran Allie of Siloah, St.
Elizabeth. They came to the
attention of the world before
they had even graduated from
Last summer, led by their
advisor Kenrie Hylton, chair-
person of the department, the
team reached the finals of the
Microsoft Imagine Cup
Competition in South Korea.
More than 100 teams compet-
ed. The Jamaican team placed
third in the world after
Thailand and Korea, beating
the three other finalists -
Ireland, Austria and Serbia.
The Imagine Cup compe-
tition was started by Microsoft
in 2002.The aim was to
encourage students to use
their creativity to find solu-
tions to actual world prob-
lems. The theme for the 2007
competition was Imagin a
world where technology
enables a better world for all".
With Jamaica's new found
emphasis on E-learning, it was

an appropriate challenge.
The team designed a soft-
ware program called
CADI, Computer Aided
Distance Instruction, an
interactive classroom pro-
gram for use at the terti-
ary level. This program
allows long distance edu-
cation from any site that
has Internet access.
Mitchell explained to
Caribbean Today recently
that having produced the Z
program and having it
recognized through the
Imagine Cup success, the
task now is to market it.
He said a pilot project is
underway at NCU using
the software to link the
university's different cam-
puses. The
Small tests are ongo- ners
ing. By September the
team should be able to
fully assess the suitability of its
product. The goal is to have it
used by universities through-
out the region and the world.
The program provides
translation into 12 different
languages, making the sharing
of material a reality.

Asked what difference the
win had made to team mem-
bers, Mitchell said that for all
their experience in the world
of information technology, he
felt they were now "much
more savvy in the use of soft-
ware." All four are employed

I !

Jamaican team of, from left, Ayson Baxter, Imran Allie, Damion Mitchell and Conroy Smith, was am
at the 2007 Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition in South Korea.

by NCU.
Yet what was important to
them was the self-belief that
the competition engendered.
According to Mitchell, "you
can achieve anything, by hard
One practical off shoot of
the team's success was an invi-
tation to visit Silicon Valley in
California earlier this year
where they attended a two-
week Imagine Cup
Accelerator Program spon-
sored by Microsoft and British
Telecom. Joe Wilson, senior
director of academic initiative
for Microsoft, said at the time

that he was impressed by the
work of the Jamaican team.
But success came at a
price. In preparation for their
entry team members worked
together for approximately
eight months, two of them
combining this effort with full-
time jobs. Their social life was
non-existent. Sleep was in
short supply.
NCU had entered the
Imagine Cup competition pre-
viously. In 2005 the then team
was the regional winner and
went to the finals in
Yokohama, Japan. That team
did not place among the win-

ners. In 2006 the
Jamaicans lost to
Guatemala in the
regional finals, but
the 2007 result was
ample compensa-
tion. The team
won the competi-
tion for selection
from over 200
S members of
Department of
Computer and
Department Chair
Kenrie Hylton said
they were all four
young men who
were selected not
on talent alone,
ong the win- but "for attitude,
Christian ethics
and willingness to
take the initiative and go
beyond and above."
The success of the team
adds lustre to the name of
Jamaica and shows that music
and sport are not the only
areas in which multi-talented
young people prepared to
work hard can achieve. It
should also encourage other
students to strive for success
and remain in Jamaica to put
their talents to good use.

Marie Gregory is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Jamaica recommits to Caribbean integration

ST JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Jamaica has reaffirmed its
commitment to the regional
integration movement, even
as it recognized that the
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) remains a
"community of sovereign
nations with a shared history,
seeking to forge a common
d ,l IIn) .'
Prime Minister Bruce
Golding said that despite the
recognition of individual sov-
ereign status, CARICOM was
created to fulfill the dreams of
the people of the Caribbean
to live in a peaceful and safe
environment, protect their
rights, as well as providing for
an improved standard of liv-
But he told the ceremoni-
al opening of the recent 29th
annual meeting of CARI-
COM leaders here that
Caribbean countries have
spent "much time bemoaning
our lack of pr ,,grL and
were allowing ih mILl' hLs to
be "consumed by our failures
instead of summoning the will
to do what must be done to

"We curse the dark-
ness instead of shining
some light," Golding
said, noting that "the
debate as to what we are,
as against what some feel
we should be, refuses to
be adjourned."

He said that despite
being a community of
sovereign nations with a
shared history, the
regional countries should
also recognize that they
can synchronize their
efforts for common good
and that "in this harsh, Goldin
fiercely competitive glob- Goldin
al environment, the chal-
lenges we face may be too
much for each of us but not
too much for the community
as a whole."
Using the flight of a flock
of geese to illustrate how
unity resulted in them con-
serving much of their energy
and achieving greater success,
Golding said there was noth-
ing intrinsically wrong with

Caribbean people.
"If the geese can learn it
and can do it, there is no rea-
son why we can't," he said,
noting that the Revised
Treaty of Chaguaramas that
governs the existing relation-
ship among states within
CARICOM is a pact that
must be honoured and to
which the region must be

"It imposes
on us obligations to
be fulfilled and
actions we must
take. We may not
have done so as
assiduously as we
should have. There
have been
instances when we
substituted cyni-
cism for enthusi-
asm, when we
despaired instead
of being bold
enough to dare,
when we retreated
instead of
advanced, when we
asked 'why' instead
of 'why not'.
has not failed us. If there be
any failure, it is we who have
failed CARICOM," Golding
said, adding that the region
needs to review the accom-
plishments and failures over
the years.
"We must recognize that
our engagement does not stop
at how we deal with each
other but must go further to

determine how, together, we
can deal with the rest of the
world a world which appears
at times to be done with us
even before we are ready for
it," he told delegates.

Golding added that
regional leaders were being
called upon by their popula-
tions to shelter them from
being "battered and bruised
by forces that are neither of
their making nor within our
But the Jamaica leader
said that it was important for
the leadership, in times of cri-
sis like these, to rise to the
occasion and "go where others
are unwilling to go, to grasp
where others are unable to
reach, if we are to pilot the
way through the storm.
"That is the call that is
made on us as leaders. CARI-
COM provides the frame-
work. The Caribbean people
are awaiting our response," he

July 2008


~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Jamaican diaspora confab draws youth, bigger numbers from overseas


heavy injection of youthful
voices helped expand the
overseas representation and
focus of the Third Biennial
Jamaica Diaspora Conference
held here last month.
A huge chunk of the esti-
mated 700 participants, prima-
rily from the United States,
United Kingdom and Canada,
who attended the two-day
event at the Jamaica
Conference Center, fit into the
18-30 age group, including
more than 100 youngsters
from the U.K. and Canada.
They were determined to
make a mark.
"It's very important for
third generation Jamaicans
abroad to participate," said
Damian Brown, a Jamaican-
born student based in Canada.
"...We realize that we
have to make a contribution,
give back to our country."
Jamaica was equally eager
to show its recognition of the
diaspora community and the
country's willingness to sup-
port it, despite a recent
change of government. The
country also exhibited pride
that the Caribbean island had
displayed leadership in gather-
ing its nationals from overseas
in an attempt to embrace their
contributions. The numbers of
those attending offered evi-
dence of the growing interest.
The first biennial conference
drew 250 delegates. In 2006,

ivinister 01 National Security colonel irevor iviacivillan auuresses crime anu violence,
major issues of concern to Jamaicans at home and abroad.

some 400 showed up.
Observers not directly
involved with the conference,
but interested in Jamaica's
efforts to galvanize its diaspo-
ra community, also attended
this year.
"For this side of the
world Jamaica is charting the
course," said Dr. Ronald
Robinson, minister of state in
Jamaica's Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Foreign Trade in
his address to the conference.

The conference, carrying a
theme H BrdL rI,,l Partnership
for Development", was the
first staged under the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) adminis-
tration, which defeated the

People's National Party (PNP)
in general elections last year.
However, the current govern-
ment has pledged to continue
to attract participation from
Jamaicans overseas in nation
building. The previous admin-
istration has been encouraged
by progress in this area.
"There has been a change
in government and to be
truthful none of what we start-
ed has been removed," said
Delano Franklyn, the former
minister of state in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Foreign Trade, who was
instrumental in the promoting
the Jamaican diaspora move-
i,,,Ld on what I've seen
and experienced so far they
(the JLP government) have

been building on what has
been achieved."
Many representatives of
the diaspora also appeared
satisfied with the bridgL"
being built between the island
and its nationals overseas.
"I think the movement
has come a long way, provid-
ing a platform for communica-
tion and collaboration," said
U.S.-based attorney Marlon
Hill, a delegate at the confer-
"People now have a lane
where they can communicate
with the government in
Jamaica. We now have to
decide, as a community, to
find a way to use this lane to
find value to them and their

One avenue provided at
the conference was work-
shops, which addressed vari-
ous issues, including: crime
and justice, education and cul-
ture, the church, economic
growth and investment devel-
opment, and youth and future
leadership. Some topics, such
as crime and justice, appeared
to generate more intensity
than others. Overseas-based
Jamaicans have expressed
concern over the crime in the
country, especially the rapidly
escalating murder rate, which
they claim is a deterrent to
visiting the island. The gov-
ernment appeared to acknowl-
edge the claim is legitimate.
"We know that crime and
violence in Jamaica has

caused our nationals abroad
to have second thoughts about
coming home," admitted
Minister of Justice Dorothy
However, newly appoint-
ed Minister of National
Security Trevor MacMillan
promised the diaspora that
maximum effort would be
made to address the issue.
MacMillan, who blamed the
majority of violent crimes on
gang-related activities, out-
lined strategies to deal with
the crime rate, which has
caused more than 700 murders
since the start of the year.
Those measures included
stiffer penalties for gun
crimes, more social interven-
tion programs, and improving
the morale of the police force
and intelligence-gathering
"We will not surrender to
(the criminal elements),"
MacMillan said.
MacMillan also called on
the diaspora to lobby its gov-
ernment overseas to help stop
the flow of guns into Jamaica.

Dual citizenship was
another topic that earned
focus at the conference.
Recent election results in
Jamaica brought the issue to a
head as several seats in the
House of Parliament were
being challenged on the basis
that the elected member held
citizenship of another country.

Jamaican-born U.S. soldier

dies in trying
NEW YORK Caribbean
American Councilman Leroy
Comrie has offered condo-
lences to the family of fallen
Jamaica-born soldier Andrew
Seabrooks who was killed in
Afghanistan last month while
serving in the United States
The United States'
Department of Defense said
that Seabrooks, 36, and three
other soldiers were killed by a
roadside bomb and small arms
fire in Kandahar.
"I am sure that his passing
must be terribly painful for his
family, but it is my hope that
they will find some comfort in
the fact that his death was a
noble one, in defense of the
ideals that we hold sacred in
this nation," said Comrie, the
son of Jamaican immigrants.
"I want to urge my fellow
New Yorkers to remember the
Seabrooks family in their
prayers, with the added hope
that we shall soon see the safe

to aid family
return of
our remain- "
ing young A
men and
women cur-
rently serv-
ing abroad,"
representa- I
tive for the Seabrooks
27th District
in Queens, New York.
Family members said Sgt.
Seabrooks, 36, who had lived
in South Ozone Park in
Queens and was a mechanic
with the New York National
Guard, had volunteered to
serve in Iraq four years ago to
earn extra money when the
family's home on 133rd Street
in South Ozone Park faced

Seabrooks was, however,



Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, is greeted by Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna, second right, at the
Jamaican display of the Chelsea Flower Show held recently on the Royal Horticultural Show Grounds in London, England.
Jamaica gained Independence from Britain in 1962. Golding led a delegation to the United Kingdom where he met representa-
tives of the Jamaica diaspora and Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He was also a special guest at the first in a series of
community meetings at the Kensington Town Hall in London.

July 2008



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~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Jamaican diaspora confab draws youth, bigger numbers from overseas

In one instance, a
Jamaican court ruled Daryl
Vaz, who was elected on the
JLP ticket, could not keep his
seat because he was an

in Afghanistan about six
months and was about to
come home for a week in July,
family members said.
"Like many young men
and women before him, Sgt.
Seabrooks volunteered to
serve his nation and his com-
munity," Comrie said.
"I was particularly moved
to read that his primary goal
in putting himself in harm's
way was to help stop his fami-
ly's home from going into
"Such sacrifice is not
indicative of Sgt. Seabrooks's

American citizen. He subse- plans by his government to
quently denounced his U.S. appoint diaspora members to
citizenship. the Senate.
In his address to the con- "All of that of course has
ference, Prime Minister Bruce now been challenged by the
Golding said the issue of dual dual citizenship issue where
citizenship was preventing the Supreme Court has ruled

U.S. soldier dies in trying to aid family

selfless devotion to his family,
but also underscores the depth
of the foreclosure crisis that this
country has yet to come to grips
with and address on a national
level," Comrie continued.
He said the southeast
Queens community is the epi-
center of the foreclosure crisis
in New York City, "where you
can find three to four homes
on one block alone undergo-
ing foreclosure.
"Such scenarios have a
devastating effect on the
entire community and created
a climate where families are
under enormous stress."

Gloria Hedges, 22, who
lives at Seabrooks's home, said
he had called home last month,
just hours before he died.
"He told me he was com-
ing home," she said. "That
was the last time I talked to
In civilian life, Seabrooks
worked as a mechanic at his
home and drove an independ-
ent cab, family members said.
Seabrooks joined the Army 17
years ago and served as head
of the household after his
mother died in 2005, family
members said.

that in order to be eligible to
be a parliamentarian or sena-
tor you must not be someone
who has sworn allegiance to

to be chaired by Professor Rex
Nettleford, will administer
projects and programs on
behalf of the diaspora.

A large overseas contingent attended the Third Biennial Jamaican Diaspora Conference
in Kingston last month.

foreign state," Golding said. Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Meanwhile, the govern- Today's managing editor.
ment announced the establish- Photographs by Michael
ment of the Jamaican Diaspora Sloley.
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New advisory

Delegates from the
Jamaican diaspora
last month elected a
seven-member advisory
board to the country's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Foreign Trade.
The board, whose mem-
bers represent the United
States, Canada and the
United Kingdom, includes:
Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams
and Claudette Cameron-
Stewart (Canada); Celia
Grandison-Markey and
Derrick Douglas (U.K.); and
Patrick Beckford, Wayland
Richards and Marlon Hill
The board was elected at
the third biennial conference
of the Jamaican diaspora held
in Kingston. Ffolkes-
Abrahams is serving her third
year two-year term and Hill
his second. Cameron-Stewart,
Grandison-Markey, Douglas,
Beckford and Richards are
first time members.
The board is expected
to meet twice per year with
the minister of state in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
to execute next steps for the
action plans generated from
the workshops at the confer-
ence. The next biennial
conference is scheduled for
June 2010.
For more information
on the Jamaican diaspora,
visit http://www.jamaican-

July 2008


Jamaican Students Learn To Manage Moi

T he best way to learn
something is to teach it.
That is one of the main
elements behind a new
programme to improve the financial
literacy of Jamaican students.
More than 500 high school
students completed the Financial
Literacy project in Kingston in June.
'"1 .e i''ere looking at behaviour change
and wealth creation," project coordinator
Roderick Sanatan stated.
The Senior Lecturer at theCaribbean
Institute of Media and Communication
(CARIMAC) at the University of the West
Indies, said the project evolved from work
being done by graduate students in the
Communication for Social and Behaviour
Change course at the Institute.
"There is a tremendous strength if we
can tap into the learning patterns the young
people have," he observed. At the closing
ceremony, outstanding groups performed
skits illustrating aspects of the course work.
"These performance elements seem to be
very strong in the school," Mr. Sanatan
noted. "And multiple intelligence may be
harnessed to enhance the learning
Targeted Cohort of Students
Groups of students aged 14-17 were
chosen from 12 schools across the
island representing a cross-section of the
To help develop the programme,
CARIMAC partnered with the
Commonwealth Secretariat and
Jamaica National Building Society
(JNBS). The Secretariat is the central
institution of the Commonwealth of Nations

Students Certified to Manage their Money: Cheryl Bruce (left), Economic Advisor with the
Commonwealth Secretariat and Earl Jarrett, General Manager JNBS engage students
Kathy-Ann Phillips and Shannae Thompson of Vauxhall High School, St. Andrew in a
jovial discussion about savings.
while JN is one of the largest financial insti- cent needs to be doubled for the country

tutions in Jamaica.
"Citizens are often not functionally
literate, although they are educated," said
Earl Jarrett, General Manager of Jamaica
"There is decreasing focus on
important issues such as budgeting and
planning, accounting for expenses and
Toward National Transformation
Jamaicans have become more spending
oriented than savings oriented, Mr. Jarrett
said. The national savings rate of 20 per

to achieve a national transformation.
Shifting the national orientation should
start in the schools, the general manager

iey Dateline
"People are
underestimating how
powerful these young people are," said
Commonwealth Secretariat advisor Mrs.
Cheryl Bruce. "Some children have access
to a lot of money."
Successful Regional Project
Mrs. Bruce said her organisation had helped
implement a similar programme in Trinidad
and Tobago last year. This year Dominica
and Jamaica had been added, with Jamaica
having the largest programme.
"There is a pattern across the Caribbean
that children are getting money," she pointed
"When you ask them how they are
spending it, cell phones are coming up to the
The students need to understand how to
spend their money better, she said. The
Commonwealth Secretariat will be
extending the programme beyond the
Caribbean next year to give more students
exposure to the concepts.
"I would like to thank those involved in
this project as it made me eager to save,"
said Vauxhall High School graduating
student Ashani Thomas. "I hope they take
it to more schools and especially more
inner-city schools. 'b

45 High Schools to be Built

Some 45 additional high schools are to
be built in Jamaica, with the support of
the National Education Trust (NED).
Minister of Education, Andrew Holness,
made this announcement while addressing
delegates at the Third Biennial Jamaican
Diaspora Conference last month.
He outlined the main task of the Trust
"development and investment" in infra-
structure to significantly benefit the educa-
tion sector. Mr. Holness stated that the
buiiildio\ n,'et*i atipitail in''evitelult. ,hict h

will reduce the teacher-pupil ratio from
where it currently stands at one to 40.
The project, which is the first by the
NET, he said, supports the thrust to end the
shift system in high schools.
The Minister further elaborated that
shift system was implemented in drive
toward universal access, but noted that it
was efficient with regard to the use of
space. However, he said it was an
inefficient system in terms of the output.
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Stephanie Lugg (left),
JNBS Marketing Rep.
welcomes and registers
young Jamaicans from the
Diaspora to a Friday
evening Verandah Chat'
hosted by the Society.
The young people
attended the Diaspora
Conference held in
Kingston in June.

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Conference held at the Jamaica Conference She noted, however, that these
Centre last month, Ms. Grange leadership, and although not the majority,
said government is committed to empower- could potentially determine the picture
ing young people through the provision of painted of Jamaica's future
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Jamaican sues Barclays Bank for alleged role in slavery

Jamaican youth activist
in New York has filed
a slavery genocide law-
suit in state court in
Brooklyn, demanding
compensation for
Barclays Bank's
alleged role in enslav-
ing his Jamaican ances-
tors and the rLulIng
destruction" of his
African ethnic and
national identity.
Clive Campbell,
leader of the Brooklyn
youth group Da Black
Defense League, told
the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) late last
month that Barclays Bank
"engaged in acts of genocide
with the intent to destroy, in
whole or in part," his "nation-
al and ethnic group." He
claimed that the money used
to start the bank, which
Barclays Bank merged into in
the 1960s, was earned from
the slave trade.
"My ancestors were
forced out of Africa into

Jamaica," he said.
"It was foreseeable and
intended that my African
ancestors, enslaved by
Barclays Bank, would have
descendants," he added.
"These descendants were
intended to live under the
same conditions as the origi-
nally enslaved forever
removed from their ethnic and
national group," Campbell
The Jamaican is demand-

ing "genocide compensation
and punitive d.ImgL to the
tune of $5 billion for himself
and the black community.
The lawsuit presents
details of Barclays Bank's
alleged role in enslaving
Africans, as reported by the
Restitution Study Group
(RSG) in Brooklyn in 2007, in
a document it issued, recog-
nizing the 200th anniversary
of the end of the British slave
trade. The document noted
the role of two prominent
slave-trading bankers,
Benjamin and Arthur
Heywood, brothers from
Liverpool, England, who

founded Arthur Heywood,
Sons & Co. (Heywoods Bank)
in 117.
In 1883, the bank merged
into Martins Bank, which, in
turn, merged into Barclays
Bank in 1968.
According to the RSG
document, the Heywood
brothers founded their bank
with money earned from the
slave trade. Campbell said the
Heywoods uid the bank to
help other merchants engage
in the slave-trading business
as well."
He charged that the
Heywoods "engaged in at
least 125 slave-trading voy-

J'gL and that they enslaved
38,620 Africans, 6,045 of
whom died during the Middle
Passage before reaching the
"Those enslaved were
stolen from eight different
regions in Africa," he said.
"Most were enslaved in
Jamaica, and some in the
Carolinas (North and South)
and Virginia," Campbell
He said the Brooklyn
court will hear his case in

Ex-election boss is new commissioner of customs

- Former election boss
Danville Walker was named
last month named Jamaica's
new commissioner of customs.
Walker replaces Hector
Jones, who retired after 39
years of service at the customs
The restructuring of cus-
toms is seen as part of govern-
ment's plans to increase rev-
enue collection.
Finance Minister Audley
Shaw, in his contribution to
the 2008-2009 Budget Debate,
said that the government

planned to amend tax and
customs laws to impose stiffer
penalties on customs officials
convicted of aiding and abet-
ting tax evasion or fraud.
Walker resigned as direc-
tor of elections recently fol-
lowing revelations that he
holds United States citizen-
ship, in violation of Jamaica's
Constitution. The constitution
bars anyone who swears alle-
giance to a foreign power
from being a director of elec-
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relief of 80 percent. This will
decrease to 50 percent if pay-
ment is made by Aug. 31, 40
percent by Sept. 30, and 20
percent by the end of October.

The move, announced by
Finance Minister Audley
Shaw in his budget presenta-
tion in April, is designed to
bring more Jamaicans into the
tax net.
On June 30, hundreds of
taxpayers lined up at tax
offices across the country,
hoping to benefit from the ini-
tiative. At the Constant
Spring office in St Andrew,
people who stood in long
winding lines complained
about the wait.
"I knew that it would be
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increased to 20 to facilitate the
expected rush by taxpayers.

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Immaculate celebrates 150 years of excellence in education

Phenomenal women of
yesterday, today and
tomorrow. Such is the
slogan produced by the girls
of Immaculate Conception
High School, Kingston as their
school celebrates 150 years of
The achievements of the
school are worth celebrating.
Results from external exams
are impressive each year and
success in sports, especially
swimming and tennis, keeps
the name in the public eye.
Yasmin Chong, chairper-
son of the 150th Planning
Committee, says that the
school likes to be known as a
center of excellence. Her
committee has been working
towards a special anniversary
year since Dec. 2006.Chong
describes 2008 as "the fun
year," but the hard work start-
ed early.
The anniversary commit-
tee plans to raise J$50 million
for various projects worked
out in collaboration with the
school's administration. Some
of the aims are to provide
three new classrooms for the
high school population of
1,860 students, plus 240 in the
prep school. The swimming
pool will be refurbished, along
with the Summer House, one
of the oldest buildings on the
campus. The cafeteria will be
expanded and turned into a
health-based center. The
music program will be revital-
ized with the provision of new
instruments, while the Sports
Department will be given a
temporary gym until the
Summer House is converted.

Kingston's Mayor Desmond McKenzie, right, presents the keys to the city to representatives of Immaculate Conception High School.

The school library will
become a fully equipped
resource center with new
books and computers.

This ambitious program is
supported by the school's
alumnae association, which
has four branches in the
United States (Florida, New
York and Washington D.C.)
and Canada (Toronto). There
are plans to incorporate
branches in the U.S. states of
Georgia and California.
Europe has a virtual chapter.
The Florida chapter has
made a tremendous contribu-
tion to the new library. It has

shipped over 100 boxes of new
books with 54 more to come.
Sister Angela, the school's
headmistress, believed many
of the existing books were
either old or no longer rele-
vant. The Florida book drive
solved that problem and
Chong commended that chap-
ter for its efforts. The target
for the library was achieved
with the year only halfway
through. The barbecue held
recently completed the funds
The aim of building three
new classrooms is two-thirds
of the way to success. April 18
was designated Immaculate
Conception Island Grill Day.

All profits from sales on that
day were devoted to the
school. Thalia Lyn, head of
Island Grill, handed over a
check for J$550,000. The new
room will be known as Island
Grill classroom. National
Commercial Bank gave the
money for a second to be
known as the NCB Dean of
Discipline's Office and class-

One event per month was
planned by the committee
throughout 2008. January
began with a mass at the Holy
Trinity Cathedral, followed by
a brunch at St. George's

College Auditorium. Former
teachers and administrators
attended. A blue mahoe tree
was planted near the site of
the new classroom block.
February saw the inaugu-
ration of the Distinguished
Lecturer Series with
Immaculate's own Professor
Yolande Chin returning to dis-
cuss the topic "Equipping
tomorrow's leaders through
value-based technology-
enabled education".
In March, St. Patrick's
Day celebrated was with a
supper and, in what was per-
haps the highlight of the year,
the presentation of the keys of
the city of Kingston to the
heads of Immaculate
Conception high and prep
schools, Sister Angela and
Theresa Mendes, by the city's
Mayor Desmond McKenzie.
This was the first school ever
to receive such an award.
An awards ceremony
was scheduled for last month,
along with a golf tournament to
benefit the Sports Department.
In October, on the Feast of St.
Francis, Patron Saint of
Ecology, there will be a
At the end of the year
there will be an outreach proj-
ect at the Ozanam Home for
the Aged and a mass and con-
cert of the performing arts.
The Homecoming Week
is scheduled for this month.
Former students are expected
to converge at the school and
major events, such as a lunch
at the Terra Nova Hotel and
dinner at the Jamaica Pegasus
hotel. The week culminates

No snap polls to decide dual citizenship issue ~ political scientist

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Noted political scientist
Neville Duncan is against the
idea of snap general elections
to solve the dual citizenship
situation now confronting
the eight-month old Bruce
Golding government.
At the same time, Duncan
said the ruling Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP) stands a good
chance of returning to power
should elections be called now.
Golding has already hint-
ed that he would be prepared
to go back to the polls if per-
sons, who were not elected to
office, were successful in
becoming parliamentary rep-
resentatives by way of court
rulings as a result of the citi-
zenship controversy.
Duncan, a lecturer at the
University of the West Indies,
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that the

problem was confined to cer-
tain constituencies and the
people would like the matter
resolved there.
"The voters in those con-
stituencies made their choice
whether or not the person had
had citizenship exclusively of
Jamaica or dual, and I think
they want the choice to
restate that position," said

An opinion poll published
here last month noted that the
majority of Jamaicans were
not in favor of snap general
elections and would prefer
that the matter be settled
through by-elections in affect-
ed constituencies.
Some defeated candidates
of the main Opposition
People's National Party (PNP)
are seeking to get the courts

to declare them winners of
disputed constituencies where
successful JLP candidates are
said to have sworn allegiance
to a foreign
power, in con-
travention of
the constitu-
the Supreme
Court ruled
that the JLP's
Member of Duncan
Parliament for
West Portland Daryl Vaz had
sworn allegiance to the
United States and therefore
he was ineligible to sit in
Parliament. The court ordered
a by-election for the seat, but
the PNP's candidate Abe
Dabdoub has appealed the
matter on the basis that the
seat should have been turned
over to him automatically.

"A general election would
be unnecessary in the sense
that people have already
determined who their repre-
sentatives are, and it is only
those constituencies that are
disputed that one should have
an election," Duncan said,
warning that snap elections
could bring increased violence
"There might be violence,
because we have had severe
increase in murders, and basi-
cally people are just uneasy
about anything that will bring
crowds out unto the streets in
party colors," he explained.

He said the feeling among
both JLP and PNP supporters
was that in the event of elec-
tions the government could be
swept from power given the
upsurge in crime and the rise

in the cost of living. He, how-
ever, argued that a JLP loss at
the polls in the event of snap
elections is unlikely.
"The government has
very little to do with it (but)
the feeling among both JLP
and PNP supporters is that it
would work against the gov-
ernment in power," Duncan
"But I don't think so,
because in a sense, the gov-
ernment has not made any
major errors except in one or
two areas. But basically they
have kept things going, they
have not been disastrous in
any way; they are likely to be
In the last general elec-
tions, the JLP won 32 of the
60 seats in the Parliament
while the PNP picked up the
other 28.

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Oxtail and broad beans, Jamaican feast to the bone

Outside the island, dish-
es like jerk chicken
and pork get a lot of
praise for being "most
Jamaican". However, many
others are just as delicious and

a fried dumpling or two, some
macaroni and cheese, plus
your favorite drink to wash it
down, and you're set for a
sumptuous feast.
Here's the way the main
course is done, courtesy of a

Oxtail and beans

are equally favored by
So Caribbean Today
offers oxtail and broad beans.
This dish can be served with
rice and peas or white rice.
Add some fried ripe plantains,

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* 1 pound beef oxtail, cut into
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 green onion, thinly sliced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced

Rice and peas
* 1 teaspoon minced fresh
ginger root
* 1 scotch bonnet pepper,
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1 sprig fresh thyme, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon black pepper
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1 cup broad beans
* 1 teaspoon pimento berries
or peppercorns (optional)
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons water

Toss the oxtail with the


onion, green onion,
garlic, ginger, scotch bonnet
pepper, soy sauce, thyme, salt
and black pepper. Heat the
vegetable oil in a large skillet
over medium-high heat.
Brown the oxtail in the
skillet until browned all over,
about 10 minutes. Place into a
pressure cooker, and pour in
11/2 cups water. Cook at pres-
sure for 25 minutes, then
remove from heat, and
remove the lid according to
manufacturer's directions.
Add the broad beans and
pimento berries, and bring to
a simmer over medium-high

heat. Dissolve the cornstarch
in two tablespoons water and
stir into the simmering oxtail.
Cook and stir a few minutes
until the sauce has thickened,
and the broad beans are ten-

Cook's note: A slow cooker
may be used instead of a pres-
sure cooker in step one. Simply
place the browned oxtail and
water into the slow cooker, and
cook on low for 10 hours, or
high for six hours. Proceed
with step two as stated

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Jamaican Independence essay contest

open to Florida students

The Jamaica
Information Service
in Miami is accept-
ing entries for the annual
Independence Essay
The competition
forms part Jamaica's
Independence celebrations
throughout Florida com-
munities in the United
The contest, now in its
eighth year, is open to all
Jamaican children first
and second generation resid-
ing in the state of Florida. The
deadline for submitting entries
is July 24.
The winner in each cate-
gory will be awarded a plaque
from the Jamaica Consulate
The aim of the competi-

tion is to advance community
awareness while exposing
youth to their Jamaican cul-
ture and heritage.
Students can choose from
a selection of topics related to
Jamaica's cultural heritage,
including community leader-
ship, entertainment, educa-

tion, history and cul-
ture, geography and
national develop-
must be between
ages five and 18 and
reside in Florida.
There are three age
categories: five to
eight; nine to 12; and
13 to 18.
For more
information on the
contest, contact the
local JIS office at the
Jamaica Consulate General in
Miami, 25 S.E. Second Ave.,
Suite 609, call 305-374-8431
ext. 232, e-mail jismiami@bell- or visit the con-
sulate's website at

* Write about your two favorite
places in Jamaica. These could
include historic landmarks, places
of recreation, cities, or even your
family home. Name them and
describe why they are your favorite.

* How do you think Jamaican
youth in the diaspora can best con-
tribute to the nation's development
in the global arena.

* Do you know of a Jamaican
group or Jamaican individual who
has made an outstanding contribu-
tion to their community? If so, write
about their contribution and its
impact on that community in which
he or she resides.

* What is the origin of reggae
music? Explain the role that this
genre of music has played in
Jamaica's social, cultural and eco-
nomic development.

* Who was Jamaica's first prime
minister? Describe briefly how his

life and work impacted our nation
during his tenure.

* Briefly describe the significance
of Jamaica's five national symbols.

* There are several prominent
Jamaican landmarks (e.g. Port
Royal, Devon House, Rose Hall
Great House, Spanish Town, etc.).
Choose any Jamaican landmark
that you know and explain briefly
its context to Jamaica's rich cultur-
al heritage.

Each entrant must choose only one
topic. The response must not
exceed two pages and should be
Essays can be emailed to jis- or mailed to
the Jamaica Information Service,
25 S.E. Second Ave. Suite 609,
Miami, Florida 33131.
Each entry must be accompa-
nied by the contestant's name,
address, telephone number and age.

IMF lists reasons for Jamaica's economic slowdown

International Monetary Fund
(IMF) says Jamaica's econom-
ic challenges have been com-
pounded by natural disasters,
the global economic slowdown
and increases in oil and food
prices, which have contributed
to slower economic growth,
rising inflation and a widening
current account deficit.
The Washington-based
international financial institu-
tion said on June 30 that
strains in international finan-
cial markets have put "further
pressure on an economy
reliant on external financing.
"Directors agreed that the
key imperatives are to address
the economy's vulnerabilities,
improve Jamaica's lackluster
growth performance, and

strengthen its medium-term
public debt dynamics," it said
in a statement after complet-
ing Article IV Consultation
with the Bruce Golding
Against this background,
the IMF directors welcomed
the authorities' efforts at set-
ting out an ambitious medium-
term macroeconomic strategy
that places high priority on the
maintenance of macroeco-
nomic stability, fiscal consoli-
dation, and structural reforms.
They encouraged the govern-
ment to work expeditiously
toward the implementation of
their strategy and to build a
broad domestic consensus in
support of their reform initia-

The directors welcomed
the authorities' medium-term
program of fiscal adjustment
aimed at balancing the budget
by fiscal year 2010/2011 and at
establishing a virtuous cycle of
lower debt and higher growth.
They noted that the
adjustment effort would need
to be underpinned by "broad-

ranging r. h rn, of the tax
system, public services and
public enterprises, underscor-
ing the fund's readiness to
provide technical assistance in
its areas of competence.
In particular, the directors
said they saw merit in the
early preparation of a fiscal
Report on the Observance of
Standards and Codes (ROSC)
to help strengthen fiscal man-
agement and improve trans-

In discussing the desirable
pace of fiscal adjustment, the
directors recognized the need
to set realistic targets and to
provide adequate fiscal space
for growth-enhancing invest-
ment spending.

At the same time, most
directors considered that a
stronger fiscal adjustment in
the current budget year would
"make a good start to the sub-
stantial effort needed over the
coming three years to imple-
ment the authorities' program.
Against this background, they
encouraged the authorities to
examine carefully the scope to
reduce non-productive expen-
ditures, noting that this would
help reverse the weakening
primary surplus projected for
fiscal year 2008/2009.
"Early fiscal adjustment
would also support monetary
and exchange rate policies,
against the backdrop of the
widened current account


Immaculate celebrates 150 years of excellence in education

with a family picnic on the
school grounds.
Money is also being raised
through appeals to alumnae
and supporters of the school.

The year is also a celebra-
tion of what has been achieved
by Immaculate in its 150 years.
The school began in what was
the former Constant Spring
Hotel. The church bought the
property and started a prep
and high school in one build-
ing. At that stage boys were
able to attend. The name of
the establishment then was
Immaculate Conception
Academy with junior and high
school departments.
The Fransiscan Sisters

operated the school then.
Now there is one, the head-
mistress Sister Angela,
although other sisters help
during the week of recollec-
tion held each year. What was
the original school building is
now a convent for nuns of the
Yet Fransiscan values pre-
vail. Sister Angela is aware of
the need to be mindful of the
students and to create the best
wholesome environment in
which they can achieve their
potential. This is what being a
center of excellence is all

Marie Gregory is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Planning Committee enjoy getting the work done for a year of c

Essay topics

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The long road to success Khemlanis' march from Bombay to Jamaica


Khemlani Mart is one of
Jamaica's success stories. With
stores in Kingston Tropical
Plaza, King Street and the
flagship property Manor
Centre, Constant Spring -
manned by a staff of some
200, the company is certainly
well established.
Few shoppers realize the
somewhat accidental arrival of
the founder of it all, Madhu
Khemlani. In 1962 Khemlani
was a prosperous businessman
in Bombay, India. One of the
largest manufacturers and
retailers of jewellery, he was
also president of the Jewellers
Board. The then minister of
finance in India started gold
control, whereby no jewellery
over 14 carat gold could be
made. This was partly because
gold was being used as a
hedge against inflation and
the minister believed that too
much money was going into
gold instead of other areas of
the economy.
Jewellers were alarmed

FLORIDA Healthcare. It's a
subject most people don't
even think about until they
feel bad or have been diag-
nosed with some type of ill-
ness that requires continual
medical treatment.
Whether it is high blood
pressure, diabetes, obesity or
cancer, people have been
accustomed to seeing their
doctors as a systematic source
for prescriptions and treat-
ments to ease their pains and
suppress the symptoms of
their diagnosed diseases.
However, as information tech-
nology is increasing, many
people are opting for alterna-
tive medical treatment that
not only treats their diseases,
but makes healing and whole-
some living an option.
Wentworth G. Jarrett, of
Dr. Jarrett's Wellness Center
in Palmetto Bay, Florida, says
p\iiL ni should be treated
not as diseased parts, but as a
whole patient. My mission is
holistic care with total health
for the whole family."
Dr. Jarrett focuses on
wellness, which reaches
beyond healthcare and taps
into both the psychological
and physiological make-up of
patients. This approach
enables him to take preven-
tive measures that empower
patients to take control of
their health through educa-
tion and accountability under

and asked Khemlani to issue a
statement expressing their
concerns. He was not entirely
complimentary to the minister
some of whose habits he could
not approve. Within hours his
business was locked down and
80 of his jewellers arrested.
Police and soldiers surround-
ed his home and placed him
under virtual house arrest.
His son, Suresh, recalls
going home from school to
find members of the house-
hold being questioned, docu-
ments being checked.
Khemlani's father had 14 chil-
dren seven boys, seven girls.
Madhu was the third son, but
his father's favorite. Realizing
that Madhu was being target-
ed by the authorities, his
father advised him to leave
the country. He did, with bare-
ly more than the shirt on his

From Hong Kong,
Khemlani travelled to the
United States and eventually
reached Miami. A friend he

Dr. Jarrett
his guidance.
A native of Kingston,
Jamaica, Dr. Jarrett has been
practicing family medicine for
more than 20 years. He
believes that to achieve opti-
mum health, it is imperative
to take an approach that cou-
ples medical science with
innovative products and serv-
ices that meet the diverse
needs of today's patients.

Dr. Jarrett's patient popu-
lation not only expands from
Miami-Dade and Broward
counties, but many travel
from abroad, including the
Caribbean, United Kingdom
and Fiji, for routine visits.
Through traveling and
continued education Dr.
Jarrett has developed a global
view towards medicine that
enables him to connect with

suresn Knemlani, right, receives the Order of Distinction, a Jamaican national honor,
from Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall at Kings House.

had met in India invited him
to visit in Jamaica. This was
the turning point. Soon he was
calling his wife in Bombay
saying that he had found the
perfect place to raise his chil-
dren and that they were to
come and join him.
It took a return visit to
Bombay to convince him that
his company there would not
be allowed to operate and was
all but bankrupt even though
the gold controls had been
lifted. His wife said he had to
settle down first and find
schools for their five children
then she would come. There
was a further delay when
Suresh contracted jaundice
and was not allowed to travel
for several months.
Eventually they were able
to send a telegram giving their
departure date from India.
But the telegram was never
delivered. Mother and chil-
dren arrived at the airport
early in 1970 eager for the
reunion with Khemlani. They
waited, but no one came.
After an hour an immigration
officer asked if there was a
problem. He asked where
they were going and ui-',LLd
a taxi. Unfortunately Suresh
did not have the complete
address. He only recalled the
name of the street and that it
was in Kingston 8. The taxi
driver tried in vain to find it,
then u,_.,Lild they go to
Constant Spring Post Office to
ask directions. A postman on
a bicycle said that he was
going there to deliver a
telegram and they could fol-
low him. This was the very
telegram notifying the father
of his family's arrival!
More excitement was to
follow. They reached the
house at exactly the same
moment as an ambulance,
which had come to take
Khemlani to hospital with a

kidney stone problem.

From then on, things
improved. The house rented
by Khemlani was a duplex. He
and the family lived in one
part, manufactured jewellery
in the other. With two master
craftsmen from India and
local trainees, they produced
mainly bangles and rings to
supply tourist shops in
Kingston and Montego Bay.
The early Jamaican
trainees were talented people
who now work in New York
City, running factories or
operating their own businesses
in Jamaica and overseas.
Yet the early years were
not easy for the Khemlani
family. They pulled together
and made many sacrifices.
They grew their own vegeta-
bles and cut costs wherever
possible. Their savings
allowed them to open three
jewellery stores although the
economic climate of the 1970s
caused two to be closed, leav-
ing the profitable Jewelerama
in Mall Plaza to survive alone.
When a men's clothing
store closed down, Suresh,
now known as Steve locally,
decided to open a similar
store in its place. He called it
"Lord and Baron". Mitzi
Seaga, then wife of Prime
Minister Edward Seaga,
encouraged him to cater to

women as well as men. Thus
the name changed to "Lord
and Lady" and the clothing
business became a new chal-
lenge for Suresh.
Later he was to cast his
eye upon a piece of land in
Constant Spring. It was not
being used and he was anxious
to find the owner. When he
discovered the owner, a lady,
he was invited to drink tea
with her. Discussions followed
but little progress. Yet the tea
drinking continued. Her price
kept increasing until eventual-
ly she agreed to sell. Suresh
signed on a paper table nap-
kin, gave her the deposit on
the one check leaf he always
carried whenever he met her
then rushed to his bank the
next day to see if the manager
would approve the deal.
In 1986 the building
began. Manor Centre was
about to take shape. The
supermarket came first before
the furniture store, clothing
outlet, pharmacy, bank and
the shops and business places
which are rented out.
Then came Hurricane
Gilbert and the lack of elec-
tricity. Suresh, through the
help of Prime Minister Seaga,
was able to get a transformer
and become the first super-
market owner to reopen. The
development of the stores in
Montego Bay which sells fur-
niture, Portmore, clothing and
furniture, Tropical Plaza and
King Street came later. The
company said it has had offers
from other Caribbean islands
to develop business.

Successful businessman
though he is, Suresh Khemlani
does not fulfil the stereotype.
The trappings of success he
ignores. First and foremost a
family man, he prefers to
spend time with his wife and
four children rather than fre-
quent the cocktail circuit. His
two daughters, Anisha and
Sonam, attend Immaculate
Conception High School. Sons
Chirag and Vikram go to
Hillel Academy.
Suresh and his wife
Karishma ,who works in the
business with him, spend as


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SA Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaicas 46th Independence
A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

JC&W to upgrade, expand network

& Wireless Jamaica has cho-
sen a Swedish technology
giant as its long-term ,i rai[-
gic business partner" to
upgrade and expand its net-
Ericsson's Systems
Integration, the Stockholm,
Sweden-based leading global
provider of technology and
services to telecom operators,
said it has signed a three-year
agreement with Cable &
Wireless Jamaica.
"As a strategic business
partner, Ericsson will provide
Cable & Wireless with systems

integration services while facil-
itating the launch of a wide
range of new and innovative
next-generation broadband
multimedia services, underpin-
ning Cable & Wireless' sub-
scriber demands", Ericsson
said in a recent statement.
"With strong partnerships
in the U.K (United Kingdom),
Panama and Macau, Cable &
Wireless aims to strengthen its
position in the Caribbean
market," said Phil Green,
president and chief executive
officer of Cable & Wireless

IMF lists reasons for Jamaica's economic slowdown

deficit, higher-than-expected
inflation, and the weak exter-
nal environment," the direc-
tors said.

They commended a com-
mitment to monetary and
exchange rate flexibility, stat-
ing that they were reassured
that the authorities "stand
ready to take necessary actions
as conditions warrant."
The directors were of the
view that a further moderate
rise in interest rates might be
needed to alleviate inflation-
ary pressures and stem capital
outflows. They considered
that the current level of the
exchange rate broadly reflects
fundamentals, advising the
incumbent administration to
"stand ready to let the
Jamaican dollar adjust should
large balance of payments
pressures persist."
The directors welcomed
the "positive indicators of
banking sector soundness,"
stressing that continued vigi-
lance over the financial sector

is warranted, in particular
with respect to the risks posed
by the unregulated investment
schemes promising implausi-
bly high rates of return.
The directors said they
were encouraged by the
authorities' intention to pre-
vent unregulated investment
schemes that are not in the
public interest, while ensuring
that legitimate investments can
proceed. They supported the
authorities' request for techni-
cal assistance in this regard.

Given the cross-border
risks posed by such schemes,
the directors also encouraged
enhanced regional coopera-
tion among supervisors.
They called on the
authorities to broaden the col-
lection of information on the
formal financial system to
allow for a "more comprehen-
sive assessment of systemic
risks, including from changes
in the global and domestic
economic environments."

The long road to success Khemlanis' march from Bombay to Jamaica

much time as possible with
their children. At weekends
they play tennis or swim
together and, whenever possi-
ble, Suresh arranges his buying
trips abroad for school holi-
days so that he can take them
all with him. Having grown up
in a close knit family, he hopes
they will stay together and that
the children will follow into
the business. Above all, he
hopes they will make a contri-
bution to society.
Philanthropy is part of the
Khemlani way of life. He was
taught this by his mother, who
still lives in Miami after the
death of her husband Madhu.
She instilled in her family the
obligation to take care of the
community. Her father had
lived in the south of India and
in the hottest times of year he
would put large clay vessels of
lemonade or iced water in the
street so that passers by could
refresh themselves. Though
this was a goodwill gesture, it
paid dividends as many who
stopped for refreshments dis-
covered his business place and
went in.
Suresh would like to fulfil
his mother's dream of having a
foundation, which would offer
a school and soup kitchen for
the homeless. The Khemlani
family operates charitable
works in Cassava Piece and
Gulley Bank in St. Andrew,
helping where they can. They
are often called on to help
with funerals, hospitalization
and so on. The Wortley Home
is another neighbour to
receive assistance. Institutions
also come to the company ask-
ing for donations such as
fridges or stoves.
Suresh was awarded a
national honor the Order of
Distinction by the govern-

Suresh and Karishma Khemlani surrounded by family members Sonam, Chirag, Vikram
and Anisha.

ment of Jamaica in Oct. 2007
for community service and
philanthropy. After almost 40
years in the island and such an
inauspicious arrival, it seemed
a fitting culmination of a fami-

ly's efforts to contribute to
their newly adopted land.

Marie Gregory is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

The good doctor brings 'family' care to Florida

patients regardless of race,
color, creed or social status.
According to Martha Gibson,
a medical assistant who has
worked with him for five
years, "he knows every
patient as an individual; by
face without a chart." With
this level of personal connec-
tion, patients know they will
not receive generalized care
for their individualized needs.
Dr. Jarrett relocated from
his Palmetto Bay office (at the
Baptist Medical Plaza) to a new
office in West Kendall. The new
place is designed especially with
his patients in mind.
I'm expecting this move
to add tremendously to our
practice," he explained. "We'll
have more flexibility and be
able to better meet the needs
of our patients."
The new facility sits on a
lake. But perhaps one of the
most significant elements of
the new office is the absence
of a sliding window in the
waiting area -a window found
in most offices that is usually
closed and keeps patients
wondering what's going on in
the back. According to
Debbie McFarlane, a medical
assistant in the office for eight
years, "we get close to the
patients... no medicine can
provide what a friendly face
can do for a patient who is
already feeling bad."

Dr. Jarrett's staff has
grasped his vision and reflects
his compassion for his

patients. This is a result of his
wife Sandra Jarrett's involve-
ment as office manager. She
ensures the staff is continually
trained and has opportunities
to express concerns and ideas
that are beneficial to patients
and staff.
"Our front desk is very
pleasant," she proudly pro-
claims. "Our front desk win-
dow is always open. We're
here for the common good of
the patient."
Dr. Jarrett said he is truly
committed to keeping abreast
of the growing, diverse medical
needs. He is creating a brand
of products and services that
will ensure his patients obtain
optimum health. In addition to
family healthcare, once at the
new location, Dr. Jarrett will
be more focused on holistic
principles. He has developed,
and plans to introduce services
that include nutritional guid-
ance, spa services (massage
therapy and skincare), person-
alized support and a series of
seminars and workshops that
reflect his commitment to edu-
cate his patients.
So, if you want to take
charge of your health with a
holistic approach, visit Dr.
Jarrett's Wellness Center. The
service will make you feel like
you're a part of one big, lov-
ing family, which is enough to
make you feel better from the

Edited from a contributed
story written by Genyne

July 2008

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~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Government names new Air Jamaica board of directors

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
A new nine-member board
for Air Jamaica has been
named, with Canadian airline
executive David Banmiller
tipped to take up the post of
chief executive officer.
Senator Don Wheby, min-
ister without portfolio in the
Ministry of Finance who
announced the new board,
said Shirley Williams will
remain as chairman, but that
she would surrender the day-
to-day operations to the chief
executive officer when that
person is named.
The other members from
the old board to stay on are
Richard Byles, Wilfred
Bagaloo, Dennis Lalor and
Omar Parkins. Those being
added are Dr. Carolyn Hayle,
university lecturer; Colin
Steele, accountant; Christopher
Berry, investment banker; and
Bank of Jamaica Governor
Derrick Lattibeaudierre.
"The airline as you know

has been losing quite a bit of
funds every month, some-
where between 10 and 12 mil-
lion U.S. dollars, so the first
thing that the board has been
mandated to do is to try and
stablize the air-
line to ensure
that those loses
are reduced as -
best as possi- "
ble," the minis-
ter told jour-
nalists at a
recent press
briefing. Wehby
"The sec-
ond thing is that they need to
restructure the airline for it to
become more efficient; and
the third thing is that we want
to divest the airline by 2009."

Wehby disclosed that up
to four people have been
short-listed as candidates for
the post of chief executive
officer, including Banmiller.

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However, Air Jamaica sources
say that Banmiller is the front-
runner given his reputation
for turning around loss-mak-
ing entities.
Wehby revealed that
under the terms of the divest-
ment agreement being pur-
sued, Jamaica is seeking to
retain only about 20-percent
ownership of Air Jamaica. He
added that government has set
out specific guidelines for the
takeover in order to protect
and maintain the Air Jamaica
brand name.
"The selected partner
must commit to providing
adequate airlift to Jamaica as
a tourist destination, the
prospective partner must have
extensive airline experience
and the appropriate capital,"
he added.
The minister said it will
take some $300 million to
$500 million to capitalize the
airline, which has been mak-

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eral years.
Last month, Wehby
demanded the resignation of
the 14-member board, shortly
after Prime Minister Bruce
Golding bemoaned the air-
line's continued drain on the

country's resources.
Last year, Air Jamaica
lost $170 million, and this year
it is projected to lose another
$200 million.

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~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Voluntary medical team targets Jamaica for humanitarian aid

Nova Southeastern
University College of
Osteopathic Medicine


(NSU-COM) in Florida
recently sent over 130 volun-
teers to rural areas of Jamaica

to provide health care services
to the community.
The volunteer medical

group, comprising 42 practi-
tioners and 90 students in the
fields of osteopathic medicine,
dentistry, occupational thera-
py, public health, pharmacy,
optometry and physical thera-
py carried out a 10-day
humanitarian effort.
Since its inception eight
years ago, the college's annual
"Medical Mission to Jamaica"
has allowed the participants to
develop relationships with
community residents and
compile medical histories on
the patients.
"We are prepared to treat
a variety of medical condi-
tions while visiting two areas
of Jamaica," said Paula
Anderson-Worts, associate
professor of family medicine
at NSU-COM who coordi-
nates the college's medical
missions to Jamaica and
serves as director of the fami-
ly practice residency at
Broward General Medical
Center in Fort Lauderdale,
"Over the past eight
years, we have had the unique
opportunity to provide a vari-
ety of health care services to
these communities and have
seen some worthwhile out-
comes in the area due to

our efforts."

During the recent medical
outreach endeavor, the partic-
ipants were scheduled to first
visit Jamaica's capital
Kingston and spend the
remainder of the trip visiting
St. Mary, which is one of
Jamaica's smallest parishes. In
total, they were expected to
see approximately 3,500
patients. Because the humani-
tarian excursion is volunteer-
based, the participants are
responsible for all expenses,
including airfare, food and
"I went on the Jamaica
mission when I was a student
and am thrilled to be return-
ing to work with these warm
and welcoming communities
of people," said Joanna
Drowos, currently completing
her family medicine residency
at Broward General Medical
Center. "I am proud of the
international humanitarian
efforts NSU participates in
and am honored to serve
alongside this group of incred-
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Reggae Boyz make blazing start to World Cup soccer campaign

~ T&T, Cuba, Haiti among Caribbean nations to advance


KINGSTON, Jamaica -
Jamaica made a triumphant
start in its latest bid to return
to soccer's bi_-_,LI stage by
demolishing The Bahamas in
two World Cup qualifiers last
The Reggae Boyz, who
last played in the World Cup
finals in 1998, clobbered The
Bahamas 7-0 in the first leg
here of CONCACAF's Stage
2 qualifying round. They then
swamped the visitors 6-0 in
the western parish of
Trelawny in the return leg.
Both legs were played in
Jamaica because The
Bahamas did not have suitable
facilities to host its home tie.
Yet, despite the margin of
victory in both games, Jamaica's
technical director Rend Simoes
had mixed reactions to the
"The plan today was not
to lose the game," he said fol-
lowing the first leg at "The
Office" in Kingston on June
15. "...Job well done."
However, following the
second lopsided win days

later, he was less enthusiastic,
saying: "I didn't like the
game." He called on Jamaica's
players to show more heart
and pursue excellence instead
of settling for just being good.
His counterpart and fellow
Brazilian, Neider Dos Santos,
credited the "experience" of
Jamaica for the one-sided

Meanwhile, Trinidad
and Tobago, another of the
Caribbean's top soccer powers,
also advanced last month, but
in contrasting style, while other
less fancied teams from the
region were eliminated from
the game's bi_-,-,lI show, sched-
uled for 2010 in South Africa.
T&T's Soca Warriors, who
qualified for the finals of World
Cup 2006, lost their opening
qualifier 2-1 at home to
Bermuda, but rallied to a 2-0
return leg away victory to
Meanwhile, other regional
teams to advance included
Cuba, Haiti and Suriname.
Haiti scored a goal away from
home to clip the Netherland

Technical director Renb Simoes is again
guiding the Reggae Boyz.
Antilles 1-0 in the second leg
and advance after the first
game ended 0-0. Suriname won
both legs, 1-0 and 2-1, over
Guyana to reach the semis.
Cuba eliminated Antigua
and Barbuda in high scoring
games. The Cubans won in
Antigua 4-3 and then blanked
the visitors 4-0 to advance.
But Barbados was not so
fortunate, despite a brave sec-
ond leg. In the first match the
Caribbean team was demol-
ished 8-0 by the United States.
It lost by a more respectable 1-
0 margin in the second leg at
home, but was eliminated by a
9-0 aggregate. Grenada lost its
second leg 3-0 to Costa Rica,
after a respectable home 2-2


Jamaica's captain Ricardo Gardner, right, led the Reggae Boyz off to a rousing start
against The Bahamas.

first leg draw, to be eliminated.
St. Lucia dropped out
after being pasted 9-1 on
aggregate by Guatemala, going
down 6-0 and 3-1. St. Vincent
and the Grenadines was elimi-
nated on a 7-1 aggregate after
losing 3-0 and 4-1 to Canada.

Stage 2 have been divided into
three semi-final groups of four
teams with matches running
from Aug. 20 to Nov. 19.
In Group A, T&T and
Cuba will be joined by the
U.S. and Guatemala. Group B
has Jamaica matched with
favorites Mexico, which elimi-

The 12 winners from (CONTINUED ON PAGE 26)

Who's the fastest? Jamaica

mounts sprint challenge to U.S.

Cell phone calls and text
messages crisscrossed
national borders as
quickly as the athletes sped
through the finish line.
Who won? What time?
People in Jamaica and the
United States were eager to


know. Over a riveting last
weekend in June, it became
clear that this year's Olympic
Games in China could be high-
lighted by a straight fight to the
finish between Jamaican and
American sprinters to decide
the fastest in the world and

medal recipients.
Superb times and a few
eyebrow-raising results at the
national trials for both countries
- Jamaica's in Kingston and the

United States' in California -
proved once again that it will
likely be left to the Caribbean
island of nearly three million to
pose the bi,.sl threat to a
nation whose population bor-
ders on 300 million. And it will
all be played out for the world
in track and field's marquee
event, the 100 meters.

For the men, Jamaica, on


July 2008



~ A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence
A Caribbean Today feature celebrating Jamaica's 46th Independence

Reggae Boyz make blazing start to

World Cup soccer campaign

nated Belize (2-0 and 7-0),
Honduras and Canada. Group
C includes Costa Rica, El
Salvador, Haiti and Suriname.
The top two from each
semi-final group will advance
to the six-team CONCACAF
final round scheduled for Feb.
11 to Oct. 14 2009. The top
three teams from the final
round will automatically quali-

fy for the 2010 FIFA World
Cup. CONCACAF's fourth
place finisher will play off with
CONMEBOL's fifth-place
team in a home-and-away
series for one of the last berths
to the FIFA event in South
Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

J llalaluIs slw tell support lu til e Boyz.

Who's the fastest? Jamaica mounts sprint challenge to U.S.

paper, holds the strongest hand
in the race. Usain Bolt, who
ran 9.72 seconds to smash the
world record in late May, easi-
ly qualified for Beijing, China
by winning Jamaica's national
title. In that event he clocked
9.85 to beat former world
record holder Asafa Powell,
who has run as fast as 9.74.
Both men denied going all out
in the final, seeking just to
make the Olympic team.
"The aim is just to quali-
fy," Bolt said after the race.
But that weekend
America's Tyson Gay, last
year's World Championships
winner in the event, wasn't lis-
tening. He was busy making a
mark at his own country's trials.
Gay avoided a catastrophe by
slowing down in the first round
of the event before cranking it
up in the next with a quick 9.77,
a new U.S. record. In the final
he turned it up even more -
albeit with help from the wind
- to clock a blistering 9.68, the
fastest ever time over the dis-
tance. Assistance from the
wind, above the allowed level,
made the time unofficial and
therefore not listed as a world
record. But it signaled that Gay
was rounding into top form.
"The time really meant a

lot," he told reporters.
"...Inside I was happy."
The women from both
countries could be pleased
with their form in the 100
meters as well.
In Jamaica, former
Auburn University I


athlete Kerron Stewart stunned
the crowd at the National
Stadium by clocking 10.80 sec-
onds to win. Second was Shelly-
Ann Fraser (10.85) and third
Sherone Simpson (10.87).
In what was considered an
upset, World Championships
winner Veronica Campbell-

Brown finished fourth in 10.88
and did not qualify to compete
for Jamaica in the event at the
The U.S. women also found
lliL msl\ L in heated competi-
tion for places in the event.
Muna Lee
emerged a
shocked win-
ner in 10.85
very sur-
prised," Lee
was followed
through the
tape by Torri
Edwards and
who both
10.90. The
first five
women in the race broke the 11
seconds mark, but only the top
three will contest the event in
At the Olympics they, and
the U.S. men, will meet the
Jamaicans. It's where the
fastest in the world will win.
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Jamaica names strong team for Olympic Games in China

Veronica Campbell-
Brown will defend her
200 meters title and
lead Jamaica's charge at next
month's Olympic Games.
However, Campbell-
Brown will not be Jamaica's
only medal hope in Beijing,
China as the country has
named a strong team for the
Aug. 8-24 event, including
current and former world
record holders
for the 100
meters Usain
Bolt and Asafa
They will
be joined by
rising stars
such as Kerron Campbell
Stewart, who
won the 100
meters for women at the
national trials late last month,
and former top ranked female
sprinter Sherone Simpson.
The full Jamaican team is
as follows:

Kerron Stewart (100m, 200m,
4xl00m), Shelly-Ann Fraser
(100m, 4xl00m), Sherone
Simpson (100m, 200m,
4xl00m), Veronica Campbell-
Brown (200m, 4xl00m),
Sherri-Ann Brooks (4xl00m),
Aleen Bailey (4xl00m),
Simone Facey (4xl00m),
Nickiesha Anderson
(4xl00m), Rosemarie White
(400m, 4x400m), Novlene
Williams-Mills (400m,
4xl00m), Shericka Williams
(400m, 4x400m), Shareefa

Lloyd (4x400m), Bobby-Gaye
Wilkins (4x400m), Anastasia
Le-Roy (4x400m), Kenia
Sinclair (800m), Madrea
Hyman (3000m steeplechase),
Korine Hinds (3000m steeple-
chase), C'ILk1L a Hammond
(long jump), Brigitte Foster-
Hylton (100mH), Delloren
Ennis-London (100mH),
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Kisa pwose sa a konsene? Yo te pwopoze de Regleman apa nan yon pwos6
aksyon kolektif sou evalyasyon ponpye ak sekou yo te fe pwopriyete byen
imobilye peye nan vil Miami ak evenman ki te pase pandan pwose a De (2)
regleman sa yose avek l)vil Miami, epi 2) kabine avoka Adorno & Yoss, LLP
Pwose a rele Masztal v City of Miami Moun yo tradui lajistisyo rele "Pleyan",
epi vil Miami rele "Defande" Kabine avoka Adorno & Yoss, LLP rele "kabine
avoka" Regleman yo pa vie dl Minisipalite vil la oswa kabine avoka a dak6
pou yo angaje nan move zafe oswa nan move konduit oswa pou yo mal aji
oswa pou yo vyole nenp6t Iwa oswa regleman nan nenp6t konsiderasyon,
eksepte pou sa ki konsene vil Miami pou p6syon Evalyasyon sekou Ponpye/
Sekou kite adopted pou anefiskal 1997-1998 ak 1998-1999 Tribinal Siprem
Florid decide pwose City of North Lauderdale v SMM Properties se yon
pwose ki legal pou yon Minisipalite pou pibhye evalyasyon pou sevis ponpye,
paske sevis ponpye pwokire yon benefits espesyal pou pwopriyete a Apati 14
septanm 2000, Minisipalite vil la te decide yon Evalyasyon Ii sip6te sou sevis
ponpye selman epi kidonk evalyasyon an legal Pleyan yo deklare Evalyasyon
an te rete illegal nan fonksyonman li Pa tjanm genyen okenn desizyon oswa
konklizyonjidisye sou konfli rival sa yo Menmsi Tribinal la, nan Litij sa a k ap
rezoud la, deside yo Evalyasyon Ponpye/Sekou yo te resevwa nan ane fiskal
1997-1998 ak 1998-1999 pa t konstitisyon e nan limit te evalye pou svis
medical ijan, Tribinal la pa pran desizyon oswa pa f& konklizyon pou endike
Evalyasyon Ponpye/Sekou oswa Evalyasyon Ponpye te enk6rek pase sa ki
endike anwo a Ni i pa t determine limit, si genyen, Evalyasyon Ponpye/Sekou
te fet yon fason inadmisib pou sevis medical ijan yo Pleyan yo prezante
reklamasyon tou kont kabine avoka pou aksyon ak inaksyon posib ki gen
pou we ak premye pwosedi yo kont Minisipalite vil la nan pwose sa a Kabine
avoka a, san admet responsablte ak kontestasyon toudenkou reklamasyonT
Pleyan yo, chwazi pou rezoud aksyon sa a Kidonk, menmsi Pati yo dak6
pou Regleman yo akyon pwosesis ranbousman, pat genyen desizyon okenn
Tribinal ki endikeGwoup la genyen dwa pou jwenn yon ranbousman, oswa
kantite lajan ki endike a Ni pa t genyen desizyon okenn Tribinal ki endike
Gwoup la genyen dwa pou resevwa lajan nan kabine avoka a
Kimoun ki fe pati Re6leman vo? "Gwoup" oswa "Manm Gwoup" dwe vie di
tout moun oswa enstitisyon (avek tou siksese legal ki kalifye yo, jan sa defini
nan paragraf 118 Ak6 Regleman an) ki posede pwopriyete nan vil Miami,
Florid, avek tou ansyen ak aktyel anplwaye, ajan, reprezantan, ofisyel, ofisye
Minisipalite a ak manm fanmi pw6ch yo, ki reprezante kapasite endividyel yo
km kontribiyab, ki te peye Evalyasyon Ponpye/Sekou ak/oswa Evalyasyon
Ponpye Minisipalitevil la te resevwa nan ane fiskal 1997-1998 jiska ak nan
ane fiskal 2006-2007 Vil Miami eskli nan Gwoup la
Ki Benefis ki genven? Ou kapab kalifye pou resevwa yon ranbousman sa
vie di yon p6syon Lajan Komen total (ki dekri anba a) chak manm Gwoup
la genyen dwa pou resevwa, jan sa detkmine dapre yon fmil Tribinal la
apwouve Kantite lajan yo dwe peye chak manm Gwoup la ap depannde
kantite manm Gwoup la ki soumet yon reklamasyon valid Okenn manm
Gwoup la pap resevwa yon ranbousman ki pls pase kantite lajan Evalyasyon
manm Gwoup la te peye, epi, kidonk, Pati yo kwe i pa posib pou nenp6t
moun ap resevwa yon ranbousman konple tout lajan Evalyasyon ki te peye
a Li enp6tan pou ou sonje p6syon Evalyasyon ki dwe repati nan finansman
sevis ponpye a se yon p6syon ki legal Pousantaj Evalyasyon peye k ap
retounen pou chak manm Gwoup la ki kalifye apa pa kapab determine jouk
moman 1e yo trete demand yo dapre Ak6 Regleman yo Fan Komen an ap
redui a kantite elajan fr avoka akfr Tribinal la ak6de Konsey Detans Gwoup
la, ak kantite lajan fre administratif Tribinal la apwouve pou administrasyon
regleman yo
Ki dispozisvon R6eleman ki pwopoze vo? K6m konsiderasyon pou
Regleman Ii, Minisipalite vil la ap finanse $15,550,000 nan yon fon ki
rele "Fon Komen" K6m konsiderasyon pou Regleman Ii, kabine avoka
a ap finanse $1,600,000 nan Fon Komen an Debousman Fon Komen
an ap fet dapre Ak6 yo Nenp6t entered ki realize sou nenp6t p6syon Fon
Komen an dwevin fe pati Fon Komen an Chak manm Gwoup la dwejwenn
dwa pou fe demand yon ranbousman dapre pwosedi ki prezante an gwo
nan Avi sa a Se selman manm Gwoup kalifye oswa siksese legal kalifye
yo ki dwe jwenn dwa pou chhejwenn yon ranbousman Dwa pou jwenn
yon ranbousman pa dwe transferab Chak Pati dwe jwenn dwa pou f
restriksyon, dapre Cld, entediksyon, oswa 16t reparasyon, nenp6t vyolasyon
oswa menas vyolasyon dispozisyon ak regleman ki nan dokiman sa a, epitou
pou egzije pef6mans espesifik dispozisyon ak regleman sa yo Konsenan
konsiderasyon pou Regleman yo, depi genyen Apwobasyon Final, chak
manm Gwoup la dwe anvizaje pou bay yon kominikasyon total ak konpl
pou nenp6t ak tout reklamasyon ki nan pwose a ak 16t reklamasyon jan sa
dekri nan Ak6 Regleman yo Kominikasyon an dwe genyen yon patio integral
ak enp6tan Regleman yo, epi i pa kapab spare nan Regleman yo Nenp6t
manm Gwoup ki pa vie bay kominikasyon an dwe decide pou pa patisipe
jan sa dekri nan Avi sa a Regleman avek kabine avoka a genyen ladan yon
dispozisyon ki pemet i anile regleman an anba seen kondisyon Si sa rive,
manm gwoup ki kalifye yo ap resevwa notifikasyon nan moman yap resevwa
p6syon regleman an avek Minisipalite vil la Y ap resevwa tou notifikasyon
pou fe pwose kont kabine avoka a poukont yo epi avek pwp depans yo
Kisa mwen DWE fe pou mwen vin kalifve pou resevwa von ranbousman
posib? Ou dwefe Demand yon F6mile Ranbousman, ki dekri anba a,jiska 21
okt6b 2008 Epitou, ou dwe deside dat 20 out 2008 si ou vie fe objeksyon
kont Regleman yo epi pou soumet nenp6t objeksyon alekri Pou -L
Fomil Ranbousman an, ou dwe rele Administrate Reglemae n a nan
nimewo 1-800-981-7567 Ou kapab we F6milo Demand Ranbousman an
(ansanm avek dives kalite dokiman regleman) sou entenet nan sit web www
MiamiFireFeeSettlement crn epitou ou kapab enprime i nan sit web la
Kisa mwen dwe fe si mwen vie Eskli tet mwen nan Gwoup la? Si ou
patisipe nan young oswa nan toulede Regleman yo, ou kapab made ,
eskli ou Pou fe demand esklizyon nan Gwoup la, ou dwe ranpli ak soumet
yon demand alekri ba Grefye Tribinal la epi voye demand lan pa laps
padres ki endike anba a Ou dwe ranpli f6mile demand lan epi tenb ki
anvl6p la dwe date dat 20 out 2008
Pou Administrate a (kourye):
Masztal v City of Miami
Settlement Administrator
PO Box 3170
Portland, OR 97208-3170
Pou Tribinal la (dosye):
Clerk of the Court
Circuit Court, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County,
73West FlaglerSt
Miami, FL 33130
Demand pou esklizyon an dwe prezante nan nenp6t patikilye, men Ii dwe
endike enf6masyon sa yo
1 Non ou, padres ou ak nimewo telef6n ou,
2 Yon deklarasyon ki endikeou vie eskli t6t ou nan Gwoupla,

4 Non ak nimewo pwos6 a (Masztal v City of Miami, Case Nos 98
11208 CA 31, 05-2117 CA 31), epi
5 Si ou fe demand esklizyon ou nan
a Regleman avek Minisipalitevil la, OSWA
b Regleman avek kabine avoka a, OSWA
c Toulede
Remak Si ou pa presize ki regleman, y ap konsidere demand ou k6m yon
demand ou fe pou eskli tet ou nan toulede regleman yo
Tanpri asire ou ekri mo "EXCLUSION REQUEST" (demann pou esklizyon)
sou kwen g6ch pa anba devan anvl6p la
Si ou chwazi pou eskli tet ou nan Gwoup la
1 Ou p ap kalifye pou okenn nan benefits yo,
2 Ou p apjwenn pemisyon pou fe objeksyon kont dispozisyon yo,
3 Ou p ap genyen obligasyon pou respekte okenn fiti desizyon yo pran
nan pwose sa a, epi
4 Tankou pou nenp6t regleman (Minisipalite vil la oswa kabine avoka
a oswa toulede) kote ou te fe demand ou eskli ou
a Ou p ap kalifye pou resevwa okenn nan benefits yo,
b Ou p apjwenn pemisyon pou fe objeksyon kont okenn
c Ou p ap genyen obligasyon pou respekte okenn fiti
desizyon yo pran nan pwose sa a, epi
d Pou resevwa lajan nan plans Regleman sa yo, w ap obllje fe
pwop pwose ou epl avek depans ou
ODISYON POU REGLEMAN AN: A pou 9 septanm 2008 a 10 qO AM EDT,
nan padres 73 West Flagler St, Courtroom 11-1, Miami, Florida 33130,
Tribunal la ap organize yon Odisyon san Patipr pou konsidere si pou i ak6de
setifikasyon Gwoup la pou objektif R6gleman an, epitou si pou li apwouve
Regleman yo k6m Regleman ki jis, rezonab ak satisfezan Tribinal la ap
6ganize yon odisyon prelimine nan dat 22 jiye 2008 a 10 O AM EDT nan
menm padres kote I ap resevwa prev ki gen pou we ak demand pou fre avoka
yo Ou dwe soumet mosyon pou sipote oswa pou kont Fre Avoka yo anvan fen
jou ouvrab 15 jye 2008
Esi mwen Vie fe Obieksvon kont Re6leman vo? Ou dwe rete yon manm
Gwoup la pou ou kapab f6 objeksyon kont nenp6t asp6 R6gleman yo, epitou
kont setifikasyon final yon Gwoup, onetete Regleman yo, konpetans Pleyan
ak avoka yo ki reprezante gwoup la, ak distribisyon Fr ak Depans Avoka a
Objeksyon alekri ou dwe genyen ladan
I Your name, address and telephone number,
2 Yon deklarasyon objeksyon ou (yo) ak nenp6t Iwa ak/oswa prevsip6
ou vie entwodui,
3 Non ak nimewopwosae (Masztal v City of Miami, Case Nos 98
11208 CA 31, 05-2117 CA 31)
Clerk of the Court,
Circuit Court, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County,
73 West Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
OUT 2008.
Konsey Defans pou Minisipalite Miami:
Julhe Bru, City Attorney
Office of the City Attorney
444 SW Second Ave, Ste 945
Miami, FL 33131
Thomas E Scott, Esq
Scott A Cole, Esq
Cole, Scott& Kissane, PA
1390 Brickell Ave, Third Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Konsey Defans Gwoup la:
PatrickA Scott, Esq
Richard L Williams, Esq
Michael Garcia Petit, Esq
2800 Miami Center
201 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131-4330
Konsey Defans pou Adorno &Yoss, LLP:
Ronald L Kammer, Esq
David P Hartnett, Esq
Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
9155 S Dadeland Blvd Suite 1600
Miami, FL 33156
Trihinalla pap konsidere okenn objeksyon ki sou met/avk anvlp ki genyen
date dat 20 out 2008, sof si ou kapab montre rezon valab poutet ou
anreta SI ou soumet objeksyon ou anreta, yap konsidere ou abandon oswa
ou anile objeksyon ou, sofsi ou montre rezon ki valab
Si ou soumet objeksyon ou yo ale epi Tribenal la anle yo, waptoujou kalifye
resevwa yon ranbousman anba Regleman yo depi ou ranpli ak soumet
F6mile Demand Ranbousman ale
Kouman pou mwen iwenn enfomasvon adisvonel? Avi sa a se selman yon
zante nan dokiman legal pi detaye ki rele "Ak6
isyon Ak6 Regleman ak Kominikasyon konple
S vi la ak Ak Rgleman ak Kominikasyon konple
ant Pleyan yo ak kabine avoka a nan dosye ki nan biwo Grefye Tribinal la
Pou jwenn yon deklarasyon detaye sou zafe ki kons ne pwose sa a, Pleyan
yo, Minisipalite vil la ak kabine avoka a referee ou tou nan Plent lan ak nan
lot atlk ak 16d Tribinal la ki nandosye nan biwo Grefye a Ou kapab enspekte
dokiman sa yo nan Biwo Grefye a nenp6t kile nan ore n6mal biwo, Lendi
pou rive Vandredi, ant 9 00 a m ak 4 O0 p m Fizo Ore Les Si ou genyen
nenpot kesyon oswa senpleman si ou bezwen on kopi Fomile Demand
Ranbousman, ou kapab rele Administrate Regleman an nan nimewo 1-
800-981-7567 oswa ou kapab we dives kalite dokiman regleman an sou
entenet nan sit web, epitou ou kapab
enprime Fomile Demand Ranbousman an nan sit web la.
Dat la dat 6jen 2008, nan Miami, Florid

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Yon tribinal te otorize avi sa a. Sa se pa demand yon avoka.
POU: Tout moun oswa enstitisyon ki posede pwopriyete nan vil Miami epi ki te peye Evalyasyon Ponpye
Sekou ak/oswa Evalyasyon Ponpye Minisipalite a te ranmase nan ane fiskal :1997-:1998 jiska ak nan
ane fiskal 2006-2007.

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