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Place of Publication: Miami Fl
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Publication Date: March 2009
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Sir Allen
Stanford has
charged by
United States
for allegedly
orchestrating a "fraudulent,
multi-billion dollar investment
scheme", page 4.

American R&B star Chris
Brown, right, has been charged
with two felonies following the
alleged beating of his girlfriend,
Barbadian pop singer Rihanna,
page 15.
born Glen
kept on
track for
another shot
at a world
boxing title
by scoring a
decision win over American
Daniel Judah in their light
heavyweight bout at the Hard
Rock Live arena, page 18.

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Mistrial in ex-Miramar commissioner's gun case

MIRAMAR, Florida A judge
in South Florida has declared a
mistrial in a court matter involv-

born former
Miramar City
Salesman after
learning that a
juror had
brought a dic-
tionary to the Salesman
jury room.
Circuit Judge Matthew Destry
had earlier ordered jurors to quit
deliberating pending a hearing on
the issue.
Salesman, 52, a former
commissioner of Miramar, a city
north of Miami and south of
Fort Lauderdale, is charged
with assault with a firearm.
The controversy with the
dictionary started on Mar. 2
when the jury asked for the defi-
nition of "imminent" in trying to
decide whether Salesman was in
imminent danger when con-
fronted by two teenage boys
during an altercation in a crowd-
ed supermarket in Nov. 2007.

Prosecutors said Salesman
reacted by pulling a gun on the
teens because he "feared for his
Court officials said the juror
apparently brought the diction-
ary into the jury room on the
morning of Mar. 3 to look up
the word "imminent". Several
jurors said they also read the
definition from the dictionary.

The juror who brought in
the dictionary, John Fanning,
said he didn't think anything was
wrong with looking up the word
or bringing in the dictionary.
"I thought it was harmless,"
he said. "I really don't like what
happened here. It was a waste
of time to me. We just weren't
sure about the word."
A new trial is expected to
start next month.
Prosecutors and Salesman
agreed a mistrial was appropri-
ate despite spending almost two
weeks battling it out in court.
"The law is clear on this.
Jurors have to rely on the law
and not definitions in a diction-
ary," said Eric Schwartzreich,

Salesman's attorney.
If convicted, Salesman
would face a mandatory three-
year prison sentence.
He was slated to be on the
Mar. 10 ballot, seeking to
reclaim his position. Now, politi-
cal observers say voters will
have to make a decision about
whether to choose Salesman
without knowing whether he
can truly serve the term.
Since Salesman would still
have a felony charge pending, if
he wins his political race, Florida
Governor Charlie Crist would
issue a new order suspending him
from office, according to Crist's
spokesman, Sterling Ivey. That
would force the city to hold a spe-
cial election to fill Salesman's seat.
Miramar held a special
election last year to fill
Salesman's seat after he was
suspended for a "Driving under
the Influence charge", on which
he was later acquitted.

Salesman vows to run on his
"record". See related feature on
page 7.

Jamaicans among dead in New York plane crash

BUFFALO, New York Four
Jamaicans were among 50
people who were killed in a
plane crash here last month.
The Continental
Connection flight from
Newark, New Jersey was on its
approach to Buffalo Niagara
International Airport when it
crashed shortly after 10 p.m. on
Feb. 12. There were no sur-
vivors from the 45 passengers

and four crew members on
board. One person on the
ground was also killed.
The Jamaicans who per-
ished on the ill-fated flight were
identified as Danny Massop,
42, his wife Dawn Massop, 43,
their 13-year-old son Shaun
Ferrice Reid, and an unnamed
sister of Mrs. Massop.
According to a relative in
Jamaica, the family was in a

state of shock.
"This has affected the family
k rnhll said Kenneth Meikle
last month. "It's not only the hus-
band but the wife, the son and a
sister in law. The family was only
in Jamaica two weeks ago."
Investigations were con-
tinuing up to late last month
to determine the cause of the


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Hundreds rally to protest

U.S. deportation of Haitians

Florida Around 250 persons
attended a rally in Pompano
Beach just north of here late
last month urging the Barack
Obama administration to stop
deportations to Haiti.
Speakers at the Feb. 28
rally said the United States
government should grant
Temporary Protected Status
(TPS) to Haitians because of
the humanitarian crisis facing
the impoverished Caribbean
nation, which is still struggling
to recover from a serious of
deadly storms that devastated
the country last year.
If TPS is granted, thou-
sands of Haitians living in the
U.S. illegally would be given
the right to remain and work
in the country.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement figures show
that more than 30,000 Haitian

nationals have been ordered
to return to their home coun-
try. Around 6,000 of them are
being held in U.S. detention
Hip hop artiste and
Wyclef Jean
made a sur-
prise appear-
ance at the
"It's impor-
tant that
Wyclef Jean Haitians get
the justice that
our Cuban brothers and sis-
ters get," said Jean.
"This is not a Haitian
cause, it's a human being

Holder makes first

Caribbean visit as AG

appointed United States
Attorney General Eric Holder,
Jr. made his first official visit to
the Caribbean late last month,
touring the Guantinamo Bay
detention center in Cuba.
Holder, the son of a
Barbadian father, visited the
ing Caribbean
island as part
of the Barack
Obama admin-
review of its
pledge to close
the center in
eastern Cuba.
U.S. Holder
Department officials said Holder
engaged in discussions with offi-
cials at the base on detention
and interrogation practices.
Matthew A. Miller, a Justice
Department spokesman, said the
U.S. attorney general discussed
case histories of specific
detainees and charges which
were pending before President
Obama suspended military com-
missions as part of a comprehen-
sive terrorism policy review.

Holder, 58, was officially
sworn in last month as the first
Caribbean American attorney
general of the U.S. He is also
the first black attorney general.
"Nowhere but in this great
country could a person like me
or the president hope to achieve
the positions we are now so for-
tunate to hold," said Holder,
after Vice President Joe Biden
administered the oath of office.
The U.S. Senate had voted

overwhelmingly to confirm
Holder as the highest law
enforcement official in America,
becoming the nation's 82nd
attorney general. Holder is now
in charge of about 110,000
employees at the U.S. Justice
Meantime, detainees'
lawyers and human rights groups
have assailed an 85-page report
that U.S. Navy Admiral Patrick
M. Walsh sent to the White
House recently, declaring condi-
tions at the Guantinamo Bay
prison as humane.
"There is no basis to
believe, other than his say-so,
that this was an independent
report," said Vincent Warren,
executive director of the
Washington-based Center for
Constitutional Rights.
Admiral Walsh, appointed
by Secretary of Defense Robert
M. Gates to conduct a review of
Guantinamo conditions that
was ordered by the president,
conceded that there had been
widespread accusations of vio-
lence against detainees, humili-
ating treatment and other abus-
es. But "we found no such evi-
dence," he told reporters.
The report addressed 27 cat-
egories of treatment, including
health care and disciplinary rules.
It also proposed many possible
improvements, including more
human contact for detainees and,
to assure humane treatment,
videotaping their interaction with
guards. But detainees' lawyers
issued their own report, and pro-
duced letters from some of their
clients, describing severe isolation
and brutal tactics.


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U.S. accuses Caribbean of widespread human rights abuses



United States has issued a
scathing report on human
rights practices in Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
countries, accusing member
states of a myriad human
rights violations.
In its 2008 Country
Reports on Human Rights
Practices, the U.S. State
Department said while CARI-
COM governments "generally
respected the human rights of
citizens, there were problems"

in a number of areas.
The agency said it was
concerned about a variety of
developments ranging from
excessive use of force by
police to poor prison condi-
tions, and from violence
against women to sexual
abuse of children.
But the report was partic-
ularly critical of alleged
human rights offences in
Guyana and Haiti. The State
Department highlighted
reported abuses in Guyana of
"potentially unlawful killings
by police, mistreatment of sus-
pects and detainees by the


security forces, poor prison
and jail conditions, lengthy
pre-trial detention, govern-
ment corruption, and sexual
and domestic violence against
women and children".
It said prison conditions
there were "poor and deterio-
rating, particularly in police
holding Ll 11, and that the
Bharrat Jagdeo administration
"did not permit monitoring of
prison conditions by either
independent bodies or by
Members of Parliament, and
turned down requests for

monitoring visits from the par-
liamentary opposition and
from a diplomatic mission".
Poor training, inadequate

equipment, and acute budget-
ary constraints were identified
by the State Department as
reasons why the effectiveness
of the Guyana Police Force
was "severely limited", noting
that public confidence in and
cooperation with the police
remained low.
"There were reports of
corruption in the I >. it
"Lengthy pre-trial deten-
tion, due primarily to judicial
inefficiency, staff shortages,
and cumbersome legal proce-


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U.S. challenges Jamaica to sprint showdown

The United States, still
smarting from Jamaica's
outstanding perform-
ance at last year's Olympic
Games, is challenging the
Caribbean country to a show-
down on the track this year.
The Americans have pro-
posed a dual meet format
against Jamaica a home-and-
home series, "head to head
team, scored competition" for
sometime in May/June 2009.
The formal invitation, for
the proposed "USA-Jamaica
Challenge", was made to
Jamaica's Neville "Teddy"
McCook by U.S. Track and
Field's (USATF) Chief
Executive Officer Doug
Logan in a letter this month.
A press release issued by
USATF explained that the
meets would feature male and
female athletes competing in
the 100, 200 and 400 meters;
100/110 and 400 meters hur-
dles; long jump; and the
4x100, 4x400 and medley

relays. Three or four athletes
from each country would par-
ticipate in each individual
event and two teams each for

"It was obvious to every-
one that with the rise of your
country's great sprinters and
hurdlers, a compelling rivalry
between Jamaica and the
United States had developed",
Logan wrote to McCook, area
group representative of the
NACAC. "These competi-
tions would offer a means to
showcase our phenomenal
strengths to the NACAC
region and the world".
At the 2007 IAAF World
Championships, Americans
won the men's 100, 200 and
400 meters, sweeping the
longer race, as well as the
women's 200, both relays,
women's 100 hurdles and men's
400 hurdles. Jamaica won the
women's 100 and numerous sil-

ver and bronze medals. An
American or Jamaican won 10
of 12 medals in the men's and
women's 100 and 200 meters
and went one-two in three of
the four relay events.
At the 2008 Olympic
Games, Jamaicans won the
men's and women's 100 and
200 meters, including a sweep
in the women's 100. Usain Bolt
broke the world record in the
100 and 200. The 4x100 relay,
on which he ran third leg, also
broke the world record.
Jamaica won the women's
400 hurdles, while Americans
swept the men's 400 meters
and 400 hurdles, won two
medals in the men's 110m hur-
dles and took gold in the
women's 100 hurdles.
Collectively, U.S. and
Jamaica won 11 of 12 medals in
the 100 and 200; 16 of 18 in the
100 through 400; and five of six
medals in the 400m hurdles.

Jamaican executed by lethal injection in U.S.

An eleventh hour appeal
to Virginia Governor
Timothy Kaine failed
to win a stay for a convicted
Jamaican death row inmate in
the United States.
Edward Bell, who was
convicted of killing a U.S.
police officer nearly a decade
ago, was executed last month.
In a release posted on his
website, the governor declined
to intervene to save Bell from
lethal injection.
"Having carefully reviewed

the petition for
clemency and
judicial opin-
ions regarding
this case, I find
no compelling
reason to set
aside the sen-
tence that was Bell
by the jury,
and then imposed and affirmed
by the courts," the governor
said in his statement.
Bell, 44, who maintained
his innocence, was from the

eastern parish of Portland. He
was convicted in 2001 for the
capital murder of Winchester
City Police Officer Richard
Timbrook in Virginia.
Gov. Kaine noted that in
two separate sentencing hear-
ings culminating on Jan. 26,
2001, a jury had sentenced Bell
to death. He also noted that
Bell's trial, verdict, and sen-
tence had been reviewed by
state and federal courts, includ-
ing the U.S. Supreme Court.

Photograph by LA PRESSE CANADIENNE /Sean Kilpatrick
Michaelle Jean, right, Haitian-born governor general of Canada, meets with Barack
Obama during the United States leader's visit to Ottawa last month, his first over-
seas assignment since being sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

Caribbean American billionaire

on 'shocking' fraud charge in U.S.

HOUSTON, Texas United
States financial regulators have
charged the Antigua-based
Texan billionaire Sir Allen
Stanford for orchestrating a
"fraudulent, multi-billion dollar
investment ,k .i lm .


The Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC)
named Sir Allen, 58, and his
Antigua-based Stanford
International Bank (SIB),
Houston-based broker-dealer
and investment adviser Stanford
Group Company (SGC), and
investment adviser Stanford
Capital Management as players
in the alleged $8 billion dollar
fraud by misrepresenting the
safety and liquidity of the unin-
sured rlifii-.,iL of deposits
"We are alleging a fraud of
shocking magnitude that has
spread its tentacles throughout
the world," Rose Romero,
regional director of the SEC's
Fort Worth Regional Office,
said last month.
A U.S. judge has also
issued a temporary restraining
order, freezing the defendants'
assets and appointed a receiver
to marshal those assets.
"Stanford and the close cir-

cle of family and friends with
whom he runs his businesses
perpetrated a massive fraud
based on false promises and
fabricated historical return data
to prey on investors," said
Linda Chatman Thomsen,
director of the SEC's Division
of Enforcement.
"We are moving quickly
and decisively in this enforce-
ment action to stop this fraudu-
lent conduct and preserve
assets for investors," she added.

The SEC's complaint, filed
in federal court in Dallas, alleges
that acting through a network of
SGC financial advisers, SIB has
sold approximately $8 billion of
so-called LLrlllh.tjLlof
dLp< ,NII to investors by promis-
ing improbable and unsubstanti-
ated high interest rates.
These rates were suppos-
edly earned through SIB's
unique investment strategy,
which purportedly allowed the
bank to achieve double-digit
returns on its investments for
the past 15 years, a release on
the SEC's website said.
The SEC's complaint also
alleges an additional scheme
relating to $1.2 billion in sales by
SGC advisers of a proprietary
mutual fund wrap program,
called Stanford Allocation
Strategy (SAS), by using materi-
ally false historical performance
Sir Allen is a naturalized
Antigua and Barbuda citizen
and has built a corporate
empire on the twin-island
nation with various financial,
media and sporting franchises
based in St John's.

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IMF official worries over impact of economic crisis on Caribbean
SHINGTON A top offi- major achievements of higher estimates that at least $25 bil- and potentially also for politi- is to double the IMF's conces
of the International growth, lower poverty, and lion in urgent concessional cal stability, stating that spend- sional lending capacity, station
netary Fund (IMF) is wor- greater political stability that financing will be needed this ing on targeted social safety that the IMF is also looking
many low-income countries year in the most affected coun- net programs "should be ways to make its lending to
S have made over the past tries, ramped up to protect the low-income countries more

decade," he added.
The IMF study found that
a number of countries are par-
ticularly vulnerable to the
unfolding crisis. Strauss-Kahn

Strauss-Kahn cautioned
that lower growth could have
serious implications for poverty

poor." At the same time, he
said it will be critical to protect
spending on health, education,
and vital infrastructure.
Strauss-Kahn said his goal

flexible, "reflecting their grow-
ing diversity and heightened
exposure to global volatility."

Crafting a better financial future


tried about the impact of the
unfolding global economic crisis
on vulnerable nations, including
those in the Caribbhan, and sug-
gests that the donor community
needs to respond with "urgent"
and ;L nk rl IuI" action.
"After hitting first the
advanced economies and then
the emerging economies, a
third wave from the global
financial crisis is now hitting
the world's poorest and most
vulnerable countries," said
Managing Director
Dominique Strauss-Kahn at
the recent launch of a new IMF
study, entitled "The Impact of
the Financial Crisis on Low-
Income CI'1 iiriL '.
"This puts at risk the

Dan Hassenplug's month-
ly expenses used to
include around $300 for
lunch and three or four books
bought from Amazon. com.
Now he's pl1ulLd into a new
breed of social network that
helps him manage his finances.
"When you see a graph that
says you averaged $10 a day for
lunch about $300 for the month
- well, that's a lot of money," said
the 24-year-old design manager
from Geneva, Illinois.
Now he's cut that expense
in half by packing a lunch most
days and buying only one book
a month.
"There's a library down
the street," he said.
With the economy wob-
bling and people worried about
job security and stretching their

dollars, memberships
at social finance sites
such as Mint which -.iz
Hassenplug uses --
have grown as peo-
ple look for financial
discipline. The sites,
which are free to
join, are more than
Facebook meets
your checkbook.
They offer forums
where users discuss
spending habits and
solicit feedback from
In addition, the sites
employ interactive tools that
help teach users how to budget
and search for the best deals
based on the spending habits
of all users. Useful spending
patterns can be determined
because the social finance sites



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are linked to a users'
bank, brokerage and
other accounts.
Individual account
data remains anony-
mous and secure.
Typical finan-
cial software is
"good at telling you
were your money
went," said Marc
Hedlund, Wesabe
chief executive offi-
cer and founder.
That's helpful, but
it's not g ,, ,d at get-
ting you to a better

He said most people are
uncomfortable talking about
personal finance, even with
close friends. But on a social
site, where users have only a

screen name, they are open
and honest.
"People go into the discus-
sion area and say, 'This is my sit-
uation, what should I do about
it?' People can see they are not
alone," Hedlund said, "and they
can learn from others."
The interactive tools at
Wesabe make specific ,u,.,.-
tions on how to save.
For example, the site
might nI,.,JLI using a different
auto mechanic, noting that
other users have saved money
using an independent repair
shop. The site is able to pro-
vide specific store names
because it bases its advice on
aggregated payments culled
anonymously from users'
checking accounts.
Wesabe, launched in 2006,
has more than 100,000 mem-

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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

How to: Finding ways to save money

Since loans are tough to
get and retirement funds
are shrinking fast as the
stock market crashes, we
thought we'd share some old-
fashioned penny-pinching tips.
Keep a thrifty home Unplug
electronics that aren't being
used. Replace your light bulbs
with compact fluorescents.
Seal ducts and add insulation.
Paying (and cutting) bills -
Pay biweekly instead of
monthly on your mortgage.
You'll make an extra payment
annually and save thousands
on interest over the life of the

Your ride and your routine -
Consolidate trips to save gas.
Carpool. Buy a fuel-efficient,
reliable car.
Eat healthy, pay less Cook
more meals at home and turn
last night's dinners into today's
Go online for savings Sign
up for online polls; you can
earn gift cards.
Use credit cards wisely Get a
credit card with rebates you
can use.
Travel more, spend less Use

Hotwire or other online sites
to book hotel rooms. Don't be
afraid to negotiate with hotels
for a lower rate.
Stay fit, let savings fatten -
Lose the gym membership
and take a walk or a run.
On holidays, be a scrooge -
Shop for Christmas and other
gift-giving times throughout
the year to take advantage of
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Crafting a better financial future

bers across the United States.
The average user is a 28-year-
old earning $50,000 to $60,000,
Hedlund said. But recently, as
the depth of the nation's eco-
nomic woes became more
apparent, Wesabe has seen its
bi-I-L, growth, with a 35 per-
cent month-over-month
increase in membership.

At Mint, the average user
is 30 years old with an income
of about $75,000, said Donna
Wells, chief marketing officer.
Mint has been growing steadily
since its launch in Sept. 2007 -
it has more than 475,000 users -
but in the last month, "there's
been a notable uptick in
usage," Wells said. "People are
looking for any new tool to

help them budget and save."
Cli g media planner
Ryan RulkdJg; 24, uses Mint
to track his 401(k) plan, his stu-
dent loans, checking and sav-
ings accounts plus the balances
on his five credit cards. He
rents an apartment in a two-
flat and is working on paying
off more than $20,000 in stu-
dent loans.
"It shocked me when I saw
I was spending $500 eating out
every month," he said.
He has cut back, to about
$350 a month, and is working to
lower that. The ability to track
how much he spends and at
what restaurants has helped
reign in those expenses, he said.
Rutledge is spending about
the same each month, with one
key difference: he's spending
"at least $100 more a month"

to pay off his debts.
Rutledge is reflective of
Mint users overall. Each month
since January they have
reduced spending by four per-
cent on gifts and charitable
donations. And they are treat-
ing ilLIiI ILS a little less, too.
"I went from spending $75 a
month to less than $40 a month
at iTunes," Rutledge said.
But he admits to being an
impulse buyer. He couldn't stop
himself from buying the new
Keane album at the online
"Of course you try to save
money, but I really am spend-
ing more wisely," he said.

2008, Chicago Tribune.
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Money advice: A head-to-toe guide


Dean Junkans barely
passed high school
biology, but that didn't
stop the Wells Fargo executive
from seeing many parallels
between the human anatomy
and investing.
"In the human body, a
number of key organs and
body parts must work togeth-
er to sustain life. An individ-
ual investment portfolio, the
various parts of it, and the
individuals managing it, must
also work together to have a
sustainable and successful
experience," Junkans, chief
investment officer at Wells
Fargo Private Bank, writes in
his new book "The Anatomy
of In\'II g .
Junkans links
several body parts
to core financial
planning and
investment con-
cepts. The result is
a thorough and
accessible head-to-
toe financial guide.
Brain: The log-
ical, analytical left
brain is your invest-
ment plan, or road
map to your goals.
The right brain rep-
resents your emo-
tional side.
In investing, individuals
shouldn't let the right brain
get too involved, especially in
uncertain times when fear and
greed can easily take over. But
you don't want to cut the right
brain out completely.
"Add some fun and cre-
ativity to the portfolio" by
owning stocks in companies
that you know, Junkans said.

Spine: The backbone of
your portfolio is asset alloca-
tion. This is your mix of
investments such as stocks,
bonds, real estate, commodi-
ties and cash. To have a
healthy backbone, your
investment mix must be well
Eyes: "The eyes were put
in the front of the head, not
the back of the head, for a
reason," Junkans said. "And a
lot of investors look back-
ward...investors tend to chase
Or, in down markets, they
tend to avoid recent bad per-
formance. I guess that
explains why billions of dol-
lars were taken out of mutual
funds recently. Investors
should really be looking for-
ward to determine how to
position themselves for the
future. Given broad market
declines, Junkans says he sees
value in all corners of the

market with the exception of
pricey U.S. Treasuries -
although he favors domestic
stocks to international devel-
oped market stocks.
Ears: The ears have the
big job of filtering out noise
about the stock market and
the economy, which can cause
investors to think they need to
make constant tweaks to their

Nose: Use the nose to
sniff out whether an invest-
ment opportunity smells right.
If the return is really high,
check the risks. In a market
such as the one we're in, bad
actors tend to materialize,
claiming that they can reverse
your losses with their invest-
ment scheme. Be
Mouth and
S- stomach: The mouth
and stomach feed
k k r your portfolio. This
market might have
demonstrated to you
how much risk you
can stomach. Unless
you need the cash
right now, Junkans
says "generally it's
going to be a mis-
take to notch down
the risk after a 40
percent drop in the
market." Instead, make more
conservative current contribu-
tions going forward.
Neck: The neck is your
portfolio's flexibility. Have
cash on the sidelines so you
can take advantage of oppor-
tunities that arise.
Heart: A core portfolio of
dividend and income-paying
stocks is one strategy for heart
health. And don't overlook
putting the heart into your
financial life. Consider socially
responsible investing with
mutual funds that screen
stocks based on your values,
or supporting charities that
matter to you, which may also
earn you a tax deduction.
Kidneys: The kidneys get
rid of toxins. Cleanse your
portfolio from time to time to
realize tax benefits.
Lungs: Rebalance periodi-
cally to avoid shortness of
breath. You'd be surprised
what this market has done to
your investment allocation pie.
Arms and legs: Get mov-
ing and pick your investment
vehicles, but not before you
understand how the rest of
your body works in concert to
realize your investment goals.

2008, Star Tribune
(Minneapolis). Distributed by
Information Services.

March 2009

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'My record says it all' ~ Salesman

~ Embattled Jamaican-born politician runs for office again

Come Mar. 10 will former
City Commissioner
Fitzroy Salesman, 52,
run for Commission Seat #1 in
the Miramar, Florida munici-
pal election?
Jamaican-born Salesman is
facing charges of aggravated
assault with a firearm follow-
ing an incident on Nov. 21,
2007 when he brandished a


gun against a fellow shopper in
a crowded Miramar Winn-
Dixie supermarket. Then com-
missioner, he was suspended
from his post by Florida
Governor Charlie Crist in
December that year.
It was not the first time
Salesman had been suspended.
In 2005 he was stripped of his
commission seat by former
Governor Jeb Bush for "flee-
ing or attempting to elude a
law enforcement officer in vio-
lation of Section 316.1935(1),
Statutes, and
driving under
the influence,
in violation of
316.193(1) and
'NIllII , Sharief
according to
the State of Florida Executive
Order. He was acquitted of
that charge.
The embattled politician
has publicly claimed his inno-
cence, stressing that he acted
in self-defense against the 19-
year-old man he allegedly
pointed the gun at. His trial
started Feb. 23, 2009, just two
weeks before the Miramar city
elections in which he hopes to
take part. Earlier this month
the judged declared a mistrial,
so Salesman will likely be back
in the courtroom next month.
If convicted, Salesman
faces a three-year sentence.
Before the mistrial decision,
Miramar city spokesperson
Gus Zambrano told Caribbean
Today: "If he wins (the elec-
tion) and is found not guilty,
he has to go through reinstate-
ment, then he can take office.
That governor reinstatement

has to occur because it's the
governor who suspended him.
"Acquittal doesn't auto-
matically mean he takes back
his office," added Zambrano.
"If that occurs, then a certain
amount of back pay and bene-
fits are due to him."

Salesman faces an uphill
battle, but is determined to
prove his innocence and pur-
sue his political career in
Miramar. According to the
city's official website, Salesman
qualified to run for seat #1 on
Jan. 5, 2009. Also in the race
are incumbent Carl J. Lanke,
Joseph Romero and Barbara
"I am confident,"
Salesman told Caribbean
Today. "You have to trust the
justice system; you are not liv-
ing a true democracy if you are
not willing to trust the justice
system. I am going to put the
facts out there with my attor-
neys, and I will let the jury
look at the facts, and I am sure
they will come back with the
right decision."
Salesman said
he was "still
adding "my
absence from
the commis-
sion has never Romero
precluded me
from serving. I get more calls
as a suspended commissioner
than any other sitting commis-
sioner there right now.
"I am letting the people
know that I am out here, I
don't plan on going anywhere.
And the most important thing
I want them to understand is,
regardless of the outcome of
this election, win or lose, I will
always be there for my fellow
Asked about his platform,
Salesman boasted: "I stand
squarely on my record, on the
premise that there has never
been, now or before, with the
exception of Vicky Coceano
who has been designated
'Mother of the City', anyone
who has done more individual-
ly as a commissioner to benefit
the residents of this city. My
record says it all."

Incumbent Carl J. Lanke is
running on the platform that
put him in seat #1 last year:
Safety, foreclosures, and his
"green" initiative. In his first
year the commission has added
14 new tactical officers on the
streets of Miramar with a net
result of reduced criminal activ-
ities, Lanke said.
The commissioner

bemoaned that lI'rl Is 'Ir s
are killing us," noting that the
foreclosure rate in Miramar is
10 percent. He added that the
resulting stress is causing a rip-
ple effect in the city's economy.
To help ease the crisis, the

"I am confident. You have to
trust the justice system; you
are not living a true democ-
racy if you are not willing to
trust the justice system. I
am going to put the facts
out there...and I am sure
they will come back with the
right decision" Salesman

commissioner explained that
the city will offer "forgivable
loans" to residents from the
$10 million the city received
from the Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). This,
along with other initiatives,
such as partnering with local
hospitals and mental health
institutions to help those who
are mentally affected by the
economic strain, characterizes
Lanke's objectives. Then he
takes his own subtle shot at the
"I've been there, I'm sin-
cere, I've been active within
the community, I'm not going
anywhere...Plus I have nothing
in the court system," Lanke

Contender Barbara
Sharief is campaigning on her
record of community activism
and business background.
"Miramar has the highest
foreclosure rate in Broward
County," she said. "That is
why a large part of my cam-
paign and community activities
has been focused on stopping
foreclosures and helping peo-
ple find jobs."
Sharief is adamant about
stemming increases in city fees
to residents and finding cre-
ative ways to cut government
costs. The successful business-
woman believes that support-


ing small business develop-
ment is key to the city's eco-
nomic development and said
she will, as commissioner, offer
free advertising
to small busi-
nesses through
the city's
meetings, and
local television
Asked Lanke
about the legal
problems surrounding
Salesman, Sharief said: "We
are in a democratic country
where every man is innocent
until proven guilty."

Romero, the fourth candi-
date for seat #1, called his plat-
form "compassion.
"The drive for me is the
will to help, the will to have

transparency, the will to have
things fair," said the
Dominican Republic-born can-
On Salesman, he said: "He
has his supporters, he's done
his work. He was a worker
when he was there. He is going
through a process, through the
judicial system and they will
render their verdict. So we
have to wait for that to hap-
pen. Everybody is entitled to
due process."
In addition to the race for
seat #1, well-known Jamaican
broadcaster Winston F. Barnes
is vying to keep his position as
commissioner in seat #3.
Alejandro Casas is running
against him.

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




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Caribbean states among world's major money launderers U.S.

United States has named
four Caribbean community
(CARICOM) member states
among 59 major money laun-
dering jurisdictions.
In its 2009 International
Narcotics Control Strategy
Report, the State Department
identified Antigua and
Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize
and Haiti among "jurisdictions
of primary concern, whose
financial institutions engage in
currency transactions involving
significant amounts of pro-
ceeds from international nar-

cotics trafficking.
"The category
'Jurisdiction of Primary
Concern' recognizes this rela-
tionship by including all coun-
tries and other jurisdictions
whose financial institutions
engage in transactions involv-
ing significant amounts of pro-
ceeds from all serious .rineI .
The State Department
also listed nine CARICOM
states as "Jurisdictions of
Concern". They are Barbados,
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia,
St. Vincent and the

Grenadines, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago.
Dominica is named among
"Jurisdictions Monitored".
The agency said
"Jurisdictions of Concern" and
"Other Jurisdictions
Monitored" are identified on
the basis of several factors,
including whether the country's
financial institutions engage in
transactions involving signifi-
cant amounts of proceeds from
serious crimes; the extent to
which the jurisdiction is or
remains vulnerable to money
laundering, notwithstanding its

money laundering countermea-
sures, if any; and the nature
and extent of the money laun-
dering situation in each juris-
diction, whether it involves
drugs or other contraband.

The State Department
said Antigua and Barbuda
runiL in, susceptible to money
laundering due to its offshore
financial sector and Internet
gaming industry".
On The Bahamas, the
agency said money laundering
is primarily related to finan-

cial fraud and the proceeds of
drug trafficking.
Money laundering, prima-
rily related to narcotics traf-
ficking, and contraband smug-
gling, is 'uIp. kILd to occur
through onshore banks oper-
ating in Belize", it added.
Haiti is seen as a "major drug-
transit country with money
laundering activity linked to
the drug trade and to kidnap-


U.S. accuses Caribbean of widespread human rights abuses

dures, remained a problem",
the report further stated.
In addition, the State
Department said while the
law provides for criminal
penalties for official corrup-
tion, "the government did not
implement the law effective-
ly", pointing to the World
Bank's worldwide governance
indicators that reflected that
"government corruption was a
serious problem".

The report was equally
harsh on Haiti, identifying
among the impoverished coun-
try's human rights problems
the "failure to hold timely par-
liamentary elections; alleged
unlawful killings by Haitian
Nation Police (HNP) officers;
ineffective measures to
address killings by members of
gangs and other armed groups;
HNP participation in kidnap-
pings; and overcrowding and
poor sanitation in prisons".
Others grouses listed were
"arbitrary threats and arrests;
prolonged pre-trial detention;
an inefficient judiciary subject
to significant influence by the
executive and legislative
branches; severe corruption in
all branches of government;
violence and societal discrimi-
nation against women; child
abuse, internal trafficking of
children, and child domestic
labor; and ineffective enforce-
ment of worker rights".
The State Department
said organized criminal gangs
were primarily responsible for
the "arbitrary or unlawful
deprivation of life".
It said prisons and deten-
tion centers throughout the
French-speaking country
remained overcrowded, poorly
maintained, and often unsani-
tary, and many prisoners and
detainees suffered from a lack
of basic hygiene, malnutrition,
poor quality health care, and
the presence of rodents.
The report noted efforts
to reform the Haitian National
Police remained incomplete,
and officers were occasionally

implicated in corruption, kid-
napping, and narcotics traf-
"In practice, authorities
widely ignored the constitu-
tionally provided right to a
fair public trial", the reported

In Jamaica, the State
Department said serious prob-
lems comprised "unlawful
killings committed by mem-
bers of the security forces,
abuse of detainees and prison-
ers by police and prison
guards, poor prison and jail
conditions, impunity for police
who committed crimes, an
overburdened judicial system
and frequent lengthy delays in
trials, violence and discrimina-
tion against women, traffick-
ing in persons, and violence
against suspected or known
It said the police employed
"lethal fI ,rn, 'in apprehending
criminal suspects on many
occasions, which resulted in
224 deaths during 2008, a drop
from the 272 fatal police shoot-
ings of civilians in 2007.
Although the law prohibits
such practices, reports of physi-
cal abuse of prisoners by guards
continued, despite efforts by
the government to remove abu-
sive guards and improve proce-
dures, the report stated.
"Prison conditions
remained poor, primarily due
to overcrowding and poor
sanitary conditions", it noted,
adding that medical care also
was poor, primarily a result of
having only three full-time
doctors, one full-time nurse,
and one psychiatrist to cover
13 facilities with 4,790 inmates
across the island.
In addition, the State
Department said the Jamaica
Forum for Lesbians, All
Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG)
continued to report human
rights abuses, including "arbi-
trary detention, mob attacks,
stabbings, harassment of
homosexual patients by hospi-
tal and prison staff, and tar-
geted shootings of homosexu-
als. Police often did not inves-

tigate such incidents".
In Antigua and Barbuda,
the U.S. agency said there
were "occasional reports of
police brutality, corruption,
excessive force, discrimination
against homosexuals, and alle-
gations of abuse by prison
The report said prison con-
ditions in Antigua and
Barbuda were very poor and
that the country's only prison,
which housed 229 convicted
prisoners at the end of last
year, "overcrowded, did not
have toilet facilities, and slop
pails were used in all 122 L l .1
It attributed overcrowd-
ing, in part, to a law that limit-
ed the ability of magistrates to
grant bail to those accused of
certain offences.

The report stated, in The
Bahamas, there were "com-
plaints of abuse by police and
prison and detention centre
guards, poor detention condi-
tions, poor functioning of the
judicial system leading to
delays in trials and lengthy
pre-trial detention, violence
against women and children,
and discrimination against
persons of Haitian dL nLI .I
The State Department
said violence against women
was also a rh Lou, wide-
spread problem" in The
In Barbados, the U.S. said
problems included excessive
use of force by police, poor
prison conditions, and societal
violence against women and
"While the constitution
specifically prohibits torture
and inhuman or degrading
punishment or other treat-
ment, there were reports that
police sometimes used exces-
sive fIrt. it stated.
Belize was another coun-
try cited for lengthy pre-trial
detention, with the State
Department also identifying
domestic violence, discrimina-
tion against women, sexual
abuse of children, trafficking in
persons for sexual and labor
exploitation, child labor and

human rights problems, includ-
ing brutality and use of exces-
sive force by security forces.

Human rights problems in
Grenada included allegations
of corruption, violence against
women, and instances of child
abuse, the State Department
reported. It said prison condi-
tions generally met interna-
tional standards, with the
exception of overcrowding,
describing it as "significant".
It claimed the 386 prisoners,
of which nine are women, are
held in space designed for 98
Poor prison conditions,
violence against women and
children, and adverse condi-
tions experienced by indige-
nous Kalinago (Carib) Indians
were the main human rights
issues in Dominica, the report
Excessive force by police,
poor prison conditions, cor-
ruption, and violence against
women were the major human
rights problems in St. Kitts
and Nevis, the report noted.
Prisons were overcrowded,
and resources remained limit-
ed. In addition, it said violence
against women was a problem,
but there were "no prosecu-
tions or convictions for domes-
tic violence during the year".
In St. Lucia, problems of
abuse of suspects and prison-
ers by the police, long delays
in trials and sentencing, vio-
lence against women, and
child abuse predominated.
According to the State
Department, corruption had
become a serious issue.
"Observers expressed con-
cern that the country was mov-
ing backwards in terms of
transparency and accountabili-
ty," it stated, adding that there
was also "widespread concern
that some members of the gov-
ernment (was) associated with
known narcotics traffickers".
The State Department
said "impunity for police who
used excessive force, poor
prison conditions, abuse of
official position by govern-
ment officials to circumvent

the judicial process, an over-
burdened court system, vio-
lence against women, and
abuse of children" were the
major problems in St. Vincent
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When Rihanna's private life

becomes public obsession

Are you happy now?
All your eyes pressed to
the window staring at the
detritus of someone else's life,
all your mouths chattering
together like birds on a wire,
all you watchers and voyeurs,
you Peeping Toms and
Thomasinas, you eye spies
and inquiring minds that had
to know, did you get what you
needed, did you see what you
wanted? Are you happy now?
I'd think
you would be.
The photo,
after all, is
explicit: a
close-up of a
woman facing
the camera I
with eyes LEONARD
closed in a PITTS JR.
face scarred
by bruises and
abrasions, and what looks like
dried blood in the corner of
her mouth. Los Angeles
police say it appears to be
authentic, an image of singer
Rihanna taken as part of their
investigation of singer Chris
Brown, who allegedly assault-
ed her on Feb. 8.
The department has
launched a probe, continuing
as of this writing, to determine
how the picture could have
made it from their files onto, the celebrity gossip
web site, on Feb. 22. There is
suspicion that some cop or
clerk stole it and sold it, trad-
ing a young woman's misery
for personal profit.

But hey, you had to know,
right? All you fans and fanat-
ics who scour the web obses-
sively for the latest dish on
Brad and Angie, Tom and
Katie, Chris and Rihanna and
other luminaries who don't
know you from Adam but
with whom you are, neverthe-
less, on a first-name needed this infor-
mation, did you not? You had
a sacred right to stare into the
battered face of a hurt and
vulnerable woman on one of
the worst nights of her life.
As a poster who fancies
herself (maybe himself?)
"Sultry IrL n puts it on
TMZ's site: "And for all you
saying TMZ shouldn't have
posted the photo. Shut it up!
We wanted to see it and TMZ
always delivers."
Amen. Because we all
know that what you want is all
that really matters.
I expect to get some flak
for giving you flak, though.
See, while you were debating
whether Rihanna, in the view
of one post, "was asking for
it," I was debating a Pentagon
policy (overturned last month)

that banned pictures of the
ceremony they hold when cas-
kets containing the remains of
American military personnel
are returned to Dover Air
Force Base in Delaware. I
argued against the ban in this
space, saying that we should
not be shielded from
reminders of what happens
when we send our children off
to war.
So yes, I'm expecting
some folks to see a disconnect
between that opinion and this
one. But there isn't really. On
the one hand, we're talking
about a matter of compelling
national interest. On the
other, we're talking about
humiliating a woman so you
can get your jollies.
And it strikes me now
how quaint was the former
debate over the morality of
images, how anachronistic the
attempt to balance public
needs with private ones, in the
world you are creating. In that
world, there is no morality
higher than "we wanted to see
it" and no
need to bal-
ance public
and private
because they
are one and
the same.r

'THERE' Rihanna
An ambu-
lance comes for Britney
Spears and You Are There.
Paris Hilton has sex and You
Are There. Robyn Rihanna
Fenty is photographed as the
victim of an alleged assault, in
a state with laws that theoreti-
cally protect the privacy of
assault victims. And yet, You
Are There.
The lives of others are
one big reality show to you,
aren't they? One more excuse
to press your face against the
window glass and gather chat-
tering on the wire.
Excuse the rest of us if we
don't see it that way, if we
think we have a right to rea-
sonable control over how and
when we are presented to the
world, if we believe that our
triumphs and sorrows are just
that "our" triumphs and sor-
rows, not an entertainment
produced for your amuse-
ment. Because life is not a
reality show.
Get one, and you'll see.

2009 The Miami Herald.
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc.

Editor's note: Rihanna was
born in Barbados.

There are so many obsta-
cles to true love before
we can truly know who is
the right person for us.
For some of us, it may take
years to find the right person,
while for others it's the prover-
bial love at first sight.
Whatever happened to the
phrases, "Haste makes ,.M1L ,
"Fools rush in where angels
fear to trLdd "Take time to
know her", "Marry in haste,
repent at leisure?" There are
so many, and for each there is a
counter, or someone giving
advice as to what to do.
No wonder those advice
columns are so popular, as peo-
ple want to know exactly what
they're getting into before
making that potentially fateful
plunge. It's easy when buying a
car or house, as all one has to
do is make a thorough investi-
gation of both. Oh if we could
do that with prospective spous-
es, but we can't.

In romance or relation-
ships, there are certain signs
that you should look for before
making that fateful leap, certain
obstacles that will prove too dif-
ficult to overcome, that will
doom it from the beginning.
For example, is it wise to
engage in a relationship with a
woman who is much older?
First there is the self esteem
and insecurity of the older
woman dealing with the
younger man. Many women
suffer from low self esteem,
insecurity and jealousy, even
those who are young, attrac-
tive, educated and even quite
beautiful. Now just imagine
how a woman who is much
older than her spouse must
feel, knowing, or at least won-
dering, if he's going to leave
her for a younger woman.
Now I don't want you
older ladies to pillory me now,
but would you want your 20-
year-old son settling down with
a 40-year-old woman, your best
friend perhaps? Makes you
think now, doesn't it?

Then there are long dis-
tance relationships. Now why
in heaven's name would some-

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tough one, as
children can
be such a joy
But they can
TONY also prove to
ROBINSON be major
obstacles in
and tales of the wicked step-
mother or abusive stepfather
are not unfounded.
If you meet a woman and
she already has a child, that
can be cool. If she has two, the
stakes rise a bit. But if she has
three or more, that can prove
to be a major obstacle. I'm not
saying in all cases, but an
instant family for a young man
can create major problems;
worse if those kids have differ-
ent fathers. The same applies
to women who meet men with
multiple baby mothers too. Just
think, will he stop with you?
Another obstacle is the in-
law. Nothing is worse than a
meddling in-law, and they
should be outlawed.
So as you race on this
romantic road, there are certain
obstacles that we must steer
clear of, run around, push aside
and avoid, for if we don't, those
same obstacles will become a
ball and chain around your

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one get involved with a long
distance lover? It's hard
enough dealing with someone
who lives right here.
Some people have it thrust
on them, as after being
involved for a few years, one
has to go away to school, or
work, or something beyond
their control. But why would
you get involved with someone
who lives far from you right
from the beginning?
And yet people meet while
on vacation, or strike up pen pal
or e-mail relationships and then
think about making it perma-
nent. Bad move, very bad
move. As the old saying goes,
"Love and sea water don't mix".
You can write and phone so
much, e-mail until your fingers
go numb, the fact is, the person
is there and you are here, and
never the twain shall meet.

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Well, talking about sex can't do
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I mean? Times have changed. It
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wants it, expects it, demands it
and he doesn't, for she'll seek it
elsewhere. So just do what the
majority of Caribbean men do,
indulge her, but lie about it to
your male friends.
The same applies to sexual
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It can be wonderful fun taking Spring Break with the kids

Anne and Jim Stewart
and their two teenagers
are happily counting
down the days till their
Jamaica Spring Break.
They're not rich or crazy
to take a vacation when every-
one is cutting back. In fact,
they almost didn't go this year,

Brown, senior editor at Her tip: Book
an air-hotel package and save
$300 or more. She likes San
Diego ( with
plenty of kid-friendly attrac-
tions, a 10 percent decrease in
airfare and a whopping 17 per-
cent decrease for hotel rooms
in March and April.
Even the national parks

There are many activities in the Caribbean for kids and adults.

says Anne, a Connecticut
physical therapist. Yet, despite
the recession, they didn't want
to forgo the opportunity for
some much-needed family
"It won't be too long
before the kids are off to col-
lege and won't want to be with
us," she explained.
So the family compro-
mised. Instead of a full week,
they're going for just five days.
And a web search yielded a
terrific deal at an all-inclusive
resort so there shouldn't be
many extra expenses just
$3,000, including flights for the
four of them.
The best part: "The kids
are really excited about going
and being with us," said
As we count down to
Spring Break in March and
April, a lot of you are telling
your kids, "Not this year!" 79
percent of those surveyed by
TripAdvisor (www.tripadvi-, in fact. But maybe
it's time to think again. We all
need a break from all the
gloom and doom even the
First Family. Michelle Obama
told People magazine recently
that her family will be heading
off on a family Spring Break
this month.

They haven't said where
they're going, but you can get
away, too whatever your
budget or wherever you'd like
to take the kids you'll be sur-
prised at what you can afford
this year.
"We haven't seen deals like
this in years," said Genevieve

have gotten into the act. Every
"A" on a report card earns $10
off the room rate (up to $30)
at the Grand Canyon
(www.grandcanyonlodges. com
). (Use the code STAY4A.)
You'll find plenty of bargains
at state parks, too.
And by traveling you'll be
doing your bit to help the
economy. Consider that almost
200,000 jobs were lost in the
travel industry last year and,
according to the United States
Department of Commerce,
another 250,000 will be lost
this year. All of those waiters
and cooks, hotel maids and
front desk clerks have families
too. And they'll thank you.
Take your pitchers and
third basemen to Spring
Training either in Florida
or Arizona
( where
tickets are a lot cheaper than
major league stadiums and your
little leaguers might get close
enough to get an autograph.
The best part: flights and hotels
cost less than last year, notes
Check out deals in
Arizona at Best Western's
Dobson Ranch Inn in Mesa,
(www. dobsonranch inn. cornn,
which include breakfast, or the
just-renovated Westward Look
Resort in Tucson (www. west- where you can
check out the night critters in
the desert with special goggles,
go horseback riding or laze at
the pool when you're not try-
ing to catch a fly ball.
(www.sarasotaftlorg), mean-
while, is celebrating the final

Spring Training season with the
Cincinnati Reds before they
head to Arizona and offers
plenty of appealing hotel deals.

"We're seeing three times
as many hotel promotions
now," added

spokesman Jeanenne
Tornatore, with plenty of rooms
to be had for under $100 a night
across the country. There are
also plenty of deals on condo
rentals so you can save more on
meals, and even invite a friend
along for your teen (www.vaca-, orbitz com)

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even find plenty of deals and
freebies in Orlando with their
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Those tightened require-
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Hemisphere Travel Initiative
(WHTI) program (Bermuda,
Canada, the, includ-
ing The Bahamas, and Mexico).
To enter those countries and
cross the border back to the
United States you will need

* A U.S. passport the tradi-
tional, all-purpose document
for international travel.

* A passport card the new
credit-card-size ID, valid for
travel to/from only countries
in the WHTI program. It is
issued by the U.S. State
Department; it's a less expen-
sive alternative for travelers
interested mainly on cross-bor-

der travel by car or foot.

* An enhanced driver's license
(EDL) the updated, high-tech
version of a conventional dri-
ver's license that requires proof
of citizenship as a condition of

* An ID from one of the
"Trusted Traveler" programs.

This rule has two prominent
* Children under age 18 with-
out the documents required for
adults will be able to enter or
return from WHTI participat-
ing countries with any accepted
proof of citizenship, including
birth certificate (original or
copy) or citizenship card.

* Cruise ship passengers on
, IcJd loop" iliinir.iric, (cruises
that begin and end at the same
U.S. port) can enter or leave
with a birth .crifiik.iki or gov-
ernment-issued photo ID. (You
may, however, need a U.S. pass-
port to debark at some ports.)

Border Protection Agency tout-
ing its new high-tech facilities
at the Tijuana-San Ysidro bor-
der crossing, the nation's
busiest. By scanning the radio
frequency ID (RFID) chips in
the latest high-tech travel docu-
ments, U.S. agents can speed
the flow of traffic through the
checkpoint and they hope -
reduce the long lines of vehicles
that currently clog the border
crossing. All passports, passport
cards and EDLs contain chips,
which provide instant access by
agents to the g, 1% c r c iI LliiI
passport database, and all
future passports will contain
Some folks are worried
that hackers will be able to
extract personal data from
EDLs and other chip-enabled
cards. The people who make
these systems and the govern-
ment say that a metal sleeve
will prevent unauthorized read-
Air travelers arriving from
any foreign country, including
those in the WHTI program,

U.S. citizens traveling out of the country
by air will need a passport to return.

infants. The only exceptions are
for active-duty military person-
nel, merchant mariners, travel-
ers with NEXUS cards, and
permanent residents groups
with their own specific ID
For more detail on any bor-
der crossing documentation
issues, log onto the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Website
And if you think you'll need a
passport, apply now: I'm sure
that a short-staffed State
Department will again be slow in
filling applications.

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Disney World's promise of a
free ticket on your birthday,
offering birthday tickets for
your whole family, if you book a
five-night stay. The best part -
three-bedroom houses that start
at $159 a night.
You don't need to plan
ahead either this year, even for
the busiest times.
"Families need to know
this year we're seeing a lot of
excellent last-minute deals
with hotels willing to throw in
freebies or perks to entice
guests at the final hour," says
Arabella Bowen, editorial
director of www.shermanstrav-, which focuses on deals.

Maybe this is the time to
try a cruise. Go from a port
near home and you can save on
airfare. Many cruise lines are
offering significant shipboard
credits and deals where kids
cruise for $99 (Norwegian, for
example,, or even
free (
On a four-day cruise, Carnival is
offering deals under $1,400 for a
family of four.
"There are still plenty of

opportunities for families to
snag a good deal," says Carnival
spokesman Jennifer de la Cruz.
Cruise Compete
(www. cruisecompete. cornn,
which enables travel agents to
offer you the best deals they
have for the time you want to
travel, touts some Holland
America sailings for just $70 a
person a day, says spokesman
Heidi Allison-Shane.
Look at an all-inclusive.
Club Med (
offers $499 per person deals for
an entire week at some of its
family resorts. Don't discount
places you thought were too
pricy either, especially if you
can snag a cheap flight. Use up
those frequent flier miles. And
go for a long weekend rather
than a week. Windjammer
Landing in St. Lucia
(www. windjammer-, for example, is
offering 50 percent off the
room rate in "sun d, ILair' ,
credit for food and activities.
Mention Taking the Kids and
you can get a parents' massage
too., meanwhile,
has a luxury for less sale
(www. hotels. com/luxuryforless
) that promises upscale lodging
for as low as $89 in cities across
the country.
Try something you've
never done. Go to the Frost
Valley YMCA camp in the
Catskills (
and you can see how maple
syrup is made. Join a flotilla of
sailing boats in the British

Virgin Islands and save 25 per-
cent with Sunsail (www.sun- (Other deals offer
as much as 35 percent off.)

There are so many third-
night-free deals in ski country
that you can find an entire
page devoted to them at
(www. ski. com/3rdnightfree).'s Dan Sherman added
there are many second-night-
free deals in Park City, while
Vail and Beaver Creek have
just extended their kids-fly free
ski-free deal (book by Mar. 14
(with your travel deadline of
Mar. 31) one child flies and
skis free for each paying adult
Also www.perfectfamily- has just slashed
prices significantly from last
year's rates at Shadow Ridge
Resort in Park City Utah.
Wherever you want to go,
don't be shy about asking the
resort/cruise line/hotel to up
the ante a better room, free
breakfast, free kids' club.
Remember, they want and
need your business. And you
need that time together.
"The kids are only going
to be this age once," says
Anne Stewart.

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Caribbean shipping execs to meet in Colombia in May

T op names in the regional
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The eighth conference, set
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Issues to be discussed will
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South Florida celebrates 'Miss Lou' pioneer of Jamaica's 'patwa'

The legacy of Louise
Bennett-Coverley has
left an indelible impres-
sion on Jamaica and the
Caribbean. It is this icon, this
tradition, this birth right, that
was commemorated at the
South Regional Broward
College Library in Pembroke
Pines, Florida last month.
Under the patronage of
Sandra Grant-Griffiths,
Jamaica's consul general to
the southern United States,
the event brought together
linguists, educators, writers,
performers and friends who
celebrated an indigenous lan-
guage and culture and
"Miss Lou", the woman who
instilled pride in Jamaican

Journalist, playwright,
director, actress and cultural
activist Barbara Gloudon was
among those honoring the
woman that gave voice to
"Louise was marked out

"Louise was marked out to
free the tongue of the
Jamaican people" Gloudon

to free the tongue of the
Jamaican people," Gloudon
"Louise was born for a
particular purpose, at a partic-
ular time. As happens in every
generation, one or two people
are born to change time.
Barack Hussein Obama car-
ries that burden, Nelson
Mandela carries that burden,
Martin Luther King Jr. carried
that burden, Marcus Mosiah
Garvey carried that burden.
So, we need to take her work

Miss Lou was the major
force in promoting Jamaican
language as a legitimate form
of communication. She used
Jamaican patwa, a mixture of
African languages brought to
the island by slaves, and
English in her writings as a
young journalist, in perform-
ances, and everyday life with-
out shame. And, in time, her
genius was recognized with a
scholarship to Britain's Royal
Academy of Dramatic Arts,
an institution that represented
the system she fought to
loosen its grip on Jamaican
According to Gloudon,
Miss Lou was part of a politi-
cal movement. The statements
in her poetry were political,
the strongest being her railing
against the British. In those
days, all things British was
good. Hence, a whole genera-
tion was made to feel
ashamed of their tongue
because it was not "the
Queen's English".


Among the stages Miss
Lou used to showcase her
proud heritage, talent, and
persistence was pantomime, a
British tradition of acting out
children's stories onstage that
traditionally opened on
Boxing Day each year. Miss
Lou performed in 25 pan-
tomimes between 1943 and
1975; several times alongside
her famous sidekick Ranny
"Mas Ran" Williams. She

became a prolific director and
performer, peppering her pro-
ductions with the language of
her people. The tradition con-
tinues today.
"She gave us no end of
proverbs, which were in fact
parables; they were almost
biblical in their connotations,"
Gloudon said. "For example,
'wen chubble tek man, pick-
ney shut fit im'. It is clear,
when trouble takes man a
child's shirt will even cover
you. It was almost biblical wis-
dom, which she would put
into folk language, and little
by little they have become
part of our history. If you look
in the Oxford dictionary now,
it is carrying words out of the
Jamaican autography."
But, it was not only pan-
tomime that benefited from
the strength and character of
p ai%., '. Not just a theatrical
genius, Miss Lou weaved her
stories, poems, and plays with
folkloric tales in the voice of
the characters she brought to
life. And, she did not keep it
to herself, but passed on the
tradition to those around her.
Gloudon was one of her pro-
Miss Lou, and Gloudon
after her, were perhaps the
first journalists to use pai.. ',
in the print media for every-
day communication. Both
women worked at The
Gleaner, Jamaica's oldest
newspaper, in their early
"The Gleaner received
enormous amounts of com-
plaints that Louise Bennett
and myself had conspired to
cheapen the Jamaican lan-
guage and weaken the identify
of the people," explained
Later, when Gloudon
started her radio call-in pro-
gram "Hotline", she was again

R&B star faces felony charges for alleged beating of Rihanna

LOS ANGELES, California -
The District Attorney's office
here says R&B star Chris
Brown has been charged with
two felonies following the
alleged beating of his girl-
friend, Barbadian pop singer
The singer made a brief
appearance in court with his
attorney Mark Geragos early
this month and did not enter a
plea to the two felony charges
of assault and making criminal
The judge granted Brown's
request for a continuance on
April 6.
If convicted, Brown faces
anywhere from probation to a
maximum four years and eight
months in state prison,

District Attorney spokes-
woman Sandi Gibbons said.
The formal charges come
almost a month after the cou-
ple argued on the morning of
Feb. 8, just hours before
Rihanna, 21, and Brown, 19,
were both scheduled to per-
form at the Grammys.
U.S.-based media organi-
zations published the sordid
details of the incident, while
quoting an affidavit which
chronicles the attack in which
Brown allegedly punched,
bloodied and threatened to
kill his girlfriend. They also
indicate that the couple has
reunited following the inci-

criticized for speaking in
p' il \\ '.
In spite of that, and per-
haps because of that, the show
has grown to become one of
Jamaica's most popular com-
munity radio shows. Listeners
can call in and air their opin-
ions in a language they are
comfortable with.

Gloudon implored schol-
ars to look beyond Miss Lou's
comedic performances for she
was much more than that.
"We have forgotten to
spend some time on the
importance of the journey that
she took and its relevance to
the development of Jamaica,"

"In time, her genius was
recognized with a scholar-
ship to Britain's Royal
Academy of Dramatic Arts,
an institution that represent-
ed the system she fought to
loosen its grip on Jamaican

she said "...Her purpose was
to be tongue and voice to a
people who had no voice...The
work I do as a writer is all
driven by Louise...But, we
have to understand that the
road ahead still nuh dun."
Gloudon is involved in a
project that will help keep
Miss Lou and Jamaica's
indigenous voice alive. A web-
site, www.ltmpantomime, has
been created. It celebrates 60
years of Jamaican theater. The
site features a detailed history
of the movement as well as
directors, producers, and cast
members from every pan-
tomime performed since 1941.
Packed with a dizzying array
of facts, visitors to the site will
also learn about choreography
trends, designers, and little
known facts about the pan-
tomime company and
Kingston's Little Theatre.
Even the Canadian gov-
ernment recognizes the valu-
able contribution Louise
Bennett-Coverley made to
Jamaican culture with the cre-
ation of "Miss Lou's Room".
Opened on July 26, 2007 at
the Harbourfront Centre in
Toronto on the first anniver-
sary of Miss Lou's death, the
facility provides a permanent
display on her life and per-
formances and houses DVDs,
audiocassettes, and interactive
media that allows visitors to
".- rh Irm" along with the
beloved Jamaican icon.

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

March 2009


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'My Nappy Roots' sparks hair-raising questions about African heritage


Images of regal Africans
with elaborately plaited
natural hair, beautifully
decorated with cowrie shells,

or mud-encased locks flash
across the screen. Larger-
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forces the message: natural
black hair is beautiful.
Unfortunately, this is not
universally embraced by
Ever wonder why the sub-
ject of black hair is so vexed?
Why are issues of self-esteem
image, power, control inter-
twined with black hair. These
questions and more are tack-
led in the documentary "My
Nappy Roots: A Journey
Through Black lIIr-iIgL ,
which was screened at Fort
Lauderdale's Nova
Southeastern University in
celebration of Black History
Month in February. The 78-
minute film explores the
social, psychological, and cul-
tural issues that surround the
sometimes touchy subject of
black hair.
Producer/Director Regina
Kimbell takes us on a psycho-
logical journey with "My
Nappy Roots", forcing viewers
to question their own attitude
to black hair. Pre-slavery
Africans on the continent were
proud of their natural crowns.
It was not until they were
enslaved and brought to the
Americas that terms such as
\\<,l ', "nappy" and "bad
hair" became the signifier of
black hair as another means of
power and control by slave
The strategy worked, nega-
tively marking an entire race of
people. The expressions "boad
'ed", "dry 'ed", "natty 'ed",
often heard in some Caribbean
nations, are just a few examples
of how African descendants
have come to accept the nega-
tive definition of black hair in
its natural state.

But out of all this negativ-
ity, emerged a billion-dollar
black hair care industry.
Kimbell interviews some of
the most successful and pow-
erful figures in the business,
including George Johnson of
the Johnson products line and

Edward Gardner of "Soft
,hi ii Madame C.J. Walker
is celebrated as the African
American who created the
black hair hair care business.
The film walks through
the evolution of black styles
and the messages they sent
during a particular era. For
example, noted African

Film producer/director Regina Kimbell gets to
hair debate.

American entertainers such as
Cab Calloway and Nat King
Cole wore the early "relaxed"
hairstyles called the "conk",
which required a painful
chemical process to ultimately
straightened the hair. Today's
relaxers may be more sophisti-
cated and less chemically
harsh, but the process can be
painful, both physically and
mentally. Nonetheless, it is the
price many are willing to pay
for straight hair.
The 1960s saw the re-
emergence of natural when
afros and corn-rowed braids
were all the rage, signifying a
return to black pride and
power. Today black hairstyles
run the gamut from natural to
straight. But many choose to
follow the European standard
of beauty long, flowing, silky.

Black celebrities, wearing
their preferred styles, speak
about the touchy hair issue.
Actress Kim Fields, with
shoulder length locks, discuss-
es her preference but warns
that blackness is more than
just a hairstyle. Actress Vivica
A. Fox applauds those who
wear naturals, but prefers her
roots straightened.
Kimbell highlights both

sides of the hair story. Her
goal, she says, is to educate
black folks about the chemi-
cals and processes they use on
themselves without being
"It's about being fully
aware of the choices you
make," she said.
A host of historians, writ-
ers, and hairstyl-
ists offer their
perspectives on
the culture, histo-
ry, and business
of black hair, giv-
ing the film a
a broad-based
appeal beyond
that of ordinary
The "Hair Wars"
segment is per-
haps the most
highlighting the
best of the
biL_,,I African
American hair
shows in the
the root of the United States
that showcases
the artistry of
hairstylists, along with the
most elaborate, outlandish
hairdos they create.

"My Nappy Roots" also
nudges the viewer to think
about the implications of skin
color and class issues. It points
out the significant impact of
the media on image and self-
esteem. Ultimately, the film
applauds black creativity, but
underscores: Whatever the
style natural, straight,
wigged, bald, weaved black
hair starts with strong nappy
roots that crown a people.
"These are conversations
we need to have, particularly
with our young people," says
She continues, "Once we
know what our true beauty is,
we can be free to express it in
whatever way we like."
But, the arguments for or
against the natural continues.
One viewer put it this way:
"The feeling of betrayal is
always there if I hide my
African-ness with someone
else's hair."

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

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Burning Spear wins reggae Granmmy Miami's story arrives at 'Black Crossroads'

Jamaican reggae icon
Burning Spear was the
lone Caribbean winner at
the 51st Annual Grammy
Awards in Los Angeles last
The singer, whose real
name is Winston Rodney, won
the Best Reggae Album for
"Jah is Real". The album was
released by Burning Music
In 2000, Burning Spear
won the Best Reggae Album
for his "Calling Rastafari"
album, but lost out to Stephen
Marley with "Mind Control"
for the title in 2007.
In all, he has received 12
Grammy nominations to date.
Other nominees for the 2008
Best Reggae Album were
Elephant Man for "Let's Get
Physical"; Heavy D for
"Vibes"; Sly & Robbie for
"Amazing"; and Shaggy for


ATLANTA, Georgia What
should have been a celebra-
tion of Caribbean spirit and
creativity was marred here last
month by mourning over the
death of a man known for his
work promoting the region's
The body of a Marc
Stewart, who over the years
has helped staged many
Caribbean entertainment
events in the United States,
was found in the state of
Georgia days after he was
reported miss-
ing by his fam-
The 38-
Stewart was
involved in the
promotion of
"What Goes e
Around", a Stewart
movie by
Jamaican filmmaker Steve
"Tehut Nine" McAlpin. The
film was scheduled for a
screening on Feb. 15 in the
Stone Mountain area of
Georgia, where Stewart
resided. Due to his death, a
candlelight vigil, attended by
dozens of Caribbean immi-
grants, was held outside the
Torch Theaters.

Prior to the rL L ninei
McAlpin lamented the loss of
Stewart, who he had met a
few years ago during the pro-
motion of another film, and
who he described as a friend.
"It hits very hard,"
McAlpin said. "...Life is just

Black Uhuru was awarded
the first Reggae Grammy for
"Anthem" in 1985.
Barbadian pop-singing
sensation Rihanna failed to
get a 2008 Grammy Award.
She was nominated for
three, including Best Pop
Collaboration with Vocals.
Rihanna was also expected to
perform at the annual event,
but was a no show.

complex and unpredictable.
Sometimes you hear things
like this happen and you
never think it will happen to
people close to you.
"It feels like a nut or bolt
that holds things together is
just gone."
Up to press time Georgia
police were still searching for
clues leading to Stewart's
killer. He reportedly was shot
in the head. No arrests had
been made.
The promoter reportedly
called his wife from Marietta,
Georgia, the last time anyone
heard from him. He was later
reported missing. His body
was found in Gwinnett
County. Reports later indicat-
ed that it appeared someone
may have tried to use his cel-
lular telephone and bankcard
shortly after Stewart had
called his wife.
Those attending the can-
dlelight vigil last month sang
hymns and paid tribute to
"He was too young to
die," one mourner said.
"Marc, we love you and
know you're alright," added
"What Goes Around",
primarily a story focusing on
the twists and turns of love
and the deadly threat of
AIDS, was first released last
year. Stewart was trying to
help promote the film, which
features primarily a Caribbean

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


FLORIDA Miami, ranked
the third richest in the United
States in 2008, is what it is
today because of the contribu-
tions of the African diaspora in
building and shaping this so-
called Ml, ;i. City".
A major exhibition at
Miami's Historical Museum of
Southern Florida (HMSF) puts
it all in perspective with unfor-
gettable photographs, video
stories, historical documents,
and artifacts.
A pre-opening event host-
ed late last month by Miami-
based law firm Delancy Hill
gave a throng of museum and
art supporters a special pre-
view of the show, dubbed
"Black Crossroads: The
African Diaspora in Miami". In
keeping with the spirit of the
exhibition, former County
Commissioner Betty T.
Ferguson was honored for her
work in helping to inspire
change and development
through community activism.
The exhibition runs through
Jan. 24,2010. It highlights the
labor and cultural connection
that African Americans and
African Caribbean groups have
with Miami, from 1896 to the

The large exhibition was a
three-year labor of love
according to Haitian-born chief
curator Joanne Hyppolite.
After painstaking research,
which involved going through
historical documents, talking to
community members, and six

months of building and con-
structing, the story is now
being told.
The mostly black and
white photographs show black
neighborhoods, men at work
on bridges, hotels, and the
roads that marked out this
coastal city. Neat row houses in
tight clusters where colored
folk lived almost seem to serve

Patron Guy Bury stares at a Ku Klux Klan

as a racial line of demarcation,
for Miami in the late 19th cen-
tury and into the 20th century
was a segregated city, as much
of the American South.
Majestic landmarks, like
the Lyric Theater in what was
then called "Colored Town"
(today's Overtown) come alive
in pictures. Opened in 1913,
this 400-seat theater, built by
Geder Walker, a black man
from Georgia, is a concrete
example of the economic, cul-
tural, and political impact
blacks had on Miami. It still

stands today.

There are also photo-
graphs that show how blacks
lived under the heavy hand of
racism. Disturbing images of
men and women packed in
rickety boats is not much dif-
ferent from the pictures of
Haitians landing on the Miami
shores today, most ending up in
detention centers and ultimate-
ly deported. More shocking
still, because of its in-your-face
reality, is a Ku Klux Klan robe
protected behind glass. And,
not far from it, a companion
symbol a burnt cross still
standing erect.
With over two million pho-
tographs in its archives, much of
the pre-World War II images on
display come from the muse-
um's collection. Among them
are photos by Commodore
Munroe, an early settler in
Coconut Grove who hired some
of the early Bahamians to help
build the city There is also a
large number of images taken
by Claude Matlack, a commer-
cial photographer who was
active in Miami in the 1920s.
A powerful exhibition,
"Black Crossroads" sheds light
on Miami's past, its develop-
ment and present. It shares
with viewers the melting pot of
cultures that defined the city in
its infancy, and why it remains
a city of mixed voices bursting
to tell their stories.

Story and photograph by
Dawn A. Davis, a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

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Jamaican Johnson dominates Judah in light heavyweight boxing clash
GORDON WILLIAMS and avenge a draw against the and will to win. the ring as soon as possible
American in 2003. "It seems like when they and with a cut it would kinda
HOLLYWOOD, Florida Fighting in the colors of get in the ring with me it's be a setback. I was a little bit
Jamaican-born Glen Johnson his homeland, Johnson, who more like a survival tactic nervous there with the colli-
k knt on track for another shot now lives in Miami, looked than anything else," said sion."

at a world title by scoring a
unanimous decision win over
Daniel Judah of the United
States in their light heavy-
weight bout at the Hard Rock
Live arena here late last
The former world champi-
on took the 10-rounder with a
commanding performance,
dominating Judah throughout
to earn a huge margin of vic-
tory on the judges' scorecards

BOISE, Idaho Caribbean
athletes came in for high
praises from Special Olympics
Caribbean Executive Director
Candilla Berment after a
claiming a cluster of medals at
the World Winter Games here
last month.
Jamaicans won two gold
medals, a silver and two
bronze medals competing in
floor hockey and speed skat-
ing, while Trinidad and
Tobago secured a floor hock-
ey bronze medal.

decisive from the opening bell
and almost ended the fight
early with a thunderous right
hand that sent Judah tumbling
into the ropes where he was
given a standing eight count
by the referee. But Judah
refused to go down the
remainder of the way, denying
Johnson the knockout he
craved but earning criticism
from the Jamaican for failing
to show enough n--,-rL "i III

"Our teams performed
excellent, which should not
come as a surprise," Berment
said. "We prepared well for
these games."
She said the athletes' vic-
tories would go a long way in
creating more awareness in
the Caribbean that people
with disabilities are capable of
living productive lives and can
achieve wonders, if given the
Jamaica's floor hockey
team picked up the country's

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Johnson while cooling down
in his dressing room after the
"A lot of guys don't really
try to win and then the rest of
them kinda try to run around
and try to throw some pitty
pat shots as they're moving,
trying to create space. It's just
another way of surviving, try-
ing to not let me get close to
them to throw combinations."

first gold medal with an upset
win against Canada in the
Division Two final. Richard
Hillary captured an individual
gold for Jamaica in the 200
meters speed skating and
teammate Monique Brown
won three medals for Jamaica
in speed-skating events.
A total of 85 countries rep-
resented by over 3,000 ath-
letes competed at the World
Winter Games.

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Johnson raises his fist to celebrate vic-
tory over Judah.
Yet Johnson occasionally
got too close to Judah for his
own good, resulting in the
fighters clashing heads and
raising concern in the
Jamaican's camp that he could
suffer injuries that could
endanger future fights, includ-
ing a title challenge expected
this summer.
"The man bucked me like
a cow," Johnson said of the
head butts, one which caused
the referee to stop the fight
and allow both boxers time to

That aside, Judah offered
little beyond clowning and
taunting. The lopsided win
was reflected in the judges'
scorecard 99-89, 99-90 and
99-90 in favor of Johnson,
the World Boxing Council's
number one contender in the
175-pound weight division.
Johnson, nicknamed the
"Road Warrior", improved his
ring record to 49 wins, 12 loss-
es and three draws.
Although rhe 40-year-old
former world "Fighter of the
Year" in 2004 welcomed the
win, he did not mask his dis-
appointment at not adding
Judah to his list of 33 knock-
out victims.
"It was a successful
night," the Jamaican said.
"And I'm a little bit disap-
pointed, but more than any-
thing satisfied at the victory."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

ScoverJ. Johnson cover photograph by
"I was just more in fear of Sean Young
getting cut than anything else,
because I wanna get back in

Windies take cricket honors

from England in February

KINGSTON, Jamaica The
West Indies scored a com-
manding win over England to
take a 1-0 lead in the home
cricket Test series, then fought
doggedly to secure that advan-
tage going into the final match
this month
and ensure it
would not
lose the series
to its higher
ranking, tradi-
tional rivals.
team opened
the series Sarwan
last month at Sabina Park
here, ripping into England on
a dramatic fourth day to regis-
ter a massive innings and 23
runs victory.
Batting first, England
made 318 all out, with star
batsman Kevin Peterson get-
ting 97 runs. The West Indies,
led by centuries from captain
Chris Gayle (104) and
Ramnaresh Sarwan (107),
replied with 392 all out.
However, England crum-
bled under an impressive com-
bination of spin and pace to be
bowled out for 51 runs, the vis-
itors' third lowest Test total of
all time. Fast bowler Jerome
Taylor finished the second
innings with figures of five

wickets for 11 runs. Spinner
Sulieman Benn picked up four
for 31.

Gayle commended his
players for a r,,ll, really
brilliant" performance and
hinted that the result could
reverse the Caribbean team's
struggling fortunes of late.
"It's definitely a turning
point," said Gayle. "...We
combined together. It was
The euphoria did not last
long. The second Test at Sir
Vivian Richards Stadium in
Antigua was abandoned dur-
ing the second over, when
umpires ruled the outfield
unfit for play.
The teams moved to the
Antigua Recreation Ground
for the third Test, where the
West Indies held on for a
The final Test in February,
played in Barbados, also
ended in a draw.
Both teams traveled to
Trinidad for the final Test,
Mar. 6-10, with the seventh
ranked West Indies assured it
cannot lose the series to
England, rated fifth in the

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Caribbean athletes shine at special winter games

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Exotic West Indian flavors hot off the stove at Timehri


L cooking for an exotic
gastronomic experi-
ence? Well, look no fur-
ther than Pembroke Pines,

Variety is the spice at Timehri's restaurant.

Florida where the recently
opened Timehri restaurant
serves up a stunning mix of
West Indian and Chinese cui-
Timehri, named after the
Guyanese airport, opened its
doors on Feb. 14 to a packed
house with a long line of
patrons waiting for tables up
to one hour. With spicy and
Caribbean seasoned dishes
like jerk chicken chow mein,
dhalpuri, curry channa,
polouri, dhalpuri and curried
goat, barbecue duck, and veg-
etable fried rice, it was defi-

nitely worth the wait. The
price is right too, with entrees
averaging about $10.
A sample of the Guyana-
Chinese chef's specialties left
no doubt that this was indeed
authentic West Indian food

with a definite Caribbean flair.
Highly seasoned, with plenty
pepper as Caribbean food
should be, the food adventur-
er will love the jerk chicken
and even the vegetable lo
mein. The dhalpuri and chan-
na potato is just one of the
variety of dishes that is sure to
satisfy vegetarians.
In addition, because South
Florida has its share of devout
Muslims who follow halal food
standards (i.e., some foods are
forbidden and meat can only

be eaten from an animal that
has been slaughtered in the
proper way, not strangled or
beaten), all the meat prepared
by the restaurant is halal. No
pork is served as it is forbid-
den by Islamic law.
A large space, the restau-
rant is clean, airy, and brightly
colored. Piped soca and
Indian music add to the
Caribbean/West Indian feel. It
is set up in two parts, with one

side serving dine-in customers,
while the other half can be
used for private gatherings
such as weddings. Take-out,
catering, and delivery service

are also offered.
Thirty three-year-old
owner Cindy Narain, who is of
Guyanese and Indian descent,
migrated from Canada to
open what is now the fourth
restaurant in a family-owned
chain started in 1998. With
two operations in Canada and
one in Orlando, Narain took
the leap to invest in the South
Florida market.
"Although it is tough eco-
nomic times, we realized it was
cheaper to purchase now,"
explained Narain. "You just
have to be able to wait out the
storm at the beginning...I know
there was a need for a really
good Chinese-West Indian
restaurant. So, I thought if we
brought the same food we have
in Canada, the same kind of
atmosphere to South Florida, it
would be a restaurant you
could take your family or busi-
ness colleagues to."
Starting this month,
Narain will attract the after-
work crowd with drink spe-
cials and a lime on weekday
evenings. Timehri is open
Tuesday through Sunday in

College Plaza, 7855 Pines
Story and photographs by
Dawn A. Davis, a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Pear manimna,

Now I love you. You have been there si he e birth for me,
with your iiurturiog, loviiig, caring self, You have made
me into who I am today, and I waiit to tell you how
grateful I am to you, because there is no other like
you for me.


,1 dear Mother, a siter, an aunt, a /riend
and everything ebe you can imagine.
IWe bold you close within our hearts and there
Y,_ shball remain. To walk with us throughout
SPitr ,lives until we meet again. So rest in peace
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