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elections in
Haiti. Now
the interna-
tionally acclaimed hip-hop star
has released a song criticizing
outgoing President Rene
Preval for allegedly engineer-
ing his rejection as a candi-
date, page 2.

Attention on
Florida pri-
mary elec-
tions last
month, partic-
ularly as four
vied to fill the
Seat vacated
by Kendrick
Meek and become the first-
ever Haitian American in the
United States Congress.
Meek also emerged as the
Democrats' candidate for the
U.S. Senate in November,
page 11.

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believe his
eyes w en
tax officials
seized two
belonging to
the Jamaican
dancehall artiste after the gov-
ernment claimed its efforts to
get the entertainer to pay out-
standing amounts failed,
page 15.



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CMC Internationally
acclaimed hip-hop star Wyclef
Jean, who was barred from
contesting the Nov. 28 presi-
dential elections in Haiti, has
released a song criticizing out-
going President Rend Prival
for allegedly engineering his
rejection as a candidate.
Through late last month
radio stations were broadcast-
ing the song by Jean in creole
in which he called for the jail-
ing of electoral officials who
disqualified him while for the

Buju Banton's
MIAMI, Florida The trial of
reggae superstar Buju Banton
-whose correct name is Mark
Myrie has again been pushed
back, leaving the Jamaican to
spend more time in an
American jail before getting a
chance to clear his name.
According to a story pub-
lished in Jamaica's Sunday
Gleaner late last month, the
latest postponement has left
the legal team of the reggae
icon frustrated.
"The trial was pushed
back to September 20 despite
our objection," David Oscar
Markus, a member of Myrie's
legal team was quoted as say-
ing~. "We are ready to go and
Buju is looking forward to his
day in court."
United States District
Judge James Moody Jr. last
month granted a one-week
delay in the start of the trial

first time directly blaming
In his creole composition
entitled "Prizon Pou K.E.Pa"
(Jail for the Provisional
Electoral Council), a somber-
voiced Jean sings that Prival
"expelled me from the race.
"I know all the cards are
in your hands...I voted for you
to be president in 2006, why
today did you reject my candi-
dacy?" the song says, address-
ing Prival, who cannot seek
re-election after serving two
terms as president.

"It's not Wyclef that you
have expelled, it is the youth
you have's the pop-
ulation you have denied, it's
the peasants you have
denied," Jean sings.
Aides to President Preval
Preval said that while he has
been informed of the song, he
has no comments.

A lawyer for the
Provisional Electoral Council
(CEP) said that its ruling,
regarding Jean's non inclusion

as a candidate for the election
could not be appealed.
"Therefore there is
absolutely no possibility for
Wyclef Jean to be added to
the list of candidates approved
to run in the next presidential
elections. So it's over," said
Samuel Pierre of the CEP's
legal department.
The CEP disqualified
Jean and 14 others, while it
approved 19 candidates with-
out providing justification for


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Jean has launched a political attack
with music.

based on a request by attor-
neys representing one of
Myrie's co-defendants James

prepare outweighs the best
interest of the public and the
defendant in a speedy trial,"
the judge said in his ruling.
The delay is the fifth
change in the scheduled start
of a trial for Myrie, who has
been languishing in custody in
this southern U.S. state smnce
last December when he was
arrested on charges of con-
spiracy to possess cocaine and
aiding and abetting the pos-
session of a firearm in further-
ance of a drug-trafficking
Myrie, Mack, and lan
Thomas were held following a
sting operation by U.S. law
enforcement officials.


MIAMI, Florida A United
States federal judge has sen-
tenced two Bahamian men to
lengthy federal prison terms
for conspirn to smuggle four
Jamaican adTrinidadian
nationals into South Florida.
Prosecutors said that one
of the passengers died during
the smuggling attempt.
Tyrel Levarity, 23, was
sentenced to 17 and a half
years while 24-year-old
Ahmad Toussaint was jailed
for 14 years for their roles in
the February smuggling oper-
The names of the other
Caribbean nationals were not

According to the U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) office, in
late February, Florida Park
Service officers pursued the
two men as they raced their
28-foot boat toward the coast.
When the vessel entered
Black Point Marina in
Homestead, near Miami, the
unidentified passengers
jumped out and ran toward
the mangroves. But one of the
passengers, Michael Norman
Lynch of Jamaica, drowned in
a canal while trying to make it
to shore, ICE officials said.

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Mack. Mack's lawyers had
written to the judge seeking
more time to prepare his
"The court grants this
continuance to allow defen-
dant Mack additional time to
prepare for trial. The court
finds the ends of justice served
by the continuance to allow
the defendant more time to

new report has found that the
number of Caribbean and
other illegal immigrants living
in the United States has
declined for the first time in
two decades.
The report, issued
recently by the Pew Hispanic
Center, a Washington-based
independent research group,
is based on an analysis of 2009
census data.
It attributes much of the
decline to a sharp drop-off in
illegal immigrants from the
Caribbean, Central America
and South America. It said
that illegal immigrants
decreased by eight percent as
jobs declined in America

because of the economic
The center said that in
Mar. 2009 the most recent
figures there were 11.1 mil-
lion unauthorized immigrants
in the U.S., compared to 12
million in Mar. 2007. The
report said that illegal immi-
grants from the Caribbean,
Central and South America,
decreased by 22 percent in the
2007-2009 period.

The U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
agency said that, in recent
years, it has deported an
increasing number of illegal
immigrants, reaching a high

last year of more than 389,000
It, however, points out
that despite the decline, the
population of unauthorized
immigrants was nearly a third
larger in 2009 compared to
2000, and it is three times larg-
er than in 1990.
Among the report's other
findings was that nearly half
of unauthorized immigrants
living in the country in 2009
arrived in 2000 or later.

New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, an outspoken
advocate of welcoming more
immigrants to the U.S., said
he was not surprised by the
study's findings.
"It exemplifies what I've
been saying all along," he told
"Not totally, but generally,
people come here from
around the world whether
they come here legally or ille-
gally to work, to build a bet-
ter life for th~e msel h s and for
their families. And when our
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ATLANTA, Georgia The
United States government has
reversed its decision to deny a
Barbadian woman more time
with her cancer-stricken
Petra Gooding, 30, said
she was given a Septe. 2 dead-
line to leave the U.S. after her
visitor's visa expired.
She has spent 10 months
here as her seven-year-old-
daughter Niamh Stoute under-
goes intense chemotherapy for
stage four cancer at the Aflac
Cancer Center on the
Egleston campus of Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta.
Gooding said she had
filed all the proper paperwork
to stay in the U.S., so she was
stunned when she was denied
a visa extension with no expla-
nation. She said when her

appeal was denied, she was
faced with the agonizing
prospect of abandoning her
daughter, who is too sick to
Gooding, however,
learned late last month that
her visa was extended to
"It feels like a load has been
lifted off of my shoulders,"
she told reporters. "I'm so
Gooding said she now will
concentrate on helping Niamh
cope with the high-intensity
chemotherapy she is receiving
for Stage 4 neuroblastoma.
The rare cancer has created a
large tumor in Niamh's

Ana Santiago, spokes-

woman for the U.S.
Immigration and Citizenship
Service, declined to comment
on the initial denial, citing
immigration privacy laws. But
a spokeswoman for Georgia's
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss
said a case worker in the sena-
tor's office contacted the
agency on the matter as news

spread about Niamh's plight.
"Our office is more than
happy to assist individuals
who are encountering difficul-
ties with federal agencies,"
said spokeswoman Ashley
Gooding, said her daugh-
ter, who hasundergone sur-
gery and chemotherapy,

seemed happy with the good
"I told her, and she gave me a
smile," the mother said. "If
she was up and walking~, she
would be doing a little dance
for the nurses. I'm so grateful
and so thankful."

Pamela Bridgewater, United
States ambassador designate
to Jamaica, is set to take up
her post in the Caribbean
island soon.
From 1996 to 1999
Bridgewater was deputy chief
of mission in Nassau, The
Bahamas. She was a member
and president of the 42nd
Senior Seminar, the U.S.
Department of State's most
prestigious professional devel-
opment program, from 1999
to 2000, before serving as U.S.
ambassador to Benin from
Oct. 2000 to Jan. 2003.
She was appointed U.S.
deputy assistant secretary for
African affairs in Dec. 2002,
where she managed the
African bureau's relationships
with 16 countries in West
Africa. She served as diplo-
mat-in-residence at Howard
University from Sept. 2004 to
May 2005. From June 2005 to
July 2008 Bridgewater was the
U.S. ambassador to Ghana.
Bridgewater was for vice-
consul to Brussels, and labor
attachd/political officer in
Kingston, Jamaica between
1980 and 1990. At the U.S.
Department of State, she was
the longest serving diplomat
in South Africa, posted as
political officer at Pretoria
from 1990 to 1993, and as the
first African American
woman appointed consul gen-
eral at Durban, from 1993 to
1996. There she worked with
Nelson Mandela during the
transition of South Africa
away from apartheid.

Bridgewater was born in
Fredericksburg, Virginia, and
is the daughter of a bank

to Jamaica
teller and a jazz trumpeter.
She attended Walker-Grant
High School. She has two
degrees in political science,
graduating with a bachelor of
arts degree from Virginia
State University in 1968, and
with a master's in arts from
the University of Cincinnati.


Her career was initially in
teaching, working at Maryland
universities Morgan State and
Bowie State, and Voorhees
College in South Carolina,
before entering the U.S.
Foreign Service in 1980. Last
month, she gave the assurance
that when she assumes her
post as ambassador to
Jamaica, she will address the
declining approval rate of visa
issuance to nationals there.
"I will meet with the con-
sular team at the U.S. Embassy
in Jamaica, along with my con-
sular team, very early after my
arrival to see how this issue
can be addressed to the satis-
faction of both countries," she
was quoted as saying.

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St. Lucian soccer player killed after victory

U.S. 10-day trip no 'joy ride'

BROOKLYN, New York St.
Lucia's leading goal scorer in
the New York Caribbean Cup
was shot dead late last month,
police here have confirmed.
Reports said on Aug. 30,
27-year-old Phillip Tisson had
just finished celebrating his
team's 1-0 victory over St.
Kitts and Nevis when he was
killed by an unidentified gun-
man a short distance from a
club in the Crown Heights
section of Brooklyn.
Only hours earlier, on
Aug. 29, Tisson had scored
the lone goal in the semi-final
duel with St. Kitts and Nevis,
ensuring that his team quali-

fied for the tournament final
against Jamaica. The striker,
who arrived here in May for
the tournament, had scored
five goals in the 2010 cam-
paign. He also represented St.
Lucia's national team during
its recent 2010 World Cup
Police said the gunman
fired on a car where Tisson
and other passengers sat, a
short distance from the Tropix
nightclub on Carroll Street
and Utica Avenue. A 24-year-
old woman sitting next to
Tisson received a gunshot
wound to her chest and was
taken to Brookdale University

Hospital in Brooklyn. She was
reported to be in stable condi-
tion, cops said. Two other
women in the car were
unhurt, police said.
"The guy was celebrating
the victory and was looking
forward to playing against
Jamaica (in the final) and then
somebody shot him," Martin
Daniel, president and chief
executive officer of the St.
Lucia New York team, told
CMC Sports.
Fred Ballantyne, the com-
petition's Vincentian-born
president, said he hoped the
culprit was brought to justice.

CMC Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar returned
home from a controversial 10-
day visit to the United States
insisting that the trip, which
cost nearly $66,660, would
prove beneficial to Trinidad
and Tobago in the future.
The prime minister head-
ed a 10-member delegation
that included several govern-
ment ministers for the visit
last month that included her
participation in the
Independence Day celebra-
tions of India held in New

But critics of her new
People's Partnership adminis-

for the United National
Congress (UNC), a key mem-
ber of the four-month old
administration, to seek funds
in North America.
However, speaking to
reporters on her return, the
prime minister said the New
York celebration commemo-
rating India's Independence
"is one of the largest outside
India and it takes us not only
to significant Indian diaspora
in the U.S. but also to a wider
North American audience
who attend the celebrations.
"The invitation to us to
participate in the celebrations
is particularly significant
because it provided the most
valuable opportunity for us to
meet many prominent citizens
who were in the U.S. for the
celebration and to whom we
could directly and face to face
send the message about the

unique benefits of doing busi-
ness in TNT (Trinidad and
Tob ago)."
The prime minister said
that one of the highlights of


witness for Lloyd's of
London insurance com-
pany has testified that a
Caribbean bank belong-
ing to Allen Stanford
loaned more than three
billion United States
dollars to the disgraced
financier and his compa-
nies without properly
disclosing the transac-
Berenblut, forensic
accountant with
Canadian-based NERA
Economic Consulting,
late last month told a
civil hearing that inter-
national reporting stan-
dards require that banks
report transactions with
entities. He said the
Antigua-based Stanford
International Bank
(IB)1 oned $1.7 billion

and $1.8 billion to com-
panies he controlled.
Berenblut, who was

testifying in the
trial in which
Stanford is asking
the court to order
the insurance com-
pany to meet his
legal fees on fraud-
related charges,
also testified that
he reviewed e-mails
and financial trans-
actions that showed
the bank reversed
engineered finan-
cial statements by
adjusting the num-
bers to achieve
desired results.
U.S. federal
indictments allege
that Stanford and
other company offi-
cials lured investors
into a $7 billion
Ponzi scheme by
offering above-

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of deposit issued by

her visit was the Madison
Avenue parade that received
significant media coverage
and thle re fo re gave our own
twin island valuable exposure
in a very important metropoli-
"The opportunity was
used by us to highlight the
diversity and the multicultur-
alism of our nation. This was
most obvious by a Trinidad
and Tobago float in that full view of more
than 100,000 persons lining
the streets," she added.
She said the parade "was
streamed live on television
and therefore Trinidad and
Tobago was well represented
in that regard."


the decisions.
Jean said the election
board used "trickery" in
rejecting his candidacy.
Besides Jean, the CEP also
rejected the candidacy of
United States Ambassador
Raymond Joseph, who is
Jean's uncle.
The CEP, however,
approved two leading presi-
dential candidates, former
Prime Minister Jacques-
Edouard Alexis and Yvon
Neptune, who was the last
prime minister under ousted
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide and has been active
in helping to coordinate
reconstruction efforts.
Jude Celestin, head of the
gOVernment's primary con-
struction firm and the candi-
date supported by President
Prival and Michel Martelly, a
well-known Haitian singer
known as "Sweet Mickey",

have also been approved to
contest the polls.
.Under Haitian law, a pres-
idential candidate must have
lived in the country for five
consecutive years leading up
to an election. Jean argued
that he was not required to
comply with the law so strictly
because, after the president,
Prival, appointed him as a
roving ambassador in 2007, he
was allowed to travel and live
outside Haiti.
Political observers say
that the dispute involving the
40-year-old international star
has raised fears of tensions
that could disrupt the efforts
to rebuild the French speaking
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) country that was devas-
tated by a major earthquake
on Jan. 12.



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preSident after Haiti election rejection

ernment did not employ
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and
I went further to say that if
the government did employ
(the law firm), there would be
some document signed by the
attorney general or the solici-
tor general or by me or the
foreign minister."
Golding told supporters


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
has maintained his innocence
in the controversial extradi-
tion matter involving reputed
gang leader Christopher
"Dudus" Coke, even as the
main Opposition People's
National Party (PNP) urged
him not to use state funds on
a public relations exercise.
Golding, addressing sup-
porters at a meeting of its
Area Council One in Papine,

Act, sucolting that the gov-
ernment had played a more
meaningful role in seeking to
stop the extradition of Coke.
The newspaper published e-
mails showing correspondence
involving Solicitor General
Douglas Leys, local attorney
Harold Brady and the United
States law firm Manatt, Phelps
and Phillips, supolng that
the latter had been working
on behalf of the government,
even though it had been offi-

Peter Phillips but which,
Golding said, did not have
Cabinet approval when he
informed Washington that the
evidence used in the extradi-
tion request for Coke was
obtained illegally.
"When the request came
in we said to the U.S. govern-
ment the request is in contra-
vention of the law," he
explained. "The U.S. said to
us, that law is not the only
means by which we can get
information and use it as evi-
"We said to the U.S.
Government, what are you

know nothing at all about it,"
Golding stated.
He said that if such an
agreement existed it must
have had Cabinet approval,
which prompted him to call
the Cabinet Office for infor-
mation on the agreement.
"I directed them to go
and search the secret submis-
sions, because there are some
submissions that come to
Cabinet that are considered
highly confidential and are
classified...because a matter as
serious as this could not have
been done without the
approval of the Cabinet,"
Golding continued.
"They searched the secret
submissions; they can find no
record of any such agreement.
After considerable search I
got hold of a copy of the
agreement, an agreement that
was entered into, without as
far as we can establish, the
approval of the Cabinet,
entered into by the former
minister of national security,"
Golding said.

The prime minister was
also critical of the media cov-
erage, especially provided by
The Gleaner newspaper.
"And therefore I am left with
no other conclusion than that
there are persons in Jamaica
who do not want the propa-
ganda to be disturbed by the

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that he had presented all the
facts and outlined all the
issues, but the Manatt matter
has provided an opportunity
for persons to coalesce in
opposition to the government.
"I don't deny them that.
They are free to do that.
However, I'm disappointed at
the strategy that is being
played out," Golding said.

The prime minister said
Washington presented an
agreement signed by former
National Security Minister Dr

Coke arrives in the U.S. guarded by Federal agents.

Simpson Miller
telling us, which agreement
are you referring to? They
showed us a document, signed
by the minister of national
security, in 2004 I believe it
was. At that point I called the
commissioner of police and I
said, do you know anything at
all about this agreement that
was signed? And he said I

St Andrew late last month,
accused his critics of being
unfair, unkind and political in
the matter.
The extradition affair
resurfaced last month after
The Gleaner newspaper pub-
lished e-mails, obtained under
the Freedom of Information

cially engaged by the ruling
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
"I have declared all that I
know about this Manatt mat-
ter but that still don't satisfy
some people," Golding said,
adding so mc people say you
haven't said all that you know.
"I have said that the gov-

World Bank says it will disburse
$55 million to Haiti that will help
the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) nation address
some of its most urgent fmnanc-
ing needs seven months after the
catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake.
The Washington-based
financial institution said the
disbursement will take place
once the government of Haiti
finalizes the legal documents
for the grants, which it said
were signed in the Haitian cap-
"'talPot-a-rine ast nth.
a $30 million grant from the
World Bank's International
Development Association
(IDA), approved by the board
of directors on Aug. 5. An addi-
tional co-fnancing of $25 mil-
lion from the Haiti
Reconstruction Fund (HRF),
managed by the bank, and to
which Brazil, Norway, Australia,
Colombia and Estonia have
contributed, is also furnished.
"The World Bank is taking
quick and decisive steps to
ensure that resources are deliv-
ered to Haiti, where the needs

are still great," said World
Bank Vice President for Latin
America and the Caribbean
Pamela Cox.
"Making funds available so
government can pay for key
short term reconstruction
expenditures is important, but
to step up reconstruction,
donors need to
deliver as soon
as possible on

they made in
New York ear-
lier hdi year,"

The World 2
Bank said the Cox
funds will help
Haiti meet urgent financing
needs for reconstruction, which
have been exacerbated by rev-
enue shortfalls following the
worst natural disaster in the
country's history. Damages and
losses caused by the earthquake
have been estimated at nearly
$8 billion by the Post Disaster
Needs Assessment (PDNA),
carried out in February.

NEW YORK St Lucia has
become the latest country to
sign on to the International
Criminal Court (ICC).
The Eastern Caribbean
nation ratified the 1998 Rome
Statute, becoming the 113th
party to the ICC, the world's
first permanent court tasked
with trying people accused of
the most serious offences,
such as genocide, war crimes
and crimes against humanity.
The ICC welcomed St.

Lucia's decision, calling it "a
new sign of the international
community's commitment to
put an end to impunity for the
perpetrators of the most seri-
ous crimes that deeply shock
the conscience of humanity".
The statute will enter into
force on Nov. 1 for St Lucia.
The ICC, which is based
in The Hague, currently has
investigations open in five sit-
uations: the Democratic
Republic of the Congo

(DRC), the war-torn
Sudanese region of Darfur,
northern Uganda, the Central
African Republic (CAR) and
Other Caribbean coun-
tries that are party to the court
include Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Dominica, Guyana,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, and
Trinidad and Tobago.

MIAMI, Florida Two
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) prime ministers are
scheduled to address the annu-
al Americas Conference that
begins here on Sept. 14.
Recently elected Trinidad
and Tobago Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
her Haitian counterpart Jean-
Max Bellerive will address the
annual conference, which is
being organized by the World
Bank and the Miami Herald
The Trinidad and Tobago

prime minister is expected to
address the conference on eco-
nomic challenges and opportu-
nities, while Bellerive will join
former United States President
Bill Clinton in addressing ini-
tiatives for developing Haiti
that was struck by a powerful
earthquake in January killing
more than 300,000 people and
leaving 1.3 million others
In addition to the two
Caribbean leaders, Jamaica's
Finance Minister Audley Shaw
will participate in a round-

table discussion on the .
"Caribbean After the C'rlsis
He will be joined by the T&T-
based political analyst Derek
The two-day Americas
Conference is being held
under the theme "The
Americas-A New Era of
Innovation" and will also
be addressed by Arturo
Valenzuela, the U.S. assistant
secretary of state for Western
Hemisphere affairs.


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VIRGINIA A United States
federal court judge has sen-
tenced a Jamaican to 20 years
in jail for his role in what has
been described as a massive
marijuana distribution organi-
zation in several states,
United States District
Judge Henry E. Hudson
imposed the prison term on
Dane Clark, 44, otherwise
known as "Oral Merchant",
for "conspiracy to distribute
and possess with the intent to
distribute in excess of 100
kilograms of marijuana and
for conspiracy to launder
Prosecutors said Clark's
organization was based in
Petersburg, Virginia.
The U.S. Attorney's office
for the Eastern District of
Virginia said that Judge
Hudson found that Clark was
an "organizer, leader, manager
and supervisor of the opera-
tion." He said Clark was
responsible for the distribu-

tion of about 6,600 to 22,000
pounds of marijuana between
Virginia, Texas, California,
Tennessee and New York,
among other states.
The judge ordered
that the sentences run con-

The U.S. Attorney's office
said in a statement that Clark
pleaded guilty to the charges
on May 13 "but contested at
sentencing his role in the
offense and the weight of mar-
ijuana involved." The state-
ment noted that Clark, who
became a member of the drug
operation in May 1997, was
arrested with four others in
Texas with more than 280
pounds of marijuana.
Authorities said Clark also
recruited women as couriers,
who flew to California with
"large sums of money
wrapped around their bodies,
"In Los Angeles, they

would exchange the money
for loads of marijuana," the
statement noted, adding "they
were directed to a particular
X-ray scanner at the Los
Angeles Airport, operated by
an individual working for the
California supplier, so that
they could carry the suitcases
filled with marijuana with
them on the airplanes."
The couriers would trans-
port the suitcases to northern
Virginia, where Clark would
meet them, pay them, and
take the marijuana to
Petersburg for redistribution,
the U.S. Attorney's office for
the Eastern District of
Virginia said.
It also said that Clark
directed 24 such trips, each
resulting in the transportation
of 40 pounds of marijuana.
The office said Clark also had
couriers fly to Houston, Texas,
returning with larger quanti-
ties of marijuana.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Residents in a number of
Caribbean islands were
engaged in mopping up oper-
ations after a close encounter
with a powerful Hurricane
Earl late last month,
Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer said that the passage
of Hurricane Earl, a Category
Four storm, had resulted in
no death or injuries in
Antigua and Barbuda and
that more than 250 people
had taken shelter at centers
across the island.
"I commend those indi-
viduals and families, especial-
ly from low lying and flood
prone areas, who heeded
early warnings, and took the
precaution to move to desig-
nated shelters, in order to
avert personal danger,"
Spencer said on Aug. 31.
Spencer said that the
Antigua and Barbuda Public
Utility Authority (APUA)
has given the assurance that it
would restore water supplies
as soon as possible and that
while "electricity supplies will
take longer to be restored as
there are reports of downed
power lines and poles, APUA
personnel will be working
hard to restore power as
quickly as possible.
In Anguilla, there were

reports of roofs blown off,
downed electricity lines,
beach erosion and flooding in
several areas. The British
Overseas Dependent
Territory is also without a
water and electricity supply.
Seven radio stations were off
the air on Aug. 31 and a cur-
few was put in effect with the
police urging citizens to
remain at home.

The Caribbean
Catastrophe Risk Insurance
Facility (CCRIF) said it would
make a $4 million payment to
the Anguilla government. The
CCRIF is a risk pooling facili-
ty, owned, operated and regis-
tered in the Caribbean for
regional governments.
In St. Kitts and Nevis,
there were similar reports of
high winds and heavy rains
and two coast guard vessels
ran aground at Timothy
Beach in Frigate Bay.
In St. Martin, there were
no reports of injuries, while in
the British Virgin Islands,
Anegada, the northernmost
of the BVI, was the closest of
the islands to the center of
Earl and effects there were
mainly along the highly
exposed coast.

"You have a line that you
want to take and you have to
keep the facts as far as possi-
ble from that line because the
line and the facts cannot dwell
together," he said, even while
acknowledging that his admin-
istration had made mistakes in
its handling of the Manatt
He said the JLP should
have probably put a halt to
the entire process once it was
told by Manatt that it would
have to pay a retainer.
But Golding argued that
there was nothing unusual in
the party seeking to get per-
sons with influence in the U.S.
to attempt to settle a dispute
between the Jamaican and
American governments over
the extradition request.
Meanwhile, the PNP
has called on Prime Minister
Golding not to use state
resources in explaining to the
public the Manatt, Phelps and
Phillips matter. Addressing a
PNP's North West St. James
constituency conference at the

Montego Bay High School
late last month, party Leader
Portia Simpson Miller made it
clear that her party was
against the use of taxpayers'
money to fund such meetings.
"Bruce (Golding) I hear
that you are going across the
country to explain the Manatt,
Phelps & Phillips matter...but
don't use taxpayers money to
go around the country for
what you claim is a party mat-
ter. Taxpayers money must
not be used to pick up the cost
of your travelling," she said.
"If Manatt, Phelps &
Phillips was working for the
JLP and not the government,
how come the solicitor general
would be involved in taking
instructions from Mr. (Harold)
Brady?" Simpson Miller
"I call upon you Bruce to
come clean, tell us the truth; it
is not too late because the
matter is not going to die as
long as we continue to get the
truth from overseas," she said.


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NEW YORK Just when you
thought Jamaica just couldn't
catch a break on the crime
front, it seems it has. Latest
United States Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) and
U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
data now show the country no
longer leads the Caribbean for
deportees sent back.
Jamaica is doing so well
that it was not even in the top
14 nations receiving the most
deportees in 2009. Instead, for
the Caribbean region, the top
three nations receiving the
most deportees last year, were
the Dominican Republic,
Cuba and Haiti.
It is a marked difference
from previous years, when
Jamaica dominated the top
There is also more good
news for the wider Caribbean.
Less deportees were actually
sent back to those three

ero ac rddingto trn alysis
of the data. Some 1,826 were
deported to the Dominican
Republic, down from 1,934 in
2008 and 2,118 in 2007. One
thousand, five hundred and

Jamaicans in the United States were recently honored for their contributions to Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) over the yhots ph yJ
honorees included, from second left, Irwine Claire, TJB founder; Joy Cain, former Air Jamaica sales manager for northeast U.S.;
and Vincent HoSang, chief executive officer and president of Royal Caribbean Bakery and Caribbean Food Delights. At right is Dr.
Alston Meade, Jamaica's honorary consul to Pennsylvania. The plaques were presented during a dinner and dance organized by
TJB of Philadelphia, which coincided with Jamaica's 48th anniversary of Independence last month. Over the past 16 years TJB
has supported athletes from Jamaican and other Caribbean countries who participate in the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia,
helping them with food and accommodations.

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fifty-nine were sent back to
Cuba, down from a whopping
3,896 and 4,932 in 2008 and
2007, respectively.
Haiti received 719 of its
own last year, compared to
1,098 in the previous year.
Jamaica recorded 675 in 2009,
compared to 1,641 in 2008.
However, most of those
returned were criminal aliens.

Deportees have long been
blamed for an escalation of
crime in Jamaica and the
wider Caribbean. Some 198
deportees were sent back to
Trinidad and Tobag~o last year,
while 162 were returned to
Guyana. Other countries
recorded only double digit
numbers. The Bahamas were
forced to accept 33, while
Barbados received 30 and
Antigua and Barbuda, 14.
Twenty-three were sent
back to St. Lucia, 22 to St.
Vincent and five to St. Kitts.
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(This earnings amount
changes every year.) If he or
she is working and earning
that much money, we will
determine that your child is
not disabled;
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child's activities; and
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lasted, or is expected to last,
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disability benefits,
you probably think
about adults. But disability
benefits are not just for
grown-ups in the United
States. In some cases, children
can receive benefits too.
If your child who lives
with you has a disability, and
you also have limited income
and resources, your child
may be able to receive
Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) disability bene-
fits. SSI is another program
run by Social Security. SSI is

non-profit association commit-
ted to the advancement of
youth in the diaspora through
its involvement in programs in
education and the arts.
The annual competition is
open to first, second and third
generation Jamaican students
residing in Florida.
Hoffenden, now in the
fifth grade, described the sig-
nificance of Jamaica's six
national symbols, earning her
first place in the age group
category nine to 12.
"I was excited to write the
essay because of my recent
visit to Jamaica earlier this
year and the wonderful expe-
rience I had during my visit,"
she said.
Ninth grader Cunningham
penned a story of a Jamaican -
Grandma Valrie who had
made an outstanding contribu-
tion to the local community and
who had influenced her life.
"I hope one day I will
make the same positive
impact on Jamaica as she
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were recently named
winners of the annual
Jamaica Independence Essay
Competition in Florida.
They are 14-year-old
Diamond Cunningham, a stu-
dent at Pembroke Pines
Charter High School; and
nine-year-old Deianeira
Hoffenden, who attends St.
Bartholomew Catholic School.
The winners were selected
from a group of 25 entries,
each detailing experiences
from a range of topics relating
to the history and culture of
Jamaica and its diaspora.
The annual Independence
Essay competition was organ-
ized by the Jamaica
Information Service (JIS) in
Miami and was part of the
annual festivities celebrating
Jamaica's Independence in

Both winners will be
awarded a plaque from
Jamaica's Consul General
Sandra Grant Griffiths and a
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Testament Church of God.
I. lote r we must seek out
the opportunities afforded by
global communities and show
to the world that we believe in
Jamaica. "
She said Jamaica is deter-
mined to become the model
for economic revitalization of
the hemisphere and for secur-
ing the country's well-being.
During the ceremony, Marks
was recognized by Martin
O'Malley, governor of
Maryland, with a citation hon-
oring her as Jamaica's first
female ambassador to
Washington. The citation was
presented by Jamaican-born
Shirley Natham-Pulliam, the

Maryland House of
Assembly delegate.
Baltimore Public School
teacher Delrose Clarke
was honored with a
citation from Baltimore
Mayor Stephanie
Rollins-Blake for over
30 years of service to
the school system.

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Photographs by
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the United States Audrey
Marks has called on
Jamaicans in the diaspora to
pledge their talents and
resources to furthering the
dream of the Caribbean
nation's founding fathers in
seeking to realize its highest
"We cannot allow the
challenges to our society to
steal our will," the ambassa-
dor said while addressing a
service to celebrate Jamaica's
48th year of Independence,
organized by the Jamaica
Association of Maryland
(JAM) and held on Aug. 29 at
the Baltimore Central New

Ambassador Marks, left, accepts a citation presented by Shirley Natham-Pulliam on behalf of the
governor of Maryland.

MIAMI, Florida The City of
Fort Lauderdale in South
Florida took time out last
month to honor one of
Jamaica's National Heroes.
Tuesday, Aug. 17 was des-
ignated "Marcus Garvey'Day
by the city to commemorate
the 123rd anniversary of
Garvey's birth.
Paying tribute to the
Caribbean country's first
National Hero, David Deal, of
the Sunrise Parks and
Recreation Department, pre-
sented a proclamation to I.
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22 might be eligible for Social
Security benefits as a "dis-

Smith of the Rootz Foundation,
Incorporated, organizers of the
annual Marcus Garvey
Extravaganza, at the Joseph C.
Carter Park.
Patrons at the event were
able to view the "Kinad Black
History Mobile Museum", a
40-foot tour bus which perma-
nently houses information on
world black history. Among
the exhibits is a special feature
on Garvey's life and works.
Dr. Willie Myles, founder
of the Campaign to Save a
Generation, cited Garvey's
philosophy about the need for

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education, which "could help world. Recognizing Garvey as
us to soften the ills of the a Renaissance man, human
world." Emphasizing the rights advocate, black nation-
worth of education and family alist, Pan Africanist, journalist
values, Dr. Myles said these and publisher, she noted that
were important to the the National Hero had
strength of the family unit and inspired individuals, leaders
in helping to develop commu- and social movements across
nities, the globe, using education as a
Jamaica's Consul General tool and an avenue for unifi-
Sandra Grant Griffiths, in her cation.
welcome, said the theme of The Marcus Garvey
the event, "Honoring our Pan Community Service Awards
African ancestors and the were presented to three recip-
Rastafari E lde rs ', was rele- ients for their outstanding
vant to the teachings of contribution to community
Garvey in today's challenging outreach programs, especially

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deportees sent home from U.S.

in the area of youth develop-
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Antoinette Lee (Sister
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in 2008. The number of non-
expedited removals increased
17 percent from 2008 to 2009.
Some 580,000 foreign
nationals were returned to
their home countries without
a removal order. Eighty-five
percent of returns in 2009
involved Mexican or
Canadian aliens. The next
leading countries were the
Philippines and China, with
three percent each, and
Ukraine with one percent.

- CaribWorldNews

the deportees statistics table.
Mexican nationals accounted
for 86 percent of the 613,003
aliens apprehended in 2009.
The next leading countries
were Guatemala, Honduras,
El Salvador, China, and
Brazil. A total of 393,000 for-
eign nationals were removed
from the United States last
year, the seventh consecutive
record high. Of that number '
128,000 were known criminal
The number of removals
increased 10 percent to
393,289 in 2009 from 358,886

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Pledge your talents, resources to Jamaica, ambassador tells diaspora in U.S.

Fort Lauderdale celebrates 'Marcus Garvey Day'

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assailing the plan as another sign
that the Obama administration is
trying to create a kind of back-
door "amnesty" program. .
What amnesty? The fact is
that earned legalization is by no
means amnesty, nor is the dis-
missal of a deportation case
against someone whose only
crime was trying to make a liv-
ing to upkeep
their family
and give them
a better life.
same critics
are the ones
who refuse
jobs that immi-
grants take all
the time. Last FELICIA
time I looked, PERSAU D
it was immi-
grants, many
undocumented, who are cleaning
the hotels these fat cats travel
around and stay in; immigrants
picking and planting fruit and
vegetables and stocking the
super markets for below mini-
mum wages; immigrants washing
dishes in restaurants.
The Obama administration
is right on this one and I have no
hesitation in giving credit where
it is due. Now the president must
continue along this vein and use
his executive powers to help the
many who desperately need a
work permit and travel document
to breathe and live easier in this
country that was built on immi-
grants. We cannot wait on the
U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate to
do what the president can. It is
why he was elected to give
hope to the hopeless and now is
the time to deliver a dose of this
hope as many continue to grap-
ple with other issues in this tough

Felicia Persaud is founder of
CaribWorldNews. co -
CaribPR Wire and Hard Beat

Obama administration was
all enforcement and nothing
else, seems there is still a sliver
of hope for immigrants after all.
The United States
Department of Homeland
Security is apparently now sys-
tematically reviewing thousands
of pending immigration cases
and dismissing those filed
against suspected undocumented
immigrants who have no serious
criminal records.
The Houston Chronicle
newspaper broke the story late
last month, citing lawyers show-
ing up to court for clients, only
to be told the good news that
the cases were dismissed. This is
truly good news for those immi-
grants who are not criminals but
hard working individuals seek-
ing economic betterment for
themselves and their families.
Their only crime is, of course,
being in the country without
legal working papers.
Richard Rocha, a U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) spokesman,
said recently that the review is
part of the agency's broader,
nationwide strategy to prioritize
the deportations of illegal immi-
grants who pose a threat to
national security and public safe-
ty. But he declined to provide
further details of the plan.
In June, there were more
than 248,000 cases pending in
immigration courts across the
country, including about 23,000 in
Texas, according to data com-
piled by researchers at Syracuse
University. And on Aug. 24, ICE
officials provided a copy of a new
policy memo from its top chief
dated Aug. 20 that instructs gov-
ernment attorneys to review the
court cases of people with pend-
lbng adpplicaticans to adjust staty7
based on t eir r laion to aUS
citizen. He estimates in the
memo that the effort could affect
up to 1,00 cases.
Of course while many see
this as a positive step, critics are

ne of the last things
that a person wants to
Hear when their part-
ner is breaking up with them
is the rhetorical question,
"Can't we just be friends?"
Your heart sinks, your
stomach gets twisted into
knots, and your anger boils
over into a no thIlinIg rage.
After all, if you wanted a
friend, you'd have joined a
social club, linked Facebook,
or hooked up with your old
schoolmates. Instead you
wanted a lover, someone who
you could do things with that
you could never do with just a
friend. And now he's asking
you to give up all that and
((just be trle nd~ '.
Still, is that really a bad
thing, for isn't a friend a very
special person?
Let's examine what a
friend really is, and what they
really mean when they make
that request of you. So many
people use the term friend so
loosely, but what they really
mean is "acquaintance". Yes,
not because you went to
school with someone, and
know them for 20 years means
that you're friends. And for
that reason, many people
leave school and never even
care to contact those so-called
best friends again,
"So what happen to Errol,
your good bredrin, yu see him
since we leave school?"
"Man, I don't even keep
in touch with them man deh."
What they really mean is, "I
don't even care", for if he was
a true friend, he'd keep in
And it's true, for just
recently I met this former co-
worker of mine who I hadn't
seen in many years. After a
brief chat I walked away
thinking, "He was an ass then,
and he's still an ass, even after
20 years." Needless to say, I
didn't give him my contact
numbers or e-mail address.
With e-mail, it's conven-
ient to call someone your
friend, to send jokes and have
Internet banter. But would
you invite any of those so

or help you when it's conven-
ient to them. Yes folks, doing
a favor for a friend when you
have the time, when it suits
you, when your favorite show
isn't on, doesn't count. The
favor only counts when you
do it in spite of how busy you
are. The words, "Oh, I really
would do it, but I have to go
and pick up my niece, then I
have a board me ci lne and I
promised my wife I'd go shop-
ping with her...but ask me
next time and I'm all yours,"
should never leave your
Now that should not give
people license to pester their
friends all the time asking for
favors and handouts, for I
know that some people take it
to the extreme at times. It
should be a two way street. If
your friend, who has never
asked you a favor, suddenly
asks you to do a turn, you
shouldn't even bat an eyelid,
but respond immediately.
"But it's the first time
Sandra really asking me a
favor, I really should help her

Now the question arises,
can women be true friends
with women?
It's a question of the ages,
and the consensus is a
resounding no, and said so by


called cyber
friends into
your home, or
confide in
In the
same way, we
also have real
friends, but
keep them at TONY
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many people from all over the
world have confided in me,
asking my advice on emotion-
al man/woman matters, prob-
lems with their spouses or
third parties and such, but
would I consider these
strangers my friends, or would
they consider me their true

A true friend goes deeper
than that. A true friend is a
person who you can confide
in, knowing that it will go no
further and they won't be
judgmental either. A true
friend is a person who knows
your secrets and genuinely
shares your pain, and she will
take them to her grave, a per-
son who will watch your back
all the time and defend you
with their life. How many of
you can say that you are such
a friend?
For so many, the word
friend means "convenience"
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Are Americans getting What happened to the "Whenever the people are
dumber? Evidence of idea that the Internet Age well informed," Thomas
that dreary possibility would make everybody Jefferson once wrote, "they
offeredd by two new polls smarter? You can lead people can be trusted with their own
t show an unexpected to knowledge but you can't government." If so, we're in
ielopment: Since President make them think. Beneath trouble.
rack Obama's inauguration, our national democracy runs a Another poll a few years
number of people who national dumb-ocracy, a vast ago found only one in five
ieve wrongly that he is a community of folks who don't Americans knew Congress has
Slim actually has increased. care all that much about civic 100 senators and only two in
Almost one in five engagement and other current five could name all three
lericans (18 percent) think affairs, except maybe Lindsay branches of government. That
:sident Lohan's drinking problems. statistic can be found in "Just
ama is a You can see that when How Stupid Are We? Facing
Slim, NBC's Jay Leno flummoxes the Truth About the
ording to average Americans-on-the- American Voter" by Rick
ew Pew street with painfully obvious Shenkman, an associate pro-
search Who's-buried -in- Grant's- fessor of history at George
nter poll, Tomb questions. Mason University. No,

increasing numbers of
Democrats and independents
also showed rising uncertainty
about his religious beliefs.
The Time poll was taken
after Obama defended the
constitutional right, if not nec-
essarily the "wisdom," of
Muslims to build the contro-
versial Park51 mosque and
community center near
Ground Zero. That probably
added to the confusion of
many who believe or maybe
want to believe that Obama is
a Muslim himself.
If Obama doesn't display
his religious beliefs as much as
his immediate predecessor
did, I understand. He has big-
ger priorities as president. Yet,
like other political officehold-
ers, he must be haunted by
this knowledge: When the
elections are close, the decid-
ing votes usually come from
the least informed, least-
engaged and most emotionally
driven voters. Heaven help us.

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Distributed by Tribucne Media
Services, Inc.

Shenkman told me in a tele-
phone interview, he was not
surprised by the recently
reported rise in people who
were not sure of Obama's reli-
gion, since "people follow the
news so loosely that they are
susceptible to any wild idea"
and "myths are part of a larg-
er narrative that people con-
struct in their heads to make
sense out of seismic events
and upheavals."
Ironically Team Obama
has inadvertently encouraged
doubt and confusion about his
religious views, Shenkman
said, by discontinuing their

up from the
11 percent
who said so
in Mar. 2009. CLARENCE
The propor- PAGE
tion who cor- -
rectly say he
is a Christian is just 34 per-
cent, down from 48 percent in
March of last year. A Time
magazine survey found an
even higher number, 24 per-
cent, who thought he was a
At least most of them
knew that Obama was presi-
dent. Or maybe they thought
they heard "Osama".

is o

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When our political knowl-
edge is tested, most of us tend
to flunk. You may recall stud-
ies like the McCormick
Tribune Freedom Museum
finding a few years ago that
only one in four Americans
could name more than one of
the five freedoms guaranteed
by the First Amendment
(freedom of speech, religion,
press, assembly and petition
for redress of grievances), but
more than half could name at
least two members of the
Simpsons cartoon family.

down, and in most cases the
reason involves a man. Yes, a
man. The love of man is the
root of all evil, a lady once
told me. Either one friend
acquires a man and is happy,
much to the chagrin and dis-
may of the other, or one friend
desires her friend's man,
Yes, more friends have
captured their friend's men
than early birds have caught
worms. In most cases of
spousal-dolly-house mash-up,

it's always the best friend who
was involved. Then there are
also the cases where women
only have friends when they
are manless. As soon as they
get a man, they drop the
female friends.
"Yu see de one Barbara,
as soon as she have man she
nuh know we nuh more."
Can men be friends with
men? For some reason, more
than woman can, with a bond
that lasts for years, if not for-

ever, unless one desires the
other's woman. Now, the big
question is, can men and
women be friends without
becoming romantically
involved? Most men think so,
but conversely, most women
think the notion absurd,
ridiculous and dangerous.
"You are friends
only...with her? Don't be
na'ive and stupid, can't you see
she has an agenda?"
It is impossible for a
woman to grasp the idea, the
concept that a man, her man,
can be friends only, with
another woman. Unless, of
course, that woman happens
to be over 300 pounds and
resembles Godzilla.
"My Richard has female
friends, but I have to approve
them first...nobody slimmer
than me...nobody better look-
ing than me...nobody younger
or sexier than me."

It's all about threats and
perceived threats. This friend-
ship thing can be so complex,
but we are not islands unto
ourselves, living alone, bereft
of companionship. We do
need friends, but just be care-
ful who you choose, and treat
each one differently.
So now to the question of
lovers becoming "just
f rle nd~ '. Is it a step upwards,
Or a step down the ladder, into

the cellar of romance, relegat-
ed to the third division?
Perhaps it's not such a bad
thing after all, for lovers come
and lovers go, but a true
friend will be there forever.
Hey, get real, who am I fool-
ing? When he says, "Can't we
just be friends?!" he really
doesn't mean it, but he's really
dumping you.
Men don't need any more
friends, but men will always
try to collect more lovers.
Men use the word "friend"
very casually, and that's why
they will use it as a part of
their breakup strategy. The
irony is, it doesn't work, for
when a woman hears those
words, she knows that she's
being left.
Women on the other hand
hardly say that, for most
women, when they're through,
they are through, and prefer
not to be in further contact.
But men love to eat their cake
and have it too, so that ques-
tion about just being Irle nds~ '
is simply a lifeline, a safety
net, so that he can always
have you in his life, just in
case he feels the need for a
second go around.
Ladies, don't buy it, it's a
crock. Just be friends? I don't
think so.

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women too. Maybe because
it's perceived that women are
chatty, conniving and competi-
tive. In fact there's a word for
it in Spanish, chismoso, which
means to gossip, and cotora,
which means chatty parrot,
So in any language,
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women to be their true
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an unexpected
vigorous rapid-response effort
including a website dedicat-
ed to myth-busting after the
election was over and the big
job of governing came along.
Still, I also am reminded
of experiments cited by legal
scholar and Obama regulatory
advisor Cass Sunstein's short,
insightful book, "On Rumors:
How Falsehoods Spread, Why
We Believe Them, What Can
Be Done". They found, oddly
enough, that efforts to debunk
myths also serve to reinforce
the falsehoods in many minds
merely by reporting them.
And following the outspo-
kenly Christian President
George W. Bush, Obama con-
trasts sharply with his talk
here and abroad of his
"Muslim roots," referring to
his late African father. To
American listeners with only a
fleeting knowledge of the
news, it's hard to tell the dif-
ference between "Muslim
roots" and "Muslim".

And, while the polls pre-
dictably show Obama's ideo-
logical opponents more likely
than others to believe myths
that reinforce Obama's out-of-
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MIAMI, Florida All eyes
were on the Florida primary
elections late last month, par-
ticularly as four candidates
vied to fill the seat vacated by
Congressman Kendrick Meek
and become the first-ever
Haitian American in the
United States Congress.
However, equally fierce
battles were fought at the state
legislative level with Haitian-
born Daphne Campbell and
Haitian-born John Patrick
Julien winning the Democratic
nominations for Florida House
of Representatives districts 108
and 104, respectively. With no
Republican or minor party
candidates for either district,
Campbell and Julien are now
state representatives-elect.
Campbell, a registered
nurse, earned a narrow victory
over Haitian-born North
Miami City Clerk Alix
Desulme. At press time,

Campbell had secured 4,610
votes, compared to Desulme's
4,255, with all precincts
reporting but absentee and
provisional ballots yet to be
counted. Representative- elect
Campbell will replace Haitian-
born Robert Bris6, who vacat-
ed the seat after being
appointed to the Public
Service Commission by
Governor Charlie Crist.
Five Democratic candi-
dates, among them Haitian
American Michael Etienne,
and Haitian-born Dominique
Simon, competed to replace
Haitian-born State
Representative Yolly
Roberson who is term-limited
and ran for Congress.
Julien, a North Miami Beach
City councilman, amassed 40
percent of the vote up to press
time with all precincts report-
ing, well ahead of second-

place finisher Michael
Hepburn who had 23 percent,
before absentee and provi-
sional ballots were counted.
In other state legislative
primaries in Florida, Jamaican-
born State Representative
Hazelle Rogers of Lauderdale
Lakes easily defended her seat
against Democratic challenger
John Labriola; and Trinidadian-
born Jennifer Carroll of
Fleming Island ran unopposed
in the Republican primary and
is expected to be re-elected
unopposed in the general elec-
tion for a third term.
The upcoming legislative
session will be significant
because of the state legisla-
ture's role in reshaping federal
Congressional districts follow-
ing the 2010 decennial census.

- Nigel Henry, special To

my heritage," Cockfield told
The New York Amsterdam
News recently. "I'm very hum-
bled and excited that Senator
Sampson saw fit to tap me for
this important role."
In his new role, Cockfield
will handle the communica-
tions needs of Sen. Sampson
and also serve
the other
members of
majority in
Cockfield ~
has also
served as Cockfield
press secretary
at the Empire State
Development Corporation.
He joins Sen. Sampson from
the Lower Manhattan
Development Corporation
where he works as vice presi-
dent for communications and

comS to ramSon, who was
born in Bedford Stuyvesant,
Brooklyn to American and
Guyanese parents, was elected
to the New York State Senate
in 1996. He represents the 19th
Senatorial District.

uyanese-born Errol
Cockfield, who also
Lived in Trinidad
before emigrating to the
United States at age 10, will
run communications for
Democrats in the New York
State Senate beginning this
Senator John Sampson,
the Democrat majority confer-
ence leader, who also has
Guyanese heritage, recruited
the 36-year-old Cockfield as
communications director of
the Senate Democratic
Cockfield holds a bache-
lor's in English with a minor in
journalism from SUNY Stony
Brook and went on to head
Newsday newspaper's Albany
Bureau. He also worked as a
staff writer at the Los Angeles
Times newspaper.
In recent years he served
as chief spokesperson and

avda Pa ers an hin pede-
cessor Eliot Spitzer during the
largest fiscal downturn in state
"After working for many
leaders in government it gives
me a unique sense of pride to
work for someone who shares

,,,,,,,,,, seat vacated by
Meek. But they
may have split
the Haitian
American vote,
which represent-
.. ed a significant

r; di~stict pa ing
,,the way for
comfortable win
.by Frederica
:-Wilson. The
state senator
.defeated eight
other .
. ..Democrats in
victory. all and will
face Roderick
Vereen for the
seat in November.
Among those Wilson beat
in last month's primary were
activist Marleine Bastien, for-
mer state Representative
Phillip Brutus, State
Representative James Bush
III, North Miami Councilman
Scott Galvin, Miami Gardens
Mayor Shirley Gibson, physi-
cian Rudy Moise, State
Representative Yolly
Roberson and Miami Gardens
Councilman Andrd Williams.

time supporter of
Caribbean causes,
especially the plight of Haiti,
has secured the Democratic
nomination for United States
Senate in Florida following
last month's primary win over

Miami Congressman
Meek called his win "a victory
for everyday people in the
state of Florida."
His main opponent was
anything but an "everyday"
Floridian. The 55-year-old
Green, a former Republican,
reportedly spent some $25
million on his campaign. But
Meek, 43, still managed to
secure well over 50 percent of
the votes.
Meek will face Republican
Marco Rubio and independent
Charlie Crist in the November
Senate election. Up to press
time Meek was trailing both
opponents in the polls.
Meanwhile, Caribbean-
linked candidates figured
prominently in several Florida
races last month.
Jamaican-born Dale
Holness emerged the winner
in the race for Broward

CMC A former minister
who resigned after being
accused of using state funds to
finance her 30th birthday in
2006, is among 16 persons
named to the Cabinet of
Suriname President Desi
Bourterse, the two-time
coup leader, who was sworn in
as the democratically elected
head of state last month, also
named Michael Miskin, a
union leader and a member of
former President Ronald
Venetiaan's NPS party, to the
Former Transport
Minister Alice Amafo, who
resigned in 2006, has been
named the new minister of
social affairs and housing,
while Miskin is appointed
minister of trade and industry.

Bouterse said that his govern-
ment will forge closer bilateral
ties with Brazil, France,
Guyana and Venezuela and
urged closer cooperation
between South America and
the Caribbean.
In 1980, Bouterse seized
power in a military coup and
repeated the action in 1990.
He was sentenced to an 11
years jail term in 1999 by a
Dutch court on drug traffick-
ing charges, but dismissed the
trial as being politically moti-
Bouterse is now before
the courts here for his alleged
involvement in the extra-judi-
cial killing of 15 opponents of
his then military regime in
Dec. 1982.

County commissioner District
9, defeating four other oppo-
Holness tallied 4,150
votes, g~ood enough for 34.89
percent of the number cast in
the all-Democrat race. His
closest rival was Carlton
Moore, who drew 2,827 votes
or 23.77 percent.

Four Haitian-born candi-
dates were involved in the
race for Florida's 17th
Congressional District, the


Guyanese takes communications

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Caribbean nationals earn Florida House seats

Meek wins Democratic Senate nomination

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Childhood High School in
Jamaica received the first
place award. Second went to
Sharifa Ammon from Bishop
Anstey's School in Trinidad,
and third to Andrew Ali of
Hillview College, also in
Organized by The Eric
Williams Memorial Collection
(EWMC), the contest was
open to final-year high-school
students in 178 schools
throughout 17 Caribbean
countries, including first-time
participants Guyana and
The topic was "The
Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009:
Discuss its successes and fail-
ures. What relevance do these
have for today's stude ntI ',
The essay competition was
judged by Dr. Franklin
Kmight, Leonard and Helen R.
Stulman, professors of history,
Johns Hopkins University; Dr.

Colin Palmer, professor of his-
tory, Princeton University and
Dr. Rita Pemberton, head of
the University of the West
Indies' St. Augustine
Department of History.
Prizes included a four-day
trip for two to Trinidad and
Tobag~o; $1,500 in educational
vouchers; courtesy calls on the
president of Trinidad and
Tobago and the speaker of the
House of Representatives; a
set of Eric Williams's books;
and a framed certificate.
Eric Williams, Trinidad
and Tobago's first prime min-
ister, died in office on Mar. 29,
1981. The EWMC consists of
a research library, archives
and museum.


policy for CXC


The St. Kitts and Nevis gov-
ernment says it will review
the current policy of paying
the fees of students who fail
to show up to write examina-
tions set by the Barbados-
based Caribbean
Examinations Council
(CXC) .
Education Minister Nigel
Carty said he was concerned
that students and some par-
ents seem not to appreciate
the high cost associated with
writing the exams.
He said that there were
several instances where stu-
dents registered for the exami-

ehwp nodr, ain gcre itred,
"For the CAPE
(Caribbean Advanced
Proficiency Examinations)
results at the Clarence Fitzroy
Bryant College (CFBC), there
are 183 cases of absent or
ungraded subjects entries. For
the CSEC (Caribbean
Secondary Education
Certification) 2010 results,

mit their SBAs and were
therefore ungraded," Carty
He said that official fig-
ures also showed that a total
of 180 entries registered
absent from the exams.
"Obviously, money from
the SELF program has been
wasted, and this cannot con-
tinue indefinitely," said the
Ministry of Education.

Winner Yunique Shannakay Francis is flanked by runners-up Andrew Al, left, and Sharifa Ammon.

"School Bags" Essay
During a ceremony, held
last month on the St.

Augustine campus of the
University of the West Indies
in Trinidad, Yunique
Shannakay Francis of Holy

Jamaican and two
Trinidadians took the
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Education is among several
United Nations projects which
have been approved for Haiti
as the country continues its
effort to rebuild after
January's catastrophic earth-
The Interim Haitian
Recovery Commission
(IHRC), which was set up in
April to coordinate and over-
see the recovery and recon-
struction campaign, announced
last month that it will back
$220 million worth of U.N.
projects. The U.N.
Development Program
(UNDP) reported that it has

received approval for a $65
million project to rehabilitate
infrastructure, building on ear-
lier cash-for-work projects that
have given more than 120,000
jobs since the quake.
The new project, which
will be carried out in conjunc-
tion with the World Food
Program (WFP), the Food
and Agricultural Organization
(FAO) and the International
Organization for Migration
(IOM/), is expected to provide
temporary jobs for 300,000
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-Photograph by Derrick Scott
Jamaican-born teacher Delrose Clarke, right, accepts a citation given by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rollins-Blake for her 30
years of service to the Baltimore Public School system. Maurine Murray presented the citation on the mayor's behalf during a
service of thanksgiving commemorating Jamaica's 48th year of Independence. The service, organized by the Jamaica
Association of Maryland, was held on Aug. 29.

Milaml 800k Fair International set for Nov. 14-21

U.S. selling books. This year,
the fair will celebrate the litera-
ture and culture of Mexico.
Among the confirmed
authors are tennis superstar
Venus Williams, Harvard biolo-
gist and naturalist Edward O.
Wilson, MacArthur Fellow and
Haitian American author
Edwidge Danticat, screenwriter
and author Nora Ephron, musi-
cian Patti Smith and South
Florida favorite Dave Barry.
Also, humorist lan Frazier,
fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco,
comics creator Clllarkc Burns,
NPR's "All Things

G' enI\d red host Michele
Norris, plus Ann Beattie, Kate
DiCamillo, Emilio Estefan and
Jonathan Franzen.
Other scheduled events
include the 1 \cl nings With...")
series, "IberoAmerican
Authors" program, "Student
Literary E nea~ umle rs ', and the
"Weekend Festival of
For updates on the fair,
call 305-237-3528;
bookfair: com, or e-mail

established writers from
States, including many
with Caribbean roots, are
scheduled to attend Miami
Book Fair International 2010.
The 27th edition of the
weeklong literary gathering,
presented by the Florida Center
for the Literary Arts at Miami
Dade College, will be held Nov.
14-21 at the MDC's Wolfson
Campus in downtown Miami.
The "Street Fair", sched-
uled to run Nov. 19-21, is
expected to feature more than
200 vendors from around the

Participants will have an
opportunity to meet 4-H staff,
learn about educational pro-
grams and activities, review
sample curriculum, ask ques-
tions and obtain necessary
information to start a 4-H club.
To make a reservation,
contact 4-H Secretary Liz
Gonzalez at 305-592-8044 or
via email at lizl960@uf~l~eedu

Youth Program will
host a "meet and greet"
orientation for new and
returning adult members with
4-H interest.
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MIAMI, Florida A relief
program to support Haitian
artists affected by the country's
devastating earthquake in
January has resulted in "Hands
of Haiti", an exhibit featuring
more than 60 major works by
artists living in Haiti who have
continued their craft despite
challenging circumstances.
The exhibit is on display
for the first time ever at Miami
International Airport's
South Terminal Gallery
through Mar. 2011. It
features works of cut
metal, woven sequined
flags, sculptures made
from discarded urban
materials, carnival
masks, clay pottery and
photography. B
The Haitian
Cultural Arts Alliance
(HCAA), a not-for-
profit foundation based
in Miami's Little Haiti
area, created the Haiti's bt
Haitian Art Relief Fund
(HARF) soon after the
January earthquake to help
preserve Haitian art treasures
salvaged from the devastation
and to support the ongoing
work of artists living in Haiti.
Edouard Duval Carrid,
artist/director of HCAA, asked
local artists to donate work
that was sold at a special pavil-
ion at the Arte America Art
Fair in Miami Beach in March.
The proceeds from those dona-
tions have helped fund the
"Hands of Haiti" exhibit.
"We are pleased to present
Hands of Haiti in the recently
built South Terminal Gallery,
where millions of travelers

who visit Miami will be greet-
ed by some of the best produc-
tion Haiti has to offer," says
Carried. "The collaboration
between the HCAA and
Miami International Airport
serves to honor artists that
deserve attention not only for
their masterful work but for
their rather particular stories
of survival and resille nte
Yolanda S~nchez, fine arts

MIAMI, Florida The 2010
Miami Carnival, the colorful
Caribbean celebration held
annually in South Florida, will
be held on Oct. 10 at its new
home, Sun Life Stadium
(Dolphin Stadium) in the City
of Miami Gardens.
The Miami Broward One
Carnival Host Committee has
signed a memorandum of
understanding with Sun Life
Stadium and its affiliates and
the Miami Dolphins organiza-
tion to secure the stadium as a
venue for the Miami Carnival
on Columbus Day Weekend
each year.
Miami Broward One
Carnival Host Committee,

Miami Carnival Inc. (MCI)
and Broward Caribbean
Carnival Inc. (BCCI) united
last year to host the carnival,
which reportedly attracted
over 50,000 people on carnival
This Caribbean carnival
cultural experience offers a
blend of colors, pageantry and
fantasy and is depicted
through a kaleidoscope of cos-
tumes, steel bands, calypso,
soca and konpa music.
"The richness and diversi-
ty of the Caribbean culture is
an important part of the fabric
that makes South Florida
unique," Mario Zamora,
director of Miami Broward

One Carnival Host
Committee and BCCI repre-
sentative, was quoted as say-
ing in a recent press release.
"We are excited about the
possibilities that are ahead of
us with a viable venue,
renewed energy and the con-
tinued support of our band-
leaders, masqueraders, steel
bands and promoters. The
time spent over the last few
months provided us with a
foundation to elevate Miami
Carnival to a new level."
For more information
on the carnival, visit
www.miamibrowardcami- or call 305-653-1877.

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and cultural affairs director at
MIA, added: "It is our collec-
tive hope that Hands of Haiti
will promote awareness and
interest in the arts of Haiti and
will encourage artisans to con-
tinue the development of their
artistic heritage and traditions.
This exhibition is a testament
to the Haitian spirit, their opti-
mism and their love of life."
MIA's South Terminal
Gallery is located pre-security
at the Terminal J International
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of January's devastating earth-
The museum gallery is located
at 770 N.E. 125th St.

*N.Y.'s Labor Day Parade on
Sept. 6
The mother of all Caribbean festi-
vals in the United States, the West
Indian Carnival Festival, is set to
rumble in Brooklyn, New York on
Sept. 6.
The Brooklyn-anchored historic
event, often described as the
largest parade and festival in the
U.S., usually attracts over 3.5 mil-
lion participants annually.
This year's street parade will
kick off at 11 a.m. from
Schenectady Avenue and Eastern
Parkway. This is a change from
previous years, when it started
from Buffalo and Rogers avenues.

Compiled from various sources.

* Jimmy Cliff for Miami show
Grammy winner and recent Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Jamaica's Jimmy Cliff will next
month return to Miami for his first
performance in the South Florida
city in nearly two decades.
The concert will be staged at 8
p.m.0Oct. 15 at the John S. and
James L. Knight Concert Hall in
downtown Miami.
Tickets available through the
Adrienne Arsht Center box office by
calling 305-949-6722 or online at

* 'Haitian Child' photo exhibit
The International Christian School,
in collaboration with Friends of the
Orphans, will present a photography
and art exhibit, titled "Through the
Eyes of a Haitian Child", this month
at the Museum of Contemporary Art
(MO )e in Nobrth Mihami, Fo t 7

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada Miss
Jamaica Universe Yendi
Phillips secured the runner-up
spot in the Miss Universe 2010
pageant last month.
Phillips rocked the
swimwear and evening, gown
competition. But many believe
it was her answer to the ques-
tion on the death penalty which
shot her into the top two spots.
Phillips, who also had
made the top 10 in the Miss
World pageant, said only the
creator has the right to take
another human life as he is
the only one who created life.
Miss Mexico was crowned
Miss Universe 2010.
Miss Puerto Rico was the I
other Caribbean national to
secure a position in the top 15,
but she did not make the top
five. Miss Phillipines was
named the fourth runner-up,
Miss Ukraine, the third run-
ner-up and Miss Australia, the ;'
second runner-up. Neither IF _'
Mi::T~ria ahndigT bago nor
regarded, made the top 15.

- CaribWorldNews Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillipps, right, shows her excitement after being announced first
runner-up at the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. At left is eventual winner Jimena
+ Navarette, Miss Mexico.

Caribbean tales for Toronto International Film Festival

Tax officials have seized two
vehicles belonging to
Jamaican dancehall artiste
Bounty Killer after efforts to
get him to pay outstanding
taxes failed.
The Special Enforcement
Unit (SET) of the Island
Revenue Department, with
the support of the police,
moved into Bounty Killer's
residence in St. Andrew and
took away two top class auto-
mobiles. The entertainer,
whose real name is Rodney
Pryce, is said to owe millions
of dollars in outstanding taxes
and is the second Jamaican
artiste to have had their vehi-
cles seized by the authorities
over the non-payment of
In July, the SET took
away a Mercedes Benz
belonging to Elephant Man.

Bounty Killer
Officials said the Inland
Revenue Department would
only take action when all
Other efforts to collect out-
standing taxes failed.

NEW YORK, N.Y. Another
television director wants to
take a shot at producing a
piece of the life of legendary
regglaee singer Robert Nesta
Deadline London claims
Emmy nominee Jenny Ash is
set to zoom in on Marley. Ash
reportedly will focus the
biopic on Marley's time spent
living in London in 1977 after
he fled from Jamaica to the
English city after an attempt
was made on his life.
Ash said the film will cen-
ter on the love triangle
between Marley, his wife Rita
and Cindy Breakspeare, a for-
mer lover of the late reggae
artiste and mother of one of
his children.
"There's never been a fic-
tion film about Marley," Ash
was quoted as saying. "We've
never had a sense of him as a
real man, as opposed to the

TORONTO, Canada -
Twenty-five Caribbean pro-
ducers and filmmakers are set
to attend the 2010 Toronto
International Film Festival,
set for the Canadian city this
The Caribbean element of
the festival, scheduled to run
from Sept. 9-19, is being
added by the Caribbean Tales
Worldwide Distribution Inc.
(CTWD), the recently formed
film distribution company rep-
resenting the English-speak-
ing Caribbean.
CTWD was founded in
May by Canadian-Trinidadian
producer and director
Frances-Anne Solomon, along
with principals such as CTWD
Board Chair Dr. Keith Nurse;
international media personali-
ty, producer and marketing
specialist Lisa Wickham; and
Jamaican American produc-
er/director Mary Wells.
Company founders say

their goal is to take Caribbean
films to the world and to be
the "go to" solution for
Caribbean filmmakers seeking
to penetrate the international
marketplace, and internation-
al buyers looking for quality
Caribbean-themed content.
"There is an explosion of
content coming out of the
Caribbean and a need for a
focused distribution strategy
to ensure that this gets the
best deals on the international
market," said Solomon.
In Canada, the company
will host a market develop-
ment program for the 25
selected Caribbean producers
that is aimed at supporting the
growth of a Caribbean film
and television industry. This
will include a three-day "mar-
ket incubator" from Sept. 6-9,
a Caribbean-themed network-
ing launch party on Sept. 7,
and a marketplace brunch on
Sept. 13.

The United Nations
Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) will
fund the participation of six
established regional produc-
ers, all recipients of the 2009
UNIDO Cinematic &
Entrepreneurship Motivation
Awards (CEMA). They
include Barbadian
producer/director Alison
Saunders of the film "Hit for
Six"; filmmakers Che
Rodriguez and Rubadiri
Victor from Trinidad and
Tobago; Clement Richards
from Dominica; St. Lucian
music video director Davina
Lee, and United States-based
Guyanese filmmaker and
actor Marc Gomes.
For more visit
http://caribbeantales- world-
wide. com/

- Edited from CaribWorldNews

However, up to press
time, so she has not secured
the rights to any of Marley's
songs, which would be instru-
mental to any film on the life
of the singer.

- Edited from CaribWorldNews

NEW YORK The final live
concert of reggae legend Bob
Marley is set to hit stores this
Marley fans will be able
to obtain the special double
CD in eco-friendly packaging
on a linuted regional release
through Tuff Gong
Distribution on Sept. 23.
The CD captures Marley's
last concert at Pittsburgh's
Stanley Theatre on Sept. 23,
1980, where the late reggae
legend urged all to "Get Up,
Stand Up", and they respond-
ed loudly with "wo yo yo yo."
Later they discovered they
had witnessed history as it was
Marley's last performance. He

died form cancer on May 11 '
"Live II cart ie encapsu-
lates the energy of that per-
formance through the original
live recording, captured on
tape by Marley's engineer
Dennis Thompson,
The album includes rendi-
tions of "Uprising", "Coming
In From The Cold", Wo rk ',
"Zion Train", "Redemption
Song" and "Could You Be
Loved". The entire concert,
from his opening song to the
final applause, spans the spe-
cial double album.


to the civil rights era, covering
the topics of slavery, anti-
black violence, education,
black Seminoles, the black
church and blacks' influence
in developing Florida.
Developed by the
African-American Research
Library and Cultural Center,
with a grant from American
Express, the exhibit is
designed to raise awareness of

the public about the cultural
and historical contributions of
African Americans to the
state of Florida.
For more information,
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Research Library and Cultural
Center, located at 2650 Sistrunk
Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, at

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African-American Research
Library and Cultural Center
in Broward County, Florida.
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Some 100-plus residents of the SOS Children's Village in Jamaica recently received a care package filled with personal items and
school supplies. The packages were prepared by nurses, doctors and staff members of South Miami Hospital and delivered by
representatives from the hospital and Baptist Health International Center of Miami. The donations were part of efforts by Baptist
Health International and South Miami Hospital, both divisions of Baptist Health South Florida, to support communities throughout
Jamaica. "We are pleased to do what we can to make a difference in the lives of these children," said Carol Biggs, vice president
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family history and most have
no symptoms. Scientists are
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have been identified, including
a high-fat diet, diabetes,
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Seafood is always special for
Caribbean people.
Therefore, this month's
recipe of sauteed fish with
tropical salsa, avacado and
green salad, courtesy of
Publix Apron's Simple Meals,
should provide an exciting

* 1 lb tropical fruit salad
(fresh pineapple, strawber-
ries, kiwi)
* 1/2 cup grape tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
(finely chopped)
* 1 1/2 lb snapper (tilapia or
basa) fillets, thawed
* 1 tablespoon balsamic vine-
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned

pepper blend
* Cooking spray
* Cut fruit into small pieces.
* Cut tomatoes into halves or
* Chop cilantro.
* Check fish for bones.

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cilantro, and balsamic vinegar
for salsa.
Preheat large sautd pan
on medium-high two to three
minutes. Season both sides of
fish with seasoned pepper
(wash hands).
Remove pan from heat;
coat with cooking spray. Place
fish in pan; cook two to three
minutes on each side or until

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easily. Serve.

Avocado and greens salad

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* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin
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* 2 tablespoons balsamic vine-
* 1 bag romaine salad blend
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* 1 cup grape tomatoes
* 1/4 cup fresh pre-diced red
* avocado

Cut garlic clove in half
and rub the cut edges over
inside of salad bowl (discard

Sauteed fish
garlic). Add oil and vinegar;
whisk until well blended.
Add salad blend, toma-

toes, and onions. Cut avocado
into bite-size pieces. Add to
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KINGSTON, Jamaica "My
LiKKle Food Spot", a new
television program produced

style and story. The ypots '
range from Barbican Beach in
Kingston, which began as a

Florida radio personality and
chief executive officer of
Riddims Marketing. "My
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ed reality-style. The host gets
into the kitchen with the chef
and assists in preparing food,
at times coaxing the chef to
reveal secret ingredients.

"My LiKKle Food Spot" is
scheduled to air on Wednesdays,
at 9 p.m., with a repeat airing on
Sunday, also at 9 p.m.
"My LiKKle Food Spot" is
the brainchild and a production
of BarriVision Productions,
producers of "Where in JA is
Dry Lan' Te urls ', another

reality-styled program current-
ly airing on CVM T.V. in
Jamaica and Gospel Rhythms
also airing on FLOW 100.
For a preview of the show
visit www.mylikklefoodpotwom.


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Host Eddy Edwards, right, gets down to the meat of food matters.

in Jamaica, began airing last
month on the Caribbean
island's FLOW 100 cable
The 30-minute program
features a variety of restau-
rants and eateries in Jamaica,
each with their own unique

way for friends to pass the
time, to the kitchen at
Moon's Beach Club on the
island's North Coast, where
they serve their own version
of a stuffed chicken breast.
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Eddy Edwards, a South


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Couples on the hunt for a
tropical destination to
Exchange vows and cel-
ebrate the joys of wedded
bliss, can make their dreams
come true in Jamaica.
The destination makes is
making it easy for couples to
get married just 24 hours after
their arrival; and to alleviate
stress, some of the island's
hotels and resorts are making
the wedding arrangements to
suit the desires of the bridal
"It's a piece of cake to tie
the knot in Jamaica, with just
24 hours needed for couples
to receive a marriage license,"

John Lynch, Jamaica's director
of tourism said in a recent
press release.
"The ease and conven-
ience in which people can get
married, coupled with the
island's vibrant culture and
unparalleled beauty, have
made Jamaica a preferred
choice for destination wed-
Tourism promoters claim
that with little advance plan-
ning, a couple's wedding day
can be an effortless occasion.
Specially designed packages to
suit a couple's budget are
being offered by hotels,
including the cost for the min-

ister, airport transfers, wed-
ding cake and other special
Below is a listing of steps
needed for a quick wedding in
Marriage license -
Couples can be married 24
hours after arriving in
Jamaica, providing prior
application has been made for
a marriage license. To apply
for a marriage license, contact
Jamaica's Ministry of Justice
at 876-906-4923.
Necessary documents -
Jamaica does not require cou-
ples to take blood tests in
order to get married.
However, the following docu-
mentation is required-

* Proof of citizenship -
certified copy of birth
certificate, which
includes father's name;
* Parent's written con-
sent if under age 18;
* Proof of divorce if
applicable (original
certificate of divorce);
* Certified copy of death
certificate for widow or
For details on plan-
ning a wedding in
Jamaica, visit the
Jamaica Tourist Board's
website at www.visitja-
maica. com or call the
JTB at 1-800-JAMAICA

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NEW YORK -Star Clippers is
returning to Antigua after
receiving an assurance from
the Baldwin Spencer govern-
ment that security had been
improved following the death
of a passenger earlier this year.
"Star Clippers has been
assured by the Antiguan gov-
ernment that they have
improved security on the
island, particularly in the areas
where our guests visit," said
Star Clippers Americas
President Jack Chatham.
The operator of the 227-passen-
ger Royal Clipper pulled out of

Antigua and Barbuda after
Nina Elisabeth Nilssen, 29, of
San Francisco, California, one
of its passengers, was found
stabbed to death on Jan. 19 on
a trail just off the island's famed
Pigeon Point Beach.
Antigua and Barbuda is
listed as one of six port calls
on the Royal Clipper's 2010-
2011 seven-night "Windward"
itinerary out of Barbados, as
well as on the 170-passenger
Star Clipper's seven-night
"Leeward Islands" itinerary
out of St. Maarten-

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
The Dominica government
said the decision by Carnival
Cruise lines to withdraw one
of its vessels after 21 years will
have a severe impact on the
local tourism sector.
Immigration Minister
Charles Savarin told a news
conference late last month
that the company had indicat-
ed it would stop the cruise line
"Victory" from making its

weekly calls here from Nov. 2.
"The loss of the Carnival
cruise line vessel after a 21-
year relationship with
Dominica is a bitter blow to
the people of Dominica,"
Savarin said. "The loss of
employment in that sector
impacting all business owners,
taxmen, vendors, car opera-
tors, fruit and beverage ven-
dors, banana
going to pose a major chal-

lenge to the government and
people of Dominica."
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cruise lines, with year round
weekly calls to Dominica, pro-
vided a weekly income to
many service providers and
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McDowell explained that
Circle of One Marketing is a
more modern-focused, edgier
company than her competitors.

"I always thought that my
being a Jamaican and an
American gave me a much
broader perspective," she said.
"I can negotiate in both
worlds, I understand both cul-
tures, and so for me that gives
me a definite edge.
Although only a small per-
centage of the marketing firm's
clients are C'.lrlllll. ln
McDowell's first contract as a
business owner came from
Ginger Bay Cafe, a Jamaican
restaurant/bar/club in
Hollywood, Florida. It was this
first business relationship that
helped motivate McDowell to
create her marketing business.
Major corporations and
institutions have also contract-
ed McDowell to target the
Caribbean community. Miami's
Adrienne Arsht Center for the
Performing, Arts, for example,
signed on C ircle of One
Marketing to entice the
Jamaican and Caribbean
public to support the musical
"The Harder They Come", a
stage play based on the classic
Jamaican movie that made
singer Jimmy Cliff a household

ingdmyself forewha I do

deiMoraleslis the costume
internationally acclaimed
Miami City Ballet. The ballet
company is celebrating its
25th anniversary, and so is
Morales. She was with the
company when the first cur-
tain went up.
The costume designer
began her journey into the-
atrical design when she and
her family migrated to New
York in the 1960s. It was there
that her sister, Hilda Morales,
who danced with the Ballet de
San Juan, joined the
American Ballet Theatre.
"I saw all the great
dancers of the 60s and 70s, the
glorious time of dance at the
American Ballet Theatre. My
visual training began there,"
Morales reminisced.


she Ioue rminet thoel tlet
and design, Morales studied


She believes her dual cultural
heritage plays a part in the dis-
tinctive character of her com-

The product of a Jamaican
father and an American moth-
er, McDowell was born in
Jamaica and attended Mona
Prep and St. Andrew's HIigh
schools before migrating to the
United States

Coming from a family of
singers, dancers and designers
was also an incentive to pur-
sue heM artistic h
"y in erest in t he-
ater and dance was always,

inn ns i usl or s on-
sciously I feel that I was train-

cover the base of a floral
arrangement or may also be
used to fill in between the
"I thought, wow, this is
beautiful!" Sutton recalls.
Not long after she began
distributing the fresh cut
foliage to local retail flower
shops. While doing so, Sutton
did further research. She dis-
covered the bouquet-making
industry that sold to super-
markets in large volumes.
Sutton was able to increase
her sales volume dramatically
while also getting her product
to the supermarkets via bou-
quet makers.
"From then on," Sutton
recalls, "I learned more about
the business and what the

supermarkets wanted."

In 1989, with a growing,
profitable business, Sutton
leased a farm in central
Florida. Her business flour-
ished as she continued to sell
to bouquet makers who, in
turn, sold to the supermarkets.
However, in 1993, Sutton suf-
fered a setback when a severe
freeze hit central Florida.
Later that same year she lost a
significant amount of her
products due to a new disease
that affected her crop. Also,
the following year most of the
bouquet makers Sutton sup-
plied moved most of their pro-
duction to Colombia due to
lower labor costs. Sutton


Ferneries' sales plummeted.
lke l\\ce 1n 1993 and 2000,
were our most challenging
years," she said.
Undeterred, Sutton
turned her attention to trade
shows that targeted supermar-
kets. Now, instead of relying
on bouquet makers to get her
products into the supermar-
kets, Sutton started interact-
ing with floral directors from
the supermarkets. She remem-
bers it took 10 years for the
supermarkets to take her seri-
ously, but finally it happened.

Julio Concepcion, Sutton

Ferneries' sale support man-
ager, said that the company
has grown substantially since
his five years.
"When I first started, it
was only two of us in the sales
support department," he said.
"Now there are six to seven
people on my team and over
105 people total in the compa-
Concepcion said that it
was Sutton's hard work and
perseverance that made it pos-
sible. He said Sutton travels
constantly, seeking out ways
to better the company.



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Love and ideas lead to blooming success for Michele Sutton



More than 20 ago,
Jamaican-born Marie
Gill came to South
Florida in the United States.
She had already explored the
North American landscape.
With an entrepreneurial spirit
and expertise in business
development, Gill surveyed
her new surroundings for
"I looked at the market-
place and saw that many
Caribbean people, particularly
Jamaicans were moving into
Florida and the business cli-
mate here was growing, so I
wanted to be a part of that "
Gill e plains.
"I started working with
the Minority Business
Development Center. That
exposed me to the small and
minority business community
here in Florida, and I was
hooked. I saw how great the
need was. And indeed, the
U.S. Department of
Commerce had a fabulous
program but people of color
were not taking advantage of
it. So I took it upon myself to
get involved and help to
spread the word and provide
the service.
Gill opened M. Gill &
Associates, Inc. in 1990, focus-
ing on creating a fertile cli-
mate for small and minority
business owners. The busi-
nesswoman explained that
there are several different
programs available to poten-
tial small business owners and
her goal is to provide the nec-
essary advice and counseling.
Critical to all prospective busi-
ness owners is how to write a
business plan in a way that is
attractive to a lender, says
Gill. Part of the learning
process, she adds, is asking
questions like what are the
kinds of things I need to think

sevswl. So fl h mr

keting and public relations
was an area where the need
existed. That brought about
my special focus on market-

One of the issues that
many Caribbean folks were
dealing with is the fact that
they do not view themselves
as minorities, and therefore
were not taking advantage of
the special programs and
opportunities for this group.
"I took the time to
explain that minority does not
mean inferior, but it means
access," Gill says. "It's about
getting your business certified,
accessing government pro-
grams by bidding on contracts.
That led to helping these busi-
nesses develop their bid pro-
posals so that there was more
participation in government
programs and in the bidding


~ A Caribbean Today special feature

about so that the business
plan is really a tool to grow
the business, a yardstick to
measure performance.
"I also found while a lot
of folks had a lot to say, they
were not presenting them-

Financing is also a focus
Gill explains. She became
familiar with the U.S. Small
Business Administration and
their guarantee programs. Gill
also made it a point to learn
about the banks, their lending
criteria and the various lend-
ing programs that are avail-
able for small or minority
businesses to navigate their
way through the finance maze.

M. Gill & Associates, Inc.
has grown tremendously over
its 20 years. In 2002 the com-
pany won contracts with the
U.S. Department of
Commerce to work with the
M tinori y Business
Development Agency that is
charged with helping minority
businesses. Under this con-
tract M. Gill & Associates
operates the Minority
Business Enterprise Center
that provides marketing,
financial, and technical servic-
es to small and minority busi-
ness to help them grow and
succeed. Today, the company
is still under contract with the
U.S. government. Gill also
works closely with local gov-
ernment agencies and inde-
pendent corporations.
The entrepreneur attrib-
utes some of her success to
the business foundation she
received in her native
Jamaica. After gaining an
undergraduate degree in eco-
nomics from the University of
the West Indies, Gill went on
to Canada where she earned a
master's in business adminis-
tration. She returned to
Jamaica where she attained a
diploma in mass communica-
A financial writer for The
Gleaner newspapers for a
number of years, Gill sunk her


t. Lucian-born Nicole
and educator, has found
a way to combine her passions
with giving back to her com-
Her company Nicole
Shelley Models, which was
established in 2008, is an
events management company
with expertise in public rela-
tions, marketing, promotions
and fundraising.
Her fashion models are
more than just pretty faces.
They are vehicles to attract
funding for the non-profit
companies that serve those in
"Why not utilize the lure
of aesthetics to help raise
money and raise awareness
for not-for-profits," said
Shelley. "It's not just a runway
show, it's not just a beautiful
girl standing at the entrance of
an event, but there is a good
cause behind it.
"I wanted the company to
transcend the superficial
nature that sometimes aes-
thetics can create. Running
my own business and doing
this, knowing that I was using
aesthetics for a good cause
became very gratifying.
Over time, the business
attracted noted non-profit
companies and other corpo-
rate clients such as The
American Heart Association,
Association of Women in
Communication, American
Cancer Society, Florida Breast
Cancer Coalition and the City
of Miami. Through the com-
pany's corporate events and
management division, Shelley
has hosted functions for

LOVe and ideas



Donna Stewart, an
accountant for the company,
also praised Sutton for her hard
work. Stewart has been with
Sutton Ferneries since 1999.
"Michele had new ideas,"
Stewart said. "She did a lot of
promotions, lots of hard work,
and now things have taken
off. She is not one to lay back
and let someone else do the
work. Michele will do produc-
tion, accounting, anything it
Today, Sutton Ferneries
supplies bouquets and
arrangements under its
"Ready To Go G~rcclns ** *
product line to over 50 super-
markets, including Winn Dixie
and Publix, with its two trade-
marked products and nation-
ally recognized brands
"Greens Drop-In"@ bouquets
and "Add-a-Bloom"@ pre-
greened arrangements being

clients such as Sandals Hotels,
Caribe Express, the Rotary
Club of Miami Beach, Miss
Florida Teen Pageant, as well
as events honoring members
of the European Union dele-

Whether through fashion
or non-fashion activities,
Shelley has been able to help
enhance revenue and aware-
ness for her clients.
"Being a model myself, I
felt that my profession was
not going to benefit many
people unless I found a more
significant way of reaching
out," she explained.
"It's about being obser-
vant, satisfying the needs of
our customers in an expansive
way, in a way that they
deserve. Our events are just a
vehicle for promotions and
marketing, it's the way that we
Another side of the entre-


lead to blooming

Vlicliele Sutton

its top two selling product
The company has earned
recognition from various
national business media
organizations including Inc.
Magazine's 5,000 fastest grow-
ing privately owned compa-
nies in the United States for
both 2007 and 2009. Other
accolades include Business
Leaders' top 200 businesses in
2008, Money Matters' top 500
businesses in Florida for 2009,
and this year's top 50 entre-
preneurs in Florida award.
"Love what you do," is
Sutton's advice to those
intending to start their own
business, bec\.use if you
don't, then when the chal-
lenges arise you won't be able
to overcome them."

Judith Hucdson is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Marie Gill: An advocate for small, minority businesses Nicole Shelley a model inspiration


make a living as a flight
attendant in her native
country of Trinidad, but in
1986 she decided to relocate
to the United States.
Like most Caribbean
immigrants in the U.S.,
Powers wanted to make a bet-
ter life for her self. She said
she had an idea of what she
wanted to do, but she was
unsure which avenue to pur-
sue to make her dream come
through as she was in a for-
eign country were everything
was new.
Then a friend introduced
her to catering.
"Catering was the furthest
thing from myi mind," Powers
said. "But I fell in love with it
Lacking the funds and
training that were needed to
start a business, Powers start-
ed operating out of her home.
She worked and saved the
money that was needed to buy
the tools that she would need.
"I also had to learn how
to adapt to a new country,"
Powers said. "I also had to do
a lot of networking.
While Powers were con-
ducting business out of her
hoe she tkmtd wahsein rf.

She enrolled at Florida
International University

y th
ls ir


saw the need for a special pro-
gram for the children of the
families they were serving~. She
started a job training/job place-
ment program that is today a
major part of her work. She
later focused on health and
social development.
"There was just so much
more that was needed beyond
economic development," she

Barton earned the trust of
the community. She brought in
a licensed social worker, plus
mental health and nursing stu-
dents from the University of
Miami and Nova Southeastern

nivl of the initiative's man-


~ A Caribbean Today special feature

opened in Dec. 1989. Famous
for its jerk stew peas, Jerk

the business got its name. "...I
started calling friends to find
out if they wanted jerk chicken
and pork for Christmas...So, I
went out and got about 1()()
pounds of chicken and pork.
When Desmond came
home...he stayed out until
about 4 a.m. shoveling and
cleaning snow. When he came
in, I said to him, 'you look like
a jerk machine', and it clicked,
that was it. The next morning
we printed the name on every-
body's package of jerk Merry
Christmas from the Jerk

The business grew tremen-
dously in South Florida. At
one point there were eight
restaurants. But the economic
downturn that started in 2()(8,
plus other factors, had a nega-
tive effect. Today there are
three locations in Broward
County, Florida. However,
franchising is still in the cards.
"The only way to go is
up," said Malcolm.
"...Business is my passion. It's
not about money, it's about the
conquest. I know I can do this.
I am good at it."

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

above it."
She said because of the
recession she lost most of her
corporate clients, and has since
turned her attention to catering
at weddings. Powers explained
that the economic problems
have strengthened her resolve
and made her seek other ways
to steer her business.
"I assembled a good team
of workers," she said. "I have
the best chefs and trained
employees now."
To generate even more
attention, Powers joined
Business Network


Machine has become the go-
to-place in the community for
anything jerk, including chick-
en, pork and oxtail. The
strong, pungent aroma of
pimento, scotch bonnet pepper
and cloves greets customers as
they enter the door. The chef
behind the delectable recipes is
Desmond. Callllilrie manages
the business side.
Malcolm has always
embraced the entrepreneurial
spirit. In Canada, the couple's
weekends were spent catering
for friends and family. Word of
mouth led to more clients and
their \I0, business grew.
"It was Christmas Eve,
Malcolm said, recalling how


"This has helped," she
said, h~c\ulle I can refer my
business to other people."

EaOGR AStphan, a co-
worker and friend of Powers,
said se is impressed at how
thar the company
finesses in as qo t hd
ve been Francine work out
e reces- of her garage,"
t have to Astaphan said.
n and rise "She started slow
and now look
oeswhere it has taken
noted that despite her
achievements, Powers has
remained humble.
"Anyone who wants to run a
company can look to her,"
Astaphan said.
She added that Powers's
success would not have hap-
pened if she was not deter-
mined and willing to work hard.
"When you really look at
where she started from, it is
sheer determination and hard
work that has led her down
this path," said Astaphan.
Powers said it is never easy to
start a company, and to stay in
business you have to love
what you do.
"Stay focused," she
stressed, "Keep your vision.
Stay committed or it won't last."

Judith Hudson is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.


Catherine Malcolm and
Desmond, her husband
Cof 28 years, came to
South Florida in 1988 seeking
warmer weather. The biting
cold of Canada was no longer
She was pregnant with her
daughter and had two boys, six
and three years old. Her fre-
quent cravings brought her to
Charlie's Pastries on 12th
Street in the Lauderhill Mall.
That's where Malcolm saw the
available space that would
soon become Jerk Machine.
She talked to Desmond about
opening a restaurant. After all,
they had done quite a bit of
catering in Canada.
"I said to Desmond later,
'let us take the leap of faith, let
us do it'," she recalled.
The flagship restaurant on 12th
Street, in what is frequently
referred to as "Jamaica Hill",
has become a reality. But it
was not easy. Halfway through
building the store, the
Malcolms ran out of money.
They went to just about every
bank in town to raise capital,
but without success.
"I had to think creatively,"
Malcolm said.

Finally, the restaurant

Celebrated as
CChampion" for the City
of Miami, Jamaican-born
Merline Barton was selected
from a field of many for pro-
moting health initiatives for
people in her community.
Barton was singled out by
General Mills' Feeding Dreams
program that recognizes those
who give of ilienisches\ for the
betterment of society. She is
among a field of 1() chosen from
cities across the United States,
one of whom will be named
National Grand Champion.
"It's rewarding, to know
that your hard work has been
recognized," said Barton.
Barton is executive director
and co-founder of the Miami-
based Thelma Gibson Health
Initiative, a non-profit health
agency that offers social and
health service programs to at-
risk minority seniors, youth
and the homeless. She has
served Coconut Grove, Coral
Gables, South Miami, and its
environs, with love and com-
passion for the past eight years.

It started about 22 years
ago when she was hired as a
project coordinator for eco-
nomic development in Miami's
west coast community. Barton

date is to work with senior resi-
dences that house elderly resi-
dents on a fixed income. Barton
and her team provide educa-
tional workshops, counseling,
management, and some utility
and medical expense assistance
through donations from various
churches. They also offer grief,
healthy lifestyle and depression
counseling programs.
Barton also supports the
homeless. They are given coun-
seling and directed to other
traditional health facilities if
they desire. The initiative part-
ners with the Homeless Trust,
working, with the needy to get
them tested for communicable
health or mental issues. If pos-
sible, some may be placed in
group homes,
Barton did not come from
a health services background.
After graduating from Alpha
Academy, a high school in
Jamaica, she went to New York
to further her studies. She first
went into banking, then moved
to the airline industry before
"finding a greater cause.
Her selection as Miami's
Community Champion is testa-
ment to her advocacy for the
underserved and displaced.

- D.A. Davis

where she took
classes t at were Lkmot

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ounsitym nag affected (bl
ment program. sion). But I
The course focus- dig my hee
es on hotels, above it"
restaurants and
catering manage- ~
ment. She did the
food related courses.
Powers also attended the
Dade County Public School
Adult Education Program,
where she learned the skills of
gourmet cooking.
By 1994, Powers saved
enough money and was able
to move the business from her
home to a cooperate location.
She named her company
"We're Having A Party". Inc.
From there, Powers caters at
corporate events.

She added that even though
her company is doing well,
there is always room for
improvement, especially with
the recession that the U.S. is
now facin 8-
"Like most businesses in
the U.S we have been affect-
ed," she said. "But I just have
to dig my heels in and rise



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Baryshnikov was there. I saw
the productions, I went to the
rehearsals. I got to see all the
incredible dancers. It was a
magical time for me."

Morales works with a cre-
ative team at the Miami City
Ballet, including her sister
Maria, an artist, painter and
sculptor. They collaborate on
the designs often seen in the
dance costumes.
"If it's something that has
a story behind it, like Jose
Varona and Edward Villella's
'The Neighborhood
Ballroom', you have to go
back to history," she
explained. "You also must
have a lot of dialogue with the
choreographer and come up
with ideas together about
color and texture. I also look
at a lot of artwork and I am
also inspired by nature."
Morales has worked on
productions such as George
Balanchine's "The
Nutcracker" and "Prodigal
Son", Paul Taylor's "Company
B", Twyla Tharp's "Nine
Sinatra Songs" and others.
"My creation comes at the
moment that you cannot find

something a
particular trim, a -
particular fabric.
I simulate as
closely as possi-
ble, and because
I know what
each fabric does, -
how they drape, .
how they feel, I '
am able to recre-
ate the cos-
tume," she ..
"It's really
important that
you project on .
stage the choreo-gahe' io

You start -
researching and -
you bring in your ---
thoughts and
feelings. I listen ,
a lot o the My interest in the theater and dance was always, in my
musi. I o to heart, in my soul,' says Morales.
rehearsals. If it is
somehingextrmelyathltic very regal and elegant you
woehere dnexrs may roll on th create something to replicate
floor, o do notr crate aol tutu that vision.
floyou d o create soehn thatis Morales's love for the
very closte to ethe ods that i Miami City Ballet and cos-
itr ilseas for the bdances toa tume design is evident in her
achieve all the movements etuis n xieet
thatthechorogrphywhen speaking about her cre-
demands. If it is something aierl ihtecmay

"Like the company, I am
going to be celebrating my
25th anniversary with the
Miami City Ballet," she said.
"I came to the company in
1986 to help create its first
ballet, 'El Amor Brujo', cho-
reographed by Richard
Tanner. I was there when the
first curtain went up. I really
saw an amazing future for the
company and I sensed that
there was something very spe-
cial happening in Miami."
Edward Villella, the com-
pany's co-founder and artistic
director, convinced Morales to
stay. The rest is history, 25
years of design and creative
"I know the dancers are
the ones that get the flowers,
the dancers are the ones that
bow, the dancers are the ones
that get the cheers," said
Morales. "But, when the cur-
tain goes up and the audience
gasps, that is my applause. I am
not standing by myself, I am
standing for the group of cre-
ative people that I work with. I
couldn't be anywhere else."
- D. A. Davis

fashion illustration, design,
and draping at two of New
York's best schools, Fashion
Institute of Technology and
Parsons School of Design. She
worked as an illustrator for
Simplicity Patterns. But cos-
tume design was her passion.
"I find the theater is
earthy, its very magical, so I
think my heart was there from
the very beginning," she said.
Morales worked as an
apprentice with the Barbara
Matera Costume Shop in New
York City, probably one of the
largest costume shops in
"Barbara Matera really
influenced me greatly, she
taught me all my skills, the
making of jackets, dancewear,
unitards, tights," she said.
"With her I worked in all the
productions. No matter what
you learn in school, if you
don't practice in the right way,
with the right people, it really
doesn't stick with you and you
don't get to master it.
"We made costumes
for 'Don Quixote' for the
American Ballet Theatre
at the time when Mikhail

ties around critical social issues.
Among its clients are The
ClulIJ re n < Trust Miami Heart
Gallery, a traveling photo-
graphic exhibition of children
in Miami-Dade's foster care
system; The Education Fund,
whose mission is to improve
Miami-Dade public schools;
The Mentoring Center, that
provides skills to youth and
adults; Voices United, that
inspires young people through
the arts; and the state of
Florida's Medicaid program,
which informed beneficiaries of
a changing system.

Always on the go,
McDowell is the ultimate mar-
keting machine. So, what is her
driving force? What is the
source of her non-stop energy?
"God is the beginning and
the end," she said. "I am an

expression of God, He is the
source of my supply. I have
always been energetic, from I
was a little girl. In fact, my
father says I am just a little bit
"My personality is a gift
and it can also be a curse. There
are a lot of people that are put
off by it and there are people
that are drawn to it; they realize
that I am also intelligent and
fun, but there are times when
my personality tires people out.
I've lost jobs because people
don't want to deal with me
because I am a little too
much...I am an extrovert."
She credits her 14-year-old
daughter Sydney for helping
her maintain equilibrium.
Sydney is the best thing she
did in her life, McDowell
emphasized, adding that her
daughter's calm, quiet charac-
ter is the complete opposite of
"I don't just love my
daughter," she said. "I actually
like her as a person."
As positive, professional,
emo::hn:1h and cngeti as
that being a woman in business
means working twice as hard
as her male counterparts. She
said there is a legitimacy that
people assume when you walk
into a room with a man, and it
becomes more noticeable
when that man is white and an

Clients also seek out the
marketing company for design
work, one of its strengths. The
University of Miami School of
Medicine's 2010 annual report
was designed by McDowell
and her team.
Whether it's multi-media
management, public relations
or advertising, the company
has an impressive list of corpo-
rate clients, including Broward
County Transit, Florida
Memorial University, Burger
King, Delancyhill PA, Planned
Parenthood and Lite FM.
The company also
acknowledges its social respon-
sibility. The creation of a Social
Marketing division means pro-
viding marketing and advertis-
ing servicesofor ion-profits wih

Daughter Sydney, right, helps McDowell maintain her equilibrium.

"alpha male". Her outgoing
personality is a natural counter
to that phenomenon. However,
knowing that society is not
easily changed, her staff
reflects varying cultures, races
and genders.
"The good thing about
owning your own business is
that you have nobody telling
you what to do," McDowell
said. "The bad thing, about
owning your own business is
you have nobody telling you
what to do. That sums up my

Indeed, the name Circle of
One also sums up McDowell's
"At the Universal Truth
for Better Living we have a
saying, 'I am one with God, I
am one with all people, I am
one with the One'. To me,
'One' is God. So, as it says on
my website, ONE love, ONE
planet, ONE hope. Welcome
to the Circle."

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

The theater is earthy, very magical

~ Haydee NMorales

Suzan McDowell The definition of positive energy


As the immediate past
president of the
National Association
of Real Estate Brokers
(NAREB), and now president
of the not-for-profit arm
National Association of Real
Estate Brokers Foundation
(NAREBF), real estate guru
Maria Kong is continuing her
work of inspiring confidence
in an industry that builds
But, for Kong, energizing
the market means working
with its future players.
Kong started the National
Youth Mentorship program
under her leadership as
NAREB president. Now at
the foundation level, the pro-
gram has been expanded into
a national effort that is admin-
istered through local chapters
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cy and leadership skills for
youth ages eight to 18.
Deserving youngsters can also
get scholarships to further
their education.
"We are preparing them
to be future leaders," Kong
explained. "We believe we can
rescue our youth through
motivation and positive role
models. We are also seeking
to take first time offenders,
take them under our wings
and turn them into positive
citizens and redirect their
lives. We are building them
for their own dreams."
Although Kong's focus
now is on thee NAREBF, she is
an integral part of the Past
Presidents Council that gives
recommendations to and
works closely with NAREB.
Still able to work with major
partners, such as Fannie Mae,
Freddie Mac, HUD (Housing
and Urban Development),
and the major banks like
Bank of America, Wells
Fargo, and Chase, Kong
makes sure qualified buyers
gain access to affordable fund-


1* :

According to the real
estate executive, as part of its
community focus, Chase has

Management, Inc., set up a
special foundation that has
counseled thousands of new

we are a HUD approved
counseling agency. It is grati-
fying to me to see the relief,
the tears of joy, when we can
keep a homeowner in their

And what about the
future of the housing market?
Kong explained that interest
rates are at the lowest they
have ever been, so this is the
time to buy. The market is no
longer artificially inflated, she
said, but people are hurting.
Importantly though, the U.S.
states have money to help
those in foreclosure or close
to it, and this is the kind of
information homeowners
need to know, she added.
Kong noted that although
many people have been affect-
ed by depressed home values,

the market has finally come
back to responsible, ethical
and credible lending. Rates
are where they should be and
lenders are now making, sure
buyers can really afford the
homes, she said. It all boils
down to integrity, Kong
"You must have a passion
for what you do," she
explained. "You have to be
patient, knowing why you
have to be patient. The buyer
has to find the exact house,
the exact, price, and a house
that they connect with. You
should never rush people to
make bad decisions just to get
a commission. It's about pas-
sion, integrity, credibility."

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

"We formulate programs for
training kids, parents, teachers
so that everybody is on the
same page," said Shelley.

"Everything that we do
comes down to three major
components, energy, commu-
nication, and vision," she
added. "The
energy you proj-
ect is what will
make you or
break you in
whatever you are
trying to accom-
plish. The way
you communicate
is a manifestation
of the kind of
energy that is
within you. The
.vision that you
have is a manifes-
tation of how you
, communicate."
Shelley's phi-
losophy and
spirit is the con-
tinuation of a legacy. She is no
newcomer to the world of
business ownership. Her fami-
ly, which still resides in St.
Lucia, own and operate a
weddings company, television
ministry and real estate office.
"What we do as a family
of business owners is enhance
lives, whether its by increasing
revenue, raising awareness,
improving relationships," she
said. "...When you are pas-
sionate about what you do, it
automatically means that you
are genuine."

- D.A. Davis

gifted several homes to the
NAREBF, which helps fund
some of the programs the
non-profit has created.
Specifically, she explains, the
bank has donated five proper-
ties located throughout the
United States, including
California, Chicago, Atlanta,
Miami and Texas. The homes
are rehabilitated and sold and
funds generated from the sales
are used for NAREBF pro-

Appointed to the
National Diversity Board
through National Association
of Realtors, Kong is deter-
mined to make the industry
accessible to all. The associa-
tion has instituted an intern-
ship program that places real
estate hopefuls in some of the
major federal housing and
government offices.
Kong is also involved in
the Caribbean community.
The native of Jamaica,
through her own successful
firm, Markon Realty &

home owners on the critical
subject of financial literacy,
loan modification, home
improvement, debt manage-
ment and fair housing issues.
The agency, Housing
Foundation of America, is a
HUD approved counseling
Kong urges potential first-
time home buyers to get edu-
cated about the process. She
explained that there is an
eight hour housing literacy
class that is required by HUD,
which offers information
about home ownership. At the
end of the course, participants
are given a certificate that
they will need for government
grants. Pre-qualification by a
reputable lender is the next
step. This process, she said, is
being utilized by hundreds of
Caribbean first-time buyers.
"I have had clients come
in to this office who are losing
their homes, and we work
together to get them help and
stop the bank foreclosure,"
said Kong. "And, it does not
cost them anything because

preneur's company, The One
On One Group, handles
events, marketing and promo-
tion, personal and profession-
al development, and commu-
nications workshops for
clients seeking to sell their
services without the fashion
also has inter-
clients. With a
degree in
relations and
modern lan-
guages from
plus educa-
tional training
in Britain
France, and
Rome, this
dynamo is Sely
poised to take
her company to the next level.
Among Shelley's objectives is

:.haatr, 1 n u e nibe chti-
zens. The creation of My Kids
Country Club, the educational
and parent-oriented division,
is a step in that direction.
The tea parties and after-
school programs run through
the My Kids Country C:lub for
children ages five to 12 years,
teaches etiquette and the fun-
damentals of philanthropy.
Shelley believes that it is
never too early to teach youth
how to be socially conscious.
She does this through positive
personal development and
strong communication skills.

of the business.
Asked what motivates
her, Gill says: "I try to be as
centered as I can, with my
maker. I am trying and learn-
ing to be a better person spiri-
tually. My faith in God and my
church family at Holy Family
Episcopal Church are a bless-
ing to me. I also have friends
that really care about me. My
staff, I am blessed with a
group of people that really
share my ideals and who
believe in the mission of the
company and work hard for us

to make our
"This is very close to my
heart. This is the thing that
gets me up in the mornings
and keeps me up at night. It's
always about the joy of help-
ing other people. If there isn't
a focus on making life better
for somebody, I don't want it.,,

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

teeth into the business world
and financial markets with rel-
ish. She rounded out her busi-
ness background as a key
player in the Urban
Development Corporation,
under the leadership of Gloria
Knight, and later worked with
the sugar industry and the
Ministry of Tourism. She left
Jamaica to explore other
experiences, eventually work-
ing, in the hospitality industry,
where she learned all aspects


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The Miami-Dade Cooperative
Extension Division will host a
free "Rain Barrel & Water
Conservation Workshop"
from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 11
at the Miami Beach Botanical
Garden, 2000 Convention
Center Dr.
Reservations are required.
To sign up, call Lize Luna at
305-248-3311, ext. 242.

This month, the Miami-Dade
Consumer Services
Department will host a free
workshop to educate con-
sumers on how to collect on a
The workshop will be held
at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the
North Dade Regional Library,
2455 N.W. 183rd St. in Miami
For more information,
call the Consumer Services
Department at 305-375-3677 or
visit www.miamidade~gov/csd.

Miami-Dade County
Commission Chairman Dennis
C. Moss will host a Home
Energy Savings Workshop
in District 9 from 6:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at
the Phichol E. Williams
Community Center, 951
s.w Fourth St., Homestead,
Florida. Registration
begins at 6 p.m.

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mation, call 311 or visit

United Way of Broward
County, Florida will hold a
breakfast this month to kick
off its campaign season by
highlighting 2010 initiatives.
The breakfast will be held
from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept.
16 at Signature Grand 6900 W.
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sponsored by the Miami-Dade
Commission on Ethics and
Public Trust, to help candi-
dates, campaign staff members
and volunteers learn the rules
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p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at
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young adults who create pro-
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American Chamber of
Commerce, in association with
Gateway Capital Holdings,
LLC, will present the inaugu-
ral Jamaican-American
Investment Summit (JAIS)
2010 on Sept. 30 in New York
JAIS 2010 is expected to
offer an investment informa-
tion exchange designed to
bring together private equity
fund managers, brokers/deal-
ers, investment banks, busi-
ness leaders and
investors with a number of
Jamaican-based projects that
are ready for investments.
A variety of opportunities
and projects ranging from
government-based divestment
assets to private placement
deals across multiple indus-
tries are expected to be avail-
Co-hosts include Jamaica
Promotions Corporation
(JAMPRO), the Office of the
Consulate General of Jamaica
in New York, and The
American Chamber of
Commerce of Jamaica

The summit is being tout-
ed as marking a new era in

approach for
Jamaica and is
scheduled to
become an
annual event
in New York.
It is expected
to provide
real-time data

Tourism Ed Bartlett are
among the scheduled confer-
ence speakers from Jamaica.
Also expected to partici-
pate are panelists and presen-
ters from the Jamaica Stock
Exchange (JSE), financial
advisory firms and legal
investment advisory firms,
plus capital market and fund
managers, and business and
industry leaders in the areas
of finance, energy, entertain-
ment and tourism.
"When I look at the

industries in
the world's
emerging and .
growth mar-
kets, energy,
and entertain-
ment are in
the top five," Samuda
Neil Lowe,
managing partner and chief
executive officer of Gateway
Capital Holdings, said in a
recent release while comment-
ing on the focus of the sum-

mit's agenda.
"These are also at the top
of Jamaica's investment agen-
da for the next four years.
JAIS 2010 will shine a spot-
light on these areas of growth,
which we believe are of partic-
ular interest to the U.S.
For more information,
call the JAIS 2010 concierge
at 212-537-4061 or e-mail
ja is2 010@~gchucs com.

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and analysis to
help potential United States
investors, including:
*Identify, assess and bet-
ter understand current invest-
ment opportunities in
Jamaica, from top-performing
listed stocks to private place-
ment deals;
*Apply action-oriented
strategies to mitigate risk; and
*Expedite procedures for
doing business in Jamaica.
"JAIS 2010 is the perfect
opportunity for Jamaica to
engage the U.S. investor and
U.S. markets in the excellent
investment opportunities that
exist in Jamaica today," Karl
Samuda, Jamaica's minister of
industry, investment and com-
merce was quoted as saying in
a recent press release. "...It's
a new era of growth."
According to the JAIS,
Samuda, Prime Minister
Bruce Golding, JAMPRO
Chairman Gordon "Butch"
Stewart and Minister of

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaican businessman David
Smith, who headed the failed
investment scheme Olint, has
been indicted on 23 charges in
the United States.
The indictment handed
down in the U.S. District
Court in the Middle District
of Florida,
Orlando ---- .w-.7
Division last --
month, .
accused Smith
of transferring .( ,
millions of '.:
dollars invest- I -
ed by people a
from Jamaica Smith
and the rest of
the Caribbean, as well as
Floridians, which he used to
finance his lavish lifestyle.
Among the charges the
Jamaican is facing are four
counts of wire fraud and one
count of conspiracy to commit
money laundering. He is also
facing 18 counts of money
laundering to conceal speci-
fied unlawful activity.
According to the indict-
ment, Smith "knowingly, will-
fully and with intent to
defraud, did devise a scheme
and artifice to defraud
investors, and for obtaining

money and property from
investors by means of false
and fraudulent pretences, rep-
resentations and promises".

According to the prosecu-
tors, Smith did not invest the
money in foreign exchange
trading as promised, while
sending his clients false state-
ments about their accounts.
In the meantime, U.S. author-
ities are seeking to seize $128
million, which they claim
Smith gained through wire
They have also requested
that the court allow them to
seize premises in Florida,
which Smith purchased
allegedly with criminal pro-
ceeds, as well as precious
gemstones and metals, jewelry
and other items owned by
The former Olint head is
on bail in the Turks and
Caicos Islands, where he is
facing 30 charges, and is now
expected to be the subject of
an extradition request from
the U.S.
All of Smith's assets and
those of Olint have been

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Bolt lands lucrative new endorsement deal with PUIA

St. Vincent star retires from NBA

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaican sprint sensation
Usain Bolt has signed a lucra-
tive multi-million endorse-
ment deal with sportswear
giants PUMA, positioning the
World and Olympic champion
as one of the highest earners
in world sport.
While a release from
Bolt's handlers late last month
did not name a figure, CMC
Sports understand the deal
could be worth as much as
$400 million.
The 24-year-old is one of
the most recognizable athletes
in world sport, following
breathtaking world record
feats in winning the 100 and
200 meters at the Beijing
Olympics in 2008 and the
World Championships in
Berlin last year.
"PUMA's been by my side
since the beginning, before
anyone knew what I was capa-
ble of achieving," said Bolt.
"They saw potential in me
and they took a chance, sup-
porting me all the way, espe-

aas f rh tdh gtso ijuris I
suffered in my teens.
"We've been partners in
the truest sense of the word
since day one, and so it's an
easy decision to re-sign with
them. PUMA gets me; we fit
together. They take the busi-
ness of running seriously but
we also know how to have
fun, to be spontaneous. We
both bring a lot of personality
to the sport."

The deal is expected to
run until the end of 2013 and

will see PUMA continue to
outfit Bolt in training and
lifestyle clothing and footwear.
Bolt will be in the forefront of
the company's global market-
ing campaigns and will be key
to their London 2012 Olympic

with PUMA since his youth
days when he became the
world's fastest junior at age 16
in 2003.

And though speculation
was rife that Bolt would
have maybe parted ways
With the brand after his
huge success at the
Beijing Olympics, the
Jamaican remained put,
placing the brand on
show when he dominat-
ed last year's World
Championships in
"Usain has been a
tremendous force for
the PUMA brand. He
embodies the joy, play-
fulness and irreverence
that are the cornerstone
of our brand," Zeitz
"His Lightning Bolt
'To Di World' pose
from the Beijing Games 2008 is now one of
the most recognizable
ovosylm ls in spu tto rk
"From a performance
standpoint, he has reset the
bar for speed on the track,
and we're not sure he's even
hit his top gear yet. It's going
to be an exciting few years
ahead and we're thrilled to be
along for the ride."
Bolt recently called a pre-
mature end to his 2010 season
after sustaining, a back injury,
following his first loss in two
years at the DN Galan in

ORLANDO, Florida -
Adonal Foyle has blown
the whistle on his National
Basketball Association
(NBA) career after 13 sea-
The 35-year-old center
from St. Vincent and the
Grenadines (Canouan)
announced his retirement
last month.
"I have loved every
minute of the game," said
Foyle in a statement released
by the Orlando Mag~ic organi-
zation, for whom he last
"Retiring is bittersweet as
my happiest memories are
with the game. I'm looking
forward to spending more
time on humanitarian issues,
and mentoring the young bas-
ketball players who may need
a voice of experience as they
embark on their NBA
Foyle did not play for the

Magic last season, after he
underwent knee surgery in
October. He spent his first 10
seasons in the NBA with
Golden State, and is the
Warriors' all-time leader in
blocked shots with 1,140. He
is also fifth on their all-time
list for offensive rebounds and
sixth for defensive rebounds.
In 733 career NBA
games, including 269 starts,
Foyle had career averages of
4.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
He was selected by the
Warriors with the eighth over-
all pick of the 1997 NBA
He was traded to the
Magic two seasons ago, and
had a brief mid-season stint
with Memphis last year.
Foyle is also expected to
resign from his position of
first vice president of the
NBA Players' Association.

Top performances have earned Bolt big monel

"Usain Bolt has been a
revelation for track and field
athletics," said Jochen Zeitz,
the chairman and chief execu-
tive officer of PUMA AG.
"He's shined a global
spotlight on the sport. His
winning personality and phe-
nomenal physical prowess are
a unique combination. The
way he both engages his fans
and is energized by them has
helped his popularity escalate
to extraordinary levels over
the past two years."
Bolt has been aligned

CMC Out-of-favor Test
batsman Devon Smith has
been included in a squad of
West Indies players from the
region's High Performance
Centre (HPC) to tour Canada
this month.
The 28-year-old left-han-
der, who recently captained
West Indies 'A', will be part of
the side which will play four
50-over and two Twenty20
matches in the Tri-Nations
Canada Summer Festival
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Barbadian Shamarh
Brooks has been handed the
captaincy of the squad, which
also includes Brandon Bess,
who made an unexpected Test
appearance for West Indies in
the final Test against South
Africa in June.
The tour will bowl off for

the HPC with a one-day clash
against Bermuda on Sept. 8.
All matches will be played at
the Malton Sports and Cricket
Club in Mississauga, Ontario.
Brooks (cap-
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Kyle Corbin,
Keron Cottoy, Shane
Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel,
Jason Holder, Delorn
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RIETI, Italy, CMC Nesta
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fastest man of all-time at the
IAAF World Challenge meet
here late last month.
The Jamaican sprinter
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seconds to win the men's 100
meters, and continue his
impressive form this season.
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coming down, and everyone
kept saying the Rieti track is
fast," he told the Track Alerts
website. "I was only expecting
to run and do my best here,
not to run 9.7 at this time of

the season.
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like two days ago, so my body
is not yet fully recovered from
that (run), so I was not
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American Tyson Gay's world-
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
Four people, including two
who had refused to accept the
Trinity Cross in previous
years, received Trinidad and
Tobago's new highest national
awards as the country marked
its 48th anniversary of politi-

cal Independence from Britain
on Aug. 31.
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar said that the
Order of Trinidad and Tobago
was awarded posthumously to
the former head of the Inter-
Religious Organization (IRO)

Dr. Wahid Ali and former
Hindu Pundit Krishna
Maharaj, both of whom
refused to accept the Trinity
Cross in 1977 and in 1995 on
the basis of conscience.
She said that both men
had championed inclusion and

acceptance of every creed and
race in T&T.
Ali, who died in 2008, had
been critical of past govern-
ments for not changing the
Trinity Cross to reflect the
country's religious diversity.
The highest national

awards were also be conferred
upon prominent attorney Karl
Huudson-Phillip and former
government minister
Kamaluddin Mohammed, who
served in the government of
the country's first Prime
Minister Dr. Eric Williams.
A total of 40 persons were
scheduled to receive national
awards for varying service to
Trinidad and Tobago.


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for the same work, according
to a new United Nations

or care work.
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achievements made as well as
the challenges facing countries
in the region.
According to the
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Latin America and the
Caribbean (ECLAC), studies
of the total workload, includ-
ing paid and unpaid, of men
and women in different coun-
tries in thearleion shos tak
time is greater for women
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devote more of their time to
unpaid work than men.
Figures from 2008 show
that 31.6 percent of women
over age 15 had no income of
their own, while only 10.4 per-
cent of men were in the same
position. Also, more women
than men were unemployed,
at 8.3 percent and 5.7 percent,
While the wage gap has
narrowed women's average
income rose from 69 percent
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percent in 2008 women con-
tinue to be overrepresented in
lower-income occupations and
underrepresented in senior
positions. women stinl receive
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