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  1. 1. FREE! NEWS YOU CAN USE! Vol. 7 No. 1 • July 2010 US and Caribbean Region To Strengthen Cooperation To Fight Crime, Improve Health Care, Promote Trade T he United States and the countries of the Caribbean (CARICOM) have pledged to strengthen their cooperation in and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, the a range of areas including illicit trafficking, Republic of Guyana, the Republic of Haiti, crime reduction, improved health services Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. and the promotion of human rights. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Suriname, the Republic of Trinidad These were among the decisions taken and Tobago, and the Secretary of State of when US Secretary of State Hillary the United States of America, meeting in Clinton met last month with Caribbean Bridgetown, Barbados, on June 10, 2010, Community (CARICOM) leaders and pledge to strengthen our cooperation in officials in Barbados. The two sides also responding to the challenges we commonly pledged to work together to increase trade, face, in a spirit of partnership and mutual mitigate the impact of climate change respect. and facilitate the reconstruction efforts in Haiti following last January’s devastating “To meet the common challenges of the earthquake. 21st Century, we declare our intention to act in concert to improve the social and Barbados deputy prime minister Freundel Stuart and US Secretary of State Hillary “We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs economic well-being of our peoples, to Clinton share a light moment on her arrival in Barbados last month for a meeting with and Heads of Delegation of Antigua ensure the safety of all our citizens, CARICOM heads-of-government. Some fashion writers criticized Mrs. Clinton's choice of a bright orange pants suit for her trip to the Caribbean. – Continued on page 2 – “Dudus” Pleads Not Guilty In US Court Christopher “Dudus” Coke has pleaded not guilty in a Kingston and, in particular the people of Tivoli Gardens US Court to charges of drugs and weapon trafficking. and above all Jamaica," he said. He said he expected to be acquitted in the US and to return to Jamaica. The once powerful Jamaican gang leader was extradited to the US recently immediately after a court hearing at Hours before his extradition, the Jamaican authorities which he expressed regret for the fighting that claimed seized Coke's identifiable assets and froze his bank scores of lives in Jamaica as he evaded capture. accounts. Coke was flown to the US to face trial for alleged drug Police arrested Coke as he was on his way to the US and weapons trafficking. He faces a life sentence if embassy in Kingston. He had apparently planned to convicted. hand himself over to the Americans out of concern for The leader of the Shower Posse gang, whom US officials his safety. His father died in mysterious circumstances allege is the head of a crime network that extends from in prison in 1992, in what many Jamaicans believe was Jamaica to Europe and North America, said he was a murder to stop him talking about ties between criminal saddened by the more than 75 lives lost in the fighting, gangs and politicians. mostly in his Kingston stronghold of Tivoli Gardens, The authorities continue to be concerned about a violent sparked by the attempt to arrest and extradite him. backlash. The extradition hearing was held at a military "I take this decision for I believe it to be in the best Christopher “Dudus” Coke being escorted by DEA outpost and a state of emergency and curfew is still in interest of my family, the community of western agents after arriving at airport in New York. place in the capital. Some States Enacting Harsh Obama Praises Caribbean Immigration Laws, Immigrants’ Efforts To Ensure Florida May Consider “Their Children Can Achieve Arizona-type Law Something Greater” News Analysis By Gail Seeram S ince the federal government has not proposed comprehensive immigration reform, some state governments have decided to deal with the issue of illegal immigrants P resident Barack Obama has said that the celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month represents the triumphs of on their own, enacting laws which would require, among other things, that immigrants Caribbean Americans who have become provide proof of legal residence when renting an apartment. leaders in every sector of American life. Arizona and Nebraska have enacted harsh immigration laws that are being challenged in In a proclamation issued to mark the the Courts on grounds that these laws violate the U.S. Constitution. This notwithstanding, observance last month of National Florida may consider enacting similar laws. Caribbean American Heritage Month, President Obama noted the efforts of Arizona’s harsh immigration law, “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Caribbean immigrants to ensure that Act” (SB 1070), requires state and local law enforcement agencies to check the their children “could achieve something immigration status of individuals it encounters and makes it a state crime to be without greater.” proper immigration documentation. There are six pending lawsuits challenging – Continued on page 9 – – Continued on page 11 –
  2. 2. SBA Partners With Caribbean American Chamber To Support Small Businesses IMMIGRATION LAWYER ! U.S. Citizenship ! Green Cards ! Work/Investor Visas ! Business Visas ! Student Visas ! Appeals & Asylum ! Removal/Deportation Gail S. Seeram ! Criminal Waivers Attorney at Law ! TPS & Fiancé Visas Free Initial Consultation – Call Now! 1-877-GAIL-LAW (1-877-424-5529) Chamber and SBA officials sign the MOU Orlando: 407-292-7730 The U.S. Small Business Administration North and South Florida District Offices have **Over 10yrs of Legal Experience** signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Inc. to provide training and outreach activities for Caribbean American owned small businesses in Florida. Phone/Web Consultation Worldwide The signing took place June 22nd at the Disney Entrepreneur Center at 315 East Robinson LL.M. Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2003 St., downtown Orlando. Juris Doctorate, Hofstra University School of Law, 1998 The Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) stresses the importance of the U.S. Small BBA in Accounting, Hofstra University, 1996 Business Administration (SBA) and Caribbean Chamber uniting to help start, maintain Admitted to the NY & CT Bars – Offices: Florida & New York and expand small businesses across the State of Florida. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Under the formal partnership agreement, the Caribbean Chamber and SBA will agree to hold joint training and outreach activities for small business owners as well as work More Than 20 Storms, closely with one another’s resource partners to assure Florida small businesses receive the maximum benefit from both organizations. 10 Hurricanes Predicted “We are very excited to enter this partnership with the Caribbean American Chamber of Florida,” said Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA North Florida District Director. “A partnership such as this allows two strong entities to join forces in order to better assist the small business community of Florida. We look forward to the ongoing relationship with the Caribbean American Chamber and look forward to building a strong small business foundation together.” Francisco “Pancho” A. Marrero, SBA South Florida District Director said “This new partnership will introduce the SBA and its services to an important audience of entrepreneurs. The economic contribution of Caribbean American business is significant in the State of Florida and we are very excited about the possibilities this partnership holds.” The Strategic Alliance Memorandum was signed by Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA North Florida District Director, Francisco A. Marrero, SBA South Florida District Director, and Carol A. Singh, President and Sandra Fatmi, Treasurer of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Inc US and Caribbean Region To Strengthen Cooperation To Fight Crime, Improve Health Care, Promote Trade ART Executive Director. Dr. Teo Babun, (L) and Laparkan’s CEO, Mr. Glen Khan sign the Memorandum of Understanding. – Continued from page 1 – The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season could be even more active than initially forecast, with new estimates of more than 20 storms and 10 hurricanes including five at Category 3 level to advance towards a secure and clean energy future, and to defend and strengthen our or higher. democratic institutions,” said the end of meeting communiqué. Both government and private forecasters in Florida and the Caribbean predict an intense Crime and the traffic in illicit drugs and human beings were top priorities as both sides hurricane season that could wreak havoc in the islands of the Caribbean, Florida and the acknowledged “our common concern over the growing strength and capabilities of Gulf Coast. transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels, their attempts to distort and weaken our economies and democratic systems, and the effects which their activities and presence New forecasts issued late June add two storms and one have on the safety of our citizens and the levels of violence in our societies. We also Hurricane to previous predictions released in May. Government and private disaster pledge to work together through CBSI to address the social and economic factors that preparedness and relief organizations are planning for the effects of an intensely active contribute to crime in our societies.” season. In the area of health, the countries expressed their commitment “to work together to promote the health and development of our people. We note the continuing HIV/AIDS Teo Babun, executive director of the Miami-based Americas Relief Team (ART), a emergency in the region, and reaffirm our commitment to implementing the United grouping of private sector companies that work with governments and international States-Caribbean Regional HIV and AIDS Partnership Framework. The Framework will agencies on the logistics of disaster relief, told Caribbean Sun his organization is working strengthen the efforts of governments, regional organizations, and national health systems on a plan to pre-position disaster relief supplies in an effort to ensure responses are timely, in reducing the incidence of HIV and AIDS among populations most at risk and provide if the need arises. treatment to those affected by the disease. The Framework will strengthen the efforts of governments, regional organizations, and national health systems to reduce the incidence Babun said ART earlier this year signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with of HIV and AIDS among populations most at risk and provide treatment to those affected Laparkan Shipping for cooperation in disaster relief efforts and that Laparkan was making by the disease.” available space in its new Miami warehouse for an emergency response center. 2 Florida’s Caribbean Sun
  3. 3. Marriott International Announces First Hotel in Guyana Georgetown Marriott Hotel to open in 2013; Guyanese in Florida welcome this development Marriott International, Inc. has announced that it will open its first Marriott branded hotel in Guyana in 2013 and Guyanese business and travel executives in Florida have welcomed this development. “ The160-room Georgetown Marriott Hotel is on track to receive LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is on track to be Marriott’s first LEED hotel in the Caribbean & Latin America. It will operate under a management agreement with Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI). AHI is currently owned by the Government of Guyana (GoG) as part of a public-private partnership between the Government of Guyana and private sector investors. “We are thrilled to partner with AHI and the Government of Guyana to open our first Marriott Hotel in the country, representing Marriott’s presence in another Capital city in Caribbean Americans Urged South America,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott International in the Caribbean & Latin America. “This will also be Marriott’s first LEED- hotel in the region, and we are confident that it will play an instrumental role in the To Support “Right Sizing” continued economic and commercial development of Guyana.” Speaking on behalf of the Government of Guyana, President Bharrat Jagdeo, said, “Guyana looks forward to a first class branded quality hotel operated by Marriott International. Florida Classrooms This public-private partnership project will transform the hospitality landscape and can be expected to encourage more travel and tourism development for our nation. The project will be more an integrated entertainment complex ideally located at the corner of the Atlantic Ocean and Demerara River with a casino, night club, restaurant, and boardwalk.” The hotel’s state-of-the-art architectural and interior design concept will be created by the Caribbean Americans in Florida are being encouraged to support an amendment which firm of Urbahn Architects (New York). would repeal the “hard and inflexible” class size limits which are due to be implemented this fall. Amendment 8 is a plan to “right size” the number of students in classrooms in Several Guyanese business and travel industry executives in Florida have welcomed schools throughout Florida. the investment in the country’s hotel sector pointing to the need for high-end hotel accommodation and service. A coalition of legislative, education and business leaders recently announced surprise But some bloggers on news web sites have questioned whether the hotel can sustain unanimity among Florida’s major candidates for governor on the most important occupancy levels to be a viable operation. education and budget issue facing Florida and its voters this year. In a rare reflection of consensus, Florida’s leading candidates for governor are supporting Amendment 8, the plan to “right size” Florida’s class size amendment. Florida Chief Financial Officer ‘Swipe Fee’ Legislation Will Alex Sink, Democratic candidate for governor; Republican candidates Attorney General Bill McCollum and businessman Rick Scott, and independent candidate Bud Chiles are Help Small Business, Customers endorsing the amendment to provide local districts additional flexibility to meet class size caps. Sen. Don Gaetz, of Niceville, who previously served as a school superintendent in Okaloosa Recently, the U.S. Senate passed historic financial reform legislation, which included debit County said “school districts statewide are bracing for a wave of chaos and confusion that and credit card swipe fee reform, a major win for small businesses and their customers. the original class size amendment will bring this fall. This proposed amendment is about Now, as the House and Senate come together to pass the final version of the bill, local providing local educators with increased flexibility to make staffing, operations and other 7-Eleven franchisees are calling on Representative Alan Grayson to ensure that the swipe decisions. It’s about keeping class sizes at a level where teachers can teach and children fee reform amendment stays intact in the legislation. can learn.” This swipe fee reform will save small business owners and consumers millions of dollars. 7-Eleven store owners in Florida, some of whom are Caribbean American, are asking their Sen. Gaetz notes that Amendment 8 before voters this fall maintains Florida’s commitment customers to contact their members of Congress to ensure that the swipe fee amendment to smaller class sizes. Instead of the hard, inflexible class size caps instituted by the 2002 stays in the legislation. amendment, the Constitutional amendment proposed by the Florida Legislature would “Last summer, we collected 30,632 petition signatures from our customers in the North implement class size caps as a school average and provide flexibility for the schools to add Orlando area asking Congress to take action on these unfair debit and credit card fees,” 3 seats in pre-K to 3rd grade classrooms and 5 seats in grades 4 through 12 if necessary to said Roger Van Sluis, owner of a local 7-Eleven franchise. “The Senate listened, and we meet unforeseen enrollment changes. are grateful for their brave vote to help out small businesses like mine. Now, we need Representative Grayson to help us make sure the House finishes the job.” While the 2002 class size amendment only received the support of 52.4 percent of voters, Last month, a large bipartisan majority in the Senate voted 64-33 to add Sen. Richard the measure on the November ballot will require approval of 60 percent of voters to Durbin’s (D-IL) swipe fee reform amendment to the financial reform package, directly become law. Under the 2002 Class Size Amendment, hard classroom caps of 18 students benefiting American merchants and consumers. Because similar reform language is for grades PreK-3; 22 students for grades 4-8; and 25 students for grades 9-12 are not included in the House version of the bill, the conference committee must commit to scheduled to take effect at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. keeping it in the final version of the bill as they work to reconcile the two versions during the next month. “Together with our customers, we’ve done our best to make our voices “This would require the construction of additional schools, even though Florida already heard in Washington,” said Joe DePinto, President and CEO of 7-Eleven, Inc. “We’re has 825,000 student stations sitting empty. Those stations are in every district and at every very close to a victory that will help lower costs for me and other small business owners grade level. If left unreformed, the hard caps in Florida’s 2002 class size law would create and allow us to offer discounts to our customers. We just need the leaders in the House – expensive and chaotic logistical problems for school districts across the state,” officials including Representative Grayson – to get us across the finish line by keeping the swipe say. fee reform intact.” Caribbean Sun Shines Again Area 7-Eleven stores are asking their friends and neighbors to contact Rep. Grayson and tell him to finish the job by keeping Senator Durbin’s swipe fee amendment in the Wall Street Reform bill. “Swipe fee reform is the one provision of the financial reform package that has direct A newspaper is integral to any society, especially immigrant communities in large cities and tangible benefits to local small businesses and consumers,” said DePinto. “Our and states. For over six years Florida’s Caribbean Sun had been informing, educating and customers are keeping an eye on what’s going on in Washington, and they’re counting on entertaining the Caribbean American community in Florida, particularly Central Florida Representative Grayson to make sure that reform stays in the final bill.” before its recession induced hiatus. For years, the credit card companies have been profiting off the backs of merchants and consumers by charging them excessive fees each time a credit or debit card is used. As the In popular Caribbean parlance “you never miss the water till the well run dry” and indeed credit card companies and banks collect $2,000 per minute in swipe fees, one consumer we did not recognize the value of our community newspaper until we did not have it. How, will pay an average of $400 per year in hidden credit and debit card swipe fees. These in recent months we longed to read what’s happening in our community, the latest on fees have tripled in the past nine years, and cost American consumers and merchants $48 immigration issues and to be kept abreast about sports and politics? We really missed the billion in 2008. Sun...we missed the news we need to use and that is why we, members of the community, worked to have the Sun shine again. The bipartisan swipe fee amendment passed by the Senate would ensure that the fees that small business and other entities are charged for accepting debit cards are reasonable and proportional to the costs incurred by banks and credit card companies. This vital Caribbean Sun is our newspaper.....the Caribbean American community’s voice in Florida reform will limit payment card networks from imposing anti-competitive restrictions on and we need to make sure that we never let the Sun set again.....recession or no recession! businesses that accept cards and will give merchants the freedom to give discounts to their We look forward to the advertising support of the business and civic community and to customers for using less expensive forms of payment. working with all of you out there in a mutually beneficial partnership. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 3
  4. 4. ==='!>6+1=?2@'A>,%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%B1A20>>C'A>,D!>6+1=?2@%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%E=FEE2@'A>,D!>6+1=?2@% !"#$%&'%&(()"*, ++,-%./-%001 !""#$%&'()"(*)+( 2*"#$3%!"#$4!56+"78()'95*% Immigration Alert .:$8%6;<;% COURT RULES CRIMINAL ATTORNEY MUST ADVISE OF DEPORTATION On March 31, 2010, the U.S. The Kentucky Supreme Court client whether his or her plea carries Supreme Court ruled in Padilla v. denied Mr. Padilla post conviction a risk of deportation. The Court Kentucky, 599 U.S. (2010), that in relief based on a holding that the stated: “Our longstanding Sixth light of the severity of deportation Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of Amendment precedents, the and the reality that immigration effective assistance of counsel does seriousness of deportation as a consequences of criminal not protect a criminal defendant from consequence of a criminal plea, and convictions are inextricably linked to erroneous advice about deportation the concomitant impact of the criminal proceedings, the Sixth because it is merely a “collateral” deportation on families living lawfully Law Offices of Amendment requires defense consequence of his conviction. in this country demand no less.” Gail S. Seeram, P.C. counsel to provide affirmative, The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed This ruling by the Supreme Court is competent advice to a noncitizen with the Kentucky Supreme Court monumental because it imposes a Florida Office: defendant regarding the immigration and agreed with Mr. Padilla that duty on criminal defense attorneys to consequences of a guilty plea, and, 1013 N. Pine Hills Rd. “constitutionally competent counsel understand their client’s immigration Orlando, FL 32808 absent such advice, a noncitizen would have advised him that his status and to provide competent Tel. 407-292-7730 may raise a claim of ineffective conviction for drug distribution made advice to their clients regarding the Fax. 407-292-7735 assistance of counsel. him subject to automatic immigration consequences of a guilt Email: In Padilla v. Kentucky, the petitioner deportation.” The Court observed plea. Before this decision, Web: was a lawful permanent resident that “[t]he landscape of federal permanent residents (or green card In US & Worldwide: immigrant who faced deportation immigration law has changed holders) were taking pleas in after pleading guilty in a Kentucky dramatically over the last 90 years.” criminal cases without any advice Tel. 1-877-GAIL-LAW court to the transportation of a large from their criminal attorney as to Fax. 1-877-416-2060 Based on these changes, the Court amount of marijuana in his tractor- immigration or deportation Conducting Phone/Web concluded that “accurate legal Consultations Worldwide trailer. In a post-conviction consequences of the guilty plea. advice for noncitizens accused of proceeding, Mr. Padilla claimed that crimes has never been more The Padilla case also opens a door • Gail S. Seeram is a member his counsel not only failed to advise important” and that “deportation is of opportunity for permanent of the New York and him of this consequence prior to his an integral part—indeed, sometimes residents (or green card holders) to Connecticut Bar. entering the plea, but also told him the most important part—of the challenge old criminal convictions that he “did not have to worry about • She received a LL.M. in penalty that may be imposed on where they were not advised by their Taxation from New York immigration status since he had noncitizen defendants who plead criminal attorney of immigration University School of Law, a been in the country so long.” Mr. guilty to specified crimes.” consequences. Juris Doctorate from Hofstra Padilla stated that he relied on his University School of Law, counsel’s erroneous advice when he The Court held that, for Sixth If you would like to know how the and a B.B.A. in Accounting pleaded guilty to the drug charges Amendment purposes, defense Padilla case applies to you, call Gail from Hofstra University. that made his deportation virtually counsel must inform a noncitizen Seeram at 407-292-7730. mandatory. • Add a highlight or your point of interest here. Newsfeed PROPOSED FEE INCREASE FOR IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS/PETITIONS On June 11, 2010, U.S. Citizenship USCIS encourages formal Below are the current and proposed and Immigration Services (USCIS) comments on the proposed rule fees for some commonly filed The federal government announced a proposal to increase through The applications: needs to act swiftly to the filing fees for immigration comment period runs for 45 days, reassert its authority applications and petitions by a beginning June 11, 2010 and Application to Replace Permanent over immigration law and Resident Card – proposed fee weighted average of about 10 ending July 26, 2010. At a time policy in light of Arizona increase from $290 to $365 percent but would not increase the where the country is in a recession and Nebraska's effort to fee for the naturalization application. and unemployment is quite high, Application to Register Permanent legislate in the area of The last fee increase by USCIS was USCIS should not be considering Residence or Adjust of Status – immigration. in 2008. such a fee increase, but should proposed fee increase from $930 to focus on reducing related costs and $985 Nebraska passed USCIS is a fee-based organization expenses. immigration law that Application for Status as a with about 90 percent of its budget Temporary Resident – proposed fee prohibit businesses and coming from fees paid by applicants Applicant should keep in mind that landlords from hiring or increase from $710 to $1,130 and petitioners to obtain immigration fee waivers requests will continue to renting to illegal benefits. USCIS’s fee revenue in be considered by USCIS. USCIS Petition to Remove Condition on immigrants. ACLU plans fiscal years 2008 and 2009 was has the ability to waive fees on a Residence – proposed fee increase to file suit as law violates much lower than projected, and fee case-by-case basis for “inability to from $465 to 505 U.S. Constitution's revenue in fiscal year 2010 remains pay.” In determining “inability to Naturalization Certificate Application Supremacy clause and low. According to USCIS, the fee pay,” USCIS officers consider all – proposed fee increase from $460 the 14th Amendment. increase is necessary to ensure factors, circumstances, and to $600 USCIS recovers the costs of its evidence supplied by the applicant. Department of Justice operations. reported 8,287 immigration VISA BULLETIN FOR JULY 2010 prosecutions in March Family-Sponsored Preference USCIS Field Office 2010, up 30% from Family All Chargeability CHINA- INDIA MEXICO PHILIP- ORLANDO, FL February and more than Areas mainland PINES Processing Backlog any month since July Except Those Listed born 2009. Form Processing Cases 1st 01APR05 01APR05 01APR05 01APR05 01NOV92 Receipted on: Hillary Clinton, US Sec of 2A 01JUL08 01JUL08 01JUN07 01JUL08 01JUN07 I-600 Feb. 14, 2010 State, says the White 2B 01MAY03 01MAY03 01MAY03 01MAY03 15JUN92 I-600A Feb. 14, 2010 House will sue Arizona 3rd 01SEP01 01SEP01 01SEP01 01SEP01 01MAR92 N-400 Dec. 1, 2009 over the controversial 4th 01JAN01 01JAN01 01JAN01 01JAN01 01MAR95 N-600 Dec. 1, 2009 immigration law Arizona enacted. YES!! 1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 years of age or older) of U.S. Citizens Arizona trying to deny US 2A: Spouses and Unmarried Children (Under Age 21) of Lawful Permanent Resident citizenship to children 2B: Unmarried Sons and Daughters (Any Age) of Lawful Permanent Resident born in the US to illegal 3rd: Married Sons and Daughters (Any Age) of U.S. Citizens immigrants. 4th : Brothers and Sisters of U.S. Citizens (21 years or age or older) 4 Florida’s Caribbean Sun
  5. 5. Alumni at QC Brunch At QC Brunch (L) Wilmott Chan, Andre Pestano, Tommy Smith, Donald Churaman, Dr. Omawale, Maya Trotz, Chantal Boodhoo, Roger Zitman, Paul Daly, Dr. Victor Boodhoo, Front Rene Sumner Maya Trortz receives a hug from Terry Viera At At Guyana Family Fun Day Guyana Family Fun Day L-R) Pamela Carre, Yves Carre, Sheila, Theresa Martins It was Vintage Sparrow … in Orlando Prominent Guyanese Attorney Nigel Hughes (m) with his wife Cathy Cholmondeley Hughes (L) and Brian Chin By Melinda Gordon A vintage Mighty Sparrow recently performed to a capacity crowd at the new Timehri Banquet Hall. By the end of his two- set performance those attending the show-a mixture of youth and seniors-had enjoyed a night of calypso at its best. The show, put on by Back To Back Productions, afforded patrons an opportunity to see and hear this aging yet superior talented Caribbean legend “dish out” a variety of his music including some love ballads. Sparrow performs one of his classics. Appreciative audience at Sparrow show. Sparrow, at age 75, continues to have a strong and melodious voice and he had the crowd on its feet from the time he hit the stage. Patrons danced and sang along as the ‘Birdie’ sang from ‘Congo Man’ to some of his more contemporary hits. In true Sparrow style, he had the audience “in stitches” from time to time with his very suggestive humor. He is too old now to gyrate as he used to but there were no shortcomings in his vocal and comedic performance. The audience had a good time and Timehri Banquet Hall provided the perfect setting for a fine evening of calypso at its best. The Caribbean Sun newspaper interviewed Sparrow during his visit to Orlando. That interview will be published in our next edition. GACACF 2010 Family Fun Day The Guyanese American Cultural Association of Central Florida (GACACF) 2010 Family Fun Day Fundraising event held on Sunday May 30, 2010 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds was a tremendous success with more than 1000 turning out for the event. Guyanese enjoyed free quality entertainment and Dave Martins performs “Not a blade of grass”. an opportunity to get together in a safe and friendly The kids take time out for games. environment. The estimated attendance was between 1600 and 2000 people of all ethnicities and ages including children. Attendees were treated to performances by Creig Camacho’s two –man band, the new Guyanese band RAAG, Leon Caldero, the legendary Dave Martins and Tony Ricardo. There were also performances from Hippie Chic Belly Dancers, the Buxton Heritage Group and Back To Back Productions DJ. The event’s main sponsors were Caribbean Supercenter supermarket, Caribbean Airlines, The Law office of Gail Seeram, Laparkan Shipping, Rosen Hotels, Seafreight Agencies, Sunshine Beverage and Flavors, The Highland Agency and Paul and Anita Singh. A section of the large crowd at Family Day Old friends Tony Ricardo & Alan Khan reunite Florida’s Caribbean Sun 5
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  8. 8. Kool & The Gang Plans Orlando Concert Belize Prime Minister Evacuated from Funds Raised Will Go To Support Haiti Miami Beach Hotel ©gtb Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow was among over 1,000 people forced to evacuate a Miami Beach hotel following a murder and the presence of toxic fumes on the premises Saturday night, June 26. Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue crews reported to the Miami Beach Resort at 4833 Collins Ave. at around 10 p.m., Saturday. According to Miami Beach Police, a shooting occurred on the 11th floor of the hotel resulting in the death of a man. Rumors spread fast that the prime minister, on an official visit to the United States had been shot while delivering a speech at the hotel but this was soon dispelled when the US Secret Service announced that Barrow had been safely evacuated from the ballroom of the hotel where he was reportedly wrapping up a speech to some 300 attendees at a dinner. “The Secret Service guys are excellent, super professional, and I was in good hands,” Prime Minister Barrow said later. According to the Miami Herald newspaper, Barrow was speaking about the possible impact of tropical storm Alex which was Kool (seated 3rd from right) and his family with some Caribbean American friends at Circa Restaurant forming in the Caribbean when a Secret Service agent whispered in his ear, bringing in Winter Park, FL. an end to the speech and the night’s activities which should have included a concert. Kool from the internationally famous group Kool & the Gang is planning a concert in Orlando that could see the group perform along However, Belizeans and other Caribbean with the Commodores and KC & the Sunshine Band. Plans for the concert to raise funds for Haiti are in their preliminary stage but a Americans attending the event developed tentative November date has been set for the event. their own impromptu party on the sidewalks and in nearby parking lots until they were “We have discussions going on right now,” said Kool about the proposed concert. Kool and his family joined with some of their cleared to re-enter the hotel. Caribbean American friends recently for an evening at Circa, in Winter Park. Prime Minister Barrow continued his official visit and law enforcement officials say the murder and presence of toxic fumes at the July 2010 Horoscopes resort were in no way related to the prime minister’s visit. Aries (21 March - 19 April)The summer heat could go straight to your head in July. Your stars and you have the power to set pulses racing. No one will be able to resist your confidence. This is an could see you clashing with your nearest and dearest. A better way to channel this energy is important month in an important year for you. This only happens once every twelve years it’s time for into love making in the middle of the month By the end of July your energy levels will settle to a more you to make the most of each opportunity that comes your way. Expect to be seeing more of the world constant and manageable pace, perfect for getting on top of any practical issues. and letting the world see more of you. Taurus (20 April - 20th May)You start off this month focused and wanting to be taken seriously. Scorpio (23 October - 21 November) A powerful and meaningful connection with someone This is a good time to deal any officials like bank managers and your boss. Things are definitely is on the cards, whether you know them or not already. All yours stars lined up means love and looking up as someone lights up your life and there are fireworks in the middle of the month and things passion in equal measures. You’re a force to be reckoned with and when you set your sights on your ideal get hot and heavy right through until the end of the month when you start behaving in a way that surprises partner there will be no stopping you getting them, whether they like it or not! I doubt anyone would you and everyone else. argue with you even if they could, it’s a huge ego boost to be so utterly adored. You may also be tempted to take a big financial risk this month, but practice caution if you can because there’s no guarantee of a Gemini (21 May -21 June) Gemini this month you have to watch every penny and it’s a real settled outcome. pain as you see your friends out having a good time and you feel as though you are missing out. Don’t fret you will be off on a bigger and better holiday later and will be glad you saved your dough. In Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December) You’re feeling a lot of energy as the month starts, the meantime your love life will reach boiling point by the middle of the month. Use all the information leaving others behind as you bounce from one task to another. Watch out for ego clashes with you know to make things better. other strong personalities who want the limelight too. Mid July sees you caught up in heated exchanges with people for whom you can barely disguise your passion. You think up all kinds of things that sends Cancer (22 June - 22 July) You’re full of life this month, but what exactly are you achieving your pulse racing and your mind conjuring up all sorts of thrilling escapades for yourself and your amour. from all this activity? You will not be getting any payback . This can be frustrating but a bright You are a born traveler and goodhearted person and now is a great time to in indulge both of these. idea at the end of the month will help you find a solution to this. You’re likely to feel all hot and bothered this July, but try not to let the sun go your head. Just remember that keeping cool means keeping calm. Capricorn (22 December - 16 January) The month begins with a feeling of harmony and The best advice for you is avoid mid day burn out and instead make the most of warm balmy nights balance and you are feeling a bit more confident about your financial circumstances. You feel which is much more your style. Evenings are your time so get plenty of rest in order to make the most at ease expressing your deeper feelings to loved ones too. However as the month moves forward the of those midnight fiestas. possibility of some tension between your work and domestic life increases, but any challenges you face could be a positive way of clearing the air and therefore making progress in both these areas. If the Leo (23 July - 22 August) July sees you at your most charming. Smooth talk comes easily and tension in the air does boil over you can be consoled by the fact that it’s all a storm in a tea cup and will you’re quite happy to use it on anybody you take a shine to. You adore attention and there’s no settle soon. shortage this month, but you’re generous with praise too and people will love to bask in the warm glow you’re giving off. It’ll leave you walking on cloud nine and everyone is going to know about it! You’re in Aquarius (20 January - 18 February) Arguments with siblings, close friends and partners are for some summer sizzle this July with an equally hot partner and there could be a connection with foreign possible this month and any trouble that does occur could simply be little more than hot air and places too. Perhaps a holiday romance or a romantic interlude with someone from abroad is on the cards. boldness from everybody concerned. Day to day activities and getting about your normal routine, things Either way you’re in for a good time. you normally take for granted, could have a lot of hiccups in July. Try not to be everywhere at once or race about trying to achieve too many things; no one is expecting miracles so stop trying to perform Virgo (23 August - 22 September) Strong undercurrents from other people are making you feel them. Relationships have taken a serious turn recently, and this will become a focus of the month, but a little on edge. It seems everyone’s behaving oddly as though the sun’s gone to their heads. Even you should start seeing the situation more clearly. you’re acting a bit out of character. However you should be able to smooth over any brewing trouble with soothing words that just roll off the tongue. Those dulcet tones could prove very useful in July Pisces (19 February - 20 March) July is a good month to pour your energy into sorting out when someone special is seduced by your pleasing manner. But charm disguises a burning inside which money matters and starting schemes that will see your cash working harder for you. Thinking of is demanding release. You can easily deliver on the passionate promises you utter. There’s no escaping all the adventures you could soon afford to go on will be more than enough of an incentive to get wise when you switch on the charm offensive. with your dough - money equals freedom for you this month. Be careful not to fall for the charms of sweet talkers who aren’t exactly what they are making themselves out to be. Overall you can expect to Libra (23 September - 22 October) You’re determined to set the world on fire in July. You’re be putting in a lot of effort this month and working hard in a lot of areas in your life but things will settle feeling hot and ready to take the plunge with someone special. You fell passion and are fierce down toward the end of July. 8 Florida’s Caribbean Sun
  9. 9. Some States Enacting Harsh Immigration Laws, Florida May Consider Arizona-type Law – Continued from page 1 – the constitutionality of this Arizona law. a legal immigration status check - before immigrants. Rep. William Snyder, a Stuart is clear that only the Federal government In addition, President Obama publicly renting an apartment or home. There is an Republican and former police officer, says can act in certain areas and immigration objected to the Arizona law and his increasing trend among state governments, he would “unequivocally” support such a is one of those areas; thereby, the state administration has decided to file a lawsuit like Arizona and Nebraska, to propose law in Florida. government cannot legislate or act in an to strike down the Arizona law aimed at measures designed to control and manage area that would be in conflict with the deporting illegal immigrants. When the The pending lawsuits seeking to challenge Federal law (in this case the Immigration immigration. Until the federal government the Arizona and Nebraska law will argue U.S. State Attorney files suit against enacts comprehensive immigration and Nationality Act). Arizona, there will be a fierce national that state and local governments’ regulation reform, there will be many more attempts of immigration and criminalizing illegal The Obama Administration and Congress debate over how the United States should by state and local governments to pass enforce immigration policies. immigrants is unconstitutional because it must put the immigration issue squarely overreaching unconstitutional immigration violates the Supremacy Clause, the First back where it belongs - in the halls of More recently, Fremont, Nebraska bills. In Florida, the head of the Florida Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, Congress and on the desk of the President passed an ordinance that requires among House’s criminal justice committee the Due Process Clause, the Privileges of the United States. other things that renters apply for an says he’s considering the introduction and Immunities Clause, and the Equal occupancy license - which also requires of an Arizona-style law against illegal Protection Clause. In short, the Constitution Family Policy Must Include Fathers The current economic crisis has put untold pressure on thousands of families including several Caribbean American families in Florida. This has led to a significant increase in marital separations and divorce which has severely impacted family life. This is true for both poor and “better off” families. While there are programs serving disrupted families by trying to improve children’s lives, and helping children often translates into “family” policy, far too often, the notion of “family” translates into a focus on mothers and children. According to a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) entitled “Low-Income Fathers Need to Get Connected,” the focus of family policy needs to include fathers as well. According to the report men are able to financially contribute to their children’s well- being and help lift them out of poverty in the short term. They also provide care and emotional supports that can improve children’s life outcomes and help break the cycle of poverty in the long term. Unfortunately, far too many low-income men, and especially men of color, face barriers to playing these roles in their children’s lives. This paper reveals how fathers are disproportionately disconnected from some extremely vital domains, and how these disconnections harm them, their children, and families more generally. The report offers the following recommendations for how the Obama administration’s proposed Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund should be used to help low-income families: • Further include men within the notion of “family” for policy purposes • Reduce poverty by addressing the known disconnections and challenges of fathers • Offer comprehensive solutions that address the complexities arising from men’s various disconnections • Relieve stressors that divide families, which would provide them with greater freedom to make personal choices about family formation and maintenance based on reasons other than those associated with poverty Many immigrants from the Caribbean are of the view that the US legal system is geared to punishing men and this has led to disconnect on the part of fathers, says Orin Gordon, a Dominica-born sociologist. He agrees that family policy lacks sufficient focus on fathers and advocates a revision of policies and laws that would encourage greater respect and encouragement for the role of the father in family life. Postponed Jamaica Diaspora Confab slated for June 2011 The postponed fourth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, originally scheduled for June 14 to 17 at the Sunset Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, St. Ann could be rescheduled for 2011. The conference was postponed due to the state of emergency in Jamaica brought on by violence associated with the hunt for alleged drug lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke. There were mixed reactions among Jamaicans in the Diaspora to the postponement of the meeting. Chair of the Diaspora Conference Planning Committee and General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Earl Jarrett, said the Conference may be held June, 2011. As I understand it, we are going to continue with the convention theme, which is to host it right here in this hotel, Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, Mr. Jarrett told a Forum on Diaspora matters, organized by the United Kingdom Diaspora group on June 16, at the Jamaica Grande Hotel. Florida’s Caribbean Sun is published by He said the 5th Jamaican Diaspora Convention is being contemplated for London, Caribbean Sun Publishers, LLC England, in 2012, at the same time of the Summer Olympics. 1013 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808 2012 is the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's Independence. It is also the year in which Phone (407) 374-2979 you'll have the largest concentration of Jamaicans in any one place, when they turn up Email: in the UK to beat the colonizers in athletics. We hope to be in London in 2012 in large Administrative Manager: Melinda Gordon numbers, showing the best of Jamaica, he stated. Advertising: Vanessa Chin Churaman (407) 325-5466 Florida’s Caribbean Sun 9
  10. 10. New Peoples’ Government in Trinidad Tobago Trinidad and Tobago has a new peoples’ government and for the first time a woman is at the helm of government in the twin- island Caribbean republic. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was swept to power as part of an opposition coalition, toppling the PNM government in recent national elections. Former Prime Minister Patrick Manning called surprise elections midway in his five year term following several scandals which beset his administration. Manning has since stepped down as leader of the Peoples National Movement (PNM). The new Opposition Leader is Dr. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar Keith Rowley. The new prime minister has named a 25-member cabinet. In making the announcement, the prime minister said the team possesses diverse skills and expertise. She also sought to warn ministers that they should neither become aloof nor accept mediocrity. Never become aloof, stay grounded, keep connected to the people, earn their respect, she said, adding there is no room for personal egos. This is not about us, it is about the people, they have the power to dismiss us, she said, warning also that there is no room for arrogance and no time for personal agendas. Among those taking the oath before President George Maxwell Richards was the Vice President of FIFA, Austin Jack Warner, who is also chairman of the United National Congress. He was sworn in as Minister of Works and Transport, while former head of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Brigadier John Sandy was named Minister of National Security. right0The former President of the powerful Oilfield Workers Trade Union, Errol Mcleod, was named Minister of Labour, Small and Macro Enterprise Development. Former Central Bank governor and leader of the Congress of the People party, Winston Dookeran, was sworn in as Minister of Finance, while former independent senator Mary King was given the portfolio of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs. Controversial former High Court judge Hubert Volney was sworn in as minister of justice, while attorney Prakash Ramadhar was named Minister of Legal Affairs. Former speaker of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament, Dr Rupert Griffith was named minister of tourism, while the new Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs is the former national swim coach and talk show host, Anil Roberts. The newly created Ministry of Tobago Development has been handed to Vernalla Alleyne Toppin, the successful Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) candidate, while Nizam Baksh, a long serving legislator, has been named Minister of Community Development. Stephen Cadiz is the new Minister of Trade and Industry, while the Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs is Carolyn Seepersad Bachan. Former mayor of Chaguanas, Surujrattan Rambachan is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Dr Roodial Moonilal is the Minister of Housing and the Environment. Vasant Bharath, who was not considered among the candidates to contest the elections has been sworn in as the Minister of Food Production, Lands and Marine Affairs, while Chandresh Sharma is the Minister of Local Government. Former calypso monarch, Winston 'Gypsy' Peters, is the Minister of Arts and Culture, while the Minister of Public Utilities is Emmanuel George. New Trinidad and Tobago Cabinet • Prime Minister and Minister of Information and Communication: Kamla Persad Bissessar • Attorney General: Anand Ramlogan • Minister of Finance: Winston Dookeran • Minister of Works and Transport: Austin Jack Warner • Minister of Education: Dr. Tim Goopeesingh • Minister of Justice: Hubert Volney • Minister of Legal Affairs: Prakash Ramadhar • Minister of Labour, Small and Macro Enterprise Development: Errol Mcleod • Minister of Housing and Environment: Dr. Roodial Moonilal • Minister of Trade and Industry: Stephen Cadiz • Minister of Arts and Culture: Winston Peters • Minister of National Security: Brigadier John Sandy • Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs: Carolyn Seepersad Bachan • Minister of Foreign Affairs: Surujrattan Rambachan • Minister of Public Administration: Nan Ramgoolam • Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education: Fazal Karim • Minister of Public Utilities: Emmanuel George • Minister of Health: Teres Baptiste Cornelius • Minister of Food Production, Lands and Marine Affairs: Vasant Bharath SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS … • Minister of Planning, Economic Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs: Mary King • Minister of Local Government: Chandresh Sharma • Minister of Tourism: Dr. Rupert Griffith • Minister of Peoples and Social Development: Dr. Glen Ramdharsingh • Minister of Community Development: Nizam Baksh • Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs: Anil Roberts TELL THEM YOU SAW THEIR AD IN • Minister of Tobago Development: Vernalla Alleyne Toppin FLORIDA’S CARIBBEAN SUN! 10 Florida’s Caribbean Sun
  11. 11. Obama Praises Caribbean Immigrants’ Efforts To Ensure “Their Children Can Achieve Something Greater” – Continued from page 1 – Following is the text of the Proclamation: All have strived to ensure their children which included vital contributions from NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK could achieve something greater and have countries throughout the Caribbean. As OBAMA, President of the United States of A PROCLAMATION preserved the promise of America for Haiti recovers, we will remain a steady America, by virtue of the authority vested Our Nation is linked to the Caribbean by future generations. and reliable partner. in me by the Constitution and the laws of our geography as well as our shared past the United States, do hereby proclaim June and common aspirations. During National During the month of June, we also honor 2010 as National Caribbean-American the bonds of friendship between the This month, we celebrate the triumph Caribbean-American Heritage Month, of Caribbean Americans, a diverse Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans we pay tribute to the diverse cultures United States and Caribbean countries. to celebrate the history and culture of This year’s devastating earthquake in community that encompasses many and immeasurable contributions of all Caribbean Americans with appropriate Haiti has brought untold grief to the nationalities and languages. They have Americans who trace their heritage to the ceremonies and activities. Haitian-American community, many become leaders in every sector of American Caribbean. who continue to mourn the loss of loved life while maintaining the varied traditions IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto Throughout our history, immigrants ones as they help rebuild their homeland. of their countries of origin. Caribbean set my hand this twenty-eighth day of from Caribbean countries have come These families and individuals remain Americans enrich our national character May, in the year of our Lord two thousand to our shores seeking better lives and in our thoughts and prayers. The United and strengthen the fabric of our culture, ten, and of the Independence of the United opportunities. Others were brought States has proudly played a leading role and we are proud they are part of the States of America the two hundred and against their will in the bonds of slavery. in the international response to this crisis, American family. thirty-fourth. It Was Hot … Hot … Hot at Tampa Bay Carnival By Michelle Allman The internationally famous Shaggy, Daddy Yankee and Allison Hinds thrilled the crowd at Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival but Orlando’s own Leon Caldero with his Code 868 band was not to be outdone sending revelers wild with his body gyrations. Thousands braved the almost 100 degree temperature to enjoy two days of genuine Caribbean culture which was enriched with the presence from Trinidad and Tobago of Deperadoes steel orchestra, considered the best steel band in the world. The diversity of the Caribbean culture was displayed further with performances by the Tampa tassa drummers, junkanoo masqueraders, bands from Haiti and Dominica and an evening of top shelf reggaeton. The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival Association kicked off its 2010 Carnival Tampa Tassa Drummers event with a Reggaeton/Latin event in the park on Saturday, June 12th with a live performance by Ramón “Raymond” Luis Ayala 1st place with Bunji Garlin for the Young King title. One of his most popular hits is “Mor Rodríguez better known as Daddy Yankee, the Latin Gammy Award winning Puerto Tor” featuring Trini soca star Machel Montano. In 2007 he released hits such as “Aj Bhi Rican recording artist. Jeena” and “Bodekidal.” His latest hit is Barman. Daddy Yankee was born in Río Piedras, the largest district of San Juan on February Allison Hinds then hit the stage to send the crowd into a frenzy with an almost hour-long 3, 1977, where he became interested in music at a young age. As a youth he became performance during which she “dished out” several of her hits. interested in baseball and aspired to become a Major League Baseball player, but was unable to continue that sport when he received an injury to one of his legs, leaving him Born June 1st, 1970, Hinds is a Barbadian female soca artist. She is known as the unable to walk correctly. He then became involved with underground rap which is today undisputed Soca Queen and one of the most popular soca singers worldwide, from which Reggaeton. Having received lessons from several artists within the genre, he developed she got her nickname “Queen of Soca.” Hinds had produced many popular songs such as his own independent career, first recording in a production title Playero 37. He’s known “Ragamuffin, Aye Aye Aye, Twister, Faluma, Togetherness, DJ Ride, Sweetest Wine, Iron as one of many pioneers of the reggaeton genre. He has been generally reticent to discuss Bazodee, Fireworks, Roll It Gal and Love Affair, Soca In My Body,” that have topped the his personal life, but publicly expressed the importance of his wife and children to him. charts, even in countries which don’t widely listen to soca. Outside of his music, he also worked as an actor and producer. Hinds has recorded songs with many famous artists such as Admiral T, Beenie Man, Then on Sunday, June 13th the road mach started with all the mass bands on the road Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Drupatee Ramgoonai, Wyclef Jean, Canibus, Red Rat, and later that afternoon there were live performances by Rikki Jai who is a Trinidadian Shaggy, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Ken Marlon Charles (KMC), Destra, Walker Hornung, Chutney/Soca artiste In 1988 his debut hit single Sumintra, told the tale of an Indo- Vybz Kartel, G-Unit, Black Stalin, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Doug E. Trinidadian woman from Debe who informed her boyfriend of her preference of soca Fresh, Pitbull and Machel Montano and many more. over the music of Indian artist Lata Mangeshkar. Jai returned the following year with the On Sunday, May 30th, Hinds was in Orlando to share in the second anniversary song “Pumping, then Bolo and Show Me Yuh Motion. celebration of Karibbean Under One Magazine. She is slated to perform at this year’s Miami Caribbean Carnival. Then in 1993 another hit Wine on a Bumsee signaled Jai’s exit from the soca world, opting for the “chutney soca” arena, in which he currently performs. In 2001 he tied for The headline performer Orville Richard Burrell, known as Shaggy performed for less than 30 minutes- much to his own disappointment. He told the large crowd that he was in Tampa Bay all day long just waiting for the call to hit the stage. But he did not hit the stage until about half an hour before closing time. Nevertheless he gave his audience an enthusiastic performance, sending them into prolonged laughter when advising them to be like Bill Clinton rather than Tiger Woods in proclaiming…..It Wasn’t Me. A Jamaican born dancehall/reggae singer, Shaggy is known for his distinctive, raspy sub-baritone voice. In 2000 his fifth album “Hot Shot” proved much success with the misogynistic hit single “It Wasn’t Me,” featuring guest vocals of singer RikRok, which tells of advice from one friend to another to just deny it when your girlfriend catches you with another woman. That single became Shaggy’s first No. 1 hit in the US, with the follow-up single “Angel” with guest vocalist Rayvon, which hit No. 1 and helped “Hot Shot” achieve multi-platinum status. In September 2007 Shaggy released his eighth studio album Intoxication, on his own record label Big Yard Records and is still going strong as we saw at 2010 Tampa Bay Carnival. MC’s for the event were Ian ‘Degoose’ Eligon and Orlando’s own ‘Mad Man Smallie’ of De Whoops Massive/The Vybes. Section of the crowd enjoying themselves. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 11