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  1. 1. FREE! NEWS YOU CAN USE ! Vol. No. 8 · January 2011 Modest growth projected for Jamaica this year By Doreen Hemlock J amaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said that the entire issue regarding the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke was unfortunate and the hiring of an American law firm to lobby the Here is the edited text of the interview conducted at Jamaica House in Kingston, the Jamaica capital. Q. Why is Jamaica’s economy basically stagnant and what are your plans to stimulait? US government was a mistake. A. For years, we pursued a program that was anti- In an exclusive interview granted recently to jour- growth: perpetual deficits. When I took office, we nalist Doreen Hemlock for the Caribbean Sun and had 11 consecutive years of fiscal deficits. We had the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspapers, Golding accumulated huge debt: almost 130 percent of GDP. projected modest growth in the Jamaican economy What created an emergency was the global crisis. during 2011. He also spoke of pending legislation to Our revenue base suffered severe erosion, three of give Jamaicans in the Diaspora a greater role in na- our four alumina refineries closed, and capital mar- tional development. kets shut down completely. –Cont’d on Pg. 10Proximity to Equator a key advantageW hen Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotteannounced at last month’s several stakeholders in- cluding KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Curacao Government, is moving at The flights will be made on the XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft. KLM Chief ExecutiveMiami Conference on the full pace to keep the an- Officer Peter Hartman saysCaribbean that his country nounced launch date. “it is a fantastic projectwill offer commercial In fact, KLM has already that totally fits the pio-flights to space beginning announced plans to sell neering spirit of KLM.”January 1, 2014, many in seats on these suborbital Last October, SXC andthe audience would have flights. KLM Royal Dutch XCOR Aerospace of Cali-said to themselves…”yeah Airlines says it will be sup- fornia signed a memoran-right”. porting future suborbital dum of understanding forBut the prime minister’s flights through purchases, SXC to wet lease a produc-announcement was no inclusion in their frequent tion version of the LynxHoliday Season joke. Space flyer program, inclusion in suborbital spacecraft,Experience Curacao (SXC), future KLM vacation pack- pending United States gov-the company undertaking ages to Curacao, and other ernment approvals to sta-the project which involves yet-to-be-named support. tion the vehicle on the is- land of Curacao. Some US officials are skeptical about such approval being given but SXC officials are optimistic. SXC’s Harry van Hulten told Caribbean Sun “we will only operate space- flights Cont’d on Pg. 7 FLORIDA CONSIDERS IMMIGRATION BILL
  2. 2. Letters to the Editor Good Investigative Journalism Your newspaper article on the Wikileaks cables was good but we need to know Dear Editor: more details and specifics. I heard I commend your newspaper on good (Prime Minister) Golding’s wife had investigative reporting. Your December asked America not to deport “Dudus”. Is edition was most informative. I too am that true? outraged about the way law enforce-T I look forward to reading more details ment targets Caribbean people in Flori- rinidad and Tobago born Americans would support her mere- da. I think our community leaders about the cables concerning Jamaica in Jennifer Carroll was recent- ly because of her Caribbean herit- your next publication. should be doing more to help bring an ly sworn in as Lieutenant age. That analysis might not have end to the unfair treatment we face. SincerelyGovernor of the state of Florida been totally accurate since some Our government representatives in Flor-pledging in an interview shortly other analysts claim that Caribbean Pat Ellis ida should also be helping us.after to embrace her Caribbean her- Americans, especially those outside Houston, Texasitage and to rely on the values of of South Florida, voted overwhelm- Sincerely,hard work, discipline and fairness ingly for the Scott/Carroll ticket. Immigration Alert Shireenwhich were instilled in her as she Regardless of whether Caribbean My family and I read the Caribbean Sungrew up. At the outset we must Americans voted for Carroll or not, Jacksonville, Fl. every month. We look forward to it es-congratulate this daughter of the if she is truthful about embracing Unfair Editorial pecially for the Immigration Alert articleCaribbean on her election to this her Caribbean heritage then she by Gail Seeram. The news about the visahigh office and for creating history must reach out to the states Carib- Dear Editor:on so many fronts. Further, she is to bean American communities and at lottery in October was timely. The editorial in last month’s issue of thebe admired for not attempting to least understand the challenges that Thanks to Gail and your newspaper for Caribbean Sun newspaper was very un-hide her West Indian roots and for confront them. giving us really useful news.invoking the values which would But this process must be a two-way fair to us who work in various Caribbeanhave come from her Caribbean her- street. The Caribbean American community organizations to help chari- Neilitage. communities must seek to reach out table causes here and back home. Our Ocoee, Fl. to Carroll as well. They must speak organizations are not political andIn recent times electorates have be- as a unified voice. We cant have therefore cannot get involved in issues Great Newspapercome more and more distrusting of Trinidadians bombarding her with of a political nature. Dear Editor:politicians. Many politicians give their agenda, Jamaicans with theirs Perhaps those of you who are politicallymere "lip service" these days to the and the rest just complaining be- Your newspaper is among the best Car- -minded should set up organizations for ibbean newspapers around the Unitedaspirations and wellbeing of their cause they are not part of an agen- the purpose of protecting us in the com- States. It is informative and the articlesconstituents. Ms. Carroll says she da. There must be a single Caribbe- munity and promoting our rights.takes her new responsibilities seri- an community agenda which should are professionally written. I get newsously and will exercise her func- be clearly articulated to the "good I like your newspaper very much espe- from your newspaper that I don’t gettions with honesty and fairness. We lady" with specific recommenda- cially when it isn’t full of news about anywhere else.hope this is not just "lip service". tions as to what assistance we Guyana and Guyanese. I have been keeping a file of these pa-Time will tell. would like from her. Monty Wilson pers for over two years since they come Florida is a neighbor of the Carib- in handy when I am doing research pa-The Lieutenant Governor has taken bean region. We expect CARICOM Kissimmee, Fl. pers. What about an on-line edition?office at a time when there is a host in particular will waste no time in Give Us More Detailsof issues affecting Caribbean seeking not only to congratulate Lt. Godfrey NurseAmericans in Florida. These issues Governor Carroll on her election Dear Editor:include immigration, access to but to engage her in meaningfulhealth care, ethnic profiling, re- discussion on the Florida -strictions on the import of products Caribbean bilateral relationship.from the Caribbean, the treatment CARICOM is a major trading part-of farm and hotel workers and ac- ner with Florida and this alone is acess to scholarships for higher edu- reason for engaging Ms. Carroll.cation. While we dont expect "our As a first step we recommend thatgirl" to resolve all these issues we CARICOM invites Lt. Governorat least hope that she would become C arroll t o t hei r heads -of-better acquainted with them by en- government meeting in July as agaging from time to time in consul- special guest.tations with Floridas Caribbean Perhaps Prime Minister Kamla Per-American community. sad-Bissessar could take the lead onDuring her campaign some Carib- this.bean American community leaders To Lt. Governor Carroll we at Car-lamented the fact that Carroll is a ibbean Sun extend our sincere con-Republican and expressed some gratulations. Much is in your hands.doubt as to whether Caribbean Let your hands be safe hands. Florida’s Caribbean Sun is published by Caribbean Sun Publishers, LLC 1013 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808 Phone (407) 374-2979 Email: caribbeansunnews@gmail.com Administrative Manager: Melinda Gordon Advertising: Vanessa Chin Churaman (407) 325-5466 Managing Editor: Laverne McGee Lifestyles Editor: Sharazade Kirton www.floridascaribbeansunnews.com Florida’s Caribbean Sun 2
  3. 3. Says family medicine central to health care deliveryW ith some 24 primary specialties in recognized as a specialty in 1969 in the United medicine and the introduction of States and in 1965 in England. modern technology, the family physi- Boodhoo graduated from UWI in 1966 when itcian or general practitioner still has a central role was a college of the University of London.to play in the effective delivery of health care UWI, with campuses in Jamaica, Trinidad andservices around the world, says Guyana born Dr. Barbados, has graduated over 7,000 doctorsVictor Boodhoo who was recently honored by since it started in 1948. The awards ceremonythe University of the West Indies (UWI). was held in Barbados in November.Dr. Boodhoo is only the second family physician Boodhoo practiced in Jamaica for seven yearsamong some 22 medical practitioners to receive before moving to Titusville, Florida where hethe UWI Distinguished Alumnus Award for ser- has been practicing for 32 years. He is a mem-vice to medicine and the university in the past 22 ber of the medical staff at Parrish Medical Cen-years. ter where he previously served as president ofAs a separate honor, Boodhoo also became the the PMC medical staff. Board certified in familyfirst family physician to deliver the UWI interna- medicine and geriatrics, Boodhoo is a Fellow oftional conference keynote address. His presenta- the American Academy of Family Practice andtion entitled “Family Medicine: The Prolonged also of the Royal Society of Medicine.Journey to Recognition” highlighted the struggle He has also been chairman of CME of the Flori-for recognition of family medicine as a specialty da Academy of Family Physicians, and hasand the contributions of several illustrious gen- been selected every year since 2006 as one oferal practitioners including his fellow country- “America’s Top Family Doctors” by the Con-man Dr. Hardutt Singh. Family medicine was sumer Research Council. Dr. Victor Boodhoo (left), received the Award from Dr. Michael Hoyos at the UWI annual meeting in Bar- badosJ amaica is planning a grand homecoming of sev- "We have been through some tough times. We have that the New Year presents should be grasped to eral thousands of its nationals to commemorate had to endure the worst global economic crisis in 80 make Jamaica a better place to live, work, raise fami- the country 50th Independence anniversary next years but the worst has passed and we have used l i e s a n d d o b u s i n e s s . year. the time to put in place measures that will position The Prime Minister added that preparations willIn his New Year’s message, Prime Minister Bruce us not just for recovery but for sustained improve- move into high gear for the commemoration of theGolding announced plans for the celebration which ment over the medium long term." countrys 50th year of independence in 2012.he said are “moving into high gear”.Golding implored Jamaicans to begin the New Year He called on the nation to face the challenges of the "It is going to be a grand event and a grand home-with renewed hope. New Year with confidence and determination. PM coming with thousands of overseas Jamaicans com- Golding continued by saying that every opportunity ing home for the celebrations." Florida’s Caribbean Sun 3
  4. 4. New Executive to be installed Jan 16 T he newly elected executive of the Guyanese affected by last year’s devastating earthquake. American Cultural Association of Central Florida The GACACF was set up in 2004 and since its inception (GACACF) is to be sworn in on Sunday, January has been undertaking a number of events including fo- 16, 2011 at a special installation ceremony and recep- rums on immigration, real estate, financial planning and tion at the Venue, Timehri Banquet Hall in Orlando, health care among other issues. The association has an Florida. annual scholarship award and provides financial and Presiding over the Installation will be Guyana-born Bre- other assistance to charitable causes and emergencies vard County, Florida District Court Judge Alli B. Majeed. in both Central Florida and in Guyana. Business executive George Lyking is the new president In 2005, the association raised some $15,000 to assist of the Guyanese American Cultural Association of Cen- flood victims in Guyana and through its Carol Pounder tral Florida (GACACF). He succeeds Samuel Roberts who Fund has contributed to the Dharam Shala in Berbice, served two terms as president. Uncle Eddy’s Home and a children’s home on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway. The new executive of the association elected recently is George Lyking, president; Ahmad Manraj, vice- Each year the association hosts the Guyana Republic president; Melinda Gordon, secretary; Ralph Seeram, Ball in February and the Guyana Family Day in May. treasurer and Vanessa Chin Churaman, assistant secre- Among special guests at these events over the years tary/treasurer. have been author Ted Braithwaite, cricketer Alvin Kal- licharran, actress Carol Pounder, cultural icon Dave In a letter signed by the new executive members and Martins, Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph sent to Guyanese business owners, former and current Ramkarran, Minister of the Public Service Dr. Jennifer Judge Alli B. Majeed members and other well wishers, the new leadership Westford, Guyana’s Ambassador to the US Bayney Kar- urged the support and involvement of all Guyanese and ran as well as local elected officials including State Sena- friends of Guyana in Central Florida “as we move to- For further information contact: tor Gary Siplin and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. wards improving members’ confidence, increasing our Melinda Gordon membership base and developing greater camaraderie A three-member committee, headed by former Guya- in the Guyanese American community.” nese diplomat Wesley Kirton and including attorney-at- (407) 374-2979 law Gail Seeram and business/entertainment executive The association is currently partnering with Guyanese melindagordon09@gmail.com Gary Osman, is responsible for planning the installation attorney-at-law Gail Seeram in gathering school and ceremony and reception. related supplies for shipment to Haiti for use by children Basil Williams to Visit Orlando As elections fever heightens in Guyana T he Vice Chairman of Guyana’s opposition Peo- businesses in addition to a private meeting on Tuesday, ples National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) Basil January 18 with Guyanese American community leaders Williams will visit Orlando January 18-20, 2011 at the Rotary Club in Orlando. to meet with Guyanese to outline his policies should he Election fever is heightening in Guyana with several can- be elected president at elections due later this year. didates vying to seek their party’s nomination to contest Williams, an attorney-at-law, is one of five candidates for the post of president. President Bharrat Jagdeo is seeking to become the PNC/R’s candidate for president. not up for re-election due to the two-term limit set by The other candidates are former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana’s Constitution. Guyana Defense Force Brigadier David Granger, former The governing Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is government ministers Carl Greenidge and Dr. Faith Har- still to elect its presidential candidate. Among those that ding and 30 year-old attorney-at-law James Bond. have indicated their candidacy are the party’s general The PNC/R candidates have been visiting North America secretary Donald Ramotar, Speaker of the National As- to whip up support but Williams is the first to visit Flori- sembly (Parliament) Ralph Ramkarran, Home Affairs da to meet with Guyanese. He will hold a public town Minister Clement Rohee and former Information Minis- hall meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at the Venue, ter Moses Nagamootoo. BASIL WILLIAMS Timehri Banquet Hall, 7365 West Colonial Drive. He is also scheduled to visit a number of Guyanese owned FLORIDA CONSIDERS IMMIGRATION BILL By Gail SeeramA s we turn the page into a new year, we also bill that will be introduced in the Florida legislature this ment will challenge any type of immigration bill imple- have new state and federal government lead- spring. If Florida follows in Arizona’s footsteps in trying mented in Florida based on the grounds that the Federal ers. In the State of Florida, we have a new gov- to implement an immigration bill at the state level, then government has jurisdiction over immigration policy im-ernor, Rick Scott (R), who has promised to bring an Arizo- Florida will have a costly legal challenge as the federal plementation and enforcement under the U.S. Constitu-na style immigration law to the State of Florida. Other government will likely file a lawsuit against Florida as it tion. The question is whether Florida wants to alienateFlorida legislative leaders, such as Bill Snyder (R), support did in Arizona. Currently, Arizona is defending against itself from immigrant workers, face boycott from poten-this idea of implementing an immigration law in the State seven lawsuits and the key provisions of its immigration tial business, and carry a costly legal defense bill. Readof Florida. Rep. Snyder has drafted a Florida immigration bill have not been implemented. The federal govern- more in Immigration Alert, page 6. A ntiguans and Barbudans are to ben- Barbuda. and illuminated major road corridors across efit from improved infrastructure the nation. These improvements, the prime minister during 2011, Prime Minister Bald- said, follow improved infrastructure which “We have advanced work on a new 30 meg- win Spencer announced in his New Year’s was put in place last year. awatt power plant, a new water reservoir at message. “Some major infrastructure projects were Gray’s Hill, as well a fisheries complex and a Among the benefits will be a new airport started and completed in 2010. The most community center on Barbuda, “ the prime terminal, expanded and reliable supply of massive street lighting program in the histo- minister announced. electricity, improved supply of potable wa- ry of our country has positively transformed PM Baldwin Spencer ter and a community center on the island of Florida’s Caribbean Sun 4
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  6. 6. The new United States Ambassador to Jamaica says her top priority is strength- ening relations between the two coun- tries. Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater, a ca- reer American diplomat, took up her ap- pointment late last year. She identified the expansion of trade and commercial relations as a key component of the strengthened ties between the two countries. Last month, business executive and for- mer diplomat Wesley Kirton visited Ja- maica during which he held discussions with the new US ambassador at a dinner he hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Here, Ambassador Bridgewater is greet- ed on arrival at the Pegasus Hotel by its General Manager Eldon Bremner in the presence of Mr. Kirton.INTERNATIONAL Reggae star Buju Banton will make his long-awaited return to the The Buju Banton & Friends Before the Dawn Concert is set for Sunday, January 16 atstage at the highly anticipated Before the Dawn Concert taking place in South Florida Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami. Buju last month won an appealduring Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend. Banton, who is currently out on bail and against a Court order which sought to deny him the right to perform at this concert.awaiting retrial in February, has not performed live in over a year. The concert is expected to attract thousands of patrons.Produced by Rockers Island Entertainment, the Buju Banton & Friends Before the The acclaimed artiste has received his fifth Grammy nomination in the Best ReggaeDawn Concert will also feature performances by some of Jamaican musics elite: Ste- Album category for his prophetic new project, Before the Dawn. Recorded mostly atphen Marley, Wayne Wonder, Sly & Robbie, Gramps Morgan, Shaggy and Freddie his own Gargamel Music studio in Kingston, the album boasts some of the most pow-McGregor. erful songs written by Banton since his professional entry into the music business over twenty years ago.The concept is to reunite with the fans and thank them personally for the tremendouslevel of support they have shown to me during these turbulent times," explains Buju. Banton was previously acknowledged by the Recording Academy for his albums Rasta"I look forward to touching the stage once more and coming together with the mass- Got Soul (2009), Too Bad (2007), Friends for Life (2004) and Inna Heights (1999).es in a spirit of togetherness, harmony, unification and solidarity." Amount: $500.00 Description: This scholarship will be awarded to a student attending college who is pursuing legal or international studies Eligibility: The student must meet the following requirements: 1. Be a former Guyanese national (born in Guyana) or a child of Guyanese parents or grandchild of Guyanese grandparents 2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 Shaggy Buju Application Process: Submit the following to Gail@Go2Lawyer.com: 1. Name, phone number, email address. 2. Submit proof of Guyanese heritage (copy of birth certificate of qualifying rela- Turn in your old tive) 3. Academic transcript Singh’s Jewelry unwanted Gold or Jewelry and make 4. 500 word essay describing how your Guyanese heritage impacted your academic studies or career path ca$h Deadline: January 31, 2011 Broken , tangled One Free Jewelry Cleaning chains missing stones mix/match & Inspection earrings 10K 14K Derrick Singh or Ronald Singh 18K 22K 24K White gold, Tricol- 407-849-0002 ored Gold class 2155 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 rings, dental gold, Platinum , Gold (Magic Mall Booth Z 4-5 Last Entrance) coins, silver and WE PAY CASH ON THE SPOT more Florida’s Caribbean Sun 6
  7. 7. President Barack Obama has said the and reconstruction and respond to newinternational community must now fulfill challenges, such as the outbreak of chol-the pledges it made to Haiti to ensure a era and Hurricane Tomas. This globalsolid and strong long term rebuilding effort, led by the Haitian government,effort. continues today and has been matched by the tremendous compassion of theIn a statement to mark of first anniver- American people, who in difficult eco-sary of the devastating earthquake, nomic times have given generously toObama said that though progress had help.been made, too many people are stillliving in tents and too much rubble con- Over the past year, countless lives havetinues to clog the streets. been saved and many Haitians affected by the earthquake now have better ac-Here is the text of President Obamas cess to food, water and health care thanstatement: they did before the disaster. Still, too much rubble continues to clog theAs we mark one year since the cata- streets, too many people are still living instrophic earthquake in Haiti, we honor tents, and for so many Haitians progressthe memory of the quarter of a million has not come fast enough. As we haveHaitians who were lost, along with more said all along, helping the poorest nationthan one hundred Americans, many Unit- in the Western Hemisphere recover fromed Nations personnel and citizens from one of the worst natural disasters ever todozens of nations. strike our hemisphere will take years, if not decades.We recall how Americans, civilian andmilitary, joined with people from around So on this day when our thoughts andthe world in one of the largest humani- prayers are with the Haitian people, mytarian efforts ever attempted. And we message is the same as it was last year.continue to be inspired by the Haitian Haiti can and must lead the way, with apeople, and our vibrant Haitian American strong vision for its future. The interna-community, who have faced unimagina- tional community must now fulfill theble loss with extraordinary courage and pledges it has made to ensure a strongfaith. and sustained long-term effort. And as they forge ahead with the hard work ofSince the first moments of the disaster, rebuilding their proud country, the peo-the United States has helped to rally in- ple of Haiti will continue to have an en-ternational support for Haiti’s recovery during partner in the United States. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 7
  8. 8. T By Laverne McGee rinidad and Tobago born Jennifer Carroll has York when she was eight years old. She later enlisted in At the inauguration in Tallahassee, she was surrounded been sworn-in as Lieutenant Governor of Flori- the army starting out as a jet mechanic and retiring as a by her two sons and daughter. One of her sons has da, proudly embracing her Caribbean heritage as lieutenant commander after 20 years. dreadlocks, and some jokingly remarked that this wasshe embarks on the responsibilities of her new office. not the usual hairstyle for Republicans. Her son is also a As a woman who was raised with a strict Caribbean up- professional football player with the Miami Dolphins.Speaking with Caribbean Sun’s Managing Editor Laverne bringing, she says she grew up with the mindset thatMc Gee shortly after taking the oath of office Carroll said “hard work will always get you ahead. There is no room Carroll’s shoes were also a big hit. She wore blue highher Caribbean background has helped shaped her core for people to try to live off the system or be left behind. heels with a fancy design that had many people talking.values of hard work, discipline and responsibility. My hardworking Caribbean background comes up in my But friends and associates of Carroll say her sartorial core values when I am making decisions about the pub- elegance and beauty should not be taken for grantedCarroll, Florida’s first black Lt. Governor said “ I am hum- lic. I believe in giving people the opportunity to help since she is a strong, experienced woman who will bebled to have been chosen by Floridians to be their 18th themselves.” able to stand up to lobbyists and others who try per-lieutenant governor, the first elected female and the first suade the government to do things that are not in Flo-black Caribbean Lt. Governor in the state of Florida. I Carroll has identified job creation, education and the ridians’ best interest.take this responsibility very seriously for I know that I welfare of children among her top priorities as she seekstoo will be making a way for women to one day walk in to help improve the quality of life in Florida. Her belief is Carroll also says she is looking forward to meeting moremy shoes.” that parents should be a big part of their kids’ education, Caribbean nationals here in Florida. and that families should have a choice when it comes toCarroll was born in Trinidad in 1959 and moved to New the school their child goes to. Jennifer Carroll takes Oath of Office surrounded by Governor Scott with Carroll family members A moment in prayer HAITI – ONE YEAR LATER by Gail SeeramH aiti has been a soft spot in my heart since my of thousands of new orphans, the cholera outbreak, and and treat others, as we would have them treat us. As an travels to this poor country in 2008. The one- the critical brain and resource drain. Haitians who have outreach to our Haitian brothers and sisters, please con- year anniversary of the January 12th earth- the means are cutting losses and emigrating to the U.S. sider donating school supplies and toiletry items duringquake in Haiti is approaching and Haiti is still in despair. and other countries. However, those that remain need the month of January. These supplies will benefit chil-To date, we know that only about 10% of all monies the friendship and partnership of the international com- dren at the following homes and schools: St. Josephpledged or given to Haiti have actually been deployed. munity to lead them to a new future. Homes for Boys, Wings of Hope and Trinity House. AllAlso, we know that 2% of the rubble created by the items may be dropped off at the Law Offices of Gail See- Some may say, “Haiti is not my problem,” but whetherearthquake has been removed. There is no visible pro- ram located at 1013 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL we live by religious principles or basic humanitarian prin-gress against the challenges of homelessness, hundreds 32808. For more information, call 407-292-7730. ciples, we have a duty to love our neighbors as ourselves Below: Haitian students pray before meal Florida’s Caribbean Sun 8
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  10. 10. again, what would you do differently, criminal, money-laundering.. .. and what lessons have you learned but a (procedure) must be fol- from the expe- lowed. It rience? involves go- A. The whole extradition matter was “We should ing to a judge, getting an unfortunate. In terms of what we would have not have hired order and getting per- mission to law firm” done different, whom can we certainly that information in- wouldn’t have tercepted be dis- present circumstances, that’s not neces- taken measures closed. sarily the kind of leadership that expands to engage external assis- In this case, the Jamaican authorities did your popularity, because you have to tance (a law firm) at a political not get permission to provide the infor- make tough decisions: tough, tough, level, because that has proven (a) not to mation to the US authorities. That’s where tough. have been helpful and (b) to have creat- it went wrong. We didn’t refuse the US Look at the types of things that upset peo- Doreen Hemlock ed enormous controversy… Relations application. We said (to the Americans), ple: the sale of Air Jamaica, for example.So, we had to take some tough de- with the US were hampered by the fact “Do it right. Go to a judge and (ask) to The money Jamaica was losing each year we didn’t have an ambassador here for make the (intercepted) information availa- is the same amount we need to repaircisions. We slashed the budget for almost two years. ble.” damages from recent floods. Govern-the first time in our history, and we Q. What about the way the security forc- Q. Why not go government to govern- ment’s central function is to provide adid a debt exchange to lower debt es were handled? ment? Why lobby through a law firm and secure environment, make sure we haveservice payments from an average A. Some vindication of the strategies we your political party? proper education and health facilities,rate of 16-17 percent. pursued is that unlike previous occasions, A. We tried, but we found ourselves talk- maintain our roads and infrastructure.. So, we didn’t have any significant casualties ing to bureaucrats who were adamant why am I spending US$120, 130 million aQ. But how in a crisis can you slash involving women and children. People in that they were not going to review any- year to keep Air Jamaica flying? We said,the budget, when stimulus is gen- the community were forewarned. And thing. As far as they are concerned, they “We’re going to sell it.” It made me vastlyerally the answer? since that time, and with intense security have put the matter before us, and unpopular.A. We had no choice. If we had de- operations across the island, we have seen they’ve never had any problem before. It Q. But the man on the street would saycided to borrow more from where a 43 percent reduction in homicides. Up to was that sort of terse, unpleasant re- why are you losing money? Why aren’t May, we were averaging 149 murders sponse. you making a profit?we could, it would have been from each month. We are now down to approx- Q. What would the implications have Since when is government supposed to bethe domestic market at rates even imately 80. We have to try to sustain that been had you just said no, because more adept at running commercial enterpriseshigher than 28 percent. And we effort and bring murders down to a level than 70 people died? efficiently. That’s not the business of gov-refused to print money, because acceptable by international standards. A. If we had refused that application, we ernment. That’s the business of privateonce you do that inflation rises, Q. What about lessons related to extra- would never have been able to convince investors. dition, why not just extradite some of anyone that the reason was not Christo- Q. About the diaspora, what can be doneand inflation is the most punitive tax these dons? pher Coke’s connection in Tivoli Gardens, to give Jamaicans overseas a more direct,on the poor. A. There are still areas in our extradition which is the constituency I represent, and more productive role? I’ve heard com-We had no wiggle room at all. In the midst arrangements that need to be perfected. my party.… The whole thing was overtak- plaints about too much taxes, too muchof all of this recession, we had to impose In this en by the perception that we bureaucracy.three separate tax packages within a year. particu- “I pray” were contriving various, unsavory A. Let’s not underestimate the role thatWe have had to ask the country to make lar case, means of protecting Mr. Coke they play now, particularly in the financialthe sacrifice. there is from extradition… system and construction activity. There’sA. But the country hadn’t been growing no You know what is so funny. Mr. the question of giving them the right toeven before that. doubt Patterson’s government faced a vote, which they are very passionateQ. We needed to do what should havebeen done 15 years ago, but was post-poned because the strength of will was that provi- sions of Golding similar situation in 1993, where somebody was extradited with a breach of the treaty. He suspend- about that. It’s something I support. The problem is it can only work in a presiden- tial system, which is a system that I favornot there: to put the country in macro- our laws ed extradition with the United but (my party) rejected.economic shape to grow. were States for three years, until he In a presidential system, we can have poll-Even in the ‘90s, when developing coun- could get a review. The difference ing booths in Florida for Jamaicans totries were growing even faster than the is.. in that situation, the person vote. But in our (parliamentary system)developed world, Jamaica wasn’t growing. extradited was not identified as a support- it’s where you live that determines whichIt’s almost like having a child and no breached. We are working with U.S. authorities to see how er of Mr. Patterson’s party. And there was representative you vote for. And it’s thematter how you feed the child, the child no suggestion he was “protecting one of representatives, who then decide who willwon’t put on weight. Now, we’re trying to we can avoid any such breach in the fu- his own.” be the Prime Minister. So, if someone livesget our system in order, to get our finan- ture. That’s the dilemma I faced: Do I stand for in South Florida or wherever, we can’t fitcial framework right. We’re trying to build And let me explain the nature of the the law and what is right and risk being them into a constituency in Jamaica.confidence, where people will know this breach. Under extradition arrangements with the US, we have an obligation to co- accused of trying to protect my own, or do What I offered as an alternative (is) tocountry can’t go off the rails again, be- I say, since it is going to come down on me expand the number of seats in the Senatecause there are laws in place to govern operate and provide information that can that I am misusing my office to protect a and reserve one or two of the additionalhow much deficit, how much debt we can be used as evidence. That information criminal, I better send him off -- even seats for the diaspora. The challenge is toaccumulate. comes in various forms: witness state- though the law has been breached? find some democratic way in which theQ. When do you see Jamaica’s economy ments, bank records, photographs and Q. But the problems of crime, poverty, diaspora can choose their representatives.growing again? intercepted communication. For inter- gangs are extraordinary and predicated That requires a constitutional amend-A. We had expected to come out of the on economic growth. ment. It’s part of a package that whatrecession in the second quarter this year. cepted A. I’m trying to lay down the foundation, would go to the people in a referendum,We didn’t. The reason had to do with the communi- so that in 20 years time, whoever sits in for which a date has not been set.unrest we had in May. We were hoping to cation, this chair can give you a much, different Q. Is there a tentative date, say for likeat least break even in the third quarter, there’s a report, because we did the hard things in next year?but we’re worried by the huge costs of the special the year 2010. I can’t give a time. I don’t have a two-recent flood rains. We certainly expect regime. Q. But on the street, there’s such dissatis- thirds majority in parliament, and it re-next year to return to growth. It’s going to Our Consti- faction over the economy and extradi- quires a two-thirds majority. So if the op-be slow. We don’t expect more than 1.5 -2 tution tion. There’s even talk whether you position doesn’t support it, then it can’tpercent. But it will be a beginning. guarantees “Dudas “ Coke in disguise should resign. What are factors to consid- pass.Q. You mentioned the unrest in May over the right to er in deciding whether to resign? Q. How do you handle the stress thatthe extradition of drug lord Christopher privacy of communication. Parliament can infringe A. The most important factor is whether comes with these challenges? Do you do“Dudus” Coke, which left more than 70 you have the will to offer the country the yoga..people dead. If you had it to do over on that right in certain circumstances: kind of leadership needed. And in the A. I pray. More of this interview in next month’s edition Florida’s Caribbean Sun 10
  11. 11. CARIBBEAN PERSPECTIVES An in-depth focus on Caribbean issues Sandra Ann Baptiste The writer is a business consultant and specialist in Caribbean Affairs STEERING THE REGIONAL INTEGRATION BOATT he Caribbean Community will in 2011 have a basis. The proposal for the regional Commission was the stances of member countries, many of whom are finding new Secretary-General, who will have the unen- centre piece of the 1992 “Time for Action” report of the it hard to come up with the funds for the implementation viable task of steering an organization whose West Indian Commission chaired by Sir Shridath Ram- of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with thegovernance structure is in need of an overhaul and in the phal. European Union and other initiatives, including the re-face of waning commitment to regional integration on gional marketing fund for the tourism industry. As Communications Consultant to the Commission, Ithe part of some of its 15 Member States. recall the many interventions at public consultations Another key issue that needs to be addressed is moreOutgoing Secretary-General Trinidadian-born Edwin Car- throughout the region where private and public sector autonomy for the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN),rington has indicated that during his 18-year tenure there groups as well as Non-Governmental Organizations formerly the Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM).have been significant accomplishments as well as disap- (NGOs) sang one tune that was familiar – regional gov- CARICOM watchers familiar with the agency feel it haspointments. Undoubtedly, there have been positive initi- ernments were not delivering the goods. The lyrics are lost some of its “teeth” and the spirit of the technicalatives under Carrington’s watch, many of them in the pretty much the same two decades later. staff has been affected in the process.functional cooperation area. One regional consultant who has done several regional On the issue of a successor to Carrington, it would beTo address the continued lag in implementing decisions, integration studies for CARICOM Governments supports interesting to know the credentials being considered andat the end of August this year, CARICOM leaders agreed the proposal for a Commission-type arrangement, where in particular whether there will be term limits, a differentto the establishment of a Council of Ambassadors. Jamai- the Secretary-General would serve the political direc- mandate, a requirement to be multi-lingual and reducedca’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding explained that the Am- torate such as Heads of Government and the COTED, travel.bassadors will head regional integration units in the indi- while a Commission would deal with Executive matters. Candidates for the post being mentioned include thevidual Member States “to follow up, make sure that do- “This separation of functions is key to a proper function- current CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Trade andmestic action is taken to give effect to the decisions of ing of the body. Concern is expressed about the cost of Economic Integration, Irwin La Roque, former Deputythe Heads.” this but there is room for cutting out a lot of fat to make CARICOM Secretary-General Dr. Carla Barnett, currentWill the Committee have the authority to nudge Minis- this workable since the Secretary-General and his staff OECS Director General Dr. Len Ishmael, and Vincentianters who are not following through on decisions taken by would be much smaller and the bulk of the technical peo- Ambassador to the Organisation of American Statesthe CARICOM leaders or will they report directly to their ple would go to the Commissioners,” the consultant rec- (OAS) Elsworth John.Head of Government and what options will be available ommended. In addition to the search for a new Secretary General, afor fast tracking implementation? Perhaps the terms and “The present system of waiting for domestic parliaments replacement will have to be found for Dr. Edwardconditions of the Ambassadors and when exactly they to approve all decisions into law is not working. In this Greene, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Socialwill begin functioning will clarify this. new dispensation, I would get rid of the Bureau, which in Development, who has resigned and word is that ColinThe current scenario where at meetings of the Council any case, is just another wasteful bureaucratic layer and Granderson, responsible for Foreign and Community Re-for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), there would be no role for a permanent committee of lations, may not be around for too much longer. ambassadors as that can only function well if all countriesThere is a growing consensus among CARICOM techno- In 2011, there will hopefully be more visible movement have a representative in Georgetown,” he added.crats and analysts who have been part of the regional in three areas – the CARICOM Single Market and Econo-integration process that it is time to re-examine the pro- Apart from the fact that several governments oppose the my (CSME), EPA implementation and the trade negotia-posal for a CARICOM Commission, similar to that of the idea of a Commission, the question that arises is how it tions with Canada, which are reported to be boggedBrussels-based European Commission on a scaled-down will be financed given the challenging economic circum- down on the CARICOM side. conducted within the applicable a venue for scientific space re- ment for this space port project? 2020. safety and security regulations search and development and a view- HvH: USD 5M required to start op- CS: How many passengers will be both at the international level and ing post for the launch of flights to erations. The rest will come from accommodated per flight? in conformity with requirements space. pre-sales. HvH: One space tourist per flight. under Dutch and US law. This spe- A major benefit of launching such CS: Is it KLM that will offer these CS: Has there been advanced cifically includes regulations per- space flights from Curacao, the flights to space and will the craft(s) bookings for these flights? The PM taining to appropriate certification prime minister told Caribbean Sun, used be rockets or planes? said the cost of the spacecraft and licensing of “is the islands close proximity to per person will be $95,000 for a 45 the crew so as to ensure the safety HvH: No, KLM is a strategic part- the Equator. The island’s flat ter- and security of all space flights.” ner and bought a limited number minute trip. Will passengers have rain, weather conditions and prox- of space tickets. KLM has offered to undergo special training and if The projected price for a 45 mi- imity to a shoreline are also key their sales channels and we are so is this included in the price? nute trip to space from Curacao is advantages.” working on combined marketing HvH: We are taking reservations US $95,000 and according to the Harry van Hulten told Caribbean campaigns. We will use a rocket and are currently starting our sales prime minister this project is Sun that “payloads which need to plane. program. So yes, there are already among bold new initiatives being escape Earth’s gravitational well bookings for the first flights. We taken to stimulate the economy. can achieve orbit using less fuel CS: How many flights per day/ are targeting a ticket price of USD Space tourism is expected to de- from launch sites closest to the week/month are projected and 95,000 per flight. Passengers will velop into a major industry with Equator where Earth rotates more how many crafts will be used? undergo training, which is includ- more than 20,000 space tourists quickly.” ed in the ticket price. annually by 2020A Space Experi- HvH: The XCOR Lynx can fly 4 ence Center, designed to become Here is the edited text of an exclu- times a day. We will start opera- CS: Who will sell these flights? a major tourist attraction in the sive interview with SXC’s Harry van tions in 2014 with approximately Travel agents? Caribbean, is expected to be a part Hulten: 200 flights. These flights will slow- HvH: KLM and a selected number of the project. It will also serve as CS: What is the $$$ level of invest- ly increase to approximately 850 in of sales agents. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 11
  12. 12. Sports roundup T he City of Ocoee Parks All interested participants must The cost is $75.00 for the 1st and Recreation Depart- register, have a jersey fitting, child and $65.00 for the 2nd ment located just out- perform a skills test, show a child (residents), and $100.00 side Orlando in Orange birth certificate and bring proof for the 1st child and $90.00 for County will be holding registra- of residency. Practice will start the 2nd child (non-residents). tion for the 2011 Ocoee Youth January 25 and games will The City of Ocoee is also seek- Basketball League on Saturday begin on February 5. The pro- ing volunteer parent coaches. January 8, from 9:30am - gram will include a 7-game All interested volunteers mustT 5:00pm and on Saturday Janu- schedule and tournament, cer- attend a coaches meeting on he Caribbean will be the venue for ary 15, from 9:30am - 5:00pm tified referees, team jerseys and January 18. The meeting will some very competitive international at the Jim Beech Recreation shorts, trophies for first-place be held at the Jim Beech Cen- cricket later this year when the West Center, 1820 A.D. Mims Road. finishers, T-shirts for the tour- ter from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. The league is open to youths nament champions and a par-Indies take on Pakistan and then India in a For more information, call 407- ages 6 to 17. ticipation award for all others.number of test, one-day and T-20 matches. 905-318 ************************ Here are the fixtures for the tour. Keep them handy to follow the matches J DIGICEL SERIES 2011 May 20 – 24: Second Digicel Test – Warner Park ack Warner has been elected for broth- an eighth consecutive term as ers and Pakistan in West Indies India in West Indies president of the Caribbean Foot- sisters; April 18: Pakistan v Vice Chancellor’s XI (50 over ) – Beausejour Cricket Ground June 4: Digicel Twenty20 – Queen’s Park Oval ball Union. this April 21: Digicel Twenty20 – Beausejour Cricket trust Digicel ODI Series All remaining incumbent members of Ground June 6: First Digicel ODI – Queen’s Park Oval that you the Executive Committee have also Digicel ODI Series June 8: Second Digicel ODI – Queen’s Park Oval my fam- been nominated unchallenged in their April 23: First Digicel ODI – Beausejour Cricket June 11: Third Digicel ODI – Sir Vivian Richards ily has current capacities. Warner, also presi- Ground Cricket Grounds placed June13: Fourth Digicel ODI – Sir Vivian Richards dent of CONCACAF, received multiple April 25: Second Digicel ODI – Beausejour Crick- upon et Ground Cricket Grounds nominations from the CFU’s 30-nation me has April 28: Third Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval June 16: Fifth Digicel ODI – Sabina Park membership. invigor- May 1: Fourth Digicel ODI – Kensington Oval Digicel Test Series Warner, who has served as the presi- May 5: Fifth Digicel ODI – Guyana National Stadi- June 20 – 24: First Digicel Test – Sabina Park Jack Warner um dent of the CFU since its inception in June 28 – July 2: Second Digicel Test – Kensing- May 8 – 9: Pakistan 2 day practice match – Bour- ton Oval 1982, described the development as ated my spirit and my soul to continue da Cricket Ground July 6 – 10: Third Digicel Test – Windsor Park both humbling and invigorating. to serve you to the best of my abilities," Digicel Tests he told the press. ************************************** “I am humbled today by the trust be- May 12 – 16: First Digicel Test – Guyana National stowed upon me by my Caribbean Stadium Florida’s Caribbean Sun 12
  13. 13. Caribbean Horoscopes January 2011 Aries (21 March - 19 April) Your career and also your home - where, how, or with whom you live; or a focus on other property you may own; or a family matter - will all be on your mind this month. Of the two, how- ever, your career will get top billing. Taurus (20 April - 20th May) You are in the mood to travel. Any trip you would take now (or any actions you take) would have special implica- tions for your future. The start of new ventures things, in a very vivid, exciting way! Gemini (21 May -21 June) .You had money on the brain most of last year, but trust that this near-obsession of yours will end sometime soon because good news will come in to soothe you and give you reason for celebration. Cancer (22 June - 22 August) The New Year begins by opening a door to a new experience. You will be coaxed to take steps to build a more mature relationship with someone important. You will find the courage to move forward. Leo (23 August - 22 August )After years of having difficult surprises in regard to money, January could bring you one staggeringly wonderful surprise. A bounty of cash is likely to come to you, and when it does, it could go far to help you stabilize your financial life. News would come quickly, too - almost the moment the year takes off. Virgo (23 August - 22 September) You are simply bursting with roman- tic opportunity during Januarys first three weeks. Whomever you meet, or if attached, news you receive could bring an improved change to your lifestyle for months - even years - to come! You will have everything you need to enjoy a richer, happier life. Libra (23 September - 22 October) You are entering a pivotal month, where decisions you mull over now will stay with you for a long time. Matters involving your home / property and family will top your list of actions to take, and your career will get a large share of your thinking, too. Youll have to be very decisive, because its an ideal month to make key decisions. Youll be so productive that you will be amazed. Scorpio (23 October - 21 November The month will take off with a bang. A quick trip may sound really good. You may be going on a roman- tic, spontaneous trip with your sweetheart / spouse. Even if you have to travel for business, youll love being out of the house and driving in a new setting, even if you cant stay long Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December) .What an amazing month! Every once in a while, everything you could ever want to happen, happens, in just the right way, in just about every area of your life. Prob- lems you assumed wouldnt be fixed for months or years, or wishes you thought would never come true, suddenly will be delivered now - poof, in the blink of an eye! This month may well seem like a dream. Capricorn (22 December - 16 January) This month will offer you a glittering array of opportunities to make your life feel fresher and more relevant to the more mature you that youve become. You had little choice but to listen to quite a bit advice from various sources over the past 18 months, but this month, birthday time, you have the Sun pro- tecting you, so you will get to speak your mind clearly and confidently. Aquarius (20 January - 18 February) You would be wise to be off by yourself in early January and not to tell any others about your plans. You wont need to seek others advice for most of lifes questions, for your intui- tion will be working overtime. Instinctively you will come to all the right an- swers. Heed that small voice within, dear Aquarius, even if you have no idea why you feel the way you do, nor why you should follow your intuition. You are being given night vision now, and youll want to use it. Pisces (19 February - 20 March) This will be a magical and en- chanting month, this month will be all about you, dear Pisces. You will feel as though someone opened the window to let in the fresh air. Sud- denly life will have a new and very different feel, and although you may feel that recently youve been pounded by life, conditions will change dra- matically enough to give you reason for optimism.Florida’s Caribbean Sun 13
  14. 14. T he film Reason to Hope (Global Film than its share of sorrow. Within days, the world- Producer/Director for Doubles and After America. Network, 2010) is available for class- wide media descended on the island and just as . . After. room use beginning this month, the one quickly departed as other stories were deemed Life produced his first work in Japan in 1992; the year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating more important. film was called Struggle and Success: The Africanearthquake. Independent film and television producer Regge American Experience in Japan. Life has workedThis 45-minute film chronicles some of the real life Life presents a film featuring CBS journalists, corre- with CBS News’ “Saturday Night with Conniesituations following last Januarys devastating spondent Bill Whitaker and producer Erin Lyall Chung” and NBC’s “Yesterday, Today, and Tomor-earthquake in the French-speaking Caribbean is- George, who had the fortune to remain in Haiti for row.” He is the recipient of many awards includingland. a month, witnessing more than any other network four CINE Golden Eagles. He was honored by the"Despite all the heartache and misery the film con- journalists. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and chosen a Sonycludes that there is still Reason to Hope," says pro- Regge Life holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Innovator in 1991.ducer Regge Life. New York University School of Arts. He is the The earthquake that struck Haiti in January of 2010 founder of Global Film Network, Inc. and Executivebrought tragedy to an island that has seen more Straight out of Florida on Trinidad’s WACK Radio 90.1fm every SundayISLAND SATURDAYS SPECIAL EDITION Show @9pm DJ RECONN’S Tickets: $10./advance. More at door By Lyma Dunbar PRESENTS AT Surendra: 407-446-6996 CLUB LIMELITE Leon: 321-228-6552 367 N. Orange Ave Timehri:407-291-2047 The show Straight out of Florida was with this pertinent information. Orlando, FL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> successfully launched on the Trinidad Utilizing a talented team of DJs in Mili- 12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASH GACACF ANNUAL REPUBLIC BALL radio station Wackradio901fm the first tia, Fyah Squad and Kemis the Mixolo- Saturday, January 15, 2011 “THE BALLROOM” AT CHURCH STREET Sunday of the New Year 2011. WACK gist, the latter of which also edits and Ladies free until 11.30 pm Saturday February 19, 2011 produces the show; Straight out of Flori- Radio, which has a strong on-line pres- Men $10.00 before 12 a.m. da brings a fresh new approach to West 7:00PM—2:00AM ence around the globe, as well as on the 407-217-4667 Indian talk radio; the difference, is that >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tickets $ 60.00 dial in Trinidad and Tobago, is known for the show crosses over from the bounda-K.O.L. ENTERTAINMENT & PROFESSOR Contact : Vanessa 407-325-5466 its motto “we are culture crazy”, and ries of Central Florida and interacts with G.T. PRESENTS bringing information that is important to an international audience through IN CONCERT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Trinidadians and Tobagonians firstly WACK Radio. Oildown Productions DEMARCO ORLANDO COCONUT GROVE wants to credit its current sponsors, then disseminate such to its West Indian AT 5233 Old Winter Garden Road Dollar and More, Upper Level Sounds Royal Santa Fe Orlando, FL counterparts. The concept of Lyma and Island Riddum Radio with climbing 630 Emeralda Rd PRESENTS Dunbar of Oildown Productions, the aboard, and welcome incoming spon- Orlando, FL “CULTURE MIX” Reggae band program, Straight out of Florida, has a sors to its program. Log on every Sun- Sunday, January 16, 2011 EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT focus to bring information and ideas to day on www.wackradio901fm.com >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> AT 8 PM from 1-2 pm Eastern Standard Time, West Indians wanting to reside or vaca- "THE VENUE" AND tion in the state of Florida. Hosted by please be advised that with the upcom- TIMEHRI BANQUET HALL INDIAN KARAOKE ing Daylight Savings time, the new time Will be having an LIVE SINGERS Lyma and Kevin “Triniboy” Amoroso, the will be 2-3 pm. For more information on “OLDIES DANCE” EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT show boasts a blend of music, talk and how you can become a sponsor, please Friday, January 28, 2011 AT 5 PM information, and guests, Attorney contact Lyma @ lymadun- Admission: $5.00 407-440-6100 Wayne Golding, and Prince of Prestige bar@gmail.com or 321-263-9939. Time: 8pm to ? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 7371 West Colonial Drive Real Estate have started the ball rolling GRENADA INDEPENDENCE GALA Orlando, FL AT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> THE HOLIDAY INN, HOTEL & SUITES 5905 Kirkman Road VALENTINE’S DAY BASH Orlando, FL AT Saturday, March 19, 2010 “THE VENUE” Time: 7 pm-1 am TIMEHRI BANQUET HALL Tickets: $55.00 in advance only 7371 West Colonial Drive Contact: Val @321-303-9345/Rita @407- Orlando, FL 299-8316 Saturday, February 12, 2011 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Doors open @ 8pm WE COME TO YOU ((407) 350-4888 Florida’s Caribbean Sun 14
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