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Floridas Caribbean Sun December 2010

  1. 1. FREE! NEWS YOU CAN USE ! Vol. 7 No. 6 · No. · Vol. December 2010 More than 7,000 secret cables on the Caribbean T here are some 7,000 secret documents the general Caribbean population are eagerly about Caribbean Community awaiting news of the contents of the cables (CARICOM) member states and the Do- which reportedly include recent issues such as minican Republic among the more than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s concerns 250,000 confidential United States diplomatic about Iranian ties to the Caribbean, Haiti’s cables which are to be released by Wikileaks in President Rene Preval’s concerns about having the coming months, sources close to the Wik- to live in exile after general elections held last ileaks investigation have told Caribbean Sun. month, former Trinidad and Tobago Prime “These seven thousand or more documents Minister Patrick Manning’s meetings in Trini- relate to several issues and personalities in- dad with former US Secretary of Homeland cluding drug trafficking, gun running, human Security Michael Chertoff, Guyana President nationals and Caribbean American owned busi- Bharat Jagdeo’s conversations with Columbia’s rights violations, terrorism, espionage, visa fraud and the personal lives of several govern- nesses in the United States with close ties to President Uribe, the activities of drug lords their countries of origin. ment, civic and business leaders,” these usual- Roger Khan of Guyana, “Little Nut” of St. Kitts ly reliable sources said. Some of the cables Caribbean governments, present and former and Nevis and “Dudus” Coke of Jamaica, may also include information about Caribbean government officials and politicians as well as among others. -Continued on Page 15- Barbershop raids outrage the community By Roger Caldwell purpose of these sweeps. It is obvious that in differentSince August 17, 2010, there has been a series of communities, compliance evaluations were handled in a“unorthodox inspections” in the African-American com- much more orderly fashion with a positive tone.munity, including the Caribbean American community Caribbean American community leaders are among thosethat borders on a violation of civil rights. These inspec- who are outraged at this series of raids which targetedtions have jailed 35 barbers, who Sheriff Jerry Demings some Caribbeanadmitted at a press conference American ownedshould have received citations. “… I was crying for my mommy...” barbering estab-“I would prefer that we not lishments andmake custodial arrests for these minor violations,” he beauty salons. They welcome the announced intention ofsaid. The majority of these arrests received a misdemean- Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL) to pursue thisor charge of “barbering without a license.” Demings said matter further.if his agency could conduct the operation over again, dep- Among the establishments raided was a Caribbean Ameri-uties would have issued orders to appear in court. can owned beauty salon in the Pine Hills area. During thatThis campaign was theoretically a joint operation with an raid, a child was forced to witness his mother manhandledagency, the Department of Business and Professional by deputies, later handcuffed and put to sit in the backRegulations, but appeared in certain targeted communities seat of a police cruiser. She was released at the scenea police raid. In many of the shops, certain barbers were without being charged.handcuffed even before they were inspected to determine “I was crying,” said the child who related the entire epi-if they were in compliance. sode to Caribbean Sun. The establishment’s owner said relevant authorities. Community leaders are of the viewMany of the owners are upset with the treatment by the the entire operation was caught on camera and is being that there is a need in the - Continued on Page 4deputies, and they want to know what was the basis and shared with Congresswoman Brown’s office and other Barrel Blues!! DREAM Act is Reality for K aren Alleyne had her barrel her family back in Guyana hadn’t re- picked up from her Kis- ceived the barrel. And calls to the ap- simmee home in early No- vember for shipment in time for the parently unregistered shipping broker she used have yielded no results, only excuses and empty promises. Undocumented Youths A similar experience has been shared By: Gail Seeram B by Chris Mc Kenzie whose shipment oth the House of Representatives The Development, Relief, and Education for to Jamaica is still to arrive, according and the Senate took action on the Alien Minors Act, or “DREAM Act,” would to his loved ones back home. The un- DREAM Act recently. On De- allow the 65,000 young undocumented stu- registered shipper he used tells him his cember 8, 2010, the DREAM Act dents who graduate high school each year to family is not telling the truth, the bar- was passed by the House of Representatives start a pathway to citizenship after complet- rels did arrive and were uplifted by a vote of 216 to 198. On December 9, ing two years of college or military service. though no documentary evidence to 2010, the Senate voted to table a vote on While both bills (H.R. 6497 and S. 3992) are support this has been produced. their version of DREAM Act. The Senate similar to the original versions of the Both Alleyne and Mc Kenzie, who should vote on the DREAM Act before the DREAM Act introduced in each chamber, usually ship barrels back home with end of the year. they differ in key ways. Under the Senate Laparkan and Finlay’s respectively, - Continued on Page 4 holiday season. Up to December 10, Continued on Page 4
  2. 2. “My husband should have won Best Presentation” says Keeran Ramnarain T housands turned out for Orlando’s 5th an- their tent not only enjoyed their curry duck but nual Curry Duck Curry competition held also the cook-up rice. “Perhaps there should be a Caribbean Community Must last month at the Citrus Bowl which saw cook-up rice and jerk competition alongside the Stand Up more than 15 entries, the highest number since the competition was started.T here are several Carib- deportation and other issues And as usual with any competition, the judges’ bean American commu- affecting our community. In decisions are always questioned by segments of nity organizations recent years there has been no the audience, who usually have their own favor-throughout Florida, including activity of this sort. ites. But one common view amongst most of theCentral Florida. Most of these thousands that turned out was that Kash Ramna- Over the past few months there rain should have won Best Presentation, a senti-organizations and associations have been raids by law enforce- ment his wife Keenan spoke with Caribbean Sunidentify the preservation and ment and regulatory agencies about in an exclusive interview.promotion of Caribbean cul- of barber shops and beauty sa-ture as among their major ob- “The judges probably felt that in order to appear lons owned by African Ameri-jectives. Most of these organi- fair and transparent they had to allow some of Contestants at the Duck Curry Competition cans and Caribbean Americans.zations do fairly good work in the new contestants to win. Kash has won sever- The Caribbean American com- al times. But the presentation was there for all tothe social, cultural and humani- munity in Central Florida has see…our presentation was the crowd favorite,” curry duck competition,” said Wesley Kirton whotarian spheres. been silent on this issue. We she told Caribbean Sun. was among the Caribbean American communityHowever, within the Caribbean have not reached out to our Af- leaders enjoying the event.American community in Cen- rican American brothers and Kash’s presentation boasted an ice-sculpturedtral Florida these Caribbean sisters to offer support even duck, chinaware, silver cutlery and unique linens This year’s first prize winner was Guyanese IndraAmerican organizations have though some of our own have which portrayed the highest standards of dining. Persaud who walked away with $1,000 cash asfailed to be promoters and pro- been victims. Where are our “Is duck curry or curry duck dining held to a dif- well as a trophy donated by Accounting and Computer Services, Inc. owned by Philip Scantle-tectors of the rights of members community leaders? When Car- ferent standard,” asked Mrs. Ramnarain. “If this is the case then the criteria should me made clear. bury and a gold chain with a pendant in the formof the community. Caribbean ibbean Sun contacted some If duck curry eating is seen to be more of a back- of a duck designed and donated by Singh’s Jewel-Americans are racially profiled, Caribbean community leaders ry World. Last year’s winner, Nadia Khan placed yard or bottom house rustic experience then thatbusiness places are targeted by about these raids, many were- should be explained. For us, the presentation for second this year while Dave Lall placed third andlaw enforcement agencies and n’t even aware these raids had dining requires the highest standards and that’s also copped the Best Presentation prize.often other ethnic groups bene- taken place. what we put out,” she from the programs and get The cultural entertainment was diverse and ener- As a New Year dawns, and as Mrs. Ramnarain said that her husband, father-in- gizing with patrons, including toddlers gyrating tofree access to the facilities of the political and human rights law and the rest of the team that worked on pre- the performances by Soca Elvis, Andy Singh andCity, County and State govern- challenges facing minority paring the presentation are not disappointed that the popular Supertones.ments while Caribbean Ameri- populations intensify, our com- they didn’t win and will continue to support thecans usually have to pay to ac- Organizer of the event, Vani Chattergoon of munity organizations and their event.cess these facilities and pro- Vani’s Productions thanked patrons, sponsors, leaders need to be more proac-grams. Many friends of the Ramnarain’s who visited contestants and exhibitors for their support and is tive about the issues that affect encouragingIn true Caribbean style our or- our people. These organiza- the businessganizations seem more focused tions need to stand up and pro- communityon fetes, concerts and fun in the tect the rights of the people to supportpark. The number of political they are intended to serve. No next year’sand advocacy programs and wonder no Caribbean associa- competitionevents put on by Caribbean tion attracts 100 people at their which isAmerican associations is mini- monthly meetings, although slated formal. About five years ago there there are thousands of Caribbe- Novemberwere some positive signs an nationals in Central Florida. 12.emerging through the Confer- No wonder the Mayor of Ocoeeence of Heads of Caribbean once said at the opening of theOrganizations of Central Flori- Caribbean American Businessda. Meetings were arranged Expo that he liked Caribbeanbetween law enforcement people because they are so fun-agencies, Consuls General and leaders to discussissues such as racial profiling, Kash Ramnarain & Mr. Ramnarain Sr. in his tent with the beautiful Ice Sculpture Florida’s Caribbean Sun is published by Caribbean Sun Publishers, LLC 1013 N. Pine Hills Road, Orlando, FL 32808 Phone (407) 374-2979 Email: Administrative Manager: Melinda Gordon Advertising: Vanessa Chin Churaman (407) 325-5466 Managing Editor: Laverne McGee Lifestyles Editor: Sharazade Kirton Florida’s Caribbean Sun 2
  3. 3. Caribbean needs to plan for disasters-PJ Patterson Patterson re- chemical and nuclear spills in a heavily have been as severe had there been appro- marks came in trafficked sea – populated with exotic spe- priate building systems in place. a major ad- cies of plants, animals and fish; dress he deliv-  We need to have a quick response Trafficking in drugs, psychotropic sub- disaster management plan in place which ered at the just stances and trading in small arms. In addi- can be speedily activated and smoothly concluded 34th tion, we are all vulnerable to the lurking implemented. annual Miami dangers of climate change with the disas- Conference on the Caribbean. trous possibility of rising waters and en-  The heavy reliance on non- dangered coastlines. Within the last twenty governmental organizations (NGOs) to Pointing to years, the region has faced at least three handle a massive response effort requiring January’s dev- threats from disastrous diseases – the Pink total coordination is excessive and there- astating earth- Mealy Bug, the Mad Cow Disease and the fore inadequate to cope with a series of quake in Haiti Foot and Mouth Disease. major disasters. as a vivid ex- We need to develop appropriate protocols  We need to ensure that mechanisms ample, Patter- and common approaches to deal with all are in place to deal with the rush of inter- son said the kinds of epidemic and thereby minimize national assistance during the emergency Caribbean arbitrary actions by individual member phase, in order to avoid chaos. Basin is one of states. There are several lessons to be the largest PJ Patterson (right) with Jerrit Schotte the new prime Minister of learnt from the cataclysmic disaster Haiti  We need to establish effective com- semi enclosed Curacao during the recent Miami Conference on the Caribbean suffered last January. munication systems, resistant to disasters seas in theF world, rimmed First, we must recognize that it is possible and prepared to keep the population in- ormer Jamaica Prime Minister formed about steps being taken and what by some 23 sovereign states and over half for one or several of our countries to be Perceval J. Patterson has warned can be expected at every stage. This dia- as many non-independent entities con- impacted by more than one hazard at the that the Caribbean region is vul- trolled by four metropolitan states. same time. Haiti has been hit by the earth- logue must be continuous and allow for nerable to several potentiallydevastating hazards more than one of quake, storm and flooding and the cholera feedback from the population. The former prime minister added: “Thewhich could hit a single country at the epidemic. Other parts of the region have  Environmental concerns must be ad- Caribbean Basin is subject to a range of had to deal with hurricanes, storms, flood- dressed as a matter of national and region-same time. hazards including ing, droughts and volcanoes. Limited ca- al priority.He is urging that Caribbean countries col- a. Geological hazards such as earth- pacity exists for mobilizing emergencylectively work to put in place mechanisms quakes, volcanoes, landslides and tsuna- response, rescue and security personnel,  We must determine beforehand howto ensure the least possible impact result- mis; but there are no overall coordinating ar- to address the post emergency phase…ing from disasters. Among the mecha- rangements. quickly putting in place transition strate-nisms identified are the adoption and en- b. Weather related hazards such as hurri- gies which focus on key priority areasforcement of proper building codes; the canes, tropical storms, floods, mudslides, Our preparation strategies should ensure such as provision of temporary housingestablishment of effective communication droughts, fires and insect infestations; several essentialities: and the removal of debris and and urgent and efficient tackling  We need to adopt and enforce properof a number of environmental issues. c. Hazards such as the possibilities of building codes. The devastation would notNew Cuban DrugA Cuban government sponsored pilot project to The project is based on the use of a so-called treat diabetic foot ulcers has been hailed as a ma- wonder drug, Heberprot-P, developed by the jor success following trials in St Lucia, the BBC Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnolo-Caribbean reports. gy in Cuba.St Lucia is the only country in the Eastern Caribbean tobenefit from the initiative. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 3
  4. 4. Barbershop raids outrage the DREAM Act is Reality for community Undocumented Youths -Continued from Page 1- Continued from Page 1targeted communities, where the treat- image of our barbershops, and make version (S. 3992) of the DREAM Act, ap- degree from a U.S. institution of higherment was too aggressive, to open up them a positive integral part of the plicants are treated as conditional nonimmi- education or complete at least 2 years of athe lines of communication. Having a community. grants for ten years before being allowed to bachelor’s degree program; or (2) serve inpress conference to acknowledge a apply for permanent residence. The House the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 2 years, Stopping the unorthodox evaluations isglitch in the system does not make the version (H.R. 6497) breaks this status up and, if discharged, receive an honorable the right thing to do. The Orangedifferent barbers, who impacted by the County Police Department must edu- into two five-year periods, and requires discharge.sweeps, feel whole. students to apply for an extension of their cate the barbers on the correct proce-It is important that respect is developed dures and proper channels to issue a conditional nonimmigrant status after the According to the Congressional Budgetwith the police, the regulators and the complaint. After the internal investiga- first five-year period has elapsed. Under the Office (CBO), the House version of thebarbers. Many deputies think that some tions are complete, it is necessary for House version, the applicants would have DREAM Act (H.R. 6497) would reducebarbershops are fronts for illegal activi- our community leaders to sit down and to pay a $525 surcharge on the initial appli- deficits by about $2.2 billion and increasety, and this can be true in some instanc- make recommendations to resolve the cation and a $2,000 surcharge at the begin- revenues by $1.7 billion over the 2011-es. But during these sweeps illegal ac- controversy and the issues with the ning of the second five year period. The 2020 period. The Senate version of thetivity was very limited, and treatment barbershop sweeps. Senate version establishes one ten-year DREAM Act (S. 3992) would reduce defi-in certain targeted communities was period of conditional nonimmigrant status cits by about $1.4 billion and increase reve- Sheriff Jerry Demings took a step for- without either fee. nue by $2.3 billion over the 2011-2020unwarranted. ward by acknowledging that his office period.As we move forward with enforcement could have handed the situation better. In general, The DREAM Act would allowagencies, there is a need to collaborate qualified young people to adjust their status It is estimated that roughly 2.1 million indi-with the police, and make our barber- It is now necessary for the community to that of a conditional permanent resident viduals would meet the DREAM Act’sshops information centers and health to take a step forward and work togeth- if they have: (1) entered the U.S. before the basic age, length of residence, and age ofcenters for men in the community. By er, and resolve this confrontational age of 16; (2) been physically present in the arrival requirements upon enactment. Ad-reaching forward, we can change the situation. U.S. for a continuous period of not less ditionally, passage of the DREAM Act will than 5 years immediately preceding the increased enrollment in colleges and uni- Cont’d……….. Barrel Blues !!were lured to use another company this which included failure to deliver cargo date of enactment; (3) earned a high-school diploma or its equivalent; (4) been a person of good moral character; and (5) no crimi- versities, increased enrollment in the U.S. armed forces, keep talented students in the U.S., and provide individuals an opportuni-time because of the low prices this com- and refusal to return the pre-paid ocean nal record and are not a danger to national ty to raise their standard of living and con-pany was charging. freight; loss of cargo; significant delay in security. tribute to the tax system. delivery; charges for insurance that was“I thought I would take the chance. I never obtained and inflated charges after Additionally, to have the conditional basis The passage of the DREAM Act is a winshipped two barrels and in these times the the cargo was tendered. of their permanent resident status lifted, for undocumented youths and for our strug-savings were significant. I hope I haven’t students would have to satisfy one of the gling economy.lost everything. This company is even Among the recommendations of the In- following requirements: (1) earn a 2-yearinsured and bonded so I don’t know if I terim Report are increased consumer edu-can even file a claim,” Mc Kenzie said. cation and the implementation of joint law enforcement efforts to protect con-The issue of unregistered freight forward-ing companies has long been an issue sumers. Michael Khouri, the FMC St. Margaret’s Sea Scouts in Trinidad Commissioner who spearheaded thewhich the Federal Maritime Commission(FMC) has been trying to address. But recent investigation on which the Inter- rebuilding their community im Report is based said that the newthe registered, licensed and bonded measures to be taken address a consum- Lyma Dunbarfreight forwarders feel the FMC need to er protection issue that “affects manytarget these illegal operators more ag- average citizens. He said enforcement With a renewed mission to empower the youth in the community, the St. Margaret’sgressively. efforts would be intensified against Sea Scouts named after the village it represents, located on the outskirts of San Fer-At a meeting in Washington, DC on De- rogue operators.cember 8, the FMC considered and ap- nando in South Trinidad; reactivated their membership under the zealous guidance During the peak holiday season, legiti-proved for immediate action a number of of Anselm “Slim” Callender. At an event in November, at the St. Margaret’s Com- mate operators such as Laparkan arerecommendations contained in an Interim making every effort to ensure that con- munity Center, some of these gentlemen ceremoniously gathered to officially an-Report on the nature, scope and frequen- signees get their cargo in time for the nounce the return of the Sea Scouts, and their of potentially unfair, unlawful and holidays. These companies, as well asdeceptive practices in the shipping of the ports in the various Caribbean coun- In existence for sixty years, the St. Margaret’s Sea Scouts has over the years seenhousehold goods and personal property. tries are working extended hours and some of the village’s finest pass through its ranks, many of whom are now in theirBetween 2005 and 2009 the FMC re- throughout weekends to clear the holi-ceived over 2,500 consumer complaints fifties. Men such as Andrew Alves, Godfrey John, Valentine George, Renny Forde, day congestion. Glenn Young and the current President of the Village Council, Colin George. “Slim” Callender, also the manager of entertainer, Ronnie McIntosh and the band Blue Ventures, and a Sea Scout himself, said “there is an escalation of crime in the village, just as elsewhere in Trinidad and Tobago, and we were blessed with a support structure in our youth, under mentors such as the late Scout’s Master, Trevor Levine.” Godfrey John elaborated, “We would like to show that there are positive role models in the community.” With the assistance of some of the wives, Sharon Alves and Dianne Reuben, along with Lima Ramjohn, whose parents Manny and Irma Ramjohn have been the life’s blood of the Scouts during most of their living years; Lima continues the family tradition after their death. Through fund raisers and other resources, the Sea Scouts intend to avail themselves to their community as a go to for fi- nancial assistance and mentorship, among other social and wellbeing needs. “WE COME TO YOUY- STOP PRESS Gonsalves wins third term 407-350-4888 The ruling United Labor Party (ULP) of Supporters of the ULP took to the streets Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in in celebration after the preliminary results St. Vincent and the Grenadines won an showed that the party had won eight of historic third consecutive term in office at the 15 seats contested in the general elec- general elections held on December 13, tion. The NDP, which had three seats in fighting off a strong challenge from the the last parliament increased that number New Democratic Labor Party (NDP) to seven, preliminary results showed. which won seven (7) of the 15 seats in Parliament. Florida’s Caribbean Sun 4
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  7. 7. Barbados is hemisphere’s second least corrupt countryBarbados has topped the list in Latin America and theCaribbean as the country perceived to be the least cor-rupt in the region.I ts enviable ranking is contained in Chile is 3rd. 2010 Corruption Perception report Globally, the Transparency Internation- by the international watchdog al Corruption Perception Index putsTransparency International (TI). Barbados at a very high 17th where it isNot only does TI place Barbados at the tied with of the Latin Amercan and Caribbe- By comparison Britain is at number 20an region, the Caribbean nation is se- and the United States 22.cond only to Canada in the entireAmericas. Three countries are tied for first place as being perceived to be the least cor-The United States is in 4th place while rupt in the world - Denmark, New Zea- land and Singapore. The only other Caricom state making the top 50 is Dominica at 44 - and the other Caribbean territory in that bracket is Puerto Rico, ranked at 33. Other Caribbean country rankings on the global corruption perception index are Cuba at 69, Trinidad and Tobago - 73, Jamaica comes in at 86, the Domin- ican Republic 101, Guyana 116 and Venezuela 164. At the bottom of the list globally, plac- ing at 178 and perceived to be the worlds most corrupt country, is Soma- lia. The Management & Staff of Caribbean Sun wish all of our Advertisers and Readers Happy Holidays Florida’s Caribbean Sun 7
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  10. 10. Barbadians in Orlando Indian Ambassador visits Orlando celebrate Independence hails contribution of West Indian cultureB arbadians in Central Florida cele- dent of the association, Dr. Dale Husbands By Laverne McGee brated their country’s 44th Inde- said that through solid stewardship the M pendence anniversary by paying people of Barbados “have not really felt eera Shankar, Indian Ambas- room despite telling them she was thetribute to the life and work of their late the pain of a global recession. sador to the United States has Indian Ambassador. A female securityprime minister, David Thompson, who acknowledged the contribu- officer patted her down. A Transporta- He said that in the New Year the associa-died a few weeks prior to the celebrations. tions West Indians of Indian descent are tion Security Administration spokesman tion will partner with other Barbadian as- making to the modernization of Indian said diplomats are not exempt from theThe Coalition for the Barbados Associa- sociations in Florida in fundraising efforts culture. searches and that Shankar was screenedtion of Central Florida held its annual In- to help charities back home. “My hope is in accordance with TSA’s security poli-dependence Gala on November 20th at the for all the Florida organizations to come Ambassador Shankar told Caribbean cies and procedures.Rosen Hotel. Guest of honor at the event together to host a single fund raising event Sun’s Managing Editor Laverne McGeewas Barbados Minister of International which would allow us to make a signifi- that she and the rest of India are quite India’s external affairs Minister S.M.Business and International Transport, cant contribution to Barbados.” aware of the modernization and cultural Krishna issued a statement from NewGeorge Hutson. modifications West Indians have had on Delhi, India. He said” I am rather sur- Three Barbadians resident in Central Flori- Indian culture pointing prised by the way the IndianIn his address to the gathering Hutson da-Tyrell Pile, Vincent Sandiford and “India protests search Ambassador to the US has to the fact that chut-highlighted the visionary leadership of the Gladstone Clarke received the Outstanding ney music specifically, of its Ambassador “ been treated. This has hap-late prime minister and the achievements Citizen Award for their long and dedicated has gained attention pened for the second time inof the government. He assured that pro- service to the community. outside of the Caribbean. three months. This is unacceptable togress and prosperity would continue de- India and we are going to take it up withspite the loss of David Thompson. Presi- Several Guyanese, Trinidadians and other the government of the United States. I Caribbean Americans were part of the hope things can be resolved so that such audience at a recent lecture delivered by unpleasant incidents do not occur again.” the ambassador at the University of Cen- tral Florida. While her visit to Central Florida was most welcoming the same could not be said for her trip to back to the Washing- ton, DC metropolitan area. On December 4, Shankar was departing Jackson Evers Airport in Mississippi when she was sub- jected to a search by agents of the Trans- portation Security Agency (TSA) alt- hough she had correct paperwork and documents proving she is a diplomat. Meera Shankar, Indian Ambassador to Those who witnessed the ambassador’s the US (left) with Laverne McGee screening said officers told her that she was singled out because of the way she was dressed. Shankar was wearing a sari. First she was pulled from the security line. Then she was taken to a waiting 6100 Old Winter Garden Rd., Orlando, Florida 352-874-3554 A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers. We are always grateful for your continued support. OUR CHRISTMAS SPECIALS INCLUDE: Aniseed Bread, Special Pepperpot Bread, Black Cakes, Fruit Cakes, Party-size Pastries and much more… Also serving you at: CLERMONT/MINNEOLA BRANCH: Sarah’s West Indian Store, 204 West Washington St. 352-243-3465 OCALA BRANCH: Jerry’s West Indian Store, 9536 S.E. Maricamp Rd. 352-680-1608 MAIN BRANCH, TORONTO CANADA 2691 Markham Rd. #11, Scarborough 416-298-6611 Florida’s Caribbean Sun 10
  11. 11. Curacao to offer flights to spaceC uracao hopes to offer commercial Hato International Airport. The price tag flights to space by January 1, 2014,for such space experiences is still steep, the country’s new prime minister, some 95.000 dollars per person for a 45Gerrit Schotte announced recently while minute trip, but the predictions are thataddressing the 34th annual Miami Confer- by 2020 some 20.000 people will be mak-ence on the Caribbean Basin. ing a trip to space on a commercial basis, as space tourists. Now some of you mightThe projected price for a 45 minute trip to be thinking right now, yeah right, spacespace from Curacao is $95, 000. The prime travel …. but in this new era we live in, Iminister announced his country’s space see projects like this as a unique but alsoproject as among the bold new initiatives realistic opportunity to present Curaçao tohis administration plans to stimulate the the world. And also as a unique opportuni-economy and generate jobs. ty to create new jobs, and introduce new“We keep adding new initiatives, some high-tech opportunities to our island,” themore bold than others. One of those is the prime minister said.proposed Curaçao Space Port, where by Government and private sector, he added,January first of 2014, we hope to see com- have been actively involved in this projectmercial space flights take off from our from the onset. Reggae Superstar Buju Banton to perform live in concert January 16 in Miami M IAMI - Sunday, Janu- day there is no ary 16th 2011 Martin other reason to Luther King Weekend, miss this once in mark your calendars for the most a life time un- highly anticipated show that will expected con- lock down any other show for the cert, which will entire year, Buju Banton Live on not happen any- Stage for one night and one night where else in only. the USA. So There is no other way to start 2011, come out and but to start it with one of the lead- witness history ing Grammy Nominated Reggae as Buju hits the Artist, Buju. Just when they stage on Ameri- thought Mr. Gargamel would stop can Soil, which to dwell on the negativity, Buju most people rises and comes fourth with say, may be his friends for Before the Dawn Con- very last show. cert. With no school or work the next DECEMBER >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> VID’S 5th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY ISLAND BEAT ANNIVERSARY & HATTERS MELA ROOM PARTY 9677 S. Orange Blossom Trail TEMA FOUNDATION HALL Orlando, FL 1044 Plaza Drive Saturday, December 18, 2010 Kissimmee, FL Doors open @ 9.30 pm Saturday, December 25, 2010 Tickets: $10.00 Time: 10 pm-2 am Contact: 407-654-9096/407-291-2047 Tickets: $10.00 advance /$15.00 at door >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Food and Drinks Available ISLAND SATURDAYS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2ND ANNUAL MASQUERADERS EDITION THE ORLANDO CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION STONEFACE BIRTHDAY BASH NEW YEAR’S EVE SOCIAL CLUB LIMELITE “THE VENUE” 345 N. Orange Ave TIMEHRI BANQUET HALL Orlando, FL 7371 West Colonial Drive Saturday, December 18, 2010 Orlando, FL Ladies free till 11.30 pm (Highland Lake Mall) Men $10 Before 12.00 am Friday, December 31, 2010 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Time: 8 pm - ? AN EVENING OF INSPIRING DEVOTIONALS ALL INCLUSIVE: Drinks, Dinner & Breakfast SARYAM Contribution: $40.00 per person OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL Contact: Phillip @ 321-231-5998/Ricky 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road @407-448-8688/Bunny @917-886-6940 Orlando, FL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sunday, December 19, 2010 2011Doors open @ 4 pm, Program begins @ 4.30 GACACF ANNUAL REPUBLIC BALL pm “THE BALLROOM” AT CHURCH STREET Tickets: $15.00, Children under 5 yrs free Saturday February 19, 2011 Contact: 407-451-2617/352-8705300 7:00PM—2:00AM >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tickets $ 60.00 CHRISTMAS EVE DANCE Contact : Vanessa 407-325-5466 “THE VENUE” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> TIMEHRI BANQUET HALL GRENADA INDEPENDENCE GALA 7371 West Colonial Drive THE HOLIDAY INN, HOTEL & SUITES Orlando, FL 5905 Kirkman Road (Highland Lake Mall) Friday, December 24, 2010 Orlando, FL Saturday, March 19, 2011 KISSIMMEE # 407-201-3066 Time: 8 pm -? Time: 7 pm-1 am Donation: $5.00 Tickets: $55.00 in advance onlyContact: Lake @352-267-1232/Errol @407- Contact: Val @321-303-9345/Rita @407-299 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 864-9981 -8316 Florida’s Caribbean Sun 11
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  13. 13. Recipes! Recipes! Recipes! Recipes! ROYAL ICING 300°F for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.Ingredients 6. Sprinkle additional rum over cake immedi-1 lb raisins 2 egg whites 1 lb icing sugar (confectioners, 4 cups) ately after it is baked. Repeat a few times. Al-1/2 lb currant low cake to remain in pan for 2 to 3 days. 1 lemon, juice of1/4 lb prune 7. FOR THE MARZIPAN: Beat egg whites to a stiff froth, stir in ground almonds, sugar and1 cup rum Directions: almond essence to make a paste.1 1/2 lbs brown sugar, packed (3 1/4 cups) Prep Time: 20 mins 8. Remove cake from pan, place on a cake Total Time: 2 1/2 hrs1/2 lb butter plate. Cover top of cake with almond paste. 1. FOR THE CAKE: Wash and dry fruit. Roll rest of paste thinly to cover sides. Allow to6 eggs, beaten Grind fruit and soak with 3/4 cup of rum. Store, dry 1 day before icing.1/2 lb flour (2 cups) covered, in glass jar to steep for 2 weeks or 9. FOR THE ROYAL ICING: Beat egg longer. So you don’t have time.. try stewing it1/2 teaspoon baking powder whites to a froth, add sugar, a little at a time, works as well.1 teaspoon mixed spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, beating well after each addition. Add lemon 2. TO MAKE CARAMEL, heat 1 lb. of sugar juice and sugar and continue to beat until mix-cloves, allspice) in a heavy bottomed frying pan until melted; ture forms peaks.1/4 lb mixed peel simmer until dark brown. Let cool. 10. Dip a spatula in hot water and smoother the 3. Cream butter and 1/2 lb (250 g) sugar well,1/4 lb chopped nuts (optional) icing over the almond paste. A second layer add beaten eggs a little at a time; add soaked may be applied when the first is thoroughlyICING FOR BLACK CAKE fruits and rum, stirring well, and enough cara- dried.MARZIPAN mel to make it as dark as desired. Decorate as desired.2 egg whites 4. Add sifted flour with baking powder and1/2 lb ground almonds (2 cups) mixed spice. Fold in peel and chopped nuts.1/2 lb icing sugar (confectioners, 2 cups) 5. Pour mixture into baking pan, greased and1/2 teaspoon almond essence (extract) lined with waxed paper. Bake in a slow oven at 629 Delhi Street, Orlando (3 blocks East of Pine Hills Rd. off of W. Colonial Dr.) “Buffet Style Lunch” A First in Caribbean Dining Orlando’s Tastiest Caribbean Food:- Buss Up Shot, curry Chicken, Goat, Beef, Veggies, Rice & Peas and Much More All You Could Eat $7.99 Mon-Fri: 11am – 3 pm Tel:- 407-293-ROTI (7684) Florida’s Caribbean Sun 13
  14. 14. Sports roundup New York Chargers win US Open Cricket T he New York Chargers be- came the 2010 US Open Cricket Champions when they convincingly defeated the Pa- during the three days of intense competition. The Finals of the US Open com- menced almost immediately after handle the Chargers’ five- prong spin attack. With the fall of Haider at 35, and Singh at 48, the Magic were unable to do any signif- Wright immediately set upon the hapless Magic bowling while Hall played a more supporting role, rotating the strike. By the end of the 15th over Chargers had acquired kistan Magic in the finals of the icant recovery. They were all out the runs need for victory and the champion- the conclusion of the semi-finals. Cricket Council USA sponsored for 113 runs. ship. Wright hit the winning shot- a four The Magic batted first. Openers tournament, on Sunday, December Ken Singh (29) and Hussain Haider The Chargers’ regular opening pair muscled over the extra cover fieldsman. He 5th, 2010 at the Lauderhill Cricket (33) were the only two Magic bats- of Carl Wright and Glenn Hall con- was 47 not out and Steve Massiah 23 not Stadium, in Fort Lauderdale, Flori- out. men who seemed to know how to fidently strode to the wicket. da. The Chargers played undefeated Following the game the presentation cere- mony was held with various awards , for the tournament, given: Most Promising Player – Steven Tay- lor ( Miami Thunder) WI cuts tour of Sri Lanka Most Catches – Rashad Marshall (United Chargers) Most Wickets – Masood Moham-T med ( Magic) he West Indies has cut Sri Lanka Cricket took the decision Most Runs – Steven Taylor (Miami Thun- short its current tour of Sri to cancel the Limited Overs Series der) Lanka due to bad weather. when it was clear that the persistent MVP of Finals – Carl Wright (United The visitors should have rain is unlikely to abate and allow Chargers)played five One Day Internationals for completed matches. The drawn Tournament MVP – Steven Taylor (Miamiand one T-20, but bad weather, three match Test Series was also Thunder)which also ruined the three test se- heavily affected by rain.ries, forced a cancellation of the re- The WICB was consulted and sup-mainder of the tour. ported the decision taken by SLC.West Indies Cricket Board CEO “It made little sense to have theDr. Ernest Hilaire said that a teams turn up for matches whichpractical decision had to be taken they knew were not going to takein the interest of cricket with re- place and this would have causedgard to the cancellation of the frustrations to fans and officials asLimited Overs portion of the West well,” Dr Hilaire observed.Indies Team tour of Sri Lanka. “The weather is beyond any of our“The weather in Sri Lanka has been control and the WICB will nowmost disappointing throughout the work with Sri Lanka Cricket to en-tour and a practical decision had to sure that the matches are resched-be taken in the best interest of crick- uled to a time when the weather iset, the fans and the players,” Dr more favorable for cricket,” he said.Hilaire commented. Turn in your oldSingh’s Jewelry unwanted Gold or Jewelry and make ca$h Broken , tangled One Free Jewelry Cleaning chains missing stones mix/match & Inspection earrings 10K 14KDerrick 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 14
  15. 15. More than 7,000 secret cables on the Caribbean -Continued from page 1-There are more than 1,000 secret docu- Many of the secret cables, according to press, we can speak to the diplomatic ing what it called the largest set of confi-ments each on Jamaica, Dominican Re- the sources, go back to events such as the communitys practice of cable writing. dential documents into the public do-public, Haiti and Guyana in addition to Cubana Disaster off Barbados, the Grena- Cables reflect the internal day-to-day main. Assange has since been arrested inhundreds each on Grenada, Trinidad and da invasion, the Jonestown Massacre and analysis and candid assessments that London on unrelated allegations of rape.Tobago, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados the Iran-Contra investigations. Caribbean inform the governments foreign relations The website has thus far released someand the Bahamas, Caribbean Sun has Sun sought to confirm these reports with deliberations.” 450 documents with a total of a quarterlearnt. One of the cables on Grenada may the US State Department but a spokes- Meanwhile, Wikileaks said the embassy million slated to be released.have to do with the use of the interna- person there said the Department “is cables will be released in stages over thetional airport there as a base for US fight- unable to confirm any of this infor- The cables date from 1966 up until the next few months. "The subject matter ofer jets which accompanied President mation” end of February 2010 and contain confi- these cables is of such importance, andBarack Obama to Trinidad for last year’s dential communications between 274 While acknowledging that the leaks “are the geographical spread so broad, that toSummit of the Americas. Recent cables, embassies in countries throughout the an embarrassment to the United States” do otherwise would not do this materialthe sources say, also deal with the rela- world and the State Department in Wash- the State Department spokesperson add- justice," the web site added. The Wik-tions between Caribbean countries and ington, DC. ed “while we cannot speak to the authen- ileaks website, founded by former hackerVenezuela and President Hugo Chavez. ticity of any documents provided to the Julian Assange, last month started releas- Florida’s Caribbean Sun 15
  16. 16. HISTORIC DOCUMENT FSCA 10TH ANNUAL PRESENTATION DANCEGuyana’s Prime Minister Sam Hinds examines what is be-lieved to be among the few original documents of the pro-ceedings and maps both for British Guiana and Venezue-la leading up to the Arbitral Award of 1899 at the Cheloni- Members of the Dream Team, recipients of the Triple Crown thisan Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida in the company of, year being congratulated by the Association’s President Hakimthe Institutes director Dr. Peter Pritchard, a student intern Bacchus at the Annual Award Ceremony/Dance held at the Melaat the Institute and former diplomat Wesley Kirton. Room CARIBBEAN CHAMBER HOLIDAY PARTY From left are: Hector Perez, vice president of community rela- tions at the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance andKash Ramnarain ( 2nd from right ) with Management Staff of the Maraya Res- Accounting (ALPFA); Chamber president Carol Singh; businesstaurant at the Chamber’s Holiday Party From left to right Edwin Ayache, Ade- consultant Wilfred Thomas; Roberto Acevedo, senior adminis-le Saxe, Peter Saxe, Violette Haddad, Kash Ramnarain and George Knouri trative assistant at the Orange County Appraiser’s Office and Ron Roach of Darden Restaurants. The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (CACCF) held its Holiday Party and Dinner recently at the Maraya Res- taurant on Crystal Clear Lane in Orlando. Scores of Chamber members and friends attended the event. Duck Curry Duck (Left) 1st Prize Winner Indra Persaud re- ceives trophy from Philip Scantlebury (Right) This group took time out to relax during the event Florida’s Caribbean Sun 16