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NEWS MAGAZINE Caribbean American Passport and Central Florida Urban League joining forces


aribbean American Passport is partnering with the "I have a Voice Campaign" launched by the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL). Calling the voter turnout in the August 24 primary "dismal" and "apathetic," the Central Florida Urban League has launched a program designed to increase voter registration and encourage more people—especially those in minority neighbourhoods—to go to the polls this November. Partners to date include the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Asian American Chamber of Commerce has also expressed its support of the initiative. The Orlando Advocate, Florida Sun, Orlando Times and WOKB Radio have also joined the initiative as Partners. For more information on the "I have a Voice" Campaign contact Allie Braswell at 407-841-7654 or by email at

The 2010 Miami Carnival Moves to its new home at Sun Life Stadium (Dolphin Stadium) in Miami Gardens, Florida Sunday, October 10, 2010


he 2010 MIAMI CARNIVAL will be held on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium (Dolphin Stadium) in the City of Miami Gardens. Dolphin Stadium is home to numerous NFL Super Bowls and major entertainment productions, including Jazz in the Gardens. The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Sun Life Stadium and its affiliates and the Miami Dolphins organization to secure the Stadium as a venue for the Miami Carnival on Columbus Day Weekend each year. This spirited agreement represents a major opportunity for the Miami Carnival to build the future and sustainability of the Carnival brand at a world renowned venue. As Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Miami Carnival Inc. (MCI) and Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc. (BCCI) united last year, and hosted one of the most successful Carnivals in the world that attracted over 50,000 people on Carnival day. This Caribbean cultural experience and spectacular riotous blend of colors, pageantry and fantasy, is depicted through a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes, steel bands, calypso, soca and konpa music. The annual event attracts over 100,000 people throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to the South Florida area. The unified Miami Carnival has a significant impact on annual tourism and the overall economy in South Florida. “The richness and diversity of the Caribbean culture is an important part of the fabric that makes South Florida — Continued on page 18 —



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Welcome to Our 1st Edition!


elcome, to the first issue of Caribbean American Passport. Producing this newspaper has been a process that I can only describe as close to pregnancy and birth to a beautiful baby. It was long and arduous with tough and beautiful moments along the way. It started out as a hazy picture in my mind and grew every month into what you see now as a solid shape and form. I hope you enjoy it. I have to thank the wonderful community of staff, friends, clients and family who believed at times more than I did, that we were going to do a great job and put out a wonderful newspaper... without their push and support it would not have happened. With moving every dream to a reality - write it down, make it happen, tell others who will support you and have them be your cheerleaders when you need it.

what i be talking about can be said in this language only this tongue be the one that understands what i be talking about

Guenet Gittens-Roberts, Publisher/Editor


aribbean American Passport - Join us on facebook, so that you can be a part of the movement of this newspaper. This newspaper is for the Caribbean American Individual, one who celebrates the unique vibrancy of the Caribbean Culture coupled with an American Perspective. The person who might be in a suit but will at the very least tap their foot once reggae or soca hits their ear. The Caribbean American Creole who knows that the future of our families is made better by the present we work on today. I invite you to be a member of our Passport eye team by joining our facebook page so that you can post events, news, and pictures by tagging us, help us to get updated news quickly to share with our community base. Send me photos of people and events in the community. Can you write - send a little caption with your photo or an entire article. Your story could be the next one on our front page.

I invite you to join Caribbean American Passport as a member so that you can support a Community Newspaper that supports the Community. Your membership will ensure that our People and Community Organizations have a forum to share their cultural events and that we continue to keep our Culture alive as we form a vibrant community here for our families. Membership is $50.00 per year and includes a paper mailed to you monthly as well as discounted rates on advertising and —from “defending my tongue,” Lucile Clifton discounted admission to passport events. For more information on how you could keep this paper in the community email I’ll still be doing the weekly Caribbean Events newsletter by email Natasha Solomon in our passport member department at: and I’lll still be on wokbradio’s Caribbean Saturdays every other week at 11am...but my clients wanted a different option for their advertising than just the options that were currently available I invite you to advertise with us - for a complete media kit and to them. I have always been passionate about the people who sponsorship information of upcoming community events. Send work hard in the community to promote our culture - the asso- an email to Natalie Ramos: ciations, the radio personalities, the people who hold cultural events and I wanted to provide them with a platform that sup- ported their efforts. This newspaper will give me the opportunity to merge those two by promoting Caribbean Culture and Caribbean American Passport is hiring the following: the way we adapt to life here - outside our homelands. The name Caribbean American Passport was chosen in a contest against Creole Lifestyle Magazine for the name of this newspaper, but I felt so strongly about the word Creole as a word that suited the mixture of the Caribbean Community and a word that encompassed all of the Caribbean, that I named my column Creole Lifestyle. The word Creole is typically used to describe language, the mixture of the mother tongue with the taught language and you can find the word Creole in English Colonies, Spanish and French all used to describe the new language that evolves. However Creole has another meaning as well - the word Creole means the people that were born in the new lands as opposed to the Generation that immigrated. Creole then was used to describe Portuguese born in the Colonies, Europeans born in the Colonies, Black Slaves born in the Colonies, Dutch and the list goes on. Creole is a language and a description of us as People. We are changing and we and our children are hybrids of the new culture - the mix of the two lands and so we will look back at our homelands but also celebrate the unique Creoles that we are here now in America. This Creole Lifestyle Column will address this every month, through features like next month’s question of - A Caribbean Diet, good or bad. What did we do back home, how have we adapted it to life here. I’ll interview a team of doctors and people on the streets to find out their thoughts on the matter. Join us on facebook to weigh in with your comments. — Guenet


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Trinidad & Tobago Karate Federation approves new US training facility in Orlando

Central Florida Field Hockey Association


entral Florida Field Hockey Association (CFFHA) - ‘Orlando Lightening’, in collaboration with the Florida Field Hockey TKF has announced the approval of a training facility in Orlando, Florida for TTKF National team members to train Association (FFHA) and other local field hockey associations and clubs will be coordinating the selection of the 1st ever FFHA while competing in the USA. State team to represent Florida and participate in the 2010 Atlanta Cup International Field Hockey Tournament. The Atlanta The training center is under the direcCup will be hosted by Georgia Field Hockey Association on tion of expert Darryl Williams, and October 16th and 17th. is located at 2603 Silkwood Circle, Orlando. It has an 800 FFHA held their first day of team trials on August 14th and will square feet hard wood floor be holding the second team trials on September 18th at the and a state of art gym. It is Florida International University campus in Miami . Player from ideal for traditonal kata . the different local clubs have been invited to try-out for the teams that will represent FFHA. It is anticipated that two men’s Use of the facility is free to all teams and two women’s teams will be selected. “We should TTKF National Team memhave at least 2 player from CFFHA selected to represent Florida” bers. It is also available to TTKF stated Sam Roberts, President of Central Florida Field Hockey certified instructors who wish to Association. “We’ve been working on building our field hockey conduct seminars in Orlando. program in Central Florida since 2006, we practice weekly at TTKF will be seeking simlilar facilities in New York, California, Barber Park and we’ve attracted players of all ages, skill levels, Toronto and London to accomodate TTKF team members while nationalities and a few National collegiate All-American players also. For more information go to traveling for competition or advance training.


2010 Atlanta Cup International Field Hockey Tournament October 16th & 17th, 2010 Location: Atlanta , GA Divisions: Men’s and Women’s

Orlando Players Scheduled for World Domino Tournament


embers of the Orlando Caribbean Domino Association have been selected to represent the United States at the World Domino Championships. Held this year from October 1st - 10th 2010, at the National Cultural Center in Castries, Saint Lucia, the tournament is under the auspices of the World Council of Domino Federations, which has its headquarters in Barbados. The world council is made up of teams from Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and the USA. Participants will take part in both three and four hand styles of domino for male and female athletes. The US team is made up of players from Orlando, New York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. The Orlando players are very honored and excited about representing the United States and are looking forward to returning with the championship trophy. For more information on the tournament please visit the WCDF’s web site at


Sensei Darryl Williams celebrates 40th anniversary

WICB announces list of players offered Central Retainer and Developmental contracts


n September 9th 2010, Sensei Darryl Williams would have celebrated 40 years practicing karate. He t John’s Antigua - The WICB, on Friday August 27, offered started practicing when he Central Retainer Contracts for the period October 1, 2010 to was ten years old in Diego September 30, 2011 to the following players: Martin, Trinidad and Tobago. 9. Darren Bravo 1. Chris Gayle Today he holds a Rokudan ( 2. Shivnarine Chanderpaul 10. Shane Shillingford 6th Degree Black Belt) in 3. Sulieman Benn 11. Kieron Pollard Shito-Ryu karate and senior 4. Dwayne Bravo 12. Nikita Miller grades in Kobudo ( 5. Darren Sammy 13. Devon Smith Okinawan weapon) and 6. Kemar Roach 14. Ravi Rampaul Goshin-Do Jui-Jitsu.He repre- 7. Brendan Nash 15. Nelon Pascal sented his country many 8. Adrian Barath times at international events. Among his positions The WICB also offered Developmental Contracts to the folis Vice President of the World lowing players: Union of Karate-Do Organizations (WUKO) . WUKO has na1. Kirk Edwards 6. Chadwick Walton tional federations on five continents. 2. Andre Russell 7. Devendra Bishoo 3. David Bernard Jr. 8. Assad Fudadin He is also a certified WUKO referee ( kata and kumite) and 4. Gavin Tonge 9. Imran Khan certified instructor with the American Sport Education Pro10. Kevin Stoute gram (ASEP). He currently serves as Chairman of the Trinidad 5. Andre Fletcher and Tobago Karate Federation (TTKF). The players have been given until September 10 to peruse the ofSensei Williams oversees his own karate school - Bassai Karate fers and indicate to the WICB whether they will accept. The WICB has also indicated that should, by that date, any player not conDojo - International, Orlando, Florida. Since teaching karate, he vey a decision to the WICB or indicate that they would prefer not has produced over one hundred and fifty black belts, many of to take up the offer the WICB will make alternative offers. whom occupy senior positions in the global karate community. Big hitting Kieron Pollard who has performed exceedingly well in the shortest form of the game has been offered a Central Retainer Contract for the first time. Also making their debut on the list of Central Retainer Contracts is the Trinidadian pair of Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo, Dominican off spinner Captain of Shane Shillingford, Jamaican left arm spinner Nikita Miller and Grenadian pacer Nelon Pascal. the West


Indies Cricket team, Chris Gayle, visits Timehri Restaurant in Orlando.

Barath, Bravo, Miller and Pascal have been moved up to Central Retainer Contract offers from Developmental Contracts for the past year. Devon Smith, the Grenadian opener, who performed well for the West Indies A Team, has also been offered a Central Retainer Contract after holding a Developmental Contract for the year October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. Of the 14 players who are on Central Retainer Contracts for the period October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010, six Ramnaresh Sarwan, Denesh Ramdin, Jerome Taylor, Narsingh Deonarine, Dave Bernard and Travis Dowlin - have slipped off the list of those offered Central Retainer Contracts for the upcoming year. Bernard has been offered a Developmental Contract while Sarwan and Taylor’s limited availability for the West Indies over the past year due to injuries weighed heavily against them. Sarwan and Deonarine’s general levels of fitness were also deemed unsatisfactory. Ramdin and Dowlin’s performances over the past year have been less than favourable in the view of the Selection Committee and they were not recommended for Central Retainer or Developmental contracts.

Photos by Vanessa Chin

The WICB reiterates that being on Central Retainer or Development contracts is not a pre-requisite for being selected to represent the West Indies.


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Advice from Newborn Baby Specialist

Do you enjoy what you do? Well I do, I’m known as the “British Newborn Specialist” and I’ve moved from family to family, month to month from the Upper West side of Manhattan to Central Florida, Dr Phillip’s, Windermere, Winter Gardens, you call me and I’ll come and help you during the first few days or months through feedings, sleeping through the night and all the things a parent with a newborn needs. But what does my job actually entail? I’ve helped Vice-Presidents of major corporations answer the question of “swaddle or no swaddle.” Mothers at their wits end asking “since it’s been three days and my milk hasn’t come in should I just give a bottle? Looking at me with desperation I can see the question - will she have the answer I need? The first thing I say to new moms is to breathe and relax, you just gave birth to the one of the most important person in your life relax and enjoy the experience. The best advice I can give after 20 years as a nanny The best advice I can give you is to relax and enjoy this time - things that work for others may not work for you and this baby. Try but if not try something different, it does not make you any less of a mother. Use a five day rule when trying new things, but if they don’t improve, move on. Call your doctor constantly if it makes you feel more comfortable, don’t refuse help, take as much help as you can from neighbors, family, friends and in-laws. Use this to make time for sleep, personal hygiene and just tending to your own self. Use these tips to help you to stay calm. Whether breast feeding or not, staying at home or working - scheduling feedings is important. If you’re breast feeding try using a double pump for convenience and speed. After you’ve given your baby a nice warm bath, warm your hands with baby oil and massage baby from head to toe - your baby’s now relaxed and ready for a bottle or breastfeeding and straight to bed.

Jackie Rampergas was born in London, of Jamaican parents, is married to a Guyanese and now lives in Kissimmee with her husband Joey and three kids. She’s available for telephone and web consultations and has gift packages available for new parents.


A note from Jackie W

hen my children were born, my mother was not here and available to assist me with the transition to motherhood. Even though my full time job at the time was as a nanny, I realized that motherhood could be overwhelming. I saw firsthand, that parents of little bundles of joy often required special assistance so I switched careers and helped new and not so new moms make the transition from hospital to home and integration into their new family unit. I am available to assist with a wide range of services ranging from setting up nurseries, working with you on setting up your gift registry and after the baby walking you through - feedings, setting up schedules and more which result in making sure that you are well rested and capable of dealing with the daily demands of motherhood. I live in the Orlando area and I’m available for telephone support, in cases where a doctor is not necessary, and for visits and overnight stays. I have over twenty years of experience and would be happy to provide references. I look forward to speaking with you to discuss how best I can assist you. Sincerely, Jackie

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hef's orner

Pepper Shrimp

Hot Pepper Sauce

Ingredients: Ingredients: 1lb raw medium shrimp, unpeeled Salt 3 large garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 4 green onions, chopped 4 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp tomato paste 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp white wine 2 tsp. sugar 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

1 small papaw (papaya), seeded, peeled, chopped. 1/2lb Hot Peppers, crushed 1 Cucumber, chopped 2 Onions, finely chopped 2 Garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp. Salt 2 cups Vinegar 1 tbsp. Mustard 1 tsp. Oil Method:

Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

1. Boil papaw until tender, add all other ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Rub shrimp all over with 1 tsp. of salt. Combine garlic, ginger, red pepper, onions and 2 1/2 table- 2. Cool and store in jars. spoons oil. Pour over shrimp and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Tip: If you’ve never made this before - wear gloves while hanIn a small bowl, mix together worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tea- dling the pepper (of course lots of people don’t but I prefer it spoon salt, tomato paste, water, wine, sugar and corn- when dealing with so much pepper.) starch. Set aside sauce mixture. Remove shrimp from marinade. Heat remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a skillet. Add sauce mixture. When bubbly, add shrimp and cool for 5 minutes of until shrimp turns pink. Serve in the shells.

Makes 4 servings.

Tropical Fruit Punch

In the late 17th century, salt was the leading cargo (most tonnage) carried to North America from the Caribbean.

Ingredients: 3 cups orange juice 3 cups pineapple juice 3 cups grapefruit juice 1/2 cup honey 4 cans ginger ale or soda water 1 cup rum or white wine (optional) 1 cup finely chopped pineapple 1 cup small melon pieces or balls 1 lime or orange seeded and thinly sliced Method: 1. Combine orange, pineapple, grapefruit and lime juices 2. Sweeten to taste with honey and chill for a few hours 3. Just before serving stir in ginger ale, rum, pineapple pieces and melon balls 4. Garnish with lime or oange slices, serve over crushed ice. Tip: You can substitute the fruit with a can of fruit salad.


September: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


he US Senate has declared September Childhood Obesity 2. Stock your kitchen with Healthy Items. This actually makes your shopping easier and cheaper. Just don’t buy the junk Awareness Month. Unfortunately, as America’s portion and it won’t be in your home for your family to snack on. sizes have gotten bigger, so have our kids. Cut up fruits and vegetables and buy nuts for quick and easy snacking. (Remember in the Caribbean our junk food We are only just beginning to understand the long-term implicaof choice was whichever fruit tree was available and we tions of childhood obesity, as we are seeing serious health conseloved it. ) Do your kids eat as quences develop, as a direct result much fruits as you did when you of obesity. were growing up? First Lady, Michelle Obama has 3. Cut out Sugary Drinks- again taken initiative with her “Let’s just don’t bring it into your Move” fitness campaign for kids. home that way when they’re As First Lady, she is in the unique out and make the choice to position to help increase awaredrink sodia it becomes a treat ness and raise incentives to help not an everyday indulgence. the next generation think about Make water your family’s food and fitness in a different light choice of drink at home inand she has fully embraced her stead of soda, juice and commitment to this project. sports drinks. Some statistics have shown more 4. Add a family outing to your than 23 million of our kids and to do list. Increase your teens are now overweight or obese, family’s sense of togetherness and do something healthy toso it is clear we have a serious problem to tackle. For the first time gether by taking a walk together after dinner, going to the in history, America’s children may have a lower life expectancy beach on Saturdays or riding bikes together on the weekends. than their parents. Asthma, diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, and heart disease are all frightening complications our kids could face if we cannot turn the obesity trend around. We are 5. Watch your kids’ treat intake. Remember sugar is highly addictive and the sweeter the food that you eat the sweeter already seeing an increase in the number of children taking medifood you’ll crave. The same is true for salty food choices. cations to deal with chronic conditions and even this does not even take into account the mental health ramifications of kids growing up overweight. Low self-esteem, eating disorders, and 6. Limit your trips to the Drive-through. Yes, we’re all busy, but this food is high in fat, cholesterol, preservatives and depression can plague obese children for a lifetime. sodium. Plan your meals in advance and freeze some for a quick dinner option when you’re pressed for time. Part of the President’s Proclamation of September as Childhood Obesity Month states, “The new landmark health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), includes a number of important 7. Encourage your children to move at least 30 minutes every day. An impromptu game of tag in the park. Teach your tools for fighting and reversing the rise of childhood obesity. kids something simple and fun like climbing a tree. There’s All new health insurance plans will be required to cover both so much you know from your childhood - that’s awesome screenings for childhood obesity and counseling on nutrition to kids growing up in America, share it, they’ll be impressed and sustained weight loss, without charging any out of pocket and you’ll both be better for it. costs. The ACA also requires large restaurant and vending machine operators to provide visible nutritional information about the products they sell, enabling all Americans to make 8. Be informed. You as a parent have to set rules and boundaries. You have to be proactive with regards to your kids dimore informed choices about the foods they eat. As part of my etary and exercise habits. Our guidance at this point in their Administration’s comprehensive approach to combating this lives will help them down the road to positive health choices epidemic, the ACA includes millions in new funds to implethat will hopefully last them for a long and healthy lifetime. ment prevention activities nationwide that support recommendations of the Task Force on Childhood Obesity.” 9. Give your children more fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diet. This weekend I bought a variety of fresh The latest sobering evidence suggests obese children may enter vegetables, washed, cut them up and cooked them in the puberty at a younger age, putting them at risk for high risk sexual microwavable bags and blended the finished veggie. I then behaviors sooner. Girls who develop earlier could be at greater added vegetables to everything I cooked that day. The risk for developing breast cancer later in life, as well. The good mashed potatoes had half potatoes and half cauliflower news is that we can stop this ticking time bomb, because it is and no one knew the difference. The smoothies that we never too late to make positive changes in our homes and each had for dessert had half fruit and half brussel sprouts and of us has the power to take action on this. Even minor healthy it was delicious without the taste of veggies. choices can mean major gains for a healthier family. 10. Devote one day to planning your menu for the week and you’ll find that you save money and make better food choices for you and your family. If your child doesn’t like 1. Monitor your child’s time on the computer, at video games fruits and vegetables, explain it’s importance to their health and watching television. Track it for one week and then and wellbeing and give them the choice of instead blenddecide on how much changes you need to make. Encouring it and incorporating it into their everyday meals. age more physical and imaginative play. Healthy habits for Healthy Kids:


Physician Heal Thy Self . . . Hello Friends,

I began investigating weight loss programs and the science behind them, only to find that they are extremely costly and I am Dr. Allison Haughton-Green, a 41 year-old mother of twins. are often geared toward pre-packaged products that did not fit I want to share my story with you in the hopes that 2010 will into my family’s lifestyle. More importantly, most of the probe your year as 2008 was mine of good health and successful grams focused on eating just to lose weight. None focused on making the lifestyle change necessary to avoid repeating past weight loss. dietary mishaps. From 1999 to 2007, I suffered from a variety of chronic disorders which included crippling migraine headaches, insomnia Insulin is a key factor to weight loss. Recent studies conand anxiety. It was in my annual physical when it finally hit clusively find that men, women and children that have home that my health (or lack of good health) was taking a “belly fat” are targeted for an earlier death than those without this tendency. This even includes individuals that are not overweight! “Belly Fat” is dangerous due to it poses a serious risk of disease to the organs it envelopes and it is also a clear indicator of high insulin levels. My approach to weight control is an easy, realistic and nutritive way of dining that decreases inflammation in the body by targeting insulin which results in significant and consistent weight loss. Today, I am 37 pounds lighter, having gone from a size 12 to a size 2. I am off all medications, diabetes is no longer a threat, I am sleeping well and my last migraine was several months ago. I practice what I preach. I have been blessed with this program in more ways than one. Losing 37 lbs in two and a half months cured me of diabetes and high cholesterol. Alas, I cannot put a price tag on my health. Above: Dr. Green Before.

We are all living longer but people are plagued my chronic diseases and decrease quality of life and overall satisfaction. I wish On right: for you what I desire for live a long, healthy life FREE Dr. Green After. from all disease. I am determined to be of service and assistance in helping people to Eat Right, Cure Disease, Feel Great ... It is serious toll on my body. I was showing the beginnings of ill- just that Simple. 2010 is your year to become Fit and Fine! nesses that were potentially life threatening if I didn’t take action. My labs tests showed signs of Type II Diabetes and my cho- Warm Regards, lesterol was at 270. I was 30 pounds overweight, taking mul- Allison Haughton-Green M.D. FAAP tiple medications daily and under the care of three physicians. Rejuvenation Weight Loss Center The final straw was a migraine that incapacitated me for 5 days, Allison Haughton-Green M.D. FAAP feeling as though I was literally on fire. I was of limited use to PH: 407.207.0008 FX: 407.207.4866 my family and my practice. I had to make a change and fast.

Eighth Annual Caribbean Health Summit


he Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention Inc. (CMWP) in collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Inc. and several community partners hosted the Eighth Annual Caribbean Health Summit. This was a free community event held on Saturday, September 11th, at the Central Florida Fair & Exposition Park (Fairgrounds). In the photo on left, Dr. Marie-Jose Francois, Executive Director of CMWP and Event Coordinator, is standing with from L-R Carol Singh President of the CACCF, Sandra Fatmi, Guenet Roberts and Dr. Francois. The Health Summit provided participants from the Central Florida and Caribbean communities of all ages, access to health screenings, information and educational seminars related to health maintenance with an emphasis on promoting safety, optimal wellness and a happy lifestyle. Next month we’ll have a full article about the Caribbean Health Summit in our Health and Fitness Section.



On Da Deck at Singh’s Roti Shop

Banks Beer Promotion at Caribbean Supercenter


anks is the Beer of Guyana and Barbados and was launched . n Da Deck at Singh’s Roti Shop for the Monthly First into the American Market about 2 years ago. It’s now availSaturday’s Party with Jammins Radio. Jammins Radio able for sale throughout the US. was celebrating their 2nd Year on the Caribbean Saturdays Program on WOKB Radio - 1680 AM. Pancho Hines is another popular radio personality on the Caribbean Saturdays progam. Listen online at


Banks Beer gave away Banks T-shirts & Caps to anyone who bought at 6 pack of Beer at Caribbean Supercenter.

Break Away Moments Poolside Fashion Show


reak Away Moments - Forever Paradise Line Poolside Fashion Show was held at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Altamonte Springs, FL. The ‘Forever Paradise Caribbean Wear line’ is available for purchase at the Altamonte Springs Hilton Hotel.

Carter of Jammins Radio, Howard Sadler and Sam Roberts

Guenet Gittens-Roberts with Pancho of Tropical Riddims Radio Show

The newly Crowned Ms. Orlando Caribbean is Elyssa Maxwell-Stewart.

Ms. Orlando Caribbean Pageant Contestants strutted against the backdrop of the waterfall.

Guenet Gittens-Roberts with Howard Sadler, owner of - an online directory for the Caribbean Community.

Jay, Owner of Singh Roti Shop with friends


Young People’s Forum Ball


ady D’s Young Peoples Forum, Black & White Ball.... was held on Saturday, August 28, 2010. The Ball was supposed to be a night of enchantment in the celebration of our youth and their accomplishments throughout the year and more over during the summer of Lady D’s Young Peoples Forum Manners Academy. This was a full summer term of free etiquette and manners classes open to the community. YPF offered this program to various locations and youth centers. The Black and White Ball definitely met those goals.

• Ms. Rachel Sims received recognition for her dedication to the forum and long tenure and participation. The highlight of the evening was an inaugural award presented to Mr. Harris Rosen for the Love of a Child, Harris Rosen Award. Each year the forum plans to recognize a community, business leader who gives back to our youth and adds to our economic and community growth in extraordinary ways.

Young Peoples Forum although existing for more than fifteen Some of YPF princes and princesses (pre-ball photo). Attendees said that it was years as a radio forum for the Courtesy of Teska Dillard. truly an evening of elegance. youth, completed its first full year The keynote speaker for the evening was Mr. Lucas as a forum on mainstream television. Lady D’s Young Boyce of the Orlando Magic, during the evening, recPeoples Forum currently holds its forum weekly on Tuesognition was given to the following people: day evenings at the WOKB studios in Orlando . Youth ages 7 - 17 that are not physically able to attend, can • Mr. Reginald B. McGill, Community Advocacy. call in between 7:00 - 8:00 PM to share in the experience at 407-894-1680. In addition to the radio forum, you • The Heron Family, Humanitarian Award. can view Lady D’s Young Peoples Forum on Sundays at • Mr. Jamie Butler, Ms. Christiana Dillard and Mr. Alex Taylor all received Points of Pride, Youth in 5:00 PM on Brighthouse Channel 49. You can also tune in 24/7 via internet at Media Awards.

CSA Students are Celebrating 20 years at UCF


he Caribbean Students Association at the University of Central Florida are excited to celebrate the anniversary of one of the University of Central Florida ‘s most vibrant organizations - the Caribbean Students’ Association (CSA-UCF)! On October 1-3, 2010, CSA-UCF will commemorate its 20th year on campus by hosting a reunion for alumni and current students. The reunion, will focus on investing in the future through a symposium and scholarship award. The symposium is being supported by Workforce Central Florida and will focus on increasing awareness and interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition, plans are being made to assist a current UCF student financially with a scholarship. CSA is partnering with Tupperware for a fantastic fundraising ini-


Tupperware has a reputation for manufacturing the highest quality products; it even has a lifetime warranty against cracking, chipping, and peeling. Remember when shopping that Tupperware is not only a smart choice for you, it also makes a great gift. Just think - a purchase of a simple bowl can help a student stay away from a loan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erica Michaels, the Tupperware consultant at:

Women of Wisdom omen of Wisdom's Health & Wellness Event, August 26th, 2010 at New Broad Street Realty in Baldwin Park.

Anita Singh of Laparkan, part of the group of women listening to Sajune's Health & Wellness Presentation.


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Caribbean Chamber President Carol Singh at the Sign in table with Miriam Gordon

Mary Ann Sheriff Chair of the WOW Committee with Sajune Medical Day Spa Speakers

Wish You Were Here Education Series


amaica Tourist Board visited Orlando on July 19th as part of their Wish You Were Here Education series. The visit was part of a month long presentation to Travel Agents across the U.S.

Christopher Wright of the Jamaica Tourist Board with lucky winners at the JTB Event

The seminar was held at the Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs. Attendees were able to participate in an interactive trade show with partner hotels, airlines and atttractions and updated on what was new as well as Jamaican food and music.

Celebrating 48 years of Jamaica’s Independence


he Jamaican Independence Banquet was held on August 7th, 2010 at the Rosen Hotel. This event was put on by the Jamaican American Association of Central Florida.

Jonathon Brown of We Are One People Foundation & Dahlia Hayles of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc.

NuLook Dance Theater Group

Elizabeth Malcolm & Family

Lloyd & Avery with Carter of Jammins Radio

Caribbean SuperCenter being recognized by President Dennis Hall for their contributions to the Caribbean Community in Orlando


The Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando New Executive Board


he Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando is happy to announce the successful election of a new Executive Board.

give the community of Central Florida the chance to hear from the people in charge of the “Rebuilding of Haiti.”

Prior to the Conference, they are planning a trip to Haiti to do volunteer work and to observe firsthand the state of devastation in Haiti. This trip is being planned for mid-December of this year. • President and Chairman of the Board Jackson Marcelin, Esq. The Chamber plans to continue to have their • Vice-President - Hayden Ridore, Esq. monthly “Business after Hours” where members and guests of the Chamber get to network and • Treasurer - Fabienne Alphonse • Interim Secretary - Monique Bonaparte socialize. The new Chairman, Mr. Marcelin in • Chair of Public Relations/Membership recent remarks said “it is my pleasure to welcome all the new members. I look forward to Committee - Mr. Emmanuel Joseph serving and my aim is to take the Chamber to Jackson Marcelin, Esq. the next level. I want the Chamber to work in The Executive Board expresses their excitement about serving the community. The Chamber has some very partnerships with other organizations on different projects that exciting upcoming projects one of which is the Conference on will benefit our community. I would also like to see our memHaiti which will take place in January 2011. Disney has bership grow exponentially in the coming year. We have set agreed to partner with the Chamber to host this Conference. very high goals. We count on your support and participation This will be an opportunity to keep Haiti in the news and to in our events and activities.” Elected were:

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Tips for staying in business during a recession:


n times of recession, almost everyone hurts because people spend less money. With less money in circulation everyone is affected. As a financial executive, below are essential steps to

good deals for their trade-in. Or offer free gas for two months, etc. You're only limited by your imagination. Come up with an offer that appeals to your customers, and advertise that with your other advertising. Think like a customer - You need to tap into the needs of your customers. Just think back a year or two before the recession; your customer is not the same person today. Your customer is probably cutting back on a lot of things and needs to adapt to a different lifestyle. So it's to your advantage to think like your customer.

Keep your credit line available - In hard times, credit lines may be reduced or taken away, so it's best to keep them active and strengthen a business during trying times: in good standing. You can do this by transferring money from Take action now - With a recession going on, you need to take your line of credit to your bank account, and then keep money action now, even if your business is strong. Knowing what to moving back and forth between your line of credit and your do, but doing nothing about it, is worse than not knowing, bank account. because when you know what to do and do nothing, then you Look over your business model, consult with a business conhave no excuse for failure. sultant and make the necessary adjustments to stay in busiKeep your business debt as low as possible, and eliminate debt ness - This would be a good time to look over your business where you can - You can do this by selling off any assets that model and visualize your business 12 months from now. Can don't contribute to the business, or what I refer to as ‘dead as- you survive if things got even harder than they are now? What sets'. Examples of these are equipment you are not using, a will it take for you to get to this next step? Would there be warehouse you don't need, land for future development – any- adjustments you need to make? Are you willing to make them? thing you acquired for your business during good times and Hold off on expansions - Now is not the time to expand. It's a are not using now. time to ensure your business is strong, can hold on during the Reduce expenses - This is the best time to reduce all expenses as recession, and will be around after the recession. The only exmuch as possible without affecting how the business operates. pansion I would suggest is if it has something to do with helping out your customers because of the recession. Increase advertising - During a recession a lot of businesses start cutting in the wrong places, advertising being one of There are exceptions to the tips above, just like there are exthem. Advertising is the lifeline of most businesses; cut your ceptions to many rules. For example, if you have a lot of money advertising and you have just cut your business revenues. Now at your disposal, you might buy a business that is in trouble there is an exception to this rule and that is if you have bad and get a really good deal. You might tap into a market that a advertising. With bad advertising, whether you're in a reces- lot of people need right now. But the above tips are meant for sion or in prosperous times you're throwing money down the the average small business person looking to survive the rough drain. The advertising I'm recommending you keep is effec- times of a recession. tive advertising. What you really should do is figure out what your customers need most during these times. Create a solu- For more tips to help you financially, tune in every Wednesday tion and focus your advertising on that solution. That way at 2 pm for “Financial Solutions with Dahlia and Sandra” an your advertising could actually increase your business dur- hour of enlightening financial empowerment on WOKB 1680 AM or, your urban empowerment and ing a recession. inspirational station. For example, suppose you're a car dealership. People typically aren't buying cars now, but you could get them better financ- For more information contact Dahlia: 407-325-0894 or Sandra: ing by dealing with a good low-rate finance company, or offer 770-789-7004.

If you have opened a new business and would like to share it with the community - email us at with your company name and address for a free listing in our new business section. New Businesses Open: Dawn’s Enterprises - Green Grocer and Deli Shop, Opening September 15. 27 Central Ave, Orlando FL 32801. Seasons Specialty Produce and Bread 7575 University Blvd., Winter Park FL 32792 Spring Garden Restaurant in Ocoee is under new management. 1575 Maguire Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761


Caribbean American Chamber’s SEPTEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT Spring Garden Restaurant 5.30 p.m - 7.30. p.m.



1575 Maguire Rd Ocoee, Fl 34761 Bring your Business Cards and prepare to network.

TASTE OF THE NATIONS A showcase of Food and Entertainment From around the World

18 SEPTEMBER Saturday

Tickets: $10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children 7-12 years old.


Barnett Park, Pavillion #4 1pm to 6 pm Tickets $10.00




Wed. September 15th, 2010. Doors open at 7pm. The House of Blues, Orlando. 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. Lake Buena Vista FL 32830


Gen. Admission: $35.00, Balcony: $50.00 VIP $125.00


4pm-7pm Rotary Club of West Orlando 475 Kirkman Rd., Orlando, 32811 TICKETS - $20.00 CAROL - (407) 491-9192


McCracken Field outside the Citrus Bowl Stadium 287 South Tampa Ave. Orlando, Fl 32805.


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Family Life Center Celebration of Praise



Dwight Howard’s Concert for a Cause....REMEMBERING HAITI

RUM FEST 6 Wall St. Plaza. Downtown Orlando Tickets $20.00. Admission includes unlimited rum concoction tastings

18 SEPTEMBER Saturday



Rosen Centre Hotel 9840 International Dr. Orlando, Fl. 32819



25 SEPTEMBER Saturday

September 25th, 2010 Tickets $65.00 The Ballroom at Church Street 225 South Garland Ave. Orlando, FL 32801


Happy Eid Ul Fitr to the Muslim Community. Eid Ul Fitr is a holiday celebrated in some Caribbean countries. It marks the end of Ramadan a period of 30 days of fasting.


Terry Olson, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Orange County with Caribbean Community Leaders at a forum organized by CACANA & GGR Marketing to introduce the Community and to discuss strategies to raise the visibility of Caribbean Arts & Culture in Orange County. A follow up meeting is scheduled for September 30th to make further plans for Caribbean Heritage Month 2011. Contact: Sam Roberts for more information: 407-810-6435.

GACACF film & book festival at taste restaurant

Author of Jamaican by Birth American by Choice at the Break Away Moments Poolside Event.


amaican by Birth American by Choice, written by Jamaican, Owen James was released this summer. Jamaican by Birth American by Choice examines the impact of deliberate personal choices as it explores interpersonal, institutional, and cultural relationships in Jamaica, the Caribbean, North America and East and Southern Africa from a unique perspective that directly influences the writer’s view of race in post Obama America.

Documentary being filmed in Orlando “Straight out of Florida, a West Indian Perspective.”


yma Dunbar of Oildown Productions and Geesmooth Multimedia TV are filming “Straight out of Florida, a West Indian Perspective.” This short documentary will seek to portray the daily lives of West Indians located in Orange County, Orlando. This concept is the brainchild of Ms. Dunbar who decided upon it after being given the opportunity to complete a short film by Gayelle TV based in Trinidad and Tobago. In completing research for the film, Lyma learned that between the years 2006 – 2008, The U.S. Census Bureau revealed a very high demographic of 58,706 Caribbean born individuals in Orange County. “The figures are not broken down into countries, and it does not take into account those who do not state that they are from the Caribbean, neither those who are undocumented. None the less, even with this margin of error,

it is a very high number.” Said Lyma. She goes on to state that “This film will be a documentation of how we interact, socialize, attend church, work and co-exist as Caribbean people, and transplants from our main cultures. It will also showcase our collage of music, and the important functions of West Indian Associations in keeping the respective cultures alive through events as well as assisting those less fortunate in our home countries. The film will not cost organizations and people any money to participate, and upon completion, Oildown Productions and Geesmooth Multimedia TV will schedule a preview at a location in the Orlando area. All participants will be invited to attend, relax, enjoy a cocktail and view the final edited film. For more information, please contact Lyma at 321-263-9939.


MIAMI CARNIVAL, Continued from page 1 unique. We are excited about the possibilities that are ahead of us with a viable venue, renewed energy and the continued support of our bandleaders, masqueraders, steel bands and promoters. The time spent over the last few months provided us with a foundation to elevate Miami Carnival to a new level”, adds Mario Zamora, director of Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee and BCCI representative. “We are excited to finally have the opportunity to announce the venue for Carnival 2010. We thank all our stakeholders, including our bandleaders, masqueraders, steel bands, promoters and the tens of thousands of attendees who travel from all over to attend Carnival for their patience and support for this important community celebration. Miami Carnival would not be possible without their continued support. We are committed to finalizing all plans for one of the most successful productions of Carnival that South Florida has ever seen,” states Ruthven Williams, director of Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee and MCI representative. Miami Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium. For additional information please visit or call 305.653.1877.

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Caribbean Chamber

Prepares an Extravaganza of Color & Culture on September 25th


he Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host their 20th Anniversary Gala at the Ballroom at Church Street. The Ballroom is noted for it’s ambiance and old world elegance. Chamber Members will serve as hosts for an evening that promises to explore the culture, fashion and music of the Region in a glorious Celebration of the Caribbean.

2007, 2008 & 2009 Gigmasters Rising Star Award for Top Steel Drum Band in North America and the Band Voted Best Reggae Act by Orlando Weekly Magazine - The Caribbean Crew with a special guest performance of a sparrow medley by Creig Camacho. “Strength in Unity” is the theme for this years’ spectacular 20th Anniversary event. We anticipate a gathering of over 400 eager friends and supporters of the Chamber, committed to strengthening our efforts as we provide the educational tools, business opportunities and partnerships to our small businesses.

The planning committee is made up of a diverse group that have helped to plan some of the biggest events in Central Florida ‘s Caribbean Community and who are putting their talents together to make this event a Caribbean Extravaganza. The Committee’s Chairperson is Sandra Fatmi who recently chaired the Jamaican Association’s Gala. The other members of the Committee include Val Duncan a member of the Grenadian Ball’s planning committee, Sam Roberts, Chairperson of Caribbean Chamber Members at Grand Opening of Mela Room. the Guyana Association’s Annual Ball, Creig Comacho of Coco Bean Productions, Guenet Gittens- Roberts - Program Director of the Caribbean American Business Expo 2006-2009, Andre Allong Chairperson of the Chambers ‘Christmas on Steel Drums’, Dahlia Hayles, Pre Paid Legal, Ron Roach of Darden Restaurants, Sarah Ramlochan, Marketing Executive and Carol Singh, President of CACCF and coordinator of the AGE Annual Tea Party. The 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Entertainment Extravaganza will be held Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at The Ballroom at Church Street and is intended to be a premier social event in Orlando. Guests can purchase tickets to sit at tables hosted by the chamber member of their choice, each representing a wide array of business and experience in the community. Companies that purchase an entire table with an executive will be recognized in event publications and during dinner. “This is an exceptional opportunity for our chamber members to further develop strong cooperative relationships with the business community in a social setting,” says Carol Singh, President, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce. “Plus, those who purchase an entire table will have the advantage of having the executive all to themselves!” Twenty years of history will be highlighted through notable events recalled by some of the Past Presidents. The efforts of Businesses and Organizations in the community who have supported the Chamber over the years will be recognized and a brief update of the Chamber’s present and future plans will be presented. You can also look forward to enjoying the Caribbean’s rich cultural diversity which will be displayed through a variety of entertainment that evening. The entertainment scheduled for the evening will include: • Silent Auction - packed with a wide ranging set of items from beauty treatments to business development classes, jewelry and more. • Art Display - Caribbean Scenes available for sale featuring local artists. • Fashion Show of Break Away Moment’s Forever Paradise Line • Dance Performances by Professional Fusion Dancer, Rose Lee • Music by DJ Al • Steel Pan Music by Leo of Orlando Powerstars Live Band performing for the evening will be the Winner of the

To purchase tickets and for more information about the 2010 CACCF Gala Dinner and Entertainment Extravaganza, please contact: Sandra - 770-789-7004: Carol - 407-491-9192 Guenet - 407-421-8118: Andre - 407-701-8536

The Caribbean Chamber's Business Directory where Caribbean Businesses get listed for Free. Printed & Distributed Annually. List your Caribbean Owned Business in the directory. Directory listings close off Dec. 1st, 2010. Go to for details or call 407-421-8118.

Congratulations to Chamber Member Kash Ramnarain for expanding his current business to include Hospitality Event Services. 19

Sandra - 770-789-7004 • Carol - 407-491-9192 Guenet - 407-421-8118 • Andre - 407-701-8536


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