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NEWS MAGAZINE Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set to Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens” Fly directly from Orlando to Kingston, Jamaica


ir Jamaica will offer twice weekly flights between Orlando and Jamaica. The addition of two new flights will give passengers direct service to Kingston.


he Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce that one of South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL. This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium((2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for

Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture

Caribbean Airlines has been conducting a pilot program for service from Orlando to Trinidad and/ or Guyana which started this summer and was destined to end September 2011. Due to the overall popularity and positive response from the Central Florida Community ...Caribbean Airlines has announced that there will be a permanent addition to the Central Florida Region making Orlando International Airport their home! With service starting as soon as September 15, 2011! Passengers can book travel from Orlando to Jamaica, Trinidad or Guyana on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

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Guenet Gittens-Roberts, Publisher/Editor

1 Year over...already A new chapter begins for Caribbean American Passport News Magazine


hen we started this process last year - I remember walking into the printer’s office armed with copies of seven different newspapers - I wanted lighter paper, trimmed edges, a rectangular shape and I wanted it stapled, the colors had to look a certain way and the font had to be larger than usual. I wasn’t sure if I could have all of those features. but that’s what I wanted. The printer assured me that in his 30 years of experience he had never done one that way - but that he could. Last month he was proud to point out that CAP News Magazine was the newspaper of choice for their company’s media kit showcasing their best work. A great big thank you goes out to my graphic designer, Jan Smiley, who’s the genius behind the look of the paper. She loves it and takes the time to add those personal touches that you like and compliment me about. I explain the vision behind the look I want to have and she takes my ideas and translates them into the gorgeous covers you’ve seen over the last year.

Thank you to the many people who piled newspapers into their cars and delivered them to restaurants, supermarkets and beauty shops. We’re now being distributed throughout Central Florida by A&A Halal. We are still supplemented by delivery from our friends who ensure the smaller places are constantly replenished. Thank you to our friends who took photos at events to ensure we had all the news we needed for the issue. Thank you to the people who encouraged and pushed us to continue bringing you the news. We’ve doubled our print quantities, to 10k copies monthly due to the increased demand and will be increasing that with the inserts by another 5k copies monthly to serve your needs. Thank you to our advertisers and our readers, please continue to support each other - with every advertiser you support this month tell them you saw them in the paper. We’ll have surprise gifts and prizes for some lucky people throughout the month who do support our advertisers.

My job of putting together the content, has been a pleasure. I’ve Join us as we embark on another adventurous year, pick up enjoyed the diverse events that I’ve attended while gathering the your copies at the events listed below to enjoy surprise discounts news. We have kept the focus on the Caribbean Community in and coupons inserted into some of the pages. Central Florida. It has been important to keep that focus as we did get asked to feature events and people from other areas. We Sam & Guenet Roberts politely pointed out that the Central Florida Caribbean Commu- Publishers of CAP NewsMagazine nity was giving us more news than we could handle. Last month we did a middle of the month special for Caribbean Airlines as they launched the Air Jamaica flight into Orlando. This month Pick up your copy of CAP News Magazine we will be doing a Diwali special issue early in October. So we’re Saturday September 17th at the really doing two issues per month - just that one is a lot smaller. We will be producing a Poinci- 3 year Anniversary Celebration of Jammins Radio Show Positano's - 8995 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee Fl 34761 ana Insert. We have added a Poinciana correspondent in reChutney Mania Show at Soiree sponse to an outreach by the resi( Formerly Pegasus Banquet Hall) dents in that area. Poinciana 6394 Silver Star Rd. Orlando, FL. 32818 Caribbean residents have said they need to be connected to each Sunday September 18th at the other and to the events in the Ms. Orlando Caribbean Pageant 2011 Caribbean Community in that At the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, area. Phillip Browne will be the 350 North Lake Blvd. Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32701 eyes and ears of CAP News 321-947-0978,, Magazine in that area. That same appeal was sent to us from Tavares and Ocala and we will be working on establishing conPhillip Browne 407-508-1436 • tacts in the community in those areas and others in Central GGR Marketing & Public Relations 1969 Alafaya Trail, Suite 133 • Orlando, Fl 32828 Florida with a large Caribbean presence. 407.421.8118 •

We are revamping our website to feature Caribbean news by area. You will be able to log in, to post your news, photos and events. We will also carry news from the Caribbean on that site as well as Caribbean news from around the world. Join us on facebook to post your news to our current community. We currently do a CAP News Blast by email for the middle of the month news, so if you’re not on our email list - Join us by registering on our webpage

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Sticking by President Obama in Shaky Water By Roger Caldwell

figure out what is going on. The bickering and name calling is very disrespectful, but the Republican’s goal to make Obama a s President Obama prepares one term president is good politics. The Democrats and the for his re-election bid for 2012, President must expect the Republican candidates to go after his job performance numbers their policies every chance they get. are slipping and sagging. This is the worst period for his job performance At this point the election is 15 months away, and the Republinumbers, since he has been in office. cans do not have a candidate that they feel can beat the presiIn the Gallup polls his numbers for dent. With Governor Rick Perry of Texas entering the race, and August are 42%, and in other polls Ex-Governor Jeb Bush of Florida doing more talking to the media, the Republican candidates are improving. there is a range from 40% to 45%.


The American citizens are extremely frustrated with all of the representatives in Congress and they are pointing their finger at every one of them as the problem. Many people in the country think that integrity and credibility no longer exist in politics. The people want to see a change and difference, and something they can believe in.

It is time for the Democrats and the President to begin to mobilize the college, African American, Hispanic, Caribbean, Youth, and independent voters. In 2008, President Obama revolutionized campaigning with the use of social networking, and online organizing. With celebrities’ endorsements and specifically the use of Oprah Winfrey, the President was able to draw record crowds.

Instead of spending so much time discussing what the president has not done, it is time to start talking about what he has accomplished.

With the President’s numbers taking a nose dive and sliding, it is important that he starts to change the direction that his numbers are going. Based on history most incumbents win re-elections, because their job performance ratings are in the 50% or higher range. President George Bush was able to win with a 48% approval rating, but that is an exception, as opposed to the rule. Polls show that voters hold both parties to blame for the fiasco with the political fight over raising the limit on U.S. borrowing, and the unprecedented downgrade of the country’s credit rating. They also are angry over the stunted economic recovery, and an unemployment rate stuck above 9%. In President Obama’s weekly address he said, “You’ve got a right to be frustrated. I am, because you deserve better. I don’t think it’s too much for you to expect that the people you send to this town to start delivering. Some Republicans in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.” There is a major divide in Congress and everyone is trying to


After two and a half years in Washington, it appears that the President has lost his magic, and the power in his belief of change. The first year in office, the president was a whirlwind of activity, and getting unprecedented bills passed in universal healthcare, appointing two Supreme Court Justices, reforming the financial industry, preventing the economy from collapsing, and bringing the war in Iraq to an end. It is essential that progressives, independents, Democrats, and minorities began to have a legitimate discourse on President Obama’s record. Americans generally want immediate gratification, because we live in a microwave society. But American political change is slow and there are major bureaucracies to transform, and reorganize. Instead of spending so much time discussing what the president has not done, it is time to start talking about what he has accomplished. In order for the President to complete what he has started, he needs more vocal and print support. It is time to get behind the President and stand on his record.


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Caribbean-American youngest American to ever medal in the 1500m


atthew Centrowitz - who has Guyanese heritage and ties to Central Florida through his uncle Mark Bannister, celebrated winning the Bronze medal in the1500M event at the recently concluded Track & Field World championships, Daegu, South Korea.

Facts about the American Jobs Act 1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow • Cutting the payroll tax cut in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold. • A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages: The President’s plan will completely eliminate payroll taxes for firms that increase their payroll by adding new workers or increasing the wages of their current worker (the benefit is capped at the first $50 million in payroll increases). • Extending 100% expensing into 2012: This continues an effective incentive for new investment. • Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital.

2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America

L to R: Silver - Kiplagat, Kenya; Gold - Kiprop, Kenya; Bronze - Matthew Centrowitz, USA Matthew comes from a “rich” history of family in sports, which has strong roots in Guyana through his Grandfather, Colin Bannister, Mother, Beverly Bannister Centrowitz and sister, Lauren Centrowitz all athletes with substantial accomplishments in Guyana and the United States. His father Matthew Centrowitz Sr, also a former US record holder (still standing) and 2 time Olympian with medals, is the current track and field coach at American University in Washington DC.Guyanese and Americans “alike” can be proud and know that Matthew acknowledges his Guyanese roots and heritage and is proud to be called Guyanese too despite competing for the US. Centrowitz, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Oregon, came in behind legendary Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Silas Kiplagat. “I just wanted to stay patient,” Centrowitz told NBC Sports after the race. “I found myself in fifth with 200 meters to go and didn’t want to get boxed in, so I swung wide with 150 to go. I just kept pumping and kept fighting. I wanted it so bad.” Centrowitz is now the youngest American to ever medal in the 1500m in either the world championships or the Olympics.

• A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans: This provides tax credits from $5,600 to $9,600 to encourage the hiring of unemployed veterans. • Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, while keeping cops and firefighters on the job. • Modernizing at least 35,000 public schools across the country, supporting new science labs, Internet-ready classrooms and renovations at schools across the country, in rural and urban areas. • Immediate investments in infrastructure and a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank, modernizing our roads, rail, airports and waterways while putting hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job. • A New “Project Rebuild”, which will put people qÛ work rehabilitating homes, businesses and communities, leveraging private capital and scaling land banks and other public-private collaborations. • Expanding access to high-speed wireless as part of a plan for freeing up the nation’s spectrum.

3. Pathways Back to Work for Americans Looking for Jobs. • The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40 years: As part of an extension of unemployment insurance to prevent 5 million Americans looking for work from losing their benefits, the President’s plan includes innovative work-based reforms to prevent layoffs and give states greater flexibility to use UI funds to best support jobseekers, including: • Work-Sharing: UI for workers whose employers choose worksharing over layoffs. o A new “Bridge to Work” program: The plan builds on and improves innovative state programs where those displaced take temporary, voluntary work or pursue on-the-job training. • Innovative entrepreneurship and wage insurance programs: States will also be empowered to implement wage insurance to help reemploy older workers and programs that make it easier for unemployed workers to start their own businesses. • A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring long-term unemployed workers. • Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring. • Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults through a fund for successful approaches for subsidized employment, innovative training programs and summer/year-round jobs for youth.

4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and Family • Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year: The President’s plan will expand the payroll tax cut passed last year to cut workers payroll taxes in half in 2012 - providing a $1,500 tax cut to the typical American family, without negatively impacting the Social Security Trust Fund. • Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages at today’s near 4 percent interest rates, which can put more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket.

5. Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan. To ensure that the American Jobs Act is fully paid for, the President will call on the Joint Committee to come up with additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its deficit target. The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan that will show how we can do that while achieving the additional deficit reduction necessary to meet the President’s broader goal of stabilizing our debt as a share of the economy.


HOT, HOT, HOT ‘Peek At Paradise’ Caribbean Travel Show


renada Tourist Board is ‘spicing up’ the already HOT, HOT, HOT ‘Peek At Paradise’ Caribbean Travel Show being held in Orlando on Sunday Sept. 25th from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the exquisite Hilton Orlando Hotel! Grenada & The Grenadines, known as the ‘Spice Isle’ will be represented by Christine Noel-Horsford, Business Development Manager of Grenada Tourist Board. On September 25th, enjoy Rum Samples by Brugal Rum (# 1 Rum in the Caribbean from Dominican Republic), listen to steel pan music provided by Tropical Harmony Steel Drums, watch a limbo performance, pick up and enjoy reading the latest issue of La Prensa newspaper which caters to the Hispanic Community, feel and experience the Caribbean for the day with the specially created atmosphere and decor enhanced by Michelle and Candace of ARTC Events, enjoy Caribbean food samples such as Jerk Chicken offered by Caribbean Sunshine Bakery and savour Mojo Chicken with Pineapple samples offered by Tony Roma’s Restaurant, check out Caribbean ethnic food items distributed in our region by First World Imports, meet Miss. Break Away Moments (Shana Simpson) up close and personal, take in the featured EXCLUSIVE and EXQUISITE ‘Forever Paradise’ Resort, Vacation and Cruisewear fashion show presentation with models from the Miss. Orlando Caribbean Pageant 2011 wearing the creations by Jamaican Fashion Designer Yola Gray who will be representing at the event, get to meet and greet Celebrity Chef Nigel Spence coming in from New York and doing a Special Guest Appearance, enjoy a variety of Exhibitors with wonderful travel items and more, view the engaging Caribbean Carnival costumed person in all their pomp and glory, get information from the US Customs & Border Protection Agency, talk with Travel Agents and possibly book your Caribbean ‘getaway’ for your personal breakaway moments, meet Caribbean Airlines/Air Jamaica Representatives and other Caribbean tourism related specialists and above prepared to jump, shout and CELEBRATE when you might be one of the 5 lucky persons to win the ‘Peek At Paradise Celebration Cruiseline Raffle’ with a 2 Night Cruise to the Bahamas as sponsored by Celebration Cruiseline or be the winner of the wonderful hotel stay sponsored by Sunset Beach, Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios All-Inclusive Resort or be the winner of one of the many other fabulous prizes also being given away at the travel show! The fantastic ‘Peek At Paradise’ Travel & Tourism Show is just that.... a ‘peek’ at the ‘paradise region’ known as the Caribbean. Some of the event’s sponsors include: Sunset Beach Jamaica Grande Resort , Ocho Rios, Celebration Cruiseline, First World Imports, Brugal Rum, La Prensa Newspaper,, Caribbean American Passport NewsMagazine & Hilton Orlando Hotel Visit for more information, to register to win the hotel stay and to purchase your chance to win the fabulous cruise to the Bahamas. Tickets can be purchased online!


Trinidad Lockdown 2011 - A comedy of errors from the greatest country on earth By The Travelling Trini Email:

catch a flight back to Dubai. Thing was, the flight left at 1 am. This meant I would need to get a curfew pass.

So, I headed down the road to the police station. An officer with an IQ of about 0.5 spent a long time trying to decide how to enter my information into a big ledger book. Just as I was wondering whether our police stations would ever get computerised I spotted an officer nearby on a computer. What was he doing? He was chatting on Facebook. The officer dealing with me continued to be baffled by all the pretty blue lines in the ledger book, and called over a colleague to help determine how to best write between these lines. Another man then walked in and interrupted this difficult process, apparently bringing some breakfast for someone who works in the station. ‘Ah bring dis for Ramlal,’ he said. The man with the small IQ stopped processing my information, took the book and carefully wrote down what the breakfast was: One Orchard Orange Juice Box, One During my trip to Trinidad in August, the news got around one Bake and Smoked Herring. He then made the man open up day that the government was going to announce a State of the bake and show him what was inside. What was the purEmergency because eleven people had been murdered in 48 pose of looking inside the bake? Do they think people are tryhours. That night, they held the press conference, and stated ing to smuggle drugs in to a police station inside of a coconut that in order to deal with the upsurge in crime they were im- bake? And we wonder why when we call a police station it posing a Limited State of Emergency in a number of ‘hot spots’. takes them forever to come to your aid? Criminals, we comin fuh yuh. Anyway, they finally solved the problem of the coconut bake From the very start it was a comedy of errors. People asked, and the mysterious ledger book, and issued me a curfew pass. what do you mean by ‘limited’ state of emergency? Nobody I was good to go. I left my house at 10 pm and we drove through knew. The government then said that they would impose a a silent ghost town. Not a car on the road all the way to Piarco. curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the ‘hot spots’. People looked at In Port of Spain the only people ‘breaking curfew’ were the the map. ‘But is de pipers and the vawhole island!’ they grants wandering the said in response. So sidewalks in their cocaine-induced haze. then the government One police car and an came back, and said the entire country is army truck drove past and checked us out under curfew, not just briefly, but didn’t the hot spots. ‘So what was the point in the hot spots, then?’ people asked. The gov- bother to stop us. We reached the airport in record time, and ernment then took it back, saying the whole country is NOT before I knew it I was in JFK, being treated like a criminal and under curfew. It took about a week for them to figure out ex- putting my flip flops through a metal detector. actly what was going on. So, what will happen with this State of Emergency in the long The people said, ‘But I work at night, I have to be able to go run? Will they arrest a lot of people? Probably. Do we have enough out during the curfew.’ So, the government announced people room in the prisons? Probably not. Do we have a law system that could get Curfew Passes. By the next morning, the Attorney actually processes people quickly? Definitely not. Will it help get General was urging citizens to ‘exercise some common sense’ criminals off the streets? We will have to wait and see. The fact is, when applying for a pass. ‘Curfew Passes are for people who long before the State of Emergency, Trinis have been living in selfneed to get to work during curfew hours. The passes are NOT imposed lockdown because of this crime problem. Trinidad has for liming on Ariapita Avenue at night!’ It quickly became the been in dire straits for getting close to a decade due to endlessly best quote of the day. rising crime, and while we keep holding on to how our country USED to be, and we keep on smiling and wining and feting, it is Trinis, being the good-natured, easy going, ‘dem-no-worry-we’ going to take a lot of time and work and sacrifice to deal with the kind of people, immediately started writing the whole thing crime problem. The SOE may just be a first step. Let’s see if the off as a big joke. Facebook was quickly flooded with posts from new government has the guts to carry it through long term, and bars, restaurants and clubs, saying ‘Come to the Curfew Lime! try to make real and lasting improvements. Happy Hour from 2 pm to 6 pm!’ Carib beer even started doing a series of curfew ads, poking fun at the restrictions. In the meantime, in this comedy of errors, I would suggest people laugh, because if you don’t laugh you will cry! Oh yeah, I would have loved to stick around and see what else was to and don’t forget to stock up on the rum for Lockdown 2011.... come, as I found it all wonderfully entertaining, but I had to this could take a while.


f you have ever met a Trini, you will know that we are fiercely patriotic. Trinis love being Trinis. We’re obsessed with it. It’s not just a nationality; it’s a way of life. For example, look at our annual Carnival. Almost all the calypsos sing about the joys of simply being a Trini. And when you know that you come from God’s chosen country (don’t you know the saying ‘God is a Trini’?), you tend to not take things too seriously. Some people take things with a pinch of salt. Trinis take things with a splash of rum, a few cubes of ice, and some Angostura Bitters. When bad things happen, we don’t fret, we write a calypso about it instead. Nothing phases us, not even states of emergency.

Trinis take things with a splash of rum, a few cubes of ice, and some Angostura Bitters. When bad things happen, we don’t fret, we write a calypso about it instead.

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Review & Closure of Certain Non-criminal Removal/Deportation Cases What are low priority cases? By Attorney Gail S. Seeram, 1-877-GAIL-LAW


ecently, the Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security-Department of Justice announced that a joint committee would be established to review over 300,000 removal/deportation cases pending in the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts of Appeals. During this caseby-case review, officials will identify those cases that have “low priority” and these cases will be administratively closed and the respondent (or alien) will be eligible to apply for work authorization. Note, respondent’s (or alien) with cases pending in immigration court cannot apply for this benefit and there is no form required to be filed for your case to be considered for such treatment. In plain English, a committee will review all non-criminal alien cases pending in removal/deportation proceedings and based on the positive or negative facts in each case, will decide to temporary place a freeze on the case (not terminate or dismiss the case) and allow the alien to apply for work authorization. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made clear that its enforcement priorities are national security, public safety, border security, and repeat immigration law violators. DHS will have “zero tolerance” for those apprehended at the border. It specifically states that removal cases involving recent border crossers will not be included in the review of cases carried out by the joint committee. To date, there has been no guidance issued as to how long this review will take and how the Immigration Judges, Government Attorneys and Respondent (Alien) Attorney can assist in identifying these “low priority” cases.


Low priority cases include veterans; long-time permanent residents; minors and the elderly; individuals who have been present since childhood; individual with serious disabilities or health issues; women who are nursing or pregnant; and victims of domestic violence or other serious crimes. DHS has stated that they will be weighing the totality of the circumstances in each case.

Is it possible for cases with criminal convictions to be considered low priority? There is no bright-line rule that would automatically disqualify any case. However, a list of negative factors that will be looked at with particular care includes “serious felons, repeat offenders, and individuals with a lengthy criminal record of any kind,” as well as “known gang members.”

What is the difference between administrative closure and termination? Administrative closure is a procedural convenience used to temporarily remove a case from the immigration court’s calendar. A person whose case has been administratively closed remains in removal proceedings, and either party can request that the case be placed back on the court’s calendar at any time. A case that is administratively closed remains pending, although inactive. Termination means that the case has ended and the respondent is no longer in removal proceedings. Upon termination, the individual will revert to the same status he or she was in prior to commencement of proceedings It is advisable to consult with an immigration attorney if your case is pending in immigration court to determine whether your case fits within the criteria for administrative closure. Remember, there is no fee or form to be submitted for your case to get consideration for low priority treatment.

“Lyrics Gives Life” Poetry Benefit “Lyrics Gives Life” Poetry Benefit will be hosting their first annual Spoken Word Benefit event that brings individuals from around Florida with the gifts of spoken word and songs together for one night to fundraise money that will be dedicated to the Non-Profit Organization of March of Dimes. Proceeds collected will go to “March of Dimes” to support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.

Motto : “Life lies in the power of the tongue.” September 24th at The University of Central Florida in the Keywest Ballroom. Go to for more information. Support a Worthy Cause while enjoying an afternoon at the Annual AGE Tea Party! September 25th, 2011 at the Rotary Club, 475 Kirkman Road, Orlando, Fl. 32811 Proceeds in aid of a Drop in Center in Guyana For Street Children Admission: $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for children AGE Contacts: CAROL (407) 491-9192, HERMIA (407) 416-6665, PAM (321) 228-4364


Similarities between Carnival & Halloween & just one more reason to party! By: Yvette Ramkissoon

fact, both Carnival, and Halloween celebrate the changing of the seasons. So you see it seems quite contradictory when one alloween represents the end of summer and the begin claims to celebrate Carnival, but is opposed to embracing the ning of fall and its origins date back to ancient Celtic fantasy, and festivities of Halloween. times almost 2,000 years ago. Halloween, also known Some celebrate Halloween by carving pumpkins, others trick or treat, but for Powerline it is yet one more reason to throw a killer party! Powerline Sounds HD first introduced their Caribbean style Halloween party in 2001, each year with a new theme and fully decorated venue. The decorations become even more elaborate and ghastly with creative hand built scenes that depict classic horror films that further compliment the themes. It’s more like a production rather than your typical run of the mill party and is known as Powerline HD Productions annual Halloween party. In celebration of eleven years of fear the Powerline HD Production crew is excited about giving away over $1,500 in cash and prizes for the best costumes! Last year the 10th annual Halloween party had over 800 in attendance! This year the annual party will be taking place on Saturday October 29th at a very trendy and upscale venue to further enhance the caliber of this event. The venue along with other details will be announced in the Caribbean American October edition. So, get your costume ready and be as All Hallows Eve was first introduced to America in the mid prepared to survive another year of horror and mayhem with 1800’s and has evolved greatly over the years. Although Hal- Powerline HD Productions annual Halloween costume party! loween was never traditionally celebrated amongst the Caribbean communities it has slowly gained popularity in certain If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor call: 407-760-4484. sectors of the Caribbean world. Some would assume that the attraction could be related to the similarities Halloween have with Carnival. Both are celebrated by dressing in various costumes such as moko jumbies, devils, sailors, and such. They both originated in Europe , with Catholic, and Celtic roots. In


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Trinidad & Tobago Celebrate 49 Years of Independence


he Trinidad & Tobago Association of Central Florida, TTAC, & Island Beat Radio will be hosting the Tampa vs Orlando Caribbean Family Olympics on Sunday, August 30th, 2011 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Bring the family out to enjoy - Lime & Spoon Races, Tug of War, Hula Hoop, Sack Races, Three Legged Race and a marching competition while listening to the sweet sounds of steel band music. If you're interesting in attending, participating, sponsoring or helping with this event in any way, visit their website at Limited booths are available to feature your business. Call 407-234-5047.


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Orlando takes their rightful place in the entertainment play circle, Shebada play sells out! By Sandra Fatmi


ith approximately 900 in attendance. The number 1 touring play out of Jamaica “Ghett Out” featuring Keith Ramsay as SHEBADA and an all star cast, sells out to record numbers. No other play in Central Florida has brought out Jamaicans and all nationalities in such record numbers. On Sunday, August 28th at about 4:00pm, Wekiva High School ‘s parking lot started filling with cars, people and an air of excitement. Merely mentioning to the first 5 ladies that the doors open at 6:00pm, meant nothing in comparison to their excitement of being the first to arrive, therefore allowing them to rightfully claim their seats and position them directly in front of SHEBADA. People came from as far north as New York , and as far south as Fort Lauderdale to watch Jamaica ‘s Madea keep you in stitches.

lobby an opportunity to get to their seats, as DJ Phayz entertained as only he can. The long anticipated Ghett Out featuring Shebada’s first appearance in Orlando , got started at approximately 7:30pm. Wekiva High Sc there air was filled with outbursts of laughter as Shebada, Maude, Ruler, MP and our law enforcement officers took us back home to the Ghetto life and corruption in Jamaica via Orlando. At the end of the evening we gave away, two tickets from Air Jamaica to two lucky audience members. If you missed Shebada this trip, you missed an event, be sure not to miss him as he returns before the end of the year in another award winning play.

The success of this play would not have been possible without our Sponsors - Caribbean American Passport News Magazine, GGR Marketing & PR, Caribbean Airlines/Air Jamaica and Humble Lion Productions. My Caribbean restaurants/outlets thanks for going above and beyond. My fellow radio personalities everything in this town really starts and stops with you. Thanks for stepping up and making a difference, you really As my sister Marcia, friends - Sam and showed me an Orlando willing to work Guenet Roberts, Humble Lion, Joel, Avery, together. Three weeks later, the exciteSista Sharon of Island Riddim Radio, Counment and buzz is still in the air as my tryman, DJ Phayz and Marsha D of phone, email and face book messages, Jammins Radio, Pancho of Big 810, Inspecconsistently ask - when is the next play tor Roger, Jesse Runner, Lady D, Junior B, coming? Stay tuned for more information Brian, Dennis Hall and Judeen Parkes all as the Diamond Talent Management started arriving at approximately 5:00pm Team and Friends are in the process of fiwith smiles and great enthusiasm, ready to Keith Ramsay as Shebada nalizing dates. Check your local Caribassume any role asked of them, I knew someone else was in control, and everything was going to be bean Outlets, Caribbean American Passport News Magazine and social media for more information. I would personally alright. like to thank you the Orlando Community for your tremenPopular MC Jesse Runner and DJ Phayz kept the crowd en- dous support, as we bring you continued entertainment gaged. Jesse gave out prizes, allowing the attendees in the through laughter and festivals to feed your soul.


Adonal Foyle’s Kerosene Lamp Foundation

lights up the lives of youths in Dominica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and USA


donal Foyle and his Kerosene Lamp Foundation the court carries over to their behavior in the classroom and (KLF) are happy to call it a successful summer hav- beyond. KLF’s Athletics & Academics Camps go beyond basing spread their message of playing smart and liv- ketball to also teach topics essential to a child’s development, ing healthy to five hundred from leadership and selfat-risk youths in three difesteem to nutrition, health ferent countries. From and financial literacy. Dom-inica and St. Vincent They also hold a book fair & the Grenadines to Oakalongside each camp to alland, California, the low youth participants the former Orlando Magic opportunity to browse player was busy making through and choose an inyouths smile, teaching basteresting book to take ketball, nutrition, leaderhome. According to KLF’s ship, and giving out some Executive Director Shiyana tough love. “I make them Valentine, “We know that drop and give me twenty when kids pick their own pushups whenever they act books the chances increase out, and it seems to work,” that they will read them. says Foyle. “The first thing Reading is one of the key Adonal talks to kids in Dominica about the importance of the mind I try to teach the kids is the issues we focus on with the value of a contract - by attending my camp they agree to fol- kids as even the most talented athlete cannot get far without low our rules, and they will face consequences if they don’t. it.” Learning discipline, following rules are essential to becoming a successful athlete just as they are in everyday life.” Adonal Foyle ensures that he is front and center throughout the Camps from teaching defense leadership. “Kids look up to KLF centers its programs on the premise that sports teach valu- professional athletes and it’s important for them to hear me, able life lessons and their programs make that connection clear see me, and learn from me personally,” says Foyle. “As a nafor participating youths, explaining how what they learn on tive of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, it’s even more critical for kids back home in the Caribbean to hear from me as a local boy done good. My job is to inspire them and set them on the path to find their own success.” In 2012, Foyle & KLF hope to bring a series of Camps to Central Florida. If you’re interested in partnering/sponsoring please contact KLF at 925-699-9754 or Join Adonal Foyle & Kerosene Lamp Foundation for their fundraiser in Downtown Orlando - Adonal’s Autumn Arts Party takes place on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at 120 N. Orange Ave. Visit for more information and to RSVP.

Kids selecting books in Canouan (St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Photos by Shomari Smith.



BRYAN AND GARY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING A PUBLIC FORUM FOR SOME OF THE MOST PROVACATIVE AND THOUGHT PROVOKING TOPICS THAT DEAL WITH EVERYDAY LIFE. TODAY THEY’RE ASKING THE QUESTION: IF POLYGAMY WAS LEGAL AND ACCEPTED, WOULD YOU TAKE ANOTHER SPOUSE OR WOULD YOU BE HAPPY WITH THE ONE YOU’RE WITH? GARY: Bryan, you’re a married man and I know I can always count on you to tell me the truth. So what would you do if polygamy was legal and accepted? BRYAN: Why do you have to ask me THAT question? Don’t you realize that I can’t answer it the way that I would want to answer it? My wife reads this paper man, are you crazy? GARY: LOL, I just thought you were DI MAN, and a YUH RUN TINGS. Guess I was wrong. Maybe I should be asking your wife this question. LOL BRYAN: I’m glad you’re having a good laugh Mr. Gary, but you can say anything you want. You neither have the ball nor the chain. So what would you do if you could take on another spouse? Would you do it? GARY: Bryan, I believe in everlasting LOVE. I believe in the idea of SOUL MATES. BRYAN: Ha Ha Ha, let me guess &..You believe you can fly, you believe you can touch the sky. C’mon man get back down to earth. GARY: Mock me all you want, I don’t care. I believe what I believe &..and EVEN IF polygamy was legal, it still would not be MORAL and so I would just learn to satisfy with the one that I have. BRYAN: Yuh see, that is why I can’t answer this one because if it was LEGAL and ACCEPTED, I wouldn’t have to learn to satisfy. Suppose I have a hard head, or a learning disorder &then I would never be satisfied. Bryan GARY: Yeah Bryan, but wouldn’t you want to spend the rest of your LIFE with your WIFE? BRYAN: The quick answer is YES, just in case my wife is reading this. BUT, and let me phrase this in a way that don’t get me in any trouble. If I had an opportunity to get my wife some HELP in taking CARE OF ALL MY NEEDS, or to get her some HELP in CLEANING the house, CUTTING the grass, WASHING the dishes, and IRONING my clothes; then what kind of man would I be if I didn’t look out for HER in that way? GARY: LOL, So you would be looking out for her? BRYAN: Of Course, because I’m a good man. I wouldn’t need to bother her at nights because there would be two or three to choose from, and she could get her beauty sleep. Now if that is not thoughtful of me then I don’t know what is. I’m just surprised at how selfish you are Gary. I never thought you were like that. You wouldn’t even consider getting your spouse some HELP. Suppose you were not always there, wouldn’t you want her to have some HELP? GARY: Man STOP talking FOOLISHNESS IN MY EARS. I wouldn’t want anybody HELPING my wife with ANYTHING, thank you very much. You always come up with these crazy notions Bryan. I have to wonder about you. BRYAN: O.K. MR. PERFECT, MR. I BELIEVE IN FOREVER ... if you ask me, I just think you are MR. SELFISH. Don’t knock me for wanting to make life easier for my wife by getting her HELP. Do you know how many men would not cheat if polygamy was legal? Do you know how many would come home early from work? GARY: Yeah Bryan, but Marriage is a promise. Not just between the couple but to the community at large, to generations past and to those yet to be born. The secret to having


a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal. It can’t be shared with Tom, Dick, and Harr y or Mar y, Jane, and Sally. BRYAN: Yuh right, it is an understanding, and if I understand and she understands then that’s all we need to understand. Is that equal enough for you? Gary GARY: You’re seriously sick in the the head Bryan, but let’s see what our readers think. LIFE IS A JOURNEY THAT’S FULL OF UPS AND DOWNS, TWISTS AND TURNS, SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND A LOT OF THINGS IN BETWEEN. SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF FACED WITH THIS DECISION? E-MAIL US AT BACK2BASICLIVE@GMAIL.COM


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Miami Broward One GAIL Foundation hands over playground to New Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Amsterdam Orphanage Carnival in the Gardens”


uyanese from the Diaspora, in collaboration with the GAIL Foundation on Friday last donated playground equipment to the Children of Promise Eden Orphanage at Smythfield, New Amsterdam. The venture is the result of several Guyanese-Americans, along with locals using their monetary resources and skills to complete a small project that will give children at the orphanage somewhere to laugh, smile and more importantly, play.

— Continued from page 1 — the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend.

The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early The donations totaled $500,000 and were contributed by Imbuzz has already been created by a new band called Ascenmigration Attorney, Gail Seeram, Creig G. Camacho, Vejay sion. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Bhoopsingh, Paul Ramsaywak, the Swammy family, the Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their Moonasar Family, Mrs. Bibi Seeram, Zorida Pritipaul- Manoo, portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemNeil Singh, George Lyken, Timehri Restaurant of Florida, Joan blance of what lies deep beneath the water, they have set Sears and Mrs Desiree Bhoopsingh. At the simple ribbonthe tone for some fierce competition this year. cutting ceremony at the orphanage, Kaieteur News Sunday columnist, Ralph Seeram and his daughter Gail thanked the “Home to a vast Caribbean population, Miami Gardens is mentioned persons and also Gregory Rambarran of DTV-8 proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival is the Gardens in Berbice as well as Surendra Rookman, who gave their time for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival beand skills towards the construction and installation of the gan is the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have playground equipment. Rev Paul Moonoo of the Lutheran it come home. The event is truly the best celebration and Church blessed the playground. representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visitGail Seeram in a brief address mentioned that Guyanese living the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting ing overseas do care what happens in their homeland and affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enwould always assist in any project once the Guyanese here are thusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visiwilling to first help themselves. She stated that the success of tors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of the small project is a reminder that collectively, Guyanese can Miami Gardens. come together and achieve good for humanity. The common goal, she said, was to provide playground equipment to an “Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a unique opportunity for orphanage that had no outdoor play area for the children. sponsors to reach a global audience of Caribbean Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this oneShe had identified the need for a playground during her of-a-kind experience. There are Carnivals in various cities visit to Guyana last year. It started out as a trip to see where throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced her navel string was buried, but quickly turned into a viby the sold-out airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business sion and passion for helping children’s organizations in establishments throughout the tri-county area in previous years. Guyana with limited resources. Seeram and her newly With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we formed foundation, G.A.I.L. Foundation Inc. (Giving Abunanticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and weldantly In Life) strives to reach out to the Guyanese Diaspora coming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than and provide opportunities for them to invest in the lives of we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Direcchildren in Guyana. tor of MBOCHC. Mrs Pansy Howell, caretaker of the orphanage, expressed thanks for the kind gesture. A flip-scoreboard was also presented at the same time by the Seerams to President of the Berbice Volleyball Association, Gregory Rambarran to be used during matches in Berbice.

“One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event. You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music,” All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc. This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top allstar royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards. In true Carnival fashion, this year’s Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots.

Immigration Attorney, Gail Seeram, her father & KN columnist, Ralph along with Caretaker of the Orphanage, Ms Pansy Howell with the playground; Inset: BVA President, Gregory Rambarran receives a flipscoreboard from Mr Seeram.

Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) at .The tickets are $20 on line after August 31.Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877.


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On October 1, 2011 the Health Care Ministry of Saint Mark AME Church will host a Breast Cancer Luncheon. The purpose of the event is to educate the men and women of Central Florida about breast cancer and celebrate breast cancer survivors. In addition to a delicious lunch there will be free giveaways, gift bags, breast health and breast cancer information as well as a dynamic keynote speaker. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sisters Network, a breast cancer survivorship organization and Men for a cause an organization that supports and empowers men with breast cancer and survivors. Thank you very much for your support of this annual event. The 3rd Annual, 100 Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Luncheon on October 1, 2011 from 12:00pm-2:30pm at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway Orlando, Florida 32819. Donation $45.00/$55.00 at the door. For tickets and additional information, please contact A. Rookwood @ 407-257-7958 or visit their website at

CAP News Magazine urges you to Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by getting a mammogram. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis.

Things to do Sept. 16th - 18th - Teacher Appreciation Weekend at Stonington’s Restaurant Sept. 17th - Chutney Mania at Soiree formerly Pegasus Banquet Hall Sept. 18th - Ms. Orlando Caribbean Pageant 2011 at Hilton Orlando, Altamonte Springs Sept. 21st - Florida Business Expo, Rosen Centre Hotel Sept. 24th - Curry Duck Curry Competition at Festival Field Sept. 24th - Meet & Greet with APNU Candidate, David Granger at a Brunch at Circa Restaurant Sept. 25th - AGE Tea Party - Rotary Club, Kirkman Rd. Sept. 25th - Peek at Paradise Travel Show - Hilton Orlando Hotel Sept 28th - Caribbean Chamber’s September BAH at Wazzabi, Winter Park



Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Congressional Candidate and Former Orlando Police Chief to speak at Women of Wisdom Event: Women & Safety


omen of Wisdom (WOW) announced that Val Demings, Orlando’s first Woman Police Chief, will be the featured speaker at the Women & Safety Conference on October 5th. The event is part of the WOW Conference Series that features leading experts on topics of interest to women. Past events have addressed issues such as financial fitness, health and wellness and corporate social responsibility. WOW has featured leading experts to inspire, motivate and engage attendees while creating a fun atmosphere filled with food and networking.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at Circa Restaurant, 358 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Admission is $10.00 per person with a reduced rate for Caribbean American Chamber Members. To RSVP and to get updated information on events and photos visit their Facebook page at woworlando.

About Women of Wisdom The Women of Wisdom (WOW) organization is comprised of a group of diverse, professional women from the Central Florida community. The goal of the organization is to help engage, connect and strengthen women in our community by offering different events that will enrich women’s lives. WOW is a Sub-Committee of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (CACCF). CACCF provides access to seminars, workshops and other informational events to help small business owners do business more efficiently and effectively. CACCF has partnered with many entities such as SBA, FMSDC, BBIF and others to help facilitate business funding, business plans etc., while also providing monthly networking events and highlighting grand openings of new businesses in our community. WOW’s role in CACCF is to extend its influence beyond the Caribbean community and reach out to professional women of diverse backgrounds. It has been successful in offering informational events in a unique and fun environment that fosters relationship building. The events have been held on a quarterly basis and have addressed a variety of topics affecting women of all walks of life and all ages. Women know how to have fun, so it is easy to make it all happen after work in two hours.

Workshop for current times Val Demings

“Women and Safety was picked as a topic for our conference series due to the fact that some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” says Mary Ann Sheriff, Chair of the WOW Committee. “But while these numbers may seem frighteningly high, safety authorities are quick to point out that women need not view themselves as helpless victims. We see this as our opportunity to empower them with information that can potentially save their life.” According to organizers, Val Demings was the first and only person they thought of to speak at this event. Demings received a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Webster University. She spent her early career as a Social Worker focused on foster care, and then joined the police force in Orlando. Demings was also President of her class at the police academy, and earned a reputation as a tenacious, no-nonsense cop. After serving in the Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs and other departments, she was tapped to serve as the Commander of the Special Operations. There, she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest profile tasks, including special events, dignitary protection, and K-9 units. In 2007, Demings was selected to serve as Chief for the Orlando Police Department - the first woman to ever hold that position. Upon taking office, she launched an all-out war against crime. Her tenure was marked by a dramatic forty percent reduction in violent crime, including robberies, shootings and murders. Under her bold and aggressive leadership, thousands of guns were removed from Orlando’s streets, and communities became safer. After twenty-seven years at the Orlando Police Department, including three and a half years as the department’s top cop, Demings decided to retire from the force and continue her commitment to public service in another way, with a run for Congress in Florida’s 8th Congressional District. Val Demings is a wife, mother and has a successful career and the Women of Wisdom are honored to have her speak at its event at Circa Restaurant in Winter Park. The Women and Safety event is scheduled for 5:30pm on

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Congratulations to CACCF Board Member, Mary Ann Sheriff... . . . for being named Business Person of the month for the City of Longwood. Mary Ann has been a long time member of CACCF and is the current head of the dynamic Women of Wisdom Committee within the Chamber. Join us for our September Business After Hours at Wazzabi Restaurant, Winter Park. September 28th at 5:30pm.

For updates, news and information... . . . on the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida go to BEAN_DIRECTORY_2010.pdf Are you a MEMBER, if not then you’re missing out on display opportunities at trade fairs, cultural events, great discounts and the chance to be listed in the 2012 Caribbean Business Resource. Update your membership today.


Conversation with Rick SinghCandidate for Orange County Property Appraiser


ick Singh is running for the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office, and although the election is a little more than a year away, CAP wanted to get to know the candidate a little better, and understand his motivations behind running for this office. CAP News Magazine: Rick, we know you were born in Guyana, but tell us about your life in America. I arrived in New York at the age of ten, and started assimilating into my adopted country. I became a typical American immigrant kid, playing baseball while attending Hindu religious education classes and singing bhajans (Hindu Devotional songs). At the same time, I dreamed of becoming a pilot and with my strong aptitude for science, I was accepted into the prestigious Aviation High School. While there, I enjoyed the more technical aspects of aviation, and upon graduating, joined the U.S. Army. During my military career, I discovered my entrepreneurial spirit. I then, moved to Florida and started an automotive repair business, which I ran with my brother.

My experience in both the public and private sides of the business makes me uniquely qualified for the position I am running for. As closely involved as I was in the real estate and appraiser business, I’ve noticed some serious disparities. As I looked closer, I found myself bothered by the unnecessary waste and expensive practices I observed. For example: Within the same neighborhoods, with the same type of house and same builder, great inequities in valuation can occur, resulting in different taxable values. This ends up with an unfair distribution of property taxes. I believe with a fair and equitable assessment of value, this will lead to a more accurate tax bill. In effect, if we are all assessed fairly, then we will all pay less.

Another issue is the need to get information out into the hands of the people who need it. For example, there is an Elderly and Disabled exemption that is much underutilized, because so few people are aware of it. I would like these groups to be aware of the benefits available to them, and for the Property Appraiser’s CAP News Magazine: How did you end up in the appraisals field? office to be better at getting this information out to the public. My restless entrepreneurial spirit led me to dabble in the real estate field. I started taking classes in real estate, when one of my customers, none other than Rich Crotty, offered me a position in the Property Appraiser’s office. I got immersed in this new field, took night classes and became a State Certified Appraiser. The more I learned about this field, the more I loved it. After six years with the Property Appraiser’s Office, I realized that as a fee-based appraiser, I could evaluate each property on its own individual merits, and I started a Property Appraisal business.

I’m eager to use my knowledge and experience to completely overhaul the office. CAP News Magazine: It sounds like you’d be a leader who is well versed in the issues and the one we should want in this office. How could people get more information about you and the campaign for Orange County Property Appraiser?

Candidate For Orange County Property Appraiser, Rick Singh 407-278-1500 P O Box 533936, Orlando, Fl 32853 CAP News Magazine: What makes you stand out as a candidate?

Calendar of Events for Miami Carnival in the Gardens 2011 • Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant Sunday September 24th 2011 Lou Rawls Center | Florida Memorial University Who will wear the crown? • Miami Broward Jr. Carnival Sunday October 2nd 2011 Central Broward Regional Park Parade of the Kiddies Bands

• Soca Fest Saturday October 8th 2011 SunLife Stadium 11pm to 4am LIVE Caribbean Concert

• Carnival Friday - Panorama | Kings & Queens • Miami Carnival in the Gardens Friday October 7th 2011 Sunday October 9th 2011 SunLife Stadium SunLife Stadium 7pm to 2am 11am to 12midnight Steelband Competition | Parade of the Kings, Queens Parade of the Bands | Food Village | Business Expo | LIVE Concert & Individual Costumes



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