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In exchange, Havana has agreed to accept Cubans who have been deported from the US. “With this change we will continue to welcome Cubans as we welcome immigrants from other nations, consistent with our laws,” Obama said. “Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with US law and enforcement priorities,” the President revealed in a statement released just eight days before he is to leave office. The action came through a new Department of Homeland Security regulation and a deal with the Cuban Government, which Obama said had agreed to accept the return of its citizens.

According to the FDA, the product was recalled due to lead contamination. However, Derrick Lue, Jamaican owner of Oriental Packing, said a recall was first issued last August and despite weekly tests, there were no traces of lead. He added that the recall was reissued in December as the FDA still had suspicions about the presence of lead. Lue said his company does weekly testing and to date there has been no evidence of lead. Based on this, he believes the latest recall is unwarranted. He is also concerned about the origination of the recall letter which was issued to Oriental and its main distributor --- Ocho Rios Miami Trading --- from the

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Jamaican-American Kaylin Booth has hailed slain Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Clayton as “the perfect community police.” Clayton, 41, was killed as she tried to apprehend Markeith Lloyd who had been on the Most Wanted list since killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December. He is still on the run. Booth who lives in Ocoee – on the outskirts of Orlando - was Clayton’s close friend and associate for five years. “She used her law enforcement status to create a strong, positive link between the community and the police. She loved her community, and had a special love for Jamaicans and other people from the Caribbean. She loved Jamaica so much that when she got married last year she did so in Jamaica while on a cruise,” Booth said. Clayton was married in January 2016 to Seth Clayton. She was also the mother of a son who attends college in Jacksonville. continues on B5 – Orlando ofcer

Obama ends wet foot, dry foot policy

With only a few days to go in his presidency, US President Barack Obama announced the end to the longstanding police that grants residency to Cubans who arrive in the US without visas.

Oriental Packing, the company which recalled certain brands of curry powder, is facing losses of over $4-million. The recall, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , affected the Blue Mountain, Jamaica Choice, Oriental, Grace and Ocho Rios brands.

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Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett says the Diaspora is a “vital component” of his government’s marketing strategy. In a recent interview with the National Weekly while visiting South Florida, Bartlett said the Diaspora is “a big part of our market, and the biggest marketers for Jamaica, because people are more driven by the word of mouth of the Jamaican about the destination than they are about what the television says, or what YouTube is saying or Social Media….we regard our Diaspora as a very key resource.” Responding to the Diaspora’s demand for special vacation packages, Bartlett indicated that special tourist market packages targeted to the Diaspora is left to tour operators and travel agents, although this is done with the government’s concurrence. continues on A3 – Key to tourism

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Rock On Manley Buchanan and Richard Daley performing at the Stush rootz presents third world and family 'under the starz' at Hope botanical gardens – Photo by: Gail Zucker Photography

Dapper and Debonair Consul General of Jamaica to Miami, Franz Hall, with Allan Cunningham during the Community Holiday Apprecia on Recep on held last Saturday. – Contributed

On Air Diaspora Radio personality Pat Montague during a recent interview with Hon. Mr. Edmund Bartle , Jamaica's Minister of Tourism – Contributed

A Reading Man Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness helps to open the doors of The City of Lauderhill's new library. – Contributed

Art Exposed Founder of Art Fort Lauderdale, Andrew Mar neau and Cofounder, Evan Snow at the VIP Opening Recep on of Art Fort Lauderdale. – Contributed

Out and About Commissioner Yve e Colbourne with City of Miami Chairman of the Board of Commissioner Keon Hardemon at a recent func on in Miramar. – Contributed

Come one Come All Holiday spirits were raised as friends and colleagues a ended the Apprecia on Recep on. – Contributed

Hai an History Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam congratulates Honorable Judge Florence Barner who was sworn in as the first Hai an American Judge to serve on the bench in Broward County. – Contributed


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Marijuana “med-ness” Amendment 2 last November have until July to be revealed. However, state doctors licensed to prescribe medical marijuana can make prescriptions with the concurrence of another licensed doctor. With a legal prescription, a patient can have medication derived from marijuana delivered to them. Based on Kevin's inability to locate a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana, National Weekly contacted seven doctors, three each in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and one in Palm Beach County. Neither of these physicians was licensed to prescribe the drug. Retired Miramar pharmacist, Devon Mayfield, believes some doctors are hesitant to be licensed to prescribe medical marijuana “because of questionable links between some

Medical marijuana maybe a hot issue in todays medical circles, but according to a recent report not many South Florida Physicians are privy to this dynamic procedure. In fact, only 150 doctors in South Florida, have licenses to prescribe medication from marijuana which represents less than one per cent of over 55,000 doctors in the Sunshine State. This does not sit well with several South Florida doctors and patients like Kevin Moore who suffers from of epileptic seizures. The 22-year-old Moore son of North Miami Beach resident Carmen Goss recently lost his job as a result of his latest set back, which took place in December while driving to work. Kevin has tried prescribed traditional medication to curb these seizures, but none worked. Then a friend recommended medical marijuana that is now legal in Florida. However, neither Goss nor Kevin can find a doctor who is licensed to prescribe the alternative drug. The procedures for dispensing medical marijuana as approved by Constitutional

physicians and the pharmaceutical companies. These pharmaceuticals will be negatively impacted if medical marijuana floods the market.” According to the Florida Department of Health, the application process for qualified physicians to get a license to prescribe medical marijuana involves an eight-hour course and passing a special exam. The course and exam are offered by the Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Another challenge facing patients is that todate, insurance companies are not covering the cost of the medication or the treatment. Mayfield said “medical marijuana isn't cheap. Not everyone who needs these drugs will be able to afford them.”

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Connecticut Department of Public Health. Lue said while his 35-year old company distributes products including curry powder, jerk, oxtail and chicken seasonings in Florida, New York, California and Canada, it has no business in Connecticut. Lue is on record as saying the recall has damaged his small company. He is uncertain about the recovery process. General manager of Ocho Rios Miami Trading, Leroy Tenn, has also expressed concern about the FDA’s recall. In an interview with National Weekly, Tenn said he received a letter from the FDA indicating the recall was initiated because of uncertainty of the lead content in a batch of curry powder from India. He, however, stated that there is no confirmation of lead in the affected batch, and expects the recall to be lifted soon. Tenn notes that contrary to consumer assumptions, the recalled brands of curry powder are not imported directly from Jamaica. They are packaged by Oriental Packing Company in Miami for Ocho Rios Trading, Blue Mountain, Grace and other wholesalers. According to a large Miami food distributer – who asked to remain anonymous, the US curry powder market is very competitive. The seasoning is widely used by Caribbean migrants, especially Jamaicans and Trinidadians as well as Asians.

Ft. Lauderdale Airport tragedy had ripple effects Although not physically harmed during last Friday's tragic shooting at the Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport several Caribbean-Americans were severely inconvenienced by the tragedy. Many, who planned to embark on cruises, were forced to remain on aircraft for up to six hours as a result, were separated from their luggage and eventually missed cruise. Kat and Myron Trott, Bermudians who reside in Connecticut, landed at the airport shortly after 1:00 pm to take a shuttle from

there to Port Everglades to embark on a cruise leaving later that afternoon, when tragedy struck. “However, we weren't allowed to leave our plane until around 8:00 p.m., because of the shooting,” Kat told National Weekly. The couple said they were “extremely alarmed, to see people rushing from the terminals onto the tarmac. “We immediately thought it was some massive terrorist attack,” Myron said. “The flight crew apprised us of the situation. It was very uncomfortable sitting so long on that plane, especially with the limited

toilet facilities. We were hungry and thirsty, although the crew handed out water. To aggravate matters, when the couple deplaned they were unable to collect their luggage, “and of course we missed the cruise,” he added. Also flying into the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday was Jamaican-American Phyllis Mckoy and three friends from Maryland. The friends should have embarked on a seven-day Caribbean cruise leaving on Saturday afternoon. Mckoy said, the group “deliberately came in a day earlier to prevent any delays. Can you

believe we were unable to make the cruise which we planned for six months?” Mckoy said they were in Terminal one waiting for their luggage “when all hell broke loose. Everyone began running out onto the tarmac.” The group remained at the airport, until shortly after 10pm, buses took them to layover at Port Everglades. In rushing from the terminal one of her friends lost her handbag which containued keys, driver's license and credit cards. According to reports, several Cruise ships continues on B5 – Tragedy

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CARICOM welcomes new US/Caribbean legislation

Petrotrin strike called off T

he Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) on Monday agreed to a five per cent wage increase for workers at the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN, averting a 90-day strike within the vital energy sector. “I am very pleased at the outcome… Trinidad and Tobago can breathe again, the strike has been averted,” Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste Primus told a news conference after the agreement had been signed following 30 hours of talks over the last two days. She described the accord as “historic” saying “it is reflective of the state of

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nationalism that abound in the room that allowed us to arrive at an agreement.” The union had originally demanded a 10 per cent wage hike for the period 2014-17 and the company offering a zero percent wage increase over the three years. The two parties are also at loggerheads over the wage increase for the period 2011-14, which is now before the Industrial Court. OWTU President Ancel Roget told reporters under the agreement, it is hoped that by February 28 “this negotiation for the period 2011-14 will be behind us and therefore the first interim payment of the first five per cent is going to be implemented immediately.”

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Guyana dealing with outbreak of gastroenteritis The Guyana government says it has sent a medical team to three Amerindian areas in Region Nine amid reports of an outbreak of gastroenteritis. Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said the medical team had been sent to Aishalton, Shea Village and Areunaw and will hold meetings on how to resolve the issue and prevent further contamination. Lawrence said that there were 58 cases of the infection in the three villages with the majority of patients being school children. The Ministry said it is awaiting the results of samples taken from the residents for testing and that the medical team also conducted house to house visits. So far there have been no fatalities

Jamaica's PM visits Israel Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island on Tuesday for Israel for a working visit as part of his administration's ongoing commitment to seek opportunities for Jamaica through deepened bilateral relations with various countries. During his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , the leaders will discuss areas of potential cooperation on growth and economic development between both countries, such as security, agriculture, water resource management, and Diaspora bonds. Meetings will also be held with key Israeli officials and members of the private sector. It said that through these engagements, Jamaica will seek to identify and capitalize on opportunities for collaboration and expanded exposure to best practices.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council of Ministers ended a two-day meeting in Georgetown on Tuesday saying it was appreciative of the Caribbean's good working relationship with past US administrations and was looking forward to working with the Donald Trump administration. The Council, the second highest organ of the 15-member CARICOM grouping, said it welcomed the recent passage of the US-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016, which calls for a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between the United States government and the Caribbean region. President Barack Obama signed the legislation on December 16, last year. “We note with satisfaction the overwhelming bipartisan support received in both Houses of Congress for the Act and thank its sponsors, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Chair of the Committee, for their tireless efforts. “We recognize that this Act is both timely and significant, and commend both Houses of Congress and the US Administration for this proactive and collaborative approach to engagement with the Caribbean region.” The CARICOM Council said it believes that the multi-year strategy mandated by this Act “will engender increased interaction between the Caribbean and the United States, especially in the areas of security, trade, economic development, energy, education and Diaspora engagement.

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How did you feel with regards to the President's farewell speech and his presidency overall? Charmayne: Sunrise/Trinidad – I'm torn, I'm upset that he's leaving. I give him a lot of credit for how he left things; he didn't call any names, he didn't throw anybody under the bus. I'm upset that he's leaving, I'm very hurt; I think that everything's going in the toilet now that he's leaving, but he went out with a lot of class. He has a lot of class and I've always respected President Obama for that. Rupert: Orlando/Jamaica – Actually, I didn't listen to his final speech because I was working, but anything that he has to say, I 100% agree with him because he is the boss. He's a good bro'. I believe in him, he has done a wonderful job and we from the Black community, we all look up to him. Enos: Plantation/Jamaica – I didn't hear it. I have no opinion on that, it's “six of one and half a dozen of the other”. His presidency was average and [Trump] made a lot of promises, so we'll see. I can't give an opinion right now. They all get richer when they leave, so they are better off than I am. Ivan: Pembroke Pines/St. Kitts – Well honestly I didn't hear his speech. I caught a little bit about it this morning, but I didn't listen to it. Tired, man, I was tired from working, you know? I think he did a good job the last four years. The first four years, I think it was a little bottled but after that, everything seemed to come back to normal. Going forward, we just hope for the best, that's all we can do. Give Donald Trump a chance and see what happens. Denise: Lauderhill/Jamaica – It was excellent. It's sad, it feels like it's the end of something awesome; wish it could continue. I loved him. He helped me a lot – with getting a new mortgage, Obamacare, I got covered – I don't know why people say that it's expensive because I got it for a great price. I hope for Trump – impeachment. I don't believe in hate or discrimination, I just think that he is like poison for our society. Neil: Plantation/Trinidad – His speech was absolutely fabulous. As a matter of fact, I actually dropped a tear or two, it was so good. He's just the best thing that we've had in my lifetime. Of all the presidents within the last 20 years, with all the obstruction from the Republicans, he was still able to make good on 90% of his promises. So as far as I am concerned, he is the best president that I have known of except for Roosevelt. Michelle: Sunrise/Virgin Islands – I prefer not to comment on political affairs of the world. I think that we need God more than anything and I think America should just continue to embrace the word of God and pray for all elected officials. We are governed by the Bible and we are expected to obey the laws of the land and I think that all citizens should be respectful in that regard. Barbie: Plantation/Pennsylvania – I didn't see it. I think man cares for man. You can try, but it just doesn't work. I think they'll (Republicans) try going forward, but it's always a letdown because they just can't manage it. We've tried how many governments and it just never worked. Vince: Little Haiti/Haitian – I thought it was very eloquent like all of his speeches are. We may not see a president as well-spoken as he is for a long time. It was very insightful, a lot of people forgot the things he has done, the milestones he's reached; he took a lot of criticism for things directly tied to the African-American community but I believe that his goal was to help the entire country vs. a specific group which is what a president is supposed to do.


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Keeping us safe is a key function of government

MANAGING EDITOR Garth A. Rose, PhD editor@cnweeklynews.com

Right up there with enhancing the means for citizens to be provided with food, water, shelter and clothing, it is the responsibility of governments to provide security from domestic and foreign sources. When people vote for a national leader and government it’s assumed that the authorities will take the necessary measures to ensure that security. It is therefore disconcerting when the top agencies of intelligence gathering, and domestic and international security, is placed in a position of doubt by the nation’s leaders. Where a leader doubts the information provided by those commissioned to gather this intelligence for the furtherance of the nation’s security, especially from potential foreign enemies, this breeds confusion among the people. Specifically, how secure can Americans feel as Donald Trump prepares to take over the presidency but stubbornly refuses to accept blatant information provided to him that Russians, endorsed by its president Vladimir Putin, were involved in using illegal and clandestine maneuvers that impeded Hillary Clinton’s bid to win the recent presidential election? How can Americans, as Trump prepares to take office, be confident that their lives and wellbeing are secure if the President-elect doubts the intelligence provided by American national security agencies? Trump won the elections convincingly by 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232; Clinton won almost three million more popular votes than he. If he’s convinced he won fairly, why should he feel dissed with reports the Russians influenced his victory? He should be resolute in condemning Putin. Persistent acts of terrorism around the world make threats a reality to America. With America so bitterly divided politically and racially, it’s imperative

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MEDIA SPECIALIST Jahlisa Harvey jharvey@cnweeklynews.com that the President, as well as intelligence and national security agencies, have confidence in each other. Ironically, on the same day, January 6, that the collaborative national security agencies were briefing President-Elect Trump on Russia’s involvement in the presidential election, a gunman killed five people and injured several others at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Will Trump not be dependent upon the intelligence derived from investigations into that incident to determine what was the shooter’s motive? Will he also express doubt in their findings? One possible threat to America’s national security, is racial violence. Almost daily, people are exposed to images of covert and overt racism. White police officers shooting and killing black youth; a white law enforcement officer assigned to a school hoisting and slamming a black teenage girl to the floor. There are other disturbing reports and images of four black teenagers in Chicago torturing and beating a white youth, while taunting him with racial slurs. These, and several other reports of racism, especially since the elections, are of great concern. There seems to be a rapidly boiling cauldron, ready to explode. Additionally, there is the seemingly uncontrolla-

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Haitian politicians to debate arrest of elected Senator The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Cholzer Chancy, says Parliament will adopt a position on the extradition of Guy Philippe to the United States after he was arrested here last Thursday. The statement by Chancy comes as supporters of the 48-year-old former rebel turned politician, took to the streets demanding his return to Haiti and condemnation by some legislators of his extradition. Senator Andris Riché said the arrest and extradition of Philippe, who was elected as a senator during the November 20 elections Philippe

last year, is “a hard blow against the democratic institutions of the country because Guy Philippe was elected Senator”. Riché acknowledged that while Philippe had not yet been sworn in as a legislator, he was nonetheless entitled to “some (immunity) coverage that should spare him this kind of treatment” adding “the country is powerless against this kind of slippages”. Philippe, 48, was indicted in the United States in 2005 on one count of conspiracy to import narcotics; one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and engage in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity and one substantive count

of engaging in monetary transactions derived from unlawful activity. Philippe was ordered held without bond during an initial hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry L. Garber of the Southern District of Florida over the last weekend. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 13. According to the indictment, from approximately 1997 through 2001, Philippe conspired with others to import more than five kilograms of cocaine into the United States. Chancy said the Parliament would soon outline its position on the October 17, 1997 agreement between then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and then Haitian President René Préval regarding the fight against drug trafficking by sea and air and its interpretation.

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“What we’ve agreed to is that the past is past and the future will be different,” said Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary. “This is us repealing a policy unique to Cuba, given the nature of the relationship 20 years ago, which is very different right now,” he said. In response, the Cuban government, by way of a television statement praised the move as "an important step in advancing relations'' between the US and Cuba. The 22-year-old policy – the so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy, that dates back to 1995, owes its name to an unusual rule that requires Cubans caught trying to reach the US by sea to return home, but allows those who make it onto US soil to stay and then apply for legal permanent residency The policy has only been applicable to Cubans as other immigrants who come to the US without a visa could be arrested and deported. Since the United States and Cuba decided to restore diplomatic relations in 2014, the number of Cubans trying to reach the US by sea increased. In 2014 alone, close to 4,000 Cubans either reached the shore or were caught at sea according to the US Coast Guard, the number then increased to 7,411, two years later

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“I don’t think the government can intervene because that would be interfering with the market, but certainly we encourage specific targeting of the Diaspora, particularly the younger generation, those who perhaps have nationalities other than Jamaican, whose connection with us is first generation parents and grandparents. This is an opportunity for this new generation to return to their roots, get a feeling of their culture, and a sense of themselves. This is a very important part of the government’s Diaspora program.” The minister emphasized that the Andrew Holness-led administration has embarked on a specific policy “to incorporate and integrate the Diaspora into Jamaica’s development strategies. We’re looking at how the Diaspora can be better partners in diplomacy, for example, and in trade, and in the use of culture and the wider representation of Jamaica… this whole business of the para-diplomatic value of the Diaspora is huge.” Bartlett believes the Jamaican Diaspora has “more access to the halls of power and the centers of influence than our formal ambassadors. The Diaspora represents for us the real touch points we need in the markets abroad.” He also addressed a sore point among some members of the Diaspora. Why successive governments continue to contract promotion of Jamaica’s tourism to foreign companies. The minister said this is based on the tender system. “The government goes to tender for all contracts. This is the rule of the game in Jamaica. When we tender a contract, we are open to getting the best response from companies to our strategies and vision, and how these responses and the technical proficiencies of the companies blend with the government’s views.” He emphasized the government is “open to Jamaican, English and American firms. Whatever firm that fits the bill and is able to give us the return that we require.” As to why the Jamaica Tourist Board does not place ads regularly in Jamaican-owned media, Bartlett admitted that that is something for consideration. “I’m not sure just how many placements have been done and what level of expenditure has been applied, but I can find that out, simply by getting an up-to-date position from the Tourist Board as to the spending in the various segments of media.”


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Jamaica Musical Theatre Co. to put on 'The Wiz' The Wiz, originally performed with an all-black cast and featuring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, will be performed for the Jamaica Junior Theatre's 2017 production at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. This is the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company's second staging of the musical, the first time was in 2005 when it was performed by senior members of the company. The Wiz is directed by Damion Radcliffe, a drama teacher at Campion College, writer, actor, and director who has had great success with his group, The Independent Actors' Movement, and productions of Anancy Chapati have been well received by Jamaican audiences and critics. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum, originally published in 1900. The 1970s Broadway production of The Wiz, with an all-black cast, won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Wizard of Oz is a story meant to reminds us of the importance of appreciating what we have rather than going in search of happiness outside of ourselves. Production dates for The Wiz run from until February 19.

Grammy award nominee, Raging Fyah, set to kick off world tour

The Billboard critics in 2016 said “…the album is an all-killer no-filler affair, straight-ahead roots rock from top to toe.” Raging Fyah will start their 2017 World Tour with Tribal Seeds in the United States next week, January 24th and then collaborate with UB40 in Europe in May. The 5-piece Jamaican band on the rise is touring in support of their latest album titled Everlasting, which has been recognized and nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. This is their first nod for the prestigious ceremony, the 59th Annual Grammys scheduled to air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12th at 8 p.m. on CBS. Everlasting, which was released in May of 2016, follows their previous releases Judgement Day, 2011, and Destiny, 2014, and is their debut effort for VP Records' new imprint Dub Rockers.

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Cruising in Love and Harmony South Floridians and their friends from other places are being presented with the opportunity to embark on the Love and Harmony Caribbean Cruise for 5 nights-4 days from February 27th to March 3rd from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica on the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner. In addition to enjoying the peculiar sense of relaxation of cruising on the Caribbean sea, the cruise features Reggae & Soca's most world renowned artists. The concert produced by Rockers Island Entertainment in association with Best of the Best Entertainment and Massive B, features, among other artists: Beres Hammond, Shabba Ranks, and Third World, Queen Ifrica, Wayne Wonder, Tony Curtis, Singing Melody, Elephant Man, I-wayne, Edwin Yearwood, Lurie D, new school artists Konshens and Dexta Daps. During the “non-stop party” experience, attendees will be treated to late night dances with deejays: Stone Love Movement. Massive B. Sounds, Bobby Konders & Jabba, and DJ Calli B, Road International, DJ Roy, Ragashanti, and DJ Noah. Other deejays include New York's own Steele Bashment, Glamour Wayne, DJ Fergie & Springer, YGS SOund, KIng Waggy T, Jamusa, King Ferno and DJ Smallie. The cruise will include most meals onboard and family friendly curated programming. The Norwegian Pearl provides luxury amenities such as their chic bowling alley, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, and spacious Garden Villas. Promoters of the event are heralding 2017's LOVE & HARMONY CARIBBEAN CRUISE as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “This one is going to be truly special. We put a lot of effort in making this year's L&HCC, out of this world, and I think we delivered,” the promoters said. Last year the cruise was sold out, and the same thing is expected this year.

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Heart Disease and 3 ways it can sneak up on you As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government nds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the rst time in 25 years. Though the factors are varied and complex, it has health experts and doctors taking a hard look at the current realities, including our rising obesity rate and the fact doctors may be reaching their limit on what they can do to treat heart disease. "The report, though troubling to any family doctor, can be used as the basis of a wake-up call to anyone to improve their health," says Andrew Manganaro, MD, FACC, FACS, Chief Medical officer for Life Line Screening. "That is especially true for those who have been diagnosed with a risk factor for heart disease." Manganaro urges patients ages 55 and older to be proactive with their heart health by scheduling regular doctor visits and following their doctor's instructions. In addition, he recommends making regular cardiovascular screenings a part of your wellness routine. Not convinced you need a screening? These three realities of cardiovascular health might change your mind.

1. Heart disease is often silent. Problems with the cardiovascular system can creep in gradually. Fully 80 percent - 4 out of 5 - of people who have a stroke have no symptoms beforehand. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary artery disease are often silent, partly because the warning signs are not what most people expect. Symptoms are less obvious, such as a headache, shortness of breath or pain in the jaw. Even if you are already taking steps to manage your risk factors, a screening will give you and your doctor a picture of the health of your cardiovascular system.

2. Minor conditions are easy to ignore. Even if your screening doesn't reveal you're at a very high risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, don't be complacent. Because your cardiovascular system is interconnected, plaque in one artery makes it very possible that plaque will eventually show up elsewhere. For example, a diagnosis of peripheral artery disease is a condition that is associated with leg cramping, but that's a diagnosis that should be taken as a warning. Because these leg arteries are literally narrowing, it could mean that the arteries to the brain could also narrow, creating the ideal conditions for a stoke. Likewise, if arteries to the heart were to narrow, that could lead to heart attack or heart failure.

3. Oral health is a window to artery health. For decades, researchers have seen a connection between oral health and heart health. Back in the 1920s for example, doctors thought they could cure heart disease by

extracting teeth. While the connection is not yet fully understood, we do know oral plaque has a relationship to carotid artery plaque. Manganaro encourages patients to also see their dentist regularly and take

Because your cardiovascular system is interconnected, plaque in one artery makes it very possible that plaque will eventually show up elsewhere. good care of their gums and teeth. The good news is you don't need a prescription or take a trip to the doctor's office to have preventive health screenings for cardiovascular disease. Life Line Screening performs affordable testing in community settings throughout the country. This testing will reveal where carotid artery plaque buildup is located and how much. This could translate into lifesaving treatment for you, or simply offer peace of mind. February is American Heart Month. It was originally declared in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson to help people become aware of the many ways to improve their cardiovascular health. To find out when a screening clinic may be scheduled in your area, visit www.lifelinescreening.com/HeartCheck or call (877) 754-9631.

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Cuba and Havana in particular is as Islandish in texture and feel as any other. There are potholes and equally impressive “barber green” highways to be found leading up to the city, however you are quickly reminded that this is foreign. Spanish speaking it is. And they can nd the foreigners in a crowd. Never hustled without a distinctive eloquent purpose, but left alone if the service is not required. Discipline is what jumps out at me. Youths are lled with intellect and well spoken, despite the lack of “opportunities” but basically well behaved under the watchful eyes of the young and fully committed “security ofcers.” I see poverty, but no suffering, a mix of all shades living close without chaos. Needless to say I was simply a tourist just venturing out daily to see more of the Havana that has been in the news lately. Dark alleys late at night, no fear with criminal activity nowhere in my consciousness. No guns, no crime. Impressive mansions amidst the failing infrastructure, but life goes on with a fervor that can't be truly measured. Adapting to their own normal. Havana, Cuba... a must for your bucket list.


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Guh Deh Campaign is to contribute to reducing the incidences of sexual abuse of children in Jamaica, which includes bringing awareness and urging a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of children. Concerning the welfare of the child, we applaud the police for having the courage to follow through with the arrest of the clergy, and we trust that this bold

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to be added to the FIFA World Cup in 2026 The FIFA Council has unanimously decided in favor of expanding the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of the 2026 edition, adding 16 extra nations to the tournament. President of the organization, Gianni Infantino's favored plan for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32, was unanimously approved Tuesday by the FIFA Council. It meets Infantino's election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA's 211 member federations. This expansion will mean that there will be 80

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matches instead of 64, and FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, not to mention the ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The new 48-team competition format has been drawn up in such a way that there is no reduction in the overall number of rest days and a guaranteed maximum of seven matches for the teams reaching the final, while the current 32-day tournament duration is kept, so as not to increase the length of time for which clubs have to release their players.

Bravo out of Trinidad and Tobago lineup pending WICB meeting Darren Bravo has been left out of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force squad for the Regional Super50, pending the outcome of a meeting with the West Indies Cricket Board pertaining to disciplinary issues. The 27-year-old was sent home by the WICB ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe over a controversial tweet he posted and he has not played a match since. Suruj Ragoonath, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board's chief executive, said “In furtherance to the team for the Super50, do note that Darren Bravo's availability is dependent on the outcome of his pending meeting with the WICB.” Last November Bravo called WICB president, Dave Cameron, a “big idiot” via Twitter in response to the administrator's comments which were critical of his performances. Bravo was then sent home “due to inappropriate and unacceptable behavior, which is contrary to his contractual obligations to the WICB” and warned that if the offending tweet was not removed, he could “face further disciplinary action, including referral to the WICB disciplinary committee”. Bravo Media reports say Bravo would initiate legal action against the board.

T&T head coach quits

Trinidad and Tobago's football was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when men's head coach Tom Saintfiet dramatically quit the post after just five weeks and four games in charge, citing a lack of support from the country's Football Association. In a statement dated January 10, the 43-year-old Belgian said his appointment had been “second-guessed” from the first day by FA president David John-Williams and with critical 2018 World Cup qualifiers beckoning in March, did not believe he could succeed “in this environment.” Saintfiet's sudden departure leaves the FA scrambling for a third head coach in two months following the sacking of Stephen Hart last November. “I would like to inform you all that I have decided to resign, today, Tuesday 10 January 2017, as national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago,” Saintfiet said. “Given the mandate to guide the team past Panama and Mexico in the coming World Cup qualifiers of March 2017, I have come to the conclusion that I can't be successful in this environment.” Saintfiet was a controversial choice to replace Stephen Hart who was fired last December, after the T&T's poor start to the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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