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Tax backlash! Jamaica's Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips has reiterated that the recent levy imposed on commercial banks in an effort to close a J$6.7billion (One Jamaica dollar = US$0.004 cents) shortfall in the budget, is not intended to be paid by individual account holders but by the banks as corporate entities. Speaking on Tuesday during a post-Budget press conference at Jamaica House, Phillips sought to clarify that the nature of the tax had been misrepresented in the ministry paper, which outlined the new tax measures as a levy on customers. He said the measure to be implemented on June 1, was unlikely to make majority of persons who pay taxes worse off unless they withdrew J$12.48 million in any single year The new tax, which is aimed at raising J$2.3 billion, will be a levy on ATM and other withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions and security dealers, will be calculated on a

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graduated rate system, with withdrawals less than J$1 million being subjected to a 0.1 per cent tax. However, despite his explanation, and buttressed by opposition shadow finance spokesman Audley Shaw, some members of the public continue to brand the bank levy as a “wicked” and “uncaring” action. This has arisen from a fear that the banks will recover the levy from their customers. “If every time you turn around in Jamaica, it's tax, tax, tax how can poor people survive? They are robbing the citizens, I think it is ridiculous, what do you expect poor people to do?” This was the sentiment of Barrington Peters continues on B4 – Bank tax

In-state tuition bill in trouble by Dr. Garth A. Rose

Despite months of advocacy by Florida immigration advocates and college students, the Immigrant Tuition Bill has hit a major roadblock. Although the bill was supported by some conservatives in the Florida Legislature, on its way to the Senate floor for a vote by that assembly, it was blocked. With the passing of a similar bill last month in the Florida House that will enable the children of undocumented immigrants (called DREAMers) born in Florida to pay much lower in-state tuition fees, it was assumed that the Immigrant Tuition Bill would have received the nod of approval. However, last week, Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Senator Joe Negron, refused to include the bill on the agenda for the final meeting of that committee. His position was supported by Senate President Don Gaetz who indicated that he would not be intervening in the passage of the bill. If the bill is not approved by the Senate before the legislature ends its session early next month, thousands of DREAMers attending Florida colleges will continue to pay out-of- state tuition fees that triple in-state tuition fees, although they were born in Florida. Negron and Gaetz's action to block the bill is surprising as it has the support of continues on A9 – Tuition bill

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Three new Caribbean destinations for JetBlue The twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago will, as of May 1, become the 84th destination to be serviced by JetBlue Airways. The airline will offer nonstop service to the Piarco International Airport from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. In addition JetBlue will also be flying to Montego Bay, Jamaica and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

"Trinidad is a very popular destination, but for too long, travelers flying to the island have been underserved by existing airline options, so we are excited to now offer customers the unparalleled JetBlue experience and great fares to Port of Spain," said JetBlue's vice president network planning Scott Laurence. JetBlue, which currently flies out of Orlando into Montego Bay and from Fort Lauderdale into Kingston, has now seen the need to expand its service with a non-stop flight to Montego Bay from Fort Lauderdale. Ticket giveaway th In recognition of the 10 anniversary of the National Weekly, JetBlue will partner with the newspaper in its promotional efforts by offering tickets to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to winners of the National Weekly's “Spot the Ten in Ten competition.” For the details of this competition visit our website at www.cnweeklynews.com


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TWO MEN-Y Peter Mason (2nd le ) -Tamarac CofC and Winston Barnes (Commissioner/Broadcaster-WAVS), provide the perfect contrast to these ladies (l-r); Sharon Hollis Wong, Angella Thomas-Pryce, Raheima Smith, Jasmine Jones, at CNW's 10th anniversary launch recep on at the Miramar Cultural Center, on April 9. – Uriah Benne photo DJ SPRINT LEGEND Dr. Dennis 'DJ” Johnson, CD, (center) receives the pioneer award from Irwine G. Clare Sr. OD, in NYC, for his outstanding contribu on to Jamaica's track program. Jamaica's CG to New York, Hon. Herman LaMont, is at right. – Roland Hyde photo CHIC TO CHIC Stylist to the stars, Melody (right) and Nicole (le ), share a scoop at the recently held 10th anniversary launch recep on for Caribbean Na onal Weekly – Uriah Benne photo

BASKET CASE Jamaica's CG to Miami, Franz Hall (right) presenta a basket of Grace goodies to this lucky lady who a ended the GraceKennedy/Wester Union Reading Day collabora ve, in our area, earlier this month. – Dreamy Riley photo

CAUGHT IN THE PARK The CASA season is winding down and this group of guys was photographed having fun in the stands at the Lauderhill Park last Saturday. – Paul Perry photo

LUSH FUSION DELIGHTS GM Natasha (r ) and Chef A (l ), were the taste of the evening at the Na onal Weekly 10th anniversary recep on. Uriah Benne photo

CARL & CAROLY Legal eagle Caroly Pedersen (right) and husband were among scores of elected officials, community and business leaders, in a endance at the Na onal Weekly 10th anniversary recep on – Uriah Benne photo

WOMAN IS POWER Ac vist Marsha Figaro struck this purposeful pose, shortly a er another successful staging of the annual gala honoring women in the community, recently in Broward

MILES AHEAD Natasha (le ) and Howard (right), of VP Records Distributors, were also in the house at the Miramar Cultural Center, Miramar. – Uriah Benne photo

YOUNG READERS, FUTURE LEADERS Some of the Pre-schoolers from Phyl's Academy, Margate, who par cipated in the GraceKennedy/Western Union I-PLEDGE Reading Day program in South Florida, earlier this month. – Dreamy Riley photo


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Concern about parental dress code by Anthony Eugene

South Florida schools have once again called for a stricter dress code for parents. In recent months, Broward School Board member, Rosalind Osgood has voiced concern about the attire of parents, especially females, when they visit schools.

Palm Beach County school district plans to discuss the possibility of implementing a dress code for parents. If approved, the school could request certain attire at school events and during school hours.

This week, a similar concern was expressed by Palm Beach County School Board member Karen Bells, who wants a dress code for the parents of students attending the Palm Beach public school, to be introduced in the student handbook.

Women United for the Salvation of Sons and Husbands Conference The role of fathers, husbands and sons will be the highlight a conference organized by WUSSH to be held April 25-27 at Victory Place International Worship Center in Sunrise, Florida. “WUSSH seeks to answer the question of love, care and hope for fathers and sons through the collective partnership of ministries, wives,

The problem is one that also resonates in Miami-Dade County, where Kendall teacher, Mitzie Blount, says she is frequently shocked by the apparel worn by some parents. Blount says there's already a problem with the dress of students, with male students competing to see who can wear the “more baggy of pants”, and female students trying to outdo each other “with how short their skirts are, or how much skin they can show around their mid-section.” In response to the concerns, the Palm Beach County school district plans to discuss the possibility of implementing a dress code for parents. If approved, the school could request certain attire at school

events and during school hours. In addition the rules could be printed in the school's handbook. However, a Miami parent said the question of appropriate attire should also be attributed to some teachers. The parent believes the problems of appropriate dress for teachers, students, and parents would be easily solved by school districts in each county issuing a dress code for everyone who attends a school campus. “This code should be posted on noticeboards on every campus and strictly monitored. Even some night clubs have dress codes, so why not public schools were peer influence is so strong?”

Sing-a-long-a Grease at the Miramar Cultural Center I Artspark

mothers and sisters, whose understanding of the positive effect of salvation challenges us to unite in prayer and the discipline of training for understanding.” The organizers of WUSSH are committed to partnering with women who will lead men into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The Miramar Cultural Center I ArtsPark concludes The Family Theater Series, sponsored by Waste Pro, with Sing-a-long-a Grease on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. This interactive show features the original musical Grease, while encouraging audience members to dance and sing along with all the hits from the show. There will be a pre-show costume contest, for members of the audience dressed in the 50s

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grab worn at Rydell High, the high school depicted in the movie. Tickets for Sing-a-long-a Grease are available through the Miramar Cultural Center box office at 954-602-4500 or online at www.MiramarCulturalCenter.org The Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark is located at 2400 Civic Center Place on Red Road, north of Miramar Parkway, in Miramar.


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A legacy of excellence by Dr. Garth A. Rose Earlier this month the Caribbean lost an outstanding intellect when Jamaican Dr. Norman Girvan succumbed to severe injuries Girvan suffered after a fall while hiking in Dominica earlier this year . Having been associated with Dr. Girvan in the late 1970s while we were in the service of the Michael Manley administration, his work as an economic advisor to the government proved him to be an outstanding economist placing him in the realm of other outstanding Caribbean economists such as Sir Arthur Lewis of St. Lucia. Those who were associated with him may be quick to describe as a workaholic, overly consumed with providing solutions suitable to the economic challenges of Jamaica and the rest of the region. His sharp intellect and profound economic insights were extremely relevant as he excelled among a group of learned economists that grappled with Jamaica's economic challenges during the latter half of the 1970. Like those of us who were involved in the challenges of that era, Dr. Girvan was disappointed that the formulas developed and applied at that time, were foiled by the political realities of the day.

However, despite the times being rabidly political, Norman Girvan succeeded in providing economic advise that was a-political and for the benefit of the national economy, rather than for any political group. Despite his vast intellect, he was a humble man who did not seek attributes, although he received many. He found satisfaction in orchestrating and implementing solutions for developing economies. Remarkably, Dr. Girvan never held his economic and general intellect over others, but was always willing to listen to the ideas of others. He managed to make the proposals of those, less learned than he was, to be relevant, and enabled them to build on their theories and proposals. As Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, his work had a significant impact on the development of the Caribbean region. A strong proponent for Caribbean integration, he made his mark as former general secretary of the Association of Caribbean States and was the representative of United Nation's Secretary General in the border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana. There is no doubt the Caribbean has lost one its brightest people, but Dr. Girvan, placed his thoughts and economic genius in several books and articles which are available for posterity.

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Rodney death inquiry to begin April 28 The three-member Commission of Inquiry into the death of renowned Guyanese academic, Dr. Walter Rodney, will begin public hearings on April 28. According to an official statement issued on April 22, the Commission, chaired by the Barbadian jurist, Sir Richard Cheltenham, will hold public hearings until May 2 at the Supreme Court Library Building in the capital, Georgetown. “The purpose of the hearings will be for the Commission to receive testimony and evidence from interested parties to enable it to examine the facts and circumstances immediately prior, at the time of, and subsequent to, the death of Dr. Walter Rodney ….” the statement said. It noted that the Commission would also “inquire into the cause of the explosion in which

Dr. Walter Rodney died, whether it was an act of terrorism, and if so, who were the perpetrators as well as “examine the role, if any, which the late Gregory Smith, Sergeant of the Guyana Defence Force, played in the death of Dr. Walter Rodney and if so, to inquire into who may have counselled, procured, aided and or abetted him to do so, including facilitating his departure from Guyana after Dr. Walter Rodney's death”. Rodney, the co-founder of the Working People's Alliance (WPA), was killed on June 13, 1980, after a walkie-talkie, given to him by Smith, exploded as he sat in car. The then ruling People's National Congress (PNC) has long been blamed for the murder. But the party has continuously denied any responsibility.

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Sugar workers on strike A seven day strike by sugar workers in Barbados, came to an end on Saturday, April 19, following talks mediated by Labour Minister Dr Esther Byer Suckoo. General Manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC), Leslie Parris, said the back to work agreement was reached during the marathon talks with officials of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU). Workers at the island's lone sugar factory - Portvale, walked off the job last week to protest against the manner in which 50 of their colleagues at the Andrews Sugar Factory were retrenched by the BAMC last month. The protest action cost the industry nearly BDS$300,000 (One BDS dollar= US$0.50 cents).

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New LIAT CEO vows to make improvements The newly appointed CEO of regional airline LIAT, David Evans, arrived in Antigua from the United Kingdom on Sunday with a promise to listen to staff to determine how to improve the regional carrier. “The years I have spent in the airline business have taught me that there is no monopoly of wisdom in the CEO's office,” Evans, said. Evans who was responsible for the Caribbean when he was area manager for British Airways, announced plans to begin his duties by listening to the shareholders, staff, the customers and LIAT stakeholders “who definitely know the airline much better than I do”. He assumes the chief executive responsibilities from Julie Reifer-Jones, who has been acting CEO since the resignation of Ian Brunton in September 2013.


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he desire to return to the Caribbean to live, is not one that's very attractive for the majority of Caribbean-Americans living in Florida. According to a National Weekly survey conducted in February, while 61 percent of Caribbean-Americans thoroughly enjoy living here, they are concerned that not enough is being done to ensure the community has a distinct identity and be as powerful as the Cuban-American community. Politics is one area that several Caribbean-Americans believe the community should be more relevant, not only as a voting bloc but by having more Caribbean-American representatives on city and state legislatures, and in the US Congress. Currently, only two Caribbean Americans currently serve on the Florida Legislature; House Representatives Daphne Campbell, a Haitian American, and Hazelle Rogers a Jamaican-American. Other than the cities of Miramar and Lauderdale Lakes, North Miami, and formerly in Lauderhill, few cities in Florida have Caribbean-Americans as political representatives. Commissioner Dale Holness is the only Caribbean-American on the Broward

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County Commission, while Mayor Barbara Sharief is associated to the CaribbeanAmerican community by marriage. There's also the view the Caribbean-Americans should develop a more potent business community. Some are dissatisfied at the preponderance of so many micro businesses within the community. Broward County in particular has several small Caribbean businesses but there are very few medium or large Caribbean businesses. One theory is that for a long time the CaribbeanAmerican business community has been limited by the lack of access to financial capital. There's the need for the community to own financial institutions that will directly serve business owners and the general public. Although some Caribbean financial companies operate in Florida, their scope is limited by licensing implications. Hopefully, ambitious and qualified Caribbean-American entrepreneurs will step forward to fill the void for establishing and operating financial institutions indigenous to Florida to serve the community. That's one of the best strategies to ensure the business community will be assured of the financial capital to expand in scope, size and strength.

Misusing mobile devices by Winston Barnes Easter Sunday was one of those days when churches were lled to capacity. As is customary, among the worshippers were those who do not attend church regularly. It was easy to spot the infrequent worshippers by their obsession with cell phones during the service. This obsession with mobile devices also intruded on friends and family who gathered for Easter dinner. It was difcult to hold or attempt to hold a conversation as you could be interrupted by the use of a mobile device. The use of mobile devices was the subject of a recent research focused on how parents treat their children at restaurants.There was little evidence of family time, although the family members were seated around the same table. Has not this addiction to mobile devices become totally ridiculous? How can we blame our children who have become addicted to their devices when adults are setting the worst possible example when it comes to being obsessed with their own devices? The discourtesies and disrespect associated with mobile device use begs the development of a whole new behavior pattern. There's need for behavior that includes not disturbing others, not using the devices in places like church and other public places, when driving and during conversations.Let's not turn these mobile devices into a vice. They are for ease of communication, not for disrespecting others and for behaving with abject rudeness.

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Taiwan to assist Haiti in rice production Taiwan and Haiti signed an agreement on April 22, that will see Taiwan provide further assistance in increasing rice production in the country to address food security issues. The agreement was signed by Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin and Haitian counterpart Duly Brutus, one of several top officials from Haiti who are visiting Taiwan as part of a delegation led by President Michel Joseph Martelly. After the signing of the agreement, both countries formally launched a 2014-2018 program, which includes Taiwanese technical assistance to set up a national rice research center, Lin said during the signing ceremony at the ministry's headquarters in Taipei. The program is expected to improve rice production to 2,000 tons per year, which the ministry estimates will benefit around 51,000 families in the major rice-growing center of

Vallee d'Artibonite. Agriculture has been an important part of the cooperation between Taiwan and Haiti. The foreign ministry noted that the new program is part of continued efforts to increase rice production by improving the quality of rice seeds. The Haitian delegation is set to wrap up their four-day visit on Thursday. The visit follows a trip to Haiti by Ma last August. Ma is the first Taiwanese president to make a state visit to the Haiti in their 58 years of bilateral relations. It has been 12 years since a Haitian president visited Taiwan, the last was Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2002, when he paid a visit to Taiwan's then-president Chen Shui-bian. Haiti is one of Taiwan's 22 diplomatic allies. The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1956.

Haitians to re-register for Temporary Protected Status by May 2 The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned eligible nationals of Haiti who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to re-register by May 2, 2014. “Failure to reregister by this deadline may result in the loss of your TPS and your work authorization,” said the USCIS in a statement.

“If you re-register during the registration period and request employment authorization, you will receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with an expiration date of January 22, 2016,” it added. In early March, US Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, extended TPS for eligible nationals of Haiti for an

additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016. Current Haitian beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. The Obama administration had suspended deportation of undocumented Haitians living in the US soon after a

massive earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, granting TPS to thousands of Haitians. Approximately 50,000 Haitian nationals with TPS reside in the United States.


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Millennials Make Spending Trade-offs but Save Less LINDELL G. DOUGLAS FINANCIAL ADVISOR

As people move through various life stages, their financial goals and priorities change. One constant is the challenge that comes with balancing long-term savings goals with short-term needs. Millennials (those born after 1980), in particular, are in a unique situation when it comes to saving for the future. On one hand, time – and the power of compounding money and interest that comes with it – is on their side. On the other, they face unique spending and saving challenges. According to the Financial Trade-Offs study, commissioned by Ameriprise Financial, Millennials are significantly more likely than Boomers and Generation Xers to consciously cut back on discretionary expenses on things like electronics and car payments. However, while Millennials are cutting back on spending, they're also failing to save diligently, creating an interesting paradox. Disconnect between spending cut-backs and saving The study found younger Americans are likely to take on large amounts of debt while trying to save for other financial goals Seventy-eight percent of those with credit cards or other miscellaneous debt say this make them feel stretched financially. Additionally, 76 percent say their car payments have been a stretch. The challenges from trying to pay down debt may be the reason 59 percent of Millennials say they have monthly savings plans compared to 75 percent of Boomers. Additionally, only 43 percent of Millennials with access to employer-sponsored retirement plans are contributing enough to get maximum employer match. Sixty nine percent have either reduced their contributions or say they would reduce their contributions in the future

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Don't over-extend yourself when you're making big purchases like a home or car. Seventy-seven percent of Millennial homeowners admit their mortgage payments have been a stretch.

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Say no to unnecessary expenses. According to the study, 36 percent of Millennials don't currently have the discipline to say “no” to unnecessary purchases.

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Create a nancial plan or monthly budget. Cutting back requires juggling and planning financial priorities, putting off some of today's needs to support tomorrow's goals.

Consider talking with a financial advisor. Working with an advisor can hold you accountable to attaining your long-term goals. Lindell G. Douglas, CFP® is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Plantation, FL. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has over 16 years experience. http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/lindell.g.douglas, (954) 3068668.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott. In his bid to be reelected as governor in next November's general elections, Scott is depending on an instate tuition law to earn the votes from the Hispanic and Caribbean immigrant communities, from which the majority of DREAMers originate. In blocking the bill's progress, Negron said in-state tuition discounts should be reserved for legal Florida residents, and undocumented students would be eligible once “they favorably resolve their residency status.” Some colleges like Miami-Dade College have already begun permitting DREAMers to pay in-state tuition fees, and other colleges like FAU and UF also support this. Despite the current Senate impasse, the bill's sponsor, Senator Jack Latvala, is still trying to get it to the Senate floor. On Monday reports from Tallahassee, indicated that Latvala will seek to add the language of the bill to four other education related bills scheduled to be presented to the Senate this week. Commissioner Hazelle Rogers, Democratic representative from South Florida, firmly believes Governor Scott has the influence to get the Senate to vote on the bill. “It's very important for the bill to be passed by the Senate to give undocumented students the same chance every other student has,” she said.


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Over the Easter holidays, the usual Jamaican traditions were observed, feasting on bun and cheese, fried fish and of course the tradition of filling the church pews on Sunday morning. But for many Jamaicans it was also Bacchanal time. The traditional week of “Carnival” kicked into high gear on Easter Saturday - April 19 with Bacchanal Beach Jouvert. The event saw the usual soca fans feting to the latest sounds of the season spun by DJs Smoke, Lee and Bambino. In the spirit of jouvert thousands of patrons participated in hurling paint on wet bodies as they partied into the wee hours of the morning. Held at its traditional venue, the famous James Bond Beach in Oracabessa in the eastern parish of St. Mary, the event was headlined by Mr. Differentology himself - Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay Ann Lyons, multiple winner of the Trinidad Carnival Road March title. Accompanied by the Asylum Vikings Band the two had the painted revelers jumping and waving to the sounds of chart toping hits including Miss Behave, Jump Up, Catch Truck On The Road, Differentology, and Me during their one and a half hour performance. The world's fastest man Usain Bolt also took the spotlight briefly when he took to the stage during Trinidad's DJ Nuphoric's and DJ Richie RAS juggling set.

Maxi Priest “Easy to Love” Reggae Star Maxi Priest has a brand new album. The artiste who has sold 15 million albums worldwide, has a No. 1 U.S. Billboard hit , a Grammy nomination and the most successful solo act in British reggae history is making a comeback with the studio album Easy To Love on VP Records. The new album is a fine representation of lovers' rock, an effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall with universal appeal. Lead single "Easy To Love" was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who've played on some of Maxi's biggest hits, including "Wild World," "Some Guys Have All The Luck," "Close To You," and "Housecall" (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track "Every Little Thing." Easy to Love by Maxi Priest is set for release on June 10th, 2014.

Conquest and Surrender Under the theme Conquest & Surrender the 2014 season of Bacchanal Jamaica has been an immense success with the responses to this year's calendar events. The season favorites like “Socacize” and the “Bacchanal Fridays' concert series have prepared the soca fillies for this the culmination “Carnival Week”. A week of festivities put on by multiple promoters providing a plethora of offerings for the discerning soca fan. This week, fete fever is expected to move through the nation's capital of Kingston with “I love soca cooler fete” set for Hope Gardens on Wednesday April 23rd, “Blocko Street party” in Jacks Hill on Thursday, April 24, Jouvert on Friday April 25, followed by the big road march on Sunday April 27.

Chris Brown back in court

Lupita People's “Most Beautiful”

Hip-Hop star Chris Brown has found himself in hot water yet again. This time the troubled singer has been slapped with an assault charge that could land him some jail time. Brown was charged with the assault of a fan at the W hotel on October 27th. His Body Guard Christopher Hollosy, 35 was found guilty on Monday April 21st by a Superior Court judge following a two-day trial. After being postponed twice, the trial had been scheduled to start Wednesday April 30 in Courtroom 202 of D.C. Superior Court.

Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong'o is People Magazine's most beautiful woman in the world. After a stellar year of award nominations and wins for her role in the movie “12 years a slave” coupled with much media attention from her many fashionable red carpet choices, Lupita has won the hearts and minds of the American people. When asked about being selected for the prestigious title she said “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on (it) and feel a little more seen." Lupita showed the world her just how beautiful she was inside and out during her acceptance speech at the 2014 academy awards where she uttered these now famous words "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's."


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KINGSTON, JAMAICA

Florida community organization helping Jamaican youth to cope by Deborah Gordon

Global Outreach Missions (GOM), a nonprofit organization based in South Florida, has fulfilled its objective of helping young people and the less fortunate in Jamaica and Florida, with the recent launch of a youth club called the Jamaica Honor Students Society (JHSS). JHSS members will be trained and certified in Suicide Prevention, CPR and Anger Management at a cost of US$45 per certification. Those student members who

are certified will benefit from discounts in participating stores. JHSS, in collaboration with Read Across Jamaica (RAJ), will also host a poetry competition three times per year under the theme “A Night of Expression.” The first will be on May 9th at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston at 7:30pm. Jamaicans in the diaspora are encouraged to sponsor the training and certification of a student in Jamaica at a cost of US $45. For more information contact. Carone Gordon at 954-934-3317. To volunteer as a virtual counselor, call Danendra Brown at 876-877-8601, or email heyyou4charity@gmail.com

MIRAMAR

Evening of Caribbean engagement Grace Kennedy Money Services (GKMS) and Western Union International invites the Caribbean diaspora to an evening in Caribbean engagement on May 6 at 4:00 pm at the Miramar Cultural Center.

Don Wheby

Guest speakers - James Moss-Solomon, Exec-in Residence , Mona School of Business University of the West Indies; Don Wheby – CEO, Grace Kennedy Group and Sean Mason, Regional Vice President Caribbean – Western Union Company. The topics to be discussed Are: “Economic Integration through Education” and “Challenges Facing University Students of Caribbean Descent”.

Bank tax

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from the small town of Wait-a-Bit in the northern parish of Trelawny. The news has not gone down well with many. Like Peters, there have been howls of protest from others such as Peter Townsend, president of the fledgling political party the National Democratic Movement (NDM). Townsend recently launched a scathing criticism at the proposal to tax withdrawals from financial institutions stating that it targets the poor, students, pensioners and the unemployed. “They are forcing people to save their money under their mattresses, if every time poor people go to the bank to withdraw money to buy food and to pay their bills – it's going to be taxed they are going to start to horde their money and save it under their mattresses and the banking system is going to be affected by that.” He says the government should reconsider the tax on withdrawals from the financial sector. Objection also came from the powerful teachers union – the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA), on Tuesday. "On behalf of the vast majority of Jamaicans, which include the 25,000 members of this association (JTA), I hereby request that the proposed tax be withdrawn immediately," said President, Dr. Mark Nicely. However, Phillips has defended the government's decision to impose a levy on withdrawals from deposit taking institutions. The Finance Minister argued that the

revenue measures implemented, were the best options. He said the government considered several other measures including expanding the list of items subject to the General Consumption Tax (GCT), a tax on sweetened drinks and hiking the personal income tax rate. He stressed that the charge was being levied on financial institutions, not on customers directly and financial institutions may respond in a range of ways in terms of how or even whether they pass on the charge to the customer. In response to the cries of injustice, political commentator, Calvin G. Brown believes the Portia Simpson Miller led administration is caught between a “rock and a hard place.” The Government is insisting that the people of Jamaica live within their means, and for the first time in decades, has now presented a balanced budget.” “The fees must be looked at in the context of the onerous fees that the banks are now charging their customers, and what the government has done is to place a levy on those fees they have already withdrawn from the public,” Brown declared.


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TRACK & FIELD

Purple Power at Penn 2014 BASKETBALL / NBA PLAYOFFS

NBA Playoffs 2014 James

Duncan

Noah

Durrant

One Jamaican team will be among the 2014 Class of Inductees into the Penn Relays Carnival Wall of Fame (WoF). 50 years after making history as the first Jamaican school team to participate in the relays, the Kingston College sprint relay team – Jimmy Grant, Tony Keyes, Rupert Hoilett and Lennox Miller – will be immortalized during the induction ceremony at the final afternoon session on Saturday, April 26, on the infield at the University of Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin Field Stadium, Philadelphia, PA. This year's class of WoFers, is the 21st group to be so recognized by the relays carnival organizers since the program was introduced in 1994, to make the 100th staging of the very popular event. To date, 89 relay quartets and 99 individuals, share the honor, solely on the basis of their performance at the PRC over the years. The list includes twelve individuals and 8 teams from Jamaica. RELAYS' WALL OF FAME

by A. Lee Lacy Now that the first round of the NBA play-offs has started, predictions are a dime a dozen, adding to the mystique and global appeal of the sport. In the Western Conference, former champions and perennial contenders San Antonio Spurs, along with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets, are all expected to advance to the second round. In the Eastern Conference grouping, the Indiana Pacers, champions Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls, are all penciled in, for second round play as well. With the Los Angeles Lakers' show-time machine missing from the Hollywood set, all eyes are on the Doc Rivers coached 'Clippers to go all the way. They must first get past the Golden State Warriors, a team that has shaken the 'monkey' off their backs. The health of Russell Westbrook will be pivotal to the title hopes of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durrant can't do it alone and the 'Grizzlies' are already seeing about that.

The 'Duncan Destroyers' of San Antonio, TX, cannot be taken lightly. As conference top dogs, they should have little difficulty in disposing of the Mavericks, their cross state rivals. The Rockets/ Trail Blazers series could be one for the ages.

Beast of the East After steam-rolling the competition in the first half of the season, the Pacers tanked towards the end, raising concerns about team chemistry. The Hawks could make it a series. Champions Miami Heat, stumbled out the game against Charlotte, suggesting that their quest for a three-peat is not guaranteed. The Nets will want to avoid any more scandal for the season but Toronto is standing in their way. Chicago without the versatile Derrick Rose is erratic. Joakim Noah is one player and when stretched, the defense wilts. The Wizards deservedly took advantage. This one will be too close to call. In a pro league that prides itself on staying ahead of the competition, look for a few new faces to emerge as the tough gets going.

INDUCTEES (1994 -2013) 1984—University of Tennessee (1995) 4x800m Relay—Karol Davidson, Alisa Harvey, Cathy Rattray, Joetta Clark 1986—Texas Christian University (2001) 4x200m Relay—Roscoe Tatum, Leroy Reid, Andrew Smith, Greg Sholars 1986—Kingston (Jamaica) Camperdown High (2003) 4x100m Relay—Derrick Thomas, Carey Johnson, Ralston Wright, Garfield Campbell 1989—Kingston (Jamaica) Camperdown High (1997) 4x100m Relay—Marie Taylor, Revoli Campbell, Helena Rochester, Andrea Lloyd 1990—Spanish Town (Jamaica) St. Jago High (2004) 4x800m Relay—Carlton Allen, Mark Lucas, Eaton Evans, Michael Williams 1991—Hayes (Jamaica) Vere Tech (1995) 4x800m Relay—Charmaine Howell, Claudine Williams, Janice Turner, Inez Turner 1991—Hayes (Jamaica) Vere Tech (2002) 4x400m Relay—Charmaine Howell, Catherine Scott, Claudine Williams, Inez Turner 1991—Texas Christian University (2008) 4x100m Relay—Jon Drummond, Carey Johnson, Ralston Wright, Horatio Porter 1992—Hayes (Jamaica) Vere Tech (2004) Distance Medley Relay—Charlene Robinson, Avia Morgan, Janice Turner, Evette Turner 1993—Louisiana State University (2006) 4x400m Relay—Debbie-Ann Parris, Indira Hamilton, Heather Van Norman, Youlanda Warren 2001—Holmwood Tech (Jamaica) High (2008) 4x400m Relay—Kerri Ann White, Karen Gayle, Aneisha McLaughlin, Sheryl Morgan 2003—Louisiana State University (2009) 4x200m Relay—Nadia Davy, Monique Hall, Stephanie Durst, Muna Lee INDIVIDUAL INDUCTEES Diane Guthrie-Gresham—Santa Cruz (Jamaica) St. Elizabeth Tech '90; George Mason '95 (2002) Herb McKenley—Illinois '47 (1994) Lennox Miller—Kingston College (Jamaica) High '65 (1997) Cathy Rattray—Bethesda (Md.)-Chevy Chase High '80; Tennessee '84 (2000) Inez Turner—Hayes (Jamaica) Vere Tech '91; Southwest Texas State '95 (2001)


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