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The assassination of high ranking Trinidad and Tobago attorney Dana Seetahal, near her home in Woodbrook, just on the outskirts of the capital, last weekend has sent shock waves throughout the twin-island republic and its citizens living in Florida. A reward of TT$3.5 million is now being offered to anyone who can help with information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of those involved in Seetahal's murder. On Monday, at an emergency meeting of the country's National Security Council (NSC) on Monday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the Government is offering $2.5 million in addition to the $1 million reward being offered by CrimeStoppers. “The Government agreed we will contribute to CrimeStoppers. For information leading to arrest and prosecution $1 million has been offered. The Government will now offer a further incentive in terms of getting human evidence Dana Seetahal

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WINNER! Aubrey Campbell (left) CNW Director of Sales, presents Barrington Rose (right) of Miami, with a pair of tickets, courtesy of JetBlue Airways. Rose is the first weekly winner of the National Weekly 10th Anniversary 'Spot the 10th in 10' contest. The weekly contest is sponsored in part by JetBlue Airways. One winner will be chosen each week through June 5. *JetBlue now offers daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Punta Cana, DR and Montego Bay, Jamaica. See next week's publication for the winner of the $1,000 cash prize for the month of April, 2014.

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The increasing popularity of Caribbean food and the warmth of Caribbean peoples received a boost on the weekend when Vice President Joe Biden visited Island Restaurant - a Jamaican eatery located in South Florida. Following a commencement address at the West Kendall campus of Miami Dade College the Vice President, members of his entourage and a group of Caribbean Americans, opted to visit Island Restaurant to experience Jamaica's mosaic of culinary styles.The Vice President who sampled Jamaican dishes including curry chicken, jerk chicken and rice and peas, took the opportunity to again highlight the importance of immigration reform. Biden who had lunch with some leaders also inquired of, and was apprised of developments in South Florida's Caribbean American community.

In his attempt to squash a controversy over the reading of the Bible by a student in a Broward public school classroom, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, has apologized for an incident in which a 12 year old was told that he could not read the Bible. The incident took place at the Park Lakes Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes, a school attended by a large percentage of Caribbean American students. According to parents their child was not allowed to read the Bible during a “free reading” class period when students are continues on B6 – The Bible


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Golden Girl Dawn (gold dress), celebrates her big 6-0 mile stone with children Donnette (left), Clayton (second right) and Greg (right) at an event in Hollywood recently. Contributed

Immaculate Conception ICHS Alumnae pose for the cameras at the Fish Fry & BBQ, May 3, at the Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church in Pembroke Pines. From left, Kathy Ulett and son, Michelle Gardener, Ann-Marie Channer, Judy O'Sullivan, Flavia Wisdom, Opal Gibson and Leslie Lambert. - Contributed

President J-Mac Janice McIntosh (nee James) presents gate prize winner John Hew (right) with his prize at the ICHS Fish Fry & BBQ - Contributed

Graceful Union Courtney Campbell (left), CEO, GraceKennedy Financial Services and Ashira Mohammed (right), MayorCity of Pembroke Park, share a light moment at Tuesday's GraceKennedy/Western Union Town Hall Forum, Miramar. Uriah Bennett photo

Guess Who Came To Dinner..? (l-r); Kay Chung, Judge Alli B Majeed, Joy Julian, Wesley Kirton, Natalie Tappin, Kent M. Hippolyte - CG of St. Lucia. Dinner was hosted by Wes at his Aventura residence last Wednesday. – Melinda Gordon photo

Derby Elegance These ladies were photographed at last week's Annual Kentucky Derby Watch Party at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Morris Wizzard in Plantation. Tracey Ann Simmonds photo

Wedding Bells Newly weds, Claude and Nicky LeBlanc get their groove on, in the Bronx, NY, shortly after saying, 'I do' and promising to live happily hereafter. – contributed

Nurses Leading The Way (l-r); Myrtle Reese, Laurice Hunter-Scott and Joyce Harris-Wright at last week's Nurse's Week Service in Florida. Uriah Bennett photo


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Funds approved to help low risk juvenile offenders The Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC) has approved new funding for services that divert lower-risk juvenile offenders from the delinquency system and reduce recidivism. The CSC funded New Diversion Alternatives for Youth (New DAY) programs have existed since 2003 to reduce juvenile crime by engaging in proven diversion programs. The increased funding will enhance law enforcement efforts to make Civil Citation referrals to New DAY diversion programs with additional slots for juvenile offenders with special physical, developmental and behavioral needs. Community Based Connections, a newly approved provider, is a niche organization that will add mentoring and family strengthening components to the variety of diversion services offered. Three other currently funded agencies--Juliana Gerena

and Associates, Harmony Development Center and Camelot Community Centers-were also approved to provide services in conjunction with the School District's new PROMISE program which aims to prevent recidivism through opportunities, mentoring, interventions, community support and education. This expansion of diversion programs in the county will ensure that more of Broward's children avoid entering the dependency and delinquency systems. For those youth already involved in the system, these services will continue to advocate for the least restrictive and most appropriate educational, medical, and mental health services that can be provided to the youth and their families when appropriate. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children's lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

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Florida's Caribbean community mourns passing of radio personalities The Caribbean American community lost two outstanding broadcasters to heart attacks over the past two weeks. On April 24, Rich Davis, 51, producer and host at WLRN -91.3, South Florida's public radio, died suddenly while visiting family in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Known to his thousand of radio fans in South Florida as "Richie Rich", David a Jamaican, was a broadcaster for several years. Before taking over the midnight popular Caribbean music and talk show on WLRN two years ago, he hosted programs on WAVS 1170 AM. His popularity grew from his knowledge of and choice of Caribbean music as well as his warm and down-to-earth interaction with callers to his shows. Veteran South Florida broadcaster Mark Julien, 58, died on April 30. Born in England and raised in Grenada, Julien was the sports broadcaster the “Morning Rider” aired on WAVS 1170 AM. He also worked in print and television for more than 30 years. Julien previously hosted “The Caribbean This Week”and “Caribbean Sports This Week” in association with the

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Caribbean Affair Connection on WOKB, 1680 AM in Orlando. Mark had an in-depth knowledge of sports and Caribbean sports in particular. Sports fans will miss his interaction with John T host of WAVS' 'Morning Ride'. Another veteran Caribbean broadcaster, Ed Barnes of Jamaica is slated to fill the void created with Julien's passing at WAVS. However, it is not yet known who will replace Davis on the show he hosted at WLRN. Funeral services for Davis were held in his home town in Montego Bay, Jamaica last Sunday, and a memorial service in his honor will be held at the Miramar Cultural center later this month on a date to be announced.

New state laws favor migrants Dr. Garth A. Rose The community is particularly satisfied that at last a bill was passed in the recently ended Florida legislative session, soon to be signed into law offering in-state tuition to college students born in Florida to undocumented parents. However, in addition to this bill, others were passed and will soon become law, with direct implications for Florida's Caribbean American community. These bills include: House Bill 851 – the bill that offers instate tuition to undocumented students, also prevents automatic tuition-fee increases based on inflationary trends. The bill only allows Florida State University and University of Florida to seek tuition increases and limited to only 6 percent.

Senate Bill 542 – is particularly good news for homeowners as it allows them to buy lower cost flood insurance as alternative to the more expensive policies sold under the National Flood Insurance Program. House Bill 5601 - expands the value of the annual tax holidays offered to the public for hurricane supplies, and school supplies. Senate Bill 156 - also signed into law, reduces vehicular registration fees to rates existing before 2009, a reduction of an average of $25 annually for motorists. Senate Bill 392 - increases the speed limit on Florida highways from 70 to 75 MPH. The bills that did not pass this legislative session were House Bill 25/Senate Bill 1316 that sought to approve the state's educational standards brining them in line with most states in the country.

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The signs are everywhere Julian Rogers The voters of Antigua and Barbuda are set to vote in a general election, although the date is yet to be announced by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. Understandably, Leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Gaston Browne is chomping at the bit for the date to be announced. Even with the election date still unknown, there are signs of the election campaign everywhere. There are huge billboards promoting the candidates for the seventeen constituencies and trees wrapped around their girth with red and blue plastic, blue for the incumbent United Progressive Party and red for the ALP. The debate as to who should lead the country has been raging on the airwaves since January with talk show hosts fielding callers and hosting political aspirants as the time drew nigh for a date to continues on A5 – The Signs

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New team to oversee controversial energy project The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has voiced concern about the establishment of an enterprise team that has now been given the task of implementing the controversial 381-megawatt project. The announcement was made in Parliament on Tuesday by Energy Minister, Phillip Paulwell who has been at the centre of the controversy that engulfed the bidding process and the granting of a license to the Hong Kong based company, Energy World International (EWI). Paulwell told Parliament that he will no longer have responsibility for the controversial project and the team will be

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headed by Dr. Vincent Lawrence. According to the Energy Minister, the Government has declared that Jamaicans can still expect significantly cheaper

electricity rates by 2016, despite the Cabinet's revocation of the license he had granted to Hong Kong-based Energy World International last month. In addition to Lawrence, a civil and geotechnical engineer and former treasurer with the ruling People's National Party (PNP) - the six-member enterprise team will also include two nominees from the private sector and will be mandated to have the project implemented by 2016. Following Pauwell's announcement, the JLP's Karl Samuda is charging that consideration should be given to members of the team who may have previous dealings with any of the entities involved.

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St. Lucia to become a full member of the CCJ St. Lucia will follow the position adopted by Dominica in its move to become a full member of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy in delivering the Throne Speech at the start of a new parliamentary session on Tuesday, said the Kenny Anthony government would write the British government on the island's move to join the CCJ, which was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region's final court. “Let it never be said that we are an ungrateful nation. We shall always be grateful to the United Kingdom Government for the years it has allowed us to use the Privy Council as our final Court Of Appeal,”

she said. Barbados, Belize and Guyana are the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that have joined both the appellate and original jurisdictions of the court that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration grouping. Most of the other countries are signatories to the original jurisdiction. The Governor General said while St. Lucia had joined other CARICOM countries and signed the agreement establishing the CCJ in 2002, it did not proceed to abolish appeals in civil and criminal matters to the Privy Council.

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Approval of In-state tuition for undocumented immigrants hailed Florida's 2014 Legislative session ended on Friday hours after the House in a bold act of bipartisanship, passed the In-State Tuition Bill, approved the day before by the Senate. The bill will now becomes the law of the state, making it possible for so-called DREAMers, thousands of students born in Florida who are the children of undocumented immigrants to qualify for lower tuition fees to attend Florida colleges. These fees are generally a quarter of the outof-state tuition fees these students were mandated to pay because they were not regarded as legal Florida residents. The effort to get this bill passed wasn't an easy achievement. For several years immigration advocates, politicians, undocumented and documented college students and others have been aggressively lobbying for the implementation of this measure. For years, there was strong opposition by Republican lawmakers and Florida Governor Rick Scott, to a law that would enable

The signs be called. The opposition went to the courts to challenge plans to redraw the boundaries and the administration of the voters list, while calling on Mr. Spencer to “call the election now.” Everyone watched as the life of the parliament ebbed away as the court ruling was awaited. Spencer resisted calls to call an election date before the court cases were resolved. In the end, he confirmed to the electorate that the next election would go ahead with the existing boundaries, further confirmed by the court's ruling on the matter. The way was

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DREAMers to pay in-state tuition fee, although born and raised in the state. However last year there was evidence that some Republicans including House Speaker Will Weatherford had shifted in favor of granting the in-tuition waivers. Scott, obviously anxious to garner voter support in his bid to be reelected governor also made an about turn. The measure that was eventually passed in the Legislature was the ideal for the advocates. The

approved bill does not give extended access for DREAMers to in-state tuition fees. They will have to compete for a limited number of tuitionfee waivers also available to out-of-state applicants to colleges. Additionally, to qualify for the waivers, DREAMers must attend a public school in Florida for at least three years, not four as was originally proposed in the bill. However, despite these limitations, the passage of the bill is a great achievement and a positive start. There's always the possibility the law can be amended in the future to include aspects not provided in the original bill. The new law will make Florida the 20th state to offer in-state tuition waivers to undocumented immigrants. If a breakthrough in a controversial immigration issue can be achieved in Florida, a state with a strong Republican administration, this breakthrough could influence Republican lawmakers in Congress to take a more positive and urgent approach towards national comprehensive immigration reform.

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also cleared for the Election Commission to complete the registration process and the production of voter ID cards as well as conduct a search for election officers and start training for their key role on Election Day. No one wants a repeat of the situation in the 2009 poll which was fraught with delays and problems in the conduct of the balloting. The battle cries from both sides are meant to ensure that their supporters are truly ready for a fight for the right to govern this country. While the ruling party is promoting its leadership abilities the opposition insists

that it is “ready to rebuild.” Both main parties are mounting political meetings in support of their candidates in the 17 constituencies and beefing up their profiles with whistle-stop tours around the country as well as staging shows featuring some of the region's top entertainers as well as gospel performers. Unlike former years, the electronic media are set to play a significant role in coverage of the campaign and the run up to the poll. Campaign advertising has increased significantly, and the forum for electoral debate has widened.

The radio stations owned and operated by each party are also playing both new and old calypsoes which trumpet the value of the candidates on the one hand or suggest that there be a change in leadership. Yet, it will be interesting to see and hear how the Election Day and night are covered this time around. Julian Rogers – a well known Caribbean journalist is the founder and Managing Director of Rogers Media House


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Progress in ght against cholera A senior United Nations official says significant gains have been made in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has so far killed thousands of people over the past few years. Deputy Special Representative for the Secretary-General in Haiti, Peter de Clercq, has attributed the gains to UN support for the government's comprehensive strategy of monitoring, rapid response and planning for long-term solutions. “Since the beginning of the dry season, we have seen registered the lowest number of cases and deaths since the start of the epidemic, with a reduction of 75 per cent of cases in the first trimester of this year against the same period last year,” he said. “That is very good news and reflects our efforts so far are working. Of course, every case of cholera is one too many. Every person that dies of cholera is one too many and is unacceptable and will cause us to work even harder to combat the disease,” he added. The Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti has blamed UN peacekeepers for introducing the disease

initiative for the elimination of cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic that focuses on prevention, treatment and education, as well as infrastructure planning for the long-term.

New police director appointed into the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state and has started legal proceedings in New York with claims totaling billions of dollars. An important endeavor has been differentiating cholera cases from acute diarrhea, which has been widespread in Haiti for many years due to the lack of sanitation infrastructure. The UN notes that 80 per cent of suspected cases tested in February and March 2014 in sample areas turned out not to be cholera but acute diarrhea. The analysis brings a sharper focus to health and sanitation efforts. In December 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched an

A new police director - Vladimir Paraison, was installed in the Port-auPrince metropolitan area of Haiti on Monday following the removal of veteran cop Michel-Ange Gédéon from the post over the weekend. Paraison, who was Gédéon's counterpart for the northern region that includes the country's second largest city, Cap-Haitien, replaced Gédéon, who has been in charge of Haiti's largest police region for the past three years. It's reported that the change was an administrative decision made by the Superior Council of the Haitian National Police (CSPN), and has nothing to do with a shakeup within the police force.

TPS deadline extended The re-registration deadline for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months, has been extended. The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline to July 22, and it “strongly encourages Haitian TPS beneficiaries to apply as soon as possible”. USCIS said about 51,000 TPS Haiti beneficiaries are expected to file for reregistration. TPS is not available to Haitian nationals who have not continuously resided in the United States since January 12, 2011. USCIS said individuals seeking to reregister do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee. However, all re-registrants 14 years of age and older must pay a biometric services fee or submit a fee waiver request. It said all re-registrants seeking employment authorization through January 22, 2016, must also submit the Form I-765 fee (or a fee-waiver request). The US first granted TPS to undocumented Haitians living in the United States shortly after the January 12, 2010 massive earthquake in Haiti.


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Smart strategies for 'spoiling' your children repayment plan. Be sure you have a written document that both parties sign and date. This will help safeguard your financial situation if things go bad by providing you with legal recourse. If you are giving a gift, be upfront about it.

If like most people, you enjoy helping your children and grandchildren financially, you're not alone. This can be fun and extremely satisfying. The question is how to help without breaking the bank. Here are some strategies and tips that can help. Give what you can afford. Your own financial security should be your priority. Since you have no idea how long you'll live or how the financial market will perform, make sure you give within your budget to avoid compromising your own finances. This ensures your generosity today doesn't create financial hardship for you — or your family members — tomorrow. Give the gift of time instead of money. Maybe it is not appropriate to give financial gifts to your children or grandchildren. Many young couples and/or parents take pride in their financial independence. If your children/grandchildren prefer to make their own way in the world financially, consider giving the gift of your time instead of money. Whether it's spending the day at the beach, taking in a movie or volunteering, you'll enjoy the time making memories together.

Give season passes. You should also consider treating them to experiences instead of money. Depending on their interests, give them items like passes to their local zoo, science museum or water/theme park. If you can afford it, consider season tickets to the theater, orchestra or a local sports team. Plan a vacation. Treat your family to a multi-generational family vacation, but create a budget and let everyone know what you are able to cover. Give equally. Prevent family battles and avoid damaging relationships, by trying giving equally to your children and grandchildren as best as you can. Clarify whether it's a loan or a gift. If you are lending money to the kids, be specific about terms and

Discuss your intentions. If you would like to help support your grandchildren or save for their future goals, let your children know your plans. Talk with your financial planner or tax advisor before setting up education accounts to identify the opportunities best suited to your goals and financial situation. For help determining how much you can give and/or ways to leave the legacy you desire, consult your financial professional to evaluate your financial situation and create a strategy to help meet your goals. Lindell G. Douglas, CFP®, is a Financial Advisor and Managing Director with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Plantation, Florida, specializing in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies for over 16 years. Contact: ameripriseadvisor.com/lindell.g.douglas, Toll Free 855.765.5812, 1776 N. Pine Island Road, Ste 310, Plantation, FL 33322 Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide tax or legal advice. Consult with your tax advisor or attorney regarding specific tax issues.

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Jamaica-USA Chamber of Commerce 10th anniversary event The Jamaica-USA Chamber of Commerce (JAUSACC) will host their 10th anniversary celebration event, “Brand Jamaica to the World – in Florida” at the Sheraton Airport Hotel, 1825 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, Florida on May 16 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will showcase Jamaican businesses in South Florida. Guest speaker at the luncheon session will be Jamaica's Minister of Investment, Industry and Commerce, Anthony Hylton,. Opening remarks will be delivered by Franz Hall, Consul General of Jamaica for the Southeastern USA and the honorary chairman of the JAUSACC. The event is under the distinguished patronage of the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami. The chamber is offering a pre-registration special of $150 per person. This charge provides one year membership in the chamber, listing in the chamber's business directory and admission to the May 16 event. Regular admission - $55 per person and $550 for a table of ten. For those who are unable to pre-register - $65 admission at the door. For registration, sponsorship, exhibitor space, please contact Jamaica-USA Chamber of Commerce 305-573-3235; 305, or 1-866577-3236; marie@jamaicausachamber.org or visit www.JamaicaUsaChamber.org


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MOTHER’S DAY Jamaican among Caribbean Moms to be honored in New York A Jamaican, Janet Logan, is among five Caribbean-American mothers to be saluted at EVERYBODY'S Magazine, 'Mother We Love You Concert', starring Calypso King of the World, Mighty Sparrow and 12-year-old Young Devyn on Mother's Day, at the Brooklyn Centre for the Performing Arts in New York City. According to EVERYBODY'S Magazine, Logan, born in the eastern Jamaican parish of St Mary, spent her early working years in the United Kingdom. While in England she became a registered nurse and continued her profession in Canada. In 1968, Logan permanently settled in New York and worked at Down State Medical Hospital until her retirement. Logan and the other mothers: Vena W Baker of Panama, Denise Donaldson of Grenada, Brenda Harris Ephraim of Antigua and Barbuda and Gloria Smith of Panama, were selected from scores of mothers across the US, who readers recommended for recognition on Mother's Day Weekend.

A very special Day for Mothers Deborah Gordon Youth Writer Mother's Day is quickly approaching, marking yet another day where we honor and celebrate mothers around the world. On this day, husbands and children look for creative ways to show how much they care. In the United States and in other parts of the world,the day is also a very commercial one. According to www.cbslocal.com, “Americans buy 140 million cards for Mother's Day…” and “Mother's Day is the third-biggest greeting card holiday in the U.S., behind Christmas and Valentine's Day.” It also is not unusual for men who take on the role of - were the mother is absent, to receive the cards, flowers and other gifts on Mother's Day. Mother's day has its origins in Greek history when the Greeks dedicated the annual Spring festival to maternal goddesses. But based on British history in the early 17th century the British commemorated a Mothering Sunday to honor mothers. Then in the late 19th century Mother's Day began to gain traction in the US when American poet Juliet Ward Howe tried to commemorate on the day June 2. In the early 20th century another

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American Anna Jarvis in honor of her own mother, pushed to have the day to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May. With this move, in 1914 ,President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother's day in America. Canada, the Caribbean and other countries soon embraced this tradition. Today, some mothers juggle multiple jobs and work late hours in order to provide for their families. Others choose to stay home to cater to the needs of the household. Regardless, each mother makes a unique contribution that permeates the heart of even young children. “My mom means the world to me,” says 10 year old Newtonia Ellis. “She always provides and makes sure that I'm loved. I feel like I am the only person in the world that has a special mom.” And according to 21 year old Woody Gibson, “Mom means

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everything. She does the smallest things that seem unnecessary, but are necessary because no one else would be willing to do them. That's why she's so special.” Mothers are—undoubtedly—very precious gifts and fill a space in our hearts that no one else could, well, for the exception of some dads. Don't ever take your mother forgranted, as it's her goal to make you happy and contended, no matter how hard it is for her. Please, make this Mother's Day a special one for your mom!

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Best of The Best The Memorial day weekend in South Florida will be abuzz with activity. Of the multiple events and festivals, one towers above the rest - The Best of the Best Music festival stage showcase. For 8 years this event has been the place to be in Miami for the holiday weekend. Caribbean- Americans and others will flock to see the “Best Of the Best” entertainers from the Caribbean. Patrons also flock to the festival for the food, fun and frolic that this day to evening festival provides.

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Line Up This year the show promises to be event better than ever with the promoter already forecasting record sales .Artistes billed for this event include some of the biggest names of yesteryear to the new super stars . The lineup includes Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Coco Tea, Bunji Garlin, Destra, Taurrus Riley, Elephant Man, Etana, Bunji Garlin Beenie Man and Agent Sasco.

#BOTB2014 In this new realm of social media, the use of “hash tags”, text language and acronyms - this franchise shows no signs of being left behind., tagging all the shows social media post with #BOTB2014 which is an acronym for the show's original title “Best of the Best.” Partnerships have also been formed with other forward thinking entities, The National Weekly currently has a Instagram promotion that will see passes being awarded to 10 lucky winners. Best of the Best 2014 will take place on May 25 at the Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

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Not only for soccer fans Gabrielle Gordon Youth Writer One of the biggest sporting competitions in the world, will be held later this year and it's not the NBA Championships or anything related to track and field. I am talking about the FIFA World Cup to begin in Brazil next month. The competition has been held every four years since 1930, with the exceptions of the years 1942 and 1946, and each year it has been greatly anticipated. Although this is and event for soccer enthusiasts, the thrill of the games in the World Cup competition is one of the most entertaining events for the youth. Even though a Caribbean team has not qualified for tournament, and although there's a U.S. team, you can be assured the Caribbean American soccer fans in Florida will be rooting for Brazil. The Brazilians - shooting for their sixth title, are considered the most successful team in the World Cup. Brazil is the only team that has never missed one edition of the FIFA World Cup. Now they will be given a chance to host it and win the Cup again. Like its soccer team, Brazil could impress the world with an unforgettable show of world class soccer and entertainment.

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If you're familiar with the song “Happy” then you know it has been blowing up the airwaves in recent times. The song's singer, producer - Pharell Williams, who won the producer of the year award at the 2014 Grammy awards, chose to record the mega hit at the Circle House recording studio in North Miami. According the owner Roger Lewis, founding member and guitarist of the chart topping reggae band Inner Circle, Pharell spent considerable time recording his latest album G.I.R.L at the facility.

The Ms. Jamaica Diaspora Pageant is on this year. The competition will see hopefuls across the diaspora face off for a chance to win the crown and an automatic place in the Miss Universe Jamaica Pageant. The winner of Ms. Universe Jamaica will ultimately represent the island at the Ms Universe Pageant. “She has to be between the age of 18 – 27 years of age and she must be Jamaican born or of Jamaican Parentage,” says pageant Director Cheryl Levy. For details call 954-895-4546.


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Comprehensive Stroke Center at Florida Medical Center offers stroke patients a higher level of care When it comes to having a stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. The acronym F.A.S.T. stands for face, arms, speech and time. Each word is an important indicator of a stroke. At the onset of a stroke, a person s face will start to look uneven. One arm will drift downward when asked to raise both, and speech will become slurred. Be proactive about time, if you observe any of the above signs, call 911 immediately. The faster blood flow is restored to the brain, the lower the risk of disability or death. When transported to a Comprehensive Stroke Center, like the one at Florida Medical Center, stroke patients have access to a higher level of stroke care. “We are proud to be among the top 10% in the nation for the treatment of stroke,” said Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, Florida Medical

Center Chief Executive Officer. “The multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses paired with some of the most advanced technology make the difference for the patients at Florida Medical Center.” The hospital's bi-plane special procedures room allows interventional cardiologists to remove clots in the brain or the neck using advanced 3D digital imaging.

“We are proud to be among the top 10 in the nation for the treatment of stroke,” – Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, Florida Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Florida Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in Broward County that is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration, and among only 28 comprehensive stroke centers in Florida. The center's dedication to quality care has been recognized with several awards including the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus for the treatment of Stroke. The hospital is also a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. In addition, Florida Medical Center has been recognized with multiple Healthgrades Distinctions such as the Stroke Care Excellence Award for 2011-2012, being ranked among the top 10% in the nation for the treatment of stroke for 20112012 as well as being a 5-star recipient for the treatment of stroke for 2009-2012. To learn about stroke screenings at Florida Medical Center, please call 1-866-498-LIFE (5433).


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Palm Beach Jerk & Caribbean Culture Festival May 26 | South Florida Fairgrounds Over the past ten years, the City of West Palm Beachhas hosted Jerk Fest on the Downtown Waterfront. This year is no exception and on May 26, the 11th Annual Palm Beach Jerk and Caribbean Culture Festival will be held at the South Florida Fairgrounds located at 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. This is a new venue for the popular ethnic cultural festival. Due to the growing popularity of the event the promoters decided to move to the fairgrounds to accommodate more people and provide adequate parking. The event is being hosted by Full-A-Vybez Inc. and 1-800-411 Pain, a medical and lawyer referral service. Keeping in line with tradition, the annual festival will continue to celebrate the people, culture and music of the Caribbean. This year's featured artists include the “Queen of Reggae” Marcia Griffiths, international reggae icon Frankie Paul, dance hall superstar Mr. Vegas, and lover's rock neophyte Romain Virgo. Food, music, bounce houses, face painting, jerk cook off contests and your favorite local vendors will be there. The event will start at 2pm and end at 11pm.

Advanced purchase tickets are available on the event website and at various ticket outlets: $70 for the VIP package, $25 for General admission and as usual, kids under 12 are free! Tickets are more at the gate! For more information, please visit www.PalmBeachJerkFestival.com or call at 866-2320001 or 561-247-1366.

The City of Miramar and WSVN-7 PRESENT THE ANNUAL

CAREER FAIR The event will be co-sponsored by CareerSource Broward and hosted by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis. Several companies will be represented to include:

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 10 am – 2 pm Miramar Cultural Center & Arts Park 2400 Civic Center Place (on Red Road, north of Miramar Parkway).

Wal-Mart WSVN-TV Channel 7 Career Source Broward Coca-Cola Refreshments Memorial Healthcare System Comcast Carnival Cruise Lines Memorial Plan – Dade Memorial Park Space Coast Credit Union Alpha One Stafng Calvin Klein Hospitality Staff Interactive Response Corp. Mattress Firm Miami VA Healthcare System Salvation Army of Broward County One Blood Org. First Investors Corp. Aero Turbine Aldora Aluminum & Glass Products United Collection Bureau Allied Barton Security Services Miami Jewish Health Systems City of Miramar Human Resource Fire and Police department ...and a host of many more!.

The Career Fair is intended to provide employment opportunities for Miramar residents and members of the general public to meet face-to-face with employers/recruiters from major companies who are currently hiring. So, if you or someone you know is seeking employment, come out and join us for this fantastic opportunity! Some companies may also require you to apply on-line, but make sure you bring plenty of resumes. For more information call:

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New application window for Broward School reassignment Open Now Through May 16 Parents/guardians interested in applying for a school reassignment for their child for the 2014/15 school year, can submit an application now through May 16, 2014. This application window is open to all students due to a limited number of seats becoming available at several schools – which were not available during the original reassignment window. In addition, parents may apply for a seat at any school with seats still remaining from the first application window. To review a list of available schools, download the application or learn more, visit the District's website, BrowardSchools.com and click on the School Choice – It's Easy as 1,2,3 icon. Applications are also available at the first floor security desk in the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, located at 600 SE Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Applications can be submitted by mail or in person. Mail completed applications to: Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments School Board of Broward County, Florida 600 SE Third Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Hand-deliver completed applications to: Security Desk - 1st Floor Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments School Board of Broward County, Florida 600 SE Third Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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$2.5 million with respect to arrest, prosecution and conviction. It is all very well to get the information and intelligence but what is important is to sustain what comes forward into conviction,” she said. Persad-Bissessar, who is also chairman of the NSC, said the Council was briefed on the status of the investigations into Seetahal's murder by Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams who has also accepted the offer for foreign expertise to be sourced if necessary. The meeting was held in reaction to murder of the attorney on Sunday morning. According to the Prime Minister, the attorney's murder was a direct attack on someone who has operated within the criminal justice system. “And therefore it goes far into the functioning of our country, nation and people.” She also sought to give the assurance that no other high level officials were being targeted by criminals.

“I have no evidence or information from the Commissioner of Police that there is need for any additional security for other high level officials at this point in time. There is no information coming in that regard,” she told reporters. Gunmen shot and killed Seetahal, a former lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School in the twin island republic as she made her way home. Two vehicles were used in the assassination and police found the body of Seethal, a former independent legislator and president of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago slumped behind the steering wheel of her Volkswagen Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in Woodbrook, just on the outskirts of the capital. Seetahal, one of the prosecutors involved in a high profile murder trial in which 12 men are accused of killing a prominent businesswoman seven years ago, will be buried on Thursday.

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allowed to read books of their own choosing. In response, Broward district officials said it was an “accelerated reading” session in which specific books are assigned for reading. In his apology Runcie said the situation was an isolated one that should have been handled differently and did not represent the values of the Broward public school system. He reminded the administrators of the public schools in the Broward School District that the Bible is allowed to be read by students during free reading sessions, before and after the daily school session and during lunch breaks. The incident attracted national attention with noted conservatives like former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin calling it an “Epic failure” by the school district. Caribbean Americans in Florida accustomed to praying and reading of the Bible in Caribbean schools have frequently been disappointed that this practice is “frowned upon” in Florida. Earlier this week, in a historical move, the US Supreme Court ruled that prayers can be offered to open government meetings.


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All in place for Unifest 2014 A. Lee Lacy Cricket, Netball, Soccer – in no particular order – will make for a special presentation at the popular Lauderhill Sports Complex, Lauderhill, on Saturday, May 10, for the start of Unifest 2014, the weeklong celebration of cultures, germane to the South Florida community. According to Radica Wright, Netball will take the spotlight on Saturday, as teams compete for the Barbara Robinson Sinclair, in memory of one of the pioneers of the sport. Teams will compete in four divisions/sections – Masters', Seniors, Juniors and Mixed – “in the process, demonstrating what a beautiful team sport netball is”. All the teams from the 2014 NYSA regular season including division leaders Jetz (Mixed) and Caricom (Seniors), along with invited teams, Phoenix of Orlando and Pace from Miramar, will come together for a memorable festival on

center court, starting at 3.30 pm. “Don't be surprised if the veterans (Masters) steal the show on Saturday”, warned Wright, one of the coordinators of the annual sports festival that will have a decidedly Caribbean flavor to reflect the colors, cultures and cuisine of the community. Local business interest, Cliff's Restaurant will provide lunch for those in attendance. With cricket bowling off at 5.00 pm (Guyana v Windward Islands), the night time Unifest fireworks will be left to CASA Super League leaders FC Blazers of Fort Lauderdale and Red Force SC of Miami, the last two teams standing from the 2014 Unifest/CASA KO competition. A win for the blue blooded 'Blazers' will keep them on track for the unique 'double whammy' – League, KO - but Red Force, with their 'Latino' flair, could spoil the early Memorial Day holiday party, as they have done for three other clubs in the contest. Blazers will be at 'home'. Fireworks mi seh!

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Premier League Soccer for Miramar Top notch soccer clubs Harbour View F.C. (Jamaica) and Don Bosco F.C. (Haiti), will play each other on Friday, May 16 at 6:30 pm, at the Ansin Sports Complex, located at 10801 Miramar Blvd, Miramar. Harbour View, the former CFU champions will take on Haiti's best known soccer outfit for the first time outside the region. The match is to raise funds to support the World Association of the Former United Nations Interns and Fellows (WAFUNIF). The organization provides a host of educational, medical and sports assistance in the Caribbean and Africa. The charity match is also part of a friendship pact between Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and Haitian President, Michel Martelly to work together

on matters of trade, culture and sports. Commissioner Alexandra Davis, who is sponsoring the match, is of the view that Miramar offers the ideal venue for such a meeting of two of the region's outstanding sports organizations. “Miramar is proud to play a pivotal role in both countries coming together and working together for the benefit of all Caribbean people. We feel that Miramar serves as a successful microcosm of this type of cooperation.” The City is also collecting school items and sportswear (soccer shoes) for schools in Haiti. Donations can be dropped off at any Miramar park or the Miramar Town Center located at 2300 Civic Center Place until May 16.

Guyana to face the Windward Islands in Lauderhill T20 Cricket Guyana will take on the Windward Islands in the first of two matches in the City of Lauderhill T20 International (Night) Cricket competition, at the Lauderhill Sports Park, Lauderhill, on Saturday, May 10, starting at 5 o'clock. Jamaica plays Lauderhill in the second match. This weekend schedule is the last of the first round with the semi-finals set for next Saturday, May 17, at 5.00 pm. Jamaica and Guyana came away winners of round 8 of the competition. Jamaica, 175 for the loss of 6 wickets (S. Powell – 80, M. Victor 2-28), beat the Windward Islands, 110 – 8, J. Pierre 35 n.o, D. Clarke 3-16) by 8 wickets, to confirm one of four spots in the play-offs. Guyana also served up notice that they should not be overlooked, winning by a similar 8-wicket margin over the World Eleven. Scores: World X1 – 82 all out (K. Padala 31, M. Mohammed 4-10), Guyana 83-2 (F. Shariff 25 n.o.). There were no matches played last Saturday (May 3).

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