Kiddies Carnival such a hit, it will be held again at the CAHM Festival at Lake Eola
An impressive turnout for the 2013 Orlando Carnival
ocobean Productions recently held the third annual Kiddies Carnival at the beautiful Prairie Lake Park in Ocoee. The theme this year was Caribbean Seas. It was a chance to introduce children both Caribbean and American to the true spirit of Caribbean Carnival and everyone had a blast! Kids from the ages of 2 years old to 12 years old paraded behind the music truck in hand-made costumes to the sounds of soca music. They were cheered on by hundreds of spectators. The kids then participated in children’s games like freeze dance (musical statues), hula hoop contests, conga lines and limbo contests. The games all took place under the shade of the huge oak trees that line the park. Hula hoop contests were also held for all the moms, dads and grandparents in attendance. Lunch included hot doubles, aloo pies, pholourie, pizza and ice cold drinks. Everything wrapped up around 1pm, so the really young ones could get home in time for their afternoon nap. We’re sure they slept well that day! Attendees were also treated to the sounds of a
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Grand Marshals of the Parade included Shana Sampson, Ms. Florida Caribbean and Mr. Laurent Prosper, Consul General of Haiti. Audi of North Orlando provided the convertibles used to lead the parade.
Carnival revelers represented the vast diversity of the Caribbean.
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L I F E S T Y L E wo issues in a row and we feature something about Colin Powell in the editorial - however, as both issues fell during June, Caribbean American Heritage Month , I see him as our poster boy for the story of Caribbean American Heritage, so you’ll have to forgive the fascination. We’re planning our Caribbean Honors Awards as part of the Celebrations for the third Anniversary of the newspaper in September instead of June as we did last year. Last year’s guest speaker was Susan Taylor, everyone who knows me knows that I wanted General Colin Powell to be the guest speaker this year....hence, since I didn’t have him attend, his spirit permeates every part of the celebrations during Caribbean American Heritage Month. As I thought about what I should write about in this editorial, I could not help writing about the story of immigration as we stand at the crossroads of an immigration bill that is not resolved as yet. Where, this month despite overwhelming approval, the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott vetoed the legislation, which would have allowed beneficiaries of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to seek driver’s licenses. Where our former Governor Jeb Bush, speaking to religious conservatives, said that “immigrants are particularly important to help create more taxpayers to fund the safety net for the large, retiring baby boomer generation.” I guess he was selling them the immigration story by showing them the benefit to them, but it’s just too much for me when phrased that way. So I wanted to share as we do, the positive side of immigration, especially during Caribbean American Heritage Month and what better story than the story of General Colin Powell.
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and, with education as a catalyst, young Jamaicans were inspired to extend their grasp. In Colin Powell’s extended family these mostly American-born Jamaicans became ambassadors, teachers, business owners, doctors, lawyers, politicians and judges. The kid they called “Sweet Pea” scored two bulls eyes: he became General Colin Powell and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Living the American Dream Most of the second generation minimally had bachelor’s degrees. Colin’s sister Marilyn was the first woman of the extended family to earn a master’s degree. Her daughter has a master’s degree from Yale and Colin’s son has a law degree from Georgetown. Cousin Arthur Lewis rebelled and entered the navy. After retiring as a chief petty officer, he got two degrees from Dartmouth, joined the foreign service and eventually became U. S. ambassador to Sierra Leone. When Colin Powell’s dad, Luther, arrived in New York he lived with the Watsons. James Watson was operating an elevator to pay his way through law school. He became New York’s first black judge. Son James served in the New York Senate before his appointment as a federal judge. Son Douglas became an aeronautical engineer. Daughter Barbara became the first woman and the first black person to serve as an assistant secretary of state and became ambassador to Malaysia.
When Bruce Llewellyn was registering for high school, the guidance counselor suggested an auto-repair course. Mother arrived at the school in a rage and demanded he be put in an academic class. The counselor said college was expensive. Mother said: “You do your job and teach him. I’ll do my job and see that his tuition gets paid.” (U. S. News and World Report article A story of Immigration, the story of the extended family of U. by Steven V. Roberts) Llewellyn made a fortune in business venS. General Colin Powell, a former Secretary of State, is a clas- tures, including a Coca-Cola bottling plant, a television stasic story of the “American dream” and the ingredients that tion and Essence Magazine. The list of family members and their achievements goes on and on. made it possible. “I look at my aunts and uncles, their children and their children’s children, and I see three generations of constructive, productive, self-reliant members of society,” Powell wrote in his biography, My American Dream. Family Values Colin Powell’s parents were each born in Jamaica, but met in New York City. Upon arrival they were welcomed by relatives already living in Jamaican neighborhoods of New York City. A working support network was already in place. These emigrants from Jamaica looked after each other’s children, celebrated family birthdays and anniversaries, and buried each others’ parents. Colin Powell’s sister Marilyn Burns once joked that she spent so much time keeping in touch with relatives that she needed an 800 number. These strong family systems held the American dream at a distance, knowing that things closer at hand – such as family loyalty, hard work and the opportunity to have a good education – were the present reality and a path to the future. The Work Ethic The first generation in America took what work they could get. They were warehouse workers, janitors, freight loaders, garbage collectors, dressmakers, maids and factory workers. They put in long hours for low wages. When children became teenagers they worked days and studied nights. Thanks to hard work and savings, as well as the GI Bill and New York public schools, these immigrants were able to send their children to college. Family roots were a protective framework
The Colin Powell clan prospered in the same way other immigrants have. They attached importance to strong family roots and family values. They understood the relationship between self discipline and high standards. Hard work and education were not seen as an end in themselves, but as enablers to achieving success. Happy Caribbean American Heritage Month to you, remember that we are proud to be immigrants, remember your strong family values and roots, and let’s continue to work hard and continue to shine!
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United States Support for Economic Growth and Development in the Caribbean n his meeting with 15 Presidents, Prime Ministers and other senior ministry officials from the Caribbean region, Vice President Biden discussed the United States’ commitment to deepening economic collaboration and expanding prosperity and social inclusion in the region. The leaders also discussed citizen security cooperation and the importance of building safe communities that contribute to a favorable business and investment climate.
ergy Research Centre to promote the rapid deployment of critical technologies for renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment in the Caribbean. Other examples of U.S. economic and development activities in the Caribbean include: Facilitating Trade and Creating Favorable Business and Investment Climates:
The United States supports the region’s economic growth and social inclusion efforts through multiple, complementary pro- • In 2012, U.S. imports from Caribbean countries under the Caribbean Basin Initiative totaled more than $11 billion, grams that contribute to: building strong, capable and transrepresenting a 178 percent increase over the past decade. parent institutions; facilitating trade and creating favorable U.S. exports equaled nearly $12 billion, representing a 133 business and investment climates; expanding access to relipercent increase over the past decade. able, clean, and affordable energy; and investing in human capital so that citizens are prepared to contribute to the devel- • In 2012, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) committed more than $44 million in loans and guaropment of their communities. antees that supported an energy project off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago and a solar power generation system During his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Vice President Biden in Barbados. signed the United States – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) on behalf • The Organization of American States and the University of Texas at San Antonio, with funding from the State Departof the United States. President Martelly of Haiti, serving in his ment, are supporting the adaptation of the U.S. Small Busicapacity as Chair of CARICOM, signed on behalf of the 15 ness Center model in five Caribbean countries, which inmember states. The Agreement provides a strategic framework cludes Belize, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Dominica. and principles for dialogue on trade and investment issues of Institutions that support small and medium enterprises will mutual interest. The TIFA establishes the United States – be strengthened in order to provide better services to SMEs CARICOM Trade and Investment Council that will guide implewith the objective to generate more jobs in the Caribbean mentation of the Agreement. and facilitate greater regional trade, including with the U.S. and Latin America. During bilateral meetings between Vice President Biden and Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago, the • The United States has concluded Open Skies Air Transport Agreements with six CARICOM members. Open Skies agreetwo leaders discussed a recently signed Memorandum of Unments greatly increase options for airlines, passengers, and derstanding (MOU) to advance cooperation on the scientific, shippers and help promote increased travel and trade, entechnical, and policy aspects of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. The MOU establishes a Renewable En— Continued on page 7 —
Consulate General invites Nominations for Jamaica Diaspora Honours 2013 to commemorate Independence Anniversary amaica’s Consul General, Sandra Grant Griffiths is inviting nominations from Jamaicans in the Southern USA for the 2013 Awards to be presented at the Jamaica Independence Gala & 2013 Honours, on Saturday, August 3, to be held at the Signature Grand in Davie. In commemoration of the Nation’s 51st Anniversary, the Consulate General in collaboration with the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA), will host the Official Independence Gala which will also recognize nationals for service to their community and country. According to the Consul General, “The Consulate’s introduction of the official Jamaica Diaspora Honours Gala for our 2013 Independence Anniversary celebrations received an overwhelmingly positive response from our Diaspora. We have consistently reiterated the principle of collaborative partnerships in our outreach efforts and projects, and remain deeply appreciative for the support extended by the community and friends of Jamaica. As we continue to underscore unity of purpose we are especially thrilled and delighted to join with JURA to present this year’s celebratory Gala Awards Ceremony - “United….The Journey Continues”. The Award categories will include community-building, philanthropy, public service, entrepreneurship, youth leadership and the cultural arts and will again identify the outstanding contributions of contemporary change-makers and long-serving luminaries. The selection process will be guided by a Jamaica Diaspora Honours Selection Committee. Nominations Forms are currently available at the Consulate’s website (www.jamaicacgmiami.org); or request by email: email@example.com, or telephone 305-374-8431. The final deadline for submission of nominations is Thursday, July 11, 2013. Contact: Cheryl Wynter Consulate General of Jamaica 25 SE Second Avenue – 609 Miami, FL 33131 305-374-8431 ext. 232 ? 954-559-3955 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.jamaicacgmiami.org
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United States Support for National Caribbean Heritage Economic Growth and Month, 2013 Development in the Caribbean By the President of the —Continued from page 4— United States of America hance productivity, and spur high-quality job opportunities and economic growth. A PROCLAMATION Expanding Access to Reliable, Clean, and Affordable
or centuries, the United States and nations in the Car- Energy: ibbean have grown alongside each other as partners in progress. Separated by sea but united by a yearn • Under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas ing for independence, our countries won the right to (ECPA), the Department of Energy is engaging the Caribchart their own destinies after generations of colonial bean hotel and hospitality sector to shape a greener energy rule. Time and again, we have led the way to a brighter market by embracing energy efficient and renewable enfuture together — from lifting the stains of slavery and ergy technology solutions and supporting government efforts to advance clean energy policies. segregation to widening the circle of opportunity for our • Connecting the Americas 2022, an ECPA initiative, has sons and daughters. supported Ministerial-level public/private dialogues for reducing Caribbean dependency on imported fossil fuels for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a time to power generation, which contributes to the Caribbean celebrate those enduring achievements. It is also a chance to paying among the world’s highest electricity prices. Dorecognize men and women who trace their roots to the Caribnors have funded six analytical and pre-feasibility studbean. Through every chapter of our Nation’s history, Caribies exploring the commercial and technical viability of bean Americans have made our country stronger — reshaping inter-island interconnections that could facilitate renewour politics and reigniting the arts, spurring our movements able energy development, particularly geothermal in the and answering the call to serve. Caribbean traditions have Eastern Caribbean. State’s Power Sector Program will proenriched our own, and woven new threads into our cultural vide technical assistance to advance geothermal and infabric. Again and again, Caribbean immigrants and their deter-island connections in the Caribbean and is in discusscendants have reaffirmed America’s promise as a land of opsions with Caribbean officials regarding specific areas of portunity — a place where no matter who you are or where technical cooperation in support of Connect 2022. Leadyou come from, you can make it if you try. ers will next meet during the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in October 2013 to discuss potential gas and Together, as a Nation of immigrants, we will keep writing that renewables expansion. story. And alongside our partners throughout the Caribbean, • The State Department in partnership with Purdue Univerwe will keep working to achieve inclusive economic growth, sity, also under ECPA, is collaborating with Partners of the access to clean and affordable energy, enhanced security, and Americas and the University of the West Indies to develop lasting opportunity for all our people. As we honor Caribbean — Continued on page 25 — Americans this month, let us strengthen the ties that bind us as members of the Pan American community, and let us resolve to carry them forward in the years ahead. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtyfirst day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.
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Is Governor Scott Right When he signed Into Law HB4001? By Roger Caldwell
receive a subsidy, but ethanol companies will be in greater demand in the future. The national Biofuels Board chaired by the Energy Secretary is considering raising the 10% ethanol level now in our gasoline to 15%. They believe this will lower our dependence on imported oil. Proponents of the renewable fuel standard argue that 45% of the demand for foreign oil decreased because of ethanol production. The addition of ethanol blends into the gasoline has reduced the price by $1.09 a gallon. Many of the opponents to the renewable fuel standard, charge that this type of policy places the government in a position to pick winners and losers. As the government continues to raise the amount of ethanol in the gasoline, the car companies will be forced to build flexible fuel vehicles, whose engines can use 85% of ethanol.
merican lawmakers create laws that help their friends and no one knows why they are important. Governor Scott signed into law HB4001, which repealed a bill that was passed in 2008, that required gasoline sold in Florida to contain 10% ethanol. Opponents of the bill said it would send a chilling message to biofuels investors, and hurt job cre- The global expansion of biofuel industry has contributed to higher food prices and a shortage of land for food-based agriation in the state. culture. Governor Scott is The bill was opposed by bio-energy companies, but Governor correct when he says that Scott signed it into law last week anyway. CEO Paul Woods of ethanol is causing a shortAlgenol, a bio-energy company said his companyâ€™s plan to in- age of cattle feed for vest $400 million in the state has been jeopardized with the Florida ranchers and helpgovernorâ€™s decision. The company was getting ready to build ing to raise food prices. But its first commercial production facility producing 15 to 20 mil- in Brazil, some of their cars lion gallons of ethanol from algae, and employing hundreds use 100% of ethanol to operate their vehicles, and of employees. they have created a new Initially, I was upset that our governor was losing hundreds of industry that employs jobs, but then I realized that the bill did not make a difference thousands of workers.y is because the federal law superseded the state law. The federal growing and the State of government pays oil companies $6 billion a year to blend etha- Florida will be forced to nol into our gasoline. For 33 years the federal government has mandated that our gasoline would be mixed with ethanol, and the oil com- make adjustments with food-based agriculture. There are thousands of jobs in the biofuel industry available to Florida, and panies would receive 45 cents for every gallon of gas. investors are searching for visionary governors. There is an Ethanol production is not going away, and Governor Scott sign- abundance of economic opportunities in the renewable biofuel ing a bill will not change the use of ethanol in gasoline. Many industry, and wasting time with legislature that is superseded government officials do not believe that oil companies should by Federal law makes no sense.
Opponents of the bill said it would send a chilling message to biofuels investors, and hurt job creation in the state.
Caribbean-American Appointed Police Chief of Miami Dade Public Schools he Miami Dade County School Board recently appointed Caribbean American and native of Guyana, City of Miami Major Ian A. Moffett as its next Police Chief.
Moffett was born in Georgetown, Guyana and at the age of six, he migrated to Toronto, Canada with his parents and sister. In 1985, Major Moffett then migrated to Miami, Florida with his family. Major Moffett is cur-rently employed by the City of Miami Police Department.
Major Moffett is also an online faculty instructor for the University of Phoenix and teaches Critical Incident Management and Concepts of Physical Facility Security and Personal Protection to graduate level students. He is currently the co-chair for the Training Committee under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Region 7 Domestic Security Task Force and the Training Representative for the City of Miami Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Major Moffett is also the chairman for the Florida Criminal Justice Training Center Directors Association and represents all 40 certified training centers in the state. He is currently the Vice President for the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officials (NASSLEO) and a Subject Matter Expert for the United States Department of Education on issues related to emergency management in schools.
He has a total of 20 years of law enforcement experience, and possesses a Masterâ€™s of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. He is also a graduate of the prestigious He was previously responsible for the MiUniversity of Louisville, Southern Police Instiami Police Departmentâ€™s Training & Persontute Command Officers Development Course. nel Development Section. Major Moffett was Major Moffett has worked and trained with also the Training Center Director for the Multi-Agencies regarding responding to critiMiami Police Training Center, which is comcal incidents and has given countless workprised of a new police college. shops in the area of Youth Violence, Gang Awareness, School Safety, Weapon of Mass Previously, Major Moffett was employed with Destruction, Emergency Management, and Miami-Dade Schools Police Department for Ian A. Moffett tactical training. He is currently a certified inover 15 years. Formerly a member of the US structor and holds a specialty in firearms through the Florida Army, he has given over 24 years of government service at the Department of Law Enforcement. National, State, and Local levels.
Caribbean Chamber of Commerce IS YOUR NET - WORKING? 10 KEYS TO NETWORKING SUCCESS By Ivan Misner, Founder & Chairman of BNI “A good networker has two ears and one mouth and uses them proportionately.” 1. Give to get. Enter networking situations planning to be helpful to your associates. The benefits will follow. 2. Set goals and focus on them. Spend time with each person. Find out what they need and let them know how they can help you. Then move on. Save your socializing for social occasions. 3. Keep it short and to-the-point. Learn how to describe your product or service and the kinds of leads you need in one minute or less. Then do it. 4. Don’t be a networking nomad. Attend a few diverse networking groups consistently. Quality counts over quantity.
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5. Find the assertive balance. Too passive and you’re not networking, you’re net-sitting. Too aggressive and you’ll be branded a hustler. 6. Develop “contact spheres” or networking teams. These should be people who are looking for the same kind of leads you are, but who are in non-competition businesses. 7. Choose disciplined groups that: (a) Have a set forma; (b) Are structured frankly for exchanging business leads, not for socializing; (c) Are both dynamic and stable, keeping a solid membership base while attracting new members. 8. Be a good listener. 9. Never let up. Every situation is a networking situation. Always carry business cards. When you get a card, note the circumstances on the back. 10. Follow up. Networking is meant to develop leads. It is the follow-up that actually produces the sales.you be the Chamber Small Business Development Team. Want to join? Brought to you by the Chamber Small Business Development Team. Want to join? Small Business Membership is $100.00 for the year. Go to www.caccfl.com for membership information and resource information.
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The Urban Advis r he Central Florida Urban League is excited to be a community partner with the Caribbean American Passport News Magazine, as we launch the Urban Advisor sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The Urban Advisor will be a monthly column filled with programs and service information regarding employment opportunities, housing, financial literacy, youth and education. The Central Florida Urban League (formerly known as the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League) was founded on August 5, 1977 and chartered as a national organization on May 28, 1978. An affiliate of the National Urban League, our chapter was created by respected community leaders who believed that Orlandoâ€™s African-American community would benefit from professional, economic, and social support. Today, more than 40,000 residents have benefited from our various empowerment programs. It is the vision of the Central Florida Urban League to be the leading social service provider that helps empower Central Floridians to achieve social and economic success for the betterment of the entire Central Florida region. We thank and appreciate Fifth Third Bankâ€™s commitment to support the community it serves through the sponsorship of the Urban Advisor. My staff and I look forward to providing you with programs and services that will empower our community and change lives.
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The Orlando Cultural Carnival Association celebrates an impressive turnout for the 2013 Orlando Carnival
s the 26th Annual Orlando Carnival wraps up, the planning committee celebrates a successful parade and stage show held during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The celebration consisted of mas bands and steel bands that entertained crowds of thousands during the festive and colorful parade of bands.
fully decorated costumes; and Music, as expressed through steel bands, DJs, and musical artistes. Following the parade, thousands gathered inside the festival village to enjoy the food and craft vendors, and were entertained by performances by some of the Caribbean region’s top acts. The Association’s President Carl when asked about the Carnival said, “I want to say a special thank you to the members of the 2013 planning committee, the sponsors The event brought together two staples of Caribbean-style Carni- and the bandleaders for coming together to produce another great val: Mas, the culturally-expressive art form of creating beauti- Carnival season.”
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Host of the Carnival Smallie wowing the crowd
Revelers for 2013, from young to old enjoyed the mas on the road.
A Happy Reveler
Consul General of Haiti Laurent Prosper, stands in the background with the President of the Carnival Cultural Association Carl holding the Haitian Flag
Merv, Jammer, Jimmy and Tigress with performer Roy Cape in the middle
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Caribbean Students’ Association at UCF collects books for KLF
he Caribbean Students’ Association at the University of Central Florida’s recently collected over 400 books, which were donated to the Kerosene Lamp Foundation. The books will be distributed to children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines when KLF visits the Island Nation this Summer.
Caribbean Students’ Association-UCF Executive Board Members and their Advisor Anne Marie de Govia with some of the donated books
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Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game Written by Adonal D. Foyle & Shiyana F. Valentine-Williams Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game is the first in a new children’s fiction series based on the experiences of retired NBA veteran player Adonal Foyle and his lifelong journey from growing up in the Caribbean to getting a college education and playing in the NBA. Too-Tall Foyle is a young boy living on a tiny island in the Caribbean. He is having trouble finding a sport to play because he is “too tall,” and all the other kids keep laughing at his clumsy attempts at a range of sports from soccer to track & field. He gets so discouraged until he discovers basketball. Too-Tall Foyle’s experience will teach children a range of important lessons, including that it is okay to try new activities and not be good at them, never to give up and always believe in yourself. The book is paired with beautiful and vibrant illustrations by Toni Pawlowsky.
About the Authors Adonal D. Foyle Retired NBA veteran player Adonal Foyle grew up in the tiny nation of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, where he first picked up a basketball at the age of 15. His quest for a college education, which ultimately led him to the USA and into the NBA, is an amazing & inspirational story of ambition, hard work and a little bit of luck. The eighth overall NBA draft pick in 1997, Adonal played for 13 years in the NBA – a decade with the Golden State Warriors and three years with the Orlando Magic. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University and has a Masters in Sports Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. He is extremely active in the community and has founded two nonprofit organizations, Democracy Matters & Kerosene Lamp Foundation, to assist youths. Shiyana F. Valentine-Williams Shiyana Valentine-Williams is the Executive Director of Kerosene Lamp Foundation. She is passionate about KLF’s work to empower the next generation and throws her heart & soul into their youth programs. A closet writer since a young age, this is her first literary undertaking. Shiyana has a BA from Colgate University and an MA from American University.
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LEADING LADIES BEHIND THE SCENES AND ON THE FRONT LINE Welcome to my column on Leading Ladies behind the Scenes. Our column will introduce you to leading ladies who have branded their own recognition and blazed their own trails. These ladies work behind the scenes but manage the front line with high impact results. You might have heard their names or admired their work, but never met them up close and personal. Our column will give you the chance to meet these ladies so you can place a face with the name and their trendsetting work in our community, various organizations and in business. Thank you for celebrating their value with us.
Nouchelle Hastings: “Girl What Do You Bring to the Table?” Michelle Walker, Service Manager for Olive Garden Store 1175, Darden Corporation live Garden is a family of more than 800 local restaurants committed to providing every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. It is a Darden owned concept known for its warm and familyenriched commercials that says when you’re here, you’re family……this is again because of Olive Garden’s commitment to meet 100% guest delight and treating guests like family.
skin problems, and throat problems – more than 15 medical problems between the two of them. When the babies were 1 and 2 they had surgery and then again at 4 another surgery. Although the girls are growing and getting better the journey of their young lives is long. Every day these babies rely on the life that their mom lives – without a great mother like Michelle these little girls would be lost and devastated. Michelle has 0% time to care for herself; her days are filled with giving 100% to her babies and 100% to her company. And she takes pride in both.
Years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle who is celebrating her 9th year with Olive Garden. Personally, I believe that Michelle is a change agent who knows all too well the importance of helping her peers reach and exceed Darden’s expectations on commitment and sees every guest as family. Michelle began with Olive Garden as a server and had no immediate plans of moving up because she had a career in the pet business. Additionally she worked with children with mental health disabilities and initially only took the job with Olive Garden to earn extra income to care for the rescued animals and the children’s lives that she touched. Her role with the company was working with training and development and opening stores.
Michelle gives thanks to her Darden family because it was being employed by Darden that helped her give her baby’s life when life was against them and in return she gives back by high performance and excellence. Michelle’s position causes her to work the evening and night shift so her times with the babies are usually in the morning. If she arrives home at 3:00 AM, she is up again when they wake up having breakfast and bonding time before they are off to school. She video tapes them and shares all types of goofiness with them so when they are apart she has the laughter of their voices and loving faces to carry her through the day.
I think what I admire most is how Michelle has found a way to master this process – she is a single mother because men have One day when Michelle came home after celebrating the open- shied away from that type of responsibility. Being a woman I ing of a store, she learned of two infant girls who had been know that we need the comfort and strong hand of our male abandoned – they had no place to go except for children ser- counterparts telling us that we can make it but she has to find vices which was hard for her to accept. Michelle had experi- that support from her Darden family and the guests that give ence in rescuing pets and caring for mental ill children but her hugs and warm smiles. She is confident that when the had no guide or comparison to what was ahead of her. These time is right and her daughters are more independent a new two little babies needed a home and she couldn’t say no. Chil- love and father and husband will come to join their family. dren services asked her to make a 6-month commitment and said that they would help her with everything from A-Z (which Michelle tells of a time when her daughters needed special care of course was more promises than fulfilled effort). and had to go for a medical treatment – she was down on her day and feeling reflective about her life. She was thinking Michelle who was unable to bear children, had no maternal ‘should I have done something different, have I given the girls instinct but she was willing to try. These were very sick little what they really need, would the girls be better with someone girls. They were methamphetamine babies and cried con- else’……thoughts were just running through her heart. She stantly, they were sickly and underweight and had never seen was tired because she had not had much sleep and there she a doctor. The baby girls were three and six months old and was running, running, running to keep her daughters healthy. they were in bad health. With the caring hand of her mother The thoughts continued; She thought about the day her life and rock steady promise to always be there for them, the two went from having custodial care for the girls to becoming their of them mom and grandma are showing the world how to win mother when the adoption was complete, she thought about against the odds. although she doesn’t see her babies every minute and second of the day, she sees them changing and growing; she thought Michelle called and nagged the Department of Children and about their high pitched voices saying “my mommy’s comFamilies who constantly gave her the run around; going broke ing” when she walks through the doors at school and she and losing everything she vowed to take care of these babies. thought how those little girls are a reflection of her, good, bad, She attempted everything but nothing anywhere was giving way indifferent and just when she was deep in the thought she – but she kept pressing. She had to pay for medical care out of looked up and on the wall of the facility was a Darden Philanpocket and because she had a job with Darden, getting money thropic tree and she began to cry with comfort. She says that and other assistance for the girls (her babies) seemed like an was her sign that life for Michelle and her girls exist because of endless journey. When she would call or write, she would hear the Darden family. She says that “Darden takes care of their “You don’t qualify for this or you cannot receive that”. Discour- own and they take care of me – Darden has been right here aged by the lack of integrity in the department and burdened with me on this journey and keeps me from feeling alone.” by the cares of the day, Michelle still found a way to work all of her shifts with patience and extended kindness to all of the guests. She ended by saying my job is simple; it’s sharing a meal with Michelle would be the first to tell you that she saw work as an family it’s knowing that life is not guaranteed and it comes escape from the crying and constant care for her sick babies. with challenges – she says who knows if the incoming guest is When she would arrive at work the employees and guests were suffering from hardship or insurmountable circumstances bealways smiling and offering love. Perhaps she overrated the cause you cannot see it just like no one can see what I go moment but it was the only moments of peace from the crying through with my babies. So every day for me is a celebration and having adult appreciation and interaction. and the celebration takes place at my house, my store and it’s my pleasure to share with my family the rich heritage and joy The babies had everything from heart problems, to GI prob- that our guests and family has been coming here for decades lems, temper tantrums, five to six breathing treatments daily, to experience……because when you’re here, you’re family.
My fellow BWIans, greetings: Like me, perhaps you attended the recently held “Ordination To The Priesthood” Eucharistic Ceremony Saturday, May 25, 2013, at St. James Cathedral – wasn’t it a spiritually filled gathering – and came away thanking God for giving us (the Diocese of Orlando), four (4) new priest to shepherd us…
June open for celebrations
aribbean American Heritage Month Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at City Hall declared the month of June open for celebrations in Central Florida.
Events still upcoming include:
Having said that, let me take this opportunity to either remind you or June 22nd Gospel Fiesta at St John’s Episcopal Parish Hall share with you an “invitation” to a similar upcoming ordination, that is Featuring Opera Gospel, Solid Rock Children’t Choir and much equally important to us, the British (Caribbean) West Indian Community. more. Contact: Maria at 407-301-7647. On Saturday June 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m., seven (7) men will be ordained “Permanent Deacon”. Among the ordinands is one of our own, Mr. Ruthven Jackie. I proudly make this acclamation because Ruthven was born in Trinidad (T&T), and spent quite a number of his adult years in Jamaica.
June 23rd CAHM Festival at Lake Eola Event starts at 12pm and goes until 8pm. Free Family Festival with cultural entertainment, kiddies carnival, caribbean food and drinks on the lake to the sounds of Caribbean music.
While they are many British West Indians’ born priests and deacons serving in various parishes throughout the USA, to the best of my knowledge, Ruthven will be the first to be ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Orlando.
June 28th Caribbean Experience White Party by Raise Your Glass Promotions at Le Rouge Wine Bar and Tapas 7730 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando FL , 32819 8pm -2am - Entertainment by Rhythm Trails Steel Drum Band
As a proud patriot of the British West Indians Community, it is primarily this reason I write not only to strongly encouraged you and your household to attend the ordination, but to solicit your help in sharing this good news with June 29th & 30 as many as you can of our fellow British West Indians…as well as others too. Caribbean Chamber Volusia County Chapter The goal is - with your help - to have a very strong showing of us, the British Celebration In Honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month West Indians Community in the Cathedral supporting Ruthven. Service - Saturday JUNE 29Th, 2013. 10am Again, with your help and enthusiasm, I am confident we can accomplish Praise Concert - Sunday June 30th, 2013 6pm Volusia Int’l Bible Fellowship this objective…so please pass the word along. 301 W. Blue Spring Ave. Orange City 32763 My contact information is Ludlow14@gmail.com or Tel: 407, 826-5396. Volusia County Contact: Naomi- 407-431-7418 If I get a good sense of a strong commitment, I will arrange reserved seating for us – the British West Indians (Caribbean) Community. June 29th TTAC ‘Back in Time’ Dance at the Soiree Event Center Thanks, and I will look forward to seeing you and you and you, Saturday, with Tony Ricardo and a 3 step dance competition - Contact June 29, 2013, 10:00 at St. James Cathedral… Tobago for tickets - 407-234-5047 June 30th Caribbean Lime on Sunday at Caribbean Sunshine Restaurant 16112 Marsh Road, Winter Garden FL, 3pm-7pm Enjoy an afternoon of a Good Old Fashioned Caribbean Liming to end the month of activities. Admission: Free. Contact: Sam Roberts 407-810-6435 A full photographic display of the entire month of events will be featured in the July issue of the newspaper. All of the events for the months including the opening ceremony will be featured in July’s CAP issue. This is a special issue and it will hit newsstands on July 15th. Reserve your spot in this special celebration issue!
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Letters to My Lawyer By Karlyn Hylton Dear Lawyer, y daughter was recently arrested and is still in jail, her case is serious and her attorney says she will be facing time in prison. She has three young children who have no other family but me. How can I go about, as the grandparent, getting my grandchildren back in a protected home where they feel safe and canâ€™t be harmed? Sincerely, Concerned grandmother Dear Concerned grandmother, If the mother of the children is going to be in jail for the foreseeable future there are options that may be available to you. However, the first thing you should be aware of is that the father will have superior custodial rights to the minor children over any other relative. Therefore, if the father of the children request custody of them, it is likely the court will award him custody, provided he is fit and it is deemed in the best interest of the children. One option for you as a grandparent is to file a petition for custody by an extended relative. This petition will request the court to award you temporary legal custody of the minor children until mother can resume custody. In such matter, notification should be made to the father or at least attempted as he is an indispensable party to this action. This type of custody is for a specific period of time, possibly until the children are 18 years old or until their mother is able to care for them. This would likely involve getting consent from your from both mother and father or a court order awarding you custody. Once the order is in play you will be able to make decisions regarding the children in the same way a parent would. An attorney can assist you and your daughter in developing a parenting plan regarding the scope of your authority and the duration of custody. Another option you may have is to legally adopt the children. This is the most permanent type of custody and you would acquire all of the legal rights of a birth parent. In essence, you become the childrenâ€™s parent in the eyes of the law. More importantly, the biological parents would lose all legal rights to the child including the right to inherit as descendant. This process may be more complex and will involve the biological parentâ€™s parental rights being terminated through a court proceeding. It is important to note that you will have to be found suitable to obtain custody or adopt the children by the state and it can be a long and intrusive process, for which you should seek the assistance of an attorney. This column is primarily for educational purposes as well as to give the reader general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide any legal advice whatsoever. By reading this column you understand that there is no attorney-client relationship between you and writer/publisher. This column should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney. This column is not published for advertising or solicitation purposes. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.
“I love you” By Rosemarie G. Roth
Whatever symbols we use they all represent the same sentiment of love. In February we celebrated Valentines Day and we all purchased cards of wishes, flowers and candy to show the sweetness of our love for someone special. Yet soon after the day the decoration in the stores are taken down and the cards are thrown out. A few got an engagement ring and June usually becomes their wedding month of choice.
in here “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God gave His one and only Son in exchange for us. Romans 5:8 says this: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Look on what Gandhi said above about a friend giving his life for his friends and enemies. Recently I sang a song of my childhood “Jesus loves me this I know…” Whitney Houston sang it better with great conviction yet she suffered for years with addiction. Did God love Whitney? “For great is Your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 108:4 Yes God loved her “…For the Bible tells me so.
Nelson Mandela: Imprisoned for 27 years for his opposition to apartheid, Mandela came out of prison in 1990 expressing no bitterness towards his tormentors. Instead, he championed reconciliation among South Africa’s polarized races, espousing the principles of nation-building and cooperative governance.
We can finish the sentence “I love …” my car, my cat, my dog, ice scream, my spouse, my child, my job or money. Or better yet, let us leave an “I love you” commitment legacy for our children. The com“My wish is that South Africans never give up on the mitment is to share our cultural belief in goodness, that they cherish that faith in husimilarities and differences. I was man beings as a cornerstone of our democracy.” drawn to a speech Dr. Ted Ridore, President of Cornerstone Christian — Nelson Mandela’s www.southafrica.info University delivered at a church June is also hurricane season and Caribbean Heritage Month. where he recalls that he wrote his first letter “T” at age six“What’s love got to do with it?” Asked Tina Turner. Every- teen and in twenty four years he received a high school dithing! June carried the news of Nelson Mandela’s hospital- ploma, a bachelor, two masters and three PhD’s. He says, “ I ization and it became forefront “happening news” to the world. Known as ‘Mahatma’ (great soul), Gandhi was the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against BritDuring this time the news reported ish rule, and is widely considered the father of his counthat his family was with him durtry. His doctrine of non-violent protest to achieve poing his time of treatment in the litical and social progress has been hugely influential. hospital and the president of South “A man who was completely innocent, offered himAfrica has asked the people to pray self as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his for his recovery. enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” We can all identify with the anxi“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ety that surrounds his family as they pray for his healing. His wife, his — Mahatma Gandhi children, his grand children and his great-grand children are all hoping, praying and wishing for a love education and I love to teach.” This is the legacy he is recovery. Not just to be healed but to be able to pass on addi- leaving to his children and his students. What legacy will we tional words of wisdom to guide them through life. They want leave for our children? to hold onto as much precious time with him as possible. Their presence says, “I love you”. Prayer of good over evil, light over dark-Hindi Love is about action If you ask me I would tell you that God’s love is about action. St. John 3:16 is my ultimate favorite verse in the Bible. To God, the words “I love you” has a much deeper meaning than it does for us. One of the greatest illustration of His love is found
Fill the Heart with the oil of love. Place in it the wick of single-pointed mind. Light it with the Knowledge of Truth and remove the darkness of ignorance around you. Just as one lamp can light many lamps; let each youth kindle this Light in many hearts.
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The food was outstanding .... tasty, hot and generous portions. Kudos to Rena Mohammed and her Staff for an outstanding 561 376 7251 job. Representing the Christian Community was Neil Dozier n Saturday June 8th 2013 attended a won- the former Chicago and New York Jets footballer. derful Indian Arrival Day Event hosted by the Consuls General of Guyana and Gideon Hanoomansingh was at his glorious best ... recalling Trinidad & Tobago. Informative, Entertain- the perils and endurance of the Crossing, the harsh beginnings ing and the opportunity to renew acquain- of our ancestors adjusting to their new Homeland .... then enunciating the joys of their sacrifice as their off springs rose tances and make new friends. to positions of Leadership & Influence. This was Leadership in Motion as Anil Ramnanan and his Guyanese counterpart, The evening was punctuated by outstanding entertainment Ramzan Ali, brought two Caribbean Families including Terry Gajraj, Omadath Maharaj, Adesh Nandlal, together. I believe this is the first time in Florida Guyana’s Jumping Jack and the Jaya Devi Dance Troup led by we’ve had a joint Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago Indian Ar- Denise Baboolal. rival Day Celebration. Community Service Awards were given to Caribbean Citizens who We must acknowledged the foresight of both Consuls General promoted Caribbean Business and Culture in Florida. insisting the celebration be held during Caribbean American Heritage Month. Audience reflected the diversity of Florida’s Finally, a special thank you to the Event Coordinators Gabriana population including local city Mayors and Florida State Rep- Persad of the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate and Bharath & Seeta Boochoon for a truly superb job. resentative Hazel Rogers.
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Top Left: Kamal Abdool and friends Top Right: Consul Generals Ramzan Ali & Dr. Ramnanan with Gideon Hanoomansingh Bottom Left: Kaye Chong of Caribbean Airlines Center: Guyanese celebrated 175 years of Indian Arrivals to Guyana in 1838, Trinidad & Tobago seven years later in 1845. Bottom Right: Job Well done to both Consul Generals on a joint celebration of Indian Arrival Day
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CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Influential Caribbean -Americans in the history of the United States, include Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the pioneer settler of Chicago; Claude McKay, a poet of the Harlem Renaissance; James Weldon Johnson, the writer of the Black National Anthem; Shirley Chisolm, the first African-American Congresswoman and first African-American woman candidate for President; and Celia Cruz, the world renowned queen of Salsa music; Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury, was born in the Caribbean; many influential Caribbean -Americans in the history of the United States also include Colin Powell, the first African-American Secretary of State; Sidney Poitier, the first African-American actor to receive the Academy Award for best actor in a leading role; and the list goes on . . .
Guyanese Celebrate Independence in Miami epresentatives of Guyanese civic organizations and business enterprises from across Florida gathered recently at the residence of Guyana’s Honorary Consul Ramzan Roshanali and Mrs. Roshanali to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the country’s Independence. It was the first time that such a gathering of Guyanese community and business leaders from various cities around the State took place and this provided an opportunity for them to get to know one another and exchange information about their activities. The event which took the form of a cocktail reception, dinner and dance was attended by a number of special guests including Guyana’s Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Mr. Irfaan Ali, former Guyana President Bharat Jagdeo and the Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Mrs. Lori Moseley. Among the organizations taking part were the Guyanese Cultural Network of Tampa Bay, the Guyanese American Cultural Association of Central Florida, the Guyana Nurses Association of Florida, the South Florida Guyanese Association, the Bishops’ High School Alumni Association Florida Chapter, the Task Force for Guyana’s Youth, GT Lime, the Ex-Guyana Defence Force Officers Association, the Guyana Relief Council, the Lady Jags National Women’s Football team and the Guyanese Community of Florida. The business enterprises represented were Demerara Distillers Limited, Banks DIH, Laparkan Shipping, Hab International, Trans Caribbean Shipping, Caribbean Airlines, Dipcon Engineering Services Ltd., Hibiscus Restaurant, Collision Kingdom, The Highland Agency, Inc., and CanMark Printing, Singh’s Roti Shop and Caribbean American Passport of Central Florida. The gathering heard a message from President Donald Ramotar and short speeches from Minister Ali and former President Jagdeo. Two civic organizations-Bishops High School Alumni Association Florida Chapter and the Guyanese American Cultural Association of Central Florida received awards from the Guyana Consulate in Miami for their work in the Community. Bishops’ in recognition of its ongoing commitment to education and to the academic development of young people in Florida and Guyana and the GACACF in recognition of its contribution to the preservation and promotion of Guyanese culture in Central Florida and to charitable causes in Guyana. Two businesses -Demerara Distillers Limited and Laparkan Shipping were also honored. DDL received an award for their ongoing support of the promotion of Guyana’s positive public image in Florida and Laparkan for their longstanding commitment and invaluable contribution to the activities of the Guyana and Caribbean Diaspora in Florida in preserving and advancing their communities and charitable work. The awards were presented by Honorary Consul Ramzan Roshanali. Also receiving an award from the Consulate was Mr. Wesley Kirton, in recognition of his resolute support and service to the Guyanese Diaspora in Florida. That award was presented by former President Jagdeo. Speaking on behalf of the organizations represented, Dr. Kofi Dalrymple of the Guyanese Cultural Network of Tampa Bay thanked the Consulate for taking the initiative to bring together the Guyanese community leaders, business leaders and local and Guyana government officials. It was an especially good evening for Dr. Dalrymple and Minister Ali who recognized each other as old schoolmates at St. Stanislaus College and members of the school’s winning debating team.
Kiddies Carnival a hit, Continued from page 1 live steel band and a Caribbean DJ. According to organizers Creig Camacho and Tara Swaby, “It was our most successful Kiddies Carnival to date and we cannot wait until next year”. Fortunately we do not have to wait until next year. Creig and Tara will be bringing the Kiddies Carnival to this year’s CAHM Festival at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando on Sunday June 23rd. The kids will do
another short parade and then head to the kiddies area with bounce houses, miniature horses and lots more. You must purchase a costume to participate in the parade. The price is $40 per costume. Anyone interested in purchasing a mermaid or pirate costume for their child (or sponsoring a costume for a child who cannot afford it) can contact Creig Camacho at Cocobean Productions at 407788-BEAN (2326) or creig@ cocobean productions.com.
United States Support for Economic Growth and Development in the Caribbean, Continued from page 7 solar energy demonstration projects and a business plan Investing in Human Capital: competition to support further development of solar tech• The Inter-American Foundation’s active portfolio in the Carnologies in the Caribbean. ibbean comprises 21 grants, with the IAF’s investment le• The Organization of American States (OAS), with funding veraging an equal amount of funding from grantees and from the State Department, has worked in six Caribbean other partners. Grants support human capital and citizencountries to support renewable energy demonstration led initiatives in communities in Haiti, Belize, Jamaica and projects, technical assistance toward energy policy implethe Dominican Republic in the areas of crop diversification, mentation, and a feasibility study on possible electricity insustainable agricultural practices, and education for vulterconnection between St. Kitts and Nevis and Puerto Rico, nerable populations. a U.S. commonwealth. Participating countries include • The State Department, in a partnership with the OAS, supAntigua & Barbuda, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, ports The Inter-American Social Protection Network, which Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and St. Kitts & Nevis. enables countries to share pioneering social protection strategies to fight poverty and strengthen safety nets for their Building Strong, Capable and Transparent Institutions: most vulnerable and indigent citizens. • The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International • USAID is supporting early grade reading, vocational training for at-risk youth in the Dominican Republic, Eastern Development (USAID) is implementing numerous public Caribbean, and Jamaica, and disaster risk reduction activisector budget transparency, budget execution and tax adties throughout the Caribbean that are aimed at saving lives, ministration initiatives in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and alleviating human suffering and reducing the social and Jamaica. In Jamaica, USAID partnered with the Customs economic impacts of natural disasters. Department and Tax Administration on programs that have • On May 14, the Department of Labor announced a new reduced drug trafficker’s abilities to move money and concompetitive solicitation for a $10 million cooperative agreetraband through the region. ment for a project in the Dominican Republic that aims to • Treasury provides technical experts in tax administration, support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to reduce child ladebt and financial management that are embedded in relbor and improve working conditions in the agricultural secevant finance ministries. There are currently 10 advisors in tor, including in the sugarcane sector and in production the Caribbean. supply chains. The Department of Labor is also supporting • From 2009-2013, the Department of Agriculture sponsored research and capacity building activities to address child 75 Cochran Fellows from the Caribbean (including the Dolabor in over 40 countries, including the Dominican Repubminican Republic) offering training in areas such as food lic and Haiti, as part of a four-year, $15 million project with safety, laboratory procedures, and animal health. the ILO. • Department of Labor assists Haitian apparel producers in complying with national and international labor standards • Peace Corps volunteers in ten countries in the Western Hemisphere, including the Dominican Republic and so that they remain eligible for tariff benefits under U.S. prefSuriname, train volunteers and community partners on clierential trade programs. A component of this project focuses mate change, natural resource management, energy effion building the capacity of Haiti’s Ministry of Labor and Sociency, and renewable energy technologies, as well as miticial Affairs so that this institution can more effectively carry gation and adaptation to climate change. To date over out its role in enforcing labor law and advising producers 8,000 citizens in the region have directly benefited from and foreign investors on applicable legal frameworks for opPeace Corps volunteers. erating businesses in Haiti.
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Elevate Basketball Tournament taking off n Saturday May 11th, 2013, the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (Hindu Church) held their second Annual “Elevate!” Three on Three Charity Basketball Tournament at the Mandir in Orlando (269 N Klondike Ave, Orlando, FL 32811). The event was primarily held to raise awareness about domestic violence and also to promote unity in a positive environment. Young men ranging in age from 12 to 35 came together in solidarity to strongly state that domestic abuse in any form is unacceptable. Proceeds from the event benefited the domestic violence charity, Harbor House of Central Florida.
tournament. This tournament is something different that allows everyone to have fun while uniting to support a positive cause.” Mr. Persaud hopes to use the universal appeal of sports to provide a positive forum for young West Indians to have fun and be rewarded for character traits like teamwork, respect, leadership, etc. through physical activity Over the last year, the tournament organizers have discussed both expanding the Elevate! Tournament and having other events such as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. “The feedback has been very positive all around,” Vasu said, “we’re hoping that with continued support we can have larger unifying events involving other Mandirs and cultural groups in Central Florida.
Vasu T. Persaud was one of the organizers and had this to say, For more information on becoming involved in the Tournament “Thank you to all the young men and women that support the either as a participant or coordinator, contact Vasu at 407-900-8076.
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