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Chef Marc Murphy Stirs Up Choice Foods Expo In NYC

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Food Networks Chef Marc Murphy at the 4th Annual Choice Eats Food Tasting Expo, held in Manhattan on Tuesday.

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local Highlighting the Spirit of the Caribbean Lenecia Hines Editor-In-Chief IVROL HINES Managing Editor Ainsley Rowe Circulation & Marketing Nekisha Telemaque Retail Sales Leonardo Harrison Webmaster & Community Relations Deidre Olivera-douglas Brownsville Advocate Editor Telephone: (718) 785-9722 Fax: (215) 294-5903 Submit Articles nylibertystar@yahoo.com Visit us online @: www.nylibertystar.com NEW YORK CITY CORPORATE OFFICE 397 Rockaway Ave Brooklyn, NY 11212 Send all Mail to: New York Liberty Star 1930 Rockaway Pkwy. Brooklyn, NY 11236 New York Liberty Star welcomes letters from readers and press releases. We reserve the right to edit all materials, in keeping with publication standards. To submit an article, send email to: nylibertystar@yahoo.com. Hours of operation: M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. All material due by 5 p.m., Tuesday of publication week. The New York Liberty Star is not responsible for typographical errors in ads beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Copyright New York Liberty Star 2001. All rights reserved.

Patron enjoyed a variety of Jamaican and Caribbean dishes at the Village Voice’s 4th Annual Choice Eats Food Tasting Expo, held at the 69th Armory.

Taste The Tropics Caribbean Restaurants Represent At Big Show

By Ivrol Hines NYLS

New York City was a buss with excitement as the Village Voice’s annual food tasting event brought together the best restaurant from across the city, and the Caribbean was well represented. Jerk chicken, festivals and other Caribbean favorites were among the vast display of food at the 69th Armory in Manhattan, Tuesday. From beef stew curry to Red Hook lobster pound to mini arepas, the variety of dishes, deserts available seemed endless. “Choice Eats” is one of New York City’s unique food events where you can sample food from the most sought after restaurants across all the cities boroughs under one roof for one night. “This was a great event, and it was a joy for us to play a part and represent the Jamaican and Caribbean communities and share

our wonderful taste and culture with the rest of New York,” said Marvin “Pepper” Hussey, owner of Peppers Jerk Chicken Restaurant in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Hundreds of patron enjoyed food samples from more than 90 restaurants, as well as complimentary beverages, entertainment, and a special food truck offering snacks from some of New York’s top mobile vendors. “It was amazing,” said caterer Charles Campbell. “I started sampling even before I got in the building. We loved the fact that you could try the food trucks while you were waiting on line to get in the building. The event was well planned, and the chance to meet different business owners was very good.” More than 35 nations were represented among the booths and booths of restaurants. These included: Jamaican & Caribbean, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Vietnamese, Tunisian, and Cajun/Creole among many others. Choice Eats stands out as a food event that highlights the hidden gems of New York City’s diverse culinary landscape. Chef Marc Murphy, judge on the Food Network’s hit show CHOPPED, and Cathy Erway of Lunch at Sixpoint, were aong the hundreds in attendance.

(Right) Marvin “Pepper” Hussey of Pepper Jamaican Restaurant in Brooklyn, and a staff at the Expo, Tuesday.

Liberty Star’s Nekisha Telemaque and Food Network’s Chef Marc Murphy at Choice Eats Tasting Expo, Tuesday.


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Bad Credit For Hire

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The Smoking Gun

By ICE I can’t get a job because of my credit. I was denied a job [a really good job]. In a way, I understand, but I disagree. It might be true that Black people have bad credit, because mine was shot to hell at a pretty early age. I know all Black people don’t have bad credit [just the ones who didn’t know much better ... such as myself]. Anyway, my problem with it is, how am I supposed to fix my credit with no job? Their problem with me is (I assume): since I am in debt, I would probably take pay offs or bribes. But isn’t that like trying to predict the future? I think that is such a backwards way of approaching a situation. Its shows the perceptions of the people who run this country (in my opinion). I finally understood their so-called reasons … wait. I still don’t understand, because the consequences greatly outweigh the … reward? For lack of a better word … who in their right mind wants to work just to repair their credit? But, we understand that is what we have to do in order for it to get better. Work!!! With all that said … I am still jobless, but I would like to see some remedy or assistance with this situation. Maybe, just maybe, then we can fight the powers in place that keep us down.

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By Deidre Olivera-Douglas Editor, Brownsville Advocate

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an has used guns since the beginning of time. In a perfect world, it would be great if no one had guns. Heck, let’s go back to good ole fashioned knuckle boxing! But as it is, I don’t believe society will stop making guns anytime soon. This being the case, I am a strong supporter of the “right to bear arms,” covered by the 2nd amendment, and believe the intent is meant for all people. ON A PUBLIC LEVEL …I don’t think we should draw a political line around the “Haves and Have nots” based on JOB TITLE. As it is, only civil employees can park in a “no parking zone, use cell phones while driving, run red lights, park in the middle of the street, and just overall break laws intended for all people to abide by. I don’t believe

only government officials should be allowed to own and use guns. Someone passing a government test does not attest to their upstanding moral character or their belief in non- violence. Now on the other hand, If there was a law passed that ensured only caring, nonviolent, don’t panic under pressure … PEOPLE, … people who get violently ill at the thought of killing someone else …. PEOPLE … who learn how to shoot a weapon with 98% accuracy of non-fatal shots… were allowed to have guns, I might support a system overhaul! We are already too frighteningly close to mirroring societies; in which we attempt to introduce( force feed) democracy, to keep legally separating civil and civilian. ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, I have had a gun and been facing an enemy with a gun. Once we assessed the situation properly, it brought about UNDERSTANDING. There would be no losers and there would definitely be no winners. The conclusion was to have a really clear negotiation that we cold both LIVE with. We should learn how to be responsible adults and RESPECT LIFE. Since, none of us make guns (in this neighborhood), if we choose to have a gun, we should do so LEGALLY. Fill out an application. Apply for a license. Go to a shooting range and

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Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corp. / Darcon Construction Inc., JV is looking for City-certified M/WBE firms to work on the construction of a new vehicle garage on Spring Street, near West Street in Manhattan. This project, valued at nearly $200 million is for the NYC Department of Sanitation The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has awarded a contract to Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corp. / Darcon Construction Inc., JV to build the new 450,000 sq/ft vehicle garage on Spring Street, near West Street in Manhattan. This state-of-the-art building has been designed as LEED Silver and will allow the agency to consolidate their operations. Subcontractors must be willing to assent to the terms of the Project Labor Agreement governing this project. This procurement is subject to participation goals for MBEs and/or WBEs as required by Local Law 129 of 2005. Bidders are hereby advised that this contract is subject to the PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT (”PLA”) entered into between the City and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (”BCTC”) affiliated local unions. For information on the solicitation or applications, contact Jeremy Kyrkostas Phone: 516-285-5500 ext. 277, Cell: 516-712-4201, or e-mail jfk@dematteisorg.com.

learn how to shoot. If someone breaks into your house while you are home with “Luger”, you can give them a really bad limp. Maybe change their mind about how much they value life, while still having the ability to have a change of mind. Gun violence is never the answer. If we have a problem with someone, arrange to meet with that person in private. Most people respond better alone, than when in a group or in public. If you feel your life or the life of your family is in danger, file a police report. Allow the officers to do their job, and don’t worry about what people might think. Denying access to guns will only create more criminals and bullies. Teaching people the dangers of guns and holding them accountable for their actions, is what we should all strive for. If you continue to have our rights negotiated by others, and chip away at the fabric of our great democracy, we might find ourselves to be a mirror image of what we have fought against. A mirror image of historical crimes against humanity; in which, someone else says who should be the “haves and who should not be the

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By Evangelist Gwendolyn Gray

I would like to encourage the youths of our community to “think outside the box” and not let society or anyone limit their ambitions. Know that you can do and be whoever and whatever you want.

Red 40 is a commonly used food coloring dye added to a variety of products. While it may make food esthetically pleasing in appearance, it can cause a negative reaction in those who consume it. Children are most often the ones who have sensitivity to Red 40, whether or not their parents have realized it or not. Reactions include temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, uncontrollable crying and screaming, kicking, nervousness, dizziness, inability to concentrate and sit still among other findings. Often when Red 40 is eliminated from the child’s diet a remarkable change is noticed immediately. Red 40 is used in many food products: Kool-Aid, orange and other flavored sodas, Cheetos and Doritos Chips, Strawberry PopTarts, any candy with red coloring, including M&M’s and Skittles. It’s a easy solution….cut back or eliminate what you give to your children that has Red 40 in it. Its simple…buy naturally colored or flavored juices (ex. Capri Sun). No sugar added juice and fruit are also a good alternative.

The Bible lets us know, in Philippians 4:13, we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. Many times we are told that we are not able to succeed; through the media, television

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Sunset Park Recreation Center To Host Job Readiness Workshop Series & Youth Job Fair Youth Employment WORKSHOPS • Interview Skills Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6:30 P.M. • Resume Writing Class Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:30 P.M. • Dress for Success Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30 P.M. (Attend at least two workshops to be ready for the Job Fair)

programs, family and even our own doubts or lack of faith. The bible let’s us know, in Proverb 29:18: where there is no vision, the people perish. We must have a vision and according to Habakkuk 2:2: write the vision, make it plain, that he that read it, will run with it. I am a true believer that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I want to encourage the youths of our community to make a plan for your future and write it down. Take the necessary steps to accomplish it, and take it one day at a time. Evangelist Gwendolyn Gray has been preaching in God’s church for 14 years. She is a recent graduate of the College of New Rochelle and is currently working towards her Doctorate Degree.

Score A Free Summer With Camp G.O.A.L.S.

Youth Group Subway Transportation Program he Youth Group Subway Transportation Program provides youth-serving organizations with free New York City subway passes for educational and recreational trips. DYCD administers the program in conjunction with MTA New York City Transit. Eligible organizations reserve group subway passes and certificates to use during designated days and times on the New York City subways. Non-profit organizations and schools that provide services to youth ages 5 through 18 are eligible. New applicants are required to verify their non-profit status and provide information

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Youth Job Fair Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10am to 3pm. ****Job Fair Requirements: Marketing Strategies Updated Resume Proper Attire

What is the program about? Camp G.O.A.L.S. (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls is an application-based FREE six-week summer camp for current 8th and 9th grade girls from NYC public schools. Generously funded by the Motorola Foundation, 80-85 accepted students will build their proficiency in math and science. Through a partnership with the Rutgers School of Engineering and Science Buddies, girls will experience hands-on activities and field studies focused on aeronautics, engineering, marine science, medical science and space/astronomy. Senator John L. Sampson urges his constituents to take advantage of this great opportunity. Application Deadline: April 4, 2011 Applications available by visiting: www.intrepidmuseum.org/Education/Camps/Camp-G-O-A-L-S-.aspx

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Deadline: None! Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission. How to Apply: 1. Create a Project Posting for your existing project.

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Medgar Evers College Celebrates Women’s History Month With Art Exhibit

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diverse audience of students, faculty, community and special guests eagerly watched as Medgar Evers College unveiled its new Women’s History Month exhibit “Woman: Multiple Energies – Multiple Images” last Thursday, in the campus’ new Academic Building I. The month-long exhibit, courtesy of the Medgar Evers Art Committee (MECAC) and the Women’s Development Center at Medgar Evers College, opened with an impassioned speech from the first lady of Medgar Evers College, Mrs. Merriette Pollard. Mrs. Pollard captured the spirit of the Women’s History Month celebration, invoking Sojourner Truth’s 1851 poem Ain’t I A Woman. “The voice of Sojourner Truth made it possible for women to proudly say, ‘I am a Woman.’” Mrs. Pollard’s statement captured the sentiment of the evening perfectly as it was echoed many times by many of the

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(L-R) MECAC Committee member and feature artist Chinwe; Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard; and Center for Women’s Development Director Safiya Bandele.

participants and those in attendance. Mistress of Ceremonies and director of the campus’ Center for Women’s Development, Professor Safiya Bandele spoke ardently on the necessity of female representation in the arts, all the while referring to the artists as geniuses. Former NY City Council member Una Clarke, mother of U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, also spoke of the power that women possess. “It is the mothers who have the sons,” she said to the crowd’s amusement. “Whatever a man can do, a woman [can] do better.” Clarke also spoke of her individual notion of womanhood, noting, “I smile so that when people look at my face they see a woman dedicated to her community.” The reception’s final speaker was featured artist and Medgar Evers College alumna, Chinwe Ifeoma. She spoke of her time at the college fondly, telling the crowd of her transition from nursing student to artist due to the encouragement of an art professor at the college with an eye for talent. With that, Ifeoma summed up the will of the artist best with her closing remark. “This has been a pleasure of ours and we are passing it to you with love,” said Ifeoma. The exhibit’s opening reception featured six women artists - Dorothy Burnham, Chinwe, Minerva Diaz, Susann Hogue, Marion Howard, and Dindga McCannon - as well as a show fashion designer Keishel Williams, a Medgar Evers student. Medgar Evers College has long embraced the fine arts, hosting art exhibits on campus and boasting several fine artists amongst its faculty and student body. Some of these artists, skilled in diverse mediums from sculpting to oil painting, have exhibited in galleries across the country and have garnered prestigious awards and accolades.

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How To Help A Loved One Living With Diabetes

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ou may have heard that diabetes runs in families. But diabetes doesn’t have to run a family’s life, as long as the person with the disease is surrounded by knowledgeable friends and family members ready to assist their loved one in managing the disease.

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Facing those events without enjoying the same traditions can cause angst and, if not addressed, could lead to frustration.” What can you do? Instead of focusing on what the patient should no longer eat (or eat significantly less of), be sure to include a wide variety of food choices and think about addToo often, diabetes is thought of include daily injections of insulin ing new traditions with new recipes. as a senior’s disease. In reality, only or an insulin pump, home glucose What about emergencies? 10.9 million of the nearly 26 million monitoring, and changes in family Knowing what to do in an emerAmericans whom the American Dia- dietary patterns. The challenge for gency situation is critical for family betes Association (ADA) says have the parents and children is that they and friends of a diabetic person. Too diabetes are older than 65; 14.9 mil- also must facilitate transition of care much insulin in the body could result lion develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes at some point in time, so the patient in insulin shock and too much sugar before their 60th birthdays. The ADA becomes an adult who has the skills in the body could result in diabetic also estimates that 79 million more to manage this lifelong disease. coma. people are “pre-diabetic,” so being “Finding a medical provider that A diabetic emergency can be the informed about what you can do to uses a team-oriented approach is im- result of too much or too little sugar help, in an emergency or as someone portant,” says Burns. “This should in the blood. dear to you struggles to manage the include doctors, physician assistants, Signs of too much sugar and not chronic disease, is increasingly im- nurse practitioners trained in endo- enough insulin (hyperglycemia) inportant. crinology, dieticians, diabetes nurse clude: Diabetes comes in two forms: specialists and mental health profes* Hunger type 2, which is slow onset, and type sionals.” * Excessive thirst 1, which usually develops in childWhen an adult is diagnosed with * Visual blurring hood or adolescence and is most diabetes the challenges are most of* Fruity breath odor commonly diagnosed between the ten concerned with changing long* Heavy and fast breathing ages of 5 and 18. established habits around eating and * Flushed skin “Type 1 and type 2 diabetes exercising, and developing new hab* Drowsiness pose some basic similarities in terms its for testing and managing blood Signs someone is experiencing of pathophysiology and treatment; sugar levels. These new habits affect too little sugar and too much insulin however, they are basically viewed daily life, and the support of family (hypoglycemia) include: as different diseases by clinicians,” members and friends is significant in * Fast breathing says John Burns, III, program direc- making these changes successful for * Fast pulse tor for South University’s physician the long term. * Dizziness assistant program. “But with either “Managing diabetes in an adult * Weakness diagnosis, support from family and is more complicated than simply eat* Sweating friends is critical in helping the pa- ing less sugar and exercising more,” * Headache tient adjust to the prescribed treat- says Burns. “Adults have prefer* Numbness in limbs ment, and knowledgeable family ences and habits that over the years * Confusion/difficulty concenmembers and friends could mean the have become closely tied to their trating difference between life and death.” self image and their social network. If a friend or family member With children and adolescents, For example, national holidays and experiences a diabetic emergency, parents are initially very involved family celebrations almost always you should take the following three in managing the disease, which may include traditional meals and snacks. steps: 1. Ask: “Have you eaten today?” 2. Ask: “Have you taken your medication today?” If the patient has eaten but not taken prescribed medication, he or she may be hyperglycemic and in danger of diabetic coma. * If he or she has not eaten but did take prescribed medication, he or she may be having an insulin reaction. * If you suspect an insulin reaction and he or she is conscious, give the person sugar, such as juice or a piece of hard candy. * If you suspect hyperglycemia ask, “Where is your medication?” 3. Call 911 for help if the person is not responding to any of your A diabetic emergency can be the result of too much or too little sugar in the questions.

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Jamaican Banker Pleads Dudus’ Attorneys Criticize DEA Jamaica Extradition Guilty To $220M Fraud Over NEW YORK, NY -- Lawyers representing Jamaican ChrisORLANDO, Fla. – Jamaican banker David Smith, the former head of collapsed investment scheme Olint, has pleaded guilty in a Florida court to defrauding thousands of customers of more than US$220 million. The Jamaica Observer reported that, as part of a plea agreement, Smith has admitted

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guilt on four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and ten counts of money laundering. He is facing up to 20 years imprisonment, but is likely to get less because of his plea bargaining. Last year, he received a prison sentence of just over six years in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where he pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges. US authorities collected him from the TCI in November to face federal charges. Prosecutors said that more than 6,000 people invested with Smith. He admitted in his plea agreement that Olint was a “massive” Ponzi scheme, where he paid returns to investors not from profit but from their own money or that paid by subsequent investors. In addition, funds transferred to his own personal bank accounts reportedly enabled Smith to live a lavish lifestyle. Among his expenditures included political contributions, gambling, a down-payment for the purchase of a Lear jet and sponsorship of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. A raid by authorities in Jamaica forced him to shut down his business in Kingston and relocate to the Turks and Caicos Islands, where former premier Michael Misick once described him as a “model citizen”.

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topher ‘Dudus’ Coke, including well known attorney Steve Zissou, have criticized the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the manner in which it has been building cases.

In an article published in the New York Times on Monday, the attorneys charge that the DEA has a tendency to “manufacture jurisdiction” in cases in which it would not otherwise exist and pursue people unfairly. Coke’s case and the initial refusal of the Jamaican government to extradite the fugitive have been cited as one instance of the DEA stepping out of bounds. “It’s no longer the Southern District of New York,” Zissou said, “It should be the Southern District of the World.” Another attorney, Melinda Sarafa, who is a lawyer for a Lebanese man brought from Honduras in a 2009 narcoterrorism case, was also perturbed. “I find it profoundly troubling that US agents are spending their time setting up cases against individuals who do not represent actual threats to the United States,” Sarafa said.

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Activists Defend Haitian Camp Women By Cléo Fatoorehchi

UNITED NATIONS, NY (IPS) - Some 14 months after Haiti’s earthquake, activists say there is an ongoing epidemic of rape and gender-based violence (GBV) in the country’s more than 1,000 squalid displaced persons camps, where nearly a million people are still awaiting permanent housing. According to Annie Gell, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux’s coordinator of the Rape Accountability and Prevention Project in Portau-Prince, “The lack of lighting, the lack of patrols, the inability of women to lock their doors” contribute to the “incredibly insecure situation for women and girls” in the camps. She accused MINUSTAH, the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti, of “generally (staying) on the perimetre of camps,” instead of going into the areas where women’s lives are actually at risk, especially at night. According to a March 2011 survey conducted by the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law, “an alarming 14 percent of households surveyed reported that, since the earthquake, one or more members of their household had been victimised by rape or unwanted touching or both.” Marie Françoise Vital Metellus, a gender unit officer with MINUSTAH, told IPS the peacekeeping force has created a trained unit - the UNPOLs - to patrol in the camps and provide specialised assistance to women victims of GBV. But she acknowledged that the number of camps is huge, and most of them are overcrowded. That makes the UNPOLs’ work, along with the National Haitian Police’s, particularly difficult. “We’re seeing more women coming forward to report rapes and GBV,” Gell told IPS that adding, “a lot of people are moving out of

camps because they’re so insecure, so dangerous.” Grassroots groups take the lead “Grassroots groups have the expertise of what needs to be done on the ground, because they live and work in the camps,” Lisa Davis, human rights advocacy director with the women’s group MADRE and an adjunct professor of law for the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at CUNY Law School, told IPS. Among these groups is KOFAVIV (Commission of Women Victims for Victims), a Haitian organisation founded in 2004 by rape survivors to provide assistance to others, which recreated itself in the camps after the earthquake. On Mar. 25, women activists from MADRE, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, CUNY School of Law and Women’s Link Worldwide testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington about the severe problems in the camps. Three Haitian women - Malya AppolonVillard, Marie Eramithe Delva and Jocie Philistin – attended the hearing to convey the reality of life in the camps, a “nightmare”, according to Gell. But “their voices (of grassroots movements) are being excluded from the planning sessions,” Davis told IPS. She said that while the United Nations GBV cluster should bring together all the actors

Pregnant women in labor wait to give birth at the Isaie Jeanty maternity hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. dealing with sexual violence in Haiti, “(it) is not working with the grassroots groups.” “We’re (thus) hoping … that the commission will reinforce that the grassroots groups’ voices must be included in planning sessions to end sexual violence,” Gell said. The decision the IACHR will take after all the hearings – likely in a week or two - is “binding on Haiti in a sense that Haiti is a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the Commission is a body that interprets the treaties and laws” signed under the OAS, Gell explained to IPS. But the government itself was crippled by the earthquake, and lacks the capacity to fully address the issue of gender- based violence. Despite the existence since 1994 of a Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Women’s Rights (MCFDF, Ministère à la Condition Féminine et aux Droits des Femmes), its programmes are weak due to a lack of resources, Vital Metellus of MINUSTAH told IPS. She nevertheless stressed that “the state is the key actor”, adding, “In its current state, it

needs the support from women’s groups and U.N. agencies.” As Gell noted, “It’s not necessarily that they (the Haitian government) don’t want to help women and girls, it’s that they don’t have the capacity or the will right now to do that.” The organisations hope that donor countries will provide more funding to target the GBV problem, Davis told IPS. According to Gell, that requires “mak(ing) not only the government of Haiti but the world aware (of the) epidemic of violence against women and girls.” “(In order to) reinforce the capacity of the government’s action to be effective in protecting women and girls,” emphasised Gell, the organisations are using the petition and the hearings before the IACHR as a way to put pressure on the Haitian government and at the same time on the international community, particularly the donors. She also stressed to IPS “the need for supporting domestic mechanisms for prosecution,” since the attackers usually go unpunished.


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words of encouragement

Can You Make It On Your Own?

By Apostle Arlene Israel, NYLS

Let us pause for a moment and analyze the massive influx of problems affecting mankind, and let us just ask, “Is this just human nature?” Friends, we better realize that demonic spirits are greatly influencing and affecting individuals throughout our society.

Planet earth has been invaded by demonic forces. How? They are on overtime now, because they realize they have but a short time. Isaiah 14:12 states, “How art thou fallen from heaven , O lucifer son of the

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morning? How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Look and behold the great atrocity that has fallen upon us because we have forsaken God’s manual, which is the blueprint to take us through planet earth. The acronym for BIBLE is Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. How can we purchase a complex equipment and assemble it without referring to the manufacturer’s manual? Complications will occur. In like manner, God created mankind and has given us his manual [the bible] that caters to our total well-being. John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life of life; he that commeth to shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall neither thirst.” Can we survive without bread (food)? We would become malnourished and progression will lead to death. So in the natural ... so is the spiritual. John 8:12 states, “I am the light

of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Can we survive without light? If you can, why pay Con Edison light bill or why turn on your lights while driving? There would be so many accidents. I would not even reflect on the lights in the heavens, the sun, moon and stars, that would be total annihilation of life. So how can we survive without the light of the world? John 10:9 says, “I am the door; any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and pastures.” The song writer also states, “One door and only one but yet its sides are two, inside and outside on which side are you.” If you are on the outside you will not find pastures.

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Joy & Intimacy

Can You Make It On Your Own?

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When we speak of pastures my mind flows to sustenance and blessings. To receive them, and for them to remain we must go through the door. In John 10:11, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. The sheep is dependent on the shepherd for sustenance, security and protection. Jesus is saying he is not just a shepherd but he is the good shepherd. He loves you so much that he gave his life for you. “Oh the love that drew salvation’s plan ...” “Oh the grace that brought it down to man ...” “Oh the mighty gulf that God did span on Calvary.” John 11:25 reads: “I am the ressurrection and the life, he that beleiveth on me though he were dead yet shall he live.” Adam sinned and death was rewarded to man, physical death, spiritual death, eternal death and the sentence of death.If you see your husband, wife or child is going the wrong direction and you have been trying to redirect them towards a better way, and they are just going headlong and you are recieving no response. He or she is spiritually dead and the dead cannot respond.No wonder we have so many broken homes, and marriages. We need the ressurection and the life. John14:6 states, “I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father except through me. If you are on any other highway your’e going the wrong way but God allows u-turn.” John15:1 says, “I am the true vine and my father is the vinedresser.” This is the last of the seven “I am” statements found in St. John. The vinedresser gets rid of all the dried or nonbearing area of the vine so the branches can bear much fruit. In the same way Jesus cleanses us from all sins so the fruit of the spirit may be manifested in us.Galatians5:22 says, “But the fruit of spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. You cannot make it on your own you need Jesus. God bless you.

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Is Premarital Sex Wrong? Should We Live Boring Lives Of Abstinence? Q: “Is premarital sex wrong? Why are all the things that are fun and exciting wrong according to you christians? Why would a God who loved say that you can not do things that are fun?”

A: Consider this, is driving a car wrong? No. Is driving a car for an 13-year-old wrong? Yes. It’s fun and exciting for the 13-year-old, but it puts his life and other lives in jeopardy. Is sex, which is fun, between a husband and wife wrong? No. Is sex wrong if it’s with someone else’s spouse? Yes. It may be fun and exciting, but it often brings tremendous heartache to that person’s spouse and the children involved. A loving God has made his wisdom on life known to us. He says that sin is pleasurable for the moment. There probably isn’t any sin which is not at the moment pleasurable. But pleasure can’t be our only standard for making decisions. Think how fun it would have been to really severely smack a younger brother or sister at times. Pleasurable for the moment, but fortunately we hold back because pleasure

isn’t our only guide. God wants to keep us from horrendous problems which we can bring on ourselves by the stupid decisions we make. He genuinely loves us and wants to protect us from decisions and behavior that will ruin our lives or someone else’s life. Why does God (who created sex) restrict sex to marriage? (“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”1) Does God merely want to spoil people’s fun or to insure that a couple enjoys the deepest level of intimacy possible, reserved for only each other? When God gives us guidance his motives are pure and prompted by his love for us. People get used sexually for momentary fun and excitement, but what if there is something more valuable than momentary pleasure? Like dignity, self-esteem, knowing that you’re also treating that other person with greater value? Perhaps God thinks relationships can be more intimate, secure and stronger if they are built on something more substantial than sexual involvement. Whatever God’s reasons, his wisdom surpasses ours and he can be trusted. And quite often we later see the value of following him.


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Farrakhan Slams President Obama

Minister Says US Lacks Moral Authority To Attack Libya

Nation of Islam Leader Minister Louis Farrakhan said the United States lacks the moral authority to attack the forces of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. The 78-year-old leader of the Chicago-based organization received cheers Friday night from a packed crowd at a civil rights conference at Jackson State University. Farrakhan said his friend Gadhafi has played the role of a forceful parent in post-colonial Libya. “When you come out of a colonial past where you have lost the value of your own self-interest, God raises somebody from among you that can instill in you the value of yourself again and that person dictates the path until you have grown into your own self-interest,” Farrakhan said of Gadhafi. The minister did not address Gadhafi’s alleged role in the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people in 1988.

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Farrakhan gave several reasons why the U.S. lacks the moral authority to intervene in the Libyan conflict, including the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement during the Rodney King protests in Los Angeles in 1991 and the unhealthy food that the federal government allows into the marketplace. “The American people are dying, and the Food and Drug Administration is complicit,” he said. “Greed is more important than the lives of the American people.” Farrakhan made his remarks at the 6th annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Conference. He talked about the importance of strong family units, conservative outfits for women, healthy food and land ownership. But he also espoused controversial views on some

subjects, saying that interracial births pose a threat to the white population and that Jews control the mainstream civil rights movement. Some Mississippi religious and civil rights leaders previously said it was offensive that Farrakhan was selected to speak at the conference. Farrakhan criticized President Barack Obama for joining up with the “old colonial masters” of the Western-led forces and expressed skepticism about European countries

espousing humanitarian concerns, saying they “give noble motives to their wickedness.” “Do you think they had humanitarian concerns when the British mowed down the Indians in India who were peacefully protesting?” he said. “Where in the hell is humanitarian values in America when you’ve got over 50 million Americans living in poverty, sick and diseased, with no healthcare?” He also alleged that Obama had

Nation of Islam Leader Minister Louis Farrakhan

backed down from pushing a Palestinian-Israeli peace accord and banning settlement-building in the West Bank, calling him “the first Jewish president.” Obama is a Christian. “He was selected before he was elected,” Farrakhan said. “And the people that selected him were rich, powerful members of the Jewish community.” Local Jewish leaders this week criticized Farrakhan for distorting historical fact in order to perpetuate harmful stereotypes. The Anti-Defamation League said recently that Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism is “obsessive, diabolical and unrestrained.” Farrakhan has over the years denied claims of anti-Semitism, arguing his remarks are often taken out of context and that criticism of Jews in any light automatically earns the “anti-Semite” label. The Nation of Islam has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since it was founded in the 1930s, though in recent years it has included other groups, including Latinos and immigrants.

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The key to a fun vacation with kids:

Balance

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f the idea of planning a vacation with children makes your head spin, think again. With the right foresight and a balanced schedule, parents can plan a balanced family vacation that is fun for both kids and adults.

Focus on fun at the expense of regular meal time and you’ll have hungry (and cranky) children. Choose a destination with more grown-up attractions than kid-friendly activities and you’ll have bored (and cranky) children. But find that perfect balance of fun, plentiful dining and restorative rest - and you can enjoy a family vacation that will leave everyone with long-lasting, happy memories. “Traveling with children can be a great family adventure,” says Kimberly Miles of the Myrtle Beach Area

Conventions & Visitors Bureau. “Ensuring that everyone has a great time means doing your homework ahead to choose just the right destination, lodging arrangements that will fit everyone’s needs, and activities that will keep everyone entertained without exhausting them too.” If you’re planning a family vacation this spring or summer, here are some basics to help you balance the experience, juggle priorities and ensure a good time is had by all: Where to go and how to get there When deciding where you’ll take the kids, be sure to choose a location that will have plenty to interest them - and the adults traveling with them. Shore locales like Myrtle Beach often offer something for everyone. For example, the popular South Carolina resort area offers kid-friendly amusement parks and attractions such as Family Kingdom Amusement Park and the Ripley’s Aquarium, live entertainment shows that will appeal to adults and kids, shopping venues

with merchandise for all ages, and of course, the beach - where kids can splash around and parents can relax on the sand. New for this summer will be WonderWorks, combining education and entertainment in handson exhibits appealing to both children and adults alike, and the nearly 200foot SkyWheel, an observation wheel on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk. Getting there can also be part of the fun. Choose a destination that’s easily accessible either by air (Myrtle Beach has its own international airport) or by car. If you’ll be flying with children, be sure to pack plenty of quiet activities for them, such as coloring books for younger children or chapter books for older kids. If they’ll be using a portable DVD player, laptop or other electronic device, be sure kids wear headphones or earbuds. Toddlers and infants should be equipped with a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, a bottle or sippy cup of their favorite beverage and - especially for infants - a pacifier to help soothe them and relieve any pressure build-up in their

ears. Driving can also be a great way to travel with kids. In addition to electronic entertainment, road games can be a fun way to pass the time - and learn about the communities they’ll be traveling through. Choose a destination, like Myrtle Beach, that is easily accessible from major highways. Help older kids find it on the map and invite them to participate in planning your route and where you’ll stop along the way. Staying there The balancing act continues as you decide where to stay on your kidfriendly family vacation. While saving money is always good, you also need to find accommodations that suit your family’s needs. Another advantage of shore destinations is the variety of lodging options they usually offer. In Myrtle Beach, you can find everything from budget hotel rooms to luxury beachfront condos, and suites a few blocks from the beach to private rental homes within walking distance of main attractions.

If you have just one child, you may all be fine staying in a single hotel room. And if that’s the case, it may be fun to splurge on a beachfront room or a hotel that has its own water park. Larger families may find a suite with a kitchen or even a rental house a few blocks from the beach will give them the space and access they need to fully enjoy all the destination has to offer. Or, you can save even more money and increase the fun by renting a house with another family and vacationing together. No matter what accommodations you choose, be sure to build plenty of rest time into your itinerary. Children who’ve napped well in the afternoon, for example, are more likely to have a good time and be better behaved when you take them to a dinner show in the evening. Wherever you choose to go for your family vacation, traveling with children can be easy for adults and fun for kids - if you start out by choosing a destination with attractions and accommodations that work for everyone in the family.


Travel Tips For A Great Family Getaway

After the long, cold winter, spring marks the beginning of a new season - family travel season. Recent surveys point to more Americans planning to take family vacations in 2011, especially to domestic destinations - 35 percent of adults plan to increase their travel this year, according to a Travelocity survey. Even though parents handle most of the vacation planning, kids have their own ideas about what constitutes a great trip. In fact, 85 percent of children ages 6 to 14 say that it is very important to choose a vacation spot where they can spend time with their entire family, according to a recent survey by ORC International. And most children - 93 percent - also think it’s important for their parents to take a break. They want to see their parents disconnect from their laptops and mobile devices and focus more on family time while vacationing. “As families look at their vacation options, they should focus on two things in a destination: first, a place where they receive a great value for their money, and second, a place to spend quality time together,” says Emily Kaufman, founder of The Travel Mom (www.thetravelmom.com). “Whether it’s a quick weekend over spring break or a longer trip over summer vacation, families ought to maximize their vacation time while getting the most for their travel dollar.” As families look for a break from the usual routine without breaking the bank, Kaufman offers the following tips: Look for great values - There’s no question that families want great value from their getaways. Look for a hotel or resort where you

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are offered amenities on top of the room, such as free Wi-Fi. Great Wolf Lodge (www.greatwolf. com), for example, includes passes to its waterpark with your stay. Searching online is a great way to find these kinds of deals and discounts. Think outside the weekend - If you have flexibility in your travel dates, many destinations have flexibility in their rates. Consider traveling midweek or during nonpeak weekends. You’ll find great room rates and even some economical value-added packages. Pick a place with plenty to do - Experts say that for each hour you drive to get to your destination, it should be able to offer at least a half day of activities. Be sure there are a good variety of indoor activities too, so your vacation isn’t ruined because of bad weather. Remember the whole family - Not only should your destination have lots to do, it should offer something for everyone. Don’t forget - this could even include easy access back to the room or a quiet spot for nap time. Multifaceted destinations, like Great Wolf Lodge, offer a variety of activities for every age - from the indoor waterpark to the spa to nightly story time. With activities for varying age ranges in mind, you can be assured that your decision is virtually fail-safe. Kaufman reminds parents that above all, don’t forget the family in family vacation. The most important thing to remember in planning is that it’s all about spending quality time together with the ones you love.

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HUB-WORDS

How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter N. Can you find a 9-letter word and at least 25 other words of four letters or more avoiding proper nouns? [Answers P. 18]

CONNECT Wordsearch Th e Do ts

GOOD FOR YOU

Can you find the hidden words? They may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards. APPLE, APRICOT, ARTICHOKE, ASPARAGUS, AUBERGINE, BANANA, BEAN, BEETROOT, BROCCOLI, CABBAGE, CARROT, CAULIFLOWER, CELERY, CHERRY, CUCUMBER, DATE, EGGPLANT, FIG, GRAPE, GRAPEFRUIT, LEEK, LEGUME, LEMON, LIME, MANDARIN, MELON, MUSHROOM, OKRA, OLIVE, ONION, ORANGE, PARSNIP, PEA, PEACH, PEAR, PINEAPPLE, POTATO, PRUNE, PUMPKIN, RHUBARB, SPINACH, SPROUT, SQUASH, STRAWBERRY, TARO, TOMATO, TURNIP, YAM.


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Your Weekly Horoscope ARIES

Leo

Sagittarius

If you feel moody at the top of the week, don’t suppress your feelings. Allow yourself an emotional outlet — calling an older relative or fulfilling a family obligation may uncover hidden reserves of energy. By Wednesday you’re recharged and ready for some action, lovewise. Figure out a clever way to reach out to a romantic interest (or a spouse) who has seemed distant lately. Friday will present challenges you can mull over during the weekend. Exercise will help you work out frustrations and will stimulate inner heat.

As the week begins, consider starting afresh — either switch dance partners or change the music, though it may seem awkward at first. According to the stars, it won’t be until Wednesday or Thursday that you’re truly in the groove. You realize that you have more resources than you initially thought, and that you’re ready to take on bigger and more meaningful projects. You’re feeling bold romantically. On Friday, finish whatever you need to get done so you can apply yourself to the weekend 100 percent. It will be full of new inspiration.

You’re feeling a flutter in your stomach, a sense of conflicted loyalties. But remember, these are simply good questions your conscience is asking itself. Allow it to take you deep into your most private thoughts … a solution is within your grasp. Wednesday and Thursday should bring a sense of resolution. It also brings luck — your cup runs over and it’s time for piein-the-sky optimism. But don’t rush ahead this weekend. Remember the little things, take care of the details and remind a certain someone of how you feel.

(21 March - 20 April)

(July 23 - August 22)

TAURUS

Virgo

This week is filled with important conversations over good meals. If you’re already attached to a romantic partner, have a refreshing clearing-the-air talk with them; if you’re single, take a risk and invite that someone you’ve been interested in over for dinner. Communicate clearly and humbly — the worst thing would be to come across as arrogant. Sometimes love is headstrong and wild, but this week it’s about negotiation. You’re learning as much about yourself as you are about this other person. This weekend, go somewhere romantic together, somewhere you can linger for hours.

Measure twice and cut once, as the saying goes. Planning and care on Monday and Tuesday pay dividends later in the week. Spend time with the person who inspires you most. Your friends prove to be especially helpful in spurring you to make the right decisions about your love life. Wednesday and Thursday might seem overwhelming, but persevere and stay flexible. You pop out of the tunnel on Friday, ready for a great weekend. Romance is in the air, and all the loose ends you thought needed fixing magically come together.

(21 April - 21 May)

Gemini

(May 21 - June 20)

Start Monday by making a list of things you need to do by the end of the day Tuesday. Getting organized is an excellent way to fight the dark clouds looming in your romantic imagination. By Wednesday morning, they’ve cleared up entirely. On Thursday or Friday, some light, goodnatured verbal sparring with youknow-who brings you closer. Keep up your end of the conversation through the weekend. When you get a cute text message, send a cute text message back. Love in the modern age is adorable, isn’t it?

Cancer

(June 21 - July 22)

As the week begins, consider starting afresh — either switch dance partners or change the music, though it may seem awkward at first. According to the stars, it won’t be until Wednesday or Thursday that you’re truly in the groove. You realize that you have more resources than you initially thought, and that you’re ready to take on bigger and more meaningful projects. You’re feeling bold romantically. On Friday, finish whatever you need to get done so you can apply yourself to the weekend 100 percent. It will be full of new inspiration.

(August 23 - September 22)

Libra

(September 23 - October 23)

If Monday and Tuesday seem overwhelming, don’t stress out. That feeling won’t last. By Wednesday, you’re on great terms with the world again: Don’t hesitate to sing in public or do a little dance. On Thursday, tell that special someone exactly how you feel. Friday and Saturday are generally good times for socializing, but this weekend is downright spectacular. Your ability to read other people is astonishing. However, don’t get bogged down with interpersonal details. The big picture right now is gorgeous.

Scorpio

(October 24 - November 22)

Monday is a good day to get what you want. Trust your intuition and your intellect. Tuesday is similar, with the added pleasure of vivid daydreams — imagine yourself in another country, eating something perfectly spiced, wearing something that brilliantly matches your eyes. When you’re startled back into the real world in the middle of the week and looking for something to keep you sane, do something sweet for your sweetie. Then spend the weekend seriously thinking about spending some time with them in that romantic paradise you were daydreaming about on Tuesday.

(November 23 - December 21)

Capricorn

(December 22 - January 19)

This week seems rocky romancewise, but these struggles pay off in the end. Begin by considering new approaches to old problems. Focus on you-knowwho, but be wary of differences between appearances and reality. When things seem hazy, take your time — a long walk or a long dinner transcends the superficial talk and gets to the heart of the matter. The weekend is prime for connecting with faraway people who have strong insights into your world. By Saturday and Sunday, you feel grounded and confident.

Aquarius

(Born January 20 - February 19)

Monday and Tuesday find you frustrated with the day-to-day grind, but you can break out of your funk with a little exercise — forget formal exercises like sit-ups and try something fun (like dancing). On Wednesday and Thursday, developments in your love life affect you like a burst of sunshine. Suddenly you’re all lit up. It’s funny how the smallest piece of good news makes everything else seem better. This weekend, don’t do any work if you can help it. Hang out around the house with your stereo cranked up, or (ooh-la-la!) take a bath with someone.

Pisces

(February 20 - March 20)

For the first half of the week, you’re all sunshine and bubbles, both amusing and amused. Pursue your wildest fantasies, howl from the rooftops and be confident that you’re adored by the one you want to be adored by. But resist the temptation to drag others up to your euphoria — they may not be ready yet. The second half of your week is more circumspect. The more you think about your dreams, the more analytical (and critical) you become. Practice being happy with what you have and excited about what you will have.

Star Advice End Your Heartache Now

Question: I’ve been with my boyfriend for 9 months now and we live together. Throughout the relationship, I have caught him lying about things I wouldn’t have gotten mad about (never regarding cheating). As a result, I don’t trust him and wonder if I will or should ever trust him again. Also, he constantly talks of marriage and children, so do you think things will change or should I reconsider marrying this man? - Sara, Age 24 Answer: Lying is lying is lying. If someone feels they need to change the truth for your benefit then they simply can’t be trusted. How could you ever know if they are telling you the truth in the future? One lie is very serious. I’m not saying a relationship should end after one lie, but certainly you two should have a serious talk. On the other hand, many lies is an entirely different situation. I believe that someone who feels they need to lie OFTEN is not worth the effort. Trust is one of the most fundamental building blocks of your relationship.

How could you have any kind of a successful life with someone who’s missing such a basic concept? You’ll be doubting everything he says for the rest of your life. Just imagine your stress level when he does something completely innocent like comes home an hour or two later from work. You’ll never know if he was REALLY working late... Know what I mean? I’d say it’s better to find someone that understands how to important trust really is.

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HUB-WORDS - Solution (From Page 16)

9-letter word: LABYRINTH Some other words of four letters or more containing the hub letter N: anil, anti, ayin, barn, bran, hint, lain, lint, nail, nary, rain, rani, rant, tarn, than, thin, tiny, yarn, bairn (Scot), blain, brain, brant, briny, inlay, rainy, riant, train, binary, brainy, in-tray, litany, ratlin, rhinal, thinly.


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dining

Man is what he eats.

Jamaican Tripe & Beans Recipe INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs tripe 1 Can Broad Beans, drained 2 onions, chopped 2 stalks escallion, chopped 1 sprig thyme 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 tomatoes, chopped Hot pepper Black pepper

DIRECTIONS: Wash tripe carefully the cut into small pieces. Place tripe in pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until tripe is tender usually about 2 hours. Add the onions, escallion, thyme, curry powder, hot peppers and black pepper. Add water if necessary. Continue to simmer for about 6-8 minutes then add the broad beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Gravy should thicken. Best served with steamed white rice. Serves: 4-5

Small Dietary Changes Can Make A Big Difference

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re you one of the millions of middle-aged Americans who resolved to improve your health this year, through diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes? If so, you know that it’s not easy to change old habits - especially the salty, sugary and fatty ones that taste so good. Unfortunately, poor diet is a vital problem for a growing majority of the nation’s population, particularly the baby boomer generation. Obesity is the nation’s top health concern and poor diet is a major contributing factor, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as reported in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report cites data indicating 72 percent of men and 64 percent of women are overweight or obese, with about one-third of adults being obese. Not only does a diet high in calories and low in nutrient density lead to weight gain, but neglecting the vital nutrients found in whole grains, milk, fruits and vegetables may increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and other chronic health problems. But even if you never grew out of your childhood dislike of spinach, you can make healthier choices in the kitchen without sacrificing taste. The latest Dietary Guidelines highlight several tactics to improve adults’ health and lengthen life expectancy. Recommendations for slight but effective diet adjustments include:

* Increase vegetable and fruit intake You know fruits and veggies are good for you, but not everyone enjoys the crunch of a celery or carrot stick. The nutrients found in fruits and vegetables are extremely important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The antioxidants in these nutrient-rich whole foods have been shown to decrease risk of chronic health problems, including a number of cancers. The USDA suggests adults should consume five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but many people don’t reach this goal and instead reach for unhealthy snacks because of time, convenience and availability. You can get your daily servings in a tasty, on-the-go treat. With the help of a high-powered Vitamix 5200 machine, you can transform less-than-appealing produce into a smooth, sweet, yet nutrient-packed smoothie. For example, the Vitamix Going Green recipe combines pineapple, banana, ice and spinach - yes, spinach - into a delicious smoothie that even kids enjoy. The 5200’s powerful blades pulverize the cell walls of whole fruits and vegetables, releasing the full nutrients found in the seeds and skin. Your favorite fruity flavors will

overpower the less appealing, and your tongue won’t even know it’s tasting better health. * Increase whole grain intake Nutrition experts agree Americans consume too many refined grains, and the new Dietary Guidelines suggest one half of all grains consumed in a day should be whole grains. Choosing whole wheat bread and pasta rather than the nutrition-lacking white versions is a small change that can make a big difference. Some high-powered blending machines can even grind whole grains for making your own healthy bread, pancake and other doughbased recipes. Just make sure not to combat your positive move toward whole grains with a negative overload of spreads or sauces full of trans fat. * Individuals 50 and older The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend those aged 50 years and older consume foods fortified with vitamin B12, or take dietary supplements for healthy aging. This nutrient is key to maintaining normal function of the brain and nervous system and affects energy production. Many breakfast cereals and other processed foods are fortified with vitamin B12 and you may also find the vitamin in pill form. Vitamin B12 is vital to red blood cell and DNA production, and increasing intake has additional benefits including higher energy levels. Studies show absorption of vitamin B12 decreases while aging, so adding this nutrient to a healthy daily diet is important for those over 50.

Not eating enough fruits and veggies? Transform less appealing produce into a sweet, nutrientpacked smoothie.


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money matters

When money speaks the truth is silent.

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DID YOU KNOW? F New York City has 722 miles of subway track. F The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. F Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857 F New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

While buying a more fuel-efficient car might be an option for some, new and used cars that get more miles per gallon tend to be more in demand. (Photo courtesy of ARA)

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emember when $4 seemed like an outrageous amount to spend on a gallon of gasoline? Now that number doesn’t seem so far-fetched. While you can’t do anything to control the unrest in the Middle East or oil rig explosions that could lead to gas prices spiking at a moment’s notice, there are a few things you can do to help ease the pain of high gas prices. While buying a more fuel-efficient car might be an option for some, new and used cars that get more miles per gallon tend to be more in demand - and more expensive when gas prices are high. If a new car isn’t an option for you, implementing the following changes can help ensure that you get the most from the fuel in your gas tank: * Keep the gas you buy in your car. When gas prices are low, stealing gas would likely be more trouble than it’s worth, but when prices are high, it’s not uncommon for thieves to siphon gas from vehicles, especially those with larger tanks. Adding a locking gas cap can be done for much less than the cost of a tank of gas. In addition to preventing theft, locking fuel tank caps can also prevent anyone from tampering with your gas tank. * Keep your tank full. While you’re looking to reduce the amount of gasoline

you are using, constantly running your car with the tank close to empty can wear down your fuel pump. “The gasoline in the tank keeps the fuel pump cool. Take away the gas and the fuel pump runs hot and has a shorter life,” says Tom Taylor, engineer and vice president of RockAuto.com. If you have an older car that has accumulated dirt and rust at the bottom of the tank, keeping a full tank can help your fuel burn cleaner. * Keep your car in shape. Keeping your engine properly tuned improves fuel efficiency by an average of 4 percent and repairing a major issue like a faulty oxygen sensor could improve efficiency by up to 40 percent, according the U.S. Department of Energy. The RockAuto.com parts catalog has oxygen sensors from $10 to more than $100 depending on the car,” says Taylor. Especially if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you could quickly recoup the cost of an

oxygen sensor or other repair after as little as one tank of gas through improved fuel economy. * Keep your tires inflated properly. Keeping your tires at the optimal level not only keeps you safer, but can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent, according to the Department of Energy. Your owner’s manual should tell you the proper psi (pounds per square inch) levels for your vehicle. * Drive for optimal gas mileage. How you drive can affect how much gas you use. Most cars run at peak efficiency at around 60 mph, with fuel economy decreasing sharply when traveling faster. Aggressive driving with rapid acceleration and slowing will also have a negative effect on your fuel economy. * Reduce weight and drag. Getting rid of items such as roof equipment when they aren’t being used can help your car become more aerodynamic and run more efficiently. Keeping unnecessary items in your car, especially if they are heavy, can also make your car work harder and use more fuel than it needs to. By adding up the small savings gained by each of these tips, you can really notice a difference on how much you are paying at the pump, especially over a long period of time.


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education

Knowledge is power

Push For Science And Math Can Mean Greater Rewards For Students

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he message becomes clearer the more it’s repeated: America needs to catch up when it comes to science and math. International student tests have shown that America’s students lag behind their peers in other countries, and many feel that it’s essential to gain ground in those fields if America’s future is truly going to be bright. The Obama administration is leading the charge to emphasize the importance of science and math education. In President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, he made a point of mentioning the need for stronger science and math education, saying, “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” Obama and others have noted that without a strong science and math education, America’s children might not have the skills necessary to keep innovation and technology growing in the United States. And in a world market where America must compete with other nations that have strong science and math programs, the country’s future is considered to be closely tied to its students’ abilities. The effort to encourage kids in science and math should come from inside and outside the classroom. Teachers and schools certainly do their part, but parents can also help foster an interest in the science and math fields. Something as simple as taking a young child to a science museum might be the catalyst for a lasting fascination that could turn into a career. For older students, parents can act as guides by discussing the benefits of careers in the science, math and technology fields. In addition to the government’s enthusiasm for science, many large corporations are eager to promote science and math education, as they will be dependent on a strong base of well-educated future employees. Scholarships for science and math students are abundantly available, and other programs offer opportunities that go even further. The Intel Science Talent Search, for instance, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is an annual competition that identifies the nation’s most promising young scientists and mathematicians. Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize, Fields Medals, National Medals of Science and even an Academy Award, illustrating that awards for the creative and inspiring work of science are available. VONAGE Unlimited Calls in U.S. & 60 Countries! NO ANNUAL CONTRACT! $14.99 For 3 Months! Then ONLY $25.99/mo. Plus FREE Activation. Call 888-728-4697

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High school seniors are eligible for the award and this year, 1,744 students entered the competition with original research projects from a range of mathematical, engineering, environmental and scientific disciplines. The field was narrowed down to 300 semifinalists and $600,000 in awards was divided among the students and their schools, to support math and science resources. Forty finalists gathered in Washington D.C. to compete for more than $630,000 in awards. Evan O’Dorney, 17, of Danville, Calif., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. His research stems from an interest he developed as early as age 2, when he was check-

ing math textbooks out of the library. O’Dorney and other finalists were also given the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama discussed with the students the importance of science and math education and shared his encouragement of their research pursuits. “By meeting with us, it was sort of like President Obama was passing on the baton for us to take on the future,” said Elaine Zhou, an Intel Science Talent Search finalist from Winter Park, FL. “We may not become politicians, we may not live in the White House, but his support of young scientists like us reinforces that we can have a strong impact and change the future for the better.” The effort to take America back to the top ranks of innovative countries is manifesting in the encouragement of the country’s students to explore their curiosity for how the world works and develop solutions for global challenges. What might seem like a spark of interest today could be a world-changing innovation tomorrow. For more information on the Intel Science Talent Search, go to www.inspiredbyeducation.com.

Intel Science Talent Search finalist Matthew Miller, Michelle Abi Hackman and Evan Michael O’Dorney.

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ASK LISA-ANNE

Can An Ear Infection Cause My Son To Go Deaf?

Q. My son has had a lot of ear infections and has missed a lot of school. His teacher said ear infections can cause deafness and/or hearing loss. Is this true?

Lisa-Anne Ray-Bayers

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A. The short answer is yes! Ear infections are very common in young children and are usually accompanied by a high fever and severe pain. The pain results when the fluid that has built up in the middle ear puts pressure on the ear drum or tympanic membrane. The Eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the throat. It is lined with mucus, just like the nose and throat; it helps

clear fluid out of the middle ear and maintains pressure levels in the ear. Cold, flu, and allergies can irritate the Eustachian tube and cause the lining of this passageway to become swollen. If the Eustachian tube becomes blocked fluid builds up in the middle ear. Bacteria and viruses thrive in this environment and thus create an ear infection. It is this fluid that can erode the three small bones in the middle ear and cause hearing loss. Many parents try to avoid giving antibiotics to their children and that is wise in general as the human body can and will fight off most infections and colds, however, an ear infection is not a condition that will heal without an antibiotic. Ear infections that are left untreated can also spread pass the meninges (lining of the brain) and cause meningitis.

Young babies often pull on their ears and cry continuously with an ear infection. Other signs of an ear infection include: trouble hearing, fever, fluid drainage from ears, dizziness, won’t drink from the bottle because swallowing hurts, crankiness and crying. Another reason young children are prone to ear infections is because their Eustachian tubes lie flat allowing mucus and bacteria to enter the middle ear easily. As children grow older and their faces become slimmer and elongated, their Eustachian tubes slant downwards. Ear infections can be very stubborn and may require 2 or more courses of antibiotics. It is also important to completely heal an ear infection because the fluid in the middle ear causes noises/speech to sound muffled and difficult to hear. This will affect a child’s ability to perform well in

school. Parents can put warm cloths over the ear, give pain medication, allergy medicine or ear drops approved by pediatrician and give fluids to avoid dehydration. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the book, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas available at www.Amazon.com. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may contact her speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www. AskLisaAnne.com.

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