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DARK PLACE IN SOUL

Former New York City Commissioner Bernard Kerik was on Thursday sentenced to four years in prison.

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The Caribbean on Tuesday bids farewell to Professor Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford. PREGNANT MOM EXERCISE

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NYC Haitian Community Hope And Healing Fund

BROOKLYN , NY – The Brooklyn Community Foundation and United Way of New York City announced the NYC Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund at a press conference held this morning in Brooklyn ’s Borough Hall. New York City is home to one of the largest Haitian populations outside of Port au Prince – more than 140,000 people – the vast majority of whom live in Brooklyn and Queens . The impact of the January 12, 2010 earthquake has extended well beyond Haiti ’s shores, penetrating some of the city’s most vibrant and under-resourced communities. The NYC Hope & Healing Fund

will provide financial support and critical resources to local nonprofit organizations that are attuned to the needs of Haitian American New Yorker s affected by the earthquake; it will also focus on strengthening these organizations so they can most effectively serve the increased number of people needing assistance. In attendance at today’s press conference were Marilyn Gelber, President, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Gordon J. Campbell, President and CEO, United Way of New York City; Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President; Yvonne Graham, Deputy Borough President, Brooklyn; Mark McMillan, Deputy

Counsel, Queens Borough President’s Office; Fatima Shama, NYC Immigrant Affairs Commissioner; Representative from Council Member Jumaane D. Williams; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; Dr. William L. Pollard, President, Medgar Evers College; Carine Jocelyn, Executive Director, Diaspora Community Services; Giselle Cahalan, Queens Market President Capital One Bank; Brendan Dugan, President, St. Francis College; as well as members of the local community. “While attention to date has focused mostly on immediate and shortterm needs in Haiti , NYC’s Haitian community will face significant long-

In photo (back row, left to right): Mark McMillan, deputy counsel, Queens Borough President’s Office; Dr. William L. Pollard, president, Medgar Evers College and Fund co-chair; Carine Jocelyn, executive director, Diaspora Community Services and Fund co-chair; Gordon J. Campbell, president and CEO, United Way of New York City; Fatima Shama, commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Front row (left to right): Marilyn Gelber, president, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham; BP Markowitz

term challenges as a result of this tragedy,” said Gordon Campbell, President and CEO of the United Way of New York City . “They will include psychological and emotional impacts such as trauma and grief, as well as tangible consequences, such as loss of income, orphaned children and other issues that will put members of this vibrant community – of all ages – at risk.” The Fund is a long-term initiative that will help strengthen New York City community-based organizations so that they can most effectively serve the anticipated increased number of people who need assistance. Early assessments indicate that the need for culturally competent, sensitive, and attuned neighborhoodbased services will increase dramatically over the coming months and years, and the Fund envisions being a catalyst to develop those resources, which will include immigration assistance, grief and trauma counseling, and English language acquisition. “The unimaginable scale of destruction and devastation in Haiti stunned and shook us here in Brooklyn as we began to hear about the ripple effects on our Haitian American neighbors living here in New York City ” said Marilyn Gelber, President of Brooklyn Community Foundation. “We listened to community members speak passionately about longer term effects of the earthquake that would inevitably emerge locally and it became clear that there was an urgent need to strengthen the ability of local nonprofit service providers to deal with the range of complicated issues confronting them – from legal services related to family law and immigration, case management for the economic and housing issues as families reunite, educational and literacy needs of new immigrants, services to help cope with the grief of loss, and much more.”

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CRIME&PUNNISHMENT Four-Year-Old Top Cop Once Tipped To Reform Guyana Police Force To Spend Four Years In Jail Boy Shot Dead In Cayman GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — At about 8.25 pm on Monday, two men approached a car that was parked within the forecourt of a gas station in Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands. One of the men was armed with a firearm and began shooting at the parked car. A four-year-old boy who was sitting in the rear seat of the car was shot. His father, mother and older brother escaped injury. The suspects ran off and the father of the injured boy drove his car to the nearest police station – a few hundred yards away. The child was conveyed by ambulance to George Town hospital but was found to be dead on arrival. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody. A vehicle has also been seized in relation to the incident. Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Commissioner David Baines said: “This is a tragedy and our condolences go out to the family of this little boy.” “RCIPS warned only today that the escalating gun violence on this island was about to cost an innocent bystander his or her life and within a few hours of that warning being aired on national TV this horrific tragedy occurred,” he added. “Perhaps now that this poor little boy has lost his life people will start to come forward and give up these so called gangsters who terrorise the public while they carry out their deadly feuds.” “Thankfully we were able to arrest two suspects very quickly after the incident – but that will be no consolation for a father, mother and older brother tonight,” Baines said. “Cayman, this is our wake up call. We need to work together to stop this violence now before other innocent lives are lost and families destroyed.”

Jamaica Gov’t To Tackle Cyber Crimes KINGSTON, Jamaica - Prime Minister Bruce Golding has instructed Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne to determine the feasibility of new legislation which would make it mandatory for persons buying cellular phones and SIM cards to show identification. Golding told Parliament on Tuesday that it had become necessary to contemplate a new law in light of the increasing number of crimes being committed by persons using cellular phones. He said the police have been raising the issue and as a result the authorities were looking at legislative remedies. “But the intention is subject to legal guidance, either through exercising the authority that we have under the licenses or, if necessary, coming to parliament and asking parliament to enact legislation.

Dark Place In Soul NEW YORK, New York - Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who was once tipped to spearhead the reformation of Guyana’s police force, was on Thursday sentenced to four years in prison. Kerik, 54, had pleaded guilty to eight felonies in November and agreed to pay US$187,931 in restitution for, among other things, tax fraud and lying to the White House during his nomination to head the US Department of Homeland Security under then President George W Bush. Federal Judge Stephen Robinson, in handing down the sentence, ruled that Kerik must surrender voluntarily to prison authorities on May 17. In August 2006, Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo said Kerik would be “an integral part of the planned restructuring of the Guyana Police Force”. The Guyana Government Information News Agency (GINA) had said Kerik “would be contracted to assist in the US$20 million reformation plan that government is footing through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank”. “I met with him, and he will be working with us during the post-elections period along with the Scottish Police and the British government in the reform process,” Jagdeo told reporters back then. Thursday’s prison sentence, which was above the 27 months to 33 months agreed to by lawyers on both sides, ends a dramatic downfall for the former police commissioner who helped lead New York City’s response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

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Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik In the November plea deal, Kerik admitted that a contractor paid about US$255,000 for renovations to his New York apartment and failed to report that figure as income on his tax returns. In addition, he acknowledged that he lied about the matter when he was vetted by the Bush administration for the top Homeland Security Department post. “The fact that Mr. Kerik would use that event (9/11) for personal gain and aggrandisement is a dark place in the soul for me,” said federal Judge Stephen Robinson during Thursday’s sentencing.

He said Kerik was “the chief law enforcement law enforcement officer for the biggest and grandest city this nation has,” adding that the crimes were committed “in the process of attempting to become a cabinet level position in the government of the United States”. Michael Bosworth, the US prosecutor, said Kerik was “driven by arrogance, personal greed and professional ambition”. But before sentencing, Kerik expressed contrition, pleading with the judge to allow him to return to his “wife and two little girls as soon as possible”.

Alleged Human Traffickers Face Up To 10 Years In Jail PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Prosecutors here are seeking jail terms up to 10 years for four suspects in an alleged human trafficking case. While the main suspect should get 10 years, his codefendants should receive sentences of 8 years for their role in a conspiracy to traffic several youngsters from Suriname to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Three other suspects were already slapped with prison terms ranging from two-and-a-half to three years, several weeks earlier. The two men and two women have pleaded not guilty, claiming they were no part of the alleged criminal ring to exploit the youngsters. Three suspects gave evidence before a court here that they only acted on instructions of the main suspect. Court documents reveal that under pretence of being recruited for an international culinary training in Trinidad and Tobago, a number of young people, including men and women, were lured to Port of Spain, after paying a certain amount of money to the suspects. The victims were told that after completing the course the organization would take them to the Netherlands where they would be furnished with well-paying jobs in the hospitality industry.

Upon arrival in Trinidad, however, the victims were held captive and their passports seized, while they were forced to sleep and feed on the floor, and commit indecent and sexual acts. On several occasions they were forced to call their parents in Suriname to send money for the suspects, telling the parents they were doing fine. Ultimately several parents became suspicious and threatened to go to the police, forcing the suspects to release the youngsters. Several victims reported the case to the authorities, and a criminal investigation followed. A number of suspects were arrested here while four suspects fled from Trinidad to Curaçao. They were subsequently extradited to Suriname. Defence lawyers will present final arguments at the next hearing. During the past several years, Suriname authorities have stepped up anti-human trafficking efforts after US government reports cited human trafficking as a major human rights violation in the country. New legislation came into effect with maximum jail terms of 20 years, while police and immigration officers and other officials received training to detect cases of human trafficking. A special Trafficking in Person Unit, led by a prosecutor, was established and a nationwide awareness campaign has been launched to inform the public and special interest groups. Since then the number of human trafficking cases before the courts has increased and a number of suspects have been sent to jail.

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Warrant Issued For Former Talk Show Host KINGSTON, Jamaica - Police are searching for a former talk show host after she failed to appear in a court on charges of stealing millions of dollars from several clients. The warrants have been issued for the immediate arrest of Antoinette Haughton Cardenas, a disbarred atto rney-at-law. Haughton Cardenas, who briefly entered the political arena in 2002, and founded the now defunct United People’s Party (UPP), is now considered a fugitive after arrest warrants were issued recently when she failed to appear in criminal courts in the corporate area and the eastern parish of St. Thomas to answer to several counts of fraud. The former attorney is accused of stealing millions of dollars from several of her clients. Defence attorney Terrence Ballentine confirmed that arrest warrants have been issued for his client who is now overseas. Ballentine declined to reveal her location but it has been widely reported in the media here that she is resident in Cuba, ever since she was granted bail last year. The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council had ordered that she be struck from the list of attorneys licensed to practice in Jamaica after she was found guilty of misappropriating the funds of one of her clients.

Guyanese Couple Executes Suicide Pact PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -Police suspect a suicide pact in the death of a Guyanese couple whose bodies were discovered in an apartment in Chaguanas in Central Trinidad on Thursday. The authorities say they are also unsure whether Maria Ward, 22, and Christopher Aines, 24 had entered the country illegally. Their bodies were discovered by the police who had to break open the door of the apartment.

Professor Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford was laid to rest at the Mona Chapel of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica. Nettleford died from a heart attack earlier this month.

Farewell Rex By Kathy Barrett

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Caribbean on Tuesday bids farewell to Professor Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford, one of the region’s acclaimed academic, visionary and cultural icon, who died in the United States early this month following a massive heart attack. Academics, political and cultural figures from throughout the Caribbean and the wider world, mixed with the ordinary folks who gathered at the Mona Chapel of the University of the West Indies (UWI) for the official funeral of the university’s Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, who died in a Washington hospital on February 2, the eve of his 78th birthday. “Our Rex was a prince...Rex has described himself as a typical member of the so-called seventy per cent clan, born to a mother who did not have the benefit of confetti...the boy they raised has already become a legend. The Caribbean should remember the presence of the man, the individuality and elegance of the liberated man,” Professor Emeritus, Edward Baugh, said in his eulogy. Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) carried the insignias of the Order of Merit and the Order of the Caribbean Community, as Nettleford’s cremated remains was brought into the Chapel by his niece for the funeral service punctuated with music and tributes to the man fondly known as “Prof”. Nettleford’s ashes will be buried on the UWI premises at a private ceremony. Prime Minister Bruce Golding referred to Nettleford as an extraordinary man to whom Jamaicans owe a huge debt of gratitude. “He will be missed by many and in many places, by the artistic community, by the UWI community that has lost an outstanding leader, builder and advocate, by the entire Caribbean and Jamaica in particular, that has lost one of its most able, willing and dedicated sons. “Death reminds us that man does indeed have a short time to live, there is much about the life of Nettleford that can never die...the bridges that he built has enabled our minds to travel beyond some boundaries...” Golding said.

Caribbean Community Pays Final Respects To Professor Nettleford

Often referred to as the Caribbean’s consummate Renaissance man, Nettleford’s role in the regional trade union movement was highlighted by the President of the Jamaican Confederation of Trade Unions, Lloyd Goodleigh. “We in the Caribbean trade union movement are indebted to him, that in order to escape the negative effects of poverty and isolation, he played a role, given the range of his interest and activities he helped us move forward, we are indebted to Rex Nettleford. “Through his diligence and example the Caribbean is served by five labour collages... e was a friend and benefactor, we are indebted to him...on behalf of the hundreds of Caribbean nationals we salute him,” Goodleigh said. Nettleford played a pivotal role in defining Jamaica’s cultural landscape, particularly through his internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) which he co-founded in 1962. The company’s dance captain, Marlon Simms, said Nettleford shaped and guided the NDTC and while they grieve, the members will continue to dance. “How can we truly honour him, how do you honour and celebrate a lifetime of achievement?” he asked. “For us the answer is, you dance, you dance as if there will be no tomorrow…we are very grateful that he gave so much, much more than we could ever ask for he reminded us that we of the Caribbean are excellent sprinters but we need to build within us the foresight of the long distance runner.” Leader of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller, hailed Nettleford as a “boy” from rural Jamaica who became he first UWI graduate to be appointed Vice Chancellor.

“Where do we begin and where do we begin when we try to recount his achievements? He defied the odds and crafted his own destiny, every Jamaican boy and girl can beat the odds and achieve their dreams,” she said. Later on Tuesday, the Jamaica Parliament will hold a special session at which former prime ministers PJ Patterson and Edward Seaga, former chancellor of the UWI, Sir Shridath Ramphal, and sitting chancellor Sir George Alleyne will address the Chamber. In a statement following his death, UWI said it was “devastated” and that except for the three years he spent as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Nettleford “lived his entire adult life at and for The University of the West Indies” that began in 1953 when he entered the university to read for a degree in History. “At every stage in the growth and development of the institution his quiet, self-effacing leadership could be discerned,” UWI said, adding that he served in this way with five Vice Chancellors until he himself took up the mantle in 1998. “Even after his official ‘retirement’ in 2004, Professor Nettleford continued to serve in the capacity of Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Professor of Cultural Studies and unofficial advisor to current Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris.” UWI said that although Nettleford is perhaps best known for his genius as a dancer and choreographer, it is as an intellectual and academic leader that the University has known him given the numerous academic honours conferred on him by many universities. “Rex Nettleford’s life and career were indeed co-terminus with the University of the West Indies and he will never, never be forgotten,” the UWI statement said.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia - The St Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture (SLCCIA) says it is seeking a meeting with the government and the police to discuss the high crime situation on the island. SLCCIA executive director Brian Louisy said the meeting is important because the strategies implemented so far to deal with the escalating criminal activities have all failed. Louisy said the private sector officials want to meet with Prime Minister Stephenson King, Internal Security Minister Guy Mayers and the Commissioner of Police Ausbert Regis. “We believe that the nation as a whole must put pressure on the government and the police to try different things. Based on what they say we will then decide if we need to come up with alternatives and other recommendations. “But the nation wants the police and everyone to know that we expect them to take action and we want them to take action and find ways of doing it. We’re not saying that people are not trying because governments have constantly thrown equipment at the police; they have brought foreigners down to help and so on, and none of that has worked,” he said. Louisy said there is need to have a meeting of minds, adding “there are certain things we believe they have to start with which our president, Chester Hinkson, spoke out shortly after his recent election”. But hesaid the Chamber was not going to the meeting with any crime fighting ideas of its own, although he conceded that there was a role for everyone in fighting crime, including the private sector. “As to exactly what that role is, I think we need to get a sense as to where the specific efforts and interventions are needed before we jump up and say this is what we want to do.” Louisy spoke of the effects of crime on the private sector. “We live in this country and we are all affected by what’s happening. People are unsettled, people don’t feel safe, people’s business hours have to be adjusted to protect staff, expenses have to be increased to provide security and a whole lot of other things are changing because of the crime situation.” Meanwhile, a city business person has taken the St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association to task for pressuring the government to solve crime and at the same time seeking to be exempted from paying their dues to the State which finances the crimefighting effort. “When all they (hoteliers) are concerned about is making sure that they are not taxed, where will the government get the money to fight crime? When they do not want to be taxed by VAT, what are they saying? “But then they are loud making demands for security in all kinds of strange places. Where is the government getting the money to do that? When the government has no money and the biggest sector is always begging and looking for a way not to pay taxes…how are crime fighting plans going to work out?” she asked.


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U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel says he doesn’t have the money he received from billionaire Sir Allen Stanford.

Rangel Says He Doesn’t Have Ponzi Money NEW YORK, NY -The chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the United States Congress, Charles Rangel, said he is unable to turn over political contributions linked to indicted billionaire Sir Allen Stanford, because the money has already been donated to charity. Dallas attorney Ralph Janvey, the courtappointed receiver in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud suit against Sir Allen, last week demanded that the US$1.8 million in contributions made by the disgraced Texan financier to various candidates and political committees be turned over to him for distribution to investors. The contributions include US$25,000 to the Rangel Victory Fund, a political action committee founded by the New York Democrat. “We will be explaining to the receiver that it is not possible (to) return the money at this point,” Rangel’s spokesman Walter Swett said on United States television. Swett said that’s because Rangel donated his share of the contribution to charity last year. On the day that federal authorities raided Sir Allen’s offices, Rangel’s office announced he was donating US$10,800 to charity “given the nature of the charges against Mr. Stanford.”

This psalm is good for protection against enemies; also good for court cases. This is a good pocket piece as well.

Swett said the remaining US$14,200 in contributions went to the 10 other members of the Rangel Victory Fund. Swett would not say whether Rangel planned to ask them to return their contributions nor would he say why Rangel chose to donate his portion of the money to charity rather than return it to the investors. Other recipients of Sir Allen’s contributions have donated at least some of the funds to charity, including the powerful Texas Republican Pete Sessions, the largest individual recipient of Stanford money. But many others have apparently kept the money, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which received US$950,000, according to Janvey. Janvey said that as of January 31, only US$87,800 had been turned over to him. He sent letters to the recipients this month renewing his demand that the money be returned, and has not ruled out going to court to press his case. Sir Allen, once the 205th richest American and the sole shareholder in a global financial services group, is charged with running a multi-billion “Ponzi Scheme” He has consistently denied the allegation and is awaiting trial due to begin in January.

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Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and block the way against them that persecute me. Say unto my soul, “I am thy salvation ...” To be continued. Read three times daily. 917-216-1507

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A rescue boat from the Coast Guard Cutter Bear approaches a 50-foot, green wooden Haitian vessel to begin ferrying migrants to safety on board the Coast Guard cutter.

Boat Load Of Haitians Intercepted, Sent Home

MIAMI, Florida - The United States Coast Guard said Tuesday it had repatriated a boatload of Haitian migrants after they were rescued from a sinking 50-foot freighter about 45 miles north of the French-speaking Caribbean country’s Isle de Tortue.

The Coast Guard said 88 Haitians were returned to Cap Haitien, Haiti on Tuesday, three days after the “grossly-overweighted” freighter was spotted. They said those aboard were mostly men, but included 21 women, three boys and one girl. The children’s ages were not disclosed.

The Coast Guard said the migrants were taken aboard a cutter and given food, water and medical attention. Just last week, the Coast Guard said it had repatriated 78 Haitians after Bahamian authorities found the group in an overloaded 30-foot freighter 13 miles west of Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas island chain. US Coast Guard officials said they have seen no immediate signs that Haitians are attempting to illegally leave the country in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that left millions homeless. “We remain alert to the possibility of increased illegal migration from Haiti and have increased our patrol presence in the Caribbean to deter unsafe and illegal migration and to rescue those who depart in un-seaworthy vessels,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

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Naomi Struts For Haiti NEW YORK, NY — Naomi Campbell called on the fashion world to do its part for the Haiti relief effort - and the fashion world answered: There will be a charity catwalk show pairing top models and designers at New York Fashion Week. Campbell organized the first Fashion for Relief event at the Bryant Park tents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has since taken it to Tanzania and Mumbai, India. The return to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Feb. 12 comes at the right time, Campbell said. “Everyone else is trying to help Haiti, and we wanted to do our part on the fashion side of things,” Campbell said in a telephone interview from Paris. “The response has been overwhelming. No one has said `no’ - which means a lot because it’s such a busy time with designers preparing their fall collections.” The event is still coming together, but Campbell said she had called upon her friends, including Christy Turlington and the Duchess of York, asking them to participate. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is putting together the looks, and designer Marc Jacobs has already created a special Louis Vuitton handbag, one of many items that will go on sale on the Net-a-Porter

Web site March 15, with proceeds going to the organization CARE. Campbell also noted that, to make this happen, designer Charlotte Ronson gave up her original time slot at Fashion Week, when the new season of styles are previewed for editors, retailers and stylists. “Fashion for Relief only works if everyone comes together and makes it work,” Campbell said. The 39-year-old, who rarely walks the runway nowadays, will be one of the models. She hasn’t retired from the catwalk, she said, although she saves most of her appearances for charity shows. “Naomi is a superstar and has a lot of connections,” said Ivan Bart, senior vice president of IMG Models. “She can make some phone calls and put on a show.” Bart promises an entertaining event, which isn’t at odds with its serious mission. “Raising money to help people doesn’t have to be boring. It’s an opportunity for people who don’t normally go to fashion shows to get into this world.” Tickets will go on sale to American Express cardmembers Friday through Ticketmaster.

Ky-Mani Pens Memoir, ‘Dear Dad’ The Story The Marley Family Apparently Doesn’t Want Known

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy adapts to his newly discovered status as a demi-god (his father is Poseidon), he finds himself caught between the battling titans of Mt. Olympus. He and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

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DEERFIELD BEACH, FL — Son of the Legendary Bob Marley, Ky-Mani pens his personal, controversial memoir, Dear Dad: “Where’s The Family In Our Family, Today?” The Story the Marley Family Apparently Doesn’t Want You to Know. The book is available now on Amazon and in book stores to coincide with Bob Marley’s 65th birthday February 6, 2010. According to Fortune magazine, the Bob Marley estate generates as much as $600 million, and by 2012, it is expected to generate in excess of $1 Billion-making Bob Marley the richest deceased celebrity. With all the wealth, the acclaim and the legacy, why would the Marley family try to censor a true life story written by one of Bob Marley’s sons-who many say is the son who best resembles his father’s extraordinary talent? In fact, the Marley family is so outraged over the publishing of this memoir they lodged a campaign of intimidation over KyMani Marley as the author of this book, unless the thus far forsaken and ostracized son of Bob Marley rewrites the truth and omits the sometimes harsh realities of his being excluded from the Marley family’s affairs and events, and of intentionally being denied the love and attention enjoyed by the other children. They also demand that he confirm and showcase such distortions during his interviews and the highly awaited book tour. Ky-mani’s publisher, Dr. Farrah Gray, defends the memoir and the author’s right to disclose and describe the story of his life, even if it exposes situations and episodes the Marley estate prefers not to reveal. Gray’s position is based on his personal commitment to the truth and is also grounded in law. Legal authorities confirm the publisher’s right to pursue a claim of ‘tortious interference’ -a civil action that could possibly deem the Marley estate liable for damages caused by its threats to Marley’s son. In-

Ky-Mani Marley junctive relief is also being considered. “Family politics can be a straight bitch. It can flow deep. And it can cut deep. You have to understand what I’m calling family politics. It was family politics that gave me all of the growing-up experiences I have detailed in this book,” said Ky-Mani Marley. The truth-and this book-will not be stopped. Published to coincide with Bob Marley’s birthday, Dear Dad: “Where’s The Family in Our Family, Today?” The Story the Marley Family Apparently Doesn’t Want You to Know (Farrah Gray Publishing; February 6, 2010; ISBN-13: 978-0-9727-0999-6; $14.95; Original Trade Paperback), by world-renowned and Grammy®nominated recording and performing artist, KyMani Marley-Bob Marley’s tenth child-is a compelling biographical account of a son who was locked out of his iconic father’s shelter after his death, and forced to survive poverty and runins with the street-predators of Miami’s violent ghetto. Ky-Mani grew up estranged from his siblings, and also cut out of any financial gain by Marley’s widow and manager of the Marley Estate. This compelling narrative chronicles young Ky-Mani’s gritty ascent from a bulletriddled life to the world stages he now commands as a musical artist-a platform he has made on his own. Ky-Mani performs songs of redemption around the world like his famous father did, but has also lived to tell his personal redemptive story.

Model N a o m i Campbell walks down the catwalk during her Relief For Haiti Fashion Show at Somerset House, last night, in London.

Community To Appraise Artists On Criminal Behavior BROOKLYN, NY -- The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) has announced an esteemed group of panelists and commentators to prime the discussion “The Buju Banter: Should communities defend or denounce accused artists before evidence and verdict are known?” at the season premier of the organization’s Community Conversation Series. The forum which comes on the heels of a year of multiple cases of reggae and dancehall artists facing criminal charges is being staged in collaboration Reggae AMPPS (Reggae Artist, Musicians, Producers, Promoters and Songwriters). The forum takes place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 24th at the historic Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street near Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Panelists include attorney at law and long time radio host Jeff Barnes; renowned music executive, Maxine Stowe; musician, singer and philanthropist, Mystic Bowie and musician, singer, producer and president of Reggae AMPPS, Ed Robinson. Also scheduled to offer their insights during the evening’s discussion are WHCR radio host, Vinnie B; promoter, Junior “Nakisaki” Lynn; reggae writer, Pat Meschino and Michelle Arthurton of Reggae AMPPS. Each panelist and commentator comes with a distinct outlook and appreciation of this very sensitive issue and will be prepared to banter with the community about this hot button issue. Sponsors of the event are Caribbean Food Delights and Dennis Shipping. Media partners ZYNC TV, New York Liberty Star and Culture Jam radio 93.5 FM have also helped make the evening possible. The event is free and open to the public but a reservation is required and a suggested donation of $2.00 is requested. To make a reservation, please call 718-421-6927.


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Ity & Fancy Cat, Ragashanti & Elva Headline

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NEW YORK, NY -- Economic Recession aside, New Yorkers are getting ready to laugh till it hurts when the duo of Ity & Fancy Cat, along with controversial and hilarious comedian/ talk show host, Ragashanti, and female comedian Elva invades New York, March 7. The comedy event-billed the Western Union Comedy Splash “NYC Edition” will be held at the Harry S. Truman High school in the Bronx and is being presented by Change Entertainment. According to its president, Rob Loague, “we believe with the economy steadily recovering there is the need for an infusion of business

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activities to stimulate our local economy. It is up to us as entrepreneurs to instill confidence in the community by investing and leading the way. We invite you to support us in this effort.” Ity & fancy Cat has been enjoying tremendous success of late, but the duo has been wooing Jamaican & Caribbean audiences for over a decade. From humble beginnings in one of Jamaica’s more volatile communities, Trench Town, Ity & fancy Cat made the obvious choice of a pathway to happiness through laughter, rather than embrace the culture of violence which pervaded their environment. After dabbling with ‘deejaying’, the pair realized that their penchant for the “funny stuff” was more their calling. They first came to public notice in Courts (Jamaica) Furniture advertising campaign, and continued over the years, to hone their craft with numerous corporate and other engagements such as the Caribbean leg of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ They have just concluded their second television season on TVJ in Jamaica, which enjoyed tremendous success. Now they’re ready to take their show to the big apple.

Dr. Kingsley “Ragashanti” Stewart—”Mr. Mix Up an Blenda”, as he is endearingly known is the host of Jamaica’s most popular radio talkshow Ragashanti Live! He is also a renowned entertainer, a comedian and a highly sought-after master of ceremonies (MC). In his talk-show, Ragashanti unapologetically explores the Jamaican concept of mix up and blenda: the entertaining presentation of humorous events from the lives of people. Ragashanti, the very edgy and oft-controversial, comedian/talk show host is more than a bellyful of laughter. In fact, this enigmatic, character is full of much more than jokes, which makes him that more credible and appealing. Ragashanti’s story reads like a novel; kind of a good boy turned bad, before finally realizing his true potential. The very “Ph.d’d” Ragashanti had numerous brushes with the law before turning to education for a pathway to gain and personal fulfillment. Elva Ruddock, one of Jamaica’s outstanding female comedians, will complete the pack. Known as Jamaica’s only female comedic entertainer and the, “fundaciliator”, Elva made her international debut at Howard University in 2005. She is however best known as a permanent fixture on Fame FM 95 “Full house Friday” and a regular host of “Crack up” monthly comedy series at Backyard in Kingston, Jamaica. Her unique style and straight talking ways, as well as her hilarious take on her life experiences: trials & triumphs with men, family, hair & wigs, has made her a big hit

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BLACK HISTORY LEGENDS: COUPLES

Black Couples Who Impact History As Valentine’s Day has just passed and Black History Month continues, it seems appropriate to take a look at African-American couples that have been trailblazers in their own way, making an impact on American history. There have been couples throughout history that have treaded the path for decades. Others have only just begun, in comparison. Some couples began to tread the path individually, then met the love of their life and began blazing the trails together as a team. Others were more of a tag team or a relay, where one partner took up the baton when the other’s path came to an end. The following are just a few of the most notable couples in Black history. And regardless as to where, when and how their paths were blazed into history, they displayed love, dedication and passion for their partners and the world around them. John and Eunice Johnson John H. Johnson married Eunice on June 21, 1941. The couple met in a dance hall in Chicago, in 1940 and married the next year, according to a L.A. Times report. A year later, John borrowed money on his mother’s furniture to start the Johnson Publishing Company with his new wife. Under the company’s umbrella, he started two magazines for the Black community, Ebony and Jet. The company also included a book publishing division, as well as Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Fashion Fair, to highlight the beauty of African Americans, according to Politics Today. John traveled abroad to participate in several international endeavors. In 1996, John received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others. Johnson became the nation’s most notable African American publisher. The report also said that Eunice gave Ebony its name and worked as the company’s secretary and treasurer from the start of the company until her death on Jan. 3. The two partners, as well as icons in the fashion world that changed the look of fashion and cosmetics for Blacks everywhere. Medgar and Myrlie Evers Medgar Wiley Evers married his college sweetheart Myrlie Beasley on Dec. 24, 1951. Medgar grew up in segregated Mississippi, but enlisted in the military to help defend his country following the attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1941, according to his biography on the Medgar Evers College Web site. After he was honorably discharged in 1945, he continued his education at Alcorn College where he was on the debate team, served as junior class president, sang in the choir, played football and ran track. He earned his spot on the list of Who’s Who in American Colleges. In 1952, the report noted that he earned his bachelor’s degree in business. He soon began his work in the NAACP, traveling through the state to organize African Americans in peaceful protests and voter registration drives. He was elected as the organization’s first field secretary where he continued to speak on behalf of his people. But on June 12, 1963, he was shot in the back in his own driveway. But his dedicated wife didn’t let the torch hit the ground. Honoring her husband’s memory, Myrlie picked up the torch and began traveling around the world to emphasize the progress of the Civil Rights Movement and the need to keep fighting for equality and justice. Martin and Coretta Scott King Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott were married on June 18, 1953 in Marion, Ala. King’s father, also a minister, performed the ceremony on Coretta’s parent’s lawn. In The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., King talked about meeting his wife after a mutual friend gave him the number of a nice girl, by his request. They talked over the phone and he asked to meet her. Her singing was nice, but he was more impressed with the fact that she was actively involved in the fight toward racial and economic justice. He loved that she was intelligent and dedicated to the

same cause that he was. “After an hour, my mind was made up. I said, ‘So you can do something else besides sing? You’ve got a good mind also. You have everything I ever wanted in a woman. We ought to get married someday,’” he wrote. But, it took more than that to convince Coretta. “I wasn’t looking for a husband, but he was a wonderful human being. I still resisted his overtures, but after he persisted, I had to pray about it … I had a dream, and in that dream, I was made to feel that I should allow myself to be open and stop fighting the relationship. That’s what I did, and of course the rest is history,” Coretta said in Profile of Coretta Scott King, Human Rights Advocate, published by Guide to US Liberal Politics. In 1955, they took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, just weeks after the birth of their first child, Yolanda Denise. That was the first of over a decade of nonviolent protests together, while raising their four children in a Christian home. The couple endured their home being bombed in 1956 and numerous threats on his life. However, there were many times when she was not able to be with her husband during protests, because their children were young. “My devoted wife has been a constant source of consolation to me through all the difficulties…. My wife was always stronger than I was through the struggle. While she had certain natural fears and anxieties concerning my welfare, she never allowed them to hamper my active participation in the movement. Corrie proved to be that type of wife with qualities to make a husband when he could have been so easily broken. In the darkest moments, she always brought the light of hope. I am convinced that if I had not had a wife with the fortitude, strength and calmness of Corrie, I could not have withstood the ordeals and tensions surrounding the movement,” King wrote in Chapter 5 of his autobiography. Coretta said that she was married to her husband, but she was also married and dedicated to the cause. In her profile, she was recorded as saying, “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” Bill and Camille Cosby Bill Cosby married Camille Hank on Jan. 25, 1964. The couple met when Bill was performing as a stand up comic in Washington, D.C. At that time, Camille attended the University of Maryland, according to reports. The couple soon married and began building their family of seven. In 1969, Bill starred in the situation comedy, The Bill Cosby Show. After pursuing further education, he returned to television with the cartoon, Fat Albert and Friends, in 1972. In 1984, he starred in another comedy television show, The Cosby Show. The family oriented show was based on his marriage and family. Bill continued to do stand up comedy occasionally and often refered lovingly to Camille and their five children. He was soon dubbed as “America’s Dad,” the first to ever receive the honorary title. Barack and Michelle Obama Barack Hussein Obama Jr. married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on Oct. 3, 1992. According to his official Web site, Barack graduated from Columbia University in 1983. In 1985, he moved to Chicago to become a community organizer with a church-based group, hoping to improve the living situation of lowincome/high-crime neighborhoods. He soon realized that he would have more success in helping people in need through politics, and began law school. That year, Michelle – who was studying sociology and African American studies – graduated from Princeton and was accepted into Harvard Law School. The couple met in 1989 when Michelle worked for a law firm and was assigned as an advisor to Barack, the firm’s summer associate. He was instantly attracted to her and began to pursue her. After a month, she agreed to go on a

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Bill and Camille Cosby date with him. Though it wasn’t love at first sight, in a CNN interview, she says that she was “sold” by the end of the date. She worked for the law firm for only a few years before returning to her passion, helping people and serving her community. She worked for City Hall as the assistant commissioner of planning and development. She later became the founding executive director of the Public Allies – Chicago Chapter, an AmeriCorps program that teaches young adults community service and awareness. Barack graduated form Harvard with a law degree in 1991. The couple was married a year later at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. His minister, Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., performed the ceremony. Barack began to practice as a civil rights lawyer and taught constitutional law.

Barack and Michelle Obama In 1996, Michelle began working for the University of Chicago as the associate dean of student services. In 1998 their first daughter, Malia, was born. Followed by the birth of their younger daughter, Natasha in 2001. In 2004, he became the nation’s third African American U.S. Senator, since Reconstruction. He continued his work as an advocate for the people. In 2007, Barack began his campaign for president with his wife right beside him. Many times she joined him on stage as they greeted each other lovingly with a kiss – a not-so-typical display for politicians. There were some occasions where she went out to speak to groups on Barack’s behalf, saying that, because she does know her husband very well, she knows that he is the best man for the job. America took notice of their relationship; admiring her for her strength, poise and grace and him for his intelligence, integrity, charisma and his dedication to his family. The couple could be described as a love story, surviving through the storm of life and politics. After his election in November of 2008 and in his inauguration the following January, some wondered if their marriage would weather the White House. And the news of Michelle’s mother moving into the mansion brought even more controversy. However, Barack said that whatever makes the mother happy, makes the family happy.


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Reasons To Take Action Against Substance Abuse And Addiction It’s one of our greatest tragedies: men and women who anticipated a loving relationship instead find themselves experiencing violence at the hands of the loved one. In the U.S., nearly one third of female murder victims are killed by an intimate, and the proportion is increasing. The World Health Organization reported that alcohol consumption, especially at harmful and hazardous levels, is a major contributor to the occurence of intimate partner violence and that violence is more severe and more likely to result in physical injury when alcohol is involved. Fifty- five percent of American women who had been assaulted be a partner believed their partners to have been drinking before the attack, and 20 percent of men who were attacked by women stated that the woman had been drinking before the attack. This relationship between alcohol and abuse or violence means that successful rehabilitation of those addicted to alcohol can go a long way to reducing the trauma and loss of domestic violence. “No one wants to be addict, no matter what the addicted person says,” stated Derry Hallmark, Senior Director and Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor at Narconon Arrowhead. Narconon Arrowhead is one of the country’s leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, located in Canadian, Oklahoma. “One of ten tragic aspects of addiction is that the condition masks itself. By survey, the primary reason that addicted people do not seek help is that they think they don’t need help. Families can help that person break through that barrier. In out experience, families play a large role in the recovery of people who come to Narconon for help.” Spring break may be the only time that a family sees a loved one who has been struggling all year with addiction to drugs or alcohol. It may be hard to use that moment to speak out against addiction, but this brief moment may be the only time a family can reach out to the addict and help them find rehabilitation. “At Narconon, we provide counseling and referrals for people all over the country,” added Mr. Hallmark. “We help families find solutions to addiction every single day. 365 days a year we are called on to help a higher number of families than usual.” This Spring break season, if you know someone suffering from substance abuse problems, bring the subject out in the open. Make sure they know how much you care and help them find a rehabilitation program that will help them overcome their addiction. There will never be a better time to save yourself or someone you care about from domestic violence related to substance abuse. To find immediate help for someone who is having a problem with drugs or alcohol, contact Narconon’s free addiction consultation and referral helpline at 1-800-468-6933.

Mumps outbreak In NY Tops 1,500 Cases ATLANTA – A mumps outbreak among Orthodox Jews in New York and New Jersey has now surpassed 1,500 cases and shows no sign of ending soon, health officials said Thursday. The 7-month-old outbreak began last summer at a boys camp in the Catskills. The campers were from Orthodox Jewish families, and cases multiplied when they returned to their close-knit communities in and around New York City. Most had a mumps vaccination, but the shots don’t prevent all cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mumps vaccine is 79 to 95 percent effective if two doses are given, so illnesses will still occur in vaccinated people when the virus spreads, health officials said. With 1,521 cases, the mumps outbreak is the largest in the U.S. since 2006, when nearly 6,600 cases were reported, mostly in six Midwestern states. Usually fewer than 300 cases are reported annually. Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are fever, headache and swollen glands. Most cases are in children and teens. It is a mild disease but sometimes can lead to complications such as hearing loss, meningitis and swollen testicles that — in rare cases — can lead to sterility.


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Mom’s Exercise Has Little Impact On Newborn Weight NEW YORK, NY – Exercise during pregnancy, while healthy for both mother and baby, has only a minor impact on an infant’s birth weight, suggest findings from a large study from Norway. On the other hand, the findings confirm a strong association between being heavy prior to becoming pregnant and having a heavier baby, Caroline Fleten of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, and colleagues report. Fleten and colleagues evaluated associations between exercise during pregnancy, prepregnancy weight and the baby’s weight at birth for 43,705 women aged 15 to 49 years old and pregnant with a single fetus. They determined body mass index (BMI), a standard measure of how fat or thin a person is. On average, prepregnancy BMI of the women in the study was 24. For reference, a BMI of 25 or higher is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. Fleten’s team found that each single unit increase in mothers’ prepregnancy BMI was associated with about 20 grams (0.70 ounces) heavier weight at birth. As an example, an increase in BMI of 5 units — 29 versus 24 for example — would result in a birth weight increase of 103 grams (3.63 ounces). The women reported brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, aerobics, fitness or weight training, or other physical activities an average of 6 times a month during the first 17 weeks of pregnancy and then 4 times a month until week 30. The average weight of infants at birth was 3,677 grams (about 8 pounds) and, according to the investigators, exercise during pregnancy

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Air Jamaica Sale To T&T Almost A Done Deal KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica government has given its strongest indication that a deal with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) regarding the acquisition of the financially strapped national airline, Air Jamaica, is virtually a done deal. For the second consecutive day, the Bruce Golding administration has poured cold water on the Jamaica Airline Pilots Association’s (JALPA) bid for the airline. Finance Minister Audley Shaw has followed comments by Prime Minister Golding that the JALPA proposal was flawed and financially lacking with his own statement that the bid by the local pilots has come too late to affect the negotiations with CAL. “I want the JALPA people and every one of us who are so emotionally attached to Air Jamaica to understand that the problem at this stage is bigger than all of us because we can’t find that money on a weekly and monthly basis to keep Air Jamaica going in its present form,” he said. Shaw has also said that the government would not give the JALPA preferential treatment as sections of the society have been calling for in recent days.

“When you are running a transparent government as is required under the international system of transparency that we are committed to, we can’t have our own procurement policies that have been laid down into law, not by my government but by previous governments and the laws on procurement are very clear and they are reinforced and buttressed by an aggressive and vigilant Contractor-General,” Shaw said. The Finance Minister says the government is now focused on completing the Caribbean Airlines deal which he described as being on the “runway”. Prime Minister Golding said JALPA had not presented any credible evidence of its ability to secure the financing required to operate the airline which is estimated to cost US$100 million. “The intense campaign being waged by JALPA to take over Air Jamaica has aroused much emotion but has obscured any rigorous analysis of the proposal it has submitted and its ability to not only execute such a takeover but also to sustain the operation of the air services currently provided by Air Jamaica,” Golding said

LONDON, England — Criminal gangs have defrauded people out of funds intended for Haiti earthquake victims by setting up bogus charities and seeking contributions online, according to a BBC investigation out Tuesday. Scam emails began appearing online within days of the January 12 earthquake, including some with logos for genuine charities. One for the British Red Cross was traced to a computer in Nigeria, the BBC reported. Another group, calling itself the M E Foundation, emailed the BBC photos of Haiti projects it said it was involved with — but which turned out to be of disaster relief activities from the 2005 Pakistan earthquake. British charity SOS Children said the photos were cut and pasted from their website. “The problem is it’s not just about exploiting a donor or a charity, really they’re exploit-

ing the victims,” said its boss Andrew Cates. “They’re taking money people want to give to the victims of these natural disasters and they’re stealing it. So I don’t feel that they’re robbing me, I feel that they’re taking from the mouths of children we’re trying to help and that is something which is very difficult not to get angry about,” he added. Another scam email was sent by a charity calling itself Help the World — when the BBC called the mobile number it gave, its reporter was told it focused on repairing schools. But the London address given turned out to be a jazz and blues bar, it said. Political leaders and celebrities made passionate appeals for help and themselves donated to the relief effort quickly organized in the wake of a tragedy that has killed at least 217,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has confirmed he is poised to return to action for Guyana in the WICB regional first class championship after recovering from injury. The classy right-hander has not played a match in the region’s premier four-day tournament after sustaining a back injury on the Test tour of Australia last year. He was initially named captain of the Guyana squad but was forced to withdraw and has been undergoing treatment for the injury since then. The Guyana Times reported Thursday that Sarwan had been going through net sessions in Florida over the last month and was now batting without discomfort. “The back is pain free … and batting is also pain free,” the 29-yearold Sarwan was quoted as saying. The publication said Sarwan had indicated his availability to the Guyana Cricket Board and would be ready for the final round match of the tournament against Windward Islands in Grenada from February 26 to March 1. Sarwan’s return will be a welcome one for Guyana who have struggled badly in the competition and are languishing on seven points without a win in four matches. He is one of Guyana’s most experienced batsmen, having played 83 Tests and 152 One-Day Internationals. Last weekend, fellow Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul also returned to the squad after recovering from a finger injury.

Windies King Eyeing Second Stint Down Under PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies women’s all-rounder StacyAnn King is looking forward to another stint Down Under after returning home this week following a rewarding season with Eastern Suburbs. The 26-year-old Trinidadian said though adjusting to the new conditions in Australia were challenging, she enjoyed the experience of playing in a new environment. “It was hard being away from my family and adjusting to the time difference,” said King. “I was a little disappointed with my batting and I plan to work on that, but I learnt a lot with the ball in terms of getting it to turn big as a left-hander. King is a key member of the West Indies setup, having already played 25 One-Day Internationals and 12 Twenty20 International The left-hander, who also bowls medium pace, said she was impressed by how well administered and promoted women’s cricket was in Australia and hoped that T&T could follow suit soon. “Women’s cricket is very organised over there. All the grounds and pitches were first class as opposed to what we play on here which are usually uncut and in poor condition,” she pointed out.

HAMILTON, Bermuda - Bermudian Vanessa James, who now turns out for France, made history at the Vancouver Games when she and her partner Yannick Bonheur became the first black couple to compete in Olympic pairs skating. James, 22, who attended school in Bermuda until she was 10 before moving to the United States to take advantage of greater skating opportunities, had a well-travelled road to the Olympics in which she and Bonheur finished 14th after the long programme on Monday night. Apart from France, Canada-born James also previously competed for Great Britain. She was allowed to skate for Great Britain because her father Kevin is Bermudian. She became the first black skating champion in Britain in 2006 and was runner-up the following year. In 2008, she switched to pairs to team up with Bonheur. They won the French national championships. This week, they electrified the crowd at the Pacific Coliseum with an acrobatic free skate programme. James and Bonheur, who met on an Internet site for competitive pairs skaters seeking partners, treated spectators to a series of high-flying jumps and high-risk lifts and throws. And it was clear that they were an audience favourite. James, who was born in Toronto, told reporters here she had two big reasons to feel proud on the ice on Monday night. She was not only part of the first black figure skating pair in Olympic history, but did it in the country of her birth. “We’ve actually had a few people who had come from the US to watch the Olympics and they had never seen us before, and they have children who are black figure skaters and now they want to be the best,” James, who was granted French citizenship last year, said after their routine on Monday night. “They see that it’s possible so I hope we do see more black skaters in figure skating, and then we’ll see more skaters.” Bonheur said he was proud. The two were not expected to reach the podium, but skated cleanly in their second routine of the Games. “We want to prove that blacks in figure skating can succeed,” Bonheur said. “We hope that in the future we can win some medals, and bring a black touch to figure skating.’’ Bonheur said he did not set out to find a black partner.

“We want to prove that blacks in figure skating can succeed. We hope that in the future we can win some medals, and bring a black touch to figure skating.’’ Yannick Bonheur “We hope that in the future we can win many medals and have a black coach and officials in pairs skating,” Bonheur said. “I didn’t search for a black girl in the first place, just a girl who wanted to try and work for it.” Meanwhile, Bermuda’s sole competitor in Vancouver, Tucker Murphy, who became the first from the island to compete in a Winter Olympics cross-country race, has described his Games debut as “fun”. Murphy finished 88th of 95 starters in the 15-kilometre race at the Whistler Olympic Park. Murphy, 28, said: “I left a few (skiers) behind, but some also passed

me. But who cares, it was fun.” “But we had the biggest fun at the opening ceremony when we marched in Bermuda shorts. That is our tradition. My coach (Argentina’s Martin Bianchi) was shocked.” Murphy, who also plans to carry the Bermuda flag at the closing ceremony, said of Bianchi’s response when told he must wear the bright red shorts. “He was very embarrassed. He was worried that everyone back in Argentina would see him and laugh. Then he realised that all the girls wanted to take pictures with him, so he got over it fairly quickly.”

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Sammy, Spencer Up For Top National Sports Awards

CASTRIES, St Lucia – West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy and elite high jumper Levern Spencer have been shortlisted for the coveted 2009 Sportsman and Sportswoman title respectively. The 26-year-old Sammy, who is currently on tour with the West Indies team in Australia, is expected to face tough challenges from long distance runner Zepherinus Joseph, table tennis player Adrian Albert, cyclist Kurt Maraj and swimmer Julian Brice who have also been short-listed by the Awards committee. Sammy has played eight Tests and 31 One-Day Internationals and was this year appointed captain of the Windward Islands team for the WICB regional first class championship. Spencer, meanwhile, will battle with Olympic swimmer Danielle Beaubrun, volleyballer Dania Hamilton and cricketer Maria David. Currently ranked as the top high jumper in the Caribbean, Spencer soared 1.91 metres at the Central American and Caribbean championships in Cuba last year, to post a new national record. Beaubrun, who is based at the Florida Gulf Coast University, won seven gold and four silver medals during 2009 and has already qualified for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. All-rounder Dalton Polius has been shortlisted for the Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year award alongside swimmer Joshua Runako Daniel and athlete Lenyn Leonce. Swimmer Siona Huxley, tennis player Julia d’Auvergne and CARIFTA triple jump gold medalist Sandisha Antoine will compete for the women’s junior award.

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Simple Steps To Help Your Heart Stay Healthy (ARA) - Americans know what they need to do to keep their hearts healthy. But is their heart really in the effort? A new survey seems to indicate many of us aren’t as diligent about making heart healthy choices as we know we should be. More than 80 percent of those polled by the Florida Department of Citrus in a new survey said they felt well-informed about ways to maintain heart health. Yet fewer than half choose heart healthy options when they eat out or shop for groceries, and only slightly more than a third (37 percent) stock their pantries with heart healthy foods, the survey revealed. Those who failed to make healthy choices cited time pressures and perceived expenses as the most common reasons why they felt challenged to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “You don’t need to overhaul your lifestyle to be heart healthy,” says Dr. Richard Collins, The Cooking Cardiologist and director of wellness at South Denver Cardiology Associates. “You can take many easy steps to improve heart health, from substituting ingredients in recipes to choosing the right beverages and making the most of the activities you already enjoy. Many heart healthy steps can be relatively quick and easy to incorporate into your lifestyle, and they don’t have to break your budget.” Dr. Collins offers these easy-to-follow heart healthy tips: * Be careful to avoid rebound hunger following your workout. If you maintain a moderate level of daily exercise, you burn roughly anywhere from 13 to 18 calories per pound of body weight a day and should only consume that amount of calories to maintain your current weight.

* When reading nutrition labels, look for foods that are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C can support heart health by helping to neutralize free radicals that can cause cell and tissue damage - damage that may contribute to the development of chronic health issues like heart disease and cancer. Many fruits and vegetables, such as 100 percent orange juice, are excellent sources of vitamin C. * Not all fats are bad. While you should avoid saturated fats and trans fats, omega-3 fats may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Omega-3 fats are found in foods such as walnuts, flaxseed and fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna.


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