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One Love Caribbean News (OLC) celebrates its 3rd anniversary this month. OLC has proudly served the people of Houston and surrounding areas, and looks forward to many more years of service to the community. We are honored to serve as a conduit for providing news and information for the Caribbean people in Texas. In celebration of this momentous occasion and in pursuit of our motto of keeping the people informed, we are hosting the first ever Caribbean Empowerment Conference in Houston.
Wendi-Ann Walker, MA is a recent transplant to Houston, TX and restaurateur of Jamaica House, a Caribbean café in the Galleria. Prior to venturing into the hospitality industry she spent eight years as a Registered Financial Planner to businesses and individuals in New Jersey. She has conducted workshops and seminars on a range of financial topics and continues to share her expertise through speaking engagements.
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And now this! I recently returned from a mission trip to Jamaica. The purpose of the trip was to help an elder servant of the Port Antonio area. She lived in a dilapidated home that at first inspection, my initial impression was “how in the world did someone live there”? Walking inside was like playing hop scotch; step in the wrong place and you could sink to the ground below. What you may not know is that, Portland is famous for rain. When it rains, she played “musical chairs” with her bed trying to find the area in house where it rained the least. The task was to completely demolish the old house and to build her a brand new two bedroom hurricane-proof home. All this was to be accomplished within the fourteen day trip. The mission was organized by the Houston charitable organization Repairer of the Breach, a not for profit international ministry serving the people of East Africa and the Caribbean. One Love Caribbean Educational and Resource Foundation (OLERF) accompanied them to provide engineering design and project management skills for the construction. And this is where I came in. It was a rewarding and exciting experience to say the least. For twelve days, I had to take a loose knit group of local men and boys to break down the old house and rebuild a new one in its place. It was a tall order, taking into account our limited financial resources, the limited skill set of the workers, and the limited time in which to complete the task. I am happy to report - Mission Accomplished (see the pictures on page 9). We at the Foundation were proud to be asked to partner on this project, one that provided a safe home for a dedicated Port Antonio servant. I want to thank Mrs. Marlene Hunte and members of the Jamaica Foundation for their generous donation toward the project in its final days. Their donation propelled us to the finished line. In Jamaica, I had the privilege of seeing the Caribbean American Medical Educational Organization at work under the leadership of Houston resident Ms. Yvonne Keen, RN of CAMEO. Houston Optimist Dr. Romea Mitchell accompanied the group. They are also Jamaican. They undertook a mission providing medical assistance to thousands of local Jamaicans. I saw the waiting area and it was packed. Kudos to Ms. Keen and Dr. Romea. Next month, we at OLCERF will be traveling to St. Lucia to delivery over 3000 books, DVDs, and computers. These supplies were donated by you. We are resupplying books to the Soufriere Library and Boys infant school, and supplying computers to newly built Internet centers in four rural areas of St. Lucia.
always been important to me. In 2010, I began to ponder how could I accomplish this goal? I came up with the idea of forming a non-profit foundation where I can channel my energy and resources to give back I will go anywhere, especially in the Caribbean to help, if it will enhanced the life of others. This is the goal of OLCERF. I am proud of our accomplishments to date. I hope that you will support us in our endeavors. If you would like more information about the foundation or would like to make a donation to support our efforts please contact us at 281-769-2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As you know in the last issue of One Love Caribbean News I announced that we had undertaken a demographic and media survey of Caribbean people in the Houston area. We have decided to extend the survey till the end of August, please visit the survey website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OneLoveCaribbean. For the month of July, Mrs. Cherry Edwards won a $200.00 AMEX Gift Card. Thanks for your support. As we at One Love Caribbean News celebrate our 3rd anniversary, I want to thank all those who have been part of our success, allowing us to reach this milestone - our advertisers, readers, writers and supporters. Without you it would not be possible. Please keep your support coming, and please support our advertisers they are the backbone of this newspaper. Please join us on September 17, 2011 (see the ad on page 2) for the first ever Caribbean Empowerment Conference, come listen to four dynamic speakers as they share with us secrets on how to empower ourselves. A Caribbean Breakfast will be served, you cannot miss it. Call us at 281-769-2553 for more information. One Love Caribbean News wants to wish one of our strongest supporters, Ms. Marcia Head, good luck on her new gig. Don’t be a stranger. So until then, One Love!
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OLC, Aug 1: If you missed the Jamaican play ‘Judgement’, you missed a great one. It debuted in Houston on July 15, 2011 at the Stafford Center. Marsha Edwards of MadEvents Entertainment spearheaded bringing this high level play to the City. The play written and directed by acclaimed, Jamaican artist, Dahlia Harris, centers on the story of two best friends who become the target of a man out for revenge. Her co-stars included actors Christopher McFarlane and Deon Silvera. The actors’ brilliant performances embodied their roles, as friends, enemies, lovers and villain. The event was MC’d by Errol Anthony Wilks, and began with a riveting dance performance by local troop, Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company. A cross section of the Caribbean community showed up in record numbers to support and enjoy this authentic West Indian tale of love, betrayal and revenge. Between tears of laughter and applause, the crowd showed
In his review, Chris Walters of Soul Rebel Production explained, “As we all work hard to raise the profile of the Houston Caribbean Community to higher and higher heights, it will take this sort of vision, organization, and execution in each of our respective endeavors to do bigger and better things and to firmly establish Houston as one of the leading Caribbean communities across the entire United States.” MadEvents plans on bringing more events to Houston, stay tuned to One Love Caribbean News for the Judgement Texas Tour coming soon.
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Connection, commonality and camaraderie reflect the spirit that dominated the first roundtable forum in the series “Living In America”, hosted by the Texas Multicultural Women (TMW). Thecia Jenkins, author, motivational speaker and trainer in cultural competency, facilitated the event with her dynamic personality, easy wit and professional insight. She directed the discussion to focus on the Motivation, Expectation, Reality, Adaptation and Future Goals of the presenters: Richard Miranda (Puerto Rico), Danielle Gebarra (Lebanon) , Janet Stephens (Guyana), Cynthia DeLandro (Trinidad & Tobago), Michelle Hulse (Virgin Islands), and Charmaine Bailey (Jamaica).
motivation to move to the US. Relatives abroad, movies and books painted a bright picture with full of promises of education, easy job acquisition, lucrative careers, social acceptance and a share in the “American Dream”. Expectations were high. Instead, loneliness, anxiety, fear, depression, lack of identity and low self-worth presented themselves as huge obstacles to overcome.
The forum included 37 attendees from seven different countries. (See photo on Page 10) This added an unexpected dimension to the discussion showing the commonality immigrant faces when they move to United States.
There was a sense of being on a journey with no road map, no sense of guidance; cultural isolation with no community network or support. These were the harsh realities of the new “promised land”. Those who had helping family or friends made the transition easier by establishing connections and simplifying the new system to be learned. Assimilation was gradual. Finally, there is an adaptation phase which includes learning the language and a new culture, staying focused on faith, setting goals, redefining priorities, and gaining as much information as possible.
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Attendees were also treated to a fashion show featuring designs by Jamaican Leaford James before the forum segment of the evening, which featured a very insightful and interactive discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the Caribbean com-
Texas “Loser-Pays Bill Clears Texas House” Law
OLC, Aug 1: In a recent Texas Tribune Story, “Loser-Pays Bill Clears Texas House”, it stated that Texas got one step closer today to becoming one of the few states with a rule that awards legal fees to prevailing parties in lawsuits. The bill enacts a modified loser-pays rule that allows winning parties to recover attorney fees and expenses in breach of contract suits or if a judge grants a motion to dismiss. It directs the Texas Supreme Court to create a procedure for early dismissal of certain civil claims and expedites the discovery process for cases with claims between $500 and $100,000. Most objectionable to some Democrats and the plaintiff’s bar, it contains a provision that awards attorneys’ fees to defendants if they make an offer to settle, and it’s turned
down – if the jury finds for the plaintiff and makes an award less than 80 percent of the initial settlement offer. Current law allows defendants to recover attorneys’ fees in that scenario – but it limits the amount defendants can recover to less than whatever the plaintiff finally wins. For example, if a defendant made a settlement offer of $100,000 and the plaintiff rejected it, then went on to win the suit, but only with an award of $79,000, that would mean the plaintiff would have to pay the opposing party’s attorney fees – even if that added up to more than the final award. That prompted Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, to dub the legislation the “loser pays and sometimes the winner pays, too” bill.
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After the play, Marsha expressed her thanks to the community. “I wanted to bring not just a Jamaican play, but a Caribbean event to the community. In time when we become one group, The Caribbean, and support each other we will have a bigger voice.” She thanked all those who supported MadEvents efforts, including The Jamaican Foundation, Nam Cash Productions, Prestige Graphics, One Love Caribbean News, and the Caribbean companies, LIME and Grace. She also thanked all those who did the legwork to sell tickets, distribute flyers and spread the word in the community.
The next CIF event will be on August 18 at 7:00PM in Tropical Diner restaurant on Fry Road @ Morton in Katy. The quarterly Meeting and Mixer is themed Purpose & Poetry and will feature Caribbean poets and a report on the recent trip to Jamaica by OLC Educational and Resource Foundation, Sylvanus Donaie, and Repairer of the Breach to rebuild the storm damaged home of a single parent in Portland.
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munity in such a widespread area of land from Prairie View to Beaumont. As a result, CIF Presidents and delegates from community groups noted the need to use the various media more in order to communicate events and meetings better to the larger community.
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The attendees had a great time. Theater lover, Sharifa Charles, stated, “I enjoyed the play very much. It was hilarious, engaging, with plenty of cliff hangers to keep me on the edge of my seat.”
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true appreciation for the great dialogue, and chemistry between the actors.
After a catered reception, 2011 Caribbean Impact Awards were given to Trinidad & Tobago artist Joan Bristow, Grenada author Dr. Edwin Felix, the Barbados Association of Greater Houston, Jamaican missionary group Repairer of the Breach, Colombian university founder Rev. George May, and Bahamian Olympian and mentor Frank Rutherford. Masters of Ceremony for the evening were Chris Walters of Soul Rebel Productions and Jasmin Roland of Just Reasoning web TV program.
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OLC, Aug 1: On Saturday, June 25, 2011, the Caribbean Impact Foundation held its 3rd annual Caribbean Impact Awards & Issues Forum at the Houston International Trade Center on Bellaire Boulevard. This year, the CIF grand finale for National Caribbean American Heritage Month returned to a local focus and featured Houston Caribbean community leaders who are making a major contribution both locally and back home.
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OLC, Aug 1: On June 17, while Jamaicans on the island were finalizing plans for their Grand Celebration to commemorate 173 years of Emancipation, the Jamaican community in Houston engaged in a town hall style meeting hosted by the Jamaica Foundation of Houston (JFH) at Cool Runnings restaurant to identify the opportunities and threats facing Jamaican residents in their efforts to build a stronger community in this city. Unlike the July 31 Emancipation Jubilee celebration at Heritage Park in Bob Marley’s and Marcus Garvey’s St. Ann parish, the Houston gathering was not a cultural showcase but a heart to heart dialog between diverse generations and classes of immigrants and their children on bridging the communication gap and working together to make the community more successful with a voice worth hearing when issues of vital interest arise. Instead of the pulsating rhythms of traditional African drums and Caribbean music resonating through the room like in the Seville Great House, passionate young adults and elders
voiced their claim on the Jamaican identity and its strengths and challenged each other to collaborate in reducing the weaknesses.
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A rotating panel led the discussion and was moderated by Toney Campbell and Marilyn Douglas-Jones. It included former Honorary Consul of Jamaica Mrs. Beverly Ford, JFH president Cleveland Harris, community leaders Carol Williams, Fattah Carey, Cosma Dennis, Arnold Richards, Pastor Easton Muirhead, Chris Walters, and Danelle Harris. The highly interactive occasion lasted some 4 hours with people remaining long after the official event was over to continue talking. An instant positive effort related to this energizing exchange of ideas has been the formation of the JamRock Band as a festive group led by the young adults to meet a great social need for intergenerational events. With much hard work by the youth and outstanding support from the elders and entertainment sponsors, the group of some 100 strong was able not only to participate at an extremely high level in the Houston
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OLC, Aug 1: A little Jamaican girl grows up with dreams of visiting a Magic Kingdom America. When she becomes a young woman, her life becomes a crazy fast paced romp when she meets a handsome young visitor from the USA who falls madly in love with her. Her story intertwines laughter, tears, love and deception and accelerates into an exciting drama that unfolds during turbulent times in Jamaica. This international hit comedy JAMAICA, FAREWELL, written and performed by NAACP award winner
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Ehrhardt’s solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley Era. It is a hilarious and touching story of how one woman risked everything in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of starting over in America. Debra’s tour de force performance is a wild roller coaster ride that was the final production in the 2010-11 Subscription season at Garry Marshalls, Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles where it was produced and directed in association with My Big Fat Greek Wedding ‘s Rita Wilson and Joel Zwick. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Debra Ehrhardt knew at the tender age of seven that her dream was to come to America, and by 18, her dream was realized. Her previous productions include Mango, Mango which received two NAACP Awards and Invisible Chairs, which was produced by David Strasberg at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in West Hollywood and later optioned as a situation comedy by Fox. She was also a 2007 NYC Continue on Page 13
Showbiz Vets Bring Caribbean Flavor To Houston Last Comic Standing and Comics Unleashed amongst other projects. Hodge, a graduate of Houston’s James Madison Senior High School, owns and operates production banner Yeah Mon Entertainment and has credits ranging from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Jamie Foxx Show to performing for the Troops in The Middle East. Local area comics normally fill out the remainder of the bill.
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harm than good …the fact of the matter is that we have gotten to the stage now where they are vandalizing private property, and government property, which is having a serious impact on the country’s infrastructure”.
OLC, Aug 1: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country government of the Bahamas and Jamaica are cracking down on the scrap metal trade. They have imposed temporary ban on the trade due to widespread theft of copper and various metals. On July 27, the Bahamas Government imposed a ninety day ban on the export of scrap metal and copper in response to the widespread theft of copper and various metals and calling scrap metal dealer to a meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to agree to a process of certification to permit and accommodate the legitimate trade in scrap metals. Radio station ZNS lost its ability to broadcast to the Southern Bahamas for up to a month as a result of the loss of copper. Bahamas Electricity Corporation has had several generator trips due to stolen copper wire. Public life and private property were needlessly put at risk over the loss of copper wire used to ground electrical installations. Businesses throughout the Bahamas have complained about the alarming losses due to stolen copper and other metals. In Jamaica, the Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says that the shutdown of the scrap metal industry is in the best interest of the country at this time. Mr. Vaz said the Government stands by its decision, as the industry was “doing more
Meanwhile, Mr. Vaz noted that the Government is fully aware that the industry provides employment and generate taxes, all of which would be impacted, but stressed that the decision was for the country’s benefit. “We are always open to proposals, but for right now, it is closed,” he stated. In a statement, the Commerce Minister said scrap metal theft has cost the government and the private sector more than $1 billion over the past three years. The latest upsurge in the theft of valuable infrastructure, including train lines, heritage items and graves, have led to renewed calls for further Government intervention to address the problem.
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“This was a collective decision by Cabinet, it had the input of the Commissioner of Customs, the Permanent Secretary in the (Industry) Ministry, and all issues relating to this matter including the previous ban and the recommendations by the Ministry, were taken into consideration at a Cabinet meeting. The decision was based on looking at all of the options that were put forward both by the Ministry and the previous recommendations that were there prior to Minister Tufton,” he outlined.
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OLC, Aug 1: A Caribbean Airlines airliner plane crash landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana in the early hours of Saturday July 30. It broke in two. All 157 passengers and six crew members on board Caribbean Airlines flight BW523 survived. Several people had to be rescued from the Boeing 737-800 aircraft but, according to reports coming out of Guyana, their injuries are not life threatening. The pilot reportedly suffered a broken leg while others suffered cuts about their body. The crash occurred around 1:32 am. Flight BW523 was in route from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Georgetown, Guyana. Initial reports indicate that heavy rainfall had affected visibility and the pilot touched down on the middle of the runway, and could not stop by the time he reached the end and overshot the runway. The plane only came to a half shortly after crashing through the airport’s perimeter fence. At a press briefing at the airport, Robeson Benn, Minister of Transport and Hydraulics said “At the time of the landing, the runway was wet as it was raining at the airport.” He added, “35 passengers were treated at the Georgetown Hospital; out of that, four were admitted, with two of them sustaining broken limbs, but representatives from Caribbean Airlines are working with the passengers.” Minister Benn pointed out that it was fortunate that there were no casualties resulting from such a serious event, and lauded
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“There is no doubt that there will be an impact, but we need to do as much damage control now. It is our duty to bring the support from Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana,” she said. Both the Prime Minister and CAL officials expressed hope that the insurers would cover the cost of the US$38M aircraft.
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Ambassador LaRocque was educated at Queen’s College, and the New School for Social Research, both in New York and New York University, majored in Political Philosophy, Political Economics and Economics respectively.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh SecretaryGeneral of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General, he served as Permanent Secretary in various Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years.
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Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled hours after the crash to meet with several government Ministers including Minister Benn and inspect the crash site. Bissessar explained that she was “stunned” to see the condition of the aircraft and surprised that no one was seriously hurt. The accident will undoubtedly have an impact on the airline business, and the tourism industry, as it brings issues of safety into question, she continue.
Ambassador LaRocque is the current Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005.
“We are working with all the relevant agencies to have the facts of the incident gathered and ready and made available. This includes the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority and the Transport and Safety Board from the United States,” he revealed.
Ambassador LaRocque, 56, a national of Dominica.
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Benn explained that an investigation has been launched by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority to determine the cause of the accident, in collaboration with the Caribbean Aviation Safety Oversight System (CASSOS), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft.
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the quick response of the Airport Authorities and the medical personnel for their part in ensuring that the traumatized passengers were assisted.
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Free Movement Begins In OECS CASTRIES, St Lucia – The St. Lucia-based organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) says it is making final preparations for the August 1 free movement of nationals from the sub-region. It said that the initiative will involve the six independent member states namely Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis, with Montserrat expect to join by September followed at a later date by Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.
OLC, Aug 1: CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – The clamorous chants of “we want justice…we demand fair play” by some 1500 supporters of the Concerned Citizens Movement, echoed through the streets of downtown Charlestown on July 12 in protest of what they claimed to be a rigged election. The Nevis Island Elections were held from 6am on July 11th 2011 and concluded at approximately 4:20am on July 12th. The Nevis Reformation Party was returned to the Nevis Island Assembly legislature.
Haiti Senate Reject Second Pick for Prime Minister
She said the committee had agreed to a number of procedures, such as the document to be used for re-entry.
Attorney and former justice minister Bernard Gousse was given the thumbs down when Senators met yesterday, with 16 voting against his nomination and the other 14 refraining from voting.
Gousse is a controversial man. According to the Miami Herald, a local law firm filed a petition last month for the legislature to investigate him, alleging that he was guilty of false imprisonment and being an accomplice to murder during his time as justice minister in the interim government that took office after then-President Jean-Bertrand
“That is important as well as a completed ED form, these are the two most important documents that an OECS national moving
The expansion of the Panama Canal would entail the creation of a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks. Expansion would greatly benefit the Port of Houston, bringing an increase in traffic and helping to invigorate the Houston economy. The Port of Houston currently ranks first in the United States for foreign tonnage and as the sixth largest port in the world. “The benefits of a Canal expansion to the Port of Houston are many. It would allow for Houston to compete with East Coast ports, handling the same larger and wider vessels. And, it would help continue the Port’s economic growth,” said Thomas Kornegay, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority. “The Panama Canal Authority
Honorable Stephenson King Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
to another protocol state would have to present to an immigration officer,” she noted. “At that point the individual would be granted an indefinite entry into that state once immigration is satisfied that all security and other reasonable precautions have been taken,” Louis-Phillip added. Earlier this month, OECS Chairman Stephenson King announced that from August 1st all restrictions on the free movement will be lifted with nationals required to present only a valid ID Card and Immigration form for entry into the participating states. King, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, said that OECS leaders, during their recent meeting in St Vincent, “recognized and unequivocally confirmed” that the free movement of persons and of labor were principal features of the new OECS Economic Union arrangement. Source: CMC
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“We have to have a prime minister who is able to talk to all sectors and has not been accused of human rights violations,” said Senator Joseph Lambert. Senator Youri Latortue, who urged the Senate to give the nod to Gousse, said he couldn’t understand why he was turned down.
Port of Houston Supports Panama Canal Expansion
Panamanian President Martin Torríjos presented the proposal to expand the Panama Canal to James Edmonds, Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority.
“We have been seeking to ensure that whatever procedure and arrangements that are in place are not complicated and does not prohibit nationals from moving from one state to the next,” she said. “OECS nationals will require at least a valid ID card to benefit from the free movement of labour which takes effect from Monday August 1st,” Louis-Phillip added.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday August 3, 2011 – Another one of President Michel Martelly’s nominees for prime minister has been rejected by the country’s Senate, delaying the selection of a Cabinet almost three months after the new president took office.
Martelly had put forward Gousse after his first pick, long-time friend and Americaneducated entrepreneur Daniel-Gerard Rouzie, was rejected by the Chamber of Deputies which must ratify the nomination.
Lisa Louis-Phillip of the OECS Secretariat’s Regional Integration Unit said that every effort was being made to ensure that all administrative arrangements agreed to by the working group have been put in place in time for Monday.
has done an excellent job managing and operating the Canal. We are happy and proud to support its Canal expansion proposal.” Administrator and CEO of the Panama Canal Authority Alberto Alemán Zubieta stated, “Our friends at the Port of Houston Authority have been a great business alliance to the Canal since we entered into our Memorandum of Understanding. The expansion of the Panama Canal will help continue our partnership, bringing real tangible benefits - a win-win for our customers, the people of Texas and the people of Panama.” The Panama Canal Authority and the Port of Houston Authority entered into a strategic alliance - Memorandum of Understanding - in 2003 to increase cooperation, such as joint marketing and coordination on modernization projects. Moreover, the two have worked together to boost trade along the increasingly important “All-Water Route,” the global commerce link from Asia to America’s Gulf Coast/East Coast via the Panama Canal.
a federal judge struck down the November referendum whereby Houston voters rejected the program.
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EDITORIAL A Rejected Brick Becomes the Cornerstone would use repeatedly during those “teachable moments” with me: A stone rejected by builders will become the cornerstone. Now here comes this argument, which presents alternative medicine as an option, deserving of serious public consideration.
Terry Layne Staff Writer
OLC, Aug 1: The focus of my discussion comes from an article in the July/August 2011 issue of The Atlantic Magazine: The Triumph of New-Age Medicine by David Freedman. The article essentially talks about how physicians themselves are now validating the usefulness of alternative medicine (holistic treatment) after tens of decades dismissing the practice as “dangerous nonsense.” The timing of this article is striking, particularly since alternative care comes significantly less costly than traditional medical care. And further, the article is published in “the issue of Ideas” at a time when our nation is so fiercely divided over who gets health care and who doesn’t. (Just an observation of mine; perhaps without any special meaning, but nevertheless, factual). I can recall that old proverbial saying my mother
Certainly, there is no official list of what alternative practice entails. However, “holistic treatments” could typically include processes such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, herbal treatment, meditation, hypnosis, and other treatments found outside the realm of mainstream medical care. On a side note, Integrative Medicine refers to the combination of one or more of these practices applied with mainstream medical treatment. My guess is that we will see more and more of alternative and integrative measures as we progress into the future of health care in the United States. According to the report, medical centers are aggressively developing research centers all around the country in competition for funding dollars from the National Institute of Health. And although we know that many cultures around the world have traditionally practiced some type of alternative treatment, we are also aware of the history of rejection or dismissal by opponents of alternative approaches to healing. But as we continue to do battle over health care reform, I find it interesting to see “a search for that same brick once rejected by builders becoming a projected cornerstone in the ideal resolution of our health care debate.
TRAVEL CONNECT All-Inclusive Equals Value
sic terms, ‘all-inclusive’ means a vacation is pre-paid: accommodations, meals, and beverages.
Leslie Richardson Staff Writer
Ideally, a vacation is time to relax and not worry about anything. However, nothing can damper a vacation than having to worry about money while on vacation or, worse, getting slapped with a huge bill at the end of vacation. Situations like this can leave many travelers with buyer’s remorse. That’s why all-inclusive vacations are the way to go. The term ‘all-inclusive’ can vary depending on the resort or hotel chain. In the most ba-
Although there are all-inclusive resorts all over the world, the vast majority are based in the Caribbean and Mexico. In addition to accommodations, meals, and beverages, all-inclusive resorts in the islands typically include domestic alcohol, onsite activities, onsite entertainment, non-motorized water sports, and gratuities. Some of the higher end resort chains such as Sandals and Beaches also include premium brand liquor, motorized water sports and, depending on the resort, free golf. Either way, the value of an all-inclusive vacation is invaluable. It’s especially great for those who budget a specific amount of money toward their vacation – once the vacation package is paid in full, travelers won’t have to worry about anything so there’s minimal nickel and diming involved. The only ‘extras’ that may come into play are optional services such as spa treatments and internet service. For families, all-inclusive resorts are Continue on Page 13
Young Caribbean Entrepreneur With Marilyn Langellier Dane McAlpin - Soca Passion OLC, Aug 1: I want to highlight the brains behind Houston’s hottest Caribbean party, which has been hitting the night scene since September 2006. His name is Dane McAlpin. The party is Soca Passion, an energetic unifying event that takes place every last Friday of the month. Soca Passion delivers great Caribbean entertainment highlighting soca music to Caribbean and American soca lovers. Since its beginnings at Club Riddims, it has grown tremendously and continues to give its supporters a unique experience every month. Dane is a humble, quiet, and well-spoken individual. He came to Houston in 1994 from Mon Repos, Trinidad. While attending Fondren Middle School, he received the American Legion Award, one of the highest academic awards given in middle school. Later, Dane attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied photography, painting, art and sculptor for three years. He graduated from Westbury High School. At The University of Houston, he studied Engineering for 3 years and is presently enrolling to continue his studies. “I want to create a legacy for my children that show and exemplify that hard work and respect are better than the easy way out. The experience will build respect and motivation to move forward,” Dane said. As such, he has explored various opportunities in modeling, photography and acting. He also has a security service, HNIC, as well as his own clothing line, Robb Thoro, which he started in 2000. The event began when the owner of Club Riddims presented Dane with an opportunity to hosts events at the establishment. Dane said, “I wanted to bring a different experience that was not already being consistently provided in the Houston. The Caribbean culture was being celebrated, but with reggae music as the main focus.” He objective was to highlight soca music and to incorporate it into the community as an enjoyable experience. HNIC along with DIVYA, party promotion group, began hosting parties at Club Riddims on the last Friday of each month. The event evolved into Soca Passion; its intent is to spread the love of soca music. Soca Passion is also called “The Movement.” The event takes place in various locations. “This is not by accident,” Dane explained. “The purpose is to continue growing and being successful, but not remaining stagnant. Soca Passion moves around in order to expand its market and takes the experience to people who may not have otherwise attended. The constant movement builds the brand and its supporters.” Dane’s marketing strategy creates an exciting buzz and keeps supporters wondering where the next event will be held. According to Mr. McAlpin, following the “Move-
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ment” means no end and constant growth. “You can find out about Soca Passion on Facebook, Twitter, website (www.socapassiontx.com), and word of mouth,” Dane continued. Each Soca Passion event is organized encompassing a theme. To do this, Dane maintained a Soca Passion team, who brainstorms and design the theme, which may take the role to highlight either current affairs, holidays, island independence festivities or interaction of supporters. “The theme is extremely important because it brings to Soca Passion uniqueness and excitement,” he explained. “It is necessary to Soca Passion to continue celebrating its Caribbean roots in the Houston community because if we don’t do it, then who will?” People are motivated by different desires. Therefore, I asked Dane, “What motivates him to continue with Soca Passion?” He simply replied, “I love Soca Passion and you must have the passion to keep going. If you do not have passion for soca music and the culture, it will not continue.” Despite challenges, Dane realizes that you must learn from each one and simply move on. He says that prayer gets him through each situation. Each challenge is appreciated and he tries to not make the same mistakes by visualizing possible obstacles that may hinder the events. On the Houston Caribbean community, Dane believes that it is imperative to be active in the community. “It is our responsibility as a Caribbean people to provide support for one another,” he said. “I believe that we cannot be truly successful with the mentality that every individual should only worry about themselves.” Soca Passion is involved in providing community service in the Houston area. They have hosted several food drives throughout the year that have benefited several organizations and families to includeHouston Food Bank, Continue on Page 14
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DIASPORA AN INSPIRATIONAL MOMENT
Jamaica Needs the Jamaican Diaspora
Encouragement from the Word of God
“Cotch” Open The Door
are coming behind us; not making a way for others to enter in and enjoy some of the benefits with which one has been blessed. Maybe leaving the door open is too much to ask; but what about “cotching” it slightly? In Jamaican terminology to “cotch” a door is to place a wedge to keep it open so others are not locked out.
The taxi driver introduced himself to his passengers and helped them settle in his cab. Upon learning his nationality, the lady asked about the situation in his country. He proudly announced that he and his family were doing well and that life was “good” there. He went on to describe his farm and all that he had and how successful his family was. “But, what about the poor people living in the camps”? “Oh well, you know that we people usually walk through the door without leaving it open for those behind us”. “Oh? So, who is going to change that stereotype and start leaving the door open”? “My family and I are fine”. “But what are locals like you doing to help”? “One can only do so much. I housed a couple relatives at my house,” becoming annoyed at her questions. It was futile to pursue it any further. This disturbing conversation summarizes a problem that exists in our society and the world - the idea that it is acceptable for one to not look back and to forget those who
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Financial help is not the only way that one can offer assistance; it does not have to be complicated. It may be as simple as lending a listening ear, encouraging or mentoring especially the youth; being a friend, helping with a ride, a word of advice, directing someone to available resources, an invitation to dinner (especially during the holidays), doing all this out of a personal understanding. Another way of helping might be joining a cultural group that offers community help, thus partnering with them. Luke 12:48 “… When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required”. Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”. NLT
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By Carol Williams Contributing Writer I would like to share a bit of my heart with you as a Jamaican who migrated to the United States, but never for a minute forgot my homeland. It is sad to say that Jamaica is not the same place I left in 1979. Jamaica has gotten poorer, and our country is broken in more ways than one. Along with members of the Repairer of the Breach International Ministry (ROTB), we just returned from a two week trip to Port Antonio, Jamaica, where we conducted various levels of ministry. We met and worked with young people who desperately want to work, but there are no jobs. We provided counseling. We met with many young people who desperately want to continue school, but they are unable to afford the required textbooks, clothing, lunch and the basic needs for school. We at ROTB have and are providing scholarships to some students in the Port Antonio area. But, our work is small as compared to the need. We met with many seniors. ROTB maintains a daily feeding program for the area seniors and youths. In fact, anyone who needs a lunch is welcome. On this trip, we had “Spa Day” and gave manicures and pedicures, the first time ever for some of them. We held planning sessions and seminars for our basic school teachers and led the youth in Bible studies. On this particular trip, we also partnered with OLC Educational and Resources Foundation,
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Charmaine Bailey Staff Writer
So, in what ways can one “cotch” open the door with respect to helping others? Most OLC readers are members of the Caribbean Diaspora for whom a door was opened by someone else to allow entry to the United States. It may have been a parent, a child, a sibling or an employer or school. Each one needed someone else to open the door by providing immigration sponsorship. Coming to the “promised land” was not easy and learning and assimilation of the new culture was necessary. Family, friends and new acquaintances, co-workers, employers, churches and other community resources all played a part in the process of adapting and growing in the new environment, thus opening the door a little wider.
Sylvanus Donaie of OLCERF, Beryl Reid and Carol William of ROTB, and Floyd Patterson, Mayor of Portland.
Lovella Mogere Virgin Islands
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Inc. of Houston and took on our biggest challenge of building a two bedroom house for a woman in the community of Port Antonio, Portland. We are most proud of our Youth Empowerment Program members who presented themselves for work every day, rain or shine, and worked hard and in excellence under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Sylvanus Donaie to see the project through. The young men who helped us to build the house said those two weeks were the best two weeks of their lives. Why? Simply put, it gave them a sense of purpose and a life plan. Henceforth, I am especially appealing to my fellow Jamaicans. We need to give back to our country. Those of us who have been fortunate to build a better life for ourselves, let us join together to make a better Jamaica, a strong one. Let us invest in our youth and give them a future. Our trip to Portland was a success because of the financial gifts of our friends and supporters. Thanks you, Houston. ROTB has been serving the people of East Africa and the Caribbean since 1998: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, educating those in need through scholarships, renovating houses damaged by various hurricanes and floods and, most of all, teaching the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please call to join forces with us or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Repairer of the Breach,Inc.:”Raising up generations” PO Box 440814, Houston, TX 77244 -- 281-759-6190 & 713-320-8895 www.repairerofthebreach.org
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A Reflection on the movie “Friends With Benefits”
and ‘waste [my] fragrance on the desert wind’, that I was also, indeed, quite a bloom to reckon with.
Dzifa Job Staff Writer
I found myself tearing up while reminiscing on the events of this movie. I guess it reminded me of my own struggle to accept the reality that I have not been able to earn the undiluted, unafraid love of a man who could also satisfy my physical desires. I found myself thinking of Mila’s cute-as-abutton Ukrainian-American face, distraught, cracked like a Picasso cubist painting, after having valiantly struggled to be tough, vivacious, not needing compliments or emotional support; after bending over herself like Elastagirl of The Incredibles to protect herself from her own arguably natural feminine desire to mate for life, finally snapping back into that inexorably vulnerable female shape we all know so well. I found myself fragmented into selves: the young, spoiled one who cried, inconsolable, unaccepting of reality, bitter and sore at her parents and elders who were not bothered to devise a pseudo-marital scheme by which she could find a way to acquire physical companionship on a regular basis when her hormones felt most ready for it, and so exposed her to the degrading option of friends-with-benefits proposals, and to the horrible realization that without seriously considering them, she could possibly never experience a nude hug before her death; the one who, jaded, sneered at that self, saying “Grow up. What did you expect? An arranged marriage? Then you’d be crying about how they should have given you your freedom”; and the one who said: “I don’t even want to write about this—everything I can say has already been said, and I won’t add anything to this that isn’t already there.” I was right not to go into my past prosaic soliloquys about the insensitivities of current elders and parents to their children’s vulnerability to the sexual imperative in a whole new world where marriage isn’t done as quickly after puberty as it always had been until about a couple hundred years ago. I recently got a dog, and I’ve learned it’s just hard to prioritize anyone else’s needs as highly as yours. We’re naturally self-interested. And I think a lot of the time those of us who are disappointed about love are simply not self-interested enough. I feel that way about myself. If I had been a better, fuller, more intensely colored flower, some best bee would have insisted on having me for his own exclusive nectar source by now. What’s more is this: if I had been a better, fuller, more intensely colored flower, I would feel happier, prouder, more content with myself, satisfied that even if no one ever claimed me, and I was indeed ‘born to blush unseen’
Further, it’s not unattainable, my perfection as that bloom. There’s a way for me to be the best I can be. And achieving it can make me more visible to, and more capable of dealing with, anyone who really deserves to claim me. I’m happy to take the opportunity to make myself feel better about myself and to make myself a better relationship partner on my own. But when it comes to sex, I feel that I am a whale…I can go very long periods without it; I must eventually come up for it. Everything in society and religious upbringing tells me to feel guilty about feeling like celibacy is a long period of holding my breath, or exhaling, and feeling that sexual intercourse, properly done, is like an opportunity to inhale fresh air, to be held, naked, vulnerable, not out of pity or concern, but out of love for myself and love for life itself. I would prefer to experience it married, safe or supported, in the event of a pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. But there is no one going down on one knee for me. And my ‘type’, a not at all unreasonable profile involving health, hygiene, fitness, intelligence, manners, and financial acumen, is usually taken, or not in my geographical area. In the meantime, my face, buttocks and breasts sag a little more each year, and self-served orgasm tastes more and more like a hot dish gone cold. My spoiled hopeless romantic idealist inner self may look at romantic movies or read romantic books and think: “All these beautiful rapturous images, shall I experience them when I am old and grey? Shall I never feel love as thunder rolling through my chemically stormy youthful frame?” And tears come to her eyes, while my jaded inner self says: “Oh what melodrama. Small t’ing. It is what it is. You just wasting energy bothering with any of this. When yuh dead, it ain’t gonna matter how many orgasms you had or with whom, just what kinda work you leave behind, and that will only be to a very few people anyhow. It is what it is.” At the end it all comes down to what you believe about life and its nature. If you believe in an afterlife where you’ll go to hell for fornicating, then no amount of torturous skin hunger will cause you to fornicate. You’ll tell yourself as many times as it takes that it’s only for a time. And it probably would be, because, as we all know, this, too, shall pass. But if you believe that life is to be lived now, while you’re conscious of it in the temporal realm, and since you don’t know your day or hour of departure, you’ll try to breathe in as much clean air as you can…nobody likes inhaling smog, and we all know it’s bad for you. But intimacy, the real kind, the kind that lets you be yourself and inhale your love of yourself and life, in body and mind, that’s something you won’t be able to pass up for an indefinite amount of time, with no reprieves or guarantees. It would be like forgoing breathing.
CARIBBEAN TEMPO Protoje – “7-Year Itch” By DJ Uncle L Entertainment Editor “Feeln dancehall need a 1 drop resurgence.” This was a post one of my friends placed on Twitter earlier in the week. Reading it, I immediately thought of the wonderful years 2005 – 2007, which was a great period for Dancehall music in general, and conscious dancehall or “One Drop” in particular. Those were great times that I thought were gone forever, but a few recent albums have led me to believe that they will be returning soon, and Protoje’s “7-Year Itch” is definitely one of those albums. With “7-Year Itch”, Protoje delivers what I call a ‘road-trip album’. This is an album that you can put in your car at the beginning of a long trip, press play, and enjoy from beginning to the end, without needing to fast forward or skip any songs. Protoje is able to competently handle several topics, ranging from the tribulations of being a Rastafarian (“Dread” and “Rasta Love”), to love and relationships (“Arguments”, “Overtime”, and “No Lipstick”), to his personal struggles trying to make it in the music industry (“7-Year Itch” and “On the Road”), and to his love for his homeland (“J.A.”). His lyrics are simple, smooth, and very pointed, allowing him to deliver his messages with the ease of a seasoned veteran. On the brilliant “Rasta Love”, he tells the tale of a young lady who meets and falls in love with a Rastafarian against her family’s wishes, finding herself in the process. However, he reaches a lyrical high on the title track, “7-Year Itch”, recounting of his turbulent road in the music industry, “Every word that them hurt me with, worth sum’n… Every burden them hurl at me, hurdle so flawless, dem nah listen…” Protoje shares his life and himself on this album and you cannot help but be drawn to him as he gives his perspective on all that he has seen and done, with his lyrics providing a VIP-seat to the proceedings. Another wonderful aspect of this album is that it represents Protoje’s influences in a way that complements Protoje himself, ensuring that he is the focus and making the final presentation very unique.
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While most artists’ debuts invariably evoke comparisons to other established artists, “7Year Itch” avoids this trap. Even when he handles the time-honored reggae tradition of making a ganja-tune (“Wrong Side of the Law”), he deals with it from the unique perspective of a traffic stop, recounting the events related to that traffic stop. In doing so, he avoids the well-used reggae clichés, and delivers his story, his way. I credit this to his many years as a songwriter in the industry, writing music for others, as that experience surely allowed him to find himself by forcing him to separate his ideals from those of the people he wrote for. Even on the two songs that feature major artists, (“Growing Up” featuring Gentleman and “Rasta Love” featuring Ky-Mani Marley), he combines well with these artists, but he does not allow their presence to overshadow his own. As a final product “Rasta Love” is quite impressive, as against all odds he avoids making it a ‘Marley-type’ track, even though he credits Damian, Stephen, and Bob Marley as strong influences, and he performs it with Ky-Mani Marley. Protoje is his own man, with his own story to tell, and it comes through in his music. Sadly, the majority of the recent news of Buju Banton’s conviction and Rihanna’s graphically violent video has very little to do with the music. However, “7-Year Itch” and Protoje represent a change, a movement, and a renaissance of sorts. They represent the possibility that the music can entertain and uplift, and that rhythms and lyrics can be married harmoniously, without any “Arguments”. So to my friend’s tweet, I responded, “I agree. At least there are people like @Protoje keeping it alive...” Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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OLC, Aug 1: This month, I want to highlight some international customs which we can incorporate in our daily lives. Let’s begin and as the French would say “Bon Appétit et Avoir une bonne vie” - Have a good appetite and have a good life. Mexico – Eat their traditional foods Mexico is our neighbor and their foods have gotten a bad rap - that it is fattening. However, traditional Mexican dishes are fresh, flavorful and good for you, too. Of course, we are not referring to fried enchiladas, cheese soaked nachos, fried quesadillas and overstuffed burritos that are synonymous with Mexican food here in the US. These foods are served at fast food restaurants and do not represent traditional foods. For healthy traditional foods visit a real Mexican restaurant. Their traditional foods are high in legumes, vegetables and uses meat sparingly. The food is also cooked with olive oil and is charbroiled, baked, and steamed – not fried and processed. Skip the heavy sauces and creams, when making your favorite Mexican meals at home. Use lots of herbs and spices, cilantro, chili peppers and limes. Even though, avocados, which are utilized as the base for guacamole, are high in calories from fat, they are full of healthful nutrients and should be enjoyed. Tomatoes are also used frequently in Mexican meals. France - Love of wine The French loves their wines. Research has shown that cultures that include wine in their daily living may be on to something. Red wine is rich in powerful antioxidants like flavonoids and resveratrol. Numerous studies show that these grape compounds may slow Alzheimer’s disease and cut the risk of ulcers, some cancers, arthritis, asthma, and hypertension. This might explain why the French, who eat a high-fat diet and smoke more than Americans, have lower rates of heart disease than we do. Vive le vin! With all that good food, the French have been able to remain slim; one of the secrets is that although the food is rich, they eat very small portions. They exercise and do a lot of walking. They also believe in eating fresh produce. The Caribbean - Eating Fresh Produce/Meats In some of the islands, going to the market daily to purchase fresh produce and fresh meats and fish is part of the culture, a way of life. This is where you meet friends and
Fruits are picked the very day; they are fresh. You can incorporate those eating habits by driving around and discovering your farmers market that sell fresh produce. It is worth it not only for the excellent taste, but it is healthier to eat foods in season. Herbs, spices and traditional medicines are also sold in the market. In the Caribbean, the fishermen go fishing early in the morning, and by early afternoon, they are back with their catch at the market. The fish is cleaned seasoned, fried or steamed, and ready for the plate; all within a few hours. The taste will be completely different from what you are used to. Tokyo, England, and Japan - Drinking Tea These are all tea drinking countries and we can learn a thing or two from them about tea drinking. Green, black and oolong tea contain antioxidants called polyphenols. Research indicates that drinking tea may protect against cancer, heart disease and strokes. Experts recommend two or four cups per day. Tea has less caffeine than coffee. It is calorie free unless you add sweetener or milk. It increases your metabolism, protects against cancer, bolsters your immune defenses and protects your bones. It also may reduce your risk of heart attack and strokes. Spain and Latin America - Siesta It is common in many parts of the world to take a siesta after lunch, which is the traditional daytime sleep in Spain. And through Spanish influence, many Latin American countries has adopted that practice. A midday snooze is more than an indulgence. It can actually improve performance and mental alertness. In a study conducted by NASA, flight crews who were allowed to nap for 40 minutes were more alert and performed better on long haul trips than those who did not nap. So go ahead and take a “power nap” even though it is only on weekends. The Mediterranean - Family Time Family meals are important in those cultures. It is usually dinner, where the whole family sits down and family life is preserved and honored. Some have Sunday lunch every week with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone knows that there are no excuses for not coming to dinner. The cooking is usually shared and dinner can last for hours, where everyone including the grands contributes to the conversation at the table. This is a practice that we have lost, because everyone is so busy working -pursuing the American dream. This closeness of the family allows for the sharing of family traditions, the feeling of being part of a cohesive whole. By strengthening family ties, we are also strengthening the community.
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Let’s Talk About Dental Implant OLC, Aug 1: Folks, this month, I want to talk about dental implants. It is artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jawbone loss. So why is this form of cosmetic dentistry necessary? Let’s talk about it. Now, do you know that 50% of Americans have lost at least one tooth? You know, these people may feel too self-conscious to smile or even talk. Moreover, they have difficulties in biting irregularities, which can have a negative effect on eating habits. Prior to the invention of dental implants, patients who lost teeth had limited options. Most opt to use of dentures or a common solution called fixed bridge. If a patient chooses not to replace missing teeth it creates a space, which can result in the shifting of remaining teeth in the mouth. The teeth on either side begin to shift and tilt into the empty space. Also the teeth above (or below) the empty space grow down (or up) into that space. This shifting and movement can cause problems in the way you are able to bite down and can cause headaches. An implant is an excellent choice for people missing multiple teeth. So what is entailed in a dental implant? Simple! Dental implants are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth and restore the physical appearFrom Page 10 Travel... exceptional value since a huge percentage of them allow kids age 12 and under to stay and eat for free. Combined with many kids activities being offered at no additional cost, all-inclusive resorts are a wonderful option for families looking to do something different without breaking the bank. However, inclusions at one all-inclusive resort may not be the same as another. The size of a resort has a lot to do with what is ultimately included. Small resorts with only one restaurant and a couple of bars may not offer much compared to others that may have a dozen restaurants, and even more bars and lounges. Throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, there are several all-inclusive resort chains with multiple resorts near each other that include a ‘stay at one, play at all’ concept. This added benefit helps with those who may want a greater variety than what’s offered than the resort in which they’re staying. Depending on the resort chain, transportation between the sister resorts may also be included. Because of the overall safety, security, and From Page 5 Jamaica, Farewell Fringe festival award-winner and received a 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York for her “Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican Community.” After successful runs in the USA, Canada, England, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Bermuda, Debra is currently adapting Jamaica, Farewell for the big screen now that the stage and screen rights for the monologue were recently optioned by Rita Wilson, wife of actor Tom Hanks.
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Diary of a Jamaican who just moved to South Dakota, USA October 8: We arrived in America. Finally! This marks a new chapter in our lives. It’s very nice here. It’s a little cool, but who need HOT weather? This is perfect! And it’s not too hot or too cold. October 15: It is getting a little cooler, but we are adjusting. We bought some sweaters today and went for a short walk. Loving America! This is what life’s about. October 30: The weather is definitely cooler now. We taped all the windows shut, so cold air cannot creep in. Outside may be cold, but it feels like Jamaica inside. November 11: The news reports say snow is on the way. We cannot wait! We have never seen snow, and it should be pretty exciting to see it for the first time. November 14: It is snowing. The first real snow we have ever seen. It’s not like the rain in Portland. My wife cooked buttered buns, and we sat by the window watching soft flakes drift down, clinging to the trees and ground. Could never do anything like this in Jamaica! It is a beautiful sight! November 15: We woke to a lovely blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Every tree and shrub was covered like a beautiful white mantle. I shoveled snow for the first time and loved it. I did both our driveway and sidewalk. Later, the city plough came along and accidentally covered up our driveway with compact snow from the street. The driver smiled and waved. I waved back and shoveled again. Americans are so friendly. November 18: It snowed an additional 12 inches last night and the temperature has dropped to around 4 degrees. The cold weather is not so bad! We can take this… it is not as bad as we imagined. Several limbs on the trees and shrubs have snapped due to the weight of the snow. I shoveled our driveway again. Shortly, after the snow plough came by and did his trick again. Much of the snow is now brownish grey. November 19: It warmed up enough during the day to create some slush, but it soon became ice again. We bought snow tires for both cars. I slipped and fell on my batty in the driveway and paid the chiropractor $130. Thanks God, nothing was broken. More snow and ice expected. From Page 10. Soca Passion The Star of Hope and The St. Lucia Association of Texas. Dane says that he has been so blessed in his life and that he has a responsibility to give back. Dane expresses his thanks, first and foremost, to God for continuing to bless him and his team and allowing them to provide a safe
November 20: Still cold. I sold my wife’s BMW and bought a 4x4 truck in order to get to work. November 21: On my way to work, the truck skidded into the guardrail and did considerable damage to the right fender. We had another 15 inches of white sh#t last night. The vehicle is covered in salt and crud. More shoveling in store for me today. Di damn snowplough man do him job again. Watch me and him! November 22: Blouse and skirt! The first heating bill come. A how the hell it come to so much? November 30: Ah 2 frigging degrees out a door and more rahtid snow de pon de way. Not a tree or shrub ina di yawd whe no get damage. De power off most of the night. Wi try to keep from freezing to death wid candles and kerosene heater, but the heater tip over. Nearly bun dung de house. Mi manage to put out the flames, but end up wid second degree burns pan mi hands, bun off mi yeyebrow and yeyelash dem. Den de car slide on the white sh#t again on the way to the hospital. Wi haffi write it off. December 5: Rahtid?. Dis snow yah nuh out fi stop? Di ting keeps coming down! Mi affi put on all a di clothes wey mi own just fi go out to di damn mailbox. If I ever catch the im dat drive di rahtid snowplow yuh see, I gwine mek him mumma feel it. Me really think sey! Im hide round di corner and wait til me finish shovel, den come down the street fast fast and cover up the driveway again. Wicked nuh blow wow!!
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December 10: The power still off. The toilette freeze up, some part a di roof look lik it out fi cave in. December 15: 11 more inches a snow and ice! Jah know dis no right. I wounded the snowplow wid the pick ax, but the driva get weh. December 18: Di car na start and mi tink mi ah go snow-blind. Mi caan feel mi toe dem. Mi nuh see the sun fi weeks! And guess wha? The weatherman ah predict more snow! Good fi im. The wind chill is 30 degrees below zero!! December 22: Mw a move back to Jamaica teday! Cause dis place yah a go kill mi! If me ketch a flight, a least mi will reach just in time fi Christmas dung a yard. Merica a nuh fi everbody! and enjoyable experience to Houstonians. He thanks the Team Soca Passion and One Love Caribbean News for the opportunity to be featured in the paper. He thanks all his supporters. “We Love Soca Passion,” Dane concluded.
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