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Diwali 2016 Diwali (Dīvali, Dīpāwali, or Deepavali) is a festival of lights observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. Many people in the United States celebrate Diwali each year. Diwali is celebrated to honor Ramachandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness). The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures into the celebration. It is believed that she roams the Earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright. Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally “the awareness of the inner light”. The first day (October 28, 2016) is known as Dhanteras. "Dhan" means wealth and "teras" refers to the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. This day is dedicated to celebrating prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed into the home and gold is purchased. Ayurvedic doctors also honor Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who brought Ayurveda to mankind, on this day. HAPPY Diwali 2016 to All

Carnival tek-over......

Those are the words being echoed across the State of Florida from the FSMSDC Gala held in Orlando to the world class Miami-Broward Carnival in Miami on October 9th at the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds.

The true spirit of Caribbean Carnival has engulfed the community. Corporate partners at both events were transcended by the rhythmic sounds of soca and the spirit of the African drums; they found themselves either dancing on the dance

floor, dancing at the corporate tables or simply swaying with the crowds at the Miami-Broward Carnival. It was truly a wonderful sight and also a feeling of Caribbean pride to see all races, all ethnic groups, all countries, all ages, all nationalities and all leveles of the corporate structure enjoying the culture of the Caribbean Carnival and sharing in the festivities of Carnival. Carinval Tek-Over......2016 and 2017 Orlando.



Guenet Gittens-Roberts, Publisher/Editor

The Power Of Your Words


e sometimes under estimate the power of our own words and the impact of the things we say. Our words can be used as messages of empowerment, tools of destruction, daggers of pain, walls of division or separation and expressions of love and passion. Samuel J. Roberts, Publisher/Editor

I have always lived my life being cautious of the things I say in times of anger, while being a teacher (I know many people don’t know that I taught high school in Guyana as part of my National Service – 9 months of teaching Math, Integrated Science, Technical Drawing and Physics), while lecturing to my kids, expressing my love to my wife and even during times of passion…..most men would understand. Our words echo in the ears of our listeners and in the minds of their recipients long after they leave our lips. In teaching my kids while parenting, without the owner’s manual that should come with fatherhood, I’ve told them to stop before they do anything outside the norm and think about it for 5 to 10 seconds and ask yourself does this make sense “Yes” or “No” and if you can't answer clearly “Yes” then just don’t do it. I’ve used a similar lesson on myself when it comes to things I say, I ask myself “What will be the benefit or harm of what I’m about to say” and if I’m unsure of the impact I just don’t say anything and just walk away. My wife tells me that whenever there’s something I want to say but I don’t really want to say, I move my tongue around in my mouth…….what does she know, we’ve only been together for 23+ years. We have raised our kids in an environment of open dialog and discussion on just about every issue in our life. Our kids get a chance to engage in conservations about everything from what color to paint the house to carpet or tile to Bernie or Hillary and we love to hear their sides and arguments to justify their positions. My point here with my kids is that it important to have open conversations with your kids and your wife, or husband or partner, where they are allowed to provide their input and we can all listen to each other’s explanation of our individual positions……….and then I make them all do as I say because I’m the BOSS …I’m the Head of Household….you know I’m me (Man Encharge – I know wrong spelling but I wanted to make my point). In these most recent days I’ve come to embrace my thinking about thinking before I speak even more, maybe both of the US Presidential candidates should do the same. Hillary Clinton has made mistakes along the way and in most cases she has tried to apologize for her words. However, Mr. Donald Trump…..oh my God, Donald Trump…..I probably don’t need to say any more about him and the things he says and says and says and continues to say. I truly sympathize with the Republican Party, they have created a monster and he has now grown into their own internal atomic bomb that will destroy

their party. Donald Trump has created an almost cult like following that lack the mental capacity to differentiate between political rhetoric and downright divisive political campaigning and in many ways this is because of the words being used my Donald Trump; words of division and separation…building walls, blocking Muslims from entering America, and restricting the freedom of women to make their our decisions about their bodies and their parental choices. This brings me to my closing statement; we are responsible for the words and statements we make and the impact it has on those who hear them. Let us make a special effort to avoid the words that have negative connotations on those who hear them, try to be an inspiration to those with your words of encouragement. Let us use our words to break down the walls of separation, use words that share a feeling of optimism and upliftment, try for a day (or more) to only use words that inspire the people around you. Letters make words that have the power to steal someone’s heart and capture their souls, however a different combination of the same letters can make someone’s eye fill with tears and give them enough pain to last a lifetime………choice your words wisely.

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Immigration News For Our Community U.S. Visa Lottery Open from Oct 4th – Nov 7th By Attorney Gail S. Seeram, 1-877-GAIL-LAW

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he visa lottery program will be accepting applications for the 2018 Diversity Visa Lottery program from October 4, 2016 to November 7, 2016. Each year, the Diversity Visa Lottery program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available to people from eligible countries. The Department of State chooses the winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery program randomly through a computer-generated lottery drawing. Anyone selected under the Diversity Visa Lottery program will be notified directly by the U.S. Department of State through the mail. Applicants can check the status of their application to see if they are a winner by visiting If the winner is granted permanent residency, s/he will be authorized to live and work in the United States along with their spouse and children under age 21. There are four basic entry requirements for the Diversity Visa Lottery program. Native of Eligible Country: Applicants must be a native of an eligible country. Natives from the following countries are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply because they sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States during the past five (5) years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.


If you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible but your spouse was born in a country whose natives are eligible, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth—provided that both you and your spouse are on the selected entry, are issued visas, and enter the United States simultaneously. Second, if you were born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but neither of your parents was born there or resided there at the time of your birth, you may claim nativity in one of your parents’ countries of birth if it is a country whose natives qualify. Education or Work Experience: Applicants must have either a high school education or its equivalent (completion of a 12year course of elementary and secondary education) or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to perform. Photograph: Recent photographs of the applicant and his family (spouse and unmarried children under age 21) must be submitted with their application. Note, a group or family photo will not be accepted. Separate digital passport style photos of each family member must be submitted with the Diversity Visa Lottery application. Since the application is submitted on-line, the digital photos are also required to be submitted on-line. Note, this is the most cumbersome part of the process because if your photo does not meet specific requirements, your application will not be accepted on-line. Application: The Diversity Visa Lottery application is accessible only at and must be submitted on-line. Note, when your application and photo have been accepted on-line, a confirmation screen will appear and this should be printed for your records. Remember to keep a copy of your confirmation page from the online registration entry submission because you can conduct a status check on your visa lottery entry starting May 2, 2017, through at least September 30, 2018 by returning to, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering your confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the only way to find out if you were selected through the visa lottery.

For more information, contact Gail Law Firm: Email: Phone: 1-877-GAIL-LAW or 407-292-7730 FREE in-office consultation – FREE Live Chat


Caribbean Events and Activities Around Town Curry Duck Curry Pictures by BBM Productions 2016

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The 2016 CDC Judges

What can we do for Haiti?

Across Florida, the question on many minds when it comes to Haiti Hurricane Relief is Who should I donate to? What do they need? Caribbean American Passport Newspaper is asking that same question and gathering information to share with you. Our recommendation has been to ONLY donate to Haitian organizations based in the affected areas in Haiti, which are primarily rural and remote towns. That's the only way to ensure your support goes to those impacted. Another option is to donate to relevant Haiti Hometown associations, which are organized by the Diaspora. This is the time to reach out to the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, The Haitian Consulate and Haitian community leaders like Dr. Marie Francois of Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention for assistance and guidance. We do not recommend contributing to non-Haitian entities that will dilute the relief efforts for travel, accomodations etc. These monies could be better spent providing crucial supplies to the people who need them the most. There are many locals in the area that are already involved in relief efforts with Haiti, find a few and assist them. Haitians and the diaspora can't leave because it's their homes underwater, their families devastated, their livelihood evaporating. They are in it for the long haul.

Everyone is trying to do something immediately, but slow down, There is no rush. Apparently, right now there is limited capacity on the ground in Haiti to handle contributions. It is chaotic and there is not yet the infrastructure in place to handle your tremendous generosity. Do your research to ensure your donation actually reaches Haitians affected. For more information and a full list of items needed visit our website at or call 407-427-1800



life outside of the US and learning of different customs as a group was beneficial to them individually as well as a team.

By Ryan Davis


My Journey began at approximately 2.30 pm on a Friday afternoon from Orlando to St Petersburg where I got the opportunity to sit with the highly regarded Tampa Bay Ray’s President Mr. Brian Auld. I braved the I-4 corridor where a simple tap on the brakes could result in a three mile back up on Florida’s most congested highway. I drove passed the Tampa’s famous Ybor City, stared at the downtown skyline (where there were multiple “taps” on the brakes), over the deep blue sea via “the causeway” and finally, nestled in the heart of St Petersburg FL was Tropicana field. At the Stadium I was greeted by a wonderful lady by the name of Irene. She and her friends navigated me thru the passageways of the Ray’s facility until we reached our final destination…… the left field terrace.

I brought up the subject of baseball’s fraternal twin… cricket. He admitted he knew of the sport but did not follow it closely. I informed him of cricket’s vision in abbreviating the game to a 20 over format and how much it has taken off around the world and asked if baseball had any interest in shortening its format? Brian stated that there are a number of policies in place now in an effort to shorten the game. The pitcher’s clock, the decrease in time and regularity in which the manager can go out to the mound and consult with the pitcher, the lessened time given to the batter outside of the “batter’s box”, etc. But there was no discussion about abbreviating the game by lessening the amount of innings played nor the amount of games being played during the regular season which sits at a whopping one hundred and sixty two. On the subject of the Tampa’s performance on the field. The Ray’s finished this season with a disappointing record of 68 wins and 94 losses. Brian was quick to point out the injuries that plagued them thru out the season was to blame for their poor showing. Truth be told; Brian along with president of player operations Matt Silverman and the owner Stuart Sternberg “shook baseball to its core,” by upsetting the balance of power on the field. Turning the once laughable Rays to the top of the ultra-competitive AL East division which boast the likes of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Since 2008, the Tampa Bay fro-

After taking a moment to enjoy Tampa Bay’s incredible hospitality, enjoy the spectacular view of the ball park and taking pictures with the most popular person in the room………Raymond the mascot, I finally got the opportunity to meet with Mr. Auld. The former school teacher from Berkley, California who earned his master’s degree in education from Stanford University, lived up to his reputation of being “a man of the people.” He was greeted by business owners and coworkers alike and treated them with the same respect as they all addressed him simply as “Brian.” The first topic of discussion was about his experiences with the Caribbean. Mr. Auld immediately spoke about the privilege of representing the US when the Rays were selected to play a game against the Cuban national team in Havana. The event signified a new era of diplomacy between the two neighboring countries. Mr. Auld spoke more about the importance of the game off the field than on. Having the opportunity to play in front of President Obama for a cause as important as this was what he was most proud of. He also stated that his players experiencing


nt office is considered to be the best in baseball. Winning the AL pennant in 2008, winning their division that year as well as in 2010 and gaining wild card berths in both 2011 and 2013 against other teams with triple the size of their payrolls. When asked how they managed to achieve such greatness with such a small a payroll? Brian attributed it all to “specialization” on the field and a player friendly atmosphere off of it. Before I began my two hour trek back to Orlando, I asked Brian if there will be anymore attempts to obtain funds for a new stadium in the Tampa area thus closer to the Central Florida market. He replied by saying there will be further attempts to work together with the city council and that Hillsborough County (Tampa area) is an option for the future.


Hillary Takes the High Road, Trump Wallows in the Mud

By Roger Caldwell

can handle the low road if I have to do it. I mean, we’ve had some low roads over the last few months. I’m fine with it if we have to go in that direction” says Trump to political commentator, Bill O’Reilly.

protecting justice for a crime of rape against her. The goal of these shenanigans was to diminish Hillary, and let America know Trump was ready to fight and defend himself.

In the last 10 days, the presidential campaign has turned into alleged sexual accusations from women accusers, hacked emails, an audio tape of Trump using misogynistic language about women, threats of charging each other with corruption, calling each other names such as the devil, and threats of putting one of the candidates in jail. The contest has entered a new level of ugliness, and people are asking “Is this really America?”

Also during the second debate, Trump went nuclear on Hillary, and called her “the devil with tremendous hate in her heart, and he would throw her in jail.” Trump refused to answer most of the questions he was asked and instead, pivoted to what he felt like saying. He didn’t say anything of substance, acted like a big bully, and tried to see how low he could go. On the other hand, Hillary made the decision not to wallow in the mud with Trump. She presented herself as presidential, mostly spoke the truth, and directly spoke to the individuals from the audience who asked her questions. She appeared more controlled, respectful and knowledgeable.

After the Republican primary ended, many expected Trump to change his strategy and operate with dignity and respect in a spirited campaign based on issues. When the presidential campaign started, Trump stopped calling his opponent “Crooked Hillary,” and started to give policy speeches based on his platform. This lasted for about three weeks, and the presidential polls began closing. But, after the first debate, Trump appeared embarrassed with the worst debate performance in modern times, and he took off his respectful manner and became vicious and lewd. Trump began to demonize Hillary, and attacked Bill Clinton as a sexual predator. Forty-eight hours before the second debate, there was a leaked tape and video from behind the scenes of “Access Hollywood” where Trump used vulgar language to describe how he abused women. This became a political firestorm and many Republican Party members and leaders withdrew their support of Donald Trump. As the chorus sang louder, and Paul Ryan announced that he would no longer defend or campaign for Trump, it left the Republican Party divided and disorganized. One hour before the second debate, Trump decided to hold a press conference with three women; Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Paula Jones. The women accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. There was a fourth woman, Kathy Shelton, who accused Mrs. Clinton of not

Hillary used Michelle Obama’s strategy with Trump whenever someone was rude to the Obama family. The First Lady Michelle Obama explains, “When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is when they go low, we go high.” With only 21 days until the election, Trump has decided to show how low he can go. Trump has decided to blame and attack everyone and everything except himself. According to Trump, the system is rigged, the media is corrupt, Hilary Clinton is the guardian of the status quo, and all Americans are getting ripped off by trade deals, the economy, jobs, and border security. President Obama has not done anything right in seven years, and at any minute the country is ready to implode, if you believe Trump. Hilary will continue to take the high road and discuss policies which will lead the country into the future. She is the most prepared and qualified nominee to ever run for the office of the President of the Unite States.

A.G.E. Teaparty The Association of Guyanese Expatriates will host their final teaparty on Sunday Oct 23, 2016. Everyone is invited to support by attending the event at the West Orlando Rotary Club, 466 Kirkman Rd, Orlando. It begins at 4:00 with a packed program. This annual fundraiser helps support the Children’s Drop In center in Hadfield St. Georgetown, Guyana. The entrance fee of $20 is all inclusive and includes Cheese, Crackers, a Fruit table and delicious Guyanese pastries, cakes and tea, there will also be Mauby and Sorrel drinks for all. This year there will be Men’s Tropical Shirt Contest, so Guys this is your chance to show off in your own parade, with our own Andy King providing the music for you to do so.


The Women’s Hat Parade and the wildly popular Crazy Hat Parade is also scheduled, along with the games our attendees always enjoy. A new addition this year, courtesy of a generous donation, will be an Auction for a Prized 30 year old Whiskey and Guyana’s El Dorado’s 21 Year old Rum. So you might want to start your Christmas Gift shopping for a special person with one of these noteworthy bottles of Whiskey and Rum. The Raffle will also feature Guyana and Venezuelan rums and Liqeuers. Come out for a Sunday afternoon of fun , games and pastries while supporting a good cause. (See Page 17 for more Information)

Letters to My Lawyer™ If You Have A Criminal Record and Background Checks This column is primarily for educational purposes as well as to give the reader general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide any legal advice whatsoever. By reading this column you understand that there is no attorney-cliet relationship between you and writer/pub-lisher. This column should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney. This column is not published for advertising or solicitation purposes. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.

By Sasha Watson, Esq D


Lawyer: I recently traveled to visit family in the US. I am from Jamaica and I came on my tourist visa. At the airport, my encounter with US Customs was very uncomfortable. I was sent to a room and questioned like I was a criminal. The officer asked for my cell phone and went through it. After about an hour and a half of waiting and questioning, they stamped my passport but they only gave me two (2) weeks to be in the country. Can they treat visitors to the country this way and what can I do about how I was treated? From Unhappy Visitor. Dear Unhappy Visitor: I am sorry to read about your encounter with US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Unfortunately, your experience is quite common as some officers have a difficult time balancing their responsibilities for enforcement of immigration laws and providing quality customer service. At the border (international airport or land border), persons entering and exiting the US generally have less protections under the Constitution when it comes to searches conducted by CBP. The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution generally requires the government to show probable cause that a crime has been committed and to obtain a warrant before it can search a location or item in which you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, there is an exception at the border which allows searches to take place without a warrant or probable cause. This well recognized exception, gives CBP broad discretion to conduct a search. CBP has the ability to not only inspect your luggage but also your person and electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones, with or without suspicion. You do not, however, have to provide them your passwords or unlock codes. But not doing so could delay your entry / exit or result in denial of entry into the US. As to the length of stay, CBP also has discretion and can grant you up to 6 months. It is common that most will give the maximum time allowed but they can permit less time. This decision is not reviewable.

they may have as a result of their CBP processing experience. Online comment cards are given to all air and sea travelers who undergo a negative secondary examination as well as all air, land, and sea travelers who are subjected to a personal search. Travelers may also lodge complaints over the phone or in person at the port of entry. Port directors, supervisors, or passenger service representatives are then responsible for contacting the complainant within one (1) business day to acknowledge receipt and to try and resolve the complaint during the initial conversation with the complainant. While any allegation of misconduct or discrimination is referred to the CBP Office of Internal Affairs for resolution. People who have been denied or delayed airline boarding; have been denied or delayed entry into or exit from the U.S. at a port of entry or border crossing; or have been repeatedly referred to additional (secondary) screening can file an inquiry to seek redress using DHS TRIP. • Although travel into and out of the US can be uncomfortable and may seem harassing at times, the process at the border serves an important role in ensuring your safety and security. In situations where your treatment is egregious or unlawful, I encourage you to make a complaint and follow up with CBP for a resolution, as complaints are tracked and data formulated that is critical to improving the experience of travelers. Please submit your letters to Each month a reader’s letter will be chosen for response.

Letters to My Lawyer™ is a publication of Karlyn Hylton & Sasha Watson of Hylton, Adamson Watson, PLLC 1820 W. Colonial Drive |Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: 407-802-3223 | F: 407-377-1971 Email:

Notwithstanding, in interacting with US CBP you should have an expectation to be treated with a certain level of dignity and respect. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has several programs in place to address complaints for travelers whose interaction has fallen below a certain level. In order for service to be improved and to eradicate certain practices, it is important that all travelers make a complaint every time they feel they have been mistreated or discriminated against. These programs include, but are not limited to, Online Comment Cards and DHS TRIP (Traveler Redress Inquiry Program). The CBP online comment card program allows travelers to express, in writing, any concern, complaint, or compliment



CARNIVAL Tek Over...............................


Florida State Minority Development Council (FSMDC) 2016 Gala Themed for Carnival FSMDC Gala 2016 was an event to experience for yourself the elegance, the professionalism and the pageantry was absolutely breathtaking. The nominees and eventual winners had amazing stories of perseverance, determination and appreciation for the support offered by FSMDC. The Gala was themed for Carnival and the dancers and performances gave true tribute to the Carnival experience. (Dancers sponsored by Orlando Carnival Association).

Carnival Dancers Sponsored by Orlando Carnival Association and Mrs. Guenet Gittens-Roberts of GGR Marketing

Roda Ward Carter Celebrating the nomination of CarterHealth for MBE Supplier of the Year by the FSMSDC

Attendees at the FSMDC Gala from left to right covered the Caribbean from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana- Mr. Brad Singh, Mr. Cliff Davey, Ms. Sandra Fatmi, Ms. Chelsea Jones, Mrs. Guenet Roberts, Mr. Richard Powell and Mr. Sam Roberts


Shaggy for “Boombastic” 15th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival With 14 successful festivals under their belt, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival organizers will be upping the ante for the 15th annual event on Sunday, November 13, at Markham Park in Sunrise. So clear your calendars, get your tickets early and plan to enjoy a “Boombastic” day of family fun with fantastic events, games, cooking contests, celebrities, mouthwatering jerk foods and international reggae artist Shaggy!

Attendees can also expect to see Chef Eddie Jackson, “Next Food Network Star” winner (Season 11) and Andre Fowles, Food Network’s “Chopped” two-time champion, who will make their appearance in the Publix Cook-Off Pavilion, and wow festivalgoers with their culinary delights. Miss Jamaica World 2016 Ashlee Barrett will participate in the Celebrity Cook-off and display her culinary skills.

Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. said, “This is our 15th year and we are planning to make it a memorable festival with an out-of-this-world experience for our patrons.” Known to deliver only the best for the largest Caribbean Food Festival in the United States, Edwards is making a promise he will definitely keep, starting with an awesome headliner for the festival’s Main Stage, Mr. Boombastic himself.

Year after year, jerk lovers attend this all-encompassing festival seeking out the best jerk foods, friends they haven’t seen in forever and a multitude of events that offer something for everyone – from the gates open at 10 a.m. till the headliner closes the Main Stage at 10 p.m.

“We have signed Shaggy to perform on the Main Stage and are in negotiations with other performers to be announced shortly,” said an excited Edwards who is totally psyched about the upcoming event. World-renowned for hits such as “Oh Carolina,” “Boombastic,” “Angel,” and the worldwide anthem “It Wasn’t Me,” Shaggy joins a long list of top-tier performers to headline at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Also scheduled to appear is Chaka Demus & Pliers with their top hit “Murder She Wrote” among others. Singing Melody, Ikaya, Eric “Monty” Morris, Code Red Band, King Banton, Ikaya, Twiggy, Jahmel, Kristine Alicia, Sons of Mystro, Zeke Don and Empress Unique are all scheduled to appear on the main stage concert at the festival.


General admission tickets are on sale for $30 online at or at selected retail outlets in MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. For those who want to enjoy the festivities with a little more flair, get ahold of the All-Inclusive VIP tickets available now for $140. The 15th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. in association with Partners for Youth Foundation. Sponsors are Grace Foods, Publix Supermarkets, Western Union, 1-800-411PAIN, Digicel, Red Stripe Beer, Guinness Stout, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Craig Zinn Automotive Group, Caribbean Airlines, National Weekly, WAVS 1170, Caribbean American Passport and Visit or call 754-273-9166 for vendor booth availability and general festival information.

Caribbean American Passport & Hillary Clinton Caribbean American Passport Newspaper endorses Hillary Clinton for President. Every four years someone makes the claim, that this is the most important election. But this election is different. Last December, 196 nations agreed to the first global compact to fight climate change, and because of the way that deal was structured, it won’t only be this country’s future on the line come November. There was already a lot riding on this election when the climate agreement was signed. Most of Obama’s second-term accomplishments were achieved through executive actions, which can be killed with a stroke of the pen by a President Trump. It’s unlikely that a Republican president would actually withdraw from the Iran deal, but we could probably kiss normalization of relations with Cuba goodbye. The same goes for deferred action for Dreamers and the undocumented parents of US citizens— Republican governors are already fighting the latter all the way to the Supreme Court. Obama’s recent package of gun-safety measures would surely vanish. His orders requiring companies that do business with the federal government to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour and barring them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity—which impacts an estimated 20 percent of the American workforce—would at least be in peril. The fact that Democrats lost over 900 state legislative seats during Obama’s presidency, and Republicans now exercise unified control of 25 state governments—the most since 1952—also raises the stakes. With Congress unlikely to switch hands in 2016, the executive branch will either empower right-wing lawmakers at the state level or serve as a bulwark against their extremism. And of course there’s the Supreme Court. Next year, a president will be sworn in with three octogenarian justices (Ginsburg, Scalia, and Kennedy), and a fourth in his late 70s (Breyer). That means the winner of the 2016 election will likely get the first opportunity to shift the Court’s balance of power since George H. Bush replaced Thurgood Marshall with Clarence Thomas 25 years ago. But it’s the climate agreement that really gives the outcome of this election historic significance. Top of Form Bottom of Form Obama relied on executive action to make our initial commitments, investing in


clean energy, issuing new regulations on coal-fired power plants, and enacting tighter fuel-efficiency standards for motor vehicles. He cut a bilateral agreement with China that paved the way for the Paris deal. All of these efforts must remain in place in order to honor the commitments we made in Paris. Only a president who believes global warming is a genuine threat will do what it takes to ratchet them up. The United States is second to China in greenhouse-gas emissions—and number one in emissions per person. Big, developing countries like China and India rightly point out that the West became affluent with over a century of dirty development, and are responsible for a majority of the world’s cumulative emissions over that period. If we don’t meet our targets, other countries will have an excuse to not honor their own commitments, and the whole deal could fall apart. Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax cooked up by the Chinese “in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” Marco Rubio called the Paris agreement an “unfunny joke,” and Ted Cruz explicitly promised to pull out of it if he’s elected. Is that just bluster —red meat for the base? Perhaps, but The Hill reported in December that Congressional Republicans and their allies were “pursuing channels in each branch of government as they look to torpedo the deal.” A Republican president wouldn’t have to formally withdraw from the Paris compact; unwinding Obama’s executive actions and refusing to ratchet up our commitments in the future could prove the deal’s detractors correct. The presidency has a lot of power in our system of government, so every election is important. But when you consider everything that’s at stake from common sense immigration policies to treating all religions and people with respect, to at least some form of gun control, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate we trust in this moment in our history, this election does have the potential to be truly pivotal.

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Guyana 50/50 Recognizing the TOP 50 Guyanese in Florida Nominations Are Closed! CAST YOUR VOTE AT :

Judge Majeed Rick Singh Gail Seeram Naresh & Nadia Boodhoo Dr. Patrick Coggins Andy King Ramzan Roshanah Ali Paul & Anita Singh Lloyd Philips Hari Singh Star & Rosemarie Moonasar Ravi & Zorida Manoo Wesley Kirton Sibille Pritchard Clayton Chand Kash Ramnarain Harry Subraj Joy Agness Ian Moffett Swaresh & Seeta Persaud Wayne Forde Maya Trotz Shanti Persaud Victor Baker Dionne Polite Karran & Sham Anderson John Yates Larry London Richard Ramjit Danny Harricharan Brain Chin Dr. Stephen Quaning Ron Bob-Semple Raj Singh Prem Jadoonauth Dr. Mosai Derrick Singh Roger Gonzales

Vani Lowton Cecil 'Skip' Roberts Harry Bissoon Joy Anderson Chub Bedessee Conrad Taylor Ephraim Adams Creig Camacho Glen Khan Laini Schultz Lalman Persaud A.A. Ali Lakeram Narain Shivnarine Chanderpaul Lloyd Houston Desiree Hanson Brindley Pieters Ralph Seeram Wayne Forde Cyril Norville Joy Reid Sukree Boodram Russ Permaul Dr. Wayne Sampson Dharmindra Ramdehal David Anderson Rudy Thackurdeen Omawale Omawale Gary Osman Ram Lakhan Singh Dawn Allicock Debbie Churaman Kelly-Ann Gibbs Jay Singh Brian Edun Dr. Subriya Ishoof Dr. Shaw Barbara Lemoine Tim Mohamed Paul Green

Lennox Griffith Brian Bacchus Mark Bannister Sam & Guenet Roberts George Maynard Sean Foley Mohamed Assim Melissa Singh Frank Cummings Romeco Kissoonauth Sham Tilack Colin Baker Dr. Hardowar Gina Trotz Lance Gibbs Michael Humphrey Phillip Scantlebury Christine Franklyn Urla king Somdat Jiawan Rajesh Kandhai Dr. Victor Boodhoo Derek Basdeo Khris Persaud Earle Browne Prof. GT DJ iChunes Sharda Ram Umpire Cecil F Kippins 3BWJ#FEFTTFF Barbara Ashly Jones Tom Bacchus *Ray Seales *Dr. Glensford Creig *Alan Khan *Godfrey Chin

The Guyana 50/50 Awards Gala will be held on November 5th in Orlando.

Nominations poured in for Guyanese across the State of Florida who are doing amazing things in their community and across the world and who have provided unparralled service to Guyana. With over 100 nominees submitted by the close off date of October 15th. Voting is now open for your favorate Guyanese in the categories below; cast your vate at Voting starts on 16th October and ends on October 31st for the Top 50 Guyanese in the State of Florida. Nominees have been notified by an official letter congratulating them on their nomination and asking each nominee to submit a photograph (Headshot) of themselves along with a Bio of their activities, accomplishments and achievements. The top 50 Guyanese in the State of Florida will be selected by a committee and will be evaluated based on a combination of the votes they receive and their Bio's. The categories are as follows: - Business & Entrepreneurship - Community & Public Service

- Education

- Arts & Entertainment

- Politics & Civic Engagement

-Trail Blazers

- Future Leaders

The winners will be announced at the Guyana 50/50 Awards Banquet on November 5th at the Doubletree by Hilton located at 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32819 - by the entrance to Universal Studios Orlando. The Guyana 50/50 Awards Banquet is not meant to be a competition but rather a celebration and recognition of Guyana's strength, culture and diversity within the Florida Diaspora. ALL NOMINEES will be recognized and celebrated as we come together to showcase Guyana as part of the 50th Celebrations of Guyana's Independence. This will be a 'Black Tie' affair with Red Carpet Arrivals, Live musical performances, Awards and Entertainment by some of Guyana's best; including our host Dave Martins of the Tradewinds, Terry Gajraj, Seeta Persaud and more.



Machel Montano hits the Florida Caribbean Community Year of the Monk

It was nothing short of excitement and pure vibes at Tampa’s Ritz Ybor when the man himself, Machel Montano, touched down on stage alongside Dj Stephen. Making this his fifth stop in his USA tour and just a week after Miami Carnival, Mr. Montano never seized to amaze the crowd with his exuberating energy and pleasing charisma. Montano’s Summer Last Will and Testament Tampa Tour was said to be more than just your average experience, it was a testament to “life’s fleeting pleasures.” That was exactly what he gave the Monk-crazed fans Sunday night with his classic hits, as well as new jams, such as Temperature, Need it, and Memory. CAP crew had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Montano after the show and got to know a little more about the Soca superstar that captivates the hearts of every feter. Mr. Montano continued vision of 33 years has always been to revolutionize soca by promoting unity through his music and he says he is just getting started. When asked what “Monk” stood for, Mr. Montano said it meant “a Movement of New Knowledge.” He expressed his interest in empowering people through love and entity. However, what stood out the most about Mr. Montano was his humility and passion for his fans and music. There is no separation from the energy he gives you on stage to the energy he gives you in person. What can we expect from Mr. Montano for 2017 other than new soca hits? He said he is in the works to introduce a whole new carnival experience and we’ll have stay tuned, because it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Written by Ariella Basdeo

Photography by Stephney Sanasie

CAP Reporter Stephney backstage with Machel, DJ Stephn & Che Kodari

Fans expressed their desire to see more from Monk Productions and with such great reviews, could it be possible that there will be a second round of premieres? Who knows? Until then Bazodee’s soundtrack has been just made available on all digital outlets. You can find his new album- Monk Evolution- on Apple Music. To get all the latest news and updates on everything Machel Montano, follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @machelmontano or on his website —

Kissimmee Golden Krust Team was in Tampa for the show

Mr. Montano’s most recent endeavors have led him to smashing the box offices throughout the US and Caribbean. Bazodee is innovative and nothing like it’s kind. It is the first Caribbean influenced musical to hit the big screens. It has already grossed over a hundred thousand throughout the Caribbean and USA since its August 2016 debut. CAP crew was able to speak to a few fans at his recent show in Tampa to find out how they felt about his new movie. One stand-out fan said, “Bazodee was a feel good movie that made you proud to say you’re from the Caribbean.”

Mad Man Smallie




TAKING DE BATE eductio ad absurdum. Three years of Latin in Secondary School and that is all I remember of the Linguam Latinam or is it Lingua Latina? My daughter Marsha, an English tea-

cher, told me she is studying Latin dance so maybe she might know. I think back to the efforts of Mr. Bally, our Latin teacher, a really incredibly nice person I called “Gaius Balliramus” who gave as good as he got- not that my lack of interest in Latin and my unwillingness to study the subject gave him anything good except a basis for humour at my expense. On one of my papers he complimented me for being able to spell my name right and for having the right date on the paper, but he still gave me zero. I used the age old schoolboy argument that Latin is a dead language and should remain so, but that cut no glacies with him and the Cambridge University authorities whose passion for punishing little colonial children knew no bounds.

However, even though my parents had no formal education, they valued education for me and so I ended up at Presentation College, San Fernando. Without knowing that the word “literary” had nothing to do with emptying dustbins (my punishment in elementary school for making ill-timed jokes), I joined the “Literary and Debating Society” and eventually became the captain of the school’s debating team. My specialty, and why I remembered the Latin term for a practice that started in Greece, was Reductio ad Absurdum. Essentially it means “reduction to absurdity” generally by attempting to turn a reasonable argument into an absurd one by taking the argument to the most hilarious extremes. Its use is common in debates, philosophy, and in formal mathematics (where it is referred to as proof by contradiction). Take for instance the topic, common in school debates, that intelligence is determined by genes and not the environment. So you have the “positive” side. Your opponents hit you with, “You are saying that intelligence is determined by genes? If that were so then someone raised without human contact or knowledge could still be a genius. A baby reared by wolves could be brighter than Einstein? Does that have to do with relativity or his relatives?” When your turn comes you have your opening for, “If intelligence is totally and completely determined by the environment, then everyone can be a genius regardless of any kind of inherent mental disability. Even people who attend the same school as my honourable opponents.” This is a touchy area but you can find a way to deal with it as Thomas Huxley did in the 1860 Oxford Evolution Debate which took place shortly after Charles Darwin published, “On the Origin of Species.” Some serious intellectual heavyweights were around but it came down to Thomas Huxley and Bishop Samuel Wilberforce. According to BRANCH (Britain, Representation and Nineteenth Century History), Huxley was Darwin’s friend and chief scientific defender. Wilberforce, known as “Soapy Sam” for his smoothness and rhetorical slipperiness in debate, offered a lengthy denunciation of Darwin’s theory, ridiculing it and declaring it to be at odds with Scripture. As he closed his remarks,


By Tony Deyal

Wilberforce turned to Huxley and sneeringly asked him if it was through his grandfather or grandmother that he claimed descent from apes. The audience cheered. Huxley turned to the man seated next to him and whispered, “The Lord hath delivered him into mine hands.” Rising to his feet, Huxley responded that he would rather have an ape for an ancestor than a bishop who distorted the truth. I would have started the heredity versus environment debate by first defining my terms. My approach would have been, “Where I come from, if a child resembles the father it is heredity and if the child resembles the neighbor, that is environment.” Of course the holy Irishmen who ran the school would not have allowed that. But they would have liked three examples that are often quoted. One is a question about how many boxes of cookies some Girl Scouts sold in an hour. The argument against was, “There is no way those Girl Scouts could have sold all those cases of cookies in one hour. If they did, they would have made $500 in one hour, which, based on an 8 hour day is over a million dollars a year. That is more than most lawyers, doctors, and successful business people make!” Then there is, “Don’t forget God’s commandment, 'thou shall not kill'. By using mouthwash, you are killing 99.9% of the germs that cause bad breath. Prepare for Hell.” There is also, “My opponent is saying that exercise will make you stronger. Actually, if you just keep exercising and never stop, you would eventually drop dead.” I think of “reductio ad absurdum” whenever I listen to a debate in one of the region’s Parliaments or, recently, in the much hyped Clinton versus Trump debates. In the Caribbean it is very clear that the days of the great speakers – Manley and Bustamante, Barrow and Adams, Eric Williams and Lionel Seukeran, Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan, even Panday and Robinson, have ended. In the case of the debates between the two contestants for the Presidency of the United States, there is none of the drama of the initial Kennedy/Nixon debate on September 26, 1960. It has been all downhill since then. The most recent debate, on Sunday night, was the worst I have ever seen- sordid, accusatory and lacking what all debaters know is the primary rule of the art form that debating is and must be- treat your opponents with respect. In this sense, the art of debating itself, and not just the points made by one side or the other, has been reduced to absurdity. *Tony Deyal was last seen quoting comedian Jimmy Fallon who quipped, “It's reported that even the Taliban actually had a debate viewing party. So for the first time, it looks like they're torturing themselves.”

The U.S. Depart. of Commerce awards $1.25 million to M. Gill & Associates


the City of Miami to strengthen our market positioning. I encourage all minority-owned firms that have an interest in growing their domestic or export product or service to reach out to us, and we will continue to make your success our priority.”

he U.S. Department of Commerce awards $1.25 million to M. Gill & Assoc. to operate the new MBDA Global Business Center in Florida. U.S. Department of Commerce’s Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development at the MBDA in Washington DC, will use her luncheon keynote remarks at the October 14th MEDWeek Conference, announce the MBDA’s award of $1.25 million to M. Gill & Associates, to support the delivery of technical assistance services to Florida’s minority business enterprises (MBEs).

At the MEDWeek Awards Power Lunch held on October 13th, eight outstanding MBEs were honored, Ms. Hill brought the federal government’s message to the Conference, as she encouraged minority-owned businesses to take advantage of exporting opportunities with support from the new Exporting Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development at the MBDA Project, and the tool box of resources now “We selected M. Gill & Associates, which was in Washington DC available to M. Gill & Associates, and to the the most experienced bidder with a track recoMBEs to be served under its new MBDA Business Center. rd of capability and accomplishment, from a national search to launch the MBDA’s newest initiative—one of only four Business Centers nationwide, that will provide services to grow minority firms, domestically as well as help to aggressively increase their global competitiveness, Hill said.” No stranger to the MBDA Programs, M. Gill & Associates has Operated the MBDA Business Center in South Florida for 15 years from January 2002 to March 31, 2016, and has grown that program to become the number one performing Center, of the nearly 50 Centers throughout the U.S. Owner and president, Marie Gill is well known in Florida and across the region, for her stellar service to the community and for nurturing and growing hundreds of small, minority and women-owned businesses for nearly 30 years. Gill says she does not take these assignments lightly. “It is always a challenge to provide the best possible service to the underserved, but that is what makes the MBDA and our role as service providers so critical to the growth of minorityowned businesses and to our economic growth—we are committed to excellence,” she said. “It is great to be given this tremendous vote of confidence by the MBDA, and to have the continued Strategic Cost-Share Partnership from

Ms. Gill of M. Gill & Associates,

United States. The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs. For more information: the Miami Office is located at 9499 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33138 with Telephone #: 305-751-2908 or

Accredited & License # ST38788


The MBDA Business Center located in Miami, Florida is operated by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. The center is part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the



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