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Javier-self a merry little Christmas By Wayne Jebian There are two surefire ways to add local flavor to a holiday celebration: add extra nutmeg to your eggnog, and put on some tunes from Javier Colon’s “A Very Acoustic Christmas”. There’s just one question: how do you get an iTunes file into a stocking? West Hartford musician and singer Javier Colon will be out on the 26-city Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour until the 23rd of December, but he will most definitely be spending Christmas Eve and Day with his family. The family and friends he has in Connecticut are something he says he would never exchange for all of the connections in Manhattan and all of the glitz in Hollywood. Continues on page 10 w w w. t h e c a n e w s . c o m
Beyond the coast: Building solutions for Caribbean entrepreneurs By Staff Writer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For most people, the word “Caribbean” immediately conjures up images of beaches and cruise ships. But while tourism is by far the islands’ most important industry, its towns and cities are very much like most others in the world -- meaning that behind those alluring vacation photographs, there are legions of business owners working hard to build micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises. And these Caribbean entrepreneurs face the same issues their counterparts elsewhere do, such as limited access to loans and equity investments, and challenges in participating in the supply chains of large companies and higher value markets. Continues on page 7
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President Obama’s re-election has been partly the result of, and will play a large role in, U.S. immigration law. Immigration is arguably what defines America as a nation in many ways. America a nation whose foundation is comprised of the work and spirit of immigrants; it has always been a refuge and a place where one can pursue their dreams in a tangible way. In many cases, it is the only country where immigrants have ever been able to call home. This holds, particularly, for those brought to the U.S. as children and for whom President Obama’s Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is critical. With the re-election of President Obama, there is a possibility that immigration processes can be improved; for specific programs, such as the DACA and Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), Continues on page 16
Canada among Cuba’s Russian airline to begin main investment partners non-stop service to Jamaica HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Canada is among the main countries with the largest amount of investments in strategic sectors in Cuba, Ileana Nuñez, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment said in Havana. With more than 15 investment projects in the areas of mining, risk oil prospecting and electricity generation, the northern nation is among Cuba’s first five trade partners, Nuñez announced during the third day of Havana’s International Trade Fair. In the first semester of 2012, commercial exchanges between the two countries grew by 24 percent with respect to the same period of 2011, she pointed out.
INGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- On January 1, 2013, Russian airline, Transaero, will begin nonstop service from Moscow to Montego Bay, using a Boeing 777 with 300 seats. This was announced by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, at a press briefing held on Thursday. He noted that the flights are being organised by Russian tour operator, Biblio Globus, in association with Transaero. “The flights will run for three months initially; however, we are in discussions with them to continue into the summer and to provide the service for the entire year. We are also formalising plans to fly in a group of Russian media representatives to help promote destination Jamaica in Russia,” McNeill said. Download E-Paper
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1 (L-R) Bob Crawford, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and First Lady Cathy Malloy at Winterfest Hartford 2012 - Photo By A. Francis
2 (L-R) First Lady Cathy Malloy, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at Winterfest Hartford 2012 -Photo by A. Francis The Lift Every Voice and Sing Community Choir of Hartford sang seasonal tunes like “Let it Snow,” at Winterfest Hartford Opening Ceremony at Bushnell Park, CT - Photo By A. Francis
3 Local Professional Skaters at Winterfest Hartford 2012 - Photo By A. Francis
4 Children and adults attended Winterfest Hartford, which featured free Carousel rides and free ice skating -Photo By A. Francis
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ext to Florida and New York, Hartford area has the largest population of Jamaicans. Hartford is appealing to Jamaicans because of the ability to easily acquire Caribben food and entertainment, and of course, the estimated 3hr 50min flight to Kingston . Despite the fact that most Jamaicans claim there’s no place like “Yaad,” Hartford comes pretty close.
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ARTFORD-- The traditional Winterfest will return to Bushnell Park with a grand opening and a bigger skating rink which was extended to roughly 100 feet by 100 feet, up from last year’s 80- foot by 90- foot structure . “Winterfest is a free skating festival that happens yearly, ” Kristina Newman-Scott, marketing, events and cultural affairs director, City of Hartford said “Not only is it for free, we have skates that we give to kids and people who don’t have skates so they can enjoy. And if they don’t know how to skate, we teach them how to skate for free.” Winterfest runs from : Date: Friday, November 23rd, 2012 End Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013 Time: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Winterfest Activities Include: ► FREE Ice Skating Sundays - Thursdays, 12 pm - 8 pm; Friday Saturday, 12 pm - 9 pm Don’t have your own skates? Winterfest has free skate rentals. ► FREE Photos with Santa at the Pumphouse Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm - 3 pm until
Dec 23 ► Christmas Tree and Wreath Lot - wreaths and fresh cut trees for sale daily ► Open Hearth Firewood - for sale Fridays and Saturdays ► Food vending at the Channel 3 Kid’s Camp Candy Cane Cafe, courtesy of Trantolo & Trantolo ► The Bushnell Park Carousel Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am - 7 pm, until Dec 30 Come after work, on your lunch break or as a part of a trip downtown to see some of the city’s cultural treasures. Hartford Winterfest is brought to you by the iQuilt Partnership and the City of Hartford. “...an opening in the heart of the city..., to which citizens will naturally flow in their walks; ...a place where children play; ...a place for holiday scenes and celebrations; ...where rich and poor will exchange looks and make acquaintance through the eyes; ...a place of life and motion that will make us more completely conscious of being one people.” - Reverend Horace Bushnell, proposing Bushnell Park, 1853.
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Jamaican patois bible officially launched in Britain By Staff Writer
ONDON, England (JIS) -The Jamaican patois translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible had its official launch in London recently at the Jamaican High Commission. General Secretary of the Bible Society of the West Indies, Reverend Courtney Stewart, said that the launch held was an acknowledgement of the strong ties between Jamaica and the UK. Stewart, who is promoting the translation in the UK, said it was a bit like ‘colonisation in reverse’. He noted that the Jamaican language came out of the country’s British colonial experience, and that the patois translation was done by Jamaicans for Jamaicans in “our own language”. “We have come of age. We are doing the launch (in the UK) because of the strong ties. Our relatives live here and the Jamaican community is quite strong. So we thought it was appropriate that in the 50th year since our political independence, this was a most appropriate place to do the launch and to show that we have come of age and
that we have a history and a language together,” he said. The promotions tour, which has seen Stewart appearing on BBC Radio, will include visits to Manchester, Bristol and Sheffield, as well as Brixton in London. He said that the response has been very good and that it was wonderful to see the respect that is being shown to the Jamaican language. An electronic audio version of the Bible is also to be launched in Jamaica this year on iTunes, as well as on mobile phone applications. Director of the Bible Society in England and Wales, Pat Marks, speaking at the launch, said the audio edition is being produced by Faith Comes by Hearing, a global organisation based in the United States. The launch was attended by members of the clergy from both the West Indian and British communities, during which Stewart, presented the Jamaican High Commissioner, Aloun Ndombet Assamba, with a copy of ‘Di Jamiekan Nyuu Testament’. The patois Bible covers the life of Jesus to Revelation and the translation was done by a team from the Uni-
versity of the West Indies in partnership with theological institutions in Jamaica over a ten-year period. Stewart told the audience that every language, if given the opportunity, could become a world class language. “The DNA of every language contains the potential for each to become and do anything that Hebrew and Greek, French and English have done and are still doing,” he said. “All will understand what it means that we have two languages in our country, that is, Jamiekan, the mother tongue and Standard English, the second language, with bi- lingual education being the order of the day. Our children will leave school fluent and literate in both Jamiekan and English, and the crisis of illiteracy will be passed and over,’ he said. In the meantime, Assamba said it was important that the debate continues in Jamaica over the teaching of patois and the benefits it can derive. She said the new translation was a very important piece of work as the Bible was bi-lingual with both Jamaican and English.
Lonely at Christmas – Tips on finding fun/love Caribbean style (for those living in the US) By Tanny CollInder
hristmas is the worst time of year to be lonely; it’s the only holiday centered mostly on family, when you’re bombarded with images that force you to face the reality of your single status amidst everyone else’s merriment. It’s not exactly a season conducive to being the single gal or guy, especially when you’ll be forced to face the prospect of being alone at New Year’s, a wretched situation that truly terrifies some persons, especially if you hold to the belief that if you’re alone at New Year’s you’ll be alone for the rest of the year. But it doesn’t have to be all terror and tears. Christmas doesn’t have to see you drinking apple cider alone at home or suffering through a family dinner where you’re con-
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1. Plan for each day of the holiday. Christmas Day will be reserved for family, and you can face the prospect of doing this sans mate if you have plans for a slamming Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. Start checking out the party scene from now. See any shindigs you’d be interested in attending? Plan for it, shop for it and plan to go enjoy yourself, even if you don’t have a date yet. 2. Engage your other single friends. Not everyone will be with family for the entire holiday period; some of your friends will be in the same boat that you’re in too. Plan with friends to hit the road. Make a pact to do it together. Once you’re
around other people, you’ll forget being lonely. 3. Test out non-traditional dating avenues. It doesn’t hurt to try an internet dating site, speed dating or going on blind dates, once you’re careful. It doesn’t hurt to link up with the gent you’ve met on Facebook from back home, for a bit of late night talking and texting. Don’t depend on traditional methods of dating, as much has changed in today’s world. Give people you would have never dreamt of before a chance. You’ll never know what the Christmas breeze will bring your way. 4. Host a party. This is the perfect way to meet people and to remain social in the season. Ask your friends to bring along friends of the opposite sex you’ve never met before. Make it an entirely Caribbean affair, offering fare from the different countries. Bust out the Dutch pot and have a jam with Caribbean flavor, music and food. 5. Check out what’s happening with the different Caribbean associations. Caribbean parties are plenty this season, so check out a Trini lime or a Jamaican jam, where you’ll be sure to meet persons who share not only your culture, but who will make you less lonely. Even if you’re not a party person, go out anyway. Find somewhere to go, where you’ll mix with people. Don’t be too picky or too stiff. Remember you’re just having fun, not signing a marriage contract. Drop the prejudices and focus on enjoying yourself. 6. Don’t focus so much on hooking up with someone for the long term, but loosen up and enjoy the moment. When you seem less anxious and desperate, more people will come out of the woodwork and gravitate to the new, more intriguing you. And even if you end the season without a mate, you’ll have made new friends. 7. Don’t hold back. You have the entire next year to start over, so end the year with a bang. Dress well, eat plenty, dance, laugh, love and vow to enjoy the holidays at all costs. If you have regrets after, well, you can resolve to do better for 2013. firstname.lastname@example.org
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BOARD MEETING OR FAMILY DINNER: GET BACK TO THE BASICS. WHAT ARE THE HOLIDAYS ABOUT FOR YOU? By A. Francis
he holidays are supposed to be fun but sometimes the stress of it all can leave you feeling decidedly less-than-festive. What should be a well-earned break from work can often turn into an endless stream of responsibilities, obligations and tense dinners not far removed from the pressures of the boardroom. Stress and wellness specialist say the
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It is suggested taking a step back and focusing on what Christmas is supposed to be about. Get back to the basics, and ask yourself what are the holidays about for you? If they’re about connections, spend as much time connecting with the people you love instead of spending 10 hours in the kitchen. If they’re about relaxation, make sure the kind of things you do let you
got things well in hand.This is a good time of year to recap with your manager. As for those potentially painful reunions with an uncle who gets on your nerves or an in-law who seldom bothers to hide his or her dislike for you at the dinner table, it often comes with the territory. Family pushes our buttons a lot quicker than in the boardroom, as there’s a lot more history there. It is suggested that you make a conscious effort to put out proverbial fires before they start by being supportive and accommodating. If all else fails, the oldest trick in the book still works: Make an excuse to show up at the last minute and leave as soon as possible after dinner is done. Your health is crucial to keeping stress levels low so lay off the spiked eggnog, try not to over-eat and make sure to still get plenty of rest and exercise. Avoid things like too much alcohol or too much caffeine and get some sleep.
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This October, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the IDB Group, is holding its 2012 FOROMIC conference in the English-speaking Caribbean for the first time. Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados is playing host to the conference, which is the leading event focusing on micro, small and medium enterprise development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The occasion offers a unique opportunity for the MIF to showcase some of the innovative solutions and projects being implemented in the region to support and promote entrepreneurship in the Caribbean islands. One example is a partnership with the organization Women Business Owners Jamaica, which the MIF has helped to support since 2010. Through this project, a group of 300 women participated in a training model designed to help them grow and develop their small businesses. Dorothea Gordon-Smith, a former president of Women Business Owners Jamaica and head of a waste management company, says that one of the program’s most important aspects is access to its mentoring and networking relationships. “Jamaican women, we realized, are afraid to take the next step [in starting businesses],” she said. “We thought we would strengthen them.” Access to financing, too, is a key constraint for these businesswomen. Another group member, Gale Peart, founder of a grocery shopping service, said, “[There is] a lack of creative funding... that could enhance some exciting start-up opportunities.” Another MIF project that will be showcased during FOROMIC is Carib-Cap, a capacity-building program for Caribbean microfinance institutions that will officially launch its second phase on the eve of the conference. “The first phase of this regional program has already benefited over 8,500 microentrepreneurs through its support for 18 microfinance institutions,” said MIF senior specialist Winsome Leslie, herself a native of Jamaica. “In the Caribbean, there are
many emerging businesses that seek creative ways to grow, through diversification of products and services in response to market demand. They are dedicated to strengthening their families and communities by building strong businesses and programs, and institutions that support small business lending are crucial.” Early stage equity investment is another important element of business success that can be scarce for Caribbean entrepreneurs. The MIF is working to expand the availability of such funding in several ways, including the publication of a study carried out with Compete Caribbean on the state of impact investing in the Caribbean. IDB executive vice president Julie Katzman will moderate the conference’s final plenary panel, which will feature a discussion of this report. Above all, the central message of FOROMIC celebrates the creativity and hard work of entrepreneurs all across Latin America and the Caribbean. Barbadian businessman William Nathaniel Beckles will be honoured during the conference with an award for Excellence in Local Entrepreneurship. Beckles, founder of fitness facility Little League Gym and general merchandise shop Willimart, embodies this spirit well, saying,
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NATURALIZATION FOR SPOUSES OF U.S. CITIZENS: DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY. PATRICK G. LYLE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
aturalization is the process through which a Lawful Permanent Resident or Green Card holder becomes a U.S. Citizen. If an individual has been a green card holder for a period of five (5) years and meets other appropriate criteria he/she can apply for Citizenship in the U.S. If a green card holder remains married to a U.S. Citizen (who has filed for the green card) then they do not have to wait five (5) years but they can file for Citizenship 90 days prior to the third anniversary of being a green card holder. The advantages of U.S. Citizenship are numerous. The most important advantage of being a U.S. Citizen is that you will be able to sponsor family members in classifications (generally) faster then if you are a green card holder. Additionally, many of our clients and potential clients want to sponsor their parents and bring them to the U.S. to retire and to spend their later years with younger members of the family. Of course, being a U.S. Citizen allows you to vote and to make your voice heard about the politicians that will be representing you in the fed-
eral, state and local governments. To qualify for Naturalization under Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must have been a permanent resident in the U.S. (green card holder) for at least three years, you must have been living in marital union with the same U.S. citizen spouse for the entirety of these three years, and you must meet all other eligibility requirements under this section. However, under Section 319(b) of the INA, you may qualify for naturalization if you are a spouse of a U.S. citizen employed abroad regardless of your time as a permanent resident. The general eligibility requirements for naturalization as a spouse of a U.S. citizen are as follows: 1.You must be 18 or older. 2.You must be a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of filing a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. 3.You must have been living in marital union with your U.S. citizen spouse, who has been a U.S. citizen throughout the three years, during the three years immediately preceding the date of filing the application and up until examina-
tion of the application. 4.You must have lived within the State, or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least three months prior to the date of filing your application. 5.You must have continuous residence in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for at least three years immediately preceding the date of filing your application. 6.You must reside continuously within the U.S. from the date of your application for naturalization until the time of naturalization. 7.You must be physically present in the U.S. for at least eighteen months out of the three years immediately preceding the date of filing the application. 8.You must be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government (also known as “civics”). 9.You must be a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the U.S. and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the U.S. during all relevant periods under the law. If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen who is employed by the U.S. government, including the military, or other qualifying employer, and your spouse is stationed abroad in such employment for at least one year, under Section 319(b) of the INA you may be eligible for naturalization given the following: In general, you must be present in the U.S. pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent resident at the time of examination on the naturalization application and at the time of naturalization and meet all of the requirements above except that: 1.While there is no specific period for which you must be a permanent resident (green card holder), you must still be a permanent resident. 2.There is no specific period of continuous resident or physical presence in the U.S. required.
Paths to Job Training for F-1 Visa Students Over time, American colleges and universities have seen increasing enrollments of full-time foreign students who are pursuing an education here under the F-1 visa program. Many of these students are highly-trained and can add a lot to the U.S. economy. Thus, they also have legal avenues to obtain “optional practical training” (“OPT”) in a job related to their field of study through the procurement of “employment authorization documents” known as EADs..
The Million-Dollar Green Card (EB-5 Investor Visa) If you want a green card and have ever thought about starting or purchasing a business in the United States an EB-5 Investor Visa could be perfect for you. Generally speaking the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa (“EB-5 Visa”) requires that you invest either $1,000,000 in a city setting, or $500,000 in rural settings, and in return, the U.S. Government will give you a Green Card. Read more:thecanews.com 3.There is no specific period of marital union required, but you and your spouse must actually be in marital union. An additional requirement to the above list is that you must also establish that you will depart from the U.S. immediately after naturalization and that you intend to reside in the U.S. immediately upon the termination of your spouse’s employment abroad. Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays. Contributions to this column are made by Patrick G. Lyle, Attorney At Law Call - (860) 242-0611
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the country they are visiting. It will do so through various means, including the coveted “Musts” where visitors are encouraged to visit the top 10 things to do when vacationing on a particular island for every budget and “Native Links”, which features the best local tour guides on each island. Jamaican supermodels Kimanee Wilson and Jaunel McKenzie are the beauty and brains behind Mytravel Insider. Wilson said the partners leveraged their knowledge of the region and widespread travel experience to develop the travel guide that fully encompasses the true Caribbean experience. “Having traveled throughout the world,” she said, “we understand what travelers are looking for in a destination and saw the need to provide them with that authentic alternative.” MyTravel Insider also provides the necessary link between visitors and local businesses. Participating members of the website and MTI app will be advertised in a fully functioning multimedia format, with a full description that includes contact information and direct links to their websites. “With the growing number of smartphone users, our company is providing a more efficient way to promote one’s business,” says Jaunel McKenzie
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To anyone who aspires to show business success, he advises that it’s not about where you start out. It’s about how hard you work.
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“It would be detrimental to move my immediate family to New York or Los Angeles or somewhere far away,” he said. “My wife’s family lives here. My family lives here in Connecticut. I want my kids to be able to grow up with that support system of having their aunts and uncles and grandparents close by. I want my family to be secure.” “What would happen if I moved the family to Los Angeles?” Colon continued. “We would get over there, and then, when a tour came up, I would be gone for six weeks, and they would be out there by themselves. My wife wouldn’t get to see her sister. She wouldn’t get to see her parents. My children wouldn’t get to see any of their family.”
This graduate of NBC’s “The Voice” grew up in Stratford, where he attended Bunnel High School. His Dominican father still runs a radio station in Bridgeport: Radio Cumbre, 1450 AM. When Colon was growing up, his Puerto Rican mother would keep the radio turned on all day at home, where she ran a day-care service. Colon attributes his desire to make music to this immersion in his father’s musical tastes. He also attributes his success not to dreaming of the bright lights of the big city but to the connections he made closer to home. “The first deal that I got with Capital Records, I met this guy in sixth grade,” he recalls. “I did a talent show over the summer and I met someone who introduced
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me to someone else, who introduced me to someone else down the line. When I got to high school, that person whom I first met asked me to play with them, and to make a long story short, through something I did in sixth grade, I ended up meeting the person I got my first record deal with, based at Capital Records. From doing some little local talent show all that I did in Stratford. So you just never know how the dots can be connected. You just have to do everything and anything that you can.” To anyone who aspires to show business success, he advises that it’s not about where you start out. It’s about how hard you work: “I learned that it is very difficult to make it. You have to get lucky, but you also have to help your chances of getting
lucky and being seen. You have to perform in front of everyone, even if it’s on the local level. You want to be the biggest name in your town or the biggest name in your city. You want to get out there and do all of the talent shows and open mics. You just want to be seen; try to make as many connections with other musicians that are here in Connecticut and try to get out there. You never know where your opportunity’s going to come from.” On behalf of our readers, thanks for the great advice, and from all of us at TCANews: Javier-self a merry little Christmas!
Masters Recipient Turned Away From Restaurant Job By Michael Greenhut
local man was escorted by police on Friday from a downtown restaurant after he showed up in a stolen restaurant uniform, began washing dishes in the kitchen against the staff’s wishes, and refused to stop when ordered to do so. The arrest followed a call from the manager, who claimed he had turned the man down for a dishwashing job because of his lack of experience using the restaurant dishwasher. “Thank God he’s gone,” said the manager, Don Jacobs, 50. “He just wouldn’t stop washing dishes. He started with a couple of spoons, and soon he’d cleaned half our supply of spaghetti plates and gravy boats. Some of my staff were starting to feel threatened. ”The sixteen-year-old dishwashing coordinator, who’s name is being withheld due to her age, also had a complaint about their unwanted dishwasher. “I was really scared. I’ve been washing my mom and dad’s dishes for ten years, so I should be the best person to do
this. Then this pig walks in and starts cleaning everything like a crazy man, working twice as hard as the rest of us, like he’s better than us or something. I really thought he was going to take my job.” The intruder, Steven Brooks, 25, was originally thought to be a homeless man. Later, it was discovered that he in fact holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature along with a Bachelor of Arts in said field as well as a Bachelor of Science in computer science. Further, Brooks graduated from Yale University in May of 2003, and has since failed to find steady work in either of his fields. Later, when he was available for commentary, Brooks had his own story to tell. He claims that after sending out two hundred resumes, he had a harrowing interview with a staffing agency which gained him nothing. “They wouldn’t even look at my resume. They told me I needed to comb my eyebrows and use some kind of special corporate shampoo, and they told me to buy a $1500 suit for
my future interviews. I looked it up, turns out it was a funeral suit. That’s partly what drove me to the breaking point.” Mr. Jacobs claims he doesn’t regret his decision to turn Brooks away. “What do I care if he’s run the computer system for some military base every summer, or if he finished with a 3.7 GPA? What I’d like to know is, how many dishes has the kid washed in his life before today? He looks pretty spoiled.” Brian Wells, 39, a spokesperson for the franchise denied claims that Brooks was a victim of an exceptionally poor economy. “Our economy is fine,” he said. “My brother got me this job three and a half years ago, and did I sweat much for it? No sir.” When asked about his future plans, Brooks said “My dad lent me his lawnmower, so I’m going to try freelance landscaping. I’m a little worried since they didn’t teach me how to cut grass at Yale, but everyone assures me I’ll be okay.”
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Education Law to Impact Caribbean Students By Wayne Jebian
law passed in the Connecticut State Legislature earlier this year, PA 12-40, will end remedial courses at community colleges throughout the state by the fall of 2014. For Connecticut’s Latino population, these courses have been a major point of entry into higher education; therefore, students and educators have expressed concerns about equal access once the law is fully enacted. State Representative Andres Ayala, Jr., who was elected to the Senate this month, has spoken out against the bill.
One reason that Senator Bye has had difficulties in getting her message heard is that the law itself contains few specifics besides ending the remedial courses. Regarding what the alternatives will look like, the law states: “The Board of Regents for Higher Education, in consultation with Connecticut’s P-20 Council and the faculty advisory committee to the Board of Regents for Higher Education, shall develop options for an intensive college readiness program.” One thing that the law does prescribe is “a maximum of one semester of remedial support that is not embedded.” According to Beth Bye, allowing for a single semester of remediation was a point added to the original version of the bill at the request of officials from Capital Community College in Hartford, which is headed by a Latino college president and has a largely Latino student body. Andres Ayala, JR. State Representative “Our urban centers are ground zero when we’re talking about the achievement gap,” said “I voted against the bill when it came up Representative Ayala, “so we really need in the House,” Representative Ayala said, to be careful when we’re talking about stating that his opinion reflected those of college students in his district. “Students at Housatonic Community College were very wary about that bill, and they were asking me to do everything that I could to not vote for it. They felt if not for those remedial courses, they wouldn’t be at the place where they are right now, which is taking regular classes and going through the process of getting their associates degrees.” State Senator Beth Bye, who sponsored the legislation, has been trying to explain to residents and educators that the law is pulling away some of the resources that are in no way intended to put an affordable needed for some of our students. If these college education out of anyone’s reach. students aren’t able to get some of the adAccording to Bye, the law is designed to ditional remedial work that they need, they make college less financially burdensome would never be able to aspire to go to colto students, increase graduation rates, and lege and get those associates degrees.” end the practice of holding back students Among the students who took remedial in non-credit courses, which she sees as courses and went on to pursue higher dedelaying their progress toward a degree. grees was current Hartford Mayor, Pedro “At University of Maryland, Baltimore, Segarra. Segarra who attended Hartford twice as many kids were graduating when they Community College (now Capital Comdidn’t have to go into remediation,” Bye ex- munity College) before earning a Bachelor plained. “I’ve talked to many students with of Arts Degree in Political Science at Unipersonal stories who felt totally prepared versity of Hartford and a Master’s Degree to take English who were not allowed. I in social work and a law degree at Univerlive in a district that allows any high school sity of Connecticut. The mayor has yet to student who wants to try to take AP classes make a statement regarding PA 12-40. to do so. Ten years ago, teachers would say, ‘these kids cannot possibly take AP,’ and now both of the district’s high schools are in the top 10.” *email@example.com
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Live Longer: Four Specific Health Behaviors Contribute to a Longer Life
A new study examines the impact of four health behaviors on chronic disease. Practicing healthier behaviors contributes to a longer and healthier life.
Health Corner Battle of the antibodies When to use antibiotics to help your body fight infections A runny nose is all it takes to send some people rushing to the doctor for antibiotics.
But demanding them every time you have the common cold undermines the body’s ability to fight more serious infections in the future. Your immune system helps you fight infections such as colds by creating a barrier that prevents bacteria and viruses from entering the body, or detecting and getting rid of bacteria or viruses if they do. Viral and bacterial infections are the most common causes of illness for most people. Antiobiotics do not work against viruses, so using them for viral infections such as colds and coughs can cause antibiotics resistance. Using antibiotics regularly for something they cannot treat can make them less effective against the bacteria they are actually meant to treat. In addition, antibiotics should be used to treat an infection and not prevent one. It is advised that patients should not use left over antibiotics as it may not be suitable for their current condition or may have expired. Resistance to antibiotics can also occur when we do not complete the prescribed course when there is a bacterial infection. When this happens we’re actually giving the bug enough time to rest, reproduce and come back with a vengeance.
Four health risk behaviors—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the illness and death related to chronic diseases. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year. A new CDC report finds that people can live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors— not smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical activity, and limiting alcohol consumption. Not smoking provides the most protection from dying early from all causes. People who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer, 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease, and 57 percent less likely to die early from other causes compared to people who did not engage in any of the healthy behaviors.
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Avoid Excessive Alcohol Use:
Drink alcohol in moderation (men should have no more than two drinks per day; and women no more than one drink per day).
If you do not smoke, don’t start. If you currently smoke, and want to quit, call 1-800-Quit-Now, a free telephone support service that can help you to stop smoking or using tobacco.
Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood. Eat fewer foods with sodium (salt), saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, and refined grains.
Bacterial infections Bacteria live everywhere and are usually harmless. A small number of bacteria can cause disease, but some are useful, such as the bacteria that help in digestion. In bacterial infections, swelling, pain or redness is often localised. If your immune system is not able to deal with a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be given to help the body fight it. Examples of bacterial infections: Sinus infections Skin infections Urinary tract infections Viral infections Viruses are much smaller than bacteria and cannot grow or even exist without host cells, whether they are plants, animals or people. In viral infections, pain may be felt in different parts of the body. Examples of viral infections: Colds Influenza Coughs
Complete your course of antibiotics and take them as prescribed to effectively eradicate the bug. Don’t stop taking your antibiotics just because you are feeling better, as this can lead to antibiotic resistance.
Bacterial or viral infection?
Take note if you need to consume the antibiotics with food or on an empty stomach.Some antibiotics cannot be taken with certain foods such as milk or fruit juices.
If you miss a dose, take the next scheduled dose and complete the course. If you miss a number of doses, check with your doctor as soon as possible on how you should proceed.
Do not expect to feel better instantly after taking a single dose of antibiotics. A response is usally seen only after two to three days.
Don’t share antibiotics or use leftover antibiotics. It may not be appropriate for your current illness and you may not have enough to treat your condition.
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Stress is an inevitable part of life. Balancing family, career and other responsibilities are just part of the many demands put on women today. Stress manifests itself in many different ways. Some people experience fatigue, insomnia, headaches or muscle aches. Yet stress almost always reveals itself in the digestive system. Some people experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as appetite changes, nausea, indigestion and heartburn, whereas others suffer from symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS. IBS is characterized by stomach cramps, gas and bloating along with bouts of diarrhea or constipation. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20 percent of the adult population, or one in five Americans, have symptoms of IBS, making it one of the most commony diagnosed disorders. More women than men suffer from IBS, and it usually first appears before the age of 35. Stress oftentimes brings on symptoms of IBS, and although the origin of IBS is still unknown, the relationship between the stomach, brain and related chemicals are a likely cause. The intestines and stomach are closely “wired” to the rest of the body. The digestive system has more nerves than the spinal cord, and most of the body’s serotonin- a mood-controlling chemical- is found in the digestive system, not the brain. So it’s not surprising that stress and emotional states directly affect digestive health. When a person is stressed, the brain releases chemicals into the body which are designed to protect the body from danger. Although these chemicals are designed to protect our bodies, they can sometimes cause uncomfortable symptoms. For example, when these chemicals are present in the body, the colon and intestines can contract and cause IBS symptoms. A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is made based on patient symptoms. Although there is no cure for IBS, there are many ways to help to alleviate symptoms. Dietary changes that include increased fiber and avoiding fatty foods, caffeine and alcohol can sometimes bring relief. Some patients also exclude certain foods to determine if particular foods bring on IBS symptoms. Patients with stress-induced IBS oftentimes benefit from a gentle exercise regimen, which aids in digestion and also helps to manage stress. Some IBS patients have also benefited from counseling to learn stress coping skills. Sometimes, medications are prescribed to alleviate nausea, diarrhea and constipation. Many of my patients who suffer from IBS have benefited from a daily regimen of probiotics. I suggest that my patients take a daily probiotic supplement. This supplement contains two potent kinds of bacteria in just one daily pill with an optimal ingredient concentration. These beneficial microorganisms, or microflora, naturally occur in our bodies by the billions! Oftentimes, our bodies are depleted of these important microorganisms due to medications, such as antibiotics, and diet. This can result in gastrointestinal discomfort, bowel irregularity and nausea. Taking a daily probiotic supplement can help to maintain and restore these beneficial bacteria and can potentially help alleviate IBS symptoms. Another dietary supplement designed for IBS relief is Anti-Spasm Support. This innovative herbal formula contains stress-relieving peppermint oil, English lavender oil and chamomile. This potent yet gentle formula calms the colon to relieve gas, bloating and discomfort. Dr. Dorvilus is a board certified gastroenterologist who cares for your digestive and nutritional needs. He was trained at NYU and Yale University.
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Caribbean Twenty20 gets format change By Rod Penn
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Next year’s Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament, to be staged from Sunday, January 6 to Sunday, January 20 in Trinidad and St Lucia, will be played under a new format. The marquee, annual West Indies Cricket Board tournament will feature the seven regional teams – Barbados, Combined Campuses & Colleges, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago, and The Windward Islands – in 23 matches.
he seven regional teams will contest a non-elimination, preliminary competition, with a new route for the teams to reach the Grand Final on Sunday, January 20 at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia. Each team will play each other once. The team which finishes with the highest number of points after all of the preliminary matches will automatically qualify
for the Grand Final. The teams which finish second and third will qualify for the Playoff. The winner of the Playoff will be the other side to play in the Grand Final. The winner of the tournament will qualify for a place in next year’s Champions League Twenty20. “This format will allow the regional teams to increase the number of matches in a form of the game, which has become very popular around the World, and of which we are now World Champions,” said WICB Manager, Cricket Operations Roland Holder. “It was previously four, but now there are six matches each. This is in keeping with the WICB’s mandate to increase the amount of matches that teams play at the regional level.” Reigning champions T&T will face long-standing rivals Jamaica in the opening match of next year’s CT20 on home soil at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday, January 6, following the official opening ceremony. There will be two matches played on the succeeding days of the tournament before the Playoff on Saturday, January 19, and the Grand Final on Sunday, January 20. All matches will be broadcast live on ESPN. The Playoff and the Grand Final will be preceded by Twenty20 Internationals between West Indies Women and South Africa Women. Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament
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– 8 p.m. Thursday, January 10 Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Windward Islands – 4 p.m. Guyana vs Barbados – 8 p.m. Friday, January 11 Leeward Islands vs Jamaica – 4 p.m. Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Barbados – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 12 Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands – 4 p.m. Trinidad & Tobago vs Guyana – 8 p.m. (At Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros-Islet, St Lucia) Tuesday, January 15 Guyana vs Jamaica – 4 p.m. Windward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago – 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 16 Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Leeward Islands – 4 p.m. Barbados vs Trinidad & Tobago – 8 p.m. Thursday, January 17 Leeward Islands vs Guyana – 4 p.m. Windward Islands vs Barbados – 8 p.m. Friday, January 18 Combined Campuses & Colleges vs Jamaica – 4 p.m. Windward Islands vs Guyana – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 19 Playoff 2nd Place vs 3rd Place – 8 p.m. Sunday, January 20 Grand Final 1st Place vs Winner of Playoff – 8 p.m.
(At Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) Sunday, January 6 Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – 8 p.m. Monday, January 7 Barbados vs Leeward Islands – 4 p.m. Guyana vs Combined Campuses & Colleges – 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 8 Jamaica vs Barbados – 4 p.m. Trinidad & Tobago vs Combined Campuses & Colleges – 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 Windward Islands vs Jamaica – 4 p.m. Trinidad & Tobago vs Leeward Islands
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1. Dance and ‘behave rude’. You can’t go to a Caribbean party and not dance. If you can’t, you have to fake it. The rule of thumb is that if you have two left feet or you’re unable to ‘bruk out’ or get down with the latest moves, do the rocking from side to side thing. Find a wall, stand near it, step to the side and back, all to the beat, moving your hips and your head to the music, Red Stripe in hand.
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ADD RUM TO THE PUNCH AND OTHER CARIBBEAN PARTY TIPS Ta n n y C o l l i n d e r
aribbean people for the most part know how to party. Hard. It’s in our blood — that need to feel, to express ourselves through music and dance, to get on bad. Indeed, synonymous with the sun/ sand/sea vibe others get when you tell them about the Caribbean, is the ever present idea of the perennial sound of drums in the air, a takeaway from our ancestors who used music and dancing as a
way to forget their plight as slaves. From Carnival to festivals to Bacchanal to dancehall, Caribbean people are known for the music, the dance, the ability to have fun. If you’re Caribbean, music should flow through your veins. If it doesn’t, you have to make it flow. The worst thing you can be at a Caribbean party is a wallflower. There’s to be no sitting on the sidelines observing, not when calypso or dancehall starts. So drop your inhibitions and follow these tips for partying Caribbean style this holiday season.
2. Experiment with flavor. There’s no party without liquor; it loosens things up and gets the rhythm going. Ask the bartender to mix you a Cruzan rum blend or a surprise with Blue Curacao. Then indulge, imbibe, and then you’ll feel the vibe. 3. Talk to people. Don’t sit or stand by yourself even if the music/ vibe is not your thing. Have a drink and strike up a conversation with the person next to you, then work the floor with a swagger.
4. Don’t be a stick in the mud. Don’t stand near to the food or the exit hissing your teeth and cutting your eye with the look on your face that you can’t wait to leave. If you mustered up the energy to go, at least ‘bruk it dung’ when the liquor hits you and try to have a good time. You can always return to your normal self when the booze wears off.
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5. Dress for the occasion. If it’s an oldies party, don’t refuse to wear 70s garb. If it’s a Santa party, do the saucy elf thing. If it’s a school uniform party, dress in your plaids and knee-high bobby socks. Get with the programme and just enjoy it. 6. Be interesting. Have an arsenal of back home stories to share with those you’ll be talking to. Avoid politics and religion and go instead for ‘remember when’ type stories that will have everyone reminiscing. You will be the life of the party If even through your stories, you can bring
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The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for alien Minors) Act, first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001 sought to provide conditional permanent residency to certain undocumented residents with good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the Bill’s enactment. The DREAM Act has since been re-introduced (in March 2009) and was considered by Congress (in 2010) under a modified version and was finally passed by The House of Representatives in December of 2010 after having been introduced into the House of Representatives by President Obama and by other top Democrats. In his next term, President Obama seems to be leaning in the direction of replacing the ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ (DACA) program with a more legislative or regulatory DREAM Act. Young undocumented immigrants are one of many immigrant groups whose statuses in the U.S. will be affected by the reelection of President Barack Obama. Another prominent and rapidly growing immigrant population is the Latino population. This past election has proven the importance of having Latino voters on the side of a party’s presidential campaign, something the Republican Party seemed to notice too late in the campaign. Shunning Comprehensive Immigration Reform and introducing ‘self-deportation’ policies, was clearly not an effective strategy to have been used by Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign. Building a platform that is inherently anti-immigrant was not only un-American, but also detrimental if a presidential candidate is seeking the popular vote in the U.S. Although President Obama’s stance on immigration is much more appealing to the Latino community than those of his counterparts, we must look closely at his policies to get a picture of how immigration will fair in the U.S. over the next four years. President Obama has apologized for his lack of success with immigration in his first term, admitting that his priority, as he first took office, was to stop the country from going into an economic depression. In his acceptance speech last on November 7th, President Obama promised to fix the nation’s immigration system. While he did not mention any specific “plan”, one
thing that can be taken away from the speech is that Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) now has a higher chance of receiving congressional support. First introduced during President George W. Bush’s first term, CIR is comprised of four key components: (1) Enhancing border control with the goal of stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the country; (2) Stricter penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants; (3) the incorporation of a more reliable system which will allow businesses to check their workers’ immigration status; (4) a guest worker program and visa policy that will allow U.S. businesses to bring skilled and unskilled workers they need. The idea of CIR contemplates a path to permanent residency and citizenship for the estimated 13 million illegal immigrants already in the country who will be required to pass background checks, learn English and pay fees and taxes (the latter of which most already do). CIR places a strong focus on assimilation rather that exclusion via a pathway to citizenship along with a concentration on removing immigrants who actually pose a potential threat to society, as opposed to those who contribute to the economy and are productive members of society. Several of the proposed “plans” for CIR come across as a promising and efficient method of fixing the nation’s immigration system. What we have learned from the recent presidential election is the importance of evolving demographics. Demographics will clearly continue to bear a strong influence on the way we think about democracy in America. With Obama winning this year’s election (by winning women voters by 11 points, 71 percent of Latino voters, 73 percent of Asian voters, 93 percent of black voters, and 60 percent of voters under 30), it is clear that winning the white vote is no longer enough. Immigration remains an inherent and valuable aspect of America as a country. Rather than exclusion via a pathway to citizenship along with a concentration on removing immigrants who actually pose a potential threat to society, as opposed to acknowledging and catering to those who contribute to the economy and are productive members of society. Several of the proposed “plans” for CIR come across as a promising and efficient method of fixing the nation’s immigration system. *email@example.com
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