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Sniper suspect Malvo is Jamaican
Seventeen-year-old John Lee Malvo, who was arrested as one of two suspects in the Washington-area sniper shootings is Jamaican. THE Jamaica Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade released a statement declaring that a "Lee Boyd Malvo" was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on February 18, 1985 to Una James, of St. Elizabeth, and Leslie Samuel Malvo, of St. Andrew. According to investigations by the Ministry, a Lee Malvo attended high school in Jamaica before emigrating at age 13 years to another, unidentified, Caribbean island. "Local school records show no evidence of disruptive behaviour and point to the attainment of an academic standard that was satisfactory," the release stated. The father and half-brother of Lee Malvo still reside in Jamaica and have been bombarded by the international media.
Records show that the other sniper suspect, 42-year-old John Allen Muhammed was born in Louisiana. Unfortunately there is another Caribbean connection as his mother is from Antigua and he lived there for a year in 1999. This is where he probably met the young Lee Malvo. The co-owner of the specially rigged Chevy Caprice killing car is also a Jamaican. The FBI is holding him as a material witness but have not charged him in the shootings.
The arrest of these two suspects has put an end to a death spree which saw thirteen people shot, 10 killed, and adults and kids of the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area being virtually held hostages in their homes by fear and terror. Two of the victims killed were from the Caribbean. The last victim, Conrad Johnson, killed on October 22, was Jamaican. One of the earlier victims, killed on October 3, 72 year-old Pascal Charlot was from Haiti.
Jamaican community aghast
PNM and PNP win
Crucial general elections were held in both Trinidad and Tobago and in Jamaica.
Trinidad and Tobago
Vote for Shirley and other pro-Caribbean candidates
Tuesday November 5 is election day in the US. Hot Calaloo urges its readers to not only vote but to help get out the vote. This election is probably almost as important to the Caribbean as an election in any Caribbean country itself. Vital Caribbean interests are at stake. Special good wishes to Maryland Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (in my area) as she seeks re-election and to all the other Caribbean candidates and friends of the Caribbean.
We are being bombarded by political advertisements and recently we have seen some strange outcomes as stalwarts in the black community, such as Cynthia McKinney, have been defeated. I urge readers not to be bamboozled. It might be a confusing babel, but look to vote for candidates endorsed by organizations that we know are fighting for us. Look for endorsements by NAACP, teachers organizations, unions, authentic environmental organizations, etc.. So forget endorsements by major media newspaper, TV and those slick television ads. But by all means vote as if the Caribbean’s future depended on it because it does!
Friend Trade instead of Free Trade
trading its oil with Cuba at a special low rate. Why? Because it is
friends with Cuba. Venezuela is trading oil with many CARICOM countries
at special low rates also as a gesture of friendship. Will the new FTAA
jeopardize these “Friend “ trade arrangements? CARICOM needs to
fight not not only preserve this “Friend” trade but to promote
friendship as a basis for trade deals. CARICOM can no loger sit back and
react to US self-serving trade proposals and must instead be active in
proposing our own arrangements.
other obstacles may explain the first two questions, but CARICOM should
be working frantically to remove these obstacles. The
fact is that CARICOM needs to organize to take better advantage of its
own internal market. We need to take a CARICOM view of our markets
instead of individual country view. We need some serious coordination
and the potential rewards are great. We need to do this before the FTAA
ties our hands.
Buy Caribbean - Caribbean overseas residents as a market
residents living overseas probably exceed the numbers living in the
Caribbean. It is time we take the trade problems in our own hands.
Very little Caribbean products are imported here in the US. Let us
Caribbean overseas residents change that ourselves. Lets but more
Caribbean products. Buy from the internet.
Yes, lets buy
Caribbean. Already we buy stuff at Caribbean stores. But, let us be
resolved to buy more. I, myself always have a bottle of Jamaican
“Pickapepper” sauce at hand. I see Desnoes and Geddes (D&G)
drinks showing up at the Safeway supermarket. Instead of Coke, I now buy
D&G ginger beer or Kola Champagne. (D&G have some really nice
new juices. Pineapple ginger is my favorite. Look out for all of them.)
beer is gaining popularity in US but I have yet to see it at Jamaican
restaurants. I only see Puerto Rican rums at Caribbean restaurants too.
Why and price alone should not be sufficient justification. But, at the
same time, why does Jamaican rum have to be so much higher than
US foodstuff break Cuban embargo
Some big cracks have developed in the the US embargo of Cuba and American foodstuffs are pouring in. More than $100 million worth of U.S. agricultural goods -- from wheat, corn and chicken to apples, eggs and butter -- has arrived since last November, when the island's communist leaders began buying food from their archenemy 90 miles away.
The four-decade-old U.S. trade embargo against President Fidel Castro's government still stands, although Cuba, which is dependent on food imports, can buy agricultural products for cash under a U.S. law passed in 2000.
A Canadian entrepreneur, who has sold chicken to Cuba for years,
voiced the opinion of many business people from his country and Europe
who have enjoyed trading with one of the few countries left on Earth
where there is no U.S. competition.
A Havana food processing company said they used to buy chicken from state-run food importer from Canada for about $1.20 per kilogram (2.2 pounds), and now gets the U.S. version for less than 70 cents a kilogram. Even Castro reportedly has nothing but praise for the more than half a million tons of U.S. food that has arrived to date. The veteran revolutionary has been wining and dining dozens of visiting U.S. lawmakers and businessmen this year.
The first trade show in Cuba by U.S. agribusinesses, officials and farmers on Sept. 26 in Havana's Pabexpo exhibition center was a big success. The four-day event attracted The New York-based organization said agribusiness giants such as Archer Daniels Midland , Cargill and Hormel Foods were among more than 150 companies participating, The U.S. Meat Export Federation, U.S.A. Rice Federation, other national farm groups and at least 10 state agriculture departments, various ports and shipping companies as well as maverick Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Editor’s Comment: American apples! Why are they buying apples and other foodstuff that could easily be grown in Cuba itself? They are buying a lot from US but selling nothing. Now, they too like Jamaica, will have a lopsided adverse balance of trade and see their precious limited hard currency go streaming into the US.
Antigua and Barbuda cry foul at US bill
Look out Las Vegas! Internet gambling is cutting into your
profits. Antigua and Barbuda are poised to reap the benefits as they
are 3rd or 4th biggest in the world of internet
gambling. This gambling it brings in a lot of revenue and employs some
800 persons. But all this might evaporate if the big powerful US has its
way. The big powerful US casinos have used their muscle to set US
policy, just like big corporations routinely do. So now they are trying
to make it illegal for US citizens to gamble on the internet.
Caribbean fat stats
Obesity is fast becoming a worldwide epidemic. Unfortunately like the
rest of the world, the Caribbean too is facing increasing problems with
obesity. In the Caribbean , according to statistics for the incidence of
obesity in women, Jamaica leads with 63%, followed by Barbados 58%,
Guyana 56%, T&T 54% and Dominica 48%.
Are you overweight?
Overweight and obesity are commonly determined by the ratio of
height to body weight. This ratio is called Body Mass Index (BMI). The
National Institutes of Health (NIH) identify overweight as a BMI of
25-29.9, and obesity as a BMI of 30 or greater. However, overweight and
obesity are not mutually exclusive, since obese persons are also
overweight. Defining overweight as a BMI of 25 or greater is consistent
with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and most other
(I was concerned about my classification based on this table, but overweight can be due not only to fat but being very muscular. I did not realize that I was that muscular.)
In addition, they are associated with:
More Honduran fishermen arrested in Jamaican waters
Once again Honduran fishermen have been arrested for fishing in Jamaica’s territorial waters. This time 16 men ranging in ages from 16 to 41 were captured by the Jamaican Coast Guard. The fishing boat "Thunder Rich" escaped leaving behind the men in dinghies to face capture.
Belafonte vs Powell
an old saying, in the days of slavery, there were those who lived on the
plantations and there were those slaves that lived in the house…You got
the privilege of living in the house if you served the master…exactly
the way the master intended you to serve him.”
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Dancing without a permit
The Pleasure Dome night club in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was packed. The featured dancers “shook and shimmied like my sister Kate”. That was the end of resemblance to my sister Kate as these gyrating thong-clad dancers were four men. The women-filled club cheered them on, showing their appreciation by inserting dollar bills into their g-strings with great dexterity. However, among these cheering patrons, were some women from the Jamaica Immigration Service and on the job there in surprisingly large numbers. Reports are that every member of the regional immigration office was there. Such dedication! Those gyrating dancers had been imported and they were shaking their groove thing without a work permit. The jolly evening ended with the arrest of the dancers and the show promoter. The dancers were eventually freed with a stiff warning only, while the promoter faces charges for violation of Jamaica immigration work permit laws.
African-Americans hit new low
It is hard to
believe that many African-Americans are continuing to see a movie that
gains cheap laughs by ridiculing civil rights hero and icon, Rosie Parks.
Of course bigots who exult in demeaning black people and destroying our
heroes must love the division it has created in the black community.
Thanks Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for speaking out for Rosie Parks and
against the movie.
complains - Negative charge
whom it may concern:
Jamaican is 1st in US with Mad Cow disease
A 23-YEAR-old Jamaican woman, living in South Florida, is the first
person in the United States to have contracted the deadly Mad Cow Disease.
She was living in the United Kingdom up to age 12. She is a graduate of
the University of Miami. She, who once weighed 108 lb, has lost more than
40 lb. and is unable to walk, talk, eat, communicate or perform any body
functions. She is fed through a tube to the stomach.
WI cricket team bites the dust
Once again the
West Indies cricket team has bitten the dust in test cricket. They have
lost the first 2 test matches of the 3 scheduled on their tour of India.
They not only lost, but were uncompetitive with battin, bowling and
fielding. In the 2nd test, they dropped 10 catches.Lets hope
there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel
The scores were
2 at Chennai (formerly Madras)
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