International & Multicultural Business, Homebuyers & Health Expo 2018

This Expo is the 2018 event that will attract entrepreneurs, decision-makers and professionals who will learn about products and services that will be available to help their businesses achieve their goals. It is also an excellent opportunity to network to expand one’s client base. If you are an entrepreneur, professional, decision-maker or executive, then participating at this event is a must! Nowhere else can you speak with so many of your perfect target market, face-to-face and make on-the-spot deals!

Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Brooklyn, NY

  • Welcome VIP Breakfast
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Exhibits 
  • Seminars

To register click here.

Expert warns Caribbean must strengthen its Internet infrastructure

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — An Internet expert has called for greater regional network resilience and security and is urging Caribbean countries to strengthen their critical Internet infrastructure if they are to defend against the growing threat of climate-change-driven natural disasters. 

The expert, Bevil Wooding, is also urging regional countries to adopt the new strategies if they are to keep up with the world’s growing digital economy. 

Wooding, the Caribbean outreach director at the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) said ‘in today’s world, the security, resilience and robustness of computers networks are critical to the development of the digital economy. 

“The Caribbean can no longer afford to leave important decisions about network build out, network resource management and network infrastructure spend only to commercial telecommunications providers. Those issues are now the concern and the responsibility of governments, private network operators and even end users,” said Wooding, who works with the US-based non-profit organisation responsible for Internet number resource management. 

Wooding, who is also the Strategic ICT Advisor for the St Lucia-based OECS Commission, told officials attending the 36th Executive Council meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), that the regional regulator has established a special commission to identify “actionable recommendations for improving Caribbean network resilience”. 

He also highlighted current efforts by regional and international non-profit organisations to address the issue, noting that the CTU, ARIN, the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG), Packet Clearing House and others are already collaborating on initiatives “to develop greater awareness and technical capacity in computer network design, management and cybersecurity.” 

OECS Director General, Dr Didacus Jules, said that the devastating impact of the 2017 hurricane season on several Caribbean territories has put a spotlight on the importance of strengthening the resilience of the region’s communications network and infrastructure.

The Caribbean faces a fatal fate

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

High-tide flooding is set to become an every-other-day affair in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the east coast of the US by the year 2100. It will also fatally harm the countries of the Caribbean. As the level of the sea continues to rise, conditions will be calamitous long before that 82-year period is reached. The resulting flooding will not be storm-related, it will occur simply because the level of the sea has risen above the level of land. When storms also strike, conditions will be even worse. 

This 82-year projection is based on the assumption that greenhouse gas emissions, which cause global warming and sea level rise, will be curbed. But there is no evidence of that happening. Indeed, even in the much-vaunted Paris and Bonn accords on climate change, there is no legally binding agreement on nations to cut back their emissions. In the case of the US, the present Administration has back-pedalled on commitments made by the previous government and it may yet withdraw the US entirely from the understandings reached so far. 

The problems caused by high-tide flooding will adversely impact the states on the east coast of the US, ranging from New York through Florida and across to Texas. But the islands of the Caribbean and mainland countries with already low-lying coasts, such as Guyana and Belize, will be affected first. 

This latest cause for alarm, concerning high-tide flooding, is identified in a new report from the US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). According to the report, high-tide flooding in the mid-Atlantic doubled from an average of three days a year in 2000 to six in 2015. 

The report points out that high-tide flooding, which is today an occasional event, will occur every other day by 2100, inundating homes and businesses, including hotels. That is 182 days a year. 

Of course, if there is no curbing of greenhouse gas emissions, high-tide flooding will become a happening every day, forcing businesses, homes and agricultural activity further inland. The migration of such activities away from the coast will be possible in mainland countries at great expense, disruption, loss of property, and the creation of refugees, but such inland migration will hardly be possible for the islands of the Caribbean, particularly the small ones.

Stopped by ICE: You Have Rights!

Stopped by Immigration: You Have Rights. Know Them. Use Them.

If you are stopped by Police Officers, Immigration Agents or other public authorities, you have rights. It does not matter if you entered the country by crossing the border in Mexico, if you are an overstay, green card holder or citizen. As long as you are within the borders of the United States, you have rights. Know them. Use them.

The first step is to call your immigration law and deportation defense attorneys at Figeroux & Associates. The Law Firm team has represented clients across the United States and has a 24/7 emergency line 855-768-8845. It does not matter what day or time it is — pulled over or stopped by Immigration Authorities, call Figeroux & Associates today. Below is a list of your rights and responsibilities.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE QUESTIONED OR DETAINED BY ICE:

1) No ICE officer should stop anybody based on appearance alone; regardless of your ethnicity, the color of your skin, the way you dress or talk or the language you’re speaking. It’s the law.

2) If an immigration officer asks for proof that you are a legal resident of the United States and wants to see some identification, you have the right to refuse to give them your ID. You can also refuse to answer any of their questions. Unless they have a warrant, you have no obligation to interact with them at all. You can ask “Am I arrested?” If the answer is no, you do not need to give them any information regarding your legal status in the U.S. Showing them ID is totally optional.

3) If you are being interrogated do not give false information, and do not give them false documentation. You can be charged with identity theft if you show them forged documents, or someone else’s documents, even if you have legal status. Remember that everything you say or do can be used against you.

4) If immigration officials (ICE) begin to knock on your door you have the right not to open the door. They only have the right to enter to your home if they have a warrant from a judge.

5) If you are arrested in an immigration detention center and you don’t want to return to your home country, you have the right to request a meeting with an immigration officer.

6) Do not sign anything you don’t understand. You might be signing a voluntary deportation order.

7) Some cases can be resolved with the help of an immigration attorney. The lawyer can request for a court date to meet with an immigration judge and help solve your case. You don’t have the right to an attorney provided by the state, but you do have the right to see your own attorney. Call the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates, at 855-768-8845

8) Who should you call: Your family member to contact an immigration lawyer. When you enter an immigration center, they will assign you an A#, which is your alien number. Make sure you give your A# to the people you talk to on the outside helping with your case. If you have no one else to call you should call the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates at 855-768-8845.

IF YOU ARE ARRESTED BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS:

1. You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions. You can tell the officer that you want to speak with a lawyer before answering any questions. You may say, “I will remain silent until I speak to an attorney.” You do not have the right to an appointed free lawyer, but you do have the right to talk to a lawyer and to hire one on your own.

2. You do not have to sign anything giving up your rights, and should never sign anything without reading it first and understanding the consequences of signing it. Signing a document without understanding it could result in you being deported before you see a lawyer or a judge.

3. Talk to a lawyer before signing anything or making a decision about your situation. If possible, carry with you the name and telephone number of a lawyer who will take your calls. Immigration law is hard to understand. You may have options that immigration officers will not explain.

4. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you have the right to call your consulate or to have a law enforcement officer tell consulate officials of your arrest. Law enforcement officers must let your consulate visit or speak with you if consular officials decide to do so. Your consulate might be able to help you find a lawyer. To hire the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates, call 855-768-8845.

WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS

You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.

You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.

If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.

You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Call the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Law Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights. Exercise those rights.

WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Stay calm and be polite.

Don’t interfere with or obstruct the police.

Don’t lie or give false documents.

Be prepared in case you are arrested.

Remember the details of the encounter.

Call the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Law Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855-768-8845, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week if you feel your rights have been violated.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STOPPED FOR QUESTIONING

Remain calm. Don’t run, argue, resist or obstruct the police, even if you are innocent or the police are violating your rights.

Keep your hands where police can see them.

Ask if you can leave. If the officer says yes, calmly and silently walk away. If you are under arrest, you have a right to know why. Don’t be afraid to ask why you are under arrest.

Like every American, you have the right to remain silent and cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions. If you do not wish to speak to the officer, simply tell the officer that you want to remain silent.

You can refuse an officer’s request to search your body or your belongings. Police are permitted to “pat down” your clothing if they suspect a weapon. You should not physically resist, but you have the right to refuse consent for any further search. If you do consent, it can affect you later in court.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STOPPED IN YOUR CAR

Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible.

Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way and place your hands on the wheel.

Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

If an officer or immigration agent asks to look inside your car, you can refuse to consent to the search. But if police believe your car contains evidence of a crime, your car can be searched without your consent.

The driver and all passengers have the right to remain silent. If you are a passenger, you can ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says yes, sit silently or calmly leave. Even if the officer says no, you have the right to remain silent.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE QUESTIONED ABOUT YOUR IMMIGRATION STATUS

You have the right to remain silent. You need not talk about your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents or any other officials. You do not have to answer questions about where you were born, whether you are a U.S. citizen, or how you entered the country. Just stay quiet, as you talking could hurt your chances at potential immigration relief in the future.

If you are not a U.S. citizen and an immigration agent requests your immigration papers, you must show them if you have them with you. If you are over 18, carry your immigration documents with you at all times. If you do not have immigration papers, say you want to remain silent.

Do not lie about your citizenship status or provide fake documents. If you claim that you are a United States Citizen and you are not, you can face serious criminal issues. Also, it is better to remain silent, than to provide fake documents.

Contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768- 8845 as soon as you can. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845.

WHAT TO DO IF THE POLICE OR IMMIGRATION AGENTS COME TO YOUR HOME

If the police or immigration agents come to your home, you can refuse them entry, unless they have a warrant.

Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to the window so you can inspect it. Yes, you can do this, because, you HAVE rights. A search warrant allows police to enter the address listed on the warrant, but officers can only search the areas and for the items listed. An arrest warrant allows police to enter the home of the person listed on the warrant if they believe the person is inside. A warrant of removal/deportation (ICE warrant) does not allow officers to enter a home without consent.

Even if officers have a warrant, you have the right to remain silent. If you choose to speak to the officers, step outside and close the door.

Contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768- 8845 as soon as you can. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE CONTACTED BY THE FBI

If an FBI agent comes to your home or workplace, you do not have to answer any questions. Immediately contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845. Tell the agent you want to speak to your Figeroux & Associates lawyer first.

If you are asked to meet with FBI agents for an interview, you have the right to say you do not want to be interviewed. If you agree to an interview, do not go alone. Immediately contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845. You do not have to answer any questions you feel uncomfortable answering, and can say that you will only answer questions on a specific topic.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE ARRESTED

Do not resist arrest.

Remain silent and immediately contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845.

Make sure you tell the officer that you wish to remain silent and that you want to contact your Figeroux & Associates lawyer.

Do not give any explanations or excuses.

Do not say anything, sign anything or make any decisions without your Figeroux & Associates lawyer.

You have the right to make a local phone call. The police cannot listen if you call your Figeroux & Associates lawyer. Use this call to contact the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm, Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845. Or, contact a family member and tell them to call Figeroux & Associates twenty-four hour emergency line (855) 768-8845.

Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. Memorize the phone numbers of your family members and the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm, Figeroux & Associates: (855) 768-8845. Do not forget the Figeroux & Associates number: (855) 768-8845.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE TAKEN INTO IMMIGRATION (OR “ICE”) CUSTODY

You have the right to a lawyer. Tell ICE that you want to call your lawyer and call the Immigration Law & Deportation Defense Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845. Call 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

You have the right to contact your consulate or have an officer inform the consulate of your arrest.

Tell the ICE agent you wish to remain silent. Do not discuss your immigration status with anyone but your Figeroux & Associates lawyer.

Refuse to sign any documents, such as a voluntary departure or stipulated removal, without talking to your Figeroux & Associates lawyer.

Request and remember your immigration number (“A” number) so that you can provide it to your Figeroux & Associates deportation defense lawyer at Figeroux & Associates.

Every situation is different, so make sure that you think about every step you take. When in doubt, call the Immigration Law and Deportation Defense Firm of Figeroux & Associates at (855) 768-8845.

TRAILER: THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME MUST GO! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America: A Better World IS Possible!

To watch this entire film click here.

The film addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump/Pence regime. This talk—from the most radical revolutionary on the planet—makes the case for massive, sustained nonviolent outpourings aimed at driving out the Trump/Pence regime. It traces the roots of the regime—the deeper and more immediate causes of its rise to power. Watch the hour-long speech — full of substance, and heart — at revcom.us.

Chasing Food And Rum In St. Lucia, The Caribbean’s Never Never Land

It took 12 hours to get to St. Lucia from San Francisco — five hours to New York, plus a two-hour layover, then five more hours to the island. Which is one of the southeastern most countries in the Caribbean island chain, just north of Trinidad and Tobago, slightly northwest of Barbados, and fairly close to the old Spanish Main (ie, South America) — due north of present-day Guyana. Beyond the general vicinity, I couldn’t have told you much about it before I landed, other than it seemed like the kind of place you’d hear about in a Beach Boys or Jimmy Buffet song, a place where rum-soaked expats go to collect mosquito bites.

I was almost immediately disabused of those notions simply by the natural beauty on the two-hour drive from the airport (surprisingly long for an island that’s only 27 miles by 15, though I’m told the same trip only takes 12 minutes by helicopter). As the two-lane road wound through rainforests and mountainous terrain, it looked more like Hawaii or the misty jungle scenes from Jurassic Park than whatever my barely-formed conception of the Caribbean had been (flat, scrubby, humid — though St. Lucia is pretty humid).

As we wound through jungle, mountains, bays, and several traffic-influenced detours, passing all manner of what looked like beach cottages, with signs advertising incongruous businesses — “NJ’s Spare Parts,” “All American Windows,” “Plastics Repair,” and my favorite, a tiny hut reading “Paul’s Free Wifi” — my driver, Otto, asked me if I knew why St. Lucia was “the only woman island” in the Caribbean.

“Uh… because it’s the only one named after a woman?” I tried. It was a wild guess, and I wasn’t convinced myself, as even nearby Dominica and Martinique sound a little feminine. It turns out I was right though. St. Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman (Saint Lucy), unless you count Ireland, named for the fertility goddess Ériu.

“Because it’s the only one with twin Pitons,” Otto smiled, pantomiming breasts.

Ahh, yes, the titty mountains (Gros Piton and Petit Piton). The “looks like boobs” game never gets old, as I know from driving past the San Onofre Boobs (as seen in The Naked Gun) countless times during my formative teen years.

In this case, the idea really starts to fall apart if you break it down. “Teton” is the more classic boob-based French word for mountains, as in the Grand Tetons. “Piton” seems to be a word for a spire, a peg, a spike. In other words… a dick. If we’re getting technical, St. Lucia is more like the only two-dicked lady island in the Caribbean, and isn’t that a much more interesting selling point?

 

Read More: Here.

Birth Tourism and Africa

By Africa News

Tourism is a dynamic industry that grows everyday. Every year, new revenue sources are discovered by nations, and this includes exploration of newer forms of tourism.

One of the old, yet recently discovered forms of tourism is birth tourism.
Birth tourism is a form of tourism that involves a pregnant woman travelling to another country, usually a more advanced country in terms of technology and innovations for the purpose of giving birth.

Traditionally, giving birth in Africa used to be a private thing, sometimes done in homes or amongst family and friends with whom the expecting mother is familiar. Today, the story is different.

This type of tourism sells more in Africa because there are many third world countries on the continent, where basic amenities, even for those with the means, are not available.

In the past, the main reason was to gain access to better medical care, but today, the reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with birthright citizenship.

While many nations have observed that birth tourism is sometimes simply a ploy to gain access to many subsidised amenities available without having to contribute much to the funding of these systems and programs in the destination countries, it is a form of tourism that Africans have embraced.

Research has shown that there are core reasons why various nationals including Africans embrace birth tourism and will continue to do so even though citizenship laws have become stricter, and no European country presently grants unconditional birthright citizenship.

Watch the video: here.

Record Arrivals for Carnival in Jamaica

BY  South Florida Caribbean News

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica welcomed over 50,000 tourists in the first week of April, ahead of the island’s carnival celebrations. This represents an increase of 14.1 per cent over the same period last year.

“Carnival in Jamaica is a marketable product on the calendar of events that attracts thousands of visitors to our island. This is why we have invested so heavily in the event and increased promotion globally through the Jamaica Tourist Board.

I am so happy that a whopping 51, 384 visitors chose to come to Jamaica,  many of which I am sure came to participate in this very important festivity – making it undoubtedly, one of the strongest weeks in arrivals so far in 2018,” said Minister Bartlett.

The Ministry of Tourism acquired the brand Carnival in Jamaica last year. This is in keeping with the Ministry’s mandate to enhance seasonal events, including Carnival, through its Tourism Linkages Network.

Read more: Here.

Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament returns to South Florida

BY  South Florida Caribbean News


by Howard Campbell

LAUDERHILL – Despite a drop in attendance in 2017, the Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament will return to South Florida for a third straight year in August.

Jeff Miller, a member of the Jamaica Tallawahs, one of the six franchise teams, said promoters of the CPL have committed their support for matches at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.

He said the number of teams and dates of matches have not been confirmed by organizers.

The Tallawahs, Barbados Tridents, St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors were the teams that played the South Florida leg of the tournament in August last year.

Unlike the inaugural matches in 2016 which drew large and enthusiastic crowds, the 2017 games had poor turnouts.

The 2018 CPL was launched on March 1 in London.  Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders and St. Lucia Stars will also compete this season.

 

Read more: Here.

Jamaican Jerk Festival Ready to Celebrate Caribbean Culture in Washington, D.C.

Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA; Richard Lue, Event Coordinator and Business Development Manager of VP Records; Andrea Dubidad-Dixon, Charge d’Affairs, Embassy of Jamaica; Elda Devarie, CEO of EMD Sales and Derrick Reckord, President and CEO of GraceKennedy Foods USA, LLC presenting a basket of Grace products to Mrs. Dubidad-Dixon at the Media Reception to launch the 3rd annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Washington, D.C.

BY South Florida Caribbean News

Washington, DC – The annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will be back at RFK Stadium, in Washington, D.C., on June 10th to deliver a gastronomical and cultural experience to thousands of patrons who will feast, frolic and dance to celebrate the food, music and culture of the Caribbean.

“June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and the festival was intentionally staged in the month of June specifically to celebrate and highlight our Caribbean heritage,” stated Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., at the media launch which took place on Thursday, April 12th at the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C.

Prominent community notables as well as media representatives and influencers in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Virginia locales were on hand to receive firsthand information from festival organizers as well as network with sponsors and other stakeholders.

Charge d’ affairs Andrea Dubidad-Dixon welcomed guests on behalf of the Ambassador and the Jamaican people while GraceKennedy Foods USA’s President and CEO, Derrick Reckord expressed pleasure in the productive and successful relationship between Grace Foods and the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival production teams. He also commended them for their professional execution and consistently raising the bar with innovative ideas.

Read more: Here.