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Working Together to Help TPS Granted
the Haitian Community Nationals in
BY WILL SCOTT
n Tuesday, January 19, 2010,
People, Power and Politics
Radio Show had the pleasure of
welcoming back regular guest Charles J.
Hynes, District Attorney of Brooklyn,
and a new guest, the Reverend Luc
Pierre, an Assistant District Attorney in
the Domestic Violence arm of the
Brooklyn DA's office. Pierre, Pastor of
the New Jerusalem Church of the
Nazarene and President of the Haitian
Clergy Association (HCA), spoke on the
wide-reaching impact of the recent earth-
quake in his home country, saying that
twenty-six families from his congrega-
tion alone were in mourning. The pur-
pose of the HCA, he said, was "To create he Department of Homeland
Security announced that the
Assistant DA, Reverend Luc Pierre (l) and DA, Charles Hynes (r). Photo by P Samsoondar.
continued on page 7 Secretary of Homeland Security,
Janet Napolitano, has designated Haiti
Free Legal Services for HEALTH ISSUES for temporary protected status (TPS) for
a period of 18 months. Under section
Haitians Seeking TPS
244(b)(1) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act, the Secretary is author-
ized to designate a foreign state for TPS
he Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates or parts of such state upon finding that
has partnered with the non-profit organi- such state is experiencing ongoing armed
zation, the Immigrant’s Journal Legal & conflict, an environmental disaster, or
Educational Fund, Inc. (IJLEF) to offer free “extraordinary and temporary condi-
legal services to Haitians seeking Temporary tions.” The Secretary may grant TPS to
Protective Status (TPS). individual nationals of the designated
Attorney Brian Figeroux, the legal advisor of foreign state (or to eligible aliens having
the IJLEF said: “In the tradition/relationship no nationality who last habitually resided
that we have had for the past decade with the in such state) who have been both contin-
IJLEF, we have always responded to the needs With childhood obesity uously physically present in the United
of the community. Now, we are responding to on the rise, First Lady States since the effective date of the des-
the needs of the Haitian community in light of Michelle Paige Paterson ignation and continually residing in the
the recent earthquake disaster of January 12, United States since a date determined by
2010. Brian Figeroux, Esq. launches Healthy Steps
the Secretary, and who meet other eligi-
We offer our deepest condolescences to our initiative... see page 9 bility criteria. TPS is available only to
continued on page 6
continued on page 6
The Hate & the Quake: The Truth About Haiti... See page 8
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Relative Status, Bogus Marriages
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FEB 2010 3
Apocalypse In Haiti CARIBBEAN
BY COLIN A. MOORE
My people are destroyed for
The Second Coming lack of knowledge. —Hosea 4:6
Things fall apart;
the centre cannot hold; Publisher
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world; I.Q. INC.
The blood — dimmed tide is loosed,
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
—William Butler Yeats
hen I heard of the recent earth- Colin Moore
quake in Haiti, the prophetic
words of William Butler Yeats Legal Advisor
started to resonate in my mind. Things Brian Figeroux, Esq.
are falling apart in Haiti, the authorities
cannot function. There is anarchy on the Assistant Editor
streets, and innocent lives are being Marilyn Silverman
Since the overthrow of Jean-Bertrand Graphic & Website Designer
Aristide in February 2004, Haiti has been Praim Samsoondar
subjected to a series of political and nat-
ural catastrophes that is virtually Contributors
unprecedented. There were the riots of courage and resilience in the face of the Haitians need to get rid of the incom- Rhadames Ulloa
2004 which followed the overthrow of most challenging conditions, but they petent Government of Rene Preval and Kanetta Baptiste
Aristide. Thousands of political activists have always been betrayed by a political Michele Pierre-Louis, and to agitate for Joseph Jattan
were killed, and the United Nations had elite that has been spineless, corrupt, the return of Jean Bertrand Aristide, who Rondel Joseph
to dispatch an expeditionary force exploitative and interested in its own has clearly demonstrated that he is the Will Scott
(Minustah) to restore law and order. In self-interest and self-preservation. only Haitian leader who is capable of
2008, Haiti was hit, not by one, but by Throughout its history, Haiti has been providing bold leadership to the Haitian Email
four hurricanes which destroyed property governed by a series of military dictators people in times of crisis. Fourthly, the email@example.com
and human lives. Now when Haiti was from Jean Pierre Boyer to Jean Claude new Haitian Government must engage
beginning to recover from the devasta- Duvalier. The military dictators, in col- the United States, the United Nations, Visit
tion of 2008, and to regain some form of laboration with the mulatto elite, have and the various international partners in www.allblackradio.com/caw
political stability it was hit by the worst been interested in extracting taxes from formulating a strategic plan for the
earthquake in recent memory. the black working class, while providing reconstruction of Haiti. This plan should
It seems as if Haiti cannot get a break them with a minimum of social services. involve the reconstruction of a new Port-
from political instability and natural The result has been the destruction of the Au-Prince, which would involve the
catastrophes. Perhaps, the most tragic agricultural industry in Haiti, the migra- eradication of the slums in Cité Soleil,
aspect of this natural catastrophe is the tion of peasants from the rural to the La Saline, Carrefour and Cité Liberte
total absence of the Haitian Government urban areas around Port-Au-Prince and and the building of affordable housing
and the Haitian National Police (HNP). the creation of slums around Port-Au- for the poor.
The President of Haiti, Rene Preval, the Prince, the lack of drinking water, the The strategic plan should involve the
Prime Minister Michele Duvivier Pierre- breakdown of electrical services , and a creation of a new infrastructure for Port-
Louis, and the members of the Haitian series of potholed streets in the Capital, Au-Prince, including the resurfacing and
National Police, are nowhere to be found and cratered highways outside of the widening of the streets, the creation of a
on the streets of Port-Au-Prince. The Capital. Haiti was a disaster before the more efficient electricity system, the cre-
United States Army, U.S. Aid, the United earthquake, thanks to the Haitian ation of a new garbage disposal system,
Nations, and the international communi- Government and the Haitian elites. Now the creation of a new water purification
ty have virtually taken over Haiti. Haiti Haiti is an international catastrophe. and filtration system, the creation of a
has become a ward, colony, or protec- Now that Haiti as experienced its worst new highway system throughout Haiti,
torate of the United States and the catastrophe, the question is Quo Vadis, or and the creation of a new municipal To advertise please
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This surrender of sovereignty is a radi- Many people are being forced to drink a redistribution of the population from
contaminated water and, in the best of Port-Au-Prince, which is heavily over-
cal departure from the situation in 1801
when the Haitian people under its times, Haiti has experienced diarrhea, populated to the rural provinces, many of
implacable leader, Jean Jacques and dysentery outbreaks. Now the inges- which are under populated. The Strategic
Dessalines, broke away from France and
established Haiti as the first black repub-
tion of contaminated water, together with
presence of unburied corpses on the
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FEB 2010 4
TAX & FINANCIAL ISSUES
Tax Tips For Small Businesses
axes are one of the most impor- expenses. register with the state's tax department.
tant issues facing small and grow- Then taxable and nontaxable sales must
ing businesses. And like a compa- 2. Employee Taxes be tracked and included on the compa-
ny's profits, its annual tax bill will in part If a business has employees, a variety of ny's sales tax return.
reflect the owner's skills and knowledge. taxes will have to be withheld from their Having what is considered a "presence"
Business owners need to be sure that salaries. Among them are: in a state is the criteria used by the IRS to
they are meeting all of their responsibil- Withholding. Social Security (FICA), determine whether or not you are liable
ities to the tax man, and also seizing Medicare and federal and state income for paying state sales tax.
every opportunity to reduce their taxes. taxes must be withheld from employees' If you do not have a physical presence
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match the FICA and Medicare taxes and can be subject to a state's "use tax," but
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Businesses can deduct all "ordinary and Employer matching. Businesses must "presence" in another state does not nec-
necessary" business expenses from their match the FICA and Medicare taxes and essarily mean that you have a retail out-
revenues to reduce their taxable income. pay them along with employees. let in that state. If you have an office,
Some deductions are obvious expendi- Unemployment tax. Businesses must warehouse, or employees working for
tures in such areas as business travel, pay federal and state unemployment of the year, either 90 percent of the tax you in that state, the IRS may consider
equipment, salaries, or rent. But the rules taxes. that is owed or 100 percent of last year's you to have a presence in that state.
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ple. Don't overlook these potential 3. Quarterly Estimated cent if a business's income exceeds tax responsibilities in all states in which
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Business losses. Business losses can
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business owner's losses exceed personal problems as well as the potential for pun- figure (their quarterly profit). Good record keeping saves money. Some
income for the year, some of the year's ishing IRS penalties. Among the issues things like copies of business tax returns,
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Who should pay? A business probably
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How much should you pay? By the end continued on page 10
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continued from page 1 continued from page 1 Janet Napolitano, must be signed by an official, show dates
Free Legal Services to of membership; and state the address
TPS For Haitians Secretary of
where you resided during membership
persons who were continuously physical- Haitians Seeking TPS Security
Additional documents may include
ly present in the United States as of the Haitian brothers and sisters, on the lost money order receipts, passport entries,
effective date of the designation. lives of family and friends as well as birth certificates of children born in the
Under this designation, Haitian nation- homes, businesses and life savings. We country, dated bank transactions, corre-
als (and aliens having no nationality who open our doors and offer those free legal spondence, U.S. Social Security card,
last habitually resided in Haiti) who have services as our way of helping the automobile license, title, vehicle regis-
continuously resided in the United States Haitian community in their time of tration, deeds, mortgages, contracts to
since January 12, 2010, and who remain need.” which you have been a party, tax
in continual physical presence in the Members of the IJLEF will only need receipts, insurance politics or any other
United States from the effective date of to pay the necessary filing fees to the relevant document.
the notice, may apply for TPS within the United States Citizen & Immigration
180-day registration period that begins Services (USCIS). What if documents are not available?
on the date of publication of the notice. You may give USCIS an affidavit show-
These nationals also may apply for Requirements for TPS ing proof of unsuccessful efforts to
employment authorization documents To Prove Date of Entry Into the obtain the documents, explaining why
To apply for TPS you must have been in
and for permission to depart from and United States the consular process is unavailable (for
the country continuously since January
return to the United States. 12, 2010. Passport identity documents) and affirming that
This notice also sets forth procedures First, any documents in a foreign lan- I-94 Arrival/Departure Record you are a national of the designated state.
necessary for nationals of Haiti (or aliens guage must be accompanied by an Affidavits may also be used to help
having no nationality who last habitually Proof of Residence (if applicable) prove your date of entry into the U.S.
resided in Haiti) to register and to apply Employment Records
for TPS and employment authorization You must file two forms: Temporary Such letters must include your address at
documents with U.S. Citizenship and Protected Status (Form I-821) or time of employment, exact dates of Fees:
Immigration Services. Application For Employment employment, periods of layoff and $50 Filing Fee. There may be an $80
Authorization (I-765). duties. If such a document is unavailable fee for biometrics.
you must submit an explanatory affidavit If filing the I-765 Employment
signed by your employer. Application Form, there will be a $340
Two color passport-size photos of
This designation of Haiti for TPS is yourself Rent Receipts, Utility Bills fee.
effective on January 21, 2010, and will Proof of Haitian residence, such as a School Records Fee Waivers are available.
remain in effect through July 22, 2011. passport or birth certificate. Any nation- Hospitalization or Medical Records,
The 180-day registration period for eligi- including the name of facility and dates
ble individuals to submit their TPS appli-
al identity document from your country
of treatment or hospitalization
For more information or to
with your photo and fingerprint may be
cations begins January 21, 2010, and will acceptable. Attestations by churches, unions, or register for a free TPS
remain in effect until July 20, 2010. other organizations to your residence Clinic, call 718-856-2650.
identifying you by name. The attestation
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ed to a country still recover- felonies, are down, from
continued from page 1 ing from the effects of 158,000 in 1990 to under
Working Together to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, 33,000 in 2009. Murders
which killed hundreds and
devastated the countryside.
Despite the state of Haiti at
are down from 750 in
1990 to 200 last year. Ready For
"The root cause of the
fellowship among the minister and to
the time, the Bush crime rate, is recidi-
help the churches carry out their spiritu-
al and social programs."
Administration continued www.unicef.org vism,” Hynes said. “One
deportations to the country, a of the things I'm very
In commiseration, District Attorney he American Immigration
policy continued, until now, by the proud of is that we have over 30 pro-
Hynes noted that his office is sending Lawyers Association (AILA)
Obama Administration. grams, alternatives to prosecution. We
social workers to Haiti to aid in the recu- views the introduction by U.S.
District Attorney Hynes echoed the even have programs for people who
peration of those affected. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
importance of deportation stays, saying come back from prison."
It is well-known that Brooklyn is of a comprehensive immigration reform
that deportees are often victims and per- But in the present, Hynes said, the cel-
home to the largest concentration of the (CIR) bill as an important step in creat-
petrators of crime when they return to ebration of Martin Luther King Day
Haitian diaspora, with an estimated pop- ing momentum for an overhaul of our
their home country. "People are afraid reminds him how much has to be done,
ulation of well over 100,000. In the nation's broken immigration system.
we're going to turn them over to ICE," he "Of course we can be very proud of hav-
wake of the earthquake in their home The bill, introduced in the House of
said. "I have absolutely no obligation ing our first African-American president.
country, Haitians who arrived America Representatives, contains many core
nor inclination to turn over to ICE the And yet the sad part is that 25% of our
before January 12th, 2010 have received principles which immigration advocates
background or the information of anyone African-American kids are at any one
a stay on deportations, allowing more consider vital to any comprehensive
who is undocumented." time in prison, on parole, or on proba-
than 30,000 Temporary Protected Status immigration reform bill, including a
Hynes cited his trips to various tion. I have committed myself and my
(TPS), "for the time being" according to pathway to legalization for undocument-
Caribbean nations, saying deportations office to reducing that obscene number.
a statement by Janet Napolitano, head of ed workers and students, family unity
causes problems in the home countries of To me, that sums up where we've come
the Department of Homeland Security. and labor provisions, smarter and more
deportees. "People who leave their from and where we're going."
The period of stay for TPS is 18 months, effective enforcement, and worker veri-
island nation when they're five or six Anyone wishing to contact Reverend
with a potential extension to be granted fication systems that work. According to
years of age...years later get involved in Pierre, or help the Haiti Relief effort can
near the end of that period. The applica- the sponsors, CIR for America's Security
drug activity, get sent to prison, then reach his association at: 718-469-9029,
tion period is 180 days. In the past, citi- and Prosperity Act 2009 (CIR ASAP) as
when they're released from prison they 917-969-1084, or 718-434-7250.
zens of several nations, including El it will be known, prioritizes the best of
are deported back to their country of ori- Donations of $10.00 can be made
Salvador and Somalia, have received what our nation values: family, civil
gin with no contact with anyone, no through the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-
extended TPS, so there is reason to hope rights, economic opportunity and diver-
friends or relatives to speak of, and the CROSS or by texting HAITI to 90999.
that Haitians facing deportation may be sity. It is the product of months of collab-
result is fairly predictable, they become a Donations of $5.00 can be made through
in the U.S. for some time to come. Still, oration with human rights advocates,
part of the criminal elements of those Wyclef Jean's Yele foundation by texting
the first question raised by this tempo- labor organizations, and members of
nations." 'Yele' to 501501.
rary protection must be, "Until when?" Congress.
Hynes also recounted the changes in
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FEB 2010 7
STANDING UP FOR HAITI
The Quake and the Hate:
the coffee crops failed, or the sugar yield
was down, the Haitian government bor-
rowed on the French money market at
The Truth About Haiti
double the going interest rate in order to
repay the French government.
When the Americans invaded the coun-
Haitians for a new, more intense regime leadership isolated. The cabinet took the try in the early 20th century, one of the
BY SIR HILARY BECKLES reasons offered was to assist the French
of slavery. The British agreed, as did the decision that the state of affairs could not
he University of the West Indies Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. continue. The country had to find a way in collecting its reparations.
is in the process of conceiving All were linked in communion over the to be inserted back into the world econo- The collapse of the Haitian nation
how best to deliver a major con- 500 000 Blacks in Haiti, the most popu- my. The French government was invited resides at the feet of France and
ference on the theme Rethinking And lous and prosperous Caribbean colony. to a summit. America, especially. These two nations
Rebuilding Haiti. As the jewel of the Caribbean, they all Officials arrived and told the Haitian betrayed, failed, and destroyed the
I am very keen to provide an input into wanted to get their hands on it. With a government that they were willing to dream that was Haiti; crushed to dust in
this exercise because for too long there massive slave base, the English, French recognize the country as a sovereign an effort to destroy the flower of free-
has been a popular perception that some- and Dutch salivated over owning it — nation but it would have to pay compen- dom and the seed of justice.
how the Haitian nation-building project, and the people. sation and reparation in exchange. The Haiti did not fail. It was destroyed by
launched on January 1, 1804, has failed The people won a ten-year war, the Haitians, with backs to the wall, agreed two of the most powerful nations on
on account of mismanagement, inepti- bloodiest in modern history, and to pay the French. earth, both of which continue to have a
tude, corruption. declared their independence. Every other The French government sent a team of primary interest in its current condition.
Buried beneath the rubble of imperial country in the Americas was based on accountants and actuaries into Haiti in The sudden quake has come in the after-
propaganda, out of both Western Europe slavery. order to place a value on all lands, all math of summers of hate. In many ways
and the United States, is the evidence Haiti was freedom, and proceeded to physical assets, the 500 000 citizens the quake has been less destructive than
which shows that Haiti's independence place in its 1805 Independence were who formerly enslaved, animals, the hate.
was defeated by an aggressive North- Constitution that any person of African and all other commercial properties and Human life was snuffed out by the
Atlantic alliance that could not imagine descent who arrived on its shores would services. quake, while the hate has been a long
their world inhabited by a free regime of be declared free, and a citizen of the The sums amounted to 150 million and inhumane suffocation - a crime
Africans as representatives of the newly republic. gold francs. Haiti was told to pay this against humanity.
emerging democracy. For the first time since slavery had reparation to France in return for nation- During the 2001 UN Conference on
The evidence is striking, especially in commenced, Blacks were the subjects of al recognition. Race in Durban, South Africa, strong
the context of France. mass freedom and citizenship in a The Haitian government agreed; pay- representation was made to the French
The Haitians fought for their freedom nation. ments began immediately. Members of government to repay the 150 million
and won, as did the Americans 50 years The French refused to recognize Haiti's the Cabinet were also valued because francs.
earlier. The Americans declared their independence and declared it an illegal they had been enslaved people before The value of this amount was estimat-
independence and crafted an extraordi- pariah state. The Americans, whom the independence. ed by financial actuaries as US$21 bil-
nary constitution that set out a clear mes- Haitians looked to in solidarity as their Thus began the systematic destruction lion. This sum of capital could rebuild
sage about the value of humanity and the mentor in independence, refused to rec- of the Republic of Haiti. The French Haiti and place it in a position to re-
right to freedom, justice, and liberty. ognize them, and offered solidarity government bled the nation and rendered engage the modern world. It was illegal-
In the midst of this brilliant discourse, instead to the French. The British, who it a failed state. It was a merciless ly extracted from the Haitian people and
they chose to retain slavery as the basis were negotiating with the French to exploitation that was designed and guar- should be repaid. It is stolen wealth. In
of the new nation state. The founding obtain the ownership title to Haiti, also anteed to collapse the Haitian economy so doing, France could discharge its
fathers therefore could not see beyond moved in solidarity, as did every other and society. moral obligation to the Haitian people.
race, as the free state was built on a slav- nation-state the Western world. Haiti was forced to pay this sum until For a nation that prides itself in the cel-
ery foundation. Haiti was isolated at birth - ostracized 1922 when the last instalment was made. ebration of modern diplomacy, France,
The water was poisoned in the well; and denied access to world trade, During the long 19th century, the pay- in order to exist with the moral authority
the Americans went back to the battle- finance, and institutional development. It ment to France amounted to up to 70 per of this diplomacy in this post-modern
field a century later to resolve the fact was the most vicious example of nation- cent of the country's foreign exchange world, should do the just and legal thing.
that slavery and freedom could not com- al strangulation recorded in modern his- earnings. Such an act at the outset of this century
fortably co-exist in the same place. tory. Jamaica today pays up to 70 per cent in would open the door for a sophisticated
The French, also, declared freedom, The Cubans, at least, have had Russia, order to service its international and interface of past and present, and set the
fraternity and equality as the new China, and Vietnam. The Haitians were domestic debt. Haiti was crushed by this Haitian nation free at last.
philosophies of their national transfor- alone from inception. The crumbling debt payment. It descended into financial
mation and gave the modern world a began. and social chaos. Sir Hilary Beckles is pro-vice
tremendous progressive boost by so Then came 1825; the moment of full The republic did not stand a chance. Chancellor and Principal of the Cave
doing. truth. The republic is celebrating its 21st France was enriched and it took pleasure Hill Campus, UWI.
They abolished slavery, but Napoleon anniversary. There is national euphoria from the fact that having been defeated
Bonaparte could not imagine the repub- in the streets of Port-au-Prince. by Haitians on the battlefield, it had won
lic without slavery and targeted the The economy is bankrupt; the political on the field of finance. In the years when
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FEB 2010 8
First Lady Launches Healthy T & T Rings the
Alarm to Beyonce:
Steps Initiative Don’t mess with our
Soca & Carnival
ccording to the Centers for Each classroom is a team, n New Year's Eve, she was paid a
reported $2million fee for perform-
Disease Control & Prevention, and the team from the 6th, 7th
ing at a private party on the exclu-
obesity is a serious health con- and 8th grade that earns the
sive island of St Barts, but a wave of bad
cern for children and adolescents. Obese most steps is declared the win-
publicity ensued when it was revealed that
children and adolescents are at risk for ners. Winners are invited to her patron was Libyan leader Col.
health problems during their youth and meet the First Lady and the Muammar Gaddafi's son Mutasim-Billah.
as adults. For example, during their Governor at a healthy lunch- The news of a concert in Trinidad &
youth, obese children and adolescents eon and a chance to visit a Tobago has angered the local music indus-
are more likely to have risk factors asso- farm to learn about whole try and given new impetus to a bitter battle
ciated with cardiovascular disease (such foods and agriculture. All between the country's two mobile phone
as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, teams receive a certificate of providers.
and Type 2 diabetes) than are other chil- participation. The problem is that Beyonce's show in
dren and adolescents. Exercising regularly Port-of-Spain is being sponsored by local
Obese children and adolescents are improves your physical, emo- phone company TSTT, which is 51%
more likely to become obese as adults. tional, and psychological owned by the government and 49% owned
For example, one study found that health. The purpose of the by global telecoms giant Cable & Wireless
approximately 80% of children who Healthy Steps program is to (C&W).
were overweight at ages 10–15 years educate students in New York It is also taking place on Thursday, 18
were obese adults at age 25 years. about the importance of exer- February — immediately after Trinidad
Another study found that 25% of obese cise and healthy eating. and Tobago's world-renowned carnival.
With ticket prices for the concert ranging
adults were overweight as children. The "Students who eat well, will
from $71 to $253, organizers of carnival
latter study also found that if overweight learn and live well too," says
bands and shows are worried that it will
begins before 8 years of age, obesity in First Lady Michelle Paige
absorb money that would otherwise have
adulthood is likely to be more severe. Paterson. "This challenge will gone into their pockets.
Enter Healthy Steps to Albany: First encourage kids to re-evaluate "We have nothing against Beyonce," says
Lady's Challenge" which is a health and their food choices and exer- Gregory Fernandes, who used to run some
wellness awareness campaign created by cise programs in order to of the carnival's biggest events as head of
First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson. The come up with their own ways the Caribbean Prestige Foundation.
contest challenges New York State mid- First Lady Michelle to make healthier life choic- "We are just saying that it is insensitive to
dle school students to increase their Paige Paterson es." bring her at this time. It will affect all car-
physical activity and consumption of To learn more about healthy nival stakeholders."
healthy foods. The six-week fitness earn the most 'steps' in six weeks! Students keep a lifestyles, listen the Beauty, Part of that perceived insensitivity comes
challenge begins on March 1st 2010. day log of the exercise they get and the healthy foods Health & Wellness Radio from the feeling that locally produced soca
they eat. Every minute of activity is converted into Show every Fridays at noon music is losing out to glossy international
How the Contest Works 'steps' that go towards the classrooms’ virtual trip to on www.allblackradio.com. pop.
Teams of middle school students com- Albany. Students track their virtual trip to Albany The First Lady will be a "Our culture of carnival is on the way
pete against each other to see who can using the Healthy Steps Map Poster or electronic
guest in February.
application. Each footprint is equal to 20,000 steps. continued on page 10
'High' Student Use of Ganja
ccording to a report published Cigarettes the types of inhalants being used. a half people have been deported since
on www.bbc.caribbean.com, When it comes to tobacco, Dominica is Cocaine, use in the Caribbean is low. the introduction of mandatory deporta-
research on the status of drug also at the top among high school stu- Among students, Guyana and Jamaica tion for "aggravated felonies" under the
use has revealed a "high" level of mari- dents. report a prevalence rate at 2% or above. 1996 Immigration and Nationality Act.
juana consumption among school stu- Almost 8% of 13-17 year-olds say The Commission cautions that more The ultimate protection from deporta-
dents in the Caribbean. they've smoked cigarettes, with information and research is needed on tion under the immigration law is to
The information has been released by Suriname and St Lucia not far behind. specific population groups to get a better become a U.S. citizen. Since 1998, the
the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control The prevalence rate is lowest in Haiti understanding of the drug problem and Immigrant’s Journal Legal &
Commission, which has collated nation- and Antigua and Barbuda. its impact. Educational Fund, Inc. has been provid-
al figures from member countries. Regarding alcohol, six in every ten stu- ing free citizenship assistance every
Among the 13-17 years age group, dents in St. Lucia between 13 and 17 Cause for Deportation Saturday. This free community service is
Dominica recorded the highest preva- admitted to having a drink in the previ- The number one cause for inadmissabil- aptly called “deportation inoculation.
lence rate, with more than one tenth of ous month; in Dominica that falls to half. ity, deportation and the categorization as While U.S. citizenship is the best pro-
secondary school students admitting to Even among students aged 14 and under, an aggravated felon is a marijuana con- tection against deportation, if you have
smoking cannabis. the rate is 50% in some countries. viction. And, ironically, this is the most been arrested, you should consult with
Some of the higher figures: Dominica The Commission, which is an arm of commonly abused illicit drug in the an attorney before filing for citizenship
(11.6%), St Lucia (9.5%), Antigua and the Organization of American States, United States. It is a dry, shredded green as certain arrests may be deportable
Barbuda (8.1%) and Grenada (7.8%). also says the use of inhalants among stu- and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, offenses. Please call 718-856-2560 for a
Haiti (0.6%) and Suriname (2.0%) have dents in some countries of the Americas and leaves derived from the hemp plant free legal consultation.
the lowest average usage. is becoming alarming. cannabis sativa. The main active chemi- Increased deportation proceedings
In fact, marijuana remains the drug of cal in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydro- means that Black men are at risk from
choice in the Caribbean overall. In the Cocaine cannabinol; THC for short. being separated from their families. We
past year or so, among those aged 15-64, Use of such substances at least once dur- Immigrants who are legal U.S. resi- need to stop this cycle now.
the prevalence rate in the Caribbean ing the past year was over 10% among dents face mandatory deportation for Please listen to allblackradio.com for
comes in between 4-6.7%. That's higher teenagers in countries such as Jamaica small offenses such as drug possession. future Pubic Service Announcements on
than South America (3.4%) and Central and Trinidad and Tobago followed close- Thousands of immigrants face such this issue and to find out how you can
America (2.4%) but behind North ly by Barbados and Guyana. wrenching punishment, and according to help.
America (10.5%). The Commission says additional stud- the National Network for Immigrant and
ies are needed to identify more precisely Refugee Rights, more than a million and
FEB 2010 9
continued from page 5
them from your taxes as such. In order to
Tax Tips for Small take advantage of a tax deduction, you
Going Beyond the
must report the total amount of the loan,
and the assets and expenditures financed
for a minimum of seven years.
must be necessary to operating the busi-
6. Charitable Contributions
Unless your business is a C corporation,
9. Tax Audits
charitable contributions typically "flow
The very thought of an IRS audit is
way to becoming an internet radio super- through" the business and are claimed
BY RONDEL JOSEPH enough to make most business owners
star. as deductions on the individual tax
break into a cold sweat. But not all audits
n 1993 Carl Malamud launched There are two major steps to get this returns of the shareholders of the com-
are created alike: There are several dif-
Internet Talk Radio which was the process started. First, you need to have a pany. That's true whether you're running
ferent types of tax audits, ranging from
"first computer-radio talk show”, each show idea and a plan for its development a sole proprietorship, partnership, limit-
simple requests for a particular piece of
week interviewing computer experts. and secondly, you need the use of a profes- ed liability corporation, or S corpora-
Seventeen years later there are thousands sional studio. information to comprehensive reviews
of stations streaming live radio over the Fortunately at All Black Radio (ABR) that cover every aspect of a business.
If you want to get the maximum tax
World Wide Web. you get both. benefits, you should know these basic Correspondence Audit. This is a rela-
According to published data in 2003, We have not only seen the future and tively simple procedure in which the IRS
positioned ourselves to ride asks you to document an item on your
Only contributions to charities listed as
the wave of the internet return by a specified date. This is usual-
"qualified organizations" by the IRS are
radio revolution; we are ly a routine test for compliance with cer-
deductible. Consult IRS Publication 78
also providing an opportu- tain items on your return.
for a list of qualified organizations or
nity for you to do the same. search online at the IRS home page. Office Audit. The IRS may ask you to
The broadcast and market- report to a nearby IRS office and docu-
Contributions of more than $250
ing professionals at ABR ment one or more items on your return.
require a letter of receipt from the quali-
have put together a five- You may be able to send them copies of
fied organization. For contributions of
week course that will pro- this proof in advance of the appointment
vide you the tools to help
less than $250, a canceled check is suffi-
and resolve the issue without actually
you become the next inter- cient.
going to the office.
net radio superstar. In general, donations of property can
be deducted for their fair market value at Field Audit. This is the audit most peo-
Not only is there a theoret- ple dread. The IRS will ask you to pro-
ical aspect to this course, the time of the contribution. You cannot
vide documentation of various items on
Youth participants of the radio boot camp but it's also accompanied deduct a contribution that has already
your return and to meet with an IRS
by hands-on training in our been written off as a depreciated asset.
agent for a thorough review of your
revenue from "online streaming music fully equipped studio. You cannot deduct the value of time or
records. Be prepared to answer the audi-
radio" was US$49 million by 2006, that Internet radio has a strong advantage services that you volunteer.
tor's questions, but don't volunteer infor-
figure rose to US$500 million. over its terrestrial cousin merely by the You cannot deduct the part of a contri-
It's now 2010. Imagine how much that fact that it can be broadcast to computers bution that benefits you. If you receive a
figure has grown. and other devices located in far-reaching gift in exchange for a charitable dona- Taxpayer Compliance Measurement
What does all this data mean? Well inter- parts of the world. Program Audit This rather lengthy and
tion, for example, you can deduct only
net Radio is the future. This presents a unique opportunity not detailed audit asks you to document and
the amount of the contribution that
Major radio stations are quickly moving only to reach people of different cultures, prove every single item in your return.
exceeds the value of the gift.
resources from traditional transmitters to but it also presents a marketing opportuni- The IRS and Congress use the data from
In general, you can deduct contribu-
streaming servers. Why are they doing ty unlike any other. these audits for research and statistical
tions only in the year you make them.
this? Radio was invented over 100 years ago, purposes. These audits are arbitrary, and
Pledged contributions cannot be deduct-
According to the Wall Street Journal and people still listen to it today, proving it anyone can face them regardless of how
ed until they are actually paid.
over 30 million Americans listen to inter- to be one of the greatest inventions of all carefully they prepare their tax returns.
net radio each week and that number is time. Radio continues to evolve and web Criminal-Investigation Audit If you are
7. Important Tax Deadlines for
constantly growing. radio (internet) is the wave of the future. suspected of tax evasion, the IRS will
By now you must be thinking, how can So the time to get on board is conduct a criminal-investigation audit. If
April 15 isn't the only important tax
I get a piece of this lucrative pie? now.Classes are in progress but a new they prove that you have purposefully
Well, we’ve got good news it's much eas- class starts every five weeks so it's not too
date for business owners. The following
not paid your income taxes, you can face
ier than you think. late to sign up for this course. dates are important to keep in mind:
substantial fines and even jail time.
You listen to them all the time, the talk We look forward to hearing from you Annual returns. Most annual returns
Obviously, you should retain qualified
shows that is, and you download the pod- and invite you to tune in to our broadcast are due April 15 for unincorporated com-
legal counsel if you face this type of
casts. Now think how good it will feel, not at www.allblackradio.com or at www.dias- panies and S corporations. C corpora-
to mention financially rewarding, to have poraradio.com. You can also call for more tions must file annual corporate returns
people downloading your podcasts when information and registration 718-771- within two-and-a-half months after the
10. The IRS
you become a radio host and get on your 0988. close of their fiscal year.
The IRS small business website provides
Estimated taxes. Estimated taxes are
years, in its continuing effort to fight off a wealth of information to small and
continued from page 9 due four times a year: April 15, June 15,
growing businesses. There's a section for
Don’t mess with our competition from rival mobile phone September 15, and January 15.
businesses getting off the ground that
provider Digicel. Sales taxes. Sales taxes are due quar-
Soca & Carnival But this year, it has cancelled its popu- terly or monthly, depending on the rules
includes a handing checklist and advice
out," complained one reader in lar Soca in B-Square con- on choosing business structure. It's par-
in your state.
the letters of the Trinidad & certs, which used to take ticularly helpful on important topics
Employee taxes. Depending on the size
Tobago Express newspaper. place in the run-up to car- such as employee taxes and business tax
of your payroll, employee taxes are due
"What used to be the greatest nival itself. deductions. In addition, it has a list of
weekly, monthly or quarterly.
show on earth is playing second TSTT officials say this small business resources with links to
fiddle to another people's cul- is because Trinidad's other government resources for small
8. Deducting Loans
ture." biggest soca star, Machel businesses.
Most business loans are not considered
Many feel that TSTT, as a Montano, was unavail- business income. One notable exception
majority state-owned firm, able to perform, but other To schedule an appointment for a FREE
is a situation in which you negotiate
should be doing more to pro- artists are unconvinced. small business tax consultation, please
with a creditor or lender to reduce your
mote the local music industry "[TSTT] blanked the call Kanetta Baptiste, NACC VP Small
debt. If any debt is forgiven, you will
and its performers, rather than local culture and pushed Business Solutions at 718-722-9217 ext
owe taxes on this amount.
importing superstars from the foreign," said Ken 117.
On the other hand, business loans can
abroad. Marlon Charles, better offer substantial tax benefits. The princi-
As it happens, TSTT's mobile known by his stage name pal and interest you pay on your loan are
brand has been associated with of KMC. business expenses, and you can deduct
many carnival events in recent Beyonce Knowles
FEB 2010 10
The Road to South Africa
and Ghana constitute a fearsome quintet,
while South Africa will be desperate to
avoid embarrassment on home soil.
FIFA World Cup 2010: FULL LIST OF TEAMS AT 2010
The Final Stage
HOST: South Africa
AFRICA QUALIFYING: Algeria,
Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria
BY JOSEPH JATTAN Spain, Germany and England will never ASIA QUALIFYING: Australia, Japan,
have — the support of an entire continent.
North Korea, South Korea
nother four years have passed. It's "The idea that one of our sides could win
World Cup Soccer 2010 —South the World Cup is not going too far," said EUROPE QUALIFYING: Denmark,
Africa! Sun City. Thirty two former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh. England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,
countries will be competing in what will "African players perform a lot on emo- Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia,
be one of the greatest World Cup compe- tions and that will be a powerful force. Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
titions ever. "When Nigeria played at the Olympics
People will ask why. This is because the in 1996 we were not playing as Nigerians SOUTH AMERICA QUALIFYING:
World Cup Series will be held in a coun- but as Africans because we had every Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay,
try where in previous years, there was the African country behind us. Uruguay
problem of apartheid. As you recall, All Black radio personality, Joseph "We had this psychological edge and if
South Africa was banned from competing “Joey” Jattan; shooting from the an African nation gets to the semi-finals NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND
in the Olympic Games because of is polit- hip, not the lip. on home soil in 2010, I would not want to QUALIFYING: Honduras, Mexico,
ical system whereby people were separat- be in the team who plays against them."
World Cup Series. United States
ed and there was an unequal distribution All but five of the 18 previous World
of privileges. Unperturbed by his 1977 prediction that Cups have been won by teams from the
an African side would triumph by the end ASIA/OCEANIA PLAY-OFF New
Bringing 32 nations together for approx- host continent, while Brazil's victories at
of the 20th century, Brazil legend Pele Zealand
imately five weeks will hopefully bring Mexico 1970 and USA 1994 and
healing in the world. genuinely believes it can occur this year. Argentina's triumph at Mexico 1986 were
His namesake, Abedi Pele, a former Finally, I hope that FIFA and the compet-
World soccer is a symbol of supremacy still in the Americas. There is little doubt
Ghana international, and Liberian George ing nations pledge and offer assistance to
in sports with fever and excitement the that home advantage helped South Korea
Weah, two of the greatest players to the nation of Haiti in light of the recent
world over. Brazil and Spain are the reach the 2002 semi-finals.
emerge from Africa and still highly influ- disaster in Port-au-Prince. The majority
favorites, but in the end it could be an Yet optimism stems more from the
ential figures within the game, are equally of players on the Haitian National Team
African nation holding the Jules Rimet knowledge that, in terms of numbers,
convinced. and some administrators perished in the
Trophy. Nigeria or Ghana could lead the quality and experience, this is the
way for the World Cup to stay in the Not only are the six African representa- recent earthquake that struck Haiti.
strongest set of African nations to contest
African continent. The African nations tives competing on home soil but they a World Cup.
are a force to be reckoned with in world will benefit from an advantage that the Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Algeria
soccer, having regard to the last Under 21 likes of Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France,
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