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Working Together to Help                                                                                                                 TPS Granted
                                                                                                                                         to Haitian
the Haitian Community                                                                                                                    Nationals in
BY WILL SCOTT
                                                                                                                                         the U.S.
O
        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-


                                                                                                                                         T
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


  T
         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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LEGAL ISSUES
Charged With Bail
Jumping in NY?
I
    n the State of New                                                     2) fails to
    York, if you are                                                       appear in
    charged with a                                                         court on a
crime and you miss a                                                       required
court date for that                                                        date, and
crime, you may be                                                          3) fails to
charged with the addi-                                                     appear vol-
tional crime of bail                                                       untarily
jumping. Missing a                                                         within the
court date in a New                                                        next      30
York criminal court is a                                                   days.
crime in and of itself.                                                    1st degree
   Bail jumping is a formal criminal charge      Bail Jumping is a D Non Violent Felony
if you do not voluntarily turn yourself in or    Charge.
deal with the charges within 30 days of the
court date on which you failed to appear.        Bail Jumping in the Second Degree –
   There are excellent options in defending      215.56
yourself against bail jumping charges or         In order to prove that an individual is guilty
charges relating to failure to appear in court   of Bail Jumping in the Second Degree, it
in New York.                                     must be established that the person:
   But you must act immediately to get this      1) is charged with a Felony,
situation resolved as quickly as possible. If    2) fails to appear in court on a required
you are arrested or stopped for any reason       date, and
with an outstanding warrant for bail jump-       3) fails to appear voluntarily within the
ing, your best defense options and opportu-      next 30 days.
nity to explain your side of the story may       2nd degree Bail Jumping is an E Felony
disappear.                                       Charge.

How likely are they to find me if I have         Immigration Consequences
an          outstanding            warrant?      Might be an aggravated felony, if the
The police may not be actively hunting you       record of conviction establishes that defen-
down if it is a relatively minor criminal        dant failed to appear in connection with
offense. However, if you are stopped by the      any felony charge, OR that defendant
police for any reason, such as a speeding        failed to appear for service of a sentence if
ticket or a broken tail light, you will be       the underlying offense is punishable by
arrested and jailed on the spot for the war-     imprisonment for a term of years or more.
rant.
  What's more, with new automatic license        Bail Jumping in the Third Degree –
plate scanning technology being employed         215.55
by police departments in New York state          In order to prove than an individual is
and around the country, you can be scanned       guilty of Bail Jumping in the Second
and flagged just by driving your vehicle         Degree, it must be established that the indi-
legally and safely, which will quickly result    vidual:
in your arrest.                                  1) is charged with any crime,
   This technology is being added to new         2) fails to appear in court on a required
local police department cruisers all the         date, and
time, with law enforcement grants and rou-       3) fails to appear voluntarily within the
tine purchases.                                  next 30 days
    Even if you have a bail jumping charge       3rd degree Bail Jumping is an A
that is years old, you can be arrested any-      Misdemeanor Charge.
time. Don't make the mistake of waiting
any longer while you still have the chance       Immigration Consequences:
to fix it with minimal or even no damage         Might be an aggravated felony, if the
and penalties.                                   record of conviction establishes that defen-
   Please call us right away to discuss what     dant failed to appear in connection with
we can do to fix these charges. Call (718)       any felony charge, OR that defendant
834-0190 now for a free case evaluation          failed to appear for service of a sentence if
and criminal defense consultation on fail-       the underlying offense is punishable by
ing to appear in court/bail jumping charges      imprisonment for a term of years or more.
in New York.
                                                 Free Legal Consultation on New York
NY Bail Jumping Laws & Penalties                 Bail Jumping Laws & Failure to Appear
Bail jumping charges in New York are of          in Court Charges
increasing seriousness depending on the          If you missed a court date and are charged
severity of the charges for which you            with failing to appear or bail jumping, call
missed your court date.                          us now to talk about how we can help you
                                                 fix this before if gets out of hand. Call
Bail Jumping in the First Degree –               (718) 834-0190 now for the help you need.
215.17                                              If you haven't been picked up, it may not
First degree bail jumping is a charge for        be too late to make the charges go away. If
missing court on the most serious felonies.      you've been arrested for bail jumping, let
In order to prove that an individual is guilty   us help you explain the situation and argue
of Bail Jumping in the First Degree, it must     for a fair outcome for you.
be established that the person:                      Our lawyers are in New York courts
1) is charged with a Class A or Class B          everyday fighting for our clients. Call us at
Felony,                                          (718) 834-0190 for a consultation now.


                                                                                                  FEB 2010   2
FAMILY MATTERS

Relative Status, Bogus Marriages
& Employee Sponsorship
I
     n seeking consultation to help navigate                                                                              Remember, employee sponsorship is easi-
     the complex U.S. immigration laws,                                                                                   est to attain for those who have “extraordi-
     immigrants find themselves victimized                                                                                nary ability in business, sciences, arts, edu-
by an even greater predator: crooked                                                                                      cation, or athletics, professors, researchers,
immigration service providers. Not only do                                                                                international executives or managers, have
many immigration laws apply only to                                                                                       a “National Interest Waiver” or are regis-
select people or groups, but many also                                                                                    tered physical therapists or nurses. Any
have a number of exceptions that only the                                                                                 alien in search of sponsorship without
most highly qualified immigration consult-                                                                                these qualifications is subject to “labor
ants and attorneys truly have a grasp of.                                                                                 certification” or proof that his/her field is
Thus, it becomes all too easy for con-                                                                                    underserved and that there are no legal cit-
artists to prey on immigrants—many of                                                                                     izens at the time of his/her application for
whom do not read or speak English, but all                                                                                the visa who are available, willing and able
of whom have legalized status in the                                                                                      to take the position.
United States as a top priority—by con-                                                                                      Aliens convicted of felonies also have
vincing them that they qualify for paths to                                                                               very little relief available to them. Beware
legalization for which they are clearly inel-                                                                             of any attorney who encourages you to
igible or by merely taking their money                                                                                    make a guilty plea in a criminal case
without ever attempting to file documents                                                                                 because criminal status is grounds for
on their behalf.                                                                                                          deportation. If an attorney advises you to
  Consultants often deceive their clients by                                                                              make such a plea without first warning you
highlighting “immediate relative status” as                                                                               about the consequences, you may be able
the most preferred immigrant category                                                                                     to bring a case against him/her for profes-
under current laws, exempting relatives                                                                                   sional negligence by filing a complaint
and spouses of U.S. citizens from numeri-                                                                                 with the appropriate Bar Association. If the
cal limitations. Since the beneficiaries of                                                                               Bar finds that the lawyer is guilty of pro-
this category can obtain immediate work                                                                                   fessional negligence, the immigration
authorization, a social security number,                                                                                  judge can grant you a stay of deportation
and the chance for a visa within one year,                                                                                so that your new attorney can reapply for
consultants encourage their clients to                                                                                    the original remedy to which you were
engage in phony marriages. Not only does                                                                                  entitled.
this lead to serious fragmentation in immi-
grant families when spouses of longstand-




                                                     Family Law Practice
ing divorce make bogus marriages possible
(applicants for Green Cards must provide
proof that all prior marriages were legally
terminated), but consultants often fail to



                                                        Summarized
inform their clients how strict the authori-
ties can be with regard to such marriages.
Part of the application process for a Green
Card requires an interview with the U.S.
Citizenship & Immigration Services
(USCIS) that includes an examination of
your marriage.
   The Green Card applicant and his or her       DIVORCE SEPARATION SUPPORT CUSTODY
                                                  The lawyer you hire does make a difference!
new spouse will be asked to describe at
length the nature of their relationship and
the circumstances under which they met.
                                                 Contested &
They will be asked to provide photographs
of their wedding and a copy of the guest         Uncontested Divorces                   Has your spouse disappeared?
list or to produce evidence of leases, joint
bank accounts or mail sent to them at the
                                                 Separation & Prenuptial                  We can find your spouse!
                                                 Agreements
same address. Questions can be as techni-
                                                                                                                                        Matrimonial
                                                                             *$600
cal as descriptions of the rooms in their        Business & Degree
                                                                                        *Uncontested on consent and cost. All
home and the colors of carpets, drapes or        Evaluations
                                                                                          five boroughs. No property, no kids.         Investigations
walls. If the USCIS doubts the legitimacy        Spousal Maintenance
of their claims, the immigrant will first be
                                                 Custody/Visitation                                                                    Bank & Asset Searches
given an opportunity to declare in writing
the validity of what he/she has told them,       Paternity                                                                             Wire Transfers
but if the USCIS ultimately denies his           Relocation                                                                            Alimony Reduction
case, his/her name can then be submitted                                                                                               Co-habitation
for removal (deportation), and possible          Child Support
indefinite prohibition from entrance to the      Abuse/Neglect                                                                         Investigation
U.S. Also, those couples married for less        Restraining &                                                                         Divorce/Dating/Fraud
than two years at the time of application                                                                                              Internet Dating/Fraud
                                                 Protective Orders
will remain under surveillance by the                                           We can process your divorce even if your
                                                 Modification of Previous                                                              Video Surveillance
USCIS for the two years following the
attainment of “conditional” resident status.                                    spouse is uncooperative or lives overseas.
                                                 Orders & Awards
     Despite one’s immense desire as an
immigrant to become legal, one must                                               LAW OFFICES OF FIGEROUX & ASSOCIATES
always remember that there are very few
legal remedies and those that exist have a                                  BROOKLYN: Tel: 718-834-0190(26 Court Street)
lot of very fine print. Therefore, if you fear                                Tel: 718-363-7788 (1105 Nostrand Avenue)
you may not qualify, you probably don’t.

                                                                                                                                                         FEB 2010 3
EDITORIAL

Apocalypse In Haiti                                                                                                                             CARIBBEAN
                                                                                                                                                AMERICAN
                                                                                                                                               WEEKLY TEAM
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,
                                                                                                                                          Managing Editor
            and everywhere
                                                                                                                                          Pearl Phillip
The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
        —William Butler Yeats
                                                                                                                                          Senior Editor



W
            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
destroyed.
   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      cariaweekly@aol.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
                                               where do we go from here? The first          transportation system in Port-Au-Prince,
International community. The Haitian
                                               task is to avoid the outbreak of a serious   Cap Haitien and Jaqmel.
                                                                                                                                            call 718-771-0988
Government has done nothing to exercise
its sovereignty or independence.               typhoid or cholera epidemic in Haiti.           The strategic plan should also involve
   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-
                                                                                                                                                JOB
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
                                                                                            Plan should also involve the imposition
                                                                                            of a Common External Tariff (CET) on              VACANY
lic in the Western Hemisphere. Jean            streets presents a clear and present dan-    agricultural imports from the United
Jacques        Dessalines,        Toussaint    ger of a water-borne epidemic through-       States, which will permit the resurgence       Our company seeks employees
L’ouverture, Henri Christophe, and             out Haiti. The second task is to avoid a     of the agricultural industry in Haiti and     for part-time work for the posts of
Alexandre Petion and the founding              mass migration from Haiti to the             stem the massive migration from the              BOOKKEEPER, PAYROLL/
fathers of Haiti, must be turning in their     Dominican Republic and the United            rural to the urban areas in Haiti.                     PAY RECEIVER.
graves at this abject surrender of sover-      States. Haiti needs the presence of all of      The Haitian Government should play
eignty by Preval Pierre-Louis, and this        its people, especially its skilled popula-   the lead role in the reconstruction of          Attractive salary plus benefits,
incompetent cabal. The relief efforts in       tion and its energetic young people to       Haiti and should not allow the United            and takes little of your time.
Haiti have been aggravated, not only by        assist in the formidable task of rebuild-    States or the International community to      Requirements: computer literate,
the severity of the earthquakes, but by        ing the devastated Nation. Thirdly, Haiti    define the problems or to formulate the        NO age discrimination, must be
the lack of infrastructure, and the lack of    needs to elect a Government that is capa-    solutions.                                     efficient and dedicated. Contact
political leadership in Haiti. The Haitian     ble of providing bold leadership, espe-                                                         mertins1970@gmail.com
people have always displayed incredible        cially in times of crisis.

                                                                                                                                                                  FEB 2010      4
TAX & FINANCIAL ISSUES

Tax Tips For Small Businesses
T
        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
These tax tips will ensure Uncle Sam is          pay.                                                                                        in another state, but sell items via the
not getting more than his due.                     Employer matching. Businesses must                                                        Internet or by catalog in that state, you
                                                 match the FICA and Medicare taxes and                                                       can be subject to a state's "use tax," but
1. Writing It Off: Deductions                    pay them along with employees.                                                              typically not to their state sales tax. A
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.
governing write-offs aren't always sim-                                                       tax must be paid (the figure is 110 per-       Make sure you are aware of your sales
ple. Don't overlook these potential              3. Quarterly Estimated                       cent if a business's income exceeds            tax responsibilities in all states in which
deductions:                                      This area trips up many an entrepreneur      $150,000). Businesses can subtract their       you are doing business.
                                                 and is especially vexing for home-based      expenses from their income each quarter
  Business losses. Business losses can
be deducted against a business owner's           businesses. Failure to keep up with esti-    and apply their income tax rate (and any       5. Keep Tax Documents for at Least
personal income to reduce taxes. If a            mated tax bills can create cash flow         self-employment tax rate) to the resulting     Seven Years
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,
business losses can be used to reduce            are:                                         4. Sales Taxes                                 licenses, incorporation papers, and capi-
taxable income in future years.                                                               Most services remain exempt from sales         tal equipment expenses should be pre-
                                                   Who should pay? A business probably
                                                                                              tax, but most products are taxable (typi-      served indefinitely. Keep any tax-related
  Trips that combine business and pleas-         must pay quarterly estimated taxes if the
ure. If more than half of a business trip is                                                  cal exceptions are food and drugs). If a       documents (e.g., expense receipts, client
                                                 total tax bill in a given year will exceed
devoted to business, deduct the traveling                                                     business owner sells a product or service      1099 forms, and vehicle mileage logs)
                                                 $500.
costs, as well as other business-related                                                      that is subject to sales tax, he or she must
                                                   How much should you pay? By the end                                                                           continued on page 10



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                                                                                                                                                                          FEB 2010      5
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
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
                                                                                            Homeland
                                                                                                                                       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.
                                              English translation.
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
         IMPORTANT DATES
                                                                                           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-
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                                                                                           of treatment or hospitalization
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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.
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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
Help Haiti
                                              which killed hundreds and
                                              devastated the countryside.
                                              Despite the state of Haiti at
                                                                                                            are down from 750 in
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                                                                                                                                         T
                                              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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                                              Brooklyn during his 20-year tenure as
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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


T
        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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HEALTH ISSUES
First Lady Launches Healthy                                                                                                               T & T Rings the
                                                                                                                                          Alarm to Beyonce:

Steps Initiative                                                                                                                          Don’t mess with our
                                                                                                                                          Soca & Carnival

A                                                                                                                                         O
         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
A
         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

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     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
                                                                                                  tion.
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
                                                                                                  rules:
                                                                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-
                                                                                                                                                mation.
  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
                                                                                                  Businesses
   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-
                                                                                                                                                audit.
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
SPORTS

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
                                                                                                                                            WORLD CUP


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.


A
                                                                                                                                            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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