DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 R E1 www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA N.A. www.GleanerExtra.com FR EE * Family Law * Real Estate * Civil Litigation Law * Personal Injury * Corporate & * Wills and Estates Commercial EXTRA NORTH AMERICA Vol #: 2 Issue #: 52 A Gleaner Company Publication JAMAICAN STUDENT TOTAL FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS BEARS TORCH FOR TO YOUR EVERY DAY PROBLEMS: • Income Protection • Asset Management • Debt Management WINTER OLYMPICS BY NEIL ARMSTRONG Olympic Games (Feb. 12-21, 2010) and the Paralympic Winter Games TORONTO: (March 12-21). Another Ryerson student, Vanessa Lewis, will also A S THE Olympic Torch Relay makes its way carry the torch leading up to the across Canada to the Olympics. 2010 Winter Olympics in Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Vancouver, British Columbia, Cowan came to Toronto, Canada, in a Jamaican who is a student 2006 to attend Ryerson University BASIL E MCINTOSH at Ryerson University will be and is finishing her final year in her Tel: 905-306-2804 among the 12,000 persons who radio and television arts program. would have participated in She will intern in New York or Cell: 416-709-4412 bearing the Olympic Torch. Texas during the Winter semester. 900 - 165 Dundas St. West Jamaica-born, Naomi Cowan, The daughter of singers, Carlene Mississauga, ON L5B 2N6 was among the lucky torch bearers Davis and Tommy Cowan, Naomi CONTRIBUTED: RYERSON UNIVERSITY to carry one of the Olympics’ most carried the torch for 300 metres on www.primerica.com/basilmcintosh From left, Ryerson University students Naomi Cowan and Vanessa Lewis stand recognizable symbols as it makes Life Insurance offered by tall in their official Olympic torchbearer uniforms. Both will be carrying the its way to the Vancouver 2010 flame this month for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Please see TORCH, E3 Primerica Life Insurance Company of Canada E2 R DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 EXTRA NA www.GleanerExtra.com E xtr a N .A. NEWS Regional countries sign new initiative to reduce gas emission COPENHAGEN, CMC: St Lucia have joined six other small island have agreed to combine resources and mechanism which will combine creative developing states (SIDS) in agreeing to the work together ‘to pilot a unique sustain- financing tools, capacity building and S IX CARIBBEAN Community Small Islands Launch Energy Initiative. able energy initiative which will improve logistical resources that aim to radically (CARICOM) countries have The countries say the initiative is in their energy efficiency, reduce their transform the collective energy sectors of signed a new initiative spite of concerns that United Nations reliance on fossil fuel and reduce green- island nations. g e a r e d t o w a r d s r e d u c i n g g r e e n- Conference on Climate Change house gas emissions against targets they Apart from the CARICOM countries, house gas emissions (GHG) and (UNFCC) has not reach an agreement have established or will establish for the agreement was also signed by the improve energy efficiency. that guarantees the survival of small, themselves in the near future’. Dominican Republic, , Mauritius, Palau, The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, vulnerable island nations. The initiative, also known as SIDS- Samoa, Seychelles and the Solomon Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica and Under the new initiative, the countries Dock, is essentially an institutional Islands. Dominica Labour US spy plane Party wins general election for the violated Venezuela’s third time airspace, Chávez ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP): DOMINICANS STUFFED their PRESIDENT HUGO Chávez on support of the Roosevelt Skerrit Sunday accused the US of violat- administration into the ballot ing Venezuela’s airspace with an boxes on Friday, December 18, unmanned spy plane, and and gave the ruling Dominica ordered his military to be on Labour Party (DLP) a third con- alert and shoot down any such secutive victory, while at the aircraft in the future. same time condemning the once Speaking during his weekly powerful Dominica Freedom television and radio program, Party (DFP) to the political Chávez said the aircraft overflew graveyard on the island. a Venezuelan military base in the The DLP won 17 of the 21 seats western state of Zulia after tak- AP that were at stake in the elec- US Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, center, accompanied by Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Federico ing off from neighboring tions with the other four going to Hernandez Denton (left), and Chief US District Court Judge Jose Fuste, speaks at a press conference in San Juan, Friday, Colombia. He did not elaborate, the main opposition United December 18. Sotomayor, a Puerto Rican descendant, visited the US Caribbean territory for the first time since but suggested the plane was Workers Party (UWP) that had becoming the US Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice. being used for espionage. ruled the island from 1995-2000. “These are the Yankees. They are entering Venezuela,” he said. Former Haitian officials indicted in the United States For the second consecutive gen- eral election, the DFP, which “I’ve ordered them to be shot once ruled from 1980-1995 under down,” Chávez said of the air- the leadership of the ‘Caribbean craft. “We cannot permit this.” Iron Lady’ the late Dame WASHINGTON, CMC: “During which time the tions at Haiti Teleco, Jean Rene Chávez has accused Colombia of Eugenia Charles, failed to win THE UNITED States Department telecommunications company Duperval, 43, has been slapped allowing the any seat. of Justice says two former Haitian paid more than US$800,000 to United States to with one count of conspiracy to use its military Its leader, Judith Pestaina, a government officials have been shell companies to be used for commit money laundering and 12 former international public ser- charged for their alleged roles in a bribes to foreign officials of the bases to prepare a vant, was among the party’s 11 counts of money laundering. possible attack foreign bribery, wire fraud and Republic of Haiti’s state-owned candidates that all lost their money laundering scheme. national telecommunications Duperval currently lives in in against Venezuela. deposits having failed to make The department also said two company, Telecommunications southern Florida. Both the US any meaningful impact on the Florida executives of a Miami- D’Haiti (Haiti Teleco),” The Others charged in the alleged and Colombia election that had generally been Dade County-based telecommu- Justice Department said in a scheme are: Joel Esquenazi, 50, have denied such seen as a two-horse race between nications company and the presi- statement. of Miami, the former president of allegations in the the DLP and the UWP. dent of Florida-based Telecom It said that Haitian Robert past, saying the the telecommunications compa- US military pres- Preliminary figures showed Consulting Services Corporation Antoine, 61, a Miami resident ny; Carlos Rodriguez, 53, of that Prime Minister Skerrit, 37, have been charged in the alleged and former director of interna- ence is for the Chavez whose close alliance with Davie, Florida, the former execu- sole purpose of scheme. tional relations for telecommuni- tive vice president of the telecom- Venezuela had been among the The authorities said that the cations at Haiti Teleco, had been combating drug trafficking. campaign issues, comfortably won defendants participated in the charged with one count of con- munications company; and A spokeswoman for the US his Vieille Case seat, trouncing his scheme to commit foreign bribery spiracy to commit money laun- Marguerite Grandison, 40, of Embassy said the mission had no challenger, former government and money laundering from dering. Miramar, the former president of information about any flyover minister Maynard Joseph of the November 2001 through March Former director of internation- Telecom Consulting Services and had not been contacted by UWP by a three to one margin. 2005. al relations for telecommunica- Corp, and Duperval’s sister. Chávez’s administration. It is not uncommon for Chávez to accuse other nations, especially the US and its allies, of conspiring against Venezuela. Kool & the Gang rock Havana Last week, the president accused the Netherlands of let- ting the US military use Dutch islands off Venezuela’s Caribbean coast to prepare for a possible military offensive. The former HAVANA, CUBA - (AP): tions and the ambivalence of the Malcon coastal boulevard, the band paratroop commander said the AMERICAN R&B pioneers Kool island’s communist government played at the open-air Anti-imperi- US military has sent intelligence & the Gang helped Cuba get its about rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop and alist Plaza, which sits in front of agents, warships and spy planes funk on, bringing their eclectic mix other kinds of American music. the US Interests Section. Fans, to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, of sounds Sunday to an open-air “We are all about the music. We many of them middle-aged with which are self-governing Dutch stage a stone’s throw from the travel the world and our message children in tow, danced and islands. sparkling waters of the Caribbean. is love, understanding and unity,” jumped up and down to the music The Dutch government rejected Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, his brother Bell, a singer and bass player, said while tenants in nearby apartment the allegations and the country’s Khalis Bayyan, saxophonist before taking the stage for a per- buildings watched from balconies. top diplomat, Foreign Minister Dennis Thomas and drummer formance authorized by the US The band heads next to Maxime Verhagen, has asked George ‘Funky’ Brown became one government. “We don’t come as Miami — where many in the Venezuela’s ambassador to clarify of the few US musical acts to per- politicians, we come as musicians.” Cuban-American community AP the claims, Dutch Foreign form in Cuba in recent memory, With thousands of spectators still hold deep resentment A fan of US band Kool & the Gang shouts Ministry spokesman Bart Rijs amid Washington’s travel restric- stretching down Havana’s storied toward Cuba’s government. during a band’s concert in the Anti-imperial- ist Plaza in Havana, Sunday, Decemeber 20. said. DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 R E3 E xtr a N .A. NEWS www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA TORCH Newcomers Continued from E1 praise local Monday, December 21 in Port Colborne, Ontario. Lewis, who was born in Canada, of Jamaican parentage, is in her third year at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. immigrant She also carried the torch for 300 metres on Saturday, December 19 in Milton, Ontario. Both students are among 12,000 people who will have brought the Olympic flame to Vancouver. service Cowan, a fourth-year radio and television arts student, is Ryerson’s official representa- tive in the relay. She was asked by the presi- dent of the university, Sheldon Levy, to be the group FRANCINE BUCHNER representative because he thought she embod- ied the spirit of the school. Cowan says she did track and field at Hydel Prep but discontinued when she went to Campion College. A familiar face on campus as the student life vlogger, Cowan is well known to the university commu- TORONTO: nity. She’s a former member of the Ryerson Board of Governors, and was the emcee of both the RU Ryerson – video contest and the F OR CARIBBEAN migrants like Debra Grant from St announcement earlier this month of the rede- Vincent, local immigrant PHOTO FRANCINE BUCHNER velopment of Maple Leaf Gardens. Cowan was services group like COSTI are a From left: The Hon. Michael Chan, minister of citizenship and immigration, Debra Grant, Helen one of the leaders of the yes campaign for the Godsend. COSTI Immigrant Odeeshu, Bruno M. Suppa, president of COSTI Immigrant Services and Mario J. Calla, executive assis- athletic fee referendum last year. Services is a community-based tant of COSTI Immigrant Services. multicultural agency providing PROUD AND EXCITED employment, educational, and She could barely utter her words, her en both individuals and communities “I feel extremely honoured and humbled to be social services to new Canadians confidence clearly shattered by her and make life easier especially for new- nominated. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportu- and all individuals in need of experience. And there was Helen comers to the country. nity to be chosen as a representative of the uni- assistance. Odeeshu, a self confessed insomniac, The study conducted in the Toronto versity. I am proud and excited,” Cowan said. Since 1952, COSTI has been helping who said she took sleeping pills to help Region quashed the notion by immi- A third-year Ted Rogers School of Business those in need, providing hope to refugee her because she ‘never knew who would grant organizations that geographic Management student, Lewis has been interest- families, protecting women and chil- come knocking at her door’. clusters of ethno-religious enclaves hin- ed in the Olympics since she was a child. dren, strengthening families, combating Odeeshu first arrived at COSTI’s ders such groups from progressing. Unable to attend the Games in Vancouver, she racism and discrimination, and assist- doorsteps in February this year as a “We’re building social capital through decided to try her luck and enter a contest to ing all those who function at a disad- nurse fleeing Bagdad, Iraq under then, these enclaves,” said executive director carry the flame. The contest, run by Coca Cola, vantage in society. president Saddam Houssein. She of COSTI Immigrant Services, Mario J. invited applicants to fill out an information Last year, over 1,500 newcomers escaped with her daughter to Jordan in Calla, as he outlined COSTI’s new five- sheet, with the possibility of being a torchbear- accessed the Newcomer Settlement 1991. “Imagine living in a country year strategic plan at Thursday’s meet- er for the relay to the Winter Olympics. She Program through COSTI’s North York where they kill you because of your reli- ing at the group’s Caledonia offices. said she always wanted to get involved in the Centre and Corvetti Education Centre. gious beliefs. Refugee is not a small Special guest, the Honourable Olympics and this was a fantastic opportunity. Grant’s journey started in 1997 and as word. It is a big word. Bigger than the Michael Chan, minister of citizenship “I didn’t expect to win but was shocked to she spoke at its annual general meeting word job, bigger than the word home, and immigration praised the work of find out on Canada Day that I did,” explained recently her gratitude was very clear. but not bigger than the word love,” said the organization. “The Ministry of Lewis, who purchased her torch to remember Odeeshu. Citizenship and Immigration has the monumental moment. ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP played a crucial role in the provision of Even though it’s a short run, Lewis feels Grant spoke about COSTI services FINDINGS our services by funding settlement and proud to carry the torch and thinks of it as a helping her and her child escape a The clients who spoke confirmed find- orientation services through the provin- way to give back to a country that has given severely abusive relationship, “one that ings of one local study that found that cial government’s Newcomer Settlement her so many opportunities. Lewis will be joined I didn’t think I would survive.” as ethnic groups develop they strength- Program,”said Calla. by her entire family and co-workers the day of the relay. Construction begins on first phase of new police academy NEW YORK: The main facility, the Police WORK ON a new structure to Academy, located on East 20th accomodate the New York City Street in Manhattan, was built in Police Department began last 1964 , has been described as an week. The new police academy, ‘overcrowded and outdated facili- located in the College Point sec- ty, unable to meet the needs of tion of Queens at the former today’s Department’. NYPD Auto Pound, will consoli- The new police academy will date training facilities for civil- sit on a 30-acre campus and be ians, recruits and active police able to train approximately 2,000 officers that are currently spread recruits at any one time. It will out across the City into one state- feature instruction space for pro- of-the-art campus. viding immersive, scenario based The first phase of the project training for police personnel; includes an academic building, support and administration classrooms, tactical gyms that buildings; a field house; indoor simulate actual street conditions, shooting ranges; a tactical vil- instructional offices and adminis- lage; a housing facility for visit- trative support spaces. ing instructors; driver training Subsequent phases of the project fields; parking and a utility will include a new firing range, a plant. The facilities will be tactical training village and a designed for in-service training of vehicle training course. officers, as well as for recruit “‘This is a fitting way to begin training. closing out a banner year for the NYPD, reducing crime another WELL SERVED 10.4 per cent and keeping us the The location will have ample nation’s safest big city,” said on-site parking for NYPD person- Mayor Bloomberg. “This is a proj- nel, including a 3,000-car park- ect that has started and stalled ing garage, to ensure those using through three previous City the academy are not utilizing administrations and now it is local parking spaces. The location getting built.” is also well served by existing mass transportation options. ACCOMPLISHMENTS The total cost for the first Police Commissioner Kelly phase of the new academy is esti- said, “New York City police offi- mated at $750 million and the cers have driven crime down year project’s construction is a joint after year. They deserve a Police venture of Turner Construction Academy equal to their accom- Company and STV Incorporated. plishments and dedication.” A cost estimate for the full acade- The NYPD currently conducts my project has not been finalized training in numerous facilities as some components of the pro- scattered throughout the City. ject’s design are ongoing. E4 R DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 EXTRA NA www.GleanerExtra.com E xtr a N .A. ADVERTISEMENT DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 R E5 E xtr a N .A. NEWS www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA Charging your way through the holidays? Tis the season to be money smart D O YOUR memories of last adore that new touch-screen phone or to your debt. If you Christmas include regrets sparkling piece of jewellery, but can you don’t realize how about the whopping credit really afford it? Credit cards make it quickly these costs card bills you racked up during easy to spend money we might not have add up, check out your holiday shopping binge? If at the moment. 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NEWS Harry Jerome Awards now open TORONTO: their efforts are working tremen- Jerome Awards will be held on site at www.bbpa.org. Jerome died suddenly in dously to better the community Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the In 1982, the founders of the December 1982. N OMINATIONS ARE and society as a whole’. Through Toronto Congress Centre. BBPA decided to turn a celebra- invited for the 28th AWARD NAME the Harry Jerome Awards we rec- Nominations must be received at tion for the six Black Canadian Annual BBPA Harry ognize and celebrate these indi- the office of the Black Business athletes who excelled at that The name ‘Harry Jerome Jerome Awards. viduals for their outstanding and Professional Association no year ’s Commonwealth Games Awards’ was proposed by Hamlin A release from the organizers achievements, leadership and later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, (Angela Taylor-Issanjenko, Ben Grange and so the first Harry is encouraging persons to identi- inspiration. We encourage you to January 8, 2010. Johnson, Mark McKoy, Milt Jerome Awards was held on fy for the special honour, nominate an individual today!’ For nomination information Ottey, Tony Sharpe and Desai March 5, 1983. The BBPA Harry ‘African-Canadians who through The 28th Annual BBPA Harry and rules, please visit their web- Williams) into a tribute to Harry Jerome Awards is now a national Jerome and an awards ceremony event that recognizes and honors to honor the six athletes. Before excellence in African-Canadian H1N1 vaccine now available to all he could be invited, Harry achievement. Stricter credit card regulations NEW YORK, NYC: HEALTH CARE providers have been given the go ahead by NYC governor Paterson to of priority group individuals in areas of the State outside of New York City. As a result of that effort and increased sup- provide vaccine to as many peo- ple as possible. During this busy period, I encourage New Yorkers to take coming in 2010 make the H1N1 flu vaccine plies of vaccine, the State is time to get vaccinated against URSULA MENKE or loan jointly with others, the available to all New Yorkers now making the vaccine avail- the flu,” the Governor added. Commissioner of the Financial Consumer financial institution must pro- who want the vaccine, includ- able to all New Yorkers. Agency of Canada vide disclosure information to ing those who are not in priori- “Since early October, when STILL WAITING each individual involved. This is ty groups established by the the H1N1 flu vaccine first Among those who have been TORONTO: to ensure that all parties are federal Centers for Disease became available, we have waiting to receive the vaccine IF YOU plan to make a New aware of the borrowing details of Control and Prevention (CDC). focused on providing vaccine are many seniors 65 years of Year's resolution to control your the loan so there are no surprises to those New Yorkers consid- age and older, who were not in spending habits in 2010, new later. ANNOUNCEMENT ered at highest risk of serious priority groups to receive the government regulations for credit I No more fees due to mer- The announcement applies to illness from the flu,” Governor initial doses of vaccine based on card companies will help you chant holds: Certain merchants, all providers, including local Paterson said. CDC determinations that the keep your promise. such as hotels, gas stations and health departments with vac- “Now that increased supplies H1N1 flu virus is more likely to In light of the economic situa- car rental companies, place holds cine clinics scheduled for this target and cause serious illness tion, many of us have resolved to on credit cards because they may of vaccine are available, it is not be aware of the amount of the weekend. appropriate to expand access so among younger persons. better manage our spending, To date, the Department of However, some cases of the including how we use credit transaction for some time. Once that more New Yorkers get pro- they learn the final amount, they Health (DOH) has allocated tection against the flu.” virus have been reported in cards. more than three million doses individuals 65 and over, and The good news is that regula- typically release the hold. TRAVEL SEASON tions recently introduced by the The consequence of a tempo- of the H1N1 vaccine — the public health officials agree it is rary hold is that it reduces the maximum made available by “As we enter the holiday appropriate that the vaccine federal government will help Canadians access credit products credit available to consumers, the CDC — for the vaccination travel season, it is important to now be made available to them. who then could unknowingly go that are fair and transparent and that benefit the consumer. over their credit card limit and incur fees. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Under the new regulations, Here are some highlights of the financial institutions can't charge new regulations that take effect you for going over your credit January 1, 2010: limit because of a temporary hold I Less fine print, so you placed on your credit card by a can see the costs: Now, credit merchant. card contracts and applications I Clear regulations for must include summary boxes up debt collection: The new regula- front to explain fees and rates in tions now require federally regu- plain language, making it easier lated financial institutions to fol- to understand costs and compare low federal regulations regarding different cards. how and when payment for I You can say ‘no’ to more unpaid credit card balances can credit: Credit card companies be sought. must now ask you before raising your credit limit, to allow you to Get more information on new decide if more credit is a good credit card regulations at fcac- idea for you. acfc.gc.ca I Joint borrowers must be told: If you apply for a credit card GO Transit will run earlier afternoon service TORONTO: Regular morning schedule, earli- THIS HOLIDAY season, GO will er afternoon rush hour with run special early afternoon serv- adjusted train and bus times and ice on Christmas Eve ( December additional buses as required 24 ) and New Year’s Eve starting at noon. Plus some later (December 31 ) for passengers evening trips. looking for commuting options to - Friday, January 1 - Holiday get home sooner. Also on New Year’s Eve , GO will offer free schedule service after 7:00 p.m. and some For specific schedule informa- later adjusted schedules to get tion, passengers are advised to New Year’s revellers home safely. check gotransit.com, or call GO Transit will operate the fol- 416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO lowing adjusted service over the (438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652 holidays: TTY. - Thursday, December 24 - GO Transit is the Province of Regular morning schedule, earli- Ontario’s interregional public er afternoon rush hour with transit system linking Toronto adjusted train and bus times and with the surrounding regions of additional buses as required the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). starting at noon - Friday, December 25 - GO carries nearly 55 million pas- Holiday schedule sengers a year in an extensive CONTRIBUTED network of train and bus services Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., city council majority leader Joel Rivera and RWDSU president Stuart - Saturday, December 26 - Appelbaum join with community residents, activists and union members to discuss the Kingsbridge Armory retail Saturday schedule that spans over 10,000 square development project on the steps of City Hall, following the City Council’s vote to defeat the project on Monday. - Monday, December 28 - kilometres. GO Transit is a divi- Saturday schedule sion of Metrolinx, an agency of - Thursday, December 31 - the Province of Ontario. DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 R E7 E xtra N.A. IMMIGRATION www.GleanerExtra.com EXTRA NA Baby blues Dear Mrs Walker-Huntington, My fiancé’s mother is a US citi- zen and began the processing of Dahlia Undoubtedly, if you have your child in America your child will be a US citizen. filing for him in August 2007. We already know we are not able to Walker- Since your future mother- in-law wants you to have get married until this process is complete. Huntington the baby in the US, you need to discuss with her I am five months pregnant and how the medical bills for his mother is insisting I come to yourself and the baby will Florida, where she resides, to him is pending. All that will be handled. As a visitor to have the baby. I have, however, happen in this instance is the US, you should not been advised by my cousin who is that your fiancé’s petition accept emergency Medicaid. a n a nurse in Florida that that will move from the first One of the conditions of extended would be a mistake. She said the preference category (single your visitor’s visa is that period of time, e.g. policy there is if neither parents adult child of a US citizen) you should not become a three to six are US citizens or permanent t o t h e t h i r d p r e f e r e n c e c a t e- p u b l i c c h a r g e u p o n t h e g o v- months, you raise residents, the child will still be gory (married child of a US ernment and citizens. suspicions the next classified as a Jamaican. This citizen). Instead of taking While the hospital will time you travel would not help our case at all. approximately six years for offer you emergency or when Is there any truth to this policy a visa to be available for Medicaid – a government- you go to change with regards to children your fiancé alone, it would sponsored health-care plan the US being born in the US? Which take about 9 years for both for the poor – acceptance of Embassy in State or States would you think of you. this free medical can result Kingston to would be best for me to go if I am If you do not get married in the loss of your non- renew your to go this route? Is it also true w h i l e t h i s p e t i t i o n i s p e n d- immigrant visa. non-immi- that in order for me to have the ing, your fiancé will receive grant visa. baby there, I would have to be in his green card. You will JEOPARDISING FUTURE TRIPS Also, if you are the US at least three months then get married and he will If you go to the US too far travelling as a visitor prior to the date of delivery as all file a petition for you. Your along in your pregnancy, with a US citizen the tests – blood and otherwise family will end up being the Customs and Border c h i l d , y o u r a i s e s u s p i- medical –done in Jamaica will not be separated because it will Protection (CBP) Officer cion with the CBP officer. t e s t s accepted by the hospital there take about four-to-five years may deny you entry into the While the hospital will not that have and I would have to do them f o r y o u r g r e e n c a r d ( h u s- US. The CBP officers are divulge your information to already been over? band’s petition) to be ready aware that many women go U S C I S w i t h o u t y o u r p e r m i s- done in Jamaica. Your assistance in clarifying for you to migrate. to America late in their sion, unless you can prove I Dahlia A. Walker- these issues is greatly appreciat- Your cousin the nurse is p r e g n a n c y f o r t h e s o l e p u r- otherwise, the CBP office Huntington, is a Jamaican- ed as I endeavour to make a deci- wrong. “All persons born or pose of having US citizen can presume that you did American attorney who sion as to what will be best for all naturalised in the United children. Additionally, going not pay for the birth of your practises in Florida in the the parties involved. States and subject to the to the US to have a baby child and possibly deny you a r e a s o f i m m i g r a t i o n , f a m i- Thanks a million. j u r i s d i c t i o n t h e r e o f a r e c i t i- would require you to spend future entry into the US. ly, corporate and personal G.H. zens of the United States several months there and If you are able to pay the i n j u r y l a w . S h e i s a m e d i a- and of the State wherein could potentially jeopardise cost of the birth of your tor, arbitrator and special Dear G.H. they reside.” 14th your future return trips. child in the US, you should magistrate in Bro0ward If your fiancé’s mother is Amendment to the K e e p i n m i n d t h a t a v i s i- s e c u r e t h e s e r v i c e s o f a d o c- County, Florida. a US citizen, he can marry Constitution of the United tor’s visa is to visit and tor who can tell you whether firstname.lastname@example.org you while her petition for States ratified July 9, 1868. return home. If you stay for or not you will have to redo or email@example.com. Passport FAQs LETTERS Would an applicant need to appear in person in order to apply for a passport? First-time applicants h i s o r h e r p a s s p o r t a p p l i- are required to submit RE: Toronto school board OK’s teaching of patois in schools - I should appear in person cation. their passport applications think this is a wonderful idea. I am a Canadian who is married w h e n a p p l y i n g f o r a p a s s- to the nearest Jamaican to a Jamacian and we have three children and I love the idea port. In the case of a minor How does a married or divorced consulate. The Jamaican of my children learning more of their history and their father’s (person under 18 years of woman change her name on her p a s s p o r t i s a s e c u r e d o c u- roots and language. I am in support of this program. It is about age), the parent or legal passport? ment and remains the time. guardian should complete property of the Government M. Samuels the relevant sections of the A woman who is or has o f J a m a i c a . I t i s n o t a d v i s- Toronto, Ontario application form. been married, and is able to send the documents Canada The child is also required applying for a passport in to a relative in Jamaica, as to appear in person for all her married name, must t h e p a s s p o r t w i l l b e c o n f i s- applications, whether it is present a certified copy of cated. If your passport is RE: AIDS group says disclosure ruling ‘feeds stigma’ : a first-time application or her marriage certificate confiscated, we will issue a So, what is your position should a HIV/AIDS person not make a renewal. (issued by the Registrar l e t t e r t o t h e b e a r e r a d v i s- a disclosure known? Are you saying since, ‘The risks of trans- The only exceptions are General’s Department or i n g y o u t o c o n t a c t t h e n e a r- mission are fairly small’ that a persons should do nothing? children under the age of the State in the case of est Jamaican consulate. Help me out here. You are scaring me. three years. Persons who are persons married overseas) To renew your document, renewing a passport that whether she is applying for simply take it in to the w a s i s s u e d w h e n t h e a p p l i- t h e f i r s t t i m e o r i s r e n e w- n e a r e s t c o n s u l a t e o r m i s- RE: May Day girl is ‘da bomb’! : God bless and keep you and all cant was a minor, will also ing her document. sion office, along with the the military personnel around the world. As a fellow Jamaican need to appear in person. Women who are divorced required documents and I am proud of your achievements! Persons living outside of may present a decree t w o p a s s p o r t - s i z e p h o t o- Joanna Rodney - Lewis Kingston may attend the a b s o l u t e ( t h e f i n a l j u d g- graphs. The application, Hanover Maryland USA immigration office in their ment) in lieu of a marriage along with the expired p a r i s h t o h a v e t h e i r d o c u- certificate. Please note passport, is then sent to ments pre-checked, prior to that married, widowed or Jamaica for processing. The RE: May Day girl is ‘da bomb’! : You go girl I am so proud of submitting it to the PICA divorced women who wish passports are then sent to you. I am happy that you have made us proud. Jamaica has office. to apply for a passport in the relevant mission for talented people we should continue to make our country proud. Persons who are renewing their maiden name are not transmission to you. their document need not r e q u i r e d t o p r e s e n t a m a r- Generally, the processing of appear in person, and may riage certificate. application form overseas RE: Estrianna Bigby, a gem of a woman: Hi sweet girl, send their old passport takes 20 working days. May God keep blessing you, you were blessed the day you along with a bearer, who I reside in Canada and my were born. w o u l d b e r e q u i r e d t o p r o- Jamaican passport needs to be I PICA Corner is a collabora- This brings tears to my eye as my parents died young. d u c e a l e t t e r o f a u t h o r i s a- renewed. Is it okay to send my tion between The Gleaner and Keep smiling and have Blessed Chistmas tion to collect the passport. passport to the island with a the Passport, Immigration and Cle Kerr However, PICA reserves relative to do the renewal on Citizenship Agency. Send ques- t h e r i g h t t o a s k a n a p p l i- my behalf? tions, comments and sugges- cant to appear in person tions to firstname.lastname@example.org for an interview to support Persons residing overseas and PICA will respond. E8 R DECEMBER 24 - 30, 2009 EXTRA NA www.GleanerExtra.com E xtr a N .A. NEWS a difference. The list is a useful How to help people who are guide for anyone who wants to make sure that their contribution is meeting a real need.” Most common items on the wish lists? TTC tickets, vouchers homeless this holiday season for groceries, and non-perishable food items—the everyday things that get left behind when you don’t have much money during the year. Agencies are also look- ing for volunteer help. “Agencies are telling us their M ANY TORONTONIANS a p p r o a c h t h e C i t y d u r- clients need everything from ing the holiday season clothing, household items and l o o k i n g f o r w a y s t o s h a r e a l i t- toiletries to coupons for food, tle cheer with people who are craft supplies, winter clothing homeless. The City asked and boots,” said Phil Brown, gen- those on the front lines who eral manager of Shelter, Support run the shelters, drop-ins and and Housing Administration, the other services for homeless City division that coordinates people what would really funding and services to homeless bring a smile to their clients’ people in Toronto. “Many are also faces. looking for volunteers and I know Agency wish lists can be seen we get a lot of calls at this time of at h t t p : / / w w w . t o r o n t o . c a year from people wanting to /housing/wishlist.htm. donate a few precious hours to “At this time of year, people help those less fortunate.” want to do something to help oth- The City’s website lists the ers,” says Councillor Janet Davis agencies that responded to the (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), survey, the items they would like Chair of the Community to distribute to their clients over Development and Recreation the holidays, whether they are Committee. “The City has asked able to pick up, whether they agencies providing front line serv- need volunteers, and contact ices to see what would really make names and phone numbers. EDDIE J. GRANT PHOTO From left: Wayne McBeam, Almarie Sutherland, Janice Edwards Grant, Errol Barnswell, and Wayne Mogg. The group, all members of Praise Cathedral Worship Centre church, was out to support a Christmas themed event in Toronto last week. Perfect gift ideas for those hosting a holiday party THE HOLIDAY season can be a hectic time when it comes to social gatherings. No matter what the occasion, it’s always great to show appreciation to the host. Rather than adding yet another bottle of wine to an already full wine rack, why not consider giving your host some- thing unique and memorable. Have fun finding the perfect gift that matches the personality of your gracious host: gift that will be sure to start stir- I For the gourmet chef – ring up some great recipe ideas. Buying a gift for someone who loves cooking or baking can be I For the dedicated parent – one of the easiest things on your Parents are always looking for shopping list. An aged bottle of ways to enrich their children’s balsamic vinaigrette, truffle oil or lives. Why not consider a book or a jar of local honey are craft for the host’s children. Giving items that all cooks love to the gift to the children as you receive. Dress up the bottle by arrive will help ensure the chil- tying a ribbon and a small thank dren are entertained and give the you card to it. It’s a thoughtful host time to talk with their guests. I For the philanthropist – Make a donation to your favourite charity in the name of your host. It’s a meaningful way to express your appreciation and help make a positive difference in the world. The World Vision Gift Catalogue (WorldVision.ca/gifts) offers great gifts such as school supplies, warm clothing, medi- cine, and even items like piglets and bunnies. It will be a gift that the host will truly appreciate and always remember.
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