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  HAITIANS RUSH TO
BEAT JULY 20 DEADLINE
VERMONT (CMC):



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     AW ENFORCEMENT officials say the
     court system in the northern United
     States is being swamped by Haitians
trying to enter the country illegally from


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Canada.
  They say the Haitians are seeking to take advan-
tage of the Temporary Protected States (TPS) for
undocumented Haitians living illegally in the US
announced by President Barack Obama in January.
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Black community urged to
revive passion for education
  - Tropicana Caribbean Ball honours leaders
FRANCINE BUCHNER                               in college - that of knowing the
Extra NA Writer                                history of his people and himself.
                                                  "There is something inherently
TORONTO:                                       beautiful about knowing one's
                                               history. It will give young people
                                               a sense of ownership and a sense

T
         HE THEME of the
         Tropicana 17th Annual                 of responsibility. You need to
         Caribbean Ball was                    believe in something that is big-
'Roots & Passion' and                          ger than you — that’s called a
keynote speaker, Dr. Carl B.                   conscience."
Mack,          intensified             the        Mack lamented Canada's 40
evening by calling on black                    per cent high school drop-out rate
p e o p l e t o r e v i v e t h e i r p a s-   and urged the black community
sion for education, and each                   to support the Toronto Africentric
other in order to change the                   School.
course of their lives for                         President of Tropicana, Dr.
good.                                          Gervan Fearon explained that
  "In the midst of our celebra-                'Roots' signified celebrating 30
tion, we need to rejuvenate.                   years of Tropicana’s existence
Today 50 per cent of our youth                 and 'Passion' contributing to the
are not graduating. Able-bodied                lives of individuals and strength-
black children are being labelled,             ening communities equals the
special education and pumped                   betterment of society.
with (medication)," said Mack,                    Derrick McLennon recipient of
executive director of the National             the Founders Award reminisced
Society of Black Engineers                     on the birth of Tropicana
(NSBE) in the United States of                 Community Services on March
America.                                       26, 1980.                                                                                                                               FRANCINE BUCHNER PHOTOS
  Mack recounted his own expe-                                                        Dr. Gervan Fearon, president of Tropicana Community Services presents the president’s Award to The Hon. Frances
rience to show how persons have                           RESILIENCE                  Lankin, PC, LLD, (HC) at the 17th annual Caribbean Ball on Saturday, June 5.
lost the drive to excel.                          He recalled the resilience of the
  He said, 30 years ago, he was a              early partnership, himself and         President's Award and Hamlin
student at a high school in                    fellow founding president, the         Grange, president and co-founder
Jackson, Mississippi, which com-               late, Robert Brown.                    of DiversiPro Incorporated with
prised 99.9 per cent black stu-                   "We had no money, but we had        the Community Builder Award.
dents of which 97 per cent gradu-              a strong spirit. The organisation        Tropicana Community Services
ated.                                          was given $35,000 by United            is a Toronto-based multi-service
  He credits the intervention of               Way that enabled them to move          organization and United Way
his mentor, Daryl Jones, for his               forward,"                              member agency that provides
turnaround.                                       McLennon said one of their          youth, newcomers, people of
  It was Jones he said who                     early vision's was to formulate a      Black and Caribbean heritage
encouraged him to craft a plan                 Youth Council Chair within the
                                               United Nations and in keeping          and others in need with opportu-
for his life or face failure.
  On that advice, Mack pursued                 with Pope John Paul II's estab-        nities and alternatives that lead
his Bachelor of Science in                     lishing International Year of the      to success and positive choices.
mechanical engineering from                    Youth and urged the organisa-            Testimonials were heard by
Mississippi State University.                  tion, today, to continue this ini-     Richard Daniels-Lee, Florette
    “I did not even know how to                tiative.                               Bacchus-Haynes and Dwayne
spell ‘thermodynamics’ ”, he says.                The evening's other recipients      Morgan on how Tropicana influ-
  But he admits there was an                   were the Honourable Frances            enced their life in a positive way.
even greater force that kept him               Lankin, PC, LLD, (HC) with the




        Dr. Carl B. Mack, executive director,
        National Society of Black Engineers
        (NSBE) from the U.S.A gives the
        keynote address at the Tropicana
        Community Services 17th Annual
        Caribbean Ball on Saturday in
        Toronto’s
        East -End.




                                                                                                                              Richard Daniels-Lee with his mentor.
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                                                                                                                            The Republican governor is             Friday’s meeting brought

 Bronx development renamed Canada builds                                                                                  leading a 43-member delegation
                                                                                                                          that includes state lawmakers,
                                                                                                                                                                 together representatives from
                                                                                                                                                                 four of Britain’s overseas territo-
                           fake lake                                                                                      port officials and representatives     ries — Premier McKeeva Bush of
   in honour of Sotomayor  for G-8
                                                                                                                          from agribusiness and the
                                                                                                                          University of Georgia. The meet-
                                                                                                                          ings were “as much about build-
                                                                                                                                                                 the Cayman Islands, Premier
                                                                                                                                                                 Ralph O’Neal and MP Vincent
                                                                                                                                                                 Scatliffe of the British
                                                                                                                          ing a relationship with (Cuban           Virgin Islands (BVI), Deputy
                                                                                     TORONTO (AP):                        officials) as learning about the       Chief Minister Edison Baird of
                                                                                     CANADA’S CONSERVATIVE                business environment there,”
                                                                                     government came under fire                                                  Anguilla, and Charles Kirnon,
                                                                                                                          spokesman Bert Brantley said.          Montserrat’s        Minister     of
                                                                                     Monday for spending nearly $2        There was no word on whether
                                                                                     million on a simulation of the                                              Communication, Works and
                                                                                                                          he would see President Raul
                                                                                     small town site of this month’s G-   Castro or his brother Fidel, who       Labour.
                                                                                     8 and G-20 summits complete          last appeared in public nearly           Brown said that concern was
                                                                                     with an artificial lake inside a     four years ago.                        expressed during the meeting
                                                                                     temporary media center.                                                     about the scrutiny the United
                                                                                       The display, which cost $1.9-                                             Kingdom had given to financial
                                                                                     million Canadian (US$1.8 mil-                                               affairs     of    the    Overseas
                                                                                     lion), is called The Experience
                                                                                     Canada Corridor and will include
                                                                                                                          Regional leaders                       Territories, noting that it was a
                                                                                                                                                                 “trend that is viewed cautiously”
                                                                                     canoes, trees, deck chairs and a
                                                                                     fake dock. The Government had        discuss plans for                      by members of the OTCC.

                                                                                     originally planned to host both
                                                                                     summits in Huntsville, but the       high-security
                                                                                     G-20 venue was changed to
                                                                                     Toronto, Canada’s largest city,      prison            40 years after
Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Soto-
mayor, who both grew up in the Soundview section of the Bronx, greet each other at
the renaming of the Bronxdale Housing Projects on Friday, June 4.
                                                                                     after concerns surfaced that
                                                                                     Huntsville, with a population of
                                                                                     around 20,000, lacked sufficient
                                                                                                                                            1st win, NY Rep.
                                                                                                                          HAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC):
BRONX, New York:                          ly 3,500 residents.
                                            “I am deeply humbled and
                                                                                     infrastructure for the larger
                                                                                     event.
                                                                                                                                            Rangel runs
                                                                                                                          PLANS FOR a regional high-
                                                                                                                          security prison were discussed
                                                                                                                          during a meeting of the Overseas

T
      HE BRONXDALE Houses
      located on Bruckner
                                          touched that these Houseswill
                                          now bear my name and I am so               Ga. governor                                           again
                                                                                                                          Territories Consultative Council
                                                                                                                          (OTCC) in Bermuda ahead of a
      Boulevard in the Bronx              grateful for all they have given me
received a name change last                                                                                               major conference in London at          NEW YORK (AP):
week. This after Bronxdale
residents, housing advocates
                                          in my life,” said Justice
                                          Sotomayor
                                             “Justice Sotomayor’s story is
                                                                                     heads                                the end of the year.
                                                                                                                             Premier Dr. Ewart Brown told
                                                                                                                                                                 IT’S BEEN 40 years since New
                                                                                                                                                                 York Rep. Charles Rangel first
                                                                                                                          a news conference on Friday that
and Bronx elected officials
petitioned to change the name
to honour Justice Sotomayor,
                                          unique, but it began like many ‹ in
                                          a public housing development
                                                                                     43-member                            while the initiative is in its early
                                                                                                                          stages, it t is being considered in
                                                                                                                                                                 won his congressional seat. And
                                                                                                                                                                 he’s not done yet.
the United States Supreme
Court’s       first    Hispanic-
                                          with a single mother whose first
                                          language was not English and               trade mission                        light of the rising crime situation
                                                                                                                          across the region.
                                                                                                                                                                    Rangel formally announced his
                                                                                                                                                                 re-election campaign Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                 The Democrat made the
                                          who worked hard to put food on
American justice.
  Sotomayor grew up in the devel-
opment from 1957 to 1969.
                                          the table,” said mayor Bloomberg.
                                          “Her achievements are an inspira-
                                                                                     to Cuba
                                                                                     HAVANA (AP):
                                                                                                                             “We’re all concerned about law
                                                                                                                          and order and security,” he said,
                                                                                                                          adding “there was some talk of a
                                                                                                                                                                 announcement surrounded by a
                                                                                                                                                                 host of elected officials, including
City officials last week announced        tion to millions of New Yorkers,           GEORGIA GOV. Sonny Perdue            regional high-security prison. It’s    Gov. David Paterson. Rangel was
the name change. The Justice              especially our NYCHA residents             met last Monday with officials       an issue we may take to the UK         first elected to the House in 1970.
Sonia Sotomayor Houses and                young and old, who can look to             from Cuba’s Chamber of               government.                            He defeated Rep. Adam Clayton
Justice      Sonia      Sotomayor         her story to get a glimpse of the          Commerce and its food import            “I would imagine if the concept     Powell Jr., who had been a pastor
Community Center include 28,              possibilities that await anyone            company, part of a two-day visit     was to go forward, and if interest     and civil rights leader.
seven-story buildings comprising          who has the courage and determi-           to explore his state’s trade and     was expressed by independent              Now Rangel is facing a chal-
1,497apartments that house near-          nation to follow a dream.                  tourism possibilities.               countries, it would be entertained.”   lenge from Powell’s son.
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                                                       “This activity is definitely one
                                                     of the larger groups, if not the
                                                     largest of any focused nature,
                                                     that we’ve had on our border,”
                                                     said Tristram J.Coffin, the
                                                     United States attorney in
                                                     Vermont.
                                                       He said the sudden influx of
                                                     immigration cases has swamped
                                                     the federal courthouse, where
                                                     clerks are learning how to pro-
                                                     nounce Creole names, and filings
                                                     are being waived to expedite pro-
                                                     ceedings.
                                                       “I remember jokingly saying I’ll
                                                     never be called because there’s no
                                                     one who speaks Creole here,”
                                                     said translator Chrissy Etienne,
                                                     24, a native of Haiti, who was
                                                     hired by the United States
                                                     District Court.
                                                       Coffin said his office has
                                                     charged 40 Haitians with the fed-
                                                     eral crime of re-entry after prior
                                                     removal. He said others were
                                                     released on orders of supervision
                                                     or under their own recognizance.
                                                       Coffin said most of the
                                                     Haitians caught crossing the bor-
                                                     der from Canada were ordered
                                                     deported from the United States
                                                     years ago.
                                                               ILLEGAL ACTS
                                                       Marjorie Villefranche, pro-
                                                     gramme director at Maison
                                                     d’Haiti, a community center that
                                                     serves the nearly 200,000
                                                     Haitians living in Montreal, said
                                                     most knew that crossing into the
                                                     United States was illegal but
                                                     were still willing to take the
                                                     chance.
                                                       She said many Haitians were
                                                     finding it difficult to obtain work
                                                     and adjust to life in Montreal.
                                                       Meanwhile, Haitian communi-
                                                     ty activists in the United States
                                                     have called for an extension of
                                                     the July 20 deadline for undocu-
                                                     mented Haitians to file for TPS.
                                                       The Obama administration had
                                                     granted TPS to an estimated
                                                     200,000 Haitians living illegally
                                                     in the US in the wake of the
                                                     January 12 devastating earth-
                                                     quake in the impoverished,
                                                     French-speaking Caribbean
                                                     country.
                                                       “There will be a need for an
                                                     extension,” said Steven Forester,
                                                     Miami-based representative of
                                                     the Institute for Justice and
                                                     Democracy in Haiti. He is propos-
                                                     ing a six-month extension
                                                     because of the number of prob-
                                                     lems, including high fees, that
                                                     lawyers have encountered while
                                                     helping Haitians file TPS appli-
                                                     cations.
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Citizenship bid stalled by words
                                                                                                                  Dahlia
Dear Mrs Huntington:                                 me exactly which State and area
I must commend you for                               your fiance´ is living in, there are

                                                                                                                 Walker-
excellent work you are                               many organisations all over the
d o i n g . I a m a r e g u l a r l i s t e n-       US that assist immigrants with
er to your programme and                             his problem.
would like your assistance.
My fiance´ is living in the
                                                     If he is living in an area with a
                                                     high concentration of immigrants                           Huntington
United States (US) for six                           there will be several civic organi-
years and would like to                              sations that help immigrants to
apply for his citizenship.                           study for and pass the US              explains the citizenship process to
     But he is afraid because he                     Naturalisation (citizenship) test.     you and help you to study for the
cannot read well. I heard you                        If he is not living in an immigrant    test. USCIS also offers informa-                                                                                   his), to
say on your programme that                           community, he should go to the         tion sessions all over the US that                                                                                shorten
there are places that can                            pastor of his or a local church and    provide information about the citi-                                                                              the time
assist 'non-readers' to acquire                      ask for help. Usually, there are       zenship process. Please go to                                                                                   that the
their citizenship. Can you tell                      people in the congregation who         w w w . u s c i s . g o v and click on nat-                                                                    child will
me where can he get help with                        might be retired teachers who          uralisation for further informa-                                                                              have       to
his reading? Where can he go                         would gladly assist your fiance´       tion.                                         as a green-                                                    wait for a
t o g e t a s s i s t a n c e w i t h d o c u-       on a one on one basis to improve       intimidated                                   card holder,                                                 green card.
ment procedures for citizen                          his reading and coach him with         During the citizenship interview              but it will take about four years                            He does not
status? He is planning to come                       the naturalisation test.               the applicant is asked to read a              for you to get your green-card         have to be a US citizen to file for
this year to get married and                         Some of these immigrant-based          simple sentence and to write a                interview. If he obtains his citi-     his children. If the children are not
take me to embassy for a                             civic organisations may also help      simple sentence, so your fiance´              zenship and files for you as his       his, he can file for your 14-year-old
spouse visa. Is it wise to get                       him by preparing the naturalisa-       should not be too intimidated by              wife it will take only about nine      child after you are married.
m a r r i e d b e f o r e h e g e t s h i s c i t-   tion documents for submission to       the process. The most difficult               months for you to get an interview      He will not be able to file for the
izenship? Will I be eligible for                     Department         of    Homeland      portion is to take the test, i.e. to          at the embassy.                        20-year-old child as your marriage
the visa? Will my children —                         Security. If he cannot get assis-      answer questions correctly. The                 As with all marriage petitions,      would have taken place after the
age 14 and 20 — be able to                           tance to do that he would need to      questions are available on the                you must be prepared to prove to       child was 18 years old.
t r a v e l w i t h m e i f v i s a i s g r a n t-   hire the services of an immigra-       internet at the USCIS website                 the consular officer that your
ed? Thanks in advance for you                        tion lawyer.                           and he will have the opportunity              marriage is valid and is not           I Dahlia A. Walker-Huntington,
advice.                                              The United States Citizenship          to study the questions and the                entered into solely for immigra-       Esq is a Jamaican-American attor-
                                                     and Immigration Services               answers and go over them again                tion purposes.                         ney who practices law in Florida in
Dear Madam:                                          (USCIS) - an agency in the             and again.                                      I am not clear if your children      the areas of Immigration, Family,
Thank you for your kind words.                       Department         of    Homeland      You can go ahead and get married              are his. If they are his children,     Corporate and Personal Injury Law.
Your fiance´ is unfortunately in a                   Security - has a lot of information    at any time it will not affect his            he can file for them for their green    She is a Mediator, Arbitrator and
situation that many Jamaicans                        on their website about the citizen-    citizenship application. If he                cards. However, he should go           Special Magistrate in Broward
find themselves in while living in                   ship process. They even have           chooses not to file for his citizen-          ahead and file for the 20-year-old     County, Florida. info@walkerhunt-
the US. While you did not tell                       videos that you can watch that         ship he can file for you as his wife          child immediately (if the child is     ington.com

                                                                                                                                          cant as soon as reasonably prac-       application for permanent resi-


          Given marching orders
Hi Mrs Ffolkes-Abrahams,                             two years after the exclusion
                                                                                                                                          ticable. However, in this case the
                                                                                                                                          office relied on detailed evidence
                                                                                                                                          about medical conditions in
                                                                                                                                          Jamaica that the applicant con-
                                                                                                                                          tested in an affidavit filed in sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                 dence be made from outside
                                                                                                                                                                                 Canada. She had Canadian born
                                                                                                                                                                                 children and had some legitimate
                                                                                                                                                                                 medical issues. The Supreme
                                                                                                                                                                                 Court of Canada granted her the
                                                                                                                                          port of the applicant’s successful     exemption based on humanitari-
Dear Mrs Ffolkes-Abrahams,                           order was enforced.                                                                  motion for a stay of removal. The      an and compassionate grounds.
I have been removed from
Canada with an exclusion
                                                       Where a deportation order has
                                                     been issued against you, you are
                                                                                                                   Sharon                 court allowed the review of the
                                                                                                                                          removal order based on the fact
                                                                                                                                                                                 The Supreme Court of Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                 stated that:
order. Can you tell me what
is the difference with —
                                                     not allowed to return to Canada
                                                     at any time after removal with-                               Ffolkes                that the applicant had been in
                                                                                                                                          Canada for 20 years and the duty
                                                                                                                                                                                   The wording of the legislation
                                                                                                                                                                                 shows Parliament’s intention
deportation, removal or
exclusion order?
                                                     out written authorisation by an
                                                     officer.                                                     Abrahams                of fairness should have allowed
                                                                                                                                          the opportunity to reply to the
                                                                                                                                                                                 that the decision be made in a
                                                       Where a departure order has                                                                                               humanitarian and compassionate
                                                                                                                                          evidence relied on by the officer.     manner. A reasonable exercise of
Hi,                                                  been issued, you may return            applicant to the risk of death,               If the evidence proved incorrect
                                                     without the consent of the minis-                                                                                           the power conferred by the sec-
There are three types of removal                                                            extreme sanction or inadequate                the applicant would have suf-          tion requires close attention to
orders recognised in the                             ter, if the other requirements of      treatment. These are all factors              fered great harm. The removal
                                                     the Act and Regulations are met.                                                     order was therefore overturned.        the interests and needs of chil-
Immigration and Refugee                                                                     which could result in a removal                                                      dren since children’s rights, and
Protection Act of Canada. They                       However, if you do not leave           being rescheduled.                               Another example of humani-
                                                     Canada within the required 30             A removal or deportation order             tarian and compassionate consid-       attention to their interests, are
are: an exclusion orders, deporta-                                                                                                                                               central humanitarian and com-
tion orders and departure orders.                    period after the order becomes         can be overturned on humanitar-               erations being applied by the
                                                     enforceable, the departure order       ian and compassionate grounds.                court is the landmark case of          passionate values in Canadian
The effect of each is different.                     becomes a deportation order.                                                                                                society.
You indicate an exclusion order                                                                In the case of Level (litigation           Baker v Canada (Immigration
                                                       The discretion to defer a            Guardian of) v Canada (minister               and Citizenship) decided in 1999         In this case, the deportation
has been issued against you. In                      removal order is very limited. An      of public safety and emergency                                                       order against Ms Baker was
that case, you require authorisa-                                                                                                         by the Supreme Court of Canada.
                                                     officer is entitled to take into       preparedness) was decided by the              This was a successful challenge        overturned by the Supreme
tion to return to Canada during                      account a range of factors, such       court in 2008. In that case, there            of a Jamaican woman who was            Court of Canada.
the 12 months after the day of                       as whether any required travel         was a review in the court of a                ordered deported from Canada.
removal. After one year you are                      documents are missing, whether         deferral of a removal pending a               This case involved a long legal           I Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams is a
not required or obliged to obtain                    the applicant is subject to a          decision on the application for               challenge all the way to the           barrister/solicitor of bars in Jamaica
an authorisation in order to                         Court Order requiring his or her       permanent residence based on                  Supreme Court of Canada. Baker         and Ontario, Canada. She is president
return to Canada. If, however,                       presence in Canada, or whether         humanitarian and compassionate                applied for an exemption, based        of the Jamaican Diaspora Canada
the exclusion order was made                         there is a health related impedi-      grounds.                                      on humanitarian and compas-            Foundation and former counsel at the
because of misrepresentation you                     ment to the applicant travelling          As a rule, the court found that            sionate considerations under sec-      Ontario Human Rights Commission.
must obtain written authorisa-                       and finally whether the failure to     an enforcement officer is statuto-            tion 114 (2) of the Immigration        Email: info4immigration@gmail.com
tion to return to Canada within                      defer will otherwise expose the        rily bound to remove an appli-                Act from the requirement that an       or editor@gleanerjm.com




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Caribbean Week kicks off in New York            C
                                                        ARIBBEAN WEEK,
                                                        organized by the
                                                        Barbados-based
                                                Caribbean Tourism
                                                Organisation (CTO), kicked
                                                off last Sunday with an
                                                interfaith service of
                                                thanksgiving in Brooklyn.
                                                   The CTO said the celebration,
                                                which took place at St. George’s
                                                Episcopal Church, featured lead-
                                                ers of virtually every faith prac-
                                                ticed in the Caribbean.
                                                   The congregation comprised
                                                Caribbean ministers, commis-
                                                sioners and directors of tourism,
                                                New York State and City officials,
                                                members of the diplomatic Corps,
                                                tourism industry leaders, repre-
                                                sentatives of the media, and a
                                                cross-section of New York’s
                                                Caribbean-American community.
                                                   The week’s schedule includes the
                                                Caribbean Fair, the Caribbean
                                                Media Marketplace, Awards
                                                Luncheons, and Rum and Rhythm.
                                                   Celia Ross, New York sales rep-
                                                resentative for the St. Vincent
                                                and the Grenadines Tourism
                                                Authority, said her island will be
                                                showcased during the Rum &
                                                Rhythm and Media Market Place
                                                events on Thursday.
                                                   She said the authority will be fea-
                                                turing Sunset Rum, which is dis-
                                                tributed in the US by the
                                                Washington-based Calypso Imports.
                                                   “Calypso Imports will be sup-
                                                porting us by providing us with
                                                the rum and, maybe, (have)
                                                someone from their company to
                                                serve up and talk about the
                                                rum,” Ross told the Caribbean
                                                Media Corporation on Sunday.
                                                   “Each year, CTO provides its
                                                member-countries with the
                                                opportunity to showcase the
                                                Caribbean region here in the
                                                marketplace,” Ross said.
                                                   “It is also an opportunity for
                                                Caribbean industry partners to
                                                come together to discuss tourism
                                                trends and factors affecting the
                                                industry, solutions to the nega-
                                                tives, and ways to capitalize on
                                                the positives.
                                                   “Each year, SVG, like most
                                                CTO member-countries, looks
                                                forward to the opportunity to
                                                showcase aspects of the destina-
                                                tion, which identify it with the
                                                Caribbean, as well as those
                                                unique features which make us
                                                special,” Ross added.
                                                   The week culminates with the 37th
                                                annual Governments of the
                                                Caribbean State Ball on Friday night.




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                                                Jamaican entertainer Ano Okera (left)
                                                hums a few bars to CBS Early Show
                                                co-anchor and resident veterinarian
                                                Dr. Debbye Turner Bell following the
                                                Caribbean Week kick off celebration on
                                                Monday, June 7.

				
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