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  TORONTO TO HOST
BLACK ENGINEERS FORUM
NEIL ARMSTRONG                        to motivate young persons to           the number of culturally respon-
                                      pursue a career in the sciences.       sible black engineers who excel                                                    AMANDA KWOK SEUNG PHOTOS
TORONTO:                                The Pre-College Initiative           academically, succeed profession-    From left: Dr. Jean Augustine, Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica’s High
                                                                                                                  Commissioner to Canada, Toronto Mayor David Miller, George Ramocan,
                                      (PCI) program is designed to           ally and positively impact the       Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto and Lola Ramocan at The University

O
      VER 10,000 collegiate           stimulate an interest in science,      community.                           of the West Indies (UWI) Benefit Gala 2010 Toronto held on February
      students, technical             technology, engineering, and                                                27th. Dr. Jean Augustine was one of the honourees who received The
      professionals, middle           mathematics.                             Please see GATHERING, E3           Vice Chancellor’s Award.
and high school students
from across the United                               GOAL
States and Canada, and                   The goal is to encourage stu-
continents of Europe and              dents in grades K-12 to pursue
Africa, will be in Toronto,           science and technical fields of
March 31 to April 4 for the           study by providing hands-on
36th Annual Convention of             activities to demonstrate how
the National Society of               engineering and technology
Black Engineers (NSBE).               relate to the world around them.
  The event will be held at the         Ayokanmi Falade, Canada
Metro Toronto Convention              Zone Chair, is urging parents to
Center. Dubbed the largest black      register their children for the
professional event ever held in       PCI conference.
Canada, one of the main aims is         NSBE’s mission is to increase



Tourism officials worried
over British Airways strike
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) :
THE BARBADOS-BASED
Caribbean Tourism Organization
(CTO) Monday warned of the


                                                                                         PAUL WILKINS
potential impact that a strike by
the cabin crew of British Airways
(BA) would have on the sector in
the region.
  Most BA cabin crew are
planning a three-day strike start-                                                      PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
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ing next Saturday, followed by a
four-day stoppage from March
27, jeopardising Easter holiday                                                                                  ON YOUR FIRST VISIT
plans for thousands of travellers.
  The CTO said that it is moni-
toring ‘closely’ the developments                                               Call: 416-351-9222                         E-mail: pwilkins@slspc.ca
in the current dispute, but it is                                                          HAVE YOU SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT?
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siveness to the Caribbean and by      Gordon Brown                                                           ARE YOU UNABLE TO WORK?
the contingency plans the airline     tourists from the UK annually,                              ARE YOU UNABLE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR CHILDREN?
has instituted to protect the busi-   representing 25 per cent of all
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Region to benefit from
special IDB grants
WASHINGTON, (CMC) :                     small tourism business networks,
                                        train entrepreneurs in the region
                                                                                  tourism cluster at the FOMIN.
                                                                                    “We want to help countries
                                                                                                                            foreign currency for poor nations.
                                                                                                                              Soler said the sector is also a
                                                                                                                                                                  community could participate.
                                                                                                                                                                    Soler said interest has been so

C
      ARIBBEAN          C O U N-        to offer high-quality services and        take full advantage of tourism in         labor-intensive industry that         strong from countries in the
      TRIES are to benefit              market their services.                    a way that will preserve their            offers an important opportunity       region that the FOMIN is now in
      from financial grant                It said it would seek proposals         cultural heritage and environ-            to increase employment and            the process of selecting new pro-
approved by the Multilateral            in several categories including           ment while ensuring that small            reduce poverty, particularly          posals. As many as 350 proposals
Investment Fund (FOMIN)                 ones that are related to tourism          entrepreneurs run a profitable            among developing nations.             were submitted in last’s year
to finance new sustainable              and climate change; information           and high-quality business.”                 FOMIN began investing sys-          selected process,
tourism projects in Latin               technology and market access;                                                       tematically on sustainable              “Our role is to help plant the
America and the Caribbean.              and the development of sustain-                         FIGURES                     tourism in 2003 when it selected      seed. Our local and international
  The FOMIN, an autonomous              able tourism in the Caribbean.              Tourism accounts for 11 per             25 projects in the region with the    partners, together with the local
fund of the Inter-American                “Latin America and the                  cent of the world’s gross domestic        primary goal of improving com-        entrepreneurs and communities,
Development Bank (IDB) that             Caribbean is one of world’s most          product, seven per cent of all job        petitiveness of business and          have to ensure the work that has
supports projects for small and         culturally and environmentally            opportunities in Latin America            developing or creating new            been done is preserved and
microenterprises, will offer            diverse,” said Santiago Soler,            and the Caribbean and it is               tourism destinations in which         expanded long after the IDB’s
grants to finance the creation of       who heads the sustainable                 among the top five sources for            small businesses and the local        role has finished.”




  World sculptors to bid for a place in underwater park
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) :             A newly formed action group               “In 2011, we are opening up             can come and put your sculp-          drive in an effort to save the park
SCULPTORS FROM around the               says the competition scheduled            one of the spots in the underwa-          ture,” said Phil Saye, who leads      from further decay.
world are to compete for a place        for next year, is part of efforts to      ter sculpture park to a global            the local group,”.
in Grenada’s underwater sculp-          regenerate the world’s first              competition. We are opening it up           The group, made up of dive                  DIABLESE BURIED
ture park, which has become a           underwater sculpture park which           to the world...there will be one          shop owners around the country,         At least one of the statues, the
major tourist attraction.               has fallen into disrepair.                spot here at the park where you           decided to front the regeneration     La Diablese, was beyond repair
                                                                                                                                                                  and was buried at sea, organisers
                                                                                                                                                                  have said.
                                                                                                                                                                    The group has recruited a
                                                                                                                                                                  sculptor from France who recent-
                                                                                                                                                                  ly completed the first of seven
                                                                                                                                                                  new statues being submerged as
                                                                                                                                                                  part of the under water park,
                                                                                                                                                                  which has topped LIAT’s in-flight
                                                                                                                                                                  magazine list of the top ten
                                                                                                                                                                  things to do in the Caribbean.
                                                                                                                                                                    The park, located in a marine
                                                                                                                                                                  protected area, was created by,
                                                                                                                                                                  Jason de Caires Taylor who has
                                                                                                                                                                  gained international recognition
                                                                                                                                                                  for his unique work.
                                                                                                                                                                    Grenada is a major dive desti-
                                                                                                                                                                  nation and has been labelled the
                                                                                                                                                                  ship wrecked capital of the
                                                                                                                                                                  Caribbean.


                                                                                                                                                                  Police
                                                                                                                                                                  identify third
                                                                                                                                                                  Jamaican
                                                                                                                                                                  killed in NY
                                                                                                                                                                  GREECE, New York (AP):

                                                                                                                                                                  AUTHORITIES ON Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                                  released the name of a Jamaican
                                                                                                                                                                  man found shot to death along
                                                                                                                                                                  with two others in a suburban
                                                                                                                                                                  Rochester apartment building
                                                                                                                                                                  last week.
                                                                                                                                                                    Town of Greece police say 29-
                                                                                                                                                                  year-old Robert Moncriffe was
                                                                                                                                                                  shot a week earlier by one or
                                                                                                                                                                  more attackers who also gunned
                                                                                                                                                                  down 40-year-old Christopher
                                                                                                                                                                  Green and 38-year-old Mark
                                                                                                                                                                  Wisdom, both also from Jamaica.
                                                                                                                                                                    Police say the men had lived
                                                                                                                                                                  together in an apartment com-
                                                                                                                                                                  plex for about a year. They’ve
                                                                                                                                                             AP
                                                                                                                                                                  said the crime was not a random
    Earthquake survivors search in the rubble of a collapsed building as a mechanical shovel demolish the structure in Port-au-Prince on Friday, March 12,        act and may have been drug-
    2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, killing and injuring thousands.                                                                        related.
                                                                                                                                                                    There have been no arrests as
                                                                                                                                                                  of Tuesday.
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GATHERING
Continued from E1

The 5-day convention program
                                       Relief agencies demand end to
will feature a variety of work-
shops, seminars, competitions,
and professional networking
events in addition to a career and
graduate school fair.
                                       ‘targetting’ by immigration officers
  N.S.B.E is a non-profit organi-      FRANCINE BUCHNER                          Spokesperson for CBSA’s                removal orders must be enforced        that women fleeing domestic
zation dedicated to the academic                                               Greater Toronto Area (GTA),              as soon as possible.                   abuse and violence be given sta-
and professional success of engi-      TORONTO:                                Anna Pape offered an explana-               The Canada Border Services          tus immediately and a full and
neering and technical students                                                 tion; “The CBSA would only               Agency is firmly committed to          inclusive regularization program
and professionals of African                                                   enter shelters in cases where a          doing this.”                           be implemented.

                                       W
                                                 HEN IMMIGRATION
descent. It offers its members                   officers stormed the          proactive investigation leads              Pape said under Canada’s               In 2009 the Canadian govern-
leadership training, professional                facilities      of  the       them there.                              immigration law, CBSA has the          ment said they would accept 29
and academic development, men-         YWCA Beatrice House in                    In these rare cases, when entry        responsibility to seek information     per cent of refugee claims, since
toring opportunities, community        Toronto to arrest a woman               to a shelter becomes necessary,          from, or even access shelters, in      January 2010 they have dropped
service outreach programs and          from Ghana, Fariah Chowdhury,           the    situation     is   always         order to enforce outstanding           that number to between nine per
scholarships.                          organizer at Shelter | Sanctuary        approached with sensitivity and          immigration warrants.                  cent and 12 per cent, they have
                                       | Status Campaign thought it            discretion.”                               “CBSA officers have, in the          yet to meet their quota, said
         VOLUNTEERING                                                            Pape said, “All individuals            past attended women’s shelters.        Chowdhury.
                                       was the exception to the rule.
  Ainsley A. Stewart, Jr., the           “We thought these were a few          have a right to due process, how-        All such entries have, to date,          She said gender persecution
2010 National Convention               rare occurrences but it seems           ever, once the subject has               occurred without incident.             is not being taken seriously,
Planning Chairperson has writ-         that this is just operating policy      exhausted all legal avenues they           None of the visits involved          that 90 per cent of Mexican
ten a letter seeking volunteers to     for Immigration Enforcement.            are expected to comply with our          direct contact with residents,         women are denied status
assist with bag stuffing efforts on    We have had women emailing,             laws and leave Canada.                   searches of living quarters, or        that, what she refers to as
Sunday March 28, between the           calling and approaching us all                                                   physical altercations,” she said.      ‘permanent temporariness,’
hours of 11a.m. to 5p.m.                                                                  ENTITLEMENT                                                          foreign workers who work
                                       week telling us how Canada                                                                  UNCONVINCED
Volunteers will assemble the           Border Services Agency (CBSA)             Everyone ordered removed                                                      six-eight months out the year
bags the attendees will receive        has visited their shelters,” said       from Canada is entitled to due             But activists are not convinced.     and pay taxes are being made
upon registering for the confer-       Chowdhury, whose campaign is            process under the Canada’s                 Instead ‘Out of our shelters,        ‘to jump hoops,’ when they
ence. Bag-stuffing will take place     in conjunction with the collective,     Immigration and Refugee                  out of our lives!’ was the message     apply for permanent resi-
at the Metro Toronto Convention        grassroots activist group, No One       Protection Act, which stipulates         delivered to the CBSA on March         dence.
Centre (MTCC) - South Building         Is Illegal.                             that the removal of individuals          8th, International Women’s Day.          “Canada needs to recognize
in room 808.                             “CBSA must explain why it is          cannot be executed until all               These women’s organizations          their role in displacing peo-
  “We would most appreciate            targeting women who are trying          legal avenues have been exhaust-         are demanding that Canada              ple,” said Chowdhury.
your assistance and would pro-         to re-build their lives.”               ed (e.g. appeals, judicial reviews,      Borders Service Agency immedi-           Of the 500,000 people
vide you with a letter acknowl-          Chowdhury said the majority           and pre-removal risk assessment).        ately stop entering or waiting         across Canada living without
edging the hours you volun-            of the women with whom the                The Immigration and Refugee            outside shelters or organizations      status, over 200,000 are with-
teered. In addition, access to the     agency work are women of colour.        Protection Act states that               that provide services to women;        in the GTA.
career fair will be provided to vol-
unteers during a specified time,”
states the letter.

  Persons interested in volunteer-
                                                                                                                                                             High school
ing may email their name, tele-
phone number and email address                                                                                                                               graduation
to volunteering@nsbecpc2010.org.
                                                                                                                                                             rate rises to
STRIKE                                                                                                                                                       all-time high
Continued from E1                                                                                                                                            NEW YORK:
                                                                                                                                                             MAYOR MICHAEL R. Bloomberg
                                                                                                                                                             and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein
  Many of our CTO member-                                                                                                                                    last week announced that New
countries are in fact highly                                                                                                                                 York City’s four-year high school
dependent on the UK market,”                                                                                                                                 graduation rate rose to an all-time
the CTO said, noting for example                                                                                                                             high of 63 per cent in 2009, accord-
that 39 per cent of tourist                                                                                                                                  ing to recently released data from
arrivals to Barbados are from the                                                                                                                            the State Education Department.
United Kingdom.                                                                                                                                                Between 2008 and 2009, the June
  “BA has assured CTO that it                                                                                                                                graduation rate rose nearly three
has robust contingency plans in                                                                                                                              percentage points, extending its con-
place and that flights to the                                                                                                                                tinuous rise since the Mayor won
Caribbean are not expected to be                                                                                                                             control of the school system in 2002.
disrupted by the pending strike,”                                                                                                                              The increase was accompanied
the CTO said, adding that as a                                                                                                                               by an even larger rise in the pro-
result of this assurance countries                                                                                                                           portion of students earning
like     Antigua;      Barbados;                                                                                                                             Regents diplomas, which will
Bermuda; Grenada; Kingston                                                                                                                                   become the State’s standard diplo-
and Montego Bay, Jamaica;                                                                                                                        AP PHOTO    ma in two years.
Punta       Cana,     Dominican         In this January 21, 2010 file photo, a crowd of people walk in New York. More than 120-million U.S. census forms       Additionally, students of all eth-
Republic; St. Kitts; Saint Lucia;       begin arriving Monday in mailboxes around the country, in the Government’s once-a-decade population count
                                        that will be used to divvy up congressional seats and more than $400 billion in federal aid.                         nicities continued to make
and Trinidad and Tobago should                                                                                                                               progress, with graduation rates
not be affected.                                                                                                                                             increasing for white, Asian, black,


                                       Atlanta’s census day rally a success!!
                                                                                                                                                             and Hispanic students.
             TOBAGO                                                                                                                                            “After a decade of stagnation,
   “The airline has also advised                                                                                                                             New York City’s graduation rate
CTO that it is considering its                                                                                                                               has increased for eight consecu-
options for Nassau, The                                                                                                                                      tive     years,”      said    Mayor
Bahamas; Grand Cayman,                                                                                                                                       Bloomberg.
Cayman           Islands       and       ATLANTA , Georgia:                    dents expressing fresh enthu-          National Profile Partner in
                                                                               siasm about the upcoming               Washington, DC.                          “And not only are more students
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos                                                                                                                               graduating than ever before, but
Islands,” CTO said, adding that it       MORE THAN 500 persons,                November election exercise.              The second half of the
                                         representing a mix of business,       Special guest speaker, Dr              Caribbean Census Day Rally             the number of students dropping
has also been assured by BA that                                                                                                                             out has been cut nearly in half in
“it will do all that it can to pro-      political and community lead-         Claire Nelson, (Washington ,           saw performances which
                                         ers, and residents turned out         DC ), spoke of the direct con-         pulled on the culture of the           just the past four years alone.”
tect the travel plans of its cus-                                                                                                                              Since 2005, when the State
tomers to the entire region”.            for the Caribbean Census Day          nection between the Census,            various Caribbean islands, but         began calculating graduation
   Meanwhile, Britain’s Prime            Rally which was held on               Government representation              focused on the evening’s main          rates using its current methodolo-
Minister Gordon Brown has con-           Sunday, March 7, at The               and support.                           theme - the Census.                    gy, the City’s June graduation rate
                                         Conference Center, Dekalb                                                      The Caribbean Census Day
demned the planned strike by
                                         Technical College.                                 OVATION                   Rally was hosted by the
                                                                                                                                                             has risen by 12.5 points.
British Airways with observers                                                   She received a standing ova-                                                  The dropout rate has been cut
saying that he is putting himself          The rally’s aim was to                                                     Georgia’s Caribbean American           nearly in half during the same
                                         remind persons of the impor-          tion from the audience after           Complete Count Committee
on a collision course with his                                                 her speech titled, ‘Letter to                                                 period, falling to a new low of 11.8
main union backers weeks before          tance of the Caribbean’s being                                               (GCACCC), and coordinated by           percent—a decline of 10.2 points
                                         counted in Census 2010 , as           Auntie’, which was delivered           Valrie Walker Sanders, co-
an election.                                                                   in jovial patios.                                                             since 2005.
   Brown, who is battling to main-       well as bring visibility to                                                  chair of the GCACCC. It is one           In all, 3,300 additional students
                                         Caribbean nationals residing            Nelson serves as Chair of            of several community events
tain Labour ’s 13-year-grip on                                                 the National Caribbean                                                        in New York City graduated in
power in an election expected on         in the United States.                                                        being held around the Metro            June 2009 compared to June 2008,
                                           Organisers say it was a             American Complete Count                Atlanta area under the aus-
May 6, said the seven-day strike                                               Committee and is also a                                                       with that number rising to almost
was “unjustified and deplorable”         whopping success with resi-                                                  pices of Census 2010.                  6,200 additional students when
and should be cancelled.                                                                                                                                     August graduates are counted.
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      “Women’s History Month”
               — “They Continue to Achieve”
Lillian Roberts                                                                 Marcia V. Keizs                                                               Fern J. Khan
                                              SCHOLAR IN AFRICAN                                                     York College has strengthened its
                                             AMERICAN LITERATURE                                                     academic programs, raised its
                                                                                                                     admissions standards, boosted its
                                            THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF                                                   student recruitment and reten-
                                                                                                                     tion and raised its faculty grants
                                                  NEW YORK                                                           by 80 per cent. It recently earned
                                                                                                                     national accreditation for its
                                        DR. MARCIA V. Keizs, a native                                                teacher education program, re-
                                        of Kingston, Jamaica, and gradu-                                             accreditation of its nursing pro-
                                        ate of the University of Manitoba                                            gram, added a BS in aviation
                                        in Winnipeg, Canada (B.A. 1967),                                             management, established a col-
                                        Teachers College, Columbia                                                   laborative honours program with
                                        University (M.A. 1971 and Ed.D.                                              the Northeastern Regional
                                        1984) also holds a certificate in                                            Laboratory of the Food and Drug
                                        educational management from                                                  Administration (FDA) located on
                                        the Harvard Graduate School of                                               its campus and launched a pri-
                                        Education (1995).                                                            vate fundraising campaign for a
                                              VARIOUS CAMPUSES                                                       merit scholarship program.                          DEAN
                                          Dr. Keizs, a scholar in African
                                                                                                                        Dr. Keizs has served on the             DIVISION OF CONTINUING
     EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR                                                        potential.                            boards of the National Council on                 EDUCATION
                                        American literature, has been
     DISTRICT COUNCIL 37,               part of The City University of           York College, a senior college of   Black        American          Affairs
                                                                               The City University of New York       (Northeast), Teachers College               BANK STREET COLLEGE
       AFSC ME, AFL-CIO                 New York (CUNY) system for                                                                                                   OF EDUCATION
                                        over 30 years. Inaugurating her        established in 1966, enrolls over     Alumni Council, Morris Heights
                                        career with the university as an       7000 students in liberal arts,        Health Center in the Bronx and
ON JANUARY 23, 2007, Lillian            English professor, Dr. Keizs later     career and professional programs      the Association of Black Women           FERN KHAN is Dean of the
Roberts was overwhelmingly re-          moved into administrative lead-        on its modern 50-acre urban cam-      in Higher Education. Dr. Keizs is        Division of Continuing
elected for a third term as execu-                                             pus. In addition to offering bac-     the founding editor of the N e w         Education at Bank Street
tive director of District Council 37,   ership at various campuses as
                                        well as the university’s central       calaureate degrees in the liberal     Y o r k C a r i b N e w s and has pub-   College, where she provides
AFSCME, New York City’s largest                                                arts and sciences, business,          lished articles in her area of spe-      leadership and overall man-
public employee union. District         office as a vice chancellor.
                                          In spring 2005, when Dr. Keizs       health, human services, journal-      cialty, Afro American Literature.        agement of programs, person-
Council 37 represents 125,000                                                  ism, and teacher education pro-                                                nel and budget for the wide
public workers in New York City,        became the sixth president of                                                An in-demand speaker locally,
                                        York College in Jamaica, Queens,       fessional programs, York is the       nationally and internationally,          range of programs within the
50,000 retirees, 1,000 job titles                                              only CUNY senior college offer-                                                division. These programs
and 56 locals. She is also a Vice       she embarked upon a plan to                                                  Dr. Keizs serves as a commission
                                        take the CUNY outpost from             ing majors in gerontology,            member of American Council On            include direct service to young
President of the New York State                                                biotechnology, information sys-
AFL-CIO, a vice-president of the        good to great. She branded the                                               Education, the NCAA president’s          children and youth as well as
NYC Central Labor Council, and          college as being, “on the move,”       tems management, and a BS/MS          Council Division III and has been        professional development
executive vice-chair of the             and began to build upon what           in occupational therapy.              recognized locally and regionally        through courses, workshops,
Municipal Labor Committee. In           she had found: a college rich with       Under Dr. Keizs’ leadership,        in the area of higher education .        institutes and consultations
February, 2007 the N e w Y o r k                                                                                                                              for educators, social workers
P o s t named her one of the 30                                                                                                                               and after school staff. Ms.
Most Influential Black New                                                                                                                                    Khan is Bank Street’s Board
                                                                                                                                                              liaison providing oversight to
Yorkers.
          FIRST ELECTED
                                                                                 Helen Marshall                                                               the Bank Street Head Start
                                                                                                                                                              program. She also represents
   Ms. Roberts was first elected                                                                                                                              Bank Street as a member of
DC 37 executive director on                QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT                                                  nomic development. She was a             an eight college consortium
February 26, 2002, after serving                                                                                     parent activist in the public            providing courses, consulta-
as a consultant to the union she           HELEN MARSHALL was re-                                                    school system for 15 years and           tion and other resources to
helped build. She was the union’s          elected Queens borough presi-                                             a member of Community Board              female inmates in the Bedford
first female Executive Director.           dent for a third term and sworn                                           3 for 13 years. She was also a           Hills Correctional Facility.
   After returning to head DC 37,          in on January 26, 2010.                                                   founder of the Queens County
Ms. Roberts focused the union’s                                                                                      Overall Economic Development                FIRST COMPREHENSIVE
                                             She is the 18th borough pres-
energy on fighting for a fair con-         ident of Queens and the first                                             Corporation.                                Prior to working at Bank
tract for members. Ms. Roberts             African American and second                                                  The Borough President’s               Street College, Ms. Khan
led the DC 37 Bargaining                                                                                             Zoning Task Force has been               worked for l8 years at
Committee in contract negotia-             woman to hold the post of high-
                                           est-ranking elected official in a                                         largely responsible for the              LaGuardia          Community
tions with NYC to provide raises                                                                                     rezoning of more than two                College, where she was the
and safeguard the benefits of the          borough with a population of
                                           more than 2.2 million resi-                                               dozen neighborhoods, protect-            Associate Dean for the
union members who make the city                                                                                      ing many of them from over               Division of Adult and
run. In 2006 she led the union in          dents.
                                                                                                                     development. Concurrently, she           Continuing Education. There
negotiating a contract with raises                  EXPANSIONS                                                                                                she implemented and institu-
of 10 per cent, additional funds for                                                                                 also created the Commercial
                                              Since becoming Queens bor-                                             Corridor      Program       that         tionalized the first comprehen-
the unions health and security                                                                                                                                sive program in New York City
fund, and no concessions. The con-         ough president, Ms. Marshall                                              improves commercial strips
tract, considered one of the best in       has allocated more than $75                                               with landscaping and increased           to provide deaf adults access
the union’s history, passed by 97          million to the Department of                                              lighting. She also was success-          to continuing education cours-
per cent.                                                                                                            ful in restoring millions of dol-        es and degree options, devel-
                                           Parks and Recreation. Ms.                                                                                          oped the College for Children
   Lillian Roberts has a long,             Marshall has also allocated                                               lars in funding for services for
proud history as a unionist. She                                                                                     senior citizens and fought to            Program on Saturdays and
                                           more than $44 million for new                                                                                      coordinated a City University-
was hired as a staff rep by                libraries, expansions, additions                                          save a hot meals program that
AFSCME District Council 19 in                                                                                                                                 wide teach education program
                                           and technological improve-                                                delivers meals to homebound              for paraprofessionals working
Chicago, spearheaded the creation          ments. In 2005, she was the                                               seniors.
of five locals, and led an organiz-                                             than 17,800 seats. Marshall                                                   in the New York City Public
                                           recipient of the statewide                                                   Ms. Marshall is a graduate of         Schools. At LaGuardia she
ing drive in four Chicago mental                                                also provided $6 million in cap-
hospitals. In 1965, Ms. Roberts            Daniel Casey Library Advocacy                                             the City’s public school system          also developed the first train-
                                           Award. She has also helped to        ital funding and spearheaded         and holds a Bachelor’s Degree            ing program on a New York
moved to New York from Chicago                                                  the historic effort that will
to build up DC 37’s Hospitals              fund the expansions of cultural                                           in Education from Queens                 City college campus for home-
Division. She led the union’s cam-         institutions across the borough      result in the first CUNY pres-       College.                                 less families.
paign to organize thousands of             and provided $60 million in          ence on the Rockaway                    She has been married to                  Providing information,
city hospital workers in 1966.             funding to improve neighbor-         Peninsula in a newly converted       Donald Marshall for more than            referrals to resources, access
   A former NYS Commissioner of            hood parks and playgrounds.          former courthouse.                   50 years and has two children,           and opportunities for under-
Labor, who E s s e n c e Magazine          The borough president’s ‘war           Marshall, a founder of the         Donald Jr. and Agnes Marie.              served and low income popu-
called “probably the most power-           room’ meetings with education        Langston Hughes Library in           Ms. Marshall is also the proud           lations continue to be one of
ful black person in American               officials have also helped to        Corona, has been a lifelong          grandmother of Chandler and              Dean Khan’s goals in carrying
labor.” On February 24, 2006, the          ensure the timely construction       advocate for public libraries,       Chasen, the children of Donald           out her vision for making a
United Negro College Fund pre-             of 30 new schools with more          job training programs and eco-       and Charlena.                            difference through continuing
sented Ms. Roberts with a                                                                                                                                     education programs.
Distinguished Leadership Award.
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                                                                                                                           HETHER YOU plan to have Tru-

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                 The line-up of 11 of Tru-Juice’s most                                                         and HACCP certified. Majority of the ingre-
                  exotic flavors was launched on                                                               dients are derived from produce grown in
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                     New York, Toronto, Washington and
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                     director at Trade Winds. A household                                                      in Jamaica to create the high quality fruit
                     name in Jamaica, the company aims to
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                   designed package with improved features.                                                    cies. A recent example was the donation
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                   its Jamaican counterpart, and comes in a 473 ml                                             In parting, we encourage you our
                   (16 oz) square shape, that can fit easily into the cup
                                                                                                               Jamaican customers to inform your
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                  benefits.’
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                                                                                                               With very best regards,
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                                                                                                               Mark F. McConnell
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                                      EASTER FEATURE                                                                                                       THE WEEKLY GLEANER

                                                                             IAN BOYNE                                         from early under Emperor             the reason for adopting Easter
                                                                             Contributor                                       Hadrian who outlawed Jewish          over Passover. “It appeared an




   Passover
                                                                                                                               practices and customs. Jews and      unworthy thing that in the cele-
                                                                                      O D A Y , M I L L I O N S o f Jewish Christians were expelled                 bration of this most holy feast we
                                                                             T        C h r i s t i a n s a r o u n d t h e from Jerusalem after Hadrian
                                                                                      w o r l d c e l e b r a t e t h e had crushed The Barkokeba
                                                                             R e s u r r e c t i o n o f J e s u s C h r i s t revolt of the Jews (AD 132-135).
                                                                                                                                                                    should follow the practice of the
                                                                                                                                                                    Jews, who have impiously defiled
                                                                                                                                                                    their hands with enormous sin
                                                                             d u r i n g t h i s s e a s o n o f With that eviction of the Jews                     and are therefore deservedly




      vs
                                                                             E a s t e r . B u t p e r h a p s m o s t and Jewish Christians came the               afflicted with blindness of soul.
                                                                             d o n ’ t r e a l i s e t h a t i t w a s n o t increasing non-Jewish influence        Let us then have noting in com-
                                                                             u n t i l t h e f o u r t h c e n t u r y on Christianity, and a rabid anti-           mon with the detestable Jewish
                                                                             t h a t E a s t e r w a s u n i f o r m l y Semitism whose relic is still with         crowd: Strive and pray continual-
                                                                             observed by Christians.                           the Church today. The rejection      ly that the purity of your soul
                                                                                What the earliest Christians of the Passover and the substitu-                      may not in anything be sullied by




    Easter
                                                                             observed in memorial of Christ tion of Easter is a manifestation                       fellowship with the custom of
                                                                             was the Passover, which                                         of this malice         these most wicked men (We
                                                                             occurs at this time of the                                      against the Jews as    must) avoid all participation in
                                                                             year on Nisan 14 on the                                         well as poor           the perjured conduct of the
                                                                             Jewish calendar. The                                            hermeneutics of        Jews”.
                                                                             Palestinian                 historian                           Scripture.               There you have it. With that
                                                                             Epiphanius (AD 315-403)                                           An early Christian   Easter was imposed on the
                                                                             said that the 15 Jewish                                         controversy was the    eastern Christians who were
                                                                             Christian bishops who                                           Quortodeciman          threatened with expulsion if they
                                                                             administered the Jerusalem                                      Controversy between    continued to meet on the same
                                                                             Church until AD 135                                             Christians of the      date that the Jews kept their
                                                                             observed the Lord’s death on                                    East and the West.     Passover. But there are a number
                                                                             Nisan 14. In the Apostolic                                      The eastern            of reasons why Christians should
                                                                             Constitutions, an early Boyne                                   Christians insisted    celebrate the Passover over
                                                                             Christian document, the fol-                                   that Jesus should be    Easter. First, the Easter ritual
                                                                             lowing rule is laid out: “You shall memorialised by the observance                     has pagan roots and the
                                                                             not change the calculation of the of the Passover on Nisan 14,                         Scripture is replete with warn-
                                                                             time, but you shall celebrate it while those in the West felt that                     ings, especially in the Old
                                                                             with the same time as your an independent festival not con-                            Testament, against syncretism.
                                                                             brethren who came out of the cir- nected with the Jews should be                         In their work Passover: Before
                                                                             cumcision (the Jews). With them adopted to celebrate His death                         Messiah and After Donna and
                                                                             observe the Passover.”                            and resurrection.                    Mal Broadhurst trace the origin
                                                                                It was anti-Semitism - racism                                                       of Easter to Ishtar the Sumerian
                                                                             against the Jews, which was
                                                                                                                                          NO PRETENCE               goddess of love and war who, in
                                                                             responsible for the Christian                       Emperor Constantine settled        Canaan, evolved into a moon god-
                                                                             church’s adoption of Easter over                  the issue at the Council of Nicea    dess and wife of Baal. According
                                                                             the Passover which has Old                        in 325. He made no pretence of
                                                                             Testament (Jewish) roots. A bru-                  his motives for doing so. The fol-      Please see PASSOVER, E8
                                                                             tal and vicious persecution                       lowing could not be plainer as at
                                                                             against the Jews had started


                                                          still believes in the myth. “The ship also means
 Easter traditions                                        prosperity and I saw prosperity after that flight,”
                                                          he recalls. That flight took him to London in
                                                          England where he spent three years working and
                                                          even found a wife and fathered a child.
              THE HISTORY OF EASTER
                                                                               EASTER BUN
                     EASTER LILY                            In earlier times the Greeks and Egyptians ate small
                                                          cakes or buns in honour of the ‘queen of heaven’, the
LIKE THE rest of the world, Jamaicans decorate their      goddesses Eastre as early as the days of Cecrops, the
home, with Easter lilies. It is a beautiful               founder of Athens, 1,500 years before Christ. Hot cross
trumpet-shaped white flower symbolising                                    buns were first baked by the Saxons in
purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life -;                                honour of Eastre. The word ‘bun’ itself
the spiritual essence of Easter. History,                                  derives from boun, Saxon for ‘sacred
mythology, literature, poetry and the                                      ox’, which was sacrificed at the Eastre
world of art are rife with stories and                                     festival, and the image of its horns
images that speak of the beauty and                                        was carved into the cakes. To
majesty of the elegant white flower. Often                                 Christians, the cross symbolises the
called the “white-robed apostles of hope,”                                 crucifixion.
lilies were found growing in the Garden of                                    Early church fathers, to compete
Gethsemane after Christ’s agony.                                           with the pagan custom of baking
   Tradition has it that the beautiful white                               ox-marked cakes, baked their own
lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s                                   version, using the same dough as
sweat fell to the ground in his final hours                                bun made for Eastre. But they had
of sorrow and deep distress. Churches con-                                 to be discreet in their conversion
tinue this tradition at Easter time by                                     methods. So they reinterpreted the
banking their altars and surrounding                                       ox-horn symbol as a crucifix, and
their crosses with masses of Easter lilies                                 gave the buns out to new converts
to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus                                   attending mass. And again, they
Christ and hope of life everlasting.                                       did a good job of disguising their
                                                          motives. They successfully Christianised a pagan
                    EASTER EGG                            cake and gave people a treat they were used to.
  One of Jamaica’s myths is setting an egg to pre-        Also they subtly marked the buns with an image
dict one’s future. It is said if you place an egg white   that, though obviously Catholic, at a distance
in a container of water on Holy Thursday night by         wouldn’t label the bearer as a Christian.
Good Friday you will see your future. If the shape                          PHYSIC NUT TREE
formed in the container is a ship or aircraft, it
means travel. If it’s a casket, it means death and so        Another Jamaican Easter myth is the bleeding
forth. Aaron Williams, 34, from Milk River in             physic nut tree on Good Friday at noon. This is an
Clarendon said he has tried it, and it worked.            often repeated story in rutral Jamaica. It was said
  “In 1994 on Holy Thursday night I set the egg           that on Good Friday, if you chopped the tree the sap
and on Good Friday morning when I looked at it I          that oozes out would be a red substance that signi-
saw a ship.” Williams did not travel right away and       fies the blood of Jesus. Also, it is said that Jesus
when he did in March 2000 it was by air, but he           was crucified on a similar type of tree.
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                                                                                                                      Revelation where the (Passover)       Feast of Pentecost, an Old
PASSOVER                                                                                                              Lamb is prominently featured.
                                                                                                                        Christians would have a richer
                                                                                                                                                            Testament feast called Feast of
                                                                                                                                                            Weeks or Feast of First fruits. In
Continued from E7                                                                                                     celebration of the Lord’s Passion,    Acts 20:6 Luke records that Paul
                                                                                                                      linking that with the greatest        and his team sailed away from
                                                                                                                      previous act in salvation history,    Philippi after the days of unleav-
to the Sumerian lore, Ishtar was                                                                                      the Exodus of the Israelites, from    ened bread. Philippi was a gen-
the wife of the Sumerian god,                                                                                         whom Jesus sprang. In one festi-      tile city. But Christians there
Tammuz. They write: “The wor-                                                                                         val one would collapse thousands      were observing the Jewish litur-
ship of Ishtar as nature goddess                                                                                      of years without bifurcating sal-     gical calendar and the feast days.
had spread throughout the                                                                                             vation history. Paul in I             Later, Paul talks about keeping
ancient world. In Phoenicia and                                                                                       Corinthians 5 says “Christ our
Syria her name had become                                                                                                                                   Pentecost. In 1st Corinthians 16,
                                                                                                                      Passover has been sacrificed for      he talks about Pentecost outside
Astarte’.                                                                                                             us” and then urges Christians to
   Alan Watts in his book Easter:                                                                                                                           of a Jerusalem setting.
                                                                                                                      “keep the Feast” (both metaphor-
Its Story and Meaning says, “As                                                                                       ically and literally)                        DAY OF ATONEMENT
we go on to describe the                                                                                                Where is the resurrection in           In Acts 27 we see a reference to
Christian observance of Easter                                                                                        the Passover? The Passover is         the Day of Atonement (called the
we shall see how many of its cus-                                                                                     tied to the seven-day Feast of        Fast). Why would Jewish and
toms and ceremonies resemble                                                                                          Unleavened Bread. Jesus in John
these former rites of the pagan                                                                                                                             non-Jewish Christians be keep-
                                                                                                                      6 says He is the true unleavened      ing these days long after the
cults).                                                                                                               bread from heaven John repre-
   Says Seventh Day Adventist                                                                                                                               death of Jesus if they were abol-
                                                                                                                      sents that bread as giving life.      ished at the cross? It is time the
scholar Samuelle Bacchiocchi in                                                                                       The Christians symbolically eat-
his book God’s Festivals in                                                                                                                                 Christian Church re-examines its
                                                                                                                      ing Christ’s body for seven days      Hebraic roots.
Scripture and History: “Pagan                                                                                         represents their intake of
influence can be seen in the                                                                                                                                   Says the accomplished biblical
                                                                                                                      Christ’s resurrected life, there-     scholar, James Tabor, in his April
replacement of the Passover sym-                                                                                      fore it is not true to say that the
bolism of the lamb with that of                                                                                                                             2 blog: “It is unfortunate that the
                                                                                                                      Passover feast as a whole - mean-     liturgical link between Jews and
the Easter hare. The Easter hare                                                                                      ing the 14th to the 21st - does not
was once a bird that changed into                                                                              FILE                                         Christians were severed. For
                                      The Easter Lily, white and resplendent among other seasonal blooms.             include the resurrection. The
a four-footed creature. The hare,                                                                                     Church would lose nothing by          more than a century before the
or rabbit, became a symbol of fer-                                                                                    rejecting Easter for Passover.        Good Friday/Easter Sunday tra-
                                      roots into genuine, authentic             predecessors of the Old                                                     dition had fully prevailed in the
tility. The hare laid eggs which      Christian observances, they say.          Testament. In other words, here         The Last Super, which Jesus
became the symbol of abundant                                                                                         took was the Passover. The New        church, thousands of Christians
                                      Indeed, they will point out that          is a festival which celebrates                                              all over the Roman world used to
new life of spring.                   the biblical festivals, celebrated        what is paradigmatic of libera-       Testament says so clearly in a
   “The origin of the Easter egg is                                                                                   number of accounts. The disci-        observe what they called Pasch
                                      by the Jews have their own ori-           tion in the Bible: The Exodus as                                            on the 14th of Nisan. They used
traced back to the ancient civili-    gin in the agricultural festivals         well as our liberation from spiri-    ples asked, “Where will you have
sations of Egypt, Babylon,                                                                                            us go to prepare to eat the           the Hebrew calendar to deter-
                                      which pagans observed before.             tual Egypt and slavery.
Phoenicia and Greece where the        Even the Seventh-day Sabbath                The Passover theme runs             Passover (Mark 14:12 Matt.            mine the proper season. On this
universe is said to have been         they claim comes from ancient             throughout the Bible. Indeed, the     26:17; Luke 22:15). What we call      day they would remember ‘the
born from a mighty world egg”.        Babylon. So what’s the big deal           prophetic writers identify the        the Lord’s Supper or Communion        night he was betrayed’ as well as
So now you know what egg and          about pagan origins? It just              second coming of the Lord and         was actually the Passover cele-       the death of Jesus on the after-
bunny have to do with Easter.         arrant nonsense and runaway               the gathering of his people as        brated on Nisan 14th. Paul in 1       noon of 14th of Nisan. Now thou-
       LINE OF REASONING              fundamentalism devoid of ration-          a second exodus. Professor            Corinthians 11 recounts “the          sands of Christians have begun
                                      al analysis and serious theologi-         Timothy Laniak of the reputable       night on which Christ was             to learn about the Passover both
  But some Christians will                                                                                            betrayed” as the night he took        in study and direct celebration”.
protest my line of reasoning.         cal reflection.                           Gordon-Conwell Theological
                                        My rejoinder: Passover is a             Seminary published last year his      the bread and the wine that was          I have been observing it for 33
They will maintain that                                                                                               the evening ending the 13th and       years. I strongly recommend it.
Christian celebration of Easter       richer, deeper, historically rooted       ‘Shepherds After My Own Heart’,
                                      and multi-layered festival, which         which shows the Passover theme        beginning the 14th.
today has nothing to do with rab-                                                                                       The early Christians continued        Ian Boyne is a veteran journal-
bits, eggs or bun and cheese.         links the salvation story of              running throughout the Bible
                                      Christians with their ancient             and climaxing in the book of          to keep the Old Testament feast       ist who may be reached at ian-
Festivals can evolve from pagan                                                                                       days. In Acts 2 they kept the         boyne1@yahoo.com.




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Get cracking
HEATHER LITTLE-WHITE
Contributor

                                                      Eggs-citing Easter entertaining
                                                                                                                                                                     mixture of Spanish sherry and
                                                                                                                                                                     milk. This was called ‘dry sack
                                                                                                                                                                     posset’ by the English. An egg
                                                                                                                                                                     drink in a noggin could easily

M
            ANY EASTER foods
            are related to pagan                                                                                                                                     become eggnog in name.
            rites of spring and                      countries, baskets of food, includ-   ways. Apart for the bland dev-                                              It is customary for eggnog to be
modern interpretations and                           ing eggs, are taken to church and     illed eggs you may have been                                              made in large quantities and
practice. For example, eggs                          blessed on Holy Saturday or           using to entertain, hard-boiled            EGGNOG TRADITION
                                                                                                                                                                     used as a social drink and served
are for rebirth, ham is for                          before Easter midnight Mass,          eggs can be used for:                  Eggnog is synonymous with
                                                                                                                               Easter as it is with Christmas. It    at holiday parties.
l u c k ; c a k e / b r e a d f o r f e r t i l i-   then taken home for Easter              Topping up a green salad.
ty, candy and toys are                               breakfast.                                                                is believed that eggnog is a tradi-      Today, the social character of
placed in fancy baskets.                               In the pre-Christian era, eggs        I Making sandwiches for quick     tion that came to America from        the frothy brew remains and
Easter foods are primarily                           were painted, blessed, exchanged      snack.                              Europe as milk-based beverages        eggnog will always spice up the
those of Easter Sunday, the                          and eaten as part of spring cele-                                         and punches were concocted in         atmosphere and lead to merri-
d a y r e j o i c i n g C h r i s t i a n s c e l-   brations to welcome the sun from        I Curried eggs served over hot,   the old World. In America, a new      ment, especially after a Lenten
ebrate the resurrection of                           the long winter sleep. The deco-      fluffy white rice.                  twist was given to a traditional
                                                     ration of eggs is associated with                                         product using rum, called ‘grog’,     season of sacrifice.
Jesus.
                                                     religion.                               I Wrapping in a sausage,          instead of wine. Since ‘grog’ was           EASTER BREAKFAST
        RELIGIOUS TRADITION                                                                breaded and deep fried. Serve in    close to ‘nog’, the early name was
                                                      VERSATILITY OF HARD-BOILED                                               ‘egg-and-grog’, then ‘egg-and-
                                                                                           quarters as an appetiser.
  Eggs are traditionally associat-                               EGGS                                                          grog’, and later eggnog.                Easter breakfasts are easy
ed with rebirth, rejuvenation and                      Whether you are painting them         I Pickling in the same way you                                          with egg dishes in any form. You
immorality, which is why they                        to honour the celebration of          pickle beets.                         Others believe that the word        may want to make a Piquant
are associated with Easter. In                       Easter or cooking them, eggs are                                          ‘nog’ comes from the word ‘nog-
                                                                                                                                                                     Light Frittata, a type of omelette
early Christianity, eggs were for-                   a great way to make your Easter         I Casseroles, which combine       gin’, a small wooden, craved mug
bidden during Lent and so they                       holiday unforgettable. Hard-          cabbage, onions, mushrooms with     used to serve drinks at tables in     slowly cooked, unfolded Italian
were more exciting and in                            boiled eggs are versatile and can     layers of cream cheese and hard-    taverns. Yet another explanation             Please see EGGS, E10
demand 40 days later. In Slavic                      be served in a number of exciting     boiled eggs.                        is that eggnog started out as a
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                                        ences. The colour of the eggshell
EGGS                                    is determined by the breed of the
                                        hen.
Continued from E9                         Eggs are a perishable food and
                                        need to be refrigerated.
                                          Keep eggs in the original car-
style topped with Parmesan              ton in the coldest part of your
cheese, fresh basil and fresh           refrigerator. Throw away any
parsley.                                eggs that are cracked, broken, or
Eggs can be used to make tasty          leaking. It is best not to wash
strata, which vary according to         eggs before storing or using
seasonal availability of foods and      them.
herbs with wholewheat bread                Washing is a routine part of
substituted for white bread             commercial egg processing and
slices. Strata can be assembled         the eggs do not need to be
the day before and wrapped              rewashed. The times for safely
tightly and refrigerated until          storing parts of the eggs differ:
ready to cook.
    NO-FUSS EASTER BRUNCH
                                          I Fresh eggs in the shell -
  For a No-Fuss Brunch, eggs            three to four weeks.
can contribute to making Soft
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked                I Fresh egg whites - two to
Salmon and Avocado with Herb-           four days.
Roasted Potatoes or Ham
Frittata served with a Drunken            I Fresh egg yolks (unbroken
Citrus Toast. At the end of the         and covered with water) - two to
entrees, desserts include Otaheiti      four days.
Apple Bread Pudding with
Buttery Rum Sauce and Banana              I Hard-cooked eggs - one week.
Bread with Pecans and beverages
like Chocolate Eggnog, Spiked             I Devilled eggs - two to three
Iced Cappuccino or Grand                days.
Mimosas may be served.
   BUYING AND STORING EGGS                I Leftover egg dishes - three to
  The majority of eggs available        four days.
are hens’ eggs. They come in vari-        Cooking eggs safely and cre-
ous sizes, from small to extra          atively at Easter is an easy way
large. Often a recipe will state        to provide nutritious dishes for
the size of egg required; if it does-   the family while giving you time
n’t, it is best to use large eggs.      to get out of the kitchen to have
Eggs come in various shades of          some fun.
brown, white and, less widely
available, blue.                          Heather Little-White, PhD, is a
   The colour of the shell comes        nutrition and lifestyle consultant
down to the breed of the hen that       in the Corporate Area. Send com-
laid the egg and there are no           ments to editor@gleanerjm.com
nutritional or qualitative differ-      or fax 922-6223.


      ‘Throw away any eggs that are cracked,                                                                                                                     RUDOLPH BROWN /FreelancePhotographer
               broken, or leaking’                                           Try this yummy egg contest-winning dish, Jamaican Sweet Potato and Ham Egg Bake courtesy of Andre Grant.
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EASTER FOOD FAVES



    Bun&                                                                                     B
                                                                                                      UN AND CHEESE is a sacred Jamaican Easter tradition, of
                                                                                                      course. But have you heard about the wacky combinations of
                                                                                                      bun and other toppings?

                                                                                               We thought we’d heard it all until someone mentioned eating bun and mus-
                                                                                             tard. What?!

                                                                                               Then slowly others started confessing their dirty little secrets – they don’t




    WHAT?!
                                                                                             always have cheese with their bun. Mouth agape, we listened as they spilled the
                                                                                             beans of how they slather their bun with mayonnaise, ketchup, peanut butter, or
                                                                                             top it with sardines, corned beef, egg or patty. One person even owned up to a
                                                                                             bun and bread sandwich – two slices of bun and a slice of real Jamaican hard
                                                                                             dough in the middle, or vice versa.

                                                                                                However you top it, enjoy your Easter bun this season.




                                                                                                                         Many Jamaicans will have fish, or other seafood in various styles this Easter.
                                                                                                                         Try one of these delicious fish recipes to close out the season.




                                                                                                                        Beer-batter Fish
                                                                                                                          INGREDIENTS
                                                                                                                          1 pint (560ml) vegetable oil
                                                                                                                          2 lb (908g) fresh fish fillets (snapper or grouper)
                                                                                                                          1 tbsp fresh lime juice
                                                                                                                          4 oz (113g.) flour
                                                                                                                          1 tsp seasoned salt
                                                                                                                          1 bottle beer
                                                                                                                          METHOD
                                                                                                                          1. Fill a deep fryer or a deep sauce pan three-quarters full
                                                                                                                        with oil heat to 375oF
                                                                                                                          2. Cut the fish fillets into serving-size pieces and brush with
                                                                                                                        lime juice.
                                                                                                                 FILE
A display of AML buns hot out of the oven.                                                                                3. Mix two thirds of the flour with salt and pepper in a bowl
                                                                                                                          4. Add the beer gradually, beating until the batter is smooth
                                                                                                                          5. Pour the remaining flour on a plate
                                                                                                                          6. Coat each piece of fish with flour, then dip into the batter,

                                    Bun for Easter                                                                      coating well.
                                                                                                                          7. Fry in the hot oil for 7-8 minutes, turning once.
                                                                                                                          8. Drain on paper towel or brown paper.

  Thinking of baking your own bun for Easter?
Why not try out this recipe, or better yet - have
some fun creating your own.
                                                    4 oz Grace guava jam
                                                    Method
                                                    1. Combine wine, stout, beaten eggs, bun spice,
                                                                                                                        Steamed Fish
                                                    vanilla, margarine, browning and dark sugar.                          INGREDIENTS
Yield: about 10 buns                                Mix well and set aside.                                               1 lb (450g) red snapper grouper or yellow tail
Bake time: 1 hour                                   2. Sift together dry ingredients.                                     dash salt and pepper
Prep time: 10 minutes                               3. Add the fruits to the dry ingredients and mix                      1/2 tsp garlic powder
Ingredients                                         well.                                                                 1 tsp oil
2 cups wine                                         4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredi-                      2 stalks chives/scallion - chopped
1 bottle stout                                      ents and pour in the liquid ingredients. Mix well.
2 eggs, beaten                                      5. Scrape mixture into greased 30 cm x 13 cm x 6                      4 cloves garlic - minced
1/4 tsp bun spice                                   cm (12”x4”x3”) loaf tin.                                              4 slices ginger
2 tsp vanilla                                       6. Bake at 180C (350F) for one hour. To test if                       3 tbs oyster sauce
4 ozs margarine, melted                             done insert a skewer, when it comes out clean                         1 tbs superior soy
1 tsp grace browning                                bun is done.                                                          1 tsp sugar
1 pound dark sugar                                  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool.                                 METHOD
2 1/5 pounds counter flour                          8. Melt the Grace guava jam and brush over the                        1. Season fish with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
2 tbs baking powder                                 surface of the baked bun as a glaze.                                  2. Place fish on heat proof dish and set in a steamer.
1 tsp salt                                          Servings                                                              3. Steam for 15 minutes or until fish is done. In small
1 tbsp mixed spice                                  Serve with your choice of Tastee processed                          saucepan, heat oil add chives, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, supe-
1 tsp cinnamon powder                               cheese or natural cheddar cheese.                                   rior soy and sugar.
4 whole cherries                                    Recipe from h t t p : / / w w w . g r a c e f o o d s . c o m /       4. Stir-fry for one minute. Pour over steamed fish.
8 oz raisins                                        site/recipe/spicy-easter-bun
8 oz mixed peel
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                        HAVE A HAPPY EASTER,
                          JAMAICAN STYLE.
                                   The management and staff of Royal Caribbean Bakery and Caribbean Food Delights
                                            wish our customers and employees a Happy and Holy Easter.

                                We are very conscious of the downturn of our economy and understand that some of our
                                customers have been affected by it. Therefore, we have reduced the price of our delicious
                                Easter Buns so that all of our customers will be able to continue to enjoy them this Easter.

                            And remember to spice up your Easter with great tasting patties from Caribbean Food Delights.
                            Beef, Beefy Cheese, Jerk Chicken, Curry Chicken, Vegetable, Callaloo, Jerk Fish, Shrimp, or Soy!

                                TRY OUR PLAIN SPINACH PATTY, SPINACH AND CHEESE PATTY AND NEW HALAL PATTY!

                      Remember to mail your Easter Bun overseas at least two weeks before Easter to insure on-time arrival!




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