From the Desk of Dr. The Hon. Una S.T. Clarke, C.D.
PDPA News & Views
Upcoming Activities for you to support with your time and resources
June, 2007 #11
My Dear Friends and Supporters
We continue to be in a celebratory mood after Dr. Eugene's victory and solid early performance in City Council. He is absorbing a lot and is fulfilling his promise as he reaches out to the constituents and stakeholders, and adjusts to the processes of City Council.
Please support the events highlighted below, with your attendance and your resources.
As you are not doubt aware, Dr. Eugene's campaign for re-election has started, so we are asking that you step forward as you did the last time. We expect to have him re-elected by an even more overwhelming majority of votes.
Your Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is being recognized by her peers as one of the "rising stars" of Congress. She has had several opportunities to shine, and has done so without fail. She is busy at the moment with consideration of the Immigration bill and homeland security issues among other things.
Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, C.D.
June 17, 2007 (Mon)7:00 PM
Meet and Greet
Please come to our 504 Flatbush office on Monday June 18, at 7 pm for a meet and greet. Everyone bring a dish or bring a drink. Call Frank Marshall to let him know what you are bringing (718) 398-2895.
This is a great opportunity for you to meet more of our club members, many of them part of the recent great infusion of strength. Be prepared to tell folk about yourself, your interests and your resources. Remember - United together we are not just strong, but unbeatable.
LAPARKAN ANNOUNCES NEW VP OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND THEIR 4thANNUAL LAPARKAN UNA CLARKE CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND - DEADLINE JUNE 27- APPLY NOW!
The Honorable Una S. T. Clarke was recently named as Laparkan Shipping and Money Transfer's newly appointed Vice President of External Affairs.Committed to expanding Laparkan's community outreach and involvement, Mrs. Clarke is currently planning the next Laparkan Una Clarke Caribbean-American Scholarship Award Ceremony.
Since April 24, 2004 Laparkan Shipping and Money Transfer and former City Council member Clarke have successfully awarded The Laparkan Una Clarke Caribbean-American Scholarship Fund - a scholarship created to assist New York's promising young students of Caribbean/Caribbean-American descent with their educational needs.As a result of last years' successful response, Laparkan Shipping and Honorable Clarke have remained committed to providing educational opportunities to New York's Caribbean community by offering the scholarship for another year.Applications are available at all Laparkan locations and completed application packages must be submitted no later than June 27, 2007 for qualification.All applications are welcome.For information please call 718-272-5252.Don't miss out on an opportunity to attend college, apply now!
Administered by Laparkan, the goal of this program is to provide scholarships to Caribbean/Caribbean-American students who are actively involved in or have participated in projects related to the upliftment of the Caribbean community in New York City. An Advisory Committee has been established to develop the application criteria, evaluate the selection process and to give guidance to the program.Laparkan will be awarding three scholarships to high school seniors/college freshmen who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in accredited colleges/universities within the United States for the Fall 2007 semester on July 19, 2007 at 6pm.
Laparkan Shipping has always recognized that education is a vehicle for social and economic mobility and has remained committed to supporting its community. In addition, Laparkan has recognized the distinguished career of Una Sylvia Tomlinson-St. Clarke for her commitment and service as a public servant to New York City's Caribbean community.Making history in 1991, the Honorable Clarke was the first Caribbean born woman to be elected to the Brooklyn City Council (East Flatbush-District 40) and has continued to be diligent in serving the needs of the Caribbean community with distinction and pride.
A leader within the Caribbean community, Laparkan gets cargo where you need it and when you need it by offering a variety of services including money transfers at low rates.For more information about the Laparkan Una Clarke Scholarship Fund please call 718-272-5252 or visit any Laparkan location.
LAPARKAN UNA CLARKE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To qualify for the Scholarship YOU MUST:
1.Be a graduating Caribbean/Caribbean-American high school senior presently attending an accredited high school in New York City with proof of acceptance and enrollment at an accredited college within the USA or a college Freshman currently enrolled for the next semester. (restrictions apply)
2.Have a cumulative high school GPA of 85 and above or college GPA of 3.0 and above.
3.Have volunteered with a Caribbean/Caribbean-American organization, committee, or projector have volunteered with an organization that serves the Caribbean community.
4.Complete a summer internship for 20 hours p/wk at a non-profit organization. Location to bedetermined.
Submit the following with your application:
1. Proof of Caribbean descent or parentage.
2. Three letters of reference from school or community organization.
3. Copy of official high school transcript and SAT scores (high school students only).
4. Copy of official college transcript and proof of current enrollment (copy of
Bursar's receipt (college students only).
A 500-word, typewritten, double-spaced using a 12pt. font, essay must accompany your application detailing the following:
1. Identify an existing problem/issue within the Caribbean community or with Caribbeanyouth that needs to be addressed.
2. A plan for the implementation of a program that outlines a measurable solution to th erelated problem/issue within the Caribbean community.
3.List ways to enhance the program in the future.
4. Why is it important to have a college education and how will you use that education to uplift the Caribbean community.
Scholarship Packages are available at:
Laparkan Trading Limited- New York and New Jersey
Call 718-272-5252 for the location nearest you.
MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGES (No later than June 27, 2007) TO:
Laparkan/ Una Clarke Caribbean American Scholarship Committee
Laparkan Trading Limited
2350 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
LAPARKAN UNA CLARKE
CARIBBEAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Social Security #:________________________________________
Return Application to Scholarship Awards Committee no later than June 27, 2007:
Laparkan/ Una Clarke Caribbean American Scholarship Committee
Laparkan Trading Limited
2350 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Source: Air Jamaica/ Ruder Finn
AIR JAMAICA LAUNCHES NEW NON-STOP BARBADOS FLIGHTS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE, PLUS A SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY FARE SALE KINGSTON, JAMAICA - June 15, 2007 -
Air Jamaica announces today that it will inaugurate non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and The Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, starting July 22, 2007.
The flight will operate 3 days per week and offers new links from FLL to other islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The new flight will operate non-stop in both directions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will open up more destination possibilities for consumers flying from Fort Lauderdale to the Eastern Caribbean. Connections Barbados will be on LIAT, the
Caribbean Airline. Connections can be made to the islands of Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Martinique, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Barbados-bound flights (JM 96) depart FLL at 9:40 a.m. and arrive BGI at 1:00 p.m. Fort Lauderdale-bound flights (JM 97) depart BGI at 1:50 p.m. and arrive FLL at 5:30 p.m.
In celebration of this new non-stop service, Air Jamaica is offering an introductory sale fare on this route of $378 round trip ($189 each way) plus taxes in economy class for travel between July 22 and December 15, 2007. Tickets at this special rate must be purchased by June 28, 2007 and can be booked at www.airjamaica.com, through Air Jamaica's toll-free reservations at 1-800-523-5585 or through a travel agent.
"Based on the success of our non-stop flight from New York's JFK to Barbados and the possibilities it offers travelers from the Northeast, we believe providing this regular non-stop service to consumers in the Southeast will be equally successful," says Paul Pennicook, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Air Jamaica.
"We are excited to provide this new non-stop service making it easier for vacationers, business people and Caribbean Nationals to get to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from South Florida." Pennicook said that Air Jamaica will operate Airbus A-320 service on the new non-stops with 138 seats in Economy and 12 in Executive Business Class.
About Air Jamaica
Air Jamaica provides more non-stop flights to Jamaica than any other carrier with more than 300 flights per week from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York (JFK), Orlando, and Philadelphia in the United States; Toronto in Canada; and from London in the United Kingdom to Montego Bay and Kingston. Air Jamaica also offers daily non-stop service between New York (JFK) and Barbados and direct service between JFK to both St. Lucia and Grenada. Air Jamaica
also offers intra-regional service with flights between Jamaica and the Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Cuba, Curaçao, Grand Cayman, Grenada and St. Lucia.
Contact: Christina Brozek 212-715-1535
A Happy Fathers Day to all you deserving men out there!
Congresswoman Clarke 'Salsa's' At
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Councilman Mathieu Eugene dance
together in the 50th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, Sunday June 10,
2007.(Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin)
Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 11, 2007: Jamaican
American Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke, yesterday got into the
Puerto Rican rhythms as thousands marched down Fifth Avenue in
Manhattan for the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican Day parade.
Looking glamorous is a long white dress and holding high a Puerto
Rican flag, the congresswoman swayed to the infectious Latin
rhythm and was later joined by Haitian Councilman, Mathieu
Eugene, in a jig - or was it a salsa move?
Thousands also lined the parade route along Fifth Avenue to
celebrate with screams of 'Viva Puerto Rico' and to resurrect the late
great, Tito Puente with the rhythm of the drums.
Pop star Ricky Martin served as king of the parade and early in the
morning joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a ceremonial ribbon
cutting. The political forces were out in full strength as New York
Gov. Eliot Spitzer joined Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acevedo-Vila
and Bloomberg at the head of the parade. Sen. Charles Schumer also
addressed the crowd with a megaphone in Spanish.
Puerto Ricans are the largest Hispanic group in the city, numbering
789,000, according to the Department of City Planning. -
SWIMSUIT DESIGNER JOHNNY VINCENT DEBUTS PARADISE 2008 AT JRG'S BIKINI UNDER THE BRIDGE - JUNE 24, 2007
Guest appearances by WBLS' Wendy Williams along with singing sensations Esssence and Trinity performing their popular hits Show Me What You Got and Wine With You.
On June 24, 2007 at 7pm (Tobacco Warehouse - Water & Dock Streets - Brooklyn Bridge Park- DUMBO), talented swimsuit designer Celeste Johnny presents the NYC premiere of Johnny Vincent - Paradise2008 as part of JRG Entertainment'sstar studded 2nd Annual Bikini Under the Bridge swimsuit fashion event.Hosted by Walter Greene (Fashion Editor of Sister 2 Sister) and Co-hosted by Ann Tripp,doors open at 4pm. Also rippin' the runway will be top Caribbean designers- Roger Gary (Creative Director of both Barbados and St. Kitts Fashion weeks); Francis Hendy (Michael Awards 2000 Menswear Designer of the Year), William Fleet's - TBA(To Be African) and Siren.
Following a successful tour, Johnny Vincent intends to bring back glamour and style to the beaches while highlighting Caribbean culture at its best.A stunning presentation of exotic accessories, vibrant colors, long lines and sexy cutouts, Johnny Vincent sets the trend by creating a fresh perspective for every figure.Johnny VincentSwimwear is also available at the Hilton Barbados.
At the age of eight, Celeste fell in love with fashion. She began her career as a model for several designers throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Aspiring to be more than just a "face", her passion for the catwalk quickly turned into a love for design. Starting out with prom dresses, Celeste quickly graduated to creating evening gowns for her friends and family.
With a keen sense of style and saucy Caribbean roots Celeste created Johnny Vincent Swimwear - a beautiful representation of spirit, energy and love for life - in 2005. Every piece is a reflection of her personality -sassy, soft and sensuous. Her eye for vibrant color schemes, majestic fabrics and glamorous accessories gives her clients the confidence to be as sexy as they want to be. "Never again should a woman feel ashamed of her shape or the need to cover up. Johnny Vincent is about loving oneself and feeling beautiful inside and out." - (Celeste Johnny)
JOHNNY VINCENT - PARADISE 2008 - BIKINI UNDER THE BRIDGE
June 24, 2007at7pm.Doors open at 4pm
(Tobacco Warehouse - Water & Dock Streets - Brooklyn Bridge Park- DUMBO)
This week in Congress marked the beginning of the Appropriations season.Rep. Clarke, member of the Committee on Small Business, Committee on Homeland Security, and Committee on Education and Labor participated in markups in each committee.
Along with various committee hearings, Rep. Clarke spoke on the House floor addressing the "touchback" provision in the immigration reform bill.Below is an excerpt from her statement:
"Back home in Brooklyn, an area that boasts immigrants from every corner of the world, I have personally talked to countless people who were frustrated because they had no intention of breaking the law, but simply became tied up in an overly complicated and backlogged system as their applications were delayed until their visas expired and suddenly they were here illegally." For the full statement please visit Rep. Clarke's website at Clarke.house.gov.
Rep. Clarke also issued a statement this week, which endorsed New York's efforts in recognizing same sex marriages.
Rep. Clarke joined her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus for a press conference urging the immediate release of Georgia teen, Genarlow Wilson.The following statement was issued, "I am truly disheartened by the actions that have been taken place and the lack of justice in this process.The heavy hand of Georgia justice has slammed down on Mr. Wilson, who has served his time and deserves the opportunity to move forward with his life.I stand with my colleagues in calling for the immediate release of this young man."
Rep. Clarke continues to meet with community leaders and policymakers to ensure that the Caribbean American community is not adversely impacted following the recent terrorist plot at JFK airport.
Please feel free to visit Rep. Yvette D. Clarke's website at Clarke.house.gov for the latest activities
Council Member John C. Liu is warning consumers about unscrupulous bait-and-switch tactics of door-to-door salespeople promising lower energy bills for signing long-term contracts with hidden penalties and fees. These marketing practices prey on businesses and homeowners anxious about expected price hikes by local utility companies.
For more information, please see recent news reports below.
Barbara Baruch Constituent Services Manager Office of Council Member John C. Liu
EXCERPT- With energy costs soaring, many in our area are vulnerable to door-to-door salesmen peddling cheaper alternatives but some are not as good as they seem.
Janet Malone says a salesperson from U.S. Energy Savings Corp. came to her door, with a warning that Con-Ed would soon jack-up its prices. The sales rep sold her on a five year-plan that promised to "lock in" one low energy rate.
"I got the bill a month later, and I was really shocked because the bill was double," said Malone. "Then I waited one more month, and I noticed again it was doubled, so I called up the company and they told me I could get out of it, only if I paid an $1800 penalty fee.
Councilman John Liu says the problem is growing.
"Several companies are engaging in these very aggressive tactics against consumers and small businesses, many of the people and the businesses are getting ripped off," said Liu. "There needs to be stronger regulation."
EXCERPT- Utility-company workers are peddling electricity and gas door to door with promises of deals that could actually cost you more than regular Con Ed service.
Con Ed's request for a big hike in residential electricity rates next April 1 has utility watchers worried that people are vulnerable to energy companies' sales pitches.
"I've had complaints from residents, as well as small businesses, who have unwittingly switched to a different energy provider and seen their bills go through the roof," said City Councilman John Liu (D-Queens).
The new players in the energy game - including IDT Energy - don't generate their own power, but buy it from wholesalers and pay Con Ed to distribute it.
EXCERPT- Since the late 1990s, when government-ordered deregulation forced big utilities to offer various services separately in hopes of lowering customers' bills, consumers have been encouraged to shop for their own energy supplier, even though they'd still use Con Ed's pipes for delivery.
City Councilman John Liu (D-Queens) said, "This is not the only time we have seen this pattern. ... Whether these unscrupulous practitioners misrepresent the contract in different languages or in plain English, this is still dishonest."
Last December, U.S. Energy settled a case with Chicago's Citizens Utility Board, which filed a complaint against the company for misleading customers, many of whom are nonEnglish speakers who signed long-term contracts. U.S. Energy admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to cancel certain contracts without penalties and give refunds to customers who believed they had signed a fully fixed-price contract.
Think before you switch.
Services offered by your utility have been split into two parts: power generation, also known as supply, and delivery. If you live in the five boroughs, Con Ed likely delivers your power, but because of state deregulation intended to lower prices, you are encouraged to consider choosing a different supplier.
Before making a change, ask:
* If the company offers fixed prices for gas and electric, or market prices that may fluctuate.
* If there's a longer-term contract that offers a lower price.
* If there's a monthly service charge.
* If the prices quoted include taxes.
* If there's a fee for terminating the contract.
* If you will receive one combined monthly bill or two separate bills.
* If a security deposit is required.
* About discounts, incentives or free services, such as boiler/air-conditioning maintenance packages, and discounts on other goods and services.
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June 2, 2007
Kingston Tech High School Alumni / Jamaican Consul-General Basil Bryan
Honoring Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
9 pm to 2 am
Contact: Jean 718 464 0020,Penny 718 284 3487
NOT JUST A REMINDER! ITS CRITICAL THAT WE GET YOUR HELP NOW !!!!!
Re: The Annual High School Graduates Awards - Deadline JUNE 25, 2007
So far (to date), we have not had the overwhelming response from applicants that was anticipated for the 2007 UJAA HSGA. However, its not too late for students to apply - we need all your help in getting the word out re the awards and Essay Competition. Please contact your neighbors, your churches, any youth community organizations - and anywhere you can find students of JAMAICAN PARENTS/HERITAGE who are graduating from High School anywhere in the United States, repeat, ANYWHERE. YES, WE HAVE MATERIALS (FLYERS) AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION.
..... In addition to the cash prizes for the essay winners, there will be a Grand Prize of a trip for 2 to Jamaica. The trip will primarily be an educational & cultural experience one for the student winner. The topic of the Essay is:
" The J'American Experience: A Cultural Divide or a Cultural Connection".
See the attached Rules and other forms. Please print and distribute.
The Jamaican Consulate General will be the host site of the reception on Thursday, June 28, 2007, from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
This, our 17th year, the focus is on the Essay Competition.
To be eligible for a scholarship award a student must return this profile with a copy of their latest transcript and SAT scores, if available, no later than June 25, 2007 to UJAA.
I am taking this opportunity, on behalf of the UJAA Board and the HSGAP Committee, to invite you to join us at the ceremony which will begin at 6:30 PM. I look forward to your confirming your attendance as we have to prepare an adequate amount of food for the reception.
RSVP for the Reception or REGISTER A STUDENT by Email or calling: 516-713-8270 or 516-485-0441 or 718-287-9366.
Anton Tomlinson Chairman Omega Global InfoTech Group 1417 Albany Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11203 U.S.A.718.287.9366
This place, this moment, this life situation is your starting point. Build on it, and you can go wherever you choose.
For Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene's District OfficeFriday, Friday, June 29, 2007
Time 2 - 7 pm
123 Linden Boulevard, 1st Flr
between rogers and Bedford
Celebrate the opening of the District Office with Council Member Eugene and his staff. Councilmember Mathieu Eugene would like to thank you for your continued support.
Light refreshments will be served.
Brooklyn District Office: 123 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11226 Tel: 718-287-8762 Fax: 718-287-8917
City Hall Office: 250 Broadway, 17th Floor New York, NY 10007 Tel: 212-788-7352 Fax: 212-788-8087