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Caribbean Graphic Feb 2012

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VOL. 6, NO. 4 • February 22, 2012
618 Strouds Lane, Pickering, ON L1V 4S9 • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
Miles Robertson, The Bajan Behind Adele
 Newly crowned Trinidad and Tobago Chut-ney Soca Monarch Kris “KI” Persad narrowlyescaped falling victim to a bandit outside hishome after winning the title on February 11.Persad arrived at his Barataria home just after 4 a.m.—mere minutes after winning the crownand million-dollar prize—only to realise that afriend of his, who had come to his home to cel-ebrate the victory, was approached by a banditwho tried to rob him. However, the bandit wasshot once in the chest by his intended victim.Police said a group of friends and relatives of the artiste arrived at his Third Street home fromthe Queen’s Park Oval to celebrate his successin the competition, when the bandit approachedand announced a hold-up. The man, who policesaid lived at Thomasine Street, Laventille, wasarmed with a shotgun. He reportedly approached
a member of the group, who is a security ofcer,
and snatched his gold chain. He also demanded
the security ofcer hand over the keys to his Nis
-san Wingroad motorcar, to which he complied.
Investigators said the security ofcer pulledout his licensed rearm and red one shot at
the bandit, hitting him in the chest. The incidenttook place on the roadway outside the artiste’shouse.
Ofcers said about ve minutes later Persad
arrived at his home and saw the bleeding man onthe ground and called police.
A team of ofcers from the Barataria Criminal
Investigations Department (CID) arrived on thescene minutes later and rushed the injured manto the Port of Spain General Hospital, where heremained warded in a stable condition. Policesaid they also recovered the shotgun at the sceneof the incident.Speaking to members of the media Persad
conrmed he was not at home at the time, but
stated that he believed he could have fallen vic-tim. He said after the Chutney Soca Monarch heand several family members stopped for a brief moment along Ariapita Avenue before headinghome.The Toronto-based KI Persad won the Trini-dad Carnival 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch withhis hit “Single Forever.” “KI” Persad, who de-throned veteran Rikki Jai enroute to capturingthe Chutney Soca Monarch crown, also createdhistory by being the youngest champ, at age 26.For his effort, Persad took home the $1 million
rst prize money.
They say that no matter where you travel,
you’ll nd a Bajan – and last year that would
have included on stage at the Royal Albert Hallwhen Miles Robertson played keyboards for British sensation and this year’s big-time SixGrammys winner Adele.Barbadian-born Miles Robertson, who isnow 2012 Multi-Grammy winner Adele’s mu-sic director and keyboardist, was born into afamily of musicians. His maternal grandparentsas well as his mother, Janice Millington, wereestablished Barbadian artists, and his father,Raf Robertson a noted Caribbean jazz pianist. Itwas only natural for Miles to follow in his fam-ily’s footsteps and spread his musical wings.Miles bases his success on hard work, disci- pline and dedication, for which he gives creditto his mother, a graduate of The Royal Acad-emy of Music, United Kingdom. His mother  began to train him in classical piano and violinat age four. However it wasn’t until Miles was14 that he decided he wanted to pursue a career in music. While attending the Lodge School, he began drumming for the school ensemble.His professional breakthrough came in 2005,when he toured as a backup musician for At-lantic recording Soca artiste Rupee. As either a keyboardist or musical director, Miles hasworked with a diverse group of artists, includ-ing rocker Drew Seeley, the gospel group Take6, rapper Fabolous, One Republic, Ashley Tis-dale, Sean Kingston, jazz musician Najee andold school band Lisa Lisa & CultJam. In 2008,Miles began touring with international musicsensation Adele. As her keyboardist, he has ap- peared on numerous television shows includingSaturday Night Live, the Tonight Show withJay Leno, Late Show with David Lettermanand Jimmy Kimmel Live!He continues to play at clubs in New York City such as The Village Underground and ClubGroove during the few breaks he gets from hishectic touring schedule.
Narrow Escape For Chutney King “KI”
Kris “KI” Persad
Miles Robertson
February 22, 2012
Honored For Outstanding Service
Creating Opportunity From Crisis
When Madeline Edwardsmoved to Canada in 1965,she came here with a mission;to help other people and togive back to her community.Through her professional work as a nurse and through her vol-unteer work for various organi-zations in the Greater TorontoArea, the Jamaican born and raised Edwardshas built an impressive legacy of philanthropy.Edwards was recently nominated in the fall of 2011 as one of 50 people of Jamaican heritagewho has contributed to Canadian society. Oneof Edwards’ peers had put forth her name for the award through the Jamaican Consulate.Edwards also recently received the prestigiousHarry Jerome Award for community develop-ment. Edwards has felt a strong sense of com-mitment to helping others since she was a littlegirl growing up in Jamaica, watching her moth-er give back to the community, even though shewas a widow with eight children since the timeEdwards was two years old.“My mother was always, you know, I AL-WAYS admired her tremendously. When I gotthe Harry Jerome award, a reporter asked me‘Why did you?’ And I said, because my mother ALWAYS did,” Edwards said.Edwards’ mother was a huge inspiration toher.“My mother, she still had stuff after my father  passed away, but she was always giving. Andthat’s where I got it from. When she cooked for the family, she never cooked for the family; shecooked for the village. I remember these twoladies when I used to come home from school,I used to wish they would leave. I would say‘Why don’t they go?’ And, they would never 
leave until that soup was n
-ished. They would have their  bowl of soup and they wouldeat, then they would go home.So, that’s how I grew up. Mymother was always reachingout to people less fortunatethan herself. And, that’s whereI got it from,” Edwards ex- plained.Edwards’ father, who passed away when shewas two years old, was a land owner and he hadworked on the Panama Canal. When Edwards’father had passed away, he left a lot of land toEdwards’ mother, who eventually sold the manyacres of land that grew staples from the Carib- bean like sugar cane and bananas. However,there is still enough land left over today thatEdwards and her siblings possess. The philan-thropist in Edwards is still making the needs of other people a top priority, because rather thankeep the land she inherited, Edwards is plan-ning to give it to another family member who isliving in Jamaica so that he will be able to havea home to call his own. Based on Edwards’ atti-tude towards helping others, it is not surprisingthat she has pursued a long standing successful
career in the health care eld as a nurse. This
time, it was the circumstances of her father’sdeath at the age of 39 from hypertension andstroke, that inspired her to pursue nursing.“I felt that if my father had been living in adifferent country where there were availableservices, he would have lived. And, that waswhat motivated me to go into nursing. That,I feel, was one way I could contribute to bet-ter health of people in general,” Edwards ex- plained.And nursed she did. Edwards continues to provide advice and support to patients and toher friends. Her friends will often call her to ask health questions before they go to their doctors.In addition to giving health tips, Edwards do-nates possessions that she no longer needs andhelps people with social service needs, whether 
it is nding new Canadians a place to live when
they immigrate here or whether it is helpingsomeone apply for disability pension. Edwardsgave birth to her two children in Canada andraised them here with her now-deceased Trini-dadian husband, and feels glad to call Canadahome, especially when she considers the stateof health care in Jamaica.“It’s terrible. They do have good medicalfolk in the Caribbean. You know what theydon’t have? Equipment. Most of their equip-ment are hand-me-downs from rich countries.If you talk to people who have been to placeslike Princess Margaret Hospital recently and thetype of sophisticated equipment that they haveand they are using in diagnostic testing, theydon’t have those in Jamaica. You should seethe wages and how they live. There’s no wayI could ever live like that,” Edwards explained.Although Edwards still visits her native land,she wants to do whatever she can to improve thelives of people there.“If I had the wherewithal, what I would reallylike to do is to collect bags and send down bar-rels. I’d go to the dollar store and buy pencilsand crayons and papers and everything and justsend it down to a school in Jamaica. It’s still pretty rough there,” Edwards said.Jamaica wasn’t as rough a place to live whenEdwards grew up there, but she is saddened bythe criminality and bleak employment prospectsfor people who do not work in the tourism or government industries. Edwards takes a keeninterest in the Jamaicans who are still livingthere and who share some of their struggleswith her when she visits.
“They tell you about how they have difcul
-ties. They are not begging, and they do anythingthat they can get to earn a living, but there areno jobs except mostly in the tourism industryor in the government. I’m hoping that this new prime minister who is a woman will try to seewhether they could at least raise the standard of living for the people in general,” Edwards said.While Edwards has strong hopes for Jamaica,the mother of two and a grandmother shows nosigns of lessening her commitment to helpingWest Indians and people of other backgroundswho have, like her, created lives for themselvesin the Greater Toronto Area.“Whoever comes my way, if I can assist themat all, I will do that,” Edwards said.
A desire for nancial free
-dom led D’Juvayne Chris-tian to examine real estateinvestments as a career path.Although he started investingclose to home in Toronto, that path led him to Florida, wherehe believes Canadians cur-rently have the best opportu-
nities to greatly prot in real
estate.Today, he helps people look at real estateinvesting from a fresh perspective. He describeshis business model as transparent, and says hiscompany Elite Lifestyle Investments educates people on its unique process, which helps them
gain valuable knowledge and liberal prots. He
says, “Instead of throwing money somewhereand hoping for returns, they personally become better investors.”Mr. D’Juvayne is the son of Jamaican par-ents. He left his family’s Toronto home at age17 to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administra-tion at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.On completion, he headed to Riverside, CA,where he doubled his course load and complet-ed a Master’s of Business Administration in 12straight months.
Prior to graduation, he secured his rst job
at Solarmer Energy in Los Angeles, CA, in theheart of the recession. He likely could never have guessed exactly where he would end up.But soon after returning home to Ontario, inSeptember 2010, he read “Real Estate Investingin Canada” by Don R. Campbell. It was a life-changing experience for him, since, as he putsit, he “totally fell in love, near obsessed, withreal estate investing.” That ‘obsession’ drovehim to read and study the subject in any formthat he could get his hands on, which further 
fuelled his desire for nancial freedom.
At the start of 2011, he began to build thefoundation for a company. Within four months,he took a leap of faith, and in April 2011, EliteLifestyle Investments was launched. This youngentrepreneur will tell you that in his early yearshe had some good examples of people in realestate. One such person was his mother, Pau-line Christian, and the other,his cousin Ted Wellington in New York.“My mother was very suc-cessful as a real estate investor so it gave me a close mentor,”he says. “And my cousin, whowas a successful lawyer, didso well at investing that he lethis law degree take a back seatto assist him in opening a company and focus-ing on a career in real estate investment.”“The tireless studying and mentorship
 pushed me to take the next step – which was
to enroll with the Ontario Real Estate Associa-tion (OREA) to gain my real estate accredita-tion and capitalize on the wealth of real estateknowledge that the training would afford me.”Mr. Christian says that through Elite Life-style, he strives to help people advance their 
nancial picture, and ultimately improve their 
knowledge and circumstances. With improved
nances, people are relieved of stress, they can
save for important things in life, and can freelyhelp others who are less fortunate.Growing up in a family dedicated to com-munity service, helping others was a naturaloutcome for Mr. Christian. He started workingwith both Americans and Canadians, educatingthem to replicate what he was doing. In the pro-cess, he discovered his passion.“My goal is to help others achieve their goals, which is why I’m so passionate aboutElite’s services. Doing what I do also allows meto give back more in helping students acquire a better education through my family’s charitableorganizations.”Mr. Christian has a list of reasons why EliteLifestyle has its focus on the state of Floridafor real estate investments. He shares four 
main ones: appreciation, cash ow, population
growth, and risk.On the subject of appreciation, he says,“Whether we think the housing market is ator near the bottom doesn’t trump the fact thatAmerica’s post-recession housing prices havereached and surpassed their pre-recession pricesin every previous recession. This is based onempirical data. I’m currently assisting a clientto buy a property for $70,000 that was sold inJuly 2006 for $250,000. You do the math.”
Regarding cash ow, Mr. Christian notes,“While the uninformed ock to markets to ac
quire $300,000 properties, make $100 cash ow per month and pray the housing market dees
history and increases forever, we show peoplehow to buy a property for less than the price of 
their car, generate up to $1,000 cash ow per 
month - and sometimes higher - while holdingon to a property they know will appreciate.”He notes that Florida is an ideal location for retirees. He doesn’t see that changing, and he’s
condent that the market will correct itself.
When it comes to population growth, the businessman points out that while the USAgrew by 9.7% between 2000 and 2010, Floridagrew by 17.6%. We expect this number to in-crease even further as the Baby Boomers are en-tering retirement and Florida is the ideal placefor retirees. At the end of the day, people needa place to live.As for the risk factor, Mr. Christian says thatmost of the properties Elite’s clients acquireare bought at no less than $100,000 below pre-recession levels. He maintains, “This showsthat even if a person wanted to get a property just for a vacation home, he would still make aminimum of $10,000 a year if the market took an improbable 10 years to correct.”If you’re wondering how the entrepreneur has himself invested, he’s transparent aboutthat. He began by acquiring close to $1 millionworth of real estate in Ontario, including onewhich he bought with his sister. After that, he
was introduced to his mother’s nancial advi
-sor, who encouraged him to invest in Americanreal estate.“With limited knowledge at the time, I hadto think twice because I was only hearing doomand gloom about America’s housing market.Initially, I wasn’t thinking about the opportunityit created.I followed the principles of Warren Buffet,the world’s greatest investor. The summary of his principles are: ‘Be greedy when others arefearful, and be fearful when others are greedy’.So I did relentless research on investing in theUnited States. “After working with advancedreal estate professionals, keeping abreast of theglobal economy and frequenting the U.S. withsome of America’s most successful ‘hands-on’investors, I realized how America’s fall trans-lated into literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportu-nity. I took advantage and then realized how Icould help others do the same.”Through in-depth study and doing his due dil-igence, the entrepreneur’s increased knowledgehelped him realize the incredible advantage hisU.S. investments provided over his investmentsin Ontario. Nevertheless, he concedes that hisOntario investments gave him the eye opener to seek greater knowledge in real estate invest-ments. As a result, he was able to capitalize onone of the greatest real estate opportunities.That opportunity is especially good for Ca-nadians at a time when the Canadian dollar ishigh and U.S. housing prices are at their lowest.Mr. Christian remarks, “They say the two mostimportant days in a person’s life are the day he’s
 born, and the day he gures out why…..”
“I can say I’ve realized my second most im- portant day. Now we just want to help people
learn about protable real estate investing.”
Anyone wanting to learn more about Mr. Chris-tian’s service can visit the Elite website at www.elitelifestyleinvestments.com.
Madeline EdwardsD’Juvayne Christian
February 22, 2012
Laparkan Launches Easter Box Special
Lovely Laleeta is a multi-tasker par excellence. In addition to working full-time and being a wonderful Mom to her two sons, aged ten and twelve, she’s also making wavesas a budding Mompreneur. Her Fifth Avenue Jewelry business is achieving impressivegrowth as a result of her conscientious networking activities and fabulous eye for styleand design when it comes to jewelry.Laparkan ShippingCanada has announced thelaunch of a special Easter  promotion which offers
customers a at rate of 
$14.99 on shipments of itsdouble-walled box whichhas a capacity of up to 70 pounds.This special promotionis effective immediatelyand will run until March31, says Jean DeCastro,Manager, Laparkan Ship- ping Canada. She says thisspecial rate of $14.99 for shipment of this durable10x22~2b2o x to Guyana,Jamaica, Trinidad and To- bago and Barbados is inkeeping with Laparkan’stradition of bringing somemeasure of relief to cus-tomers who want to senditems back home for their relatives during these chal-lenging economic times.“This box is very dura- ble and easy to pack and isan affordable way of send-ing home some goodies for relatives for the Easter hol-iday. Laparkan offers reli-ability and security that are
unmatched and our ofces
in the Caribbean provide asuperior level of customer service,” says DeCastro.Customers are welcometo come in and pack their  boxes at the Laparkanwarehouse located at 5250Finch Avenue East, Units13 & 14, Scarborough,Ontario. The company canalso be contacted by phoneat 416-292-4370.
Dancer Jasmyn Fyffe Honors Bajan Parents
Jasmyn Fyffe is honoring her Bajan parents in her second season of dance.She thrilled audiences at Dance Week-end last month with Pulse, getting somuch acclaim that she’s now decided toinclude it in the company’s second sea-son, Interlock which opens March 14-17at the Winchester Street Theatre. Fyffesays Pulse in particular is dedicated to her  parents who are natives of Barbados. Itincludes the music she grew up listeningto and honors two people who have beensupporting her dance career from the be-ginning.Members of the dance community aresaying Jasmyn Fyffe is one of the most promising choreographers of our time“I have never gotten such a positive re-sponse to a piece, so I just had to put it in!Random people have been coming up tome and emailing me, it’s just been amaz-ing. I’m excited for our audience to seeit,” says Fyffe.

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