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Caribbean Newcomers Dip Their Toes in the Snow
Dominica, a small Caribbean island nation, will make its Winter Olympic debut this week, led by a former investment banker from Staten Island and his Italian-born wife.
Q&A: A Young Sailor's Guide to the Islands
IN 2003, 8-year-old Alex Ellison and his family set sail in the Caribbean on their 46-foot Beneteau 473, Promise. They had intended to take a one-year trip from Essex, Conn., through the Caribbean to South America and back, but ended up spending almost five years living in the islands, celebrating birthdays in Grenada, Christmas in the Pitons and spending three years in the rain forest of Nevis. "The world was now our classroom," Mr. Ellison wrote in his memoir, "A Star to Sail Her By" (May 2011, iUniverse).
15 Countries Named as Potential Money-Laundering Havens
The world's leading industrial nations named 15 countries and territories today, including Israel, the Philippines and Russia, as potential havens for ill-gotten wealth. The list is the culmination of a decade-long effort to act against money-laundering centers. It was issued after United States and European officials grew concerned that bank secrecy and weak regulation in some nations contributed to the devastating financial turmoil in Asia and Latin America in the late 1990's.
Style; Running Wild
With every passing season, fashion grows more capricious and eclectic, as evidenced by these beautiful resort clothes, photographed in the jungle paradise of Dominica.
Foreign Medical School Has Hopes Of Hanging Its Shingle on U.S. Soil
The idea seemed simple enough. Ross University, a medical school in the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, would open a branch in the United States -- in Wyoming, to be specific, which lacks a medical school of its own. Casper, the city chosen for the branch, would get 200 jobs and a projected $10 million a year in economic development. Ross would get a mainland campus for 600 to 1,000 students -- the first for-profit medical school to open in the United States in nearly a century.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
''When the Colombians saw the Mexicans becoming greedier and even develop into rivals, they began to look to the Dominicans as more reliable partners.'' BRUCE BAGLEY, a University of Miami expert on international drug traffic. 
Caribbean Politics, American-Style
FOR more than 30 years, John Compton and his United Workers Party dominated the politics of this Caribbean island, guiding the British colony to independence and dispensing patronage like a stern yet benevolent father. But a few weeks ago, when voters went to the polls, the opposition St. Lucia Labor Party won 16 of 17 seats in Parliament. Mr. Compton's choice to succeed him as Prime Minister, Vaughan Lewis, lost his seat to a 28-year-old opponent. The Labor landslide and the subsequent selection of Kenny B. Anthony, a 46-year-old lawyer and academic, as St. Lucia's Prime Minister is perhaps the most striking example of a process that is taking place throughout the English-speaking Caribbean.
Hurricane Leaves Trail of Destruction in Caribbean Isles
The most powerful hurricane to roil the Caribbean in six years skipped across a necklace of resort islands today, leaving houses flattened, hospitals damaged, airports closed and power and communications lines hopelessly grounded. The most widespread destruction seemed to be on Antigua, where officials estimated that the vast majority of houses had been damaged or destroyed, said Paul Bell, coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean region for the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
U.S. MAKING MOVES FOR HAITI ACTION
While insisting again that a United States invasion of Haiti is not imminent, the Clinton Administration continued today to lay the groundwork for such an action. Elite Army paratroopers who would probably lead an invasion of Haiti stepped up night training exercises at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Administration announced that 15 countries had signaled a willingness to join a multinational force that would maintain order and retrain Haiti's security forces after the current military government leaves.
A REBUFF FOR U.S.
Two days after the Administration announced that Panama would serve as a "safe haven" for 10,000 Haitian refugees, Panama withdrew from the plan, leaving Washington struggling to cope with a new flood of boat people. The decision, announced by the Panamanian President, Guillermo Endara, led to a round of finger-pointing between Panama and Washington and overshadowed President Clinton's arrival in Italy for an economic summit meeting.
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