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Caribbean Times 81st issue - Monday 4th April 2016

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CHAMPIONS!

WEST INDIES SWEEP T20 FINALS

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Both West Indies cricket teams (men and women) were victorious in the Cricket World T20 tournament finals yesterday, while the West

Indies youth team won the U19 World T20 tournament, giving the West Indies three World Champion teams this year.


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PM Browne congratulates West Indies team

“I feel justified and believe

that the West Indies Cricket

Board (WICB) had it right, all

along,” said the Honourable

Gaston Browne, minutes after

the West Indies Team beat

England in the ICC 20/20 final

game on Sunday, April 3,

2016, by four wickets, and

two balls remaining.

“The final over of the

match demonstrated the resolve,

the capability, the

concentration required of

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the West Indies Team when

challenged,” Prime Minister

Browne commented. He

congratulated the West Indies

for its stunning victory. The

Prime Minister said that he

hoped this resounding victory

would help to unite the stakeholders

and strengthen the administration

and performance

of West Indies cricket in the

future.

West Indian batsman Carlos

Braithwaite hit four consecutive

sixes off England’s

star bowler, Ben Stokes, in the

final over, carrying West Indies

to victory in a spectacular

show of competence. Marlon

Samuel hit 85 not-out, serving

as the anchor in the final overs

of the match.

The Prime Minister’s remarks

came as a consequence

of the disagreement among

the CARICOM Prime Ministers;

the majority wanted

to eliminate the West Indies

Cricket Board (WICB), blaming

the WICB for the failure

of the team. Prime Minister

Gaston Browne made it very

clear that victory was dependent

upon the players themselves;

the Board, he believed,

could not be blamed for onfield

performance. Victory, he

believes, lies with the players.

Today’s performance proves

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime

Minister correct.

Captain Darren Sammy

praised his team for 15

match wins during the tournament,

and applauded Carlos

Braithwaite for his magnificent

performance, especially

in the final and decisive over.

The West Indies Captain mentioned

receiving a phone call

from Prime Minister Mitchell

of Grenada, that very morning,

encouraging them to perform

decisively. He thanked

the Prime Minister and noted

that he understood the objective

which CARICOM was

trying to achieve.

The West Indies Team

needed 19 runs to win in the

final over. Braithwaite hit

four consecutive sixes, humiliating

the England bowler

who normally delivers for his

team. The West Indies women

also won their final World

20/20 match that very Sunday

morning, bringing victory and

a feeling of delight to all West

Indians at home and abroad.

Minister E. Paul Chet Greene,

the Minister of Sports, also

sent his congratulations to the

West Indies Team on behalf of

all Antigua and Barbuda.

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West Indies win second World T20 title

KOLKATA - West Indies

created history by becoming

the first nation to win the

ICC World T20 twice with a

dramatic four-wicket victory

against England riding on

Carlos Brathwaite’s magical

finish at the Eden Gardens in

Kolkata, on Sunday. Chasing

a tricky target of 156, it was

Marlon Samuels, who did an

encore of the 2012 final which

Darren Sammy’s men had

won, hitting a magnificent 85

not out off 66 balls with nine

boundaries and two huge sixes.

However it was the unheralded

giant Brathwaite, who

showed why he commanded

such a record price in the Indian

Premier League auctions

from Delhi Daredvils scoring

34 off only 10 balls as he hit

the four most important maximums

of his short cricketing

career. He hit pacer Ben

Stokes for four consecutive

sixes in the final over of the

innings to leave England

stunned. With 19 runs needed

off the final over, Brathwaite

hit the first ball behind square

for a six and the next was hit

over long-on for a six and the

third over long-off to basically

bring down the equation 1

off 3 balls before finishing off

with another maximum over

midwicket. The entire stadium

save a few English fans

erupted in joy as the West

Indies team members rushed

to the field to congratulate

the heroes. It was one of the

most beautiful sights as the

women’s team also joined

their men as the danced to

the now popular Bravo rap of

‘Champion’ in unison. They

took a lap of Honour from an

Eden Gardens that gave them

a standing ovation. The West

Indies despite all their problems

with their Cricket Board

have completed a grand treble

winning the Under-19

World Cup, and conquering

the women’s and men’s

World title at the ICC World

T20 championships. This

was also the first time that a

target in excess of 150 was

chased in a World T20 final.

The pitch had good pace

and bounce but it also had

some purchase for the spinners

as leg-spinner Adil

Rashid, who claimed one for

23 in four overs, was fantastic

as he did not give a single

boundary in the first three

overs. While he had a good

time with the ball, Dwayne

Bravo (25) struggled to get

going in the middle overs

save the six off Rashid before

being out playing a horrible

shot. The partnership for the

fourth wicket was of 75 runs

but West Indies were still in

trouble at 86 for four. The

turning point was the 15th

over bowled by the normally

disciplined Liam Plunkett

which yielded 18 runs

as Samuels finally gave the

charge hitting him for two

sixes off full length deliveries

apart from a boundary

as West Indies for the first

time raised visions of victory.

However, he lost the dangerous

Andre Russell (1) in the

next over when Stokes took

his third catch and Willey got

his second wicket. It became

107 for six as Darren Sammy’s

(2) horrible tournament

came to an end with an atrocious

shot. But Brathwaite

let Samuels set the stage for

him before he finished the

final leg of the chase with

utter disdain leaving the Englishmen

horrified, with four

back to back sixes. Earlier,

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West Indies bowlers affected

a middle-order collapse to restrict

England to a decent 155

for nine despite Joe Root’s

splendid half-century after

Sammy won the toss.

It was leg-spinner Samuel

Badree, who inflicted the

initial damage as he claimed

two for 16 in four overs with

the new ball while Dwayne

Bravo (3-37) and Carlos

Brathwaite (3-23) kept chipping

away at the wickets

while triggering a collapse

during the back-10. The last

five overs produced a meagre

40 runs.

Just when Root (54 in 36

balls) along with Jos Buttler

(36), looked set for an

imposing total, Bravo and

Brathwaite wreaked havoc.

England were cruising 84

for 3 in 11.1 overs with Root

and Buttler having added 61

runs already but were soon

reduced to 111 for 7, losing

four wickets for 27 runs within

next the three overs.

Before the collapse occured,

the boundaries were

flowing at that time when

Brathwaite dismissed Buttler.

The batsman tried to

pull the bowler only to be

Man of the Match

Marlon Samuels

caught by Bravo at deep

midwicket. Ben Stokes (13)

and Root, who had hit seven

crisp boundaries, had added

26 runs together when Bravo

bowled a sharp boouncer to

get rid of the former.

Moeen Ali (0), who has

perennial problem with short

ball tried to tuck one fired in

his rib cage to Denesh Ramdin

but was caught down

the leg side. Root, who was

getting edgy then, played an

uncharacteristic lap shot to be

caught at short fine-leg as England

never recovered from

the blows. England though

benefitted from David Willey’s

cameo of 14-ball 21

which helped them get past

the 150-run mark.

Already charged up after

their women’s team’s win,

the West Indies set the ball

rolling as Badree bowled

a perfect top spinner that

breached Jason Roy’s defences

in the very first over.

There was more in store

for the rampaging Windies

when Russell’s sloppy bowling

waiting to be dispatched

by Alex Hales (1) found

Badree at short fine leg. West

Indies had their gameplan

straight against the spinwary

Englishmen by sticking

to Badree up front and

the leg-spinner bowled a rare

wicket maiden in his third

over, getting the key wicket

of captain Eoin Morgan.

Continuing his lean patch

with the bat, the English

skipper was deceived by a

googly and England was staring

at doom at 23 for three in

the fifth over. Desperately

needing a partnership, England

found Butler to repair

the damage with Root.

On a track that looked

batting friendly with little in

it for the spinners, the duo

cleverly rotated the strikes

with the odd four or six in

between to step up their runrate.

Buttler was not there to

be bogged down by the Windies

and exploded against

Benn in the 11th over with

two clean hits soaring into

the crowd.

But just as England

looked to roll on there was

another breakthrough for the

Windies in the form of the

big-hitting Buttler who was

caught at deep midwicket.

For England’s bowling unit,

the hero certainly would leftarm

seamer David Willey,

who had phenomenal figures

of three for 20 in four overs

with an astounding 13 dot

balls as he increased pressure

on the Caribbean batsmen before

Stokes frittered it away.

Eoin Morgan took a calculative

risk introducing

part-time off-spinner Root in

the second over and it turned

out to be a masterstroke.

Root snuffed out Chris Gayle

(4) and Johnson Charles

(0), both trying to hit a six

and caught by Ben Stokes

in the deep. From five for

two it became 11 for three

as last game’s ‘Man of The

Match’ Lendl Simmons (0)

was caught plumb in-front by

Willey. In the final over of the

Powerplay, Marlon Samuels

(27) spanked three boundaries

off Chris Jordan to take

the score to 37.

He had a close shave

when he edged one off Liam

Plunkett to Buttler which

Rod Tucker had given out.

But replays showed that the

England wicketkeeper did

not take the catch cleanly and

the batsman got a reprieve.

(The Daily Herald).


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Asot Michael stands behind the amendments to the CIP Act

Joanna Paris

Tourism, Investment and Energy

Minister, the Hon. Asot Michael, commended

Prime Minister, the Hon. Gaston

Browne, for his vision in making

necessary amendments to the Antigua

and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

Act.

During his contribution to the debate

on the bill in the Lower House

of Parliament last week, Minister Michael,

pointed out that the government

of Antigua and Barbuda takes the CIP

program “very seriously”.

He defended the Prime Minister’s

decision to change the requirements

for the establishment of a board and instead

put the operations of the program

Tourism, Investment and Energy Minister,

the Hon. Asot Michael

under the capable and watchful eyes of

the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

Minister Michael too joined his

colleagues and chided members of the

Chairperson of the Wellness

Committee within the

Ministry of Health and the

Environment Valarie Williams

is appealing to members

of the public to use information

available from the

upcoming Diabetes Fiesta to

assist them in taking better

care of their health.

The event organized by

the Ministry of Health and

the Environment is slated to

take place at King George V

Grounds on April 7 th , World

Health Day which will be

held under the theme, “Halt

the Rise, Beat Diabetes.”

Although the regular

health screening exercises

will be conducted, the main

highlight of the activity will

be the ‘Care of the Diabetic

Foot.”

Williams lauded the organizations,

social partners

and the business community

who have lend their support

to this important activity.

She said the focus of

Diabetes during this year’s

World Health Day celebrations

is very timely.

“The focus this year will

be on diabetes because globally

there is a rapid increase

in the number of persons

who are developing the disease

and the World Health

Organization (WHO), the

United Nations and the Pan

American Health Organization

have placed the emphasis

this year on diabetes

and so we in Antigua will

be celebrating the occasion

with a grand Diabetes Fiesta

at King George V Grounds

on April 7th,” Williams said.

She added that the effects

of the disease on the limbs,

especially the legs will be in

sharp focus.

“Although it will be all

about diabetes in general,

we are going to pay particular

attention and focus a

lot on diabetic foot care because

we are having dozens

of cases where people develop

diabetic foot ulcers, leg

amputations, amputations of

the toes etc. and so our focus

really will be on the foot and

preventing those things from

happening”, she added.

Nurse Williams outlined

a number of initiatives and

steps that persons can take to

help fight diabetes.

“Early screening is very

important, early screening

saves lives and so we are

urging people to come out

and be screened so that they

United Progressive Party (UPP) for

“their very irresponsible statements

that all the applications under the program

could be illegal”, in the absence

of “a board”.

He said that the statements are

“damaging the credibility and the integrity

that the Gaston Browne led administration

has fought so hard to build

and develop over the last 20 months”.

In his regard, he gave kudos to the

Prime Minister for making the “bold”

decision to ensure that members of

cabinet were also integrally involved in

the process and voiced his full support

for the amendments to the Antigua and

Barbuda Citizenship By Investment

Bill. The bill was later passed.

Health officials appeal for public to use

information from Diabetes Fiesta wisely

can know their status because

people who smoke,

consume great portions of

alcohol, or eat unhealthy

diets and even individuals

who are not physically active,

have a great risk factor

of developing diabetes and

even obesity so it is important

to know one’s status”

Nurse Williams stated.

Reports indicate that

WHO forecasts a twenty

percent (20%) increase in

diabetes universally by the

year 2030.

However Nurse Williams

assured that continuous

awareness and educational

campaigns will remain at the

forefront so that the population

can be better able to

monitor and control their

situation and make wise and

healthier choices.


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Car rental owner drops charges against accused thief

Alecia Mc Pherson

Otis Roberts aged 45 of Bolans Village

charged for larceny, appeared at the

District ‘B’ Court on March 30, to answer

the charges.

Vernon Lake, the owner of Vernon’s

Taxi and Car Rentals located in Freetown

Village, on February 10, 2016 made a report

to the Bolans Police Station after it

was discovered that one of his rental cars,

a Toyota Vitz R797, had all four wheels

removed and its right quarter panel glass

broken.

Alecia Mc Pherson

Kashiff Collins aged 24 of

Hatton once again appeared

before Chief Magistrate

Walsh at the St. John’s Magistrate

Court to answer to a

charge of larceny.

On his previous appearance

in court on March 28,

Collins maintained his innocence

in the matter; however

the prosecutor stated suspicion

that Collins may not be

forthcoming to the court, Collins

was therefore remanded

to HMP to return to court on

31 of March when a customer

is expected to appear in court

to give their statement in this

matter.

Brandon Christian of All

Saints Village made a report

after his Samsung Galaxy

S4 cellular phone was given

away to someone after he

took it to be sold at Superman

Unlocking located on Redcliffe

Street where the defendant

was employed.

Reports are that on February

25 th 2016 the complainant

took the phone valued

$900EC to be sold at the

Redcliffe Street Store and

the phone was placed in the

showcase by the proprietor.

On March 4 th the complainant

was informed by the

proprietor that the phone was

All wheels along with 18 wheel nuts

were reportedly valued $4,084.01.

On March 28 th , 2016 the accused

Roberts was arrested on suspicion of

committing the unlawful act; for further

investigations the accused beige Toyota

Vitz car A43978 was also seized by Police

and taken to the Bolans Police Station.

Reports are that Lake positively

identified the wheels on the accused car

A43978 to be the very ones stolen from

his rental car. As a result Roberts was arrested

and charged with larceny.

In court, Lake took to the box stating

that he no longer wishes to proceed with

the matter. He did not give any explanation

as to this decision.

As normal procedure the Magistrate

questioned if he had been threatened or

his life in any such danger to proceed

with the matter, to which Vernon responded

no, and that he’s doing this of

his own free will.

The charges were therefore withdrawn

against Roberts.

Collins returns to court on larceny charge, found guilty

Roberts sentenced to 14 months at HMP for house breaking

Alecia Mc Pherson

Terrance Roberts alias “Funk” aged 38 of

Grays Farm, charged with breaking and larceny,

appeared before Magistrate Emmanuel

at the District B Court to answer the charge.

It is reported that on December 19, 2015 at

about 12:30am, the complainant in this matter

Zenroy Athill aged 62, secured his Horsford

Hill Liberta residence before resigning to bed.

Reports are that about 1:45 am the complainant

went to his study room where he

came face to face with an unknown intruder.

A struggle ensued between the two men

during which the intruder was wounded over

his left eye.

Roberts allegedly managed to getaway

from the fight by jumping through an eastern

living room window of the two flat home to

flee the scene, but not before being marked by

the occupant of the lower flat who repeatedly

shouted after him “Funk” as he was making

his escape.

Roberts was subsequently picked up by

Officers for questioning after a report of the

incident was made to the Liberta Police Station.

Reports are that the he admitted to Police

of committing the unlawful act and was

therefore arrested and charged.

Roberts who is known to the court on previous

offences, pleaded guilty to this charge.

He was convicted and sentenced to fourteen

months at HMP.

stolen.

However upon viewing

the security camera footage

the defendant was seen removing

the phone from the

showcase and placing it in his

pocket.

He was arrested and

charged for larceny but pleaded

not guilty to the charge. He

told the court that he did not

steal the phone but that another

customer had brought

the same model phone to be

repaired and he gave her the

complainant’s phone by mistake.

In court, that customer

Cherece Primo gave sworn

statement saying she also

took her Samsung Galaxy S4

phone valued $2,500EC to be

repaired of a cracked screen.

She gave Collins a deposit of

$200 who then said her phone

would be ready in a couple of

weeks.

However several weeks

later after many frustrated visits

and phone calls to the business

place, Collins brought

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Monday 4th April 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 7

Local writer to be included in Commonwealth publication

Antigua and Barbuda’s

most published poet/writer,

Joy Lawrence, was selected

by the Commonwealth Secretariat

to have her work included

in an anthology entitled “A

River of Stories”. The anthologist

selected one writer/poet

from each of the 53 Commonwealth

States for inclusion

in the fourth edition of

a publication; and, the poetry

of Antigua and Barbuda’s Joy

Lawrence was chosen to be

included in the recently-published

anthology.

The 53 poems and short

stories in the anthology are

divided into eight categories.

Wind and Weather, Birds of

a Feather, Between Earth

and Sky, Winging It, Up Up

and Away, Heavens Above,

In Their Element, and Moon

Landings are the eight categories;

the poems and short

stories were selected from

among the best, coming from

Singapore, the United Kingdom,

Lesotho, Trinidad, Ghana,

Australia and others. In

fact, one piece was included

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what she thought was her phone to her place of work stating

“you see I have your phone now it’s all brand new”. She stated

however that upon turning on the phone AT&T was displayed

on the screen rather than her usual Verizon display, she knew it

wasn’t hers. After continued ups and downs with Collins she

received a call on March 12 from Police in connection with a

stolen Samsung Galaxy S4 belonging to Brandon Christopher.

This time Collins pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted

and fined $900 to be paid forthwith. In default of payment

Collins will serve six months at HMP. The court heard

that to this day Primo is yet to get back her phone, however

feeling sympathetic she said she does not wish to press charges.

Brandon Christopher had his phone returned to him by Police.

from every Commonwealth

state.

Joy Lawrence’s poem, entitled:

The Whirlwind is followed

by a short story from

Tanzania entitled: Hardship

Rewarded. The diversity of

poetry and short stories in the

publication, from writers who

hail from all 53 Commonwealth

states, is a monumental

task; it reflects the cultures

and interests of thinkers and

writers of the Commonwealth

of Nations.

The anthology commences

with thanks to the generosity

of those citizens who—in

1886, or 130 years ago—contributed

the resources that

enable the Commonwealth

Education Trust to continue

to work for the benefit of education.

This anthology was published

in London less than one

month ago and has been made

available, through sale on the

Commonwealth website, for

£13 pounds sterling.

Joy Lawrence—who has

published six books of history,

short stories, poetry and

cultural expressions—is an

accomplished educator, poet

and writer; she has sold more

books in Antigua and Barbuda

than any other Antigua

and Barbuda writer. She has

represented Antigua and Barbuda

abroad on more than one

occasion.

Joy Lawrence once taught

at the Secondary School level,

and at the Antigua State College.

She is currently involved

in planning for the Bethesda

reunion, scheduled for August

2016, while she completes her

seventh book on The Point,

another village in Antigua.

Her re-published work entitled:

The Way We Talk has just

been released, and a launching

date is being contemplated

later this month. More copies

of that publication have been

sold than any of Joy Lawrence’s

other works.

Prime Minister Gaston

Browne has expressed his

congratulations to Joy Lawrence

for recognition of the

superiority of her work internationally,

and encourages

others to emulate this writer/

poet in capturing the magnificent

history and culture of

Antigua and Barbuda for the

benefit of the youth, future

generations of nationals, and

for the world at large.


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Monday 4th April 2016

MP Massiah advocates for meaningful

debate in the Lower House

Joanna Paris

Member of Parliament for the All

Saints East and St. Luke Constituency,

the Hon. Joanne Massiah called on her

fellow parliamentarians to aim to improve

efficiency in respect to their deliberations

in the Lower House.

Massiah’s comments came about after

there were some level of contention

during last week’s sitting of the Parliament

with particular reference to the debate

on the amendments to the Antigua

and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

Act.

Most of the dispute arose from accusations

by the Leader of the Opposition,

the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, who suggested

that the operations of the CIP program

have been illegal, since there has

been no board in place as he indicated is

stipulated by the act.

Members of the government, particularly

the Attorney General, the Hon.

Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, however,

highlighted the fact that there “is no

necessity for a board, since the Prime

Minister and his cabinet will oversee the

operations of the important program”.

During her contribution to the debate,

MP Massiah voiced her support

for an earlier call by the Speaker of the

Everton Barnes

The Antigua Conference

of the Moravian Church is

holding a series of special

services to mark the 260

anniversary of the church’s

work and mission in Antigua.

Chairman of the Provincial

Elders Conference of the

Eastern West Indies Province,

Rev. Dr. Cortroy Jarvis,

House, Sir Gerald Watt, QC, shortly after

the 2014 General Elections, for there

to be an establishment of a joint caucus.

“When we are coming to the Parliament

with amendments to legislation

that is contentious, that we do pull together

some sort of joint caucus so that

when parliament is convened, we can

come here not just to pass without discussion

but to sort of minimize some of

the contentious or perceived contentious

aspects of the bill”, explained the poised

Massiah.

She went further to suggests that it

is the view of members of the public

that this would eliminate some of the

“showmanship” that is often displayed

in the House, which also takes up time

that could be better spent on debating the

bill.

“I believe that our charge as leaders

broadly speaking, is really to advance

the country’s development and to ensure

the deliberate advancement of the people

of Antigua and Barbuda as we seek

to improve their lives”, she added.

Massiah also took the time and called

on persons to be responsible for their actions

and always remember to put the

country of Antigua and Barbuda first.

Her comments, perhaps, were aimed

describes the 260 th anniversary

as ‘an occasion for tremendous

celebration of the many

accomplishments and milestones

by the church’ over

these many years.

He told CT that when

Samuel and Molly Isles, the

first two Moravian missionaries,

arrived in Antigua back

on April 1, 1756, they came

on behalf of the Moravian

Missionaries Movement

from St Thomas, where they

were serving at the time.

“They were specifically

asked to come to Antigua to

mission and they established

the church and held the first

service under the Sandbox

Tree on the Spring Gardens

compound, which is still

Member of Parliament for the All Saints

East and St. Luke Constituency, the Hon.

Joanne Massiah

to put to rest some of the uncertainty that

has been created by recent statements

made by the United Progressive Party’s

Public Relations Officer, Damani Tabor,

suggesting that monies have been stolen

from the proceeds of the CIP.

“All of us have a duty and a responsibility

to speak responsibly in this country

because it is Antigua and Barbuda

that is at stake”, she pointed out.

During his conclusive statements on

the said bill, the nation’s leader, Prime

Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, gave

kudos to MP Massiah for her words of

wisdom and interest in the advanced development

of the twin island state.

Moravians celebrate 260 years in Antigua

alive and well today, as is the

Moravian Church in Antigua,”

he noted.

According to Rev. Jarvis

the church has had its share

of ‘challenges as well as ups

and downs’ but that despite

this the Moravian church remains

a strong and vibrant

denomination serving a Riscont’d

on pg 9


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Preparatory work for pier expansion begins

Everton Barnes

Preliminary work on the expansion

of the pier at Heritage Quay is already

in progress as efforts are being made to

live up to the commitment that the government

gave to have the work completed

by independence.

Executive Director of the St John’s

Development Corporation, Neil Butler,

said engineering work on the project has

commenced on the US$15 million project

that would see a near doubling of the

current length of the pier.

The government has made a commitment

to the Florida Caribbean Cruise

Association and in particular, Royal Caribbean

Cruise Lines, that it will complete

the expansion by early November

to allow for the planned arrival of

the first of the Quantum Class vessels

scheduled for early December.

“There are several preliminary steps

that we have to take in preparation for

the actual expansion work on the project.

These include engineering and other

tests to determine fully the scope of

the work that will be involved,” he explained.

Soon after, he added, the Corporation

will look about issuing tenders for

the work. He disclosed that financing for

the project is already in place.

He noted that the government and

the corporation are anxious to have the

introduction of the Quantum Class of

cruise ships to Antigua as they are the

largest class of ships capable for carrying

up to 7,500 passengers and crews.

The current length of the pier is just

over 150 meters.

The expansion will add another 150

meters and the work will include some

dredging of the harbour, although this

would not be the major focus of the

planned project.

Managing Director of the Antigua

Pier Group, Saiid Greene, said following

the planned expansion of the pier,

there are plans some time later to carry

out a more comprehensive dredging

of the St John’s Harbour to widen the

channel specifically to accommodate

the Quantum Class of vessels. There’s

no timetable as when this will begin.

cont’d from pg 8

en Christ.

“We have survived several

attempts to stamp us out of

existence and yet 260 years

later we are still here by the

grace of the Almighty God!”

he remarked.

He reported that there are

now fifteen congregations

spread across Antigua and

that this has had a significant

impact on the work of the

church, not just in Antigua,

but across the Caribbean.

“One of the great things

is that the church has ‘raised

up’ a tremendous amount of

young men and women who

have come forward to become

pastors.

“The result has been that

most of the Moravian pastors

serving across the Eastern

West Indies Province are Antiguans

and the two Bishops

in the province are both Antiguans,”

he revealed.

Rev. Jarvis described this

development as a cause for

celebration as he noted that

previously the church depended

on foreign missionaries

from the United States,

Germany or England. He said

now the entire staff of the Caribbean

is from the region.

“This is not an accident

when one takes into account

the church’s well-documented

impact on education as

well seek to reach as many

people as possible. We will

continue to our evangelism

and our outreach as we give

thanks for our accomplishments

of the past and look

forward to the work that God

has for us to do for the next

260 years,” he stated.

The special services started

at the Spring Gardens

Church last night and they

will continue tonight and

tomorrow. They are being

held under the theme ‘260

Years and Beyond: Our Faith

Makes Us Strong’. The Rt.

Rev. Dr. Conrad Spencer

(Bishop) is delivering the

messages at the services.

The Moravian Congregations

in Antigua are;

Spring Gardens (St John’s),

Gracehill (Liberta), Gracebay

(Old Road), Enon (Newfield),

Cedar Hall (Jennings),

Lebanon (Sea View Farm),

Five Islands (Five Islands),

Gracefield (Cedar Grove)

Greenbay (Greenbay), Cana

(Swetes), Bethany (Pigotts)

Zion (Potters) Urlings (Urlings)

Judges Hill (Judges

Hill) and Cashew Hill (Cashew

Hill).

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Communique - 15th Meeting of Presidents and

Governors-General of the Caribbean Region

Continued from last issue

OPENING CEREMONY

The Chairman, His Excellency

Sir Rodney Williams

and Her Excellency the Right

Honourable Baroness Scotland

of Asthal, Secretary General

Designate of the Commonwealth

addressed the

Opening Ceremony.

Governor General Sir

Rodney Williams told the

wide cross section of distinguished

Antiguans and Barbudans

attending the ceremony,

to include Prime Minister

the Hon. Gaston A. Browne,

Members of Parliament and

other public and private sector

officials that the Conference

being held under the theme,

“The Commonwealth in a

Changing Caribbean,” was

occurring at a time when the

global landscape is changing,

hence there was the need to

exchange ideas and promote

synergies as to how the Caribbean

can adapt to them.

He noted that the roles of

Heads of State are demanding,

and are not simply related

to honours, instruments of appointments

or independence

or military functions, but

they also include judicial and

legislative functions, social

responsibilities, community

outreach and advisory and

encouraging role to Heads of

Government. He therefore

stated that the Conference is

very significant in charting a

way forward towards greater

collaboration and effectiveness.

The featured speaker was

Secretary-General Designate

of the Commonwealth of

Nations, the Right Honourable

Patricia Scotland QC,

Baroness Scotland of Asthal,

who highlighted the diversity

of the Caribbean and called

for its celebration and not

fear our differences. Baroness

Scotland also pointed to

that coming together in unity

is one of the strengths of the

Caribbean region and pointed

out the successes of CAR-

ICOM, the OECS and the

work of the Caribbean Disaster

Emergency Management

Agency (CDEMA). Baroness

Scotland outlined that the

Caribbean can come together

in celebration but it also needs

to be there in times of crisis,

singling out the existential

threat of climate change that

presents real dangers for the

region and the world.

Baroness Scotland praised

the work of the Caribbean in

being the starting point that

led to the successes in Paris

with nations committing to a

global action plan to put the

world on track to avoid dangerous

climate change by limiting

global warming to well

below 2%. She said that there

is still much more to be done

to include translating commitment

into action and learning

from each other while at the

same time building resilience

and mitigation.

The Commonwealth Secretary

General Designate also

addressed how the region’s

vulnerabilities are assessed by

developed nations and institutions

and quickly pointed out

that GDP cannot be the final

arbiter of how countries are

assessed. She said there was

the need for a conversation

about how the international

and development systems assess

the needs of the region

and others around the world

when they are subject to the

level of vulnerability that is

unrelated to GDP.

She also praised the

uniqueness of the Caribbean

young people, urging that in

order to create wealthy societies,

nations must invest in the

social capital by looking at the

choices and chances available

for all citizens. It was highlighted

that the region cannot

afford to lose the skill, energy,

passion of any of its people,

because there is the need to

build that social capital if long

term health and wealth are to

be assured.

THE CROWN AND

CARIBBEAN REALMS,

THE RELATIONSHIP

The Private Secretary to

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth

II, Sir Christopher Geidt,

KCB, KCVO, OBE delivered

a presentation that highlighted

the relationship between

the Crown and the Caribbean

realms. Sir Christopher

traced the relationship back to

the World Wars and the role

played by Caribbean men and

women.

It was pointed out that

while Caribbean nations became

autonomous and independent,

the relationship

between the region and the

Crown, while it evolved remained

a significant component

of the Commonwealth.

Sir Christopher also stressed

that the Crown now independently

related to the Caribbean,

remains committed

to the service of each jurisdiction

with which it is associated

as a matter of duty and

inclination.

Recognising the right of

the jurisdictions of the region

to choose their final Court of

Appeal, Sir Christopher says

that the Judicial Committee

of the Privy Council which

has a long history of interpreting

laws from many different

countries and territories and

within a wide range of contexts,

will continue to offer

services to the Caribbean for

as long as it is wanted.

To be continued in

the next issue of

Caribbean Times


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Analyst says the CCJ will bring

justice to the ‘common man’

Social commentator Arvel Grant

said he’s looking forward to the people

choosing the Caribbean Court of

Justice (CCJ) over the Privy Council

when they vote on a referendum

scheduled for later this year in Antigua

& Barbuda.

Grant said such a move will be

beneficial to the “common man” seeking

justice.

“My hope is the people of this

country will see the wisdom in having

the CCJ playing its full role in not

only dispute settlements but in terms

of hearing final appeals.

“Poor people or people who are at

risk in terms of their family budget,

will (be) closer to the possibility of

having access to the highest level of

appeal.

“Lots of persons I believe would

like to go forward and appeal rulings

against them but they know they don’t

have the resources,” he said.

He said he hopes the people do not,

by way of vote, put off the inevitable

move.

The CCJ is an itinerant (travelling

court) which goes to every state under

its umbrella to hear cases, in both its

original and appellate jurisdictions.

In recent weeks the Privy Council,

which has been the country’s final appellate

court for decades, signalled the

intention to become a travelling court.

But unlike with the CCJ, the Council

itself said the cost to put up the

judges and for the court to prepare to

have the matter heard outside of England,

would be at the expense of the

nation where the case is to be conducted.

In the absence of the court travelling

out of England, the litigant has to

foot the bill to the UK in addition to

other costs.

Additionally, the Council does not

have a provision for the poor, as is the

case with the CCJ which adjusts the

costs accordingly to assist litigants

who qualify as indigent.

Grant said, “You really have to be

well resourced or to have people who

will help you get something up to the

Privy Council and that cannot be good

enough, it cannot be acceptable in this

day and age…I am hoping a new dispensation

will kick in sooner rather

than later so that everybody will have

equal access or close to equal access

to the full sweep of our judicial process.”

The political analyst said although

the Council should be commended for

the services it provided over the years

and the development of the region’s

jurisprudence, it is time for the CCJ to

be given a chance to expand it more

and help further shape it in keeping

with the region’s cultural practices

and beliefs.

“The (Privy Council) really has

forced the legal practice across the

Caribbean to think in terms of human

rights and civil rights issues when

matters are brought before them and

within the body of commonwealth

common law.

“I believe that once the CCJ becomes

the final court of appeal in it

full and complete jurisdiction, then we

will be adding even more to the body

of Caribbean experience that informs

the wider common law in the Caribbean

system,” he stated.

Grant also indicated that he expects

the consultations ahead of the referendum

will paint the true picture as to

the benefits of having the CCJ versus

staying with the Privy Council.

Arvel Grant

He noted that many of the people

who are rejecting the CCJ out of fear

there could be political interference

with the justices, are not well informed

about the operations of the Court.

He expressed hope they do not go

to the polls and vote against “justice,

“the very thing they cannot afford

right now” with the Council being the

final appellate court.

The National Coordinating Committee,

set up by the government in

recent months, launched an education

campaign on March 10, 2016 to

inform residents about the work and

relevance of the CCJ as government

gears up for the Constitutionally required

referendum to replace the Privy

Council as the final appellate court.

Before the referendum can be done,

a number of changes have to be made

to several laws, to include a Referendum

Bill and the Representation of the

People Act, among others.


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Monday 4th April 2016

Ex-Serviceman who served in Her

Majesty’s Armed Forces laid to rest

Alecia Mc Pherson

Barbudan Ex-serviceman Tyril Beazer,

who served among the Barbuda contingent

of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces in World

War I and World War II, who died at the

age of 93, was laid to rest in Barbuda on

Friday April 1. The funeral service, which

was held at the Holy Trinity Anglican

Church in Barbuda, was presided over by

Officiating Minister Rev.

Judith Archibald was well attended by

a contingent of seven from the Barbuda

Ex-Servicemen Association, a contingent

of from Barbuda, contingent of three from

the Antigua and Barbuda Coast Guard, a

contingent of eight from the Royal Police

Force of Antigua and Barbuda, Superintendent

Alvin Thomas attended on behalf of

Police Commissioner Wendell Robinson,

and Inspector of Police for Division D Clevon

Francis among others.

Beazer along with 18 other Barbudians

served amongst the 15,000 Caribbean Islands

contingent in World War I from 1914

to 1918 and also amongst the over 26,000

West Indians in uniform who served in

World War II 1939 to 1945 thus enabled

the Commonwealth

to contribute to the

defeat of Nazism.

Not all Caribbean

servicemen saw

active duty; most

were able to provided

tanks, aircraft and

mobile canteens to feed those in the United

Kingdom who suffered tremendously

during the Blitz by the Germans. They

were also able to provide agricultural and

engineering expertise to contribute to the

war effort, facilitating the feeding of UK

residence and the maintenance preservation

of the munitions factories.

Antigua and Barbudians upon returning

from serving in the war established including

The Antigua and Barbuda Ex-Servicemen

Association which was established in

2004 and still present.

The nineteen Barbudian contingent

who served in Her Majesties Arm Forces

to Word War I and II along with Tyril

Beazer were Johnny Beazer, Oscar Beazer,

Norman Beazer, Mascal Beazer, Cornwall

Beazer, Kenneth Bailey, Holban Cephas,

Norris Deazle, Morris Harris, Eugene Harris,

George Joseph, Rolston Jeffery, Mc

Pherson Jeffery, Emanuel Lewis, Stanford

Nedd, Gladston Shaw, Standley Allexander

Thomas, William Thomas, Valaster

George, Withfield Harris and Willard

Walker. Two are still alive today Mascal

Beazer aged 96 still resides in Barbuda and

Cornwall Beazer aged 94 currently resides

in New York.

Beazer is survived by his wife Enid

Beazer and eight children Keith, Daphne,

Myrna, Valarie, Avery, Yvonne, Leno and

Tyrone who were all present at the service.


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Monday 4th April 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 17

US Coast Guard rescues 14 Dominicans from boat

SANTO DOMINGO - Fourteen undocumented

Dominican boatpeople were

returned to the country Friday by the U.S.

Coast Guard, after being rescued from a

disabled boat, while on their way to the

U.S.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard,

the agents rescued the immigrants from a

23-foot boat in the Mona Passage, off the

coast of Aguada, Puerto Rico, Wednesday

night. There were 20, including one

minor, four females and 16 males.

The report said the authorities in

PORT AU PRINCE

- Hundreds of protesters

marched in Haiti’s capital on

Friday to demand justice following

the brutal killings of

three deaf women who were

tortured, stoned and left in a

gully by attackers.

Mickelson Jean, leader of

a Haitian association for the

deaf, was one of roughly 300

people who marched in Portau-Prince

to call attention

to the recent slayings. The

PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidad and Tobago

has established a registry for sex offenders,

but National Security Minister Edmund Dillon

said it would only be available to the

police. Dillon told legislators Friday that the

registry was established on December 22

last year by the Trinidad and Tobago Police

Service (TTPS).

“This electronic registry is intended to

maintain a report of the particulars of sex

offenders who have been mandated by the

court to give notification. This information

will be maintained in a registry to be accessed

by authorised officers and investigators

in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

only,” he told Parliament.

Puerto Rico received a cellular phone call

from the disabled vessel alerting them

of the ongoing distress. The crew of the

MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Air

Station Borinquen found the boat.

There were 17 boatpeople from the

Dominican Republic and three from India.

The U.S. Coast Guard said three Dominican

men were not returned because

this was not their first journey.

They face charges in Puerto Rico for

attempting illegal re-entry into the U.S.

The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon

women lived in the coastal

village of Leveque where

scores of homes are reserved

for deaf people and their

families.

“These murders are an

act of absolute barbarism

and we must have justice,”

Jean said.

The three women were

killed as they were trying to

return home by foot late at

night because a bridge had

collapsed, preventing public

transport from Haiti’s capital.

They all worked as street

vendors and went into Portau-Prince

that day to stock

up on supplies.

Jentullon Joel, the police

commissioner in Cabaret

near where the killings took

place two weeks ago, said

arrest warrants have since

been issued for two men, and

three women are being held

for questioning.

Joel said that one of the

T&T establishes a sex offender’s registry

He said the police were now engaged

in a training and sensitisation exercise with

respect to operation of the registry and accessibility

to it, as well as restructuring staff

requirements to facilitate its requirement.

“Full implementation of the sex offender’s

registry and the accompanying station

sex offender registry across all nine police

divisions will be implemented by June

2016.”

Dillion said he did not believe that it

would be better to have public access to

facilitate the protection of children, saying

“I believe it is designed for police information

only and not for the public”. (Dominica

News Online).

repatriated the remaining 14 Dominicans

to the Dominican Republic during an atsea

transfer of the migrants to a Dominican

Navy patrol vessel Friday just south

of La Romana. (Dominican Today).

​Haiti protest demands justice for three slain deaf women

female suspects told investigators

that her husband

killed the deaf women because

he feared they were

“lougawou,” a Haitian Creole

word for vicious supernatural

creatures who fly at

night. But Nicole Phillips, a

lawyer representing the victims’

families, believes that

story is “a false defense to try

and justify a heinous crime.”

Mob violence is common

in Haiti and experts say there

is a widespread acceptance

of the killing of perceived

evil-doers. Phillips alleged

that one of the victims was

known by members of the

family who attacked the deaf

women. “They only came to

this house late at night and

asked for shelter because one

of the victims knew them,”

she said. Phillips, an attorney

with the Institute for Justice

and Democracy in Haiti, is

hopeful that the case can

shine a spotlight on the vulnerability

of disabled Haitians

and the obstacles to justice

they face. (CBS News).


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Scores of bodies reportedly found in mass grave

PALMYRA - Syrian engineering

teams and popular

defense groups uncovered a

mass grave in a neighborhood

in the newly recaptured ancient

city of Palmyra, Syria’s

state-news agency reported

Friday. The remains of about

40 people, 23 of them women

and children, were found in

the graves.

SANA news agency reported

they were killed by

Islamic State militants and

said some of the bodies were

beheaded and bore signs of

torture. Syrian army experts

detonated hundreds of mines

they say were planted by the

Islamic State before they were

forced out of Palmyra last

Sunday, according to the Associated

Press.

Reporters were able to

tour the archaeological gem

that had attracted tens of thousands

of tourists every year

before the Islamic State captured

the city and destroyed

most of its Christian artifacts.

While, some parts of the site,

including the Roman-era

grand colonnades and amphitheater

appeared relatively

untouched, the damage every

else was very much visible.

The Temple of Baalshamin

and parts of the Temple

of Bel, one of the best-preserved

Roman-era sites, are

also destroyed. The town was

completely deserted Friday,

except for Syrian army soldiers

working on dismantling

Suspected MH370 debris found on beach

PORT LOUIS - A piece of debris

thought to be from the Malaysian

airliner that went missing more than

two years ago over the Indian Ocean

has been found in the island nation

of Mauritius. The debris suspected

to be from Malaysia Airlines Flight

370, which vanished in March 2014

with 239 people on board, was found

Thursday on the coast of Rodrigues

Island, an employee of the Mourouk

Ebony Hotel, where the debris was

stored for safekeeping, told CNN.

Jean Josie Milazare said two hotel

guests, Jean Dominique and Suzy

Vitry, from La Reunion, found a piece

of debris on the beach. Milazare said

police now have the debris. Malaysian

authorities expected to lead the

investigation Mauritius, a volcanic

island nation in the Indian Ocean that

is a bit over 10 times the size of Washington,

D.C., is known for its beaches,

lagoons and reefs. It lies about 700

miles east of Madagascar, in the Indian

Ocean.

Debris thought to be from MH370

was found on Reunion, an island

southwest of Mauritius, last July. And

another piece of debris thought to be

from the missing airliner was found

on a sandbar off Mozambique in February.

Dan O’Malley, a spokesman

for the Australian Transport Safety

Bureau, said Australian authorities

were aware of the debris found on

Rodrigues Island, but he expected

Malaysian authorities to take the lead

in the investigation. (CNN).

explosives and visiting journalists.

The town is completely

deserted; its remaining residents

had fled as the Syrian

army’s offensive against ISIS

began last month. At the entrance

to the Roman amphitheater,

where the Islamic

State filmed children shooting

captive Syrian soldiers in the

head, black graffiti is sprayed

on a stone wall.

A Syrian officer told reporters

that more than 3,000

mines have so far been

dismantled. “They booby-trapped

everything, trees,

doors, animals,” he said,

speaking of the militants. Russian

sappers have arrived in

Syria to help the Syrian army

clear mines in and around the

town. (Fox News).

Vanuatu hit by 6.9

magnitude earthquake

PORT VILA - A strong earthquake has

struck off the south Pacific island of Vanuatu,

but authorities said any threat of tsunamis had

mostly passed, and there were no immediate reports

of injuries or damage. The magnitude-6.9

quake struck 50 miles (80km) north of the town

of Port Olry and 253 miles north of Vanuatu’s

capital, Port Vila, according to the US Geological

Survey. It had a depth of 22 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially

said “hazardous tsunami waves” were possible

for coasts located within 186 miles (300km)

of the quake’s epicentre. But shortly afterwards

it said the tsunami threat” had mostly passed”.

Vanuatu sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic

faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes

are common. The island is also prone to

volcanoes and cyclones, and has been ranked

by the United Nations University as the world’s

most at-risk country for natural disasters. (The

Guardian).


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Friday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Passport stamps

6. Confront

10. Angel’s aura

14. ____ setter

15. Gone

16. Smack

17. Chip dip

18. Apologetic

20. Goes inside

22. Mete (out)

23. Frozen water

24. Fabric joint

26. Spring holiday

28. Coloring agents

31. Sailboat race

34. Fisherman’s pole

35. Peaceful protest (hyph.)

36. Marry clandestinely

40. Highly skilled

42. Mouse’s kin

43. Stem

44. Craze

45. Small bay

47. Gardening tool

48. Voted in

50. Loony

51. Inferior

54. Stir up

56. Brat

57. Stocking mishap

60. Threw

64. Dispersed

67. Range

68. Williams and Kennedy

69. Plant’s beginning

70. Actress ____ Barkin

71. Trickle

72. Accept

73. Prophets

Down

1. Clamp

2. Islamic nation

3. Fine sand

4. Evaluate

5. Use jointly

6. Distant

7. Stunned

8. Guitarist’s aid

9. Shoelace hole

10. Truman’s monogram

11. Expect

12. Spear

13. Aquatic animal

19. Most tidy

21. Indian attire

25. ____ system

27. Pepper’s partner

28. Pharmacy measure

29. Jedi master

30. Biblical locale

32. Huge person

33. Moose’s horn

35. Most trite

37. Honolulu’s island

38. Plan

39. Scrapes by

41. Slapstick items

46. Prepare copy

49. Author ____ Hemingway

50. Cuddle

51. Shopping aids

52. TV host

53. Gardener’s tool

55. Misplaces

58. District

59. Nerd

61. Flounder’s kin

62. Perpetually

63. Bears’ lairs

65. 1/3 TBSP

66. Ike’s inits.


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Monday 4th April 2016

Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

A few showers in the morning with

bright sunshine in the afternoon.

High - 82ºF/28ºC

Low - 75ºF/ 24ºC

Wind: East 12 mph

Sunrise 6.00 am; Sunset 6.21 pm

Friday’s Crossword Solution

HOROSCOPE

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Those who are in tune with the

nuances are few and far between

today. Mostly people are

immersed in their own stories

but will nonetheless help with

yours when you send clear signals

about what you’re looking

for.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

The Jimmy Buffet song is titled

“If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s

Me.” That sums up how you

feel about a certain someone.

The kindest, most mature thing

to do is to ignore and ignore

with a vengeance.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

The paths you tread often stay

nice and clear for you, while

the ones you don’t go down

anymore will grow over with

weeds and brush until, one day,

you can’t even see where the

path is anymore.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

The venue won’t matter as

much as the company you keep

there. Who are your best playmates?

You are better off surrounding

yourself with those

who bring you healthy pleasure.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

You’ll be the first to respond

to exciting new developments.

You’ll give your attention, and

others will follow. You’ll be a

thought leader and inspire others

to act.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

You’re not sure if you’re early

or late to the scene. You would

love the advice of someone

who can see beyond your time.

That’s why it will be important

to ask the elders and the youth

what they see in your position.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.

21). The one who has wooed

you and won you with past

works will have another hit

with you today. Because you

continue to put yourself in the

path of inspiration, you’ll soon

be the cause of it for someone

else.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). Just when the sameness of

a situation is starting to make

people sleepy, you’ll wake them

up by bringing something special

to the moment. It’s like it’s

in your DNA to delight people.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re

the pace setter in your crowd.

Whatever you start off with,

they will follow your lead. The

questions to answer before you

begin: What is your destination?

And what time would you

like to arrive there together?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Maybe you’re not exactly

where you want to be, but there

are still definite advantages to

your position. Knowing what

they are and playing them with

courage will move you toward

your goal.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18).

It’s not hard to know what the

right thing to do is: You simply

feel it and you respond.

It doesn’t even take courage.

Looking back on this day you’ll

be amazed at how effortlessly

you surmounted the obstacles.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

If you feel you must justify your

position, there’s something

wrong. Are you perhaps around

people who don’t understand or

support you but are still more

than willing to use your offerings

for their own purposes?


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Saint Lucia wins Jean Pierre Netball opener

CASTRIES - Saint Lucia opened

the 2016 Caribbean Netball Association

Jean Pierre Under-16 Tournament

with a come-from-behind victory

against Windward Islands neighbours,

Commonwealth of Dominica, on Saturday

night at the Netball Stadium in

Waterford, Barbados.

The opening evening of the eightteam

tournament, the 16th edition of

this age group championship, saw big

wins for the two most recent champions,

home team Barbados winning 38-

17 over Grenada, and 10-time victors

Jamaica getting the 48-8 decision over

Antigua and Barbuda.

Betwixt those two was the clash

of the Francophone neighbours, and

Dominica started the brighter. After the

first period, the young ladies from the

Nature Isle led 7-3, and they opened

their advantage to 14-7 at the half, before

Saint Lucia narrowed the margin

to 19-13 after three quarters.

Novak Djokovic beat

Kei Nishikori in straight

sets to win the Miami Open

for a record-equalling sixth

time. The world number

one matched Andre Agassi’s

Miami tally with a 6-3 6-3

triumph in one hour and 26

minutes. Djokovic, 28, also

moves ahead of Rafael Nadal

with a record 28 Masters

tournament wins in his career.

“It’s quite amazing,” said

the Serb. “I’m very thrilled

about it and hopefully I

can make many more records.”

He also becomes the

first man to win the Indian

Wells-Miami double three

In the fourth quarter, though, Saint

Lucia outscored Dominica 10-3 to pull

out a one-goal triumph, 23-22. The

coaching team leaned on their seasoned

players, and though Kiana Nelson

struggled with just four goals from 14

attempts, Merkissa Theodule was 8-16,

and Megan Nestor an excellent 11-14.

Novak Djokovic

years in a row, and surpasses

Roger Federer as the ATP’s

leading prize money winner

on $98.2m (£69m).

Japan’s Nishikori broke

serve in the opening game

Saint Lucia’s Sunday opponents,

Bermuda, took a big scalp in beating

Trinidad and Tobago 24-13. The match

gets underway from 6:30, as one of

these two teams is set to record a first

loss, whilst the other will get its second

win. The tournament runs until next

Saturday. (St Lucia News Online).

Novak Djokovic wins sixth Miami Open title

but was broken straight

back, and after a scrappy

start to the match Djokovic

took charge from 4-3. He

won four games in a row to

move a break up in the second

set and broke for a fifth

time to win the match. “I

thought he started very well,

breaking my serve in the first

game and coming up with

some aggressive play,” said

Djokovic.

“I needed to answer right

back, which I did in the following

game - that helped

me mentally.” Nishikori,

26, said: “It’s tough to find

his weakness, honestly. The

biggest thing is he has great

defence and it’s tough to

open up the space. “I had a

couple of strategies before

the match, but I don’t think I

did them well enough to beat

him today.” (BBC).


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cont’d from pg 24

celebration after completing

the second run, chasing down

their highest total in the format

as the celebrations ensued

in typical Calypso style

with embracing and dancing

signalling a new reign in

women’s cricket.

It was an endearing sight

as the West Indian men’s

team, who were due to play

England shortly after, ran

into the middle to congratulate

and celebrate briefly with

the women.

Earlier, Alyssa Healy

couldn’t cash in on a splendid

batting track like her

teammates did after handing

an easy caught and bowled

chance for 4 in the second

over to Matthews.

Meg Lanning and Villani

put up a stellar display of batting

in a 77-run stand for the

second wicket after Australia

opted to bat.

The nerves in the West

Indian camp were palpable

in the first few overs as they

bowled too many full tosses

and poor deliveries in addition

to conceding easy singles

with fumbles that Australia

obligingly accepted.

Villani smashed Deandra

Dottin for 17 runs in the sixth

over as Australia raced away

to 54 for 1 after the powerplay

with West Indies pushed

onto the back foot.

Earmarked for her clean

hitting and exceptional timing,

Villani fit the billing

appositely as she scored 52

off 37 deliveries, playing the

role of the aggressor in the

partnership, scoring 41 runs

off 30 balls, while Lanning

faced 30 balls for 29. Australia

wheeled away scoring

at least one boundary ever

over until the eighth over

setting the platform for an

intimidating total. Lanning

and Villani’s placement was

brilliant as they dissected the

fielders with precision to find

the cover boundaries.

Villani brought up her 50

off 34 balls but was duped by

a wily Dottin three balls later

by a slower delivery which

she hit straight to Taylor at

cover who took a good catch.

Lanning recognised the need

to be the aggressor after Villani’s

departure and smashed

Dottin for three successive

boundaries.

She brought up her third

half-century of the tournament.

Perry played a handy

cameo of 28 off 23 that included

two sixes as Australia

were charging towards the

150-run mark. However, a

great last over from Dottin

that had just one run scored

off it and two wickets kept

them to 148 for 5.

West Indies beating Australia

in the final bodes well

for Women’s cricket as a

whole given that the honours

were so far shared only between

England and Australia.

With 13 games this women’s

tournament being televised,

it was already a boost for

the women’s game, but with

West Indies winning it, it was

a giant leap. (Cricbuzz.com).


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Bromsgrove School ends Antigua tour on high note

By Vanroy Burnes

The Bromsgrove English School

team ended their 10-day tour to Antigua

on a high note after beating a Combined

Schools team by 176 runs.

Playing at the Sir Vivian Richards

Stadium last Friday, in a 40 overs aside

match against a combined Clare Hall

Secondary School, Antigua Grammar

School and the St. Joseph’s Academy,

it was easy sailing for the touring team.

Batting first, Bromsgrove amassed

308 for 7 off their 40 overs with Henry

Moberly hitting 102 in the only century

of the tour, Juyhar Johal 32, James

By Vanroy Burnes

Antigua and Barbuda’s

Football Technical Director/

Head Coach Rolston ‘Debu’

Williams is demanding more

from his senior players in the

team.

The call came after the

National team beat Aruba

two goals to one and lost to

arch-rivals St. Kitts by a goal

to nil in the Benna Boys’ two

matches in the Caribbean

Football Union (CFU) Caribbean

Cup first round.

Although the Benna Boys

have made it to the next

round, Technical Director

Williams is calling for more

output from his senior players.

Williams named Striker

Peter “Big-Pete” Byers and

Midfielder Tomarley “Ziggy”

Thomas.

According to Williams,

Byers is a big-name player

Kinder 43 and Ben Herridge 45.

Vishal Gobin of the Combined

Schools had 2 for 55 and Jules Cornelius

had 3 for 59. In reply, the Combined

Schools were all out for 132 in

26.4 overs. Xavier Marshall hit 35, Tomone

Thomas 26 and Vishal Gobin 32.

Francis smashes 400m

in season opener

By Carlena Knight

Sportsman of the year and the 200m record holder, Miguel

Francis has smashed the 400m race in the UWI Invitational

meet at the Usain Bolt Stadium.

Francis, in his season opener, won the 400m race improving

on his personal best of 47.40sec to 46.85 sec.

The young sprinter, who has already qualified for the

2016 Rio Olympics, looks to improve from this great start to

the season in preparation for the summer event.

Francis is based in Jamaica and trains with the world renown,

Racers Track Club.

Bowling for Bromsgrove, Karan

Gour had 2 for 35, James Kinder had 4

for 9 and Jujhar Johal had 3 for 23. The

overall tour involved matches against

the Princess Margaret School, the Antigua

Grammar School, the Clare Hall

Secondary, the All Saints Secondary,

the St. Joseph’s Academy and the Grass

Root team.

There were matches in the U-16 and

U-18 categories over the eight playing

days.

The tour was organized by the Fire

Fly Destinations Promotions in conjunction

with the Ministry of Tourism.

Football Technical Director/Head

Coach wants more from senior players

and he needs to be more responsible

in terms of being a

leader, because a lot more is

expected of him.

Tomarley “Ziggy” Thomas

played well in St. Kitts,

Williams said, “but he still

has to produce more. Against

Aruba, he was a shadow of

himself.”

Williams however hinted

that there could be some

changes going forward in the

next round.

The Technical Director

said there are a number of

young players here in Antigua

& Barbuda who are

accustomed to this level of

football and need to be given

a chance.

Antigua and St. Kitts advance

from their group. The

next round is slated for June.

Bennaboys second

round group named

By Carlena Knight

The 2016 Scotia Bank

CFU Caribbean Cup second

round group has been

named.

Bennaboys have been

drafted with Puerto Rico

and Grenada in Group 1.

The two games will

take place in June with

Antigua facing Puerto

Rico on the 4 th in Puerto

Rico and Grenada on the

7 th at home at the Sir Vivian

Richards Cricket Stadium.

The top team will

move on to the third round

in October.


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Monday 4th April 2016

West Indies Women create

history with maiden WT20 title

KOLKATA - The crowd at

the Eden Gardens was hardly

the number that turned out

to witness Australia Women

winning the 50-over World

Cup in 1997.

The healthy turnout at the

iconic ground in Kolkata on

a humid evening, however,

was treated to some intrepid

cricket from a robust teenager

and an equable veteran,

who took it upon themselves

to overthrow the mighty Australians

in the final of the ICC

Women’s World Twenty20

2016 to create history.

The pressure was always

on West Indies to calm their

nerves given the momentous

occasion of making their first

Women’s World T20 final, in

contrast to Australia’s fourth.

They delivered in impeccable

fashion, leading

the ‘champions dance’ - one

that will perhaps run into the

night - as they dealt the defending

champions a humbling

eight-wicket loss on

Sunday (April 3).West Indies

pulled off a stunning chase as

their openers put on a 120-

run stand - the highest ever

for them in the history of the

competition - to disconcert

Australia’s bowlers.

They were relentless in

their pursuit as they not just

won their maiden WT20 title,

but also registered their

first-ever win over Australia

in the format. In a daunting

chase of 149, the West Indian

openers made a cautious start

with just nine runs coming

off the first three overs.

They took just as many as

three overs to assess the conditions

and then kicked on,

belting 36 off the next three.

Hayley Matthews set the

tone, taking apart Rene Farrell

for a 10-run over up front

to ease the nerves.

Her six off Megan Schutt

in the next over - tonking it

wide off long on - only did

them a world of good as confidence

built and runs began

to flow. Lanning resorted to

her go-to bowler Ellyse Perry

who conceded just one in her

opening over in an attempt to

stem the runs.

Hayley smashed a six

over Perry’s head first up and

then Stafanie Taylor took her

for two boundaries in a 16-

run over. West Indies raced

away to 76 for 0 at the halfway

stage while Australia

were 76 for 1 as the trickling

and building crowd cheered

every run. Matthews’s superb

placement and Taylor’s

patient yet supporting knock

held them in good stead.

Their approach was simple:

rotating the strike off

good deliveries and punishing

the loose ones along with

some exceptional placement.

The 18-year-old Matthews,

albeit struggling with

cramps, reached her half-century

off 35 balls to become

the third woman to score a

half-century in a World Cup

final after Elyse Villani became

the first and Meg Lanning,

the second, earlier in

the day. Taylor then followed

with her own - having as

many as four half-centurions

in the final.

Kristen Beams finally provided

the breakthrough after

a brilliant opening stand to

send back a visibly distraught

Matthews in the 16th over after

she pulled it straight into

the hands of Alex Blackwell

at midwicket.

She departed for a fantastic

45-ball 66 that comprised

of three sixes and six fours,

leaving it up to Taylor to see

the chase through with 29

more to get.

The skipper reached her

first fifty, but topped the run

charts for the series, before

holding out for 59 off 57 with

just four to get. Britney Cooper

took West Indies across

the line in the final over,

flinging her bat into the air in

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