Caribbean Times 90th Issue - Monday 12th September 2016

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Caribbean Times 90th Issue - Monday 12th September 2016

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Monday 12th September 2016 A n t i g u a a n d B a r b u d a

Vol.7 No.90 $2.00

LIAT WANTS HELP

FROM CARICOM

By Everton Barnes

The Antigua-based regional

airline, LIAT, is

again facing a number of

critical issues and challenges,

which include complaints

from one of its major

shareholders of inadequate

service.

In a statement issued

over the weekend, Acting

Chief Executive Officer, Julie

Reifer-Jones, is making a

call for issues related to the

airline to be placed before

the CARICOM Heads of

Government. “LIAT plays

a critical role in its service

to the region but it is constrained

by limited financial

resources and lack of financial

support from many

of the territories which it

serves,” she declared making

a case for the airline to

be placed before the highest

decision making body in

CARICOM.

Reifer-Jones’ comments

come as she confirmed that

a meeting has been scheduled

in St Vincent & the

Grenadines with the LIAT

Management Team and the

government for Wednesday

September 14, 2016.

Media reports in Kingstown

have lambasted the

airline over what they say

are poor and unsatisfactory

service to that country;

a leading shareholder and

who’s Prime Minister, Dr.

Ralph Gonsalves is also the

airline’s chairman. The airline’s

CEO all but acknowledged

that the hastily called

meeting is in response to

these complaints.

“It is correct LIAT has

cancelled a number of evening

services due to adverse

weather conditions

and we have, on occasion,

requested later than normal

arrivals into ET Joshua (St

Vincent), in order to ensure

the flight schedule is maintained.

Cancellations due

to adverse weather are done

in the interest of safety and

with regard for the lives of

passengers and crew,” the

CEO stated.

She noted that the airline’s

operating schedule

is hampered due to the airport’s

official closing time

of 9pm (21:00). However,

she added, LIAT have decided

to make some network

and scheduling changes

to avoid the late arrivals

into St Vincent. “As St Vincent

and the Grenadines is a

major shareholder of LIAT,

we will meet and seek to

resolve these concerns outcont’d

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Monday 12th September 2016

Antigua Leo Club celebrates 44 years

By Everton Barnes

Today, September 12,

marks 44 years since the Antigua

Leo Club, the junior

arm of the Lions Club, has

been present as a charity and

leadership building organization.

Club President, Sharise

Francis, said the Leo Club

movement started in Antigua

and Barbuda as a project

of the local Lions Club.

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“Since the Club’s inception,

its members have worked

on a number of service projects

such as pediatric ward

visits, donations to CARE

project and the Sunshine

Home for Girls, school back

pack programme, community

and beach clean ups,

and an annual Boxing Day

project where 100 less fortunate

individuals are given a

hot meal among others,” she

disclosed.

She said the Club has

grown over the years and

now has a total of 16 members

who have been willing

to answer the call of service

within their communities.

“Our purpose is to promote

service activities among

the youth that will develop

the individual qualities of

Leadership, Experience and

Opportunity (hence the term

LEO),” Francis explained.

She added that forty-four

years later the club continues

to make its mark on the

nation and to commemorate

its anniversary the club will

be hosting a week of activities

which will run from 11 th

to 17 th September 2016. The

activities include:

11 th September- Church

Service at Potters Zion

Moravian and a donation of

food packages to the church

12 th September -Media

Day

13 th September- Social at

Deluxe Cinemas

14 th September –Reading

at the Pediatric Ward in

recognition of Lions International

world Literacy month

16 th September-Donation

of non perishable food items

to CARE PROJECT at the

Old Holberton Hospital

17 th September- Rummage

Sale at Ben Dung and

Social at the Lions Den

Meetings are held every

2 nd and 4 th Saturday of the

month at 11am at the Lions

Den on Cross Street.

The Leo president’s

theme for the 2016/2017

Leoistic year is “Reigniting

the Passion to Serve.”

cont’d from pg 1

side of the glare of the media,”

she remarked.

LIAT’s Chief Commercial

Officer, Lloyd Carswell,

added, “We are working

with major constraints

in order to maintain frequencies

and service to the

various Caribbean islands

in the LIAT route network.

We are trying to serve as

many islands, with as much

frequency and at the right

times as possible and this

presents many challenges.

We currently operate, on

average, 80 flights per day,

ranging from the North of

the Caribbean to the extreme

South with just 9 aircraft.

Five years ago LIAT

operated a schedule with 17

aircraft.”


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Works Minister Lake donates to

Golden Grove Primary School

By Justin Peters

On Friday, Minister of

Works and Housing, the

Honourable Eustace “Teco”

Lake paid a visit to the Golden

Grove Primary School.

As one of the oldest primary

schools in Antigua and a part

of his constituency, the minister

felt that a visit was long

overdue.

Along with his team, Lake

brought schools bags filled

with supplies such as exercise

books, water bottles, pencils

and scissors for 46 students

from Grade 5 and 6 classes. A

refrigerator was also donated

to the school which will keep

food cool and fresh for the

students and teachers.

Lake spoke to the eager

students about the value of

education, encouraging them

to reach for the stars. He cautioned

them not to let anyone

distract them from their education,

explaining that they

could be the next students to

attain passes to attend the Antigua

Girls High School and

the Antigua Grammar School

which students who pass in

the highest percentiles are

granted on an annual basis.

He also explained that if

they did not get into the two

institutions, getting into any

of the other secondary schools

on the island is considered as

just as much of an accomplishment

and that they could

achieve anything they aim for

as long as they pay attention

in class and do their homework.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Roaches, fumigation at LIAT

By Everton Barnes

LIAT has announced that it has embarked

on a programme to fumigate its

entire fleet of aircraft over an issue of infestation

by what it described as ‘small

insects’.

However, sources close to the airline

say the programme has to do with a serious

problem of roach infestation which

the sources believe the fumigation and

the way it is being done, will not adequately

address the problem.

And according to the sources the airline’s

schedule has a lot to do with the existence

of the problem in the first place.

“LIAT is not allowing its pilots to crew

to exit the aircraft between stops to have

their meals on the ground. Instead, the

airline is insisting that meals are eaten on

board. A pilot eating in a cramped space,

no matter how careful, will likely have

some food particles spilling. This situation

is ideal for the spreading of roaches,”

the sources explained.

The sources tell CT that the fumigation

will likely kill the adult roaches,

but does nothing about the thousands of

eggs that may have already been laid.

The sources reported that pilots and crew

have been complaining about the roach

problem for some time and that it is only

now the airline is finally paying some attention.

The sources say there is another issue

that may arise from the programme

of fumigation; that is the type of chemicals

being used to fumigate the aircraft.

“We hope that these chemicals are safe as

an aircraft is a small closed space when

airborne and any residue chemicals that

may be a danger to human health must be

a concern for all,” the sources noted.

In a statement earlier last week, the

airline announced that it has undertaken

a programme of fumigation of its fleet of

aircraft.

“As a responsible carrier with an exemplary

safety and maintenance record,

LIAT has a regular programme for the

cleaning and fumigation of its aircraft

performed by a world class pest control

company,” the statement read.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Julie

Reifer-Jones explained that despite regular

fumigation the nature of the airline’s

business of cargo and baggage, insects

are constantly being introduced to the aircraft.

“In light of this, we have scheduled

an additional fumigation of the entire

LIAT fleet as a precaution,” she reported.

She said she doesn’t expect there to be

any flight disruptions or passenger inconveniences

as a result of the fumigation,

since the process will take place after the

aircraft have completed their scheduled

daily rotation.

The sources are recommending a

more extensive programme to deal with

the roaches that will include taking each

aircraft out of service for a limited time

to allow for the removal of the panels to

deal with the eggs and smaller roaches.

By Everton Barnes

The Antigua Trades and

Labour Union (AT&LU) is

remaining steadfast in its

opposition to the controversial

section of the Statutory

Corporations (General Provisions)

Bill, 2016.

This comes even after the

House of Representative adopted

a motion last week not

to delete the offending section,

Clause 7, from the bill.

The bill was returned to the

Senate in August when government

senators joined with

those on the opposition bench

to send it back to the lower

house with a recommendation

that the clause be removed.

Following this development,

a meeting was held

between the Cabinet and the

government senators when

AT&LU remains defiant

this matter was discussed

and which was said to have

resolved the concerns of the

senators. However the AT&-

LU, whose president Wigley

George, is also a government-appointed

senator, have

repeatedly indicated that it did

not favour the bill with the

controversial clause intact,

even after the words ‘in consultation

with’ was inserted to

the clause.

In response to these developments,

the AT&LU is calling

a meeting today with staff

of the government statutory

boards to discuss Clause 7

and how it will affected them

if and or, when it is enacted.

“We will be having a consultation,

particularly with the

staff of the statutory bodies to

discuss the bill as we want to

educate them about its provisions;

how it will affect them

and to dispel the notion that

the legislation is meant only

for management personnel.

The bill will affect all employees

of statutory corporations,”

AT&LU General Secretary

Hugh Joseph said.

According to Joseph the

bill will affect administration

staff, professional people and

technical employees of the

statutory corporations.

He said the recent addition

to the bill does not clarify

the issue of consultation to

the satisfaction of the union

and he expects that when the

matter comes up for debate at

tomorrow’s sitting of the Senate

that his president, Senator

George, will vote against the

bill as he did previously.

George is expected to

be among members of the

union’s executive present at

today’s meeting at the union’s

headquarters, 46 North Street.

“The meeting will give the

president the views of members

of the members who are

the ones who will be affected

by the bill,” Joseph stated.

Prime Minister Gaston

Browne is on record stating

that government senators

should support the bill ‘or face

the consequences’.


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Villa Primary benefits from added amenities

By Deborah A. Parker

While heavy rain made

it difficult for motorists last

Monday, the kindness of

many residents shone very

brightly.

Many roads were quickly

flooded by the almost nonstop

showers, which resulted

in the suspension of schools

on that day.

That move meant children

would have to make

their way back home, somehow.

To ensure they did so

safely, some parents, not

only collected their children,

but opened their car doors to

By Joanna Paris

The Antigua Port Authority (APA) in

collaboration with the China Civil Engineering

Construction Corporation (CCE-

CC) recently donated lunch benches to

the Villa Primary School.

The APA has adopted the academic

institution and has significantly contributed

to upgrades there over the years.

Port Manager, Darwin Telemaque,

indicated that the authority remains committed

to the school and its overall development.

He added that the new benches will

provide a more comfortable atmosphere

for the students during lunch time.

“The Antigua Port Authority continues

its commitment to the Villa Primary

School by providing the material that

constructed the benches. The idea, was

as we improve the seating environment

for the younger children, we saw an open

space which was vacant and built the additional

five benches”, said Telemaque.

CCECC was instrumental in the construction

of the benches, while the APA

others as well.

One mother told this

newspaper, the “Society has

a lot of good people,” and

added that her children were

among students transported

home by ‘kind residents.’

“These are the stories we

need to highlight... We need

to hear more about the good

deeds of others, and less of

the bashing of our politicians

and so on. “

“ I wish to use this medium

to say thanks to the parents

who brought home my

provided the materials.

Telemaque also took the time to remind

the students that there are rewarding

careers at the Port authority.

He added that there are also additional

projects that will come on stream at the

school as the APA and CCECC continue

to collaborate. This will include the addition

of umbrellas to cover the benches.

The school’s Principal, Sandra Felix,

expressed profound gratitude to both entities

for the gesture and continuous support.

CCECC was instrumental in the construction

of the benches, while the APA

provided the materials.

Mother says thanks to helpful parents

children, and the other children

last week, “she stated.

“I don’t know their

names, but they know who

they are. Continue to be

good examples of Antiguans

and Barbudans, “the mother

concluded.

Missile-throwing accused released

By Deborah A. Parker

A mentally challenged man, who was

on remand for several months, has been released

into the care of his aunt.

The 23-year old Liberta resident was arrested

and charged with missile throwing

earlier this year. The victim in the matter is

the young man’s father.

When the offender appeared before Magistrate

Ngaio Emanuel a mental evaluation

was ordered.

With that examination now completed

and medication administered, the young man

now has been placed in the care of his aunt.

The elderly woman was however advised

to make contact with the police, if the youth

becomes disorderly. The matter will again be

called on September 26th.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Police week 2016 receives timely donation

The central organizing committee of

the 2016 Police Week of Activities received

a timely donation towards the various

events slated for the week of September

11th 2016.

A spokesperson for Wishing Well

Inc., said that the Foundation is pleased

to assist with Police Week 2016. The donation

is part of the efforts as a corporate

citizen to put the spotlight on the hardworking

men and women in the Police

Force who go about doing their duties

without much recognition for their contributions

to the safety of the nation of

Antigua & Barbuda.

“We are extremely grateful for the

The National Coordinating

Committee (NCC) is announcing

new dates for the

first in a series of town hall

meetings organized as part of

the public education on the

Caribbean Court of Justice

contributions given, not only during

Police Week, but over the years in the

development and training of the Police

Officers. In an era when financial resources

are scarce and such meaningful

assistance can be rendered, it is a clear

demonstration of commitment by the

companies (behind the charitable foundation)

to Law Enforcement.” – Wendel

G. Robinson Esq. Commissioner of Police.

The Wishing Well Inc. foundation

donated ECD 10,000 towards the Police

Week 2016 with the theme “WITH

RENEWED ENERGY, BEYOND ALL

BOUNDRIES, WE SERVE WITH DIG-

NITY”

Members of the Police Force and Police

Week Committee receive the donation at

Police Headquarters. From left to right:

Assistant Commissioner of Police Hunte,

Deputy Police Commissioner Hughes

(Chairman of the Police Week Central

Committee) and Inspector of Police David

New dates for town hall meeting

“We remember in Antigua and Barbuda

the three nationals of our country who were

killed as a result of the terrorist acts, exactly

15 years ago today,” so said the Honourable

Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister. He was

emerging from the church service marking the

commencement of Police Week 2016.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists

intentionally crashed two hijacked aircraft into

the twin towers, World Trade Center, in New

York City, killing hundreds and bringing grief

to thousands of families around the globe.

On that dreadful day in 2001, three nationals

of Antigua and Barbuda lost their lives.

They are:

1. Albert Gunnis Joseph

2. Emelda Perry

3. Catherina Henry-Robinson

The Government and people of Antigua

and Barbuda continue to express its condolences

to the families of these three victims,

(CCJ) and the Judicial Committee

of the Privy Council

(JCPC).

NCC Chairman Ambassador

Dr. Clarence Henry

has announced that the new

date is September 19th at the

multi-Purpose Cultural Centre

at Perry Bay. “The inclement

weather last Monday forced

us to postpone our town hall

meeting. We are quite anxious

to begin our engagements

with the general public as we

Antigua remembers 9/11

whose only act was to go to their workplace on

that day in order to earn an income to support

their families.

“May God continue to bless them and to

keep them,” the Prime Minister concluded.

The 9/11 attack resulted in the skies over

the USA being closed to air traffic for a few

days, for fear of a subsequent attack; the impact

on air travel was immediate and continues

to be felt for the fifteen years since. Antigua

and Barbuda was compelled to look to other

markets for tourism, and the greater diversification

of the tourism market was put to the test.

Today, nearly 50% of tourists arriving for overnight

stay-overs come out of Europe.

The Antigua and Barbuda Government

notes that no major terrorist act involving

aircraft has occurred in 15 years. The investment

in extra security at all airports, including the

Sir V.C. Bird International Airport, has made

flying very safe, even if inconvenient.

embark on this very important

phase of the public education

and sensitization campaign on

the CCJ and the JCPC,” he

stated.

The NCC Chairman said

his committee will recalibrate

the campaign particular in

light of the fact that the referendum

on whether Antigua

and Barbuda delinks from the

JCPC and accede to the CCJ

will now take place in the first

quarter of 2017.

Many of the presenters

who were to participate in the

town hall meeting on Monday,

will form part of the panel

on September 19th.

The NCC has responsibility

to undertake a public education

on the two institutions

so that members of the public

will be able to make an ‘informed

choice’ whenever the

referendum is held. Accordingly,

the general public is

encouraged to attend the town

hall meeting as the NCC raises

the level of discourse on the

CCJ/JCPC.


Monday 12th September 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 7

Antigua and Barbuda appear on awardwinning

documentary Music Voyager

The beautiful twin-islands

of Antigua and Barbuda

will be viewed by millions

ahead of the winter booking

period, as the unique culture

of the destination features

on the seventh season of the

award-winning documentary

TV series, Music Voyager.

“Music Voyager: Antigua

and Barbuda,” filmed on the

islands last year, highlights

the story of Antigua and Barbuda

through music and culture

allowing viewers to experience

the country through

the eyes of the locals, and

their words.

The episode unveils the

true magic, mystery and music

of Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister of Tourism, the

Honourable Asot Michael,

said, “The friendliness of

our people, their warmth and

hospitality are key to our

brand, and how we market

Antigua and Barbuda. We

are proud to bring the passion

of our country to homes

across the world, placing

Antiguans and Barbudans

centre stage in our promotions,

and using our music as

the vehicle to showcase the

quintessential Antigua and

Barbuda.”

The thirty minute episode

starts with journalist Mirissa

Neff, alongside a local guide

meeting with calypsonians

for insight into the traditional

art-form of calypso. They

first enjoy an impromptu

rendition by a noted Road

The Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Choir and Gospel artiste

Romancia Kingston perform on Music Voyager’s Antigua and Barbuda

episode which airs on PBS this month

March King who strums on

a guitar on Antigua’s Market

Street, then end up on a

beach for a quick game of

cricket and a chat with soca

artistes and a famous Antiguan

cricketer about island

life. The episode climaxes

at Shirley Heights with residents

and visitors dancing

to the pulsating beats of an

internationally known Antiguan

musician at the popular

Sunday Sunset Party.

Through interviews and

travel, the episode brings

vibrancy and life to Antigua

and sister island Barbuda by

meeting other musicians,

tasting the local food, visiting

off-the-beaten path attractions

and attending parties

and hidden venues only

the locals know.

“Voyager episodes are

presently broadcasting

to 94% of every US PBS

Household and in 120 countries,

in 50 languages, on

International In-Flight programming,

on Cruise Ships

and in European and Asian

hotel chains. This represents

unparalleled positive exposure

for the destination,”

said Antigua and Barbuda

Tourism Authority CEO,

Colin C. James.

James said, “Positioning

Antigua and Barbuda apart

from other beach destinations

was a main consideration

during production and

the message is conveyed

strongly throughout this episode,

which will allow potential

visitors to truly experience

the islands.”

Season 7 is now being

aired across multiple PBS

channels with numerous

repeats expected. Arrangements

are being made to air

the episode on local television

stations.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Confidence and pride in self – CXC and CCJ

By James E. Knight

As the CCJ vs Privy Council debate

gets stronger, I can’t help but

experience a flash back to the time

when the big debate was about breaking

free of the colonial London and

Cambridge GCE exams and establishing

our own Caribbean Examinations

Council, to create our own curriculum

and set exams for our own

students.

It might sound quite foolish to all

today, but back then, there were those

who strongly opposed this anti-colonial

assertion of confidence and pride

in ourselves.

A minister of education in Antigua

and Barbuda at that time, was probably

the strongest and most vocal

opponent to the establishment of the

CXC. He lead those who argued that

we lacked the standard to set proper

exams, the competence to organize

the process, and the fairness required

to mark papers in this small region,

where those doing the marking could

find themselves working on the papers

of students who they knew personally.

These are the same self-degrading

arguments being used against

the CCJ today.

Who can deny the greater relevance

of the CXC exams, the invaluable

outcome of the innovative

SBAs, and the brilliant performances

of great numbers of our students?

The British colonial examiners didn’t

give one jot about any of that.

How about the argument that

smallness of size and population, and

the familiarity and friendship of the

judges with powerful people in the

society , would influence the decisions

handed down by the CCJ?

Well, even though an effort might

be made to avoid having persons

marking CXC papers work on those

from their own country, it is difficult

for me to imagine, that a Jamaican,

a Guyanese, or a Dominican, marking

papers from Antigua and Barbuda,

would not come across the work

of students whose parents they might

know very well, either as friends or

adversaries. Yet, until now, there has

been no outcry of injustice.

Among the people throughout

Latin America, with their deep and

instinctive sense of anti-colonialism,

and their strong history of anti-imperialism,

you would never find anyone

arguing that a court in Spain, or Portugal,

or the USA, should be their final

court of appeal. Not in Africa and

Asia, not in New Zealand, Australia

and Canada, all members of the socalled

British Commonwealth, with

Queen Elizabeth 11 printed on their

currencies, can you find people arguing

for the Privy Council in England.

You ask an English–speaking African

on the continent, with a history

going way back to ancient times, of

settling their own legal issues, whether

by village tribune, king, chief or

iman, and with a modern history of

highly educated members of the judiciary,

if they would wish the Privy

Council to be their final court of appeal.

I am quite sure that the sobering

answer would be quite clear and

short.

“I went to school in England with

their judges and I was brighter than

them”. Many might wish to call

such an African arrogant and boastful.

But, oh no; that response comes

from a clear historical understanding

and a deep sense of confidence and

pride. These are the anti-colonial sentiments

that we need to instill in this

region.

So when former Prime Minister

Baldwin Spencer says in Parliament

that we must “massage” the population

into favouring the CCJ, it is an

inappropriate, softy suggestion of seduction,

rather than persuasion by

strong, clear and convincing arguments.

Massaging cannot help while

an eminent surgeon like Dr Cuthwyn

Lake is wielding his scalpel in favour

of the Privy.

Now, I have regard for Dr Lake

as a person of significant learning

beyond the field of medicine, and as

one of notable cultural refinement.

He certainly would take offence to

anyone suggesting that stalwart Caribbean

medical professionals like

himself, and scholars of the caliber of

Professors Mickey Waldron, Henry

Fraser, etc. be overlooked, and final

opinions on medical matters in the

Caribbean be sought from doctors in

England. It baffles me therefore, that

he should even tolerate any degrading

suggestion about their equals in

the Caribbean judiciary.

If our leading practitioners and

scholars in law, just as those in medicine,

in economics, or in literature

(including Nobel Laureates) can hold

their own anywhere in the world ,

why then we cannot conduct our own

final court of appeal? There will be

the High Court, the Appeal Court,

and The Caribbean Court of Justice

as final court of appeal.

The Privy Council has, in some

instances, handed down bad decisions.

Persons seem to be forgetting

that. The Privy Council upheld legislation

by the PLM government in

Antigua and Barbuda in the 1970’s,

designed to silence opposition by

requiring a deposit of $10,000.00 to

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Monday 12th September 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 9

cont’d from pg 8

be made before one could

publish a newspaper. That

sum represented a prohibitive

requirement, over 40

years ago. The ALP, when

returned to power, dragged

its feet a bit before repealing

that legislation.

But above all that, is the

notorious role which the

Privy Council has played

in Caribbean History. That

was the institution used to

give a semblance of legality

to the horrendous crime

against humanity that was

slavery in the Caribbean.

Child labour and general

abuse, brutal murder, rape,

torture, etc were not crimes

here, because we were not

humans; we were chattel.

We were counted among

the donkeys and mules.

The Privy Council sat in

England where all that was

illegal, and overlooked it

all in the Caribbean. When

they declared killing a

slave an act of murder, was

when the Slave Trade was

abolished. Without a fresh

supply of slaves, those who

were already here had to

be kept alive and allowed

to multiply. That was the

reason. It was disgustingly

hypocritical. What greater

moral authority can the

Privy have among us today

than can our own?

We in this English

speaking Caribbean, having

been brought here,

used and abused, and then

abandoned penniless to

struggle from scratch, have

established regional institutions

that are enviable

to many people elsewhere

in the world. The Eastern

Caribbean Central Bank is

another example. There is a

common currency, which is

holding strong, and which

even Montserrat, a British

colony, uses. Other British

overseas territories in the

region don’t even have a

currency; they are forced to

use somebody else’s dollar.

Come on. Let’s have

some faith and pride in ourselves,

and reject the lingering

remnants of institutions

that supported slavery and

British colonialism. After

all, the British themselves

have their misgivings about

their own jurists, but they

are not calling for our eminent

jurists down here to

handle their cases.

We, on the other hand,

are the last set of people

in former British colonies,

still hanging on to the wigs

and frock tails of the British

Privy, while they are

even complaining about it,

and trying to shake us off.

What a shame! Where is

our pride?

We run CXC. We can

run CCJ.

James Knight is a former

editor of Outlet newspaper,

which was the organ

of The Antigua-Caribbean

Liberation Movement

(ACLM).

Editor’s Note: The

opinions expressed in this

Op-ed are those of the author

and do not necessarily

reflect the views of Caribbean

Times.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Lady Mex - “She fixed that”

By Joanna Paris

There are many times that females

unfortunately find themselves in a

position where they have difficulties

with their vehicles.

Whether it is a punctured tire,

a radiator which has overheated or

checking the oil, some women are

put at a disadvantage for not being

in a position to adequately address or

even to identify the situation.

The ladies of Lady Horsepower

Farm Drag Racing Team, which is the

Caribbean’s 1st All-female Drag Racing

Team are committed to fix that.

Female Mechanics, Renee Edwards-

Ambrose and Jodi-Ann Joseph

are the principal members of the

dynamic team.

Many of you will remember Renee

as the winner of the Curvy Idol

Competition, so Yes! You can be all

dolled up and still be able to tend to

a machine and she makes no excuse

for it.

Both Renee and Jodi-Ann are

the facilitators of a series of workshops-

Lady Mex – “She fixed” that.

Last Saturday, ten females participated

in a session held at Automotive

Arts Antigua and according to Renee

the response has been overwhelming,

with pre-bookings for upcoming

dates.

She is grateful for the support and

assistance from Digicel, Sistah Souljahs

Grapics, Automotive Arts Antigua,

Big Red Designs as well as her

team at Lady Horse Power Farm in

organizing the event.

The classes will take place every

two weeks, with spots for 10 women

at a time, to allow participants to get

amore hands on experience. The forums

also seek to challenge the view

and stereotype associated with women

in the automotive industry.

“Our aim is to reach women how

do minor tasks and avoid major repairs

on their vehicles. At the end of

the day, you end up spending thousands

of dollars for a problem that if

you knew what to do or could have

solved it earlier, could have been

avoided”, explained Edwards-Ambrose

who is also an Aircraft Maintenance

Technician employed at LIAT

1974 Limited.

Among the topics covered during

the workshop are: engine oil, tires

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cont’d from pg 10

and wheels, brake fluid

and transmission fluid and

washer fluid and engine

cooler.

Don’t worry, the list actually

goes on….

The trainings are also

very interactive and give

the ladies an opportunity to

ask questions that most are

probably normally too embarrassed

to ask.

Renee and her team

are dedicated to assisting

females in getting to really

know what is under the

hood of their car.


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Monday 12th September 2016

VACANCY

The St. John’s Development Corporation is a statutory body within the Ministry of Tourism. SJDC is responsible

for city of St. John’s, the Cruise terminal also managing of Heritage Quay Complex, Public Market,

West Bus Station Complex, Vendor’s Mall, Vendor’s Square Complex, Syndicate place, East Bus Station, Antigua

& Barbuda Exhibition and Cultural Center and the Fort James Development Project.

SJDC invites applications for the position of Human Resource Manager

Position Requisites:

• Develops organizational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues; contributing

information, analysis, and recommendations to organization strategic thinking and direction; establishing human

resources objectives in line with organizational objectives.

• Implements human resources strategies by establishing department accountabilities, including talent

acquisition, staffing, employment processing, compensation, health benefits, training and development, records

management, safety , succession planning, employee relations and retention, retirement, compliance, and labor

relations.

• Manages human resources operations by recruiting, selecting, orienting, training, coaching, counseling,

and disciplining staff; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing staff job contributions; maintaining

compensation; determining production, productivity, quality, and customer-service strategies; designing systems;

accumulating resources; resolving problems; implementing change.

• Develops human resources operations financial strategies by estimating, forecasting, and anticipating

requirements, trends, and variances; aligning monetary resources; developing action plans; measuring and analyzing

results; initiating corrective actions; minimizing the impact of variances.

• Accomplishes special project results by identifying and clarifying issues and priorities; communicating

and coordinating requirements; expediting fulfillment; evaluating milestone accomplishments; evaluating optional

courses of action; changing assumptions and direction.

• Supports management by providing human resources advice, counsel, and decisions; analyzing information

and applications.

• Guides management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies,

procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating and enforcing organization values.

• Complies with local legal requirements by studying existing Labour laws and new legislation; anticipating

legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.

• Updates job knowledge by participating in conferences and educational opportunities; reading professional

publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

• Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and

different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

• Conflict Resolution and the ability to manage fast pace and dynamic high stress situations.

Qualification:

• Minimum of Bachelor degree in Human Resource

• A minimum of 5 years experience in similar organization.

• Strong verbal and written communication skills

• Knowledge of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour code

• Ability to manage upwards of 200 employees.

All applications should be emailed to sjdcag@gmail.com, no later than September 23, 2016.


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Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk

Organisations looks to the future

Port of Spain - Leaders of the Caribbean

Network of Fisherfolk Organisations

(CNFO) met at a two-day

performance and planning workshop

to discuss and critically assess the CN-

FO’s performance since its formation

almost 10 years ago. They were joined

in this exercise by representatives

from partner organisations the Caribbean

Regional Fisheries Mechanism

(CRFM), Fisheries Division, Trinidad

and Tobago, Centre for Resource Management

and Environmental Studies

of the University of the West Indies

(UWI-CERMES) and Caribbean Natural

Resources Institute (CANARI).

The CNFO is a network of smallscale

fisherfolk organisations operating

in the CARICOM region, with its mission

being to improve the quality of life

for fisherfolk and develop a sustainable

and profitable industry through networking,

representation and capacity

building.

Up until June 28 th , 2016, when the

CNFO became a registered non-governmental

organisation in Belize, the

Organisation has been operating as an

informal network. Among its achievements,

the CNFO has been able to develop

strong partnerships with many

regional and global fisheries and related

entities, through which it has been

able to mobilise resources for development

of the Organisation and its members,

and influence the development of

fisheries-related policies.

The Organisation is engaged as

a partner in the delivery of a number

of regional capacity building projects

such as the Eastern Caribbean Marine

Managed Areas Network and the

Strengthening Caribbean Fisherfolk

to Participate in Governance projects.

The CNFO has also been participating

CNFO representatives from Belize, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago share their ideas

during a working-group session to develop priority areas for an action plan.

in various policy influencing fora such

as the annual meetings of the CRFM’s

Caribbean Fisheries Forum and the

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

(GCFI) Conference. It recently took

part in the Sixth Global Symposium on

Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries

(GAF6), in August 2016, in Bangkok,

Thailand.

One of the key outputs from the

performance and planning workshop

was the development of a CNFO Action

Plan which addresses three priority

areas identified during the assessment

- governance and management, advocacy

and communication, and capacity

building.

Executive Director of the CRFM,

Milton Haughton, noted that “the

CNFO has come a long way and

achieved a lot.”

He encouraged the members of the

Organisation to continue to be engaged

in addressing issues that are affecting

the livelihoods of fisherfolk, highlighting

in particular the importance of improving

the standard of living of Caribbean

fisherfolk especially in light of the

foreseeable challenges associated with

climate change and variability.

The workshop, which was held at

the Crews Inn Hotel and Yachting Centre,

Chaguaramas

Trinidad and Tobago, from August

25-26, 2016, was convened under the

European Union funded (€1,03m)

Strengthening Caribbean Fisherfolk to

Participate in Governance (SCFPG)

project.

The SCFPG project is targeting the

CNFO and its member organisations

in the CARICOM/CRFM countries of

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The

Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Dominica,

Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,

Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and

Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines,

Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and

Turks and Caicos.

The project is aimed at improving

the contribution of the small-scale fisheries

sector to food security in these

countries through building the capacity

of regional and national fisherfolk

organisation networks to participate

in fisheries governance and management.

It is being implemented by CA-

NARI, working in partnership with

UWI-CERMES, Panos Caribbean,

CNFO and CRFM.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Friday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Fairy tale monster

5. Certain prison term

9. Actor Hawke

14. Go downhill?

15. Golfer’s choice

16. River to the Mediterranean

17. Children’s board game

19. Fellas

20. Bandleader Shaw

21. Party animal?

23. “Mad TV” offering

24. Make tight again

26. Like some wintry road

conditions

28. “Enough!”

30. Smooth musical sections

33. Damage

36. Ivory product

38. Disco feature

39. Movie short?

41. Ham go-with

43. Fort attacked by Goldfinger

44. Get by

46. Look stupidly

48. Opener

49. Notion

51. “Forget ___!”

53. The Y in TCBY

55. Inning status

59. Concluding musical section

61. You might shift out of it

63. G with a sax

64. Leaning

66. Popular Wham-O footbag

68. ___ Carlo

69. Jai ___

70. Roofing material

71. Kind of tea

72. Spot for shoppers

73. They’re all mined

Down

1. Actor’s prize

2. Angry look

3. Leases

4. Swirls

5. ___ Abner

6. Investment options, for

short

7. Courier, et al.

8. Ultimate goal

9. Work unit

10. Golfer Greg Norman’s

nickname

11. Dive

12. Opposing

13. It’s for the birds

18. 1923 Literature Nobelist

22. Words during eye covering

25. “Relax”

27. Bilko, e.g.

29. A dog might give it to you

31. Slender woodwind

32. Excitingly appealing

33. It was just over a century

ago

34. Hale of “Gilligan’s Island”

35. Two-bit

37. ___ out (overeat)

40. Silicon Valley city

42. Rested, in a way

45. Musician’s job

47. Tightly curled, as hair

50. Type of cracker

52. Takes care of

54. Simple musical refrain

56. Studio sign

57. “Enough!”

58. Little ones

59. David, e.g.

60. Oklahoma Indian

62. Bygone Chrysler model

65. Driving aid

67. Set of supplies


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Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Overcast with showers at times.

High - 85ºF

Low - 78ºF

Wind: East North East 9 mph

Sunrise 5.55 am; Sunset 6.11 pm

Friday’s Crossword Solution

HOROSCOPE

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Let nothing diminish your confidence.

You’re giving your

best and can be proud of that,

regardless of the result. On a

side note, it’s time to lose that

possession of yours that’s turning

out to be something of a

money pit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

Your day will be enhanced by

the break you get when things

don’t go as planned. It’s up to

you to see the opportunity in

this. Stay aware, and don’t be

afraid to ask more questions.

It’s the follow-up questions that

open doors.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

You think you know how you

really feel, but you don’t until

you write about it. Your way

will be made smoother through

the increased self-knowledge,

but it’s not just that. Certain

things will change as if by

magic.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.

21). The outer signs point to

life on the up and up. Inwardly

there’s some turmoil. It’s weird

how success can sometimes

upset you more than not getting

what you want does.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). You usually don’t care

what people think of you, but

this time your loved ones are

also being assessed in your

reflected light. The steps you

take to make sure that light is

fabulously flattering will be effective.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

As for the obstacle that lands in

your road today, don’t go overthinking

this — the solution is

not clever. Likely, the best way

is just to put on your metaphorical

climbing shoes and get

yourself over it.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Learning to manage those who

accept and embrace you can

be even more tricky than managing

the ones who turn you

down. Therefore, if someone is

saying “no” to you, consider it

a blessing and a time-saver.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

The high road will be lonely

and dull. The low road leads

straight to Hades. Cut down the

middle. State your truth. Speak

your feelings and intentions

honestly.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

As for that person who rubs

you the wrong way — well,

this may never change. Directly

following your encounter

you’ll need to recalibrate yourself

back to the goodwilled,

empathetic person you usually

are.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). You feel like you’re a different

person from who you

were last year, so it’s a little

surprising when history repeats.

It also serves as a beautiful

reminder that history is

always in the making.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

The trick is to apply emotion

where it should be applied and

leave it out of everything else.

This will be harder than you

thought it would be today, but if

you stay mindful you’ll achieve

clean emotional boundaries.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It’s

a treat to be around you now.

You make people feel good, as

you listen and respond warmly

because you’re genuinely interested.

You never know when

you’re the best human connection

in somebody’s day.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Persons from the St. Paul's Community - (English Harbour,

Cobbs Cross, Piccadilly, Liberta) who attend the LIberta

Clinic for Medical services can now do so by means of a

Courtesy Transportation provided by Parliamentary Representative

- Hon. E.P Chet Greene. Persons who need this

service can call 771-0323 or 774-6428 or leave your information

at the Branch Office back of the Yasoso Bakery or

at the Liberta Clinic. Services for the filling of prescription

from the Medical Benefit Scheme Pharmacy - All Saints and

other pharmacies are also available.

Plans for the 35th Independence Anniversary Celebrations

are currently underway. The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals

Commission is welcoming members of the general public to

submit ideas for a theme to be used for Antigua and Barbuda’s

Independence 2016. Submissions can be done via email

at abfestivals@ab.gov.ag, or hand-delivered to the Office of

the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, located on

the first floor in Pigotts Mall. The deadline for submission is

Friday 16 th September 2016.

The National Vocational and Rehabilitation Center for Persons

with Disabilities on Factory Road will be reopened

on Monday 12 th September 2016 at 8am. All concerned are

asked to take note of this very important information and we

look forward to a productive and exciting working relationship

for 2016 and beyond.

All Parents with Children attending the National Vocational

and Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities on

Factory Road are invited to attend a very important meeting

on Monday 12th September 2016 at 10am. All concerned are

asked to take note of this very important meeting and please

be on time.

Plans for the 35th Independence Anniversary Celebrations

are currently underway. The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals

Commission is welcoming members of the general public to

submit ideas for a theme to be used for Antigua and Barbuda’s

Independence 2016.Submissions can be done via email

at abfestivals@ab.gov.ag, or hand-delivered to the Office of

the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, located on

the first floor in Pigotts Mall. The deadline for submission is

Friday 16 th September 2016.

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The Department of Environment (DoE) is seeking to formalize

the protection of waterways, under Part IV of the

Environmental Protection and Management Act (2015), in

order to achieve timely and sustained management of our

waterways. The DoE, through the Minister of Environment,

will be establishing a Watershed and Wetlands Management

Committee who will manage watersheds and hydrological

features, inclusive of ponds, drainage systems, and ghauts.

The Environmental Act of 2015 provides for the mapping

of all hydrological features, as well as policy measures and

actions to remedy problems that are contributing to flooding

and public health concerns. The public is hereby advised that

this protection will be afforded to ponds, drainage systems

and ghauts on both public and private lands. These measures

will serve to improve drainage and reduce incidences of

flooding.


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Legendary cricketer Sir Viv backs

professionalism of the WICB

By Vanroy Burnes

Legendary West Indies

cricketer, Sir Vivian Richards

said that he is in full

support of a move to fully

professionalize the running

of the West Indies Cricket

Board (WICB) with the directors

becoming full time

paid employees.

Sir Viv who is regarded

as the best batsman ever

to play the game of cricket

and the only West Indies test

captain never to lose a series

was speaking on the Observer

Radio’s sport show Good

Morning Jo Jo on Thursday

of last week.

Sir Viv who is one of

two living national heroes in

Antigua & Barbuda said the

Trinidad and Tobago’s Cleopatra

Borel placed 6th in the IAAF Diamond

League Finals, held in Brussels, Belgium

over the weekend.

At the last meeting of the Diamond

League for the 2016 Season, Borel

started the competition with a throw

of 17.09m, gaining momentum with a

17.22m on her second throw, and then

fouling on her third try. She regained

composure with a 17.16m in the 4th

Round, after which she increased to

17.46m in Round 5 before closing off

with her biggest throw for the event at

17.59m.

American powerhouse, Michelle

Carter continued her winning streak

from her gold medal placing at the Rio

2016 Olympic Games by placing first

at the Belgium competition yesterday,

whole circuit has become

professional and if you have

guys making decision for

professional players who are

paid handsomely, then I see

no problem with them getting

a suitable stipend.

Sir Viv said such a move

mean that those working for

the WICB would be held to

a much higher standard than

they are currently where accountability

is concern. He

noted that it’s about the people

who would have made

certain decisions in the past

and who would have put us

in certain positions and embarrasses

us.

In the meantime, former

president of the West

Indies Cricket Board Ken

Gordon has renewed his call

for CARICOM to conduct a

forensic audit of the WICB

which he believes could

avert its demise. The former

president first made the call

in July.

His renewed call came

in the light of the WICB’s

refusal to accept the latest

CARICOM proposal for reform,

according to Gordon,

a forensic audit of the WICB

is timely and a major part of

bringing transparency to the

WICB, he noted that West

Indies Cricket belongs to the

people and not to the WICB.

The Dave Cameron led

WICB rejected recommendations

for reform contained

in a report compiled

followed by New Zealand’s Valerie

Adams in second place, and Hungary’s

Anita Marton rounding off the winner’s

circle in the third spot.

While Borel received 10 points

and landed 6th, it was Valerie Adams

who topped the overall Diamond Race

standings with 33 points.

“The (Brussels) Diamond League

meet was really amazing for myself

and I’m sure all the other shotputters;

it’s the 40th Anniversary of this meet

so they really went all out. Cleo also

stated that the meet really helped her to

understand and revitalise my love for

throwing.

“So while there’s talk about me

retiring, I’m really excited to go into

the (French) DécaNations Meet next

weekend, as well as excited for 2017.”

by CARICOM Government

Review panel which calls for

the immediate dissolution of

the WICB and to appoint an

interim committee. Gordon

is urging CAIRCOM to fund

the audit since it would be

an entire legitimate exercise,

However the WICB said it

has hired the global consultants

Price Water House

Coopers and KPMG to conduct

the audit operations.

Another former WICB

President Pat Rousseau who

led the board from 1996 to

2001 has supported Gordon’s

call, Rousseau go further

to say that laws needed

to be introduced to monitor

sporting bodies across the

region.

Borel places 6th in Brussels Diamond League Final

says the reigning Pan American Games

Champion. “There’s still more Cleo to

come.”

Cleopatra will travel to France early

next week, in preparation for the

upcoming DécaNations showdown in

Marseille.


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Empire head coach has eyes set on

Premier Division Title this season

By Vanroy Burnes

Head Coach of the Cool & Smooth

and 13 times premier division title Cool

& Smooth Empire Steveroy “Demon”

Anthony said his eyes are set on capturing

the 2016/17 premier division title.

Anthony who came under severe

pressure from both the Grays Farm community

and to a lesser extent members of

the club executive last season took the

Empire team back to the premier division

last season after two years in the first division.

At the end of the 2015/16 season

Empire ended in third position, Champions

Cool & Smooth AC Delco Green

By Vanroy Burnes

Antigua & Barbuda Female

National Golfer Kimesha

Anthony is calling on the

Antigua & Barbuda Golf Association

to do more to assist

young players in the sport.

Anthony is calling on the

association to organize more

tournaments as a means of

raising funds to provide players

with more opportunities to

compete.

Anthony who recently returned

from Barbados where

she won her fifth Barbados

Open title said the sport of

Golf in Antigua & Barbuda is

on a downward spiral.

She said it is her belief that

having tournaments outside

the nationals could generate

interest for a needed revival of

the sport.

Anthony who dominated

By Carlena Knight

Ceco Pharmacy Mahico trumped Kenneth

A. Gomez and Sons Island Boys by 35 runs on

Thursday night in the EZ Kool Radiator Services

Island Sanitation Ceco Pharmacy Hall

Construction and Lees Landscaping Tapeball

Premier league at Dredgers.

Batting first, Mahico jumped to 71 for 8

from 10 overs. Island Boys’ Johie Massiah

took 5 wickets while teammate, Ordiene Powell

took 2 wickets.

In reply, Island Boys made 36 all out from

Bay Hoppers and runner up Grenades.

Coach Anthony said Empire is still a

young team and he hoping that they that

they can hold their own this season.

As it relates to their overseas players,

Anthony said one of the Vincentian will

not be returning, but he is hoping to have

some former players will be returning to

the club. Anthony said he is happy with

the work he has done with the team so far

is spite what other people may say.

When you look at the teams in the

premier division last season and Empire

just returning to the premier, it is a great

achievement to end up in the third position

ahead of veteran teams like former

champions Sap, Asot’s Arcade Parham

who is been coach by the nation Coach

and Current Technical Director and Flow

Old Road.

Anthony also stated that his heart and

soul is with Empire after playing with the

team for more than 18 years. However

while Anthony did not specific his future

with the club, his focus in winning the

premier division title for the 14 th time this

season and the first time as a coach. Cool

& Smooth Empire is the most successful

football team in Antigua & Barbuda winning

the premier title 13 times.

National female golfer calls on

Golf Association to do more

female Golfing in Antigua for

the past ten years said other

countries like Trinidad & Tobago,

Barbados and others are

taking advantage of opportunities

to expose their young

players.

Anthony noted that in other

countries, the associations

have assisted their juniors

while in Antigua our juniors

don’t have the privilege, so

we will always be behind the

eight ball.

The young golfer is also

calling on the national association

to support Golfers

travelling to compete in tournaments

outside of Antigua &

Barbuda since they are representing

the nation.

Anthony won the Barbados

open in 2007, 2008, 2009,

2011 and 2016.

Mahico trumps Island boys,

Warriors fall to Buckleys

5.3 overs.

Mahico’s Dwayne Fordyce took 4 wickets

and Malique Gerald took 3 wickets to secure

the victory.

In the second match of the night, ACB

Warriors fell to Success Catering Buckleys 3js

by6 wickets.

Warriors opted to bat first making 47 all out

from 7 overs. Buckleys’ Owen Graham took

3 wickets. Buckleys surged to 52 for 4 from

4.1 overs. Shemroy Griffith of Warriors took

2 wickets.


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Monday 12th September 2016

Courts opens new distribution centre

By Justin Peters

Courts has been a fixture

in Antigua and Barbuda for

the past 30 years, providing

quality products and services

with affordable payments

terms for low-income families.

The company has grown

over the years and now provides

a host of new services

including, loans and eyewear

among others while growing

it brand base, becoming

well-known as the source for

high-quality electronics, furniture

and appliances.

On Friday, the company

now owned by Unicomer,

which owns over 400 stores

across the region and North

America, cut the ribbon on its

brand new distribution centre

on Airport Road.

The new facility is an important

step in creating a more

efficient operational environment

for the company along

with a better customer experience.

The 20,000 square foot

facility will house offices and

serve as secure storage for

furniture and electronics.

The Honourable Asot Michael,

Minister of Tourism,

Economic Development, Investment

and Energy gave the

keynote address highlighting

the history of Courts, and expressing

how despite having a

hard time starting operations

in Antigua and Barbuda, the

company has served the citizens

of Antigua and Barbuda,

enriching their lives for over

three decades.

Village netball league comes to a close

By Carlena Knight

The 2016 Village Netball

league came to an end on

Saturday night as the curtains

came down at the YMCA

Sports complex. With a crowd

of the participating teams, organizer

of the event, Karen

Joseph, opened the ceremony

with a few remarks.

St. Georges received the

award for the Best team on

Parade while Bolans walked

away with the Best Team

Spirit trophy.

Seaglans walked away

with first place trophies in

the Juniors, Intermediate and

Mixed divisions while Potters

placed third in the Juniors and

Intermediate category.

All Saints finished second

in both the Junior and Intermediate

section.

Potters mainly Carl Kirby,

Nazarine Corbett and Tashana

Bloomfield, walked away

with the 3 a side title after out

scoring All Saints and Seaglans

in the different discipline

skills.

Northside claimed the Seniors

championship for a second

straight year with Karrie

Knight being named the MVP

for the second consecutive

year.

Neville Martin was named

the Most Valuable Player in

the mixed divisions while in

the Juniors and Intermediate,

Tekiah Minott and Patara Davis

were judged the MVP’s.

The Concerned Netball

Players group who hosted the

event will now focus on the

Independence Classic which

should take place in early November.

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