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Caribbean Times 63rd Issue - Friday 23rd December 2016

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MINISTER MICHAEL GETS

REGIONAL ACCOLADE

The Hon. Asot A. Michael Minister

of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda has

been heralded as the one of the region’s

trailblazers within the Tourism Industry.

The title of Caribbean Tourism Minister

of the year was bestowed upon the

Minister of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda

by the Caribbean Travel Awards as

a result of the tremendous gains being

made in the industry in the Twin Island

state of Antigua and Barbuda in arrivals

as well as in the area of new hotel investments.

Minister Michael is the very first Antiguan

Tourism Minister to receive this

very prestigious award.

According to the Caribbean Journal

online magazine, “Minister Michael

continues to be one of the region’s most

forward thinking Tourism Ministers…he

has been instrumental in helping to drive

Antigua and Barbuda’s strong growth

this year, and even more-so in turning the

destination into one of the Caribbean’s

Hubs for hotel investment, while helping

steward major projects such as the country’s

new airport solar farm.

Commendations have been pouring

in to the Hon. Minister of Tourism from

his regional and international counterparts

and partners in the travel trade with

the most recent coming from the OECS

Secretariat.

Tourism Specialist at the OECS Commission,

Dr. Lorraine Nicholas, said that

this news is exciting for Antigua and

Barbuda and the future of Tourism in the

region.

“This is really exciting news; and the

OECS Commission is honored to join in

the congratulatory wishes to Antigua and

Barbuda.”

“This was a special year for the OECS

and Antigua & Barbuda as the 3rd OECS

Council of Ministers (Tourism) meeting

was held in Antigua & Barbuda under the

Chairmanship of Hon. Asot Michael,”

Dr. Nicholas said.

Minister Michael heads the Ministry

of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment

and Energy as well as the Antigua

and Barbuda Tourism Authority. The

Caribbean Island also won the Award

of Destination of the year for recording

10% growth overall and 20% within the

US market which is the largest for the

destination.

“I am incredibly honored to be named

the ‘Tourism Minister of the Year,’ by

the Caribbean Journal, however this

achievement would not have been possible

without the support of Prime Minister

the Hon. Gaston Browne who ensured

access to funding for our various projects

and initiatives and my team at the Ministry

of Tourism as well as the Antigua and

The Hon. Asot A. Michael Minister of Tourism

for Antigua and Barbuda was named

Caribbean Tourism Minister of the year.

Barbuda Tourism Authority. Since taking

office in 2014 we have been relentlessly

working to attract investments, investing

in improving our on-island tourism products

as well as access touch points including

our new airport and our port so as

to become the leader in the region. While

we are excited by what we have achieved

so far, we are dedicated to continuing

to invest, improve and raise awareness

of Antigua and Barbuda to attract even

more visitors and provide them the absolutely

best experience possible in travel,”

said Honorable Minister Michael.


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Friday 23rd December 2016

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Salvation Army makes the season

bright for the elderly and needy

By Renio Abbott

Yesterday morning the

Salvation Army started three

of their distributions of their

food hamper program for

the elderly and needy for

persons.

The food is purchased

annually from the proceeds

of the Kettle, which for over

112 years has been placed in

various business places in

Antigua where people give

donations to the cause.

Three hundred parcels

were distributed at the Salvation

Army Citadel on

Long Street, and another in

All Saints village. Today

will conclude another three

hundred that will be distributed.

During the Christmas

season the Fines Institute,

Clare View Medical and a

few more institutions in Antigua

will have the opportunity

of having hot meals provided

to them.

Divisional Secretary Major

Nana Boakyeagyemang

indicated that he wants to

thank the public for the assistance

that they have been

receiving over the years towards

the mission of the

Salvation Army in Antigua.

He further stated that they

are still aiming for their target

of $150,000.00 XCD to

support worthy causes and

pleaded to those who haven’t

yet contributed to assist.

Christmas Baby

Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams

made their annual round of the maternity ward at

MSJMC yesterday, distributing gifts and spreading Christmas

cheer to the mothers of the newborns.


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AUA donation

to Care Project

Operations Manager (Mr. Walton Edwards) and Matron of the Care Project ( Ms. Juliet Delabastide) accept an assortment of gifts and

personal care items for the residents of the home. This donation was one of the community outreach initiatives of Staff, Faculty and

Students of AUA Cheer Board and AUA Oncology Club.

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Friday 23rd December 2016

ABNAB’s Christmas gift to the nation:

ABNAB Newsletter - An invaluable resource

By ABNAB

The Antigua Barbuda National

Accreditation Board’s final newsletter

for 2016 is out now!

It is 32 pages of insights, facts, and

critical information for students and

parents alike. The 32 pages include

20 impactful articles just in time for

Christmas. It is a MUST READ.

ABNAB appreciates the 10 companies

who demonstrated confidence

in our mission, our message and

many articles, and placed their ads in

the newsletter.

In the first few pages, the newsletter

chronicles the “Busy ABNAB”. It

shares articles about how it is increasing

its visibility and effectiveness

through activities such as the launch

of its website, and the visits to various

institutions such as Antigua State

College (ASC), Antigua and Barbuda

International Institute of Technology

(ABIIT) and Education For Advancement

(EFA).

However, the main focus of this

issue is “The cost of Tertiary Education

for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda”.

The injection of 320 million dollars

into the local economy by the

Board of Education through the Education

Levy, 110 million of which

went to scholarships over the past 22

years, is highlighted.

However, the results of a survey

done by Antigua and Barbuda National

Accreditation Board (ABNAB)

of 52 colleges, locally, regionally and

internationally reveal that the cost of

tertiary education can be ASTRO-

NOMICAL.

In an attempt to assist students

and parents, “7 tips for choosing the

right college” are shared. But the reality

of the cost of education is not

dwarfed by the need to attend Tertiary

institution, and get the quality education

that can redound to “Antigua

and Barbuda- An Economic Powerhouse.”

Consequently, 10 strategies

are discussed about how to reduce the

cost of tertiary education based on research

done by ABNAB.

One of the popular options for reducing

the cost of tertiary education

is online study. Many persons have

either called or visited the premises

to ascertain the accreditation status of

various institutions.

The popular modality of online

learning is not an automatic option,

in particular, for the Department of

Teacher Education of the Antigua

State College.

Dr. Patricia Benn shares in the

newsletter some critical success factors

from her doctoral thesis, for implementing

eLearning. These include,

but not confined to, the following:

reliable internet access, typing skills

and effective use of MOODLE – a

free virtual learning software.

Another option for reducing the

cost of tertiary education is to pursue

what is called the 2+2 modality. Simply

put, it is two years at a local tertiary

institution and 2 years at a North

American Institution.

In this regard, the 15 year success

story of the ABIIT is documented

by the acting head of Campus Ms.

Danelle Martin. In fact, ABIIT is a

viable and tried and tested alternative

to going to North American colleges

after completing CXC (so too is the

Antigua State College).

Dr. Errol Samuel, quality management

and human resource consultant

and president of Profiles Consulting

Ltd, points to other variables and new

approaches considered by prospective

employers, as they attempt to recruit

quality employees.

The newsletter chronicles another

first for ABNAB: A Youth Focus in

the newsletter.

Two outstanding Antiguan students,

Brandon Judnarine and Akanii

Simon are interviewed by ABNAB’s

staff.

Mr. Brandon Judnarine is the

“best” CXC student ever in the history

of CXC. Nobody has eclipsed his

22 subjects with 21 ones. A born and

bred Antiguan of Guyanese parentage,

his amazing story includes his

family support and his introduction to

Jr. Science Quiz by his principal Mr.

Rudolph Davis of St. Joseph Academy.

In fact, Mr. Davis is heralded as

a motivator of excellent success not

just in Brandon’s case but many others

over many years. The excellent

performance of Akanii Simon (17

subjects) is also mentioned.

A question about cost shifts a bit.

This time it is to the cost of accreditation.

The cost of accreditation ensures

that such issues as good governance,

adequate accommodation, financial

viability, remediation, teacher competence

and excellence are in place.

The conclusion is that there will be

additional costs.

Students and parents alike will

find this newsletter invaluable.

You can find ABNAB online on -

Website: www.abnab.edu.ag

Instagram: Accreditation Board Antigua

Facebook: www.facebook.com/abnab

Twitter: www.twitter.com/abnabboard


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New projects in 2017 to increase

economic growth says PM Browne

By Joanna Paris

With an economic growth

rate of almost 4.4 %, Antigua

and Barbuda has recorded the

4th fastest growing economy

in the Caribbean and Latin

America. It is a feat that the

government is very happy

about, with a commitment

not to rest on its laurels.

In a recent interview on

ABS Television and Radio,

Prime Minister the Hon.

Gaston Browne expressed

that the numbers are indeed

significant but also noted

that even ore can and will be

achieved.

“As far as we are concerned,

we have not reached

altitude as yet. We are sure

that we can get to bout 6-7%

if all goes well and certainly

for 2017, we expect to increase

the rate of growth because

certainly some of the

delayed projects are likely to

come on stream”, he said.

Among the projects identified

are the Paradise Found

Project to be developed on

the sister isle, Barbuda. The

nation’s leader said that the

court case involving the project

should come to an end in

January and with this in mind,

construction should begin by

the second half of the year.

Prime Minister Browne

also made mention of the hotel

which will be constructed

at Valley Church Beach,

which will result in approximately

400 rooms and increase

employment.

“The plans and so on are

pretty advanced right now

and we are just waiting to

engage with the architects to

look at the drawings, so by

Healthy

Holidays

From the Board of Directors,

Management and Staff of

Medical Benefits Scheme, we

wish you a safe and wonderful

festive season and a bright,

prosperous and healthy 2017.

the end of the 2nd quarter of

next year, plans are being put

in place to start construction”,

he said.

Prime Minister Browne is

look forward to a very strong

economic performance in

2017 and is confident that his

government is on the right

tract to sustainability.


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Friday 23rd December 2016

Minister of Health takes a no nonsense

approach to national mental health care

Health and The Environment Minister

Molwyn Joseph has assured the

staff at the Clarevue Psychiatric facility

that their concerns will be taken to the

cabinet for urgent attention.

He made the remarks while paying

his annual Christmas visit to the institution

yesterday (Wednesday).

He said although he cannot singlehandedly

address all their concerns, he

will hit the ground running in seeking

avenues to urgently address the complaints

that have been brought to his

attention.

“What I can assure you is that I will

take your message loud and clear to the

cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, that

the situation at this institution requires

immediate, urgent and comprehensive

intervention; the type of intervention

that would restore the dignity of the

residents of this institution, the sought

of dignity that they have earned in Antigua

and Barbuda,”, Minister Joseph

emphasized.

Minister Joseph noted that there

is also the need to look at the organizational

structure at the facility as the

world’s demand for new and improved

mental health care moves to a higher

level. He said that a good corporate

structure and proper communication

are crucial elements to the efficient

Health and The Environment Minister Molwyn

Joseph

running of any facility and at Clarevue,

there should be no exception.

He said he will assemble all senior

management staff at the institution

with those of the Ministry to dig deep

to identify the changes that are required

and implement them soonest.

“The Chief Medical Officer, the

Principal Nursing Officer, all the other

senior officials must sit down and listen

to those who function here on an early

basis; identify the problems and let us

once and for all clearly defined what is

required to bring the institution into the

modern era”, the Health Minister emphasized.

Joseph noted that mental illness can

affect anyone in the society depending

on the situation that they find themselves.

In declaring that the issue of stigma

must become a thing of the past, Minister

Joseph emphasized that a better understanding

of the disease is paramount

if society must look at the illness differently.

“But we are not going to change

that unless certain things have changed

including the facility itself. When we

come here, this facility must reflect

that we are dealing with human beings.

Governor General Sir Dr. Rodney Williams

There can be no compromise”, Minister

Joseph stated.

He said also stated that the Ministry

is not only interested in caring for patients

at the institution but also doing

all that it can to prevent people from

getting there.

According to the Health Minister,

knowing the causes of the types of

mental illnesses that are now surfacing

and how to deal with these forces can

help.

“The government must know to formulate

the appropriate policies so that

we do not have a stream of young people

coming to this institution because

of behavioural problems or options that

are not in their best interest”, Joseph

said.

He said it is also time that the institution

gets a full time nutritionist

on board as the ministry’s concern not

only lies with the mental state of patients

but their physical health as well.

Governor General Sir Dr. Rodney

Williams was also on hand to address

the gathering and urged them to remember

the reason for Christmas.

“Christmas is a time when we recognize

the birth of Jesus Christ and it

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cont’d from pg 6

ought to be a time of joy and

peace, happiness and showing

love.”

He continued, “I want to

thank all of you who have

worked at this institution

over the past years, caring

for our patients here at

Clarevue and I want to say to

you all ‘be not weary in well

doing and your Minister is

an Action Man, so 2017 will

be a better year at this institution.”

Sir Rodney noted

He said caring for mentally

patients requires patience

and understanding

and he said he told the Commissioner

of Police early

this year what when they

are dealing with mentally ill

patients , they must have a

trained personnel in the field

of mental health go along

with them.

“Not everyone understands

such patients and

they may not give them the

best care at all times, so they

need to have people who

are trained in caring for patients

like these,” The GG

remarked.

Kathleen Michael - Quality

Assurance Officer, in addressing

the gathering said

that despite the stigma, the

hospital is home to 130 patients-

90 males and 40 females.

She also highlighted

some of the challenges being

faced at the institution but

noted that despite the challenges,

staff members have

worked tirelessly to ensure

that patients are well taken

care of.

She also noted that although

much more needs

to be done, there have been

much improvements to staffing,

the physical structure

and dietary offerings with a

focus on the increased consumption

of foods that are

conducive to good health.

Michael said she looks

forward to a closer working

relationship with the Ministry

in the coming year.

Joan Carrot, Acting Permanent

Secretary within

the Ministry of Health and

the Environment said that

the Ministry appreciates the

commitment of staff at the

facility and she assured them

that the Ministry is doing its

utmost to assist.

The ceremony was

chaired by Grounds Supervisor

Glen Josiah and was

attended by other officials

from Clarevue and the ministry,

including Senior Assistant

Secretary Keithroy

Titus, Senior House Officer

Dr Terri Ann Joseph, PNO

Nurse Margaret Smith and

Administrative Secretary for

Health Institutions Ena Dalso-Henry.

Staff, residents and visitors

were also entertained

with a poem by Cavell Sheridan,

Christmas carols by

patients and two moving

renditions by Andrew Phillip.


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Friday 23rd December 2016

The Board, Management and Staff of the Antigua & Barbuda Social

Security takes this opportunity to wish our contributors and

beneficiaries a Merry Christmas. We thank you for your loyalty

throughout 2016, and look forward to serving you in 2017.

Have a bright & prosperous New Year!

Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Board

Long Street, P.O. Box 1125, St. John’s, Antigua

Telephone: (268) 736-3000/1/2/3 • Fax: (268) 481-3090

Email: socsec@socialsecurity.gov.ag


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Friday 23rd December 2016

Thursday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Dunces

6. Dance hall employees

10. Donahue of talk shows

14. Be nuts over

15. Nettle

16. Change the décor of

17. Bolshevik administrators?

19. Poems of praise

20. Vestige

21. Have top billing

22. German sub

23. Sax type

25. Neat as ___

26. Continue to laze about

32. Succinct saying

33. Bobby of hockey

34. River to the North Sea

35. Mont Blanc, for one

36. Singer DiFranco catches 40

winks?

40. Chorus syllable

41. PFC’s superiors

43. Kimono completer

44. Careful efforts

46. Previewed

50. Fly like an eagle

51. Deliver a tirade

52. Charged particle

54. Haleakala National Park’s

island

56. Dutch cheese

60. Mil. tactical units

61. Prohibit silliness?

63. “The ___ Love Belongs to

Somebody Else”

64. Name on a shirt

65. Granny and Windsor

66. Freelancer’s insert, briefly

67. Decimal system units

68. Jeweler’s weight

Down

1. Like some eagles, they say

2. Frankfurt’s river

3. Region

4. Traditional Japanese art form

5. 6-yr. term holder

6. Native of England

7. Verdi opera

8. NY Met, for example

9. ___ Plaines

10. Uprightness

11. Pleasure-seeking

12. Something to think about

13. Type of cause

18. Wine region of Italy

22. ___ symbol (scanner lines)

24. Tibetan monk

25. Org. for 50-and-older folks

26. Kramden or Nader

27. Cherry bombs and depth

charges

28. Region of ancient Greece

29. 2nd amendment lobbying

org.

30. “Journey to the Center of

the Earth” author

31. Pitchers’ stats

32. Fellows

37. Film ___

38. “Son of,” to a Saudi

39. Stretch over

42. Kurtz of stage and screen

45. Aerial

47. Bert Bobbsey’s twin

48. Some ancient Celts

49. Puffed up

52. Hubbubs

53. Hidden 5 times in this grid,

caricaturist Hirschfeld’s daughter

54. Labyrinth

55. Mystery writer?

57. Designing Christian

58. Lead-in to “boy” or “girl”

59. Popular computer game

61. Bridle part

62. Dog breeders’ org.


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Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Considerable cloudiness with

occasional rain showers.

High - 81ºF

Low - 74ºF

Wind: East 13 mph

Sunrise 6.32 am; Sunset 5.40 pm

Thursday’s Crossword Solution

HOROSCOPE

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). So much will be subject

to interpretation. Assume that

things mean what you want

them to mean. Choose the

meaning that energizes you;

the more energy you have, the

better you’ll enjoy yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). Here’s what holds you in

place: family, work, routine,

the “boring” stuff. But it’s

not really boring, especially

when you consider that all the

best bits life will spring from

these sources.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

You’re embroiled in a fantasy

about not having to compromise,

doing it your way and

actually being supported in

it. Truly, the compromises

are good for you, and yet too

much of anything makes you

long for the other things.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

What would you tell your

best friend to do? Not your

actual best friend — your

fantasy best friend who needs

to make a few decisions just

like you do. You love that crazy-cool

person! Advise then

apply it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

Maybe you want the same

thing they want, but that in

and of itself won’t help you

get there any more easily.

Their reasons will barely

move you there. Figure out

your reasons. Your reasons

will be big time motivation.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

Many great works of art infuriated

people at first then

were gradually accepted and

appreciated after the minds of

the audience caught up with

the ideas of the art. You’ll be

an early adopter.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You

honor your commitments to

the people in your life and

your social circle grows from

there. You don’t always get to

choose who you’re around.

That’s what makes the friends

you do get to choose so special

to you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Remember when you got

some long, consecutive,

non-interrupted time chunks

to organize your life around?

Boy, that does seem like a

thing of the past now, but

don’t worry, it will also be a

thing of the future.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

There’s a logic behind your

attraction to certain people

and things. Those motives

are worth investigating. What

feels natural isn’t always the

best choice, but today it will

be a pretty solid one.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

You’re ready to get deep, but

your life is filled with a million

shallow tasks. Let your

heart provide the depth. Later

you can avoid any source of

shallow work, but right now

it’s pretty unavoidable.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

Some will be threatened by

what you believe. Some will

challenge you. This is good.

Beliefs should be tested. Otherwise,

how will you know

which ones aren’t stable

enough to support you?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-

Dec. 21). Stay relaxed as you

make your requests of others.

Your charisma is turned up

and people will be inclined

to make you happy. They will

go to extra lengths to see you

smile.


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Friday 23rd December 2016

Trio capture titles in international boxing

By Marver Woodley

A trio of Antiguan Boxers

have produced suburb

work overseas in several

International Boxing competitions.

Carl Warner, Yakita

Aska and Allister Ryan representing

the Cobra Boxing

Gym carried the twin island’s

flag proud winning

their respective matches

and categories.

Aska a light heavy

weight boxer and Ryan a

middle weight fighter both

traveled to Tortola where

they competed in two categories

and emerged victorious.

Warner made good on

his promises delivering one

fetal blow to Omari Bowers

within the first-round

knock-out victory segment

to grab the title, while Aska

By Marver Woodley

The Under 15 Tournament for the Antigua

& Barbuda Cricket Association is set

to take flight once again after a one year

break.

The tournament was put on hold due

2015 packed calendar according to the Association’s

President Leon Rodney.

The President noted that although the

tournament garner the support from major

corporate citizens the matches which are

won his category by unanimous

decision over Tortola

native Andre Hudson.

Meanwhile over in Europe

Ryan dazzled the

crowd in the light-wellto-weight

class, defeating

opponents from Italy and

Sweden on his way to conquer

the King of the Ring

title in London a few days

later.

U-15 Cricket competition resumes

usually played under lights was simply not

possible and a major adjustment will be

made to include in in the 2017 calendar.

The competition which was favored by

the public last year however was criticized

by many as they deemed the conditions not

fit for children, will bounce-back with an

upgrade.

The competition will nonetheless reopen

during the Association’s domestic

season in March 2017.


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The General Public is hereby advised that the Antigua Port Authority

(Deep Water Harbour) will open every Saturday from

8:00 am to 1:00 pm through to December 31, 2016 to facilitate

regular business activities. Please be guided accordingly.

State Insurance Corporation advises its customers and the

general public that it will be closing at 11:00 a.m on Friday

23rd December to facilitate a staff function. This applies to

the offices at Redcliffe Street and at Ebenezer. We apologise

for any inconvenience this early closure may cause. The

Board of Directors, Management and Staff of State Insurance

thank you for your patronage in 2016 and look forward

to serving you in 2017 and beyond. Happy Holidays!

State Insurance Corporation wishes to advise our customers

and the general public that our offices, both headquarters on

Redcliffe St. and Satellite in Ebenezer, will close at 11:00am

on Friday 23rd December 2016 to facilitate a staff function.

Offices will reopen on Wednesday 28th at 8:15am. We do

apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The Social Security Office wishes to advise the general public

that its office will close at 1:00 p.m. on December 23. Please be

further advised however that the cashiers will be closed at 12:15

p.m. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.

VACANCY REGISTERED AT OSEC

Local organization is seeking a suitably qualified person to

fill the position of:

** Research & Communications Officer **

Qualifications & Skills Required:

▪ B.Sc. Degree (Actuarial Science; Public Administration;

Marketing; or Computing)

▪ Knowledge of arithmetic, statistics, algebra and their

applications

▪ Knowledge of at least two database user interface and

query software packages, inclusive of Microsoft Access

and/or Structured Query Language (SQL)

▪ Excellent report-writing skills

▪ Knowledgeable of SPSS and Microsoft Excel

▪ Critical thinking and problem solving skills

▪ Meticulous nature

▪ Ability to work independently.

If you are currently registered at OSEC and interested in this

listed vacancy, kindly contact OSEC. If you are NOT registered

with OSEC you may call the centre for more information

on registration requirements. Our centre is located on

Old Parham Road in the Ryan’s Building, next to Antigua

Motors. OSEC telephone numbers are 562-8533/34/35.

Kindly note that the DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICA-

TIONS is December 30, 2016

The Medical Benefits Scheme wishes to advise all its’ beneficiaries

that the Browne’s Avenue Pharmacy is now open to

serve you. Enjoy quick service including pick-up & drop off

services and spacious parking. Opening hours are MON – FRI

8 AM- 3 PM. Special extend hours on 12th – 23rd of December

& 3rd -13th JANUARY 2017: 7AM – 4 PM. Have a

healthy and happy holiday from the Medical Benefits Scheme.

VACANCIES AT OSEC

1) SECURITY OFFICER - Police Record Required

2) CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES

A Minimum of 3 CXC’s (including English)

Bi-lingual (Spanish) a plus

Proficient personal computer skills

Strong written and oral communication skills.

2-3 years experience in a similar role

3) CLERICAL ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST

3 CXC (including Math & English)

At least 1 year experience in similar role

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL THE ONE

STOP EMPLOYMENT CENTRE AT 562-8533/4/5

DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: Friday 30th December,

2016


14 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g

Friday 23rd December 2016

Two draws and a win in the ABFA

First and Second Division games

By Marver Woodley

Six teams tried their endeavored

best on Wednesday

to reach the top standings

within the Antigua and Barbuda

Football Association

First and Second Division

For Sale

but only one was truly successful

in their encounters.

Kicking off the afternoon

in the First Division was draw

between Point West Ham

and current bottom seated

Hill Top FC. The game was

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Peace I leave with You; my peace I give

to you. I do not give to you as the world

gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled

and do not be afraid. John 14:27

reduced to a 1-1 draw after

Curt Francis’ opener in the

8th minute of the game could

not be carried to the end and

N’Degwa Malone’s successful

strike leveled the playing

field in the 68th minute for

West Ham.

Freemans Village SC also

rejoiced after a 2-nil trouncing

of Fort Road FC. Darius

Hector and teammate Roy

Gregory netted the two goals

for the game under Freemans’

Ville banner.

The final showdown for

the day was between Police

FC and Golden Grove FC in

the Second Division which

also resulted in a draw. Orian

Anthony opener in the 9th

minute for Police followed

by Cecil Daley’s 76th goal

ended the game on a 1-1

draw.

Games in both Division

will continue this evening

when Hon. Molwyn Joseph

Bethesda welcomes Lion

Hill FC, Oyster, V.E.G International

Swetes travel to Ottos

to face the Ottos Rangers

and the JSC Progressors will

tackle Garden Stars FC.

Remembering Ivor “Roots Man” Warner

I took God’s hand when I heard his call, I

said farewell and left it all

I could not stay another day, to laugh with

you, work hard and play

Earthly tasks left undone have to stay that

way, since I found my peace at the end of

the day

Family is important to laugh with and kiss,

Oh, yes, those days I will always miss

Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I

know we will meet in heaven tomorrow

My life may have seemed all to brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with unnecessary

grief

Lift up your heart and have joy with me,

God wanted me more so he set me free

So love, cherish one another and be kind

during your life, remember faith cometh

by hearing God’s word and not by sight

Live your life by God’s saving grace, then

we will all meet up yonder face to face

Happy seventieth birthday Ivor “Roots

Man” Warner. You will surely be missed

by your loving wife Iyoter Heskey Warner,

children, grandchildren, extended

family and friends. May your soul rest in

eternal peace.


Friday 23rd December 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 15

Third annual Sports Classic to kick off within weeks

By Marver Woodley

The Helping Hand Foundation

third annual Sports

Classic is slated to be held

from the 5th-8th of January

2017. Backed once again by

bronze sponsors the State

Insurance Corporation the

annual Classic is aimed at enhancing

the growth and development

of sports within the

twin island, and according to

Senator Collin James Parliamentary

Secretary in the Ministry

of Sports the sponsorship

is well welcomed.

The games will also be

held under the Senator’s patronage

and is expected to

show several sports played by

athletes across the island.

The Classic will feature

several sports scattered across

the island for the four days. It

begins with basketball, netball,

volleyball and tennis and

will be held at the Old Road

Sports Complex, while other

By Marver Woodley

The Clash of the Champions Boxing Day

Grand Meet is slated to see four of the islands

top horses to gallop for glory at the Cassada

Gardens Race Track.

The tall breads will gallop for seven and a

half furlongs for the top title one which will

be Lynn’s Image who is aiming at rounding

off the very successful year with the coveted

prize.

Image previously captured the Philly

sports such as track and field

will be played at Mock Pond

in All Saints.

The next stop will be Morris

Bay as it will feature a cross

country run and fun walk, cycling

and water sports.

Other sponsors of the Classic

include: Cool and Smooth,

Island Provision, Hakim’s,

KFC and Gary David’s Farm

and Trucking Company.

Top four horses carded for Boxing

Day Clash of the Champions

Flow Christmas Promotion Winners

Devon Spencer $1000 (Samsung winner)

Patrina Campbell $1000

Courtney Francis Alcatel Pixi 4 with Move Band

Bruno Charles $250 Flow Voucher

Right:

Nella Ramrattan

$1000 (Samsung

winner)

Kevin Browne

$1000

Annie Francis

Alcatel Pixi 4 with

Move Band

Chandra Robinson

$250 Flow Voucher

Ruthlyn White

$1000 (Samsung winner)

Ja’ala Whyte

$1000

Classic, the Antigua Black Pineapple Stakes

and Dr. Sir Cutwin Lake Super Sprints.

Also in pursuit of the title will be the Governor

General’s Cup holder Little Miss Perfect

and crowd favorites Demolition Man and

Chief of Staff.

Two more favorites are expected to take

to the tracks but their participation is yet to be

confirmed due to change of ownership.

Six races are slated to be contested on the

26th all starting at 2 pm.

Delma Bellot

Alcatel Pixi 4 with Move Band

Chriselda Emmanuel

$250 Flow Voucher

Trecia Thomas $1000 (Samsung winner)

Simone Wade $1000

Martin Dempsey Alcatel Pixi 4 with Move Band

Michael Ryner $250 Flow Voucher


16 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g

Friday 23rd December 2016

French exhibition bridges the cultural divide

By Renio Abbott

On December 8th, the

transcendent artwork of

4 French artists took up

temporary residence in the

Government House. Ronald

Cyrille, Daniel Dabriou,

Diane Hugé and Jose Man

Lius journeyed to Antigua

to introduce as their passion

was put on display for the

first time in the land of 365

beaches.

The exhibition came

about as a co-operation between

the IDFC through

its “Carre d’Art de Guadeloupe”,

Sir Rodney Williams,

Governor General of

Antigua and Barbuda, Lady

Williams, and the Honorary

Consul of France to Antigua

and Barbuda to serve as a

vehicle for the unification

of the French and English

speaking Caribbean.

The pieces will be displayed

for the month of December

in the stately Georgian

structure, Government

House which has been host

to many local art and photography

exhibitions.

The real significance in

the unique works of art is

the fact that despite the language

barrier that may exist

between the artists and the

audience here in Antigua,

the masterpieces communicate

very clearly the passion

and emotion of the artists.

The artists were joined

by the President of the

ICFC, Claudy Alie, and

art critic Nathalie Hainaut

who were notably enthused

about the benefits that the

convergence of the French

and English speaking countries

in the region would

bring a diversity though

cultural exchanges.

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