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Thursday 2nd February 2017 A n t i g u a a n d B a r b u d a

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APUA WRITES OFF

OBSERVER DEBT

Utilities Minister, the Hon., Robin Yearwood

By Everton Barnes

The Antigua Public

Utilities Authority

(APUA) has written

off approximately

$500,000.00 of the outstanding

amount owed

by the Observer Media

Group (OMG).

The disclosure comes

from Utilities Minister,

Robin Yearwood, during

his presentation in the

cont’d on pg 2


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New European Union Commissioner visits

By Everton Barnes

The new European

Union Commissioner to Antigua

and Barbuda will begin

here first official visit with a

number of courtesy calls on

senior government officials

today.

Her Excellency, Daniela

Tramacere begins a busy

round of engagements this

morning with courtesy calls

on a number of officials that

include presenting her credentials

to Governor General,

Sir Rodney Williams at

Government House.

She will also meet with

Prime Minister Gaston

Browne and Leader of the

Opposition, Baldwin Spencer.

Other meetings are

planned with acting permanent

secretary in the ministry

of foreign affairs, Ambassador

Anthony Mamba

Liverpool, foreign affairs

minister, Charles Max Fernandez,

and head of the Officer

of the National Authorising

Officer, Ambassador Dr.

Clarence Henry.

On Friday, Ambassador

Tramacere will attend the official

launch of the ASYCU-

DA programme at a function

at the Multi-Purpose Cultural

Centre.

The European Union

provided funding for the

implementation of the programme.

Tramacere officially assumed

her duties as Head of

the EU Delegation to Barbados,

the Eastern Caribbean,

the OECS, and CARICOM

at the beginning of September,

2016.

According to the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs Antigua

and Barbuda enjoys an

active dialogue with the European

Union.

Within the context of

CARIFORUM (the Caribbean

members of the ACP

grouping), the Economic

Partnership Agreement was

signed and is now being implemented

with assistance

from the 10th European Development

Fund (EDF).

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cont’d from pg 1

2017 National Budget debate in the House

of Representatives Wednesday night.

Yearwood said claims that the government

was bent on ‘locking down’ OMG,

which operates both Observer Radio and

the Daily Observer, are far from the truth.

The minister said the company owed

APUA a huge sum of money and that the

statutory corporation was simply ‘seeking

to collect’ what is due.

“We have decided to write off the

amount because the company claims that it

is owed by the government, which makes

it unable to pay its bill.

“However, when asked to produce documents

to support these claims, the OMG

was unable to do so,” Yearwood told parliament.

The minister said APUA took the action

to write off the amount in an effort to

demonstrate to OMG that there was never

any ulterior motives; all the utility company

wanted was its money that was owed.

He said OMG still owes APUA approximately

$1.5 million

According to the minister OMG had

what he called ‘a corrupt deal’ with the

former United Progressive Party (UPP)

Administration where the company operated

without paying for utility services.

Over a ten-year period, these monies

were estimated at over $2 million.

Yearwood said APUA will no longer allow

any individual or company to rack up

large outstanding utility bills.

He said a programme of disconnection

will be implemented across the board

equally to anyone who owes for utility services.

The minister also reported that APUA

is no longer operating in the ‘red’ and that

all its accounts are in the positive (black)

position.

He noted that whilst the company is

‘not yet out of the woods’, he expects

APUA to turn ‘a small profit’ for this operating

year.

Yearwood added that there will be no

increase in the electricity rates which have

been in place since 1979.

However, he said consumers can expect

an increase in water rates due to the

huge expense involved in reverse osmosis

(RO) process.

Most of the water piped to consumers

in Antigua and Barbuda comes from the

RO process.


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Government and Sandals reach agreement

By Everton Barnes

The dispute between the government

and the Sandals Resort Group International

has come to an end.

Reporting on the matter was Utilities

Minister, Robin Yearwood, who

was appointed by the Cabinet to chair a

government team to negotiate with the

hotel chain.

The matter came to a head last year

when the Prime Minister and Finance

Minister, Gaston Browne, wrote to the

company drawing to its attention that it

had not been paying its share of ABST

newspaper, which is also affiliated with

the Sandals Group, publish an article

highly critical of the prime minister.

Even locally and across the region,

PM Browne was critisised for

his handling of the matter. However,

Yearwood said when the arrangement

became public knowledge, many hoteliers

expressed outraged.

Both sides soon recognized that a

public spat was in neither of their interests

and a decision was made to settle

the matter ‘behind closed doors’.

The matter surrounded an apparent

why this arrangement was put in place.

Wednesday night, Yearwood held

up copies of the signed agreement between

both Sandals and the government

where the hotel group started paying

the ABST effective January 01, 2017.

“I am pleased to report to this

House that the Prime Minister has

been exonerated; we have reached an

agreement with the company (without

calling them by name) and in fact we

received the first cheque from them just

this week!” he told parliament.

He disclosed that the ‘arrangement’

for several years as was required by

agreement between the Sandals had been in place for between 4 and

law.

The company in turn took the matter

public by having the Jamaica Observer

Group and the former UPP government

whereby the company was not required

to pay ABST to the Inland revenue Department.

Yearwood did not indicate

5 years, and the estimated amount of

money that should have been paid to

the government over this time was approximately

$100 million.

St. John’s fire department receives

donation from Northern Ireland

By Justin Peters

This past Tuesday, the

St. John’s Fire Station received

a very special donation.

Northern Ireland Police

Detective, Mark Chamber

made a donation of 3 first

aid kits, with 3 more on the

way. Assistant Commissioner

of Police, Elvis Weaver

graciously accepted the gifts

which he noted would be put

to good use.

The donation was made

possible by Ivor Lawrence, a

member of the Royal Police

Force of Antigua and Barbuda

who has committed himself

to establishing partnerships

with law enforcement

agencies across the globe

who have been able to make

contributions to assist local

law enforcement and schools

with materials that they need

to improve facilities.


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Thursday 2nd February 2017

Renewable energy to be a main feature

at local Brewery says Sir Lester

By Joanna Paris

The man with the vision

behind the revitalization of

the Brewery here in Antigua

and Barbuda has indicated

that renewable energy sources

will be a main feature at

the facility.

While making his contribution

to the 2017 Budget

Debate, Sir Lester Bird

described the project as one

“which is dear to his heart”.

He said that the brewery

will create jobs for approximately

two hundred persons

and will feature state

of the art technology that is

unmatched anywhere in the

Caribbean.

He added that Green Energy

Technology should not

be am option, but a necessity

or “the global order of the

day”.

“It is all about green energy

from solar sources, a

photo voltaic plant will be

installed to provide energy

to several departments of

the brewery, a desalination

plant will also be installed

using solar resources”, he

explained.

He told the House that

these types of technology are

common features in Australia,

Italy, Egypt and Greece.

He also outlined another

type of procedure which

will facilitate the process of

waste to energy.

“At the Brewery, they

will process biomass to generate

direct heat, such as a

waste to energy plant. This

will use resources such as

brewery buy products and

waste water as well as organic

garbage from hotels

and restaurants. This will be

a great help to APUA and the

entire country as a whole”,

Sir Lester highlighted.

The former Prime Minister

said that this will be the

ideal training ground for a

number of young person

who will be engaged in the

process, which will be the

By Everton Barnes

Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation

to the United Nations Economic and

Social Council Sixth Youth Forum held

in New York City this week…has returned

with a renewed commitment to

find ways to better communicate with

young people in the society.

Gender and Youth Affairs Minister,

Samantha Marshall, who led the delegation,

described the two-day meeting

as ‘very useful’ as she was able to present

Antigua and Barbuda’s efforts at

gender equality and progress in achieving

the 17 Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for

Sustainable Development- adopted by

world leaders in September 2015 at an

historic UN Summit.

She said the forum provided an opportunity

to listen to the youth delegates

telling of their challenges and experiences

in working towards achieving the

SDG’s of the 2030 Agenda.

According to Minister Marshall the

youth delegates expressed frustration

with the way governments communicate

ideas or policies to them. “The

youths told the forum that governments

tend to have more ‘talk-shops’ and not

communicate with the youth in a language

they understand,” she explained.

The youth affairs minister said the

young people made it clear that rather

than communicate policies in complicated

or highly technical language,

they want the message presented in a

simple format utilizing a medium that

will readily reach them.

Marshall used the opportunity to

update the forum on the measures being

implemented in Antigua and Barbuda

to achieving the SDG 2030 Agenda.

“I informed the forum that we have

Sir Lester Bird

first of its kind in the region.

The Brewery will produce

premium beer, stout,

malt, soft drinks as well as

fruit juices, wellness and

energy drinks and canned

products.

Young people want simple message

launched a sensitization programme

aimed at achieving gender equality and

already over 100 young women have

been trained by her department.

Additionally, she drew reference

to the President’s Ten mentorship programme

launched by the President of

the Senate, Alincia Williams-Grant,

where a group of young women will

undergo a 12 to 18-month programme

that will primarily focus on building

their leadership skills.

This programme, she noted is aimed

at encouraging them to take up leadership

positions in the society and in particular

including direct involvement in

politics.

The delegation also included Senator

Shenella Govia, currently the

youngest member in the Senate, and

Youth Coordinator in the Department

of Youth Affairs, Rochelle Ellis.


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E-text books later this year among

developments to take place in education

By Joanna Paris

The official launch for

the 60th anniversary of

Carnival will take place in

March.

Minister with responsibility

for Culture and National

Festivals, the Hon.

E.P Chet Greene had indicated

that the official activities

will be unveiled on the

4th of March.

Minister Greene made

the announcement during

his contribution to the 2017

Budget debate.

He said that all of the

outstanding prize monies

for 2016 have been paid and

expressed the hope that this

will allow stakeholders to

confidently prepare for this

year’s major celebrations.

He added that the Cabinet

of Antigua and Barbuda

has already approved the

traditional concessions that

are granted to mass troupes

and other entities.

“The mass camps can

now begin their work earlier

than usual and the traditional

waiver of utility

bills have been passed onto

APUA for immediate implementation”,

he said.

The Creative Arts Fund

available through the Antigua

Barbuda Development

Bank is also fully operational

and available to persons

who are registered with the

Antigua and Barbuda Festivals

Commission and who

wish to participate in Carnival

60.

Minister Greene also

said that calypsonians and

By Joanna Paris

Students in schools across the island

will soon have easier access to

learning with the official launch of

e-text books, which will take place

later this year.

Minister of Education, Science

and Technology, the Honourable Michael

Browne in his contribution to

the 2017 Budget debate on Wednesday

explained that the devices will

be customized by the government of

Antigua and Barbuda and will also be

assigned by the Ministry.

“They were designed for us, by us,

with our certification, so when you

turn on one of those tablets and you

go on one of the text books, it does

not matter what your reading level is,

it can match your reading level”, he

told the House, where a number of

students and teachers were also present.

He added that the technology will

also students who learn visually to

watch educational videos on any subject

area.

Minister Browne indicated that so

far a total of 32 e-books have been

created, he further added that this is

just the beginning.

“We are not stopping there, this

year we will finalize an arrangement

with the Caribbean e-books and

we will see students in the primary

schools having access to an entire educational

platform. It will have over

30 educational apps. This will make

teaching easier and teachers will have

more time to expound on areas that

may not be clear to the students”, he

explained.

During his presentation, the Education

Minister also announced that

additional secondary and primary

schools have been identified for further

expansion as the government

continually seeks to meet its mandate

to develop the human resources of the

country.

He said that the plans for the

construction of a brand new second-

Minister of Education, the Hon., Michael

Browne.

ary school which will be located at

Tomilsons have been finalized, He

said that the construction of the edifice

will take place in stages with the

first set of students be expected to occupy

classrooms in the new academic

year beginning in September.

Plans are also in the pipeline to

develop the Sir McChesney George

Secondary School in Barbuda.

Carnival 60 launch to take place in March

Soca artistes will be coming

together for a historic

collaboration to produce he

official song for the festivities.

“We will have a theme

song for Carnival 2017,

which will be sung by all of

our Calypsonians as well as

Soca artistes, as we promote

the 60th anniversary celebrations”,

he told the House.

Minister Greene urged everyone

to come together to

make the 2017 festivities

the best yet!


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The Center for Persons with Disabilities

develops the sailing skills of trainees

They walk differently,

talk differently and some

may not able to articulate as

well as we do, so, we label

them as the Disabled.

But for those who are

charged with the responsibility

of caring for them, this

group of individuals are just

differently able.

One such person is 40-

year old Sylvester Winston

Michael of Seaview Farm

Village.

Michael has been attending

the National Vocational

and Rehabilitation Centre

for Persons with Disabilities

(NVRCD) for approximately

22 years. The NVRCD

is a department within the

Ministry of Health and the

Environment.

Although considered

talkative and quite mischievous

at times, he is always

ready and willing to lend a

helping hand whenever and

wherever necessary.

After just two months

of training in the Sailability

Programme (Sailing for the Disabled), Michael has mastered

the skill and is now capable

of sailing on his own

with limited supervision.

He also understands

some of the dynamics of

sailing, which he alluded to.

“The boat moves according

to the wind: there is a

special way to sailing, there

is a special angle to sit which

prevents the boat from capsizing

and when there is no

wind the boat can’t move,”

Michael said.

When asked how he feels

about his achievement, he

said he was elated and expressed

his love for the sea

and what the experience was

like for him at the first instance.

“I was scared at first and

I even fell a few times because

you have to sit way

down in the boat, otherwise

you can’t get to sail but I am

ok now, I feel good and I

love it” , Michael stated.

cont’d on pg 7


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cont’d from pg 6

Keran Campbell has been

a Trainer and Supervisor at

the National Sailing Academy

in English Harbor for 18

months and has been assisting

more than 35 disabled

persons from the NVRCD .

He was Michael’s Trainer

and when asked how he

felt about training disabled

persons, his comments were

encouraging.

“It is sometimes challenging

as some are afraid of

the water or when the boat

is unstable, but I enjoy their

company, especially Sylvester.

“There are four levels in

sailing, bronze, silver, gold

and platinum and he is at the

sliver level now and he is

quite confident”, Campbell

stated.

He also explained the

different levels of sailing:

the bronze level is when

they are first assessed or just

started sailing, silver is like

Sylvester when a person can

maneuver the boat with supervision,

gold means sailing

with limited supervision

not alone and at the platinum

level the person can enter a

race”.

The Sailability Programme

forms part of the

National Sailing Academy at

English Harbour.

It was established by Bob

and his wife Sue Bailey of

the United Kingdom and

has been in operation since

2015.

Presently it has two Tri

marines which are designed

with safety features specifically

for those with disabilities.

The programme which

first started in the UK was

extended to Hong Kong and

later to Antigua and Barbuda.

The programme caters

to special needs children

from the National Vocational

and Rehabilitation Centre

{NVRCD}, Adele School,

Victory Centre and other institutions

which have both

adults and children with special

needs.

It provides recreational

activities for over 80 persons

each week and Bob is hopeful

that they will be able to

extend the programme in the

near future.


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National Security Minister admits there are more

than 100 Trinis linked to terrorist activity overseas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Some

128 Trinidadians have been linked to

terrorist activities in other countries,

but Trinidad and Tobago is no terrorist

state, National Security Minister Edmund

Dillon has declared.

Dillon made the comments in Senate

yesterday as lawmakers raised concern

about the issue on the heels of charges

levelled by a United States commentator

on MSNBC network last weekend,

that the radical group ISIS, had dozen

of members in the twin-island republic.

Malcome Nance, referring to US

President Donald Trump’s recent visa

ban for seven majority Muslim countries,

said the US “hadn’t banned terrorists

from Brazil and ISIS which

has dozens of members from Brazil

or Trinidad or the Bahamas, who have

more terrorist members than any of

those (seven countries).”

Dillon, who condemned the statement,

one day after Prime Minister Dr

Keith Rowley slammed Nance, said

“based on our information at this point

in time, there are almost 130 nationals

NEW YORK, USA –

While many struggle to quietly

come to grips with US

President Donald Trump’s

travel ban on people from

seven Muslim-majority

countries, some have shown

less restraint.

Among them was a very

vocal Rihanna, who took

to the President’s favourite

platform on Saturday night

to protest the temporary suspension

of the US refugee

programme and the blocked

entry into the country of citizens

from Iran, Iraq, Libya,

Somalia, Sudan, Syria and

Yemen.

“What an immoral pig

you have to be to implement

such BS,” Barbados’ pop

princess posted on Twitter.

The hitmaker collected

174,669 Retweets and

381,396 Likes within hours.

It’s also worth noting

that Rihanna has 69.4 million

followers compared to

Trump’s 22.7 million.

BadGalRiri has never

been shy about expressing

herself. She took to the

streets to protest against

Trump in the recent Women’s

March and endorsed

who have left T&T involved in terrorist

activities in countries away from T&T.

“Information at hand right now

reflects about 70 adults and roughly

about 58 family members.”

The Minister admitted that the issue

was a challenging one but he assured

that the Government was working with

partners to crack down on the problem.

“It’s [Government] working closely

with international partners – the US,

Canada, UK – on strategic areas such

as intelligence sharing, concerning nationals

found to be associated with any

terrorist group, whether locally or internationally.”

Prime Minister Rowley was not so

measured in his response to Nance in a

statement issued Monday.

“Mr Nance’s broad and simplistic

statement is not supported by fact and

ignores the robust and substantial national

security cooperative partnership

between T&T and the US,” he said.

Dr Rowley insisted that Trinidad

and Tobago’s effort to combat terrorism

could not be called into question, main-

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon.

taining that his Government would

continue to partner with the international

community to tackle terrorism.

Nance had also charged that ISIS

had significant numbers in the Bahamas

but Prime Minister Perry Christie

had denounced the claim as false.

“I was astonished by it. In the region

we have heard from time to time of

the people going to the Middle East in

connection with the fighting going on

there, but never have Bahamians been

named as being a part of that. And so

I was astonished to hear the claims…

because it is not true,” he said. (Caribbean360)

Rihanna calls Trump an “immoral

pig” over new Muslim ban

Hillary Clinton during the

election campaign.

She has also remained

firm in the face of personal

attacks on her anti-ban

stance, most notably from

rapper Azealia Banks, who

questioned (in a since deleted

Instagram post) the Bajan

superstar’s right to speak out

as a non-national, told her to

cont’d on pg 9


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Depression and anxiety could

raise risk of death from cancer

LONDON, England

– British researchers have

found that people who are

frequently depressed or anxious

may run a higher risk of

dying from certain types of

cancer.

The medical records of

more than 160,000 adults

in England and Wales indicated

that people who described

themselves as psychologically

distressed were

far more likely to succumb

to cancer, especially of the

pancreas, oesophagus and

colon.

The likelihood of dying

from leukaemia was also

far more elevated among

this group, the researchers

found.

In a study published in

the BMJ medical journal,

the scientists were cautious

in their conclusions, pointing

out that a statistical link

does not necessarily signify

a cause-and-effect relationship

between mood and cancer.

Their findings nevertheless

added to the growing

body of evidence that

mental and physical health

do not function on separate

planes, and that one can influence

the other.

While earlier research

had shown that chronic depression

and anxiety could

help trigger heart disease

and stroke, attempts to forge

similar links between states

of mind and cancer have

yielded mixed results.

Four researchers, led by

David Batty of University

College London, set out to

learn more by examining

data from 16 long-term studies,

covering 163,363 adults.

The participants were

monitored for an average

of nearly a decade, during

which time more than 4,300

of them died of cancer.

Batty and his team studied

raw data on psychological

distress levels, lifestyle

habits and cancer incidence,

searching in particular for

evidence of links between

stress and cancers related to

hormonal changes or lifestyle.

It has already been established

that depression can

disrupt hormonal balance to

the extent of boosting natural

cortisone concentrations

and inhibiting DNA repair

mechanisms – both of which

weaken defences to cancer.

It is also well known that

emotionally distressed people

are more likely to smoke,

drink and become obese –

all of which are associated

with a higher cancer risk.

But regardless of lifestyle,

the researchers found

that people who described

themselves as depressed

were more than twice as

likely to succumb to pancreatic

or oesophageal cancer,

and nearly twice as likely

to die of colon cancer. The

rate for leukaemia was even

higher.

The scientists could not

discount the possibility that

depression could be a result,

rather than the cause of cancer,

however.

“Distress might be a consequence

of the early stages

of the malignancy rather

than a potential predictor,”

they said.

Batty noted that further

research was needed to confirm

the link and tease out

the causal connections. (Caribbean360)

cont’d from pg 8

“shut up”, and suggested that the Work

singer should “read some books.”

But Rihanna was by no means alone

in her frank disdain of Trump’s controversial

policy, with other dissenting

celebrity voices including Kim Kardashian

West, Kerry Washington, Miley

Cyrus, Pink, Mark Ruffalo, Sia and

John Legend.

Legend’s supermodel wife Chrissy

Teigen, an outspoken critic of the real

estate mogul, simply tweeted, “Donald

Trump is an unwell, evil human being.

To the core.”

Academy Awards organizers also

vented their outrage, because the ban

blocked Oscar-winning Iranian director

Asghar Farhadi from attending the Oscars,

where he was nominated for Best

Foreign Language Film.

And in an unprecedented move,

former US President Barack Obama

issued a statement saying that he was

“heartened by the level of engagement

taking place in communities around the

country,” and that he “fundamentally

disagrees with the notion of discriminating

against individuals because of

their faith or religion.” (Caribbean360)


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Wednesday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Hero shop

5. Sunburn remedy

9. Vanity

14. Keen

15. Stitches

16. Cowboy show

17. Silent performer

18. Camping need

19. Actress ____ Barkin

20. Gratification

22. Brews

23. Able to read

25. Plant juice

28. Newsman ____ Koppel

29. Under

34. Pub brews

36. India’s capital (2 wds.)

37. Aim

38. Notches

40. Cut of beef

41. Forefather

43. Ditty

44. Sleazier

45. Savings plan (abbr.)

48. Fixed charge

49. Sugarless soft drink (2

wds.)

52. Make sorrowful

56. Rubber bands

60. Singer ____ Hayes

61. Resorts

62. Capital of Norway

63. Heavenly scales

64. Color

65. Tree greenery

66. Intense beam

67. Appends

68. Fasting time

Down

1. Soggy

2. Satanic

3. Green citrus fruit

4. Flawless

5. Perceptive

6. Ogled

7. Proprietor

8. RI time zone

9. Make believe

10. Portrayal

11. At rest

12. Not shallow

13. Many years

21. Occupy a chair

22. Hearty soups

24. Spur on

25. Legendary stories

26. Solo

27. ____ and quiet

30. Long fishes

31. Emotionally distant

32. Old pronoun

33. Door hardware

35. Winter vehicle

36. Negative word

38. Pub mug

39. Folk knowledge

42. Motorcycle adjunct

45. “Gilligan’s ____”

46. Uses the oven

47. Public notices

50. Moderately warm

51. Coral island

52. Window part

53. China’s continent

54. Specks

55. Be bold

57. Words of comprehension

(2 wds.)

58. Family group

59. Not hard

61. RR stop


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HOROSCOPE

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). Options may be added and

taken away. But the ability to

make a choice will always be

yours. When you start feeling

closed in by the circumstances,

just remember that you can

choose. You’re in control.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Would

you believe there are people

who are daunted by pressures

of “having fun,” unsure exactly

how (or even why) such a

thing should be accomplished?

These people need you! Go

help!

Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Showers in the morning then

clearing with ample sunshine in

the afternoon.

High - 80ºF

Low - 73ºF

Wind: East 14 mph

Sunrise 6.40 am; Sunset 6.01 pm

Wednesday’s Crossword Solution

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

Questions and answers do not

a conversation make. Connections

are forged with twists,

surprises, a sense of play and

true and honest sharing. You

can achieve it by listening better.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Trying to do everything possible

will only deplete you. Hit

the top priority. Make a tradeoff,

then make another. If you

only get one thing done, but it’s

your primary source of satisfaction,

you’ve won.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

You’re not the same as you

were yesterday. What’s different

about you? This doesn’t

have an easy answer, and that’s

what’s so compelling about it.

The mystery of you is ever-unfolding.

GEMINI (May 21-June

21). Teenage life is typically

wrought with drama, as the

skills of emotional coping are

in early development. Most

outgrow the allure of perpetual

drama, opting to apply energy

to more necessary adult pursuits.

Most. Not all.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

Time proves that even the

greatest innovations, inventions

and solutions are but temporary

answers. There’s not

one right explanation or one

correct method that will hold

forever. The best answers beg

more questions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As

sure as rain makes you wet and

food makes you full, perfection

makes you miserable. Don’t

strive for superior results today.

Don’t strive, period. Put your

head down, work humbly, and

happiness will creep up on you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

Since you’re confident in your

ability and secure in your

knowledge, you’re not overly

concerned about appearing

smart or correct or cool. Your

nonchalance only makes you

smarter, more correct and way

cooler.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Some people ask questions to

make a point — a move that

says, “I’m so right I can even

manipulate you to say I’m

right.” Be wary of these people,

and don’t use the tactic

yourself. Ask questions out of

curiosity, not arrogance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.

21). Conflict is more interesting

than peace, but most people

who are living purposefully

find that it’s not worth the

energy it takes to witness or

take part in it. You’re right to

be protective of your precious

energy reserves.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). A little mystery doesn’t

scare you off. You’re not like

the ones who need all to be

certain. You realize that it

will never be. The constant is

change. The essence of life is

surprise.


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

Thursday 2nd February 2017

The Antigua Girls High School invites all parents, old girls,

past teachers and well wishers, to its 131st Anniversary Service

and Prize Giving, on Wednesday 8th February 2017,

at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church, beginning at 8:30

am. Following the service there will be an EXHIBITION OF

WORKS at the school’s auditorium. ALL are invited to view

the creative works of our young ladies.

VACANCIES REGISTERED at OSEC

HOSTESS

Knowledge of the island’s heritage sites, etc.

Excellent communication & people skills

Possess a true passion for the Service/Hospitality Industry

Able to Mix Drinks

Computer Literacy

Must be flexible

INVENTORY CLERK

Two years experience in a similar role

Must be flexible

Must have experience using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign

and Illustrator

DOMESTIC HOUSEKEEPER

Two years experience in similar role

ASSISTANT OFFICE MANAGER

Bachelors Degree in Management with Accounting background

At least 5 years’ experience in a Management position.

If you are currently registered at OSEC and interested in a

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 5628533/34/35.

Kindly note that the DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICA-

TIONS is Thursday 2nd February, 2017

The Antigua & Barbuda Social Security Board wishes to

advise all employers that have weekly paid employees that

the new rate of 11% for Government employees and 12%

for Private sector employees commences from February 6th,

2017. This means that this week ending February 3rd should

be calculated at 9% and 10% respectively. Please be guided

accordingly.

All members of the Antigua and Barbuda Ex-Servicemen Association

are notified of the next monthly meeting, to be held

on Saturday 4 February 2017 at 3 pm, at Leah`s House on

Prime Minister`s Drive, Saint Johns. Please be on time and

bring along your poppies and donations, or notify the Chairman,

Secretary,PRO or Welfare Officer on 720-0058,723-

3452,721-1970 or 561-1062 of your apologies.


Thursday 2nd February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 13

Ovals edges out United, Police trumps One Stone

By Carlena Knight

F and G Trading Cuties

Ovals Ojays 2 edged out

KAG United, 41-40 in their

division 2 matchup on Tuesday

night at the Cage formally

Ovals Basketball court.

The Antigua Barbuda

Basketball Association

matchup saw Benjamin Meade

of Ojays score 8 points

and grab 8 rebounds to lead

his team to a nail-biting victory.

John Samuel of United

had 14 points and 7 rebounds

in a losing effort.

In the other division 2

matchup at Ovals, Global

Hawks defeated Rebels,

56-52 with Kelvin Pimental

scoring 12 points and grabbing

10 rebounds to secure

the win.

Rebels’ Goroin Berec had

12 points, 7 rebounds and 6

steals with teammate, Marley

Newton scoring 8 points and

pulling 7 rebounds.

While at JSC, Police Vertex

did away with One Stone

Original, 58-41.

The division 2 matchup

saw Dale Gore score a game

high 24 points, pulling 11 rebounds

and nabbing 7 steals

for the victors.

He was assisted by Alfred

Telemaque who had 17

points and 13 rebounds.

Sien Southwell of One

Stone had 19 points and 5

steals.

Flyers 2 ran a clinic on

H.U.F. Baldwin Braves 2 in

the feature match at JSC, 91-

58.

Anthony Greer was an

unstoppable force with 30

points with assistance from

Kellony Tonge with 23 points

and Nickon McGregor with

20 points and 8 rebounds.

Tavarus Benta chipped in

with 12 points, 9 rebounds

and 8 assists.

Braves’ Raji Thomas

was the leading scorer with

25 points, 6 rebounds and 4

steals while teammate, Alister

Nibbs contributed 13

points and 13 rebounds.

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On their quest of earning

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a game ending 2-nil.

Netting the successful

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point ahead of United who is

3rd with 34 points.

Villa Lions win over

Lion Hill has earned them

some vital points to creep

just one point short of their

nearest rival Ottos Rangers

and abreast of the competition

in the 30 points bracket

spot on.

They defeated Lion Hill

2-nil as well with both attacks

coming from Michael

Roberts in the 7th and 11th

minutes.

The third game of the day

was between Bendals and

Hill Top who were unable of

scoring a single point each

and ended the game on a nil

all result.

Play will nonetheless

continue in the First Division

later today with the first

game kicking off in Potters

when they take on Ottos

Rangers who will fight

to keep up with the pack.

The second will be Swetes

matchup against First Road,

following which Point West

Ham will travel to Freemansville

who will seek to

maintain their 6th position

in hoped of entering the next

round of matches.

All Saints defeats Christ the

King in School Basketball

By Carlena Knight

All Saints Secondary Senior Girls defeated Christ the

King High School, 18-13 on Tuesday afternoon at the JSC

Sports Complex. Led by Reyanna Regis with 11 points,

ASSS did away with the all girls school.

Timna Phillip and Tobyann Henry both had 4 points in a

losing effort.

In the Mini-girls Primary division, Liberta Primary dominated

J.T. Ambrose, 12-5.

Destiny Francis led the charge for her team with 12 points

while Jannique Blackstock had 5 points.

Jennings Secondary flexed their muscles on St. Joseph’s

Academy, 38-30 in the Senior boys category.

Danny Perez was the leading scorer with 15 points for the

victors while Dalehente Phillip scored 11 for SJA.


Thursday 2nd February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 15

Jacobs undermines ICC Americas

CAVE HILL, Barbados

– Jamaica Scorpions hauled

themselves back into contention

for a semi-final spot in

the Regional Super50 after

whipping winless ICC Americas

by 67 runs, in a rain-hit

contest here Wednesday.

In a game reduced to 46

overs per side because of rain,

Scorpions overcame a shaky

start to rally to 251 for five

at 3Ws Oval with Johnson

Campbell (66), Andre McCarthy

(63) and Rovman Powell

(52) all hitting half-centuries.

Left-arm spinner Saad bin

Zafar was the best bowler

with two for 35.

Set a revised target of 254,

Bermudian opener Kamau

Leverock struck a breezy top

score of 75 but ICC Americas

slumped from 130 for three

in the 27th over, to 187 all out

off 44.3 overs.

Alex Amsterdam (20)

was the only other batsman

to show any resistance as the

development side lost their

last seven wickets for 57 runs

in quick time.

The main architect of

their demise was leg-spinner

Damion Jacobs who

snatched five for 24 – his

second five-wicket haul in

50-overs cricket.

Entering the contest with

two defeats in three outings,

Scorpions wobbled up front

as they slipped to 53 for three

in the 15th over.

Chadwick Walton fell for

14 to a catch at the wicket off

bin Zafar at 29 for one and in

the next over without a run

added, other opener Steven

Taylor perished for seven to

off-spinner Nitish Kumar.

When bin Zafar had Test

batsman Jermaine Blackwood

stumped for nine,

Scorpions found themselves

in danger of collapse.

However, McCarthy

and Devon Thomas, who

made 28, started the revival

by posting 69 for the fourth

wicket before Campbell and

the enterprising Powell added

101 in an unbroken sixth

wicket stand.

McCarthy hit five hours in

a steady 86-ball knock while

Thomas notched a four and a

six off 47 deliveries.

Both fell in the space

of 24 balls paving the way

for Campbell and Powell to

re-energise the innings in a

partnership which required

just 61 deliveries.

Left-hander Campbell

faced just 64 balls and struck

five fours and three sixes

while Powell hit one four and

four sixes in an up tempo 38-

ball innings.

ICC Americas then prospered

principally because

of three partnerships which

revolved around left-hander

Leverock who faced 83 balls

and counted seven fours and

two sixes.

He put on 35 off 38 balls

for the first wicket with Fahad

Babar (5), 48 for the third

wicket with Srimantha Wijeyeratne

(19) and a further

33 for the fourth wicket with

Amsterdam.

Leverock’s demise,

caught at the wicket off Jacobs

in the 28th over, signalled

the end of all resistance

for ICC Americas. (CMC)

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

Thursday 2nd February 2017

The Soca Diva gives tablets

to hearing impaired children

The staff and children at

the School for the Hearing

impaired were all smiles as

Claudette “CP” Peters and

“The Soca Army” a group

of energetic and passionate

young persons) handed

over 15 educational tablets

to the school for the hearing

impaired to facilitate the

learning experience for the

children.

The idea came after the

launch of Aunty Claudette’s

Kiddies Fete – Children

helping children, an event

which represents the Soca

Diva’s wish to give back to

the community in a meaningful

way. After careful

consideration, the school

was selected to receive the

special donation.

During her presentation,

the Soca Diva said “I was

driven as an artist but more

so as a mother to show appreciation

and love for all

those in Antigua”.

Her passion is to serve

and help those in need; to be

a role model and to make a

mark by leaving a remarkable

legacy for our youths

and anyone who comes in

contact with her infectious

`personality.

Aunty Claudette’s Kiddies

Fete is now an annual

event with the main goal

being to empower children

and teach them to help each

other by creating bonds and

friendly partnerships.

The 16-year Soca veteran

also indicated her intention

to pursue the initiative every

year, finding different ways

to give back. The date for

has been set for Sunday 2nd

July, 2017.

Claudette CP Peters

and the Soca Army would

like to extend heartfelt

thanks to The Honourable

Molwyn Joseph , APUA,

VIBZ FM, Kennedy’s Club

, Will City, Tropical Rental,

Occasions Party Rentals,

Omar Bakery, Sun FM,

Takumi Media, Creative

Genius , Signs and Impressions,

Sun City Rentals, The

Government of Antigua and

Barbuda, ABS Television

and Radio, Antigua and Barbuda

Festivals Commission,

Oh So Good Promotion,

Stone Wall Reloaded, Theatrics

Lighting, LAVA International,

Cool and Smooth,

Townhouse Mega Store, Anjo’s

Wholesale, John Baptist

Rental Sewage Disposal and

Trucking , BSS, the Royal

Police Force of Antigua and

Barbuda .

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