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Caribbean Times 90th Issue - Friday 3rd February 2017

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MP MASSIAH PROMISES

FRESH, DYNAMIC PARTY

By Joanna Paris

The political arena in

Antigua and Barbuda will

become even more interesting

with a new or alternative

political party in the mix.

The woman with the vision

is none other than the

bold and confident Member

of Parliament for the All

Saints East and St. Luke

Constituency, the Hon. Joanne

Massiah.

MP Massiah who has

been the centre of several instances

of public ridicule by

the hierarchy of her affiliate

party, the Opposition United

Progressive Party, has

indicated that “a new, fresh

and dynamic party” will be

launched “very soon”.

Speaking during the Budget

Debate in Parliament on

Thursday, MP Massiah said

that the new entity will focus

on key issues of concern to

the people of Antigua and

Barbuda.

She identified security

and safety, mote reliable

transportation, reliable public

utilities and competitive

as well as an affordable

communication network as

among the areas that will be

given priority when the new

entity comes on stream.

“I just want to assure the

people of Antigua and Barbuda

that something new,

fresh and dynamic will be

launched on this country

soon and we do not consider

ourselves to be a third

party, we are the alternative

party, which will field 17

candidates in the next General

Elections whenever the

Prime Minister calls it”, she

hinted.

MP Massiah is among

the three females to have

been elected to the House of

Representatives in Antigua

and Barbuda.

Member of Parliament for the All Saints East and St. Luke Constituency,

the Hon. Joanne Massiah.


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Government targets chicken imports

By Everton Barnes

Antigua and Barbuda

imports over eleven million

pounds of chicken annually,

the most by any country in

the OECS.

The disclosure comes

from Agriculture and Barbuda

Affairs Minister, Arthur

Nibbs during his contribution

to the 2017 National Budget

debate on Thursday. He said

the country is almost self-sufficient

in egg production, but

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importation of chicken for

consumption remains high.

“I am pleased to report

that we are now able to practically

meet the total demand

for eggs with thirty percent

of these eggs coming from

egg production in a number

of secondary schools as part

of the agricultural science

programme. I am equally

pleased to see that our young

people are getting involved

in agriculture so that when

the elders retire, they are

ready to rightfully take their

place in helping us achieve

our goal of food security,”

Nibbs stated.

He said chicken meat production

lags behind that of

eggs, but the government will

take a more proactive role in

helping to boost chicken production

aimed at reducing the

importation over time.

“Our plan is to enter into

joint venture operations with

the broilers by providing

needed assistance to help

them reduce production costs.

The aim is to produce up to 1

million pounds of chicken by

the second year of the operation

and to gradually move

up to a 30 percent share of the

market,” he revealed.

According to the minister

he is prepared to lobby

the Cabinet for lands at concessionary

rates for anyone

wanting to get involved in

chicken meat production as

well as discuss with APUA

for special rates for water.

Additionally, he is recommending

that a mill be sited

in Barbuda to produce seeds,

one of the costly ingredients

in chicken production.

With respect to vegetable

production, Minister Nibbs

reported that the prolonged

drought has hampered production

which resulted in an

increase in imports over the

past year.

In 2014, he said 1.1 million

pounds of vegetables

were imported at a cost $4.6.

That figure reduced to 1 million

pounds in 2015 at a cost

of $4.6 million. However, in

2016, the figure rose to 1.4

million pounds at a cost of

$6.4 million.

He said just over 700

acres of land were under vegetable

cultivation for 2016.

Speaking about Barbuda,

Nibbs said the year 2017

is shaping up to be ‘a very

good’ year for the island and

its people.

“We have major developments

in the pipeline, the

likes of which Barbuda has

never seen before. We have

two major hotel projects

coming (Paradise Found and

the PLH Resort development),

a new airport, several

smaller hotel developments

as well as the construction of

over five miles of road on the

island,” he declared.

The minister said his aim

is to see Barbuda become

a net contributor to the national

treasury and no longer

having to depend on Central

Government for ‘handouts’.


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Headshots back for a fourth year

By Justin Peters

It’s about that time again,

when Fetes start leading up to

the climax of Carnival. Headshots

is one such fete that is

now coming into its fourth

year. The event has grown

rapidly, with well over 2000

patrons turned out exceeding

the expected 1000-1500, confesses,

Picture Kid and Anton

Went the Event Promoters.

Speaking to Caribbean

Times, Picture Kid explained

that the event has undergone

a few changes, including now

being an outdoor event. “We

had to move outdoors to the

North Stand Parking lot at Sir

Vivian Richards Stadium because

of the excess numbers

and how hot it became inside.

With an outdoor event, we

have listened to our customers

and created a more comfortable

experience.

The Headshots concept

came from a marriage of

two fields, Photography and

Feting. The word headshots

which means a portrait in the

Photography Field and a shot

of liquor taken straight the

bottle, or “to the head” offers

partygoers the unique experience

of getting free shots

all night and one free digital

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one of the event flyers with

them to the gate.

The event brings together

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The SPHN brings the curtains down

on her career after nearly forty years

After thirty nine (39) years of yeoman

service to the twin island state, one of the

country’s most outstanding Public Health

Nurses brought the curtains down on her

illustrious career on Wednesday.

Nurse Coralita Joseph, Antigua and

Barbuda’s Superintendant of Public

Health Nurses, performed her last official

act as SPHN on February 1st after almost

forty (40) years of distinguished service

in the nursing fraternity.

Nurse Joseph, who started her career

on January 31st 1978, spoke glowingly

of some of the accomplishments under

her stewardship as the Public Health

Nursing Superintendant.

The veteran administrator said that

among her major achievements are outfitting

the southern and eastern clinics

with full complimentary staff nurses,

maintaining a high percentage in the immunization

program and acquiring new

uniforms for the public health nurses.

“The southern and eastern areas were

under staffed and so we went ahead in

2010 and we got seventeen (17) nurses

and placed them strategically in order

to help us maintain the high standard of

community nursing. Our immunization

program remained at a height that still

stuns us all. We were able to maintain

ninety eight (98) to a hundred (100) percent

coverage for our children” Nurse Joseph

declared

“Also when I came back as a Public

Health Nurse from Jamaica, the nurses

were in the same uniform, there were

no changes since 1995 so in 2010 after I

took office I decided that there need to be

a change so with that I wrote and asked

for us to be in this colour (Brown) which

the Public Health Nurses love and count

it as an upward movement for them to be

significantly identified”, Nurse Joseph

added.

She also disclosed that the education

of her nurses was also high on her agenda

and said that dozens were sent abroad to

further their studies in the field.

“”We sent a number of persons to

study as well; we recommended a number

of Public Health Nurses, some of

whom have come back already. We also

recommended nutrition officers, we recommended

persons to go and study psychiatric

nursing and even some community

health aides were sent abroad to train

as they looked for that upward mobility”,

she noted.

Over the years, Nurse Joseph said

that she encountered a number of problems,

one of them include impersonation,

where individuals would show up to the

clinics and use another person’s name

to receive medical attention falsely. She

said this practice was quickly corrected

as she implemented an ID program.

“People were misusing the clinics,

people were coming and using names of

other persons and I thought about what

needs to be done so I asked the nurses to

see if they could ask the clients to bring

along an ID whenever they come to the

clinics. So they began to show their Ids”,

Joseph disclosed.

Looking back at her career, Nurse

Joseph said that there are no regrets and

if she could go back in time, she would

do it all over again as she truly enjoyed

her days as a District Nurse Midwife as

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US citizen convicted for several offences

An American citizen who was arrested

and charged for several offences

during last year’s carnival J’ouvert was

convicted in the Magistrate’s Court.

Tio Henry, who was living at St. Johns

Street, appeared in the St. Johns Magistrate’s

Court on Tuesday before Magistrate

Clarke, and pleaded guilty to

Making use of indecent Language and

Carrying Abroad an Offensive Weapon.

He was convicted and fined $550;

in default he will serve 4 months in

prison.

The Court heard that during last

year’s Carnival J’ouvert, members of

the Special Services Unit (SSU) were

in the process of effecting an arrest on

Lower Market Street; when Henry appeared

from out of nowhere and began

wrestling with a member of the squad.

By Joanna Paris

Opposition member

and Member of Parliament

for the All Saints East and

St Luke Constituency, the

Hon. Joanne Massiah has

expressed the view that the

time has come to raise the

He was seen literally barring the officer

from performing his duty. Other

officers, who were on the scene, saw

what was happening and went to the

assistance of their colleague.

Henry became even more aggressive

and put up a struggle, while hurling

a number of expletives at the police.

At one point he was seen trying to remove

a knife from his pocket, but was

wrestled to the ground and disarmed.

He was taken into custody and charged.

His conviction came amidst concerns

of police brutality, which was a

groping issue in certain sections of the

media. An official from the US Embassy

in Barbados was even present

in Court throughout the trial; and was

seen taking copious notes up the point

where the defendant changed his plea

level of poultry production

in the twin island state.

She noted that chicken

and it’s by products are

among the top consumables

in Antigua and Barbuda.

She said that there is no

reason why the country cannot

be fully self-sufficient

in this regard once the right

mechanisms are put in place.

“It is full time that we

become fully sufficient and

so I want to encourage the

government to just be a bit

more focused on this sector,

to Guilty.

The Prosecution in turn withdrew

the other charges, but felt strongly

that he would have been convicted for

the other offences had he not pleaded

guilty. He has since paid a portion of

the money and has up to the 10 th of

February to pay the remainder. He was

represented by Attorney-at-Law Leon

Chaku Symister.

Meanwhile, Rashard Peters of

Green Bay was convicted and sentenced

to an additional 2yrs in prison

on Thursday. The convicted “Serial

House-breaker” found himself again

before Chief Magistrate Walsh in the

St. Johns Magistrate’s Court, charged

with House Break-in and Larceny. He

pleaded guilty and was sentenced to

2yrs in prison.

Renewed calls to raise the level of poultry production

cont’d from pg 4

well as the times when she served as public

health nurse, meeting, greeting, counseling

and helping people.

Now that she is departing the government

service, the mother of three is imparting some

words of wisdom to her fellow nurses, urging

them to know what they want to achieve and

get qualified for the position that they want.

She also admonished her colleagues to be

respectful at all times, aim high, leave a lasting

legacy, speak their minds at all times but

remain respectful and avoid insubordination.

When asked if it is a bitter-sweet moment

for her as she departs the St John Health Centre

on her final day of work, Nurse Joseph had

this to say: “Well actually, I am not feeling

like it’s a bitter sad day because I have been

working here since 2009 and the time has

come for me to take my exit and for someone

else to take this position.

“So we always have to remember that

there is an entrance and there is an exit so I

am happy”, she said.

Overall, the Jennings resident believes

that she has made a tremendous impact on the

country’s healthcare delivery system.

During her final months in office, Joseph

was instrumental in lobbying for the IPV and

HPV Vaccines and she has also restarted the

once dormant Pap smear program in the community

clinics.

it can be far greater that anyone

can possibly imagine”,

she said.

She emphasized that locally

produced items are

far better than those that

are constantly imported not

forgetting that it will greatly

reduce the country’s food

import bill.

MP Massiah also told the

ruling administration that

there are certain key components

of nation building that

must be realized before an

economic powerhouse can

be realized.

“Economic powerhouse

cannot just hotels and restaurants,

it has to come from all

spheres of the country. All

sectors must experience a

transformation in order to

ensure that the country’s viability”,

she said.


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Political leadership in the Caribbean

The remarks in this Commentary

were spoken in a television interview

in Grenada on the day that Fidel Ruz

Castro, the former President of Cuba,

died. The discussion centred on

whether contemporary Caribbean leaders

lacked the courage that previous

leaders, such as Castro, displayed.

Fidel Castro is a controversial man

of history. But he was a great Caribbean

warrior and we in the region should

never forget that. If as small countries,

we have a voice today in the world,

and we can resist the bullying of larger

countries to some extent, it is because

Fidel Castro showed us the way. Castro

is not a man the Caribbean should denigrate;

the people of the region should

not join the West in making him into a

demagogue of no consequence; he is an

important figure in the Caribbean and

we should honour and revere him.

Our leaders today, as much as Castro

in 1959 when he led the revolution,

understand that if we are going to have

a place in the world we have to fight

for it. Castro’s circumstances were different.

At the time of his revolution,

Cuba was a place of widespread poverty;

the country’s economy was captive

to an American mafia who owned

the casinos and hotels, and who formed

an alliance with the Cuban elite that

exploited the majority. There was a

sense of outrage in the people of Cuba

at the grassroots level. So, Castro had

the capacity to resist because the people

wanted resistance. That was the

chemistry that worked for him at that

time. He was helped, of course, by the

Cold War between the US and the then

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

with Russia at its centre. The Soviet

Union helped significantly to support

the Cuban economy.

The aspirations of today’s Caribbean

leaders are no different to Castro’s;

By Sir Ronald Sanders

their circumstances are different. Caribbean

economies are small and, when

there is an economic downturn or some

major calamity in the countries with

which we trade or from which our foreign

investment comes, our economies

become constrained. It’s not that the

leaders would not like to do better, they

are operating in restricted circumstances,

and they do the best they can. They

have no champion as Castro had with

the Soviet Union.

But, they miss opportunities by

not doing more together. I remind

that, when the embargo was placed on

Cuba by the United States and other

western governments, four Caribbean

countries, acting in unison, broke it in

1972. In other aspects of advancing

their interests in the international

community, Caribbean countries have

been most successful when they act

together.

CARICOM is a valuable tool for the

advancement of the Caribbean people

and for Caribbean countries individually

and collectively. Unfortunately,

since independence, a kind of false

nationalism has crept into our psyche;

one which, in some cases, cannot admit

to being as much a citizen of the Caribbean

region as a national of a country

within it.

Part of the reason is that leaders

don’t give effective leadership on this

issue. In a recent commentary, I wrote

on the departure of the Obamas from

the White House, I made the point that

Obama left some remarkable legacies

to America; one of them is what he did

with the word “immigrant”.

“Immigrant” to many people is

a dirty word; it denotes somebody

coming into your country to take

something away from the existing

population. Unfortunately, that is how

immigrants are presented by ultra-right

wing nationalist groups around the

world. Obama showed that “immigrant”

is a phenomenon that has been

a part of American history from its beginning.

People have always gone to America

because they believed it was a land

of opportunity where they could fulfil

dreams. The vast majority work hard,

they help build the economy. Together,

over many generations, they all made

America the richest and most powerful

nation on the earth., despite the fact

that they were white, black and brown;

Catholics, Anglicans, Jews, Hindus and

Muslims. They still do, notwithstanding

current railings against immigration.

In almost every Caribbean country,

there exists an anathema to migrants

from other Caribbean countries, displayed

particularly at Airports where

Caribbean people face discrimination.

Why does it happen? Lack of education

and information about the benefits

of integration contribute in part,

but so too does manipulation by politicians

who thrive on creating an enemy

to mobilise followers. Identifying the

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cont’d from pg 6

person who is different as a

threat is always easy.

There has not been sufficient

advocacy of Caribbean

integration by the leadership

of the region to help people

to understand that, whether

or not we came in the same

ship, we are now in the same

boat and that boat is in turbulent

waters. All of us in

that boat have to row it together,

if not we will sink

together. Therefore the attitude

of antipathy toward our

own has to stop.

In the Caribbean, we give

more work permits to people

from outside our region

that we do to the people in

our region. We have Caribbean

nationals in the tourism

industry, for instance, who

have been trained as hotel

managers, with master’s degrees

in hotel management;

yet we bring less qualified

people from Europe and the

United States, denying top

jobs to our own.

We have to break down

this barrier, which has developed

since independence.

Remember that prior to the

independence of Jamaica

and Trinidad that started the

process of fragmentation,

the West Indian countries

were one administrative region

where people were free

to travel as they wished with

the same currency; the same

passport.

They could go into any

West Indian territory to work

and live. They were “West

Indians” – one people; differences

yes, but none that

could overwhelm the similarities.

Independence made us

feel that we have somehow

become different; yet nothing

really had changed except

we have a flag, an anthem

and economies that are

difficult to manage and grow

by themselves.

The point is that our circumstances

are such that

we need each other; no single

country in the Caribbean

- none, not Trinidad and

Tobago, with its oil and gas

resources, not Guyana with

its vast land and natural resources,

not Jamaica with its

large population can survive

on its own.

The world is tough, and it

is only by the marrying and

integrating of our resources

at all levels that we can hope

to do better.

If we continue to let integration

languish, I am afraid

we are writing our own suicide

drama and we are acting

it out. We have to overcome

it. And, political leadership

matters – from governing

and opposition parties alike.

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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Sir Lester fears influx of deportees

By Everton Barnes

Ambassador to CARICOM, Dr.

Clarence Henry, is calling for a ‘deep

introspection’ by Antigua and Barbuda

to determine its place in what he sees as

‘a fast changing global environment’.

His call comes during brief discussions

Thursday with the visiting European

Union Ambassador to CARICOM

and the OECS, Daniela Tramacere,

who was making her inaugural call to

Antigua and Barbuda in that capacity.

“It is clear that 2017 is unfolding

as a fresh, new, uncertain, anxious reality,

and countries like Antigua and

Barbuda must begin the process of

deep introspection, to assess our place

in this fast changing environment,” he

observed.

The ambassador is of the view that

in light of the ‘evolving global architecture’

the E.U, Antigua and Barbuda

and the CARIFORUM countries can

have a strong voice internationally to

contribute in shaping of these realities.

Former Prime Minister,

Sir Lester Bird, is warning

Antigua and Barbuda and

other Caribbean governments

to brace themselves for possible

influx of deportees from

the United States under the

new Trump Administration.

Sir Lester told parliament

this week that the deportation

programme launched under

the Obama Administration is

likely to be escalated under

the Trump Presidency if the

new president sees this as being

in the interest of the U.S.

“In 2015, fifteen such

persons were deported back

here; in 2016 another fourteen

were sent. Already, with

only one month of the year

completed, another three are

scheduled for deportation.

The figure for this year looks

to exceed previous years,”

the National Hero reported.

He noted that many of the

would-be deportees left the

country when they were children

adding that their criminal

activities were carried out

in the U.S and their capacity

for these activities were fashioned

in the US.

Sir Lester is of the view

that the likely return of the

deportees will stretch the resources

of the government

and strain the capacity of

law-enforcement agencies.

He is recommending that

efforts are made to receive

them; rehabilitate them and

to provide them with the opportunity

for a constructive

life.

He also wants Antigua

and Barbuda to join with

other Caribbean countries to

remind the United States, as

they have stated, that the Caribbean

is their third border.

“Therefore, lack of security

and safety; crime and

social upheaval in our region

will pose threats to the US

itself, including waves of refugees,

more crime, and more

drugs,” he cautioned.

Sir Lester is advising Caribbean

governments to put

these matters to the Trump

Administration in the interest

of the Caribbean, but in the

US interests as well.

He is also urging Prime

Minister Gaston Browne to

take a lead on these issues

at the Inter-sessional meeting

of CARICOM Heads of

Government later this month

in Guyana. “These are issues

that are vital to peace and

security in our country; in

the region and in the Hemisphere,”

he declared.

Dr. Henry calls for ‘deep introspection’

He made specific mention of the

many challenges that the E.U is currently

facing at this time.

“These include BREXIT, the mass

migration and forced displacement of

people into Europe from conflicts in

Syria and Iraq, necessitating a redefined

EU foreign policy; as well as the

fact that the world now seems to be

driven by self -interest vis a vis a more

principled global model,” he stated.

Ambassador Henry thanked the

visiting diplomat for the assistance Antigua

and Barbuda received from the

E.U over the last several years.

“Over the years, Antigua and Barbuda

has received significant development

assistance from the E.U, which

is one of our consistent and genuine

development partners. The E.U has

provided critical donor support in all

sectors, especially infrastructure (road

and water rehabilitation), and tourism

among others,” he recalled.

In response, Ambassador Tramacere

touched on the BREXIT issue,

noting that it appears to be a common

theme running through her discussions

with Caribbean leaders.

She said some of these fears may

be a hold-over from the colonial past,

and she went to lengths to explain that

the relationship between the Caribbean

(CARIFORUM) and the E.U will

remain, whether Britain is part of the

E.U or not.

“In the Caribbean, you are still

looking at this as if it were colonial

times. It is not! The role of the United

Kingdom has been a major one in the

EU, but the relationship between the

EU and CARIFORUM has grown out

on its own. So I find myself, as I travel

around, saying, guys, this is a new life;

accept it!” she declared.

Today, Ambassador Tramacere will

participate in the official launch of the

ASYCUDA programme at a function

at the Multi-Purpose Cultural Centre at

Perry Bay.


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Thursday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Hair line?

5. Poetic foot

9. Junk E-mail

13. Filled cookie

14. Juicy pear

15. Not at the expected time

16. What an also-ran may get?

18. Type of hand

19. Quaker grain

20. Belfry resident

21. Mushy foods

22. Literary sisters

26. ‘’Whole ___ Shakin’ Going

On’’

28. Break in relations

29. It comes in strands

31. Like many diet products

34. ___ grabs (available)

36. Relevant, to lawyers

38. Fury

39. Butterfly catcher

40. Some are ‘’of the heart’’

42. Powerful D.C. lobby

43. Kyrgyzstani city

44. Adhered

45. Birds or fruit

47. Acoustic term

49. Televise

51. Brubeck of jazz

52. Main city of ancient Phoenicia

54. Spent time at Betty Ford’s

56. Good Book book

58. God in Latin

60. Need nursing

61. Kong’s kin

62. Small kitchen appliance

67. Land depression

68. It’s a real eye-opener

69. Freezing point of water, in

Celsius

70. Landon and an alien from

Melmac

71. Abominable snowman

72. Lasting introduction

Down

1. ‘’The Gold Bug’’ author

2. Woof alternative

3. Vintage vehicle

4. Provincial capital

5. Like two of Beethoven’s

symphonies

6. ‘’This is ___ for Superman!’’

7. Point of a fable

8. Certain garment worker

9. Try, as a sweater or loafer

10. What Halloween lips are

made of

11. At the summit of

12. Clothing store department

14. Intro to math?

17. Scarf down

22. Actor Kirby and Saint of

Cologne

23. Most ready for picking

24. Ready-to-wear

25. A big mess

27. City east of the Ob River

30. Site of Churchill’s 1943

Turkey conference

32. Get there

33. Ribbed

35. Ran against competition

37. Inflexible

41. Route of a cresting river

46. Put on a pedestal

48. Gets the suds out

50. Dominion

53. 1960 Wimbledon champ

Fraser

55. Brooks Brothers item

56. Coffee, in slang

57. Milky-white gem

59. ‘’___ first you don’t succeed.

. .’’

63. TGIF day, briefly

64. Gun the engine

65. Miners dig it

66. Easter prefix


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Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Mostly sunny skies.

High - 80ºF

Low - 73ºF

Wind: East 13 mph

Sunrise 6.40 am; Sunset 6.01 pm

Thursday’s Crossword Solution

HOROSCOPE

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). You are chasing an object

of affection that is chasing another

object of affection, and

this is how love makes the

world go around. Hopefully

you won’t lose heart. Did you

notice that you’re also being

chased?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March

20). Which approach is best?

Should you push and drive

your team, or should you lift

and support them? Both ways

are valid and needed at different

times. Test the waters. Get

a better reading of the situation

and the group.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

If a person seems always

either up or down and never

balanced, it’s a sign that

you are in for a roller coaster

ride should you choose to get

close. People line up for such

rides, which are usually expensive

and brief.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

Choose teammates who want

to win. They’ll help you to

victory. But more importantly,

choose teammates who want

to play, who love the game and

who have the will to prepare.

Just being around these types

is a win.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

There was a time when you

were intimidated by the prospect

of calling someone you

don’t know. Today you’ll look

forward to the surprise and

education that always comes

from a fresh contact.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

In business, the bottom line

is ROI: return on investment.

Why not make ROI the bottom

line in everything you do today?

When you’re clear what

you’re getting out of each action,

you’ll choose most efficiently.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Make

no promises. Give no quick

answers. This especially applies

to feedback. Receive the

tips, acknowledge the tipper

and then take time to reflect

and assimilate the implications.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Today’s cosmic gift is talent

for storytelling. Creative people

will be drawn to your tales.

This is could be the start of a

community. Listen as well as

you present and you’re golden.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No

one is fully formed. You see

the potential in others, and you

will also have excellent ideas

about how to direct it. Those

are best shared exclusively

with those who ask for help.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Team efforts don’t always have

to be equal so much as mutually

satisfactory. Sometimes you

have to take yourself out of the

equation in order to make sure

that the other person is pulling

his or her weight.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-

Dec. 21). You’ve paid your

dues, and maybe you think

others should pay theirs,

too, before they get to enter

the “cool club”. Then again,

things have changed so much

since you started. Consider

creating a new policy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). You can accomplish more.

The limitations are in your

mind. Look at the one who

is doing it differently. Study

the competition. What do the

gurus have to say? This is an

information-gathering period.


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Weekend line up for Premier Division

By Marver Woodley

Liberta will continue their uphill

battle to earn some much-needed points

in the Antigua and Barbuda Football

Association Premier Division on Saturday.

In one of the two games carded for

Saturday’s Premier action Liberta will

take on fourth place holder’s Flow Old

Road in the first encounter starting at

5:00pm.

Two hours later Cool & Smooth-

AC Delco Glenns Pet Paradise Hoppers

will play Harney Motors Tryum with

intentions of dominating that game for

a point to edge closer to leaders Asot’s

By Carlena Knight

Newly promoted, Potters

Steelers continue to

make their presence known

in Division 2 of the Antigua

Barbuda Basketball Association

league defeating Ottos

Officials, 67-32 at Ottos on

Wednesday night.

Steelers who were led by

Mike Mills with 19 points

and assisted by Alfred Lee

with 14 and Kenroy Telemaque

with 10 points and 7

rebounds outplayed Officials

from the first whistle.

Offcials’ Travis Weste

gave his best effort with 7

points and 12 rebounds.

Teammate, Everton Carrol

had 7 steals.

In the other division 2

matchup at Ottos, Flyers 2

blew out Antigua Home and

Office Depot Rebels, 80-51.

Anthony Greer once

again had a game high 33

points with assistance from

Arcade Parham in the standings.

Sunday’s triple header will also be

action packed as Cool and Smooth Empire

will take on Sandals INET IMO-

BILE Grenades at 3:00 p.m.

Even if Empire wins they will still

be a great distance away from the real

competition between the top three

teams in the standings, the win for

Grenades on the other hand will propel

then into second place although they

currently share the same point tally

with closest rivals Hoppers.

The second game will be between

neighbors Fitzroy’s Rewinding Pigotts

Bullets and Sugar Ridge SAP, two

Kellony Tonge with 16

points.

Teammates, Nickon Mc-

Gregor, Tavarus Benta and

Mico Scotland chipped in

with 17 rebounds, 12 rebounds,

8 assists and 8

steals and 13 rebounds and

8 blocks.

The Orange men were

indeed too much for Rebels

to handle dominating on the

boards.

T. Telemaque of Rebels

had 12 points and 11 rebounds

in a losing effort.

JSC was also in action

on Wednesday with division

3 matchups with Jr Pitbulls

and Police Vertex and F

and G Trading Cuties Ovals

Ojays 3 and All Saints Slammers.

Jr Pitbulls had their way

with the Police men defeating

them, 81-71 in the first

match.

Eric Joseph Jr. was the

leading scorer for the victors

with 31 points, 7 rebounds

and 8 assists.

He was assisted by Ahmani

Brown with 15 points

and 7 steals while Judah Ferris

chipped in with 11 points,

8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4

steals.

A. Browne of Vertex had

19 points and 9 rebounds

while Dale Gore had 17

points, 15 rebounds and 6

steals. Alfred Telemaque

contributed 15 points.

Ovals 3 trumped All

Saints Slammers, 59-50 in

more teams tied with the same point

tally in the standings.

The final game of the day will be

one of great interest but immense disadvantage

as the head will take on the

bottom.

Leaders Parham will go up against

Ace Trucking & Heavy Duty Equipment

Glanvilles who sits at the bottom

of the ten-team tier.

A game which can only be considered

as child’s play for Parham will

nonetheless give Glanvilles a grand

stage to display their best gunners and

show their ability to compete amongst

the rest.

Potters Steelers trump Ottos Officials

the feature match.

The highly contested

match saw Bokeem Murrell

score 11 points for Ojays

with assistance from Delonte

Jules with 10 points and

10 rebounds,

Michael Barton and Cairon

Davis both of Ojays 3

grabbed 12 and 10 rebounds

respectively.

Anjis Anthony of Slammers

had a game high 23

points and 14 rebounds.

John Rolland chipped in

with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

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St. Anthony’s edges out Jennings

Secondary in Junior boys division

ST JOHN’S, Antigua –

West Indies Cricket legend,

Sir Curtly Ambrose will be

part of the commentary panel

as ESPN brings exclusive

coverage of the West Indies

Cricket Board’s Regional Super50

Tournament.

Sir Curtly will be joined

by another legend of the

game, Jeff Dujon, the former

West Indies wicket-keeper/

batsman.

The other members of the

By Marver Woodley

The gates will open on Sunday for the Antigua

and Barbuda Turf Club First Meet for

2017.

Six races are carded for the meet which will

feature several new horses to include: Scrumpum,

Da Serpent, Sexy Cuba and Si.

Back by popular demand to defend their

respective titles are Lynn’s Image, Demolition

Man, Chief of Staff and Lil Miss Perfect, also,

joining the star crew will be Carol-Von-Terrell,

By Carlena Knight

St. Anthony’s Secondary edged out

Jennings Secondary, 34-33 in the Junior

boys division of the Cool and Smooth

Ministry of Sports Inter-school Basketball

League on Wednesday afternoon at

the JSC Sports Complex.

Led by Jevonte Valerie with 19

points, SASS came from behind to pull

off an upsetting defeat for JSS with a

game winning shot in the last 5 seconds

of the matchup.

Vladimir Castro of JSS had 19 points

in a losing effort.

Clare Hall Secondary remained undefeated

in the Mini-boys Secondary category

as they trampled Antigua Grammar

School, 42-13.

The dynamic duo of Jaheem James

and Javonte Daley scored 22 and 20

points respectively, combining together

the full 42 points scored for CHSS.

The Semper Virens who have yet to

win a game were led by Cory Wynter

with 8 points.

JSC was put into a frenzy as the Miniboys

Primary matchup versus Combine

team and Bolans Primary got underway.

Combine team were too much for the

round south team defeating them, 34-5

but it was the excellent ball handling and

shooting skills of three players dubbed

panel offering expert analysis

are: former West Indies opening

batsman Daren Ganga,

former West Indies fast bowler

Tino Best, and journalist/

broadcaster Barry Wilkinson.

“Sir Curtly is a great addition

to the team that will bring

expert analysis to the viewers

on ESPN” said Nelecia

Yeates, the WICB’s Commercial

Manager. “He is a favorite

with cricket lovers all over the

world and we know he will

First meet slated for Sunday

Lady Antebellum and Sparkle as they gallop

for glory in for the first time for the year.

The gates will open at 2pm and spectators

can expect live action and interaction as the

Club strives to improve the competition at every

meet.

Sponsors for the first meet are as follows

Vybz FM, Dews, Cools and Smooth, Occasions

Party Rentals, Antigua Printing and Publishing,

Paint Plus and ZDK Radio. Admission

is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

the ‘Magnificent Three’ that were really

were a joy to watch, Tamaha Stuart, Kaillen

Wynter and Theo Blane.

Stuart scored 15 points with assistance

from Wynter with 11.

In the final matchup of the day, Antigua

State College flexed their muscles on

Antigua Barbuda Institute of Information

and Technology (ABIIT) Millblades, 57-

27. The Senior boys game saw Anthony

Greer continue his dominance with a

24-point effort. He was assisted by Kellony

Tonge with 16 points.

Millblades who had their full support

system on deck were led by Teyon Lake

with 13 points.

Sir Curtly Ambrose joins commentary

share his vast knowledge of

the game with our audience.”

She added: “ESPN continues

to show its commitment

to growth of the cricket in

the West Indies. Together we

want to make sure that a wide

range of fans can see and enjoy

the atmosphere of cricket

in the region.”

Sir Curtly ranks as one of

the greatest fast bowlers in

the history of the game and is

a member of the International

Cricket Council’s Hall of

Fame. He took 405 wickets

in 98 Tests and another 225 in

176 One-Day Internationals

in an outstanding international

career which spanned 12

years.

ESPN’s coverage will be

brought LIVE from the newly-renovated

Coolidge Cricket

Ground in Antigua. It will

begin on Thursday, February

2 with defending champions

Trinidad & Tobago Red

Force taking on home team

Leeward Islands Hurricanes

and will feature nine matches

including the semi-finals; on

Wednesday, February 15 and

Thursday, February 16; and

the final on Saturday, February

18. ESPN’s coverage will

also be available on ESPN

Play (www.espnplay.com) —

ESPN’s multiscreen live and

on-demand broadband service.


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Callaloo Cay Environmental Advisory

Committee convenes first meeting

Callaloo Cay on Thursday

convened the first meeting of

its environmental advisory

committee. The commissioning

of this committee is as

a result of the commitment

made at the conclusion of

the last consultation held on

December 15th. It’s aims

are to promote open communication,

collaboration, and

solution finding between the

community residents and the

developer, for matters pertaining

to environmental management

of the project site and

surrounding area.

Present at the meeting

were Dawood Shah, Callaloo

Cay’s Senior Vice President

of Business Development,

Lucia Mings – environmental

consultant, Alexis Thomas

of architectural firm OBMI,

civil and coastal engineer

Evron Zachariah, hydrologist

Fazir Khan, of Trinidadian

company Alpha Engineering,

representatives of the Old

Road community including

Jameson “Kublai” Mannix,

May Olga Browne, and Lena

“Queen Ivena” Phillip.

Also in attendance were

Representatives of the Development

Control Authority

(DCA), and the Department of

Environment who will serve

only in a technical advisory

capacity. Representatives

from the Fisheries department

will be asked to attend subsequent

meetings.

The belief that the development

will increase the

flooding associated with the

effects of storm water runoff

and heavy rains has been the

main source of concern. In

an in-depth presentation, Mr.

Khan gave an overview of

findings that included not only

the proposed development

area, but the surrounding region.

He explained in detail

the hydraulics and hydrology

of the area as well as the

mitigation measures that had

been recommended for engineering

and drainage works

on both the development site,

and within the community.

At the conclusion of the almost

4-hour meeting and accompanying

site visit, it was

agreed that the government,

the community and developers

each have roles to play in

finding permanent solutions

to the persistent drainage and

flooding issues.

OBMI representative

Alexis Thomas considered

the meeting a success. He

said “I think once the residents

who were in the room

grasped the ideas that were

being delivered, and also saw

for themselves from the site

visit, they got a better understanding,

and feel somewhat

assured that all efforts will be

made to make sure that if not

improved, the situation will

not be made any worse.

Vocal resident Jameson

“Kublai” Mannix remains unmoved

and referenced previous

projects that had failed to

adhere to environmental concerns

and had paid scant attention

to law. Environmental

consultant and committee

chairperson Lucia Mings

noted that the necessary measures

and governmental departments

were not as strict

then as they are now.

She says “in fact, this committee

serves as a mechanism

to ensure that due process is

followed and that commitments

are kept”.

Dawood Shah, Callaloo

Cay’s Senior Vice President

of Business Development is

satisfied with meeting’s outcome

and says “We are happy

to listen to the community’s

concerns, to address same,

and to ensure that we are following

the letter of the law.

This is in keeping with our

triple bottom line principle of

people, planet and profit.”

He adds however “this

committee will not decide

whether or not this development

proceeds. Once the

relevant government departments

are satisfied with, and

have approved our plans and

mitigation measures, we will

break ground on the first

phase of the development.”

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