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Caribbean Times 95th Issue - Friday 10th February 2017

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Friday 10th February 2017 A n t i g u a a n d B a r b u d a

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LEE WIND PAINTS

LOOKS AT CUBA OPTION

Lee Wind Paints is giving

serious consideration to how

it will be best able to penetrate

the Cuban market with

its products thereby taking advantage

of the Memorandum

of Understanding signed between

the Governments Antigua

and Barbuda and Cuba

last September.

On Thursday a meeting

was held at the company’s

production facilities at Powells

chaired by Trade, Industry

and Commerce Minister, E.P

Chet Greene, with the Cuban

ambassador, Gustavo Olivares

Veliz, and members of the

Lee Wind Paints Board of Directors

meet with Trade, Industry and Commerce Minister, the Hon., E.P. Chet Greene, centre.

Members of the Lee Wind Paints Board of Directors, and Cuban ambassador Gustavo Olivares Veliz,

Minister Greene noted that could be a gateway to the rest

there has been much discussion

on the matter of how to served.

of Latin America,” he ob-

get Lee Wind Paints into the The Trade and Industry

Cuban market and he was at Minister said he convened the

the point where he wants to meeting to look at what would

see more action to make it become

a reality.

Wind Paints into the Cuban

be the best option to get Lee

“This meeting is to move market.

the process forward. We have He noted that getting fully

talked about it for a long time; manufactured products into

it’s time for action. For we Cuba could be a challenge

must bear in mind that penetrating

the Cuban market cont’d on pg

because there are no current

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Friday 10th February 2017

Arts, Craft and Designs showcase

By Joanna Paris

The creative work of some

of the twin island state’s most

outstanding and dedicated

arts and craft designers were

on display on Thursday at the

Jolly Beach Resort and Spa.

The exhibition follows the

completion of the first phase

of the Strengthening the Private

Sector Participation in

the CARICOM Single Market

and Economy- Arts and

Craft Business Development

initiative.

The project began in

March 2016 and lasted for

11 months with technical assistance

from the Ministry

of Trade, Industry and Commerce,

the European Union

and CARICOM.

Lisa Callender of Pro

Trade Consultancy Network

out of Jamaica is the Chief

Consultant who worked

closely along with the 31 artisans

who were chosen to

participate in the training programme.

While speaking at the

Opening ceremony which

took place in the Hibiscus

Room, Callender noted that a

baseline survey was also conducted

to implement a three

Year Strategic Plan which was

developed through stakeholder

discussion and consensus.

The six best pitches were

identified to receive full export

marketing plans prepared

by the consultant based on

discussion of agreed targets

and other parameters.

She explained that the

trade show is an opportunity

for the participants to highlight

what they have learned.

“This trade show is a follow

up activity that will allow

a greater number of producers

to operationalize training and

export plans created within

the project time frame, while

providing wide spread support

than in the case where

support is offered to just a few

businesses on trade shows

oversees”, she explained.

Permanent Secretary within

the Ministry of Trade Industry

and Commerce, Sandra

Joseph, urged the participants

to remain committed to their

craft.

cont’d on pg 3

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cont’d from pg 1

trade routes. He suggested that another option

could be shipping the paints in empty containers

that leave Antigua each week for Miami

and have these transshipped to Cuba, or perhaps,

doing primary mixes in Antigua and then

shipped to Cuba for final mixing based on customers’

demands.

According to the Minister, the Antigua and

Barbuda Cabinet is prepared to enter into a

joint venture with the Cuban government to set

up a plant to manufacturer Lee Wind Paints in

Cuba and thus avoid the major challenges related

to shipping.

He explained that Cuba has a Free Trade

Zone that it has used to attract foreign companies

and he expressed a desire to see the Antigua

and Barbuda paint manufacturer with a

presence in the Spanish-speaking territory.

“Cuba at this moment represents an excellent

opportunity for the paint industry as due to

the US economic blockade, has denied Cuba

the opportunity to carry out the typical facelift

of many of its buildings which makes paint an

urgent necessity,” he observed.

Ambassador Olivares was also given a tour

of Lee Wind Paints’ production facility during

his visit today A delegation will visit Cuba before

the end of the first quarter of this year to

hold high levels discussions on this matter.


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New appointment for AT&LU president

By Joanna Paris

The President of the Antigua

Trades and Labour Union

(AT&LU), Wrigley George

has been appointed as an Ambassador

to the International

Labour Organization (ILO).

Prime Minister, the Hon.

Gaston Browne appointed

George to the post effective

the 1 st of February.

George replaces St.

Keithley Smith, the General

Secretary of the Antigua

Workers Union who previously

held the post.

While speaking at the post

Cabinet press briefings which

took place at the Office of the

Prime Minister on Thursday,

Minister Asot Michael made

the announcement to members

of the media.

“Mr. George brings a

wealth of experience and

wide knowledge of Labour

relations and representation.

He will definitely represent

Antigua and Barbuda well at

the International body. We the

Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda

certainly congratulate

Mr. George on his appointment”,

the Minister indicated.

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cont’d from pg 2

“I hope that the same passion

that you have had when

you first started, that you continue

with that passion. I want

you to consider the fact that

you can expand your business

out of Antigua, think outside

the box, be creative, be innovative

about your craft”, she

encouraged.

The Industrialization Officer

within the Ministry of Industry,

Trade and Commerce

also delivered remarks.

He fully endorsed the

showcase and indicated that

it came at an opportune time

following the delivery of the

2017 Budget presentation titled:

Building and Economic

Powerhouse through innovation,

creativity and people

participation”.

“This activity should not

be examined with dry commercial

eyes but it should be

seen as a humanizing influence.

Arts, Crafts and Designs

is more important now than

ever. It highlights the importance

of our heritage and the

wisdom of indigenous communities

in preserving the

natural habitat and integrity

of the eco systems for present

and future generations”, he

said.

He also encouraged the

participants present to view

themselves as exporters in every

sense of the word.

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Friday 10th February 2017

Positive response to annual schools’ Health Fiesta

The Piggotts Primary School was

buzzing with wholesome activities

today (Thursday) as the fifth Annual

Schools` Health Fiesta took centre

stage at the educational institution.

The exercise, which involved 12

schools, saw the students taking part in

blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose

screenings. Checks for body mass index

(BMI) were also done along with

health lectures, dental screening and

fluoride treatments.

Among the dozen schools that took

part were Clare Hall and Pares Secondary,

Parham Primary, Bethesda-Newfield

Combined, Willikies Primary,

Gospel Light, T.O.R, Wesleyan Junior

Academy, Freetown, Divine Academy,

Grace Christian and the host, Piggotts

Primary.

One of the individuals involved in

organising the event was Health Education

and Promotion Officer, Jason

Percival from the Health Information

Division within the Ministry of Health

and the Environment.

He said that the objective of the

annual exercise is to train the youth to

engage in healthy habits from an early

age.

“The significance of this event is to

encourage children to live a healthier

life. The theme for this year focused on

“A brighter, healthier future starts now”

and what we are encouraging them to

do is to start now as a child because

what we have noticed is that when you

start certain habits now, it is hard for

you to cut them out as you become an

adult and so we want all the students,

all the children to start healthier habits

from today”, Percival noted.

Andrea Airall, Education Officer in

the Ministry of Education was another

official at the function and the Guidance

Counsellor was pleased with the

students’ participation as well as the

overall turn of events.

“It went particularly well; the students

seemed to have enjoyed the socarobics

section; of course there were

one or two who were scared when it

came to taking the pricks for the blood

glucose and some of the older ones

didn’t want to do their BMI because

they didn’t want to know their weight

but generally speaking, the students really

participated. I think it’s important

that we do things like this because it

brings a sense of awareness and it allows

the student the opportunity to be

educated”, Airall noted.

Doctors and Nurses from the

School of Nursing and the University

of Health Sciences Antigua facilitated

the screenings and there were a number

of public health technicians performing

duties as well.

One of those individuals was Julian

Salmon, a Dental Assistant at the

St John’s Health Centre who explained

the need for individuals to practice

good oral care.

“We were doing dental screenings

and we saw a hundred and ninety two

cont’d on pg 5


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Audit Department to introduce safeguards

By Everton Barnes

The Cabinet has asked the

Government’s Internal Auditors

team to sharpen its auditing

standards even further

to prevent over-charging and

other corrupt practices from

taking place in the public

sector.

According to Cabinet

spokesman, Lionel Max

Hurst the move is to ensure

that anyone attempting to

be paid by the Treasury for

goods or services will not be

unjustly enriched.

Hurst said a team of seven

very capable and well-trained

members from the Audit Department,

all of whom are females,

met with the Cabinet

when it was asked to put in

place a number of safeguards

to ensure that the Government

receives value for the

monies that it is called upon

to pay.

“Vouchers submitted to

the Treasury for payment,

for example, by contractors

cont’d from pg 4

children for examinations, we administered

fluoride to them and also gave them an oral

talk on how to take care of their teeth, proper

oral hygiene and dental care.

“A lot of the children that we do find

are not up to standard where oral hygiene

is concerned so we do the oral talk to boost

them on brushing, foods to avoid, foods to

brought on by Public Works,

ought to be paid only if the

work claimed to be done

has indeed been certified as

done. Cheating government

is primarily undertaken by

unscrupulous people who inflate

bills, fabricate bills, and

submit multiple bills for the

same work,” Hurst explained.

He said the Auditing

Team was asked to focus

upon one contractor in particular

whose submitted bills

appear bogus and inflated.

The team will report to Cabinet

in a few weeks following

the completion of its review

and its examination of certain

records.

eat, we gave them good brushing instructions”,

she said.

Over five hundred students took part in

this year’s exercise.

Last year’s event was held at the St Anthony’s

Secondary School in the Longfords

and Blue Waters area and according to the

organizers, the 2018 event is expected to be

rolled out in either Pares or Glanvilles.


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Friday 10th February 2017

Local artisans told “to claim your space”

Traditionally, producers of

arts and craft and have been

referred to as “Artisans” but

Minister of Trade, Commerce

and Industry the Honourable

E. P. Chet Green have told

this group that they must now

become modernized and see

themselves as “Business People”,

promoting excellence

and ready to take on the challenge

of a global environment

in which locally produced

goods can find their way onto

international markets, despite

the challenges which smaller

businesses and countries like

Antigua and Barbuda face

with economies of scale and

capital.

Against this background,

the Trade, Commerce and Industry

Minister has pledged

the government’s commitment,

through his Ministry,

to continue working with this

group and small businesses

generally, to ensure that the

Gaston Brown led- administration’s

vision for small businesses

to play an important

role in the local economy, is

achieved.

The Minister was speaking

at an Awards Ceremony of an

Arts, Craft and Design Showcase

at the Jolly Beach Resort

and Spa yesterday afternoon,

after an earlier opening ceremony

at which Permanent

Secretary in the Ministry of

Trade, Commerce and Industry,

Sandra Joseph, Consultant,

Lisa Callender and Louise

Joseph-Ochasi of Amyas

Designs addressed exhibitors,

guests and stakeholders.

“As we re-discover the

benefits of this sector, you

must raise your gears and

reach for the stars. You must

change your marketing pitch,

increase your personal wealth,

visibility and accessibility”

the Minister charged.

At the same time he announced

an initiative which

the Ministry of Trade, Commerce

and Industry will be undertaking

with the opening of

a store front in Heritage Quay

to accommodate locally produced

goods. But he reminded

the “business people” that this

initiative is intended to serve

as a start up to assisting them

in promoting and increasing

the visibility of their products.

Adding that he expects

them to move on to “claim

their space” and encouraged

them to undertake partnership

among themselves, to bring

about greater benefits.

“This initiative of small

business development starts

with artisans but the intent is

to embrace and involve other

sectors to rebuild the economy”,

the Minister remarked.

Earlier, he viewed the products

on show and spoke to

the participants during a walk

through.

The one day Arts, Craft

and Design Showcase, dubbed

Hand-Crafted…Locally Produced

is the first undertaking

of a Module under which the

government of Antigua and

Barbuda secured assistance

from the European Union and

the Caribbean Development

Bank, CDB, to undertake a

project, aimed at strengthening

Private Sector Participation

in the Caricom Single

Market and Economy CSME

Business Development, with

particular emphasis on the arts

and craft sector.

Ms. Lisa Callender, consultant

on the project and

founder of ProTradeConsult,

who has been working with

the artisans and producers

has expressed her satisfaction

with the outcome of yseterday’s

showcase but stressed

the need to make the event

an annual one and including

more stakeholders, in order to

build reputation and increase

the visibility of the sector, all

of which she says contribute

to good market access.

Several local artisans, producers

and businesses participated

in yesterday’s showcase,

with a range of locally

produced goods ranging from

Art, leather goods, ceramic,

jewelry, Soap, wood work,

crochet.

All of the participants received

Certificates of Participation.

Best of Show Awards in

categories ranging from Best

New product handcrafted

were presented to Jacqueline

Nicholas of Crochet Plus,

Best Product Collection to

Edison Liburd of Edison

Arts, Best Packaging Award

to Jean-Marie Thomas of

Ajeante, Best Quality award

to Louise Joseph-Ochasi of

Amya’s Designs, Most Export

Ready Award to Sasha

Williams of Beaded Jewelry.

A locally produced video

highlighting the process of

product preparation by artisans

was also launched during

the awards ceremony.


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‘Entrepreneurial socialism’ attracts attention

By Everton Barnes

The new developmental model – entrepreneurial

socialism - that is being

pursued by the Antigua and Barbuda

government is generating much interest

within the Caribbean and Latin America.

The model articulated by the Gaston

Browne Administration holds the view

that it will take the best features of capitalism

and that of socialism and to create

a developmental paradigm in which the

people of Antigua and Barbuda benefit.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne said

this new approach to development is already

making an impact not just in Antigua

and Barbuda but throughout the region

with governments and institutions

giving it good commendations.

“The model has received some level

of notice from countries in Latin America

and the Caribbean. Just this week, I

met with a group out of Venezuela and

they were very excited about the concept,”

Browne told a radio audience

Thursday.

He disclosed that inquiries have also

come from the Director General of the

OECS Secretariat, Dr. Didacus Jules,

who has asked to join with Antigua and

Barbuda to develop the model further.

PM Browne even said reported that

other inquiries are coming from as far

away as Nicaragua which wants to discuss

the entrepreneurial socialism as a

new development model for the region.

In explaining the model, the prime

minister said the recently established

National Asset Management Company

(NAMCO) is the best example of the

entrepreneurial socialism at work. This

government-owned entity will partner

with the private sector to undertake major

capital investments with the government

benefitting from both taxes from

the business that is created…and later

share in the profits or dividends. These

dividends will go into the treasury to

help fund education, health and other

social programmes.

One of the first undertakings of

NAMCO will be to complete the car

park. According to the prime minister

the government has been able to negotiate

a reduction in the price of the structure

from US$15 million down to US$6

million.

He said NAMCO has the money to

complete the purchase which he expects

to take place shortly.


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Friday 10th February 2017

Transparency vital in Passport

and Residence programmes

The global US television

company, Cable News Network

(CNN), broadcast the

first part of a programme on

February 8, alleging the sale

of Venezuelan passports to

Iraqis and others through the

country’s Embassy in Baghdad.

The programme suggested

that it is possible that

terrorists might have been

among those alleged to have

bought passports.

Interestingly, at least one

agency that facilitated the

Venezuelan citizenship and

residence programme, posted

a statement on its website

that “due to the turmoil, danger

and unreliability within

Venezuela, the nationality

and passport programme has

been cancelled until further

notice”.

This development occurred

days after the Prime

Minister of Antigua and Barbuda,

Gaston Browne, announced

in parliament that

his government had adopted

a new policy, restricting

the categories of persons to

whom diplomatic and official

passports would be issued.

Amongst the principles

enshrined in the policy is that

the names of the holders of

all diplomatic and official

passports would be tabled in

parliament annually, made

public and the information

shared with all countries with

which Antigua and Barbuda

has diplomatic relations.

In the same week – the

day after the Antigua and

Barbuda announcement and

one day before the CNN programme

– there were protests

in Dominica against the activities

of the government,

including claims of selling

diplomatic passports. The

protests culminated in a clash

between crowds and the Police

in full battle dress and

weapons, with snipers on key

rooftops.

These developments bring

fresh focus to the Citizenship

by Investment Programmes

(CBIPs) operated by many

countries around the world

in one form or another. The

countries include the US, the

UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus,

Malta and five countries in the

Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda,

Dominica, Grenada, St

Kitts-Nevis and St Lucia.

As I have pointed out in

previous commentaries on the

CBIP issue, there is nothing

intrinsically wrong with citizenship

by investment programmes

or with their merit

as a development tool; it is

the rigour of their implementation

that is important. And

it is such rigour upon which

all countries should insist.

Clearly, that is the course

that the government of Antigua

and Barbuda has chosen

to take with its publicly declared

policy which has been

shared with other governments

and published in full

(see, for instance: http://www.

caribbeannewsnow.com/

By Sir Ronald Sanders

topstory-Antigua-Barbudaimplements-new-diplomaticpassport-policy-33445.

html). There is good reason

to do so, not only for Antigua

and Barbuda, but for all non-

EU and G20 members which

are focussing attention on

CBIPs, ostensibly on the basis

that they could be avenues

for facilitating terrorists and

criminals.

If the governments of these

countries believe that CBIPs

are important to revenue generation

so as to maintain and

advance economic and social

development, the more transparent

they are the better. No

other country should have

doubts about them – not in a

world where almost everything

is capable of cross-border

movement. And, while

transparency is crucially important

– and that is the commitment

that the government

of Antigua and Barbuda has

made with its new policy – an

intense vetting of potential

citizenship and passport recipients

is absolutely vital.

It should be noted that

many Caribbean Embassies –

and certainly the Antigua and

Barbuda ones – do not issue

passports of any kind. All

passport applications and renewals

are sent to the passport

offices in their countries.

Some Caribbean countries

operate stringent vetting processes

for CBIPs, including

referrals to Interpol and the

Joint Regional Communications

Centre, based in Barbados,

that is connected to agencies

in the EU, Canada, the

US and the UK. Any rejections

by these bodies on the

basis of criminal activity or

any links to terrorists or terrorism

result in the disqualification

of applicants. All

the countries in the Caribbean

should follow this pattern;

by doing so, they would

strengthen the confidence of

other nations in the integrity

of their system and give

them comfort in not applying

visa requirements on all their

passport holders. In this way,

the value of the CBIP to their

economies will endure and

their native people will have

reassurance in the worth of

their own passports – politically

that is important, as at

least one Caribbean country

has experienced.

Those who believe that

there is short-term gain in

pitching the cost of citizenship

by investment at a low

sum, or by accepting appli-

cont’d on pg 9


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cont’d from pg 8

cants despite question marks

from vetting agencies, run

the grave risk of other nations

slapping visa requirements

on their passport holders and,

thus, rendering their CBIPs

useless.

Within the Caribbean

Community (CARICOM)

countries, there have been

commentaries and editorials

in the media that have expressed

concern about the

CBIP because, it is said that

persons who qualify for citizenship

and a passport in the

one of the CIP programmes,

have access to all CARICOM

countries. Theoretically, that

is true. In practice, of course,

it is not. Native nationals of

member-states of CARICOM

countries have no freedom

of movement within CAR-

ICOM, except for specifically

designated categorizes – and

even in those categories, unless

there is a bilateral agreement

between states, those

categories are, regretfully,

not respected. And, even

business people and investors

from member-states of

CARICOM find it difficult

to establish business in other

CARICOM countries. They

have to satisfy national laws

and national requirements –

unfortunately, very few have

been able to do so in the history

of CARICOM.

But, if CBIP recipients

were able to invest in CAR-

ICOM countries, in addition

to the one in which they

received citizenship, there

should be nothing wrong

with that; indeed, it should

be welcome. And, if CBIP

recipients were to be unacceptable

“subject to public

interest considerations”, they

could be denied entry or the

right to remain in the country

concerned, in the same way

that this principle applies to

native nationals of a CAR-

ICOM country. This “subject

to public interest considerations”

provision was clearly

set out by the Caribbean

Court of Justice in the landmark

Shanique Myrie case in

2013.

The global attention that

passports are receiving, especially

diplomatic passports,

require high standards

of vetting and transparency

to maintain confidence in

them. Thankfully, the government

of Antigua and Barbuda

is prepared to show the

way.

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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Friday 10th February 2017

Itchy Feet’s manager supports a special

project to raise funds for Sailability

As one writer, Ralf Waldo

Emerson aptly said, “Cultivate

the habit of being grateful

for every good thing that

comes to you and give thanks

continually”. Our nation

should never trivialize those

who have made and are making

positive contributions,

instead we should applaud

them, especially those who

did not have to care, yet care

so much.”

Bob and wife Sue Bailey

although not from the Antigua,

could very well fit into

this category as a team that

we all should show deep appreciation

for the love and

compassion they have shown

to those who are disabled over

the years.

For the past three years,

they have invested both their

time and financial resources

into the Sailability Programme

{sailing for the disabled}

at the National Sailing

Academy.

As a team, they have been

providing much needed recreational

activities for persons

with disabilities from several

organizations throughout the

island with no cost attached.

However, this charitable

venture, though heartwarming

and noble, needs financial

support if it is to continue, as

Instructors and Trainers at the

Academy have to be paid.

Twenty five (25) thousand

dollars is the amount needed

to offset expenses at the Academy.

In an effort to raise the

much needed funds, increase

awareness of the benefits of

Sailability to the Disabled and

to attract prospective donors,

a decision was taken to produce

a series of promotional

videos.

The short, one minute (1)

minute videos will be produced

by Paddy Prendergast

who is the Owner and Manager

of the Band, Itchy Feet.

Bob and Sue are hoping

that the videos will further

sensitize or appeal to those

who have rendered assistance

in the past and encourage others

who are assisting to continue.

Prendergast said he is

overjoyed at being able to

give back to the community

and expressed his enthusiasm

for the production.

“When Bob first asked me

to do a benefit of some sort for

Sailability, I figured the best

thing to do in terms of promotion

would be videos explaining

what Sailability is. It

will be far more beneficial as a

fund raising activity, than having

a band playing and people

sitting down”, Prendergast explained.

While elaborating on the

plight of those living with disabilities

Prendergast said although

government is playing

its part, he hopes that they can

do more to assist this group of

individuals.

Paddy Prendergast

“Where I am from in

Ireland, they are community

workshops and half way

houses where people with

disabilities are cared for; they

do jobs that earn monies but

I think the government has

to decide if it is serious about

looking after persons with disabilities

by training them. It

will cost money, it also takes

real dedication to train people

who can get the best out

of disabled persons so, they

can reach their full potential”,

Prendergast shared.

He further called on society

to exercise better regards

for the disabled.

“I think a society is defined

by how we treat our weakest

if we treat them with dignity”,

the Itchy Feet manager said.

Prendergast has been a

resident of Antigua and Barbuda

for the past 11 years.

He has assisted many

charitable organizations with

special projects, the latest

of which is a video for the

CARE Project, a unit that caters

for special needs children

located in the former Holberton

Hospital building.

It is a Division of the Ministry

of Health and the Environment.

The video can be

seen on YouTube.


Friday 10th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 11

Thursday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Unpaid bill

5. Asleep

9. Comedian ____ Murphy

14. Bakery employee

15. Sub store

16. Penn and Connery

17. Mets’ bygone home

18. Aid

19. Camp shelters

20. Sidewalk material

22. Photographer’s need

23. Certain nobleman

24. Used a stool

25. Kind of bean

26. Bar bill

29. Wobbled

32. Walk heavily

34. Thinker

38. Resound

39. Adjust

41. Certain star

42. Showed (a movie)

44. Long story

45. Regarded highly

49. Antlered animal

50. Dull routine

53. Baby goat

54. Face shape

56. Weak

58. Small bombs

62. Stroke a guitar

63. Muffin type

64. Well-groomed

65. Type of bean

66. Connecticut university

67. Besides

68. Positive answers

69. Gazed at

70. Whole bunch

Down

1. Phonograph record

2. Canyon effect

3. Has-____

4. Tiny amount

5. Stick

6. Ladybug, e.g.

7. She, in Lyon

8. Dunk

9. Manors

10. Consider

11. Copenhagen natives

12. Preface

13. School assignment

21. Rodent

22. Diamond weight

24. Ooze

26. Recipe units (abbr.)

27. A Baldwin brother

28. Wild hog

30. Commerce

31. Accomplished

33. Joy

35. Yep’s opposite

36. Devilish

37. Display stand

39. Caper

40. Ownership paper

43. Igloo dwellers

46. Group spirit

47. Leveled

48. Rather or Aykroyd

50. Hoarse

51. Undo laces

52. Shore birds

55. Highway divisions

57. Silent

58. Dull color

59. Small valley

60. Alleviate

61. Hearty soup

63. So long!


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

Friday 10th February 2017

HOROSCOPE

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). You never know who

is hurting inside. When in

doubt, reach out. Your handshakes

and hugs are healing.

You won’t regret being a little

more friendly or affectionate

than was really necessary.

You’ll have your choice of a

few different investments. It

will be better to invest in a

person than it will in an object

or commodity. Tonight:

Fortune favors you when you

express your love in actions

instead of words.

Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Partly cloudy.

High - 80ºF

Low - 73ºF

Wind: East 11 mph

Sunrise 6.37 am; Sunset 6.03 pm

Thursday’s Crossword Solution

PISCES (Feb. 19-March

20). Without regular injections

of fun and excitement,

relationships get stale. Brainstorm

on the subject, because

the answer will be out of the

ordinary.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Your journey in the world of

commerce may have a few

bumps. Handle business,

however inconvenient it

may be. The customer is not

always right, though it behooves

the merchant to lend

the benefit of the doubt.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

Take up space and command

attention with your communication

style. You’ll gain the

support of authority figures

and the approval of those

who see you as an authority.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

There are many ways to say

it. Because of your desire

to leave people with a good

feeling, you’ll give thought

to how you’re going to relay

information from important

news to the simplest of salutations.

CANCER (June 22-July

22). Artistic expression is

stress relief. A regular creative

practice ensures that

you’ll be not only calmer and

more centered but also quite

masterful at the craft of your

choice.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

People will have a strong

need to categorize you today,

only because they’re trying

to figure out where you fit

into their lives. Just don’t let

them define you. You define

you; and that definition is ever-evolving.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If

love is a game, this will be a

prize winning round. Hand

on the buzzer, you’re ready

to come up with the right answer.

Make your move. Don’t

wait to be sure.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Your close friends and loved

ones will want to know what

you think, but beyond that

there is little to gain (and

much to lose) from discussing

personal and political

views with the general public

today.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-

Dec. 21). You’re probably

feeling nostalgic for another

time. It was no better or

worse than this time really,

but it was lovely and inspiring

in its own way. Channel

the energy of the past into today’s

work.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). Driven people do not

find it difficult to push themselves

hard. The real challenge

for an overachiever is

in setting limits that will lead

to optimum gains over the

long term.


Friday 10th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 13

A Special Invitation to ALL National Honourees of Antigua

and Barbuda. All members of the Orders of Honour of Antigua

and Barbuda are cordially invited to the 2017 Commonwealth

Day Church Service which is scheduled to take

place on Sunday March 12th, 2017 at the Ebenezer Methodist

Church at 8:30 am. Honourees who have not yet received

their letters of invitation are asked to contact the Office of the

Governor-General at 462 – 0002/3/4/5. Medals and decorations

are to be worn to the Service.

Bring along your picnic blankets and folding chairs and enjoy

a relaxing evening on the lawn watching a movie or just

mingling with a bowl of delicious hot soup at the South Zone

Planning Committee of the Anglican Church's Pre-Lenten

Water Night and Movie on Friday, February 24, 2017 from

6 pm to 9 pm at All Saints Anglican Rectory Grounds, Matthews

Road, All Saints. The contribution is only $10. Patrons

will have a choice of various types of soups. There will

be Hot Dogs, Cupcakes, Popcorn and a bounce castle. Beverages

will also be on sale. Tickets are available from Parish

Priests and members of South Zone Planning Committee.

The fundraising post Valentines for Antigua & Barbuda Diabetes

Association is now rescheduled for Tuesday 21st February,

2017 from 4:00-6:00pm.

VACANCIES REGISTERED at OSEC

INVENTORY CLERK

• Two years experience in a similar role

• Must be flexible

• Must have experience using Adobe Photoshop

• Process data in inventory system

• Spot check the accuracy of stocks in the system

• Check off and post shipments received at storeroom

• Assist with various duties in the printing department as needed

DOMESTIC CLEANER

• 4 Days per week

• Two years experience in a similar role

FIELD SUPERVISOR (SECURITY)

• Police or Military experience would be an asset

• Must be able to work all shifts

RAPID RESPONSE (SECURITY)

• Must be able to work all shifts

PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (SECURITY)

• Excellent written and oral communication skills

• Good probing questioning techniques is essential

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. OSEC telephone numbers are

5628533/34/35. Kindly note that the DEADLINE FOR ALL

APPLICATIONS is Tuesday 14th February

CAKE SALE!!! CAKE SALE!!

The AIDS Secretariat – Ministry of Health and the Environment

Presents Valentines’ Day Delicious Cake Sale on

Tuesday 14th February, 2017 from 10:00am at the AIDS

Secretariat’s Office on the Corner of Long & Temple Street.

All of the proceeds go towards our HIV Outreach, Prevention

& Control Activities

All members of the Executive of the Antigua and Barbuda

Ex-Servicemen Association are reminded of the monthly

meeting, to be held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 5 pm,

at the Association`s Headquarters "Leah House" on Prime

Minister`s Drive. Please be on time or notify the Chairman

on 720-0058, PRO on 721-1970 or the Secretary on 723-

3452 of your apologies.

COME!! KNOW YOUR HIV STATUS FOR VALENTINE’S

DAY. Give the Gift of Love by Taken an HIV Test!

The AIDS Secretariat – Ministry of Health and the Environment

will be offering Free and Confidential HIV Counselling and

Testing for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday 14th February, 2017

from 9:00am - 8:00pm at the AIDS Secretariat’s Office on the

Corner of Long & Temple Street. IT’S BETTER TO KNOW!!

The Sir Andy Roberts Community Development Foundation

extends gratitude to the advisers, partners, sponsor, patrons,

event volunteers, media, and well wishers of the 2nd Annual

Sir Andy Roberts Community Spirit Day held on Sunday

29 January 2017. We especially thank Derede Samuel Whitlock,

Elizabeth Makhoul, Cool & Smooth, William "Zeze"

Thomas, Photogenesis, LAVA Entertainment, Townhouse

Mega Store, AUA, APUA, Island Provisions Group, Epicurean

Fine Foods, First Choice Wholesale, Chase Distributors,

Antigua Distillery, Kennedy's Group, Turner's Beach Bar

and Restaurant, Carlisle Bay, Sugar Ridge, Hermitage Bay,

big banana Holding Company, Nyabinghi House, Fred's Ice

Cream, Susie's Hot Sauce, Lisa Cannonier-Williams, Department

of Culture, Senator Colin James, LSA Entertainment,

Rupture Sound Kru, Seth "Set On de Entertainer" Alexander,

Sandals Mediterranean Village, Barbuda Ferry and Levi John,

Frankie "Half Pound" Josiah, Goldsmitty, Antigua Printing

and Publishing, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Observer

Media Group, ZDK Radio, ABS Radio and Television,

Wadadli 411, Antigua Nice, Royal Police Force of Antigua

and Barbuda, Winvara Images, Antigua and Barbuda Cruise

Tourism Association, Tyrone "Pacer" Williams, Earl Waldron,

Luther Lee, Gergaton Gooch, Edson Prince, Urlings Football

Club, West Indies Oil Company,VEG International, Directorate

of Gender Affairs, St. Mary's Anglican Parish, Bolans

Wesleyan Holiness Church, Urlings Fisheries, Old Road Primary

School, Urlings Primary School, S R Olivia David Primary

School and Jennings Secondary School.


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

Friday 10th February 2017

Ottos Coolers continue dominance in Division III

By Marver Woodley

A recent glitch at the

gates has caused the Antigua

and Barbuda Turf Club to

move towards implementing

international rules for future

games.

During the feature race of

the day during the first Meet

of the year for the Club the

opening gate of the newly

imported horse Sexy Cuba

refused to open even after

the starting signal and forced

the organizers to restart the

race. The race was later won

by show stopper Demolition

Man.

The glitch however, has

caused the Turf Club to consider

implementing international

regulations where

whether or not the gates

open the race continues with

or without the participating

By Carlena Knight

Ottos Coolers continued their dominance

in the Antigua Barbuda Basketball

Association Division 3 league recording

yet another convincing victory, this time

against One Stone Original at Ottos on

Wednesday night.

The 94-31 victory saw Lincoln

Weekes score a game high 36 points

and put the crowd into a frenzy with his

shooting skills.

He was assisted by Maikol Florissa

with 17 points and Javon Simon with 16

points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Teammates, Adrian Ramirez and

Alexis Jackson contributed also with 11

points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals and 19 rebounds,

6 steals and 11 blocks.

Franklyn Roberts of One Stone had

16 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.

In the other division 3 matchup

that night, Police Vertex defeated LJ

Northside Stingerz, 54-40.

Dale Gore led his team to victory with

19 points and 12 rebounds. He was assisted

by Alfred Telemaque who had 16

points and 9 rebounds. Rosevelt Browne

had 6 steals.

Doyle Carter of Stingerz had 12

points and 9 rebounds. Robert Spencer

had 6 assists and 5 steals while Adrian

Bird and Conliffe Clarke grabbed 8 rebounds

in a losing effort.

Division 2 action also got underway

at the JSC Sports complex, in the first

matchup, Flyers 2 were upset by Potters

Steelers, 69-62.

Despite a 22 point, 7 rebound and 4

steals effort by Tavarus Benta, a 19-point

horse.

The local Turf Club according

the its President,

Neil Cochrane is known to

be more easy going and less

harsh with rules, due to being

a ‘close-netted’ fraternity.

The new regulations he

noted is needed if the country

wishes to progress and

effort by Anthony Greer and a 13-rebound

effort by Nickon McGregor, the

orange men could not get over the hump.

Adrian Lee of Steelers led his team

to a huge victory with 25 points and 13

rebounds. Mike Mills assisted with 13

points while Kenroy Telemaque grabbed

10 rebounds. Ottos Officials recorded

their first victory of the season upsetting

H.U.F. Baldwin Braves 2, 50-42 in the

feature match.

Fitzroy Francis was the man on fire

scoring 14 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.

He was assisted by Kareem Jacobs

with 13 points and 7 rebounds and

Everton Carroll with 8 points and 7 steals.

Mcpherson Thomas of Braves had 11

points while teammate, Tristan Jacobs

scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds

in a losing effort.

Turf Club to implement international rules

grow in the sport, the improvement

will only mean

an upward movement for the

nation as the sport continues

to grow.

Perreria highlights issues

plaguing sporting structures

By Marver Woodley

All sporting fraternities, island wide benefitted

from a presentation from cricket commentator

Joseph “Reds” Perreira held early

yesterday. The presentation which focused on

strengthening club structure was held at the

Multipurpose & Exhibition Cultural Center.

The former head of the OECS Sports desk

in his opening remarks to the crowd noted

that within the corners of Antigua and Barbuda

where sports is concerned strong structural

development is still very much needed.

He noted during an interview afterwards

that speaking with the three main Sporting

bodied within Antigua, namely cricket, basketball

and football that the underline problem

was highlighted. He noted that such a

problem is that only a minority of affiliates

with the organizations are just clubs and a

majority are just teams with no executive

structure.

Follow up work he lamented is needed as

only strong club can truly build strong organization

of their nature.

The long serving cricket commentator

also highlighted the Sports Minister’s take

charge attitude with getting the ball rolling,

by giving a commitment to initiating plans to

start the process, by employing persons with

different tasks to achieve the common goal.


Friday 10th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 15

Swetes dominates in ABFA Second Division

By Marver Woodley

Only three games were played yesterday

in the Antigua and Barbuda Football

Association Lower Divisions one of

which being Swetes clean sweep.

Swetes defeated Potters Tigers 4-1

with double attacks coming from Xavon

Browne in the 8th and 16th minutes followed

by teammates Wayne Phillip and

Kemoi Alexander.

The other two games resulted in

draws for all four teams the first of which

being a 1 all draw between Point West

Ham and Bendals. The lone successful

By Marver Woodley

The Asots Arcade Parham

Football team will look

to put the icing on the cake

of their new 2016/2017 Antigua

and Barbuda Premier

League title, during this

weekend’s games.

During Sundays slated

triple header Parham will

look to round off one of their

last two games for the season.

They will go up against

Sugar Ridge SAP in the second

of the three games.

In the opening match

scheduled for 3:00 pm will

be between Cool & Smooth-

AC Delco Glenns Pet Paradise

and Fitzroy’s Rewinding

Pigotts Bullets as both

teams try their very best to

secure one of the two reminding

top spots at the end

of the season.

Following suit will be.

Sandals INET IMOBILE

Grenades and Flow Old

Road go head to head, two

previous winners of the top

strikes were from N’Degwa Malone and

Darren Stevens for West Ham and Bendals

respectively.

The other match was a 2 all draw between

Hill Top and Fort Road with both

strikes for each team coming from one

player. Javere Richards netted the first

and third goals for the game in the 8th

and 62nd minutes for Hill Top while

Omar Samuel netted the second and final

goals in the 30th and 84th minutes

for Fort Road.

On Wednesday, however, John

Hughes was the team in the finest for or

title.

Saturday’s double header

will also see four teams try

their very best to slip into

one of the two spots.

It will commence with

Harney Motors Tryum match

against Ace Trucking &

Heavy Duty Equipment

Glanvilles, who seems to be

ending the season at the bottom

of the standings, a title

Liberta had for almost half

of the season.

The second game of the

day will be Cool & Smooth

specifically with the player in the finest

form as Garcel Morrison netted four of

the five winning goals for John Hughes,

the other goal was contributed by teammate

Charles Dowdy, as they defeated

English Harbour 5-nil.

The other two games were between

Young Lions and JSC Progressors with

Young Lions at the winning end of a

2-nil score.

The following match saw Willikies

narrowly escaping a nil all games with

lucky penalty kick by Phil Nicholas to

win against Jennings United.

Parham look to put icing on the cake of new title

Empire when they go up

against Liberta as the final

game of the day. although

Liberta does not stand a

chance in winning a title

following their new promotion

Empire still has a good

chance of ranking.

ABIIT edges out Trinity Academy

By Carlena Knight

Antigua Barbuda International Institute

of Technology edged out Trinity Academy in

the highly contest Senior boys matchup on

Wednesday afternoon at the JSC Sports complex

in the Cool and Smooth Inter-school Basketball

League.

ABIIT led by Teyon Lake with 15 points

managed to gain a much needed victory over

a fast pace Trinity team. He was assisted by

Kimo Williams with 10 points. Trinity’s dynamic

scoring duo of Mico Scotland and

Shamoy Carty scored a combined 34 of the

teams 36 points in their 40-36 defeat.

In the Mini-boys Secondary division, Clare

Hall Secondary continue to flex their dominance

s they remain undefeated.

CHSS defeated St. Joseph’s Academy, 17-

11 with Jaheem James and Javonte Daley once

again leading the way with 9 and 8 points respectively.

Gnobele Cornwall of SJA had 5 points

while teammate, Jaden Andre chipped in with

4 points in a losing effort,

The junior boys side however were not

so lucky as they were edged out by Antigua

Grammar, 24-22.

The Semper Virens dug deep to pull off a

victory over CHSS who are known for their

hustling and scoring skills.

Jamar Bird was the leading scorer with 8

points for the victors with assistance from Damani

Edwards with 6 points and J’Quani Lewis

also with 6 points.

CHSS’ Jonathan Joseph had 10 points.

J.T. Ambrose Primary also walked away

with a victory that day, defeating St. John’s

Catholic, 7-2 in the Mini-girls Primary division.

Zora Richards scored 2 points for the

victors.


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

Friday 10th February 2017

Department of Youth Affairs

congratulates 2016 Youth Awardees

On February 5 th , 2017, the Department

of Youth Affairs held it’s 2016 Antigua

and Barbuda National Youth Awards

at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek at

5:00 pm. The event was held to recognize

a number of youth who performed exceptionally

in a number of fields in Antigua

and Barbuda. Corporate entities with a

track record of contributions to the field

of youth development were also recognized.

In all, 24 awards were handed out with

assistance from the Governor General of

Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir

Rodney Williams, as well as the Minister

of Social Transformation and Human

Resource Development, the Honourable

Samantha Marshall.

The crowd was also entertained by

performances from Jamaal Gordon,

Daina Barnes, and Heavenly Steps Extravaganza

Dance School. The MC’s for

the evening were Alajandra Robinson

and Jessie Fyah, while the keynote speech

was delivered by past youth awardee Michael

Joseph.

The 2016 awardees included:

Education Award (Top National Assessment

Student): Emmanuelle Chiddick

Education Award (Top CSEC Student):

Akaani Simon

Education Award (Top CAPE Student):

Terrikia Benjamin

Young Sportswoman Award: Joella

Lloyd

Young Sportsman Award: Khalique St.

Jean

Young Media Practitioner: Donna-Marie

McIntosh

Performing Arts and Culture Award:

Ayana Dorsette

Performing Arts and Culture Award:

Richard Charles

Young Farmer of the Year: Glenson

Goodwin

Youth Literary Art Award: Spilling Ink

Tourism Management Award – Matara

Murphy

Tourism Service Award – Kendra Beazer

Young Entrepreneur: Sonali Andrews

Community Service Award: Nolan Hue

Young Professional (Male): Ragi Burton

Young Professional (Female): Nneka

Hull James

Barbuda’s Youth Award: Sirriyah Bailey

The Minster’s Award: Regis Burton

The Corporate Awards:

Epicurean Fine Foods

Antigua Yacht Club and Marina Resort

Hadeed Motors

Scotia Bank

The Department of Youth Affairs Special

Awards:

The Source Clothing Company

Troy Watkins (Sugar Apple Catering)

The Department of Youth Affairs

would like to congratulate the all of successful

recipients of the 2016 National

Youth Awards, and hope that they will

continue in their endeavours to improve

the landscape of Antigua and Barbuda,

while providing a positive example for

other youth and corporate entities to follow.

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