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NEW, IMPROVED

GATE 2 UNVEILED

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Tuesday 14th February 2017

New and improved Gate 2 unveiled

By Joanna Paris

The result of two 40 foot

containers uniquely outfitted

with wood and metal is the

final product of the new security

checkpoint at the Antigua

Port Authority.

Officials at the Antigua

Port Authority and Members

of the Board of Directors,

officially unveiled the new

facility commonly called

“Gate 2” on Monday in the

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presence a number of employees

and other specially

invited guests.

Chief Port Security Officer,

Jason Roberts, said

that the project took approximately

two months to

complete. He added that the

new facility improves the

entrance to the port as well

as the security options available

to customers.

He noted too that customers

will be met by security

personnel who will review

their documentations and

furrier check will be made

to determine if their cargo is

ready. During this time, customers

will enjoy a relaxed

atmosphere in an air-conditioned

building.

While addressing the

brief commissioning ceremony,

Chairman of the

Board of the Antigua Port

Authority, Senator Mary

Claire Hurst, said that the

new building will assist in

providing the exceptional

service that is now becoming

synonymous with the

facility.

“The aim is to make our

customers more relaxed and

comfortable. We want our

customers to feel satisfied”,

she expressed.

She added that preparations

are already being made

to transform the current Gate

1 facilities and well as to install

a monitoring system

which should be unveiled in

the coming weeks.

Port Manager, Darwin

Telemaque, was full of

praise for the carpenters and

welders who worked on the

building for their ability to

use spare materials and produce

a “professional building”.

He described the project

as cost effective and emphasized

that the customer

experience will be greatly

enhanced.


Tuesday 14th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 3

Police probe homicide and drowning

Police are currently investigating

the circumstances surrounding a shooting

incident Sunday night, which led to

the death of 38-year old Almack Lambert

of Nut Grove.

It is reported that Lambert was last

seen around 8:10 p.m. walking out of

a yard in Nut Grove, before he momentarily

collapsed on the gallery of a

house in the area.

He was transported by the EMS to

the Mount St. Johns Medical Center,

where a medical doctor pronounced

him dead shortly after 9:00 p.m.

The police are appealing to anyone

with information surrounding this

recent incident to contact the Criminal

Investigations Department at 462-

3913\14.

Meantime, police are investigating a

drowning incident at Fort James Beach

on Sunday, which led to the death of

41-year old Leroy Simon of Jennings.

Simon was among a group of people,

to include two teenage boys, who

went for a swim at the Fort James

Beach around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Whilst in the water, both boys reportedly

had difficulties swimming

among the abnormal water-current,

which was pulling them further into the

deep.

It was reported that both Simon and

an adult friend saw what was happening

and went to their rescue.

They held both boys and were assisting

them to safety, when Simon

suddenly disappeared underneath the

water.

His body was later found floating

face down and was pulled ashore. He

was transported to the Mount St. Johns

Medical Center by the EMS.

Efforts to resuscitate him was unsuccessful,

and he was pronounced

dead shortly after 5:00 p.m. by a medical

doctor.

Further investigations are currently

ongoing into the matter.

Finally, Verdon Green of Old Road,

who went missing last Wednesday, was

found alive. He was found around 8:30

a.m. on Monday in an area commonly

referred to as Morris Garden.

Two residents of Old Road found

him lying in some bushes while tending

to their animals, and notified the police.

He is reported to be in good health, and

was transported to the Mount St. John’s

Medical Center by the EMS.

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Tuesday 14th February 2017

No outside influence on new passports

By Everton Barnes

A government official has debunked

suggestions that the move to provide fingerprints

as part of the security features

for the new passports is being done at

the behest of ‘outside forces’.

The suggestion was made by one of

the panelists appearing on a weekly radio

talk showed, who advanced the notion

that countries in the Caribbean are being

‘pressured’ to introduce fingerprints on

the passports by foreign powers.

But the government spokesman said

nothing could be further from the truth.

“It is now the global standard for biometric

information such as fingerprints to be

included in the security chip imbedded

By Everton Barnes

A team from the Barbuda

Council has just completed a

weekend fact-finding visit to

St Kitts.

Led by Barbuda representative,

Arthur Nibbs, and

included the Barbuda Senator,

Knacynta Nedd, the

four-member team traveled

to Basseterre at the invitation

of a group that has a proposal

before the Barbuda Council.

“We went to see what

these people were all about

and whether or not they had

the capabilities to complete

the proposed of building villas

as they had proposed.”

Nibbs stated.

He disclosed that the team

visited a number of projects

that the group has undertaken

in St Kitts and having seen

what is ‘on the ground’ there

he is convinced that the developers

have the expertise

and the finances to undertake

the Barbuda project.

According to Nibbs he

was particularly pleased with

the involvement of Senator

Nedd, who is a candidate for

the upcoming Council elections,

but who has already

displayed a keen interest in

the affairs of Barbuda.

He said the future for the

sister isle looks bright with

several projects in the pipeline

ready to take off within

the upcoming months. He

revealed that he anticipates

that Barbuda will have full

employment within the next

two years with the projects

– the Paradise Found, PLH

development, the new airport

in the passports. That chip will display

this information to immigration officers

at various ports of entry when the holder

travels,” the spokesman noted.

He said by taking this step, rather

than being pressured, it demonstrates

that Antigua and Barbuda is moving in

step with the major developing countries

where this is already a feature of their

security apparatus.

He noted that during the re-registration

process that took place back

in 2003, the idea for fingerprints to be

included on the new voters I.D cards

was first muted by the then opposition

leader, Baldwin Spencer, and which was

accepted and implemented by the government

of the day, headed by Sir Lester

Bird.

According to the spokesman the

method used back in 2003 was ink and

an ink-pad.

“There was little or no objections

then and later in 2013 when the re-registration

took place but with the latest

technology, again the process had widespread

‘buy-in’,” the spokesman stated.

The spokesman explained that it is

believed that the information contained

in the new passports will overtime reduce

the time spent at foreign immigration

kiosks as the data on the holder

of the passports would be more readily

available.

Barbuda Council team visits St. Kitts & Nevis

among others – providing

jobs for islanders.

The Barbuda representative

says he the next step

is to recommend to the full

Council that it should ratify

the proposal from the group

and then the other steps in

the process of approval will

follow.

Senator Lake advocates for talks

on abortion and gender issues

By Joanna Paris

The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s

newly appointed Senator, Senator Aziza Lake,

has advocated for more discussions on a myriad

of issues that she believes need to be addressed

within society.

Senator Lake was a guest on ABS’s Against

the Backdrop on Monday with Amar Spencer

in her official capacity. She indicated that there

needs to be more dialogue about generally

contentious issue- abortion.

Senator Lake, who stated that she was

“pro-choice” said that “discussions need to

take place on the topic”, which is one that society

has a lot to say about.

“For me, I am pro-choice, I believe that

bringing a child into this world is an important

sacrifice. I think it is a very important decision

that is made”, she said.

“Women are an important part of society.

I don’t think that it is something that we talk

about, we don’t talk about what is pro-life and

what is pro-choice, it is a big discussion in the

United States but for us it is not something that

we really discuss here”, she noted.

Senator Lake also expressed a similar view

with regard to gender rights and gender equality.


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US, EU food standards major

hurdle for Caribbean exporters

Oraine Halstead (left) and Rhys Actie tend tomatoes in a greenhouse at Colesome Farm

at Jonas Road, Antigua.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – As

Caricom countries struggle to move

away from their traditional reliance on

a single industry or major crop in the

face of growing economic uncertainty

worldwide, they are finding it increasingly

difficult to enter markets in the

EU and North America with new types

of food products.

But tariffs are no longer the main

barriers to accessing important markets,

according to a document produced

by the ACP-EU Overcoming Technical

Barriers to Trade (TBT) programme.

The ACP-EU is of the view that

“Non-tariffs barriers will become the

main challenge of the future multilateral

trade system.” Specifically, technical

barriers related to compliance with sanitary

and phytosanitary standards (SPS)

in export markets and other standards

including those relating to labelling

and packaging.

The EU considers these technical,

non-tariff, barriers to trade so challenging

for its African, Caribbean and Pacific

(ACP) partners that it provided 15

million euros starting in 2013 to help

those developing countries upgrade

their processes and become compliant,

thus giving them a better chance of

success on the EU and North America

markets.

The Caribbean Agribusiness Association

(CABA) is one Caribbean organisation

that was able to access funding

to help its members move toward

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical

Control Point) certification, which the

ACP-EU TBT programme identified as

a crucial requirement. Since the early

2000s, the US and EU have stipulated

that foods entering their markets must

have HACCP certification.

Ten of CABA’s members were present

at a regional conference, held at the

Radisson Hotel in Port-of-Spain Jan.

29-30, to report on the benefits they received

from the HACCP training. They

heard some sobering statistics with regard

to the EU and US food industry

that provided context for the TBT programme.

Dr. Andre Gordon, chief executive

officer of TSL Technical Services Limited,

told delegates that each year, the

UK records approximately one million

cases of food-borne illnesses, of which

about 20,000 require hospitalisation,

and 500 deaths are recorded. The cost

to the UK of dealing with food-borne

illnesses is 1.4 billion pounds annually.

In the US, approximately 48 million

cases of foodborne illnesses are recorded

annually, resulting in 128,000 hospitalisations

and 3,000 deaths. The cost

to the US of dealing with food-borne

illnesses is approximately 77.7 billion

dollars annually, the delegates heard.

The 2016 report, “Addressing Food

Losses due to Non-Compliance with

Quality and Safety Requirements in

Export Markets: the case of Fruits and

Vegetables from the Latin America and

the Caribbean Region,” by two Food

and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

experts, underlined how much is at

stake for Caribbean agribusiness exporters.

The report reveals that Latin America

and the Caribbean (LAC) provide

over 90 per cent of the fruits and nearly

80 per cent of all vegetables imported

by the US. Nonetheless, some countries

in the region have “very high rejection

rates” at US ports of entry, including

Jamaica, Bolivia and the Dominican

Republic, the document states.

The report said, “While many LAC

countries have a good rate of acceptance

in comparison with other countries

exporting to the USA and EU, a

few countries within LAC perform

very poorly, revealing great disparity in

cont’d on pg 6


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Minister Greene responds to protest over YASCO

By Marver Woodley

Just weeks after a protest

by concerned members of the

public for the completion of

the Country’s lone track and

field facility, the YASCO

Sports Complex, their cries

are being heard.

The demonstration and

passive/aggressive action has

caused the Nation’s Minister

of Sports to acknowledge

the public and do something

about the continued delay for

work to be done at the facility.

This is according to reports

that the Minister, the

Honourable EP Chet Greene

has extended his hand to

meet with the general public,

coaches, protesting groups,

coaches and all other interested

persons to meet with

him whenever they deem fit

as a group to hash over the

plans for the completion of

the facility and the reason for

the ongoing protests.

This is not the first time

the Minister has offered the

public an opportunity to let

their grievances be known

about the facility as the field

is not internationally recognized

nor is it fit for persons

specifically athletes to utilize.

The group went so far

as requesting a donation of

pass-byers to aid with the

upgrading of the grounds,

an overall act the Minister

considers as “devious” while

speaking to a local Media

House on Tuesday.

As he has extended numerous

invitations and

countless opportunities for

Minister of Sports, the Hon.,

E.P. Chet Greene

concerned participants to

converse with him on the issue,

none of which have been

utilized.

cont’d from pg 5

preparedness for export trading within

the region.” The report noted that

“Multiple handling failures along the

chain are likely the cause of the most

frustrating complaints by international

buyers.” Dr. Gordon, who oversaw

the Jamaica ackee industry’s transformation

that made it compliant with

US Food and Drug Administration

regulations in the early 2000s so that

it could gain access to the US market,

explained to IPS the obstacles facing

Caribbean exporters.

“The problem in general with all

agribusiness companies in the Caribbean

is typically lack of technical capacity

and knowledge of the requirements

and lack of the resources to implement

the systems as required,” he said.

However, Dr. Gordon said, “The

cultural change that is required is probably

the biggest single limitation to implementing

and sustaining certification

systems…If the management and ownership

[of agribusinesses] do not have

a vision of becoming global players

then the effort and resources required

are going to seem unattainable and not

good value for money. A lot of firms

have issues with understanding the value

for money proposition of embarking

on a certification programme.”

The briefing paper “SPS measures

lead to high costs and losses for developing

countries”, published not long

after the EU mandated HACCP certification

for all exporters to the EU, noted

that “As the income level of developing

countries is far smaller, …the opportunity

cost of compliance is relatively far

higher than that for developed country

exporters.

“The rapid change in SPS measures,

regulations and notifications of new

regulations is another problem facing

developing countries in preparing for

compliance. It also imposes extra costs

on investors and exporters and creates

uncertainty for them.”

However, the paper’s author concluded,

“while the cost of compliance

is high, the cost of lack of compliance

is even higher” because of loss of market

share or reduced access to markets.

Dr. Gordon revealed that in 2010,

the Caribbean had the second highest

level of food rejections of any region at

US ports of entry.

A March 2016 FAO report highlighted

other issues hindering Caribbean

agribusinesses in their efforts to

export. The report states: “A number

of deep-seated challenges inhibit Caribbean

agriculture diversification and

competitiveness: the small and fragmented

nature of most farm units; the

absence of strong farmer grass-roots

organizations; the cost of agricultural

labor; the ageing demographics of Caribbean

farmers; an education system

that does not prepare youth to seek employment

opportunities in the agricultural

sector; and extension systems that

have historically focused on managing

the traditional export crops.”

The problem of small farm units is

being addressed head on, said CABA’s

president Vassel Stewart, with the formation

of CABEXCO, a new umbrella

organisation for SMEs in the Caricom

agribusiness sector, which will jointly

procure raw materials and services as

well as market its members’ products

and reach out to new buyers.

The resulting economies of scale

will also hopefully make it easier to

bear the cost of becoming compliant

with US and EU food export regulations.

(Caribbean360)


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Haiti PM

steps down

PORT-AU-PRINCE,

Haiti – Haiti’s Prime Minister

Enex Jean-Charles has

resigned to allow the country’s

new president to form

a new government.

Jean-Charles, who was

appointed in March last

year by interim president

Jocelerme Privert, submitted

his letter of resignation

on February 9,

two days after Jovenel

Moise was sworn in as the

French-speaking nation’s

new president.

Moise has already begun

consultations to choose a

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Two

young Trinidadian parents are anxiously

awaiting police investigations into

whether they will be held responsible

for causing the tragic death of their

child.

The parents, whose names have not

been released, fed the 11-month-old

baby girl sleep medication in her tea,

despite being advised by a pharmacist

that the drug was not fit for children.

The infant slipped into a coma and

subsequent scans revealed she was

brain dead.

The Trinidad Newsday reports that

on January 31, the father of child purchased

a sleeping drug identified as

melatonin – a man-made form of a hormone

produced in the brain that helps

to regulate sleep – to include in the baby’s

formula to help her sleep, as she

successor for Jean-Charles.

Reports in the local

media have indicated that

businessman Olivier Barreau

and former Senator

Gabriel Fortuné are among

those rumoured to be in the

running.

Moise does not need

Parliamentary approval to

choose a new prime minister,

under a constitutional

amendment that came into

effect as he took office, although

whoever is chosen

needs the approval of the

legislature for his policies.

(Caribbean360)

Trinidad police investigate death of baby who

was given sleep medication despite warnings

was having trouble doing so.

After being fed the medication, the

child fell asleep around 8 p.m. But half

an hour later, when the mother went to

check on her, the baby girl was found

upside down in a clothes basket in an

unresponsive state.

The mother made frantic efforts to

revive her daughter but after no success,

the baby was taken to the Chaguanas

Health Centre where an initial test

revealed that the infant had possibly

suffered catastrophic injury, hypoxic

injury and retinal haemorrhaging.

The baby was later transferred to

the Children’s Hospital in Mount Hope

and placed on a respirator.

Two brain tests on the baby revealed

she was clinically brain dead and a decision

was taken to pull the respirator

plug on Monday.

Enex Jean-Charles was in the position since last March when he

was appointed by the interim president.

Since then, police have been questioning

the parents to find out whether

they should be held responsible for the

child’s death.

Meanwhile, the pharmacist who

sold the drug to the child’s father has

offered to cooperate with police investigating

the matter.

He confirmed that the father did request

melatonin for the child but he had

advised the man that the drug should

not be given to infants because there

was no data indicating it was safe for

children.

The pharmacist said he denied the

man’s request for the medication, because

he had no prescription. However,

the man later claimed he was having

trouble falling asleep and he wanted

the drug for his own use and he was

sold the melatonin. (Caribbean360)


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Was there a Coup attempt in Dominica?

PM says yes, opposition says no

ROSEAU, Dominica – Charges and

countercharges are making the rounds

in Dominica as police continue investigations

to get to the bottom of Tuesday’s

violent disturbance following an

anti-government protest, which resulted

in the vandalism of nine businesses

and 32 arrests.

While Prime Minister Roosevelt

Skerrit has revealed details of an alleged

attempt by opposition parties to

“seize the seat of power”, Opposition

Leader Lennox Linton has dismissed

the claim as “another lie” the Prime

Minister has concocted to win the sympathy

of Dominicans.

In a national address last night, in

which he painstakingly outlined the sequence

of events leading up to the disturbance,

Skerrit charged that it was the

“militant, irresponsible behaviour of

the leadership of the main opposition

UWP and the Dominica Freedom Party

(DFP) that triggered the action.

The Prime Minister said police had

been tipped off about a plan by opposition

forces.

“It is important for me to share with

you the plan, which was relayed to intelligence

personnel in the Dominica

Police Force. Fortunately, for us all, not

every member of the United Workers

Party and Dominica Freedom Party is

supportive of the militant, irresponsible

behavior of the leadership. So, details

of the plan had already been shared

with the police and security officials,”

Skerrit told the nation.

“The police had information that

the intent of the leadership was to stall

the truck in front the Financial Centre

and storm the barriers with the intent

of entering the building. This was the

intent of the leadership of the United

Workers Party and the Dominica Free-

Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelet

Skerrit

dom Party. This is how they intended to

seize the seat of power in the country.

They would have stormed the Financial

Center Building and seek to occupy the

building until their demands were met.”

Earlier in the day, the opposition

parties led supporters in what was supposed

to be an 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. public

meeting near the Financial Centre

where Skerrit’s office is located.

The Prime Minister said the meeting

had proceeded “peacefully and

consistent with the intent and spirit

of the agreement reached between the

police and the leaderships of the two

opposition parties the day before”, but

when Linton took control of the microphone

around 2:50 p.m., “it changed

the course of events and resulted in

Dominica making world headlines all

day today, and not for a good reason”.

After the meeting was finished,

Skerrit said, the driver of the truck in

front of the Financial Centre was ordered

by police to proceed west, but

it could not be driven forward because

a mob was blocking it, and the atmosphere

of the crowd then started to deteriorate.

“At about 6:30 p.m., the crowd

started agitating and started chanting

‘Skerrit must go’. In all this, the leadership

of the UWP and DFP said or did

nothing to contain the emotions of their

supporters,” Skerrit said, noting that

earlier Linton had spoken for an hour

and 15 minutes after the agreed time

indicating that the meeting would only

end when he was ready.

“This is when and where the cue

was given for persons to do whatever

they deemed necessary to forcibly and

unlawfully remove a democratically

elected government from office,” Skerrit

said, adding that the events that later

unfolded were “as a direct consequence

and a result of the decision by Lennox

Linton to say, in effect, ‘to hell with the

police, we shall do as we please’.”

However, speaking on radio this

morning, Linton hit back, categorically

denying there was a plan to overthrow

the government.

“There was no plan at all, no plan

at all that Lennox Linton and the leadership

of the United Workers Party is

aware of, to storm the Financial Centre,”

he stated.

The UWP Leader also challenged

the Prime Minister to reveal the source

of his intelligence, maintaining that he

had no knowledge of the alleged plot.

“Lennox Linton, on behalf of the

leadership of the UWP, is asking him

to pull away the veil of intelligence and

say specifically who was behind that

plot,” he noted. “Call names, because

whoever advised your intelligence

would have told them where X or Y

discussed that or told me that on such

and such a time, ” Dominica News Online

reported.

Linton was adamant since yesterday,

that the looting and violence on

Tuesday night had nothing to do with

his party. (Caribbean360)


Tuesday 14th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 9

World Bank appoints new Country

Director for the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, United States –

Tahseen Sayed Khan is the new Country

Director for Caribbean countries.

She will be responsible for maintaining

a solid partnership with the

countries to address their development

and financial challenges.

“It is an honour for me to be working

in the Caribbean,” she said.

“I look forward to deepening our

engagement with governments, development

partners, civil society, and

the private sector, to boost inclusive

growth and reduce poverty in the Caribbean.”

Khan, a Pakistani national, was

previously Country Manager for Albania

in the Europe and Central Asia

region.

She joined the Bank in 1997 as a

social sector specialist in South Asia

and has since held various positions,

including as Lead Education Specialist,

Operations Adviser, and Country

Manager for Nepal.

Khan has a deep knowledge of

country programmes and a track record

of strong delivery and innovation,

the World Bank.

She holds a Master’s degree in

Law and Diplomacy specializing in

Development Studies from the Tufts

University Fletcher School of Law

and Diplomacy. (Caribbean360)

Tahseen Sayed Khan


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Monday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

Across

1. Shredded cabbage

5. Lady’s title

10. Agreement

14. Peru’s capital

15. Verdi work

16. Canyon sound

17. Discharge

18. Flax product

19. Break sharply

20. Eating alcove

22. Aquatic animals

24. Shop

25. Rough

28. Bemoan

30. Top quality

34. Spanish title

37. Cruise and Hanks

39. Instant lawn

40. Butter’s rival

41. Stage offering

43. Walk heavily

44. Bottom-row key

45. Prophet

46. Ebb

48. Basil sauce

50. Midday nap

52. Reporter’s boss

54. Wave top

58. Butter or jam

61. Sports figure

63. Much (2 wds.)

64. Certain parasite

67. Greek Cupid

68. Yep’s opposite

69. Comforted

70. Hue

71. Color changer

72. Night twinklers

73. Golf pegs

Down

1. Toboggans

2. Boundary

3. ____ acid (nutrient)

4. Site of Napoleon’s defeat

5. Lose feathers

6. Each

7. TV room

8. Live

9. Feudal estate

10. Annoy

11. Complexion woe

12. Blacken

13. Surpasses

21. Salty drop

23. Chef’s measures (abbr.)

26. Toronto’s province

27. Energy source

29. Fabricated

31. ____ of Man

32. Emotional state

33. Boundary

34. Detergent

35. She, in Lyon

36. Court dividers

38. The Red Planet

42. Take it easy

43. Actress ____ Johansson

45. Fizzy beverage

47. Engrave with acid

49. Wobble

51. Pencil rubber

53. Does nothing

55. Uncanny

56. Pebble

57. Quizzes

58. Beach feature

59. Scheme

60. Heavy twine

62. Williams and Koppel

65. Cereal grass

66. UN member


Tuesday 14th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 11

Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Sunny.

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HOROSCOPE

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). Helen Keller, stricken

deaf and blind from illness

in infancy, insisted that even

darkness and silence have

their wonders. The far less extreme

inconveniences of the

day have hidden gems inside

them.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

As much as you hope to strike

upon a golden moment and

seize the opportunity in it, the

fact of the matter is that every

moment is golden when you’re

willing to see it that way.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Energy management is just as

crucial to production as time

management. Be careful not

to put too much into draining

emotional tones, such as worry,

resentment and frustration.

Practice the fine art of “dropping

it.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

You approach a challenge

with the humility of a student,

devoted to duplicating what

seems to work for others, observing

patterns, honing your

senses and sharpening your

skills. This is why you’ll be

successful.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Today

you’ll notice that there’s

something about the other

person that makes you feel

so much more comfortable in

yourself. This person will invest

his or her curiosity, admiration

and charm in you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Thinking in the classic terms

of “success” is a sure way

to limit your joy today. Get

out there and start making

some mischief or mistakes to

prevent things from getting

dreadfully boring or, worse,

gloomy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

You’re in a position to choose

whom you want to work with

and spend time around. The

most responsible person will

be the least defensive. The

joyful people don’t just say

positive things; they smile

with their eyes.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Overblown expectations will

be the norm today for most

people. Because the bad won’t

be so bad and neither will the

good be so good, anyone who

refuses to anticipate or assume

will most likely be quite satisfied

with the outcome.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

The truth has a certain feel

to it today — liberation laced

in laughter. You’ll bond with

the honest one who can make

you laugh or who laughs along

with you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

Your goals will be forwarded

in increments. Once a week is

good, but once a day is better.

How can you incorporate your

interests into more of a daily

pattern?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.

21). There are some who seek

seriousness to feed a craving

to feel that life is profound and

tragically beautiful. You won’t

be able to relate today, as your

need is for play, intellectual

challenge and levity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). In your quest for something

real, you’ve been given

a lot of reasons, excuses, sales

pitches, theories and diversions.

You’ll know the truth

today by the way it rings in

your ears. Pounce on it.


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

ABSSB SELF EMPLOYED NOTICE

The Social Security Board wishes to advise all self employed

persons that their declared earnings shall not be less

than the minimum wage, and are reminded that their Social

Security contributions rate remains at 10%.

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.

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!!

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.

The fundraising post Valentines for Antigua & Barbuda Diabetes

Association is now rescheduled for Tuesday 21st February,

2017 from 4:00-6:00pm.

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ANTIGUA AND BARBU-

DA SCOUT ASSOCIATION Notice is hereby given, in

accordance with Section IV(4)(b) of the Constitution, that

the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Antigua and

Barbuda Branch of the Scout Association will be held at

Government House (located on Independence Avenue) on

Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 5:00 p.m. All Members are

invited to attend and to be punctual. Members are reminded

that subscriptions for 2017 are now due and payable.

The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission is inviting

all Soca Artistes, to attend a very important meeting, on the

15th of February 2017, at the Multi-Purpose Cultural &Exhibition

Centre. The Purpose of this meeting is to nominate

and Elect the initial Board of the Soca Artistes Association.

All are asked to make a special effort to attend and be on

time. The meeting will commence at 6:00 pm. Thank you for

your continued support.

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Tuesday 14th February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 13

Gov’t costs Horse Society International grant

By Marver Woodley

President of the Antigua and Barbuda

Horse Society has blasted the

government for not fulfilling its promise

and costing them an international

grant.

According to the Society’s President

Jeanie Eastern the nation’s

Government failure to meet various

“simple” requirements requested by

the International Federation of Equestrians

has cost them the much-needed

grant of $50,000 USD after making a

promise to do so.

During an interview with Caribbean

Times Newspaper, Eastern noted

that some 18 months ago, a representative

visited the twin island and handed

out some guidelines to follow in

order for the grant to be approved with

a strict timeline of one year, the guidelines

Eastern lamed would cost the

Government no money what so ever.

Some of the requirements included

a 10-year extension on the lease for

the land currently utilized by the body

as well as a donation of some gravel to

backfill nearby dams to build an arena

as the present ones are extremely deteriorated,

though the government was

not obligated to backfill the ponds,

Eastern sternly noted that it was promised

and agreed on by both parties.

The loss of the grant has cost the

Association a considerable amount of

money and time as they were preparing

the grounds for the upgrade, the

grant would have provided.

By Carlena Knight

Hometech Systems Outlaws

picked up double victories

over the weekend in the

Antigua Barbuda Basketball

Association Division One

League.

On Thursday night in

their first match up, Outlaws

defeated Ottos Full Throttle,

68-62 at JSC.

Humroy Wright was the

leading scorer for his team

with 19 points. He was assisted

by Kevin Roberts with

16 points, 6 rebounds and 5

assists.

Freetown Travelers also

picked up a win over Harold

Lovell Rockersville, 54-48.

Morlon ‘Little’ Davis led

his team with 14 points and

10 rebounds. He was assisted

by Mario Samuel with 14

points and 5 assists.

Ariel Quallis of Rockersville

had 18 points, 13

rebounds and 5 steals in a

losing effort.

Meanwhile on Saturday

night, Outlaws edged out

Harold Lovell Rockersville,

71-69.

Kevin Roberts led his

team with 22 points and 6

assists and Humroy Wright

chipped in with 17 points.

Darren Jeanville grabbed

By Marver Woodley

The first ever annual 3-some Beach Volleyball

Tournament is slated to kick off later

this month.

The first of many games under the recently

ratified constitution of the Antigua and

Barbuda Volleyball Association is scheduled

to be on the 26th of February at Millers by

the Sea.

According to reports the event is expected

to attract more than 16 teams, with teams

consisting of 3 players a side 2 of which has

14 rebounds for the victors.

Rockersville’s Walton

Christian had 21 points and

11 rebounds. He was assisted

by Kevin Joseph with 13

points and 9 rebounds.

Teammates, Ariel Quallis

had 12 points while Kevin

Francis contributed 11

points and 11 rebounds.

Travelers once again

picked up a much needed

Eastern who indicated that he has

visited and pleaded with the government

on several occasions to fulfill the

promise made still holds strong that

another grant could be arranged and

approved, however bleak the future

looks without the government fully

behind them.

The previous grant which was dismissed

in December 2016 was to be

used at the Spring Hill facility and

other areas of the sport on island in

hopes of reviving a number of activities

at the facility.

To date the government has not

spoken with Eastern on doing anything

to secure future grants or what

was the reason for not fulfilling the requirements,

according to Eastern.

Outlaws pick up double victories over the weekend

victory this time over Yorks

Crushers, 66-52.

Morlon ‘Little’ Davis

once again led his team with

21 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists

and 4 steals while for

Crushers, Cohen DeSouza

had 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Kebo Orford and Jamie

Harris chipped in with 11

points and 17 rebounds.

Beach Volleyball tournament on the horizon

to be females along with one male.

To participate each player is expected to

pay $20 per person and the registration period

is currently open and will close off on

the 24th just two days before the games are

to be held.

The winning trio will be awarded $500

along with prizes and surprises for the second

and third place finishers.

The one day event will commence at

10:00 a.m. Interested persons can contact the

local Association for more information.


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Stingerz defeat Braves with buzzer beater

By Carlena Knight

LJ Northside Stingerz pulled off the

first upset for the 2017 season in Division

one of the Antigua Barbuda Basketball

Association league on Sunday

night at the JSC Sports Complex defeating

H.U.F. Baldwin Braves, 72-69

with a buzzerbeater shot.

In the Super Sunday action, the first

matchup did not disappoint as Stingerz

came from a 17-point deficit to give the

Grays Green men their first loss of the

season.

Mahijah Davis who scored the

game winning basket for the Hive sent

JSC into a frenzy and shattered the unblemished

record of Braves.

Davis ended the match with 16

points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in

their huge victory while Coy Quinland

was the leading scorer with 18 points

and 7 rebounds despite being fouled

out midway through the last quarter.

By Marver Woodley

Long serving, Wilbur

Harrigan has earned yet another

term as President of

the Antigua and Barbuda

Volleyball Association.

Harrigan was elected yet

again on the 9th following a

9-year delayed general elections

due to issues with the

organizations constitution

and postponement by its executive

members.

He held off the challenge

of former national player

Frank Schwartz just a few

lucky votes as the polls show

he was in the lead 7-4. With

the exception of just two

former members the entire

executive committee was

reelected to their respective

Chaz Samuel chipped in with 11

points and 5 assists.

Lennox ‘Termite’ McCoy who was

also fouled out with approximately two

minutes left in the last quarter was the

leading scorer with 17 points, 9 rebounds

and 5 steals.

Teammates, Vivian ‘Boast’ Destin

and Lindsay McDonald contributed 16

and 15 points respectively.

In the feature matchup of the Super

Sunday action, defending champions,

F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays

trumped Flyers Basketball, 92-78.

The Orange men were neck and

neck with the champs in the first half

but could not maintain the momentum

or stop the offensive dominance of

Ojays.

League MVP and Captain of the

two-time champions, Bryan ‘Hollywood’

Matthew led the charge with 29

points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists while

posts.

The First Vice-President

position will be held by Hennery

Matthew, the second

Vice-President will be Olson

Joseph, Gisele Azar will be

the secretary while Fitzroy

Benjamin will continue to

be the treasurer.

By Carlena Knight

All Saints Secondary dominated Jennings

Secondary, 28-6 last Thursday, in the Senior

Girls Division of the Cool and Smooth

Inter-School Basketball League at the JSC

Sports Complex. Led by Reyana Regis with 10

points and assisted by Jahleisha Knowles with

8 points ASSS outplayed JSS on both ends of

the court. Marsha Joseph of JSS had 4 points

veteran Marlon ‘Buju’ Charles assisted

with 15 points.

Playoffs MVP, Kareem ‘Macky’

Edwards contributed with 11 points

and 6 rebounds while teammates,

Devorn Benjamin and N’kenge ‘Beef’

Drew chipped in with 10 points and 10

rebounds for the win.

Flyers’ Steven Matthew was the

leading scorer with 24 points. He was

assisted by Adonis Humphreys with

17 points and 13 rebounds and Kenya

Achom with 11 points and 11 assists.

Russel Daley also had 11 points in a

losing effort.

The action will continue on Thursday

night as LJ Northside Stingerz will

face the champions, in a finals rematch

of last year, F and G Trading Cuties

Ovals Ojays at 6:30 p.m. while H.U.F.

Baldwin Braves will battle Flyers Basketball

at 8pm at the JSC Sports Complex.

Harrigan reelected as volleyball president

Holding the assistant

secretary position will be

Vanessa Burk and Naeema

Wilson will act as floor

member all for the first-time

Harris Lewis will also act as

a floor a member while the

past Public Relations Officer

Rosemary Simon have retained

her position.

According to the PRO all

of the elected members will

serve for one year according

to the constitution as the Association

will aim to ratify

the constitution promptly so

that the elections should be

held every four years.

All Saints Secondary

dominates Jennings Secondary

in a losing effort.

In the other game that day, Antigua State

College defeated Antigua Grammar School,

62-50. The Senior Boys matchup saw Anthony

Greer score a game high 22 points with assistance

from Kellony Tonge with 14 points.

Tyreke Lewis of AGS had 18 points with

assistance from Ahamani Browne with 14

points and Julian Henry with 12 points.


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ABFA Premier Division winds down

By Carlena Knight

The Antigua Barbuda

Football Association Premier

league is winding down

as another week of matches

have been completed.

With the title already

wrapped up by Asot’s Arcade

Parham, the battle at the bottom

of the table remains.

On Saturday, at the Antigua

Recreation Grounds,

Harney Motors Trym drew

with ACE Trucking and

Heavy Duty Equipment

By Marver Woodley

Wadadli Events Services, Oyster,

Veg International Swetes Football Club

has been crowned the First Division

Champions in the Antigua and Barbuda

Football Association 2016/17 season.

Following the lead of Asot’s Arcade

Parham who was the first football club

to earn the Premier Division title before

the games have come to an end. Swetes

Glanvilles FC,1-1.

Glanvilles have sealed the

deal for their regulation while

Tryum with this one point

gain edged out of the regulation

spot.

Kevin Samuel of Tryum

scored in the 18 th minute

while the equalizer came

from Sheldon Neil in the 56 th

minute for Glanvilles.

Liberta S.C. who is the

other team in the two-team

relegation spot lost to Cool

and Smooth Empire also on

Saturday,1-0.

Nicardo Lindsay was the

lone goal scorer for the victors.

The action continued on

Sunday as Sandals INET

Grenades and FLOW Old

Road came to a 2-2 draw.

With this draw Grenades

moved to third in the standings

with 33 points while Old

Road remain in 4 th place with

29 points.

The 2017 champions, Parham

F.C. came from behind

ABVA begins plans to build

more Beach Volleyball facilities

By Marver Woodley

Following the recently held General

Elections the Antigua and Barbuda Volleyball

Association new executive committee

has started to take action.

Stepping out in their newly elected positions

the Association has moved to construct

a few new beach facilities around the island

in the near future.

The announcement was made by re-elected

President Wilbur Harrigan who noted that

the first facility will be at along the old Parham

Road and some funding towards the

project has already been acquired in the sum

of $124,0000 XCD.

He noted that the way forward for volleyball

within Antigua and Barbuda will be

Beach Volleyball as it is cheaper and more

fast paste.

Along with these plans Harrigan’s aim

is to make volleyball apart of every school

across the island and in aims of doing so

he has since reached out to the Minister of

Sports, Hon. EP Chet Greene to make it possible.

The focus however, will be on the Primary

Schools as a part of an organization’s

growth is participation.

earned the new title after their recent

game last week on Friday against Potters

Tigers in a 4-1 game.

For the win, they will gracefully

enter the country’s top Division next

season, 2017/18 for the first time since

entering the Antigua and Barbuda

Football Association.

They created history by ending the

season prematurely with just 45 points

in the lead of the 12 team standings.

to defeat, Sugar Ridge SAP,

2-1. The victory moves them

up to 44 points while SAP

slumps to 7 th place with 17

points just two points more

than Tryum.

The feature match saw

former champions, Cool and

Smooth AC Delco Glenns

Pet Paradise Green Bay Hoppers

trump Fitzroy Rewinding

Piggotts Bullets, 5-0.

This victory elevates

Hoppers to 2 nd place with 34

points while Bullets remain

in 6 th place with 20 points.

The league will culminate

next weekend as Liberta

S.C. will face Sandals INET

Grenades at 5pm on Saturday

while ACE Trucking

and Heavy Duty Equipment

Glanvilles at 7pm.

On Sunday, Harney Motors

Tryum will battle Sugar

Ridge SAP at 3pm, Cool and

Smooth Empire will face

FLOW Old Road at 5pm and

at 7pm, Asots Arcade Parham

will play Cool and Smooth

AC Delco Green Bay Hoppers.

All at the Antigua Recreation

Grounds.

Swetes earns promotion after winning First Division crown

The only other team who is capable of

coming close to them are Five Islands

who are second in the standings in 36

points.

The team was congratulated for the

win and promotion by the President of

the Association.

The games will continue nonetheless

as the other top two slots are still

available with all three winners playing

for the instant promotion as well.


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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Samuels, Narine top ODI rankings

DUBAI, United Arab

Emirates – Veteran batsman

Marlon Samuels and

off-spinner Sunil Narine

are the highest ranked West

Indies players in the latest

ICC One-Day International

rankings released at the

weekend.

The 36-year-old Samuels

lies 28th in the batting

rankings while Narine sits

third in the bowling rankings.

Samuels last featured

for West Indies in the

three-match series against

Pakistan last September/

October, gathering 116

runs at an average of 38, as

Sunil Narine

the Caribbean side lost all

three matches in the United

Arab Emirates.

He subsequently pulled

out of the Tri-Nations Series

against Sri Lanka and

hosts Zimbabwe the following

month, opting rather

to play in the Bangladesh

Premier League.

Left-hander Darren

Bravo, who was sent home

from the Tri-Nations because

of disciplinary reasons,

is the next highest

ranked Windies batsman

at 47th. He and Samuels

are the only two Caribbean

players in the top 50.

Australian stroke-mak-

Marlon Samuels

er David Warner tops the

rankings followed by South

Africa’s AB de Villiers and

Virat Kohli of India.

Narine, meanwhile, has

slipped to third in the bowling

rankings with South

Africa leg-spinner Imran

Tahir assuming the top spot

for the first time.

Narine played in the Pakistan

series last year with

little success and then withdrew

from the Tri-Nations

Series for personal reasons.

He has, however, not

played in the ongoing Regional

Super50 – the Caribbean’s

premier domestic

50-overs tournament which

serves as an eligibility requirement

for West Indies

ODI selection.

Captain and seamer Jason

Holder is ranked 15th

but he and Narine are the

only two Windies bowlers

in the top 50.

West Indies players

will have the chance to enhance

their standing as the

rankings are set to be revised

by the ICC immediately

following England’s

three-match ODI series in

the Caribbean next month.

(CMC)

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