Caribbean Times 4th Issue - Thursday 23rd February 2017

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Caribbean Times 4th Issue - Thursday 23rd February 2017

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GROUND BREAKING FOR

NEW BARBUDA AIRPORT

By Everton Barnes

A ground-breaking ceremony

to mark the start of

work on the new airport for

Barbuda takes place on Saturday.

Prime Minister Gaston

Browne will be accompanied

by senior government officials

as well as two of the key

investors who will contribute

towards the cost of developing

the airport.

Government spokesman

Lionel Max Hurst said

American movie icon, Robert

DeNiro who along with

Australian billionaire, James

Packer, will develop the Paradise

Found Project as well

as John Paul Dejoria of the

Peace, Love and Happiness

resort project will be part of

the official party traveling to

Codrington.

During the ceremony, both

DeNiro and Dejoria will symbolically

present to the prime

minister the cheques marking

advance payments for the

lease of the lands upon which

they will develop their respective

projects.

That money – US$5 million

each - has already been

paid into the government account

to allow for the start of

work shortly after the ground

breaking exercise.

The project will include

a new terminal building and

a runway long enough to accommodate

private jets.

Meanwhile, Hurst said all

the steps necessary to declare

Barbuda a port of entry have

been completed. This is for

both sea vessels and aircraft.

One of the benefits of this development

is that goods that

are landed in Barbuda will be

cheaper. However, in anticipation

that this may take some

time to become reality, Hurst

said the government will

eliminated all ABST on food

items and certain household

goods imported into Antigua

and transshipped to Barbuda.

He said the Comptroller

of Customs has already been

notified and steps will take

place immediately to make

this operational. One noticeable

step will be an increase

in the number of customs and

immigration officers based in

Barbuda. There will also be a

larger police presence on the

island.

The chief of staff of staff

said the Defense Force has

also been alerted as the coast

guard will play an important

role in patrolling the waters

around the two islands. He

reported that a new radar system

will also be deployed to

assist with identifying vessels

traversing the waters around

Antigua and Barbuda. That

system is expected to be operational

by the middle of

March.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Cabinet deplores wanton attack

on Prime Minister’s character

The Cabinet of Antigua

and Barbuda during its weekly

sitting, today expressed

their condemnation of slurs

on the character of Prime

Minister, Gaston Browne, by

persons opposed to the government.

“Cabinet ministers accept

that they and the Prime

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Minister, by virtue of their

positions, are open to scrutiny

and criticism”, Director

General of Communications

Maurice Merchant said. But,

he added, “Cabinet Ministers

consider that there is a line

between genuine criticism

and smears, and they are of

the firm view that the line has

been crossed by the recent attempts

to denigrate the Prime

Minister’s standing”.

Merchant stated that

“Cabinet Ministers deplore

the willingness of certain

sections of the media to allow

themselves to be used in

what is clearly a campaign

by members of the United

Progressive Party (UPP) to

degrade the Prime Minister

whose performance has put

the nation’s economy on an

outstanding growth path, exposing

their own failure in

government.”

Weighing in on the issue,

veteran politician and senior

Minister, Sir Robin Yearwood,

declared that the tactics

are obvious. “They believe

that if they can discredit

the Head of Government and

leader of the Labour Party,

they will weaken the party

and the government, but

those tactics will not work

against the reality of solid

performance.”

Remarking on the Prime

Minister’s visit to the Five

Islands Primary School, his

inspirational talk to third and

sixth Graders and the St. Valentine’s

Day gifts he presented

to the students through

their principal, another senior

Minister, Molwyn Joseph,

said “the Prime Minister’s

objective was to motivate the

young people in whose circumstances

he was born and

grew-up.”

“To suggest that the obvious

admiration of the prime

minister by the students of

the school was due to their

being ‘plied with gifts’ is an

unforgivable insult to the intelligence

of the young people,”

Joseph declared.

Both senior ministers,

speaking on behalf of their

colleagues, said that the

Prime Minister and the entire

government remain focused

on delivering economic

growth and social development

for the people of Antigua

and Barbuda.

“No amount of alternative

facts and false assertions will

change the reality that, under

the Prime Ministership of

Gaston Browne, the country

is on the move”, the ministers

said.


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EMS successfully completes Training Course

The Emergency Medical Services

(EMS) within the Ministry of Health

and the Environment recently concluded

a 12-week ‘Emergency Medical Technicians

Basic Training Course.’ This was

held at the Antigua and Barbuda Transport

Board’s Lecture room.

The course attracted twelve (12)

trainees comprising prisoner officers,

personnel from the Antigua and Barbuda

Defense Force (ABDF), Public Safety

Communication Network (E911), as

well as five (5) civilians who were later

employed as EMTs at the EMS.

The course was presented in two

parts - theoretical and practical and also

included a ride-along rotational assessment

in which all the trainees were assigned

to a crew and ambulance during

various shifts.

The Head of the EMS, Mr. Shawn

Greenidge said that the department is

working diligently to have all courses

accredited in the not too distant future.

Greenidge said that the division is

currently in discussion with the United

States National Registry and the University

of Technology in Jamaica in order

to obtain international accreditation for

the courses.

A two-member team from the United

States Registry will be on the island

shortly to conduct checks and evaluation

in order to have the courses structured,

verify qualifications and to assess

the training standards of instructors.

According to Greenidge, five (5) personnel

of the EMS will be travelling to

the John F Kennedy Medical Centre in

New Jersey next month where they will

be certified as Instructors by the National

Association of Emergency Medical

Services Instructors (NAEMSI).

The entire trip will be sponsored by

Cool and Smooth.

Greenidge had high praises for his

staff, participants and sponsor.

“I wish to express deep appreciation

to the entire EMS staff. You have

executed your duties with such professionalism

and commitment. To Cool and

Smooth, special thanks to you for your

financial assistance as a good corporate

citizen,” Greenidge remarked.

The Director further stated that the

EMS is committed to its mission to

provide the very best pre-hospital care

and emergency training to Antigua and

Barbuda while fostering a strong relationship

to protect the health, safety and

welfare of the community.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

CIU ventures into new markets

By Everton Barnes

The Citizenship By Investment

Unit, which oversees

the Citizenship by Investment

Programme (CIP),

says it is looking at new

markets for investment into

the country.

Chief Executive Officer,

Chisanga Chekwe, made

the disclosure following a

recent trip that saw him visit

several countries in Africa,

the Middle East and China.

But according to the

CEO Nigeria is showing

much potential as a new

market for the CIP. He

noted that the country, the

most populous in Africa,

has a large middle class

and a purchasing power of

approximately US$20 billion

annually. Additionally,

he revealed that studies

showed that Nigerians have

surpassed Saudi Arabians

as the top spenders in one of

the most expensive areas of

London.

He noted that China remains

the main source of

applications under the programme,

and while Chekwe

believes that this would remain

so for the foreseeable

future, he is of the view that

it is in the country’s interest

to diversify and to explore

new markets.

Chekwe said the Antigua

and Barbuda passports are

highly valued internationally

because they provide

visa-free entry into over one

hundred and thirty countries.

He noted that Henley

and Partners, the internationally

respected firm that

specializes in this area, now

ranks Antigua and Barbuda’s

CIP as number three in

the world and number one

in the Caribbean.

He said this is because of

its robust due diligence protocols

that are some of the

most thorough anywhere.

He announced that there

are no plans to loosen the

screening process nor in his

words ‘cheapen’ the Antigua

and Barbuda passport.

Last year, Antigua and

Barbuda raised approximately

US$100 million

from the CIP and according

to Chekwe already the signs

are there that this year will

be a good one as well.

Efforts intensify to

combat Anti-Microbial

Resistance (AMR)

By Joanna Paris

Antigua and Barbuda will be receiving international assistance

to counter Anti- Microbial Resistance (AMR) and

establishment of a Public Health Laboratory.

AMR is the ability of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses

and parasites to resist antibiotics and antivirals.

To further combat AMR, the Ministry of Health and Environment

has been in discussions with the Fleming Fund in

England and other leading British medical officials about the

possibility of setting up a Public Health Laboratory facility

here.

Minister of Health and Environment, the Hon. Molwyn

Joseph said that the Fleming Fund is an institute that works

to strengthen the surveillance of drug resistance and laboratory

capacity in developing countries.

“Last November, my delegation met Mrs. Penny Walker-Robertson

of the Institute and she in turn introduced us

to Professor Neil Woodford, Head of the AMR Unit at Public

Health England and Ms. Nadine Shetty. Both Professor

Woodford and Ms. Shetty are scheduled to come to Antigua

in May for further discussions”, he said.

The Minister also expressed thanks to the country’s High

Commissioner in the UK, Karen-Mae Hill, whose interventions,

he said, facilitated the contacts with the British medical

fraternity.

cont’d on pg 5


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AUA collaborates with Special Education Unit to train

teachers in classroom management techniques

Antigua primary school teachers

recently completed a 4 week, 12 hour

class in Classroom Management Techniques

sponsored by the Ministry of

Education, Science and Technology

and presented by American University

of Antigua college of Medicine.

Dr. Joy McGehee, Associate Professor

at AUA COM, taught the class for

approximately 20 general and special

education primary school teachers.

Participating schools included Greenbay,

Villa, and Mary E. Pigott Primary

Schools and the Adele School. Dr.

McGehee holds a Ph.D. in Special Education

and has 30 years of experience

training teachers at the university level.

The Cultural Development

Division in collaboration

with the Ministry of Education

presents the third 3 rd

National Secondary Schools

Theatre Festival under the

theme “The Power To Create

And Innovate Remains

The Greatest Guarantee Of

Respect And Recognition,”

from March 5 - 11, 2017.

The aim of the festival is

Additionally, she has many years of experience

as a special education teacher

and supervisor in K-12 schools.

The class focused on behavior management

techniques which are known

to build positive behaviors in students

while eliminating undesirable behaviors.

Each class participant was asked

to develop a behavior intervention plan

for changing undesirable behavior in

one student and received a classroom

management booklet. AUA COM donated

approximately $1,000 U.S. in behavior

management supplies for participating

schools.

Ms. Joy-Ann Harrigan, Education

Officer-Special Needs in the Ministry

to give students and teachers

of Theatre Arts in Secondary

Schools throughout Antigua

and Barbuda the opportunity

to express, share and participate

in creative cultural experiences.

Ten schools inclusive

of Barbuda and a guest appearance

from Montserrat

Secondary will showcase astonishing

theatrical performances

in Drama and Dance

with thirty-nine awards being

awarded to students for

their creativity and talent.

The Festival schedule of

events is as follows;

Sunday, 5 th March with

a Parade and Opening Ceremony

at the Dean William

Lake Cultural Center.

Monday, 6 th March, Theatre

Arts workshop focusing

on Drama and Dance at the

Multipurpose Cultural Center

at 9:00am

Monday, 6 th March, Evening

of Dance commencing

at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, 7 th March, Pares

Secondary School and All

Saints Secondary School

8:00pm.

Wednesday, 8 th March,

Antigua Girls High School

of Education, Science and Technology

is collaborating with AUA’s faculty

members, Dr. McGehee, Dr. Deborah

Russ and Ms. Sumita Balooja, AUA

Public Relations Coordinator to plan a

program of teacher training across several

disciplines to include such topics

as Differentiated Instruction, Accommodations

in the classroom, Curriculum

Modification, Behaviour Modification

for Students with Special Needs,

and Collaborating with Parents. American

University of Antigua College of

Medicine is proud to partner with the

Ministry of Education in providing the

best possible education to Antigua’s

families.

Cultural Division hosts National

Secondary Schools Theatre Festival

cont’d from pg 4

“The United Kingdom has been at the forefront of the

global fight against AMR. It is estimated that globally,

700,000 persons die each year of drug resistance to illnesses

such as bacterial infections, malaria and tuberculosis”,

he added.

The government awaits the arrival of a team from England

later this year to examine ways of enhancing the

country’s AMR policy, strengthening surveillance methods

and laying the groundwork for the establishment of a Public

Health Lab in Antigua and Barbuda.

and Ottos Comprehensive

School at 7:00pm.

Thursday, 9 th March, Jennings

Secondary School,

Clare Hall Secondary

School and Princess Margaret

School at 7:00pm.

Friday, 10 th March, Sir

MC Chesney George Secondary

School and Montserrat

Secondary School at

7:00pm.

Saturday, 11 th March,

Awards Ceremony.

All the nightly performances

will be at the Dean

William Cultural Center

tickets for the Festival can be

purchased from the participating

schools and the Cultural

Development Division

on lower Nevis Street children

$10.00 adults $15.00

nightly.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Regional health official visits Cabinet

By Everton Barnes

The Director General of

the Pan American Health Organization

(PAHO), Dr. Carissa

Etienne, accompanied

by four other officials of the

PAHO and the Chief Medical

Officer, were invited to

address the Cabinet on pertinent

issues.

Cabinet spokesman, Lionel

Max Hurst said the head

of the PAHO congratulated

Antigua and Barbuda for the

achievements made in expanding

the services being

offered by the Mount St. John

Medical Center (MSJMC).

By Joanna Paris

The Director of the Pan American

Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa

Etienne has been commended for

her outstanding work as head of the

important entity from none other than

the country’s Health and Environment

Minister, the Honourable Molwyn Joseph.

While speaking during a meeting of

the Caribbean Country and Sub-regional

managers which is currently taking

place at the Verandah Resort and Spa,

Minister Joseph spoke on the country’s

behalf and expressed thanks to Dr. Etienne

and her team for assisting the twin

island state in the area of health care

delivery.

“I say to you and PAHO – a warm

and hearty thank you for the support we

have received over the years especially

over the last two and a half years. And

to you personally, Madam Director.

The doctor made mention

of the two kidney transplants

that took place at the institution,

and the interest expressed

by OECS countries

to utilize the MSJMC transplant

capabilities. She congratulated

the Government

for its forward thinking.

However, according to

Hurst the PAHO head cautioned

against Non-Communicable

Diseases (NCDs) that

cause 85% of all deaths and

58% of that quantum are premature

deaths in Antigua and

Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda

was congratulated for 100%

achievement in immunization

of children; the country

is number one in immunization

achievement in the

PAHO, which is all of the

Americas and the Caribbean.

She credited the government

and in particular the

Ministry of Health for the

low level of Zika infection in

Antigua and Barbuda due to

the aggressive steps taken by

the Ministry.

The health official also

views the complete elimination

of mother to child transmission

of HIV, syphilis and

Minister of Health, the Hon., Molwyn Joseph

It is such a great pleasure for us to be

your host on your official visit to Antigua

and Barbuda – a fellow citizen of

the OECS and one who has climbed

the mountain top to sit at the peak of

this prestigious institution, one that

has made such a great difference in the

other communicable disease

during childbirth, in Antigua,

as directly related to the policies

put in place by the current

administration.

The PAHO head also congratulated

Antigua and Barbuda

for the placement of the

Cancer Center that has treated

208 cases of breast cancer

and 100 cases of prostate

cancer.

The number of maternal

deaths during childbirth, in

Antigua, in the last two years,

is zero. The PAHO official

found that record to be outstanding.

Minister Joseph commends PAHO

Director for outstanding work

quality of health care provided to millions

of people in the Americas”, said

the Health Minister.

As Dr. Etienne’s five-year tenure

at the helm of PAHO nears the end,

Minister Joseph without emphasized

that “without contradiction your term

as PAHO Director has led to greater

awareness of the Caribbean region

among global medical and health officials.

No longer is this region seen as

just a mere extension of the Americas,

but as an area with its own unique characteristics

and challenges”, Minister

Joseph further highlighted.

He also noted that the PAHO Director

has significantly lifted the morale of

the OECS and CARICOM Community,

“demonstrating once more that size of

nation, density of population and level

of economic wealth are never determining

factors in reaching the highest

pinnacle of accomplishment”.


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By Joanna Paris

As countries across the region continue

to devise creative ways to educate

persons about the importance of

healthy eating and physical activity, the

Director of the Pan American Health

Organization (PAHO) has advocated

for physical education to be mandatory

throughout primary and secondary

schools.

State Insurance Corporation

kicks off Spellbound 2017

The State Insurance

Spellbound competition

kicked off with a grand

opening ceremony on 13 th

February 2017. Mr. Clephane

“Terrific” Roberts,

who returns as the series

moderator for 2017, welcomed

the audience in his

usual flamboyant style and

built anticipation for another

exciting series. Mrs. Alvacea

Burton, Education Officer

Zone Two, gave welcoming

remarks and stressed the importance

of the spellbound

competition, in strengthening

the language skills of

our young students. She then

went on to declare the 2017

State Insurance Spellbound

competition officially open.

Ms. Dornalyn Beazer,

Public Relation Manager at

State Insurance Corporation,

expressed the profound delight

felt by her organization

since they have been sponsoring

the Spellbound competition

from its inception.

She stated, “It has been a

tremendous thirty-four (34)

years sponsoring the spellbound

competition and State

Insurance is only Forty (40)

years old. Isn’t that amazing?”

Dr. Carissa Etienne has suggested

that if Caribbean governments are truly

to overcome the challenges associated

with Non Communicable Diseases

(NCD’s), physical education and activity

must begin at an early age.

“In many of our schools, physical

activity ceases after the third grade. We

need see active programmes throughout

high schools and throughout the

Ms. Beazer also challenged

Ms. Alicia Knowles,

Education Officer of the Education

Broadcasting Unit

(Ag), to seek the involvement

of former Spellbound

participants by encouraging

them to give back by appearing

on the show and sharing

their experience as past

spellbound contributors.

This could serve as a means

of encouraging and motivating

this year’s participants.

The opening ceremony

was immediately followed

by the first encounter which

was between the Golden

Grove Primary, Grace Christian

Academy, J.T. Ambrose

Primary and Pares Primary.

The two top schools from

each encounter will move on

to the next round.

The Spellbound encounters

will be aired on ABS

Television every Thursday

at 6:00 p.m.

Past Spellbound participants

who are interested

in contributing to the 2017

Spellbound series, may contact

the Education Broadcasting

Unit (EBU) via

email educationbroadcastingunit.ag@gmail.com

or

ebuminofedu@live.com or

562-7204/562-7205.

PAHO Director makes a call for physical

education to be mandatory in schools

primary schools. We need to ensure

that they are public places that are safe

and secure for people to exercise. You

don’t need a gym to exercise, you do

not need to pay money to exercise”, she

stressed.

Dr. Etienne went further to encourage

employers to make the provisions

necessary for employees to exercise

and live heathier lifestyles.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Antigua and Barbuda hosts PAHO’s

With the health and wellbeing

of the region high on

the agenda, the Annual Pan

American Health Organization’s

(PAHO) Caribbean

Country and Sub-regional

Managers Meeting got underway

at the Veranda Resort

on Monday.

The exercise, which is

being held here for the first

time, brings together PAHO’s

Regional Country Managers

from across the Caribbean

Community (CARICOM).

It is focusing primarily on

the impact of Non-Communicable

Diseases (NCDs) in

the Caribbean and the Pan

American Region as well as

PAHO’s inter-programmatic

work and continued partnership

with regional member

states.

Minister of Health and

the Environment, the Hon.

Molwyn Joseph addressed

the delegates yesterday

(Tuesday) and noted that PA-

HO’s mission of combating

diseases, promoting equity

in health and improving the

lives of the people of the

Americas is alive and well in

Antigua and Barbuda

“Here in Antigua and Barbuda,

we have solid evidence

and can attest to the fact that

this mission is alive, bright

and vibrant and forms the

foundation of the collaboration

between your institution

and the Ministry of Health

and the Environment. You

continue to be an invaluable

and an indispensable asset

to us, as we strive to develop

a culture of wellness in

our twin island state and to

establish a healthcare system

which provides the best possible

care for all our citizens

and residents,” Joseph said.

Minister Joseph also

touched on the country’s recent

history-making kidney

transplant program, noting

that it was not just a success

for his country alone but for

the OECS region on a whole.

“This was the first kidney

transplant operation in the

OECS and even though Antigua

and Barbuda was the

trailblazer in this regard, the

congratulatory messages and

commendations from our

OECS brothers and sisters


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egional Country Managers Meeting

have been heartening and are

indicative that our success

is viewed as a regional success,”

he stated.

Officials from the World

Health Organization (WHO)

and the Caribbean Public

Health Agency (CARPHA)

are also attending the meeting.

Chief among them is the

PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa

F. Etienne of Dominica.

While addressing the

gathering, Dr Etienne said

that technical matters, strategies

going forward as well

as regional health updates

are high on the agenda at this

year’s meeting.

“Over the next few days,

we will discuss technical

and managerial matters; we

will update ourselves on the

health situation in Antigua

and also the health situation

of all of the countries in the

sub-region. We will address

strategies to confront the

challenges that our countries

experience and we will

have the opportunity as well

to improve and enhance the

technical corporation that

we will deliver to our member

states and strengthen our

planning process,” Dr Etienne

disclosed.

Minister Joseph earlier

noted that having Dr Etienne

in the country will give his

fellow cabinet colleagues the

opportunity to hear directly

from a renowned public

health official on the serious

risks that NCDs pose to individuals

and to countries.

“The Cabinet of Antigua

and Barbuda will receive you

and will have the rare opportunity

to hear directly from

you and other senior PAHO

officials on global and regional

health issues including

the fight against NCDs.

And let me pause here, because

if there is one challenge

facing all of us, it is

the fight that we must wage

against NCDs,” Joseph said.

Apart from hosts Antigua

and Barbuda, some of the

other countries in attendance

include Barbados, Trinidad

and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti,

Guyana, Suriname, the United

Sates, Venezuela, Belize

and a host of Eastern Caribbean

Countries among others.

The five-day event will

conclude on Friday.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Sandals Foundation revives Red Cross

medical equipment loan programme

On behalf of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, its Director General Elvis Murray-Watkins

(far left) and President Michael Joseph (second left) accept ten wheel chairs from

the Sandals Foundation presented by: (left to right) Sandals Grande Antigua General

Manager Gaurav Sindhi, Hotel Manager Leighton Josephs, Human Resource Manager

Veronica Carlos and Public Relations Manager Kyle Christian.

With the donation of 10 wheelchairs

from the Sandals Foundation, the Antigua

& Barbuda Red Cross has been able

to resuscitate its Medical Equipment

Loan Programme which aims to improve

independence for the disabled.

Through the programme, the Red

Cross will loan, for a fee, wheelchairs to

those who need it on a monthly basis. The

revenue generated will be used to repair

and replace the wheelchairs when they

have outlived their use, ensuring the sustainability

of the programme. President

of the Red Cross Michael Joseph said

the initiative had become defunct years

ago but the organisation was committed

to reviving it, as it provided a necessary

service to those with mobility challenges.

“The Red Cross has had a medical

equipment loan program for a number of

years and we have helped many people.

This program has always been a quick

and easy way for persons with disabilities

and different health issues to have

access to proper equipment for everyday

use at a reduced cost,” he said.

“However, due to inadequate funding,

our medical loan program has been

discontinued for a number of years as we

could no longer afford to maintain it.”

Joseph noted that the Red Cross is

making deliberate moves towards fulfilling

its responsibility of being a more

sustainable entity. He said the donation

of wheelchairs thanks to the Sandals

Foundation has helped them revamp the

medical equipment loan program to meet

the needs of the most vulnerable in our

society. The Sandals Foundation Director

of Programmes Heidi Clarke expressed,

“Losing your independence must be a

frightening experience for those who just

want to move around and do things for

themselves. We are happy that with this

donation of wheelchairs we can help to

restore some amount of independence for

persons who simply wish to get back to

their normal routine.”

The programme is expected to begin

loaning the wheelchairs shortly.

(From left to right): Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Director General Elvis Murray-Watkins,

President Michael Joseph, Sandals Grande Antigua General Manager Gaurav Sindhi,

Human Resource Manager Veronica Carlos and Public Relations Manager Kyle Christian.

One of ten wheel chairs donated by the

Sandals Foundation to the Antigua & Barbuda

Red Cross to restart its Medical

Equipment Loan Programme.


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Wednesday’s Sudoku Solution

S U D O K U

CROSSWORD

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1. Pal

5. Police attacks

10. In the middle of

14. Whetstone

15. Civic group (abbr.)

16. Make well

17. Machu Picchu dweller

18. “My ____” (The Who song)

20. And not

21. Whip

22. Squirrel’s treats

23. Get up

25. Impersonator

26. Rocker ____ Turner

28. Ripened

29. Approvals

32. Baseball position

35. Encourage

36. Pilaf ingredient

37. Actor/Director ____ Eastwood

39. Earnest request

40. Mideast country

41. Assembly

43. ____ Gibson of “Braveheart”

44. Actor ____ Penn

46. Way out

47. “A ____ of Two Cities”

48. Warn

51. Sarcastic writing

54. Fraudulent scheme

57. Shad delicacy

58. Fortuneteller’s offering

60. Smoked meats

61. Assistant

62. Vulture’s claw

63. EMT’s word

64. Brashness

65. Mink wrap

66. Hamilton bills

Down

1. Beijing’s country

2. Respect

3. Not discriminating

4. Give ____ break! (2 wds.)

5. Craze

6. On a cruise

7. Fails to exist

8. Gentle animal

9. Skin abrasion

10. Movie star

11. Naturalist John ____

12. Wrinkle remover

13. Lions’ homes

19. Scored on serve

21. Twist

24. Warning alarm

25. Spy

27. NBC’s rival

28. Chinese, e.g.

29. Eliminate completely

30. Sharp

31. Bachelor party

32. Physically fit

33. Give a job to

34. Aquatic plants

35. Fourth month

38. “Raiders of ____ Lost Ark”

42. Midterm, e.g.

44. Calcutta dress

45. Votes in

47. Ocean currents

49. Nero, e.g.

50. Exams

51. Resorts

52. Diva’s offering

53. Williams and Koppel

54. Farm structure

55. Lacking warmth

56. English princess

59. Make a doily

60. DDE’s predecessor


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

A mainly sunny sky.

High - 80ºF

Low - 71ºF

Wind: South South East 6 mph

Sunrise 6.28 am; Sunset 6.12 pm

Wednesday’s Crossword Solution

HOROSCOPE

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

Things are about to get busy

again. If the arrangement isn’t

working, this is the moment to

have a talk, change the agreement

or decide on a different

kind of relationship. Do what’s

needed, and do it quickly.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

Everybody needs somebody,

and you’re the somebody who

is so needed now that somebody

else seems fastened to

you. Being needed so intensely

could bring up mixed feelings.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

Money isn’t inherently emotional,

but somehow it will

end up being a hot-button topic

today. You’ll be the reasonable

one; you know to separate

your own value from the monetary

one in question.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21).

There’s something you want

that requires a lot more attention

than you planned to give

it. Until you can lend full focus,

it will remain out of reach.

The question now is: How

badly do you want it?

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

You’re not the casting director

for every scene in the

grand play of life. But when

you do have the power, use it.

Surround yourself with nice

people and you won’t have to

teach people to be nice.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You

don’t befriend anyone just

because you think it will take

you places. However, there are

some special friendships that

generate such a fantastic energy

that you can’t help but soar

upward, regardless of your

original intention.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

Hesitate and you will lose the

opportunity, or worse, cast

doubt in the mind of the one

who’s doling it out. Today’s

one of those times to just say

yes. You’ll learn all you need

to know along the way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

Higher learning will be featured

in your day. This may be

costly in values of time, energy

and money, but you’ll never

be sorry, as your richer life

will eventually reflect all the

potential benefits of the effort.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

As it is with everyone, your

powers of magnetism ebb and

flow. They are flowing now.

You may notice that you’re

getting special treatment. Enjoy

this, and don’t give into

the temptation to play with

your power.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.

21). Today you’ll be reminded

of the inherent tally inside every

relationship. Don’t worry;

everyone involved knows the

score, and life is about to settle

a few things up.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). You belong to many

groups, though one stands out

as being more central to your

well-being lately. You’ll put

your focus there, and you’ll

become an even more effective

member of that team.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). Those who obsess over

others don’t have quite enough

going on in their own inner

circle. You can help that. Actually,

this is a good opportunity

for you to gain support for

your cause.


Thursday 23rd February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 13

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.

All registered members of the Antigua Barbuda Amateur

Bodybuilding & Weightlifting Federation please take note

that Election for the post of Vice President will be held on

4th March, 2017 at the ABI Financial Building, 2nd Floor,

Redcliffe Street, St John's, Antigua at 6:00 p.m. sharp.

The Antigua and Barbuda National Training Agency (ABN-

TA) is in the process of forming Industry Lead Body (ILB)

Committees for national endorsement of Level I Regional

Occupational Standards:

Occupational Standards specify the standards of performance

that individuals are expected to achieve in their work,

and the knowledge and skills they need to perform their job

effectively.

National endorsement will facilitate certification of individuals

who work in various areas according to the requirements

of CARICOM.

Industry Lead Body (ILB) Committees will be formed for

national endorsement of the following Level I Regional

Occupational Standards: Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical Installation,

Plumbing, Data Operations, Housekeeping Operations,

Crop Production, Office Administration, and Cosmetology.

Please note if your area of expertise is not listed, you are

still invited to be a part of this discussion to get the process

started.

All individuals, institutions and organizations who are interested

in participating in this process are invited to a meeting

on Monday 27th February 2017, at the Multipurpose Cultural

Center commencing at 5:00 p.m.

You are kindly asked toconfirm your attendance by Thursday

23rd February 2017. For any further information please

call 562- 6685.

Do you want to improve your posing techniques? The ABA-

BWF invites all athletes & prospective athletes to a posing

workshop on Saturday 25th February 2017 from 12-4pm at the

Xtreme Health & Fitness Gym. For more details contact us at

268 7640102/7285909.

Event: Breakfast Forum

Date: Thursday 26th January, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Venue: Grand Royal Antigua

Speaker: Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of OECS

Topic: “The Survival of the OCES and Developing

Countries in a Global Economy” to include: 1The effects of

Cuba on the OCES, and 2The de-risking of correspondent

banking services in the OECS and the wider Caribbean by

U.S. Correspondent Banks.

Price: E$150.00

Please contact the Federation’s Secretariat at (268) 462-0247

to register.

Specially invited guest: The Hon. Prime Minister of Antigua

& Barbuda or his Designate from the Ministry of Finance.

VACANCIES at OSEC (effective February 22, 2017)

The following vacancies are registered at the One Stop Employment

Centre:

AUTO MECHANIC

4-5 years experience in a similar role

MARINE MECHANIC

4-5 years experience in a similar role

BARTENDER

2-3 years experience

If you are currently registered at OSEC and interested in a

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

with OSEC you may call the centre for more information

on registration requirements. Our centre is located on

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

Motors. OSEC telephone numbers are 5628533/34/35.

DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS is Monday 27th

February, 2017.

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.

All Saints Anglican Church Mothers Unions invites everyone

to its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Sale on February

28, 2017 from 3-6pm at the parish hall of All Saints Anglican

Church at the All Saints. The variety of pancakes includes

Dumps Pancakes, Sweet Potato Fritters, Vegetable

Pancakes, Pumpkin Fritters, Plantain Fritters and Sweet Potatoes

& Carrot Fritters. Pancake diiners will also be on sale.


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Thursday 23rd February 2017

Beach Benna Boys lose again in

CONCACAF Beach Championships

By Marver Woodley

The Antigua and Barbuda Beach

Benna Boys, Beach Soccer Championships

campaign beings on a losing note.

The players arrived in Nassau, Bahamas

on Monday for their first encounter

of the CONCACAF Beach

Soccer Championships, and although

By Marver Woodley

Even after the Antigua

and Barbuda Football Association

Premier Division

is over the uncertainty for

some teams are still in high

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loss tragically 8-2 to Trinidad and Tobago

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Playing at Malcom Beach Soccer

Facility yet again, luck seemed to be

even further away as they were crushed

7-2 by USA last evening.

One such team in particular

is Sugar Ridge SAP,

after failing to excel during

their previous games have

left them near bottom of the

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a prominent figure in the nation’s

top flight will have to

battle for the last meaningful

spot in the Division during

the play offs.

In a backward movement

SAP will have to challenge

the 3rd and 4th place finishers

of the First Division

to determine if they will be

By Carlena Knight

Antigua Barbuda International

Institute of Technology

(ABIIT) upset Antigua

Grammar School in

the Senior Boys Division

of the Cool and Smooth Inter-school

Basketball League

on Tuesday afternoon at the

JSC Sports Complex.

ABIIT edged out AGS

49-44 with Teyon Lake leading

the charge with 17 points

and Anthony Barker assisting

with 11 points.

Tyreke Lewis of AGS

had 14 points while teammate,

Damani Edwards assisted

with 9 points.

Their next encounter will be against

the US Virgin Islands later today at the

same venue, hopefully they will be in

better form to enter the next round of

matches with a win under their belts

and represent Antigua and Barbuda

proud. The traveling team is currently

in Group C of the competition.

SAP’s fate to be decided during playoffs

demoted or remain the 10th

team in the standings.

It has been a rather poor

season for the once upon a

time Champions who ended

their run in the 8th position

with 18 points, with only

one victory and 6 defeats in

their second half of the season.

ABIIT upset

Antigua Grammar

With this victory ABIIT

move to third in the standings

with Ottos Comprehensive

in first position and

Antigua State College in

second.

Ottos Comprehensive

pushed their record to 4-0

and elevated to the top of the

standings after edging out

Trinity Academy, 55-51.

Lincoln Weekes was the

leading scorer with 25 points

while Javon Simon assisted

with 20 points.

Trinity’s Shamoy Carty

had 25 points while Mico

Scotland chipped in with 17

points.


Thursday 23rd February 2017 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 15

United presses on for top flight promotion

By Marver Woodley

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All Saints United

have kept their hopes alive

for automatic promotion to

the Premier Division of the

Antigua and Barbuda Football

Association 2017/2018

By Carlena Knight

All Saints Slam trumped

One Stone Original, 73-67

in Division 3 action on Monday

night at the JSC Sports

Complex.

Raheem Stevens was the

leading scorer for the victors

with 19 points, 7 rebounds

and 5 steals and was assisted

by John Rolland with 14

points and 6 rebounds.

Adrian Constant also of

All Saints Slam grabbed 10

rebounds.

One Stone’s Nigel Ferguson

had 15 points while

season.

United was in fine form

on Wednesday when the

crushed Freemans Village

4-nil, Bernardo Melford

netted twice while

Keron Richards and Mikey

Lewis strikes once each too

teammates Shoy Southwell

and Bryan Edwards assisted

with 13 points and 5 assists

and 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Franklyn Roberts

grabbed 11 rebounds while

Jason Browne had 9 points

in a losing effort.

Ottos Coolers continue

their dominance as they defeated

LJ Northside Stingerz

3, 74-36.

Lincoln Weekes led the

charge for his team with 18

points. He was assisted by

Danny Perez with 15 points

increase their tally and stay

underneath Swetes the season’s

current winners.

Swetes however not in

need of a win defeated Ottos

Rangers 5-1 to add to

their goal tally. Aston Villa

who are also contending

Young female Antiguan receives

invite to WI training camp

By Marver Woodley

A local female Antiguan Cricketer will

join the ever-growing West Indies Female

cricket team for their upcoming camp

here in Antigua.

Shawnisha Hector along with Akeira

Peters of Grenada will join the team but

as uncapped players during the training

camp which will run from March 7-20 at

the sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.

The announcement of the duo’s inclusion

of the 20-member team was released

yesterday on the organization’s website

after being selected by the West Indies

Cricket Board’s Selection Panel.

As younger Antiguan cricket legends

in the making have risen Hector has proven

to be one in her own right, as she is

just 17-years-old. The right-arm fast

bowler was a member of the Leewards Islands

team in the regional Women’s Tournament

last year, and her first call-up to

the international training squad.

Meanwhile, Peters is a 23-year-old

left-handed allrounder and was part of the

training squad ahead of last year’s tour by

England, but was not selected for the series.

and Javon Simon with 13

points and 5 steals.

Maikol Florian contributed

10 points and 7 steals.

Malcom Henry of Stingerz

had 13 points and 7 rebounds

while teammates,

For Sale

for a promotion was in fine

form as well when they defeated

Bendals 4-1.

A day prior English Harbor

played all of the right

moves to defeat St John’s

United 2-1 with both goals

coming from Orson Floyd

the lone goal for United

was form Raymond Taylor.

In the other games, Young

Lions held Willikies to a

1-nil win while, Urlings defeated

Blue Jays 2-1, the final

game of the day however

was not played as Pares

did not show up to their

encounter against Jennings

United.

The game swill continues

today when Potters

Tigers take on Point West

Ham, Five Islands challenge

Hill Top, Lion Hill face off

against Fort Road while in

the lone Second Division

game Sea View Farm will

take on Garden Stars.

All Saints Slam trump One Stone in Division 3

Conliffe Clarke and Adrian

Bird chipped in with 9

points and 10 rebounds and

8 points respectively.

Robert Spencer grabbed

12 rebounds in a losing effort.

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Thursday 23rd February 2017

National 3x3 youth basketball team

departs for St. Lucia this weekend

The Historic National

3x3 Youth Basketball Team,

comprising of Judah Ferris,

Sheldon Gomes, Eric Joseph,

and Ahmani Browne,

is set to depart this Friday to

compete in the International

Basketball Foundation (IBF)

Lesser Antilles 3x3 International

Youth Championships.

The competition, slated

for Saturday 25th and Sunday

26th, February 2017

will be held in St. Lucia, and

will feature other countries

such as, Aruba, Barbados,

Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint

Vincent and the Grenadines,

Trinidad and Tobago, France

(Guadeloupe, Martinique),

and the Netherlands (Curacao,

Saint Maarten).

The young men, who

will represent Antigua and

Barbuda, were afforded this

opportunity after emerging

victorious in the National

3x3 Qualifiers held last year.

Meanwhile, Ahmani

Brown, who represented another

team in the National

Qualifiers, was selected as

the 4th player to complete

the team.

After months of intense

practice, the team is confident

that they will make

their country proud, and return

home with nothing less

than the Gold.

The Antigua and Barbuda

Basketball Association

(ABBA) is encouraging the

general public and stakeholders

to support the youths

on their journey to the IBF

3x3 International Youth

Championships slated for

this weekend.

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