Caribbean Times 7th Issue - Tuesday 28th February 2017


Caribbean Times 7th Issue - Tuesday 28th February 2017

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Tuesday 28th February 2017 A n t i g u a a n d B a r b u d a

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By Everton Barnes

Retired Eastern Caribbean

Supreme Court

(ECSC) Justice, Don

Mitchell, is predicting that

the introduction of information

technology systems

in the legal systems in the

Caribbean will have a serious

impact on the legal


Justice Mitchell made

the point in a lecture he delivered

to members of the

legal profession on Monday

night at the Sandals Tourism Minister, the Hon., Asot Michael and Attorney General, the Hon., Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin,


centre, were in attendance at Sandals Resort to mark the 50th anniversary of the ECSC.

The lecture formed part

of activities being held in

Antigua and Barbuda to

mark the 50 th anniversary

of the ECSC.

He told his audience that

while any forecast to what

the practice of law will be

like after another 50 years,

lies in the realm of science

fiction, some things are alcont’d

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Ministry of Health to implement latest stage

of Barbuda’s Eye Screening Programme

The Ministry of Health

and the Environment, in collaboration

with Caribbean

Council for the Blind (CCB)

Eye Care Caribbean, will

soon embark upon the latest

stage of its Barbuda Eye

Screening Programme.

Ministry officials and

a CCB Eye Care Caribbean

technician will travel to

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Codrington next week to

distribute glasses to 165


The distribution of the

glasses is a direct result of

the successful eye-screening

process which took place

in Barbuda in early October

2016. It also reflects the

commitment of the Government

of Antigua and Barbuda

to providing the highest

quality eye care to the people

of Barbuda.

The October eye-screening

initiative was the first of

its kind ever to be conducted

in Barbuda.

A total of 317 individuals

were screened during a

four-day period at the Hanna

Thomas Hospital. The objective

was to identify common

eye diseases, namely

glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy

and cataract affecting


As a consequence of the

screening, it was determined

that 174 individuals had serious

refractive errors that

necessitated the need for


Standing by its policy

objective that Barbuda must

not be left behind, the Antigua

and Barbuda Government

decided to fund the

cost of the 174 glasses and

distribute them to those in


In early January, a team

of Ministry of Health officials

and a CCB Eye Care

Caribbean Optometrist paid

a second visit to Barbuda.

The 174 individuals were

contacted and tested for

their glasses.

One hundred and sixty-five

glasses will be distributed

next week. An additional

nine individuals who

had high blood sugar levels

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at the time of a prior clinical

evaluation will be re-examined

at the end of March

and their eye glasses will be

fabricated based on the follow-up


Other cases for which

there was no immediate

need for eye glasses were

referred to Mount St. John’s

Medical Center and the individuals

were subsequently

treated at the MSJMC Outpatient


Some were diagnosed

with early cataract and elevated

eye pressure and will

have follow-up appointments

in March. Others

who were identified for either

cataract or pterygium

surgery were contacted in

November and are currently

being monitored.

Next week’s visit by

Ministry of Health officials

and the CCB Eye Care Caribbean

technician to distribute

the 165 eye classes,

represents the most recent

stage in this first ever Barbuda

Eye Screening Programme.

The Ministry’s partner

in this initiative, CCB Eye

Care Caribbean, is a Caribbean

vision care organization

whose mission is to

make care affordable to all

and who offers eye classes

at reduced rates. CCB Eye

Care Caribbean currently offers

eye-care services at the

Clare Hall, Johnson’s Point

and Grays Farm Clinics.

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cont’d from pg 1

ready quite obvious.

“In a few years’ time,

no lawyer will employ a

messenger to attend at the

courtroom to file a paper

claim or defense; this will

all be done automatically

by accessing the registry

online,” he noted.

He added that in the

modern law firm, all legal

research is now done online

as the registry office will be

replaced by the cloud.

Justice Mitchell urged

lawyers to prepare for Artificial

or Augmented Intelligence

(AI) as this is

coming to the practice of

law and the determination

of disputes.

He revealed that already

AI is being used in law firms

in London and New York as

evidenced by the hiring of

ROSS, the world’s first AI

attorney powered by IBM’s


According to the justice

there are many rulings

the judge is called upon to

make that are routine, and

for which the necessary algorithms

will soon be written.

“A ‘bot-judge’ similar

to ROSS, will then be able

to deliver an automated and

instantaneous ruling. The

result is that law will become

more accessible and

transparent, as it should

be,” he stated.

The retired justice is

also predicting changes in

the way evidence is being

presented in the court.

He noted like the Caribbean

Court of Justice, the

ECSC has already introduced

IT in its classrooms

making for improvements

in the judicial system.

However, he foresees

a time when evidence will

be given by a hologram, a

three-dimensional representation

of a witness sitting

in a witness box anywhere.

He said sensors will

be available to tell both

judges and lawyers when

a witness is not telling the


He also sees a time

when courtrooms will become

a thing of the past

and which are converted

into museums of law where

ancient artefacts such as

books, pens and videos are


Chief Justice of the

ECSC, Dame Janice Pereira,

who called for the

court’s anniversary to be

marked in a special way,

was among those attending

the lecture.

Also present were current

and former justices of

the court, high court judges

and other members of the

legal fraternity.

Attorney General,

Steadroy Benjamin, offered

congratulations on

behalf of the government,

to Dame Janice and the

court for marking this special


Vice President of the

Bar Association, Lenworth

Johnson chaired the night’s

proceedings while E. Ann

Henry, QC, introduced Justice






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Justice Pereira paints the way forward for

the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

By Joanna Paris

Chief Justice Hon Dame

Janice Pereira DBE, has

indicated that the Eastern

Caribbean Supreme Court

has made significant strides

in its 50 years of existence

but emphasized that there is

still a lot of work to be done

to truly meet the needs of its

members and by extension

citizens of the region.

Justice Pereira was addressing

a special sitting of

the court, which took place

at the High Court Building

on Monday.

The special event, which

marked the celebration of

the Eastern Caribbean Supreme

Court’s 50th anniversary,

was widely attended

by legal luminaries representing

the region.

The 50th anniversary is






A.D. 2017

In the Matter of the Estate


a.k.a Eddie Hunte



GIVEN that at the expiration

of fourteen (14) days

from the date of this Notice,

Application will be made to

the High Court of Justice by


CIATES, of Chambers, Long

Street, in the Parish of Saint

John’s in Antigua and Barbuda,

Solicitors for MARY

HUNTE of Villa Area, in

the Parish of Saint John’s in

Antigua and Barbuda for a

Grant of Probate in the estate




a.k.a EDDIE HUNTE died

on 7th, January, 2017.

DATED the 27th, day of

February, 2017



Attorneys-at-law for the Applicant

being commemorated under

the theme “Eastern Caribbean

Supreme Court celebrating

the past, embracing the


The activities aim to celebrate

and reflect on past

accomplishments and to see

how the court can bold on

these achievements in the


Justice Pereira cited that

as one of the challenges facing

the institution, is that of

the issue of the backlog of

cases, which must be addressed.

“The increase in the

compliment of judges serving

the court as well as the

introduction of masters aided

in addressing the problem

but we are aware that

there is still a lot of work to

be done”, she said.

She emphasized that the

increase in the use of technology

in the court will also

assist in ensuring that cases

are addressed in good timing.

She made mention of the

recent legislation passed by

Antigua and Barbuda which

makes provision for video

conferencing to be utilized

in the court especially in

cases where key witnesses

are overseas.

Justice Pereira was looks

forward to the establishment

reaching new heights

and becoming more effective,

efficient and useful in

its undertakings.

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EMS complete daring rescue on Sunday

In what has been described

as nothing short of

brilliant, the Antigua and

Barbuda Emergency Medical

Services and the Fire Fighters

Department performed a

daring rescue operation in the

hills between Wallings Dam

and Rendezvous Beach.

According to PRO for

the EMS, Morvin Fiedtkou,

three adults and two children

under the age of thirteen

were making the journey to

Rendezvous Beach via Wallings

when one of the adults,

a female, lost her footing and

broke her left ankle.

Fiedtkou said the Department

got the call at around

9am and didn’t complete

operation until after 11 due

to the rugged terrain and the

grueling environment.

Three emergency technicians

and four fire fighters responded

to the call and transported

the patient down the

slope on a spine board.

The EMTs were Iesha

Russell, Joel Ellis and April

John while the Fire Fighters

identities were not disclosed.

The event took place on


Cricket preparations in full gear

By Joanna Paris

Two one-day international cricket

matches between England and the

West Indies will be played at the Sir

Viv Richards Stadium in the month of


According to Government’s

Spokesperson, Ambassador Lionel

“Max” Hurst, the stadium is being prepared

for these matches which will be

played on a Friday and a Sunday.

He said that more than 5,000 Britons

have already booked hotels to

spend the weekend in Antigua at the

cricket venue.

It is expected that hundreds of Caribbean

nationals will also come to Antigua

for the matches.

In order to ensure the participation

of many Antiguans on the Friday,

the Cabinet agreed to allow Government

workers to end their workday on

that Friday at 1:00 p.m.; the early end

of the workday will enable thousands

of government employees to attend

the Friday afternoon match.

The West Indies Cricket Board and

the Festivals Commission will partner

to provide exciting entertainment

during the breaks.

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Talent and Cultural Exhibition at

the Clare Hall Secondary School

The Clare Hall Secondary

School held their third

annual talent and cultural

exhibition on 24 th February,

2017. The school yard was

filled with students, teachers,

parents, past students and

community members. The

students displayed their talents

in several ways, dance,

song, a theatric presentation,

fashion show, steel pan selections

and art displays.

Mrs. Greene, Principal

of the Clare Hall Secondary

school, stated that the

purpose of the exhibition

is to showcase the talent

of the students of the Clare

Hall Secondary. For the first

time this year the Principal

included a community outreach

initiative. Each student

was asked to bring a

food item from home. These

items were used to fill twenty-five

food baskets which

were presented to individuals

who have contributed in

one way or another to the


After the performances

the audience moved to the

auditorium where they had

several arts, craft & cultural

displays. Pastry items, prepared

by the Home Economics

department, were on sale.

Also on display were musical

instruments, clothing and

accessories, and volcanic

science projects.

There was also live entertainment

from clowns, who

performed practical jokes on

each other, much to the delight

of the large crowd.

The exhibition was indeed

impressive, undoubtedly

the Clare Hall Secondary

School is a fountain bubbling

with talent.

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EU and GARD Center partner in EC$1Million

Youth Empowerment and Youth Justice Project

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural

Development Center, (GARD Center),

a grass-root non-profit non-government

organization under the auspices

of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean

and the Americas, is pleased to

announce its recent partnership with

the European Commission, in a project

entitled, “Improving Op-portunities

for At-Risk, Probationary, and

Incarcerated Youth in Antigua and


The GARD Center with its 27

years of experience working with at–

risk youth, is expanding its programs

to include opportunities for probationary

and incarcerated youth who are reintegrating

into society.

Insufficient programs to engage the

youth in positive roles and productive

social activities is part of the on-going

prob-lem facing communities.

This project will contribute to increasing

the opportuni-ties for at-risk

youth including those on probation

and those incarcerated, to re-duce recidivism.

Through the EU grant this will be

carried out by:

1. Facilitating access to youth development

and employability training

pro-grams, services and job markets

for at-risk, probationary and incarcerated


2. Enabling NGOs, government

and private sector institutions to support

sus-tainable youth diversion and

re-entry programs effectively

3. Increasing the awareness within

communities and initiate community

led ad-vocacy on behalf of youth impacted

by crime and incarceration.

Also coming on board in this project

as strategic partners are the Probation

Unit, Community Development

Division, and the Directorate of Gender

Affairs in the Ministry of Social

Transformation; Legal Aid, Her Majesty’s

Prison, a NGO, Sec-ond Chance

Inc., as well as, others who are involved

with youth at risk.

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Tuesday 28th February 2017

Monday’s Sudoku Solution




1. Pierces

6. Knight’s assistant

10. Appeal

14. Chocolate drink

15. Operator

16. Rock’s partner

17. Go-between

18. South American capital

19. Inactive

20. Space agency (abbr.)

21. Rider

23. Ace

26. Purpose

27. Assault

30. Eat in style

32. Reducing in length

34. Aspect

38. Large artery

39. Mighty tree

40. Wander off

41. Singer ____ Seeger

42. Make holy

44. Wedding dessert

45. Salary boosts

46. Actor Charlton ____

50. NBC’s rival

51. Lacking the ability

55. Exam

59. School groups (abbr.)

60. Gradual

61. Howdy!

62. Fringe benefit

63. Grow weary

64. Resource

65. Mine products

66. Copycat

67. Hearty soups


1. Read rapidly

2. Roman garb

3. Top cards

4. Napoleon ____

5. Took a chair

6. Orange juice solids

7. China’s continent

8. Valuable stones

9. Wiping clean

10. Fabric pattern

11. Skier’s cabin

12. Actress ____ DeGeneres

13. Vigilant

22. WSW’s opposite

24. Glamorous ____ Hayworth

25. Madrid cheer

27. Kin of PDQ

28. Slipper

29. Type

30. Journalist ____ Sawyer

31. Pen liquids

33. Cranny’s kin

34. Most tyrannical

35. Retirement accts.

36. Escort

37. Needle openings

40. Wound covering

42. Card game

43. Pitching stat

44. Robber’s pursuer

46. Nile animal, for short

47. Computer key

48. Frighten

49. Chores

52. Radar spot

53. Traditional knowledge

54. Wide-spouted pitcher

56. Or ____!

57. Whole bunch

58. Toddlers

61. Possesses

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Today’s weather forecast

Antigua and Barbuda

Windy with rain showers in the

morning then partly cloudy in the


High - 80ºF

Low - 73ºF

Wind: East North East 21 mph

Sunrise 6.26 am; Sunset 6.13 pm

Monday’s Crossword Solution


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20).

You’ll be at your absolute best

in a safe environment where

you’re not worried about being

scored or judged. You can

have that peace even if you

are being judged, by the way.

The trick is in not worrying

about it.

ARIES (March 21-April 19).

By definition, work is harder

than doing nothing at all. At

least it should be. Then why

doesn’t it feel as if that is

true? You’ll find idleness to be

an irritant and gladly take on

more than your share to stay


TAURUS (April 20-May 20).

One of the more difficult character

challenges of the day

will be in the practice of nonjudgment.

To take things at

face value is difficult for one

with the in-depth knowledge

that you have, but you won’t

be sorry.

GEMINI (May 21-June

21). Get going on a project.

It doesn’t matter where you

start; it just matters that you

do. Wrong choices lead to

right ones; bad plans lead to

better ones.

CANCER (June 22-July 22).

You’re the unofficial coach

of your group. You won’t let

anyone perform at a subpar

level without taking it upon

yourself to investigate the

problem, fix it and motivate


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This

is a time to keep as much of

the project under your control

and jurisdiction as you can. If

you delegate too much, you’ll

just have to do it over yourself.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).

You don’t like to put people

out, but if they want to make

a sacrifice on your behalf, let

them. You are important to

your people. They want you

to know this. Let them show


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).

Who should be fulfilling your

expectation? Whose expectation

should you be filling? If

the answers to those questions

are “nobody” and “nobody’s,”

then you’ll have an excellent

day indeed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21).

Things will not stay the way

they are. They never have, and

they never will. With this in

mind, you’ll continue to look

for the present opportunities,

which are as unusual as they

are rare.


Dec. 21). In most things, the

lows and highs will expand at

the same time. In a related story,

you’ll be reminded that the

way to intelligent things is often

found through silly things.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.

19). You’re edgy; the pressure

is on. Embrace it. Some

top performance coaches suggest

that relaxation techniques

only diminish your ability to

connect. It’s more compelling

to stay in the moment and use

the energy.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.

18). Over-planning leads to

a boring outcome. But how

do you know when you’ve

planned too much? If your

plans are prohibiting you from

taking advantage of the popup

opportunities of the moment,

abandon them.


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Tuesday 28th February 2017

Flow and Manchester United team

up to deliver the Ultimate Football

Experience to Caribbean footballers

MIAMI, Fla., - Up-andcoming

Caribbean footballers

between the ages of 13 and

16 will not be able to contain

their excitement, as news

breaks that Flow and Manchester

United will host The

Ultimate Football Experience,

a skills-based competition,

supported by the Caribbean

Football Union. The programme

seeks to give youngsters,

the chance-of-a-lifetime

to participate in a talent development

football camp; and

even earn a trip to Old Trafford,

Manchester to see Man

Utd vs Crystal Palace on May

21 st 2017.

The good news gets even

better as registration opens this

week for the football competition

which runs from March

through to May 2017. Here’s

how it works: skilled boys

and girls can register online at

Registered participants

will then be instructed to

appear at designated football

festivals across all Caribbean

markets in which Flow operates.

The participants will engage

in a Manchester United

Soccer School’s international

programme, which has been

specially devised for the campaign

and will be delivered

by CFU coaches. Throughout

the competition Manchester

United legends will also be

making an appearance at the

festivals to offer their tips and

advice. This is a proven Manchester

United Soccer School

programme designed to build

and test the skills of young

footballers across the globe.

As the competition

evolves, two participants from

each market, along with their

respective coach, will advance

to a two-day skills session in

Trinidad and Tobago to experience

one-on-one training

with CFU and Manchester

United Soccer School Coaches.

There, they will participate

in a series of drills designed

by the coaches and compete

for the chance for two finalists

and their coach to win a oncein-a-lifetime

trip to Old Trafford

in Manchester, England.

Considered to be the highlight

of the development initiative

the two winners along

with their coaches will travel

to the world-famous football

stadium to witness first hand

Manchester United’s final

Premier League game of the

season against Crystal Palace.

This VIP experience will also

include a visit to the Manchester

United Museum and

Tour, taking in the history of

the club followed by a tour of

the iconic stadium.

Manchester United’s

Group Managing Director,

Richard Arnold said, “Youth

development is at the heart of

this Club’s traditions and success.

The Manchester United

Soccer Schools were developed

to help spread this spirit

to as many children as possible.

In recent years our partners

have been instrumental in

helping the great work of our

Soccer Schools coaches reach

young people around the

world. We’re proud to work

with Flow on this project.”

“Like Manchester United,

Flow also has a deep sense

of commitment to youth development

as can be seen

by our support of several

programmes throughout the

region that help to hone the

skills of young footballers,”

said Garfield Sinclair, Flow’s

newly appointed President of

the Caribbean. Sinclair also

said “We’re therefore proud

to work in partnership with

Manchester United to offer

this once in a lifetime experience

to our talented youngsters

across the region.”

The Caribbean Football

Union’s (CFU) President

Gordon Derrick gave a ringing

endorsement of The Ultimate

Football Experience, as

he added: “The CFU is proud

to be a partner with Flow on

this exhilarating and beneficial

initiative. Hundreds of

young footballers in 15 countries

– half of the CFU’s membership

– will have the opportunity

to compete, hone their

skills, and, for the finalists,

live the dream. I am confident

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Have you seen the Giant African Snail in your home or community?

If so, follow these 3 easy steps:

1. Put on protective gloves

2. Collect snails and place them in a secure covered container

with some salt.

3. Call the Plant Protection Unit at 462-6776 or 462-6777 for

advice on disposal

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.

All members of the Antigua and Barbuda Ex-Servicemen

Association are notified of the monthly general meeting, to

be held on Saturday 4 March at 3 pm, at the Association`s

Headquarters, " Leah House" on Prime Minister`s Drive.

Please be on time or notify the Chairman on 720-0058, Secretary

on 723-3452 or PRO on 721-1970 of your apologies.

The Annual General Meeting and Elections for the Antigua

& Barbuda Cycling Federation will be held on March 1,

2017 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The meeting will

start promptly at 7:00pm. Please be on time.

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.

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%.

Advertise with

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cont’d from pg 12

that this partnership will bode

well for the future of football

in the region.”

The Ultimate Football

Experience is one of several

Manchester United and Flow

partnership initiatives. In January,

Flow hosted the FA Cup

Caribbean Tour during which

the Company gave football

fans up-close and unprecedented

access to football’s

most coveted trophy. The final

leg of the tour culminated

in the Cayman Islands, where

Manchester United ambassador

Dwight Yorke made an


Cable and Wireless is

Manchester United’s telecommunications

partner in the Caribbean.

C&W is a full service

communications and entertainment

provider and delivers

market-leading video,

broadband, telephony and

mobile services to consumers

in 18 countries. Through

its business division, C&W

provides data center hosting,

domestic and international

managed network services,

and customized IT service

solutions, utilizing cloud technology

to serve business and

government customers.

C&W also operates a

state-of-the-art submarine fiber

network – the most extensive

in the region.

Liberty Global is the

world’s largest international

TV and broadband company,

with operations in more than

30 countries across Europe,

Latin America and the Caribbean.

We invest in the infrastructure

that empowers our

customers to make the most

of the digital revolution. Our

scale and commitment to innovation

enable us to develop

market-leading products

delivered through next generation

networks that connect

our 25 million customers who

subscribe to over 50 million

television, broadband internet

and telephony services.

We also serve over 10 million

mobile subscribers and offer

WiFi service across 5 million

access points.

Liberty Global’s businesses

are comprised of two

stocks: the Liberty Global


LBTYB and LBTYK) for our

European operations, and the



LILAB), which consists of

our operations in Latin America

and the Caribbean.

The Liberty Global Group

operates in 11 European

countries under the consumer

brands Virgin Media, Unitymedia,

Telenet and UPC. The

Liberty Global Group also

owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo,

a Dutch joint venture, which

has 4 million customers, 10

million fixed-line subscribers

and 5 million mobile subscribers.

The LiLAC Group operates

in over 20 countries in

Latin America and the Caribbean

under the consumer

brands VTR, Flow, Liberty,

Más Móvil and BTC. In addition,

the LiLAC Group operates

a sub-sea fiber network

throughout the region in over

30 markets.

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Hap Fauth at the helm of Bella Mente.

Mike Slade’s Maxi, Leopard 3. RORC/ELWJ Photography

Epic win for Bella Mente in RORC Caribbean 600

The All-American

Maxi72 battle in the RORC

Caribbean 600 lived up to expectations

with Hap Fauth’s

Bella Mente and George Sakellaris’

Proteus enjoying an

epic match race. The lead in

the Maxi72s changed hands

on seven occasions during

the race. Bella Mente counted

85 sail changes and at

one point, both yachts were

way-over canvassed, smoking

along at 30 knots in a

gigantic squall. Bella Mente

crossed the finish line just 14

minutes ahead of Proteus to

set the bar for the RORC Caribbean

600 Trophy which

will be awarded at the Prize

Giving to the yacht scoring

the best time under the IRC

Rating Rule. Hap Fauth was

delighted to have won the

match race with Proteus and

full of praise for the event,

the competition and above

all, his team:

“We are beat; there is

nothing left as the whole

team gave 120% or more…

unbelievable! We are just

delighted to have prevailed.

We had a match race for 500

miles with Proteus and that

is a really well sailed boat. It

was really, really good sailing.

This is an iconic race

that you cannot miss at all.

“The RORC should be

congratulated for organising

another great race. This

was an interesting course

because with the conditions

it was totally new and fresh.

We expected a maximum

wind speed of 15 knots and

at one point we were doing

25 knots of boat speed, just

ripping, so it was terrific.

Not until we got to Barbuda

for the second time did we

really establish ourselves.

We had a tacking duel with

maybe 15 tacks and extended

out by four miles, we just

kept our lead. A really good

race and it doesn’t get any


“Last year we didn’t finished

the race and we had to

put the old girl back together.

Bella Mente is the oldest

Maxi 72 on the circuit and I

am the oldest helmsman, but

if I am still out of the ground

next year, I will be back.

This crew is the best in the

world. I just stay at the back

and get all of the applause.”

Bella Mente tactician,

Terry Hutchinson, explained

some of the key aspects in

the battle with Proteus:

“If you haven’t done this

race you have to come and

do it, even with the unusual

conditions it was really

good. Way more exciting

than we thought it would be.

What surprised me was we

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finished the race a lot earlier

than we thought, but the battle

with Proteus was just as

we expected. We passed each

other seven times during the

race! Getting that extra gust

of wind and different sail

combinations were big factors.

Proteus was quick on a

reach and Bella Mente had

a slight edge upwind and

downwind. At Guadeloupe,

we had set a spinnaker first

at Iles des Saintes, but we

couldn’t make the corner

and then couldn’t get our

spinnaker down either, so

we were on the back foot

going around La Desirade.

For the 90 mile beat, Bella

Mente was going about as

good as ever and we were a

mile behind, but by Barbuda

we were two miles ahead. It

will be interesting to hear if

something wasn’t quite right

on their boat. We got ahead

when it counted, but massive

kudos to the Proteus team,

they sailed a great race.”

By Carlena Knight

After a two-year absence, Sir Mc-

Chesney George High School of Barbuda

made their return to the Cool

and Smooth Inter-School Basketball

league last Thursday.

Barbuda who are no newbies to the

league having competed in a number

of years racking numerous titles and

individual awards in the Junior and

Senior Boys divisions, will play two

matches daily due to the limitations of

transportation to and from the sister


This year, Sir McChesney High

will only play in the Senior Boys division

and have already gotten off to

a commendable start edging out Princess

Margaret, 46-44.

Sadika Harris had 13 points while

Tray Beazer netted 10 for the victors.

Bokeem Murrell of PMS had 19

points and Adonis Jiminez assisted

with 10 points.

They then went on to face Antigua

State College but lost, 45-37.

Anthony Greer led his team in scoring

with 14 points while Victor Horsford

assisted with 13. Ezekiel Francois

chipped in with 12 points.

Tray Beazer and Shakoy Beazer

both had 13 points for Sir McChesney

George Sakellaris’ Maxi 72, Proteus.

Last year’s overall winner,

George Sakellaris racing

Proteus described the race as

one of the best ever despite

losing out to Bella Mente.

“We had everything in

this race; it was an epic battle

but something went wrong

with the boat on the beat to

Barbuda. We even backed

up the boat to try to shake

off some weed or whatever

it was slowing us down. Up

until then it was a great race,

one of the best I have ever

done. We had close company

all the way and not just

Bella Mente, we had Leopard

and SFS to contend with

as well. The team is fantastic

and it was very exciting. At

one point we were sailing

with the A1 (largest spinnaker)

in 37 knots of wind and

the boat was doing 30 knots.

That is why I go racing, that

is what I live for.”

Mike Slade’s Maxi Leopard

3 finished the RORC Caribbean

600 in second place

on the water behind George

David’s Rambler 88 to claim

third in class. “Leopard has

not been beaten on the water

by a Maxi 72 or a Volvo

70 in this race and that still


In other games that day, Combine

defeated Buckleys Primary, 12-8 in

the Mini-Boys Primary division.

Kristian Wynter and Tamaha Stuart

scored 4 points for the victors while

Taliqe Merrick netted 4 in a losing effort.

Christ the King Girls High trumped

Jennings Secondary, 32-4 in the Senior

Girls division.

Timna Phillip of CKHS led the

charge with 12 points with assistance

from Toby-Anne Henry with 12 points.

Aaliyah Gordon of JSS had 3


stands,” commented Leopard

3 Boat Captain, Chris

Sherlock. Lionel Pean’s

French Volvo 70 finished

the race just under two hours

behind Leopard 3 and after

time correction is runner up

to Rambler 88 in IRC Canting

Keel. “It was a great

pleasure to race along side

two Maxi72s and our target

was be ahead of the other

Volvo 70s and we achieved

this with a good result. We

had great sailing and a good

fight all along but it was a

hard race.”

On the fourth day of the

RORC Caribbean 600, over

50 yachts are still racing.

Bernie Evan-Wong’s Antiguan

RP37, Taz is leading

in IRC One. Ed Fishwick’s

British J/122, Redshift on El

Ocaso is leading in IRC Two

and Jonty Layfield’s British

Swan 48, Sleeper X is leading

IRC Three. Peter Harding’s

British Class40 Ph-orty

is back in the lead for the

Class40 Division.

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Youth 3x3 team claim bronze medals

By Carlena Knight

The first ever International

Basketball Federation

Under 18 3x3 Basketball

tournament took

place over the weekend in

St. Lucia where team Antigua

Barbuda claimed the

bronze medals.

Ahamani Browne of

Antigua Grammar and Judah

Ferris, Eric Joseph Jr.

and Sheldon Gomes Jr. of

Baptist Academy represented

Antigua Barbuda at

the championships and defeated

Curacao, 7-6, Aruba

10-9, St. Vincent 13-9 and

Barbados 6-4 in the preliminaries,

Team Wadadli advance

to the semi-finals of

the event.

They fell to Martinique,

9-7 who went to claim the

gold medals.

Despite not advancing

to the finals the young team

finished with a record of

foiur wins and two losses

which guaranteed them the

third place trophy out of 11

teams behind champions,

Martinique (6-0) and silver

medalist, Guyana (6-1).

The team who returned

on Monday morning where

they were praised for their

efforts and discipline not

only on the court but off the

court by the 3x3 Co-ordinator,

Gemma Hazelwood,

ABBA President, Darryl

Matthew and the general


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