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The Antigua and Barbuda

High Commission

Official Newsletter Issue 126 -- March/ April 2008




All Hands on Deck!


2008 Sailing Week


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er a hard days work, yachtsmen and i
for fun and relaxation)


It was a week of innovation, of lively parties,
of big winds and flat calms, and when all was
said and done, it was a week that showcased
great competition on the water and wonderful
camaraderie off. In short, it was another fine
edition of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, the
41st annual one, and everyone who attended
was a winner.

Of course, along with those figurative winners,
there were also the true champions, the
sailors who excelled on the racecourse and
earned both the respect of their rivals and the
spoils of their success. And in two separate
awards ceremonies at the regatta's Event
Village at Nelson's Dockyard, the top racers
in the 17 respective classes for this running of
Stanford Antigua Sailing Week reaped the
rewards of their top-notched efforts.

Joining the ranks of such famous yachts such


as Enzian, Kialoa 4, Infinity, Sayonara,
Morning Glory, Pyewacket, Lolita and
Rosebud all past winners of the Lord
Nelson Trophy representing the overall
victory at Antigua is a new name, Benny
Kelly's TP52, Panthera.

Along with the Lord Nelson prize, Panthera
also took home the Curtain Bluff Trophy
presented to the winner of the big-boat
Racing I class.

Racing I was also the domain of two of the
more impressive yachts to ever compete in
Antigua, George David's 90-foot Rambler and
Mike Slade's 100-foot ICAP Leopard. Both
took home some silverware.

Rambler won the West Indies Publishing Cup
presented to the overall runner-up for the
week, while ICAP Leopard secured the


Yachting World Trophy given to the boat
recording the Best Elapsed Time in the two-
part Around the Island Race that opens the
week's racing.

A third Racing I yacht, Sam Fleet's Swan 601,
Aquarius, received the Quin Farara Cup for
third overall.

Altogether, nearly one hundred individual
prizes were awarded in 38 separate categories,
including prizes for first, second and third in
each class, and a series of special awards
presented throughout the fleet.

Clay Deutsch's Swan 68, Chippewa, was given
the Budget Marine Trophy as the Overall
Winner in the Racing Class of the Caribbean
Big Boat Series.
Continues on page 8


SIn This Issue
5 6 Glory Charles: The Passion of Paint
9 Romantic Rhythms Sweet Music in the Air:Antigua takes Centre Stage
17 Prime Minister's first trip to the Middle East is a resounding success'
18 Sir Vivian Richards' Foundation receives donation










A MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCE

DR CARL ROBERTS, HIGH COMMISSIONER


Dear Readers,

Lessons in our History; preserving our memories

Recently I came across several articles in the Newsletter of
the Historical and Archaeological Society, Museum of
Antigua and Barbuda (No # 101 of April, May, June 2008)
which caught my attention. One article by Keith Bryan was
entitled "Remembering Two Men who contributed to our
Economic and Social Development". It instantly reminded
me of two men of more recent times (the late Sir George H
Walter and the late Mr Charlesworth Samuel) who were
acclaimed as having also assisted and enhanced the
nation's "Economic and Social Development".

The actions taken by these 4 persons impacted the lives of
many more Antiguans and Barbudans, while influencing
the erection of several of the buildings we note around us.
Reading the Museum's Newsletter was quite informative to
me and provided a clarion call to action. I recommend it to
many of the readers of the High Commission's Newsletter.

Now to the reason for my message. In reflecting I began to
consider the richness of our history and then sadly how
little we currently do to preserve the many historical sites


which dot the landscape. The Museum's Newsletter cites
the fact that Sir Desmond Nicholson had compiled a
database of over 2000 historical, archaeological and
marine sites in Antigua and Barbuda. What a potential
Tourism gold mine!! Ah alas, I say to myself, what a
neglected opportunity! When we think of the number of old
forts which simply lie un-preserved, the missed opportunity
at Fort James, I then look with disappointment at what
could have been. Take a look at Brimstone Hill in St Kitts &
Nevis and we would realize how much needs to be done.
Is this the job for the Government, as many of us have often
seemed to murmur? Our conscience should compel us to
answer No! No! It is a mandate for every citizen, friend,
well-wisher or just sympathizer of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Historical and Archaeological Society (HAS) needs our
help. In fact HAS needs our pledges. Become an active
pledging member. Do not just give money but give of your
time and effort to help preserve or even restore some of our
very rich heritage. As I have moved and worked around the
Caribbean to St Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Barbados etc, I
have always been delighted by the national response at
heritage preservation. I remember and am saddened by
the extent of losses from our own heritage site following the
earthquake of 1974 (at the Old Court House the present
Museum Building and many other locations). Some of this
looting I believe might be still taking place today. How can
we stop this rape of our history? What will be left by the end
of the next decade if no action is taken?

Action is needed now not because of Tourism but to restore
the foundation for the development of National Pride. While
we are setting the records straight by the correct details as
to how our Nation developed and the roles of those
responsible for its social and economic development, let us
ensure that there will be places to see which link us to our
past. We need to preserve examples of the village life of
yesterday, the type of housing construction, the type of
newspapers, the types of costumes.

Where citizens have worthwhile artifacts, donations should
be made to the Museum or we can create a private
exhibition for the benefit of the society. There is no limit to
the ideas what we could do; there is simply a dire shortage
of active, willing and committed volunteers.

Let us therefore call for a review of the destruction of our
heritage and the preservation of our historical and
archaeological sites, staring NOW!!

Dr Carl Roberts


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Tourism Office Reaches
Out to Stakeholders


The Tourist Office in London is continuing
in its drive to forge a closer working
relationship with tourism stakeholders.
The Office is looking forward to its next
quarterly meeting, after staging a
successful meeting in March.

Various stakeholders including airline and
hotel representatives were on hand during
the meeting. Addressing the gathering
were High Commissioner Dr. Carl Roberts
and Acting Director General of Tourism
Cortright Marshall and Director of Tourism
in the Europe Carol Hay.

Speaking about the importance of these
forums Hay said, "We tend to have
quarterly meetings. The purpose of these
meetings is to ensure that our partners
know what our strategies for the upcoming


to them about our progress
during the previous period just to
see if there was anything we did
really well, that we may continue
doing, or any challenges that we
need to sort out by going back to
the drawing board. It is important
for us to ensure that what we are
doing this in tandem with the tour
operators and partners."


period are and to get feed back from them." Hay said Marshall outlined to
She added, "It is important to talk those in attendance, the


government's plans for
development of tourism sector.

"The partners have heard about
the proposed Tourism Authority
for some time now and they were
able to get first hand information
about it from Marshall. He also
laid out the vision for tourism for
the next five to ten years" the
tourism official added.


Travel agents

receive

Training

Travel agents in the UK
are getting training from
the Tourism Office in
London so that they can
better market Antigua and
Barbuda as a destination.

Outlining the purpose of
these training sessions,
Tourism Officer Joyce Fyfe
said "They need to know
about the product. They
need to know about what
is happening in Antigua,
so that when they are
approached by tourists,
they can give them up to
date information about our
destination."

Training sessions have
been conducted in several
cities in the UK including


Dublin. On occasions, the
Tourism Office has
conducted in-house
training, when requested
by the tour operators or
travel agents.

Some of the sessions
have placed emphasis on
Barbuda.

"What we have found is
that they do not know
much about Barbuda.
Most people know about
Barbuda. So we have
been providing them with
information on the sister
isle," she said.

The Tourism Office will
continue to provide such
training sessions
throughout the year.

Fyfe added "it (training)
has been working well and
has kept us really busy."


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Floods!
weather!


Earthquakes!


If you read the newspapers
bound to come across
description of the effects
warming.

Global warming, which is d
as the warming up of the
atmosphere is a serious pr

To do our bit in helping to
the effects of global warn
here at the High Commis
joining the Green Revoluti

No! We are not tying ours
trees to prevent them from I
down.


Extreme Instead we are saving trees, by
recycling the the paper we use daily.

,you are So we are ensuring that papers are
a vivid shredded and properly packaged
of global and sent off to the recycling plant!

We are also going one step further,
described by stepping up efforts at becoming
e earth's a paperless office. Its a hard task,
oblem! but we are taking it one day at a time!

mitigate Our office may be small, but we are
ning, we doing our part.
sion are
on. You can play your part as well!

selves to Join the Green Revolution today!
being cut


Visa and Passport Applications:
Errors that slow down the application


The High Commission is
very efficient at
processing passport and
visa applications.

However on many
occasions, the application
process may take longer
than usual as applicants
have not submitted the
required information.


Be sure to
application
carefully.


read through
guidelines


Some of the most
common errors made by
passport applicants are:

-forgetting to pay the
courier cost

-paying the fees with a
personal cheque

-not legalising non-
Antiguan and Barbudan
documents

-not providing additional
documents requested


-Sending photo copies
certificate instead
certified copies.


-not getting
certified

Some of 1
common
errors made
applicants:


of
of


photograph


most


by visa


-not providing documents
as requested,
-sending the application in
parts.

-having another individual
pay the fee (separate
from the application)

-Sending the application to
the wrong embassy

-not sending the original
passports.

Help us to help you, by
ensuring that you have
followed all the guidelines!


More Equipment for Police
The government of Antigua and Barbuda is investing some $7
million in the purchase of new communications equipment for
the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda that should be
fully operationalised by July.

An agreement was signed yesterday between government
officials and representatives of Motorola, the global
telecommunications company that has been contracted to
provide and install the new network.

While the operational base for the new equipment will be
established at the Police Headquarters and will allow easy
access to the various services, officers and departments of the
force, its reach extends to other related entities

According to Minister of Justice Colin Derrick, who has
responsibility for the police force, the Fire Department, the
Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force, the Emergency Medical
Services, Her Majesty's Prison and the Barbuda Police Station,
will all be included on the network of the new communication
system.

Hon. Senator Derrick said that calls by members of the public
will be able to be retrieved in the event there are complaints that
the response by the police force is not timely, making it possible
for the high command of the force to see how and where
improvements in its response time and handling of calls can be
made.

As somewhat of a bonus, Senator Derrick further revealed, the
agreement provides for a fingerprinting device that allows
officers to immediately access a data base on the scene of a
crime and the provision of cameras to be placed at strategic
areas in the prison. (Reprinted from Antigua Sun)


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Gtlry carls: The passion of Pint


The streets corners are filled with the
usual haughty laughter. Youngsters on
the corner welcoming the weather in
spring! In the backroom of this silent
house, he caresses the canvas with a
coloured brush- backward and forward it
goes the images from last night's
dream being teleported through his
hands into magnificent art. His back
towards the window, the sunlight
streaming in.

"I love to paint, painting is a passion of
mine. Some people have natural desire
to paint. I find it relaxing. You can
explore issues in this world and the next
realm." says Glory Charles.

While some of his peers are enjoying the
spring weather on the basketball courts,
he is in his room, putting his effort on the
canvas. Glory who lives in Islington with
his family, is now seeking to make his
mark in the professional world of painting.

Glory still has memories of growing up in
the hills of Sugar Loaf in the first two
years of his life in Antigua. It is these
memories and experiences which form
part of the meanings behind his paintings

"My paintings reflect life in general. It
reflects the good experiences and the
bad," he said.

It is this affinity with the brush, which
caught the attention of Dr. Helga Fox, an
art critic and owner of H F Contemporary
Art. After striking up a conversation with
this 23 year old Fine Art graduate of
Middlesex University he eventually
showed her his work. She was instantly
impressed, noting "With Glory's work
the subject matter is very intriguing.....it
is an almost Egyptian mythological
approach to his work, the colours are
vibrant...that is in him from early
childhood I think."

Dr. Fox has since taken Glory under her
wings, helping to perfect his craft, and
showcasing his paintings around the
world. "I went to Austria and took his
work with me...people liked it," she said.

Glory's flirtation with the brush, started
when he was in university. The young
painter recalled, "I started when I used


to do art and design in
college... illustration and textiles.."

When I did painting courses, I realized I
had a talent for painting... I then decided
to pursue it."

Glory's parents were not exactly thrilled
that their son was spending so much
time painting. "My parents have come
around now. They see how many shows
I have been doing and now they see the
finished results. Initially they would say
'get a job, get a plan....a proper plan...."
he recalls with a smile.

Glory is hoping to have his work
exhibited in some of the major art shows
coming up later this year including one
in Abu Dhabi.

He is patient, as he knows that getting
into some exhibitions are very difficult.
However, he is determined, full of energy
and hopeful for the future.

Dr. Fox is confident that her student will
make a breakthrough in the art world and
she is willing to continue mentoring this
young man.

"Glory is very good in his style. He can
become as good as Chris Ofili, a great
artist of the modern times. Glory Charles
could equally make it in London...." she
says with pride.

If Glory were not painting professionally,
he perhaps would been looking to
cement himself in the music industry.

"Growing up I was into music...I wanted
to be a musician.

There are no regrets about his change of
heart. It appears as though he is
following his heart and not the music.

He is unsure of many things, like
whether he will do further studies. He is
sure of one thing however he wants to
paint and to have his paintings
appreciated the world over.

The High Commission assists
Glory in fulfilling his dreams.
See page 6


Glory's painting: "The Reader'


L-R, Dr. Helga Fox, Glory


Some of Glory's paintings reflect
his many experiences


Glory: "I love to paint"


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HF Contemporary Art
are pleased to present


'RADIANT VIEW'

A Solo Show by GLORY CHARLES


Dr. Carl


Hosted by His Excellency
B. W. Roberts, High Commissioner
of Antigua and Barbuda.


27 May 2 June 2008, daily
11 am-6pm


Venue
The Loading Bay Gallery
The Old Truman Brewery
4-5 Dray Walk (off Brick Lane)
London, El 6QL

HF Contemporary Art Helga Fox
Tel/Fax +44 1707 257048
Mobile +44 (0)7768 794272
inf.-ahf.or.terinp3rayrldn .;omr
www.hfcontempcraryart.com

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slaves, notably to the governor of
Massachusetts at the time.

He left Antigua in 1736 after the
slave uprising and took 27 slaves
with him to Ten Hills Farm.

He died in 1738, but his son Isaac
Royal Jr., who was born in Antigua,
inherited all his father's holdings at
22 years.


Living most of his
Massachusetts, Royal Jr.
back and forth to Antigua
on the plantation.


life in
travelled
to check


The Antigua

Harvard

Connection


Research conducted by a research
fellow attached to Harvard
University has found that the money
of an Antiguan born sugar plantation
owner founded the Harvard Law
School in the 1700s.

Catherine S. Manegold made the
revelation as the special guest
speaker of the Rotary Club of
Antigua-Sundown recently.

She is a research fellow at the W. E.
B. Du Bois Institute for African and
African American Research at
Harvard University.

She embarked upon a major treatise
covering the life and times of the
Royals of New England, who had
one of the largest farms in
Massachusetts, where the university
is based.

It was called Ten Hills Farm, now
situated in Medford, a typically
middle class neighbourhood.

She said that when she began her
research three years ago, she had
no idea that it would bring her to
Antigua, but she said, "all paths
ended up leading me here." Antigua
is where Isaac Royal and his family
made their considerable fortune as


plantation owners. Their property
was in the area called Royals Bay.

She said that her work has mainly
tried to remove the veil of ignorance
from the people of Massachusetts
who have worked hard to deny their
slavery past.

She said, "I would say 99 people out
of 100 or the proportion may be
even higher (if asked) if there ever
was slavery in this part of the United
States, 99 people would say no
there never was. It's a part of the
history that has been completely
erased."

To this day, the remnants of Ten
Hills Farm show the main house with
a slave house nearby, which is
considered the last standing slave
house in the north. This is where
Antiguan slaves were housed.

Isaac Royal Sr. is the son of a
carpenter born in Maine.

They had to leave Maine due to
warfare with the American Indians
and settled in Boston. Looking for
ways to make money, it is the
suspicion that he took the advice of
an uncle, who was a sail-maker and
decided to make his way to Antigua,
which was looking for white settlers
to increase the black-white ratio in
the island.

Manegold said, "It was a very
focused intent to increase the white
population." Arriving in 1700 at 20-
years-old, he made a lot of money in
sugar as well through supplying


Manegold said that by this
generation there were few signs of
the source of the family's wealth but
there were some such as the
pineapples on the gatehouse pillars
or the hummingbirds included in a
painting of Royal's granddaughters.
"These things were gradually
clouded and erased," she said.

When the American Revolution
began, Royal left for England, where
he contracted Smallpox, which
Manegold said he had been afraid of
his whole life.

He wrote and rewrote his will to
settle the vast wealth his family
amassed in two generations.

He bequeathed in his 20 page will to
the Harvard University at his death
in 1781, which was over a 100 years
old at the time, 2,000 acres of land
in western Massachusetts for the
establishment of either a Professor
of 'Physic' (Medicine) or Law.

Harvard chose law, and established
the Royal Professorship of Law,
named after Isaac Royal.

Manegold said until recently, the
dean of the university always sat in
that seat but the present one
declined because of the growing
awareness of where the money
came from.

The research fellow came to Antigua
to conduct further studies and found
useful information at the National
Archive to contribute to her book,
which will be released in 2009.

(Reprinted from the Antigua Sun)


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ANTIGUA AND

BARBUDA GETS

TOP AWARD

Antigua and Barbuda was voted
"Best Port Welcome to passengers
coming ashore" when The Dream
World Cruise Destinations
announced its 2007 Awards.

A certificate to that effect was
presented at the just-concluded
Florida-Caribbean Cruise
Association (FCCA) Seatrade Cruise
Shipping Convention in Miami,
Florida.

Other winners in this category were
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Continued from front page

Stay Calm scored the Antigua Breweries Cup for Best
Swan in Division A, while its counterpart, Julian Sincock's
Swan 51, Northern Child, snared the American Express
Cup for Best Swan in Division A.

Finally, longtime judge Arthur Wullschleger, the famous
"Tuna" himself who this year served as the jury arbitrator,
was given the Jan Santos Trophy, so named for Sailing
Week's vice-chairman, for his long-time distinguished serv-
ice to the regatta.

Youth Conference held in Sri Lanka

The Antiguan and Barbudan delegation to the recently
held Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Sri
Lanka say the meeting was successful. The delegation
to the April 27-30 meeting was headed by Hon. Winston
Williams, Youth Minister and included H.E Dr. Carl
Roberts, Antigua and Barbuda's High Commissioner to
London, Director of Youth Cleon Athill and Kareem
Payne, Antigua and Barbuda's Commonwealth Youth
Ambassador.

Under the theme, 'Youth and Peace-Building', they
debated emerging issues related to young people in the
Commonwealth, in particular the links between peace-
building, youth development and social transformation.
Delegations from some 40 Commonwealth countries
attended the conference.

The meeting also took the opportunity to review policy
directions for the Commonwealth Youth Programme
(CYP) and enabled ministers to review current activities
towards strengthening the agenda for youth
development.

Mandates from the Commonwealth Heads of Govern-
ment Meeting last year provided a focus for discussions,
particularly the findings of the Commonwealth Commis-


Invergordon, UK, La Rochelle,
France, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and
Spain. Criteria for the recent survey
include berthing requests being dealt
with quickly and efficiently; the cruise
line's relationship with the ports; ease
in disembarking passengers; issues
surrounding congestion and port fees.

According to Dream World Cruise
Destinations, there are other
considerations, and it is never easy
to select one port over another, one
destination over another. However,
"recognition is given to ports and
destinations who have delivered their
product or service in a commendable
way."

Categories for the 2007 awards are
most improved port facilities, most
efficient port services, best port


welcome, most responsive port,
best turnaround port operations,
most improved terminal facilities,
most efficient turnaround operator,
most improved destination, best
destination experience organised
tours, best destination experience -
independent sightseeing, best
turnaround destination, and
destination with best tour guides.
Commendations were also
awarded for best attraction
experience, service companies and
best new attraction.

All of the winners and category
details are highlighted in the Spring
2008 issue of Dream World Cruise
Destinations Magazine which is
published in the UK by Ashcroft &
Associates Ltd. and distributed in
the USA by DSW.


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Sexual Offences Unit
gives public 24-hour
access

Members of the public have now
been given 24-hour access to the
police force, particularly on
matters involving complaints
about sexual offences.

That is according to the Head of
the new Sexual Offences Unit,
Inspector Cornelius Charles, who
spoke to the media yesterday
during a special briefing to inform
the public that the unit was ready
to serve its purpose.

'As in all cases when starting
something afresh, you will have
some issues that need to be
ironed out," Inspector Charles
stated, noting that they were
hindered slightly from full
operations because of certain
difficulties.

He made specific reference to
difficulties in establishing the new
telephone system, but said the
problems no longer exist.

'So now I am advising the public,
those who have had fliers, and
called certain hours and did not
get a response, we are now
saying you can call 24 hours and
someone will answer your call,"
Inspector Charles
stated.


The 24-hour telephone numbers
are 562-5729/30. Additionally,
members of the unit can be
reached at 721-4569/70/71/72.

He said that shortly the numbers
will be available toll free for
people who may not have
enough credit on their phones
but need to make an emergency
call.

"Some of these suggestions came
from Gender Affairs and WAR
(Women Against Rape), where
persons would have complained
to them as well and the
information would have been fed
to us. So we are thankful for the
co-ordination that is going on
between us and them," Inspector
Charles further added.

"All calls and all information are
confidential," Commissioner
Nelson further stressed.

Special Constable David Loftus,
who was sworn in this week,
noted that the unit has been
staffed with the type of resources
that would be responsive to the
sensitive nature of the
information that the public may
wish to share.

Loftus brings over 30 years of
investigating experiences in rape,
narcotics and customs.He has
also served with the US DEA, US
Secret Services, the FBI, Dutch
National Police, and Interpol.


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Sweet Music in the Air:

Antigua Takes


Centre Stage


The Tourist Office in London has
already begun its vigorous
promotion of Romantic Rhythms
Antigua and Barbudans inaugural
international music festival
featuring some of the biggest
names in the entertainment
industry.

Down to perform during the June
13-15 festival are international
artistes Lionel Richie, Shaggy,
Keisha Cole, Kenny Rodgers,
Maxi Priest, Brian McKnight,
Destra Garcia and the Atlantik.

Performing live at two concerts,
the celebrity headline acts will be
supported by leading regional
performers, setting the stage for
one of the most sought after
events in the Caribbean calendar.
Known for his romantic R&B
Ballads, Academy and Grammy
award-winning singer, songwriter
and record producer Lionel
Richie is one of the primary
headliners.
He has sold over 100 million
records and his most memorable
hits include 'All Night Long', 'Say
You Say Me' and 'Dancing on the
Ceilina '


Another headliner is the prolific
country music singer, producer
and song writer Kenny Rogers.
His career spans six decades
with more than 70 hit singles
across various music genres
including 'Lucille', 'Islands in the
Stream' and 'Lady.'
Grammy-nominated singer, pop
and R&B musician Brian
McKnight is a multi-
instrumentalist made famous by
his hit singles, 'One Last Cry',
'Back at One' and 'The Only One
for Me.'
Keyshia Cole, Grammy Award
nominated R&B singer and
songwriter, is famed for her
soulful voice and platinum debut
album 'The Way It Is.'
Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy
stands out with his distinctive
sub-baritone voice and chart
topping hits 'Oh Carolina', 'It
Wasn't Me' and 'Angel'.
Known as the "King of Lovers
Rock" Maxi Priest is an English
reggae singer of Jamaican
heritage whose hit singles include
'Close to you,' 'Just a little bit
Longer' and 'That Girl.'


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Adding to the musical
extravaganza will be the
harmonious vocal skills and
eccentric fashion style of
Trinidadian Soca Diva, Destra
Garcia, and Atlantik, also from
Trinidad and Tobago, known for
their high energy performances
encompassing soca, reggae and
R&B.
The main concert venue will be
the iconic Sir Vivian Richards
Stadium with performances on
Friday and Saturday and mini
concerts at other locations
throughout the island.

Director of Tourism, UK and
Europe Carol Hay said, "We're
delighted to be welcoming the
musical skills of such well known
performers to our first Music
Festival.

"Antigua has a rich history in which
music has played an integral role,
and our focus on the romance
genre celebrates the music of the
Caribbean and internationally
acclaimed lyrics of today."


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The Andoua and Rorduda Hich Commission Issue 126 Marchfflaorl 2008


I Antigua And Barbuda Makes its Mark


In 1493 when Christopher
Columbus discovered Antigua- he
named it in honour of Santa Maria
la Antigua of a church in Seville,-
he was after the "new world" in
search of gold and resources in the
name of the Spanish queen.

Then Antigua was partially
uninhabited virtually undeveloped
compared to the European empires.

Fast forward 515 years later.
Columbus would perhaps be
surprised to see that this country is
now one of the most attractive
destinations in the world for
investors.

According to the Doing Business
Report- a publication of the World
Bank Antigua is one of the top fifty
countries for doing business -
ahead of developed nations like
Luxemborg, Italy, UAE and Brazil.

In the Latin American and
Caribbean region, Antigua is


ranked 4th. A remarkable position!

A more in depth look at the
statistics shows why investors
have been flocking to this small
Caribbean island. When it comes
to the time it takes to start a
business, Antigua is in the top 30 of
the world ahead of economic
powerhouses like Japan and
Norway.

Investors want to ensure that their.
investments are protected. Antigua
does that quite well! We rank in the Columb
top 20 in the world for protecting
investors. ahead of Australia.

Antigua and Barbuda is not just
about the beach. We're also about
ensuring investors get value for
money.

The Doing Business Report has
shown that investors looking for 'i
opportunities in Antigua and ,.
Barbuda will not be disappointed!
We'r


Government Gets
Support from Milan

Prime Minister Spencer has announced that his
government's "Light Up Your Neighbourhood" street lights
programme, one of the crime fighting measures he outlined
in his State of Nation address on crime last year, has
received a significant boost with the conclusion of
agreement with City of Milan to fund the purchase and
installation of several hundred street lights that will soon be
installed in St John's.


CARICOM's Crime Crackdown

CARICOM Governments are to take joint action against
murders, kidnapping, drug trafficking, violent gangs,
and to sign a Maritime and Airspace and Security
Agreement in three months.

Further, the leaders agreed at April special Heads of
Government Summit on crime in Port of Spain, to
re-establish regional institutions and measures used to
secure the Caribbean during last year's Cricket World
Cup.


"I am grateful for the generosity of the Mayor and the City of
Milan for agreeing in short order to join us in funding this "I think the most important decision of the Conference
initiative," said Prime Minister. "With this commitment, the was a commitment to enhance and expand the very
City of Milan becomes the third foreign partner -along with successful arrangements that were put in place for
the governments of Libya and Morocco to have contributed CWC 2007," said host Prime Minister Patrick Manning
to this important initiative," he added. at the closing news conference.


.Mayor of the City of Milan, Mrs Letizia Moratti said: "I am
pleased that my municipality is able to contribute to this
initiative, which I understand is but one of the crime fighting
initiatives your Prime Minister has introduced in an effort to
address the crime situation in your country," said the Mayor.

Mayor Moratti was elected as Mayor of Milan in 2006. Prior
to that she was Italy's Minister of Education, University and
Research in the cabinet of former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi from 2001-2006.


Among those institutions and measures to be re-
implemented is the re-establishment of a single
domestic space in the Caribbean, said prime minister
Manning.

The leaders also agreed to renew the system of having
airlines submit advance passenger lists on the persons
who are booked to be flown into the Caribbean. The
leaders have committed to re-establishing a common
visa for visitors to the region.


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MP Hughes Outlines
Agenda

As representative for All Saints East
and St. Luke made his inaugural
address in the Lower House of
Parliament yesterday, he made it clear
that he intends to "hit the ground
running" in his advocacy for his
constituency, pledging that his stay in
the House of Representatives would
not be short-lived.


Hughes was elected by a landslide in
March. The by-election took place
after the death of then MP for the
constituency, Hon. Charlesworth
Samuel

In his first presentation in the House of
Representatives, Hughes outlined
some of his plans for the service of his
constituency, which include relief
measures for people experiencing
hardship and measures to help the
youth in the community.


In the first instance, this will entail the
provision of a monthly basket of goods
for elderly people in All Saints East
and St. Luke, to help alleviate financial
hardship.

Hughes said that people are currently
being enrolled in this programme,
which will be financed out of the
constituency allowance. He said that
he would also seek to promote
sporting activities to help counter drug
use among youth.


Prime Minister Spencer
receives Award of
Excellence

On 28 April, 2008 Prime Minister the
Honourable Baldwin Spencer received an
award of excellence for his stewardship of the
Group of 77 and China. The award was
presented to the Prime Minister by Mr. Mourad
Ahmia, Executive Secretary of the Group 77 at
the United Nations.

The Prime Minister is the first ever recipient of
this award in the forty-four year history of the
Group of 77, and is being presented to him "in
recognition of his able leadership and
outstanding contribution in advancing South-
South solidarity and safeguarding the collective
interests of the Developing World."

"I was pleased but humbled when I was told thai
not only was I to be given this award but that I
was the first Ministerial Chairman to receive ii
said the Prime Minister.


system, and promote
South-South cooperation
for development.

Antigua and Barbuda,
which is part of the Latin
American and Caribbean
geographical region,
holds the annual
chairmanship of the
Group of 77 for 2008. The
chairmanship is rotated
among the three
developing countries
regions of the world:
Africa, Asia and Latin
America and the
Caribbean.


Prime Minister Spencer receiving the Award from the
Executive Secretary of the G77 and China
Mr Mourad Ahmia

Museum Seeks
Assistance
The Antigua and Barbuda Museum one
of the depositories for our heritage is
seeking financial assistance to replace
over 50 windows.


"Prime Minister Spencer has shown throughout According to a statement from the Muse-
um "The building is in need of constant
his country's chairmanship that he is a In need of repairs! upkeep and the time has come when me
champion of the interests of the developing
countries and both an ardent supporter and must replace the wonderful sash windows in this neoclassical structure." The
promoter of South-South Cooperation between 258 year old building is used to house the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda.
promoter of South-South Cooperation between
and among the countries of the southern,,
mohe is therefore fu eseri The windows are double hung sash windows of large proportion and the Board
hemisphere. has chosen Domus windows, a quality product our our times in order to cut
this award,' said Ahmia.
down on maintenance and still maintain the architectural integrity of the build-
The award, which is in the form of plaque, is ing," according to a Museum statement. Donations made by overseas mem-
The award, which is in the form of plaque, is
formally known as the Excellence Leadership bers will be given a receipt for income tax claim purposes
Award, and is being resented on the occasion The cost per window does not include installation of approximately EC$1000
of the meeting of the G-77 High Level Panel of
o the meeting o the ih evel al o per window. The cost of the windows are as follows:
Eminent Personalities on the Development
Platform for the South, which is being held at the
26 domed windows EC$ 3.086.46
Jolly Beach Resort on 29-30 April. 23 upperwindows EC$ 2,197.30
Front middle 3 upper EC$2,355.03
The Group of 77 is the largest intergovernmental Fron midde 3 uppe EC$5,211.0
organization of developing states in the United 2 Half rounds above door- EC$1,238.20
Nations, which provides the means for the
2 Half Rounds N/S EC$1,559.48
countries of the South to articulate and promote
their collective economic interests and enhance
their collective economic interests and enhan For more information you can contact the Museum at 1268-462-1469/4930.
their joint negotiating capacity on all major The museum's e-mail address is museum@candw.ag and the website is
international economic issues within the United .antiguamuseums.org
Nationswww.antiguamuseums.org
Nations


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Four years of achievement: Promises Made, Promi.ses Delivered

On the 23 rd of March 2004, the United Progressive Party (UPP) swept into office. Armed with its Agenda for
Change, the governing party promised to introduce a school meal programme as well as to revolutionize
education by putting more computers at the fingertips of students and the wider citizenry .As soon as ministers
got settled into respective offices, they started to put these promises into action

Today the school meals programme and the IT programme have been just a few of the many hallmarks of the
administration of the Hon Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer.


(Left)- A happy student gets comfortable in the Mobile IT Unit, (Center) A view from inside the
Mobile IT Unit (Right) the Hon. Prime Minister opens another Computer Access Centre


SCHOOL MEALS PRO0BR AaN11HE


Happy children and a happy government! The School Meals Programme pro-
vides nutritious meals for students across the country!


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She's spent most of her life living in London. Joycelyn Lewis has seen it all;
snow covered tress, the famous changing of the guard and all the niceties of
London life. In spite of the joys of London life she still has a special place in
her heart for her homeland Antigua.


FACT FILE


Name: Joycelyn Patricia Lewis


If you ever have the pleasure to meet her on visiting the High Commission, you Position: Personal Assistant
will instantly be dazzled by the broad smile and bubbly personality.

Joycelyn, the Personal Assistant to H.E Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner Age: 34
for Antigua and Barbuda has lived in more villages than she can remember.
Her love of Antiguan food and Carnival are pulling her back home and in the Residence in UK: Islington
next five to ten years she plans on returning to Antigua to build her dream home
(and of course enjoy the famous ducana and saltfish!)
Resident in Antigua: Villa
In this edition of the Newsletter we get up close with Joycelyn. Education:
What do you like most about living in London? St. John's Primary School
Def y te s Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Girls
Definitely the shopping!
School
What do you miss most about Antigua?

Food! London can't beat home cooked Antiguan food. I miss sitting on the Most memorable moment?
beach and on the veranda and feeling that nice cool tropical breeze. P m i A
Playing mass in Antigua with Dynamics in 1995.
What is olur favourite Anfinlan forod?


SU What s the most interesting thing about you,
I have too many favourites to mention. But there are a few; Ducana and people are unaware of?
saltfish and cassie, sugar fungi and saltfish. .....


People are unaware of my creative skills. I l
forms.


Minister Louis Farakhan is my role model. He is the type of role model that we
as black people need to have in our community. He is a man of his word and ng create makes me ee
we need more people like that! He's known for being very controversial. ButWhats your career goal?
that does not make him a bad person.
I want to open my own secretarial business. I want it
If you were not working at High Commission where would you be? I want to own secret business. I want it
I would be running my own Virtual Assistant business from my home office? to be very successful.


Henry: Bread

Prices

to Remain Stable

The government is expecting that
given the availability of a cheaper
source of flour and new concessions,
the bakers will not institute another
increase in the price of bread.

Trade Coordinator Ambassador Dr.
Clarence Henry said, "We (the
government) expect that the price of
bread and baked products to remain
the same."


He reminded that the government He insisted that though cheaper, the
would be waiving the 15 per cent flour from Guyana is of excellent
duties on yeast and baking powder quality and supplies currently go to


and the 10 per cent Customs Service
Tax on yeast, shortening and the
plastic bags used by customers to
take away the bread.

There is also the fact that the
government has triggered the
derogation of Article 164 of the
Treaty of Chaguaramas and
imported flour from Guyana through
Gloria's Ltd, a local importer.

That flour is approximately $14 less
per 100 pound bag than that
imported from the St. Vincent mill.


Trinidad and plans are being made to
ship flour to Suriname as well.

The trade coordinator said that these
efforts should account for something,
at least to have the price of bread
and baked products remain the same.

"If taken together, the price should
remain stable for sometime into the
future notwithstanding any external
forces," said the coordinator.


(Reprinted from Antigua Sun)


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he Andoum and Rorbudo Hich Commission Issue I 26 morchlRpril 2008


Ambrose: West Indies
Improving

Legendary West Indies fast bowler
Curtly Ambrose said he has seen some
improvements by the West Indies during
the recent Test and One-Day
International home series against Sri
Lanka in the Caribbean.

Sri Lanka won the first Test by 121 runs
in Guyana and the West Indies bounced
back to win the second Test by six
wickets to square the two-match series
1-1.

The regional side also won the ensuing
three-match One-Day International
series 2-0 with the final game being
washed out in St. Lucia.

Although reluctant to make a final verdict
after one series, Ambrose, who played
98 Tests for the regional side between
1988 and 2000, admitted the team did
show some improvement and appear to
be gelling nicely under new skipper
Chris Gayle.

Government Negotiates
Reimbursement To
Colonial Homes Clients

Twenty-six individuals who made
deposits to Colonial Homes project
over nine years ago were reimbursed
their full deposit during a presentation
ceremony at the Prime Minister's
Office.

The cheques were presented by
Prime Minister, Hon. Baldwin
Spencer and Minister of Housing &
Social Transformation, the Hon.
Hilson Baptiste.

Minister Baptiste thanked the
individuals for their patience and
added that this achievement was a
difficult task but he was determined to
ensure that the persons who invested


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"I am one of those guys who don't like ti
really say things after just one series.

"What I will, however, say is that I havi
seen some improvements. You can sei
that they are playing together as a tear
which is very important," Ambrose said.

"I think they still need to be a little bit mor
consistent so we have to see wha
happens when Australia comes.

"Australia is the best team in the worli
and so it will be a different challenge, bu
I must say that against Sri Lanka the'
seemed to be together and they ar
playing as a team."

The West Indies will be facing worli
champions Australia in another there(
Test and five One-Day Internationa
(ODI) home series in the Caribbean nex
month.

Australia will begin their tour of thi
Caribbean on 12 May with the first Tes
against the West Indies at Sabina Par
in Jamaica from 22 to 26 May. Botl
sides will clash in the second Test at thi
Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground ii
in the Harry Mungalsingh housing
project and never received a home
were reimbursed all their monies.

Minister Baptiste said that Mr.
Mungalsingh had entered into an
agreement with the former
administration and after negotiations
broke down, he left the island with
individuals' money and not one house
being built.

"It has been four years since we took
over this government and believe me
it wasn't easy ..."This is a complex
situation where he (Mungalsingh) was
given a large portion of land for one
dollar and we have to go over all of
that to ensure that the matter is
properly rectified", Minister Baptiste
said while addressing members of the
media and individuals who came to
collect their cheques.


o Antigua from 30 May to 3 June and
Barbados will host the third Test from
12-16 June at the Kensington Oval.

e Ambrose, who claimed 405 Test wickets
n, during his career, said he is optimistic
the West Indies will at least be
competitive against the Australians.
e
it The tall, Antiguan fast bowler said he will
not be shocked if the West Indies spring
a few surprises against the Australians.
d
it "Of course, I believe they will be
y competitive against Australia.
e
"We all know that it will not be an easy
series, but if our guys go out there and
d compete that is all we are asking for. We
e- want them to compete to the best of their
il abilities," Ambrose said.
t
"I believe that there might just be a few
surprises by the West Indies against
e Australia. Just don't take anything for
;t granted." he said
k
h
e (Reprinted from Antigua Sun)
n
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said
while other negotiations are still
ongoing, it was felt that the investors
should at least be reimbursed.

"It was felt that at least you should be
guaranteed the monies that you had
deposited and we felt that we had an
obligation to ensure that those
monies were returned to you as
expeditiously as possible", the PM
stated.

He also added that the individuals
have been extremely patient, as
some of them had invested their last
dollar into the housing project in an
effort to provide comfortable homes
for themselves and their families.

Over half a million EC dollars is
expected to be paid out to 26 clients.


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Spencer aIn(l Minister
B.aptii tc iprcsenting the
chcqueC% to the
indil idual.)


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Spencer speaks to one of
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Middle East

Tour was

"Successful"


Fresh from his visit to the Gulf
States of Qatar, the Kingdom of
Bahrain and the State of Kuwait,
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
has called his first trip to the region
a resounding success.

"The gulf region is a remarkable one
and the countries that I visited are
currently enjoying an
unprecedented economic boom due
to the sky-high oil and gas prices,
and I was particularly struck by the
warm hospitality with which my
delegation and I were received in
each of the three countries we
visited," the Prime Minister said.

He also said he was able to discuss
the various development needs of
Antigua and Barbuda with each
head of State and/or government of
the three countries he visited, noting
that he chose to highlight his
country's needs in the fields of
tourism, education, culture, sports,
ICT, health, sanitation and bilateral
economic investment.

"Clearly then, each of my
counterparts and I see this as a vital
first step on the road to an enhanced
partnership at the bilateral level and


(Left) Hon. Prime Minisler Spencer and His Highness Ihe Prime Minisler of Kuwail making Ihe
salute. (Righl) Hon. Prime Minister Spencer louring a faclory


a broader vehicle for future South-
South co-operation," he said.

"Our Ambassador to the Middle East
Sir Ramez Hadeed and
Ambassador to the United Nations,
Dr. John W. Ashe, will be following
up through their counterparts on
many of the areas that were
discussed on this trip," the Prime
Minister said.

The PM's first stop was the state of
Qatar, where he was a featured
speaker at the 8th Doha Forum on
Development, Democracy and Free
Trade, in his capacity as chairman of
the Group of 77 and China.

He also held bilateral discussions
with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
AI-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

Qatar, a former pearl-fishing centre
and was once one of the poorest
Gulf states, is now one of the richest
countries in the region, thanks to the
exploitation of large oil and gas
fields since the 1940's.


From Qatar, the Prime Minister and
his delegation travelled to the
Kingdom of Bahrain, where he held
bilateral discussions with Sheikh
Khalifah ibn Sulman al-Khalifah,
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of
Bahrain.

In a region experiencing an oil boom,
Bahrain has the fastest growing
economy in the Arab world. It also
has the freest economy in the
Middle East and one of the freest
overall in the world.

The Prime Minister concluded his
mid-east trip with a visit to the State
of Kuwait, where he held bilateral
discussions with a number of senior
officials of the Kuwaiti government,
including the Amir, His Highness
Sheikh Sabah AI-Ahmad AI-Jaber
Al-Saber; the Prime Minister, His
Highness Shiekh Nasser Al-
Mohammad AI-Ahmad AI-Sabah,
the director of the Kuwait Fund, the
director of Kuwait Investment
Authority, and the chairman of
Kuwait Petroleum Company.


Romantic Rhythms
Sponsors
Announced

The Romantic Rhythms
Festival Committee is proud
to announce that The ABI
Financial Group of
Companies. American
Airlines. Antigua Motors and
Cable and Wireless have
signed on at the Euphoria
level to sponsor Romantic
Rhythms.

The Euphoria Level of
Sponsors represents the
highest level of corporate
sponsorship available.


Also joining as major
sponsors are LIAT 1974 Ltd.
and The Antigua Hotel and
Tourist Association at the
Amorous Level, and Antigua
Distillery Ltd., as the Elation
Sponsor.

"The response received to
this initiative has been
tremendous and we are
proud to unveil these
corporate citizens as our
sponsors, and thank them for
their participation in
Romantic Rhythms"
remarked Chairperson of the
Romantic Rhythms Festival
Committee. Dr. Alvin
Edwards as the seven
confirmed.


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Caricom Awards
Lara

Brian Charles Lara, the nation's
world record holding batsman, will
be one of four persons to receive
the highest award of the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) in July.

CARICOM chairman and Bahamas
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
made the announcement during a
news conference at end of a recent


Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of
Government Conference.

Lara, a former captain of the West
Indies cricket team, has already
received this nation's highest award,
the Trinity Cross, for his sporting
achievements.

The Conference agreed to award
the Order of the Caribbean
(Community)A (OCC) to four
distinguished Caribbean nationals -
Professor Rex Nettleford, of


Jamaica, Dr Nicolas Liverpool, of
Dominica, Dr George Lamming, of
Barbados, and Lara, Ingraham
said.

He said the award ceremony will
take place during the 29th Regular
Meeting of the Caricom Heads of
Government Conference, in
Antigua, which takes place from
July 2-5.


(Reprinted
Guardian)


from Trinidad


Sir Viv Foundation Gets donation


Students of the Parkside S


The Parkside School, a visiting
cricket academy out of England, has
donated thousands of dollars worth
of cricket and football gears to the
Sir Vivian Richards Foundation and
the Antigua and Barbuda Football
Association.

During a brief ceremony at the
Antigua Recreation Grounds in April
the 120-member delegation, which
includes three youth cricket and
football teams, made the significant
donation to the past West Indies
captain, Sir Vivian Richards, who
accepted the gifts on behalf of his
foundation and on behalf of the
nation of Antigua and Barbuda.

The goodies range from cricket bats,
shoes, cricket pats, batting cups,
balls, wicket-keeping gloves bags,
cricket uniforms to footballs,
goalkeeper gloves and nets.

Director of Sports at the Parkside
School, lan Stamp, in making the


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official begun to enjoy the lovely island of
presentation to Sir Antigua.
.,j | Vivian, said that
after hearing of "I would just like to say, on behalf of
the Sir Vivian all of us gathered here from Parkside
Richards School, it is a real honour to be here
Foundation, they and to meet all the people here and
decided that it was for Sir Viv himself to be here in our
a vision they presence it really is a very special
would want to moment for us," Stamp said.
support while it
would have been Accepting the donation, Sir Vivian
their way of giving thanked Stamp and the Parkside
back to their hosts. School for taking the initiative to
make such a considerable gesture -
"In England, before promising that the gears provided
schooll we came on tour, will go a long way in the youths'
we were put in development.
contact with the Sir Vivian Richards
Foundation and we were very "Let me take this opportunity to thank
impressed by the aims of the Parkside School and what is more
foundation and thought that it was a interesting than anything else is that
very worthwhile cause that we being involved with the Ministry and
wanted to support and we wanted to Sports Tourism and the things that
be giving something back to the we are trying to achieve for the
people who were going to be hosting future, this to me, is one of the best
us here in Antigua anticipating the chances that we would have had
fantastic welcome that we had," and it wouldn't have been possible,
Stamp said in my opinion, without the help of
Stanley Francis (National Tours and
"I would like to say a very big thanks Services)," he said.
to the parents of Parkside School
because without them none of us "I know for sure that the gears we
would be here and the fund-raising have here are such a wide variety of
efforts have enabled us to offer so many things and I know the
these gifts of a variety of sporting country in which we live in that we
equipment to the Sir Vivian Richards are going to be so appreciative to
Foundation to be distributed in these facts that we do have
various areas around the island," he something to compete with,"
added. Richards added.

But for the Parkside's young
cricketers and their parents, it won't
be all batting, fielding, bowling and (Reprinted from the Antigua Sun)
cheering as they have already






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Commissioner

to Reform

Investigation

Unit

Commissioner of Police Gary
Nelson is stressing police officers'
responsibility to the public, through
the revamping of an internal
investigation unit that deals with
complaints from ordinary citizens.

"I'm trying to really push hard the
idea of taking responsibility; of
being responsible for your actions
on the street and to the public,"
Nelson said.

He said he reformed the
investigative unit, which is now
headed by one of the assistant
commissioners, with inspectors
and sergeants who help to
investigate complaints.

Nelson indicated that the unit had
not been previously functioning
efficiently.

The Commissioner said he has
gotten some public complaints,


which he numbered and gave a
due date for the investigator to get
back to him. The investigators are
expected to speak with the
complainants and keep them
informed throughout the process.


73 K r MMiWf l- "- M
I Police Commissioner Gary Nelson

Once a complaint is made, the
accused officer is made aware of it
and given the opportunity to
respond before it is referred back to
the complainants to inform them of
the officer's response. "It has to be
a fair and timely process, not set
down for months," he said.


Despite the prevalence of reports
of police brutality and wrongdoing,
Nelson said that the number of
cases he has is not high. "I don't
know if the public is waiting to see
if I mean what I say or what. I hear
a lot of rumours but I don't really put
much value on them. I want to see
the case and investigate them
properly."

Commissioner Nelson said he
wants the community to help fight
crime through community watches
or street lighting because the police
force cannot do it alone.

But he said he understands that
community support relies on a
good police image which in turn
depends on the respect of the
community adding that if they
believe the police are corrupt or
doing wrong then there can be no
respect.

Nelson added that if needed, he
will bring in the help of special
criminal investigators for cases.
"Whatever is required I will do," he
said.


(Reprinted from Antigua Sun)


Aberdeen
*


Glasgow


* Edinburgh


Newcastle
*Stranraer upon Tyne
Befast Kendal
S York
*


SLiverpool


Blrmlngham


*Hull


Norwich


Cambridg '


Oxford.
Cardiff* *londo

Southamton Br

Antigua and Barbudans citizens are spread
throughout the UK


7/


Outside the rigours of
negotiating bilateral and
multilateral agreements, foreign
missions and consulates are
engaged in a vital role:
assisting citizens abroad.

From giving advice to Antiguan
and Barbudans on where to get
information on accommodation,
to providing information to
citizens in distress, the Antigua
and Barbuda High Commission
plays a vital role.


It is important therefore for
citizens to register with the
High Commission when they
arrive in the UK.

In times of crisis, it is very
difficult for the High
Commission to assist citizens, if


we are unaware of the
whereabouts of our citizens in
the UK.

Registration should not be
taken for granted.

Once registered, the High
Commission will be in position
to offer regular updates to
citizens about issues back
home or important changes to
UK immigration laws

This information can be made
available through this
newsletter or other media like
e-mails or the web site.

Register today!

Our friendly staff are standing
by!


Foreign Missions: Assisting Citizens
Ab road


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From underwater caves to stud It is commonly held that the first permission for acquiring and
farms, you've heard things about people who lived on Antigua were exploiting their land.
Antigua and Barbuda that may have the Siboney.


sounded too good to be true!


However, you were not too sure how
to ascertain the validity of these
claims!

Well worry no more! With the help of
Dr. Reg Murphy of the Museum of
Antigua and Barbuda, we are going
to help to debunk these myths.

We reprint below an extract of an
article by well known Antiguan
historian Dr. Reg Murphy.

Myth: Volcano under the St.
John's Cathedral
The Anglican Cathedral in St. John's
is thought to be built on a volcano.
In fact, it is actually built on a
fossilised reef.

Myth:The Siboney versus Archaic
Peoples


In fact, the Siboney never existed on
Antigua. We use the term Archaic
People to describe these stone aged
settlers.

Myth: The Arawaks and The
Caribs
When the Europeans arrived in the
Caribbean, they suggested that the
Amerindians they met and recorded
in their journals were two different
peoples, the peaceful Arawaks and
the warring Caribs.

In fact, the true Arawak and Caribs
lived side by side in the Guyanas and
still do to this day.

Myth: The Caribs were cannibals
Completely false. The need for the
Caribs to be labelled as cannibals
was linked with the need for the
arriving Europeans obtaining


Waladli versus Wadadli
The actual "Carib" name for
Antigua is Wadadli.
In fact the name was Waladli. The
mistake occurred when a popular
band, wrote a song using Wadadli.
From this time on Waladli became
Wadadli.

Myth: Bat's Cave leads to
Dominica
Bat's Cave leads to Dominica and
that slaves escaped through it or
raiding Carib warriors, who carried
off governors' wives.

False. The depth of water between
the island and the bat cave would
have to be more than three thousand
feet underground.
Definitely false, but what a story!

Myth: Barbuda was a Stud Farm
False.
Source: Antigua Museum


Sunset Rhythms Held as Warm-
up to Romantic Rhythms


rue to Ihe theme, the Sunset Rhythms mini-
nce l in April paved the way for Romantic
Rhythms The Antigua and Barbuda Internation-
You've been waiting for almost a year, and now the Carnival festivi- al Music Festival scheduled to take place from
ties are fast approaching. As much as you love Carnival, how much June 12 June 15.
do you actually know about the festival?
With the mood already set by The Panache
To help you get your mind in shape for the summer festival, see how Steel Orchestra, the sun began its descent, and
many questions you can answer. The answers will be provided in the the atmosphere at Russell's Fort James trans-
next issue of this Newsletter. formed as spectators gathered to witness the
slate of talented local performers and Jamaican
1. When was the 50th anniversary of Carnival celebrated? Reggae Singer Etana.


2. Who is the only calypsonian to have won the crown 4 times in a
row?

3. What was the name of the Road March hit in 1998?

4. King Progress won his only calypso title in what year?

5. What was theme of 2007 Carnival competition?

6. Who won Miss Teenage in 1993?

7. Which calypso monarchs are undefeated?

8. Who won the steel band competition in 1968?


Etana, thrilled the audience with her hit songs,
"Wrong Address", "I am not afraid", "Roots" and
"Warrior Love". The reggae artiste also sang a
compilation of songs from other popular Jamai-
can reggae singers.

Antigua's resident artistes also had the opportu-
nity to shine at the event. Appearing on the big
stage was Tian Wynter, 2nd runner up in the
2007 Groovy Soca Monarch Competition accom-
panied by Karen Whyte.

New and upcoming members of the Chosen
Sounds Family also performed new and unre-
leased songs during the show.


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