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The Antigua and Barbuda


High Commission

W d Official Newsletter Issue 133 May 2009





Kelso Cochrane's murder led the way

for Race Relations Act in Britain


Exactly 50 years after the violent The Notting Hill riots were recently Kelso through the heart with a stiletto
murder of local resident Kelso highlighted in the popular British soap knife; three other men came to his aid
Cochrane the Notting Hill community series EastEnders, in an historic prompting his attackers to flee. Those
commemorated the anniversary by episode in March 2009, which for the three men took Kelso to hospital,
installing and unveiling a Blue Plaque first time featured an all-black cast. where he died soon afterwards. His
at the spot where he died in North funeral was attended by more than
Kensington to honour his memory. Kelso Cochrane moved to London 1,200 people.


The Kelso Cochrane Blue Plaque
event took place on Sunday 17th May
at 3pm, 50 years to the day Kelso
Cochrane was murdered. It was part of
a week end of activities organised by
the 1958-9 Remembered Steering
Group who have been running a year
long programme of events to
remember the 1958 Notting Hill race
riots and to celebrate the community
relations achievements since then.


from Antigua in 1954. He settled in
Notting Hill and worked as a carpenter.
He planned to study law and was
saving money earned from his work to
pay for his tuition fees. One evening
after fracturing his thumb in an
accident at work, he went along to the
A&E department of Paddington
General Hospital for treatment.

It was while walking home from there
that he was set upon by a group of
white racists. One of the men stabbed


Oswald Mosley's British Union
Movement was active in Notting Hill
and North Kensington at the time. A
Union Movement member, Peter
Dawson, later claimed in an interview
with the Sunday People that it had
been a group member who was
responsible for the murder. Indeed not
long afterwards Mosley held a public
meeting on the spot where Kelso
Cochrane had been murdered. No one
was ever convicted.


Continued on page 9

In This Issue
1. High Commissioner unveils "Blue Plaque"for Kelso Cochrane (pages 1, 3 and 9)
2. Prime Minister attends OECS Heads of Government Meeting in Tortola (page 4)
3. Minister of Education and Chinese diplomat discuss assistancefor improving education
in Antigua and Barbuda(page 8)










A MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCE

DR CARL ROBERTS, HIGH COMMISSIONER


formed by a party other than
the ALP, would be a one-term
phenomenon. For the sake of
democracy, we are happy to
see this "myth" shattered.

Following the elections many
residents in the country
began seeking answers as to
what seemed to have gone
wrong. There were many
accusations and many
seemed so disappointed with
the outcome that there was a
concern that voter
disillusionment could set in. I
will limit my messages to a
review and analysis of three
(3) issues of concern. These
are:-
1. Electoral Boundaries'
Adjustments


2. Suspected
of the voters list


The 2009 Elections in
Antigua and Barbuda
(Part 2)

In my last message I presented the
first part of this series of articles on
another very interesting elections in
Antigua and Barbuda. The elections
took place on the 12th March 2009.

On this occasion the United
Progressive Party (UPP) led by Prime
Minister, the Hon. W. Baldwin
Spencer won nine (9) seats, the
Antigua Labour Party (ALP) led by the
Hon. Lester B. Bird won seven (7)
and the Hon. Trevor Walker of the
Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM)
won the seat in the sister island of
Barbuda.

The UPP, in successfully winning the
polls, broke the "myth" that prevailed
in the country that any opposition
government, i.e. any government


padding


3. Re-issuing of
lost/stolen/defaced voter IDs

Electoral Boundaries'Adjustments
The question is always being asked:
"Was the adjustment of the electoral
boundaries left until too late?"
Concerns about certain boundaries
first surfaced around the time of the
2004 elections. In spite of these
growing concerns registration of
voters nonetheless continued
unchecked for several years. As the
statement issued by the Antigua and
Barbuda Electoral Commission
(ABEC) states
"[a]s a result, as time
progressed it became
increasingly clear that
persons had for a protracted
period been registered in
constituencies other than the
one in which they resided,
mainly due to the fact that
these boundaries consisted
of imaginary lines ....

It was not until 2007 that some action
was taken by the ABEC in the
absence of a duly appointed


Boundaries' Commission. It is to be
noted that a Boundaries' Commission
was only constituted around the
middle of 2007 at the insistence of the
ABEC. We commend them on their
proactive action. The newly
appointed Boundaries' Commission,,
in spite of several set backs, was able
to complete its work by June 2008
and its report was forwarded to the
Speaker of the House of
Representatives as required by the
Constitution. It took Parliament about
two and a half months to adopt the
Boundaries' Commission Report and
to Gazette it as Statutory Instrument
No. 50 of 2008. Why so long? What
were the issues which came into
play? Is there a process or procedure
which needs reviewing?

The report was the first look at any
boundaries and any issues
emanating there from in twenty-four
(24) years (that is since 1984). In this
period the number of voters in three
constituencies of concern (All Saints
East and St. Luke, St. George and St.
Mary's North) had increased by 44%,
88% and 68% respectively. It
therefore begs the questions:
What should trigger the
setting up of a Boundaries'
Commission?

How often should this be
done?

How long before the date of
General Elections should the
process of accepting,
gazetting and implementing
boundary changes be
completed?

I believe that the report of the
Commonwealth Observer Team
effectively addresses this matter. It
states that
"The legislative enactment of
boundary changes should be
reviewed in order to prevent
boundary changes conflicting
with the transfer of names on
the list of electors from one


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Presentation by High Commissioner Dr Carl Roberts at the Unveiling of
the Kelso Cochrane "Blue Plaque" Memorial


Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea,
Councillor The Hon. Joanna Gardner,
Mr Jak Beula, Chair of the Nubian Jak
Community Trust, other distinguished
guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is
indeed an honour for me to be here with
you today to join in remembering Kelso
Cochrane, a fellow countryman who was
murdered around 50 years ago. We are
here to honour his memory with the
unveiling of a "Blue Plaque".

The Cochrane family is prominent in
Antigua and Barbuda and no doubt
remembers this event with much
sadness. The death of any close relative,
friend or neighbour can at times be
traumatic enough much less death
under such circumstances in which
Kelso Cochrane died. We simply have to
ask Kelso's brother Stanley, who still
grieves on account of two sad facts:
He never got the chance to
come to his brother's funeral in
1959,
SAnd the lack of justice meted
out to this family member.


town of Soweto, was reminded by our
tour guide of the deaths of Hector
Peterson in 1976 and Steve Biko in
1977. Each of these events added
impetus to the struggle for change in


(lett to right) Mrs Pauline Roberts, HI ur Carl Roberts Hign Commissioner Tor
Antigua and Barbuda, Councillor Pat Mason and
Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor The Honourable Joanna Gardner

Though his murderers have never been that country and some will say that these
brought to justice, Kelso Benjamin individuals were intimately involved in
Cochrane did not die in vain. the struggle for freedom and dignity of
blacks in South Africa. Their deaths
Several weeks ago I visited South Africa significantly changed the course of that
for the first time and, while touring the struggle and its eventual outcome.


Kelso Cochrane was no political activist.
He was a humble carpenter, with a
strong ambition to better himself like
many of the citizens of my country, who
migrated to the UK in the 1950s and
1960s. Kelso wanted to become a
lawyer, nothing more. His death at the
hands of a number of white youths,
brought both whites and blacks of the
community together in strong opposition
to racism and the threatened growth of
fascism. But the memory of this sad day
gradually faded from our minds over the
ensuing years.

That is being corrected this year. The
sacrifice which this citizen of Antigua
and Barbuda made in 1959 will be
remembered through this plaque which
we unveil today. Let all who read it
remember that God is in the midst of
everything. He moves in his mysterious
ways his wonders to perform. We hope
that one day those with information
about this horrible deed, in an effort for
truth and reconciliation, will come
forward and assist in the healing of the
community. Let us look for the good in
every bad situation, for since Kelso's
death there has been some positive
changes. Some barriers have been
broken down but we must recognize that
much more is still there to be done. Let
us therefore seek our Lord's blessing as
we continue our initiatives to heal this
nation.






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OECS Heads of
Government Meeting
in Tortola

OECS Heads of Government wrapped up
their 49th Meeting in Tortola, British
Virgin Islands on May 22, calling it a
watershed in the historical evolution of
the organization.

Heads noted the enhanced international
profile of the Organisation which has
resulted from the repositioning of the
OECS to be outward looking in pursuit of
its strategic interests around the world. In
recent times new relationships have been
formed or are in the process of being
formed at the regional level with Brazil,
Venezuela, Austria, Turkey, Finland
Spain, Mexico, Cuba, France, the US
Virgin Islands, the European Union,
Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.

During the just ended 49th Meeting, the
Heads of Government engaged the
Governor of the US Virgin Islands, John
P de Jongh Jr in discussions on closer
functional cooperation. The Heads
mandated the OECS Secretariat to work
along with the USVI Administration to
complete a Memorandum of
Understanding in the shortest possible
time to facilitate the closer ties. Areas of
cooperation are expected to include
tourism, education and training, security,
emergency management, health, sports,
arts and culture, trade, agriculture, and
preservation of historical sites and
documents.

The Heads also engaged the
Ambassador of Spain to the OECS Jesus
Silva on building closer ties with that
European nation. The OECS and Spain
signed a Declaration of Intent in April
2009 to pursue cooperation in several
areas, including, training in diplomacy,
oceans governance, legislative drafting,


ANTIGUA AND
BARBUDA FLAGGED

CARGO VESSEL
HIJACKED BY
PIRATES OFF THE
COAST OF SOMALIA

At approximately 09:09 a.m. AST, 5th
May, the Maritime Administration of
Antigua and Barbuda was advised that
the Antigua and Barbuda flagged


the OECS Economic Union,
environmental management and
economic development. Spain has
been assisting with the training of
foreign service officers in the
Foreign Ministries of Member
States and has offered
scholarships at the Masters level
for training at the prestigious
Diplomatic School in Spain.

The Meeting also welcomed a
Memorandum of Understanding
between the OECS and the
University of Puerto Rico (UPR)
which makes provision for OECS
nationals to study at UPR with the
same status at Puerto Rican
students. This means significant
reduced fees for tuition, accommodate
medical and other requirements.

The Heads engaged in wide-rangir
discussions with the Prime Minister
Barbados David Thompson on matters
mutual interest including the region
financial crisis, the Regional Securi
System (RSS), intra-regional travel, ar
financial sector development. The tv
sides agreed that this interaction at ti
highest level should be a regular featu
of the relationship between Barbad(
and the OECS.

In responding to the growing challenge
facing the region from the internation
economic meltdown, OECS Hea(
agreed to support a recommendation
from their Tourism Ministers to set up
regional marketing fund for the critic
tourism sector, to be funded by a levy (
each airline ticket purchased for trav
into the OECS. This marketing drive w
be implemented as part of a wid
Caribbean initiative to be administer(
jointly by the Caribbean Touris
Organisation and the Caribbean Hot
and Tourism Association.

OECS Heads of Government indicate

cargo vessel the m/v Victoria had bee
hijacked by eight pirates in the Gulf
Aden whilst proceeding toward tr
Port of Jeddah in the Red Sea. Tr
vessel was registered with tr
European Union anti-piracy operatic
'ATALANTA' and was navigating in tr
recommended East-West corridor
the time of the hijacking.

The vessel is 7767 gross tone
145.63 meters in length and has
crew of ten (following the Minimu
Safe Manning Certificate). It
believed that the vessel is beir


Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
Honourable Baldwin Spencer


:ly they remain committed to the ongoing
on, process of deepening the regional
integration movement, and decided that
the inauguration of the OECS Economic
ig Union will take place on June 18th 2010,
of the date which marks the
of commencement of the 30th anniversary
al year of the signing of the Treaty of
ty Basseterre which gave birth to the OECS.
nd
io St Kitts and Nevis announced at the
ie Meeting it will join fellow OECS Member
re States in launching its Economic Union
os public education campaign on June 23rd.
The campaign has already been
launched in Montserrat, Dominica, St
es Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia,
al and Grenada, and other Member States
js are expected to hold launches in the
on coming months. The public awareness
a campaign is giving OECS nationals an
;al opportunity to comment on and make
on inputs into a draft OECS Economic Union
/el Treaty. The amended draft Treaty will go
iill before national parliaments in Member
er States for ratification.
ed
m Prime Minister Spencer attended the
el meeting and was accompanied by
Ambassador Anthony Liverpool and
Foreign Service Officer Ms. Sandra
id Joseph. (Source: Caribbeannetnews.com)

,n directed toward the Port of Eyl in
of Somalia.
ie
ie The Maritime Administration of Antigua
ie and Barbuda has been in close
)n contact with the vessel's Management
ie Company which is located in Germany
at in an effort to monitor the situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
is, Antigua and the Permanent
a Representative of Antigua and
m Barbuda to the International Maritime
is Organization (IMO) have been fully
ig informed.


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constituency to another in the
few months leading up to a
possible election." (page: 23)

This may require changes to the
manner or procedure that Parliament
uses to handle Boundaries' Reviews.
This level of urgency and timely focus
was envisaged in Section 63 (1) of our
Constitution.

As a young nation we would do well to
heed these words of wisdom. Instead
of seeking to find some one to blame,
we should instead be asking how to
prevent this happening in the future.
More importantly we should be asking
what actions we must take to show
that we have taken on board the les-
sons of March 12, 2009.


Suspected Padding of the
voters list


Persons who are qualified to register
to vote in a constituency at any
elections in Antigua and Barbuda
must meet certain criteria. These are:-
Each person must be
1. A citizen of Antigua and
Barbuda; or
2. A Commonwealth citizen
(other than a citizen of
Antigua and Barbuda) who


has resided in Antigua and
Barbuda for a period of at
least three years immediately
before the qualifying date; and
3. Eighteen (18) years of age or
over, and
4. A resident in that constituency
for a period of at least one (1)
month immediately preceding
that qualifying date.

The following stipulations are also
important for this discussion.
a. A person is not qualified to be
registered as an elector for
more than one constituency.
b. Where a person who is
registered as an elector for a
constituency has ceased to
reside in that constituency
he/she shall not on that
account cease to be qualified
to be registered as an elector
until he/she has become
qualified to be registered as
an elector for another
constituency.

Section 10 of the Representation of
the Peoples (Amendment) Act 2001
not only states who can be considered
qualified to register as an elector in
Antigua and Barbuda, it also provides
some additional guidance, especially
in determining residency [See Section
16 (4) to 16 (7)].


The Act envisages close working
relationship between the ABEC, who
has responsibility for the registration
process and the scrutineers,
appointed by each political party or
independent member in the House of
Representatives, who have the duty to
examine every aspect of the voter
registration process to ensure
accuracy and compliance to the
Representation of the Peoples Act
in force.


What then has triggered the
accusations of electoral voter list
padding? Did these accusations stem
from the sheer size of any increase in
any constituency? Was there
evidence of persons who were not
qualified but still appeared on the
voters list? When did these allegations
surface and how were they handled or
should have been handled?

The percentage change in the voters
list for each General Election since
1989 is shown in Table 1 below. The
largest changes for 2009 took place in
St. Peters (41%), St. John's Rural
West (31%), St. John's City South
(29%), Barbuda (28%) and St. John's
City West (26%). The average change
across all constituencies for 2009 was
20% and for the 17 constituencies
over the five years under review range
from 17% to 25%.


% % Ave %


1989 change 1994 change 1999


change 2004 change 2009 change Change


All Saints & St Luke
All Saints West
B arbuda
St George
St John's City East
St John's City South
St John's City West
St John's Rural East
St John's Rural N north
St John's Rural South
St John's Rural West
St Mary's North
St Mary's south
St Paul
St Peter
St Philhp North
St Philhp South


AverageChang e


2855 19 1% 3350 17 3% 3917 16 9% 3074 -21 5% 3457 12 5%
2153 21 0% 2560 189% 3108 214% 3450 110% 3874 123%


16 2%
16 4%
33 0%
6 4%
16 4%
26 7%
28 1%
32 7%
13 3%
12 1%
8 2%
14 5%
5 8%
12 8%
10 7%

17 3%


18 3%
16 9%
26 0%
11 3%
18 6%
25 6%
34 1%
11 6%
14 3%
27 2%
15 6%
14 8%
30 4%
11 3%
12 2%

19 1%


15 8%
25 1%
213%
106%
17 8%
263%
423%
195%
151%
219%
70%
282%
196%
133%
62%

193%


-15 6%
-78%
-31 9%
-31 9%
-39 0%
-2 6%
0 1%
-23 5%
-22 1%
-17 0%
-31 6%
-14 9%
29 9%
-29 1%
-39 3%

21 7%


28 1%
20 3%
9 7%
29 1%
26 0%
17 5%
18 3%
15 9%
31 4%
16 8%
22 1%
19 3%
41 3%
12 9%
14 5%

20 5%


Constituency


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Antigua and Barbuda

Financial Services


The Financial Services Regulatory
Commission (FRSC) of Antigua and
Barbuda remains committed to
continue to uphold and implement
internationally recognized standards
of compliance thereby strengthening
the jurisdiction's position as a strong
and viable international financial
services centre.

According to Director of Gaming with
the FSRC, Kaye McDonald, the
reports issued by the various regional
and international organizations
demonstrate the FSRC's acumen in
providing strong leadership and
commitment to the effective regulation
and supervision of Antigua and
Barbuda's financial services sector.

The Financial Services Regulatory
Commission is a statutory body
created under the International
Business Corporations Act and its
amendments, to administer and
regulate International Business
Companies (IBCs) and Non-Banking
Financial Institutions (NBFIs). IBCs
include International Banks and Trust,
International Insurance, Interactive
Gaming and Interactive Wagering
Companies whereas, NBFIs include
Money Service Businesses and
Domestic Insurance Companies (as of
January 2009) in Antigua and
Barbuda. In the execution of its
functions, the IBC Act empowers the
FSRC to take any action necessary to
ensure the integrity, soundness,
solvency and full transparency of the
international financial services sector.

The FSRC in executing its regulatory
and supervisory mandate conducts
risk focused onsite and offsite
examinations of all financial
institutions licensed with the FSRC.
Annual examinations ensure
compliance with the governing
legislation, regulations and
guidelines which include Investment
and Lending, Accounting and Other
Records and Internal Controls,
Operational Risk, Customer Due


Diligence, Interest Rate Management
Guidelines and Mismatch Liquidity
Guidelines. In addition, the
examination ensures adherence to the
Money Laundering Prevention Act,
1996 and Guidelines, Proceeds of
Crime Act, 1993 and The Prevention
of Terrorism Act 2005. Financial
institutions have interim financial
reporting requirements which are
submitted on a quarterly and/or bi-
annual basis. The FSRC does not
carry out audits of the financial
performances of licensed institutions
as each institution must employ
external auditors and produce annual
audited accounts.

In keeping with international standards
and best practices, Antigua and
Barbuda has ratified the Vienna,
Palermo and Terrorist Financing
conventions and there is enacted
legislation that implements substantial
portions of the Conventions. The
jurisdiction recognizes the need for
law enforcement and international
authorities to cooperate and
coordinate with each other.
Accordingly, the FSRC and the Office
of National Drug and Control and
Money Laundering Policy (ONDCP)
participate in annual reporting
exercises with the Money Laundering
and Financial Crimes Section of the
Department of State's International
Narcotics Control Strategy Report
(INSCR) and the preliminary
Implementation Report (PIA) under
the United Nations Special Resolution
1373.

Mutual legal assistance in anti-money
laundering and financing of terrorism
is provided for under the Mutual
Assistance in Criminal Matters Act
(MACMA). This assistance involves
countries that are members of the
Commonwealth and other countries
which have signed Mutual Legal
Assistance Treaties (MLAT) with
Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and
Barbuda has MLATs with the United
States, CARICOM, Ukraine, United
Kingdom and Canada. Antigua and
Barbuda also has Tax Agreements in
place with the United Kingdom, United
States, Canada New Zealand,
Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.


The Jurisdiction of Antigua and
Barbuda, is an active member of
regional and international bodies
which ensures that members comply
with international standards and best
practices. The FSRC along with other
government bodies in the state of
Antigua and Barbuda are assessed by
the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
the Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) and the Caribbean Financial
Action Task Force (CFATF). These
assessments, in part, involve the
submission of periodical and annual
updates regarding supervisory and
regulatory oversight, legislative
amendments and the jurisdiction's
compliance with the FATF's Forty and
9 Special Recommendations.
Members benefit from the
recommendations received in a full
report that details the jurisdiction's
overall compliance with accepted best
practices as well as areas for
enhancement. The official reports are
made available on the respective
organizations websites.

The IMF/World Bank in its 2004
assessment of the jurisdiction
commended the FSRC for its positive
developments in implementing a
strong legal framework as it relates to
international banking. The
assessment reviewed the procedures
for international banking as well as the
examination procedures and
prudential policies which were found
to be in conformity with the Basel Core
Principles for Effective Banking
Supervision. The FSRC was also
commended for reinforcing its
supervisory approach in general and
its involvement in matters of Anti-
Money Laundering (AML) in particular.
In 2007, the World Bank report on
"Doing Business 2007" which
assessed the regulations that impact
business activity in a country ranked
Antigua and Barbuda 33rd out of 175
developing and developed nations.

CFATF in its 2008 Mutual Evaluation
Report (MER) highlighted the FSRC's
oversight abilities by stating that its
supervisory regime is in accordance
with the Basel Core Principles. The
report also commended the FSRC for
its risk based approach to supervision


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which combines off-site surveillance dealing with AML issues in the internet In November 2008, the jurisdiction
and on-site examination. gaming industry. The United States was included in the 'white-list' by the
Department further reported that United Kingdom's Department of
On March 18, 2008, Antigua was Antigua's AML regime has been Culture, Media and Sport.
commended by the United States in copied by other highly regulated
the International Narcotics Strategy internet gaming jurisdictions such as
Report, for being the world leader in the Isle of Man.

The Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

Marking the 445th anniversary of the Bard's birth
Antigua and Barbuda's High
Commissioner, H.E. Dr Carl
Roberts and Mrs Roberts
attended The Shakespeare
Birthday Celebrations, a unique
event that has been taking
place in Stratford for over a
century. This year was a truly
dazzling experience as 2009
saw the start of a three-year
plan to develop the
celebrations into a high profile,
annual extravaganza ready for
the World Shakespeare
Festival in 2012.

The customary Town
Procession, symbolising
Shakespeare's journey from
cradle to grave was re-routed
and featured a host of exciting
new displays and
entertainment. There was a
colourful collision of the
traditional and contemporary,
where brass bands marched The Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon Councillor Mrs Joyce Taylor
alongside belly dancers, Morris flanked by His Excellency and Mrs Roberts

Dancers, skate-boarders and
costumed Shakespearian actors
mingled with circus performers!
Stratford's streets overflow with
pageantry, music and theatre.

A programme of special celebratory
activities great days out at
Shakespeare's historic houses,
poetry, literary and music festivals
and amazing theatre.

The event was co-hosted by
Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council.


SL- (left) His Excellency Dr Carl
Roberts and Mrs Roberts with
their assistants for the event -
Ms Caroline Weiner and
Ms Becky Casement





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Education Minister

and Chinese

Diplomat discuss

assistance for

improving

education


Improving education locally through
the assistance of the People's
Republic of China formed the basis of
discussions held recently between the
Chinese Ambassador and the Minister
of Education, Sports, Youth and
Gender Affairs, Dr Jacqui Quinn
Leandro.

On 13th May, Dr. Jacqui Quinn
Leandro met Ambassador Chen
Ligang and shared her government's
vision for advancing education in the
country, specifically tertiary education,
through the University of Antigua and
Barbuda.

Dr. Leandro, in updating the
Ambassador, said government was
anticipating that within the next five
years the university will become
operational, offering at least first
degrees. This she said will give
students who cannot afford to study at
overseas institutions, the opportunity


to attain an undergraduate
degree once the resources
are made available.

The Minister told the Chinese
Ambassador that it is friendly
governments like the People's
Republic of China that her
country relies on for
assistance, and requested of
Ambassador Ligang, his
country's help in providing the
necessary infrastructure for
making the university a reality.

In response to Dr. Leandro's
request, the Ambassador Minister
said he was grateful to come Affairs
to the assistance of the
Antiguan government who is
on a quest to provide tertiary
education at an affordable cost to
citizens. He highlighted his country's
support forAntigua and Barbuda in the
past, which resulted in the
construction of bridges, the multi-
purpose centre, and notably the Sir
Vivian Richards cricket ground, among
other areas.

Ambassador Ligang informed the
Minister that he will examine ways in
which his country can lend its support,
adding, if assistance is granted, the
first area that may be addressed is
part of the university's infrastructure.


of Education, Sports, Youth and Gender
Dr Jacqui Quinn Leandro and Chinese
Ambassador Chen Ligang

Another area, in which Dr. Leandro is
seeking the Chinese assistance, is in
the construction of new school plants.
The Minister is seeking to have at least
one school constructed, with funding
provided by the government of the
People's Republic of China.

Ambassador Chen has promised to
forward the requests to his
government for consideration, before
priority areas are determined.

The meeting was the first Dr. Jacqui
Quinn Leandro has held with the
Chinese diplomat since becoming
Minister of Education, Sports, Youth
and Gender Affairs in March.


Kiwanis International meet

in Antigua and Barbuda

to assess work of the Organisation


Kiwanians from Division 27 of the Beach Resort to discuss the work of
Eastern Canada and Caribbean Kiwanis within the Division.


District converge on Antigua and
Barbuda for the 3rd Divisional Council
Meeting (DCM) 2009 which is being
hosted by the Kiwanis Club of St.
John's, Antigua.

Delegates from Barbados, Martinique,
St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and host
country Antigua met over the period
May 22nd to May 24th at the Jolly


There are two Kiwanis Clubs in
Antigua The Kiwanis Club of St.
John's Antigua and the Kiwanis Club
of Wadadli. Kiwanians all over the
world engage in community projects
aimed at changing the world, one child
and one community at a time.

"Kiwanians are volunteers changing
the world through service to children
and communities. Kiwanis members


help shelter the homeless, feed the
hungry, mentor the disadvantaged,
and care for the sick. They develop
youth as leaders, build playgrounds,
raise funds for paediatric research,
and much more. No problem is too big
or too small. Why? Because working
together, members achieve what one
person cannot accomplish alone.

When you give a child a chance to
learn, experience, dream, and
succeed, great things happen!"
(Source: www.kiwanis.org)


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HIS ExcelIency ur. carl Roberts, Hign commissioner tor Antigua and
Barbuda commiserates with the family of Kelso Cochrane at the
Unveiling of the Plaque on Sunday 17th May 2009


Kelso Cochrane's death led to the
British Government setting up an
investigation into race relations,
chaired by Amy Ashwood Garvey.

The results were improved community
relations, and better understanding
between the diverse communities
living in the North Kensington area.
On 8 November 1965, 16 years after


the Empire Windrush arrived; the first
race relations legislation was passed.

The Race Relations Board was
established in 1966 and published its
first annual report in April 1967 calling
for the Act to be extended to cover
discrimination in housing, employment
and financial facilities such as
mortgages and car insurance.


Another legacy of Kelso's murder was
Britain's first Caribbean Carnival
organized by activist Claudia Jones,
which ultimately led to Europe's
largest street festival, London's
Notting Hill Carnival.

The plaque was unveiled at 3pm on
Sunday 17th May at the Grove Inn
Restaurant & Bar at the junction of
Golborne Road and Southam Street,
W10, by the Mayor of the Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,
Councillor The Hon Joanna Gardner,
and His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts,
High Commissioner for Antigua and
Barbuda.

Other speakers included Manpreet
Dillon Managing Director of
Kensington Housing Trust, Colin
Prescod HISTORYtalk, Alex Pascal -
Broadcaster, North Kensington MP,
Karen Buck, Jak Beula Nubian Jak
Community Trust, and Golborne
Councillor Emma Dent Coad.

Also attending were 80 year old Velma
Davis, and 83 year old Lucky Gordon,
both residents of North Kensington
since the mid 1950s,

The plaque unveiling was part of a
weekend programme of Kelso
Cochrane events, from 15th to 17th
May. (Source:WWW.24dash.com)


IMPORTANT NOTICE


The Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office has relocated. The new address and
contact details for the team are as follows:


Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office
Suite UG.07
25 Floral Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9DS


52ndtAntigua


Contact details:
Telephone: 020 7031 8160
Fax: 020 7031 8170
E-mail: tourisminfo@aandbtourism.com


Carni(valCelebration


July


23rd


to August 4thi,


2009


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The Andoua and Rorlbuda Hich Commission Issue 133 Mau2009


Statement

by

Senator the Hon. Dr. L. Errol Cort

Minister of National Security and Labour


On Friday, 1st May 2009, an
application was made to the Acting
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Thomas
Bennett from the Antigua Labour Party
(ALP) requesting permission to add a
list of names to the approved list of
speakers who were authorized to
speak at the Antigua Trades & Labour
Union's Labour Day celebrations.

On Saturday, 2nd May 2009, Acting
Commissioner Bennett invited
representatives from the Antigua
Labour Party and the Antigua Trades
& Labour Union to a meeting to
discuss the ALP's request to add
further speakers to the AT&LU's list of
speakers for the Labour Day function.

The AT&LU did not agree to amend its
list of speakers by including additional
names as proposed by the ALP, and,
as a consequence, the ALP's
proposed list of speakers was not
approved by the police.

Further, on the said Saturday, 2nd
May, Acting Commissioner Bennett
gave written notification to the ALP
through its Political Leader, its
Chairman and General Secretary that
the Party's request to have its list of
speakers address the planned AT&LU
rally was denied.

In addition thereto, the police issued a
press statement reaffirming its
position that permission to speak at
the said rally had not been granted to
speakers representing the Antigua
Labour Party.

An Operations Plan was activated by
the police to provide for the safety and
protection of all persons participating


in the Labour Day celebrations. This
plan involved taking certain
preventative action should the need
arise to ensure, inter alia, the
maintenance of law and order and
the enforcement of the relevant
provisions of the Public Order Act.

It would appear that certain
members of the Antigua Labour
Party were bent on contravening the
Public Order Act by speaking at the
AT&LU's rally without the requisite
permission and in blatant defiance
of the Acting Commissioner's verbal
and written instructions.

This is a country of laws and it is the
duty and responsibility of the Police
to ensure that these laws are
enforced at all times, without fear or
favour. Any failure to so act could lead
to a total breakdown of law and order
and a degeneration of the country into
a state of anarchy. This cannot and
will not be allowed to happen. No one
is above the law and everyone must
and will be governed by the law of the
land.

In the circumstance, I have been
advised by Acting Commissioner
Bennett that charges have been laid
against seven (7) individuals who are
alleged to have contravened the
Public Order Act at the AT&LU's
planned rally on Labour Day. One of
the seven individuals charged is the
Leader of the Antigua Labour Party,
Lester Bird.

Further, preliminary investigations
suggest that the police who were on
duty at the said rally and who were
acting under the directions of an


enator the Honourable Dr. L. Errol Cort
minister of National Security and Labour

Assistant Commissioner of Police,
failed to take appropriate action in
accordance with agreed plans and
procedures. In addition, preliminary
investigations also suggest that the
said Assistant Commissioner of Police
disobeyed lawful instructions that had
been given to him by his superiors.

In the premise, the said Assistant
Commissioner of Police has been
relieved of his duties with immediate
effect, pending further investigations.

I end by reiterating that the laws of this
country will be enforced without fear or
favour and, if there is any law
enforcement officer who is unable or
unwilling to enforce the law, then I
request that you tender your
resignation forthwith. There is no room
in our society for such inaction.


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The Andaua and Rorbuda Hich Commission Issue 133 Mau 2009


Antigua and

Barbuda signs

visa waiver for

Schengen States


His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts, High
Commissioner for Antigua and
Barbuda on Thursday 28th May 2009
affixed his signature to the
agreement of the short-stay visa
waiver between the European
Community (EC) and Antigua and
Barbuda.

Other countries signing the waiver
were The Bahamas, Saint Kitts and
Nevis, Mauritius, Barbados and
Seychelles.

The signing ceremony took place in
Brussels with the participation, from
the EC side, Vice-President Jacques
Barrot (from the Commission) and
the Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs Helena Bambasova (from the
Czech Presidency.)

Vice-President Jacques Barrot,
Commissioner, who is responsible for
Justice, Freedom and Security,
declared: "Today the first ever visa
waiver agreements concluded by the
European Community are signed. As
from today the nationals of Antigua
and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Saint
Kitts and Nevis, Mauritius, Barbados
and Seychelles and the citizens of the
EU can travel without a short-stay
visa to each others' territories. I hope
the visa-free travel will contribute to
the improvement of people to people
contacts between the citizens of both
parties."
High Commissioner Roberts said,
"this is excellent development for
Antigua and Barbuda, especially
since tourism is our main industry and
further, our nationals will no longer
have the task of applying for a visa to
visit Europe.


His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner for Antigua and Barbuda
signs EU Waiver Agreement


About 800,000 European citizens
travel to our countries per year and it
is hoped that with this waiver more
Antiguans and Barbudans would take
this opportunity to travel and
experience the European countries
and its culture".
The agreements provide for visa-free
travel between these territories, for
stays not exceeding three months, for
the citizens of the European Union
and for the citizens of the six
countries, who hold valid passports
(diplomatic, service and ordinary).
The agreements cover all categories
of travellers, except for persons
travelling for the purpose of carrying
out a paid activity. Each Member
State and also the six countries
remain free to impose the visa
requirement (for paid activity) in
accordance with applicable
Community or national law.
In order to make citizens benefit from
the visa-free travel as soon as
possible, the agreements are
provisionally applied from the date of
signature, 28 May 2009.
The visa-free regime provided by the
Agreement applies to travels to the
territory of Antigua and Barbuda and


to the European territories of the EU
Member States, except for the
United Kingdom and Ireland.


The EU Member States covered by
the visa waiver:
The EU Schengen Member States:
Portugal, Spain, France, Germany,
Belgium, Luxemburg, the
Netherlands, Italy, Denmark,
Sweden, Finland, Austria, Greece,
Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary,
the Czech Republic, Latvia,
Lithuania, Estonia and Malta;
The Schengen visa waiver does
not include the overseas
territories of France and The
Netherlands, that is, Guadeloupe,
Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion,
French Polynesia, New Caledonia,
Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon,
Wallis and Futuna, Saint Barthelemy,
Saint Martin, Clipperton Island and
the French Southern and Antarctic
Lands (French Territories).
The overseas territories of the
Netherlands Aruba and the
Netherlands Antilles (consisting of
Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint
Eustatius and Saint Martin).


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It is difficult to substantiate the
accusations of voter list padding from
the above table. Of more interest are
the percentage changes in 2004
especially for St. Peter, All Saints
West and St. John's Rural North.
These three constituencies showed
increases when all other
constituencies experienced declines,
significant in some cases. It should
also be noted that prior to 2004 all
three seats remained in the hands of
the ALP for several years. Both All
Saints West and St. John's Rural
North changed hands in the 2004
General Elections unlike St. Peter.

The ABEC has stated that a total of
9,825 first-time voters were added to
the voters list for 2009. The actions on
the part of all stakeholders should be
commended as an analysis of the
additions show that the predominant
grouping of those registered first-time
voters, was within the age range 18 to
25 years. It certainly could be deduced
that all candidates made a genuine
effort to encourage qualified residents
of the State to take part in the 2009
General Elections.

The allegations of padding co-existed
with the claim that some non-nationals
were incorrectly facilitated in obtaining
voter registration. This proved very
contentious and was grounded on an
old practice whereby non-nationals
were allowed to pay up arrears, and
get a receipt which was then used to
claim continuous residency in keeping
with the law. Even though this illegal



Discussions to
commence shortly on a
Strategic Plan for the
Office of the Minister of
State in the Ministry of
Education, Sports, Youth
and Gender Affairs

The Office of the Minister of State
(OMS) with responsibility for Sports,
Local Government, Boy's Training
School and Special Projects including
the National School Meals
Programme will release its Draft


practice was discontinued by the
ABEC some time ago, since the
number of non-nationals who might
have been enabled to register is
unknown, the subject raised in head
prior to and post the 2009 General
Elections. The point is already made
above that a review of all these, and a
detailed study of the
recommendations from the observer
teams, should prevent this accusation
surfacing in the future.

Re-issuing of
lost/stolen/defective Voter
IDs

The other major area of concern was
the processing and re-issuing of lost,
stolen and defective Voter IDs. The
Chairman's statement on the matter
(see "A Statement by the Antigua and
Barbuda Electoral Commission")
provides a very detailed explanation of
this issue. The ABEC should be
commended in not wishing to
disenfranchise any qualified voter
from exercising his right to vote and
determine the government of his
country.

The problem perhaps came from too
few resources, a failure to adequately
educate the general public early on
the close-off date for issuing voter IDs
and a deadline for collecting
replacement IDs. The main aim should
be to prevent members of the public
using the ABEC as a "depository or
safety deposit box for persons' ID
Cards".




Strategic Plan, entitled 'Continuing the
Promise' on Monday June 29, 2009 to
kick start national consultations on the
plan with key stakeholders.

The Minister of State in the Ministry of
Education, Sports, Youth and Gender
Affairs, Hon Winston Williams who is
leading the charge under the theme
'Going the Distance; Fulfilling our
Purpose' has announced that one of
the first activities which will be
implemented is the establishment of
the National Executive Council on
Sports (NECS) whose first order of
business would be to review and ratify


The recommendations of the CET
Report on this matter state quite clearly
"Further consideration should
be given to the manner in
which members of the ABEC
are selected, in order to
heighten public confidence in
the body, [and strengthen
service delivery capacity,
particularly in the areas of
public relations and education.
The voters register should be
printed a few days prior to
Election Day".

We have always known that
mechanical and even electrical
equipment can and do break down.
Not allowing a contingency gap in any
plan or checklist of things to be done
for a general election can be a recipe
for disaster. We now have five years to
address all that went wrong. Let's put
the issues on the table, establish an
all-party group, including civil society
teams to examine each issue and
develop concrete action plans to
rectify each one. I trust that we have
learnt the lessons, that the
Commonwealth Secretariat and other
friendly partners will offer assistance
to improve our electoral systems and
that we will readily show willingness to
change. May God continue to help us
to make Antigua and Barbuda a better
place to live and work together as one.



H.E Dr Carl Roberts
High Commissioner
London 2nd June 2009.




the National Sports Policy due to be
released in September 2009.

The Minister further stated that the
strategic plan will also propose a new
framework for other special projects
such as the National Sports Awards.
The annual award ceremony, usually
scheduled for February has been
postponed due to financial constraints
this year, but is expected to return in
2010.

Consultations within the Office of the
Minister of State on the Draft Strategic
Plan will continue until the scheduled
release date in June 2009.


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