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A newsletter produced by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission London for nationals and friends of Antigua and Barbuda September/ October 2011 Issue 145 The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Official Newsletter Inside This Issue: Includes stories on celebrations on Antigua and Anniversary of Independence Independence Celebrations 4 Prime Minister attends Commonwealth Heads 8 New Health Clinic for Cedar Grove 9 VC Bird Biography for schools 12 Nottingham Young Musician 13 Endeavouring 1st November 2011 Marked 30 Years of Independence for Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP Prime Minister The Honourable Dr W. Baldwin Spencer 30 th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Message to Antigua and Barbuda Associations in the United Kingdom I am delighted to have this opportunity to extend Independence Greetings to my fellow Antiguans and Barbudans who reside in the United Kingdom. As we celebrate our nath Anniversary of Political Independence unBarbuda: One Family Moving Towards a Secured Fupast two and a half years call on all of us as committed Antiguans and Barbudans to move forward in unity a vital component to national development. Our unity of purpose will enable us to triumph over the economic obstacles caused by a global recession. As we celebrate as one fami l y w e a r e a l l r e m i n d e d t h a t even though at thirty, our nation is relatively a youthful nation which requires all of our energies to ensure that we secure a bright future for our children. The Antigua and Barbuda Associations in the United Kingdom has lived up to your missions to promote and cultivate social and intellectual activities among members and give assistance to those in need. It is my hope that during we will recommit ourselves and instill in our young people, the meaning of nationhood. Our responsibility as devoted nationals is to mould within our young people the need to put country after God and to ensure that all that they do are geared towards self advancement and nation building. It is only through this that we can truly say that we have worked towards a bright and secured future. As a government, we remain committed to working in the interest of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Through our social programmes and our policies, we are ensuring that each member of our society not only contributes to nation building but reaps the rewards of an economy on a solid foundation. As responsible citizens of Antigua and Barbuda residing in the United Kingdom, I ask you to give your supefforts to move forward Antigua and Barbuda. Your country needs this support. Let this Independence reignite in you a sense of patriotism that will take our nation towards a secure future. I wish you and your loved ones a truly enjoyable Independence celebrations, and as you join your Antiguan and Barbudan sisters and brothers at home and around the world in celeth Anniversary of Independence. May God bless you and our nation Antigua and Barbu* * *

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2 Endeavouring all Address at the ABNA Independence Dinner and Dance 2011 5 th November 2011 H.E. Dr Carl Roberts My fellow Antiguans and Barbudans, friends of Antigua and Barbuda and all other persons present here this evening, welcome and good night to each and every one of you. Thirty years ago, the national flag of the new state of Antigua and Barbuda was raised in our homeland. Today as we meet to share dinner and celebrate the Pearl Anniversary of that event, we should at the same time reflect on the progress we have made and refresh the vision which we share for the future. The islands of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda are blessed with a conducive climate, white sandy beaches and warm and friendly people. As it takes more than flour, sugar and other ingredients to make a good cake, we need to ensure that all the ingredients are present for the development of the nation and the improvement of the quality of life of every citizens and residents within our shores. Ladies and gentlemen, that task has, over the last three years, gotten more difficult. We are all fully aware of the devastating economic activities facing every nation on this planet. No single country has escaped the impact of the threats and shocks which governments across the world have to face. It has affected both large and small, both developed and developing (or should I really be saying emerging).

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3 has fallen, credit must be given for the effective structural programme developed by our leaders. It is of no use focusing on the door that has been closed and through which we might have just passed. The current environment forces us to look ahead; to look at the door to the future that has been opened for us. The Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr W Baldwin Spencer, during this week of celebration has shown us the way. He has announced plans for the development of a National Strategic Plan 2021 which will map out and provide for the vision of Antigua and Barbuda in 2021. During this week as well, there were other positive announcements: direct flights from JFK New York to VCB Antigua and Barbuda; American Airline cancelling its plans to outsource its operations in Antigua and Barbuda thus maintaining employment for many staff members who have devoted more than 15 years of service to that airline; a new Ferry Dock Barbuda and Antigua Montserrat ferry services and last but by no means least, the ground breaking ceremony for the new US$45 million Antigua and Barbuda airport terminal building. This project will deliver a new airport facility to the government and people of Antigua and Barbupublic of China. Ladies and gentlemen, though the storms rage around us, our country is making slow yet steady your national pride stand out. Support your country and its representatives at every opportunity. That national support should be shown to our athletes, youth ambassadors, government representatives and all words shine forth in our actions and our lives. Thank you. His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts High Commissioner Happy 30th Anniversary of Independence

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4 Antigua and Barbuda's 30th Independence Homecoming Celebration Launched pendence Homecoming celebration was officially launched on Wednesday 28th September at the House of Culture. bration will feature a unique showcase of local talent and the indigenous culture of the twin island state. Minister of Culture the Hon. Eleston Adams indicated our talent and cultural expressions promote pride and confidence in the indigenous traditions of our nation. the principles of economic diversification, the culture industry becomes charged to engage, employ and encourage the national creative energies and identify non traditional income generating opportunities ams added. Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Gender Affairs Dr. the Hon. Jacqui Quinn Leandro urged citizens to remember the journey the country has taken since 1981. progressed and developed in areas of agriculture, education, healthcare, tourism and sports. We have produced countless scholars, athletes, businessmen and women, artisans and other professionals through scholarships and advanced training stemming from our independence Leandro said. The rich array of local talent and culture that will be showcased during the independence celebrations include a Folk Festival, a Festival of Choirs, Literary Arts Competition, National Schools Panorama, Calypso Awards, Homecoming Queen Show, and Independence Food Fair. September 29, 2011 National Dress Parade sets exciting tone for Independence holiday alive with an imaginative and colourful spectacle of national pride. The occasion is the National Dress Day Parade, which was introduced this year, as one of the new additions to the activities marking the annual celebrations of Antigua and Since Heather Doram made use of the Madras to create Antigua and have not only worn it with pride but creatively designed new and tasteful ways to portray the colours. The organizing committee stated that citizens and residents took take part in the occasion, which also fell on National Dress Day, which traditionally saw persons of all walks of life turn out to their workplaces wearing the national dress. Chairperson of the sub committee responsible for the activity, Gilbert Laudat, said the parade was an extension to the tradition so that persons can have the opportunity to come together in their national dress in a proud cele b r a t i o n o f a n o t h e r u n i q u e a s p e c t ence celebrations. portunity to bring everyone together at the end of the work day for a casual walk with music to display national pride and joyfully celebrate 30 years of Independence for Antigua The parade began at the Multi Purpose Exhibition and Cultural Centre at Perry Bay at 4:30pm and headed into the city of St. Laudat encouraged persons to wear their most imaginative National Dress outfits to be a part of the parade to make it a memorable spectacle. He also encouraged other persons who may not be able to attend to stay event, which he expected to grow from strength to strength in years to come. October 28, 2011

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5 Independence Ceremonial Parade Moved to the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium The Ceremonial Parade marking the 30th Anniversary of Antigua and at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on November 1. Chairman of the Ceremonial Parade Committee Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft said that the move from the Antigua Recreation Grounds to the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium was occasioned by the current condition of the field. Lieutenant Colonel Croft pointed out that although the format for the parade remains the same, this year will see an increased number of platoons taking part with special attractions in keeping with the 30th anniversary celebrations. It was also stated that the facilities at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, which was constructed in 2007 by the Government of the adequate seating accommodations for the general public and he urged citizens and residents to come out in their numbers to witness something unique. The Ceremonial Parade, which also featured the honouring of nationals who have served in a number of areas over the years, commenced at 8 a.m. Bus operators will be available at the East Bus Station on the morning of November 1, to provide transportation to individuals who wish to utilize their service. Some of the platoons that were on parade during the ceremony, include dthe Fire Department, Immigration, Prison, Military, the Police, Pathfinders, Cubs, Scouts and Brownies, Crusaders, and Girl Guides. The platoons were inspected by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake Tack, while Prime Minister the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer and the Parade Commander Major Klondyke Trevor Pennyfeather took the salute. October 17, 2011 * * * Farewell to Staff at Antigua and Barbuda High Commission London This year the following members of staff have left the employment of the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission: Miss Curliss Bart, Counsellor Trade and Investment (see newsletter 144) Miss Joycelyn Lewis, Private Secretary to His Excellency the High Commissioner Mr Justin Thomas, Administrative Assistant We wish them well in their future endeavours. We thank them for their years of service and their valuable contribution in promoting Antigua and Barbuda in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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6 Marine authorities in the Eastern Caribbean want to give effect to a single yachting space for the sub region. BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Thursday October 13, 2011 The seas of the Grenadines have long been a playground for the rich and famous while the Antigua Sailing top five regattas. Now, marine authorities in the Eastern Caribbean want to allow seamless travel for the yacht owners who sail down to visit the sub region. facilitate seamless intra regional travel for yachts visiting the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS); while implementing security management to ensure that movement of yachts between OECS territories does not compromise the integrity of the single yachting space. The go ahead for this was given at the September 28 meeting of the recently re constituted the OECS Yachting Committee, which was re initiated by the OECS Secretariat through a mandates given by the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers at their last meeting held in April 2011 in St. Kitts. A unanimous decision was taken at the September meeting to pursue an agreement by all OECS member states to fully implement the ESeaClear system. This would function as a web portal to enable yachts to enter clearance information online in advance of arrival, to expedite their customs and immigration formalities at the port. The use of ESeaClear would serve as a platform to facilitate hassle free movement of yachts across OECS waters. Programme officer at the OECS Secretariat Dr Lorraine Nicholas was in full support of the move, noting that: tially lucrative market for the OECS with opportunities for the further development of related business services, skills development and employShe added that the purpose of the Yachting Committee was to deliberate on, and make suggestions and recommendations to the OECS Secretariat for the implementation of the mandates and directives given by the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers with respect to yachting. The Committee would also play advisory and facilitative roles with respect to implementation of actions required at the national level to fulfil Ministerial mandates, explained Nicholas. The Committee comprises representatives from the nine OECS member states, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines (plus Anguilla and the BVI as Associate Members). Other agencies such as the Caribbean Marine Association and the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council were also invited to the September meeting of the Committee. Revenue collection management, including the adoption of a mechanism that safeguards the income earning potential of member states, was also discussed at the meeting and recommendations on this and the ESeaClear are being readied in a progress report for the next meeting of the OECS Authority with responsibility for yachting, slated for November. * * * A New Ferry Dock for St A new ferry dock, which is located in to authorities this week after eight months of construction. National Authorising Officer Ambassador Dr Clarence Henry said the facility was built with $3.5 M from the European Union, with the Antigua and Barbuda government contributing about $200,000. Prime Minister Dr Hon Baldwin Spenben Meade, and Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Ambassador Valeriano Diaz, were among those in attendance at the ceremony. The facility was conceptualized following volcanic eruptions that began in 1995 in the neighbouring island located 30 miles from Antigua. November 2, 2011 * * *

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7 Big Guns set for Antigua Wild surf and warm trade winds most desirable sailing destinations. Stunning beaches and spectacular cliffs, complimented by an historic past, make the island irresistible to sailors the world over and for the next edition of Antigua Sailing Week, three high performance Racing Maxis are expressing interest in forming a super racing division. These entries are not confirmed but they would provide a hair raising, high speed spectacle in the sublime waters surrounding Antigua next April. One of the earliest confirmed encent Drumfire, winner of the Superyacht Cup Palma 2011. The Hoek be joined by several other wonderSojana, holder of the Lord Nelson Trophy plans to be back to defend her title and owners of the Oyster 82, Starry Night of the Caribbean have announced their intention to enter and it is expected that other impressive examples of the Oyster fleet will join them in the big boat division. For decades Antigua Sailing Week has played host to impressive Swans and Dutch Swan 42, Sail Sation was the first Swan to enter for the next edition, followed by Swan 51, Northern Child, skippered by Christian Reynolds. guests for the ARC to start our Caribbean adventure and there is no way we are going to miss Antigua Sailing Week. It is one of the best loved and well known regattas anywhere in the world and the climax of the Caribbean season you just elsewhere and the standard of the competition is better than any other Caribbean regatta. After racing there is so much fun to be had ashore. It is without doubt our famiss it for the world. Antigua Sailing Week is the grand finale of the Caribbean season and Northern Child and the crew are looking forward to making it a really memorable event Whilst Europe and other sailing destinations in the world are in the twilight of their season, the Caribbean has just started warming up. The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is sold out yet again with over 200 yachts and boasts a record fleet in the racing division. Many of these yachts will be competing at the oldest and most prestigious regatta in the Caribbean, Antigua Sailing Week, and to encourage more, there is a fantastic prize on offer to early entries for Antigua Sailing Week 2012. Antigua Sailing Week is proud to announce a fantastic competition open to all early entries for the 2012 regatta. Besides the sublime climate and awe inspiring scenery, Antigua has developed a wealth of first class resorts and restaurants. Many of these locations are very well established and offer a level of service and facilities that other islands find hard to match. One such example is Nonsuch Bay Resort: http://www.nonsuchbayresort.com/ Set in a secluded bay, it is the perfect spot to combine winter sun and relaxation with water sports and sailing. Built in the West Indian Georgian Colonial style to give a truly authentic Caribbean experience, Nonsuch Bay Resort is described by the Daily Telegraph as All entries received for Antigua Sailing Week 2012 by 30th November 2011 will be entered for the competition to win a week for two (room only) at Nonsuch Bay Resort. The winning entrant must participate in Antigua Sailing Week 2012 with the entered yacht in order to claim the prize which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on May 4th Posted On: October 20, 2011 * * * REMINDER NOTICE NON MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS WILL BE OUT OF DATE BY EARLY AS POSSIBLE New Style Caribbean Community Antigua and Barbuda Passport

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8 Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer left the country for Perth, Australia, where he joined his regional counterparts at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was held Resilience, Building Global ResiliSpencer said the Commonwealth and its biennial decision making forum has an important role to play as an enabler of development through the provision of targeted and relevant development services, especially to vulnerable countries like Antigua & Barbuda, and also as a moral compass for the global community. second meeting of CHOGM is important to the Caribbean region as it gives us the opportunity, during these difficult global times, to ensure that limited resources are channelled primarily towards development and ensuring ued value added to the global community by focusing on the needs of all its members particularly those of further enhanced by the opportunity it presents for Caricom to engage in dialogue with key traditional and increasingly important non traditional partners, such as the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Nigeria, who can assist in articulatThe Prime Minister was accompanied by Antigua and BarbuUnited Kingdom H..E. Dr. Carl RobRepresentative to the United Nations H.E. Dr. John W Ashe * * * Mason wants laws on cell phone usage while driving Head of the Traffic Department Inspector Claudette Mason is calling on authorities to enact legislation that will hold drivers accountable for causing accidents while using cell phones. The newly installed officer said there is currently nothing in law that gives police officers the authority to ticket or even charge a driver using a mobile phone while driving. Mason said the practice is extremely dangerous because drivers are not always fully alert and aware of their surroundings. Given a slight change in circumstances, something very serious could happen. very bad practice. Not only do distracted drivers put their own lives in danger, they also put other road Vehicles are now being equipped with more distractions for drivers, including cell phones with texting and video viewing capabilities, navigation units and music players. Police Public Relations Officer Senior Sergeant William Holder said even hands free devices recommends that use of cellular they have to use the phone, the safest thing for motorists to do is pull to the side of the road, stop and carry on the conversation and then while there are no statistics available for accidents caused by drivers using mobile phones, distraction is a common occurrence. He said while there is something in law against careless driving, the books should be amended soon to include mention of cell phone use. Drivers are also being warned that the police will be out in full force to enforce those laws that are already on the books. * * * PRIME MINISTER SPENCER ATTENDED COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING IN PERTH AUS-

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9 Antigua begins certifying security guards National Security Minister Dr. Errol Cort said that certification will allow guards to have powers of arrest while on duty, however, this will be limited to their place of work. Authorities have moved to regulate the security industry by introducing, for the first time, mandatory certification of all guards to take effect July 31, 2012. National Security Minister Dr. Errol Cort said security guards need to be vetted to ensure their suitability for that line of work. The guards will be required to complete three stages of training to achieve certification by the Commissioner of Police. A training manual is being developed and extensive courses put in place to ready persons to pass both written and practical examinations, a government statement said. The deadline was set at a meeting Thursday between the Minister of National Security, the Antigua Association of Private Security Providers, and representatives of the police and defence forces. In an interview with the local media the Minister said the deadline is achievable. thing for some time now, but it is ed, while explaining that this will allow government security forces to better integrate with those employed with private firms. vate security guards working in Antigua & Barbuda. Now, if (government) security forces can tap into that resource in terms of fighting crime and the like, I believe that will go a long way in terms of further bringing the criminal eleThe minister said too that certification will allow guards to have powers of arrest while on duty, however, this will be limited to their place of work. Monday, October 10, 2011 * * * Ground breaking Ceremony Held for New Health Clinic in Cedar Grove A Ground breaking ceremony was held on October 14th to officially begin construction of a new Health Clinic, at Cedar Grove village. The ceremony included brief statements of support by Minister of Health, Social Transformation and Consumer Affairs the Hon. Wilmoth Daniel and Prime Minister Dr Hon. Baldwin Spencer. Prime Minister Spencer said the health of the nation is the wealth of the nation and the new facility falls in agenda. Minister of Health, Social Transformation and Consumer Affairs Hon. Rural North John Maginley turned the sod for the new facility which will serve the healthcare needs of the community. The Health Minister pointed out that the representative of the constituent; the Hon. John Maginley has been the driving force behind the project. primary healthcare will continue to form an important part of Antigua will be the first level of contact for individuals and families of this community; with our national health system bringing healthcare as close as possible to where they live and The government of Antigua and Barbuda has provided for and continues to achieve this goal of health for all citizens and residents through its network of 26 community health clinics and health centres throughout the island. The next clinic to be given priority in its completion is the St Georges which will be opened shortly.

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10 China pledges billion dollar loan to Caribbean In recent years, China Caribbean relations have maintained good momentum with frequent high level exchanges. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday September 14, 2011 The Business Conference of the third China Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum in Trinidad and Tobago has brought promising results with China committing finances to support regional governments, up exports, offer scholarships and fortify agriculture. Chinese vice Premier Wang Qishan has pledged US$1billion of preferential loans to support the economic development of the region. He said the Chinese government will further deepen China Caribbean cooperation in such areas as finance and investment, capacity building, environmental protection, new energy, culture, education, health, trade, tourism as well as agriculture and fishery. In finance and investment, the China Development Bank will set up US$1billion in special business loans to finance infrastructure. China will also donate US$1 million to the Caribbean Development Fund. In capacity building, the Chinese side will offer training courses for no less than 2,500 Caribbean nationals and 30 at the postgraduate level to study in China. The Asian giant will also help build an early warning monitoring network for earthquakes and tsunamis and provide training for disaster reduction and prevention. "China will continue to support the Caribbean countries' efforts in developing their economies, improving people's livelihood, promoting the Caribbean regional integration process and playing an active role in international affairs," Wang said. The visiting Chinese official said Beijing also wanted to discuss and sign a protection agreement with the Caribbean to promote two way investments. In recent years, China Caribbean relations have maintained good momentum with frequent high level exchanges, deepened mutual political trust, and fruitful cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, agriculture, science and technology, and infrastructure, he said. Over the last six years, China Caribbean cooperation has moved on the fast track, the Chinese vice premier said, adding that bilateral trade, increased by an annual average of 24 percent, reaching US$7.2 billion in 2010. The China Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum is the highest level of economic and trade dialogue mechanism between the two sides, whose mission is to facilitate economic and trade cooperation for common development. The tal in February 2005 and in Xiamen, China, in September 2007. * * * Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP For more information or to make an appointment please Telephone 020 7258 0070

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11 Antigua Minister says introduce 4G or else Telecommunications Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor said the country cannot be left behind in the technology revolution as it seeks to position itself as the ICT capital of the Caribbean. October 12, 2011 Government has threatened to introduce new competition to the telecommunicaestablished companies fail to indicate by next month, their intention to introduce 4G technology here. The warning was issued on Tuesday 11th October 2011 by Telecommunications Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor at the launch of the seventh annual ICT Festival The Minister was adamant that the it moves to establish itself as the He said incentives would be offered to companies that deploy 4G technology. ing telecommunication providers that if the government of Antigua and Barbuda does not receive a written assurance by November 30 of this year that they have intentions to deploy a fourth generation platform in Antigua, that the government of Antigua and Barbuda would consider licensing a new entrant into the marketplace, specifically to bring fourth generation long Minister Mansoor stated. During the launch, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer announced plans to further incorporate the internet and computers with crime fighting. He said internet access will be increased at police and fire stations across the two island state from January. have already received introductory level training by the Ministry of Information in using these computPolice Force of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the Fire Services will have the opportunity to receive ongoing training in the modern application of computerized technology in the fight against crime and in modern policing techniques. ing the digital divide requires adequate and sustained investments in ICT infrastructure and services, capacity building and transfer of technology over many years to During ICTFEST, 400 primary and secondary school teachers in public and private schools will receive high speed laptops. Overall, 1600 registered educators are slated to benefit from the initia t i v e t h a t w i l l p r o v i d e B r o a d b a n d Internet connectivity at their homes for three years the first four months will be free while it will be available for the remaining period at a subsidized price. * * * The Ministry of Finance wishes to advise that effective Monday October 31st, 2011 the price of gasoline will decrease to $14.99 per gallon and that of diesel to $15.20 per gallon. These changes reflect the pass through mechanism for fuel prices, and are based on the ex refinery price of the current fuel shipment. The price of LPG (cooking gas) will remain unchanged.

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12 New Biography of V.C. Bird for Schools The life and times of the Rt. Hon. V.C Bird Sr. and his struggles for an independent Antigua will soon be on book shelves in schools across Antigua and Barbuda, thanks to the Hadeed Group of Companies. A total of 672 copies of the book guan scholar Paget Henry was handed over to Minister of Education Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro by the Hadeed group, to be distributed among schools in the country. At a brief ceremony Hadeed Moministrator Dwayna Derrick said her company was pleased to be associated with the publication of the book and this latest venture in support of education. each school in Antigua could have something in print that states the life and history of the father of the 30th anniversary of independence, we figured it was most appropriate to present these books to be disstated. The Hadeed representative added that the company will continue to be affiliated with education, as it has in other areas, to include sports and carnival. An appreciative Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro in accepting the donation Hadeed Group of Companies for taking on what she described as a standing the significance of preserving the history of Antigua and Barbuda. Barbuda should be able to access this book, to read it and to understand our roots and how far we have come. So, on this 30th anniversary of political independence when V.C. Bird would have done so much, I think it is really fitting that the Hadeed group saw the need for us ter remarked. Dr. Quinn Leandro said the books will be distributed to private and public institutions, both primary and secondary. The 231 page paper back biography chronicles V.C. Bird the man, the setting, between the planters and losophy, the struggle for power, V.C. Bird in power, the conservative years and reflections. * * * National Festival of Choirs Provides Music for the Soul The CIBC First Caribbean International Bank National Festival of Choirs, one of the featured highlights of the annual Independence celebrations, was held last evening at the Holy Family Cathedral. The event featured a total of 15 choirs from across the nation who had an opportunity not only to perform; but also to showcase some of the islands best choral music. The audience also joined the choirs in singing a number of patriotic songs such as; Our Land is Great, I Vow to Thee my Country, God Bless Antigua, Birthday of the Nation, and Come let Us Join our Cheerful Songs. Participating in the National Festival of Choirs were; The Holy Family Cathedral Choir, The Moravian Mass Choir, The Potters Youth Group, buda Chorale, The Antigua Community Players, Expression, The St Peters Anglican Senior choir, The National Choir of Antigua and Barbuda, The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda Choir, Sanctuary, The New Bethel SDA Church Roman Catholic Choir, Choir, and The National Youth Choir of Antigua and Barbuda. event is in keeping with our theme of supporting community relations here in Antigua & Barbuda. We have a very strong focus of supporting the youth, culture, education and other are as and so all the management staff here at CIBC First Caribbean are very pleased to be associated with this national Bank Country Manager Michael Spencer said. October 26, 2011 * * *

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13 Antigua and Barbuda at The Commonwealth Fair Antigua and Barbuda yet again this year participated in the Commonwealth Fair on Saturday 12th November at Kensington Town Hall, London On sale were handicrafts made in Antigua and Barbuda, punch, delicacies such as sugar cake, fudge, guava jelly General tourism information leaflets were also available For those who donated and assisted we wish to extend a big thank you and appreciation for your efforts in making the day successful. Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 2011 The Windblowers Sixth Biennial Trophy Competition MOST music students would be happy with reaching Grade Eight standard by the time they were 18. But two brothers from Trinity School, Aspley, both passed the top grade exam by the age of 12. In tune (above): Braimah, left, and Sheku Kanneh Mason, from Trinity School are described as incredible musicians. Sheku Kanneh Mason won the Nottingham Young Musician of the Year 2011 Finals Concert on 6th November at the Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre and was awarded the Windblowers Trophy, thus joining his sister Isata who won the competition four years ago in 2007, playing the piano. Undaunted by the other four older finalists in the brass, piano, voice and woodwind disciplines, Sheku on cello, wooed the audience with his stunning performance of: Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper, Bourree from Cello Site No. 3 by J S Bach, Prayer by Ernst Bloch, and Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint Saens. In summing up, the adjudication said were very much in evidence especially the freshness of his approach in dealing with the Saint Saens Allegro Appassionato. Sheku Kanneh Mason is 12 years old and attend Trinity Catholic School in Nottingham. Sheku began playing the cello at the age of 6 with Sarah Huson and, at the age of 9, achieved the highest marks in the UK that year for Grade 8 cello, winning the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize from the Associated Board. Sheku holds the ABSRM Junior Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies cello with Ben Davies and piano with Druvi de Saram. He won the Nellie Greenhill Memorial Prize for Grades 5 and 7 piano for the highest marks in the Nottingham area. At age 10, Sheku won the award for Outstanding Young Talent at the Ernst Block Competition in London and became the youngest ever finalist at the Nottingham Young Musical of the Year competition, winning the Strings Trophy. Also, at age 10, Sheku performed in concerts at Derby Cathedral and Derby Guildhall, where he received the trophy for Most Promising String Recital Trophy at the festival as well as the trophy for overall most promising string player. Sheku is a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and regularly plays chamber music at ESTA and Grittleton. He has received master class tuition from Guy Johnston Robert Max, Alexander Baillie, Steven Doane, Rafael Wallfisch, Jo Cole and Melissa Phelps. Pictured above are His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner, Mrs Pauline Roberts and Miss Maria Blackman, Marketing and Communications Executive, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Proceeds in aid of the Commonwealth Countries League who collect money to educate young girls in the Commonwealth

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14 Antigua and Barbuda Awards Three New Knights for Service to the Nation Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake Tack, acting on the advice of the Honourable Prime Minister W. Baldwin Spencer and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Lester Bird, today, on the 30th Anniversary of Independence of Antigua and Barbuda, announced National Honours for Services to the nation of Antigua and Barbuda: Barbudan former legislator Eric Burton received the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCN) from Governor General Dame Louise Lake Tack for his services to politics, agriculture and the fishing industry. It rained on the parade. Some ran for cover and the presentation of citations had to be moved off the field to accommodate the passing showers at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds. But despite the steady showers that drenched the police, military and other troupes on Independence Day, the celebrations continued. In customary fashion, the troupes were smartly dressed in uniform and awaited inspection from the governor general prior to the trooping of the band, march past and feu de joie a rifle salute. Against the backdrop of police and military arranged on the field to disDame Louise Lake Tack recognised 35 men and women for their contributions to the development of the country. Three knighthoods topped the list of parade. Among them was a man who was instrumental in the establishment of the Mill Reef Fund. Past Mill Reef Club Vice President Henry Carl Martin Bodmer was named a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation (KCGN) for his work in establishing the fund. While he was not on hand to personally receive the citation, Mill Reef Club and Properties President Ralph Isham accepted on his behalf. For his 50 years in the art of calypso, named a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation. The calypso veteran, who has penned and performed multiple monarch and road march tunes, was humbled by the honour and told The Daily OBSERVER that he did not expect the knighthood but he was happy to receive it. said following the ceremonial parade. ask for more. If I ask for anything A son of Barbudan soil was also bestowed the title of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nation. Former Barbuda MP Eric Burton was recognised for his services to politics, agriculture and the fishing industry. Burton was at one time the sole opposition tenure as prime minister. There was one posthumous award among the list of names Arah Hector, the slain wife of political activist and newspaper editor Leonard Tim Hector. She was named a Commander of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage for work among women in Antigua & Barbuda and the Caribbean. Hector was instrumental in mobilising female hotel employees when the Antigua Workers Union was formed. a t i o n C o m m i t t e e a n a r m o f t h e A n t igua Caribbean Liberation Movement (ACLM). The list of honourees was an assortment of current and retired civil servants, educators, police and military. There were others who were named for their contributions to sports, entertainment and other aspects of Antiguan and Barbudan life. As the honourees made their way to greet the governor general, one stood out. Not only was he decked out in the Antigua & Barbuda Dehe approached the dais with instrument in hand. Saxophonist Tyrone of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit for his service to the music industry and voluntary service to the ABDF Band. A simple exchange with Dame Louise was not enough for the son of the late music icon Oscar Mason as he began to play chords from the song My Way that was made popular by American singer and actor Frank Sinatra. The tune brought smiles and elicited rousing cheers from spectators. The ceremonial parade was followed by a reception for government officials, diplomats and other dignitaries and special guests. Many other nationals were awarded Member of the Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of Merit GCM, Commander of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage CM, Most Illustrious Order of Merit OM, Most Illustrious Order of Merit MM, Grand Cross of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage GCH, Member of the Grand Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage GOH, Most Illustrious Order of Merit MM, Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage OH. * * *

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15 Celebrations in the UK Antigua and Barbuda's 30th Anniversary of Independence The 30th Anniversary of Independence was celebrated in the UK by the Antigua and Barbuda Association London Thanksgiving Service at St Matthias Church on Sunday 30th October 2011. The address was given by Mrs Althea Vanderpoole Banahene, Minister Counsellor at the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission in London. Mrs Vanderpoole Banahene extended best wishes and greetings from the Honourable Prime Minister Dr Baldwin Spencer and His Excellency the High Commissioner Dr Carl Roberts who were both in Australia attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. On Monday 31st October 2011 Evensong at Westminster Abbey was dedicated to Antigua and BarbuLesson was read by Mrs Althea A Vanderpoole Banahene, Minister Counsellor. The grand finale was a dinner dance held at the well known Holiday Inn Russell Square organized by the Antigua and Barbuda National Association. His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts, Mrs Pauline Roberts, Mrs Althea Vanderpoole Banahene, Minister Counsellor, Miss Cherrie Osborne, Marketing and Administration Manager and Miss Maria Blackman, Marketing and Communications Executive, Nationals from all over the UK including Leicester, Kent and London attended in numbers to join in the celebrations. Two airline tickets to Antigua were donated by Stoke Newington Travel while the accommodation was provided by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority London. His Excellency made the opening remarks to friends and nationals at the dinner and dance. A bottle of rum from the High Commission was raffled and handed to the winner by His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts. There were several other prizes and many winners. Dinner Music was provided the melodious tunes of Harry Hughes Steelband, straight from Antigua, Peter Campbell, a UK Reggae singer while the evening ended in the early hours of the morning, with a medley of tunes from various artistes including Burning Flames Governor General grants Pardon to Five Prisoners on Antigua and Barbuda's 30th Anniversary of Independence Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Dame Louise Lake Tack, acting on the advise of the Honourable Prime Minister W. Baldwin Spencer, following consultations with the Honourable Minister Responsible for National Security Dr. the Honourable. L. Errol Cort, has granted pardon to five individuals who were convicted of an offence against the law and serving prison sentences. the five convicted individuals was 30th Anniversary of Independence celebrations. The five individuals had very short time periods remaining on their convictions. The five individuals receiving pardon have exhibited qualities that will allow them to be effectively re integrated into society and have demonstrated that they are prepared to contribute positively to their various communities. The Governor General was acting in accordance with Section 84 (1) a. of the Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda. November 2, 2011 * * * Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake Tack, GCMG, DGN, DSt.J, Governor General

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16 Government Partners with CCB Eye Care to Train Students in Refraction Techniques The four Antiguan and Barbudan students being trained in Refraction Techniques at the University of Guyana: Raenor Sharpe, Ronel Richards, Denise Philip and Dirk Agard The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has partnered with the Caribbean Council of the Blind Eye Care Caribbean, to train four Antiguan and Barbudan students in Refraction Techniques at the University of Guyana. The students, Denise Philip, Derk Agard, Raenor Sharpe and Ronel Richards, are being trained as part of CCB which is a campaign for the right for sight involving a number of international Eye Care Agencies and led by the World Health Organisation and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. It aims at reducing the main causes of avoidable blindness by the year 2020. The scholarships, which are being managed by the Prime Minister Scholarship Committee, will see the students being trained for one year in Refraction Techniques at the University of Guyana. Following their training, the students will return home where they will be employed by the government to work in three health centres in Antigua and one in Barbuda. Eye Care Caribbean is pleased to be associated with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in the granting of scholarships to the first four persons to be trained as Refraction Technicians. The successful candidates will start the process of placing eye health services in the health centres across the twin island state. We anticipate that they will return to Antigua and Barbuda and begin working in the designated health centres by August of 2012. Subject to the availability of finances, we hope to offer the Government a further four scholarships over Arvel Grant, CEO of the Caribbean Council for the Blind. Prime Minister, the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer said that these scholarships are vital to the delivery of health care services to the people of Antigua and why blindness in the Caribbean is population) is the shortage of trained professionals including optometrists and Refractionists. This programme with CCB Eye Care Caribbean will address this issue in Antigua and Bar Health Minister the Hon. Wilmoth Daniel said that during the period of will provide access to CCB Eye Care Caribbean to four health centres to renovate and install furnishing and equipment required for the operation of an eye clinic capable of screening and referring patients with eye diseases; for performing basic refractions and dispensing spectacles and low vision appliances to patients of the public health services. this programme and will make available all of the necessary resources to CCB Eye Care and the trained technicians, including nursing and other health centre personnel whom we expect will also be trained in primary eye care techniques by CCB Eye Care CaribbeThe Government of Antigua and Barbuda also pledged to facilitate CCB plement Vision 2020 the Right to Sight in Antigua and Barbuda, consistent with the various resolutions of the World Health Assembly. October 21, 2011 * * * New $2 coin now available The new $2 coin being issued by Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will be available at all commercial banks in Antigua starting today. The $2 circulation coin is legal tender, that is, it is a legal form of payment for financial transactions in the ECCU. The coin is being issued as part of activities to celebrate 10 years of Financial Information Month (FIM). It features an engraving of Queen Elizabeth the Second on the obverse side. The reverse side displays the 2011 Financial Information Month logo, which depicts a tree growing from the palm of two hands with coins 14th October 2011 * * *

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17 Sen. Malaka Parker Represents the Region at International Forum on ICPD in Thailand Senator Malaka Parker will lead a delegation of two young Parliamentarians that will be representing the Region at The Global Young Parliasues being convened on November 15 16 2011 in Krabi Thailand. Jermaine Wade, Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture in Montserrat will also be in attendance. This historic gathering is being hosted by The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the Information and External Relations Division (IERD) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New York. The International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo in 1994, where a Programme of Action (PoA) was adopted by world leaders of 179 countries, who laid benchmarks to achieve certain socio economic population goals by 2014. The global dialogue will bring together a select group of around 40 young parliamentarians, below 35 years of age, from all regions of the world, to discuss their roles to further address the ICPD issues even after 2014. The dialogue will provide a platform for the younger members of national legislatures to develop greater awareness and understanding of linkages between ICPD and the attainment of population and development objectives, focusing on population, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and gender equality; strengthen advocacy for mobilization of resources for SRHR and gender equality programmes within national budgets; and encourage participation and engagement of youth in population and development issues and programmes. Specifically this dialogue comprising speakers who are officers, advisors and consultants from UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), The Human Rights Watch Organization and Amnesty International, along with presentations from other Parliamentarians from around the world, aims to bring together young parliamentarians (below 35 years of age) to share experiences, to gain a deeper understanding of ICPD issues and linkages with popu l a t i o n a n d d e v e l o p m e n t a m o n g young parliamentarians and will facilitate exchange of best practices, national perspectives and experiences and policy recommendations. This forum will also reinforce young further advance actions on ICPD and EVAW (End Violence Against Women International). Ultimately, organizers hope that the young parliamentarians will be able to identify different strategies and approaches that they can utilize in their respective countries to address population development issues. The international forum will also be used to promote participation of young women legislators. Sen. Parker is currently the Secretary of the Caribbean Network of Parliamentarians on Population Development (CNPPD), a group of Regional Parliamentarians who fall under the umbrella of the Inter American Parliamentary Group (IAPG), a larger network of parliamentarians from South, Central and North America. Sen. Parker represented the Americas at the 2009 International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in October 2009. At this sitting, Sen. Parker led the dialogue on the youth perspective in achieving the worlds ICPD targets. In Krabi Thailand, Senator Parker will be one of four panelists who will lead discussions on the topic Challenges and opportunities facing young parliamentarians: Globalization, employment and poverty in a world of 7 billion. November 14, 2011 * * * New People's Benefit Programme Vendor In Barbuda In 2009 PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Limited (PDV CAB) and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda launched the Peobenefit disabled and economically disadvantaged citizens. Beneficiaries on this programme are given $215.00 monthly to purchase food and selected personal items. Currently there are two vendors in Antigua Central Marketing Corporation (CMC) and Antigua Fisheries. As of October 1, 2011 Ms. Francilla Francis of Francis Enterprises/Fancy Way Supermarket has been authorized as an additional Vendor in Barbuda. This means that the PBP beneficiaries on the Sister Island will now have an option whether to use their Special PBP debit card at Supermarket. This change is designed to improve efficiency and to respond to the needs expressed by beneficiaries. PDV CAB also takes this opportunity to advise all beneficiaries that active consideration is being given to increasing the number of outlets where the PBP card can be utilized in Antigua. Further details will be provided in a subsequent release.

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18 Government Opens two new Community Computer Access Centres Under the Technology for Communication, Education and Empowerment programme, two new Community Computer Access Centers (CACs) were opened on Friday 21st October at the Seventh Day Adventist School and the Ottos Comprehensive School. project was officially launched on March 9th 2011 with the opening of the first two centres at the Glanvilles and All Saints Secondary Schools. Subsequently CACs were opened at the Jennings Secondary and the Clare Hall Secondary School. Through the joint partnership, a total of twelve community computer access centres will be opened in twelve secondary schools. The Opening of the Ottos Comprehensive Secondary School and the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School CACs on Friday brings the total number of CACs opened through the joint partnership to seven. Each institution received a fully air conditioned CAC that can accommodate at least 16 persons, complete with ergonomic furniture, a ramp for wheel chair access and fully protected with a sophisticated security system. Digicel's General Manager of the North Eastern Caribbean, John Delves said within the next four weeks Digicel in partnership with the Government will complete the remaining five CACs. gy, through communication, through education you really can empower whatever you want, but you have to have the tools, the access and the ability to do it. So you can really unleash your talent on the whole world through communications and Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr Hon. Edmond Mansoor encouraged the students at the institutions to make good use of the CACs and noted it is a tool to move the students forward in an information technology driven world. for young people to perhaps become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, or to become so empowered by access to the internet that we can compete head to head with the developed Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Education the Hon. Winston Williams indicated the progress being tor will undoubtedly result in Antigua and Barbuda becoming the undisputed ICT capital of the Caribbean very soon. has an interest in and a strong focus on working with the departments of education to build a stronger, more responsive education system, which utilizes ICT tools, to make the teaching and learning experience more Williams said. Principal of the Seventh Day Adventist School Mrs. Cheryl Morris and Principal of the Ottos Comprehensive School Mrs. Rosalind Beazer both expressed gratitude to Digicel and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the gesture that will result in tangible benefits in Information Communication Technology at the institutions. October 21, 2011 * * *

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19 Antiguan Students Commence Studies in the Republic of Serbia Two Antiguan and Barbudan students have commenced studies in the Republic of Serbia under the World in Serbia Scholarship programme in conjunction with the Prime Minister Scholarship Committee. Clarissa Williams and Kayla Samuel joined other students from CARICOM and Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Member States, who will be given a year long emersion course in Serbian language and culture before commencing studies in Psychology and Special Education. Prime Minister the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer who held discussions on the scholarship programme with the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic during a visit to the Caribbean earlier this year, said that he is delighted that Antiguan and Barbudan students are being given the opportunity to pursue studies in Serbia which will create a meaningful bond between that country and Antigua and Barbuda and ultimately the Caribbean. public of Serbia and Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean can only lead to stronger ties which will be beneficial to both regions. I am pleased that the Government of the Republic of Serbia has agreed to partner with Antigua and Barbuda in our quest to provide the best education for our people. We appreciate Spencer. During the discussions Foreign Minister Jeremic said that it is expected will return to Antigua and Barbuda and the region with world class skills, ready to accept the responsibility of leadership in their chosen field, and able to build the connections that will solidify relations between Serbia and the Caribbean Community in the decades to come. Clarissa Williams and Kayla Samuel will pursue their undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade. October 20, 2011 * * * The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority once again had a major trade exhibition. A high level delegation of senior officials attended WTM 2011 led by the Honourable John Maginley Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture. The delegation included: Mr. Colin James CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Mr. Ted Isaacs Chairman, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Mr. Neil Forrester General Manager, Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA), Mr. P. Hilary Modeste Director of Tourism for UK & Europe, Miss Cherrie Osborne, Marketing and Administration Manager, Miss Maria Blackman, Marketing and Communications Executive .and Mr Joel Henry, Marketing and Business Executive, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, London. Additionally the Tourism Authority once again welcomed many island partner exhibitors on the stand including: Blue Waters Hotel, Cocos Hotel, Carlisle Bay, Hermitage Bay, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, National el and Tours, Sugar Ridge, Nonsuch Bay Resort, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, and the Antigua VIP Properties/Unique Properties. New destination guides, The Antiguan, Life in Antigua and Barbuda and The Treasure Island were also on show. Mr P. Hilary Modeste We are delighted to have had so many of our travel partWTM. major island developments in 2012 and 2013, and were pleased to unveil plans for our new airport terminal at World Travel Market." Minister of Tourism, John Maginley made the major announcement of the new US$45 million airport set to be completed by December 2013, to a large gathering of UK media and trade at a networking stand. Upon completion, the state of the art terminal will cover a total area of 165,814 square feet and feature 3 jet bridges, 26 check in counters, food court, retail space, 20 immigration desks and enhanced space for users. World Travel Market drew to a close on Thursday November 10. Tourism Officials reported the event was productive, having left the show with marketing campaigns for 2012 agreed to between tourism partners in the UK. * * *

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20 Seventh Day Adventist PRIMARY students HOST "SOUP KITCHEN" On October 26th, 2011, 70 Grade three students, from the Antigua Seventh Day Adventist Primary School hosted a at the bust of Sir V.C. Bird Sr., in Approximately, 120 persons, in need of a meal were served a hot cup of soup and a wheat roll by the students and teachers as part of their community service events of 2011. Passers by also enjoyed the chiling the last school year, the students of the SDA Primary school also held a Harvest Hay, where parents and teachers contributed fruits and vege t a b l e s i n a i d o f t w o l o c a l s e n i o r homes. Principal of the school, Vivian Nichofor our children to experience the satisfaction and blessings that come from helping others. Nicholas said that serving the community teaches children responsibility not only for themselves, but also for other peovice, that children understand that their actions can have a positive imlas said. One Grade Three child said, Present at the event was Dr. Eulalie Semper, Education Director of the South Leeward Mission of Seventh day Adventists. Dr Semper pointed out that in its academic plan, the Seventh Day Adventist Education also prepares students for service, and that the SDA schools in Antigua will always continue to provide a well rounded education for its students. Mrs. Shelby Nicholas and other members of the Community Service Department of the South Leeward Mission of Seventh Day Adventists were also in attendance, assisting the children and teachers. Community Service has been a part of the Seventh Day Adventist Church since 1879, when the Church officially recognized the Dorcas Society as its organized community outreach program. The Antigua S.D.A. Primary School plans to do a Soup Kitchen at least twice per term. October 28, 2011 * * * PM Spencer Congratulates Tahir Walsh for Winning Gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man Prime Minister the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer has sent a congratulatory message to Antiguan sprint sensation Tahir Walsh who captured the Gold Medal in the Men 100 Metre finals in the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in the Isle of Man. Tahir, who won the Gold Medal in the CARIFTA Games Under 17 Male 100 Metre finals last year, clocked 10.50 seconds in the much anticipated race. Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean proud especially coming on the heels of medal performances by Caribbean athletes Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Kirini James. You have demonstrated that your determination to succeed and the hard work that you put into preparing for your your silver medal performance during the National Championships earlier this year and I believe that you signalled that athletics in Antigua and Barbuda has a bright future. I am also confident that your successes will act as a motivator for your fellow peers in athletics to aim Government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda on your outstanding performance. Congratulations also to the entire team and coaches; which I am sure provided the necesTahir further success in his other competitions during the Commonwealth Youth Games. Tahir will participate in the 200M Men race and the 4 X 100M Relay Men later this week. September 12, 2011 * * * Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP