Official newsletter


Material Information

Official newsletter
Physical Description:
Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
Place of Publication:
London, England
Publication Date:


serial   ( sobekcm )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:

This item is only available as the following downloads:

Full Text


June/July/August 2013 Issue 154 The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Official Newsletter Inside This Issue Antigua Carnival Ends 4 Sir Viv comments on Caribbean Premier League 7 to Barbuda 8 Beach Signage Programme launched 9 Windrush Nurse Nora Parker is honoured 10 Medical Benefit to 11 Solar Lighting for entrance of airport 14 ABIA launches its Diaspora Investment Partnership 20 Endeavouring all Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP Telephone:020 7258 0070 Facsimile:020 7258 7486 Email: enquiries@antigua A newsletter produced by the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission London for nationals and friends of Antigua and Barbuda Region Requires Greater Focus on Investment Strategies Says PM Spencer Making his contribution to Agenda Item 4 "A Framework for regional Growth and Development", Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer told his colleagues at the recently held CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting "as we continue to grapple with the challenges, urgent, bold and innovative strategies must continue to be devised to safeguard the survival of our economies. Consequently, PM Spencer suggested a regional Marshall like Plan as an element of the overall strategy to deal with the economic challenges. Accordingly, PM Spencer indicated that the Caribbean Development Bank and the CARICOM Secretariat should work closely together to work on the modalities including a timeframe. "Clearly we have to see how the respective sectors can be modernized; the public sector transformed; more linkages between economic growth and investment; more attention to our debt burden and fiscal consolidation", according to Prime Minister Spencer. Describing the problems affecting the region as "critical", Spencer argued that "despite the challenges, the region has not done badly. We have done our best and there have been marginal improvements. To that end, discussions are in recognition of the need for a practical plan to deal with the regional growth agenda. A set of proposals are required, some already advanced should now be urgently pursued, he said. Prime Minister Spencer and his colleagues spent Friday 5th July in Caucus at the Petrotrin Oil Refinery at Pointe' a Pierre, south Trinidad. 8th July 2013 * * * Hon Dr W. Baldwin Spencer Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda 32nd Anniversary of Independence 1st November 2013 Official Theme : Antigua and Barbuda:


2 ter for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet [Mark 9:45] These were the words of our Lord, but what does it really mean for us in our lives today. Of course this is really a hyperbole or a figure of speech that exaggerates the statement to make a point. It is used here to draw attention to the need for drastic action. All around us we can draw similar situations where there is need for not just minor adjustments but radical action. Minor surgery might leave several Speaking on the current economic situation facing many of the Caribbean islands, Professor Avinash Persaud, a Barbados based economist chided the Caribbean Governments on not taking the tough decisions. In the early part of this year several governments across the Region had difficulties in meeting their salary commitments. The most common and often easiest decision was to embark on a strategy of cost cutting. Though this may result in a reduced deficit, it can also produce long term adverse consequences. It generates the false belief that by mainly doing such an easy exercise the crises will be averted. oped through results based set of principles, then some positive intermediate outcomes may result. Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel surmises this in July when faced with a tough decision. He said His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG


3 With this caveat, let me now restate my proposition. Yes we must be prepared when necessary to make tough and difficult decisions but they must be right. By whose judgement you may ask? In the eyes of the widest cross section of stakeholders it must not be simply the best decision, for this is at times most difficult to judge, but it should at the same time be fair, reasonable and taking on board enough of the salient facts known to the person at that time. There is a well nections to the environment in which it has to be made, the urgency of the outcome and the perceived reality being faced and in the analysis and interpretation of the facts consistent with the actual reality and not the perceived reality. Sometimes the right and toughest decision is to step back, re assess the facts, and question the reality before action is taken. This stepping back process may sometimes cause us to act when we should not, or even to wait when we should act. Therein lies the tough decision. Suppose for example you believe you notice a changed behaviour in one of your family members, a young child, teenager or adult. Do you take the action immediately or monitor the situation over a period of time? One way or another you must do something. The issue is timing and evaluation. Are the symptoms being misread, i.e. is your analysis of the facts, the situation, and your own frame of mind leading you down a wrong path? Tough decisions do not always yield the outcome(s) you expect. Nonetheless the lack of a decision is at times of more dire consequences than making the wrong one. Let us change the culture of our decision making. Let us determine to be tough on facts, our assessment and analysis of all salient factors but slow yet timely on decisiveness. Let therefore our tough deciHis Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG * * *


4 Antigua Carnival 2013 Ends 7th August 2013 The curtains came down on the 2013 carnival celebrations on Tuesday evening (6th Augsut) bringing an end to eleven days of revelry. At about 1:00 p.m in the afternoon the parade of troupes and before culminating at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG). Here the various mas troupes, marching bands and other carnival participants had their last hooray on the big stage before the final announcement of the big winners for the 2013 carnival celebrations. Revelers mas troupe and new soca sensation Ezzy Rattigan were among the big winners on the final day of the 2013 Carnival Festivities. Below are some scenes from Carnival:




6 The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Launches its Regional Summer Promotion 2013. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority launched its 2013 Summer Regional Promotion The promotion ran throughout the month of July and offered one lucky regional winner the opportunity to win the chance to experience AntiAntigua and Barbuda is known for its Carnival and for its Cricket and this year the two major events both happened in the month of August. Marketing Manager of the ABTA, Charcept of the Come for the Carnival, promotion is a two for one destination promotion, where the ABTA decided to capitalize on these two major events and provide a chance for persons from within the Caribbean to win a trip to Antigua to experience both The concept behind the promotion: Things sweet for Antigua Carnival! This year for Antigua Carnival we one lucky winner the chance to enter and win their Carnival FREE! is always better than one! And what better way to experience Antigua and Barbuda but to come for Carnialways better than one in Antigua Fan had a chance to win Carnival and Cricket FREE in Antigua and Barbuda throughout the month of July. Participants had to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Facebook page ( antiguabarbuda ) and post a comment as to why Antigua and Barbuda is, One lucky regional winner will be flown to Antigua, compliments Liat and receive an all inclusive stay at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. The winner will also receive great prizes such as Carnival costumes compliments Myst Carnival Mas troupe; access tickets to experience Carnival shows and Cricket events and to top it off they will also receive free phones from LIME. The Carnival experience will be captured by the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) TV network and showcased to the wider region. Look out for the promotion on Tempo and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) TV networks, and tune into the Caribbean Super Station for more promotional details. The draw would take place the last week in July. See the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Facebook page for promotional details and term and conditions. Everyone is invited to Antigua and Barbuda to 15th July 2013 * * * Excerpted from; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena Sir Vivian Richards joins Antigua and Barbuda promotion at star studded Celebrity Cricket Match Antigua and Barbuda was promoted centre stage at the prestigious 25th Chairman Sir Victor Blank and English Journalist, Sir David Frost in the United Kingdom in aid of the charity, Wellbeing of Women. an Richards joined Minister of Tourism, The Hon, John Maginley and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, in promoting the destination, creating a buzz amongst the high net worth audience about Antigua and Barbuda. Invited guests at the private fund raiser, noted as having raised over £5.5 million for the charity during its 25 years existence, included high profile bankers, doctors, business leaders, celebrities and cricketers. Minister of Tourism John Maginley partnership with the influential event was in keeping with the Tourism raising awareness of Antigua and 5th July 2013 * * *


7 Sir Viv sees CPL as a platform for young WI players In West Indies Cricket news, former West Indies cricket captain and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards believes the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will provide young cricketers an opportunity to display and hone their skills in a competitive environment. Richards said the tournament should also give the young players an opportunity to assess their professional of a pinnacle that maybe our young professionals, or guys who are aspiring to be young professionals, can now maybe look forward to the cool now with the CPL, this could be the point where maybe the younger proRichards said. is that sort of a playground for them to assess their careers and where they would like to go and hopefully with the professional stuff which has been in the area itself, it gives them an opportunity to become better professionals and something to strive The tournament includes six franchises with 15 contracted players each, including a maximum of four international players and four players under the age of 23. The teams are Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. Reacting to the non selection of Antigua and Leeward Islands captain Sylvester Joseph, Richards who will coach the Hawksbills said the idea was to select a nucleus of players capable of complementing each u a l s w h o w e t h i n k c a n b e p a r t o f a CPL, is going to be over a period of about four to five weeks, we look to have individuals who want to reprewe have and everyone is on the list and the sheets that we were sent had everyone who were available The CPL, organised by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), replaces the Caribbean Twenty20 as the premier T20 cricket tournament in the Caribbean. The competition, ran from July 29 to August 26, and was played in Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. * * * ABIA set to launch new programme in NYC The Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) launched its ABIA and Diaspora Investment Partnership Programme. The programme kicked off with a three day multifaceted iniLabour Day festivities. The ABIA delegation, led by Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. McChesney Emanuel, unveiled the ABIA and Diaspora Investment Partnership Programme that is especially geared towards bolstering foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Antigua and Barbuda. ABIA Diaspora Investment Partnership Programme is integral to attracting FDI and presents an opportunity to reach out to the estimated 30,000 nationals residing in the Northeastern United States, many of whom will certainly welcome the opportunity to investment in Antigua and utive Director Henderson Fields, pora as an untapped reservoir brimming with investment opportunities and are prepared to work hard to bring those investments to Antigua tiguans and Barbudans residing in the Northeast, along with over twenty community organizations and associa t i o n s t o l a u n c h t h e A B I A D i a s p o r a Investment Partnership Programme. Episcopal Church in the Bronx on Thursday, August 29. On Friday August 30, ABIA led a series of scheduled face to face meetings with potential investors. ABIA has also partnered with organizers of the popular Caribbean Splashdown, where it operated an information booth at Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan on Saturday, August 31. Director of Marketing and Business Developactivities in New York gave the ABIA a valued opportunity to discuss investment opportunities and programs such as Construct Antigua and Barbuda Initiative (CAB I) and OutYork City is first in a series of planned marketing campaigns ABIA plans to host in the United States and Europe. ABIA thanked local corporate partners for their support, including: Finance & Development Shipping & Insurance, Bank of Nova Scotia, Henderson (2004) Ltd., Mr. Cool Concrete Services Ltd. and Global Bank of Commerce, Ltd. For further information, please contact the ABIA at (268) 481 1000 or info 22nd August 2013 * * * Sir Viv Richards (Photo courtesy


8 Participants at the first held on Antigua August 14 to 17, 2013 said the experience was motivating and life changing and several actors and writers are already working to ensure the momentum continues now that the event has ended. Aspiring screenwriters, filmmakers and actors came from across the island and as far away as Grenada and Barbados for the four day event which featured veteran filmmakers Neema Barnette and Reed McCants. The workshops and other activities which included The Reading Room and An Evening with Neema were all a part of Beyond the Screen, which was presented this year by the Antigua & Barbuda Literary Festival and co hosted by HAMA Films and golden media. Aisha Ralph and Brent Simon, who were the lead actors in the HAMA Films movie The Skin, both had high praises for the event which provided the opportunity to develop their craft. Simon noted at the end of the Acting for Film workshop on Day Two that the techniques learned from trainers Actor Reed McCants and Director Neema Barnette were invaluable and that he would be pursuing the recommendation that a local actors group be formed to connect with other local actors to support each other and help to grow the industry. Tammi Browne Bannister, a writer based in Barbados called the online group to connect the theatre and film community to apply the tools given in the sessions. She thanked the organisers for hosting didn't realize how big our dreams could get if we just applied ourselves. Beyond the Screen was such an inspirational and motivational push for me. I hope the other participants got shop host Mitzi Allen of HAMA Films said she was pleased to see the various activities come together to create such positive and rewarding experiences for the organisers, participants and sponsors. She was thankful to Emmy Award winning director Barnette and her husband McCants who conducted the main sessions along with local film director Howard Allen. Allen gave special mention of the kind support of Townhouse Furniture who sponsored the Digital Filmmaking workshop and also allowed for six participants to attend free of charge. Beyond the Screen was sponsored by the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival, Carib World Travel, City View Hotel, Townhouse Furnishings and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. To find out more about Beyond the Screen and other upcoming events visit Adventure Antigua takes triathlon to Barbuda Adventure Antigua is teaming up with the Wadadli Triathlon Club to connect Barbudan and Antiguan athletes through the sport of triathlon on July 13th. Owner of Adventure Antigua Eli nect the islands, and far too often Barbuda is left out. We hope this event will encourage more sporting events to be organized and more importantly we hope that the event will inspire young Barbudans to take up sports. Sport is the ultimate equalizdiscipline event was held in Barbuda. The event will include a 400m swim, a 15km bike and a 5k run. Each event was held separately to encourage maximum participation. There was a 30 60 min break in between each segment to allow athletes enough time to recover. The event compared lightly to the Olympic distance triathlon of a 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run which is held in immediate succession. But the event is seen as a first step towards developing the sport. Winners for the swim, bike and run will be recognized separately in each event. However prizes will be reserved for overall winners, which will be decided from those taking part in at least two of the three events. The Wadadli Triathlon Club has thanked Adventure Antigua for making it possible to bring Antiguans and Barbudan together in this rare and unique sporting opportunity. Around 15 to 20 Antiguan swimmers, cyclists, runners and triathletes will leave Antigua via one of the Adventure Antigua boats early Saturday morning. Barbudan organizer Peter Cuffy said the events took place around Codrington. The Wadadli Triathlon Club previously organized the half iron distance Tinman Rohr Triathlon in January 2012 and the Tinman Rohr Aquathlon & 10k swim in March 2013. In January 2012, as part of the Tinman Rohr Triathlon, Argentinian professional triathlete Claudio Delpueche spent two days in Barbuda teaching school children about the sport of triathlon. Then in March 2013 former world champion swimmer and French pro triathlete Benjamin Sanson, along with noted French pro triathlete Stephane Poulat and Hungarian pro triathlete Greta Horvath spent two days in Barbuda working with top Barbudan athletes. 2nd July 2013 * * *


9 Beach Signage Project Launched In Time for the Summer Holidays. Family, friends and tourists alike are visiting Antigua and Barbuda for the summer holidays, and a trip or two to one of the 365 beaches is a must during this time. With this in mind and in pursuit of the overall thrust of improving the product experience of our beautiful twin island state where the beach is just the beginning, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association (AHTA) have teamed together to implement a beach signage project. The first two of twelve signs to be erected over the next thirty days were unveiled and they are located at The FFryes and Darkwood beaches on the Southern end of the island. According to the Director of Policy and Planning in the Ministry of TourMinistry of Tourism sights our naimportant environmental, social and economic assets; therefore, they are is designed to enhance beach safety education and information as well as to help create a sense of place and capture the charm and romance of Funding for the project was provided through the Tourism Development Fund collected by the AHTA, where guests to its representative properties are asked to make a charitable donation of $1 per day during their stay. The donation which is voluntary is collected on a monthly basis by the association and used for sustainable projects such as this, training for hotel staff as well as scholarships. General Manager of the AHTA Mr. Neil Forrester who was on hand for just the beginning but it is still the mainstay and the number one reason why people come to our destination and although they want to find beaches in a pristine state, we still have to put the infrastructure around those beaches to protect them and the signage is the start of enhancing the prodThe Beach Signage Project is an integral part of a larger project to develop a Beach Risk Management and Standards Framework for the island. This project includes signage, access and zoning, supervision and rescue and beach facilities such as what will be erected at the Long Bay Public Park. Other popular beaches on which signs will be erected during the first instalment are Morris Bay, Jabberwock Beach and Dickenson Bay. 16th July 2013 * * * Dental Clinic Opens in All Saints As part of the agenda to provide quali t y h e a l t h c a r e s e r v i c e s t o r e s i d e n t s across Antigua and Barbuda, the Government on Thursday 4th July opened a Dental Clinic in the All Saints community. The Dental clinic forms part of the All Saints community health centre and will provide a wide range of oral health care services to patients. Speaking on behalf of Minister of Health the Hon. Wilmoth Daniel, Senator Joanne Massiah praised the modern advancements in the dental health field and particularly encouraged young persons to make use of the facility. Senator Massiah, along with Parliamentary Representative for All Saints West the Hon. Chanlah Codrington reaffirmed that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda takes the responsibility of providing quality health care to citizens very seriously. 5th July 2013 * * * 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


10 Workshop Targets Parents of Autistic Children An appeal was made to parents/ guardians of autistic children to capitalize on a two day workshop held on Monday 8th July and Tuesday 9th The workshop formed part of the which ran from Monday 8 July to Friday 19 July, 2013. Coordinator of the Summer Institute Doristeen Etinoff said while the programme is geared mainly towards providing professional development for teachers and principals, parents were given an opportunity to hear from an expert on autism, a disorder that affects about 1 2 per 1000 people worldwide according to reports. However, interested parties must contact the planning unit within the ministry of education in order to be registered. Antiguan born Natalie Beazer an autism expert and Director of Disability Services at Bethel University in Minnesota, USA facilitated the workshop from 9 AM 3PM on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th at the Antigua State College. Topics includex understanding the autism diagnosis, behaviours solutions for the classroom and home and social stories and scripts. Space for the autism workshop was limited, so interested persons had until 1 PM Friday 5 July, 2013 to secure a place in the programme. Meantime, teachers and principals who participated in the workshop also sharpened their skills through sessions in ICT Management and Leadership and Special Education to include mental illness and dyslexia, and curriculum learning strategies among others. The brainchild of Education Minister Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro, the annuestablished in 2010, as the Ministry of Education seeks to reform the education system in Antigua and Barbuda. It aims to assist educators in managing their schools and classrooms in a more effective manner, educational needs, and making the necessary provisions for them. 5th July 2013 * * * Nora Parker is honoured Founder is Bob Foster and Patron is Baroness Howells of St David's OBE As a key inspiration behind the Windrush Nurses and Beyond Foundation, Nora embodies all what is good about SEN nursing staff whose contribution has not been fully recognised. Nora represents the thousands of young people in the Caribbean who answered the call of the mother land in 1950s to come and work in the health service. With opportunities in the Antigua limited, the proposition was an attractive one and the spirit of adventure took hold. She set sail in 1956 for three week journey, not exactly a luxury cruise but she remembers the camaraderie aboard with fondness. Her Arrival at Southampton and later London was a rude awakening with the cold weather and dreary skies. Worse was to come as the expected welcome mat to the country was removed as she sought accommodation. Nora first resided in west London and eventually settled in Hackney in 1962. After a short spell working in Lyons tea shop and then a box factory Nora went into auxiliary nursing and in 1958 decided to complete SEN training to enter the nursing profession. She initially worked in a number of fields but eventually specialised in orthopaedic nursing. She trained many students and there was some frustration as they received promotions that were denied to her due to her SEN status. Eventually her talent was recognised and she ran two busy orthopaedic wards in an east London hospital. patients over her 44 year career was encouraging to her colleagues and valued by doctors, senior nurses and support staff alike. Upon her retirement in 2002, Nora continued to support her local community and today remains an active member of ganises visits to the elderly in their home and hospital patients who have no family or friends. Nora works tirelessly by supporting her local night shelter and a mothers and toddler group imparting much of her own experience of raising four children on her own. The ceremony which took place on Thursday 18th July 2013 at The Dorchester Hotel in London, was attended by His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG, High Commissioner and Mrs Pauline Roberts. His Excellency added his words of congratulations to Mrs Parker for this lifelong achievement and for making us, as nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, very proud. 18th July 2013 Nora Parker


11 National Sailing Academy Antigua Sailing for the disabled of Antigua in conjunction with the National Sailing Academy For a moment think what it would be like to have a disability. A disability that was handed to you by fate. Your day would perhaps begin with someone getting you up, toileting you, dressing and feeding you. Then you would be left to your own devices for the rest of the day. Perhaps not going outside of your room or house and then finally being put to bed. Bad enough for one day, but this is your expectation for the rest of your life. There is no respite, and what about your carers. They need respite also. Thank heavens this only happens to a few, but is it a few? The World Health Organisation statistics estimate that there are approximately 7,000 people in Antigua with disability!!! Disability only comes to the front of our mind when we have a person experience of it through family or friends. Sailability Antigua is going to offer extremely safe sailing for this group of people. They will feel the freedom and excitement of small boat sailing and unbelievable experience, Age and disability are no barrier, it will be free, there are models of this in operation in the UK, there are suitable craft in the UK. The boat @ A Challenger Trimaran has been designed to enable people with disabilities to experience the freedom and excitement of small boat sailing: Length: 4.57 metres; Beam: 3.50 metres; Weight: 145 Kilograms; Mast height: 6.50 metres Sail are 7.5sq metres Sailors will be loaded on land before moving on to the water where they will sail accompanied until they have maximised their abilities or in fact sail solo. To open Sailability Antigua Falmouth Harbour we need your support to purchase an electric hoist, a bus adapted for disability etc. If you wish to support and assist with this worthwhile venture contact: National Sailing Academy, English Harbour, Antigua on Telephone 268 560 8060 or email: * * * MBS to issue first set of Smart Cards The Medical Benefit Scheme (MBS) is now closer to introducing to the state of the art Smart Card, which also includes photo identification. As of today, Monday, 26th August 2013, MBS is inviting members of the public to set up an appointment visit to the MBS Registration Centre to acquire the new Smart Card. These appointments can be arranged via the internet by accessing the MBS website at and following the prompts. Appointments can also be made by calling telephone number 481 6393 or by completing an appointment form, available at all MBS service points including MBS pharmacies. This is the testing phase of the system and the public has between Monday 26th and Friday 30th August 2013 to set up a Smart Card registration appointment. People who are successful in obtaining an appointment this week will have their appointments request honoured 9th to 13th September 2013 on the ground floor of the MBS Healthcare and Conference Building, Nevis Street. Upon completion of the registration appointment the Customer Service Agent will indicate the date to collect the new Smart Card. Following these dates, MBS will announce the date for the commencement of the full official launch of the appointment and registration comprehensive service solution that includes enrolment, personalization and issuance Ultimately the microchip embedded in the smart card will facilitate an electronic health card software applications program that enables doctors to securely store electronic prescriptions and lab requests on the card. Pharmacists can then access the card to record prescriptions dispensed. Laboratory staff will also use the card to record all tests and procedures performed along with the associated costs. The card also stores a personal health record including the last 10 prescriptions, the last 25 doctor visits, and the chronic diseases with which the patient has been diagnosed. That information will be secured since it will be encrypted, and protected by two keys, one held by the healthcare professional and one held by the patient. Both keys will be required to display the information. These features of the card will be activated when all MBS members have been registered. In the interim, the card will serve as identification to access, MBS pharmaceutical services, and make claims at MBS. Additionally, the card will be required by MBS beneficiaries accessing benefits at the Smartcards will be issued to only persons already registered with MBS and were issued an MBS card and those persons who have become eligible after paying 26 weeks of contributions. Persons having less than the required contributions will simply be enrolled without the issuance of the smartcard. Research will be conducted to determine the eligibility of each person applying for the new card. 28th August 2013 * * *


12 The vacant, overgrown lands surbeen cleared. Minister of National Security and Labour Sen. the Hon. Dr. L. Errol Cort engaged Mr. Lionel Michael of the Central Board of Health (CBH) to assist in clearing the lands of overgrown shrubs and grass surrounding the outer walls of the prison. On July 26th, a backhoe and tractor worked into the afternoon. Dr. Cort noted that the overgrown lands posed a security risk by providing coverage to potential robbers, especially during the carnival season when the Antigua Recreation Grounds, venue for many shows. The minister said the removal of the shrubbery also provides a clear view of the wall of the prison and anyone who may attempt to toss contraband over the wall, into the facility. 8th August 2013 * * * Axcel Finance gives assistance to Antigua's prison cipient of a generous donation by Axcrofinance institution. Responding to Axcel Finance committed to erect a few bathroom facilities at the institution. These facilities will be utilised by the prisoners. Carol Beazer, the Corporate Relations Manager of Axcel Finance excommunity institution. We are here for the people of Antigua and Barbuda to assist them in getting the kinds of financing that has in the past been difficult for them access. In addition to this, however, we understand the role we play in giving back to the communities we serve. So today, we are assisting Her MajesBeazer.She also explained that although persons are incarcerated they are still members of society and should have access to decent facilities. Ms. Beazer also thanked other corporate partners in this venture Hendersons 2004 Ltd. along with Bargain Centre Hardware who assisted greatly in this venture. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of National Security was Joseph Henry who also expanded on the virtue of being our brother's keeper. Mr. Henry explained that although many improvements are needed at the facility this is a start and he was pleased that Axcel Finance has seen it fit to "assist every corner of society." Prison, Mr. Percy Adams, expressed delight at this gesture and he appealed to other corporate entities to come forward and follow Axcel Finance in helping to improve the facilities at the Prison. 29th August 2013 * * * Prison environ gets facelift


13 The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has relocated to the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP Telephone 020 3668 3800 Tourism Awareness Campaign Kicks Off With New PSA The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has initiated a local Tourism Awareness Campaign with the release of a new Public Service Anon local media via ABS television and the Karib Cable Network. The strategic concept behind the campaign is to reinvigorate the pubits contribution to the economy. The tourism PSA is geared towards a younger demographic, yet it demonstrates to the entire community how we as citizens within the country are at the core of the tourism product, and each play an integral role in providing the vital services that visitors come to experience when visiting the destination. Colin C. James, CEO of the Tourgenerates 75% of GDP; every dollar spent by a visitor is a dollar that goes directly into Antigua and Barbuda and stimulates our economy and benefits our people. To continue to grow our economy we all have to be actively involved in the positive messages and the experience that we give to visitors to our shores. Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, the Hon. John Maginley is very competitive and in order to encourage increased visitor arrivals, every citizen has to recognize that he/she plays a critical part in showcasing and promoting the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Our people and our product are two of the main reasons that persons choose to come to our islands; this is our home and we all play a part in promoting the best of what Antigua and In positioning the theme for the PSA, Marketing Manager of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Charmaine Spencer said, The media generation, it was used as an example to show how today we are all inter connected and when we work together in a positive direction our best is manifested; if we continue to send a consistently posi t i v e m e s s a g e a b o u t o u r i s l a n d p r o duct then it will be seen throughout The PSA also features local soca celebrity, Tian Winter, which helps to make it easily identifiable and also nival festivities. The Tourism Awareness Campaign was launched in preparation for the next winter tourist season, the timing of the launch aims to provide awareness to better develop our tourism product during the traditionally slow season. line includes the famous tagline associated with However, it reinforces the point * * * Virgin Holidays has partnered with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Education Foundation (CHTAEF) for nine consecutive years supporting young hospitality & tourism stars across the region Virgin Holidays Antigua Country Manager, Karen Budd, explained the impetus for this Special Scholarship participated in a global Virgin Holidays team event a few years back and in line with our belief that good tourism is sustainable tourism, we raised money to develop a tourism professional in Antigua and Barbuda. Having worked closely with CHTAEF for years, we asked them to join with us so allowing for a valu a b l e f u l l s c h o l a r s h i p f o r 2 y e a r s tuition fees while attending the Resort Management Associates Degree course at Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute (ABHTI). Virgin Holidays is pleased to support a local institution of excellence and participate in the teaching of a 15 hour Sustainable Tourism / Eco Smart module within the Resort Management course. The application period iended 4pm on Carnival Monday, 5 August, 2013. Applicants were asked to submit as early as possible no extensions to the deadline would be granted and the winner to be anCHTAEF invited young Antiguan and Barbudan professionals who are passionate about sustainability, tourism & hospitality and wishing to study RESORT MANAGEMENT at ABHTI beginning September 2013, to email an application request to An application form would be sent. Details can also be found on facebook: Antigua Virgin Holidays Scholarship. The scholarship is open to new Antiguan students and Antiguan students who have been accepted by ABHTI to begin September 2013. Regrettably CHTAEF & Virgin Holidays did not offer telephone support.


14 Agencies Partner for Installation of Solar Lighting at entrance to Airport A joint effort by a number of government agencies has seen the installation of solar lights along the entrance to the VC Bird International Airport. In particular the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), and the Public Works Department have worked together to enable the installation of fourteen solar powered lights along the driveway into the airport entrance. The new lights are intended to serve as a practical demonstration of the resources and are a part of the govenergy resources. The solar powered lights will provide much needed lighting along the driveway which had been negatively impacted by the absence of lights following the closure of the Stanford Groups properties in the area. Director of Operations at the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, Mr Edward Gilkes, thanked the various departments which had made the solar lighting possible and noted that to the many persons that utilize the airport at evenings and early mornings". Other government agencies involved in the installation of the lights were the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Legal Affairs. 2013 * * * Diversity in the Royal Household A Message from Buckingham Palace (which the High Commission has been asked to deliver) It states (gist): to apply for jobs for which they are qualified. They will get a fair and sympathetic hearing. We are looking for new ways of drawing job vacancies in the Royal Household to the attention of the public. There is already in existence a system by which people can register to be alerted by email to interesting vacancies in the Household. Please pass on the message


15 Antigua and Barbuda signs US$10 million dollars loan agreement with the World Bank Antigua and Barbuda opened a new chapter in its relationship with the World Bank by signing its first multi million dollar loan agreement with the financial institution. The US$10 public and social sector reform activities for the next five years. Minister of Finance Harold Lovell and World Bank Country Director for the Caribbean Sophie Sirtaine signed the loan headquarters in Washington, DC. In April 2012, the World Bank granted a Project Preparation Advance of US$980,000 to start the groundwork for the Public and Social Sector Transformation (PSST) Project. On Board of Directors approved the loan for the five year project. The Government can now intensify implementation of the PSST Project having formally executed the loan agreement with the World Bank. The Project supports the National Economic and Social Transformation (NEST) 2014 strategic response to the global economic and financial crisis and the 2010 2013 Public Sector Transformation Strategy. Antigua and Barbuda demonstrated its commitment to improve macro economic management with the development of the NEST Plan and, in particular, by implementing its fiscal consolidation programme with financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and other development partners. Antigua and of its fiscal consolidation programme public financial management reforms cleared the way for the World Bank to provide much needed assistance for public and social sector initiatives. Under the loan agreement, just over US$4 million is designated to support the introduction of Active Labour Market Programmes to increase employment opportunities, skills and earnings of citizens between the ages of 17 to 50 years. Under this project component, the One Stop Employment Centre (OSEC) will be fully operationalised to offer employment services to job seekers. A little over US$1million is allocated to strengthen public institutions for the strategic management of government policies. Two and a half million US dollars (US$2.5 million) is earmarked to fundamentally modernise human resource management to improve capacity, systems, legislation and policies for the management of an integrated public service. The efficiency and effectiveness of social protection programmes will be improved with just over US$1 million, with a focus on targeted benefits and establishing a national beneficiary system. The remaining funds are to support the operations of a project management unit, including annual financial audits and process evaluations. The US$10 million loan is to be repaid over 30 years with a five year moratorium on principal payments. Management of the Public and Social Sector Transformation Project falls under the remit of the Project Management Unit based in the Ministry of Finance, the Economy, Public Administration, Public Broadcasting and Information. Other key implementing ministries and departments for the PSST Project include the Department for Social Policy, Research and Planning in the Ministry of Health, Social Transformation and Consumer Affairs, the Labour Department in the Ministry of National Security and Labour, the Public Sector Transformation Unit and the Establishment Department in the Ministry of Finance, Economy, Public Administration, Public Broadcasting and Information and the Cabinet Secretariat. Also present at the signing of the loan agreement were Antigua and Social Protection Consultant Asha Williams, Senior Public Sector Specialist Svetlana Proskurovska, Social Protection Sector Manager Mansoora Rashid, Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean Kevin Silston, and Senior Counsel Edith Mwenda. Senior Social Protection Specialist Gaston Blanco and Social Protection Economist Juan Martin Moreno attended by video conference. 15th August 2013 * * * Excerpted from;; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena


16 To Our Readers We apologise for the lateness of the receipt of the newsletter Notices and Announcements The Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology officially opened an ICT Cadet Training facility which will be used to train hundreds of Antiguans and techniques. The ICT Cadet programme, which is one component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) project, is a collaborative ICT initiative between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Telecommunications Company Digicel. Speaking during the launch ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer noted in tandem with the granting of scholarships, the UPP administration recognizes that there is also the need for synergy between education and technology. our thrust in education, we are preparing our nation and our people for the future, and for us not to be left like no other seen in this sub region, in fact I would go as far as to say, this is the first of its kind in this hemisaid. The ICT Cadet programme, is an exciting opportunity for young people interested in working in information technology related fields, to acquire technical skills, as well as gain valuable workplace experience. The nations potential to be the cornerstone of our nations thrust towards private sector investment, facilitate the growth of small businesses and to increase employment. The Prime Minister also announced that next month every student and lecturer at the Antigua State College will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and 4G LTE connectivity. As part of the GATE initiative Samsung Galaxy tablets and 4 G LTE connectivity have been allocated to secondary school students in Antigua and Barbuda to assist with their schooling. According to officials at the Ministry of Education as a result there has been a 75 per cent increase in timely submissions of School Based Assessments S B Minister also commended Digicel for partnering with the Government on the trendsetting program and for the ple of Antigua and Barbuda. Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr Hon. Edmond Mansoor said the GATE program took thirteen months of negotiation with Digicel who invested in excess of US fifteen million dollars putting in brand new cutting edge technology. The project which was launched in June 2012 will focus on improving Antity, along with a focus on stimulating growth in innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and sustainability. Dr Mansoor noted, already GATE has attracted regional and international attention with countries such as St Vincent, Barbados and Papua New Guinea studying the programming. So far two other components of GATE have been launched the E education computer and E education connectivity component and the 4 G LTE connectivity for Government of GATE is about impacting on the been very busy, very obsessive about giving young people an opportunity to go abroad to study, to get better skill sets. The ICT cadet program is very revoting up a facility to help young Antiguans and Barbudans to be competiing weeks the ministry will launch at the GATE facility a full program in mobile app development. practical skills and there will be a heavy emphasis on hands on experiSolutions Manager at Digicel Clement Samuel said Digicel stepped up to the plate to be the first telecommunications company to bring 4G LTE technology to Antigua following a challenge by Dr Mansoor for the Telecommunications companies in Antigua to bring the cutting edge technolDigicel, Antigua and Barbuda is one of the first country in the world, and certainly one of the first country in the English speaking Caribbean, to experience the amazing power of 4G will get hands on training in the New Media Unit, in areas that will cover video filming, video editing, web journalism, graphic design, photography, social media management and new media techniques, including development of websites and web marketing. They will also work on the mobile IT buses and assist in maintaining these networks. Additionally, ICT Cadets will undergo intensive hands on training in computer repair and upgrades, computer diagnostics, preventive maintenance, software installation and diagnostics, and cell phone repairs. Cadets will get work experience in maintaining various community projects and programs that the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology established. The cadets will be expected to master the operating systems of various ICT devices, inventory control, data entry, assist in the roll out of new projects, and provide administrative support to existing and new community projects. Through GATE, ICT Cadets will work in the Community Computer Access Centres and ensure that they remain open Mondays through Fridays until 9 pm to service the 32 communities where they are located. For more information on GATE check or E mail: * * *


17 Notices and Announcements Hands up Foundation music and arts academy launches HUF Music and Arts Academy students, executive and faculty paraded the streets of the Grays Green community Sunday 11th August and journeyed their way to the Green Bay Primary School where national dignitaries, parents and community supporters gathered for the official launch ceremony of the HUF Music and Arts Academy. The manifestation of the opening of this academy is a part of a vision driven by HUF founder Senator Malaka Parker to promote community enhancement through individual empowerment and positive youth intervention. It was an injection of transformation in the Grays Green community where the launch featured greetings from Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Gender Affairs; Hon. Winston Williams, Min. of State with responsibility for Culture; Hon. Eleston Adams and the distinguish honor of having to unveil the HUF signage that afternoon, fell to President of the Senate, the Hon. Hazilyn Mason Francis. The Elite Dancers, Newton Benjamin!s Ethnic Dance Group, Willie Wha Wha, Ghetto Sling Performers, the HUF Music Faculty all gave the students and audience stella performances that would only encourage them to embrace the opportunity offered to be a part of this academy. Mr. Anthony Hampson founder of Le Chateau d!Or Music Academy gave a stamp of approval for the reality of the HUF Music and Arts Academy expounding on the benefits of music to the development of a child. They have started, guitars in hand, dance students are poised and the lessons are exciting. One way we will affect change in the lives of the children is to introduce them to these musical and artistic modes of expresthat has todays youth utilizing only their thumbs, we had Music, Sports program director William Dorsett. Monday 12th August was described pledges to offer a transformational program to the children of the community. Sen. Parker in speaking at the true education is concerned with the development of the whole person. It is important that we seek to provide an avenue for success and for opportunities to excel to the child that may not be as academic as our very strict and structured system expects. Each child is valuable and full of potential and the HUF Music and Arts Academy is here to continue to ensure that we provide a platform for those creative and musically inclined children to excel. The pre registered count for the program prior to Sundays launch was bridging fifty (50); but at the end of the first week, the numbers have swollen to 90 students who are all smiling and motivated. The Academy promises a comprehensive program to include training in recorder, creative dance, drama, piano, guitar, the steel pan, drums and creative writing. The two week pilot program will climax on 23rd August which will subsequently give the executive and faculty time to prepare for the full scale after school program, that begins in September 2013 of the new school year. 20th August 2013 * * * Useful Telephone Numbers in Antigua and Barbuda Registrar of Births, Marriages, Deaths 001 268 462 3725 Land Registry 001 268 462 3745 0r 562 3943 or 562 3894


18 The Antigua and Barbuda National Association (ABNA) Celebrating 32 years of Independence In conjunction with SN Travel Celebrating 40 years in Travel Cordially invites you to their celebration Dinner and Dance Saturday 9th November 2013 6.00pm to 1.30am At Novotel Hotel (Hammersmith) 1 Shortlands Road, London W6 8DR Guest appearance Tian Winter Janet Kay Caroll Thompson Music by DJ Shaker HD Denon Lee Tickets: Dinner and Dance £60 (includes raffle) Dance Only £25 OnLine: Ticket Outlets and Information: Everton 07956 655152, Leontine 020 8980 0805, Alphonso 07463 268122, SN Travel 0207 254 0136, Sandra 07958 382351, Philomena and Claude 020 8597 3510, Dawn 07951 544781,Yvonne 07877 604281, Maiphy 07594 566792, Irma 020 8555 1780, Shirley 07984 694364, Keith 07985 161612, Donna 07958 430728 or


19 Announcements Thursday 31st October 2013 5.00pm (must be seated by 4.45pm) Evensong At Westminster Abbey of Independence will be celebrated on Thursday 31st October 2013. The Second Lesson will be read by His Excellency The High Commissioner Saturday 19th October 2013 7.30pm to 10.30pm Caribbean Evening St Matthias Hall, Wordsworth Rod, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD Sunday 27th October 2013 at 3.00pm St Matthias Hall, Wordsworth Rod, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD Saturday 9th November 6.00pm to 1.30am (see notice on page 18) Novotel Hotel (Hammersmith) 1 Shortlands Road, London W6 8DR * * ** * Antigua and Barbuda At The Commonwealth Fair Saturday 9th November 2013 11.30am to 6.00pm Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street London W8 7NX Music Food Crafts Entry: Adults £5.00 Children up to 12 years old £3.00 * * * *


20 Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP,Tel: 020 72580070,Fax: 020 72587486, enquiri es@ antigua The Government of Antigua & Barbuda in collaboration with Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority presents The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) has re launched the successful Construct Antigua Barbuda Initiative (CAB I). CAB I (2013), beginning Monday, June 17 th 2013, with benefits expiring Tuesday, September 30 th 2014, continues to be rooted in the principle of stimulating economic growth through increased construction and related activity. To date, 311 applications have been received and 258 have reached approved status, totaling approximately EC$ 130 Million in project value. The main objectives of the Construct Antigua Barbuda Initiative are to: Make homeownership affordable by reducing construction costs by at least 15% Stimulate economic activity Create employment in the construction sector Some of the potential homeowner benefits are: Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) waived on building materials procured locally Store discounts on all building supplies procured locally Reduced interest rates with participating financial institutions long term mortgages Discounts on premiums with participating insurance companies and aggregate suppliers Antiguans and Barbudans in the Diaspora are encouraged to consider building their homes or residential structures as a financial, personal and/or retirement investment even before/without relocation to their native country. Persons living outside of Antigua & Barbuda can also appoint a representative to coordinate and communicate on their behalf in addition to any personal e mail/telephone communication they may wish How it works Under the Initiative, potential and existing homeowners/participants would be entitled to government incentives including zero ABST on all building materials procured locally as well as reduced rates from the local financial institutions, insurance companies, aggregate suppliers, architects, attorneys, and contractors registered with the ABIA. The programme applies to citizens, non citizens, residents and non residents. Non citizens and non residents can apply under the CAB I (2013), however a copy of the Non Citizens Land Holding License must be submitted along with the standard documentation. All suppliers and service providers desirous of participating in the Initiative MUST first register with the ABIA to be eligible for CAB I (2013) benefits. A step by step explanation of the application process and CAB I (2013) programme can be obtained by contacting the ABIA either via telephone number 1268 481 1000/1 or via e mail at cab ABIA will provide a list of registered retailers and service providers to (potential) CAB I (2013) homeowners. The Construct Antigua and Barbuda Initiative Team looks forward to assisting you. * * * *