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April 2011

The Antigua and Barbuda

High Commission

t., Official Newsletter

A newsletter produced by the Antigua and Bar
London for nationals and friends of Antigua an

buda High Commission
d Barbuda

Barbuda to name beach after late Princess





Inside this issue:

New Airport Termi-
nal at Coolidge

A Cricket Partner-
ship with Essex and
Antigua and Barbuda

From Ist January
2012 Old Style
Passport no longer

Antigua and
Barbuda Census 2011

New Lighting for
Barbuda Airport

5 CODRINGTON, Barbuda,
Wednesday April 6, 2011 -

Officials on Antigua's sis-
ter isle are in the process
of naming a stretch of
beach after the late Prin-
cess Diana, as speculation
10 increases about where
the elder of her two
sons, Prince William, and
his bride-to-be Kate Mid-
15 dleton will choose to

i here on their honeymoon that
would be an added incentive. It
would add the kind of prestige
we are hoping to generate to
this project."

Barbuda has had the royal
seal of approval, as the K
Club there was a favourite
holiday escape of the late
Princess and a young
Prince William and Harry.

"We have had consulta-
tions on the matter and we
are working on naming the
beach along the K Club, in
honour of Princess Diana,"
Barbuda Council Chairman
Kelvin Punter said. "If the
royal couple were to visit

The British media reported
this week that the Middleton
family has been in "discreet
talks" with a resort on Barbu-
da. Lighthouse Bay Resort,
located on a private peninsular
with acres of deserted beach,
is understood to be the prop-
erty of interest. It is accessible
only via helicopter or boat.

"It is a beautiful part of the
world and has some very
happy memories for William
but most importantly for
him and Kate, it is strictly
off limits to non-guests," a
Middleton family friend told
a British paper on Sunday.

The ceremony to mark the
occasion is scheduled for
July I, which would have
been Diana's 50th birthday.

Royal Wedding....Friday 29th April 201 I

Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake Tack, GCMG, Governor General, His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts and Mrs Pauline Roberts were
among the 1,900 guests who watched Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange vows at Westminster Abbey Fri-
day, 29th April.
Following the ceremony, Dame Louise was among six hundred special guests of honour to attend a special reception at Bucking-
ham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Phillip in honour of the newlyweds while members of the Diplomatic
Corps to include His Excellency the High Commissioner and Mrs Roberts attended the reception at Lancaster House which was
hosted by The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs the Right Honourable William Hague and Mrs Hague.

Issue 142

High Commissioner's Message

Migration:A good or
bad thing?

As someone growing up in the
Caribbean in the 1950s it was
not uncommon to be reminded
that some members of the family
(close or extended) had gone to
live in the UK, USA or Canada.
Not that a few of our family
members did not leave Antigua
and Barbuda to live elsewhere in
the Region. This, however was
not as prevalent.

It was a much anticipated joy es-
pecially at Christmas time to
look forward to that gift from
"overseas" or that letter which
brought such relief to the tight
budgets of many struggling

It was not until I was somewhat
older and going to secondary
school that I encountered such

terms as migration and emigra-
tion. No doubt each of my read-
ers realizes immediately why I
am using the first word in this
message. Migration refers to the
relocation of citizens of one
country to reside in another for
long periods. A very good exam-
ple of the above is the mass mi-
gration from the West Indies in
the 1950s and 1960s. Now many
generations later there are many
descendents of these early mi-
grants making the journey home-
ward to the Caribbean to retire.

In the second of three reports
produced by the Ramphal Com-
mission on Migration and Devel-
opment various aspects of this
movement of people in today's
Commonwealth are examined.
The second report is prepared
by Professor Elizabeth Thomas-
Hope of the University of the
West Indies, Mona. The report
was published in May 2011 and
has as its focus "action to re-
connect historical links".

Although, I cite this report here,
the main focus of this message is
to initiate worthwhile discussion
on the subject highlighting the
issues, benefits and associated
risks. Each of these can be ex-
panded to produce a series of
articles over time.

According to the International
Organisation for Migration's
World Report' the number of

international migrants was esti-
mated at 214 million in 2010.
This phenomenon is driven by
characteristics in the environ-
ment from which individuals de-
part or those in the environment
to which individuals move. It may
be initiated by events such as
war, natural or non-made disas-
ters, persecutions (real or per-
ceived) or simply motivated by
search for greener pastures.

In the earlier part of my message
I have already alluded to one of
the benefits associated with Mi-
gration: i.e., the repatriation of
hard earned foreign exchange to
developing countries by their
citizens living in the more devel-
oped countries.

In this first of my series of arti-
cles I propose to look at the is-
sue of Migration from the van-
tage point of foreign exchange
earning, that is the repatriation
of funds from the country of res-
idence by the migrant to the
country of his birth. In some in-
stances this fund is used to sup-
port members of the migrant's
family at home to maintain a
standard of living above subsist-
ence. In others articles I will deal
with the Brain Drain, the 3 T's of
Migration, Risk Mitigation, Hu-
man Rights balancing and a few

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Commssor o 0l
October 2004

His Excellency Dr Carl Roberts attends Commonwealth Day
Ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Monday 14th March 201 I


"Women as
Agents of

His Excellency Dr

Carl Roberts and Mrs

Roberts attended the

Commonwealth Day

Service at

Seen above H. E. Dr Carl Roberts, High Commissioner and Miss
Ayanna George, Flagbearer on Commonwealth Day

on Monday
March 2011.

New Airport Terminal at

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua - April
15, 201 I .........Chairman of the
China Civil Engineering and
Construction Company CCECC
Mr. Liu Zhiming has pledged his
company's intention to produce a
new airport terminal at the V.C.
Bird International Airport of good
quality and deliver to the
government and people of Antigua
and Barbuda on-time.

The CCECC delegation lead by
Mr. Liu Zhiming held a special
meeting with Prime Minister the
Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer,
Tourism Minister the Hon. John
Maginley, Ambassador David
Shoul, Chairman of the Antigua
and Barbuda Airport Authority Mr.
Gatesworth James, Architectural
Consultant to the Airport
Authority Mr. Johann Hesse and
Engineer Consultant to the
Airport Authority Mr. Bernard T.

CCECC Chairman Liu Zhiming
said that his company is pleased to

work with the government of
Antigua and Barbuda on this very
important project and will live up
to the standards expected of a
modern airport facility. The
CCECC constructed the Sir Vivian
Richards Cricket Stadium for the
2007 World Cup.

"New Airport

Terminal at Coolidge"

Prime Minister Spencer during the
discussions said that his
government is delighted to have
the delegation in Antigua and
Barbuda to sign the framework
agreement for the construction of
the new terminal building which he
views as an important
developmental project for the

"Antigua and Barbuda is heavily
dependent on tourism and as such
it is important for us to ensure
that the gateway is welcoming and
convey a positive first impression
to lure tourists back to our
nation. It gives us the opportunity
to expand our reach and
encourage other airlines to come
to Antigua because of the facilities
we have," said PM Spencer.

"As you stated, your idea is to
deliver and to deliver on
time. We have seen your work
and dedication in working with the
people of Antigua and Barbuda
with the cricket stadium. And we
are pleased with the outcome of
that venture. We have no doubt
that you will work with us as we
undertake this project."

The country's leader also pointed
out that his government wants the
project to be undertaken in a
manner in which the people of
Antigua and Barbuda and the
construction company can work
together to see it to completion.

"We look forward to further
cooperation. The objective is to
enhance the airport to make it
modern and one that also
represents an injection of capital
into the economy which is very
important at this stage," outlined
PM Spencer.

It is anticipated that construction
work on the new facility will
commence before the third
quarter of the year.


Antigua and Barbuda honours SixtyYears of Service To Tourism

Earlier this year, Prime Minis-
ter of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr.
The Honourable Baldwin Spen-
cer hosted a cocktail reception
in honour of two senior mem-
bers of the diplomatic service
who recently retired, Miss
Madeline Blackman; Consul
General to Canada and Dr.
Werner Giersch, Honorary
Consul to Germany.

Government Ministers, mem-
bers of the diplomatic service,
permanent secretaries, repre-
sentatives from the ministries of
Foreign Affairs and Tourism and
other tourism stakeholders
gathered at the Prime Minister's
Office on Thursday 3rd Febru-
ary 2011 to pay tribute to the
two retired diplomats; Miss

Madeline Blackman and Dr.
Werner Giersch. In addition to
their diplomatic roles, the two
also functioned as tourism di-
rectors for their respective mar-

Miss Madeline Blackman began
her distinguished career work-
ing for the Antigua Tourist
Board at 18 years of age. In
1977 she left Antigua and went
to Canada to work at the Anti-
gua & Barbuda Tourist office.
While in Canada Miss Blackman
earned a degree in Communica-
tion Arts from Sinclair College
and rose through the ranks until
her retirement after 43 years of
public service. Miss Blackman is
a highly respected figure in dip-
lomatic and tourism related cir-

"She is described as the con-
summate public servant who
commands the respect and ad-
miration of her peers. A perfect
example of the traditional values
of honesty, fairness and commit-
ment to the work of Govern-
ment" said the Prime Minister.

a result of his expertise he was
invited to take up the position
of Honorary Consul and Direc-
tor of Tourism in Germany; the
position he held for 23 years.
Dr. Giersch and his small team
in the German Office worked
tirelessly to promote Antigua
and Barbuda in Germany and
throughout Northern and East-
ern Europe.

The Prime Minister in address-
ing the gathering commended
both public servants, "They are
perfect examples of what dedi-
cation, hard work and commit-
ment are all about. And whether
they are retired or not they will
always make significant contribu-
tions to the service of people."

Mr. Colin James, CEO of Anti-
gua and Barbuda Tourism Au-
thority expressed his gratitude
to Miss Blackman and Dr.
Giersch for their work in the
area of tourism. "It is important
to recognize the efforts and
achievements of those who
went before us. It is the hard
work and diligence of people
like Madeline Blackman and
Werner Giersch that has helped
to build our tourism industry to
the level that it is today. They
set the standard and we applaud
them for their efforts."

Dr. Werner Giersch came to
Antigua and Barbuda in the late
'70s to work as a consultant on
an OECS tourism related pro-
ject for the European Union. As

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Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London WI H 4LP

"Cricket Partnership with Essex"

Director of Tourism for the UK & Europe, Hilary Modeste and David East,
Chief Executive of Essex County Cricket Club sign agreement on 6th April

As a major sponsor of the Essex
County Cricket Club, Antigua
and Barbuda will receive a high
level of brand exposure when
thousands of spectators attend
matches during the cricket sea-
son and for the remainder of

Boundary advertising boards in
prime TV spots, posters
throughout the grounds, strong
web presence and "Antigua
Days" at matches, are compo-
nents of the extensive coverage
package that have been agreed.

The UK & Europe Director of
Tourism said: "The UK team is
always looking for new and inno-
vative ways of proactively pro-
moting Antigua and Barbuda,
that will reap tangible returns on
our investment.

"We are capitalizing on our his-
toric ties with cricket to raise
our profile in the Essex commu-
nity and the wider UK. With
our office based in Essex, our

aim is to ingrain ourselves into
the minds of individuals in the

"National television coverage
will also allow us to get inside
homes of sports lovers through-
out the UK, and deliver our
message to persons in the
household. We want to become
their first choice when consider-
ing a holiday abroad."

Modeste added that, Antigua
and Barbuda being associated
with one of the leading county
clubs in the UK was a feat that
would not go unnoticed.

He said: "We are already re-
ceiving publicity from our asso-
ciation with the team."

Players of the Essex Ist team
squad that include famous and
talented England players Ashes
hero Alastair Cook and Essex
Cricket Captain James Foster,
posed with Modeste and mar-
keting manager Cherrie Os-

borne, during a media day this

The photo appeared in the
sports section of the East An-
glian Daily Times with the cap-
tion promoting the sunny island
destination f Antigua and Bar-
buda as an alternative to the
grey skies in Essex.

Cricket fans will learn more
about Antigua and Barbuda
when the full colour advertising
boards are unveiled at the
grounds for the start of the
cricket season. The season
starts April 8.

James Foster, Captain of the
Essex Cricket team said: "In
2010, we were fortunate to
play in front of packed crowds
wherever we played our crick-
et in Essex. The atmosphere
that is generated at our one-
day games, especially Twenty20
is second to none."

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Barbuda Council's Com-
mittee for Tourism Devel-
ops New Program......

29th April ..... A new tourism
initiative, Barbuda Moons Ro-
mance package, which offers op-
portunities for engagements,
weddings, honeymoons, renewals
and other celebrations of com-
mitment for couples, will be
launched on May 12. The concept
was developed by Barbuda Coun-
cil's Committee for Tourism in
collaboration with the Antigua
and Barbuda Tourism Depart-
ment in New York.

Dorcas Beazer-Williams, chair of
the Tourism Committee, said
Martello Tower, a former de-
fence fort built in the 19th centu-
ry, would be developed as a sea-
side garden venue for weddings,
commitment ceremonies or re-
newals. "The highlight of this gar-
den is to have each couple plant a
fruit tree to encourage longevity
of relationships and at the same

time give them a reason to come
back and also to have a taste of
the fruit from the tree they plant-
Dorcas Beazer-Williams said.
"We will actually label and date
the trees so that we will know
who planted what tree."

The Tourism Committee chair-
person said there would be a
variety of packages from which
couples could select. These
would include Day Moons, Baby
Moons, After Moons or Full
Moons. However, she said the
packages remain works in pro-
gress. "We are in the process of
fine-tuning those different pack-
ages, because we just wanted to
offer different options according
to the needs of the individual
couple," Beazer-Williams said.

She indicated that it was the
first project planned under her
leadership and the goal is to
complete it in time for the nam-
ing of the Princess Diana Beach
on July I. The Princes Diana
Beach will be one of the main
attractions of the romance
package. Other attractions will
be the caves at Two Foot Bay,
the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, and
fresh seafood, including the
spiny lobster, conch and local
game such as venison.

Barbuda Moons Packages will
be co-ordinated by the Tourism
Committee of the Barbuda
Council and will offer options
for air or sea transfers from
Antigua, accommodations,
tours and entertainment for day
trips or longer stays.

In addition to traditional wed-
ding and honeymoon packages,
couples can select Day moons,
Baby moons, After moons or
Full moons, a suite of romance
packages designed to meet the
diverse lifestyles of today's
modern couples.

There is no residency require-
ment for couples who wish to
wed in either Antigua or Barbu-
da and the process can be ex-
pedited to accommodate elop-
ers or short trips.

The 62 sq mile island has a pop-
ulation of 1,500 residents and is
accessed via Antigua's interna-
tional airport located 25 miles
away. Visitors can get to Bar-
buda via helicopter, chartered
or scheduled plane service,
yacht, speed boat, or ferry.


27th April 2011 ... Students invited to participate in Annual FCCA Foundation Essay Contest

Primary and Secondary school students in Antigua and Barbuda are invited to share their thoughts on the tour-
ism industry and showcase their creative writing skills, for a chance to win the 2011 Florida Caribbean Cruise
Association (FCCA) Children's Essay Contest.

The Ministry of Tourism is an active participant of the annual FCCA Children's Essay (tourism) Contest. The
contest which is endorsed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), represents that organization's
(FCCA) on-going support for Caribbean Tourism.

This year's topic is "What Does Sustainable Tourism Mean To Your Destination?" to be written in English with
500-750 words in length. Entries should be forwarded to The Ministry of Tourism, Attention Cynthia G Simon,
no later than Monday, 13th June (2011).

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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua's Youths make a difference...

A group of vibrant young men and women have taken the task to lead Youth on the Move (YOM) for 201 1. The 2011
executive council of YOM currently comprises of President Elijah James, Vice President Annie Jno-Baptiste, Treasurer Su-
mita Jeremy, Secretary General Tiffany Providence and Public Relations Office Melville Greene. The core values of YOM
which the new executive will be guided by can be derived from the following motto, vision & mission statements of YOM.

"Two Preschools in
Tomlinson and Five
Islands being built
for less fortunate

Two more Pre-schools
Two more government pre-schools are in the pipeline for the Tomlinson's and Gray's Farm
communities. This is according to Minister of Education Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, who recently
said this is being done to ensure that children of "less fortunate" homes have proper education-
al foundations.

"Those are two largely built-up communities where there are large pockets of single-parent
households where people are basically working for the minimum wage and they cannot afford
those foundation years and we want to make sure that we look after preschoolers," Dr Quinn-
Leandro said recently. The Caribbean Development Bank is expected to fund the construction
of the project at Tomlinson's, which will not only house an early childhood unit, but will also
include a secondary school and a measurement and evaluation unit. Dr Quinn-Leandro said in
addition to the secondary school at Tomlinson's, another community, Five Islands, is expected
to benefit from a similar school being built to cater to the children in that area


celebrated from 10 - 19
FEBRUARY 2011 ...

Under the theme "Exploring
Creative Ways to Enhancing
Student Learning," the Minis-
try of Education hosted a
week of activities to mark
Education Week 2011, which

has been observed for the The week of activities con-

tenth consecutive year.

The activities to mark the
week of celebrations was
launched on 10th February
during a ceremony at the
Nurses' Association Head-
quarters, Queen Elizabeth
Highway, and was followed
by an Infant Fair at the Dean-
ery Grounds.

cluded on 19th February
201 I with the Education
Awards Ceremony at the
Precision Centre, located at
the back of GiGi Industries,
off Sir Sydney Walling High-

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Hon DrJacqui Quinn- Minister of Education, Sports, Youth & Gender Affairs Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro sent a let-
Leandro, Minister of ter of congratulations to Ms. Dorcas Beazer-Williams on her victory in the recently held Barbuda
Education, Sports, Local Government Elections.

In the letter, first woman elected to Parliament in Antigua and Barbuda wrote, "Your
achievement is well deserved and signals to the nation that women can and do make a difference in the socio-political life
of our nation. Your election speaks volumes for women and girls across Antigua and Barbuda as we continue to struggle
to increase the number of women in elective political positions alongside our men in a more equitable manner."

Dr. Quinn Leandro further stated, "Your achievement is well deserved and signals to the nation that women can and do
make a difference in the socio-political life of our nation. Your election speaks volumes for women and girls across Anti-
gua and Barbuda as we continue to struggle to increase the number of women in elective political positions alongside our
men in a more equitable manner."

Councilwoman Beazer-Williams whose portfolio also includes education intimated to Minister Quinn Leandro that very soon
it would be necessary for them to collaborate on issues affecting education in Antigua and Barbuda.


General Manager of the OBSERVER Media Group, Julian Rogers, said the company is poised to begin taking the first
steps in filling the void left by last Friday's shutdown of BBC Caribbean. In an interview, Rogers made clear that OB-
SERVER Caribbean, as the group's regional outreach is to be named, will not be looking to go it alone. Rather, he ex-
plained, it would be seeking to build on existing partnerships and forge new ones in the other territories. But he said
something definite should take shape not long from now.

"I think we have an opportunity to
Caribbean from the point of view of
select number of territories. We can

do something in response to the closure of BBC
extending our programme to direct coverage in a
ct rat with that first rof all "

Rogers said OBSERVER also has "the 9'," - ability to work on creating a regional news ser-
vice," but noted that "it requires the - co-operation of a number of interests and it also
requires some investment" - two things that OBSERVER is working on. But, he add-
ed, the company hopes to "be in a position to announce a definitive programme very soon." Rogers admitted that fund-
ing for such a venture is likely to be a major challenge. But he is confident that advertisers will come on board when
they realise the value of such a programme.
"I think we have to work smart," he said. "We have to work with the nucleus of people that we do have. We have to
work with the partners that we can build across the region to keep our costs of operation to the minimum. From an
advertising point of view, you have to deliver an audience before an advertiser will put dollars on the table."


Workers at LIAT's ticketing
office in Antigua and Barbuda
will be among dozens across
the region out of work soon,
now that the unions have
agreed with the airline's man-
agement that staff cuts cannot
be avoided. The employees
here will be sent home within
the next few weeks. The plan
by LIAT to close all its city of-
fices across the region as part
of a move to save EC$3 million
annually, had initially been op-
posed by the workers' bargain-
ing agents. However, Head of
the Council of LIAT Trade Un-
ions Chester Humphrey re-

vealed after a meeting in Barba-
dos recently, which involved
the airline's Board of Directors,
and unions representing the
employees, that they had
reached consensus on the mat-

"The meeting concluded with a
broad realization that it ap-
pears that the closure of these
offices is inevitable," he said in
an interview with the Caribbe-
an Media Corporation (CMC),
adding that LIAT had indicated
that given its overall perfor-
mance, the restructuring was
urgent. Humphrey, who is also
president of the Caribbean
Congress of Labour, said the
aim now is to ensure that the
affected workers get a fair deal.

"What we have to ensure as
trade unions is that the process
is fair, is transparent, is objec-
tive, and that we can cushion
the effects for the workers.
That's our responsibility and I
can tell you that we are grasp-
ing that responsibility firmly

with both hands," the trade
union leader said. "But there
are limits in terms of what we
can do. Survivability of the air-
line has always been a central
question anytime you talk
about LIAT and it is even more
so now given the very difficult
financial and economic situation
that we face within the region."
Humphreys said that while the
unions regretted the decision
to lay off the workers, they
would ensure that the airline,
whose three main shareholder
governments are - Barbados,
Antigua and Barbuda and St.
Vincent & the Grenadines -
would adhere to best practices
as they negotiate severance
packages. The company has
already begun closing its city
offices, beginning with the Port
of Spain, Trinidad office in Janu-

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elite athletes have secured Olympic Solidarity's Olympic Scholarships for the 2012 Summer
Olympics in London, England. The President of the NOC, Senator Paul Chet Greene and Secre-
tary General, Mr. Cliff Williams negotiated the scholarships during a meeting with the IOC in
Acapulco, Mexico just over a month ago.
The five athletes, Brendan Christian, James Grayham, Jyme Bridges, Orel Jeffery and Emily
Ward are drawn from the sports of Swimming, Cycling, Equestrian and Athletics.
The scholarship awards will allow the athletes to train and compete in qualifying events leading up to
the Olympic games in London during the summer of 2012. "We submitted eight names to the IOC for consider-
ation and received confirmation of five for the Olympic scholarships", Secretary General of the NOC, Cliff Wil-
liams reported with obvious satisfaction. "Given the fact that these scholarships form a part of a global pro-
gramme, we are more than pleased that we secured such a high percentage among the 204 countries that
make up the IOC. It is now up to the athletes to show commitment and dedication to advancing their own ca-
reers and to representing Antigua and Barbuda," Williams concluded.
The scholarships become effective January 1, 2011 and will run until August 2012. The IOC has recom-
mended that national Triple Jumper James Grayham pursue his scholarship at the High Performance Centre in
Cuba. Brendan Christian is recommended to the Centre in Jamaica; Emily Ward will continue to train in Europe
where she is based, while Jyme Bridges and Orel Jeffery scholarship awardees in the sport of Cycling and Swim-
ming will be determined by the NOC. The NOC commits to funding the preparation of the unsuccessful appli-

cants and to increase activity for the
Summer Olympic Games.

nations elite athletes in a quest to qualify more athletes for the 2012

END OF 2011 I...

Shown Above: New Style Caribbean Community
Antigua and Barbuda Passport

All citizens who currently use
the older version of Antigua
and Barbuda passports have
been put on notice that the
travel document will become
out-of-date by year-end, and

are therefore being advised to
apply for the new machine-
readable passports in the up-
coming months. Minister of Na-
tional Security and Labour Sen-
ator Dr Errol Cort made this
disclosure during his presenta-
tion on the 2011 Budget De-
bate in the Upper House, saying
that continued use of the out-
dated passports is now a securi-
ty concern.

"We've since moved to a ma-
chine-readable passport," Dr
Cort said. "We still have some
ordinary passports out there
being used by individuals, so I
want to say, Madam President,
that we're allowing those indi-
viduals up to December of 2011 I
to come in and convert their
old passports into machine
readable passports. After De-
cember of 201 I, you will not be
able to use the ordinary pass-
ports for travelling because it
presents a security risk."

He further advised that those
affected need not make a run
on the office. "We're giving
everybody a whole year to
make that conversion. I don't
want them all to just come in a
sudden flow. Take your time,
but you have a year to come
and deal with your machine-
readable passport and bring
your documents so that we can
verify and ensure that you are
the proper recipient," Dr Cort

The minister also told the Sen-
ate that since the Passport Of-
fice became fully computerised
in 2007, all necessary docu-
ments required to accompany
new passport applications are
scanned and stored in the sys-
tem's database for future refer-

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Pensioners Certificates Now Due At Treasury Department

The Treasury Department wishes to notify the General Public that Pensioners' Life Certificates are now
due for the period May to October 201 I.

Persons who do not submit their Life Certificates before June 201 I are likely to have their pensions dis-

Pensioners are also asked to take note of the persons who are authorized to certify the Life Certificates:
Notaries Public

Permanent Secretaries and Senior Civil Servants
Parliamentary Representatives
Medical Doctors
Ministers of Religion
Justices of the Peace
Bank Managers

Pensioners living in Barbuda are asked to take note that Life Certificates

can be collected at the Council


Census 2011

The count down is on to the
biggest statistical event that a
country can undertake, Census
Day, May 27th 2011 in Antigua
and Barbuda.

At the recently held official
launch of the 2011 Population
and Housing Census, residents
were updated on the status of
the Census activities and sensi-
tized about the importance
and benefits of the Census to
the socio-economic develop-
ment in Antigua and Barbuda
and to the wider sub-region.

The occasion was also used to

encourage citizens, residents
and visitors to lend their full
support and co-operation to
this most important undertak-

According to Prime Minister Dr.
the Hon. Baldwin Spencer, the
country is changing rapidly and
the information that will be
gathered from the Census will
form the basis for the develop-
ment of our people, our institu-
tions and our infrastructure. He
adds that "so much has hap-
pened since the last census in
2001 and as such, the census
will provide a comprehensive
picture of the social and living
conditions of our people, only a
census can provide such com-
plete data."

Prime Minister Spencer also as-
sured non-nationals living in An-
tigua and Barbuda that, "no one
will be jeopardized from their
participation in the census".

It is expected that more than

400 temporary jobs will be cre-
ated to aid in the successful exe-
cution of the Census. An esti-
mated EC $2 million will be
spent on the Census.

The Census Office continues to
accept applications from persons
wishing to be employed as enu-
merators, supervisors, liaison
officers, data editors and coders.

Although the actual date for the
Census is May 27th 2011, it
could take about six to eight
weeks to complete. The slogan
for the 2011 Population and
Housing Census is 'Co-operate!
Participate! Make Census 2011

Training for Census Enumerators be-
gins on Monday May 9th. Names of
persons who have been selected for
training can be seen on the Govern-
ment Information Service (GIS) TV

Antigua's Groovy So-
ca Queen
Claudette "CP"
Peters will be

Antigua's Groovy Soca Queen
Claudette "CP" Peters will be
honoured later this year for her
contribution to Caribbean music.
As part of the 100th anniversary
of International Women's Day, the
Institute of Gender and Develop-
ment Studies: Nita Barro Unit at
the University of the West Indies,
Cave Hill, will be honouring wom-
en across the region considered to
be "Kaiso trailblazers".

A traditionally male dominated
arena, the award recognizes the
accomplishment of women in the
English speaking Caribbean who

Sunday 24th April to

Friday 29th April 201 I

29th April 2011 I....

Sailors come to Antigua for
thrilling, warm, adrenalin-
pumping sailing and, the hun-
dreds of competitors at Antigua
Sailing Week certainly got what
they came for .

have contributed to the develop-
ment of calypso, chutney, zouk
and soca artforms. Spanning a pe-
riod of over 30 years, CP joins a
sorority of performers who in-
clude Singing Sandra, Calypso
Rose, Denise Belfon, Fay Ann Ly-
ons, Destra Garcia, Posthumous
Onika Bostic from Trinidad;
Ophelia from Dominica; Lady Leen
and Nicole David from St. Lucia;
Alison Hinds and TC from Barba-
dos, and also Queen Ivena from

The IGDS: NBU continues to play
its part in developing programmes
which create linkages between the
academic mandate of the Universi-
ty of the West Indies and the Car-
ibbean Community it serves. To
this end the Institute provides and
continues to provide a forum for
the discussion and sharing of infor-
mation on all aspects of gender in
the Caribbean Society including
gender as it relates to culture.

The official award presentation is
slated to take place on 29th Octo-
ber, 2011 in Barbados.

Deeply humbled and honoured by

Big breeze and lumpy seas
spiced up the action for the third
day of racing. Twenty knots of
breeze, gusting over 25 with
seas of up to two meters provid-
ed some seriously feisty condi-
tions. It was a wet wild ride up-

wind but with a sea temperature
of 25�C, it was a labour of love.

Downwind, those who could
stay in control came out on top.
Big wind and big waves turned

the award, CP's contribution to
soca has not gone unnoticed. Be-
tween her music and volunteer
work, especially with children, she
continues to improve her craft. In
fact, the soca queen reveals that
she has undergone a personal pro-
cess of rebranding and is preparing
to offer her fans, not only a new
range of music, but a new look.

As she prepares for the 2011 Car-
nival season with the vision of her
management company Team Ma-
chine, she has every intention to
defend her groovy title and re-
claim her party monarch crown,
CP is focused and hitting the stu-
dio harder than ever, and with the
honour of this award she has eve-
ry intention of living up to its sym-
bolic gesture as she continues to
contribute to the soca artform
across the Caribbean and the

the Antiguan race course into
surf city. The conditions caused
several retirements which have
meant quite a few changes to
overall positions of yachts racing
at Antigua Sailing Week.

A wild, windy and memorable
week of racing concluded on
29th April thus bringing and end
to the 44th annual Antigua Sail-
ing Week. A prize giving cere-
mony was held at the Event Vil-
lage in Nelson's Dockyard on
Saturday, 30th April. Antigua
Sailing Week has been blessed
with outstanding racing condi-
tions and beautiful weather.

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Bankers Reduce Fees
Off Mortgages .....
' Commercial banks
have knocked off a few
" thousand dollars in fees
normally associated
' . with mortgages as part
-x.*4 of their contribution to
government's stimulus
package. President of
the Bankers Association, Vere Hill
said nearly half the local banks have
waived the one (I) per cent com-
mitment fee charged for accessing
loans, while the rest have cut it by

"Bankers met with the Fi-
nance Minister a couple of months
ago. But he got the letter with our
agreement a month or so ago. If it is
$300,000 you want to borrow, it
would normally be $3,000 commit-
ment fee. But in some cases it will
no longer apply and in others it
would be $1,500," he said.

Hill noted that this is a ma-

jor step by the banks since outside
of interest payments the commit-
ment fee is the only charge the fi-
nancial institutions apply to mort-
gages. He said anyone walking into a
bank today for a loan will receive
the concession. But he stressed that
continuation of the special consider-
ation is contingent on the other
sectors buying into the stimulus

"It's about all the service
providers actually coming together.
We are expecting the architects to
reduce their costs; the vendors to
reduce their costs. That was part of
the agreement of banks coming on
board the initiative. No point in do-
ing a stimulus package if one ele-
ment is doing it and the others are
not," the bankers' association presi-
dent added.

Echoing the call of many
other sector heads, Hill said even
though it is cash-strapped, govern-
ment still needs to pitch in with
some concessions such as a lower
stamp duty. A check with the Presi-
dent of the Bar Association, Kelvin

John revealed that, "members have
not received the details or terms of
the stimulus package for considera-

Last week, Minister Lovell
said he still had to speak with the
insurance industry about how they
would contribute to the cause.
Government was also hoping to
further reduce the cost of building
homes by getting banks to drop
their interest rates for homeowners
constructing environmentally friend-
ly houses.

"I don't think we were real-
ly convinced there was any big ben-
efit they were going to get except
for driving more use of solar heat-
ers and green technology. So while
we support it in principle, we have-
n't really examined it. Generally by
our lack of response they realise we
have not done anything yet. But I
think we are still within time to do
something," the bankers' associa-
tion president noted.

The Vehicles and Road
Traffic Amendment Act

The Vehicles and Road Traffic
Amendment Act 2011 was passed
in the Upper House on Monday
19th April 2011.

Tint grades that are allowed under
the regulation range between 25
and 35 per cent.

Offenders with a lower tint grade
can be fined between $150 to $200,
or face a year in prison or a maxi-
mum fine of $5,000.

Leader of Government Business in
the senate Dr the Hon Errol Cort
noted the new measures will assist
police officers to carry out their

"The issue really is law enforce-
ment, and allowing them to see
who are the people driving these
vehicles that are being used to com-
mit serious crimes in this country,"
Dr Cort said.

Emergency vehicles, armoured se-

curity vehicles, hearses and the
Prime Minister are exempt from the
tint regulation.

A meter will be used to determine
whether tints comply with the regu-

The Act also puts an end to the
powers of police to rip off vehicle
tints on the spot.

"The Vehicles and Road Traffic
(Enforcement and Administration)
Order, 201 I, 201 I, No.3"
Available at the Government Printing
Office, Antigua and Barbuda

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Temporary Restriction

following Bumper

Harvest: 5th April, 20!1

As part of efforts to promote and
support locally grown products,
there has been a temporary re-
striction on the importation li-
censes of seven vegetables due to
a surplus in the market.

The Ministry of Agriculture,
Lands, Housing and the Environ-
ment has restricted the importa-
tion of onion, cabbage, carrot,

sweet pepper, eggplant, tomato,
cucumber, and butternut squash
during the month of April 2011.

Permanent Secretary within the
Ministry of Agriculture Sharon
Peters says, the Central Marketing
Co- operation (CMC), continues
to assist farmers to market their
agricultural produce and import-
ers desirous of purchasing fresh
vegetables are asked to liaise with
(CMC) to effect such purchase.

The move comes as the ministry
continues to encourage residents
to buy local and reduce the im-

portation of Agricultural goods
and services into Antigua and Bar-

Last year the ministry imported
approximately 16 million Ibs of

Mango Fest Launched 13th April 201I

The 6th annual Antigua Mango Festival was launched on Wednesday 13th
April 201 I at the Heritage Quay bandstand.

The festival will take place from August 13-14 at the Christian Valley Agri-
cultural station.

The Ministries of Tourism and Agriculture have both teamed up to promote
the event.

Buy Local Street Fair, will be held on lower St Mary's Street
on 5th May 2011.

The Buy Local Street Fair, will be held on lower St Mary's Street on 5th May 201 I
The fair will have on display a wide variety of art and craft products.
The Cultural Development Division planned the initiative to establish stronger ties with the talented producers
of art and craft in Antigua and Barbuda.

Art and craft products on sale include locally made shoes, weaved fabrics, pottery, rat-
tan baskets, soaps, jewellery, and body care products.

The theme, "Buy local means supporting Antigua's and Barbuda's local economy." The Ministries of Tourism
and Agriculture have both teamed up to promote the event.

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Government Announces WTO Gaming Dispute Summit.....

The Honourable Harold Lovell,
Minister of Finance and the
Economy of the Government of
Antigua and Barbuda announced
the scheduled commencement on
Wednesday, 27th April 2011 of a
summit was held in Antigua at the
Sandals Grande Resort. The two-
day conference is being held under
the sponsorship of the government
to discuss the current status of the
country's long-standing dispute
with the United States over
remote gaming services at the
World Trade Organisation, and to
forge a consensus among global


still at odds with US

over internet gaming.

23 April, 2011 CaribbeanNewsNow

ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The Antigua
and Barbuda government has ex-
pressed disappointment at the de-
cision by United States authorities
to arrest and indict a number of
individuals engaged in online inter-
net gaming.

Finance and Economy Minister
Harold Lovell

industry participants on how best
to utilise the WTO decision to
open up the American domestic
remote gaming industry to fair
international competition.

Key features of the event were
the feature address by Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer, as well as
opening remarks by Minister Lovell
and Ambassador Colin Murdoch,
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry
of Finance and Economy. A
significant portion of the session
was dedicated to panels and
presentations by a number of
distinguished and expert panelists,
including Antigua's Permanent
Representative to the United
Nations, John W. Ashe, the
Attorney General, Hon. Justin
Simon as well as Mark Mendel, the
country's long-time legal advisor on
the WTO matter and American

Finance and Economy Minister
Harold Lovell described the indict-
ments as the latest efforts by
Washington to shut off competi-
tion in remote gaming in violation
of international law.

A CMC report stated that Lovell
said, "I am concerned that at this
point in time United States author-
ities continue to prosecute non-
domestic suppliers of remote gam-
ing services in clear contravention
of international law."

"I am not aware of any other situa-
tion where a member of the
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
has subjected persons to criminal
prosecution under circumstances
where the WTO has expressly
ruled that to do so is in breach of

an international treaty" he said.

The two countries are at logger-
heads over the issue of internet
online gaming, with Antigua seeking
to recover millions of dollars in
lost revenue based on the WTO

"The United States, being a very
heavy user of the WTO rules to its
own benefit, simply cannot contin-
ue to prosecute persons for engag-
ing in legitimate international com-
merce," said Antigua's legal counsel
in the WTO matter, Mark Mendel.

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gaming law expert Frank Catania.
Minister Lovell noted that the
session "marks a sincere attempt by
the government of Antigua and
Barbuda to reach out to the
International remote gaming
community to explore ways in
which our country's historic victory
at the WTO can be used to open
the door to fair and responsible
trade in remote gaming services to
consumers in the United States, as
the WTO has held we are entitled
to do."

"We are hopeful," the Minister
continued, "that by engaging more
with major industry participants
outside of Antigua we might be able
to bring more force to bear on
what has proven to be very
intractible anti-free trade interests
in the remote gaming space in

International Monetary
Fund (IMF)

The Antigua and Barbuda econo-
my is on the road to recovery,
but still faces several challenges
including risks associated with
rising food and fuel prices. This
was the prognosis of the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF), as it
gave the country thumbs up for
its economic performance in the
Fund's latest review. That assess-
ment gives Antigua and Barbuda
access to US $10.7 million more
of the US $128 million approved
under a Stand-By Arrangement
(SBA), last June.

"The Antiguan economy is be-
ginning to recover. Recent indi-
cators point to moderate posi-

4th April 201 1 ...

Chairman for Barbuda Council Kel-
vin Punter said lighting which is the
third phase in the renovation of
Codrington Airstrip is scheduled to
be completed by the end of April.
He said the lighting cables have
been ordered from Puerto Rico and
should arrive on island in two
weeks. He disclosed that tradesmen
from Antigua andBarbuda Airport
Authority arrived in Barbuda and
would be there for a week getting
things prepared.

"They're making sure that the tem-
porary lights are still working ... at

tive growth in 2011 based on
some improvement in the tour-
ism sector," said First Deputy
Managing Director and Acting
Chair John Lipsky. He noted,
too, that "The overall fiscal bal-
ance improved significantly as a
result of expenditure restraint,
interest savings from debt re-
structuring and, to some extent,
enhanced revenue efforts. Gov-
ernment's efforts at restructur-
ing its debts have come in for
especially high commendation.
The restructuring of public ex-
ternal debt exceeded initial ex-
pectations. The authorities have
secured refinancing of external
public debt with Paris Club cred-
itors on non-concessional terms,
and have concluded bilateral ne-
gotiations with most of these
creditors," Lipsky said.

"There has also been compre-
hensive restructuring of domes-
tic debt to statutory bodies and
suppliers, with substantial hair-
cuts on the face value of the

the same time, they're making prep-
arations for the new lights that have
been ordered," he said.

He said the electrician and plumb-
ers would be returning on April 9,
when they would be engaged in cut-
ting the trench along the side of the
runway into which the cables for
the permanent lighting would be
laid. Punter said APUA will also be
on island from April 9 to supervise
the laying of electricity and water
cables. "You know, there have to
be authorised electricians and so
on, so they will be making sure that
everything is in place," Punter said.
The Council met with representa-
tives from PDV Caribe who are
responsible for funding the resur-
facing, as well as the lighting of the

debts. The authorities are active-
ly pursuing negotiations to re-
solve remaining arrears and
complete the debt restructur-

Even though the IMF said recent
indicators point to moderate
positive growth in 201 I, the
Fund said private and foreign di-
rect investments remittance flow
and construction spending are
"below pre crisis levels." Lipsky
also said, "Continued vigilance is
necessary as risks remain high,
including those related to in-
creasing global food and fuel
prices and the domestic banking

This brings the number of re-
views to which the island has
successfully completed to three
under the 36-month SBA.

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According to the chairman, in addi-
tion to the preparatory work, some
remedial work on the perimeter
fence will have to be done to return
it to an acceptable standard. "When
the tractors were doing the resur-
facing, they had to cut the fence in
some places for the heavy-duty
equipment to come in, those have
to be brought back to standard," he

Meanwhile, the chairman is hopeful
that construction of the terminal
building, which is the last phase of
the renovations, would begin by
mid-year. However, he is not sure
how that part will be funded. "I am
not sure, but I know that Minister
(Trevor) Walker has met with the
Chinese and Ambassador Shoul to
put things in place for that aspect of
it," he said

US$9.99 AIR FARES...

As the entire region waits to hear
when REDjet airline will get off the
ground with its promised US $9.99
fares, Antigua-based LIAT seems not to
be expecting it to stay very long in the
air when it eventually takes off. "People
who come into this region and think
that they will run an airline successfully
using jet planes for less than you charge
for a hot dog on some of the other
carriers are really not serious unless
they're not telling us the whole truth,"
LIAT Chairman Dr Jean Holder said,
even as he acknowledged that his air-
line's fares were high.


Mothers who often complain of
long waits at the Treasury to collect
child maintenance payments will
take comfort in the announcement
in Parliament by Attorney General
Justin Simon that a maintenance
account has been established at An-
tigua Commercial Bank, so that
maintenance monies, which are paid
into the court will no longer go into
the Consolidated Fund at the

Speaking to journalists following a
LIAT shareholder meeting in St Vincent
and the Grenadines, Holder said people
who think they can offer cheap prod-
ucts in the Caribbean "are just dream-

"LIAT could not charge under $10 per
passenger and make it and nobody else
can. So if anybody comes into the re-
gion - I'm calling no names - and say
they can run an airline at under US $10
per person, well ask them to sell you
the London Bridge as well," the airline
chairman said.

REDjet, which was officially launched
late last year with the hope of starting

Treasury, but into the ACB mainte-
nance account.

"The days when mothers would
have to line up at the Treasury and
be told there is not sufficient mon-
ey there and have to come back
again and suffer that humiliation will
now be a thing of the past," Simon
said. "Because that is an entitle-
ment, not a matter that they should
be subjected to humiliation and ridi-
cule in respect of."

flights in December, is being held up by
officials in Barbados where it is based.

In a post on the airline's Facebook page
on Thursday, co-founder Robbie Burns
said the carrier is eager to take to the
skies but it's playing the waiting game.

"I know lots of people are dying to get
their hands on low fares and are frus-
trated. Believe me, the whole airline is
ready and waiting. We are working well
with the ministry here in Barbados
to give us our final clearance to start
selling fares, but we don't know how
long this will be," he wrote.

The attorney general said he has
already held discussions with admin-
istrators in the Magistrates' Court
so that those monies that are al-
ready in the Consolidated Fund will
still be paid from the Treasury. He
added, though, that the new proce-
dure will go into effect for monies
now coming in. "All monies coming
in now will go into that account at
the bank and it will be paid out by
way of cheques which will be signed
by the magistrate and maintenance
officers at the Magistrates' Court, "
Simon said.

A wide variety of hotels offer
great value family packages and
family activities in Antigua and Bar-


Antigua Summer Gold
Programme is back!


see and do than in Antigua. Swim
with stingrays in Antigua, zip
through the rainforest or try wa-
ter-sports in Antigua like wind-
surfing, kitesurfing, deep-sea fish-
ing, sailing in Antigua and scuba-

buda, meaning that there is no
better and safer place for families
to enjoy a sunshine holiday and be
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"Each Endeavouring All
Achieving" ...
This year marks the 30th Anniver-
sary of Independence for Antigua
and Barbuda. A series of f activi-
ties have been planned. The Ex-
ecutive of Antigua and Barbuda
National Association (ABNA) met
with the High Commissioner and

Antigua Carnival

The launch of Carnival 201 I was
twinned with the culmination of
Antigua Sailing Week on Satur-
day. 30th April 2011

The event featured musical per-
formances from a number of
local artistes including reigning
Groovy Soca Monarch Claudette
"CP" Peters.

Also included in the entertain-
ment lineup were; Jashan
Hughes and the Chezekake Fac-
tory, Yoko, Burning Flames,

Minister Counsellor to ascertain
ways in which the occasion can be
Dates for Diary:
Sunday 30th October 2011 I,
ABNA Anniversary of Independ-
ence Thanksgiving Service

Danski and Militant out of Trini-
dad & Tobago.

Between performances there were
energetic dances by the Sunnydale
Dancers, Elite Dance Troupe and
Dusk Dance Company.

Monday 31 st October 201 I,
Evensong at Westminster Abbey for
Antigua and Barbuda's Anniversary
of Independence
Saturday 5th November 201 I
at 8.00m
ABNA Anniversary of Independ-
ence Dance

Antigua's Carnival 201 I
will be held from July
23rd to August 2nd.


qth May

Ialsa Festival

. to loth May

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25th March 2011

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said
the opening of the 1.25 million gal-
lon Gray's Hill Lower Reservoir will
signal the start of many more water
construction projects in the island.
The most significant of Spencer's
revelations during recent official
opening ceremony was that testing
would begin in April on the newly
constructed desalination plant on
Ffryes Beach.

"Testing will commence in two
weeks' time in the newly construct-
ed Ffryes Beach reverse osmosis
plant," Spencer said. "This new facil-
ity has the capacity to produce
600,000 gallons of potable water
per day. When testing is completed,
this plant will bring relief to the
southern and south-western por-
tions of the island during periods of
low rainfall."


A disciplinary committee has been
put in place to address the con-
cerns of persons with complaints
against lawyers or members of the
Antigua and Barbuda Bar Associa-
tion. Attorney General Justin Simon
revealed the formation of the disci-
plinary committee during the parlia-
mentary budget debate on last
week. Simon said the development
came as a progression from the Le-
gal Professions Act which was
passed in 2008 to provide for the
regulation of the legal profession,
for the qualification, enrolment and

The Prime Minister added that the
Antigua Public Utilities Authority
(APUA) would continue extending
main pipes in a number of commu-
nities including Herbert's, Carty's
Hill, Paynters and Bath Lodge in the
coming months. "Work will also
commence on the construction of
additional water storage tanks in
Liberta, Buckley's, Wallings, Bolans,
Ffryes and also in Barbuda," Spencer

The Prime Minister said Barbuda
will also soon be the beneficiary of a
desalination plant to help alleviate
the water shortage problems on the
sister island. "Work on the contain-
erised reverse osmosis plant in Bar-
buda will be accelerated shortly and
is expected to be completed in 12
weeks' time," Spencer said. "This
new plant will have an installed ca-
pacity to produce 100,000 gallons of
potable water per day which will
ensure that Barbudans have 24/7
potable water service."

The restoration project on the

discipline of its members, and for
incidental and connected purposes.
"We have now gone a step further
to establish the disciplinary commit-
tee in respect of complaints against
lawyers by members of the public.
It is something that has been long in
coming. It is now established," Si-
mon said.

The members of the committee
are: Chairman Sir Clare K Roberts
QC; Bar Association President Kel-

Gray's Hill Lower Reservoir began
in 2009 when the People's Republic
of China agreed to a grant to fund
the project. The Beijing Construc-
tion Engineering Group Co Ltd
(BCEG) was awarded the contract
to carry out the renovations with
some technical input provided by
APUA. APUA said the newly re-
stored reservoir will be mainly used
to service the city of St John's and
its surrounding areas.

"This facility will ensure that during
the morning hours when the de-
mand for more water is high that
there will be a uniform flow of the
commodity during that period,"
Spencer said. "We must ensure a
sustainable supply by implementing
conservation methods. Water is
precious and must be conserved."

The government in 2009 had esti-
mated that the fund would have
cost around $1.3 million and cater
to between 400 to 1,000 persons.

vin John, Esquire; Nelleen Rogers
Murdoch; Hollis Francis, Esquire;
Charissa Roberts-Thomas; and two
others who are not lawyers, Rever-
end Selina Joseph of the Anglican
clergy and Dr Hayden Thomas, for-
mer Ombudsman and current
member of the industrial court.
"We thought it important, lest we
are accused of how can we put the
guards to guard the guards. It is
important that we have some non-
lawyers of some repute on that
committee so that members of the
public can be comfortable and feel
confident that it will not be lawyers
protecting lawyers, but they will get
justice where they believe that
some member of the Bar has done
them wrong," Simon said.

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Antigua secures increased
flights from Italy

ST JOHN'S, Antigua
Wednesday 6th April, 2011 -

The strong growth in visitor arrivals
from Italy has led to charter Blue
Panorama agreeing to extend their
weekly service to the destination.

The weekly service from Milan, pre-
viously scheduled to end in April,
will now continue into the difficult
summer months and beyond.

Antigua and Barbuda's Minister of
Tourism, John Maginley, said the
flight will now operate from 4th July
to 5th September and then 31st
October to 19th December 2011.

"The Italian Market is a very profita-
ble market for us and this shows
increased confidence in our destina-
tion from our Italian travel partners.
We are pleased with this announce-
ment particularly as we enter the
summer months when we are con-
cerned about filling hotel rooms,"
he said.

Antigua and Barbuda's UK and Eu-
rope Director of Tourism, Hilary
Modeste, who is now directly re-
sponsible for the Italian and German
markets following structural chang-
es in the overseas offices, said the
Italian market has been doing very

well for the twin-island nation.

"Our main tour operator Press
Tours is reporting strong forward
bookings to the destination and
they are confident that with the
demand for Antigua and Barbuda
holidays remaining high, they will be
able to sustain the additional lift,"
he disclosed.

Vice President of Sales at Blue Pan-
orama Airlines, Remo Della Porta,
shared the news with the Italian
travel trade press at the BMT- Na-
tional tourism showcase in Naples,
Italy following discussions with
Modeste and the representative
from Press Tours.

Ten agents from the Italian tour
operator visited Antigua and Barbu-
da from I Ith April to 18th on a
familiarisation trip.

Friday April 8, 201 I -

The Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) and Italy have signed

a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) aimed at strengthening po-
litical, scientific and technical rela-
tionships and promoting develop-
ment co-operation partnership
between the two parties.

The MOU was signed by acting
CARICOM Secretary-General Am-
bassador Lolita Applewhaite and
Ambassador Paolo Serpi of Italy at
the CARICOM Secretariat in Guy-

"The MOU is intended to develop
the human resources of
CARICOM in areas vital to the
development of the economies of
its Member States notably in the
fields of trade negotiation skills and
trade promotion and to develop
the scientific and technical capacity
of CARICOM," said a statement
from the Secretariat.

Some of the other areas identified
include Tourism, Agriculture
(including livestock, forestry and
agro-industry), Fisheries, Mining,
Climate Change, Scientific and

Technological Research, Infor-
mation and Communication Tech-
nology for Development and

A Management Committee com-
posed of representatives from both
CARICOM and Italy will oversee
analysis, revision and follow-up of
the MOU as well as of any specific
Memoranda which may be conclud-
ed arising from the original docu-

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It is not uncommon for corporate
citizens to give back to the commu-
nities in which they operate but two
prominent Barbudans are full of
praise for Coco Point Lodge which
they consider to be exemplary in
this respect. Chairman of Barbuda
Council Kelvin Punter would like to
thank Patrick Kelley, owner of the
establishment for his assistance in
transporting persons to and from
Barbuda as the authorities try to
find another airline to replace
Winair. He explained that Kelley
has had to come to Council's assis-
tance on many occasions in trans-
porting councilmen, as well as other
civil servants who found themselves
stranded on the island.

The chairman also ex-
pressed special thanks for his assis-
tance in transporting persons to the
hospital on the mainland. "With
lights not in place, we've asked Co-

Antiguan Receives "Sea
Turtle Champions" Award
Posted On: 26th April, 2011
Mr. Jepson Prince of Crab Hill, An-
tigua, was recently presented with a
Sea Turtle Champions award for his
exceptional contributions to sea
turtle conservation in Antigua. Mr.
Prince received the award while
attending the International Sea Tur-
tle Society's 31 st Annual Symposium
on Sea Turtle Biology and Conser-
vation held in mid-April in San Die-
go, California, USA.

The Champions awards are present-
ed to individuals who conduct
"outstanding work towards the ef-
fective conservation of sea turtles."
Prince was one of only 3 recipients
from around the world to receive
the award. The President of the
Symposium and world-renowned

co Point to facilitate us in the event
that there is a Medivac to put the
lights on at Coco Point Airstrip ...
and they've really been good to us,"
Punter said.

But this is not the only way
that this corporate citizen has given
back to Barbudans. Community ac-
tivist John Mussington shared with
us a number of ways the 40-year-
old all-inclusive hotel has assisted

The services highlighted by
Mussington included replacement of
the roof of Holy Trinity School
which was damaged during the pas-
sage of Hurricane Luis in 1995; con-
struction of a classroom for kinder-
garten students; expansion of the
library to include a computer lab;
and full scholarships for students at
the tertiary level. All of this he said
was made possible through a fund,
called the Coco Point Fund that was
established by repeat guests to the
hotel. "For example, we've had doc-
tors, architects who benefited from

researcher Dr. Jeffrey Seminoff
joined Dr. Karen Arthur, chair of
the Awards Committee, in present-
ing Prince with his plaque at the
Symposium banquet on Friday, April

Prince serves as the lead patroller
for the Antigua Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Project and works as the
nursery manager for the Parks De-
partment at Jumby Bay. He is also a
long-term volunteer with the Jumby
Bay Hawksbill Project.

Prince received numerous letters of
support from individuals recognizing
his contributions to Antiguan ma-
rine conservation, including the An-
tigua Fisheries Division, the Envi-
ronmental Awareness Group, the
Parks Department at Jumby Bay,
and the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Pro-
ject. He also presented a research

Coco Point Fund to get their de-
grees and return to contribute to
Barbuda," Mussington said.

According to Mussington, for the
past 15 or 20 years, the schools,
hospital, day care centre have been
asked to submit a list of things they
need, many of which would be pro-
vided from the fund. One year, Ho-
ly Trinity got all of its lab equipment
and chemicals through the fund, he
said. "This year in particular, the
container which persons were talk-
ing about was bringing the items to
Barbuda for the hospital, pre-
school, Holy Trinity, Sir McChesney
George Secondary and even the
Pentecostal Educational Centre,"
Mussington said. "Sir McChesney
Secondary, we were able to source
and obtain a sound system, audio
visual equipment, for example, flat
screen TV, DVD players, projector
screen and most importantly, we've
been able to get this year irrigation
equipment which would enable us
to deal with landscaping, agricultural
programme," he added.

poster describing his monitoring
efforts in southwestern Antigua.

The annual Symposium, attended by
more than 1,000 people from
around the world, provides an op-
portunity to present research on
sea turtles and a forum to discuss
regional and global conservation

"Jepson has done an enormous
service for Antiguan sea turtle con-
servation", said Seth Stapleton,
manager of the Jumby Bay Hawksbill
Project. "This award is a great trib-
ute to his long-term commitment
to protect and monitor nesting tur-
tles on Antigua's beaches. The
Awards Committee couldn't have
selected a more deserving individu-
al; Jepson's an outstanding role
model for young people who want
to make a difference."

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