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July/August/ September 2012 Issue 150 The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Official Newsletter Inside This Issue Sir Vivian plays Golf 4 The Greatest Summer Festival 5 West Indian Associa t i o n o f S e r v i c e Personnel March Pass and Parade 5 Antigua and Barbuda participates in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics 8,9 Departure Tax Abolished 11 Oldest Person Irene Carlos dies 14 Independence Activi t i e s 18 New Immigration Detention Centre 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 Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer convened the 19th Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub Committee on Cricket at the Office of the Prime MinThe one day meeting was attended by the CAIRCOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Chairman of the Committee on Governance of West Indies Cricket the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, WICB and WIPA from the region addressed a wide range of issues including the Patterson Report which made recommendations following a number of findings on the current state of the development of West Indies Cricket. Prime Minister Spencer said that the closed door meeting also addressed the relations between the Government of Guyana and the WICB and a WICB Strategic Plan which included the vision, core values and new strategic direction, an analysis of the current situation of the organization, key strategic areas and the next steps. The meeting also discussed the allocation of international cricket matches in the member states, settlement of disputes between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association and the role of stakeholders Digicel and Scotia Bank in West Indies Cricket. The meeting concluded on 7th September 2012. * * * Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer attended a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on 25th September 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The US President hosted the reception in honour of heads of state and government from different countries who came to join the UN General Assembly. 25th September 2012 * * * Prime Minister Spencer attended reception hosted by United States President Barack Obama


2 The Pride of the Nation In my last message, we took the time to reflect on the tremendous longevity of Her Majesty, the Queen our Head of State. We joined with our Caribbean colleagues in rejoicing, with a feeling of pride, on the achievements of 50 years of Sovereign Nationhood. Both of our sister Nations show a sense of pride in many areas which we can and should clearly mirror. During their celebrations I attended the National Services of thanksgiving and watched their separate and well planned preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic games. I said to myself, we too have much to be proud of. Do not our Caribbean brothers and sisters look to Antigua and Barbuda for anything that they would like to take as example to emulate? Here then, are just a few areas that we can justly revenue stream for the country. Antigua and Barbuda is blessed with many lovely white sandy beaches and hence it friendly citizens willing, at all times, to go the extra mile to ensure that the Tourists enjoy themselves and consider Antigua and Barbuda as a future holiday destination. For years we were the hotspot of Tourism in the Caribbean, the best beaches and excellent hotels. We were the pride of the Caribbean. Many have visited and learned from us, even how to avoid the obvious mistakes which we inadvertently have made. We may no longer be # 1 but we still can be proud of what we offer beyond the sun, sand, nate, King Short Shirt and King Swallow (just to name a few), the Steelband music of Hellsgate and Brute Force, the Colour and Culture of the mass troupes and groups placed us where no other OECS island could compare. For years we had regular visitors from our neighbouring islands (including friends from Guadeloupe and Martinique) coming to enjoy the safe fun filled festival of our Carnival. The crowds that followed the steelbands were orderly neighbours as bodies gyrated to the pulsating was carried and taken up by many of the visiting and returning visiting fans from year to year. What an example we set! How proud we were of the performances of the Caribbean Jaycees contestants, the Caribbean Calypso Competition (now being held elsewhere) this was another example of National pride in our art form and culture. With so many pristine beaches and trade winds around Antigua and Barbuda it is no surprise that our annual event Calendar is populated with seven activities on the sea. These include the Antigua and Barbudas Sport and Fishing Association Tournament (June). The World Class Yacht show, the Antigua Classic Yacht Races (April), The Royal Ocean Race Club (RORC) Caribbean 600, The Antigua Sailing Week, the Antigua Charter Yacht show and the Jolly these events from onshore, the view becomes a long lasting memory of their visit to the islands around Antigua and feel of a bygone era, with the inclusion of the English Harbour Sail Past, where you can catch sailors bedecked in His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG


3 gua Recreation Grounds (The ARG). This is the site of much history and pride. From the rivalry matches between Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis, to the many historical and record breaking innings by Leo Gore, Sir Sydney Walling, Sir Vivian Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge and Brian Lara, just to name a few. The first member of the OECS to host International Test Cricket, the first venue to intermingle cricket with the carnival like spirit and culture of the Caribbean people. Yes, the ARG is a venue that should be preserved. It once stood as the Pride of Antigua and Barbuda and placed Antigua and Barbuda on the world wide map. For a small developing state Antigua and Barbuda has always shone through the lives of its citizens, wherever and whenever we carry the flag, in the meeting rooms, on the cricket fields or in whatever event we participate as a Nation, we carry the hope and aspiration of a population which is proud and fiercely so. For years we dominated Leeward Island cricket then, when allowed, we punched through the restrictive ceiling to position ourselves squarely on the platform of WI Cricket and world cricket. To name just a few Sir Sydney Walling, The Gore Family, Tus Matthew, The Michael Brothers, the Roberts Brothers, The Richard Brothers, Andy Roberts, Sir viv Richards, The Benjamin Brothers, Richie Richardson and Rigley Jacobs have all made us immensely proud as Antiguans and Barbudans. Take Sir Viv as the prime example rated one of the top five cricketers of the 20 th century, having played the best one Day International (ODI) innings of all time and the greatest ODI batsman of all time, the third greatest Test batsman of all time, after Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar Enough Accolades to swell your chest to the size of Atlas This person is so humble and a very proud Antiguan and Barbudan. We now can give pride of place to many others as well our athletes at the recently concluded Olympics and Paralympics. Our seven athletes in the Olympics (Daniel Bailey, Afia Charles, Brendan Christian, Orel Jeffrey and Karin from our country. In the Paralympics Jamol Pilgrim represented Antigua and Barbuda with great pride and now holds the distinction of being our very first and to date only Paralympian. Seeing our flag being carried in the two processions for these events certainly made me proud to be an Antiguan and Barbudan. To me it was the best designed flag on display and its symbolic meaning stood out for me as I am sure it did for others. But we also gained recognition elsewhere, our Ambassadors and representatives all continue to present the best national arenas place Antigua and Barbuda among the shapers of international and institutional policy. Not to forget our young people and senior citizens as well, I have selected three who have, one of our senior citizens stand out in my mind. Sir Prince Ramsey has been recognised internationally for his work on the subjects of family planning, STDs, sexual disorders and HIV/AIDS. Sir Prince has received many awards including those from UNICEF and PAHO and was finally recognised by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the Nations (KCN). Four Youths of Antigua and Barbuda have also made us proud here in the UK. These are Braimah, Sheku, and Isata Kanneh Mason, and Glory Charles. All four have been covered in previous newsletters (Nos.123, 125, 126 and 145). The comments made of their performances and achievements uplift us as citizens and friends of Antigua and Barbuda alike. Isata is featured in our newsletters 123 and 125, Glory Charles in No 126 while Braimah and Sheku are featured in No. 145. They have made their parents and everyone else proud but more important, they stand out as shining examples of what our Youths can achieve if guided and supported. They too are worthy of being designated as the pride of the Nation and it would be remiss of me not to recall their exploits. I am sure there are many more worthy of mention. My list is not exclusive. I encourage you to form your own list and let us know. We pledge to continue our feature of our worthy citizens. Finally I have left this for the last as I believe it should be fresh in your minds. How would anyone forget the perforCup? For the first time in the history of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, the national team made it to gua and Barbuda citizens clearly demonstrated appreciation for the work and appreciation for what they have Continued on Page 4


4 Sir Vivian Richards Honoured in The UK only living national hero Sir Vivian Richards was presented with an honorary membership from Weald Park Golf Club, Essex, England during a brief ceremony on September 29. bestowed the honour on Sir Viv at the end of a day of golf involving the two International Pairs Caribbean teams of Sir Vivian Richards and Errol Samuel of Antigua and Barbuda and Adrian Norford of St. Kitts & Nevis and Max Raffoul of Dominica, and members of the African Caribbean Golf Association (ACGA) before leaving for Scotland for the International Pairs World Finals. And according to Zorol Barthley, CEO of Golf Experience Caribbean, the day provided valuable practice for the Caribbean teams along with a great opportunity to socialise with members of the African Caribbean Golf Association. An excited Ferdinand said: "It was such a great pleasure to host the Caribbean teams and to have Sit Viv at Weald Park is an absolute delight. 29th September 2012 * * * Sir Viv and Andy Ferdinand. photo credit Golf Experience Caribbean Seen Above Left to Right: Max Raffoul (Dominica), Errol Samuel, Adrian Norford (St Kitts and Nevis), Sir Viv Richards (Antigua and Barbuda) and Zorol Barthley (Antigua and Barbuda) My friends, just from these examples it can be clearly shown that we have much to be proud of. We can afford to hold our heads high. Our athletes may not have won any medals at the last Olympics and Paralympic events, our football team may not have made it to play in Brazil, but the world has become more aware of the fact that we are present and knocking at the door. Our day will come. Let us be proud of what has been achieved and continue to strive for a better Antigua and Barbuda where its citizens can excel to the highest heights. H E Dr Carl Roberts, CMG High Commissioner


5 West Indian Association of Service Personnel (WASP)Memorial March Pass and Parade On Sunday 30th September 2012, at Windrush Square, Brixton London the West Indian Association of Service Personnel held its first anniversary of the Brixton Memorial March Pass and Parade to honour West Indians past and present who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force during the Wars. In the march was a large contingent of serving and ex servicemen and women including World War II and Falklands Veterans, the London Fire Brigade, the Territorial Army and various divisions of London Army Cadets. Amongst the dignitaries who attended were representatives from Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, Mrs Althea A Vanderpoole Banahene, Minister Counsellor, Mr Wyndham Dennison, First Secretary Jamaica High Commission, The Mayor of Lambeth, the Mayor of Southwark, Councillors of Lambeth, Southwark, Chief Inspector of the Metropolitan Police for Lambeth. The Parade was lead by the Colours of WASP, and other contingents. Wreaths were laid to pay homage and remember those who fought and continue to give service to Her Majesty the Queen. 30th September 2012 * * * The Caribbean's Greatest Summer Festival Music mas, revelry, pageantry and culture fused together for eleven summer festival begins in Antigua. For first timers celebrating Carnival in Antigua it was a treat, as the festival of colourful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows and especially good music is a time of fun and excitement. The festival took place along the streets of St. John's and at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG) where Carnival City is located, smaller parties can also be found around the island. The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, ranged from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions, the Panorama steel band competition, the Caribbean Melting Pot which brought together top soca artists from across the region, the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Carnival Queen Competition and the Caribbean Queen's Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this eleven day carnival included innumerable smaller festivities, local concerts, parades and cultural shows. Since its inception Antigua's Carnival continues to grow by leaps and bounds attracting thousands of visitors and returning residents every year. The first unofficial Carnival took place on August 1st 1834 after Britain abolished slavery across its empire. Liberated slaves took to the streets in celebration of their new freedom. Each year thereafter the first Monday in August has been set aside as a holiday to commemorate emancipation. In 1957 the holiday was extended to include the following Tuesday to allow longer, more organized celebrations. Carnival Monday begins with early morning J'ouvert. "J'ouvert" is derived from a French Creole word "Jour Ouvert" meaning 'daybreak'. Revellers converge in St. John's some simply wearing tee shirts, others unusual costumes. These were not the extravagant costumes that were seen later that day, but rather costumes to make spectators laugh. On carnival Monday and Tuesday there were costumed troupes, groups and beautifully decorated floats on parade. This year promises to be exceptional with a wide variety of mas bands displaying beautifully crafted and decorated costumes in hopes of receiving the mas band of the year award. On the Tuesday night, "Last Lap" saw all jam bands on the streets of St. John's and hundreds of people celebrating the last day of the festival late into the evening. 28th July 2012 * * * Seen above left to right Mr Justin Thomas (Fire fighter London Fire brigade and former employee Antigua and Barbuda), Mrs Althea A Vanderpoole Banahene, Minister Counsellor, Mr Andrew Thomas (fire fighter London Fire Brigade and father of Justin) and Superintendent Leroy Logan, Metropolitan Police


6 Mango Fest 2012 Mango Fest 2012 took place this weekend Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th at the Christian Valley Agricultural Station. Mango Fest was an all day family type event running from 9:30am until 7:30 in the evening. For the first time the Antigua Black Pineapple joined the Mango Fest. The highly touted Antigua Black shared the mango spotlight in an effort to bring more awareness of the fruit mainly to visitors to the island and to the Fest. Despite sporadic weather conditions, Committee Member for Mango Fest 2012 Carol Faye George said a lot of plans had been put into the annual festival. She said that last that a lot of the nutrients were washed out of the soil, resulting in a smaller yield of mangoes for this season. be slightly smaller than normal, patrons of Mango Fest were able to sample a variety of mangoes though purchase quantities were smaller. Christian Valley Agricultural Station propagates over 26 varieties of mango some indigenous to the island and others introduced. Many of those cultivated at the Agricultural Station will be on display and available for purchase; Black Mango, Julie Mango, Hackett, Belly full, Edward, Pinero, Tommy Atkins are just a few of the types that will be present. On hand at the festival were some processors displaying products such as: jams, jellies, sherbets, pies, cakes, hot sauce and the like, which many of the processors planned to make available for the international market. As for the Antigua Black Pineapple, an awareness day was held recently brought to highlight many uses and properties of pineapple that many were unaware of. The Pineapple Awareness Day also informed pineapple lovers that there are at least 5 other types of pineapples propagated on island other than the popular Antigua Black. There were delectable concoctions of mango and pineapple delights available at Mango Fest 2012 16th August 2012 * * * Antigua Black Pineapple Awareness Day As part of the Mango Festival 2012 activities, the Pineapple Awareness Day was hosted at the Cades Bay Agriculture Station on Thursday, July 26th, 2012. The aim of this activity was to bring further awareness of the Antigua Black Pineapple as well as other Pineapples produced locally and their varying uses. The Antigua Black Pineapple is tagged regionally and internationally ment of the public was being encouraged as it would further the knowledge of the Antigua Black. Mr. Caudley George, Chairman of the 2012 Mango Festival committee mittee to do everything possible to that in recognition of the day, the committee is appealing to all restaurants and hotels to feature dishes and drinks which include the Antigua Black Pineapple as an ingredient. Agricultural Station consisted of tours of the Cades Bay Pineapple Farm exploring the history and other information on the pineapple and the Agricultural station, pineapple sampling, light pineapple inspired refreshments and by products of the pineapple. An invitation was extended to camps, public and private sector workers, church groups, farmers and visitors to participate in the tours and other activities. The tours commenced at 8:30am and will be conducted every half hour until 1:30pm. The cost for this activity was EC$10.00 per person. Transportation will be provided at $10.00 per person round trip. Individuals who wished to participate in this activity had to be registered. Registration took place at the Ministry of Tourism on July 20th, 2012. 11th July 2012 * * *


7 Fourteen Receive Chinese Scholarships for 2012 2013 Fourteen students from Antigua and Barbuda aspiring to tertiary education are now the recipients of academic scholarships granted by the At the scholarship ceremony held at of Education the Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro congratulated the recipients and expressed her pleasure at the varied areas of study to be pursued. The Education Minister made special mention at the number of males who were receiving scholarships (ten) and also noted that for the second year in a row, male students have come out on top in the Caribbean Examinations Council (C.X.C.) Dr. Leandro who is also the Minister of Gender Affairs was pleased to see four female recipients among the throng of males and stated that she hopes in the future even more females will be awarded. Dr. Leandro encouraged the recipients to go forth in their studies bearing in mind they will be representing not only themselves and families but also their respective alma mater and the country of Antigua and Barbuda. lic of China, Liu Hanming in his address to the students made special mention of the fact that Antigua and Barbuda has enjoyed diplomatic relations with China for thirty (30) years. Ambassador Hanming informed the students that they will not only be ambassadors for Antigua and Barbuda but they will serve as special envoys to the relationship between Antigua and China. Ambassador Hanming while congratulating the scholarship recipients encouraged them to enjoy the Chinese culture, see the developments taking place and learn the language (Mandarin) as it is the lanpopulation. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer in his address to the 2012 Chinese Scholarship recipients informed China was the first nation to support the efforts of his government in procuring tertiary level scholarships for students. China provided the first scholarships in 2007. Ten scholarships were given out then and ten (10) are given annually, however in 2012 China increased the number of scholarships offered to fourteen. The fourteen 2012 2013 scholarship recipients bring the number of Antiguans/Barbudans who have received Chinese scholarships to eighty four 17th August 2012 * * * Antigua and Barbuda Poised to Benefit From OAS Aided House Numbering Project A high level OAS delegation recently engaged various stakeholders on the subject of street naming, house numbering and the benefits envisioned, with consideration being given to the impact on the electoral preparatory process. The team headed by Maria Teresa Mellenkamp, chief, Section of Electoral Technical Cooperation in the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, held talks with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, who noted that the project will be a critical tool in the development of the electoral process. presence to provide technical and financial support, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Senator Malaka Parker said her department was ready to accelerate the process by creating a database as 90 per cent of the street naming exercise was complete. Noting other spinoffs from the exercise, Parker said it would also assist as a valuable tool for emergency vehicle dispatch, planning or other health and disaster prevention needs of the state. Preliminary talks were also held with the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Juno Samuel and the members of the Electoral Commission, representatives from the Free and Fair Election League, the Boundaries Commission and members of the Antigua Labour Party. The OAS team, a release said, noted that due to the extensive work done in Antigua and Barbuda to install a state of the art Cadastral System in 2006 and 2010, and the advanced state of the art street naming initiatives, the country is positioned to advance the process of the address database. Among the many benefits to be derived from the project, the communiqu noted, is the anticipation that the information generated will be useful for the creation of new road maps and the ability to facilitate a completely functional GPS system. Given that tourism is the backbone of the economy, such tools will serve to enhance the visitor experience and the marketability of the country as a premier tourist destination


8 Construct Antigua and Barbuda Initiative Expands The Construct Antigua and Barbuda Initiative (CABI) is a collaborative effort between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Antigua Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) implemented in August, 2011. Originally, CABI was an eighteen (18) month initiative designed to stimulate growth in the construction sector and to garner confidence in the economy. The initiative is now expected to extend beyond the year 2013. This expansion is intended to further encourage economic stimulus. Administrative Support Officer within the ABIA Ms. Olivia Smith said that over one hundred and seventy (170) applicants have applied for CABI so far. A total of one hundred and ten (110) applicants have been approved. Companies which have come on board with CABI include: thirty five (35) hardware stores and aggregates, nine (9) financial institutions, four (4) insurance companies and a number of contractors. According to Ms. Smith, the contractors who have registered with CABI have agreed to lower their labor costs as a further incentive to home builders. Architects and attorneys have also registered with CABI and the initiative has begun to accept applications from Pool suppliers. Under CABI, potential homeowners and participants are entitled to government incentives including zero Revenue Recovery Charge (RRC), Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) and discounts on all building materials procured locally as well as reduced rates from the local banks, insurance companies, aggregate suppliers and contractors registered with the ABIA. The CABI program also applies to citizens living abroad. At present CABI has successfully contributed a total of 70 million dollars to the local economy. 14th September 2012 * * * Bailey to Carried National Flag in Olympic Ceremony National 100m record holder, Daniel and Barbuda national flag during the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. President of the National Olympic Association, Senator Paul Chet Greene said 25 year old Bailey, who placed fourth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, is the perfect choice for the honour. The proud moment took place during the Parade of Nations section of the spectacular event at the Olympic Stadium in London. Bailey, along with three other athletes represented the twin island state at the Games. Greene also said that swimmer Karin Clashing and 400m runner Afia Charles had already arrived in London, but Brendan Christian, arrived after the opening ceremony. 27th July 2012 * * * Dear Readers, remember, any nationals and friends travelling to the UK please need to have appropriate travel insurance to cover the cost of medical care in the event of illness. They will not be entitled to NHS treatment


9 Antigua and Barbuda at London 2012 Olympics Antigua and Barbuda's first Para an official audience on Monday 3rd High Commissioner in the UK, His Excellency Dr. Carl Roberts, CMG, his wife, Mrs. Pauline Roberts, staff of the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission and also the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. Pilgrim was accompanied by his Manager Nigel Pigott and Latisha Greene, committee member. The 90 minute meeting was also attended by Honourable Senator Chet Greene, President of the National Olympic Committee as well as members of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism department, and representa t i v e s o f t h e A n t i g u a & B a r b u d a A ssociation in London. many persons supporting us both here in the UK and back home. It was a very pleasant and encouraging meeting, especially as it gave Jamol a chance to discuss the venue and his The meeting took place in the midst of a very busy period of activity for the athlete. and becoming acclimatised to the said. tend a few events and experience first hand the electric atmosphere in the stadium. We know that when Jamol steps onto the track on Friday, T42 first of all at 5:12 am Caribbean time and then the finals later that day at 4 pm, he will be cheered on by our wonderful supporters back home and here in London. Jamol is quietly The trio presented the High Commissioner with an official Antigua and shirt. 3rd September 2012 * * * Jamol Pilgrim Represents Antigua and Barbuda 2012 Paralympic Games London With the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games London, Minister of State with responsibility for Sports, Sen. Hon. Winston Williams Jr. extended best wishes to the first National Para l y m p i c A t h l e t e J a m o l P i l g r i m a s h e represented the country in Track and Field in the 100 metre T42 Race. The first round of the race took place on September 7, 2012 with the finals later that same day. Senator Williams stated that the Jamol can be assured of the full support of the Government and nation of Antigua and Barbuda as he carried the flag with pride both on and off the field of play. Senator Williams called upon all Antiguans and Barbudans to support Jamol in his bid to make history for Antigua and Barbuda as being the first to medal in a Paralympic Games, by sending best wishes via email or Facebook to the Ministry of Sports, who will in turn pass these on to the Antigua and Barbuda Paralympic Committee. 31st August 2012 * * * Seen above left to right: Mr Nigel Pigott Manager Paralympic Association and H.E Dr Carl Roberts Seen above left to right: Hon Senator Chet Greene, Mr Jamol Pilgrim, H E Dr Carl Roberts, Miss Latisha Greene, and Mr Nigel Pigott


10 LEAP Project Launched by Ministry of Finance The Ministry of Finance, Economy and Public Administration has officially launched a new initiative known as the Learning through Excellence Award Programme (LEAP). The LEAP programme primarily extends to young academics and gradu a t e s a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o w o r k w i t h i n the varied offices of governmental institutions. The tenets of the programme aim to train young Antiguans and Barbudans in the intricacies of the public service while awarding them a three (3) month internship within the public sector. Globally, many young graduates face increasing challenges in securing employment upon completion of their studies. The same is true for Caribbean students as a whole and many young Antiguans and Barbudans. Minister of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration, the Hon. ment challenge confronts many countries worldwide regardless of underlying problem is the large number of young people entering the labour market each year. They lack the employment opportunities in particular in economies where the private sector may lack the [capacity] to absorb all the young ed by a recent United Nation Statistic (on Youth employment) which young people live in developing economy. According to Minister Lovell, the interventions based on individual motivation, the use of best practices, public private partnerships and other measures which would result in a class of working young people who would embrace opportunities presented for further self As an aid to the LEAP programme, mentors as well as present and past civil servants will have their services utilized in providing training for the young awardees. The Ministry anticipates that some thirty (30) awardees will be trained annually in two separate cohorts. LEAP is expected to groom a cadre of service oriented and hardworking young people to assume a leadership role in the public sector and contribute to nation building. 31st August 2012 * * * Commonwealth Jubilee Scholarships health, veterinary medicine, business administration, arts and sciences, and the School of Medicine. The Scholarships will be available for all 54 Commonwealth countries, but particularly for students from developing countries and small states (as is Grenada). The University has graduated nearly 12,000 physicians, veterinarians, scientists, public health and business professionals in its 35 year history. For further information, please contact: Marianna Ryan Tel: +44 (0)7789 767624


11 Departure Tax Abolished New Airport Authority Administration Charge (AAC) Introduced The new Airport Authority Administration Charge will be in force on 1st November 2012. A charge of US$37.50 must be collected on all tickets for each passenger arriving and departing Antigua and Barbuda. The charge is to be collected at the time of sale, for tickets issued on or after 1st November 2012. No more waiting in queues at the Departure Tax Desk at VC Bird International Airport Olympic Officials Meet High Commissioner Officials from the National Olympic Association (NOA) met with Antisioner to the United Kingdom, H E Dr Carl Roberts on Monday, 2nd August 2012 along with representatives from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism office and members of the Antigua and Barbuda Association. President of the NOA, Senator Paul Chet Greene said the discussions were aimed at soliciting definitive programme(s) to source technical and other support from Antigua scribed the meeting as being very productive. Accompanying Senator Greene, were NOA first vice president Mr. Wilbur Harrigan and Secretary General, Mr. Cliff Williams. High Commissioner Roberts highly commended the Olympic officials and the athletes representing the country. He encouraged the athletes to give of their all and highlighted the unique opportunity presented by the Olympic Games. ty to participate in the Olympics and to be a member of that elite Senator Greene thanked the High Commissioner for the opportunity to him and his delegation to meet to shed light on Antigua and BarbuHe expressed gratitude to the Antigua and Barbuda diaspora community for embracing the team and for committing to work with the Olympic Association and other sports organisations at home to the benefit of the nation and athletes. An event with Team Antigua and Barbuda was held on August 9. 2nd August 2012 * * * Seen Above left to Right: His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts CMG, High CommisOlympic Association (ABOA), Mr Wilbur Harrigan, Vice President ABOA, Mr Cliff Williams, Secretary General ABOA


12 Antigua and Barbuda Olympic team reception A reception was held on Thursday 9 th August 2012 at Nesbitt Community Hall Hackney London. It was well attended by approximately one hundred and eighty nationals and friends to include Members of the Executive Committee of Antigua and Barbuda National Association (ABNA), staff of the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. The ABOA/Team Committee comprised the President Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Committee Honourable Senator Greene, Vice President Wilbur Harrigan, Secretary General Cliff Williams, Chef de Mission Neville Fenton, Assistant Chef de Mission Mr Cordel Williams, Team Doctor Mr Philmore Benjamin, Manager/Coach Mr Calvin GreenaClashing, Manager/Coach Swimming, Coach Manager/Coach Sports Administrator Fitz Braithwaite (Supports the Team), Athletes Brendan Christian (athletics 200m) Karen Clashing (swimming), Daniel Bailey (athletics 100m had left the UK that day and was not present for the reception) and James Gramon (high jump did not qualify) and Joel Kirby (boxing did not qualify). Memorabilia including lapel badges, polo shirts, T shirts were on sale. Financial Regulator Earns Doctorate Degree PHOENIX, Arizona Paul Ashe, Supervisor of International Banks and Trust Corporations at Antigua ulatory Commission (FSRC) received his doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, in a graduation ceremony attended by hundreds of graduates and their proud family members. Dr Ashe, whose dissertation topic, Corporate Governance in Antigua and Barbuda: A Case Study of Five State Owned Enterprises is a comprehensive study on how boards of directors implement and monitor corporate governance in SOEs in Antigua and Barbuda. portance of SOEs to the economies of developing countries in general and small island developing States such as Antigua and Barbuda in particular, I hope that the findings from my thesis will act as catalyst for scholars from our twin island State and beyond to expand on the base of knowledge on corporate governance in SOEs within said Dr Ashe. ar noted that the pace of implementing a good corporate governance framework within SOEs continue to lag the pace at which leaders within the private sector implement and monitor corporate governance. Dr Ashe is looking forward to sharing the findings of his dissertation with leaders of SOEs and the public within the Caribbean. He opined that there are numerous opportunities to improve the corporate governance framework within SOEs, beginning with a process that starts with how leaders select and appoint directors to the boards of SOEs Dr Ashe is the brother of Dr.John Ashe, Ambassador to the UN, and Peter Ashe, another prominent banker in Antigua. 4th July 2012 ONDCP Director completes special FBI training The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) wishes to congratulate the Director, Lt. Col Edward Croft for successfully completing the XXXVSession of the National Executive Institute (NEI)of the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI). The FBI offers several training opportunities for leaders within law enforcement enforcement agencies have benefitted in the past from such opportunities such as The National Academy. According to the United States Embassy in Barbados, Lt. Col. Croft is the first ever from the Caribbean to have been selected as a candidate for the NEI Session. It should also be noted that Lt. Col. Croft was one of only eight international participants. been described as the crown jewel tives and is considered the premier executive venue in the FBI. While attending the training institute, Lt. Col. Croft received instructions on leadership, communication, strategic and tactical analysis, the relationship between the media and the police, use of social media, challenges experienced by law enforcement officers, the future structure of law enforcement organizations. There were also presentations by other law enforcement agencies of unique experiences, issues of cyber security and a leadership case study of the American Civil War and an examination of the leadership qualities of the former American President Abraham Lincoln. The participants were selected from throughout the USA, Northern Ireland, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, Pakistan and Antigua and Barbuda. They represented various law enforcement agencies on various levels such as: Chiefs of Police, Commissioners, Sheriffs, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), US Air Force, Naval Criminal Investigations Services (NCIS), US Marines, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In an interview, Lt. Col. Croft indicated that his attendance to the NEI was most enlightening and rewarding, and it will be used to enhance his leadership of the ONDCP and his personal involvement in other related activities. In addition, he will also seek to impart the knowledge gained to other leaders. Lt. Col. Croft also expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister, Hon Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer and to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in facilitating his attendance. The ONDCP is particularly proud of Lt. Col. Croft as he continues to lead the organisation in its fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. 24th September 2012


13 FSRC Official Receives International Award On August 27, 2012, the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) proudly announced the recipients of its Annual Gaming Regulator of the Year award. These awards, which continue the IMGL mission of u c a t i o n a r e g i v e n a n n u a l l y t o w o r t h y individuals in recognition of their contribution to the gaming law body of work. The IMGL awarded outstanding gaming regulator in four categories: The Americas, Europe, Indian Gaming, and Evolving Jurisdictions and are selected from gaming regulators across the globe who have been nominated by their colleagues. Criteria for selection include an indicareer as a regulator; contributions to the gaming industry; noteworthy achievements in the regulation of the gaming industry; providing a stable regulatory environment in their jurisdiction; being identified as a person of high integrity; and demonstration of service in the community. For the first time, the IMGL honoured four regulators from around the world for their contribution to the gaming industry. In the past, IMGL gave only one award annually and rotated jurisdictions. The Financial Services Regulatory Commission (the Commission) is pleased to announce that IMGL selected Ms Kaye McDonald, Director of Gaming, as Gaming Regulator of the Year: Evolving Jurisdiction. Mr John Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer of the Commission; recogawarded by such an international body as the IMGL, not only redounds on her but also the jurisdiction. Additionally, Human Resource Manager, achievements and this international recognition of her professional integrity and years of dedicated services to the Commission, our jurisdiction and the gaming industry in general. Ms Kaye McDonald commented on achieve this award, particularly by such a prestigious body as the IMGL. This award is not just a personal milestone, but most importantly it recognizes the efforts made every day by regulators. Therefore, this award is a representation of the Commission and the jurisdiction work and continu o u s e f f o r t s t o e n h a n c e g l o b a l r e g u l a10th September 2012 * * * Tourism Officer joins Caribbean Tourism Organization Board of Directors, UK Chapter Joel Henry, UK Tourism Officer to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO (UK) Ltd, effective from May 2012. The announcement was made at the CTO's AGM held in London on this summer, following the standard nomi n a t i o n a n d v o t i n g p r o c e s s Joel will serve for three years on the Board, joining the Board Members representing the National Tourist Offices of Grenada, Saint. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago; Commercial Members representing, Resort Marketing International, Virgin Holidays, British Airways etc. CTO Board will serve to reinforce part of the tourism development of the Caribbean. He will regard the opportunity given to him to represent the Caribbean as one that can only bear fruit for growth of tourism in the Caribbean, and his passion for the advancement in tourism is of highest priority. 7th September 2012 * * *


14 Antigua's Oldest Resident Passes Irene Carlos, the oldest resident on record residing in Antigua and Barbuda passed away on Saturday, September 8th. Ms. Carlos celebrated her 110th birthday on January 23rd 2012 at the Fiennes Institute where she had been residing since 2009. She was surrounded by family, well wishers and officials. Administrators and care givers at the Fiennes Institute have fond memories of Ms. Carlos and her zest for life. It is said that she was a good singer and delighted in singing and quoting bible scriptures. She had been a member of the Methodist Church. Miss Carlos lived in St. Philips South for the majority of her life and coincidentally was one of four super centenarians hailing from the village of Freetown. Ms. Carlos was born in the village of Freetown in 1902 and was the eldest of three children. She never married nor had children however, she took responsibility for raising two nieces and a nephew when their mother died leaving them relatively young. ing and she worked in the culinary field at the Mill Reef Club until she was sixty five (65) years old. She also worked in agriculture for a number of years. Director of the Community Development Division within the Ministry of Social Transformation Mrs. Brenda Thomas Odlum reflected on Ms. tion. Mrs. Odlum said Ms. Carlos was always a jovial person with a nice village, her church (Methodist) and The Chairperson of the Centenarian Committee and a Freetonian herself, Mrs. Odlum says Ms. Carlos will be missed by Freetonians especially those abroad. She feels the loss personally having worked in close contact with Ms. Carlos since the deceased was in would just like to express condolences to the family on behalf of my (her life) was a blessing. 11th September 2012 * * * Hundreds of Senior Citizens Collect Voucher Booklets under Utility Subsidy Programme The Petro Caribe initiative which is administered by PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Ltd (PDVCAB) commenced its 10th wave of the Senior Citizens Utility Subsidy Program at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre. Hundreds of senior citizens collected their voucher booklets, confirming their registration in the program. The Senior Citizens Utility Subsidy Programme (SCUSP) started in March 2008 and is open to all pensioners with the Antigua/Barbuda Social Security Scheme. There are currently 4327 beneficiaries on the SCUSP, 99 of which are in Barbuda. The programme is part of the Govcitizens who played significant roles in building this nation. It is funded through the PetroCaribe Initiative and implemented by PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Ltd (PDVCAB). Under this venture senior citizens receive $1,200 annually towards their utility services The one week distribution of voucher booklets continued at the Multipurpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre until Friday 31st August between 9am and 4pm. The second distribution period for the year followed an earlier period in February of this year. The next registration date for the program is schedule for November. PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Ltd. (PDV CAB) is a wholly owned government company incorporated in 2005 with the principal objective of conducting activities directly related or incidental to the operation of the PetroCaribe Initiative. This includes the importation of petroleum products and the implementation, management and/or funding of social and infrastructural projects that will accrue maximum benefits for the Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda in accordance with the development policy of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. 28th August 2012 * * * Excerpted from; caribbeannewsnow, caribbean360news


15 Twenty two Students Complete Studies In Cuba Government officials, families and friends turned out in their numbers at the 2012 graduation exercise for the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Cuban University Students (ABACUS). Twenty two students celebrated their achievement after completing their studies in the Republic of Cuba. An earlier graduate of the Cuban Scholarship program and the guest speaker at the ceremony, Dr. Philmore Benjamin, took the opportunity to advise the graduates to dream. In his opinion dreams, coupled with determination is a recipe for success. Prime Minister, Dr. Hon. Winston Baldwin Spencer, took a brief look back at the thirty years of this scholarship program. Prime Minister Spencer also highlighted the value the government places on what the Cuban Government has been doing for education in the twin island state. Thirty students will commence their studies this year on paid programmes by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. the Cubans have given freely over the years and in these hard economic times the Government of Antigua and Barbuda can also give in the in25th August 2012 * * * 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 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 Excerpted from; caribbeannewsnow, caribbean360news Seen above: Dr The Honourable Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda with graduating students


16 Four Barbudans make ABBA squad Four Barbudans were selected for the training squad announced by Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Associa t i o n ( A B B A ) a s t h e y l o o k f o r w a r d to the biennial Caribbean Basketball Championships next year. It is the first time that Barbudans have been included on any Antigua and Barbuda national team. In the line up are Phillip John, Rodney John, Decastro Walbrook and Cohen Desouza.There are also a few overseas based players including Toray Manwarren, Gerard Gore, Raviel Burton, Kurt Looby and Shariff Sargent. The 40 member squad and coaching team were officially announced at a Press Conference held at the JSC office earlier this week. The management staff comprise the newly appointed head coach Craig Anthony who was selected from a short list of three applicants; Jerome Andrew, Drew and physiotherapist Dave Bridgewater. The technical director is Mike Marquis who resides in Iowa. ABBA President Jules Bowen gave an overview of the plans and objectives of the association going forward. He said there is a lot of work still to be done and thanked the other members of his executive for the confidence and support they give him. Bowen also thanked all the sponsors for supporting the association. Anthony, meantime, told the gathering it would not be business as usual. He stressed that discipline is the key, and said there is no place for medisaid and cautioned the players to prepare for it. The coach said training sessions begin on August 18 as the team prepares for four warm up games in the USA.The technical director, who also addressed the conference from his home by way of the Internet, was high in praise for the quality of basketball displayed by the various teams during his visit to Antigua. Marquis pledged to work hard with the team to making it become a dominant force. Meanwhile, Lucas Brumant, the president of Concerned Teachers/Parents Sports Association and a coach in his own right, suggested that the team should still carry the Bulldogs badge based on the dominance that the former Bulldogs had on the regional scene. 27th July 2012 * * * Completion of Public Library Back on Track A $2.7 million dollar loan has been secured to aid the completion of the Antigua and Barbuda Public Library. The construction has been on hold for a number of years surpassing its completion date due to a series of challenges. The Board of Education (BOE), which oversees development of the national library, hopes to have secured a new Project Manager by the end of September in order for construction work to re commence. Gisele Issac Arrindell says the Board is waiting for word from contractors and engineers, who have been consulted, on the way forward for the construction project. According to Mrs. Isaac Arrindell they are awaiting the proposal of an overall cost to complete the project as well as an estimated time frame for finishing. Isaac Arrindell said the $2.7 million dollar loan was secured from the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) and she has informed that this sum was sufficient to see the project to completion. It is estimated that the Board of Education will put an additional $1.3 million dollars for the purchasing of additional material and equipment for the public library. After installation of the new material and equipment, actual labour will commence on the project. General contractor for the project is the Antigua and Barbuda Contractors Enterprise Limited (ABCEL). So far $5.9 million dollars have been spent of $6.4 million originally ear marked to construct the public library. Despite some frustration at the length of time it has taken to complete the public library the Executive Secretary for the Board of Education finally reach completion. 12th September 2012 * * * To Our Readers We apologise for the lateness of the receipt of the newsletter Mrs D Giselle Isaac, Speaker of the House and Executive Secretary, Board of Education


17 Ministry of Education finalize Plans for School ID The Ministry of Education is in high gear with its plans to have a regulated school identification system implemented in public secondary schools across the island for the upcoming academic term. During the recent training of school security guards, the Minister of Education the Hon. Dr. Jacqui Quinn Leandro addressed security officials and updated them on the new identification system for students and explained how it would assist in maintaining order. The Ministry of Education School Identification cards will contain the all embossed with the Ministry of The Education Minister is of the opinion that this new measure will assist School Security guards with their jobs in ensuring that only students with the proper identification are allowed on the schools compound. Many of the public secondary schools have already begun their registration process and the ID card processing has begun. 21st August 2012 * * * New Style Caribbean Community Antigua and Barbuda Passport British Donor Agency to Fund Three Community Projects The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is currently in discussions with the British donor agency Department for International Development (DFID) to financially assist three (3) local communities with special projects. At present, the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is trying to finalize a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will allow the non profit organization to facilitate various training sessions in health and safety hazards and first aid in the communities. Antigua and Barbuda lies almost in the centre of the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands and the country has been known to usually lay in the path of hurricane or two every couple of years. Certain areas in on the island are also prone to flooding not only in hurricane season but if any excess rain takes place for prolonged periods. to the whim of hurricanes and tropical storms Director General of the Red Cross Jeff Martin says the training sessions are important. Martin says [health and safety hazards] training will better help communities prepare themselves for disasters. With respect to health hazards training will focus on safety measures to prevent water borne illnesses. The Director General says the communities of Yorks and Green Bay will be the first recipients for the first phase of the community projects as these two communities are of the worst affected when there is flooding. According to Martin, training will be provided for residents and non profit groups in community based health. The Red Cross aims to train at least twenty volunteers to assist in the community training programs and volunteers from the Barbuda will also included in the training. As soon as further funding has been received, the Red Cross will identify the third community to be assisted. assist other communities across the NOTICE PLEASE APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A NEW CARIBBEAN COMMUNTITY ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT


18 31 st Events: Sunday 28 th October 2012 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm Antigua and Barbuda National Association (London) Independence Thanksgiving Service at St Matthias Church, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD Tuesday 30 th October 2012 at 5.00pm (to be seated by 4.45pm) Evensong at Westminster Abbey. His Excellency The High Commissioner will read the Second Lesson Contact: Antigua and Barbuda High Commission if you wish to attend Telephone 020 7258 0070 Saturday 3 rd November 2012 8.30pm to 2.30am Highfield Rangers Cricket Team Leicester Independence Dance, Highfield Rangers Club, 443 Gleneagles Avenue, Rushey Mead, Leicester LE4 7YJ, Tickets £5.00 or more at the door Contact: Mr Alston Jarvis Telephone 0116 266 0009 or Mobile 07964 539967 Saturday 10 th November 2012 7.00pm to 2.00am Antigua and Barbuda National Association London (ABNA) Independence Dance at Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT Tickets £60 Contact: Mr Everton George, President ABNA Mobile 07956 665152 Website: Antigua and Barbuda At The Commonwealth Fair Saturday 3rd November 2012, 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 Notices and Announcements


19 Tourism Minister Addresses restructure plan for lower St. John's The long standing issues regarding lower parts of the city are soon to be addressed. This, along with the on going consultations on the issues cruise tourists face with members of all to dealt with in the foreseeable future. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation the Hon. John Maginley have spoken to these issues which has Development Corporation, St. ernment of Antigua and Barbuda. The congestion of traffic in lower St. Streets, running along Thames Street has been a major concern for business persons operating in the area as well as visitors and locals alike who need to conduct business in the city. sociation who operate tours and seek to provide transportation to visitors coming off the cruise ships are also caught in the midst of the problems affecting the Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay areas. Cruise ship visitors have voiced the opinion that Heritage Quay and Redcliffe areas are too congested with taxi drivers and traffic. Many visitors opt for remaining on the ships to avoid the hustle and bustle on the Quays. According to Minister Maginley the cruise industry says that around 50 55% of the [visitors] who come to Antigua/Barbuda remain on board the ships. For 2012, the cruise lines have decided not to send as many ships into the region as it did in 2011. This means that there is a reduction in the number of ships that are coming. take action to ensure that we continue to compete, compete fairly and positively in this cruise ship inMr. Maginley made mention of a series of discussions held with a consultancy team brought in to assist ration (SJDC) in devising plans to to address the major issues. The Cabinet was presented with a feasible plan and some short terms solutions that can be implemented. The Minister says the government is confident that the new plan will help everyone and encourages the taxi drivers to come on board. Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Dr. the Hon. Baldwin Spencer spoke to the issue affirming that the Cabinet had received representation from the SJDC. According to Prime Minister Spenthing has to be done about the situation at Heritage Quay. Whether it has to do with taxi operators or vendors or otherwise, people have got to understand we are in a dynamic situation, we have to compete make changes at Heritage Quay and Some other the changes in lower St. Ministry of Health building and Whapping Beach and the creation of some areas for taxis and tours to depart from. 10th September 2012 * * * Ministry of Tourism to host Green Hotels Seminar For the past 31 years the World Tourism Organization has been setting aside September 27th as the day to recognize the importance of tourism as a global industry, and this year is no exception. In 2012, World Tourism Day is being celebrated under the theme powering sustainable development. The theme comes in harmony with tioned by the United Nations. In commemoration of this day and in keeping with the theme, the Ministry of Tourism Antigua and BarHospitality Training Institute on Thursday September 27th. The seminar catered to small and large hoteliers as well as excursionists and tour operators and highlighted the importance of going green to the overall effort of creating a sustainable tourism product. Facilitators of this event included Mr. Daryl Jackson; Green Energy Consultant, Mrs. Sascha Mercer Severin; Manager Green Excellence Management Services, and Mr. Girvan Piggott; Senior Technician Antigua Public Utilities Authority seconded to the Energy Desk within the Office of the Prime Minister. Discussions focussed on energy conservation, renewable energy sources, eco tourism options as well as developments to the local tourism product that are identifiable to the green tourism niche market. 27th September 2012 * * *


20 Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP,Tel: 020 72580070,Fax: 020 72587486, enquiri es@ antigua New Immigration Detention Centre Opens A new Immigrant Detention and Removal facility with the ability to hold fifteen (15) detainees has finally opened its doors. The building with was opened through the joint effort of the Labour and Immigration Department both of which fall under the Ministry of National Security. This Detention facility is the first to be established in Antigua and Barbuda and it will serve as a temporary holding facility for those who breach the immigration and labour laws of the country while waiting to be returned to their country of birth. While the Immigration Department had considered complaints and issues raised by certain individuals, Chief of Immigration Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Walker says, the Department developed detention policies based on its own objectives. The opening of the Detention Centre is an effort to improve the current manner in which persons are detained. The Chief of Immigration says he expects that there will be some criticism with regard to the size and appearance of the facility Dr Errol Cort the National Security Minister, expressed his elation that the building had been secured espeNational Security, Labour and Immigration Headquarters. an actual facility so that the previous manner of housing detainees at the away with. The Security Minister says sending detainees with minor immigration infractions to be held at had been an unacceptable situation. It is the hope of the Ministry of National Security, Labour & Immigration to implement an Online Registration system for immigrants to make online appointments in the near future. 10th July 2012 * * * Building snowmen Barbuda style Building snowmen Barbuda style! Or should that be Salt men? This extraordinary phenomenon happens only once every few years if the climate conditions are right. Barbudans are harvesting fresh sea salt from the only remaining large scale salt pond on the island. Lets hope they'll be able to do this again in the coming years. (Excerpted from Barbuda Beautiful Magazine) Children's Carnival Fun for All Ages There was a fiesta of colour, cosalong a bustling parade route before ending at the Antigua Recreation Ground. The parade, of colourful costumes and creative floats, drew several hundred participants, from infants to teen agers. As in years past, the parade route was lined with people; many of them cheering and taking pictures of the young revellers as they went past. Bands, princesses, floats, tiny twirlers and lots more were the order of the day. There was no doubt that the kids ruled the street that day. At the ARG the young revellers participated in the usual crossing of were judged in two segments: the school mas competition and the private bands competition. There was also the Prince and Princess competition where more elaborate costumes were displayed. Several schools participated in the competition; however the spirit and atmosphere of competing seemed to be the last thing on their minds as they eagerly danced away to soca favourites during their short time on the stage. However a notable participant in e l e s c h o o l w h o s e t r o u p e w a s d e d icated to a student from the school that recently died. The troupe was panied on stage by Soca Diva, Tizzy as they paid homage to their schoolmate. On a much lighter note an old popular nursery rhyme, "The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe" was brought to life through costume. was a perennial favourite for children and adults alike throughout the day. 29th July 2012 * * *