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January/February 2013 Issue 152 The Antigua and Barbuda High Commission Official Newsletter Inside This Issue Address on Crime 1 Antigua to pursue sanctions against US 4 Computer Tablets for all secondary schools 7 Cabinet honours Winston Derrick with Official Funeral 11 Barbuda Council and Hannah Thomas Hospital receives technology boost 12 Antigua and Barbuda at 42nd Agri Fest 14 Captain Dwight Gardiner appointed Ambassador 16 Antigua and Barbuda Association London (ABNA) recruits Young People 18 Yacht Workers Association Seafood Fest 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 National Address by Prime Minister Spencer on Matters of Illegal Firearms and Crime Fellow Antiguans and Barbudans; Residents and Friends of Antigua and Barbuda: Recent developments in Antigua and Barbuda involving the use of firearms are threatening to disrupt the established fact that we are a nation of law abiding citizens and residents. Each one of us has come to cherish the peace and security for which our nation has become known. In Antigua and Barbuda and other parts of the region, we have over the past few years been invaded by events of crime and violence that are alien to this part of the world. Over the past few months, we have seen a shocking and callous wave of crime and violence involving the use of illegal firearms. I know that every law abiding person in Antigua and Barbuda is concerned. Your government is also concerned. I am deeply distressed by the recent brazen and utterly horrific gun crimes and the wanton killing of Ms. Susan Powell in broad daylight in our shopping centre. I join with every law abiding person in our nation in expressing sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Susan Powell. I also pray for and call on everyone to pray for those affected by the recent events involving illegal firearms and also to pray for our nation. I would hope that these recent wanton attacks and now murder of an innocent citizen are not being orchestrated by groups or elements within our society who are bent on creating chaos, insecurity and lawlessness in our society. I say to those individuals, you will not succeed. Law abiding citizens and residents of this country will not allow you to succeed. What befell Susan Powell and other individuals who suffered at the hands of criminals bearing illegal firearms are tragic and regrettable incidents. These are shocking and outrageous occurrences that we all must not allow to be repeated in our twin island nation. Fellow Antiguans and Barbudans; Residents and Friends of Antigua and Barbuda: I can assure you that no stone will be left unturned to hunt down and bring to justice those who are responsible for these recent senseless acts and other acts of crime that remain unsolved. We need all hands on deck at this time to arrest this situation which threatens the survival of our economy. As Chief Servant of this nation, I pledge my governsuring that our nation remains safe and secure. I once again express the sympathies of my family, the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda to those who have experienced acts of crime and violence. My prayers once again go out to the relatives and friends Susan Powell. May God bless each and every one of us. May God bless Antigua and Barbuda. (for the full text of Prime 27th February 2013 Honourable Dr Baldwin W Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda


2 Let me begin my first message of 2013 by wishing each and everyone of our readers a Happy New The subject of my message as you will note from the caption above is quite topical. It is also a matter of great and grave concern for Antigua and Barbuda who for the last 10 years has been trying to resolve a long standing issue with the US at the WTO. When I conducted my research for this message I reforms of the same organisation which was established to regulate WorldWide Trade. The primary role of the WTO should be to avoid the threat of asymmetrical relations which can hinder the expected benefits from world trade and facilitate the reduction of trade barriers. Several of the recommendations struck a cord with me as I reviewed the fact surrounding the current case of Antigua and Barbuda vs USA. The WTO as we know it today emerged from some eight years or more of ardent negotiations in the late The WTO rests on the pillar of a multilateral trading mechanism grounded by plethora of agreements to cover barriers, and to open and keep open services market. They set procedures for settling disputes. They prescribe special treatment for developing countries. They require governments to make their trade polices transparent by notifying the WTO about laws in force and measures adopted, and through regular reports by the secretariat on the countries trade policies. under which trading into, across or out of its borders are allowed. The current case in question between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States is one such example where two members of the WTO do not agree on the application and interpretation of one or more of the declarations made by either of the two members in the disagreement. His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG


3 A Dispute Settlement System has been established with the WTO where either of the two members agrees for security and predictability to the multilateral trading system. The members recognise that it serves to preserve the rights and obligations of members under the covered agreements and to clarify the existing provisions of that any benefits accruing to it directly or indirectly under the covered agreement are being impaired by measures taken by another Member is essential to the effective functioning of the WTO and the maintenance of a proper balance between the rights and obligations of Members. Any settlements of a dispute or disagreement dispute settlement mechanism so stunted? Why is it necessary for the two members of a dispute to be of equal resolution? How representative would this pairing of members in dispute be in the multilateral trading system? members (Antigua and Barbuda and the USA). Rather than focusing on the asymmetry of the two members, the torch light should instead be focused on an impaired Dispute Settlement System which apparently has no power to enforce its decisions. Let me try to draw a parallel from the legal system. The strength of our legal systems internally is that the size or financial status of either party before the court ought not to be a major hindrance to fairness, equity and the rule of law. The courts have the power to ensure this and the system of jurisprudence at each level is designed to preserve this. Why is this not the case with the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO? No court would make a judgement then wash its hands of the enforcement of that judgement. There would be a huge outcry against such a practice. To be continued His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG (quotations are from WTO documentation)


4 Antigua to Pursue Sanctions Against the United States in Decade Long Trade Dispute On 28th January 2013 in Geneva, the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda was granted authorization by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend certain concessions and obligations it has under international law to the United States in respect of intellectual property rights. His Excellency Dr Carl B W Roberts, CMG, High Commissioner attended that meeting accompanied by Mr Mark Mendell, Legal Advisor for the Government on the WTO matter. Having initially received preliminary authorization to do so from the WTO in 2007 and negotiating in good faith with the United States Government for a settlement of the case over the course of the last five years, Antigua is seeking final WTO approval of its sanctions in order to compel the United States to either favour in the gambling dispute or to negotiate a fair and reasonable solution with the Antiguan Government. The remedy is expressly provided for under WTO law and, contrary to what the United States has publicly stated, will not constitute property rights. Rather, it will be a lawful suspension of intellectual property rights, conforming to the judgment of the relevant WTO tribunal. For nearly a decade, Antigua has sought to resolve the dispute with the United States Government over the US failure to abide by American treaty obligations with regard to remote gaming. buda has been devastated by the campaign to prevent American consumers from gambling on line with offshore gaming operators. These aggressive efforts to shut down the remote gaming industry in Antigua has resulted in the loss of thousands of good paying jobs and seizure by the Americans of billions of dollars belonging to gaming operators and their customers in financial institutions across the world. If the same type of actions, by another nation, caused the people and the economy of the United States to be so significantly impacted, Antigua would without hesitation support their pursuit of justice. We once again ask our fellow sovereign nation and WTO member, the United States of America, to act in accordance with before we move forward with the implementation of the sanctions auMinister. At its height, the remote gaming industry in Antigua was the counleading international gaming economists estimated that the industry was worth over US $3.4 billion to the Antiguan economy. Having once employed over 4,000 people, today less than five hundred persons are employed in the gaming sector. This economic devastation has been caused by the direct actions of the United States. Fees paid by the gaming industry helped fund public education, structure, and the income boosted consumer spending and other economic activity associated with a vibrant, high tech industry. right under international law to compel treaty compliance by the United States. This decision did not come easily. After countless proposals from our government have been more or less ignored by the Office of the USTR numerous decisions by the WTO declaring the tion illegal and failure of the United States Government to provide meaningful proposals to end the dispute, the WTO provides this remedy not to encourage illicit behavior by nations; but rather to provide them with a way to secure their said Colin Murdoch, Trade Ambasto note that the intellectual property remedy is incorporated in the WTO agreements and approved by all members, including the United Getting the authorization from the WTO to suspend intellectual property rights does not require Antigua to ultimately resort to that suspension, and the Government remains hopeful that the United States will use the intervening period to engage the Antiguan Government in more productive discussions. If and when Antigua does take action against American intellectual property holders, it will be done in accordance with international law and under strict supervision and direction of the Antiguan Government. comply with international law, the Antiguan economy and our citizens have suffered. In previous statements, the United States has indicated there could be possible adverse consequences for Antigua and its citizens for resorting to this WTO sponsored remedy. We assume this is just rhetoric for public consumption, and we look forward to the United States putting aside these tactics and focusing their future efforts on thoughtful negotiation rather than on hyperbole and intimidaChairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority * * *


5 A weeklong visit by a team made up of key representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter American Institute for Co operation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), along with two consultants, ended with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Zero Hunger Challenge for Antigua and Barbuda. Among those present for the signing were Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment Hon. Hilson Baptiste Minister of Agriculture, Dr. John. R. Deep, FAO Sub regional Co ordinator for the Caribbean, Greg Rawlins from IICA, Nutritionist Juanita James, and senior officials from public sector. task will be to make sure we eradicate hunger in Antigua and Barbuda and (to ensure that our efforts are) ple to help themselves. I urge all Antiguans and Barbudans, along with the government ministries, to come on board to make this a sucThe minister thanked the overseas agencies for leading the charge and expressed confidence for success. Rawlins, in turn, thanked Baptiste and the entire team. work with our partners from FAO as well as the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, especially Minister Baptiste for his leadership, and the other ministries involved for their commitment to this process in support of the Zero Hunger ChalThe Zero Hunger Challenge aims to provide 100 per cent, year round access to adequate food; ensure that there are zero stunted children; create sustainable food systems and 100 per cent growth in small holder productivity and income; and eliminate food wastage. The goal is to do achieve the objectives in two years. The Caribbean Community, (CARICOM) affirms its full support for Antigua and Barbuda in its fight to obtain United States of America compliance with the ruling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body on the subject of cross border provision of gambling and betting services. The Conference of Heads of Government calls on the US to settle the dispute with Antigua and Barbuda by honouring its obligations to respect international rules and by complying with the decision of the WTO in this matter. Those rules apply to all countries whether small, large, rich or poor. All countries must abide by their obligations within the Community of Nations in the WTO. The Community has stood with the US and the Community of Nations to defend the imperative of full compliance with internationally accepted norms and rules. However, in this case, the US must review its actions in the context of the principles referred to above. Moreover, as small developing Nation States, we have consistently worked for international cooperation and reaffirmed that all sovereign member states should be regarded as equals, and respected accordingly. In the current WTO dispute between Antigua and Barbuda and the US, we expect the US will fulfil its international obligations and engage Antigua and Barbuda in urgent, meaningful and constructive negotiations to arrive at a mutually acceptable settlement. CARICOM is concerned over the extended delay in the resolution of compliance. * * * Zero Hunger Initiative


6 Antiguan Students Commence Studies in the Republic of Serbia Four Antiguan and Barbudan students commenced studies in the Republic of Serbia under the World in Serbia Scholarship programme in conjunction with the Prime Minister Scholarship Programme. Shanice Christian, Donly Browne, Wintley Burton and Connell Joseph joined other students from CARICOM Member States, who will be given a year long emersion course in Serbian language and culture before commencing studies in Psycholo g y E c o n o m i c s a n d A c c o u n t i n g E d ucation and Computer Information Systems. The students are the first group to depart Antigua and Barbuda for studies abroad for 2013 under the Prime places hundreds of young people across the globe under the governprogramme. The initiative selects qualified students to attend universities to pursue studies based on the The four students joined Kayla Samu e l a n d C l a r i s s a W i l l i a m s f r o m A n t igua and Barbuda who are in their second year of studies in the Republic of Serbia. Prime Minister Spencer, while stating that he is delighted that Antiguan and Barbudan students are being given the opportunity to pursue studies in Serbia which will create a meaningful bond between that country and Antigua and Barbuda, reiterated his comment made during the recent 2013 Budget Debate that his government is creating world class citizens through the scholarship programme. He said that while it is important for them to make contributions in Antigua and Barbuda upon the completion of their studies, his government will be proud of them wherever they decide to make contributions around the globe. guan and Barbudan citizens and their contributions will be of benefit to our nation. I am pleased that the Government of the Republic of Serbia has agreed to partner with Antigua and Barbuda in our quest to provide the best education for our people. We appreciate this partnership The Prime Minister officially thanked the Foreign Minister and government of the Republic of Serbia for their contributions to Antigua and Barbuda in the form of a diplomatic note uting to our students gaining world class skills and through the granting of these scholarships, the bonds of friendship between our two countries will be further enhanced in The four students will pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade. 22nd January 2013 * * * Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Festival 26th March to 3rd April 2013 A week of fun and colourful events for beginners and expert kite flyers alike. A popular Antiguan tradition, kite flying events are arranged all around the island on beaches, on lawns and even indoors


7 Computer tablet distribution slated for all secondary schools On March 14th the Ministry of Telecommunications will allocate nine hundred computer tablets to 4th and 5th form students in all secondary schools. Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr. Hon Edmond Mansoor made the announcement during a ceremony which saw 115 fifth form students from St. my, Island Academy and Antigua Girls High School allocated computer tablets under the e Education computer and e Education Connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) Programme. In January 2013 ninety fifth formers at the four schools were allocated tablets during the pilot phase of the programme. The Ministry has now completed the allocation process to the remaining students from the four institutions who also registered for the programme. Speaking to parents during the ceremony Dr. Mansoor reiterated his adleaders. political lines. This is a project that was fashioned by a responsible Government understanding that we have a commitment to prepare our young people. Part of the preparation is to leverage on new technology. Many parents cannot afford this technology. fine but the true empowering potential comes from access to the super said. Under the GATE programme, students of Antigua and Barbuda are the first in the region to integrate 4G LTE technology with their schooling. Dr. Mansoor noted it is now possible for students to access electronic books, library systems, Internet resources, and so much more and use them in a real time discussion inside the classroom. hands of students, not just in the classroom, not just at home, not just in the car. We are putting it at their disposal so that they can have access to knowledge and knowledge is power. This is a small island but we are producing citizens to be competitive Digicel CEO Victor Corcoran lauded the programme and said that the company is happy to partner with the Government to help provide the best educational experience possible using the latest 4G LTE connectivity. 28th February 2013 * * * Wadadli Day Travellers to Antigua and Barbuda in 2013 enjoyed the annual Wadadli Day celebrations on 23rd February 2013 at the Botanical Gardens perfect for culture games, music and entertainment. With specific activities put in place for children, the festival is a fantastic family event providing an opportunity to support the islands traditions and culture. (some photos from previous years excerpted from Antigua Observer) Excerpted from; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena


8 Amazing Grace Foundation Receives Donation The Organization of Women of the Americas (OMA) is advancing the mission of the Amazing Grace Foundation to care for children living with disabilities by donating US$5,000.00 to the organization. The formal ceremony for this donation took place during the Women of the Americas Gala held at the Headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington DC. Vice President Dr Sylvia Charles, wife of the Ambassador of Dominica, made the presentation to H.E. Dame Deborah Mae Lovell, Antigua and and to the United States of America. In commenting on the selection of the Amazing Grace Foundation, Dr Charles explained that the profile of the Foundation fits within the mandate of the OMA to assist institutions that support vulnerable women and children of the Americas. She added that another factor taken into account is the participation in the fund raising efforts of the OMA by the country in which the beneficiary institution is located. In response to receiving the donation, Ambassador Lovell expressed satisfaction that an institution in Antigua and Barbuda had been identified to receive assistance during this cycle. She pledged the continued partici p a t i o n o f t h e P e r m a n e n t M i s s i o n o f Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS in the fund raising drives of the OMA and mentioned in particular the Food Festival of the Americas where the national dishes of Antigua and Barbuda are always popular. Founded in 1997, the Organization of Women of the Americas is a non profit charitable organization that has made contributions to numerous organizations in the hemisphere such as the Arc en Ciel Orphanage in Haiti, the Sisters of Mother Theresa in Peru and the Mundo Mejor Foundation in Colombia. NOTICE IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WISHES TO RECEIVE THE NEWSLETTER PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH THE NAME AND FULL ADDRESS DETAILS. WE ARE ESPECIALLY INTERESTED IN OBTAINING THE NAMES AND EMAIL ADDRESSES OF OUR YOUNG NATIONALS TO ADD TO OUR DATABASE AND OUR EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST THANK YOU Naniki Jazz Safari in Antigua Romance Capital of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda took centre stage from Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March 2013 when it hosted a weekend of classic Jazz entertainment with the Naniki Jazz Safari at Royal Antiguan Resort Hotel and Look Out Shirley Heights. The Naniki Jazz Safari is a new and unique cultural tourism event which fuses music and music education as an exceptional series of jazz events throughout the Caribbean region. The Jazz Safari was also scheduled to tour Barbados, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James ideal event to add to our local event calendar in Antigua and Barbuda and will allow us to showcase our island as the idyllic backdrop for the smooth rhythms and sultry sounds of This Naniki Jazz series is different because it allows visitors to be introduced to Caribbean region through each island participating in this unique cultural event. The word renowned jazz icons such as Oscar Peterson, Frank Morgan, Monty Alexander, Carmen Lundy, Arturo Tappin, Raf Robertson and Andy Narell in the past. Antigua and Barbuda was honored to host three days of events and in addition music workshops were conducted to introduce the youth of the twin island destination to the genre of jazz by leading jazz musicians and enthusiasts Excerpted from; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena


9 Education Benefits from Continued Rotary Club Donations Acting Minister of Education Senator Winston Williams has praised the efforts of the Rotary Club of Antigua and the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club of Seattle Washington for their continued support of education in Antigua and Barbuda. The service organizations handed over laptops (40), laptop carts and fire extinguishers to the Ministry of Education for distribution to schools across the island, an extension of ject. During a handing over ceremony at Rotary House, Minister Winston Williams expressed appreciation for the gifts. (Rotary) have done, you have certainly changed lives. Service above self is not just a watch word but a way of life and you have proven that time and again. The government wholeheartedly thanks you for your Information Technology Officer within the Ministry of Education Stacey Mascall said her department is pleased to be affiliated with the Rotary Club of Antigua and Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, adding that as a result of the partnership and the level of interest displayed by the two clubs, the children of Antigua and Barbuda stand to benefit, particularly in the area of information technology. times the shortage we have of computers does not give the students a chance to do Information Technology. But now, 90 per cent plus students are able to negotiate Information Technology and EDPM at the fourth and fifth form level. This is ject began in Antigua in 2007, and has since expanded to include dictionaries, a chess programme and now laptops, laptop carts and fire extinguishers. According to Rotary Club of Antigua past President Cordel Josiah, with support from the Mill Reef Club, some 1500 desktop computers have atories and 7500 dictionaries given to students and school libraries, in addition to video conferencing facilities for Antigua State College. Students from Newport High School in Belleview Washington have accompanied the visiting Rotarians. They will assist Technical Director Jeff Mason in the installation and networking of the donated computers in the various school labs. Project Manager John Martinka said approximately US$ 150,000 is spent each year on the donated equipment. He pointed out that what is rewarding is to hear of the successes of the students who would have used the computers and other materials for their personal growth and development. 27th February 2013 * * * Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP For more information or to make an appointment please Telephone 020 7258 0070 Coco Point beach . Coco Point Beach is unique in that it is surrounded by ocean on both sides, as it juts out from the island of Barbuda. The sand is magically soft and the area is full of greenery and palm trees ( * * *


10 Crime Task Force producing results Home owners who would like to install added layers of protection to their residences are now able to bring into the country free of duty, Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) and other burglar alarms systems. Minister of National Security & Labour Sen. the Hon. Dr. L. Errol Cort made that announcement at press briefing at the Ministry. Dr. Cort was addressing the media on various issues of national security, more specifically an update on the Crime Task Force. The Crime Task Force is a joint law enforcement body that was established on 5th January, 2013. With its members are drawn from both the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force as well as the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. The Task Force was mandated to achieve the reduction of the impact of gun related crimes, the reduction of the fear of crime, and the successful execution of Search Warrants based on credible intelligence and available information. over 40 search warrants were executed, over 70 patrols conducted and two illegal firearms were removed from the streets. Dr. Cort said that within the next 30 days more successes as a result of the work of the Task Force will be evident. He added that he was satisfied with the detailed work that has gone into the operations and is confident that this will reap benefits in the near future. CDS Col. Sir. Trevor Thomas asked the public to be patient with the security officers going forward as they were doing their very best to ensure the continued security of the country. 15th February 2013 * * * Celebrity fitness trainer Mark Jenkins in Antigua To Kick off National Nutrition Month 2013, Celebrity Fitness Trainer Mark Jenkins will travel to Antigua and Barbuda to scout locations for his upcoming reality television programme which will feature celebrity clients participating in his revolutionary 60 Day Transformation Programme. Jenkins will meet with several government officials in Tourism, Health Education and Information Technolo g y t o d i s c u s s p a r t n e r s h i p o p p o r t unities related to the on location shoot of his Fitness Show, tentatively scheduled to begin during Summer 2013. Recognized as one of the leading trainers in the fitness industry, Jenkins has amassed a solid roster of celebrity clients over the past 20 Combs, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, L.A. Reid, BET President Debra Lee, Busta Rhymes, Anthony Hamilton, Missy Elliott and eral television appearances on NBC, ABC, CNN and has been featured in Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine. In 2010, Mark was featured in television show to showcase the 30 day transformation of Diddy as he prepared to participate in the New York City Marathon. There has been a growing trend in Fitness vacations and Jenkins hopes to bring many of his celebrity clients to Antigua and Barbuda not only for filming of his show, but he hopes to help put Antigua and Barbuda on the map as a premier tropical locale to getaway and embark on a fitness regimen. Jenkins is already in discussions with tourism officials about how he can leverage business opportunities on behalf of his clients to perform, film and conduct live radio remotes in Antigua and Barbuda during the next year. Jenkins is of Antiguan descent and his mother Ms. Joan Henry hails from the Villa Point area. So when deciding on an exotic locale for the filming his upcoming television program, Mark determined Antigua and Barbuda should be prominently positioned in this initiative. In addition to conducting site inspections, Jenkins will meet with several fitness trainers on island and make presentations about nutrition and fitness to students in two local schools He also will present a plan to the Ministries of Health & Education respectively, to help address the growing issue of childhood obesity. He will also share with the Ministry of Information & Technology a Fitness app that he is currently working on which can easily be downloaded onto iPods, iPads & other mobile devices. * * *


11 Cabinet Honours Winston A. Derrick with Official Funeral Cabinet at its weekly session on Tuesday 5th February decided that Chairman of Observer Publications Limited Winston A. Derrick would be accorded an Official Funeral. Winston A. Derrick passed away suddenly on February 2, 2013 at the age of 62. Cabinet expressed its sympathy to his wife Mrs. Kim Warman Derrick, children Diane, Winston Jr., Sunny Derrick Goddard and Georgia and the extended family and noted his sterling service in the field of tourism as a hotel and restaurant owner and operator and in journalism as newspaper editor and radio station owner and operator. Cabinet also acknowledged his invaluable contribution to the development of press freedom in Antigua and Barbuda. Derrick served Antigua and Barbuda with distinction. He was a businessman of strong character and a distinguished son of Antigua and Barbuda who was always concerned about the welfare of others. His passion for freedom of expression resulted in the freeing up of the media in Antigua and Barbuda and the establishment of over a dozen private media establishments. His love for journalism was evident as he dedicated a large portion of his career and energies in providing an avenue for young aspiring journalists to develop their skills. He will be greatly missed by the people of this nation whom he Cabinet has appointed Acting Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Gender Affairs, the Hon. Winston Williams as Chair of the Official Funeral Planning Committee. The Committee, along with Mrs. Kim Warman Derrick, held its first meeting on Thursday 7th February. The official funeral for the late Winston Derrick was held on Tuesday February 12, 2013 at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church at 1:30p.m. Among those who gave tributes were The Observer Media Group and The Professional Organization for Women in Antigua, POWA. The eulogy was read by his brother Vinmon preached by Bishop Kingsley Lewis. Rest in Peace * * * 23 Caribbean beauties for Next Top Model From Monday February 18, 23 beauties from around the region took part in the first season of Caribbewhich will be aired simultaneously across more than 25 Caribbean countries. The show, which was filmed in Trinidad and Tobago, is the Caribbean's version of CBS's internationally acclaimed Next Top Model series and will run for 11 episodes. CNTM will be screened on WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision during primetime on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays. The aspiring next top models featured in the series comprise: Xiea from Antigua and Barbuda; Sedia from Barbados; Jenelle and Kendra from the Bahamas; Treveen from the Cayman Islands; Stephany from Curacao; Treicy from the Dominican Republic; Ashley from Guadeloupe; Lisa and Trudy Lee from Jamaica, and Semoy, Ornella, Anna Rosa, Davia, Julianna, Athaliah, Candace, Susan, Sheriza, Rachel, Kim Marie, Maranda and Tinnitia from Trinidad and Tobago. Miss Universe 1998, Trinidad and triple duty on the project as host, co executive producer and judge. national photographer Pedro Virgil, and runway coach and creative director of Trinidad and Tobago's Fashion Week, Richard Young, along with international and regional experts in fashion. Special guest appearances will be made by international stylist and fashion pundit Freddie Leiba, music producer Bryce Wilson, international photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, fashion designer Claudia Pegus, soca star Machel Montano, and Halanski. sented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton Savannah, Farouk Systems CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, CaribbeMicles. 15th February 2013 * * *


12 Barbuda Council and Hannah Thomas Hospital receives technology boost The Barbuda Council and Hannah Thomas Hospital on the sister isle received a major technology boost after both establishments received access to Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution technology. Telecommunications Minister Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor handed over 4G LTE devices to MP for Barbuda Hon. Trevor Walker and CEO of the Barbuda Council Janis Beazer for use by the council and the islands hospital. vices will come in very handy particu l a r l y d u r i n g t i m e s o f d i s a s t e r w h e n the traditional communications systems may go down. We expect for the council members to be able to utilize these high speed broadband for their own personal and professional development and to ensure that this super information highway becomes readily available for everyMP for Barbuda Hon. Trevor Walker thanked the Telecommunications Minister and the Government for providing both establishments with the cutting edge technology. making the councils operations efficient. It will also give us the opporWalker said. The deployment of 4G LTE technolo g y t o b o t h e s t a b l i s h m e n t s o n t h e sister isle comes under the e Government connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE). The e Government connectivity component of GATE will see the deployment of 4G LTE Technology in a number of areas in government. In Antigua the Coast Guard, Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, and all received 4G LTE connectivity through this component of GATE. 20th February 2013 * * * Seen above: left to right: Mrs Janis Beazer, CEO Barbuda Council, Hon Trevor Walker and Senator the Hon Dr Edward Mansoor, Minister of State Telecommunications Customs begins accepting credit and debit cards The Customs and Excise Division of Antigua and Barbuda implemented the use of Point of Sale (POS) terminals for accepting credit and debit cards as an additional method of payment on February 1. The move is one of reform initiatives to modernize the Customs process and improve trade facilitation. The tariff locations at which POS terminals are located are Customs Head Office, Deep Water Harbour and Air Cargo. Credit and debit cards bearing Visa and MasterCard logos will be accepted. Efforts are currently under way to have POS terminals installed at V. C. Bird Airport Baggage Hall, the Genand Jolly Harbour. 4th February 2013 * * *


13 The European Union Injects over EC $1.3 Million in GARD Centre Project The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Centre (GARD) today announced the launch of a major project aimed at enhancing the income generating opportunities of vulnerable young women in Antigua and Barbuda. The project the Empowerment of Young Women in Antigua and Barbuda in their Income Generation (YWEP) has been made possible through a large grant of over EC$1.3 million ($380,002.54 EUR) from the European Union. This is one of the largest grants ever awarded from the European Union to an NGO in Antigua and Barbuda. The project is expected to have a two year life span. The YWEP will target over 200 vulnerable young women up to 35 years of age who find themselves unemployed or underemployed. According to the Executive Director of GARD these women have not completed secondary school and will be provided with much needed vocational and entrepreneurial training allowing them the ability to better source jobs or Other project objectives will bring attention to gender stereotyping in the vocational choices of women and in carrying out activities to encourage women to enter into the more male dominated employment and entrepretraining will focus heavily on preparing young women to enter the traditionhave already initiated courses in yacht maintenance, IT Repair and the driving of heavy duty equipment to name GARD Centre will work with a number of institutions and business partners to provide internship and job placement opportunities for the gradu a t e s A critical component of the programme is the establishment of a Business Development Unit (BDU) in training, would like to start their own enterprises. Project Manager of the YWEP, tablishment of the BDU, individuals will now have an avenue and one stop venue through which they can seek guidance in setting up businesses, access training and source funding through our arrangements with a The Board and staff of the GARD Center are truly grateful to the European Union for this invaluable partnership as it continues to equip the young women of Antigua and Barbuda with skills to make them more competitive in the global marketplace 11th February 2013 * * * The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has relocated to the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP


14 Second place finish for Antigua and Barbuda at 42nd Agri Fest Team Antigua and Barbuda placed second behind their counterparts from Nevis in the agro product disFest which was held in St. Croix. Fresh Produce Grow Eat Live was the concept of the twin country display. It featured the world famous Antigua Black pineapple, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, melons and sweet peppers all locally grown, Extension Officer Sereno Benjamin said. Emphasis, this year, was on fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage people to consume unprocessed produce, Benjamin added. The extension officer was accompanied by Ika Fergus, Irose Henry, Anel Nicholas, Team Fresh Produce and agro processors. And for those who see agriculture as a health and nutrition and economic enterprise only, Governor of the USVI John P. De Jongh introduced another dimension during the opening ceremony. The governor urged the gathering to continue in agricultural pursuits as they can also contribute to a reduction in crime. De Jongh said in addition to the obvious, people who work close to nature are less stressed, have a greater reverence for life, and are better at conflict resolution. Agri Fest was held at Fair Grounds Estate Lower Love in St. Croix from February 16 to 18. 25th February 2013 * * * Excerpted from; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena Antigua and Barbuda Records A Quarter Million Tourist Arrivals in 2012 Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. John Maginley, is optimistic with the performance of the tourism sector in 2012, and the prospects that the future holds for the industry in the coming months. Statistics recently released from the partment show a total of 246,926 bona fide tourist arrivals by air for the entire year of 2012, an increase of 2.32% over those of 2011. Minister Maginley expressed his satisfaction at the performance of the twin island state in 2012 and periencing steady growth since the great recession hit our major source markets in 2008. Arrival numbers are now the highest since then, which would indicate that there is a rebound in the tourism market. The work continues, and we are confident that there is more to come in 2013, as we strengthen our product and increase our presThe United States and Canada were the markets that saw significant growth in 2012, with the US recording 93,214 tourist arrivals, up 9.88% over that of 2011 and Canada recording 24,185, up 7.95% over that of 2011. Antigua and Barbuda recorded 68,677 tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom; just about the same recorded in 2011. With the solid increase in arrival figures from the United States it has est source market. CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), Colin James, is satisfied with the arrival numbers and is confident that the efforts being made to promote the destination by the ABTA offices locally and overseas are proving dividends in arrival figures. 2% marketing fund collected by hotels, the destination has been able to increase its presence with Online Travel giants such as Expedia and TripAdvisor, resulting in millions of impressions that have made direct contact with many prospective visitors and have led them to the point nights are up and airlift out of our key markets is the best that it has ever been, indicating that 2013 is already shaping up to beat 2012, as our airlift is scheduled to increase in the upcoming year. When getting to Antigua and Barbuda is easy and affordable it makes the job of marketing the destination that much 23rd January 2013 * * *


15 Barbudan Students Receive Tablets Under GATE programme Fifty one students from the Sir McChesney George Secondary School received Samsung Galaxy Tablets and 4G LTE connectivity under the e Education connectivity component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavor (GATE) programme. While only fourth and fifth formers have been allocated a computer tablet in Antigua the allocation in Barbuda included third, fourth and fifth form students. Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor said students of Antigua & Barbuda are the first in the region to integrate 4G LTE technology with their schooling. net access mean that students have a world of information literally at their fingertips. The students nowadays have a greater world of opportunity, the skill sets that they will acquire will make them competitive not just here in Antigua and Barbuda, but outside of this country. We are very serious as a Government about preparing students for the real world of work and the real world of tertiary educaAntigua and Barbuda has set the trend in the region, after being the first to launch 4G LTE, it is now the first to provide such resources to students in the twin island state. The Telecommunications Minister said the fact that Barbuda has LTE countries in the Caribbean currently do not have access to the cutting edge technology. 20th February 2013 * * * Excerpted from; caribbeannesnow, caribbean360news,caribarena Government's First Renewa b l e E n e r g y P r o j e c t Launched The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has successfully partnered with the Organization of American States, the European Union, the governments of the United States of America and Germany through the regional CREDP project in the installation of a 6 kilowatt photovoltaic power system at the Nelsons Dockyard Shirley Heights Lookout. The project is expected to provide electrical power to cover certain elements of the operations at the Lookout, one of the islands premier tourism entertainment centres. General Manager at the Shirley Heights Lookout, Ms Valerie Hodge, thanked the various agencies that had made the installation possible including the Office of the Prime Minister, APUA, and Public Works. She noted that the project constituted an important asset for the location, which was not connected to the existing APUA grid and was totally dependent on costly generator power to supply the various electricity needs. The initiative received financial and technical assistance from the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Ameri c a s ( E C P A ) t h r o u g h t h e O r g a n i s a t i o n of American Sates (OAS) office. The solar system is installed along the southerly slope of the Shirley Heights efforts to promote the sustainable use of renewable energy in Antigua and Barbuda. 27th January 2013 * ** *


16 To Our Readers We apologise for the lateness of the receipt of the newsletter Notices and Announcements Mr Dwight C.R. Gardiner received his letter of appointment as Ambassador with special responsibility for the International Maritime Organization from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Sandra Joseph. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Mr. Gardiner is an eminently qualified and prominent maritime leader who has dedicated more than 30 years of service and leadership to the maritime sector beginning in 1981. In his stellar maritime career from 1981 to present, he has held numerous prestigious positions in the Caribbean and global maritime sector. He is currently the Director/ Registrar General of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Ship & Yacht Registry. He is also the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the IMO and Chairman of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) on Port State Control. Mr. Gardiner is an Attorney at Law. He studied at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Canada and the University of Southampton, Institute of Maritime Law, in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in the United States of America, a Master of Science Degree in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University in Sweden, a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom and a Legal Education Certificate from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago. 11th February 2013 * * * Dwight C.R. Gardiner appointed Ambassador Internship Programme at Antigua and Barbuda High Commission London The High Commission for Antigua and Barbuda is offering two internship positions for students of Antigua and Barbuda origin who wish to achieve an understanding of the functions and role of the High Commission in the UK and to develop their own knowledge and skills in the processes specific to the High Commission (that is passport, visa, administrative). The programme is suitable to a student currently enrolled in a first degree programme or equivalent and is available initially for a three month period (during term time) and involves some research on issues affecting Antigua and Barbuda, any news items that may be of relevance to the work of the High Commission, research articles for the newsletter for items that may be of interest to our nationals in the UK, handle general enquiries about Antigua and Barbuda and assist in building a database of nationals in the UK Internship programmes are not paid positions. Assistance with the cost of travel for those interns based in London will be covered by the High Commission. Should you wish to apply please send a covering letter with a CV to His Excellency The High Commissioner expressing your interest and your area of study and provide an idea of what you wish to achieve during your term as an intern at the High Commission. The address where to write: Antigua and Barbuda High Commission 2nd Floor 45 Crawford Place London W1H 4LP OR Email: enquir ies@antigua * * * Ambassador Dwight Gardner being presented with his Letter of Appointment by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms. Sandra Joseph.


17 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 Notices and Announcements Congratulations to Mrs Sheralyn Nathan Pepple (nee Davis) for successfully completing her Master of Science degree in Health Management (April 2012) from City University, London (UK). Sheralyn is currently working as a Risk Manager at Homerton University Hospital. Over the years, she has acquired other qualifications including a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Occupational Health & Safety, Postgraduate Certificate (PGCE) in Education & Training and LLB Law (Hons) degree." Sheralyn has been a member of the Antigua and Barbuda National Association (London) for over ten years and continue to take a keen interest in the Association. Although she left Antigua as a child, she has kept abreast with developments and hope to one day make a meaningful contribution to the country". * * * Andrei (photo right), grandson of Governor General Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake Tack GCMG, DCN, DStJ has been offered a place at the prestigious Kingston Grammar School where he will join his brother (photo left), Gregory. Andrei has done particularly well, having passed at barely 9 years old the entrance exam set for children of 10 and 11. There has been a school at Kingston in Surrey, England since the twelfth century and the present school, which is noted for its academic high standards and pastoral care, was instituted in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Andrei is a maths champion: "I can see in numbers", he says. However, it is cricket that is his main love, being a not so modest all rounder. We join the family in extending to the parents and grand parents of Andrei, heartiest congratulation on his outstanding achievement. * * * Gregory Tack Well done to Andrei Tack Andrei Tack Congratulations to Sheralyn Nathan Pepple * * * * *


18 Calling all Youths born in Antigua and Barbuda or Antiguans and Barbudans by Descent and Young Friends of Antigua and Barbuda Dawn Thomas is Youth and Development Officer, on the Executive Team of the Antigua and Barbuda National Association (ABNA) (London) and her sub committee of six volunteers (Elaine Barklem, Tracy Browne, Janice Isaac, Maxine Isaac, Mark Isaac and Kevin Thomas endeavour to give 100% to every task they take on for the Association. The Mission Statement of the Youth and Development to join the Association to make ABNA a united Association filled with members of all ages. On Wednesday 27 February 2013 a brainstorming meeting was held at New Kingshold Community Hall Hackney to explore ways and various ventures to attract and encourage young people to join the Association. Members of the Youth and Development Committee, ABNA Executive Committee, Nationals and Friends of Antigua and Barbuda, staff of Antigua and Barbuda High Commission and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority attended. The event was fruitful and many ideas were expressed. Watch the space . . As we keep you informed of developments Contact Dawn Thomas on Mobile 07951 544781 Let us keep our Antigua and Barbuda legacy and heritage alive Caribbean Fundraising Evening Saturday 16th March 2013 from7.30pm to 10.30pm St Matthias Church Hall, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD Tickets £12 (Food and Drink included) Music, Poetry, Singing and Dancing Raffle on the night Tickets can be purchased from Everton George 07956 655152, Leontine Manners 020 8980 0805 Dawn Thomas 07951 544781 Antigua Cavaliers Cricket Club Dance and Presentation Night at Tottenham Chances 399 High Road Tottenham London N17 6QN Saturday 30th March 2013 8.00pm until late Tickets £10 in advance or more at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Eden 07940 005443, Jaman 07956 364953, Leontine Manners 020 8980 0805


19 The Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Board (ABSSB) wishes to advise the general public of the following amendments to authorized signatories of Life Certificates, with immediate effect: 1. Life Certificates for persons living in the United Kingdom shall be signed either by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or a Senior Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission in the United Kingdom. 2. Life Certificates for persons living in Canada shall be signed either by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, a Senior/Supervisory Officer of the Social Security Scheme or a Senior Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Consulate in Canada. 3. Life Certificates for persons living in CARICOM territories (except Antigua & Barbuda) shall be signed either by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or a Senior/Supervisory Officer of the Social Security Scheme in the respective territory. 4. Life Certificates for persons living in English speaking non CARICOM territories in the Caribbean and Latin America (e.g. Belize and British dependencies such as Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, etc) shall be signed either by a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or a Senior/ Supervisory Officer of the Social Security Scheme in the respective territory. 5. Those beneficiaries that reside in countries whose official language is not English are required to have their Notary public certifications translated into English at the benefi6. Life Certificates for persons living in the United States of America shall be signed by Notary Public. 7. ABSSB shall NOT accept Life Certificates as valid if the certificate of the Notary Public has expired. 8. Life Certificates for persons living in territories other than the aforementioned shall be signed either by a Notary public or a Justice of the Peace. 9. Life Certificates for persons living in Antigua & Barbuda shall be signed either by a Notary Public, Lawyer, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Member of Parliament, Senior Bank Official, District Nurse, School Principal, or a staff member of the ABSSB that does NOT work in the Benefits Department. 10. ABSSB staff current and retired shall NOT sign Life Certificates for immediate family members. Immediate family members are defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent, or grandparent. 11. Retired ABSSB staff members that were at the supervisory level or above, at the time of retirement, may sign Life Certificates. 12. All former and/or retired persons who would no longer have access to the seal or stamp of their former employ are ineligible signatories. 13. Life Certificates may be accepted via fax and/or scanned copy as long seal/stamp are legible. However, original copies shall be forwarded prior to payment. 10th January 2013 * * * Tinman Rohr pro athletes to offer free classes in Barbuda The three professional triathletes slated to compete in the Tinman Rohr Aquathlon & 10k swim will spend two days in Barbuda as part of a week of development efforts. French professionals Benjamin Sanson and Stephane Poulat along with USA female pro Katya Meyers will be in the sister isle from Tuesday March 5th to Wednesday March 6th. They will offer free swimming and running classes to school children, speak about their experiences as professional triathletes and hope to offer inspiration to aspiring athletes. The Wadadli Triathlon Club is also New Media Unit to film the experience as part of efforts to promote sports tourism in Antigua and Barbuda. The programme is made possible by the support of the Barbuda restaurant and the Barbuda Tourism Office along with the assistance of Senator Calvin Gore, Peter Cuffy and Principal of the Sir McChesney George High School John Mussington. In January last year, as part of development efforts surrounding the inaugural Tinman Rohr Triathlon, Argentinean pro triathlete Claudio Delpueche spent two days training with school children in Barbuda. The efforts at that time were backed by the Barbuda Express ferry and Caribbean Cycling Champion Tamiko Butler. The Wadadli Triathlon Club is also planning a number of free swimming, cycling and running sessions in Antigua as part of development efforts surrounding the Tinman Rohr Aquathlon & 10k swim. The Tinman Rohr Aquathlon & 10k Swim is made possible by OBSERVER Media Group, the Ministry of Tourism, the American University of Antigua (AUA), Big Banana Ltd/The Larder, Horizons Supplies Limited, Pepsi/Aquafina and LIME. It is also supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cedars Pottery, 365Antigua, the Barbuda Express, Antigua & Barbuda Triathlon Association, Antigua & Barbuda Swimming Federation and Antigua & Barbuda Olympic Association. 18th February 2013


20 Antigua and Barbuda High Commission, 2nd Floor 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP,Tel: 020 72580070,Fax: 020 72587486, enquiri es@ antigua Antigua Sailing Week 2013 Saturday 27th April 2013 to Friday 3rd May 2013 Antigua and Barbuda Yacht Workers Association announces seafood feast The Falmouth Harbour Marina Parking Lot came alive on 09th February 2013, when the Antigua and Barbuda Yacht Workers Association (ABYWA), staged its second annual seafood feast. the Liberta, Falmouth and English Harbour area to register their participation. President of the ABYWA Stephen Samuel said, sumptuous seafood l formed the backdrop of the highly anticipated fun for the entire family and picturesque environment of the tourism capital. and we are seeking ways and means to expand the activity in an effort to enhance the culture and community integration among the visitors and the yachting community, while at the same time advances said. The ABYWA, has approximately 150 strong active members, and has for the past years assisted individuals through fund raising activities in numerous ways, including that of Medical expenses. Several other fund raising activities have since been held to include a Whit Monday Funwalk and Breakfast with proceed towards the cause of assisting members of the association who have become injured on the job. lies, among the invited public, our mission is not only to showcase the work being undertaken by the members of the yacht workers association, but also to leverage Falmouth as an unparalleled place to live, work, play, and of course enjoy the camaraderie of community members and the locally prepared 24th January 2013 * * * How do you eat sugarcane? Do you just gnaw on a freshly cut stalk or do you cool it in the fridge to consume on a hot day. ( excerpted from

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