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Miranda Askie is a gifted jewellery designer who was born on the nature island of Dominica, surrounded by cool, glistening rivers, ancient trees and majestic mountains. As a small child she moved to Antigua & Barbuda, homeland of her Barbudan father where she was captivated by a different landscape of powdery sand beaches and the dramatic turquoise seas, both above and below the surface. Mother natureâ€™s constantly changing scenery of colours in the earth, sky and waters have strongly influenced her design creativity. As a former fashion model Miranda has a strong appreciation of the value of selective accessories. Her custom-designed jewellery creations are eclectic, bold and elegant with a classic style designed to accessorize the positive.
small image above: Bold Steps Beautiful copper and amber resin necklace with a hammered, bent and heated copper shell with an amber bead inset and contrasting copper earrings.
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opposite page: Majestic Asymmetrical, multi-strand necklace created with coral and turquoise contrasting stones and a bold copper and brass pendant with several matching individual bracelets.
this page: Waves of Turquoise Copper wire necklace embellished with vibrant turquoise and coral stones. Left bracelet: Stainless steal wire with turquoise flower detail. Right bracelet: Copper wire with turquoise stone cluster. A selection of rings, earrings and bracelets are available in this collection.
main image: My Copper Rose Unique 6-strand necklace with copper side clasp, created with fresh water pearls, Swarovski pearls and copper chains with an attractive patina hand-painted copper rose.
inset image: Half Neck Set Bold copper wire jewellery set intertwined with turquoise and tiger eye stones. This piece may be customized with a variety of coloured stones.
main image: Isis Celebratory wire-wrap jewellery set handmade with sterling silver and clear Swarovski crystals and a faceted Swarovski crystal focal shell pendant.
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hirrine Gillon is a graduate of the Antigua Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE), where she was an outstanding student with a love for fashion, art and creativity. After graduating from ABICE Shirrine formed a collective called Rainbow Expressions to display her fashion designs and teach fashion models to catwalk. Rainbow Expressions has grown steadily in popularity. Shirrine’s designs have won hands down at many fashion shows on the island, including the annual ‘Dream Catcher’ competition which helps to enable young creative persons to showcase their fashion talents. The competition is now entering its third successful year. If you would like a unique design for a special occasion, carnival or a party, or to book a fashion show, contact Shirrine at Rainbow Expressions: Tel: (268) 771 6207 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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his summer The Shiva School of Dance performed its third fulllength production since the school’s director and founder Tavia Hunte completed her BA in Dance Education at the Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica. Shiva first became a creative force within Antigua’s arts scene in June 2003 when the school was founded. The dance school is based at the University of the West Indies Open Campus on Factory Road in St. John’s, Antigua and offers a wide variety of dance disciplines ranging from modern dance, jazz, hip-hop, and soca to Caribbean folk with traditional drummers. The Shiva School of Dance accepts students from the age of 3 to women over 70 yrs of age. The school’s mantra is “creating unity through diversity”. This signifies the appreciation of all cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and expressions of the art form and life. The school is made up of a mixed ability melting pot of dancers. Some are professionally trained, whereas others just have rhythm and a passion for the art. Tavia’s spiritual philosophy is that we are all here for each other. She sees dance as a transformational art form that can address, change, assist or highlight issues in the community in a non-threatening manner, while promoting love and community spirit across the generations. The production entitled “The Way You Love Me” is a dynamic conversation in movement highlighting the challenging issue of child abuse, and addressing the serious issue of sexual abuse and violence against women and children that is plaguing our society. The production was focused on the fact that we all experience love differently, and that love comes in many forms: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. Bringing the perception of negative and positive relationships to the forefront, the production seeks to reach the core of the matter and utilizes the art form of ‘dance’ to make a strong statement that we must all play a role in ridding our society of this demon. “The Way You Love Me” was promoted and publicized by the Innocence Project under the Ministry of Social Transformation which collaborated
with Shiva on the production. The production sought to educate the public and to emphasize the need to come together as a community to influence positive change. It does not in any way seek to judge or lay blame, but suggests working toward developing solutions. Exploiting movement, film, sound and light, Tavia and her team of sensational dancers cultivated collaborations with choreographer Owen Jackson, dancer Akil Lincoln and The Attitude dancers to broaden the school’s range. With a complement of over 20 individual pieces featuring a wide range of dance disciplines, from Caribbean folk dance to jazz, hiphop and reggae, the programme was surprisingly varied. “The Way You Love Me” included several works that engaged the audience, provoking strong emotions. The Junior cast’s rendition of ‘Daddy Don’t Touch Me There’, a current hit reggae song by Queen Ifrica was a powerful examination of child abuse. Equally as disturbing was The Company Dancers performance of Bruises. This intense work tackled the often-unseen physical abuse within relationships. The Attitude dancers performed ‘Mein Herr’ from the 1972 musical Cabaret – a play on the sexual encounter of a one night stand. And ‘Cell Block Tango’ from the famous Chicago musical was a witty and poignant look at women imprisoned for murdering their partners. In other more lighthearted pieces, mothers cradled their babies in Folk Fever accompanied by traditional drumming, and the reggae dancehall ‘Love Come Dung’ thrilled audiences with a stage full of gyrating hips and swinging bottoms. Tavia Hunte is exceptionally proud of her entire cast, especially the mature women who have allowed her to help them find the confidence to perform in front of an audience. She says, “It is important that we appreciate everyone and everything, and most importantly to learn to love ourselves so that we can love others regardless of their age, race, size, colour or creed.” Artistic director Tavia explained that, “dance is a powerful tool that can transform the human body, soul and spirit; it removes barriers, brings
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s is easy to do, I have fallen in love with Barbuda. It’s magical. The community, the beaches, the children, the tranquility, the seafood, the ingenuity. But from photographs and stories, it’s clear that when you literally dive beneath the surface, Barbuda is not as magnificent underwater as it once was, or as it could be. The reefs are covered with algae, smothered; very little living coral remains. Palastar Reef, once splendid, is now a graveyard of coral skeletons, and a ghost town with few fish. Fish, lobster, and conch are becoming scarce. Fishermen now take more risks, going further from shore and into deeper waters for their catches, and even then the refrain is “it’s not like it used
Without Using it Up to be.” This is serious. Degradation of the coastal ecosystems threatens Barbuda’s economy, livelihoods, food security, and culture, all of which depend on the ocean. This is why the Waitt Institute (a philanthropic organization) and why I (a marine biologist, policy nerd, and the Institute’s Executive Director) have been supporting and collaborating with the community, fishermen, and government to develop a plan to restore the waters around Barbuda. There is hope. There are baby fish and corals; the water is clean – the ocean can be abundant again. The ocean can be used in a way that is simultaneously sustainable, profitable, and enjoyable.
By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D.
I have interviewed almost a hundred fishers and community members on Barbuda to understand their concerns and priorities. I heard: illegal fishing is a problem; the use of nets is new and destructive; people are starting to heavily target parrotfish (locally called chub fish, herbivores that eat algae and “clean the reef”); and the catching of baby fish, conch, and lobster (thereby preventing reproduction and a next generation) is prevalent. As Josiah Deazle (also known as Papa Joe, Barbuda’s oldest active fisherman) said to me: “This is no joke. This is a serious, serious, serious thing. If you’re in a country and you mash up your own livelihood what is going to happen? Parrotfish is my favorite fish to eat because I have no teeth anymore. How I’m going to eat boney fish?… But catch of parrotfish should be banned. People are taking so much of them the reef is gonna die. If it go good, it’s good for everybody; if it goes bad, it’s bad for everybody. It’s everybody’s business.”
Saving the ocean together...
Parrotfish are the most important herbivores on coral reefs. They are the lawnmowers that mow down the algae. Without them algae can smother corals and kill the reefs. Right image: Parrot fish being exported from Barbuda
banning the use of nets on the reefs and other key areas; and restricting the catch of sharks. In sum, it’s time to end fishing of whatever, whenever, however, because that doesn’t end well. Zoning will be the other key tool. On land there are residential areas, commercial areas, industrial areas, and agricultural areas. The ocean can be zoned in the same way. You can’t do all activities in all areas without conflict, so there will be mooring zones, recreational zones, shipping lanes, and sanctuary zones. Sanctuary zones will be areas permanently closed to all fishing. Inside the sanctuaries, fish will reproduce and then spill out into the surrounding areas where fishing occurs, and improve fishermen’s catches. Just like when you leave the faucet on and a sink
Papa Joe has seen the reefs and fisheries decline, but even he is not without hope, saying, “There’s supposed to be a solution to every problem.” So we are working toward solutions, toward addressing the community’s concerns. Here’s the plan: (1) strictly manage fishing, (2) zone the coastal waters, and (3) monitor and enforce it. Of course that’s easier said than done, so here’s a bit more detail. The Barbuda Council has authority to manage the coastal waters around Barbuda out to one league (around 3.5 miles) from shore. Within that area (in addition to implementing the new national fishing regulations) the Council is considering: requiring fishing permits so they can keep track of who is fishing; banning the catch of parrotfish and urchins (key herbivores);
PotenIal Sanctuary* and Mooring Zones in Barbuda’s Coastal Waters Prepared by the Barbuda Council with Stakeholder ConsultaIon DraQ as of October 4th 2013 Goat Point Sanctuary (Goat Reef to Cobb Reef beyond reef break)
Goat Island Flash Sanctuary (All of Goat Island Flash) Two Foot Bay Sanctuary (Two Foot Bay tower to LiAle Castle Hill)
Lagoon Sanctuary (Includes Cove, but not ﬂashes)
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PotenIal Sanctuary Zones PotenIal Mooring/Anchoring Zones
Palastar Sanctuary (All of Palastar Reef w/ ¼ mile buﬀer)
* Sanctuary Zones are areas permanently closed to all ﬁshing. Inside Sanctuaries sea life becomes more abundant and then spills out into ﬁshing areas, replenishing ﬁsheries and improving catches. Note: Zoning only applies to areas within 1 league (3.45 miles) from the coast. Contact the Barbuda Council or Ayana Johnson (ayana@wai^nsItute.org) by November 15th 2013 with quesIons, comments, or ideas for alternate proposals. Responses will be compiled for Council consideraIon.
Left diagram: Potential proposal for *Sanctuary Zones in Barbuda waters by the Barbuda Council for community feedback, October 2013. Images below: Sequence of images showing the lobster diving process of Vernon Joseph (Barbudan fisherman).
overflows, the sanctuaries will be a permanent source of replenishment for the fishery. The Barbuda Council is on track to have a suite of new regulations and coastal zones in place by the end of 2013. Of course, laws can be meaningless words on the page if not implemented, so then comes the hard part: monitoring and enforcement. To prepare for implementation to begin in early 2014, we are consulting with experts in enforcement technology, training local fisheries and park staff, and coordinating with the Coast Guard. The Council is planning to establish a dedicated fund to pay for monitoring and enforcement. However, even if enforcement is perfect and no one breaks any of the rules, recovery of Barbudaâ€™s coastal ecosystems will take time. Lobster and conch take three or more years before they grow big enough to reproduce, and some groupers and snappers take even longer. Most corals grow only a centimeter a year. There is so much algae and not yet enough parrotfish to eat it â€“ our research showed the reefs are currently 79% algae and only 2.6% live coral! But evidence from other places around the world where similar measures have been put in place shows that improved management will work. The ocean will become more abundant. Habitats will recover. We can use the ocean without using it up. This and future generations can enjoy the delicious seafood, exciting snorkeling, lucrative tourism, and protection from storms that healthy reefs provide.
My role, and the Institute’s role, is to facilitate Barbuda’s work to restore the ocean by providing a team of technical experts, engaging the community, making policy recommendations, and building local capacity. The Waitt Institute can’t determine the final policies or outcomes – nor should we. It’s up to the people and the government of Barbuda to decide what will work for Barbuda, to decide what steps they will take. We are thrilled to be supporting Barbudans as they head toward a sustainable future. I already love Barbuda, and I hope that soon, underwater, there will be even more to love.
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The open-plan living room has a TV and DVD player with a selection of movies, wireless Internet, radio with CD and an ipod docking station, board games, cards and novels to enjoy when you’re not out exploring all that the island has to offer! Chill-out on the hammock and enjoy the sweet ocean breeze or feel free to snorkel directly in front of the cottage. Keep in mind that due to the solar power system a coffeemaker, hairdryer or iron will not work. We are located on the southwestern side of the island, only a short drive from Codrington where you can grocery shop, and enjoy our local dishes and bars. Uncle Roddy’s Bar & Grill is located next door for freshly grilled seafood meals. Rates from USD$250 per night (2 guests) or USD$350 per night (max. 6 guests). Discounted rates for stays of 7 days or more.
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ntigua & Barbuda has long been home to a large and growing artistic community. For a small island population there is an amazing wealth of creative talent and a diverse range of artistic mediums which all reflect the multiracial and multicultural society of the islands. One artist who has made her permanent home in Antigua for over 20 years is Jane Seagull. As an artist she has worked in a multitude of media, and is always finding a new use for discarded or found objects, skillfully transforming them into new works of art. She is, however, an accomplished acrylic painter and designer of quirky papier maché ‘critters’, which have become sought-after collectors’ pieces. Jane is well known for her generous community spirit which she expresses through teaching and volunteering. She is the artist-in-residence at Art at the Ridge Gallery, and her relationship as resident with the gallery host Joy James is an important aspect of her residency program. She assists part-time in the gallery, presenting the work of the other artists and talking about their art, while also curating her own exhibitions. Jane’s 2013 exhibition was entitled “Kaleidoscope”
Main picture: Daisy Project painting. Top left: School children visiting the gallery. Top Right: Jane sewing a new range of eco-friendly bags. Bottom: Lame Duck papier maché piece at Kaleidoscope Exhibition.
,which loosely defined means ‘a constantly changing pattern’ –an expression that describes perfectly the art of Jane Seagull, because her works are often whimsical and she has a fun, eclectic approach to art. The main feature of the 2013 exhibition was The Daisy Project – where she chose daisies as her subject and painted them in the style of 12 acclaimed classic artists: Buffet, Cezanne, Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, Miro, Monet, O’Keeffe, Renoir, Van Gogh and Warhol were all showcased in 12 x12 inch painted acrylic canvases. The exhibition also featured painted landscapes and various subjects, and Jane’s trademark papier maché creations, which stand proudly in collections around the world. Jane contributes a percentage of the sale her art to the St John’s Hospice. Since her childhood, art has been Jane’s passion, and some would say her outlook is still playful and innocent. She has an undeniable bond with children of all ages and in addition to teaching them art, she also designs and paints children’s rooms and furniture. Murals are one of Jane’s specialties and she recently completed a large wall mural at the newly established St. John’s Hospice as a community outreach project. The ‘Tree of Hearts’ mural at the hospice was designed to reflect its logo, which also incorporates a
tree of life with heart shaped leaves. The mural is a fundraiser project for the Hospice, and visitors, well-wishers and patrons can make a monetary donation in return for a leaf on the tree. The donor can write the name of a loved one who has departed on the leaf. Jane painted a ‘Tweetie Pie’ character bird in the tree as a dedication to her mother, who died in 2008. The St. John’s Hospice facility is a nonprofit organization with nine full-time ward beds, four private wards and two respite beds for elderly patients whose relatives may be travelling and cannot leave the patient unattended. The hospice is an essential palliative care home which gives people who are terminally ill the opportunity to die with dignity in a supportive environment. It is run by a dedicated team of local health care professionals who deliver sensitive and compassionate care. It offers a tranquil environment for patients and their families. Jane’s link with the Hospice is ongoing, and she is currently creating a new mosaic piece for its tropical garden. The mosaic will have an oceanic theme using odd pieces of broken pottery donated by sculptor Michael Hunt of Cedars Pottery. The Art at the Ridge Gallery has been named one of the top ten galleries in the Caribbean by CultureTrip, an international online arts resource spanning over 200 countries. The gallery is an exciting place where art may be viewed, bought and admired, and where the visitor can learn more about Antiguan & Barbudan artists and craftspeople. Joy James, the gallery’s owner and curator, promotes local arts and crafts to wider audiences. She looks for new avenues to take artworks on roadshows and to craft fairs and exhibitions around the island, and she encourages schoolchildren to visit the galley for inspiration. Joy coordinates an annual interschool Christmas card competition and the 6 young winning designers receive prizes and have their artworks made into Christmas cards which are sold to the public. The Sugar Club restaurant and bar at the Sugar Ridge resort is an extension of the gallery space showcasing frequent exhibitions by local artists.
Main picture: Booze Hound papier machĂŠ piece Top left: Tree of Hearts mural at St John Hospice. Top Right: Acrylic pear painting. Bottom: Agnes Meeker & Doreena Goodman representing the St John Hospice at Kaleidoscope Exhibition.
The hospice benefits greatly from public donations of cash and gifts. Please contact them directly to offer your support. St John Hospice Gwynneth Oâ€™Reilly Building Holberton Hospital, Antigua T: (268) 562-8221 or 464-9779 E: email@example.com
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Kennedy’s Family with World Cup in Antigua
For the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Coca-Cola is creating the world’s most inclusive, participatory experiential event ever. The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola will give more than one million people across the world the chance to experience the FIFA World Cup Trophy in their own communities. Antigua included, the FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in St. John’s, Antigua on October 17th 2013. In Antigua, local distributors of Coca-Cola, Kennedy’s Club Ltd., teamed up with the Antigua Barbuda Football Association, and the Ministries of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs and The Ministry of Tourism and Culture to put together a grand affair. Head of the local planning committee and Senior Executive at Kennedy’s, Mr. Glentis Goodwin indicated that the day’s proceedings started with the arrival of the FIFA World Cup Trophy and Officials at the V. C. Bird International Airport where a private viewing and brief ceremony in the VIP Lounge took place. The proceedings then moved to the Blue Waters Hotel where the final viewing of the FIFA World Cup Trophy took place along with a cocktail soiree and beautiful cultural entertainment from local groups, this was followed by a brief closing ceremony to end the day’s activities.
This will be the largest and longest global tour of the FIFA World Cup Trophy by Coca-Cola, visiting more countries than ever during its nine-month journey, a total of 89 with events in 39 countries across the region that is home to the host nation, Brazil. The tour will also be visiting 50 new countries that have never had the opportunity to host the trophy before. The Trophy Tour began its journey in Rio de Janeiro on September 12th 2013. Departing from the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the FIFA World Cupâ„˘ tour continues around the world through Central America and the Caribbean to November 7th and from there will travel to Africa, Middle East, Asia, South and North America and Europe, to return to Brazil in April 2014, in time for the start of the FIFA World Cup. The Coca-Cola Company has had a long-standing relationship with FIFA since 1974 and has been an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 1978.
Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks ...a uniquely Antiguan experience Step back in time... Explore the only active original Georgian Dockyard in the world.
A fabulous and varied day out where we would suggest that you commence at The Dow’s Hill Historical Centre to gain an insight into Antigua’s history, people, culture and nature through a 15 minute multimedia show. Then proceed on to the famed Shirley Heights. Afterwards, make time for the wonders of the legendary Nelson’s Dockyard with its many facilities and amenities. And don’t forget our nature trails and wonderful beaches! The all-inclusive $8.00US per person entry fee includes access to Shirley Heights,The Dow’s Hill Historical Centre and all of Nelson’s Dockyard. The historic venues and the grounds of the National Parks can be hired for private events & weddings please contact us for details. Nelson’s Dockyard National Parks, P.O. Box 1283, St. John’s, Antigua | Tel: (268) 481-5022 | Email: email@example.com | www.nationalparksantigua.com
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City View Hotel
Upper Newgate Street, St. Johnâ€™s, Antigua
intimate city hotel Tel: (268) 562 0259/60/61 | E: email@example.com www.cityviewantigua.com City View Hotel is located in the heart of St. Johnâ€™s, close to all major banks, corporate businesses, duty free shops and casinos. This property prides itself on quality service and complete comfort, with 50 spacious airconditioned rooms complete with flat screen televisions and cable TV. The hotel is a leading business conference facility provider, with 2 fully equipped conference meeting rooms and a full array of catering services. The Sapodilla Restaurant and Bar on the ground floor holds up to 120 guests in cozy, yet sophisticated surroundings. Other amenities include free Wireless Internet and telephones in all rooms, a gift shop, gym and room service.
Soul Immersion is a full service dive centre with the latest high-tech dive gear. It is run by Shawn Clarke, a local dive instructor with 17 years experience in the waters around Antigua. He offers a full range of PADI dive courses for all abilities open water to professional dive masters and snorkelling adventures for non-divers. Soul Immersion is one of only a few hydrostatic testing stations and they also specialise in dive equipment repairs and visual tank inspection.
THE TAILOR’S DAUGHTER : BED : BATH : DECOR : ACCESSORIES : DINE : ENTERTAIN : KITCHEN : FOOD
The Caribbean’s Finest Artisans and Products The Tailor’s Daughter is a Caribbean line of products that will reset the standard for affordable, yet elegant Caribbean gifts. The products are marked with a bold, coveted Caribbean style and uncompromising design, quality and durability. Each item is hand selected, suggestive of Island Gourmet Boutiques’ founder, The Tailor’s Daughter, Michelle George. Her eye for quality and appreciation for casual elegance is evident in The Tailor’s Daughter line of products. Michelle handpicked each item with the Caribbean resident, as well as our beloved visitors in mind. Inside you’ll find something for everyone – from the frugal traveller to the worldly jet setter. This maven entrepreneur spared no expense creating a first-class shopping experience that introduces the world to the Caribbean’s finest artisans and products.
Tel: 1 (268) 734 2080 | www.islandgourmetboutique.com | No.1 Redcliffe Quay, Redcliffe St., St John’s, Antigua.
Day Charters. Yacht Racing. Transatlantic Sailing. Caribbean Cruising. RYA/MCA Sailing Courses. Corporate Incentives. Antigua Yacht Club Marina Falmouth Antigua W.I. â€˘ t: +1 (268) 562-6696 â€˘ firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Yachting Association
TRAINING WITH ONDECK
by Janie Conley-Johnson
Powerboat Level II International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Powerboating and Navigation Basics in Two Days
where to store and locate it if needed, extremely useful information and best practice measures to train to be a good skipper. Next we spent some classroom time watching a presentation and following the sections in our handbook. Then for the first time I backed off the boatlift and we took to the water to get to grips practically and reinforce what we’d just learned in theory. Vital throttle control, minimizing the possibility of causing an accident and learning the basic rules of the road were practical skills that we put into action. It was great having Logan instructing me on how to establish the feel of the boat. Under his guidance in two full days of instruction I was able to cover a significant amount of ground. The course covered crucial exercises and my fellow learner and I took turns practicing drills. We were not just taught how to steer, but had invaluable coaching on the interaction between skipper and crew. On the water we covered boat handling in small spaces, controlling the boat at slow speeds for all manoeuvres, especially mooring, how the wind and tide affect the movement of the boat, safe anchoring, approaching and securing to a buoy, coming alongside, high speed turns, how to deal with a man-overboard situation and line tying. It was fascinating to familiarize myself with the many mysterious chart symbols, and I also really appreciated learning how to interpret charts, formulate pilotage plans to chart a course without the use of an electronic GPS plotter and acquire basic navigational skills. Whether you want to learn or relearn your powerboating skills, this course is a great way to do it. There is an awful lot packed into the 2 days, but the course gave me an appreciation of how important it is to know what you are doing when out on the water and it certainly helped build my confidence at the helm. I can even park it on our boatlift now – if the wind cooperates.
ince he was a little boy my husband has always loved the sea, speed and boats. He has always dreamed of owning his own vessel and for the last 3 years this has been his main aspiration. He spent many nights tirelessly scouring the internet in search of the best power yacht within budget. Eventually our 30ft. Sea Ray Bowrider made it to island and passed through the various registration processes. Now it was time to get to know this lady. Unlike my husband who grew up with boats and can effortlessly moor, manoeuvre and squeeze his vessel through the tiniest gaps, I have zero seafaring knowledge and was undeniably nervous about taking to the high seas at the helm of his pride and joy! As a complete novice before the Powerboat Level 2 course, I had only received some basic instructions from my husband and had driven the boat a few times in open water. My main boating skill is in the cleaning department - I am a specialist at this! So the next natural progression was to get some expert tuition so that if there were any mishaps at sea I could take over the controls and know what to do. Also it would be great fun to do the odd “girl’s day out” and return the vessel to her boatlift safe and sound. I was hoping to get some major hands-on experience from the course, as being a practical soul the best way that I learn and most importantly ‘remember’, is by doing. Ondeck’s chief instructor, Logan Knight, taught the course on our boat. When Logan saw it he looked at me and said… “That’s a big boat to learn in, but lets see what you’ve got!” He was extremely knowledgeable, patient and watchful.The course is limited to a maximum of three learners per instructor, and I did it with one other person, so we got lots of hands on training. It is helpful to interact with another crewmember. We were shown how to carry out initial safety and engine maintenance checks on board before starting any journey. Logan went over the important life saving and safety equipment we carried, how to use each item and
Who Needs A
by Gulliver Johnson
As of 2014, all charter boats in the waters of Antigua and Barbuda must have a qualified captain. This may seem obvious, but in the past there has not been a process whereby local boat operators obtain in Antigua and Barbuda the Boatmaster’s Licenses which are now the standard requirement for operating charter boats. The International Maritime Organization which is the United Nations Agency with responsibility for maritime affairs and which originated the Code, is keen to see it properly implemented in the Caribbean region. At the same time cruise ship companies, hotels and tour companies are demanding evidence of training and certification for marine based tourist businesses. Responding to this new requirement, Ondeck is pleased to offer Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training courses for Boatmaster’s Licenses. And so after 20 years of boating I got my first license to operate our charter yacht service ‘Life’s-a-Picnic’. My personal belief is that this licensing system is way overdue; after all, some of the best sailors, crew and boat captains are from these shores, and many more excellent crew pass through and could do with a top up to their existing qualifications. Antigua and Barbuda is, in fact, the tenth biggest vessel registry in the world. My crew and I were one of the first groups to sit the exams for a Boatmaster’s license, and the experience of working for the qualification was one of the most enjoyable of my seafaring life. Ondeck are excellent at what they do.
THE REQUIREMENTS Antigua & Barbuda Department of Marine Services (ADOMS) recognizes that there has not previously been a facility whereby seafarers in Antigua and Barbuda can obtain the Boatmaster’s qualification. As a consequence, many personnel currently operating commercial vessels locally do not hold the qualification. Recognizing this problem the ADOMS will: permit existing personnel who are already employed in small commercial vessels to continue to work without a Boatmaster’s License until 31st December, 2014, providing they have at least 6 months’ experience and hold another qualification such as RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster for service in small commercial vessels.
PROFESSIONAL, ADVANCED AND SAIL FOR LEISURE RYA / *MCA COURSES Ondeck Antigua leads the way in the development of professional and leisure boat training courses in the Caribbean. They offer an unrivalled range of courses, from complete beginner to improver to those wishing to pursue or develop a career in the marine industry. For further details on Ondeck courses visit www.ondecksailing.com
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore - Theory, Preparation & Exams RYA Yachtmaster Coastal - Theory, Preparation & Exams VHF SRC Radio Course
RYA Day Skipper Practical & Theory Course MCA / STCW 95 Basic Safety Training Week RYA Competent Crew Course
RYA Day Skipper Practical & Theory Course RYA Powerboat Level I & II Course *Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Boatmaster - Theory, Preparation & Exams
OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Whether you are seeking a family villa for a leisurely holiday, a compact apartment for a sporting break, an executive suite to conduct business on island, or somewhere to host a company conference, this unique selection of properties will give you many options. They will make you want to visit our islands again and try another accommodation concept that you didn’t get to try the first time around. Unique service is part of the package you get when you choose one of our locally-operated properties. Your hosts will be happy to go that extra mile to make you comfortable and get you oriented, so that your stay is carefree and memorable for all the right reasons. They will be happy to arrange your car rental, suggest and book tours and advise you on places to visit, allowing you to explore and discover our islands. Many of the owners of our unique properties have been in the hospitality industry for a long time and have invaluable insider knowledge about Antigua & Barbuda.
The following selection of one-of-a-kind properties are special in many ways. They offer an insight into a more personal island experience, and each unique property has a distinct flavour with enough variety to suit all tastes and requirements.
There is always a lot to do in Antigua & Barbuda and no place is too far away. The V.C. Bird International Airport is no more than one hour’s drive from any part of Antigua, and Barbuda’s Codrington Airport is almost in the heart of Codrington Village, just 15 minutes’ flight from Antigua. You can also choose to visit Barbuda via the Barbuda Express Ferry, which takes less than two hours island to island, and Caribbean Helicopters also offers a bespoke helicopter transfer service – an incredible way to see, and arrive in Barbuda. This allows you to spend the maximum time enjoying your visit to our twin islands. We hope you will relax and explore our unique product and learn why Antigua & Barbuda are the “Gems of the Caribbean”, and the most special destination in the Caribbean, if not the world.
BLUE HAVEN VILLA
BUCKLEYS HEIGHTS COUNTRY CLUB
Dockyard Hotel, Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua T: (268) 460 1027 / 1153 E: email@example.com www.admiralsantigua.com
Anchorage Road, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 462 4065 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.antiguaanchorageinn.com
Long Bay, Antigua T: (268) 463 2438 E: email@example.com
Buckley’s Antigua T: (268) 773 7994 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.buckleyscountryclub.com
Historic boutique hotel set on the waterfront within Nelson’s Dockyard, with sympathetically furnished guest rooms.
A family owned and managed hotel that is as charming as it is colourful, with 40 vibrant rooms named after the Caribbean islands.
A luxury 3-bedroom villa on Antigua’s east coast, with panoramic ocean views from a wrap around pool and stunning private gallery.
A new luxury development of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that bring Caribbean contemporary style and superior expectations.
BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB
Holiday Apartments, Renfrew, Antigua T: (268) 463 1387 or (268) 464 7878 E: email@example.com www.alphasuitesantigua.ag
Mckinnons, Dickenson Bay, Antigua T: (268) 720 9515 Vonage: (786) 463 4870 www.antiguaseaview.com
Dickenson Bay, Antigua T: (268) 562 6785/84 | F: (268) 562 6784 www.buccaneerbeach.com
Falmouth, Antigua T: (268) 460 1036 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.catamaran-antigua.com
Set amidst rolling hills of the old Renfrew sugar plantation, Alpha Suites has 4 charming two bedroom apartments and a studio unit.
We invite you to visit us on the Dickenson Bay coast where you can relax in tranquillity with an ambiance for romance.
Located on the beach, the 16 one-bedroom suites & 2 two-bedroom cottages are ideal for an informal, independent stay in Antigua.
We are the ultimate Antiguan small hotel, a very intimate place that treats you like the VIP you are.
CITY VIEW HOTEL
CONNIE’S COMFORT SUITES
ELLEN BAY COTTAGES
FORT SHELLEY VILLAS
Newgate Street, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 562 0259/60/61 E: email@example.com www.cityviewantigua.com
Penny Lane, off Fort Rd, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 784 9676 or (268) 786 2671 T: (268) 562 6909 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.conniescomfortsuites.com
Seatons, Antigua T: (268) 561 2003 or (268) 720 8637 E: email@example.com www.ellenbaycottages.com
Old Road Village, Morris Bay, Antigua T: (268) 481 1544 or (268) 726 1309 USA: +1(954) 322 0450 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
50 spacious air-conditioned rooms in the heart of St. John’s, close to all major banks, corporate businesses, duty free shops and casinos.
Delightful 1-bed holiday apartments offer a great choice for any traveller, near the airport and some of Antigua’s finest beaches.
A place to stay where you can enjoy the natural environment and be a part of Antiguan life, Ellen Bay offers you a unique little taste.
Situated at the top of Fort Shelley Peak are two modern, spacious 5-bedroom villas with spectacular views of the south-west coastline.
DOVE COVE HOTEL
Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua T: (268) 460 1160 / 1159 E: email@example.com www.copperandlumberhotel.com
Dry Hill, near Runaway Bay, Antigua T: (268) 463 8600 or (268) 562 1017/18 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dovecovehotel.com
Off American Road, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 562 7876 or (268) 723 0692 E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Quay, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 462 1247 | F: (268) 462 1179 E: email@example.com
Colonial Caribbean with a twist! The hotel consists of 14 suites or studios, each named after one of Lord Nelson's ships.
A secluded, informal, all-suite apartment hotel set in tropical gardens around an attractive swimming pool, near many beaches.
ELS short-term rentals is a newly completed four storey apartment block featuring 16 fully furnished 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom suites.
An attractive and convenient hotel located in the heart of the capital near the cruise ship dock, retail centres and restaurants.
COPPER & LUMBER STORE HOTEL
INDIAN CREEK EXECUTIVE SUITES
LAMBLION HOLIDAY APARTMENTS
OCEAN INN HOTEL
PAIGE POND COUNTRY INN
Piccadilly, Antigua T: (268) 562 7386 or (268) 562 7387 C: (268) 729 7053 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Freemans Main Rd, Belleview Est., Antigua T: (268) 562 6642 or (268) 764 2642 E: email@example.com www.lamblionapt.com
English Harbour, Antigua T: (268) 463 7950 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theoceaninn.com
Buckley’s, Antigua T: (268) 562 7663 E: email@example.com www.paigepondcountry.com
Two-bedroom luxury apartments named after the Amerindian village in the same area, Indian Creek Executive Suites.
Situated just 10-20 mins from any beach is the Lamblion Holiday Apartments offering 11 self-contained apartments in varying sizes.
Affordable rooms with an exceptional glimpse of Antigua’s historic Nelson’s Dockyard and luxury yachts moored in English Harbour.
Our location takes guests into the heartland of Antigua, overlooking an important ecological rainforest area called Body Pond.
INN LA GALLERIA
LORD VIEW MANOR
OCEANIC VIEW COTTAGES
SIBONEY BEACH CLUB
Five Islands, Antigua T: (268) 460 6060 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.innlagalleria.com
Paradise View, nr. Dickenson Bay, Antigua T: (268) 764 1126 E: email@example.com
Freemans Village, Antigua T: (268) 562 6905 / 5723 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.oceanicviewantigua.com
Dickenson Bay, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 462 0806 E: email@example.com
An intimate hillside Bed & Breakfast Inn with lovely sea views. 7 guest rooms and 5 studios all with a/c, cable TV, and Internet access.
A contemporary approach to Caribbean life and living with 4 stylish condo apartments that give you all the luxuries of being at home and more…
A picturesque vacation spot with tropically coloured 2 & 3 bedroom gingerbread cottages set in a tranquil and secure environment.
A romantic, intimate, suite hotel located on the turquoise waters and white sand beach of Dickenson Bay, Antigua.
SOUTH COAST HORIZON
TRADE WINDS HOTEL
GERALD’S GUEST HOUSE
Cades Bay, St. Mary’s, Antigua T: (268) 562 4074 | F: (268) 562 4075 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.southcoasthorizons.com
Trade Winds, Dickenson Bay, Antigua T: (268) 462 1223 E: email@example.com www.twhantigua.com
Coral Group Bay, Barbuda T: (268) 722 3050 Canada: +1(416) 699 1067 www.barbudacottages.com
Codrington Village, Barbuda T: (268) 772 0932 or (268) 726 0271 T: (268) 460 0209 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fully self-contained bungalows and studios blend perfectly with the unhurried ambiance, leaving you relaxed and refreshed.
Trade Winds Hotel exudes a soothing sense of tranquillity from its spectacular hillside setting overlooking Dickenson Bay.
Fabulous 3-bedroom luxury, self-catering beach villa, built with total relaxation in mind. Solar-powered and footsteps from the beach.
Gerald’s Guest House is located on beautiful unspoiled Barbuda and consists of three bedrooms.
VILLAS AT SUNSET LANE
ISLAND CHALET GUEST HOUSE
PALM TREE GUEST HOUSE
Potter’s New Extension, St. John’s, Antigua T: (268) 722 6919 or (268) 775 6919 E: email@example.com www.sunriseviewantigua.net
Paradise View, Dickenson Bay, Antigua T: (268) 562 7791 or (268) 785 3269 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison Square, Codrington, Barbuda T: (268) 460 0065
Outskirts of Codrington Village, Barbuda T: (268) 784 4331
A 6 unit apartment complex just minutes from the capital city’s shopping district and the V.C Bird Intl. Airport.
A 10 room adults-only Luxury Boutique Hotel with breathtaking views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea around sugary white beaches.
Overlooking the centre of Codrington village, it is easy to find this popular inn. The 4 bright guest rooms have comfortable queen beds.
Cerene Deazle’s popular guest house has 8 spacious ensuite double rooms. She also has a large family suite.
SUNRISE VIEW ANTIGUA
Caribbean Alliance Insurance
the next chapter...
last July put its full support behind the Antigua Hawksbills franchise cricket team and signed on as the principal sponsor for the team for the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament. The announcement of the company’s sponsorship was made at the Sir Vivian Richards National Stadium, when Company Director, Alistair Letby, said, “Caribbean Alliance is very proud of its Antiguan roots, and sponsorship of the Hawksbills gives us a perfect platform to be part of a team that will bring excitement and inspire loyalty across the island, not just for this year, but for many years to come. As Caribbean Alliance begins the next chapter in its history, we are delighted to be part of something new and exciting that will make such a difference to the local communities whilst also putting Antigua back on the cricketing map” At the new Caribbean Alliance headquarters in August, the Antigua Hawksbill team including their famous team manager, Sir Vivian Richards, were welcomed by the Caribbean Alliance directors, staff and regional agents, and joined them in celebration of their new partnership. All associates of Caribbean Alliance Insurance are very proud of their historic new building and energized by their company’s future plans.
aribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd. was incorporated in Antigua on August 10th, 1988, and started business operations on January 1st, 1989. The company is now the largest general insurance company in Antigua, with 14 additional territories in the Caribbean serviced by its agents. Within the next six months the company plans to open two more territories in the northwestern Caribbean. In spite of its impressive growth, the headquarters and base of operations for the Caribbean Alliance have remained in Antigua. Caribbean Alliance House, the company’s new headquarters building, was recently completed on the corner of Newgate and Cross Streets, and opened in September, 2013. The new building, designed with the grace and attention to detail of the best in modern Caribbean architecture, demonstrates visibly that a commercial building, with all the practicality and utility demanded of it, can still be beautiful, and a monument to imaginative design. Positioned, as it is adjacent to the historic Anglican Cathedral and to Government House, it is a building that will add greatly to the architectural heritage of St. John’s. To honour the new chapter in the company’s history, Caribbean Alliance
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BARBUDAN SOUVENIRS a treasure trove of souvenirs
your friendly driver
Art Café Visit the Art Café for hand-painted silks and t-shirts by local artist Claire Frank Also local crafts, maps, postcards, homemade refreshments and information are available.
Specialises in... Air-conditioned Island Tours, Airport, Helipad or Ferry pick-up and drop-off service. All with a comfortable reliable & professional service
Call ahead to book Tel: (268) 460-0103 Cell: 721-3552 or 771-4345
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Barbudaful.net is a community site where any Barbudan, or business in Barbuda can be represented. Two Foot Bay Road, Codrington Village (268) 460-0434 • email@example.com
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Caribbean Alliance House, Cnr. Newgate & Cross Streets, P. O. Box 1609, St. John’s, Antigua
A Historical Overview of
LAND OWNERSHIP IN BARBUDA
By MacKenzie Frank
Barbuda is a small island with a land area of just 62 square miles, and a population of less
than 2,000 people, most of whom are descendants of slaves who were emancipated in 1834. Few people outside of Barbuda know the story of these people, who fought for the
right to remain in Barbuda and to control the land for their communal use. It is a story of heroism and ultimate triumph, resulting in the Barbuda Land Act, 2007.
ne of the wise elders behind this legislation is MacKenzie Frank, Barbudan born, educated in England, who entered the political arena on returning to Barbuda, and became a senator in the National Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Mr. Frank explains the historical context of how the Act came into being, and the implications of the Act for Barbuda today. When slavery was ended in 1834, the Codrington family, an English landowning family with a lease from the Crown for the island of Barbuda, decided that the African population of the island should be moved to Antigua. The people decided that they had toiled and lived in harmony with the environment for far too long to leave, and there was a general uprising that had to be quelled by military action. It was eventually decided that the Barbudan people, as they considered themselves, would be allowed to live on the island and forge their own destiny. They had full use of the land, and paid no rent or taxes throughout the 19th Century. At the start of the 20th Century, seeking greater security for their right to free use of the land, they hired a barrister from St. Kitts to prepare a petition claiming prescriptive title to all the lands of Barbuda, which they sent to the British Crown. They based their claim on a British law going back to 1882, which stated that persons who occupied Crown land for over 30 years, with no attempt by the Crown to remove them, had the right to remain on the land, and after 60 years these persons gained absolute title to the land. In response to this petition the British Government enacted the 1901 Barbuda Maintenance and Taxation Act, amended in 1904 to the Barbuda Ordinance, which grants to Barbudans the right to use the entire island for residential, cultivation and grazing purposes. In 1980, at a pre-Independence conference in London, the Antiguan Government
conceded that the Barbudan people needed greater protection of their right to the land, which should be recognized in the new Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda, and certain provisions were made for administering the land for the Barbudan people. The Barbuda Land Act, 2007 states that “all land in Barbuda shall be owned by the people of Barbuda”, and that, subject to certain sections of the Act, “the title to all land in Barbuda shall vest in the Crown on behalf of the people of Barbuda”. While Barbuda and its people have a unique history of land ownership, there are other examples in the Caribbean of lands being granted to regional people. In Guyana, for example, the indigenous tribes hold lands that are protected for their use; and in the middle of the 18th Century the Maroons in Jamaica were recognized as having rights to their particular lands. In Dominica, at about the time the Barbuda Ordinance was introduced, the Caribs were given rights to their own land. In other parts of the world, the situation of the Maories in Australia and the American Indians in the USA, further illustrate this practice. The Barbuda Land Act, 2007, as it stands today, is a fair Act, taking into consideration even non-Barbudans residing in Barbuda. An in-depth record of the history of the Barbudan peoples’ claim to ownership of the land including the legal cases that have been heard with regard to the land, and interviews with lawyers involved in some of these cases, will be posted on Barbudaful.net. The Land Act of 2007 is a point of departure, and much work still needs to be done. The Barbuda Council must develop a Land Use policy, and a planning division needs to be appointed. Some existing legislation and/or regulations need to be amended to be made compatible with the Act.
“all land in Barbuda shall be owned by the people of Barbuda”
There is one other point in the wording of the Act that needs to be clarified; the term ‘vested’. The Act states that the title to all land in Barbuda shall be ‘vested in the Crown’. John MacDonald QC has explained that in law when the Act uses the term ‘vested’ it must be taken in context of what precedes and follows the term, ‘the land is owned in common by the people of Barbuda’. Therefore the Crown is a neutral entity and Barbudans have ‘exclusive right to the land’.
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The Barbuda Express is a great way to visit Barbuda. Just turn up, get on and have fun. Your itinerary could include a visit to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, a hike to Indian Cave at windswept Two Foot Bay beach, a walk through the historic Martello Tower or the ruins of Highland House. The innovative wave-piercing catamaran gives passengers comfort at high speed. The journey time of 90 minutes in nearly all weather conditions makes the ferry ideal for business use, daytrips and excursions.
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n international and dynamic learning environment has been growing over the last few years in Barbuda. Led by Dr Sophia Perdikaris, Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology at Brooklyn College - City University of New York (CUNY), John Mussington, the Sir McChesney George Secondary School principal, Mr Calvin Gore, Mr Dwight Finch, Dr Reginald Murphy, chief archaeologist from National Parks Antigua, and supported by a team of students and colleagues, Barbuda’s past is being unearthed. Contrary to popular belief, prehistoric Amerindians did not bypass smaller islands in favour of larger volcanic islands and Barbuda was an important prehistoric settlement for migrating Amerindians ca. 200 B.C. - A.D. 500. Collaborating anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, education specialists, geographers, and environmental scientists have been engaged in research, education, and community outreach. Their transdisciplinary approach brings together various field methods, tools and technologies from each field and crosses the boundaries of conventional science. As a result of working together to integrate scholarship with sustainable island living this collaboration has formed the Barbuda Research Complex (BRC). A historic moment on January 18, 2013, saw the opening of the first Barbudan Museum, Children’s Museum and Aquaponic Research Facility under the umbrella of the BRC. The museum spaces provide Barbudans and visitors with year-round access to content produced through the various scientific endeavours on the island, including research that has been conducted by local youth. The focus on secondary school youth is critical because 800 of the 1,600 Barbudan inhabitants are under the age of 18. These new facilities will enable Barbudan youths to relate to their past in order to understand their future and their island’s future. It will allow these young people to better understand the threat their island faces due to the impact of environmental changes. Because young Barbudans make up more than half of the population and the island could be under water in their life time, their perspective and future plans and use of new technologies, such as aquaponics, are fundamental to understanding the future of Barbudan cultural knowledge and identity.
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The Barbuda Museum exhibition housed at the interpretation centre is the first permanent exhibit on Barbuda’s past and present. The space houses archaeological artefacts from both the historic and prehistoric past of Barbuda. A photo and essay exhibit created by students from the Sir McChesney George High School featuring issues of climate change as seen through the eyes of the youth. The exhibit highlights some of the modern day concerns facing the island, but also captures images of this unique and beautiful land and its amazing people. These historic artefacts were used for body adornment by the earliest inhabitants of Barbuda (circa 200-400A.D.) they are made from shell, stone and mother-of pearl.
The Barbuda Research Complex (BRC) is the first and only research facility registered with a ‘not-for-profit’ status under Antigua and Barbuda’s companies legislation. BRC is committed to preservation and conservation of heritage and environment through education initiatives bringing together local stakeholders in collaborative ventures with interdisciplinary international scholars. BRC includes the Barbuda Archaeological Research Center, Barbuda Museum, Barbuda Children’s Museum and the Barbuda Aquaponics Facility. BRC bridges natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts along with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and citizen science in a dialogue of discovery and innovation striving to support Barbuda’s cultural and environmental integrity.
Human skeleton of a adult male circa 450 AD. Unearthed by hurricane George in the 1990’s.
Amphorae Jars used to transport oil and wine on ships.
Hand-painted English china (1780-1820)
Portraits of Resilience photographic exhibition exploring climate change through the eyes of Barbudan youth. Grinding stone recovered from a shipwreck and animal head skeletons
Photographic comparisons of Barbuda landmarks taken 1958-60 and 2007-2010
Smoking pipes are useful artefacts as they systematically change over time so are used to date archaeological sites. The pipes date from the 16th-19th century.
The mangrove’s ecosystem is vital to life in Barbuda, providing nurseries for baby sea life, nesting areas for birds and sustenance for humans. Archaeological exhibit showing how artefacts from Barbuda’s past provide cultural heritage information.
The basement of the historic Ginnery building is home to the interactive Children’s Museum where young Barbudans and visitors can explore and experience aspects of Barbudan life, nature and traditional “living from the land”. This space includes a cave, a mock archaeological excavation site where children make their own discoveries, an observational beehive and an exhibit of the mangrove system that is fundamental in protecting the island in times of inclement weather. The exhibits are designed to educate on the importance of the interaction between people and nature, climate change, food security and sustainability.
Camp fire exhibit built by Oeystein Larsen
Interactive fishing boat with fishing equipment built by Joseph Ciocia and Sukhpreet Singh
Information board about the importance of identifying pottery pieces found on archaeological excavations in Barbuda.
Barbuda wildlife display made by Marisa Gamliel.
Photograph from an interactive beehive exhibit. Which includes bee specimens. Photograph taken by Christine Germano, Many Strong Voices Climate Change Barbuda initiative f or BRC.
Papier mĂ˘chĂŠ models of Barbudan sea life. Created by Marisa Gamliel
Mock cooking display.
Fresh Tilapia grown using aquaponics farming technique.
Selection of medicinal plants grown in aquaponics tanks.
Aquaponics is a recirculating water system where, in controlled tanks fish are raised and the water from the fish is then redirected to planting beds where the plants grow in just water and no soil. The new Barbuda Aquaponics Facility at the BRC grounds has been successful in raising Tilapia and various local edible and medicinal plants. It uses rainwater harvesting and it comes in no contact with any natural water system. This succeeds in keeping the fish extra healthy and not affecting any local wetlands. If you have seeds from local food crops that you would like them to test in this facility please bring some by to the station. No imported seeds, no GMO, please. The facility will also be experimenting with producing fish food from island based resources. They have limited amounts of fish and plants for sale. Please inquire about availability.
Filtered water from the Tilapia fish tanks is used to grow herbs.
Healthy Purple basil plant, used for cooking.
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RICO ANTHONY’S first single “Concrete Skies” off his new album “Perhapsability” reflects a grinding metropolis of various cultures crushed together with totally different beliefs and doctrines. Some exist in fear of change, others speak in absolutes about what they already know about their existence in this life with no regard for any other possibility. In the process of trying to find salvation, they begin to wonder if they are living under concrete skies, with just a glimmer of hope of finding the true meaning of their existence on earth. The construction of the music depicts a very vivid image of the struggles of the “third world” and is rooted in a fusion of rock, roots reggae, blues with Arabic melodic lines. The song is written and performed by the artiste Rico Anthony simultaneous live drums & vocals.
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he photographic exhibition on display in the Joshua Beazer newly opened Barbuda Museum illustrates in a direct way how children of Barbuda are facing Joshua Beazer challenges from the effects of climate change. The exhibit was made possible by the organization entitled Joshua Beazer Many Strong Voices (MSV). It is coordinated jointly by co-director Mr John Crump, GRID-Arendal and Ilan Kelman, UCL (London) and NUPI (Oslo). The goal of the MSV is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by bringing these regions together to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to give them an avenue in which to tell their stories to the world.
Professional photographer Christine Germano instructed students from the Sir McChesney George secondary school to take the photographs that for Kendria Jack them represented personal stories of how climate changes are impacting their lives. The children wrote Joshua Beazer essays related to their images and the information they learnt from the experience. The work of these Barbudan children has been featured as part of the Conference of the Parties meetings at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. One child along with the schoolâ€™s principal John Mussington and Dr. Sophia Perdikaris attended the opening of the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw where the photographs and essays will be displayed.
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your dream of a tropical island includes relaxing by the beach at dusk, watching the sun set over gently lapping waves with a cocktail in your hand, anticipating a dinner of freshly steamed lobster under the stars, then Antigua is the place to be. The only thing that could mar such bliss is that pesky little zzzing insect…. the ubiquitous mosquito. Four friends living this dream about a year ago had just such an experience. They ate their succulent lobster to the olfactory accompaniment of paraffin-based anti-mosquito candles set in glass holders, whose objectionably strong smell intruded on the subtle flavours of their dish. Instead of simply accepting the inevitable, they decided to change things. They asked their waitress what happened to the glass container when the candle had burned down, and she said, “It get smashed.” The friends call this their “light bulb moment” and all four knew that a simple idea had just been born. An idea built around an aromatic, high-quality, citronella oil candle in a reusable candle holder, effective against mosquitoes, and leaving no trail of smashed glass to add to the island’s burgeoning land fill operation. They took the simple concept further and sourced soy wax for their candles, which is biodegradable, and much healthier on the environment as the soy wax is soluble, and much more pleasant without the overpowering paraffin smell. They even visualized the day when they might be able to grow their own soybeans on the island, eliminating the need to import the wax and becoming locally self-sufficient. This would lead to export opportunities
for shipping candles to neighbouring islands or even further afield. But that will be a later stage of the project. Dorothy Martel and her husband have lived in Antigua for more than a decade. Dorothy’s business background is in design and marketing, and with her friends Brian Rafter, an accountant, and Stephen Robinson, an experienced entrepreneur, collectively they had the skills to bring their brainchild to reality. The first step in developing their concept was to return to Europe, attend shows and exhibitions on candle-making, discuss the mechanics of the process with a knowledgeable chemist (their candle-boffin), develop a suitable glass jar with a professional glass jar designer, and generally become experts themselves in the art of candle-making within an intense investigative period. The Antigua Candle Factory has been open only a few months; it is situated in a large, airy building located at Jolly Harbour Marina, not far from the sewage plant and a mangrove swamp. In other words, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, and an ideal location to test the effectiveness of their product. The company employs 6 local staff who have been trained in the art of making anti-mosquito citronella candles, and they currently have the capacity to manufacture 300 container candles per day. They named their product MR. SHOOZ, a name that came to them one day when one of their staff, Shambak, was mixing a batch of candle wax using pure citronella oil and noticed a distinct lack of flies and mosquitoes. Shambak’s memorable comment, “man, dis stuff surely shooz dem dam mozzies away,” was their inspiration. Bringing a manufacturing business on line, even a relatively simple business like manufacturing citronella candles, is fraught with setbacks, and stumbling blocks. No one the team had met on their candle discovery journey ever imparted the fact that soy wax is probably the most difficult wax with which to make candles! The partners had invested in expensive candle-making machinery, which
they said, “turned out to be a magical mystery machine with a mind of its own”. It took many mishaps and real time video calls to the candle boffin in England to resolve their initial manufacturing problems. They found also that decorating their jars required the nimble fingers of their staff, who proved to be wonderful artisans, able to decorate a candle jar to the last little detail. They use natural products like hessian and colourful ribbon to decorate their jars, and recently produced a special order for a wedding, with wooden hearts inscribed with the initials of the bride and groom tied to the jars with dried palm fronds. The partners had to work with several Government departments on issues like importing machinery and product components, employing local staff and all the myriad details of starting up and running a business in Antigua. They found many helpful staff in the Government departments to work with, including the Ministers, who were interested in their concept and its economic value to the island. Bureaucratic boundaries were soon broken down. The partners described the launch of their business with elation. “At times it felt like we were climbing a mountain, but when we reached the top of that mountain it was the Antiguan flag that was placed firmly into the ground and we’ll continue to grow our business in Antigua.” Their advice to anyone contemplating a business startup is to be guided by the many local people in the know. MR. SHOOZ soy wax and citronella candles are marketed to hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, but not directly to the consumer. The factory presently offers candles in two sizes and a selection of colours, and used candle jars are returned for recycling, and are washed with hot water to dissolve the biodegradable wax. With a capacity that will shortly rise to 500 candles a day, and a ready market, the Antigua Candle Factory is already a successful operation, with no end in sight other than perhaps MR. SHOOZ finding his life partner in MRS. SHOOZ and the introduction of exotic fragrances.
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The official opening of the Antigua Distillery Ltd (ADL) beverage bottling facility took place on Friday 20th September 2013. The opening of the new plant will greatly increase the production of Oasis purified water, allowing the company to process up to 120 bottles of water per minute. A once derelict building near the St. John’s port area has been renovated into a state-of-the-art facility bringing much needed investment to an under-privileged location. This is a major milestone achievement in the company’s 81 year history.
From left to right: Leader of the Opposition - Hon. Gaston Browne, ADL Group of Companies Managing Director - Anthony Bento, Governor General - Her Excellency Dame Louise Lake-Tack, Bishop of the Diocese of St. John’s/Basseterre - Kenneth D. O. Richards, Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda - Hon. Baldwin Spencer
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Less than 2 years ago the board of directors of Antigua Distillery Limited (ADL) met to discuss the future of our branded water product, Oasis Water. Oasis, being the market leader in bottled water for almost two decades found itself in a position where its local and regional demand was vastly outweighing its production capacity/capability. Recognizing this challenge, it was obvious that to remain a significant player in the bottled water market we had to invest in a new facility with leading edge purification and bottling equipment to meet and exceed our demand requirements. Our next herculean task was to find an appropriate site for the new facility and to source the equipment that would be needed to build a first class water bottling plant. We soon realized that leasing an appropriate site was more feasible than buying land and building a new plant. As it happened, the Port Authority owned a site a short distance away from the ADL rum distillation plant, with an existing building which had been vacant for several years.
We approached the Port Authority and negotiated lease then quickly embarked on the building renovation phase. With all the preliminary arrangements behind us, we appointed a team to select equipment, modify the layout of the existing building, oversee the renovation of the building and installation of new equipment, and develop the renovation and procurement budgets. We owe a great debt to Mr. Gerry Bento and Ms. Kristin Myers of ADL, and to our consulting engineer, Mr. Stephen Pilgrim, who took on these tasks. In the last phase of the project the maintenance staff of ADL worked long hours to install and start up the bottling equipment. We also employed a number of young Antiguans during this phase of the project. Many of them came from the Point/Villa area, and needed the work. The Oasis Water purification and bottling plant project is now a reality and the new product is on the market. The next time you pick up a bottle of Right Images: The plant blows its own plastic bottles and fills these with purified water which meets the highest standards of the International Bottled Water Association of Purified Water.
the newly designed Oasis Water packaging, take a moment to remember that the bottle and label were all locally created. They were the work of our in house team, who designed the bottle, and Antiguan graphic designer Nigel Francis, who took our rough sketches and made a masterpiece of a label. The management and staff of the Antigua Distillery Limited would like to thank the ADL Group of Companies, their shareholders, the Government, and the people of Antigua and Barbuda who are our market, for the opportunity to bring this ambitious project to fruition. The Oasis Water project is a striking success, and it will allow us to grow, as a company, to new levels of excellence.
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Above: Paul Farara, Chairman of the ADL Group of Companies Board proudly brandishing a new bottle of Oasis Water. Left: Delegates at the opening ceremony are given a tour of the new facilities.
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One of Hermitage Bay’s most distinguishing qualities is their unwavering commitment to serving delicious meals made from the freshest, highest quality ingredients. The resort’s dedication to this philosophy is extended to guest activities, which include a popular weekly cooking demonstration. The poolside alfresco class invites
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organic garden, local farmers and often includes line-caught fish hooked by guests on sport fishing trips. Chef Marvin who has been at Hermitage Bay for 7 years, tells me, “last week a guest caught a lovely wahoo which we prepared 3 ways: steamed, stir-fried and blackened with coconut steamed vegetables.” Chef Marvin George has recently completed a 10-week supervisor management course that has given him greater responsibility, and since taking over the cooking demonstrations that were begun by Executive Chef Verman “Dezi” Banhan he has gained confidence and enjoys the interaction with the guests. “Teaching is the favourite part of my job”, he smiles. Once the cooking demonstration is over and the gusts have sampled the dish, they make their way along the beach to the organic garden. On route, Marvin tells me that he likes to
point out the local trees to the guests. We pass coconut, tamarind and date trees. Marvin says, “I explain to the guests that local people make a
delicious wine and juice from the wild sea grape which grow on the beach.” When we arrive at the gardens we are greeted by Kempton McCalmont who strolls through the banana grove to meet us. Kempton, an agriculture school graduate has a double role at the resort as the Food & Beverage Supervisor and Head Organic Gardener. The full-time Head Gardener, Leslie Henry assists him with cultivation and maintenance. It is amazing to learn that the garden is only 3 years old and already sour sop, mango, passion fruit, banana, sugar apple, guava, papaya and ginep trees have fruited. Kempton smiles and tells me that their organic composting made from kitchen scraps and sheep manure keeps the gardens flourishing. “We use only natural products to fight off pests – our pests are mainly aphids which we tackle preventatively with garlic and pepper sprays. We also use natural insecticides made from neem tree oil and to add nutrients to the plants we use seaweed extract.” Kempton gives guests tours of the garden, encouraging them to touch, taste, smell and photograph all that they see. He says, “Many of the guests have only seen these fruits and vegetables in the supermarket, they don’t know if they were grown on a tree or a bush. I encourage them to ask me lots of questions and give them as much information as I can.” Other produce cultivated in the garden include scotch bonnet, seasoning and habanero peppers, okras, a variety of herbs and a range of experimental western crops of carrots, black eggplants and asparagus.
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Recipe Antigua Fish Broth nicknamed the “Baby Maker” by Chef Marvin Chef de Partie Marvin George, assisted by Curt Christopher Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 2lbs filleted Mahi Mahi or Grouper, cubed 1 celery stalk, thin sliced 1 small red onion, sliced ½ red pepper, julienne ½ yellow pepper, julienne Sprig thyme 2 cloves garlic, crushed Small bunch scallion, diced 5 green bananas, pre-boiled & peeled ½ lb okras, blanched, ice-bathed, drained & sliced Sea salt & pepper to taste Method: Season Mahi Mahi cubes with sea salt & pepper. Set aside. Bring a large soup pot of salted water to boil. Add celery, onions, peppers, garlic and thyme to pot and stir. Slice bananas into ½ inch rounds and add to the broth. Bring back to boil and reduce heat. Add the fish, cook on a low heat for a further 5 minutes. This extremely healthy recipe uses no oil or butter and the fish is gently cooked in the seasoned broth keeping it moist and not masking the delicate flavour of the fish.
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Discover the beautiful coastlines of our islands at your own pace aboard ‘Life’s-a-Picnic’. Escape to the solitude of a deserted island beach, stay on board and enjoy lunch moored amidst breathtaking scenery. Add swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing to your itinerary.
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You can chose from three unique charter packages each with their own individual picnic menu. Enjoy a Full Day Charter with Gourmet Picnic, or opt for one of our half-day options of a Champagne Breakfast Picnic or Cheese & Wine Pairing Sunset Picnic. The ‘Life’s-a-Picnic’ power yacht cuts through the crystal clear waters in style. She is a 30ft. Sea Ray bowrider with twin engines that are hidden for a quiet, but exhilarating ride. She’s wide so you’ll have plenty of room to move around. Recline in her bow, which features two glamorous chaise lounges which can quickly convert to a spacious sun pad. At her stern, you’ll find a curvaceous chill-out lounge. This sexy power yacht also includes a quality acoustical sound system, a complete wet bar with refrigerator and sink, and an onboard/offboard gourmet gas grill. Just add a menu of gourmet food, fine wines and champagne for a magical day on the water. As publishers of the Antigua & Barbuda Food & Drink Guide and ‘Gourmand’ award-winning cookbook ‘Tablemanners: A Culinary
Review of Hospitality in Antigua & Barbuda’, we have a special relationship with the islands’ waterfront bars and restaurants, so we have created a Waterfront Restaurant Lunch & Day Cruise Package for you to experience the fantastic eateries peppered along our magnificent coastlines. Many of these may be accessed by boat which makes for a stylish arrival. Some have purpose built docking facilities, whereas others may require a quick dip before you barefoot it up the beach. Because romance is very much alive and we love to celebrate weddings, birthdays, honeymoons and anniversaries Bespoke Special Occasion Packages are our pleasure. Suggested locations include: private island picnic, surprise picnics, themed beach picnics, picnics in unusual locations and beach picnics in Barbuda. Join us aboard our sleek power yacht and we will create a magical experience for you. We work with the best wedding planners, florists, photographers and hotels on Island.
This is a scrumdiddlyumptious private affair for foodies, wine connoisseurs, friends and loved ones. Lifeâ€™s-a-Picnic private power yacht charters are designed to give you an exceptional day out in Antigua & Barbuda.
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Welcome to the 2014 edition of Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle magazine for Antigua & Barbuda. Alongside our showcase of beautiful places to sta...
Published on Dec 12, 2013
Welcome to the 2014 edition of Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle magazine for Antigua & Barbuda. Alongside our showcase of beautiful places to sta...