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DJ Quixx: The Evolution of Reggae Music

 

DJ Quixx presents The Evolution of Reggae Music by Dj Quixx on Mixcloud

 

Dominic Benjamin (aka DJ Quixx) is a seasoned musician / DJ / disc jocky / musicologist at the decks who can spin a very diverse set to accommodate every situation. While Quixx typically DJs at Antigua's Rush nightclub on Fridays, he does circulate throughout island. He DJ'd in the USA for years before returning to his birth island of Antigua. Quixx has his own sound gear, hires out for private functions and can set it all up no matter the size. The depth of his music knowledge has him pulling the best from a large number of music genres. This wealth of knowlege, experience and professionalism makes him an excellent DJ.

For more superb mixes off a variety of musical genres, follow DJ Quixx on Mixcloud here.


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Linisa George Antigua's Arts & Culture hero

365antigua.com has been blessed to have known Linisa George for a number of years; well before 365antigua.com's inception. Linisa's writings have graced the pages of our website to much appreciation from readers. The quality of her work is consistently brilliant.

Linisa's tireless efforts in the Arts & Culture scene have given rise to emulating, young creative minds and the entire country has benefited from her hard work, so it is fabulous news to learn that Linisa is being recognized internationally.

We here at 365antigua.com wish Linisa the very best and we hope she continues to be recognized as the cultural juggernaut, bringing Antigua to the world's stage and presenting this beautiful country as a destination that has much more than 365 beaches and beautiful weather, but also has a thriving and arts community to be shared and enjoyed... thanks to Linisa George.

Click here to enjoy this BBC Radio Scotland presention of her poem: In the Closet.


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Windward Bay: untamed & rugged

Windward Bay is a beach / shoreline which is located on the south of the island and is — in fact — the southern-most beach in all of Antigua. Although it is blessed with lots of sand, it is a very untamed, rugged beach which is flanked by small rocky points on each end.

Windward is a long beach and excellent for snorkeling with the dramatic sea filled with large rocks and coral. Windward Bay is not the place to take small children. The combination of rocky shore and no protection from open sea offer an exciting vista for those who are looking for a healthy dose of untamed nature.

While Windward is barely more than five minutes from English Harbour, even with directions, you may not find it. Only at the driest time of the year can your all-wheel drive make it over the wild road that takes you in... if you can find it. But once you locate Windward Bay, you will curl your toes in the sand at the jaw-dropping scenery it presents. Most of the year, you need to walk in, across ankle-deep, muddy salt flats and past thorny brush. But the trek is worth it.

Windward Bay really is a beach for adults only. It has a reputation for being clothing optional. But not mandatory and unless you are there on weekends, or high season, you may be the only people there.

Perfect for photo shoots and definitely a sight for nature loving photographers / videographers to capture, Windward Bay is something to behold. It is worth it even if for a brief glimpse and a short stay.

Click the link below to view more photos from Windward Bay from a fashion photo shoot. Click below:


FASHION by Mariana Frisell at Windward

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Rarity to Recovery: The Story of the Antiguan Racer Snake

Rarity to Recovery: The Story of the Antiguan Racer Snake from Kevin Collins on Vimeo.

D"uring the summer of 2002, I spotted a humble little snake on Great Bird Island, Antigua. Initially, I thought little of the encounter. Years later, however, I discovered that this creature, known as the Antiguan racer, is one of the scarcest serpents in the world. Curious to learn more, I revisit Antigua and interview several experts whose tireless efforts are catapulting the Antiguan racer from rarity to recovery." — Kevin Collins.

Learn more about the Racer snake and the Environmental Awareness Group by visiting EAG.org.


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Eat healthy, eat local

The farmer’s market here at home is so cute! I absolutely love going there…. I love fresh food and I especially love supporting the local economy. The prices are reasonable (you’ll see that eggs are $9.50, but that is not US dollars, our currency is the Easter Caribbean Dollar and US$1 = EC$2.7). 

I spoke with ‘man of the market’, Owen Clashing: he said that all the produce comes from local farmers whom they have arrangements with him. I asked if the fruits and veggies are organic and he said that he could not guarantee that. The farmer’s market is located at Oacis Plants on Friar’s Hill Road.

eating healthy food in Antigua, candid fit nut at 365antigua.com

My lovely mum choosing her veggies.
 

Antiguan grown provisions sold at Oacis Farmer's Market.

Ground Provisions: (L to R) Yams, Cassava, Sweet Potato.
 

Locally grown, fresh rosemary to enhance the flavour of your foods.

Fresh, locally grown Rosemary is a delicious addition to both vegetables and meats.
 

I love our local tomatoes…much sweeter than the crap at supermarkets.

I love our local tomatoes…much sweeter than the crap at supermarkets.

Farmer's market in Antigua at Oacis.

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Who is Candid FitNut?

"It’s really quite simple….I’m obsessed with my body and getting rid of its wobbly-bits. I still haven’t been able to get it together, but I’ll keep trying….and you get to read/laugh about it." — Candid FitNut.

Read more from Candid FitNut by visiting her blog at www.candidfitnut.com, and look for more submissions by Candid FitNut to keep us healthy.
 


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At AK Fitness Antigua my slogan is: "To be 'YOUR' best, Train with THE best".

If there is one thing I can truly empathize with in my job and passion, is when I see someone trying so hard to lose weight and nothing ever happens. You can see the sadness, frustration and confusion in their eyes. Eventually they give up! Why wouldn't they? Everything they have been told about calories-in vs calories-out doesn't seem to be working.

"All this work, and nothing is happening?" Honestly, I'd be inclined to quit!  That's because the entire calories-in vs calories-out theory is pseudo science, at best. Last time I checked, we are not coal fires... Human beings are 99.99% physiologically it is the same when it comes to basic diet requirements. Although the amounts of the same macronutrients needed will vary depending on appetite, activity levels and your "personal" processes within your own body.

Generally, we are all designed to run off of particular types of foods. When I sit with a client for a nutrition consultaion nowdays, it takes me a minimum of 2 hours to explain some of the science and the reasons why we should be eat a certain way, instead of just handing them a "diet plan" on a piece of paper. Now I much prefer to just empower people with information and provide them with resources in order for them to continue their own education for long term, and hoepfully life- long results and success.

I don't write anything down anymore. I used to make a llot more money doing food plans for people, but I found people were only focusing on the sample menu that I provided them, instead of the information; boxing themselves in, as it were. That approach lead to little long-term success/results.

Now I offer education instead.  I tell people all the time...

"the correct way of eating for the body is simple; for a multitude of complicated reasons".

The same applies to my training approach, (I'll get to that another time). I'm not going to spin your head around today with a lot of scientific references and fancy words. I want you to take a deep breath and realize there doesn't need to be any suffering involved, when it comes to improving your health. No crazy workouts, no spending hours in the gym, no excess cardio etc. It may sound too good to be true, but I promise you, it isn't!  We simply feed the body what it needs, and then step out of the way and allow it to do what it's designed to do: keeping us healthy!

Be aware. The closer you have come to a diseased condition, the stricter you will need to be.

We either feed the disease process or we don't. But it's still up to you how far you want to take it. Some of what I recommend is a big stretch for a few people, and for others it's not much different to what they are already doing. But the smallest of changes can bring about a very large shift in ones health toward the positive. Cutting out juice and soda/diet soda is one example.  It doesn't have to be all or nothing. If you can change 10% or 30%, 50%, 70% or even manage 100%, whatever works for you. The goal is taking it as far as YOU can, for you, not anyone else. You do not need to suffer by living up to someone else's expectations. Note that consistency in whatever you do decide to change is the key to long term success, and may even lead you to go further towards 100% naturally without that much more efforting.

At AK Fitness Antigua my slogan is: "To be 'YOUR' best, Train with THE best". 

Those carefully chosen words might be easily misinterpreted. What was not said: "To be 'THE' best, train with the best", because that would suggest you should compare yourself to the abilities, physique etc., of others and that concept can cause stress, expectations and unnecessary suffering. Trust me, there's no need.

I also do not consider myself to be the BEST trainer; not by a long shot. There are many amazing innovative trainers out there who I study from and highly respect. And I look up to them, as they are the ones teaching me, and inspiring me. I am humbled by their knowledge, and I'm fully aware that there is always something new to learn. I also never claim to know everything at all.

I always do MY BEST as a trainer to keep learning, (a never-ending journey); then bringing that knowledge to my clients.

I'm an athlete also, so I to want to benefit from more knowlege. I am the same as you: working on improvements, doing my best, and going at my own pace, physically, mentally, spiritually and professionally. If I start comparing myself to other people and or trainers, and what they do or know VS myself, I would become a insecure and possibly a dangerous trainer. So, "To be YOUR best, train with THE best", simply means that we are in this together, and the struggles to improved with certain things, are shared. No need for comparison to others. Honor yourself by being gentle with yourself. It doesn't mean allowing excuses, it just means that we pick a pace that represents OUR very best!


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Antigua & Barbuda in Glasgow 2014.

A little piece of Antigua and Barbuda sunshine joins 70 other Commonwealth countries for the next 11 days as a team of 20 athletes compete for gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

From top left to right (photo above) Row 1;

  • Alfia Charles- Women's 400m Sprint.
  • Samantha Edwards - Women's 400m Sprint.
  • Pricsilla Frederick - Women's High Jump.
  • Amy Harris - Women's Long Jump.

Row 2;

  • Daniel Bailey - Men's 100m and 200m Sprint, Men's 4x100 relay.
  • Kasheem Colbourne - Men's 200m and 400m Sprint, Men's 4x100 relay.
  • Miguel Francis - Men's 4x100 relay.
  • Cejhae Greene - Men's 4x100 relay.

Row 3;

  • Chevaughn Walsh - Men's 100m Sprint, Men's 4x100 relay.
  • Tahir Walsh - Men's 100m and 200m Sprint, Men's 4x100 relay.
  • Yakita Aska - Men's Light Heavyweight (81kg) Boxing.
  • Damian Davidson - Men's Middleweight (75kg) Boxing.

Row 4;

  • Tamiko Butler - Track Cycling Women's 300m Pursuit, 25k points , 10k Scratch and Road Cycling Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
  • Jyme Bridges -  Track Cycling Men's 40k points , 20k Scratch and Road Cycling Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
  • Andre Simon - Road Cycling Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
  • Marvin Spencer - Road Cycling Individual Time Trial and Road Race.

Row 5;

  • Thomas Greenaway - Shooting, Queens Prize Individual and Pairs.
  • Anderson Perry - Shooting, Queens Prize Individual and Pairs.
  • J'Air Smith - Swimming 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke.
  • Rachel Wall - Swimming 50m and 100m Freestyle.

The events begin tomorrow Thursday July 24th and run until 3rd August. Best of luck to all our athletes.

Keep up with the Games at http://www.glasgow2014.com/.

See more of sports in Antigua & Barbuda at http://www.antiguasportscalendar.com


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CTV Cable's weekly movie guide for July 5-11

CTV Cable brings Antigua 365 days of entertainment with blockbuster movies, classic TV shows and lots of amazing family entertainment. Visit CTV Cable's facebook page and follow CTV Cable on twitter here @CTVcableAntigua.


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CTV Cable's weekly movie guide for June 28 to July 4

CTV Cable brings Antigua 365 days of entertainment with blockbuster movies, classic TV shows and lots of amazing family entertainment. Visit CTV Cable's facebook page and follow CTV Cable on twitter here @CTVcableAntigua.


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White Fete 2013 in photos

White Fete the Caribbean Snowstorm in Antigua is an institution which rings in each Carnival season. While it is not officially a Carnival event, White Fete is attended by thousands and kicks the entire country into Carnival gear. Often emulated, never successfully imitated, White Fete is about style, community, quality entertainment, live music and an overall experience one can't afford to miss.

Photography

Paparazzi Constantin Nikolic was on-hand for Party Flavour Promotions and 365antigua.com to document this one night only. Click each link to start the animated slideshow, kick back and enjoy.

365antigua.com have been covering White Fete for years. For a step back in time, click these links and enjoy the history of White Fete.

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Welcome to the Revolution with Project Sync

Experiment:Rave

Imagine when you were seventeen unsure of what the future holds mostly concerned about the here and now, hanging out with your friends and enjoying life to its fullest. One may be full of idealism and the desire to change the world but not knowing exactly where to begin. Now that imagery is in your mind let us to take a trip to the real world and meet two young men, Marcus Francis and Michai Robertson, who took that idealism and turned it into the embodiment of the oft quoted  phrase ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’ and founded Project Sync.

Francis and Robertson were members of their high school’s Interact club, Rotary International’s club for young persons aged 12 - 18 who come together to deal with community issues and service projects while developing leadership skills.  And after hosting a very successful event they asked themselves what if they could do this permanently.

That question lead to the formation of Project Sync, a non-profit organization that has developed the concept of partying for a cause.

365antigua.com sat down with Regis Burton, Chairman of Project Sync, to learn a bit about exactly what it is that they do and their history. Burton explained that after Francis and Robertson contacted like minded friends they began the process to start the organization. Since the majority of the group were still minors their parents were the original board members until they were of age. At first it was difficult finding their bearings particularly in regards to sponsors but as time progressed they persevered and confidence was placed in them by not only the business community but the general public as well since attendance of their “experiments” has significantly increased over the years.

Burton expounded on the concept behind naming the events of Project Sync experiments that is based on the premise that each time they are able to observe the end product and make improvements with each experiment so as to provide a better experience for patrons.  Building bonds, he further stated, is another important aspect as bonds are created with the causes that the experiments support.  A bond is also then established between sponsors and the respective cause whereby business adopt a sense of social responsibility.  Past experiments were bonded to Why me?, the Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation, PAAWS (Protect Antiguan Animals With A Smile), the EAG (Environmental Awareness Group) and Clifton Samuel Jnr.

The current experiment being executed in "The Lab" is Experiment Rave which takes place on Friday June 20th at their lab on Airport Rd next to Furniture Gallery.

Experiment: Rave is a compound consisting of soca, techno, pop/hip-hop and powder under the theme “back2boobies.” 

Project Sync showing loyalty is reinforcing a bond by again supporting breast cancer awareness with the plan to donate funds to the Mount St John’s Medical Centre Oncology Department by helping to purchase two items of the wish list.

A chance connection led to the creation of another bond with Tigerlily Breast Cancer Foundation and its founder Maimah Karmo, a breast cancer survivor. Through this bond Project has not only received an international sponsor but also plans to assist Tigerlily in building partnerships with other causes in Antigua & Barbuda that support breast cancer awareness.

Regis Burton, Chairman of Project Sync, stated that more charitable efforts are being planned for the remainder of the year namely Caution, a jouvert troupe, which is a new addition to their experiments and Experiment Neon which should take place in December. He also stated that, “we are in discussion with the CDC but specifically the planning committee of the Teen Splash 2014…our goal is to sponsor a few prizes at the event, mainly to support the winner with assistance towards their first year at Antigua State College or tertiary education of their choice, details will be provided at a later date.”

A word that reared its head a few times in the interview was ‘challenging’ as he highlighted the fact that quite a number of the board members are full time students in various parts of the world. However they are not daunted by the challenge for they love being a part of this organization which provides no financial benefit to them personally. All the members have an innate love for charity and volunteerism.

Not bad for a board of directors with the average age of nineteen. Yes you read that right, kids are changing the world. Youth is not wasted on the young.

Follow Project Sync on Facebook for updates on all their experiments at https://www.facebook.com/theabsolutebond?ref=ts&fref=ts


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Sandals opens doors to students

The country's hospitality industry should be in good hands years from now. This, as several young men and women were recently afforded the opportunity to learn about the operations of one of the world's leading resorts located in Antigua.

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa opened its doors to over twenty Grade 5 students and teachers of the St. Nicholas Primary School, allowing the future leaders a chance to see what it takes to make the hotel a successful business.

The students were taken on a tour of the property, stopping by strategic stations where team members and managers spoke to the visitors on what happens behind the scenes.

Some of the highlights included the Concierge Department which pays special attention to guests and their needs, the Resort Shop, Housekeeping and how rooms are prepared and Island Routes where guests book tours. The students were told how important customer service is in executing tasks.

One key area that was presented to the students was Guest Services headed by Shernell Connor who is responsible for handling guests' issues and concerns. She explained to the group that,

"Here at Sandals, we ensure that all of our guests are having a good time."

"This would help us to get good reviews which would then lead to more persons choosing to stay at our resort and driving the country's economy as well."

The St. Nicholas Primary ‘schoolers’ were next treated to refreshments while learning about the Food and Beverage Department and the kitchen and dining room staff that caters to the restaurants in the resort.

At the conclusion of the tour, General Manager Gaurav "Mr. G" Sindhi encouraged the students to work hard so they could make a meaningful contribution to the tourism and hospitality industry or whichever career path they choose.

"Tourism is extremely important to Antigua and Barbuda and it will take young, intelligent and enthusiastic men and women to develop and sustain it. Sandals takes pride in training team members so if you eventually decide to join our family, it will come with many benefits and opportunities for growth."

Teachers and students commended the Sandals team for what they described as an insightful and exciting experience.


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Antiguan, all-female drag racing team heading to Grenada

Drag racers Renee ‘Buttaz’ Edwards-Ambrose and Lisa ‘Lisa Lis’ Abraham, along with mechanic Jodi-Ann Joseph travel this weekend to Grenada to participate in the Stag International Drags. The ladies are members of Lady Horsepower Farm (LHPF), the Caribbean’s first all-female drag racing team established in Antigua last year.

LHPF is a division of Horsepower Farm, a Caribbean drag racing team which has branches in Tobago, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada and Nevis.

The Stag International Drags will take place at Pearls Speedway in Grenada from June 20th to 22nd, and will be the official launch of LHPF’s full crew. After joining the Horsepower Farm team in early 2013, Renee Edwards-Ambrose founded LHPF with the intention to provide an outlet to develop motorsports in Antigua and encourage other women to get into the field of drag racing.

Renee is a certified commercial and private pilot, and attained her Guyana Civil Aviation Engineering Licence as a past student of the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School in Georgetown Guyana. She is presently employed as an Aircraft Mechanic with LIAT 1974 Ltd. Renee competes in her car ‘Da Black Widow’, and holds the title of the 10 sec category on the St. James Raceway in Nevis, and is also the fastest female to ever race there. Her personal best is 9.7 secs.

Lisa Abraham is a certified cosmetologist and owner of her own salon. She has always been actively involved in motorsports, and presently sits as President of the Antigua & Barbuda Drag Racing Association. Abraham is the newest member to LHPF family.

Jodi-Ann Joseph, at 21 years of age, is the youngest member of LHPF. She is a past student of the Christ The King High School and the Automotive Technology Program at the Antigua State College. She has completed courses with diplomas in Automotive Mechanics and General Welding at the Aviron Technical Institute in Montreal, Canada.

LHPF’s Team Manager is Linisa George, while Sheroma‘Brass Angel’ Hodge-Philip is responsible for branding as the Image and Media Manger. In addition to competing in regional races, the LHPF organisation aims to give back to the community and is very passionate about youth development programs and initiatives.

The all-female drag racing team is sponsored by: WizzKid Performance, AED Performance & Racing Carburetors, Agan's Auto Body Repairs, K&R Subaru Overhaul and Engine Repairs, EcoKleanCarz Antigua , Paradise Boat Sales, Antigua Commercial Bank, Signs Plus, The Captain’s Quarters Sports Bar and Restaurant, Red Revolution Media, Creative Motion, Antigua Pool Services, Munksta Garage (Rebel Racing Antigua and Barbuda), Bunny Butler, The District, The Source Clothing Company, Sistah Souljahs, Express Cartage and OctaneSignature.com.

You can follow updates on team LHPF and the event races of the Stag International Drags via the Lady Horsepower Farm and GMC (Grenada Motor Club) Facebook pages.


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CTV Cable's weekly movie guide for June 21-27

CTV Cable brings Antigua 365 days of entertainment with blockbuster movies, classic TV shows and lots of amazing family entertainment. Visit CTV Cable's facebook page and follow CTV Cable on twitter here @CTVcableAntigua.


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Love yourself learn about cancer

JCI Antigua Cancer Awareness Committee 

One of the most pervasive diseases in our society today is that of cancer. We all know at least one person in our lives who is suffering from the effects of this disease or has unfortunately already passed away. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International by 2025 the number of cancer cases around the world is expected to reach 19.3 million. As a developing nation, Antigua & Barbuda, we are not immune from the effects of cancer.

365antigua.com sat down with Shenella Govia Chairperson of JCI Antigua’s Cancer Awareness Committee (CAC) to gain some insight about the committee’s activities throughout the year.  The first major event undertaken by CAC was the Love Yourself Learn About Cancer concert which featured various local and internationally artists including Rashid Walker, Claudette Peters, Voices, Causion and headliners Third World. The event held special significance for the world famous reggae performers Third World whose former lead singer William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke passed awayfrom complications due to cancer a few weeks before their scheduled performance. The band was elated to perform in Antigua for such an important cause that meant so much to them. Govia expressed her appreciation for the support that the event received as it was well attended and contributed immensely to the CAC’s goal of raising funds to assist in purchasing a PETscan for Mount St John’s Medical Centre. This machine is used to provide three dimensional images of tissues, identifying the type of cancers and how far it may have spread.

JCI Antigua’s Cancer Awareness Committee is committed to its pledge to not only raise funds but to inform the public and in that regard will host a Cancer Awareness Symposium later this year.   Open to the general public this symposium will be hosted by local, regional and international medical professionals.

Ms Govia highlighted the importance of involving the youth and the committee recently held a jingle competition that was open to secondary and tertiary school students. The winning jingle will become JCI Antigua’s Cancer Awareness theme song. Prizes include $1000 for the first place winner, $500 for second place as well as $500 for the school with the most entries.

Shenella Govia stated that “there is no denying the effect health has on certain types of cancer and in that vein the committee hosted a fitness jam at YMCA to encourage healthy habits….and we plan to host similar events in the future and involve much of the community as possible.”

The efforts of the CAC)were made possible by the support of the business community as well as the general public which Ms Govia is extremely grateful for.  She insists that the year is far from over and there are projects in the planning stages that the committee will hopefully execute.  

As the interview waned down the Chairperson of JCI Antigua’s CAC Shenella Govia thanked the efforts of her committee who worked extremely hard and spent long nights ensuring the success of the event....

"I am extremely humbled by their dedication and I encourage persons out there to join clubs like JCI Antigua for volunteerism is an extremely rewarding experience.” 

Follow JCI Antigua on Facebook for updates on their charitable efforts here.


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