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Project Sync giving HOPE

Being diagnosedBeing diagnosed with breast cancer is something no one is ever prepared to deal with. Treatment can be overwhelming and leave cancer patients feeling alone and scared.  What they need most at that time, are faith, strength and hope.  Through a bond made between the lProject Sync Incorporated and Washington DC based, Tigerlily Foundation HOPE Bags were donated to patients of the oncology department at the Mount St John Medical Center. Their efforts help patients face each treatment with a bevy of gifts, including specially designed blankets, scarves, water bottles, journals, organic lotions and soaps, socks, aromatherapy products, skincare products and more. The HOPE Bags are emblazoned with words like “faith”, “full of life”, “live each day”, “strength”, “no regrets”, “hope”, “love”  which give the breast cancer patients a visual that can inspire them to see a future, in which they are living their best life. 
Project Sync providing breast cancer patients with HOPE
 
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is something no one is ever prepared to deal with. Treatment can be overwhelming and leave cancer patients feeling alone and scared.  What they need most at that time, are faith, strength and hope.  Through a bond made between  Project Sync Incorporated and Washington DC based, Tigerlily Foundation HOPE Bags were donated to patients of the oncology department at the Mount St John Medical Center.
 
Their efforts help patients face each treatment with a bevy of gifts, including specially designed blankets, scarves, water bottles, journals, organic lotions and soaps, socks, aromatherapy products, skincare products and more. The HOPE Bags are emblazoned with words like “faith”, “full of life”, “live each day”, “strength”, “no regrets”, “hope”, “love”  which give the breast cancer patients a visual that can inspire them to see a future, in which they are living their best life. 
 
As the patients undergo treatment, the HOPE Bags help them focus on healing in every aspect of life. Every item in the HOPE Bag is designed with love, and meant to pamper, soothe, inspire, educate, empower. Most of all, they let the patients know that they do not walk this journey alone.
 
Project Sync vetted and identified a breast cancer survivor whose expenses they will adopt for the remainder of 2014. Project Sync pledges to pay her mortgage, utilities and monthly groceries. Furthermore, they will be assisting her son with back to school supplies as he prepares to begin a new academic year shortly. 
 
The main aim of Project Sync is to impact the lives of the everyday men and women in our nation who struggle through the trials of life. This young and vibrant organization whose Board of Director’s average age is 20 has decided not to wait to see what others will do but to act and show others the way to follow. The organization which has established “The Bond between Party and Charity,” is without a doubt, becoming the ideal representation of what non-profit organizations aspire to be and acts as a role model to the young generation; demonstrating what it truly means to help others via social justice. 
 
Support Project Sync as they ‘Leave A Mark | Create a Bond’
 
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Continue to support Project Sync as they ‘Leave A Mark | Create a Bond’ with breast cancer is something no one is ever prepared to deal with. Treatment can be overwhelming and leave cancer patients feeling alone and scared.  What they need most at that time, are faith, strength and hope.  Through a bond made between the lProject Sync Incorporated and Washington DC based, Tigerlily Foundation HOPE Bags were donated to patients of the oncology department at the Mount St John Medical Center. Their efforts help patients face each treatment with a bevy of gifts, including specially designed blankets, scarves, water bottles, journals, organic lotions and soaps, socks, aromatherapy products, skincare products and more. The HOPE Bags are emblazoned with words like “faith”, “full of life”, “live each day”, “strength”, “no regrets”, “hope”, “love”  which give the breast cancer patients a visual that can inspire them to see a future, in which they are living their best life. 
As the patients undergoe treatment, the HOPE Bags help them focus on healing in every aspect of life. Every item in the HOPE Bag is designed with love, and meant to pamper, soothe, inspire, educate, empower. Most of all, they let the patients know that they do not walk this journey alone.
Additionally, Project Sync vetted and identified a breast cancer survivor whose expenses they will adopt for the remainder of 2014. Project Sync pledges to pay her mortgage, utilities and monthly groceries. Furthermore, they will be assisting her son with back to school supplies as he prepares to begin a new academic year shortly. 
The main aim of Project Sync is to impact the lives of the everyday men and women in our nation who struggle through the trials of life. This young and vibrant organization whose Board of Director’s average age is 20 has decided not to wait to see what others will do but to act and show others the way to follow. The organization which has established “The Bond between Party and Charity,” is without a doubt, becoming the ideal representation of what non-profit organizations aspire to be and acts as a role model to the young generation; demonstrating what it truly means to help others via social justice. 
Continue to support Project Sync as they ‘Leave A Mark | Create a Bond’

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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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