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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.”
The Crow's Nest Restaurant and Pub invites you to watch FIFA Brasil World Cup 2014. Follow your favourite team in the best location restaurant and pub in Jolly Harbour.
All the matches will be available on the big screen!
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Free Entry and FREE wi-fi.
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It happens only one night a week. It happens only in Jolly Harbour. It happens only at Al Porto Italian Restaurant. It is the wildly popular 2-4-1 pizza night. When you arrive, you order two delicious, freshly made pizzas AND PAY FOR ONLY ONE. I repeat: order TWO, pay for ONE.
Al Porto has the nicest brick oven just for making their pizzas and you can watch your pizza being made in the open-concept kitchen. Every pizza is made to order with strictly fresh ingredients.
Pssst... between you and I... they will take walk-ins, but it's best to reserve your table in advance. Call them: 562-7848.
Drop by, watch the pizzas fly and enjoy your freebie pie.
CTV Cable has an excellent selection of blockbuster movies. Enjoy the trailers and reviews of our faves. Be sure to check CTV Cable for the full movie lineup and exact times.
Saturday June 7th
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Our three favourite, animated little girls are nicely getting settled with their new adopted Dad, Gru who is has given up the spy business. Utterly charming and wonderful for kids of all ages. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 75% fresh.
Sunday June 8th
The Guilt Trip (2013)
Monday June 9th
21 & Over (2013)
From the writers of The Hangover, it's a night of outrageous debauchery to celebrate a 21st birthday. It gets a little crazy and funny. 3.3/5 of the audiences liked it.
Tuesday June 10th
Out of the Furnace (2013)
A gritty film about family, the pull of criminal reward and revenge. Out of the Furnace has a stellar cast featuring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Willem Defoe and Woody Harrelson. 3.3/5 audience members like this movie.
Wednesday June 11th
Silent Hill Revelation (2013)
Based on the video game, Silent Hill follows the movie series of horrific nightmares and a father and daughter's attempts to escape them Evil and monsters are ready to terrify. Audience rating 2.8/5.
Thursday June 12th
American Hustle (2013)
An amazing period piece about con artists and mobsters set in the 1970's with even more amazing cast that shouldn't be missed. Starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Louis C.K. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 93% fresh.
Friday June 13th
Super spies, double crosses and plenty of action with the hottest spy we've ever seen.. and she's legit. This is a gritty and very real feeling thriller not to be missed. Directed by Steven Soderberg. Rotten Tomatoes rates it certified 80% fresh.
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Recently 365antigua.com published an introduction to C-Net/CLAYCO and their Wind Power Generation Program they are initiating in Antigua & Barbuda.
We have followed up with Errol Bailey and Dave Moses and the C-Net/CLAYCO team to ask them some key questions to better understand this project and its benefits for Antigua & Barbuda. Check out our exchange...
Q1: How were you originally contacted about this need in Antigua & Barbuda ?
ANSWER: Errol Bailey with C-Net is a citizen of Antigua and travels back and forth to the island often on business and visiting family in the English Harbor area. He became aware of the significant economic and environmental struggle that both the government and people of Antigua have been dealing with for years concerning energy costs, energy production and the economic impact of such. C-Net/Clayco came to Antigua to learn more details of the specific issues and challenges from the government and APUA.
Q2: What was the 'direction' or mandate you were provided from A&B officials ?
ANSWER: It was fairly simply put to us frm A&B officials: "Can you develop a program to help Antigua reduce it's dependance on using fossil fuels to produce energy, hopefully lowering the costs of electricity to consumers and businesses and do it in a way that doesn't cause the government or utility to have to commit to any additional "out of pocket" costs." We said "YES".
Q3: What specifics of your program can you share at this time ?
ANSWER: Our program is broken into (2) phases……. Phase 1 would be to develop a 25 megawatt Wind facility which would be 'on-line' by the end of 2015. Phase 2 would add another 25 MW facility producing power by 1st quarter of 2018.
Q4: At this point, do you know how many wind turbines would be installed ?
ANSWER: Our preliminary engineering indicates that each phase would include (10) 2.5 MW turbines. Final engineering could modify the quantity slightly up or down depending on cost efficiencies and newer technology.
Example of a 2.5MW turbine developed by Siemens SWT2.5MW.
Q5: How would this integrate into APUA's existing power system ?
ANSWER: There is a lot of homework still to coordinate with APUA and the other existing power suppliers. That said, power production with fossil fuels would reduce, but never totally go away. We would need to develop a program that would integrate the renewable output on a "first serve" basis and use the current generating facilities for the balance of daily needs on the island as well as back-up for when the renewable plant is not able to produce enough power due to climatic constraints.
Q6: What are the economic benefits with on a program such as this ?
ANSWER: C-Net/Clayco's detailed analysis has shown each phase of the renewable plants would save over 500,000 US gallons of diesel fuel, PER MONTH. This fuels savings would cover the cost of our projected Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) and produce an additional US $20,000,000.00 annually by the time Phase 2 is on-line. The money saved could then be used for existing system upgrades/maintenance or other governmental obligations.
Q7: How would local employment benefit from these projects ?
ANSWER: Our goal would be to employ as many local citizens and businesses throughout the construction process along with developing a program in conjunction with APUA to staff the on-going operations and maintenance of the plants, once production begins. In addition, we plan on providing Renewable Power Education programs to assist the local businesses and citizens to better understand how to start implementing renewable energy resources into their everyday lives.
Q8: Do you see any negative environmental implications of these projects ?
ANSWER: No, quite the opposite. Our projects would reduce GHG (Green House Gas) emissions by an equivalent of over 150,000 barrels of oil per year. The lessoning of the oil requirement would also begin to lower the risk of future environmental impact from current oil production and distribution on the island.
Q9: What are the next steps for moving forward on this initiative ?
ANSWER: C-Net/Clayco have provided the administration with a Project Development Agreement for review by the Prime Minister and APUA which would start to establish a bi-partisan group to begin detailing many of the programs discussed and kick off the final engineering required to get the PPA established and project financing put in place. With the upcoming elections on June 12th, we understand that there are "more important" issues for the officials and citizens to decide on other than our "renewable program", but we anticipate getting back with into our discussions again in late June to advance our platform.
Q10: Are there other initiatives that could spring from this program ?
ANSWER: We certainly think so. We believe that as renewable energy systems are established and become more commonplace throughout Antigua & Barbuda and other Eastern Caribbean countries, that there are opportunities to create a "hub" for assembly and maintenance services that could be centered in Antigua & Barbuda and become additional sources for employment and economic benefit in the future.
Q11: Where would these wind turbines be located in Antigua ?
ANSWER: The exact location still needs some due diligence, but the A&B Government initiated a 3-year wind study a while back and data from that report indicates 3-4 potential areas for best wind generated results. Our team believes that a location in the Crabbs Pennisula area would be best for the first TWO phases of the project.
Q12: Are there any plans to initiate a renewable energy project in Barbuda ?
ANSWER: We have had some preliminary discussions about how best to serve Barbuda with renewable energy and the program will require more engineering studies to determine the best approach. Barbuda would have some interesting challenges from a location and distribution standpoint, but some type of solar or wind facility would certainly appear to make sense there.
Q13: Does your company also do solar projects, considering the sun is another limitless energy source here in Antigua and Barbuda ?
ANSWER: Absolutely , C-Net/Clayco would evaluate all types of systems with our engineering partners and try and arrive at the most cost-effective solution considering all aspects of the project and then determine which system or combination of systems will deliver the best results to the citizens in the shortest timeframe.
Q14: Approximately how many homes could be served through these first two phases of projects ?
ANSWER: We haven't analyzed this exact usage information for residences on the island, but if we assume that the average household in Antigua uses around 600-700 kWh/month or approximately 7800 kWh per year (the US is approx. 11-12,000 kWh per year/household), then by the time our second phase plant would be in production (first quarter 2018) renewable energy could be powering over 23,000 homes.
Q15: Thanks for much for this information. If A&B residents and community builders have more questions to ask about this program, could they contact C-Net/CLAYCO directly with such questions?
100X this many homes would be powered by wind when the project is complete.