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Oct 16,1999 More Student Art on Stamps Last year Anguilla held an art competition for school children . The theme of the contest was "Hidden Beauty of Anguilla". Some of the winners had their art recognized and selected to appear on Anguillian postage stamps. Anguilla Questions? Email the Tourist Board at email@example.com or the Hotel Association at firstname.lastname@example.org Beaches Video Release! Rewind Studios product "The Beaches Of Anguilla Video Tour" should be available in local retail stores on Anguilla by November 1st, 1999. The video was shot this summer and includes stunning views of Anguilla's beaches set to soothing island rhythms. Exclusively available only on Anguilla so get it when "on island". For more information, email Buck at Rewstudio@aol.com Cricket Matches. Red Stripe Bowl 1999. 1st Class Regional One Day Cricket. Ronald Webster Park, featuring Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada (Wednesday Oct 27), Leeward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago (Saturday Oct 30), Leeward Islands vs Canada (Monday Nov 1), and Trinidad & Tobago vs Barbados (Tuesday Nov 2). Directions: from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rental, Anglec, and NBA, turn left at Albert Lakes Supermarket, go past the high school, turn right on Queen Elizabeth and turn into the parking lot. Restaurants Reopening. Since the first of October, Restaurant Ici, Blanshards, Hibernia, and other places have reopened after their short summer break. The remainder will reopen between now and November 15th. News tip: popular chef Shamash says he is now at Overlook on backroad. To review all the restuarants in Anguilla and see what they have to offer, including past prices, visit menus.ai Best Village Competition 1999. The annual best village judging will be on October 29th, 1999. Residents will be out cleaning up and enhancing their villages so that the judges will select theirs as the most beautiful village in Anguilla. Sandy Ground has one for the last two years - who will stop them from making it three in a row? First prize is US$1,000 worth of plants. Full Moon Dinner/Dance Parties on Beach. Ken Rogers at Serenity Restaurant on Upper Shoal Bay says he is planning to continue his full moon dinner and dancing on the beach. Last year he had nice Caribbean music by Sprocka, a rustic dance floor, and cocktails on the sand. Worth trying. You can come for dinner and stay for dancing. They sometimes shifted slightly from the full moon to coincide with the weekend, but the next three full moons are Sun Oct 24, Tuesday Nov 23, and Wed Dec 22. Call 1-264-497-3328 to check on the exact date for each party. Flower and Garden Show . The second annual show will be held Feb 12- 13, 2000. "Tourism Week" Becomes Tourism Fete 99. The annual week of activities to launch the upcoming tourism season has been expanded, allowing more people to partake. November 2nd will be an Open house celebration at the offices of the tourist board across from Wallblake House. Other events include: village competition, primary school visits to hotels, hospitality staff awards, and hotelier of the year. Questions of the Week Which Question Can You Help With? Where to Order Vape? Recipe for Cracked Conch When Is St Gerards Garden Party How To Get Anguilla 2000 Calendar? I Have a New Question! Name: Email: The Internet brings many fascinating questions to News.ai, but we don't have the answers to many of them. Can you help? Below are some questions that came in recently. We will post the answers we receive so everyone can be enlightened. Where To Order Vape? I don't know where else to turn. I am looking to buy Vape for mosquitos and have gone bonkers looking over the WWW for it until I saw your little piece. Do you know where I can purchase the product? I used it overseas in Saudi Arabia, but the product has dried up or something there. Anything you can come up with I will try. Thanks Bob Rutzel Vape is an electronic gadget that slowly burns small mats, designed to control mosquitos. We bought our last package of Vape refills at Vista Market for $EC12.95 per 30 pack; their telephone is 1-264-497-2804. The label is in English, French and Spanish. Vape is manufactured by Fumakilla Ltd, Japan. Recipe For Cracked Conch I am looking for a recipe for cracked conch. Could you please help? I have been to several of the islands and have had this dish and since My husband and myself won't be able to return for a year due to an injury I suffered, we have purchased some frozen conch to get us through. I need recipes for cracked conch, conch fritters, and conch chowder for my husband to make here in Anaheim, California. Thank-you. Carol Dionigi (Email: email@example.com ) When Is St Gerards Garden Party Do you have any idea when the St. Gerards Garden Party will be in February? Don't want to miss it this year. Connie Wehmann (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) How To Get Anguilla 2000 Calendar? We enjoy your newsletter and like to make believe we are there. Would you know how I could get an Anguilla 2000 Calendar as I won't be there until March. Thanks for your help. Myra Robinson (Email: Winerobin@aol.com ) Primary School "Be Aware" Environmental Clubs This past summer there was a 2 week Primary School Environmental Camp called CAMP BE AWARE. The Day Camp was held from 12-23 July, 1999. A total of 42 children were involved in the Camp with 1 teacher from each school acting as a Camp Counselor. We saw Anguilla's environment as we never saw it before. We went spelunking, glass bottom boat sightseeing, horseback riding through the Bush, as well as, taking trips to the Agriculture Dept, the Salt Ponds, the water wells, Green Cuisine lettuce plant, Cap Juluca's nature trail and the Rocky Hill Pig and Poultry Farms. All participants had a blast. From the outset the children knew that the six Campers from each of Anguilla's Primary Schools would have to go back to their schools and begin an environmental club by 1 October, 1999. West End School was the first to start their BE AWARE Environmental Club the first day of school. Out of 76 children they have close to 40 members. Since then the other schools have pledged to have their Clubs organized by 1 October. West End has cleaned up their School grounds and have kept them clean. They have also sent 6 huge garbage bags of glass to the Environmental Health Dept. for their Pilot Project for Recycling Glass. Every Club will elect a group of officers. The officers will be chosen from the children who were enrolled in CAMP BE AWARE. Each Club will meet one day every week. Other children, community persons, businesses, parents, and visitors are welcome to join our Clubs. The dues are EC$1.00, once a month. If you are not able to attend any of the Club meetings and you would like more information you can E MAIL the BE AWARE ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB at email@example.com. Eventually, a newsletter will be printed with information about all of the Clubs. The dues will go toward the purchase of gloves for picking up debris, garbage bags, copy paper to use for their newsletters when they get started, and for field trips so all of the children of Anguilla will become Environmentalists. When these young children grow to be Anguilla's future Anguilla will be clean and environmentally sound. The Environmental Health Department has already pledged garbage bins to all of the Clubs for glass recycling. They are also interested in assisting with Club activities. All of the Clubs' members hope that more people follow their example and JOIN UP! PLEASE JOIN OUR BE AWARE CLUBS TO HELP KEEP ANGUILLA'S BEAUTIFUL AND VARIED ENVIRONMENTS CLEAN AND ALIVE AND THRIVING. YOU MAY JOIN ANY ONE OF the BE AWARE CLUBS BY SENDING EC $1.00 EACH MONTH OR EC $12.00 FOR THE YEAR OR ANY OTHER CONTRIBUTION YOU MAY FEEL LIKE ShARING... [Note: EC $1.00 is 37 cents US.] Please send all dues to BE AWARE ENVIRONMENTAL CLUBS, P. O. BOX 959, Anguilla, BWI. You may send checks if it is more convenient. Make checks out to BE AWARE ENVIRONMENTAL CLUBS. The money will be shared equally among the 7 BE AWARE CLUBS, unless you specify that you have a special CLUB that you would like to see receive your dues. David Park New Meal Delivery Service. A new business has opened in Anguilla, "Meals On Wheels". Get your lunch order in to them at 497- 3141 by 11AM and they will deliver to you it between 11AM and 2PM. Local dishes offered. What A View Rent a New Waterfront Villa Sam Mason, owner of the Allamanda Beach Club , is finishing up a double villa on the coast a short distance up from Shoal Bay Beach. Click to enlarge the view from his villa. Sam is a great plumber (he worked in St. Thomas) and has a great resort in the Allamanda. Sam has 3 bd in the downstairs unit and 4 bd up. Furnished. Call Sam at 264-497-5217 to inquire about rentals. Update on New Foundation : The Anguilla Community Foundation was recently launched to build permanent endowment funds through contributions from many donors on and off the island. It plans to support charitable activities focused on local needs Contributions can be sent to P.O Box 1097, The Valley, Anguilla. For tax deduction for US citizens donations can be sent to the Anguilla Community Foundation Fund c/o the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, P.O. Box 11790, Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands 00801. Further information is also available on e- mail from firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: We Love Anguilla!!! Hello there Anguilla, I just want to say thank you to everyone I met on my holiday to Anguilla in the summer. I had the time of my life. The people were amazing, I have never met such friendly people!! My friends and me want to say a special hello to the staff at George's restaurant at Cap Juluca, especially Jason, Algie, Ade and Felix. We all had such fun with them all and they were such great people. We are all planning on returning next summer and hope to meet up with them all again because we miss them so much already. Thanks again, Joss, Kate and Kimxx (email: email@example.com ) Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 Net.ai Updated. Webmaster Chris Mason announces: The Anguilla Guide Net.ai has been updated with a total make-over. In addition to new graphics, we have revised the content and have added information to the current events page on carnival, the Arts Festival, and the Culinary Competition. We welcome any tourism or local event related information that would add to the site. International Calls Now Cheaper From Anguilla As of October 1st, 1999, international phone rates from Anguilla have been reduced by Cable and Wireless . The reductions are across the board, including daytime, average 27%, with many rates falling 50% or more. Keep in mind that the rate chart below is in EC dollars. Converted to US dollars at 2.7 EC per US, that works out to $1.20 per minute during the day, $1.00 per minute evenings and 74 cents weekends. Prices apply only to International Direct calls. Prices for operator calls. cellular calls, pay phones calls, card calls, Inmarsat calls are unchanged. International Call Prices Cable & Wireless Anguilla (Effective 1st October 1999) Destination Rates Timeband: Day Evening Weekend USA 3.25 2.70 2.00 Canada 3.35 3.00 2.30 UK, Ireland 4.00 3.35 2.67 Antigua & Barbuda 1.75 1.30 1.00 Barbados 3.15 2.45 2.20 Bermuda 3.15 2.45 2.20 British Virgin Islands 1.75 1.30 1.00 Cayman Islands 3.15 2.45 2.20 Dominica 3.15 2.45 2.20 Grenada 3.15 2.45 2.20 Jamaica 3.15 2.45 2.20 Montserrat 1.75 1.30 1.00 St. Kitts & Nevis 1.70 1.25 0.95 St. Lucia 3.15 2.45 2.20 St. Vincent 3.15 2.45 2.20 Trinidad & Tobago 3.15 2.45 2.20 Turks & Caicos Islands 3.15 2.45 2.20 Guadeloupe 1.75 1.30 1.00 Saba 1.65 1.20 0.95 St. Barts 1.65 1.20 0.95 St. Eustatius 1.65 1.20 0.95 St. Maarten 1.65 1.20 0.95 St. Martin 1.65 1.20 0.95 Rest of Caribbean 3.20 2.60 2.25 France 4.55 3.90 2.67 Italy 4.30 3.60 2.67 Rest of Europe 5.10 4.45 2.67 Central America 4.75 4.15 2.67 Guyana 4.70 4.00 2.67 Rest of South America 4.85 4.30 2.67 Rest of World 5.40 4.70 2.67 All prices are EC$ per minute. Day = Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Evening = Monday to Friday, before 8am and after 6pm. Weekend = All day Saturday and Sunday, from Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday, and Public Holidays. Residential customers remain elgible for TalkAway discounts. 10% off calls to three chosen numbers.
NEW YORK, NY, August 1999 – A recent Harris Poll announced on the polingreport.com website has consumers giving Jamaica top scores in response to the question: "If you could spend a vacation in any country in the world, outside the United States, and you would not have to worry about the cost, what one country would you choose?" Jamaica ranked eighth in the poll – a climb from 12th in 1998 – making this year’s ranking the sharpest rise for any country worldwide. It is also the only destination within the Caribbean that made the poll. Other countries making the poll include: Australia (#1); Great Britain (#2), Germany (3#), Italy (#4), France (#5), Canada (#6), and Ireland (#7). Following Jamaica were Switzerland (#9), Mexico (#10), Greece (#11), Spain (#12), Japan (#13), New Zealand (#14) and Egypt (#15). Mr. Noel Mignott, Deputy Director, Jamaica Tourist Board, commented, "Jamaica has long held an exotic allure. This top ten ranking is in part due to our great variety of quality product offered and our overseas communications strategies, and only reinforces the fact that Jamaica is a top notch vacation destination viewed by all as the number one spot in the Caribbean." The poll included responses from over 1,000 adults nationwide. Pollingreport.com is a service of the Polling Report, an independent, nonpartisan resource on American public opinion, published in Washington, DC. For more information on Jamaica, contact your travel agent or call 1- 800-JAMAICA, or visit the Jamaica Tourist Board website at jamaicatravel.com. ========================= Music Industry Trade Show Set for Ocho Rios, November 14-17, 1999 New York, NY September 1999 — Jamaica will once again be pulsating to the sounds of seductive island rhythms with the inaugural Caribbean Music Expo (CME), a music industry trade show, to be held November 14-17, 1999 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande. The Expo is designed to strengthen the position of the Caribbean music industry within the global market as well as to expose the region’s industry to the latest technology and capabilities. CME will feature an exhibition of music products and services from the Caribbean, with a full roster of conferences and live concerts. Conference topics include the obstacles and opportunities for expansion, the development of an effective marketing plan, copyright implications of digital distribution, and the responsibilities of music producers and media personnel to the consumer. Concert performances will revolve around musical influences such as gospel, R&B, soca, rap, Latin, reggae, French, Dutch and acoustic. Included in the talent-packed concert lineup of over 40 acts are Beenie Man, Doug E. Fresh and Femme Fatal. In addition to artists from the United States and Jamaica, musicians from Trinidad, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic will be showcased. Venues include the Renaissance Jamaica Grande, Little Pub and James Bond Beach in Oracabessa. Noel Mignott, Deputy Director, Jamaica Tourist Board, said "Jamaica’s reggae music is often the first element a consumer hears about our country, and CME strengthens the Caribbean’s musical ties to tourism." He continued, "And for those in the music business, this is the event for net-working in the Caribbean." CME is set to be an annual event with the beautiful island-nation of Jamaica serving as the host country for the Expo’s first three years, until 2002. The event is sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, JAMPRO and Vibe Magazine. For more information on CME, you can visit their website at www.cme.com.jm or call toll-free 1-877-747-4744. For information on Jamaica, call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800- JAMAICA or visit their website at jamaicatravel.com. Showcase Schedule Saturday, November 13 8:00PM to 10:00PM Opening Night Party – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Panazz Steel Orchestra – Trinidad Sensacion Orchestra – Cuba Sunday, November 14 12 Midday to 7:00PM CME Beach Party – James Bond Beach Allison Hinds & Square One – Barbados Beenie Man – Jamaica Bamboleo – Cuba Doug E. Fresh – USA Tanto Metro & Devonte – Jamaica Lakol – Haiti 9:00PM to 12 Midnight Gospel Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Papa San – unconfirmed Change – unconfirmed Glacia Robinson – unconfirmed Grace Thrillers – unconfirmed Monday, November 15 1:00PM to 2:00PM Lunchtime Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Jana – Jamaica 9:00PM to 12 Midnight "R&B & Rap" Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande 4D People – Barbados Brick & Lace – Jamaica Hush Brothers – Cuba/Haiti/USA 9:00PM to Midnight "The Latin Mix" Showcase – Little Pub D’Talle – Cuba Yumuri Y sus Hermanos – Cuba Tito Puente, Jr. – USA Tuesday, November 16 1:00PM to 2:00 PM Lunchtime Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Maurice Gordon – Jamaica 9:00PM to 12 Midnight "Soca Party" Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Surface – Trinidad 3 Canal – Trinidad Rolling Tones – St. Maarten John King – Barbados Miss T. C. – Barbados "Reggae Roots & Branches" Showcase - Little Pub Cultura Profetica – Puerto Rico Evett – Jamaica Prezident Brown – Jamaica Wednesday, November 17 1:00PM to 2:00PM Lunchtime Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Lebeloka – Martinique 10:00PM to 1:00AM "Dancehall Mania" Showcase – Little Pub Lukie D – Jamaica Richie Spice – Jamaica 10:00PM to 12 Midnight "The French Connection" Showcase – Renaissance Jamaica Grande Chris Combette – Martinique Kali – Martinique WCK – Dominica Nasio Fontaine – Dominica In addition to the above scheduled CME concerts, there will be special sessions with guest DJs playing Reggae, Soca and Latin dance music. Other live concerts featuring Jamaica performers will also be arranged between November 12 to 18 in association with the Ocho Rios/James Avenue Reggae Strip ========================= NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 1999 – The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced that ten new properties have joined the popular Insider’s Jamaica program, which combines a five-night or longer stay at an intimate inn or hotel with the freedom to experience Jamaica’s richly diverse attractions. The program, developed by the Jamaica Tourist Board for the traveler yearning to wander "off the beaten path" and enjoy an inexpensive vacation, has never been more attractive! In Negril, seven properties (The Beachcomber, Negril Cabins, Rock Cliff, Sandi San, Shields Negril Villas, Tigress II and Xtabi) and four restaurants (Bar-B-Barn, Hunan Garden, Tan-Ya’s, and Xtabi) have been added to the program. In Port Antonio, three properties (Dragon Bay Beach Hotel, Goblin Hill and Hotel Mockingbird Hill) and one restaurant (The Hub) have signed on. A total of 58 of Jamaica’s finest small properties, each with fewer than 100 rooms, are now a part of the Insider’s Jamaica, offering an endless variety of accommodations, from mountain hideaways and gracious old estates, to family-run beachside inns and tropical villas. Each has its own distinct character, but all are dedicated to offering guests a high degree of personal service and helpful tips on exploring the "real" Jamaica. The Insider’s Jamaica package includes round-trip air transportation on Air Jamaica; five nights accommodations at an Insider’s Jamaica property (inclusive of hotel tax and service charge), round-trip airport transfers, 25% off admission to participating attractions, a 15% discount at participating restaurants, and a one-class upgrade at select car rental companies. Insiders are also treated to a Jamaican House Party, with a Jamaican host, in a Jamaican home, authentic island food, drink and music, and priority access to a Meet-the-People experience, where Insiders are matched with Jamaicans who share similar hobbies, occupations or special interests. On arrival at the airport, package-holders are met by representatives of the Jamaica Tourist Board, and assisted with customs and ground transportation. At their hotels, guests are greeted by the owner or manager and provided with a personal orientation of the property, along with advice about experiencing Jamaica as an "Insider"--the best place to shop for local crafts, secret gardens that bloom with rare orchids or the closest secluded beach for snorkeling. Rates (per person / double occupancy) for five night Insider’s Jamaica packages begin as follows: a.. From New York / Newark, five-night packages begin at $410 per person September 1 through November 14, 1999; $447 per person November 15 through December 14, 1999; and $496 from December 15, 1999 through April 14, 2000. b.. From Miami, five-night packages begin at $299 per person September 1 through November 14, 1999; $317 per person November 15 through December 14, 1999; and $367 from December 15, 1999 through April 14, 2000. c.. From Chicago, five-night packages begin at $393 per person September 1 through November 14, 1999; $436 per person November 15 through December 14, 1999; and $485 from December 15, 1999 through April 14, 2000. d.. From Los Angeles, five-night packages begin at $492 per person September 1 through November 14, 1999; $534 per person November 15 through December 14, 1999; and $584 from December 15, 1999 through April 14, 2000. For reservations or more information on rates from additional gateways, call your travel agent or 1-800-JAMAICA. Additional details about the Insider’s Jamaica program are available online www.insidersjamaica.com, a website that provides descriptions of the program’s participating hotels, attractions and restaurants, and is directly linked to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s website at www.jamaicatravel.com. For more information on Jamaica, contact the Jamaica Tourist Board office nearest you: New York, 212-856-9727; Chicago, 312-527-1296; Los Angeles, 213-384-1123; Miami, 305-665-0557, or e-mail the JTB at firstname.lastname@example.org. ====================================== JAMAICA "BANDS TOGETHER" WITH THE WORLD TO FIGHT HUNGER United Nations-Sponsored Telefood Concert Set for Jamaica on Thanksgiving Weekend NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 1999 – American travelers will have a unique and rewarding opportunity to celebrate the final Thanksgiving of the 20th Century and help fight world hunger in Jamaica this holiday season. The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced that their island nation will play host to the third annual TeleFood Mega Concert, a U.N.- sponsored event that will raise money to help feed the world’s 800 million hungry people. The international event will be held at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, Jamaica on Sunday, November 28, 1999. Oracabessa is the former home to author Ian Fleming, creator of the famous James Bond novels. The concert will be broadcast internationally for the first time ever, and can be seen nationally on the Black Entertainment Network (BET). TeleFood ’99 is set to be one of the most successful events ever, with Jamaican artists Beenie Man, Luciano, Grammy Award winners Sly & Robbie, Morgan Heritage and Grace Thrillers joining an international cast of impressive performers including renowned jazz pianist Monty Alexander (USA), David Rudder (Trinidad & Tobago), Sounds of Blackness (USA), Gilberto Gil (Brazil), Hugh Masekela (South Africa), with many more top performers yet to be confirmed. "The people of Jamaica are extremely proud and excited to host this very important concert event," said Mrs. Fay Pickersgill, Director of Tourism. "It is a privilege to participate in a benefit of this magnitude that will help so many people around the world." As the last concert of the millennium, this year’s theme has been appropriately titled "Youth Against Hunger," which is a call to the world’s youth -- our future leaders -- to play a larger role in helping to abolish hunger globally. Backed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), TeleFood emerged from the World Food Summit in Rome in 1996 to raise awareness of hunger and malnutrition across the globe and to generate money to combat it. All proceeds from TeleFood ’99 will go to support grassroots projects to fight hunger in developing nations. Tickets to the concert are priced at $25.00 per person. For more information on TeleFood ’99, and to purchase tickets contact the FAO Secretariat at #876-977-5921. For more information on Jamaica, contact the Jamaica Tourist Board nearest you: New York (212) 856-9727, Chicago (312) 527-1296, Miami (305) 665-0557 or Los Angeles (213) 384-1123, e-mail the JTB at email@example.com, or visit the JTB’s website at www.jamaicatravel.com.
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