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October - December 2008 lime 77 sense of self. Sign such an agreement, they say, and we signal the dawn of our demise. God knows, they say, and so should we, that the tide is turning and we could be back at 1492. But fear not, the EPA advocates retort. Let them come! Are they insane? Did they not see Usain fly in the Bird Nest? Let them catch us if they can! Those to whom God has given wings, let them soar. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is the Pro- Vice Chancellor of the University of West Indies and a noted historian and author of several books. The sun continues to shine brightly upon these shores. We see emerging signs of the realisation that the sea shelters the best of what we have and holds the secret to our dignified survival. Its waves remind us that to tug against its tides is a ride to ruin. The private merchants and public servants, festive revellers and ' musicteers', who daily define the space, the former with the message of one market and the latter with the creed of ' one love'. Columbus and his cohorts broke many things within our home but the fragments insist on coming together again. Williams, of course, did not mean it the way now commonly communicated. His distain was born of frustration with a process that seemed fraught with fraudulent intentions and insincerity in some sectors. His outrage was as much a saving signal to future generations as it was a dagger to the back of his own. So here we are today, fifty years later. The discourse continues. Hot on the heels of the recent inauguration of the Caribbean Single Market, and hovering on the cusp the Single Economy, comes the Economic Partnership Agreement ( EPA) with the European Union. Fervently proposed by its tireless negotiators, it is considered a target to be torpedoed by those who argue that it invites pirates to sail our seas once again, to go unmolested, and to usher the precepts of our economic genocide. Critics of the EPA speak in terms of Europe's recolonisation and betrayal of the region's We see emerging signs of the realisation that the sea shelters the best of what we have and holds the secret to our survival gety images ( 2)

A brief look at events at LIAT and across our network... 78 lime October - December 2008 LIMELIAT LIATnews It's always great when we're able to celebrate our successes, and so we've enjoyed reflecting on a fantastic first year of flying to Curacao. The service remains highly popular and it's easy to see why. It's intriguing. Curacao is the largest of the Netherlands Antilles and its capital, Willemstad, has some very fine Dutch colonial architecture painted in a variety of pastel colours, while in the countryside there are several beautiful plantation houses, called landhuisen. It also has one of the most important historical sites in the Caribbean, but we won't say what that is as it will give away the answer to one of our quiz questions on page 90! BON BINI CURACAO! Our flet LIAT operates a fleet of 17 Dash 8 Q100 / Q300 aircraft, which have proven to be safe, economic and reliable, a favourite for airlines flying the frequencies and range of our Caribbean routes. The latest model uses an advanced Noise Vibration Suppression system to dramatically reduce cabin noise and vibration, meaning it can boast to be the quietest, most vibration-free turboprop aircraft in the sky today. y Crew: 2+ 1 y Passengers: 50 y Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123B turboprops y Power: 2500shp y Cruise speed: 285 knots ( 528km/ h) y Maximum range ( with optional long- range fuel tanks): 2,034km y Maximum take- off weight: 19,505kg y Average cabin noise level: 75dBA * specs apply to the Q300 model only y For the latest information on our schedules, special ofers or to make reservations, visit www. liat. com LIAT began flying in 1956 with one single piper apache aircraft between Antigua and Montserrat. For most of the 20th century the island's fortunes, like Aruba, depended on its oil refinery, which processes Venezuelan crude oil, but more recently tourism has increased in importance. Diving has grown very popular since the establishment of an underwater park to preserve the reef and there are dive sites all along the Leeward side of the island. LIAT still operates four flights a week to Curacao, routing from Barbados through Trinidad, from 09h50 to 12h05 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The return flights, on the same days, from Curacao to Trinidad and Tobago and on to Barbados leave Hato International at 12h35, arriving at 14h50. did you know? ROGER GIBBS/ CURACAO TOURIST BOARD ROGER GIBBS/ CURACAO TOURIST BOARD