Editorials The Hands of Time November 05, 1997 Share 1 -- During the entertainment portion of the Caribbean Tourism Conference at the Aruba Americana Beach Resort, the stage curtain swept open to depict a group of Dutch-style buildings as the backdrop for the flag ceremony and a performance by a children's dance troupe. Insider's gaze, however, was riveted on the face of a large clock that dominated the facade of the tallest "building." The hands of the clock were set at 6:57. What was the significance of that particular time? Did it represent an important moment in the history of the Dutch island? Research over the next two days got Insider no closer to an answer. Finally, an official with the Aruba Tourism Authority stated unequivocally that the time was of no significance. "The clock's hands had to be set at some hour, so it was just a random choice," he said. Tick-tock, Caribbean time.