Community Disaster Management 

Ministry Officials Address Barbuda Recovery Issues

With the 2017 Hurricane season in full swing and with another storm threatening the eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda’s Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph declared that the country’s main objectives at this time is the safety and well-being of the Barbudan people. Joseph made the declaration during a press conference at his office on Lower High and Long Streets on Monday.  He stated that the health and medical issues of the Barbudan people, the clean-up and rebuilding efforts, the livelihood and current living conditions of the residents of the…

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Community Disaster Management 

Hurricane Irma: Red Cross Relief Supplies Arrive in Antigua & Barbuda

A cargo plane of relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Irma landed at the V.C. Bird International Airport last Wednesday afternoon. Shipped by air from the Red Cross’ regional warehouse in Panama, the much-needed provisions include blankets, tarpaulins, hygiene, kitchen and shelter kits, as well as other supplies that will meet the needs of around 300 most vulnerable families. The President of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society, Michael Joseph, explained that the first stage of distribution of these relief supplies will happen as soon as registrations and…

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Community Disaster Management 

Hurricane relief for Barbuda began arriving on Antigua Friday

The first of three Amerijet Cargo planes, with over 120, 000 pounds of hurricane relief for Barbuda arrived on Antigua on Friday from Miami. Consul General for Antigua and Barbuda in Miami, Gilbert Boustany who arranged the shipment of items that included water, plywood, nails, lanterns, flashlights, cots, fans, tarpaulin and can foods, said that the items were sourced with funds secured by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the generous contributions of Mr. Martin Franklyn and Coleman (The Outdoor Company) in the United States. “With the kind assistance…

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Community Disaster Management 

New Fund Established to Help Hurricane-ravaged Barbuda, Opens with US$100,000 Initial Injection

In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma on Barbuda, a partner community of the San Diego-based Waitt Institute, the Institute has established the “Barbuda Restoration & Conservation Trust<http://www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief>.”  With an initial grant of $100,000 USD from the Waitt Foundation, The Trust is set up through the International Community Foundation to accept US tax-deductible donations from grantmakers and the public. Contributions can be made at www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief<http://www.waittinstitute.org/barbuda-hurricane-relief>.  100% of monies donated will go directly to Barbuda and its people. On Tuesday September 5, 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean island of…

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Community Disaster Management 

Cabinet Assesses State of Readiness of Antigua & Barbuda Before Hurricane Irma makes landfall

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne on Monday evening convened a special meeting of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda with Heads of Departments responsible for disaster mitigation and recovery. Prime Minister Browne advised his Cabinet colleagues and the Heads of Departments to include the Commissioner of Police and his Deputies, the Chief of Defense Staff and Officers, Meteorological Office Director and officers from the Coast Guard, Airport Authority and Tourism that a number of friendly nations have offered to provide assistance after the storm, a number of banks have…

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Community Environment 

Barbuda Marine Sanctuaries Turn 3

In 2014, the Barbuda Council established marine reserves and no-net zones to protect and replenish the island’s marine environment. This August marks the third anniversary of the creation of Barbuda’s marine sanctuaries. Three years ago, the Barbuda Council adopted a set of new ocean management regulations to zone Barbuda’s coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and create a network of marine sanctuaries. The regulations stemmed from a partnership between the Barbuda Council, Government of Antigua & Barbuda, Barbuda Fisheries Division, Codrington Lagoon Park, and the Waitt Institute, under the umbrella of…

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Community Environment 

Controlling Wastes through Composting

PRESS RELEASE: In recent years, the state of Antigua and Barbuda has residents baffled as they observe the wanton disposal of wastes on the streets daily. To say it is unsightly would be putting it mildly for the nation is filthy, littered with numerous soda cans, foam cups, beer bottles and even baby diapers which continue to block the drains. In an effort to stem this tide and redirect organic wastes and biodegradable material from the sanitary landfill, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has devised a plan out of…

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Community Health 

Key Issues Discussed at Recent Disability Conference

Pertinent issues regarding persons living with disabilities were extensively discussed at a two-day Biennial Regional Council meeting held at Heritage Hotel, over the weekend, August 19-20, 2017. Executive Director of Disabled Peoples’ International North America and the Caribbean, Mr. Leslie Emanuel, said that a meeting of this nature was held here in Antigua 13 years ago at the same location, but this one was more beneficial because the Regional Council was more engaged and more effective discussions were held. One of the main highlights of the meeting was the presentation…

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Community Health 

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure to be Bigger this Year, Organizers Say

Plans are well advanced for this year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure. Now in its sixth year, organisers are expecting more participation than in previous years. Country Manager, Glen Smith paid tribute to the organising committee and staff who have been working tirelessly for the past few months to ensure the success of this year’s event. “CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure was designed to raise both awareness and funds for the campaign against cancer. Over the past few years we have teamed up with the Breast Friends Organisation…

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Community 

Almost 100 Combined Years Later, Three Stalwarts Retire From Public Service

With almost a hundred years of Public Service between them, three ladies were showered with appreciation during the Ministry of Justice, Public Safety, Labour and Legal Affairs Retirement Ceremony on Sunday evening. The event, which took place at the Hospitality Training Institute in Coolidge, saw three beautiful women being awarded for their years of service to the people of the twin island state. Among the recipients were former Principal Assistant Secretary-Esther Powell who holds the distinction of 43 years of services, Afena Tongue who ended her tenure as a Public…

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