Community Development Legal Politics 

Invitation to Participate in the Decriminalization of Marijuana Bill is Extended to the Public

In order to foster an environment of inclusiveness the government of Antigua and Barbuda through the Parliamentary Select Committee will be hosting a Public Consultation on the Decriminalization of Marijuana via the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2017 on Tuesday 23rd January at 10:30am.. Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin Chairman of the Select Committee and also mover of the Bill is extending an open invitation to the citizenry of Antigua and Barbuda to be part of the Consultation which will be held at the parliament building. Benjamin says…

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Community Legal Uncategorized 

Legal Aid Moves to Central Location

The legal Aid and Advice Centre has been relocated to Upper Redcliff Street downstairs General Insurance Building. The department will be opened to the general public from Monday 15th January 2018. Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs Public Safety and Labour the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin is pleased that the department is now located in a central location so that members of the public can have easy access to the Legal Aid Department and the services it renders to the public. Benjamin says that it is his intentions to have…

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Community Development Environment Health 

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens of boxes to a number of grocery stores, shops, and outlets across the country. On Monday, thirty-five boxes, each containing two hundred reusable bags, were given out to retailers in the St Mary’s North and St Mary’s South Constituencies, including…

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Community 

Plans for New National Cemetery Revealed

It has increasingly become apparent that ‘night has fallen’ on the continued use of the St.John’s Public Cemetery and the time is now for concrete steps to be taken towards the provision of a new National Cemetery. As Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph put it, “this is an urgent matter and we must move with haste to establish a new national cemetery.” Joseph was speaking at last night’s (Monday, December 18th)) National Consultation held at the Potters Primary School at which the plans for a new state of the…

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Community Health 

FEATURE: The Plight of Those Living With a Disability

At the recently concluded I Am Able Conference, many of the difficulties, the discrimination, and inequalities facing persons living with disabilities (PLWD) were brought to light. Whether it is access to buildings, jobs, higher learning, those with disabilities are often left behind. Most are living below the poverty line, not because they are unable to work but because we fail to allow them to do so. Families are fearful that employers will take advantage of them, while the government views them as a responsibility of the state. Those who are…

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Community 

Kiwanis Club of St. John’s Antigua hosts Christmas Children’s Mixer

The Kiwanis Club of St. John’s Antigua continues to build on its 2017-18 vision of being all inclusive and integrated in its community services mandate when it hosted a Christmas Children’s Mixer for many of the children who have been beneficiaries of past programs for the year to date.  The Everett Lake Scholarship recipients and their siblings, the recipients of the monthly feeding packages and the girls of the Good Shepherd Home came together for an evening of games, caroling and gifts. The initiative, which benefitted from support of a…

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Community Politics 

Despite Political Challenges, St. Peter MP Asot Michael Spreading Christmas Cheer

Recently stripped of the tourism and energy portfolio in the Gaston Browne-led administration, embattled sitting Member of Parliament Asot Michael, appeared not to have allowed the sacking or his troubles get in the way of his relationship with members of the St. Peter constituency. As has been a feature of his out of parliament representation and appreciation for their support, on Saturday, December 16, distribution trucks laden with Christmas goodies of “turkey, ham, chicken, linen and children’s toys,” had made their way in the several communities that comprise the constituency….

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Community 

‘Setback’ Affects Burma Quarry Operations, Bendals Quarry Reportedly ‘OK’

(PRESS RELEASE) The Ministry of Works and Housing is reporting a certain setback at the Burma Quarry is preventing the facility from operating at its normal capacity but the Bendals Quarry is presently operational. The initial plan included producing stone that would be utilized during the full implementation of the Road Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Project scheduled to being within the first quarter of 2018. Acting Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Works and Housing, Clarance Pilgrim said: “The Ministry of Works is in the process of dealing with a manufacture…

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Community 

FEATURE: The Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

They are ostracized by our society, labelled as slow, retarded, handicapped and often treated less than humans, even by their own family members. Simply because they may not be able to communicate or comprehend like we do, they are viewed as an embarrassment, while others give them things out of a sense of duty rather than love. At the recently concluded I Am Able Conference held at the St. James’s Club, many challenges facing persons living with disabilities were brought to the forefront. Over two hundred delegates assembled at the…

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Community 

Early Christmas at Care Project

It was an early Christmas for the residents and staff of the CARE Project as the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and a visitor from the North Pole made a courtesy call to the Care Giving Institution on Tuesday for the annual Christmas program. The festivities got underway with a grand opening ceremony with Matron Juliet De Labastide delivering remarks moments after the opening prayer from Pastor Jason Richards of the Lutheran Church and the National Anthem which was rendered by Asha Otto and the Itchy Feet Band. In…

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