Environment 

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect groundwater and large catchments, up until the end of the dry season at least,” in those two islands. The report also noted South-eastern Haiti is under long-term drought and that Belize should be monitored as that country faces the possibility…

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Environment 

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt in countries like Montserrat and St. Kitts. The earthquake was strong enough to cause damage to vulnerabzxc0ole structures and NODS is therefore advising that any reports of damage be made to the office.  Persons can call 464-8456. The National Office…

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Environment Weather 

Caribe Wave Tsunami Evacuation Exercise targets day-care centres and pre-schools

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) will join other disaster offices around the region to take part in the annual Caribe Wave tsunami evacuation exercise on Thursday 15th March 2018. Caribe Wave aims to improve the effectiveness of tsunami warning systems along the Caribbean coasts and ensure readiness to respond to a tsunami. This year, approximately 40 day care centres and pre-schools that fall within the tsunami impact zone will be targeted. NODS will be working with a number of agencies to include the Antigua and Barbuda Police and…

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Climate Change Development Economic Environment Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and UAE to collaborate on Green Barbuda Project

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates   During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.   Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his…

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Environment 

Small Businesses Granted Extension to deplete Personalized Plastic Bags

The Ministry of Health and the Environment is giving department stores, bookshops, and other small businesses that distribute ‘personalized’ plastic bags to their customers additional time to deplete their existing stock. The phasing out period for these ‘personalized’ plastic bags – that is plastic bags that have the name of the store printed on them – has been extended until December 31st, 2018. The decision to extend was reached yesterday Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at a meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters during which several business owners appealed for more…

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Environment 

Stage Two of Styrofoam Ban in effect

The Ministry of Health and the Environment would like to inform business places and members of the general public that Stage Two of the Styrofoam Ban is in effect. According to the ministry, from January 1st– June 2018, the ban on the importation of utensils –plastic spoons, forks, knives, plastic straws, fruit trays, meat trays, vegetable trays and egg cartons is in full effect. All stage two products imported after January 1st, 2018 will be confiscated. The ministry advised, that there will be a six-month phasing out period to deplete…

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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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Environment Health 

Business Owners Warned! Could Face $100,000 in fines

The Ministry of Health and Environment has yet again issued a warning to the owners of grocery stores, supermarkets and restaurants in regards to the ban of  plastic bags in Antigua and Barbuda. According to Indira James, Environmental Implementation Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, business owners are “reminded that the importation, distribution, and sale of “Shopping Plastic Bags” are prohibited under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda.” She goes onto to state, If convicted, a person can be fined up to $100.000 The ministry is therefore…

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Environment 

Molwyn Joseph Elected to Serve on the Bureau of the UN Environment Assembly

The Honourable Molwyn Joseph, Minister for Health and the Environment, has been elected to serve on the Bureau of the United Nations Environment Assembly – the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. The Minister is one of two representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean, with the other member representing Brazil. The UN Environment Assembly’s 2017 theme was #BeatPollution. The Assembly, convened 4 – 6 December, adopted a Ministerial declaration “Towards a pollution free planet”, to signal that humanity can work together to eliminate the threat of pollution and…

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Business Environment 

Private Sector targeted for Climate Change Engagement Luncheon at Government House

Stakeholder engagement is key to the development of climate change adaptation and mitigation programs in Antigua and Barbuda. This is why the two-day mission trip by the Green Climate Fund to the twin islands on December 11 and 12th is so important, particularly for businesses interested in aligning with this niche sector. On Tuesday 12 December Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, will be hosting a luncheon for the private sector on the Government House lawns. This luncheon seeks to engage the financial sector, banks and insurance…

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