Columns Regional News 

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

By Sir Ronald Sanders A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.   Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions…

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Development Health Uncategorized 

Hyperbaric Chamber now Available in Antigua

On Tuesday,  there was a genuine demonstration of love as a major piece of equipment was donated to the Mount St John’s Medical Center. Dozens gathered to witness the historic occasion at the country’s marquee health facility, where a Hyperbaric Chamber was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health and the Environment at exactly 4:27 pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018. The chamber was donated by the Calvin Ayre Foundation and came about after the decompression sickness (Benz) death of a local fisherman and diver, Andy Samuel back in…

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CDB Education 

CDB, UNICEF partner to improve quality of early childhood education

International and Regional academicians, researchers and practitioners have convened in Antigua and Barbuda to discuss opportunities and plans for improving the quality of and access to early childhood education for Caribbean children ages zero to five. The three-day Early Childhood Development Regional Research Conference, themed “Early Moments Matter – Nurturing Care in the Early Years”, took place February 13 to 15. Despite a strong correlation between investment in early childhood development (ECD) and high levels of social and economic development, research suggests that the Caribbean still invests too little, or…

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Politics 

High Commissioner of India Meets with Acting Prime Minister

On Thursday, High Commissioner of India Mahalingam paid a courtesy call on the Acting Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin. The High Commissioner met to discuss various proposals which included an Agreement For Exchange of Information and Assistance (AEI&ACT), a non-visa regime for diplomats and official passport holders between government of Antigua and Barbuda and India, MOU for Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy and also a proposed Agreement on International Solar alliance. Mahalingam noted that the International Solar Alliance Agreement is being pioneered by…

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Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Moves Forward with Defamation Suit against UPP Senator and Observer Radio

Master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Fidela Corbin Lincoln has ruled that statements made against Prime Minister Gaston Browne by the United Progressive Party Public Relations Officer, and Senator Damani Tabor and aired Observer Radio Station can be submitted to the courts for defamation.   In the judgement claim, the Prime Minister is suing for defamation for statements made on Observer Radio on January 4, 2017. The judgement states that during a live broadcast, the Senator made libelous statements inferring criminal corruption, misfeasance in public office and a breach…

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APUA Politics Utilities 

APUA Relief to the Needy Begins

The Antigua and Barbuda Public Utilities Authority, on Wednesday announced the start of the APUA Relief to the Needy programme as announced by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne during his 2018 Budget presentation to parliament.   APUA released the Utility Relief Guidelines that will govern the conduct of the programme which runs from February 14 to May 18.   The Prime Minister reminded the public during his presentation, that sometimes making the choice between paying bills and meeting other pressing expenses is a tough choice, and his government recognizes this….

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Business Development Economic Foreign Affairs Tourism 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Welcomes Marriott Courtyard to Antigua and Barbuda

Marriott Courtyard, one of the best-recognized business hotel brands, announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Dubai, the construction of a Marriott Courtyard Antigua at the V.C. Bird International Airport. Once constructed, the hotel will offer 125 guest-rooms, meeting and conference facilities, high-end restaurant, casino and surrounding leisure facilities.   Prime Minister Browne who was at the ceremony at the Sunset Lounge, Al Qasr Hotel in Dubai, said that the Marriott Courtyard hotel is the perfect complement to his Government’s plan to transform Antigua and Barbuda into an economic powerhouse within the…

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