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Development Gender Affairs Technology 

ANTIGUAN CEO HEADS UP PREMIER WOMEN’S FORUM

One of the region’s largest telecommunications and ICT event, CANTO 34th Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition (CANTO 2018) was held recently at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Panama City, Panama. CANTO 2018, the Caribbean’s premier telecommunications event for industry professionals, academics and regional governments was held under the theme “Guiding Digital Adoption to Lead the Global Market”. A key component of the four day event was the Women in ICT Forum highlighting women’s perspectives on leadership, gender equality issues and how to bridge the gaps within the industry.…

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ABEC Prison 

Justin Simon Q.C Refutes Claims of Illegality of CCJ Referendum Date

Justin Simon Q.C has refuted claims being circulated by an opposition affiliated media house indicating that the proposed date for the Referendum on the Caribbean Court of Justice “will not be legal”. On Tuesday, a whatsapp   message was broadcasted around the twin island quoting the legal luminary. However, Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin was contacted by Queen’s Counsel after reports were made suggesting that the proceedings leading up to the proposed referendum did not follow the correct legal proceedings. Contrary to what is being projected, Simon stated that…

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Culture Regional News 

“V.S. Naipaul, our phenomenal West Indian son” – Sir Hilary Beckles Recalls

V.S. Naipaul, our phenomenal West Indian son, has resigned leaving behind a substantial space our society, that we can only hope would one day be filled again. The passages detailing his passing have been marked with sadness on all sides of the discursive divide of the subject he centred with sensational success—the naked and hidden truths of the post-colonial world. West Indian society was blessed to have produced and unleashed him upon a world much in need of self-liberation. For over half a century the master scribe was magisterial in…

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Columns Development Project Syndicate 

Why Strengthening Land Rights Strengthens Development

By: Mahmoud Mohieldin and Anna Wellenstein Mahmoud Mohieldin is World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships. Anna Wellenstein is Director of Strategy and Operations for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice. For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve. Land tenure determines who can use land, for how long, and under…

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Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Let’s stop making excuses and work at getting it right

On August 11, 2018 the Antigua Observer newspaper published two articles about the newly released 2018 CXC-CSEC results.  The section on “Trending Stories”, which tracks the number of views/clicks received by a story, caught my attention.  As of August 14th  (three days later) the number one story viewed/read was Significant improvements in 2018 CSEC results followed by Jumpy soca monarch admits shock, then the third most popular story was Too many still performing poorly at CSEC. Of the two articles written about CXC-CSEC exams that day, the former article with…

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