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Disaster Management 

UK Military Ship Positioned and Ready to Assist the Region

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay arrived in Barbados today for a brief one day refuelling visit, before departing to assist Eastern Caribbean islands as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac. This assurance was given by Commanding Officer of the RFA Mounts Bay, Captain Peter Selby. He said, “We have come to Barbados to refuel and top up our stores, before we position ourselves to render assistance wherever it might be needed.” RFA Mounts Bay’s primary task is to provide enhanced security and support to the UK Overseas…

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Sports Tourism Youth 

Sandals Foundation Marks Four Years of Swalings School of Soccer Sponsorship

This new school year marks the fourth consecutive year that the Sandals Foundation is sponsoring 15 Antiguan youths to participate in the Swalings School of Soccer year-long programme. The sponsorship ensures that the young people receive full soccer kits, coaching, mentorship and opportunities to compete in local and international tournaments. This year’s sponsorship will bring to 70 the number of children directly impacted by the Sandals Foundation sponsorship. “We approached Sandals Foundation with our proposal to help get children “off the street” and into a structured after school programme and…

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Development Regional News 

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice visits Antigua and Barbuda

The new president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders, will be arriving in St John’s next week as Antigua and Barbuda prepares to vote in a referendum that will determine whether the country delinks from the U.K-based Privy Council and accede to the CCJ. His visit comes as a committee this week launched a public education campaign about the CCJ and the Privy Council ahead of the referendum slated for November 6, 2018. Another OECS state, Grenada, will also hold a referendum on that date. During…

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Crime & Police 

Breaking News: Embattled Suspended Police Commissioner Wendell Robinson Reportedly Off Island when Summoned for Disciplinary hearing

Reliable sources have indicated that The Caribbean Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) 3-man  team investigating the conduct of suspended Police Commissioner Wendell Robinson, was said to have completed its investigation. According to sources, the team, invited by acting Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney arrived on the island in early August 2018 and was sworn in as Special Constables. They were selected from Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, with the highest ranking officer being Superintendent. Following receipt of several complaints by the Police Service Commission (PSC) from three…

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Health Sports 

Football Against Obesity Kick off

First form students will this term engage in a six-week programme, aimed at promoting physical activity and wellness. The programme which is dubbed Football Against Obesity will be launched in Antigua and Barbuda on September 17th. The secondary school-based programme targeting eleven to twelve-year-olds, their physical education teachers and coaches will include classroom discussions, and physical and recreational exercises relating to football. The classroom sessions will stress the importance of physical activity, a balanced diet, maintaining good oral hygiene and the dangers of smoking. Parent workshops will also be facilitated…

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Agriculture 

More Water To Come for Agriculture Sector

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs continues to broaden its scope to boost rain water harvesting across Antigua and Barbuda. Director of Agriculture Jedidiah Maxime said that apart from the importance of increasing water supply for general agricultural use, adequate water supply is also a big factor for the Agricultural Technology Cooperation Project between China and Antigua and Barbuda which is to fully come on stream shortly. The Agriculture Director said that the Ministry’s recently acquired Long Boom Excavator has already done a substantial amount of work at…

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Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA NAMED BEST CARIBBEAN ISLAND TO VISIT

The Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s success in generating significant growth in visitor arrivals and attracting major new hotel developments, has led to the Caribbean Journal naming Antigua and Barbuda, the best Caribbean Island to visit in 2018. Antigua and Barbuda received the number one spot from the online publication’s list of “The Eighteen Best Islands to Visit in the Caribbean for 2018”. The Caribbean Journal cites Antigua and Barbuda’s famed beaches alongside a truly diverse tourism product offering as some of…

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Sandals Foundation Helps to Rebuild Barbuda School

The Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda is currently undergoing full renovation woks with the generous support of the Sandals Foundation, which had committed to sustained recovery support to the hurricane ravished island. All three schools in Barbuda were damaged by Hurricane Irma last September. As a result, most of the children from the sister-isle were transferred to educational facilities in Antigua. The US$50,000 (EC$135,000) exercise at the Holy Trinity Primary School, is being undertaken in partnership with the school’s principal and teachers, the Barbuda council and the Sandals Foundation.…

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Columns Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Survival of the Fittest:  Change is a given  &  planning is the Devil

– Bold, Visionary Leaders Never Fail to Plan or Plan to Fail   Written by Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles,  yreynoldsteach@gmail.com Overview of the Issues For Winston Churchill, “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”   The Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in a scholarships awards’ address, (23/08/18) stated that “Education moves generations and people forward. So we as (the) Government have to ensure that we’re doing all we can to create that excellence in education.“.  History has demonstrated that the…

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