Disaster Management 

Barbudans Recieve Two Containers of Household Donations

The High Commission Office in London, through High Commissioner Karen Mae-Hill, has facilitated the donation of two containers of supplies to the recovery process in Antigua and Barbuda. The containers of household items, to include mattresses and bedding, table ware, kitchen and bathroom accessories among others, were handed over on Tuesday to the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS). The items were sourced from Shop Direct in London, who was among the first to respond to a letter of appeal sent by High Commissioner Hill. According to the High Commissioner’s…

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Crime & Police 

Breaking News: Teen Stabbed Eight Times by Classmate

According to reports, a serious altercation between two teenage boys which took place during the morning classes at the Ottos Comprehensive School, has left one student nursing 8 stab wounds about his body. The fight is said to have taken place in a second form classroom around 9am in the presence of students and teachers. Teachers intervened and tried to separate and defuse the situation. It is being reported that at that time, the stabbed student received minor injuries. However after what appeared to be a settled situation when separated,…

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Crime & Police Regional News 

Kittitian Cricketer Nabbed with Drugs at the V.C Bird International Airport

Twenty-three year old Akeem Monsell Saunders is currently in Police custody assisting the Police in their investigations, after he was caught with a quantity of Cannabis at the airport. He arrived in Antigua on Monday aboard a Caribbean Airline Flight #459, intransit to St. Kitts on Liat Flight #521. Narcotics and Customs K9 officers were on duty at the airport and carried out a search on his suitcase and found 13 grams of cannabis hidden inside his shoe. The drugs were seized and he was arrested and taken into custody….

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Development Economic Labour Politics 

PM Gaston Browne Presses for Work for Locals as he Holds High level talks with Chinese Officials

On the heels of the 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Max Hernandez, held high level discussions with Chinese Diplomatic officials and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).   Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Wang Xianmin from the onset of discussions signaled the importance of what the session signifies. According to the ambassador, “this is a big day for our two nations, here and it is our hope that our flagship project will benefit everyone…

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Culture Development Education Regional News 

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed.

The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected. Any nation without a nominal notion of its own making can never comprehend the forces that fashion it origins. Haiti’s Caribbean vision illuminated America’s way out of its colonial darkness. This is the debt President Trump’s America owes Toussaint L’Ouverture’s…

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Education Technology 

Antigua Government to Host World’s Most Famous Hacker at Cybersecurity Conference

Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker, a bestselling author and top cybersecurity speaker, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural CityNext Antigua conference. The three-day event is being hosted by Hon. Melford Nicholas, Minister for Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Information Technology, and takes place from 17 to 19 January at Sandals Antigua. CityNext Antigua is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) conference which will bring together decision makers, thinkers and achievers from various segments of the global, regional and local ICT industries to discuss, analyse and put forward…

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PM Browne Writes Canadian Prime Minister on Matter of Visa Access and CIP

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Honourable Gaston Browne has written to Canadian Prime Minister the Hon. Justin Trudeau concerning a response he gave during a town hall meeting recently on Canada ending visa-free access for holders of Antigua and Barbuda passports.  In his response to a question, Prime Minister Trudeau said the reason for imposing visa requirements on Antigua and Barbuda is that the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) did not have the level of stringency and analysis to satisfy Canada’s high standards for border control and security….

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Prime Minister Encourages Antiguans and Barbudans to Support One Nation Concert

After a huge success at the first staging of the One Nation Concert, brainchild of Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, thousands are looking forward to the second staging tomorrow, Saturday 13th January 2018. Last year, over 10,000 persons packed the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) to witness the first of its kind, which cost the attendees nothing. After the concert, many Antiguans and Barbudans expressed appreciation for the well-attended concert, noting their delight for an evening of world class entertainment with a family friendly environment.  Thousands are expected once again at this…

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Disaster Management 

Canadian Government Providing EC One Hundred Thousand Dollars to Barbuda Relief

The Canadian government is providing 100 thousand EC dollars towards the Barbuda relief following Hurricane Irma and is looking to further support the reconstruction programme on the sister-isle. High Commissioner of Canada to Antigua and Barbuda Her Excellency Marie Legault made the announcement Thursday during a signing ceremony with NODS Director Philmore Mullin at the office on American Road. High Commissioner Legault said the funds were earmarked for meeting the needs of Barbudan evacuees. In addition, Canada will contribute 200 thousand EC dollars for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Barbuda…

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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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