Development Disaster Management Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Says BPM Council “Too embarrassed to come” at Post Disaster Aid Ceremony

As the Antigua and Barbuda China- Aid Post-Disaster Roof Restoration Initiative comes to an end, Prime Minister Gaston Browne reaffirmed his commitment to the continued development and reconstruction of Barbuda. The People’s Republic of China was one of the first diplomatic responders to the disaster Barbuda faced after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The PRC, through their China Aid, contributed US$2 million towards the repairing rooftops of homes damaged by the hurricane. This contribution was in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Office…

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Development Economic Environment 

Government listens to Plans for Legalization of Medical Cannabis

Since the decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Antigua and Barbuda, the Government stated that it has been approached by half dozen local, regional and international interest groups and agencies interested in development of the industry in Antigua and Barbuda. Most recently, an expert group known as Medical Marijuana and Canex, with operations in Jamaica where medical marijuana is legal, addressed the Cabinet. They spoke to the systems required to make the legalization of medical cannabis in Antigua free of many of the pitfalls which that other Caribbean…

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Development Disaster Management Utilities 

Over 3 Million Dollars Spent on APUA in Barbuda

Accountability on the reconstruction of Barbuda post Hurricane Irma continued in Cabinet on Wednesday, July 11th. According to Cabinet notes, the Government is said to have spent in excess of EC$3 million on the reconstruction of APUA’s services in the sister isle. The monies are said to have been spent on the replacement of a number of wires, poles, pipes and other infrastructures used by APUA for the delivery of their services. According to notes from the Cabinet brief, “All of APUA’s supplies, intended for storage in the event of…

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Development 

Construction of Barbuda Runway Continues

On Wednesday, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda met to discuss certain issues pertaining to the development of Antigua and Barbuda. According to Cabinet notes, the construction of the Barbuda runway was discussed and agencies involved with the construction were invited to give Cabinet an update on its progress. According to Cabinet notes, “Officials from the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), the Development Control Authority (DCA) the construction company (BHM) were invited to address the construction of the international runway and apron that is well underway on the southeastern…

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Disaster Management 

Japanese government installs community disaster response storage units and weather stations

A 10 million Japanese yen grant aid project continues to be realized in Antigua and Barbuda with the installation of community disaster response storage units and weather stations in several communities. Two of the storage units, known as BOKOMI stations, were recently erected at the Police Headquarters as part of a training session conducted by Japanese Engineer Masayuki Aoki (o-kee) with District Disaster Coordinators. The District Disaster Coordinators will then be responsible for the construction of another 15 units in their respective districts, including Barbuda. In addition to the storage…

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Gender Affairs 

DoGA launches training for Sexual Assault Response Team

June 23rd , 2017 marked the opening of the first support centre for victims of gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) in the Caribbean. In honour of its one-year anniversary the Antigua and Barbuda Support And Referral Centre (SARC) hosted a two-day Knowledge and Capacity-Building Workshop for members of its Sexual Assault Response Team. The Sexual Assault Response Team, (SART), consists of the healthcare workers, child-care specialists, counsellors, police officers, victims’ advocates, and other frontline workers who ensure that survivors receive holistic care after an incident of gender-based or sexual violence.…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of Venezuela

Prime Minister Gaston Browne held bilateral and diplomatic talks with South American ally the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. The meeting was held as a part of Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry tour of countries across the region. Venezuela Foreign Minister, Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, along with his diplomatic team including Resident Ambassador Carlos Perez, met with PM Browne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. E. P. Chet Greene and other officials in the Office of the Prime Minister. PM Browne used the opportunity to talk on ways Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela could strengthen and…

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Advertising Development 

NCO FINANCIAL SERVICES TO CEASE OPERATIONS AT THE END OF JULY

NCO Financial Services (Antigua) Limited, trading as Alorica on the island, announced on June 29th that it will be closing its doors on July 31, 2018 after being in business for 10 years. Business will be maintained as usual until the last day of operation. Upon much consideration and a comprehensive evaluation, it became increasingly difficult to sustain operations in Antigua given the evolving market trends and strategic needs as well as the high cost of doing business on the island. The final decision of the site closure was not…

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Education Youth 

Princess Margaret Secondary School third former Devon Samuel Cops Coveted Prime Minister Award for Excellence

Deron Samuel, a third form student of the Princess Margaret School (PMS), who is already on the path to academic greatness is the recipient of the Prime Minister Award for Excellence. Deron received the award in recognition of his hard work and dedication to achieving high academic grades while maintaining notable involvement in extracurricular activities such as the school’s steel orchestra and a performer in the PMS’s Serenades. Princess Margaret Secondary School recently held their annual prize giving academic ceremony at the multipurpose center where the historic school awarded students…

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Columns Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no doubt that the Texas family of four had ended what has been described by an empathizing Texas Fire Chief Palmer Buck as ‘…a fantastic vacation’ [Kxan News: June 15, 2018]. There may also be no doubt that either one of…

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