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History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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Community Development Disaster Management 

Child-friendly Space Created in Barbuda Shelter

As part of the Post-Irma response and recovery, the Hon. Minister, Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, Samantha N. Marshall, commissioned the establishment of a child-friendly space within the shelter through the Directorate of Gender Affairs, Antigua Barbuda. The mural was painted by young Barbudans, art students from the Christ the King High School and local artist, Rhonda Williams. Through collaboration with the Ministry of Social Transformation, UNICEF and other agencies, children within the shelter enjoy a playroom for therapy in addition to continued access to trauma-related psychosocial support services.

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Community Development 

JUMBY BAY Homeowners donate to Clarevue Hospital

The tradition continues for the Jumby Bay Home Owners Association as the group made another timely donation to the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital via the Jumby Bay Fund on Monday. The donation, which is valued at over forty thousand EC was handed over by Mark Reid, one of the homeowners on the resort island and among the supplies were four fully loaded hospital beds, sheet sets, laptop computers, six chairs, eight plastic storage containers, TV and DVD Combo, twelve privacy screen dividers, two standing fans, and an assorted colors of sharpie…

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Community Disaster Management 

Two hundred roofs repaired on Barbuda

Two hundred homes on the sister-isle Barbuda with damage ranging from levels 1 to 3 have had their roofs repaired so far. That’s according to Operations Officer for the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Major Alando Michael. Major Michael notes that presently there are ten contractors on the ground and it is anticipated that another 40 homes will be completed in the next two weeks. According to Major Michael, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) received building materials on Friday with more expected over the coming week. So far,…

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Community Culture Development Politics Religion 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Issues an Apology to the Rastafarian Community

Dear Members of the Rastafarian Community Long you suffered; long you endured. Your rejection of being made a slave to the British culture and your refusal to surrender your African heritage made you a threat to the colonial establishment. Rastafari, dreadlocks, ganja, Babylon and Zion made you outcasts and unacceptable. Not because you did wrong, but because you stood up for what you thought was your right. You would not be forced to abandon Africa that lived within you. You would not absorb the customs of those who tore you…

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Community 

Kyle Christian Wins Wadadli Pen 2018

Kyle Christian, 28, author of ‘Creak’, is the winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Winner Take All Historical Fiction/Poetry 2018 Challenge. He’s pocketed almost EC$3000 – thanks to contributions from Art. Culture. Antigua, Carol Mitchell, Frank B. Armstrong, International Women’s Club of Antigua-Barbuda, Juneth Webson, Pam Arthurton, and one other donor who prefers not to be named. His takeaways, during the April 21st award ceremony at the Best of Books, also included gifts and gift certificates contributed by Barbara Arrindell, Brenda Lee Browne, Cedric Holder for the Cushion Club,…

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Community 

Partial Road Closure Continues Today

Beginning today, Monday 12th March, 2018 a different section of Friars Hill Road will be closed each day: 250ft or 76.2m from West Indies Oil Pond leading southwards along Friars Hill Road on the eastern side of the road will be affect by utility works for the instillation of water lines. Each day a new section measuring (250ft or 76.2m) of phase two (from West Indies Oil Pond to the Public Cemetery) will be closed. Road users are urged to exercise extreme caution. The times for closure are as follows;…

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Community Development 

International Woman Day Statement by The Honourable Samantha Marshall

The world economic forum 2017 global gender gap report reveals that gender parity is over 200 years away. Although International Women’s day is a time to celebrate the extraordinary women who have made significant contributions to their communities, it is also an opportunity to reflect on progress made towards achieving gender equality and parity, and to agitate for change in the areas that have become stagnant. We must press for progress, especially as it relates to goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals: to achieve gender equality and empower all…

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Community 

MAKING MORTGAGES EASY THE CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN WAY

Making it simple by educating customers on the mortgage process is the innovative approach being taken by CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank. In celebration of Mortgage Month, the bank hosted a Mortgage Seminar for 40 clients and potential customers on 27 February at its High Street branch. Clients were exposed to the step–by-step application process for obtaining a mortgage. Presenters included Jacqueline Burton, Manager Mortgage and Loans Centre who spoke of the mortgage requirements and introduced the Banks’s Loans Team, Telly Cornelius, General Manager of the National Housing & Urban Development Unit,…

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Community 

DIGICEL TO CELEBRATE CUSTOMERS BY REWARDING THEM WITH $100,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES

A fresh and exciting campaign has been launched by Digicel, offering customers the opportunity to share $100,000 in cash and prizes. The total communications and entertainment provider has made it very simple for customers to access the promotion, just by simply topping up $20 or more, activating a data plan, paying a Postpaid bill or signing up to a new Postpaid account, they can have the chance to share in the $1000 daily prize and the entry into the draw for the grand prize.    “We have started and will continue to listen to…

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