Community Development Foreign Affairs Politics Regional News 

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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Development 

UK Pleased with Road Works Progress

On Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne met with the Head of Office for the United Kingdom Department for International Development, Mrs. Colleen Wainwright to speak on a number of issues-the Road Rehabilitation Programme being key among them. Recently, the government of the United Kingdom through the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund, UKCIF, provided financial assistance of 13.9 Million pounds for the development of vital infrastructure.  The road works programme has already started in Antigua with the rehabilitation of both the Friars Hill Road and the Sir George Walter Highway. In…

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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 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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Development 

Antigua and Barbuda Ranks Number One in OECS for First Class Citizenship

Antigua & Barbuda is continuing to prove its first class citizenship, according to the recently published 2017 Henley & Partners Quality of Nationality Index (QNI). Antigua & Barbuda positioned itself as number one in the OECS Citizen by Investment (CIP) territories, securing the 56 positions in the world for its Quality of Citizenship. Prof. Dr. Dimitry Kochenov, a leading constitutional and citizenship law professor and co-creator of the Index, says the key premise of the QNI is that it is possible to compare the relative worth of nationalities as opposed…

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Development Youth 

Antigua Represented at the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum in London

The recently-held Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London was not only inundated with high level meetings and bilateral meetings, but also saw proactive and engaging Youth-Focused meetings and concrete action plans. Antigua’s Youth presence was felt during the Commonwealth HOG when President of the National Youth Council of Antigua and Barbuda, Ms. Russhell Ellis, and member of the National Youth Council, Mr. Vere Aaron, travelled to London from 15th – 18th April, 2018, to attend the prestigious 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum. They went with the aim of ensuring that the concerns…

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Development Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda Seeks Technical Assistance From India

Antigua and Barbuda is seeking technical assistance from India noting that over the years the Indian Government has been helpful to this Caribbean state particularly in the areas of health and the management of public finance. The request was made Tuesday by Investment and Trade Minister, Hon. Asot Michael, during a courtesy call with a visiting delegation from India led by that country’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, C.R Chaudhary. Minister Michael noted that many years ago, Antigua and Barbuda requested assistance from India to…

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Development Economic 

Government Mulls Ways To Revitalize Lee Wind Paints

Several paints manufacturers which already have footprints in the Caribbean, have expressed interest in investing in the locally-owned Lee Wind Paints (1974) Ltd., where the government is the largest shareholder. The disclosure comes from Investment and Trade Minister, Hon. Asot Michael, during a meeting with the Board of Directors and the staff held at the company’s Coolidge Industrial Park facilities Friday morning. Michael convened the meeting as part of his meet and greet across the Ministry and agencies under his portfolio to hear from the staff their concerns about the…

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Development 

Section of Friars Hill Road to be closed on Sunday 8th April

Press release: This serves as notice to allow for the safety of road users during construction works associated with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project which is a grant being provided by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The project is now at phase two (2) – From West Indies Oil Pond to the Public Cemetery. Saturday: From 7:00am until ON SUNDAY 8th April, 2018:  A section of Friars Hill Road will be closed.  DURATION: ONE (1) DAY DIVERSION(S): Mahogany Drive (opposite the public…

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