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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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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Disaster Management 

New Headquaters Underway for NODS

Construction work has started on the new headquarters for the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) operated by the National Office of Disaster Services on American Road. The work, estimated at 2.2 million US dollars, is funded by the United States Southern Command, and is expected to take between 6-8 months to be completed. The team, headed by US contractor, Carlos Rivera, from West Construction, arrived in Antigua on December 4 to conduct the preliminary work, which included interviews with sub-contractors. Presently, the foundation is being laid and steel works are…

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Crime & Police Disaster Management 

Two NODS Employees Charged for Stealing over $23k in Hurricane Relief Items

The two men who were taken into custody by police, following investigations into the alleged theft of NODS Hurricane Relief Items, have been chareged. Dion Browne of All Saints was charged on Tuesday with Larceny of a quantity of food and household items, the property of NODS, valued at EC $3,105.20. He was further charged with Receiving of the said items, knowing them to have been stolen. Similarly, police have charged 50yrs old Everton Waldron of Bolans Village with Larceny of a quantity of food and household items, the property…

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Development Disaster Management 

Nurses Hostel is now home to Barbudans

It is official! Barbudans who were relocated to Antigua following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September are now in possession of a new home as the long-defunct Nurses Hostel is now operational after three months of rehabilitative work. The building, now affectionately known as the Barbuda Hotel, was officially commissioned and blessed on Friday during a ceremony at the facility on the compound of the old Holberton hospital. During his seventeen minute address, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne stated that the facility is in immaculate…

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CDB Disaster Management Education Health 

CDB Approves Funding to Improve Disaster Resilience in Health, Education in Antigua & Barbuda

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced funding to improve disaster resilience in Antigua and Barbuda’s health and education sectors. The Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a project that will provide and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for up to 13 rural schools and clinics, which provide shelter and make rescue and medical care possible in the event of a disaster. “We know that renewable energy technologies such as solar PV systems can be valuable not only to everyday operations in health and education but also to communities during…

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CDB Development Disaster Management 

Caribbean Development Bank Approves USD29m to Rehabilitate Infrastructure Damaged by Hurricane Irma in Antigua & Barbuda

The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD29 million (mn) in funding to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, to assist with recovery efforts after the passage of Hurricane Irma in September. The funds will be used to rehabilitate and reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water and sanitation, and agriculture sectors. Hurricane Irma impacted the twin-island nation on September 6, 2017, making landfall in Barbuda as a category five hurricane. In Barbuda, the hurricane destroyed housing, crops, livestock and fishing vessels, and also…

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Disaster Management Entertianment Tourism 

(VIDEO) UB40 Come Back Darling Filmed in Antigua

UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, filmed a new music video for their Greatest Album hit Come Back Darling in a bid to reassure Brits that the region is ready for tourists to ‘come back’ following a concerted recovery effort. Virgin Holidays Managing Director, Joe Thompson, said: “Virgin Holidays works incredibly closely with tourism authorities across the region and want to put the Caribbean back on people’s radar for their 2018 holiday.  The islands are as stunning as ever and the misconception that the whole region has been devastated…

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Disaster Management Regional News 

UNDP Regional Director “Fully Committed” to Recovery in Antigua & Barbuda

In her first Mission to Antigua and Barbuda after Hurricane Irma, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta showed a strong commitment to support recovery efforts in Barbuda. During a two-day mission that finalized yesterday, Ms. Faieta met with Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and discussed immediate and long-term support from UNDP to help “Barbudans get back home” with a home repair initiative. She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to the people and Government of Antigua and Barbuda. A Building Damage Assessment…

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Disaster Disaster Management 

Barbuda “Building Back Better Workshop” targets construction industry professionals

In aid of Barbuda crisis recovery efforts, the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will present a technical workshop on Friday 8th December at Halcyon Cove. The workshop is Entitled “Building Back Better: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma”. This capacity building event invites construction industry professionals to gain knowledge of comprehensive information gathered from the Building Damage Assessment (BDA) undertaken in Barbuda during November with support from numerous partners from the public and private sectors from…

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