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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Education 

World class tech Hackathon coming to Antigua & Barbuda

The UNOPS Innovation Centre in Antigua & Barbuda, in conjunction with Ocean Generation, is hosting an innovative ‘hackathon’ to develop solutions to support communities affected by recent storms in the Caribbean. Climate change means that tropical storms and hurricanes are predicted to become more intense, so we’re hacking to help. The hackathon — or ‘codefest’ — is an event that will bring together world class computer programmers and developers, including those from the local Caribbean tech community, to develop solutions to problems. With natural disasters predicted to increase in intensity,…

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Education 

Free Cutting Edge Tech Workshops for Teenagers

Press release More and more jobs require complex technical skills, and tech industries around the world are becoming some of the largest employers. The Ocean Generation Foundation and UNOPS, in conjunction with iLabGlobal, are pleased to announce a free opportunity to help your children kick-start their tech education. We are running two free workshops for teenagers interested in developing their computing skills to help ‘tech-proof’ their future careers. The workshops will provide an introduction to coding, using cutting edge microprocessors and the basics of robotics, all essential skills in the modern workforce. Matthew…

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Education Regional News 

UWI Marks 70 Years or Service and Leadership

For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region. Since its inception in 1948, The UWI has been a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of our people. In 2018, The UWI celebrates its evolution from a university college in Jamaica with 33 medical students to an internationally respected regional university with near 50,000 students. With four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago,…

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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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Education Gender Affairs 

20 Sew scholarships for Antiguans and Barbudans

Students from across the island of Antigua and Barbuda stand to benefit from 20 full scholarships which the Government of Romania will make available for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. A two member delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, headed by Ambassador at Large Her Excellency Daniela Gitman, visited the island on Thursday to promote Romania’s candidacy to the United Nation’s Security Council for the 2020-2021 mandate, and met with Prime Minister of Gaston Browne. In addressing Prime Minister Browne, Her Excellency disclosed that the government of Romania…

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Community Culture Education 

Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Dolphin, the Arctic Seal, Returns to Antigua & Barbuda in an Inspiring Children’s Book

Author,  editor, and writing coach Joanne C. Hillhouse releases her latest children’s book, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure. Beautifully illustrated by Trinidadian artist Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Lost! is inspired by the story of an Arctic seal which found itself in the Caribbean seas a few years ago. The book pulls children into a fun adventure about kindness and friendship that will leave them with a greater appreciation of our marine environment. Lost! includes a fun maze which gives children a chance to help the lost seal find his way home. Kirkus…

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Columns Education Letter to the Editor 

Scholarship Recipient Cites Communication Breakdown, Late Remittance in Desperate Cry for Support

In an anonymous letter penned to Antigua Chronicle, a beneficiary of a government scholarship has alleged total disregard and a serious breakdown in communication from Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Committee Maurice Merchant and students like herself. The letter, emailed on November 10, 2017, cites its author as a student still based overseas and still very much reliant on the scholarship support. It reads, “I am writing this letter to publicly express my grievances as well as my disappointment in how the scholarship department of Antigua, more specifically Mr….

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Education Regional News 

Renaming of The UWI St Augustine Campus’ Milner Hall

(The UWI Regional Headquarters Jamaica) On October 30, 2017, The Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) of The University of the West Indies (The UWI)—a body comprising all stakeholders, from governments to graduates—accepted a unanimous recommendation from the University’s Senior Executive Management, that its Milner Hall of Residence at the St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago, after 90 years of existence, should receive a name change, in accordance with the recommendations of the report by Pro Vice-Chancellor, Alan Cobley on this matter. While recognising that the gravity of the matter…

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