Environment 

Wage war against the Giant African Snail to protect food security.

“The Giant African Snails` presence is a ticking time bomb to food security in the Caribbean region.” That’s the view of Dr. Marcus Ramdwar of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), who has expertise in Agricultural Plant Science, Agricultural Philosophy and Agronomy. Dr. Ramdwar, who wrapped a visit to Antigua this week, was in the country as part of a Caribbean tour to investigate the impact of the Giant African Snail in Antigua, Trinidad and the wider Caribbean and to develop strategies to eradicate and control the invasive species.…

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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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Environment 

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution- Statement by Hon. Molwyn Joseph

On behalf of the government of Antigua and Barbuda to all people, residents, visitors, diaspora, friends and lovers of our great nation, I greet you not only as the minister charged with responsibility for Heath, wellness and the environment, but as a fellow citizen of this country, this world concerned with the impact of plastic pollution on quality of life on this planet. The world we live in is awash with plastics; we use plastics for almost everything. Transportation, habitation, communication, identification, clothing, cooking, fishing, farming, industry and the list…

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Environment 

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect groundwater and large catchments, up until the end of the dry season at least,” in those two islands. The report also noted South-eastern Haiti is under long-term drought and that Belize should be monitored as that country faces the possibility…

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Environment 

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt in countries like Montserrat and St. Kitts. The earthquake was strong enough to cause damage to vulnerabzxc0ole structures and NODS is therefore advising that any reports of damage be made to the office.  Persons can call 464-8456. The National Office…

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Environment Weather 

Caribe Wave Tsunami Evacuation Exercise targets day-care centres and pre-schools

The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) will join other disaster offices around the region to take part in the annual Caribe Wave tsunami evacuation exercise on Thursday 15th March 2018. Caribe Wave aims to improve the effectiveness of tsunami warning systems along the Caribbean coasts and ensure readiness to respond to a tsunami. This year, approximately 40 day care centres and pre-schools that fall within the tsunami impact zone will be targeted. NODS will be working with a number of agencies to include the Antigua and Barbuda Police and…

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Climate Change Development Economic Environment Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and UAE to collaborate on Green Barbuda Project

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates   During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.   Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his…

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Environment 

Small Businesses Granted Extension to deplete Personalized Plastic Bags

The Ministry of Health and the Environment is giving department stores, bookshops, and other small businesses that distribute ‘personalized’ plastic bags to their customers additional time to deplete their existing stock. The phasing out period for these ‘personalized’ plastic bags – that is plastic bags that have the name of the store printed on them – has been extended until December 31st, 2018. The decision to extend was reached yesterday Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at a meeting held at the Ministry’s headquarters during which several business owners appealed for more…

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Environment 

Stage Two of Styrofoam Ban in effect

The Ministry of Health and the Environment would like to inform business places and members of the general public that Stage Two of the Styrofoam Ban is in effect. According to the ministry, from January 1st– June 2018, the ban on the importation of utensils –plastic spoons, forks, knives, plastic straws, fruit trays, meat trays, vegetable trays and egg cartons is in full effect. All stage two products imported after January 1st, 2018 will be confiscated. The ministry advised, that there will be a six-month phasing out period to deplete…

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Community Development Environment Health 

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens of boxes to a number of grocery stores, shops, and outlets across the country. On Monday, thirty-five boxes, each containing two hundred reusable bags, were given out to retailers in the St Mary’s North and St Mary’s South Constituencies, including…

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