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ECCB Distributes EC$1M Grants to two Member Countries Impacted by Hurricane Irma

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is standing firmly with its member countries that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Bank has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million each to the Governments of Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda to support relief and early recovery. A delegation from the ECCB visited Anguilla on September 13 in solidarity and support. The delegation, which included the ECCB Monetary Council Member for St Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr Timothy Harris and Governor Timothy N. J. Antoine, met with Chief Minister…

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Politics 

Tourism Minister Congratulates Prime Ministers Browne and Skerrit on UNGA Presentations

Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy Minister the Honourable Asot A. Michael has commended Dominica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Rosevelt Skerrit and Prime Minister Gaston Browne for their direct and incisive statements at the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York. “It is my hope that Prime Minister Skerrit’s call for the world to recognize that climate change is real and outlining that the time is now for the world to take action to protect small island states like Dominica and Antigua resonated with the entire world.  We are very…

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Politics Regional News 

Maria Bird-Browne joins regional First Ladies to address Women and children’s issues

Antigua and Barbuda’s First Lady, Mrs. Maria Bird Browne has pledged to work with Caribbean First Ladies to address major issues affecting women, adolescents and children in the region. Mrs. Maria Bird Browne, wife of Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne recently attended the launch of the Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) in Belize, designed to tackle issues relating to the well-being and health of women, children and adolescents in the Caribbean. “SCLAN has identified four pillars for action to include the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, raising HPV…

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Politics 

National Statement of Antigua and Barbuda at the United Nations – Hon. Gaston A. Browne

National Statement by the Honourable Gaston A. Browne Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda at the 72nd  United Nations General Assembly Thursday, 21st September 2017 Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen. On September 6th, my small, two-island State, Antigua and Barbuda, was the victim of the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, the largest storm ever endured in the Atlantic in human history. The island of Barbuda was decimated; its entire population left homeless; and its buildings reduced to empty shells. Fortunately, Antigua and Barbuda was spared the full blast…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

PM Browne to Focus World’s Attention on Climate Change and its Effects on the Caribbean in UN Presentation

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will focus the world’s attention on Climate Change and its effects on the Caribbean when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. The country’s leader, before departing Antigua on Wednesday, said that his primary objective is to speak about the devastation of Barbuda and to rally the support of the international community for the island. “I will also be speaking to the issue of Climate Change.  Climate Change is real. We recognize that in some quarters they are arguing against the issue…

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Business Economic Politics 

Antigua & Barbuda, United Arab Emirates Sign Green Barbuda Energy Project

The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement aimed at enabling Barbuda’s transition to green energy. The agreement, was signed today by the Honorable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy. The project will see the installation of a modern 800kw hybrid solar photovoltaic battery system. Energy from the plant will be fed into the grid and will interface with other renewable and conventional power facilities providing electricity in Barbuda. In signing the agreement, Minister Michael commended the continuing interest…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

AMBASSADOR SANDERS MEETS EMERGENCY AGENCIES AND MAJOR COUNTRIES ABOUT BARBUDA

Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, this morning met the Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee and representatives of major countries to discuss the impact on Barbuda of Hurricane Irma. The meetings took place in Washington DC at the headquarters of the OAS. The Ambassador made emotive presentations to the representatives of both groups who were visibly moved by a video presentation of the destruction of Barbuda and the evacuation of all its residents to Antigua. The Emergency Aid Committee…

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Disaster Management Politics Tourism 

Barbuda Tragedy Takes Political Turn with Tourism Minister Blasting Opposition MPs

Minister of Parliament for the constituency of St. Peter in Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Asot Michael on Monday blasted the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) for “deeply wounding the interest of the residents of Barbuda by ignoring the Constitution and illegally passing the Barbuda Land Act of 2007”. During his contribution to the special sitting of Parliament held to ratify the state of emergency on the Sister Isle of Barbuda, the Hon. Minister highlighted the fact that “the Barbuda Land Act of 2007 is completely deceitful and dishonest because…

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Politics 

Democratic ObserverEncouraged, Welcomed in Electoral Process, Says Free and Fair Elections League

In a letter to the Free and Fair Election League Inc., the Supervisor of Elections acknowledged receipt of the League’s Report on the Local Government Elections in Barbuda and stated that the presence of the domestic observers is encouraged in the democratic process. The Supervisor expressed gratitude to Bishop Rolston Jeffrey and George Rick James, of the Free and Fair Election League, for their role in observing and monitoring the local Election of March 2017. In its report on the Barbuda Local Government Elections, the League’s Observer Team concluded that…

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Politics 

UPP Rejects Astaphan Cabinet Advisory

PRESS RELEASE: The UPP dismisses the ABLP’s latest move in avoiding a full public inquiry as blatant obfuscation. It is also, for numerous reasons, no less ludicrous than the previous recommendation that the ONDCP determine if a Public Inquiry is warranted. The fact is: the ONDCP itself also has questions to answer as to its handling of requests for cooperation from the Brazilian government. Attorney Anthony Astaphan has acted – and currently serves – as Gaston Browne’s personal lawyer in multiple matters and has even campaigned on behalf of the ABLP. He thus has a severe…

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