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As thousands of students across Antigua and Barbuda return to the classroom today, the Ministry of Education says its objective is to have all students return to active and meaningful learning while adopting measures that will mitigate health and safety risks to the school community. Director of Education, Clare Browne said based on in-depth data collection, analysis and deliberation, the...

Xpress 25th November 2020 – Issue 161

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ABSIP to spearhead development projects to improve street vending

Antigua and Barbuda will enter into a project with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Development (DFATD) under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) project to improve street vending operations.  The project is a key recommendation made by the Subcommittee for job creation and economic diversification. It includes creating new enterprises, new markets, and accelerating e-commerce to enhance street...

Access to Cooks Landfill impeded by recently heavy rain

Daryl Spencer, the general manager of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says difficulties are being encountered getting to the Cooks Sanitary Landfill to dispose of bulk and household waste. Spencer said this difficulty is the result of the heavy rain experienced two weeks ago. Once the weather holds, however, he said it will become much easier for trucks to...

Court to rule in Asot, ABLP matter on Wednesday

The High Court will deliver its ruling on Wednesday in a matter brought by Member of Parliament for St. Peter, Asot Michael, against the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP). The ABLP activated its Tribunal, its disciplinary committee, to hear and render a decision regarding several instances in which Michael is accused of violating the party’s Code of Ethics.  If Michael...

Only proven, effective COVID-19 vaccines will be imported

By Shelton Daniel The COVID-19 vaccines that have recently been developed and are showing tremendous promise against the current pandemic are not exactly new, according to a local medical practitioner. Dr. Courtenay Lewis, who appeared on Pointe FM’s Browne and Browne Show on Saturday, explained that coronavirus vaccines have been under development, trial and use for a very long time since...

ERC investor forum planned for Thursday

A major investor forum is taking place on Thursday as the government rolls out its policy plans for the development of three areas in which it hopes nationals will assume lead roles. The hybrid forum will be held virtually in part while participants attending at the Sandals Grande Resort will receive in-person facilitation. The forum is a joint undertaking of the...

More people seeking assistance from PDVCAB’s social support programmes

There has been a slight increase in the number of persons seeking assistance through the PDV Caribe Antigua and Barbuda Limited (PDVCAB) programme, according to Operations Manager Laurie Louard. The programme, which is a subsidiary of the PetroCaribe agreement between Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela, provides a number of benefits to pensioners including a “Utility Subsidy Programme” that contributes $100...

Government considers austerity measures for 2021

The government is seriously considering introducing several austerity measures in the new year as the economy continues to suffer the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Gaston Browne, said the proposed measures have become necessary as the country has seen a sharp decline in revenues since the pandemic brought economic activity to a virtual...

JCI Antigua awards 10 young entrepreneurs in 2020 YEP Awards 

On Saturday evening, ten young Antiguan and Barbudans were awarded JCI Antigua’s Youth Empowerment Program COVID-19 Entrepreneur of the year.  The fourth annual event, due to COVD-19 heath protocols, took a slightly different approach.  The gala took place in a mixed virtual setting with only the awardees and production team at the Office of the Prime Minister while over a thousand...

Immigration Chief projects improvements into 2021

Chief Immigration Officer, Katrina Yearwood, is projecting that her department will establish itself as the leading immigration department in the Caribbean as it continues to grow and improve its services. Speaking at the opening of the department’s new headquarters in the Sealy Building on the Sir George Walter Highway, Yearwood said this is achievable as Antigua and Barbuda is both...




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