Month: August 2009

Broadcast Statement by Hon Lester B Bird MP Leader of the Opposition On Sunday, 30th August 2009

My fellow Citizens and Residents of Antigua and Barbuda

I begin this week by drawing attention to the hundreds of people who picketed the UPP regime last Thursday.

This mega picket followed closely the 15,000-people march of two weeks ago.

Together they show that the people of Antigua and Barbuda are utterly fed-up with the failed policies and disastrous practices of the UPP government which, each day, is further impoverishing our people and ruining our economy.

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Dominica establishes diplomatic relations with the Republic of Finland

Roseau, Dominica – August 25, 2009……… In keeping with its stated commitment to expand its diplomatic relationships around the world for the benefit of the people of Dominica, the Government of Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has recently established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Finland. Finland is a member of the European Union with a population of 5.3 million people.

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Prime Minister Skerrit confirms $35 million loan from China to build state-of-the-art Dominica State

Roseau, Dominica – August 25, 2009……… At the 2009 Orientation ceremony of the Dominica State College on Monday, Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit confirmed that the Government of China has agreed to provide a concessionary loan of EC$35 million to Dominica to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art Dominica State College.

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Roseau, Dominica – August 19, 2009………The  legislative and administrative impediments affecting the  smooth implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Dominica  were identified at a Review Meeting held in Roseau recently.

The Review Meeting also featured an overview/status of implementation of the CSME within the Member States of the Caribbean Community as a whole. The presentation was done by
Ms. Wanya Illes of the CSME Unit in Barbados. Dominica’s Director of Trade, Dr. Eisenhower Douglas delivered the opening remarks.

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Ports Minister Hon. Charles Savarin reflects on the contribution of Gordon Moreau

Roseau, Dominica – August 21, 2009………Minister for Public Utilities, Energy and Ports, Hon. Charles Savarin has been speaking about the significant contribution of
Mr. Gordon Moreau to Dominica’s development. Mr. Moreau, a chartered accountant by profession passed away on Thursday. Mr Savarin convened a press briefing on Thursday on learning of the passing of Mr. Moreau.

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Track and Field and the Caribbean Men and Women

Nothing beats success like success.  Now that Antigua and Barbuda has two athletes of world class standing, now that we have Daniel “Bakka” Bailey as the 4th fastest runner in the world, now that we have Brandon Christian as Pan Am Games Champion and a combatant in the semi-finals in the 200 meters in the World Championship in Berlin Germany most Antiguans and Barbudans identify with these two young men; we sing praises and the nations exhales and feels a sense of pride.

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Appointment follows extensive search & thorough selection process

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Aug 17, 2009) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced the appointment of a new Secretary General.  He is Barbadian Hugh Riley who has been the organization’s Interim Secretary General for the past several months. 

In making the announcement the CTO’s Chairman, Hon. John Maginley, who is Minister of Tourism for Antigua & Barbuda, described Mr. Riley as an experienced Caribbean tourism professional with a clear vision of how to move the tourism sector forward.

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Project Designed to Ensure the Smooth Functioning of CSME in Dominica Enters Another Phase With Visi

Roseau, Dominica – August 12, 2009….. A Team from the CSME Unit, the CARICOM Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the OECS Secretariat will be in Dominica on August 13th and 14th as work continues on a project aimed at ensuring the smooth implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in the country.

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Caribbean Nationals In Several Nations Living On Less Than Two US Dollars A Day

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 14, 2009: A significant percentage of Caribbean nationals in five nations in the region are living on less than $US2 per day.

That`s according to a new report put forth by the Population Reference Bureau`s 2009 World Population Data Sheet. The report, which states that 97 percent of global population growth over the next 40 years will occur in the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Africa, found that the five Caribbean nations recorded double digit percentage points of nationals living on less than two US dollars.

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