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Barbados: Hotelier warns more Sandals-like tax breaks could lead to mass closures

December 14, 2017 @ 11:06 AM
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(BARBADOS TODAY) – The controversial Hyatt Centric Resort planned for Bay Street, The City, and the Wyndham Grand Resort on the site of Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip may be given tax concessions similar to that received by Sandals, one local hotelier has suggested. However, owner of Sugar Bay Barbados Resort Gordon Seale is warning that if this happens, local hotels will not be able to compete and could be forced to shut down. “We will not be able to compete, if, as rumour has it, Hyatt is given the same things that Sandals was given and Wyndham would [...]

All Ah We Is One: Browne vs Butch

December 12, 2017 @ 6:40 AM
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(CaribFlame) Admittedly, when Gaston Browne was elected as Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, there was no compelling reason for optimism amongst Caribbean progressives.  Inheriting, as he did, the Antigua Labour Party steeped in the Vere-Lester Bird aura, and part of a political generation which has worshipped at the altar neo-liberal dependency since the 1980s, there was very little expectation that Browne would govern Antigua and Barbuda, other than by bending over backwards to accommodate the demands of capital. However, Browne’s decision to make public the kinds of pressures under which he had been placed by Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the [...]

Interview: Wealthy nations have a responsibility to help rebuild storm-hit Barbuda – PM

November 21, 2017 @ 7:08 AM
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UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rich nations responsible for climate change need to help rebuild the Caribbean island of Barbuda where living conditions remain “primitive” more than two months after Hurricane Irma, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Monday. Ahead of a United Nations summit where countries will be invited to pledge donations to Caribbean nations ravaged by storms, Browne said he hoped at least half of the estimated $220 million needed to rebuild Barbuda could be raised. “You have people who are living there notwithstanding the fact that you don’t have basic services. They’re living [...]

Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands

November 17, 2017 @ 12:36 PM
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(The New York Times) BONN, Germany — Fijian singers strumming ukuleles serenade delegates to the United Nations climate talks as they enter the conference hall. A traditional two-hulled sailing craft, or drua, is on display by the entrance to signify that when it comes to rising seas, all nations are in the same boat. But as two weeks of negotiations on bolstering the Paris agreement draw to a close, island leaders say the décor seems a cruel taunt. Fiji, a sunny island nation in the South Pacific, is the official host of the climate discussions here in chilly Bonn. But [...]

‘No reason to fear fourth UWI campus in Antigua’

November 17, 2017 @ 11:47 AM
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Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles says Barbados has nothing to fear, amid a compelling proposal advanced by the Gaston Browne-led administration in Antigua for the establishment of a fourth UWI campus in St John’s. The proposal, which has been received by the UWI Council, is to be the subject of a feasibility analysis over the next four to five months before a final report is submitted in April for approval. However, a state-of-the-art complex has already been identified as the home for the new regional university, which is to be formed out of [...]

Historic change to aid rules allows use of funding when lives are at stake

November 8, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
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Aid money can now be used to deal with humanitarian crises in wealthy countries after changes to the existing international rules were agreed at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday. In a historic move, donor countries will be able to use money earmarked for development to respond to emergencies regardless of the recipient country’s wealth. Under the existing rules, crisis-hit countries are unable to receive official development assistance (ODA) if they are deemed too wealthy on the basis of their gross national income. ritain called for a change to the rules following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, which hit [...]

THE GREAT UPP GIVE-AWAY

November 8, 2017 @ 1:55 AM
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The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party takes note of the statement made available to the public by the UPP (United Progressive Party) on this date, in response to the revelation by the Prime Minister, Honourable Gaston Browne, that the UPP arranged to give away more than $101,000,000 (one hundred and one million dollars) of ABST revenues to a single hotelier. ​When that information was made public by the Prime Minister during a debate and interview on a local radio station, on Tuesday afternoon, November 7, 2017, the UPP Leader subsequently sought to exonerate himself from “the great give-away”. The UPP [...]

Statement by Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, at Small States Forum at the World Bank

October 15, 2017 @ 7:11 AM
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The vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are well-known and include: • Climate Vulnerability • High Debt • Structural vulnerabilities due to small size and limited capital formation • Socio-economic vulnerabilities. In light of these known vulnerabilities, it is unconscionable that developed states, which control the international payment system, increase the vulnerability of small states by creating artificial impediments that undermine their development. In addition to the wrongful and per capita income criterion, which should be abolished, another such artificial impediment is de-risking. De-risking is not only an existential threat but one of the most egregious acts committed against [...]

Antigua-Barbuda PM again vindicated as BBC retracts defamatory reference

September 29, 2017 @ 4:21 PM
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted he has once again been vindicated in a defamation claim he asserted following the publication of an article by Spanish newspaper, El País, which was in turn referred to by the BBC in Britain in a story earlier this month on the Odebrecht bribery scandal. The BBC has now removed its earlier reference to the original El Pais story that reported an unsubstantiated allegation about Browne and added the following correction: Correction 26 September 2017: This article has been amended to remove a reference to Gaston Browne, the [...]

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IS THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION

September 22, 2017 @ 4:28 PM
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September 22, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda has been awarded the ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination’ as released by the World Travel Awards. The destination has now won the award for a third consecutive year in a row. The winners of the World Travel Awards are voted for by tourism professionals around the world, and the award recognizes the commitment and excellence that the organization has shown over the past twelve months. Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get married in. With no residency requirement, the destination hosts a record number of [...]