The Barbuda Council has decided to ease the 14-day mandatory quarantine for people coming from Antigua.
During an interview, Trevor Walker made the announcement saying, “Persons coming from Antigua will only be asked to quarantine if they are showing symptoms of the virus or if they choose voluntarily to self quarantine “.
“The protocol in place is that when the ferry arrives, medical team has a team there that does all the checks ” he added.
The council will reopen its ports in order to facilitate travel between Antigua and Barbuda. On Friday, they announced that the ferry service will operate only on Wednesdays and Fridays.
These decisions were made after the council established a designated isolation unit, upstairs the basketball complex, for people exposed to the virus.
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The King of Barbuda has spoken. Will all the subjects take note of what the King has declared.
Notes From A Native Son of The Rock! “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana! “The Last King Of Scotland” came to power under Elizabeth II with the help of the Tory Government and North Atlantic Powers! At the same time, the First CHOGM ‘71 voted to give Britain full authority to sell arms to Apartheid South Africa!
In this the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015 -2024 it must be noted that the UK is doing the BREXIT Dance! De Bust At Da Bridge concedes: “There is silence in the Graveyard!”
“Nations thrive when they develop “inclusive” political and economic institutions, and they fail when those institutions become “extractive” and concentrate power and opportunity in the hands of only a few.” – Thomas L. Friedman NYT 3/31/2012 an Op-ed written in praise of the Book “Why Nations Fail” co-authored by the M.I.T. economist Daron Acemoglu and the Harvard political scientist James A. Robinson! The Book is a worthy read as folks quarantine from “Covid & Rona!”
The learning opportunities noted by Friedman revolve around Acemoglu and Robinson’s thesis that “inclusive” institutions—meaning ones enforcing property rights, and encouraging growth through technology and skills training and investments—allow countries to thrive. But, nations that choose the “exclusive” route of allowing power and opportunity to be accessed by a privileged few, fail!
Approximately 95% of the Citizens and Residents on Antigua and Barbuda are of African Descent! Resident on Barbuda is some 1650 souls! They have a Representative Member who sits in the Antigua and Barbuda Parliament and two Senators in the Government! The Barbuda Council, the Local Governing Body, has Eleven Members – one for every 150 WoMen and Children, and, has some 500 able bodied working souls on its books!
“The Political Problem Of Mankind is to combine three things: Economic; Efficiency, Social Justice and Individual Liberty.” – John Maynard Keynes! (1/3)
Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “Sustained economic growth requires innovation . . . and innovation cannot be decoupled from creative destruction, which replaces the old with the new in the economic realm and also destabilizes established power relations in politics.” – M.I.T. economist Daron Acemoglu and the Harvard political scientist James A. Robinson, “Why Nations Fail” Would suggest this Book be added to your 2020 “Rona” Downtime reading
That GoAB needs Champions who will do the Right Things and Change Management Agents who will do Things Right is without question! A&B urgently and nimbly must embark on Journey on the Caribbean Highway towards Transformation: Redesigning, Redesigning, Realigning and Restructuring of Government and its Agencies- Statutory Boards and State Owned Enterprises; and, improving and engaging in Organizational Development within the Public Service!
Transformation Efforts are imperatives of a Long Term and all encompassing Vision, Mission, Shared Values and a Strategic Plan as GoAB lurches from “Entrepreneurial Socialism” to “Empowerment Capitalism” to make Antigua and Barbuda (including Redonda) an “Economic Powerhouse “in the Caribbean!
“Covid and Rona” have made clear that Our Human Capital competencies and capacity must be improved! Transformation of Government is a monumental task! From 1634 to Emancipation to Adult Suffrage to Statehood through Independence to date Antigua and Barbuda (including Redonda) has followed the Westminster and Colonial Economic Development Paradigm! Time to catch the offshore winds as the ship of state heads for the majestic ecological formations – The Pillars of Hercules with major reshuffled Ministries geared towards Sustainable National Development and Growth based on a Blue and Green economy to realize, positive environmental, financial and social outcomes and to rise up and walk from “Rona’s” ICU bed and “Encirclement Ring” of wanton fear, calamities, and intubation of the Tourism, Hospitality and Yachting sectors of the Extractive Economy!
Yes Sir, Mr. Prime Minister, Boldly retain as Is: Ministry of FinCA, MoEST, MoFAIT, MoPUCAT and MoIBTIT; MoH less Environment, MoJLAPS less Labour, MoSCNF less Trade, Commerce and Industry; Add to create a Ministry of Labour, Human Resource Development, Children and Families and Social Transformation; and, create a new Ministry of the Environment, Economic Development and Tourism responsible for the Environment, Economic Development, Tourism, Barbuda Affairs, Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, Commerce and Industry, Energy, and, Works and Housing!
Send the newly re-minted minister back to the House to be the Deputy Speaker as a learning opportunity and teachable moment under the Legal Luminary! The efficient and effective management of the Parliament is not only of import to Government but more so to The Governed! That’s a Lesson the MP should have learned when he was excluded from Cabinet! All else is “sinking sand with no hope of the edifice being able to withstand either hurricanes or earthquakes which is part of A&B’s lot!” There must be Succession Planning for such an important role!
“A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later a people gets the government it deserves.” ― Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth!
Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “We must dare to invent the future. … In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.” – Thomas Sankara!
Just a gentle reminder for those traveling this section of the Caribbean Highway’s Bridge supported on Volcanic and Limestone piers, Antigua and Barbuda (including Redonda)! Three ministries will be eliminated sending a new message of frugality, tightening the belts and efficiency to all and advising that the Environment after Centuries of neglect will hold a prominent place in National Development and Growth!
Barbuda Affairs, given that the Lower House will always have an MP, who, if in opposition should be invited, and or, if in the ruling administration, the Rep may be made a Junior Minister or Parliamentary Secretary! “Our problem is not lack of thinking, lack of technical and analytical work, or even lack of formal decisions. Our problem is, and has always been, lack of implementation due to obsession with the trappings of insular sovereignty. // At the root of Caricom’s (hence the OECS) “implementation deficit” problem is the impossibility of reconciling insular sovereignty, as a legal construct with effective regional action, as an operational necessity.” – Norman Girvan!
De Vendors at The Amofah Market at the Bridge say: Pay Attention! The archipelagic baseline system of Antigua and Barbuda meets a water-to-land area ratio: Total Area = 3,625 square kilometers Water Area = 3,182.4 square kilometers Land Area = 442.6 square kilometers5 Water-to-land area ratio = 7.19:1. This does not include the 200 Nautical Miles to the Continental Shelf in the Atlantic!
“Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” – John Kenneth Galbraith! Transform the Army into a well developed Coast Guard Defensive Institution with bases and stations on Antigua and Barbuda! The Central Government will be achieving in one fell swoop, the security and governance of the twin island state, not only of the 12 mile Coastal Waters but also of the 200 mile Economic Zone in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea!
Bell The Cat Now! “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel, Former Mayor of Chicago and Chief of Staff to President Obama!
What King???? The Jackas of the village has just brayed.
Can this man implement tax with comunication with the Govt and go to parliment???
Trevor Walker is the god of Barbuda. He has them under control like Jim Jones. Some are seeing the light, so alas there is hope. They are realizing how much he has done to help develop Barbuda, particularly between 2004-2014 when the administration the BPM is aligned to was in power. He truly cares for them.
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