ST. JOHN'S, Antigua and Barbuda, Aug 19, 2014 (AFP) - Chinese investors are to plunge more than US$1 billion into developing Antigua and Barbuda's first mega-resort, creating 1,000 jobs for the tiny cash-strapped nation. Construction on the mammoth 1,600-acre (647-hectare) multi-hotel, residential and commercial project is slated to begin early next year.
The 'Singulari' scheme -- 50 per cent bigger than the regionally-heralded Baha Mar resort under way in the Bahamas -- is being lauded as a major feather in the East Caribbean country's tourism cap. Spanning 900 acres of land in the north of Antigua and 700 acres of tiny islands, it will include several luxury hotels, hundreds of private homes, a school, hospital, marinas, golf courses, an entertainment district, horse racing track and the Caribbean's biggest casino. It is being created on land previously owned by disgraced US financier Allen Stanford, once Antigua's largest employer.
Sam Dyson, of Luxury Locations real estate agency which introduced Beijing-based Yida International Investment Group to the island in May 2013 and negotiated the deal with the land's liquidators, said: "Singulari will provide Antigua & Barbuda with an economic boost and galvanise the destination as a tourism force to be reckoned with."
A Yida spokesman said job fairs would be held within weeks to ensure locals were given first priority for the 200 positions being made available later this year when the land is prepared for development, and the 800 created next year when construction starts. "Over the next 10 years, Yida Group and its global partners will create an additional US$2 billion of gross domestic product and economic value to Antigua, including sales of real estate, creation of new industries and origination of foreign direct investment," he added.
Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne signed a memorandum of agreement with the developers on June 13, one day after taking office following June's general election. Browne declared his intention to transform the country, suffering crippling national debt and unemployment, into an economic powerhouse.
With national debt at almost 90 percent of GDP, the main challenges for the new government will include reviving the 108-square mile (280-square kilometer) country's tourism-dependent economy. Financial woes have been exacerbated by fallout from Texas businessman Stanford's US$7 billion Ponzi scheme. A citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, Stanford was the private sector's biggest employer before his arrest in 2009.
Less than 24 hours after St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed an outbreak of the chikungunya virus, another Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country is reporting its 1st case of the mosquito-borne disease. Antigua and Barbuda health officials on Friday [25 Apr 2014] held a news conference to confirm that an individual in his mid 60s had become the island's 1st case.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Orita Zachariah told reporters that the case had been detected on 22 Apr , and the victim, between the ages of 60 and 65, works in the capital, St John's. The health authorities say they are also awaiting results of 4 other suspected cases from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) [laboratories].
Dr Zachariah said that persons should remain home if they suspect they have the disease, while Chief health Inspector Lionel Michael said the Department of Health would increase vector control in a bid to prevent a spread of the disease. On Thu 24 Apr 2014, the Ministry of Health in St Vincent and the Grenadines declared an outbreak of the virus after 3 cases were confirmed on the northern Grenadine island of Bequia. =================== Communicated by: Roland Hubner Superior Health Council Brussels Belgium <firstname.lastname@example.org> =================== [The 24 Apr 2014 edition of I-Witness News (<http://www.iwnsvg.com/2014/04/24/update-health-minister-declares-outbreak-of-chikungunya-in-st-vincent/>) indicated that cases of chikungunya on Bequia were 1st suspected last week, Mon 14 Apr 2014. Of the 4 samples sent to the Trinidad laboratory, 3 tested positive for chikungunya virus. An additional 14 samples are ready to send to the Trinidad Laboratory. A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map showing the location of Bequia in the Grenadines can be accessed at <http://healthmap.org/promed/p/38717>. - ProMed Mod.TY]
- Antigua and Barbuda. 11 Sep 2011. Antigua and Barbuda have just identified a new [type] of the dengue fever [virus] affecting the population. Before last week all the reported cases of dengue fever in Antigua and Barbuda have been the class 2 [virus type] but new information coming to hand indicated that the type 4 dengue fever [virus] is now on the islands.
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2009 (AFP) - A powerful 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook the mid-Atlantic Ocean Saturday east of the Caribbean, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake struck 1,802 kilometers (1,120 miles) east-northeast of Saint John's, Antigua, at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) at 5:33 pm (2033 GMT), according to a preliminary USGS report. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tsunami scientist, Bill Knight, told AFP the quake was a "sub-threshold event" that did not merit a tsunami warning.
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:10:10 +0200 This is the description of a cyclosporiasis outbreak from Antigua-Guatemala. Seven cases of gastroenteritis by Cyclospora cayetanensis have been diagnosed in two hospitals members of the RICET (Red Invaetigación Centros Enfermedades Tropicales), 6 in the Hospital Carlos III-Madrid and 1 in the Hospital Clínic-Barcelona (Dr. Gascón). Patients, all Spanish, attended to a workshop in Antigua-Guatemala and presented diarrhea. Other symptoms included: fever, vomiting, astenia, anorexia, abdominal pain and weight loss. In others two patients with similar clinical picture the investigation of parasites in stools was negative, but previously they recived self-treatment wiht drugs containing sulphonamides. One other Spanish patient, also with diarrhea, did not made study of stools and received self-treatment with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. At least other seven participants to the work meeting presented similar symtomps: 2 from Venezuela and one from each following countries, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Portugal. Probabily the outbreak was due to raspberry juice consumption. Sincerely, Sabino Puente Hospital Carlos III Sinesio Delgado, 10 Madrid, Spain