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            [post_content] => Tax officials in Antigua have provided tax amnesty to businesses which will allow each to clear all outstanding debts without the inclusion of penalties. Ralph Warner, Commissioner of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) said the programme which began in July will be extended until December.

“Some of the feedback we got especially from the medium and large tax payers was that they needed more time to come up with the funds to take advantage of the initiative. So we decided we will extend it until December 31,” he said.

Mr. Warner noted that approximately sixty (60) businesses capitalized on the initiative thus far and believes that number will grow significantly given the extended deadline.

“It looks as if persons that are owing large amounts will take part in the initiative and we hope they do because this is basically to help the tax payer regularise their status with the department. The feedback I have been getting back is that persons are willing and will be taking part in the initiative once we decided to extend the time frame,” he said on Antigua's Observer Radio.

The Initiative with the name "Fresh Start" is a part of the government's new campaign which seeks to help delinquent tax payers regularize their status. Locals pay 15% sales tax on most items.
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Antigua Provides Tax Amnesty For Businesses

September 13, 2014
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Tax officials in Antigua have provided tax amnesty to businesses which will allow each to clear all outstanding debts without the inclusion of penalties. Ralph Warner, Commissioner...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says that there are has not been any confirmed case of Ebola in the Caribbean. The organization went on the state that while this may be the case now, the region should become too comfortable as the current status may change at any time.

“The overall risk assessment remains low risk for the Caribbean region. Be that as it may this is not a time for complacency because of the consequence of an imported case…will be serious for the health of our residents and for the tourism industry in the Caribbean,” said CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales.

Dr. Hospedales indicated that while the risk level remains low, it is important for Caribbean nations to ensure that several mechanisms are in place to mitigate the potential arrival of it's impact. He cited that the measures can be found in the international health regulations (IAHR) and include appropriate communication messages to be disseminated to the general population, travellers and health workers to ensure that people reduce their risks.

“This is key, we will have other problems beyond Ebola in the future, achieving compliance with the international health regulations is the way to be able to be prepared,” he said. CARPHA revealed it is not able to carry out tests which would determine if someone had contracted the Ebola Virus. However, international arrangements have been made with the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Agency in Canada.
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The Caribbean is "Ebola-Free" says CARPHA

September 12, 2014
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The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says that there are has not been any confirmed case of Ebola in the Caribbean. The organization went on the state that wh...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The World Bank has indicated that Caribbean beaches may soon be a thing of the past due to the constant rising of the sea levels. A report released by the Washington-based financial institution revealed that in some regions of St. Vincent and the Grenadines an estimated 18 - 30 metres of beach front have been last over the last nine years.

“The highly vulnerable coastal strand and adjacent towns are fighting against increased flood risk from rainfall and storm surge,” said the institution in statement at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference held in Samoa. The World Bank noted that the beaches are not the only concern citing that the Caribbean ports are also at risks from rising sea levels.

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“In island states, ports are the economic heart of the country, typically the capital and the island center of commerce,” said the bank, adding that airports are also affected. According to the World Bank, land planning should be incorporated more into social programs in order to enlighten individuals of the potential risks they may face in areas along coastlines.

The implementation of a preventive system to establish an economic recovery and diversification plan following a disaster, as well as increased investment in scientific data collection and flood controls are seen as prudent steps that should be taken by Caribbean Nations in order to minimize the possibility of worse case scenario.

 

 
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September 11, 2014
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