6 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g Friday 25th November 2016 NODS calls for more focus on disaster management plans By Joanna Paris Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Philmore Mullin, has issued a clarion call for businesses to develop Disaster Management plans, which cover all of the disasters that can affect the country. While appearing on Against the Backdrop on state media on Thursday, Media is key to democracy By Renio Abbott The China Latin American and Caribbean Media Summit was concluded in Santiago, Chile yesterday. Of the many vital points that were made at the summit, it was underscored that partnership in media is vital and should serve as a bridge between sources to share media work. It should be regarded as essential and of great value to a country. The utilization of media forces in the exchange of ideas for development in cultural diversity, promotion and acceptance should be published and seen on every media forum in all forms and languages. The collaboration of the media and vivid presentation of information is a great way to foster news reporting. Social media serves as a critical forum in the media, it aids as a great help for a country and the views are not only very important, but can also be beneficial to society. It should be in all available languages especially for the global unity to promote “One World; New World; Unification”. Websites should be developed abroad in association with different media houses to help a country’s economy, expand growth and experience, while providing necessary education to tourists. Media in China, Latin America and the Caribbean is about to change and the world will be looking at us from many different angles. Society is served by the media in so many different ways especially now via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MSN and the list goes on. Someone once said Twittering is a form of Journalism but it’s not. Newspapers should not be eliminated because of the threat of mobile technology, but it can be an online newspaper because of the constant recycling, it is also a more economical form of running a paper. Not everyone has the opportunity or luxury of having the internet, therefore there is always be a need for circulation of good old fashion print. Mullin expressed his dissatisfaction with the level of seriousness that disaster management is approached with across the country. He indicated that the discussion needs to be widened and that there need to be individual and collective responsibility in this regard. “We need to make a deliberate and consistent effort to build resilience into our development. As we develop, we need to ensure that we build right. There is a falsehood perpetrated by many that this office is responsible to ensure that everybody is safe. That is an individual responsibility,” he said. He said that the department has plans to engage the public more in efforts to increase awareness about disaster services and management. As the 2016 Hurricane Season comes to an official end on November 30 th , Mullin reflected on the preparedness for the season. He said that the country was not affected by any major storm or hurricane but preparation cannot be over emphasized. He mentioned that moving forward, more focus should be placed on people. “We need to remove the focus to some extent from things and focus more on people. Yes, we need to ensure that shelters are intact and everything else like that but ultimately, we need to ensure that at the end of a disaster, the focus is on people and their ability to survive and sustain themselves after an impact”, Mullin emphasized. Informative, reliable, enriching! Think you have a good news story; did you witness anything that is news-worthy; did you take that valuable picture; things happening in your community but there is no outlet or voice for you? You can earn just by telling your story. Call CaribbeanTimes at (268) 562 8688 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or email@example.com Reach us now with that breaking news!
Friday 25th November 2016 c a r i b b e a n t i m e s . a g 7 Ten strategies for reducing the cost of tertiary education By ABNAB A survey conducted by the Antigua and Barbuda National Accreditation Board (ABNAB) of 52 colleges in April 2016 revealed that the cost of tertiary education can be astronomical. The survey included 7 colleges from Antigua and Barbuda, 5 from the Caribbean region, 8 from the United Kingdom, 5 from Canada, and 27 from the United States (US). The cost of education from the local colleges ranged from $5000 to $ 268,000, the regional colleges from $40,000 to $302,000, the UK colleges from $63,000 to $135,000, and the US colleges from $27,000 to $430,000. EC dollars please? Unbelievable! We are aware of the seemingly irresistible attraction of studying in the UK, Canada and the United States, and therefore we offer 10 tried and tested strategies for reducing your cost of your tertiary education. Get a scholarship: Sources of scholarships in Antigua and Barbuda are: Board of Education (BOE) gives $13,500EC per year to successful applicants per year for normal scholarships and $54,000EC per year is given for an Island Scholar. As of 2015, the BOE had spent 100 million dollars on Scholarships. Prime Minister’s Office also gives $13,500EC per year to successful applicants in scholarship. Antigua Commercial Bank –Louis Lockhart Scholarship gives $60,000 EC for a student beginning final year studies at University of the West Indies. O.A.S Scholarship gives $30,000US per year, per student and the scholarship runs for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. Mill Reef Scholarship gives $ 43,000 EC per student Do an Online Program (at home) at an accredited or recognized university: The boarding and accommodation costs are about $50,000 EC. Do a 2+2 program: For example: It is possible to study for two years at the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) or Antigua State College (ASC) and two years at an American University (of your choice) that is affiliated with ABIIT or ASC – the savings can be as much as $50,000 EC. Work on Campus: Some colleges offer the option of working on Campus. Admittedly, the salaries vary from campus to campus, but all reports indicate that the salaries are noteworthy and the experience invaluable. Do a fast track program with reduced summer breaks: For example: The University of Law in England offers a 3 year Law Program in 2 years. The same content is covered but there are significant savings because summer breaks are reduced. Do a double track program: In some professions like accounting and computer technology which have an academic and professional track, it is possible in some colleges to pursue a professional and academic program concurrently. The savings are considerable. Do an internship: This option provides both experience and need finances. Many universities and colleges in Canada and the Unites States of America offer this option. Work in the USA or Canada for a year or two after graduating: Visa arrangements in both USA and Canada afford this option. Get an affordable student loan from any of the commercial banks in Antigua and Barbuda: For example: Antigua Commercial Bank gives student loans up to $270,000 EC maximum. Repayment begins upon completion of studies. Purchase second hand books and or online books: The savings are considerable. Our survey also indicates that a significant number of persons in Antigua and Barbuda are using the strategy of studying online at reputable colleges and universities, and therefore reducing their costs significantly. For further details on the varied strategies for reducing the cost of tertiary education, please contact ABNAB at 268562-8151/2/3, and save yourself time and money. Advertise with CaribbeanTimes! Call 562-8688 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org