First Sex Education Day launched, supports controversial UNESCO guidelines for early childhood sex education

On November 20, International Rights of Children Day, Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, will launch the first Sex Education Day to promote early sexual education of children as recommended by experts in the 2009 UNESCO report on early sex education, according to a statement released today by the International Raelian Movement (IRM).

“Rael has repeatedly expressed his support for the unabridged UNESCO report,” said Clemence Linard, Raelian Guide and spokesperson for Sex Education Day. He was disappointed when the original UNESCO report, based on more than 80 scientific studies, was heavily edited and toned down. Unfortunately, there was active lobbying against the unabridged report by organizations like FamilyWatch that have strong ties to Christian churches.”An important tenet of Raelian philosophy stresses the importance of removing guilt associated with sexual pleasure.

“Experts on sexual education also recognize the importance of removing such guilt, and only they should decide what content will contribute best to children’s healthy development at the right age and for the rest of their lives,” Linard said. “Parents’ religious beliefs should no more interfere with the content of sexual education than they do with the content of math education.”

The IRM is planning worldwide actions to promote UNESCO’s 2009 sex education guidelines, according to Linard.

“We’re requesting that the original UNESCO report be re-edited,” she said. “The unabridged version recommended explaining masturbation to children at age 5 to 8, and we want that recommendation and others reinserted.”

“This scientific, accurate [UNESCO 2009] report expresses the exact values taught by the Raelian Movement philosophy,” Rael said in an earlier IRM statement. “These wonderful, scientific recommendations are perfectly in line with the Raelian teachings as shared by the [extraterrestrial] scientists who created us.”


AMSA to host free health screening

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), a student organisation of the American University of Antigua (AUA), and JCI Antigua are collaborating to host a health fair on November 12 at the Multi-Purpose Cultural Centre.

The public was invited to have a free screening of their vital signs. Their blood pressure, BMI, eyes, and glucose levels will be checked in sequence. They will then be able to interact with doctors and get education on their overall health. Continue reading

New Airport Terminal showcased at WTM

Minister John Maginley

Minister of Tourism John Maginley announced the construction of Antigua & Barbuda’s new $45 M international airport terminal on Tuesday at the World Travel Market (WTM).

WTM is the world’s leading travel trade exhibition. Almost 46,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers, and representatives of the international media converge in London annually for the four-day event, which began on Monday. Continue reading

LIAT’s management responds to unions claims


ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, November 08, 2011 – The management of LIAT has rejected a number of claims and allegations made by representatives of the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) and the National Workers Union of Saint Lucia during a recent interview on a radio station in Antigua.

Speaking on behalf of the company’s management, LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Brian Challenger expressed regret at the biased and one-sided nature of the programme which he said exposed listeners to “a diet of inaccuracies, falsehoods, and distortions disguised as gospel truths, with no opportunity for rebuttal, questioning or clarification”. Continue reading

Accident Old Pharam Road

EMT personnel attending to the accident victim

The driver of this jeep literally drove off the road shortly before 10am this morning as he was heading east along Old Pharam Road.
The cause of the accident remains uncertain but police and EMT personnel were on scene attending to the victim. He had to be cautiously removed from the vehicle which was lodged upright in the drain outside Hadeed Motors.
There were no fatalities.

Cultural Preservation Competition Open

The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean announced the opening of the 2012 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). According to a release, the Embassy is now accepting proposals for projects promoting cultural preservation in the Eastern Caribbean. Proposals are due to the US Embassy by December 2. Continue reading

LIAT and Nevis officials agree on joint efforts to promote the destination


ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, November 07, 2011 – A delegation from the Nevis Island Government, headed by Hon. Joseph Parry, Premier, met on Friday with LIAT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Brian Challenger, and other senior LIAT officials to agree on joint efforts for promoting that island destination for the upcoming 2011-2012 winter tourism season. Continue reading

Lovell speaks of Antigua’s OECD new standings

Harold Lovell

“This statement is to inform you that Antigua and Barbuda is currently being reviewed by the Global Forum peer review group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ascertain the quality of the jurisdiction’s legal and regulatory framework for the exchange of information. Continue reading

ALP, PM clash on terminal project financing

The Antigua Labour Party’s influence in the delay of the 2009 negotiations for Chinese funding for the new airport terminal has “unfortunately” skewed by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on Wednesday as he addressed a gathering of over 300 people at the new terminal site in Coolidge. Continue reading