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Zimbabwe begins process to re-join Commonwealth

Zimbabwe has applied to re-join the Commonwealth. The proposal came in a letter dated 15 May to Secretary-General Patricia Scotland from Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The Secretary-General was delighted to receive the letter.  “I whole-heartedly echo the sentiments of Heads of Government who have said twice, in 2009 and subsequently in 2011, that they very much look forward to Zimbabwe’s return when the conditions are right. Zimbabwe’s eventual return to the Commonwealth, following a successful membership application, would be a momentous occasion, given our shared rich history,” she said. Zimbabwe…

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PM Browne sends Message of Condolence to Cuban President following fatal plane crash

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has sent a message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel following a plane crash in Santiago de las Vegas on Friday last, minutes after takeoff, killing over 100 passengers. In his letter to President Diaz-Canel, Prime Minister Browne said that the loss of life, especially under circumstances like this, is always painful.  “At this time I wish to express my sincerest condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of Cuba for…

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History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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LIAT COMMENCES SERVICE TO US VIRGIN ISLANDS IN JULY

LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will commence service to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from July 2nd, 2018. This official announcement came at a press conference held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in St. Thomas on Monday 12th 2018. LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shavar Maloney reiterated LIAT’s commitment to the region and to maintaining connectivity. He thanked the Lieutenant Governor and other authorities in the United States Virgin Islands for their cooperation in this partnership to ensure this service is available to the territory. LIAT will commence operations from July…

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As Venezuelans flee throughout Latin America, UNHCR issues new Protection Guidance

In light of the continuing outflow of Venezuelans to neighbouring countries and beyond, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has released new guidance for governments to address the situation of persons in need of international protection and humanitarian assistance. As a result of the complex political and socio-economic developments in Venezuela, a country that has traditionally been host to thousands of refugees, the number of people compelled to leave their homes continues to increase. The movements are taking place for a variety of reasons, including insecurity and violence, lack of food,…

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Columns Regional News 

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

By Sir Ronald Sanders A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.   Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions…

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The Dutch Are Taking Over The Government of St Eustatius

The day-to-day running of the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory of St Eustatius is being taken over by The Netherlands government, after a committee that investigated the state of the island pointed to corruption and “a gross neglect of duties” there. As a result of the decision, the island’s governing body – the island council – will be dissolved and the deputies and acting lieutenant governor relieved of their duties. In their place, a government commissioner will be appointed to be in charge of the administration of St Eustatius until the…

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YUGGE FARREL – TRAIL TO INJUSTICE

It has often been said that there are ‘…more crazy people out in the wider society, than there are patients under psychiatric confinement. Yet evidence has shown that many people not psychiatrically certified or institutionalized, appeared to have done or said more crazy things than people who had completely lost their sanity. This may not necessarily be said of social commentator Edwin Ayoung, more popularly called ‘…Crazy.’ Seen as losing control of his mental faculties, in predictive mood, he sang that ‘…In time to come, America would have a black…

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Foreign Affairs Regional News 

Dominican Republic to open embassy in Antigua and Barbuda

The Government of the Dominican Republic has announced that it will be opening an embassy in Antigua and Barbuda in 2018.   This was revealed during bilateral discussions held between the Honourable H. Charles Fernandez and his colleague the Honourable Miguel Vargas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, within the margins of the 2nd Meeting of Ministers Foreign Affairs of the CELAC-China Forum in Chile.   According to Minister Fernandez, the discussions held with Minister Vargas were extremely productive, as his government seeks to build stronger alliances with our…

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Antigua Butler Trio Take Signature Customer Service to Bahamas

There is an important lesson that tells us, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Sandals Resorts International through its in-depth and extensive training programmes has been ‘teaching its team members to fish’ for years now, and three young Antiguan butlers are about to use their exclusive training when they travel to help support the Sandals Royal Bahamian Luxury Resort in Nassau. Kevin Christopher, Sheldon Gomes and Daren Joseph are employed as Butlers…

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