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Antigua’s Carnival 2018 set to launch this weekend

“Revel in Greatness”, the theme for this year’s Carnival celebration will be unveiled by the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) at the Official Launch of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, this weekend. Commencing promptly at 2:00 PM on Saturday 21st, the city will come alive with the sweet sounds of steel pan music at various hot spots around St. John’s. Meanwhile, on Independence Avenue, where the Official Launch will take place, patrons can expect a host of free activities for the family, especially the children, including, bounce castles and…

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Politics 

ASOT MICHAEL TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CONVICTED CRIMINALS FOR DEFAMATION

Asot Michael, the Minister of Investment and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, has announced that he is taking legal action against two convicted criminals for defamation committed against him on their individual and collective blog sites on the Internet.           Mr. Michael says, “I have instructed my lawyers in the United States of America to take legal action against Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Fries ner​  for knowingly and maliciously bringing my standing in the international community into disrepute and injuring my capacity to conduct transactions through the global financial system.”           The…

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Crime & Police 

BREAKING NEWS: STRANGLED BODY FOUND ON Bishopgate STREET

For the second time in one week, a dead body has been discovered in the St. John’s vicinity. This time, on Bishopgate Street. According to reports, the body was discovered early this morning with the limbs bounded. Reports further claim that the body appeared to be strangled. This discovery was made three days after the body of Carlton Charles of North Street was found with his hands and legs bound and tied behind his back. The police are seeking any information relating to these crimes.

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Environment 

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect groundwater and large catchments, up until the end of the dry season at least,” in those two islands. The report also noted South-eastern Haiti is under long-term drought and that Belize should be monitored as that country faces the possibility…

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Commonwealth Politics 

PM Browne discusses Barbuda rebuilding and Caribbean Nationals in the UK with UK Secretary of State

Prime Minster the Honourable Gaston Browne, on Monday, met with the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Honourable Penny Mourdaunt, in a bilateral meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. In the bilateral, the Prime Minister thanked the United Kingdom for the £3 million that have been pledged to the rebuilding effort in Barbuda. He further updated the International Development Secretary on the progress being made in the reconstruction work on the island, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The Prime Minister expressed that…

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Politics 

Prime Minister Theresa May meets Caribbean leaders

Prime Minster Theresa May met representatives from twelve Caribbean Commonwealth States on 17 April.  Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. During the meeting, Prime Minister May apologised for any anxiety caused, and explained how much the UK valued the contribution made by members of the Windrush Generation.  She said, “Those who arrived from the Caribbean before 1973 and lived here permanently without significant periods…

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Politics 

Hon. Maria Browne speaks at Commonwealth Women’s Forum

The Honourable Maria Browne, newly elected minister in the Gaston Browne administration, distinguished herself among a panel of esteemed women in politics in her first official conference as an elected Member of Parliament. Mrs. Browne was invited to speak at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum – an event organised by the Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentarians (CWP) group, that focuses on the inclusion of women in politics in the Commonwealth. The distinguished panel comprised of female parliamentarians from Sierra Leone, Canada, South Africa and Zambia and was chaired by Helen Clark, the former…

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Environment 

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt in countries like Montserrat and St. Kitts. The earthquake was strong enough to cause damage to vulnerabzxc0ole structures and NODS is therefore advising that any reports of damage be made to the office.  Persons can call 464-8456. The National Office…

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Politics 

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks on the governments of St Kitts-Nevis and Dominica. In their latest posting, the two convicted fraudsters claim that Fernandez received US$15 million from a Chinese businessman and that the money “was never properly accounted for”.  They allege that the money…

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