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Community Culture Development Politics Religion 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Issues an Apology to the Rastafarian Community

Dear Members of the Rastafarian Community Long you suffered; long you endured. Your rejection of being made a slave to the British culture and your refusal to surrender your African heritage made you a threat to the colonial establishment. Rastafari, dreadlocks, ganja, Babylon and Zion made you outcasts and unacceptable. Not because you did wrong, but because you stood up for what you thought was your right. You would not be forced to abandon Africa that lived within you. You would not absorb the customs of those who tore you…

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Community Religion 

Antigua & Barbuda Gospel Artist Unite for Relief Song

Gospel Artistes in Antigua and Barbuda have come together to do a tribute song dedicated to their brothers and sisters in Barbuda and other Caribbean islands who have been affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “We In This Thing Together” was written and produced by Billboard chart topping and multi-award winning gospel artist Sherwin Gardner and recorded At Cadence Fire Studio in Antigua. “Our islands love music, and this is a great way to bring our people together. We are going to be sending this song to the various radio…

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Community Religion 

SJPC House of Restoration Ministries Expands Food Relief Efforts

More than 170 vulnerable individuals and families received food relief under the St. John’s Pentecostal Church (SJPC) House of Restoration Ministries’ Blessed to Bless food assistance programme. The programme, which targets low-income individuals and families and also those with no source of income, held an official launch on Sunday January 29, 2017. Apostle Stephen Andrews, who serves as the church’s senior pastor, said: “We met our goal and beyond that of feeding 150 people.  We think it is significant; we think it speaks volumes.” Apostle Andrews said he envisioned the…

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Health Regional News Religion 

Faith leaders urged to impact communities to end AIDS by 2030

Fifty-five religious leaders from  fourteen Caribbean countries  were urged to remain committed to the recommendations of  the Caribbean Faith Leaders Consultation on  their contribution to ending  AIDS by 2030, held in Trinidad and Tobago on 1-2 February 2017. Recommendations included “Seeking to engage representatives of key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users and others in programmes aimed at identifying respective rights and responsibilities involved in the process toward the elimination of AIDS-related stigma and discrimination”.  UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Luiz Loures, in closing remarks told…

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