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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LGBT Community Religion 

Tasheka Responds to Religious Leaders Encouraging Denial of Employment to LGBTQ Antiguans and Barbudans

One would think that after making a claim that LGBT members are protected in Antigua and Barbuda, the government would ensure that it puts its money where its mouth is. So then why are we allowing Christian groups and evangelicals to spread hatred and encourage marginalization of any group in this country? During an event hosted by Concerned Christians for a Healthy Society (I guess queer people are poisonous), a pastor who claims to be a “former lesbian and activist”, argued that Christian-based businesses should have the right to deny…

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Crime & Police Religion 

LIAT confirms arrest of one of its employees on drug-related case in Barbados

The management of LIAT (1974) Ltd has confirmed that one of its employees is in police custody in Barbados assisting law enforcement officers with their investigations into a drug-related matter. The employee in question was taken into custody on Tuesday shortly after arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport on a flight from St. Lucia. “The management of LIAT wishes to indicate its full support for, and cooperation with, law enforcement authorities in relation to any investigations where its cooperation is required,” the airline said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Regional Travel & Tourism Religion 

LIAT apologises for absence of plane to service flight schedule to Grenada yesterday

Yesterday, 11th April 2016, LIAT’s service to Grenada was disrupted due to the unavailability of aircraft. The disruption affected some of our customers, who were accommodated on a later flight that day.  The management of LIAT is aware of the inconvenience that this may have caused to some passengers and LIAT sincerely apologises for the inconvenience.

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Regional News Religion 

Multi-Jurisdictional Conference proves the Caribbean Region can work together

For over 16 years, the steering committee for the STEP Caribbean Conference has been meeting to produce one of the world’s best attended and most talked about trust conferences. What makes this off-shore financial services conference so unique is the ability of these steering committee members to work together for the good of the region and for the benefit of their individual jurisdictions – all at the same time.

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Crime & Police Legal Religion 

UPDATE: Another Obeah practicing Indian arrested in Antigua

The third male suspect allegedly involved in practicing Obeah in Antigua was arrested and taken into custody by police. Manjunath Govindappa of India is currently being questioned by the police, following a search of his rented Prince Klass Street property on Tuesday. During the search the police confiscated several pieces of paraphernalia alleged to be used in practicing Obeah. Prior to his arrest, two other men, also of India were taken into custody and are being questioned in connection with similar offences. Their Rohan Henry Street property was also searched and similar items relating Obeah practices…

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