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Category: Antigua

Straight fight

The people of Antigua and Barbuda will tomorrow elect a new government after an intense election campaign. While there are seven political parties and five independents vying for control of the 17-seat parliament, political observers say the contest is a straight fight between the incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and the main opposition […]

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ANTIGUA – Opposition concerned about register for upcoming general election

The main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), has expressed concern about the state of the register for elections ahead of Wednesday’s general election. In a statement late Saturday, the party said that the Register for elections that was published on March 12, could have been released in “error and may not be the list upon […]

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ANTIGUA – BPM leader moves to block polling for Barbudans in Antigua

ST JOHN’S – Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) leader Trevor Walker has applied to the High Court for an interim injunction to stop the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) from conducting polling for Barbudans in Antigua on Election Day. The application names as respondents Nathaniel James, the ABEC chairman, and commissioners John Jarvis, Anthonyson King, […]

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ANTIGUA – Police under fire as prisoner continues to evade them

A “gross neglect of duty” is how the public safety minister, Steadroy Cutie Benjamin, summed up the situation in which triple murder accused Delano Forbes escaped from the police while out on an operation on Monday. Up to last night, Forbes was still on the run. The minister, who is responsible for the police and […]

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ANTIGUA – Citizens defrauded of hundreds of US dollars by fake governor general

ST JOHN’S – The office of the governor general has recently received a number of reports from residents of Antigua and Barbuda who have been defrauded of hundreds of dollars in American Currency by a person or person(s) purporting to be ‘Rodney Williams’ on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Regrettably, request for the anticipated benefits from […]

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ANTIGUA/BARBUDA – PM’s sorry

ST JOHN’S – Prime minister Gaston Browne has issued an apology to Antigua and Barbuda’s Rastafarian community for what he said was the decades of persecution and abuse they suffered at the hands of the police. Browne expressed his regret during Tuesday’s parliamentary debate on the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to decriminalize up […]

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ANTIGUA – Prince Charles visits Barbudans displaced by Irma

The Prince of Wales lifted the spirits of staff and pupils at a shelter in Antigua and Barbuda on the first day of his tour of the hurricane-ravaged nation. He was given a red-carpet welcome when he landed on Friday afternoon before being taken to Antigua’s National Technical Training Centre which is serving as a shelter […]

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ANTIGUA – Prince Charles to visit the region this week

Prince Charles will visit Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Dominica from November 17 to 19, Clarence House announced Wednesday. The visit comes following the widespread devastation in the region caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. During the tour The Prince of Wales will meet members of the local communities and hear about […]

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JAMAICA – UWI Council hears proposal for campus in Antigua and Barbuda

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Council, chaired by Chancellor, Robert Bermudez, met in Kingston recently to receive a submission from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda proposing the establishment of the University’s fourth landed campus. The Council heard from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who indicated that ongoing conversations with the government […]

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ANTIGUA – Fire leaves 15 jobless

Fifteen people, mostly self-employed, lost their businesses when a fire broke out and burned three buildings in the city during the early morning hours yesterday. Those left jobless operated or worked at Cameo Boutique/Gigi Plaza Store, Valitta’s Salon, and Uprising Barber Shop and Hair and Nail Salon located on Tanner Street and Corn Alley. The […]

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United Nations Secretary General visiting hurricane-ravaged islands

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres arrived in Antigua on Saturday as he embarks on a tour of hurricane-ravaged Barbuda and Dominica His first stop was Barbuda, accompanied by Prime Minister Gaston Browne and several other government and United Nations officials. Barbuda was decimated by Hurricane Irma last month, mere days before Dominica suffered a […]

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Antigua prepares for influx of Dominicans

Antigua says it is anticipating an influx of Dominicans in the wake of catastrophic Hurricane Maria which has decimated that country. Acting Prime Minister, Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin, on Saturday convened a meeting of the sub-committee of Cabinet responsible for managing the planning for natural disasters and their aftermath. Government Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst […]

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Antigua PM pulls his pocket to assist Barbuda

Prime minister Gaston Browne says he has instructed his bankers to make available the sum of EC$100,000 (Bds$74,000) from his personal savings account to assist with the rehabilitation of storm-battered Barbuda. And while expressing confidence that at least three million US dollars could be raised from domestic sources, Browne today made an impassioned appeal to […]

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USAID lending assistance to Barbuda

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing assistance to the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda following the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Working in partnership with Antigua and Barbuda’s Red Cross, the United States Government will provide US$100,000 in […]

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Hurricane Irma wreaks major damage in Caribbean

Hurricane Irma has caused major flooding and damage to buildings on several Caribbean islands, France says. The four “most solid” buildings on the island of Saint Martin have been destroyed, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced. There was still no news of casualties and more damage was possible, he said. The category five hurricane, the […]

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ANTIGUA – Government considering curfew as Hurricane Irma approaches

The Antigua and Barbuda government has hinted at the possibility of imposing a curfew during the passage of Hurricane Irma expected to impact the island later Tuesday and Wednesday. Speaking after a special Cabinet meeting on Monday night, Prime Minister Gaston Browne that this is to ensure that “persons stay within the safety of their […]

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ANTIGUA – Prime Minister Browne wants Chile to back OECS

ST JOHN’S – Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called on Chile to advocate on behalf of OECS member states for reform of the international financial structure to make it beneficial to small states. He raised the issue during a recent meeting in St. Lucia in which he highlighted structural challenges facing the region in reducing […]

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