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            [post_content] => As the day for United States President-elect Donald Trump to take office drifts closer, the Antigua & Barbuda government administration is ensuring that the country's long standing dispute with Washington over online gaming is made a priority to be settled. This hope that they will be able to engage with this new administration led by the billionaire. Their plan involves pressing the Trump to pay up US$100 million to settle the dispute in which was won by Antigua and Barbuda before the World Trade Organization (WTO) 12 years ago.

“My government believes that the new administration that is about to take office will recognize the lawfulness and justness of our actions and will quickly settle the differences that have kept our negotiators apart,” announced Governor General Sir Rodney Williams on Monday at opening of a new session of Parliament as he delivered the Throne Speech.

When Antigua and Barbuda was prohibited to operate offshore internet gambling sites by the US over a decade ago, the country brought the issue before the WTO which ruled that the US was at fault having violated international trade agreements. At the hearing, Antigua argued that the country suffered a loss of US$3.4 billion a year since then from no longer having the revenue and vital jobs. Though the WTO had agreed that the US was in violation of trade agreements, Antigua and Barbuda was only awarded US$21 million. They were also given the right to suspend certain concessions and obligations it has under international law to the United States in respect of intellectual property rights.

Several rounds of dialogue between the country has occurred since then, but Washington has failed to fully compensate the twin-island nation to this very day. On Monday, the Antigua government said that it would also pass legislation to take action as recommended by the WTO to recover the outstanding revenue.

“It is my government’s intention to proceed to Parliament to adopt legislation consistent with the WTO ruling allowing Antigua and Barbuda to nullify US copyright protections and to benefit from so doing,” the Governor General said.
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Antigua & Barbuda To Pursue Deal Over Online Gaming Dispute With US As Soon As Donald Trump Takes Office

January 12, 2017
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As the day for United States President-elect Donald Trump to take office drifts closer, the Antigua & Barbuda government administration is ensuring that the country's long stan...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In December, a 64-year-old Moravian pastor in Jamaica was arrested by the police after he was allegedly caught in a compromising position with a teenager in his car. Rupert Clarke appeared in court just last Wednesday, January 4 and was granted bail in the sum of J$800,000 (US$6,211). He is scheduled to re-appear in court on the 13th of February.

As he awaits his court session, more of the pastor's sexual misconducts seem to be emerging as his legal troubles mount. A former Moravian minister shared his incite on the scandal where he said that the church is partly to blame.

Dr. Canute Thompson, who was an official of the church almost two years, told the Jamaica Observer newspaper that the allegation against Clarke was not the first ever brought to focus. Thompson who was dismissed from his post because of "disrespect" for the church's leadership, revealed that he remembers a time in 2014 when he had to call on the head of the church, Dr. Paul Gardner, to investigate Clarke on a similar charge. He claimed that his concerns were ignored and the church failed to appropriately handle charges of misconduct, including “different rules for different individuals”.

“I have consistently raised with the church, going back to the 80s, what I have seen as double standards,” Thompson told the newspaper.

When asked to comment on Dr. Thompson's assertion, Dr. Gardner said that he had received no previous complaints against Clarke. Thompson countered by releasing a series of emails with Dr. Gardner about allegations against Clarke. One of the emails published by the Jamaica Gleaner, dated the 3rd of February, 2014, revealed that Gardner responded to Thompson's concerns about Clarke.

“I appreciate (your) bringing the matter about Rupert to my attention. We are doing what we can to ascertain the facts and act accordingly,” Gardner had responded.
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More Misconduct Charges Arise For Jamaican Moravian Pastor Arrested For Allegations On Sexual Misconducts With A Teenager

January 11, 2017
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            [post_content] => In an unfortunate turn for many of its fans, the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will no longer be an event to look forward to as it has been cancelled. In a public announcement, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet shared that they are pulling the plug on the show festival.

The St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival is held in St. Lucia yearly for two weeks. The concert has drawn visitors from all over the world to the Eastern Caribbean island for the past 25 years. According to Prime Minister Chastanet, they will be scrapping the show because it carries a $14 million price tag that they have found to be overbearing.

Although the festival will be thrown out, Prime Minister Chastanet said that they'll be replacing the event with a Summer Festival. This festival will be a series of events that will include not only music, but food and arts. It will begin with Jazz Week in May, then go into St. Lucia Carnival which is now expanded, and culminate with the Creole and Heritage Festival in November.
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