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            [post_content] => Yesterday, over 300 nationals from around the region and internationally with "residency gaps" became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. As promised, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his administration overlooked this once they paid all the relevant fees. A person qualifies for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship after lawfully residing in the country for at least seven years.

During the campaign leading up to last year’s general election, the Antigua Labour Party had promised to “correct the injustice facilitated by the United Progressive Party administration which deemed those having gaps within their residency period of not being eligible to become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, even after living and making meaningful contributions to Antigua and Barbuda for over seven years and beyond”.

The Gaston Browne administration introduced a citizenship amnesty legislation (Immigration and passport (Amendment) Act 2015) to facilitate the granting of citizenship to those affected. The legislation stipulated that non-nationals who, for whatever reason, had obtained gaps in their time could pay outstanding fees, making them eligible for citizenship.
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Antigua Citizenship Awarded To Hundreds With "Residency Gaps" As Promised By PM

September 3, 2015
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Yesterday, over 300 nationals from around the region and internationally with "residency gaps" became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda. As promised, Prime Minister Gaston Browne and...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Recently, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Bahamian man for smuggling approximately 2.4 pounds of cocaine into the country. According to reports, the man attempted to hide the contraband by taping them to his ankles and in his luggage. The man, whose name was not disclosed, was arriving at Port Everglades on a cruise ferry from his homeland.

CBP officers share that the man was suspected during inspection when they noticed he was nervously moving items around in his luggage. In a reaction, they question him and inspected his bag. On inspecting his luggage, they discovered two brick-shaped packages containing a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.

The officers also went ahead to pat down the man, the officers discovered additional packages of cocaine taped to his ankles. The amount of cocaine seized totalled to 2.4 pounds. All evidence, which includes the cocaine, were turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Port Everglades port director Jorge Roig said the seizure was another excellent example of CBP officers’ expertise and vigilance in preventing dangerous drugs from entering the US.

According to CBP, a typical day involves welcoming nearly one million visitors, screening more than 67,000 cargo containers, arresting more than 1,100 individuals and seizing nearly six tonnes of illicit drugs.
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Bahamian Man Seized For Smuggling 2.4lbs Of Cocaine By US Customs

September 2, 2015
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Recently, US Customs andBorder Protection (CBP) officers arrested a Bahamian man for smuggling approximately 2.4 pounds of cocaine into the country. According to reports, the man a...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => As the country desperately demands help following the passage of tropical storm Erika, Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Union Commission and International Financial Institutions. It was reported that the natural disasters caused the country suffered loss of life and considerable damage.

In a written document, Sir Ronald address the Dominica Ambassador in the U.S., Hubert Charles, expressing his sympathy and deep concern. He also offered to join diplomatic efforts to mobilize support from the Organization of American States and the International Financial Institutions in Washington.

After Tropical Storm Erika's passage, several people were reported dead and others missing. Damaged structures included collapsed buildings, roads and bridges, and the storm's rain flooded streets.

"I feel deep sympathy and concern for Dominica. The loss of life is tragic and my prayers are with the affected families. The damage to the country has set back its economy and will negatively impact employment and further strain the government in the rebuilding process. The international community must act swiftly to give Dominica relief," Sir Ronald Sanders said.

As a past member and Rapporteur of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) that proposed reforms for the Commonwealth, the diplomat reminded that recommendations had been made for a rapid response to disasters in Commonwealth countries. Earlier this year, Sanders had bemoaned tardy responses to disasters in Vanuatu and Tuvalu in the Pacific caused by Cyclone Pam.
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August 29, 2015
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As the country desperately demands help following the passage of tropical storm Erika, Antigua and Barbuda diplomat Sir Ronald Sanders has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat, t...Continue reading