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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Gaston Browne administration has scoffed at calls by the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) for the Minister of Tourism Asot Michael to resign. Last week, Political Leader of the UPP Harold Lovell called on Michael to give up his position based on the continued downward trajectory of stay over arrivals and the “missed opportunity to properly market Antigua and Barbuda’s 60th anniversary of Carnival”, which recently concluded. The opposition said statistics for the month of July showed a 10 percent decline across all markets, indicating that the projected arrivals did not meet expectations. But Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst has described the opposition’s request as nonsense and rubbish. “Well, we have heard lots of foolish calls in the past but…
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Police have charged three men in connection with Friday night’s shooting at Cedar Grove, which led to the death of a 20-year-old woman, Xavier Thomas. Dorian Marshall, Jason Millette and Shalom Bailey, all of Donavans, were jointly charged on Monday with murder and two counts of shooting with intent to murder. They are accused of opening fire on Thomas, 49-year-old Lorne Nicholas and 32-year-old Shane Mathew, all of Cedar Grove, while they were sitting on a corner in the village. Thomas was shot in her left leg and abdomen and was later pronounced dead at hospital. Nicholas and Mathew were shot in their thighs and legs respectively and were treated and discharged from hospital. Immediately after…
CASTRIES, St Lucia – St Lucia’s banana production may increase by a whopping 300 percent if current production trends continue for this year, according to figures released here by marketing agents WINFRESH. “If the current level of production is maintained, the island could see the production of almost 20,000 tonnes for 2017, which would be an over 300 percent increase compared to 2016 figures,” the islands Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph told reporters. Joseph said the figures released by WINFRESH are “very encouraging” and called on farmers to continue to work diligently as government continues to expand the export market for the fruit. “If we continue with what I am seeing, we might reach almost 20,000 tonnes for the year 2017…

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