ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua and Barbuda Government has dismissed the idea of a Commission of Inquiry into the on-going controversy related to the Brazilian multinational, Odebrecht SA, and the energy company, Petrobras scandal even as the opposition Friday held talks with the Governor General Rodney Williams on the issue.

Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin said the head of state cannot legally set up any Commission of Inquiry, saying “there is nothing in the law as I know it to give the authority to the Governor General to call a Commission of Inquiry.

“It is particularly clear and the case law establishes the fact any Commission of Inquiry must be triggered by the government. It falls under the Commission of Inquiry Act and the government will make preparations for allowances to be paid, places in which it can be convened and the matters contained therein.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Casroy James has resigned from the post of Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

His departure comes just days after Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he’d try to convince him (James) to offer an explanation to the public about his relationship with Antigua-based Meinl offshore bank and an individual linked to the multi-billion-dollar Odebrecht money laundering scandal.

Yesterday, Browne confirmed James resigned but it was Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst who offered details as to why.

BELMOPAN, Belize – Police are investigating the murder of a 79-year-old pastor, whose body was found on a farm lying under an orange tree.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Daniel Iche, said it appeared that the pastor Florencio Guillermo Bardalez from San Ignacio may have been killed as he picked tamarind as some had been found in a bucket nearby.

He was the leader at the Baptist Church in San Ignacio and was popularly known as “Pastor B”.

“He was an outstanding citizen of this municipality. I have known Mr. Bardalez for many years now and since I’ve known him, he has been that exemplary and outstanding citizen of this town,” said Earl Trapp, the Mayor of San Ignacio/Santa Elena

NASSAU, Bahamas – Parliament will be dissolved on April 11 ahead of the upcoming general elections. Prime Minister Perry Christie, who made the announcement, also encouraged voters to register before the dissolution of Parliament.

“For general information, especially for the benefit of all those persons who would like to vote in the forthcoming General Election but have not yet registered to do so, it is my intention to cause the present Parliament to be dissolved on Tuesday, the 11th April, and to cause writs of election to be issued the same day.”

“I would therefore encourage all my fellow Bahamians to play their part in our democracy by registering to vote if they have not already done so, and to do so without further delay.”

Christie has not yet disclosed the date – however last week, it was confirmed that foreign observers, including those from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), have been invited to monitor the polls that will be held sometime next month.

A general election was last held here on May 8, 2012.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Government Tuesday lifted a ban it had imposed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil because of the ongoing investigations into the sale of rotten beef and poultry from the South American country.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, announced the lifting of the ban at a news conference following the visit of a Jamaican team, including officials from the private sector, that had travelled to Brazil from March 29 to April 02 to investigated the matter.

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