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Posts made in June, 2017

Press Release: Power Rumble 2017 cancelled

By on Jun 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

A section of the crowd at APUA’s Power Rumble at Police Recreation Grounds. Fete goers and patrons of the annual Power Rumble will have to wait until next year to attend the July event. The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA)  Social Club, organizers of the annual fete Power Rumble, regrettably announces that due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control Power Rumble will not be held this year, 2017. We sincerely apologize to our loyal patrons and stakeholders for this cancellation. The APUA Social Club, however, fully intends to resume with another instalment of the event in 2018. We would like to thank you for your understanding and support of this event over the years and we look forward to your continued patronage in...

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PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Names Former Congressman Tim Huelskamp Incoming President

By on Jun 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., a former three-term member of Congress and well-known national conservative leader, will become president of The Heartland Institute in July. He will succeed Heartland’s long-time president Joseph Bast, who co-founded the organization in 1984. Bast plans to remain at Heartland as CEO until some time in 2018. Dr. Huelskamp was selected as president by The Heartland Institute Board of Directors after a months-long nationwide search.  “After a long and careful search, we’ve found the person who can take The Heartland Institute to the next level,” said Bast. “Dr. Huelskamp combines the characteristics of a scholar, elected official, and small businessman that make him the ideal person to lead one of the nation’s top think tanks. His dedication to free-market ideas and ‘heartland values’ means Heartland will be in good hands long into the future.” “I am so honored and excited to join the Heartland team,” said Dr. Huelskamp. “As a former member of Congress and Kansas state senator, I can attest that The Heartland Institute is one of the preeminent free-market think tanks in the world. Since I have already been successful in driving innovative policies at both the state and federal level, I am confident that I can lead Heartland toward even greater success in promoting the cause of freedom in every state, and now in Washington, DC.” For more information or to schedule interviews with Dr. Huelskamp or Joseph Bast, contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely@heartland.org or on his cell, 312/731-9364. As a Republican congressman from Kansas’ First Congressional District, Dr. Huelskamp pushed for conservative, free-market solutions in a wide range of policy arenas. He served on numerous committees, most notably the Veterans Affairs Committee and Budget Committee. On the Veterans Affairs Committee, he was a leader in exposing corruption and failures at the VA and pushing through a historic health care choice option for veterans.  Dr. Huelskamp left his conservative imprints on many policy areas Heartland works on: SNAP work requirements, Farm Bill entitlements, the EX-IM Bank, and the Cut-Cap-and-Balance legislation in 2011. He helped grow the House Freedom and Liberty Caucuses, chaired and expanded the Tea Party Caucus, fought the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, worked on budgets...

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PRESS RELEASE: Vector Awareness Week launched

By on Jun 28, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

ctorThe Ministry of Health continues to promote awareness of vector borne diseases and the preventative measures that need to be taken in combatting the extensive breeding of vectors. On the 27th of June, 2017, the Ministry of Health hosted the launch of Vector Awareness Week in the community of Micoud. Dr. Sharon Belmar George, Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, referred to the activity as one which strongly focuses on the awareness of vectors and vector borne diseases. She said: “This is actually the culminating activity….intensify our efforts in terms of public education.” Dr. Belmar-George also noted local and regional partnering organizations who have assisted in the efforts of the Ministry to combat the spread of vectors and their related diseases: “I have to recognize the Pan American Health Organization….we also had our carnival parade the Soufriere Carnival Association there.” Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Merlene Fredericks, recounted outbreaks of Dengue fever in 2001, Chikungunya in 2014 and the Zika virus in 2016. The CMO stated that vectors like rats and mosquitoes pose a threat to the productivity and health of the general population, and the island’s largely tourism dependent economy. She emphasized the need to control the breeding of vectors and the role the public has to play in these efforts. “Diseases caused by rats and mosquitoes are serious….lessen our chances of carrying diseases contracted from those pests.” In attendance at the event were students from Micoud Primary and Secondary schools who performed renditions and dramatizations in line with the theme of Vector Awareness week ‘Be the Change – Pests Must Go’....

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EPI Press Release | Economic Policy Institute | Common Dreams

By on Jun 28, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Dear Common Dreams Readers: Common Dreams is a small non-profit that exists only because of the support of our readers. No advertising; no paywalls: our content is free. But our costs are real. A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy. Independent journalism and democracy itself have never been more fragile, more at risk than now. Without your support, we will not exist. Will you join again with those readers who have come forward to make sure Common Dreams has a future? Every donation makes a difference.$20,154 To Go by July 1st $50k...

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Press Release: Four Face Several Drug Charges

By on Jun 27, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Following investigations after conducting 3 successful operations on Friday, 23rd June 2017 and Saturday 24th June, 2017, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) has laid charges against four of the six individuals detained during the course of it’s operations. 40-year-old Sydney Norville of St. Vincent, and 33-year-old Camara Swift of Antigua have been jointly charged with Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis after being nabbed in the process of transporting 103.25lbs of marijuana in the Montrulla area of All Saints. Michael SCARLETT, a Jamaican national faces charges of Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis, after being caught with 34.8lbs of compressed cannabis and a small quantity of marijuana seedlings at his Mock Pond residence, All Saints. Shawn Craig DUBERRY of Antigua also face charges of Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis after being caught with a total of 157.8lbs of marijuana at his Sea View Farm residence. The other two persons who were questioned were subsequently released. Investigations are ongoing and it is possible that others may soon be charged. These recent seizures have brought the total amount of cannabis and cocaine seized for the year to date in 2017 to 1,133.85 lbs of cannabis and 50.90 kilos of cocaine with an estimated combine wholesale value of just over $ 6.3 Million EC...

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