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            [post_content] => After two days behind bars on remand, an Antiguan pilot held in a drug bust at the V.C Bird International Airport has been released on EC$4.5 million (US$1.7 million) bail. As part of his bail conditions, Colin Murraine had to surrender all his travel documents and will only be allowed to leave the country with the court’s permission. He must also report to police headquarters daily. His case has been adjourned until April 25.

The 31-year-old pilot had been denied bail when he first appeared in court on Monday charged with possession and exportation of cocaine, and being in concern with the supply of cocaine and drug trafficking. Murraine was arrested after a drug bust in which almost EC$1.7 million (US$629,634) worth of cocaine was found on a private plane.

Last Friday, officers from Antigua and Barbuda’s Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) intercepted a private charter plane that was preparing for takeoff. Their search uncovered 105 pounds of cocaine in several packages in two suitcases, with an estimated street value of EC$1,667,601 (US$617,635) on the aircraft. The pilot was among four people who were arrested. The other three were subsequently released.
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February 10, 2018
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After two days behind bars on remand, an Antiguan pilot held in a drug bust at the V.C Bird International Airport has been released on EC$4.5 million (US$1.7 million) bail.As part ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Dominica has just welcomed their first major cruise call to the island and the first vessel to sail into the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island last September. The cruise ship by TUI Cruises' is called the MV Mein Schiff 3. As the ship made its first of six scheduled calls to Dominica for the 2017/2018 cruise season, there were more than 2,000 passengers that disembarked the ship.

So far, over $3 million have been spent on restoration of access, rehabilitation and upgrading of sites, and clean-up of debris post-Hurricane Maria by the government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal.

With support from the Ministry of Public Works and Ports, Forestry, Parks and Wildlife Division, National Employment Programme, Dominica Solid Waste Corporation, and other stakeholders in the public and private sector, the destination was prepared to cater for cruise ship passengers on many of the island’s shore excursions, including tours to the famous Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Twin Falls, Bois Cotlette Estate, Titou Gorge, Whale Watching tours and the unique, therapeutic black sand Mero Beach.

A series of cultural performances were organized for passengers throughout the day of Mein Schiff 3’s arrival.
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First Major Cruise Call Arrives At Dominica Since Hurricane Maria

February 11, 2018
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Dominica has just welcomed their first major cruise call to the island and the first vessel to sail into the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth since Hurricane Maria destroyed the island las...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => News surrounding the death of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro's eldest son continue to spiral after it was announced late last week that he took his own life. The 68-year-old Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, affectionately known in Cuba as Fidelito, had been suffering from depression. Cuban state media shared that her had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient following a hospital stay in recent months. Details regarding how the nuclear scientist committed suicide were not released.

“Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, who had been treated by a group of doctors for several months due to deep depression, took his life this morning,” Cuba’s official newspaper Granma reported late last week.

Díaz-Balart once led Cuba’s nuclear power programme. He was however dismissed by his father when there was a falling out between the two. In 2008, when his uncle Raul Castro took over as president, he was then given another position in by being named a scientific adviser for the Cuban Council of State. At the time of his death, he continued to serve in that capacity, as well as vice president of Cuba's Academy of Sciences.

Fidelito's death came just over a year after that of his father on Nov. 25, 2016, aged 90. Diaz-Balart leaves behind his wife, three children from previous marriages, and other family members.
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News surrounding the death of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro's eldest son continue to spiral after it was announced late last week that he took his own life. The 68-year-old Fi...Continue reading