Cabinet scales down Independence celebrations 2020

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Minister responsible for Festivals, the Hon. Daryll Matthew today announced that Cabinet has approved a scaled down schedule of events for the country’s celebration of its 39th Anniversary of Political Independence.

Minister Matthew said that the events running from Sunday 25th October to Monday 2nd November will feature the Independence Thanksgiving Service, National Heroes Day ceremony, Golden Age events, National Dress Day, a virtual Independence Calypso Competition, the Ceremonial Parade and Honors Ceremony and Barbuda Day activities.

He noted that the new addition to the schedule, the Independence Calypso Competition, will be held at the Dean William Lake Cultural Centre on Saturday 21st October and will be in the form of a virtual competition.  He said that calypsonians will be required to sing one new patriotic/ song of thanksgiving during the competition to win the main prize.  Registration is now open at the Festivals Office on Redcliffe Street for interested artistes.

The Festivals Minister further outlined that the scaling down of the events is due to the country’s fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.  It was pointed out that the Ceremonial Parade and the National Heroes Day Ceremony will be TV/Radio events with limited audience.  “We will be strictly adhering to the protocols established to combat COVID-19,” he said.

The theme for the events will be announced later this week.

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  1. The theme should be the 5 P’s.Prior,Preparations,Prevents,Poor,Performances.Could you imagine if this Administration did their 5 P’s.The Country would be on an Everest High.Them broke, them broke,them broke,them bordering on Bankruptcy.Them squandered the liquid sources of the State,cash.There is no liquidity left.So they have to borrow from all over the place to pay salaries.Social Insecurity is so broke.They still cannot pay all Pensioners for July and now August.Today is September 9,2020 and nutten dey. That is a darn shame.Gaston Browne,them call you world boss.You are the Minister of Finance.Put your financial skills to work for the people of Antigua and Barbuda.Make arrangements with Social Insecurity to pay the poor Pensioners on time monthly.Most of them are hands to mouths.Where is your empathy, TAPP DAWGG.

  2. @JACK DANIEL:SEEING THAT YOU ARE AN INSIDER OF GASTON BROWNE.COULD YOU TELL US ALL.IF THEY WOULD CROWN “SIR MOLWYN JOSEPH” ON INDEPENDENCE DAY,2020.

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