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Incorrect pegging of currency[edit]

One ECD does not equal 1 USD as indicated on this page - follow the link and you'll see it's 2.7:1.

Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board[edit]

I would like to announce the establishment of the Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board. Anyone with an interest in the Caribbean is welcome to join in. Guettarda 1 July 2005 03:39 (UTC)

http://www.talkAntigua.com - a good site for antigua discussions. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.135.111.67 (talkcontribs).

Language[edit]

The following statement is supposition and opinion. It is not fact :-

"In the years before Antigua and Barbuda's independence (in 1981), Standard English was widely spoken, but after independence, perhaps as a avenue of defiance Antiguan's taught themselves that speaking dialect was a part of their culture and that nothing at all was wrong with it."

It would be more objective to rewrite as :-

"In the years before Antigua and Barbuda's independence (in 1981), Standard English was widely spoken, but after independence use of the local dialact became more widespread."

Skinsmoke 14:16, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Repairs[edit]

I tried to do some repair of bad edits and copyvios, but it's probably incomplete. It's possible that the massive lift from antiguanice.com was done by the author of that site; if so, that needs to be said so on this talk page. (But note that its style is inappropriate to WP anyway, so text shouldn't go in verbatim anyway.) Stan 14:07, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

I need to know about the holidays!!!!

Request for comment on "royal" residence of the Governor-General[edit]

Editors of this article may wish to comment on the edits being made at Official residence, advancing the unusual view that the official residence of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, and those of her equivalents in other jurisdictions, are "royal" residences (i.e. official residences of the monarch), and that this aspect (assuming for the moment that it exists) deserves mention in a list of official residences, alongside "vice-regal", the somewhat opaque term being substituted for "Governor-General" and the like. -- Lonewolf BC 19:43, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Note: User:Lonewolf BC is here omitting the point that the edits at Official residence are part of a broader cleanup of the article to create a uniform standard; "royal" and "vice-regal" in place of the specific Antiguan and Barbudian Monarch and Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda brings the Antigua and Barbuda section into line with others which use (by other editors' contributions) "royal," "vice-regal," "presidential," "prime ministerial" and the like.
Comments are certainly welcome at Talk:Official residence to improve the article as a whole. --G2bambino 19:49, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

In regard to G's comment, I trust that you folks will forgive me for focussing on the issue. For your information, though, the "general cleanup" only began after the "royal" issue had arisen, though the two spread to the "Antigua and Barbuda" entry at the same time. Please judge for yourselves which actions have brought about which. (The "cleanup" is also making the article worse in some other ways, in my opinion. You may wish to look at that, also, but those are separate, or at most indirectly related issues.) -- Lonewolf BC 20:06, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Dispute with USA over gambling bans[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda have a dispute with the United States since 2003, claiming its ban against Americans gambling over the Internet violated Antigua and Barbuda’s rights as a member of the W.T.O. The W.T.O. panel ruled against the United States in 2004, and its appellate body upheld that decision one year later. In March, the organization upheld that ruling for a second time and declared Washington out of compliance with its rules.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/23/business/worldbusiness/23gamble.html?em&ex=1188014400&en=45639b242bae8fd2&ei=5087%0A

Should the dispute in WTO with USA be mentioned in the article?

Windoze80 07:56, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

I believe it should be mentioned in either this article or the foreign relations of Antigua and Barbuda article. It might even be worthy of its own article at some point in the future, since it is a relatively notable dispute. Nanten 13:18, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

I deleted happiness[edit]

I deleted this sentence and reference:

An independent scientific study ranked Antiugua and Barbuda as the 16th happiest country in the world.< ref>"Human Development Report". United Nations Development Programme. Retrieved 2007-08-23. < /ref>

The cited document does not reference happiness. The access date may refer to just the continued existence of the page, not the reference to happiness. I checked only the current and 2006 versions of the head document. If the reference was to an older version, or to an ancillary document at that website, the line should be returned to the article with a correct cite, and with correct spelling.  Randall Bart   Talk  21:25, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Languages - Antiguan Accent[edit]

This line is very biased: Another example is: "Ent it?" meaning "Ain't it?" which is in itself dialect and means "Isn't it?". All variants are dialects. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.239.146.4 (talk) 21:49, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Actually linguistic standards are dialects as well.--MacRusgail (talk) 13:45, 29 August 2009 (UTC)

Federation?[edit]

The article says that the county is a "Parliamentary democracy under a federal constitutional monarchy", but does not say anything about what it's federal units are. Parishes and dependencies don't seem like something that could possibly be a federal unit, but then again, what do I know? In any case, the article gives no data on this.--Mátyás (talk) 17:24, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Maybe this was its status when it was still part of the Colony of the Windward Islands, 30 years ago and more; more likely it is an assertion based on a misunderstanding of the term. Either way, I can see no evidence that it is correct. Clause 1 of Chapter 1 of A&B's Constitution reads "Antigua and Barbuda shall be a unitary sovereign democratic State." The country's official web site describes Antigua and Barbuda as "a constitutional monarchy with a British-style parliamentary system of government". Neither of these descriptions suggests that the word 'federal' has any relevance to A&B. I suspect that, like the needless (and arguably inaccurate) description of A&B in this entry as a "twin-island nation", this problem may be based on the conviction among some people that there's something intrinsically wrong with the idea of a country with the word 'and' in its name, as if that's somehow 'cheating'. Like the American soccer fans who complained that it was 'unfair' that USA had to play a fixture against a team from Trinidad and Tobago. Grubstreet (talk) 08:32, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

A&B relation to the world[edit]

I am particularly curious about the relationship of the society of Antigua and Barbuda to the world at large. I would like to contribute with an image.Any questions please contact me. Thanks--Camilo Sanchez (talk) 05:54, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

File:Coat of arms of planet earth antigua and barbuda.svg
Coat of arms of Planet Earth with the name of Antigua and Barbuda

Photos of Barbados[edit]

I removed several photos of places in Barbados, not Barbuda, in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.32.173.248 (talk) 22:31, 11 June 2011 (UTC)