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January 17, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda

Bardet wants Froome to not race until ‘adverse’ test resolution

Source: Antigua Observer Chris Froome should rule himself out of racing until an investigation into his “adverse” drugs test is complete, says French rival Romain Bardet. Team Sky’s Froome had double the allowed level of legal asthma drug salbutamol in his urine after a test during September’s Vuelta a Espana. The Briton, 32,…

Windies taking proactive approach, says Holder

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies captain Jason Holder says planning has already begun for the ICC World Cup qualifiers in March, as the Caribbean side looks to book their spot in the 2019 oneday showpiece in England. The schedule for the much-anticipated qualifiers was released by the International Cricket…

Shoaib Malik concussed after being hit on head

Source: Antigua Observer Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik suffered concussion after being hit on the head by the ball during the one-day international defeat by New Zealand. The 35-year-old was not wearing a helmet while batting when he was struck by Colin Munro’s throw in Hamilton. Shoaib faced four more balls before being dismissed…

The Arthur Nibbs Foundation is not a registered charity

Source: Antigua Observer The so-called Arthur Nibbs Foundation which collected over $100, 000 worth in building materials donated by the American University of Antigua (AUA) to the rebuilding of hurricane damaged Barbuda is not a registered charity. This came to light when OBSERVER media made enquiries about the organisation after the minister responsible…

PM Browne knows the details in Freeland scandal

Source: Antigua Observer The Comptroller of Customs, Raju Boddu, said the Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has all the details about the money scandal between former Senator Michael Freeland and the Customs Division. Boddu told OBSERVER media he submitted a full report to Browne, detailing all that transpired from the time Freeland failed to…

Breaking News: Teen Stabbed Eight Times by Classmate

Source: Antigua Chronicle According to reports, a serious altercation between two teenage boys which took place during the morning classes at the Ottos Comprehensive School, has left one student nursing 8 stab wounds about his body. The fight is said to have taken place in a second form classroom around 9am in the…

Stabbing at Ottos Comprehensive School

Source: Antigua Observer A stabbing incident at Ottos Comprehensive School has left one student hospitalised and another in police custody. The incident occurred shortly after 9 am in a second form classroom, while the students were attending a remedial class. An eyewitness told OBSERVER media that the student who was rushed to hospital,…

Missing girl turns up, unharmed

Source: Antigua Observer Djahnae Banton of Hatton, who was earlier reported missing turned up at her mother’s home last night, after being missing for three and a half days.   Lawmen say the minor  returned home some time after 11p.m. on Monday. She appeared to be in good health.   The police also…

YASCO Completion Date Uncertain

Source: Antigua Observer An unscheduled stoppage of civil works at the YASCO Sports Complex has left those charged with the upgrading of the track and field facility uncertain of a completion date. This was confirmed by Minister of Sports, EP Chet Greene, who said an unscheduled stoppage of civil works in December may…

Stakeholders strategise on the early childhood development sector

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean State (OECS) territory to take part in the National Sensitisation Exercise to support the Integrated Operations Framework forthe Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector. A UNICEF-funded venture, the framework seeks to stimulate the further development of a network…

Tutors protest at State College

Source: Antigua Observer Tutors at the Antigua State College (ASC) have vowed to stay off the job until they can get answers about when issues that are affecting them will be addressed. Patrick Simon, the head of the Union of Tertiary Educators of Antigua and Barbuda, said that the issues were first raised…

Family, Police Search for Hatton Girl, 14

Source: Antigua Chronicle Another young lady has gone missing in Antigua & Barbuda. Djahnae Banton of Hatton Police have reported the search for 14-year-old Djahnae Banton of Hatton. The young lady, who attends the Ottos Comprehensive School. She was last seen on Friday January 12 wearing a floral long-sleeved blouse and long black…

Police seeking help locating missing girl

Source: Antigua Observer The police, along with the family of 14yr-old Djahnae Banton of Hatton, is seeking the help of the public in knowing her whereabouts. Djahnae is a 2nd Form student of Ottos Comprehensive School. She was last seen on Friday in Hatton, wearing a floral long sleeve top and a pair…

HAITI: Caribbean Dignity Unbowed.

Source: Antigua Chronicle The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. The democratic, nation-building debt the American nation owes the Caribbean, and the Haitian nation in particular that resides at its core, is not expected to be repaid but must be respected.…

CARICOM slams Trump’s developing nations’ remarks

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has said that it is deeply disturbed by the use of derogatory and repulsive language reportedly used by U.S. President Donald Trump in referring to Haiti, one of its member states, and other developing countries. A statement from the Secretariat at the weekend said the grouping…

Politicians dividing Antiguans and Barbudans – Bird III

Source: Antigua Observer Politicians are being seen as the drivers behind the negative sentiments aimed at Barbudans, four months after Hurricane Irma wrecked their homes and left many in shelters and other lodgings on the sister isle of Antigua. The issue of the public attitudes of Antiguans towards Barbudans was a topic on…

Security to be improved at NODS

Source: Antigua Observer Security at warehouses that fall under the direct supervision of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), will be revised following the recent discovery of theft at the facility. In a recent interview, Philmore Mullin, director, revealed, that the agency has engaged a private supplier to provide the department with…

Jason Roy hits record 180 in five-wicket victory

Source: Antigua Observer Jason Roy hit the highest one-day international score by an England player with a sublime 180 to help the tourists beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at the MCG. Roy surpassed Alex Hales’ previous mark of 171 before the opener was caught late on as England eased…

PM Browne donates 10K to Team Antigua fundraiser

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his wife Maria Bird-Browne have agreed to donate 10-thousand-dollars to the causes chosen by Team Antigua – Atlantic Rowers. Team Antigua rowed across the Atlantic to raise funds to setup a marine park and to aid Barbuda’s post-Irma recovery. Eli Fuller, John Watt, Scott Potter…

Independent audit to be conducted on relief distribution

Source: Antigua Observer TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Jan. 13, CMC – An independent audit on relief distributionin the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes, will be conducted in this British Overseas territory. “It is important that the BVI fully documents the steps taken in its relief distribution programmes launched following the impacts from three…

Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up

Source: Antigua Observer MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula. Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, triggering economic sanctions by the European Union and United States and a tense…

Editorial: Sniffing out a bone

Source: Antigua Observer Feel free to describe us as being like a ‘dog with a bone’ as it relates to the entire Michael Freeland saga. Finding answers is what we do. Dodging answers is what politicians do and that will always be the relationship between an independent press and politicians. The prime minister…

Barbudan parents demand schools fixed

Source: Antigua Observer With disgruntled Barbudans demanding the “immediate” reopening of schools on the island, Clare Browne, director of education, has promised to contact the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) and Public Works in an effort to appease their discontent. Fifty-three parents of Barbudan students signed a petition dated January 5 and…

Another citizenship amnesty on the way

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda government has announced plans to once again adopt an amnesty period that would allow legally resident non-nationals, who have been in the country for at least seven years, to apply for citizenship. The statement coming out of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting indicated that the government has agreed…

Police aim to reduce road fatalities in 2018

Source: Antigua Observer The police force will be introducing night patrols in 2018 in hopes of helping to curb the number of road fatalities the country records. In 2017, there were 2,133 accidents on record, with 11 road deaths for that year, four of which occurred on All Saints Road. The confirmation came…

Family members searching for man living in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer The family of Mr Roman Mussabekov of Canada is trying to make contact with him. He is believed to be residing somewhere on the island and efforts to reach him have so far proven unsuccessful. He arrived in Antigua on May 15th 2017 and was staying in the Hodges Bay…

Two Men Wanted by Police

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police are seeking the help of the general public in knowing the whereabouts of 36 year old Jason Jermaine Reynolds and 36 year old Shagon Sheldon O’Brien both of Martin’s Village.They are both wanted in connection with Drug Trafficking Offences. Police went to their Martin’s Village home on Wednesday January…

90 million dollar renovation to commence at Deep Water Port

Source: Antigua Chronicle As the country continues its climb to economic resilience, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has embarked on a multimillion dollar Port modernization project.   According to Minister of Information, the Hon. Melford Nicholas during the weekly Cabinet press briefing, “More than US$90,000,000 (ninety million dollars) will be expended on…

Over 100 Barbudans indicate willingness to purchase land

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, has been informed of the numerous Barbudans who have indicated their readiness to purchase lands in Barbuda. This comes on the heels of the recently passed Barbuda Land Amendment Act (2017), giving born Barbudans or Barbudans by parentage, the right to purchase their household…

‘Good’ accounting but no reporting of relief funds

Source: Antigua Observer The government continues to reassure the public that monies collected for Barbuda relief and reconstruction are being properly managed, though no one seems able to say when a document detailing that management will be made public. The concern was put to Melford Nicholas, information minister at Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference,…

Editorial: Of freedoms and transparency

Source: Antigua Observer It was Privy Council Appeal No. 42 of 1997. The appellant was Elloy de Freitas. The respondents were The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Lands and Housing and The Public Service Commission. The case surrounded the decision to fire Mr. de Freitas, who was an Extension Officer…

Teams take advantage of CBA signing

Source: Antigua Observer After three days of workouts at the JSC Sports Complex, all eight of the players who arrived in Antigua to participate in the Central Basketball Association (CBA) Global Opportunities Programme, have been acquired by teams. Four of the 10 Division One teams in the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA)…

PM says no apology

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is not backing down in the face of opposition member of parliament, Wilmoth Daniels, threat to sue him for defamation. Daniel’s attorney sent a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday demanding an apology for claims that the PM made in Parliament on January 2. PM…

WANTED

Source: Antigua Observer Wanted Police are seeking the help of the general public in knowing the whereabouts of 36yr-old Jason Jermaine Reynolds and 36yr-old Shagon Sheldon O’Brien both of Martin’s Village. They are both wanted in connection with Drugs Trafficking Offences. Police went to their Martin’s Village home on Wednesday to execute a…

Church should stay away from partisan politics – Archdeacon

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St.Lucia Jan 11, CMC -The new Archdeacon of the Anglican Church of St. Lucia, Christian Ezekiel Glasgow, says that the church ought not to become involved in partisan party politics. But at the same time, the Clergyman told reporters that the church must be involved in politics. ‘As church,  must…

World class tech Hackathon coming to Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle The UNOPS Innovation Centre in Antigua & Barbuda, in conjunction with Ocean Generation, is hosting an innovative ‘hackathon’ to develop solutions to support communities affected by recent storms in the Caribbean. Climate change means that tropical storms and hurricanes are predicted to become more intense, so we’re hacking to help.…

New Headquaters Underway for NODS

Source: Antigua Chronicle Construction work has started on the new headquarters for the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) operated by the National Office of Disaster Services on American Road. The work, estimated at 2.2 million US dollars, is funded by the United States Southern Command, and is expected to take between 6-8 months…

Stage Two of Styrofoam Ban in effect

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Health and the Environment would like to inform business places and members of the general public that Stage Two of the Styrofoam Ban is in effect. According to the ministry, from January 1st- June 2018, the ban on the importation of utensils –plastic spoons, forks, knives, plastic…

NODS Thieves Granted Bail

Source: Antigua Chronicle Everton Waldron of Bolans and Dion Browne of All Saints who were charged with Larceny and Receiving stolen Hurricane Relief items from NODS, were granted bail by the court on Wednesday. They appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh and Waldron was granted bail in the amount of $20,000 with a deposit…

Human skeleton found at Cades Bay

Source: Antigua Observer A human skeleton was discovered earlier this week in the Cades Bay area, and the police say they have to await forensic testing to determine its identity and cause of death. A tourist, who was staying at South Coast Ocean apartment in Cades Bay discovered the remains of the deceased…

Clarevue workers strike

Source: Antigua Observer Non-established workers at the Clarevue Psychiatric hospital returned to normal duties yesterday, following a day of protest action over deplorable working conditions and other matters. They did so based on a directive from their bargaining unit – the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU). However, established workers being represented by…

Editorial: More than just decriminalisation

Source: Antigua Observer The recent talk of drug policy and a shift towards the decriminalisation of drug usage is a healthy discussion for the nation. For too long, we have been following the beaten track of making drug users criminals without looking at the issue of drug use in a holistic manner. It…

Therapist wants new “mindset” to drug abuse

Source: Antigua Observer A psychotherapist is calling for a new approach to substance abuse in Antigua and Barbuda. Joy-Ann Harrigan, who specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy, says that the Substance Abuse Prevention Division (SAPD), which is the country’s main department in the fight against drug abuse, cannot be treated like any other government…

Youth encouraged to gain competitive edge

Source: Antigua Observer Young people are being encouraged to make themselves more marketable so that they can take full advantage of opportunities available throughout the world. The advice comes from Jamion Knight, who is an associate programme specialist for communication and information, in the UNESCO Office for Central America. Knight, an Antiguan who…

Massive earthquake jolts Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer TEGUCIGALPA, Jan. 10, CMC –  A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean region between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands late Tuesday – one of the strongest quakes to hit the region in recent times. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said the Central American nation had activated its…

Agriculture Ministry to help farmers fight Cocoa disease

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 10, CMC – The Ministry of Agriculture says it will start sensitising and training farmers to manage the Frosty Pod Rot (FPR) cocoa disease. Chief Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspector, Sanniel Wilson, said the first session will be held on Wednesday in the eastern parish of St.…

Guyana revising air safety regulations

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan. 10, CMC – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA) says it will be prioritising safety regulations this year as it strives to achieve a higher level of compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (retd), Egbert Field told the Department of Public…

EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump

Source: Antigua Observer BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – European powers will reaffirm on Thursday their support for the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has rejected, EU diplomats said, on the eve of a deadline for the U.S. president to decide whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the agreement. At a meeting with Iran,…

Trump says U.S. open to talks with North Korea: White House

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told Moon Jae-in, the leader of South Korea, that the United States is open to talks with North Korea “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,” the White House said on Wednesday. Moon briefed Trump in a phone call on the talks…

2 Men Arrested for Confinement of a Woman

Source: Antigua Chronicle Peter Coipel, 28 of Yorks and 27yr-old Clayon Jeffery of Bolans were arrested and jointly charged with unlawful confinement by police on Tuesday. Both men are accused of unlawfully holding a 30yr-old female against her will on 7th January. It was reported that they offered the female a ride to…

Legal Aid Moves to Central Location

Source: Antigua Chronicle The legal Aid and Advice Centre has been relocated to Upper Redcliff Street downstairs General Insurance Building. The department will be opened to the general public from Monday 15th January 2018. Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs Public Safety and Labour the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin is pleased that the…

Thousands of Shopping Bags Distributed

Source: Antigua Chronicle The plan to rid the island of plastic bags has moved to the next phase as thousands of reusable shopping bags are being distributed to grocery shops and mini supermarkets across the country. On Monday and Tuesday, technicians from the Ministry of Health and the Environment were busy distributing dozens…

$27K Drug Fine for Golden Grove Man

Source: Antigua Chronicle Kevin Baptise of Golden Grove was convicted and fined $27,000 for illegal drugs, in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate, Joanne Walsh charged with Possession of 2lbs of Cannabis, Possession with intent to sell and being concerned in the supplying of a controlled drug. He…

NODS workers charged with Larceny

Source: Antigua Observer Two employees of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) are due in court today, after being charged Tuesday with the theft of thousands of dollars-worth of relief supplies from the agency. Warehouse Manager Dion Browne, of All Saints, and driver, Everton Waldron of Bolans Village, are accused of larceny,…

One released, the other still hospitalised

Source: Antigua Observer One of the two men who were rushed to hospital following Monday’s head on collision in Jolly Hill, on Valley Road, was treated and released from hospital. Inspector Elson Quammie, head of the Traffic Department, said the two men were rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in a…

Caricom should ‘free-up’ the herb

Source: Antigua Observer Given the global push to decriminalise marijuana, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, is saying that CARICOM countries should consider doing the same, looking at the laws of developed countries to customise them to suit the Caribbean environment. “We should continue to follow the developments in Canada,…

EDITORIAL: A snap concert

Source: Antigua Observer A free concert for no reason!?!  Yippeee!  But it seems suspicious.  Why a “One Nation Concert” now?  No fundraising.  No overarching message and no …  wait a minute!  Could this be when we hear the date for the rumoured “thief in the night” election?  Is this another sign? Admittedly, we…

Golden Grove man gets heavy drug fine

Source: Antigua Observer Kevin Baptise of Golden Grove was convicted and fined $27,000 for illegal drugs, in St. John’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate, Joanne Walsh charged with possession of 2lbs of cannabis, possession with intent to sell and being concerned in the supplying of a controlled drug. He…

Darryl Matthew sworn in as the country’s newest Senator

Source: Antigua Observer JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 9th January 2018…….Sports enthusiast, Daryl Matthew was today, sworn in as a senator in the Upper House. Senator Matthew is the newest member to be sworn into the Upper House, replacing Michael Freeland who recently resigned. Matthew took an Oath of Allegiance in front of…

Man convicted and fined $27,000 for illegal drugs

Source: Antigua Observer Kevin Baptise of Golden Grove was convicted and fined $27,000 for illegal drugs, in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate, Joanne Walsh charged with Possession of 2lbs of Cannabis, Possession with intent to sell and being concerned in the supplying of a controlled drug. He…

GCAA to train hinterland residents in aviation

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan. 9, CMC – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)  says as part of the authority’s projections for this year, it will be training a minimum of 20 persons from the hinterland as air traffic controllers. According to GCAA Director General Lieutenant Colonel (retd.), Egbert Field,residents from the…

Bolans Smash up- Two Men Found Unconscious on Scene

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Monday, two men were knocked unconscious after a serious accident in the Bolans Community . The car crash is said to have occurred near the radio lighthouse facility in Bolans. According to reports, the men were seriously injured after their vehicles collided with each other. When medical services arrived…

Stadium clean up begins after evacuees leave

Source: Antigua Observer Piles of garbage, dirty underwear, rotting food and both new and old clothes were littered about the stadium in rooms once occupied by Barbuda’s evacuees. That was the condition of the basement portion of the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds (SVRCG) after it was returned to the management, when the…

Defendants in murder case get committal date

Source: Antigua Observer Accused murderers, Dorian Marshall and Shalom Bailey made their first court appearance yesterday and were issued a committal date to return for the case in which it is alleged they killed Charlesworth Richards Jr. They will go before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel again on March 7, to find out whether the…

Accused in latrine killing goes to court

Source: Antigua Observer Delano Forbes, the man who police say they suspect is a serial killer, made his first court appearance on the last murder for which he is accused. The 23-year-old resident of Swetes, who has been on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison since mid-December for other crimes, was taken to court…

School’s netball to shoot off this week

Source: Antigua Observer The Inter-School Netball 13-and-under division is set to shoot off this Thursday. This is according to Joyce Odonoghue, School’s Netball Coordinator who spoke to OBSERVER media about the upcoming league. “The league will officially be opened with a brief opening ceremony on Thursday afternoon, where Senator Colin James, the parliamentary…

Opposition supports Government’s nominee for President

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan. 8, CMC –  Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the opposition party will support the Government’s nominee of Paula-Mae Weekes for the post of President of the Republic. Based on opposition support, Weekes will be elected unopposed as the next President of Trinidad and Tobago. According…

Trump to call on Pentagon, diplomats to play bigger role on arms sales

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is nearing completion of a new “Buy American” plan that calls for U.S. military attaches and diplomats to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the American weapons industry, going beyond the assistance they currently provide, U.S. officials said. President…

Two Men Charged for Robbing Teenagers of their Cell Phones

Source: Antigua Chronicle Two men are expected in Court this week, after they were charged over the weekend by police in two separate counts of robbery. Elorn Javorn Jenkins, 24 of an Unfixed Address and 26yr-old Jovan Robinson Belle of Lower Gambles were jointly charged for allegedly robbing a 17yr-old boy of Villa…

Nurses Hostel is now home to Barbudans

Source: Antigua Chronicle It is official! Barbudans who were relocated to Antigua following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September are now in possession of a new home as the long-defunct Nurses Hostel is now operational after three months of rehabilitative work. The building, now affectionately known as the Barbuda Hotel, was officially…

Bolans Man Charged for Stealing Generator

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Friday, Police arrested and charged 55yr-old Louis Tongue of Bolans with larceny of one Champion-Heavy Duty Generator. The accused allegedly stole the portable gas powered equipment from the home of a Bolans woman, sometime between June 14th and October 14th 2017. The accused is expected before the Court this…

SENATOR WIGLEY GEORGE – DEFEAT AND CONQUEST

Source: Antigua Chronicle For a very small minority of Senators, when the going gets tough, those who may have been familiar with a carefully articulated quote may have been motivated to persevere, even when facing adversities. It states, ‘…Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; …It strengthens;…

Free Cutting Edge Tech Workshops for Teenagers

Source: Antigua Chronicle Press release More and more jobs require complex technical skills, and tech industries around the world are becoming some of the largest employers. The Ocean Generation Foundation and UNOPS, in conjunction with iLabGlobal, are pleased to announce a free opportunity to help your children kick-start their tech education. We are running two…

Hurricanes stun Red Force

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Jason Campbell held his nerve to blast leg-spinner Imran Khan for a straight six and propel Leeward Islands Hurricanes to an exciting one-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days, here Saturday. Chasing 222 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, Hurricanes…

Cornered Merkel upbeat as she seeks to revive grand coalition

Source: Antigua Observer BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) can cut a deal, she said on Sunday as the parties began five days of talks about reviving the ‘grand coalition’ that has governed Germany since 2013. Persuading the centreleft SPD to team up with…

There is life after Usain Bolt, assures Vilma Charlton

Source: Antigua Observer Olympian Vilma Charlton says she is confident that Jamaica’s track and field will continue to spark the global track in the wake of the inimitable Usain Bolt. The retirement of the Jamaican legend from track and field has had many worried about the future of Jamaica’s dominance in the sport,…

Barbuda evacuees moved to Nurses’ Hostel

Source: Antigua Observer The relocation of Barbuda’s evacuees from the Anchorage Inn to the Nurses’ Hostel began yesterday following a brief ceremony at the site on Queen Elizabeth Highway. Fifty-seven rooms were prepared for the 70-plus evacuees to be moved to the hostel. Browne said it could take up to two years to…

All schools on Barbuda remain closed – Clare Browne

Source: Antigua Observer The Director of Education, Clare Browne, is informing the public that schools on Barbuda are still closed and all Barbudan teachers who were assigned to schools in Antigua, should remain in Antigua. He made the assurance in light of an allegation that some Barbudan parents have returned to the sister…

Editorial: Tough on crime

Source: Antigua Observer We have been supporting the government’s actions to get tough on crime and we have also been promoting strong penalties for certain types of crimes, especially violent crimes. It was therefore unfortunate to learn that one aspect of the government’s tough stance on crime was recently undermined by the court…

Staff needed for sickle cell clinic

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Sickle Cell Association said that it will be relying on sponsorship from the local business community as it seeks to hire staff for the sickle cell clinic, located in the Old Rehab Unit at the former Holberton hospital compound. President of the association Dr. Edda Hadeed…

Barbudans one step away from ownership of lands on the island

Source: Antigua Chronicle After a full day of parliamentary debates and discussion, an historic moment happened when the Barbuda Land Amendment Bill was passed in the late hours of Tuesday. The Bill now grants Barbudans actual, individual ownership of the lands in Barbuda which were previously held as “communal land”. The Bill will…

Briggins Man Fined on Gun & Ammunition Charges

Source: Antigua Chronicle Makieva Otto, 21 of Briggins has to pay a fine of $5,500 forthwith, in order not to spend a year inside Her Majesty’s Prison. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh in St. John’s Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, charged with possession of a modified flare gun and possession of two 9mm…

ONDCP defends ski masks use in drug bust operation

Source: Antigua Observer The Director of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy, (ONDCP), Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft is seeking to reassure the public that there is no need to be alarmed over the agency’s personnel using ski masks while on field operations. He says given the nature of the…

AG confirms sentence of the court contradicts the law

Source: Antigua Observer A fine was yesterday imposed on Makieva Otto for gun and ammunition possession, but, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, attorney general, has confirmed that it is not in keeping with the law. The information of the fine of $5,500 which was ordered payable forthwith, was divulged to the media by the Strategic…

Windies lose ground in rankings following series demise

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – West Indies have slipped to fifth in the ICC Twenty20 rankings, following their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in the threematch series which ended on Wednesday. The reigning World champions slumped to a 119- run defeat at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to end a wretched series…

The fear of impersonation

Source: Antigua Observer It was interesting to see how a major drug bust by law enforcement turned into a safety concern by those who witnessed the event.   In case you missed it, officers from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) executed a very successful intercept of over…

PRESS RELEASE: ONDCP Lays Charges in $11 million Cocaine Bust

Source: Antigua Observer Deon PERKINS, a 41 year old resident from Union Road, Hatton was arrested by Officers of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), on Wednesday 3 January, 2018 after a successful drug interdiction on Sir George Walter Highway. As previously indicated, Two hundred and eighty- six…

Prime Minister calls on church to preach against violence

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 4, CMC –  Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has called on church leaders to preach against crime and violence, as it is undermining the family structure. “Bring it to your pulpit. We cannot allow much of what is happening, particularly the abuse that is happening within families,” said…

Grays Farm Man Fined $20k on Drug Charges

Source: Antigua Chronicle Glentis Davis, 31 of Christian Street, Grays Farm was convicted and fined $20,000 on multiple drug charges in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh charged with Possession of 732.2 grams of Cannabis, Possession with intent to transfer and Possession with intent to sell. He…

UWI Marks 70 Years or Service and Leadership

Source: Antigua Chronicle For the past 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region. Since its inception in 1948, The UWI has been a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the…

ONDCP Intercepts Over $11 million worth of Cocaine

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Wednesday January 3, 2018, ONDCP officers conducted a successful drug interdiction on the Sir George Walter Highway during which, a large quantity of cocaine was seized. A total of 286 bricks of Cocaine with a combined weight of 336.40 kilograms or (740.8lbs) was found. The drug carries an estimated…

Mexican Ambassador presents credentials to Director General of the OECS

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) His Excellency Oscar Esparza-Vargas, presented his credentials to the Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 at a short luncheon hosted by Ambassador Esparza-Vargas. In presenting his credentials H.E.…

Stadium workers stage sick-out

Source: Antigua Observer No work was done at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds (SVRCG) yesterday as “most of the staff” reported that they could not turn up for duty. Conliffe Phillip, stadium manager, said that at approximately 6 a.m., almost all his staff communicated to him, via phone call or message, that…

Alleged car thief arrested

Source: Antigua Observer Dion Pryce has been identified as the person who stole Neste Cabral’s mother’s vehicle from outside their York’s home on Boxing Day. The police issued a statement yesterday saying that the 52-year-old man is now charged with larceny of the Herrier SUV, with the registration plate A 77177. Three days…

Editorial: Let the lawyering begin!

Source: Antigua Observer Back when there was just talk of freehold being introduced on our sister island, Barbuda, we raised the issue of repercussions. We ended that piece by stating, “The Government may have the law and the land on its side, but there may be repercussions that Antiguans and Barbudans find are…

Golden Grove Man Charged with Larceny 

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police have charged 52yr-old Dion Pryce of Golden Grove with larceny of a Toyota Harrier motor jeep A77177. The vehicle is the property of a York’s resident, who reported it stolen from outside her home on Boxing Day. Police eventually found the vehicle at Pryce’s auto body repair shop at…

Another option for Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer It was interesting to note that within all the festivities of the season and the new year celebrations, Barbuda was a hot topic of conversation. It would appear that Barbuda is a much bigger deal for Antiguans than most people think. While pre-election fever began to take hold of the…

House debates telecoms tax bill

Source: Antigua Observer The House of Representatives last night opened debate on Telecommunications Tax Bill 2017, which will impose a tax on incoming overseas telecommunications if it becomes law. The bill was piloted by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who said the revenues would be used to fund an entrepreneurial scheme. The bill proposes…

Government accused of breeding delinquents

Source: Antigua Observer The government is being accused of “breeding a new type of youth offender” as it continues to subsidise Barbudans living in Antigua. The statement was expressed by Makeda Mikael,  businesswoman and former aide to Sir Thomas Hilbourne Frank, a former member of Parliament for Barbuda, during a recent interview. “In…

Prison conditions here not unique

Source: Antigua Observer A former prison boss said that the problems facing Her Majesty’s Prison in Antigua and Barbuda are not unique to the country, but rather, they are an issue seen across the Caribbean. Former Prison Superintendent, Eric Henry, told OBSERVER media that many prisons across the region are in need of…

Robbery accused remanded to prison

Source: Antigua Observer Cadaphy “Jun Jun” Evanson of Briggins, who is accused of robbing two people at gunpoint on Christmas Eve, was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. Evanson appeared in the St. John’s Magistrates Court yesterday, where he was remanded until February when committal proceedings are expected to begin. Then, a magistrate will…

Opposition Leader warns of constitutional crisis in St. Lucia

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 2, CMC – The leader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre is warning of a constitutional crisis here following the non-appointment of a successor to Dame Pearlette Louisy, who demitted office on December 31, last year. “…the constitutional crisis that…

South Korea offers talks with North ahead of Olympics

Source: Antigua Observer SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea amid a standoff over its weapons programs, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to negotiations but that his country would push ahead with “mass producing” nuclear warheads. The offer for high-level…

Iran’s leader says enemies have stirred unrest in country

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader on Tuesday accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring unrest across the country as a crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week. Police have arrested more than 450 protesters in the capital Tehran over the past three days, the deputy provincial…

Accident victims hospitalised

Source: Antigua Observer Several people, to include two tourists, were injured in an accident in Bolans last night. The traffic department is investigating. Link: Accident victims hospitalised

Police Nabs 5 with Drugs over the Weekend 

Source: Antigua Chronicle Several people are expected before the Court this week, after police found them with illegal drugs in their possession on the weekend. Leo Tonge and Kadeem Henry both of Golden Grove along with Dellis Morris of Jennings were charged jointly with possession of 41 grams of cannabis.  The offence took…

Press Release: More Charges for “Jun Jun”

Source: Antigua Observer The man accused of robbing the owners of Windows and Doors on Christmas Eve Day was by police over the weekend for allegedly committing another robbery on the same day. Cadaphy Evanson, aka “Jun Jun” of Briggins is accused of robbery two people in Grays Farm of their Honda Stream…

More charges for "Jun Jun" 

Source: Antigua Chronicle The police has informed the media that the man accused of robbing the owners of Windows and Doors on Christmas Eve Day, was also accused of allegedly committing another robbery on that same day. Over the weekend, Cadaphy Evanson, aka “Jun Jun of Briggins was accused of robbering two people…

PM Browne expresses pride in Antiguans and Barbudans

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has expressed pride in the people of Antigua and Barbuda for their resilience over the past few months as the country grapple with the effects of the passage of two hurricanes, one which decimated the island of Barbuda.   In his New Year message…

Tributes Pour In For Late International Umpire Cumberbatch

Source: Antigua Observer ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Cricket’s regional governing body, Cricket West Indies, has led tributes to late former international umpire Clyde Cumberbatch, following his passing in his native Trinidad on Saturday. The 81-year-old stood in 12 Tests in a 14-year career between 1981 and 1995, and also officiated in 26…

Opposition parties rip into Browne administration

Source: Antigua Observer The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) pilloried Prime Minister Gaston Browne and his administration in their new year messages as they jostle to establish themselves as the saviour of the Antigua and Barbuda people. In what is widely believed to be an election year…

Concerns raised over crime-fighting drones

Source: Antigua Observer “It’s so easy to invade somebody’s privacy with a drone; drones are no joke.” This is according to a young entrepreneur in St. John’s, speaking with OBSERVER media on Thursday as he gave his opinion on the news that police will now be using drones for crime-fighting. The young entrepreneur…

More communities get voter registration centres

Source: Antigua Observer The number of decentralised voter registration centres now stands at nine as the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) works on decentralising the process. A release from ABEC at the weekend stated that the All Saints East and St. Luke Unit was relocated to the Nelson’s House, which is on…

Business Owners Warned! Could Face $100,000 in fines

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Health and Environment has yet again issued a warning to the owners of grocery stores, supermarkets and restaurants in regards to the ban of  plastic bags in Antigua and Barbuda. According to Indira James, Environmental Implementation Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and the Environment, business owners…

Prime Minister Gaston Browne – New Year's Message 2018

Source: Antigua Chronicle Fellowship citizens and residents; happy new year. As we end a significant year in our history, I am immensely proud of you, the people of Antigua and Barbuda. In the wake of the mightiest storm in the Caribbean’s history, that laid waste to our Barbuda, the people of this nation…

Governor seeks legal opinions on controversial bill

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec 30, CMC  — Governor John Rankin is continuing to take legal advice on giving assent to a controversial bill designed to replace same-sex marriage with “watered-down” domestic partnerships in this British Overseas Territory. Government House confirmed that Rankin had asked for legal opinions on the Domestic Partnership…

ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Dec 30, CMC -The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members scheduled for the final quarter of this year. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can be…

Second Man Chargerd in Richards’ Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged a second man in the Charlesworth Richards Jr murder investigations. On Friday, 38yr-old Dorian Marshall of Donovans was the latest to be charged in the June 21st incident at Ras Freeman, Liberta. Shalom Bailey also of Donovans was  recently charged in connection with his murder. Marshall is…

Mother and son ‘caught’ with gun and ammo

Source: Antigua Observer A mother and son will be spending New Year’s Day in jail since the police have charged them with unlawful possession of a modified firearm and ammunition. The woman is 50-year-old Mary Edwards-Otto and her offspring is 21-year-old Mekieva Otto. They were jointly charged early on Friday and would be…

Yorks woman confirms stolen vehicle recovered

Source: Antigua Observer Three days after a vehicle was stolen from outside her Yorks home, Neste Cabral is thanking the public for its assistance in finding the white Lexus SUV. Cabral told OBSERVER media that the vehicle was recovered Friday evening in Nut Grove, intact, cleaned and prepped to be repainted. The vehicle’s…

No local concerns over US flu cases

Source: Antigua Observer This country’s acting chief medical officer, Dr. James Knight, has suggested that there is no need for concern over flu-related complications and deaths currently being recorded in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) said up to 650,000 people worldwide could die from complications of the flu.…

Rasta: Pending Decriminalisation Act only a stepping stone

Source: Antigua Observer High Priest Selah, of the Nyabinghi Theocracy Church, says the amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act will only have a minor impact on his tribe since the new legal amount equates to “one chalice” during a religious ceremony. For this reason, High Priest Conneal “Selah” Christian said that the…

Mother and Son charged with possession 

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police jointly charged 50yr-old Mary Edwards-Otto and her 21yr-old son Makieva Otto, both of Briggins with possession of two 9mm rounds of ammunition, and possession of a Modified Flare Gun.  The illegal items were found at their home during a police raid on Wednesday. They are expected before the Court…

GUYANA-COURT-Two men on bail following cocaine seizure

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 26, CMC – Two men have been granted GUY$300,000 (One Guyana dollar =US$0.004 cents) bail each after they appeared before a city magistrate charged drug trafficking after the drugs were allegedly found in a cooking gas cylinder on Sunday. Juan Anderson, 30 and Damion Williams, 33, pleaded…

Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Amazon(AMZN.O) on Friday in a call for the country’s postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past. “Why is the United States Post Office,…

​Briggings Man Charged in Christmas Eve Heist 

Source: Antigua Chronicle A Briggins man has been charged for the robbery which took place at the business place of Windows & Doors at  Paynters on Christmas Eve morning.  Cadaphy Evanson aka “Jun Jun” of Briggins is accused of robbing the owner at gunpoint of an undisclosed sum of money, jewellery and mobile…

Governor-General Visits Clarevue Hospital

Source: Antigua Chronicle Management, staff, and residents of Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital were graced with the presence of His Excellency, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams on Wednesday 20th December 2017 as the institution held its annual Christmas programme. Among those in attendance were the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Health…

Five Islands Command Top Flight

Source: Antigua Observer Newcomers Five Islands FC, are the leaders of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Premier Division after winning a fourth straight match to climb to 12 points after six outings. Their latest victory came on Sunday when they defeated Tryum FC 3-1 in the opening match of a doubleheader…

ABBA to host National Under-18 3×3 qualifiers

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) is set to host its National Under-18 3×3 Qualifiers this weekend. Teams must consist of four players and all interested players have to first sign up on 3×3 planet.com. The top team will be chosen to represent Antigua and Barbuda at the upcoming…

Benjamin: Hurricanes have lost confidence

Source: Antigua Observer Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Winston Benjamin, has hinted at possible changes ahead of the sub-regional team’s round 8 clash against T&T Red Force slated for 4-7 January in Trinidad as they seek to turn the team’s fortune around. The 4 Day tournament is set to resume next Thursday…

Villa stuns Fort Road to stay in First Division contention

Source: Antigua Observer Former Premier Division champions, FC Aston Villa, stayed within striking distance of frontrunners Liberta Blackhawks in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) First Division competition on Wednesday, following a 3-0 victory over rivals Fort Road. Playing away from home, Villa had strikes from Omega Jeffery, Tavin Crump and Deandre…

AG says NO to "modern day slavery"

Source: Antigua Chronicle Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Safety and Labour Hon. Steadroy Benjamin today in Parliament made an official statement on behalf of the government speaking out against Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling. Minister Benjamin, said “As a Government, we strongly condemn this type of “modern day slavery” as…

Editorial: Political astronomy

Source: Antigua Observer As the year comes to a close, there is one glaring omission by the government in all of its boasts of good governance and transparency – the budget! You see, there is a small, pesky bit of legislation called The Finance Administration Act, 2006 that relegates how money is to…

Bag Snatcher Fined

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Nut Grove man, who snatched the bag of a female visitor and that of a local woman on Boxing Day, was convicted in the Court on Thursday. Sammyton Harris appeared in St. Johns Magistrate Court before Chief Magistrate Walsh, charged with two counts of Larceny. He pleaded guilty and…

EU’s Blacklisting of CARICOM Financial Centres- Beckles Opinion

Source: Antigua Chronicle In spite of being an environment ravished by the effects of global climate change, and the specific economic challenges of being small, open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain the status of middle-income developing countries. They have maintained modest rates of economic growth although being the region most adversely…

Delano Forbes charged with 2 more counts of murder

Source: Antigua Chronicle Delano Forbes of Swetes, who was recently charged with the murder of Wilfred “Bongo” Williams also of Swetes has been charged with two (2) additional counts of Murder. He is accused of the murder of Shawn Henry of Point, between the 6th and 9th of May 2017 at the corner…

New head of state for Barbados

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 27, CMC – Prominent jurist Justice Sandra Mason will become Barbados eighth Governor General when she is sworn into office on January 8 next year. She replaces Sir Elliot Belgrave who served as head of state from June 2012 to June 2017 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Wednesday…

Police and prison officers accept “one-off” payment

Source: Antigua Observer ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 27, CMC – The head of the Government’s Negotiating Team (GNT), Beryl Isaac, says prison and gazetted police officers have agreed to a accept the one-off “sacrifice” payment 9offered by the Grenada government. She said that the Prison Welfare Association, the Police Welfare Association and the…

Barbudans get notice to move

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans living as tenants at Anchorage Inn have been given an eviction notice. And, they are outraged because the notice given to them today, December 27th, tells them they have to move today, December 27th. The notice was written by the National Office of Disaster Services, and delivered by a…

Jamaica records more than 20 per cent increase in murders

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 26, CMC – Jamaica has recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders with one more week to go before the end of 2017, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The JCF’s Periodic Serious and Violent Crimes Review show that 1, 581 people…

Venezuelans scramble to survive as merchants demand dollars

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) – There was no way Jose Ramon Garcia, a food transporter in Venezuela, could afford new tires for his van at $350 each. Whether he opted to pay in U.S. currency or in the devalued local bolivar currency at the equivalent black market price, Garcia would…

U.S. sanctions North Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States announced sanctions on two North Korean officials behind their country’s ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The new U.S. steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea…

Please visit the hospice she says

Source: Antigua Observer As the year comes to an end the Administrator of the St Johns Hospice is urging more people to visit the residents there. Kathy Gilkes, says visiting will help to give people perspective. She says visiting also allows people to see how they can assist the Hospice. The St John’s…

Body fished out of water

Source: Antigua Observer The decomposing body of 65-year-old, Denzil Solomon, of Royal Gardens was discovered in the Point area this morning. According to a police officer who spoke to an OBSERVER media reporter, the body was found floating by Point Warf near the West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) property around 8:00 a.m. this…

Several Nabbed with Drugs Sunday

Source: Antigua Chronicle Several persons were arrested and taken into custody by police after they were found wilth illegal drugs and other prohibited items in their possession. Around 3am on sunday, police were on mobile patrol in the area of YMCA and carried out a search on a beige and black Mini Cooper…

The court issues a final order to Yida Zhang

Source: Antigua Observer The High Court has issued a final order for the sale of stock that YIDA Zhang holds in the company Yida International Investment Antigua Limited. Yida is the sole shareholder. Justice Rosalyn E. Wilkinson has also ordered accounting firm Grant Thornton to value the shares and submit the valuation to…

Bandits wreak havoc hours before Christmas celebrations

Source: Antigua Observer Thieves have been keeping the police busy and terrifying residents, committing a series of robberies all across the island. The latest incident took place this morning (Sunday), around 4:05 on Federation Road in Gray’s Farm. Two people were allegedly robbed of their vehicle and other valuables by two masked, gunmen.…

From Jerusalem, Netanyahu offers Christians personal tours of Israel

Source: Antigua Observer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims on Sunday in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel’s capital by U.S. President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion. A Christmas Eve video on Twitter showed Netanyahu against the backdrop…

North Korea says new U.N. sanctions an act of war

Source: Antigua Observer BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) – The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, threatening to punish those who supported the measure. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea…

Missing woman found

Source: Antigua Observer Dwannia Lake of Scotts Hill who was reported missing by her family members has been found. She was found at Buckleys on Sunday around 7:30 am. She appeared to be in good health. The police and the family would like to thank the general public for their assistance on locating…

HAITI-CRIME-Bishop condemns murder of Roman Catholic priest

Source: Antigua Observer PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Dec 23, CMC – President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, Bishop Launay Saturné, has condemned “in the most vigorous way” the murder of Father Joseph Simoly who was shot on Thursday during an apparent robbery. Bishop Saturné in a statement said a “a new course…

TRINIDAD-CRIME-Gunmen kill three in early morning raid

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 23, CMC – Police are searching for gunmen who killed three people but spared the lives of two children during an early home invasion on Saturday. The police said that the incident occurred at Cunupia, a town in central Trinidad. The authorities said a woman…

Help find this missing woman

Source: Antigua Observer The police, along with the family of 33-year old Dwannia Lake of Scotts Hill is seeking the help of the public in knowing her whereabouts. She was last seen driving her black Subaru motor car registration number A47524 on Friday 22nd December. She is approximately 5ft 8inches in height, fair…

Youth dies in early morning car crash

Source: Antigua Observer Twenty-six-year-old Cordell Simon of Swetes became the country’s most recent road fatality this morning. The police say he was driving a Toyota Allion, A46616, and lost control while speeding. The vehicle crashed into a wooden utility pole on All Saints road in the vicinity of Lics Ltd. It is alleged…

Crime-fighting solution proposed

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party (UPP) will completely revamp the crime-fighting process in Antigua and Barbuda. This is according to Senator Damani Tabor, spokesperson for the UPP. He said, “We are proposing a ten-point strategic crime-fighting action plan… These are the ten pillars that we are proposing as part of our…

‘Cutie’ touts ‘anti-corruption unit’

Source: Antigua Observer Against the backdrop of a scandal which forced a government senator to resign, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin has announced the revival, under new legislation, of the “anti-corruption unit,” a defunct and little heard of division within the office of the attorney general. Benjamin spoke to this reporter about the unit on…

UPP promises buoyant economy, unincorporated business tax repeal

Source: Antigua Observer The Untied Progressive Party (UPP) plans to create a buoyant economy starting with the repeal of the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT). This is according to Senator Damani Tabor, public relations officer (PRO) for the UPP.  “We’re also going to create a more buoyant economy… we’re going to repeal the UBT.”…

Antigua and Barbuda abstains on UN Jerusalem resolution

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda was among 35 countries abstaining on a U.N. resolution condemning the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move which has triggered violent clashes and angered the Arab world. Thursday’s non-binding resolution called on the U.S. to reverse its stance on Jerusalem, which the…

UWI critical of EU blacklisting of Caribbean countries

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 22, CMC – The University of the West Indies (UWI) has criticised the European Union over its decision to blacklist a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as tax havens, warning that the unilateral move could have a deleterious effect on their economies. “This latest decision by…

Dominica PM explains UN vote on Jerusalem

Source: Antigua Observer ROSEAU, Dominica, Dec 22, CMC – The Dominica government Friday defended its decision to vote in favour of a non-bind United Nations resolution that called upon all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Dominica was among Caribbean Community (CARICO) included in…

Spain’s crisis re-ignited as Catalan separatists win vote

Source: Antigua Observer BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – Separatists looked set on Friday to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s attempt to neuter its independence movement, instead re-igniting the country’s biggest political crisis in decades. Spanish markets recoiled at a surprise result that is also a setback for the…

Hermitage Bay and West Indies Oil in Business Football final

Source: Antigua Observer Hermitage Bay and West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) will face off in the final of the Business Football league. Both teams secured their spot in the final on Wednesday night at the New Winthropes playing field. WIOC grabbed the first spot after edging out Jolly Beach, 3-2. The highly-contested match…

Australian all-rounder named Women’s Cricketer of the year

Source: Antigua Observer Australian Ellyse Perry has been named Women’s Cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 27-year-old all-rounder won the ICC’s inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award, renamed in memory of the former England captain, who died in January. Perry scored an unbeaten 213 during the women’s Ashes Test…

Russian Olympic athletes warned not to dress like flag

Source: Antigua Observer Russian athletes taking part at the Winter Olympics as neutral competitors have been warned not to replicate their country’s flag using their kit. “Separate items of clothing cannot create a tricolor” is one of 13 International Olympic Committee stipulations. The Russian emblem and coat of arms is not permitted on…

NOC Elections postponed

Source: Antigua Observer The National Olympic Committee (NOC) Elections were postponed on Wednesday night. The reason for the postponement was given as the alleged fraudulent nomination of Neil Cochrane to vie for the post of president by Kelesha Antoine, president of the Fencing Federation. In speaking with OBSERVER media, President of the NOC,…

Work halts at government housing site

Source: Antigua Observer Protesting workers at one of government’s housing construction sites have vowed to continue their protest action if they are not told when they will receive salary increases. Yesterday, more than 70 labourers including masons, carpenters, steel benders, electricians and plumbers, employed by the National Housing Development and Urban Renewal Company…

Extradited Bulgarian fraudster back behind bars in Bermuda

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec 21, CMC  – A convicted Bulgarian fraudster who fled the island before a Crown appeal to increase his sentence was heard, is back behind bars after he was extradited from England. Credit card scammer Chavdar Bachev, 42,  was flown from the United Kingdom to Bermuda late Tuesday …

St. Lucia’s Governor General to demit office

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St Lucia Dec. 21  – Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy has announced that she will be leaving  office at the end of the year. The Governor General made  the announcement in a nationally televised address late Wednesday. “So, Ladies and Gentlemen I wish to announce that I will be…

Moment of truth for independence drive as divided Catalonia votes

Source: Antigua Observer BARCELONA (Reuters) – Voters in a deeply divided Catalonia flocked to the polls on Thursday with support for its separatist and unionist camps running neck-and-neck, leaving prospects of an end to Spain’s worst political crisis in decades looking slim. Final pre-election surveys published last Friday showed parties backing the region’s…

Notice: Temporary Closure of Liberta Police Station

Source: Antigua Observer Due to an insect infestation at the Liberta Police Station, the station has been closed with immediate effect until 7pm on Thursday 21st December, 2017. This closure is to facilitate the health authorities to carry out fumigation exercise on the premises. Residents in the Liberta and surrounding areas are advised…

Insect Infestation Forces Closure of Liberty Police Station

Source: Antigua Chronicle Due to an insect infestation at the Liberta Police Station, the station has been closed with immediate effect until 7pm on Thursday 21st December, 2017. Police say the closure is to facilitate the health authorities to carry out fumigation exercise on the premises. Residents in the Liberta and surrounding areas…

UPP Condemns Attorney General's Spurious Bomb Threat Allegations

Source: Antigua Chronicle It is regrettable and deplorable that the Minister of Public Safety and Attorney General the Honourable Steadroy Benjamin would make not only spurious allegations, but reckless statements about the main Opposition Party being behind the recent bomb threats. It is just as regrettable that the media who hold the responsibility…

Crime Prevention & Safety Tips for Christmas Season

Source: Antigua Chronicle In an effort to minimize the risks of becoming a victim of crime, the police have issued a number of Crime Prevention and Safety Tips for this Christmas season for all to take on board. 1. First off, police are appealing to members of the public to be mindful of…

Plans for New National Cemetery Revealed

Source: Antigua Chronicle It has increasingly become apparent that ‘night has fallen’ on the continued use of the St.John’s Public Cemetery and the time is now for concrete steps to be taken towards the provision of a new National Cemetery. As Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph put it, “this is an urgent…

Two Charged in Potters Supermarket Break-in

Source: Antigua Chronicle The two men, who were caught on Monday by police breaking into J & Jen Supermarket in Potters, are now charged. Jeremiah Martin, 26 of Potters along with co-accused 27yr-old Alex Wiltshire of Cooks Hill, were both charged jointly with Breaking and Entering. Wiltshire on the other hand was charged…

EDITORIAL: Ham and turkey will not suffice

Source: Antigua Observer It’s a tradition – ham and turkey at Christmas. It’s also a tradition – ham and turkey, compliments of our politicians. And as the line from the good poem goes, “Christmas comes but once a year . . .” seems, so too do the politicians who deliver that ham and…

Slow internet affecting ASYCUDA

Source: Antigua Observer Slower internet bandwidth appears to be one of the major problems affecting customers’ interaction with the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) which went on stream here on April 3. The ASYCUDA World system makes use of cutting-edge ITC technologies including e-signature, biometrics, and Extensible Markup Language (XML) to provide governments…

ATM fraud suspect nabbed in Montserrat

Source: Antigua Observer A Bulgarian man accused of tampering with two Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in the city, is now in custody assisting lawmen with their investigation. The 39-year-old accused, who should not be named because he had not been charged with any crimes at the time of going to press, was wanted…

Murder accused found in bushes

Source: Antigua Observer Police said that Delano Forbes is now in their custody and being questioned about the stabbing death of his fellow Swetes resident, Wilfred “Bongo” Williams. Yesterday, police said that they captured the 23-year-old suspect at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, hiding in some bushes in his village. Williams, 59, was…

Plans for Tomlinsons public cemetery unveiled

Source: Antigua Observer The government’s move to establish a new public cemetery has attracted concerns from residents in the Potters community, the planned location for the facility. Approximately 40 people attended Monday night’s public consultation at the Potter’s Primary School. While there appeared a general sense of acceptance, concerns were raised about flooding…

FREELAND RESIGNS, BREAKS SILENCE

Source: Antigua Observer After weeks of calls for him to make a statement from various quarters, Senator Michael Freeland has ended his silence on the port authority money scandal. See his full statement below… Media Release 19 December, 2017 Statement by Michael Freeland I am making the following statement to the people of…

FEATURE: The Plight of Those Living With a Disability

Source: Antigua Chronicle At the recently concluded I Am Able Conference, many of the difficulties, the discrimination, and inequalities facing persons living with disabilities (PLWD) were brought to light. Whether it is access to buildings, jobs, higher learning, those with disabilities are often left behind. Most are living below the poverty line, not…

ATM Fraudster Captured

Source: Antigua Observer The suspect wanted in relation to the ATM fraud in Antigua is now in police custody. He has been identified as  Martin Demitrov of Bulgaria. He was apprehended on Monday in Montserrat and brought back to Antigua aboard a ferry around 8am on Tuesday 19th December. He is quite likely…

Press Release: Wanted Murder Suspect in Custody

Source: Antigua Observer Delano Forbes of Swetes who is wanted in connection with the country’s recent homicide is now in police custody. He was captured around 8pm on Monday in some bushes in Swetes during an intelligence driven operation by police. Forbes is currently assisting the police further with their investigations into last…

Bail denied for accused in multi-million dollar airport heist

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 19, CMC – Four people, including a pregnant woman, were denied bail when they appeared in a magistrate’s court in east Trinidad on Monday charged with robbery with aggravation, money laundering and receiving stolen money as a result of a multi-million dollar heist at the…

MOH Expressions of Interest: Consultancy- Road Sector Development Master Plan

Source: Antigua Chronicle GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING SECOND ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE REHABILITATION AND INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING CONSULTANCY – ROAD SECTOR DEVELOPMENT MASTER PLAN REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has applied for financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost…

Two in Custody for Attempted Break-in

Source: Antigua Chronicle Jeremiah Martin, 26 of Potters and 27yr-old Alex Wiltshire of Cooks Hill are both in police custody assisting the police in their investigations, after they were caught attempting to break into a supermarket in Potters. Members of the Special Services Unit (SSU) were on one of their regular mobile patrols…

20 Sew scholarships for Antiguans and Barbudans

Source: Antigua Chronicle Students from across the island of Antigua and Barbuda stand to benefit from 20 full scholarships which the Government of Romania will make available for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. A two member delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, headed by Ambassador at Large Her Excellency…

PM Browne says Freeland scandal ‘settled’

Source: Antigua Observer After more than a month and a half offering no statements on the Freeland auction scandal the prime minister, Gastgon Browne, has said the matter is “settled.” He used the word in response to an email from an OBSERVER reporter who asked him several questions on December 18, 2017. Browne,…

American citizen on drug charges

Source: Antigua Observer NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec 18, CMC – A 60-year-old American citizen is due to appear in court this week after she was arrested over the last weekend with nearly three pounds of cocaine taped to her waist. Police said that the woman, who was searched at the Freeport Harbour on Friday…

U.S. citizen recaptured after Bali jail break

Source: Antigua Observer DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian police have recaptured a U.S. citizen who escaped a week ago from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year. Cristian Beasley from California was rearrested on Sunday, Badung Police chief Yudith Satria Hananta said,…

Republicans confident tax bill will become law this week

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. Republicans said they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week’s end. John Cornyn, the No. 2 U.S. Senate Republican, said in an interview…

Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut

Source: Antigua Observer BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) – A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday. The British foreign ministry provided a statement by the family of the woman, Rebecca Dykes, but gave no details of the circumstances of her death. “We…

Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

Source: Antigua Observer Information provided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before they could carry out their plan, the Kremlin said in a statement posted on its Internet site. A senior Trump administration official confirmed Trump and Putin had spoken on Sunday. However, there…

WOMEN IN POLITICS – SACRIFICIAL LAMBS

Source: Antigua Chronicle By: RAWLSTON POMPEY This commentary looks briefly at ‘…Women in Politics’ and those who, for reasons of convenience or expediency, shall be made ‘…Lambs of Sacrifice.’ It also cursory looks at ‘…Mandates and Privileges,’ as they affect ‘…Appointment or ‘…Elective office.’ The Constitution speaks to these, setting out reasons for…

Centenarian attributes longevity to being neighbour’s keeper

Source: Antigua Observer Impressive warri player Majorie Edwards Abbott can defeat any challenger, and that is exactly what she did yesterday while celebrating her 103rd birthday. When asked by this reporter what was the secret to her longevity, she smiled sweetly and whispered, “Love the Lord, live good with people, and God will…

CARICOM wants member states removed from EU blacklist

Source: Antigua Observer The European Union’s (E.U.) recent blacklisting of several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries for being “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions” has gone beyond international norms and they should be removed from the list, according to Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM’s Secretary-General. The SG’s condemnation came during the accreditation of new ambassador of France to CARICOM,…

Accused murderer in court on Monday

Source: Antigua Observer Murder accused, Shal-om Bailey, will be taken to court next week to face the charge against him. Bailey, 24, was charged this week for the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr., who was gunned down in June this year at Ras Freeman Estate in Liberta. The Donovans man is scheduled to…

Still on the run: see something, say something

Source: Antigua Observer The police last night issued a fresh appeal for 23-year-old Delano Forbes to surrender to them for questioning about the latest killing in Swetes. The All Saints youth is being sought for the stabbing death of Swetes resident Wilfred Williams whose body was found in a latrine pit on Wednesday.…

CDB releases US $29M for Irma recovery efforts

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a U.S. $29 million loan to help Antigua and Barbuda’s recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in September. A release from the bank stated that the money will be used to reconstruct critical infrastructure in the transportation, education, water, sanitation, and…

Wanted for ATM tampering

Source: Antigua Observer Police are seeking the assistance of the public in identifying this man and knowing his whereabouts. He is wanted in connection with allegations of Fraud. It is alleged that he was seen tampering with two ATM Machines in two separate locations on the island, Friday evening. Anyone with information is…

Caribbean's Tourism Return Shows It Is Open and Has Something for Everyone

Source: Antigua Chronicle Billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association’s “Caribbean Is Open” campaign generated…

CARIBBEAN-TRADE-WTO talks collapse, Caribbean disappointed

Source: Antigua Observer Caribbean countries have expressed disappointment at the collapse of talks towards a final outcome document at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “The reality is that we’ve had countries take entrenched positions, and unless we are prepared to be flexible, we will not come to…

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, who stars in the U.S. TV legal drama “Suits”, announced their engagement last month with the marriage to take place in St George’s Chapel…

Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument. The cryptocurrency’s staggering recent price rises — more than 1,700 percent…

UPP National Vision Forum Set for Tonight at Freedom Hall

Source: Antigua Chronicle The UPP will launch the National Vision Forum, a community-wide discussion series aimed at promoting the Party’s Policy PLATFORMS. Political Leader, Senator Harold Lovell and his team, will present the UPP’s transformative development agenda under the theme TALENTS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE. This town hall style meeting, will provide a dynamic,…

(VIDEO) UB40 Come Back Darling Filmed in Antigua

Source: Antigua Chronicle UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, filmed a new music video for their Greatest Album hit Come Back Darling in a bid to reassure Brits that the region is ready for tourists to ‘come back’ following a concerted recovery effort. Virgin Holidays Managing Director, Joe Thompson, said: “Virgin Holidays…

First Road Project Stakeholder Consultation Dubbed a ‘Great Success’

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Unit is calling its first major stakeholder public consultation a great success. The event recently held at the Multipurpose Cultural Center attracted representatives from more than 28 businesses and organizations. The discussion centered on the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure…

FEATURE: The Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Source: Antigua Chronicle They are ostracized by our society, labelled as slow, retarded, handicapped and often treated less than humans, even by their own family members. Simply because they may not be able to communicate or comprehend like we do, they are viewed as an embarrassment, while others give them things out of…

CISCO and DIGICEL Frame Agreement to Accelerate Digital Transformation in the Caribbean, Central America

Source: Antigua Chronicle Cisco, the worldwide technology leader, and Digicel, a major telecommunication services provider covering a wide territory in the Caribbean, have signed a Caribbean Countries Digitalization the “Frame Agreement”) outlining their objectives and strategic plans for accelerating the digital agenda and existing digitization policies for 26 countries in the Caribbean and…

Police charge Shalom Bailey with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr.

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged 24yr old Shalom Bailey of Donovans with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr. late of Liberta.  Richards was shot and killed at Ras Freeman, Liberta on 21st June of this year. Shalom Bailey Link: Police charge Shalom Bailey with the murder of Charlesworth Richards Jr.

Wanted: Delano Forbes

Source: Antigua Observer Police are in search for Delano Forbes of All Saints, who is wanted in connection with the recent homicide in Swetes. Police are appealing for Forbes to surrender himself immediately at any police station. Any member of the public with information as to his whereabouts can contact the Criminal Investigations…

Missing man, suspected homicide

Source: Antigua Observer A missing persons probe turned into a suspicious death investigation following the discovery of the body of Wilfred “Bongo” Williams. He was found slumped inside a latrine that was nailed shut. Up until around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, four days after Williams left his Swetes Village home and vanished without a…

Editorial: A bit of ‘mansplaining’

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne seems to have evoked an unexpected and unwanted response to his explanation of how his wife, Maria Bird-Browne, was able to secure the candidacy of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) for the Rural East constituency.   It appears that the women of this country were…

No clear date for re-opening of schools on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Government officials are yet to make a decision as to when regular classes will resume at Sir McChesney George Secondary School – three months after sections of the educational plant was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. John Mussington, the principal of the school, disclosed yesterday that several things are required before…

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