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July 20, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda

EDITORIAL: Sometimes necessary for life

Source: Antigua Observer Founding member of the Democratic National Alliance, Bruce Goodwin, is calling for the minister with responsibility for the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), Robin Yearwood, to be relieved of his portfolio.  According to Goodwin, the minister is not competent to discharge his responsibilities.  Obviously, the buck stops with Minister Yearwood,…

Morris creates history in Drag Racing

Source: Antigua Observer Olivee’ Morris etched himself into the history books of the Antigua and Barbuda Drag Racing fraternity once again. Morris, the driver of well-known all-wheel drive (AWD) Subaru, Helter Skelter, became the first AWD driver to make an eight-second pass at the North Sound International Raceway. Competing last weekend at the…

Thirteen players suspended after on-court brawl

Source: Antigua Observer The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has suspended 13 players after an on-court brawl during a World Cup qualifying tie between the Philippines and Australia earlier this month. Ten Philippine players have been banned for 35 games between them, while three Australians will miss a sum of nine. Both sides’ national federations have…

Fencing benefits from professional’s visit

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Fencing Federation (ABFF) is currently benefiting from an ongoing visit by professional fencer, Nestor Rosario out of Los Angeles California, who has also visited a number of other Caribbean countries to include Dominica, Barbados and Jamaica. Rosario, who said his main focus is to build and…

Governor general outrider knocked down

Source: Antigua Observer A police officer identified only as “Constable Joseph” was knocked down moments ago (around 2:30 p.m.) not far from Government House where he is stationed. The officer is said to be the outrider/escort for the governor general. The accident occurred as the officer on a motorcycle and the driver of…

PM says state of emergency reducing murder rate

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the State of Public Emergency in St. James is not only reducing crime in the parish but has resulted in a downward trend in the national daily murder rate. “If you look, you will see that at the point of the declaration of the state…

CDEMA urges government to restore Catastrophe Fund

Source: Antigua Observer Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, has urged the Barbados government to reinstate the National Catastrophe Fund, once mechanisms for its use have been developed. He made the call on a recent visit to Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, and Deputy Permanent Secretary…

Immigration department to get enforcement unit

Source: Antigua Observer Chief Immigration Officer Merclyn Hughes has given the first glimpse into a major change that will be made to the Immigration Department following its eventual separation from the police force. An enforcement unit or taskforce will be set up and be given several duties, including reducing illegal immigration and human…

Antigua turns to Guyana for sand

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda will be importing sand from Guyana with immediate effect and continuing into the future. The move comes out of a Cabinet decision according to Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst. Hurst says since the importers are private industry firms, the charges they will pay at the…

Party Monarch finalists revealed

Source: Antigua Observer Come August 5th, these artists will be vying for the crowns in the Party Monarch Competition which is divided into two shows: Groovy: for with Tian Winter is the reigning monarch; and Jumpy: where Ricardo Drue is the defending champion.   Link: Party Monarch finalists revealed

National coach wants more commitment from netball players

Source: Antigua Observer Former national player and head coach of the country’s under-23 netball team, Shenneth Samuel, said players must be more committed if the quality of play at both the national and league levels is to improve here. Her observation comes on the heels of a disappointing showing by the under-23s at…

Barbados wins regional under-19 title

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Antonio Morris smashed an unbeaten century as Barbados brushed aside leaders Guyana by six wickets to clinch the Regional Under-19 Championship title by the narrowest of margins in the final round of matches on Tuesday. Chasing 182 for victory at the National Cricket Centre,…

Mourinho hopes Pogba ‘understands why he was good’

Source: Antigua Observer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he hopes World Cup winner Paul Pogba “understands why he was very good” during the tournament. Red Devils midfielder Pogba scored as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the World Cup for the second time. Mourinho said the 25-year-old was “absolutely brilliant” in…

MISSING GRAY’S FARM MAN

Source: Antigua Observer The Police and the family of 76 year old Casper Bellot of King Obstinate Drive Gray’s Farm are appealing for help in finding him. He was reportedly last seen on Sunday 8th July 2018 in the Gray’s Farm area and has not been seen since. He was last seen dressed…

Barbuda to welcome hundreds for homecoming

Source: Antigua Observer Hundreds are expected back in Barbuda for a reunion starting on Saturday. The Barbuda Rising Homecoming event, which culminates on Friday July 27, will see residents of the sister isle returning from several countries. Committee member Darleen Beazer provided details.  Beazer says arrangements have been made to accommodate the…

Island Girls need your help

Source: Antigua Observer Team Antigua Island Girls is US $25,000 short of reaching the US $150,000 required to enter the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The team which recently took 74 hours to row around the island, must also raise additional funds to support their cause, Cottage of Hope. The cottage is a group…

Iran builds new centrifuge rotor factory: nuclear chief

Source: Antigua Observer (Reuters) – Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work. The announcement came a month after Supreme Leader Ayatollah…

IAAF denies ‘preventing’ women from taking part in sport

Source: Antigua Observer Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, says it “has not and will never” prevent women from participating in athletics. It comes in response to an open letter from the Women’s Sports Foundation and Athlete Ally calling for the scrapping of proposed rules designed to address testosterone levels in female athletes. Some…

Russell makes long-awaited return, Samuels out

Source: Antigua Observer St. John’s, Antigua, CMC – Explosive all-rounder Andre Russell is poised to play his first One-Day International in three years after being named in a 13-man squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh starting next Sunday in Guyana, but no place has been found for veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels. The…

Defending champs open ITF campaign with a win

Source: Antigua Observer Defending Under-12 girl’s champions got off to a great start in the 2018 Sub-region 4 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) Under-12 Championships clean-sweeping St. Lucia 3-0. Number 2 seeded, Ariel Kelsick got the ball rolling for the champions winning her singles bout, 6-3, 6-1.…

Samuel commends under-23s despite near winless OECS run

Source: Antigua Observer Coach of the Antigua and Barbuda under-23 netball team, Shenneth Samuel, believes the country’s young squad will take much away from the recently-concluded OECS Under-23 Championships held in St. Kitts. The national team was defeated in four of their five matches, winning only their final match of the competition, beating Nevis 45-13.…

PRESS RELEASE: Drugs Seized at General Post Office

Source: Antigua Observer Officers from the Narcotics and K-9 unit while on routine patrol at the General Post Office on Tuesday 17thJuly, 2018, the K-9 indicated on a Mail Bag which originated from Jamaica and  addressed to Antigua. The Mail bag was opened by the Customs Task Force in the presence of the…

Historian says Antiguans must preserve what’s theirs

Source: Antigua Observer A British historian with Antiguan heritage is urging residents to learn more about their history and also preserve it. Steve Martin, who is also a writer and museum consultant, says this extends to preserving historical buildings and other relics of the past.   He says that there are several benefits…

Vendors demand meeting over placement dispute

Source: Antigua Observer Vegetable and fruit Vendors from the public market are demanding an audience with the Director of the St John’s Development Corporation, SJDC. Several vendors are upset because a decision was reportedly taken to restrict them to vending inside Heroes Park during carnival. This morning, a number of Vendors left the…

IMF says Guyana’s economy slowed in 2017

Source: Antigua Observer The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic growth in Guyana slowed in 2017, “but became more broad-based.” In concluding Article IV consultation with Guyanese authorities, the Washington-based financial institutionon Monday, said that the country’s economy grew by 2.1 per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in 2016, “on the account…

Health Minister sees increase seen in cases of conch poisoning

Source: Antigua Observer Health Minister Duane Sands says there are now ten confirmed cases of conch poisoning across the country. Sand, in an interview with the Tribune newspaper said that although an education campaign for vendors is continuing, all cases have been seen in patients eating conch from Potter’s Cay Dock. According to…

“Too early to grade Maria,” says Sir Lester

Source: Antigua Observer Former Prime Minister, Sir Lester Bird, said in an interview yesterday with Observer media’s, Voice of the People, that it is way too early to grade his niece, Maria Bird-Browne on her tenure as the parliamentary representative for the St. John’s Rural East Constituency. “But, I have no doubt that…

Tennis Association Names Squad To Contest ITF Tournament

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA) has announced an eight-member squad that will contest the 2018 Subregion 4 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) Under-12 Championships in Trinidad and Tobago. Brasha Dyer who was a part of the 2017 girls’ champion team will make…

Leeward Islands top standings after second win

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – With just two rounds of matches remaining in the Cricket West Indies Under-17 Championships, the Leeward Islands sit atop the standings following the completion of the third round of matches on Saturday. The Leewards defeated the Windward Islands by two wickets, their second win…

Sir Lester calls for dialogue

Source: Antigua Observer Sir Lester Bird, Former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has called for the parliamentary representative of Barbuda, Trevor Walker, and investor Robert De Niro, to sit down and come to terms on the way forward for Barbuda. “I am sure that De Niro is not a person who is…

Caribbean American congresswoman wants couple detained by ICE released

Source: Antigua Observer NEW YORK, Jul 15,   CMC – Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined one of her Brooklyn congressional colleagues in urging the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to immediately release an elderly immigrant couple visiting their son-in-law at a US Army base in upstate New York. …

UK signs programme to support youth skills development

Source: Antigua Observer CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul. 15, CMC-The UK Government has signed a four year programme to support youth skills development in Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. This was done during a recent meeting between Colleen Wainwright, Head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in…

Mnuchin says U.S. will consider some waivers on Iran sanctions

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States wants to avoid disrupting global oil markets as it reimposes sanctions against Tehran and in certain cases will consider waivers for countries which need more time to wind down their oil imports from Iran, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “We want people to…

Israel frees Turk after charging her with aiding Hamas

Source: Antigua Observer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has released a Turkish woman who had been arrested while visiting on a tourist visa and accused of helping the Hamas Palestinian militant group, in a case that angered Ankara, her lawyer said on Monday. Turkey threatened retaliation after Ebru Ozkan’s detention last month. The ex-allies…

Trump sits down with Putin after denouncing past U.S. policy on Russia

Source: Antigua Observer HELSINKI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for a long-awaited summit on Monday saying he wanted good relations with Russia, after blaming Washington’s own past “foolishness and stupidity” for the countries’ hostile ties. “I’ve been saying, and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years…that getting…

Under-23 winless streak broken

Source: Antigua Observer The Under-23 national netball team broke their four-game losing streak on Thursday night in the OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball tournament at the Pam Tyson Netball Stadium in St. Kitts. Team Wadadli trounced Nevis, 45-13 in their final match-up after falling to host team, St. Kitts, 59-12; Dominica, 29-18; St. Vincent and…

Urgent need for synchronised building codes

Source: Antigua Observer A recommendation has been made for a harmonised building code across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). That’s according to Health, Wellness and the Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph who noted that, although this is not a new issue, based on the infrastructural devastation caused by hurricane Irma in Barbuda…

Employers encouraged to create breastfeeding friendly environments

Source: Antigua Observer Supporting the decision to breastfeed in workplaces can be beneficial to employers and employees as it can translate into less sick days for the mothers. Dr. Janelle Williams, a member of the National Breastfeeding Committee, told OBSERVER media yesterday that breastfeeding in the workplace may appear inappropriate and unprofessional to…

POLICE WARNED BEFORE ROBBERY AT SWEET-TS

Source: Antigua Observer Two men have been detained in connection with the robbery that occurred at Sweet-Ts on Tuesday July 10. According to an officer involved in the investigation, a vehicle has been confiscated and is being examined for evidence at the Liberta Police Station. The police source said Closed Circuit Security Cameras…

Two men are in custody and a car seized

Source: Antigua Observer Two men are in custody and a car seized as police continue their probe into Tuesday night’s robbery at Sweet-Ts restaurant in Falmouth. This is according to a senior officer close to the investigation. The police source said Closed Circuit Security Cameras recorded the car parked on a “dead-end” road…

Decriminalizing marijuana not a priority for government, PM says

Source: Antigua Observer Decriminalizing marijuana is not on Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s list of priorities. This is despite a recommendation by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Marijuana Commission that countries in the region move to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana. The commission presented its report to CARICOM Heads of Government…

Airport infrastructure the responsibility of government

Source: Antigua Observer Gatesworth James, spokesperson of Civil Aviation, Marine, Transportation and the Ports for the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) says that Caribbean governments have been unfair to LIAT. “Countries must invest in their own infrastructure. It is not for the airlines to pay for it. There are a number of other segments…

The way forward for Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The Barbuda Council is making sure it is not ignored in the plans for rebuilding the island which was devastated by hurricane Irma last September. Wade Burton, Chairman of the Council, told OBSERVER media that the council will be part of the committee overseeing the revitalisation of the island’s various…

Editorial: Reducing risk and reaping rewards

Source: Antigua Observer We were extremely happy to hear that Antigua and Barbuda will be embarking on Phase Two of the Juvenile Justice Reform Programme (JJRP).  As strong believers that our future lies in the hands of our youth, we have long lamented that the manner in which we deal with youth offenders…

Antigua and Barbuda to implement GEF IWEco project

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda and other Eastern Caribbean countries will look to implement the Global Environment Facility funded Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States Project (GEF IWEco) over the next four years. At the 5th Council of Ministers Meeting of Environment Sustainability (COMES 5) held…

Late arrival of mangoes affects festival

Source: Antigua Observer The usually highly anticipated annual mango fest is not going to be held this year. The announcement was made in a press statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs issued (this morning). The ministry says there are several reasons that hampered the festival this year to include…

New law coming to improve tax collection

Source: Antigua Observer A new Tax Administration Law will have its first reading in Parliament July this year, to make the computerisation of the property tax system lawful. The move is the latest step in the government’s plan to improve tax collection. The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is hoping that stronger collaboration between…

Government listens to Plans for Legalization of Medical Cannabis

Source: Antigua Chronicle Since the decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Antigua and Barbuda, the Government stated that it has been approached by half dozen local, regional and international interest groups and agencies interested in development of the industry in Antigua and Barbuda. Most recently, an expert group known as Medical…

Over 3 Million Dollars Spent on APUA in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Accountability on the reconstruction of Barbuda post Hurricane Irma continued in Cabinet on Wednesday, July 11th. According to Cabinet notes, the Government is said to have spent in excess of EC$3 million on the reconstruction of APUA’s services in the sister isle. The monies are said to have been spent…

Construction of Barbuda Runway Continues

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Wednesday, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda met to discuss certain issues pertaining to the development of Antigua and Barbuda. According to Cabinet notes, the construction of the Barbuda runway was discussed and agencies involved with the construction were invited to give Cabinet an update on its progress. According…

Governments need to protect consumers against fraud says Lovell

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party (UPP) leader, Harold Lovell, says that governments need to ensure that regulations are enacted to protect consumers from the volatile and unsecure bitcoin market. He told OBSERVER media while no one is against bitcoin, there must be regulations to ensure that consumers do not become victims…

Brittania will not rule

Source: Antigua Observer England’s bid to reach a first World Cup final since 1966 came to an agonising end as they lost in extra time to Croatia in Moscow. Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic’s flick-on into the area.…

Editorial: Forty-five years later

Source: Antigua Observer Montego Bay, Jamaica recently hosted the 39th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The occasion also marked the 45th anniversary of the founding of the regional body and that close-to half a century mark got us to reflecting on all that has…

“Not necessary,” says Dr. Ramsey

Source: Antigua Observer The former AIDS clinical coordinator, Dr. Sir Prince Ramsey, has chimed in on the national debate regarding whether or not legislation should be put in place to punish individuals for taking to social media claiming that others are infected with HIV.  “I don’t think that that is necessary. You are…

Caribbean American legislator arrested for protesting Trump Supreme Court nominee

Source: Antigua Observer A Caribbean American legislator has been arrested for protesting United States President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court. New York State Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, was arrested Monday night outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as he…

Israel shoots down Syria drone; Netanyahu to meet Putin

Source: Antigua Observer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel shot down a drone that flew in from Syria on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to for talks with Damascus’s biggest ally about a Syrian advance near the volatile frontier. A Patriot missile launched to intercept the drone,…

Grenada to increase labour force surveys

Source: Antigua Observer Grenada’s Central Statistical office says it will be conducting more labour force surveys within the year instead of one annual exercise. According to the press release from the Ministry of Finance this is in response to the increasing data needs of Grenada and the region.  The Central Statistical Office say…

Duo arrested over public shootout

Source: Antigua Observer The police are reporting that they have jointly arrested and charge 31 year old Glentis Vernon Davis alias Bem and 26 year old Stephan Bannis both of Christian Street Grays Farm for the following offences (1) shooting with intent to murder (2) Discharging a firearm in a public place, (3)…

Maintaining coconut trees, top priority

Source: Antigua Observer The quest to plant and propagate new resistant-varieties of coconut palms remains a top priority. Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture, Colin O’Keiffe, gave the assurance during a National Workshop on risk mitigation in coconut production in the Caribbean on Tuesday. He, however, highlighted the need for collaboration between…

Help arrives for dialysis nurses

Source: Antigua Observer Two of the Cuban nurses promised for the Dialysis Unit at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) have arrived in Antigua. This has been revealed by the Ministry of Health, in response to comments made over the weekend by the President of the Nurses’ Association, Karen Josiah, amid a…

“Finish parking lot,” Lovell demands of ABLP gov’t

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party (UPP) leader has called on the Gaston Browne administration to stop politicising the Sunshine Hub Parking Lot and finish its construction. “If the government complete [the construction of the parking lot], then persons would be offered a decent service and would pay for that decent service.…

Bandits rob Sweet-T’s at gunpoint

Source: Antigua Observer Two gunmen held up workers at Sweet-T’s restaurant in Falmouth last night and robbed them of the cash register and all its contents – last evening’s earnings – just as the workers were preparing to close for the day. A worker at the business which is popular for its ice-creams,…

An audit for coconut palms on OTC antibiotic

Source: Antigua Observer An island-wide audit of coconut trees known to be on a treatment programme for the disease, lethal yellowing, is due to begin this week. The head of the Plant Protection Unit, Dr. Janil Gore Francis says the body will conduct the two-week survey. The treatment she referred to for lethal…

Help arrives for complaining nurses

Source: Antigua Observer Two of the Cuban nurses promised for the Dialysis Unit at the hospital have arrived in Antigua. This has been revealed by the Ministry of Health, in response to comments made over the weekend by the President of the Nurses’ Association, Karen Josiah, amid a go-slow by nurses assigned to…

SARU working to retrieve state assets

Source: Antigua Observer The State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) is working with the Ministry of Legal Affairs to retrieve over GUY$200 billion in state assets lost through corruption between 2010 and 2014. The three major forms of corruption are: procurement fraud – fraud related to purchase of goods, services, or commissioning of construction…

Every single cent collected, spent on Barbuda says PM

Source: Antigua Observer Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has denied claims that the government has been slow in spending pledged funds on the restoration of Barbuda. Browne spoke to OBSERVER media over the weekend about an allegation that there has been slow recovery effort on the sister isle, despite the…

UN relief chief concludes disaster-preparedness mission to Haiti

Source: Antigua Observer The top United Nations emergency relief official has assured the Haitian government of the organization’s support for its efforts to prepare against hurricanes and stamp out cholera, as he concludes a disaster-preparedness mission to the French-speaking Caribbean nation. The UN said Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief…

Haitian migrants plead guilty to illegal landing

Source: Antigua Observer Forty-six Haitian migrants who were apprehended in Bahamian waters last week, all pleaded guilty to illegal landing when they appeared in court on Thursday. Two of the migrants who were repeat offenders, were sentenced to sentenced  – Alliance Alcy will serve three months in jail and Sherline Myrtil will serve six…

Energy Ministry seeks help as oil well ruptures

Source: Antigua Observer The Ministry of Energy is seeking overseas help as an oil well that ruptured in the Gulf of Paria continues to spew oil and gas. The Ministry says since the incident that occurred last Thursday near the Couva oil platform, the well has been shooting extensive hydrocarbons in the Gulf,…

Dominican schools to benefit from grant to improve reading

Source: Antigua Observer Fifteen schools in Dominica will benefit from a US$36,000 grant to implement projects to improve the reading levels students in Grade K-3. The funds are being made available under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Early Learners Programme (ELP), implemented in partnership with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean…

Barbados pledges continued cooperation with Venezuela

Source: Antigua Observer The Government of Barbados has pledged to maintain cooperation with Venezuela on matters of mutual concern. Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, made this declaration at an event held to mark the 207th anniversary of the Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela earlier this week. “Barbados…

IMF says Trinidad economy slowly recovering

Source: Antigua Observer The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the economy of Trinidad and Tobago is slowly recovering from a prolonged recession driven by energy supply shocks and low energy prices. “With signs of improvement driven by energy sector growth from the second half of 2017, the economy is expected to return to…

Government suspends fuel price hike

Source: Antigua Observer The controversial fuel price hike that triggered protests in the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state, has been suspended. The decision to suspended the increase in the price of gasoline, was announced on Saturday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant. On Friday, at least three people were reportedly killed  as…

Beryl now a small tropical storm

Source: Antigua Observer A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dominica while a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius as a weakened tropical storm Beryl moves towards the island chain. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions…

Venus beaten in Wimbledon third round

Source: Antigua Observer Five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, became the eighth of the top 10 seeds to be knocked out after a third-round defeat by Kiki Bertens. Ninth seed Williams, 38, was beaten 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 8-6 by the 26-year-old Dutchwoman on Court One. Williams’ fellow-American, Madison Keys, lost nine consecutive games in…

Belgium removes Brazil as France reach semis

Source: Antigua Observer Belgium produced a brilliant performance to knock five-time winners Brazil out of the World Cup and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1986. Roberto Martinez’s side turned on the style in Kazan to clock up their fifth straight win of the tournament and ensure the semi-finals will be…

Matthew: Sports awards in February

Source: Antigua Observer Minister of Sports, Daryll Matthew, has announced that the National Sports Awards will take place during the second week of February next year, a date he hopes the ministry will be able to institutionalise going forward. The pronouncement comes less than 24 hours following the staging of the Vita Malt-sponsored…

Windies record fifth-largest Test win

Source: Antigua Observer West Indies crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs in just seven sessions, to record their fifth-largest Test victory ever and grab an all-important 1-0 lead in the two-match series here Friday. The hosts needed just over 1-3/4 hours on the third day at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground…

Sporting Elites Honoured At National Sports Awards

Source: Antigua Observer It was glitz and glamour at La Casa Palmidita on Thursday evening as the top athletes in every sporting discipline were honored for their outstanding performances for 2017 at the 26th edition of the National Sports awards, but it would be Kimberly Ephraim, Cejhae Greene, Tamesha Thomas and Tiger Tyson…

Granger calls for less bureaucracy implementing CARICOM

Source: Antigua Observer President David Granger says he is dissatisfied with the failure of member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), to implement decisions which ultimately impact the region’s dependence on extra-regional sources for food and other resources while preventing the exports of others from the region. Speaking on the sidelines of the…

Carlisle Bay robbery as it is on tape

Source: Antigua Observer Video footage of the robbery at Carlisle Bay has been leaked, showing that the incident went down in about seven minutes as the armed bandit pointed a weapon and two employees packed cash in bags which they tossed across the floor towards the intruder. In the two video clips circulating…

Police name Carlisle Bay robbery suspect

Source: Antigua Observer Anthony Jamual Kareem Govia, also known as “Thug Life” is wanted by police in connection with last Saturday’s robbery at Carlisle Bay Hotel on Old Road. The police issued a statement last night, indicating that the Freemans Village man is considered “heavily armed” and “extremely dangerous” hence anyone who sees…

England must make most of opportunity – Gareth Southgate

Source: Antigua Observer Gareth Southgate says England must “make the most” of their World Cup opportunity in Russia, starting with Saturday’s quarter-final against an “older, more experienced” Sweden. The match in Samara is England’s first quarter-final appearance since 2006. A victory would earn England a semi-final meeting with Russia or Croatia. “It’s a…

Maradona apologises for saying England committed ‘robbery’

Source: Antigua Observer Argentina legend Diego Maradona has apologised to FIFA for saying England committed a “monumental robbery” in beating Colombia in the World Cup last 16. Maradona accused referee Mark Geiger of bias towards England. FIFA said his comments were “entirely inappropriate” and insinuations about the referee “completely unfounded”. “I said a…

Hot Tool and East Bank Demerara to meet in the finals

Source: Antigua Observer Hot Tool and East Bank Demerara will battle it out in the finals of the Denfield “Tody” Thomas Memorial football league in Liberta. Both teams advanced to the finals of the small goal league on Wednesday afternoon. East Bank had a rough journey in securing the first spot to the…

Man wanted in connection with Carlisle Bay Hotel robbery

Source: Antigua Observer PRESS RELEASE: Police have issued a wanted bulletin for the immediate arrest of Anthony Govia alias “Tug Life” of Freemans Village. He is wanted in connection with a robbery which took place at the Carlisle Bay Hotel in Old Road on Saturday 30thJune, 2018. Police believed that he is heavily…

Government files appeal against same-sex marriage ruling

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jul 5, CMC – The Bermuda government has confirmed it has lodged an appeal against a Supreme Court decision to reverse a controversial ban on same-sex marriage in this British Overseas Territory. The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Thursday it has started proceedings against Chief Justice Ian Kawaley’s landmark…

As Pompeo heads to North Korea, State Department denies softening

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department on Thursday denied that the United States had softened its approach toward North Korean denuclearization, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Pyongyang hoping to agree a roadmap for its nuclear disarmament. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Our policy toward…

Fishy business in Barbuda Fisheries Complex saga

Source: Antigua Observer There’s a twist in the Barbudans versus police saga as it relates to the use of the Barbuda Fisheries Complex currently occupied by lawmen whose station was destroyed by Hurricane Irma last September. The row has been ongoing for over a week. And, Barbudans were promised just yesterday that they…

Reactions to the PM’s Barbuda election statement

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s statement on his uncertainty of contesting the Barbuda seat at the next general elections is being described as a ploy to deviate from his failure to deliver to the people of that island. Trevor Walker, leader of the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM), and member of parliament for…

Peaceful solution on the horizon

Source: Antigua Observer Police officers occupying the Barbuda Fisheries Complex are expected to be out today and take up residence at a new location on the sister island. OBSERVER media received reports that on Wednesday, armed police officers from Antigua had arrived on the sister island and became embroiled in an impasse with…

No arrest yet as hotel robbery probe continues

Source: Antigua Observer The police are said to be following several strong leads in the case of the robbery at gunpoint at Carlisle Bay hotel on Saturday, but up to last night they had no suspects in custody. Inspector Lester Bagot, police spokesman, told OBSERVER media last night that the investigators questioned a…

Items stolen from shelter in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The National Office of Disaster Services is reporting that items have been stolen from one of its shelters in Barbuda. The shelter in question is the Sports Complex where NODS says there are nine people staying. According to a release NODS issued on Tuesday, in addition to the missing items…

Possible second police standoff on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer There may once again be a standoff brewing between police and residents on the sister isle. There was a five-hour standoff between Barbudan residents and the police on Sunday over access to the Fisheries complex. The police reportedly were trying to seize the keys to the building. The Barbuda Council…

Barbudans take a stand over fisheries complex

Source: Antigua Observer As the row continues between Barbuda police and Barbudans, residents on the sister isle – including men, women and children – are standing up against those asking for the keys to the Fisheries Complex currently occupied by the police. Barbudans want the officers to vacate they premises in Codrington so…

Fire at East Bus Station businesses

Source: Antigua Observer Two shops were destroyed by fire overnight at the East Bush Station. Fire officials are investigating the cause. Link: Fire at East Bus Station businesses

Cycling federation to invest in schools project

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Federation (ABCF) will be targeting a number of schools across the island as they seek to boost participation amongst the nation’s youth. This is according to President, Mervyn Gore, who said numbers amongst the more senior riders continue to dwindle as some have left while…

Hot Tool and East Bank advance in small goal league

Source: Antigua Observer Hot Tool secured their place in the semifinal round of the Denfield “Tody” Thomas Memorial League on Monday, edging Pro Ballers 1-0 when they met in the feature contest of a double-header in the small goal competition. Playing in Liberta, Raj Phillip scored the lone goal for Hot Tool, putting…

Veteran basketballers: We had to rise to the occasion

Source: Antigua Observer Veteran basketball player, Lennox “Termite” McCoy, believes that the performance by the Antigua and Barbuda senior national team, the Bulldogs, was in part, a reaction to the many criticisms they faced leading into the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers held in Suriname recently. “A lot of people had doubted us…

England Ends World Cup Shootout Curse

Source: Antigua Observer England’s new generation ended the World Cup penalty jinx by knocking out Colombia on spot kicks to reach the quarter-finals. Eric Dier scored the winning kick after Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save from Carlos Bacca’s attempt to set up a game with Sweden in Samara on Saturday. Gareth Southgate’s side had…

Caribbean American congresswoman thanks supporters for primary victory

Source: Antigua Observer NEW YORK, Jul 3, CMC – Just under a week after she narrowly defeated a relatively unknown challenger in New York Democratic Primary elections, Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has thanked her friends and supporters for her victory. Last Tuesday, Clarke, the 53-year-old daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents…

Finance minister says economic citizenship is no magic wand

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Jul 3, CMC – Seven months after being appointed Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves has sent a clear message that he will maintain the policy of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) not to introduce a Citizenship By Investment (CBI) programme in the country. St Vincent and…

China issues U.S. travel warning amid trade tensions

Source: Antigua Observer BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s embassy in Washington has issued a security advisory to Chinese nationals traveling to the United States, the latest such warning as trade tensions escalate between the two countries. The embassy warned Chinese tourists to be aware of issues including expensive medical bills, the threats of public…

DoGA launches training for Sexual Assault Response Team

Source: Antigua Chronicle June 23rd , 2017 marked the opening of the first support centre for victims of gender-based and sexual violence (GBSV) in the Caribbean. In honour of its one-year anniversary the Antigua and Barbuda Support And Referral Centre (SARC) hosted a two-day Knowledge and Capacity-Building Workshop for members of its Sexual…

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Stands in Solidarity with the People and Government of Venezuela

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister Gaston Browne held bilateral and diplomatic talks with South American ally the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. The meeting was held as a part of Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry tour of countries across the region. Venezuela Foreign Minister, Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, along with his diplomatic team including Resident Ambassador Carlos…

Philippines and Australia brawl at World Cup qualifier

Source: Antigua Observer Punches, kicks and chairs were thrown as a mass brawl broke out between players in a Philippines v Australia World Cup qualifying tie. The Philippines ended the game with just three players left on court after nine of their side were ejected. Four Australia players were also ejected from the game,…

Belgium stages brilliant comeback as Brazil gets past Mexico

Source: Antigua Observer Belgium completed a remarkable revival as they came from the World Cup abyss and beat Japan to reach the quarter-finals. Roberto Martinez’s side were trailing 2-0 when he brought on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and Fellaini scored the equaliser before Chadli netted a 94th-minute winner.…

Matthew: Antigua cannot host home matches

Source: Antigua Observer Despite qualifying for the next round of matches in the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 event, the Antigua and Barbuda senior men’s team, the Bulldogs, will not be able to host their set of home matches. This news comes only a day after the team arrived home from Suriname as Minister of…

Antigua’s Gayral Denied At OECS

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda dominated the top five in the recently held OECS Cycling Championships in Dominica but failed to retain its title after young cyclist, Emmanuel Gayral was beaten to the line by St. Lucia’s Andrew Norbert on Sunday. Emmanuel clocked a time of 3 hours, 5 seconds and 43…

CDB says significant reform needed to transform regional aviation industry

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, is calling for a new paradigm in the aviation industry, defined by connectivity which is convenient, flexible, and reasonably priced.  Dr. Warren Smith Speaking at Aviation Day Caribbean last week,  Smith noted that transforming the Caribbean airline industry will demand significant…

The fight for the fisheries complex continues in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The Barbuda Council would have to wait a little while longer before police officers can vacate the Fisheries Complex. Up to midday, the officers were still operating at the facility which the Barbudans say they need use to facilitate fishermen during the Lobster Season which officially started on Sunday. Chairman…

Leewind staff sent home without pay

Source: Antigua Observer The Management of Lee Wind Paints has put staff on notice that they are unable to pay salaries for May and June. The company also said in a letter dated June 29 that it is temporarily closings its doors. The letter issued to the employees was signed by the Managing…

Editorial: Medical marijuana dollars

Source: Antigua Observer Not too long ago, we wrote about the medical marijuana industry that appears to be on the horizon in Antigua and Barbuda. We pointed out the obvious – that there was a huge amount of money to be made – and opined that the government must establish a licensing regime…

Woman arrested for selling pharmaceuticals without licence

Source: Antigua Observer Charges are likely to be filed against at least one woman who was arrested for the alleged illegal trading/sale of pharmaceuticals which the authorities confiscated on Saturday following a tip off about a vendor selling the items in the market area known as “Bend Down”. The authorities are meanwhile searching…

Fire destroys two John Hughes homes

Source: Antigua Observer A fire destroyed two houses in John Hughes Saturday night and investigators were still working to determine the cause up to yesterday. Personnel from the fire department confirmed yesterday that at 7:55 p.m., on Saturday, a neighbour reported that smoke was seen billowing from one of the homes, occupied by…

Barbudans and police clash over use of fisheries complex

Source: Antigua Observer Scores of Barbudans were engaged in a five-hour standoff with police yesterday over access to the Fisheries Complex, intermittently chanting “no retreat, no surrender” as they vowed not to hand over the keys for the building to anyone. The Complex has been serving as accommodation for police officers in Barbuda…

Daring hotel robbery and kidnapping

Source: Antigua Observer A criminal who held workers at gunpoint while robbing Carlisle Bay hotel on Saturday, continued to evade the police up to last night. His victims – including one worker who was attacked on site and another who was kidnapped as the perpetrator carjacked a vehicle to escape – remained traumatised…

Hell in St Helena

Source: Antigua Observer Bandits ran rampant in St Helena last week, striking three business places over a four-day period and making off with thousands of dollars in cash and other valuables. However, business owners and residents admitted yesterday that these attacks by bandits are not a new trend. Rather, they say recent development…

One in custody following break-in at government minister’s home

Source: Antigua Observer St.Kitts BASSETERRE – A man is in police custody assisting with investigations following a break-in at the home of the Honourable Lindsay Grant in Sir Gillies, Sandy Point. Police received a call close to 11 p.m. June 26 reporting the break-in in progress and responded immediately. Preliminary investigations have revealed that…

PRESS RELEASE: Robbery at the Carlisle Bay hotel

Source: Antigua Observer The Police are reporting that there has been a robbery at the Carlisle Bay hotel in Old Road. At about 1:00 pm on Saturday 30th June 2018 a robbery was committed at the Carlisle Bay Hotel which resulted in one (1) person being taken away from the scene. The perpetrators…

Meet the Soca semi-finalists

Source: Antigua Observer The semi-finalists in the 2018 FLOW party monarch competition have been named. In the jumpy segment, the performers will be Alvin Livingstone, Bernie, Claudette Peters, DJ Who, Drastic, Ebony T, Kimmy, Laurena Davis, Lee Pee Ching, Lyricksman, Menace, Soca Giant, Supa Mario, Tian Winter and Zamoni. For groovy, spectators will…

Additional nurses coming soon for Dialysis Unit

Source: Antigua Observer Additional manpower is expected within the next couple of days, to assist the nurses at the dialysis unit at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. The nurses at the unit have been on a go-slow since Tuesday, complaining of being overworked due to understaffing. Minister of Health, Wellness and the…

Alorica closure delayed by a month

Source: Antigua Observer Approximately 400 employees of the NCO Financial Services were given a glimmer of hope that they would have continued employment when it was circulated that the closing date for the facility was being pushed back. However, they were disappointed when the company announced to staff that instead of closing its…

Barbuda water, electricity being restored

Source: Antigua Observer Water and electricity are expected to be restored to more Barbudan residents in the coming days. Chairman of the Barbuda Council, Wade Burton, made the disclosure on OBSERVER media yesterday. According to him, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has been “working around the clock … to get as [many]…

Two bailed, two remanded on drug charges

Source: Antigua Observer Four of the six people, who were detained on Tuesday when officers from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted a counter-narcotic operation in the Falmouth Area, seizing more than $200,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis, have been charged. Glenroy Pierre, Wonderly Lavia, Nicholas Thomas…

Editorial: Giving to be happy

Source: Antigua Observer Volunteerism, call it the gift of giving unselfishly of yourself.  For many years, maybe as long as OBSERVER has been in existence, we have lamented the shift away from volunteerism in our bit of paradise.  It is very likely a world-wide shift as we all become more selfish and self-centred…

Jamaica prepares for CARICOM Heads of government conference

Source: Antigua Observer Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says the country is gearing up to welcome 200 foreign officials to the  39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that gets underway next week. The meeting, scheduled to take place in the western capital of  Montego Bay,  , will…

Criminal records of four persons expunged

Source: Antigua Observer Chairman of the Rehabilitation Board, Dr. Lawrence Joseph says the criminal records of four persons have been expunged following a recent announcement by from the Board announced that it was receiving applications from persons who are eligible. “We had a total of five complete applications and we made a decision…

Bail for two, jail for two

Source: Antigua Observer Two illegal immigrants who were allegedly caught with drugs in Falmouth have been denied bail. Bertail Roberts and Nicholas Thomas of St. Vincent were remanded to prison on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to transfer, and being concerned in the supply of cocaine. They also…

Editorial: Be prepared, questions await

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is taking a wait and see approach to the whole Canadian visa situation before he comments further. For now, he will only state that Canada is free to implement any measure it deems fit to protect its borders, as is its sovereign right so to do. In case…

Go-slow continues at dialysis unit

Source: Antigua Observer The go-slow at the dialysis unit at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre has continued with no word of resolve from government. Nurses at that department have slowed up work since Tuesday while they seek a response for their grievances. President of the Nurses Association, Karen Josiah told OBSERVER media,…

New site for Holy Trinity Primary School in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A new location has been identified for the construction of a new Holy Trinity Primary School in Codrington, Barbuda. The building which housed the old primary school was destroyed by hurricane Irma last September. The Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst said the new location is approximately 15 feet…

Health officials confirm HPV vaccine comes next week

Source: Antigua Observer Despite some concern among residents about the pending introduction of the HPV vaccines to children from ages nine to 13, the Ministry of Health is proceeding with its plans. In a statement to the media on Thursday, public health officials said the process will start on Monday and it said the aim is…

Police officer dies during military-style training

Source: Antigua Observer An investigation has been launched following the death of a member of the Royal Grenada Police Force, during a military-style training exercise on Wednesday. According to Head of the Community Relations Department with the police force, Inspector Trevor Rodney batch of officers was engaged in the exercise when an accident…

Caribbean Airlines to introduce free wireless inflight entertainment

Source: Antigua Observer Regional carrier, Caribbean Airlines has announced plans to introduce free wireless in-flight entertainment on its Boeing 737-800 fleet The new service – Caribbean View, will allow passengers to stream blockbuster movies, television programmes, games, magazines and more Caribbean content to their personal devices via a browser using Bluebox Aviation Systems’,…

Guyana and Norway agree to advance sustainable development

Source: Antigua Observer The Governments of Guyana and Norway have agreed to move their climate, forests, and sustainable development forward with speed and determination. This was the outcome of a meeting on Thursday  in Oslo, Norway.  “I am delighted that we now have strong agreement with the Government of Guyana on a way forward…

Grays Green Tigers defeat Stingers to hoist title

Source: Antigua Observer The Under-13 Grays Green Tigers netball team was crowned the 2018 Under-13 champions on Saturday night defeating Stingray Stingers 11-8 at the YMCA Sports Complex. The Tigers, led by Ashley Boston, who sank seven of her eight attempts, and Ianthea Lawrence, who netted four of seven, outplayed the country-based Stingers.…

Greene: Volleyball association repays outstanding NOC funds

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Volleyball Association (ABVA) has repaid, in full, the US$15,000 it received from the National Olympic Committee (NOC) towards the country’s intended hosting of the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (EVCA) Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in September of last year. The tournament never materialised due to the passage of…

Defending champs out of FIFA World Club

Source: Antigua Observer Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage following defeat by South Korea, in one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history. The four-time winners crashed out in ignominious fashion – conceding twice in injury time as they pressed for the goal that…

Bulldogs advance to semis

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda men’s senior basketball team, the Bulldogs, advanced to the semi-finals of the ongoing FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers on Tuesday after handing Barbados a 62-55 defeat in their Group B encounter to remain undefeated. The Bulldogs who needed just one win to advance, rose to the…

Update: Wandering man identified

Source: Antigua Observer   The police have identified the young man found wandering at Creekside earlier this evening.   He is Javon Otto. Relatives are grateful for the assistance they received.   Residents in the area reached out to OBSERVER media this evening after they found the man in the area and he…

Fire in the hills under investigation

Source: Antigua Observer Some of you may have seen and been alarmed by billows of smoke and fire in the air on the eastern side of the island on Tuesday.   Some of you might have been affected by the smoke.   OBSERVER media looked into it and we now know exactly what…

PRESS RELEASE: Drugs and cash seized in the Falmouth Area

Source: Antigua Observer On Tuesday, 26thJune 2018, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted a counter-narcotic operation in the Falmouth Area where six individuals were apprehended and illicit drugs and cash seized. Those detained include three (3) Vincentian males, a Vincentian female, a Jamaican female and a Jamaican…

Government to develop light and hazardos work list for children

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun. 27, CMC – The Government of Jamaica will be developing a Light and Hazardous Work List, which will outline specific activities that children are restricted from participating in, so as to prevent them from engaging in hazardous work. According to Labour Minister Shahine Robinson, the list will…

Former Haitian president and coup leader dies

Source: Antigua Observer PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jun. 27, CMC – Former Haitian coup leader, Leuitenant General Henri Namphy is dead. He died on Tuesday in the neighbouring Dominican Republic following a battle with lung cancer. Namphy, became head of the interim National Council of Government that took charge of Haiti in 1986…

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

Source: Antigua Chronicle By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no…

Denmark, France advance to last 16

Source: Antigua Observer Denmark joined France in the last 16 of the World Cup after playing out the first goalless draw of the tournament, which was greeted by boos at the final whistle. A draw was good enough to see a much-changed French side top Group C, while Denmark knew a point would…

Martin: I struggled going into national championships

Source: Antigua Observer Men’s bodybuilding champion, Ollyn Martin, revealed that he struggled going into last Saturday’s national championships put on by the Antigua and Barbuda Bodybuilding & Weightlifting Federation (ABBWF). The athlete, who was adjudged overall men’s winner after taking the heavyweight class at the Multipurpose & Exhibition Cultural Centre, is hoping to recover…

Scrumpum, He’s Sensational to face new challenges

Source: Antigua Observer A number of new horses are set to debut on July 8, when the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) hosts the final leg of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, the Governor General’s Cup at the Cassada Gardens Race Track. This is according to President of the turf club, Neil Cochrane, who…

Wins for Ballers and TS Roma in community leagues

Source: Antigua Observer Morning Ballers and Green City were winners in the Anderson E. Carty Gray’s Green Football League on Monday while Pro Ballers and TS Roma had similar results in the Denfield “Tody” Thomas Memorial League in Liberta. A Leroy Powell strike was all it took for Morning Ballers to take full…

Late Goal Sends Argentina To Round of 16

Source: Antigua Observer Marcos Rojo scored a brilliant late volley to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup with a dramatic victory over Nigeria in St. Petersburg. A lack-lustre Argentina were on the verge of an embarrassing exit before Manchester United defender, Rojo, surged into the area to…

Press association renews call for post cabinet press briefings

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun. 26, CMC – The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), has issued another call for the government to resume post-Cabinet press briefings. According to PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller, the Andrew Holness led administration has “decided to ignore our call for these important media engagements to continue.”“We made…

Iran says it can handle fresh sanctions amid national strike

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (Reuters) – President Hassan Rouhani promised Iranians on Tuesday the government would be able to handle the economic pressure of new U.S. sanctions amid a second day of demonstrations in protest at financial hardship and a weakening rial. Parts of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar were on strike for the second…

U.S. pushes allies to halt Iran oil imports, waivers unlikely

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has told countries to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November and is unlikely to offer any exemptions, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on allies to cut off funding to Iran. U.S. President…

Napoli remain on top

Source: Antigua Observer Napoli extended their lead at the top of the 8-team standings in the Denfield “Tody” Thomas Memorial football league. Napoli, after their latest 2-0 win over Sick People moved to 15 points in Group A, four points clear of New Generation FA as national player, Kieron “Avatar” Richards found the…

England to face champions West Indies in Group A

Source: Antigua Observer England will play defending champions and hosts West Indies in Group A at the 10-team ICC Women’s World Twenty20. One-day World Cup winners England will also play Sri Lanka, South Africa and a qualifier in the November tournament. Group B features Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and another qualifier –…

Ronaldo misses from the spot as Portugal held to draw

Source: Antigua Observer Portugal progressed to the World Cup knockout stage after drawing with Iran in a game full of VAR controversy. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Portugal and was shown a yellow card after a lengthy VAR review for a possible red card. Iran scored a late penalty, given after another…

Bulldogs Remain Undefeated

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda senior men’s basketball team, the Bulldogs, pushed their undefeated streak to 2-0 at the ongoing FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Caribbean Pre-Qualifiers in Suriname.  The Bulldogs, after winning their opening encounter on Sunday 91-78 versus Bermuda, are now one win away from advancing into the knock-out stage after…

World Bank supports financial and fiscal resilience in Guyana

Source: Antigua Observer The Washington based World Bank has approved a US$35 million Development Policy Credit to support Guyana’s efforts to strengthen financial sector development and fiscal management to better prepare the country to benefit from its newly discovered oil and gas reserves and transform its oil wealth into human capital. “This financing…

Opposition calls for resignation of Energy Minister

Source: Antigua Observer Leader of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) , Dr. Peter Phillips has called for the immediate resignation of Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley in the wake of a scandal at the state owned own refinery, Petrojam. Phillips, during a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), in…

Jamaica looks to significance of music tourism

Source: Antigua Observer Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, has pointed to music tourism as a way of expanding the industry based on Jamaica’s strength as the region’s top entertainment destination. Addressing a recent graduation ceremony in the western parish of St. James, Bartlett said that in order to fully capitalize, “we are positioning” the…

Commission says no probe into Asot

Source: Antigua Observer There will be no investigation by the Integrity Commission into scandal hit former energy minister MP Ascot Michael, at least not for now. That’s according a communique from the Commission which said this is because no complaint has been lodged against Michael who was sacked in October last year when…

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Calls for an Alliance of CIU Jurisdictions to bargain Collectively

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne was in the United Kingdom where he was specifically invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the prestigious Global Investment and Immigration Summit (GIIS) on Thursday June 21st. The two-day Summit brought together High-net Worth Investors, expert immigration agents, global mobility managers, project developers, International…

Missing man found

Source: Antigua Observer Sixty-eight-year old James Joseph who was missing for the past four days was found this morning. His son-in-law, Royden Joseph, told our newsroom this moments ago. The elderly man was found at Pensioners Beach, alive. Last week relatives reported that the All Saints man went missing on Wednesday. They also…

Cool Runnings and Hoppers win big over the weekend

Source: Antigua Observer 2018 Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Premier League champions, Greenbay Hoppers, continue to make an impressive showing in the Anderson E. Carty Grays Green Football League. The champions picked up a convincing 4-2 victory over Royal Truth on Saturday at the King George V Ground. National player, Javorn Stevens,…

Calvin Ayre Foundation donates to Bulldogs campaign

Source: Antigua Observer The Calvin Ayre Foundation joins a list of corporate sponsors for the Antigua and Barbuda Men’s Basketball team, the Bulldogs.  Calvin Ayre, founder and chairman of the Foundation, presented a cheque to the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA), Carlton Brodie, early last week at the Ministry…

England reach knock-out round with 6-1 win

Source: Antigua Observer   England achieved their most emphatic World Cup result as Harry Kane’s hat-trick helped them thrash a hapless Panama side and reach the last 16. There were five first-half goals, with John Stones heading in the opener. Kane made it 2-0 from the spot before Jesse Lingard, who was fouled…

Martin walks away with top honours in national championships

Source: Antigua Observer A new Mr. Antigua and Barbuda has been crowned in the Antigua and Barbuda Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Federation National championships. In front of a packed crowd at the Multi-purpose center, Ollyn Martin posed and flexed his way to claim top honors on Saturday night.  Martin, after winning the heavyweight class,…

naugural diaspora conference to build partnerships and promote sustainable development

Source: Antigua Observer BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun. 24, CMC – Promoting sustainable development through building will be the focus of the inaugural Diaspora Conference that gets underway on Tuesday, under the theme “Building partnership towards sustainable development” The Conference will also  target priority areas such as agriculture, the development of small and medium enterprises,…

Opposition leader calls for resignation of National Security Minister

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun. 24, CMC – Leader of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad Bissessar  has called for the resignation of National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, stating that  the current administration is clueless when it comes to solving the “crime crisis” in the twin island republic.  Persad…

Trump adviser Kushner criticizes Abbas, says U.S. peace plan near

Source: Antigua Observer JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, said Washington would announce its Middle East peace plan soon, and press on with or without Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The comments underlined gaping divisions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership that have widened since Trump recognized Jerusalem as…

Erdogan facing major test as voting ends in Turkey elections

Source: Antigua Observer ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks voted on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that pose the biggest ballot box challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The vote also ushers in a powerful new executive presidency…

Land clearing affecting bee population

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Beekeepers’ Cooperative, Brent Georges is reminding the public that land clearing, while seemingly harmless, can have terrible effects. Georges says continued clearing of forested and some bushy areas is one of the challenges to the resurgence of the bee population in Antigua and Barbuda.…

Farmer speaks of challenges in mango production

Source: Antigua Observer One of Antigua and Barbuda’s many mango farmers says that low national production capacity still remains a challenge to farmers who wish to export. The farmer, Johnson Southwell was speaking on OBSERVER radio on Saturday morning. He explained that comparatively, Antigua and Barbuda’s farms produce too few mangoes to be…

‘Missing’ teen contacts family

Source: Antigua Observer The mother of the teen reported missing earlier this week said she is relieved to hear Kamara Charles contacted her father via phone. Charles’ father expressed extreme concern for her safety after the 15 year old left the Sunshine Home for Girls on Saturday and did not return before her…

Reverse osmosis plant experiencing ‘reduced production’

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has begun discussions on resolving reduced production at a reverse osmosis plant here.  The problems at that plant have resulted in poor water delivery to some communities on the island. Sharifa George, APUA Public Relations Coordinator, told Observer media yesterday that the authority is…

Tyrells man missing

Source: Antigua Observer The family of a Tyrells man is seeking the assistance of the public to track down the dementia patient who wandered away from home since Wednesday. Sixty-eight-year-old James Joseph is missing, and his daughter told OBSERVER media that her father would usually walk to a street corner in his neighbourhood.…

Antigua and Barbuda could seek a mediator in gaming dispute

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda will contemplate a request to the Director-General of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to seek a mediator in its 15-year online gaming dispute with the United States. Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, told the WTO…

American Airlines to begin service to Guyana in November

Source: Antigua Observer US-based carrier, American Airlines is looking to begin its service to Guyana later this year, with four flights per week. Earlier this week, officials of the international carrier met with officials of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) as they prepare to launch the Guyana service. American Airline officials explained…

Jamaica moves towards becoming a digital economy

Source: Antigua Observer The Andrew Holness led administration is taking steps to transform the Jamaican economy into a digital economy. Speaking the Annual Mona School of Business Management (MSBM) Roundtable Forum at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Thursday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness underscored that the Government has taken several steps and…

Bahamas to introduce digital currency

Source: Antigua Observer The Central Bank of The Bahamas has announced plans to introduce a pilot digital currency for the country. This is according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest who made the revelation earlier this week during during The Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference. “The production of…

More proposals, no solution in US gaming dispute

Source: Antigua Observer The government of Antigua and Barbuda says it will decide whether to seek a mediator to intervene in the country’s 15-year long gaming dispute with the United States. A release from Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States Sir Ronald Sanders stated the government has told Dispute Settlement Body…

Former national women’s players want to lead basketball association

Source: Antigua Observer A former national women’s player and current executive member with the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Kebra Nanton, has declared her intentions to challenge for the organisation’s top position when elections are held later this year. Treasurer on the current executive, Nanton believes that solid programmes and skills-building initiatives…

Rodney: Tri Nation Cancelled

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) has been forced to cancel one of its major competitions this year. President of the organisation, Leon “Kuma” Rodney, confirmed on Thursday that the association will not host its annual Tri Nation cricket tournament this year due to the unavailability of the country’s…

Croatia Shocks Argentina To Reach Last 16

Source: Antigua Observer Lionel Messi and Argentina are facing the very real prospect of an early World Cup exit after a dreadful error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero set Croatia on their way to victory and a place in the last 16. On a night when so much was expected of Messi, Chelsea reserve…

EDITORIAL: New versus used

Source: Antigua Observer One of the hottest topics on the streets right now is the debate over used cars.  New car dealers are recommending that the government impose some basic regulations on the importation of used vehicles and the used car dealers are pushing back on any regulations that will damage their businesses…

A&B joins OECS Mission in Brussels

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda has agreed to become a part of the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) Mission in Brussels. Chairman of the heads of government for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made the disclosure on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the 65th Heads of Government…

Antigua to preserve its rabies free status

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda will continue to maintain a rabies free status through its stringent import procedures. This is one of the revelations coming from the recently held 18th annual Caribbean Animal Health Network CaribVET meeting. Veterinary officer and chairperson of the local planning committee Dr. Nneka Hull-James said until confirmation…

Post Office sit-in ends

Source: Antigua Observer Sorting of mail will resume at the General Post Office today with postmen expected to begin delivering mail to businesses and homes, ending a sit in which started just over a week ago. Since last week Monday, approximately 80 postmen and sorters have not been working because of an “overnight”…

One month push back of top cop case

Source: Antigua Observer A number of orders were given yesterday to the parties in the case of suspended top cop Wendel Robinson versus the Attorney General and the Police Service Commission. At a hearing before Justice Godfrey Smith in the High Court, more time was given, as requested, for the embattled officer to…

A new effort to sustain LIAT

Source: Antigua Observer A new shareholder agreement for regional carrier Liat could be on the horizon. That is if Antigua and Barbuda and the other member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean (OECS) and Barbados are successful in coming to an agreement to increase the countries with shares in the regional carrier.…

An animal registry on the horizon

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is hoping to implement an animal registry here, which will assist with determining the animal population. This, according to Dr. Tubal Edwards, Chief Veterinary Officer who says his department will be seeking the assistance of Belize, who has already implemented the program.   This was one of…

Former President of the Senate dies

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun. 20, CMC – Former Senate President Sir Fred Gallop, is dead. Sir Fred, a Queen’s Counsel, served as Senate President for 14 years,died early Wednesday. Sir Fred, who also acted as Governor General on several occaisions, was also a  director of the Central Bank of Barbados for ten…

Barbuda Recovery Gets EC$115,000.00 from FirstCaribbean Bank

Source: Antigua Chronicle A brief ceremony was held at the Office of the Minister of Barbuda Affairs Hon. Dean Jonas this morning (Tues), to hand over a Cheque to assist with the post-Irma rehabilitation Programme on the sister island of Barbuda. Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Glen Smith said that following…

Antigua and Barbuda Bulldogs Depart to Suriname

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Monday 18th, the National Senior Men’s Basketball Team, ‘Antigua and Barbuda Bulldogs’ departed to participate in the upcoming FIBA 2021 Men’s Pre Qualifier Tournament from June 24th to June 30th. Prior to their departure, a Press Briefing was held at the Digicel Head Office where the Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals…

More Drugs Found at Post Office in Cereal Boxes

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police Officers from Narcotics and the K-9 Unit whiles on routine patrol at the General Post Office at about 10:30am on Tuesday 19th June, 2018 intercepted a Brown cardboard box containing several boxes of cereals and other dry food items. The cereal  boxes were checked and concealed inside each box…

Media release from Antigua and Barbuda bar council

Source: Antigua Observer In light of various recent media reports, the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Council (the Executive Body of the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association) consider it our duty to speak publicly to clarify the law as it relates to early release of convicted prisoners and to address concerns expressed in public…

Sandals Resorts Cries Foul on PM Mia Mottley

Source: Antigua Chronicle Press Release. Once more we have noticed attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about Sandals Resorts International, including a totally sensationalized headline regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. However we are not and have never been deterred by fake news, rather we appreciate the opportunity…

Eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana…Longtail is it!!

Source: Antigua Observer Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) today announced an eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 exploration well, creating the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block. The well encountered approximately 256 feet (78 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well was safely drilled…

Chandimal suspended for Oval Test 

Source: Antigua Observer Gros Islet, St Lucia (CMC) – Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for one Test match and fined 100 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of altering the condition of the ball during the just concluded second Test match against the West Indies. The punishment…

Cricket boss defends finals venue practice

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, has sought to clear the air following accusations he is deliberately trying to snub the PIC Liberta Blackhawks through “biased” scheduling of matches and in particular, league finals. Rodney was responding to one caller on the Good Morning Jojo…

Drugs intercepted at the General Post Office

Source: Antigua Observer Police Officers from Narcotics and the K-9 Unit while on routine patrol at the General Post Office at about 10:30 am on Tuesday 19th June 2018 intercepted a Brown cardboard box containing several boxes of cereals and other dry food items. The cereal boxes were checked and concealed inside each…

Scrumpum beaten, He’s Sensational delivers

Source: Antigua Observer There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after favourite, Scrumpum, was beaten during Sunday’s APUA Inet Sir Cuthwin Lake Super Sprint, the second leg of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, held at the Cassada Gardens Race Track.  Thoroughbred He’s Sensational, running out of gate 7, produced a new…

Old rivals to clash in ABCA Two-Day finals

Source: Antigua Observer Defending champions, PIC Liberta Blackhawks, will meet longtime rivals Empire Nation in the finals of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Two-Day Competition, after picking up first innings points in the semifinal round over the weekend. Blackhawks, who hosted Caribbean Union Bank (CUB) Bethesda Golden Eagles in Liberta, amassed…

England’s Kane scores injury-time winner

Source: Antigua Observer Captain Harry Kane scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as England battled to victory over Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup. Kane nodded home from close range in the 91st minute following Harry Maguire’s flick-on from a corner, adding to his opportunistic finish in the first half…

Bulldogs Squad Named, Urged To Better Previous Finish

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) has named a 12-member senior national team to contest the FIBA 2021 Men’s Pre Qualifier Tournament slated for Suriname. Veterans Lennox “Termite” McCoy, Bryan “Hollywood” Matthew and Mario “Axel” Davis headline the selection of what is a team seemingly balanced with youth and…

EDITORIAL: Serving justice

Source: Antigua Observer The prison, the judiciary and politicians are all in the news because of the early release of a female tourist who was sentenced for possessing several rounds of ammunition as she tried to leave Antigua at the V.C. Bird International Airport.  A lot of people are upset because the woman…

UN fund to help Antigua improve agricultural sector

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is among other CARICOM member states that will design multiple projects to help make their agriculture sector more resilient. The projects stem from a new fund created by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or F.A.O., and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation. The agreement…

Haiti and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation

Source: Antigua Observer The governments of Haiti and Vietnam have pledged to implement measures to boost bilateral cooperation in certain areas including economy, investment, telecommunications and agriculture. This was the outcome of meetings held last week, between President Jovenel Moise and the Vietnamese Ambassador for Cuba and Haiti, Nguyen Trung Thanh, who paid…

Environmental group oppose plans to build LNG facility

Source: Antigua Observer The environmental group, reEarth, has spoken out against plans by the government to construct a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility scheduled to be built by Shell North America “in the heavily polluted industrial area at Clifton Pier”. In a release on Sunday, the group’s president, Sam Duncombe, said the deal…

Local businesses urged to explore opportunities in Cuba

Source: Antigua Observer Businesses in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean are being encouraged to explore opportunities for trade and investment with Cuba. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, said that his Government is seeking to widen cooperation with countries in the region under its foreign investment law. “We are…

Venezuela will not participate in ICJ case on border controversy

Source: Antigua Observer The Government of Venezuela has disclosed that it will not be participating in the international court case to bring to an end the decades old border controversy with Guyana. The Venezuelan government, in a statement on Monday indicated that this has been communicated to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).…

Editorial: Integrity

Source: Antigua Observer The Asot Michael affair just got a bit stranger.  Following months of public and opposition pressure for the Integrity Commission to act, the Commission has decided to launch an investigation, except, they have no staff and no money to undertake such an investigation and have to go begging, cap in…

Prison boss says recidivism on the decline

Source: Antigua Observer There has been a drop in the number of repeat offenders returning to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), according to Albert Wade, the superintendent of prisons. Wade told OBSERVER media, yesterday, that the likelihood of convicted inmates or newly released remandees returning is now approximately three in every 10, which is…

Senior officers receive training in border security management

Source: Antigua Observer Civilians employed in government departments that have border security responsibilities should receive the same training as members of the military and other law enforcement agencies. Chief of Defence Staff, Colonel Sir Trevor Thomas expressed that view on Friday during the closing ceremony of a “Managing Defence in the Wider Security…

Sargassum forces hotel closure

Source: Antigua Observer For the second time in recent years, the St. James’s Club has been forced to close after losing the battle against the dreaded sargassum weed. The all-inclusive resort will be closed temporarily from July 1 until October 1. Chairman of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association Alex Debrito confirmed the…

Auto distributors call for clarity and fairness

Source: Antigua Chronicle Registered auto distributors in Antigua and Barbuda are expressing concerns which ought not to be taken lightly. Many of these businesses have consistently made invaluable inputs to national development and assisting with providing such things as employment opportunities, sponsorship, and other useful services or resources that have benefitted both individual…

Opposition party not happy with corporatising plans

Source: Antigua Observer The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has labelled as unwarranted, recent statements made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne regarding the productivity of workers at both the Bendals and Burma quarries. Browne, last weekend, said the workers’ productivity was very low and indicated that corporatising the organisations might be necessary to…

Ronaldo ‘to accept jail term and £16.4m fine’ in tax case

Source: Antigua Observer Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to accept a £16.4m (18.8m euro) fine and suspended jail term to settle tax evasion charges. The Real Madrid and Portugal footballer, 33, was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m), charges he denies. Ronaldo offered to pay £12.9m in June…

Beach House Hotel roof repairs completed

Source: Antigua Observer The owners of The Beach House Hotel in Barbuda, Stanhope Shepherd International, held a “topping off ceremony” this week, to mark the completion of the roofs on the building. Minister of Barbuda affairs, Dean Jonas, who was present at the ceremony, said: “This is significant because Barbuda does need the…

Freed Football Officials Still Committed To The Game

Source: Antigua Observer Football officials cleared of drug charges in Jamaica on Thursday, have said the ordeal has not discouraged them from wanting to serve the sport. Assistant coach of the senior national football team, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards and equipment coordinator, Danny Benjamin, appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court…

CMC staff strike over several issues

Source: Antigua Observer A number of workers from the Central Marketing Corporation (CMC) walked off the job this morning over back pay owed, a leaking roof and other matters. About a dozen workers, out of 41, left their stations at the St. John’s establishment and stood outside the building for several hours as…

Would-be kidnapping victim doing better, police issue statement

Source: Antigua Observer Investigators have made no headway with leads regarding alleged police impersonators trying to trick a cop’s mom into leaving her workplace with them for unknown reasons. This is according to the woman’s son who also said the 44-year-old kidnapping target was doing much better emotionally yesterday as the probe continues.…

Miscommunication misleads National Coalition of Farmers

Source: Antigua Observer The former coordinator of the National Coalition of Farmers (NCF) admitted that she did receive the proposal for the agricultural project to be undertaken by the government and a Chinese company, which Minister of Agriculture Dean Jonas promised to provide to the NCF. In an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media…

Date set for CCJ referendum

Source: Antigua Observer November 6 is the date when Antiguans and Barbudans will vote in a referendum to determine whether the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would be the nation’s final court of appeal. Lionel “Max” Hurst, chief of staff disclosed the information during Thursday’s post-Cabinet press conference. He also revealed that the process would…

Gov’t says Petro Caribe Board denies pulling back on region

Source: Antigua Observer A story that originated from the online news agency Platts, and which is now circulating on other regional news sites, is being described as false. The story claimed Venezuela is no longer able to deliver petroleum products under the Petro Caribe programme to eight Caribbean nations it serves, including Antigua…

Drug charges dismissed against Antigua and Barbuda football officials

Source: Antigua Observer Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, assistant coach and Danny Benjamin, equipment co-ordinator, both of the Antigua and Barbuda Football team, walked free of drug charges in Jamaica today after all the allegations were dismissed. This occurred after the prosecutors indicated that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove the men’s…

Venezuela to suspend oil delivery to some Caribbean countries

Source: Antigua Observer CARACAS, Venezuela, Jun. 14, CMC – Venezuela’s state owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has announced plans to suspend petroleum deliveries to some Caribbean countries under its Petrocaribe agreement. A report from the South American country’s Oil Ministry said  the move comes as a result of falling…

Several companies support marriage equality in Bermuda

Source: Antigua Observer HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jun 14, CMC – More than 50 companies across Bermuda have come out in support of same-sex marriage, joining a list of “diversity friendly” businesses. According to the Royal Gazette newspaper , a total of 58 businesses , ranging from bars and luxury hotels to law firms, global…

Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port

Source: Antigua Observer ADEN (Reuters) – Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Two residents contacted by Reuters said…

Immigration Department To Strengthen Border Management

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade is looking at ways to improve the country’s border security protocols in use at the nation’s several ports of entry. To this end, discussions are being held with a representative of Canadian Bank Notes (CBN) on how to make the system, currently…

Imposters allegedly tried to kidnap cop’s mom

Source: Antigua Observer Two men allegedly impersonated police this morning and attempted to kidnap the mother of a member of the police force. Her son is one of three officers who has a sexual harassment complaint before the Police Service Commission, against suspended top cop Wendel Robinson. The 44 your old woman was…

CCJ dismisses appeal by Barbadian public servant

Source: Antigua Observer The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Wednesday said former Barbadian public servant, James Ifill had received a “full, natural justice hearing” as it released the reasons for its ruling in dismissing his appeal after he was compelled to resign on several charges of misconduct. The CCJ heard that 10…

CEDA executive director for top post within UNCTAD

Source: Antigua Observer The executive director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), Pamela Coke-Hamilton, has been appointed as the director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities (ITC), in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). UNCTAD is the main U.N. body dealing with trade, investment and development…

Vice Chancellor to participate in debate on Windrush generation

Source: Antigua Observer The Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, will participate in discussions on the ongoing cases concerning the Windrush generation mainly Commonwealth nationals, including those from the Caribbean, who came to Britain between 1948 and 1973. The UWI in a statement said that…

Editorial: The new oil crisis?

Source: Antigua Observer The most memorable oil crisis in our lifetime was in 1973 when the Arab members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stopped shipping oil to the United States and many of the other countries of the world that were believed to be supportive of Israel in the Yom…

DCA clamps down on Hodges Bay Club

Source: Antigua Observer A seeming “breach of planning control” has caused the Development Control Authority (DCA) to order the Hodges Bay Club to cease the expansion works on a section of the property. In a letter or Enforcement Order, as it is officially called, dated June 11, the Chief Town and Country Planner…

PSC readies itself to respond to suspended top cop

Source: Antigua Observer The Police Service Commission (PSC) has finally been served with the documents pertaining to the application for judicial review filed by suspended top cop Wendel Robinson. Dr. David Dorsett, the attorney representing the body, yesterday confirmed that “Mr. Robinson has just [Tuesday] filed a new affidavit in this matter. We,…

Social Security education to be introduced in schools

Source: Antigua Observer Students at the primary school level will be taught about the operations of the Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Board (ABSSB) and its offerings, through an online educational platform which was launched on Tuesday. The “Educating in Social Security” programme is designed to teach students and adults about the historical…

Villa man dead after suspected electrocution

Source: Antigua Observer A Villa youth died early yesterday afternoon after he was reportedly electrocuted while working in a yard in Willikies. Justin “Sparkplug” Parsons, 22, was rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical where he was pronounced dead. A police report indicates that Parsons, a gardener, was working at a property in…

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