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April 23, 2018

Antigua and Barbuda

Robinson to take the PSC to court

Source: Antigua Observer The suspension of Police Commissioner, Wendel Robinson is heading to the High Court, according to one of his attorneys, Sir Richard Cheltenham. The lawyer says the Police Service Commission met the April 20th deadline for responding to demands for reinstatement, but the answers were not in Robinson’s favour… And he…

Officer accused of sex crimes remanded

Source: Antigua Observer The police officer accused of impregnating a minor, has been suspended with immediate effect. Senior police sources have confirmed this for OBSERVER media. The 48-year-old officer is due to appear in court today, charged with unlawful carnal knowledge and serious indecency. Each offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years…

EU to check on money laundering moves in Malta, journalist’s murder

Source: Antigua Observer BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s justice commissioner said on Monday she will visit Malta in the coming weeks to look at its anti-money laundering moves and check on how an investigation is going into the murder of an investigative journalist. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans (not pictured) and European…

Kyle Christian Wins Wadadli Pen 2018

Source: Antigua Chronicle Kyle Christian, 28, author of ‘Creak’, is the winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Winner Take All Historical Fiction/Poetry 2018 Challenge. He’s pocketed almost EC$3000 – thanks to contributions from Art. Culture. Antigua, Carol Mitchell, Frank B. Armstrong, International Women’s Club of Antigua-Barbuda, Juneth Webson, Pam Arthurton, and one…

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister attend High Commission’s Barbuda Donors Appreciation Reception

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E.P. Chet Greene and the Honourable Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Maria Browne, met with donors who have contributed to the High Commission’s Rebuild Barbuda initiative. The appreciation…

Prisoners, prison staff must endure harsh conditions longer

Source: Antigua Observer Harsh conditions will continue to prevail at Her Majesty’s Prison on Coronation Road as the minister responsible for prison, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the only solution is to build a new prison, and this “will not happen in six months.” Yesterday, he told OBSERVER media “these things take time” and…

Nurses want gov’t to hold off on legislative changes

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Nurses association is urging the government to pull back planned legislative changes that it says would trample the rights of workers at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. But the association’s president is warning that in the absence of commonsense prevailing, her organization will mount a…

UK man rescued at sea

Source: Antigua Observer A United Kingdom man is now safe in Antigua after being rescued at sea yesterday afternoon approximately four miles south of Antigua. The Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue responded to the man’s mayday call, with the Director Jonathan Cornelius saying his team was on the scene within roughly an…

Child poisoning reports on the rise

Source: Antigua Observer There has been a noticeable increase in the number cases of child poisoning being brought to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre. That is according to the hospital’s Marketing and Communications Head, Salma Crump. Our newsroom reached out to her after her department contacted OBSERVER Radio to put together a…

Twenty-four people honoured at National Youth Awards

Source: Antigua Observer Twenty four people  were honoured last evening for their contributions to national development. They included the youth and adults in both public and private sectors. Sylvin Farrell was awarded for contributions to arts and culture, while the young pioneering award went to N’kenge Drew, Sven James, Devin Jeffrey and Ashton…

Human Rights Report laments prison conditions, corruption

Source: Antigua Observer Bribery and corruption are still rampant among staff at Her Majesty’s Prison. That’s according to the ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA 2017 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT which was prepared by the U.S. Department of State and published this week. The reports states that the superintendent of prisons, Albert Wade, reported the bribery and…

An act of disrespect – Tabor

Source: Antigua Observer “We look at it as an act of disrespect and incompetence…the recipient of the award has not even received any official communication.” That was the response of Senator Damani Tabor to the government’s announcement that it intends to name a sports complex and community centre in honour of former prime…

Man jailed for stealing from eye doctor

Source: Antigua Observer Shastri Lopez has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for breaking into and stealing from Dr. Alvin Edwards’ home last September. The convicted man pleaded guilty before All Saints Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel when the prosecution called the case for trial this week. Lopez admitted that on September 3, he…

New BoE chairperson appointed

Source: Antigua Observer The Board of Education has a new chairperson. Head of the Undergrad Department at the Antigua State College, Denise Gardiner was recently appointed to the post. Gardiner told OBSERVER media that her initial appointment is for two years and she will meet with the board for the first on Tuesday.…

Sensitization Workshop For Small Businesses

Source: Antigua Chronicle Two departments within the Ministry of Investments and Trade are combining efforts to mount a one-day workshop for small business owners aimed at sensitizing them to procedures to access funding through the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s Direct Grant Assistance Scheme. The workshop is a follow-up to one held earlier this…

Government Mulls Ways To Revitalize Lee Wind Paints

Source: Antigua Chronicle Several paints manufacturers which already have footprints in the Caribbean, have expressed interest in investing in the locally-owned Lee Wind Paints (1974) Ltd., where the government is the largest shareholder. The disclosure comes from Investment and Trade Minister, Hon. Asot Michael, during a meeting with the Board of Directors and…

Barbuda By-Election Candidates Announced – Youthful Candidates

Source: Antigua Chronicle The following persons were duly nominated in Barbuda today and will contest the by-election, which will take place on the sister island on April 30th 2018.   Name   Occupation Political Party Calsey Beazer Educator Barbuda People’s Movement Ricardo Nedd Student Antigua Babuda Labour Party (ABLP) Primrose Thomas Waitress The…

House arrest lifted for football officials

Source: Antigua Observer Football officials, Derrick “Pretty boy” Edwards and Danny Benjamin, who are in Jamaica before the court on drug charges, had their house arrest lifted this week. Both men were arrested in Jamaica on March 26 at the Norman Manley International Airport after 3.5 pounds of marijuana was found in the…

Grays Green Community Centre to be named after Baldwin Spencer

Source: Antigua Observer The sports complex and community centre currently under construction at Knuckle Block in Green Bay will be named after former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer. The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda said the facility will be named the Baldwin Spencer Sports Complex, in honour of Spencer’s 29 years of service to…

Gov’t vehicles audit to reduce abuse

Source: Antigua Observer “The Ministry will be taking aggressive action against instances where public sector vehicles are misused or abused.” Clarence E. Pilgrim, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works warned in a press release yesterday. Pilgrim is chairman of the Vehicles Use and Management Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Public…

No more house arrest for accused football officials

Source: Antigua Observer The two Antiguan football officials who are before the court in Jamaica on drug charges are no longer under house arrest. Assistant Coach of the Antigua and Barbuda National Football Team, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, and Equipment manager, Danny Benjamin, now have a little more freedom. On Wednesday, a judge…

Cuba gets ready to elect a new President

Source: Antigua Observer Cuba’s Parliament is certain to pick a 57-year-old electrical engineer to guide the Caribbean country into a new era following the decision of 86-year-old Raúl Castro, to bring to an end the Castro’s family’s decades-long rule of the island. In 2006, Raul Castro had taken over leadership of the country…

New Sports Complex to be named after a former prime minister

Source: Antigua Observer ‘The Baldwin Spencer Sports Complex’ is the name to be given to the sports complex currently under construction at Knuckle Block, Perry Bay. This was decided yesterday at the meeting of Cabinet, and disclosed last night by government Chief of Staff, Lionel Hurst. The complex is currently under construction next…

Parish League finalists decided

Source: Antigua Observer Police and Freetown will clash in the finals of the Antigua Commercial Bank (ACB) Sir Curtly Ambrose 35 Overs cricket competition on Saturday, after they both recently picked up impressive victories in the semifinals. The finals, which is slated for the Pigotts playing field, will start at 1 p.m. with…

Williams bows out in first round

Source: Antigua Observer National tennis player, Cordell Williams Jr. bowed out of the ongoing International Tennis Federation (ITF) Under-18 CO Williams Barbados Jr. International earlier this week. Williams Jr., who is the son of Cordell Williams Sr. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA), gained direct entry into the main draw.…

Congo FA boss held over corruption

Source: Antigua Observer The president of the Congo Football Association (Fecofa), Constant Omari has been taken into custody as part of a probe into embezzlement. His detention was confirmed on Wednesday by an investigating magistrate. Omari, who is also on the FIFA Council and a vice-president with the Confederation of African Football, is being held…

Breaking: Officer in custody for alleged sex crime

Source: Antigua Observer A police officer is being accused of having sex with an underage girl who is now pregnant. The girl is 15 and the laws of Antigua and Barbuda say it is an offence to have sex with a female under the age of 16. Unless convicted, the officer’s name cannot…

More illegal drugs found at the airport

Source: Antigua Observer A FedEx package containing $8,000 worth in marijuana was discovered at the V.C.Bird International Airport this afternoon. Officers attached to the Narcotics department and K-9 Unit made the discovery during a routine check of the Customs Bonded Warehouse at about 4.30 p.m. The cannabis was stashed in two vacuum-sealed packages…

Antigua’s Carnival 2018 set to launch this weekend

Source: Antigua Chronicle “Revel in Greatness”, the theme for this year’s Carnival celebration will be unveiled by the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) at the Official Launch of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, this weekend. Commencing promptly at 2:00 PM on Saturday 21st, the city will come alive with the sweet sounds…

Police Probe Bishopgate Street Homicide

Source: Antigua Observer Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Samuel Emmanuel Joseph aka “JB” of Bishopgate Street. Joseph’s body was discovered at the back of a welding shop on Bishopgate Street around 11am on Wednesday. He was found lying face down on the ground, with both hands bound behind…

BREAKING NEWS: STRANGLED BODY FOUND ON Bishopgate STREET

Source: Antigua Chronicle For the second time in one week, a dead body has been discovered in the St. John’s vicinity. This time, on Bishopgate Street. According to reports, the body was discovered early this morning with the limbs bounded. Reports further claim that the body appeared to be strangled. This discovery was made…

DROUGHT CONCERNS IN PARTS OF THE CARIBBEAN

Source: Antigua Chronicle In its latest Drought Bulletin for April 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) reported concerns over long-term and short-term drought in several Caribbean islands. The assessment for Cuba and Antigua prompted the CPDMN to state that “water resources should be monitored for long-term drought that can affect…

Second killing in as many days, body tied up

Source: Antigua Observer The police are probing the killing of a man whose body was found tied up in a shop on Bishopgate Street this morning. The man also appeared to have been strangled, a witness on the scene said. This comes just days after a body was found tied up in an…

Earthquake Rocks Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda was rocked by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake on Tuesday afternoon around 4:26 pm. Information from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad says the quake was located latitude 16.947 North and longitude 61.819 West at a depth of 21.43 kilometres. Reports are that the quake was felt…

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks…

Windies back to full strength for Hurricane Relief T20

Source: Antigua Observer West Indies will be at full strength for next month’s hurricane relief Twenty20 International against a Rest of the World XI in London. Captain Carlos Brathwaite, along with the likes of superstar Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis, were on Tuesday named in a 13-man squad for the May…

Rockersville hand Coolers their first loss

Source: Antigua Observer Harold Lovell Rockersville pulled off a big upset on Monday night at the JSC Sports Complex as they handed frontrunners, Ottos Coolers their first loss of the season in their Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 2 encounter. Rockersville, who were led by former national player, Walton “Bundy” Christian…

Cricket association commits to assisting football officials

Source: Antigua Observer At least one sporting association has offered assistance to two football officials under house arrest in Jamaica, after the men were charged in connection with a quantity of marijuana found in one of the equipment bags. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, made the announcement…

Netball Boss Pleased After 10-Year Hiatus

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) and former national player, Karen Joseph is heartened by the support the game has received since the reintroduction of a national league this year. The sport, which has been dormant for about 10 years, played its first official league match in…

EDITORIAL : A plan for tourism

Source: Antigua Observer The revelation that there was a only a small increase in visitor arrivals to our bit of paradise during the winter season, pales in comparison to the associated news that bookings for the summer season are slow at this time. The news came from Alex DeBrito, Chairman of the Antigua…

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Source: Antigua Observer Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92. She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush. Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to…

Editorial: More than one big deal

Source: Antigua Observer All eyes are on the police force and Prime Minister Gaston Browne who has since weighed in on the passport matter involving Assistant Superintendent Ray John and the alleged passport documents that were discovered in St. Vincent.  According to the PM, the entire matter smacks of “mischief” and he is…

Police probe Point killing

Source: Antigua Observer A suspected murder in North Street, Point, is occupying the attention of the Homicide Unit, and investigators are appealing to the public for help to solve the case. Carlton “Pum Pum” Charles’ decomposing body was found Sunday afternoon with his hands bound behind his back and his feet tied together.…

Potential opportunities for locals in medical marijuana

Source: Antigua Observer Antiguans and Barbudans who are desirous of pursuing a career in pharmacology will soon have the opportunity to pursue studies in the field, as the government prepares to embark on the medical marijuana industry. Government’s chief of staff, Lionel Hurst, in an exclusive interview with OBSERVER media yesterday, explained that…

DNA Leader calls on Prime Minister to repeal CIP

Source: Antigua Observer Leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), Joanne Massiah has called on the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and leader of the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), Gaston Browne to repeal the Citizenship by Investment Act and stop the “selling” of Antigua and Barbuda passports. Massiah, who spoke exclusively…

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT EXPOSES TWO CRIMINAL MONEY LAUNDERERS

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has exposed two convicted criminals who are now selling themselves as Financial Crime Consultants through internet blog sites that they run in return for hefty payments.             The two – Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner – have both been convicted of money laundering…

Suspected homicide, victim found tied up

Source: Antigua Observer Signs of foul play are clear in the case of a North Street man found dead, tied up in an abandoned house yesterday afternoon. The police say the dead man’s hands were bound behind his back and his feet were also tied, and he was found lying face-down. The deceased…

Young burn victim undergoes another surgery

Source: Antigua Observer Young fire victim, David Prince continues to make progress, and with his latest surgery in the United States, the toddler is expected to have more use of his fingers. The now two-year-old suffered burns to his hands when a deadly fire in August 2016 swept through the Jennings home that…

PM says mischief involved in passport matter

Source: Antigua Observer The prime minister is convinced mischief could be involved in the latest probe underway in St. Vincent and the Grenadines involving the Antigua and Barbuda passport. Speaking with OBSERVER media yesterday, Gaston Browne said he was very concerned and baffled because it seems like mischief on the part of several people.…

Editorial: There is always a silver lining

Source: Antigua Observer The Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB) is in a bit of turmoil.  Okay, “turmoil” may be a bit of an understatement, or the wrong word to be used altogether, so let’s just say that things are far from ‘all right.’  That leads some to say that things…

Aspiring politician appeals for help for home for the elderly

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party’s Michael Burton is calling on the community to support the Fiennes Institute. And, he is accusing the government of ignoring the deplorable conditions at the home. This week, Burton visited the institution and shared photos on social media of some of the problems being faced there.…

Acting top cop speaks after second officer is suspended

Source: Antigua Observer The acting commissioner of police, Atlee Rodney, is reassuring the public that the police force is still fully capable of doing its job. His comment comes after a second controversial suspension of a high-ranking police officer, this time, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ray John. John, who headed the Rapid Response…

Missing Piggotts Teen found

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Police are reporting that 15 year old Omarie Nedd of Pigotts, who was reported missing was found and is reported to be in good health. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) spotted him walking at the Airport near Sticky Wicket and took him into custody. Further investigations…

15 year old Piggots teen missing

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Police and family of 15 year old Omarie Nedd of Piggots is asking for assistance from the public in finding him. Omarie is a First Form student of the Clarehall Secondary School, and was last seen around 7:20 a.m on Friday in the vicinity of the Cassada Gardens Race…

Missing teen found, taken to police

Source: Antigua Observer The 15-year-old girl who had been missing since Wednesday has been found A family friend found the third form student, Watisha Ralph, shortly before noon today and she’s being taken to a police station. That’s all the family is able to say at this time as they expressed thanks to…

Nomination Day set for Barbuda by-election

Source: Antigua Observer Political hopefuls who plan to contest the by-election for a seat on the Barbuda Council have a few days to get themselves in order. April 19 has been set as the date for Nomination Day for the process which will be executed in Barbuda on April 30. The Barbuda Local…

Teenage girl missing for three days

Source: Antigua Observer UPDATE: TEEN HAS BEEN FOUND It is now three days since Watisha Ralph left home and hasn’t returned, and her family is pleading for help to find her. The 15-year-old of Bendals was last seen dressed in the Irene B Williams  school’s “PT” uniform – black pants/skirt and a green…

John’s hopes on hold

Source: Antigua Observer Hopes of becoming the deputy commissioner of police are seemingly dashed for Acting Superintendent Ray John who has been linked to an alleged passport scandal. In April 2016, the then inspector had his heart set on becoming the second highest ranking officer within five years. However John was suspended from…

Editorial: Internet … necessary for life

Source: Antigua Observer We typically get in trouble for criticising the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA).  Defenders cloak themselves in the garb of patriotic protectionism and shield the company from anyone who dares say anything that is deemed negative.  The general retort, no matter the criticism is, “yeah, but it is ours.” Antigua…

Further agony for Barbados in extra-time loss

Source: Antigua Observer GOLD COAST, Australia (CMC) – Barbados suffered an agonising extra-time defeat to Scotland, as they lost for the fourth time to finish 10th at the Commonwealth Games in Australia Thursday. Scores were locked on 39 at full time before the Scots out-scored the Caribbean side in the additional period, to eke…

Suspended top cop demands reinstatement

Source: Antigua Observer Wendel Robinson, the recently suspended commissioner of police, is threatening legal action if he is not reinstated within one week as he alleges his suspension is “unlawful”. He made the threat through his lawyer Sir Richard Cheltenham in a letter dated April 13, labelled “URGENT, BY HAND” in bold, red…

Ray John suspended

Source: Antigua Observer Acting Superintendent of Police Ray John has been suspended from active duty with immediate effect as the police investigate questionable Antigua and Barbuda passport documents that were sent to St. Vincent last week.. John’s suspension came just hours after more than a dozen officers swooped down on his Gunthorpes home…

Top cop says his suspension is unlawful

Source: Antigua Observer Wendel Robinson, the recently suspended commissioner of police, says the Police Service’s Commission has acted unlawfully in its action against him. He states this in a letter delivered today, Friday, to the Chairman of the Commission, Kelvin John. Attorney Richard Cheltenham is representing Commissioner Robinson, who is himself a lawyer.…

Senior cop suspended amid passport probe

Source: Antigua Observer Assistant Superintendent Ray John of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda (photo courtesy STRATCOM) Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John has been suspended with immediate effect. This is pending the outcome of a probe into his alleged involvement in suspicious activity surrounding an Antigua and Barbuda passport. Moments…

UPP says leaked report was done ‘voluntarily’

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party’s Public Relations Officer is calling a leaked internal post-election assessment of the UPP’s 2014 election performance an “unofficial report.” Senator Damani Tabor did not name the person who compiled the report but he suggested it was done voluntarily and distributed to some party officials. Tabor was…

Third audit of A&B passports amid SVG scandal

Source: Antigua Observer It has come to the attention of the Passport Office that person or persons in St. Vincent were found with a copy of the bio-page only of a Passport purported to be of Antigua and Barbuda origin. The authorities in St. Vincent have therefore passed on the information to the…

15 year old GIRL Missing Since Wednesday

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Police and the family of 15 year old Watisha Ralph of Bendals are appealing for help in finding her. The Third Form student of Irene B. Williams School reportedly left home around 7:30 a.m on Wednesday 11th April 2018 to school and has not been seen since. She was…

BY-Election in Barbuda set for April 30th

Source: Antigua Chronicle April 19th will be Nomination Day for the by-election which will take place in Barbuda on April 30th. The Barbuda Local Government Act, Cap 44, makes provisions for Nomination papers to be delivered by the candidate or his proposer or seconder to the Returning Officer at the Office of Council…

TRINIDAD: Minister’s stepdaughter freed: Ransom paid

Source: Antigua Observer Krystiana Sankar, the kidnapped stepdaughter of Minister Stuart Young, has been freed. A $167,000 ransom was paid, police say. At around 7.15p.m. on Thursday two armed men entered the home of Krystiana Sankar’s ex-boyfriend at Alfred Drive, Crystal Stream in Diego Martin. Sankar was taken away. Police say that the van…

Digicel NBA Jumpstart to shoot off this weekend

Source: Antigua Observer The Digicel NBA Jumpstart programme will make its fourth consecutive return to the Caribbean as the two-day event will shoot off in the Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago this weekend. The programme, for the first time ever, will also hold a camp in Haiti.…

Blackhawks beat Golden Eagles as Super40 semis are decided

Source: Antigua Observer Liberta Blackhawks made light work of Bethesda Golden Eagles to open an eight-point gap at the top of the standings and cement their place in the semifinals of the State Insurance Corporation Super40 cricket competition heading into the final round of matches this weekend. Playing at the Sir Vivian Richards…

‘Learn to swim’ programme to widen federation’s pool

Source: Antigua Observer Students from two primary schools located in St. John’s stand to benefit from a new FINA (Federation of International Swimming) programme set to start this term. This is according to technical director of the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation (ABSF), Edith Clashing, who said the sport’s international governing body recently…

National Athlete Apologises, Sets New National Record

Source: Antigua Observer National shot put athlete, Jess St. John has apologised for a social media post in which she had criticised those officials charged with managing the country’s team at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia. St. John, on Wednesday, called on the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) to be more…

Prosthetic Blessings Through Partnerships with Ministry of Health

Source: Antigua Chronicle There were many smiling faces on the campus of the American University of Antigua (AUA) this week where over a dozen Antiguans are being outfitted with brand new modern state of the art Prosthetic Limbs. The venture, which is a partnership between the ‘Let Them Walk Program,’ out of Connecticut,…

Trinidad: Buggery law deemed unconstitutional

Source: Antigua Observer The High Court today ruled that certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act are unconstitutional and null and void. High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ruled that the law goes against the basic rights of any citizen to enjoy the freedom of privacy and family life. The law has not been…

Man charged in airport drug bust

Source: Antigua Observer One of two men who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a drug bust at the V.C. Bird International Airport, has been charged. The police said they charged 40-year-old Calvin Donaldson of Jennings with possession of four pounds of cannabis, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and…

MAKING AND BREAKING OF A COMMISSIONER

Source: Antigua Chronicle In law enforcement, every once in a while a major disturbing situation develops. There are allegations of professional misconduct, indiscretions or transgressions.  Many in leadership positions were often tested. Attempting to address issues at hand, many who had relied upon their wisdom, had often faltered. There is a wary and…

Accused ATM fraudster absconds, caught in Barbados

Source: Antigua Observer The authorities in Barbados and Antigua are working together to get an accused fraudster back into Antigua today after he fled from the island in recent days. The man is 39-year-old Bulgarian national, Martin Dimitrov Dachenski, who is before the Antigua court on several fraud charges. He allegedly stole $28,000…

Dame Carmen to get official funeral

Source: Antigua Observer The wife of the country’s first local governor general, Dame Carmen Silvia Jacobs will be accorded an official funeral next Tuesday when she will be laid to rest. Dame Carmen passed away on March 19, one month shy of her 100th birthday, which would have been on April 25th. Flora…

Old Road and John Hughes win playoff deciders

Source: Antigua Observer The Old Road FC fought off a late rally by Fort Road to win the final and deciding match in the First/Premier Division playoffs by a 2-1 margin on Tuesday, remaining in the top flight for another season. Playing the feature match of a double-header at the Antigua Recreation Grounds…

Immigration officer denies gun, ammo, drug charges

Source: Antigua Observer Daiquan Martin, an immigration officer, has denied charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of 149 cannabis plants, and possession of 310 grammes of cured cannabis. So, the police prosecution will be putting him on trial on June 6 before All Saint’s Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel, who conducted…

UHSA back peddles on senator’s mutual separation

Source: Antigua Observer Recently appointed United Progressive Party (UPP) Senator Johnathan Joseph has called out the University of Health Sciences Antigua for initiating talks that led to both parties severing ties. Joseph told OBSERVER media yesterday, that while campaigning for the March 21 general elections, it was suggested to him that he proceed…

Bar operator fed-up with police

Source: Antigua Observer A city business woman says she is growing frustrated with criminals who continue to target her lower Newgate Street bar. Valdez “Mary” Vargao said she secured Mary’s Bar on Monday just before midnight, only to return Monday morning to see the locks broken, the pools table damaged, and a number…

Preparations underway for Barbuda by-election

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission is preparing for a by-election on Barbuda. The upcoming poll is to fill a Barbuda Council-seat, vacated by Trevor Walker, soon after he was elected to the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda on March 21st. The Electoral Commission says in a release that it…

Suspected passport racket under investigation

Source: Antigua Observer An investigation is underway in St. Vincent into the discovery of questionable Antigua and Barbuda passport documents. A high-ranking official of the Royal St. Vincent and Grenadines Police Force has confirmed this for OBSERVER media, saying the probe is in the early stages. Since yesterday, Tuesday, reports have been making the…

Regional poultry producers hold talks on CSME

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 11, CMC – A delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Poultry Association (CPA) has met with officials from the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat to discuss how they could work together so as to benefit from the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The CSME allows for the free…

Missiles ‘will be coming’ to Syria, Trump warns Russia

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles “will be coming” and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.   Trump was reacting to a warning from Russia on Tuesday…

How the families of 10 massacred Rohingya fled Myanmar

Source: Antigua Observer KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Rehana Khatun dreamed her husband came home. He appeared without warning in their village in western Myanmar, outside their handsome wooden house shaded by mango trees. “He didn’t say anything,” she said. “He was only there for a few seconds, and then he was…

FIRED ! – Darryl Smith terminated by Rowley

Source: Antigua Observer A day after his demotion, Darryl Smith has been dismissed as a Government Minister. His only job now is that of Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central. It is uncertain if Smith had enough time this morning to move his things from his former Sports Ministry office over to…

Study decries law schools’ admission policies

Source: Antigua Observer A recent study commissioned by a regional group is highlighting unfair admission polices administered by Law Schools throughout CARICOM and is recommending changes to the process. The findings are contained in the Final Report on Legal Education in CARICOM Member States which was Prepared by the IMPACT Justice Project and…

More scholarships for Antiguans and Barbudans

Source: Antigua Observer Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda are in line for academic scholarships from the government of Romania, now that the two countries have established diplomatic relations. Our Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Walton Webson and his Romanian counterpart Ion (You-won) Jinga (Gin-jah) signed the documents formalizing the ties, last…

Million Dollars Drug Bust at V.C. Bird International Airport

Source: Antigua Chronicle Over one million dollars’ worth of Cannabis was seized at V.C Bird International Airport on Monday. A team of Law Enforcement Officers, which comprised officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Narcotics, K-9 and Customs, went to the Customs Cargo Shed and carried out two separate intelligence-driven operations on Monday.…

Antigua and Barbuda and Romania establish Diplomatic Relations

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda and Romania established diplomatic relations on Thursday April 5th 2018, with the signature of a Joint Communiqué at the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations. The Communiqué was signed by H.E. Dr. Walton Webson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the…

Ovals remain on top, Steelers edge out Travelers

Source: Antigua Observer Former champions, F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays continue to make an impressive run in the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 1 league, trouncing HomeTech Systems Outlaws, 105-68 on Sunday night at the JSC Sports Complex. Ojays dominated from the starting whistle leaving no chance for Outlaws…

Ahye makes history with 100m win, Blake stunned

Source: Antigua Observer GOLD COAST, Australia (CMC) – Michelle-Lee Ahye handed Trinidad and Tobago their maiden global women’s athletics gold and their first overall in two decades, when she sped to victory in the 100 metres final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia Monday. The pre-race favourite was away from the blocks first…

Pakistan leg-spinner out of England and Ireland tour

Source: Antigua Observer Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of Pakistan’s three-Test tour of Ireland and England with a hip injury. Yasir, 31, has played an integral role in the side since making his debut in 2014, taking 165 wickets in 28 Tests. He will miss Ireland’s inaugural Test match in Dublin…

City v Liverpool: Pep Guardiola seeks ‘perfect game’

Source: Antigua Observer Manchester City will have to play the “perfect game” on Tuesday to overturn a 3-0 deficit in their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool, says manager Pep Guardiola. City go into the second leg after back-to-back defeats by the Reds and derby rivals Manchester United in what Guardiola described as a “tough” week. The Spaniard…

Two drug busts at the airport in one day

Source: Antigua Observer Over one million dollars worth of cannabis was seized at V.C. Bird International Airport on Monday and two men have been arrested, the police said. Officers from the Criminal Investigations Department, Narcotics, K-9 and Customs made the busts when they went to the Customs Cargo Shed and carried out two…

Government to expand marijuana laws

Source: Antigua Observer It’s projected that the government will go to Parliament by the end of the year, to pass laws allowing for the growing, harvesting, processing and sale of medical marijuana. Legislation was recently passed, permitting the possession of 15 grammes of ganja and the growing of four cannabis plants per household.…

Lester Bird hospital: A knighthood is not enough, says Hurst

Source: Antigua Observer “Foolishness” is how Lionel “Max” Hurst, chief of staff in the Office of the Prime Minister dismissed the objections of opposition parties to the renaming of the Mount St. John Medical Centre (MSJMC) after Sir Lester Bird. Sir Lester, a living national hero and former prime minister, was thought by…

Antigua to import oranges from Florida

Source: Antigua Observer The government has decided that Antigua and Barbuda will resume the importation of oranges from Florida without the benefit of a critical piece of document from the unit that is mandated to prevent the introduction and control the spread of agricultural pest in the country. The twin-island state had discontinued…

One year later Vincia James’ absence still hurts

Source: Antigua Observer One year after a New Winthropes woman mysterious vanished without a trace, Jeriann Haywood said the absence of her daughter has left a void in her heart. Vincia James, who was 26-years-old at the time of her disappearance, was captured on surveillance camera leaving her Old Parham Road workplace, Dixie…

Editorial: Make YASCO a priority!

Source: Antigua Observer We empathise with national athletics coach, Evans “Jawakie” Jones in his renewed call for the speedy renovation of the the YASCO Sports Complex, the country’s lone track and field facility. The coach’s most recent call came during his appearance on the Good Morning Jo-Jo sports programme on OBSERVER radio last…

Antiguan claims singles and doubles titles at ITF tournament

Source: Antigua Observer Junior female tennis player, Sibley Charles claimed her first ever International Tennis Federation (ITF) titles, winning both the singles and doubles championships last week at the C.O. Williams Barbados Jr. International in Barbados. Charles secured the singles title after defeating No.1 seed and hometown girl, Serena Bryan in three sets.…

No charges yet as human trafficking probe continues

Source: Antigua Observer Four of the 30 plus people who were detained on suspicion of human trafficking and breaching immigration and labour laws have been released from custody. The four-people released includes three Antiguans and a Barbadian. The other people remain in custody as the probe continues into whether some of the women…

Bendals Men Charged

Source: Antigua Observer Police have formally charged 31yr-old Troy Neeland Baptiste and 21yr-old Daiquan Kahtaj Martin both of Bendals for possession of 149 Cannabis plants, possession of 310.2 grams of cured Cannabis, Cultivation of Cannabis, possession of an Unlicensed .380mm pistol and possession of eight rounds of .380mm ammunition.   Darren Craig Pelle,…

Agriculture Minister targets reduced onion imports

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 8, CMC – Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw, says efforts must be made to reduce the percentage of onions being imported for domestic consumption. Based on his plea, the Caribbean Broilers Group has responded through its Crop Division subsidiary, Imagination Farms, situated in the central parish of St.…

Drugs, gun, ammo, cash and camouflage recovered in police operations

Source: Antigua Observer Several people are in police custody after police conducted a number of operations which resulted in the seizure of one firearm, ammunition, drugs, money and camouflage clothing on Friday.    Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department and K-9 Unit conducted a search on property in Bendals occupied by Troy Baptiste and…

Over 30 detained in anti-human trafficking operation

Source: Antigua Observer Over 30 people are in the custody of several law enforcement agencies following a joint anti-human trafficking operation at two strip clubs in the city overnight. Their detention came after searches at the Cheetah Night Club on Joseph Lane  and G Spot Night Club on Independence Avenue during the operation…

Who are the new leaders of the force?

Source: Antigua Observer Before being elevated to the rank of acting commissioner of police this week, Atlee Rodney was a deputy commissioner of police in the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and has been serving for more than three-and-a-half decades. Until his promotion two days ago, he was responsible for the…

Editorial: Time is of the essence

Source: Antigua Observer Why did it take so long? Especially since it was pellucid that the presence of Mr. Wendel Robinson at police headquarters, never mind at the helm of the department, was much like a cancer about the body of law enforcement that needed to be excised.  Some school children are suggesting…

Legend Walsh happy to continue as interim coach

Source: Antigua Observer DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) – Fast bowling legend Courtney Walsh says he is happy to continue as Bangladesh head coach in the interim, until a full-time replacement is found. The Jamaican recently oversaw the Tigers campaign in the Nidahas Trophy where they twice beat Sri Lanka in the preliminaries to reach…

The police force welcomes acting top cop

Source: Antigua Observer Police officers are already talking about expecting a lift in the morale of the force following the suspension of the top cop and announcement of a probe into his alleged improper conduct towards other male colleagues.  The officers echoed this at a meeting with the Police Service Commission this morning…

Wade stays at HMP

Source: Antigua Observer The promotion of police officer Albert Wade, to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police will not affect his current position as the Superintendent of Prisons. That’s what Information Minister Melford Nicholas told the media at Thursday’s post Cabinet press briefing. He said that right now “The intention is he will continue…

MSJMC TO BE RENAMED TO THE SIR LESTER BIRD MEDICAL CENTER

Source: Antigua Chronicle During the weekly held  Cabinet meeting, it was decided that the Mount St. John Medical Center is to be re-named The Sir Lester Bird Medical Center.  According to the Cabinet report by Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst, “a date will be set for the renaming of the hospital and the ceremony…

Sex scandal cop suspended

Source: Antigua Observer Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson cleared out his office yesterday afternoon soon after receiving his letter of suspension and notice of an investigation into allegations that he made sexual advances towards three junior ranking policemen. It is further alleged that he then victimised the officers after they rejected his advances.…

WestHam and Fort Road make good starts in Playoffs

Source: Antigua Observer Fort Road and WestHam got off to winning starts in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) playoffs on Wednesday, as they seek promotion to the Premier and First Divisions respectively in the 2018/19 domestic season. A star-studded Fort Road team which featured the likes of national striker Peter Byers…

Carifta athletes share experience after games

Source: Antigua Observer Carifta Games medalists, Soniya Jones and Taeco O’Garro have both expressed delight and disappointment over recent results at the just-concluded junior regional track and field event held in the Bahamas over the weekend. Jones won bronze in the 100 metres finals with a personal best of 11:75 seconds, while O’Garro…

UPP Calls for an independent investigator for the Wendell Robinson Probe

Source: Antigua Observer ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA (April 5, 2018):   The United Progressive Party (UPP) welcomes the long over-due action of the Police Service Commission to suspend Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson and to order an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against him. While the Party applauds the appointment of Deputy…

Section of Friars Hill Road to be closed on Sunday 8th April

Source: Antigua Chronicle Press release: This serves as notice to allow for the safety of road users during construction works associated with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Road Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project which is a grant being provided by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF). The project is now at phase…

Police commissioner Wendel Robinson suspended

Source: Antigua Observer Commissioner of Police, Wendel Robinson, has been suspended with immediate effect. The order came from the Police Service Commission in a letter signed by its Chairman Kelvin John, this afternoon. Robinson is at the centre of an investigation regarding his alleged sexual harassment of several of his colleagues who complained…

Aspiring politician calls out PSC and AG on police sex scandal

Source: Antigua Observer Aspiring politician, Erica Edwards, of the Democratic National Alliance, has accused Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin of interfering in the investigation into three allegations of sexual harassment by a senior officer on his male subordinates.  Last week, Benjamin, wrote to the senior officer, who is also accused of victimising his…

An emotional “Pretty Boy” speaks about his innocence

Source: Antigua Observer Assistant Coach of the Antigua and Barbuda National Football Team, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, broke down in tears on OBSERVER Radio today when he spoke publicly for the first time about his ordeal in Jamaica where he is awaiting trial for drug related offences. Edwards finally came out on bail…

Barbuda’s diaspora galvanising for the island’s future

Source: Antigua Observer The recently held ‘Envisioning Barbuda for 2030 and Beyond part 2’, has been described as a successful dialogue event which focused on improving life in Barbuda. Organiser of the event, Barbudan born, Dianne Jeffers, said that the exercise, which was held at the Ebenezer Pilgrim Holiness Church in the Bronx,…

Editorial: On fecklessness and fear

Source: Antigua Observer It is that palpable sense of fear – that unmistakable feeling that if the body politic dares to ‘speak truth to power,’ there will be consequences and repercussions – ‘things’ will happen too dastardly to contemplate. Actually, forget about our earlier word  ‘feeling’ and substitute it with the word, ‘fact.’…

Halo donates care kits to DoGA

Source: Antigua Observer The Halo Foundation, donated a supply of 100 care kits to the Directorate of Gender Affairs, in support of its domestic violence programme.  Lady Sandra Williams presented the items to Farmala Jacobs, acting director of Gender Affairs, at a meeting held at Government House recently.              During the handover, Lady Sandra…

NODS prepares for the hurricane season

Source: Antigua Observer The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has begun preparing for the upcoming hurricane season, with particular focus on the removal of landfill debris. “There is a concern about the amount of debris that is sitting in the landfill that can become flying missiles. That is a matter that I…

Police probe teen’s rape

Source: Antigua Observer The brutal rape of a teenager has police searching for clues to find the perpetrator, as the victim has not been able to speak since she was found. A source close to the probe, told OBSERVER media, that the victim, a 16-year-old girl, was attacked while at Fort James beach,…

‘Pretty Boy’ out on bail

Source: Antigua Observer Assistant Football Coach for an Antigua team, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, is finally out on bail in Jamaica. He was granted bail on March 29th when he first appeared in court on several drug charges, including possession of ganja and dealing in ganja. But there were some hiccups in getting…

Doctor Ramsey gets prestigious UN award

Source: Antigua Observer Antiguan family physician, Dr. Prince Ramsey, has been awarded the 2018 United Nations Population Award. The award recognises individuals who have made outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health solutions. Dr. Ramsey has been credited with improving healthcare for thousands of people in disadvantaged communities of Antigua and Barbuda. “I’m…

Antiguan finishes third at Chess rating tournament

Source: Antigua Observer Antiguan, Jerry Aska Jr. finished third at the recently held Antigua and Barbuda Chess Ratings Development tournament at the National Public Library. Aska, who competed against nine other players, claimed the bronze medal after defeating fellow Antiguans Chester Grant and Seymore Smith in a tie breaker, making him the highest-ranking…

Babar, Fakhar lead Pakistan to 3-0 sweep

Source: Antigua Observer Pakistan won with 19 balls to spare to complete a 3-0 sweep. But given how ordinary West Indies have been on tour, this was a competitive match. West Indies’ 153 could have proved handy on a different surface against another side, but in Karachi, it just didn’t seem enough against…

Wanted men Caught, Sent Packing

Source: Antigua Observer Two fugitives, wanted in their respective countries for murder and gun crime, had been hiding out in Antigua, undetected for some time, up to last week. The question is now being asked as to why the country’s border security systems did not pick up on these men when they arrived…

Opposition senators want more commitment in parliament

Source: Antigua Observer The three people who have been appointed after the March 21 general elections to represent the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) in the Senate, have highlighted their interest in lifting the level of debate in parliament. Richard Lewis, Shawn Nicholas and Johnathan Joseph said on OBSERVER AM that in order…

DOMINICA-AGRICULTURE-World Bank funds for agricultural sector

Source: Antigua Observer The Dominica government says the World Bank is providing US$25 million to rehabilitate the agricultural sector following the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Maria in September last year. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica will also benefit from a US$40 million allocation for housing under a multi-million dollar…

Barbados to start exploration for petroleum resources offshore next year

Source: Antigua Observer Barbados will begin exploration for potential offshore petroleum resources next year, Minister with responsibility for Energy, Darcy Boyce, has said. Boyce, speaking at a regional symposium on Strengthening CARICOM Energy Collaboration in Trinidad and Tobago last week, said that Barbados had successfully negotiated exploration licences for two blocks with the…

UK and Antiguan experts partner on sustainable marine development

Source: Antigua Chronicle On 19-20 March, a team of UK experts from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) was in Antigua to share their decades of experience in commissioning and reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), which explore the level of environmental risks of any development and allow Government to make…

SEXUAL OVERTURES – DISCIPLINARY HEALING

Source: Antigua Chronicle As confusion continues to reign within the Police Service and its Commission (PSC),’ anxieties and uncertainties continue to affect personnel. These have been attributed to the apparent protractedness or inability or reluctance in the Police Service Commission in acting expeditiously and decisively. Anxious victims and a wary citizenry, patiently wait…

Government Issues Statement on the Passing of Winnie Mandela

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has learned of the passing of Mrs. Winnie Mandela, the first wife of Nelson Mandela, who was instrumental in bringing freedom to South Africa. She had been an integral part of the movement against apartheid. For this reason, the unlawful South African authorities banned…

Visiting basketball team dominates Wings tournament

Source: Antigua Observer Juel of Ontario recorded a blowout victory over Wings, winning 53-19 on Saturday before beating Purple Hearts 61-35 on Sunday. The team taught both local clubs a lesson in passing, cutting and shooting in the 15th Gillian Brazier Basketball Shoot-Out at the JSC Sports Complex.  Peyton Connelly shot 12 points…

‘Debu’ commends all-local Benna Boys following scoreless draw

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) technical director, Rolston Williams, has commended the efforts of an all-local senior national team following their scoreless draw with Dominica here on Sunday. The Benna Boys and the visiting Dominica team played to a nil-all draw when they met at the home for football,…

Jones Shines As Antigua Struggles At Carifta

Source: Antigua Observer Young female sprinter, Soniya Jones has been the country’s lone bright spark at the ongoing Carifta Games thus far, having won bronze in the 100 metres under-17 girl’s category in the Bahamas. Jones, the daughter of former national sprinter Sonia Williams and coach, Evans “Jawakie” Jones, registered a personal best…

EDITORIAL: Hitchhiking our way to prosperity

Source: Antigua Observer You may remember some time ago that we wrote a piece entitled “An education revolution.”  In it, we joined the call for a revolution in our education system.  Our support was backed by a firm belief that our greatest natural resources are our human resources.  And for those of you…

THE PASSING OF WINNIE MANDELA

Source: Antigua Observer The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has learned of the passing of Mrs. Winnie Mandela, the first wife of Nelson Mandela, who was instrumental in bringing freedom to South Africa. She had been an integral part of the movement against apartheid. For this reason, the unlawful South African authorities banned…

Kite festival picks up at Devil’s Bridge

Source: Antigua Observer The sky above Devil’s Bridge in Willikies is now filled with an array of creative and colourful kites, all a part of the Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Festival which commenced early this morning. The event started at 9 o’clock and will continue until 5 p.m. for visitors and locals…

Disability community to finalise proposals to government

Source: Antigua Observer The executive of the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Persons with Disabilities will be meeting this week to prepare a proposal for the government on issues affecting its members. The president of the body, Bernard Warner, said,  the meeting which is scheduled for Thursday, will also outline the expectations of…

Kite flying festival gets underway

Source: Antigua Observer The Annual Kite Flying Festival is off to a good start, with a twist this year. The Festival, which is in its 13th year, got underway at 9 o’clock this morning at Devil’s Bridge. Calvin Pilgrim, the organiser, says us that only renewable materials have been used to make the…

Criminals clone credit card of top cop

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 2, CMC – A 44-year-old businessman, who used the credit card belonging to the Police Commissioner, Anthony Anderson, to pay for his son’s school fees, is due to re-appear in court on May 1. A local radio station reported that Earl Hobins had his bail extended when…

Drought conditions affecting the island

Source: Antigua Observer  Antigua and Barbuda is experiencing what is called a meteorological drought. And, conditions associated with this phenomenon are expected to worsen in the coming weeks. Climatologist Dale Destin says it could even last up to six months. According to the latest climate outlook, dry weather patterns will continue to dominate.…

Football official to seek bail in Jamaica

Source: Antigua Observer Another bail application will be submitted in the St Andrew Parish Court in Jamaica on Tuesday for Danny Benjamin. Benjamin, the equipment manager of the Antigua and Barbuda National football team who is facing drug trafficking charges, was denied bail last week. The President of the Antigua and Barbuda Football…

Donald ‘DC’ Christian dies at 84

Source: Antigua Observer Former Parliamentarian Donald Christian has died at the age of 84. His passing was confirmed to OBSERVER media by his niece Gail Christian. She says her uncle, who is also known as ‘D.C.’, died on March 30, which was Good Friday. He was receiving care at the Mount St John’s…

Eight years later, St. John’s Cathedral opens for mass

Source: Antigua Observer The St John’s Cathedral has re-opened after an eight-year restoration project. Restoration works are still ongoing at the Cathedral, however, the structure was opened for Easter Sunday Mass this morning. People’s Warden for the St John’s Cathedral Parish and Public Relations Chairman for the Parish, Valerie Gonsalves-Barreiro spoke to OBSERVER…

Back benching Londel was a mistake, says DNA candidate

Source: Antigua Observer One of St John’s Rural West MP Londel Benjamin’s political rivals says it was a mistake for the prime minister to have made Benjamin a back bencher. A back bencher in Parliament is an MP on the government side who holds no executive office. On the opposition side, it is…

Prison staff disgusted over neglect of staff and inmates

Source: Antigua Observer It’s now three weeks since the roof of the prison kitchen caved in and nothing has been done. This is the case despite a promise this week from the minister responsible for prisons, Steadroy Benjamin, who said it would be be fixed immediately. Benjamin said he would have taken the…

DNA candidate denies spreading’nastiness’

Source: Antigua Observer Democratic National Alliance candidate for St John’s Rural West in the March elections Anthony Stuart says he did not spread any “nastiness” during his campaign. Stuart is responding to comments by his then-opponent, the United Progressive Party’s Rural West candidate Richard Lewis. Lewis was speaking on OBSERVER radio on Thursday.…

Remember the purpose for Easter: Bishop says

Source: Antigua Observer As Antiguans and Barbudans are getting ready for the Easter holidays, the head of the Christian Ministries Centre wants residents to remember the real purpose of the celebration. Senior Pastor Bishop Charlesworth Browne, says the time should be used to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ. “It reminds us…

Traffic department issues caution ahead of Easter weekend

Source: Antigua Observer The Traffic Department says it is concerned about young drivers, especially during this festive weekend. It’s Good Friday and most people in Antigua and Barbuda are enjoying the first day of a long Easter weekend. Sergeant Kenny McBurnie of the Traffic Department tells OBSERVER media that young, inexperienced drivers are usually the ones who…

Jets and Enforcers pick up victories in Volleyball league

Source: Antigua Observer Jets and Enforcers began their campaign in the Antigua and Barbuda Amateur Volleyball Association (ABAVA) league on a high note on Wednesday night at the YMCA Volleyball indoor facility. Jets defeated Acme in straight sets in the female division winning, 25-17,25-14,25-18 while Sharkz fell in straight sets in the male…

St. Anthony’s win first ever basketball league title

Source: Antigua Observer St. Anthony’s Secondary School (SASS) claimed their first ever title on Wednesday in the Junior boy’s division of the Cool and Smooth Inter-School Basketball league. SASS edged out former league champions, Clare Hall Secondary School (CHSS), 28-26, to hoist the coveted playoffs trophy, winning the series 2-1. The first-time champions…

CXC to train teachers for CAPE’s Green Engineering Subject

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is working to build the Caribbean’s capacity in the delivery of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)’s Green Engineering Syllabus. The Council will be hosting a three-day boot camp in Jamaica in from April 4-6 with participants expected from 13 CARICOM Member States and Associate…

Roadwork on Sir George Walter Highway begins

Source: Antigua Observer Roadwork on the Sir George Walter Highway or Airport Road has officially started with some minor challenges. The main issue is that the work caused a severe back up of traffic for over an hour and motorists were not happy. Drivers lamented that the road work is happening at a…

PSC holds emergency meeting in police sex scandal case

Source: Antigua Observer The fate of a senior policeman whose male colleagues are accusing him of sexual harassment is to be decided. The Police Service Commission, which is responsible for the discipline of senior cops, called an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the matter, to include commencing an investigation. It is to…

Gov’t to repeal Barbuda Land Act

Source: Antigua Observer April 13 is the date that the government plans to repeal the Barbuda Land Act of 2007. The Land Act has been a contentious issue for the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party administration, with its leader, Gaston Browne having previously said it should be repealed. OBSERVER media reached out to Attorney…

Two Antiguan sportsmen charged in Jamaica

Source: Antigua Observer Two of the Antiguans who were arrested on Monday March 26, at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica, were charged jointly on Wednesday. This is according to a press release today from the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Football coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards who is 49-years-old and 48-year-old equipment coordinator…

DNA leader blasts police commission for silence

Source: Antigua Observer The Police Service Commission is being accused of wilfully ignoring the complaints of several junior officers who are alleging sexual harassment by a senior cop. That is the criticism coming from the leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Joanne Massiah. Recently, several junior male officers and one man seeking to…

Alleged victims pressure PSC

Source: Antigua Observer Officers are putting pressure on the Police Service Commission (PSC) and demanding a speedy investigation into claims of sexual harassment allegations by a top-ranking officer. The PSC was asked to look into the complaints filed by three junior ranking policemen and an applicant seeking entry into the police force. The…

Kitchen roof collapses at the prison

Source: Antigua Observer Staff and inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison are concerned about their safety after the kitchen caved in. Sources at the prison confirmed that the roof fell in two weeks ago and the authorities have done nothing to address the situation. It is claimed that prison staff and prisoners came together…

Editorial: It stinketh up to high heaven!

Source: Antigua Observer Is it just us or are there other folks out there who have noticed that much of the election posters and paraphernalia have been removed? To those responsible for the timely removal of the election advertisements, we say kudos and a hearty thank you. Of course, like many Antiguans and…

More dialogue should have taken place before blacklisting – EU official

Source: Antigua Observer The European Commission’s (E.C.) Stefano Manservisi, the director-general of international cooperation and development, believes there could have been more dialogue between the Commission and those countries blacklisted as tax havens. Manservisi led a team to Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday and met Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other government officials…

No thanks, Massiah to Lovell

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party (UPP) leader Harold Lovell has opened the door to the likelihood of newcomer, the Democratic National Alliance, entering his party’s fold. But the offer is more one of political practicality than one of making amends with former UPP member Joanne Massiah, who formed the DNA last…

LIAT pilot dies

Source: Antigua Observer LIAT is mourning the death of one of its pilots who passed away Monday night in Trinidad and Tobago. Martin Laville, an employee of the Caribbean airline since 2008, is believed to have suffered a heart attack. Laville was one of LIAT’s Dash 8’s captains, and when he was not…

Jolly Harbour residents go months without APUA water

Source: Antigua Observer Water woes in Jolly Harbour have left some residents and businesses frustrated with having to truck in thousands of gallons of water since February. Jerry Page, president of the Jolly Harbour Homeowners Association, said yesterday that it has been a major inconvenience. “The sea state has been very unusual, which…

Blind School to pay for discrimination against a former employee

Source: Antigua Observer A disabled woman who was discriminated against by her former bosses secured a historic victory in the Industrial Court yesterday. One-and-a-half years after she was dismissed from her job, Susan Rolle, a legally blind woman, said her victory in the Industrial Court is a win for anyone being discriminated against…

Filth cleanup begins at station

Source: Antigua Observer The filth and damaged bathrooms at the St. John’s Police Station will be addressed before the end of this week. This is what police officers there said they were told yesterday by members of two teams leading the  cleanup and repairs at the station located on Market and Newgate streets.…

Contractor charged with attempted murder

Source: Antigua Observer The building contractor, who allegedly shot one of his workers in Barbuda on Sunday, is now charged with attempted murder. On Tuesday, the police charged 54-year-old Desbones James St. John of Upper Gambles with the attempted murder of James Elliott of #3 Cassada Gardens. He was further charged with unlawful…

Clean-up of filthy station underway

Source: Antigua Observer The government has stepped in to try to rectify the filthy bathroom situation at the St Johns Police Station. Public Safety Minister Steadroy Cutie Benjamin told us that a massive clean-up exercise got underway there on Monday. The clean-up comes on the heels of a recent video highlighting the inhumane…

ABEC rejects Lovell’s claim

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission, also known as ABEC, is rejecting UPP leader Harold Lovell’s claim that his party received more votes in last week’s election than announced by the commission. Lovell made the claim today on OBSERVER radio, but ABEC Chairman Nathaniel Paddy James says he is satisfied…

JAMAICA-POLITICS-Opposition Leader dismisses Cabinet re-shuffle

Source: Antigua Observer Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips says he is not surprised at the inclusion of Dr. Nigel Clarke in the government following the Cabinet re-shuffle announced by Prime Minister on Monday. Clarke replaces Audley Shaw as Finance Minister, with the latter having been reassigned to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture…

Wickham: Lovell’s absence from senate a good thing

Source: Antigua Observer A political analyst said that the absence of Harold Lovell, the political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) from the senate, is a wise move by the party. Lovell was noticeably absent from the list of UPP senators which are: Richard Lewis, Shawn Nicholas, Damani Tabor and Johnathon Joseph…

Windies come up short as clinical Afghans lift title

Source: Antigua Observer HARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) – Favourites West Indies failed in their bid to put the finishing touches on an otherwise successful campaign as nemesis, Afghanistan, trounced them by seven wickets on Sunday to lift the ICC World Cup Qualifiers trophy. Hoping for revenge in the final at Harare Sports Club after…

Glitch costs Hamilton victory in Melbourne opener

Source: Antigua Observer MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – A software glitch by Mercedes cost pole-sitter and reigning World champion Lewis Hamilton victory, as main rival Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The 33-year-old Brit led for the early part of the race and seemed on course…

Opposition senators appointed

Source: Antigua Observer Shawn Nicholas, opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Senator said that the public can expect more intense debate from her and her colleagues in the Upper House. She said that the four UPP senators will be working assiduously to support the opposition’s lone Member of Parliament, Jamale Pringle. “Coming out of…

Youth jailed for statutory rape

Source: Antigua Observer A 24-year-old man who allegedly had sexual intercourse with a girl who is not of age to consent to sex, has been jailed for four years. The convict is Jamaican national Kevin Cragey. Two months ago he admitted to one count of the sex offence with the 14-year-old and Crown…

Building Contractor Shoots Employee in the Mouth

Source: Antigua Chronicle A building contractor is currently in Police custody assisting the Police with their investigations, following a shooting incident in Barbuda, Sunday afternoon. It is alleged that James St. John of Upper Gambles and one of his employees, James Elliott of #3 Cassada Gardens, got into an argument over outstanding monies…

Man held for Barbuda shooting

Source: Antigua Observer A building contractor is currently in police custody assisting with the investigation into a shooting incident in Barbuda, Sunday afternoon. It is alleged that James St John of Upper Gambles and one of his employees, James Elliott of #3 Cassada Gardens, got into an argument over outstanding monies owed to…

Why Caribbean People Are Not Taking Building Codes Seriously

Source: Antigua Chronicle By:  Delia Louis The OECS islands are adorned with picturesque homes and buildings-on lowlying areas and on hillsides. Caribbean people on a whole take pride in owning beautiful homes, both the interior and exterior. In recent years, we have seen the erection of energy conservation technologies like consumer solar panels,…

Can the DNA replace the UPP?

Source: Antigua Observer The Democratic National Alliance (Dna), which was launched some 11 months ago aiming to be a third force in Antigua and Barbuda’s politics, secured less than 2 percent of the total valid votes cast in Wednesday’s general election. The DNA’s best showing was in the St. John’s Rural East constituency,…

Public service association meets with members

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association (ABPSA) will be making a second attempt to meet with its members today to discuss outstanding back pay and increasing the minimum salary for public servants. The union circulated a notice to all public servants on the weekend, indicating that the “urgent meeting”…

Detainees threaten lawsuit

Source: Antigua Observer At least two men who were detained last week are threatening to sue the state over the inhumane conditions at the detention cells at the St. John’s Police Station. An attorney-at-law has joined in calling out the authorities for neglecting police stations across the country Brandon Christian, who was held…

Senior police officers receive regional training

Source: Antigua Observer Two Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda senior officers successfully completed training in the areas of Executive Policy and Development Symposium and Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation. Senior Sergeant Dane Bontiff, second in command at the Police Prosecutions Department and Assistant Superintendent of Police Jefferey Morgan, of the Criminal…

Police appeal for help in solving farmer’s homicide

Source: Antigua Observer The police are again appealing to members of the public, this time in providing information that can lead to the killer(s) of Carlos Ollivierre whose bloodied body was discovered on Thursday. Everton Jeffers, Deputy Commissioner of Police, told OBSERVER media yesterday that it is believed someone may have information that…

Officers who recaptured escaped prisoner recommended for award

Source: Antigua Observer Six police officers, including the top Cop Wendel Robinson, have been recommended for meritorious awards for their role in the recapture of triple murder accused Delano Forbes earlier this month. The Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Everton Jeffers, confirms that this was done in a meeting with the top brass on…

PM Browne says IMF report is not accurate

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne says despite what the IMF said in their article four consultation report, the Antigua and Barbuda economy is doing much better than it did last year and even the year before. The IMF says the twin island states economic outlook deteriorated since the last Article IV…

Lovell to stay out of Senate

Source: Antigua Observer The opposition United Progressive Party has named its four senators to sit in Parliament, and the political leader is not one of them. The party’s leader, Harold Lovell lost in his bid to be elected as a member of parliament – so – with this decision not to sit in…

Body found in Willikies house

Source: Antigua Observer A chef was found dead in his home in Willikies this afternoon. It’s not yet clear if foul play is suspected; the police are currently on the scene investigating. A resident in the area told OBSERVER media that the hotel worker was discovered dead shortly before 4 p.m. March 24.…

Afghans progress by beating Ireland in Super Sixes finale

Source: Antigua Observer Ireland have missed out on a World Cup place as Afghanistan prevailed by five wickets in the winner-takes-all Super Sixes match in Harare on Friday. Zimbabwe’s shock defeat by UAE meant the winners of the final Super Sixes game would join West Indies in earning a place in England and…

Neymar-less Brazil cruise past Russia

Source: Antigua Observer Brazil scored three goals in 13 minutes to ease past World Cup hosts Russia in a friendly in Moscow. After a goalless first half, Miranda opened the scoring at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will host seven matches at this summer’s tournament including the final. Philippe Coutinho scored a penalty for…

Villa claim First Division title

Source: Antigua Observer FC Aston Villa claimed the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) First Division title on Thursday. The Villa Lions kept their undefeated streak alive as they trounced Ace Trucking and Heavy-duty Equipment Glanvilles FC, 8-3. Kwame-Ture Kirby (16th, 30th, 64th, 72nd), Deandre Bishop (12th), Rivero Yasnay (22nd, 58th) and Omega…

Cricket boss seeks permission to develop Factory

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon Rodney, has called on the sports ministry to grant his association’s request to carry out development work at the Factory cricket ground. His call comes after the walls at the popular ground located on Factory Road were painted bright red…

Matthew: I Am Not Comfortable

Source: Antigua Observer Newly-appointed Minister of Sports Daryll Matthew said he is not comfortable with his dual role as both the sports minister and president of the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA). Matthew, who was elected as the parliamentary representative for the St. John’s Rural South constituency during Wednesday’s general election, replaces…

Gloden Grove Man Murdered on Thursday Night

Source: Antigua Chronicle Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of 53yr-old Carlos Ollivierre of Golden Grove, who was discovered dead at his Farm Thursday night. It was reported that the deceased left home around 6 am on Thursday, to go to his farm, which is located just off Jonas Road. It…

Opposition leader blasts national budget presented by government

Source: Antigua Observer BELMOPAN, Belize, Mar 23, CMC – Opposition Leader, John Briceño, has described the 2018 national budget presented by Prime Minister Dean Barrow earlier month as “empty, hollow, devoid of any creativity “Where in the past there was glitter and references to Greek mythology, this budget was dry, without vim or…

Europeans to take new steps against Russia over UK spy

Source: Antigua Observer BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it. Late on Thursday, in a boost…

Editorial: The will of the people

Source: Antigua Observer Election 2018 is over and the people have spoken.  Congratulations are in order for the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) as they have secured a mandate from the people to govern the nation for another 5 years, or at least until they decide to call the next general election.  The…

Residents accuse Gaston Browne of breaching campaign rules

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has been accused of breaching the electoral law which requires parties to cease campaigning at midnight March 20, before polling day March 21. Residents reported to OBSERVER media yesterday that they received text and other messages on behalf of the party and robocalls asking…

Was anyone disenfranchised for wearing the ‘wrong’ colour?

Source: Antigua Observer Elections officials who turned away electors yesterday for wearing ‘party’ colours, did so unlawfully, according to attorney at law, Warren Cassell. He said he found the development rather strange because he has repeatedly examined the Representation of the People Act, its amendments and regulations, and said he found no law…

‘Trevor Walker for Barbuda’

Source: Antigua Observer Scores of Barbudans cheered and sang “Trevor Walker for Barbuda” as they chipped through the city last night to celebrate his election as the representative for the people of Barbuda. This was the outcome of what was expected to be a closely contested seat in yesterday’s general election that ended…

Nicholas beats Lovell in St. John’s City East

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua Barbuda Labour Party’s (ABLP) Melford Nicholas will remain as the parliamentary representative for the St. John’s City East Constituency after having won that seat for the second consecutive term. According to the announced results, Nicholas won 769 votes while the United Progressive Party’s (UPP) Harold Lovell received 616…

Snap elections deliver strategic ABLP victory

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) on Wednesday turned what many had predicted would be a victory at the polls into an electoral rout, trouncing the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) to take 15 seats in the snap elections. At a victory rally on North Street this morning,…

Antigua Barbuda Labour Party wins the National Elections

Source: Antigua Chronicle With 15 out of the 17 constituency declared by the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, victory has been echoed by their supporters. Thus far, the Electoral Commission has announced 11 seats with confirmed wins for the ABLP, making them the new government  again. With the United Progressive Party only securing…

ABLP Charles Max Fernandez has won St. John's Rural North

Source: Antigua Chronicle Declared: ABLP Charles Max Fernandez has retained his St. John’s Rural North constituency seat with 1708 votes. While UPP’s Dr. Mc Chesney Emanuel gained 952 votes and DNA Louis Rivera got 163 votes while MLVOP gained 6 votes. This constituency had a 79% voter turn out. Link: ABLP Charles Max

ABLP Chet Greene wins St. Paul

Source: Antigua Chronicle Declared: ABLP Chet Greene has won his St. Paul seat with 1315 votes while the UPP has 836 votes and the DNA gained 53 votes with a 77% voter turn out Link: ABLP Chet Greene wins St. Paul

ABLP Daryll Matthew has won his St. John's Rural South seat

Source: Antigua Chronicle Declared: ABLP Daryll Matthew has won St. John’s Rural South with 1502 votes. The UPP candidate gained 775 votes while the ABTLP has 51 votes and DNA with 38 votes. There was 74%. Link: ABLP Daryll Matthew has won his St. John’s Rural South seat

ABLP Melford Nicholas wins St. John's City East

Source: Antigua Chronicle Declared: ABLP Melford Nicholas wins St. John’s City East with 769 votes against UPP Political Leader Harold Lovell with 616 votes and DNA Bruce Goodwin with 18 votes. There was an 89% voter turn out in that constituency. Link: ABLP Melford Nicholas wins St. John’s City East

BPM Trevor Walker Wins Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle Trevor Walker BPM has won with 558 votes to be returned to the House of Representatives. Beating Author Nibbs ABLP with 429 votes. There was 87% voter turn out. Link: BPM Trevor Walker Wins Barbuda

Special ID system safe – ABEC

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) is looking to allay fears that the replacement ID card for electors to use to vote today could be exploited. The commission earlier today said people who lost their voter ID cards could come down to their office with a passport size photo…

What does the law say about clothing on election day?

Source: Antigua Observer Attorney at law, Warren Cassell says there’s no law restricting anyone from wearing any particular colour at the polling station when they go to vote. He’s commenting after electors were turned away from the Golden Grove Primary polling station for the St. John’s Rural South constituency this morning. More than…

Confusion over colours

Source: Antigua Observer Electors turning up to vote in popular party colours have been turned away in some constituencies and asked to change before they return. It’s a confusing situation as some are being allowed and others are not. The message from the electoral commission has not been crystal clear…can voters wear party…

OMG ELECTION COVERAGE LIVE BLOG

Source: Antigua Observer If you are viewing this on the mobile app, unfortunately live blogging is not yet available. Please check www.antiguaobserver.com Link: OMG ELECTION COVERAGE LIVE BLOG

Elections begin in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer Polling all across Antigua has so far been prompt in the start. There are 17 constituencies, including Barbuda, and all electors are voting on the mainland for the first time in the twin island’s history. At least one elector was turned away for wearing a party colour, while in St.…

C’wealth observers to pay special attention to Barbuda voting

Source: Antigua Observer The Commonwealth Observer Mission says it will be paying special attention to the Barbuda voting arrangements when Antiguans and Barbudans go to the polls tomorrow. The three-member observer team, which is led by Janet Bostwick, a former Bahamian attorney general, met reporters on Tuesday to present a briefing on the…

ABEC expects official results later than last election

Source: Antigua Observer The counting of all ballots cast in today’s General Election and the official results are not expected before 3 a.m. tomorrow. That’s the prediction of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC). In 2014, the last ballot boxes that were tabulated came from the St. George constituency. Using that as…

UPP FAKE NEWS EXPOSED BY DOMINICAN REPUBLIC JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

Source: Antigua Chronicle Press Release. The Supreme Court of Justice of the Dominican Republic has moved swiftly to denounce a false document, circulated yesterday on social media by the United Progressive Party (UPP). The Court issued the following statement in Spanish and it is attached to this release.   The English translation is as follows:…

Jamaica hosting workshop on cybersecurity in aviation

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 20, CMC – Jamaica is hosting a four-day regional workshop on cybersecurity in aviation. The workshop, which ends on Friday, has brought together civil aviation personnel from 14 Latin America and Caribbean countries and is being hosted by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in association with…

Expelled Russian diplomats leave Britain in nerve agent crisis

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Twenty three expelled Russian diplomats and their families left the embassy in London and headed back to Moscow on Tuesday in the deepest crisis in Russian-British relations since the Cold War sparked by a nerve agent attack in England.   Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia for…

Military man Sisi vows to safeguard Egypt’s security

Source: Antigua Observer CAIRO (Reuters) – When Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced he was standing for Egypt’s highest office four years ago he said it would be his last day in uniform, a pledge which symbolized his transition from military chief to president.   But last month, with another election approaching, Sisi was back…

UPP RESORTS TO POSTING DEPLORABLE FAKE NEWS ABOUT GASTON BROWNE

Source: Antigua Chronicle Press Release The United Progressive Party (UPP) and its agents have resorted to circulating fake news about Gaston Browne. In the lowest and most vulgar demonstration of its efforts to smear the reputation of Prime Minister Browne, the UPP has manufactured a Notice, claiming it is from the Justice Department…

LIAT COMMENCES SERVICE TO US VIRGIN ISLANDS IN JULY

Source: Antigua Chronicle LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will commence service to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) from July 2nd, 2018. This official announcement came at a press conference held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office in St. Thomas on Monday 12th 2018. LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shavar Maloney reiterated LIAT’s commitment to the…

Commonwealth to observe General Election in Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle A former Foreign Minister from The Bahamas, Janet Bostwick, will lead a team of Commonwealth observers to Antigua and Barbuda for the country’s general election next week.   Secretary-General Patricia Scotland announced the deployment of the three-person Commonwealth Observer Group following an invitation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.…

Government looking to expand BPO sector

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 19, CMC – The Jamaica government says it is exploring possible revision of sections of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Act, to enable stakeholders to keep pace with the fast-growing Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector. “As this sector has rapidly evolved, we realize that there are opportunities…

EU agrees Brexit transition, UK renews Irish border vow

Source: Antigua Observer BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain agreed to a potentially unpalatable deal to avoid a “hard border” for Northern Ireland on Monday to win agreement from the European Union that it would retain most EU benefits for nearly two years after Brexit.   After a weekend of intensive talks under the shadow…

New European sanctions would affect nuclear deal: Iran official

Source: Antigua Observer BEIRUT (Reuters) – Any new European sanctions against Iran will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal struck between world powers and Tehran, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, according to state media. “In case some European countries are following steps to put non-nuclear sanctions against Iran in order…

Youth All-Star Festival ends on high note

Source: Antigua Observer The JSC Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement as the Senior girls and Senior boys put their skills on display on the final day of the Cool and Smooth Inter-Schools Basketball All-Star Festival on Thursday. Jahlieshia Knowles of All Saints Secondary School (ASSS) secured the first award of the day,…

Tigers record first win

Source: Antigua Observer Massy United Grays Green Tigers opened their campaign in the Antigua and Barbuda Netball Association Mixed league with a convincing victory over Asot Michael Parham, 35-17, on Thursday night at the YMCA Sports complex. Randy Frederick was an unstoppable scoring machine as he netted 32 of his team’s 35 points.…

Vehicle bursts into flames

Source: Antigua Observer A couple and their infant daughter escaped unhurt tonight when the vehicle in which they were traveling started smoking and burst into flames. The family includes a female prosecutor from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and a police officer. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Temple…

One person arrested after plane makes illegal landing in Belize

Source: Antigua Observer BELMOPAN, Belize, Mar 16, CMC – Police have detained one person after a suspected drug plane was discovered deep in the farmlands of Blue Creek, Orange Walk, north of here, earlier this week. The authorities said that the twin-engine turboprop, corporate travel and utility aircraft crash landed in an area…

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