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March 13, 2019

Antigua and Barbuda

United maintain peak position, Willikies make headway

Source: Antigua Observer All Saints United remained on course for promotion to the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) Premier Division on Thursday, when they comfortably dispatched the… Link: United maintain peak position, Willikies make headway

Ovals bounce back

Source: Antigua Observer Defending Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division One League champions F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays bounced back from their upsetting defeat to… Link: Ovals bounce back

Editorial: Let’s all pitch in!

Source: Antigua Observer It is with great joy that we welcome the news that the new garbage receptacles have arrived on our shores. The Ministry of Health agreed… Link: Editorial: Let’s all pitch in!

Medotel construction expected to start in December

Source: Antigua Observer The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has approved construction plans for a modern medical hotel (medotel), starting in December this year.On Wednesday, Ambassador Gilbert Boustany… Link: Medotel construction expected to start in December

Quarrymen feel ‘victimized’, Gov’t undertakes to pay

Source: Antigua Observer The shop steward at the Burma Quarry, Michael Peters, has alleged that the protest action taken by the workers on Wednesday has resulted in them… Link: Quarrymen feel ‘victimized’, Gov’t undertakes to pay

Atlantic rower guilty of cocaine trafficking

Source: Antigua Observer Rowan “Archie” Bailey, one of the men who made the Guinness Book of World Records for rowing the Atlantic representing Antigua in 2015/2016, may never… Link: Atlantic rower guilty of cocaine trafficking

Editorial: All hail Vincent “Tubby” Derrick

Source: Antigua Observer Seems enough cannot be said of this larger-than-life figure who came to our nation’s rescue at a time when we needed him most. Of course,… Link: Editorial: All hail Vincent “Tubby” Derrick

A&B debaters thank supporters, hope to learn

Source: Antigua Observer Members of the Antigua and Barbuda debating team expressed gratitude to their supporters following the Leeward Island Debating Competition finals on Sunday.Speaking to OBSERVER about… Link: A&B debaters thank supporters, hope to learn

Health complications led to death of tourist

Source: Antigua Observer Contrary to what was suggested by other media, drowning was not the cause of death of a cruise passenger who died while swimming at Dickenson… Link: Health complications led to death of tourist

Dundas says attorneys will be contacted

Source: Antigua Observer Nathan Dundas, the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association, has fired back at Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Tourism Minister Charles ‘Max’… Link: Dundas says attorneys will be contacted

Bank staff back on job – for now

Source: Antigua Observer Staff at Global Bank of Commerce have suspended industrial action against the company following discussions by the bank’s management with the Antigua and Barbuda Workers… Link: Bank staff back on job – for now

Horses Flatter In Barbados, Officials Taking Notes

Source: Antigua Observer Horse-racing officials here have labeled last weekend’s experience at the Sandy Lane Gold Cup in Barbados a learning experience. Two of the country’s top thoroughbreds… Link: Horses Flatter In Barbados, Officials Taking Notes

Real Blizzard seals place in next round of Second Division

Source: Antigua Observer Real Blizzard kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the second round of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Second Division on… Link: Real Blizzard seals place in next round of Second Division

Radford says batting group on upward trajectory

Source: Antigua Observer GROS ISLET, St. Lucia (CMC) – Batting coach Toby Radford says he is pleased with the manner in which West Indies’ batting has developed during… Link: Radford says batting group on upward trajectory

Editorial: The Twilight Zone

Source: Antigua Observer Many of us can remember the excuses that we often offered to our teachers when we’d neglected to do our homework. They ranged from, “Current… Link: Editorial: The Twilight Zone

CARICOM grants deferral to Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis

Source: Antigua Observer The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has granted Antigua and Barbuda a five-year deferral on the free movement of Caribbean nationals under the CARICOM Single Market and… Link: CARICOM grants deferral to Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis

Man still missing, motorbike found in stranger’s yard

Source: Antigua Observer A BMW motorcycle belonging to Juvere Christopher, who has been missing since February 25th, has been found at someone else’s property but there is still… Link: Man still missing, motorbike found in stranger’s yard

Construction plan for ABS building to be presented next month

Source: Antigua Observer Staff at the Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS) will receive information regarding the construction of a new facility in the upcoming weeks.During the weekly… Link: Construction plan for ABS building to be presented next month

Editorial: Cry, “Foul!”

Source: Antigua Observer The more we look back at Sir V.C. Bird and his genius purchase of the Syndicate lands without saddling us and generations to come with… Link: Editorial: Cry, “Foul!”

Jailed, freed – and jailed again!

Source: Antigua Observer A bizarre and see-saw chain of events seem to surround an elderly man who was imprisoned for savagely killing his ex-wife six years ago.It was… Link: Jailed, freed – and jailed again!

Gayle could reconsider retirement plans

Source: Antigua Observer After a sensational performance against England, Windies batting star Chris Gayle has hinted he might reconsider his imminent retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket.… Link: Gayle could reconsider retirement plans

Vikings record big win, Coolers remain undefeated

Source: Antigua Observer Matthew’s Ottos Vikings pulled off a big win on Wednesday night on their home turf. The newbies – presently competing in Division three of the… Link: Vikings record big win, Coolers remain undefeated

Ramos gets two-game European ban for ‘deliberate booking’

Source: Antigua Observer Sergio Ramos has been given a two-game ban by Uefa “for clearly receiving a yellow card on purpose” during Real Madrid’s Champions League tie at… Link: Ramos gets two-game European ban for ‘deliberate booking’

Editorial: No time like the present

Source: Antigua Observer It was with great dismay that we heard some callers to yesterday’s VOICE OF THE PEOPLE broadcast suggest that a picket at Heritage Quay, staged… Link: Editorial: No time like the present

Editorial: Answer duty’s call

Source: Antigua Observer Now that the ‘shouting and the noise’ is over, the hard work begins for the United Progressive Party (UPP). We’re talking about the tough business… Link: Editorial: Answer duty’s call

ABTA expects increased tourist arrivals during the summer

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) is projecting a five percent growth in tourist arrivals by air during the upcoming summer months.Speaking at a… Link: ABTA expects increased tourist arrivals during the summer

PM blasts Dundas over Global Ports comments

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne has criticized the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association over comments he made on OBSERVER AM yesterday.During an… Link: PM blasts Dundas over Global Ports comments

British cruise ship passenger dies after sea mishap

Source: Antigua Observer Local police have confirmed that a British cruise ship passenger died at the Mount St. John’s Medical Center (MSJMC) on Monday.Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector… Link: British cruise ship passenger dies after sea mishap

Editorial: On the backs of the poor

Source: Antigua Observer There is a popular saying that there are only two things certain in life – death and taxes! And here in Antigua and Barbuda, the… Link: Editorial: On the backs of the poor

Pier Group boss says Global Ports deal a lifesaver

Source: Antigua Observer As long as the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) does not agree to pay higher passenger head tax rates to its ports of call in… Link: Pier Group boss says Global Ports deal a lifesaver

Shawn Warner’s family rejects Chief of Staff’s claim

Source: Antigua Observer The government’s chief of staff has said that the doctor who did the first autopsy report on Shawn Warner – whose family maintains he was… Link: Shawn Warner’s family rejects Chief of Staff’s claim

PM mulls tax increase to fund UWI campus

Source: Antigua Observer Government is contemplating a one percent increase to the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) to help fund the planned fourth landed campus of the… Link: PM mulls tax increase to fund UWI campus

PM: Cruise Association exploiting Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne has accused the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) of exploiting the Caribbean.According to its website, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade… Link: PM: Cruise Association exploiting Caribbean

Litter bin locations carefully plotted

Source: Antigua Observer With the passage of the Litter Control and Prevention Bill in Parliament last week, Health, Wellness and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph and his technicians took… Link: Litter bin locations carefully plotted

Teen missing for the past 5 days

Source: Antigua Observer Fourteen (14)-year-old Stephney Hughes of Greenbay has been missing since the morning of Thursday 21st February 2019 – five days and counting!She may have been… Link: Teen missing for the past 5 days

Bail granted for family of three in drug case

Source: Antigua Observer The 76-year-old father who was arrested and charged in connection with five drug crimes has been granted $200,000 bail with a cash component of $8,000.Osei… Link: Bail granted for family of three in drug case

Blackhawks edge out Old Road, Villa suffer another loss

Source: Antigua Observer PIC Liberta Blackhawks moved up the ranks into the second spot on the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association Premier league standings, after recording a 2-1… Link: Blackhawks edge out Old Road, Villa suffer another loss

Repairs on Holy Trinity School nearing completion

Source: Antigua Observer Contractors in Barbuda are adding the final touches to the recently refurbished Holy Trinity Primary School.The building that housed the island’s lone primary school was… Link: Repairs on Holy Trinity School nearing completion

Chelsea placed on transfer ban

Source: Antigua Observer Chelsea have been banned from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules in relation to youth players, FIFA has announced. The… Link: Chelsea placed on transfer ban

BCCI calls on ICC to act following Kashmir incident

Source: Antigua Observer The Board of Control for Cricket in India has called on the International Cricket Council to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” amid… Link: BCCI calls on ICC to act following Kashmir incident

Willikies stun All Saints, Sea View Farm upset Bullets

Source: Antigua Observer The fight for the two automatic promotion spots continues in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Division One League as front runners All Saints… Link: Willikies stun All Saints, Sea View Farm upset Bullets

Braves 2 clip Rockersville, Police hammer Hawks

Source: Antigua Observer Anderson Carty Braves II picked up a big win on Thursday night in their Antigua and Barbuda BasketballAssociation Division Two matchup, edging out Harold Lovell… Link: Braves 2 clip Rockersville, Police hammer Hawks

Dockyard gets best Caribbean attraction accolade

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda’s Nelson’s Dockyard has been voted “Best Attraction in the Caribbean”.“Nelson’s Dockyard, the only continuously working Georgian naval dockyard in the world, topped the… Link: Dockyard gets best Caribbean attraction accolade

Staff say ABS protest being taken lightly

Source: Antigua Observer Striking workers at the Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS) continue to express dissatisfaction as they press for resolution of their grievances.Shop Steward Kerrio Adams… Link: Staff say ABS protest being taken lightly

Armed bandits target taxi driver

Source: Antigua Observer A taxi driver is at home recovering from a savage beating by armed men who attacked and robbed him outside his Bethesda home this week… Link: Armed bandits target taxi driver

Editorial: Blah, blah, blah!

Source: Antigua Observer The staff at the government-owned and operated Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS) is at it again! For the second time in as many months,… Link: Editorial: Blah, blah, blah!

Antigua union says LIAT must first get serious about itself

Source: Antigua Observer The sustainability of the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT was the subject of a press conference yesterday by one of the unions representing its employees.LIAT has… Link: Antigua union says LIAT must first get serious about itself

Customs officer gets bail in drug bust case

Source: Antigua Observer Bail was granted TO Customs Officer Desmond Lewis who is charged with possession of one pound of marijuana and intent to supply it to others… Link: Customs officer gets bail in drug bust case

‘Pitbull’ defeats ‘Worl’ Boss’, round one

Source: Antigua Observer The prime minister, Gaston Browne, has lost his bid to get the High Court to strike out a defamation lawsuit against him. The case is… Link: ‘Pitbull’ defeats ‘Worl’ Boss’, round one

Have you seen this stolen car

Source: Antigua Observer A Toyota Allion, property of Lerkisha Hector, has been reported stolen and the public is being asked to look out for the vehicle. It is… Link: Have you seen this stolen car

New Patron for Girls’ Brigade

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua Girls Brigade Island Council, Judy St. John-Edwards (right), is pictured with the new Patron of the Antigua and Barbuda Girls Brigade,… Link: New Patron for Girls’ Brigade

Progress one step at a time

Source: Antigua Observer Barbuda Council builders are reportedly moving to complete the Nurses Quarters on the sister island, damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017. According to a post… Link: Progress one step at a time

Two-week deadline not feasible for APUA in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The manager of the Electricity Business Unit at Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) says the deadline for restoration of electricity on the sister isle, as… Link: Two-week deadline not feasible for APUA in Barbuda

Antigua agreement the most difficult – Global Ports chairman

Source: Antigua Observer Global Ports Holding (GPH) Chairman Mehmet Kutman has described his company’s agreement with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as one of the most difficult… Link: Antigua agreement the most difficult – Global Ports chairman

Editorial: Something askew

Source: Antigua Observer It was the enthusiastic manner in which we were sharing the names and recollections and exploits of our great brothers and sisters from the past… Link: Editorial: Something askew

Fiesta exposes students to healthy lifestyles

Source: Antigua Observer The Seventh Day Adventist Primary School was the venue for the 7th annual school’s Health Fiesta held every year as part of activities during National… Link: Fiesta exposes students to healthy lifestyles

Man stabbed multiple times, recovering

Source: Antigua Observer A man who was stabbed several times during a recent attack is said to be recovering well, while police search for the two who allegedly… Link: Man stabbed multiple times, recovering

Accused sex predators to face High Court trial

Source: Antigua Observer Three men accused separately of having sex with three under-aged girls have been committed to stand trial in the May Criminal Assizes.This means that the… Link: Accused sex predators to face High Court trial

Recaptured inmate to be charged

Source: Antigua Observer Remanded robbery-accused Glenroy Burns now faces the additional charge of escaping lawful custody following his recent short-lived dash to freedom.He escaped on Sunday when a… Link: Recaptured inmate to be charged

Wheels are turning

Source: Antigua Observer The news coming out of Codrington these past few days is certainly heartening. Seems, the folks in charge of the reconstruction effort are awakening from… Link: Wheels are turning

Ruling party MP demands more for constituents

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne has given assurances that residents of the St. Peter’s constituency will not be marginalised as it relates to benefiting from the… Link: Ruling party MP demands more for constituents

Senior medical official says hospital can do more to manage ER

Source: Antigua Observer In the wake of public criticism over long waiting periods at the Casualty Department/Emergency Room at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC), Dr. James… Link: Senior medical official says hospital can do more to manage ER

Date set for Barbuda Council elections

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans will soon go to the polls as a date has been set for the Barbuda Council elections.With little over a month left for the… Link: Date set for Barbuda Council elections

Record number of prospective employees attend hotel’s job fair

Source: Antigua Observer Hundreds of potential employees converged at the Multipurpose and Cultural Center for the Royalton Job Fair last Thursday and Friday, as the hotel prepares to… Link: Record number of prospective employees attend hotel’s job fair

Sir Curtly gets ready to hit the dance floor

Source: Antigua Observer With just a few more hours to go before the 2019 edition of Australia’s entertainment show Dancing with the Stars gets under way, Antiguan cricketing… Link: Sir Curtly gets ready to hit the dance floor

Gov’t to address alleged ‘malpractice’ at Scotiabank

Source: Antigua Observer The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda is expected to make a policy decision this week to address what Prime Minister Gaston Browne claims are allegations… Link: Gov’t to address alleged ‘malpractice’ at Scotiabank

SJDC workers assured of job security

Source: Antigua Observer The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda is sympathising with workers of the St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) who walked off the job last week… Link: SJDC workers assured of job security

Editorial: Another bad bankster move in the Scotia saga

Source: Antigua Observer Any government which demonstrates genuine concern and commitment for the legitimate welfare of workers in this country of ours can consider itself deserving of –… Link: Editorial: Another bad bankster move in the Scotia saga

Editorial: In the spirit of Governor Sir Eustace Fiennes

Source: Antigua Observer At last, at last, at long last, the residents and staff at the Fiennes Institute are on the move to new temporary quarters at the… Link: Editorial: In the spirit of Governor Sir Eustace Fiennes

Rapist found guilty, other remanded

Source: Antigua Observer Leon Riley could be jailed for life now that he has been convicted of rape, but he will know his fate on March 29 when… Link: Rapist found guilty, other remanded

Relatives alarmed by sudden deaths

Source: Antigua Observer The sudden deaths of three people rushed to hospital this week with varying ailments are being investigated by the police, although there are no signs… Link: Relatives alarmed by sudden deaths

Sandals says disappearance of guests’ jewellery solved

Source: Antigua Observer Sandals Grande Antigua says it has recovered thousands of dollars in jewellery which two guests reported stolen on Thursday, and the company is now in… Link: Sandals says disappearance of guests’ jewellery solved

Two hospitalized after car plunges into sea

Source: Antigua Observer Two people narrowly escaped drowning yesterday afternoon when the car in which they were travelling ran off the road after colliding with a fire truck… Link: Two hospitalized after car plunges into sea

DNA weighs in on hospital inefficiencies

Source: Antigua Observer An opposition party leader is accusing the Cabinet of “grandstanding” and has mocked its claim that 4,000 more people went to the hospital for care… Link: DNA weighs in on hospital inefficiencies

Mother says infant is coping well one month back home

Source: Antigua Observer Baby Zoudiera Jackson is said to be adjusting well, having returned home last month after a successful surgery to correct the congenital defect of two… Link: Mother says infant is coping well one month back home

Transition from Fiennes Institute to Nurses Hostel begins

Source: Antigua Observer The staff and residents of the Fiennes Institute will soon be operating and living in a more comfortable environment as government authorities work to complete… Link: Transition from Fiennes Institute to Nurses Hostel begins

Editorial: Mout open . . . ‘tory jump out

Source: Antigua Observer It sounded like Al Pacino and Marlon Brando chomping on cigars and “Making someone an offer that he couldn’t refuse.” (Famous line by Vito Corleone,… Link: Editorial: Mout open . . . ‘tory jump out

Gabriel clears air on controversial remark following ICC ban

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has issued a clear-the-air statement, revealing his controversial comments to England captain Joe Root, which… Link: Gabriel clears air on controversial remark following ICC ban

Mother seeks help to find missing teen

Source: Antigua Observer Since February 9, Juredine Pynado has not seen her 18-year-old daughter, Akailla Beckford, and she is worried that she is in danger. The mother told… Link: Mother seeks help to find missing teen

Editorial: To celebrate radio

Source: Antigua Observer As most folks are now aware, yesterday was World Radio Day. And in case you were wondering why we’re celebrating this medium, you need only… Link: Editorial: To celebrate radio

PM terms LIAT court ruling ‘excessive’

Source: Antigua Observer ‘Excessive’ was one of the words Prime Minister Gaston Browne used while lamenting the recent court ruling against LIAT in St. Croix. Speaking on Pointe FM… Link: PM terms LIAT court ruling ‘excessive’

Robbery, beating victim finally gets medical care

Source: Antigua Observer The intervention of a police officer yesterday resulted in battered robbery victim Terry Viville finally getting treatment at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC).The… Link: Robbery, beating victim finally gets medical care

Editorial: Time for an about turn

Source: Antigua Observer It is the civic duty of residents to become concerned, and to voice their dissatisfaction with a worrying trend that has become quite commonplace in… Link: Editorial: Time for an about turn

Suspected shooter surrenders, charged

Source: Antigua Observer A charge of shooting with intent to murder has been filed against Samuel “Tapa” Livingstone who surrendered to the police on Monday. This comes days… Link: Suspected shooter surrenders, charged

Teen who allegedly started fire to get help

Source: Antigua Observer The unit within the police force that helps troubled youth has taken on the case of a 13-year-old boy who allegedly attempted to burn down… Link: Teen who allegedly started fire to get help

Barbuda Council workers do not qualify for backpay, says Hurst

Source: Antigua Observer Even as members of the Barbuda Council await written communication from the government regarding backpay for workers on the sister island, government’s chief of staff… Link: Barbuda Council workers do not qualify for backpay, says Hurst

Antigua and Barbuda takes top spots in DadliHack 2019

Source: Antigua Observer Two teams from Antigua and Barbuda were among the top three winners from last weekend’s DadliHack 2019, including the team that emerged overall winners, Project… Link: Antigua and Barbuda takes top spots in DadliHack 2019

Dame Yvonne Maginley to be laid to rest today

Source: Antigua Observer Former Governor General’s Deputy and former Director General of Tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, Dame Yvonne Maginley, will be laid to rest this afternoon following… Link: Dame Yvonne Maginley to be laid to rest today

APUA experiences challenges reconnecting homes in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The head of the electricity division within the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has cited several challenges plaguing the reconnection of electricity on Barbuda, but… Link: APUA experiences challenges reconnecting homes in Barbuda

Upgrades to Nurses Hostel building to be completed by Wednesday

Source: Antigua Observer By Wednesday of this week the Nurses Hostel building on Queen Elizabeth Highway should be fully refurbished to provide temporary accommodation for staff and residents… Link: Upgrades to Nurses Hostel building to be completed by Wednesday

Robbery victim recounts baseball bat attack

Source: Antigua Observer Swelling and pain to the back of the head after he was robbed and beaten with a baseball bat on Saturday, sent Terry Viville back… Link: Robbery victim recounts baseball bat attack

PM brushes aside MP’s threat to quit politics

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is apparently unmoved by the threat from St. Peter’s MP Asot Michael to quit elective politics if the constituency he represents… Link: PM brushes aside MP’s threat to quit politics

Gov’t revisits Entertainment Tax

Source: Antigua Observer The government has made significant changes to the administrative procedures of the Entertainment Tax.A recent Cabinet decision outlined that events with gross ticket revenues of… Link: Gov’t revisits Entertainment Tax

Local farmers learn from the Jamaica experience

Source: Antigua Observer Agriculture officials in Antigua and Barbuda, along with a number of farmers, will be comparing notes with their counterparts in Jamaica as they seek to… Link: Local farmers learn from the Jamaica experience

Editorial: Discard failure and build on what we do best

Source: Antigua Observer We’ve been bombarded with the descriptive nomenclature and regaled no end about the prospects, the opportunities and the possibilities that are out there and ours… Link: Editorial: Discard failure and build on what we do best

PM says no apology for Lewis

Source: Antigua Observer The head of government in Antigua and Barbuda has promised that he will be responding personally to minority leader in the Senate, Richard Lewis. Prime… Link: PM says no apology for Lewis

Good news indeed!

Source: Antigua Observer It was Mr. Saiid Greene, the managing director of the Antigua Pier Group, who first made the disclosure that the government was looking into expanding… Link: Good news indeed!

Accused serial killer committed to stand trial in May

Source: Antigua Observer Delano Forbes, the man dubbed a vampire and serial killer, has been committed to stand trial in the May Criminal Assizes.Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh sent… Link: Accused serial killer committed to stand trial in May

Bullet narrowly misses target, shooter wanted

Source: Antigua Observer When someone outside his home, with a gun pointed at him, shouted “A dead you fi dead”, it gave Ganeal Francis his cue to duck… Link: Bullet narrowly misses target, shooter wanted

Burglars hit Villa SDA church yet again

Source: Antigua Observer Thieves continue to plunder the Villa Seventh Day Adventist Church, with the third break-in since January 27 occurring this week.The church’s head deacon, Sylvester Barton,… Link: Burglars hit Villa SDA church yet again

Meet the new prison chief: Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Philip

Source: Antigua Observer Cabinet recently announced that Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Philip would be taking the reigns as Superintendent of Prisons, since the secondment of Deputy Commissioner of Police… Link: Meet the new prison chief: Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Philip

PM Browne: LIAT restructuring needs staff support

Source: Antigua Observer LIAT staff and their unions are being asked to fully support pending restructuring plans, along with a proposal from one prime minister who said his… Link: PM Browne: LIAT restructuring needs staff support

Editorial: It’s the stupidity, stupid!

Source: Antigua Observer For those not in the know, we have replaced the word “economy” with “stupidity” in today’s title. The title is a play on the de… Link: Editorial: It’s the stupidity, stupid!

Cabinet gives new figure for Deluxe purchase

Source: Antigua Observer The Cabinet of Ministers said it made an error in last week’s statement when it quoted eight million dollars as the price government would pay… Link: Cabinet gives new figure for Deluxe purchase

Peters: Protest will continue

Source: Antigua Observer As day two of the protest by Fiennes Institute workers continues, President of the Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association, Joan Peters, has indicated that… Link: Peters: Protest will continue

Senate minority leader gives PM 14 days to say sorry

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is being asked to apologise to the minority leader of the Senate, Richard Lewis, or face a lawsuit if he does… Link: Senate minority leader gives PM 14 days to say sorry

Suspected sex offender in custody

Source: Antigua Observer A suspect was in police custody up to yesterday, being questioned about allegations he had sex with a girl below the 16-year age of consent.The… Link: Suspected sex offender in custody

Lawyers confer on fate of wanted Indian billionaire

Source: Antigua Observer A battery of lawyers representing Indian fraud-accused jeweller Mehul Choksi has been extra busy all week, amid continued efforts by Indian law enforcement to extradite… Link: Lawyers confer on fate of wanted Indian billionaire

Businessman walks, case dismissed for want of prosecution

Source: Antigua Observer Two serious, indictable gun-related charges against a businessman were dismissed yesterday morning due to delays on the part of the police.Rey John (owner of Viper… Link: Businessman walks, case dismissed for want of prosecution

The daily diet of bad news

Source: Antigua Observer We here at NEWSCO strive to report the news “Without fear or favour, and without worrying who feel one way or another . . .!”… Link: The daily diet of bad news

More funding for Barbuda’s transition to green energy

Source: Antigua Observer The government has received more money for a project aimed at moving Barbuda away from fossil fuels to a mix of renewable technologies, primary solar… Link: More funding for Barbuda’s transition to green energy

Island Girls: ocean reflections

Source: Antigua Observer Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanuel, and Kevinia Francis. Memorise those names because history wouldn’t forget these four formidable women who rowed their way into… Link: Island Girls: ocean reflections

Criminal assizes now under way in second courtroom

Source: Antigua Observer A number of new murder cases and at least one high profile matter involving policemen, have been listed for trial in the first Criminal Assizes… Link: Criminal assizes now under way in second courtroom

Two more charged in $1.9M Drug Bust

Source: Antigua Observer The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) has laid charges against two more men in connection with the recent seizure of… Link: Two more charged in .9M Drug Bust

Editorial: Dust mites, bugs, eBooks, et al under the carpet

Source: Antigua Observer The glib explanation and airy wave of dismissal did not escape anyone. Neither did the self-congratulatory pat on the back for saving the Antiguan and… Link: Editorial: Dust mites, bugs, eBooks, et al under the carpet

Editorial – WANTED: A Society United against the anti-social

Source: Antigua Observer We will not make this into a statistical exercise of whether the concern we are about to delve into has been on the increase lately.… Link: Editorial – WANTED: A Society United against the anti-social

Hatton youth charged for attack on cruise visitors

Source: Antigua Observer The two men who allegedly robbed two tourists and stabbed one of them last Friday, have been charged.The accused are 20-year-old Joel Richards and 19-year-old… Link: Hatton youth charged for attack on cruise visitors

Robberies keep lawmen busy, offenders on the loose

Source: Antigua Observer The police are looking for a criminal who attacked an elderly woman with a knife at Horsford Hill, and two other offenders who held a… Link: Robberies keep lawmen busy, offenders on the loose

Minister promises fire code in two months

Source: Antigua Observer Discussions for enacting a fire code in Antigua and Barbuda are set for today between fire officials and the country’s public safety minister, as the… Link: Minister promises fire code in two months

Government continues to push Deluxe deal despite criticism

Source: Antigua Observer The Gaston Browne-led Cabinet has yet again announced plans to buy Deluxe Cinema, but says it would have to raise the money to follow through… Link: Government continues to push Deluxe deal despite criticism

Wanted by the ONDCP

Source: Antigua Observer The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) is seeking the assistance of the general public in knowing the whereabouts of Glenroy… Link: Wanted by the ONDCP

Editorial: And can it be?

Source: Antigua Observer Were there really supporters of the Antigua-Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) at the picket of the newly-dubbed Ministry of Miseducation, some calling for the investigation, and… Link: Editorial: And can it be?

Sex offenders’ registry to be implemented

Source: Antigua Observer By Carlena KnightResidents will soon be alerted when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.Attorney General and Public Safety Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin made that… Link: Sex offenders’ registry to be implemented

UPP official demands more clarity on Global Ports agreement

Source: Antigua Observer The General Secretary of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Senator Shawn Nicholas, has called on the Gaston Browne-led administration to make public the Memorandum of… Link: UPP official demands more clarity on Global Ports agreement

Helping Hand to honour sporting icons

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto BaptisteThe Helping Hand Foundation, an organisation headed by newly-appointed Commissioner of Sports, Colin James, will be honouring a number of individuals who gave… Link: Helping Hand to honour sporting icons

Bullets, Fort Road win to remain in promotion hunt

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto BaptistePigotts Bullets stayed in the hunt for promotion to the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) Premier Division on Thursday when they overcame… Link: Bullets, Fort Road win to remain in promotion hunt

Qatar beat Japan to win first Asian Cup

Source: Antigua Observer World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar won their first ever Asian Cup with a 3-1 victory over four-time winners Japan.Forward Almoez Ali broke the record of… Link: Qatar beat Japan to win first Asian Cup

Braves thrash Crushers, Travelers upset Outlaws

Source: Antigua Observer By Carlena KnightFormer Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) Division 1 champions, Hon. Baldwin Spencer Braves, got off to a great start in their 2019… Link: Braves thrash Crushers, Travelers upset Outlaws

Windies seal series behind Campbelle, Dottin efforts

Source: Antigua Observer KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC) – Deandra Dottin belted a couple of sixes and a four as West Indies stunned Pakistan in the decisive Super Over to… Link: Windies seal series behind Campbelle, Dottin efforts

Editorial: The Ministry of Miseducation under Michael Browne

Source: Antigua Observer The irony was not lost to many Antiguans and Barbudans – the good MP Michael Browne, he of sartorial splendour and fastidious deportment – was… Link: Editorial: The Ministry of Miseducation under Michael Browne

Private vehicle operators who provide taxi services to face charges

Source: Antigua Observer Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation Minister Robin Yearwood has put drivers who use private vehicles to provide taxi services on notice that they will… Link: Private vehicle operators who provide taxi services to face charges

Sports commissioner James reveals his plans

Source: Antigua Observer Newly appointed Commissioner of Sports Colin James has said he wants one of his many focuses to be on the development of women in sports.… Link: Sports commissioner James reveals his plans

Pringle urges nation to contribute to rowers’ charity

Source: Antigua Observer Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Jamale Pringle, has urged residents to support the Cottage of Hope, the charity of choice for the Team Antigua… Link: Pringle urges nation to contribute to rowers’ charity

India’s Rayudu banned from bowling by ICC

Source: Antigua Observer India’s Ambati Rayudu has been banned from bowling in international cricket because of a suspect action.Part-time bowler Rayudu was reported after India’s one-day international defeat… Link: India’s Rayudu banned from bowling by ICC

Players give skipper Holder thumbs up

Source: Antigua Observer Skipper Jason Holder has come in for praise from his players for the professional way in which he has handled himself and the team.The 27-year-old… Link: Players give skipper Holder thumbs up

Open letter to swim fraternity

Source: Antigua Observer It is with heartfelt national pride and a great degree of pleasure that I pen this letter to congratulate Kevinia, Elvira, Samara, and Christal, the… Link: Open letter to swim fraternity

Top Tourism Jobs For Nationals

Source: Antigua Observer Two Antiguans and Barbudans have been appointed to top positions in the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA). They are Lorraine Headley-Raeburn, the new Chairperson… Link: Top Tourism Jobs For Nationals

New video series aims to sweeten tourism appreciation

Source: Antigua Observer By Shelton DanielThe Ministries of Tourism and National Festivals are closely collaborating to ensure that Antiguans and Barbudans, especially those in the formative stages, develop… Link: New video series aims to sweeten tourism appreciation

Editorial: And in that spirit . . .

Source: Antigua Observer It is with great joy that we herald the start of the second Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium today. Of course… Link: Editorial: And in that spirit . . .

Ricardo Drue to promote Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival in T&T

Source: Antigua Observer Soca Monarch Ricardo Drue will be reinforcing his Antiguan and Barbudan ambassadorial role while competing in the 2019 International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad.Last year,… Link: Ricardo Drue to promote Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival in T&T

Another delay for opening of housing project

Source: Antigua Observer The diversion of funds, to include responding to the rebuilding of Barbuda, and repairing many government structures were the latest reasons provided by Chief of… Link: Another delay for opening of housing project

Tourism Cadet Corps graduates 90

Source: Antigua Observer Over 90 young people recently graduated from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Cadet Corps programme with enhanced communication skills, improved attitudes, and a better understanding… Link: Tourism Cadet Corps graduates 90

Boys dominate 2019 Inet-Rotaract Spelling Bee competition

Source: Antigua Observer Timaurie Burnette, a Grade 5 student at T. N. Kirnon Primary School, emerged winner of the 2019 Inet-Rotaract Spelling Bee competition.According to a release from… Link: Boys dominate 2019 Inet-Rotaract Spelling Bee competition

Donations roll in for Cottage of Hope

Source: Antigua Observer The four-woman Team Antigua Island Girls, which has been recorded in history as the first black female team to row the Atlantic, has to date… Link: Donations roll in for Cottage of Hope

Political wrangling continues over Barbuda relief funds

Source: Antigua Observer Almost a year-and-a-half after Hurricane Irma flattened Barbuda and rendered it uninhabitable, the government has not been able to tap funds pledged at a subsequent… Link: Political wrangling continues over Barbuda relief funds

Editorial: Do the right thing!

Source: Antigua Observer Seems this eBooks scandal is going nowhere. Seems, much like our ubiquitous devil grass, it keeps on rearing its ugly head. Inasmuch as those in… Link: Editorial: Do the right thing!

Editorial: A parade is in order

Source: Antigua Observer It was a most worthy suggestion – that a parade ought to be staged through the various villages from whence hail TEAM ANTIGUA ISLAND GIRLS.Perhaps… Link: Editorial: A parade is in order

Emotional welcome for Team Antigua Island Girls

Source: Antigua Observer After battling sea sickness, fatigue, a near capsize on Friday night, and other obstacles, the four women making up the Team Antigua Island Girls rowed… Link: Emotional welcome for Team Antigua Island Girls

Six confirmed cases of Dengue in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer The number of suspected Dengue cases in Antigua and Barbuda between April 2018 and January 2019 now stands at 21, of which six have been… Link: Six confirmed cases of Dengue in Antigua

Duo charged in connection with $1.8 million Drug Seizure

Source: Antigua Observer Two St. Vincent and the Grenadines natives are the latest to be charged for the recent seizure of more than $1 million worth of compressed… Link: Duo charged in connection with .8 million Drug Seizure

Increased calls for minister to resign over e-Book scandal

Source: Antigua Observer There are increasing calls for the immediate resignation of Education Minister Michael Browne over what is now being called the e-textbook scandal. Opposition Leader Jamale… Link: Increased calls for minister to resign over e-Book scandal

Better security planned at national facility for the differently abled

Source: Antigua Observer Security at the National Vocational and Rehabilitation Centre for Person with Disabilities (NVRCD) will be adjusted following an act of vandalism at the Factory Road… Link: Better security planned at national facility for the differently abled

Red carpet welcome for Team Antigua Island Girls

Source: Antigua Observer By Theresa Goodwin theresa.goodwin @antiguaobserver.comAll roads will lead to the historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour this evening where thousands of residents will converge for… Link: Red carpet welcome for Team Antigua Island Girls

ABWREC to receive additional manpower

Source: Antigua Observer Government has agreed to provide assistance in the form of more manpower to the Antigua and Barbuda Waste Recycling Corporation (ABWREC), as the company seeks… Link: ABWREC to receive additional manpower

Antigua and Barbuda remembers Dame Yvonne Maginley

Source: Antigua Observer Parliamentarians from both sides of the political divide, close friends and well-wishers are coming together to pay tribute to a woman who has been described… Link: Antigua and Barbuda remembers Dame Yvonne Maginley

Anti-drug agency makes another big bust

Source: Antigua Observer The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) is reporting a major drug seizure resulting from a counter narcotics operation it carried… Link: Anti-drug agency makes another big bust

Editorial: Beware these mosquitoes

Source: Antigua Observer The news should give us pause – 15 suspected cases of Dengue, with two confirmed, here in Antigua and Barbuda! The dreaded Aedes aegypti mosquito… Link: Editorial: Beware these mosquitoes

Disaster services agency promotes community drills

Source: Antigua Observer The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is emphasising the importance of community drills in all aspects of disaster management in Antigua and Barbuda.Such exercises,… Link: Disaster services agency promotes community drills

Union says strike at ABS was sanctioned

Source: Antigua Observer The union that represents the interest of workers at the state-owned Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Services (ABS) Radio and Television, has explained that the rules… Link: Union says strike at ABS was sanctioned

Business as normal at airport despite accident

Source: Antigua Observer The normal flow of business at the V.C. Bird International Airport was in no way disrupted despite a vehicular crash on the exterior of the… Link: Business as normal at airport despite accident

Major sea swells forecast to impact region from today

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean have been told to brace for the impact of rough seas this week, as major… Link: Major sea swells forecast to impact region from today

State Insurance transfer to NAMCO a recipe for disaster, says Lovell

Source: Antigua Observer Political Leader of the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell is highly critical of the government’s decision to place the State Insurance Company (SIC)… Link: State Insurance transfer to NAMCO a recipe for disaster, says Lovell

Editorial: His finest hour

Source: Antigua Observer The details surrounding the capture of Calvin James are still coming in, but one thing is certain: former Superintendent of Police Colbert “Gaddaffi” Francis is… Link: Editorial: His finest hour

More than 6,000 boys and girls receive HPV vaccine

Source: Antigua Observer There have been no reported cases of side effects resulting from the Human Papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine which has been administered to approximately 6,000 boys… Link: More than 6,000 boys and girls receive HPV vaccine

Barbuda Council prepares for elections

Source: Antigua Observer The Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) arm on the sister island are yet to make a determination as… Link: Barbuda Council prepares for elections

BPM wants NODS out of Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A national parliamentarian and local government official is suggesting that the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has overstayed it’s welcome on Barbuda in the… Link: BPM wants NODS out of Barbuda

Caribbean Lottery reports stolen tickets

Source: Antigua Observer The alleged theft of several lottery tickets from a Caribbean Lottery booth is under investigation following a report of the incident, which is said to… Link: Caribbean Lottery reports stolen tickets

CMO urges residents to adopt measures aimed at preventing mosquito bites

Source: Antigua Observer Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sealy-Thomas is appealing to the public to take responsibility for their own protection against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which spreads… Link: CMO urges residents to adopt measures aimed at preventing mosquito bites

Nicholas: St. John’s is not tourist friendly

Source: Antigua Observer The government is admitting that when it comes to ambiance and visitor appeal, the city of St. John’s is not tourism friendly. Melford Nicholas, the… Link: Nicholas: St. John’s is not tourist friendly

Editorial: One nation under God . . .

Source: Antigua Observer So the concert is on . . . the precious or perverse (depending on your perspective) orgy of “winkin’-up and winin’- up” slated for tonight.… Link: Editorial: One nation under God . . .

Barbuda MP threatens action against APUA

Source: Antigua Observer The Parliamentary Representative for Barbuda Trevor Walker has threatened to take action against the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) if it continues to delay the… Link: Barbuda MP threatens action against APUA

Lovell terms Massiah’s statements ‘encouraging’

Source: Antigua Observer Political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Harold Lovell has described statements made recently by the leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Joanne… Link: Lovell terms Massiah’s statements ‘encouraging’

Passport office worker remanded, gets committal date

Source: Antigua Observer Unlike her two co-accused in a passport fraud case, Shakema Charles was, on Wednesday, denied bail and remanded to prison when she appeared before Chief… Link: Passport office worker remanded, gets committal date

Young woman dies suddenly, police investigating

Source: Antigua Observer The sudden death of 35-year-old Sharmaine Richardson of Perry Bay on Tuesday is being investigated by the police. If alcohol abuse played a role in… Link: Young woman dies suddenly, police investigating

Dengue Fever Detected In Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer Health authorities in Antigua and Barbuda are on high alert following the confirmation of 10 Dengue related cases. The information was disclosed during a news… Link: Dengue Fever Detected In Antigua

Scotia postpones meeting with PM; talks with union set for Monday

Source: Antigua Observer The high-level meeting between Prime Minister Gaston Browne and officials from Scotiabank has been pushed back to an undisclosed later date. Both parties were expected… Link: Scotia postpones meeting with PM; talks with union set for Monday

Editorial: Amazing Grace

Source: Antigua Observer They are half–way home, and we can exhale some and declare, “Thitherto hath the Lord helped them.” As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Team Antigua Island… Link: Editorial: Amazing Grace

CSEC Students invited to join Educational Supplementary Programme

Source: Antigua Observer The Ministry of Education is making extra classes available to students of two core Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects that will begin next week.… Link: CSEC Students invited to join Educational Supplementary Programme

Antigua and Barbuda’s passport slips one place in global ranking

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda’s passport has fallen one spot in the 2019 Henley & Partners Passport Index/Global Ranking produced annually, even as the number of countries… Link: Antigua and Barbuda’s passport slips one place in global ranking

UK cop to stand trial in the High Court for rape

Source: Antigua Observer The Scotland Yard detective who was extradited to Antigua last year to face a rape charge has been committed to stand trial in the High… Link: UK cop to stand trial in the High Court for rape

New UPP Slate: Truth or Fiction?

Source: Antigua Observer Based on a social media post, which has since gone viral, it is quite obvious that the battle lines have been drawn and the fight… Link: New UPP Slate: Truth or Fiction?

Passport office worker charged with passport fraud

Source: Antigua Observer Shekema Charles, an employee at the Antigua and Barbuda Passport Office, has been charged with five counts of conspiracy to forge the bio pages of… Link: Passport office worker charged with passport fraud

Staff lament poor conditions at All Saints court

Source: Antigua Observer Staff at the All Saints Magistrate’s Court are the latest set of government workers complaining about conditions at the building where they perform their duties.… Link: Staff lament poor conditions at All Saints court

Awareness walk for former cricketer diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Source: Antigua Observer Former national and Leeward Islands cricketer, Zorol Barthley, has dubbed the walk planned for former national cricketer and footballer Ralston Otto, as the People’s Walk… Link: Awareness walk for former cricketer diagnosed with Parkinson’s