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  • 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.

    A section of Friars Hill road will be closed: Between the Junction of Old Popeshead Road and Cedar Valley Road. This section is referred to as phase 1B for the rehabilitation of the highway from Wednesday 21st February 2018

    The map above shows the secion of Friars Hill Road that will be closed (labeled red) and the main diversion route Marble Hill Road (labeled green).

    ROAD CLOSURE: The Junction of Old Popeshead Road to Cedar Valley Road.

    DURATION: Approximately two (2) to four (4) weeks

    DIVERSION(S): Marble Hill Road

    Diversion signs will be visible for all road users who are being asked to proceed with caution for the duration of the road works. There will be workers in high visibility reflective gear at the road closure and flag people will be there to direct traffic. Local access will be maintained for road users who are residents and individuals conducting business at the business places within the closure. There will be no parking along main roads or side roads in the area.

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  • A Cooks Hill small business operator has lost her livelihood after her vending stall was engulfed in flames on Friday night.

    The stall, which sold local produce/ vegetables and opened daily, was owned by Shirley Graham of Cooks Hill.

    The destroyed vegetable stall was located in Golden Grove.

    According to reports, Graham said she left her business around 4:00 pm and received word about five hours later that it was on fire. The owner indicated that there was no electricity attached to her stall, and believes that the fire was set by someone.

     

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  • Over the weekend, the Perry Bay community was plunged into disbelief as a driver was electrocuted while transporting a container.

    What seemed to be a normal work detail, turned into what is now being described as a “freak accident.”

    The police are currently investigating the details surrounding the electrocution of a man known as “Strongman” from the New Winthorpes /Barnes Hill area. It was reported that the man was instructed to move a storage container and it came into contact with an electrical wire which resulted in him being electrocuted.

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  • From that which was well-known among the law enforcement community, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of most Police Services, particularly, those within the British Commonwealth are staffed with some of the most ‘...professionally well-trained men and women. They are highly intelligent, smart and quick-witted.’ Given their expertise and investigative skills, they are referred to as the ‘...Crème -De-La- Crème’ of the Department. Whether or not sitting behind office desks conducting interviews or on the field investigating, personal appearance matters. Thus, personnel are usually smartly attired in civilian clothing. Before the Magistracy, Judges and Juries, they are properly attired, with males adorned in jackets and ties, while their female counterparts are exquisitely dressed in the finest of women apparel. Competency, however, is not about ‘...personality appearances and halo effect of attire.’ These were never known to enhance ‘...intelligence; ...smartness and professional adeptness.’

    OPERATIONAL LAPSES

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  • CADRES, The Caribbean Development Research Services, a regionally acclaimed political polling group has announced that their research indicates Prime Minister Gaston Browne is a preferred Prime Minister when pinned against political candidates.

    According to the poll, "The survey asked respondents an open-ended question about their preference for a Prime Minister at this time and the responses are presented in Figure 02 below. The majority of respondents (49%)
    expressed a preference for Prime Minister Gaston Browne, while the second highest number opted for
    the leader of the UPP, Harold Lovell (26%), while DNA leader Joanne Massiah secured the support of
    10% of respondents. Comparatively, PM Browne is poling simualrly to 2016 when he also secured 49%
    of support nationally; however, Lovell has improved marginally from 24% in 2016 to 26% currently.
    Joanne Massiah has also remained stable, securing 10% both in 2016 and currently, while former PM
    Spencer has fallen precipitously from 13% in 2016 to 4% currently, suggesting that UPP supporters are
    now accepting the fact that he is no longer available for the post."

    The poll also took a comparative analysis of how the electorate may cast their vote if an election is to be called soon.

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  • LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission to promote Antigua Carnival 2018. The airline is reaffirming its partnership with the “Greatest Summer Festival” as they undertook a joint promotion during Trinidad’s 2018 Carnival.

    LIAT’s Corporate Communications Manager, Shavar Maloney noted that the airline reiterates to its commitment to connect the Caribbean. “As the Caribbean Airline, we see it as part of our purpose to connect the Caribbean and share the rich cultural heritage of our region including from our home of Antigua and Barbuda.” He stated that the joint promotion will assist in getting more persons to want to experience the vibrant culture of Antigua especially at Carnival and getting them there will be easier by flying LIAT.

    ABTA's Regional Marketing Consultant, Charmaine Spencer expressed her gratitude for the collaboration between the airline and the ABTA which she stated would help to heighten Antigua’s destination profile, in addition to bringing a greater awareness for Antigua’s Carnival product throughout the region. “This is the first of a number of marketing efforts that we have planned as a part of our regional marketing strategy for 2018, as we continue to partner with Antigua and Barbuda’s leading airline, LIAT, to promote attractive packages and special offerings to encourage more visitor arrivals from within the Caribbean.” Mrs. Spencer added.

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  • The Police and the family of 14 year old Brittany Skerritt of Briggins is seeking the public's help in locating her.

    Brittany is a second form student of the Princess Margaret School and was last seen leaving home around 6:20 a.m on Wednesday. She was dressed in a blue blouse with a pair of long blue jeans and pink slippers.

    She is described as slim built with brown complexion and is approximately 5 feet 4 inches in height with short natural hair. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the Youth Intervention Unit at 764-2302 or family members at 773-1752.

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  • By Sir Ronald Sanders
    A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.  
    Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions aligned to their national foreign policy agendas.
    This latest report entitled, “Rebuilding Hemispheric Consensus: A Reform   for the Organization of American States” is written by Ben Raderstorf and Michael Shifter, of the Inter-American Dialogue, a US-based think-tank on issues in the Western Hemisphere. 
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  • On Tuesday,  there was a genuine demonstration of love as a major piece of equipment was donated to the Mount St John’s Medical Center.

    Dozens gathered to witness the historic occasion at the country’s marquee health facility, where a Hyperbaric Chamber was officially handed over to the Ministry of Health and the Environment at exactly 4:27 pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

    The chamber was donated by the Calvin Ayre Foundation and came about after the decompression sickness (Benz) death of a local fisherman and diver, Andy Samuel back in 2017.

    Friends of the deceased testified on Tuesday that they approached His Excellency Calvin Ayre, on the need for a Hyperbaric Chamber on the island, which he readily agreed to purchase for the country.

    Speaking at the one-hour long ceremony, His Excellency Calvin Ayre, who is also the Special Economic Envoy for the Government of Antigua and Barbuda said that it was all about helping people and saving lives.

    “Clearly this project is humanitarian, especially with respect to local fishers. The loss of just one person can be so devastating and so unnecessary and we hope that having this new Hyperbaric Chamber will make decompression sickness a thing of the past,” he noted.

    Another speaker at the function was Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph who disclosed that the event forms part of a step by step process in taking Mount St John’s Hospital to the pinnacle of health care delivery in the region.

    “What we are engaged in is erecting another building block in what we hope to see in Antigua and Barbuda in a fairly short time, that the Mount St John’s Medical Center being a first world health institution in the Caribbean,” Minister Joseph declared.

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  • International and Regional academicians, researchers and practitioners have convened in Antigua and Barbuda to discuss opportunities and plans for improving the quality of and access to early childhood education for Caribbean children ages zero to five. The three-day Early Childhood Development Regional Research Conference, themed “Early Moments Matter – Nurturing Care in the Early Years", took place February 13 to 15.
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  • On Thursday, High Commissioner of India Mahalingam paid a courtesy call on the Acting Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin.

    The High Commissioner met to discuss various proposals which included an Agreement For Exchange of Information and Assistance (AEI&ACT), a non-visa regime for diplomats and official passport holders between government of Antigua and Barbuda and India, MOU for Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy and also a proposed Agreement on International Solar alliance.

    Mahalingam noted that the International Solar Alliance Agreement is being pioneered by India and France. He added that to date 50 countries to include Guyana, Cuba, Venezuela and Peru have already signed on to the agreement.

    The High Commissioner said once the agreement has been signed Antigua and Barbuda will become eligible to receive various grants and assistance in the area of solar power and other fields. He further added that the MOU in Traditional System of Medicine will open up the country to Medical Tourism.

    Acting Prime Minister the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin expressed appreciation on the Governments behalf to India through the High Commissioner for the assistance offered by the country to aid in the recovery of Barbuda.

    Benjamin continued that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has had a long outstanding relationship with India over the years and informed the High Commissioner that all matters discussed will be addressed.

    The Acting Prime Minister continued that MOU in Traditional System of Medicine is quite interesting as it threads on the government plans of entering the market of medical tourism.

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  • Master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Fidela Corbin Lincoln has ruled that statements made against Prime Minister Gaston Browne by the United Progressive Party Public Relations Officer, and Senator Damani Tabor and aired Observer Radio Station can be submitted to the courts for defamation.
     
    In the judgement claim, the Prime Minister is suing for defamation for statements made on Observer Radio on January 4, 2017. The judgement states that during a live broadcast, the Senator made libelous statements inferring criminal corruption, misfeasance in public office and a breach of fiduciary duties. These inferences, the judgement claims, were by way of innuendo directed to the Prime Minister.
     
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  • The Antigua and Barbuda Public Utilities Authority, on Wednesday announced the start of the APUA Relief to the Needy programme as announced by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne during his 2018 Budget presentation to parliament.
     
    APUA released the Utility Relief Guidelines that will govern the conduct of the programme which runs from February 14 to May 18.
     
    The Prime Minister reminded the public during his presentation, that sometimes making the choice between paying bills and meeting other pressing expenses is a tough choice, and his government recognizes this.
     
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  • Marriott Courtyard, one of the best-recognized business hotel brands, announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Dubai, the construction of a Marriott Courtyard Antigua at the V.C. Bird International Airport. Once constructed, the hotel will offer 125 guest-rooms, meeting and conference facilities, high-end restaurant, casino and surrounding leisure facilities.
     
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  • A 25-member regional team will be on island next week to assist with the rebuilding efforts on Barbuda.

    The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) will receive assistance from a 12-member delegation from Jamaica, along with 13 individuals from the Regional Security System (RSS). They will join a ten-member Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force team that is already carrying out work in Barbuda along with local contractors.

    Focus is now being placed on homes categorized as Levels One and Two - those that received minor damage, public buildings and properties belonging to persons who work in the critical services namely teachers, airport staff, among others. In all, 82 houses have been repaired.

    Meanwhile, Operations Officer within the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Major Alando Michael says clean-up of the properties on Barbuda continues. Electricity has been restored to several homes after they were assessed and then verified by APUA. The Sir McChesney George Secondary School has been re-opened and caters for 58 primary and secondary students.

    Major Michael says work has started on getting the Antigua Commercial Bank operational this week.

    In addition, security personnel are now operating from the airport and customs and immigration are expected to be installed shortly. The River Dock is also opened to the ferry, small cargo vessels and barges.

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  • 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.

    A section of Friars Hill road will be closed: Between Cedar Grove Main road (Northcoast Hardware road) and the Junction of Old Popeshead Road – in front of the Sir. Wright S George Police Training Academy. This section is referred to as phase 1A for the rehabilitation of the highway. This takes place from Thursday 15TH February, 2018.

    The map above shows the secion of Friars Hill Road that will be closed (labeled red) and the main diversion route Marble Hill Road (labeled green).

    ROAD CLOSURE: Cedar Grove Main Road to the junction of Old Popeshead Road

    DURATION: Approximately two (2) weeks

    DIVERSION(S): Marble Hill Road

    Diversion signs will be visible for all road users who are being asked to proceed with caution for the duration of the road works. There will be workers in high visibility reflective gear at the road closure and flag people will be there to direct traffic. Local access will be maintained for road users who are residents and individuals conducting business at the business places within the closure. There will be no parking along main roads or side roads in the area.

     

    Stakeholders Meeting:

    The Ministry of Works and Housing’s Project Implementation Management Unit’s (PIMU) latest public stakeholder consultation is being dubbed as a huge success.

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  • Police have arrested and charged 34yr-old Lois Aloma Stanislaus-Santana of Union Road Hatton, with Importation of a firearm and Transferring a firearm.

    Theses offences occurred between the 9th March, 2017 and 20th January, 2018. It is alleged that she is linked to the firearm, which ended up in the hands of convicted Bargain Center Supermarket manager, Kurt Micheal of Cedar Valley.

    Michael was found with the firearm inside his vehicle on January 20th, at Grays Farm, during a stop and search by Police. He was convicted and fined a total of $20,000 in the Court. She is expected before the Court on Wednesday.

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  • The Dickenson Bay Street man, who Police charged last year April for importing drugs into the country through the Post Office, was fined $22,000 in the Court on Tuesday.

    Andre Wilfred Simmons appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh to answer charges of Possession of 99 Ecstasy tablets and Possession of 244.5g of Cannabis, Importation of ecstasy and Importation of Cannabis and being concerned in the supplying of both ecstasy and cannabis.

    On the charge of importation of ecstasy, he was convicted fined $15,000, and $7,000 for importation of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $5,000 forthwith and a monthly payment of $2,500 until the amount is fully paid. Failure to do so he will spend 1 year at Her Majesty’s Prison. The other charges against him were withdrawn.

    The Court heard that he went to the Post Office to clear a package which comprised of two speakers, which was sent from Canada. When he was told by Customs Officers that the package had to be inspected, he hurriedly left the scene, claiming he needed to use the bathroom. The speaker boxes were examined and drugs were found concealed inside. He was later apprehended and charged.

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  • Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne on Tuesday met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, during which he thanked His Highness for the invitation to participate in the World Government Summit and also for his continued support of the Caribbean.
     
    Prime Minister Browne emphasized that despite the recent storms, Antigua is open for business and investment opportunities in the island are tremendous. Antigua and Barbuda signed several MOU’s recently including joint investment agreement and a tax exchange agreement with the UAE.
     
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  • The sustainability of the Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Industry is foremost on the government’s agenda. The Tourism Destination Stewardship Committee has been mandated and established by the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda with the sole purpose of advising on and ensuring the implementation of the destination’s sustainability projects through the provision of technical and strategic advice.

    Mrs. Vashti Ramsey Casimir, Senior Technical Officer within the Ministry of Tourism in the Sustainable Tourism Department is Chairperson of the Tourism Destination Stewardship Committee (TDSC).

    Destination stewardship involves creating balance in tourism destinations by engaging leaders from government, the private sector and NGO community through a collaborative process to embed wise policies and practices into all levels of tourism planning, development and management.

    The Committee is now in the final stages of formation and will consist of one representative within the middle level management from agencies inclusive of The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, The Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourist Association encompassing small properties, The Small Grants Program and Non-Governmental Organizations. Other key partners on the TDSC are the Tour Operators and Taxi Associations, The National Parks Authority, The Departments of Environment and Energy, The Ministries of Finance and Agriculture, and The Community Development Division.

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  • Last week, it was announced that former US President, Bill Clinton would visit Antigua and Barbuda as a part of his tour of hurricane battered islands. He has, since the announcement made on February 3rd, visited Dominica and the US Virgin islands. However it was reported that the tour came to an end though the former US President did not make his alleged scheduled stop in Antigua and Barbuda.

    The revelation of his absence came as a surprise with a number of persons from political camps questioning the reason for his abrupt absenteeism.

    Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst said that “the article announcing Clinton’s trip to the region was published before any official decision about Antigua and Barbuda was made.”

    The Chief of Staff asserted that Antigua and Barbuda was not on the list of countries to visit during the Clinton’s trip to the region. Nonetheless, because Barbuda was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma it was brought to the Former President’s attention.

    “However, upon learning that he (President Clinton) would be required to disembark his  aircraft to transfer to a smaller 9 seater plane to get to Barbuda, he declined to make the trip,” according to Max Hurst.

    Hurst stated that the article suggesting the President planned to travel to Antigua and Barbuda was prematurely announced before decision was made.

    These comments were made last Monday night of last week on a radio show Mr. Hurst hosts on ZDK. During his show a caller poised the question as to why Antigua and Barbuda was not visited by the former US president.

    The Chief of Staff reiterated that President Clinton “did not want to transfer to a smaller plane to get to Barbuda.”

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  • Police have formally charged Cheryl Thompson of Paradise View, the owner and proprietor of Jam Dung Night Club with four counts of Human Trafficking. The alleged offences occurred between November 30th, 2017 and February 9th, 2018.

    In the early hours of Saturday morning, a joint operation was conducted on two separate establishments, which included Jam Dung Night Club. Thompson, among others were arrested and taken into custody and questioned in connection with allegations of Human Trafficking. Several persons, who were deemed to be potential victims of human trafficking were also questioned and released pending further investigations. She is expected to appear before the Court (Today) Tuesday.

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  • Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates
     
    During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.
     
    Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his kind words and emphasized the strength and cooperation between both countries. The Prime Minister also thanked the UAE government for the 10 million dollars pledged to the region after the destruction of the hurricanes and in particularly the amount pledged to Barbuda.
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  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently hosted a courtesy visit from the top Management of Shell US Trading Company.
     
    The Shell team comprised Pierre Tardiff, Manager, Americas Fuel Oil Trading, Brian Conover, Account Manager Americas, Melanie Kunnecke, Fuel Oil Operations Manager, Samuel Gorgen, Fuel Oil Trader, Americas and David Keene, Caribbean Marine Technical Advisor.
     
    Also in attendance at the meeting was the CEO of the West Indies Oil Company Limited Gregory Georges; Chief Operations Officer, Sharon Thomas; and Chief Financial Officer, Carton Bramble.
     
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  • Alleged Serial killer, Delano Forbes, who has been charged with three murders, has escaped police custody.

    According to news sources, there is now a massive manhunt for the 23 year old who managed to escape the police this afternoon.

    Local Television station, ABS stated that "police officers were carrying out further investigations into the case against the accused when they took him from the prison where he has been on remand."

    He was taken to Swetes Village, reportedly to retrieve additional evidence.

    Based on reports, Forbes made good his escape by jumping over a ravine while in handcuffs.

    Lawmen are currently searching the area for the murder accused.

    Forbes is accused of killing 59 year old Swetes villager, Wilfred ‘Bongo’ Williams, Shawn Henry in Point and Lisue Williams on All Saints Road.

    News reports also claim he has also been accused on "the spine-chilling practice of drinking the blood of his victims."

    More details to come as this story develops.

     

    Photo: DELANO FORBES

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  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, February 13th 2018, recognised Michael Joseph, of Antigua and Barbuda as the 9th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional voluntary service with the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society.

    In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen - as Head of the Commonwealth - is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

    By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

    Mr. Joseph became the youngest President of a national Red Cross Society in 2015, at the age of 26. He had dedicated over 18 years of volunteering to the Red Cross. As President, Mr. Joseph leads the ‘Club Lyfe’ blood donor initiative, raising voluntary blood donations in Antigua’s only blood bank from 2 per cent to 25 per cent. He has also played a lead role in hurricane preparations, using social media to inform residents what to pack in emergency bags and advising Governmental meetings.

    Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. Mr. Joseph was presented with his certificate today by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, at the official residence

    Mr. Joseph said: 

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  • The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission has just wrapped up a busy week of intense regional promotions for the launch of Antigua’s Carnival 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Antigua and Barbuda was among several Caribbean destinations that descended into Trinidad and Tobago to promote their destination product and Carnivals, to the thousands of international and regional visitors taking part in Trinidad’s world-renowned Carnival.

    Antigua and Barbuda's presence was hard-hitting in Trinidad and Tobago over the last week, as ABTA's Regional Marketing Consultant, Charmaine Spencer, and Compliance & Accommodations Manager in the Ministry of Tourism, Dulcie Looby-Greene, went on a media blitz.  Hitting the Trinidad airwaves, the team made appearances with Soca Artiste Ricardo Drue on CCN TV6’s Morning Edition, as well as leading radio stations i.95.5FM, Power 102FM and Boomchampions 94.1FM, promoting  the destination, its wide array of accommodations and the annual calendar of events to Trinidad audiences. The delegation also visited East Indian radio and TV stations, mas camps, and conducted in-depth meetings with numerous travel trade partners, providing information on the destination as well as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.

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  • The harrowing experiences of fashion model/defendant Yugge Farrell 23, not only speaks to ‘...cruel and inhuman treatment,’ but had also shown a dire need for ‘...redemptive streamlining of the Magistracy.’ The circumstances leading to such experiences, continues to capture the interest of people, thereby saturating news portals and media houses across the region. There are no feelings without compassion and no expressions without consternation over her 21-day confinement to the ‘...160-bed Glenn Mental Hospital. Though the course of action speaks to human infallibility, it also reeks of ‘...prosecutorial and Magisterial madness.’ Frighteningly are implications for her sanity. This comes against researched information contained in a recently published Report by the World Health Organization (WHO) [SVG: 2009: Ministry of Health].

    WHO-AIMS REPORT

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  • Police arrested and charged 37yr-old Dwight Wynter of Upper Forth Road, over the weekend with larceny. He is accused of stealing a wallet from a Perry Bay woman, while she was walking along Corn Alley, last week Wednesday. The woman was reportedly taking her granddaughter to school, when the accused allegedly walked up behind her and snatched her wallet and escaped.
    The wallet at the time contained EC550, US150, an Antigua and Barbuda Social Security Card, a Dominican Republic and an Antigua and Barbuda passport, among other documents and items of value.
    A report was made to the police, which eventually led to his arrest and subsequent charge. None of the stolen items have so far been recovered. He is expected before the Court on Tuesday.
    Photo: 37yr-old Dwight Wynter 
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  • Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne arrived in Dubai, UAE on Saturday, where he will participate in the World Government Summit – The Climate Project commencing later today.
     
    Prime Minister Browne will first participate in a panel discussion along with the Prime Minister of Dominica the Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands, the Hon. John M. Silk and Minister for Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi.  The discussion will surround the theme Extreme Weather and Rising Tides: Preparing for the New Normal.  The guest speaker for the event will be international film star and Antigua and Barbuda Economic Envoy Robert De Niro.
     
    On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Browne will participate in a press conference to launch the Climate Project. The Climate Project is a two-year initiative to share knowledge on coping with climate change as well as promote finance-able climate resilience projects for developing countries.
     
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  • Police have formally charged 31yr-old Vivian Anderson Christian of Herberts with possession of 164.7grams of cocaine, possession with intent to transfer, being concerned with the supply of a controlled drug, and attempting to export. He was further charged with forgery and uttering.

    It was reported that he went to FedEx Company on High Street with a package last Wednesday, in an attempt to have the said package shipped to Ontario Canada. However, during a routine inspection of the package, it was discovered that it contained the controlled drugs Cocaine. The Class-A drugs was concealed between the inner pages of an Antigua souvenir magazine. The police were informed of the incident and the package was seized and taken to the station. Further investigations into the matter led his arrest and subsequent charge.

    The drug has an estimated street value of $5,765.

     

    Photo: 31yr-old Vivian Anderson Christian

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  • As the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace came to a close in Puerto Rico today, tourism news from Antigua and Barbuda was a top trending topic. Over the past three days, Executives from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority met with scores of international tour operators and travel business leaders to discuss happenings, resort updates and conduct business to entice more visitors to holiday in the destination. Additionally, the tourism team hosted a media briefing attended by international media, who were all eager to learn more and get updates about Antigua and Barbuda.

    “This year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace truly put the spotlight on Antigua and Barbuda and all the exciting developments we have happening on-island that continue to grow our award-winning tourism product,” shared Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. “It was wonderful showcasing our world-class destination, and we look forward to increased visitation and much success in 2018.”

    During the press briefing, one of the highlights that had everyone in the room smiling and legs tapping was the airing of the Reggae pop band, UB40 video, “Come Back Darling.” Filmed exclusively on Antigua, it travels from the panoramic Shirley Heights viewpoint to the beautiful yachts in English Harbour, showcasing the best the island has to offer.

    Another major announcement coming out of the meetings with US tour operator partners was the welcome news of an increase in JetBlue service to the destination later this year, with the addition of a new weekday flight. This additional lift will now provide the destination with four non-stop flights per week, due to the strong demand for Antigua and Barbuda.

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  • The Caribbean Development Bank has predicted that the Antigua and Barbuda economy would have grown by some 3 percent in 2017.
     
    The announcement was made by Director of Economics at the CDB, Dr. Justin Ram during the Bank’s  annual news conference on Wednesday.  He said that all of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) including Antigua and Barbuda are expected to contribute to positive movement of the grouping.
     
    This projection was made despite of the devastating effects hurricane Irma and Maria had on some islands, specifically Antigua and Barbuda.
     
    Dr. Ram pointed out, during his assessment for the 2018 economic year that “Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to have strong growth.”  The bank predicted a 5.3 percent growth for the twin island nation for 2018 based on current economic trends.
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  • With the Port of Spain Declaration in 2007, the political leadership of the Caribbean Community {CARICOM} sought to strengthen the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

    The Declaration called for multisector policies and the strengthening of health systems, among other initiatives, to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean. Globally, the launch of several NCD movement contributed to the United Nations declaration on NCDs in 2011.

    The NCD movement has led to a global focus on cancers, one of the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  Governments throughout the Americas have endorsed the Pan American Health Organization {PAHO} and the World Health Organization {WHO} regional plan of action for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases 2013-2019

    This provided the overall framework to address cancers and other NCDs along with the following recommendations: establishing national cancer plans and registries, implementing primary prevention policies as well as the implementation of the WHO framework convention on tobacco control.

    The mere mention of the word cancer sends shivers through one’s spine.  For some, the C word immediately triggers loss of appetite and a state of chronic depression that may even lead someone to commit suicide. For those who are God-fearing, once a cancer diagnosis hits home, everyone begins to pray.

    In recent times there has been an increase in cancers throughout Antigua and Barbuda. A vast number of those diagnosed are relatively young and able-bodied individuals; many have departed this life leaving their loved ones grief-stricken and financially disabled.

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  • Wanted murder suspect Kareem Richards of Jennings surrendered to Police about 1:15 P.M today Sunday February 11, 2018.

    He did so accompanied by his mother at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Richards was wanted by the Police in connection with an ongoing Homicide investigation. Investigations are continuing into this matter.

    Richards was wanted in connection with the murder of 29 year old Jahijah Marshall, a resident of Christian Valley. He was fatally stabbed multiple times last night. According to eyewitnesses, Marshal was  allegedly stabbed multiple times by Jamaican national, Kareem Richards who goes by the alias ‘Yardie.’

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  • Saturday night, Antigua and Barbuda recorded their first murder for 2018.

    Murdered is 29 year old Jahijah Marshall, a resident of Christian Valley. He was fatally stabbed multiple times last night. According to eyewitnesses, Marshal was  allegedly stabbed multiple times by Jamaican national, Kareem Richards who goes by the alias 'Yardie', who is now on the run.

    Reports claim, Richards had been on bail after being charged for a previous stabbing incident.

    Sources have reported that Marshall was stabbed in the head, left arm, stomach and back.

    More information to come as this story develops.

     

    Pictured: WANTED FOR MURDER - Kareem "Yardie" Richards of Jennings

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  • A joint operation was executed on two establishments Friday night which resulted in several persons being taken into custody for further questioning.

    Operations carried out at the Jam Dung Night Club and Wendy’s Bar and Restaurant were carried out to identify possible trafficked persons and possible offenders of the country’s human trafficking laws.

    Dubbed “the rescue mission”, the joint operation targeted establishments based on information of possible unlawful activities relating to human trafficking and other offences.
    At the end of the operations a total of 19 potential victims were identified and four persons are assisting with the ongoing investigations.

    The joint operation included members from the Ministry of Health, the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry of Public Safety & Labour, the Immigration Department, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

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  • According to the UWI Seismic Research Centre , a 5.5 Magnitude earthquake was reported arund 1:43 pm today.

    The event is said to have occurred north of Barbuda and was reportedly felt in St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

    However, many Antiguan residents reported earthquake like shakes today via social media.

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  • Police have detained 31 year old Vivian Christian of Herberts on Friday, in connection with allegations of Drug Trafficking.

    It was reported that he went to FEDEX on High Street on Wednesday with a package, in an attempt to have the package shipped to Ontario Canada.

    During a routine check of the package, it was discovered that it contained the controlled drug Cocaine. The Class-A drugs was found concealed inside the pages of a souvenir magazine of Antigua.

    The Police were immediately notified; however, Christian had already fled the scene. The package was seized and taken to the station as investigations continue into the matter. He was apprehended on Friday and taken into custody.

    The drugs weighed 164.7 Grams and carries an estimated street value of $5,765.00. He is likely to be charged with several drug trafficking offences.

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  • The Police is seeking the assistance of the general public in knowing the identity and whereabouts of this man.
    He is wanted in connection with a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins. The most recent incident been in the Scott's Hill area.

    Anyone with information that can lead to his arrest is ask to contact the Rapid Response Unit at 764-2310, or the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or 462-3914 immediately.

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  • Masayo Goto of Japan who appeared in Court on charges of Battery on Police, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct, pleaded guilty to all charges.

    She was convicted and sentenced to 14 days on the charge of Battery on Police and 14 days on the Resisting Arrest Charge. She was also sentenced to 7 days for Disorderly Conduct. Magistrate Emanuel was the presiding Magistrate.

    It is alleged that Masayo Goto, who arrived in Antigua on Monday aboard Caribbean Airline Flight #459 from Jamaica, put up a fight with Customs Officers, and refused to be searched, during a routine check.

    Narcotics and K-9 Officers, who were also on duty at the airport, had to rush to the assistance of their Law Enforcement colleagues, as a result of the kicking, screaming, rambunctious behaviour of the Japanese national. A search was eventually carried out on her bags and nothing of interest was found.

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  • It has often been said that there are ‘...more crazy people out in the wider society, than there are patients under psychiatric confinement. Yet evidence has shown that many people not psychiatrically certified or institutionalized and presumed sane, appeared to have done or said more crazy things than people who had completely lost their sanity. This may not necessarily be said of social commentator Edwin Ayoung, more popularly called ‘...Crazy.’ Seen as losing control of his mental faculties, in predictive mood, he sang that ‘...In time to come, America would have a black President’ and that ‘...One day Trinidad and Tobago will have a woman Prime Minister.’ In spite of the name ‘Crazy, it might be ‘saner’ [Urban Dictionary], to listen to his song, ‘...In Time to Come’ [You Tube: 2000], than that which you are about to read.

    PROPHETIC MADNESS

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  • Former Minister of Tourism, and MP for St. Peter, the Honourable Asot Michael lauds the Government for the continuous growth and expansion of the tourism sector in Antigua and Barbuda.

    During his budget debate presentation, the former minister took the opportunity to highlight the achievements of the ministry and all those who have made that possible. His remarks were in response to Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird’s comment that the industry needed revitalization.

    “Far from neglecting tourism, from the very outset, this administration placed the industry at the front and center of our thinking and of our actions. Let me say, to his eternal credit, that Prime Minister Gaston Browne shared the commitment to return tourism in Antigua and Barbuda to its former glory and to make it shine.” Michael opened with.

    The St. Peter MP went on to list the number of plans and active achievements of his former ministry since the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party took office.

    The creation and dredging for a 5th cruise ship berthing facility was top on Michael’s list of highlights, citing the economic impact such an undertaking will have.

    During the Prime Minister’s Budget presentation, he stated that “NAMCO will invest in the construction of a fifth pier to accommodate Oasis-class Cruise ships.”
    With this development Antigua and Barbuda is expected to have the ability to accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world.

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  • The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have signed an agreement to provide grants of US$200,000 each to two member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that were severely affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    Antigua & Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica were among the countries that sustained the highest relative losses and damage from Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, respectively, during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – recognized as one of the most active on record. An estimated 89% of the buildings in Barbuda were damaged or destroyed, while essential services and all utilities were rendered inoperative by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, prompting an evacuation of all residents to the sister island of Antigua. In Dominica, where Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 18, 2017, there was significant loss of life amidst extensive flooding, a breakdown in utility services, and widespread structural damage.

    The US$400,000 being released by the IDB will be used to support recovery and reconstruction efforts in Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica, as well as for the displaced population. The CDB will facilitate the disbursement of the grant funding to the two OECS countries.

    IDB Country Representative for Barbados, Mr. Juan Carlos De la Hoz Vinas, and Ms. Monica La Bennett, CDB Vice-President (Operations), signed the agreement on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the CDB’s headquarters in Barbados. It falls within the framework of the two development institutions’ ongoing partnership, which currently includes two active loans, with another in the pipeline.

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  • A 57yr-old Japanese woman is currently in police custody, after she was arrested at V.C Bird International Airport for Battery on Police, Disorderly Conduct, among other offences.

    It is alleged that Masayo Goto, who arrived in Antigua on Monday aboard Caribbean Airline Flight #459 from Jamaica, put up a fight with Customs Officers, and refused to be searched, during a routine check. Narcotics and K-9 Officers, who were also on duty at the airport, had to rush to the assistance of their Law Enforcement colleagues, as a result of the kicking, screaming, rambunctious behaviour of the Japanese national. A search was eventually carried out on her bags and nothing of interest was found. She was taken into custody and will be charged for the offences. She was destined to travel to St. Vincent on Wednesday.

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  • The streets of the usually quiet Sunday Afternoon atmosphere in and around St. John’s were filled with sounds of music, chanting and vibrant footsteps all for a worthy cause. A cause that has brought at time sadness, triumph and much introspection for loved ones, family, and friends who have been or are being affected by cancer.

    The Ministry’s Health and the Environment World Cancer Day Walk/Rally yesterday attracted a huge crowd who walked, jogged or danced their way into the city all the way from Marble Hill road.

    This activity was designed to raise awareness about the much talked about disease and the importance of prevention and early detection.

    Medical Officer of Health at the Ministry, Dr. Oritta Zachariah was among the main organizers of the event and she noted that the turnout was very encouraging.

    “I think the event that was organized by the Ministry of Health and the environment in support of cancer, in collaboration with the other cancer support groups went successfully. I do believe that we had a good turnout considering the time that we had put in for promoting the event.”

    The crowd which was clad in the varying colours representing various types of cancer started from the Xtreme Fitness Gym, along Friars Hill Road, went across Cemetery Road, down Newgate Street and culminated at 39’ers Square at the Ministry’s headquarters, via Thames and Long Streets.

    ‘It was a great initiative but too short.’ This was the consensus shared among many participants who spoke to our PR Department at the end of the activity. ‘We want more…this should be a regular activity, maybe once a month or something, you all should have something like this,’ one participant commented.

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  • The day-to-day running of the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory of St Eustatius is being taken over by The Netherlands government, after a committee that investigated the state of the island pointed to corruption and “a gross neglect of duties” there.

    As a result of the decision, the island’s governing body – the island council – will be dissolved and the deputies and acting lieutenant governor relieved of their duties. In their place, a government commissioner will be appointed to be in charge of the administration of St Eustatius until the island council is able to perform these duties properly again. Only then will elections for a new island council be held, the Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said.

    Raymond Knops, State Secretary for Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations made the announcement today. He is scheduled to travel to St Eustatius later this week to explain the development to residents.

    Knops said the decision was made based on a report from the committee that investigated the state of the island, following concerns about how it was being governed.

    The committee had concluded that the current governing situation was characterized by lawlessness and financial mismanagement, and there were also signs of discrimination, intimidation, threats and insults, and the pursuit of personal power at the expense of the inhabitants.

    According to the committee, “citizens and entrepreneurs experience legal inequality. No administration is in order and the island is neglected in a physical sense”.

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  • Police arrested and charged 39yr-old Marsha Monett Hogan of All Saints on Tuesday, with larceny of one Samsung J2 Prime mobile phone.

    Marsha Hogan of All Saints

    The accused allegedly stole the phone from a shelf inside China Town Resource Store, located on Market Street, on 31stJanuary.

    The mobile device, which is valued $1080, is the property of an employee, who apparently placed it on the shelf while she was packing items.

    The incident made its rounds via social media, after she was caught on CCTV, allegedly putting the phone in her bag.

    A report was made to the police and she was taken into custody and charged.

     

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  • Pilot Colin Murraine, who was arrested and charged in last Friday's  ONDCP drug bust has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.

    Murraine was denied bail when he appeared before Magistrate Ngaio Emanuel in the All Saints Magistrates Court today.

    The Magistrate is said to have denied bail on the grounds of his skills and experience in flight and might pose as a flight risk.

    The 31 year old Antiguan male from Paynters, has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Exportation of Cocaine, Being in Concern with the Supply of Cocaine and Drug Trafficking. 

    A total weight of 47.51 kilograms or approximately 105 pounds of Cocaine was found. The drug carries an estimated wholesale value of One Million, Six Hundred and Sixty-seven Thousand, Six Hundred and One EC Dollars ($1,667,601.00 ECD)

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  • The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Committee announces the passing of Dane Jamel Anthony, a Fifth Year Spanish student at the University of Havana, on Sunday 28th January, 2018 after a period of illness. He was 24 years old.

    Dane, who was from the village of Bendals, was a diligent, friendly student who earned the respect of all in the Scholarship Division in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Embassy’s staff in Cuba, teachers at the University of Havana and his peers. His sudden passing saddens everyone who knows him and his presence will be deeply missed.

    The Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in the Republic of Cuba (132 Miramar Trade Center, Santa Clara, 3rd and 80th Streets, Havana) has opened a book of condolences until 9th February 2018.

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  • Rohan Jarvis of Bolans is currently in Police Custody assisting the Police with their investigations, after he was was nabbed with a quantity of Cannabis and Cocaine.

    Police officers attached to Bolans and Johnson's Point Police Stations were conducting several spontaneous "Stop and Search" exercises in Bolans on Saturday, when they came across the suspect.

    He was searched and the illegal drugs were found in his possession. Police seized the items and he was taken into custody. Further investigations are ongoing.

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  • It has often been said that there are ‘...more crazy people out in the wider society, than there are patients under psychiatric confinement. Yet evidence has shown that many people not psychiatrically certified or institutionalized, appeared to have done or said more crazy things than people who had completely lost their sanity. This may not necessarily be said of social commentator Edwin Ayoung, more popularly called ‘...Crazy.’ Seen as losing control of his mental faculties, in predictive mood, he sang that ‘...In time to come, America would have a black President’ and that ‘...One day Trinidad and Tobago will have a woman Prime Minister.’ In spite of the name ‘Crazy, it might be ‘saner’ [Urban Dictionary], to listen to his song, ‘...In Time to Come ’ [You Tube: 2000], than that which you are about to read.

    PROPHETIC MADNESS

    Even as ‘Crazy’ was prophesying future happenings these may have been considered ‘...figment of imagination.’ Incidentally, that which the social commentator had not prophesied was that in time to come, a fashion model would have been placed under psychiatric confinement for allegedly ‘...Making use of abusive language.’ Had he prophesied such occurrence in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, then he may have lost his sanity if ordered to be placed under such confinement.’ That which speaks to his sanity, are that the manifestations the world has seen. Barak Obama became the first black President of the United States [2009-2017], while Kamla Persaud-Bissessar became the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago [2010-2015]. However, while ‘...marijuana is being sold in shops,’ it may have been ‘...Prophetic Madness’ to say that sane “...Women would walk naked in town’ and ‘...What goes up will never come down.

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  • The ONDCP continued its investigations into the recent drug seizure at the V.C. Bird International Airport (VCBIA). Three (3) of the persons assisting with investigations have been released. However, the aircraft remains detained pending further investigations.

    A 31 year old Antiguan male from Paynters, Mr. Colin Murraine has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Exportation of Cocaine, Being in Concern with the Supply of Cocaine and Drug Trafficking. Murraine is expected to make a court appearance on Monday 5th February 2018 to answer these charges.

    A total weight of 47.51 kilograms or approximately 105 pounds of Cocaine was found. The drug carries an estimated wholesale value of One Million, Six Hundred and Sixty-seven Thousand, Six Hundred and One EC Dollars ($1,667,601.00 ECD)

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  • The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay will pay a visit to Antigua on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

    RFA Mounts Bay provided rapid and very effective support during the 2017 hurricane season, delivering much needed humanitarian aid to devastated British Overseas Territories and Dominica after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The UK maintains a year-round naval presence in the Caribbean to provide a rapid response to any emergency in the British Overseas Territories and independent nations of the region.

    RFA Mounts Bay is currently embarking upon a Wider Regional Engagement role, providing reassurance and support to UK Overseas Territories and independent countries. RFA Mounts Bay Officers and Crew remain mindful that she could be called upon to provide a rapid response to any emergency in the Territories.

    RFA Mounts Bay equipment arriving on shore

    Whilst RFA Mounts Bay’s primary task is to provide enhanced security and reassurance to the UK Overseas Territories and citizens, including disaster relief when called upon, she is also involved in counter-narcotic operations, working with partners in the region. At the same time the ship and crew continue to be on short notice to react to any emerging crises around the Caribbean.

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  • As the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace came to a close in Puerto Rico today, tourism news from Antigua and Barbuda was a top trending topic. Over the past three days, Executives from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority met with scores of international tour operators and travel business leaders to discuss happenings, resort updates and conduct business to entice more visitors to holiday in the destination. Additionally, the tourism team hosted a media briefing attended by international media, who were all eager to learn more and get updates about Antigua and Barbuda.

    “This year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace truly put the spotlight on Antigua and Barbuda and all the exciting developments we have happening on-island that continue to grow our award-winning tourism product,” shared Colin C. James, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. “It was wonderful showcasing our world-class destination, and we look forward to increased visitation and much success in 2018.”

    During the press briefing, one of the highlights that had everyone in the room smiling and legs tapping was the airing of the Reggae pop band, UB40 video, “Come Back Darling.” Filmed exclusively on Antigua, it travels from the panoramic Shirley Heights viewpoint to the beautiful yachts in English Harbour, showcasing the best the island has to offer.

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  • The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) has received a very timely and welcome donation from 14-year-old St. Antony’s Student, Jayden Noel. Jayden, a youth volunteer, assisted the Red Cross in it Christmas Feeding Programme where the National Society provided meals for over fifty (50) homeless persons. Jayden’s donation to the Red Cross included a Four-burner Stove, Microwave, Can Opener, Food Processor and Hand Mixer.

    Jayden stated that he was inspired to make the donation to make the food preparation easier for the volunteers who would be involved in the Feeding Programme and other similar initiatives.

    The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross extends its sincerest gratitude to Jayden, who, with the assistance of his mother, solicited the stove and purchased the other items. The National Society looks forward to working with Jayden again and hopes that his humanitarian actions will encourage others to Serve One Another.

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  • The story of Jevorn Browne

    To be incapacitated at any age is tragic and heart-wrenching., However, it is even more painful and complex when the one involved is cut down in the prime of his life. A situation such as this has to be extremely difficult for anyone to endure and can lead to depression.

    Depression is a state of mind and a mental health issue. This condition is characterized by a feeling of hopelessness or dejection and is usually accompanied by emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral symptoms

    According to the World Health Organization WHO, depression is currently rated as the third most widespread disabling condition and it can manifest itself either in a moderate or severe form.

    To watch one's dreams and desires fade away can often lead to despair as well as depression. Coping with tragedy requires strength of mind, body, and will,  along with firm family support and committed friends. This is an essential component in preventing such persons from becoming overwhelmed by grief.

    The femur or the thigh bones are the longest and strongest bones in the body; they take tremendous force to break. When it comes to thirty-three-year-old Jevorn Browne of Willikies village, a car crash did just that, and ever since he has been incapacitated.

    In December 2009,  he was involved in a vehicular accident in which he sustained serious injury to the femur, as well as a dislocated shoulder. He was hospitalized at the Mount Saint John’s Medical Centre for six months, from 4th December—6th June 2010.  Eight years have come and gone, and yet he is still suffering from the effects of his injuries and he has limited mobility of his hand.

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  • One year after its inception, the Antigua and Barbuda Kidney Transplant Program created history once again after performing another major surgery at the Mount St John’s Medical Center earlier this month.

    On January 20th, a male patient from the Philippines became the first individual, outside of the United States, to receive a kidney transplant through the global kidney exchange program.  His donor was a female from Brazil.

    Speaking during a recent press conference, Health and the Environment Minister-Molwyn Joseph announced that the operation was of significant importance to the twin island state and placed the country in a group where it is second only to the United States.

    “We have now become part of what is called the global kidney exchange program and this was cemented during a visit I made to Mexico. By coincidence, I met the leading surgeon that has been involved in our kidney transplant program and I offered Antigua and Barbuda as a destination for this service and he indicated to me that he would undertake surgery for a patient in the Philippines and lo and behold that very patient came to Antigua and had his transplant here. Now why this is important is because all the other transplants occurred in the United State and this is the first transplant under the Global Kidney Exchange Program that has occurred outside of the United States,” Minister Joseph declared.

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  • You were warned Antigua, you were warned that the hostility that is the hallmark of Gaston Browne’s personality was only a preview to the creeping dictator that dwelled within, and now the signs have started to show. The question is, what do we do? Do we ignore the signs; try to convince ourselves that it is no big deal? Are we to be ostriches burying our heads in the sand?

    Let’s look at two recent incidents, two cases that may seem simple, but have deep significance.

    The first is the reports that the roads leading to the Prime Minister’s radio station, Pointe FM, were paved and repaired before anywhere else could be fixed. And if you know the place, you’d know that there are much worse places. Instead the PM says “Me first.” You tell me what the lesson is there.

    Now let’s move to a more recent report. Barbuda Council members want to use the Council Building for a meeting, and you send in soldiers…soldiers, to stop the people. Understand what is happening. One of the hallmarks of the maximum leader is the use of military force against his opponents, real or perceived.

    Should I mention the shameful attack on the UNDP officials just a few days prior, in front of the Chinese Ambassador mind you…? We can go on and on; the attempts to silence the media, the attacks on Lady Ivena, the attacks on Sandals, even the contemptuous decision to replace Lester Bird with his wife as a candidate in the upcoming election.

    Do you see a trend?

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  • Martin Dimitrov Dachenski, the Bulgarian man who allegedly hacked into several ATM’s and defrauded a local bank of almost $28,000, was charged with three additional counts of Larceny by police on Wednesday.

    He is accused of hacking into two separate ATM’s located on High Street and Thames Street, and stole close to $5,000 from one machine, and over $18,000 from another, respectively. He is further accused of hacking into an ATM located at a business place on All Saints Road and stole almost $5,000 from that ATM. These offences occurred between December 13th and 15th, 2017.

    The ATM fraudster later fled the jurisdiction to neighbouring island Montserrat, after it is believed he sensed police was on to him. However, he was apprehended in Montserrat and later returned to Antigua aboard a ferry. He was charged with Larceny and was remanded to prison on his first Court appearance. His committal date was set for March, 2018.

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