Crime & Police 

Cooks Man Fined Over $17k For Gun & Ammo

Jari Jackson of Cooks New Extension was convicted and fined $17,500 in the St. Johns Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh charged with Possession of Firearm and Ammunition and Assault with intent to commit a felony. He pleaded guilty and was fined $15,000 or 2yrs for Possession of Firearm, and $2,500 forthwith or 1yr for Possession of Ammunition. The Assault charge was withdrawn before the Court. The charges stemmed from an incident which took place aboard Coral Ark in the early hours of Independence Day,…

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Disaster Management Technology 

Digicel Announces Full Service Resumption in Barbuda Following Hurricane Irma

Service is now100 per cent restored for Digicel customers in Barbuda. It now means that Barbudans returning to the island with the aim of rebuilding their lives following the island-wide evacuation after Hurricane Irma, will have much-needed communication for their return to normalcy.  According to Janice Sutherland, Digicel Antigua and Barbuda CEO, “It’s a challenging road ahead and an emotionally-wrenching process for Barbudans. It was critical to have communications in place and we are happy that the network is now fully operational.” Digicel will continue to work with the authorities…

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Marine Tourism 

Announcing a new Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association Jolly Harbour Sub-Committee and Board Member

At an ABMA general meeting held last week in Jolly Harbour it was agreed that Karen Van Rensburg of Lighthouse Yachting be appointed to the Board as representative for the business community in Jolly Harbour. The directors of the ABMA have subsequently ratified the decision via electronic vote. Jolly Harbour Marina Village is the largest resort of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean and provides boat owners with the opportunity of owning a home with a boat slip at relatively affordable rates. As a full service marina and marine development…

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Economic Politics Tourism 

Sandals Condemns in The Strongest Possible Manner Continued Defamatory Attacks from Antigua PM

PRESS RELEASE: Sandals Resorts International condemns in the strongest possible manner, the vicious, sustained and defamatory attacks that Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne continues to direct at this company. The Prime Minister’s latest salvo came during the current affairs programme Nationwide at Five Radio Network in Jamaica on November 1, 2017…where he again made false claims that Sandals sought to avoid its tax obligations, and has acted inimical to the interests of the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the Prime Minister has demonstrated…

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Crime & Police 

Wanted Man ‘Privilege’ Now in Custody

One of two men wanted by police is now in custody and charged with robbery. Dane Samuel aka “Privilege” of Cashew Hill was picked up by police at Cashew Hill and taken into custody. He was charged with the alleged robbery, which took place in Mc Pond, All Saints in October. He is expected before the Court sometime next week. Meantime, a further appeal is being made by the police for Conroy “Connie” Jones to surrender himself immediately. He is wanted in connection with an alleged wounding incident involving the…

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Climate Change Environment 

‘No retreat on ban on Plastic bags and Styrofoam products’

The day before the country celebrated its thirty-sixth-anniversary of political independence, Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph announced that there is no retreating and no surrendering on the matters of banning the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Minister Joseph made the declaration at the V C Bird International Airport Terminal on Tuesday, just outside of the arrival hall, moments before he unveiled his Ministry’s Go Green banner on which was inscribed the ban on both Styrofoam Products and Plastic Bags. After learning of the plight of local poultry…

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CDB 

CDB, Mexico announce Fund to boost regional infrastructure

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Mexico’s development bank, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext), acting as the Trustee of the Infrastructure Fund for the Countries of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean (FIMCA, also known as Fondo Yucatán) to support regional infrastructure development. As part of the agreement, CDB will act as a financial intermediary for the Fund. FIMCA will assist governments of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) with reducing infrastructure deficits that remain a major impediment to economic growth. Resources…

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