Columns Education Letter to the Editor 

Scholarship Recipient Cites Communication Breakdown, Late Remittance in Desperate Cry for Support

In an anonymous letter penned to Antigua Chronicle, a beneficiary of a government scholarship has alleged total disregard and a serious breakdown in communication from Chairperson of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Committee Maurice Merchant and students like herself. The letter, emailed on November 10, 2017, cites its author as a student still based overseas and still very much reliant on the scholarship support. It reads, “I am writing this letter to publicly express my grievances as well as my disappointment in how the scholarship department of Antigua, more specifically Mr.…

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Business CARICOM Economic Foreign Affairs Regional News Technology 

Russia in the Caribbean – A New Dawn; First ever joint Russian/Eurasian-Caribbean economic, media and academic forum

November perhaps represents a new ‘Dawn’ for the Caribbean, with humble beginnings in the spice isle of Grenada, with one of the most powerful nations in the world – Russia tabling an interesting proposal. So, what was Russia doing in the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada? Ushering a New Dawn of course. This is the intrepid title given to a full day forum with some of the biggest names in academia, media and economic entities. The event saw regional journalist, Russian academia, tech and financial businessmen from Russia, USA and…

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Business Economic 

Victims of Allen Stanford’s $7B Ponzi Scheme Will Wait Years to Be Repaid

At first glance, the effort to recover money for victims of Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme looks a bit like Jarndyce and Jarndyce, the endless chancery court case satirized in Charles Dickens’ book, “Bleak House.” Stanford, you’ll recall, was convicted by a Houston jury in 2012 for swindling investors and sentenced to 110 years in prison. Eight years into the case, with no end in sight, the receivership set up in Dallas federal court to unwind Stanford’s fraud has turned up only a small percentage of investors’ lost billions.…

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Regional News Sports 

Antigua & Barbuda Sets 14 New OECS Records on Route to 3rd Place Finish at Recent Meet

Fourteen (of a total thirty-two) records that fell over this past weekend at the the 27th annual OECS Swimming Championships in St. Lucia came at the hands of the Antigua and Barbuda swimming contingent. Eight records were set by St. Lucia; five records by St.Vincent, and five set by champion Grenada. The records were broken by seven of the nation’s young swimmers with 18 year-old Noah Mascoll-Gomes and 14-year old Lleyton Martin breaking five of swim records each – most on the team. The 11-14 boys relay team also won…

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Browne to Make Sandals a Campaign Issue

By: Frank Solomon, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has attracted no new investor to Antigua and Barbuda in his entire term of office so far, despite lots and lots of promises …this at a time when new projects are popping up all over the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin and Central America. With tourism accounting for 60% of the island’s Gross Domestic Product, this is an unforgivable failure on the part of his Government. The most recent announcement was that Stephen Hunter and the Sunwing group was going to run Jolly Beach, but…

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Antigua & Barbuda Eliminates HIV and Syhalis Transmission from Mother to Child

It’s now official. Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization representative to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean has just announced that Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat and Anguilla have been validated by PAHO/WHO as countries to have completely eliminated the transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child. The landmark announcement was officially disclosed at the 31st Policy Board of the OCES/PPS and the 4th Council of Ministers meeting in Martinique, being held from November 9th to 10th. The official validation certification ceremony…

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Letter to the Editor – Milner, The UWI and Caribbean Freedom

By Alan Cobley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of South African History, The University of the West Indies Early Life and Career: Alfred Milner was born in Germany of German-British ancestry and attended Balliol College Oxford, where he won several prizes and graduated with First Class Honours. He was elected a fellow of New College, Oxford in 1877. He trained initially as a lawyer, then worked for a time as a writer on the Pall Mall Gazette. His writing was most notable for his strongly imperialist views, which marked him out…

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Crime & Police ONDCP 

Approximately One Hundred Thousand Dollars worth of Drugs found in Parham

On Friday 10th November, 2017, the ONDCP conducted a successful drug interdiction operation in the Parham area during which a quantity of Cannabis and Cash, (US and Eastern Caribbean currency) were retrieved. The Cannabis weighs a total of 229lbs 1oz and carries an estimated wholesale value of Nine Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($916,250.00 ECD) and cash which amounted to One Thousand, One hundred and Seven US Dollars ($1,107.00) and Thirty – Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Thirty-Six Dollars and Seven cents EC ($37,736.07 ECD). Three…

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Crime & Police 

Police seized large quantities of Drugs at “Mad People Town”

Several people are in police custody and are likely to be charged, following a number of intelligence driven operations, which resulted in the seizure of large quantities of controlled drugs and ammunition. On Friday, a team of police officers from the Criminal Investigations Department, Narcotics and K-9 Unit conducted a raid on a Cashew Hill property and found 307 grams of Cannabis. Three men, namely Dequain Peters, Kimani Gardner and Dujon Nugent were found on the property and were arrested and taken into custody. The police also carried out searches…

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