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Advertising Development 

NCO FINANCIAL SERVICES TO CEASE OPERATIONS AT THE END OF JULY

NCO Financial Services (Antigua) Limited, trading as Alorica on the island, announced on June 29th that it will be closing its doors on July 31, 2018 after being in business for 10 years. Business will be maintained as usual until the last day of operation. Upon much consideration and a comprehensive evaluation, it became increasingly difficult to sustain operations in Antigua given the evolving market trends and strategic needs as well as the high cost of doing business on the island. The final decision of the site closure was not…

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Education Youth 

Princess Margaret Secondary School third former Devon Samuel Cops Coveted Prime Minister Award for Excellence

Deron Samuel, a third form student of the Princess Margaret School (PMS), who is already on the path to academic greatness is the recipient of the Prime Minister Award for Excellence. Deron received the award in recognition of his hard work and dedication to achieving high academic grades while maintaining notable involvement in extracurricular activities such as the school’s steel orchestra and a performer in the PMS’s Serenades. Princess Margaret Secondary School recently held their annual prize giving academic ceremony at the multipurpose center where the historic school awarded students…

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Columns Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no doubt that the Texas family of four had ended what has been described by an empathizing Texas Fire Chief Palmer Buck as ‘…a fantastic vacation’ [Kxan News: June 15, 2018]. There may also be no doubt that either one of…

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Culture Entertianment 

Festival Commission says Local Media House Published False and Malicious Story

It has come to the attention of the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, a false and malicious story captioned ‘Over half a million dollars for Machel Montano at Melting Pot’ published by the Antigua Newsroom (ANR) outlet. The ANR false claims are based on what it says “reaching (reached) out to a local promoter to ascertain the possible costs associated with bringing a talent of Montano’s stature.” In other words, it is based on conjecture and not facts. The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, while it cannot divulge the costs…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne Calls for an Alliance of CIU Jurisdictions to bargain Collectively

Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne was in the United Kingdom where he was specifically invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the prestigious Global Investment and Immigration Summit (GIIS) on Thursday June 21st. The two-day Summit brought together High-net Worth Investors, expert immigration agents, global mobility managers, project developers, International Citizenship Experts from the USA, the Caribbean, UK, Ireland, the Mediterranean, among a host of other high-level diplomats and key stakeholders from around the world. The Summit’s Director, Mr. Sam Hussain, in his invitation to the Prime Minister wrote: “We…

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Charity Disaster Disaster Management 

Barbuda Recovery Gets EC$115,000.00 from FirstCaribbean Bank

A brief ceremony was held at the Office of the Minister of Barbuda Affairs Hon. Dean Jonas this morning (Tues), to hand over a Cheque to assist with the post-Irma rehabilitation Programme on the sister island of Barbuda. Country Manager of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Glen Smith said that following the devastating hurricanes of Irma and Maria, the institution has taken the decision to donate US$450,000 towards disaster recovery efforts in the region. He said FirstCaribbean’s operations in several islands were impacted to include the British Virgin Islands, Turks and…

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Athletics Sports 

Antigua and Barbuda Bulldogs Depart to Suriname

On Monday 18th, the National Senior Men’s Basketball Team, ‘Antigua and Barbuda Bulldogs’ departed to participate in the upcoming FIBA 2021 Men’s Pre Qualifier Tournament from June 24th to June 30th. Prior to their departure, a Press Briefing was held at the Digicel Head Office where the Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts, Honourable Daryll Matthew; Cliff Williams, General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee, and President of ABBA, Carltron Brodie delivered remarks and words of encouragement to the team.  The final squad comprises of Bryan ‘Hollywood’ Matthew, Mario ‘Axel’ Davis,…

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Uncategorized 

More Drugs Found at Post Office in Cereal Boxes

Police Officers from Narcotics and the K-9 Unit whiles on routine patrol at the General Post Office at about 10:30am on Tuesday 19th June, 2018 intercepted a Brown cardboard box containing several boxes of cereals and other dry food items. The cereal  boxes were checked and concealed inside each box were sealed packages each containing plant material resembling the controlled Drug Cannabis weighing a total of 5.75 pounds with an estimated wholesale value of EC $23,000.00. Investigations into the matter is still ongoing.

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OECS Politics 

PM Browne Celebrated OECS day in St. Lucia for the 65th Meeting of the OECS Authority

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is currently in Saint Lucia for the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean Sates (OECS) Heads of Government meeting, where he intends to focus on a number of matters affecting Antigua and Barbuda and the entire OECS. The two-day Heads of Government meeting is expected to focus on Climate Change and resilience, US- Caribbean Relations, a proposed approach to a diplomatic Mission in Canada, approval of the OECS Authority’s budget for the year, and the plan of action among a host of other regional issues the authority…

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Economic Politics Regional News Tourism 

Sandals Responds to Misleading Reports

Press Release. Once more we have noticed attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about Sandals Resorts International, including a totally sensationalized headline regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. However we are not and have never been deterred by fake news, rather we appreciate the opportunity it gives us to set the record straight. First, we have, and have always had an amicable relationship with Prime Minister Mottley. The Prime Minister is aware that Sandals is completely open to working with her government – as we…

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