Crime & Police ONDCP 

Police Seized Over 90lbs of Drugs in Mayonnaise

Ninety-Two pounds of Cannabis, concealed inside mayonnaise was seized by the police at V.C. Bird International Airport on Thursday. The illegal substance was found aboard Caribbean Airline Flight #459 from Kingston Jamaica. Members of the Police K-9 Unit were on duty at the airport carrying out a routine check, when one of the dogs alerted the handler to five cardboard boxes packed with mayonnaise. A search was carried out on the boxes, and thirty-eight tightly wrapped packages of Cannabis were found concealed inside each plastic jar. The items were seized…

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Rawlston Pompey 

GUN CRIMES – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

It is undeniable that the ‘Gun Culture’ has pervaded many of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Occurring with frightening regularity, have been shootings that speak to recklessness and killings that are capable of being deemed senseless. Many will have seen communities reduced to societal lawlessness, with countable crime scenes of ‘adult males and females; …young men and women –some innocent and some not-so-innocent.’ This article looks specifically at homicides in two ‘OECS-St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.’ It also looks briefly at the Judiciary and…

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Economic Tourism 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO RECEIVE A RECORD BREAKING 900,000 CRUISE PASSENGERS

Following a series of vital meetings with its major cruise line partners last week, Antigua and Barbuda was successful in reassuring its cruise line partners of the readiness of the destination to receive additional calls for the upcoming 2017-2018 winter cruise tourism season. The country’s tourism Minister the Hon Asot A. Michael, after leading a delegation of tourism Ministers and officials from St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda was able to confirm extremely positive news for the destination. Between October and December 31st this year, the destination…

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Politics 

Parliament to Debate Seven Bills when it meets Today

Seven Bills are down for debate when the Lower House of Parliament meets today. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the second and third readings of the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, the Delimitation of Maritime Space (Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of France in the Caribbean Region) (Ratification of Agreement) Bill and the Tax Administration and Procedure Bill, 2017 The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill amend the original Act of 2006 to make it possible for the Registrar to…

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Advertising Business Uncategorized 

Local Small Businesses Get Big Boost Ahead of the Holiday Season with Axcel Finance

Axcel Finance, the leading regional microfinance institution in the Caribbean, has developed a double benefit offer for Small and MicroEnterprises .This special MicroBiz loan offer is designed to help them make purchases to restock their business for the busy holiday season, and at the same time they can win a 10% cashback on the value of the loan. The Offer has been dubbed the “STOCK-UP LOAN PROMOTION” and is valid for a limited 30 day period. “Christmas is the busiest and most lucrative season for small business in the country….

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Development Foreign Affairs 

PM Browne Confers with Moroccan Ambassador

Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne received the representative of Morocco, Ambassador Abderrahim Kadmiri, among a series of diplomatic appointments Monday. Ambassador Kadmiri brought a message of sympathy and solidarity from King Mohammed VI regarding the passage of the recent storms, and the assurance that Morocco would do what it can to assist with relief and recovery. Regarding recovery, Ambassador Kadmiri explained that, on the instructions of King Mohammed VI, the Government of Morocco had dispatched a C-130 cargo plane with relief supplies to the disaster area. This plane was off-loaded…

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Foreign Affairs 

Gilbert Boustany officially Appointed to UAE

Antigua and Barbuda’s Consul General in Miami, Gilbert Boustany was on Monday officially appointed as Non-Resident Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Boustany who was acting in the position since April of this year, has been overseeing preliminary works of a number of projects on behalf of the government, said that he is pleased to serve his government at this level.  “The bonds of friendship between Antigua and Barbuda and the UAE was significantly strengthened with the coming into office of the Gaston Browne administration, and I am committed to further…

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Community Health 

Workshop addresses Breastfeeding Issues

Health experts are stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda. The point was made at a workshop held at Mount St. John’s Medical Center last Friday. Chairperson of the Breastfeeding Committee, Samantha Moitt, said that the Breastfeeding Committee is responsible for protecting, supporting and promoting breastfeeding. She said that the theme this year is, “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.” “It reminds us that to be successful in our breastfeeding community, we all have to play a part and that part extends beyond the healthcare realm,” Ms. Moitt declared. The…

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Community Disaster Management 

Barbuda Council meets with Hurricane Response Committee

As long as the State of Emergency exists on Barbuda, all persons traveling to and from Barbuda to clean up or repair their homes or to participate in the general restoration and rebuilding process do not have to pay transport fees. This was declared by Health and Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph on Monday (October 2nd, 2017) at a special meeting attended by members of the Barbuda Council and the Hurricane Response National Coordinating Committee. Five of nine elected members of the Council, representing both the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party…

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Accident Accident & Tragedy Crime & Police 

Coroner’s Inquest Ruled Phillip’s Death an Accident

A Coroner’s Inquest on Tuesday, concluded by ruling Oniqua “Nikki” Phillip’s death was an accident. Magistrate Conliff Clarke convened the hearing in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court with a six member jury panel to look into her death. During the hearing, a number of witnesses; to include police officers were called upon to give evidence into the matter. The session ended with the jury returning a unanimous verdict that her death was caused by accident. The mother of one was among a crowd of revelers, when she reportedly fell underneath a…

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