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Posts made in June, 2017

Press Release: DNA Calls for an Independent Review of the CIP

By on Jun 27, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

A section of the crowd that attended the launch of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) on Tuesday. (OBSERVER media photos) The Leadership of the DNA is calling for an in-depth independent review and accounting of our CIP and an honest discussion with the People of our country from the Gaston Brown-led administration for what it describes as “serious and worrisome developments” concerning the Canadian government’s imposition of visa requirements for our citizens desirous of traveling to Canada. The new requirement takes effect from June 27th, 2017 at 5:30am. The DNA remains deeply concerned about the legislative structure and management of the CIP which it believes lacks in depth due diligence procedures, scrutiny and accountability to the extent that the process leading to the issuance of Antigua and Barbuda’s CIP passports has been compromised. Th release from the Canadian authorities states that, “after carefully monitoring the integrity of Antigua and Barbuda’s travel documents, the Government of Canada has determined that Antigua and Barbuda no longer meets Canada’s criteria for visa exemption.” Leading personalities within the DNA have consistently stated that the CIP is not sustainable and cannot be depended upon ad infinitum as the government’s principal revenue earner. DNA Political leader, Hon. Joanne Massiah says, “it is the People of Antigua and Barbuda who will feel the immediate brunt of this blow and who will endure immeasurable hardships and inconvenience resulting from our government’s failure to rethink its policy towards the CIP which it continues to shroud in secrecy. Regrettably, the government has demonstrated that it has no interest whatsoever in the investment component of the CIP and has, instead, focused exclusively on the straight sale option given its desperation to obtain quick cash from these so-called investors. This over reliance on the reckless selling of our passports is testament to the government’s abject failure to diversify and grow the economy for the benefit of the vast majority of our People.” DNA’s Communications Officer, Malaka Parker, opined, “on close examination of the contributions to the National Development Fund (NDF) and a critical analysis of what these funds have been used for, it is glaringly obvious that the government has squandered opportunities to invest the NDF funds into sustainable ventures designed...

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Press Release: Four Face Several Drug Charges

By on Jun 27, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Following investigations after conducting 3 successful operations on Friday, 23rd June 2017 and Saturday 24th June, 2017, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) has laid charges against four of the six individuals detained during the course of it’s operations. 40-year-old Sydney Norville of St. Vincent, and 33-year-old Camara Swift of Antigua have been jointly charged with Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis after being nabbed in the process of transporting 103.25lbs of marijuana in the Montrulla area of All Saints. Michael SCARLETT, a Jamaican national faces charges of Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis and Cultivation of Cannabis, after being caught with 34.8lbs of compressed cannabis and a small quantity of marijuana seedlings at his Mock Pond residence, All Saints. Shawn Craig DUBERRY of Antigua also face charges of Possession of Cannabis, Being Concerned in the Supply of Cannabis, Drug Trafficking and Possession with Intent to Supply Cannabis after being caught with a total of 157.8lbs of marijuana at his Sea View Farm residence. The other two persons who were questioned were subsequently released. Investigations are ongoing and it is possible that others may soon be charged. These recent seizures have brought the total amount of cannabis and cocaine seized for the year to date in 2017 to 1,133.85 lbs of cannabis and 50.90 kilos of cocaine with an estimated combine wholesale value of just over $ 6.3 Million EC...

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Press Release: The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the Euro Area Increased

By on Jun 26, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the Euro Area Increased Continue Reading Below PR Newswire NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 NEW YORK, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the Euro Area increased 0.8 percent in May 2017 to 111.7 (2010=100). The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index(R) (CEI) for the Euro Area increased 0.1 percent in May 2017 to 104.1 (2010=100). The composite economic indexes are the key elements in an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The leading and coincident economic indexes are essentially composite averages of several individual leading or coincident indicators. They are constructed to summarize and reveal common turning point patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component — primarily because they smooth out some of the volatility of individual components. Continue Reading Below ADVERTISEMENT The updated data tables can be found here. The 2017 data release schedule is available here. For more information about The Conference Board global business cycle indicators, click here. About The Conference Board The Conference Board is an independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.conference-board.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-conference-board-leading-economic-index-lei-for-the-euro-area-increased-300479444.html SOURCE The Conference Board /CONTACT: Carol Courter (212) 339-0232 / courter@conference-board.org; Jonathan Liu (212) 339-0257 / jonathan.liu@conference-board.org; The Conference Board, 845 Third Ave., New York NY 10022 /Web site: http://www.conference-board.org (END) Dow Jones Newswires June 26, 2017 09:45 ET (13:45...

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Press Release: Police Probe Service Station Shooting

By on Jun 26, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Source: wtvq.com Police are investigating a shooting incident at Robinson Service Station Sunday night, which left 67yr-old Selvin Haywood of Sutherlands Development nursing a gunshot wound to his mouth. Haywood, who is employed as a Security Officer with Special Security Services, was on duty at the said service station when the incident occurred. It is alleged that a white heavily tinted Nissan Versa Motor car pulled into the service station around 10pm with two male occupants, and one got out and opened fire at him. He was injured in the lower lip, and was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. His injury is reported as serious but not life threatening. The police have since recovered what appeared to be a spent ammunition shell from the scene; along with the vehicle allegedly involved in the incident, which was abandoned at St Claire Heights. Further investigations are continuing into the matter. Meantime, police are appealing to anyone with information surrounding this incident to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3914 or 462-...

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Arsenal’s bizarre press release for new kit earns social media ridicule with fans confused as club declare: ‘We are …

By on Jun 25, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Arsenal launched their new home kit along with a bizarre press release The new Puma strip was announced with a strange 10-line club statement Amongst other peculiar lines, the press release bizarrely declared: ‘We are THE ones riding our motorbikes with Petr Cech’s helmet’ The confusing press release was shared and widely mocked on social media By Tom Bassam For Mailonline Published: 09:11 EDT, 21 June 2017 | Updated: 11:07 EDT, 21 June 2017 e-mail 103 View comments Arsenal have found a new way to earn the ire of social media with the bizarre press release that accompanied the announcement of their new kit. The Gunners revealed their new Puma kit to much fanfare on Wednesday but the press release left many scratching their heads. It included a strange mission statement with some baffling lines and an odd stress on the word ‘the’. Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil launch Arsenal’s new home 2017-18 kit The press release that came with the announcement included this bizarre statement Arsenal launch 2017-18 home kit ahead of new Premier League… Arsenal fear Kylian Mbappe is set for Real Madrid as they… Arsenal centre back Shkodran Mustafi is desperate to see… Arsenal ready to hand Aaron Ramsey significant pay rise as… Here are just a few of the stranger parts: ‘We are THE ones who always pick the cannon when we are playing Monopoly. ‘We are THE ones who call our uncle Arsene even if his name is John. ‘We are THE ones riding our motorbikes with Petr Cech’s helmet.’ Fansite Arseblog put together their own version of the Gunners’ bizarre press release As is to be expected after such a gaffe, social media did not hold back in its response.  Several responded with their own versions of the press release, including Arseblog and Sports Joe. One of the better lines from Sports Joe read: ‘We are THE ones who continue to start Francis Coquelin in actual matches’. Sports Joe also mocked up a response to the press release gaffe which was a little less kind With Arseblog declaring: ‘We are THE pizza that Cesc Fabregas threw at Alex Ferguson’. Elsewhere the release was widely derided as cringey and embarrassing, with others...

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