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 to benefit the People of Antigua and Barbuda. Rather, the NDF funds continue to be used to pay for recurrent expenses and questionable transactions.
How can any serious government continue to call the programme CIP? Point the People of our country to the investmen aspect of the sale of our passports!”
The DNA is encouraging the citizens and residents of our country to take this development very seriously.
Having heard the response of Prime Minister Brown, and the flippancy with which he discussed the development, the government remains determined to maintain the CIP.
Which country will follow next – the United Kingdom and other EU territories? Importantly, when was PM Brown and the government made aware of this new requirement by the Canadian government? Was it over the last few days? If not, why were we only informed by our government today? Was PM Brown unconcerned about the scores of citizens who had purchased tickets or were planning to vacation in Canada over the summer?
The DNA is adamant that neither the UPP nor the ABLP has the moral authority or credibility to offer a viable solution to this development.
What is required is a government in which the People repose their full confidence and one which the regional and international community takes seriously.
The DNA will offer the People real solutions to our country’s social and economic challenges and restore our country’s good name.
The DNA’s commitments to our People are unequivocally expressed in our Party’s 12 Pledges to the nation, specifically Pledge #2 which commits “To put country above Party and self.”
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 Dollars.
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index(R) (LEI) for the Euro Area Increased
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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).
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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- 3914.
Arsenal’s bizarre press release for new kit earns social media ridicule with fans confused as club declare: ‘We are …
- 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
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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
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 questioning whether or not it was actually genuine.
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The L.A. Clippers today announced the hiring of Jerry West, who will serve as a consultant for the team. West brings many accolades to the Clippers, including being named a two-time NBA Executive of the Year (1995, 2004), and is an eight-time NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2015, 2017).
“For them to want me to come here and maybe think I can help, I am really flattered,” West said. “I am sold on the ownership here. I think they want to establish their own identity in this town, and that is what to me is most important. Establish their own identity and ability to win at the very highest level.”
“When I took the job as president of this organization, one of the things I said we’re going to do is be world class in everything,” President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “Our organization has to be world class. We want our team to be the best in service as well. Today is a great step for us.”
“This just another great example of the commitment that Steve Ballmer has allowed the organization, Doc Rivers and me to add someone like Jerry West,” Clippers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said. “What Jerry has done is unmatched in NBA history, and he will bring great value. It is just another example of Steve’s investment in our entire infrastructure.”
West, 79, is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a 14-time NBA All-Star and a Gold Medal Olympian. He is one of three players in NBA history to play at least 14 seasons in the league and be selected as a member of the All-Star team every year. Additionally, he ranks 24th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (25,192 points) and guided the Lakers to nine trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA Championship (1972) as a player. Overall, he averaged 27.0 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds during his 14-year NBA career.
Following his playing career, West spent a successful three-year period as the head coach of the Lakers (1976-79, .589 winning percentage) and a brief three-year tenure as a consultant (1979-82, two NBA titles) with the team before transitioning full-time into the front office, where he spent a total of 18 years with the Lakers as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations. During his tenure at the helm of Basketball Operations in Los Angeles, the Lakers captured four NBA Championships (1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) and appeared in the playoffs in 17 of 18 seasons. West then transitioned to Memphis from 2002-2007, when he led the Grizzlies, who had previously never made the playoffs, to three consecutive post-season appearances (2004, 2005, 2006) as the team’s President of Basketball Operations. Most recently, West served as an Executive Board member for the Golden State Warriors, where he assisted the team’s ownership group and represented the organization in a wide variety of team-related functions in his role with the club. During his time with the Warriors, West saw the team win two NBA Championships (2015, 2017) and three Western Conference Championships (2015, 2016, 2017).
The 5’10”, 170-pound defenceman has led the league in blocked shots two of the past three seasons and finished second in the NHL in 2015-16. Russell also led the league with 283 blocked shots in 2014-15. On March 6, 2015, he set an NHL record with 15 blocked shots in one game, against Boston.
The Caroline, Alberta native has accumulated 190 points (39G, 151A) and 210 penalty minutes in 641 career NHL games.
Russell has represented Canada on five occasions, winning gold twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship (2006, 2007), and playing at the World Hockey Championship in 2010 and 2012.
Russell was the Calgary Flames 2015 nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
At any given time, my email inbox has over 9,000 unopened emails.
Some are newsletters I regularly read, while others are unsolicited offers on office supplies and pet medications. But a large portion of my unread inbox contains email pitches sent to me by music publicists, begging for a plug of someone’s new album or asking me to retweet a photo of a celebrity at a new hot spot. In almost every case, a client spent a good portion of their budget to pay a publicist to craft an email for me that I will never read.
I don’t open most email pitches. On any given weekday, I’d say my inbox holds well over $10,000 worth of pitches, 95 percent of which get tossed in the trash without so much as a glance. That’s a lot of wasted money by bands and young companies that could be used in far more productive ways.
Why do I throw most away? It’s not out of spite — I simply don’t have the time to read it all. In the three years since I’ve launched Amplify, my email address has been added to hundreds of PR media advisory lists, traded among ad agencies, bought and resold by large clearing houses and constantly added to press lists that I really have no business being on. Even if I dedicated myself full-time to answering these emails with a simple “no thanks” or “sorry this isn’t germane to Amplify,” there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to make it through every pitch and offer. In order to get my work done and carry on with the business of running a small media company, I have to ignore the bulk of things sent to me. That information overload takes a toll on my productivity and buries the small percentage of useful press releases and publicist communications I rely on to do my job.
There has to be a better way. Not only are millions of dollars being wasted trying to get journalists’ attention, it’s silly that the communication and PR industry in 2017 still relies on a shotgun approach to dealing with the mass media. I don’t have the answer — this isn’t that kind of column — but I would think that some combination of algorithm-learning, social networking, and opt-in communications has to work better than the blast-everything-at-me-all-the-time approach.
Entrepreneurs: This is your opportunity to disrupt a massive industry with tentacles that reach every major media outlet. According to the Holmes Report, the PR industry generated $15 billion in 2017, up 7 percent over 2016. Much of that money is wasted on campaigns that will have absolutely no traction with the media, leaving potentially thousands of customers frustrated by spending money with publicists to no avail.
I don’t see why a group of smart individuals can’t come up with a pitching and press release system that allows journalists, social media influencers and bloggers to find press releases and news that matter to our readers, organized by relevance and ranked by suitability. Kind of like a Facebook or Slack for press announcements. Somewhere we can opt in for information, get served up useful stories via algorithm and block the ones who constantly bug me with pitches that are inconsistent with what Amplify readers want.
Regardless, something has to be done. Yes, there are great publicists out there who read my work, subscribe to Amplify (financially supporting the media organizations they rely on) and regularly help me connect with clients and sources that lead to great articles. But for everyone one good publicist, there are ten that take money from young bands and startup companies for what amounts to spearfishing exercises where they blast out a press release and hope something sticks. If someone smarter and richer than me puts some dollars and brain power into finding a solution, he or she could come up with something superior to the current system.
And a small piece of advice to the young bands out there — if you’re a developing, growing act, don’t waste your money on hiring a publicist. Instead, focus on improving your craft, building an audience and putting on the best live show possible. If you’re good and catching fire, the media will find you. You don’t need to pay a middleman. If you have to hire someone to get our attention, you’re probably no quite ready yet. Keep practicing.
Rant over. Brooks out.
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The L.A. Clippers have acquired the draft rights to University of South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell, the 48th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for cash considerations.
In his senior season at South Carolina, Thornwell, 22, was named SEC Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team. He averaged career-highs in points (21.4 ppg), rebounds (7.1 rpg), steals (2.1 spg), field goal percentage (44.4), three-point field goal percentage (39.2) and free throw percentage (83.0).
Thornwell, 6’5”, 212 pounds, finished his career at South Carolina as a two-time SEC All-Defensive First Team honoree and ranked third in school history in scoring (1,941 points), first in games started (132), tied for fourth in games played (132), third in free throws made (570), and fourth in steals (199).
A native of Lancaster, S.C., Thornwell attended Lancaster High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy (VA) for his senior year where he averaged 26.8 points per game and averaged 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
“If there is an issue with it, it is probably pretty minor,” Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman told HuffPost by email. “Essentially, this falls into a gray area, as it’s not linking to something explicitly political.”