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Barbuda Express To The Rescue

Barbuda Express To The Rescue

Antigua St John's - The transportation difficulties that threatened to hamper Barbuda’s weekend Caribana festivities may be nearing resolution with the return of the Barbuda Express ferry.

PM Attends LIAT Shareholders Meeting

PM Attends LIAT Shareholders Meeting

Antigua St. John’s – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Minister of Tourism, John Maginley, are currently in Barbados attending a meeting of the Majority Shareholders of LIAT.

Declaration Form Needed for Travelers

Declaration Form Needed for Travelers

Antigua St John's - Travelers are reminded that there is a legal requirement to complete a Declaration Form of any country when traveling with currency valued at more than US $10,000.00.

Redjet Announces New Flight to Antigua

Antigua St John's - REDjet has announced that its first flight between Barbados and Antigua will be on June 6. A statement from the company said tickets will go on sale on March 14 at the promised introductory fares of US$16.99 before taxes and charges.

IATA Against New Airport Tax

Antigua St John's - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has written to Civil Aviation and Culture Minister John Maginley about what it called the “excessive” proposed Airport Administration Charge Act of 2012, which will see both inbound and outgoing airport passengers paying up to US$75, after inclusion of the embarkation tax.

New Travel Tax Casts Wider Net

Antigua St John's - The new Airport Administration Charge Tax, which had its first reading in the House of Representative on March 5, will cast a wide net when it becomes law following parliamentary approval.

LIAT Fire Damages Set at EC $35 M

LIAT Fire Damages Set at EC $35 M

Antigua St. John’s – Regional carrier LIAT has announced that last Sunday’s fire has set the company back by approximately EC $35 million.

Collective Chinese Agreement A Necessity

Collective Chinese Agreement A Necessity

Antigua St John's - There is need for a China-Caribbean Economic Agreement on aid, trade, and investment that is long-term and sets out mutually-agreed rules, including those governing employment, industrial relations laws, and rights of entry and establishment by individuals and companies. 

March to Independence - Calypsonians Cries

March to Independence - Calypsonians Cries

Following its attainment of independence and national sovereignty on November 1, 1981, Antigua and Barbuda had sufficiently “…prospered” as to be considered a nation destined to be on good “…economic foundations.”

WestJet Adds 7000 Seats For Antigua Tourism

WestJet Adds 7000 Seats For Antigua Tourism

Antigua St. John’s - Antigua & Barbuda has added 7,000 more seats for the upcoming winter season, as the Tourism Authority through partnership with the Hotel Association and others finalises talks with the renowned Canadian airline WestJet.

LIAT Continues Strict Maintenance Programme Following Fire

LIAT Continues Strict Maintenance Programme Following Fire

Antigua St. John’s – Regional airline LIAT continues to provide regular services throughout its network, two weeks after a fire destroyed one of its two hangars at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua.

Lovell Says Tax Increases Unlikely

Lovell Says Tax Increases Unlikely

Antigua St. John's - Minister of Finance and the Economy Harold Lovell has hinted that residents may not be asked to pay more taxes as the time nears for his presentation of the 2013 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

NBA Player Celebrates Birthday in Antigua

NBA Player Celebrates Birthday in Antigua

Antigua St. John's - Miami Heat center player, Joel Anthony, chose to celebrate his 30th birthday with his friends and family in Antigua & Barbuda.

Antigua Open For Business

Antigua Open For Business

Antigua St John's - Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has declared Antigua & Barbuda an investment haven as he urged the Florida business community to invest in the country at a time when the economy has come to grips with trade liberalization and globalization.

Tourism Strives to Provide Excellent Service

Tourism Strives to Provide Excellent Service

Antigua St. John’s - Tourism accounts for 75 per cent of all jobs in Antigua & Barbuda, so providing excellent service is important, not only to visitors, but to residents as well.

LIAT Welcomes Union Discussions

LIAT Welcomes Union Discussions

Antigua St John's - LIAT's management has said it will support efforts by the Ministry of Labour to resolve an emerging dispute with the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU) over the outsourcing of its Cargo and Quikpak operations in Antigua.

Cort Says Airport Tax Hike a Necessary Evil

Cort Says Airport Tax Hike a Necessary Evil

Antigua St John's - Leader of government business in the Senate Dr. Errol Cort has led the passage of the new airport administration tax that will see passengers using the VC Bird International Airport paying a total of US$75 to enter and depart the country.

On Reducing The New Airport Burden

On Reducing The New Airport Burden

Dear Editor. As a proud national of Antigua & Barbuda, and one who will be obliged to pay the charges associated with the new Airport Administration Charge Act 2012 (that was debated by the House of Representatives on May 30, 2012), I am duty bound to register my displeasure.

Govt and the Proceeds of Stanford's Crimes

Antigua St John's - The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is purposefully moving to purchase parcels 71 and 72 (approximately six acres) of the so-called Stanford airport lands to construct an airport terminal.

Airport Names Stays - Maginley

Airport Names Stays - Maginley

Antigua St. John's - Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation John Maginley has thrown a damper on any notion that the VC Bird International Airport might be getting a new name.

Major Safety Concerns At VC Bird Airport

Major Safety Concerns At VC Bird Airport

Antigua St. john's - The deadly plane crash at the VC Bird International Airport might be fading in the minds of many, but the investigations have continued without letup.

Pensioners Await Airport Tax Exemption

Pensioners Await Airport Tax Exemption

Antigua St. John’s - The Ministry of Finance and the Pensioners Association have not reached agreement on a system to protect the country’s elderly from the Airport Administration Charge that took effect November 1.

Plane Crash Victims Remembered

Plane Crash Victims Remembered

Antigua St. John's - "Everyone who knew her was pleased to have been associated with her," said Coswell Duncan, father of Jamaica-born Annya who was one of three people killed in the October 7 FlyMontserrat crash at the V C Bird International Airport.

Lightning Not A Factor In Crash

Lightning Not A Factor In Crash

Antigua St. John's - The crash of the Fly Montserrat Islander aircraft at V.C Bird International Airport on Sunday that took three lives was not caused by lightning.

Airport CEO Speak On Deadly Plane Crash

Airport CEO Speak On Deadly Plane Crash

Antigua St. John's - Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority Mr. Stanley E. Smith has pledged an immediate review of the airport’s emergency response procedures on the heels of a deadly plane crash on Sunday.

Government Condemn Picket on Chinese Embassy

Antigua St John's - On Tuesday, residents picketed the Chinese Embassy in Antigua, demanding the release of public documents and calling for accountability and transparency in government.

Revised Contract For Airport Terminal Extension

Revised Contract For Airport Terminal Extension

Antigua St. John's - The new terminal building at the V C Bird International Airport is to be extended further.

New Airport CEO Selected

New Airport CEO Selected

Antigua St. John's - A new Chief Executive Officer takes up duties at the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority effective October 1, ending a nearly three-year search.

Construction of New Terminal Ahead of Schedule

Construction of New Terminal Ahead of Schedule

Antigua St. John’s - Construction of the new airport terminal at the VC Bird International Airport is progressing ahead of schedule and Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Ambassador to China David Shoul as well as Tourism Minister Hon. John Maginley are all elated at revelation made on Thursday.

All Hurricane Shelters Activated

All Hurricane Shelters Activated

Antigua St. John's - The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has activated all hurricane shelters across the twin-island state ahead of the passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Post Mortem on Plane Crash Victims Concluded

Post Mortem on Plane Crash Victims Concluded

Antigua St. John's - The Police have reported that Post Mortem Examinations have been concluded on the three victims who lost their lives in the October 7th plane crash at the V.C. Bird International Airport.

Wheelchair Drug Smuggler Sentenced

Wheelchair Drug Smuggler Sentenced

Antigua St. John’s - Lloyd Jones, a Jamaican national who concealed drugs in his wheelchair and came to Antigua, was sentenced to time served.

Cort Calls For Immigration Talks

Cort Calls For Immigration Talks

Antigua St John's - There is a strong need for bilateral discussions between Antigua & Barbuda and other CARICOM nations whose nationals make up a high percentage of the local population.

Accused Admit Guilt to Drugs and Forgery

Accused Admit Guilt to Drugs and Forgery

Antigua St. John’s - Three people appeared in the High Court on Wednesday and admitted to drug charges and forgery of a Canadian passport.

Antigua Gifted With Border Security Equipment

Antigua Gifted With Border Security Equipment

Antigua St. John’s - The Immigration Department within the Ministry of National Security and Labour now has in its possession a “Foster + Freeman Eye – D/C1”, a compact, portable device used for checking security and travel documents at borders.

Danish Investor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

Danish Investor Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

Antigua St. John’s - Paul Laursen, a 65-year-old national of Denmark, was reprimanded and discharged for drugs when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

US Drug Mule Fined $60K

US Drug Mule Fined $60K

Antigua St. John’s - The 52-year-old US citizen found with cocaine in his crotch has to come up with $60,000 or he will be spending the next two years at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Drug Bust Yields Cocaine in Groin

Drug Bust Yields Cocaine in Groin

Antigua St. John’s - Police arrested and charged a 43-year-old American citizen with several drug-related offences after he was caught attempting to leave the country with over one pound of cocaine on Saturday afternoon.

Airport Security Officers Shore Up Skills

Airport Security Officers Shore Up Skills

Antigua St. John’s - Ten security officers from the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) have just completed a two-day training seminar hosted by the Office of National Drug & Money Laundering Control Policy, (ONDCP).

New Airport CEO Tops Ryan’s List

New Airport CEO Tops Ryan’s List

Antigua St. John’s -- The newly appointed chairman of the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), Patrick Ryan, says one of his top priorities is the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the country’s international airport.

Two Caught Red-Handed

Two Caught Red-Handed

Antigua St. John’s – It was around 2:30 pm on Monday that police officers, responding to a report of housebreaking, apprehended two men who were allegedly caught in the act of committing a crime.

Man Shot and Wounded During Robbery

Man Shot and Wounded During Robbery

Antigua St. John’s - Police are investigating an incident that led to a 37-year-old man from Upper Gambles being treated at Mount St. John’s Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his arm.

Landmark Money Laundering Conviction for Antigua and Barbuda

Landmark Money Laundering Conviction for Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua St. John’s – Paula Peterson, a native of the Common wealth of Dominica who resided in St. Maarten, became the first person to be successfully tried and convicted under Antigua and Barbuda’s anti-money laundering laws.

Chinese Suspected of Illegal Fishing

Chinese Suspected of Illegal Fishing

Antigua St John's - Chinese immigrant workers believed to be attached to the VC Bird International Airport expansion project were reportedly caught fishing buckets of juvenile conch from the grassy areas along Shell Beach.

Airport Construction Jobs Closely Guarded

Airport Construction Jobs Closely Guarded

Antigua St John's - Reports have reached Caribarena.COM that employment on the new airport project is being channeled almost exclusively to residents of the St John's Rural West constituency.

Italian Charged with Drug Trafficking

Italian Charged with Drug Trafficking

Antigua St John's - The police have arrested a 48-year-old Italian man after 97 g of cocaine were allegedly discovered on him at the VC Bird International Airport.

Lawyer Says Airport Construction Illegal

Lawyer Says Airport Construction Illegal

Antigua St John's - The attorney representing Stanford Development Company (SDC), Hugh Marshall Jr, has said construction of the new VC Bird International Airport terminal is forging ahead illegally.

Drugs Found in Suitcase

Drugs Found in Suitcase

Antigua St John's - The ONDCP  recovered a suitcase containing 1.1 kg of cocaine at the VC Bird International Airport on May 15.

ONDCP Seizes Unclaimed Cannabis

ONDCP Seizes Unclaimed Cannabis

Antigua St John's - A counter-drug operation at the VC Bird International Airport on Monday April 30 resulted in the seizure of cannabis weighing over 45 lbs, with an estimated street value of $187,440.

Court Date for Canadian Couple

Court Date for Canadian Couple

Antigua St John's - The Canadian couple apprehended at the airport over the weekend will appear in the All Saints Magistrate Court on April 17 to answer to the charges.

Security Officer and Drug Mules Arrested

Security Officer and Drug Mules Arrested

Antigua St John's - An airport security officer and a Canadian couple have been arrested on drug charges.

PM Signs Agreements with China

Antigua St John's - Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and Vice Minister in the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China Gao Huncheng signed two technical co-operation agreements and letters of intent for a number of projects to be undertaken by China in Antigua & Barbuda.

Maginley Says Chinese Workers Temporary

Antigua St John's - Chinese immigrant workers are pouring into Antigua & Barbuda as construction work shifts into gear on the new $45 M VC Bird International Airport terminal. And with these workers comes the erection of housing facilities near the construction site in Coolidge.

Teen Alleges Gang Rape

Teen Alleges Gang Rape

Antigua St John's - A 14-year-old All Saints girl has told the police she was gang-raped by five men.

Makeda Wants Airport Lands Returned

Antigua St John's - Chairman of FBO 2000 Antigua Limited Makeda Mikael has written to Antigua's Parliamentarians suggesting that airport lands purchased "illegally" by the Stanford Group of Companies should be forfeited because of a breach of agreement.

Land Deal Hurts Ambassador Shoul

Antigua St John's - Issues related to the land at VC Bird International Airport are delaying the construction of a new airport terminal, and Non-Resident Ambassador to China David Shoul has said as details of the land agreement come to light, they "personally" hurt him.

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