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RORC Caribbean 600: Multihull line honours for Phaedo3

February 23, 2017
RORC Caribbean 600: Multihull line honours for Phaedo3 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- While the multihull race record was not broken this year, Phaedo3 and Maserati had an incredible 600 mile high-speed duel. Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70, Phaedo3 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Tuesday at 21 hrs 20 mins 46 secs AST, taking multihull line honours.

RORC Caribbean 600: Rambler 88 takes monohull line honours

February 23, 2017
RORC Caribbean 600: Rambler 88 takes monohull line honours ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- George David's American Maxi, Rambler 88 finished the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday at 11 hrs 56 mins 17 secs AST taking monohull line honours. This year was David's third line honours win in the RORC Caribbean 600. However, the record set by his previous boat...

RORC Caribbean 600 Day 2: More Argyll than Antigua

February 22, 2017
RORC Caribbean 600 Day 2: More Argyll than Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- After a champagne start to the RORC Caribbean 600, there was a huge change in weather conditions by the end of the first day. The low pressure system emanating from the north arrived earlier than anticipated, extinguishing the trade winds to provide a windless night...

An awe inspiring start to the RORC Caribbean 600

February 21, 2017
An awe inspiring start to the RORC Caribbean 600 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The ninth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 started in magnificent conditions with the largest ever offshore fleet assembled in the Caribbean enjoying sparkling conditions. A southeasterly breeze, occasionally gusting up to 15 knots and a relatively calm sea state provided conditions...

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Letter: A dangerous pathological liar

February 20, 2017
Letter: A dangerous pathological liar Kenneth Rijock published this on his blog, which is a malicious and dangerous fabrication. I never ever represented Leroy King in any extradition matter involving Stanford or the United States government. On reading the blog, the minister of foreign affairs messaged to express his surprise.

Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance

February 18, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda celebrated Valentine’s Day by launching the world’s first tourism social media channel, dedicated entirely to romance on Facebook. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and holding the record for most weddings per capita...

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Over 14,000 streetlights in Antigua-Barbuda to be replaced with LEDs

February 16, 2017
Over 14,000 streetlights in Antigua-Barbuda to be replaced with LEDs ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda is set to replace the country’s existing streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. This is being done through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The project, which was launched on February 9, 2017, at the Sir Vivian Richards...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Record entry for RORC Caribbean 600

February 16, 2017
Record entry for RORC Caribbean 600 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A fleet of over 80 yachts is expected for the ninth edition of the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600 in which 900 sailors from 30 different nations will race non-stop around 11 Caribbean islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. Passionate corinthians will be rubbing shoulders with...

Road rehabilitation project launches in Antigua-Barbuda

February 14, 2017
Road rehabilitation project launches in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On Thursday, February 9, the government of Antigua and Barbuda officially launched a road rehabilitation project to upgrade the Sir George Walter Highway and Friars Hill Road. The project is being funded through a grant of GBP13.9 million from the United Kingdom...

Antigua-Barbuda regulator removes directors of bank implicated in Brazilian bribery scandal

February 13, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda regulator removes directors of bank implicated in Brazilian bribery scandal ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission, in exercise of its powers under the law has removed three of the directors from the board of Meinl Bank (Antigua) Ltd and appointed Cleveland Seaforth, managing partner, KPMG Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

Big guns for Antigua 360

February 10, 2017
Big guns for Antigua 360 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The second edition of the Antigua 360º Race will take place on February 17, 2017, providing a 52 mile anticlockwise circumnavigation of Antigua. Organized by the Superyacht Challenge committee, entry is exclusively reserved for boats entered in the ninth edition of the...

Antigua-Barbuda implements new diplomatic passport policy

February 7, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda implements new diplomatic passport policy ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet on Saturday approved a new policy on diplomatic and official passports to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced details of the new...

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened

February 7, 2017
Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened When the nations of the Eastern Caribbean issue passports to Iranian nationals, only to gain clearly excessive fees, not all of which have been accounted for, the United States, and indeed the free world, suffer increased threats to national security, as those passports have facilitated more...

Superyacht Challenge Antigua: Flying Finish - Final Report

February 7, 2017
Superyacht Challenge Antigua: Flying Finish - Final Report ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The fourth and final encounter at the 2017 Superyacht Challenge was a magical affair, sparkling Caribbean sunshine, 20 knots of breeze and the added delight of Caribbean swell. The Race Committee set a course of approximately 18 miles, to test every angle of sail...

Superyacht Challenge Antigua: Tactical battle on the south side - Day Two Report

February 6, 2017
Superyacht Challenge Antigua: Tactical battle on the south side - Day Two Report ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- The conditions had mellowed somewhat for the second day of the Superyacht Challenge Antigua, compared to the opening day's surfing festival. 15 knots from the east, with a moderate swell, and predominately tactical windward leeward racing, put other skill sets to the test.

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable'

February 3, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable' WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest controversy over the issue of diplomatic passports by Eastern Caribbean governments to wealthy individuals with questionable backgrounds and motives has served to raise awareness of a little-discussed provision in US law as it relates to sanctions on Iran.

Billionaire Antigua-Barbuda diplomat 'disappears' in Hong Kong

February 3, 2017
Billionaire Antigua-Barbuda diplomat 'disappears' in Hong Kong ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- One of Antigua and Barbuda’s economic envoys and diplomatic passport holder, Xiao Jianhua, a billionaire with ties to the Chinese government, has reportedly been abducted from his Hong Kong residence by Chinese police. Xiao, 45, was allegedly taken from...

OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean

February 3, 2017
OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States...

Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives

February 1, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives MIAMI, USA -- After three days of discussions and presentations to cruise industry decision-makers in South Florida, Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of tourism, Asot Michael, is “very encouraged” about the future of his country’s cruise sector. The minister’s optimism follows his recent visit...

Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale

January 31, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale MIAMI, USA -- In the latest revelation in the rapidly unfolding saga of diplomatic passports allegedly sold by the government of Dominica to questionable individuals, a new report on Monday provided another insight into the practice, which has been denied by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

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