Tag: Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua Says It Is Willing To Help UK Seize Abramovich Yachts

ST. JOHN’S — Antigua and Barbuda is willing to help Britain seize yachts owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the Caribbean nation said on Friday, adding London must seek such assistance via an international treaty. The Financial Times first reported the vessels Halo and Garcon, currently moored in Antigua and Barbuda, were owned by […]

Moderate 4.5 Earthquake Recorded Between Antigua and Guadeloupe Today

BASSE-TERRE — A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck near Guadeloupe this morning. The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Center said it occurred about 8:41 a.m. today at a depth of 6.2 miles. According to the UWI Seismic Research Center, the quake hit: 55 miles northeast of Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. 65 miles east-southeast of […]

Antigua and Barbuda: Luxury Resort Puts Wetland, Healthy Environment At Risk: UN

SAINT JOHN’S — Barbuda’s fragile and biodiverse natural site of Palmetto Point, recognised as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention, remains at risk, with serious human rights implications, due to the construction of the Barbuda Ocean Club resort, UN experts* said today.  “More than 85 percent of the world’s wetlands have been […]

Since COVID-19 Killed Caribbean Economy, U.S. Should Give Debt Relief, Browne Says

SAINT JOHN’S — The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated economies across the tourism-dependent Caribbean costing losses as high as 20 percent in some countries in just one year, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda and current chairman of the 15-member Caribbean Community said this weekend. “Our biggest issue is funding at this point,” Gaston Browne […]

Eastern Caribbean Dollar Goes Digital, A Help For Unbanked

SAN JUAN — The Eastern Caribbean has created its own form of digital currency meant to help speed transactions and serve people without bank accounts. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank said its “DCash” is the first such blockchain-based currency introduced by any of the world’s currency unions, though some individual nations have similar existing systems. […]

Stanford Associate Leroy King Of Antigua Gets 10 Years In U.S. Prison For ‘Obstruction of Justice’

ST. JOHN’S — The former chief of Antigua’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) was sentenced this week to 10 years in prison for his role in connection to a $7 billion Ponzi scheme involving the Stanford International Bank (SIB). Leroy King, 74, of Dickerson Bay, Antigua, pleaded guilty on Jan. 30, 2020, to one count of conspiracy […]

Egbert Emanuel ‘Tata’ Tonge, Longtime Resident Of St. Croix, Native Of Antigua, Dies At 76: OBITUARY

Relatives and friends are advised of the passing of Egbert Emanuel “Tata” Tonge on February 14, 2021, at the age of 76. Egbert was born in Antigua and lived most of his life in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Erskine; his father, Oscar Tonge; and […]

Caribbean People At Risk Of Prolonging COVID-19 To Their Detriment: OP-ED

People in the Caribbean who refuse to take vaccinations to counter the coronavirus will cause the COVID-19 pandemic to remain longer in the region, endangering lives, livelihoods, and entire economies. Whatever genuine fears may exist, these people must be educated about the value of the vaccine to their own health, and they must be encouraged […]

State Department Asks Americans Not To Travel To Antigua and Barbuda Because Of COVID-19

ST. JOHN’S — The U.S. Department of State is recommending U.S. travelers reconsider travel to Antigua and Barbuda due to “health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.” Issued Monday, the State Department travel advisory noted “some areas” of the Caribbean nation have “increased risk,” and directs potential travelers to visit the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, […]

Antigua Moves To Take Control Of Financially-Troubled Airline LIAT

ST. JOHN’S — A Caribbean airline that helps tie together the region’s many island nations has been saved from going under — at least for now — by a rescue plan led by the government of Antigua and Barbuda. The 45-year-old LIAT, owned by a handful of regional governments, provides vital service between 15 Caribbean […]