Cruise executives promise more calls

Government has continued to embrace record-breaking cruise tourism numbers, giving cruise lines no “indication that they have reached their limit” in the territory, according to Communications and Works Minister Kye … Continue reading "Cruise executives...

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HOA debates 20-year path to belongership

A 20-year residence requirement for belongership applicants is among the broad-ranging immigration reforms proposed under a bill currently under consideration in the House of Assembly. The Immigration and Passport Amendment Bill, 2024, would also establish an appeals process for belongership and residence applicants; set up...

Business

Regional regulator blasts Republic Bank

Republic Bank faces an audit after a regional regulator blasted it for belatedly withdrawing money for payments that customers made up to two years earlier. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank said last Thursday that more than 12,000 customers across the region were adversely impacted by...

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Government touts first-year record

In an elaborate three-hour ceremony that featured dancers, saluting children, and the Rocky theme song, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley touted his government’s first year in office in a “territorial address” May 16 at Maria’s by the Sea. Touching on topics ranging from governance reforms...

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Concerns raised about Chinese fishing boats

In recent years, opposition member Stacy Mather has been hearing about evidence that Chinese boats may be fishing illegally in the territory’s waters, he said this month in the House of Assembly. “It has been brought to my attention that vessels operated by Chinese fishermen...

Crime

Anegada drug plane to be sent to US

A drug plane seized last August after landing at the Captain Auguste George International Airport in Anegada will soon be sent to the United States, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley said during a recent House of Assembly meeting. “The plane is at the T. B....

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Claude Skelton-Cline arrested and charged

Former government consultant Claude Skelton-Cline has been arrested and charged in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation into government contracts awarded from 2008 to 2010, police said in a statement issued tonight. The 58-year-old, of Ballast Bay, was charged with two counts of obtaining property...

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Old administration building to be repaired

Government plans to renovate the former government administration building and its annex at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza, but no firm timeline has been set for the project, according to Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley. The historic building complex, which in the recent past has...

Business

Britain’s OT inquiry gets new leader

A major probe into the future relationship between the United Kingdom and its overseas territories is back on track after a brush with scandal. Conservative Member of Parliament Dame Jackie Doyle-Price was elected chairperson of the all-party House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs...

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Festival reports released with names redacted

Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley has refused to name the businesses and individuals hired for festival celebrations in 2022 and 2023, leading opposition member Marlon Penn to compare him to a “dictator.” The heated exchange came during a May 2 House of Assembly meeting, when...