ANTIGUA ELECTION: PM instructs ABEC to purchase ballot paper

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One Man Dead, Other People Injured In Separate Vieux Fort Road Accidents – St. Lucia Times News

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One man was pronounced dead, and four individuals sustained injuries from two separate road accidents in Vieux Fort on Friday night.

Emergency officials told St Lucia Times that the Vieux Fort fire station received a call for assistance around 8:34 pm after a collision between two vehicles on the Vieux Fort-Laborie Highway.

On the scene, the responders said the driver of one of the vehicles exhibited no vital signs.

 In contrast, the other vehicle’s occupant sustained injuries, including a laceration above the right eye.

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The emergency personnel transported both individuals to St Jude Hospital, where the driver, who had exhibited no vital signs, was pronounced dead shortly after 9.00 pm.

Later that night, around 10:41 pm, the fire service received another distress call regarding a head-on collision on the St Jude Highway involving two vehicles.

The fire service said it transported three patients to St Jude Hospital due to that incident.

There are no further details at present.

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Small craft Advisory issued by Met Office Loop Barbados

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The Barbados Meteorological Service has issued a small craft advisory for above normal swell heights from 6am to 6pm today.

The alert message however states that the termination of the advisory is dependent on if conditions persist or stop.

In this case, a small-craft advisory is issued when sustained winds of 20 to 25 knots and sea swells of 2.5 to 3.0 metres (8 to 10 feet) are affecting or forecast to affect the marine area within the next 36 hours.

Hazard Info

Winds associated with the tropical wave forecast to affect the island on Saturday are now expected to peak near 25 knots, in light of this, the Small Craft Warning and High Surf Advisory has been downgraded to a Small Craft Advisory.

Nonetheless, seas along the eastern and southern coasts will gradually deteriorate becoming moderate to rough in open water with swells ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 metres.

Swells are forecast to reach peak heights during the day Saturday and gradually improve throughout the night.

Key Messages

All marine craft operators and beachgoers should note the following possibilities along the eastern and southern coasts:

Large open water swells can be hazardous to some vessels.

Operation of smaller vessels can be difficult at times due to large swell

SSB ondanks weinig animo enthousiast over Scholen Schaaktoernooi

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door Marinio Balsemhof  PARAMARIBO — Marlon Kaslan is super enthousiast over het Scholen Schaaktoernooi 2022 dat dit weekend wordt gehouden

Le « Festival de la biguine et des musiques d’ici » reporté

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Samedi 16 Juillet 2022 – 14h59

Léona Gabriel – DR

Programmée ce samedi 16 juillet à Rivière-Pilote, la manifestation est reportée à une date ultérieure à cause du mauvais temps. Il était en effet prévu à 17 heures, au marché couvert de Rivière-Pilote, un rappel de l’histoire de la biguine, ainsi que du parcours de Léona Gabriel. Une plaque devait être apposée en hommage à la chanteuse. Et des élèves de l’École de musique et d’arts plastiques (Emap) Paulo-Rosine et de Madinina Band devait faire une prestation.

La Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique informe cependant que le rendez-vous du dimanche 17 juillet au Vauclin est maintenu.

Programme du 17 juillet 2022 dans les jardins de la mairie du Vauclin / Front de Mer du Vauclin

16 h 30 : Dévoilement de la plaque ” Espace Barel Coppet “

Front de mer du Vauclin

17 h 00 : allocution de M. le président du Conseil exécutif de Martinique

17 h 05 : allocution de M. le maire de la Ville du Vauclin

17 h 10 : intervention sur l’histoire de la Biguine de la mazurka et le parcours de Barel Coppet

17 h 20 :  prestation musicale : Guy-Marc Vadeleux et le groupe O’Tantik

20h20 : fin de la manifestation

Le Festival de la biguine et des musiques d’ici.

– DR

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  Le Baccha Festival fait son retour …

World Champs: Parchment leads 3 Jamaicans into 110m hurdles semifinals Loop Jamaica

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Hansle Parchment crossed the line and into the men’s 110m hurdles semifinals at the World Championships on Saturday, July 16. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

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Jamaica qualified three men for the semifinal round of the 110m hurdles at the World Championships, with Tokyo Olympic champion Hansle Parchment leading the way in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday.

Parchment won his heat in 13.17s after recovering from a slow start. Once he had caught up with the field, the big Jamaican pulled away for an easy victory.

Rasheed Broadbell also qualified for the next round. (Photo: Marlon Reid)

The other Jamaicans that are through are Rasheed Broadbell and Orlando Bennett.

Broadbell, 21, finished second in his heat in a time of 13.36s while running out of lane eight.

The third Jamaican – 22-year-old Orlando Bennett – finished fifth in his race in 13.55s but also qualified for the semifinals.

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Antigua and Barbuda finally overturn anti-LGBTQI+ laws

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One corner of the Caribbean is getting with the times: Earlier this week, the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda overturned many anti-LGBTQI+ laws in its Sexual Offences Act.

The law decreeing that intercourse must be between “a male person and a female person” was replaced with the word “persons” after the country’s High Court ruled much of the legislation was unconstitutional. “The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court found that ‘the selection of an intimate partner is a private and a personal choice’,” said the AP.

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Lawmakers held that the criminalization of consensual sexual acts between same-sex, adult partners breached libertarian rights, freedom of expression, legal protection and privacy and protection from discrimination based on sex.

Campaigners hope this will begin an awakening within the nation and beyond.

“The High Court’s landmark ruling is a beacon for LGBT people in Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean nations, whose rights and freedoms have been stymied by these punitive laws,” said Cristian González Cabrera, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.


Ffryes Beach in Antigua. (Photo by Ian Rogers Photography/Getty Images)

“Laws criminalizing same-sex conduct, which are still in force in eight other Caribbean nations, reinforce and tacitly permit discrimination, violence and prejudice against LGBT people,” he added.

It may be surprising to some, but a number of favorite destinations among U.S. travelers don’t share the same values as many progressive European nations in regards to rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.

Related: Top 10 LGBTQ-friendly destinations for 2022

There are numerous amazing destinations where you can openly celebrate Pride. However, in several locations, including many hotspots in the Caribbean, LGBTQ+ visitors must exercise caution.

These archaic laws are rarely enforced in the West Indies. In fact, there are many openly LGBTQI+ people living in places such as Barbados. It’s always wise to adhere to guidelines from the U.S. Department of State wherever possible, though.

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) LGBTQI+ travel information section provides guidance on planning travel and offers information about local laws or customs.

For instance,  DOS guidelines for Barbados state: “Same-sex sexual relations, even when consensual, are criminalized in Barbados. Although this law is rarely enforced, potential penalties include life imprisonment.”

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Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer for Virgin Atlantic, welcomed the decision by lawmakers to overturn outdated laws in Antigua and Barbuda.

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“At Virgin Atlantic we believe everyone should be able to be themselves no matter who they are or who they love and we welcome this historic decision to repeal the harmful laws against same-sex intimacy,” Jarvinen said.

“We look forward to welcoming more LGBT+ travelers onboard, flying them to explore the beautiful beaches and experience the culture of Antigua,” he added. “We now urge other Caribbean islands to follow in their footsteps, making themselves inclusive and welcoming to all.”

According to Virgin Atlantic, discrimination against the LGBTQI+ community costs up to $4.1 billion a year in 12 English-speaking Caribbean countries. That’s as much as 5.7% of annual GDP.

Earlier this year, travel writer Asher Ferguson published the LGBTQI+ Travel Safety Index, a list of 203 best and worst countries for LGBTQI+ travelers. Antigua and Barbuda finished 158th on the list, scoring an F, the worst possible result.

Canada took the top spot on the list, while Sweden and The Netherlands snagged second and third place, respectively. The U.K. nestled in at sixth and the U.S. came in at No. 24.

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LIAT looks to minimum revenue guarantees for viability

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The Antigua and Barbuda government says every territory to which the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, flies to will be asked to purchase shares in the new company as efforts continue to revitalise the embattled airline.

In a statement the Government noted that“ in the proposed new LIAT, the salaries, wages and other emoluments will take up a smaller part of its cost of operations.

“Currently, three aircraft are being utilised, as opposed to 10 aircraft before the collapse of LIAT.”

The statement further noted that “any destination requiring more flights than has been deemed necessary, would make a special payment to realize its ambition…

“A minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) would be applied in order to determine what that cost would be. Every territory to which LIAT flies will be asked to purchase shares so that the burdens and the benefits can be equitably shared.” (LOOP)


Hilaire bemoans the state of regional travel

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LOOP: According to Tourism Minister Dr Ernest Hilaire, regional travel to Saint Lucia remains low compared to international travel.

Speaking to the media earlier this week, Dr Hilaire attributes the low figures to the ongoing challenges with regional carrier LIAT.

“If you look at our tourism arrivals now compared to 2019, which was our best year, our international arrivals are actually on par and even higher than 2019. But the regional travel is disastrous for us,” Dr Hilaire, the Minister for Investment, stated.

He recalled that at the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves indicated how the region would move forward regarding LIAT and regional travel.

“I think we are looking for more action. We need the regional travel not just for Carnival, but for Saint Lucia.”

According to Dr Hilaire, “Saint Lucia is a preferred regional destination, and our numbers are way down for regional travel.”

Dr Hilaire bemoans the region’s travel state and believes much more can be done to save it and improve regional travel.

The cash-strapped airline is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said previously that a decision had been taken that would allow Barbados and SVG to turn over their shares in LIAT to St John’s for one EC dollar.

According to Dr Hilaire, the preferred route would be to subsidize LIAT’s operations, considering investing in private airlines for the region has proven unsuccessful.

“The history of airlines in the Caribbean is that when we have relied on private airlines, they pull out on us whenever the going gets tough. Unfortunately, it has happened repeatedly, so if the people of the region own LIAT, let us make a determined effort to get LIAT functioning as best as we could,” Dr Hilaire remarked.

“Even if we have to subsidize LIAT, the value of regional travel..the free movement of people as well as for economic reasons is significant,” he added. LOOP


AG humbled, grateful after no confidence motion defeated

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Attorney General Reginald Armour SC during his maiden press conference on June 22, at Government Campus Plaza, Port of Spain. – JEFF K MAYERS

ATTORNEY General Reginald Armour, SC, has expressed humility and gratitude to his colleagues in the legal fraternity after the majority of them voted against motions brought against him – one of no-confidence and another for him to resign – on Friday.

The motions were filed by a group of 40 attorneys led by attorney Kiel Taklalsingh, over Armour’s disqualification from the Piarco Airport civil asset recovery case in a Miami court over an apparent conflict of interest.

Armour was a defence attorney for former government minister Brian Kuei Tung in the local courts and after being sworn in as AG on March 16, he later participated in a lawsuit filed by the State against Kuei Tung.

He failed to disclose the full extent of his representation of Kuei Tung in a sworn affidavit filed in Miami after his former client filed a motion to strike out the 18-year-old lawsuit and disqualify both Armour and Sequor Law, the US law firm representing the State of TT.

On May 2, a US judge disqualified both Armour and Sequor Law but rejected the motion to strike out the lawsuit which seeks to recover US$120 million from people accused of corruption in the over 22-year-old Piarco case. The US law firm has challenged the judge’s ruling and former attorney general Faris Al-Rawi has replaced Armour as this country’s client representative in the Miami case.

Of the approximately 3,040 eligible lawyers who were entitled to vote, 551 members exercised their right to cast a vote at a special general meeting of the membership of the Law Association at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, on Armour’s inability to represent this country in the fraud matter.

A total of 317 voted against the no-confidence motion while 234 voted in its favour.

On the second motion for him to resign, 241 voted for and 310 against. Voting was done both physically and virtually.

Armour made a virtual appearance at the meeting, re-emphasising that he made an error in his affidavit in recalling of his full involvement as a defence attorney. He maintained that he did not act dishonestly or set out to wilfully deceive the US court.

After the vote was defeated on Friday night, Armour, a former president of the Law Association, in a brief statement said:. “I am humbled by the outcome of today’s special general meeting of the Law Association. I am grateful for the vote of confidence by the majority. I acknowledged and respect the concerns of those in the minority.

“I wish to thank my colleagues in the legal fraternity for taking the time to participate in the process. In addition, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the Law Association for the manner in which it managed this entire matter.”

Taklalsingh who said the original requisition was meant to hold the AG to account as the integrity of the legal profession was in question, said although both motions failed, he was pleased due process was followed.

He said members were given an opportunity to speak freely on the matter and he was also pleased Armour was able to attend the debate.

“This Attorney General came, he was contrite, he apologised to members of the Law Association and that may have swayed the vote. We won’t know but, at the end of the day, we think that holding him to account in some form and fashion, we think we achieved our purpose.”

Taklalsingh dismissed the notion of political involvement in filing the motions or that the association could fire of discipline the AG.

He said the intention was to send a message that unprofessional conduct was unacceptable as the actions of the AG in the Miami case was not in keeping with the traditions of the bar.

Taklalsingh said Armour’s explanation should not be accepted as a “mere mistake” as it will signal an “appalling apathy” for affidavits.