Antigua and Barbuda citizens will be required to apply for visas to visit Canada, starting from June 27, 2017. According to the Antigua Observer, Chief of Staff Lionel 'Max' Hurst made the disclosure to the Observer on Monday. Prime Minister Gaston Browne as due to make a statement on the matter later that day. Astatement from the Communications Branch for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada confirms the visa requirement takes effect from Tuesday. The notice says, "After carefully monitoring the integrity of Antigua and Barbuda’s travel documents, the Government of Canada has determined that Antigua and Barbuda no longer meets Canada’s criteria for a visa exemption." "As of 5:30 a.m. EDT June 27, 2017, citizens from Antigua and Barbuda will need a visa to travel to Canada. At that time, any existing electronic travel authorization (eTA) issued to an Antigua and Barbuda passport holder will no longer be valid and these travellers will not be able to use their eTA to travel to Canada." The Government of Canada said it is sending emails to all affected eTA holders to inform them that their eTAs are no longer valid and that they will need a visa to travel to Canada. The notice added that most approved visa applicants will receive a multiple-entry visa, which allows travellers to visit Canada as many times as they want, for up to 10 years. For each visit, travellers can stay for up to six months. For Antiguans who will already be in transit, the Canadian government said it will be working closely with airlines to assist. For travellers in Antigua and Barbuda with confirmed flights to Canada during the next two weeks, they can send their completed visa applications along with proof that they purchased their flights before June 27, fees and supporting documents, totheVisa Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for priority processing. If they go in person before noon, their application will be processed that day. If they send via courier, their application will be processed within 24 hours. Note that while these applicants will receive priority processing, they are not guaranteed a visa by their travel date and may need to make alternative travel arrangements. For all other travellers, including thoseoutside of Antigua and Barbudaandthose with flights leaving after July 11, 2017,Antiguan and Barbudan citizens canapply onlinefor a visa as of 5:30 a.m. June 27, orsubmit a paper applicationin person or by mail to any Visa Application Centre. TheVisa Application Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, is the closest one to Antigua and Barbuda. The notice adds that most applications (about 80 percent) are processed within 14 days. The notice said that having pre-booked travel plans or a previously valid eTA does not guarantee that a traveller will be issued a visa.

Kyrie Baum (left) and Jawara McIntosh, the son of reggae legend Peter Tosh (PHOTO: BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF/DAILY VOICE)

A man accused of attacking and seriously injuring the son of late reggae icon Peter Tosh at a New Jersey jail is facing an aggravated assault charge, authorities said. The count against Kyrie Baum stems from a February21 attack at a county jail that left 37-year-old Jawara McIntosh with traumatic brain injuries and in a coma, according to the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. The charge was made public Friday, and the agency said Baum has already been indicted. It wasn't known Sunday if Baum has retained an attorney. Authorities have not said what sparked the attack, which they say lasted less than 10 seconds and took place in a general custody housing unit. Baum, 40, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was being held at the jail on robbery and gun possession charges at the time. McIntosh is hospitalized in Boston and remains unresponsive and in a coma, suffering from brain damage, said attorney Jasmine Rand. She also said that McIntosh's family has filed notice that it plans to sue and also wants the USJustice Department to investigate. McIntosh, of Boston, was arrested in June 2013 after police said they found more than 65 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car. He eventually pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and was two months into serving a six-month sentence at the time of the attack. Bergen County sheriff's officers immediately responded to the attack, authorities said, adding that McIntosh was treated by medical personnel at the jail before he was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. The major crimes unit of the county prosecutor's office was notified of the attack due to the serious injuries McIntosh suffered. McIntosh performed under the stage name Tosh1. His father was a Jamaican-born musician and activist who started The Wailers along with Bob Marley. His 1976 hit, "Legalize It," remains a rallying cry for those pushing to make marijuana legal. McIntosh is also a pro-marijuana activist and performed the song outside of the New Jersey statehouse in April 2014 during a rally pushing for state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. His family says that he is a Rastafarian like his father and was fighting for marijuana legalization. Tosh was killed in Jamaica in 1987 during a home invasion robbery. Rastafarians regard cannabis as a sacrament.


‘Big Data’ was high on the agenda at the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) which was held at the Grand Cayman Marriott on June 21-23. The opening ceremony for the AGM kicked off with a prayer by Executive Secretary for PMAC, Glenn Roach, followed by the singing of the national song led by Miss Cayman Islands 2017, Anika Conolly. Chief Officer for the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, Stran Bodden, relayed apologies for the Minister of Tourism, Moses Kirkconnell. In Kirkconnell’s absence, Bodden used the opportunity to speak on the island's recent cruise berthing developments. Cayman Port Director, Clement Reid, also spoke on the islands' need for more capacity to accommodate larger cruise ships. Other speakers of the morning included, Shipping Registry CEO, Joel Walton; Chairman and CEO of PMAC, Bishen John;and President of WISTA Cayman,Dorisley Jackson. The opening session was followed by strategic sessions, in which delegates shared and heard of the importance of 'Big Data' in solving some of the challenges faced by the small ports of the region. ‘Big data’ was also described as an important consideration for the drafting of best practices that can enhance operational efficiency at ports and fuel growth. Big data was also viewed by many of the delegates as vital to solving the ever-increasing challenges associated with the global environment. The delegates also reviewed the Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and discussed future growth plans for member ports. The last day of the AGM featured a number of technical sessions for the delegates. The three-day annual general meeting concluded with an awards dinner on Friday evening. PMAC members include: Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Island, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, French Guyane, , Sint Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

The European Union's competition watchdog slapped a record 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. European regulators said "Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service." It gave the Mountain View, California, company 90 days to stop or face fines of up to 5 percent of the average daily worldwide turnover of parent company Alphabet. The European Commission, which polices EU competition rules, alleges Google elevates its shopping service even when other options might have better deals. The Commission said Google "gave prominent placement in its search results only to its own comparison shopping service, whilst demoting rival services. It stifled competition on the merits in comparison shopping markets." Google maintains it's just trying to package its search results in a way that makes it easier for consumers to find what they want. "When you shop online, you want to find the products you're looking for quickly and easily. And advertisers want to promote those same products. That's why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both," Kent Walker, senior vice president at Google, said in a statement. "We will review the Commission's decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case," he said. The fine is the highest ever imposed in Europe for anti-competitive behavior, exceeding a 1.06 billion euros penalty on Silicon Valley chip maker Intel in 2009. But the penalty is likely to leave a bigger dent in Google's pride and reputation than its finances. Alphabet has more than $92 billion (82 billion euros) in cash, including nearly $56 billion (50 billion euros) in accounts outside of Europe.


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NFL player Logan Ryan and his wife Ashley had an unexpected encounter during their St Lucian wedding in April. Ryan told the story on a caption to the above photo from his Instagram account: While taking some wedding photos in the St.Lucian town of Soufriere we ran into this stray dog and many others like her. This one in particular followed us thru the streets for 20 plus minutes. When we flew back to the states we were determined to help any way possible. We donated & We encouraged all friends and family that instead giving us wedding gifts to make donations to @helpaws, a St.Lucian based dog rescue. Just got word back that based on our picture they found this particular mama dog, named her Logan, and the donation paid for her Spay!!#MadeOurDay#DogRescue This is in keeping with the couple's efforts in their homeland, where they founded Ryan’s Monthly Rescue, a social media effort that seeks to find homes for dogs, especially pitbulls. Ryan told The Dodo, "Dog rescue is with us wherever we go, it's just something we're passionate about and want to make a difference in any way we can." For Ashley, "Our love of dogs may have been the only thing missing from our big day... the fact that we connected with HelpAWS and helped this one particular dog made the entire experience even more unforgettable." Per their website, HelpAWS, "stands for Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia and at Helpaws we believe that every animal has the right to be healthy, happy, and free from abuse, neglect, and cruelty. So far we have helped over 1,200 animals find the care they need by rescuing those in need and providing free spay and neuter clinics every 6 months. We have also successfully found forever homes for over 200 rescued animals!" The wedding gift donations have assisted HelpAWS in its spaying and neutering efforts. The stray named after Logan is being treated for health issues and will be put up for adoption.

The Cayman Islands celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on Saturdayat Elmslie Memorial United Church. The programme included the traditional parade by the uniformed services, a royal salute and three cheers for the Queen. During the celebration the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, recognised past and current Honours. Best known as the “Father of the Immigration Board” and for his generous contributions to the Cayman Islands community, Charles Wesley Watler, was the sole recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award. Philip Rankin was honoured with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour for his services to the financial services industry, and in particular the Board of Cayman Airways. Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson, announced the newest individuals to receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. The recipients are businessman Keith Parker Tibbetts Jr, for services to persons with disabilities, and Frances Mary McConvey, for services to education, the arts, culture and the community.


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July 28, 2017

Dexta Daps Live in Concert

Jamaica Dancehall artiste Dexta Daps to perform in the Cayman Islands for the first time- Highly anticipated event, given that the artiste in April released his debut album.