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Good communication is lacking – is it ignorance or dishonesty? – II

April 21, 2017

Last week we began noting, not for the first time that good communication is lacking and asked whether this was because ignorance or dishonesty!

Surprised, we were to find that while there was no disagreement on the matter, but that we were probably too general as sometimes we are likely to be, finding no need to point directly as indeed there is enough to go around the circle.

The problem is that far too many, really many people do not understand that learning how to effectively communicate with others while choosing the right words can literally make or break growth. The question does remain however, who is interested in growth? A politician, a would-be politician, a priest, a teacher, student, parent, a manager… and everyone and anyone.

A business owner, having the ability to communicate is a vital key for long-term success. If An employee, knowing how to become a more skilled communicator will increase your value to the company and marketplace. Just being a good communicator, makes a good listener, knows when the politician is well intended or just crooked, or just as bad, in between.

So, when one side fails to exercise the skills of providing good communication, isn’t it time for the other to sharpen their skills?

One thing is sure that when truth guides the communicator, communication is easier. It is poor communication when the Human Resources (HR) department does not know or understand that they first must know how to communicate a vacancy, requiring firstly the need to make that vacancy information available to everyone.

One politician once said, “I cannot tell or inform everything, so it’s on ‘the’ website, not realising that the website is merely one tool one uses to communicate and that it requires someone with special expertise to make it work successfully. That’s knowing exactly how to effectively communicate the message or plan to the world.

Then the other thing, it requires knowledge about the message which you hopefully, want to truthfully share. Listen to the messages that come out on some of the talk programs around us that gets so mixed up. Their problem, is the difficulty of speaking without facts or intentionally misleading and or ignorantly choking with scarce truths; that they should know better.

Reference the fact that up to 2014 budgets for some years prior were made by March 31, but on figures that were allowed but not yet approved in some cases. See our recent editorials. Analysis that are skewed which must leave the listeners if any very misinformed. There was one case where the analysis contradicted itself, doing more damage to themselves.

Of course, knowing what, when and how to say anything especially when providing information for everyone to follow, is vitally important.  It lacks sense to misinform when the main idea should be to educate, so that as the matter gets clearer, simpler, you easily become a winner.

Two matters financial matters arose recently for the Government involving UK government’s budget approval and the cessation of funding from the Caribbean Development BNTF program. Much has been coming from those who could not show that they have anything to show that either of these are disastrous enough to put Montserrat in a worse position than it is economically.

Lack of knowledge in our view by these critics who are looking rather to bring down than provide ideas that would make a setback, if there is one, a success. Unfortunately lack of good communication by government does encourage the poverished behaviour, and when all put together, Montserrat loses.

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Montserrat included in Tax Haven Blacklisting

By Bennette Roach

Mr John Skerrit

There has been much reported about the US state of Illinois has blacklisted some thirteen Caribbean countries and territories to include Montserrat, as tax havens. They include also Bermuda, the Cayman Island and Turks and Caicos Islands; as well as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This comes just a couple of weeks ago after we have confirmed from our Financial Services authorities (FSC) that Montserrat as well as others have been practically bending over backwards in complicity with several international requirements to show cleanliness in meeting their required standards. These being Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA); the OECD’s Common Reporting Standards CRS); Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and others. In fact, it is nearly thirty years when Montserrat was restricted by the UK from practicing meaningfully in the promotion as an ‘off-shore banking’ provider.

We have researched a series of reports but present here excerpts Dominica News Online, adapted where necessary as it outlines as some countries have done on an individual basis rejection, resentment to the actions of the US state.

Mrs Dulcie James

The US state of Illinois has blacklisted Montserrat and a number of Caribbean countries and other countries worldwide as “foreign tax havens” in the recent House Bill 3419.

The Bill has gone through two readings as of March 23, 2017 and is expected to have a third reading and a short debate soon.

It deals with companies which operate in these “foreign tax havens” with characteristics which classify them as “Expatriate Corporations.”

A “restricted list” of these companies will be created and they may be subject to divestment unless they cease all activities which classify them as “Expatriate Corporations”.

The move by the state of Illinois is not going down well with the Caribbean Association of Banks Inc (CAB).

In a statement on Thursday, CAB said that while fully supports Illinois’ efforts to combat tax evasion, it considers the labelling of Caribbean countries as “Foreign Tax Havens” prejudicial.

CAB pointed out the following:

  1. According to the latest update of the IRS’ Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) listing, twelve (12) Caribbean countries have Inter-Governmental Agreements in-force with the U.S.; five (5) countries have signed the agreement and one (1) has agreed in substance. Our Governments and Financial Institutions have incurred great cost to make all relevant tax information readily available to U.S. authorities.
    2. Seven (7) Caribbean territories have committed to the OECD’s Common Reporting Standards (CRS) in 2017 and nine (9) are committed to begin reporting in 2018. CRS will legally require Caribbean jurisdictions to exchange relevant tax information with tax authorities of the originating country.
    3. Thirteen (13) Caribbean territories have been labelled largely compliant with the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
    4. All Caribbean countries are identified as having no strategic AML/CFT deficiencies by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

CAB also said in fulfilling its mandate, it “works closely with its members as well as regional and international stakeholders, to ensure compliance and training are fully operable at international standards.”

“The effects of this ‘black listing’ cannot be understated as the reputational damage of such an action may have catastrophic consequences for the Region’s financial services sector as well as the functioning of its economies,” the organization said. “It may also serve to exacerbate the perception of our Region as a high risk area and consequently negatively impact the Risk Rating Profile of regional financial institutions by correspondent banks.”

CAB stated that the US is the Caribbean’s largest trading partner facilitating in excess of US$20bn in trade for 2016 of which US$11.7bn comprised of exports to the Region.

“The U.S. is also the largest source of tourism for the Region, accounting for twenty eight (28) percent of regional GDP, or in excess of US$45bn . This Bill threatens to unhinge the financial linkages between the U.S. and the Caribbean by unnecessarily increasing the risk perception of the region as well as deterring foreign direct investment. This no doubt can cripple the very livelihoods of the Caribbean people,” CAB said in a statement.

The organization said it has written to key members of congress and Representatives from the State House of Illinois advising them of the disastrous consequences of the Bill and urging the removal of the Caribbean countries listed as foreign tax havens.

This has been a source of serious concern for many who have had to challenge for reversal the characterisations and listings that continue to be thrown at Caribbean countries. Just last week, President of the Barbados International Business Association Gregory McConnie complained that there was a worrying perception of Barbados as a tax haven, which was hampering the island’s status as a jurisdiction in which to do business.

Barbados’ Minister of International Business Donville Inniss, told Barbados TODAY he would submit a formal notice of objection to the authorities in the Midwestern state, who he said had acted out of a “genuine abundance of ignorance”.

Only late last year, Inniss had angrily dismissed as “wicked”, “mischievous” and “grossly misleading”, the categorization of Barbados by the UK-based aid and development charity Oxfam as one of the world’s 15 worst tax havens.

In a presentation as far back as July 2015 Commissioner Dulcie James of the FSC told the audience that Montserrat was largely compliant with international standards. More has been done since.

At the same time the matter of potential blacklisting by the European Union (EU) surfaced and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders gathering at an annual summit where they discussed recurrent issues ranging from the impact of the ongoing global economic crisis to climate change dominating the three-day event, the EU blacklisting matter featured.

The EU ambassador in Barbados, Mikael Barfod had told the Caribbean countries that the decision to release the list of international tax havens should not be regarded as an attempt to blacklist any country.

He said “the criteria may not be blacklisting, in a traditional sense, as it is very often perceived.

“It could even show what a specific EU member state believes are low tax rates or a harmful tax regime…that is something that these countries need to find out,” he added.

ntigua, Dominica, BVI, St. Kitts-Nevis have all had similar complaints. Now it is more than painful for Montserrat who has been out in the cold and just considering to re-enter as it prepared to upgrade its own International Business Companies (IBC) legislation.

The CAB is a community of banks and other financial institutions in the Caribbean Region, which proactively influences issues impacting the financial services sector through advocacy, education and networking. The CAB represents fifty-two (52) banks and financial institutions in the Caribbean with an asset base in excess of US$40 billion as at Dec 31, 2016, in addition to eighteen (18) Service members comprising regional and international technological and professional institutions and three (3) Honorary Members.

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US cloud provider explores taking service to Trinidad

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(Fibre optic cable due for so long – would Montserrat be able to contend for this…?)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr, 19, CMC – The number one cloud provider in the world, Amazon Web Services (AWS), that is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, has expressed an interest in taking its services to the twin island republic.

This was disclosed during a recent meeting between Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie , representatives from AWS and Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

imagesThe meeting was held to present the benefits Government stands to gain from using Amazon’s public cloud services.
“Their visit here is very timely because the Government is in the process of developing a cloud policy. The Government is also going to the market for a solution for data processing and the evolution of the Gov Net platform,” said Cuffie in a release issued following the meeting at his ministry .
According to Cuffie, with AWS having only one data centre located in the Latin America/Caribbean region, among its 16 locations, the company could consider Trinidad and Tobago as an ideal location to expand its services to the region.

The AWS team that was on a three-day visit also expressed interest in providing cloud services to various educational institutions and the establishment of reseller and partner relationships with businesses and service providers in the country.

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MPs vote to approve Theresa May’s plans for snap general election

 

The United Kingdom will now go to the polls to elect a new government on June 8

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Theresa May has won the backing of Parliament for her plan to hold a snap general election on June 8.

The vote was required by law, but her motion to hold the election was carried with broad support from across the House of Commons.

Both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and top Liberal Democrat Tim Farron backed the move, while Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP abstained.

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MPs backed the motion by 522 votes to 13. This comfortably gives the PM her two-thirds majority, which is required to call an election under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

Opening the Commons debate on the election motion the Prime Minister told MPs it was time to “put our fate in the hands of the people and let the people decide” and that her party would provide “strong and stable leadership in the national interest”.

But Mr Corbyn said the Prime Minister’s U-turn showed she could not be trusted to run the country.

“The Prime Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is most people are worse off then they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago. The election gives the British people the chance to change direction,” he said.

“This election is about her Government’s failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority.”

The few MPs who voted against a general election were mostly Labour rebels, including Clive Lewis, Liz McInnes, and Dennis Skinner. Two former SNP independents, Natalie McGarry and Michelle Thompson also voted against, as did SDLP MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell.

Aside from the main parties, those who voted in favour also included the eight Democratic Unionist Party MPs, three Plaid Cymru, two Ulster Unionist Party, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas and independent former Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale.

The Prime Minister told the Commons: “We are determined to bring stability to the United Kingdom for the long term and that’s what this election will be about – leadership and stability.

“The decision facing the country will be clear. I will be campaigning for strong and stable leadership in the national interest with me as Prime Minister and I will be asking for the public’s support to continue to deliver my plan for a stronger Britain, to lead the country for the next five years and to give the certainty and stability that we need.”

MPs appeared to take great pleasure in interrupting the Prime Minister during the debate. One Labour member, Paul Farrelly, intervented to ask Ms May to “explain why she has such a loose and complicated relationship with telling the truth”. He was slapped down by the Speaker John Bercow and asked to “reformulate” his question, after which he accused the PM of having “such a complicated and loose relationship with giving the country a clear indication of her intentions”.

Ms May said she had given a clear indication of her intentions “yesterday”.

Some MPs raised the question of the CPS and police investigation into Conservative election expenses. The SNP’s Stewart Malcolm McDonald said the PM had “some brass neck to call a general election when you are facing allegations of buying the last one”. Ms May replied that the question was “not worthy of the honourable gentleman”.

 

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Theresa May asks MPs to back snap election

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12:49, UK, Tuesday 18 April 2017

 

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story POLITICS May. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

 
Video: Theresa May moves to hold 8 June election
 By Nick Lester, News Producer

Theresa May is seeking to hold a General Election on 8 June arguing it is the only way to secure stability ahead of Brexit.

The shock move follows speculation the Prime Minister would call a poll to shore up her parliamentary position as Britain leaves the EU and given Labour’s dire position in the polls.

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Mrs May informed the Queen of her decision by phone on Monday, according to Downing Street.

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, introduced under the last coalition government, the next election was not due until 2020.

However, a poll can be called before then if backed by two thirds of MPs or if there is a no confidence vote in the Government.

The PM is to table a motion in the House of Commons on Wednesday and has called on MPs to back an election.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he welcomes the poll move, but many of his MPs are likely to have private reservations, given the party’s poor performance.

Making the dramatic announcement, following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mrs May said she had come to the decision “reluctantly”, but argued other political parties opposed Brexit.

Speaking in Downing Street she said: “At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity in Westminster, but instead there is division.

“In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reached with the European Union.

 
 
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“The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.

“The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formerly repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.”

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She added: “They underestimate our determination to get the job done And I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country.

“Because what they are doing jeopardises the work we must do to prepare for Brexit at home.

“And it weakens the Government’s negotiating position in Europe.

“If we do not hold a General Election now, their political gameplaying will continue.

“And the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election.

“So we need a general election and we need it now.”

 
 
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In a stark message to political opponents, Mrs May said: “You have criticised the Government’s vision for Brexit, you have challenged our objectives, you have threatened to block the legislation we put before Parliament.

“This is your moment to show you mean it, to show you are not opposing the Government for the sake of it, to show that you do not treat politics as a game.

“So tomorrow vote for an election, let us put forward our plans for Brexit and our alternative programmes for government and then let the people decide.”

The PM said the decision facing the country would be about leadership.

She said: “It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your Prime Minister, or weak and unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats, who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum, and Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.”

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Woman killed in Nevis shooting incident – another injured

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Apr. 17, CMC– A woman was killed and another injured early Monday in a shooting incident in the community of Cotton Ground.

shot up car in nevisA police source who confirmed the incident said the women were reportedly heading home from a bingo game, shortly before 4:00 am (local time) when the car they were in was attacked.

They were taken to the Alexandra Hospital where one of the women- Morella Webbe, 28, died from her injures. The other woman, Sonia Grant, 34, was admitted.

As investigations continue, it is not known how many persons were involved in what is believed to be an attempted robbery.

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Map of earthquake location Apr 16 17

Leeward Islands jolted by strong tremor

By Staff Reporter

Map shows Montserrat off left between Antigua and Guadeloupe

Olveston, Montserrat: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked the Leeward Islands to include Montserrat, Antigua and St. Kitts Nevis early Monday, but there are no early reports of injuries or damage.

One person out of Antigua reportedly though they felt another tremor later in the morning.

The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit  (SRU) says the tremor was recorded at 1:23 am (local time) at a Latitude of 17.48 N, Longitude of 61.20 W at depth of 10 km., confirmed by information coming from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.

DATE AND TIME:
2017-04-17 01:23 am (Local Time)
2017-04-17 05:23 (UTC)

MAGNITUDE: 5.8
LOCATION:
Latitude: 17.48N
Longitude: 61.20W
Depth: 10 km

The centre  of the quake was located 83 km NE of St. John’s, Antigua; 141 Km NNE of Point-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 171 km East of Basseterre, with Montserrat located west in the middle of these two islands. Many people have reported feeling this tremor around the reported time.

The UWI, SRC – Automatic Earthquake Location, naming NEARBY CITIES:
83 km NE of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
141 km NNE of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
171 km E of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Further details will be reported later, but meanwhile the MVO through their website is asking: if you felt this earthquake, please tell us at: (http://uwiseismic.com/EarthquakeFeedback.aspx

With a disclaimer: “this event has NOT been reviewed by an analyst. It was automatically located by a seismological computational system, therefore, it is a PRELIMINARY result and this may vary when new additional data are processed.”

 

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US Department of Transportation penalizes Dynamic International Airways

NORTH CAROLINA, Apr. 15, CMC – The United States Department of Transportation (DOT), has ordered Dynamic International Airways to pay penalties of US$120,000 following an incident last year in which several passengers were stranded here and New York .

The DOT says the airline cancelled several flights and failed to notify passengers in a timely manner and refund them.

dynamic airlinesDemerara Waves Online reports that Dynamic has provided several reasons for each of those problems that plagued passengers during September, October and November, 2016.

“Failure to comply with this cease and desist provision may subject Dynamic International Airways, LLC and its successors and assignees to further enforcement action,” said the DOT in a warning to the airline on Friday.

While the destinations were not named by the DOT, the authority said the complaints received were from passengers who used the airline to and from destinations outside the US.

Earlier this year, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) summoned Dynamic Airways to discuss the adverse impact the cancellations had on passengers.

Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings at DOT, Blane A. Workie warned DOT said a probe was triggered after its Department’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division received a  “significant increase” in the  number of complaints. “In many instances, Dynamic failed to provide refunds in a timely manner to passengers affected by cancelled flights, as required….  In numerous cases, consumers had to wait for months to receive a refund.

The US agency said those violations prohibit unfair and deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition and also violate a cease and desist provision of an order issued on March 3, 2016.

Dynamic Airways, according to order, has since put systems in place to adequately notify passengers of flight cancellations.  “To address the cancellation notices issue, Dynamic advises that it now requires travel agents that book passengers on Dynamic flights to provide Dynamic with passenger’s contact information. Dynamic states that it also revised its procedures to provide for timely issuance of cancellation notices to travel agents in the first instance following a flight cancellation,” the carrier was reported to have told the proceedings.

Dynamic International Airways is a charter airline that operates out of Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States and offers service from New York to the Caribbean and South America.

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High Court awards man TT$70,000 for unlawful detention

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 14, CMC – A High Court judge has awarded TT$70,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) to a man detained by police during the 2011 state of emergency (SOE) on suspicion that he was involved in a plot to assassinate then prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and three senior members of her cabinet.

In addition, Justice Vasheist Kokaram said the case “as presented, demonstrates through an action of false imprisonment the balance between individual and collective rights in times where there is a threat to our public safety under a declared state of emergency”.

TT CourtsAnton ‘Boombay’ Boney had challenged his detention that he was among a group of people who were planning to murder Persad-Bissessar, her then attorney general Anand Ramlogan, housing and environment Minister Roodal Moonilal and local government minister Chandresh Sharma.

Boney’s lawyers had argued that the police damaged their client’s reputation by the allegations made against him. Attorneys Lee Merry and Kelston Pope said that the police never justified the arrest and detention of their client despite advancing a defence that it was legally done under the Emergency Powers Regulations.

Boney was detained during the period November 29, 2011, to December 5, 2011. And released at the end of the SOE without any charge being laid against him.
In his ruling on Thu4rsday, the judge warned against the arbitrary detention of people even during a declared state of emergency.

“Freedom from arbitrary detention is a proud legacy of our shared values and equally threats to public safety lie not only in attacks against citizens’ security and well-being by criminal acts but, also acts of the State which irrationally deprives its citizens of their cherished private rights and individual freedoms,” Justice Kokaram said.

He said that while Corporal Charles Budri, the police officer, who arrested Boney, did have an honest belief in the suspicion that Boney was involved in criminal activity, there was no proper explanation for his detention beyond the first 24 hours.

“In the aftermath of many acts of terror, which have threatened public safety, democratic societies legitimately react to protect its citizens and their values of human security and their right to peace,” the judge said.

But he emphasised that “mere suspicion” to justify an arrest was “no licence to continue to detain” an individual without justification.

Justice Kokaram said while there was an honestly held suspicion of Boney’s involvement in gun related violence, which may have destabilised the country, he was not satisfied that the five-day detention was necessary for the police to continue their enquiries into his involvement in the alleged plot.

During the trial retired deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Mervyn Richardson defended Boney’s arrest and detention, saying the police had cogent, compelling intelligence that something bad was to happen.

“We had to act,” Richardson said.

But the judge dismissed his evidence of the need to conduct interviews and make further enquiries into Boney’s alleged involvement in the plot as “unhelpful and very thin.

“There is no question in this case of the legitimacy of the purpose of the Emergency Powers Regulations legislation under which the power of arrest is being exercised.

“…similarly, in this case, it cannot be overlooked that this is a nation that has endured the reverberating pangs of criminal activity from the 1970 insurrection to the 1990 attempted coup to an increasing crime rate for a small nation which resulted in the Government’s decision to declare the State of Emergency,” Justice Kokaram said.

Boney was one of some 17 people, including a police sergeant, who were arrested in connection with an alleged threat to assassinate Persad-Bissessar and three members of Cabinet as well as create public disorder and panic.

According to the detenion order, the assassinations were due to have taken place on November 24, 2011.

In late 2011, Persad Bissessar told the nation that she was not surprised that the authorities had uncovered the plot to assassinate her and members of her cabinet since the introduction of the SOE had forced the criminal elements to seek reprisals.

“…I did anticipate their extreme displeasure,” she said, noting that nearly 7, 300 people had been detained with 463 arrested on gang related activities under the SOE.

“ I am advised by the  law enforcement authorities that they have, through their intelligence resources uncovered an assassination plot against members of my  government and myself,” she said then.

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Police hunt for Jamaican man involved in robbery

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr. 18, CMC – The police in Antigua and Barbuda, are on the hunt for a Jamaican man who was reportedly involved in a recent robbery at a travel agency earlier this month.

crimeThe man – Anthony Kenroy Hamilton, 22, reportedly went Innovative Travel & Tours, on April 7, armed with a gun.

The police say he bound and gagged the female owner, before robbing her of an undisclosed sum of money and her purse.

According to the police, witness pursued the man before reporting the robbery to a police officer who gave chase, but eventually lost sight of the suspect.

The police say Hamilton is considered armed and dangerous and have urged to him to surrender at any police station immediately.

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