Melford Nicholas

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Melford Nicholas said : “I don’t think that meeting has taken place yet, [but will] likely come closer to the end of the month, if not next week,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:05:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have certainly received some feedback and we think it's in order that no one should feel disenfranchised or disadvantaged. Accordingly, [this] incentive will be made available to all persons who have been vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “They seem to have responded well to the initiative in terms of coming forward for their vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have certainly received some feedback and we think it’s in order that no one should feel disenfranchised or disadvantaged. Accordingly, [this] incentive will be made available to all persons who have been vaccinated,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We want to be clear on that; there is nothing wrong with our due diligence process. It is very rigorous, it is multi-layered and so that is not an issue,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So, it is not really a fair assessment to say that the Ministry of Health, through the Chief Health Inspector, was doing anything untoward. This was discussed and agreed to by the parties at that time,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 11:25:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It’s a whole question of, if you want to avoid the longer version of the quarantine, you submit to another test and then you can be out in 48 hours” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I would imagine that the threat of Covid is still with us and so when we get towards the end of June, we may likely, during the course of one of these sessions in Parliament in June, make a determination to extend the state of emergency for another 90 days. It’s more than likely,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So, the whole question of how we deal with that particular environment – what technologies we’d use to be able to track and detect [both] inward and outward movement is a matter for law enforcement and for our Coast Guard team” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:18:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is a position that we’ll have to verify, but that was the last information that we had,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “If [the requests] have been made, it would be an opportunity for them to nudge the Minister again, for the representation to be made at the appropriate level,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:54:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The effect of it is that, in so far as tour guides and tour operators who would certainly contract with these taxi associations, those rates will be subject to those bilateral negotiations. [However], for the normal person who would be requiring a taxi to [transport] them from the airport, if two persons [were] to get into a taxi, then those applicable rates will take place,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, May 14, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas confirmed : “The Minister of Tourism would have indicated that towards the end of June, he would expect to see a return – on a limited basis though – of the cruise sector. The cruise sector has already indicated that they are only going to be bringing passengers to these shores who have completed a full dosage of vaccines,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “Some have indicated a preference for it as and when it becomes available for use,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas indicated : “The government’s position remains the same; if there are persons who, for whatever reason, would not want to go the vaccination route, we have already received representation from the Ministry of Education that a regime of testing, of frequent testing, will be required at least twice per month” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 11:49:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I think we are in the realm of having to deal with the general public. You would recall at first that we were looking at the vulnerable within our society and the frontline workers, but we are at the level now where the rest of the general population can look forward to a general application of these vaccines and so I think, it will cover everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have had offers from both the Chinese and Russian governments for access to their vaccines but of course, the local council must give that approval first,” “Everything starts with the approval that must come from the council of professionals that are looking at [vaccines]. They are the ones that will give the first indication and, provided that they approve the vaccines for inclusion in the mix, then the next option would be for the government to move towards procuring” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So, the approval that we are waiting on to look on the consideration of other vaccines that may become available, such as the Chinese Sinopharm and Russian Sputnik, and if those become available and are ready for purchase or even as a gift from another friendly government then, clearly, we will have additional options to reach herd immunity,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Should there be a further delay and it gets closer to the interval of 20,000 we may have to halt to ensure that we can satisfy the second dose,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We will make arrangements to avail ourselves of those as well, so it will give further options for us. The idea is that we want to make it available to every single person who is desirous of being vaccinated,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We would have already approved the procurement and purchase of our own oxygen-generating equipment to complement and augment what they’re [health officials] doing,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We would have provided additional risk allowances to personnel given that they are putting themselves and their families at risk but the directors at the hospital and others have indicated that they are faced with the problem of significant levels of sick leave and that presents some particular challenges,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Now, to be able to get to that position, we have to have a starting point. If in the initial case we are fortunate to get the 20,000 vials, then what we’re looking at is treating those frontline workers – to include now, our teachers as well – and other critical personnel who have to be at the forefront of this risk” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We considered it, but we did not increase the fines [because] we believe that there [are] sufficient negative reasons why people would not want to pay any fines for that matter, given the financial circumstances that most individuals and families find themselves in,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 12:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The regular church services will be expected to continue as they are being monitored and managed effectively by members of the clergy in conjunction with the Ministry of Health,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “There is a balance that we have to strike between safety and the economic benefit that we want to have. If that test becomes more readily available, we may consider reducing that number. But, for now we will maintain the 7-day PCR test as well as quarantining people who are returning and will in turn interact with the public,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 25, 2021 12:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We feel that it is our moral obligation to find some degree of restitution for those employees – and the government of Antigua and Barbuda is proposing a number of benefits that could be offered to the severed workers that could be matched by other member states within the Caribbean,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 12:04:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We would have discussed a return to a modality where we wanted to give the bus operators some type of concession because we will asking them to place restrictions on the number of people they could carry, and we are certainly going to have to provide some concessions,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “What we are doing is making the preparations. The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association did give us an indication that they are working to that timeline and, accordingly, we also have to make preparations for particular timelines in terms of the infrastructure that we want to be in place,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We think we have identified a facility that can support that regime,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Clearly if they are not available immediately through COVAX, the government will examine other modalities to be able to get that panel of vaccines available to our population – so we can be assured of that,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So our focus is on that particular initiative, and at the end of March we would expect the cruise ships to return,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “Jolly Beach is in a state of flux, it is in receivership and so it’s a question of working with the receivers to ensure that we can put a management team in place to manage the health services that we want to do at that facility,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 12:29:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Now, having persons remain in quarantine with three meals per day has proven to be quite costly and it has ticked up beyond two million dollars so far. The government sees, however, that we have to revert to a degree of centralising the quarantine management, because of the abuse of that process and the breach of trust,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a policy change and it has to do with the overall cost on the government, which is significant. What we want to advise our residents abroad if they’re returning home for vacation or family events, they should make the necessary provisions to ensure that they can afford a stay in the quarantine facility,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We have not had any adverse feedback since we put that regime in place. Obviously Wednesday was the first opportunity to test those protocols, as to whether or not there had been any upheavals in relation to those restrictions,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This type of outsourcing is going to limit the opportunity for gainful, meaningful employment opportunities in the sector and it will go in the wrong direction. What the Cabinet is concerned about, is the parameters that are being put in place to put a shell company in the middle with no assets,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “If businesses are able to separate their liability to the workers and are allowed to continue to operate with a wall between the workers and the firm, it means that we would be sitting idly by allowing this to take place,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So, it is not our loss and it is not an investment that is going to prove dysfunctional after we have overcome the challenges associated with Covid. We will have an infectious diseases centre that will be available to not only manage Covid, but any future infectious diseases that come our way,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “So, in as much as the investment is made and it will satisfy the short-term requirement of helping us through Covid, we will be better equipped [in] the period beyond Covid to deal with any future threats, the likes of Covid,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are seeking the tolerance of the public to understand that our overriding concern – while we do accept and embrace the need for increased commercial activity – is the safety of the population,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “One of the measures we are going to put in place is the establishment of a command centre for the Ministry of Health, where not only will we have people monitoring the use of these bracelets, we will also have emergency personnel on standby,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have had a number of concerns raised by banks and other vendors who had become aware that persons who had travelled home from abroad have, the very next day, gone to do commerce. This was presenting a risk to society,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas admitted : “This has been a thorny issue,” “And I think Cabinet has settled on a compromise where both nationals and visitors alike can enjoy limited access to the beach on the public holidays. We deliberated for a very long time but saw good sense in allowing that … for VC Bird Day and all of the public holidays going forward” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The Prime Minister did not indicate that,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The Prime Minister did notify the Cabinet … that he had been informed by the ‘high command’ that Minister Browne was arrested and charged … and so accordingly he would have been in a position to advise the Governor General to bestow the portfolio for education, science and technology upon Minister Daryll Matthew,” “The Prime Minister did further assert that the minister has maintained his innocence and requires the support of his colleagues to ensure that he is able to address this matter via the legal channels to absolve himself of this particular situation” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I don’t think we’re going to be in a position to raise funds from any bilateral or any supporting agencies. This is going to be on us,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Central Board ) : “Cabinet, under the state of emergency that we have, has the authority to put in place those mechanisms. As soon as the chairperson of the Central Board of Health signs those regulations they become law and will be circulated in the manner we have done normally,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So even without the enforcement or implementation of these regulations many businesses have had warning signs and indicated to patrons that they will not be served if they are not wearing masks but there are still some businesses who fall outside of this,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “What we’ll have to do is to top up those resources, so I think the response will start almost immediately after [today’s] meeting and it will be a continuing programme until we reach as many persons as possible, if not everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We are in it with you and each of the representatives are going to be doubling up their efforts to meet, engage, support and assist persons who are most desperately in need of that support,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Given the damage that has taken place with respect to certain household furnishing, we would expect that there is going to be a lot of debris, a lot of solid waste material that would have to be collected in the communities so the National Solid Waste has been mobilised to be able to provide the necessary resources – be it the heavy duty equipment and or trucks – to be deployed in each of the communities to assist the cleanup exercises that must take place now over the next coming days,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a total societal response. The government will do more where necessary and we want to ensure that we are directing the resources to the persons who are desperately in need of it,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Even when you look in St John’s, in the open drain system that has been there for decades, those too would have been overwhelmed because of the increased volume of water. When you look at a market street, for example coming down from All Saints Road, I would have seen a video where the entire street was converted into a drain,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It may be a complement and so it gives consumers the option if they are needing to send money to their children, they can utilise those methodologies as much as they can utilise the wire transfer services in the banks at the moment,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The areas that they are specifically going to be looking at from the FSCRC standpoint is to ensure that all of the ‘know your customer’ requirements, all of the regular prescriptions that will be required in the physical fiat world to also apply such that there is going to be no reputational damage for persons who would be engaging in illicit activity utilising this as a medium to escape law enforcement,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Now this falls out of the framework of the Caricom travel bubble so it is from this standpoint that the government is expressing some concern and I am certain that this matter will wend its way back before the heads of government for further consideration,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We are at a disadvantage in terms of that Telecommunications Bill still being held for consideration in the parliament, but I am hopeful and anticipating a situation where in the not too distant future we will conclude these discussions and for whatever future developments we may have in this particular space, we will have a fund allocated to be able to make these requirements,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas confirmed : “Those specifications were set and the undertaking that the government made that in the first instance they would precure 5,000 of these units, the cost is not insignificant and we have had a number of benefactors who have come forward and have indicated their willingness to underwrite the cost for the provision of these,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “They have indicated as well that, beyond the first flight, that the regular schedule of operations, even though it’s on a reduced schedule will commence on the 8th of November,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The feedback that many parliamentary representatives have had from persons is that the conditions placed upon them at the EDF level has become very onerous,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “No doubt this has spread across a number of government departments because we are a small society,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So I think it argues well for LIAT that the travel bubble will be in place and that people will be able to move with a degree of freedom within the region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “As the requirement with regards to the ground, various Caribbean states have begun to put stipulations and so we had to do our own deliberation. I think the Cabinet would have considered it and we would have, under the guidance of the minister of health and he, too, was guided by PAHO and CARPHA guidelines. We have settled on the necessity for the PCR test as a prerequisite in the travel bubble, but beyond that there will be no requirement for those persons provided that they would have been residents in the country of origin for no less than 14 days prior to the travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “They had considered Antigua to be a high-risk country and had indicated that persons who are returning to the United States via New York would be required to undergo 14-day quarantine. Obviously, that had an effect on the persons who were booking vacations to Antigua. We responded straight away, both of our ambassador and the CMO to the ambassador to Washington. He has assured us that the regulations only affected non-American citizens. We are still waiting to see the confirmation of that from the CDC,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So I think it argues well for LIAT that the travel bubble will be in place and that people will be able to move with a degree of freedom within the region,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 9, 2020 7:02:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “It was determined that the governorship in New York was relying on the outlook from the CDC, which in itself seemed to have had some lagging information in respect of Antigua. So the engagement that is taking place now between all those agencies of the government – including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and our ambassador in Washington – are focused on getting the CDC to present the most current information,” “Antigua would qualify, where we are right now, in respect of being within that bubble of consideration, in that our level of infection is below 10 per 100,000,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “To the extent that the alarm that was caused by the cancellations, I think the hoteliers can now be assured that it does not impair the business that we have been able to generate for them and with them,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I believe that there was [also] a Dero family, whose passport and appointment would have reached expiration and would not have been renewed. Outside of those three, I’m not aware that there are any other persons who their circumstances would have been withdrawn,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:10:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is not a time for any elevated alarm. The individual who was diagnosed with Covid-19 has had limited contact with a number of persons on the evening shift and those persons are being treated accordingly,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “the government is protected under law” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I know the Ministry of Health and Environment has been working with the Antigua Public Utilities Authority to make sure that there will be an increased supply of renewable energy and as these measures come into being and we take more of the government’s supply off of the national grid then it will ease the burden of APUA but again, it is a multi-faceted equation that I think they will have to deal with,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 18, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “If my memory serves me correctly, they are only at 50 megabits per second. Many of the other secondary schools have one gig of capacity so we are going to ensure that Barbuda gets up to that speed, but it is limited by the amount of capacity that exists currently between both islands, and as soon as we have a turn on that, we should be able to improve the quantity or the capacity that is available in not only the public secondary schools, but the primary schools as well,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 11, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The public will be reminded that it is still a private entity. The government does have some exposure in that private entity in that there are significant funds owed to the government and some of its agencies with respect to taxes and unpaid bills. The government has an interest but, in as far as the government is concerned where the proceeds of the sale will go, we are lower down the totem pole than the shareholders in the current entity,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Until they are prepared to accept their subordinate role in the governance of Barbuda, we are not going to get very far. But, as I have said, even in Parliament, the tone of the dialogue needs to change and there needs to be a commitment to change that,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 4, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “There seems to be a gap in the way we manage them from a monitoring standpoint and going forward the Cabinet has asked the minister responsible for the environment that there is a full-time person allocated to the monitoring and management of the project in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 4, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The Cabinet did note the concerns raised by the Department of the Environment and now the Development Control Authority has been given the issue to consider. The Cabinet obviously made some further observations with what seems to be a pattern with these larger development projects. There seems to be a gap in the way we manage them from a monitoring standpoint and going forward the Cabinet has asked the minister responsible for the environment that there is a full-time person allocated to the monitoring and management of the project in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The COVAX facility is something that has been put together by the WHO to which Antigua, through PAHO, is a subscribing member. The Ministry has submitted to the Ministry of Legal Affairs an agreement which is to be signed by August 31,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The entire obligation for the construction and development of the runway falls to the government,” “However, PLH’s development is dependent on the airport facilities being completed. In effect, the government has been able to get the developers to advance certain funds in the form of a loan in which the government will liquidate those loans based on revenues that are due to it” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are in discussions with the former prime minister through the office of the Attorney-General, and once we have concluded those, the official nomination will be made for consideration, and hopefully it could be as soon as this year’s Independence celebrations,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “The ministers present not only took the opportunity to tour the hospital facilities, but also to tour an important development taking place in Barbuda and that is in respect to the PLH project … We have seen evidence of gainful employment taking place in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a sensitive matter and this is a matter where a number of things will be considered. The government has no immediate intention of changing the legislation. The option on the books at the moment certainly gives the flexibility to the judge and the practice would indicate where we are with hangings,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Reciprocity is hoping that this is something that we are hoping will be obtained. Each country is going to make their decision in terms of how they see the risks and how they would want to deal with it,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “It’s going to be subject to negotiations. The Cabinet would have given the Transport Board and the minister responsible for the Transport Board some guidelines but I think as soon as those negotiations are completed both events will take place simultaneously in that we will have to come back and gazette the position with respect to the distancing that we would require in the types of buses and as well to give the public an indication as to the subsidy the bus operators will be able to avail themselves of,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “While teachers will be called on to commence the term one week earlier, on August 31, 2020, the classroom lectures will be both face-to-face and by virtual means, at several densely populated schools,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “CXC have come back and asked that the type of laptops utilised must be programmed in a way to ensure that while students are conducting exams, they cannot access particular sites,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “These are unusual times for persons who have put their properties for rent who have ongoing costs to maintaining these properties. They even have mortgage payments to make, so there must some consideration and thought given to their circumstances,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 25, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The government is of the view now that we can redeploy some of the test units to be able to accommodate a number of other options. The Cabinet has taken the policy decision, working through the Ministry of Health, that there are several private laboratories that we will engage to ensure that the testing, even utilising government resources, and to the standards that the government would want, can be done through the private laboratory,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 24, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “The government would have acquired, over a period of time, in excess of 20,000 of these test units when they were originally required for [the reopening of] the airport on June 1. There had been a delay in their shipment, but we have subsequently received those units,” “The government is of the view now that we can redeploy some of those test units to be able to accommodate a number of other options” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 24, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Should there be a sequence of events that should cause the risk to rise again … we may be forced to have another shutdown…but the government must have the option to be able to revert to that particular position,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas remarked : “This whole application system is going to automate and give the Ministry of Health more time to focus on the health of persons coming into the jurisdiction,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We did not think it was necessary for LIAT to go this particular route and accordingly the events unfolding are what is meted out to us. The funds are available, they are still held in escrow and they will form part of the plan to restructure LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We did discuss that today and it is unlikely we will put any restriction on the flight coming from Miami,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas expressed : “When we look at our neighbour, Haiti, where they are claiming now that there is one person being affected with Covid every seven minutes, then that is a different consideration. As well as the Dominican Republic, where they have had more than 1,000 persons being affected. That creates a different type of challenge and I think that is what would occupy and exercise the minds of state governments now, rather than the taxes that [are] affecting intra-regional travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The government has indicated that there is a risk that we have to take. We are obliged to take that calculated risk to reopen our economy, and certainly the mainstay of the economy has been tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “In the case where families are traversing or going to the beach or being in a vehicle, that number is not limited provided they live in the same household,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “While we have signalled an intent to relax those regulations, we will still want to have discussions with the church groups in terms of how best to resume and maintain those safety standards. There is an intention to relax but we still must have those conversations,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are also in receipt of a number of self-defined regulations from a number of beauty salons in particular and those have been submitted to the Minister of Health for consideration. Over the next coming days all relevant parties will be engaged and coming out of that will be new protocols by which they will operate,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas cited : “The level of intimacy that is required in the provision of these services still gives the Ministry of Health some pause and some concern” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “degree of economic activity to keep us sustained” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas warned : “As of 6pm we expect the streets to be cleared and all other activities to cease. People are expected to retreat to their homes and stay there until the next business day starts at 6am,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We are not yet complete in terms of sourcing ventilators,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is ultimate abundance of caution that we are asking persons to be able to respect the fact that we need to limit the amount of persons gathered in any one place,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I have to say that, over the last two months, we have [also] seen the benefit of our students in the secondary and primary school, getting involved in agricultural production in a manner that is very encouraging,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We want to appeal to persons who have significant tracts of land, even at the back of their yards, to get involved in food production. I believe the Ministry of Agriculture will be issuing seedlings and so on to persons, because we have to be able to have a degree of food security, at least better than we currently have,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “As more and more of these desalination plants come on stream later this year, the government is making a concerted effort to ensure that there is a subsidised supply of water for farmers because we must increase farm production,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 9, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “As [NODS] undertook a number of these renovation and restoration projects, the expectation was that they would have gotten support from a number of donor agencies. And to an extent, upon that promise, they were able to get a number of contractors to provide credit, such that the immediate work could get done,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “But I think for the investment we are thinking that perhaps maybe a minimum 200 rooms in the dorms would be a sufficient area to start,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas concluded : “And so we would not want to be in a position where down the road our books are not yet tidied up and then somebody says well we are not under that obligation,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We’ve seen a lot of senseless waivers. [with regards to property tax] . Persons who are putting buildings up for commercial purposes and are merely collecting rent have been given concessions on property taxes… those are going to be discontinued,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 10, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We’ve seen a lot of senseless waivers [with regards to property tax]. Persons who are putting buildings up for commercial purposes and are merely collecting rent have been given concessions on property taxes… those are going to be discontinued,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 10, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There environment is a different biosphere from ours,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Possibly what may be more appropriate at this time of bereavement, and until the funeral takes place… It may just be a matter of good form not to have to deal with the issue of a replacement,” “But, I’m sure it’s something the Minister of Culture will deal with” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “It is a very profitable route,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas disclosed ( about Junior Minister ) : “I would have discussed with the Junior Minister of Finance, Minister [Lennox] Weston, yesterday,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “There will be the need for re-engineering,” “It will not be any different from what would have taken place in the OECS last year. There will be third party service providers to be able to facilitate the responsible changing of the numbers from one operator to the next” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : ”I take strong objection to what Mr Maharaj said … that man has no integrity in this matter. As far as I’m concerned, he has only an academic interest. “He made a broad statement against me, whom he has never met. He has accused me of being inherently corrupt because I became a politician,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is to ensure that all of the strain does not remain on the backs of the government in the resolution of the ABI Bank and one of the principals is in contact with the Ministry of Finance to satisfy those things,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Whether or not we can bring an end to that insidious process, whether or not – within the context of this alien citizens land owning act – there was an opportunity for this type of mischief,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The government, in the resolution of the ABI Bank, (has) had to raise funds to be able to deal with the resolution of the bank. For that, we had to put up a bond – and we are servicing that bond at the moment,” “It transpires that much of the funding of several projects within the ABI banking operation have resulted in some residual assets that are lying around, including some lands and some other commercial properties” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The fact remains that if the government is to be responsible for servicing the bond, then clearly, the government should have access to those assets, to be able to compensate it for stepping into the breach. It would not be appropriate that the government should carry the losses and the directors themselves, who were in various types of breaches, should still walk away with the material wealth,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “As much as we will be having a lot of this interest, I don’t think the international protocol exists for these products to be exported into another market,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There was the observation made, and certainly to the directors, that there is certainly a dearth of persons who operate at the senior management level in the financial sector, and the cabinet frowned at the lack of succession planning, and almost religiously now, the top management personnel within the banking sector are drawn extra-regionally or from outside of Antigua, and that is an unsatisfactory position,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I believe that the entity that they have brought forward it’s a different form of pari-mutuel betting; it’s a different form of gaming, and I believe what is different with the way they proposed this is that the government stands to benefit from a wholesale share of the business in the sense that off the top, a significant percentage of the earnings of the company the government will earn on the gross rather than on the net. It is not so in the case of some of the other gaming systems to include the lottery where the government earns a meager contribution on the net and so this is attractive to the government,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, September 1, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I believe that the entity that they have brought forward it’s a different form of pari-mutuel betting; it’s a different form of gaming, and I believe what is different with the way they proposed this is that the government stands to benefit from a wholesale share of the business in the sense that off the top, a significant percentage of the earnings of the company the government will earn on the gross rather than on the net. It is not so in the case of some of the other gaming systems to include the lottery where the government earns a meager contribution on the net and so this is attractive to the government,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Mr Trump ) : “It is what it is. We cannot boost the intent of Mr Trump and what he intends to do. But so far as Antigua and Barbuda is concerned, wherever we have to be engaged with international powers in any hemisphere or in any inter-agency, we take positions based on principles,” “We do not consider ourselves hostile to any country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The poise of the government is to deal with these things from a principled position” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 22, 2019 6:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It was their concern over the Global Port arrangement, and they are perhaps, maybe their perceptions that it would be disruptive to their business and I think when we have the discussions, we would be able to allay the fears,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We felt it necessary to engage them despite the hostilities we have continued to [encounter]. We see them as an important player. Their total brand and all of the ships that are under their control would contribute a significant portion to the existing passengers that come to Antigua. We do not consider them as being insignificant in the business,” “Accordingly, based on a decision we had once again at Cabinet with the senior officials, we have both agreed to have a meeting” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas stated ( about Richard Lewis ) : “On the face of it, the call for the resignation of the minister is a bit politically adventurous. He [Richard Lewis] would want something to croak about,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I would say during the month of February we should be pretty close to concluding those discussions, and if we cannot agree, we won’t be afraid to break the contract,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There is no issue with the conduct or the work of Mr. Wade. It is a clear case that he has done what he is required to do and so he is going to assume his role as a senior officer in the police force,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There is now a process that is in train to really move towards a new prison facility and so clearly, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Philip will be handed that task of the build out and the transition. But we would expect a continuation of the management process that has been well established and well laid down,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We think that there is adequate transportation in the country; personal and public transportation; so I don’t think that will put anybody at any discomfort or any disadvantage,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Mr. Potter would have had a meeting with the employees on the Monday before the action took place and I know they were encouraged to do so. But the executive never sanctioned the strike that took place at ABS,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Telecommunications Act ) : “People have become wedded to a particular telephone number, it is a part of their own unique identity, be it a business or an individual. The amendment is merely to give the government and the Ministry of Telecommunications the ability to forge ahead with a particular feature that will be required to ensure that mobile number portability can take place in our domestic market,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 16, 2018 7:36:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Telecommunications Act ) : “People have become wedded to a particular telephone number, it is a part of their own unique identity, be it a business or an individual. The amendment is merely to give the government and the Ministry of Telecommunications the ability to forge ahead with a particular feature that will be required to ensure that mobile number portability can take place in our domestic market,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:16:00 PM EAT



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Melford Nicholas said : “I don’t think that meeting has taken place yet, [but will] likely come closer to the end of the month, if not next week,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, June 19, 2021 11:05:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have certainly received some feedback and we think it's in order that no one should feel disenfranchised or disadvantaged. Accordingly, [this] incentive will be made available to all persons who have been vaccinated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “They seem to have responded well to the initiative in terms of coming forward for their vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 12, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have certainly received some feedback and we think it’s in order that no one should feel disenfranchised or disadvantaged. Accordingly, [this] incentive will be made available to all persons who have been vaccinated,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We want to be clear on that; there is nothing wrong with our due diligence process. It is very rigorous, it is multi-layered and so that is not an issue,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So, it is not really a fair assessment to say that the Ministry of Health, through the Chief Health Inspector, was doing anything untoward. This was discussed and agreed to by the parties at that time,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 11:25:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It’s a whole question of, if you want to avoid the longer version of the quarantine, you submit to another test and then you can be out in 48 hours” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I would imagine that the threat of Covid is still with us and so when we get towards the end of June, we may likely, during the course of one of these sessions in Parliament in June, make a determination to extend the state of emergency for another 90 days. It’s more than likely,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So, the whole question of how we deal with that particular environment – what technologies we’d use to be able to track and detect [both] inward and outward movement is a matter for law enforcement and for our Coast Guard team” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:18:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is a position that we’ll have to verify, but that was the last information that we had,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “If [the requests] have been made, it would be an opportunity for them to nudge the Minister again, for the representation to be made at the appropriate level,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:54:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The effect of it is that, in so far as tour guides and tour operators who would certainly contract with these taxi associations, those rates will be subject to those bilateral negotiations. [However], for the normal person who would be requiring a taxi to [transport] them from the airport, if two persons [were] to get into a taxi, then those applicable rates will take place,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, May 14, 2021 11:20:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas confirmed : “The Minister of Tourism would have indicated that towards the end of June, he would expect to see a return – on a limited basis though – of the cruise sector. The cruise sector has already indicated that they are only going to be bringing passengers to these shores who have completed a full dosage of vaccines,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 11:12:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “Some have indicated a preference for it as and when it becomes available for use,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas indicated : “The government’s position remains the same; if there are persons who, for whatever reason, would not want to go the vaccination route, we have already received representation from the Ministry of Education that a regime of testing, of frequent testing, will be required at least twice per month” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 11:49:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I think we are in the realm of having to deal with the general public. You would recall at first that we were looking at the vulnerable within our society and the frontline workers, but we are at the level now where the rest of the general population can look forward to a general application of these vaccines and so I think, it will cover everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 10, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have had offers from both the Chinese and Russian governments for access to their vaccines but of course, the local council must give that approval first,” “Everything starts with the approval that must come from the council of professionals that are looking at [vaccines]. They are the ones that will give the first indication and, provided that they approve the vaccines for inclusion in the mix, then the next option would be for the government to move towards procuring” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So, the approval that we are waiting on to look on the consideration of other vaccines that may become available, such as the Chinese Sinopharm and Russian Sputnik, and if those become available and are ready for purchase or even as a gift from another friendly government then, clearly, we will have additional options to reach herd immunity,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Should there be a further delay and it gets closer to the interval of 20,000 we may have to halt to ensure that we can satisfy the second dose,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 5, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We will make arrangements to avail ourselves of those as well, so it will give further options for us. The idea is that we want to make it available to every single person who is desirous of being vaccinated,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We would have already approved the procurement and purchase of our own oxygen-generating equipment to complement and augment what they’re [health officials] doing,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We would have provided additional risk allowances to personnel given that they are putting themselves and their families at risk but the directors at the hospital and others have indicated that they are faced with the problem of significant levels of sick leave and that presents some particular challenges,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 12:16:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Now, to be able to get to that position, we have to have a starting point. If in the initial case we are fortunate to get the 20,000 vials, then what we’re looking at is treating those frontline workers – to include now, our teachers as well – and other critical personnel who have to be at the forefront of this risk” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, February 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We considered it, but we did not increase the fines [because] we believe that there [are] sufficient negative reasons why people would not want to pay any fines for that matter, given the financial circumstances that most individuals and families find themselves in,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 5, 2021 12:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The regular church services will be expected to continue as they are being monitored and managed effectively by members of the clergy in conjunction with the Ministry of Health,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:54:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “There is a balance that we have to strike between safety and the economic benefit that we want to have. If that test becomes more readily available, we may consider reducing that number. But, for now we will maintain the 7-day PCR test as well as quarantining people who are returning and will in turn interact with the public,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, January 25, 2021 12:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We feel that it is our moral obligation to find some degree of restitution for those employees – and the government of Antigua and Barbuda is proposing a number of benefits that could be offered to the severed workers that could be matched by other member states within the Caribbean,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 12:04:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We would have discussed a return to a modality where we wanted to give the bus operators some type of concession because we will asking them to place restrictions on the number of people they could carry, and we are certainly going to have to provide some concessions,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “What we are doing is making the preparations. The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association did give us an indication that they are working to that timeline and, accordingly, we also have to make preparations for particular timelines in terms of the infrastructure that we want to be in place,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We think we have identified a facility that can support that regime,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 15, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Clearly if they are not available immediately through COVAX, the government will examine other modalities to be able to get that panel of vaccines available to our population – so we can be assured of that,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 9, 2021 12:01:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So our focus is on that particular initiative, and at the end of March we would expect the cruise ships to return,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “Jolly Beach is in a state of flux, it is in receivership and so it’s a question of working with the receivers to ensure that we can put a management team in place to manage the health services that we want to do at that facility,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 12:29:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Now, having persons remain in quarantine with three meals per day has proven to be quite costly and it has ticked up beyond two million dollars so far. The government sees, however, that we have to revert to a degree of centralising the quarantine management, because of the abuse of that process and the breach of trust,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a policy change and it has to do with the overall cost on the government, which is significant. What we want to advise our residents abroad if they’re returning home for vacation or family events, they should make the necessary provisions to ensure that they can afford a stay in the quarantine facility,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We have not had any adverse feedback since we put that regime in place. Obviously Wednesday was the first opportunity to test those protocols, as to whether or not there had been any upheavals in relation to those restrictions,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This type of outsourcing is going to limit the opportunity for gainful, meaningful employment opportunities in the sector and it will go in the wrong direction. What the Cabinet is concerned about, is the parameters that are being put in place to put a shell company in the middle with no assets,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “If businesses are able to separate their liability to the workers and are allowed to continue to operate with a wall between the workers and the firm, it means that we would be sitting idly by allowing this to take place,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So, it is not our loss and it is not an investment that is going to prove dysfunctional after we have overcome the challenges associated with Covid. We will have an infectious diseases centre that will be available to not only manage Covid, but any future infectious diseases that come our way,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “So, in as much as the investment is made and it will satisfy the short-term requirement of helping us through Covid, we will be better equipped [in] the period beyond Covid to deal with any future threats, the likes of Covid,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are seeking the tolerance of the public to understand that our overriding concern – while we do accept and embrace the need for increased commercial activity – is the safety of the population,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “One of the measures we are going to put in place is the establishment of a command centre for the Ministry of Health, where not only will we have people monitoring the use of these bracelets, we will also have emergency personnel on standby,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We have had a number of concerns raised by banks and other vendors who had become aware that persons who had travelled home from abroad have, the very next day, gone to do commerce. This was presenting a risk to society,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, December 4, 2020 12:26:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas admitted : “This has been a thorny issue,” “And I think Cabinet has settled on a compromise where both nationals and visitors alike can enjoy limited access to the beach on the public holidays. We deliberated for a very long time but saw good sense in allowing that … for VC Bird Day and all of the public holidays going forward” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The Prime Minister did not indicate that,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The Prime Minister did notify the Cabinet … that he had been informed by the ‘high command’ that Minister Browne was arrested and charged … and so accordingly he would have been in a position to advise the Governor General to bestow the portfolio for education, science and technology upon Minister Daryll Matthew,” “The Prime Minister did further assert that the minister has maintained his innocence and requires the support of his colleagues to ensure that he is able to address this matter via the legal channels to absolve himself of this particular situation” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 27, 2020 12:35:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I don’t think we’re going to be in a position to raise funds from any bilateral or any supporting agencies. This is going to be on us,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:01:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Central Board ) : “Cabinet, under the state of emergency that we have, has the authority to put in place those mechanisms. As soon as the chairperson of the Central Board of Health signs those regulations they become law and will be circulated in the manner we have done normally,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “So even without the enforcement or implementation of these regulations many businesses have had warning signs and indicated to patrons that they will not be served if they are not wearing masks but there are still some businesses who fall outside of this,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “What we’ll have to do is to top up those resources, so I think the response will start almost immediately after [today’s] meeting and it will be a continuing programme until we reach as many persons as possible, if not everyone,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We are in it with you and each of the representatives are going to be doubling up their efforts to meet, engage, support and assist persons who are most desperately in need of that support,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “Given the damage that has taken place with respect to certain household furnishing, we would expect that there is going to be a lot of debris, a lot of solid waste material that would have to be collected in the communities so the National Solid Waste has been mobilised to be able to provide the necessary resources – be it the heavy duty equipment and or trucks – to be deployed in each of the communities to assist the cleanup exercises that must take place now over the next coming days,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a total societal response. The government will do more where necessary and we want to ensure that we are directing the resources to the persons who are desperately in need of it,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 13, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Even when you look in St John’s, in the open drain system that has been there for decades, those too would have been overwhelmed because of the increased volume of water. When you look at a market street, for example coming down from All Saints Road, I would have seen a video where the entire street was converted into a drain,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It may be a complement and so it gives consumers the option if they are needing to send money to their children, they can utilise those methodologies as much as they can utilise the wire transfer services in the banks at the moment,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The areas that they are specifically going to be looking at from the FSCRC standpoint is to ensure that all of the ‘know your customer’ requirements, all of the regular prescriptions that will be required in the physical fiat world to also apply such that there is going to be no reputational damage for persons who would be engaging in illicit activity utilising this as a medium to escape law enforcement,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 1:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Now this falls out of the framework of the Caricom travel bubble so it is from this standpoint that the government is expressing some concern and I am certain that this matter will wend its way back before the heads of government for further consideration,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 6, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We are at a disadvantage in terms of that Telecommunications Bill still being held for consideration in the parliament, but I am hopeful and anticipating a situation where in the not too distant future we will conclude these discussions and for whatever future developments we may have in this particular space, we will have a fund allocated to be able to make these requirements,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas confirmed : “Those specifications were set and the undertaking that the government made that in the first instance they would precure 5,000 of these units, the cost is not insignificant and we have had a number of benefactors who have come forward and have indicated their willingness to underwrite the cost for the provision of these,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “They have indicated as well that, beyond the first flight, that the regular schedule of operations, even though it’s on a reduced schedule will commence on the 8th of November,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The feedback that many parliamentary representatives have had from persons is that the conditions placed upon them at the EDF level has become very onerous,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 17, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “No doubt this has spread across a number of government departments because we are a small society,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 16, 2020 11:13:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So I think it argues well for LIAT that the travel bubble will be in place and that people will be able to move with a degree of freedom within the region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 12, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “As the requirement with regards to the ground, various Caribbean states have begun to put stipulations and so we had to do our own deliberation. I think the Cabinet would have considered it and we would have, under the guidance of the minister of health and he, too, was guided by PAHO and CARPHA guidelines. We have settled on the necessity for the PCR test as a prerequisite in the travel bubble, but beyond that there will be no requirement for those persons provided that they would have been residents in the country of origin for no less than 14 days prior to the travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “They had considered Antigua to be a high-risk country and had indicated that persons who are returning to the United States via New York would be required to undergo 14-day quarantine. Obviously, that had an effect on the persons who were booking vacations to Antigua. We responded straight away, both of our ambassador and the CMO to the ambassador to Washington. He has assured us that the regulations only affected non-American citizens. We are still waiting to see the confirmation of that from the CDC,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “So I think it argues well for LIAT that the travel bubble will be in place and that people will be able to move with a degree of freedom within the region,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 9, 2020 7:02:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “It was determined that the governorship in New York was relying on the outlook from the CDC, which in itself seemed to have had some lagging information in respect of Antigua. So the engagement that is taking place now between all those agencies of the government – including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Tourism and our ambassador in Washington – are focused on getting the CDC to present the most current information,” “Antigua would qualify, where we are right now, in respect of being within that bubble of consideration, in that our level of infection is below 10 per 100,000,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “To the extent that the alarm that was caused by the cancellations, I think the hoteliers can now be assured that it does not impair the business that we have been able to generate for them and with them,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:19:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I believe that there was [also] a Dero family, whose passport and appointment would have reached expiration and would not have been renewed. Outside of those three, I’m not aware that there are any other persons who their circumstances would have been withdrawn,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:10:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is not a time for any elevated alarm. The individual who was diagnosed with Covid-19 has had limited contact with a number of persons on the evening shift and those persons are being treated accordingly,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 28, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “the government is protected under law” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 25, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I know the Ministry of Health and Environment has been working with the Antigua Public Utilities Authority to make sure that there will be an increased supply of renewable energy and as these measures come into being and we take more of the government’s supply off of the national grid then it will ease the burden of APUA but again, it is a multi-faceted equation that I think they will have to deal with,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 18, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “If my memory serves me correctly, they are only at 50 megabits per second. Many of the other secondary schools have one gig of capacity so we are going to ensure that Barbuda gets up to that speed, but it is limited by the amount of capacity that exists currently between both islands, and as soon as we have a turn on that, we should be able to improve the quantity or the capacity that is available in not only the public secondary schools, but the primary schools as well,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 11, 2020 11:39:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The public will be reminded that it is still a private entity. The government does have some exposure in that private entity in that there are significant funds owed to the government and some of its agencies with respect to taxes and unpaid bills. The government has an interest but, in as far as the government is concerned where the proceeds of the sale will go, we are lower down the totem pole than the shareholders in the current entity,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:41:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Until they are prepared to accept their subordinate role in the governance of Barbuda, we are not going to get very far. But, as I have said, even in Parliament, the tone of the dialogue needs to change and there needs to be a commitment to change that,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 4, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “There seems to be a gap in the way we manage them from a monitoring standpoint and going forward the Cabinet has asked the minister responsible for the environment that there is a full-time person allocated to the monitoring and management of the project in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, September 4, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The Cabinet did note the concerns raised by the Department of the Environment and now the Development Control Authority has been given the issue to consider. The Cabinet obviously made some further observations with what seems to be a pattern with these larger development projects. There seems to be a gap in the way we manage them from a monitoring standpoint and going forward the Cabinet has asked the minister responsible for the environment that there is a full-time person allocated to the monitoring and management of the project in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The COVAX facility is something that has been put together by the WHO to which Antigua, through PAHO, is a subscribing member. The Ministry has submitted to the Ministry of Legal Affairs an agreement which is to be signed by August 31,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 8:00:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The entire obligation for the construction and development of the runway falls to the government,” “However, PLH’s development is dependent on the airport facilities being completed. In effect, the government has been able to get the developers to advance certain funds in the form of a loan in which the government will liquidate those loans based on revenues that are due to it” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are in discussions with the former prime minister through the office of the Attorney-General, and once we have concluded those, the official nomination will be made for consideration, and hopefully it could be as soon as this year’s Independence celebrations,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 28, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “The ministers present not only took the opportunity to tour the hospital facilities, but also to tour an important development taking place in Barbuda and that is in respect to the PLH project … We have seen evidence of gainful employment taking place in Barbuda,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is a sensitive matter and this is a matter where a number of things will be considered. The government has no immediate intention of changing the legislation. The option on the books at the moment certainly gives the flexibility to the judge and the practice would indicate where we are with hangings,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 21, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “Reciprocity is hoping that this is something that we are hoping will be obtained. Each country is going to make their decision in terms of how they see the risks and how they would want to deal with it,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, August 14, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “It’s going to be subject to negotiations. The Cabinet would have given the Transport Board and the minister responsible for the Transport Board some guidelines but I think as soon as those negotiations are completed both events will take place simultaneously in that we will have to come back and gazette the position with respect to the distancing that we would require in the types of buses and as well to give the public an indication as to the subsidy the bus operators will be able to avail themselves of,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “While teachers will be called on to commence the term one week earlier, on August 31, 2020, the classroom lectures will be both face-to-face and by virtual means, at several densely populated schools,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “CXC have come back and asked that the type of laptops utilised must be programmed in a way to ensure that while students are conducting exams, they cannot access particular sites,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “These are unusual times for persons who have put their properties for rent who have ongoing costs to maintaining these properties. They even have mortgage payments to make, so there must some consideration and thought given to their circumstances,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 25, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The government is of the view now that we can redeploy some of the test units to be able to accommodate a number of other options. The Cabinet has taken the policy decision, working through the Ministry of Health, that there are several private laboratories that we will engage to ensure that the testing, even utilising government resources, and to the standards that the government would want, can be done through the private laboratory,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 24, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “The government would have acquired, over a period of time, in excess of 20,000 of these test units when they were originally required for [the reopening of] the airport on June 1. There had been a delay in their shipment, but we have subsequently received those units,” “The government is of the view now that we can redeploy some of those test units to be able to accommodate a number of other options” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 24, 2020 11:37:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Should there be a sequence of events that should cause the risk to rise again … we may be forced to have another shutdown…but the government must have the option to be able to revert to that particular position,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas remarked : “This whole application system is going to automate and give the Ministry of Health more time to focus on the health of persons coming into the jurisdiction,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 10, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “We did not think it was necessary for LIAT to go this particular route and accordingly the events unfolding are what is meted out to us. The funds are available, they are still held in escrow and they will form part of the plan to restructure LIAT,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, July 3, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We did discuss that today and it is unlikely we will put any restriction on the flight coming from Miami,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:00:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas expressed : “When we look at our neighbour, Haiti, where they are claiming now that there is one person being affected with Covid every seven minutes, then that is a different consideration. As well as the Dominican Republic, where they have had more than 1,000 persons being affected. That creates a different type of challenge and I think that is what would occupy and exercise the minds of state governments now, rather than the taxes that [are] affecting intra-regional travel,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:59:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The government has indicated that there is a risk that we have to take. We are obliged to take that calculated risk to reopen our economy, and certainly the mainstay of the economy has been tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “In the case where families are traversing or going to the beach or being in a vehicle, that number is not limited provided they live in the same household,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:50:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “While we have signalled an intent to relax those regulations, we will still want to have discussions with the church groups in terms of how best to resume and maintain those safety standards. There is an intention to relax but we still must have those conversations,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We are also in receipt of a number of self-defined regulations from a number of beauty salons in particular and those have been submitted to the Minister of Health for consideration. Over the next coming days all relevant parties will be engaged and coming out of that will be new protocols by which they will operate,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas cited : “The level of intimacy that is required in the provision of these services still gives the Ministry of Health some pause and some concern” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 30, 2020 11:36:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “degree of economic activity to keep us sustained” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas warned : “As of 6pm we expect the streets to be cleared and all other activities to cease. People are expected to retreat to their homes and stay there until the next business day starts at 6am,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas told : “We are not yet complete in terms of sourcing ventilators,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:56:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It is ultimate abundance of caution that we are asking persons to be able to respect the fact that we need to limit the amount of persons gathered in any one place,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 1:03:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “I have to say that, over the last two months, we have [also] seen the benefit of our students in the secondary and primary school, getting involved in agricultural production in a manner that is very encouraging,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We want to appeal to persons who have significant tracts of land, even at the back of their yards, to get involved in food production. I believe the Ministry of Agriculture will be issuing seedlings and so on to persons, because we have to be able to have a degree of food security, at least better than we currently have,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 13, 2020 4:48:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “As more and more of these desalination plants come on stream later this year, the government is making a concerted effort to ensure that there is a subsidised supply of water for farmers because we must increase farm production,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 9, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “As [NODS] undertook a number of these renovation and restoration projects, the expectation was that they would have gotten support from a number of donor agencies. And to an extent, upon that promise, they were able to get a number of contractors to provide credit, such that the immediate work could get done,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 28, 2020 1:04:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “But I think for the investment we are thinking that perhaps maybe a minimum 200 rooms in the dorms would be a sufficient area to start,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, February 7, 2020 12:47:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas concluded : “And so we would not want to be in a position where down the road our books are not yet tidied up and then somebody says well we are not under that obligation,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We’ve seen a lot of senseless waivers. [with regards to property tax] . Persons who are putting buildings up for commercial purposes and are merely collecting rent have been given concessions on property taxes… those are going to be discontinued,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 10, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “We’ve seen a lot of senseless waivers [with regards to property tax]. Persons who are putting buildings up for commercial purposes and are merely collecting rent have been given concessions on property taxes… those are going to be discontinued,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 10, 2020 3:09:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There environment is a different biosphere from ours,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Possibly what may be more appropriate at this time of bereavement, and until the funeral takes place… It may just be a matter of good form not to have to deal with the issue of a replacement,” “But, I’m sure it’s something the Minister of Culture will deal with” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 29, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas added : “It is a very profitable route,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, November 8, 2019 1:22:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas disclosed ( about Junior Minister ) : “I would have discussed with the Junior Minister of Finance, Minister [Lennox] Weston, yesterday,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “There will be the need for re-engineering,” “It will not be any different from what would have taken place in the OECS last year. There will be third party service providers to be able to facilitate the responsible changing of the numbers from one operator to the next” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, November 4, 2019 1:10:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : ”I take strong objection to what Mr Maharaj said … that man has no integrity in this matter. As far as I’m concerned, he has only an academic interest. “He made a broad statement against me, whom he has never met. He has accused me of being inherently corrupt because I became a politician,” External link

antiguaobserver Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “This is to ensure that all of the strain does not remain on the backs of the government in the resolution of the ABI Bank and one of the principals is in contact with the Ministry of Finance to satisfy those things,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 11, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Whether or not we can bring an end to that insidious process, whether or not – within the context of this alien citizens land owning act – there was an opportunity for this type of mischief,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:41:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas explained : “The government, in the resolution of the ABI Bank, (has) had to raise funds to be able to deal with the resolution of the bank. For that, we had to put up a bond – and we are servicing that bond at the moment,” “It transpires that much of the funding of several projects within the ABI banking operation have resulted in some residual assets that are lying around, including some lands and some other commercial properties” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The fact remains that if the government is to be responsible for servicing the bond, then clearly, the government should have access to those assets, to be able to compensate it for stepping into the breach. It would not be appropriate that the government should carry the losses and the directors themselves, who were in various types of breaches, should still walk away with the material wealth,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, October 4, 2019 1:52:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “As much as we will be having a lot of this interest, I don’t think the international protocol exists for these products to be exported into another market,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 1:24:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There was the observation made, and certainly to the directors, that there is certainly a dearth of persons who operate at the senior management level in the financial sector, and the cabinet frowned at the lack of succession planning, and almost religiously now, the top management personnel within the banking sector are drawn extra-regionally or from outside of Antigua, and that is an unsatisfactory position,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, September 14, 2019 2:39:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I believe that the entity that they have brought forward it’s a different form of pari-mutuel betting; it’s a different form of gaming, and I believe what is different with the way they proposed this is that the government stands to benefit from a wholesale share of the business in the sense that off the top, a significant percentage of the earnings of the company the government will earn on the gross rather than on the net. It is not so in the case of some of the other gaming systems to include the lottery where the government earns a meager contribution on the net and so this is attractive to the government,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, September 1, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I believe that the entity that they have brought forward it’s a different form of pari-mutuel betting; it’s a different form of gaming, and I believe what is different with the way they proposed this is that the government stands to benefit from a wholesale share of the business in the sense that off the top, a significant percentage of the earnings of the company the government will earn on the gross rather than on the net. It is not so in the case of some of the other gaming systems to include the lottery where the government earns a meager contribution on the net and so this is attractive to the government,” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, August 31, 2019 1:31:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Mr Trump ) : “It is what it is. We cannot boost the intent of Mr Trump and what he intends to do. But so far as Antigua and Barbuda is concerned, wherever we have to be engaged with international powers in any hemisphere or in any inter-agency, we take positions based on principles,” “We do not consider ourselves hostile to any country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “The poise of the government is to deal with these things from a principled position” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, March 22, 2019 6:27:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “It was their concern over the Global Port arrangement, and they are perhaps, maybe their perceptions that it would be disruptive to their business and I think when we have the discussions, we would be able to allay the fears,” External link

antiguaobserver Monday, March 18, 2019 12:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We felt it necessary to engage them despite the hostilities we have continued to [encounter]. We see them as an important player. Their total brand and all of the ships that are under their control would contribute a significant portion to the existing passengers that come to Antigua. We do not consider them as being insignificant in the business,” “Accordingly, based on a decision we had once again at Cabinet with the senior officials, we have both agreed to have a meeting” External link

antiguaobserver Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:25:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas stated ( about Richard Lewis ) : “On the face of it, the call for the resignation of the minister is a bit politically adventurous. He [Richard Lewis] would want something to croak about,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “I would say during the month of February we should be pretty close to concluding those discussions, and if we cannot agree, we won’t be afraid to break the contract,” External link

antiguaobserver Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There is no issue with the conduct or the work of Mr. Wade. It is a clear case that he has done what he is required to do and so he is going to assume his role as a senior officer in the police force,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “There is now a process that is in train to really move towards a new prison facility and so clearly, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Philip will be handed that task of the build out and the transition. But we would expect a continuation of the management process that has been well established and well laid down,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “We think that there is adequate transportation in the country; personal and public transportation; so I don’t think that will put anybody at any discomfort or any disadvantage,” External link

antiguaobserver Friday, January 25, 2019 12:33:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said : “Mr. Potter would have had a meeting with the employees on the Monday before the action took place and I know they were encouraged to do so. But the executive never sanctioned the strike that took place at ABS,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:37:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Telecommunications Act ) : “People have become wedded to a particular telephone number, it is a part of their own unique identity, be it a business or an individual. The amendment is merely to give the government and the Ministry of Telecommunications the ability to forge ahead with a particular feature that will be required to ensure that mobile number portability can take place in our domestic market,” External link

antiguaobserver Sunday, December 16, 2018 7:36:00 PM EAT

Melford Nicholas said ( about Telecommunications Act ) : “People have become wedded to a particular telephone number, it is a part of their own unique identity, be it a business or an individual. The amendment is merely to give the government and the Ministry of Telecommunications the ability to forge ahead with a particular feature that will be required to ensure that mobile number portability can take place in our domestic market,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:16:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister50.00%EN03/06/201706/03/2017
information minister33.33%EN03/06/201706/03/2017
minister of information16.67%EN03/03/201703/03/2017
Names Lang Count
Melford NicholasEN100.00%


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