Politics 

ABLP condemns racist remarks by UPP’s Mac Emanuel

Press Release. A statement from Mr Mac Emanuel of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has been brought to the attention of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP). Mr Emanuel first accuses a website called “no UPP.com” of circulating documents from the New York Supreme Court in which he and his Party Leader, Harold Lovell, are accused of fraud in the sale of the position of “Envoy” to certain Chinese persons. It is significant that neither Mr Emanuel nor Mr Lovell has denied the New York court case or the…

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Lovell again mulls change in Rural North constituency.

Usually reliable sources have informed this publication that, following revelations from the Supreme Court of New York that Dr. Mac Emanuel is facing fraud charges, he may be removed as the candidate for the United Progressive Party in the constituency of St John’s Rural North before nomination day. The UPP Leader, Harold Lovell, is said to be considering replacing Emanuel with Dr Edmond Mansoor.  This latest development follows further revelations that, in addition to the case against him in New York, Emanuel has also filed for bankruptcy in the US….

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“Elections in a matter of weeks” says Prime Minister Browne

“Elections will be in a matter of a few weeks.” This proclamation was made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne during Thursday’s sitting of the Lower House.   The Prime Minister said, “This siting (parliament) unless there be any extenuating circumstances, shall be the last siting of the lower house until the next general elections.”   The Prime Minister’s announcement in Parliament came during tabling of the report from the Constituencies Boundaries Commission in Parliament, which is normally seen as a sign that elections are close.  Elections in Antigua and Barbuda…

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Pollster Shows PM Gaston Browne Preferred Prime Minister

CADRES, The Caribbean Development Research Services, a regionally acclaimed political polling group has announced that their research indicates Prime Minister Gaston Browne is a preferred Prime Minister when pinned against political candidates. According to the poll, “The survey asked respondents an open-ended question about their preference for a Prime Minister at this time and the responses are presented in Figure 02 below. The majority of respondents (49%) expressed a preference for Prime Minister Gaston Browne, while the second highest number opted for the leader of the UPP, Harold Lovell (26%),…

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High Commissioner of India Meets with Acting Prime Minister

On Thursday, High Commissioner of India Mahalingam paid a courtesy call on the Acting Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin. The High Commissioner met to discuss various proposals which included an Agreement For Exchange of Information and Assistance (AEI&ACT), a non-visa regime for diplomats and official passport holders between government of Antigua and Barbuda and India, MOU for Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy and also a proposed Agreement on International Solar alliance. Mahalingam noted that the International Solar Alliance Agreement is being pioneered by…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne Moves Forward with Defamation Suit against UPP Senator and Observer Radio

Master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Fidela Corbin Lincoln has ruled that statements made against Prime Minister Gaston Browne by the United Progressive Party Public Relations Officer, and Senator Damani Tabor and aired Observer Radio Station can be submitted to the courts for defamation.   In the judgement claim, the Prime Minister is suing for defamation for statements made on Observer Radio on January 4, 2017. The judgement states that during a live broadcast, the Senator made libelous statements inferring criminal corruption, misfeasance in public office and a breach…

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APUA Politics Utilities 

APUA Relief to the Needy Begins

The Antigua and Barbuda Public Utilities Authority, on Wednesday announced the start of the APUA Relief to the Needy programme as announced by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne during his 2018 Budget presentation to parliament.   APUA released the Utility Relief Guidelines that will govern the conduct of the programme which runs from February 14 to May 18.   The Prime Minister reminded the public during his presentation, that sometimes making the choice between paying bills and meeting other pressing expenses is a tough choice, and his government recognizes this….

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PM Browne discusses Investment opportunities with Vice President of Dubai

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne on Tuesday met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, during which he thanked His Highness for the invitation to participate in the World Government Summit and also for his continued support of the Caribbean.   Prime Minister Browne emphasized that despite the recent storms, Antigua is open for business and investment opportunities in the island are tremendous. Antigua and Barbuda signed several MOU’s recently including joint investment agreement and…

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Antigua and Barbuda was not on official travel list for Bill Clinton – Chief of Staff States

Last week, it was announced that former US President, Bill Clinton would visit Antigua and Barbuda as a part of his tour of hurricane battered islands. He has, since the announcement made on February 3rd, visited Dominica and the US Virgin islands. However it was reported that the tour came to an end though the former US President did not make his alleged scheduled stop in Antigua and Barbuda. The revelation of his absence came as a surprise with a number of persons from political camps questioning the reason for…

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Development Economic Politics 

PM Hosts Successful Talks with Shell Company

Prime Minister Gaston Browne recently hosted a courtesy visit from the top Management of Shell US Trading Company.   The Shell team comprised Pierre Tardiff, Manager, Americas Fuel Oil Trading, Brian Conover, Account Manager Americas, Melanie Kunnecke, Fuel Oil Operations Manager, Samuel Gorgen, Fuel Oil Trader, Americas and David Keene, Caribbean Marine Technical Advisor.   Also in attendance at the meeting was the CEO of the West Indies Oil Company Limited Gregory Georges; Chief Operations Officer, Sharon Thomas; and Chief Financial Officer, Carton Bramble.   The visit came on the…

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