Politics 

House of Representatives to discuss Seven Bills today

Seven Bills are on the Order Paper down for discussions when the House of Representatives meets today. Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the second and third readings of the Tax Administration and Procedure Bill, the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill, and the Automatic Exchange and Financial Accounts Information (Amendment) Bill. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Steadroy Benjamin will move the second and third readings of the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure (Amendment) Bill and the Child Justice (Amendment) Bill. The Telecommunications Bill,…

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Despite Cabinet Ousting in 2017, Asot Announced for 2018 Elections on ABLP Ticket

With Politics there is almost always no guarantees, and what the public is fed is often mere crumbs of any issue as the island heard on Monday that embattled MP, Hon. Asot Micheal will (again) be featured on the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party ticket for the next elections. Micheal, who is also regarded as a financier of the party, was ousted some time ago from Cabinet and stripped of his Ministerial Portfolios following a brief arrest in London by the UK National Crime Agency in relation to bribes made…

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ON HERO’S DAY SIR VERE CORNWALL BIRD – NATIONAL PATRIARCH

In its national development, there have been four significant periods that marked the nation’s ‘…history; …challenges and progress.’ The first period saw the enslaved engaged in rebellious activities, with shared experiences of ‘…arduous and restless toiling; …constant brutality and death.’ Those who have rebelled against enslavement had done so primarily to secure their freedom and to be treated as reasonable creature in being. While that period speaks to enslavement, three other periods speak to (i) ‘…Colonialism; (ii) …Pillaging of the island; and (iii) …the Difficult journey to political independence.’ The…

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Maria Bird-Browne Wins ABLP St. John’s Rural East Primary

Almost as predicted, Mrs. Maria Bird-Browne – the wife of Prime Minister Hon. Gaston Browne – has secured the nomination of the St. John’s Rural East Constituency Branch following a recent election. Bird-Browne replaces Hon. Lester Bird who held the constituency seat for several years. The primary win means Bird-Browne will be able to contest the seat in the upcoming general elections, predicted to be called soon. In previous media reports, Hon. Lester Bird said he was not consulted about a potential replacement candidate for his seat, far less it being…

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CARICOM Politics Regional News 

President Castro in Antigua for Summit

President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Mr. Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua on Thursday for the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit today at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa. President Castro was met on arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport, by Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne and members of his Cabinet and Cuban Government Ministers and officials from the Cuban Embassy in St. John.  The Cuban President was given a Guard of Honor for his first official visit to Antigua and Barbuda. The Sixth CARICOM-Cuba summit will be co-chaired by the…

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Antigua and Barbuda granted temporary pass on New EU Tax Haven Blacklist

Seventeen (17) countries around the world were blacklisted as tax havens by the European Union. On that list, several Caribbean islands were named including Antigua and Barbuda, but have received a temporary pass because of the hard hitting effects of the hurricanes this year. The other islands which received the temporary passes are Anguilla, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands. According to caribbean360news, they have until next year to deal with the issues, the EU said. “For…

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Sir Yearwood loses to Ex-Wife – Millions to pay

Sir Robin Yearwood, Parliamentary Representative and Minister of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation has lost his appeal case against his ex-wife. This means he will have to find over £4 million to pay Christiana Yearwood, the ex-wife of Sir Robin Yearwood. The knighted parliamentarian lost his case in the Court of Appeal after they dismissed his appeal from the high court ruling of Antigua and Barbuda that was handed down in his ex-wife’s favour. The ruling on this matter was first heard in the United Kingdom where Sir Yearwood…

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UPP To Launch National Vision Forum Next Thursday

The UPP will launch the National Vision Forum, a community-wide discussion series aimed at promoting the Party’s Policy PLATFORMS. Political Leader, Senator Harold Lovell and his team, will present the UPP’s transformative development agenda under the theme TALENTS: A NEW PERSPECTIVE. This town hall style meeting, will provide a dynamic, interactive opportunity for citizens to engage in comprehensive consultations and provide ideas and aspirations on a range of issues that affect Antigua and Barbuda. “It is extremely important that we hear directly from the people. We want to harness their…

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Antigua Cabinet Gets Courtesy Call from High Ranking Chinese Political Officials

The Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda received a courtesy call from His Excellency Mr. Ma Peihua, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Monday. During the opening exchanges, Prime Minister Browne stated his hope that the meeting would serve to strengthen existing bilateral relations between both countries. The Prime Minister also spoke extensively on the developmental assistance that China has rendered to Antigua and Barbuda since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 1st January,…

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UPP Demands Immediate ABEC Compliance and Voter Education Campaign in Open Letter to Commission

ABEC’s failure to comply with the law and facilitate voter registration in all 17 constituencies, is a breach of the law and a form of disenfranchisement against our citizens. The UPP demands immediate ABEC compliance in decentralizing the registration process by November 30, 2017. Failure to follow the law, will result in UPP taking legal action to demand from ABEC the immediate commencement of the decentralized process. In addition to being in breach of the law, the centralized registration approach is also extremely inconvenient for many eligible voters in Antigua and Barbuda, particularly the elderly, disabled…

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