Politics 

UPP Condemns the ALP’s Knee-jerk Response & Calls for Public Consultations to Ensure Effective Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation

Following numerous public calls from MP Wilmoth Daniel, Senator Damani Tabor and, most recently Senator Harold Lovell on his 24th August Crusader Radio programme, the ALP has now hastily responded to the growing public consensus. The United Progressive Party cautions the ALP to rethink it’s knee-jerk response to the UPP’s advocacy for intelligent marijuana decriminalization and calls for a series of public consultations to be held prior to the introduction of any new legislation. The total absence of planning and forethought behind the ALP’s plan absolutely necessitates public consultation.

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Politics Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: Breach of Trust – Breach of Security or Criminality?

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There comes a time when the leadership of an institution is placed under public and official scrutiny. Dependent upon its responsibilities, such leadership shall pass the litmus test. Invariably, such test has been the result of “…waning confidence; …breach of trust; …inefficiency…action or inaction of personnel and the behavior of its organization. It may have been one or more of these reasons, that national attention has been placed on the “…Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPAB) and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF). In…

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Community Politics 

UPP rejects Gov’t statements that it frustrated immigrants and made citizenship access difficult

The United Progressive Party has completely rejected and refutes the Government’s assertion that the UPP administration deliberately frustrated members of the immigrant community in their citizenship applications. In a statement recently, the opposition political party – which held the reigns of government for two consecutive terms (10 years) pointed to the fact that it “created the opportunity for thousands of immigrants not merely to regularize their stay, but to become citizens of this country via The Millennium Naturalization Act of 2004.”

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Culture Development Politics 

“A Call for National Conciliation”- Emancipation Day Statement by PM Hon. Gaston Browne

Fellow citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, residents, friends and visitors I am indeed proud and happy to address you as we celebrate 182 years of emancipation and reflect on the significance of Emancipation Day 2016. 182 years ago, our forebears’ started their journey to freedom and self-reliance as landless, penniless, battered individuals. They were compelled by circumstances to work as wage labourers for their slave masters. Through oppressive legislation, they were held in virtual bondage for a century following 1834. Yet, as emancipated people, we have come a long way…

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Politics Regional News 

OECS Assembly meets in Antigua for 2nd time this Thursday

The OECS Assembly will host its second meeting on July 21st 2016 in Antigua and Barbuda. The meeting will take place at the Parliament building at 8:30 am on Thursday. The agenda will be; Election of the Speaker of the OECS Assembly, Election of the Deputy Speaker, Announcement by the Speaker, Delegation from Member States, Adoption of the Order Paper, Adoption of the Last Assembly Hansard Reports, Statements  (Rule 37)  a. Chairman of the Authority, b. Members, Proposed Act – Water Resource Management Bill, Adjournment.

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Politics 

ABEC Responds to UPP Allegations of Illegal Voter Registration Process

FULL STATEMENT:- The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission is a non-partisan, independent entity and we remain committed to safeguarding the electoral process and doing everything in our power to work in the people’s best interest. According to Section (28)(2)(a) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2002, “Continuous registration shall be undertaken at such place or places and at the times fixed by the Commission.”

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