Antigua St. John’s - The following article, penned by Deputy Leader of the Antigua Trades & Labour Union and St. John’s City West representative in Parliament, Gaston Browne presents his take on the mis-steps taken by the United Progressive Party government in the protracted Gaming Dispute between Antigua & Barbuda and the United States of America.
Antigua St. John's - Chairman of the Board of the Social Security Scheme Everett Christian said bad decisions by the former regime and successive boards of directors have led to the current situation in which the scheme is operating with a monthly deficit in excess of $1 million. This situation has recently led to pensioners being paid late.
Antigua St John's - Deputy leader of the Antigua Labour Party Gaston Brown has said that his party will be advocating for a credit card system to be put in place for government ministers and other officials who travel often as part of an accountability system that would not only provide a better microscope for overseas spending but also remove some of the red tape and restrictions of the per diem system currently in place.
Antigua st. John's - The idea of an “entitlement” to lead the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and ultimately the nation of Antigua & Barbuda, is one that must stop, says senior and well placed sources within the ALP on Sunday as they sought to shed some light on what has turned into an all-out battle for leadership following last Thursday’s announcement.
Antigua St. John’s - Although the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) did not pay much attention to the Simulated Elections executed by the Free and Fair Elections League, leader Lester Bird has viewed the results of the exercise as extremely encouraging and in keeping with the party’s hopes for the next general elections in Antigua & Barbuda.
Antigua St. John’s - Public Relations Officer of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Dean Jonas has been charged with battery and the ALP is still to act on the issue and how it conflicts with the party’s Code of Ethics.
Antigua St. John's - Parliamentarians and other senior members of the opposition Antigua Labour Party have started a discussion that would see the party Political Leader, Lester Bird, give up his role as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, although he would retain his seat in parliament as well as continue as Political Leader.
Antigua St. John's - Chairman of the Antigua Labour Party Gaston Brown came under fire on Thursday as he appeared as a guest on the Observer Radio Voice of the People Program hosted by Observer Media Group (OMG) Chairman Winston Derrick who barraged the politician with a series of questions about ALP’s role in Antigua’s debt crisis and its proposed methods to rescue the financially embattled nation if it were to regain political power.
Antigua St. John's - Eugene ‘Minister of Helps’ Humphreys led the second of what is to be a continuing series of weekly marches through the city on Thursday to protest against the longstanding controversial Wadadli Power Plant saga and the Fencing issue that have dominated the local media for the past several months.
Antigua St. John's - Chairman of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Gaston Browne has disapproved what he terms the “debased articulations” by lone wolf protestor Vere Bird III against Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Finance Minister Harold Lovell during a protest last Tuesday outside the ministry headquarters.
Antigua St John's - Casworth Aaron, Chairman of the St. Marys South Constituency branch of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) has said that the body stands firm in its decision to allow Samantha Marshall to represent its interests in the next general elections and has communicated its position to the ALP Executive.
Antigua St John's - Until the blueprints for proposed changes to the electoral boundaries in Antigua and Barbuda are finalized and tabled, there is no way that analysts for the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) or others can make reasonable accusations of gerrymandering against the United Progressive Party (UPP) government.
Antigua St John's - Spokesman of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) Lionel “Max” Hurst has refuted accounts, attributed to a senior party member, regarding developments at last Friday’s “open forum” meeting that could have put a spoke in the wheels of an already shaky Motion of No Confidence against the Prime Minister.
Antigua St John's - Opposition Member of Parliament Asot Michael, who has been at the centre of an ongoing debate regarding the Antigua Labour Party’s abandoned Motion of No Confidence against Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, has threatened to “tell the truth” if his party does not “desist” from making him the “scapegoat” in the issue.
Antigua St John's - The credibility of the leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party, Lester Bird, has suffered a severe setback following the revelation by Attorney General Justin Simon that an ALP parliamentarian approached the government seeking a withdrawal of the Motion of No Confidence in the government of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer.
Antigua St John's - Opposition Member of Parliament Asot Michael was a busy little soldier bee in last Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, as House Speak D. Gisele Isaac-Arindell confirms that the MP sought sidebars with her as well seeking to have government support in removing the Vote of No Confidence Motion from the day’s order paper.
Antigua St John's - Head of the locally-based Caribbean Subregional Research Organisation (CASURO) Linley Winter has been speaking out against reported attempts by the Boundaries Commission to carry out drastic changes to the constituency electoral boundaries in an attempt to give the government an unfair advantage, a practice known internationally as gerrymandering.
Antigua St John's - The Antigua Labour Party (ALP) will utilize every avenue, legal and otherwise, to tackle what it considers to be gerrymandering by the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) of the country’s constituencies that would undoubtedly see at least two ALP Members of Parliament losing their seats.
Antigua St John's - Barbadian pollster and analyst Peter Wickham said just over a week ago that the failing health of Opposition Leader Lester Bird was among the many factors that should be taken into account as support for the notion of him stepping down from the podium of ALP leader and allowing more vibrant leadership to take the party forward.
Another Labour Day will be observed in Antigua and Barbuda with the separation of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU). AT&LU General Secretary Alrick Daniel confirmed this as he outlined the plan of activities for the union in collaboration with the Antigua Labour Party for this year’s observation.
Antigua St John's - Financial service professional Ronald Maginley has joined the debate on whether chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Lester Bird should have inquired into the Wadadli Power Plant accounts, although the matter was not tabled in the House of Assembly. He, like many others, said such interference should have happened in previous situations.
Antigua St. John's - Antigua & Barbuda’s move to employ an Economic Citizenship program, or the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) as termed locally, could land the country on the American offshore jurisdiction blacklist, right alongside St Kitts & Nevis – the country from which the program has been borrowed.
Antigua St. John’s - Leader of the Opposition Hon. Lester Bird has reiterated the Antigua Labour Party’s position that government is abusing the “omnibus” bill passed by the ALP government allowing for any administration to borrow money and undertake capital projects without consulting with the Parliament.
Antigua St John's - Chairman of the Antigua Labour Party Gaston Browne says he is yet to receive a response from Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer regarding his recently announced position that the requested inquiry into the controversial Wadadli Power Plant was deemed unnecessary and would therefore not go forward.
Antigua St John's - The words “epic” and “fail” can be used to adequately describe an apparent operational blunder that resulted in the police approved demonstration by Eugene “Minister of Help” Humphries on Thursday as a crowd of approximately six people waited in vain for uniformed police officers to show to begin the protest.
Antigua St John's - Finance Minister Harold Lovell has challenged those who seem to praise the possibility of Antigua and Barbuda potentially losing millions of dollars in investment because of “petty issues” and “political divisiveness” to think outside the box and look at what is best for the country.
Mr. Colin Sampson is a Journalist and the host of "The Colin Sampson Show" on Caribarena TV
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