On Monday 27th March six Council seats will be contested in fiercely-fought Council elections. Five were already planned and Bernie Newton's unsurprising move last month from ALP to BPM has resulted in an additional sixth seat - to be contested in a by-election on the same day.
The BPM’s candidates are Asha Frank (by-election), Kendra Beazer, Jackie Frank, Nadia John George, Fabian Jones and Wayde Burton. The ALP’s candidates are Andre Lee (by-election) Makeisha Desouza, Senator Knacynta Nedd, Neil (Jallah) Gore, David Shaw and Calvin Gore.
Of the six elected seats coming up for retirement, four of them are ALP and two BPM. Last minute roadworks are underway, promises of solar energy, the port of entry, Barbuda Airways (again) thirty cottages, an internationl airport...and another big concert. NO expense (cash) has been spared by the ALP Government to hold onto this Council. The BPM will be having a social.
Support for BPM is strong and growing; the neglect of our infrastructure and the condition of the roads for the last four years is enough. Crusader Radio are apparently streaming live from Barbuda on facebook this weekend and both UPP and ALP officials will be making celebrity appearances.
43-year-old British businessman, Peter Virdee, who was given 1,000-acres of land on Barbuda has been held under a European Arrest Warrant on behalf of German authorities and detained at London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, in connection with a £100 million VAT scam. Virdee, who is fighting extradition, is expected to face several charges.
The annual 5k race held last Saturday was in honour of Maddie Zolpho, whose family attended the event. Several runners came from Antigua to take part. Mr Cuffy hoped more would attend in future and use this as an opportunity to visit Barbuda and enjoy our hospitality.
After Telegraph journalist Gordon Rayner visited Barbuda to cover Prince Harry's visit here, he heard the facts of the De Niro story from local people and decided to cover it. Now the real story of Gaston Brownes' intentions for his Economic Envoy are making headlines round the world - to turn this wildlife paradise into real estate.
There are two cases currently in court - filed by BPM, regarding Barbuda land.
Mackenzie Frank v The Attorney General and the Barbuda Council. This case questions the legality of an agreement made between the Antigua Government and Paradise Found LLC on 28/11/2015. This includes -
1. Giving a lease of 198 years.
2. Failing to provide any details of the project - drawings, financial statements.
3. The illegal procedure of the village meeting to gain the consent of the people of Barbuda.
This case is in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean; seeking a judicial review of the malpractice of the Government. At a hearing on 26th October 2016, the Supreme Court overturned a Government attempt to have the review for the case struck out, and ruled that it must be heard after the second case - below, which is a Constitutional motion.
This case is a Constitutional motion to prevent the Government from taking up land in Barbuda without the permission of the people. This case is a Class Action in the name of Mackenzie Frank, Trevor Walker and 100 other Barbudans. There will be hearing this week on 13th December 2016 to decide whether this case will go forward. The Government has sought summary judgement from the judge to say that this case has no merit.
Prince Harry was happily and enthusiatically welcomed to Barbuda last week and attended events at both HTS and SMGSS schools. In Antigua however, Gaston wasn't appreciated by the watching British press but we know how much Gaston adores an A lister. 'Despite the fact that organisers of an Antiguan charity event Harry attended on Sunday had declared his romance with Markle was off limits for discussion, the Prime Minister appeared to have missed the memo,' says the Independent. The Prime Minister did not stop there, as Prince Harry was lined up to meet six of the island’s beauty queens Gaston went for that old “whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” idiom, to the embarassment of the Prince; bringing more than a hint of that newly elected American President to mind.