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jicky-in-the-studioOrdrick Samuel, also known as Jicky or Montgomery, operates the MRS Radio Station from his home, broadcasting from noisy speakers on the roof of his house from Monday to Saturday at 7 am and when necessary in the afternoon. He provides Barbudans with his opinion on a range of matters, gives general news announcements, village information and notices, birthday celebrations and contributes widely to local gossip. MRS Radio sometimes features guests including local preachers. Jicky can be contacted on (268) 460-0087 or on his cell phone 721-3239. Jicky is also a Calypsonian, winning the Monarch title three times at Caribana. He has produced four cd's of his music including a Christmas cd and appears on Youtube singing his compositions.  So here on JLN we report some of the latest news as it happens in Barbuda as we have done for over ten years, and you can look back over that time in our archives. We try to feature events relevant to Barbudans anywhere in the world, for example Council news, family reunions or graduations. Use our e mail link to provide information about your activity and we will include it here. You can also post messages and read other bits and pieces on our facebook page.

March 2017 Council Elections

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. 

The real De Niro story emerges - and Happy New Year!

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.

BPM v The Government in Court

There are two cases currently in court - filed by BPM, regarding Barbuda land.

Case #1

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.

Case #2

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 returns to Barbuda

prince harryPrince 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.

BPM boycott Independence

In a Press Release today the BPM announced it would be boycotting Independence celebrations on Barbuda. The party cited the following examples of the treatment of Barbudans by the current administration as the reasons for this. But Nibbs is right about buying Barbudans with a cooler - it's all that seems to happen now in Barbuda. A free party every weekend and the rest of the week off to get over it. But this is the plan, eh Arthur?

 

BARBUDA PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT

C0DRINGTON BARBUDA via St. Johns ANTIGUA.

Tel. (268) 460-0434

24th October 2016

Press Release

The Executive and general membership of the Party having met and considered the disregard for the rule of Law, the disrespect for the people of Barbuda and the Barbuda Council as demonstrated by the current government administration; we cannot in good conscience pretend to be enjoying the fruits of 35 years of independence. We will therefore boycott all official events connected to the 35th celebration of Antigua's independence. The following list details some of our main concerns:-

1. The incendiary statements made by Prime Minister Gaston Brown and Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin that the Barbuda Land Act 2007 "… is not worth the Paper it is written on".

2. Irresponsible and baseless claims that the "Barbuda Land Act is unconstitutional"

3. Declaring that Barbudans taking action in the Courts Of Law are "economic terrorists" and that the he would use the resources of the State to "bankrupt them" and that "any persons standing in the way of development will be eliminated".

4. For indicating that the entrenched Barbuda Local Government Act will be removed from the Constitution.

5. The relegation of Barbudans to "second class " citizens status again.

6. The rapacious grab of Barbudan lands by real estate speculators posing as investors.

7. The insulting statement made by Minister Arthur Nibbs claiming that Barbudans can easily be bought with  a “cooler with some beer and drinks”.

            Trevor Walker                                      Fabian Jones                                        Mackenzie Frank

            Political Leader                                   Chairman                                             General Secretary

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