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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.

BPM challenge the government in Court

BPM have filed a class action in the court to challenge the unconstitutional Paradise Found Act (which was passed in one day to give immediate access to the lands of Barbuda to Robert De Niro and billionaire James Packer for their 'Paradise Found' project) The action contests that the government has compulsorily acquired and taken possession of the land to facilitate this and other projects. They will be seeking 'compensation to the people of Barbuda for the property, vindicatory damages and discretionary interest'. This is financed by fund raising locally and supported by donations of time, expertise and commitment mostly from local people. If you would like to assist in any way - get in touch.

Port of Entry

one of our cargo boats What does this have to do with the (currently permanently closed) Lighthouse Hotel?! I think a picture of one of our cargo boats is more appropriate Observer - just gives it a bit of perspective...

Barbuda Land Act - why we have it

The Prime Minister's lack of interest in the self-determination of Barbudan people to control their own land, and their sustainable development of it continues: 'We have to be careful in the duplication of the overall management infrastructure. It’s a unitary state and I find (that) within the Barbuda Land Act they’re trying to carve out a different space for Barbuda, as if Barbuda is independent of Antigua. As far as I am concerned, there should be one uniform national legislation to govern development right through the country. I don’t see why Barbuda needs to have any special committee, or any special law to govern development...' he is quoted in the Observer as saying.

Meanwhile the Gravesnor (now Virdee) development continues without any clarification for the Barbudan people, the current status of the De Niro project is unknown except to the priviliged few who are party to it (and we know what that means) and both huge developments continue to threaten acres of natural salt ponds and willdlife habitat and bring about legal action. This would be wholly unnecessary if Government Ministers, Council representatives and their 'investors' followed the terms of the Act.

Fresh Water - but will it be free?

The water supply has suddenly improved after the reverse osmosis plant was apparently put into action this week. There were no announcements as usual, no information from APUA, but after a week of having the water going on and off every ten minutes it suddenly tasted fresh and drinkable and nothing like the salty brackish water of the past twenty years. Now they just need to connect everyone to it and keep it on ALL THE TIME. 

Caribana Over

J'ouvert 2016All the news is on our facebook pages, well, most of it. Nearly every evening event started hours late and that's enough to stop us going to anything... it's supposed to be for families. It was a fun, happy and safe Caribana 2016, but Barbuda culture? More of a long weekend away for Antigua.


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Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
Free the people and let them move in liberty
Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
So the struggle continue.
But while the struggle continue, I'm going to tell you.
We rastaman will set the world free...

Joseph Hill - Culture

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