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.
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...
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.
The hotel built of imported teak that cut down acres of mangrove so that their guests could canoe through the pristine natural environment comes into the news again.
The Prime Minister and others have sent condolences to the family of Profit Burton - a long time Council member and member of the ABLP who died suddenly last week.
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.
All 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.