Passports, Belongers and Non-belongers

While I was looking up a helpful link for this news, I found there is still a link to the 'Barbuda Relief and Re-building Fund' on the home page of the Government information page with a donate button and a video of 'Barbuda after Irma.' The video unsurprisingly, doesn't work, because if it did, it would have to show the lack of accountability for our aid money, the tents that are still up, the lack of electricity in most of the village and a poor water supply, nver mind no bank and countless other things that we still endure nearly two years later.

But anyway, if you have an Antigua and Barbuda passport and you are a Belonger - you need to get a new one. If you are not sure whether you are a Belonger or a Non-Belonger, read this it might help, it's about the BVI.

Bank Protest - We Deserve Better

Thirty Barbudans travelled from Barbuda to Antigua at their own expense to protest about the time it is taking ACB to return banking services to Barbuda, almost 18 months after the hurricane. Other protesters joined us there and there were many supporters watching, as they discovered we usually have to pay a $220 return fare to come to the Antigua branch to pay in a cheque! We reminded the bank that they have a duty to their customers in Barbuda as well as in Antigua. The bank in Barbuda remains in a derelict state with an ATM that only dispenses $100 ec at a time, if it works at all. Visitors cannot access money for tours and accommodation, stifling our economy.  The bank appeared to be embarrassed by the protest but no one from the bank made any statement to the protesters. Meanwhile, their 'loyal customers' are looking elsewhere for new accounts.

Another new ferry

Caribe BreezeSince the passing of Lady Caroline, the new Caribe Breeze ferry is in operation and we await further details. For information their e mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Look on the 'visiting' pages for the latest on transport to Barbuda.

 

March 27th Council Elections

The next Council elections will be held in Barbuda on March 27th 2019. Calsey Joseph, Freeston Thomas, Jacqui Frank and Sharima Myer are the four candidates for BPM. With Hesketh Daniel, Kelcina Burton-George, Relton Lynch and Arthur Nibbs are candidates for the Antigua Labour Party (ABLP). Asha Frank, Robbie Burton and Emrick John will not be running for Council again and there are four seats available.

APUA - blah blah blah blah...

'The head of the electricity division within the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has cited several challenges plaguing the reconnection of electricity on Barbuda, but has given the assurance that the process is being handled in an efficient manner...'

Well, it doesn't appear to be the case if you LIVE in Barbuda. Eighteen months of this. Are they kidding? To re-connect 600 homes? I for one am still waiting for my current to be connected - to posts that didn't even fall down in Hurricane Irma!

So far, I have spent more than $60 ec every two days on gas for a generator that I can only afford to have on for four hours a day. Over two years that will be nearly $22,000 ec, Mr Mathias..And guess who all that money will have gone to? The Honourable Mr Trevor Walker MP who owns the gas station.

Barbuda Tourism is in London,UK

World Travel Market in London, UKTelling the world about Barbuda - the two Tourism Department representatives from Barbuda, Asha Frank and Anreka Geness, are in London at the international travel trade show - the World Travel Market. Click on the links to see our new brochure and the video.

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We like this...

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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