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.
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.
'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.
Member of Parliament for Barbuda, Trevor Walker, raised his concern with the government after he was informed verbally by the Ministry of Finance that Barbudans did not qualify for backpay and has demanded a written explanation.
Telling 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.