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The Despair of Haiti Six Months After

The world was galvanized into action on January 12th, 2010 when the Caribbean nation of Haiti was devastated by a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the island at approximately…… Despite the outpouring of support and commitment the island remains in turmoil today.

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Reggae Sumfest Beach Party pulsating

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The 2010 Reggae Sumfest fever was ignited on Saturday night here at Cornwall Beach where the musical festival, dubbed 'the greatest reggae show on earth', kick-started with a pulsating beach party.

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Opposition Wins by -Elections in Dominica

Roseau, Dominica- The political dust has settled in Dominica, following last Friday’s, (July 9th), by-elections in two constituencies that were won in the December 18th General Elections, by the opposition United Workers Party, UWP. The seats were however declared vacant on April 8th, 2010, by the Speaker of the Dominica Parliament, Alix Boyd Knights.

 

Friday’s elections produced resounding victories for the UWP again, returning former Prime Minister Eddison James and his colleague, Hector John. Candidates on both sides however experienced a reduction in their respective vote tallies, though the opposition won with comfortable margins.

 

James defeated Dayton Baptiste of the ruling Dominica Labour Party, for the Marigot seat, 661 to 131, having also won in 2009, 835 to 228. Meanwhile the Salisbury constituency was once again won by John, defeating DLP’s Bentley Royer 772 -415. Last December Jonh was also declared winner of the seat, 817-512.

 

Though Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt did not immediately comment on the results, Eddison James called on him to address the legitimate matters that the UWP had brought to the government for resolution.

James and his colleague had refused to attend the three sittings of parliament that followed the December elections, claiming irregularities and the outcome of the polls.

 

   

final decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal

St. Johns, Antigua- The people of Antigua and Barbuda are now awaiting the final decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, in a matter that could topple the ruling United Progressive Party, (UPP), Administration of Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer.

 

The Court recently concluded hearings on an appeal matter brought by the Spencer Government, seeking to overturn a decision by High Court Judge, Louise Blenman, rendering as invalid, the March 12th, 2009, election of three key government ministers.

 

These included, Prime Minister Spencer, Education Minister Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and the Minister of Tourism, John Maginley. 

 

The Antigua Labour Party of former Prime Minister, Lester Bird, had challenged the results of the election of the three parliamentarians, claiming that there were irregularities on polling day last year.

 

If the ruling of Judge Blenman is upheld, the Spencer government would lose its majority in parliament, resulting in either fresh general elections or by elections in the three affected constituencies. At present, the parliament is comprised of 9 seats for UPP, ALP 4 and the Barbuda People’s Alliance with one. The BPA is however supportive of the UPP.

 

During an address to the nation on Sunday night, (July 11th), the Prime Minister gave his countrymen the assurance that his government and party will abide by the decision of the Court, no matter the outcome.

 

He urged Antiguans/Barbudans to be calm and not engage in activities that may tarnish the good image and name of the twin-island nation. The ALP is reported to have said that it would engage in protest action if the case is decided in favour of the government.

   

“Dream Big” says Trinidad and Tobago’s Minority Leader

“Dream Big” says Trinidad and Tobago’s Minority Leader at St.Kitts Opposition Party
People’s Action Movement convention
 Basseterre, St.Kitts (July 5th 2010):- “The challenges now faced by the People’s

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