Donald Ramotar accepts post in coalition government

March 31, 2016

Former Guyana President, Donald Ramotar, has agreed to join the David Granger coalition government in what is a historic step for the country, which sees people from the top three political parties joining forces.


Prior to last year’s elections, the APNU and AFC formed a coalition then narrowly won the elections. Now, in a first for a sitting President, David Granger has announced that Ramotar has joined the coalition. His joining came after he accepted the office of Prime Minister in what is to be a revamped Cabinet.

Opposition leader tells supporters prepare for an election

March 31, 2016

Four months after Vincentians went to the poll and re-elected the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), they are being told to prepare for fresh general election.


Leader of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Arnhim Eustace, is confident that the election petitions filed by the party will be successful and he has been telling supporters to get their yellow jerseys prepared for the new campaign.


“We believe that we have strong evidence in our petitions. We believe that we will win those petitions. But all of us have to use our heads and listen, and for some of us it is a learning curve all the time,” he told supporters at the party’s annual beach picnic earlier this week.


The ULP won the December 9 General Election by an eight to seven margin, but the NDP is contesting the results and have filed petitions against the results in the Central Leeward and North Windward constituencies.

Coalition underscores the responsibility of Board members

March 31, 2016

President of the Antigua Barbuda Coalition of Service Industries, Cassandra P Simon said politicians in the country missed a good opportunity to advance themselves on the benefit of corporate governance.


Simon, who addressed the opening of a three-day Chartered Director Programme being put on by the Antigua and Barbuda Coalition of Service Industries Inc (ABCSI) in partnership with the Caribbean Governance Training Institute (CGTI), said politicians have an obligation to the electorate to provide the best possible representation.


“I do believe there was a wider cross-section of people who should have been represented and top of that list should have been politicians. As a country, they are the largest company and I believe they have a responsibility, just as we do to membership, shareholders, employees and suppliers, they have a responsibility not just to come to us every five years, but, to give us the best stewardship,” Simon said.

Canadian Prime Minister invited to Cuba

March 30, 2016

Cuba has invited Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau to visit the country, Havana’s ambassador to Ottawa said on Wednesday.


“He is welcome to Cuba any time he wishes to come when his schedule allows him, and if President Raul Castro is invited to come to Canada, I’m sure he will take this opportunity,” Ambassador Julio Garmendia Pena told a press conference in Montreal.


The invitation comes one week after US President Barack Obama wrapped up a historic trip to Cuba, where he met with Raul Castro during a trip aimed at cementing the thaw announced by the two leaders in December 2014.


“We haven’t agreed any dates in the agendas; we have just opened the possibility of receiving a high-level delegation from Canada headed by the prime minister,” Garmendia Pena said.

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