Vol. 29. No. 15.
HAMILTON, BERMUDA — FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2004 Price: 250
sweeps to victory
Spencer, a longtime
frade unionist, has
been sworn in as the
third Prime Minister of
Antigua and Barbuda
as the United Progressive
Party (UPP) received
12 of the 17
seats in a general election
on March 23.
The Antigua Labour
Party (ALP), led by BALDWIN SPENCER
former Prune Minister of the twm islands, Mr.
Lester Bfrd, managed four seats. There was a tie
Spencer was a guest of the BIU at its Biennial
Delegates Conference a few years ago. The
Union sent a letter of congratulations to the new
Prime Minister who takes on the Ministerial posts
of National Security, Information, Labour, Public
Adminisfration, Barbuda Affairs and Ecclesiastical
Other members of the Spenca Cabinet are
Dr. Errol Cort (Mmister responsible for Finance,
Economic Development and Planning), Messrs.
Harold Lovell (Minister of Foreign Affafrs, Tourism,
International Transportation and Trade),
Wilmoth Daniel (Deputy Leader and Minister of
Public Works).and Justin Sunon (Attomey-Gen-aal
and Minista of Legal Affairs).
Nesbittoffto UN meeting
in his capacity as
the Southern Co-chafr
of flie Trade Union Caucus
ofthe United Nations,
will attend a Sanitation
and Water Conference
at the UN in
New York for the next
Rev. Al Sharpton set to
speak at Union's
Labour Day Banquet
THE BERMUDA Industrial
Union is hopefiU that Rev. Al Shaipton,
can fit into its Labour Day plans this
September, according to a Union
spokesperson this week
Rev. Sharpton, who is a well
known political and civil rights activist
and candidate for the US presidency,
is a Pentecostal minister and
he was the first African American candidate
for the New York Saiate.
Al Shaipton has made a career
of placing himself at the fiont line of
the stmggle against injustice by lower
and middle-income Afiican Americans.
Born in Brooklyn, New York,
Shaipton b^an preaching at the age
of four and spent his eariy years as a
"wonder boy" sensation on the Pentecostal
In 1964, when he was ten years
old, Shaipton was ordained as a min- REV. AL SHARPTON, JR.
ister and preached on a tour with famed gospel music performer Mahalia Jackson.
Sharpton formally entered politics in 1978 as the first Afiican American
to run for a seat in the New Yoik State Senate. In the 1980s, Sharpton became
involved in a series of racial incidents that occurred in various New York
neighbourhocxis. In 1986, he organized demonstrations and called for a special
prosecutor in the aftermath of the Howard Beach incident, in which a crowd
of whites chased a blacdc man named Michael Griffiths onto a highway where
he was stmck and killed by a vehicle.
Rev. Sharpton's office was contacted recently about visiting Bermuda
for the Labour Day hohdays and he has tentatively agreed to come in September.