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New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks ExposedAntigua St. John's - Following Caribarena's article "Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed" published on March 10, 2014, Caribarena is publishing a recorded conversation between Robin Yearwood, Lester Bird, and Asot Michael, in which the previously exposed corruption scheme is discussed in detail.

In the below recording, Asot Michael can be heard breaking down how the scheme worked and who benefitted as a result, with Robin Yearwood and Lester Bird agreeing and confirming everything he says.



This kickback scheme is one of the most clear cut cases of corruption in the history of Antigua and Barbuda. It is important to remember that APUA, and by extension the public, was paying the bill for these kickbacks. The price per gallon charged to APUA by West Indies Oil Company was increased to accommodate the kickback fees for Lester Bird and Robin Yearwood, which meant higher electricity bills for the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.

It is the result of kickback schemes and other corrupt activities like this one that the economic development of Antigua has been stunted. No only do they hamper the ability of government and private businesses to grow and improve, but they also result in the public suffering and paying for the corruption of politicians.

Having said that, it appears that the message may not be penetrating the Antiguan Public in a meaningful way. Comments on previous articles show that the deep division between UPP and ALP supporters is not being bridged for the sake of justice.

The focus should not be on UPP or ALP, nor should it be on the upcoming elections, but rather on politicians behind held accountable as individuals. The goal of a democratic society should not be to vote out the corrupt, but rather to hold those who commit corruption accountable.



Instead of arguing for and against each political party, the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda should remove the beam from between their eyes and realise that the corruption that has been exposed is real, and the perpetrators must be tried in court regardless of party, status, or position.

The three men mentioned in the above recording have confessed, on tape, to committing or being involved in money laundering, receiving bribes/kickbacks, and cronyism. They have used public treasury funds for personal gain, and they have abused the power that was given to them by the people of Antigua and Barbuda, and yet very few are calling for them to be tried in court or suspended pending a judicial proceeding, both of which would have been done in many organised, democratic countries around the globe.

This is the reason why corruption of this sort can continue to grow in Antigua and Barbuda. This is why wealthy politicians have and continue to take advantage of the impoverished public of Antigua and Barbuda.

The Antiguan public must hold any who commit corruption accountable, otherwise any who are elected, regardless of race, colour or creed, will become corrupt.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#101 Watson » 2014-05-13 13:18

Trying to stop politicians in Antigua from t'iefing is like trying to stop water from flowing down hill.Virtually impossible.Too many accomplices........a nd they all learned from the master himself,V.C.(Papa) Bird.As for that **-face Askot Michael,he will get what's coming to him.His grandfather must be rolling in his grave.Not so much his father,he wasn't too bright himself.But,I digress.Forward on and good luck with the mission of holding politicians------
past,present and those to come------accountabl e for their actions.
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#100 Kickbacks » 2014-05-01 17:25

These politicians are above the law? why are they still seeking to be elected they all should be locked up.

Its clear now why we Antiguans are not respected or taken seriously.
These tape should be played for the ABLP supporters.

They are all Criminals hiding behind the Tile: minister of Government.
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#99 really » 2014-03-21 02:28

"I now put my trust in the leadership of Gaston Brown. He also has said that he would hold his cabinet to a higher standard than what was before."

The leadership of Gaston Browne is in the palm of Asot Michael. Sorry to break it to you, but how else do you explain the fact that Gaston has allowed Asot to remain in the party, despite the revelations in these recordings? You yourself said;
"But I am not naïve to know that his first test will come as soon as Asot Michael steps out of line in public when drunk as usual."

Why would Gaston even wait for that? Why should a corrupt, power hungry drunkard like Asot Michael even be part of a political party under Gaston Browne? Would you keep him around if you were given the reigns? Of course not. But Gaston doesn't have the power to make that choice, because recordings of Gaston would find their way to the media if he did.

"Furthermore base on the policy that is being practiced the law really contradicts itself. "

THEN CHANGE THE LAW. Unless you believe that the ALP, who intentionally kept bribery legal for 20 years in Antigua, will be more likely to change that law.
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#98 really » 2014-03-21 02:27

And this will be my response to you, as your faith in Gaston Browne has blinded you.

"You think you can convict a man retroactively. The law is from 2004, and these allege crimes are from ten years or more ago. "

While you are right, to me it says a lot about the ALP. For the 4 terms that the ALP were in office, not even these simple Anti Corruption laws were passed. From the looks of it, they did this intentionally so that they could commit the corruption confessed to in the above recording legally, which is astonishing. This says a lot about the ALP as a party and as a Government.

"And I am sorry you have not heard Daniel and the Pm. But it is public knowledge. It was said on the radio Observer. "

Where did I say I didn't hear Daniel? Of course I heard him. The question is, did you hear Gaston Browne, when he claimed so boldly that fellow ALP comrades accepted bribery for the Power Plant Issue? You didn't even respond to that part of my previous comment because you have nothing to say about it.
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@really » 2014-03-20 15:57#3

#97 Observer... » 2014-03-20 23:19

Furthermore base on the policy that is being practiced the law really contradicts itself. As I mentioned public servants are being rewarded for bringing an investor or assisting in the purchase of a capital item such as has been for the software used by the budget department. In the private sector this is not done. But other ways and means are put in place to motivate employees to go beyond the call of duty. Was it not for my integrity I would have been rich or at least I would have had plenty more money at this stage of my live. People always felt that they owe me something for having awarded them large contracts, in which they made lots of money. But I have always turned down every gift that was offered. Some I must confess I couldn’t help. Like a certain restaurant owner where I used to bring all my guests insisted when I once came to dinner with my wife that dinner was in the house. But that is life in Antigua. They say one hand can’t clap.
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@really » 2014-03-20 15:57#2

#96 Observer... » 2014-03-20 23:10

Actually his mantra was “One strike and you’re out”. And oh how I felt for that. To me if he stuck to that he would have had many persons their respect. But he didn’t. And note that I never accused him the PM of any mischiefs himself. But he has allowed his cabinet to run wild and tainted his entire government. And as he says “Leadership Matters”. I now put my trust in the leadership of Gaston Brown. He also has said that he would hold his cabinet to a higher standard than what was before. Starting with all of them having to sign their own pledge of accountability and conduct in public office. But I am not naïve to know that his first test will come as soon as Asot Michael steps out of line in public when drunk as usual. I would like to see how he will deal with that. If he will go back on his word. And I Observer… would be right here reminding him and criticizing him about that.
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@really » 2014-03-20 15:57#1

#95 Observer... » 2014-03-20 23:06

laws.gov.ag/acts/200 4/a2004-21.pdf.
This will be my last response to you. Because you just do not seem to get it. You think you can convict a man retroactively. The law is from 2004, and these allege crimes are from ten years or more ago. It’s exactly why the re-registration case is in court. You just cannot make laws retroactive. Anyway. This is exactly what I mean. Both UPP and ALP are guilty of misbehavior in public office. And I am sorry you have not heard Daniel and the Pm. But it is public knowledge. It was said on the radio Observer. He was interviewed. And more so when the PM came on Observer once this fellow George ask the PM if he got the letter from Daniel and he said yes. But he didn’t want to reveal the name. So if such a blatant confession by the PM and yet he takes no action, or place it in the hand of the police for investigation. Note that it was his government that pass this law in order to deal with corruption and other forms of integrity in public office. He came to the public and said he will the PM that doesn’t take any mischief from his ministers.
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#94 really » 2014-03-20 16:07

Also, while on this subject, it was your dream Prime Minister Gaston Browne who said, on Radio, that he knew certain members of the ALP had accepted bribes in exchange for pursuing the Wadadli Power Plant issue.

Did he ever reveal them? NOPE! Guess that makes him your worst nightmare, EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE UPP.

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The USA is slowly but surely legalizing same sex marriage and marijuana. So does it means we have to fall in line because whatever they do we should do to. Give me a break.
All I have to say is this: You don't have to copy ALL the laws of the United States. Or of any country. BUT DAMN, SOME OF THEM MAKE SENSE. such as Anti-corruption laws...Why don't we learn from some of the more experienced in order to improve our own laws?

Secondly, Antigua law, funnily enough, is mostly based on BRITISH LAW. Our entire lawbook is basically copy pasted anyways. No need to get all touchy about re-using another jurisdiction's laws.

Finally, I agree with you 100% that the UPP STINK. Stink so bad it hurts. But I have yet to hear Baldwin Spencer, Harold Lovell, and Wilmoth Daniel on a recording confessing. Does that mean they get my vote? Hell no. Neither of them get my vote, because they're the same. Until we enact hard justice and start caring more as a society, it doesn't matter who we elect.
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#93 really » 2014-03-20 15:57

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE...
The Prevention of Corruption Act, 2004.

laws.gov.ag/acts/2004/a2004-21.pdf

A person commits an offence if he -
(a) corruptly solicits or accepts, whether directly or
indirectly, property or a benefit or advantage for
himself or another person for doing an act or for
omitting to do an act in the performance of his
functions as a public official;
(b) in the performance of his duties as a public official
performs or omits to perform any of his duties in a
public body for the purpose of obtaining any property,
a benefit or advantage for himself or any other
person;
(c) offers or grants directly or indirectly to a public
official any property or a benefit or advantage, for
doing or omitting to do any act in the performance of
his functions as a public official;
(d) fraudulently uses or conceals any property or other
benefit derived by an act or omission to act under
paragraphs (a), (b) or (c);
(e) allows hi3 private interest to conflict with his
public duties or to improperly influence his conduct
in the performance of his functions as a public
official;
03 improperly uses for his benefit or that of a third party
any classified or confidential information that he has
obtained in his duties as a public official;
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@really » 2014-03-20 07:33 #3

#92 Observer... » 2014-03-20 12:46

Never mind the price paid for that building is way overpriced. And so we have many more cases of alleged corruption that doesn’t even pass the smell test. And they have promised accountability and transparency. That was all talk nothing else. The little info that we were able to get our hands on is already frightening as to the level of corruption we will eventually expose. And I am still waiting on someone to proof the corruption in this case that has harmed the Treasury. I have stated that I have the proof of the price buildup by WIOC of fuel in Antigua. And it is the government that determines the final price in Antigua of oil. Not WIOC. WIOC is by contract award a certain profit margin and remember the government is part shareholder of WIOC. So they also benefit twice. Once as the tax collector and second as the shareholder. Who was so smart to put that in place? Couldn’t be dunce thieving individuals. Remember guys you can only fool those who refuse to think for themselves. And again all this revelation is good for is to have an open debate as to what and how our politicians should behave. Cause this is an immoral thing but is it really illegal? Show me which law in Antigua and Barbuda they have broken.
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@really » 2014-03-20 07:33 #2

#91 Observer... » 2014-03-20 12:35

. And regarding the evidence of wrong doings by the UPP. It was Minister Daniel who stated himself on the radio and wrote a letter to his PM that he was offered a bribe by one of his very own colleague. And what did the PM do. Not a thing. What more proof do you need if a bathroom should cost 10 times the normal value it takes to build it? What more proof do you need if a power plant claimed to be new and of which has cost twice over the normal amount on the market and posted online by the same company for far less, is up to today not working. All engines safe for one are down. Would you not demand an inquiry into this? What more proof do you need if the construction of a mile of road works out to be 10 times more than the estimate from any conservative engineer suggest it should have been. And to make matter worse the roads have been breaking down for years now. What more proof do you need if monies are taken out of the Treasury to host a concert and years thereafter no one can give an account as to how these monies were spend and the revenue from that concert. What more proof do you want when no public account can be presented to parliament since 2004. What more proof do you need if hard earned public funds are taken out of the Treasury to purchase an old supermarket building from someone who is a party member and the building is never used by the government?
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@really » 2014-03-20 07:33 #1

#90 Observer... » 2014-03-20 12:33

Why is it you want to tell me what I think and what I said when I wrote it down exactly. If you feel like quoting me just do like I did. I cut and paste your words. I never said I condone bribery. I only pointed out that it may be morally wrong but legally we seem to have a problem. What law have these men broken? Simple question. You throw some US laws for us. And now you are saying “Secondly, if no Antiguan laws were broken, then we NEED TO FIX THE ANTIGUAN LAWS.” Well let me tell you something Antigua laws are for Antiguans. USA laws are for Americans. We do not need to mimic the Laws of especially the USA. Yes you have all these bribery laws but at the same time you enact laws that allow the rich to pump so much money into an elections which is worst then bribery. See how the Koch brothers are controlling and buying up the politicians in the USA openly. See how the gun lobby is openly ensuring politicians are not even willing to vote to do a simple background check and that in the face of murders of school children. So on one hand you have your bribery laws and on the other hand you have people openly putting pressure and determining the outcome of anything politically. The USA is slowly but surely legalizing same sex marriage and marijuana. So does it means we have to fall in line because whatever they do we should do to. Give me a break.
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@Observer... pt 2

#89 really » 2014-03-20 07:33

Now we've been going back and forth and your arguments have become increasingly ridiculous. The fact of the matter is, we have a recording where the ex-prime minister, an ex-minister and chief of staff, an ex-public utilities minister are confessing to have received millions of dollars in kickbacks, and you are not condemning them. In fact, you're proposing that they be elected back into office.

Just because the UPP are equally bad doesn't mean we give another evil a chance. IF you have evidence as serious as these recordings which concerns the UPP Bring it forth. And I mean EVIDENCE, not speculation. Otherwise, it is clear you're just singing for your supper.
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#88 really » 2014-03-20 07:32

Firstly, you're the one who needs a reality check. I never called for the DPP to press charges. Secondly, if no Antiguan laws were broken, then we NEED TO FIX THE ANTIGUAN LAWS.

This is the first time I have ever heard anyone justifying bribery by saying it is legal in Antigua, but YOU'VE DONE IT!!! CONGRATULATIONS OBSERVER, YOU CLAIMED THAT BRIBERY VIA KICKBACKS IS LEGAL IN ANTIGUA!!!

Not only have you pointed this out, but you seem to be agreeing with it, instead of realizing that this is a form of corruption which deeply damages our society and economy.

There's a reason that kickbacks are illegal not just in the US, but in most 1st world country, and it's because it damages society and allows for politicians to syphon public funds into their own pockets.

Get your head out of the sand man.
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@ really » 2014-03-18 14:42 #2

#87 Observer... » 2014-03-19 12:06

That is part of them wanting to hold their big corporations in reign after they have manipulated many of the South American countries. But their laws have many loopholes, because donations are still given as charity. That is how we end up with the basketball playing court at the corner of Old Parham Road and Simon Boulevard Street. And Gaston and Molwyn end up with monies for their computer center. And if you remember Mr. Emanuel threatened Stanford at that time to report him to the US official as mingling in the internal politics. But we also see how the UPP was given monies to the Library, The ABDB, and a school for excellence, which by the way never came off the ground. Fiennes Institute and other cultural activities. You just present me in the Antiguan scenario where the law was broken and which law. Then you can ask the DPP to press charges.
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@ really » 2014-03-18 14:42

#86 Observer... » 2014-03-19 12:05

“There are a number of specific laws prohibiting kickbacks. For example, a payment to a US government official may trigger a fine of three times of value of the kickback and a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Bank kickbacks are prohibited under the Bank Bribery Amendments Act of 1985, which, in addition to the monetary fine, can also imprison offenders for up to 30 years. The Anti-Kickback Act of 1986 specifically prohibits government contractors from kickback schemes, and subjects violators to both civic and criminal charges.”
Really, you need a reality check. I thought you were quoting Antiguan Laws. You are not good in your head man. The US has plenty laws dealing with kickbacks etc. Even Stanford was prohibited according to the US laws to officially make any contributions to any political party here.
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#85 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-03-19 11:13

Dont expect anything else except Red thumbs.The truth hurts like stepping on Hot coals.
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@Kickbacks, Commission, Finder’s Fee #2

#84 Observer... » 2014-03-19 11:03

I implemented in the private sector a program that motivated employees to help the company safe cost. For every dollar they help safe cost on a permanent basis, be it cutting cost or doing business a different way. Or improving the product. They stand to benefit 10% of the savings. And for the sales department they had to just surpass the sales target and the bonus bell started to ring. And the participation was a great success. Because even the janitor had ideas as to how to cut cost in her area. So my friends you may make the accusations but where is the evidence. And let us not fool ourselves. In the US they have fancy words for it. But it comes down to the same thing. They call it Lobbying. These things are very technical. Blagojevich was sentence to prison for the same reason. So this is not really an Antiguan thing with politicians as some of you want us to believe. When temptation comes around these guys do not always have the morality to stand up and turn down an offer. That is why I believe we also need to address those businessmen/women who are luring our politicians to get government favors. To me they are a bigger problem than our politicians.
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@Kickbacks, Commission, Finder’s Fee #1

#83 Observer... » 2014-03-19 11:02

I have also charged in an earlier article that the policy in the Public Sector is that public servants are paid a finder’s fee or commission for the very same job they are paid to do. One very well-known individual got a finder’s fee from Dx xxxx for Assisting in the purchasing of a software for the department worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The person ending up earning an additional $40,000.00 that month extra above his salary. And so the policy is implemented even for ministers. If they bring an investor to the table they get paid a finder’s fee in percentage of the amount invested. The CIP is doing the very same thing. And the chap which name I will not call, but he used to work at ABIB is reaping in thousands of dollars. One Lenox used to have the same privilege. So when you see these type of kickbacks being hammered out. It is immoral but not illegal. We need to address this in Antigua and Barbuda. But I am afraid no one would want to give up such a lucrative business. Because only people in certain places get to benefit from it. No wonder if you honestly bring a good idea or an investor to the country it will go nowhere. Because someone wants the finder’s fee.
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@ Just the facts » 2014-03-19 07:47

#82 Observer... » 2014-03-19 10:36

Which facts are you talking about? Because you cannot have your own facts. I am still waiting on a shred of evidence showing that WIOC has increased the price to APUA in order to include the commissions paid to Lester and others. We seem to love making accusations without having the evidence and when we get caught we just pretend we never said so. Idem happened in 2004. I have proof of the calculation of the price buildup formula used by WIOC in order to arrive at the price. And I have stated before. The Government set the price not WIOC. WIOC is secured it’s various markups and use of its terminal out at sea. Those are all operational costs. If the price works out to be higher than what the Government has set than it will come out of the consumption tax. If it is lower Government gets the windfall. Not WIOC. But I guess you guys love when people are ignorant and then you can deceit them with your lies.
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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#81 Auddie » 2014-03-19 08:51

When will we hear the UPP Wilmoth et al tapes??????? Rock and hardplace, Devil and deep blue see, chose your favorite ** the one who will grease your palm is it? :-x :-x
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#80 Just the facts » 2014-03-19 07:47

I guess this answers gaston question as to why electricity is so high in Antigua and Barbuda. But I guess now the money financing his path to leadership asot, Lester and robin will not have to answer any questions. Poor us
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PAY BACK ALL THE MONEY TAKEN

#79 Pensioner » 2014-03-19 05:27

Unless we can let them pay back all the money taken we are wasting time with those 3 blind mice, sINGING - see how they thief, they took up me money with a carving nice, they slice it up amongst themselves, 3 blind micey micey 3 blind mice. Now go after them for me money.
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#78 Rational » 2014-03-19 03:39

From my vantage point, Observer you sound like a possessed man. Writing a novel on here is not going to change the minds of the people about ALP.
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@Begging » 2014-03-18 16:21

#77 Observer... » 2014-03-19 02:17

Begging, you are doing real good. Beg for mercy for them because they will need it. Weston has put you guys on notice. This is not like you guys threats. They will find the evidence and you all will face the music. So keep begging.
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@ HC. » 2014-03-18 13:29

#76 Observer... » 2014-03-19 02:00

HC they would like us to forget about the fabricated scandal that brought them in to power in 2004. All lies and deceit all over again. Corruption was then the slogan, corruption is now the slogan. meanwhile the people suffer under their wicket policies. Mothers cannot pay for their children birth certificates and others cannot pay their utility bills and the missery goes on and on. They cannot pay their bills. Keep filling one hole with another. issuing T Bill after T Bill and not able to jumpstart the economy. And we are just getting deeper and deeper in the hole. Sorry Baldwin time is up. Mek way. Move your Rash mek we pass.
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@ Sleuth5000 » 2014-03-19 00:49

#75 Observer... » 2014-03-19 01:38

I can accept your point of view. Although I don't agree. Things change slowly and it is we the people who must demand change. We this generation are different than the one before us. So where PAPA was in agreement of wearing two hats, we are not. But having said that we must realize that anyone having a thriving law practice or a bunisess and enters into politics would not do so at his own expense. He/she needs to be properly rewarded for. So in fact we need to at the same time deal with both issues. Good pay and stop the two hats and kickback business. Do you know suddenly many of the UPP minsiters seem to have interest in Heavy Duty eguipment. And they seem to have influence as to who gets what contract for supplying these services to the government. Total conflict of interest. These are the things we Antiguans need to address. And by the way you cannot make a law retroacticve. That is the problem with the new law Baldwin is trying to push on us re. being qualified to register to vote. He is in fact de-registering some none nationals. Who qualified before under the old law.
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#74 Sleuth5000 » 2014-03-19 00:49

I am mindful also that the PAPPA of the nation on television endorsed such behavior and he also supported them wearing more than one hat. Why would GB introduced such laws and to whom will that law apply? How far back will this law extent it's hand better yet will these greasers ever be touched? Better yet as I can see it is so difficult prosecuting Politicians and who moreso what agency will be given such powers. As I see it all we will continue to do is accept them putting a finger or two on our money with an occasional whole hand up the A. This is soooooooo unfortunate. We have so many intelligent, vibrant, capable and noteworthy people in A&B BUT THEY ARE FROWNED UPON BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO ASSOCIATE WITH SCOUNDRELS.
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#73 Sleuth5000 » 2014-03-19 00:48

While some commenting about the lesser of two evil crap and others so deeply died in RED. it is more than clear that many are so fed up with UPP that to have thieves like AM, LBB, RY and GB seem better. There is not an appetite for fairness, justice, confession and the like. But the sight, vision and opportunity for thousands to return to prominence is vivid hence the reason they reasoned as they do. I noticed there are some suggestions for whatever government to enact in the future. May I ask is the previous government never saw it fit to enact one then, has lost power, has been exposed as thieves and for the ten years out of power never tried to introduced such bill. Why even to this day they have made no mention of their wrongdoings not one. They have simply ignored the papers, the recordings as if they don't exist.
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@ Get Real » 2014-03-18 14:44 #4

#72 Observer... » 2014-03-18 23:50

Because they are the same people coming back. It’s the same Colin James, It’s the same Samantha Marshall, it’s the same Melford Nicholas, it’s the same Teco Lake, it’s the same Michael Brown and it’s the same Chet Green and it’s the same Lenox Weston and it’s the same Arthur Nibbs, and it’s the same Dean Jonas, and it’s the same Londell Benjamin and surely it is the same leader The Honorable Gaston Brown. OK give me these men/women and you can have the rest. Oops sorry you cannot have Cutie and Molwyn. So because you seem to have an issue with Robin, Asot, Lester we need to give up the entire party. Be real. The party is bigger than any one of these. And surely for at least two of these men it will be the last time they run. So wheel and come again. But this election we are taking you out. We are putting the country back in capable hands. In the hands of men and women who know what it is to run a country and move it forward. A leader with a real vision and can think outside the box. We’re ready to rebuild this loving Island of ours. UPP really mash it up.
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@ Get Real » 2014-03-18 14:44 #3

#71 Observer... » 2014-03-18 23:50

I guess the information officer has not been given the so called public information. Nothing and I mean nothing these guys do is above board and all deceit and lies. To date not one year of public accounts presented to parliament. So much for accountability. Yet they see it fit to go to parliament on the last day to pass a bill to strengthen the power as they say of the director of Audit. What a mockery they are making of the parliament. Why not bring to parliament what you were supposed to do for over ten years. The accounts. They even manipulate the statutory companies forbidding them to issue any of their financials. MBS use to put out it’s financials until the minister stopped them to so do. And why? Because we will then see how the statutory bodies have also been plundered under this UPP government. But now is called investment in T Bills. 10 years 20 years 30 years. And rather my MBS monies being used for healthcare it is now being used to pay ridiculous rent for the minister for a building he didn’t even occupied for over a years and furnish his lavish office. But he lets forget about the UPP focus on the wrong doings of the ABLP of ten years ago and fear for a repeat of this.
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@ Get Real » 2014-03-18 14:44 #2

#70 Observer... » 2014-03-18 23:48

And now they also want to control the issuing of registration cards. It is clear they are running scared and are pulling all the stops. They are like a drowning man holding onto a straw. People don’t be fooled this time around. They are the evil one. We have seen it for the last ten years. No mercy what so ever on the poor. No regards for the decisions of the courts. See how they have misused parliament to make laws just to get their way. Especially in ABEC. The UPP cannot be trusted. They promised us that electricity bills would be less under them. The fuel variation charge was to be abolished. But instead they increased the cost of people’s utility bills. Today many poor people have their utilities cut. Certain water standpipes have been shut without regards for those who depended on them. Next their chairman Joseph resigned and not even a word from the PM as to what happened and why and who replaced him. Before the 2004 election we had enough taxes on the books, after the election we got slap with PIT. Before 2004 our passport is not for sale. After 2004 The CIP is a wonderful way to bring investment to the country. Look how nice I can introduce to the people our newest Antiguan Citizen Mr. George Georges from Syria, but living in Lebanon. And how much did he pay?
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@ Get Real » 2014-03-18 14:44

#69 Observer... » 2014-03-18 23:47

Notice it is all the same strategy to fool us over and over again. They are done with discussing the issues at hand. The economy is not an issue for them. Jobs are not an issue for them. Crime is not an issue for them. They only want to focus on what happened more than ten years ago. Malign the ABLP for anything and everything. Look at the past and forget about the present and the future. Look at the ABLP wrong doings and forget about the wrong doings by the UPP. Get scared live in fear because if the ABLP come to power they will do all these bad things again. Anyone who falls for this will be lost for the next ten years again. UPP earned the first five years. They stole the second five years and now they again want to fool us to give them another five years. Cause stealing it is a little more difficult this time around. They try the lie of tainted list and force a re-registration. In the process they disenfranchised many locals. Those students overseas who could not make it back to re-register. They gerrymander the boundaries. Trying to see if they can win by ballot boxes only. This way even if the ABLP has the majority of the popular votes they still would win the ballot boxes.
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#68 Pensioner » 2014-03-18 23:36

I want to hear the tapes from Asot of those from camp ALP grabament that borrowed or took a lot of $$ from Social Security savings. Now we short on savings there and late on payments now but me want all me pension or we suing Social Security or the owner the government.
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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#67 Morris » 2014-03-18 22:21

After listening to the recording at least 10x, I have to conclude tat we have some of the dumbest criminals in the C'bean posing as stalwart politicians. Imagine these guys getting involved in corruption and not keeping track of the:
Who - will be involved in the schemes?
What - entity they will be scheming?
Why - they plan to scheme it?
When - they plan to start and end?
Where - will the monies end up?
Who - will be paid how much and how often?
How - will the paper trail be handled and by whom?

I said this because those are the questions those clowns keep asking Asot as he, the only one with full details of the scheme, directs the meetings. They all seem to have amnesia until he says, see the document here that you signed?then the say, "oh yeah yeah."

Please tell me again why do these no good scoundrels deserve another chance to control ANU's economy/1 If they do, then ANU might fall lower than Mali on the world poverty index.
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#66 CIROC » 2014-03-18 21:39

The three of them come like three blind mice.Asot,Lester,Rob in the Hood.This time we will cut off their tails with a carving knife.Those three corrupt blind mice.
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#65 GiveMeABreak » 2014-03-18 21:26

It's unbelievable to me that ANYONE can support ANY politician in this country. We need to get rid a ALL A DEM! We need to put proper laws in place and jail the ones that broke those laws. Until another bunch of people come forward to form a Government we should run the country like a company, hire and fire as necessary, you'll see how quickly our country will be in the black. For as long as UPP is running our country (badly) and ABLP is foaming at the mouth for power we will ALWAYS be doomed. :sad:
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@ Gripe Water - Paragons of Virtues!

#64 ! » 2014-03-18 20:05

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Anansi teaches "Never get Angry! Never let Hostility cloud your Vision, Mission & Strategic Plan".
Nation Building demands Responsibility, Courage, Compassion, Honesty, Friendship, Persistence & Faith, traits necessary & essential to good character development. If our youths are to inculcate such traits, it is imperative that our leaders, opinion framers, politicos, Black Elites, Intelligentsia & Ecclesiastics provide them with as many examples of good & bad, right & wrong as our history encomp**.
Tim Hector pointed out the great writings of literature, history & our spoken anthologies are instructive & will help our youth to develop & become honest, hard working & productive citizens furthering the forward advance of Nation Building.
What of those promoting truth? Did you just land on the Rock or did the Rock just land on you? Hector toiled in this vineyard & exposed all of these rascals long before there were News Portals. He stayed at home & successfully prevailed before the Law Lords on Press Freedom. He was true! He lost a wife! He lost printing presses! His Agricultural innovative Technologies were sabotaged! His printing house was firebombed! He was a founder of the UPP! He was disappointed by the leader!
Where were all those who have now found the new religion cloaked as the Medium is The Massage using Behavioural Dynamics to control thought processes. Can you dig it!
Go Well With Respect!
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#63 Meigo Man » 2014-03-18 20:02

PLEASE DON'T FORGET THAT WILMOUTH DANIEL SAID ON PUBLIC RADIO THAT HE WAS OFFERED A BRIBE TO SUPPORT THE UPP BUYING A OVERPRICED BUILDING!

5 YEAR MANDATORY SENTENCE FOR WHO OFFERED THE BRIBE!

HOW COME NOBODY ASKING BALDWIN TO FIRE THE BRIBOR? OH...I FORGOT...EVEN THOUGH THAT WAS ON PUBLIC RADIO...IT WAS ABOUT THE BLUE BOYS AND THEIR MIDDLE EASTERN MASTERS!

NOT A PEEP FROM "COOL RULER" OR THE OTHER BLUE CRONIES INCLUDING "REALLY"? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Why be so hostile?

#62 Gripe water » 2014-03-18 17:27

JF 11 I sense you are very partisan, your politics is an open book. However, what most concern me are your attacking words against those promoting the truth.
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North Atlantic Privateers - Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations - Influencing Voter Behaviour! PT7

#61 John French !! » 2014-03-18 16:53

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! To those citizens & residents of Antigua and barbuda intent to reconcile & weave a stronger, more vibrant social fabric & a pwerhouse in the OECS, based on the honest, unique and diverse strenghts of people of African Descent, North Atlantic, Arabs, South Asians & Orientals, let us demonstrate that Quote:
The heart that truly loves has no room for grudges.
If we are intent on “navel gazing” rather than advancing Nation Building, it may be prudent to pursue all alleged miscreants through our own Truth & Reconciliation Committee. There will be a very long line of witnesses from all segments of society.
Heaven help the people of the country of Antigua & Barbuda including Redonda.
Oh Gad! Pray Fuh Mi Picknees!
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#60 John French !! » 2014-03-18 16:45

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Ouadadlians, Quote:
The one who tries to swallow a large stone surely has confidence in the size of his throat.
We are reminded that this First Past The Post system is like Sisyphus being punished for deceit by being compelled to roll a rock uphill only to see it roll down as it nears the top. A&B is 170 sq. Miles with a population of some 87774 at the 2011 Census & to date GoAB has not released the Information now approaching 90,000 according to the CIA Factbook. Familial ties run everywhere. Ponder on our society to understand the effects on our small society. This commenter refers to Commissioner 81st. The family have a proud legacy of rebellion from the Crump Plantation. Hercules & Hannibal were broken on the Rack, dismembered & heads posted like the Romans did to intimidate the Barbarians/Slaves. It is said that the Commissioner is the 81st child. One of the named Contractor has many relatives buried in the Bowels of GoAB & representatives of A&B in the various Courts of Imperial North Atlantic. Nothwithstanding the North Atlantic Constitution & Judiciary, is there another approach rather than the Pirates Retribution of having others walk the Plank? Some have suggested proceeding down a path of Truth, Reconciliation, Justice, Redemption & Forgiveness. Naming & shaming as has been done in South Africa, Canada & other societies may prove more effective & long lasting in changing mores, attitudes & behaviour.
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#59 John French !! » 2014-03-18 16:31

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Rastas,Quote:
Charity is a matter of the heart, not the pocket.
One of the biggest challenges facing any society is Change. In societies shaped by imperialism, colonialism, slavery, religiosity & buccaneer capitalism – Captain Morgan a most Blood thirsty Pirate was given the ultimate prize – Governor of Jamaica, John Newton one of the most successful slavers wrote many of the hymns sung lustily in Churches including “Amazing Grace” and Antigua’s Nathaniel Gilbert, “Planter”, Lawyer, Leader and Member of the Legislator, not only enslaved our ancestors but brought the poor souls Methodism – this is even more difficult. Quote:
Many politicians to give them the benefit of the doubt are timid. The minute they are elected, they are obsessed with and their thinking shifts to how to get re-elected. The way to get re-elected is to do more of the same. Maybe a little bit better, but more of the same. But unfortunately now we not only have to focus on doing things right, but also on doing the right things. Gil Penalosa on Putting People First”
Truth, Justice & The Antiguan & Barbudan Way! Many Many Many Men wish Death Pon Us. Have Mercy Pon Us!
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#58 John French !! » 2014-03-18 16:21

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Youths, Quote:
Caution is not cowardice; even ants march armed.
This commenter has previously stated that “E dham Fahrad” & that it is quite clear that there is absolutely no understanding of either the Location, Marking – Time & Space of people of African Descent resident in the New World muchless Antigua & Barbuda. Would suggest immersion in the writings of Althea Prince, “Being Black”, any of Jamaica Kincaid’s Works, “Antigua Black” by Gregson & Margo Davis, “Ten Hills Farm” by C.S. Manegold, “The Devil’s Bridge” by Edgar O. Lake, Richard D. E. Burton’s “Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition, and Play in the Caribbean”, will not advane the works of Eric Williams, CLR James or Hillary Beckles, engagement with Susan Lowes in discourse on Antigua and its people, learning of Anansi from Joanne Hillhouse, Dorbrene Omarde and/or Dr. Paget Henry and listening to Rev. Dr. Cortwright Davis who will be in Antigua shortly speaking on an important topic which will help to clarify how we see ourselves as subjects or objects to our history, the behaviour of the political cla$$es, Black Elites & the role of the governed working cla$$ or as Fanon says "the Wretched of The Earth" & the Ecclesiastics "The Poor You Will Always Have!"Quote:
Let us find a way to belong to this time & place together. Our future & the well-being of our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today. Chief Dr. Robert Joseph.
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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#57 Begging » 2014-03-18 16:21

My fellow Antiguans and Barbudans for the love of country I ask you to do some retrospection on the decisions you will make in the voting booth on election day.
I notice some ABLP supporters saying that these things have happened long ago- well I agree and it would not have mattered to me EXCEPT THAT THE SAME SET OF PEOPLE ARE STILL RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE. THEY HAVE NOT CHANGED and are we going to vote them in again to RAPE OUR TAX DOLLARS AND CHILDREN'S FUTURE???? GOD FORBID. Antigua will be cursed, for righteousness exalteth a nation but sin (including corruption) is a reproach to any people.
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North Atlantic Privateers - Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations - Influencing Voter Behaviour! PT3

#56 John French !! » 2014-03-18 15:47

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! CountryMen,Quote:
Be sure you stand on solid ground before you stretch out the hand to grab something & Never develop an appetite for the fruits of a tree you cannot climb.
As the Vendor at the Market says, Pay Attention!Quote:
Having said that, it appears that the message may not be penetrating the Antiguan Public in a meaningful way. Comments on previous articles show that the deep division between UPP and ALP supporters is not being bridged for the sake of justice.
The focus should not be on UPP or ALP, nor should it be on the upcoming elections, but rather on politicians behind held accountable as individuals. The goal of a democratic society should not be to vote out the corrupt, but rather to hold those who commit corruption accountable.
Instead of arguing for and against each political party, the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda should remove the beam from between their eyes and realise that the corruption that has been exposed is real, and the perpetrators must be tried in court regardless of party, status, or position.
It is impolitic to question another's motivations. The stated inclinations either are totally disingenuous, given that the medium is the massage being used to influence voter behaviour, or a total lack of understanding of the cognitive & structural aspects of the people of A&B’s cultural & psychological location sans any of the formative functional aspects.
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#55 John French !! » 2014-03-18 15:38

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! CountryWomen,Quote:
The integrity of a person is seen, not in falling, but in rising after each fall.
Given A&B’s Political, Economic, Social & Technological Environment, how does one propose a constructural adjustment to disorientation, ... & lac k of agency? In other words, given that there is Natural Law Moral Theory - moral standards that govern human behavior & are objectively derived from the nature of us as human beings, the nature Antigua & Barbuda & of the wider world whose colonial & imperial values helped to bend us into what hasevolved. What should be the Natural Response from the A&B's people of African Descent if these “new found expose’s” , which the late Tim Hector had revealed in the “Outlet” replete with cancelled cheques & supporting documentation years ago. That there was no audio is without question, fully supports a stated condition that “We are not a reading people” which, even today, in another century, ably confirms the reception which Tenman receives when providing citations to bhuttress his arguments. What were, should have been & be our Natural Responses in our relationships, attitudes toward the Political, Economic, Socio-cultural, Ethical, Demographical, Legal, Technological, Ecological & Regulatory environment, kinship patterns, preferences for colors, type of religion, and historical referent points for the people of African Descent resident on A&B?
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North Atlantic Privateers - Geopolitical Intelligence & Operations - Influencing Voter Behaviour!

#54 John French !! » 2014-03-18 15:25

Notes from A Native Son Of The Rock! The discourse from the Amofah Market at Da Bridge has caused the ancestors at “Eve’s Garden” & Otto’s Pasture to shake, rattle & roll. Anansi shouts to the Akan & Ashanti that there is a need to re-assert a sense of agency in order to achieve sanity. Quote:
A good name shines in the dark.
A few words about “Eve’s Garden” – the desecrated cemetery on which sits the open plaza at the Market – Otto’s Pasture – where King Court/Prince Klass & his co-conspirators were broken on the rack, quartered & dismembered & heads posted. Friends, Before proceeding further, revisit yesterday’s Govt has Rights to Gaynors Estate. Tenman & JF!! have reminded on many an occasion that Moses was denied entry into the Promised Land not for disobedience but questioning. Beware of Greeks bearing Gifts who like Achilles not only was prepared to kill Hector but to strip him of his fine armour – our patrimony paid for with our ancestors blood & monies VC borrowed, since as he would not only broadcast far & wide that we are not Natives of this Land, but through the Law Lords – s support his kith & kin. As is said of Achilles behaviour This was a shockingly dishonourable act and against all the rules of ancient warfare. So let it be said, so let it be written of the so called “Moses of A&B”! History will never absolve that Act! We must be forever vigilant of those strangers amongst us who wish to speak for and direct us!
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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#53 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-03-18 15:18

I wonder what Slythat guy is going to do the Second he realizes that the citizens of Antigua/Barbuda are wise enough to know that they are worth more than Blue Sneakers and blue Earrings and that we can longer continue to keep a Carpenter employed to do a Surgeons Job? That moment will come the day the Carpenter gives us the date for the General Elections which is just a few Sunrises away.I would hope he has running Water at that particular time,we know how scarce it is these days,and Diarrhea can be a very un-sanitary and Un-Comfortable condition.
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@ Observer

#52 JD » 2014-03-18 15:08

You miss my point, and currently 'my' prime minister is also your prime minister whatever you might feel about him/this. It's a case of picking the lesser of two evils - unfortunately we don't seem to have much choice right now. We deserve so much better and I think we can both agree on this.
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#51 ABLP DIEHARD » 2014-03-18 14:51

Skyewill, Tenman, Antigua Woman and Patriot Mind are all hiding today so me come out to take the blows but me nar take none for them scamps above. They are all bad and raped Antigua and Barbuda and should be banned from future office. The problem thou, they are all we got that can win anything so please beat me because me a still voting labour forever. They need to pay back what they got illegally so why Skyewill, Tenman, Antigua Woman and Patriot Mind do not come and save my hide from bull buds? However, me strong like papa Bird and I know he would have condemned them so Gaston, come out of hiding and defend labour with me.
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#50 The Raven » 2014-03-18 14:46

You people are something else. Exactly how much of the cool-aid did you all drink?
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RE: New Recording - Robin Yearwood Lester Bird Kickbacks Exposed Part II

#49 Get Real » 2014-03-18 14:44

I would rather concern myself about the wrong doings of the current government who are still in power than something that may or may not of happened 10 years ago.

Why do you think Leroy King was never extradited or Errol Cort never investigated for their parts in the Stanford fraud? WHY because to many of the current government ministers have to much to hide.

How could Spencer and the UPP allow Asot, Lester and Robin to be handed over to the courts, when they themselves would later be held to account for there actions like the Wadadli Power Plant which has cost this nation more than any alleged kickbacks made to these individuals.
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for your viewing pleasure pt 2

#48 really » 2014-03-18 14:42

Why it Matters:

There are a number of specific laws prohibiting kickbacks. For example, a payment to a US government official may trigger a fine of three times of value of the kickback and a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Bank kickbacks are prohibited under the Bank Bribery Amendments Act of 1985, which, in addition to the monetary fine, can also imprison offenders for up to 30 years. The Anti-Kickback Act of 1986 specifically prohibits government contractors from kickback schemes, and subjects violators to both civic and criminal charges.

Companies should steer clear of giving any special direct or indirect favors or making payments including finder's fees, gifts, and special payments to family or friends of a banker or government official. Such actions may be perceived as kickbacks and subject to penalties/punishment .
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for your viewing pleasure pt 1

#47 really » 2014-03-18 14:42

What it is:

A kickback is a method of bribery in which something of value is exchanged for a favorable decision.

How it works/Example:

A kickback can take many forms, all of which are illegal. For example, a building contractor might give a portion of what he or she is paid to a government official who approved the building plans for the project. Or, a biomedical company might offer training, travel, or other benefits to doctors who recommend theev product to patients. Another example would be a financial institution that provides cash or bonuses to mortgage brokers who convince borrowers to select their services over another provider.
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re: Observer...

#46 really » 2014-03-18 14:39

Quote:
For now I have bought in to the ABLP program and believe it will be the way to better the live of the people and take us on the road to prosperity once again. Where we will again be the envy of the Eastern Caribbean and soon the entire Caribbean.
I can understand how you believe this when you don't view kickbacks as illegal. By the way, here's some reading material for you:
www.investinganswers.com/financial-dictionary/businesses-corporations/kickback-490

Finally, I believe that if you bought into the ALP program because of the 500 houses in 500 days project, and ignored all of the evidence of corruption against several, leading members of the ALP, then you are essentially supporting corruption.

If you believe that Lester, Robin, and Asot should be removed from the ALP (as many of us do), which would make the party "clean", then please explain to us why Gaston has not done so? Why has he deliberately ignored the recordings being presented? Isn't he afraid of bringing these dangerous elements into power? Where is concern for the country?

Please note, I am in no way supporting the UPP. In all honesty, I believe Antiguans should just not show up at the polls in the next election until proper legislation is put in place to protect the public from corrupt politicians. Not to mention that all politicians suspected in corruption resign pending court judgements.
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@ JD » 2014-03-18 13:03

#45 Observer... » 2014-03-18 14:20

Your prime minister has been found by the court more than once to be in breach of the law. That is lawless. And do you know he still owes the country $1mln for the Dato Tan court case he lost.
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@CIROC » 2014-03-18 12:46

#44 Observer... » 2014-03-18 14:18

Sungu no better than Lungu
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And now lets get back to the issues at hand #2

#43 Observer... » 2014-03-18 14:15

And believe me there are many more like them. But they are not the majority of people with wealth. So it is not a scientific fact that people with money with commit fraud. But temptation is hard to resist for a hungry man to not go out and steal. Or a woman to not sell her body. Or a young man to not sell drugs. The parties need to present their manifesto’s in order to enable us to make the decision who to vote based on their program. So far the Labour Party is touting a few programs such as the 500 hundred homes. But what has the UPP come with so far? Only pointing out and reacting on what the ABLP is claiming. It’s about time they come with their program where they want to take Antigua. And that is where the focus should be on. For now I have bought in to the ABLP program and believe it will be the way to better the live of the people and take us on the road to prosperity once again. Where we will again be the envy of the Eastern Caribbean and soon the entire Caribbean.
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And now lets get back to the issues at hand #1

#42 Observer... » 2014-03-18 14:15

Given we now know that both ALP and UPP have misbehave in public office and have shown not to be men/women of integrity. Let’s deal with the issue of who is better to run the affairs of the country. Ten years and they the UPP cannot make the live of the citizens better. Things are getting worse every day. Crime is escalating and yet the nonsensical argument that there is no correlation between crime and poverty is being suggested by Lovell and his soldiers. Many studies done by renowned professors of universities all over the world. Nothing related to Antigua alone. In the USA in Canada in Europe. They have been able to demonstrate that yes there is a correlation between poverty and crime. In fact I listen to one making the argument that he can call persons who have a job and still committing crime. Like he said the policeman that was involved in the shooting dead of the gas station worker at Dees. I can only say to persons like those. Just read the statistics. That is why we have them. If more than fifty percent of the people in jail were unemployed while committing the crime it is already considered a scientific fact. So do not come with the odd cases and claim you have facts. Yes we also have people committing crime of greed no one is dismissing that. People like Madoff and Stanford are greedy.
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#41 really » 2014-03-18 14:13

Your naivety is beyond comprehension. Do you realize it was Bruce Rappaport who was the big boss at WIOC at the time that these dealings were taking place? The same Bruce Rappaport who was so deeply involved in IHI?

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I am sure WIOC lawyers would not let them sign an illegal agreement.
If you're trusting lawyers, we have a big problem. Lester Bird, Errol Cort, and Asot Michael are all lawyers.

Secondly, APUA was paying an inflated rate, whether you're willing to accept it or not. An additional fee was being paid by APUA to WIOC of 5 cents and later 7 cents. Whether you want to believe that or not is your choice, but there is a recording on this very webpage where not 1, not 2, but 3 politicians are explaining this. And these politicians were prime minister, chief of staff, and minister of public works and energy when the dealings were taking place, not to mention the fact that they cooperated on several corrupt deals with the head of WIOC (Rappaport).

If you still find it completely impossible to believe, I have no remedy for you my friend.

The law that was broken is that politicians accepted kickbacks. It doesn't even matter what they gave back. Money, paid by the public, went into APUA, into WIOC, and back to the pockets of Lester Bird and Robin Yearwood. About $43.5 Million EC of it.

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Because in one I see no direct harm done to the Treasury.
No direct harm...SIGH
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Great article

#40 fnpsr » 2014-03-18 13:56

This is a great article. However, I would rephrase the following paragraph: “This is the reason why corruption of this sort can continue to grow in Antigua and Barbuda. This is why wealthy politicians have and continue to take advantage of the impoverished public of Antigua and Barbuda.” to read as follows:

“This is the reason why corruption of this sort will continue to grow in Antigua and Barbuda unless addressed immediately. This is an example of how politicians become wealthy and will continue to take advantage of the impoverished public of Antigua and Barbuda.”

“Let’s fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the little things.”
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@ Dessalines » 2014-03-18 12:35

#39 Observer... » 2014-03-18 13:54

I am always there. I have denounce and renounce the past actions. But again I am not blind to see the corruption happening now at this very minute. So infact to chose from two evils, the ABLP is the better of the two evils. Because in one I see no direct harm done to the Treasury. In the other I see blatant ripp off of our tax dollars.
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@ really » 2014-03-18 12:11 #2

#38 Observer... » 2014-03-18 13:47

By the way we were promised an adjustment every now and then if the price goes down on the world market. My next point was to show the corruption that really caused us the hard cash from the Treasury. And then I say let’s fix the problem, by demanding from our elected officials some action in changing the laws and putting new systems in place. Like oversight committees. Holding those accountable that has to oversee this. The Ombudsman office is not working. The Integrity Committee is not working. The Information Officer is not working, the Audit Committee is not working. Those are all institutions that are set up to safeguard our democracy but are not working. So something needs to be done. But don’t tell me who to vote for. And why. Because ALL have sin and fall short. Simple as that. You may be emotionally inclined to pick up the first stone and throw it. But I think the UPP has seen that, if you’re living in a glass house don’t throw stones.
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@ really » 2014-03-18 12:11 #1

#37 Observer... » 2014-03-18 13:46

Nowhere in my comments did I deny the kickbacks. I only don’t believe they are illegal. I believe these are immoral. Please point to which law they have broken. Not what they have done. Also notice that all these kickbacks are documented in signed agreements with these individuals. Who would sign an illegal agreement? I am sure WIOC lawyers would not let them sign an illegal agreement. That would make the agreement null and void. But again my focus continued with showing you that WIOC cannot inflate their price to APUA. The Price Build Up is a calculation done up to today. For every shipment that comes in the price is set. Government determines the price of oil in Antigua base on this mechanism. Not WIOC. If the market price per barrel is $100.00 they add the freight, Insurance and the commissions and the taxes and if it is higher than the price set by the Government, WIOC will take the difference from the taxes. If the price calculated is lower, than the Government gets the windfall. Not WIOC.
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If you are serious enact the following below:

#36 fnpsr » 2014-03-18 13:43

Laws the next government should enact.

It shall be illegal for a politician or a government official to accept or offer a bribe. – 5 year mandatory sentence.

It shall be illegal for a politician or governmental official not to report an offer of a bribe - a one-year sentence

It shall be illegal for a politician or government official to receive a finder’s fee - 5 year mandatory sentence

It shall be illegal for a politician or a government official to accept or give a gift to any one person in excess of EC$100. – 3 mandatory sentence

It shall be illegal for a politician or government official not to report gifts in excess of $100. 3 year mandatory sentence.

Any fees, commissions, finder’s fee, kickbacks, bribes, received by a politician or government official shall be confiscated, along with anything that is bought with the ill-gotten gain.

It shall be mandatory for all politicians and government officials to disclose publicly their audited financial statements, to include worldwide assets. Failure to do so will result in a mandatory 3-year jail sentence.

It shall be illegal to misappropriate public funds. A 10-year mandatory jail
sentence.

“Let’s fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the big things.”
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#35 Young Voter. » 2014-03-18 13:41

Drowning man grasp at anything cant say i can blame them.Anyways we voting Labour. Cant work,cant eat.Labour labour labour labour.We voting labour. UPP now gone forever.
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#34 HC. » 2014-03-18 13:29

I would hope none of you end up in jail like the young Girl who was on the tape all over Antigua.I understand she is now an adult and resting in a Surinam prison along with her Mother for Libel and extortion. Tell Baldwin to Call the dam elections now,we dont care about any recordings,,and we dont want any blue shoes and earrings either.. The UPP must go.
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@SlyThatGuy

#33 Vere C. Bird III » 2014-03-18 13:16

For your information the choir master and all choir members are apart of the choir. You're getting too worked up, take deep breaths. I don't know who is fighting you certainly not me. Peace brother :lol:
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#32 WING WANG » 2014-03-18 13:15

Gaston,Asot is destroying you ;.Get the rid of him.I just hope he doesnt have the goods on you.That deviant is bringing the whole legacy of the labour movement into disrepute.Where is the rightous Max Hurst in this? HIS father would die of shame if he was here. SHAME on all of you who are quiet.
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Poor us

#31 JD » 2014-03-18 13:03

Great photo. The UPP certainly needs to improve and do a better job all but I would rather them right now than this lawless bunch. Poor us - we deserve so much better than any of them.
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@Observer

#30 CIROC » 2014-03-18 12:46

Where is you moral compass ?
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@ Observer - Where is everyone else?

#29 Dessalines » 2014-03-18 12:35

Does anyone else notice how these politicians become genii when the task at hand involves enriching themselves. I can't help but notice the ingenuity, the precision, the attention to detail and the focus they employ to rob the country and send the money away to the US and England.
But do not ask them to upgrade our educational plants or even build decent roads for us to drive on. They will surely bungle it like they do everything else.
Where is the interest in Antigua. Why have I not heard one word about Antigua and Barbuda on these recordings?
Again I call on the ten men to explain to us why we should let these characters control the funds in the Treasury again and the female Antiguan to convince us we need a change - from what to what? At least Observer showed his/her face although the reasoning way off base.
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re: Observer..

#28 really » 2014-03-18 12:11

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Therefore in my opinion these kickbacks have only effect on the profits earned by WIOC. In my earlier post I said already that although immoral these are not really illegal activities.
It's clear to me that you didn't listen to the recording. Asot himself identifies the funds as kickbacks, and kickbacks by all definitions are a form of bribery, which is illegal. Furthermore, the money that was being paid came through APUA, as the additional kickback fee was only taken on oil related products sold to APUA. And I'm sure you know where APUA gets money to buy fuel from.

I encourage you to have another listen to the recording before you run your mouth like a wildebeest.

However, I doubt this will be effective. The article above states:
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The focus should not be on UPP or ALP, nor should it be on the upcoming elections, but rather on politicians behind held accountable as individuals. The goal of a democratic society should not be to vote out the corrupt, but rather to hold those who commit corruption accountable.
And yet you read something completely different, causing you to write:
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So my dear CA I have no problem calling us to standup against corruption, but I do have a problem in calling us to standup against the ABLP.
The bias is strong with this one...
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Patriot Mind

#27 ALP INSIDER » 2014-03-18 11:58

Where is the comment now???? No comment? It is amazing that you and Skyewill can support this type of situation. Nothing that you can allege with the UPP can even be considered in the league with this. Winston Williams was mentioned with sports facilities and the UPP have moved him out! What say you now GB??? you have a convicted woman beater and these guys on the ticket......
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#26 The Raven » 2014-03-18 11:54

And these are the individuals that their supporters are hell bend on ruling Antigua and Barbuda. I am not shock at this new revelation because a rat is a rat is a rat. What does shock me is the blind eyes being turned by their supporters. And I blame them because without their votes they would not be in the position to keep milking Antigua and her people. What is it going to take for them to see the two face beast that they are. They are without conscious or remorse. This is betrayal to the highest degree. There will be an opportunity hopefully very soon to show them that this kind of blatant robbery will not longer be accepted. None of them can be trusted. Send a strong message make them an example. And for the rest of us lets push for the justice system to act swiftly, so that these piranha can get their just rewards. May God continue to bless and watch over the people of Antigua and Barbuda.
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What really is corruption? #3

#25 Observer... » 2014-03-18 11:26

It was clear in the public eyes that Dr. Cort allegedly was instrumental in getting MBS pay the firm in which he had an interest a bill of $1.4mln that Mr. Stanford had refused to pay. Even one of our calypsonian made a song about it. In all what had transpired the UPP didn’t seem to have a problem with him running on their ticket. All because of the politics. If we as a people are serious of rooting out corruption we much demand that our leaders do something about it. One way is to also set term limits for our politicians. And the other way is to pay them well for their service. I cannot see that a lawyer like Dr. Cort with a thriving practice would give up that practice for a foolish little salary. Oh no there is much more to that. And just judging by the lifestyle of our politicians before they went into office and after they had been in office tell you they could never have built up that wealth with the salaries they earn from government. But we sit and watch silently. We need to have new systems of accountability in place. Perhaps we need to establish some oversight committees. But then again look at how ineffective our Ombudsman is. Or our Audit Committee that to date cannot call a meeting because the members are politicians that cannot be summoned to attend the meetings or be fired. So my dear CA I have no problem calling us to standup against corruption, but I do have a problem in calling us to standup against the ABLP. Cause corruption is everywhere in our country
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What really is corruption? #2

#24 Observer... » 2014-03-18 11:26

Whereas when you build a bathroom for an exorbitant price. When you build sides walk in town for millions of dollars and to date you cannot see the value of it. When you buy a power plant for US$50mln and the dam thing doesn’t even work. Or when you purchase an old supermarket for millions of dollars from a party affiliate and pay for it while the Treasury has no money to pay wages. When you erect fences for exorbitant prices. When you build roads around the stadium for $10Mln per mile. That is when you directly hit the public purse. And the abuse is staring right in the face and the Treasury is in fact raided before your very own eyes. That is the illegal corruptions that needs our immediate attention. And this all is not to say that what these guys did was Ok. No it was not. And how we should prevent these kinds of things to ever happen again is what we need to talk about. We cannot live in the past and say because that happened over ten years ago we should not vote for that party. We should let all our politicians know that we are getting quite sick and tired of their corrupt practices. And that laws needs to be put in place to deal with that. I always remember the words of the learned Johnny Cheltenham during the MBS inquiry. When he warned Dr. Cort of walking the fine thread.
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What really is corruption? #1

#23 Observer... » 2014-03-18 11:25

“The price per gallon charged to APUA by West Indies Oil Company was increased to accommodate the kickback fees for Lester Bird and Robin Yearwood, which meant higher electricity bills for the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda.”
By making such a claim and not come up with the evidence is not good investigative journalism. Can CA proof the increase they are charging as the result of this deal? As far as I am aware the price is set by a formula set by Cabinet. This is very open and transparent. West Indies Oil has never determined the price of oil in Antigua. The government does. The West Indies Oil company is awarded a fixed markup on the price set on the world market. These prices can be obtained from various websites such as PLATT and Petrotrin. The Price Build Up as it is known starts with these prices and through a formula it is determined how much taxes the government gets and how much WIOC gets as its commission is fixed. The government furthermore has in the past used its taxes to subsidize the price of oil. This was done in order to reduce the impact of price fluctuation on the consumer. Therefore in my opinion these kickbacks have only effect on the profits earned by WIOC. In my earlier post I said already that although immoral these are not really illegal activities.
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Throw Jonah Over Board

#22 Mandeville » 2014-03-18 11:07

Gaston Browne!!!!!! Gaston Brown!!!!! Please throw this man over board or else your party will be destroyed under your leadership. IT WILL HAPPEN..Molwyn Joseph, I am not a fan of yours but I believe you are a principles man....do not sit by nd allow Gaston through his unholy alliances to destroy labour party. The upholder is worst than the TEEEEF Molwyn.... You are a good Adventist.... Assot even campaigning against you....
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Lord please deliver us for all evil politicians.

#21 Parishman » 2014-03-18 10:57

Me really nah no wha fuh do.....because some of these politicians needs to be held accountable for their actions. I am not sure what we as Antiguan's and Barbudan's can do at this juncture. Why is the government not doing anything about this and many other issues when since in 2004 they knew these evils were done? Lord let all the CORRUPT politicians in both party assemble in one building and then demolish it with them and when all the dust is clear they all die; that is our only hope.
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well well well

#20 Dessalines » 2014-03-18 10:30

Where are the ten men and antiguan womnn and the sky wills to spin this information to convince the rest of us that we need to put these opportunists back in government.
Who is always complaining about the high costs of energy as the main reason investors do not come here? Now we know why the energy costs are so high.
Corruption costs the country money and plays a major role in our under development.
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@ Vere C. Bird III

#19 SlyThatGuy » 2014-03-18 10:23

How the Penguin directs the choir does not dismiss the fact that Lester and Robin ( and all the others) committed a criminal act. The Penguin, I imagine, is keenly aware that Lester and company may have set him up to be the fall guy so he is just making sure that when he goes down he is going to take all those who are guilty with him. They all deserve to pay for their sins.
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#18 SlyThatGuy » 2014-03-18 09:20

If these ABLP gangsters think that we citizens of Antigua and Barbuda are foolish enough to put them back in office so that they can have another opportunity to increase their personal wealth at our expense, they better think long and hard about it. All these million and million of dollars that flowed into their personal bank accounts from bribes and kickbacks and spent lavishly on themselves and their family came out of the pockets of the larger population of poor Antiguan and Barbudan. Because their corruption increase the cost of business in the country, which makes the cost of living skyrocket. We have to pay more for our basic needs--such as oil, gas, electricity-- in order for the businessmen to payoff these untrustworthy politicians.
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@Logics

#17 Citizen » 2014-03-18 09:13

Because each endeavoring all a thieving.
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#16 The Messenger » 2014-03-18 09:05

Where is the D.P.P.? Where is the Commissioner of Police? Where is Serpent? Where is Observer Media? Where is the Christian Council? Where is the JUSTICE?

DID AxxT Mxchxxl buy them out too?

Wake up my brothers and sisters in Antigua. Time for us to show these political rats who holds the power in Antigua. Make sure they never ever return to see the reigns of Government again. May God guide us all when we put our X on the ballot paper.
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#15 Cool Ruler » 2014-03-18 08:40

And to think that if the crazy man become prime minister these will be senior members of his cabinet. Yet some come on this site daily talking about hope and change as if a leopard can ever change its spots. If anything they will be even more clever and cunning than the last time around
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Happy Feet At Work Again

#14 Vere C. Bird III » 2014-03-18 08:30

I like how the Penguin directs the choir.
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Missing in Action!

#13 Mr. Byam » 2014-03-18 08:27

Do we have an AG in Antigua? Where is the white march demanding these “vagabonds” be charged? Where is the PM? Where is Gaston Browne?
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#12 Cool Ruler » 2014-03-18 08:12

Anyone listening to this will ever refer to Lester as Lester "brilliant Bird" ever again? Sadly there are people in Antigua who will hold their nose and go vote for these vagabonds. I wish Baldwin was the dictator they claim he is cause these scamps would be someplace where they would never again see the light of day.
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@Clovis Jovis and @Meigo Man

#11 really » 2014-03-18 08:08

way to mis** of the article.

Quote:
The focus should not be on UPP or ALP, nor should it be on the upcoming elections, but rather on politicians behind held accountable as individuals. The goal of a democratic society should not be to vote out the corrupt, but rather to hold those who commit corruption accountable.
Clovis Jovis -
Does it really matter who stole more? Does it really matter who stole? Does the WPP matter make this one irrelevant? No, No, and No. Just because you feel that the WPP is worse does not make this child's play. This is almost $45 Million EC that should be in our treasury, maybe even more! Stop seeing everything red and blue and start looking at things as they really are!

Meigo Man -
We can blame the UPP for not serving justice, but we must first recognise that injustice has been done, and make amends so it can't be repeated. Just playing the blue and red blame game isn't going to improve our country.


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Instead of arguing for and against each political party, the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda should remove the beam from between their eyes and realise that the corruption that has been exposed is real, and the perpetrators must be tried in court regardless of party, status, or position.
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deafening silence

#10 Logics » 2014-03-18 08:02

Amazing how none of he concerned parties in this whole matter have anything to say. None of the voices on the tapes, none of the people investigating, none in government, none in opposition, no police. In their minds it does not exist. The files played by Carib Arena have gone missing from the DPPs office and no one has tried to get to the bottom of how it ended up in this business' hands. No indication that outside help has been sought to try and contact this organisation to get back the information. Maybe that is why Antigua is such a corrupt place. If we don't think it exists then in our minds or just ignoreit then it really is just a bad dream!
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Nothing will ever ever change

#9 Gripe Water » 2014-03-18 07:59

Meigo Man, after hearing the voices of the thieves on tape, you still question ".,,,if they are authentic" Are You Authentic? This is why the country is in a cesspool of corruption, nothing will ever ever change.
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Lard help arwe

#8 Gripe water » 2014-03-18 07:45

A bunch of scamps, No that us too nice a word for these **s,vagabonds, thieves, **, rabid politicians. Some call themselves Emeritus Leader, others so called honorable. But, there is nothing honorable about these political gangsters. Yet, we cuss on another, people defend politically skulduggery , knowingly supporting thieves. Some people are looking for handout, others have nothing to lose, so they don't care. And that is why we must seriously think about our economy, our people and the future. Because what is there to gain from a political thief, a few dollars, jobs, it us not worth selling your soul.

The UPP dropped the justice ball, enabling these predators to roam free and do further destruction. There are many things UPP could have done to prohibit and restrict these ** from ever ruining the country again, all four Lester, Sir Ron Sanders, Asot and Robin should be in jail. Also why did the Government not strip him of his Sir and why did the Governor General not com municate and do likewise. Lard help arrwe.
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Greed!

#7 Meigo Man » 2014-03-18 07:41

The fact that there are no arrests may be because the UPP Ministers are doing worse and don't want to go to jail themselves after the upcoming elections!

I agree that investigations need to be done! The UPP has failed the Nation on these tapes...if they are authentic!
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THAT MAN ASOT!!!!!!!

#6 GIMME A BREAK » 2014-03-18 07:41

Ofer, the reason people are not moved to do what you wanted is because of due process and justice...Are these recordings not doctored... the ASOT way of blackmailing his colleagues? What manner of man would have made such recordings incriminating himself to blackmail his colleagues? .. and you use to run with them, ASOT realized you were becoming the new star and he whitemailed you back to Israel...that man is not in his right mind...It is not logical to believe he doctored the scenes? Is it your Printery he using to do what you wanted to do?...
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Power?

#5 Clovis Jovis » 2014-03-18 07:36

Is the amount of money here more than the Powerplant US$50 million? In addition, in this hard "guava crop" time the Wadadli power plant rip-off (according to Carib Arena's revelations and photos) makes this wrong look like child's play!

Thank you Carib Arena for exposing the Wadadli Power Plant "rip-off"!
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@Gaston

#4 PENSIONER » 2014-03-18 07:25

I see why Baldwin scared to call elections because he rightfully dawn scared to give these gangsters of ABLP the treasury again to spend me money like a drunken sailor. I see why I can't get my Social Security pension on time.
@ guys in red and Ron, I want all my Social Security money back in the bank so that we can eat bread. And BTW, I am a big labour supporter diehard too but me scared of those guys pictured in red above and do not want them back in power. So Gaston, its clear we need to throw them OUT and work with the now looking good the Hon Baldwin Spencer to save Antigua and Barbuda from these red sharks.
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#3 Citizen » 2014-03-18 07:07

Robin and Ron Saunders again? How come Ron picture not up there too.
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#2 B-Easy » 2014-03-18 06:59

Greed is a hell of a thing. The writing is on the wall but we are so blinded by party colours we only see red and blue, instead of what's clear written in black on white.
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#1 Ronin Ethiopia » 2014-03-18 06:47

Ask not the reason why these tapes are played, ask whether after hearing this clear voice and the small choir behind, 'Can it be business as usual?'
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