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Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes PlanAntigua St. John's - Opposition Leader Gaston Browne has repeatedly touted his party's plan to make 500 homes available in 500 days, and now, the minister of tourism is asking how he will finance the project.

John Maginley raised the issue yesterday when he appeared on Observer Radio.

He said, "The opposition leader stood up in Parliament and said that he plans to build 500 homes in 500 days, but he has not said how he is going to finance it. Is he going to raid the statutory bodies? That cannot go."

Maginley was not the only one who had questions.



But one caller pointed out that the UPP promised 300 homes, but has not delivered.

"If it didn't happen under the UPP, is it going to happen under the ABLP?" he asked. "I am confused. This sounds like ring-a-ring-a-roses."

The caller said it was just a tactic being used by the parties to secure votes.

He also mentioned a proposed Land for Youth programme, and said, "They never got any land, and now they come again, saying the same thing."

On the latter point, Maginley retorted, "Every Antiguan has a right to own a piece of the rock, but they must be able to pay for it. You have people who were allocated lands in the 70's and 90's who never paid, and now they have to."


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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...de man wid de hamma...

#29 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-02-08 13:38

@John French !!

Beat dem, me say fu beat dem;
(mentally, of course)
lash dem, me say fu lash dem;
(mentally, fu sure)
grind dem, me say U fu grind dem;
(mentally, no doubt)
teach dem, me say U fu teach dem;
(mentally, with clout)
...for the Ship, Redonda, Antigua & Barbuda,
...'tis of course, searching for the land of milk and honey;
...not, realizing, the Captain & Crew,
...its compass (mentality)
...isn't working, has lost its ability,
...to guide and direct;
... acting like they lack intellect.
Beat dem, me say fu beat dem;
(mentally, of course)
lash dem, me say fu lash dem;
(mentally, fu sure)
grind dem, me say U fu grind dem;
(mentally, no doubt)
teach dem, me say fu teach dem;
(mentally, with clout)
...for, the hammer, that you carrying,
(blah, dah, dah, dam, du di dey)
...'tis really good for something;
...this is, what I have realized;
...as I n I, wake up and open my eyes.
...however, this is no surprise!!!
...for, they're filled with a bunch of lies;
...while, U Picknee them dropping, DEAD! DEAD!
...just like, fumigated flies...
...so, come on and beat them down;
...like J'ouvert morning, jamming in town;
...for, they're no more, than circus clowns;
...running around, like Mr. Browne;
...causing, the Nation to be 'hard bound';
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Tenman

#28 Migration » 2014-02-08 10:06

Please, I did not say 5k in 5 years was unbeliavable. I asked for official document saying so. The Caribarena article did not make a direct quote pertaining to 5k in 5 years. The government website did not say so either. As I stated I am not saying that it does not exist. All I am asking is to show me where it is officially.
On the matter of whether 5k in 5 years or 500 in 500 days, I am of the opinion as others that they are both possible given the resources. Mr. Magingly also made the point that he is not questioning the possibility of 500 houses in 500 days. He too believes that it can be done if the resources are available. The question he was asking where would the financial resources come from.
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500 houes in 500 days

#27 OUTOFANTIGUA » 2014-02-08 05:29

When mr. Browne came out with this idea I blogged on it showing how it could be done. after all the Debates and doubts it still stands positively strong, and Doable. we have all dissected and analize this plan,dont anyone thinks Mr. Browne did likewise and with agressive thinkers of the big Ws; the What When Where and Why's? MY stats shows its a Win/Win for the Country.
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Maginley has no authority to question #2

#26 Observer... » 2014-02-08 00:11

I guess the accounting lessons didn’t pay off. Had better stuck to tennis. But then again. That didn’t go anywhere in the latter days. Too much liquor and gambling. Losers if what they are. Could not succeed in life through hard work. Only the easy way. Be a politician. To me most of these guys are in it for the wrong reason. How to get rich quickly. Not to make live better for the ordinary citizen. Not to give service to people you don’t know and perhaps don’t care for. That would be a much to noble thing to do.
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Maginley has no authority to question #1

#25 Observer... » 2014-02-08 00:10

No John should not question anyone on financing. He should just sit down and listen and learn. Because it is certainly not the same as how to finance a Shoe Shop St. Lucia. Here is a man that almost caused his xx xx xx. And is xx xx xx involving the very same matter. Just ask John why he doesn’t take a trip to St. Lucia. Even if it was to watch his daughter swim. Certain persons should either not speak, because as the saying is when you’re living in a glass house don’t throw stones. But some people don’t care they love to throw stones. Or calling other people all sort of names when they are as dirty as hell. I think people who are in bankruptcy should not be qualified to hold public office. If you cannot manage personal finances how would you manage the country’s. And that for a man with a bachelor degree in accounting.
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RE: Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

#24 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-07 22:45

To you Slythat guy .Government is not a private business,So in your words,its only the College Grads that can afford to pay 50gr for a piece of land should own a piece.Crown lands are not for any Govt to make a killing out of,certainly not off the backs of its citenzens.The role of any Govt is to improve the lives of all its residents/citizens,n ot just its College grads according to you.And FYI,i am neither insane or stupid,so I would not expect a highly educated person and a school drop out to live on the same standard,neither do I expect a Private company to drop its prices to suit a lower income earner,Again,the govt is not a private business,they get paid from us and there are there to improve lives,not insult the poor,Your thinking is idiotic,no surprise anyway,most of us already know,this Govt is not for the poor man,the only use they have for the ordinary man,is to get their votes. Not this time around.
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MrByam

#23 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-07 22:30

Your comments are usually quite despicable, makes no sense and shows you have no care for anyone. No wonder you support the UPP,its the same sick mentality they have,why they think they can kill us with taxes and live the life style of the rich and famous while poor people suffer.In a few weeks you& them will be thought a lesson.
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Migration -

#22 tenman » 2014-02-07 20:26

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2NCbhaubtyM[/youtube]

Migration, if you think 5K in 5 years is unbelievable, in the video above (about at 4:30 to 5:00) the same company claims they will build 7K homes in Saint Lucia within 3 - 4 years. They are saying they can build a house in 6 weeks. Browne has stated we can use the traditional method for affordable homes in about 3 months (about 12 weeks). The Codrington project shows him buildings about 3 homes a month, using the traditional method (probably with at least 3 teams of about 5 people). Must add that the Saint Lucia project is stalled since Baupanel is claiming fraud by the housing minister in saint lucia and has taken the matter to court (see www.caribbeannewsnow.com/headline-Housing-minister-faces-fraud-allegations-as-St-Lucia-government-celebrates-low-cost-housing-programme-17749.html)


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Migration

#21 tenman » 2014-02-07 19:04

Quote:
Kendrick explained that the company essentially owns a “fast-build” system of robust structures that will be erected in the Bolans community and would be “to a very high degree,” hurricane and seismic resistant. The company plans to construct some 5000 homes in Antigua over the next five years according to the agreement with the government, and the factory they plan to construct will facilitate the drive. Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/news/latest/101114-baupanel-aims-to-develop-communities.html#ixzz2sgEkTafP
Migration, I provided the CA Link, are you saying their reporter got it wrong?
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Mr. Byam

#20 tenman » 2014-02-07 18:58

Mr. Byam , stop trying to get me in trouble. Do not have such powers or capability. The man has clearly stated he will listen to all good ideas from anyone. Is that not what we want from a PM?

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Tenman

#19 Migration » 2014-02-07 17:59

You are so correct. Dr. Cort in one of his many pragmatic moves offered banks to lower their interest rates to 8% or less in exchange for lowering their corporate tax. The lowest rate at that time was 10.5%. Some were as high as 13%. This move benefited many new home owners tremendously.
During the CABI programme the Government also encouraged Banks to lower their rate. One bank dropped it's rate to 5.99% for the period. This was the lowest in our history as far as I can remember.
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Finding Our Way Beyond The Class, Culture & Political War!

#18 John French !! » 2014-02-07 17:57

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Friends, who engage in discourse at the Amofah Market at Da Bridge say, "Come now, let us reason together!" Sistren, "let us agree to disagree in an agreeable way". "Let us discard all this quibbling about 500 homes in 500 days given that anything is possible with unlimited resources.
CountryWoMen, to advance our country, ideas, concepts, economic & political processess are best studied not with the personalities as subjects or objects but by basing all knowledge on the authentic interrogation of location. To do otherwise esposes our disorientation, decenteredness & lack of agency.
Ouadadlians, Some say that all phenomena are expressed in the fundamental categories of Space & Time. Those trained in Architecture, Engineering & Project/Construction Management know that Successful Projects are effectively & efficiently executed when the they completed On Budget, On Time & satisfy the Quality Requirements of The Specifications.
Rastas, have you seen Jehovah's Witnesses come together & in 3-4 days build a 3 or 4 bedroom house & garage, complete with landscaped & fenced grounds ready for occupancy.
Here is Butch Stuart, A&B's New Benefactor "I have never seen five contractors on any project work so cohesively side by side. Grenadian contractors are the most incredible we have seen,” Sandals La Source was initially carded for completion in 18 months. It was completed in half the time. Oh Gad! Pray Fuh Mi Picknees!
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RE: Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

#17 Migration » 2014-02-07 17:42

http://ab.gov.ag/article_details.php?id=3276&category=38

The agreement is for 25 years. Cannot find 5000 houses in 5 years. Show me that on any official Government document. I am not saying it does not exist, I just have not found it.
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UPP/ALP Commies

#16 Mr. Byam » 2014-02-07 15:12

Tenman (aka Gaston’s Brain),

I stand corrected. Let me qualify that; in a free market the government doesn’t control the interest rates.
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@ ANTIGUAN WOMAN

#15 SlyThatGuy » 2014-02-07 15:05

ANTIGUAN WOMAN, my dear sweet friend, you don't seem to realize that one of the reasons people work hard on going to school to get a college education is to gain an advantage in life. Are you saying that people who do not work on establishing themselves should expect and reap the same benefits as those who do? The school system-- which, by the way, is the poor man's ladder to climb out of poverty--is the biggest opportunity the government has provided for the poorest among us. A bank is a business and you can't expect it to lend to people who do not have the capacity to pay back. If you ran a beauty parlor and charge a $100 for a hair cut, you would not drop your price to $20 because that's all a poor person could afford. Your reasoning must be much better than this.
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Mr. Byam

#14 tenman » 2014-02-07 13:33

Mr. Byam, you are wrong. The government can and has done things to influence the interest rate. A few years ago (early in the UPP's first term) Dr. Cort got the banks to lower interest rates by offering them a lower corporate tax. This has also been done in the region eg. Saint Lucia as part of economic stimulus programs. Another method some government have employed is to incentivize the banks to lower the rate by offering them certain guarantees if there is a default

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No free lunch

#13 Mr. Byam » 2014-02-07 11:51

The government has nothing to do with setting interest rates. If people want to own a piece of the rock, they need to WORK and SAVE like the indigenous Antiguans. Former slaves worked and saved during and after slavery to buy their freedom or a lekkle land, but these lazy neer-do-wells only looking for handouts. Go and look work to do.
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Can be achieved easily

#12 Parishman » 2014-02-07 11:49

Whether you are a UPP or ABLP and think that 500 houses cannot be built in 500 days are very mistaken......As long as the resources are in place this can be achieved probably in less than that time. The question should be....... Is the financing available, and as so many eluded to even if you have one contractor it will be the manpower that also determine the outcome.
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@AL GREENE

#11 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-07 11:29

Have to admit i agree with you. I am no economist,but have always said something needs to be done to address the issue of the high rate of interest on Mortages,the high cost of Insurance coverage,and the red tapes to obtain a mortage.Imagine paying back triple in interest on a mortage loan. Truth is this has been going on forever,as i said i am no Economist so i do not know how this could be addresed or even if it can,but speaking from an ordinary person point of view,these are some of the factors that add to the hardship of these Islands...
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RE: Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

#10 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-02-07 10:42

On the latter point, Maginley retorted, "Every Antiguan has a right to own a piece of the rock, but they must be able to pay for it. You have people who were allocated lands in the 70's and 90's who never paid, and now they have to.")


This is the annoying thing with this Govt,they seem not to be aware that poor people exist.. I am in no way saying that lands should be free,the reality is Crown lands should be made affordable to even the lowest of income individual.By using the words,"" Must be able to pay for it"" simply means that some people will never be able to, What are your govt plans to aid those who CANNOT afford to pay for it? Those unfortunate ones will never be able to own a piece of the rock according to you. Government are to provide opportunities for the poorest among us to be able to rise above their deprivation state,failing to do so the Govt has failed big time. Give us the election date please,we are tired of all this round mouth talking.
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@Fresh Water

#9 Al Green » 2014-02-07 10:07

To be honest. Not biasting; owned 3 but still paying high mortgages on all with an offset of profitable rental income. Now stop using that salt its bad for your health as you grow older. Hope that helps.
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FUNDING SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM

#8 GARRAT » 2014-02-07 08:30

Pea brain, Gaston should be able to get funding from the same source that your brother in law got funding for the scrap iron generating plant at Crabbs. China is a reliable source or don't you think that's possible. This is a more viable proposal than your Wadadli Power plant. What of your funding for the unfinished car park?
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RE: Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

#7 Maudlyn Lewis » 2014-02-07 08:15

Gaston said all that is required is $25 million in working capital. The UPP Government could borrow $150 million to plug their fiscal consumption but ALP cant borrow EC$30 million ? get out of here Mr. Maginley, we are not dunces like you. By the way the UPP borrowed nearly 100 m and only built 70 homes, whey the money gone ?
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Deja vu

#6 Mr. Byam » 2014-02-07 07:52

The UPP has built homes they still can’t sell, but the ALP is going to build even more with money stolen from MBS that they will have to give away for free to the ALP yard fowls. Gaston’s Brain must be on vacation.
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only the UPP blessed can do it?

#5 tenman » 2014-02-07 07:29

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The UPP promised 300 homes?
Not sure about that but I know they recently promised 5000 homes in 5 years via Bopanel (see www.Caribarena.com/antigua/news/latest/101114-baupanel-aims-to-develop-communities.html#ixzz2rYD7iTW9). This equates to 1K homes in 365 days . Its strange that Maginley and others would suggest building 500 homes in almost 2 years (business days) is not viable yet in the same breathe argue the Bopanel project is. Browne has stated the plan would be to utilize more than one contractor. Strangely the UPP approved Miles Codrington to build 70 homes in 2 years (practically 500 business days). Is the idea that Codrinton is so unique that we cannot find 8 like him? Seems to me the suggestion is only persons the government has blessed can do a project like this. Ignored of course is the same government has failed with similar projects
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RE: Maginley Questions Gaston's 500 Homes Plan

#4 Fresh Water » 2014-02-07 06:27

Al Green, I take your comments with a grain of salt. Be careful your tongue don't swell in your mouth.
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All jokers down there!

#3 Al Green » 2014-02-07 06:04

That's why I left ANU. Everyone working hard for years but unable to save enough to come up with the high deposit to build a house. We came to the US and now owned 3 big houses the size of Bird's, Baldwin's and his ministers. The banks, lawyers and the government wanted all your hard earned money with high interest loans, legal documents and taxes. All three could have been waived or at least reduced to help poor people to build their first house.
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they might have a plan

#2 local boi » 2014-02-07 04:20

Well after Saturday when ASOT MICHEAL was throwing money into the crowd causing a brawl and people were injured they must have so much money to throw away they might be able to afford it! What a Vile human being that man is, who jsut throw money into a crowd..... Ah yeah a ALP administration!!!! Reckless with money and reckless with pride and respect!
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Gaston AKA Father Christmas

#1 local boi » 2014-02-07 04:19

As usual Gaston who is going to pay? No finance plan, no brains, nothing! GO AWAY GASTON AND ASOT ! GASTON you cant even look after your own constituency, I drive through and it cover with garbabge everywhere, You are not fit to run your own patch let alone our country!
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