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Another Statutory Body Under Threat

Its just 'cheap talk.'Opposition leader Gaston Browne has promised to eliminate all utility arrears when he wins the upcoming general elections. Persons owing property taxes will also get relief.

Browne will erase those arrears as of December 31, 2013.

While this may sound like a good idea serious individuals will recognize that this is a recipe for disaster.



As a matter of fact Browne may not have any such authority to write off Antigua Public Authority's (APUA) arrears.

The last time I checked APUA is a statutory corporation run by a board of directors with certain guidelines in which to operate.

So, how can Browne make such a promise, unless of course its just 'cheap talk.'

And if that is not bad enough, then one will have to look into the mind of the 'new leader' of the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP).

It would appear that Browne has his mind set on the finances of the country's statutory corporations.

Browne already has his eyes on Medical Benefit's funds to use for his signature project, 500 homes in 500 days.

Now one would have to take a serious look at Browne and his ability to lead this country if given the chance.

When Browne defeated former prime minister Lester Bird, it was of the view that he would have brought new and fresh ideas to the table.

These recent promises by Browne is a clear indication that the opposition leader is void of any new ideas and represents the old ALP and its failed programs of the past.

Browne and the ABLP has touted the idea that APUA is bankrupted and the fact is that the corporation owes millions of dollars to local distributors.

So, how will APUA recover those monies that Browne intends to give away?

If Browne gets his way, then APUA will be in serious financial trouble.

Browne's plans will also place the country in a very precarious financial situation.

Remember Browne also plans to abolish personal income tax or some EC$40 million in revenue.

The Citizen by Investment Program (CIP) is also under attack by the ABLP.

What is strange about Browne's promise of arrears relief is that his other promise of more investments, more jobs and less taxes.

Okay, why would Browne will promise all those jobs and investments then eliminate peoples' APUA arrears.


One would think that the reason individuals do not pay their bills is due to lack of fund because they are unemployed or underemployed.

But with all the jobs and investments coming then persons should be in a position to pay, therefore there would be no need to take monies from the state.

Browne's promise is extremely irresponsible and conscious individuals should not take him seriously.

The nation is yet to come out of the financial crisis that plagued us for the past five years and Browne's plan will only plunge us further into another depression.

Leadership does matter and Browne has demonstrated, with those promises that he does not have the ability to lead this country in a responsible manner.

 

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#66 Avid Reader » 2014-05-26 06:04

I hope every one realizes that this plan of the ALBP is nothing new, in the 70's the ALP actually did this, and Antigua & Barbuda suffered. Today the negative debt that Antigua carries partially comes from that. The country has been running a negative debt for over 35 years and that is a provable fact, what party in its right mind would eliminate income tax again, eliminate old utility bills, raid social security again, when it was done before it irrefutable hurt the country. What the ALP government did to people in the 90's with property taxes to make up their short fall was an abomination, they increased property tax by over 3200% and I mean that number, that was their increase on lands, if you were paying $6 a year for a plot of land it went to almost $200 without any explanation. They need to stop playing games and come up with a good plan, this is not a plan, it is disaster.
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who wrote this

#65 young analyst » 2014-05-25 16:14

All I am wondering is who wrote this because it is clear as daylight that they haven't been in the country for sometime now. By one clear fact APUA is already having financial problems.
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GET BACK TO EARTH

#64 amnesia » 2014-05-22 13:50

THE MORE GB SPEAKS HE JUST SELF DISTRUCT. ALL THIS HOT AIR NONSENSE IS NOT GOING TO GET US ANYWHERE. WHO IS GOING TO PAY THE SUPPLIERS WHEN ALL THE DEBT OF THE ARREARS IS FORGIVE ? DID APUA TAKE OUT A LOAN FOR THEIR NEW HEAD OFFICE. IF SO HOW WILL IT BE SERVICED? WHAT WE NEED IS REDUCTION ON THE PERCENTAGE OF BANK LOANS AND NO TAXES ON FOOD.THIS WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP THE PEOPLE BUT INSTEAD WE HEAR ALL THESE CRAZY THINGS LIKE GETTING RID OF PIT AND SPENDING THE MONEYS IN THE STATUTORY BODIES. OH WHAT MADNESS WE HEAR FROM THESE CLUELESS PEOPLE.
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Money is no problem; Problem is no money

#63 Mr Byam » 2014-05-22 10:05

Skyewill,
Individuals are rich, but the country is on the brink. $17 trillion is a ton of money. American people don’t want to pay no taxes, so benefits have to be cut. The tea party smaddy will cut the spending if they win the election. Then Americans will bawl.
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@ MR. Byam

#62 skyewill » 2014-05-22 09:23

I have never seen so much money in my life so if they saying they broke a ton of them are not living like it. That is just hype. Finincial expert have concluded that their was more money made in the last 10 years then have been made in the entire history of money...don't believe the hype!
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Disgraceful

#61 Mr Byam » 2014-05-22 09:08

chupzzz!!1,
How you could cuss Antigua people so? After we open our doors and welcome your poopa and dem, you could be so ungrateful? If you don’t want to be associated with “low minded” Antiguan people, don’t stay here go back to Trinidad nah. You stupiddy or what? And I can guarantee you that Antigua people will not follow you to Trinidad!

Skyewill,
America is 17 trillion in debt, and will soon be like Antigua. We’re already broke: the government has no money; APUA has no money; taxes and the high cost of living killing Antiguans. We can’t afford anymore giveaways. Reducing import duties, the sales tax, and the government’s wage bill would actually be simulative for the economy. I worked too hard for my pension to pay current for lazy, wutless smaddy.
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@fair

#60 annoyed » 2014-05-21 22:50

so true fair these antiguan people behave like do not travell at all
i have been to mostly all the caribbean island and the hospitality at these islands are so welcome.except antigua when they travel they get such good hospitality they cannot believe it becuase they so used to treating they caribbean brothers ans sister so bad.most of the crime is they own antiguan doing it and they blame other people for doing.

and we call it a tourist destinatinatio
just please
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@ Skyewill

#59 Morris » 2014-05-21 22:50

You are the first independent I've seen who so staunchly support a political party. When it comes to A BP you've been using terms such as "our party" "our team" "our people on the ground." That tells me you've already committed you self to GB. You've even talked about what you want to happen once he wins.
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irritated

#58 Ramboo » 2014-05-21 22:38

I get very irritated to read comments from people claiming to be intelligent and educated. APUA owes WIOC $73M, APC $34M and SembCorp $20M and cant pay. he disconnection policy is yielding diminishing returns as APUA's revenue continues to decline monthly. It would appear that this is because of shrinking customer base. The arrears that these people owe up to the end of 2013 is an entry barrier. They are without electricity for at least 5 months. lowering the entry barrier would allow them back into the market as customers which will possibly expand APUA's customer base and increase its revenue. The one month cut off policy will ensure that future arrears are kept low and less of a re-entry barrier. What has to be reconciled here for APUA is which is greater, the arrears or the opportunity cost? Brilliant move Gaston. You are innovative and thinking outside the box. you have my vote
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mr byam

#57 fair » 2014-05-21 20:25

when u ready I can advice u to go to immigration and advice them to send all the foreigner home cause its affecting Antigua very bad and there are the one that casing all the crime and corruption 3 months and more government workers haven't got paid eroll cort giving way passport like crazy why don't u stop him from doing so cause ur so perfect and you are God and Antigua belongs to a dunce idiot like u im sure the same foreigner had to feed u at one point of time ur just a sad fellow as I said before whom ever don't like foreigner plz by all means go to the immigration and let them stop inviting foreigner in ur precious land so u don't need tourist in ur country neither foreigner food cause ur country can do everything on it own
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@ Telluride

#56 Skyewill » 2014-05-21 20:24

That is a great idea and by the way UPP did say they would do that and it never happened. I know you think I am a partisan but I can tell you this I AM AN INDEPENDENT LOOKING FOR A BETTER WAY. From the mouth of babes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnZdMWr5dg&list=PL9313A81A4B8F7A92&index=5
Listen to the rhetoric, they call Christianity, I live 600 yards from St. Johnson village stadium, I saw it with my own 2 eyes, I heard with my ears. Maybe I'll write the book. Browne's suggestion is spiritual, From Jesus, the prophet Mohamed, Gandhi, MLK, he teachings of both the Koran and the Bible as to debt relief and it's relevance to prosperity. The reason they criticize this is because they can not see or understand not being a parasite on the tax payer. They nyam, feast and live like movie stars all off the poor. You think the average is going to come up with ideas other than how to tax more? Browne is an opportunity for a different direction. It is not just a rumor when people talk about a $600,000 for a bathroom, not even in Buckingham Palace. Tricks are for kids, I'm a degreed professional, get real! Dem deh barls bigger dan cococo nuts. Ask them how many fire truck and ambulances are operational...Hmmmmm mm(Slyjay) can you spell FULL OF **? Enjoy the movie!
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The boards are structure poorly...too much raiding

#55 Dig It » 2014-05-21 20:04

My friends, I believe Churchill said it best when he that "You could only be killed once in war. In politics you can be killed many times." The country is in need of "band-aid" but it is not one that can be applied once. It is one that must be "changed" every three months to fight off "infections" and/or "parasites." Our statutory bodies are-and have always been a "milk cow." As one former former member, MC, said "No board will have money and refuse to lend government, and the way in which the boards are structured, anything government wants it will get." The problem we have is that many citizens are not "critical" of ensuring we have a "nonpartisan" public debate about ways to make the boards run efficiently and effectively with little/nil government "raiding." We need more than just this forum to voice our opinions and change the way the boards are structure. I come to the conclusion that we have two types of politicians in this country: One that diagnosed our affairs "incorrectly"and the other "wrongly." Show me the "proper diagnosed" and I'll take a drink of water...not wine.
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the Political googly...

#54 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-21 19:43

Brother Gaston, bowl this "Political Googly," at them...

Make a pledge, that you and your top bra$$es will forgo your Salary for the first four(4) years of the New Government, if your ABLP becomes the ruling arm of Our Government.
At the same time, freeze all Parliamentarians Salary by pa$$ing/introducing it in your first budget. Again, once ABLP is the ruling arm of the Government.
Let the People see, that you are making sacrifices on their behalf. Stop this "Hand to Mouth Legacy..."
They, your top bra$$es, are already wearing several hats, therefore hanging one up will not burden their budget. They all have second, third and fourth incomes.

Me garne....
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@ Morris

#53 Skyewill » 2014-05-21 19:29

Now listen to the Big Blue BULL **:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl_0Hbm2txc&index=6&list=PL9313A81A4B8F7A92
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@ Morris

#52 Skyewill » 2014-05-21 19:20

This is concerned Citizen talking not Gaston so we do not have all the facts. This article plays to the UPP attempt to discredit and preempt Browne's attempt to address a vital economic issue. Bear in mind they gave away Utilities for little and nothing (not saying that is a bad idea) What about us? You want to hear empty promises? Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00mcubULKM
and when you look at this observe the nice new clinic Maginley bragged about.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghH7cMqdL-Y&list=PL9313A81A4B8F7A92
and listen to the opinion of the governor of the Easton Caribbean Bank of the UPP fiscal behavior.
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what is wrong with you people

#51 sitco » 2014-05-21 18:30

Last time i check apua has money when alp was in power and went broke when upp take over. Most people do not understand finance and I blame the education system for that. When alp is the government, they need to educate people about money, then we will probably get a few more millionaires like myself.
I will give just one thought here, facebook is free for every one to use, but they makes billions every year .
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ABLP Diehard

#50 skyewill » 2014-05-21 17:06

A New WPP, you just got a well, not new or a powerplant but something I can not discribe. At my Florida home, electric was reduced by about 30%. FPL is using Solar and new digital meters. Now in the Crib in Kumasi we pay using something like an ATM Card. you load it with how much eletric you want. $50, $100, etc and you push the card into a slot in the meter. it activates the meter and you can control you cost that way. When you finish you simply TOP UP
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What a BIG BIG Joke!!

#49 TRUTH » 2014-05-21 16:51

Promising to forgive the debts of APUA up to Dec 1st 2013, is hogwash, and a attempt to gain your votes by such a promise, however, in choosing a leader, we need to choose wisely, heres a scenario,

Your kid wants a spanking new bike, do you give them the bike or do you tell them, I will give you the bike, but however you need to keep your room clean, do the dishes, take out the trash and we will go from there.

The other thing is, on the UPP side, they GAVE AWAY all these tablets for free, now would it be wise to let them have the tablets, and pay a usage fee of even $50 per month or a $100 a term, pay something, we are "training" our society absolutely wrong.

We are becoming a society of dependency instead of INDEPENDENT.

Also, if APUA is a statutory body, how you going to decide to make a decision like that?? you already telling me your ultimate plan. TO RAPE THE VARIOUS BODIES AND ORGANIZATIONS OF ALL FUNDS.

What you should have said is, IF ABLP gets into office, we will make sure we investigate FULLY the deal that WE the ABLP stupidly put in place in the beginning that have you the people buying water from a third party that ultimately have you paying a very high rate, and even if we gave a forgiveness period, you my people would still have to pay the high rates for whatt we the ABLP did stupidly and selfishly in the first place
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@ Telluride

#48 SlyThatGuy » 2014-05-21 16:45

What Gaston is proposing to do will not help the economy--he's only offering to relieve certain people who owes money they should have paid earlier to creditor, APUA , of their responsibility of paying. But as soon after he finishes writing off that debt, they'll find themselves right back in the same predicament again, because most of them are just lousy at paying their bills. They rather take the money for the rent and bill and party with it. So let them go ahead and sell their birthright for bill write off.
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@mr byam

#47 chupzzz!!1 » 2014-05-21 16:31

reading those post from from my byam it is just amazing how low minded antiguan people are. i am born antiguan but my parents are from the trindard .i cannot beleieve i am a part of those low minded set of people
antiguan go all over the world live .before they are pregnant they fly to america or canada to have they baby.


but yet still they will call people foreigner/ foreigner do pay they bills
foreigner do not live in antigua and barbuda for free.your all antiguan people
who do not love to work and want to leave hand to mouth, a foreigner would work
night and day to survivve.. they pay taxes in antigua as well just like when your people who go to obama land to live you does it even clean white people **... so just shut the hell up omg why the hell your'll dont stop travelling into other people country and stay in antigua ,, yourll behave like your'll never even went on a plan before
so when you speaking about foreigner u touch a part of me -- iam antiguan by birth
but forigner running through me
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#46 Morris » 2014-05-21 16:27

I sure hate when people talk nonsense! These politicians continue to spout phrases like"empower the people" but will not tell you how they'll do it, because they can't. All is fair in love and war, but lies and more lies should not be the order of the day in ANU politics.
If GB plans to eliminate eliminate/erase all of that debt (which is REAL by the way), then who will be called upon to bear the cost later. As Einstein said "matter removed from one dimension is not totally lost, but will appear in another dimension." Will business be squeezed, which would then be forced to pass the cost on to consumers through higher prices? How will our foreign debts be serviced? Does he plan on doing more restructuring of our external and internal debts? How will social sercices be fully funded? Which programs will be reduced or eliminated? The truth is, some people are so desperate they'll say anything that sounds good to get what they want. Please think for yourselves and don't let either red or blue blow smoke up your rear ends with a bunch of fluff!!!
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@ fair

#45 skyewill » 2014-05-21 15:58

If you are a productive citizen then I have no beef with you. We need you for the tax base and in my opinion people like you who are productive is very important. But your tone saying you pay more bills and all that is not needed. A Browne administration includes you....justice for all.
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@Skyewill

#44 Telluride » 2014-05-21 15:57

Where are all of those great ideas for recovery.Where are all of those investors.What will they be investing in,not hotels.There are too many of those in Antigua and Barbuda.Some have been closed for years.So why build more of those.They are seasonal and do not bring real employment.Here is an idea that could help Antigua and Barbuda.It is called unemployment benefits.If you are working a small percentage is taken out of your income.If you were to become unemployed you may apply for benefits while looking for work.Which should be paid bi-weekly.At least that would help to pay for your utilities.Seeing that it is new down there.It would take a marketing campaign to sell it to the working class.Go out there and convince persons the goodness of paying into unemployment insurance.It is your money going in and your money coming out.It can work in Antigua and Barbuda,You need the right persons to run the program.
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@ Mr Byam pt 2

#43 skyewill » 2014-05-21 15:54

Have you ever heard of the HOPE or HARP programs? This is the US government stopping foreclosures and allowing the people who own their homes to keep them even if they are in arrears and making the home affordable. Many of these homes are under water or what we call upside-down. Families are able to get back on their feet. They are making less money but they are also paying less also. Browne's idea can work. We don't trust this sort of thing because 1. We do not understand 2. You have no confidence in our current leaders (ABLP/UPP). I have been involved in the development of South Florida making sure that African Americans get a piece of the economic pie. When you empower local people you get growth. This administration blocks local and overseas Antiguans in favor for the slave master Picknee. (I will expose them). They set pick for the oligarchs and their offspring’s and make sure you do not compete with them. I experienced it myself. At least a Browne administration is thinking about us. Nothing starts great and perfect it takes tweaking until you get it right. BY THE WAY UNRELATED: I agree with you that If they have no job and no livlihood or business in Antigua and doing nothing, SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR PLACE OF BIRTH and let them pay for it.
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@ Mr Byam pt 1

#42 skyewill » 2014-05-21 15:53

it's an honor to be addressed by you I sometimes agree with many of your opinions and i understand your concerns and yes it is the tax payer that will foot the bill but it's also the Tax payer that will benefit. However, in my mind’s eye I can see this working. This is so outside the box and outside the norm of thinking that I believe it just might work. I even looked at the fact that some who will get forgiveness will owe again. BUT, I am not thinking of just giving them break for nothing. There have got to be a performance clause and not everyone will qualify. Now we are all looking at the electric bill and left out the property taxes. Here again is a great opportunity for a Fresh Start and an opportunity to put in place a new system.
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let all keep paying

#41 ABLP Diehard » 2014-05-21 15:20

PetroCaribe funding will still be available for ABLP to share up freely. I won't fool with APUA cash. It will be needed for a new WPP.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#40 SlyThatGuy » 2014-05-21 14:44

The ABLP has nothing to lose and everything to gain if they get back in office and get their hands on our money again. If they lose the election they really don't lose anything because they're already out of power. But as it stands right now, they're hungry for power and they'll say just about anything, do anything, and even make sweet promises to give you everything just to win you over. But where does it leave you after you make the mistake of trusting them again and they don't deliver as promised? You see, that why it's so important for us to think clearly so we can make the right decision. Don't be fooled, my friends.
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Common sense aint common

#39 Mr Byam » 2014-05-21 14:36

Fair,
If Antigua is in poverty and the streets of native land are flowing with milk and honey, why are you here? Are you slow? Are you a dullard? Go home and leave me to my poverty in Antigua nah jack.
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to mr bryan

#38 fair » 2014-05-21 14:17

I hate when people will write foolishness im a foreigner and I don't squat either no one I know plz if u want to talk about mr brown by all means do so foreigner pay more bills than anyone in this country hope u do have no one live in the state and all ur family is in Antigua with out foreigner no country cant run alone I guess is foreigner that put Antigua in poverty and cause corruption poor fellow everything is foreigner :lol: :-) :-|
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#37 Telluride » 2014-05-21 14:16

ALP as a party and Government were always viewed as the party of (freebs)handouts.In my opinion they are skirting on the border of what can be perceived as vote buying.I know exactly what they are doing.Maybe it is legal in Antigua and Barbuda.It would be illegal in the country in which I am living.Do not incorporate me in handouts.The only thing I get from my Government is protection.I have been paying taxes in the 34 percent bracket for such a protection.If Gaston waited until after he won and introduced this plan.It would be more edible.In my night school opinion it is not grounds for economic recovery.Maybe political gimmick/trickery.Wha t do you think oh great one.If any Government ask to pay my bills for 6 months.I personally would run for the border.Because I would think what do they want in return from me.
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@skyewill

#36 Justice » 2014-05-21 13:56

I MENTIONED JAIL TIME FOR ALL TO PUT BOTH PARTIES ON NOTICE THAT ANYONE WHO ROBBED THE TREASURY SHOULD BE TRIED, PAY THE REFUND PLUS REST OFF IN 1735. ONLY THEN WE WILL HAVE MONEY IN THE TREASURY TO GET GOOD WPP AND CARPARK THAT WORK for the poor people. I sympathize a bit with UPP on these misfortune of buying big ticket lemons like they do at a lemonade stand. If a government cannot govern or pay the bills because the previous government emptied the treasury and we have to make do with inferior lemon plant and pretending that it's new is not funny when the power stay off. lol. This will happen to ABLP too if UPP already drained out all the money out of the treasury. So I/we got to be fair to UPP on this one even though I think they could have done better by doing due diligence when purchasing big ticket items on our behalf. If they got parliament approval then both parties would have been responsible for the mistake. Hope all those who are rushing to lead learned their lessons well before hasting to take over this gigantic responsibility. Again running a government is not a lemonade stand.
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Just Wondering

#35 Ms. J » 2014-05-21 13:24

Maybe APC has something to do with this. Maybe they'll forgive or reduce the debt if ALP wins so APUA will be able to absorb the losses from the write offs.
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The Big Con

#34 Mr Byam » 2014-05-21 13:00

Skyewill,
The “someone” in your rhetorical question is the Antiguan taxpayer. Gaston isn’t going to be paying for this out of his pocket. In the situation with APUA, APUA is not the debtor the people thiefing our current are. These people are born “thiefs”, so after the giveaway, they’ll turn back on the current and rack up even bigger unpaid utility bills that hardworking Antiguans will have subsidize thru higher utility bills or direct or indirect taxes. This proposal is nonsensical.
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Telluride

#33 skyewill » 2014-05-21 12:33

They are giving Foreigners with minimum investment free utilities and land. But tell me i f someone was to pay your electric bill for 6 months would that help you? This is about people not just the poor but the middle class that is hanging on the edge. IT IS A PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE, a combination of assistance to include incentives to open business. The country is bankrupt. In bankruptcy the debtor's unsecured debt is automatically relieved. Do you know that Debt relief is not a new concept? This very government has been going around the world asking for debt relief. The United States have an entire court system for debt relief. With proper planning and fair play this will JOLT this economy psychologically as well as in concrete results.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#32 Antigua Bill » 2014-05-21 12:00

I hope the ABLP can pass the electric cool aid if by chance they win the election. I would like to get more details on Mr. Brown plan and the expected benefit to the overall economy. I would like to see an Antigua with a booming economy where native born Antiguans have the benefit of being gainfully employed and enjoying a good decent quality of life. I think that all Antiguans should go to the polls and just hope for the best and be prepared for the worst because I do not think that either party is ready or have the faintest inkling of what's needed to bring the country out of its economic demise. Right now as they say damn if you do and damn if you don't. Wish my poor little Antigua Gods Blessings.
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Voodoo Economics

#31 Mr Byam » 2014-05-21 11:23

The only people who don’t pay their bills are illegals who squat and wutless neer-do-wells. Why is it the responsibility of hardworking Antiguans to provide current to illegal aliens? How can the cost of electricity be reduced by enabling foreigners to thief Antigua people current? When foreigners thief our current, that means that indigenous Antiguans will have to foot the bill for Gaston’s Jamaican folly, so our electricity bills will skyrocket so illegals can live rent and utility free.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#30 tenman » 2014-05-21 10:54

Telltude it's not the only thing. It's part of a program to help make these services more accessible. does it not bother you thy some 10k households representing atleast 20k persons have no pipe borne water? Have you not heard the alp articulate part of the plan is to stimulate job creation and also to make apua services more affordable? Have you not heard that the cost of electricity is one of the major things that's impacting job creation? If you empower poor people they can then be part of the solution of reviving our economy. Poor people without light will be restricted to doing their home work from our job programs via candle light. Next thing you know fire truck has to go and out their homes burning down. You do realize that these persons being in the dark has potential costs?
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@ Get Real

#29 SlyThatGuy » 2014-05-21 10:15

Get Real, you're looking at things wrong way. The UPP government did not make anything worse.... What you're doing talking like that is blaming the collapsed of Alan Stanford's empire and the global recession on the UPP government, because those are the things which really slowed down the movement of progress in the land--they adversely affected our economy and we found ourselves at the bottom of the barrel. But now that our government has brought us from the bottom of the barrel to the top, we can now look forward to success.
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My school was the docks in Antigua !!

#28 Telluride » 2014-05-21 10:12

Skyewill,could you tell me.How does this helps the economy.If a person and or persons could not paid their bill for an extended period of time.It would simply mean they did not have the financial means to do so.I am at a loss as to how this helps anyone.They would still be without electric and water.Unless he is saying that even though they were in arrears for months.He would have APUA reconnect those utilities.I went to night school.So please shed some daylight on it.Do not spin it to say what he intended to say.I listened to him yesterday on the radio.
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#27 skyewill » 2014-05-21 09:52

I am with you on that. However, I do not bang my head over things I cannot control. This idea is an aggressive attempt to put Antigua in position to accomplish the vision set forth by the Leader of the opposition. With his 500 homes in 500 days (Remember I prefer 250 homes and finish the unfinished projects), turn St. Johnston’s village stadium into an OLIMPIC SIZE TRAINING SWIMMING FACILITY venue cause the country needs one and that stadium is a waste as it stand. Remember this will include reduction on those Big SUV’s and over expenditure for unneeded travel and many small and large steps with focused on short, medium and long term goals. BREAKING NEWS: Lester Bird has just been nominated.
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water

#26 Census Water » 2014-05-21 09:52

The 2001 census indicated that there were 20,437 households. 13,629 or 66.7% of households had public water supply. The 2011 census indicate that there were 30,213 households. 21,839 or 72.3% of households had public water supply. This is indicating that a higher percentage (5.6% higher) and more households (8,210 more) had water services in 2011 compared to 2001.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#25 Smoke » 2014-05-21 09:14

FSRC, MBS now APUA are under threat from Gaston.
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@Observing

#24 Herby » 2014-05-21 09:10

Observing that is Mr Browne's point...these people because of the arrears they have chalked up have seen their light cut off. It is not that they have arrears and continue to have electricity. As a result of their current being cut off they are forced to live in darkness.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#23 observing » 2014-05-21 08:48

What I would say the guy Browne is bit brighter than most, because this went clearly over the heads of most. The other point is the telephone balances; quite a few customers have given up the land line, by just stop paying for it, for cell phones; so that write off may be significant. However, since persons have moved to cell phones over land line, these balances in reality are definitely not collectable and thus would have been written off as bad debt anyways. The only plus that MAY happen is that some of these same customers who gave up on the land line, may start to use them again, thus creating fresh revenue stream for APUA, though I think it would be very, very small, but it would be more than what they earn now.
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POVERTY STRICKEN

#22 ABEL » 2014-05-21 08:46

i'm guessing all the negative comments are from people living in their comfortable homes or in their AC offices, poor people need relief i come from a home where i had to burn candles to do homework and had to go to the stand pipe a good distance away i would classify myself as poor and i welcome Mr. Browne's plan my hardship is not my fault my mother fell ill with her hip and was unable to work, countless times i seek assistance from Mr. Lovell, all i was told is he was not in a position to assist im not not looking a hand-out but now as a working man with 9 CXC's and 5 CAPE i see the need for such a program. there is poverty in Antigua and im a product of it so before you criticize put your posh selves in poor people shoes............... .
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Another Statutory Boby Under Threat

#21 The Raven » 2014-05-21 08:43

First, Gaston will eliminate PIT, now it's monies owed to APUA, what's next? Like I said, the Kool-aid will get sweeter as the election gets nearer. Vote for a change is a vote right into bankruptcy and from this article into darkness.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#20 observing » 2014-05-21 08:40

Therefore, this promise would only refer to those who have had they electricity and water disconnected for the last 5 months. So ask yourself, of all the disconnected electricity and water residential customers, how many of them are in the bracket of having their electricity and water off for the last 5 months? You would find not many do, and those who are in that bracket are the very poor, who deserve relief.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#19 observing » 2014-05-21 08:36

Browne mentioned that he will wipe off all arrears upto Dec 31, 2013 for all poor residential APUA customers. Now, in my estimation, this may not be too significant, because anyone who has their water, and electricity on now, even though they have a balance, dies not owe any bill from 2013, because one only has 30 days to pay a bill before they are disconnected.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#18 SlyThatGuy » 2014-05-21 08:30

We-the-people must be wise to the fact that Gaston Browne and the ABLP are desperate to win the election. That is, right about now, they'll say and do anything that will give them an advantage.Trying to make us believe that they're going to erase our debts once we vote them into office is just a cunning act to deceive us. They'll say one thing now but do quite another once elected, so we have to be smart and think about our survival and that of our blessed country.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#17 Herby » 2014-05-21 08:14

While Browne is on it, how about free gas for a year; everyone shopping for groceries will see the state honoring 75% of their bills for three months.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#16 Enquiring Minds » 2014-05-21 08:11

Whether it is ALP or UPP Board are politically appointed pawns so your statement:

"The last time I checked APUA is a statutory corporation run by a board of directors with certain guidelines in which to operate."

Basically is of no value.
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GIVING THE NATION A FRESH START

#15 GRAY FARM MN » 2014-05-21 07:42

This public relation piece of twisted economic crap is not worth replying to. It is for this very type of UPP reasoning why we are where we are. In the jaws of the IMF. These people who owe will not be able to pay and giving them forgiveness of the arrears up until Dec. 31st, 2013 is a stroke of genius. He should go further and allow them to be reconnected with the connection fee going on their current bill. One of the conditions of the forgiveness is that they should remain current but APUA should be asked to have the vulnerables meet their payments by regular installments until the economy gets better and consumers are in a stronger position. A FRESH START FOR THE NATION!
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#14 Reader » 2014-05-21 07:36

"Browne's promise is extremely irresponsible and conscious individuals should not take him seriously." This man is crazy and his followers of fools! Any business person looking to invest under an ABLP government should be very cautious.
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@ ABLP Diehard

#13 Get Real............ » 2014-05-21 07:26

" Browne will revive the economy back to the good economic growth that brought everything that worked."

There is no question that the UPP have not lived up to their hype and the proimises they made prior to taking leadership of A&B.

However it really frustrates me when people like you imply that Antiguans are idiots - The assertion that everything in A&B was in tip top shape is false and a lie. You know it everyone knows it. the UPP inherited a messed up system ..which they made worst...but the corruption, poor economic conditions all existed...Thats why ALP was removed by a significant majority in 2004...
I would like to hear the TRUTH, an admission that it was not 'all good' (prior to 2004), then I would begin to believe in the possibility that the ABLP can become the type of leaders that Antigua & Barbuda needs
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Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest

#12 Mr Byam » 2014-05-21 07:11

The country is broke, and all Gaston can come up with are ways to reduce government revenue without reducing government expenses. No stone should be left unturned to get every red cent owed to Antigua people by these current thiefing slugs. Gaston is a clueless dullard, so the time has now come to start planning your exit strategy. Will the last indigenous Antiguan to leave please turn off the lights.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#11 Come on » 2014-05-21 07:05

The ALP Gang are out in their numbers to try and get in their two cents piece before anyone else, and to try and shape the discussion agenda, for they realise that this is a rubbish policy formulated by their MASTER LEADER, which is sure to change the dynamics of the campaign away from them (as though it wasn't already anyway).

Poor Gaston with his foot in his mouth trying to win votes, when they already complain about UPP making the country a welfare state, all because the social policies instituted by the government were well received by the populace. And so now he's trying to piggy back on the same policies.
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@Skyewill

#10 Justice » 2014-05-21 07:04

I agree to a point for the poor among us but that is not applicable to the folks who took funds in the taping scandals.
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Economic Stimulus

#9 Skyewill » 2014-05-21 06:45

This is in my opinion one of the smartest thing that my brother has said and I hope this is not empty promise because it is exactly what the country needs, a FRESH START. This foresight is Biblical and not an easy thing for the selfish and greedy and people without imagination or creativity. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever relieves his brother of a trial or a difficulty in this life; Allah will relieve him of a trial in the next life” ). IT IS A COMMANDMENT FROM GOD HIMSELF. It will cause all economic indicators and indexes to shoot straight up. CHANGE = HOPE
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CC - bad debts

#8 tenman » 2014-05-21 06:32

CC, use your brain. If someone has outstanding arrears to APUA since Dec 31, 2013, this means they most likely cannot afford to pay. It also means they do not have the service since APUA now disconnect persons who owe for over 60 days. What sane person who can afford to pay will be without electricity for some 4 months? Recently in St. Lucia, Lime was offering customers with longstanding arrears the option of having their debt written off if they paid a small portion of it (think some 20%) . Browne has made clear the plan is not simply to get rid of bad debts but also make APUA's service more affordable. We need a government that will ensure that persons have jobs so they can afford to pay their utility bills. Proper programs need to be put in place to empower persons. The census done 3 years ago indicates at least 2K households do not have APUA electricity. Some 33% of households do not get water from APUA (says the 2011 census). The situation is probably now worse. CC is it that you prefer we ignore this situation?
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Deuteronomy 15:1-23

#7 Skyewill » 2014-05-21 06:30

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the Lord's release has been proclaimed. Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. But there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess— if only you will strictly obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#6 Onlooker » 2014-05-21 06:09

This is just plain old cheap UPP propaganda and fear mongering.
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#5 Observer » 2014-05-21 06:08

Arrears up to December 31, 2013 means that they would be 180 days old and uncollectible, so whats the problem here ?
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#4 Onlooker » 2014-05-21 06:07

This sounds to me that APUA which is unprofitable will now become profitable. IF these people are not paying now because they have arrears and you are giving them an arrears amnesty to bring them back on line, then it will be more money for APUA.
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Jus' asking...

#3 Julian » 2014-05-21 06:06

Despite the fact I don't think this is such a great idea, how is Browne going to determine who qualifies as poor to get this elimination of APUA & property tax arrears?...will APUA & the property division be happy with this arrangement?
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RE: Another Statutory Body Under Threat

#2 City East » 2014-05-21 06:05

Our minds are made up. We voting ABLP. Browne talk as you like. As you said Mr Browne, out the money in the people's pocket instead of allowing corrupt politicians to steal it.
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UPP PROPAGANDA TO THE MAX

#1 ABLP Diehard » 2014-05-21 05:03

This sounds like UPP propaganda. However, we are still voting out UPP because they goofed up everything they touched over the past 10 years. Like Skyewille said, they could not run a lemonade stand. Browne will revive the economy back to the good economic growth that brought everything that worked. Also if anyone from any sides owes the government diehards will urge Browne to arrest and jail for misappropriation of government revenues. That UPP failed to do and just talking propaganda. If ABLP thief money lock em up. Guess no thiefing can be verified so the cants didn't/couldn't do any arrests. If UPP thief or got bobol we will send them to 1735.
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