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Lovell Roasted on Talk Show

Lovell Roasted on Talk ShowIt was a thrill to listen to Winston Derrick, the self-proclaimed "fooley boy from Ovals" carve up attorney at law and Minister of Finance and the Economy Harold Lovell in public on Thursday.

Lovell was a guest on Derrick’s show, “Voice of the People,” on Observer Radio as Derrick unveiled the government’s "hidden agenda" on the Chinese Power Plant.

The finance minister tried to defend the indefensible, but Derrick, armed with substantial and clear evidence, was ready for Lovell each step of the way.



While many listened in amazement, some in shock, others were in awe of Lovell’s weak excuses trying to place the power plant on the shoulders of the engineers at APUA. I saw much more.

I knew that Lovell would take the stance he did.

Lovvel, UPP’s "spin doctor" designate, is the face of what’s wrong with Antigua & Barbuda where most tend to put party before country.

Remember when the topic of the public fencing was raised?

Lovell made a feeble attempt with his fancy words to spin his colleagues wanton spending of taxpayers’ monies.

As a matter of fact, the entire Cabinet seemed to stand behind those who would have spent as much as EC$600,000 at Yasco, for what, we don’t know.

A supposed EC$8.6 M on a 669-seat bleacher at St Johnston’s Village is okay for Lovell and the government during at time when the economy is struggling.

So Lovell's attempt to weave through a financial quagmire that will not go away was striking, but not surprising.

What really struck me however was the amount of information that Derrick had at his disposal.

Recentlym I called out Derrick and Algernon “Serpent” Watts on their public delivery as talk show hosts.

I openly questioned why these two individuals were seemingly quiet on the Chinese Power Plant issue which has become a daily feast in the public discourse for weeks.

The impression I got was that Derrick and Watts were not properly informed, so they were not qualified to speak.

Although there is more than enough information for a serious media house to move for action, I gave the Observer Group the benefit of the doubt.
But Thursday, Derrick surprised me - he had more information than most.

Derrick told Lovell that he was certain that the engines that the government signed for are not the engines at the Chinese Power Plant.

Here is what Derrick told Lovell.



“The contract that you sign, that APUA signed, and which the government of Antigua & Barbuda borrowed 300 million RMB is not the power plant that’s built up at Crabbs because it calls for different engines so somebody needs to give us an explanation about something.

“The engines that were specified in the contracts signed between APUA and BCEG or whatever the name of that company that Chinese company is not what is built at Crabbs.”

To that Lovell says “presumably you have checked,” and Derrick answered, “yes I have checked.”

Really, Winston Derrick, you knew that Antigua & Barbuda paid US$47 M for engines it did not sign for?

Knowing that, what specifically were you waiting for to insist on an investigation on this financial burden on the backs of the Antiguan people?

Earlier, Derrick suggested that he did not have the facts. Now he asserts that we have bogus engines, according to the facts he possesses.

The media has to be careful that with the transparency and accountability that we demand from the people, especially our leaders, that we do not appear to have hidden agendas as well.

We also learned on Thursday that Derrick had asked for and received a copy of the contract between APUA and the construction company.

Well surprise, surprise, Derrick received the contract with missing pages. Really Winston!

We take you at your word, but we would like to see that report as well.

Share it with the people.

One of the roles of the media is  to work for the people.

We are the voice of the voiceless and the eyes of the blind. So Observer should  be inclined to share with the world, like Caribarena.COM did with pictures that Derrick is so unwilling to give due credit.

That you want to have access to the power plant to take your "own pictures" says a lot about you, Winston Derrick, and raises at least one serious question.



What’s the purpose of having the information if you are not sharing with the public?

It’s not Winston Derrick or Observer’s information; it belongs to the people.

We do this for them, don’t we?

Our role is to have the electorate highly informed so that they can make informed decisions, as well as to be properly engaged in the topics of the day.

I wondered if Derrick believes that he would get different pictures than those shown on Caribarena.COM.

And perhaps he would, which would then raise more questions.

But Derrick already knows, by his own admission, that the contract signed is not for the power plant at Crabbs, so he should be pushing vigorously for an investigation, and not wait for the government.

When Observer publishes pictures on international or regional issues, do they send photographers to those places to take their own pictures?

Give me a break, we know that’s not so.

What Derrick is trying to do is to suggest that Caribarena.COM is not legitimate, and he knows why he is doing that.

It’s all about monopoly and money. News flash!

The media is a fraternity that should be working together in the interest of the people.

You do not need your own pictures.

They are really the peoples’ pictures.

We are here to give the public the truth.

Information is not for our personal benefit unless of course we have ulterior motives.

Like anyone else in this society, I listen to radio, and if by chance there is information that I would love to share with Caribarena.COM readers, I do so.

The rule however is, if I get that information from Observer or any other medium, I tell my readers just that.



This is not an attempt to chastise Derrick as he may very well be extremely innocent with no ulterior motives.

Perhaps he simply sees things differently.

The point is if the media truly works on behalf of the people and not pick and choose its own agenda, then it would be more effective in bringing about the necessary changes.

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An Investigation...real ly?

#20 marco polo » 2012-04-16 17:43

Do you people like to call for investigations simply for the sake of calling for them? What - at the end of the day - i**? Investigations in A&B are just another excuse to lay waste to as many sheets of paper and trees as is humanly possible so that folks can feel good that they got an investigation done. When was the last time time that an investigation of political corruption had any consequence of note to the investigated in A&B? The report will simply be put in a pile with all the others.... People need to start doing jail time but who in Antigua will have the moxie to do that... Anyone? The people in the political class are not going to jail their fellow class members because they think "there but for the grace of God go I." Go ahead, kill some more trees if it makes you feel better....
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Smoke n Mirrors

#19 ARTHUR 16 » 2012-04-16 16:03

Look into the mirror, did you see any evidence concerning IHI, you viewed the transactions, recognize the account holders and justice outcome is pending. The acceleration of that process should be urgent, but your silence give consent to IHI high crime. Where did this money go?

There are so many other high profile cases of the former Government systematic corruption you ignore, justice must be served, justice delayed is justice denied.
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Smoke n Mirrors

#18 skyewill » 2012-04-16 15:40

I am not investigating anything Or Iam i waiting for evidence. we are likely to be on the same side, I just don't have a comment right now cause I think there is much more tro come. Hold tight Brother
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speed

#17 speed » 2012-04-16 13:55

and Magic's agenda is to be "credible"...hahahah a..yeah right...he has been and will always be what he is...shallow
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Skyewill

#16 Smoke n Mirrors » 2012-04-16 11:37

What is this you eat chalk for breakfast? Whats with holding your tongue and waiting on all the evidence to come out. You are like Dr BS with your nonesense, wait for what evidence? How much more evidence you need and how much more "spins" you need to hear from the gov before you can draw the same conslusion we all have come to. THE ENGINES ARE OLD, USED ENGINES & David Shoul and PM BS knows it and squandered 47 million of MY money to secure them while somebody got many kick backs. Whey de money gone? Skywill if you still waiting on more evidence. What do you need to see before we can get one of your Pro UPP responses?
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Google Uncle Sam

#15 USA » 2012-04-16 11:26

When you talk about corruption google USA or America corruption?
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RE: Lovell Roasted on Talk Show

#14 my way of helping » 2012-04-16 11:13

horrible
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Message to Minister of Finance and Economy

#13 Dig It » 2012-04-16 11:07

In the front page of the BBC today, entitled, "China's Premier Wen says corruption greatest threat." Very unusual for a "suppressive" country to say, at a time, when the Chinese are "Planting the Flag" in our own backyard, and, perhaps, the world! The Chinese Premier said among other things that "more effective measures to tackle corruption." He also said "greater transparency and a reduction in the concentration of powers among government structures were also needed." http:www.bbc.co.uk\news\world-asia-china-17728474
Lovell those are the words of the Premier! The question is, besides being a "smooth-chatterbox," what you done or put in place to "tackle" corruption among your government? Where is the "transperacy" and "accoutability" in the fencing-scandal and now the power-plant? Where is it Mr MP?
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PEACE

#12 tenman » 2012-04-16 11:03

PEACE, yes he should have been there. His ministry is very much involved in this fiasco. Its minister signed an agreement, putting this nation more in debt, without ensuring that the laws (eg. finance and admin. act) were followed. Was a waiver of tender even sought? Lovell should have been at the press conference to at least answer why and to tell us based on what documents it was determined that the plant was worth 300 million RMB

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Do you really want the facts?

#11 Thumbs Down » 2012-04-16 11:01

A power plant is not a a generator or a set of generators. “The contract that you sign, that APUA signed, and which the government of Antigua & Barbuda borrowed 300 million RMB is not the power plant that’s built up at Crabbs because it calls for different engines so somebody needs to give us an explanation about something.

The funding amount was agreed to Gov to Gov. The Chinese made a presented documentation on what Apua could get for that agreed amount. The contract was drawn up initially for French engines, however, Apua did not want the suggested French engines and gave specs of the Man Engines that Apua needed. (is this not Apua involvement?).
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Amazing indeed!

#10 Dig It » 2012-04-16 10:43

It is important that the meadi-houses play their role in getting the public not only the "truth" but also they have no "hidden agendas!" Since when the media house qiuestions photos of news event? The last time I check, we don't have the technologies in Antigua to alter photos. Therefore, we can't take a picture of a Lovell's long "raindeer-nose" and then modify it in giving him a "smaller-nose." One thing sure is that the people didn't get the money they paid for in a "new" power plant, if the pictures taken revealed that they are "old!" What amazes me is the fact Derrick questions the "legitimate" pictures of the Power Plant by CA, decides to go easy on the GOAB, and not give the media house some "credit" whether or not he gravitates to their stories! It is time we show some "professionalism" and "class" in the media-houses, instead of going at each other throats, and, leave the public "unsatisfied!"
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WOULD YOU AGREE

#9 PEACE » 2012-04-16 10:01

Thanks Tenman.
Would you AGREE that the UPP GOVT FINANCE MINISTER SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE SO CALL PRESS CONFRENCE.
I still think because he is talking about what he has no knowledge of,he is taking his UPP GOVT/PARTY DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO SHHHHHAV ! with the WADDADLIE POWER PLANT>
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PEACE

#8 tenman » 2012-04-16 09:27

PEACE it was the minister of finance who signed the loan agreement. Yes at the time, it was Dr. Errol Cort but at the end of the day, Lovell, now as minister of finance must answer questions. I can't see him suggesting that Cort left no documentation. The very loan agreement, signed in 2008, states:

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The Government of Antigua & Barbuda represented by the the Ministry of Finance And Economy As Borrower and Export Import Bank as lender
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OMG IS RIGHT

#7 Grey Ghost » 2012-04-16 09:21

I am supporting Winston and OMG on this one, in an effort to be responsible, OMG is also careful. One of the most glaring images highlighted in the photo was the so called purple plastic covering the pipe. That could be displayed to relate the image sold to the public..the power plant is leaking oil. What otter factors could be involved, comparing APC and WPP is another. The public is entitled to know, but Grey Ghost also knows there are many self-interest playing the game of poli-tricks.
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Facts

#6 InteresteD » 2012-04-16 09:19

Errol Cort was Minister of Finance who signed the loan not Lovell. It is easy to make accusation! The slant this time by Derrick was that someone company in China has misled, bamboozled ( whatever the word,) the Governemnts of China and Antigua. And somehow the EXIM bank, the Chinese Consulate, BCEG and all the other Chinese companies missed it and only CA and OMG, Molwyn et al have seen this. Meanwhile the GOAB and it's representatives APUA and the Consulate and the Ministry of Finance Are not aware. The APUA engineers who say they signed off on the engines, that they did the due diligence, that they are working on the new engines are somehow lackeys of the Government and covering up the truth. How come then when asked the engineers all answers that they have been involved in the project since inception and that they are responsible for choosing, ensuring the installation and running the engines to spec that somehow the GOAB is "dumping everything on the engineers'! When the political directorate speaks you say they are not qualified to speak then when the engineers speak they are lackeys of the government! we never respect our own people. Stand up for the APUA Antiguan engineers
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Winston?

#5 ACLM » 2012-04-16 07:45

Let's face it Winston is no Fergie! Fergie (God rest his soul) was a fearless fighter for the truth! He was not afraid to take on the Giants in the interest of truth and transparency!

However, to be fair too he was actually quite an intelligent person (Fergie i mean)!

Winston should still be praised for grilling Lovel last week!
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RE: Lovell Roasted on Talk Show

#4 DadliMan » 2012-04-16 07:01

Magic, you hit the nail squarely onthe head. You attempted to be nice by suggesting that Derrick may very well not have an ulterior motive. It is as plain as day, that he does have an ulterior motive. A friend of mine who writes calypso songs, has basically taken a holiday because he says he is not providing ammunition for the ALP. Likewise, Derrick and the OMG are prepared to tread lightly on the issues, because remember, their stated goal was to get rid of the ALP. I guess they too are concerned about providing ammunition for the ALP.

Prior to 2004, they had no problem providing ammunition for the UPP. In fact, the OMG have boasted that the UPP could not have won the elections in 2004 without the work of the OMG. I guess they are not willing toreverse the process.

As readers and consumers of the output of the OMG, we, the general public, can hit them in the pocket where it really hurts. Refuse to buy their rag (Daily Observer), and let the reptile continue to charm the clueless sheep who follow him. When sales fall off enough, they will eventually get the message.
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WHY WAS LOVELL (MIN FINANCE) NOT AT PRESS CONFRENCE

#3 PEACE » 2012-04-16 06:29

Is at TRUE that the REASON Mr LOVELL WAS NOT AT THE PRESS CONFRENCE is that he WAS NEVER INCLUDED (as MINISTER of FINANCE) IN THE LOAN TRANSACTION TO PURCHASE THE USED ENGINES ?
Is it also TRUE that Mr LOVELL (Min FINANCE) because he was not included in the Chinese Power Plant Transaction he has NO FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE,so he himself like the PUBLIC at LARGE should want to know the DETAILS of ALL that WENT DOWN,WITH THE POWER PLANT.
MR LOVELL AND ALL OF THE UPP CABINET AND PARTY MEMBERS KNOW,IF WE SHOULD (AND MUST) HAVE A PUBLIC INQUIRY HE IS IN D E E P SHHHHH !
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I do not agree

#2 Skyewill » 2012-04-16 06:21

I dont agree that Derrick have to share information with CA or they believe CA is not a ligitimate Media House. I don't believe it's all about Money and monopoly. I believe Mr. Derrick have a plan and as they it will come out in the wash. really who want to get mixed up with this Power Plant issue. i still won't comment on it even though I got my own opinion. I believe it is wise to hold for another minute on this one cause in the end I believe freedoms will be at stake and jail time maybe in the future for more than one person involved so it is better to get all the facts before making wild statements. The Sagga continues..
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Be a man and no a mouse "co-host"

#1 STEVE » 2012-04-16 06:17

Great article Magic. The "night-time mercenary" is trying to stick his head in the sand. He should be ashamed of himself. His "co-host" should also be ashamed of himself. The "co-host" should not allow himself to BE censored on the topic of the wadadli power plant. What the "co-host" need to understand is that the agenda he speaks on (sometimes nightly) is set by "money interest" way before the program. I guess the Prime Minister was right when he spoke about them "money interest" people!! :-*
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