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Still the Master Blaster

Still the Master BlasterForm is temporary but class is permanent. That stated, Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, aka the Master Blaster, Smokey and the Bull is undoubtedly a “Class Act.”

In a 2004 ESPN poll participated in by 15 of the world’s leading names in cricketing history, Sir Vivian, Antigua & Barbuda’s living legend was voted the third greatest player behind Donald Bradman and Sir Garfield Sobers.

Similarly he was voted the second best batsman ever, behind Bradman as well as voted the greatest cricketer since 1970 ahead of Ian Botham and Shane Warne.

Of Sir Viv Wikipedia states:

“His fearless and aggressive style of play, and relaxed but determined demeanor made him a great crowd favourite and an intimidating prospect for opposition bowlers all over the world.


“The word "swagger" is frequently used to describe his batting style.

“His batting often completely dominated opposing bowlers.

“He had the ability to drive good-length balls from outside off-stump through midwicket, his trademark shot, and was one of the great exponents of the hook shot.”

Pure class.

Of all his exploits, 8540 runs decorated with 24 centuries in his career, Sir Vivian’s best shot however might have come off the field on Thursday as he chastised local politicians for alienating the country.

“We have been seriously divided in this country,” said Sir Vivian.

The former West Indies Test captain was speaking during a government sponsored dinner, honoring him on his 60th birthday held at the Sandals Grande Resort.

Commenting on a hot bottom issue bordered around government’s decision to purchase a 30-megawatt to be built by Chinese, dubbed the Wadadli Power Plant Sir Vivian was unapologetic.

“This is of vital importance and I don’t give a damn what you think of me after because I know what I am saying is God damn true,” he said.

The legend, who endorsed Finance Minister Harold Lovell when he ran for office in St. John’s Rural North and often criticized by members of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) told the guests that it’s time to put aside partisan politics for the benefit of the nation.

Since commissioning the Wadadli Power Plant, the government has come under tremendous pressure from the media and members of the opposition ALP who questioned the validity of the contract between government and the Chinese companies involved.

“I am not going to get into the argument about whether the generators are old or new,” said Sir Vivian.

“I am going to get to the point where I’m thinking as a nationalistic individual.

“The decision made, whether by Lester Bird or the Baldwin Spencer, I would thoroughly endorse it because it was of the best interest of Antigua & Barbuda.”


Sir Vivian who turned down an open checque to play in apartheid South Africa warned nationals including government officials not to be influence by the rich.

He emphasized the need to unite asking to leave behind those persons ‘who are small minded about the future of the country” noting they do not have the best interest of the country at heart.

On Wednesday Sir Vivian celebrated his birthday by participating in a golf tournament in support of “Breast Friends” an organization which raises money to aid women in need.

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#52 tenman » 2012-03-13 11:18

Savings EC 300M if we are not comparing the Wadadli power plant to what was proposed in the Joint Venture then we are wasting time. It was stated as the way forward by Dr. Cort during the 2007 budget debate. The then minister of APUA declared it a deal we should not pass up. This should have been part of a SWOT analysis. I suspect it was abandoned when APC made it clear it would not continue to allow arrears like in the past evidence by their willingness to get a court order for payment. As far as the Chinese being able to manipulate their currency, the US government has made it clear it will not abide such actions. Mitt Romney, has threatened trade sanctions. . A New York times Feb 15, 2012, article by DAVID LEONHARDT states the RMB has appreciated by some 12% since june 2010 and 40% since 2005. The article continues:
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The renminbi remains undervalued, relative to all other currencies, by 5 to 20 percent, according to various estimates.. “We are making progress, but it’s not sufficient,” Lael Brainard, the Treasury Department’s under secretary for international affairs, said in an interview, “and we will keep on pushing.”
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#51 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-13 05:57

You need to know the details of the JVC before you can do comprehensive analysis on it. In my analysis I showed you a difference of 420 million. I stated that APUA would save 300 million. This give you 120 million to do what you want with. Apply to joint venture, appreciation. etc. By the way you ignored the point about the control of the RMB by the bank of China.
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Savings EC 300M - we actually losing

#50 tenman » 2012-03-13 00:22

Savings EC 300M, re looking at the agreement I concede you are indeed correct about it simply being a 20 year loan. The 5 year moratorium is not an addition but built into the 20. However, I notice you also ignored the point that the proposal by APC involved 45% equity for APUA, this clearly should have been factored into your calculation. If we agree that the net profits for APC is about 4.4 cents per killowatt (55% of 8 cents per kwhr), it would mean the real cost for us would be around 173.44 million (converting the figures you posted to 15 years and factoring in the 45% government equity for doing nothing). The Chinese loan (47.1 million usd + 5 million usd moneys for transformers) will end up costing us principal 141.507 for 20 years at 2.5% (loan 2% + commitment fee .5%) equaling at least 179.32 million for just the loan. Lets also add the upfront 2 million for the management fee. Now lets factor in the currency appreciation and the cost of the higher interest costs due to the moratorium . Do you still think we are saving EC 300 million because to me it more looks like we are losing money.

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@ Jumbee Picknee

#49 SlyThatGuy » 2012-03-12 21:34

Some people may not agree with Sir Viv's decision because they don't quite grasp what he was trying to do or tell us,but if we look at the situation from a liberal point of view,we would no doubt gain a better understanding. He was simply calling on his countrymen to unite,reminding us that "a country divided against itself cannot stand ".This is a man who loves his country dearly and is hurting over the fact that it's so divided. Time to wake up,Antigua!
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Tenman

#48 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-12 20:17

The loan agreement I downloaded from Caribarena's website indicated that it was a 20 year loan. 5 yeard(60 months) only interest payment and 180 months to pay off the balance. 60 + 180 = 240= 20 years not 27 years.

for every million dollars you borrow at 2% you pay back just over 210,000 in interest. on the other hand for every million you borrow at 10% for the same period you pay back 1,300,000 for the same period. ie 20 years.
If you reduce the 20 years to 15 years for the 10% you will pay over 930,000,000/ million. This is still nearly 4.5 time the 2% loan. Which would you choose?

You are banking on the appreciation of the RMB to make your case against the loan. However, that news for you is not so good. Up to today the RMB depreciated. The Central Bank of China will endeavor to keep the appreciation and depreciation of the RMB in as narrow a range as possible. You can bet your last dollar on that.

APUA's operation cost of 60% of the power purchase agreement is not that far fetch. Check your sources and you will see.

Can you explain what jeb posted. Your assistance would be very much appreciated
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#47 Tobi » 2012-03-12 14:58

Sir Viv would have maintained greater respect at stating the truth: Politics divides us all and the country suffers. He should have stopped there. He will learn like the rest of us commoners this sad truth: In this environment picking a political side will be costly to the respect he once commanded. Icons need to stay above the fray if they wish to avoid the tarnish of politics.
Viv..." warned nationals including government officials not to be influenced by the rich." That, after all, is more difficult to avoid, than to state. Viv was quite influenced by Stanford. I now picture him standing next to the RAS at the chest of "millions" at Lords. Welcome to the burdens of being a living national hero.
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The best interest of where or who?

#46 ANTIGUAN WOMAN » 2012-03-12 11:44

This obviously erractic outburst certainly was not in the best Interest of Antigua/Barbuda,just like some rusty generators can never be in no ones interest except who received the $47millus .
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Savings EC 300M - clarification

#45 tenman » 2012-03-12 10:55

@Savings EC 300M please note my response to your figures is not an acceptance that your cost calculations are correct. I have no idea where you got that 630 million figure. A 27 year loan at 2% for 121 million EC or 45 million USD would end up being around 157 million EC (wrongly ignoring future currency appreciation exposure). Are you suggesting that operational costs for APUA are around 60% of the 20 cents per kilowatt charged by APC? Let me also state that in principal I am for the idea of APUA generating its own electricity once done properly. @Savings EC 300M its a pity its so difficult for you to show your side work.

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RIGHT FORUM

#44 Nemo » 2012-03-12 10:09

Big Up Sir Viv,
Those who felt it was not the right forum, well it was his birthday and his moment, he seized it and said it.....instead of criticizing what he said perhaps take the time to actually hear what he said.
He is right...just that the power plant should be more in line with alternative energy etc in my view, and there are many ways to get to there.
Sadly there is not the vision or understanding in the circles that make such decisions of why it is absolutely crucial that the whole world changes the way we do thing as a matter of urgency.
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missing the point

#43 pedro » 2012-03-12 10:09

That is precisely the point Sir Viv, we want to know if the generators are new or used. Rusting as they are after two years of manufacture and leaking oil as they are after three months operation, suggest that they are not new. Viv I suggest you arrange a tour of the plant for yourself accompanied by the press, get the documentation and satisfy yourself and the people that the engines along with associated accessories are new.
And Sir Viv now that you have a sober moment , please tell us if our PM, Baldwin Spencer, is right to borrow monies without parliamentary approval. In my time in school, I have written hundreds of lines as punishment stating " where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise.
Sir Viv, I know you dont care a damn what I think, but we expect better of our only living national hero. You missed the point.
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Savings EC 300M - wrong info

#42 tenman » 2012-03-12 09:59

Savings EC 300M isn't it time to change your name (your figures erroneously showed 420 million)? Your calculation ignores
1. the 5 year moratorium on the EXIM bank loan and the added two which the government is certain to take. This makes the loan a 27 year loan not a 20 year loan.
2. Of major importance you ignore the APC deal (joint venture **see 2007 Budget statement) would have basically been a 55 45 split with government being a partner.(see UPP- Which People First, Ian Hughes, 0 November 2009, Caribarena)
3. The currency appreciation which is continuing to cost us.
4. After fifteen years the government would have obtained the APC equity making the plant fully owned by APUA

Based on these calculation your cost attributed to APC needs to be divided by at least 4 (around 2 due to it being a joint venture and around 2 again for it (APC joint venture) being for at least half the time of the Wadadli power plant loan -- 15 years vs 27 years) this would then mean its the APC deal which could have saved us at least 300 million.

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Get the facts

#41 pedro » 2012-03-12 09:51

As great as we know Viv was as a cricketer, am sure he used to make a concerted effort to study his opponents before taking his team on the field. It was never really a rush of emotions. In the same way if Viv want s to make a judgment as to what is the best interest of the country in terms of power generation, he has to get the facts and do his homework. Viv you are our national hero, you have a brain, use it wisely. Believe it or not we all want what is in the best interest of Antigua and Barbuda... and right now that is not UPP.
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Saving ec$300M

#40 jeb » 2012-03-12 09:02

you have to be joking! accorging to the sworn affidavit by General Manager of APUA, Wadadli power plant will produce an average of 10,00,000 kwh monthly. if that was purchased from APC @.20 per unit that would yield a savings of 42M monthly. It will require an extra $.05 per unit to produce a unit of power, which is $.5 additional cost; there is a 1.8% committment fee to the chinese which is another.4M;
lube and oil will cost another $.1; plus the captica; cost of at least $1.1.
so how you get savings?
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@ SlyThatGuy

#39 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-03-12 05:26

...Sir Viv is just that, a Universal Star, who's an ordinary guy. The glitz, pump and glamour which they were trying to overshadow him with is like water on the Lotus leaf (pond leaf) or water on a ducks back. Sir Viv is like a Lotus Flower to many of us, and like the Lotus plant, the same muddy waters that it comes from and never hurt it. He wanted us, them to know, that their pseudo smiles, fake handshakes in public means nothing to him.
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Harry Tenman Others

#38 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-12 02:13

$1,051,200,000.00 to purchase 30 MWH from APC Power at 20 cents per kwh over 20 years

$630,720,000.00 Wadadly Power Plant own and operated by APUA including the 2% Loan payback

$420,480,000.00 Difference
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Test and saving ec $300M

#37 Harry » 2012-03-11 23:24

All I am asking is, show us how the chinese generators is in our interest. You have been making all kinds of assertions without bringing any objective facts to the table. It is just like what the PM had to pay $75000 in the courts for recently, empty wild unfounded statements that is completely inconsistent with the facts.
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@ Jumbee Picknee

#36 SlyThatGuy » 2012-03-11 22:08

Sir Vivian Richards,like any other citizen,has the right to think whatever he likes and the privilege to clearly express his views;for him to bring up politics at a sponsored dinner,honoring him on his 60th birthday,which is to be a very special and joyous occasion,means the press of the matter was so great on him.But I agree with you.If it were an ordinary person,he wouldn't get away with it that easily.
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In Whose Interest

#35 Test » 2012-03-11 22:03

I will put it to you and then I will say AMEN because it is the ALPHA and the OMEGA - those who are shouting up and down about generators being old are not doing so out of their interest for the people of Antigua and Barbuda - they are doing so simply because there is a pied piper. AMEN.
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Tenman

#34 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-11 21:32

I made a statement. I did not associate it with anybody. I reference no one. You decided to pull the PM and Clarvis in. I showed by calculation that I was not referring to anything the PM said. if you want to use your head and say that 300 million of the PM's 648 million is savings then go ahead. That is your conclusion. I cannot stop you from drawing such conclusion
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Savings EC 300M - use your head

#33 tenman » 2012-03-11 21:17

@Savings EC 300M, then please enlighten me of where you are getting that figure cause right now you are simply asking the rest of us to take your word for it. Expecting me to be so naive is insulting.

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Elder state's woman

#32 Jane » 2012-03-11 21:15

Bloody Bloke,

Could you clarify your reference to people from Cedar Grove, Point and Grays Farm?
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Saving EC $300M

#31 Harry » 2012-03-11 21:01

dont just say it show me in black and while how we will do that.
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...goldenn tears...

#30 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-03-11 20:39

...many a tear, has been shed; just like the blood that has ran red,
many a battle has been fought, some in vain; and, some for naught.
freedom comes at a price, even though some of the tactics may not be nice. Judge me not for the good that I have done, for, in time to come, I may yet be proven wrong. But, stand up firm, steadfast and strong and that, I know, I ave done and will do all day long; SS in hand, swagger in my stride, pride in my thoughts for I am, A LION, leader of a pride and my face I will not hide...STAND FIRM, STAND STRONG, STAND STEADFAST Sir Viv, as long as you live...IF ar u no want fu see war, NOT lakka idiots a rob fu penny-hairpny, talk but no touch, cause nuff armo behind him back...me garne
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...goldenn tears...

#29 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-03-11 20:22

Greetings folks, I probablly would have shed a tear or two, as Sir Viv, "the bull" (the Morgan Stanley of the Cricket World) was delivering his speech. I have read some of your comments and, we are all entittled. You have always one who took the "the bull" by the horns, (Lilly & Thompson) twisted it's neck and subdued it. Your words, wether in or out of context are just like your SS Bat which, when you began your career, many thought that your style was unorthodox, but it proved them wrong. Your words to those thugs, those who have use our Nation for their own personal gain, should be and must shake them like a 7.25640 earthquake, put fear in their hearts with your words. The greatest joy you brought to me, was when, Kerry Packer the Australian Allen Stanford, wanted to buy you out to play in South Africa, and many thought you were crazy then too, but you and your decision prevailed. Nelson Mandella was freed, yes South Africa still has issues, but a battle was won. You have won this battle with our politicians, the war rages on, however, there are many battles in this "freedom war", and in the name of Jah, we will win the final battle. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,
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Savings EC 300M - use your head (coorection)

#28 tenman » 2012-03-11 20:10

This part "It could be defined as a saving if the difference was less."

"the difference if less could be defined as a saving"

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Tenman

#27 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-11 20:05

Tenman, again 2.7 x 240 = $647 million. Look how far that is from 300 million. Is it not obvious that I am not reffering to the PM 2.7 million a month?
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Savings EC 300M - use your head

#26 tenman » 2012-03-11 19:51

Quote:
“This is the information that we have. And at the end of the day, the utilization of the Chinese power plant would result in a reduction of APUA’s monthly obligation to APC by EC$2.7 million,” he said. Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/news/latest/99213-pm-says-alp-distorted-power-plant-info.html#ixzz1or5F87vi
Savings EC 300M, again the 2.7 monthly is not a saving. Its simply what the PM suggests they will not have to pay APC monthly. The chairman himself stated it was not a saving during the "press conference". Its similar to a decision to switch from Lime as your internet provider and instead use ACT. I can then say I now don't have to pay Lime some 200.00 a month. However @Savings EC 300M, i now have to shell out an amount of more than, or less than or the same to ACT. It could be defined as a saving if the difference was less. However no one from APUA has stated its less. Truth be known the PM's statement seems more an act of obfuscation proved by its affect on you.

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Let's take the shoe off of Sir Viv for a while.

#25 Bluddy Bloke » 2012-03-11 19:12

Am I to understand from the strong supporters of Sir Viv's behaviour during his 60th birthday bash that because of who is, it has given him the right and the license to do and say anything at any time and at any place? Now, Let's flip the coin for a while and place an individual perhaps from Gray's Farm, Point or Cedar Grove in the shoe of Sir Viv, being at the same place, saying the same thing in the same tone, would you the supporter condone that individual's behaviour? I hope you will be honest with your answer.
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Tenman

#24 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-11 19:09

$ 2.7 x240 = 648 million.
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@Savings EC 300M

#23 tenman » 2012-03-11 18:38

@Savings EC 300M, how did you come to your conclusion? If based on what the PM stated (APUA saving on not having to pay APC 2.7 million monthly) try and remember the APUA chairman clarified it by saying its not a saving but a cash control measure. Its simply that APUA will not have to pay out this amount to APC. The suggestion being made by others, which is yet to be disproved, is APUA may end up not having to pay APC that amount but at the cost of paying out to someone more than that. @Savings EC 300M, does it makes sense to stop paying Paul 300.00 and instead have to pay John 400? This more seems to me like bad mindedness ay play.
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BEEF

#22 Engine Man » 2012-03-11 18:38

I said nothing new. Did you talk to the Project Engineer at APUA? Or the Electricity Manager. You can verify from them if anything in my statement is false.
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@ Engine man

#21 BEEF » 2012-03-11 18:13

Well I have spoken to people at A.P.U.A. about this whole generator issue and I have said what I was told. Engine man you know who I am. Maybe if you identify yourself it would help. If my source is wrong I would want to be "set straight" but it sure would be nice to know who is "setting the record straight".
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Harry Fishing

#20 Savings EC 300M » 2012-03-11 18:12

Harry, You know what enginman said is the truth. You are so bent on spreading lies about the plant that you attack every truth there is that shows the plant in a possitive light. The APUA and by extension the people of Antigua and Barbuda stands to save over EC 300 million dollars over 20 years from this plant.
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engine man

#19 Harry » 2012-03-11 16:52

If what you say is true why hasnt APUA produced the evidence? I believe you are the same person as gues 2 that was responsible for the civil works and built a concrete structure (concrete blocks) to hold the generators. Guess wHat? that building has big cracks all over. who designed that? as far as I know all other buildings in Antigua and Barbuda that is used for that purpose is made from galvanize. where did you study engineering?
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Elder state's woman

#18 Jane » 2012-03-11 15:37

Happy Birthday Sir Viv and may the good Lord continue to bless you with many more healthy and fulling ones. When I heard your speech it reminded me of one of the reasons why we admire and respect you-your selflessness which propels you to put your country and race above self. You could have sat and bask in all the praises been heaped on you on a night when all eyes and may I now say ears were focused on you but did not. I am also reminded of another one of your other feats when you told Apartheid South Africa where they can stick their rand- this in my mind ranks above any of your many exploits on the cricket field.The issues facing Antigua and Barbuda are bigger than any political party and THEY ALL HAVE MADE THEIR SHARE SHARE OF MISTAKES. Our survival depends on us coming together as a nation disregarding political affiliation. I wish to leave us all with a quote from that timeless bard William Shakespeare " THE WEIGHT OF THIS SAD TIME WE MUST OBEY; SPEAK WHAT WE FEEL AND NOT WHAT WE OUGHT TO SAY." YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY MASTER BLASTER.
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RE: Still the Master Blaster

#17 my way of helping » 2012-03-11 14:36

Thinking about Sir Vivian, i had a flash back of when i was in primary school and the feelings i got when watching cricket, i don't get it anymore. The sadness when he is out and the excitement when he is doing something so impressive.

Remember when you use to kill to go to cricket at ARG? Remember when the English commentators even use to admire the bats man even thou their team is playing against the bats man and you could hear the proudness in their voices for a member of their opponents.

Cricket will never be the same again. Thank you viv, whether you did anything after, i love how i felt then and you contributed to that/those feelings
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@ Keith Crowe

#16 down to earth » 2012-03-11 12:35

There is never a wrong forum, to say the right thing.
If it was at all possible, I would have even more respect for this great man.
Don't call it "babbling", just because YOU didn't understand where he was coming from.
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RE: Still the Master Blaster

#15 R. Bowen » 2012-03-11 12:14

Sir Viv is the greatest EVER. PERIOD. FINISH!!!!
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Sir Viv, Kudos to you but be more tactful

#14 Bluddy bloke » 2012-03-11 11:47

Although I am not in a position to accept whether or not Sir Viv played HIS best shot of his career during his 60th birthday celebrations, what I do know is that that shot that he played which has sparked off a great degree of controversary was certainly not the best shot of all times. We need to accept that there is a time and place for everything. His content was supurb but his language was uncalled for moreso used on national TV. It is of my view that Sir Viv could have gottten across his message even more effective without using such derogative language. He is a man I will always respect for who is and his accomplishments but I can not accept that Sir V's vacabulary is so limited why he chose to express himself like that. Kudos Sir Viv, you are a Hero, and one of my mentors, however plz show me that you are quite cable of getting your messages across to your audience in a more tactful way.
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Beef

#13 tenman » 2012-03-11 11:09

Beef well said. I too respect our living national here. Part of that respect involves recognizing the fact that he is human therefore capable of being wrong on some issues. He is correct on our being too politically divided. Beef, the subcontracting issue with the a Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Company, is something that was highlighted in the 31st March 2011 auditor general annual report for the Jamaican goverment. This was a project which involved a loan from the Chinese EXIM bank for some 400 million USD to develop the islands road network. It pointed out that because these projects do not go up for tender we can end up wasting moneys. Methods were not put in place to ensure (single source procurement) that they got value for money. There were no rules in place to ensure that a quality product was provided. There was no transparency & accountability. (see page 36 of www.auditorgeneral.gov.jm/files/u5/AGD_ANNUAL_REPORT_2011.pdf)
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the watcher

#12 ..from the Pit » 2012-03-11 10:45

I for one thought that Sir Viv was wrong to utter his soliloquy [since he might have been inebriated] and would have left it at that. After all, HE IS SIR VIV, and it was his party. However, I heard Kimba uttering some tidbits on The Snake Pit and was even more taken back by what Sir Viv had postulated. If he was upset by some of the organizing members been 'knuckled' in favor of some 'Party' hacks, resulting in some of the opposition members [some of whom were his close friends] being 'persona non grata', then he should have commented on this disunity and add the generator issue. To me he was a coward not to speak out against the mischief that was perpetrated in his own 'Party' [pun intended] attendees...
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Beef

#11 Engine Man » 2012-03-11 10:35

Technicians Were involved at every stage of this project. Technicians provided data. They were involved in the review of the plans. They were involved in the selection of type of engines. They were involved in the construction process. A technical team of engineers saw the project through from foundation to finish. They were involved when they went to China to witness testing of the generators in the factory. They visited China not once but twice. Not one engineer but 4 on each occasion. They were involved in the commissioning.
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who paid

#10 Baldhead » 2012-03-11 10:16

RESPECT to the Master Blaster. But i must ask the question . WHO PAID FOR THE DINNER ? IS IT TRUE I WAS APUA ? AND WHY DID APUA PAY FOR IT?
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I respect Sir Viv

#9 Harry » 2012-03-11 09:58

By the way SIR VIV, it is my opinion that those generators are too costly and that we have been ripped off and that is not in the national interest.
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I love and respect Sir Viv

#8 Harry » 2012-03-11 09:57

Viv richards is my Hero and I love and respect him. I think he is deserving of all that has and is been bestowed on him. He is a cricketing genious and although I love and respect him for that, his cricketing talent and skills do not qualify him to be expert on all matters. I know that he is well meaning and fiercely nationalistic. However, contrary to Viv ,I believe that it is very healthy for nationals to be engaged in debates and build consensus on issues. Issues need to be discussed and properly ventilated. The powers that be need to know that there actions will undergo scrutiny. We cannot afford to follow blindly and be the victim of 'groupthink'. The consequenses and costs to such a behaviour may be prohibitive and undermining to our growth and development. We cannot be a people that supports and issue simply because it is proposed by Lester Bird or Baldwin Spencer. We need to objectively examine the issues themselves. After all, we are living rational Human Beings and have independent opinions. I love you Sir VIV but I think that you are WRONG on this one. The people must be allowed to debate and ventiilate in an atmoshere of openess and transparency.
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Hero Indeed!

#7 Southern Beauty » 2012-03-11 09:35

Thank you Sir Viv. A hero indeed! If more of us thought NATION instead of party and self, WE would be as unstoppable as you and the team were on the field and would not be plagued by so many of our societal ills.
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Smith

#6 John Smith » 2012-03-11 09:12

Happy Birthday ....Sir VIV.Thank you very much for speaking out in the best interest of Antiguans.
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AMEN AND MORE AMEN

#5 OO7 » 2012-03-11 06:59

GREAT ARTICLE. AS USUAL MAGIC...MAGICALLY SAID

Quote:
“This is of vital importance and I don’t give a damn what you think of me after because I know what I am saying is God damn true,” he said.
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My issue (part 3)

#4 BEEF » 2012-03-11 06:33

We are living in a time now where we have access to information. If you want to know something, just get on the internet. Take the time to read the following: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15544841 Under the section 'Cheating taxpayers’ it reads: The sector most affected by bribery was public procurement - where companies compete to win contracts from governments for everything from waste collection to road building. TI noted that the nature of public sector contracts - which are usually large, complex and involve many sub-contractors - makes it much easier to inflate costs and hide inappropriate payments. I BELIEVE WE OWE IT TO THE YOUNGSTERS WHO WILL BE CALLED UPON TO PAY FOR THIS PLANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GOT VALUE FOR MONEY. Once that is determined, my mind would be set at ease.
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My issue (part 2)

#3 BEEF » 2012-03-11 06:32

It will be the future generations who will be saddled with this debt AND I BELIEVE WE OWE IT TO THEM TO SEE TO IT THAT THEY WILL BE PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT WE AS A COUNTRY GOT VALUE FOR. That is what my issue is about. HAVE WE GOTTEN VALUE FOR MONEY WHEN IT COMES TO THE PURCHASE OF THIS PLANT? Maybe I missed it, but I have NOT heard that technicians have been involved (from the beginning) in the purchasing of this plant. As a matter of fact, this reminds me of what Judge Mitchell recommended AGAINST when he looked into a similar situation of purchasing generators at A.P.U.A. when Minister Daniel was responsible for A.P.U.A. People should take the time out and read what the Judge had to say.
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My issue (part 1)

#2 BEEF » 2012-03-11 06:30

I to hold Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards in high regard. It is beyond question that he deserves the highest recognition that has been bestowed upon him by our fair country. I recognize that he has done much for “black people” the world over. LET THERE BE NO QUESTION TO MY RESPECT FOR SIR RICHARDS. The discussion has raged in the media about what Sir Richards said at the dinner in honour of his birthday. This is the first time I am seeing anything about it in print. I HAVE GONE ON RECORD AND HAVE INDICATED THAT I AM OF THE OPINION THAT A.P.U.A. SHOULD BE THE ENTITIY THAT PRODUCED THE MAJORITY OF ELECTRICITY FOR THE ANTIGUAN & BARBUDAN PUBLIC HENCE I AM AND HAVE BEEN IN SUPPORT OF THE DECISION FOR A.P.U.A./GOVERNMENT TO PURCHASE THE POWER PLANT IN QUESTION. However, because I support the decision DOES NOT MEAN THAT A GREEN CARD WAS GIVEN TO SPEND TAX PAYERS MONIES WITHOUT DUE CARE AND ATTENTION.
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Am lost

#1 Keith crowe » 2012-03-11 05:14

Still trying to figure out why viv used his birthday party to utter such babbling rubbish, just wasn't the right forum for that.further more many folks didn't even know what he really wanted To say, he was just not shooting straight.please SIR VIV you are s great great man leave Antigua dirty politrics it can only damage your great reputation. If u don't u know the saying, if your in the kitchen your going 2 feel the heat.
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