UPP Political Leader calls for signed agreement on Jolly Beach renovation and management to be made public

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The United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling on the Cabinet to make public the signed agreement between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the St. James’s Club Antigua Limited.

Information came to the fore last week that, through an agreement signed on September 23, the Government will receive a US$6 million loan – through the National Asset Management Company (NAMCO) – from the local hotel.

The funds reportedly are earmarked to renovate the defunct Jolly Beach Hotel.

The document, deemed an employment agreement and a loan agreement, states that the lender will receive a 50 percent reduction in corporate income tax for 15 years.  This exemption is irrevocable and was to have been confirmed by the Cabinet.

This discount will also apply to all the other businesses in which the lender has an ownership interest.

Contained in the agreement are several other disturbing clauses, including that NAMCO must automatically pay US$3 million to the lender if the contract is terminated.

Harold Lovell, the UPP Political Leader, says the details of the signed agreement should be released since there is great public concern about what is now alleged about the deal.

Meanwhile, there have been too many announcements of various interests in this resort, Lovell says.

And now, he notes, the terms negotiated by the Browne Administration appear to be benefiting the investor – but doing nothing for the taxpayers but saddling them with more repayments at high interest rates.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. For 6 million dollars, the big shot lender will get 50 per cent off taxes for his:
    Supermarket off Friars road for 15 years
    Supermarket in Woods for 15 years
    Supermarket in Perry Bay for 15 years
    Supermarket in the Prime Minister’s business complex for 15 years
    Supermarket in Jolly Harbour for 15 years

    Hotel near Willoughby Bay for 15 years
    Hotel near Five Islands for 15
    Other hotels for 15 years
    This is what people with degrees agreed to

    Plus, I need some clarification. Can he bring in workers from the Philippines and Mexico?

    Remember , the ABLP made 2 billion from the CIP . You mean to say that they could not find US $6 million . SMH

    Tell me, have they blocked off Long Bay yet?
    Where is Weston with all his big talk of black empowerment.
    The ABLP HATES POOR PEOPLE!
    The ABLP likes rich people
    The ABLP OPPRESSES ITS OWN PEOPLE!

  2. You bwoy #HFWL lap you tail and siddung and tap try play relevant. You are a flushable waste. You cant even be used as a fertilizer.

  3. make public what went down between UPP and the italians with Royal Antigua meeting. Errol Cort wah become a you? oh yeah you and plenty others “JUMPED OFF SINKING UPP SHIP”

    • @ Hmmmmmmm

      IF THIS IS WHAT YOU MINIONS SETTLING FOR WITH ALL THIS RIP OFF THEN YOU GUYS MUST DEFINITELY BE UNDER THE TRANCE OF GASTON.

      HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THIS?

      THE MIS-MANAGEMENT OF ANTIGUA BY THE ABLP IS SO BAD THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE US$6,000,000 OR EC$16,000,000 IN THE TREASURY- THEY HAVE TO BORROW IT FROM BARRATT?
      THIS IS SO EMBARASSING.
      THIS IS WORST THAN ANYTHING LESTER, VERE OR VC EVER DID TO ANTIGUA, AND TRUST ME, THEY RIPPED OFF A LOT.
      HOW CAN ANTIGUANS STAND BACK AND SUPPORT THIS AND THE ABLP?
      THIS IS EVILNESS OF THE HIGHEST PROPORTION!!!
      THEY NEED TO GO

    • @Just saying and Hmmmm
      If you are the typical labour supporter, no wonder this country cannot move forward. Is Lovell the problem or the labour government? From what we have been told, this investor is in business with a labour minister. If what is being said about the agreement is true, you see nothing wrong with Gaston giving away all the government taxes for fifteen years and then borrowing all over the place to run the country? You are the same ones who keep writing about Lovell giving away taxes to Sandals.
      You are telling me that the government could find another lender for $6million US and repaying the loan from the same taxes they are giving away? You are saying that the tax holidays are not only for Jolly Beach for all these investors businesses? What can go so?
      If what we are being told about this agreement is correct, then there is a lot we are not being told like how much is being contributed to the Labour Party and how many ministers of government are involved in this rip off of the people’s money.
      Gaston thinks he is the smartest person in Antigua so would not sign off on something like this unless people other than the investor are benefiting.

      • In all fairness to the UPP, it’s not them as a party per se you know. It’s Harold Lovell. People just don’t like, trust, or care for him.

        I honestly believe if he and some others like Giselle, were to step aside that the party would do so much better.

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    • @ SHEFIELD……………….

      FORCE MEK WATER, BLOOD PRESSURE AND CRAZINESS GO UP HILL

      HAS GASTON TAKEN HIS MEDICATION?

      IS IT RASPERDOL? CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME……CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME WITH THE NAME OF HIS MEDICATION?

  5. Mr Barret, YOU ARE AN EXTREMELY GREEDY MAN. And greed is one of the deadly sins. Your greed has overtaken you and is blowing your mind right now. You are like a cat among the pigeons.
    You have no love for the people you live among and who patronize your businesses. You will not get one cent from me again in any of your supermarkets. You took advantage of our corrupt, duncing politicians and tied their nuts in twist. You seem to think that all of us are like them. Well wet yuh hand and wait for we.
    The UPP helped you with your hotel business and for thanks you spit in their eye and hug up Gaston Browne. What will you do next when he gone? Go back and nice up?
    You have no love for Antigua. None tarl. I take offense to that. Is like you looking down at we and laughing at we.
    In another country you would not be able to get away with all this crap. You are a hateful, despicable man and you will not end good. Ah me say so.

    • This is true you know. He would never be able to make it where he come from. I couldn’t tell when last I stepped foot in Epi. He’s bringing in his own inferior products and are bypassing local distributors, but Antiguans aren’t blind. We want what we want and only local distributors can supply it to him.

      Just imagine he’s selling the public water off his roof as bottled water and people are buying it!

      Time to boycott Barrett and his supermarkets. Support local and small businesses. They are the ones who appreciate and love you!

    • Mr Barrett may be greedy but what of the brilliant mind that signed off on this agreement? We should boycott his businesses but also the person who would sign such a deal should be voted out of office and tarred and feathered and hung on a lamppost for bird food.

    • Barret is taking advantage of the current government, giving them the finger, while his partner minister remains quiet.
      Get rid of them all.
      Down with Mr. Ah-loan-ah Month.

  6. King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe need fu publish the document from President LEE MYUNG-BAK stating the 3 buses belong to UPP politicians.

    The Wilmoth Daniel STRIPPER POLE BUS 🚌

  7. @Harold Lovell, the UPP, the ABLP, the DNA, the INDEPENDENTS, the YOUTHS, children this Son of Mami_Wata and Papa_Elegba CHRISTened Jumbee_Picknee at life’s #ROAD, ☦️☦️☦️ROAD, ❌ROAD, ☠️ROAD, 🙅🏾⚔️ROAD, crossROAD, of SWASTIKA & SQUARE says,

    We, the Nation of Antigua, Barbuda & REDONDA, already have a signed agreement for Jolly Harbour

    A…We own the beach, and apparently the property or parts there of; correct me, if I’m wrong.

    B…We, have a work force as in the National Housing(conceptualise, design, build, maintain).

    C…We, have a Tourism Ministry(you should be about conceptualise, design, advertise, market, sell, manage, maintain

    D…We, have the workforce through training, from Minister of Tourism up to the grounds, sanitation, maintenance crew. Again from the Minter of Tourism UP TO the maintenance crew…a dem cum fuss).

    It would be great, once We, as a People can develop the same or better brand, than Sandals, whereby we’re exporting Our BRAND to other parts of the World. Phuck, Butch and crew from Jamaica came to Antigua, utilized our Natural resources to help build, maintain, manage the Sandals Brand.

    I’m crazy⁉️ First off, the Jamaicanism Relegion does not scare me, so while Butch and Crew have done a marvellous job with the Sandals Brand out of Jamaica, I’m thinking like Sir Andy “Fruitii” Roberts and Sir Vivian “Master_Blaster” Richards, and this is “ nun a r u bombo, bettah dan me!”
    You can tell Adam Stewart to put on his best tux or any gear, step into a room without a crew, I’ll do the same, and see where the attraction energy’s for to and come from.
    Trust me Antigua, Barbuda and REDONDA, Harold Lovell, Gaston Browne, UPP, ABLP nor any other political party can set you off like the star, which you are. The diamond is already created, its you #DADLI, polish it like, the gem which you are and shine.

    …DEMAND and EXPECT much more!

    …and, it’s Lily, in, running up like the beast of a bowler, which he has become…my goodness, it’s SIX runs, and Vivian Richards did not even leave his crease….kum een Chickee🎼🎶🎶🎶🎶🎹🎵🎶

    How many remember, Double Decker, Chickee, Papi n Conch Shell, a mash up RUDE BOY STAND…
    …need I say more. Antigua, Barbuda & REDONDA invented #CALYPSO_CRICKET!
    We gave the World TWENTY-TWENTY…

    …Now how about 20_Twenty…A Dadli Resort like no other!

    Robin, r we want back DEBBLE BRIDGE – or else, King Bowl Face #lickle_man 🤢👽😈a goh haunt and nyam u, lakkah #pum-pum_Salad(was that. Pussy_Salad and a Jamaican #Hairy_Burgah that he ate)

    Me garne fu now, Jumbee_Picknee

  8. DearANR,
    Stop play favorites with the blogs. You refuse to put in this letter to Dr Dr Baldwin Spencer. Now let me see if you if you leave it out again. TAP PLAY FAVORITES WITH THE LETTERS. DIS IS POLITICS

    Dear Dr Baldwyn Spencer
    Please Sir, please stay home and let Richard Lewis do his campaigning. You came with his group to my house some time last week or so andI thought how wrong this was and how it looked. I asked other people if they see any other past candidates campaigning with the new candidates and as far as I hear, you are the only one.
    How do you expect the young man to promote himself with the constituents when you are breathing down his neck every move he moves? I did not like what you said because it sounded like you were saying Richard Lewis is OK because you said so. That is out of line.
    I am suggesting and people I talk to agree that you stay home and allow the young man and his people to do his thing.
    Did you stop to think that if people had any objections to you and how you managed the country that they may not say so to him because you are right there? Do you think it is right for him to get all the blame for your shortcomings?
    Stay home, please Mr Spencer. You did well. Now it is somebody else turn. Not yours. Stay home.
    If you want something to do, maybe you can shake up the lazy chairman and both of you do something to improve the office in Grays Farm. You all don’t see how high the grass is and how shabby the place looks? Focus on fixing up the place and leave Richard Lewis to do his thing.

    • Baldwin “ASHE LIED” Spencer is confused! Maybe he is losing his marbles and wants Richard Lewis to pick them up. The UPP refuses to accept Richard Lewis just because his wife is JAMAICAN and upp hates “foreigners” (their word).

      Damani sided with Richard and so harold loveLIE still have Damani in mind for that betrayal.

      • UPP you say hate foreigners, but the Labour Party only use non nationals for their votes.
        I hope his wife brings in all the Jamaicans to vote UPP. Suggest Richard Lewis sends her to campaign in her community.

    • @ ANR, you playing favorites

      OK USEFUL ABLP IDIOTS……YOU THINK BALDWIN OR GRAYS FARM PEOPLE STUPID. I WOULD RATHER LOSE WITHOUT YOUR VOTES THAN WIN WITH THEM.

      IDIOTIC TALK!

    • Spencer must cut Richard Lewis grass? He really should cut his ass.
      MIA Richard Lewis is his own worse enemy. Don’t make Baldwin Spencer his excuse. He need to get up off his arse and do the work. Rural West people say they can’t find him. The blame game won’t work. This is a guy with leadership aspirations? He better wake up and smell the bush tea!

  9. Dem say Richie mek nuff tun ah $$$ from textbook content. But when ppl go to he fu help dem, he say he nah hab nun $$$.

    Richie wide yai and lethargic. He tyadd a arl de badplay from King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe

  10. The way Lovell operates you would think he really doesn’t know how government functioned. Did he, Harold, make public the deal he signed with Sandals? And since the UPP was the one that established the Information Commissioner. So, if he wants to see the document just follow the protocol. And by the way he can have Pringle and or Walker ask questions from the PM when next they have parliament. Lovell thinks that the PM would respond to him, when he is not even an elected member of parliament. He represents no one. Only Pringle does.

    • That means you will stay here for life. Cause it will take about two generations of UPPiets to get it right. Many are born dunce.

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