‘Gift’ for Mac’s PhD probed

| 17/05/2013

Micky Mouse degree.png(CNS): The police and the Anti-Corruption Commission are currently investigating a money transfer made to the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) of US$1 million in relation to the honorary doctorate that the former Cayman Islands premier was scheduled to receive before he was arrested last December. The UCC chancellor confirmed this week that a donation was received in relation to the special degree that was to be given to McKeeva Bush but it was returned after the college deferred awarding the honour. When asked about the transfer, which is understood to have been made from a bank in New York, local officials confirmed that a joint investigation was underway.

“We can confirm that an allegation of corrupt behaviour, as you describe, has been received by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),” a spokesperson for the ACC and the RCIPS stated Thursday in response to questions from CNS about a large donation to the UCC from a US bank that was involved in re-financing talks with the former Bush administration.

“As with any allegation made to the ACC referencing corrupt behaviour, the complaint is firstly registered and the details are then reviewed to determine the validity of the accusations made and the existence of evidence. We can confirm that a joint investigation involving the ACC and the RCIPS is now underway and, as such, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage,” the spokesperson stated, making it clear that the commission had determined that there was merit in the accusation.

The UCC chancellor, Dr Herbert Thompson, responding to CNS questions via e-mail from Jamaica, said the gift to the UCC Foundation, which was made last year, was returned when the honorary doctorate was not conferred.

“The UCC Administration is satisfied the matters were amicably and adequately handled and does not wish to make any further comment at this time,” Dr Thompson stated, directing further enquiries to the UCC Foundation’s attorneys, Hamilton Brown Hamilton & Associates.

Bush was scheduled to receive the honorary doctorate at the college in Jamaica on 13 December 2012. However, he was arrested just days before and questioned by police for two days. Following his release on bail, he headed straight to the college, where he delivered an address on integrity but did not receive the degree.

The gift to the college, which was made on behalf of Bush, was reportedly transferred back to the original bank. Although the ACC has remained relatively tight lipped about the issue, other sources have informed CNS that there are concerns that the funds represent a payment made in connection with a potential re-packaging of government finances, which was transferred to the regional university on Bush’s behalf.

In addition, other sources have told CNS that several potential charges against Bush in relation to theft of public funds and further misuses of the government credit card have been passed to the director of public prosecutions for consideration. However, no further charges have been laid against the former premier, who is only days away from a general election and currently facing 11 counts of theft and corruption.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Make my day, Dirty Willie.

  2. Dred says:

    You see I have to disagree with you guys here but I ask you to hear me out. There is no way the UCC would have taken 1 million dollars so that Bush could have a PHD. Let's be real for a second now…

    For you….1 MIllion…..

    For me…..1 Million…..

    For Bush….60 Million…

     

    I mean come on. The reputational risk along is worth 25 million or more……

    Now let's get on to the literacy level and where he has to come from to get to PHD….I mean….people let's make sense out of non sense here….

    The man would have to give someone the cruise berthing….ooh wait he's done that already…

    Okay. He would have to giev away our Seven Mile Beach…damn done that also….

    Okay. Stingray City….oooh thank God that's still there…..wait he want to put what in the North Sound??? You mean he wants that gone also!!!

    Damn…..okay I'm out….Swan Island here I come…..

    If he can buy it for 1 millions they probably got a street vendor nearby selling it to you and me for 0.50 cents

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am an optimist at heart. However, BIG MAC secured his future when status grants were given out. We can accuse him of not thinking forward for Cayman, but he sure thought forward when giving out all those status grants! And let’s face it, the grants were given to very powerful people in cayman, as well as your every day joe. BIG MAC sure is sure he will win, and he thinks he knows he has good reason to believe this. In a way I can see why. If he is not elected, the all those status grants may be investigated. Well, being the eternal optimist, I would like for Cayman to make good choices, not for money, bribery, corruption but simply for the best future for our children, ourselves and our survival as a nation free from dictatorship. THINK CAYMAN VOTERS. THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE.

    • Anonymous says:

      I will agree that a lot of undeservings received status at that time, however, I am a Caymanian maried to an American.  I applied for his Caymanian Status at that time and he received it.  He does nt involve himself in the political arena in Cayman and the only interest he has in citizenship is the fact that we have 2 children, who fortunately have dual nationality.  So I wish you people would leave the Status Grants alone.  The issues here is the alleged criminal activity of the former Premier now and his childish explanation that the Governor and Commissioner of Police would like to see him in prison.  If his heart was pure and his hands clean, his political career would not be at stake now. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I will be voting for the best candidates in this election (Think Independent) and the UDP / PNA candidates do not qualify. Every politician associated in any way with the UDP needs to be shunned tomorrow as a result of the many alleged crimes and investigations surrounding the former premier – starting with our current leader. Come on Cayman Brac, positive change has come to Cayman, be a part of it! Or be left behind.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Guys, based on the reports, it doesn't appear that the donation was actually given to the UCC itself.  My interpretation is that It was actually made to their US foundation, UCCF US Inc., which is a seperate organisation based in Florida, to establish a Scholarship Endowment Fund for needy Jamaican/Caribbean students, apparently in Bush's name. 

    I didn't get the impression therefore that it was made in exchange for the honorary degree itself that they were planning to give him.  But in any event, he has now strongly denied any knowledge of it anyway – we hope he is speaking the truth. 

    However, if it is ultimately shown though that he really is speaking the truth on this ocassion and wasn't aware that this donation was made in his name/honor by some other unknown benefactor(s), then this would be clear proof that the funds was in fact not given in exchange for the actual honorary degree itself – since it seems it was specifically for the planned scholarship endowment fund and hence I don't think UCC itself could have benefited directly – although this may be the perception right now.  Let's see what happened when the investigations are completed!        

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you nuts? How do you know so much about took place?
      Are you a part of someone,s PR machine who is trying to soften this for Mac.

    • Anonymous says:

      You seem to have read a different article from everyone else. What part of "The UCC chancellor confirmed this week that a donation was received in relation to the special degree that was to be given to McKeeva Bush but it was returned after the college deferred awarding the honour" didn't you understand?. 

      Keep spinning, see how far that gets you and Mac.

    • Anonymous says:

      16,10 Explain why the donation was returned?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yea and for some reason the money had to be returned after he never got his mickey mouse doctorate. Wake up will ya.

    • Far Canal says:

      If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

      CNS – I think you need ot add a picture of Mickey's best friend Donald, just to complete the true picture.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you have some insider information on this.  No where in the article does it state that it was sent to a Florida based foundation.  Please go back and re-read the article for clarication.  The person who responded to CNS is located in Jamaica.  If you have evidence of where the funds were sent and who received it then I suggest you publish it as the saying goes "the proof is in the eating"  Let us not try and sweep this one under the rug XXX  Cayman elections are near do the right thing and vote Big Mac and his cronies out 

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry 16:10, I read this article twice, am I missing something????  Please help me out here!

      Please copy,  paste and highlight the portion of the report that you read and got all that information regarding Scholarship Endowment Fund. 

      Patiently awaiting your reply.

      If the information you have stated above is not in this report the rest of us are reading, then you, 16:10 should be included in the same investigation.

       

    • Anonymous says:

      What "reports" are you talking about? Oh, you mean the UDPPRs (UDP Propaganda Reports)?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mac = one embarrassment after another….

  6. Anonymous says:

     MY PEOPLE PERISH BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ( the good book says)

     Have mercy on my West Bay  people God.

     

    Can we  stand for Integrtity, Honesty, Empowerment of the West bay people, Rebuilding of Family Life. Installation of Moral Compass in the lives of some of us West Bayers

     

    Such a sad  the present condition so many West Bayers are in.( ignorance, backwordness, illerate, unlearned, messed up on drugs,  pregnant and more babies to support with no job!!

    Rampant Drug use.

     

    Help us God 

    come next week Wednesday 

    West Bay help your district. Lets try some fresh blood and if they do the same thing. We vote them out next 4 years as well.

  7. Earned degree says:

    Rather than immediately reject the gift/donation UCC instead wanted to give away a PhD. Anyone who has earned a degree from UCC should be annoyed. This devalues UCC and their staff and students. Ps, Big Mac could have brought one from Ashwood University for $1500 but then math is not a strong point….

    • Anonymous says:

      I have checked the UCC website and they don't seem to offer Ph.D degrees; only up to the masters level.  So, I don't think that they could have given away a Ph.D degree at all!  

      Sadly, most of you including even sections in the media are totally confusing an earned academic degree with a honorary degree – a honorary degree is not referred to anywhere as a Ph.D!!  Come on my Caymanian brothers and sisters, let's argue and speak knowledgeably and intelligently as the world is watching us and reading our blogs! 

  8. Sixth Sense says:

    Perhaps the government need to consider the appointment of a new DPP, she is obviously dragging her feet or afraid to lay the charges. This is the second time I have noted that CNS has made a similar comment. This must be very frustrating for the investigators.

  9. Concerned person says:

    You simple minded ignorant people need to realize that mckeeva bush is not an asset to this country but more like the waste that needs to be taken out of this election and better yet … This country! I don’t understand how a man with 11 charges can still run in an election? Why is this even possible!? Do you UDP people think this is a good look for our country? Well … Think again! What he needs to do is take a course on how to run a business first, then a course on English and anger management. Because he is far from what a premiere should be like and he has also hypnotized and trick his supporters wwith false plans and handing out goods and this nasty attitude has def rubbed off on you other ignorant illiterate supporters. It’s staring you in the face that he’s no good but yet you all are still blind to him!! Wise up and vote wisely! Half of you enjoy being spoon fed by mckeeva but what you need to do is be independent and branch out on your own!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I can see St Michael from Jamica and St Athony from Canada invoking the Gods to come up with a cunning plan.

  11. The Crown says:

    Dr. Mac? Macapone? Macchecbookpro? Dr. Who..? The Face Palm King? The possibilities are endless.. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    "LAWD" Mi hed a hurt mi! Please I cannot take it no more! pLeAsE StOp! tell mi am "dreamin"

     

  13. Anonymous says:

    Ok, I was having a rough day at work, and then I made a time and read CNS. I got to say thanks for all the sarcastic and funny and serious and crazy and stupid comments. I just have a good old LOL. CNS please get some pictures on election day of the Big Mac, and allow us to come up with the best caption for it. These readers deserve something to do on Election Day. And yes my Compass is right where I left it this morning, folded and under a pile of papers now. What a poor excuse of Media source. Unless CNS is so far ahead of the game the compass really is just not able to keep up. So in the end they not so bad, it’s just that CNS is so much better at News and keeping the people informed. And to the UDPers, Im curious apart from Mac, who are you actualy voting for? Please help me understand. If Mac is the only one that you claim to have done anything for Cayman, then where do the other UDP canidates stand? What is their value in all of this? Or is this a Vote for them in order that Mac can have full control.? Please help me with this, I am very curious as to how to vote straight UDP. I can vote for Mac Man. But he as an individual has some worth same as but not equal to Winston Conoly, Bo Miller, Stefan Baroad, and so forth.. And speaking of DR titles, what ever happen to that LOCO Spanish Dr man that went on hunger strike and was leaving a sign on the lawn that "out for lunch" while he was taking a break from hunger striking.

  14. Lance says:

    Looking at the picture, it is funny how Mickey Mouse was suppose to receive the purple robe of royalty – but 5 of his traitors took the robe, and right now leading in the West Bay polls. News like this, is more reason why West Bayers need to vote their conscience and ensure that man doesn't get in again. This just in days before general elections.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Just for the record, this is NOT the Seventh-day Adventist College (Northern Caribbean University)

    • Anonymous says:

      Interesting though that Dr. Thompson was immediate past president of the Northern Caribbean University, where he also served in a number of different capacities including, Vice President of Student Affairs, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences.

      Does anyone know why he left NCU? ; <)

  16. Anonymous says:

    All you haters pick on little Willie about his 5th grade education and then when he goes out and tries to better himself (sparing no expense) you beat him down even more. I truly think Satan, the dark master, ole beazlebum, is at work on this island!

  17. Anonymous33 says:

    We needpeople in there who will work with everybody else for the good of the country, not C$C and PPM. The only candidates I hear who will work with everybody else, are a few true independents and members of from the PNA side. People, get rid of Mac and let us vote with common sense.

  18. St Peter says:

    If there was a theft of 1 million – and I am not saying that there was or was not – then the minimum bail in the event of an arrest should not be less than 1 million..

    Boy would it be interesting to see how many fools would vote for someone who is arrested and in jail for theft or misuse of such a large amount of public funds…

    • Anonymous says:

      wha theft of one million are you talking about you troll ??????????????

      • Anonymous says:

        I think he means the theft of 1 million dollars of caymanian’s money to buy the degree,….. Allegedly.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmm; Mr Bush says he was not aware of the donation to the foundation; we are sure the investigations will determine if this was so  

  19. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva Bush, Dr. Mac, the Jordanian, call him what you want.  He is still the only polician that has ever done anything for this Country.  Say what you want and beg all you want I am a West Bayer and I am voting straight.  UDP all the way!!!  

    HE is the only HONORABLE PREMIER that this ISLAND has ever seen and will ever see.

    You all can respond now with your BXXX SXXX!

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow. What a headcase. Jom Jones follower to the max.

      McKeeva has done nothing for this country but tarnish its international reputation and cause lawsuits damages for govt. to pay. And there is absolutely nothing honourable about him. 

      • Anonymous says:

        12;34

        If he did nothing for this country, then, why is it that Mr. Kenneth  Dart put hundreds of  millions of dollars  on the ground,

        Shetty constructing a mega hospital, the Chinese were all set to pump 200 million dollars into our infrastructure, the economic zone developers are  moving forward with their plans to pump 300 million dollars into this country. The Canadian group was all ready to pump 200 million dollars into the  redevelopment of our airport.

        What international reputation was tarnish? stop talking rubbish. if it was tarnish, why do we have so many investors knocking down our doors,  i guess you are too blinded by hate and envy for Makeeva you cant see any further than your nose…poor you!

        Please tell the country what investors were dicouraged by Mr. Bush tarnish administration, if you cant come forward with the truth, then shut the f@@k up.

        • Anonymous says:

          In case you didn't notice most people are realising that we got a poor deal in the For 'Cayman' Alliance and the CHEC deal. So poor that intelligent people are thinking that Buish is either an imbecile or that he personally benefitted from these deals. Take your pick.    

          If we had so many investors "knocking on our doors" why was Bush touring the world supposedly in search of inward investment?

          The Economic Zone is a benefit only to the landlords and does nothing for Cayman.

          The rest of the world is looking at Caymanians as idiots because of him. .

           

           

          • Anonymous says:

            9:31

            So far i havent heard any idiotic statement from the out side world….in regards to Makeeva. Its all to do with our own black crabs.

            • Anonymous says:

              Why would they need to make a statement? They are snickering at us as I learned on some marketing trips to the U.S. He has made us into a laughing stock. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Whichever idiot you are, think of what you said.  The Chinese were going to put 200 million in this country!!  The Chinese have even been sued by the Jamaican Government for ripping them off.  The were to bring 500 Chinese into our little island for 10 years.  Once they got in, XXXX in 10 years they would still be here multiplying and lowering our standard f living.  True support for anyone means als seeing their faults as well as their good.  You obviouly feel that this XXXX politician is all good.  Lucky you.

    • Anonymous says:

      I see he's been feeding you the juice then

    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s some bxxx and sxxx that you you wanted and earned

    • Anonymous says:

      15.15 Could only be a smoke pot to say that.  It's no wonder the sensible people are being lead by the ignorant, so we will all fall into the ditch.   I didn't get my handout. Ha Ha Ha.

    • PickedMyPoison says:

      He is the ONLY HONOURABLE PREMIER for the stupid, and less fortunate who vote for him. I'm fine with you maniacs having your own Premier. Heck. We ain't cut from the same cloth at all.

      I agree with what another poster said, that man has only destroyed our reputation internationally/globally. He ain't done shit for Cayman. When you can tell us what he has successfully & legally done, you will then be given the floor to speak. Otherwise, do your next best!

    • SSM345 says:

      Umm, the Jordanian is a wholly seperate person from Mac, albeit he just reinforces anything that comes out of Mac's mouth in a funny accent.

      • Anonymous says:

        I suppose it's possible that Dr. McKeeva could suck on a tank of helium for a few minutes and then call the radio stations pretending to be from Jordan.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here we go again, another idiot !!

    • Anonymous says:

      Really So how would things be if your beloved did not do the things he did?  Perhaps you would be more self sufficent, Perhaps more investors would be on island, perhaps there wouldnt be so many unqualified people running the gov..t Perhaps you wouldnt be broke.

    • Just Commentin' says:

      Hey, Makeeva! I did not know you read CNS much less contributed comments here. Welcome aboard, (almost) Dr. Mac!

       

    • The lone haranguer says:

      Straight to hell my friend, good luck.

    • Anonymous says:

      The PPM built may roads that you and your cohorts can drive their fancy vehicles over plus they provided lots of infrastucture for the Bayers but most of them are too ungrateful to recognize it as they love corruption and corrupt practices.

    • misc. one says:

      Why do you think he wanted members of the assembly to be called HONORABLE  in perpetuity? In other words to be called "Honorable" FOREVER!

       

      I've been laughing ever since the day he made that ridiculous suggestion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anon 1515 you must be trying to set a new record of thunmbs down.

      First off how you right suggests that mac and the Jordanian is the same person. Regardless of the similarities they are not. The Jordanian is someone who cant speak english professes to be some sort of political professional and proves every day that there is a difference between someone talking because he is collecting favours and those of us fighting for our country/home.

      Second matter is the use of the word Honorable. In this country it is being abused. Regardless if they in fact find Mac guilty of all these crimes you dont use that word when you have that much in question. However in Cayman based on Macs ruling we have to call them that forever now. Boy St Peter is going to be in a mess.

    • Anonymous says:

      To 15:15 this is the reason there seems little hope for WB. The ship is sinking and still there are those who will hold on tightly to their master to experience what it would be like to drown.

    • Anonymous says:

      If there was ever a case to mandate IQ testing for voters this is it!

    • Anonymous says:

      Bush is the only premier the islands have seen.  XXXX  For the sake of your country, forget the handouts and think how prices have jumped in the supermarkets alone during the past 4 years.  Honest Caymanians are having a hard time keeping food on their tables because of the man you call an "Honest Premier".  I will bet you he does not know what it means to go to bed hungry any night.  I hope the country has heard the last of him XXXX.

    • Anonymous says:

       

       THis is typical of  how the kind of People we have  created in West bay.

       I am not saying the man is found guilty of all this Corruption, misuse of office , theft or any of such . But for Heaven's sake why are we " swearing "  and standing by someone   with all these allegations. 

       

      POOR West Bay–Some of our people are so unlearned, and illiterate. Many cannot even read what the Newspaper is saying.

      Where is the Seminar, and Weekend Workshops to help our people out of this

      Ignorance?

      No  LEARNING CENTRE for  our illiterate and backword.

       

      Keep them " silly and un-educated" and they will vote you in every 4 years 

      Such a very sad sight  when I drive into West Bay and see the  Degredation of Family

      life and Social problems

       Waiting patiently to see what the new Reps will do in that district to  " Reform, Elevate, Educate  "  West bayers

    • Anonymous says:

      We're trying to convince foolio to use some of that money he begged to keep your thug out of jail to get you a brain transplant.

    • Anonymous says:

      If only Mr. Dart had just taken that piece of road and not bothered with the new one.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thats all you gutless wonders are cpable of, having a nap and taking freebies so that your vote is secured.

    • Anonymous says:

      The poor guy is very obviously embarrassed to death. Wish it was possible for mckeeva to show some.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Check was returned. No degree given. Where is the crime?

    • Anonymous says:

      What an idiot. You can always tell his supporters by their IQ level.

    • Anonymous says:

      The origin of the MONEY???  That is the big question???  From Rags to RITCHES.

    • Anonymous says:

      The crime, as you know damned well, is in the intention. 

    • Anonymous!!!! says:

      Check returned , whats wrong,  You idiot, the crime is that it was even sent. Whats wrong with this picture.  "You are giving your blessings to this action, whether he sent the check or not. It does'nt matter to you.

      Well it matters to me. Honesty is the best policy but you people seems to think that what ever he do is right. Should he cut your arm off you still think its ok. IDIOT.

    • Anonymous says:

      The trouble with the UDP and its supporters is that they have so much difficulty distinguishing between right and wrong, legal and illegal.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s not the point. Where did th money come from in the first place? Was this a part of the “government refinancing” which ended up costing us, the people, another some $350,000?

    • Anonymous says:

      How naive are you?

    • SKEPTICAL says:

      In a criminal context – ever heard the word ” INTENT ” when there is evidence that a crime was about to be committed, but never came to fruition.

    • Red Gunta says:

      The crime was honoring Bush in the first place. This allegation, and at this point it’s only that, is just icing on the heavy cake. And it doesn’t taste good at all.

    • Dred says:

      The crime is him in OFFICE PERIOD.

      BUT to make your argument look as stupid as it is….

      Have you ever heard of…….

      Attempted Murder

      Attempted Robbery

      ???

      Huuummmm.

      XXXX

      WOW. Simplicity at its best

  22. Anonymous says:

    UDP – All Quiet on the Western Front!  Why so quiet candidates?  Please see the following quotes.  When honor and law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose? -Anne Bishop.      Ron Paul once said "When one gets in bed with the government one must expect the diseases it gets".  West Bay voters and UDP candidates, please do the right thing and ask your leader to step aside.  If not for your self and your children then for the love of the country.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Does anybody know what fraction of the files relating to corrupt practices involving politicians that the police send to the DPP actually result in the DPP authorising the laying of formal charges?  It would be interesting to know if that fraction is lower when compared with other types of white collar crime.

    I don't know what the answer is but if it is lower without a very good reason then maybe we need a special prosecutor or more anti-corruption resources or both.

  24. Young_Caymanian87 says:

    Is anyone surprised by this??

  25. Big Whopper says:

    Checkmate

  26. Anonymous says:

    Boy int life a bitch what's done in the dark ALWAYS come out to light. 

    • Anonymous says:

      yes 14;03

      Yours soon come to light, is that what you fear? we all have dark secretes…unless one is a hypocrite, then he is lilly white as God. I would really like to meet that person.

      Remember what Jesus  told the hypocrites; he who is without sin throw the first stone! you know why they all hung their heads? they were all with sin. These were the people following Moses laws,claiming to be faithful and sinless. Christ was the only sinless amongst them. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Okay. I am with out the sin of stealing other people’s money and gambling. May I please be the first to throw a stone?

  27. UDP voters :) says:

    yawn… still voting straight ! 

  28. Anonymous says:

    Don't forget that the CIG stalled the port berthing project like forever and the Jamaicans built the new one that can accommodate any size cruise ship, i.e the new RCCL mega-ships.

    The cruisers would have rather come to GC  than run the gaunlet of beggers at the other port. 

    I would love to find the money trail on this one.  Seems like everyday there is yet another chapter to add to the art imitating life book that someone I hope is writing.  I think the final chapter will have the main character buggering off to a remote location and hooking up with the ex-T&C guy.

  29. Anonymous says:

    why is cayman compass silent?

  30. Tickle my pickle says:

    I don’t think it can be classified as a gift when its been paid for.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Confering Honorary degrees for donations unfortunately is done the world over and is usually reserved for the elite and celebrities Where People like Oprah Winfrey and others get such degrees from variuos universities for enormous donations. Please look it up Cayman before you have and Egg It is controversial but not illegal if it was a couple of US Presidents and Big Business would be in Jail.The question of how and where, why the money to UCC came from is paramount in this matter.

    • Anonymous says:

      reread the story about where the money came from.

      • Anonymous says:

        There are  only a few source could actually pull this type of transfer of a million dollars from an unknown  New York bank account.

        The rich accountants and lawyers,  here that is setting up false company  accounts around the world to wash funds or hide from the IRS. The the MI 6 the CIA which are  capable of anything ruthless.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you are missing the real point of the story which is whether this constituted a  benefit being corruptly given to Mr. Bush in connection with the CIG refinancing.  Why do you think the ACC is investigating this? Furthermore it could involve the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    • Anonymous says:

      Personalities like Oprah make the donations from their own pockets. Now the FORMER Premier says he knows nothing about the donation. This just another sad day for Cayman.

  32. Anonymous says:

    We the voters of this country need to cast our votes to ensure that bush does not get into power again next week, and we need to ensure that those we elect will put in place OMOV long before the next election so that he can never get into power again.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mackeeva should be the face and spokesperson for Pirates Week, can we get him a nice pirate costume in his favorite color, just without the sword though, he has anger management issues so we wouldn't want thim handling not even a plastic sword !!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I sincerely hope that the next government reverses that "honourable for life" crap. As a Caymanian it makes me sick every time I think of the word honourable being attached to that name.

  34. Anonymous says:

    IF there is a US element that requires investigation then hopefully our police will contact the US Department of Justice and ask for the DOJ's assistantance under US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Unlike our own anti-corruption authority, the DOJ has deep pockets and real investigative power.  In cases where there is a pattern of corrupt practices they can also invoke the RICO Act.

    • Diogenes says:

      May be the other way around – if a US national knowlingly made a payment to secure a title for a foreign politician than the US authorities may investigate the US bank anyway – it could the Yanks that start the ball rolling.  That would be entertaimning – bit difficult for the ACC and the RCIPS to let it drop then. 

  35. Voter 101 says:

    I hate this election. West Bay will determine our future. All eyes are on them. Will they elect Mac in again?  God forbid. I suggest people refrain from voting in ALL UDP members. But the election ends with West Bayers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac will get in, in West Bay.  No doubt.  I agree that it's hard to have it depend on WB, but I doubt that Mac will have enough support to form a government.

    • Anonymous says:

      The west bay UDP candidates are not enough to put him back in power George Town and Bodden Town have to do their part too to prevent this.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Apparently Renard Moxam is.

  37. Anonymous says:

    And his speech was about "integrity"!

    • Anonymous says:

      A next year, the honorary doctorate will go to Silvio Berlusconi, who will be talking about "fidelity".

    • Anonymous says:

      I would have pressed LOL but it's actually not.

      • Turtle's Head says:

        We need a "Weep Uncontrollably" button.

        • Anonymous says:

          And an idiot button

        • SSM345 says:

          Or a "steaming pile of sh*t" button.

        • Anonymous says:

          CNS, can you add a button in the form of a "cat-o-nine-tails" whip so we can use that whenever someone makes another stupid comment in support of the UDP and their croonies? I beg you !!!  I would be whipping each and everyone of them fools unconscious on paper ! don't want to go to jail so I will take my frustrations out using the icon instead.  Imagine me sharing the VIP cell block with Mack and the likes of Joey Ebanks? se hep mi christ !!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Apparently "honour" can be acquired at the right price.  The UCC is as bad as Mac.

     

    • Peanuts says:

      No they sent it back………..

    • Anonymous says:

      I read in one of the postings that the donation was seemingly not made in xchange for the proposed honorary degree?  Seems like it was to launch a scholarship/endowment fund through their US foundation for deserving Jamaican students. 

      Therefore, maybe we should not be too quick to ctritisize the Jamaican university until we know more of the facts?  I know all of this sounds juicy and sensational but should we not wait to hear the full details?  Has the UCCF not put out a full statement of their own yet?    

  39. PickedMyPoison says:

    What the hell should we expect NEXT Mckeeva, UDP, West Bay Voters?! Please tell me!

  40. Anonymous says:

    This is so hilarious!!! You can pay all the money you want but it still cannot buy the man an education!!! Good on them for returning the money..they would have looked stupid if they had not. Now we need to know about the bank in New York and why they paid…interests within interests??

    • Anonymous says:

      In serious times it is sometimes good to look on the funny side. At high school I visited a college in Florida and a professor expalined the different science degrees available.

      B. S., M.S., P.H.D

      These acronyms stood for Bull Shit, More Shit and Piled Higher and Deeper, according to the professor.

      We are now viewed internationally as in the PHD category when it comes to corruption. XXXX

      The quote "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing" springs to mind.

      Well folks, the good people have an opportunity to send a message on Wednesday. XXX

  41. Anonymous says:

    RCIP please put the nail in the coffin.

  42. Anonymous says:

    'McKeeva Bush, PhD'. It does have a certain ring to it, more a hollow 'klonk'  perhaps.XXXX

  43. Anonymous says:

    Maybe we should put a trace on source of funds on that USD$1 million?!?!?

  44. SSM345 says:

    Sweet Baby Jesus.

  45. Anonymous says:

    You just can't make this stuff up. Last one out, turn off the lights.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Anyone other that Joey still supporting Dr. McKeeva?

    • SSM345 says:

      Yup, I believe he calls himself "The Jordanian".

      • anonymously says:

        aka. man from Jordan

      • Anonymous says:

        As for the Jordanian, someone needs to put him in his place or better yet – send him back where he came from!

        • SSM345 says:

          Is the Jordanian married to a Caymanian by any chance?

          Did any Caymanians apply for the job he holds or does he even have a job apart from spouting absolute bollocks all over the place?

          How long has he been here for, because if its since 2009, that would explain his ranting.

    • Anonymous says:

      What about Johhny in East End?! Perhaps they should give him a degree in English, History and Economics! God knows he is seriously lacking knowledge

  47. Anonymous says:

    I am appealing to the rest of the elected UDP members to break away from that man!  They are wasting their talents and I think have a better chance if they join the new pna alliance with Julianna who to my estimation has done better in 3 months than what Mac has done in 3 years. Here is there chance to weed out the man or weed out themselves from a XXXX environment.

    • Anonymous says:

      What has she done?  Was there not an article about her giving money to churches just like Mac did?  Seriously, all she has done is follow on from what Mac did.  No different, she just wanted her time in at the top and that's all Alden wants too.  I have little hope for change with a PPM or PNA administration.

    • Just Commentin' says:

      Wasting their talents? What talents?

    • Anonymous says:

      Julie was a big  part of Mack. What was so good about what she has done in three months ? Making roads where they are convenient to help give her support.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Finally the BUSH is cleared away now we can cut the lawn! May 22, 2013 is the officially "Lawn Cutting Day" in the Cayman Islands!!

  49. Anonymous says:

    THIS IS DISCUSSING…..Where and when will all of this end.  Cyman better do something about this next week. How could one person be allowed to do all this damage and have the nerve to keep trying.OPEN YOUR EYES CAYMAN.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Good thing he is "honorable for life".  Otherwise he would be "incarcerated for life"

  51. Anonymous says:

    Just when you think it can't get any worse. .BOOM

  52. Caymanian to the bone says:

    All eyes on West Bay. There is no way on earth Mac should be elected to serve for another 4 years. I think UDP need a change of leadership. I hear many West Bay people siding with C4C, but I think they are just like PPM who are unwilling to work with UDP and other members of government should they become members of the assembly. We need people in their who will work with everyone else. The only candidates I hear will work with everyone else, are a few independents and members of PNA, Rolston and Cline. 

    • Anonymous says:

      PNA are just UDP with a new set of "clothes"

    • Anonymous says:

      Rolston and Cline have said they will not support a McKeeva Bush-led govt. That is all the others are saying except C4C has also said it will not support an Alden McLaughlin-led govt.

    • Anonymous says:

      There is a big difference between being willing to form a government (ie cabinet) with someone and being willing to work with other elected members. No one wants to have collective responsibility with anyone from the UDP.

  53. Anonymous says:

    Well it looks like Independents for me and peoplenational alliance. Enough of this foolisness.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Say that it is not true. The donation must has been arranged directly between the UCC and the bank in New York without the knowledge of Mr. Bush. 🙂

     

    It is very likely that we are heading for independence if the UDP are in control on May 23, 2013. 

    • livingcayman says:

      If Mr Bush comes back into power some how on May 23rd. (which I dont think will happen) England will step in (which I know will happend if Bush rules) and honestly I think we may need England now so that we can show that the islands are rebuilding stability and honesty with investors and developers and give our people hope of a brighter future. 

      • Anonymous says:

        England CANNOT step in if we have a fair election ( which we always do). They would be committing suicide at the UN. PLUS we would not want that or our financial industry would crash–just look at the mayhem they caused to the TCI economy. They even had to pump £170m in there to make budget. They sure have learnt their lesson by now. Lets get rid of the bad apples on Wednesday. Simple fix.

        • Anonymous says:

          Have you heard of a place called Turks & Caicos? Don't be naive. Of course they can suspend our constitution if corrupt politicians are elected to govt. A fat lot of good the UN did for TCI. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually you have NEVER had a fair election

  55. Anonymous says:

    Oh well, since the police are yet to even investigate the basis of the liberal distribution of Caymanian status to 2,850 persons 10 years ago (including to much of the prosecution team) I cannot believe why they would think there is anything to see here. Move along…

  56. Anonymous says:

    Da was mi financial expurt consultin fees. Wa rong wid unna?

  57. Anonymous says:

    Blimey, this thing's getting worse and worse.

  58. Anonymous says:

    I predict this to be a historic election. Mind what I say. We will see things happen that is unprecedented in Cayman politics! My friends these are some SERIOUS times. However, “secrets” spilling and sideways talking is NOT what a leader makes. Our fore father politicians didn’t run amuck like this? It is almost comical the way this mess is unfolding. Jeez. And to whomever receives the post of MLA on Thursday? Remember. The battle your about to undertake will be the most physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging task one can endure. It sounds good for the prestige. But the reality is, for us the voters, we are being faced with REAL challenging issues. And right now, we naw got no time for fakery and weaklings. We need sincere people to led the way. If we don’t get this? Hear wah? Our country will then be heading to some uncharted territory, with dire consequences. Don’t forget, we will hold you ALL to your “winning solutions” and “vote guarantees” this go round, cuz no one got time for excuses! With bill collectors at the door and unna politicians clamoring like crabs in our faces? Yup, I guess we stressed. And we pissed off too! So brace up!

  59. Anonymous says:

    WHAT is WRONG with this MAN?

  60. Anonymous says:

    I tremble at the thought of how serious the West Bay vote will be. Never have I seen a more serious election like this one in Cayman. Even the Governor I believe has already predicted the outcome.

  61. Midland says:

    I think from the criminal charges made in the Courts against Bush and not from mere allegations, the post-UDP team now the PNA has made the best decision and has done a service for the country. Mike Adams, Ellio Solomon, and Captain Eugene dissappointed me. I know alot of people like Mike Adam's personality, but him siding with McKeeva after charges have been laid against him is just dissappointing. I know where my votes are directed to now. As a Bodden Towner, I am still a supporter of the Shetty hospital and so Mark along with Anthony will get my vote again. 

  62. Anonymous says:

    back foot……..kiss me neck tring!!!!!!!

  63. Anonymous says:

    A million spiders just spun their web and it is smothering me, can you help your fallen brother. Help, Help, Help. 

  64. Anonymous says:

    So Joey Ebanks allegedly used government funds to buy a plane ticket to support and offer a speech for Big Mac whom is receiving a Mickey Mouse degree( printed on monopoly paper), supposedly costing $1 million . He’s asking us to help him fight corruption after he has been accused of the very thing he is fighting for. Hmmmm… Let me think about that one with the earned degree I have!!!!

  65. Mickey Mouse Upset says:

    CNS, how dare you make we wear PPM red trousers, PNA purple robe, and C4C golden shoes!!!  And on top of that say that I, Mickey, a proponent of freedom of information, am McKeeva Bush receiving the award !!!!  Ducks use alot of quackery. Donald wearing blue uniform would have been a better pic.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Lol, picture is so appropriate CNS…..ROTFL!!!!!

  67. Anonymous says:

    This is the kind of leadership the people of West Bay supported, XXXX They want a republic of West Bay, lets close the road off and close them in so they can have it and their little premier … And they all can live happily ever after. Anyone with smarts, save yourself and get out now! BTW, for all those UDP supporters critising those that would not work with him, I wouldn't want to be associated with him either as the perception would be that I support his values. No, I'm not PPM, C4C, PNA, I'm voting for those that have a practical solution to the issues, and come Wednesday if I am not convinced, I'll rather spend the day on the beach. With leadership like this, no wonder the youth, especially the male youth, turn to gangs and crime, look what they have for a role model.

  68. Anonymous says:

    This is the last straw. No more parties for me.  UDP and PPM go take unna leaders and plant cassava!  Done is done!  🙁

    • Anonymous says:

      I see we're still blaming the PPM for the UDP's horsesh*t. Leave that to mcHonerable will you please?

  69. Observera says:

    Wow!  The Well-Off Elite in Cayman must be so upset!  They are stuck with PNA in government led by a woman, PPM wanting to implement a minimum wage, and now no hopes for Mac getting back in for another 4 years. Did you see him on TV 27 today how he was folding and playing with papers in his hands. You know something hard was on his mind and that is why he couldn't put the papers in his hands down as he was speaking with Ben. The Well-Off Cayman Elite must be so upset that they don't have one like McKeeva to their deals with whilst Caymanians go unemployed.

  70. Awleh Kipiton says:

    Well deserving of the Dunce cap!

  71. Anonymous says:

    I am presently listening to PNA speaking over the airwaves. Can you imagine Rolston on 89.9 right now announcing that the one he mentored is to be slapped with other charges. All I can say before I go to bed, I feel like not wanting to vote. PPM same old crew, C4C indicated that they don't want to work with anybody else but themselves in the LA, and if you vote UDP, they will put in their leader like PPM would. If I should vote it would have to be an Independent or Rolston and his PNA crew for their heroic stance and the work they are presently doing serving in government. I believe they can accomplish much with Independents help. The PNA are the only ones who are saying they are willing to work with the other members should they get in the LA. The PPM, UDP, and C4C says they will not work together. That shows to me PNA and the non-C4C Independents are the better choice.

    • Anonymous says:

      My Mother always said "you are judged by the company you keep" and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

       

      Do you honestly believe that the PNA members didn't know about all of Bushs deals.  Come on they did everything  he told them to do and voted with him.  They are no better than he is.

  72. Lance says:

    Funny how Mickey Mouse was suppose to receivethe purple robe of royalty – but 5 of his traitors took the robe, and right now leading in the West Bay polls. News like this, is more reason why West Bayers need to vote their conscience and ensure that man doesn't get in again. This news just days before election day. Lance 

  73. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!!!! In a normal country it would be game over for Mr. Bush.

    • Anonymous says:

      What I do not understand is why on God's Green Earth does the past Premier think he needs a PHD anyway XXXX.  Heck he did not even get a High School Certificate.  What benefit he think he would derive from a PHD.  Does he even know what the letters stand for?   A PHD does not fit his bombastic attitude – he does not have the class that goes with it. This is so sad XXX. 

       

      Even though all of this is frightening there is still a light at the end of the tunnel – the light is  please do not elect  any of the UDP in George Town, or  Bodden Town.  I guess there will always be people in West Bay supporting him, they have been on his gravy train so long it will probably take a few generations to get rid of his DNA.  However I know that there are many many good, intelligent honourable folks in West Bay who are as disgusted with him XXXX as I am.  I wonder what the likes of Jonathan P, Chris S, Theresa P, Rayal B thinking today.  Do you really still believe that he is the person to lead this little island for the next four years.

       

      Theresa you are always talking about your dear departed mother in your debates on the radio and tv.  With all the good qualities that you say she had ( I do believe she did) do you think that she is pleased with the choices you are making for Cayman and yourself? 

       

      Jonathan, I know you personally, what in the world are you thinking?  Are you giving a thought to your  two sons?  What will they think of all this XXX- surely this is not the legacy you want to leave them.  Do you really want to get in the LA that badly.  I pray that all of you will search your hearts and souls to find your moral compass and do the right thing, try to get back in tune with honesty, justice and integrity.  You all were pretty good people. 

       

      One last thing before I close- is it possible to amend the Constitution/Election Law to prevent anyone who has been charged with corruption from being a candidate. XXXX  Folks this will be the last time to right the wrongs come next Wednesday. Cast your vote sensibly, for your under age children and grand children, and the unborn.  STAND UP, SPEAK UP AND VOTE UP as if our lives depend on it for it surely does!!

      • Just Commentin' says:

        I recall older Caymanians referring to a sluggish babbling dullard thusly : "A real philosopher that one is."  PhD means "Doctor of Philosophy", thus the honourary PhD degree is a most fitting one for Mac! Dats a real "philosopher" dere!

    • Anonymous says:

      In a normal country it would have been game over for mr bush years ago.

  74. Anonymous says:

    The people you see in the street that support this dirtbag are no better than him

  75. St Peter says:

    Its the strangest thing but just today I was thinking " How much does it cost to buy one of those Jamaican doctorate degrees" I was thinking 3000 status grants but I now see I was thinking way too little.

    And then on another matter does anyone have Jonny Depps phone number? I would like to call him to ask him to please give Mac an acting role in the next 'Pirates of the Caribbean'  movie…

     

  76. Diogenes says:

    XXXX  Oh dear.  A New York bank means a potential breach of the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act – somohow I would have greater confidence in the investigation of the payment by the US authorities than the RCIPS – sad but true.  More resources, more IQ, more cojones.   

  77. BORN FREE says:

    Watch this page…….. much more to come! It not done yet!!!!

  78. CayMan says:

    Can't say I'm surprised. LOL

  79. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know where the returned "gift" is now?

  80. Anonymous says:

    If he had gone to the University of Jordan for his PhD none of this would have come out.