Notes From a Native Son: The Time has Come for all True Barbadians to Put Country Before Party

Hal Austin

Hal Austin

Introduction:
After a few days in Barbados, mostly resting, but spending time with friends and acquaintances alike, I have returned with a feeling of deep sadness for a nation for which I have a very deep affection. But, we have a situation in which the national political discourse has been reduced to a leading minister inviting the leader of the official Opposition to strip naked and run down Broad Street, our main thoroughfare, to grab attention. While, at the same time, the governor of the central bank could announce that the economy is in recession and the minister of finance, the captain of the nation’s economy, did not see fit to respond to, the Opposition did not speak out on, our academic economists kept their opinions to themselves nor did our feeble media see it fit to inform their readers.

As I have said before, the nation is in serious crisis, only this time it is much worse than it previously was. Yet, there is an epidemic of denial: a police force that is imploding and cannot properly guard against organised criminality, medieval religious practices and family abuse. We are a nation that has lost faith in itself, when we could appoint a Canadian – repeat the word, Canadian – as head of our football association and every spare bit of land bought by dubious foreigners because our policymakers are addicted to foreign reserves. The New Barbados has also lost its moral purpose, its sense of decency, as is reflected in the obscenities that desecrate the airwaves as a matter of course; of the total national silence when a toddler can make sexual gestures over an apparently drunken woman at Crop Over, our leading cultural event; when our leading news paper thinks that pornographic pictures of juveniles having sex in a class room is newsworthy. Even more, not a single senior executive or director of the publishing firm has made a public statement about the obscenity. If ever there was a case for ordinary Barbadians to show their power as consumers and ban that publication, it is now. This is a long way from the nation I know as a young man, when, in the 1960s it was exporting people to work on London buses, trains and in the national health service, routinely gave them a printed booklet on how to behave in Britain. Those were days when the nation was concerned about its global reputation as reflected in the behaviour of its citizens.

Others have sensed our weakness when the Canadian owners of Barbados Light & Power, who by rights should not be running our light and power company, is threatening to blackmail us with a gangster threat that unless they get an extended deal to 2040, they will not invest any more in the existing plant. What is worse, government has not told them where to go with their threats and future investments. One explanation for our policy-making weakness is that there is a futile attempt to close down the public intellectual argument with nonsense about undermining the government and de-stabilising the nation. A government that in place of sound policies is resorting to fear and threats of military action to silence opposition. Such folly says more about the advocates of such negativity than it says about the level of the public discourse. On the one hand we talk, boast even, of the level of our public education, then on the other try to avoid or censor debates. A robust public discussion is good for the development of the nation, it strengthens our democracy, improves the nature of public understanding and, as a result, leads to better policy-making.

Managing the Economy:
However, it is to the incompetent management of our economy that we must turn, since our immediate prosperity depends on this. And the paucity of ideas by our political master and technocrats is now official, well sort of: the ministry of finance is inviting people to submit papers on economics and finance; in other words, the ministry is fishing for ideas they can plagiarise, six years after coming to office. This, I offer, is a humiliating climb down for the minister, his apologists, other advisers, the central bank executive team, and all those who offer advice to the government. Some of the minister’s cheerleaders and advisers, such as Professor Frank Alleyne, to my mind need a crash course in economic policymaking. It is tempting to ignore, what to my mind, is the economic semi-literacy of the great Professor, who in a misguided recent statement (if reported correctly) said the economy was well managed. Such ignorance is appalling. Had an A level student written this nonsense I would have failed him.

To fully understand the depth of the mess we are in as a nation, here is a brief glimpse of the global situation. Having a reality check is one of those phrases meant to put down an intellectual rival, but in the case of our minister of finance, the governor of the central bank and our economic policy-makers, there is an urgent need to face this reality. Until the global banking crisis of 2007/8, the global economy had experienced nearly three decades of growth, the highest in global history. Even with the set back of the global crisis, an event that started on the books of the private sector (the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the sub-prime meltdown and the fog of SPVs and SIVs) and later transferred to the public sector in a series of bail-outs, the global economy has returned to higher than expected growth.

By the end of 2011, the total value of the global financial sector – equity market capitalisation, sovereign and corporate bonds, loans, etc – had risen from US$175 trillion at the end of 2008, to $212 trillion at the end of 2010, higher even than it was at the end of 2007, before the global collapse. According to one report: “Still, the recovery of financial markets remains uneven across geographies and asset classes. Emerging markets account for a disproportionate share of growth in capital-raising as mature economies struggle. “Debt markets remain fragile in many parts of the world, and the growth of government debt and of Chinese lending accounts for the majority of the increase in credit globally.” In 2010 alone, global debt and equity grew by US$11 trillion, with debt accounting for $5 trillion and government bonds by a further $4 trillion. New lending in emerging markets by the Chinese accounted for US$1.2 trillion in 2010, while other emerging markets added $800bn. That year, cross-border capital flows reached US$4.4 trillion, 60 per cent below their peak, according to the study.

In simple terms, as a nation, even if a small one, we are missing out in a bad way, made worse by our leaders going cap in had around the world begging for hand-outs. But now is decision time. The government has got a choice of taxing income, or taxing wealth or toughing it out as we decline as a nation. As things stand, it appears as if it prefers that ordinary taxpayers should subsidise the wealthy, including the expatriates who have colonised our West Coast and those who make massive amounts of money from them. If you have any doubts about this, just look at the incentives it gives to businesses like Cost-u-Less, Sandals, and others, or have a quick read of the Tourism Development Act to see what hoteliers can bring in to the country duty free on a promise of creating jobs. Does anyone every follow up these promises?
The redistribution of the nation’s wealth should be the preferred option, social policy number one, for this or any other government, so that we do not have the extremes of dirt poor people, living in hovels, on the one hand, and those on multi-million pound mansions on Royal Westmoreland, on the other. That was the implicit promise of constitutional independence. Further, the economic debate should be about the debt-to-GDP ratio and the continuing spiralling IOUs the government is piling up, not the bogus one of foreign reserves, which is an intellectual con trick. However, for reasons not made public, combined with media ignorance, the focus remains on the foreign reserves mantra.

Improving Services:
But we are not just economic people. How we interact as humans, as citizens of a small island, is central to how we grow. The first principle of having a service economy is the recognition of what ‘service’ means. Sometimes it is embarrassing going in to banks, shops and government departments seeking a service and having to tolerate the most lackadaisical, obstreperous, obstinate of workers, who in better times we are told by NISE, are the best workers in the world.

Vision:
We also need a clear vision of the kind of society we want to create. Any government of national unity must have a clear vision of what the key issues are and what it wants to achieve. First on the agenda in these times must be sorting out the economy in the short term; but putting our young people, our most valuable resource, back in education, employment or training must equally be high on the to do list.

Also high on the agenda must be the role played by the public sector, both in terms of making a contribution to productivity, and therefore growth, and as a key part of the engine of future prosperity. There is no real practical reason why, for example, it should take more than five working days to register a new company in Barbados and make the necessary utility connections to a new office, apart from a collective administrative inertia.

Analysis and Conclusion:
The time has come when concerned citizens, and those who have the privilege of living in our country, should step forward and put in place a dynamic plan for growth. We can no longer wait on an incompetent government and public sector workers who clearly do not have any new ideas. A national culture of profligacy, of denial, of selfishness and greed; a national culture that has lost its moral compass, allowing the leading newspaper to publish, at various times, a toddler making sexual gesture on a mature woman and one alleging sex in a classroom – these are just the symptoms of a decaying society. The danger is that in the absence of any real alternative to collective political incompetence is that there will be a rise of popular nationalism, looking for simplistic answers and rallying round a charismatic leader which will be bad for the nation and could fully reverse everything that Barbados has ever stood for.

The dangerous flirtation with Beijing, the capital of a nation that does not hesitate to sack university professors and journalists for expressing incorrect views, may well end in tears. Barbados is but one of many Caribbean islands, most of them members of Caricom, forming a queue in Beijing to worship our new Chinese masters. We are now all Confucian, or confused. In Jamaica, the country that along with Guyana that should be piloting Caribbean economic growth, senior policymakers have now borrowed to finance a new toll road, giving the Chinese a fifty-year period of grace in which to collect tax-free tolls, and in exchange have given the Chinese 3000 acres at Goat Island. The Chinese, through a company called Chinese Harbour, have taken over most of the Jamaican sugar plantations on an 80-year lease, on condition that they put at least some of the factories back in service, but they have al ready refused to refurbish the factories, breaking the original agreement. Yet, the Jamaican government, like most other Caribbean governments, has refused to enforce the agreement. The Jamaican government is also contemplating withdrawing visa requirements (Jamaicans will still be required to have visas to visit China) and arrangements have been made for 100000 Chinese to visit Jamaica every year; whether these will be visitors or residents is not clear, nor is it clear if the workers building the roll road will be allowed to settle in Jamaica.

That is not the only national humiliation; there is a Chinese owned shop, similar in terms of business model to Costco, in which customers are served through a hatch by two local women. Shoppers are not allowed to browse with their trolleys as in any other supermarket; worse, I am told, when the manager wants to go to the toilets, he locks the two women in like monkeys in a cage so that they cannot serve the waiting customers.
Those who think the Chinese are a soft touch should take a closer look at what they are doing in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. This is a modern form of Trojan Horse entryism and will lead, in time, to serious social conflict. All this in the modern Caribbean which, in the English-speaking islands, are celebrating decades of constitutional independence.

I have said before, that flirting with the Chinese is a highly dangerous game; if people imagine that Europeans are racists, then wait until Chinese, Indians and other ethnic minorities get a hand on us Africans. But to our political leaders, the relatively small amounts of money handed down to them from the Chinese politburo, for their support in international bodies and turning an eye to Chinese human rights indiscretions, is a price worth paying. However, like many things, it may all end in tears. If you are seriously concerned about the future of our nation and want to form a discussion group, please email me in the first instance.

183 comments

  • Is Barbados becoming a subsidiary of China?

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    georgie porgie

    It has nothing to do with “losing power”, but all to do with keeping power hungry people in their places.

    You know that you Barbados Labour Party people don’t like to listen that is why you make so many mistakes. In this case It will be mistakes that your minions wont recover from.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    due diligence

    “Is Barbados becoming a subsidiary of China?”

    Why don’t you ask that of the United Kingdom?

    “according to Heritage Foundation. Since 2005, China has invested up to $17.8 billion in the UK” so far.

    What is your question again?

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    Would it not be nice if China invested some of those Billions in Barbados?

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  • @Well WELL

    your logic is astonishing, why Alvin cant be partisan at times and objective on the issue to which you refer regarding COW. I believe he can.

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  • The hard truth about the Chinese coming to Barbados is the fear of becoming 3rd class citizens

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  • H Austin is horrified by the school ‘sex’ scandal and describes the Sun picture as ‘pornographic’.( Well is it? Is there an intention to titillate? Is sex being used for commercial purposes?) Now: the A-G is equally concerned. So which is country and which party and how do you decide? Equally who decides? Hal Austin from London? Bloggers on BU?

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    Lawson

    So The British are not afraid of becoming “3rd class citizens”?

    After all $17.8 billion is a big piece of change.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    Lawson

    “…hang somebody”

    Be realistic, as a result of the myriad International treaties which were signed by the Barbados Labour Party and which now form part of Local Laws, we cant hang a single soul.

    The Barbados Labour Party went to International conference after International conference and signed what ever pieces of paper were put in front of them.

    Remember the MYRIE case?

    hint, hint…………. The revised treaty of Chaguaramas?

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  • @Carson

    I am only asking, the signing of the treaties prevent us from hanging, or we are slow to ensure that everything is completed within a stipulated time frame as ruled by the Privy Council in the Prat and Morgan case.

    On this one I am not sure about the signing of the treaties, but if my memory served correctly, the ruling that keeping person on death row after a certain time was inhumane, and that is why the Trinidad Govt had ensure that Doly or what ever he name exhausted all his appeals with in a specified time so that he and his gang could not be shielded by the prat and morgan ruling.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    new blood

    Prat and Morgan

    Now that you mentioned Pratt and Morgan, I didn’t even remember that.

    However they are at least two Human Rights Treaties that give the Condemned the right to appeal their Death sentences and the results are always in their favour.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    new blood

    Let me correct myself on that last post, It is the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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  • Newblood…………would Alvin be so objective if cow was not funding the DLP election machine?, that is not being objective that is being blind to all manner of corruption, besides, the government is being called extortionists by the same bunch, so being partisan and ‘objective’ to the DLP being bought by cow means the same damn thing.

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  • Alvin……….imagine how all this looks to us sitting out here……cow funds the DLP election/propaganda machine/games and gimmicks while his brother bizzy funds the BLP election/propaganda machine/games and gimmicks, guess who is in the middle of all that nastiness and misleading nonsense, you got it, the majority, the electorate, the taxpayers of Barbados, have you yardfowls no shame??

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  • well

    why do u call people yard fowls?

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  • Newblood…….people are called yardfowls by me according to how they present themselves..

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  • Carson C. Cadogan | November 2, 2013 at 5:44 PM |
    Lawson

    So The British are not afraid of becoming “3rd class citizens”?
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    Come January 2014 when Britain is inundated with tens of thousands of Eastern Europeans, like those who recently turned our ATM’s into One Arm Bandits, seeking hassle free entry into the UK, Britain’s fear is not being 3 rd Class citizens, but joining the ranks of 3 rd World countries.

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  • @well

    cow is known to fund the blp campaign over the years and he would given some small amount to the dlp. Most businesses do that. So to call alving as yard fowl is unnecessary. Businesses hedge their financial capital, and based on what the pundits are saying who would win an election, their contribution would be raised.

    No wonder why there was so much disappointed when peter’s prediction failed. until there is political reform, those who control the purse strings will call the shots.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan

    colonel buggy

    “Britain’s fear is not being 3 rd Class citizens, but joining the ranks of 3 rd World”

    Its about time they see how the rest of us live.

    And this is another consequence of signing too many treaties.

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  • It happened in Miami years ago when the black population who always saw themselves as second class citizens became third class because the Cubans came ,worked together and became quite prosperous. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise bajans will be forced to work together to keep from falling further back. Screw the treaties get out of them. Start hanging murderers they are a waste of skin.

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  • A Miami taxi driver told me a few years ago, that if applying for a job in Miami, your first language better be Spanish.

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  • @Well Well,
    I do not consider mysel a yardfowl. If I defend something the DLP do it is because I believeit is the right thing at that time. I would more call me a “free range chicken”These visit every house and yard, not showing preference. I reserve the right to defend the Williams brothers because they have contributed to the growth of this country. they have employed hundreds of Barbadians over they years through their enterprises. They pay their taxes, and make their contributions where they feel they should because it is their right as citizens of this great country. They should not be condemned for exercising their right of free choice. I have never condemned them because of their colour, because for all you know there is probably some black somewhere in the background. They have worked hard to get where they are and I will not condemn them just for the sake of doing it. There is too great a tendency in this country to try to bring down those who are successful, and it is time for us to stop.

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  • The information on the Colony offer is for people to start examining these so called “offers” Careful analysis of the “strategies”..seeing whatan anybody find Pemberton? is behind every word gives me the impression that this is another group of opportunists. See the choice of words and put their meaning into context. Just because they are foreign does not mean they will bring foreign exchange. Remember Cimmaron group and their involvement in the Four Seasons project. Where are they now? C an anybody find Pemberton?

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  • @Back in time Jack,
    Can you explain these terms in simple language? After all these are the people you seem to have a preference for.I have difficulty with their words. …”investing in out-of-favor sectors or markets to exploit misalignments

    • Exploitation of Inefficiencies: capitalizing on information advantages to identify micro-market imbalances and secure investments on favorable terms’
    put these in simple terms ofr me.

    you explain this as an advantage.

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  • Back in Time Jack

    Let me explain.

    Ong Beng Seng. Research that investor on the Internet and tell me what you find? Should be interesting if you have the time.

    That’s Bjerkhamn and Tempro’s partner in the Four Season buyout offer.

    In addition the the Bds$130 Million debt provided by NIS (thanks DT & CS) the GOB is going to accept the Bjerkhamn and Tempro offer and ask the NIS to put up the Bds$60 Million. The NIS would be Bds$190 M in the whole.

    Seems like COW is right. The JADA One Idea will only cost them $50K and for that they will get $60 MILLION from the NIS.

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  • Back in Time Jack

    At least the PM was smart enough to defer the matter when the Cabinet was asked recently by Sinckler to GIVE the property to Bjerkhamn and Tempro.
    Imagine Adrian King, the (piece of) lawyer recommending that both offers are good and capable of acceptance. This is the same fellow who advised the BTI to fire the Irish contractors for the Pierhead marina and which resulted in a $60 M law suit against the GOB of Barbados. He also recommended that BTI engage SMI Infrastructure Solutions for the marina and so far the BTI has only paid out $40 or $50 MILLION to redesign the Pierhead marina.
    But that is not the best, the kick in the ass is Adrian King is now recommending that BTI terminate its contract with SMI for the Pierhead.

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  • Back in Time Jack

    This is the mad grab before the IMF arrives in January 2014. Can wait o see the the 10 or 15 white folks walking up the steps at Government Headquarters as they make their way to the Ministry of Finance.
    The first thing them going to do is take away Sinckler pen.

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  • Have we been able to get the NIS financials certified yet?

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  • are-we-there-yet?

    “Ong’s business approach is to “[b]uy when rents and properties are cheap and sell when they are not.”[1] As of July 2012, the Ong family, comprising Ong and his wife, is worth $1.6 billion, based on estimates by Forbes, making the couple Singapore’s 10th richest persons.[3]” (Now 3rd)

    From Wikipaedia.

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    One of the issues in Barbados is a major media conglomerate which dominates the newspaper and radio station business is clearly putting Party before country.

    No honest Barbadian who reads the Nation newspaper and the columnists which they have hired like Pat Hoyos, Clyde Mascoll, Albert Branford, Sanka Price, Ezra Alleyne – all known BLP apologists can deny that the Nation newspaper is acting more like the public relations department of the opposition BLP and less like a credible national publication.

    Take Pat Hoyos for example a man who used his role as a moderator to lambaste the government at every turn and also his newspaper column to publicly tell voters to support Owen Arthur even after the last election , he is still not resigned to the fact that the BLP lost.
    Hoyos is behaving more like a journalistic BLP prostititute who should not be taken with any credibility.

    The Nation’s cesspool standards or lack thereof is clear in its biased coverage of political issues and its eagerness to glorify apparent sexual contact between school students.

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    Oh on the issue of biased newspaper writers which the Nation newspaper hires, let us not forget Peter Wickham, a man whose hatred for Prime Minister Stuart is as string as his eagerness to have Bajans embrace gay marriage and homosexuality.
    It is clear that Wickham does not support the Prime Minister, why would the Nation newspaper continually seek political comment from him unless his position is reflective of Sir Fed Gollop and the rest of the Nation BLP Newspaper’s management?

    Anyway, Wickham will sing any tune for his supper. We should not be surprised.After Feb this year, his consultancy star is not as bright as some thought it was.

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  • are-we-there-yet?

    If Back in time Jack is right and the PM is the honest, patriotic and upstanding man he purports to be, we should expect to be seeing some significant happenings in the Cabinet in the next few weeks. If, contrariwise, the status quo in the Cabinet remains and Sinckler announces a Four Season’s deal (any deal) with any of the players that BITJ mentions above, then the slide is quickening. The repercussions range far and wide.

    If BITJ is spinning emptiness. His backers deserve to be punished.

    Alvin, it seems that the spat between COW and Bjerkhamm has serious undertones and might be showing up the patriotic colours of one of them and a disgust at what the other is doing to the country. That spat suggests that the matter is known in the white public domain. If so It won’t stay there.

    Now, as Alvin suggests, is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the Country.

    The AG seems to be one of the few really honest men in Government. Will he act? What say you PUDRYR?

    Looks like the vultures are circling in any case.

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  • Newblood said:

    “No wonder why there was so much disappointed when peter’s prediction failed. until there is political reform, those who control the purse strings will call the shots”
    Newblood……..and that is exactly my point, whomever funds the elections for DLP/BLP will call the shots,that is corruption, who is going to initiate political reform in Barbados, when will the politicians stop using outside (whomever has the biggest purse strings) financing to fund their re-elections?? COW funds DLP and BLP according to you, Bizzy, the brother funds BLP, guess who is calling the shots on the island consistently, now jada is in the mix, wonder who he is funding, we know he is looking for all manner of ways to make sure he gets more than he gives. One thing i can tell you about all these funders, they keep the division among the political parties and the electorate on the island totally intact.

    Alvin………calling you a free range fowl would be kinda insulting, you are consistent in blindly following the DLP into a hole, and by extension you will follow anyone who funds or supports the DLP party into a deeper hole, i cannot be that unfair to you…….but get used to me, i will consistently speak out against the island and it’s people being used to play political games for financial gain, whether it is cow, bizzy, jada, or whomever, i do not care what they did or did not do to get their wealth, i have never sucked up or will i ever suck up to another human because they have more paper (money) and when i can clearly see, unlike you who consistently wears blinkers when it has anything to do with the DLP and it’s supporters/funders, that the island is being destroyed by the same players to the detriment of the majority who live there, unlike you, i am free to speak out against, expose or call names.

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  • Alvin……………i forgot to add, while all the players/funders (cow, bizzy, jada, et al) of these two political parties DLP/BLP keep the divisions going between yardfowls of both parties intact……they get extremely wealthy doing so, i know you are unable to see that, so it is my civic duty to mention that little scam..

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Back in Time Jack | November 3, 2013 at 4:49 AM |
    AND
    @ are-we-there-yet? | November 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM |

    The miller greatly admires you guys and is most impressed with your objectively critical analyses of the situation.
    You guys have your fingers on the economic pulse of that currently badly managed and sick country called Bim clearly indicating you seem to appreciate the gravamen of the situation.

    Keep on fellows, the miller is behind you.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David | November 3, 2013 at 4:53 AM |
    “Have we been able to get the NIS financials certified yet?”

    December coming would be 2 years since the deadline for publication of those financials was given by the deceitful ass-licker called Tony Marshall.
    It seems his deputy JR has continued in his shoes.
    The status of the NIS financials is the epitome of what is happening to Barbados. A place with the most accountants per head of population but totally unable to report historical data. What a shame on those jokers posing as professionals!

    What is happening is clearly indicative of massive fraud and financial malfeasance going on at that financial institution on whom many hardworking Bajans would be relying as a source of income in their old age.

    Justin Robinson, where are you? You are just another bloody incompetent joker, aren’t you JR?

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  • Back in Time Jack | November 3, 2013 at 4:46 AM |

    At least the PM was smart enough to defer the matter when the Cabinet was asked recently by Sinckler to GIVE the property to Bjerkhamn and Tempro.
    Imagine Adrian King, the (piece of) lawyer recommending that both offers are good and capable of acceptance.
    ________________________________________

    Now we get to see what PM Stuart is made of, decline Bjerkhamn’s self-serving offer and show us that he is really the PM on the island thereby shafting Sinckler and Adrian King particularly if they took a bribe from Bjerkham……we know Adrian King (David Thompson’s legacy) gives new meaning to the word dishonest attorney…by the way, why is everyone in both political parties so hell bent on giving away the pensions of poor hard working bajans??.

    In addition……..cow and his brother bizzy were part of the four seasons scam from inception with their buddy Pemberton, now he is dressing down in patriotic colors when it’s looking like the other leech jada might make a bigger killing than he did in wiping out the island financially. leeches all.

    Alvin…….do you see when you are not a yardfowl or blinded by political affiliations, how freely you can think and speak. lol

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  • PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Well Well @ the longer this massive fraud goes on the better we look at PLANTATION DEEDS day by day heading by heading DAVID @ BU seem to be saying and other what we have been saying for years and also from last December postings of ,Violet Beckles,postings.

    We are watching and soon will be able to BASEL 3 all the CROOKS, We will check them all when they see the NWO take over soon ,

    Masons are watching as they NOW come in to the light,
    COW and crew will soon see and the rest of the Island and the World will see all the LIARS , CROOKS AND SCUMBAGS ARE UP TO AND DID FOR MANY YEARS.
    We love the blogs for already BARBADOS FREE PRESS is now getting the picture and posting the past blogs .Blogging and talking she-it on the blogs are not fooling people any more,
    The WAR for the TRUTH HAS ALREADY BEGAN AND WE WILL WIN, Barbados and the Bajans will WIN,
    We are not, and can not be mad at most for learning this information for the first time , More than 27 years of known fraud has now have the people to believed these lies for the Liars,
    We here at PLANTATION DEEDS HAVE THE DEEDS , THE PROOF OF THE MASSIVE FRAUD, As you can see the World knew before the Bajans and now the Bajans are catching on also.
    I hope that the DLP RR & BMWs have wings for these crooks will be flying off the island of Barbados with out their cars, 2013 is soon here for all those who dont know the numbers , By March the new year 2013 starts and this is when the GATEWAY will close and the NOW will set in,
    NWO +NOW+ OWN +WON = Us know Thy Self

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    Only the Nation BLP newspaper would take a man, Erskine Griffith – a known BLP supporter who served in Owen Arthur’s cabinet from 2003 – 2008 and put him on the front page of the Monday newspaper to tell Bajans how bad the economy is claiming that he speaking as a former director of Finance.

    You would think that the Nation BLP newspaper would also mention that the same man was the campaign manager for Lynette Eastmond , the perennial BLP losing candidate in St. Philip West.

    Once again , another gutter attempt at political sabotage by the BLP public relations officer and pornographic writer Sanka Price.
    The Nation newspaper once again behaving as the BLP prostitute.
    The trend continues.

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  • Plantation………..you do your thing, i am waiting patiently for the day you make a list and expose that list in newspapers around the world, the ones now boasting about how much land they own on the island and how much land they are donating back to the island, having gotten that land through government ‘contracts’ in the millions of dollars, while being fully aware that they DO NOT OWN CLEAR AND ORIGINAL TITLE DEEDS to the same land they are boasting about giving back in the millions of dollars. LEECHES ALL…..

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  • @ Lawson

    Apologies. I have been away from home. The prime minister, the minister responsible for town and country planning, is now suggesting that the T&CP department needs new powers to prosecute people.
    I was in a pub over the weekend in Blackpool and a guy came up to me. He asked if I was Bajan, I said yes, and he said he recognised my accent.
    He told me that a few years ago he was employed to work on a house in Paynes Bay. In the yard was an 150 yrt old Mahogany tree and was ordered by the proprietor to cut it down.
    After he did so, without any T&CP permission, a number of local people told him that their parents and grand parents used to sit under the tree when they visited the beach.
    He claimed the place is now called the Blue House. I can not verify this, although there was no reason for a complete stranger to approach me.
    This is what I mean by a dynamic land use policy, which would include the preservation of trees etc.
    Failure to cooperate will be a criminal offence liable to imprisonment on conviction. No fines, they usually budget this in to the development.
    It is an old property developers’ trick of bulldozing building and trees with preservation orders, usually at bank holiday weekends, then pleading ignorance. The idea is that it is difficult to replant the tree or rebuild the building.
    We get a lot of it in Britain.

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  • Oh dear. What does Section 27 of the T&CP Act speaks to?

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  • The prime minister is not only the responsible minister, but he is a lawyer and a QC, He must know what he is talking about. Having legislation on paper and enforcing it are two different things.

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  • @NBLPN
    Numbers don’t lie. Griffith lie? I guess the Nation should not print Sir Frank’s opinion either, after all he is head of the government’s economic panel hence would be biased. Man stop letting partisanship blur your argument.

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  • Hal you make me laugh. Your first argument infers no tree preservation policy exists. When shown it does you introduce enforceability. What the PM is proposing shows a lack of vision and undErstanding. The decision making process requires greater public consultation, which would make the need for prosecution less of a necCessity.

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  • @ Enuff

    I have been reprimanded by Lawson for being rude to you, so let me make it clear I am not.
    But I have made the point of regulations being on the books and enforcement. Read my contributions again. I gave an alleged example of the Blue House in Paynes Bay.
    You have also misrepresented me by claiming that I have called for people to learn Mandarin, which is ludicrous. Any reference to Mandarin was irony.
    I also made the point the prime minister, the responsible minister for planning and as QC, has also suggested tougher enforcement of legislation.
    If attributing things to me plse make them accurate.

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  • excellent article! there needs to be a revolution and a new vision for Barbados to move it to be fully self-determining and not blindly model the US or some other western society.

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  • “Curriculum:
    Once we have dealt with this basic infant and primary framework, the other challenge is that of the curriculum. Here it is important to stress that although a pupil may be gifted and exceptional in a single subject, for example maths, it does not means he will be gifted in all the other subjects. So, it is important that although the girl or boy may be taken out of the ordinary classroom for special tuition, s/he should be returned for normal teaching among her/his classmates. This is important for a normal childhood, including allowing the child to make friends with her/his age group. This being so, the content of the curriculum and the way subjects are taught will determine the future quality of our human capital. Apart from the core subjects, all lessons should be taught bilingually – Spanish/English, given we are situated in the largest Spanish-speaking region in the world. Mandarin and other languages could be taught in secondary schools and in language laboratories.”

    I guess I missed the irony. My bad.

    “This is what I mean by a dynamic land use policy, which would include the preservation of trees etc.
    Maybe I misinterpreted what this meant.

    As for being rude to me, no you weren’t. You were simply (being an)
    ass(uming) you knew what I needed or didn’t need, knew or didn’t know. So don’t for once think I was offended…truth be told I found your comment quite hilarious. Especially when you struggle to understand the difference between land use and development standards/policy. Furthermore, if you were aware of the FACT that the Town Planning Act of 1947 in England is the same one on which Bdos’ is based, then you would know that once tree preservation orders exist in England they would in Little England. But hey what do I know………at least I read before writing.

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  • Hal Austin
    The problem with you is that you wish to convey to the public that you are extra brilliant and are the authority on all subjects in the universe. Your acrid hate of the DLP is also showing through. These have tainted your perspectives. Additionally in your quest to harangue our government you introduce a lot of unstable information. That is why you have been found wanting by Enuff , other bloggers and myself this week. your articles are very thought provoking. They provoke me to think what a self- centred bigot you are and that your sojourn in Uk has twisted your sense of balance and fair delivery. I am truly sorry that you promote yourself as a ‘native son of the soil’ and then seek to commit such indelible atrocities upon this fair land in the electronic media. I can smell you all the way here in Bimshire. The scent around the Bridetown Sewage Plant is perfume to the odour of which your writings reek. NOTES= Nothing Other Than Extraordinary Shit. That is what you provoke me to think of your weekly notes.

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  • I feel fuh Hal
    Somebody’s pal
    I saw Hal in Barbados sometime ago
    maybe earlier this year
    late last year
    -exercising on the road/walking
    did not know he was back in England

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  • @ Enuff

    My first impulse to ignore you was obviously right. ALL education is good and should be encouraged, I said we should be educated bi-lingually, as we live in the biggest Spanish-speaking region in the world. But we should have language laboratories which should provide teaching in every literate language in the world, including Mandarin and Cantonese.
    That, to my simple mind, does not mean we will be bi-lingual in English/Mandarin. WE LIVE IN THE BIGGEST SPANISH-SPEAKING REGION IN THE WORLD. We must learn to understand our neighbours.
    The whole world is bi-lingual in English: Spanish/English, Mandarin/English, Russian/English, etc.
    Make a more substantive point if you want to advance the discussion. At present you are trying to nit-pick and getting it wrong.

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  • @Native son,
    You must have been in Barbados when persons were prosecuted forcutting down mahogany trees on Maxwell Main road. You should be aware also that it is illegal to cut down fruit trees without town and country planning permission. the laws are on the books. By the way Hal, anyone who learns to speak Mandarin at this time must be admired for they are thinking way ahead of lots of others.
    @Well Well,
    I give credit where credit is duw. If that is being a yard fowl so be it. I keep insisting that I will not criticize just for the sake of criticizing, or because the person is on another ethnic origin. COW has succeeded because he has the equipment and business accumen to submit lower tenders for projects; no0t only in Barbados but throughout the Caribean. He successfully built roadworks in St. Lucia, and other countries, and you can’t tell me it is because he contributed to the BLP or the DLP. Are you aware of the case he brought against the DLP government, when Don Blackman the then Minister of Public works awarded a contract to another bidder; as he said “to redress the imbalances” that went all the say to the Privy Council, that he won, costing the DLP government a lot of money> He, like all other Barbadians, has rights as a Bajan, and must be given those rights. It has NOTHING to do with contributions or anything else. Right is Right, for whites, blacks or Indians, Chinese or enyone.
    I would also treat a lot of Plantation Deed’s claims with great suspicion. He tried to take over a person in my neighborhood’s property with his false claims, and she had HER deeds, going back before her father was born (even before Violet Beckles was born) and the police had to come and evict him(and the person he wanted to put in the vacant house; the lady had died and the person looking after her estate was away for a short time). I notice he even claims title to land at Lamberts in St. Lucy.
    Tread carefully when defending certain people, just because they are against certain persons in the establishment.

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  • @WELL wELL
    Slight clarification; COW brought the case against the DLp government. He lost appealed, and took it all the way to the Privy Council who overturned the decision and awarded the case to COW. cost the government a lot of money. Tenders committees have to be very careful in awarding tenders. Their decisions can be challenged. So political contributions have nothing to do with it. Members of “government” per se have no connection with Tenders Committees and their decisions. I know people (Civil Servants) who have served on these committees.

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  • Alvin said:
    “He successfully built roadworks in St. Lucia, and other countries, and you can’t tell me it is because he contributed to the BLP or the DLP.”

    _______________________________________________________

    Alvin……are you also aware that cow is not doing so well in St. Lucia???

    As usual you are seeing only what you want to see and cherry picking what you think should be exposed…….have the DLP not learned their lesson with cow yet?? what will it take??

    With regard to Plantation Deeds, let the process run it’s course, what are you afraid of??

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  • @Well Well,
    What had not doing well in St. Lucia,at this time, got to do with what you have been daying. You implied that because of COW’s “donations” to the present government he has been getting prefenential treatment to the detriment of the people of Barbados. I simply pointed out that his success is not due to favouritism by either political party. It is sim;ly because of his business accumen exemplified by his ability to secure contracts (big ones) with other governments. If I am not mistaken this is the business model folllowed by all successul companies all over the world…diversifying and expanding. You live in Canada so you KNOW what happens up here. Why are you trying to be so hard on our own who operate no differently. …”you are seeing only what you want to see and cherry picking what you think should be exposed” Isn’t this exactly what you are doing? Tch Tch!!!
    I don’t give two figs about Plantation Deeds, so I have nothing to be afraid of. As you say let us wait and see
    how it plays out. I am as suspicious of him as you are certain that there are nefarious things taking place and skuldegery in the works. I just happen to be less cynical than you and perhaps more trusting of people until I am PROVEN wrong. If I signed my name “yard fowl” would you be satisfied? No I can’t because I will never accept that appelation.

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  • Your honour Counsel rests, the plaintiff, after two denials, has finally admitted that he did propose the learning of Mandarin in his proposals for reform of the education system. But my initial question remains: why encourage the learning of Mandarin as part of education reform then few weeks later demonise Chinese investment? It just does not make sense. Is that nitpicking or simply demanding consistency from a guru?

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  • food for thought.

    OTTAWA – Canada and Honduras are expected to finally sign a free trade agreement Tuesday after concluding negotiations two years ago.

    Trade Minister Ed Fast and his Honduran counterpart Jose Adonis Lavaire are scheduled to announce Tuesday in Ottawa that the relationship between the two countries is about to “reach a new level.”

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  • I would not worry about Honduras as competition they cannot even speak Mandarin over there LOL. They have the usual minerals coffee cheap labour manufacturing from central America, but murders and crime are off the scale.

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  • Alvin said:

    “I just happen to be less cynical than you and perhaps more trusting of people until I am PROVEN wrong.”

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    Alvin………..as always, everything that is done in the dark ALWAYS comes out in the wash (to light)……….what is the saying in Bim? you can hide and buy land (pun intended) but you cannot hide and sell it…….that also goes for those in the public eye who are involved in nefarious activities which includes, greed, corruption, bribery etc……

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  • @Well Well,
    Rob Ford confesses, apologizes but refuses to step down. Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin are suspended by their own collegues for two years. And you talk about Barbadian politicians? They are small potatoes when placed next to these politicians here. Barbadians have to appreciate what they have and what type of society they have, and be proud of it.

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  • what do expect ex broadcasters at the trough, ex hockey players political hacks and fundraisers being appointed they should have abolished that body a long time ago we have had people showing up collecting a check and voting diagnosed with Alzheimer’s The only difference between here and Barbados is we can afford it

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  • Alvin……..Rob Ford is daring and taunting the RCMP because he has their budget in his hands, let’s watch it unfold, it still has a way to go…………

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  • Alvin…..stop being ridiculous now, all the shenanigans/criminal acts the politicians in Barbados carried/carry on with, none have ever apologized or been arrested……..you really need to get a grip on reality..

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  • @well Well,Rob ford was shown in a video smoking a crack pipe. EVIDENCE. Where is the equivalent among Barbadian MP, to have falsified expenses. The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff paid for those espenses with a personal cheque,(actually there were two cheques) for one of them, and the cheques wereproduced as evidence, and one of them paid back some of the money that she owed. The RCMP indicated that there was evidence of fraud. Where is the Barbadian equivalent? Where is the EVIDENCE in the Barbados political establishment? As I tell you, and will continue to point out, rumour and innuendo cannot convict
    anyone. there has to be evidence that will stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. As a famous advertisement here once used to say “show me the beef”. Show me the evidence. That is reality.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Alvin Cummins | November 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM |
    “As I tell you, and will continue to point out, rumour and innuendo cannot convict
    anyone. there has to be evidence that will stand up to scrutiny in a court of law. As a famous advertisement here once used to say “show me the beef”. Show me the evidence. That is reality.

    Is that the reason for your noticeably taciturn position NOT to contribute in your usual effervescent style to the PSC and the CoP imbroglio on another thread? We are glad you have a more sanguinely levelheaded approach by exempting yourself from the kangaroo court convened by Chief Justice Bush Tea and the prosecutor and jury in the same person of “Let them gather for they shall soon scatter” only is only too eager to arrest, charge prosecute, condemn, sentence and execute Mottley all in one go.

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  • His Excel. The Right Hon Errol Barrow, once said ” one day we will wake up and find Barbados no longer belong to bajans. The fight between the two kingpins is about that. It appears one is very patriotic while the other is trying to see how much of Barbados he can own before the explosion occurs. PLEASE REMEMBER (SIR) aLLAN sTANDFORD AND WHAT HE DID TO anTIGUA.

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  • @Miller
    I believe in fairness and justice.

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  • Alvin Cummins | November 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM |

    @well Well,Rob ford was shown in a video smoking a crack pipe. EVIDENCE.
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    Alvin……you were talking the same nonsense before Ford had is 15 minutes of crocodile tears moment confessing, although i saw the video in Toronto with him smoking crack since MAY………..you would easily condone corruption by politicians, i hope you can handle it when corrupt politicians in Barbados finally have to pay the piper and their karma comes avisiting……..fairness and justice my ass, when did the public officials in Barbados ever cared about fairness and justice for other people, particularly those who pay the same corrupt politicians salaries…

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  • Rational Thinking

    one part of The 1000 lbs of Blubber got it wrong once again, with some of the largest blocks in Foreign Currency inflows to this island in many years, the sandals investment, the Four Seasons resolved, the Cruise Terminal work starting funded in a very large part by Royal Caribbean Lines the Marina a matter of 4 months from start up and companies like neal and Massey pouring money into the island and a few more too good to mention about to unfold is this any relation to Mottley’s regurgitated nonsense about no one wanting to do business here is utter and complete rubbish, the may not want to do business here with Mottley listening and Wiretapping and Eavesdropping their calls but look at this story in The Barbados Advocate Today maybe not one to expect to see in the Nation Rag but never the less it real and it is true.

    Show of confidence

    11/7/2013

    CEO of Neal & Massy Group says Super combo store speaks to investment possibilities

    By Nadia Brancker

    TOP Caribbean conglomerate Neal & Massy Holdings Limited said the BDS$70 million investment it is making in Barbados is a demonstration of its confidence in the future of the island.

    Gervase Warner, CEO of the Neal and Massy Group, made this statement as he and
    other officials opened a new Superstore at Warrens, St. Michael yesterday as they launched the Super Centre Limited and Dacosta Mannings Integrated Store. Other investments are planned for Kendall Hill and Sunset Crest.

    Proclaiming that Neal & Massy is a believer in Barbados, Warner said: “I meet people and read reports and hear comments, such as the Barbados dollar is going to come under pressure, or ‘where is the (economic) growth going to come from in the Barbados economy etc?’”

    However, he stated that they (Neal and Massy) “are investing in Barbados, and this combination is part of what we are doing. We are putting new capital to work in Barbados because we believe in the future of Barbados.”

    According to him, “We believe all of us as corporations in Barbados have a moral obligation and responsibility to do our part in creating growth in our economy and that comes through investment.

    “Investment like this creates jobs, efficiencies in business models, creates a better and more convenient shopping environment and improves what Barbados has to offer locally and globally.”

    The CEO said that while this might look like one store, it has huge significance in our network of companies. “It is the launch of a new business model and it is part of what we think is important in playing our role in the economic development of Barbados,” Warner maintained.

    The CEO elaborated, “This is not the only investment we will make. We will make some upgrades in Sunset Crest and there is a new store planned for Kendall Hill and other investments, for a grand total of bds$70 million of new investment in facilities and business in Barbados.”

    He recounted, “For Neal and Massy, our presence in Barbados has gone back years. We have had several different businesses but our resurgence in the Barbados market really took place in 2006 where we acquired BS&T and the transformation that we have had within our group and Barbados companies has been significant since then.”

    Warner recalled that in 2011 they set out to develop a growth strategy for the Neal and Massy Group, having recognised that economies were just coming out of a very difficult stage of economic recession, and some of the neighbouring territories were still in negative growth.

    He said, “We recognize we would not be able to continue the solid growth we enjoyed in the period of 2000-2009 without doing something different and yesterday was the unveiling of one of our key strategies of doing something different and better.”

    He explained that coming out of the strategic planning session they travelled to different countries in Latin America observing this kind of combination format store in real maturity and determined Barbados would be the ideal location for one such set-up.

    “Yesterday was the unveiling of the super combo store, which will be the fist of many that will be rolled out across the Caribbean where Neal & Massy operates,” the CEO said.

    Warner identified, “I think much is made about Trinidadian companies coming into Barbados and ‘taking over’. Today I want to celebrate an opportunity for a business model and example from Barbados being able to be brought to fruition that we could take it to other places in the Caribbean.

    “I think they are more pessimistic than they are optimistic about what is happening in Barbados. However, I come to Barbados regularly and I’m amazed by the people I meet. I don’t have any sense of distress. I think Barbadians are phenomenal about the way they carry themselves and it is extremely encouraging to me.”

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  • Well Well.wrote”.Rob Ford is daring and taunting the RCMP”

    You smokin the same pipe as Rob?

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  • Barbados is done….. world wise but maybe some people can live their life well their grand kids may have to move

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  • It appears the CBC has decided to report only “positive ” news. I thought a media station was mandated to report NEWS. There has been lay-offs yesterday that was reported on 92.9 but nothing on CBC. Does that mean that the CBC NEW policy of reporting only “positive” news mean that they will silence the opposition? Are we seeing signs of dictatorship appearing?

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  • @ Well Well
    ” you can hide and buy land, but you can’t hide and WORK it….”

    @ Miller
    “….the kangaroo court convened by Chief Justice Bush Tea….”
    *************
    LOL …VERY funny!
    If indeed Bushie had that authority, then your Mia would have been locked up for mis-managing Edutech and the prison fire debacle.
    ….and we may have been spared the World Cup madness and the Dottin disaster.
    Remember a stitch in time would have saved nine….. 🙂

    @ Alvin C.
    HUSH!

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ june boy | November 7, 2013 at 1:52 AM |
    “Are we seeing signs of dictatorship appearing?”

    Very much so! These guys are displaying all the early signs and symptoms (even in physical appearances) of turning the country into a true bloody African Dictatorship dividing the people into tribes differentiated by yellow and red war paint.

    They intend to iconoclastically destroy EWB’s mirror image of Barbados and fashion it into their own dictatorial fatted calf banana republic.

    You will soon be seeing a ramping up of moves to block or suppressed all news regarding the pending IMF restructuring programme and its attendant employment and social fallout. Only the goddess Nemesis can opportunely intervene by inviting the angel Samael to a date to do a bit of reaping.

    Hopefully, we will have BU to inform the people but you can expect concerted efforts to be made to shut up this organ of free speech.

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  • Rational Thinking

    You are becoming more are more desperate and sad in your every writings you joker, Nuki, get used to the fact that you were sent to the opposition in 2008 & 2013 and you will be there for a long while, why don’t you state writing something sensible and uplifting rather than what your Rag Time Band of misfits like Agard and Hinkson want you to chew up and spit out in support of them, get used to it you have been elected by the people of Barbados to be the Opposition and no amount of whining and sad lies will change that placement get used to opposition and think uplifting thoughts for YOUR and MY country rather than try to destroy. It to get a corrupt Wire Tapping Eavesdropping FRAUD in Mottley elected, she is not good nor is cshe healthy nor is she Morally right to be notified politics in Barbados. She is unfit to lead after here exposure and her corrupt actions along with Dottin.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Rational Thinking | November 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM |
    “one part of The 1000 lbs of Blubber got it wrong once again, with some of the largest blocks in Foreign Currency inflows to this island in many years, the sandals investment, the Four Seasons resolved, the Cruise Terminal work starting funded in a very large part by Royal Caribbean Lines the Marina a matter of 4 months from start up and companies like neal and Massey pouring money into the island and a few more too good to mention about to unfold..”

    Could you please shed some light on the foreign currency inflows that would result from the projects you mentioned?
    We would be most grateful for special reference to be made to the Marina. Are you referring to the Pierhead marina that should have started since January 2012 or is this another one to start in 4 month? Are you sure it is not another redesign of the Pierhead marina? Has the Cabinet NOT approved the termination of the MOU between the BTI and SMI as recommended by the MoF in June 2013.

    We wonder what Bush Tea would say about all of this so-called investment by Trinidadians as referred to in the Nation newspaper article by Nadia Brancker titled “CEO of Neal & Massy Group says Super combo store speaks to investment possibilities”?

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  • @Well Well,
    What is it with you and Barbadian politicians? IF the politicians are corrupt, and IF there is evidence that can stand up in court, and IF they are brought to trial and found guilty they will serve their time in jail. Then people like you can rejoice that Barbados, like other first world countries have jailed corrupt politicians. Until you produce the evidence, then all like you will have to stew in your juice of disappointment. Rob Ford is still stubbornly hanging on, and does have support among many of the citizens of this fair city , who are not prepared to punish him yet. Although he may be guilty of Moral indiscretions, he has not yet been shown to be corrupt. The situation with the Senators and the involvement of the Prime Minister”s office is a different matter. Notice that no criminal charges have been brought against them, yet.
    Lay off our politicians for a while; B and D, and don’t forget the PEP is a recognized and registered political party too,
    .

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  • Alvin said:

    Lay off our politicians for a while; B and D, and don’t forget the PEP is a recognized and registered political party too,
    _____________________________________

    Alvin….not a chance not going to happen, that is what yall want, everyone to lay off so you and your parties (DLP/BLP) can continue to practice corruption and hide a lot of nasty secrets to the detriment of the same taxpayers who have to pay their salaries….again, not going to happen.

    Regarding PEP, if it’s the same party that Bobby Clarke the nuisance is/was a part of, i have already laid into them on this same blog, but individually, not as a party, they are not even much of a party when you have louses like Clarke involved no one will take them seriously.. Alvin, again, get used to it, the spotlight is on the DLP, as the ruling party and there is no chance of it being removed because they have screwed up so much, they are not their own bosses, people like you who live in Canada should understand that, not because you don’t live in Barbados and their actions or lack thereof don’t affect you it means everyone should give corrupt politicians a free pass.not going to happen so suck it up….

    By the way……as much as you will vote back in Rob Ford, if given the chance next year, most organizations would much prefer see the back of that idiot…so, don’t hold your breath.

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  • @Well Well,
    First of all I never voted, and would never, vote for Rob Ford. Other people who support him; and there are lots who still like hime and will vote for him, might just ensure he gets reelected, if he manages to survive the present scandals. Remember Mayor Marion Berry; mayor of Washington D.C., in the heart of democracy, who was caught red handed by FBI officers, was charged, sentenced, served his time and then was reelected mayor again? Rob Ford may go the same way. But to get back to our pokiticians. I asked you to show me the beef. If you know of instances of corruption involving our politicians give me specifics. Name the instances. give the information to Crime Stoppers annonymously. Don’t keep accusing any and everybody of corruption and not providing the evidence. If you don’t you are not helping the people you pruport to defend. I am not asking the spotlight to be removed from the DLP, they are the governing party and must face the music. The Harper Government is facing a lot of questions. Therefore you must do like the opposition members in Parliament here, ask the questions and expect answers. Nobody is asking for a free pass for anybody. But you are not asking questions. You are just making nonspecific accusations and hinting at things and skirting the issues. Come out and let us know what you know or seem to know. If you can show me (specifically) where they are wrong I will acknowledge; where they have committed malfeasance. Failing that I will continue to defend those who are ‘Innocent until proven guilty.” By the way I do live in Barbados; as well as Toronto, so I am equally affected by both Canada and Barbados.

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  • Alvin said:

    ” If you can show me (specifically) where they are wrong I will acknowledge; where they have committed malfeasance.”
    ______________________________________________

    Alvin……….all in good time, those old sayings again “days runs but night always catches it”…….can’t satisfy your curiosity because you believe in politics and politicians, even when they are criminal and wrong you will defend them…

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  • Barbados has its problems (BLP & DLP), Obama in the United States has his problems, Republicans: Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul (Kentucky) & Ted Cruz (Texas) and God Toronto, Ontario (Canada) has its problem, Mayor Rob Ford.

    Funny, Rob Ford (Toronto) is a crack cocaine addict & out of the box. George Payne slaps Edmund Hinkson in the face with a lawsuit. Sinckler warns BIM may soon see Mottley strip naked and running down Broad Street and Rand Paul (United States Senator, Kentucky) names Ted Cruz (United States Senator, Texas) “chief of the wacko birds”.

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  • @ Alvin

    Barbados is third world NOT first world.

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  • Five years ago and still as relevant as if published yesterday.

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