DLP: Bajans Not Good Enough – Neither Can They Reach Jamaicans High Standards – Work Permits Therefore Necessary

Henderson Bovell

Henderson Bovell

You can excuse the DLP if it did not care to read the ‘National Strategic Plan 2005-2025. But Goal #6 of that document speaks, in part, to: “Branding Barbados Globally.” When you read it, you begin to understand why the demise of a Barbadian brand like Almond, is a national scandal. I suppose the same can be said about the DLP’ reluctance to spend a puny US$500,000 to save a $80m Rum Industry, which will result in “a-310-year-old-company” leaving Barbadian hands for the first time in its history.

Of all people, the BLP, which is responsible for the “National Strategic Plan Document,” should understand that the issue of “Sandals” – is more than the quantum of concessions or what is contained in some MOU, especially since the same National Strategic Plan sought “to continue consolidating the country’s international image, particularly on account of political stability, educational quality, democratic governance and good leadership.”

I do not know that the present Barbados Cabinet and Government – are showing good leadership on tourism right now” because “Almond” is a Barbadian-home-grown-international-families-brand,” which was on par (in the view of many) with Sandals, which is nothing more than a Jamaican home-grown-international-families-brand. That makes Ralph Taylor, the equivalent of the Jamaican Butch Stewart.

Like Sandals, there was also global excellence about Almond, which had a marking apparatus across europe and north america. And, it too was expanding throughout the Caribbean.

The real issue of the Sandals fiasco has very little to do with concessions or what is contained in a MOU. But that, in the month of November (Independence, nation hood, sovereignty, a Barbadian brand and identity; Barbadian pride and industry) while the country is being asked to buy local, public policy is embracing a Jamaican brand (Sandals) which is not superior to the local brands (Almond). Whether it is Sandals, the demise of the rum industry or reversed colonization in relation to the virtual “give-away” of all that land at Coverley – the DLP is always the one holding the smoking gun.

I tend to agree that a Government, which said that it is against privitisation – but sees nothing wrong with selling Barbadian passports or citizenship – would be “eager” to choose Sandals, rather than save Almond – the credible and successful Barbadian brand it allowed to wilt for over two years, while 500 found themselves on the bread-line and the foreign reserves nose-dive by over $400 million.

I mean, for his service to Barbados and contribution to Barbadian pride and a Barbadian hotel brand, we should be honouring Ralph Taylor with a Knighthood or GCM.

Only recently, the Myrie case was before the CCJ and we saw how the Jamaicans made all types or remarks about Barbados and Barbadians, whether true or false. They said that Barbadians are arrogant and cocky. That may be a debatable distraction but to now have a scenario where you are offering so many work permits for Jamaicans to come in here to work at a Sandals property, what are you saying about Barbadians: that they cannot meet Jamaican so-called high standards in the hotel sector. Where will the stay/live: at Coverley, as part of the deal?

Is it not true that our Chefs come-up against the best in the world and win gold awards? Is the same not true about our bartenders (mixologists)? Do we not train people at the Hotel School? What statement is our Government making about our Barbadian people in November?

This Government sat-back and allowed a Barbadian brand to decline. In the process, some 500 workers ended-up on the bread line. The DLP did nothing for the two years businesses in Speightstown were complaining about lost of economic activity due to the closure of Almond. Airlift fell and the foreign reserves nose-dive by some $400m. Yet, the government was not moved. It sat on its hands and allowed a Barbadian brand to fail and our economy to shrink and eventually, be downgraded to “JUNK.”

It presided over the diminishing and near demise of a successful Barbadian brand because it fail to see its role as anything other than to “tax” and “spend. But, increasing VAT; Land Tax; Excise Tax on petroleum products; water rates and so on – highlights the DLP folly of killing the goose that lays the golden egg for the Barbados economy.

Still, it is not as simple as a half of a billion in concessions or a MOU. This issue speaks to the unpatriotic character of the DLP. Is a duty-free car too good for local hotel workers? If per chance, a bajan is fortunate to get one of those jobs, he will have to catch the bus, while the, “brand-name foreigner worker,” will roll-in to work in an air-conditioned duty-free car.

This no laughing matter! Because, the DLP’ refusal to offer timely assistance or to take timely action – in relation to a Barbadian-home-grown-international-brand – is their vote of no confidence in the Barbadian people and in a Barbadian symbol of excellence.

The DLP did not care that it phased-approached to governance and laziness – resulted in over 500 Almond Employees ending-up on the bread-line or in businesses in Speightstown crumbling and the economy downgraded to “JUNK.

The clear message the DLP wants to send, is that the Jamaican brand is better than Barbados’! That Barbadian hotel workers cannot meet Jamaican high standards and that to be Jamaican, is superior – requiring the DLP to have to issue such an alarming number of work permits because these Barbadians cannot meet Jamaican high-standards. So tourists are not coming because of you – the Barbadian worker. It is a very sad thing when you have a Government making these horrible statements and judgments.

The other point is because of reduced load-capacity, Virgin Atlantic may have already made some adjustments, in relation to St. Lucia, while American Airline may make adjustment come 2014. The point is, even with a Sandals (when it eventually opens for business) it MAY NOT be a case of “increased capacity” or growth but merely – recovering ground that was lost when a home-grown international brand like Almond – was allowed by the DLP, to fail.

On another point: local hoteliers and restaurant operators bringing a class action suite against the Government – in relation to the favoured treatment given to Sandal – should not be so easily brushed aside as nonsense because of some ill-conceived notion of making the matter of concessions sub judice because there will be a similar outcome (essentially) once Sinckler or Sealy present the MOU the Opposition is asking for. Once that is done, the issue is dead.

I thought, having only recently brought a failed vote of no confidence against Sinckler, the strategy now would be for an independent authority (the law Court) to rule on the Opposition’s view (on the question of discrimination) thereby strengthening its point, that given the conduct now in relation to Sandals – the country really cannot have confidence in the Minister. At least Moody’s seem to share the Opposition’ view on the question of favourable concessions to Sandals, but the law court would be a further victory. Even though, emphasis purely on concessions or a MOU – is to vulgarise a good rallying-point debate and admit a failure to see the real issue relating to the matter. But, what do I know! I am just, Henderson Bovell.

70 comments

  • Carson C. Cadogan

    Wunna really HATE SANDALS HOTELS!

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  • @ Cocky Locky Cadogan

    While you would not know this white people have incredibly supported the black struggle for many years, selflessly and tirelessly.

    I dont really know what colour David [BU] is, nor do I care.

    The fact remains that this milieu, one that he continues to protect with much gusto, and has not buckled under the likes of the Hal Austin’s of the world, sorry Britain, affords many of us, denizens of the dark, fearing the long arm of the law, and the unswerving vengeance of the politicians, a place to voice our opinions.

    Where else can one sound off with such vitriol against the Fumbles and Seethru demigods of Barbadian politics, the Sinckliars and Pornvilles, the Mia why you bite me and the other mottley crew (no pun intended) without being executed by the police and the CoP not investigating your murder?

    Notwithstanding

    1. the extrajudicial killing at Mrs Ram’s one door, Campus-Trends’-accident-waiting-to-happen-store while the Chief Fire Officer gets balls, oh sorry he “exsanguinated” while cutting his big toe or some minor part of his body or
    2. the recent CoP Dotting wiretapping and the previously balls-less but recently empowered (translated new balls) DPP rushing to carry out the orders of the DLP and lockup Anne Gittens a clear reprisal for the Sandals article and the concessions, to be sure. Now mind you that same DPP din have no balls to investigate the former CoP wiretapping, fearing as he did, to get kill like Inspector Bourne.

    No Cocky Locky, I doan really care whu colour David is but then again that would be important to you.

    If you feel so strongly about he colour doah why you doan abstain from writing pun he blod, fuh religious reasons, or someting like dat and save us from your ire and simplistic reasoning?

    Oh, oh oh and tek dat nex one Assey sorry AC wid you, please!!!

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  • @Piece

    Thanks, BU should have picked it up.

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  • more gobbly gook about SANDALS… Everyda some one with nuff time on their hands and no bed rest writes a new chapter on Sandals, Even PDR think that like SANDALS ac and ccc is a problem and should be done away forth with,

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  • I really can’t believe that David authored this piece, because it is full of falsehoods about Almond. Almond failed because of it’s arrogant and over-reaching management, and very poor control. You would have to believe that Neal & Massey have kept the lid on a lot of infelicities that went on there. I would bet that Ralph Taylor managed to get rid of all his shares before the price collapsed to 8 cents on the dollar. To compare Almond with Sandals is a real stretch. I had relatives staying at Almond Beach Village and when they returned from an island tour looking forward to their rum and coke, there was no rum in the place. Almond was a shambles and it was a mercy to put an end to it. Hopefully many of those displaced staff will find work at Sandals, but they will have to “up their game” if they are to stay. The thing is, Bajan workers know what they should have to do, but often refuse to do it. There are companies in Barbados who have nothing but praise for their employees, because they are managed properly. Almond is not fit to be mentioned even on the same page as Sandals.

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  • keeping it real. bajans in general are tired of this political bombastic approach by the whites fuh years they have run barbados political agenda putting govt in places to oversee and put policies in place to there benefit while the poor and hardworking took the crumbs that fell off their table, People sick and tired of this onesided and selfish grabbing mealy mout “all about me politicals”, this sh,,ite must stop. the more these hoteliers open and threaten the govt, the more the picture unfolds, People not stupid, BLP yardfowls run like helll this a a picture that nobody in their right mind would want to be a part of

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  • ac said:
    “keeping it real. bajans in general are tired of this political bombastic approach by the whites fuh years they have run barbados political agenda putting govt in places to oversee and put policies in place to there benefit while the poor and hardworking took the crumbs that fell off their table,”

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    ac……you just shot yourself in the foot so i am presuming you did not read what you typed, in hoping someone would give me the opportunity to address this issue, i never, ever believed it would be you.

    Both black governments BLP/DLP only remember that Barbados is made up of BLACK majority people LIKE THEMSELVES only WHEN they need the numbers (voters/electorate) to project a WIN to retain or enter the government and all of this is AFTER they have taken money/bribes/election funding from the same minorities (whites/indians/others) that you are alluding to, it is therefore definitely not the fault of the known to be greedy and self-serving minorities that both governments after ‘getting in to power’ turn around and promptly resort once again to forgetting that it is the BLACK MAJORITY on the island responsible for helping them retain or gain seats of ‘power’ in government, it shows us that both political parties on the island DLP/BLP are equally self-serving and greedy as those whom they serve (the minorities) and care very little about the black majority on the island until next election when they again need the black majority to make up the numbers, in case you are not aware, there are not enough minorities on the island to swing votes, which country in the world except in Barbados and the Caribbean, can you go and see minority blacks bribing or funding election campaigns so as to be granted favors, wealth and special status?? i even dare the most rabid yardfowls on the blog to answer that question……try to be fair when assigning blame AC or you will find the Ross’ on the blog making mince meat of your posts.

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  • Barbados is plagued with simpletons.
    This article finally gets to the root of the problem with the set of brass bowls who have been running this country now for decades….BOTH Bs and D’s.
    These simple minded morons HAVE NO PRIDE, NO VISION and NO sense of worth. …as Iabingy CORRECTLY puts it, they see themselves as WANNABE WHITES.

    Who in their right minds would allow a brand like Almond to fail, with massive layoffs, when a relative small takeover could have rescued it from the TRINIDADIAN OWNERS who deliberately destroyed it?…… Only then to turn around and look to invest a BILLION dollars in a JAMAICAN brand, owned by a white man who previously, spitefully and maliciously DESTROYED the paradise beach property?

    Only a stupid brass bowl.

    @ Peltdownman
    Your analysis is also simplistic.
    Once an asset becomes FOREIGN OWNED, its destiny is determined, NOT by the token locals who are put up front, BUT by the OWNERS who sit quietly in the background executing their strategic intentions.
    What do you think Taylor could do when he was constrained to conform to BOARD directives….?

    Which ever IDIOTIC brass bowl sold / or ALLOWED Almond to be sold to foreigners is to be blamed for its demise…..

    …and to believe that Owen Arthur espoused this as a NATIONAL policy! and Stuart continues to endorse it…..

    Bajans are consummate brass bowls….LED by our brassiest bowls.

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  • ConcernedTourismWorker

    Peltdown is correct – as a former Almond Employee I can assure you it was an embarrassment to work for. Almond was a best a poor 3* – often compared to the UK Butlins Holiday Camp. Sandals on the other hand is a classy well run establishment with way higher standards. RT couldn’t care less – he ran it into the ground. He bought two hotels in 2005 way before the recession hit and although he was warned by his own accountants that he was killing the company he went ahead and did it! Board what – he never cared about any Board!! He also purchased an hotel in St. Lucia) which operated under the Almond brand but was wholly owned by himself. He never suffered – his staff did!!!!
    Sandals staff are no better than Bajan staff – they just work harder and know the value of the tourist. Bajan staff don’t like to serve and that is what tourism is about!

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  • This show down between the govt and the BLP is a classuic repeat of the Story of the Prodigal Son. with the final Chapter of David and Goliath. however make no bones about it. there are 13000 thousands Davids who are watching and listening and who will retaliate in 2018 if the BLP sides with the GOLIATHS of our economy who threatens To destablise the economy and wreck havoc on persons livelihood .such an occurence would be met forcefully at the ballot box

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  • This showdown between the govt and the BHTA is a classic repeat of the Prodigal Son with the final chapter of David and Goliath .However make no bones about it there are 13000thousand Davids watching and listening and will retaliate in 2018 if the BLP sides with the GOLIATHS of our economy who threatens to destablise the economy an wreck havoc on the persons livelihoods.Such an occurence would be met forcefully at the ballot box

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  • @Peltdownman

    Please give credit to Henderson Bovell.

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  • The Almond properties became run down because of the high cost of debt needed to refurbish.

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  • Almond already was foreign owned. The new Almond will be owned by Barbados and operated by foreigners. The only difference appears to be that the previous foreign owners invested cash while the new ones have been given a hotel paid for by local taxpayers to operate. But if you are a believer in Caricom they are not foreigners.

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  • Carson C. Cadogan | November 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM |
    Wunna really HATE SANDALS HOTELS!

    –And CARSON negotiates and
    deflects that Yorker with nonchalant ease
    and carefree calculated footwork but fools no one
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    Yaaaaaaaaaaagga rides agan

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  • Almond was an hotel brand which fell on the sword of hubris.

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  • So ConcernedTourismWorker
    …who EXACTLY retained RT as manager and ALLOWED him to mismanage and accepted the mediocre quality that resulted…?

    What you mean What Board What?!??
    The ONLY REASON they allow that situation to continue was either that they were GETTING what they wanted….., or they were grossly incompetent….or both.

    @ David
    The Almond properties became run down because PRIORITY was placed on utilizing the profits generated by the business FOR OTHER purposes than to maximize the long term success of the business.
    If you were a Canadian and you brought an asset in Barbados for $1M. Would you reinvest profits in the business so as to ensure an annual profit of $100 per year for the next 50 years…?
    OR
    …would you squeeze $3M out of the operation over 5 years (including debts to government and local businesses) and then go long ’bout your business with your $2M profit….?

    …don’t think too long….

    It is BEYOND naive to think that foreigners would (or even should) place our local interest on par with theirs….
    …be we seem to….. Bowls….!

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  • @David, What credit are you giving to Henderson bovell? Henderson as a member of the BLP, would have been aware theat it was under the BLP regime that BS&T was allowed to be sold to the Trinidadians, and that Almond was part of the assets of BS&T. Up to now the sale to the Present government of Barbados has not been finalised so it is STILL owned by the Trinidadians. The present government has no hand in decisions affecting the hotel. If it failed it had nothing to do with the government, then or now. The government must be commended for trying to rescue it at this time.
    @Bushie,
    …”Only then to turn around and look to invest a BILLION dollars in a JAMAICAN brand.” The investment is in the hotel (infrastructure, land etc) which will be Barbadian owned. The management will be by the Sandals Brand. I know you know all this I just wonder if you are being deliberately wicked by not mentioning this fact with more clarity.
    @Well Well,
    Morning. Your statement :…both political parties on the island DLP/BLP are equally self-serving and greedy as those whom they serve (the minorities) and care very little about the black majority on the island.” does not make sense because all the activities, legislation, social amenities, etc that are provided in the island benefit the entire island and both minorities and majority enjoy these benefits. I wish you could be a little more open minded and less cynical of all politicians

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  • @Bush Tea

    Why would the Trinis who are significant investors in Barbados, N&M included, destabilize the business investment climate?

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  • @ Alvin
    Bushie….
    I know you know all this I just wonder if you are being deliberately wicked by not mentioning this fact with more clarity.
    *************
    Bushie knows that you know that Bushie knows….

    …so the Barbados Government will spend $1B dollars to provide an asset which Butch Stewart will control by:
    – bringing tourists here to an ALL-INCLUSIVE experience, paid for in $US to his Miami office
    – managed by foreigners – who will spend their earnings back at home
    – provided with TAX FREE everything by Barbados
    – Food / furnishings etc largely sourced and paid for in Miami
    BUT…
    He hires a few maids and gardeners
    …and Sealy gets to say he brought Sandals here
    …and CCC gets to say that we have more tourist with the DLP…

    …and for that WE provide him with a $1B asset FREE of cost ?????
    As a Cawmerian Alvin….Dat mek sense to you?

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  • Alvin……..after your little love affair with Rob Ford before his shit really started hitting the fan, i would be rather skeptical about giving politicians anywhere, any benefit of the doubt……as great as things are in Barbados for everyone, they could be ten times better, there is always room for improvement, or are you waiting for all the buildings in Bridgetown to rot and fall into the streets???

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  • The Democratic Labour Party (DLP )
    has a good plan to destroy Barbados.
    The latest mouthing by Donville the man
    is a good example of this sinister plan.
    It is up there with Maxine’s say on the Myrie case.
    Myrie’s claims were dismissed early in the piece,
    You had Jones making statements; Thompson making statements to Guyanese; Stuart talking crap. Sinckler and Sealy , the whole lot of them making outside Barbadians —hate Bajans.

    After the Myrie situation, Donville could have kept his frigging mouth shut. Too fast to shoot from the hip

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    Yaaaaaaaaagga –is right

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  • @ David
    So if a foreign investor makes a killing in Barbados, but in the process “destabilizes the Bajan investment climate”, tell Bushie again where the problem is for the foreign investor…?

    INDEED
    What the hell would we EXPECT these people to do?

    You discover a collection of brass bowls living in abject naivety on an island, and they welcome you with open arms as long as you have a few dollars.
    You are given the kitchen sink.
    You then demand the living room table and the night bucket – only to find that the brass bowls ALSO give you their credit cards….

    After a time you think….these donkeys CANT be that stupid, best to run when ahead…..so you pack up and leave before the idiots wise up….
    If it ‘destabilizes the investment climate’ ….so be it……
    How does THAT affect them back home with their new found riches…?

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  • @Henderson Bovell,
    If you are talking of the “300 year old rum business, owned as Mount Gay, that was sold toe Remy Martin many years ago(again not under this administration). Exactly what was this U.S. 500,000.00 to be used for? Why is it that the Government is always expected to bail out the private sector? It is always claimed that private enterprise is more efficient than government, why then is private enterprise failing/How come the DLP is the only government expected to bail out the private businesses?

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  • bt i love it……sad but true
    …so the Barbados Government will spend $1B dollars to provide an asset which Butch Stewart will control by:
    – bringing tourists here to an ALL-INCLUSIVE experience, paid for in $US to his Miami office
    – managed by foreigners – who will spend their earnings back at home
    – provided with TAX FREE everything by Barbados
    – Food / furnishings etc largely sourced and paid for in Miami
    BUT…
    He hires a few maids and gardeners
    …and Sealy gets to say he brought Sandals here
    …and CCC gets to say that we have more tourist with the DLP…

    …and for that WE provide him with a $1B asset FREE of cost ?????

    SET OF MORONS
    THE TAXPAYERS WILL REAP WHAT THESE MORONS SOW

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  • @Bush Tea

    Have you factored that the investor has other investments in the very market.

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  • Alvin i was shocked to find out that Barbados no longer owns Mount Gay Rum……all that fantastic advertising at Bayview Mall is all Remy Martin and i am telling people the rum is from Barbados, then i found out they also no longer own Banks Beer, so tell me Alvin, what does Barbados own still?

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  • @Bushie,
    Come on Bushie..Who owns the HILTON? Wasn’t the old Hilton imploded, a new one built, and then given to the Hilton to manage? Isn’t it advertised all over as the HILTON HOTEL Barbados? This situation with Sandals is no different. I know that you know this.
    @Well Well,
    I demand that you cease “linking” me with Rob Ford. The man is odious. I could never wish to be linked with him. Only yesterday I was watching his behaviour during the debate on the motion to strip him of his remaining powers; it passed by a large margin, the man has no class. I could never be associated with him in any way. That is why I kept reminding you that the politicians in Barbados are not worse than any others.
    Be patient, things in Barbados will continue to get better. Diabetes cannot be cured in a day. It may take a very long time, after it is diagnosed, to stabilize it and to get it under control, but after that things will get better. Are you coming back to Toronto? Where are you?

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  • @Well Well,
    BS&T had in its portfolio Banks Beer, so when the whoe BS&T conglomerate was bought by Neal and Massey, Banks went over to them. The rum is still made in Barbados so the production does not suffer in any way, the quality is still the best etc, but you know about business so you know this goes on all the time. companies are bought and sold, shares are traded, and the management changes. RIM (Research in Motion, the developers of Blackberry) is a Canadian company up for sale to anyone who wants to pay the necessary money for it. the sale will assist the company in improving its product. Barbados privae industries (seperate and distinct from government; have to say this because the attitude in Bim is to link , or mix up government with the private sector. Barbadian private sector still owns assets, and Barbadian ownership of housing stock is something that should be looked at and considered in evaluating the net worth of the country. People seem to overlook this.A considerable number of Bajans own their own homes which have asset value. We are asset valuable and cash poor.

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  • Demanding Alvin………..Ford is going to be kicked out on his fat useless ass..lol.

    I am still in NY….don’t know if i can take a Canada winter this year as well, so it looks like spring is when i will return to Toronto.

    Anyway……we are trying to deal with the cause of the minorities (since your DLP compadres, AC and CCC are complaining bitterly) being allowed to call all the shots on the island, put whichever government of the day BLP/DLP in place and to benefit overall more than the majority on the island, and don’t tell me it’s because they work harder, i know personally that is rubbish. In saying that, if we can get both political parties DLP/BLP to understand that their own people are also entitled to become successful millionaires on the island, just maybe they will change their way of thinking and STOP receiving funding from the minorities for election, therefore they will not be owing the minorities any favors to the detriment of the majority.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Well Well. | November 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM |
    “Alvin i was shocked to find out that Barbados no longer owns Mount Gay Rum…”

    Not even the molasses used to make the rum is produced in Barbados.
    Barbados is no longer entitled to call itself the home of rum with significantly reduced local ‘value added’ going into the production and marketing of the once prized “high” quality product, especially for export.

    Don’t be surprised if a few years the David Seale owned brands end up in the portfolio of the Trinidadian business tycoons just for foreign exchange to pay for imported food and oil.

    Would Barbados bottled rum be available in the Sandals resorts? Definitely Appleton, Captain Morgan and Bacardi will be there.

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  • @Alvin

    Contrary to you view all of our problems are NOT located in a DLP or BLP realm.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Alvin Cummins | November 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM |
    “A considerable number of Bajans own their own homes which have asset value. We are asset valuable and cash poor.”

    If Bajans are cash poor then who own the over $9 billion tied up as savings in commercial banks and credit unions?
    The problem, Alvin, is that $9 billion does not worth a hill of beans unless backed by healthy foreign reserves and foreigners prepared to buy Bajan produced goods and services and pay for them in foreign money.

    Sometimes you need to think through things before you write nonsense as with your contribution regarding your dumb assertion that Bajan importers can pay for imports in Barbados dollars.
    If that were the case don’t you think with $ 9 billion in savings Barbados would be faced with potential difficulties in regard to meeting its commitments to overseas suppliers and lenders?
    Why would the government need to raise money on the international markets if the Bajan dollar had international tradeable value?

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  • Democratic Labour Party will turn the clock back and put Bajans into slavery again

    Here is the proof

    Georgie Porgie | November 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM |
    bt i love it……sad but true
    …so the Barbados Government will spend $1B dollars to provide an asset which Butch Stewart will control by:
    – bringing tourists here to an ALL-INCLUSIVE experience, paid for in $US to his Miami office
    – managed by foreigners – who will spend their earnings back at home
    – provided with TAX FREE everything by Barbados
    – Food / furnishings etc largely sourced and paid for in Miami
    BUT…
    He hires a few maids and gardeners
    …and Sealy gets to say he brought Sandals here
    …and CCC gets to say that we have more tourist with the DLP…

    …and for that WE provide him with a $1B asset FREE of cost ?????

    SET OF MORONS
    THE TAXPAYERS WILL REAP WHAT THESE MORONS SOW

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  • The new Slave Masters

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  • @Miller,
    Let’s go through your contribution slowly.
    1. “If Bajans are cash poor then who own the over $9 billion tied up as savings in commercial banks and credit unions?”
    Savings are only tied up if the depositors do not use the funds or the depositors are prudent not to spend these funds recklessly. It would be better if some of these funds were invested in worthwhile endeavours..Like some of these funds being used by depositors to buy government bonds or Treasury notes, Using some of these funds to invest in purchasing businesses (like Almond, like investment in Four Seasons (instead of leaving it all up to government) etc. In other words invest some of the savings.
    2. I had a discussion with a Banker here on thursday. Unlike you he agreed with me that there is nothing wrong with paying in the currency of the country the goods are purchased, except that the reason that countries like trinidad would prefer to be paid in U.S. Dollars is because their currency value fluctuates so vigorously. It is more advantageous to THEM to be paid in U.S. dollars because of the stability of the dollar. Our currency is more stable, not subject to these f luctuations, and thus it would be to THEIR advantage if the foreign exchange is obtained by us. We should not allow the fluctuation in their currency to affect our trading if it is to our disadvantage. If their currency fluctuates downward, to their disadvantage then let them take the loss. Better they lose than us. Our traders and importers just have to use their collective strength to insist on conditions that are to OUR advantage.
    3. “Why would the government need to raise money on the international markets if the Bajan dollar had international tradeable value?” Barbados dollars ARE traded on the international market when foreign exchange has to be purchased. It is however easier to trade U.S dollar for U.S. dollar and thus not lose. But every U.S. dollar that is needed to satisfy the cost of imports still has to be backed by Barbados dollars at the current exchange rate. It is good that Barbadians are prudent in their expenditure, that is why the banks are so liquid at the moment. There is a good amount of money available to satisfy local demands. The government has to watch the outflow of foreign exchange through the increase in imports.
    If you owe six million U.S for imports, it is much easier if you have six million in U.S. dollars coming into the island than having to pay the equivalent in Barbados dollars (purchased through a money broker) out of the 9 billion presently held by the banks.
    I know you know what I am talking about. You and your cohorts just don’t want to change your way of thinking.

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  • Bushie, regarding Almond and N&M, you are so far off base that you are sitting in the stands. Best to pontificate on something you know about.

    Alvin, Remy bought the brand Mount Gay many years ago, and it was their marketing and finance that made the brand what it is today – a world beater. The problem that all rum producers in the Caribbean have (with exception of USVI) is that the government of the USVI has taken its subsidy received from the United States and invested it completely into a massive refinery operated by another giant liquor multi-national, Deageo. As a result of this direct subsidy Deageo are now able to sell rum and raw alcohol so cheaply that no other rum producer in the Caribbean can compete. The $500,000 needed from the Barbados government was a contribution to enable the Caribbean to take the USVI/United States to the WTO, where they have an excellent case. Meantime, Mount Gay, and particularly the West Indies Rum Distillery, have their backs to the wall to compete. Given the huge amount of foreign exchange this industry earns the country, it makes no sense that government won’t support it.

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  • Alvin said:
    “Don’t be surprised if a few years the David Seale owned brands end up in the portfolio of the Trinidadian business tycoons just for foreign exchange to pay for imported food and oil.”
    _________________________________

    So when, not if, that scenario unfolds as other people also holds the same view that it is inevitable………..who would you blame for this particular eventuality Alvin??

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  • I hate to get back to the original topic

    “DLP: Bajans Not Good Enough – Neither Can They Reach Jamaicans High Standards – Work Permits Therefore Necessary”

    BUT:

    DD can say from recent personal experience that the staff at every level at The Crane is the best I have ever experienced anywhere – world class indeed..

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  • What does anyone expect from Bush Tea the ole guy still dream of the good ole days of pit toilets and stan pipe and when woman used jucking board.it would be far fetched for HIM to endorse the concept of modernisation in a fast moving world. Just let Bush tea be Bush tea. his ideaology of MOVING FORWARD is BETTER TO MOVE BACKWARD all one has to do is read his comments. full of Bull shite and stagnation. Bush tea u ole goat when uh gonna stop grazing on dry grass

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  • sith | November 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM |

    “Almond already was foreign owned. The new Almond will be owned by Barbados and operated by foreigners. The only difference appears to be that the previous foreign owners invested cash while the new ones have been given a hotel paid for by local taxpayers to operate. But if you are a believer in Caricom they are not foreigners.”

    After this giveaway, what investor, foreign or local, would invest one cent of cash in a business to compete with GOB?

    AND

    Neal & Massey is a public company, that would be required to disclose any material transaction such as the sale of a significant asset – including Heywoods and Casuarina.

    I do not see any disclosure by N&M of the these sales in its website or elsewhere; so am not convinced that either of these transactions has closed.

    Turning over the keys to Casuarina, does not a sale make.

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  • @ Peltdownman
    How is Bushie off base? …what stand is Bushie in…? Bushie is sincerely hoping that you are right…..

    @ David
    Right, they DO have other investments….from which they are also milking our tails…
    It is win-win for these people.

    @ Alvin
    Which Cawmere you went to…? You sure you ain’t a HC fellow who got lost on his first day…?
    P L E A S E !!!
    The difference between Hilton and Almond is that when the Hilton was imploded and rebuilt, we had money falling out of our behinds….
    …back then we could afford to plough some into Greenlands, BADMC, the CARICOM multilateral clearing fund and multiple private accounts…..

    …now all we have is DEBT.

    …so you will BORROW money to replicate what Arthur did with loose change….?
    Shiite man…this argument that someone did it before so it MUST be OK is the stuff that brass bowls are made of…..

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  • BT
    RE @ Alvin
    Which Cawmere you went to…? You sure you ain’t a HC fellow who got lost on his first day…?
    P L E A S E !!!

    WILL YOU PLEASE BEHAVE PLEASE!

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  • Sorry GP
    …but the fellow is gallows bait….. 🙂

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  • JUST JOKING BT AND PUTTING A TANK-ISM ON YOU PLEASE LOL

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  • @Well Well
    You may also be shocked to learn that most of the molasses, the main ingredient of rum, is imported from Guyana.
    BTW . Were you around when Dry Cane Rum was being marketed in Europe,giving Bicardi a run for its money? Dry Cane was a joint product of Barbados and Guyana.

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  • Shame how much is not known about Bajan Brands. Mt Gay Distilleries- who age, blend and bottle rum – (note- they don’t distill anything) was (majority) bought by Remy Cointreau in 1989. Previous to this the company was majority owned by a US liquor company- I speak under correction but I believe this purchase was made in the late 70’s, possibly early 80’s. So for many decades it has not be owned outright by Barbadians. Distinct to Mt Gay Distilleries, the Rum Refinery of Mount Gay , a separate and distinct company (where distillation happens- some for Mt Gay Distilleries, and some for other clients, including their own brand Mount Gilboa) is Barbadian owned.

    The point is moot however- very few global beverage brands, (Which Mt Gay is- in fact I would argue it is the only Bajan global consumption brand- but I hope to be corrected on this point) – very few global beverage brands are owned by individuals/ companies from their country of Origin- want some examples?
    Absolut Vodka? was owned by the Swedish government but privatized and now owned by French Multi National Pernod Ricard
    Grey Goose? French produced Vodka now owned by Bacardi International
    Appleton Rum? Owned by Italian company Campari
    Cruzan Rum from USVI? Owned by Jim Beam Brands- an American company
    Courvoisier cognac? Owned by Jim Beam as well
    I can go on and on- bottom line is most alcohol brands on the global stage are owned by one of several groups- and any Barbadian who is interested to ‘own’ a piece of their favourite brand can just pick up some share on the Cac 40, LSE, or Nasdaq and grab a piece of the parent company.

    But not enough good can be said about the FE earned from rum exports, (even netted off vs. Molasses imports to ensure production- the sugar industry has long been unable to provide enough supply for the three distilleries in Barbados) and general good will/ambassador work the Mt Gay brand does around the world for the island.

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  • Is it not time Barbadians and taxpayers get a sight of the MOU between government and the two entities known as Sandals?

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  • DAVID, THAT IS A REASONABLE EXPECTATION, BUT DO YOU EXPECT THE BETZPAENIC MORONS WHO LEAD THE COUNTRY HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK LIKE THIS.

    DID THESE JOKERS NOT PROMISE SUCH TRANSPARENCY?

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  • @GP

    There seem to be an acceptance, resignation almost, that agreements made by government should be hidden behind a veil of confidentiality. The Rihanna contract comes to mind.

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  • I DONT SEE WHY THERE CANT BE TRANSPARENCY IF TRANSACTIONS ARE ABOVE BOARD

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  • @Well Well,
    I did not say what you attribute to me. Take it back.
    @Bushie
    Of course I went to the original Cawmere..any others are counterfeit. It was the principle that I was referring to…rebuilding the Hilton and giving the rebuilt one to Hilton to manage. So the “principle” with a rebuilt Almond (Sandals) is the same. They are not “:giving” the asset to Butch. GP is a past HC person. He will be glad for any oportunity to be able to use “tank-isms…Redundancy is I ever saw it.

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  • DR. THE HONOURABLE

    Please do not mention schools again on this blog. Please do not. We are tired of the nonsense. What purpose does it serve. Big hard backed -old men who left school 100 years ago still talking about schools where they learnt to look down their noses at people. The old school tie should be retired. Stop the nonsense talk about schools, it is silly and childish. Shows that you gave not grown.

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  • DR. THE HONOURABLE

    have not grown

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  • @Dr The Honourable,
    I am sure you went to school. Aren’t you proud of your school? Sorry if it offencs you but I will be proud of Cawmere (there I said it again) until I die. I will praise Cawmere (darn it I said it again) until I dead. and will pass on these expressions to everyone who goes to school there. I am not responsible for your feelings about your school.It is not childish. Are you not proud of your country? Shouldn’t every citizen be proud of his country and sing its praises forever/ Sorry for you.

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  • Alvin Cummins | November 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM |
    YOU ARE A VERY NAUGHTY BOY! HOW YOU MEAN THAT GP is a past HC person. ARE YOU SAYING THAT HE IS SUPRA COLLEM? MURDAH. LOL

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  • “If you are talking of the “300 year old rum business, owned as Mount Gay, that was sold toe Remy Martin many years ago(again not under this administration).”

    The Wards still owned the distillery and blended rum for MG as well as their own brands like Mount Gilboa. That distillery located in St. Lucy at the original site was recently sold and that is what Henderson Bovell, I believe, is referring to.

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  • Alvin……….i only just noticed it was Miller said that……..but i would much prefer if you answered the question, it would be more stimulating coming from the horse’s mouth……..so……….answer me Alvin

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  • Colonel………..i have lost track of so much stuff in Barbados, people are now surprising me with so much that has become lost to the island, but no one is telling me how it got lost and exactly how much Barbados has left to lose.

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  • @BT

    You gine leh these fossils send you to Black Rock?

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  • Colonel………….i am also hearing that Barbados no long makes Sugar Cane Brandy..

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  • LOL @ Enuff
    There ain’t enuff of them to accomplish that….

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  • If you build a hotel or any business it is your responsibility to make it work. The people of Barbados is not there to prop up your business. If i open a hat shop do I have the right to go begging the Bajan people for funds if I mismanage the business.

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  • @Dreamer

    And what if that business is a significant part of a sector which is responsible for 60% GDP?

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  • DR. THE HONOURABLE | November 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM |

    Proppa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • David | November 19, 2013 at 9:19 PM |

    @Dreamer
    And what if that business is a significant part of a sector which is responsible for 60% GDP?

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………

    now it seems like the opposite is true the gains made by govt through the tourism industry all have but have been depleted and it is as if 80% of the GDP is now going to prop up the BHTA.

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  • Monday Nov 20

    Globe and Mail

    Full page ad on back page of the first section

    Joint St. Lucia Tourism/Westjet Vacations – 12 properties including 3 Sandals properties.

    Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa – March 18 & 25,2014 = $2,329.00

    When will Sandals start to use its marketing might to promote Sandals Barbados?

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  • Interesting to hear about the building of a Civil Aviation headquarters from the MOT.

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  • Man David, let the people talk yuh!
    …that is the only thing that they manage to accomplish ….and it cheap…. 🙂

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