A Heather Cole Column – The New Triangular Trade?

Submitted by Heather Cole

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail. -Unknown

In essence this rhyme is about a seemingly unimportant act that can lead to grave consequences. Some call it the effects of causation others the chain of causality.

In our scenario, there is no nail, no horse, no rider, or kingdom to be lost. Instead we have stolen vehicles, a check, a murder and guns and drugs. We have discovered a chain that has blown the cover of the New Triangular Trade.

Since we have established in the last article that vehicles were removed from the Bridgetown Port without the proper paperwork, we have learnt that disassembled vehicles are now part of the trade. One reader wanted a story done on what happens at Transtec. They informed that one of those luxury vehicles regularly receives service there.

Our scenario starts with the check. Payment by a check to be precise. An act so trivial but lead to a chain of events. Had the payment been in cash, an Englishman would not be dead but I am skipping ahead of myself. Checks are traceable. Checks contains names, dollar amounts, bank names, account numbers and check numbers. More than likely the Englishman who had already exchanged the vehicle for the check would have had to return to England to deposit it, if his bank did not accept deposits by taking a picture of the check with his phone. We do not know if this was done. Even if the check was deposited by phone, it still had to clear the bank unless he had deposits to cover the amount of the check. We do not know the date on the check. One wonders with the Englishman still on the island how he would get access to that amount of cash to make his payment. Did he have a local bank account? Was the check written on the day of his untimely demise? No one has borne the burden of proof that this check does NOT exist.

Cash is the “legal” tender for the underground, not checks. So, there was therefore no cash to pay for his purchase which we have not been able to confirm if it was guns or drugs or a combination of both but for the lack of cash, an Englishman was beaten to death. One wonders if the person who exchanged the check for the vehicle is aware that they had ultimately signed the death warrant for the Englishman. However, that is speculative without a known motive but a complicity still remains.

We know that a stash of guns or drugs or of both guns and drugs were already delivered to the Englishman that were not paid for. It is unknown if the police have recovered that stash or if they have already left the island. We know that the police have 5 men on remand for his murder.

There is a crisis in Venezuela that has led to a lack of food and money. There has been well documented evidence is both Guyana and Trinidad of instances where Venezuelans have been caught as they tried to sell guns in those respective territories. Guns are not manufactured in Barbados yet they now becoming increasingly available.

The mere fact that there is an abundance of guns on the local market means that the Venezuelans have already established trade here.

A triangular trade is trade between three ports or countries. When sugar was King a few centuries ago, that term was used to reference the removal of millions of peoples from West Africa to work under the conditions of slavery to produce sugar which was shipped across the Atlantic creating a class of wealthy individual who became known as sugar barons and the Plantocracy.

The story an Englishman being murdered in Barbados is therefore part of a clandestine activity that can be termed the New Triangular Trade. The guns and drugs are going elsewhere because the local demand on the market for drugs has not changed. Barbados is too small to make the gun trade within the island profitable. So most likely than not, it is being used as a trans-shipment point to Europe and North America for both guns and drugs.

What the Englishman’s murder has brought to light is a lucrative underworld trade of luxury vehicles, guns and drugs. We do not know who all the players are. The only things we know for sure is that the new trade is creating a new class of wealth owners; is bringing destruction by gun violence; and that guns are the “new sugar” coming straight outta Venezuela.

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60 Comments on “A Heather Cole Column – The New Triangular Trade?”

  1. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 28, 2017 at 8:09 PM #

    “We know that a stash of guns or drug or of both guns and drugs were already delivered to the Englishman that were not paid for.”

    As the plot thickens.

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  2. Tron September 28, 2017 at 9:57 PM #

    Heather for AG, DPP and CJ!

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  3. Caswell Franklyn September 28, 2017 at 10:38 PM #

    I would like to caution people who think that these damning revelations would lead to the demise of the big guns here in Bim. Here is what is likely to happen: the murderers of the Englishman would be convicted of most probably they would be sent to prison for a short time; and then given time off for good behaviour. You remember the judge’s brother who killed his wife. They set free some notorious murderers and while the population was distracted with a debate about the pros and cons of releasing those murderers, the judge’s brother was released relatively unnoticed.

    Another scenario is that the charges could be defective and their cases dismissed as a result. Or they languish in prison on remand and then release because the file is missing. I would not count my chickens before those accused could very well be walking among us very shortly.

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  4. Simple Simon September 29, 2017 at 12:19 AM #

    @Caswell Franklyn September 28, 2017 at 10:38 PM “They set free some notorious murderers and while the population was distracted with a debate about the pros and cons of releasing those murderers, the judge’s brother was released relatively unnoticed.”

    The killing which took place at St. Leonard’s School?

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  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 29, 2017 at 5:00 AM #

    That is what makes the island so very scary.

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  6. Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 29, 2017 at 7:06 AM #

    “We know that a stash of guns or drug or of both guns and drugs were already delivered to the Englishman that were not paid for.”

    No such evidence exists.

    Weare was supplying English luxury vehicles in stripped-down form to the Muslim Mafia (Dumbville’s best friends from the bottom of his road who also import chicken wings and other meat without permits etc.).

    The same Muslim Mafia who have owned the Bridgetown Port and the imported-used car market for the past decade.

    Those vehicles entered the country as ‘bodyshells’ and paid 5% duties on fictitious values. Some disappeared from the Port entirely.

    When Weare demanded money he was owed by the MM he was beaten to death.

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  7. Tron September 29, 2017 at 7:15 AM #

    NOTHING will happen.

    We live in the Deep South with clueless, raging masses, a broken and dysfunctional public service, slaves called taxpayers and golf courses as new plantations.

    There is no other way to escape than emigration.

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  8. Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM #

    Frustrated Businessman,

    I am disappointed, but not surprised, that these developments have taken place in Barbados. I have seen, over the last fifty years, how many English town and cities have changed because of ethnic organised crime gangs operating below the radar.
    In Barbados there I a belief that these things can never happen here. Wrong. They do not suddenly happen, but do so incrementally.
    In Britain, I have seen instances where the solicitors, estate agents, building society and bank managers, surveyors and all the other key personnel involved in lending large sums of money ostensibly to purchase property came from the same religious and ethnic backgrounds.
    I am not saying they are all dishonest, but business is largely cultural and if someone from the same background as yourself applies for a loan, with one or two boxes not fully ticked, the natural feeling is to give that person a pass.
    Building societies and banks do not like the bad publicity that fraud cases can bring so are reluctant to report cases to the police. When such cases are unearthed they often deny any knowledge, or refuse to comment.
    We must be vigilant and not take New Barbadians for granted. Do not listen to what they say, vacuous words such as “we are proud Barbadians” are meaningless. Watch what they do. You only get one chance at getting it right.

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  9. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 29, 2017 at 7:38 AM #

    Unfortunately it’s both governments who have for the last 40 years and more, bent over backwards to facilitate, enable and enfranchise these “new bajan”s, from Barrow, to Billie to Owen Arthur, to Mia and now Dumbville, Lashley and others have all moved the earth to make sure these people and their current and future generations are provided for and protected from consequences of their criminal …… over and above the majority population…

    I can show instances and call names.

    ….. it could not happen without the tacit approval and involvement of both governments. …for whatever reason…and it cannot continue without the tacit approval and involvement of future governments.

    So in this instance….ya may want to put the blame where it belongs.., squarely at the feet of both governments.

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  10. Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 29, 2017 at 7:49 AM #

    Hal, I’m firmly of the belief that criminals in this country, including corrupt politicians, snivel servants and their financiers, have built their empires unchallenged due to the non-violent nature of perpetrators, victims and observers.

    Further, these financial and drug crimes have traditionally been seen as ‘victimless’ like prostitution. ‘When you cheat on import duties you are robbing the gov’t, not a neighbour. When you import drugs it is for use by foreigners, not my children. They aren’t bothering me!’ has traditionally been the mentality..

    The recent shift towards violence is what has Bajans in an uproar, not the underlying causal crimes themselves.

    The fact of the matter is, if the Bajan tax system was fair and reasonable there would be no reason to cheat it.

    Likewise, if everyone in Bim was being facilitated by ministers and civil servants, there would be no reason to bribe them to get what you were due as a taxpayer anyway.

    Barbados is damaged but it is not impossible to fix. Like everything else, the purge must start at the top.

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  11. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 29, 2017 at 7:50 AM #

    ……and others have all moved the earth to make sure these people and their current and future generations are provided for and protected from consequences of their criminal activities again the people and island…..

    “We live in the Deep South with clueless, raging masses, a broken and dysfunctional public service, slaves called taxpayers and golf courses as new plantations.”

    Those slave codes were even more viciously applied in the South, there are many families still believe they are enslaved, the brainwash was total and miseducation is continued for that very purpose.

    Fortunately for Barbados and the Caribbean, the blogs intervened in the last decade, which has helped remove blinders from the eyes of a large cross section of the population, particularly in the younger folks …….to the antics of politicians, who have no qualms about seeing their people, those who elected them remain as ignorant and hopeless mentally damaged vegetables for humans…as can be found in the Deep Dirty South.

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  12. Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 8:10 AM #

    Frustrated,
    This is one of the best posts we have had in this forum for ages. We must look at the root cause of our decline, not the outcomes. We are all agreed things are not going well. The big question is why?
    You see over-taxation as one reason, I believe poor regulation, a dysfunctional criminal justice system and a poor quality civil service (regulation is but one example) are others.
    We also continue to promote an educational system based on rote, which means that there is a great reluctance to challenge prevailing orthodoxies over he way things are done. We get highly formally qualified people repeating the same nonsense their parents did in the 1960s.
    This ranges from the out-dated post-war neo-classical economics taught at the university, an obsession with doing things the way they have always been done, and a deference that borders on genuflection to class and wealth.
    But we must be vigilant and expose REAL corruption where ever it raises its ugly head and where there is incompetence, provide proper training..

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  13. Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 29, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

    Absolutely Hal.

    If I was Mia, I would give Andrew Pilgrim the Chief Justice’s job immediately. Pass over all the other 70-year-old has-beens and send a message that our justice system is no longer ‘business as usual’. Pilgrim seems passionate about his calling and certainly could do no worse that the other institutionalised jokers we’ve had for decades. At 50, he has at least 10 years of hard graft left in him.

    Bajans from top to bottom of the social strata feel extremely disenfranchised and frustrated with everything going on around them. They need someone to lead from in front by example, not another unachieving clueless bullshitter like Stuart.

    There are hordes of qualified and experienced patriots in this country who would volunteer their time and effort to rebuild Barbados but they are not going to stand for election and they will have nothing to do with the teefin’ whores who currently govern this country.

    Our economy and our lives have been on hold since 2013. The body is dying because it is constipated. Elections will be the laxative.

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  14. Tron September 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM #

    Limit the number of cars per family / house to one instead of charging 150 – 300 % taxes. Same effect (limits outflow of USD), but easier to control.

    Legalize weed to attract tourists and to dry the swamp in St. Michael North West.

    Introduce a provision that an administrative permission is granted by statutory fiction, if the administration does not act within one month after application.

    Make judges personally liable, if a judgement is not delivered within one year. Also fire “leisure king” Marston Gibson.

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  15. Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 8:33 AM #

    Frustrated,
    I know there are a lot of highly qualified Barbadians and people of Barbadian heritage here in the UK alone; extend that to the US and Canada, along with those at home, we are more than equipped to take Barbados forward. The obstacle is the silly idea of party politics.
    We can do worse than advertising all public sector vacancies, rather than people falling in to dead people’s shoes; the magistracy and Registrar’s department are among the worst for this practice, but I also know of a case when a young woman at a US university, who had not yet qualified, and a government job was kept open for her. A fresh graduate may show promise, but he or she has no experience. That is the next step. The young people must also be humble enough to refuse such offers. They are being promoted to fail.
    We should use this crisis to reform our society, from top to bottom.

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  16. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 29, 2017 at 8:43 AM #

    “If I was Mia, I would give Andrew Pilgrim the Chief Justice’s job immediately.”

    Excellent choice, level headed and young enough to be still in touch with the people.

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  17. Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 29, 2017 at 8:59 AM #

    Introduce a provision that an administrative permission is granted by statutory fiction, if the administration does not act within one month after application.

    I would have said 100 days to be reasonable.

    I often wondered what would happen if civil suits against the gov’t were taken to the Privy Council in cases where planning and other applications were outstanding for more than 5 years. Like people on death row for more than 5 years having their sentences commuted due to ‘cruel and unusual punishment’.

    We have been constipated by bureaucracy in order to extort bribes for facilitation.

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  18. Watchman September 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM #

    Why are you people not calling for a change, as to how PS in Ministries are appointed

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  19. millertheanunnaki September 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM #

    @ Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 7:24 AM
    “We must be vigilant and not take New Barbadians for granted. Do not listen to what they say, vacuous words such as “we are proud Barbadians” are meaningless. Watch what they do. You only get one chance at getting it right.”

    There you go, again, with one of your racist rants!

    Who ‘is’ this “we” that must be “vigilant”?

    Do these so-called New Barbadians make up the decision-making echelons of the political directorate and the public service especially in the various arms of law enforcement?

    Why don’t you place blame where it truly ‘lies’?

    It rests with the so-called educated church-going blacks who would sell the underwear of their dead mothers for bribes and kickbacks from underhand deals in order to maintain their highly conspicuous lifestyles clearly unsupportable based on their ‘official’ sources of income.

    Is Maloney a New Barbadian?

    Hal, you are not seeing the UK wood for the Bajan trees.

    Unlike in the UK, Muslims in Barbados do not occupy (at least not yet) the corridors of political power neither can they flex their bureaucratic muscles to facilitate their fellow Muslims in nefarious deeds perpetrated right across Barbados.

    Aren’t right-thinking concerned Barbadians still awaiting the report promised by the Minister of Trade & Consumer Affairs in regard to the importation and distribution of a shipment of condemned chicken wings deemed unfit for human consumption?

    Why don’t you ask yourself the following question?
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who would guard the (black) guards?

    You ought to pack your bags and sell your flat in North London and return to your beloved country of birth and be that guard to guard the black guards to prevent Barbados turning into a caliphate of corruption instead of shooting off your racist yellow mouth from another man’s land now called “Endistan”.

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  20. Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 11:14 AM #

    Jethro Miller,
    You need to go off and learn a bit more. Your petulant, semi-literate nonsense is a disgrace. I am glad you do not teach any child of mine. I am embarrassed for you, that you do not have the competence to have a proper discussion.

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  21. millertheanunnaki September 29, 2017 at 11:56 AM #

    @ Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    The Truth hurts, doesn’t it?

    Sorry, but it must be told!

    Stop with your racist hypocrisy and then you might just be in a position to teach silly Jethro a thing or two; even though you have no such success with the impressionable ones living in your household.

    BTW, you don’t have to read the miller’s unintelligibly puerile contributions or even respond to shit unless you are a blow fly.

    Now bugger off, fly!

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  22. Simple Simon September 29, 2017 at 12:10 PM #

    @Caswell Franklyn September 28, 2017 at 10:38 PM “They set free some notorious murderers and while the population was distracted with a debate about the pros and cons of releasing those murderers, the judge’s brother was released relatively unnoticed.”

    It was my impression that this man had been convicted and served 20+ years for the murder which he committed as a hot headed young man, and that since his release he has found work using the skill which he learned while in prison.

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  23. Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 12:17 PM #

    Jethro Miller,
    You won’t know what true if it hit you in the face. I suggest you re-read the thread again (my 7.24am posting), if you are able to, and come to an objective conclusion. See who introduced r ace in to the discussion.
    Your distorted semi-literate mind is the problem. Over the last few weeks you have been on BU talking about the history of slavery, medical science, climate change, economics, finance, business, investments, accountancy, political science, education, theology, law, criminal justice – all this should tell you something about yourself.
    Look at the forum and see who the people are who have such a polymathic breadth of views. You at e either enormously intelligent, or have a badly formed opinion on everything or you are just a semi-literate nutcase.
    Then to reveal yourself as having a PGCE (FE) says it all. I have enormous respect for teachers, they nurture future citizens, but the thought of having you teach any child of mine would be frightening.
    Jethro, I will face you down; I am not seeking political office (or a government appointment) so am not under any obligation to be polite with you.
    Go away and learn your craft properly then come back to the forum so that you can make a positive contribution.
    Your behaviour sums up everything that is wrong with Barbados in 2017.

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  24. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    Simple…you might have the wrong case, this one is more recent, if I did not take a good look at the names sometime last year, I would have missed it too…it was snuck in, I bet most people missed it.

    Reifer.

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  25. Bajan in NY September 29, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

    Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 29, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

    How you get rid of the present CJ, who is obviously not up to the task?

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  26. Prodigal Son September 29, 2017 at 7:12 PM #

    Wait……….has a decision in the case Commissiong versus Town and Country Planning over the Hyatt project been handed down from the judge?

    Richard Sealy just announced on DLPTV that the project will start in two weeks time. Are we going to see another example of Mark Maloney defying the law?

    We shall see! Hope Commissiong saw the news!

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  27. Tron September 29, 2017 at 7:16 PM #

    You cannot fire him before the end of his regular tenure.

    However, firing him won´t solve the problem. Barbados has 1,000 lawyers. In my opinion 900 too many. If you look at the lawyers, you will soon figure out that 1% is genius, 9% qualified, 60% mediocre and 30% useless. Remember, that nearly EVERYBODY passes the exams in Barbados. In a microstate like Barbados, it is impossible to fill up the ranks of the Supreme Court with 1st class lawyers. Barbadian society must accept that the bloated public service leads to the employment of many unfit people in positions high up. You cannot run a microstate like USA, UK or China and expect to get the same performance from a very tiny pool of human resources. This is impossible, if you compare the quantitive relation between the number of judges and population in UK and Barbados.

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  28. Ali Baba September 29, 2017 at 7:19 PM #

    the lousy chief justice should be brought before the law court for his folly

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  29. TheGazer September 29, 2017 at 7:29 PM #

    There must be two Hals (HaHa)…..
    One who seems incapable of handling the Miller..
    And one who like a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

    I’ve score at Miller 15 Ha 1…
    Ha at 12:17 was a good spirited reply… made me chuckle

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  30. Watchman September 29, 2017 at 7:36 PM #

    @ prodigal Son

    The top Judge seems to be on a roll ,so he must have taken over the case, and handed down the ok for Maloney to start the Hyatt project.

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  31. Watchman September 29, 2017 at 7:46 PM #

    I thought he was in cold Canada, beside his partner

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  32. millertheanunnaki September 29, 2017 at 9:30 PM #

    @ Hal Austin September 29, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    My dear blow fly,

    Whoever told you the lowly miller holds a PCGE (FE) and teaches in Barbados making everything wrong with Barbados today?

    Don’t you think that being the Hal anointed polymath that PGCE (FE) could stand also for ‘Post Graduate Certificates in Everything (FCUKing Even)’?

    It seems you are always trying to outmatch not only the miller but also the other contributors to BU by your knowledgeably deep grasp of every subject under the BU sun; from Bush Tea to Chad to Pachamama to Dr. GP.

    The only contributor you are afraid to lock horns with is our friend Zoe who would cut and paste until the cows come home and make your journalistic skills in ‘cowboys’ investigation look so ‘junior’ as if you were still learning your ABC’s at St. Giles Girls.

    You might not know this but your dear sweetheart can sing the praises of the miller the king doctor of dickheads and even give glowing testimony about the joys she experienced as one of his students in the class he taught as professor in OB-GYN at St. Mary’s Paddington.

    So there you go! A well-rounded man with more than adequate length and girth for all seasons to make you look real small since it was duly confirmed by inside sources for only your ‘best friend’ knows your secrets and only ‘she’ can reveal them.

    Barbados needs you, Hal, more than ever.

    So get on that VA flight and return to Bim to apply your “polymathic” skills to transform Nelson Street and the greater Bridgetown into your version of the Ivy League of Valhalla(s).

    Even your “New Barbadian” friends living on Kensington New Road would welcome you into their mosque even if it means breaking off the discussion on the business plan to control the entire commercial sector of Barbados to welcome the ‘ugly enemy’ within their gates.

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  33. Prodigal Son September 29, 2017 at 11:26 PM #

    Has anyone heard a statement from the MOF on the 20th downgrade?

    What has this country come to, though?

    ………..And when bad news comes……..it is back to the same old tired lying playbook………..

    A discredited minister rolls out an imaginery project that is going to bring in an unrealistic $200 million dollars …………..right on cue after the private sector said that they are having to wait up to three weeks to get foreign exchange…………

    Do we have a fantastic government or what?

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  34. Crusoe September 30, 2017 at 4:13 AM #

    Tron September 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM #
    Limit the number of cars per family / house to one

    And how you expect people to get to work? The public transport is beyond useless. You think people can turn up at 9:30 and tell the boss ‘skipper, I was waiting since 6:30 for the bus to town and then the next one here and they were both late’?

    At least let those who want to work, do so.

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  35. Crusoe September 30, 2017 at 4:28 AM #

    ”If I was Mia, I would give Andrew Pilgrim the Chief Justice’s job immediately”

    Good strong criminal lawyer, but CJ? Lol.

    Quite amusing seeing the ‘solutions’ that some people come up with.

    Demonstrates their lack of understanding quite clearly.

    The problem is far worse than they can imagine. Because their imagination is restricted by their own lack of knowledge and understanding.

    Put it this way. I have said before, a few years ago.

    You cannot put a donkey in a stable and call it a racehorse.

    That is the one major issue and cause. But I would be chastised for my view.

    No clue.

    But Tron comes closest.

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  36. David September 30, 2017 at 4:37 AM #

    For the CJ to be effective the person will need resources allocated to the courts as well as leadership at the registry. We tout the independence of the judiciary but the systemic issue in our courts has its root in the executive arm.

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  37. Caswell Franklyn September 30, 2017 at 4:52 AM #

    David

    You are quite right. The executive arm introduced legislation to parliament to change the qualifications for the post of Chief Justice and now has found that the job is too big for their chosen one. The best thing he can do is bail matters.

    Sent from my iPad

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  38. Bush Tea September 30, 2017 at 5:06 AM #

    @ David
    It has gone past the systemic issue….

    Crusoe is right about our “putting donkeys into stables” with all the dressings, and expecting racehorse results….. as the root of our demise.
    …From the top-donkey down, we now settled for mediocrity…. Creativity and ingenuity are not valued – but seen in a threatening light by the slow-witted jackasses currently occupying the damn stables.

    Obviously if you keep putting donkeys into the stables …you will end up with a whole generation of little jackasses..

    The whole shiite was quickly accelerated by Arthur with his ‘politics of Inclusion’, and his chicken farmers as Insurance supervisors etc……but Henry Ford really started it – by allowing Arthur to become PM “because he could not find a job to support his family’.
    Lotta shiite!!!
    The whole place is now a centre of institutionalised mediocrity …. with predictable results.

    As Crusoe correctly surmises, most of us now have NO IDEA of how bad the situation REALLY is … principally because donkeys tend not to know that they do not know…. so (as we see with Stinkliar,) they keep on braying loudly …and keep on expecting different results….

    Brass bowls Inc.

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  39. Bush Tea September 30, 2017 at 5:19 AM #

    Think about it.

    You have a good, well oiled organisation , …and everything is running well, so you put a clown in charge “because he is your political / family / Lodge / sex partner”.

    First thing the jackass does is pick fights with the REALLY bright people in the organisation (who immediately see them as the brass bowl idiots that they usually are) and either chase these brainiacs (even if they are aggressive like GP) away, or make them ‘retire on the job’ – like most others… (Artax 🙂 )

    They then hire THEIR own lackie political /family /Lodge /sex partners for these middle management positions, and of course these mid-management ‘ass-lickers’ then frustrate the good front line workers …as THEY now make way for their political /family /Lodge /sex partners to come in.
    In short order, you have ‘Barbados’ … brass bowl land Inc.

    …and THEN they all look around trying to find out how we can have 20 DOWNGRADES… ???

    Obviously we have 20 because we are still benefiting from past good reputation…. else we would have had 40 damn downgrades by now…
    BBBBB Inc.

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  40. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 30, 2017 at 6:55 AM #

    While on the topic of clueless jackasses..Adriel Nitwit love the word exploit, but you can only exploit something, if you are producing the byproducts. …they get ya tired with their stupidity, these mediocre government ministers.

    Brathwaite could have told people who need treatment from marijuana plants years ago that they had an option to have drug service source and import the medical marijuana on their behalf, instead he said nothing and now throwing around the word exploit…..exploit whom….surely not the people who need treatment. ..stupid fuks.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/09/28/respect-due-12/

    “And with public opinion seemingly mixed on the treatment of the drug, Brathwaite has stated repeatedly that he was neither for nor against legalization, but that he wanted the right decision made in the interest of Barbadians.

    “As a country we have not closed our minds to the medicinal properties to be derived from the marijuana plant,” he told last night’s consultation, explaining that “if there is some derivative of the marijuana plant that you can show has medicinal properties that addresses whatever ailment that you have, there is an opportunity for us under our present legal regime for you to write to the present head of the Drug Service, explain to her, get your doctor to provide the prescription, and we will source the capsule or the oil or whatever it is that you want”.

    However, he stayed clear of the discussion on legalization while focusing on the “properties of the plant and how we can exploit it as a people”.

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  41. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 30, 2017 at 7:11 AM #

    Bushman…I could just envision Adriel Nieeit and the drug meisters Lashley, Inniss, Sinckler et al, knowing their asses will be kicked to the curb by the electorate, now hustling to put systems jn place to EXPLOIT the growing if medical marijuana….with themselves and only themselves as the griwers5…once again cutting out the majority population…

    Adriel used that word exploit one too many times during his disrespectful 8 minute meeting with the Adonijah et al interest group,

    And of course being the corrupt bribetakers they all are, would greedily sell those marijuana systems to the first minority with enough millions to purchase, once again disenfranchising the majority population….

    All of dem gotta go….they had nearly ten years to decriminalize or relax marijuana legislation and stop locking up people for herb, it’s disgraceful…..bunch of damn slaves taught to do so by their slavemasters who are now decriminalizing marijuana and making hundreds of billions of dollars in the process….producing the byproducts.

    Tourist would readily fly off to destinations that do not have strict marijuana laws…lock them up for herb and they will eventually all disappear….

    …..they are allowed small amounts in their own countries so why travel to Barbados to be arrested for herb.

    Ah know dimwit cant think that far ahead.

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  42. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 30, 2017 at 7:15 AM #

    I could just envision Adriel NITWIT and the drug meisters Lashley, Inniss, Sinckler et al, knowing their asses will be kicked to the curb by the electorate, now hustling to put systems IN place to EXPLOIT the growing OF medical marijuana….with themselves and only themselves as the GROWERS…once again cutting out the majority population…

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  43. Tron September 30, 2017 at 7:48 AM #

    @Crusoe September 30, 2017 at 4:13 AM #

    The reduced number of cars must be accompanied by a complete overhaul of public transport. Such a tiny and flat island as Barbados is the ideal place for an electric tram. First from the Platinum Coast to the airport, then from West to East. Trams are no rocket science.

    The next CJ must be a person with managerial experience on the level of executive management of international or federal courts, international organizations or companies. The candidate must have international experience for many years and also deep knowledge of the local legal brassbowls. In an ideal world, the person has also earned a doctorate from a world-leading university to restore Bim´s reputation and is able to revive the failing offshore business.

    The problem with the local elite is their lack of vision and international experience. Their intellect is still in the colonial plantation mode of the 1950s where the common good is unknown, sabotaging the colonial public service is wise and criminal hoarding of wealth is accepted. The lack of progressive vision is a result of the local educational system. In the 1950s and 1960s, the old generation of leaders like Barrow used to study abroad, enriching their knowledge of society. After they started UWI, less people studied abroad, leading to a confined view of the world and to mediocrity in a non-competitive environment. In such an environment, figures with third rate university degrees and zero desire for the common good become ministers, judges and bureaucrats. UWI provides an excellent platform for basic education, but true leaders must search for the challenge abroad to complete education. Otherwise the old slogan kicks in: If a donkey wears a suit, it is still a donkey.

    The fact that most so-called developing countries fail is evident. They do not fail due to a lack of natural resources or money, but due to a lack of modern civilization, called the state. As I suggested before, it usually takes many decades if not centuries to develop from pre-state society with tribal and feudal elements to a modern state (with elements like the rule of law). It took Western and Middle Europe more than 400 years, Japan 100 years, Middle and South America, Africa, Russia and China are still on the way. Barbados might develop with a pace between Europe and Japan.

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  44. Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 30, 2017 at 8:14 AM #

    As I’ve typed before, Hyatt, if it is ever built, is not going to bring 1 cent of foreign exchange to this country until it is operational.

    It is going to be built with local money that has been lying idle in a constipated economy and then leased to Hyatt to operate, just like Hilton.

    To the contrary, the construction of Hyatt will take forex out of Bim for materials, including cement.

    And then guests will pay for rooms in foreign accounts and our central bank won’t see any of that forex either. And if the model is all-inclusive, local vendors and service providers won’t benefit either.

    Just like Sandals was meant to bring in ForEx during construction but then Butch financed it locally with the same vast pools of recently-printed money sitting idle in eager but cautious banks.

    We are surrounded by liars and lies, still tricking the same idiots who voted for them in 2003 and extended their own suffering by 5 years.

    There will be no new Forex or any economic recovery under Fumble’s Fools. No-one with integrity, foreign or domestic, will go anywhere near them.

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  45. Caswell Franklyn September 30, 2017 at 8:34 AM #

    Tron

    Barbados does not need a chief justice that can manage the courts, that is not one of the Chief Justice’s functions. The Registrar is responsible for managing the operations of the Registration Department and the courts. This is where the problem starts. Currently, there is a registrar who was a half-decent magistrate. The authorities figured: that she was in that role long enough; that it was time for promotion; and probably because she is Horatio Cooke’s daughter, that she should be promoted. The post of Registrar was available and notwithstanding that she had no managerial experience or ability, she was promoted to the job.

    What do you expect would happen if you appoint a neophyte to manage the badly broken system that our courts happen to be? What will happen is that you would get someone who organised a sports day at Weymouth and threatened staff, by way of memorandum, to force them to attend. And worse yet, you get a person who thinks that was a major accomplishment.

    While people were running around the pasture with eggs in spoons, matters were not being heard and distressed litigants had to suffer further delays. Another piece of time-wasting genius was taking time out to organise some silly mock court where roles of staff were reversed.

    While they were having fun, the backlog continues to grow exponentially. No sir, we want a Chief Justice who can deal with weighty legal matters and not one to specialise in bail applications.

    Sent from my iPad

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  46. Vincent Haynes September 30, 2017 at 8:35 AM #

    Watson to issue apology to Govt minister Michael Lashley
    Added by Barbados Today on September 29, 2017.
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    Omar Shawn Watson, of Maxwell, Christ Church, has agreed to issue a public apology to Minister of Transport Michael Lashley.

    Watson, who first appeared in court back in November 2014 charged with the offence of malicious communication, told Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court today he would issue the apology via social media.

    The charge stemmed from a message, which appeared on social media three years ago, which was said to be menacing in character and caused Lashley annoyance, distress and anxiety.

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  47. Sargeant September 30, 2017 at 9:54 AM #

    Since a few here are musing about replacing the CJ, I see there is a vacancy for Commissioner of Police and I am submitting my CV.

    I have been living out of Bim long enough not to be beholden to any one and will readily kick ass and take names.

    If wunnah want to enjoy an everyday diet of cassava (passed by Dodds recently and they growing a healthy amount lot of cassava there) just put me in charge and the white- collar criminals would see a different slice of life.

    Yuh know the Police should have bigger fish to fry than arresting people for a $5.00 spliff or putting people in jail for stealing a few slices of ham, that is a real waste of resources.

    Just an opening salvo

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  48. Tron September 30, 2017 at 10:08 AM #

    Caswell,

    Then we need a new registrar as well. The CJ bitterly complained about the mess in the registry in front of the Barbadian legal fraternity just weeks ago. The story how the current registrar was appointed is already a legend in the legal fraternity.

    When I mean management, I do not mean the brainless daily routine or any procedural details or filing which is the registrar´s duty, indeed. The presidents of international, constitutional and federal courts around the world have other managerial experience, namely in personnel matters and in developing law. It should be the CJ´s duty to attract and to select the best judges, master, registrar and other staff. It also should be the CJ´s duty to set rules for judges about their workload, how to comply and how to control. In other jurisdictions you get a bad report as a judge when your numbers of finished cases are below average! The CJ should also help to develop law, especially in the area of offshore financial law. Barbados is decades behind Bermuda, Bahamas and Caymans.

    Caswell, there are enough Barbadian and foreign experts living on this island for timely and free consultation how to change things. And there are also enough competent Barbadians here and abroad for a true change of the upper and lower courts. Barbadians who can present an impressive CV without two embarrassing pages about singing, sports and other leisure. However, the political will is missing to change things and to stop cronyism.

    Barbados is so deep in the mud we cannot afford more failures.

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  49. Bush Tea September 30, 2017 at 10:12 AM #

    Don’t even bother to apply Sarge. You are NOT qualified.

    1 – You MUST be beholden to the powers that be.. either politically, by Lodge, or by sex. (NOT gender)
    2 – You CANNOT kick ass – you bend over and make it available…
    3 – You are NOT ‘in charge’ – that is a farce. Your hands are tied ..and you await instructions….

    WAIT!!
    …on the other hand, as a dutiful NCO, you may be just the man….
    LOL
    ha ha ha
    Murduh!!!
    muh belly!!!

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  50. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 30, 2017 at 1:12 PM #

    “passed by Dodds recently and they growing a healthy amount lot of cassava there) just put me in charge and the white- collar criminals would see a different slice of life..”

    Lol…I dont think cassava thieves read BU, hope not, cause next time ya pass by Dodds, all that cassava will be gone.

    “which was said to be menacing in character and caused Lashley annoyance, distress and anxiety.”

    Right now Lashley does not care about that anymore, that was when him and all the other crooks thought they could take down social media…..but since then Steven Weare appeared to give all of them even more annoyance, distress and real, real anxiety..lol

    Aint that the truth..they are too backward and continue to regress the island. ….

    “The problem with the local elite is their lack of vision and international experience. Their intellect is still in the colonial plantation mode of the 1950s where the common good is unknown, sabotaging the colonial public service is wise and criminal hoarding of wealth is accepted. The lack of progressive vision is a result of the local educational system.

    In the 1950s and 1960s, the old generation of leaders like Barrow used to study abroad, enriching their knowledge of society. After they started UWI, less people studied abroad, leading to a confined view of the world and to mediocrity in a non-competitive environment. In such an environment, figures with third rate university degrees and zero desire for the common good become ministers, judges and bureaucrats. UWI provides an excellent platform for basic education, but true leaders must search for the challenge abroad to complete education. Otherwise the old slogan kicks in: If a donkey wears a suit, it is still a donkey.”

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  51. Simple Simon September 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM #

    @Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. September 30, 2017 at 1:12 PM “Lol…I dont think cassava thieves read BU”

    Just used my last piece of cassava with some lentil soup.

    The cassava which I planted is not ready yet.

    Thanks for telling me this.

    Lol

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  52. Simple Simon September 30, 2017 at 5:05 PM #

    @Bush Tea September 30, 2017 at 5:06 AM “but Henry Ford really started it – by allowing Arthur to become PM “because he could not find a job to support his family’.”

    Unless I am beginning to forget.

    When Owen became the leader of the BLP and subsequently PM

    His mother was already dead.

    His father was in good health.

    His wife was a nurse working for her own living.

    He had no [known] children.

    So what is this I am hearing about needing a job to support family?

    What family?

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  53. chad99999 October 2, 2017 at 2:46 PM #

    Frustrated Businessman

    By what management magic is anyone able to operate a tourist hotel in Barbados without providing foreign exchange to the banking system?

    Explain to me how a businessman meets local payroll and pays his utility bills while keeping all the foreign exchange from his foreign guests in overseas bank accounts.

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  54. Hal Austin October 2, 2017 at 4:10 PM #

    Chad,

    Many local hotels have their charges paid overseas. Some English friends of mine stayed in a West Coast hotel and the charges were paid to a company in Atlanta. We get the tourists, but we do not get the money.
    Moneylaundering has many facets. You can buy property at an official low price, to satisfy the tax man, then pay the agreed remaining money in an off shore account.

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  55. Talking Loud Saying Nothing October 2, 2017 at 4:26 PM #

    @ Tron September 30, 2017 at 7:48 AM,

    I know that you are relatively “new” to BU, however, many years ago on BU i made the suggestion that the private motor vehicle should be banned in Barbados; and that we should adopt the tram as our main form of transport. As you should know we use to have a train service that operated along the east coast of the island.

    As a UK born Bajan it is very difficult to air one’s views about Barbados especially when the majority of Bajans consider the British diaspora as being slightly mad. Barbados remains a conservative environment devoid of any revolutionary cutting edge ideas. I prefer to leave you guys to continue developing in your own slow and backward ways. Who knows perhaps Barbados will catch up with the rest of the world whilst at the same time developing a unique model which will allow her to maintain her sovereignty.

    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsEnfjMXiAs)

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  56. Tron October 2, 2017 at 5:15 PM #

    Talking Loud,

    Constant dripping wears away the stone!

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  57. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. October 4, 2017 at 3:26 AM #

    Barbados does not see the bulk of money from tourism, only to pay salaries and overheads, the balance of the money stays offshore, not benefitting the island…in essence, every hotel built with overblown deception, creates a couple hundred lowpaying jobs…and that’s it, it’s the countries where the owner’s bank accounts are domiciled, benefits from hotels operating in Barbados.

    One would think that Chadster the pretend genius would know this.

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  58. Crusoe October 4, 2017 at 5:30 AM #

    Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. September 30, 2017 at 8:14 AM #

    Accurate.

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  59. lawson October 4, 2017 at 5:55 AM #

    Lol when you enter barbados they always ask where are you staying.Do you think anyone has actually taken the time to add up the days someone has stayed at a particular residence and pass it on to the govt tax people so they can be given a bill. I am sure they only use those figures to say how many hotel,condo,guest house stays. Time to put some people on this and get that revenue.
    ccc isnt a bad rating ww is worse

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