Hobson’s Choice | Debt Default or …

The following was posted as a comment by Northern Observer to the Congratulations to Ambassador David Comissiong blog. It is a comment that resonates with the blogmaster for the commonsense perspective it shares about the huge challenge facing the country given the diminishing forex reserves and inadequate foreign inflows – David, blogmaster   

“Mia unilateral decision to default on debt”

This is a horse you need to dismount. When a doctor tells you somebody has stage 4 cancer, and their life expectancy is 4 weeks, do you expect them to live for a year? Or you display anger towards the doctor, because you felt he didn’t consult with others? You haven’t heard it from 5 doctors, and they told you some weeks before the ‘patient was doing better’. So wha happen?

The continued decline in the Barbadian Sovereign Credit rating, told all of us in the financial world that a death was imminent. Junk status, is a polite term for saying, default is not official but imminent. The lower the junk rating, the more imminent the default. If you hold debt instruments, do not expect a full and timely settlement.

While I am all for transparency, I am unsure what you wanted the GoB to ‘discuss with the people’? Skinning local bond holders (which may still happen), does not solve the Fx problem of repaying monies in Fx, when your Fx reserves are perilously low. Rather than an official default you can try negotiating with each party, it takes time and can create animosity (and legal recourse) if one debtor feels treatment has been unequal. Default places all of them into the same basket. And buys time, and lowers expectations.
Default is a result of 13 consecutive years of accumulating Debt, and when the servicing costs exceed your ability to meet them.

So what would you like the GoB to discuss? That they will sell the Hilton and BNTCL for rock bottom prices and use the funds to pay down foreign loans. That the GoB will actively seek buyers for the BWA and any other asset of value, which can be used to bolster the Fx account. For what? Foreign lenders are not lending us money, whether we meet current loan terms or not. Foreign lenders have no collateral claims.

Defaulting was not a choice. The only choice was whether it happened now or at a later date. This way we get to keep (at least for now) the few meaningful public assets we have left. I can never ‘support a default’, but for the people of Barbados this was the “best” decision.

The challenge is, you choose not to accept, the Barbados public financial condition was as bad as it is, because you felt all the less-than-positive comments were coming from people you labelled as ‘the enemy’. They were B supporters. Many were, not B as in BLP, but B as in Barbados. They saw the bandages, they heard the prescriptions, and each time the bandage got changed, the wound was worse than before.

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  • Bernard Codrington

    TheoGazerts # 2 – the Heir

    Your story has at least twenty precedents in the last 60 years. When you harbour the bitterness the perpetrators get the upper hand. Release the bitterness. You are victimizing yourself. Think Barbados. Think self-actualization. The past are for lessons.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @ac
    I never told you cannot….you somehow interpreted that.
    Barbadians have been an industrious and financially aware people for generations. If some politicians come along and decide to give away more than the island’s finances can afford, that is neither your, nor my, fault?
    I must speak of today, because I cannot change the past, only learn from it.
    The financial challenges Barbados faces today, were not created today? They come from a bevy of past indiscretions.
    Don’t mind the so-called honeymoon period, Barbados must reduce expenditures. And re-examine its revenue generation methods. I don’t care what was said on any pre-election platform or how any person interpreted it.

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  • Bernard those are the facts and practices undescore by the terms and agreements of the financial institution of which i have been as a borrower
    Also there are principles involved value of the stock(investment) purpose and performance and demand
    You see because a person have an inititave or a plan that in their mind belives can be of value does not always mean that when presented to the bank the bank would agree and give the person a loan
    As i said there are principles involved some banks can be stringent or some might be relaxed or litle more forthcoming to be in agreement to what the investor has brought to the table

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  • William Skinner

    @ Ping Pong

    Stay away from Dr. Clyde Mascoll. He is a man that brought a no confidence motion against a government and then joined the cabinet of that same government.
    He is nothing more than a sophisticated opportunist. He has no credibility.

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  • William Skinner
    It is not I that appointed Dr Mascoll an ambassador and economic advisor to the Minister of Finance. However if the opportunity ever arises I will pass on your warning to her for whom it really matters.

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  • Well Barbadians are yet to be told if the PM & Minister of Finance met the IMF team that is on island from July 2 – 12 , 2018 .

    Now that Haitians are protesting high fuel ⛽️ costs and that PM Mottley has given Haitians unfettered entrance to Barbados 🇧🇧 – can Barbadians expect similar discontent to ensue now that high fuel ⛽️ costs are experienced here as well ?

    Why are the number of Barbadians who bought into the mantra before May 24 , 2018 :

    Mia cares ❤️ !

    Now openly stating that

    Mia ONLY cares …..about her

    • 30 member bloated Cabinet !

    • Family members – David Commisiong & Ian Estwick !

    • Friends – Mr. Persaud & Mr. Jong !

    Oh how we weep for Barbados 🇧🇧

    Barbados deserves better !

    It’s Mia Fault

    IMF IMF IMF

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  • Fractured,
    Is there a reciprocal arrangement with Haiti for Barbadians to re-locate with minimum official interference? By the way, has she moved in to Ilaro Court yet? Has Stuart moved out? Our dynamic newspapers, the best in the world, do not report these matters. No pictures of removal vans.

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  • I could see it now, Breaking News……BIG, BIG Headlines, sensational story…..

    “Freundel Stuart finally moves out of Illaro Court……and Mia Mottley moves in.”

    Photos of the “removal vans” on the front and center pages of “our dynamic newspapers.”

    Barbadians excited by this important news item…..and the Advocate, Nation, Barbados Today, Loop News subscriptions increased by 125%.

    CBC and GIS could dedicate 15 minutes of air time reporting on Mottley moving into Illaro Court with videos of the men taking items from the removal vans into mansion.

    SMFH

    The cold weather has affected this man’s brain or he has too much idle time on his hands.

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  • Enrico,

    What point are you making? By the way, it is summer and the temperature is record-breaking. The question remains: has the prime minister moved in to the official prime ministerial residence after six weeks, or is the previous occupant still there?

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  • William Skinner

    In the midst of all the hullabaloo and long talk about Bees , Dees and the economy, here is today’s Nation newspaper:

    Cheffette Restaurants Limited
    Application for Work Permit Notice
    Having received no suitable applications for the advertised position of Maintenance Manager
    it is our intention to apply for a work permit for a non-national to fill this position……

    Our wonderful private sector.

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  • Defaulting on payment of any debt is not the wisest thing anyone should do. The debt still has to be paid with added conditionalities. The decision to default on payment of our international debt was an insane one regardless of the economic or financial positions the country is in. The so -called economic experts could debate the pros and cons of the decision to default, it was a foolish decision. Reading the comments from these so-called economists it appears the loans have been written off and there will be no severe repercussions from that nonsensical decision.It was a bad decision from a bad government with a bad leader who is bungling from one bad decision to another bad decision. Hiring a non-national who status is unknown and being paid by Barbadian taxpayers.Hiring her cousin who will paid in excess of twelve thousand dollars monthly under suspicious circumstances. I hope ordinary Barbadians are observing the
    actions of a “Mia Mottley”

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  • Mr. Austin

    The point I’m trying to make is that you’re silly.

    Mr. Skinner

    Sandy Lane Hotel, Hilton and PWC are famous for advertising jobs and later claiming they did not receive any suitable applications.

    We allow these things to happen without one word of protest.

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  • Should we blame the private sector or the government through the agencies responsible for administering.

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  • We should blame the relevant government agencies.

    The system should be more transparent. I’m sure that people object to the granting of work permits.

    These objections should be published by GIS and reasons given why they were rejected and why the work permit was issued.

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  • Well the private sector being the private sector not giving a dam about Barbados national interest only themselves
    But isnt it the same process and procedure that Mottley use when hiring a non national at taxpayers expense without even a thread of accountability and transparency
    Did Mia even bother to look among the locals to find some one with similar experience?
    If the Head is bad so will be the tail

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  • Mariposa

    I understand your concern and I agree that Mottley should have looked among the locals to find someone with similar experience.

    But aren’t you being a bit hypocritical?

    I recall you supporting Michael Lashley’s decision to hire a Trinidadian consultant at the Transport Board at $22,000 per month, with a vehicle and accomodation, when the Bajan mechanics at UCAL were more than qualified and capable of repairing the buses?

    Mariposa, you also need to sit and gather credible facts before posting.

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  • AMM Erinco

    Don’t try to distract just a friendly reminder
    The people voted for change not more of the same
    Mottley feet would be held to the fire until she implement the change people asked for
    Her decision to hire a non national with out accountabilty after her numeours criticizism of past govt similiar policies smack of hypocrisy not whether or not i had agreed to what past govt did
    She was given the mandate to change any wrongs which past govt did and so far she has failed to lead by example

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  • William Skinner

    @ David: “Should we blame the private sector or the government through the agencies responsible for administering.”

    1st question:

    How did the 25 million campaign get financed ?

    2nd question:

    How can the decadent political parties bite de han’ dat feed dem?

    Old saying: After all is said and done: a lot more gets said than done………

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  • Yeap more and more everyday the tea leaves would expose this counterfeit govt

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  • Mariposa

    You are only proving what William Skinner, Artax, Ping Pong and TheoGazerts have been saying all the time and that is there are no philosophical or ideological differences between the DEMS and the BEES.

    When your party is on power who will support their every action and when the BEES are in power you will oppose their every action, even if is similar to what your party did.

    Yardfowls are very silly people and your posts clearly shows you’re silly.

    You are opposing the government, but you are yet to bring anything of substance to justify your criticisms. All you are bringing to the table are a lot of rambling generalized statements that makes it appear you know what you’re on about, but it lacks substance.

    Just my take.

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  • Enrico Rosse
    I,

    That is not a new discovery. The substantive question remains: has the prime minister moved in to the official prime ministerial residence yet, or is the prior occupant still there? If the previous prime minister is still occupying Ilaro Court, who foots the bill for the past six weeks, including security? If the current prime minister has not yet moved in, is there a cost to the taxpayer, including security and any entertainment at her present address?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Mariposa July 10, 2018 8:54 AM
    “Yeap more and more everyday the tea leaves would expose this counterfeit govt…”

    So the current “govt” is “counterfeit”?

    So how would you describe the people who ‘genuinely’ elected them? As a bunch of frauds handling fake goods including the ‘real’ people of St. John?

    By referring to the government as “counterfeit” you are only maligning and disparaging the people of Barbados; the same people on whose behalf you are now persecuting MAM.

    No wonder the same people, having received a DLP invoice covering the cost of their patience and silence, have repaid you 30 times over.

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  • @William

    Counter noted.

    It is a cycle not dissimilar to the lock the political duopoly has on the country. Do you recall Bizzy Williams on a Sunday talk show admitting that the only way for the private sector to win contracts is to support the party in power. Whether true or not it is the way both sides read political parties and private sector play the game.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hal Austin July 10, 2018 9:14 AM

    Hal, why don’t you go onto the Willesden or Hackney Green and expose your monkey tail so as to get some good melanin and Vitamin D to parts where the Sun does not normally shine to bring back memories of the British summer of 1976?

    Can you now see the truth in the statement that what goes around comes around?

    Are you a taxpayer in Barbados? It is the taxpayers of Barbados who foot the bill for the upkeep of Lady Carter’s imitation palace; not you.

    Ilaro court has been vacated and the former PM, who was never a long-stay but only a ‘peripatetic’ visitor, has already returned to his bagatelle of an adobe in the republic of St. Farlip.

    Maybe MAM is awaiting the exorcism of the ghosts of both Lady Carter and King Fumble along with the cleansing of his lingering stench of arrant incompetence and arrogance.

    E W B never lived at the Court in his second reincarnation as PM after the taxpayers had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars making it fit for a ‘real Bajan’ queen of St. John.

    Now what’s your beef?

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  • Ammm mmm just reading thevtea leaves
    So far the leaves have been correct
    How do u explain “no more taxation”but higher taxes
    How do you explain “putting money in peoples pocket ” when govt has taken out
    How do you explain “looking up past ministers up” when a word of indictment has not been issued
    How do u expalain hiring non nationals at taxpayers expense without transparency
    How do u explain issuing a govt default without looking for another alternative
    How do you explain hiring family members who throws govt olive branches
    How do you explain releasing hazardous waste on the wetlands after crticizing past govt for doing so
    And the list gets longer day by day
    Gives enough reason to say this govt is counterfeit born out of lies and deceit

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  • NorthernObserver

    @ac
    “The people voted for change not more of the same”
    Did your ballot have a box marked “change”? Mine did not. Since you didn’t vote for a BLP candidate, and neither did I, how do you know what they voted for?
    I think they voted for “hope”. Possibly in a similar vein to every budget Chris laid, where the numbers didn’t add up, rather there was hope somehow revenue would take a change for the better. Cause he wasn’t cutting expenses, the controllable component.

    @HA
    I expected you on this glorious day, to be pissing on the SCOTUS nominee, the God of deregulation….or an update on the current British administration falling like dominoes over the Brexit exit.

    So when a work permit is applied for, this means the candidate is a NON-Caricom person? I was under the impression, Caricom nationals could be hired without application. And so the net of available persons grew. If one cannot find a Maintenance Manager among all the member states, then ‘woe is me’.

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  • The IL fines back to the original levels. 🐝🐝🐝🐝

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  • Miller

    Anyone who believes that Fruendel Stuart is still residing in the PM’s official residence, especially when he suffered an overwhelming lost would have to be “appallingly ignorant.”

    Some people duz jest want to hear dumselves.

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  • RE I was under the impression, Caricom nationals could be hired without application.

    NOT TRUE. HAD PROBLEMS IN ST KITTS IN 2002

    WHAT I KNOW IS THAT THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A CERTIFICATE YOU CAN GET TO ALLOW YOU TO WORK THROUGHOUT CARICOM

    I WAS ASKED TO GET ONE WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO GO TO TEACH IN JAMAICA IN 2011

    WHEN I WROTE THE BDOS EMBASSY IN MIAMI, THEY SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW ABOUT SUCH A CERTIFICATE

    WHEN THEY CONSULTED THE RELEVANT BODY IN BIM, THEY DID NOT SEEM TO KNOW EITHER

    HOWEVER, I WENT TO KINGSTON TO IMMIGRATION AND WAS GRANTED THIS CERTIFICATE, FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL PAID

    LATER THAT YEAR I PRODUCED IT IN ST LUCIAN TO THE SCHOOL THERE

    I REALLY DONT THE RAMIFICATIONS, BUT THE MAN AT THE SCHOOL IN CHARGE OF SUCH MATTERS RETURNED WITH A “BLUE PIECE OF PAPER” WHICH ALLOWED ME TO PASS IN AND OUT OF ST LUCIA WITH OUT ANY QUESTION BY IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS WHAT SO EVER

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  • ARTAX
    I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR HOLIDAY

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  • Northern Observer,

    You observation is not very good. Why have you brought me in to a silly discussion?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Enuff…you are certainly the bearer of good news, keep it up.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Yes, I did.

    Thanks.

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  • Hal Austin

    I am not getting involved in this name calling and petty personal games played by some.All I want to assure you is that your contribution and those of our barbadian family in the dispora are appreciated by some of us including myself – here on this site.

    I don’t always agree but that’s life.Stay involved.

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  • Really Northen ! i will relay the same question
    Did the ballot have a box marked ” hope”
    Enough of your sorry distractions

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  • re T.Inniss July 10, 2018 11:52 AM

    Hal Austin

    I don’t always agree but that’s life.Stay involved.

    I AGREE WITH T INNISS
    HAL HAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT ON BU HE IS NOT A LUMEN-ARY, EVEN IF HE IS A LUMINARY ELSEWHERE

    LIKE JOHN, HAL IS NOT DONALD, WHO CAN RESPOND TO THE LONG HOPS PURVEYED BY THE DAILY DRIVELERS BY HOOKING OR PULLING OR CUTTING THE LONG HOPS

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  • Hmmmmm

    “Enrico Rossi – is unbridled BLP fowl poop – Lorenzo in another vesture.” (T. Inniss July 10, 2018 9:36 AM)

    Then he wrote the following:

    “I am not getting involved in this name calling and petty personal games played by some.”

    I suppose this is a recent change of heart.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Imperative we know which idiot tried this stupid, dangerous stunt and how many pythons he managed to smuggle into Barbados over time, hope the fine is in excess of 50,000 dollars..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/07/10/man-tries-to-smuggle-snake-to-barbados/

    “Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday.

    TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a checked bag”.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    The point again is not that Mia Mottley has defaulted on sovereign debt but the way she did it.

    Let de ole man just introduce for those of you who are not myopic and senile like me the why she did this.

    As de ole man said previously “without any substantiation ” she has to effect an audit of the nefarious kickbacks thst have been operational for 10 years and which are killing the country.

    Now while I will not be so bold as to speculate and say that the haemorrhage she is seeking to stave will soon find it way into the pockets of her own breed or parasites, here is some food to point wunna in the direction of the nature of her problems

    The Nation newspaper recently announced “…A source said Bunbury was previously employed “as a handyman” by Mace Macro, the United Kingdom company which was appointed in 2009 to provide maintenance for the Supreme Court Complex. Mace Macro’s contract came to an end in 2015…”

    Now there are a few things about this matter that are self evident like the family teifing that Kellman did and dis person Bunbury has done.

    But there are a few things that are not so evident.

    Banbury the wife who works in the office of the Attorney General should be fired immediately after the procedural processes.

    That may seem like some sort of contradiction but wunna understands whu I am saying.

    Dale Marshall should immediately suspend she pun paid leave.

    I think that Charles Jong the Information Cuntsultant that she hired under the same contentious hiring practices should set up a web Page of Shame for these people names and faces.

    But, to speak of a more serious practice.

    EVERY SINGLE COMPANY THAT IS A NON BAJAN COMPANY, THAT IS CONTRACTED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF BARBADOS MUST HAVE ITS PARTICULARS PUBLISHED

    By particulars these shall include the monies involved and the date of incorporation of the company and the directors names cause wunna dun know that Darcy dun use dat New Guernsey trick to export the money to demselves

    But even with all these safeguards all uh dem still going teif de free TREASURY money

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  • Enrico’s contribution – unbridled fowl poop – not a personal reference to the contributor.

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  • You are attempting to make an about turn while in “mid air.”

    You specifically wrote that “Rossi is unbridled BLP fowl poop”…and you are now attempting to deny it.

    Continue displaying your DISHONESTY.

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  • Enuff wrote at 10:51 “The IL fines back to the original levels. 🐝🐝🐝🐝”.
    If one is to be informed by the 12:30 VON news, the Leader of the Opposition did not seem to know this given his complaint that the fines in the tabled IL bill are lower than those proposed in a previous version.

    The Attorney General in tabling the IL bill and playing to the gallery, was recorded saying that he was going after those he KNEW (my emphasis) were corrupt but for which THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE.

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  • Artax

    Serves me right for even answering you.Should have just ignored you as is my wont.

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  • “The Attorney General in tabling the IL bill and playing to the gallery, was recorded saying that he was going after those he KNEW (my emphasis) were corrupt but for which THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE.”

    There goes MARSHALL WITH HIS BULLSHIT AGAIN…DID THEY NOT CAMPAIGN ON THE AUDITOR GENERALS REPORT >>>>AS PROOF OF CORRUPTION…

    …….so Marshall can’t read to see who signed off and what, in which ministry nd in which department, dont he know who the minister of finance was…, follow the money and ask international police for help…proof does not present itself, real attorneys general and police know they have to go looking for proof to find it beyond a doubt.

    …..neither the AGs office, the DPPs office or the police force have the skills , ethics or intelligence to carry out any such investigations.

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  • And you still persist in responding?

    It says a lot about you, my friend. But you can’t help it.

    I will certainly continue to highlight the nonsense you post to this forum (as is my wont).

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  • Wow!

    They got a lot of lil boys in here wearing big men pants.Wuhloss lol.

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  • Yes, and by you not resisting to responding once again, you have proven yourself to be correct.

    Wuh loss
    Hahaha

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  • @NorthernObserver July 10, 2018 10:37 AM “So when a work permit is applied for, this means the candidate is a NON-Caricom person? I was under the impression, Caricom nationals could be hired without application.”

    https://bac.gov.bb/Apply/Certificate-of-Recognition-of-CARICOM-Skills-Qual.aspx
    How to apply for a CARICOM skilled nationals certificate.
    A PDF of the required form can be found at the link.

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  • And on the same site the document “Guidelines for the certificate of recognition of CARICOM skills qualification”, volume 13. Published March 2016, by the Barbados Accreditation Council makes it is made clear on page 6 of that document that Haitians can acquire such certificates and are entitled to work in the following countries. So PM Mottley is simply reiterating long standing Barbados government policy.

    Qualifying Caribbean Community States:
     Antigua and Barbuda
     Barbados
     Belize
     Dominica
     Grenada
     Guyana
     HAITI
     Jamaica
     St. Kitts and Nevis
     St. Lucia
     St. Vincent and the Grenadines
     Suriname
     Trinidad and Tobago

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  • So if Haitians have not been coming to work in Barbados it may mean:

    They are unaware that they have such rights
    They do not have the skills covered by the regulations
    Skilled certificates are being unjustly withheld
    They have been finding greener pastures to the north, south, east and west of us.

    But Haitians have long had the right to work in Barbados and in the rest of Caricom

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  • The following categories of workers, whose countries are members of caricom are entitled to move and work freely In the Caribbean Community
    1. Graduates from all recognized universities in the world
    2. Artistes
    3. Musicians
    4. Sportspersons
    5. Media persons
    6. Teachers
    7. Professional Nurses
    8. Artisans
    9. Holders of Associate Degrees and comparable qualifications
    10. Household Domestics

    I recall being at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Speightstown, Barbados when the free movement of Caricom nationals was being discussed. I recall the Rex Nettleford was one of the panellists (and Professor Nettleford has been dead for 8 years) and I recall that at that time the idea being mooted was that the free movement of labour was to be restricted to UWI graduates only. Since then the categories of workers permitted to move freely to work has been expanded to any Caricom national who is a university or community college graduate as well as the other categories named above.

    Nothing new here therefore.

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  • NorthernObserver

    TY SS

    The free movement of skills/labour basically entails the right of a CARICOM National to
    seek work or engage in gainful employment in all CARICOM Member States whether
    as a wage earner or non-wage earner, without the need to obtain a work permit in the
    Member State in which he/she desires to work.
    A CARICOM National is, according to Article 32.5:(A) of the Revised Treaty, a person
    who is regarded as a National of a Member State. This is the case if such person:
    – is a citizen of that State
    – has a connection with that State of a kind which entitles him/her to be
    regarded as belonging to or, if it be so expressed, as being a native or
    resident of the State for purpose of the laws thereof relating to immigration.
    Persons who are eligible for the Free Movement of Skills/Labour must be engaged in a
    legitimate economic activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. There are
    currently no rights regarding free movement solely for the purposes of residency or
    permanent naturalization or citizenship. If a person just wishes to migrate from one
    CARICOM state to live in another, he/she must still apply for residency or citizenship,
    in accordance with the laws of that country.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Which makes me wonder what the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills qualification is all about. A make work and charge a fee ting?

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  • Ping Pong
    Don’t rely on my posts. All parliamentary debates can now be viewed on the Parliament’s Youtube website, live and recorded. However, be careful becausen if you visit, the PM and her cohorts may be harvesting your data to exterminate you if you bad talk the government according to the Oracle of cartoons and everything IT related, including FB and GDPR…..murdaaa!😂🤣

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  • Northern Observer,
    It is my understanding that under the Barbados legislation graduates of UWI and the University of Guyana have a legal right of free movement. Graduates of other global universities also qualify on condition they obtain ministerial approval.
    So, graduates of a university which is little more than a good secondary school, have an advantage over graduates of our top Ivy League, Russell Group and other leading universities. I have always said you do not give ministers in small nations power then not to expect them to use it.
    I am a strong supporter of Caribbean unity, not just the English-speaking nations, but CARICOM is a dodo. In it s current form it is useless and undemocratic. Why can’t we have elections to CARICOM?

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  • Enuff
    it seems that it is Joseph Atherley and the lazy news media that need to visit the Parliament’s website.

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  • After reading the Barbados Today’s report of the contribution of Wilfred Abrahams to the IL debate, I am no wiser as to whether the proposed fines are the higher or lower quantums. It would seem that whatever is the case Mr Abrahams is blaming the Chief Parliamentary Counsel. So for Enuff and Mr Abrahams, Shaggy’s “It wasn’t me” is the song of the day!

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  • Ping Pong
    All you need to do is go ask the CPC if it is true. I remember when the issue of the reduction was raised on BU, I said it could be due to proportionality–the same point allegedly raised by the CPC. The explanation raised my eyebrow, but at the end of the day it is back to the original amount. You should go appear before the Select Committee and make your points.

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  • @enuff

    The CPC can raise any issue with the draft, the committee responsible for reviewing the draft legislation would had the opportunity to insist the campaign promise of high fines were maintained? The BLP boast of planning years before the general election date of the 24 May, we should assume the size of the fines would not have been discussed in the context of concern expressed by the CPC?

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  • NorthernObserver

    @HA
    it would seem upon reading the documentation provided by SS’s links. that education is not a factor; the distinction is between movement for employment versus movement for residency. There could well be another ‘agreement’ which covers where individuals were educated or employment classifications.

    The occurrence of a Newspaper Notice, stating that unable to find suitably qualified local applicants, the employer is seeking permission to hire someone else, is well known. The link SS provided suggests, employers are not required to seek work permits for Caricom nationals. Hence, when such notices appear today, it means they have not only been unable to find a suitably qualified Barbadian national, but a Caricom national. One wonders what the ‘acid test’ employers are subjected to, in order to show their search covered such persons.

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  • @NorthernObserver July 11, 2018 1:53 AM “Which makes me wonder what the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills qualification is all about. A make work and charge a fee ting?”

    As I was told by one of your people “you know that this is a document based society”

    The Caricom skilled national certificate is like a marriage certificate. You can live in the house with a woman for 60 years, raise ten children and pay the mortgage together, but a marriage certificate from the state certifies that the state recognizes your relationship as marriage. Or you can raise a child from you community from infancy to adulthood, but without a formal adoption certificate from the legal authorities some states would not recognize the parent/child relationship.

    So the Caricom skilled nationals certificate certifies that a person has met the legal requirements and has the paper to prove it.

    Your national was right “a document based society”

    Recently my bank, yes a Canadian bank asked me to prove to them who i was. At the time I had banked with them from 15 to 60, had never changed my name, and had lived at one address form birth to 24, and at the other until 60. Still your bank wanted me to prove who I was.

    I bank elsewhere.

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  • @Hal Austin July 11, 2018 5:21 AM “It is my understanding that under the Barbados legislation graduates of UWI and the University of Guyana have a legal right of free movement. Graduates of other global universities also qualify on condition they obtain ministerial approval.”

    Your understand is incorrect.

    Ministerial approval is NOT required for graduates of “top Ivy League, Russell Group and other leading universities.”

    The document, the law and the practice says graduates of all universities.

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  • David

    All plausible, but I’ll go with Abrahams explanation. Could they not have used the CPC argument to justify the lower fines? They didn’t. Remember I tell wunna–LEGACY.

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  • @NorthernObserver July 11, 2018 11:03 AM “The occurrence of a Newspaper Notice, stating that unable to find suitably qualified local applicants, the employer is seeking permission to hire someone else, is well known. The link SS provided suggests, employers are not required to seek work permits for Caricom nationals. Hence, when such notices appear today, it means they have not only been unable to find a suitably qualified Barbadian national, but a Caricom national. One wonders what the ‘acid test’ employers are subjected to, in order to show their search covered such persons.”

    In spite of all the noise about migration, immigration, movement of people etc. in fact most people are barnacles and tend to stay within just a few miles of the place where they were born.

    Rr where they have migrated.

    I would bet you anything that most Bajan migrants to the U.K, U.S.A., and Canada live within 50 miles of the port at which they landed decades ago.

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  • Simle Simon,

    Plse name the document.

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  • The Caribbean needs to dismantle all these old structures that are disenfranchising their people and destroy all the new systems they are creating to rob future generations by not putting your money in their banks… these are deliberately designed by evil people to keep systems in place to continue to rob black populations….

    the Canadian bank is running a new scam on Bajans, older people with bank accounts with this bank for decades, who no longer work and many do not pay their own utilities any longer so they have no proof of address anymore are being asked by this bank to have a JPs letter proving where they reside…one person I know produced the letter, removed their money and closed the account, find other ways to house your money..

    I know others who are patiently waiting to fix their business then close all their accounts with foreign banks..by now the Caribbean should have it’s own central bank and only local banks, get the foreign banks out of the Caribbean.

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  • @Hal Austin July 10, 2018 9:14 AM “…or is the prior occupant still there?”

    What if the prior occupant never occupied Ilaro Court?

    What if the building remains mostly empty except for official functions.

    What if our PM’s prefer to live in their own comfy houses?

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  • @Hal Austin July 11, 2018 5:10 PM “Simle Simon, Plse name the document.”

    You are still in London aren’t you?

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  • http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Migration_Report_Embargov.pdf
    Migration and its impact on cities.An insight report. Published by the World Economic Forum. October 2017. page 7.
    “Migrants tend to be particularly concentrated in global cities, if they exist in their country of destination, as compared to other parts of the country. For instance, of the 6.8 million foreign-born people living in Canada, 46% reside in Toronto”

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  • NorthernObserver

    SS…I guess that is the beauty of competition, you have a choice.

    In retail banking, the #1 reason for losing a client, is upsetting them, sometimes with minor bullshit. They can be a Bank customer for 20 years, with no good reason to stay, other than nobody has upset them. Once they are happy, they rarely look for alternates.

    I can drive in Canada, the USA, England, all over Europe, with my drivers license. Not in Bim. I have to go to a licensing office, stand in a usually 8+ person line, produce my Canadian drivers license, pay them $10, for them to copy by hand, information onto a carbon form (all but extinct), stamp it, and give me a document which allows me to drive for 3 mumffs. Yet Bajans can use their licenses abroad?

    Don’t get me started on trading stocks there. Yes, they love, love, love a piece of paper.

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  • @NorthernObserver
    Get started on trading stocks.
    I have been eyeing the market but the volume is low.
    Site is updated, but it is harder to get information.
    Bid prices and ask prices seem different to what I know.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Enuff of Lorenzo duo

    I commiserate with you.

    Wunna dun vex dat Grenville Philips II open he mouf pun BU and voice he concerns bout dis act nuh?

    And to think wunna want to blame de officer at de drafting department fuh mekking dis unilateral change?

    Leh me tell you something bout Dale Nuff Teets Marshall

    Dere is no drafting clerk who cud change what this demigod Teets write and keep dem job.

    Wunna tink dat (And by wunna I mean Simmonds, Haynes Thorne Hinkson Marshall and Abrahams) fell bajans is bvhkunts?

    And in the melee all of the tricky shite get voted through cause wunna man Atherley only talk bout de red herring of the amount and not the fact that the declarations are not a yearly thing NOR ARE THEY DAFEGUARDED BY A THIRD PARTY OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION

    Stroking de doggies and pokies of 300,000 People at the same time

    I guess the adults must be like dat but dere gots to be a law about doing that to children under the age of consent!

    Wunna wicked but de grandson going men z Cartoon to commerate your comment bout dis subject matter.

    Well done Enuff of Lorenzo duo

    I like you bad. Heheheheh Mia going soon box you in you face doah.

    You wid not shut to badword up and every time you mention shyte de grandson does you a cartoon dat does do an easy 300 heheheheh and in Oracle units dat is 5100 contacts x17

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item thank you

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol….Enuff is going to get a shock bigger than the exyardfowls which will be 100 times more potent and longer lasting. .

    …ya ain’t see the exyardfowls brigade and their stupid ex government ministers still can’t recover from that smack down from the people on May 24th.

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