Sandals Barbados Backstory

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Dear Editor,

The Sandals Barbados fiasco: Throwing out the baby with the bathwater, otherwise known in the Caribbean as snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

My name is James Bristol. I am a lawyer from Grenada and I negotiated the incentive agreements with the government of Barbados on behalf of Sandals.

I have read the recent statements both from the Prime Minister and Sandals and would like to clarify certain matters.

May I state from the outset that I have no political axe to grind and no political affiliations in Barbados.

I met the former Minister of Finance for the first time during the negotiations of the incentives and have not met him since.

I know the Prime Minister both as a colleague and as a friend.

The Sandals Barbados incentives are based on those which I negotiated for Sandals in respect of the Sandals Grenada hotel. The Barbados incentives are more generous than those in respect of Grenada.

The present Prime Minister of Grenada publicly expressed his initial concern over the generous incentives granted to Sandals in Grenada by the previous administration.

However, on attaining office and seeing the financial benefits of the Sandals investment in Grenada, the Prime Minister, not only endorsed the incentives granted, but added to them by including a tax stabilization clause to ensure that the incentives, and therefore the financial viability of the investment by Sandals, was not threatened or whittled away by future legislation.

The Sandals Grenada incentives took effect during a period of financial austerity under the IMF. The IMF program was successfully completed notwithstanding the Sandals incentives which incentives were fully implemented and respected by the Government at all times.

A large part of Grenada’s economic recovery has been attributed to Sandals and I am aware that the Grenada Government is doing all that is within its power to facilitate a Beaches Resort here.

Grenada’s enhancement extends to one of the most sophisticated call centres in the region with over 100 employees and increasing. All from Sandals!

As it is well known, Grenada‘s performance has been applauded by the IMF and Grenada is recording one of the highest rates of growth in the Caribbean.

Indeed, the Sandals incentive model has been adopted by the Government of Grenada for other hotel investments.

If Grenada can survive an IMF program while these incentives are in place and come out with flying colours despite the incentives, why is Barbados finding it difficult to honour an agreement reached in good faith between itself and Sandals?

The Barbados agreement was given effect by Statutory Instruments laid before Parliament under the applicable legislation. I drafted those statutory instruments in conjunction with the government’s legal department.
Far from insisting on additional incentives, Sandals is simply seeking to have certain incentives, not within the Statutory Instruments but within the Incentives Agreement, embodied in some form which would give a level of comfort to its bankers and itself to the extent that the financial basis for the investment remains stable so as to guarantee the ability to repay the loans in respect of the proposed Beaches project.

The Barbados incentives agreement contains a clause which mandates the Government to pass all laws and take all steps which are necessary to give effect to the agreement.

So, the Government is mandated to find avenues to give effect to its obligations under the agreement.

Much has been said over the years about Barbados giving Sandals too much by way of these incentives. Indeed, the same has been said in Grenada and Antigua.

The truth is that none of these countries has given away anything because without the incentives Sandals would not have invested. If Sandals did not come the Government would not have a development nor the benefit of the taxes. Therefore, if Sandals does come and pays reduced taxes, the Government has lost nothing. On the other hand, by Sandals coming, the Government has gained everything by way of the investment and its associated benefits. Sandals is the entity taking the risk by investing its money and being unable to dig up its hotels and take them away if things turn sour.

The way I see the incentives agreement is akin to an invitation to a friend to come to one’s home. The invitation allows them through the door and once inside the benefits of that friendship accrue.

The initial investment which Sandals proposed was the construction of two hotels: Beaches and Sandals.

But an added benefit arose as the Sandals Casuarina hotel has morphed into two hotels, Sandals Barbados and Royal Barbados, at about the same level of investment which was envisaged for the two original hotels, the total invested thus far being over US$300 million.

With the Beaches project the total investment is about US$750 million. Barbados now stands to benefit from 3 hotels as opposed to 2.

The corresponding employment and other benefits have been well documented by others with greater knowledge than me in this regard.

No one can argue that Sandals has delivered over and above what it agreed to do. Has the Government fully delivered on what it contracted to do?

The simple question I would pose to the Government and people of Barbados is this: would it benefit your country if there were no Sandals hotels? Think of the benefits of Sandals building the five star Beaches as opposed to the negative impact on your country and economy if the project is cancelled?
The answers are obvious: any investment of the type made by Sandals is a benefit.

Do not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Mia please call Keith. Keith, please explain to Mia.

James Bristol
Henry, Henry & Bristol
P. O. Box 386
4 & 6 Lucas Street
St. George’s
Grenada

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Another shite lawyer…easily bought and can be sold at any time…only thing on their weak ass corrupt minds is making sure their people stay dependent on parasitic shitehounds like Sandals…

    Ask him if he can think of another way to enrich and empower his own people and his 2 brain cells will shut down for weeks..

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  • From ;Hon: Alex-Mitchell :El Of Barbados
    President of Barbados
    Bajan Free Party& Coalition of Unified Parties BFP/C.O.U.P
    Pine Hill Road Barbados
    alex.alex99@gmail.com Whats app 246-821-7939

    To:James Bristol
    Henry, Henry & Bristol
    P. O. Box 386
    4 & 6 Lucas Street
    St. George’s
    Grenada
    Affidavit of Truth By the Hon: Alex-Mitchell:El

      We thank you for your Open Letter on BU, At this time Barbados is being run by a Criminal Group know as the BBLP Party headed By A Crime Ministers, Her Family and Roots are in A Massive Land Fraud and PONZI running with CLICO, We as Bajans Welcome any investment once all lawful and legal clean. The Problem We as Bajans do not want is Anyone, Group or Government investors building on The Citizen of Barbados lands without ownership and ' Clear Title" The governments of Barbados and in the Caribbean has been bulling crooks taking from the poor giving to the rich, Make sure that the land offered  to build on belongs to the government and the True owner are paid in full with a deed recorded at the Land Registry,Do not buy into the CrownLand lies,Seek.
    

    Many Projects come alone in Barbados during election time to gain votes, and many have failed for “Clear Title” search being Done, 1913-2019 Most are looking at money and underpaid workers with rude and disrespectful management, We are not slaves for anyone and Your Butch need to know that very Clear! Pay a living wage or Hall his Ass-est!

    This Government has removed 126 Years of Barbados History Records, dealing with land ownership to cover their crimes, All Slave records seem to be intact from and before 1661. You are Welcome to come and do the “Title Seach” at our Archives and Trust no one, lawyers or Crime Minister to give the word that all is order. For whatever you Trespass on shall be held by the True Owner/s with the Right Lawful Government in Place, Its only a Matter of Time!

    Make sure as their lawyer that you Ask Questions Yourself to the Crime Minister about Beatrice Henry 1892-1985 and Violet Beckles 1918-2010. Please take no smiles and handshakes with this snake, Do your Homework or Butch may Fire You if He finds out you did not do Your Duliagents in protecting his company Reputation. Do not behave like a Bajan Lawyer! Bigger the title bigger the crook! You have been warned, Trust none! Facts

    This Will also be posted on My Facebook page in case it’s removed,

    https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
    https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
    Affidavit By the Alex-Mitchell :El March25th 2019

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  • After perusal of the above, it further enforces what Dr. Cardinal Ward said in the paper yesterday.

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  • It is good to read about the issues mentioned by the PM and AG last week that are challenging the consummation of the agreement. Sandals is within their right to seek comfort to satisfy their ROI expectation given the heavy investment. Barbados government is also within its right based on the investment appetite to accept or decline.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    This is a letter from the lawyer who drafted the incentive agreement/ Why am I not surprised. Does a fisherman ever tell his customers that his fish stinks?

    Stupssseee!!!!

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  • @Simple Simon

    The shareholders/owners identifies the ROI and other similar indicat. The lawyers draw the agreement to capture. Stay focused!

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @James bristol “I know the Prime Minister both as a colleague and as a friend….why is Barbados finding it difficult to honour an agreement reached in good faith between itself and Sandals?”

    This is a response from one of us who has lived in Barbados for nearly 70 years and who have paid taxes in Barbados for nearly 50 years, and who will continue paying taxes in Barbados until I die. That is this is a response from a person who has paid BOTH Mr. Bristol’s wages and who continues to pay the Prime Minister’s wages. It is because of us that both Mr. Bristol and the Prime Minister have money in their pockets.

    Dear Mr. Bristol: It is NOT Barbados that has to honour this agreement. It is taxpayers like me who have to honour it. We the people. We are having difficulty managing our own basic needs. Some of us who are not highly paid lawyers and are not Prime Ministerial friends have to pay our own bills, pay for Sandals’ incentives, pay your legal fees, and pay the Prime Minister’ wages. For some of us an extra $45. a month for sewage services which we do not receive, and for garbage collection which has not improved is too much. Some of us continue to pay high priced Prime Ministers, and high priced lawyers even while we cannot afford to fix the holes in our own roof.

    That is why Mr. Bristol.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @David March 25, 2019 7:31 AM

    Dear David: I am deeply, deeply focused. Please see my post of 7:33 a.m. I am a simpleton. I don’t know any big words, but I know what an empty pocket feels like.

    Do you know that feeling too?

    Does Mr. Bristol?

    Does the Prime Minister?

    Does Mr. Stuart/Stewart?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    I am not sure if Mr. Bristol has noticed that we the people threw the DLP out of office 30-0 in May of last year. If Mr. Bristol choses to contemplate the election result it may give him an inking of what we the people think about the DLP, Mr. Bristol and the Sandals agreement.

    We are not brassbowls. We are not sheeple. We are not stupid.

    We are thinking human beings.

    If we are cut.

    WE BLEED.

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  • Well Mr. Bristol don’t try educating a country who dies mit understand the basuc rules of investment
    This is a country still living on antiquated idealogies and spitefulness
    Many of whom has nothing to offer the country but long talk and political jobby
    Sandals does not need barbados
    Barbadians in general belive that holding on to a fead horse called Assets is an economic success and a winner
    Mr. Bristol be prepared for the attacks as the foolishness of politics becomes an incentive as proof to their stupidy

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  • Well Mr. Bristol don’t try educating a country who does not understand the basic rules of investment
    This is a country still living on antiquated idealogies and spitefulness
    Many of whom has nothing to offer the country but long talk and political jobby
    Sandals does not need barbados
    Barbadians in general belive that holding on to a dead horse called Assets is an ecoomic success and a winner
    Mr. Bristol be prepared for the attacks as the foolishness of politics becomes an incentive and proof to their stupidy

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  • @Simple Simon

    Th ask is a simple one.

    Let us examine the matter dispassionately, attacking the messenger is silly. In fairness to Mia she signaled from earlier all agreements will be reviewed.

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  • The challenge therefore is that we have to compensate for the traditional structures. Easier sad than done.

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  • The challenge therfore is to stop peeping out from behind closed curtains and look and learn from other countries who has used the basic formula of Knowning when to hold and when to fold
    All Sandals was asking govt was a surety of a previuos agrerment so they can secure loan/ s from the bank
    Mia instead use a political power play long standing against Sandals which was uncalled for and downright ignorant especially at a time when joblessness and heightened criminal activity is a major need of concern for this country

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  • THE SELF CONFESSED FARE PICKER IN HER POSTS ALWAYS REMINDS ME OF THE LIKKLE DOG IN JILL WALKER’S PRINTS

    SO DOES WARU WHO SEEMS TO HAVE A BEEF WID ALL LAWYERS

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  • David

    This is no more than a self-serving piece by an agent for Sandals/Beaches who wants to be paid. It puts one side of what we know is a much more complication situation while pretending to be interested in Barbados.

    Maripokey and the DLP types should consider that they had Sandals for years but still couldn’t pay basis bills. Sometimes more means less!

    It certainly would not benefit the country, regardless to the Grenada or Antiguan situations, for Sandals/Beaches to be able to pay their bills and ‘eggplants’ for lawyers make their money, but Barbados continues to thread water.

    If the cost-benefit analysis aint right, reject! And that analysis must consider all variables.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    I thought you were a doctor…what are u doing slumming and defending dumb lawyers…

    I know some wonderful lawyers who actually have intelligence…but the ones who don’t tend to make spectacles of themselves..

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Georgie Porgie March 25, 2019 8:31 AM “THE SELF CONFESSED FARE PICKER.”

    Good morning Dr. GP. May God grant you a Blessed day.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @David March 25, 2019 7:51 AM “@Simple Simon. Let us examine the matter dispassionately.”

    I am ALWAYS dispassionate David. Why, a former boss told me that i was the coldest human being she had ever met.

    Just suggesting to the learned attorney and to the learned members of the political class that they might try walking a mile in my shoes.

    If I had shoes good enough for a mile long walk.

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  • Sandals deliver jobs. I dont think in the agreement it was specified that Sandals take on the whole of barbados debt
    As an investor i know the gains that would benefit me and i also anticipate losses
    However i weight and balance the overall profitability and losses against having nothing at all
    Btw wasnt Mottley involved in the failed now defunct Four Season

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  • WARU

    RE I thought you were a doctor…YES I AM AND A GOOD ONE TOO

    what are u doing slumming and defending dumb lawyers…NOT DEFENDING A SOUL MISS

    I know some wonderful lawyers who actually have intelligence…SO DO I

    but the ones who don’t tend to make spectacles of themselves..TRUE BUT YOU DONT HAVE TO CUSS LAWYERS EVERYDAY

    SELF CONFESSED FARE PICKER……..AND YOU DID CONFESS
    GP IS ALREADY HAVING A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED DAY

    RE am ALWAYS dispassionate David. Why, a former boss told me that i was the coldest human being she had ever met.
    DID YOU DEVELOP THIS COLD DISPASSIONATE NATURE FROM YOUR FARE PICKER ACTIVITIES

    RE Just suggesting to the learned attorney and to the learned members of the political class that they might try walking a mile in my shoes.

    WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES FOR ANY DISTANCE? WHY?

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  • I wonder why Mr. Bristol did not make any references to the Sandals debacle in Antigua?

    A similar situation occurred in Antigua when PM Gaston Browne said the Chairman of the Sandals group, Butch Stewart wanted an extension of ABST wavier for all his properties, because he was investing in the new beaches resort at Halcyon Cove.

    https://antiguaobserver.com/sandals-lawyer-there-were-no-abst-talks/

    Rather than calling Keith………… perhaps Mia should call Gaston.

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  • The author has an objective, to link the Grenada experience to the Barbados transaction given we are walking a similar IMF path. It will be up to government to weigh the pros and cons to support the best decision in the interest of Barbados.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    .”TRUE BUT YOU DONT HAVE TO CUSS LAWYERS EVERYDAY”

    The days that am cussing lawyers…stay off BU..

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  • Using the goodly attorneys analogy, all Barbadians should threaten to leave Barbados unless the government lowers the taxes imposed because as he says it’s better to collect lower taxes than no taxes at all.

    Sweet.

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  • William Skinner

    All of this nonsense. The damned private sector ain’t doing anything to help this country! Billions tie up in the banking system but they prefer to kick Butch Stewart out.Why don’t they take over the project? We got to get it right. If the private sector don’t want to invest, others would come in and they would all ask for incentives.
    The poor working class want JOBS not high wire political acts.
    And don’t tell me about some meAshely $200 million to build an old peoples’ home. And by the way : Why after all the protest the Hyatt is not only going to be built but it is going to be bigger and we are now going to buy a property to enhance it.
    Open your eyes people this is high wire political acts nothing to do with development.

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  • William Skinner

    measly not meashley. Thanks

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  • “A large part of Grenada’s economic recovery has been attributed to Sandals and I am aware that the Grenada Government is doing all that is within its power to facilitate a Beaches Resort here……Grenada’s enhancement extends to one of the most sophisticated call centres in the region with over 100 employees and increasing. All from Sandals!….. As it is well known, Grenada‘s performance has been applauded by the IMF and Grenada is recording one of the highest rates of growth in the Caribbean”.

    Well that’s what Mr Bristol says. But what does the Sandals induced and IMF acclaimed ‘economic success’ look like for ordinary Grenadians?

    According to the United Nations’ 2017-2021 sub-regional country programme for Barbados and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Grenada has a debt-to-GDP ratio in excess of 90 percent and 37.7 percent of of its population live below the poverty line.

    Grenada also has an unemployment level of 25%. So the Sandals induced economic success leaves a lot to be desired.

    The question we have to ask ourselves about Butch Stuart or any other so-called investor is are they taking out more than they’re putting in. We have to get away from this idea that they’re investing to ‘help Barbados’ or to ‘create jobs’. They hire workers because without workers they would have no business and would make no profit.

    At the moment to book a room at Sandals in St Lawrence Gap for 7 nights will cost you BD$1505 per night. Workers in Sandals are getting paid BD$300 or BD$400 a week. So it’s not enough for Sandals to say they are creating jobs because with the low paid jobs, Sandals is still getting the lion’s share and and most of the money is ending up in Sandals and their bankers and shareholders’ pockets and not benefitting Barbados. What about some return on our investment, including educating the workers that Sandals employs, providing them with health care when they fall sick, providing transport for them to get to and from work and more?

    This is why Sandals should pay their taxes. We are selling ourselves cheap if we accept some low paid jobs in return for Sandals making a bag of money out of our country while all our public services desperately need investment and the government says it’s broke.

    Also, as someone who grow up bathing on Heywoods beach, I want to know who will be responsible for putting the beach back into a useable state if Sandals pull out of this project because the government doesn’t give them the indemnity they want?

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  • “Btw wasn’t Mottley involved in the failed now defunct Four Season….”

    PLEASE explain to BU how Mottley was “involved in the failed now defunct Four Seasons” other than being a lawyer representing the interest of her clients(s)?

    Was Mottley involved when, in March 2011, when former minister of finance tabled the US$60M (Guarantee of Loan) Bill in Parliament, in which government, under Clearwater Bay Ltd., agreed to guarantee an 18 month bridging finance loan of US$60 from ANSA Merchant Bank, at an interest rate of 6.75% in return for a 20% stake in the project?

    Was Mottley involved when the Auditor General wrote the following in his 2014 report:

    Loan to Clearwater Bay:
    The Government of Barbados guaranteed a loan for $120,000,000.00 in respect of the Four Seasons Development project during the financial year 2011-2012. This guaranteed debt was called during the financial year 2013-2014 by the lenders. As Government guaranteed the debt, an amount of $124,329,766.00 which entailed principal plus interest was paid through its company Clearwater Bay. This amount was subsequently recorded in the accounts of the Treasury as an accounts receivable. There is however no information available that any monies have been repaid to date.

    $124,329,766 of taxpayers’ money.

    Was Mottley involved when your administration sold the Four Seasons property to Jada Construction, or when the property was conveyed to Jada Construction on December 19th, 2014 and received and recorded at the Land Registry on March 10th 2015?

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  • I remember Gaston Browne rolling up his sleeves and fist fighting Sandals
    Until sandals started to ignore him totally …and threatened to close shop and move on
    Then and only then did the little tin horn dictator understood what the word Losses meant bringing him to a righteous understanding that his politics of exclusion did not work in favour of the betterment of those who would be put on the bread line

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  • Wasnt Mottley not involved in giving million of dollars in tax waivers
    Mottley hypocrisy is so entertwined in political deception so much that every moves she makes hurts the barbadian household

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    LOL. what perfect timing. What a coincidence. What a play. Who will be the suckers? Bajans!

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  • Can anyone explain why Barbados needs more hotels? With the way crime is going, plus the extra taxes imposed on visitors, is it worth it for a few low paid jobs? Does anyone think with all the extra taxes, the increased bus fares, etc., that maids, waiters/waitress, gardeners, etc., will be able to live on those wages paid by these hotels?

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  • “I remember Gaston Browne rolling up his sleeves and fist fighting Sandals…….. Until sandals started to ignore him totally …and threatened to close shop and move on….”

    Do you read anything other than what comes from your George Street headquarters?

    NO, you got it WRONG………. Butch did not ignore Gaston.

    What Butch did was to use this same Mr. Bristol to threaten the Antiguan government with a law suit. And Butch also used his newspaper, the “Jamaica Observer,” to begin a smear campaign against Gaston and even went as far as using his wealth to solicit votes for Baldwin Spencer and the United Progressive Party (UPP).

    And what happened after Butch “threatened to close shop and move on?”

    “Notwithstanding its agreement to the terms of the deed of release and settlement of claim, in apparent retribution Sandals closed down its Antigua property for several months without notice, ostensibly to implement previously unannounced repairs and renovation.”

    “This closure prompted the government to introduce and pass in Parliament the Investment Authority Amendment Bill of 2017, which was designed to prevent a similar repeat occurrence, not just by Sandals but by any significant resort operator seeking to impact or manipulate the Antigua and Barbuda economy in like manner.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    “Wasnt Mottley not involved in giving million of dollars in tax waivers……Mottley hypocrisy is so entertwined in political deception so much that every moves she makes hurts the barbadian household..”

    Is this the best you can come up with trying to defend the DLP’s abysmal record as it relates to Four Seasons?

    What about the $13M owed to the NIS.

    As it relates to what you so often erroneously refer to as “tax waivers,” it would be very interesting to see a list of names of the businesses and individuals that benefited from the tax write offs.

    I hope you wouldn’t get a heart attack if some of those names include members of the DLP, some of whom you’re aware own businesses.

    Unless, you want to convince us ALL DLP business owners are UP TO DATE with their NIS commitments, VAT, income and corporation taxes obligations, and are above board in their business operations.

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  • Yes after several attempts Butch finally paid attention to the fool

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  • Fool????

    Come on, I thought we were “discussing” Butch and Gaston…….. not Butch and YOU.

    Hahahahahahaha

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  • Why don’t you people stop wasting the little time you have left on this earth?

    What do you expect the man to say about his client’s business??

    And to those complaining about low paid jobs…Get used to it, beggars can’t be choosers. Be grateful that you get to clean some Englishman’s or German’s toilet after gaining a MSc. in Sociology from UWI.

    Barbados has to take whatever it can get. That is what middle-aged prostitutes do.

    PS: It is too late now to jump on the STEM band-wagon and ride the current wave. The time for that was 30+ years ago.

    It. Is. Over.

    Barbados is a failed state.

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  • Barbados should agree to the terms Sandals asked for.

    Let the Beaches project be completed.

    The Republic of Barbados can renegotiate the ” terms ” 10 years from now.

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  • Only a fool would throw out the baby with the bathe water.
    tub included and have nothing with which to replace them (with)
    The fact remains that 10 months into governance Mia has not tabled any initiatives to remove the dammning taxation off the peoples back
    However has used political spiel and yardfowl politics as divisonary tactics and alternatives which adds up to a double dose of unfettered politcal gamemanship which finds the poor and vulnerable holding the economic stick
    If Mia so boldy can tell Sandals to get lost
    One would think she would used the same spiel with an objective to have already brought projects of similar entities( home made) to drive the all but failed state out of economic stagnation

    As for Gladstone Browne he had no other choice to remain in favour with Sandals rather than kill the goose that laid his golden egg
    In the end most of thses turd world small islands states after fist fighting corporations usually find themselves ending up like Cuba and Venezuela

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  • Mia has not said she will not closed the deal. She is pressing for a better deal for Barbadians.

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  • What better deal
    Why hasnt she disclosed the deals with Ross and the new store which she touted as investors falling at barbados door steps
    No! she is hop scotching on burning fire trying to make taxes an economic policy to recovery
    Untill she has a bigger and better financial source to pay debt she should weight the merits of her decisions against the negative fall out which accompanies political fireballs

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Dullard March 25, 2019 11:49 AM “Be grateful that you get to clean some Englishman’s or German’s toilet after gaining a MSc. in Sociology from UWI.”

    You better be careful that the person with an a MSc. in Sociology from UWI doesn’t turn up and take your job, or your wife, son or your daughter’s job. The UWI graduates are a highly mobile group.

    Just warning ya!

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  • Mariposa, seriously……… do you read the news or do you make up things and write the first thing that comes to your head, just to be “politically controversial,” because it is politically expedient to do so?

    It’s a pity you can’t remain on a “rational, objective course” and without politicizing every issue during a “conversation.”

    What does the “waffle” you wrote at 1:01PM has to do with the issue?

    Mottley stated clearly that “her administration had worked hard to make the sprawling Beaches project a reality, despite it not being in agreement with the “excessively generous concessions” the last government issued to Sandals.”

    “For us not to have honoured a contractual arrangement made by a previous executive would have destroyed our reputation as a country that follows the rule of law. And that we accepted that we were bound by the terms of the agreement signed by the last administration with respect to the Sandals and with respect to the Order under the Duties Taxes and other Payments Act Chapter 67B,” she explained.

    “In other words Sir, the damage to our government and our country to fulfill this obligation would be large but measureable, but if we failed to honour the obligation, the damage would be immeasurable and affect the integrity of our reputation as a place where the rule of law obtains or where business is conducted. So we agreed that we would honour it,” she said.

    Tell BU when “Mia so boldly (told) Sandals to get lost?

    Secondly, it is true “Browne had no other choice to remain in favour with Sandals,” because, similarly to how Mottley had to honour the contractual agreements made by your administration, Browne had to honour the commitments to Sandals, made by the former Baldwin Spencer led UPP administration.

    What Browne was concerned with was the fact that:

    (1). As at December 31, 2016, Sandals COLLECTED and WITH-HELD Antigua and Barbuda sales tax (ABST) totaling EC$101,424,448.54 (US$37.5 million).

    Sandals subsequently agreed to pay ABST at the full statutory rate as from January 1, 2017 and waived from that date any right that they may have had to a discounted rate of ABST under any prior arrangement or agreement with the previous government.”

    (2). They were manipulating their obligation to pay social security contributions in respect of their employees by classifying certain workers as independent contractors so that they did not have to pay the payroll taxes.

    And what Butch did when the NIS wanted to conduct an audit? He threatened to close the hotel.

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  • Yes she makes it as she goes along. Her body of work on BU tells the story. She can be more constructive donating a table cloth and a couple standing lights to George Street to make the lunchtime affair more pleasing?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    UWI graduates are not only highly mobile, they are also very smart, and in the U.S, marketplace for example there is a projected 18% growth rate for social and community service work managers. I don’t know about other people but 18% growth seems great to me. Social and community service assistants 16% growth projected, post secondary social work teachers 15%, social workers 16% growth projected.

    Man!! if I was 40 years younger with an Msc. in social work from UWI, I would certainly SELL my education/skills/training to the Americans. [not as GP and Piece erroneously believe, my pokey] I would not be scrubbing any English, German or U.S. sh!t. As the world becomes a more confused and confusing place we will need more people with master’s degree in social work, not fewer. Our problems in Barbados [and the U.S.] will not be solved by STEM people [I have nothing against STEM people] nor by lawyers, nor by engineers, but by people who understand human behaviour. I have a young relative who earned a master’s degree in engineering, then after a few years went back to school to earn a master’s degree in human services, because he found engineering to be too “easy”. He enjoys the challengers of dealing with the enormous complexity of human behaviour.

    Oh!!! and by the way, the projected “growth” rate for computer programmers in the United States is -7%.

    The official data is here:https://www.bls.gov/ooh/a-z-index.htm

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @Artax at 2;25 “US$37.5 million”

    What????

    US$37.5 million is a nice piece of change.

    I bet that the new mothers and the pensioners are happy about this.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ecopro.pdf
    U.S. employment projections 2016 to 2026

    Ten fastest growing occupations:

    Solar photovoltaic installers 104.9%
    Wind turbine service technicians 96.3%
    Home health aides 47.3%
    Personal care aides 38.6%
    Physician assistants 37.3%
    Nurse practitioners 36.1%
    Statisticians 33.8%
    Physical therapy assistants 31%
    Software and applications developers 30.7%
    Mathematicians 29.7%

    11.5 million jobs. If Bajans can do even a miniscule % of this work, we good. Bajans have a long history of “following de wuk” whether that work is in St. Lucia, Guyana, Panama, Cuba, the United States, England, Canada. We do what we have to do. And we get the job done.

    Did our grandfathers and grandmothers not build the British Empire, the Panama Canal, the British National Health Service, London Transport?

    We CAN DO.

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  • @Simple Simon

    Relevance?

    How does Barbados aligned with the growth areas you have listed and what does it bode for Barbados?

    Given the austerity being experienced do you anticipate a run on our workforce?

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    Yup!!!

    Bajans have always run to other places to find good well paying jobs.

    Nothing new.

    Ask Hal, ask Hants, ask moneybrain, ask Sargeant, ask Dame Bajans, etc. etc.etc. etc. etc.

    It is alright to talk about love of country, but I keep telling wunna that people love SELF first.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    You may not be associating enough with young people David. I personally know at least 6 young people (under the age of 25) who have migrated to Canada in recent years. Once the youngsters have got at least a polytechnic certificate or a BCC associate’s degree they are off.

    What else are they supposed to do? Kick an empty fast food box down the road? Or work as a gunman for hire for some big guts, rum drinking, drug taking man who is old enough to know better?

    I tell you the young people are very smart, AND they are willing to work hard.

    If Barbados doesn’t want them or can’t accommodate them they will make life elsewhere.

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  • My records show a Problem with the clear title search of the true owners of that land in St . Peter ,Barbados own Archives records online, Love to see the Books show back up to see if this can be built, We know the Crime Ministers is not the owners, for they were a Poor Family until they started teeffffing from Beatrice Henry and Violet Beckles,

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  • @Simple Simon

    Was soliciting your view, that is all.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    That’s ok David. I am cool with you.

    The young are looking for opportunities to WORK. Contrary to what some on this blog say, our young people are not brass bowls, they are not RH’s, they are not cvunts, they are not sheeple.

    Professor Jeff opined that less than 1% of them are “bad boys”. The others, and I know plenty of them, because remember I have been taking the ZR vans almost daily for more than 20 years, hold to traditional Bajan values. They are eager to “better” themselves. They want skills training, trades training, education and work; and we the “old people” must do our part to give them a hand up. And that means paying our taxes, whether we are an old lady in a village, or a big shot capitalist. Our young people want opportunities, not handouts.

    And even though people who sit in air conditioned cars like to curse the ZR men. I see everyday that the “accursed” ZR men are one of the hardest working sectors in barbados.

    Oh that the people at the top of the pile, and those in the middle worked as hard, and as efficiently. The ZR men can teach the fatsos a lot. Lolll!!!

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  • @ Simple Simon

    You better be careful that the person with an a MSc. in Sociology from UWI doesn’t turn up and take your job

    This is not impossible but the probability of this is near zero. LOL

    And you think the Dullard is an old man because I does add my piece in de rum shop?

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  • a very interesting situation. should a government, elected to rule for 5 years, make a 40 year decision? guaranteed returns tend to pay very little. us treasury bills, real estate. the more risky the investment the higher the return must be to offset. i am torn. if sandals was not all inclusive and would spread the wealth, then maybe, but if all the revenue collected by sandals is not taxable and it is the only revenue barbados is going to get then who will pay for the police, immigration, roads etc that the same visitors use and therefore benefit from. SS there is another group of very hard working progressives, who have in a few short years mushroomed an industry, the coconut vendors. interesting that both thrive due to a lack of oversight. our western thinking means that “im with the government, im here to help” kills every industry it touches.

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  • We have Paradise Beach rotting on our prime coastline because of Butch going back to Arthur. Will we see the same to another piece of prime coastline in the North?

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  • No ! i do not read the news as today news lacks basic truth and is geared to protect political affiliations groups and individuals
    I deal with reality and reality says that a country with 275thousand an ageing population low wages and high uemployment does not have the luxury of playing political hard ball so dangerously close to the livelihoods of the people
    If this govt has a way forward to deliver the goods via productivity that is sustainable to economic progress then and only then would i stand side by side with govt on whatever plans they seem necessary to secure our economy
    Until then i stand steadfast in my beliefs that this govt has nothing to produce and rolling up sleeves to fight sandals is an exercise in futilty placed on a political table of gamemanship

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  • Let me tell u something David and all others who think that i am associated with George Street
    I have never visited George Street knows no one who visit george street
    As for tablecloths maybe u can buy a few to send to Prsent govt for their next koolaid serving

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  • @ Mariposa

    You admitted your association with the DLP to BU on more than one occasion.

    We all know you have over ten year’s experience drinking and serving DLP koolaid.

    During the past 10 years, you tried marketing and selling it on BU, but was unsuccessful. You tried forcing it down our throats and was beaten quite severely 30-0 as a result.

    And although it’s obvious you’re still hurting physically and mentally from the whipping, you’re still trying to get us to buy your koolaid.

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  • Robert Goern as David tells do not make this about mariposa but you are a friggin liar. My only association is with a philosphy grounded on a BARROW principle and there is nothing wrong with having a philosophical connection with any one and that is as far as my attachment to any political party entails
    Never have i financially sent support attended any of their meetings and met any of their ministers
    Just setting the record straight

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  • Maybe we will see another piece of land rot
    “”””””””””””””,””””””””
    However when Butch and Arthur collide
    The Country econmics was in good standing and Arthur had the luxury of telling Butch take it or leave it
    Not so now !Mottley hands are empty so empty that she had barbados knocking like beggars on the IMF doorstep
    This time around Butch has the ace and can tell Mia take it or lump it.
    The question bodes well to ask of Mia how much does barbados has to lose .
    And To Butch do u need Barbados to survive.

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  • David, if there is money to be made the private sector will make it happen. we have the only sandals grand in the world because sandals gets to charge more money for a room here than anywhere else they operate. again i am not sure how to play this one. we want the brand and the investment, but maybe not at any cost. maybe one of the many blp consultants can work out the likely sandals return and see if they really need 40 years to get a good return and how likely they are to walk before we give something we can never get back. in terms of taxation do we tax the industries making the most money and maybe discourage them or tax them because they are the only ones making money and therefore the ones that can afford it. having “helped” manufacturing and agriculture into bankruptcy, what other industry can pay? i think every country in the world expects to adjust taxation every year in some sort of budget, will the next 40 start with “except sandals”?

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  • @BA

    There is some politics being played. Mia is governing at a difficult time. Barbadians will have to suck some salt if we are to give ourselves a chance to get over the hump. Along the way she needs some wins. To get Butch to back off that onerous requirement will be such win. If Butch wants to develop Beaches he will have to throw Mia a bone.

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  • Stop talking poop
    Mia all but set barbadians households to suck salt for a long time
    Negro get it out of your head Butch walked away once and he can do so again
    The long and short meaning that a political win at this time of economic hardship on the people would not go very far in comforting hunger bellies
    Meanwhile Butch set up shop in another small island who is looking for some jobs to help the poor man survive
    Remeber Hyatt did not sit around waiting till barbados overcome their political battles .
    Hyatt look to another small island country and the rest is history while barbados is still trying to figure up from down

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  • sandals will do what is right for sandals. maybe they don’t need a guaranteed 40 years of no taxes to make it work. i guess it will be a judgement call. we don’t want them not to invest, but we don’t want them to be the only winners either. and i am all for less taxes for everyone, but this seems like a butch deal only and i’m not sure if that is right or necessary. it doesnt help them if we can’t afford police or school teachers, and no-one wants to come to barbados. hopefully a sensible deal will be struck.

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  • It is ok to let butch off from paying taxes in Barbados but it is total wrong to give established businesses and some individuals a break in forgiving 20yrs old taxes owed

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  • Look dont mek me laugh Corporate Barbados just got a whopping tax reduction and soon to come big vat refunds
    One can bet that these hotel moguls will be having large refunds due to the many taxes which were placed on their business
    It is not as if the other moguls in the hotel industry does not enjoy the benefits of concessions in other forms when taxes are deducted due to”financial lost” to their business

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  • *20+ years

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  • The blogmaster must admit that we will always blame Butch for the state of Paradise Beach. He held that property for so long, he fought a court battle to hold it and them what? He needs to show some good faith here. Like you stated, he has some skin in the game as far has corporate responsible to the market he operates.

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  • Do you understand Barbados took a decision to coverge domestic and international tax rates by defaulting to the international rate to fen off the OECD wolves? The issue is much bigger than your argument. You should continue with this narrative 4 years from now.

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  • “If sandals was not all inclusive and would spread the wealth, then maybe, but if all the revenue collected by sandals is not taxable and it is the only revenue barbados is going to get then who will pay for the police, immigration, roads etc that the same visitors use and therefore benefit from.”

    BA

    You made an interesting point…….

    ……… and this was the gist of Antigua’s PM Gaston Browne’s argument with the concessions granted to Sandals Antigua.

    “(PM Browne) also noted that Sandals also enjoy exemptions from withholding taxes, from corporation taxes so that whatever they gross in the form of profit is net, government gets nothing.”

    “Invariably those profits do not stay in this economy for further expansion of the business; almost invariably it is repatriated to expansion in other countries… generally speaking these profits are repatriated to support the expansion of Sandals in other counties.”

    “They have their parent company, Sandals International; a company that apparently does all of the bookings. What they do is that they will cream off the top of all the bookings $10 million … $20 million and then they will remit probably about $50 million for the two properties here. They will report the $50 million revenue from which they will deduct the expenses and then would have an overall profit of maybe about $7 million or $9 million. But you have to understand that the moneys that they creamed off the top that is going straight to profit,” Browne explained.”

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  • I agree with Goren. On several occasions I read contributions in which ac/Angela Cox/Angela Skeete/Coxable/Mariposa made comments that could be reasonably interpreted as associating the consortium with the DLP. She used to end some of contributions with the slogan “DEMS now, DEMS again.”

    If her “only association is with a philosphy grounded on a BARROW principle,” I’m sure she’ll agree the former Freundel Stuart led DLP administration was far removed from “Barrow’s principle,” yet, she was a fervent supporter of Stuart, Sinckler, et al.

    However, it’s her prerogative to support whichever political party she chooses to support.

    But what puzzles me is the fact that, if any contributor criticizes the DLP, she is quick to label them as “BLP operatives or yard-fowls” and feels justified doing so.

    Yet, when she is called a “DLP operative” for similarly criticizing the BLP, she takes offence.

    It begs the question: does the criteria used to label a critic CHANGES according to a specific political party he/she criticizes?

    So, if I criticize the DLP, then I must be a BLP stool pigeon………

    ……………however, if Mariposa CRITICIZES the BLP, while DEFENDING the DLP, she is NOT a “DLP yard-fowl,” she’s being patriotic.

    Hmmmmmmm…………….boggles the mind.

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  • The gist of my argument goes beyond political gamemsnship
    As the lawyer was quick to point out that Sandals was a pivitol part in helping Grenada economy move
    We in barbados practice the kind of arrogrance that defies logic
    An argument bent on a belief that having nothing to bring to table should be enough to guarantee that your way is the only way that is correct
    An agrument that has brought barbados economy in a stagnated place of fright
    Browne is a classical example of one living in a fools Paradise having illusions of grandeur

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  • Dear Mr Bristol, sorry but you nor Chris Sinckler aint getting no finders fee, NOT BOUT HERE. No wonder many see the Caribbean as Banana Republics for we sell our backsides for a few.

    The average hotel worker in Grenada works for around EC$1200 while bus fare expensive and KFC snack box cost EC$18.

    Short man Mitchell pooch to close to his brain to remember why he lost the election over talk about corruption.

    So Mr Bristol no hard feeling but Auntie Mia aint selling Barbados nor Bajans short for the mercenary Butch.

    Sandals Resort pays $12 million to settle bribery probe – The FCPA Blog
    http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/…/sandals-resort-pays-12-million-to-settle-bribery-probe.ht...
    Jan 30, 2013 – Corruption in the government led to the U.K. imposing direct rule in 2009. … Jamaican businessman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart operates Sandals.

    http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2013/1/30/sandals-resort-pays-12-million-to-settle-bribery-probe.html

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  • “As the lawyer was quick to point out that Sandals was a pivitol part in helping Grenada economy move…..”

    Any reasonable, rational thinking individual would dismiss Bristol’s comments as “speculative nonsense.” He made a broad, generalized statement, without presenting any statistics, reports from Grenada’s finance ministry or even an analysis from the IMF to substantiate his claims. It’s only HIS opinion.

    It is impossible for ONE or TWO ALL INCLUSIVE resorts that enjoy generous tax concessions, to play any pivotal role in a country’s economic growth. Obviously, you would accept “the lawyer’s” argument, because you don’t think rationally and it falls directly in line with your narrow, political agenda. it provides fuel for your political rhetoric.

    You keep “hitting” at Browne, but Butch had to “tow Browne’s line” in Antigua.

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  • Well David tell the poor go explain to the poor man who is seeking economic relief that giving the wealthy businessman big tax relief correlates to them having a full belly
    On one hand Sandals already providing jobs in a form of economic relief for bajan households is told No
    Then on the other hand govt gives fiscal space on a “hope” of enticing investors
    Oh well will be waiting to see how this Houdini works out
    Cause i know from past evidence that local corporations have never gave any thing of worth to create necessary growth by way of expansion
    And outside investors not going to leave a place where things are cheaper to set up business in barbados unless they are handed a truck load of concessions even when the incentive of lower taxes are included. Not going to happen

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  • @ Mariposa,

    You are right. FDI will not come to Barbados unless the deal is very attractive. First, the world is facing another recession; second, there is a lack of quality skills, a degree in law that is useless outside CARICOM is not good; overall, the level of education is low compared to middle and high earning economies; and the per capita high crime rate.
    They got the bull by the horn. If they create a reasonable society, it will be attractive to people (including tourists) and FDI will follow (not just people buying hotels. Remember the hotel corridor from Hastings to Black Rock? Whatever happened to that?)

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  • Butch had to tow Brownes line

    Please explain
    Are u serious
    Really

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  • NO!!!!

    I won’t explain.

    You need to do some reading (I’m serious), rather than coming to the forum with “version” of the truth and things you “fabricated” just to be “politically controversial.”

    Really!!!!

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  • ***** with YOUR version of the truth……

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  • NorthernObserver

    Two comments caught my eye
    “Grenada’s enhancement extends to one of the most sophisticated call centres in the region with over 100 employees and increasing.”
    “Indeed, the Sandals incentive model has been adopted by the Government of Grenada for other hotel investments.”

    What are the enhancements being offered to Barbados?

    I question the latter comment, for that is one quick way to a zero tax base.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Mariposa…another middle aged black ass woman just like Mia who cannot accept that massa day done…always backing those who seek to marginalize and disenfranchise black people..

    …..Mia does it for her own self enrichment and that of her clan…..and the criminal enterprise element…

    ..Mariposa does it because that is all she knows..

    ….wake the hell up and stop sucking up to wannabe slave masters…who are common class thieves in disguise…

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  • Followed that whole drama
    Browne made himself look like a royal jaca.ss in the eyes of international investors
    The worst of it all he used his political platform to launch attacks against Sandals during an election cycle
    Then the long and short had to renege on promises made about sandals concession many of which were meritless and baseless and Sandals threatening to sue the daylights out of him
    This fool almost cost Grenada millions of dollars in ecnonomic revenue and jobs fighting windmills

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  • A decision by Grenada government to give holders of government securities a few years ago had a significant positive impact on that market. The challenge for any government is to come up with the best policies in the best interest of everyone.Hopefully we will get it right.

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @Mariposa March 26, 2019 12:27 AM “On one hand Sandals already providing jobs in a form of economic relief for bajan households is told No.”

    Why don’t you stop telling lies. Sandals has not been told “no” by the current administration.

    The DLP should take you off this blog because your lies caused them to lose votes last election.

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  • Listen not following no slave masters
    At present time Barbados and other small islands followed a model that served few
    The question remains are what have these small island govt deliver by way of education to their people that can help build their economy
    Take China for example their education system was position for years for a global economy
    In the meanwhile small island nations relied on tourism and borrowing
    Therfore if the slave mentality still exits in small nations it was in part due to poor goverance and leadership who made certain that the people were not a major part of building an economy

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    But ya got the “we can’t” mentality where ya feel if thieving business people are forced to back off…that black people…the majority population cannot survive without them…the weakness of the slave mind..

    Brown had to legislate to prevent Sandals from continuing to RAPE ANTIGUA…and withhold money from the government that he collected and was supposed to pay into the government…but you can’t see that unless it happens to Barbados..

    …..Stewart has a bad track record with his high level greed and stupidity..and he actually believes….the US12 million dollar fine notwithstanding….that he will continue to get away with it in the Caribbean…….and if decimal Sinkler was not so damn desperate…and clueless…Barbados would not now be saddled with that goddamn idiot….nothing you say can change that..

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  • Hush do Simple

    What lies am i telling did not Mia get up in Parliament and said that the meetings were shelved
    Govt was not willing to give Sandals a continuance of an assurance on a previous agreement that would help secure a loan for Sandals
    Well until there is another comment that says otherwise the answer Mia gave Sandals was No

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    And Stewart is idiot enough to try to use the island itself as collateral to get loans to continue his Sandals shite…something that should never be allowed to happen particularly since the island is all hocked out…..in more ways than one….ask Mia.

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  • It’s amazing how two individuals can receive the same information and interpret it differently, or spin it to in an attempt to achieve their narrow political purposes and agendas.

    However, it’s clear you did NOT “follow that whole drama.” You’re “piecing together” bits of information and making up things as you “go along.”

    You are also purposely misinterpreting the facts because of your COMMITTMENT to DEFENDING the DLP’s decision to give Sandals 40 years of tax concessions and push the false narrative that Mottley rescinded those concessions and said “NO” to the granting of further concessions, when you know this is not true.

    Your comments re:

    “Browne made himself look like a royal jaca.ss in the eyes of international investors. The worst of it all he used his political platform to launch attacks against Sandals during an election cycle. Then the long and short had to renege on promises made about sandals concession many of which were meritless and baseless and Sandals threatening to sue the daylights out of him……”

    ……. proves my point. You are clueless about the situation.

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  • “The question remains are what have these small island govt deliver by way of education to their people that can help build their economy….”

    You don’t have an original thought.

    This is another example of “piecing together” information and making up things as you “go along.”

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ David,
    My apologies for placing this message under this post.

    I have continually stressed that China and a host of foreign nations are fishing/trawling illegally within our fishing Territories.

    Could somebody please explain to me the state of our fishing industry and what iniatives have Caricom adopted to rid the region of this scourge called illegal fishing.

    Check the video below to see what is occuring today off the coast of Sierra Leonne.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-47698314/is-china-s-fishing-fleet-taking-all-of-west-africa-s-fish

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  • You are doing the same

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  • So where in these small islands nations is there evidence that the people Empowerment made significant change in building their economy
    Presently we have a govt begging at the IMF doorsteps for money to repay barbados debt

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  • Just because i do not see your view i am clueless
    However what i am not cluesless (of) that Browne after all the huffing and puffing about Sandals came to an understanding that he could not whip Sandals into submission

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Both governments ended up at IMF door begging …only because they themselves stole so damn much from the island…with the help of their business friends and fellow crooks….ask them how much they all stole and in the last 30 years and how raping the island over decades…enriched them all with offshore accounts…and how it has stretched back to nearly 80 years..

    just ask all the crook lawyers and crook ministers, their friends and family…the ones who are still alive of course….see what lies they come up with…can’t hide the evidence though..

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  • Au contraire, Butch/Sandals’ largesse from Caribbean governments is nearing an end. Like I have long promoted, Caricom member states need to adopt a collective approach to negotiating these arrangements. It appears that something is stirring in Caricom. If Sandals is so good, take it beyond the Caribbean!

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  • “First, the world is facing another recession; second, there is a lack of quality skills, a degree in law that is useless outside CARICOM is not good; overall, the level of education is low compared to middle and high earning economies; and the per capita high crime rate.:

    How do we as a people let this man insult us daily? I know people with UWI law degrees who are doing very well in the UK.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    “If Sandals is so good, take it beyond the Caribbean!”.

    he is not that big an idiot…he knows he will go to jail..

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  • “However what i am not cluesless (of) that Browne after all the huffing and puffing about Sandals came to an understanding that he could not whip Sandals into submission…”

    Yes, you are CLUELESS, if you weren’t you would not have made the above comment.

    Rather than presenting any “thread of evidence” to support you claims, all you bring is what you perceive in your mind to be true or what suits your political agenda at the time.

    Do you actually know the definition of “submission?”

    (1). As at December 31, 2016, Sandals COLLECTED and WITH-HELD Antigua and Barbuda sales tax (ABST) totaling EC$101,424,448.54 (US$37.5 million). Included in that amount was the proceeds from a 12.5% guest tax, paid by guest, but also with-held by Sandals.

    Butch Stewart threatened to close Sandals.

    Browne responded by initiating the signing of an agreement called the, “Deed of Release and Settlement of Claim,” between the government of Antigua and Sandals Resorts International 2000 Inc., (which was incorporated in Panama), Andrew H. Holm Ltd. and Wraybury Limited, which are companies incorporated in the Bahamas… and Dickenson Bay Management Ltd. (incorporated in Antigua), all companies jointly and individually known as “Sandals”…………..

    …………..whereby the government agreed to accept the payment of EC$1 in full satisfaction of unpaid Antigua and Barbuda sales tax (ABST) totaling EC$101,424,448.54 (US$37.5 million) up to December 31, 2016.

    However, Sandals subsequently AGREED to pay ABST at the FULL statutory rate as from January 1, 2017 and waived from that date any right that they may have had to a DISCOUNTED RATE of ABST under any PRIOR arrangement or agreement with the previous government.

    (2). Not being able to fully “get his own way,” in an act of vindictiveness, Butch Steward closed his hotel “in July 2017 “for maintenance purposes” without forewarning to the government or the employees of Sandals and left guests who booked their vacations without a destination and with no meaningful explanation.”

    How did Browne responded?

    By introducing and passing the “Investment Authority Amendment Bill” by Parliament, which was designed to PREVENT any similar ARBITRARY and UNILATERAL ACTION by hotel operators in the future.

    The bill authorizes the minister responsible to SUSPEND any CONCESSIONS granted to a hotel under the Investment Authority Act or any other enactment if a proprietor FAILS to comply with the provision of the new section.

    According to Browne, “The reason this is in here is because the Sandals management had the audacity of telling my cabinet that they don’t have to talk to us because it is their property… When we see these threats we have an obligation to mitigate against them and that is why we are here today, to MITIGATE against those THREATS.”

    So, my friend, Butch Stewart cannot ARBITRARILY or THREATEN to close any Sandals in Antigua, without “paying the price.”

    My question to you is….. “who beat who” into submission?”

    Under the circumstances, I believe Gaston Browne “wupped” Butch’ s ass into submission.

    Unless you can prove otherwise.

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