MAM1 + MAM2 = Business as Usual

(Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas) – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis stepped away from the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting on Wednesday to view first-hand a sustainable housing community that could be used as a model for the Government’s planned housing development project on Abaco.

The Prime Minister toured the Villages at Coverley, a modern housing development located in Christ Church. The community features low- to middle-cost energy-efficient homes built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, a 5.0 earthquake, storm surges and major flooding. The fully planned development also offers residents a medical centre, gym, restaurants, stores, recreation centres and sports fields.

Extracted from Caricom Today – PM Minnis tours Barbados sustainable housing development

 

The information conveyed in the article quoted reinforces for those in the know and should persuade others with doubt how to secure business if politicians are the decision makers. In this case the blogmaster can pick any number of concerns but there one.

Barbados Underground has featured many blogs highlighting questionable transactions with the previous government and Mark Maloney. The one which sticks in the craw is how monies sitting in the Housing Credit Fund at the Central Bank of Barbados were approved to pay Mark Maloney for the GROTTO project. The Board of the Central Bank at the time actually approved a special dividend (the first in the fund’s history) to make the payment.

central bank board

There is no need to rehash events about the GROTTO and payments from the HCF, read blogs posted on the matter in BU Archives:

The Housing Credit Fund was established in 1993 under an agreement with USAID to on-lend to financial institutions to fund low cost housing. In 2004 the Central Bank of Barbados announced the following:

The Central Bank of Barbados hereby announces that on February 1, 2004, it assumed responsibility for the management of the Housing Credit Fund (HCF), previously administered by the Ministry of Housing, Lands and the Environment.

The HCF operates as a second tier mortgage market wholesaler and provides funds to financial institutions which in turn on-lend to individual borrowers. The Fund commenced operations in 1982 with initial funding of Bds$20.0 million, the proceeds of a U.S. dollar loan raised by the Government of Barbados. The Fund’s portfolio is currently valued at over Bds$100 million.

The principal objectives of the HCF continue to be:

  • To help to alleviate the overall shortage of housing in Barbados
  • To improve significantly the existing housing stock
  • To shift the initiative for housing towards the private sector and
  • To broaden the ownership base of housing in Barbados.

Source: Central Bank

The irregularities with the GROTTO are well documented starting with a read of Auditor General reports. Mark Maloney was paid with public funds for the GROTTO project that to this day demands the government of the day start an investigation. Instead, it is businesses as usual for the usual suspects even with a change in government. While the government of the day was creative in finding money to pay Mark Maloney, several small contractors had to suck salt because government was unable to pay invoices. Several have folded. Maloney however is still flying high on the hog.

Disclaimer: The blogmaster has nothing against the gentlemen,

 

276 comments

  • The opposition leader has no balls.
    He has been eunuched by Mia during his terms with the blp
    All and Sundry still awaiting his response on being snubbed by Mottley after he was promised a meeting with White Oaks that never happened
    Another waste of tax payers money 💰

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  • The supreme court judges and the registrars need to get their acts together…NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE OR UNTOUCHABLE…just because all the police defense force friends and family are all available….that is yall problem, it appears no one listens to warnings because they are all so connected..

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  • The UK is eager for black bajan slaves to work for 8 pounds an hour and to be fully exposed to the repulsive racist experience, but they cannot do anything about their little house negros in Barbados who work under the royal crown……how enlightening..

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  • Why does the chairman censor views on BU that are not obscene or libellous?

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  • So many employees from that SUPREME COURT Registry and lawyers offices have spoken about all the FORGED WILLS, senior citizens tricked into making WIlls only to have their SIGNATURES FORGED…or when desperation hits these thieves, they forge the Will anyway and don’t care because they are so untouchable.

    it always ends in the elderly and their BENEFICIARIES BEING ROBBED of their futures..

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  • CAN MY ATTACKERS ATTACK THE BELOW OR WILL YOU CONTINUE TO BE SILIENT LIKE MIA MOTTLEY AND BLP GOVERNMENT WHEN CASWELL FRANKLYN WROTE TO INQUIRE ABOUT PAYMENTS TO GOVERNMENT WORKERS SACKED BY THE BLP GOVERNMENT WITH NO MONEY FOR MONTHS TO FEED THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN?

    Gimme the vote and watch muh deceive my own seemingly ignorant black people and then treat them like shit while I live HIGH on the HOG AND BECOME OVERWEIGHT BOTH ME AND MY CORRUPT GANG OF THIEVES AND TRICKSTERS.
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    MIA DID EVERY DIRTY TRICK IN THE BOOK TO GET HER BLP PARTY ELECTED TO GOVERNMENT AT ALL COST INCLUDING FALSE PROMISES SHE HAD NO INTENTIONS KEEPING IN 2018 MANIFESTO.

    a.Minimum wage within 6 months being elected
    b. Integrity Legislation
    c. Transparency Legislation
    d. Prosecuting DLP corrupt Politicians

    BEFORE BEING ELECTED IN MAY 2018 CONSTANTLY SINGLING OUT MARK MALONEY AS THE BIGGEST CROOK IN BARBADOS ALONG WITH THE DLP CROOKED GOVERNMENT MINISTERS.HOWEVER ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS MIA MOTTLEY DID AFTER BEING ELECTED WAS GET IN BED WITH THE SAME CROOKED MARK MALONEY SAME AS DLP GOVERNMENT SHE ACCUSED AS CORRUPT.THIS ONE ACT TELLS THE LACK OF CHARACTER OF MIA MOTTLEY AND HER EVIL NASTY WAYS,BIRDS OF A FEATHER always FLOCK TOGETHER.

    CAN SOMEONE TELL WHO ARE THE BLP LAWYERS REPRESENTING IN 2020 THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD WHO LOST HIS LIFE BECAUSE OF THE ILLEGAL ROAD IMPEDIMENT PUT IN PLACE BY MARK MALONEY AND WAS NOT APPROVED BY TOWN AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT THE TIME NOW HEADED BY MIA MOTTLEY?

    I AM NOT THE ONE ALSO GIVING OUT GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND TAXPAYERS MONIES (Rudy Grant Sanitation Trucks $4 Million fiasco) IN NO BID/TENDER FOR MILLIONS $$$ BREAKING GOVERNMENT TENDERING RULES WHEN PROMISED TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY LEGISLATION BEFORE BEING ELECTED 2 YEARS AGO THEN DECEIVING THE VOTING PUBLIC OF BARBADOS.

    Who is this bloated idiot Rudy Grant? Has he been house trained?
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    HAL THIS MAN IS A BLP LACKEY AND CURRENT BLP GOVERNMENT SENATOR.HE HAS TO PROTECT HIS BLP PARTY AT ANY COST INCLUDING USING THE BHTA WHERE HE HAS A CUSHY JOB AS CEO.I PERSONALLY/PROFESSIONALLY KNOW HIM AND WOULDN’T TOUCH HIM WITH A 10FT POLE AND A MAJOR PART OF THE CORRUPTION ONGOING PROBLEM.

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  • NorthernObserver

    lol…the teefs in the Bahamas run the entire gambit, they could charge 100, and lock up 100, and they would only have hit the tip of the iceberg.

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  • Got that right…we know what is going down, but they got to throw some up as sacrifice.

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  • One of the CHAPS owners made Chris the Decimal an immoral loan offer a few years ago. So there is a business relationship between him and Chris the Decimal. Therefore, it cannot be excluded that the closure of these restaurants is an action orchestrated by the DLP to destabilize the democratically elected government.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Wuhloss. @Tron what is an “immoral loan”?
    Since you seem to know…..story….Bajans (Pisces folks) open CinCin and Primo. During renovations they runs into $$$ trouble. They get funds from a “british investment group’. Same group, later fires the major operations person and part owner, acquires 100% ownership, and hires this fellow Brit via Bico to be CEO. Former owner LR & wife, then open a new place in the SixMens area.
    My question, how many high end restaurants can a seasonal tourist destination support?

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  • so what is the outcome of the Chaps meeting with the two ministers and MAM’s bag man?

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  • @ Greene

    I cannot understand what all the fuss is about, apart from that it is a white-owned business that has gone bottom up. I posted a comment on this earlier, but it did not make the blog. It must have upset someone.
    Let us start from the basics: whatever the legal structure of the business, it does not matter; there would/should have a business plan for each of the restaurants, with cash flow at the very heart.
    At the first sign of a fall in daily revenue, alarm bells should have rung and a strategic meeting held to determine a response. If the revenue fall was consistent, then there was a need to reshape the business plan; they also had an opportunity to restructure and refinance the business, either through private investors, banks or shadow banks, or venture capital.
    They also had an opportunity to look at the brand and decide which one or two they would rescue if all three looked as if they were failing; they could also re-brand one of them (St Lawrence Gap?), make it more popular and treat it as a cash cow to shore up the other business. Or, simply, stop catering for a non-existent market.
    They should also look at the cost of the sites; if they are leased, then have a conversation with the landlords; if they are freehold or long leaseholds, then think about a sale and lease back. A restauranteur is not a property developer. Or they could have looked at synergies between the three businesses.
    It looks as if the decision to close down, blaming all kinds of things apart from poor management, was an act of desperation. Businesses fail every day; they even blamed, even the exchange value of the pound..
    What makes this one so peculiar is that four senior government officials went to meet the failed CEO and on the media defending themselves. What for?
    The failure was part of the Bajan Condition. Punching above their wait.

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  • @ NorthernObserver March 4, 2020 2:57 PM

    When I mentioned an immoral offer of a loan, I meant the billion-dollar loan suggested a few years ago, when at that time no reasonably sober person wanted to lend the plantation called Barbados more money; no loan to run a restaurant. The interest rate was said to be around 10 percent per year. Even a challenged figure like Sinckler refused this offer. That in itself is a statement.

    As far as the number of places to dine is concerned, that depends entirely on your hunger. LOL.

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  • “My question, how many high end restaurants can a seasonal tourist destination support?”

    Not a fella will answer that, they will just STUPIDLY invite more foreigners to build more high end restaurants and hotels and then complain they cannot become millionaires and billionaires OVERNIGHT even after paying the lowest possible salaries….not exactly the brightest bulbs as i have been saying all along.

    unless some genius magician has added more months to the year and a longer winter……tourist season is still from October or November to April….

    that is how dumb Barbados’ leader are….

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  • For many decades, we on BU have been looking for the solution to all the economic problems of the plantation called Barbados. And it is the incredible WARU, of all people, who presents the master solution: We simply extend the winter season!

    So let’s hope for the next ice age.

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  • @Greene

    What is playing out in public is not the story line here. The ministers dispatched with Avi by Mia is meant to send a message. It was more a PR event for the market. The DLP has to learn communications.

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  • @David

    what is the message? a PR event for the market? what does that mean, man? what does this meeting have to do with the DLP?

    not everyone is fooled by political gimmicks, you know. the BLP is underestimating the Bim public’s ability to see thru BS

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  • @ Greene

    I admire you. You must teach me how to be courteous like you, in the face of brain-numbing ignorance.

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  • “So let’s hope for the next ice age.”

    nah…just keep building more high end restaurants and hotels, CONTINUE DEPENDING ON TOURISM ONLY and see how well that works out in another 20 years…..dumbasses..

    it’s already working out oh so well in 2020 already..

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  • @Greene

    You maybe surprise how many buy into the political rhetoric. It is not something only Bajans are afflicted. Many in your neck of the woods bought into Boris’ dream haven’t they?

    The reference to the DLP is that political rhetoric is a necessary tactic in the strategy for a political party to win popularity. You getting it yet?

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  • @Hal,

    lol. i am grateful for this site so that i can connect with my fellow bajans whether in Bim or not and to read their views on matters affecting Bim. notwithstanding he is the owner of the blog, David has an opinion, no matter how convoluted at times. i wish sometimes that he would spell out exactly what he is trying to say but such is life. besides i have some skill or used to, in examining a person’s words

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    A restaurant chain shuts down abruptly and 150 people are out of work. You will note from the picture that all of those workers are white .
    Solution: A party without a seat in parliament must learn communications
    Amazingly you stupid Bajans who know nothing about what is going on in your country cannot see the sheer brilliance of such a profound position and solution.

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  • You old codgers are so set in your mindsets that you are unable to thread points together by applying some basic understanding. The simple point to Greene was that the BLP has an oiled PR/communications approach to messaging Barbadians when significant events occur from a prominent person dying and releasing a sympathy message in quick time to what transpired with 3 major restaurants closing this week. The simple point is that the DLP – government in waiting in the absence of a viable third party – can learn from the tactic. You guys need help, truly.

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  • To seal it because the blogmaster disagrees with you or you do not accept his the labels and pejoratives come out. Guess what, the blogmaster is impervious to your Rh insults.

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  • Those three restaurants employed 149 people. Several superior inferiors were rushed to meet and talk with the management…….how many of these same superior inferiors that the tax payers pay were sent to talk to the employees, some 5000, let go by this government? But, the civil servants and other government employees who lost their jobs and still have not received their severances and gratuities don’t count. dey not white.

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  • @David

    i thought that was what you were trying to say. thanks for the clarification.

    what fools politicians is a belief that people actually buy into their BS. it is not that simple. people are more nuanced than that.

    the reason that the BLP won is not MAM’s political BS it was the DLP and Freundel’s failures to solve problems.

    if the DLP has kept the road marginally driveable, solved the way the public service interacted with public i.e. making land taxes and drivers’ licences more efficient to pay and get etc… and keep the economy on a stable footing the BLP would have found it difficult to win the election or win with a smaller majority. in any case we change after 2 terms in most cases.

    MAM’s political BS promises were just icing of the cake for a resounding defeat of the DLP. and the reason the public seems receptive is because the public was ready and had made up its collective mind to dump the DLP.

    in that regard MAM and the BLP are misreading the tea leaves and attributing their victory to her ability to talk. people soon tire of that if they perceive it is bare talk and no action. that realisation has come for many or is fast approaching.

    with regard to Boris, Brits voted for Brexit, Corbyn a limp dick, would not say whether he is for Brexit or not. as bumbling as Boris is, Corbyn came over worse. no one really fell for Boris’s crap as much as they couldn’t stand Corbyn’s vacillation

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  • @ William
    @Greene

    I have spent a lifetime working in journalism, working with some of the best journalists in the world of my generation, and I have never heard such crap about communication in all that time.
    It is a pity that people who know nothing, or very little, about a discipline is always the first to shout out. It reminds me of those Barbadians who have studied something called international journalism in London then went out to tell the world they were international journalists.
    @Greene
    Unfortunately, I am not in the market for new friends or to win a popularity contest. I just do not have the patience to tolerate nonsense. @David BU would do us all a favour if he chaired the blog objectively and if he wants to express a view do so anonymously.

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  • No David BU the solution to their disrepectful behaviour is to puyt your foot down and ban them. Let tbem form their own blog and see how long it last no longer than a month with all their overblown egos and know everything attitudes edpecially Austin, Skinner , Baje who was painted perfectly by Robert earlier and Piece.DO NOT TOLERATE DISRESPECT BY ANYONE ON YOUR OWN BLOG DAVID BU ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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  • @Greene

    Do not agree, the analyses over the years show the BLP and DLP have a hardcore support that definitely drink the koolaid read political rhetoric. It is a narrow % that will shift the balance at election time and or if party supporters of one party become disillusioned by the performance of their party they remain home at election time. This is the main reason the DLP showed dismally at the polls last election. Their supports stayed at home.

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  • How do you know the CEO of CHAPs did not submit revised business plans/recommendations to the owners/investors? Tell us please!

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  • @Lorenzo

    The BU approach has been to allow light to shine on ignorance when it shows. You may recall Barbados Freepress blog branded BU a racist blog and a DLP mouthpiece in the period leading up to when Arthur was booted. This blogmaster has experienced it all before.

    #dejavu

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  • William Skinner

    @ Lorenzo
    I have never called the Blogmaster a RH or a Jackass. He has called me and others those things. You need to lighten up. Robust discussion, Satire and sarcasm are used in debates. The Blogmaster knows that I have never insulted him or been nasty to him. You are allowed to express yourself on BU. I have never asked that you be banned.
    Please point to any article where William Skinner insulted the Blogmaster. Please point to any article where William Skinner cussed anybody. Please point to any article where William Skinner was disrespectful on BU to you or anybody else. After you do so I will apologize.
    I urge you to continue your highly regarded contributions. You write with great objectivity. You are one of the few on BU who put principle before party. Sometimes I read your articles and submissions dozens of times and consider it a privilege to be exposed to your wide knowledge of so many subjects.
    You are an asset to BU and indeed journalism as a whole. Barbados is fortunate to have a citizen like you who loves his country more than anybody else on BU.
    I hope that you are never banned because it will remove one of the most objective contributors to BU.
    Keep up the good work.

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  • @William

    that is a good one. wonder how that will be interpreted. lol

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  • @David

    those are some reasonable points.

    they go along with what i said about bajans were ready to dump the DLP and not necessarily falling for MAM’s BS,which is generally well received if it falls in line with general sentiments of the day.

    nevertheless your point that the DLP supporters stayed home is correct but that is like a vote for the BLP, isnt it? and is that not being interpreted as a positive for MAM and the BLP, which it is not. although i would say from the numbers that DLP support, however temporary, shifted to the BLP especially in St John and other so called DLP strongholds

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  • Wuhloss…Trinidad is also getting in on the lock up the crooked CORRUPT lawyers and politicians act.

    “Vincent Nelson, a Jamaican-born Queen’s Counsel in Trinidad and Tobago has been fined TT$2.25 million (US$360,000) for corruption.

    The fine was imposed by a High Court on Monday for Nelson’s role in an alleged conspiracy involving former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and an opposition legislator.

    On June 6 last year, Nelson pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering, misbehaviour in public office, and conspiracy to commit an act of corruption after Justice Malcom Holdip accepted a plea agreement between Nelson and the state.

    But the misbehaviour charge was discontinued by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard in keeping with the plea agreement.

    The judge also agreed not to impose a custodial sentence on the attorney. For his part, Nelson has agreed to become a state witness and testify against Ramlogan and former opposition legislator Gerald Ramdeen.

    Ramlogan and Ramdeen have been released on bail totalling TT$2.7 million after being jointly charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act; and conspiracy to misbehave in public office.”

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  • @Greene

    You are suggesting when DLP supporters acted out their apathy by not voting it was to demonstrate their support for the BLP? If yes that would be incorrect.

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  • David,

    no it was to show their disenchantment with the party but that is to what it boiled down. not voting for the DLP is a vote for the BLP especially when the BLP supporters and the so called swing voters come out in full force to vote for the BLP.

    to win elections you must get the other party’s supporters to stay at home whilst yours come out and or get the so called swing voters to vote for you

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  • The rebut was to show it was not a deliberate act on the part of the DLP supporter.

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  • Oh dear, I have been so busy and then so tired doing actual work that I missed the 24/7 BU party.

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  • Dishonest Bajans

    @ Lorenzo
    I have never called the Blogmaster a RH or a Jackass. He has called me and others those things. You need to lighten up. Robust discussion, Satire and sarcasm are used in debates. The Blogmaster knows that I have never insulted him or been nasty to him. You are allowed to express yourself on BU. I have never asked that you be banned.
    Please point to any article where William Skinner insulted the Blogmaster. Please point to any article where William Skinner cussed anybody. Please point to any article where William Skinner was disrespectful on BU to you or anybody else. After you do so I will apologize.
    I urge you to continue your highly regarded contributions. You write with great objectivity. You are one of the few on BU who put principle before party. Sometimes I read your articles and submissions dozens of times and consider it a privilege to be exposed to your wide knowledge of so many subjects.
    You are an asset to BU and indeed journalism as a whole. Barbados is fortunate to have a citizen like you who loves his country more than anybody else on BU.
    I hope that you are never banned because it will remove one of the most objective contributors to BU.
    Keep up the good work.
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    You are having a good laugh at this Bajan Johnny.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Mr William Skinner

    Well said

    “…I urge you to continue your highly regarded contributions.

    You write with great objectivity. You are one of the few on BU who put principle before party.

    Sometimes I read your articles and submissions dozens of times and consider it a privilege to be exposed to your wide knowledge of so many subjects…”

    How can you call this man an uneducated poochlicker so calmly and professionally?

    De ole man would King have mentioned that he is the 2nd of the Rented Jackasses who will be beaten mercilessly BECAUSE HE IS RENTED!

    All he comes and says is “Ban Mr. Hal Austin, ban Baje, ban you Mr William Skinner and finally ban de octogenarian Piece the Legend (behave wunna selves)

    He gives no reason other than the fact dat we does not agree with the Minister of Disinformation and that we sometimes dont bow down as low as we should to the Minister of Disinformation

    You going get cuss real bad as soon as he hear dat you show him up as an asslicker Mr Skinner!

    Watch he come now and huff and puff

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Your help please

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  • Just beyond your imagination. What kinda igrunt wrasse whole idiots leaves a NEW building un-tenanted for 4 years ?

    ” The structure, built at Vaucluse, St Thomas, almost four years ago under the previous Democratic Labour Party administration at a price tag of $28 million, has mould in some areas, windows that cannot be opened, floors that were carpeted, and issues with temperature spikes.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/244191/usd28m-ssa-building-sick

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  • How many times have we said on here that both governments are DIRTY, CORRUPT and TOXIC…everything they touch will REFLECT THEIR TOXICITY, even if brand new…

    nothing good can come from either of them, they are marinated in corruption to rob their own Black people and refuse to hold anyone accountable for the crimes committed against people and island in the last 40 years because both sets of criminals continually and without fail colluded with minorities to commit the same crimes each and every time..so expect nothing less..

    and to further take that blight and toxicity to the next level, this current government volunteers to send black slaves to racist UK to work on their racist farms, although one adviser in UK says they do not need farming there, not that intelligent people cares, let them do their own farming with their lazy selves..

    Nothing good can come from either of them, the last bunch of shit heads for leaders have to go, they can NEVER get anthing right, nearly two years later and tens of millions of dollars are still being spent on consultants and still no progress, nothing positive, no growth or wealth in the majority population..only layoffs without paying the people a dime, effectively pushing them into more and more poverty and crime.

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  • @ William

    You are right about the chairman, but on numerous occasions he has tried to be insulting to you (in my view) because of a difference of opinion. He sets the standards.

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  • Can’t get enough of seeing a crooked, piece of shit lawyer and a former attorney general, his master, being taken down…signs of the times….they are too damn corrupt in the Caribbean and believe shite titles like QC and AG makes them invincible and untouchable….they never think of their own safety when they help these stink scum in the parliaments rob the treasury and people….they only think of their safety when they get caught.

    “JAMAICAN-BORN Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson has been ordered to pay $2.25 million restitution in fines for his role in an alleged conspiracy with former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen.

    He was sentenced on Monday by Justice Malcolm Holdip, who agreed to a non-custodial sentence.

    However, the judge warned potential fraudsters that they should not feel emboldened by this case that they can carry out fraud and quickly pay restitution.

    Nelson’s sentencing began just after 11 am on Monday and ended just after 2.30 pm.

    He was also put on a $250,000 bond for two years. He has been given time to pay the fines and there are default prison terms attached if he fails to do so.

    On June 6, 2019, Nelson pleaded guilty to the three counts against him. He was indicted on counts of conspiring to commit money laundering, misbehaviour in public office and conspiracy to commit an act of corruption.

    Holdip accepted the plea agreement between Nelson and the State, after which Nelson was allowed to enter his guilty plea. The misbehaviour charge was discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions in keeping with the plea agreement.

    The matter is in connection with a series of financial transactions and alleged rewards involving legal fees paid to Nelson for representation in state briefs. The briefs were allegedly obtained while Ramlogan was attorney general.

    Nelson has agreed to turn state witness and testify against Ramlogan and Ramdeen, and his statements have been disclosed to both men. They are to return to court on April 28. This is likely to be brought forward since the prosecution has the option of bypassing the preliminary inquiry and filing indictments in the High Court.

    Since his first appearance in court last year, Nelson was granted $100,000 bail and was given permission to leave the country, returning for the hearing of his case, after he expressed fears for his safety and because of his health condition.

    Newsday understands Nelson arrived in Trinidad on last Thursday.

    He lives in the UK and is in remission for prostate cancer. He will be allowed to leave TT and return to give evidence in the case against Ramlogan and Ramdeen.

    He is represented by British QC Tom Allen and local attorney Roger Kawalsingh.

    Also appearing for the State are Queen’s Counsel Edward Jenkins and senior prosecutor Mauricia Joseph.”

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  • @Hants

    So we can’t gather at that St,Thomas building in March?

    BTW according to Farley “Gathring” is not a one time thing so if you miss it this year there is always next year or the next or the next etc.

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  • Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
    The beautiful, the beautiful river;
    Gather with the saints at the river
    That flows by the throne of God.

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  • So what is new with the filthy, racist wannabe slave masters in the tourism industry who are enabled by corrupt governments in violating employment rights….for DECADES.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/sohee/permalink/2780300062062549/

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  • The government does it to taxpayers/employees all the time so the wannabes and parasites believe they have all rights to do it too, after all how many of them have been saying for decades that they have paid bribes to lowlife ministers/lawyers and their imps and pimps so they can practice racism and commit any number of crimes against the citizens and country without any consequences because the DPPs office has always been corrupt as hell and the neutered police are afraid of them.

    “A disturbing breach of the Employment Rights Act is how Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Wayne Walrond has described the abrupt closure of three restaurants by Chaps Restaurant Limited leaving 149 workers jobless.

    Declaring that he did not intend to comment on the reason Chap’s Chief Executive Officer Joanne Pooler gave for closing the restaurants, Walrond said he hoped this was not an example of the new way business would be done in Barbados.

    Walrond said employers should not believe that they are allowed to drop employees when they want to without prior notice and reasonable explanation, and any required compensation.”

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  • Have they paid the national insurance, VAT and income tax? Is government moving to claim this debt?

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  • Have they paid their income tax, VAT, national insurance, suppliers, etc?

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  • Why dont these clowns in Barbados dont stop their crap…..that is yall business though …glad to tell everybody ah dont know any of you negros…not one of u can say that ya are my friends or family… i consider myself well blessed.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157017102540983&id=702935982

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  • (Quote):
    Have they paid their income tax, VAT, national insurance, suppliers, etc? (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You can sure wager your last tenner that Bajan eatery business -which has collapsed like flybe with John Lewis on the horizon- would be in serious arrears when it comes to its statutory obligations.

    Ask yourself what happened at the Apes Hill Shangri-la.

    If so-called viable enterprises- including the very government- are recalcitrant in meeting their obligations what do you expect from a fly-by-night façade of a ‘drug’ store operating in the business environment of a “failed state” where politicians and senior bureaucrats are on the business owners’ kickback Xmas list?

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  • How many employers are aware they can check to establish if NIS deductions are being forwarded? When is the last time NIS inspectors visited those establishments to verify records? We have checks and balances.

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  • Employees on PAYE should get a monthly/weekly pay slip showing their earnings and deductions. If deductions are made for NI and not paid by the employer, then that is prima facie fraud.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    ” Two major Canadian travel insurance providers — Manulife and TuGo — will no longer cover new customers who need to cancel their trips due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

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  • @ David March 5, 2020 9:06 AM
    “We have checks and balances.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You mean on paper but not in practice.

    If those “checks and balances” were executed as mandated by law, there is no way the NIS could be so abused and the Treasury (and the SOE’s coffers) could be owed so much in taxes and fees.

    It takes only a telephone call to the political class and their top-dog lackeys to keep those competent but overly ‘nosy’ junior civil servants at bay.

    Barbados has some of the most ‘advanced’ financial integrity laws in the world along with a relatively sophisticated taxation regime.

    The problem is one of effective application in an incestuously tainted political system.

    Just look at how the business magnate MAM continues to be driven around in a duty-free luxury vehicle by a ghost for a Sales Director of an imaginary hotel as his chauffeur while the chief among the political class, the other MAM, looks the other way at this glaring heist of the Treasury similar to what took place at the SSA HQ for a spectre of a completed building.

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  • “If deductions are made for NI and not paid by the employer, then that is prima facie fraud.”

    all of them do it including mininsters, employers, lawyers and some doctors, the aggrieved employees have to complain to NIS and if they are lucky the NIS will pay them and then go after the above mentioned lowlifes for reimbursement…but only ift hey are lucky.

    This is their decades of doing evil to the vulnerable people on the island catching up with all of them.

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  • @Miller

    This is the roundabout point the blogmaster is making. Our inspectorate leaves a lot to be desired.

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  • Wunnah acting as if withholding of employee deductions and/or sales taxes is a serious issue. How many companies have been accused of withholding sales and other taxes over the years? Wasn’t a Gov’t Minister accused of some financial improprieties with regard to not remitting certain funds a few years ago? Isn’t that person sitting in a corner office of a Ministry to day?

    I forgive ye people of deficient memories

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  • @Sargean The simple point is that if NIS inspectors are doing their jobs of inspecting company records there is no reason why we should not be proactively managing delinquent payments on behalf of employees. Not to disregard the earlier point that employees should check if their payments are being made.

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  • I can give an all-clear to everyone regarding the closure of the three restaurants. The government is totally innocent.

    Read the comments on TripAdvisor carefully. Service has been deteriorating recently, and customers have been dissatisfied. The waiters didn’t even know the technical terms of the French cuisine, they always begged the customers for higher tips and the food itself wasn’t the best.

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  • lol…did a judge not have to put out a bench warrant for another BLP minister of transport years ago for refusing to pay NIS for his employees, it was in all the papers about Marshall, was a current sitting member of the BLP crowd not recently accused of the same on FB….was an MP doctor from DLP not accused of the same one Sukoo….and let’s not get started on the no good lawyers, too many of them do not even want to pay a salary to the people who work for them let alone NIS contributions…

    .they are all bottomfeeders treating the people who elect them as caged animals, yardfowls and voters…they refuse to treat their people like humans although they themselves are nothing but savages.

    the piss poor above mentioned set the stage and the tone for the no good, minority employers to treat the population the way they do…..including robbing the treasury and NIS pension fund.

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  • Proving our point that the tourism pimps chasing after the restaurant owners this week should have instead been investigating if they paid any NIS contributions and taxes, making sure that they do or feel the consequences…

    starting to feel because of weak leadership that they are once again leaving the taxpayers to pay for everything as is the norm….instead of being arrested for violating all types of acts and legislation that is never enforced by corrupt governments..

    …remember the 1 BILLION DOLLAR stolen VAT writeoff and the tax writeoff for family and friends…feels like a repeat.

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  • it seems to me the BLP’s only concerns in this matter are that their high taxes and non hotel restaurant concessions are not to blame for the closure. the other issues are a distance second, if they count at all.

    a country deserves the govt it gets

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  • NorthernObserver

    “Wunnah acting as if withholding of employee deductions…”

    Was this not how the former administration keep the GoB afloat, by deducting public employees contributions but withholding remitting the money, and creating an IOU to be paid at a later date? We can rest assured, that any business which declares insolvency, has maximized its cash flow by not paying/remitting suppliers, government etc etc. Employees are usually the last to feel the pinch, for once not paid they cease working. Doesn’t mean PAYE/NIS etc from former pay periods have been remitted.

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  • Trust NOBODY.

    At least once a month, but better still once a week employeesshould go online to check whether their NIS contributions have been paid in.

    if they have not been paid, take my advise, start looking for another job.

    Trust NOBODY.

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  • @Hants March 4, 2020 11:32 PM “Just beyond your imagination. What kinda igrunt wrasse whole idiots leaves a NEW building un-tenanted for 4 years ?”

    For 2 years igrunt wrasse whole idiots from the DLP permitted this; and for another 2 years igrunt wrasse whole idiots from the BLP permitted this.

    i trust that i have answered your question.

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  • @Hal Austin March 5, 2020 6:40 AM “Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God.”

    If the NHS can’t or won’t treat old geezers you will be singing songs beside that beautiful river sooner rather than later.

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  • Some Buffoon had the audacity to say that Cheryl Newman of Champers has more credibility when she doesn’t even know that VAT in the UK is less than 22% and the US HAS NEVER HAD VAT IN ANY OF ITS 50 STATES.

    IF ONE HAS TO MAKE BOLD FACED LIES TO MAKE A POINT THEN THAT INDIVIDUAL IS NOT CREDIBLE PERIOD.

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    “A lot of people believe the restaurant business has a lot of money and a lot of profits in it, but with the exception of a few top-class restaurants and a few from previous eras that have since closed down you realise that we don’t get the types of sales and the types of spend that they get,” Evelyn told Barbados TODAY.

    “I’ve seen it from all angles and it is not easy. You have to be at the top of your game every single day of your life. If you’re not on top of it, exactly what happened to them will happen to me,” he added.

    According to Evelyn, times are so tough that his company has been forced to negotiate a “slight” reduction in rent, while cutting back on utility costs and human resources, particularly in the low season.

    His perspective offers a sharp contrast to that of Chiryl Newman, the owner of Champers, a high-end South Coast restaurant. On Monday, she suggested that the situation is not as dire as Chaps has claimed.

    “There must have been other factors at play that would have brought him to that point because you can’t just wake up one morning and decide you are going to close the business…There is business out there on the south coast. I can’t say that everybody is doing brilliantly and bursting at the doors but there is business out there,” Newman said on Down to Brass Tacks.

    “In the U.K and the U.S, you have VAT at 22 per cent and he [the owner of Chaps] would have been at a reduced rate of ten per cent along with the product levy at 2.5 per cent. Now this year with the reduced corporation tax, his tax level would have been reduced to five per cent. So you have to ask what else is going on in those businesses,” she argued.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/03/05/restaurants-on-slippery-path/

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  • NorthernObserver

    To further my point earlier, this from Minister Prescod in the House

    ““We came and found a department owing $27,497,130.63 to the National Insurance Scheme, $10,679,075.34 in Pay As You Earn (PAYE) to the Barbados Revenue Authority, $34 million to the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre and other suppliers, and over $3 million to other small businesses with whom it had worked.”[Quote BT]

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/03/05/suspicious-deals-potential-felonies-uncovered/

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  • “If the NHS can’t or won’t treat old geezers you will be singing songs beside that beautiful river sooner rather than later.”

    Don’t think it’s been 3 years yet i have been warning him that he lives in a fool’s paradise…and that was years before the Windrush victim’s scam broke wide open.

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  • Anyone notice that the Restauranteurs en masse ( except Chambers wonder what’s on its menu) are saying things dread. Where have all the Gov’t spokesmen gone? Where is the Minister of Tourism and his sidekick Who were voluble when Cin Cin bit the dust? Perhaps that’s the strategy jump in front of the cameras and then slowly disappear into the woodwork. I know I am speaking too soon, this is Gold Cup weekend the Minister is sure to be out and about.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    Chambers is probably the choice for visiting dignitaries as it may have been when they were going with Owen.lol

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