Tag Archives: Butch Stewart

Did You or Milo Tell Them Comrade?

Submitted by Nathan ‘Jolly’ Green Have Sandals been told the truth about Buccament Bay Resort? I ask the question because Ralph Gonsalves may just have forgot. Nothing to do with mendaciousness although that did cross my mind. So, did you tell them, comrade? Have Sandals been warned that Buccament Bay Resort sits on an ancient and historic flood plain which

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Butch Stewart’s Sandals Features in the Fraud Section of the UK News

The following articles is reproduced in the public interest – David, Blogmaster Sandals Resorts ‘operated decades-long tax fraud by charging guests 12% rates but pocketed the cash in secret deal with local Caribbean governments,’ class action lawsuit claims Sandals Resorts has been hit with a class action lawsuit in Florida on Tuesday over an alleged tax fraud scheme run at

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The Sandals Re-MoU

Afra Raymond continues his relentless prosecution of the Sandals MoU matter in Trinidad – Blogmaster Many years ago, in an earlier life, I was taught about the perils of the short-lived ‘remou’ and that word snapped back into my mind when considering the current position with this Sandals MoU, in which all points are supposedly open for discussion. That stated

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SANDALS T&T MOU Made Public

GOVERNMENT has finally provided chartered surveyor Afra Raymond with a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sandals Resort which provides crucial information on the deal for construction of a 500-700-room hotel in Tobago. Senior Counsel Deborah Peake confirmed this to Justice Frank Seepersad this morning in the San Fernando High Court. In October, the judge ruled for Raymond

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Property Matters – Sandals Splinters

  #finefinefine In writing on the extent to which Public Money is stolen or wasted and the need for proper standards, I offered this equation for the reality check – EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC MONEY Minus Transparency Minus Accountability EQUALS CORRUPTION My previous articles have been focused on the gaps in the available information on the current proposals for the large-scale

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Sandals MoU? Part III

Citizen Advocate Afra Raymond continues his piercing examination of the Sandals transaction – David, blogmaster Sandals/Beaches Tobago Illustrative Master Plan The previous article delved into the published information on the three existing State-owned hotels and juxtaposed that with the proposals for a Tobago Sandals. Apart from the unsatisfactory position with the State’s existing hotel investments and the reluctance to give

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Sandals MoU? Part II

The following entry by Citizen Advocate Afra Raymond should be of interest to civic minded Barbadians and in particular the BU family. He continues to prosecute the pillar issues which underpin the arrangement supporting the introduction of Butch Stewart’s Sandals to Trinidad and Tobago. In Barbados the models being used to promote the Hyatt and Hilton projects are not dissimilar.

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Sandals and Secret Deals with Caribbean Governments Continue …

The same concerns many Barbadians have voiced at the lack of transparency by government with the Sandals Butch Stewart deal is also playing out in Trinidad & Tobago. Unlike Barbados, Freedom of Information legislation is on the statute books of Trinidad and therefore affords citizens like Afra Raymond the avenue to request information deem to be in the public interest.

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Butch Stewart and Parasites

Submitted by Crusoe The Barbados Today digital newspaper has reported that Butch Stewart stated that Barbadians are too entitled. This is a remarkable statement from a hotel magnate whose company has received forty years of tax free concessions from Government, when small hoteliers get nothing. Entitled much? For a government to maintain services, it must seek revenues. By allowing one

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The Adrian Loveridge Column – Implications for Barbados If Sandals is Sold

Originally carried as an ‘Exclusive’ by Reuters on Wednesday 10th May 2017 under the banner headline Caribbean resort operator Sandals explores sale it took barely hours to spread throughout the travel trade and public media. According to Reuters Sandals Resorts International have hired investment bank, Deutsche Bank AG (DBKgn.DE) ‘to explore several options, including a sale of a majority stake

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Barbados Beaches Resort Project Stalled

Submitted by Anthony Davis

"The start of construction on the highly anticipated Beaches Resort in Barbados has been set back. "Speaking to the media following a tour of the Sandals Barbados property this afternoon, Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International – the operator of the Beaches and Sandals brands – said work on the property in Heywoods, St. Peter, had been pushed back due to the complexity of the project." Source: Barbados Today

When the Minister of Tourism, and the Minister of Finance decided to give Sandals Resorts International the go-ahead for taking over the Almond Beach Village Resort, the excuse was that the projected time for Manager of the Crane Resorts and Residences’ Paul Doyle’s finishing of the hotel he proposed would take longer than Sandals. There was just a couple of months difference between the two, but this Government was adamant that Sandals had the best proposal and gave it to them. All of a sudden a third party became involved.

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Sandals, Almond, Butch, Bernie…Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

I have been following the various views expressed, vested or otherwise, over the last few weeks comparing the merits of proceeding with the stated non-binding Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Sandals group of companies and Government or allowing the current operator of Almond Beach Village to take over the entire property. What appears dismally lacking is any comprehensive analysis

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Sandals Almond Chronology III

Submitted by Due Diligence After reviewing media reports over the past couple of years I have updated my chronology of the Sandals/Almond saga, with particular attention  to the Heywoods property. To summarize: In April 2012, Almond Beach Village closed its doors to guests sending 500 workers on the breadline. November 2012 Neal & Massy Group CEO, Gervase Warner, revealed three

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Sandals Documents

Office of the Contractor General Writes to Prime Minister to Recommend Halt of Sale of Sandals Whitehouse Hotel to Gorstew Limited Kingston; January 19, 2011; The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has today written to Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, and to the Permanent Secretary and Accounting Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms.Onika Miller, to

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