How Harlequin damaged Barbados reputation

Does this look like a vibrant healthy construction site to you?

January 2013: Does this look like a vibrant healthy construction site to you?

“Our government gave Ames and Harlequin the benefit of our country’s reputation – and when the Harlequin house of cards falls, it will be the reputation of Barbados that is harmed the most.”

Barbados H Hotel 3

There are so many Caribbean islands with the same Carib sand, sun and water. So many Caribbean islands with friendly people and special cultures not found on other Caribbean islands. Each island nation has its own cultural flavour, its own beauty and its own special offerings to attract tourists and offshore investments.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep on saying it: there are other Caribbean islands more beautiful, more unspoiled, more private and certainly cheaper to visit than Barbados. Why then, do people come to Barbados and keep returning? What is it that we have that brings the world’s elites here instead of some other Caribbean islands?

Security and safety is a big issue. Although Barbados has fallen down on the job lately, we’re still a whole lot safer than say, Jamaica, the Bahamas or even Bermuda. We’ve lost some ground, true, but we’re still way ahead of so many other islands in terms of tourist safety.

But the big asset we have that differentiates us and attracts the tourists and investors is the perception that Barbados is a stable society where good laws protect investors, tourists, retirees, and citizens. This is so important, and has been front and centre in Bim’s long term success. Without this perception that Barbados is a land of laws, we are no better and probably worse than some of the competition.

And then came Harlequin.

When Barbados allowed Mr. Ames and his bunch of brigands to sell from plans without putting deposits into a trust account: we allowed Mr. Ames to ride upon our good reputation. We allowed Mr. Ames to collect money based upon the public knowledge that Barbados is a safe society, where people are protected by good laws.

That’s the perception even though it is not always true, and wasn’t true where Mr. Ames was taking people’s money and then using it for purposes totally unrelated to their purchase and expectations.

Harlequin’s house of cards is almost all over. There can’t be much time left because there can’t be many new investors – the word has spread thanks to the internet.

Take the “H” hotel. The above photos were taken a few days ago. Once again we see a few guys going through the motions. This is not a vibrant construction site. It is a pretend construction site that doesn’t look a whole lot different from when we last took a few flicks.

Our government gave Ames and Harlequin the benefit of our country’s reputation – and when the Harlequin house of cards falls, it will be the reputation of Barbados that is harmed the most.

Something for our ‘leaders’ to think about the next time that some offshore investor property developer arrives bearing gifts – because no doubt Mr. Ames spread some gifts around freely.

Harlequin 89-Harlequin 88

62 Comments

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62 responses to “How Harlequin damaged Barbados reputation

  1. 36

    @BFP: While I understand the importance of journalism, 4 of your last 7 items have been about Harlequin/Ames. This could be construde as being obsessive, I’m sure Barbados has many other serious problems to report. In the interest of balanced reporting, could you inform us how the court case in Ireland is progressing against O’Halloran? I’m sure you can give the waiting world an update.

  2. BFP

    Hi 36,

    It is true that 4 out of our last 50 articles were about Harlequin. That’s hardly obsessive!

    You bet we’re obsessive about Harlequin in the last week though because the information just keeps coming. LOOK AT THE PHOTOS. Do you see any progress at all in the last year? Isn’t this a BIG STORY? Our country’s reputation is at stake and we don’t see the slightest concern by government. We sounded the alarm on CLICO too and nobody paid attention. And look at the CLICO situation now!

    Your question should be “Why haven’t the Barbados news media outlets done the same job as Barbados Free Press?”

  3. 36

    BFP. Have you been to the site, asked questions, how about the design office in Barbados. With respect, I think you are throwing some stuff out there without getting the interviews to clarify the situation. Will Barbados planners talk to you? Perhaps, and I don’t know on this, other media outlets have not covered the story because they have a clearer picture? I don’t know.

  4. Anonymous

    Do me a favour 36 — do you honestly just want to hear another PR line spun from Harlequin (one which will proved to be nonsense in 6 months time)? Thank God that BFP have shown integrity when so many others have bottled under legal threats.

  5. 36

    I think its a good thing that BFP has not bowed to threats, if there have been any. However I suspect the Barbados office is staffed by Barbadions (sorry if I have that wrong) Its called investigative (again sorry about spelling) journalism.

  6. Anonymous

    People have been warning political figures in the Caribbean for years about Harlequin, since they launched the ridiculous “model” which was was never sustainable. It is not just Barbados that will suffer. They did not listen then, and they are not listening now. All the ministers of the islands in which they operate have been told that it is a ponzi scheme, and some I am told agree, but again do nothing. Unfortunately, most of our island’s governments are reactive not proactive, we have seen it time and time again. And again, we shall suffer for it. Thank you BFP for continuing to highlight issues that are of concern to all Caribbean folk. Shame on anyone who still defends the indefensible.

  7. WSD

    Look at the photos! Almost a year and zero progress. This is as phoney as any project I’ve ever seen.

  8. Why don’t you all on this nasty site do some thing about your own crumbling mess, and sort your own hotels out, harliquine are doing a good job in building luxury Luxury 5+hotels in the Caribbean. you have damage your own reputation look at 4 seasons and the rest of the shacks around the coastline

  9. yatinkiteasy

    anonymous…BS BS …its all that Harlequin supporters can offer in the face of overwhelming proof that this is a sinking ship…the rats are going to be running all over the place, and soon.Where are the workers on the site?..over at the design office perhaps?Or perhaps they are busy on the other sites..”building 5+ hotels in the Caribbean”…The gig is up…people are not being fooled any more by all the PR, CGI renditions and promises. We who live in the Caribbean can see right through this scam,Pity the poor investors who were directed to this by agents in the UK.

  10. Mark Amen

    36 quote” In the interest of balanced reporting, could you inform us how the court case in Ireland is progressing against O’Halloran? I’m sure you can give the waiting world an update”.
    If you want a balanced report why are you only wanting to know about the court case “aganst O”Halloran” Do you NOT want to know about the law suit against Harlequin??? by O”Halloran……… and of course all the other law suits against Harlequin.
    I cannot find anywhere anyone who has previously had problems with either O”Halloran,Jeremy or Wilkins Kennnedy but I can find plenty of people with plenty of problems with your precious Harlequin says a lot that dont you think?

  11. Check-This-Out

    See January 2013 updates at

    https://harlequinupdates.wordpress.com/2013/01/#

    Lots of pics of “Progress” at H

  12. BBaywatch

    @ 36 – if you couldn’t even be bothered to spend 30 seconds checking out how to spell Barbadian (or Bajan even) I think that tells us all we need to know about your ignorance of the country and the region. No respect for Nation or citizens, you just see them as servile assets ready to be exploited – a disgusting attitude prevalent amongst many Harlequin investors.

  13. 36

    @BBaywatch. My posting was late 11.23 pm, I appologised at possible spelling mistake. I think your reaction is a bit OTT and personal.

  14. Fiddler on Roof

    Harlequin is a ponzi scheme.

    Simple analysis, Harlequin sales of off-plan property have exceeded what the have been able to build, they have sold thousands of unbuilt proprties and yet the percentage of sold property to unbuilt keeps increasing.

    They can stop selling or the pyramid falls on itself and they can’t increase the building output because its a Ponzi scheme and the key is make as much money as possible so the bare minimum in building expense in preferable.

    It is joke and Dave Ames will soon, I suspect, be arrested on a warrant out of Europe.

  15. 36

    @Mark Amen: Would you care to enlighten us about all the other law suits against Harlequin? Please, educate me. (Waiting for BBwatch to carry out spell check)

  16. There are several class action groups going on, O Halloran is taking action against Harlequin, lots of panic with IFA. Rusult will be HP will go bust

  17. I am an investor on a couple HP developments and have come to the painful conclusion I have been lied to, and mislead. I,like many of you, believed all the hype and potential – otherwise I would not have invested. I have taken advise from many different professionals and its the same answer……… Harlequin are living on borrowed time, like the companies and individuals who sold the investment. Don’t delude yourselves any longer.

    start taking action -today.

  18. 36

    @GrustGrust: There is a difference between “class action groups” and “law suits” Are these “class action groups” just like minded people trying to get their money back? What are the details if O’Hallorans action? I think you and Mark Amen do need to be more specific in your comments.

  19. Anon - reasons unknown

    36, is this O’Halloran court case you incessantly refer to part of Harlequin’s cash flow forecast? Does it form part of their business plan to funders?

    I really can’t think why you continue to refer to unknown damages which may never be awarded in a court case that will probably never make it to trial. Is that all you’re clinging onto here whilst ignoring all the overwhelming evidence that your Harlequin investment is a crock of s**t?

    I’ll bet 50 quid you’re not a Harlequin investor. If you are, then I’m so glad the other unfortunates will at least have your paltry little stash in the pot come payout time in the near future.

  20. I dont see why so much effort is spent trying to get one over on each other, the facts remain the same – if you want any chance or getting anything back from Ames & Co. take action now, dont moan when it all goes ‘pop’ because it will…. and very soon. How many Halequin products have been sold since the FSA warning?????? and how long can they survive?

  21. 36

    @Anon, reasons unknown, put the £50 in the post today. I you take the time to go back through the various threads then my position is clearly stated. O’Halloran/Newman and Harlecon, if proved to have damaged HP business will be liable for sustantial damages. Grustgrust is complaining about no action re his refund. Where do you think Ames is all the time? Try Dublin.

  22. Bad Bob

    Well, they did move the vehicles…

  23. yatinkiteasy

    2 pm, Jan 31 st 2013..Four workers at H Barbados site, building “apace” and redefining luxury in the Caribbean.

  24. Trevor Nash

    Get in the line folkes this ship going to go down faster than the Titanic but unlike the Titanic they are not going to be many survivors. It was always a dissaster waiting to happen. Once the new money stops flowing in then everything collapses after that.

    The game is up for Dave Ames and famility.

  25. homefront

    you also need to look at invest5star and other agents here in the uk they have no excuse for ripping of vunerable trusting people.without them dave ames would not be able to exist

  26. Will the Harliquin lifeboat crew reach the good ship Barbados before the the coming storm takes it down?

  27. ANOTHER FSA WARNING ABOUT HARLEQUIN.
    no smoke with out fire.
    http://www.investmentsense.co.uk/tag/harlequin-property/

  28. Mark Amen

    anonymous. I have it on VERY good authority “That they can run but they cant hide they can and will be found and will be extradited to England first and then other countries that might want a word. WE have VERY good relations with most other countries”.

  29. Eddie Lizzard2

    @ Mark Amen
    Do you mean members of the Ames family? Which countries do you think ‘they’ can be extradited from? Sadly it’s gonna be a very long legal process as there are very few countries in which Harlequin has sold that has extradition treaties with the UK, one in particular is SVG, where Ames Senior has citizenship. He can run and hide any time he wants and also benefit from protection from some senior politicos.

  30. Mark Amen

    We did use to own St Vincent and we are VERY good friends with America where Harlequin have sold as did Stanford and just look what happened to him. There are a lot of countries around the world who dont want scum like Ames, I have also noticed a trend where bodyguards take bribes instead of bullets not that I am suggesting anything about the loyalty of the bodyguards we pay for! NOWHERE TO RUN NOWHERE TO HIDE Springs to mind!

  31. 99er

    Dubai is where he will run I’m sure, or the nice private island in Maldives not many people know about? Or is it SVG and be safe with Ralph?

  32. Rainbow

    When is Dave Ames paying the contractors in Barbados? He is claiming that someone in UK stop him from getting money!!! It’s only the FSA for once doing their job…He should have been stopped long ago…The wave he is surfing for years is just about to crash and it’s not going to be pretty…

  33. 72

    @36
    You are a Dave Ames associate or a stupid investor. I understand that Dave Ames is purchasing Amarilys Hotel in Barbados and that the sale is to be completed in March this year. Where will he be getting the money from? May be he will have to rob a bank in UK ? Or uncle Ralph in SVG will lend him the money?

  34. yatinkiteasy

    @72..He will be getting the money from the same place he got the money to buy Allamanda Hotel and Blu in St Lucia…from “investors” who paid deposits on Merricks, BB, the two imaginary resorts in Dominican Republic,and St Lucia…that`s where the money comes from..it seems that his “business plan” is nothing more than an ever growing and waiting to explode Ponzi scheme.

  35. Mark Fenty

    I absolutely agree that Barbados is a country of sound laws, no doubt about that. But one can also argue quite persuasively, so as many other islands in the Caribbean. In any event, you have made some interesting points with respect to the other islands in the Caribbean. You seem to have this notion that some of the other islands in the Caribbean, are more private, beautiful and less cheaper than Barbados. And that the tourist somehow seem to reject them, because as you put it, their prefer Barbados because of the Safety and Security Barbados offers.
    But, I would argue that the Safety and Security you have alluded to with respect to Barbados, is not a sound basis to sustain the argument that it keeps that tourist coming. I believe that there are many facts and factors at play as to why, some tourist choose Barbados over the other pristine in the Caribbean. Now, we well know that there are some 2000 islands in the Caribbean, and out these 2000 islands, 700 are located in the Bahamas. But, what is more important to note here, is the fact that only 41 out of these some 2000 islands that constitutes the Caribbean Archipelago are recognized by the International- community.
    So, my point is this, maybe one of the fundamental reasons the tourist keep flocking to Barbados, irrespective of it affordable and pristine backdrop. Lies fundamentally, in the fact that these so call, hidden treasures/ pristine islands as you so eloquently put it , lacks the kind of exposure Barbados, Jamaica, and the Bahamas has gotten over the years. Certainly, it is what I would term Disingenuous to insinuate that just because Barbados has had a spotless record of Safety and Security during the years. That this is somehow the barometer that keeps the tourist coming despite Barbados’s: affordability, pristine- scenery, privacy, and beauty.
    Now, one would hope that you have done a Random- Survey that lends credibility to the premise, that Safety and Security are the luminous crystals which keeps the tourist coming to Barbados. Where is the research and credible sources in your article that lends validity to your presumptuous pronouncements? Obviously, it amount to mere speculation, and interpretive extrapolation to advance an argument with out the supporting evidence to sustain your straw man premise.
    Listen! There is obviously an argument to be had, as to what keeps the tourist flocking to Jamaica despite its record of violent crime. Why is it that the Jamaican Tourist Industry continues to flourish, much better than that of Barbados, despite its record of violent crime, and Barbados record of Safety and Security? I have my own theory but feel free to correct me if you so choose. Jamaica has had a well-established record in the international community, maybe it is due to it reggae- music, or its criminal activity, but the neither here nor there. Jamaica has more to offer the tourist in terms of Entertainment and Sightseeing than Barbados obviously.
    Now let’s contemplate pensively here for a moment, as I put forth this question. What does Barbados really have to offer the tourist in terms of Entertainment and Sightseeing seriously? A Cave that is to commercialized, imported animals that the tourist probably sees at home, white sand breaches that can be founded through the Caribbean and North America, hospitality that is channeled toward tourism that the tourist see through like a glass etc.

    Jamaica on the other hand, has treasure chess activities such as the: Blue-Mountains, many, many historical sights, springs, gullies, jungle with the array of wild life etc. And that is why the tourist keeps coming to Jamaica in the numbers, despite the Safety and Security.

  36. Mark Fenty

    I absolutely agree that Barbados is a country of sound laws, no doubt about that. But one can also argue quite persuasively, that so as many other islands in the Caribbean. In any event, you have made some interesting points with respect to the other islands in the Caribbean. You seem to have this notion that some of the other islands in the Caribbean are more private, beautiful and less cheaper to visit than Barbados. And that the tourist somehow seem to reject these pristine islands because as you so eloquently puts it, their prefer Barbados because of the Safety and Security Barbados offers, for real?

    But, I would argue that the Safety and Security you have alluded to with respect to Barbados, is not a sound basis for sustain the argument of this nature. I believe that there are many facts and factors at play as to why, some tourist chooses Barbados over the other pristine islands in the Caribbean. Now, we well know that there are some 2000 islands in the Caribbean, and out these 2000 islands, 700 are located in the Bahamas. But, what is more important to note here, is the fact that only 41 out of these some 2000 islands that constitutes the Caribbean Archipelago are recognized by the International-community.

    So, my point is this, maybe one of the fundamental reasons the tourist keep flocking to Barbados, irrespective of it affordability and pristine backdrop. Lies fundamentally, in the fact that these so call, hidden treasures/ pristine islands as you so eloquently puts it , lacks the kind of exposure Barbados, Jamaica, and the Bahamas has gotten over the years. Certainly, it is what I would term Disingenuous to insinuate that just because Barbados has had a spotless record of Safety and Security during the years. That is somehow the barometer that keeps the tourist coming to Barbados despite its: affordability, pristine- scenery, privacy, and beauty etc.

    Now, I would hope that you have done a Random- Survey that lends credibility to the premise, that Safety and Security are the luminous crystals which keeps the tourist coming back to Barbados. I haven’t seen the body of research and those credible sources in your article that lends validity to your presumptuous pronouncements. Obviously, it amounts to mere speculation and interpretive extrapolation on your part, to advance an argument with out the supporting evidence to sustain what appears to be a straw man argument.

    Listen! There is obviously an argument to be had, as to what keeps the tourist flocking to Jamaica, despite its record of violent crime. Why is it that the Jamaican Tourist Industry continues to flourish, much better than that of Barbados, despite its record of violent crime and Barbados record of Safety and Security? I have my own theory but feel free to correct me if you so choose. Perhaps I’m simple minded and unlettered to make such a claim, knowing that I’m in the presents of the well learned. Nevertheless, I believed that Jamaica has had a well-established record in the international community, maybe it is due to its reggae- music, or its criminal activity, but that’s neither here nor there. Jamaica has more to offer the tourist in terms of Entertainment and Sightseeing than that of Barbados obviously. Now let’s contemplate pensively here for a moment, as I put forth this question to you. What does Barbados really have to offer the tourist in terms of Entertainment and Sightseeing seriously? A Cave that is to commercialized, imported animals that the tourist probably sees at home, white sand breaches that can be founded through the Caribbean and North America, hospitality that is channeled toward tourism, that the tourist sees right through like a glass etc. Jamaica on the other hand, has treasure chess activities such as the: Blue-Mountains, many, many historical sights, springs, gullies, jungle with the array of wild life etc. And that is one of the sole reasons why I believe that the tourist keeps flocking to Jamaica in the numbers, despite its record of Safety and Security.

  37. Anonymous13

    “Police callous,incompetent,totally inept”
    “Barbados authorities are more concerned about protecting the lucrative tourist industry than they are about seeking justice”
    “Police try to brush the rapes under the carpet so as not to damage the overseas tourist market”
    British tourist and serial rape victim Diane Davies went public in a major news story about how she was raped in broad daylight near the Platinum Coast Sandy Lane Hotel on monday October 25th 2010.The 62 year old was beaten and raped in the area where 13 women had been raped in the previous year.
    Is Harlequin responsible for this situation,so very damaging to Barbados reputation? NO,of course not!
    Harlequin is leading the way to bring prosperity back to Barbados.
    more to follow..
    Harlequin

  38. yatinkiteasy

    @anonymous 11.04 am……Would you like to see some newspaper articles about the UK, the violent crime capital of Europe?I can send you dozens of recent ones. Your rambling has nothing to do with the fact that Harlequin is not building “apace”…and that the H hotel will probably not be completed in 2013, if at all.

  39. HARLEQUIN SHOULD BE PRAISED. the originator of this thread is backward. Barbados got themselves into into junk status.The governmentare paying 6 per cent to borrow money. Was Harlequin responsible for this???No

  40. yatinkiteasy

    Harlequin should be praised…they had 4 workers on the H hotel site last week mixing and pouring concrete. FOUR.Perhaps thats all the local office can afford to hire, but they sure need a lot more than four to complete that 5 star hotel by Xmas.

  41. Mark Fenty

    I’m very saddened to have heard that the Royal Barbados Police Force,would rather compromise the public safety, to preserved the reputation of the Tourist Industry. To be quite honest, I really don’t like what I’m hearing about the Royal Barbados Police Force these days. I grew up behind District A Police Station,in Bush Hall. And I once knew practically all of the police men and women there, on a personal level. And let me tell you,the men and women I once knew,took their job quite serious. Their were bent on ridding Barbados of the criminal elements, that threatened the public safety.

  42. Mark Fenty

    Even if the police had to shoot the criminal and plant a gun next to him. As was in the case of a criminal called Sandfly back in the early 1980s.

  43. 72

    Anonymous, You are Harlequin therefore whatever You are writting is logic and consistent with a con man!! Dave Ames is a crook and will be arrested and you cannot change this…..

  44. Rainbow

    May be Dave Ames himself does not know that he is running a Ponzi scheme please can someone help him to understand?? The SFO soon may be but too late…..

  45. Check-This-Out

    Sorry about the long-windedness; but

    “Dave Ames does not know he is running a ponzi scheme (scam)?

    It is all there for all to see in the Guideline for Purchasers posted on the HP website

    “WHO IS HARLEQUIN PROPERTY?

    Harlequin Property is the trading name of Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited and is the UK based primary selling agent for the selling/owner companies in the Caribbean. Harlequin Property is not a party to agreements with purchasers.

    WHO IS HARLEQUIN HOTELS AND RESORTS?

    Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is a hotel operator that oversees the operation of resorts in the Caribbean. Harlequin Hotels and Resorts do not own any of the resorts we market.

    WHO OWNS THE LAND THAT THE RESORTS ARE BEING BUILT ON AND WHICH COMPANY AM I CONTRACTING WITH?

    For legal reasons, the different resorts being marketed by the Harlequin group belong to different local companies. However, there is a common thread in each of the companies that own the land upon which the resorts are being built – the controlling shareholder of each company is David Ames.

    The relevant resorts and owner companies are as follows:

    Buccament Bay Resort, St Vincent and The Grenadines – Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited
    The Merricks Resort, Barbados – Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited (re-registered as a Barbados company) 

    The Marquis Estate, St. Lucia – Harlequin Resorts (St Lucia) Limited

    Las Canas Beach Resort, Dominican Republic – Las Canas Beach Resort S.A (formerly Promotora San Patricio S.A)

    Two Rivers Beach Resort, Dominican Republic – Two Rivers Beach Resort S.A (formerly Harlequin Property S.A)

    The Hideaway, Dominican Republic – Waters Meet Beach Resort S.R.L (formerly Marissa Investment S.A)

    H Barbados – Harlequin Boutique Hotel Limited (Barbados)

    Harlequin Hotel, Barbados – Harlequin Luxury Hotel Limited

    blu, St Lucia – Harlequin Boutique Hotel Limited (St Lucia)

    The company developing the resort that you choose to purchase a property in will be the contracting party to the contract you enter into. Certain company names have changed to more suitable names since the resorts were first released, where this has happened company details remain unchanged.

    YOUR MONEY

    What happens to my money when I purchase?

    Payments are received by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts. Part of the funds you pay are paid to Harlequin Property to cover marketing expenses and sales costs including commission. It also covers costs associated with hotel operations.

    The rest of the money will be used for the development of the resorts in the Caribbean which are being developed by the companies under the control of David Ames. Funds are not specifically earmarked for the construction of the resort you are purchasing in.

    The resorts are being constructed using purchasers’ money and money provided by shareholders in the landowning companies.”

    So, the purchaser/investor pays his money to HH&R, who then pays the money to HP to pay its commissions; and then if there is anything left over (yea sure) it goes into a pool with the money provided by Dave Ames (yea sure) to pay for the construction the resorts.

    I guess that includes the four guys working at H Hotel and all those working at HD Design Studio (formerly Harlequin Developments).

    http://harlequinhotelsandresorts.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/hdstudio-formerly-harlequin-developments-celebrates-1st-anniversary-in-new-barbados-offices/

    HP has been flogging Merricks since 2006. What do the purchasers have to show for their Merricks investment in 2013?

    Given that both Buccament Bay Resort, St Vincent and The Grenadines and The Merricks Resort, Barbados are allegedly owned by Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited (re-registered as a Barbados company), it would appear that (if there is any money left after Ames and family take their commissions) the Merricks purchasers’ money has gone to pay for BB (which it is alleged has not filed financials for 7 years – that would be the company re-registered as a Barbados company)


    How can the Government of Barbados stand by and allow this scam to continue?

  46. Mark Fenty

    The senseless bitching about how corrupted the institution of government in Barbados has become. Makes some of us appear rather buffoonish, if we aren’t willing to mobilized and do what it takes to effectuate change in the existing conditions. The time has come I believe, where we need to put on our Big Boy Pants, and do what is necessary to heighten the awareness of an ill-informed populace. That is if we really want to see change in the political conditions in Barbados,because let’s face it, the continuous lip-service gets tiresome after while, don’t you think?

    Now, if we look with meticulous eyes at a lot of the social change that has taken place in America. We would realize that much of it has come through the process of Social Protest. The Women Suffrage Movement of the early 1920s and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s -1960s are shining examples of this kind change. We also saw one record of this kind of Social- Protest in the Caribbean, during the British West Indian Labor Unrest of 1934- 1939. Nevertheless, there is obviously a need for transparency in the institution of government in Barbados. Because let’s face it, if the politicians are getting away with murder, as some here has put it. Then this leads me to believe that there is a pressing need to overhaul the antiquated Check and Balances. Which are intended to guard against this kind of political corruption in the first place?

    Furthermore, even the greatest democracy in the world, isn’t without its faults and failing. America has had, and continues to experience her share of problems. But, what separates America from the rest of the world I believe. Is her ability to address with quick dispatch the problems as there arise? It appears However, that Barbados and many other countries in the Caribbean, seems to be reactive rather that proactive in deal with situations of this nature. But of course, I stand corrected of this point, so feel free to correct me if you so choose.

    All in all, we obviously can’t expect politicians to provide us the kind of change we are expecting, we have seen this already. It is up to us to galvanize the collective conscience of the nation, and do what it takes for the politicians to beckon to our quires. Remember now, the politicians work for us and not the other way around. So that tells me that we have the power in our hands to effectuate the kind of change we want to see right?

  47. Anonymous13

    Everyone knows that Barbados is highly depedent on tourism.For the police to turn a blind eye,or worse still,arrest and detain an innocent man,just for the sake of protecting Barbados as a safe place to take a holiday is disgraceful.
    Barbados is far from being a safe place to visit or retire to,as has recently been demonstrated yet again with the stabbings of two holidaymakers shortly after their arrival.Disgraceful1
    it is just as disgraceful to accuse an investor/developer of damaging the reputation of Barbados,based on totally unfounded assumptions and lies..Harlequin are building and their completed projects will help turn around your faltering tourism
    i think it was B Baywatch who once posted that “one needs to consider cause and effect ” Well here you have in the view ( much published in the mainstream media) of many observers from around the world,the cause and the effect ! Murder + rape +robbery etc etc are the Cause ,with the Effect being a dramatic reduction in the number of arrivals
    !Why do you not concentrate on a crime prevention campaign if you really want to arrest the decline of your major source of revenue and leave Harlequin to get on with their build without the hassle/

  48. Truthseeker

    When will BFP write about Padraig O’Halloran being in court for stealing $13 million from Harlequin Property and Harlequin Hotels & The Resorts?

    Padraig “Paudie” O’Halloran runs Kelltek Group with Jeremy Newman, his accountant when the fraud took place, and conspirator in creating the Harlecon website to damage the company taking them to court.

  49. anonymous66

    truthseeker. BFP have written about the “alleged fraud”. this case is currently being heard in ireland and the outcome expected within a matter of weeks. however, the outcome anticipated is far from clear. i do know that in 2012 there was a prelimary statement ( per se. Ii am not legal so can’t u give you the exact legal wording)” issued by i believe justice clarke ( there is a link somewhere which all can access). basically the gist was that from the information supplied at that time there was not a case to be answered and “harlequin” were ordered to provide “up front costs” to cover the anticipated legal costs of the defendent were he successful if defending the case. i am sure someone on here can post the direct link. i guess we shall all see what the courts decide in the next few weeks.

  50. 2441

    I remember when ICE got the contract. In the Caribbean, everyone in the development industry was curious as Harlequin were already seen as a ponzi scheme and a ridiculous scam, so who were going to be the contractor….none of the usual companies that develop around the Caribbean, but a company noone had heard of and a little digging did raise eye brows. It was a match made in ponzi heaven and was always going to end in court, as indeed BFP has referred to. The details should be quite interesting as the case develops, but it will change little either way for Harlequin or its investors. The latter are screwed, and the former (Ames family) will probably disappear with investors’ cash safely tucked away as commissionable income somewhere.

  51. Faceless

    The frantic smear campaign is not going to stop Harlequin building,nor is your attempt to discredit Dave Ames.Much of what you say cannot be substantiated.It is based on assumptions,misrepresentation,guesswork and downright lies.You use the terms”I believe”,someone told me” I heard”etc.etc.You are engaged in one big consoiracy on the BFP website.A vindictive conspiracy that has been long-running,inept,pointless and going nowhere fast.You troublemakers are all hiding behind faceless identities,contradict each other,even arguing amongst yourselves.What a complete waste of everyone’s time.
    Harlequin will be in business for many,many years to come>

  52. Anonymous

    Harlequin under investigation by FSA?????? how long will they continue

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  54. Dear Investors & Harlequin,

    As discussed on Barbadosfreepress. The Harlequin Investor meeting in Manchester will be at Manchester Airport Marriott Hale Barns on the Saturday 9th March we have booked the room for the day with several short breaks for everyone to buy refreshments.

    I think some of you will be familiar with this location. If you could attend please let me know. There will be a small admission fee as it is £150 for the room I did negotiate this at a special rate.

    We will be asking Mr Ames to attend so we can get the answers we require. We would ask everyone to send in the questions they would like answering so that the same question is not repeated the email address to send questions and replies to invitation to HarlequininvestorgroupNW@gmail.com would ask you to pass on the details of this email to any third parties you may feel will be interested in attending.

    If you have any other suggestions please email above.
    I will look forward to your response.

    Kind Regards

    HarlequininvestorgroupNW

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  57. 16

    Dave Ames and his family are truly a bunch of crooks, way before Harlequin the Ames family launched Loans Made Easy and attracted financial advisors with the lure of National advertising campaigns that would generate a fantastic business. Unfortunately Dave Ames was only interested in seeing how many agents he could tempt to part with an investment of £5000 (I think he managed over a100) but he just pocketed the money with no return. May he rot in Hell.

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  59. ATTENTION TO ALL HARLEQUIN CLIENTS!!!

    New information about our action against Harlequin Property.
    We have organised 3 meetings next month in London to help the investors with Harlequin. The QC, a top UK lawyer (with a track record in Civil Fraud) as well as a top insolvency practitioner will be present at the meeting to give individual advice and guidance to each client’s case. The initial meeting is free of charge and if you decide to stay with us the cost will be kept to a minimum. If you can’t attend our meeting we can still represent you.

    Contact us:
    Email: cpcholding@europe.com
    Tel: 0191 386 2487

  60. Anonymous

    Report your complaints to http://www.sfo.gov.uk. The only way is to get him arrested for fraud. This way his assets will be frozen. There have been many reports so far but an investigation as complex as this with assets all over the world takes time to compile but the more complaints the more credible.

  61. Anonymous

    Tell David Green the Director of Serious Fraud Office how you feel, Address STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL. There is no reason that Dave Ames should NOT have been arrested and at least put on bail by now if even a fraction of the investors reported that these so called projects were falsely represented under Fraud Act 2006. This scenario has nothing whatsoever to do with recession, it was PLANNED by Dave Ames and his family who still live the high life. There were never any funds whatsoever in the coffers of Harlequin’s many bogus companies until investors were told total lies about EVERYTHING. They thought of all the USP’s (unique selling points) and mis sold by ticking all those boxes. THAT IS FRAUD BY FALSE REPRESENTATION!

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