Daily Archives: May 31, 2007

Cricket World Cup Caused A Drop In Barbados Tourist Numbers When Compared With Last Year!!!!

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Let’s See Here…

If Barbados had not been fool enough to buy into the Cricket World Cup we would have had more tourists on the island from January to May, increased business revenues and would now have half a billion dollars more in the bank.

Lord Have Mercy on the poor Bajan taxpayers!

From The Broad Street Journal…

DOWN FOR THE COUNT: Barbados tourist arrivals between January and May 2007 fall by nearly 2% over same period in 2006

Despite a surge of nearly eleven percent in April, when close to 60,000 longstay visitors came mainly to see the six CWC Super Eight matches and Final, Barbados’ tourist arrivals fell by nearly two percent between January and April over the same period last year.

For those four months last year, approximately 207,500 longstay arrivals were recorded, while for the same period just ended in 2007, the figure appears to be closer to 204,000, according to data from the Barbados Statistical Service added to Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch’s estimate for April.

… continue reading this story at The Broad Street Journal (link here)

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International Lawsuit Against Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur And Others – Update

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Lawsuit Is Filed In Canada

Thanks to a few readers we have further information regarding the international lawsuit filed by “Nelson Barbados Group Ltd.” against Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur, Chief Justice David Simmons and many other prominent Bajan citizens and businesses.

Barbados Free Press received a heavily processed (or just not very good) digital photo of what purports to be the first page of this lawsuit that says “Ontario Superior Court Of Justice” and “Court File No. 07-0141”.

This lends credibility to a Barbados government source who posted two days ago on an earlier BFP article and also contacted us via email. This source advised that the lawsuit was not filed in Barbados, but in Ontario, Canada and that “Nelson Barbados Group Ltd.” is an Ontario-registered corporation incorporated in 2005. The source also makes various statements about what they call “the arrant stupidity of the whole matter”. You can read their public comment here. We will not be posting their email.

Another source sent us the above photo without comment while someone else provided some insight into the lawsuit by saying…

“The defendants are all claiming that they have never done business in Canada or the U.S. and therefore no court outside of Barbados is allowed to look into allegations of corruption here.”

We don’t know otherwise at the moment but we invite our readers to submit any information ON A CONFIDENTIAL BASIS (ie: not by posting comments in public) so we can keep working on this story.

Barbados Free Press Will NEVER Reveal The Names Of Our Sources Or Any Other Identifying Information

We are not allowing public comments on this story and ask that you email them to us privately at barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com so we can filter them and avoid any suggestion that we are taking sides or defaming anyone. You can email information to us anonymously either from your web-based email account (ie: yahoo) or for true anonymity from a free anonymous emailing service like Anonymouse.org or one of the many others you can find by Googling “anonymous email service”.

When all is said and done we hope to work all of this into our postponed money laundering story which is half written.

Here Is What We Have…

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Will Convicted VECO Executives Trade Politicians’ Names For Time Off Their Sentences?

Our Friend Adrian Loveridge Thinks Convicted VECO Execs Should Be Given An Opportunity…

I fully support Richard Sealy’s call for a forensic audit on the construction of the new prison at Dodd’s, and would do so irrespective of which political party he represents.

Clearly, it was wrong for the Chief Executive of VECO and its wholly owned subsidiary Commonwealth Construction, Bill Allen and Rick Smith, the VP of Community and Government Affairs to become involved in offering bribes to politicians and others.

But they have pleased guilty and face up 11 years in jail if media reports are an indication.

Are these gentlemen though, the real villains?

Perhaps, controversially, I do not think so!

In fact, I would go so far as to encourage the authorities to ‘trade’ years for names.

Mr Allen and Mr Smith have admitted their guilt!

What we now need to do is to uncover the other politicians and civil servants that have accepted bribes and favours and ensure they receive the full wrath of the law.

Perhaps for every major name exposed, they could be pardoned one year?

Minister Dale Marshall has assured the nation publicly, that VECO will retain the contract to complete the Dodd’s Prison facility, albeit considerably later than previously indicated and if we believe media reports, substantially above budget.

This in itself raises many other questions.

If you visit Commonwealth Construction’s own website (www.commonwealth.ca) under the Projects Controls Systems section they make a particular point of highlighting their IMP2 ACT Project Control Software.

This is ‘to allow the project manager to know his project costs, productivity and progress at all times’.

How then, can any project escalate from an original figure of BDS$100 million to the latest media reports of BDS$292 million?

And why is the project so far behind the original date given for completion?

Also of concern is the exact capacity of the prison. In a website of one on the sub contractors, Rotondo Weirich, mention is made of just 480 cells.

Are ‘we’ really spending a quoted BDS$292 million to go back to having up to three inmates occupy one cell?

The Minister has an urgent obligation to answer these questions.

I urge Mr Sealy, to raise these questions and repeat his call for a forensic audit in the lower house of Parliament every week and also for independent Senator, Sir John Stanley Goddard to do likewise in the Senate.

Adrian Loveridge
28th May 2007

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Message To 180 Degree Change

A Message to “180 Degree Change” 

Our week that you provided ends on Sunday June 3rd or Monday June 4th depending upon how you count.

We have not been able to check where you said we should, although we have tried unsuccessfully. Our ability to check closely in that place is not current although you are correct we have been able to in the past because we sometimes have a friend there.

Please send us more about the person who was the subject of your email and the decisions they are making.

Thanks

BFP

Hi Folks

These little messages come and go at Barbados Free Press. As our regular readers know, we often communicate to our sources in public so that we don’t have to send emails.

Sometimes it gets pretty exciting around here!

-)

Cliverton

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Owen Arthur Government Targets Bajan Wallets With 2,500 New Video Lottery Terminals – “A Tax On Stupid People”

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My Fellow Barbadians… Have I Got A Deal For You!

Listen up, folks! As your Prime Minister, I can assure you that this is the sweetest deal you’re going to find this side of Nigeria…

INVEST TEN DOLLARS with me, and there will be a 93% chance that you will never see any of that money again!

There will be a 6.7% chance that I will give you back three dollars, and you can kiss seven dollars goodbye.

There will be a one third of one percent chance that I will give you back more than your ten dollars… but don’t forget, eleven dollars is more than ten dollars!

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Now, Will The Stupid Folks Please Bring Your Ten Dollars And Line Up In Front Of The Owen Arthur Money Collecting Machine…

Hurry Up… This opportunity will only be around for a limited period of time.*

*Limited period of time is defined as “Until we have all your money, you fool!”

From Casino City Times…

CAGE Awarded Barbados Deal

MARYLAND — (PRESS RELEASE) — Today, CAGE Barbados Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caribbean CAGE LLC, a division of The RLJ Companies, announced that it has been awarded a long-term management agreement for the installation and management of up to 2500 video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) on Barbados. This management agreement will allow CAGE to operate the connected and linked VLTs that will be installed over a three-year roll out period.

“This long term management agreement is an integral step towards fulfilling our strategy of a significant presence throughout the Caribbean and Latin America,” noted Bob Washington, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Caribbean CAGE LLC.

An official spokesperson from the BCA stated, “the Barbados Cricket Association looks forward to a long and successful relationship with Cage Barbados Inc., in the operation of video lottery games in Barbados, which the BCA hopes will redound to the benefit of both the BCA and its partners.”

“We are pleased to enter into a business relationship with Barbados. Our ability to drive returns is good for Barbados and good for CAGE,” stated Bob Johnson, Chairman of The RLJ Companies.

CAGE currently operates VLTs in the Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Kitts. CAGE, headquartered in Puerto Rico, is well positioned to take advantage of the VLT market in the Caribbean to generate superior returns.

CAGE anticipates beginning operations in Barbados by the 4th quarter of 2007.

… read the article online here.

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