Daily Archives: October 2, 2007

Voice Of Barbados Radio Paid $65,000 To Politician From Slush Fund – Source

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Which government politician extorted the money this time? Was in Gline Clarke, Noel Lynch or some other thief? So many candidates!

For the full story on this disgusting practice by the yellow-bellied cowardly crawling Barbados media, head on over to Barbados Underground (link here)

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Barbados Prime Minister’s Office To Companies Registrar: “Hotels and Resorts Ltd. Is it a private or Government owned company?”

Adrian Loveridge spent yesterday researching the government records of various companies. One of the most fascinating little pieces to surface was about the GEMS Hotels fiasco…

“A hand written memo from the Office of The Prime Minister dated 1st october 1998 asked the Registrar of CAIPO, what was the status of Hotels and Resorts Ltd. Is it a private or Government owned company?

Didn’t the Prime Minister know?

Especially as his friend David Shorey was a director and chairman and still is 9 years later and however many hundreds of millions of Dollars lost, later.”

Here’s Adrian’s comments about his research so far…

First of us my thanks to the very helpful people at the CAIPO office.

In the interests of transparency my receipt # was 366569 .

3S (Barbados), SRL

only two directors listed

Jonathan L. Danos
Lansdown Road Holland Park London W11 4PR

Ian R Fields
Friendship MD 20758 USA

Company listings in the USA show 3S Structural Steel Solutions Inc, as a company with 5 employees and an annual turnover of US$420,000.

The company registered in Barbados is a SRL (Society with restricted liabilities) and there is a fairly good description of what this means on www.escapeartist.com

Nothing else on the file indicates how a newly formed company with no previous experience in constructing flyovers or road widening actually got the job.

No contract with the Government seems to exist, simply a memorandum of understanding.

Someone will have to explain this, as I was under the impression that all Government work costing over BDS$100,000 must go out to tender.

OPERA Interactive (Barbados) Ltd

In the words of Joanne Nugent the local representative for this company, when questioned, stated categorically ‘Opera Interactive (Barbados) Ltd is a private limited company with no relationship to any overseas company’.

The CAIPO lists the directors of this company as:

Gary CORBETT
Lynda BASKETT
of the same address in Wettenhall Cheshire CW7 4DL England

and

John A. PAYNE
Paynes Bay House
South Road
Sandy Lane Estate
Barbados

Mr Corbett is the CEO/Chairman of Opera Telecom, the company the recently received a record fine of the Sterling value of BDS$1 million for phone competition rigging.

Up until last night on CBC TV 8 the Barbados Lucky Numbers ‘ads’ were appearing again and the contact number for claiming the prize of 1 800 534 2276 still gets ‘We are sorry the number you have reached in not in service’

I contacted Claude Graham at CBC and he has promised to investigate the situation.

No word yet from Minister Eastmond, Office of Fair Trading or the Office of Public Counsel.

Hardwood Housing Factory Inc.

Listed Directors are:

Alfred Walkes
Douglas O. Skeete
Avenel W. Hinkson-Forde
Frank A. Murrell
Hutson M. Drakes
Anthony C. Hoyos

Hotels and Resorts Ltd

I need more time with this one. The file is enormous.

However, a couple of things stood out.

Some if not all, of the Debentures and Loans are recorded in this file and I find it amazing that a member of the opposition or other interested parties have not researched the file and reported to the people.

Secondly, a hand written memo from the Office of The Prime Minister dated 1st october 1998 asked the Registrar of CAIPO, what was the status of Hotels and Resorts Ltd. Is it a private or Government owned company?

Didn’t the Prime Minister know?

Especially as his friend David Shorey was a director and chairman and still is 9 years later and however many hundreds of millions of Dollars lost, later.

More to follow.

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Who Is Behind These Controversial Barbados Companies?

3S (Barbados) SRL

Opera Interactive (Barbados) Limited

Hardwood Housing Factory Inc

Hotels and Resorts Ltd

Adrian Loveridge is formally researching the above companies with the Barbados Deputy Registrar of Companies. With no Freedom of Information laws on the books the government habitually misuses its power to hide even the most mundane information from the public.

Will the government allow Loveridge to access information about controversial companies where questions about conflicts of interest and corruption go unanswered?

Head over to Barbados Underground where the story continues.

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