Daily Archives: November 16, 2007

Senator Eastmond As Marie Antoinette – Same Attitude

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Senator Lynette Eastmond: “From what I gathered from the private sector, there are a number of issues in terms of actually getting food onto the shelves of Barbados. But their responses have been generally positive to this initiative . . . .”

… read all about it at The Nation News: Bureaucratic Pussyfooting

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How Corrupt Politicians Operate: Government Minister Awards A Contract To His Lover’s Company – Without Tender

Jamaican Light Bulb Scandal – A Lesson In How Corrupt Politicians Operate

Back on November 7th, we told you about how Cuba gave 4 million free light bulbs to Jamaica, but the government of the day then spent $276.5 million dollars to “distribute” the light bulbs. That is $69 dollars per light bulb.

They could have mailed the bulbs to every citizen for a fraction of the cost. Indeed, they could have couriered them for next to nothing compared with $69 dollars per bulb!

But then there wouldn’t have been any juice, squeeze MONEY for the corrupt politicians who organised this rape of the taxpayer.

Lesson #1 about corrupt politicians – they always choose the most expensive ways of doing anything because it allows them to steal more easily.

If a project costs $100,000, it is difficult to steal $50,000 and not be noticed. If the project costs half a million dollars, at 10 percent overage will be overlooked and there is your $50,000!

Lesson #2 about corrupt politicians – they award government contracts to relatives, friends and associates.

Lesson #3 about corrupt politicians – private companies are used to steal public funds.

In our November 7th article we told how a private Jamaican company had been formed to “distribute” the light bulbs and we speculated that the former Jamaican Minister of State Kern Spencer had a connection with this private company. We said…

“Who owns Universal Management and Development Company Ltd. that was paid $49.7 million dollars when it shouldn’t have received one dollar? Perhaps the former Jamaican Minister of State will tell…”

We were correct, it turns out that Minister Spencer awarded a $49.7 million dollar government contract – without tender – to his lover’s company…

Sherine Shakes, mother of Spencer’s child, is a manager at Universal Management and Development Company, one of the two companies which was paid over $85.6 million dollars for assisting in distributing two million florescent bulbs which were donated free of cost by the Cuban Government.

Sources said Spencer made no declaration about his connection with any principals of the company when the entity was awarded the multi-million dollar contract, which was not put to public tender in contravention of the required government procedures.

… from the Sunday Herald article Light Bulb Cronyism

Awarding Government Contracts To Relatives, Friends Or Even Yourself Is Nothing Special In Barbados Politics!

Citizens of Barbados should pay close attention to this latest Jamaican government scandal because the techniques used to steal tax dollars are regularly practiced by our own corrupt Barbados government officials.

Barbados politicians of all parties have steadfastly refused to implement laws prohibiting conflicts of interest or stopping them from using their government position for personal profit.

Barbados Government contracts are regularly issued without an open bidding process to private companies owned by friends and relatives of government officials. This can be a simple as the government paying a certain supplier three times the normal price for shipment of copier paper (hey, nice Christmas bonus for a relative!) to the sophisticated scams practiced by VECO Corporation – the builders of our new way-over-budget jail.

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How Many Government Contracts Have Been Awarded To Noel Lynch’s Family & Friends?

When Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch angrily objected to being asked about how he made his personal fortune while on government salary, he said that his family helped him out…

“I have a family and therefore all of us contribute to my wellbeing and my development…”

Government Minister Says His Family “Contributes” To His “Well Being” – Ha… No Kidding!

Without Laws Against Such Corruption, Barbados Officials Will Continue To Steal Without A Care

Further Reading

BFP – Barbados Tourism Minister Flees Radio Talk Show Over Question Of Personal Assets And Integrity Legislation

YouTube Video – Barbados Tourism Minister Storms Out Of Radio Show

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GoWEB Blog Laments Christmas Store Displays Set Up Before Independence Celebrations

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“In recent years, I’ve become aware of an alarming trend. Businesses’ promotion of Christmas is superseding and overshadowing Barbados’ Independence celebrations. I don’t know why no one quarrels about this, but I feel as though I must highlight this issue with great urgency.”

Our friends over at GoWeb Blog are upset about stores holding Christmas promotions before Independence Day. We think they have a good point.

GoWeb Blog: Independence or Christmas?

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Gang Rape VICTIM Punished By Saudi Court – 200 Lashes, 6 Months Jail For Being In A Car With “Unrelated Male”

The same Saudi Arabian society that funds Islamic schools in Barbados and around the world has sentenced a 19 year old woman to 200 lashes and 6 months in jail for being in an auto with a male who was not related to her.

As she was in the auto, she was accosted and raped by six armed attackers – who have been sentenced to jail terms.

Of course, by Muslim Wahabi standards, one cannot entirely blame the males for the rape. They were tempted by a woman who was in a car without a male relative present. Uncovered meat is the term used by one Imam.

And as we have been told by a Bajan Muslim religous leader, Salafi Manhaj, unsupervised women will fornicate with whomever they please.

Some folks have different standards than most Bajans, you see.

Further Reading…

Breitbart News: Saudi Punishes Gang Rape Victim With 200 Lashes

Barbados Free Press: Barbados Muslims Won’t Kill Anyone “Unjustly” – Bajan Muslim Commenter On Barbados Free Press

Barbados Free Press: Shona’s New T-Shirt Has A Religious Message

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