Will Rayside Construction Be Awarded Barbados Government Contracts To Thank Leroy Parris For The Use Of The Bizjet?

We see Leroy Parris in the Nation News saying that the CLICO purchase of Rayside Construction is working out just fine, thank you. The company has been reinvigorated with a $50 million investment and new equipment. Rayside will be opening in St. Lucia and T&T and is ready to take on all competition.

And we think that’s wonderful for Barbados and the hundreds of Bajans who work for Rayside Construction.

What we don’t like is the LACK OF TRANSPARENCY shown by Prime Minister Thompson in his use of a private business jet on a trip to New York with Leroy Parris.

There must be rules, standards and transparency about the use of corporate jets by members of our government. There must be rules, standards and transparency about government members receiving gifts and benefits from individuals and businesses.

Corporations and individuals do not loan biz jets to governments or government members out of the goodness of their hearts. When the details of such arrangements are kept secret from the citizens, there is opportunity for abuse and corruption.

We were told that a DLP Government would act with integrity and transparency. We were told that we wouldn’t see any more of this “tit for tat” where politicians dispensed juicy government contracts to friends and supporters – with little regard for bids or a proper procurement process.

Without integrity rules, transparency and a freedom of information process as we were promised, very little has changed. Everything is still secret and the public’s right to know the normal business of government is ignored by David Thompson and his cabal.

In civilized democracies, any citizen can know how many and which government contracts have been awarded to whom. Most jurisdictions even web-post the information.

But in Barbados citizens still have to wonder how many government contracts have been awarded to Mr. Parris’ company… and whether David Thompson paid a full market price for the use of his old friend’s business jet, fuel and crew.

Same old, Same old….

Further Reading

The Nation News: Parris “Brighter Times For Rayside”

BFP: Barbados PM David Thompson’s “Private Jet” – Chartered, Owned or Loaned?

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63 responses to “Will Rayside Construction Be Awarded Barbados Government Contracts To Thank Leroy Parris For The Use Of The Bizjet?

  1. Red Lake Lassie

    You are in good form today BFP. I challenge any of the DLP yardfowl to explain how anything has changed in the way of integrity since the new government came in. Nothing has changed.

  2. Hants

    Will somebody please provide evidence of any contracts awarded by this DLP Government to a company owned by a close friend or relative.

    There must be some BLP supporters in the Civil service who can provide this information. Just don’t waste our time with “I hear” or “I think that”.

    Just factual information that can be made public.

    Given the state of the economy, any big mone wheeling and dealing will be stagnant.

    The Barbados Economy is heading into a recession and that is what we should be discussing in addition to ITAL.

    Yes BFP we have problems. Read the Canadian,American and British Newspapers.

    But I will support you on this.

    David Thompson must keep his promise to enact ITAL as soon as possible.

  3. Wishing in Vain

    I am totally amused and confused, let us get real and realise that with a community as closely knit as this one is it will be totally impossible to be isolated from knowing someone bidding or someone awarded a contract but more importantly instead of constanly mouning and wimpering look at the awarding of contracts and if for any reason they appear to be out of sync with the real world prices my advice is to approach the AG, the PM the PRESS and who ever else is willing to listen and let your voice be heard but in my view it is jumping the gun to assume the unassumeable and constantly try to blame for the sake of blaming when nothing indicates any mis doings to date is pure folly.

    Let us talk about the mis doings of the 14 years of blp rule and stealing, the DLP have done nothing wrong so far and let us hope that they do nothing wrong for the next 15 or 20 years while the blp tries to arrive at a settled alternative for the post of leader.

    Every department that the blp molested is in a sad state, Water Authority, Sanitation, Urban, Immigration, Pan African Affairs, Hardwood Housing, Edutech and the list is growing, give the new gov’t a chance to govern and we will see a change in the way things are done all the way thru to ITAL but your harking and mourning changes nothing in terms of the process and the way and the when things are done.

  4. Mintue Mouse

    why are we so nasty,just nasty, we seek to find fault with this New Gov’t over everything,i beleive that one of you might even want to find fault if the Ministers shit and beleive me they have to ,nature demands it!
    just because the former administration rape the country,and give the fatted calf to friends and family,and help out,yes……:) Arthur said it himself ,help out others from the Taxpayers monies . you dirty minded DLP haters seems to think that this Gov’t will do the same.Why not wait and see if this happens before we run up our mouths and spectulate about something that is flase.Remember a lie does sound better than the truth.Give the Hon Members a fair chance to run the country,Lawrd…..anyone would think that Arthur made us indedenpent and we push him away,this is a free country and the PEOPLE have spoken,spuse,spuse………………..>>>>

  5. Anon

    Red Lake Lassie

    Thanks for finally admitting that the BLP were corrrupt!

  6. Time Will Tell

    THE POWER OF SPIN:

    Ref: Parris: Brighter times for Rayside

    Ref: Will Rayside Construction Be Awarded Barbados Government Contracts To Thank Leroy Parris For The Use Of The Bizjet?

    Do you really need to ask this questions ?

    Rayside Construction will become the new “cash cow” of the DLP. That in my view represents ITAL to the fullest.

    ITAL. (Income Thompson Attains Legally)

    Only Time will Tell it first…….

  7. Hants

    Does any of you including WIV think we should be discussing the economy?

    This blog must be more relevant that a Tabloid.

    When the Government raises the price of fuel again and when you all realise that everything you import will increase in price and when you see the drop in Tourist arrivals, prehaps the serious discussions will start.

    Yes BFP. ITAL is vital but the economy is top priority at the moment.

  8. Wishing in Vain

    Hants a headline pertaining to the economy is half as exciting as some of these other ones.
    Yes I fully support your call 100 % we need to shift gears and get a move on.

  9. bussa

    BFP i agree with you totally rayside dont deserve another contract from goverment because of the relationship between parris and the pm let the workers of rayside suck salt because of the relationship between parris and the pm give all the major contracts to COW because of the relationship between parris and the pm man you really going overboard

  10. Thomas Gresham

    Well, the economy is indeed very important. Elsewhere governments are becoming hyperactive in responding to emerging economic weakness. The US government had an emergency stimulus package and slashed interested rates from 5% to 2.0%. What has our government done? I wish the government well – its my government – but so far I can only see that it has made things worse.

    By removing the energy subsidies to zero, the government responded to economic weakness by squeezing consumers further. Although the government has flipped flopped on diesel, it makes zero sense to remove all other subsidies in one go with no notice. If they wanted to get rid of the subsidies, the right way to have done it would be the following: (1) announced the dollar level of the subsidy was to be fixed from now and so the public would bear the cost of new price rise, but not all of the past rises, (2) announced at the same time that over some reasonable time frame – say over the next six to twelve months, the level of the subsidy would be removed entirely, so get ready (3) provide help for consumers to reduce their energy bills, in anticipation of the new policy, through increased tax breaks for energy saving or conservation devices and (4) announce an increase in the reverse tax credit to protect the most vulnerable and to come into force when the subsidies are removed. That would be a considered, thought through approach, not a rash move at the end of a televised chat with a few journalists when the policy was not transparently unveiled at the beginning to be openly discussed. This was not the government I expected.

    Another policy that could have been adopted would have been to fix the level of tax revenues coming from energy and so as energy prices went up the tax rate came down, moderating the burden on consumers. The government may prefer to do other things, but it should do something, now just twiddling thumbs on corporate jets while the Barbadian consumer burns.

    Tourism is highly sensitive to the income and well-being of tourists and so we can expect reduced revenues to come from tourism over the next 12 months. So we should be unveiling strategies and policies to boost those sectors that are less income-sensitive like the off-shore banking sector, health and educational tourism. Whatever happened to Barbados being a fund centre or a wealth management centre? What has happened to plans to boost health tourism? We need a vision and a strategy and we need it fast.

  11. Time Will Tell

    To Steal, or Not to Steal.

    Taking in account the size of our economy, integrity and honesty must be a hallmark within our political leadership.

    With largely a service economy, there is NO room for governmental knavery or political corruption. NONE.

    All supporters of any responsible political party in Barbados must serendipitously guard against the very appearance of such, and duly speak out against this practice.
    The current state of our economy will provide the impetus for the dishonest to thrive. After all, economic hardship and fiscal ineptitude are catalyst for the same.

    I have long contended, that this administration is void of the savvy needed to catapult our economy anywhere near the last/past. sic
    Therefore, extreme circumstances will promote extreme measures.
    Legislation, reporting and sometimes bonding to safeguard the public’s interest, can hinder the temptation to opportunity.

    It is from this concept or ideology, which the current administration campaigned.
    IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY dishonest and morally bankrupt to sidestep the issue, all in the name of “pressing forward” with our other agenda.

    This friends, is the platform from which mutiny is launch.

    Let the revolution begin…

    TWT esq.

  12. Trained Economist

    Barbados operates a fixed exchange rate, which I think most of us want. Running large persistent fiscal deficits is one sure way to undermine a fixed exchange rate regime. People who look at other economies attempt to spend their way out of a recession, and want to recommend that for Barbados need to keep that in mind.

    The last government spent its way out of the 2001 recession and the fiscal deficit has not come back down to normal. Are you suggesting we add even more debt to the mountain we currently have? The fact is the high levels of spending and borrowing by the last administration leaves precious little fiscal wiggle room if one wishes to be prudent.

    For those looking at the US stimulus package I want to remind them that the US government is able to borrow money from foreigners in US dollars. We do not have that luxury.

    Fiscal prudence is needed after the previous excesses.

  13. Jerome Hinds

    The fact of the matter is…..Owen Arthur and his other vipers drove the Barbadian economy up a creek with their reckless spending and borrowing.

    Thankfully under the astute leadership of David Thompson, Darcy Boyce and other competent managers we have begun to take the bull by the proverbial ” horns “.

    It is truly amazing that Clyde Asscoll after his Hardwood Housing debacle…..can still remember the meaning of Efficiency & Effectiveness as outlined in his latest Nation News column.

    What a thing !

  14. Mintue Mouse

    Jerome i a backing you 100%

  15. Hants

    Oil price hit $138 per barrel today. Gas stations in Toronto raising prices at midnight tonight.

    Over 320,000 people lost jobs in the USA since January. Canada not as bad yet but it is coming.

    If you live in Barbados,expect higher prices for everything over the next few months.

    Drive less, cook at home more and don’t wait for government to subsidise your lifestyle.

    Rainy days coming.Save some cash.

  16. Tell me Why

    By removing the energy subsidies to zero, the government responded to economic weakness by squeezing consumers further. Although the government has flipped flopped on diesel, it makes zero sense to remove all other subsidies in one go with no notice.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    TG. I agree with your synopsis regarding the sudden removal of the subsidies without giving the public a chance. I also mentioned the rash decision in an earlier post.

    Trained Economist, you must also bear in mind that a high fiscal deficit once it is managed, will create an active economy with greater spending power. To reverse such a deficit just to pretend you are curtailing spending whilst concentrating on social services will eventual create a contracted economy. Such an economy without any economic activity will have a devastated effect on people’s spending power and will lead to layoffs, unable to repay loans, and show a reduction in the standard of living. Don’t come and say that Bajan living beyond their means since the things we once called luxury items like washing machines, microwaves and the lot, are now life savers for the working class parents.

    The first quarter results showed an increase due to the contraction in spending, but lookout for the sudden drop in the third and fourth quarter unless we jump start the economy……and don’t tell me why if we fail to act NOW!

  17. Fairplay

    BFP
    I am supporting you with pushing for the government to keep their promises about codes of conduct and ITAL. I also believe that you should give the PM some time and credit for putting things in place to achieve some of the promises that he has some control over. It is not easy. The BLP had fourteen years running the country and refused to implement any of those things that you are fighting for. The supporters of the BLP who believe Barbadians are giving them back the government in 2013 are in for more stress and heart aches. People will recognize that the DLP always pulled Barbados out of trouble by taking the unpopular decisions that are right for the country. I support the fiscal prudence approach being adopted by the government. This is what is required of every Barbadian at this time. We will emerge stronger, just like after 1994.

  18. Tell me Why

    I am all for the fair distribution of contracts to the various construction companies. But it will be remiss of me if I failed to speak about the highway which Rayside is constructing, namely the area from the section by Upton pass the Life of Barbados roundabout right down to the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

    Having new equipment do not make an efficient construction company only, it is the expertise and the execution of the job that makes the different. We now see the raising of the road by the Cable and Wireless playing field will now shift run-off water westward to the area opposite the southern entrance of the Gas Station leading into Clapham unless wells are sunk to accommodate this new flow of water.

    I said in an earlier post that this entire area should have been turned over to COW who seems to be far more knowledgeable in road construction. At least the Transport Minister has been pro-active, thus the taking away of the Upton to Wildey road from Rayside and giving it to COW. The next move is the entire stretch right up to the Bermuda triangle.

    We cannot continue with this trial and error scenario, or as the present PM said, “working with a blank cheque”

  19. Tell me Why

    Opps, babysitting again tonight. Release my articles as soon as the babies are sleeping.

  20. Pat

    Hants:

    you are wasting your time. Bajans wont listen. Especially to someone from away. They enjoy the lifestyle and the big life, even if they have to borrow to maintain it. Imagine gas up by $10 a barrel in one day and no one on this board discusses it. You would think Barbados was a member of OPEC!

    It is a pity I cant send them some of the whole chickens Superstore was selling last week at $1 a pound. I saw a senior citizen with a grocery cart half full. I only bought 6 myself as I prefer fish. However, I vacuum sealed them and they should last a few months.

    Maybe they will all put down their cars and start taking public transport when gas hits $20 a gallon.

  21. Tell me Why

    I thought you were babysitting, but you are there deleting two of my posts. Could it be my frankness regarding the taking away of the contract from Upton to Wildey from Rayside?

  22. Mea Culpa

    Did David Thompson’s travel on Clico’s jet become an issue after the election or before BFP?

    I read on this very blogsite that Parris travelled to New York and the PM travelled on the same jet. Does this amount to the “loan” of a jet when the owner and others were on it?

    Wasn’t David Thompson travelling on the jet before the election? Is it true that Trinidad’s Prime Minister also borrowed the jet to travel to Peru for a Heads of Government meeting last month?

    Is is also true that other Prime Ministers have had to borrow the jet from time to time to get arouund the region?

    Should David Thompson use the Defence Force planes instead?

    What is the point you are making BFP?

    Has Rayside been given any work since the new government got in?

    Is the issue the declaration of travel on the jet or the idea of David Thompson travelling on a private jet? Tell me.

  23. Tell me Why

    Sorry BFP, but my two articles have been posted. Thanks whoever is running the graveyard shift.

  24. Rumplestilskin

    Pat,

    Your point on the gas and no comment is taken, but the reality is that the issue has been talked in various topics here, much already, including the possibility of $200 a barrel oil, including the need for improved public transport, including the effect on foreign exchange earnings etc.

    We know where it is going already, it is now, as with many significant issues such as land ownership and use, in the hands of the ‘policymakers’.

    The unfortunate thing is that previously we have seen the representatives in Parliament as the policymakers, but as time passes it is apparent that just as in the USA where lobbyists have tremendous impact on policy, in Barbados policy is decided by the ‘big boys’ who control the purse strings.

    More unfortunately, is that we all will be impacted when errant policy results in a deterioration in both the economic and the social environment as a result.

    I personally would be quite happy travelling all around Barbados on a bicycle if the gas price gets overboard, apart from when the rain hits, then it is not so pleasant.

    Many would not and in some cases are not physically able to do so.

    However, you refer to Barbados, but bear in mind , as I have said before on another topic, that we in Barbados can at least travel our short distances by foot or bicycle and eat ground provisions.

    What will those poor in the USA and Canada do when oil is so expensive, both in the very long distances to travel in those countries and in winter, when heating oil becomes prohibitive?

    This is not just going to hurt little islands. Poor citizens in large nations will become very marginalised, are already so and will be moreso than now.

    I can see the case for more nuclear energy plants in the larger nations, as the alternative large energy generator. This is inevitable.

    In Barbados, solar generation is the way to go for large scale electricity needs.

    There are the solar panels for individual housing and solar towers for large scale generaiton.

    The light and power company in Barbados is looking at wind farms, however it would seem to me that solar towers would be significantly more viable for Barbados.

    One solar tower powers up to a couple of hundred thousand homes, I am told.

    So, in short, there are alternatives. But the representatives must be willing to make decisions for the greater good, rather than a few.

    Further, we citizens must also be flexible and push for change, for better and safer public transport and then ourselves reduce usage of oil product by reducing usage of such as large SUV’s, large ‘brand’ cars that are based on three and four litre engines, gas guzzlers.

    Even in the US the manufacturers are shutting production of these vehicles.

    And know that the manufacturers know information that we average citizens do not have to hand.

    That they are cutting production of large vehicles should tell you something .

    It means that they believe that the longterm price of oil will rise or at the least, stay high.

    This tells us what our own actions should be.

    Peace.

  25. Barbados the Beautiful

    You fly in rich man’s plane you owe him favor. Watch for Leroy getting ahead of others in certain projects. Thompy has given free things to rich people before and will do it again…and for what? Not just a plane ride.

    oh and no minister disclosure of assets? Let’s do it here and find out which ones are gonna want to look honest voluntarily.

    For one Denis Lowe. He has been up to election time, poor as a churchmouse, and supposedly proud of it to help the people like him.

    For another Michael Carrington. Never a penny to rub together from his own law practice.

    For third Chris Sinckler. Running his consultant business for almost no pay. No assets.

    BFP how about you ask the readers to start a report card on each MP and important civil servant and we keep track.

  26. Equal Time

    Barbados the Beautiful, have you seen the Jaguars that Mr Sinckler and Mr Estwick are now driving?

  27. cherry2enpowered

    Just remember they are parliamentarians now. That’s a salary.
    Collateral to take to the bank to borrow whatever for whatever.

  28. Equal Time

    Cherry…fine enough just don’t tell me I can’t have a car and I should take the bus and all that B.S. By the way, these parliamentarians get interest free loans that most other civil servants do not get. These cars are at least over $300 000 (if not duty free).

  29. Darnley L. Pinder

    Mea Culpa, dont you think it is strange that someone would “loan” a plane so many time for nothing in return? After all this is not a car we are talking about. The P.M asked the question at haggat hall why would a business give something if they are not expecting or getting something in return. So iask again why would Parris “loan out” his plane just so.
    To answer your question it bcomes an issue when he became P.M. Once agin he asked at Haggat Hall why should a P.M accept personal favours for private businesses.

  30. I.P Daley

    wha happun . . . de yung gal tek Rayside muney and lef e brek .

  31. Sad To Say

    Just heard from Thompson, he says to let his BFP family know that the anti-corruption legislation is on its way. The declaration of assets will take place in stages. First to declare their assets will be the most lean and hungry: Kenny Best, Michael Carrington, Chris Sinckler, Hainsley Benn, Patrick Todd, Steve Blackett and Dennis Lowe. Next in line will be the rich boys and girls in the party: David Thompson, David Estwick, Ester Byer-Suckoo, Michael Lashley, George Hutson, Dennis Kellman, Donville Inniss and Freundel Stuart. For the third phase we will have the ifs ands and butts (no pun) of the party.

    Just taking a leaf out our PMs book, he taught me how to lie and raise people’s hopes. Just having some fun.

  32. One should commend Leroy Parris and his Board at CLICO and the new Rayside Co for the tremendous turn around of the latter’s fortune. HE was able to do this without any contracts from a DLP issued Gov’t.

    What BFP should be calling for his full disclosure on the contracts issued to this company and its true competitors, before and and during the Thompson administration.

    I am all for ITAL but it must not just reside with politicians … BFP should be fairer ….. or transparent

  33. Tony Hall

    All contracts should be done inan open bidding process. I believe if Rayside put up a bid for a contract and it is in the best interest of the public there is nothing wrong with that company getting it. Remember the lowest bid is not always necessarily the best bid. Some of the bloggers who believe that because PM Thompson and Leroy Parris are friends that contracts are going to be given away like that please wake up. Why do you guys keep underestimating the Prime Minister? He is intelligent enough to know not to cross the line.

    ************

    BFP says

    WHAT LINE will the Prime Minister not cross? There is no line because the Prime Minister failed to put the rules in place that he said would be in place from day 1. I guess the line is whatever he says it is then… just like the last Prime Minister, Owen Arthur.

    Show us the bids! Show us the transparency! Show us the integrity!

    Those who say as you do “trust us- we don’t need to show you anything” are the enemies of every Bajan taxpayer.

  34. So who are the rich boys and girls in the DLP Cabinet? Remember that they would have had their riches or lack thereof before becoming Ministers.

    Sinckler was well paid and had a vehicle from his office. The JAG he bought is second hand … so too is Estwick’s own. Lowe traded in his old Suzuki and brought a similar one … same monthly payments. Those who had money before still have the same assets thus far.

    Let us start looking at the real issues, instead of making allegations.

    Thompson is on the right track and he has the best team for the times. The whole world is screwed, but Barbados is holdoing its own very well …. thanks to DT and his team.

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  36. ru4real

    TMW says
    Having new equipment do not make an efficient construction company only, it is the expertise and the execution of the job that makes the different.
    —————————————————————
    Thats why having the expertise of a company like 3s to supervise is so important. 3S have raised the quality and standard of road building in the country.The ABC highway is of far advanced construction and has also rectified and corrected the mistakes made when the highway was originally built.
    COW is a better road builder BECAUSE they are prepared to listen to advice from more informed people .
    Unlike Rayside who are full of know it alls know nothings .
    Raysides unsupervised work is the usual slap dash ‘we have always done it this way’ method.
    A style of project management very typical of island mentality .

    The ministry of transport engineers are undoubtedly the worst in the world at road building- the average road in Barbados gives ample proof if this.

    But then ensuring good roads is not what they are about. Its what THEY get out of the job thats important not the road using public.

  37. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘having the expertise of a company like 3S to supervise is so important’

    ru4real…

    Exactly how many road widening projects has 3S (Barbados) SRL completed before the ABC?

    ‘expertise’

    *****************

    BFP says,

    Not only that, 3S was a company formed to do work in Barbados. They had no other experience anywhere I think!

  38. ru4real

    Adrian Loveridge.

    How many hotels have you managed before you set up your little place in Barbados and started telling the Barbados Government how to run their tourist industry?

    Every company starts at some point and a company that employs the very best in expertise is obviously going to have the best results.
    The proof is in the pudding .

  39. no name

    ru4real

    Go and come again.

    Adrian Loveridge’s hotel is HIS. The cost of the road widening is ours.

  40. Adrian Loveridge

    UHHH…

    ru4real,

    But you said they had ‘expertise’?

    They, (3S (Barbados) SRL) had no ‘expertise’ whatsoever and yet a supposedly responsible Government commits millions (make that hundreds of millions) of Dollars and ignores the people (engineers) that actually do have ‘expertise’.

    After 42 years in the tourism industry working in 67 countries, yes, I do think I could advise any Government.

  41. Adrian Loveridge

    3S (Barbados) SRL company number 495
    registered with the CAIPO office 4th November 2005.

    What date was the MOU signed by the previous Government with this company?

    When did Jonathan Danos resign from his previous employers, Mabey and Johnson Ltd?

    Did the previous Government undertake a due dilligence enquiry on 3S (Barbados) SRL?

  42. ru4real

    Adrian Loveridge

    Expertise is not based on the length of time a company is in existence but the quality of the expertise that is offered.

    As can be seen many long established companies who manage DO NOT have the expertise to carry out major engineering projects that is why those who can DO those who cant CRITICIZE.

    You weren’t working at the Dorchester or the Beverly hills hotel were you?

    Running a glorified B&B hardly qualifies one to advise a government .

    Everyother housewife all over the world does it.

  43. ru4real

    Adrian Loveridge

    Is someone paying you to badmouth this company?

  44. Banquo

    Mr Loveridge you letter only shows complete ignorance of the engineering business, from what I have seen, the work on the road widening project is of a highly professional standard. I beg to ask where does your expertise on the subject come from? Making beds?

  45. Straight talk

    ru4real:

    Is someone paying you to promote Structural Steel Systems?

    If so, answer these questions.

    What is the point of having an American rent a desk Head Office when they have never worked there?

    Was the MOU signed before or after 3S’ formation?

    What “expertise” in road construction won 3S the multi-million dollar contract?

    What qualified the ex-Sales Manager of a bridge building company, to pass the scrutiny of both GoB and the lenders, BNB, except that he was responsible for greasing the wheels of many previous and dubious contracts in Panama, Jamaica, Indonesia etc.?

    Answering these would give you some credibility in defending your corner.

    Should you decline this opportunity, you should cease attacking AL for asking some of the questions that we, the taxpayers, would all like answered.

  46. ru4real

    Straight Talk

    All these things that you have asked are a matter of public record all you have to do is apply to the Ministry of public works’ and they will give you all the details.

    The taxpayers can at the same time ask the Ministry why they have deliberately delayed the project in every which way possible and by doing so have cost the taxpayer millions of dollars worth of unnecessary expenditure.

    *********************

    BFP says,

    ru4real says the BIG LIE: “All these things that you have asked are a matter of public record all you have to do is apply to the Ministry of public works’ and they will give you all the details.”

    There is no freedom of information act in Barbados. If what Straight Talk is asking for is available… then ru4real should post it instead of offering bullsh*t lies.

  47. ru4real

    Why on earth should the Ministry of works deny the taxpayers access to these details?

    If they are following a program of transparency there should be no problem at all.Isnt this the policy of the present government>

    ***********

    BFP say,

    OHHHH…. so your answer was bullshi* then. You said for sure the details would be given, now you say “why should they deny them to the public”….

    You are so full of shite.

  48. ru4real

    BFP

    It doesn’t show the true impartiality of a ‘Free Press’ to call people liars just because you dont agree with them.

    On the contrary attacking the person implies a weak argument.

    I would advise any concerned taxpayer to apply to the M of Works why should they have anything to hide?

    In fact as a tax payer it is your right.

  49. Adrian Loveridge

    ru4real,

    Still avoiding the questions.

    I suggest you check the definition of the word you used ‘expertise’, perhaps in Wikipedia or the Oxford English Dictionary.

    ‘Expert opinion or knowledge’.

    In such a short time, how could 3S (Barbados) SRL or a bridge salesman that has admitted taking bribes have acquired this?

    Banquo,

    Yes! making beds (correctly) would clearly be part of the learning process of running a small hotel sucessfully.

  50. Thomas Gresham

    Guys,

    I dont know anything about 3S, but I do think some of the accusations here are not actually sound.

    I have often come across consortiums of experts form to fulfill a particular contract. The expertise of a group relates to its individuals, not the age of the company. Consider the opposite a 300 year old company that appoints a bunch of people with no expertise to do your job, does the age of the company matter?

    What I find silly, is to fire a company on live TV before going through a grievance procedure, therefore opening up Barbados to legal liabilities that could cost millions and delaying the god damn thing even longer. If this was done to support a firm that has connections with the government then this is very sad indeed and BFP should make a big deal of that.

    *****************

    BFP says,

    Jonathan Danos, the President of 3S, admitted that when working in Jamaica he participated in bribing politicians with illegal kickbacks to get government contracts. He swore an affidavit saying this.

    Enough said.

  51. Tell me Why

    Come on people. The facts are there for everyone. 3s should not have been awarded the contract in the first place in front of COW who has considerable experience in road building. Thomas Gresham’s reasoning is correct providing the person/company outsources professionals to do the job and the company operates as a project management company. But the whole operation was screwed with political handouts. Players in this scenario were just trying to see how much money can be squeezed from the financiers. I must say that COW’s company performed far better than the 3s and Rayside combined. Rayside on the other hand shows that it can never in the big league regarding construction of roads, paving tenantry roads will be better for them. Check with the chaos surrounding the Life of Barbados/Wildey area which resembles a disaster area for over a year and inconveniencing the travelling power morning, noon and night. We can go further; look at the Warrens area which is also being handled by the said Rayside. As I said earlier and will keep saying “Having new equipment do not make an efficient construction company only, it is the expertise and the execution of the job that makes the different”. This is the fundamental problem why this highway is costing taxpayers so much money….too much trial and error in this highway. Friendship is the biggest hindrance in the awarding of any contract by GOVERNMENT. This will be a lesson for the new PM.

  52. ru4real

    Adrian Loveridge

    I would suggest that you check your information before making anymore untrue and libelous comments.

  53. ru4real

    TMW

    Victor you are talking nonsense,
    COW doesn’t know how to build flyovers which was the original project.
    There was no trail and error all there was was the completely irrational and constant changes demanded by the Ministry of works in its deliberate attempt to sabotage the project . It is this agenda that has cost Barbados dear.

  54. ru4real

    Thomas Gresham
    July 26, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Guys,

    I dont know anything about 3S, but I do think some of the accusations here are not actually sound.

    I have often come across consortiums of experts form to fulfill a particular contract. The expertise of a group relates to its individuals, not the age of the company. Consider the opposite a 300 year old company that appoints a bunch of people with no expertise to do your job, does the age of the company matter?

    What I find silly, is to fire a company on live TV before going through a grievance procedure, therefore opening up Barbados to legal liabilities that could cost millions and delaying the god damn thing even longer. If this was done to support a firm that has connections with the government then this is very sad indeed and BFP should make a big deal of that.
    —————————
    Well said

  55. Tell Me Why

    COW doesn’t know how to build flyovers which was the original project.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Can you tell the blogs where 3s build any flyover any part of the world before being awarded a contract? Once you can’t get your way, you feel everybody is talking nonsense. Although COW might not have built a flyover, I am more confident in this company successfully building a flyover since it has years of construction experience. Anyway, why are we harping on flyovers when I see no need for these ramps

  56. Thomas Gresham

    Can someone tell me which bit of the highway did 3S build?

    Certainly Wildey and Warrens are a mess. Was that Rayside? On the basis of simple observation – I am not an engineer, but I use both interchanges twice a day – I am not sure they deserve any extension of contract.

  57. 329.18

    I was unaware!

    “Rayside on the other hand shows that it can never (be)in the big league regarding construction of roads – paving tenantry roads will be better for them.
    Check with the chaos surrounding the Life of Barbados/Wildey area which resembles a disaster area for over a year and inconveniencing the travelling public morning, noon and night.
    We can go further; look at the Warrens area which is also being handled by the said Rayside.”
    —————————–
    So THAT explains it!!
    I didn’t realize these small areas were being handled by different contractors.
    Thanks for the heads-up!!

  58. Tell me Why

    Was that Rayside? On the basis of simple observation – I am not an engineer, but I use both interchanges twice a day – I am not sure they deserve any extension of contract.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    By the way, I see another contractor working on the Warrens area leading by Simpson Motors and the western side going over the hill. Can someone tell the blogs what is really going on with Rayside and the road project?

  59. ru4real

    TMW

    You sure are in love with COW Victor.
    They may be a good construction firm but bridge building is a specialist area .

    Do read TGs poet its the expertise within a company that matters not how long its been established.

  60. ru4real

    Mr TG

    3S concieved the project as a solution to the traffic congestion were acting as consultants and supervisors of the project
    The sub contractors were, at the request of the Government COW and Rayside.
    The subcontractors were guided by 3s whose engineers are all experienced road and bridge builders.

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    BFP says,

    And 3S was paid offshore… and then paid only a portion of the money back to Barbados. Were any of the consultants who were paid offshore related to any government official? That is the way that Danos did it in Panama.

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  62. POOR BOYZ!!

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!!!!!!! WHo leroy parris fooling…!!!!! its like bs and t saying they gone bankrupt and dacosta mannings saying that all is well… ahahahahahhahaahhahahaa…..wha loss…!!!! i aint got no policies with them so we good.!!!!! Good thing dem mek he chairman of cbc so he could try to fool people and get airtime..on de people tv before de govt of central bank…who say this morning she done with that hahahahahahahahahhaha…. wonder if thompy gine bring back coxy to say what he want !!!! hahahahahahahaha………..i suggest bim pm should always be a barbadian and born and bread and not a englishman!!!!!!!! Unemplyment gone up, lossssssssssssss……. shhhhhhhhhhhh my vote will not be wasted again doah!!!!

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