Monthly Archives: January 2009

Barbados Keltruth Blog Sends Mystery Letter To UBS Bank Switzerland

barbados-ubs-fedex“To whom was it addressed? What did it say?

It said plenty. We will drop the bomb on Monday, when the letter arrives…”

… Keltruth Blog sends letter to Swiss Bank

Fiesty Keltruth Blog Sends Letter To Money-Laundering Swiss Bank!

Swiss banking giant UBS got nailed by U.S. tax authorities last year when bank employees were arrested in the USA while smuggling assets and records across the border. As we related in our article a few weeks ago, U.S. prosecutors have alleged UBS helped clients hide $18 billion of untaxed American money in undeclared accounts. This amounts to around $300 million of annual unpaid taxes.

barbados-ubs-letterKeltruth Blog has written a letter to UBS that they say is a “bomb” and that “If you are involved in Barbadian politics, this letter is a must-read!”

We at BFP can’t hardly wait for Monday.

This is not the first time that Keltruth Blog has tried to raise international attention. Last September they sent a letter criticising Prime Minister Thompson to every delegate at the United Nations just a few days before the Barbadian leader addressed the General Assembly!

Further Reading

Keltruth Blog, Jan 29, 2009: Keltruth Corp. Sends a Letter Sent to UBS!

BFP, Jan 9, 2009: Swiss Bank UBS Closing 19,000 Hidden Offshore Accounts Of American Clients – What About Barbados’ Offshore Banking Industry?

BFP, Sept 23, 2008: Barbados Prime Minister Ambushed By Letter To All United Nations Delegates

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Clico On Life Support – Will Barbados Prime Minister Thompson Favour His Patron Leroy Parris, Or The People Of Barbados?

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Corporate Beggar CLICO Says It Is Payback Time For All The Free BizJet Rides!

The government of Trinidad & Tobago is refusing to say how much money it is giving to bail out the CL Financial Group and CLICO, but the estimated liabilities amount to US$16 Billion dollars.

Yes, BILLION with a “B”.

Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados has yet to make a statement about CLICO’s narrowly averted bankruptcy, but soon (and probably already secretly done) his longtime friend, client and patron Leroy Parris will come asking for addtional concessions from Barbados. That means that CLICO and associated companies will be asking the Prime Minister to give your tax money to a company that has an estimated 100 billion dollars in assets, but has run out of cash.

What Happened To CLICO?

What has happened to CLICO is actually very simple. Let’s say that you bought a number of houses over the years and have rented them out. The rent money comes in and with that cashflow you maintain the houses, pay taxes on them and even buy more houses so at the end of a few decades you own many houses and are very rich.

But then the rent money stops and now you can’t maintain the costs to keep all your houses.

You are in trouble because the people you owe money to are at the doors and you have no money. If you don’t come up with the money, your creditors will petition you into bankruptcy and sell off all your houses at firesale prices.

If you were smart enough to plan for a downturn and not too greedy, you could have sold off a few of your houses beforehand to generate the cash needed to keep the others going, but you didn’t. So now you have to go begging to friends and relatives for help so that you don’t lose all your houses and other assets.

And that, my friends, is exactly what has happened to the CLICO, CL Financial family of companies.

“Here Is A Ten Dollar Gift For You – Now, Can I Borrow A Hundred Million Dollars?”

A few days before the CLICO crisis was announced, newspaper accounts say that CLICO “gave” land for a daycare centre and a school to Barbados – although the Nation article is ambiguous about whether CLICO is giving the land and doing the construction too. Pardon us for being a bit cynical if we point out that this “gift to the people” came only two days before Parrish and company announced that they were the recipients of taxpayer bailouts and guarantees that probably total hundreds of millions if not more.

How much will Barbadian taxpayers eventually be on the hook for? Good luck finding out the truth because the amount of taxpayer money and concessions being given by Trinidad, Barbados and other countries is being kept secret from the taxpayers.

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

CLICO Connection Harming Graeme Hall National Park

According to more than a few of our sources, CLICO owns about 10 acres of land in the middle of the proposed Graeme Hall National Park. Our sources also say that the government’s refusal to declare a national park at Graeme Hall is partially about pressure from Leroy Parris and CLICO who have big plans to develop the land in the Graeme Hall watershed.

OK, Prime Minister Thompson, here is where you have to choose between your friendship with Mr. Parris and your duty to the people of Barbados.

If CLICO wants our taxpayer dollars either directly or in the form of concessions, then part of the deal should include turning over the ten acres at Graeme Hall for a national park.

Your choice, Mr. Prime Minister…

Who will you favour? Leroy Parris and CLICO building condos in the Graeme Hall watershed… or saving the area for the long term good of future generations?

Your choice, Prime Minister Thompson – and all the people are watching.

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Full Colour Photo Of Barbados Underground’s Race-Baiting Author “Black Woman Who Reads”

A Young Iain Deane Kneeling In Front Of Famous Actor Jeremy Brett

"I am an old black woman. I was head cook at Kingsland" - A Young Iain Deane Kneeling In Front Of Famous Actor Jeremy Brett

Barbados Underground’s Most Prolific Race-Baiting Author Is Really A Washed-up Old White Guy!

David at Barbados Underground has a problem. He surrendered his audience to “Black Woman Who Reads” and “her” supporters to allow the most vile of threats and racial attacks against people like Adrian Loveridge, the Knox family and others whose skin is not dark enough.

Now… the racists at Barbados Underground are faced with the embarrassment at the revelation that their racist attacks against whitey and Guyanese as led by BWWR were actually the work of a venomous old British white guy named Iain Deane who is a defendant in the Kingsland fraud trials. What a joke!

“Well, you know something, if it was not for old black women like me, wunnah would probably still be indentured. And because of my labour and sacrifice, I am not going to allow you to give our country away and bend the knee…” …old white guy Iain Deane as Barbados Underground’s prolific author “Black Woman Who Reads”

Mr. Deane had an agenda to support his side in a fraud trial so he created an “old black woman” persona and whipped up racial intolerance of the “whitish” old lady Madge Knox who is in the way of Mr. Deane’s ambitions. Deane called for black bajans to stalk the Knox family and other persons who are court witnesses against him in the Kingsland fraud trials.

David at Barbados Underground allowed and supported this racial venom whipped up by Iain Deane who claimed to be “Black Woman Who Reads” an old black cook at Kingsland finally taking sides against her white oppressors – the Knox family. The series of almost TWENTY major articles dominated Barbados Underground for almost a year and during that time blog owner David allowed Iain Deane and friends to rail on against whites, Guyanese and asians.

Here we are six days after the story about Iain Deane being “BWWR” broke at Keltruth Blog – but Barbados Underground has not said a word of explanation about the fact that their most prolific race-baiting author is really a washed-up old white guy who whipped up racial intolerance to suit his personal agenda.

What a joke!

You Must Read Keltruth Blog…

January 27, 2009 – Proof! Iain Deane is “BWWR”! continued … Sinister Theatre

January 23, 2009 – Proof! British Bachelor is Infamous “Black Woman Who Reads”!

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Barbados Ambulance Won’t Come, So Passersby Call Newspaper Reporters – Then Ambulance Comes!

barbados-ambulance-scandalThis would be hilarious if people weren’t dying for lack of ambulance service on Barbados.

Diabetic man falls down on street and folks come to help. Ambulance is called and the passersby are told by the service: “We got no ambulance for you.”

Nothing happens for an hour and a half!!!

Then a passerby gets a bright idea and calls the newspaper. Daily Nation reporters headed for the scene call the ambulance and say “What happening here?” After the reporters arrive on the scene the ambulance pulls up and takes the man to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital!

Moral of the story…

If you need an ambulance in Barbados… call a newspaper reporter!

God, I love this island, but I hate the “island time” third world standards and attitudes that keep us down.

Read it and weep…

Nation News: Diabetic Man Waits Over Hour For Ambulance

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Greg and Jane Got Married On The Beach: Then They Discovered Barbados Government “Workers” and “Island Time”…

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“The magistrate who married us on January 9 told us to go to District Court A a week after our ceremony to pick up our marriage certificate.

Silly us.  We thought it would be a matter of actually doing just that…”

“…The spirit of the Bajan citizen is good. It’s warm. To me, in the end, that’s far more important than how efficient the system is…”

Congratulations, Friends! Now Take A Deep Breath…

Jane Shattuck of Planet Barbados Blog and her sweetie Greg tied the knot on January 9th and nothing made them do it except their love for each other. Good for them, and we hope that someday they will… perhaps, maybe, if … have a marriage certificate to prove to the world that they really are legally married!

Someday they will actually have an official government piece of paper stating that fact. Who knows? Dreams do come true sometimes!

🙂

Planet Barbados Blog: Barbados Red Tape Derails a Moment of Wedded Bliss

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Barbados Environment Minister Denis Lowe, DLP Government – Plan To Build On Graeme Hall Wetlands

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Paris

Graeme Hall Wetlands To Be Developed By DLP Campaign Funder CLICO & Leroy Parris

We were sitting around as usual on Friday having a few beers and solving all the world’s problems over a late lunch when Robert asked the question, “Can someone tell me one positive environmental action actually accomplished in the first year of the Thompson administration?”

After some scratching of heads we were unable to come up with one real action that happened. Sure, lots of talk, lots of speeches and promises, but as to a real and positive action – nada.

Now it might be that we at BFP missed something. Perhaps there was some real and substantial environmental action taken by the two environment ministers we’ve seen in the Thompson government so far.

But we’ve been asking DLP supporters for months to please let us know of one real and substantial positive environmental action taken by the DLP government and so far no one has taken the time to write a comment with that information. We know that the government and DLP supporters read this blog, so we have to assume that the answer to our question is evident. Nada. Nothing real and positive has been done with the Environment Ministry and the environment in an entire year.

The Only Action Taken By The DLP Government Has Been To Make It Legal To Build On The Graeme Hall Wetlands!

In fact, if we’re talking environment, the only real and substantial action taken by the Thompson government has been NEGATIVE.

The DLP government ratified the BLP government’s Amended 2003 Physical Development Plan which establishes an “urban corridor” for the Graeme Hall green area seaward of the ABC Highway. This “urban corridor” parcel is well-known, as it was the scene of the infamous Caribbean Splash Water Park application. This is in sharp contrast to the recommendations of the 1986 National Physical Development Plan and the 1997 ARA Barbados Tourism Development Programme Study. It is also contrary to the National Park proposal which recommends the land be used for low-impact family recreation, walking and bicycle trails and other related uses.

The only difference with the DLP government passing this “urban corridor” instead of the BLP government is that now the DLP friends will profit from the move instead of the BLP friends.

Environmentalists also assume that in the minds of many influential government officials and developers, the RAMSAR site where the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary resides exists as a 100-year floodplain sump to be used for contaminated stormwater, instead of as a vibrant and living wetland.

Thompson, Lowe & Parris: What’s The Connection?

Despite all the nice words from Environment Minister Denis Lowe and PM Thompson about not turning the south coast into another concrete jungle, both Lowe and Thompson voted for the Amended 2003 Physical Development Plan which establishes an “urban corridor” in the Graeme Hall wetlands. The Thompson – CLICO – Leroy Parris connection is well known and established. After all, one of Thompson’s first official acts as a newly-elected Prime Minister was to “borrow” an executive jet through Leroy Parris and to refuse to provide transparency about the costs of that jet. (See BFP’s Will Rayside Construction Be Awarded Barbados Government Contracts To Thank Leroy Parris For The Use Of The Bizjet?)

And, bye the way… who do you think owns land in the “urban corridor” of the Graeme Hall wetlands? Why, CLICO, thats who!

Yup. Same old, same old ’bout hey.

It looks like Thompson and his CLICO mentor/financier Leroy Parris are going to get their wish to develop and profit from what is one of our last remaining natural treasures.

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Barbados Awards Oil Rights To Company Responsible For Worst Environmental Mining Disaster!

“Every (year) over the past twenty years, the Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has dumped 80,000 tons of waste into the Ok Tedi and Fly Rivers. The result has been an environmental disaster that has destroyed thousands of square kilometers of rainforest and caused terrible hardship for local people…

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton was the major shareholder in Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) and the mine operator until early 2002. At this time, the company handed over its majority stake in OTML to the newly formed and ironically named Sustainable Development Project Company.

This quiet revolution demonstrates the power of transnational corporations in PNG. With the transfer, BHP gained legal indemnity from PNG government action with respect to all the pollution and destruction it has already caused and will cause in the future. The government surrendered its sovereignty, failing to protect its citizens by setting environmental standards and monitoring corporate activities.” … Friends of the Earth International

BHP Billiton Destroyed A Country, Took The Profits And Then Transferred The Mess To Another Company To Limit Ongoing Liability – JUST LIKE SHELL DID IN BARBADOS

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this my friends.

Prime Minister David Thompson and the Democratic Labour Party have just awarded the first Barbados offshore oil exploration rights to a company that does hit and run environmental disasters.

Thompson awarded oil contract to a company known to bribe government officials

No Rules: Thompson awarded oil contract to a company known to bribe government officials

You know the type of company that goes into a small country and rapes vast areas without a care about destroying the environment? That is BHP Billiton. A company that brings long-term sickness that injures thousands. A company that leaves malformed babies and miscarriages in its wake. Then after they make hundreds of millions, they “sell” the entire operation and leftover mess to some little nothing of a shell company so BHP Billiton can walk away without liability for the disaster.

Then they go to another little country like Barbados, pay lots of bribes and start all over again.

Oh… and here is the BEST PART….

BHP Billiton themselves started as a little company that SHELL OIL used to walk away from an environmental disaster! You know, the same SHELL OIL that walked away from the environmental damage they caused in Barbados with jet fuel. (see To HELL with SHELL – Barbados Boycotts Shell)

That is BHP Billiton.

Full story and many links at Keltruth Blog’s Barbados Awards Offshore Oil-Exploration Rights To Company Responsible For Worst Environmental Disaster

Prime Minister Thompson: I am ashamed that I once supported you and your government.

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