Daily Archives: January 9, 2009

Corruption-free Anguilla Opens Nominations For The Gold Medal For Cultural Vandalism

Hubert Hughes Of Anguilla Says “To Hell With History. I Could Have Saved The Cotton Gin But I Don’t Care, So I Threw It In The Garbage”

Back in October, we told you about how Barbados government workers demolished the last slave hut on the island after being informed not to by a member of Parliament.  (See our article How screwed up is this place? Barbados government workers accidentally demolished last slave hut — after being informed not to by and Member of Parliament)

One Hundred-Year-Old Machinery Had A Bale Of Cotton Stuck In It For Sixty Years

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

It looks like Anguilla has the same problem as Barbados with idiots who don’t respect history. John Mitchell of Corruption-Free Anguilla blog has created a new award: the Gold Medal for Cultural Vandalism, inspired by the Honourable Hubert Hughes. Mr. Hughes apparently has single-handedly destroyed the finest remaining example of an antique cotton gin in Anguilla. Now, all that remains are bits and pieces with much of the machinery carted off to the local dump.

Mr. Hughes should be ashamed of himself.

You can read the entire sad story of an act of cultural vandalism at Corruption-Free Anguilla. (link here)

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Royal Barbados Police Blow It Again – Abandoned Baby’s Dad Waits Months While The Police Did Nothing

Too Bad We Can’t Rely Upon Our Barbados Police

barbados-police.jpgLast August 29th, a newly-born baby boy was abandoned by his mother at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The child was left unattended near an elevator. The mother left the country for her native Guyana after telling the father that the child died at birth. When the father, who is a resident of Barbados, read in the newspaper about the abandoned baby he came forward and claimed the child as his.

The Royal Barbados Police Force became involved because of the child abandonment, and they started what can now be laughably termed as “an investigation”.

The baby’s father provided a DNA sample to the Royal Barbados Police Force a few days later on September 8, 2008 and then waited for the results so he could claim his son.

And he waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

He waited a total of four months…

Until he realised that the DO NOTHING OFFICERS of the Royal Barbados Police Force were lying to him. They hadn’t done a damn thing. They hadn’t yet submitted the samples for testing.

So the father had to arrange for DNA testing himself at an independent laboratory – which he would have been happy to do in the first place except that the DO-NOTHING POLICE told him that they “had to handle the tests officially.”

According to our source, once the father realised that he had to take action himself the paternity results from the independent laboratory took all of eight days. That’s all.

When will the Royal Barbados Police Force become a Professional Law Enforcement Organisation?

That’s easy. The RBPF will be come a professional organisation when two things happen: 1/ Officers in all ranks are paid a living wage, and 2/ The current senior leadership is replaced with REAL LEADERS.

From the Nation…

DNA test proves baby’s dad

by BARRY ALLEYNE

BABY JOHN DOE should soon have a new name, and a new home too.

That is because paternal instinct has finally paid off for a young Guyanese father living in Barbados.

Five months of playing a waiting game finally came to fruition last week, when he learnt that a newborn baby boy left abandoned at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) last August was positively his son.

The man had delivered a saliva sample to Royal Barbados Police Force officials on September 8 to determine if he was in fact the father. But the prospective father’s attorney Samuel Legay decided it would be more expedient to have an independent laboratory in Barbados conduct the DNA tests to prove the child’s paternity. Results of that independent test came back last week, proving the Guyanese is father of the child, who is now almost six months old, and in the care of the Child Care Board, having initially spent more than two weeks under observation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being discovered….

… continue reading this disgusting story of police incompetence at the Nation (link here)

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

Caribbean Offshore Financial Centers Next?

The Swiss bank UBS is closing 19,000 previously-secret offshore bank accounts owned by American clients after being targeted by the United States government that is determined to stop all tax fraud through offshore banking centers.

Offshore banking centers like Barbados.

This is huge my friends. Huge.

And no, President Obama is NOT going to go easy on good old Barbados just because we are a majority black small island nation. As we already pointed out long ago, Barack Obama has been a leader in calling for the shutting down of offshore financial centers like Barbados.

Further  Reading

BFP: President Barack Obama Would Destroy Barbados Offshore Banking Industry – He Said So!

Reuters…

UPDATE 1-UBS closing U.S. clients’ offshore accounts

(Recasts with UBS confirmation, adds background)

By Lisa Jucca

ZURICH, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Swiss wealth manager UBS AG (UBSN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) (UBS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is closing all the offshore accounts of its U.S. clients, the bank said on Friday, as it comes under pressure from U.S. tax authorities.

The Swiss bank decided in July last year to stop offering offshore accounts to U.S. citizens after it was targeted by a U.S. tax investigation which challenges Switzerland’s famous banking secrecy laws.

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, the newspaper said.

UBS spokesman Serge Steiner said the decision to close offshore accounts for U.S. domiciled clients was taken in November 2007. The bank started last year to close cash accounts of U.S. clients holding less than 50,000 Swiss francs ($45,660), he added.

“This is an ongoing process. It started last year and accelerated since last summer,” Steiner said, confirming a New York Times report. As part of the investigation, U.S. authorities indicted UBS’s wealth management chief last year.

UBS, which U.S. authorities say helped wealthy Americans hide cash in offshore bank accounts, will shut about 19,000 offshore accounts, the paper said, quoting unnamed U.S. clients.

Continued…

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