Almond Resorts says not one Barbadian is good enough for any of these positions

UPDATED: March 8, 2011

Barbadians “suitable” to clean toilets, mind babies at Almond Resorts, but not good enough for management!

How is it possible that no Barbadian is “suitable” to work as Executive Chef, Director of Food & Beverage, Executive Assistant Manager or Director of Hotel Operations at Almond Resorts?

This story from last September is front and center again and we do not and will not accept Almond Resorts’ claim that no “suitable” candidates can be found in Barbados in this downturn and with so many begging for work.

Oh, we smiling Bajans are suitable enough to clean toilets, roll out deck chairs, bring drinks to the wandering hands tourists and to mind their babies while our own children wait alone at home for mum to return. We’re just not good enough to supervise. Not trained enough, not experienced enough – just plain not qualified. Not one of us is good enough.

We won’t have any more of that nonsense from Almond Resorts, thank you very much. What about their in-house training and “career path” that they promise when they hire? They can hire or promote a Bajan or shut down for all I care. We’ve had enough of this nonsense.

Prime Minister Stuart… ARE YOU LISTENING?

(Check out Barbados Today’s story: Concealed racism)

BFP’s original story as published September 15, 2010…


“With the number of hotels closed down during the past few years and an economy that has relied so heavily upon tourism for decades, it is unbelievable that Almond Resorts Inc. could not find even one Barbadian ‘suitable’ for any of these positions. This is an outrage. Where is our government on this? Where are our community and labour leaders?”

… editorial comment by Barbados Free Press

No Suitable Local Candidates for Tourism Jobs – I STRONGLY OBJECT!

by Mark Brathwaite

I was looking at one of the leading local print publications over the last week and was absolutely surprised and disgusted to see the number of applications for work permits for various positions at the Almond Hotel Properties. The advertised positions were, Executive Chef, Executive Assistant Manager, Director of Hotel Operations and Director of Food and Beverage.

Now I cannot for one minute believe that given Tourism has been our number one business for years, and the number of Barbadians graduating from institutions and gaining experience over the years at our local hotels, that no suitable locals can be found to fill this many Tourism related positions.

In 2010?

I most strongly object to the applications for work permits by this employer until responsible authorities including the Chief Immigration officer and the Ministry of Tourism, fully investigate the activity surrounding screening Barbadian applicants for these positions. It certainly does not bode well for our industry and educational investments as a nation if a  local hotel cannot find suitable Barbadian talent to fill routine positions, which can be found at almost every hotel on the island.

Just last week some of our Barbadian talented chefs won gold in Puerto Rico for their culinary skills, and yet we can’t get and Executive Chef position filled by a suitable local candidate? It makes no sense. Why do we have Barbadians pursuing Tourism Management at the associate degree and full degree levels if this situation obtains. Where are we going as a country if our locals are not in influential roles of our number one industry? What does this say about the quality of our academic training and on-the-job training of Barbadians if this many positions can’t be filled by local candidates trained at the Community College, UWI and our local hotel industry including the likes of Sandy Lane and Royal Westmoreland.

Am I really to believe that no suitable vacancies exist? Really? Our Ministry of Tourism and Education should be embarrassed by the implications of these work permit applications, as clearly there is a disconnect between the industry’s development and that of the Barbadian population

And after the investigation is made, and by chance no suitable Barbadian candidates are found, then Almond Hotels should be allowed to bring some person in for 1 year maximum with the strict provision and monitoring to ensure that local(s) MUST be trained to assume these responsibilities at the end of the year. This should not simply become an easy way for employers to shirk their responsibility to develop local talent.

We have to be vigilant in these times to ensure that Barbadian talent and persons continue to benefit from the development of our number one industry

Mark Brathwaite

(Photo credit to Barbados Today, who are covering this story but only in their flash version with no story link published.)

47 Comments

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47 responses to “Almond Resorts says not one Barbadian is good enough for any of these positions

  1. rasta man

    This is a smart way to bring in a Trinidadian for the post,after all it is now majority owned by Trinidad

  2. yatinkiteasy

    Almond also has the policy of not allowing any “outside suppliers” on their property for Weddings.
    For example, they have contracted a UK based company to do all photography and video of Weddings that take place there. Even if the couple prefers to have a Barbadian Photographer of their choice cover the Wedding (because of Quality,reputation, or better prices) it is forbidden.They have their own “staff photographers”, who may be Barbadian, but this restriction is ridiculous. Its all about putting money in their pockets, most of which then goes back to the UK. Is it right to force a guest at their hotels to use only their photographer, wedding planner, hair stylist, manicurist , etc.?
    Then Government talks about promoting Barbados as a Destination for Weddings , and that it will generate extra business for locals.
    Almond promotes these Weddings on their website, but slams the door in the faces of local suppliers at their three locations in Barbados.

  3. Adrian Loveridge

    Yatinkiteasy,

    Is that company White Sands Weddings who have a video on YouTube showing weddings at the Almond Resorts?

    According to their website White Sands Weddings are part of The Freedom Travel Group Ltd which is owned by Co-Operative Group Ltd.

  4. John Da Silva

    When these companies have to employ someone from outside of the region, the costs are enormous. The total package for someone from the US or the UK is probably double what it would cost to employ someone from Barbados when you factor in paying them a competitive salary, a housing allowance, work permit fees, lawyers fees, and a travel allowance among other additional costs.

    I do not know of any company who would willingly employ someone at twice the cost if they could find someone locally.

    If they employed someone from the region, they would not need to apply for a work permit once that person met the conditions of free movement of labour of skilled Caricom nationals.

  5. J

    yatinkiteasy wrote “Even if the couple prefers to have a Barbadian Photographer of their choice cover the Wedding (because of Quality,reputation, or better prices) it is forbidden.They have their own “staff photographers”, who may be Barbadian, but this restriction is ridiculous. Its all about putting money in their pockets, most of which then goes back to the UK. Is it right to force a guest at their hotels to use only their photographer, wedding planner, hair stylist, manicurist , etc.?

    No.

    Let your money do the talking, and let yur money do the walking. If a company tries to tell you who to hire to do your wedding, you don’t have to do business with that company.

    Walk and take your money with you.

    That is what I always do and sometimes the money in my pocket (plus referrals that the company doesn’t get)is tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Plus I tell friends, relatives and anybody who will listen how X company tried unsuccessfully to bully me.

    I’ve seen some of those bullying companies go bankrupt.

    If you don’t treat your customers well then you deserve to go bankrupt.

  6. My opinion

    I totally agree with Mr. Brathwaite… This crap has been happening for years. We young people are encouraged to study, study, study and then when we get that lovely piece of paper that says we have a degree, we’re no better off. No wonder so many young people don’t want to stay here.

  7. Whip Lash

    If Almond is not hiring local people who are ‘qualified’ to do the job(s) there has to be a PARTICULAR REASON.

    It would be interesting to hear from Mr. Ralph Taylor on this…. IF he would speak truthfully.

    ? ? ? Would he?

  8. overlooked Barbadian expert

    Not to take away from this thread and its important questions, did no one consider the wealth of experience that Noel Lynch could bring to Almond Resorts?

  9. bajandave

    I understand some of these companies advertise these posts in international publications up to a year prior to the ads appearing in the local press. By the time the ad appears here, the vacancy has likely been filled and the person is just awaiting the necessary documentation or wrapping up the job they are holding elsewhere. Isn’t it normally the case that the job is advertised in the local paper, and as soon as the deadline date passes, another ad appears saying that the company is seeking a work permit ‘because they found no suitable applicants’?

  10. Anonymous

    – the usual modus operandi!
    Ervybody know DAT!

  11. Just askin'

    Could it be that Bajan ‘workers’ do not respect one of their own… when one of their own is boss?

    Just askin’

  12. Bull Dozer

    @ overlooked Barbadian expert. I think Noel Lynch has shot himself in his foot….

  13. From one who knows!!!

    Maybe none of the qualified people want to work at Almond – have you checked the company’s record? Good workers move on after a brief stint with Almond…ask any of the former management staff there – I know I was one. And Noel Lynch…he wouldn’t want to work there either!!

  14. Fuzzy

    Hey guys now that you are at it why dont you check out Sandy Lane. Sure they hired people with far less skills set than the ones Almond is seeking to recruit.
    Is this a case of whats good for the goose not good for the gander..

    None of them think locals provide the level of skills nor managemant ability as the blue eyes they import

  15. Bajan Booby

    Are these the same hotels that advocate Bajans stay at home and have staycations????? Why should they when they spend the money there and all of it ends back in UK they are therefore not contributing to the Barbados economy by staying at home but to the same country that imposed the tax which is killing Barbados arrivals out of UK.

    So it is obvious stay at home and help the British economy

  16. Staying the Course

    I am not a fan of Almond Resorts, but in this instance I can understand why they would do this and I agree with them wholeheartedly.

    As someone in this very same Tourism industry I am appalled by the quality of the Hospitality programmes offered and the lack of preparation it gives Barbadians to be able to enter the Tourism workforce with any real credibility at a management level.

    Comments have been made about how fantastic Bajan chefs are… handsdown I agree….but our culinary geniuses are no more than glorified cooks. Executive Chef is a management position (Executive Chefs don’t cook…they sit in the office and run the place) that requires the serious understanding of cost controls (food, labour equipment everything), menu planning, training etc….. our culinary geniuses are PISS POOR at all of the above. Name one restaurant which has had a top class Bajan Chef at the helm that hasn’t been closed down or isn’t plagued with financial problems due to a lack of cost controls? If you named one… I dare you to name another one! We all want to see Bajans at the top of our number one industry, but truth be told you have to be good enough to hold down the job.

    You speak about Director of Food & Beverage.. same thing applies… this is not a restaurant manager or glorified hostess who walks the tables making small talk and looking pretty… this is the person who has to make the tough decisions… the person who has to CONTROL the entire department… probably working in tandem with the Executive Chef to make critical decisions..

    What I have seen in this industry is that it takes balls to make the tough choices. Many times people are afraid because they don’t want to be the ones to instill discipline or be the “bad cop”. The mentality of the vast majority of line staff in the industry is one of servitude and not service… this then makes it difficult for Bajans in top spots… because we turn on our own… and it stinks! There is a belief that if a Bajan is in charge… the staff can do as they want, when they want because it is one of “us”. It is an inherent lack of respect for our own. Yes there are success stories and you will see that mostly in the smaller family owned businesses where the employees have been there forever and are a part of the institution.. but it is not the norm.

    Now let us understand a few things…Tourism is NOT a highly paid industry…input costs into the industry are ridiculously high… guess we should thank the Government (all of them) for that. For the smart Bajans.. if you want to make money.. this is not the industry for you.. therefore this is a GUARANTEED brain drain industry. You have to love your country and believe deeply in a higher being to stay the course.

    Tourism is a constantly changing business.. especially Food & Beverage. We need outside exposure to maintain any competitive advantage we may have over competing markets. We need new eyes, ears and visions. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. Remember…if we keep doing things the same way we have for as long as we have…we’ll never get any better!

    I felt a strong need to post my two cents to this… want to know why? I worked in a company that had just about 8 Senior Level Food & Beverage Managers pass through in the course of 2 years IN THE SAME JOB! It was simply too much work and most of them just couldn’t get the job done. This is a hard industry. This is a 365 days a year industry. We are a lazy people (don’t pretend to be offended… we are). The two things don’t go together in tandem. You will have to be on the job almost 24 hours a day. When your phone rings at 2am in the morning.. YOU HAVE TO ANSWER IT. You don’t get to hide out.

    I don’t have a problem with the work permits… what I think should happen though is that each person who comes on a work permit should have to give back to Barbados. Teach courses to industry professionals…be a part of a mandatory mentorship programme with young hospitality professionals. If our industry people can’t get out into the world to acquire the knowledge, then those we bring in should have to pass on their knowledge (both tacit and cognitive) to us for the privilege of working in our country.

    It’s always easy to get pissed when you see these ads in the paper and you may know many a hospitality person with a similar “title” to the one in the ad. But a title means nothing if you can’t do your job well and/or not willing to challenge yourself to be better at what you do.

  17. Johnny Postle

    YOu reap what you sow. If you sow into investment for the benefit of Barbados development without painting a clear picture of rules and regulations that protect the interests of local affairs then the rich investors will play by their rules because their needs are not dependent on you but quite the other way around. Barbados is to blame when investments such as Almond beach come into our shores and play by their own rules.

  18. Andy Smith

    I know very little about Almond Hotel Properties but I am deeply concerned that local people are being excluded from position of responsibility on the pretext of their unsuitability for the stated posts.

    It seems to me that the Barbados authorities should engage in deep scrutiny of the reasoning given by Almond Hotel Properties to ascertain the veracity of any pronouncements about the capability deficits of Barbadians for management positions.

    Barbadians should be given first refusal of these crucial posts. Barbadians should be setting the standard for their country’s hospitality driven tourism.

    Barbadians, in my view, have the emotional intelligence and appropriate skills to run any such establishment connected with tourism. Barbados has always been a tourist destination and it has demonstrated its skills and professionalism in this area. It is the foremost successful Eastern Caribbean island in this respect. If trained Barbadian Managers are incapable of managing the hotel business mentioned, then who in the Caribbean has that capability.

    I do not stand against any one on our planet seeking employment in Barbados but surely, in these testing times, local people should be looked on with favour.

    The media has its place in highlighting such inadequacies and such anti-Barbadian bias amongst those in the business world. The government should pick up the baton and address this rather murky issue.

    Local citizens should also remember that they have the democratic right to express their displeasure by protest and doing so in close proximity to the Almond Hotel would be a good place to start. Almond Hotel Properties would probably not like that too much.

    Andy Smith

  19. Carmen

    All Bajans… stand up and fight for your rights. I live and work in the UK where you can’t get a job because you have to give way to the EEC. If Britain adopted the same values as Barbados, the UK would not be in such dire financial straits.

    In terms of suppliers at hotels for weddings etc. I agree totally that us from the UK want Bajan services and hospitality. I got married in Barbados two years ago and all of my ‘services’ for the wedding were provided by Bajans.

    Don’t go the same stupid way as the UK. Keep Barbados jobs for Bajan people!

  20. observer

    I laugh, thinking that the comments from “Staying the Course” were tongue in cheek but reading the final paragraph this person seems to believe what he or she is saying. It is scary! I do hope this is not the same thinking of the Black Managing Director of Almond Resorts.
    After decades of hospitality service, Barbados must have people who can do the job. I find it shocking that a Barbadian can be a Prime Minister but cannot be an Executive Chef or a Food and Beverage Director. Some of the comments like “serious understanding of cost controls” is just hilarious. I guess Barbadians only have understanding of cost controls but not “serious” understanding, so you have to go abroad and recruit someone. Also the idea that Barbadians to be good managers must learn to play the role of “Bad Cops” like an expatriate.
    Most F&B Directors are not chefs so to think that these guys are going to be back in the kitchen training cooks and chefs and waiters is far from the truth.
    I was very impressed with the calibre of Barbadian chefs and they should be given real opportunities for progress in the hotel industry. If locals are not given the best of opportunities don’t expect them to support the industry.
    The government needs to intervene and allow locals to truly participate in the industry.

  21. whistling frog

    Being a Bajan and sometimes having the opportunity to savour a few restaurants that have foreign and local chefs,I cannot refrain to comment on this subject…..

    They are restaurants that through the inclusion of imported chefs have attained a highly recognized standing even among us Bajans who eagerly and regularly have repeatedly sought out their culinary expertise,,,,for example….The Crane Restaurant,The Cliff,Paulo’sChurrasco De Brasil,The new Nishi restaurant in Holetown to name just a few of them,,,then they are those which cater to the more locally accepted Cuisine,,,for example Naniki,Champers,Waterfront,Davids,Atlantis,etc., etc., and so on.

    I hardly think that Atlantis would ever contemplate to import a foreign Chef to prepare our Gastrically Enticing delights such as Cou Cou and I mean done in the local ways (there are more than one way to prepare Cou Cou),Steamed Flying Fish,Pumpkin Fritters,Macaroni Pie like you never….,Breadfruit Chips,Rice and Peas (and they are Rice and Peas and they are Rice and Peas),,Etc.,Etc., Of course not,they utilise our local know how…….But on the other hand who can prepare Sushi better than the imported chefs,or know the ways of a true preparation of steaks etc., than those who have been born into the religion of their own expertise and trained towards creating something that is really and truly foreign to our culture.

  22. mary_clyne

    I agree that with the Educational system we have in Barbados no Company in Barbados needs to employ any one from overseas.The Owners of these Companies also has to realize that Barbados has limited resources and what foreign currency we have, should not be paying to people who is going to bank it overseas.
    Almond resorts is a great company , but the powers that be has to do some serious investment in the Company and the Staff and advance Almond and Barbados further, we need to become a four Diamond hotel charging four diamond prices and paying staff four diamond money

  23. bajeabroad

    Saw recently that these positions are now being re-advertised by the hotel…..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BLOGGERS!!!……Look at what happened in Tunisia and Egypt…that’s what free press is about!!

  24. Beefcake

    There is an earlier opinion that I concur with, qualified people do not want senior positions with Almond Resorts Inc. I have known people that did work there, and they have warned people against accepting positions for that company.

    This places ARI in the position of hiring a local candidate that is underqualified, or recruiting from away since that labour pool doesn’t have the foreknowledge of how messed up that company is and its high rate of turnover (except at the Board level…).

    It won’t be long before BS&T destroys this business too. I wonder how many more business units will collapse under the careful watch of the current Board of Mismanagement?

  25. rasta man

    Anyone noticed the LOSS which Almond had for the last financial year under the ASTUTE leadership of Mr Ralph Tylor???

  26. rasta man

    sorry should be Taylor.

  27. what will they think of next

    Whose fault is that?
    ” majority owned by Trinidad”
    Sold to Trinidad by WHITE BAJANS such as ALLAN FIELDS.

  28. James

    Get off your high horse(s). The issue is obvious – it’s a numbers game. Of course there are many well educated, well qualified Bajans. There just aren’t enough of them. Barbados has a population of around 250,000. That’s a medium sized US or UK town. It’s difficult enough finding really good people to run food & beverage for a hotel in London and there you have a few million to choose from. Yes, companies should hire Bajans when they can. But are there enough really good Bajans to do an outstanding job at a senior level at all times ? No. It’s got nothing to do with culture or race, there’s just not enough good people to go around. There never are and it’s exacerbated in a small island. Hotels in Barbados compete not just against each other but against hotels in other countries with access to may times the number of potential employees. They need to get the best people they can. Why can’t people accept that a small population simply can’t supply every position with someone with the experience it needs. Hence expats. Expats should be temporary. They should train up their replacements. But they’re needed none the less.

  29. RRRicky

    James is quite right. We have to accept that in 44 years of independence, Bajans aren’t ready yet to be Executive Chef or Food and Beverage Director in any major hotel.

    As James says “Expats should be temporary. They should train up their replacements. But they’re needed none the less.”

    Give it another 20 or 30 years and we might find a Bajan who is ready to be ASSISTANT Food and Beverage Director, but it will take at least 40 more years before any Bajan could possibly be ready to take on the responsibility of being “Executive Assistant Manager”, and they would have to be VERY SPECIAL to be considered even then.

    Thank God we have Expats like James to show us how to run our hotels and our country. I don’t know what we Negros would do without them. Thank you James, we are so blessed to know that you would even think to assist us lowly Bajans.

  30. cg

    James,

    Go anywhere outside of Barbados and you will find Bajans in top management positions.

    Look! Barbados has a higher standard of educations than most.

    An Executive plots the course, similar to a captain on a ship. He/She is only as good as the crew working with them.

    The Government of Barbados needs to step in here and help Almond Hotels with their recruiting.

  31. The man wiv no name!!

    Maybe it’s because of the Bajan sense of customer care. I hear that u haven’t one.

  32. Pondgrass

    overlooked Barbadian expert wuh foolishness you talking. Only wealth of experience Noel Lynch got is in muscle marying ask Wickham or Estwick what dat mean. muscle is a expert in everything he pon slimy troublemaker Mason program all now talking bout cricket. Muscle M know anything bout cricket where Carlisle from Best he like he done with Mason wuh law boahzee.

  33. just want to know

    Is it that Barbadians are taking service for servitude, and aptitude for attitude.
    Do you realise that St. Lucia had more tourist from the British market
    last year than Barbados. There are more islands in The Caribbean giving the tourists value or their money, and until we learn to be more to serve our customers we are going to loose our market share of tourist.
    Our beaches are not safe, our homes are not safe, even walking the streets day or night are not safe, so word of mouth can be more damaging than anything.

  34. Mobert

    ”Our beaches are not safe, our homes are not safe, even walking the streets day or night are not safe,”

    Safer than Trinidad (you’ll get robbed and beaten), safer than Mexico (take your pick of kidnapped, murdered, robbed, beaten), safer than the Dominican Republic (robbed and beaten), safer than Turkey (turned into Hallal), safer than Goa (hung).

    Yes, we have crime, but a helluva lot safer than most tourist destinations.

  35. mobie dick

    Mobert, it is these sorts of attitudes that hinder Barbados’s development. We have a host of problems in Barbados and instead of tackling them, the typical Bajan response is to point out the problems in other places and then console themselves by contending that things are not so bad in Barbados. Keep up with this and Barbados will remain in the little cocoon that it is in.

  36. bob watson

    service in barbados is pretty terrible, until that is fixed, we are in terrible trouble…

  37. just want to know

    mobert, my husband and I went to Trinidad a couple years ago for two weeks, we did not use a hire care, we travelled the length and breath of Trinidad on Public transport, and maxi taxis, and not one day or night were we accosted or molested. The only place we had a problem was at the hotel, and that was service; so, we in Barbados should be very mindful how we charge other places. Can’t walk down broad st. before you hear a thousand times taxi, they are so many there if you need one, persons know where to go for a taxi; another thing the vagrants up in your face, holding on to your hand, smelly and dirty, is that good for the tourists? Some one trying to snatch ones’s handbag or chain for whatever they can get from you, shouldn’t something be done about that? Another thing on the beach they snatch your belongings from under one’s nose. I am not asking, I am telling, I have seen it happen, and sometimes they look the people right in their faces. So let us try and clean up things instead of trying to put our heads in the sand, so to speak.

  38. J. Payne

    Reminds me of the phone number +1.888.Barbados, the BTA’s U.S. number.

    The BTA phone number in America is all staffed by Americans not Barbadians. The funny thing is, on one hand the Barbados government wants to showcase Barbados and have outsiders put call centres and other industry that hire Barbadians on the island and yet the number for Barbados’ Tourism hotline isn’t even staffed by a Bajan call centre. The number is staffed by Americans (some of whom will tell you Barbados sounds nice, but they themselves have never been there.)

  39. J. Payne

    My aunt visited B’dos and stopped in a certain big department store in town. The women that was working the counter was talking on the phone and giggling and all. As a result the people (mainly tourists) were queued up. Instead of the women coming off the social call she yells out loudly,
    “all those who cyah wait, ga’lung!”
    Now the person at the counter should know that tourists have a tough enough time with Bajan accent, but when you start throwing in “ga’lung” instead of Standard English “go along” you confuse them even more. The result was the tourists (so the storey was explained to me) all started to ask one another what she had said?
    My aunt, who was also waiting is real– old fashion, so right form the line she start to holla, “I want the manager! Someone bring the manager for me please! Bring the manager out here right now!”
    When the manager came my aunt told the manager the storey and said that they need to send that clerk in the back with the other hogs…. Because if they don’t she’s going to cost that store business, and tourists will not want to come back to Barbados with poor customer service. She explained that if customer service is the island’s industry (as part of tourism) people should not be telling tourists “If you cyah wait, ga’lung!”. Rest assured when my aunt went back the next day to peek, she didn’t see that women in the front again. Some Bajans do need to remember when on the job, they’re representing the country and the business which they’re working for.

  40. The man wiv no name!!

    as i said, no sense of customer care. Bajans need to look in the mirror. they’re too silly, really.

  41. Mac

    A lot of hotels have closed for sure, not all due to the economy. If the staff aren’t up to the job, then you have to look elsewhere. The glass ceiling does exist but is also created by the lack of customer service skills everyone experiences on a daily basis.

  42. Bruggadung

    what will they think of next
    March 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    Whose fault is that?
    ” majority owned by Trinidad”
    Sold to Trinidad by WHITE BAJANS such as ALLAN FIELDS.
    …….
    Bajan whites would sell their soul to the devil to make sure blacks dont gain economic power its the main reason they selling their companies to Trinidadians instead of black run credit unions.
    Yuh tink dem easy.

  43. Tell me Why

    Staying the Course.
    I read your submission and it is crystal clear that you are of the same ilk who think that Bajans should not be in top positions in the tourism industry. You might have someone good at cost control, menu planning as you described, but might not be able to prepare a succulent meal. What master of paper work has to do with satisfying one’s palate. Forget all de long talk about Executive Chef and get a finger-licking cook.

    Again, you talk about Director of Food and Beverage. Dat is nuff name wid real big salary. But my friend, a hostess or an ordinary manager can plan big events without errors and de guests are happy. Forget all those pretty job titles and get real down-to-earth employees with sparkles in their eyes willing to succeed. Maybe, we could look at the rationale of calling grave diggers, SOIL TECHNICIANS and start saying that no applications were suitable.

    BTW. Was Ralph Taylor not given a chance?

    Are you still Staying the Course?

  44. bob watson

    what will they think of next
    March 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm
    Whose fault is that?
    ” majority owned by Trinidad”
    Sold to Trinidad by WHITE BAJANS such as ALLAN FIELDS.
    …….
    Bajan whites would sell their soul to the devil to make sure blacks dont gain economic power its the main reason they selling their companies to Trinidadians instead of black run credit unions.
    Yuh tink dem easy.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Wow aren’t you an idiot. With that mind set, you are the problem.

  45. Kammie

    Did not Almond get Tourism Relief Funds? Next we will see a request for a work permit for Automotive Aqua Cleaner aka Car Washer with the ability to speak Chinese.

  46. The man wiv no name!!

    Watson, why du u criticise Brag. he’s as entitled to his opinion as anybody else. just cos it doesn’t gel with ur own opinion. what’s the matter? can’t bear to criticise whites? why? r u one!! well, tough. doesn’t prove the man isn’t right!!

  47. bob watson

    There are matters of opinion or blatant ignorance, Bruggadung seems to have the latter.

    I just think its foolish to always jump to the conclusion that race has to be the issue. Yes, they are many awful wealthy “white people” but the same goes for blacks, indians, asians, etc.
    “Bruggadung” stated that whites would rather sell their souls to the devil to make sure blacks don’t gain economic power. I think that statement is ridiculous and any person, despite colour goes in to business (selling, buyin, trading,etc.) for them self. Regarding the sale of the hotel, if a black Barbadian gave the white Barbadians a better offer, I am positive they would of taken it.
    I personally think we need to stop making so many issues about colour/race and if we choose to judge someone, let it be on their actions alone.