Daily Archives: January 10, 2011

Spark of the Day! Join a prayer circle in Japan

Some seek truth one way, some in another…

We received this photo of a Japanese prayer circle from an anonymous reader and it makes me think about how little I know about how others seek God, or if you prefer, truth. I don’t know what religion this “prayer circle” represents if it does at all and I haven’t researched it yet. Perhaps our Robert knows because he’s been everywhere. Something about the photo attracts me even if I can’t quite describe its appeal because I’m off to bed and I might have had a few or more.

Spark of the Day! is our reminder that other folks are different, but the same as us.

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FirstCaribbean International Bank fees up. Service? Well that’s something else…

The Increase in Bank fees. Is this reflective of the Customer experience?

by Alison Weekes,

Fifs, MSc, Int.Dip.Comp
Banking & Compliance Professional UK

I note with interest the various comments in relation to the announcement of the increase in bank fees by FirstCaribbean International Bank. We will in the coming months, see whether the strategic plans and income structure of the other competing financial services firms in Barbados will dictate that they too will have to increase their fees.

One wonders where`s the customer’s place in all of this. Continue reading

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Buble bulges in Barbados

2007 & 2011!

Oh Michael! How could you let yourself go like this?

Shona and Auntie Moses just read the Daily Mail and are horrified at the photos of Michael Buble walking on the beach. Or, we should say that’s all of Michael walking, waddling and wobbling at Sandy Lane with his fiancée Luisana Lopilato,

The girls are soooooo disappointed. Says Auntie Moses, “When ‘e due? Boy or girlchild?”

Gone is the excitement of February 2007.

Michael… ya really have to pay attention to Auntie Moses.

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How PricewaterhouseCoopers grossly misled investors in CMMB – Caribbean Money Market Brokers

“The presentation of these financials (by PricewaterhouseCoopers) may be technically permissible but they are grossly misleading…

These accounts suggest, to the untrained financial eye, that the company is profitable and it is not.”

Excerpt from a reader’s analysis of PwC at Afra Raymond.com

PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers should be ashamed

Two days ago we directed our readers to a new Afra Raymond article about the CL Financial Scandal The CMMB story.

Today one of Afra’s audience left a devastating analysis of the activities of PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers in deliberately misleading investors into CMMB – Caribbean Money Market Brokers. Even though we just covered Afra’s new article, this latest comment says it all and deserves our attention.

People used to trust PwC. What fools we all were.

Without misleading, unethical auditors like PwC – willing to lie, deceive and be well paid for it – Duprey, Parris and David Thompson as their lawyer couldn’t have gotten away with what they did for so long.

Afra’s stories about the rot and fraud at CL Financial, Clico and the other scam companies have been going wild on the hit-meter because so many of us are victims, and will be victimized more as our tax dollars bail out the big guys and put the burden on the little people. The battle cry of crooks like Duprey and Parris: “Privatize profits, socialize losses.”

Here is what Afra’s reader observed about PricewaterhouseCoopers…. Continue reading

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