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Solution to vote buying in Barbados – Pay a US$500 reward for proof

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We can argue all day about what the average price of a bought vote is on this rock, but in an unofficial drunken poll on a Friday night at Oistins my friends say it’s a little lower than what many folks believe.

US$100 is what it is so they say. Yup. One hundred good old American will do the job.

And how big a problem is vote buying in Barbados?

Vote buying shapes elections, governments, national policies and the economy. It levers power elites into power and keeps them there.

Lately many folks have been talking that a reward would increase the risk of buying votes and drive the price into the stratosphere. I think that’s a good idea. It costs nothing to implement and it just might work.

So let’s do it. Let’s offer a goodly reward for reporting and proving vote buying. Let’s increase the risk so much for these bastards that they won’t dare and can’t afford to buy votes.

Let’s pay US$500 for proof of vote buying. Hidden cameras are so small and can be everywhere these days.

Yup. Let’s do it!

“The recent declaration that PM Froon intends to go republic has been met with almost universal disdain. How can a government which has made a mess of virtually every facet of Barbadian life expect to be entrusted with such a task? No republic without referendum. Let the people decide.”

“Say the going bribe rate for a vote is $300, Peter Wickham would pay $600 for a voter to testify against a briber. If the fellows play this right, they could end up getting $900 for their vote, $300 from one candidate and $600 to testify against the other. Since the cases will no doubt be thrown out, it’s win-win all around.”

THE LOWDOWN: Parpissitatory horizontality

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How trustworthy are Barbados lawyers?

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Do Barbados lawyers habitually steal money from overseas clients?

Read this list of Barbados lawyers and judge for yourself…  Continue reading

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Barbados Speaker of the House Michael Carrington is a crooked lawyer – stole $250,000 from client – disobeyed court order to pay it back

BFP:

Contrast the disbarring of lawyer Therold Fields yesterday with the “hands-off” protection given to Barbados Speaker of the House (and crooked lawyer) Michael Carrington.

Fields went down for stealing deposits from a real estate client. Carrington stole a whole lot more but was allowed to pay it back and continue as one of the elites.

That’s some penalty for a thief… if you don’t get caught, keep the money. If you do get caught, just pay it back and no worries!

How corrupt is this rock? Just contrast what happens when an ordinary lawyer thief and an elite lawyer thief get caught.

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

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“A message to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart…

Michael Carrington is a crooked lawyer who stole a quarter million dollars from a vulnerable 78 year old pensioner. That simple truth means that Carrington is not fit to be a Member of Parliament let alone Speaker of the House.”

It is a simple matter, really, and one that is hardly unknown in Barbados. Over two years ago a lawyer was supposed to transfer about a quarter of a million dollars from his trust account to a Mr. John Griffiths, the beneficiary of his aunt’s estate. Instead, the crooked lawyer kept the money and made excuses to Mr. Griffiths.

Mr. Griffiths was forced to launch a lawsuit against the lawyer. Griffiths won and the court ordered the crooked lawyer to pay the money back and give an accounting within 28 days – but the lawyer failed to pay the money or provide an…

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Hotels and restaurants can improve their revenues through this one simple technique

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Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

Over the years, airlines, most cruise ship and train operators together with many hotel brands have understood and in the main applied the concept of ‘revenue control’ very effectively.

It’s almost a given that when you board a plane, even when you are in the same designated seating class, that passengers have paid different levels of fares, for in many cases an identical level of service.

Hotels too, especially with 100 rooms or more, constantly battle with the dilemma of using more creating marketing ways to attract a higher percentage of direct rack rate paying guests or entrust tour operators to fill contracted allocations of rooms at heavily discounted prices.

Other options include online-websites like Expedia among the several others, but again these also attract a lower net rate.

A very simple equation is to fill 100 rooms at US$100 would bring you $70,000 through direct bookings, while the same number would probably realise only $49,000 per week through a wholesaler or tour operator.

The question then to ask is, by spending a proportion of the differential, could you drive more higher direct revenue income?

In many cases I believe the answer would be yes!    Continue reading

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Porn profiteer Minister Donville Inniss cautions Barbadians against websites that “deliberately spew filth”

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“Inniss also voiced concern about people using social media to spread “the nastiest” and “most untrue” reports about fellow Barbadians, and warned that the state would do what was necessary to tackle the perpetrators.” (Nation News, April 8, 2015)

Above: One of the porn websites that made Inniss money

Donville Inniss made a fortune on Internet Porn, now he wants to censor political debate and truth

Pssst… Want to hear a good one?

Minister of Industry Donville Inniss and his government are preparing a law against what he calls “cyber-crime” – but protecting people against hacking is only part of the law. Censorship is what it is all about.

Lately the Minister has been speaking to all who will listen that social media, blogs, twitter and facebook is “out of control, running amuck, spewing filth”

Donville Inniss has a good reason to want to stop the truth… for years he made money as the Online Porn King of Barbados, and no – it wasn’t that he owned a website company and other people put porn up on his servers. That’s what he loves to tell people, but a little digging on the internet shows that Inniss registered porn trademarks in the USA and Canada. Barbados Free Press covered that and printed proof in a series of articles listed below.

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How low can you go?

Barbados Government Minister Donville Inniss was part of the lucrative online sex business for years. He profited from websites where desperate pregnant women and teenagers performed sex acts for money.

Inniss also profited from websites showing humans committing sex acts with animals.

You know we couldn’t say this if it wasn’t true folks. Our WordPress hosting company would take us down faster than a rum disappears at Oistens on a Friday night.

Inniss and Orgasm.com profited from websites with pregnant women porn, teenaged porn and sex with animals. All the proof is in our articles and after all these years Inniss hasn’t been able to make Barbados Free Press remove these articles. Because they are for true!

Only one journalist on this rock had the integrity to ask Minister Inniss about his porn business, and Inniss responded by savaging Ian Bourne whenever and wherever he could.

Go ahead, Minister Inniss. Pass your internet censorship law.

Everybody knows why you want that law.

List of BFP posts with proof of Inniss porn connections…

July 16, 2012: Barbados Health Minister attacks journalist over questions about Minister’s porn business profiteering     Continue reading

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David Ames running from the courts: Percival Stewart v Harlequin Properties

David Ames - Harlequin's Ponzi King

David Ames – Harlequin’s Ponzi King

Both Affidavits can’t be true!

Some interesting reading from a recent court case [March 2015] in St Vincent where Dave Ames is no stranger to litigation.

Percival Stewart v Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Limited et al

In this case  on Page 4 the judge rules on the audacious delays by Ames in filing statements…

“Mr Commissiong deposes that Mr Ames lives in England and travels a lot globally making it difficult for him to be in Saint Vincent to testify. Implicit in Mr Commissiong’s averments is the notion that for those reasons, it was impossible or extremely difficult to contact Mr Ames, receive instructions from him, or arrange for him to sign a witness statement. I make the observation that the CPR permits a party to file and serve a witness summary if he is not able to provide a witness statement, and that a witness does not need to be in the jurisdiction to sign or attest either document.”

(download court document pdf here)

Now this is totally the opposite of what lawyers and Ames claimed last October 2014 (in the group of 33 investors failed case) when the judge was told that the company was NOT run from Essex. (See Judge rules against Harlequin investors in £1.8m court case)

“The case did not centre on whether or not the investors were owed money, a point which deputy judge Nicolas Strauss QC noted ‘does not appear to be in dispute’. Instead it focussed on whether a UK court could wind up Buccament Bay, given that the company was incorporated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

While the investments were sold through Essex-based Harlequin Management Services (South East), which filed for administration in April 2013, Strauss ruled that Harlequin’s ventures including Buccament Bay were not run with ‘bird’s eye management from Essex’. He agreed that they were largely managed in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and therefore this was the correct jurisdiction to apply for a winding up petition.”

The fact that Mr Commissiong’s claim that Ames couldn’t possibly find the time to be in St Vincent for the Stewart case makes a complete nonsense of Ames’ submission to the UK court that the Harlequin business was entirely run from the Caribbean and therefore the UK court’s jurisdiction does not apply.

Quite obviously both Affidavits cannot be true and both evade bringing Harlequin and Ames to account.

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The new Barbados – woman dead in home two years before discovery

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by Grape Hall Girl

I don’t know why I can’t stop thinking about Muriel Proverbs all this last week since I read the papers, but I can’t.

She was 90 years old – found dead in her home at Fairview, Christ Church when the police kicked in the door at the urging of some of her relatives.

Yes, she died in her bedroom as do many 90 year old people.

Only thing is Muriel Proverbs had been dead all these two years and more. Laid out on the floor where she fell or collapsed… slowly desiccating in the Bajan heat. Little more than a skeleton when found!

Two years of uncashed pension cheques and unpaid utility bills made a heap under the letter slot in the door.

This can’t be the Barbados I grew up in. This must be some New York City suburb where folks pay no attention to each other.

Surely this can’t be my Barbados?

Nation News: Gran dead in bed

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