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Pat Hoyos: Plasma gasification will bring economic and environmental disaster to Barbados

“The Government of Barbados has given up all of the country’s future rights to determine its waste to energy management to an unknown company, whose plan is to build a plant using highly dangerous technology that has failed in every attempt made so far to turn garbage into electricity.”

Welcome to Corruption Unlimited

“Barbados has given up all future rights to an Unknown Company…”

Oh yes my childrens… Gather ’round and I’ll spin you a tale of how each Barbados government for the last 30 years has promised to implement integrity legislation and conflict of interest standards, but never did. Never will without serious international pressure.

Owen Arthur promised integrity legislation, but never delivered. Then, on a politician’s salary, PM Owen Arthur donated US$150,000 in after tax dollars to a cricket charity! What a great man!

Then “Goin’ wid Owen” was caught putting campaign donations from corporations into his personal bank account!

No charges though because Barbados doesn’t care about corruption.

PM Thompson Says His Use Of CLICO's Business Jet Is None Of Your Business

PM Thompson Says His Use Of CLICO’s Business Jet Is None Of Your Business

Then the next Prime Minister, David Thompson, through his law firm money laundered $3.3 Million Dollars for his friend Leroy Parris.

And David Thompson and the DLP promised Integrity Legislation.

But they never delivered.

Now Freundel Stuart says “Trust me, trust your government” about the garbage-to-electricity plant.

And Bajans are not allowed to know if any politicians have shares in the companies that will benefit from the Barbados Government contract. 

So… to all the Bajan politicians who aren’t standing up and demanding that the people be allowed to know who is profiting from government contracts… (Censored)

Take it away, Pat Hoyos…

THE HOYOS FILE: Tipping Cahill deal into the dumpster

YOU KNOW THAT A POLICY is dead on arrival when the usually accommodative local chamber of commerce breaks its silence to say so. That, to me, was the big game changer last week.  Continue reading

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The government we deserve…

sinking ship barbados flag DLP

Many of our politicians have fallen short of their promises, or have done great injury to their stewardship. In some cases, they have shown to be less than scrupulous in their management of our affairs. Yet we reward them with more time for embarrassment. Our only excuse, perhaps, is that within the context of our democracy there must be a Government –– good, bad or indifferent.

But how can we explain retaining any Government that seizes land compulsorily and breaches the law by refusing to pay for it? How can we contemplate returning the same Government to power that squanders more than $300 million on failed projects? How can we give succour to any leader who fails to discipline a parliamentary colleague brought to public shame by the highest court in the land?

How can we forgive any Government that has ravaged our agriculture sector? How can we forgive politicians who facilitate construction contracts without a bidding process? How can we be satisfied with leadership that doesn’t boast of achievements, but wallows in lofty verbosity, smug claims of not reading newspapers and punishing dissenters with laughter?

How can we not ask for accountability in situations where some politicians possess six high-end cars, obtained on Government salaries that are common knowledge in the Official Gazette? How can millions of dollars be spirited away from an insurance company and our Attorney General not demand a criminal investigation by the police? How can a state-appointed insurance supervisory body fail to carry out its mandate to the detriment of thousands of policyholders and no heads roll? How can an Auditor General annually expose instances of fraud and blatant theft and yet no one is held to account?

… read the entire editorial at Barbados Today – Getting the governance we deserve

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Barbados Tourism Minister runs from press interview about Tourism Master Plan

Richard Sealy Barbados Tourism Minister

Richard Sealy Barbados Tourism Minister

The Bajan Reporter, Ian Bourne, comments on his latest interview ….

I was at launch of SoCo by St Matthias Rd, and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy was ribbon cutter, he saw me and asked if I am “going to give trouble…”

I stated once the ceremony’s done, I wanted to interview him briefly on how can there be a Tourism Reinvigoration Plan when the Master Plan is not completed?

Big mistake…

Soon as ribbon cutting was done? Sealy did the 100 metres faster than Yohan Blake, Tyson Gay & Usain Bolt combined! I have to do like them and lie, then LIE in wait for their hasty departure…

I said this to say Sealy is a poor Minister and the only difference between him and a parrot is their plumage and what they squawk.

Read Ian Bourne’s original comment here.

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Barbados Health Minister admits hospital lacks inventory control of medical equipment, assets

Another one of those “don’t know whether to laugh or cry” stories about our illustrious DLP leadership.

by Nevermind Kurt

Health Minister Donville Inniss (photo above) just let the cat out of the bag: after four years of DLP government and 14 years of BLP government, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital still has no computerized inventory system for assets – including super expensive medical equipment. Un-freaking-believable!

Minister Inniss was giving one of the DLP’s famous “this is what we’re gonna do” speeches and that is laugh or cry time right there. After four years he should be giving a “This is what we’ve done” speech – but with the election fast approaching it’s the same old story as Ministers again try to portray that words, ideas and promises are real action.

“There will also be the development of an equipment inventory…”

After four years in power the DLP have suddenly realized that no one has a clue about what assets and medical equipment we have, and the assets’ location, condition and actual value. You will note that the Minister’s speech about this is all in the future tense, as in “We’re going to start to develop this inventory system.”

Have a read for yourself…

The Health Minister further revealed that there will also be the development of an equipment inventory of the medical equipment by the Information Systems Department and other authorities for the evaluation, monitoring and management of all health technology in the polyclinics.

“This Assets Management Electronic Database containing all essential information on each medical device will be kept and used for accountability and transparency for all of our equipment,” Inniss added.

Assets Management 101 for DLP Government Dummies

Hospital assets management has gone way beyond barcodes!

It is the height of incompetence and negligence that our government and health system and hospital administrators have not had a computerized assets inventory system in place for the past ten years – or three years.

What would it take? I know nothing about hospital assets management, but at the company I used to work for they have little silver “can’t remove” stickers with barcodes on every piece of equipment. Twice a year someone comes through with a barcode reader plugged into a laptop and zap! The list is made. If a piece of equipment is transferred to another division it’s a change in the database. If particular items are prone to going missing, or certain divisions lose too much equipment it shows up as a pattern. Easy.

I’ll bet there are many canned solutions out there. Just a minute, I’ll check…

Yup. I Googled “hospital asset management system” and there are 12 million hits, with hundreds of software systems for sale. Some track the assets automatically by radio tag like shoplifting stickers.

What would it take to list and evaluate the top five hospital assets management systems? Two months? Six months, tops? Good lord, this is 2012! Why haven’t we had this since 2000? Any damn fool knows that inventory management systems in business pay for themselves. I learned that one day when I didn’t fall asleep in business class.

Donville Inniss promises “I will no longer accept mediocrity.”

At least Inniss is honest enough to admit that for the past four years he and his DLP government have been accepting – and delivering – mediocrity.

Further Reading

Here is the news article from the Barbados Advocate that our story is based upon. We’re forced to reprint it in its entirety because the Barbados Advocate has a history of destroying its own archives and changing news stories without keeping copies of old versions.

Please go to the Barbados Advocate to read the story, and only continue reading here if the BA story is missing…

Better health records

1/8/2012

By Tanya Lightbourne

The age-old challenge of missing patients’ notes and delays in obtaining medical reports in the public health care system must no longer persist, says Minister of Health, Donville Inniss.

“This is 2012 and we must get real! We have been talking about it for far too long,” he stressed during the handing over ceremony of new medical equipment to Warrens Polyclinic on Friday. Continue reading

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Peter Boos warns about NIS “investing” in Four Seasons

NIS fund should be most jealously guarded.”

“…The fact that we are in a deep long term economic recession should not lead to a relaxation of the legal and socio economic principles governing the manner in which the NIS fund is allocated and invested. On the contrary…

I am of the firm view that it is precisely in times such as these that the integrity of a fund in the nature of the NIS fund should be most jealously guarded. 

The fund is not a commercial or development fund. It is a social security and pension fund, which should, for obvious reasons, be invested on a conservative basis to meet long-term liabilities.

Some may recall that CLICO failed essentially because it strayed from sound investment management practices as mandated in the law under insurance regulations, and took on several speculative investments, which eventually it could not support financially. Looked at objectively CLICO and the NIS have something very important in common: CLICO derived and the NIS derives large volumes of cash from insurance premiums, pension contributions, investment income etc.

As a corollary to that, the people whose money was held by CLICO and is held by the NIS were/are depending on receiving the benefit of those funds. In many cases those funds are the only savings and retirement planning provision made by such people.

Against this background some important questions arise on the appropriate use of NIS Funds by Government…”

Read the entire article at Caribbean360.com – Is an investment in Four Seasons development appropriate?

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Four weeks ago this morning, Prime Minister David Thompson said goodbye

What would David say to us now, four weeks later?

On October 23, 2010 at about 2:10am, David John Howard Thompson went to be with the Lord. We said then and believe now, “It is a mercy that he had time to prepare himself, his loved ones, his friends and his beloved Barbados for his passing.”

Many folks don’t have that opportunity to prepare themselves and their loved ones – as much as one can prepare.

Death is a journey we shall all make, every one of us. Some leave suddenly during an accident or heart attack, maybe even after an argument with an old friend, or cancelling out on visiting father for the third week in a row because of work commitments.

If you knew that tomorrow was your time to leave, what would you do differently today?

We remember Prime Minister Thompson now, and we will continue to remember him and his widow Mara, their three daughters Misha, Oya  and Osa, his mum, Margaret Knight and the rest of David’s family.

It’s time for Barbados to get back to work.

The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) website is our face to the world on the Internet, and if you visit it today you will find that it is representative of our nation’s current upset and malaise over the passing of our Prime Minister.

According to the Government of Barbados website, David Thompson is still alive and serving as our Prime Minister.

We want our readers to understand that we are not being critical of the folks at the BGIS or their web team. We know that they are working hard to update the many Government websites to reflect our new Prime Minister and the many changes in the government.

We’re only using this as an example to say that there are many things that still need to be done as a result of the changes – and while we install the new Captain and crew, we still have to keep the good ship Barbados sailing through the storm.

We mourned our lost Prime Minister, but now…

The Lord gave Barbados time to prepare for David’s passing. We mourned and we still mourn, but we must ask ourselves as Independence Day approaches, What would David want us to do now? What would he say to us?

I think David Thompson would say something like this: “Thank you for remembering me and looking after my family – but friends, it’s time for Barbados to get to back to work.”

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House Built Under The Owen Arthur Regime Is Perfect Illustration Of Barbados Government

barbados-houseYour BLP Government At Work!

Nice little house, don’t you think?

Built in 2007 under the Owen Arthur government, it looks a little unfinished – or perhaps we should say it looks like everything else the government has anything to do with.

But this particular house has one very special feature that is quite noteworthy and was undoubtedly approved by someone – given that it exists. I mean, somebody built it!

What is sooooooo special about this home?

Ian Bourne has the full photo at The Bajan Reporter blog.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION…

Do NOT go to Ian’s blog with a mouthful of beer or coke, because it will come up through your nose.  🙂

The Bajan Reporter: Bungalow House Build In Barbados Back In 2007 Under The Owen Arthur Regime

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