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Cotton crop in danger as Barbados Government unable to pay pickers for last year’s work

Barbados picking cotton

Labour Action a result of no pay for a year

Contributed anonymously by Rotten Cotton

Our 2015 cotton crop is in danger of rotting in the fields as fewer than 10% of last year’s 150 registered cotton pickers are willing to work, and this year the crop is almost double the size of 2014.

The problem is that the Government of Barbados hasn’t been able to pay the pickers for the work they did a full year ago, picking the 2014 crop.

Guess what folks? You promise to pay agricultural workers a certain amount for each pound of cotton and you don’t pay them for a year… what happens is that nobody shows up to pick the next crop.

Got that Prime Minster Stuart?

It’s a simple and basic concept that this government hasn’t grasped I know. The government can put off paying suppliers, contractors and government employees when the money can’t be found, and those people will hang in waiting for the government to catch up on payments.

But you can’t do that to poor agricultural workers for a year or they walk and that is exactly what has happened.

“How bad is the financial situation really when the government puts the whole 2015 cotton crop at risk because they can’t pay workers their 40 cents a pound that has been owing to them for a year?”

The newspapers and television are full of cotton stories with politicians, Agricultural Ministry officials and industry spokespeople hyping the value to the economy and the doubling of fields planted over last year but hardly anyone is talking about the growing sense of danger – some say verging on panic – that is spreading throughout the cotton community.  Continue reading

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Confusion and intrigue as press release battle errupts over the “Sea Island Cotton” brand names.

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A press release battle over which companies have the right to purchase and sell grown in Barbados cotton has journalists, news media and blogs so confused that nobody seems to know the truth about anything when it comes to “Sea Island Cotton”.

This confusion is deadly to the value of our cotton on the world market because the added value in cotton grown in Barbados comes from the brand not from the cotton itself. Our cotton is expensive to produce due to the lack of economy of scale, the higher labour costs to grow and harvest and higher processing and transportation costs to get it to market. IF our cotton is “better” than cotton grown in other places it is probably only incrementally better, and not superior enough to justify the price differential from cotton grown by China, India and other mass-scale producers.*

So what we really have is the brand, the name… and now there is confusion.

Just read the below press releases from Adlai Stevenson, the CEO of “ECCI” and rival Kyto BioPharma Inc. and you’ll see these brands or names mentioned…

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. “ECCI”

West Indian Sea Island Cotton

Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

Genuine Certified West Indian Sea Island Cotton

Another company used to market our crop as “Caribbean Sea Island Cotton

You’ll also see that while Mr. Stevenson’s press release says “We buy all West Indian Sea Island Cotton grown commercially in Barbados and process that cotton…”, that statement falls short of saying that ECCI buys all cotton produced in Barbados. ECCI says it buys all the “West Indian Sea Island Cotton”: whatever that means. The headline on the release doesn’t say “still retains all rights to ALL Barbados-grown cotton”… it says “still retains all rights to Barbados-grown cotton”

That missing word could be a big deal.

The cotton industry in Barbados has had rough times in the last fifteen years, including troubles surrounding the ownership of the brand and processing companies, with the Barbados Defense Force once sent to seize everything at gunpoint and against a judge’s order, and some of the involved foreign investors threatened and arsoned! In June of 2013 we also told readers about an  overly-slick stock scheme involving Barbados cotton.

So good luck to the poor folks who rely upon cotton to make their living in Barbados. The big money boys are fighting again.

Here is Adlai Stevenson’s Press Release, and then we’ll have the press release from Kyto BioPharma Inc….

* According to the National Cotton Council of America, the top ten cotton producing countries are (in order) People’s Republic of China, India, United States, Pakistan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Australia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Greece.

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. still retains all rights to Barbados-grown cotton

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. (ECCI), the company responsible for transforming West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) into a viable industry, has taken issue with inaccurate statements about Barbados’ cotton industry being made in a press release being circulated on Internet news websites and blogs in the United States (US) and Barbados.

ECCI says that the release and iterations of it which appeared in the US before being picked up by local media and blogs state that a Canadian bio-pharmaceutical company called Kyto BioPharma Inc., had recently announced that it was acquiring the outstanding common shares in a company called Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (BSC). The release also stated that a Jonathan Bryant will be named President and Chief Operating Officer and Director of BSC after the share exchange has been completed. Continue reading

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Company says “political relationships” enabled purchase of Barbados Sea Island Cotton

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Hey… I’m just sayin’ what they are sayin’ !!!

Kyto BioPharma Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL–(Marketwired – Jul 22, 2013) – Kyto BioPharma Inc. (“Kyto”) (OTCQB: KBPH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (“BSC”) through the issuance of 10 million common shares of Kyto to the shareholders of BSC and BSC satisfying Kyto’s outstanding debt on closing. BSC, through political relationships, industry experience and proprietary investments in the Island of Barbados, has secured the rights to manage …

Wall Street Journal here

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Time To Obtain Justice In Barbados Courts: 17 Years… or Never

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Caribbean Court of Justice Hammers Barbados Courts Again

Looking for justice in Barbados? Don’t hold your breath. Barbados courts can move swiftly if the ruling party needs a judgment or some stamp of approval on the expropriation of land, but if it is not in the interest of certain elites, court cases can drag on for decades.

The courts in Barbados have always been a highly politicized but this reality moved to new heights during the BLP government when then-Prime Minister Owen Arthur appointed his long time political colleague and Attorney General as the Chief Justice of Barbados. The move effectively consolidated the power of the government and the courts under the control of Barbados political elites – and the image of both the courts and the Office of the Chief Justice have never recovered.

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Chief Justice Simmons - Career Politician Is No Independent Judge!

Certainly when David Anthony Cathcart Simmons agreed to accept the position from his old friend Owen Arthur, the act brought the administration of justice in Barbados into disrepute. It is the very presence of a career politician, former Attorney General and former Acting Prime Minister as Chief Justice that warns ordinary people that they haven’t a hope of seeing justice in Barbados. (See David Simmons’ bio here. Very impressive career politician!)

But what is the image of our Justice System and our country compared to raw power and personal ambition? No matter, in Barbados the courts, the judges, the prosecutors and the government are all the same. One might even be able to throw the news media into the mix too.

And don’t forget, folks… Chief Justice Sir David Simmons also publicly stated that he wants to see all Barbados police and military personnel united into one agency under government control!

“It must be admitted that Chief Justice Sir David Simmons knows a thing or two about consolidation of power.”

We at Barbados Free Press continue to hammer the issue of the politicization of our courts because it is foundational to rights and freedoms for all in our country. When citizens or foreigners become involved in disputes with the elites or the government, they simply cannot rely upon Barbados courts to deliver independent, impartial and fair justice. In Barbados, the courts are often used as a blunt weapon to deny justice to victims. Oh, everything is done according to procedure: day by day, month by month, year by year and decade by decade until the weak die or give up.

And if the courts give a decision that the government of the day doesn’t like? The foreign investor is just as likely to see the army sent in with guns to overrule the court’s decision. They don’t usually print the story of Barbados Sea Island Cotton and Nitin Amersey in the local news!

That is the reality of our Barbados courts and it has been recognized again and again but nothing changes.

Here is the latest story. Just today’s story — but citizens and foreign investors alike should be aware that if they have a dispute with one of the Barbados elites or the government, this is what they are in for…

CCJ criticises island’s judiciary

by WADE GIBBONS

BARBADOS’ JUDICIARY has once again come in for sharp criticism from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over its tardiness.

The admonishment came during the recent judgement in an appeal brought by former chief electrical engineer Winton Campbell against the Office of The Attorney General. The CCJ’s final ruling marked almost 17 years that Campbell’s case had been making the rounds in the judicial system.

Following an enquiry into the Electrical Inspection Department, a report to Government in 1989 proposed a reorganisation and transferral of some of its functions to the Ministry of Transport and Works.

continue reading this Nation article CCJ Criticises Island’s Judiciary

Further Reading

BFP – Oct 3, 2008: Would Bussa Have Accompanied Barbados Chief Justice and Prime Minister To Chinese Embassy Celebration?

BFP – July 25, 2008: Pastor Jippy Doyle – Barbados Child Sex Trial Finally Starts After 7 Years – Police Witness Died Weeks Ago!

BFP – July 16, 2008: How One Of The Richest Women In Barbados Was Robbed Of Everything By Scheming Lawyers, Politicians and Government Insiders

BFP – July 12, 2008: Rule Of Law Dead In Barbados: Government Allows Certain Companies To Ignore Laws

BFP – July 2, 2008: Child Rape Haven Barbados – 12-Year-Old Girl Raped Ten Years Ago, No Trial For Ten Years – Defense Lawyers Succeed In Subverting Courts

BFP – April 14, 2008: Chaotic & Corrupt Land Titles System Makes For Risky Real Estate Transactions In Barbados

BFP – Feb 28, 2008: Nation News Prints Damning Condemnation Of Barbados Justice System

BFP – Feb 3, 2008: Nitin Amersey – Sea Cotton Story: When The Barbados Government Sent In The Military To Overrule The Barbados Courts!

Keltruth Blog: Police, Army and Chief Justice in Barbados

Keltruth Blog: Barbados Government’s Treatment of Those who Dare to Complain

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When A Prime Minister Of Barbados Sued A Canadian For Libel – And Lost

Abused Foreign Investor Embarrassed The Barbadian Government By Telling The Truth

Back in November, 2008 we told you about how the Government of Barbados ignored the Barbados courts and illegally sent in the army to seize the assets of Nitin Amersey, a Canadian investor who had entered a joint venture in cotton with the Barbados Government. The story was precipitated by an article at Keltruth Blog revealing that Keltruth had acquired thousands of previously secret documents about that dark time in our history. (Anytime the Rule of Law is ignored by our Government is a dark time – but when they send the army in contrary to a judge’s order that is definitely third-world banana republic time.)

Now Keltruth Blog reveals more documents that tell the tale of how a Barbados Prime Minister sued Nitin Amersey for libel in the same case and LOST!

That, my friends, is a piece of Barbados history that you simply won’t be reading in the Barbados (cough, cough) “News” media.

Further Reading

Keltruth Blog: Former Barbados PM Sued For Libel – and Lost!

BFP: Secret Documents Show How The Barbados Government Used The Military To Destroy A Canadian Investor

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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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