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Promises!

Submitted by Anthony Davis
<h6 align="justify"><font style="font-weight:normal;">L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister)</font> - Caribbean News</h6>

<h6 align=”justify”>L-R): Edison Alleyne (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment), Margot Harvey (Chairman, Sanitation Service Authority), Dr Denis Lowe (Minister of Environment), Clare Cowan (CEO of Cahill Energy), Christopher Sinckler (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs), Denis Kellman (Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development), Senator Darcy Boyce (Minister of Energy in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Caribbean News

A Government programme to relocate residents of White Hill, St. Andrew has stalled due to a lack of funds. The area has been affected by road slippage, made worse by a massive land slide last November which caused the collapse of a large section of the road.

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Minister of Housing Denis Kellman said today that five households had been moved. However, he told Barbados TODAY the project stalled when the money ran out – Barbados Today 7 August 2015

This “people-centred Government” has no lust to aid the poor, the needy and the vulnerable whatsoever. Sandals is enjoying the sweetest deal any private sector entity could ever want. It can still offer it’s rooms at a much better rate in the most expensive country in the world. However, it is set to give a waste of energy firm a much better one with decades of free water, and various waivers and tax exemptions. Barbados is such a water scarce country that the BWA has to be shutting down pumping stations because of a lack of water in them, and these ministers have given some company not only the right to drill for water whenever it feels like, but to have that water free for 30 years.

Can anyone imagine how much he/she can save if he/she doesn’t have to pay for water for 30 years? One could have 20 trucks and wash them twice daily because the water is free.

Also, they have the right to drill anywhere on the free land which is included. I shudder to think what would happen because of the constant drilling. There are people whose water is turned off as soon as they owe the BWA five cents, but they can give it away to some company which would more than likely put our lives in danger when it runs out of garbage which it can burn in Barbados and starts importing other people’s.

Will the four ministers who signed the MOU pay for the clean up when something out of the way happens? Scotland just had to shut down one because it caught fire. I note that a professor from Grenada is saying that this plant may not be a bad thing and Barbados can go along with it. He can keep his advice, because he does not live here. We will have to bear the burden, which none of the four ministers, who signed on our behalf, will have to do either. They have the wherewithal to hop onto the next plane and leave the island. The money – from our taxes – should be put to better use for the continuation of such projects and paying people their due for whatever they have not been receiving as it is their right to receive it after their money was taken out by the NIS.

A report on page 6 of the same issue mentioned above has the headline: “Demands on charity rising  ECONOMIC SITUATION MAKING IT HARD FOR FAMILIES IN NEED” and the first paragraph reads: “An increasing number of Barbadians who have fallen on hard times are turning to charitable organizations for assistance to get their children ready for the new school year next month.”

This will certainly be of no interest to the tax man in the most expensive country in the world. He is probably dreaming up some other willy-nilly tax already.

Only foreign entities can spend our taxes!

They get whatever they want free of cost!

How generous these ministers in this “people-centred Government” are with our taxes!

All we get are promises, with this or that being about to start “soon” or be legislated “soon”!

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10 Comments on “Promises!”

  1. Shaft August 11, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

    Coverly Village springs to mind…!

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  2. just asking August 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    Wanna put them there, so we all have to bear another three years of this corrupt Government. Can anyone put a Government in Jail? just asking

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  3. Artaxerxes August 11, 2015 at 9:47 AM #

    “Only foreign entities can spend our taxes! They get whatever they want free of cost!”

    Recently, I was reading an IMF working paper entitled “Tax Concessions and Foreign Direct Investment in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union” and saw an article in the Monday, August 10, 2015 edition of the Barbados Advocate giving similar commentary.

    Basically, the authors, Jingqing Chai and Rishi Goyal, are against the granting of concessions, especially in Caribbean small island states, because of the potential loss of revenue (taxes and revenue forgone) that these islands desperately need.

    Reading page 6 of the working paper reminded me of the situation concerning Sandals’ concessions and other hotels, as indicated by the following points.

    1) While individual country experience in the region varies, the process of granting tax concessions appears to involve considerable discretion and a lack of transparency and monitoring.

    2) The laws do not provide detailed procedural rules or specific criteria for granting concessions.

    3) the cabinet and/or minister of finance is vested with the authority to grant concessions, and in practice they have discretion in all aspects of a decision, including, for example, whether the legal requirements are fulfilled in an application and what the terms of the concessions should be for an application.

    4) there is little public disclosure of information on the decision-making process and on awarded incentives, leaving many investors concerned over unequal treatment, market distortion, and favoritism.

    5) there is little monitoring of the beneficiaries of the incentives, and the conditions set out in the awarded incentives are often not enforced, potentially leading to abuses of the system.

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  4. MR.C August 11, 2015 at 2:32 PM #

    This Government DILEMMA gets sad,worse, and more AGGRAVATING with each story. I am very puzzled as to how NOTHING is done by those who has elected these same people who’s only looking out for SELF? Nothing about this at this point in time is funny. But it’s truly SAD to see so many educated people in Barbados is HELPLESS in doing ANYTHING in regards to this Government’s screw-ups. What makes it even worse is. From what I have read, they are STILL living and traveling in the style that they have NOW become accustomed to. Not changing NOTHING to at least use some of the taxpayers money for more important needs.
    I only know what’s going on from what I’m reading here on Barbados Underground, and from time to time Barbados Today. And the news makes me not only angry, or sad. But doing my best to understand why are the people in Barbados accepting this treatment, while in other locations of the island others are living a totally different life style?
    I truly believe with all my heart that NOTHING is going to change from just back and forth bull shit diccussions, that ends up to the usual ZERO PROGRESS. The policies seem to be the rich gets richer, while the poor gets poorer,and what little that’s let then is taken. I have a very good friend who went back to Barbados from living for years in Canada. And she told me it took her 2 years to get her tax refund. But I’m sure that everyone in Government gets his,or her checks on time each month for screwing the people. YES I AM PISSED,FED UP, AND ANGRY;
    When anyone who’s EMPLOYED BY THE PEOPLE, treats the people who has employed them in such a manner should be removed. But everyone of them miss that they are working for the people, and NOT THEMSELVES, and need to STOP treating those who has placed them in the positions that they are holding in a better way. If you was working for any of them, and you weren’t doing your job. Then you would be FIRED, and replaced. So it seems that the Government is UNTOUCHABLE, AND ABOVE THE LAW?

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  5. RastaR August 11, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

    RastaR on August 11, 2015 at 3:49 PM
    I’m sure the Canadian scammer is working hard trying to get some investor to buy into her bull crap .
    We need the government to cansel this contract on the basis that she has not fulfilled the terms of the contract in that she has produced nothing of value in terms of the documentation needed to scope this project after 17 months !!!!
    The question is is the waste study she kept dragging about a few weeks ago the only part of the feed completed to date???
    If it takes her 17 months to complete what should have taken 4 to 6 weeks to get done then she clearly has no experience in designing/ building / operating any sort of plant let alone a Plasma gasification plant which our ministers have signed without the proper procurement review and award process.
    Any investor foolish enough to buy this thing from her and believe me that’s her game here needs to understand that they will regret buying a contract that cannot be fulfilled and the money the pay her will be sunk money which she will never be able to repay once the old guard team are paid for the services the supplied to her and have yet to be paid for.
    When will the official inquiry begin on this disgrace
    There needs to be some accountability for this fraud and the people involved in it

    Buyer beware Mr new investor she is a fraud !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Dompey August 11, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

    Mr. C

    It quite alright to be upset regarding the current picture in Barbados these days, but may I caution you to suspend your judgment until you’re privy to all of the facts related to the economic reality in Barbados these days?
    Now, I wish to respond to one of the points you have made above regarding your friend’s claimed that she hadn’t received her income-tax in quite a few years. This I may add, is quite sad and rather disturbing, but welcome to our existing reality these days; at least your friend is unfortunate to still have a job, many others do not.
    Now regarding that point I wish to respond to: do you honestly believe that the government with malice and premeditation withheld your friend’s income-tax because the it is in a position to do so? You certainly ought to have enough insight to know that the economic-vicissitudes all but forced government hand, leaving it no other option, but to implemented these draconian measures we are hearing about in Barbados.
    Listen! The state in which I reside here in the States, suffered a similar fate several years ago. The state was in a serious economic predicament, so the governor decided that is was in the best interest of the state government to freeze state workers raises, extend the retirement age from 60 to 62, increased the copay for doctor’s visits, and forced state workers to take furlough days, or face layoff. Now bear in mind that we were operating under an existing union contract with a no strike clause.Well brother, this is the reality we face these days, whether we care to accept it or not, so or best bet is to suck it up and drive on brother as the motto goes in the Army.

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  7. Gabriel August 11, 2015 at 8:04 PM #

    The form of governance commonly referred to as the Westminster system such as we have, is a conundrum,an absurdity confirmed as such when it can beget the fools Barbados currently has for members of parliament.On both sides of the divide we have the clearest example of idiots hanging their hats where they cannot reach them.Good men and good women have always made a difference in Barbados.They tend to have the rare quality of insight and foresight which gave us an edge in the local,regional and international arenas.Barbados is crying out for leadership.

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  8. St George's Dragon August 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM #

    “…..at least your friend is unfortunate to still have a job”.
    I know people seem to expect the state to support them these days but surely having to go to work is not that bad?

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  9. Well Well & Consequences August 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    This dude frequented Barbados for years as a well known tourist, wonder if the DLP/BLP governments were proud to wine and dine him……..enough said.

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