Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

The Cahill Energy Project – A Really Awful Deal for Barbados and Barbadians

Submitted by David Bryan, Attorney-at-Law

Introduction

Firstly, it must be said; some men are born cowards, some men are made cowards and some have cowardice thrust upon them. […]

In seeking to be true,

my conscious would not allow me to be a duly qualified candidate in any of the 3 above categories by remaining silent in the face of this undemocratic attempt to sell out this country’s present and future rights in waste energy management by this Democratic Labour Party government to Cahill Energy Limited for the next 30 years.

What has happened between the Government of Barbados and Cahill has set a dangerous precedent of the complete absence of accountability, transparency and good governance for and on behalf of the people of Barbados. This Government must be reminded it was voted in to govern “in the good affairs of the management of Barbados” and not chosen to reign as it sees fit.

It does not have the luxury to pick and chose which issues it is comfortable with and therefore answer when it suits them albeit in a dismissive manner. The DLP cannot do as it likes, when it likes or however it likes and proceed to ignore time-honoured principles, protocols and conventions in the implementation and execution of major projects in Barbados.

No man is an island and equally, no political party is bigger than any country. The people therefore do not have to “beg” for answers; the people of Barbados have every God-given right to demand answers about Cahill, its principal directors and any Agreement pertaining to those which were signed by the representatives who were elected to run this nation.

Having perused the Agreements which are in the public domain, one wonders, how many more “Cahill-like Agreements” exist and what other areas have been signed off by this Government under the cover of night which may prejudice the rights of future generations of Barbadians?

‘Illegal Exclusivity’

Without a doubt, there are many superfluous issues passing-off as “teacup storms” in this country, but $700 million is certainly a Category 4 hurricane which requires the full attention of right-thinking Barbadians.

It is difficult to digest the logic and reasoning behind Government’s appetite and unquenchable thirst for this particular type of Waste- energy project- aka plasma gasification- an unproven mode of technology not operational in any part of the globe.

More astonishing, is the granting by the GoB to Cahill the “exclusive right to develop, own and operate waste to energy facilities in the territory of Barbados” for 30 years “ in the first “Heads of Terms Agreement” signed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and M.E. Cowan on September 13th, 2013.

What is particularly disturbing about this “exclusively” to Cahill, it was further expanded upon in a later Agreement- known as the Implementation Agreement– “ unanimously and unconditionally approved by Cabinet and signed by the Government of Barbados acting by” Senator Darcy W. Boyce, the Hon. Denis Kellman, Dr.the Hon. Denis Lowe, the Hon. Christopher ZP. Sinckler, Margot Harvey (Chairman of Sanitation Service Authority) and M.E.Claire Cowan of Cahill Energy (Barbados) Limited on March 15 March 2014.

Clause 3 titled “Exclusivity”; stated Government hereby grants CEB the exclusive right “to all waste arising out of Barbados during the Term that falls within the Waste Specification inclusive all waste tyres but excluding any shredded waste tyres imported by CEL”.

The clear issue here is whether or not this Agreement is a valid binding Agreement given the extent and nature of this exclusive clause?

This exclusive arrangement in the Agreement has in effect placed other waste players in the market at a competitive disadvantage and interferes with individual liberty of action in trading of waste in Barbados and as a result; it is contrary to public policy.

Any Agreement(s) which is likely to have an effect of preventing, restricting or distorting competition in a market is prohibitive, and as a consequence the contract is then by its very nature illegal – not enforceable.

Governments should be in the business of liberalizing markets not closing them in favour of a select few. This really amounts to anti-competitive business conduct and as such this waste to energy deal with Cahill is a bad deal for Barbados at all levels.

Vaucluse Site

The deal amounts to a really awful deal for this country when one considers the issue of the site at Vauculse, St.Thomas. On Wednesday, this week, in the Upper Chamber, Senator Jepter Ince during the debate, for the compulsory acquisition of approximately 27 acres of land at Vauculse; stated as a matter of fact, the land in question was not for the Cahill Energy Project.

On the contrary, this presumption must be rebutted, since it is enunciated in the Incorporated Terms Memorandum Agreement signed on March 15th 2014 that “site” means: “an area of 15 acres forming part of a larger area… of Vaucluse Plantation”. In the Executed Heads of Term Agreement signed on March 15th 2014 Clause 5.1 states:

“No later than 3 months after the date of the Final Agreement the Government shall sell to CEB for the sum of USD1 the freehold of the proposed site… and convey the site into the name of CEB. The site will be sold with vacant possession on completion and without restriction”.

5.2 The Government shall pay or waive all stamp duty, transfer and registration taxes or levies payable in relation to the transfer of the site to CEB and the registration of title to the site in the name of CEB

The Government of Barbados will have to pay for the 27 acres of land at Vaucluse Plantation at fair market value, with real tax payers dollars, but what the Agreement is purporting is “to sell” 15 acres to Cahill “for the sum of USD1” and to pay or waive all land registration fees in the registration of title to CEB.

It was stated in no uncertain terms by the good Senator Verla Depezia that it was not patriotic for confidential documents to be leaked or taken up after they “fall off” of trucks. How do we describe the “give-a-away” of prime land by the Government of Barbados to CEB on an island that is only 166 square miles, and so many people cannot find affordable housing in this country?

Finally, it must be said that we in Barbados enjoy a certain level of democratic maturity associated with develop societies. The majority of us pride our development as a nation and contrary to popular belief Barbados cannot be bought for $600 million or $ 6 Billion. The price for freedom to choose who we think deserve to represent our best interest as citizens of Barbados has always been and always will be non-negotiable.

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55 Comments on “The Cahill Energy Project – A Really Awful Deal for Barbados and Barbadians”

  1. Caswell Franklyn December 6, 2015 at 4:54 PM #

    Under section 5 of the Crown Lands (Vesting and Disposal) Act the Government could only transfer those lands at Vaucluse if the House of Assembly approves. The House would have to agree to sell those lands for $1 not any minister, prime or not.

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  2. David December 6, 2015 at 4:59 PM #

    @Caswell

    Are you splitting hair? If Cabinet is fully supportive of the Cahill deal acquiring approval in the lower House and a Senate which acts as no more than a rubber stamp is a done deal know?

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  3. pieceuhderockyeahright December 6, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

    I don’t think that Caswell is “splitting hairs ” as much as he is showing that the process has been abrogated rather subverted and that the order has not been followed I.e. Lower House first Cabinet second.

    Doan worry let the ef up the processes because in the final examination all these actions will themselves give the basis upon which a future government will invalidate the corruption .

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  4. pieceuhderockyeahright December 6, 2015 at 6:05 PM #

    The changes in the global trade framework that have resulted from trade liberalisation have, in turn, impacted upon competition policies and competition regulation globally and the Anti-Competitive aspects of this Cahill DownLowe kickback falls squarely into this limelight

    The Abuse of Dominant position provisions of the Caricom Competition Act, upon which any Caricom citizen may rely, states “an enterprise holds a dominant position in a market if, by itself or together with an interconnected enterprise, it occupies such a position of economic strength as will enable it to operate in the market without effective constraints from its competitors or potential competitors” and continues “An enterprise abuses a dominant position if it impedes the maintenance or development of effective competition in a market and in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing…”

    See Barbados Fair Competition Act Cap 326C.

    So even if the brutes get pass all the land acquisition hurdles surely the Leader of the Opposition ‘s company Hose and Hose with its garbage disposal aspirations, is entitled to bring a case, at the relevant Caricom level or, as amicus curiae, at WTO level?

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  5. thejustician December 6, 2015 at 6:07 PM #

    I would much prefer for the project to never start than for some future government to have whatever is done to undo. I would prefer if people realized that men signing bits of paper doesn’t change anything in the real world; these things have no effect if you do not recognize their authority. I would much prefer if people realized like Martin Luther King Jr. did that “we have a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws.” Inasmuch as uncouth men have printed and signed some paper, we would still have to stand by and let the project be completed, and if it is completed and does have harmful repercussions who do the victims who knew in advance blame for not stopping it? I know everyone is sitting waiting for someone else to do something about everything, but you can’t realistically expect that the people getting rich (signatories and their compromised facilitators) by putting it in place will stop it. So who does that leave…?

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  6. Caswell Franklyn December 6, 2015 at 6:16 PM #

    David

    I am not splitting hairs. All I am trying to say is that this process cannot be legally done in secret. If the Government transfers this land without going to the House, I am prepared to challenge it all the way to the CCJ.

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  7. David December 6, 2015 at 6:59 PM #

    @Caswell

    Noted.

    @thejustician

    We have to consider what former Town Planner has stated publicly as well.

    On 6 December 2015 at 22:17, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  8. Raw Bake December 6, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    The DLP cannot do as it likes, when it likes or however it likes and proceed to ignore time-honoured principles, protocols and conventions in the implementation and execution of major projects in Barbados.

    ++++> >++++>

    The evidence thus far suggest something entirely different, but then again I could be wrong. I probably missed the protest marches and acts of civil dis-obedience that have taken place since 2008. Too busy polishing my hard hard and shin cards to have noticed.

    If Her Majesty’s Royal Opposition appears to be biding time until 2018, how do we get rid of they that thinks thus, as stated above?

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  9. HAMILTON A HILL December 6, 2015 at 7:24 PM #

    @ the justician……You are saying what many know but few are willing to do.

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  10. Well Well & Consequences December 6, 2015 at 7:49 PM #

    It’s interesting that to date DBLP are silent and pretending that the citizens are not concerned about the Cow-an/Cahill/DLP scam, they are completely ignoring that they managed to make themselves look like what they project.

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  11. caribbeantradelaw December 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM #

    @ Piece, as yet there is no WTO Agreement relating to competition policy. There was a working group on competition policy but that’s now inactive. Competition policy was one of the issues which developing countries objected to including in the WTO’s work plan. As such, it won’t be possible to bring a case at the WTO level in regards to a competition matter.

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  12. caribbeantradelaw December 6, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    For me, what it does raise is the issue of Most Favoured Nation treatment. If I were an investor from a country with which Barbados has a bilateral investment treaty and I was looking to invest in a waste to energy plant here, I would be worried about the exclusivity apparently given to Cahill as I could argue that such treatment prejudices my right to treatment no less favourable than that accorded to other investors, in this case Cahill.

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  13. flyonthewall December 6, 2015 at 11:16 PM #

    Barbadians should be concerned by the silence of the corporate sector on this issue. We expect it from the companies which stand to make millions through the construction of this plant — all the supplies and services, from light bulbs to bull-dozers, to say nothing of cement and rebar. But where does the rest of the business community stand on this issue? Not a peep from the chamber of commerce; not a whisper from the BHTA; the Manufacturers association. Why? because if this thing goes through there will be people with jobs and money to spend (which is why the unions are silent as well). The central bank will be able to point to growth in the economy and boast that the debt to GDP ratio is “significantly improved”. Of course, it might malfunction, prove unsustainable, or spew cancerous toxins into the atmosphere. But let’s not worry about all that negative shit now. Leave that for the next generation.

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  14. Alvin Cummins December 6, 2015 at 11:19 PM #

    I would just like to know who or how many other “competitors” replied to the Invitation to Tender in Sanitation Services advertisement of 2010. If you did not tender how can you complain of unfair competitive practices?

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  15. David December 6, 2015 at 11:22 PM #

    @Alvin Cummins

    It seems you like to pose questions. Here is one back at you. Do you know of any other companies who tendered? BU knows of one who wanted to tender but was not called to the party.

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  16. Bush Tea December 6, 2015 at 11:31 PM #

    @ flyonthewall
    Boss… you got this thing down pat…. and you fit into the BU rum shop like an old drunkard in Baxters road…

    Your mission, should you accept it, is to reply to Alvin Cummins @11:19 PM …without cussing his idiotic ass….

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  17. The Phanton December 7, 2015 at 3:25 AM #

    So wanna kept quiet on Bushy Park.

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  18. Shaft December 7, 2015 at 4:46 AM #

    Endemic in Barbados culture are pure greed and selfishness…! The slave masters taught us well…!

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  19. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 5:37 AM #

    I am still struggling to see how this can be construed as a competition issue. The conduct here is not by an entity in the market but by a government which has endowed that entity (which is yet to come on the market) with certain privileges it has not bestowed on others. While this can lead to anti-competitive practices by Cahill when it unfortunately does begin operations, it is not as yet a competition issue. It is more an MFN issue or more at home, another case of the endemic issue of lack of transparency and accountability. I’ve always argued that what we need is a Contractor General similar to in Jamaica and one which has teeth to oversee issues of awards of tenders.

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  20. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 5:38 AM #

    *issues of tenders and awards of contracts, lol When one types too quickly

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  21. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right December 7, 2015 at 5:51 AM #

    @ CaribbeanTradeLaw

    De Ole man din even go to Brumley Stand Pipe too long so de nuance of Most Favoured Nation vis a vis Competitive Status and the wisdom of treating the matter as MFN is lost pun me ingrunt self.

    I would however ask you the questions.

    To which authority would such a dispute go?

    And can an individual (Caswell Franklyn did say that he was going to fight this) or entity (de Future Centre Trust man Kammie Holder does talk nuff talk here too) can either initiate this action??

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  22. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 6:09 AM #

    @Piece, in our bilateral investment treaties (BITs), we have agreed to treat investors of the other party no less favourably than we do third party investors. I raised MFN as a moot point because if any other foreign investors had indicated an interest in setting up a waste to energy plant here, the argument could be made that the exclusivity of the arrangement between the Government and Cahill re supply of waste would be contrary to their right to no less favourable treatment than that given to Cahill. The investor would have to seek recourse through the investor-state dispute mechanism under the BIT. Another more immediate issue is that of transparency in government procurement. As for your second question re action to be taken, there was a recommendation some time ago that the legislation be amended to provide for a tribunal to investigate claims made by persons who are dissatisfied with awards made. I am not sure, if this has been enacted. I will have to check and get back to you or perhaps, one of the other BU commentators knows. But if so, that could be a possible avenue in addition to the civil society advocacy we are seeing.

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  23. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 6:20 AM #

    Another option is seeking judicial review of the award of the contract. Not sure if this option has been explored.

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  24. Well Well & Consequences December 7, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

    I am all for engaging the international evironmental protection agencies should these idiots find that 600 million, which is doubtful, but one never knows if there is some money launderer out there searching for idiots. I may be wrong but I have no confidence in any agencies in the Caribbean who are responsible for due diligence and I don’t see DBLP wanting any independent, neutral monitors for anything.

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  25. David December 7, 2015 at 7:48 AM #

    @Alicia

    What about the impact the proposed plant might have on B’s Recycling and other type players currently operating in the waste space.

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  26. Bajan boy. December 7, 2015 at 7:57 AM #

    Alvin Cummins does not have to worry about anything these selfish,ignorant theifing people do as he is near a hundred years and so gone from bout here. We need to keep the pressure on to ensure this project never gets off the ground before we get rid of them in a few months..

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  27. lawson December 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM #

    look at all those happy faces at the start of this column it must be good for Barbados. But if you are concerned we could send Kathleen Wynne Ontario’s pm to help. She has done a wonderful job on our hydro sector

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  28. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 8:09 AM #

    @David, as Cahill is not yet a player in the market I do not see how one can bring a case for anti-competitive conduct. Before some of your readers get the wrong idea, let me state out front that I have no brief for Cahill. I think the agreement with Cahill is a horrible deal and a flagrant example of the lack of transparency in government procurement and lack of accountability which continues to plague our governance system. I think a possible recourse would be to challenge the decision to award the court through an application for judicial review. What I would say is that I am aware Barbados got assistance from IDB to modernise our procurement system. I am wondering how that is coming along if things like this can still happen.

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  29. caribbeantradelaw December 7, 2015 at 8:10 AM #

    *to award the contract

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  30. thejustician December 7, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    “The definition of insanity is…”
    Allegedly SBRC had a long term gov’t contract before there was an SBRC incorporated or a location for SBRC to operate. PDC may have more to say on that… anyway, most of these and similar points to those discussed above were raised then, and yet, despite all protestations, SBRC exists. What’s worse is gov’t allegedly contracted to supply SBRC 360,000 tons of garbage per year to the chagrin of indigenous competitors, and with Cahill on stream they would likely still have to honour that contract and continue to PAY SBRC free money to receive waste (which they use as inputs in production, and SELL as processed product) whether or not Cahill has exclusivity re: that waste. So, regardless of the people’s murmurings in their rum shops, online and otherwise, the crooks are ‘set’, and they are again setting up themselves and others to be ‘set’. I wish I could honestly say that we need not worry about anything these criminals say or sign, because our fierce and noble people would backflip through a macaroni, pass a ‘weebull’ and touch neither before they let the bulldozer break ground on this, so dem could ‘talk chalk’, we gine just be cool, go about our business an’ let them talk and write wha dem like ’til somebody get in an’ start dat ‘JCB’, and NOBODY ain’ stupid enough to, cuz when the people say something they mean it… But that’s only a wish. Majority rules, and the majority, while the project steams ahead over 1.5 years after the signing of the first documents released, clearly would rather discuss in fora which can realistically only be used for organizing and not for any ‘official’ response, the legality of Cahill (we already know it’s illegal) and the ‘proper recourse’ (we already know the compromised judiciary won’t give us any satisfaction; in any case who is challenging it?) and trade agreements etc. (Of course the ‘first world’ which is only ‘first world’ because it lives off the ‘third world’ will fight to save people who wouldn’t lift a finger to save themselves). “A people united” and all that.

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  31. Hants December 7, 2015 at 10:25 AM #

    Stephen Mader December 7, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    “The problem with the Cahill project is two-fold: one is the secrecy around the deal. The second which is related, it is over priced and not well thought out.
    To my knowledge Cahill does not have a Plasma Gasification partner.
    As well, all Barbados need is a 400 tonne per day plant. Plasma Gasification is the way to go, it is Environmentally friendly and cost effective. This technology is the fast growing technology in the world to manage waste. What Barbados needs is open and honest communication, with the Government and a tender process to show transparency.
    I have done a feasibility study for another similar geographical area, the cost should be $150 Million USD”

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  32. thejustician December 7, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    This plasma gasification technology has NOT been successfully or efficiently implemented anywhere in the world, and where it has operated it has apparently done so with frequent operational failures, and at great environmental cost and peril. It is unproven, and, worse, its purveyors/proponents here have never done it before; we would be their guinea pigs. Seems you’re a bit late to the party but rest assured: we at least know how to ‘Google’.

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  33. thejustician December 7, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    They taught us in school that the ancient Romans had on Sundays open discussions in the town square, i.e. the ‘forum’. The common people would be invited to come out and in full vigor and vitriol assail the authorities with criticisms, hard questions and complaints. Why would the administration do this? They realized that once a man is given the opportunity to air his view, get it off his chest, and he is listened to, he is unlikely to take further action. It’s like the valve on the top of society’s pressure cooker. Like ‘brass tacks’.

    P.s. nothing changed back then either.

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  34. Well Well & Consequences December 7, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    I swear….Cow-an and her pimps Stuart, Lowelife, Sinckler, et al should all be in prison for that Cahill scam. It’s a good thing David and others remained vigilant.

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  35. David December 7, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

    @Well Well

    In the interest of clarity the Cahill investors will be responsible for the investment of 350usd. It is the other cost like guaranteeing ROI, cost of crown lands etc that will come into play.

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  36. David December 8, 2015 at 5:09 AM #

    Instead of the Opposition and Mia continuing to add their voices to this issue (Chaill) it appears to be slowly imploding over internal party squabble, almost similar to when Mascoll and Thompson were at it. Twiddle D and Twiddle B.

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  37. Alvin Cummins December 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

    @Well Well.
    Some years ago, in North America, there was a successful ad campaign that asked the question:” Where’s the beef?”
    My question to you is:”Where’s the sCAM?”
    I’m still asking, Who else tendered in 2010, for the BOLT agreement to build the WTE plant? Who perused the Tender Documents when they tendered? Who were they?
    ANYONE was free to answer the invitation to tender. No one required specific invitations.

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  38. David December 8, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

    Did we have an invitation to tender or request for expressions of interest. In any event if there was only one tender how did Cahill pre-qualify without a track record of completing similar work and showing a balance sheet of strength.

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  39. Well Well & Consequences December 8, 2015 at 12:27 PM #

    Alvin….are you still around..lol who cares who was there, who did not turn up or pretended to be late was more than likely part of the scam. More importantly, you should be telling us why Cow-an was so upset, enough to release tapes ad call your government masters corrupt and unintelligent. Even more importantly, you should be telling us what happened to Cow-an why is she so quiet, what happened to the agreement, why are your masters so quiet…etc etc.

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  40. Willie's December 8, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

    David
    I am not aware that Governments (past and present) tendered ‘deals’

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  41. Alvin Cummins December 8, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

    @David &Well Well:
    Just a reminder; a copy and paste- On these posts one has to be accurate so a copy and paste from the original “invitation” should be accurate enough.

    “The Government of Barbados through the Sanitation Service Authority is requesting Expressions of Interest from contractors for the DESIGN BUILD OPERATE FINANCE AND TRANSFER a Waste to Energy Plant at the Solid Waste Management Complex in Vaucluse, St. Thomas, Barbados. BIDDERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A FACILITY WHICH CAN CONVERT BETWEEN 300 TONNES AND 550 TONNES OF PREDOMINATELY MUNICIPAL solid waste into electricity, to be sold to the grid operator. Bid documents comprised of the bidding procedures, bid forms, conditions of contract, specifications and drawings may be obtained from the Sanitation Service Authority between the hours of 0900 and 1630, Monday to Friday commencing Wednesday 16 June 2010 at the address provided below. Bid documents and background data are also available on the SSA Planroom website. Details and passwords will be provided to proponents upon registration with the Authority.”

    If local companies and or their associates did not answer the advertisements they have no excuse. In other words, they would be saying “we are not interested in this project. Why the fuss NOW, five years later? They had an opportunity to determine what they wanted.

    “Where is “the deal”?
    Well Well, You should know. You KNOW everything about the agreement.

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  42. Well Well & Consequences December 8, 2015 at 2:26 PM #

    So why don’t you tell me what I don’t know about the agreement, since you hold all of the government’s secrets. You should try answering the other questions I asked. Told you I don’t care who was there, if it was not a scam and a fair deal for the taxpayers, why so much secrecy Alvin. Why are your masters not telling the taxpayers anything about the already lied about agreement.

    Alvin…have you had a check up lately, you keep repeating yourself.

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  43. David December 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM #

    @Alvin

    Do you suffer a comprehension problem? If only Cahill responded to the Expression of Interest Invitation one still has to ask if there was a pre-qualification process undertaken. Whether others applied or not is not the point.

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  44. Alvin Cummins December 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

    @David;
    I don’t have any comprehension problem.
    What did the Advertisement say about documentation required and the process.? If no one else applied they (and you) have no complaints. This is five years after the first advertisement. Lots of time years ago for questions to have been asked.

    @ Well Well:
    I don’t know anything about the agreement or agreements, neither do I know anything about government “secrets”, apart from what I read, like anyone else.What secrecy are you talking about?. There was a clear public notice, there was an opening of the site in 2014, and a meeting of engineers, ministers and other officials publicly etc at Vaucluse, and the building being erected, is very visible from the road; from in early 2014. I keep repeating myself because you dense people are so caught up in your own schemes that you can’t think of anything else. And i am in perfect health. Memory excellent.
    By the way, was Ionics a scam? Was SBRC a scam?Was the new prison a scam?Was the Deep Water a ScaM? Is every Tender granted by Government a Scam?

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  45. Insider December 8, 2015 at 7:09 PM #

    The plant will NOT be built. A Barbadian player bigger than these cabinet ministers is building his palace nearby the plant site.

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  46. David December 8, 2015 at 7:14 PM #

    We hear now about Deltro building a solar plant next year. What is going on in Barbados!

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  47. Well Well & Consequences December 9, 2015 at 8:24 AM #

    Alvin…all the outside players who built the prison in Barbados were themselves imprisoned in the US shortly after, including the Albany lawmaker who was involved. Your memory can’t be that good if you don’t remember that. Besides, anything Cow and Bizzy get involved in with DBLP governments reeks of corruption, extortion, bribery…..have you not been listening to Moneybrain, who would know, there goes your supposedly good memory again…..Alvin, give yourself a rest..lol

    Itmust be killing you that no one except you is being fooled and fooling yourself.

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  48. Well Well & Consequences December 9, 2015 at 8:36 AM #

    Alvin……the Abany lawmaker was involved in another scam with the Veco crowd who built the prison in Barbados. They were all involved in a scam that got them prison time…..to hear you tell it, they are scam artists in the US, but when they hooked up with BLP and Mia, they became honest. So why were they sent to prison in the US shortly after….Alvin you are losing it..lol
    Keep looking for honest North Americans and you will keep meeting Cow-an..lol

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  49. Hants December 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

    “No to Cahill, Yes to Recycling” bumper stickers are now available.”.

    GO GET EM !!!!

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  50. David December 9, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

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  51. Nostradamus December 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

    Jeez man David, how could you post that video with Dr. Lowe right after most people had their dinner. Come to think of it you don’t want to see it before dinner either or probably at any time.

    An appropriate background to the video would have been the canal at Graeme Hall with the broken rotting sluice gate, canal sides broken down, plastic bottles and garbage floating in the water among the thick mat of aquatic plants covering the surface.

    The aquatic plants cover the entire surface of the canal which will cause oxygen depletions and fish kills. Is this overgrowth of aquatic plants due to raw sewage from the sewage plant leaking into the wetland? See link below to comments by Minister Boyce in Barbados Today dated November 04 2015.
    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2015/11/04/141845/

    Lack of oxygen and dead fish will mean more mosquitoes spreading Dengue and Chikungunya in Minister of Health Boyce’s constituency. What is he and Minister Lowe doing about the situation apart from attending conferences and blaming the BLP who were in office 7 years ago.

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  52. Well Well & Consequences December 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM #

    Ahmmm……are there any bribes involved in fixing the sluice gate that I have been hearing about for at least 7 years, if there are no bribes to be had…….good luck.

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  53. Alvin Cummins December 13, 2015 at 7:34 PM #

    @Well Well,
    You have only heard about the sluice gates about seven years ago? As a boy when we used to go walking on sunday evenings from bridgetown to Top Rock the same sluice with the same problems were present. The difficulty with the gates is the constant build up of sand around the gates. They are fixed and the run-off from the ‘SWAMP’ is allowed periodically. To Hants, the water is brackish and that area is one of the few remaining areas of its kind on the island. IT SERVES AS A “NURSERY” FOR FISH. You very seldom see fish kills of the kind you are talking about.

    Of course i am still aware of the folks who built the prison, and their present whereabouts. I have written about it before countless times, and I have said that Mia should have resigned or been made to resign, when she, as AG; under whose watch there was a fire, a riot, and the destruction of the prison by the prisoners, occurred, authorized the construction of the Prison, and contracted with Vecco and three S to build it. She as AG should have been fully aware of the background of the “Representative from Alaska and his CV. The Americans could have cared less about his shenanigans in Barbados. It was his performance in the U,S. that got him the trip to Albany. I never for one moment hinted that there was any honesty in them. They were always a bunch of crooks, but as long as the BLP were in command the type of scrutiny that you see being displayed now, never ever occurred at those times. Don’t forget the association of this same group with the widening of the ABC highway.
    No, Well Well, the faculties are still functioning as good as ever.

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  54. Violet C Beckles December 16, 2015 at 2:30 PM #

    The Crown is the AG ,,,,,Land have an owner and who is the owner with a CLEAR TITLE, WHERE did the DBLP government get Land From? and Who did they pay to be able to sell land at a loss of 1 dollar ? All Land was in a Company as in a Plantation, So where is the History of the Plantation Deed, Bajan love to use the word CROWN LAND , and when did it be came CROWN LAND? MISSING HISTORY AND FREE STUPID OF INFORMATION,

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