Lottery Monies Being Used for Personal Aggrandizement | No Accounting by the Barbados Turf Club Says the Auditor General

Auditor General, Leigh Trotman

“2.81 Monthly reports from the Barbados Turf Club should be submitted to the Accountant General’s Department to substantiate the payment of taxes arising from its betting activities. It was however observed that no monthly reports have been submitted, nor have payments been received on behalf of the Turf Club in relation to taxes due from betting, since May 2010. A reminder letter was forwarded to the Turf Club asking that this information be submitted on July 11, 2012. However no further follow up action has been taken.

The relevant information needs to be submitted to ensure that the correct amounts of revenue and receivables are recorded in this regard.”

2016 Auditor General Report

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A lack of financial discipline continues to afflict the public service as annually detailed in the Auditor General’s reports (AG), 2016 being no exception. To quote the AG:-

There are twenty-four (24) heads of ministries required to submit appropriation statements to the Auditor General’s Office as mandated by the Financial Management and Audit Act section 22. However, only nine (9) ministries submitted statements as at October 30, 2016.

Further, financial statements for almost all of the government agencies are not current. The AG had further reason to note that the Accountant General presented its financial statement for 2016 49 days after the statutory requirement of 4 months after government’s yearend of 31 March.

Of interest to BU is the story highlighted in the press on the weekend about the failure of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) to pay 20% taxes. Surely an active citizenry should be naturally curious that there is something  suspicious about a situation where, due to slipups and a slapdash approach by manager, millions of dollars in revenue to the treasury continue to be unpaid? You will recall that 19 million in taxes were waived by the David Thompson administration as one of his first acts on attaining the office of government.

  1. Do the authorities need to place the lottery and gaming sector under national scrutiny anyhow given the millions of dollars collected and allegedly distributed to several bodies?
  2. Who audits and controls how such funds are expended?
  3. Where are the annual reports that account for the PROPER use of such low taxed funds?

Without proper accounting and audits it is easy for certain person (s) to channel money to personal or non authorized sources rather than to the parties that were declared.

Even with the ‘easy’ monies received from the BTC note how shabby the Garrison Savannah area remains. Include the other beneficiaries of the lottery, our sports facilities after years of millions of lottery dollars being channelled in that direction. Only the Barbados Cricket Association seems to putting the funds to some use although there is room for inquiry as well.

WHO is responsible for verifying that such funds are being properly utilised for the purposes intended?

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67 Comments on “Lottery Monies Being Used for Personal Aggrandizement | No Accounting by the Barbados Turf Club Says the Auditor General”

  1. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 13, 2017 at 5:03 AM #

    Word has been filtering out for years that the Barbados lottery is a scam….hardly anyone ever wins the lottery, people like Gollop who works for them comes forth as winners and the money is shared between all of them, ripping off bajans as usual, or they just do not announce any winners when enough tickets are sold and share the money among themselves…..an open secret, been going on for years.

    So no great surprise the auditor general is finding discrepancies in the lottery scam.

    Thr island is infested with thieves, watch how you spend your money.

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  2. David November 13, 2017 at 6:56 AM #

    To be clear about the point BU is making, the AG has asked for documents to support the payment of taxes arising from gaming activities given the tax status of the BTC. BU has sought to extend the concern to the lottery given its role in disbursing monies to said entity and others.

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  3. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 7:31 AM #

    @David “You will recall that 19 million in taxes were waived by the David Thompson administration as one of his first acts on attaining the office of government.”

    When David Thompson was so quick to grant a $19 million tax waiver to the Turf Club I smelled a rat. I wondered if he and the Turf Club were lodge buddies.

    And now the Turf Club has not submitted their accounting reports since David Thompson died in 2010. What are they waiting for, another tax waiver? Surely since they run betting operations they MUST have an accountant on staff. What is this accountant doing that he or she is 7 years behind on the paper work?

    And this is the same DLP government that is denying funding to poor Bajans so that they can attend university and suggesting to us that we should send our daughters and granddaughters to head canes out of the fields again.

    Shameless.

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  4. Hal Austin November 13, 2017 at 8:13 AM #

    Word has been filtering out for years that the Barbados lottery is a .scam……………………………………………………………………….

    Here goes he resident liar again. Where did the ‘word’ come from?
    .

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  5. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 8:19 AM #

    Any time that you see millions of easy dollars knocking around, VERY lax controls, and lots of shiite PR about ‘supporting sports, arts and culture’ ….. YOU KNOW that brass bowls are being ripped off….
    A simple review of the usual suspects at the control of such scams will tall the OBVIOUS tale of greed and albino-centric underhandedness.

    That they can ALSO get away from paying BASIC TAXES – something which hardworking BUSINESSES not only HAVE TO DO, but cannot even get back their DUE refunds for years now… – tells us that the damn government has to be COMPLICIT in the underhandedness.

    This matter, like so many others in Barbados, deserves intensive investigations. It is bad enough that no one knows how the money they collect is actually spent and accounted for….. but for them to ALSO not be paying their fair share of taxes suggests a level of contempt for Barbadians that could only be tolerated by brass bowls….

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  6. lawson November 13, 2017 at 8:27 AM #

    Not surprising the people are not up in arms about this .Barbados has always been the land of sea and serf.

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  7. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 8:40 AM #

    LOL @ Lawson
    Wait Boss…
    You gotta Bajan dictionary of corny repartees…?

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  8. lawson November 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM #

    Lol…like poker I just play the game I am in. I am amazed that there is no investigative reporters that can crack this case and spread it all over the front pages with names etc. I have to say it sounds a lot like hollywood eveyone scared to make an accusation . But now that pandoras box has been opened by weinstein the race is on by everyone to get there story out (even terry crew. lol … really?) hopefully that can happen in barbados and the real stories will come out.

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  9. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 9:01 AM #

    Not in Barbados Boss.
    The reporters here are jokers.
    They ALL know these scams.
    They ALL talk about them in hushed whispers.
    But NOT A BOY has the balls to even ASK a difficult question of one of the scamps.

    How the hell can the Garrison look like the big-ass-brothel that it is …. WHEN the Turf Club is in receipt of millions of dollars in lottery funds …TAX FREE?????
    Wuh if they cannot even afford to mow the damn grass…
    Where then is that money being spent?

    How the HELL can Stinkliar be running down Bushie for land taxes …when he owes the Bushman TAX REFUNDS for THREE damn years now ….. AND when he REFUSES TO TAX THESE TURF CLUB SCAMPS?

    Steupsss… this place is awash in FAR more sewerage than the shiite currently flowing down Hastings….

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  10. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

    The word came from Ha, Ha Hal Austin…..the wannabe journalist.

    Now if ya were a real journalist, instead of attacking me, ya would train a young bajan journalist how to do investigative journalism….but ya are not a real journalist, never was, never will be…

    And the WORD that has been filtering, did so straight from the source..,, you useles shitmuncher.

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  11. Sargeant November 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM #

    I used to be a proponent of the requirement for “investigative journalism” school for Bim now I realize that it was only a pipe dream or as we used to say “yuh dreaming in technicolour”. It doesn’t take much effort to discover the possible illegal or immoral activities that’s going on the Rock, however, what we have is a small island where there is literally “six degrees of separation”, there is nepotism, there are personal relationships, there are distant family ties, there are cricket buddies, there are drinking buddies, there are intertwining relationships too numerous to count. Even the politicians who are on “opposite” sides of the debate are in some cases related to each other or have some other relationship, who ran against Owen on more that one occasion in St. Peter?

    What enterprising journalist is going to risk being ostracized from his community of friends and family to report on nefarious activities? In any event the details would hardly see the light of day as the editor will inject his/her bias when certain toes are “mashed”, wishing for “investigative” journalists to emerge from the local populace is misplaced hope, and there is too much of that going around.

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  12. Hants November 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM #

    Breaking news: Transport Board on strike

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  13. Bernard Codrington. November 13, 2017 at 10:28 AM #

    @ Sargeant at 10 :03 AM

    A very incisive piece of analysis there. I can only concur. In a small nation like ours the interrelations are very close. In any case many of us will have done our own investigations and come to our own conclusions. There is no need to publish them. That is one of the peculiarities of the Barbadian society which we ignore at our peril. Barbados is not the US of A.

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  14. The Watcher November 13, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    Take a look at the complexions involved here and one will realize that there are some people about here who seem to have Velcro fastened to their hands!
    Some of these people have been behaving with absolute impunity for years and have never been sentenced with anything.
    It is no wonder when that when cabinets past and present get the chance to go to the ATM and use the public PIN, they may do so with no compunction, because they have learned it from their colonial masters years ago!
    If we had a Keith Rowley styled leader about here, probably some of these stories would cease to exists.

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  15. David November 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM #

    @Sargeant

    Like Bernard posited above, we operate in a small, familial incestuous pit! Let us take one example, Erskine Booza King. He was a journalist, head of the NSC and a few others. Do you not think he is siezed with necessary info now that he is retired to assist? Instead people like him prefer to serve on Boards to support the status quo.

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  16. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM #

    Very incisive comment Sargeant.
    Spot on…

    Which is why they HATE Naked Departure …which goes to the OTHER extreme…
    …and why they respect BU …which follows a balanced line because of the personality of the B-master.

    Expecting the so-called ‘journalists’ to break up these Mafias may therefore not be practical, BUT SURELY, given that they KNOW the facts, they are able to push critical papers off convenient trucks ….and to mis-send various pieces of e-correspondence that happen to come their way…

    That is of course assuming that these people produce accounts, reports and audited records…

    Shiite man…. we CANNOT continue to just ignore the lotta thieving…..

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  17. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

    @ David
    Perhaps they NEED to keep him on these boards ….in order to keep him quiet…

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  18. David November 13, 2017 at 12:07 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    We have tried by writing to many players to share financial statements and other pertinent documents with no luck, so far.

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  19. mitchlans November 13, 2017 at 1:03 PM #

    There was a time when documents and other ‘proof’ of the kind so superciliously and arrogantly invited by the vacuous one at Ilaro Court, would mysteriously and anonymously appear on BU. Some of the corruption is so blatant and amatuerishly executed (poorly faked Thompson and Associates invoice for the non-leper to rip off the pensioners) that surely evidence abounds. Can we please see images of cheques, emails, letters, invoices, sale documents, even photos that will convert at least some of the rumours into facts? In media circles, that is what is known as the result of investigative journalism.

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  20. Sargeant November 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM #

    @David
    Yours @11.44 am
    Agree that Booza has worn many hats, back in the day he was a fine wicket keeper but couldn’t get past Peter Short’s influence in the BCA, Short preferred David Allan (but that’s for the cricket enthusiasts). But why single out Booza? As far as I know he isn’t employed by any of the media houses and why should he risk being ostracized in his retirement?

    Even those once thought of willing to rock the boat have feet of clay, the former editor of the Nation who at various times wrote of “hard back men” preying on school girls in the bus stand, was alleged to have preyed on a schoolgirl in his employ. The former CJ recently spoke of corruption in Gov’t, yet he was a major player in a former Gov’t and did nothing to contain it.

    Let’s face it this is who we are, unless there is a sea change in attitudes, we are bound to continue on the same path.

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  21. David November 13, 2017 at 2:21 PM #

    @Sargeant

    Identified Booza as one of many who knows and is happy to drift with the flow.

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  22. Hants November 13, 2017 at 3:13 PM #

    Fellas yuh spinning top in mud.

    Too many prominent respected Bajans have skeletons in their closets.

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  23. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 3:43 PM #

    @ Hants
    Our problem is that practically ALL prominent, respected, Bajans
    have skeletons in their closets.
    No one is therefore brave (foolish?) enough to open OTHER people’s closets
    …for fear that it becomes a trend….

    One day, ONE honest person with NO shiite in his closet …will turn up….

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  24. Artax November 13, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    @ David

    Since you mentioned “journalists,” what about Carl Moore?

    Surely as a former journalist, he deserves being mentioned.

    However, he seems to be a bit more caught up and agitated in his latter years with trying to “unmask the anonymice” contributors to BU, more so than exposing the ills of this society.

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  25. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 13, 2017 at 5:03 PM #

    Lol…Carl Moore and Ha, Ha Austin, what a waste, 2 wastes.

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  26. Hants November 13, 2017 at 5:23 PM #

    @ Bushie,

    The only honest person is your step father.

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  27. Crusoe November 13, 2017 at 6:21 PM #

    ”Do the authorities need to place the lottery and gaming sector under national ”

    Hhahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahah…

    Good one David.

    Throwing the fox into the henhouse.

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  28. Vincent Haynes November 13, 2017 at 6:37 PM #

    Any of you remember:

    CLICO

    Alleynes mercantile bank

    Trade Confirmers

    Hospital lottery under Happy Bryan…..Joys half brother?

    Or the Civic society under Mackie Simmonds?

    Just goes to show we Bimmers love games of chance and will play them all the time……we like it so…….what wunnah mekkin noise bout?

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  29. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 9:06 PM #

    @ Hants
    Bushie,……The only honest person is your step father.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The only PERFECT one is….

    But you may be surprised at the number of ‘converted brass bowls’ who are striving to be closer and closer to such perfection as each day passes.

    The sooner they realise that their mission in life is to TACKLE such everyday brass-bowlery instead of locking themselves in their shiite churches singing nonsense songs, …the closer they will come to realising that mission of continuous improvement.

    What the lottery scammers are doing now – is IDENTICAL to what the plantation owners did to us for many years when they mismanaged the plantations …while diverting the sugar moneys to personal, family and other such ends….racking up large loans to government which everyone knew would NEVER be repaid…. and stashing personal funds overseas.

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  30. Vincent Haynes November 13, 2017 at 9:32 PM #

    Bushie

    Which one of the above in my last post were plantation owners?

    Yuh duz leh go real shaving cream in trufe….. Lol.

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  31. Bush Tea November 13, 2017 at 9:33 PM #

    @ Hants

    While you are on this…. can you use your superior relationship with google to help Bushie to discover exactly WHO is The Barbados Lottery?
    There is a big-able web site – but all it seems to say (over and over) is that they give $20M each year to sport arts and culture.

    SURELY there must be a Board of Directors… who are they?
    Surely they publish annual accounts….. are these secret?
    Surely they publish analysis of the achievements of their beneficiaries….

    How the hell do we know that this operation is above board and that it is not just skimming $100M from the gambling public every year?

    Anyone wants to bet that the ‘Board’ is a bunch of shady lawyers fronting for the usual suspects…?

    Passing strange INDEED that NONE of these beneficiary entities are in the habit of publishing details of how this ‘lotto’ money is being spent…?

    Bushie smells a stinking rat…..

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  32. Exposing the Barbados Underworld November 13, 2017 at 10:04 PM #

    Here is a new video with FACTS done today by Patrick King.

    He is one Bajan with guts exposing corruption.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10210911728774080&id=1378637390

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  33. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 10:06 PM #

    @David November 13, 2017 at 11:44 AM ” Let us take one example, Erskine Booza King. He was a journalist.”

    He was a journalist???

    Lolll

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  34. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 10:11 PM #

    @Hants November 13, 2017 at 3:13 PM “Too many prominent respected Bajans have skeletons in their closets.”

    Respected????

    I can’t think of a single member of the political class or the business class that i would tell my children and grandchildren that they should respect.

    Not a single one.

    Not one.

    Zero.

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  35. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 10:25 PM #

    According to the Barbados lottery website, The Barbados Lottery is powered by and operated by IGT (NYSE:IGT), who have been a member of the Bajan business community since 1994.

    So I looked up IGT (NYSE:IGT) and this is what I found, 10 OLD WHITE MEN, all smiling happily. Here they are:
    https://www.igt.com/en/explore-igt/about-igt/management-team

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  36. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 10:28 PM #

    file:///C:/Users/Juanita%20Lynch/Downloads/IGT-Modern-%20Slavery-Statement.pdf
    IGT is a public limited company incorporated in England and Wales with its ordinary share capital listed on the New York Stock Exchange with combined net revenues amounting to $5.154 BILLION for the financial year ended 31 December 2016.

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  37. But wait November 13, 2017 at 11:08 PM #

    does Juanita Lynch know you downloading onto her computer and then posting a downlaod link? Hmmm…..obviously the Phd ain’t in computer science.

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  38. Theophilius Gazerts 121 November 13, 2017 at 11:51 PM #

    We may be losing Forex here.
    Foreigners run the whole she-bang, tickets sold in Bdos dollars, but a certain percentage of these dollars goes to the US/England.

    Any board of Directors is just a collection of figureheads. Prolly just drawing a commission.

    Perhaps you should put this in the sold to foreigners category.

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  39. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 3:46 AM #

    “So I looked up IGT (NYSE:IGT) and this is what I found, 10 OLD WHITE MEN, all smiling happily.”

    That should not surprise you, ya being robbed…as usual…the bajan population is being robbed.

    Many times they never even bother to name a winner of the lotto and Bajans never even notice.

    Stop buying their scams, you are feeding these old criminals and supporting their children and grandchildren’s lavish lifestyles…

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  40. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 4:22 AM #

    Lashley is a real disgrace though, he is posting as Icilma Trotman these days and scarce from barbadostoday, the whole government gotta be joking if they believe they will be allowed to return to parliament as ministers after all this ripping off of the treasury, pension fund and the average bajans on a daily basis through all these scams, lotto scams, this scam, that scam, the next scam..

    We talked on here for years about the state of the Transport Board, it has no equity and is not saleable in its present form, the entity has too many liabilities in the form of personal injury cases in the supreme court thanks to CGI Insurance and Peter Harris….ALL unresolved, that in his selfishness and greed he maliciously allowed to build up over the last 17 years…blantantly refusing to finish these cases, even when directed to do so by Judges of the Supreme Court……..ripping off the taxpayer TB entity of any equity and millions in insurance premiums..

    To rebuild equity in the TB again, those personal injury cases all have to be resolved…that’s the only way…and the sooner, the better.

    If Lashley was not such a self serving lowlife, he would have applied pressure on Kutappa-Harris to immediately resolve and remove the TB personal injury cases/liabilities out of the supreme court to start the process of accumulating equity once again………but Lashley is only interested in his own personal equity accumulation, while Harris is only interested in using the entity for his own financial gain…..

    ……. so TB will continue to sink…because it also has too many other issues that are unresolved, with no one with the abilities or intent to fix them.

    Bajans have been thoroughly ripped off at every turn, by everyone, including and particulary their own people …..who invites everyone both foreign and local to rip them off as well…..some vicious house negros…who will pay the penalty when they themselves finally go broke, nothing lasts forever.

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  41. Theophilius Gazerts 121 November 14, 2017 at 7:55 AM #

    Given control by IGT, we can have a lottery for the next 500 years but we are just customers and not developers of gaming technology. We cannot export lottery ideas/technology to those “less developed than us; perhaps, we can get a finders fee by recommending IFGT to them.

    I try to wonder what a young Bajan growing up and seeing all these different stories fell about himself and the island.

    We are saddled with a group of black political leaders, We cannot shout racism, or but we can see where no ideas, no vision and corruption is taking us.

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  42. Well Well @ Cut N Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 8:11 AM #

    oh Theophilis…we can shout that the Black leaders are allowing racism to flourish, enabling and condoning it..in all instances…

    …but you are right, its all on the leaders, they create the environment for exploitation thefts and corruption and never set any boundaries to rein in any of those crimes against the people, but jump in with both feet and rush to get involved…for their cut…

    it`s all on them, they are not real leaders.

    it must be truly frightening for the young and powerless to be watching all this, knowing they have no real leadership or role models in government nor in opposition.

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  43. Hants November 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM #

    @ Bushie who wrote

    ” Hants while you are on this…. can you use your superior relationship with google to help Bushie to discover exactly WHO is The Barbados Lottery?”

    I tried but could not find any useful information. This entity seems to exist in bubble.

    For comparison check this website and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    http://www.olg.ca/index.jsp

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  44. Bush Tea November 14, 2017 at 11:50 AM #

    Thanks Hants..
    But you done know that Bushie would not ask questions to which he does not already have the answers… 🙂

    You are right – if by ‘exist in a bubble’ you mean that it is a money laundry scam designed to move lottery funds to persons unknown.

    Compare the financial information provided by Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) below to the NOTHING available from The Barbados Lottery.
    https://about.olg.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/03/OLG-AnnualReport1516_EN.pdf

    Consider that, apart from a list of contracted, unknown Italian Mafia-look-alikes, we have NO info on who the local players are….despite a pretty-as-shiite website.

    Consider that the Garrison Savannah looks like it is owned by some poor-ass brass bowl (such as Vincent ) – despite YEARS of benefiting from these ‘lottery funding’

    Consider that our olympic sports has been falling deeper and deeper into jobby …year after year – while benefiting from these lottery funds in the millions…

    Consider that, apart from some money for road tennis, the National Sports Council has been largely a waste of time – despite lottery funds

    ….and where are our ARTS? …where is culture?

    Again, brass bowl Bajans are being screwed – without Vaseline, ..over and over, …. and we keep telling ourselves that someone – another Clement Payne, will come and save up.
    Unfortunately, those who have been ‘coming’ have been doing so with great ecstasy ..and at our donkey’s expense…

    @ David
    Google having been unable to unearth SIMPLE background info on our “Lottery which refuses to pay taxes”, can you contact one of your many Facebook big-up friends and ask a few questions like ..
    Who is the chairman of The Barbados Lottery?
    Who are the board members?
    Who gets to see the financial reports, and can we have a peek please – considering that OLG publishes theirs on line ROUTINELY.

    Try Bruggadown!!!

    Failing that, Bushie is quite sure that the short minister with responsibility for the areas that benefit from this lottery would be happy to provide some info…..

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  45. William Skinner November 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    The Racing industry is just like Barbados Shipping and Trading and a perfect example of how traditional corporate Barbados operates. Beg the government for everything. They want night racing but the taxpayers are expected to foot the bill. Same old corporate mendicancy. And we fall for their con every single time.

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  46. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 12:58 PM #

    I said I would not entertain Fruendel the fool, but this is too much…

    “The 130,000 vehicles on the streets of Barbados, not one is manufactured here in Barbados. They were all bought with foreign currency out of Japan and those other countries from which we may buy motor vehicles from time to time. That is where the foreign currency goes. With that kind of importing and of course the 10 or 15 different types of detergent we see on the supermarket shelves and the wide range of nuts and salted chips, none of which we produce here but which has captured the taste of the people in the population,” he added.”

    He does realize the over 1/4 million dollars of taxpayer’s money he used to purchase a German made mercedes was not a necessity right and that both him and Sinckler could stop all of these foreign imports and foreign cars as ministers of government and save that money instead…. if they wanted to right.

    Both of them could control the waste of foreign exchange if they wanted…but they dont, because they are all wasting foreign exchange too.

    How did they get so stupid, even if the people stop purchasing, the agents will still waste foreign exchange to import foreign, overpriced rubbish, because Fruendel has no ban in place to stop them..

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  47. Vincent Haynes November 14, 2017 at 1:04 PM #

    Bushie

    Boziee……Mek yuh mine up….yuh dun teh muh dah de poor gine inherit de earf…..so wha yuh cussin muh fuh been poor……BBE ain teh yuh umm dun gimme it….wuhloss…..ah see umm dun wid yuh causen yuh gut too mucha riches…..awrite den….umm ez mine….hahahaha.

    By the way all the present day plantation owners other than Ward,Deane or Drax are recent owners,under 100 years….ole plantocracy long gone.

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  48. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 1:08 PM #

    And the yardfowls are so dumb, backward and ignorant…the useless shitheads believed that…

    When they should ask Fruendel who approves the foreign exchange for the local motor companies to buy Mercedes and Jaoanese cars to sell on the island. .

    …., who approves the foreign exchange for the local supermarkets to buy and import all that expensive foreign garbage…..in case they dont know, it’s the central bank because government…Fruendel…refuses to put restrictions in place to stop foreign exchange leakage…like other sensible governments do,..

    Yardfowls deserve to be in shackles and chains again, they are too stupid to be free.

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  49. Vincent Haynes November 14, 2017 at 1:23 PM #

    Interesting………

    1757 lottery in Bim

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  50. Artax November 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM #

    @ WW&C

    What do you expect from Freundel Stuart? They are in the habit of blaming others for their mistakes.

    After 9 years and 9 months at the helm of government, a few weeks ago, Jeptar “Jester” Ince said the former BLP administration should be blamed for the state of the economy.

    If we took his comments into consideration, we can only conclude that, after 9 years, this inept DLP administration has been unable to solve the island’s economic woes.

    And you are absolutely correct…………….Stuart wants sensible Barbadians to believe they are responsible for “where the foreign currency goes,” when his administration approved the foreign exchange to purchase the items he’s now conveniently criticizing……. of course for political reasons.

    The yard-fowls would support Stuart’s criticism of Barbadians using foreign exchange to purchase imported goods and motor vehicles……………

    ………………and would defend the use of foreign exchange to purchase the PM’s new Mercedes; Michael Lashley’s BMW X5; Dr. David Estwick’s Jaguar F-Pace SUV; Sinckler’s Range Rover and Dr. Denis Lowe’s BMW SUV…………. all expensive European manufactured vehicles.

    I hope you see why I duz like to put lashes in de yard-fowls………….. and I don’t care who refer to me as a BLP operative or not.

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  51. Artax November 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

    @ William Skinner

    I cannot find any information relative to annual reports or audited financial statements for the Barbados Turf Club or who are their accountants/auditors.

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  52. Hants November 14, 2017 at 4:24 PM #

    ” BMW X5; Dr. David Estwick’s Jaguar F-Pace SUV; Sinckler’s Range Rover and Dr. Denis Lowe’s BMW SUV”

    Those vehicles are required to “navigate” lol the pot holes.

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  53. Hal Austin November 14, 2017 at 4:58 PM #

    William Skinner November 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    Once more, this is regulatory failure. The Companies Act should stipulate the timeframe for submitting annual reports. The Inland Revenue should be strict in interpreting the laws on the payment of taxes. We cannot continue to bla.me political interference. Workers must do their jobs with integrity. Where is union power when you need it?

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  54. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service November 14, 2017 at 6:07 PM #

    Lol…..most of the ministers got more than one expensive, foreign exchange draining high end vehicles Art…even if they did not pay duties at the port for them, robbing the island of duties… purchasing them still drained the foreign exchange reserves….

    And Fruendel will take his lying ass and blame the population, when the refuse to restrict these purchases….glad he did it, he is gone now for sure.

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  55. Crusoe November 14, 2017 at 6:53 PM #

    Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 13, 2017 at 10:25 PM #

    Lots of Italian names. Are they Sicilian?

    Lol.

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  56. Theophilius Gazerts 121 November 14, 2017 at 8:29 PM #

    seems as if transparency is a function of size.
    Jamaica followed by Trinidad and then Barbados.
    You have to search hard to get any information

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  57. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 14, 2017 at 9:29 PM #

    @Artax November 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM “the PM’s new Mercedes; Michael Lashley’s BMW X5; Dr. David Estwick’s Jaguar F-Pace SUV; Sinckler’s Range Rover and Dr. Denis Lowe’s BMW SUV…all expensive European manufactured vehicles.”

    I don’t begrudge anybody their fancy ride, because today my blood pressure is 109/75 and I am older by far than most of the above mentioned gentlemen with the fancy vehicles. It would be interesting to see their BP’s, and to find out whether driving a Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar or Range Rover helps to lower or helps to raise ones blood pressure.

    http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/11/11/01.cir.0000437741.48606.98
    2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk

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  58. Dr. Simple Simon Phd November 14, 2017 at 9:39 PM #

    @Crusoe November 14, 2017 at 6:53 PM “Lots of Italian names. Are they Sicilian? Lol.”

    Now how would I know? You would have to ask the UNKNOWN people who run the Barbados Lottery–in our names.

    Maybe Italians are not just good at fashion and food.

    Maybe they are also good at numbers.

    Isn’t the Italian economy in great shape?

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  59. William Skinner November 15, 2017 at 6:31 AM #

    Artax November 14, 2017 at 4:04 PM #
    @ William Skinner

    I cannot find any information relative to annual reports or audited financial statements for the Barbados Turf Club or who are their accountants/auditors.

    Hal Austin November 14, 2017 at 4:58 PM #
    William Skinner November 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM #

    Once more, this is regulatory failure. The Companies Act should stipulate the timeframe for submitting annual reports. The Inland Revenue should be strict in interpreting the laws on the payment of taxes. We cannot continue to bla.me political interference. Workers must do their jobs with integrity. Where is union power when you need it?

    @ Artax
    I maintain we are experts at beating up the black political class but corporate Barbados gets a free pass. The Barbados Turf Club (BTC) seems to be a law unto itself. If they wanted to develop the racing industry they have the finances. They were importing horses that cost $100 000 almost forty years ago. Go figure. Millions of dollars in yachts outside the yacht club. They can build marinas and golf courses but somehow they can’t put money in racing.

    @ Hal
    There are laws and regulations governing almost everything in Bimshire. Corporate Barbados is not known for being nationalistic, so they find the loop holes. That is what caused the CLICO mess but we swept the real issue under the carpet because it was politically convenient to do so. You are talking about people who refuse to do such basic things as pay in workers’ deductions for national insurance. You are talking about people who built golf courses with million dollar houses and then expect governments to pay for the construction of the club house !!!!
    You are talking about people who abandoned agriculture rather than invest or diversify the industry.
    The popular thing is to blame workers for being non-productive. However, the ones who used to hang out at the Brifgetown Club all day just buying and selling and fighting the BWU are deemed to be productive. Like I said they get a free pass every time. But one day coming soon…it long in coming but it will come !!
    Man, it is pure greed and exploitation of the country.

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  60. Bush Tea November 15, 2017 at 7:12 AM #

    Here is the elephant in the room.
    These people have been screwing Bajans for centuries, so this is no real surprise to Bushie.

    But when they develop the temerity to be arguing that they should be EXEMPTED from paying BASIC TAXES, which every other brass bowl who owns a small lot of land, or makes a little income is expected to pay …. AND CAN GET AWAY WITH IT, ….then it becomes clear that the government – BOTH BLP and DLP, are complicit in the screwing of Bajans.

    First Arthur allows them to accumulate $19M in tax arrears.
    Then Thompson writes to off…
    Then Froon and Stinkliar has allowed then to continue NOT PAYING on some triviality…
    Note that the BLP has not had a SINGLE word to say about this shiite..

    Thank GOD for the Auditor General.

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  61. David November 15, 2017 at 8:14 AM #

    @William

    Yours is a simple conclusion/observation. In our system of governance the political class is a creature of the corporate elite.

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  62. Artax November 15, 2017 at 8:20 AM #

    William Skinner November 15, 2017 at 6:31 AM #

    “There are laws and regulations governing almost everything in Bimshire. Corporate Barbados is not known for being nationalistic, so they find the loop holes.”

    @ William

    We must first ascertain if the Barbados Turf Club is registered as a COMPANY or CLUB.

    Unfortunately, there isn’t any information on BTC’s website relative to the category under which the club has been registered or audited financial statements, which suggest it may be registered as a club.

    However, if the BTC is a CLUB, then the preparation of financial statements and regulatory requirements would be different…………. and financial statements distributed to members.

    But this does not mean certain aspects of the club’s operations are not subject to taxation.

    The BTC’s receivables are listed as $201,927, in the Accountant General’s Annual Report & Financial Statements for the financial years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, respectively.

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  63. William Skinner November 15, 2017 at 8:52 AM #

    David November 15, 2017 at 8:14 AM #
    @William

    Yours is a simple conclusion/observation. In our system of governance the political class is a creature of the corporate elite.

    What I am saying is neither a “simple” conclusion nor observation. It is a FACT.
    The Black political class is a creature if its own making as exemplified by the so-called Father of Independence , who engineered the nefarious Public Order Act of 1974 to protect white corporate Barbados and to destroy the Black progressive nationalist movement.

    Bush Tea November 15, 2017 at 7:12 AM #
    Here is the elephant in the room.
    These people have been screwing Bajans for centuries, so this is no real surprise to Bushie.

    But when they develop the temerity to be arguing that they should be EXEMPTED from paying BASIC TAXES, which every other brass bowl who owns a small lot of land, or makes a little income is expected to pay …. AND CAN GET AWAY WITH IT, ….then it becomes clear that the government – BOTH BLP and DLP, are complicit in the screwing of Bajans.

    First Arthur allows them to accumulate $19M in tax arrears.
    Then Thompson writes to off…
    Then Froon and Stinkliar has allowed then to continue NOT PAYING on some triviality…
    Note that the BLP has not had a SINGLE word to say about this shiite..

    Thank GOD for the Auditor General.

    @ Bush Tea

    You are spot on. However when you read the post by David, we immediately recognize why they have been allowed to do it. Those like David whose mission is to protect the status quo at all costs, cannot understand that the broken, corrupt BLPDLP is a major source of our problems.He can never see past anything therefore he defends the system.

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  64. Pachamama November 15, 2017 at 9:22 AM #

    What is all this hullabaloo about

    Firstly, the government has already given certain entities the status of super citizen

    Meaning a number of entities were exempted from a range of taxes, as law – Sandals for example.

    Secondly, the country has long cultivated a narrow range of people (entities) who could make millions from legal gambling, running lotteries.

    We doubt these lotteries/gamblers were ever properly monitored.

    There is also private gambling going on amongst some elites where winnings are never subjected to taxes, some public as well. These have been going on for decades.

    There was even a man who left a medical career to operate a lottery, ask Joey Harper, if he still alive.

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  65. Hal Austin November 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM #

    William Skinner November 15, 2017 at 6:31 AM #

    @William,
    Barbados is a failed state. Not only the so-called university-educated politicians (an example of the devaluation of higher education since most of them are ill equipped to function in a competitive environment), but the white business class has also fai.led. That is why the Trinidadians have moved in and taken our corporate Barbados.
    The real test will come when the New Barbadians feel confident to make a move for control of the country – political and corporate. Barbadians may be intimidated by the white plantocracy, but the New Barbadians are not.
    In the long-term, black and white Barbadians must put aside their mutual suspicions and fight together, or be enslaved by the invading forces.. Divided they will fall.

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  66. William Skinner November 15, 2017 at 11:25 AM #

    @ Hal

    I cannot agree that Barbados is a failed state. It is a badly managed state but it shows no symptoms of a failed state. The economy is in a serious downfall but the government has not collapsed. Failure to address the education system; land reform and refusing to have progressive economic reforms/restructuring are all indications of a bankrupt BLPDLP.
    Quite frankly with a dynamic political leadership and more innovative private sector, we can easily turn around the economy in ten years and put our country on the path of sustainable development for the next century.

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  67. Hal Austin November 15, 2017 at 11:36 AM #

    @William,
    You are optimistic. Maybe you are too close to the fire.

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