$10 million facelift for DLP headquarters

The Executive Council of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has given the green light to construction of a new three-storey headquarters building at George Street, St Michael, at a cost of $10 million.

The new headquarters will offer retail space to business houses, said DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim.

He made the revelation as the party prepares to kick off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a church service on Sunday, April 26 at 8 a.m. at the St Paul’s Anglican Church, Bay Street, St Michael.

Addressing reporters at the DLP’s headquarters this morning, Pilgrim also reported that membership in the ruling party continues to climb with interest now being expressed in establishing a third women’s league organization within the political grouping.

DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim (left) and party stalwart Patrick Gollop at today’s news conference.
DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim (left) and party stalwart Patrick Gollop at today’s news conference.

The DLP currently has women’s leagues established in Barbados and London. Pilgrim said interest was now being expressed in having a similar organization for women members in New York City.

The celebrations are taking place under the theme, It Is All About Members.

Pilgrim said the President’s Reception and Awards Gala will be the highlight on April 27 when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is due to speak to audiences in New York, Canada and the United Kingdom. He is also due to unveil a 60th anniversary plaque at party headquarters.

The week of celebrations, which includes a gospel concert, will conclude with a grand fair on May 2 from 1.p.m. to 8 p.m.

During the next nine to 12 months, 60 members drawn from the 30 constituencies will be honoured for over 40 years of service to the governing party. An induction ceremony for new members is also planned for later this year.     

126 Responses to $10 million facelift for DLP headquarters

  1. John Q Citizen
    John Q Citizen April 24, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Wha??!!!… De Dems got money?!!… Uh wonduh way all dat money come from??!!…. Hmmm…

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  2. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne April 24, 2015 at 6:31 am

    um.. who’s going to pay for that. ?? all those registered with the party should be made to pay.. and it better not come out of the taxes I pay..

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    • Sarah Pomeranz Layne
      Sarah Pomeranz Layne April 24, 2015 at 6:34 am

      and I’m fairly certain there are other places (QEH for example) that could benefit from that 10mil.. )

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  3. Dale Broomes
    Dale Broomes April 24, 2015 at 6:34 am

    De pm face in tha too

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  4. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes April 24, 2015 at 6:39 am

    No this foolishness needs to stop. NOW!

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    • Ramar Haynes
      Ramar Haynes April 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

      That 10 million can pay the tuition of 2000 students at uwi.

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  5. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes April 24, 2015 at 6:39 am

    No this foolishness needs to stop. NOW!

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    • Ramar Haynes
      Ramar Haynes April 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

      That 10 million can pay the tuition of 2000 students at uwi.

      Reply
  6. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart April 24, 2015 at 6:41 am

    The country is on its knees economically, but DEM boasting about big new headquarters, these people really don’t care about the average Bajan,

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  7. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias April 24, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Uhhhmmm…..can I get my little income tax return first , Pleeeeese. Notice I said please.

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    • Ricardo Roberts
      Ricardo Roberts April 24, 2015 at 7:14 am

      doubt they will be using state funds to do that…not too worry……….hmmm….then again be worried because that don’t seem their priorities are straight

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    • Kamio Holder
      Kamio Holder April 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Lol

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    • Kamio Holder
      Kamio Holder April 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Lol

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  8. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes April 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    The money coming from ppl that does support the party Stuart ain’t that foolish to use government money

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  9. Natasha Forde
    Natasha Forde April 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Blatant disregard for the state of this island and rubbing it in our noses. Stupes

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  10. Natasha Forde
    Natasha Forde April 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Blatant disregard for the state of this island and rubbing it in our noses. Stupes

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  11. Natasha Forde
    Natasha Forde April 24, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Blatant disregard for the state of this island and rubbing it in our noses. Stupes

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  12. Nicole Brathwaite
    Nicole Brathwaite April 24, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Fa please put tht money in the country headquarters my ass they have yet to do any good for Barbados they destroying the core of the nation get out and stay out

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  13. Archangel Crichlow
    Archangel Crichlow April 24, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Is that necessary?

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  14. Rochelle Small
    Rochelle Small April 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Why? ???

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  15. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce April 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    SO SICK OF DEM AND DEM RUBBISH WANA DOES MAKE ME SICK

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  16. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce April 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    SO SICK OF DEM AND DEM RUBBISH WANA DOES MAKE ME SICK

    Reply
  17. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry April 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

    cut 3000 and but renovate headquaters, heartless SOB’s

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  18. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville April 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I could think of a few DEMS that need a facelift.

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  19. Ro Ararek
    Ro Ararek April 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Where you think the money come from? Who trying not to believe it, better wake up!

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  20. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Ummmm is this still April fools?

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  21. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Ummmm is this still April fools?

    Reply
  22. Jewel Forde
    Jewel Forde April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Let’s say that party HQ really does need the refurbishment work, and it probably does, as the Americans would say the optics for this announcement are ill timed. *smh*

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  23. Mhizz FirstLady
    Mhizz FirstLady April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Now that is nonsense

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  24. Mhizz FirstLady
    Mhizz FirstLady April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Now that is nonsense

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  25. Sherrie Bumbray
    Sherrie Bumbray April 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

    SMH

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  26. Santini More
    Santini More April 24, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I cannot help but be amazed by the way in which this Govt continues to show a total disdain, and lack of compassion for the public of Barbados. At a time of rising poverty, increasing unemployment, crumbling public services, how the hell can the DLP think it appropriate to announce a $10 million upgrade to their headquarters!!!

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    • Michele Monique Antoinette
      Michele Monique Antoinette April 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Like you I dont get it. But I figure they better do it now cuz they may never ever get back in.

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    • Santini More
      Santini More April 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I for one will be doing my little bit to get these callous, hard hearted people out of office.

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    • Santini More
      Santini More April 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I for one will be doing my little bit to get these callous, hard hearted people out of office.

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  27. Santini More
    Santini More April 24, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I cannot help but be amazed by the way in which this Govt continues to show a total disdain, and lack of compassion for the public of Barbados. At a time of rising poverty, increasing unemployment, crumbling public services, how the hell can the DLP think it appropriate to announce a $10 million upgrade to their headquarters!!!

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    • Michele Monique Antoinette
      Michele Monique Antoinette April 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Like you I dont get it. But I figure they better do it now cuz they may never ever get back in.

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    • Santini More
      Santini More April 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      I for one will be doing my little bit to get these callous, hard hearted people out of office.

      Reply
  28. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes April 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    That 10 million can pay the tuition of 2000 students at uwi.

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  29. Alex Alleyne April 24, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Where these kind of funds coming from to put up a building ? .

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  30. Pinky Swear
    Pinky Swear April 24, 2015 at 7:32 am

    ????

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  31. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

    People want the money that this government owe them.

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  32. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry April 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    its baffling how a suppossed group of intellectuals could be so boldly stupid and plain ignorant. what brand of idiotism are we breeding for politicians seriously!!!

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  33. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry April 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    its baffling how a suppossed group of intellectuals could be so boldly stupid and plain ignorant. what brand of idiotism are we breeding for politicians seriously!!!

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  34. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry April 24, 2015 at 7:50 am

    take the 10 million and buy the basic meds QEH needs,’damn morons

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  35. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris April 24, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Let’s bear in mind this is the party and NOT government… The nature of the announcement coincided with their 60th anniversary… Not sure how else he could have handled this one.

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  36. carson c cadogan April 24, 2015 at 7:59 am

    All the best for the future, Democratic Labour Party and I wish you 60 more years of prosperity.

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  37. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn April 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Ppl need their money and they want to do a facelift to a building, how ridiculous!!!

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  38. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn April 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Ppl need their money and they want to do a facelift to a building, how ridiculous!!!

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  39. Annette Mcclean
    Annette Mcclean April 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

    These people have no shame. Do they know what 10M can do on these times. Where the hell they get the money from anyway?

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  40. Annette Mcclean
    Annette Mcclean April 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

    These people have no shame. Do they know what 10M can do on these times. Where the hell they get the money from anyway?

    Reply
  41. Rasheed Spikey Singh
    Rasheed Spikey Singh April 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Sus croist… 10 million… Lies man lies

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  42. Monique Tull
    Monique Tull April 24, 2015 at 8:27 am

    stupse

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  43. Mark Marlon Phil
    Mark Marlon Phil April 24, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Wtf

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  44. Mark Marlon Phil
    Mark Marlon Phil April 24, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Wtf

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  45. Rachelle Agard
    Rachelle Agard April 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    So they have money to build a $10 million dollar structure, but no money to maintain the Bajan economy. I get that its probably a private entity funding the project, however can’t they argue or rather agree to filter some of that money into the economy & see things get back to where they used to be or at the very least eradicate some of the ripples we presently have & collect the profit in the long run?

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  46. Mechelle Jarvis
    Mechelle Jarvis April 24, 2015 at 8:38 am

    WTH!!! Look I jus can’t….stupse

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  47. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie April 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

    This will be over when elections come around…don’t worry…it gets closer everyday…

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  48. Latoya Willoughby-Brathwaite
    Latoya Willoughby-Brathwaite April 24, 2015 at 8:44 am
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    • MariaMaria Angel
      MariaMaria Angel April 24, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Shame on Kermit for threatening the government and causing its ministers distress

      Reply
  49. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull April 24, 2015 at 9:11 am

    So sad an hurtful to see how Dems spending our money doh.

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  50. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell April 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Pay us our sickness benefit first 6 month and counting!!!! Put that 10 Million in the QEH!!!

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  51. Blon D Mayers Trotman
    Blon D Mayers Trotman April 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I thought d government in got nah blasted money!!!! I want my lil $650 outta dat!!!

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  52. Sylvia Mayers
    Sylvia Mayers April 24, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Who paying for that faclift?

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  53. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton April 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I hope this is not public funds and is being funded by private enterprise. They are self-serving those funds would be very useful in the medical and educational system…

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  54. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton April 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I hope this is not public funds and is being funded by private enterprise. They are self-serving those funds would be very useful in the medical and educational system…

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  55. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera April 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    How much more proof bajans need ??? The DLP don’t give a phuck about bajans except for their votes

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  56. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera April 24, 2015 at 10:42 am

    How much more proof bajans need ??? The DLP don’t give a phuck about bajans except for their votes

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  57. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier April 24, 2015 at 10:43 am

    wunna got money man, hmmmm

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  58. Jason Husbands
    Jason Husbands April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    These is the same people that ain’t got no money to pay people or give back people them income tax? Smfh

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  59. Lawlesselvis Burke
    Lawlesselvis Burke April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    How come the DLP cant get money to pay the people but could find ten MILLION DOLLARS to upgtade their headquarters

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  60. Lawlesselvis Burke
    Lawlesselvis Burke April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    How come the DLP cant get money to pay the people but could find ten MILLION DOLLARS to upgtade their headquarters

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  61. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar April 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I can’t respond words ain’t coming

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  62. Jan Gibson
    Jan Gibson April 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

    One has to wonder the source of this money. Last year tax returns meeting up with this year!

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  63. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Just how the hell do they justify $10 million to waste on a building, when people are desperate for financial help,, homeless people need help, fmilies struggling week after week – let alone how even a fraction of that could go towards fighting crime or build a new prison all more necessary that a DLP facelift

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  64. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 24, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Just how the hell do they justify $10 million to waste on a building, when people are desperate for financial help,, homeless people need help, fmilies struggling week after week – let alone how even a fraction of that could go towards fighting crime or build a new prison all more necessary that a DLP facelift

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  65. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small April 24, 2015 at 11:43 am

    The gov can behave like this because the people like it so….the signs were there before last elections but they were still re-elected ….next elections they will come back with the same gifts and lots of people will fall for it…some bajans don’t think

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    • Joy Waldron
      Joy Waldron April 24, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Waste of time some bajans love to suffer, some like lies, some just plain stupid cause them still dems now dems again.

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  66. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa April 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This is just wrong

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  67. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde April 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Wat is it to like about this

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  68. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde April 24, 2015 at 11:59 am

    10 million face lift for dlp and how much to get this country economy back on track smh

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  69. BAFBFP April 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Do they pay VAT … land tax .. income tax … tax on profit ..? What is it registered as … a charity, a club, a Ltd ..?

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  70. Ava Forde
    Ava Forde April 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Is it necessary?

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  71. Ava Forde
    Ava Forde April 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Is it necessary?

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  72. Ava Forde
    Ava Forde April 24, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Is it necessary?

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  73. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman April 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    What about a facelift for NIS so ppl could get their pensions, maternity benefits, unemployment benefits and tax returns, or a facelift for Barbados.

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  74. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    The DLP should be up grading their own Head Quarters building with their own funds NOT with public funds. The QEH and National Stadium is falling apart and in need of a up grade. The citizens are still waiting for their tax returns, pension, maternity & unemployment benefit and redundancy pay. I hope wanna talking Pure hot air regarding that building. Wanna should be ashame of wanna really peeing on the citizens back and tell them it’s raining.

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  75. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose April 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    THIS WOULD BE CALLED INCREMENTAL BUDGETING…HOLD YAH BELLY

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  76. Mac10 April 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Looks like they are raising the fees on child care at just the right time then. That $10million has to come from somewhere!

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  77. Dianne Griffith
    Dianne Griffith April 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What the … 10 million loss and so much unemployed ppl and so much money them throwing away have mercy

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  78. Dianne Griffith
    Dianne Griffith April 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What the … 10 million loss and so much unemployed ppl and so much money them throwing away have mercy

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  79. Dianne Griffith
    Dianne Griffith April 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What the … 10 million loss and so much unemployed ppl and so much money them throwing away have mercy

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  80. Sonia Rawlins
    Sonia Rawlins April 24, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Really really….

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  81. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair April 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    It’s easy to find money when someone’s family member or friend is in the business of refurbishing and needs a hefty government contract. It’s all about you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours!

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  82. Sonia T Phillips
    Sonia T Phillips April 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    And I hungry

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  83. Sonia T Phillips
    Sonia T Phillips April 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    And I hungry

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  84. Livi Bancroft
    Livi Bancroft April 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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  85. Annette Mcclean
    Annette Mcclean April 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    If the headquarters need sprucing up the minsters should put on their overalls
    and get to painting. What else are they doing?

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  86. Gloria Mendes
    Gloria Mendes April 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This is sheer madness. Thousands out if work. Our economy in a mess but squandermania persist. Time for elections folks. The QEH. Can’t even afford meds toilet paper etc. but a face lift to DLP headquarters. NO WAY

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  87. Stephen Knight
    Stephen Knight April 24, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Pay these people their income tax return and the country needs new clinics and hospitals.

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  88. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post April 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Lol ….i like how this administration dose move curse ever who don’t agree with DEM teif from who ever DeM feel like& talk& do wth DEM feel like when DEM feel like. …..but DEMS now …. smh

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  89. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker April 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Dems now DEMS NEVER EVER AGAIN. This must be a mis-print or a nightmare.

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  90. Annette Odle
    Annette Odle April 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I want my $650.00 .If them was telling me they going to fix some poor people homes well good but what…… Man this is s big laughter.

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  91. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron April 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    And ya think some ppl learn sense from 08 to 13, but no. Now we all must suffer and suffer bad we must, the fat cow getting fatter and the fools hope them got wiser by now

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  92. Katrina
    Katrina 'Storm' Adams April 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Wait them for real

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  93. Ronnie Murrell
    Ronnie Murrell April 24, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Business as usual for the dems… always have been and always will be for DEMS and DEMS alone… and everyone else pays for it.

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  94. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias April 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    The hurtful part , is that next elections , they gon win again. Especially if they drop the voting age to sixteen , and nuff free tablets and free phones start to give way…..watch you see.

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  95. Tonto April 24, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Ya all forget that some of the money come from ‘donations’ from private companies like CLICO, and now we policyholders are paying the price for it.

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  96. Angela Fergusson April 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I look and read the emotional responses expressed and printed here, in response to the much need facelift to the DLP Belleville Headquarters, I strongly say “Finally, it is time! This facelift is long overdue!”
    Please know this facelift is not an overnight effort but rather a long struggle, hours of talks, discussions, perhaps disagreements, no magical nor easy money.
    This is good news!

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  97. ricardo smith May 3, 2015 at 4:19 am

    you voted for a chance stop complaining, I so sorry

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  98. Hackney Lahsram May 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    It appears to me that we have too many educated clowns in Barbados. The majority comments clearly indicates this. When you have comments insinuating that the DLP is taking the taxpayers money to build a headquarters. It shows up the ignorance of how our parliament works. The BLP or the DLP cannot appropriate funds to build structures for political entities. If your comments were accurate would you not think the political party not benefiting would be howling?

    Get real and inject some common sense in your comments.

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  99. Sisleen Greene April 25, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    The DLP can afford to spend 10 milllion. Just check the the “spill off” cash from the Crane Project, Hyatt and the BNOC sale, nothing to do with public funds. These are trade off funds that if they had any semblance of concern for its citizens especially the young people, they would use it to build the Stadium.
    These self serving cock rats all want putting in a barrel and dumping off Coles cliff by the P.M and the Transport Minister’s . Can’t even ask for mercy for these bunch of tiefing, heartless, self serving cock rats.

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  100. Brian Layne April 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I did not just read the government​ using 10 million on a face lift for it’s headquarters…..this must be a joke or a dream…… What date is it? Please tell me it’s April 1st ALL FOOLS DAY!!!!

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  101. Carol Burnette April 28, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Wherever the money is coming from it is an insult to the people of this country that suffering day in and day out to make ends meet. All the people that have not received they tax returns since 2014, the people that have to visit the QEH for whatever reason and can’t get medications and proper care due to lack of something or the other. But ya know what we as a country have been mimicking the USA for years now. So this announcement sounds very much like something Trump would say and do. Smh. Unfortunately for us we are not nearly by a long shot anywhere the size and positioning of them. How sad very sad.

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