Government shall prevail in BNTCL and Hyatt cases, says Sinckler

 

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is confident that Government will prevail against the legal challenge mounted by Rubis West Indies Limited to stop the sale of the state-owned Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) to regional petroleum giant Sol.

And he has also brushed aside the legal challenge to the construction of the 15-storey Hyatt Hotel at Bay Street mounted by attorney–at-law David Comissiong, as baseless.

Sinckler broke his silence on both matters today as he spoke to reporters while hosting an Easter Kite Flying competition at the Carlton cricket grounds for his St Michael North West constituency.

Last month Rubis secured an interim injunction barring the proposed $US100 million sale, which it argued would create a monopoly.

The company also filed an application in the High Court for Judicial Review of a decision to approve the inclusion of a 15-year moratorium clause in the Sale and Purchase Agreement between a Sol Subsidiary and the Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOCL).

Sinckler told Barbados TODAY that he was satisfied that the deal was fully transparent and would pass the scrutiny of the court.

“It is a court case which we will respond to. Obviously I can’t go into too much detail at this stage but I believe we have a clear, transparent and substantive case and I am confident that once both sides are heard, the Government’s side will prevail,” said Sinckler.

The Finance Minister also maintains the Government is in a good position to defend the construction of the proposed Hyatt resort.

Sinckler contended that the legal action taken by Comissiong was nothing more than “political posturing” and suggested that the court should not have a difficult time seeing the merits of the Government’s position.

“We have another court injunction where Hyatt is concerned but again I believe that once both sides are heard, that would be dispensed with as it ought to be.

“I believe that this is purely a political exercise and anybody could see where that is going but we would let the court deal with it,” Sinckler said.

 

58 Responses to Government shall prevail in BNTCL and Hyatt cases, says Sinckler

  1. Santini More
    Santini More April 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    It really must be Easter as Chris has risen!

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    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix April 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I was just about to ask where he come from

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    • Diane Dias
      Diane Dias April 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Aaahhahahahaha Hahaha

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    • Peter April 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      All if not most negative comments. Barbadians who genuinely care about this country’s progress should think again and dismiss polarized politics. I ask Messers Commissiong and Williams if they have ever delivered or has plans to deliver any projects that will be worth one-tenth of one present of the Hyatt hotel project? They hide behind a smoke screen of environmental issues which are really non issues. I challenge all of the people who drop their negative comments here if they ever visited Miami USA? Manhattan Island was an Island called Amsterdam Island before its development and name change. Parts of London were built up areas of the Thames. Amsterdasm Port in the Netherlands formerly Holland Towns along the Danube in Germany. All along those Oil producing countries in what is known as UAE have built up large expansive cities in desert lands and on the water from scratch. Underground motorways. Abu Dhabi, Sharjha, Qatar city, Dubai, Kuwait City, Oman, the whole lot where they are investing in Hotels, Shopping Malls, land reclamation Real Estate Solar and wind power. Get out pf partisan politics if you all really care. The biggest thing now is Land reclamation. China has turned 7 islands into mind blowing real estate. Canada has turned a dead reef off New Foundland into a wind farm that now powers the whole of of New Foundland. Japan and Taiwan has built three large airports on the sea despite all the typhoons and earthquakes that they experience. South Lorea is constructing a 75Km. underwater ten lane highway that links their city of Seol to an island. the entire east coast of Miami allpass Fort Lauderdale has 60 floors high rise hotels. Check out The Ritz Carlton on Colinns Avenue on South Miami Beach. Let SOL buy BNTCL. They will sell it fast enough when Bizzy Builds his solar energy. There is a new product called Perovskite which is used to trap and convert sunlight into electricity at less than US 30 cents per KWA. Barbadians, wake up man. Give Jack his jacket. This I think is a good move by DEM.

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      • Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        Listen guys – When you are lucky you don’t get cut with glass bottle, but when you unlucky you does get cut with paper. To get the rid of the pigeon you must pull down the cub.

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      • hcalndre April 18, 2017 at 7:51 pm

        @ Peter, all you said about the construction of buildings in other countries are true but I hope that you don`t believe for one minute that they were just put up without thorough planning and engineering. Just go and have a look at the Freedom Towers in NYC which have replaced the WTC which is 1776 ft. in the air, you think that because towers were there before they just start building. Buildings in barbados don`t even stand up for 15 years before its not safe for the workers anymore and some politician wants a new building to have his name on it. Speaking about the Hyatt all the PM did is to say that 14 years ago it was ok to build so go right on now because tourists are going to flock to barbados because of the Hyatt and money going to flow.

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        • Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

          @hcalndre – Mind you I was in a supermarket earlier and overheard two workers from a hotel talking about how much rooms they had to look after and how much more tables and events they were adding on for them to serve. And how the little money was not adding up at all. Having to probably depend on tips and all. Dance pretty and smile well, making sure your teeth is not rotten and Lilly white for a few dollars. GOD

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  2. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis April 17, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Yeah cause his government picked members of fair trading commission

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  3. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe April 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    SMH …. how much more damage to barbados can one government possibly do ….

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  4. Debbie Jones
    Debbie Jones April 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    All the time so. I now open face book and see DEM. Would you believe I catch an instant headache.LORD SAVE US FROM THESE DEMS.

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    • hcalndre April 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      I like the phrase, “From these DEMONS.”

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    • hcalndre April 18, 2017 at 12:08 am

      The MOF believes that his DLP ruling government would win both cases hands down because they all know money is what the country needs but it has to be obtain the right way, not by any means necessary. I hope that the persons who have to make the decisions are fair and balance and are not DLP operatives working undercover.

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      • Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

        @hcalndre – OH god – big hope – no nullifying ointment for you hun. If you don’t know Dem by now you will never, never, NEVER KNOW DEM.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba April 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

      DEBBIEEEE U TOO!! I THOUGHT ALI BABA WAS THE ONLY ONLY ONE, LORD HAVE MERCY

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    • Debbie Jones
      Debbie Jones April 18, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Lol.

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  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    @ YES MR BYNOE, NO OTHER GOVERNMENT TO COME NOW OR THE NEXT 50, 100, OR AH 1000 YEARS CAN NEVER MATCH DEM, WHERE DESTROYING AND CONTINUE TO SEND THIS COUNTRY INTO THE ABYSS…..THATS THE DEMONIC LYING PARTY, WORSE THINGS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Jennifer April 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    “Locals” first I guess. Pure buffoons. cut of the same claut.

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    • Jennifer April 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      If you back pocket politicians had even an ounce of fight in you for your own people to see them on the wealth ladder that you have for the oppressor climbing higher on that wealth ladder, we would have been a lot better off as a people. I guess that is what being in the back pocket means. SMALL, being CARRIED/LEAD, PAID AND SUFFOCATED. You lot is nothing more than shells.

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  7. Seth St John
    Seth St John April 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Chah now he open his mouth and I know they are doomed to fail

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  8. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell April 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Hope he dont have the judges in his pocket

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  9. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell April 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Like he has the Fair Trading

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  10. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch April 18, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Not even a Easter message but bout Dem

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    • Coralita April 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      What Easter message you want? Go Church for it.

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  11. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch April 18, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Stupessssss

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  12. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 18, 2017 at 4:39 am

    HE LOOK LIKE SOMEBODY HIT E IN THE FACE WID AH TWISTED NAIL, OR IS IT THE LIES? WHALOSS

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  13. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd April 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

    CHRIS!!!!

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  14. Greengiant April 18, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Some of you BLP supporters are as bad as the DLP supporters. One minute you complain that you don’t hear enough from government ministers, then when they speak you’re asking where they come from?

    Let me warn you though, for those of you who desire a BLP victory at the next poll, be careful what you wish for. Simply because one is better at public relations doesn’t make them different or even better. The Bees simply talk more, and are constantly in our ear with their jargon, but they are legislative failures. If in doubt check the full Page advertisement in another section of the media on Grantley Adams and his role in our country. These people are asking us to vote for two dead men, ” Grantley Adams or Errol Barrow “.

    Currently we are still challenged with the issue of having the planter / merchant class, the poor / working class and the privileged class. This is the same structure that existed during the years prior to our independence, and caused the division between Barrow, and Adams.

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    • Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

      There are really only two structures/classes in this place call Barbados. Rich aka 1% and poor aka 95%. The so called privilege is just as dim as the poor lot to any kind of economic upliftment or wealth gaining tactics. That lot is just in their own mind game set up. Just got so called fancy job, house, car, travel regular, same ole slave traits. Them in the same poor house too. We need a party that will speak and move/shift/bend that 95% pole. By any means necessary.

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  15. Bajan First April 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Those who believe that a BLP government will ride into town like Jesus and his apostles, bringing healing to this economy, are as naive as those who felt that Trump was going to empty the swamp! Nothing will change, the rich will continue to prosper albeit another sector more so than the other but they will all continue to live well along with the members of the new government and their opporatives. Sadly their yard fouls will peck up the crumbs which will be thrown their way and will be grateful that their suffering is not as horrific as that being experienced by the masses. For this they will continue to render loyal service to their masters as proud foot solders, destroying any who get into the path of their masters’ agenda. Oh how sad! What has our educational system done to our people! We are now being enslaved by our own! The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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    • hcalndre April 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      @Bajan First; I always say that all these black massa have done is to take the baton and continue the journey but what makes it so depressing is that it`s their own brothers and sisters that they are oppressing. They want to own plantations, mansions, cars, money in the bank, all in 10 years and no more days of poverty and hardship for them.

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  16. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 18, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Call a General Election!

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  17. Bajan First April 18, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Naivea what will change other than the faces.

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  18. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin April 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

    This man is the eternal optimist, that’s for sure.

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  19. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

    AH WONDER WHO GINE GET BUY OFF IN THE DEALS, I NOW DE MINISTERS, JUDGES, LAWYERS ETC. BUILT OUT OF PURE STEEL

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  20. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I BET HALF OR MORE OF THE BNTCL SALE $$$$$$$$$$ DON’T SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY

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    • Dee Barrow
      Dee Barrow April 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

      If the sale goes through as is, SOL will effectively control fuel supply on the island. Though at this time, SOL does not set pricing, they can obviously exert pressure when they are in control of supply.

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  21. The Negrocrat April 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    A real big headed ass.

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  22. hcalndre April 18, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Greengiant, The BLP had to highlight Sir Grantley because the DLP and supporters want people to believe that Errol Barrow is the one that is responsible for the progress of barbados. Errol Barrow was the first PM of barbados after he obitained Independence from Britain but Britain would have given up barbados to whoever because barbados was no longer a money earner through cheap labor from the sugar cane. The DLP is the party that keeps harping on Errol Barrow on every issue.

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    • Sasha April 18, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      This is the same Grantley Adams that steal so many poor ppl land? Both parties should stop living in the past. B and D poor. It so funny the finance advisor for the BLP said the policies of the BLP will run this country to the ground. Now he speaking on the Bs behalf. Comedy of errors. Lol

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    • Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      @hcalndre – Well said hun. They would have thrown bim to the curb or under the bus any way. So that was no real fight. This is their typical nature, use, throw away and then move on to the next money/usury source.

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  23. jrsmith April 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

    People all just think what will happen in the upcoming election, if this said party wins ……… ( The fate of bajans))))))))……………

    What would we do , before this election we need some protection from them/ politicians……………….

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  24. Bajan First April 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    All of them from both sides need harnishing. They will make sure that their stint gives them enough never to be poor again. We however continue to protect, defend and worship them.

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  25. Milli Watt April 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I wanted to comment but I won’t bother…….

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  26. Saga Boy April 18, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Most of the people on this thread criticize without offering solutions. They are clueless but yet find fault with a Minister who are s looking for solutions. Economics is not an exact science. An economist is like a doctor. He prescribes medicine he thinks will work. Sometimes it works …other times it kills you. I wonder what contribution the critiques have made to the current situation of this country and what solutions they have. Persons who citicize the 1% what have you done to help the masses besides talk out the corner of your mouth? The best economy in the region is experiencing its second year of recession. All the other Caribbean islands enjoyInt over 20 percent unemployment. We continue to be much better off. People are still working. Too much doom and gloom.

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    • hcalndre April 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      @saga Boy if the MOF was the doctor and the others made up his medical team and barbados was the patient, you know that she would have died from the wrong medication long time ago.

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    • Milli Watt April 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      you cuddah keep ur mout shut like me then

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  27. Bobo April 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you Saga Boy and Peter for your wonderful explanation on economics, I hope one day the local Bajans will get off their black ass, and start looking for solutions with a clarity focus towards their country, ”instead” of pure and simple ignorance way below slavery-

    Welcome Hyatt Hotel–and thank you for choosing my beloved country Barbados–Welcome.

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    • hcalndre April 19, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Bobo; are you one of the dem that believe building a Hyatt hotel in barbados would increase the number of visitors to the island? Was the last winter season better than the one before? I heard not, this last winter was kind of mild to compare with the previous one, it`s when the winter is brutal in Europe and N. America that people get away to warmer climates and that`s when barbados get high number of visitors.

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  28. Jahlisa Diamond
    Jahlisa Diamond April 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Why you don’t tell NIS to send my money, this is 2 years I n get it

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  29. Maureen Fields
    Maureen Fields April 18, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    True!

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  30. Maureen Fields
    Maureen Fields April 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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  31. Mikey April 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    He trying to influence the outcome ?
    He should wait the outcome.
    Talking all over his face.
    I do not want monopolies nor unfair trading on this rock called Barbados. Consumers need a break from this type of environment.

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  32. Jennifer April 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    @Mikey – well said. Although we are already in the thick of IT. The main problem is that they are people who keep themselves willfully blind. They do not have a moral conscience. Mind you they are quick to do evil rather than to do good, for any one but their own kind.

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  33. Alex Alleyne April 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    true NATIONALIST……Barbados first. Let us get some jobs going in BIM again. Hopefully we will see the end of “guns & drugs” on the streets of BIM under whoever leadership.

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  34. sticks and stones April 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    All the straw men argument brought against building the Hyatt would be and should be dismissed by the court, there is no doubt that putting Barbados economic interest first against grumbling legal arguments would let Hyatt prevail

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