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$12 million ‘well spent’

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, Food and Fisheries Dr David Estwick (centre) discussing the construction of new molasses storage facilities with chairman of the Barbados Rum Committee, Dr Frank Ward (left), and Preconco Ltd head Mark Maloney, as they stand in front of almost-unusable storage tanks in the Bridgetown Port. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

Tue, November 06, 2012 - 12:08 AM

SEVENTY-FIVE BARBADIANS are likely to get jobs as Barbados replaces its almost-unusable molasses storage tanks with three new ones designed and built locally in the Bridgetown Port.

The concrete tanks, to be built at a cost of $12 million over the next 15 months, were yesterday described by Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick as “money well spent”, since they should last about 70 years with less maintenance than the old steel tanks.

Work starts within the next two weeks, providing jobs for about 75 people, said project manager Mark Maloney of Preconco Limited.

Announcing the project to the media, Estwick said the rum export industry, which brings in about US$50 million annually, had long been under threat because of improper storage facilities for its most integral ingredient: molasses. (RJ)

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
General Elections in Barbados will be on January 22, 2013, and PM Stuart will choose the New Year's message on CBC TV8 to announce it, cleverly disguised in the annual ritual.

Remember, Stuart takes pleasure in creating mystery and building suspense. He holds important matters close to his chest, so tight, that not even his right hand knows what his left hand does. He enjoys the secrecy his Office permits, and no man (or woman) shall ruffle his feathers.

Stuart will attempt to use the last few remaining feel-good factors available at his disposal to make us dance all the way into the polling stations.

The country will be basking in national pride after celebrating 46 years of nationhood, and everyone will be still hungover from over indulging in ham, rum, duty-free day and partying over the Holidays.

There are a few other glaring reasons why Elections won't be this year:

1. Work is to start on this Estwick project within the next two months - a few jobs
2. St John Polyclinic is yet to be open - pride for the Party and supporters
3. Sinckler has activities culminating in mid-December - desperate to stave off a less than 3% swing against him
4. The DLP would like to see the tourist and sugar crop seasons in full swing and a few more people employed.

SInce the DLP has distanced themselves from the second anniversary of David Thompson's death following the CLICO scandal, it is now highly likely that Elections will be held around Errol Barrow's birthday, as Stuart remains a staunch flag bearer of the Barrow legacy.

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 11 months ago
75 barbadians will get work not please don't mix up the two.with jobs you stay on when the project is over,with work you go when the project is over.

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