Monthly Archives: July 2006

Pakistan Dictator May Be Coming To Barbados For Cricket World Cup

Oh Joy!

Musharraf has been the target of numerous assassination attempts by Muslim terrorists. This should make our security chaps exceedingly happy…

Musharraf keen to watch World Cup in West Indies

NEW DELHI: President General Pervez Musharraf wishes to watch the cricket World Cup semi-final and final matches to be held in April next year in the West Indies, a World Cup organiser said on Sunday. “President Musharraf has already evinced keen interest in watching the two semi-finals in Jamaica and St Lucia and the final in Barbados. One of his representatives has told us that Musharraf would like to watch the matches,” said a top West Indies official.

“So far, Musharraf is the only head of a state who has shown interest in the World Cup, though more dignitaries are expected to contact us for the matches” he said. The 2007 Cricket World Cup will be held during March-April in eight island countries across the Caribbean. The semi-finals will be played in Jamaica and St Lucia while the final will be staged in Barbados on April 28. Musharraf watched an India-Pakistan one-day international in Abu Dhabi in April and in Pakistan during January-February. He also hosted receptions for the Indian cricket team on their 2004 and 2006 tours to Pakistan.

From Pakistan Link

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Storm Threat Downgraded – But Keep An Eye On The Sky Anyway

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Bridgetown, Barbados, July 31, 2006 - Oil rigs off mayaro in Trinidad and Tobago have evacuated and meteorological offices in the Eastern Caribbean are forecasting thunderstorms today as a vigiorous tropical wave approahces.

The immediate threat of the system becoming a tropical depression has diminished but the National Hurricane Centre said that the potential still exists and so a US air force reconnaissance aircraft has been scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon…

Read the rest at Caribbean360.com

Water? Lights/Batteries? Food? Storm Shutters/Panels? Portable Radio?

It is well into that time of year, folks.

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Chris de Caires – Barbados Kensington Oval Will Be Ready Only 60 Days Before Cricket World Cup

According to “India’s National Newspaper” The Hindu, Chris De Caires has just told a reporter that Barbados Kensington Oval will be ready for the Cricket World Cup only 60 days prior to the games…

CHENNAI: Construction work at the venue for the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup — Kensington Oval at Bridgetown, Barbados — is scheduled to finish just two months before the biggest ever one-day tournament commences, but officials are confident of things falling in place.

Speaking at a meeting in The Hindu office on Wednesday, Chris de Caires, chairman, World Cup Barbados Inc., said though logistics for transport and accommodation during the event were a challenge, there was nothing he saw that concerned him.

Kensington Oval, which will host four warm-up matches, six Super Eight matches, and the final on April 28, was demolished last year. Refurbishment, in conjunction with L&T, an India-based construction company, was undertaken to increase seating capacity from 16,000 to 28,000.

“The test practice matches will be held in September,” said de Caires. “They were initially scheduled for July, but our construction got re-scheduled. The facility is on schedule, well perhaps a stand or two may be a week behind, but that really isn’t much.” The facility is expected to be ready by January 2007…

Read the entire article at The Hindu here.

We say… Don’t Worry Children….

The Kensington Oval will be ready in time. We are confident of this because, while the Government of Barbados may not be able to effectively plan, budget or project manage, they can throw oodles of public money at any project at the last minute.

Failing that, there is always their old trick of re-defining “substantial completion”, and declaring that any unfinished parts of a project are additional work not covered in the original contract.

See? That way, any project can be completed on time and under budget!

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New US Ambassador To Barbados Mary Ourisman “Cute, Blonde” …and Hot

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And Her Hubby Gave Almost Half A Million Bucks $US to George Bush Republicans…

From the Washington Post article Next Stop Barbados!

She’s cute, she’s blond, she’s Texan, and yep, it’s finally official: Mary Ourisman is going to be the ambassador to Barbados.

The wife of car tycoon Mandy Ourisman is a high-profile figure on Washington’s social and cultural scene; Laura Bush attended her 60th-birthday party in February. The White House formally announced the nomination last week, months after word leaked out that President Bush had tapped her for the job. The Caribbean postings are often reserved for political appointees with ties to the Republican Party — the Ourismans have donated $443,620 to GOP candidates and committees since 1999.

Like a good nominee, Ourisman is keeping mum until confirmed, but her husband says, “She’s on cloud nine — she’s very honored. And I’ll be supporting her and going with her.” They’ll be leaving homes in Washington, Palm Beach, and Jamaica for the ambassador’s residence on the west coast of the laid-back island nation, where their pals will undoubtedly pour serious bucks into the tourism industry. “Remember, in Barbados the prime minister walks down Broad Street and pushes his own trolley in the market — without security,” says Roy Morris, editor at Barbados’s Daily Nation newspaper.

If confirmed, Ourisman will become not only “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” to Barbados (population 265,000) but will also represent the United States in St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Lots of drinks with little umbrellas in her future!

She Is How Old? !!! 

The Washington Post article says she be 60 years old… ‘an dat be a 2005 photo from Washington Life magazine! (link here)

Do all them Texan womanys look like that at 60? Get me ma travel agent on de phone now!

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Barbados Labour Party Says Roads Are Improving – DLP Says… Well, Nothing Really….

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The Barbados Labour Party Blog proclaims “Improved Roads For Our People”.

On the DLP Website, we find the comment “Under Construction” - Perhaps a cryptic message about the state of Barbados roads? ;-)

Those who travel the northwest will no doubt recognize this bridge that has been in this state for at least ten years. And as a special treat, if you lean over and have a look in the gully below, there are three rusted auto wrecks that could be yours for the taking!

BFP photos by Shona

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Barbados Blog: Is There Anybody Out There? …BIM Threatens To Burn Her Bra

It has been a few weeks since I stopped by the Barbados blog Is There Anybody Out There?, so I was rather unprepared for how prolific our friend BIM has been recently. Here are a few of her recent passionate (or vicious!) posts…

- Push Dey Suh One Time

BIM discovers her lifetime happiness while waiting in line for hours at the Licensing Authority in The Pine.

- Bathsheba

BIM threatens to burn her bra and draws parallels between the Government’s forced “development” at Bathsheba and the debate over the Caribbean Splash Waterpark.

- Sweet Sixteen Part 2

- Feminine Strength

BIM is having a crisis as she approaches 30! Poor darlin’ actually wrote this…

At 28, this I know. The feminine aspect of God is Wrath. The moon can turn very cold. The waves can become exceedingly cruel. Dicks and Stones, Tanks and Guns, none can escape the fall into the belly of mother earth when she opens her jaws to receive them…

All of us should stop by Is There Anybody Out There? and let BIM know that we still care.

Shona…. Marcus says you are forbidden to read BIM’s blog. Way too Amazon! ;-)

(How to get your friend into really bad trouble!) :-)

Cliverton

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All Our Financial Worries Solved!

DR ZONGO ALI
BANK OF AFRICA (BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO.

DEAR MARCUS,

I AM A FRIEND DR ZONGO ALI AND I AM THE DIRECTOR OF THE ACCOUNTS & AUDITING DEPT. AT THE BANK OF AFRICA (BOA) OUAGADOUGOU – WEST AFRICA. WITH DUE RESPECT I HAVE DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU ON A BUSINESS TRANSACTION THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH OF US.

AT THE BANK’S LAST ACCOUNTS/AUDITING EVALUATIONS, MY STAFFS CAME ACROSS AN OLD ACCOUNT WHICH WAS BEING MAINTAINED BY A FOREIGN CLIENT WHO WE LEARNT WAS AMONG THE DECEASED PASSENGERS OF AN AIRLINE CRASH ON 6TH NOV 2002….

Fabulous, Dr. Zongo…or should I call you Dr. Swindle?

Amazing that people are still responding to these types of frauds after all these years…

… Then again, Barbados always believes it when told that the economy will grow fast enough to cover decades of deficit spending…

Maybe Dr. Zongo isn’t such an unusual character, after all?

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