Monthly Archives: January 2007

Australian Government Warns Cricket World Cup Tourists About “Violent Crime” In Region. Lumps Barbados With Jamaica

CARICOM Strikes Again – The World Views Caribbean As One Place

Before CARICOM, people generally knew that Barbados was a separate country with it’s own culture and existence.

Now? It’s all just one big Caribbean brand, don’t you know!

Hey… you have to watch traveling to Barbados because of those high Jamaican murder/robbery rates…

Cup Tourists Warned

Adelaide Now, Jon Pierik

AUSTRALIAN cricket fans set to flock to the Caribbean for next month’s World Cup have been urged to show caution on crime-ridden islands.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released its World Cup travel bulletin for the nine islands which will host the sport’s showcase event: Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.

Australia leaves for the Caribbean later this month and will play its warm-up matches in St Vincent, Pool A games in St Kitts and Super 8 games in Antigua, Grenada and Barbados.

The semi-finals will be held in Jamaica and St Lucia, while the final will be played in Barbados.

“In some parts of the Caribbean, violent crime, including armed robbery, kidnapping and murder, is common,” the DFAT report says. “Violent crime is often gang-related and perpetrators may be armed. There is also a high rate of petty crime, including pick-pocketing and bag snatching.

“Walking after dark, including on beaches, can be dangerous due to the increased risk of robbery and assault.

“Crime, including sexual assault and robbery, has also occurred after travellers have accepted ‘spiked’ food or drink.”

… continue reading this article at Adelaide Now (link here)

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Island Vulnerability.Org Website – Fabulous Resource For Barbados Greenland Dump Research

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“Like all who live on small islands,
I must always be remembering the sea.”

From “Hymn to the sea” by Frank Collymore

Island Vulnerability Website Has Many Barbados Landslip Reports

Shona stumbled onto Ilan Kelman’s Island Vulnerability.Org website when we were researching the great Boscobel Landslip of 1901. (see BFP’s The Great Barbados Landslip Of 1901 – Will It Be Repeated At Greenland Dump?)

Dr. Kelman is the Deputy Director of the Cambridge University Centre For Risk In The Built Environment (link here), and by the looks of what we see on the net has published dozens and dozens of studies and articles in his field. (Dr. Kelman’s personal website is here: Ilan Kelman.Org)

The Island Vulnerability.Org website looks at small islands around the world in terms of natural and man-made vulnerabilities – including Barbados. Two online reports are of great interest…

1/ Hazard & Vulnerability Data For Barbados, and

2/ Historic Hazard Events For Barbados

Eight Major Barbados Landslip Incidents Recorded – Most Recently 1994

The Historic Hazard Events For Barbados report can be downloaded in Word format and lists some 19 pages of natural and man-made disasters that have befallen Barbados. For a list of “things you never knew” have a look at the list!

From this report, the journey became more interesting…

The “Hazard and Vulnerability Data For Barbados – 2006″ report makes reference to a 1998 “EMLUP Project” report listing “Scotland District Landslip Zones” and “Scotland District Landslip Rate”.

What is EMLUP? (That’s what I said!) EMLUP is the “Environmental Management and Land Use Planning for Sustainable Development Project of 1997 – 1998.”

So I typed that into Google and discovered the “BARBADOS NATIONAL ASSESSMENT REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BARBADOS PROGRAMME OF ACTION (BPOA)” prepared by the Barbados Ministry of Housing Lands and the Environment in September 2003. (download the report here)

Hmmm…. the authors include one “Ricardo Marshall, Waste Management Coordinator, Sewerage and Solid Waste Project Unit”.

Ricardo Marshall is a BIG PUSHER for putting a dump at Greenland – In The Unstable Landslide District.

Let’s see what Ricardo Marshall’s report says…

“There is little surface water on the island, with small surface streams found primarily in the Scotland District region of the island. The island is therefore almost completely dependent on groundwater abstracted from the aquifer underlying the island.

The island is divided into two distinct geologic regions. Eighty-six percent of the island is made up of a karst landscape of deeply fractured and gullied limestone laid down in a series of limestone terraces, deeply incised by numerous gullies and underlain by a complex underground cave system. The remaining land area is comprised of the sedimentary deposits of the Scotland Series. These layers are highly folded and faulted and are very susceptible to erosion. Large scale land slippage is common in the Scotland District…” (download the PDF Barbados Government Report link here)

Scotland National Park Mentioned In Government Report

Then I came across another report – by Glenn Marshall of the Soil Conservation Unit, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Barbados…

Under the section “Hot Spots”, Mr. Marshall states…

“Other issues include a municipal landfill to be operated in the proposed Scotland District National Park and inadequate training in GIS modeling and analysis tools…” (Report in PDF Online link here)

List Of All Barbados Free Press Greenland ArticlesLink Here

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Mychal Massie: If American Blacks Want An Apology For Slavery – They Should Send The Demand To Their Nearest Mosque

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ONE of the few references I’ve seen to the Muslim historical and contemporary role in slavery occurs in Mychal Massie’s latest column at World Net Daily. While WND is hardly the mainstream American media, Mr. Massie’s passing comment reminded me that I intend to write about this issue “someday” – the issue being how the mainstream media give a pass to Muslims for their historical role in the African and Asian slave trade, while at the same time fawning over those who demand compensation from only Western countries.

Perhaps I’ll write about it instead of allowing Shona to drag me to Barbados Gospelfest. ;-)

Clive

“I further suggest that those eager for an apology (about slavery) send a letter of request for same to their nearest mosque or imam – and not just for 9-11 – because no group has played a more prominent role in the African slave trade than Muslims.”

… from Mychal Massie’s article Slavery: A Crutch For Blacks

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Barbados Gospelfest: May 20 to 28, 2007 – Can We Get Clive There This Year?

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Our own Clive will be back on the island in early May, and for some reason, Shona thinks that while we enjoy Gospelfest – Cliverton really needs to attend! :-)

From Black UK Online…

There are probably very few holiday destinations were committed Christians can combine warm Caribbean sunshine, good fellowship and the opportunity to attend some of the very best in praise and worship outside of the US. For those of you who have never heard of the internationally acclaimed Gospelfest, it is now in its 15th year and attracts thousands of Christians from all over the Caribbean, Canada, US and of course the UK. It is a truly awesome event, well organised and the quality of the ministry and performances are of the highest standard. ..

… continue reading this article at Black UK Online (link here)

For a review and photos of Barbados Gospelfest 2006, visit Culsen Travel (UK) (link here)

Thanks to Culsen Travel for the photo of John Fisher & Blessed Voices from Barbados Gospelfest 2006

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Cricket World Cup Organizers To Locals – Overseas Sales Not Going So Well, Please Buy Tickets

After setting ticket prices so high that Caribbean fans gave up and decided to watch on television – Cricket World Cup organizers are now planning to woo the local audience with a last-minute advertising campaign.

Although Barbados has sold out the last few matches, some of the earlier matches in places like Antigua have not yet sold half the tickets.

Obviously, overseas sales are not up to expectations in some venues. Blame the late CARICOM visa announcement, or blame The Ashes or whatever you will – whatever the causes, there’s not a dry armpit or a solid night’s sleep to be had on the CWC organizing committee…

… or should there be by members of the various governments that have bet the farm on a successful Cricket World Cup.

From The Hindu…

Cricket World Cup rallies locals to close gap in ticket sales

San Juan (Puerto Rico), Jan 31. (AP): Six weeks before the start of the cricket World Cup, tournament organisers are rolling out a last-minute advertising blitz in the Caribbean to boost sagging ticket sales.

About half the seats for matches in the nine host countries are still available, and officials are rallying local fans to take up the slack once over-the-counter ticket sales begin on Thursday.

“It’s going to depend on local support,” chief ticketing officer Delroy Taylor said. “We’re expecting the people of the Caribbean will come through in this last phase.”

The host nations have spent millions of dollars on new stadium, roads and other improvements ahead of the tournament, billed as the largest sporting event ever in the Caribbean. Gaps in the stands could sour what many of the tiny countries prize as a rare moment in the global media spotlight.

Not all venues are struggling – hosts of later rounds are already turning fans away from some matches, including the final in Barbados.

But other countries, including Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts, are worried because they lack high-profile contests.

As many as 1,00,000 tourists are expected during the March 11-April 28 tournament, and foreigners account for many of the tickets sold. When sales resume on Thursday after a two-month hiatus, organisers hope for a surge of sales to locals.

“In terms of our culture, we really are a last-minute people,” said Roxanne Morris, commercial manager for the Jamaican organising committee.

A new strategy aims to energise the Caribbean, first-time hosts of the tournament, with a barrage of advertisements over the first three weeks in February. Ticket centres will hand out World Cup posters, bumper stickers, and CD’s with the tournament song – “The game of love and unity,” by local artists including Jamaican-born Shaggy.

Over a dancehall beat, the lyrics drive home the message: “This is it, one big game, that you cannot miss/ No matter who you are – everyone’s on the list.”

Even rural villages are targetted.

A road show in Antigua, which has yet to sell half its tickets for six Super 8 matches, will sell tickets at stops throughout the countryside. In Trinidad, well-known calypso artist Shurwayne Winchester is performing at free concerts with a “cricket caravan” to promote the World Cup.

A lack of widespread Internet access may have prevented people in poor Caribbean nations from buying tickets earlier, Taylor said. Prices range from $15 to $90 for single matches in the group stage, and $25 to $100 for the Super 8 round.

Many hotels report cricket fans from overseas, particularly the United Kingdom, have snapped up all their vacancies. But critics of a special visa regime argue it has discouraged other foreigners. Designed to facilitate travel among host countries, the policy treats them as a common space during the tournament with one visa accepted by all.

Horace Peterkin, president of the Jamaican Hotel and Tourism Association, said fans from countries like Australia that would not have needed a visa have likely been turned away by the hassle and $100 cost.

In the group stage, played in St Kitts, Trinidad, St Lucia, and Jamaica, sales have been strongest for matches involving the home-team West Indies and powerhouses like Australia and India. The top two clubs from each four-team group advance to the Super 8 round, set for Antigua, Grenada, Guyana and Barbados.

On the day of the final, Barbados expects 14 cruise ships to call on its port, with hundreds of yachts ferrying fans from nearby islands. Those without tickets can expect a carnival-like atmosphere with parties and big-screen televisions outside the stadium, said Terry Mayers, a spokesman for the Barbados organising committee.

One key factor in locals’ excitement, organisers say, will be the performance of the West Indies, which will seek its third championship since winning the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979.

“We need for them to do well,” Morris said. “If we can get that kind of positive energy, hopefully it will translate into a positive turnout.”

… read the original article at The Hindu (link here)

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From BFP’s Archives: California Bans Dry-Cleaning Chemical – Barbados Government Withholds Secret Report On Louis Lynch School Environmental Disaster

Has anything really changed in the two years since Barbados Free Press first published this piece on January 30, 2007? The laundry burned down but there are still no rules about the use and disposal of chemicals in Barbados. What do you think, friends? Has anything really changed? Let us know your thoughts…

California Bans Same Toxic Chemical At Center Of Louis Lynch School Closing

According to YAHOO! News, California has banned the most common chemical used by dry cleaners – which is the same chemical at the heart of the closing of Louis Lynch Secondary School in Barbados.

Perchloroethylene is to be phased out next year in California after a 17-year battle to have the cancer-causing chemical replaced. California declared perchloroethylene a toxic chemical in 1991, and since that time further studies indicated that it causes esophageal cancer, lymphoma, cervical and bladder cancer. The solvent, which has a strong, sweet odor, also can affect the central nervous system. (Yahoo! News article link here)

This same toxic chemical was found in the ground at the Louis Lynch School and resulted in calls for the resignation of the Barbados Government officials in April of 2006. At that time, Prime Minister Owen Arthur and other government ministers also came under criticism for refusing to shut down the school after years of staff and students reporting health problems that they believed were linked to a nearby dry-cleaning company. Citizens also presented Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with a letter of complaint and petition bearing 1 500 signatures protesting continued classes at the school.

Barbados Government Withholds Studies On Closed School

The Barbados Union of Teachers and other responsible citizens have been calling for the release of all epidemiological and environmental studies performed in relation to the Louis Lynch Secondary School. The Government of Barbados has been withholding a major study since August, 2006 and has not released the report despite seven months of ongoing promises. Most recently on January 2, 2007, Minister of Education Anthony Wood said he was “not in a position to comment” on the Louis Lynch reports.

Typical Government Elitist, Arrogant Behaviour: Deny Citizens Access To Information They Paid For

Why withhold the Louis Lynch studies? Hey, this is Barbados – there are so many reasons to deny citizens access to information they have paid for …

- To protect government officials and ministers who might be seen as responsible for the mess.

- To protect the dry-cleaning company from liability. (Golly gee – I wonder who owns the dry-cleaning company?)

- To protect the property values of nearby businesses. (Golly gee – I wonder who owns the nearby businesses?)

- To conceal the fact that Barbados has no environmental laws concerning the use or disposal of toxic chemicals like perchloroethylene.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Biography: Infidel

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From Booker Rising…

The autobiography is called Infidel, which is a term that some Muslims have called the former-Muslim-turned-atheist. The Somali-Dutch, moderate-conservative feminist and former parliamentarian who now lives in D.C. and works for the conservative American Enterprise Institute, follows The Caged Virgin, which focused on Islamic sexism. Publishers Weekly states: “In this suspenseful account of her life and her internal struggle with her Muslim faith, she discusses how these views were shaped by her experiences amid the political chaos of Somalia and other African nations, where she was subjected to genital mutilation and later forced into an unwanted marriage.

While in transit to her husband in Canada, she decided to seek asylum in the Netherlands, where she marveled at the polite policemen and government bureaucrats. Ali is up-front about having lied about her background in order to obtain her citizenship, which led to further controversy in early 2006, when an immigration official sought to deport her and triggered the collapse of the Dutch coalition government. Apart from feelings of guilt over van Gogh’s death, her voice is forceful and unbowed—like Irshad Manji, she delivers a powerful feminist critique of Islam informed by a genuine understanding of the religion.”

… original story at Booker Rising (link here).

posted by shona

I read “The Trouble With Islam Today” by Irshad Manji. I ordered this Ali book.

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