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Barbados mother says “I’ll breed ‘em. YOU feed ‘em!”

BFP:

“Government is shortly to ask Parliament for a supplementary, around $100 000, to ease the distress of mothers who trek daily to the courts for child maintenance only to be disappointed because a special account was overdrawn.

The move comes against the backdrop of angry cries by frustrated women earlier this month that some had not received the child support for September, while others claimed they had not received any payments since July. Some called for a return to the cash payment system instead of the current cheque mechanism.”

… October 30, 2014 Nation News Child Money

Barbados makes single motherhood a viable career choice and then we wonder why we have so many young women, girls really, popping ‘em out like Marcia does grill fish, peas & rice, and beer at Oistins.

Half the time it’s a guess to name the father… make that fathers. Plural.

This free ride, this “guvment look after everyting” is coming to an end, as it must.

The cupboard is bare, and as BFP’s Shona said back in 2006

“Government child maintenance payments empowers young uneducated women to perpetuate further generations of young unwed mothers and young men who lack the steady hand of a father.

The current trend towards making unwed motherhood a societally sponsored career choice marginalizes the role of fathers and men in general – and can do no long-term good.”

Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:

Story #1,243 in a continuing Nation Cultural Series…

by BFP reader Passin thru

Jacqueline Blunt is 40 years old and has five children (by how many different men we’re not told). She’s long-term unemployed and lives with her mother; who has served notice on Miss Blunt that she and her five children are out on the street as of Tuesday.

According to the newspaper article, Mother of 5 needs house Miss Blunt contributes nothing to household expenses and keeps such hours and personal habits that her long-suffering mother sought to impose an 8pm curfew on the 40 year old. That really says it all when an unemployed and unemployable mother can’t be bothered to tuck her children in each night. It’s not as if she’s out working or looking for work – she’s partying.

Miss Blunt is featured in The Nation newspaper looking for her next meal ticket. She doesn’t…

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How many Harlequin companies did Dave Ames register in Barbados?

Harlequin Resort

Why so many Harlequin companies?

It happened like this… we were sitting around last Friday discussing how David Ames and his Ponzi partners have more companies than anybody knows about. Marketing done by this company, land held by that company, building done by another company supplied by another company delivering materials.

It all collapsed and left eyesores and abandoned building sites that are a blight upon Barbados and other nations.

And then somebody asked if anyone had run the word “Harlequin” at the Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office.

Everybody looked at each other with that “aren’t we a bunch of idiots?” look. Nope, nobody had done it.

So we fired up the computer, logged into Anonymouse.org to cover our asses, and did the deed.

Here they are, folks… All the Barbados-registered companies with the word “Harlequin” in their name…

HARLEQUINS
POLLY HARLEQUIN PRODUCTIONS
HARLEQUIN DEVELOPMENTS
HARLEQUIN (BARBADOS) PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LIMITED
HARLEQUIN BOUTIQUE HOTEL LIMITED
HARLEQUIN (BARBADOS) PROPERTY LIMITED
HARLEQUIN LUXURY HOTEL LIMITED
HARLEQUIN BOUTIQUE HOTEL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
HARLEQUIN LUXURY HOTEL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
HARLEQUIN PROPERTY (SVG) LIMITED

Truly, the government looked the other way on all of this. How many of these companies filed proper reports? You know how it is here on this rock… a political donation takes care of having to worry about filing the paperwork for companies. No worries about annual reports if you make a big donation to the ruling party.

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Barbados Tourism Marketing board about politics – not performance?

“If a sufficient proportion of the board is devoid of hands-on experience in marketing a product like a destination, how can it possibly judge if the persons actually managing the entity are doing a good job?”

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

If the media reporting on the recently selected board members of the newly formed Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc is accurate then I have to express enormous surprise at the apparent absence of a senior impartial member of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

It is almost inconceivable that you could not include someone who has a vested financial interest in the sector with proven experience and that would contribute to how the island is marketed. To me it raises the question of what is the purpose of the board.

Is it there to ensure due diligence, accountability and to ensure monies are spent in the most cost effective and productive way or is it simply for political window dressing?

If a sufficient proportion of the board is devoid of hands-on experience in marketing a product like a destination, how can it possibly judge if the persons actually managing the entity are doing a good job? Continue reading

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Jodie Kidd stages Yarico: “The shame of slavery in the Caribbean”

Jodie John Kidd Barbados

“The story has its origins, however, in around 1650, when traveller Richard Ligon met a female Amerindian slave in Barbados and returned to England to write A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados, telling of “poor Yarico” who “for her love, lost her liberty”.

It’s a musical. Don’t know what to think about it because I haven’t seen it, but I lost my liberty for love one time. Lost a house too.

Somehow, I don’t think that’s what they are talking about in Yarico.

Jodie’s quotes in the Guardian are interesting because they totally ignore the issue of white historical privilege in Barbados.

Yes… we’re free, but the old boys still control the money and the economy… and where they don’t, the new black political elites are gaining fast. The ordinary man, especially the light skinned mixed-race man, has not progressed in Bim since about 1960. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Robert, BFP

“When I was at school in Barbados I did learn about the history of the island, but there was not much sense of a racial problem when I was growing up because it is such a modern island and has people from all over the world coming in and out all the time,” she said. “More than any other of the islands in the Caribbean, it has always been super popular. So when it came to racial conflict, I didn’t really get to see any one incident of it as I grew up.”

Jodie Kidd quoted in the Guardian article, Jodie Kidd brings story of love and slavery to the London stage

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Amanda House: Talented photographer says Barbados is her favourite!

St James Parish Church Barbados

Amanda House is a wedding photographer based in Alabama, USA.

How much talent did God give her? How hard does she work to be the best she can be, to deliver the best product she can?

Please… let me tell you how good she is: Amanda makes her living flying all over the world to do wedding shoots and other photography jobs. From Barbados to the UK to India and Italy – people who want and can afford the best pay Amanda to come to them for their weddings and other important events.

When you look at her Amanda House Photography website you’ll know what I’m talking about. Fabulous photos by a master. I blew an hour just flipping through wedding photos! Yup… she’s that good.

But she and her family also love Barbados.

Damn! I had her family blog (as opposed to her professional photography website) and I lost it. The photo of St. James Parish Church (above) came from the family blog.

Help! Can anybody find it? I’ll post it here if you do.

Robert

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Bearer shares: a wonderful tool of corruption for Caribbean political elites!

St Vincent Banana Republic

Could A Family of Crooks Get Control of a Small Caribbean Island Government?

by Peter Binose

Lets play a game of pretend and once upon a time…

Once upon a time there were a family of crooks who got control of a government of a small island state. They knew they would not be in power for ever so they needed to devise a way of stealing [teefing] alot and stealing it quickly. One of those involved was a bent ex-bank employee, and had what some of his partners in the scheme would describe as a  brain wave, or even a masterstroke idea.

The initial idea was to control the government treasury and to start almost immediately in their first term to issue government Treasury Bills. The bills would need to be issued every month and plenty of them on a regular basis. The bills would give a compounded interest discounted up front equal to 24% per annum. They would not buy all the bills, allowing the market to buy the majority, thus not raising suspicions.

The problem so far had been getting elected and that was soon sorted – they got elected by foul and unfair means. A few promises of lining the pocket forever of a bent politician from another political party, even perhaps a Knighthood… how could he refuse? Even down to the employment of his children and family in high flying and high paying jobs.

Next was to decide on how to structure the state rip off. It was decided to make it a family affair whereby just a handful or perhaps only two or three knew the truth…  Continue reading

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Barbados raids national pension fund to provide severance pay to dismissed Transport Board workers.

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne

Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler (left) share champagne

Robbing the future? Kiss your pension goodbye?

Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Juggling accounts because there’s precious little left in the treasury? All of the above?

The headline pretty well says it all – we’re broke!

Dismissed Transport Board workers are getting every cent of their long overdue severance pay, thanks to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

Very reliable sources have revealed that the cash-strapped statutory corporation that provides islandwide public transport services had, through the Ministry of Transport and Works (MTW), sought the assistance of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to meet its obligations to retrenched workers.

… read the full story in The Nation Pay Day at Last

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