Open Discussion Archive 1

Hi Folks

This is the ARCHIVE of the Open Discussion forum from February 21, 2006 to early August 17 2009.

NO FURTHER COMMENTS ARE ALLOWED HERE…

… as the page has over 1000 comments dating back three and a half years and takes forever to load under the new throttling policies of LIME.

We’re leaving it up for reference as there are some excellent conversations and articles submitted by BFP readers over the years. You will still be able to read and link to these reader comments, but for current discussions please see the “Open Discussion” page.

Thanks!

1,027 responses to “Open Discussion Archive 1

  1. suleman

    gline is not the only minister

  2. passin thru

    just the only one det get caught so far!

  3. MADMAN

    Nuff corruption in de place – I would also like to deal with de man on de BENCH who sell me out. I was warned that he was going to do it , so I was not surprised. No wonder he will remain a drunkard for the rest of his life. I will see him aroud de BEND ( pun intended)

  4. Anonymous

    The hostile attack preceded by darts of venomous insults punctured my spirit even though I was ten feet away and not the object of his rage. He literally dragged the stool from under her and ripped two of the legs from it with his bare hands. When that effort failed to completely destroy the piece of furniture, he began violently smashing it into the ground until it was unrecognisable and nothing but splinters covered the floor.

    She is young woman, a Barbadian of no more that 26 years and she stood crying and in shock.

    This is an account of the overwhelming dishonourable scene I witnessed in the Shaft clothing store in Swan Street of the city. It was more than enough to discourage me from conducting business there ever again. There ought to be a law against what I saw; and if there isn’t, then our ruling government and its ministries associated with labour issues undeniably do not have our best interest at heart.

    I entered Shaft store (opposite Boardwalk Fashions) at about 10.33 am on Tuesday 12th September. The mission was to find an inexpensive mid thigh jeans in which I could knock around Cave Hill campus. I was alone in that search for a mere two minutes before a young black Barbadian sales assistant approached me happily willing to help. I began describing the item of clothing and told her of a friend who assured me I could find the pants in that particular store. Before I was through with my depiction, she led me to a rack with the exact same pants I wanted. The saleswoman then inquired my size. After a studying my frame, she advised that because of the cut I should take a size over and directed me to a changing room to confirm her conclusion. The pants fit perfectly.

    Then it began.

    The man who I later assumed to be the owner and at most a shamanist, sexist pig was hurling profane insults to the top of his voice. As they were no more customers in the store on that particular floor besides me and my cousin who accompanied me, we rushed out of the changing room to see who was the unlucky receptor of such malicious comments. The young woman who had just made my day was standing before a raged, balding male of Indian descent. He completely demoralised her with insolent cutting remarks against her intelligence. The tone and manner of body language he used implied his obvious contempt for both her gender and race. The most amazing thing even up to this point is although he looked up and saw me, a customer about to make a purchase from his establishment, he continued on his rampage.

    When he stormed off to his office, I tried to console the young woman who was now crying openly. Apparently despite her attempts to inform her boss that she was not shirking her duties but only sitting until I returned from the dressing room, he blew up in a violent attack on her character. To make matters worse, the Indian who again was hurling contemptuous commentary returned to persecute the young woman for another minute before he took the stairs.

    I immediately turned to another Indian male who I assume is a relative of the raging bull for help. He merely hung his head. At that point I returned the pants to the rack and left the store encouraging the woman to find employment elsewhere.

    Is this what Barbadians can look forward to in the workplace? Suffering harsh, demoralising conditions at the hands of aliens in a country that belongs to us?

    It is time we took control of this island and everything in it. Let us develop ourselves, talents and dreams to provide food and jobs for our families and fellow Barbadians. Let us squeeze arrogant and ungrateful aliens like Shaft from among us.

  5. anonymous2

    Anonymous, he probably treats his wife the same way.

  6. pookie

    Blacks in Barbados have brought all this on themselves. I am not sure which group is more guilty – the “educated” or the uneducated.

    Read the Willie lynch story. That is still in practice today but the proponents of it are not white they are black.

    I often laugh when I hear that blacks control Barbados, I am also very embarrassed when I hear it because I know that the people who know better must be saying to themselves, “black people so stupid”

    The hard work of a minority controlling the majority has been given the majority themselves. The profits of the white must be 10 fold what they were during the times of chattel slavery. If on of the fore fathers of this present set of Barbadian whites were to come back to life they would be proud of how their sons have continued in their legacy.

    The education system in Barbados has failed Barbadians. Bob Marley once said that if he were educated he would be a damn fool. Our education system produces thousands of fools every year.

    One of the most successful marketing gimmicks in Barbadian history is by mister COW Williams. He is always reminding he flock of Negroes that he is just like them and indeed on of them… he came from humble beginnings. Maybe that’s why he is so rich now…

    We are the unwanted visitor in what should be our own country. We are were previously only wanted for our labor.

    What I have said is pretty vague I know, I would like to contribute to this site if I may.

  7. Gas prices soon down?

    Oil tumbles below $60.
    Biggest slump for crude in over 15 years as worries about supplies fade.
    September 25 2006: 5:59 AM EDT
    ……………
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) —
    Oil prices fell to a six-month low under $60 a barrel on Monday
    as BP’s move to restore output at Prudhoe Bay earlier than expected added to a sense of healthy, secure supplies,
    while demand growth questions loomed large.

    U.S. light, sweet crude for November sank 99 cents to $59.56 a barrel in electronic trading. London Brent crude lost $1.04 to $59.37.
    —————–

    Yippee!
    prices at de Bajan gas pump coming down jes’ now!

    Riiiiight! – u believe dat!
    Now they find out what the market will bear (upwards of $3 a gill!) they’ll do their best to keep it up there!

  8. BajAmMan

    There was an article in the Nation (“It Matters to Maria: Storage Spot – A Menace to Residents” July 7, 2006) that a neighbor shared with me. I have since searched for additional information, particularly a response from the Ministry of Public Works, as to some of the issues brought forth by the residents.

    I found out from the residents in the area that the MPW, within three days of this article, began to clear the area behind the houses. When the depot manager was spotted out with the bulldozers was asked what their plans were, the response was “we are doing work on the grounds of MPW”. Furthermore, when asked her name (we knew it from some of the other workers) she simply stated that she was “an employee of the Ministry”. She obviously missed her NISE training!

    Further research through phone calls determined that if a private individual was dumping or otherwise developing their land in such a fashion that it disturbed the ecosystem (the Pine valley is a watershed adjacent to the Prince Gap Depot) or neighbors, that all manners of hell would break loose.

    What is the agency that would be investigating? You guessed it – MPW!

    Who is policing the police in this case? A temporary dump is still – a dump!

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/bar/archive/2006/July/07/Editorial/22509.xml&start=0&numPer=20&keyword=storage+spot+a+menace+to+residents&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2006&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

    IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Storage spot — a menace to residents Date July 07, 2006 Brief IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Storage spot — a menace to residents
    by MARIA BRADSHAW

    RESIDENTS living in Collymore Rock, St Michael, are expressing concern about the storage of road-building material at the back of Prince Road Depot.

    Gregory King, a Barbadian living in the United States who comes here every three months, says each time he is astonished about what he sees as destruction of the land and natural vegetation of the area.
    Prince Road Depot stores road building material like marl, sand, asphalt and grits on a vast area of Government land behind the building.

    But King and other residents said they were concerned that the material was blocking a natural water course and that the storage of these materials was destroying the natural vegetation.
    They also complained about dust and being disturbed during the night by trucks dropping off material at the depot.

    King pointed out that the marl was being pushed further and further back on the land.
    He wants to know if any environmental study was conducted in the area on the impact the storage of the materials was having on wild life especially monkeys, and what effect it was having on the water course.

    He also wants to know if there isn’t a structured plan for the land use in terms of capacity and limitations. Furthermore, he believes that no activities should take place there after 11:30 p.m.

    Back yard flooded
    “If I was living here I would find it quite difficult to deal with that kind of noise during the night. It is not a neighbourly attitude,” he stated.
    King, who grew up in the area, said he recently noticed that his backyard flooded when it rained and he expressed fears that this was because the water course was blocked.

    When contacted about the situation Pierson Proverbs, technician at the depot, said only last week they brought in a tractovator to clear the water course. “We are putting measures in place to ensure that there is no flooding,” he stated. He explained that the materials which were being stored in the depot’s back yard was for the construction of roads. However, he admitted that trucks dumped material from various roads where work was taking place during the night to be removed the next day.

    “They use here because it is more convenient and quicker than going to the dump,” Proverbs said, pointing out that this practice would cease as soon as the road works were completed.
    He said while they would debush some of the area the vegetation helped prevent erosion.
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  9. Hants

    This was written in labourparty blog.
    Very interesting reading.

    1. Royalrumble Says:
    September 26th, 2006 at 4:49 pm
    Have bloggers carefully read the question of cat eyes, the embodiment of the DLP. He asked, If Mascoll’s tenure was so magnificent why in the three years that he was there was he not able to marshall forces which would have ensured the inihilation of David Thompson?
    Now bloggers tell if he and thompson were in the same party why should he want to inihilate him? you see this is precisely the problem I have with Thompson and all those who support him. They feel that you have to destroy in order to build. That is why that leadership struggle had to end in a blood bath rather than in the spirit of accommodation and co-exittance. that is why all those other memebers who left the party had to do so, because there is simply no room in that party for dissenting views and opinions. It is thompson’s way are no way.
    That is an awful state to be in, especially when you consider the fact that Thompson has very poor management skills, zero human relation skills, no self esteem, no respect for persons he considers lesser than himself, a deep fear for persons more intelligent than he, possesses a very strong colonial mentality, shows no interest in the disciplines of economics and history and is basically a very intellectually weak person.
    Mascoll was not focussed on inihilating thompson but rather on taking on the BLP that is why he did not spend his time there marshalling and forces against thompson. That is simply not Mascoll’s nature. He is really a very sincere person who could have been a wealth of assistance to Barrow’s Party but as he has done over and over again thompy ensured his departure. Thanks to PM Arthur who flung open the doors of compassion to ensure that yet another of Barrow’s children were provided for in this country. Mascoll now joins his other simblings Kerrie, Grant, Greenidge, Peter Walcott, Bovell and many others who are now making their national contribution to the development of this great Nation. Thank you Mr. Owen S. Arthur, Prime Minister for life and father of First World Barbados

  10. S. Greenidge

    Reasons why Barbados’ Politicians fear little and are not held accountable:

    1. Barbados’ Politicians do not fear the press. There isn’t a free press in Barbados; both the journalists and the publications that they work for are too fearful of the government to publish articles that reveal the underbelly of Barbados politics. If Barbadians are kept ignorant how can they act?

    2. Barbados’ Politicians do not fear loosing the next election, as they will almost always fall on their feet. For example, many politicians are lawyers; through a determined lack of reform or modernisation (by said politicians) of Barbados’ hopelessly out-of-date land transaction laws, Barbadian lawyer-politicians collect exorbitant fees for their services. It is not this way in most developed countries like Canada and the UK.

    2. Barbados’ Politicians do not fear the Middle classes. In other countries (such as the UK and Canada) politicians fear the Middle classes; the middle-income community contribute heavily to the treasury via taxation and generally have the education and time to closely watch politicians, and see them for what they really are and to understand their underlying motives and strategies. Unfortunately Barbados’ middle-income group is so small that these people do not have the weight of Votes to bring about political change.

    3. Barbados’ Politicians do not fear the people. Usually of the better – sometimes for the worst – Barbadians are some of the most complacent people in the world: The minorities (white, Asian, Arabic, black middle-class (yes, politically You are a minority) are scared to put their heads above the parapet in the fear that they will be victimised. Poor Bajans (that is, the vast majority of Barbadians) do not have the luxury of time (and sometimes education) to sit and think about their politicians’ true motives and plans. The vast majority of Barbadians are financially struggling; their Votes are easy to buy – a hundred dollar bill means allot to this group.

  11. Anonymous3

    I pick up the point u r making on RR but r u sure u r not picking on RR for personal reasons because I can cut and paste onto this blog quite a few of such instances from other persons on the BLP blog. I honestly do not feel that it is a case of inability but rather the lack of time and care for the language in these circumstances. I am guilty of it myself. This is something u will find all over the internet and in cell phone text messaging.

    Your point is a small one but if you feel u must make it then be my guest.

  12. Anonymous3

    Hants I see the point u r making about RR but r u sure u r not picking on him personal reasons because I can cut and paste, onto this blog quite a few of such instances from other persons on the BLP blog. I honestly do not feel that it is a case of inability but rather the lack of time and care for the language in these circumstances. I am guilty of it myself. This is something u will find all over the internet and in cell phone text messaging.

    Your point is a small one but if u feel u must make it then be my guest.

  13. Hants

    I found the last sentence of RR’s submission to be a very powerful compliment to the PM.
    Prime Minister for life and father of First world Barbados.
    I think this should be carved in stone outside the PM’s office.
    Better yet,We should save this title for when Owen is Officialy added to our list of National Heroes.

  14. Does the BFP have a policy moderating post that have offensive content… like refering to other posters with terms like ***** or **** Jockey?

    …… The answer is “yes” Andrew, but remember we are just a part-time bunch of guys and gals and don’t see everything all the time. When someone alerts us to offensive content, we have a look and review it.

    Oh… and watch your language please!  ;-)

  15. Then I might point out that you missed this.
    From

    http://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2006/10/16/barbados-lawyer-wanted-for-beating-of-teen-thoughts-of-racial-tension-white-privilege-black-attitudes/

    #
    Nathan
    October 16th, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Crimes of their Race…….. What a **** Jocky you are they might be crimes in todays world cilmate but back in the “Dark Ages” these were common business deals Black & White were slaves just the spotlight seems to be on Black side of things because a sensativity towards the subject just like the Jews use today aswell and look at that situation now. Stop grumbling and get on with things problems in your life is down to yourself not your history because you yourself create it!

    **** Edited by Robert. Thanks for pointing this out, Andrew – and for the suggestion of leaving an editing note.

  16. Also.. a note saying that you have moderated a comment would probabaly be a good idea. As it is not absolutly clear that you have moderated the above post by me and it could be intrurreted as attributing words to me that are not mine

  17. Also, I think that “**** Jockey” does not really hide what is being said?

  18. Hey Guys, you going to introduce RSS on comments any time soon? and if you have already… my apologies and how do I get it to work?

  19. Observer

    Hey BFP,

    On previous occasions I know you have raised some issues regarding the pros and cons of how we use our limited land resources in Barbados, whether it be for using our land to grow varieties of cane suitable for producing ethanol or to turn it into golf courses and housing developments of vacation homes of foreigners.

    According to this article, we better be prepared to use it to start growing more of our own food:

    Grain Drain: Get Ready for Peak Grain

    by Wayne Roberts

    SNIP

    The world’s grain reserve has been dipped into for six of the last seven years, and is now at its lowest point since the early 1970s. There’s enough in the cupboard to keep people alive on basic grains for 57 days. Two months of survival foods is all that separates mass starvation from drought, plagues of locusts and other pests, or wars and violence that disrupt farming, all of which are more plentiful than food.

    To put the 57 days into geopolitical perspective, China’s shortfall in wheat is greater than the entire wheat production of Canada, one of the world’s breadbaskets. Since the World Trade Organization prohibits government intervention that keeps any items off the free trade ledger, there’s no law that says that Canadians, or any other people, get first dibs on their own food production.

    To put the 57 days in historical perspective, the world price for wheat went up six-fold in 1973, the last time reserves were this low. Wheat prices ricocheted through the food supply chain in many ways, from higher prices for cereal and breads eaten directly by humans, to the cost for milk and meat produced from livestock fed a grain-based diet. If such a chain reaction happens this year, wheat could fetch $21 a bushel, again about six times its current price. It might fetch even more, given that there are two other pressing demands for grains that were not as forceful during the 1970s. Those happy days pre-dated modern fads such as using grains as a feedstock for ethanol, now touted as an alternative to petroleum fuels for cars, and pre-dated factory barns that bring grains to an animal’s stall, thereby eliminating farm workers who tended livestock while they grazed in fields on pasture grasses.

    Look forward to two new questions at the supermarket cash register: Will that be cash or chargex? Will that be for food basics, meat or car fuel? University ethics classes and church elders can also ponder the moral dilemmas imposed on the wealthy when they choose fuel and meat while others starve.

    SNIP

    If looming food shortages – quite a shift from obsessing about obesity, isn’t it – make it on the radar of government officials charged with safeguarding public health, a raft of new policy issues will need to be addressed. A big question mark has to be put on ethanol fuels, except those made from crop wastes.

    Food sovereignty, the right of a people to set their own food policies, emerges as a precondition of food security, and should put the world free trade agenda on hold. Planning measures that prohibit urban sprawl onto good farmland – Ontario’s greenbelt is an excellent example – become axiomatic. So do government-guaranteed minimal prices for farmers producing basic foods, the same kinds of guarantees now provided all self-regulating professions such as doctors and lawyers, as well as apprenticed tradesmen and tax-drivers, all of whom would have problems working if they didn’t eat. And so do measures that promote food production in cities, not just as a healthy hobby but as a public health essential. A garden on top of every garage, a veggie stew in every pot… we will see this and more in the years ahead.

    More at:

    http://www.energybulletin.net/21815.html

  20. P. Antonio Rudder

    Re: Steve’s Dry Cleaning

    I write to apologise to all customers for the manner in which our depots have been closed.

    Closure without adequate notice has been insensitive and inconvenient in the extreme to customers, our staff and our landlords. These actions were beyond our control.

    However, we wish to indicate that we are in the process of ensuring the continuity of the service we provide, under a new trading name: TRIPLE C CLEANERS.

    In a few days full details of the way forward will be provided to give a sense of certainty to staff and our valued customers.

    Respectfully
    P. Antonio Rudder
    Director

  21. Rumplestilskin

    Oberver: Great Snippet and very true.

    However, our priorities at the moment seem to be humongous houses, each on plenty of land that used to be agricultural, golf, and acting as ‘the big first world nation’. Food, agriculture…what are those?

    We can always import food from Guyana and Trinidad. Surely that dependence will not give T&T future control of our Nation (despite the ownership of much land and other assets here by T&T corporations and citizens already, despite the location of major institutional structures in T&T e.g. CCJ.

    We be the great big land of Barbados and that will not change….will it?

  22. Anon

    BFP

    You see what an asset you are that someone ie Mr Antonio Rudder can post a free advert on your site.It tells me something about your readership and your growing stature in the public’s eye.

    Very Good BFP

  23. Where Have All The Good Lawyers Gone: Policing The Custodians Of Our Legal System.

    Most of us was raised to believe that the law is the glory of a decent society; that the rule of law is the sine qua non of a postmodern civilization; that international law is the greatest protector of human rights; that lawyers coupled with doctors remain an elite profession to which a young person can aspire; that making laws is the great work of governments and legislatures; that law schools are among the noble places of learning in society; that the title “judge” or “magistrate” was perhaps one of the highest appellations one can have in society; and that the jury system is an essential component of a just society. Sadly, most of the abovementioned ideals have become a pathetic nonsense. The legal system is now our enemy according to many disaffected souls.

    This condition is not a modern or a post-modern phenomenon. As far back as the 7th century BC, the ancient prophet Habakkuk grappled with these same issues of oppression, infidelity and lawlessness. He complains to God by asking the questions:
    “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But You do not listen! “Violence!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see this sin and misery all around me? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed and useless, and there is no justice given in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, and justice is perverted with bribes and trickery.”
    Many like the prophet of old have come to fear almost everything having to do with the law. Though there are many fine people in the legal profession, and though law is necessary to protect society from descending into chaos, we now fear the legal profession more than we do Islamic terror or suicide bombers.

    To many reading this article these sentiments will come as no surprise while to others it may appear a bit harsh. The basis of this exegesis looks at the ways many of my colleagues and I along with scores of others who have been mis-treated by lawyers, solicitors or barristers over basic property, human rights issues, judicial representation and other legal transactions (im)purely for their own gain.

    One would assume that lawyers, attorneys, barristers and officers of the courts (call them what you may) and the law go hand in hand. At least we suspect that is what it is in theory. However, upon closer examination, lawyers and the law have very little in common nowadays, unless of course you’re talking about the attorneys’ propensity for using the law to their best advantage. If you look closely, you’ll discover that the legal concepts of right and wrong have sadly been outlawed by the unwritten law of who’s got the best lawyer in a given situation. Truth, integrity, justice, equity and fairplay are classed as misdemeanours in our society and to a large extent our world.

    Regardless of whether we like it or not, lawyers continue to meticulously manipulate the legal system to fit their own self serving needs; their need for self-aggrandisement, the ossification of reputation based on practice and who wins more and finally, the leviathan of social prestige called “wealth and money” which supposedly separates ‘the men from the boys’. The rules of the game, the unwritten law if you will, heavily favor the lawyers and the system they follow and why shouldn’t they some may ask?

    Many of my colleagues who are EXPATS (brothers living abroad) who wanting to invest in our homeland of Barbados find it a proverbial minefield of legal bureaucracy whether it is the sale of or the purchase of property, the acquisition of a mortgage or the simplest of legal processes. The incidences of financial impropriety, stalling, and over-charging are endless. The purchaser of a piece of property is stalled continuously as money is exacted from the Buyer due to supposed checks and counter-checks, the submission of letters which takes ages, the procurement of title deeds and all the relevant paperwork which is in the lawyer’s possession. At the same time, the Seller’s money sits in the attorney’s bank accounts making interest as innocent people are held in perpetual limbo.

    Attorneys by and large, even the good ones who play by the rules and conduct themselves in an honest, ethical and forthright fashion, are reticent to speak out against the rogue attorneys who wantonly abuse the legal system, exploit their clientele and give the legal profession such a bad name, where most people sees them as crooks and highway robbers with a certified license to steal.
    Rather than risk being blackballed or ostracised by their fellow cronies for crying foul, many hold their noses and turn a blind eye towards the nefarious shenanigans of the less than honorable colleagues in their midst. This plays right into the hands of those dirty dealing lawyers as they remain unaccountable to no one and can continue in their malpractice.
    My business partner has spent the last year trying to get closure on a business deal involving a piece of property. He has had to make six trips to Barbados in order to get his solicitor to finish the legal paperwork and to hand over the documents for which he has already paid for. Yet the delays continue to mount and the excesses and excuses abounded. To date, he has received the release of his documents but due to the intervention of another senior officer of the court. What a travesty!

    Regardless of whether lawyers bill their clientele by the hour (some cases $500 – $1500) or work out a contingent fee arrangement to offset work on behalf of their clients, these custodians of our legal system are laughing all the way to the bank. Some have argued that there has never been a better time to make money in the legal profession than at this moment.
    Our legal system is in shambles, in no small part due to unscrupulous lawyers and their unwritten code of conduct. They don’t want anyone messing with the way the legal system is set up. With the cards so heavily stacked in their favor, who could hardly blame them? Legal reform is a bad word. For these crafty lawyers, (is there really any other kind?). They have meticulously fostered “a sue unto others” mentality among the general population, where we are now quick to run to a lawyer over even the most trivial of disputes or inconveniences.
    Lawyers can accuse you of everything under the sun, trash your reputation and drag your good name into the dirt (and all you can do is sit there and watch it happen) but dare anyone like me purport the unsavoury nature of their dealings in the print media or the public domain and all hell breaks loose. Even trying to get this document to go into publication was like pulling teeth.
    No one is arguing for or against the unwritten law which dictates that lawyers make their money as well. However, the problem I have and others like me is that these are the unilateral powers lawyers hold over us all and it is resonant in every fabric of social life. You have to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth but the lawyers don’t have to. They can lie on a stack of Bibles it would not make an iota of difference. In the courtroom, you have to show respect or risk being cited with contempt of court but lawyers don’t have to. You have to abide by specific timetables while the lawyers can drag things out and tie you up in litigation, procrastinate over your property sale and closure or simply drag out your legal work or compensation on for years. This is the law!
    The legal profession in Barbados is truly in a state of moral hazard. But then, who is willing to admit to this state of affairs? The world of modern jurists is a law onto themselves seeking only what is in the interest of their own pockets. Somehow, I always thought the client’s interest was the sole and paramount responsibility of his or her lawyer. But maybe I got that wrong as well!
    The code of conduct for lawyers stipulate that they must always act in the best interests of their clients subject to preserving their independence as solicitors, barristers or officers of the court and to the due observance of the law, sound professional practice rules and the on-going principles of good professional conduct.
    Lawyers should not permit their own personal interests or those of the legal profession in general to influence their acting on behalf of clients; furthermore, their acting must be free of all political considerations.
    Lawyers should advise their clients of any significant development in relation to their case or transaction and explain matters to the extent reasonably necessary to permit informed decisions by clients regarding the instructions which is required to be given by them.
    Information should be clear and comprehensive and where necessary or appropriate confirmed in writing. In particular lawyers should advise clients in writing when it becomes known that the cost of work will materially exceed any estimate that has been given and should also advise the client when the limit of the original estimate provided is being approached. The duty to communicate effectively extends to include the obligation on lawyers to account to their clients in respect of all relevant monies passing through the lawyer’s hands.
    The fees charged by lawyers should be fair and reasonable in all circumstances. Factors to be considered in relation to the reasonableness of the fee include:
    • the importance of the matter to the client;
    • the amount or value of any money, property or transaction involved;
    • the complexity of the matter or the difficulty or novelty of the question raised;
    • the skill, labour, specialised knowledge and responsibility involved on the part of the lawyer;
    • the time expended;
    • the length, number and importance of any documents or other papers prepared or perused;
    • and the place where and the circumstances in which the services or any part thereof are rendered and the degree of urgency involved.
    Lawyers must act honestly at all times and in such a way as to put their personal integrity beyond question. A lawyer’s actions and his or her personal behaviour must be consistent with the need for mutual trust and confidence among clients, the courts, the public and fellow lawyers.
    For example, lawyers must observe the Accounts Rules which govern the manner in which clients’ funds may be held by solicitors and which are designed to ensure that clients’ monies are safeguarded. Lawyers who are dishonest in a matter not directly affecting their clients are nonetheless guilty of professional misconduct. How often this occurs but is seldom disclosed.
    Sadly policing the custodians of the legal system remains a colossal undertaking especially where phenomenal sums of monies are involved. The legal profession is no longer about the letter and the spirit of the law but rather about making money, no matter the cost, whether in human lives, moral integrity or political expediency.
    Take the case of Stanley Works, international tool-maker and conglomerate which announced a “move” of its headquarters-on paper-from New Britain, Connecticut, to Bermuda in the Caribbean and of its imaginary management to Barbados as the offshore haven.
    Although its buildings and staff would actually stay put in the United States manufacturing hammers and wrenches, Stanley Works would no longer pay taxes on profits from international trade. Interesting fiscal manoeuvre.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission, run by Harvey Pitt – a lawyer who for more than twenty years represented the top accounting and Wall Street firms he was regulating – accepted the pretence as legal. Talk about turning a blind eye!
    “The whole business is a sham…”The headquarters will be in a country where that company is not permitted to do business. They’re saying a company is managed in Barbados when there’s one meeting there a year.” fumed New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, who more than any other U.S. law enforcer has attacked the offshore system and the loophole or in this case “the Bermuda Triangle” which corporations try to jump through. “In the prospectus, they say legally controlled and managed in Barbados. If they took out the word legally, it would be a fraud. But Barbadian law says it’s legal, so it’s legal.” The conceit apparently also persuaded the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    Stanley Works’ accountants, the giant global firm Ernst & Young, and its lawyers, the prominent Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, presumably advised their client that this was a good way to keep from paying $30 million in U.S. taxes. But it turns out that Stanley Works was planning to save on more than the taxes on business done outside the United States. Even though it only paid $7 million in U.S. tax on foreign income in 2001, Stanley Works indicated that the move would save it at least $25 million in 2002. The immediate effect would be to increase the salaries of Stanley Works’ executives, who were already being paid millions; American taxpayers would make up the loss.
    That scam hit the headlines, and in the face of a threatened lawsuit by the Attorney General of Connecticut, Stanley Works backed down. The AFL-CIO and unions such as UNITE and AFSCME are using pension stock votes to try to bring runaway companies like Stanley Works back onshore. They say the moves deprive the United States of taxes and also reduce shareholders’ control, including the right to examine books or sue management.
    But Stanley Works’ ploy is only one of myriad ways companies use the offshore system to cheat on taxes. Companies in international trade routinely use shell accounts. According to a Miami private investigator, “If I have a Colombian company that imports Mercedes trucks from Germany, the company ordering the trucks will be registered in the British Virgin Islands or Curacao; no Colombian firm will handle invoices; Colombian tax authorities won’t know how much business they’re doing.” These practices are endemic in Third World countries because shrewd lawyers circumnavigate the boundaries of the law and big money is a powerful catalyst for corruption even amongst the custodians of the legal system.
    As the age-old adage goes, “all it takes for corruption and evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. Barbados maybe a drop in the ocean compared to larger economies like the US and the EU but the civil and legal norms of accountability must also govern our practice and our right standing within the international economic community. Government must work tirelessly at greater simplification and transparency within the legal system where the interests of its people and that of others are protected from rogue traders, unscrupulous lawyers and corrupt politicians.
    This dossier was not intended to be a scathing report on the damnable practices done by a few within the system. Rather its import is to create a forum for debate, analysis and hopefully change. It is my desire, hope and pray that the purveyors and custodians of our legal system be watchful and mindful of the facts, recognising that the hallmarks of a society in decay are when no one guards the guards.

  24. Barbados get publicity in proposed illegal stem cell trade.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/pip/cvdws/

  25. BARC (Barbadian Againts Real Corruption)

    Sir Allan Fields is not at the CBC to “clean up” the finances and the operations. He is their to protect the interest of Cable and Wireless. The announcement of Sir Allan as the Chairman of the CBC creates a serious conflict of interest as well major concerns for the fair trading commission. A commission that recently announed crack downs on inncesious board relationships. The average Barbadian does not understand that in todays world the CBC & C&W are competitors. With the current develpoment of technolgies, media and telecomminications are one and the same. In the US their are competing aggresively agains each other. Spending billions to win the battle for each others customers. MCTV has the potential to provide telephone and internet services to all of its current and future customers. Offering, what is know in the US, as “Triple Play”: high speed internet, telephone services, and cable or TV at a price below standard telephone service. What this would mean is that the local incumbant telephone operator, in our case C&W, would loose tonnes of busines…maybe put out of business as telephone service would basically be free. Our Prime Minister and Sir. Allan know this. An offer was made just before Sir. Allan was made Chairman, to the previous board of directors at CBC for MCTV. This would have meant that MCTV/CBC it would have had a partner with deep pockets to assist it in offering the Triple Play service. The Board had accepted in principle. Then suddently came a new change in the Board with Sir. Allan heading the team. All negotiations with the company came to an end. Major changes at board level were announced. The ones who were asking for transperency and close to the previous Minister, who had sactioned the previous negotiations, were asked to resign. C&W does not have the money to invest in this kind of infastructure to offer this service to all of Barbados. I suspect what they will do, and I beleive with the PM’s blessing…who knows what was promised to whom is to buy and hold. They will hold on to MCTV, do very little for a while, but use MCTV to deter any new entrants. This means that the Barbadian public will suffer in the short and long term. Sir. Allan should immediately be asked to resign as this creates an enormous conflict of interest and any offering of CBC or MCTV for investment should be made as public and transparent as possible. Barbadian people wake up…things are not always what they seem to be…while you were discussing the CBC issues as if its was some kind of circus a serious and dangerous plan was unreveling that would put YOU in a losing position. Please…DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

  26. SIR ALLAN's REAL MISSION AT CBC

    Sir Allan Fields is not at the CBC to “clean up” the finances and the operations. He is their to protect the interest of Cable and Wireless. The announcement of Sir Allan as the Chairman of the CBC creates a serious conflict of interest as well major concerns for the fair trading commission. A commission that recently announed crack downs on inncesious board relationships. The average Barbadian does not understand that in todays world the CBC & C&W are competitors. With the current develpoment of technolgies, media and telecomminications are one and the same. In the US their are competing aggresively agains each other. Spending billions to win the battle for each others customers. MCTV has the potential to provide telephone and internet services to all of its current and future customers. Offering, what is know in the US, as “Triple Play”: high speed internet, telephone services, and cable or TV at a price below standard telephone service. What this would mean is that the local incumbant telephone operator, in our case C&W, would loose tonnes of busines…maybe put out of business as telephone service would basically be free. Our Prime Minister and Sir. Allan know this. An offer was made just before Sir. Allan was made Chairman, to the previous board of directors at CBC for MCTV. This would have meant that MCTV/CBC it would have had a partner with deep pockets to assist it in offering the Triple Play service. The Board had accepted in principle. Then suddently came a new change in the Board with Sir. Allan heading the team. All negotiations with the company came to an end. Major changes at board level were announced. The ones who were asking for transperency and close to the previous Minister, who had sactioned the previous negotiations, were asked to resign. C&W does not have the money to invest in this kind of infastructure to offer this service to all of Barbados. I suspect what they will do, and I beleive with the PM’s blessing…who knows what was promised to whom is to buy and hold. They will hold on to MCTV, do very little for a while, but use MCTV to deter any new entrants. This means that the Barbadian public will suffer in the short and long term. Sir. Allan should immediately be asked to resign as this creates an enormous conflict of interest and any offering of CBC or MCTV for investment should be made as public and transparent as possible. Barbadian people wake up…things are not always what they seem to be…while you were discussing the CBC issues as if its was some kind of circus a serious and dangerous plan was unreveling that would put YOU in a losing position. Please…DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

    BARC (Barbadian Againts Real Corruption)

  27. Jupiter

    I hope apologists like Pandora reads this.The more you hear about his maneouvring and the questionable practices of owen arthur then the more we realise that we are like Joseph,sold into slavery by our brothers without realising it,and now they have thrown us down in a pit.

    Bajans must reserve a special kind of message to be sent to all these BLP politicians bar none.Mia,billie,owen,farley,lynette,payne,dale marshall,rommell marshall,artherley,wood,mascoll,liz thompson,cynthia forde,edgehill,eastmond,dugid etc etc.

    We will not be satisfied with them just losing their seat,but they must be investigated if there is found to be wrongdoing and prosecuted.

  28. Rumplestilskin

    Nothing against Fields personally, he has done well for himself and jolly good for him. However, in this circumstance a Chairman of a private entity, major at that, also being appointed as Chairman of a major public entity is by any standards, a blatant conflict of interest.

    Where is the Advocate or Nation editorial? Hmmmm?

    Or will they report (as usual)…’the Minister said’ , ‘the cleaner said’, the ‘whoever’ said?

    Yes, that is reporting. It is however NOT JOURNALISM.

    Saw Harold Hoyte’s article on the ‘Power Puff’ girls last month. Cute. But at this stage irrelevant fluff.

    It is obvious to any bystander that apart from Mia there is only one ‘power person’ in the party, who is capable of leading it. Whatever the BLP would like the electorate to believe. Aside from the PM himself, not Mascoll, not Marshall, not Symmonds.

    Yes, Mia seems to have been sidelined. But that is probably temproary and to suit election purposes. Give the others a chance to ‘build’ an image.

    So, fairly irrelevant.

    He should be dealing with real issues. Conflicts of interests. Public spending and priorities. Lifestyle and living standards of the average Barbadian.

    But that might step on too many toes, Government and Corporate.

  29. John

    Isn’t there a Social Partnership in Barbados and didn’t Sir Allen and his lot belong?

    Just asking!

    A partnership is like a company and its assets are utilised for the good of the partnership by its directors …. sorry partners.

  30. Jupiter

    Rumples

    Good point.Where is the Nation and where is the advocate?Where is VOB?Ican’t ask where is CBC ,cause we know where they are.

    Any of you bajans overeseas reading this and you have some money and looking for a good investment – a real newspaper in barbados is as good a bet as any.

  31. Jupiter

    Have you all readers noticed that when owen arthur first assumed the reins as P.M. he ‘big -up’ and embraced small black business men like; Gray ‘doc’ Broomes of Pizza Man fame,and Neville Rowe of former Julie ‘N’ fame and David Commissong and others.He talked a lot then about enfranchising small black businesses,he put in place the venture trust fund set up (although red tape prevented you from accessing these funds),but he laid claim to being ‘of the people and for the people’.

    Guess what now people,the citizens then started seeing large scale real estate projects going up which catered to the foreign mainly white rich clientele and which gobbled up the increasingly shrinking land supply.

    We saw certain ‘big -ups’ in society,friends of the prime minister or other ministers,or party – card carrying members getting large public contracts without in some cases bidding for it, or in some cases under – bidding and then making up the losses with cost over – runs with enough left over to give a kick – back.

    Owen arthur was now seen praising rich white folks at the westmoreland luncheon telling these rich people how much he needed them,he then started to insult the lil black bajan folks at openings such as the Apes Hill development, by telling bajans “they too envious of people who make money,and he will support these kinda projects come hell or highwater”.

    So the citizens then asked:will the real owen arthur stand up?And stood up he did,that is – the father of first world B’dos,the lover of the guyanese and the scorner of the bajans,the ‘I will do as I like whatever you people say – arthur’.

    Then the people started saying:”wait who is dis man boy,wey he cum from boy?”
    “Didn’t the Nation newspaper,Advocate and VOB tell us what a intelligent,nice man from humble background in St Peter he was?He wasn’t no negrocrat yuh know?”

    So the people started grumbling and asking the newspapers and radio and t.v. stations:”wuh wunnah fool we so for?”

    But the media outlets didnot hear them they were too busy making money.

    That my friend is the story of present – day Barbados.

  32. Port Congestion alternative

    Why does the Minister of International Transport and Tourism not negotiate or insist that the smaller Cruise Ships anchor off Speightstown instead of blocking up the Bridgetown Port to the disadvantage of Cargo Ship operators?

    Already they have been paid millions do bring passengers here; already they get priority berthing; it is said that they already get concessions on berthing fees that the Cargo operators do not get (no one at BPI will say for sure).

    Such a move will allow businesses in Mr. Arthur’s constituency to develop. Duty Free shops, restaurants, taxi services, tours, etc. would flourish. It would ease traffic in the and around Bridgetown. It would allow island tours to start in the north. Moreover it will allow for the freeing-up of a berth in the Bridgetown Port which should be dedicated for cargo and which would create a more efficient and effective operation.

  33. Morer Amazing Stuff

    Reported in the press so far this week.

    Minister of Roads, Gline Clarke, wants Barbadians to report any pot-holes in the roads where they live. He does not give a phone or fax number. But he can start with Dayrells Road, Golf Club Road, Rendezvous, Harmony Hall.

    Jamaica will INCREASE the number of their hotel room BY 9,000. Barbados which relies so heavily on tourism cant even make a total of 7,000.

    Government will spend $9 million on beach rehabilitation now that the beaches are beginning to return to normal by themselves.

    Michael “Ikael Tafari” Hutchinson should know all about “The White Problem” (Nation 18 Dec.) since he is 80% himself.

    Notice the ads for the fancy ring and the watch “lost” and the rewards offered? Hmmm.

    Well look out for more in your daily newspapers.

  34. congrats – really informative website!

  35. Alan Witcombe

    Dear Sir

    To whom is may concern

    I wish to complain about the special visa and have some issues that may cause difficulties for me and my family.

    We are booked to travel from the US to Barbados in March 2007 to attend a friends wedding. We leave the region for New Zealand before the world cup starts on 24 March 2007, yet from the Caricom website it appears we will have to obtain three visas at $300US.

    The Caricom site also says that we need to allow 4 weeks for you to process the passports. I am not sure if you are aware but January and February are summer months in New Zealand and Australia and a significant number of people will be travelling internationally and using their passports. As Barbados does not have diplomatic representation in my country and have not established an office in Australia, this process will cause significant problems for many NZ and Australian citizens.

    My family and I are going to Australia for a holiday on 17 February 2007 and will need our passports. On 26 February 2007 we fly to the US to go to Disneyland. Again we will need our passports. Therefore according to Caricom rules, which were only announced yesterday, I will need to get visas from Caricom between 23 December 2006 and 17 February 2007, right in the middle of the Christmas holiday season when many businesses and agencies are closed or on limited hours.

    My family (wife and child) and myself were planning on travelling on our NZ passports. I have a UK passport, so can use that. But my wife and child are both born in NZ and only have NZ passports.

    Furthermore I take issue with the list of countries Caricom have identified as needing visas and those that do not. As you may be aware NZ and Australia are on the visa waiver programme into the US. This system is only open to a few countries which have highly developed and respected border security controls. This alone should give Caricom great comfort that NZers and Australians can be trusted in terms of any national security risks to your region. However, Caricom have placed a visa requirement on us. NZ has had only one terrorist incident in its entire 166 year history.

    On the other hand you are allowing freedom of travel for South African citizens, who I do not think are on the US waiver programme, and UK and Irish citizens, who are more likely to participate in national security risk behaviours than NZ citizens.

    Please ask your government to reconsider its policy. It can only lead to disharmony between Commonwealth member states. Also on the evidence there appears little reason to discriminate against New Zealand, while allowing exemptions for other nations. I quite understand why you may have concerns about Pakistani nationals etc given problems in their region, but New Zealand. We are one of the most peaceful and respected nations on earth.

    We spent our honeymoon in Jamacia in 2004 and would expect a better welcome back to the region.

    We may have to cancel our trip to Barbados if we can’t get visas without surrendering our passports for 4 weeks.

    Yours sincerely

    Alan Witcombe

    New Zealand

  36. Sarah Jane

    I would like you to comment on all the witchcraft that is taking place in Barbados.
    Many Barbadians are practicing this craft either for spiritual gain, finances and to destroy innocent lives.
    Some of the people are the ones you would never think would ever so such a thing not only in the ghetto areas but also in the so call heights and terraces and a little birdy told me that witchcraft helps this government win the elections all the time but just to let them know not this one to come because God will expose them.
    Also men watch out for the women this is all some of the women and teenagers girls are doing to get men for money and wealth.
    So many Barbadian men get their lives shatterted by these ally cats, go home and mistreat their families especially the wives and these women stay on the side lines and play very innocent while all this is happening that they can enjoy other womens hard labour but remember girls God don’t sleep and it all will come back to you.
    People think that witchcraft is a big joke but those of you that practice this craft will soon find out what it does to a person when it turn back on you.
    Let the public know Barbados Free press and keep the good work up.

    Sarah Jane

  37. MicahYah Ben Yisrael

    Sarah is right about things returning to the source. As written in the scriptures,” …nothing is new under the sun” and these actions of obeah, voodoo and the likes are an abomination to Yah (God*) that will be revisited on those of this nation who practice such. Slavery was revisited 400 plus years on a Holy people who thought to go astray and we still refuse to learn. What next must we endure from an unholy lot?

    I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes I saw the sign. Love is demanding, without understanding…. saw the sign and it opened up my eyes I saw the sign. No ones gonna drag you up to get into the life where you belong…so where do you belong?(lyrics from the song by Ace of Base)

    We should read Hosea 4:6

  38. MicahYah Ben Yisrael

    I heard of an issue that happened around our 40th Independence celebrations where two young artists refused to perform another singers’ song in the Spouge segment at the National Stadium because the establishment of the day didn’t want to have anything to do with him or to give him any of the money now made available to the Bajan artists. This singer has been around for donkey years but some of the newcomers to the industry and some malicious people from ever since won’t help him or even acknowledge his talents and ability to still perform.
    I believe that a National Award should be given to Adrian Clarke and Dale Rudder for standing up for their brotherman and the artform name music. We can only steer this music ship towards a great industry if we have all hands on deck….

    Thank You!

  39. BFP Cliverton

    Sarah Jane & Micah

    We are aware of some of the things we have heard over the years about witchcraft.

    How about writing us an email that would be the basis for an article – ?

    thx
    Cliverton

  40. Andrew 8754

    http://www.pledgebank.com/

    Thought you guys might like to see this. It has international functionality, and might work as a good basis for people who are serious about making a difference to get together.

  41. Red

    Not sure if this is worthy of a comment, but Barbados Postal Service is encouraging the use of using postal codes, but their letterhead still does not incorporate their own postal code for their Cheapside location. If anybody should be leading by example, it would be the Postmaster General.

  42. Matthew murray

    The barbador cycling union is now officially and “old boys club”. I had the pleasure of attending their award presentation for 2006, which was held on 3rd of january 2007.At this award ceremony with the word ceremony being used loosely, i saw one female athlete win twO prizes compared to the eight prizes that another female athlete received. This is when the shock of the night when the female athlete whom only had two trophies was given most out standing female cyclist in 2006. Now if i had not attended the cycling national championships in 2006 i might have believed that the one or two races that the fist female cyclist had won were more impressive or important, but this was not the case. How can deidre mayers the match sprint champion the keirin champion and the winner of two scratch races at the national stadium out of a total of three scratch races NOT BE THE MOST OUT STANDING FEMALE CYCLIST FOR 2006?On what basis was crystal springer given the most out standing female cyclist award. Is it because her coach colin forde, whom theoretically runs the BCU is the person who made that decision or does the rot go way deeper than him. It is a shame when people can blantly do such acts that show no sense of decency and fair play. It only leads me to wonder about the economic side of how the BCU is run. I will not bother really to speak of the economic and racial prejudice that abounds in the BCU. Just take a loolk for yourself . mrmand1@hotmail.com please forward this to my email accoum i am using my mobile and i am unable to save this text thank you

  43. chébajan

    Ok so i read and I am impressed with the sheer utterance of such topics as those being discussed here.

    Now I have to say i am also sincerely disappointed. Not because of content or enthusiasm for such discussions. No what i am concerned with is that aside from speaking anonymously here or amongst friends on the phone or at a lime. NOTHING is ever done in this country. We don’t picket, we don’t come together in large numbers to speak out against these blatant issues taking place here.

    When i arrived home 8 years ago, having been gone for 18 years, i saw a hot topic of air conditioning units that were bought for the hospital having disappeared. The same thing that happened then is happening still. We have front page news on our glorious Nation newspaper stating that 2 million dollars has gone missing from gov’t agencies in one year. 2MILLION DOLLARS PEOPLE!!!!

    Yet no one goes to jail. Not one single gov’t employee is going to be humiliated and investigated or even brought to prosecution. And dare that happen we will see a small write up on page 6 and it will be swept under the proverbial rug we have called social class quietness.

    I have called the society (social class of elite yuppies) in this country a venomous bunch who place the docile average bajan (boisterous and justly annoyed negroes) in a position which leaves them just fighting to get a “piece of the rock”. Wasn’t that the slogan used by prudential insurance in the 80’s? And we have adopted this as our national slogan for future relevance.

    I hear us speaking about CBC, C&W, The Nation, The Advocate, The Lawyers, The Judges, The Police, The Airport (which we better ALL not pay one damn cent of an increase to pay for the millions they put into the improvements of that place, they already got the money from gov’t taxing our behinds, and a bunch of someones got new houses and now they want us to give it back to them again forevermore) and so on, yet we dont stand up for ourselves.

    In a recent history lesson it came to my attention that from the days of Bussa we had a small revolt. It was crushed, slavery was done away with (i dare not say abolished as we are still slaves just minus physical shackles) we were put to work, a militia came about and from that our very dear Grantley Adams came to lead us into this future. Which then gave us the National Party and the Labour Party who were owned by the same slave owners, now sitting in the background with their puppets (the mottleys, millers and so on) doing their deeds. The outcome = The BLP with the Owens, Millers, Mottleys, Symmonds and so forth inheriting the same marching orders as their predecessors who continue to accept a few plots of land, a nice bank account, a business on the side and a position in gov’t (i.e a free pass to do whatever makes them happy in this land and one permanent stay of of jail card) to do this work.

    The “rest” of us (this means those who are not family to the society elites and do not benefit in any way from their inheritance) continue to drive the buses, work in the bank as tellers, serve our tables for dinner, take our orders at cheffette, drive our taxi’s (touchy one there) pack our groceries, pump our gas and in-between try to own a small business using the education that we have been granted (cuz its not free and it certainly isnt that educating). We have little say yet we are the “masses”.

    My solution, simple. Free press = Free Minds, period. This is the only way. The Matrix film taught us about the mind of one who is not free. We now need to adopt, without the complexity, the method used to free the minds of bajans. This will call for an underground movement as we know “others” will try to infiltrate. Trust what i tell you though, this can be accomplished. It starts here, from here it needs wheels to get around. The engine has been started, the motor is running. It is well oiled, gassed up (dont even let me start on that, ok on pipe, exxon has a billion dollar profit and gas prices are skyrocketing. That one is simple, lets open up our minds here folks) and we are ready to roll. All those ready to move lets get this thing going.

    I for one am ready to lead a charge. Look out for the ché bajan coming to a parish near you!

  44. Lady Anon

    Che Bajan…like your comments. Please do not fall into the same category of all the others who say they will do and then not do.

    Being ready to lead the charge is not the same as leading the charge.

    Be clear of your intent because I for one am looking for you.

  45. Jupiter

    Che Bajan

    Some may say you are cynical,but I say you are keeping it real.

    Very refreshing twist to this analysis of bajan society.

    I have also been saying for a long,long,time that we need to move beyond talking,because owen and his group could live with just talk.

    However if you start to take public demonstrations and embaraas them in the eyes of their caricom counterparts and the international spectatores – re their mis management – then you will see how quickly positive change will be effected.

  46. heh, you have a lot of comments here so I hope this goes noticed. it would be great to see an article about the island’s deaf community, and any issues hindering the deaf community’s ability to benefit from possible improvements.

  47. Jupiter- (8.55 London Time post)
    Must confess I haven’t read the above yet, real lengthy. But I did catch your name as I flashed by, to see that I am branded an apologist.

    Well I thought I was an antagonist, or at worst a realist. But I guess among a pack of pitbulls, I come out as Mr Milquetoast.

    I will now have to strain my eyeballs on all the above to see what dastardly corruption has been unearthed. That expose above CBC being able to put C&W out of biz was an eyeopener. It was shock enough that BL&P could do the same.

    I still find it hard to accept Sir A as being hand-in-glove with the Dark Side. On a small island it’s Conflict of Interest every time you turn round.

  48. PS to Jupiter-
    OK I am awake now, and see the ancient date on your “apologist” comment. Our planet has sped far thru the cosmos since then. But I missed it at the time.

    You are entirely right that it is only visible demonstrations, placards and all, that will get any real response. Here we all are churning out pearls of wisdom unwilling to admit they are futile (unless Lynette takes notes)

    I will walk the streets for Graeme Hall National Park, and against Greenland Rubbish Dump (I refuse to dignify it with the euphemistic “Landfill”. But to demonstrate additionally against all the other worthy causes is beyond my energies. One crusade at a time is all I can manage.

  49. samizdat

    When was the last real demonstration/march in this country? Probably the one up at Cave Hill Campus some years back. And remember what happened then? Instant hostile response from the authorities. Students (mostly female) dragged away by armed Task Force cops, a well-known lecturer (also female) arrested, along with many other similar acts of intimidation.
    I don’t think it’s apathy that stops most of us speaking out openly against all the lies, injustices and hypocrisy we see around us. It’s fear of the consequences. And justifiable fear, too…

  50. Mike

    Tour ends with hotel attack

    England physio robbed at knifepoint

    February 12, 2007

    The England squad were given a frightening send-off from Australia after masked men broke into their team hotel and robbed Dean Conway, the physio, at knife-point in Sydney.

    The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the four balaclava-clad men entered the hotel at 4.15am on Monday morning, forced staff to the ground and demanded to know where the safes were. They then robbed Conway, who was taking a phonecall at the time, and took his mobile and money.

    “It was a pretty scary affair,” said an England team spokesman. “Knives were produced and threats were made, but fortunately no one was badly hurt. It all happened quite quickly, from all accounts, and it took everyone by surprise. It’s probably a good thing that most of them are heading home today.”

    The five others who witnessed the attack were Andrew Strauss, analyst Mike Garaway, coaches Matthew Maynard and Kevin Shine plus security officer Reg Dickason. They escaped to another room.
    And they want to warn tourist about travel to the caribbean

  51. Hants

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/304172768889319.php

    It is stunning to hear a minister of Government supporting the building of wood houses.

    Has he ever heard of hurricanes?

    Prehaps he will show true leadership and live in a wood house.

    I wish Barbados never gets hit by a hurricane again but we all know that it is likely to happen.

    What is wrong with building an 800 sq. ft. concrete block house?

  52. Jerome Hinds

    Good questions, Hants….!!!

    Bigger QUESTIONS….who supplies the wood….???

    Maybe if WE get the answer to THAT….then we will UNDERSTAND…the Economics of it……or SHOULD that be…..the Election Campaign Finance…of it….???

  53. Jerome Hinds

    Hants when you analyse who are the BLP candidates and likely BACKERS in the St. Philip area…..and read today’s nation where these wooden homes were unveiled….St. Philip….!!…then let us begin to solve this MYSTERY together….

    By…GEORGE…(Griffith)….WOOD…(Anthony)…in the EAST(MOND)…MARSHALL ( Trading)….the troops…..to SEALE ( David)…the BLP fate there….??

    Hants, simply put in OLDE English my friend, the statement should read like this….

    ” By George, Wood ??? Anthony and East(mond) Marshall the troops to Seale the BLP fate in St. Philip come next General Election….??? ”

    But to USE BLP electioneering tactics, THOSE same WORDS…..would APPEAR like this……

    ” Can Marshall and Seale get George, Wood and Eastmond OVER the line in St. Philip…..??? ”

    Hants,….Wood you BELIEVE….East (mond) was there…….to see the houses….UNVEILED…..???

  54. karma

    Interesting comments Hants and Jerome. The Barbados Labour Party’s programme as unveiled in St. Philip recently is being spearheaded by the same individual who railed against the Liz Thompson initiated wooden starter home project, which had such names as bumblebee, ladybird, etc. He (Clyde Mascoll) is now the leading proponent of wooden housing stock in Barbados. Of course you are right, initiatives such as these give someone the opportunity to become rich, while at the same time providing sub standard housing solutions to the poor, working and lower middle class in Barbados.

    We are at a stage of mass producing wooden houses which will have no distinctive features. People must live in the same common, baseless squeezed up house, that the planners of the project will not ever live in.

    It is the type of opportunistic policies that the Barbados Labour Party is pursuing. They have become crude and unsympathetic to the needs of the poor. They are the prefect smoke and mirrors crowd. They do not care about hurricanes or other natural disasters, they have the Catastrophe Fund to help out when the houses get destroyed. Do not mind that other in Barbados have to pay to maintain this fund. The Barbados Labour Party is at is mischievous best in these exercises. Lord help us.

  55. Bob

    Outside of your current topice there are some questions that perhaps your organization can make public:
    1)- how much was the cost to build the NEW DRAW bridge ? (excluding other decoratings)
    2)- Will it be actually opened up to the DRIVING Public? if it is to be opened then WHEN will this be?
    3)- The “Arc-de triamph” at the beginning (head) of the bridge….. How much did that Cost ? and wasen’t it more economic to have spent that money in RESTORING the bridge itself?
    4)- I ask these questions because initially I’d thought that the bridge was to be opened in July 2007, Then when it wasn’t I’d assumed that they were waiting for Barrow Day, but then I realized that Christmas would soon pass and still NO Open Bridge to vehicles. Finallw Barrow’s day has come & gone and….. STILL no Vehicles on the bridge. Well today MTW (or whoever) is PAINTING the WHITE ROAD MARKS in the area and the road signs indicate that the traffic will remain unchanged from the previous days, months and years.. This Bridge has been closed for over twelve years….. and traffic conjestion in the city continues to be problematic.

  56. Bob

    The above was to be July 2006 followed by Independance day .. to christmas then onto Barrow day

  57. What should healthcare be like?
    Just found a site about hospital based healthcare. I have quoted the Feb 5 post.

    http://www.hospitalimpact.org/

    “No one is a number
    February 5th, 2007
    by Nick Jacobs

    The hospital is full. There was one, male bed available today in the entire hospital, one. The emergency room has been packed this week-end, and each and every employee has been pushed to the maximum to continue to provide Planetree quality care to our patients and their families. We have not had any respiratory influenza this fall or winter, until yesterday, but it was only one case. This may be a preview of the next several weeks.

    As we made rounds this morning, department by department, it was clear that we were dealing with the “A” Team. It was like observing the insides of a well-oiled machine. We contacted dietary and had their parent company deliver hundreds of large cookies that we personally distributed through the hospital to the employees to thank them for doing a great job.

    We watched each department and each floor to ensure that we had appropriate coverage, and every patient and family member with whom we came in contact were queried as to their care, their feelings about their care, and how we could assist them.

    After going home we continued to call in throughout the evening to check on the status of the medical center and our employees.

    It worked today because we love our employees. We care about them, and we don’t hesitate to let them know. No one is taken for granted. No one is a number. Everyone of them can feel it, and understand that it is real.

    It’s taken me a lifetime to get here and a lifetime to have the opportunity to prove that raising your voice, being dictatorial, tramping on people to get what you want, and causing people to shake and hate is NOT the way it needs to be. It’s about “Doing unto others as you would have others do unto you.” It’s about working together for common goals. It’s about caring for the people who do the job because they will take care of the people who need the care. That’s what health care could be. That’s what health care should be!”

  58. Janelle

    Can anyone explain to me why an “airport development tax” has now been added to LIAT airline tickets when travelling to/from Barbados which seems to have been instituted over the past few weeks? Between the ever-increasing airfare since the decidedly murky and not-all-together consumer friendly merger between LIAT and Caribbean Star, and the addition of one tax after another the ‘joys’ of intra-Caribbean travel are now becoming a thing of the past.

  59. Janelle-
    I fully agree with what you say, but I am rather surprised that you add it to an ancient post like this.

    What you say is particularly relevant while CWC is on. Perhaps what you say would be better there?

  60. Janie Yarde (Bad Credit??)

    Im here mad as hell!! Upto today I thought I had grate credit. Untill my sister told me that she had a 8 rating and she did not know what that mean.

    So she went to CCB (Caribbean Credit Bureau) and found out about this 8. She had an 8rating for overdue of $10 on 2 vido tapes 7 years a go.
    I went and found out about mine too.

    I had 4-1 ratings and 1-8; you see credit rating goes from 1 to 9, 1 is excellent and 9 is very,very BAD rating. My 8 was also for overdue, $71 for vido tapes from 7 years ago at Chubbys. And could you beleave the were going to take me to court in a few mouths!!!

    I HAVE BAD CREDIT!! They could not even send me a litter, email, phone call 4,5,6 years ago!!! Letting me know I have $71 for that and they r sending me to the CCB??

    I found out if I wanted to get a lone or morage I would have not get is becouse of $71 !! To top it off I went to Chubbys and had to deal with a person who did not give a RAT’s Tail about you or what they are doing to you!

    I saw the list of people who have from $2-$100 overdue for 7 years. They are doing this to y0u with out a thought!! and you do not even know. You may think $15 is a lot but go and get to CCB and find out about your credit!

  61. JUPITER

    Janie Yarde

    This is very important info you are giving here.

    To think that one company could ruin someone’s reputation without this credit check operation or banks etc rechecking to see if the info is correct – appalls me.

    These fly by night credit rating companies needs to be sued.

    Janie I hope that you send this info to David Ellis of VOB and Roy Morris of the Nation newspaper.

    Shame,shame,this needs looking to.

    That people could have their name dragged in the mud for $2.00 overdue fees.

  62. This (the power to destroy a person’s credit rating without their knowledge) must surely fall within Senator Lynette’s area of responsibility, and should be brought to her attention.

    BFP- Is there any way you can send a copy of Janie Yarde’s complaint to Sen. Eastmond’s post (Government Minister Lynette Eastmond Volunteers…), in case she does not see it here?

  63. BK

    Financial companies in Barbados and specifically banks do not factor ratings over five years.

  64. JUPITER

    Whether it’s 5 years or 2 years,no one should have their credit rating lowered on such flismy grounds.

    Further I have heard of companies like DacostaMannings and others in the retail trade who are influenced by credicheck operations which reduce credit ratings for late payments.

    This is really a third world banana republic.

    Lynette eastmond is too busy being on the centerfold of tne nation and dressing up and going to every function and spouting hot air as usual.

    David Thompson spoke about ronald Toppin’s work on anti – fair trading practices,interlocking directorship etc that was not followed through by lynette eastmond despite all the old talk and the ‘cud dear’ speeches.

  65. table

    To chair –
    all yours from 9.30 am on Tuesday at the place where nobody answered yesterday when you checked.
    NOT the place where you found somebody napping. Too much traffic.
    Please confirm.

  66. chair

    table – thank you for the two drinks of water and the offer of a beer that I didn’t take.

    See you tuesday

  67. Jupiter

    Shall I bring a place mat to put on the table?

    Just kidding folks.

    A lil harmless ‘after lunch’ fun.

    Sounds like something hot coming up boy.

    whopee.

  68. True Native

    Could you please add to your list of Posts the vital subject of the environment, illegal dumping and pollution?

  69. ?

    Who is Felix Broome/Felix Broome Inc.? What does he do?

  70. Jupiter

    You asked who is Felix Broomes?

    Why don’t you tell us – since you obviously know.

  71. ?

    Jupiter, I said Broome, you said Broomes!
    Was that a slip or are they one and the same?

  72. ?

    Where does Felix Broome/s live?

  73. helper

    ?, So what is it that you are trying to find out?

    To the best of my knowledge Felix Broome has a stake in the hotel that used to be Welcome Inn on Maxwell Coast Road. I think it is now called Barbados Beach Club.

    Apparently there were some health issues with the hotel in the past but those were resolved.

    He also has an interest in prime real estate in other locations.

  74. Warrior

    Anyone has the pow-wow between Mr. After and Mr. Thompy in a mp3 or media file that we can have access to.

  75. table

    To chair-
    Please confirm Friday breakfast as arranged at the time specified and same place.
    Eggs have been laid today fresh – Perfect for scrambling.

  76. Chair

    Cannot come as early as planned. Can come 1 hour later on Friday. Sunday would be better, but not sure how it would be for you.

    I could not phone today as planned. Sorry.

  77. table

    Sunday is good.

    Same way as Friday?

    May be able to get more fresh eggs by then.

  78. True Native

    In the light of Lynch’s (or is it Mugabe?) heavy-handed tactics, it is like a breath of fresh air to have the BFP where we can air our views. Many thanks for that, BFP. Letters to the Press don’t cut it any more because only certain people can get their letters published. Ignore Censorship, BFP, he/she has a problem with self and the world in general. Long may you last!

  79. Patrick Porter

    True Native

    I have written letters to both papers in the last couple of years and the only one that published anything was the Advocate. I have even written to the Editor of the Nation and have had no reply and that was 11 months ago.
    I sent a letter critizing Bizzy Williams and the development of certain areas, but that was not published. I guess the old saying money talks

  80. Chair

    Hi table

    Yes, Sunday would be the best – with the same arrangements as Friday.

    If we have more eggs that is great. My friend and I will see you on Sunday.

    mmmmmmm cookies!

  81. shhh

    Yes, Hilford Murrell is his name.

  82. Chair

    The song is late as usual, but is still playing.

  83. Jupiter

    I too luv dis cloak and dagger stuff.

    It’s de sorta ting does remin’ yuh of cowboy an’ indians,or de famous five in yuh yute days.

    Heh,heh.

    Sweet fuh days den.

  84. True Native

    Sorry if I got a bit out of line today. Got a bit carried away. (Not on Mount Gay sunblock though!). You were right to censor me.

  85. ?

    Anybody heard anything further on the brown guk which stopped people from swimming at Gibbs Beach today?

  86. Out Dey In Bim

    Why would faeces be in the sea and so close to the shore?

    Could it be these private yachts dumping their waste there instead off carlisle bay as we were earlier reporting?

    Shouldn’t the ministry of health give some public warning and speak to the country on the matter.

  87. ?

    Out Dey In Bim
    Was it faeces or something else?
    Apparently there was a lot of it whatever it was.

  88. John

    … and the radio said it smelled pretty bad.

    And the 700 yachts and 28 cruise ships haven’t taken up station yet!

    … or have they?

  89. Jerome Hinds

    John…..please ask Blaring Barney……!!!

  90. John

    Today’s paper says it was algae.

    There were two sets, one smelt bad, the other didn’t.

    Not sure if I read the paper right but it sounds as though they tested the one that didn’t smell bad before they reaced their conclusion that both were algae.

    Of course they were in two locations. … and then there were jellyfish.

    Somebody read the article and tell me if I read it wrong. Recently the pressure got me missing things and assuming things I read.

    Suppose that’s because I just look through and don’t read!!

  91. True Native

    Hey, Folks!
    Listen up! As I write this, there is a programme on BBC World TV on the slave trade in Barbados. Don’t brek yuh nek to get to the TV! Cheers.

  92. concerned

    The Nation online editon is very late today.

  93. Marabunta

    Well first of all I am dismayed
    dejected
    disilusioned
    disheartened
    and distressed at the dismal display of the WI team today. Am I from a different generation that remembers WI cricket when it had some guts and pride? Then the Islands each had their own individual flag but had one thing in common that gave them some semblance of unity and that was the Union Flag in the top right hand corner. Nowadays in their headlong rush for power I feel the politicians have been quite successful in creating their own little individual kingdoms, tiny little fiefdoms who insist on having their own diplomatic CD plated Mercedes as they run around a few hundred square miles of a limestone island while old ladies limp up hill with a meager bag of groceries. The fact is these same politicians have succeeded in dividing a wonderful people into “national” factions who are no longer able to function as a team. They have succeeded in erasing the “West Indies” as an entity.

  94. Hamilton A. Hill

    As a frequent caller to ” Tell It Like It Is” on V.O.B. I am peeved at the fact that Minister Lynch ,after calling the program time and again in exhibition of his usual rantings where one could not get him to shut up, had a whole program to himself ,where he made an appearance as Minister of the people, walked out, and still has the ability to speak on the behalf of the same people he disrespected . What a shame. His act of recalcitrance supersedes the one for which Liz Thompson was punished.

  95. New reader

    Small editorial comment, suggesting you correct “Scoll down” to “Scroll down”. The blog is good so detractors need less ammunition.

  96. BFP

    Thanks New Reader

    Fixed!

    george

  97. Hamilton A. Hill

    I seem to remember Owen Seymore Arthur quoting Marcus Garvey and making reference to Bob Marley,while speaking in the halls of Parliament. Images of Policemen being patted down by those who can clearly be seen as interlopers represent the single most obsequious occurrence in post independent Barbados, all under the stewardship of this Great Pan African Giant. The movement of heaven and earth is one thing, but sovereignty had since 1966 is another.

    ******************************

    Comment by BFP george

    “Images of Policemen being patted down by those who can clearly be seen as interlopers represent the single most obsequious occurrence in post independent Barbados”

    … Not a bad bit of imagery yourself Mr. Hill… even if I had to look up “obsequious”
    ;-)

    george

  98. True Native

    Marcus, Robert, Cliverton and Shona:

    I really have to congratulate you for providing us with this most enlightening and educational site. I think I see the occasional frown on your faces, but mostly I think I see the amusement. Right now, I here busting muh belly wid standpipe laugh at some of the posts I seen here tonight. I laughing all de way to muh bed. On a more serious note, Ian Bourne complained last night about the painfully slow Internet connection on ADSL, and I was having the same problem. Someone said I was being “hacked”. So I checked, and yep, someone tried, but couldn’t get through my firewall. I still laughing all like now at who de body was! Have a good night.

  99. ?

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/288816830560126.php

    I thought they said there were 80 BMWs. Now we are hearing 65.

    mmmmm

  100. Free the press!!!!

    Nation News does damage control for ruling party.

    No TV license to Starcom!
    No TV license to the private sector!

  101. rumboy

    With total disbelief I read that the US had freed Posada Carilles on bond. This is so typical of the present adminstration in Washington. What I ask is the difference between Carilles and the 911 attackers. The answer is simple, it’s cool to kill anyone providing that they are not Americans. Bush keeps hundreds in Guantanmo without charge but gives freedom to a man who has been tried and convicted for terrorism and why because the Cubans in Miami,who had to run because of their corruptness when the revolution came or otherwise face possible incarceration for their support of the old American backed regime are the ones who put Bush back in power. This is a sad world, this is a sad time for America.

  102. Maria

    DEMs 30 years behind!!

    The DLP recently promised to include women in their cabinet if elected as the government in the next general elections.

    In 1999 and 2003, the current Leader of the DLP was also the Leader of that Party in the last two general elections when a number of well educated women would have faced the polls on a DLP ticket under his leadership. I urge Barbadians to take note of how many of these women currently sit in the Senate.

    As a young female I would like to remind Mr. Thompson that the DLP is 30 years behind the BLP when it comes to putting woman in prominent leadership positions, not only in the political arena but within their professional environment.

  103. Jerome Hinds

    Maria

    April 17th, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    DEMs 30 years behind!!

    The DLP recently promised to include women in their cabinet if elected as the government in the next general elections.

    In 1999 and 2003, the current Leader of the DLP was also the Leader of that Party in the last two general elections when a number of well educated women would have faced the polls on a DLP ticket under his leadership. I urge Barbadians to take note of how many of these women currently sit in the Senate.

    As a young female I would like to remind Mr. Thompson that the DLP is 30 years behind the BLP when it comes to putting woman in prominent leadership positions, not only in the political arena but within their professional environment.
    ***********************************************

    Maria,

    Welcome to the debate .

    1. **** As an opposition party the DLP only has 2 spots in the Senate.

    2. **** Mascoll’s wife , Cyrallene Thomas sat in the Senate under…..David Thompson leadership..!

    3. **** Clyde Mascoll as leader of the DLP opposition placed no women in the Senate..!

    4. **** The BLP has 4 women in the House of Assembly and 1 woman in the Senate..!

    Maria…tell us which one of them spoke up for women in the Barbados industries & society :

    a. *** Minimum wage…! ( think Harbour Rd / Newton park )

    b. *** Sexual harrasment Rights..! ( think about those who served under Tom Adams 30 years ago)

    c. *** Improvement in healthcare…! ( think QEH )

    d. *** Owen Policy on women..! ( think why one
    ” woman ” in parliament congratulated him on his second wedding )

    There is one woman on the BLP side and in the Senate who said in 2003 :

    ” There is no need for an opposition party in Barbados ”

    Maria,

    Was this Senator educated in ZIMBABWE…?

    You need to clean out the BLP house first…Maria…!

  104. No - Name

    Don’t forget Senator Gertz Eastmond and Masie Barker-Welch in the eighties. Maria is perhaps too young to know about this.

  105. No - Name

    Jerome,
    You have a good point in relation to the BLP women taking up issues relating to females. As a matter of fact one of these women can perhaps be regarded as a danger to females in many ways. Is Maria aware of this?

  106. Thomas Moore

    Yes Maria:

    I agree with you , Mr Thompson is not concerned with the composition of any cabinet he may form. He is only concerned with dividing the fatted calf !!

  107. Maria

    To Jerome, let me say thank you for welcoming me to the debate as I look forward to the dialogue.

    However, I would appreciate it if you do not try to patronise me with statements such as “…..Maria is perhaps too young to know about this.”

    Why did you seek it necessary to go back to the eighties by mentioning Mrs. Mazie Barker-Welch and ressurrecting the late Gertz Eastmond? Am I to conclude that is because the history of the DLP limits you to call the names of other females?

    You made mention of Cyrillene Thomas-Mascoll, I am somewhat confused why you made reference to the fact that she is Clyde Mascoll’s wife. Did you make that correlation to state that she would not have sat in the Senate had she not been his wife?

    Why it is that she did not last the full duration of her tenure as a Senator or make any contributions for the representation of women? How many persons (besides members and supporters of the DLP) can recall that she was a Senator?

    Did David Thompson treat her the same way he treated Mascoll because of her gender or because she came from a working class background?

  108. Jerome Hinds

    Maria,

    You are new to the BFP site, but you need to pay careful attention to who said what !

    I did not mention anything about Mazie Barker or Gertz Eastmond…two DLP Icons !

    Nor did I say anything about you being too young..!

    Revisit the postings above…!

    Why are you scared of the 80’s when it is you who spoke about 30 years ago…which is the 70’s…?

    Ah, I just remember, 30 years ago was the reign of the terrible Tom of BLP fame who had a proclivity towards women..!

    Maria, is there more you want to tell us about the reign of Tom 30 years ago…?

    On the Clyde Mascoll family…check who said some of the most uncharitable things about him and his family…!

    For some assistance :

    Ask Rommell Marshall…!

    Ask Billie Miller…!

    Ask Anthony Wood…!

    Ask Owen Arthur…!

    Last but not least..Ask Maria..she says Mascoll & his wife comes from a working class background….!

    Hence, that is why the BLP members said what they said about him & his family…!

    Good night Maria,

    Do visit BFP again..!

  109. ??

    Maria don’t mind Jerome he spends the day trying to get his foot out of his mouth.

  110. Jerome Hinds

    ??
    April 17th, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Maria don’t mind Jerome he spends the day trying to get his foot out of his mouth.
    **********************************************

    ?? Question Mark,

    Wrong again, that is the problem you, Maria and the BLP have to deal with…!

    You, are in the dock of public scrutiny…!

    The jury out here do not like what there are seeing & hearing…!

  111. No - Name

    Maria,
    It seems as though you don’t understand what it is you are writing.

    You stated “As a young female I would like to remind Mr. Thompson that the DLP is 30 years behind the BLP when it comes to putting woman in prominent leadership positions, not only in the political arena but within their professional environment.”
    In response to that I gave two examples of females which the DLP included in prominent positions. If you knew this for a fact you would not have made such an idiotic statement.

    Let us deal with fact. Have you been able to benefit as a woman as a direct result of Billie Miller, Mia, Liz etc being included in prominent positions in the DLP.Can you point out any laws piloted by any of these women which sought to improve the welfare of females in Barbados. Stop the emotional outburst and give me the facts!

  112. No - Name

    Jerome Hinds
    Thanks for reminding me about GTom. This is direct bevidence of the disrespect BLP Leaders have for women with the likes of Tom who used to beat women all over the place

    I can remember one woman Tom beat badly because of Louis Tull,… ask Dame Miller what she had to do with Bolden, and ask wuk for wuk Clarke who has no respect whatsoever for women ….how many poor women in need of housing that he has exploited sexually, and Owen who obviously know nothing about repecting women who bragged about not being the marrying type at the same time having 5 women….

    and what about Mia ….tell us about how she treats other women…is she perhaps your role model

  113. True Native

    Tom also broke his wife’s arm. How’s that for BLP treatment of women.

  114. Thomas Moore

    No Name: I think that before you make your comments you should arm yourself with the facts ,indeed your comments are at best a grave mis-statement of the truth , I want to remind you of the many pieces of legislation passed under the various BLP governments which have directly and/or indirectly improved not only the lives of Barbadian women but all Barbadians in general, such pieces of revolutionary legislation as the Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act;The Stauts of Children Reform Act just to point out a few to you. Indeed at that time Dame Bille Millar was a member of the BLP as well as a Cabinet Member who was the chief archiect of the Barbados Drug Service, yet another programme which benefitted all Barbadians…so please state the facts and be not blinded by political affilations

  115. Jerome Hinds

    No – Name & True Native,

    I have the distinct belief that Maria’s romanticising about this ” 30 year Syndrome ” has to do with her
    ” contact ” with Teribble Tom of BLP fame during the 1970’s…!

    She is using this BFP site to see if we really know who she is and what she did……!

    Read her words carefully….!

  116. No - Name

    There was also Antoinnette Thompson. The girls does not know what she is talking about, She must be a female RR in the making.

  117. True Native

    Jerome, you trying to say that she is the woman that got the world believing she is a lady, when in fact her mouth could get more stink than a fishmonger own? Steer muh in de right direction, nuh?

  118. Maria

    I am not surprised that my comments have taken the direction it has, because the DLP has a reputation of attacking people and not the issues at hand.

    Instead of attacking the policies you have taken the route of attacking me and the integrity of the late and current members of the great Party called the Barbados Labour Party. That is because you cannot find anything to criticise about the policies hence why the DLP has to practice politics personal attacking.

  119. No - Name

    Thomas Moore
    What pray tell me have I said that was not true? Where did I say or imply that “various BLP governments have directly and/or indirectly improved not only the lives of Barbadian women but all Barbadians in general?”

    You obviously have problems understanding simple statements.

    I was speaking specifically about the current crop of females and I asked whether or not she (Maria/Mia) had been able to benefit as a woman as a direct result of Billie Miller, Mia, Liz etc being included in prominent positions in the DLP. Can you point out any laws piloted by any of these women which sought to improve the welfare of females in Barbados.
    Stop the emotional outburst and give me the facts!
    I was speaking about issues that directly impact females not general issues like drugs etc. I zeroed in in women issues because I want to suggest that even though these women have been prominent in the BLP they have not fought for and piloted bills specifically aimed at improving females.

    Now Thomas/Maria give me the list of such bills.
    List the benefits that other women have derived.

  120. Maria

    No Name, you keep proving that you are not informed politically.

    Neither Dame Bille Miller, Mia or Liz are prominent women in the DLP. How dare you make sure a mistake, if either of them were in the DLP they would not be allowed such an opportunity to be outstanding. They would be making mauby and frying fish cakes when the DEMs have one of their Friday Lunch Time Lectures as opposed to representing Barbados at the macro level.

    Undine Whittaker, a candidate for the DLP in 2003 and in the next general elections stated publicty that women are not respected in the DLP.

  121. Jerome Hinds

    Maria

    April 18th, 2007 at 5:17 am

    No Name, you keep proving that you are not informed politically.

    Neither Dame Bille Miller, Mia or Liz are prominent women in the DLP. How dare you make sure a mistake, if either of them were in the DLP they would not be allowed such an opportunity to be outstanding. They would be making mauby and frying fish cakes when the DEMs have one of their Friday Lunch Time Lectures as opposed to representing Barbados at the macro level.

    Undine Whittaker, a candidate for the DLP in 2003 and in the next general elections stated publicty that women are not respected in the DLP.

    ************************************************
    Maria

    And Rawle Eastmond stated publicly that ” Diabolical Forces ” holding the BLP….!

  122. Yam P][e

    Thomas, Jerome, No-Name, True Native when are you all going to answer the initial question posed?

    Where does the DLP stand in relation to women sitting in cabinet and the senate? what does it have to show for it? How does Thompson feel about it?

    I would like to know from one of you since you seem so well versed.

  123. True Native

    Yam P][e:
    Since you mentioned my blog name I will reply by telling you that I am a mere supporter of the DLP – not on any of their councils – so I can’t speak for them. What I will say is that I agree that previously the DLP did not have a good track record with regards to women, but it was noticeable that when David Thompson became President (before he unfortunately let that idiotic imposter take over the reins) he acted to rectify that impression of the DLP. He obviously can’t include women in a “cabinet” right now because he doesn’t HAVE a cabinet! Please note these are only my observations. The others you mentioned will have to speak for themselves.

  124. I will like to thank Barbados Free Press for the opportunity to post comments on their site i try posting a comment on the DLP Blog 3 days ago, and all i am getting is your comments is awaiting moderation. All i ask the party was if any of the $3 Million that David Thompson want for the Election will be coming from Syria.

  125. Jerome Hinds

    Yam P][e,

    David Thompson is all for women in Cabinet & the senate.

    He has demonstrated this while he was opposition leader with the appointment of Ms. Cyrillene Thomas & the late Ms. Antoinette Thompson to the Senate.

    Note that Clyde Mascoll who once led the DLP did emulate this wonderful trend…!

    While being appionted as the youngest Minister of Youth & Community development in 1991 / 1992 he was very instrumental in getting the women in the Community Development appointed to the Public Service. He also was responsible for the competent & qualified Ms. Joan Glasgow moving up to a senior position with the Community Development dept.

    I am sure you would recognise that more women are candidates or involved in the party affairs now that David Thompson is at the helm.

    No doubt once given the reins of gov’t this high profiling of women will continue.

    On the campaign trail he has already said that Dr. Esther Byer – Suckoo would play a pivotal role in a future DLP cabinet.

  126. Maria

    Jerome, I am very pleased that you have mention “…he has already said that Dr. Esther Byer – Suckoo would play a pivotal role in a future DLP cabinet.”

    Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo will be facing the polls for the first time in the next general elections. What has she done to deserve such treatment as opposed to Undene Whittaker who will be contesting a second election for the DLP, also who in 2003 resigned from her teaching profession to be a canidate for the said DLP? Is this how the DLP says “thank you” to its longstanding members, esp. females?

    In 1999, Yvonne Walkes faced the polls on a DLP ticket, why it is that Cyrillene Thomas-Mascoll was appoint to the Senate as opposed to Mrs. Walkes?

    In 2003, Undene Whittaker, Marlyn Rice-Bowen, Jean Chase-Sealy and Patsie Nurse were all DLP candidates,why is it that none of them were appointed to the Senate?

    Why is it that with the exception of Undene Whittaker, all of the other female candiates who contested in 2003 on a DLP ticket were repalced by men?

    In February, David Thompson and the female candidates travelled toNew York to attended a DLP function. Notabaly, Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo was the only person besides David Thompson who was allowed to address the guest. What message is he sending to the other candiates?

  127. Jerome Hinds

    Maria,

    I will respond to you paragraph by paragraph.

    Para. 1

    Undene Whittaker is teaching again and with her experience she would be an invaluable asset within the Ministry of Education.

    Para. 2

    Yvonne Walkes took the personal decision to allow a younger woman, Cyrillene Thomas , to contribute to the Senate & development of Barbados.

    Para. 3

    Only Clyde Mascoll, the then Opposition leader in 2003, can answer that one. Such appointments are made by the opposition leader in consultation with the candidates.

    Para. 4

    The DLP is still a democratic party and will always be. The branch councils are the ones who select their prospective candidates – be it male or female.

    Para. 5

    Check your facts again, Tony Best in March 2007 writing in the Nation news reported that the 4 DLP female candidates addressed their audiences at different times in NY.

    Maria,

    I asked you already what has the 4 women in the BLP done for the cause of Women in Barbados ?

    I will help you with some suggestions :

    1. *** Women in need of houses – Liz Thompson promises LESS than $50,000.00 houses in the NHC yard——She built NONE !

    2. **** Women in the fishing industry want a fishing agreement with T & T – Mia Mottley tek $ 11 million of taxpayers money —- No fishing agreement !

    3. *** Women in Millenium Heights CRYING out for help —– Cynthia Forde in Sunday Sun of 2007 – 04 – 22 says protect women now that 2 died in mysterious circumstances !

    4. *** Women in barbados concern about BLP governance practices —– Lynette Eastmond in 2003 says there is no need for an opposition party !

    The 4 BLP women are in the dock of scrutiny just like their male counterparts !

  128. Dear Motherb,

    Such an apt name for someone who is crying all the time. The DLP blog does not have time for foolish individuals who cannot respect the opinion of others, particularly persons like you who feel they have an almighty right to engage in diatribe. Has Taan Abed so ruffled your petulant feathers that you would want to suggest blatant nonsense. Try and grow up.

  129. cat eyes

    Maria,
    In order to make points you should not misrepresent the truth. Were you in New York or did Tony Best and Jessica Odle give misinformation for BLP propaganda purposes? Get your facts and come back and be honest regarding who spoke or was “allowed” to speak.
    Instead of nitpicking with half truths, let me hear you measure up Liz, Mia, Billie and Cynthia to Undene Whittaker, Irene Sandiford-Garner, Esther Byer-Suckoo and Patrician Inniss.Then tell us honestly, woman for woman who has the female candidates of moral fibre, character, familial integrity (e.g. the newly-found BLP mantra of family values), intelligence, the ability to articulate, educational background and proven leadership ability, and if we want to be frivolous, last and least important of all, looks. Measure each one Ms. Maria and come again.

  130. fed up

    at the end of the day the women in the blp engage in corruption and have robbed our country blind. the legacy they leave is a negative one for all barbadians including women. i wouldnt want to boast about blp women and gender equality if the women in power are just as bad as the men!

  131. Yam P][e

    Dear True Native and Jerome hinds,
    Thanks for your responses.

    I am just trying to gather my thoughts on how the dlp is operating these days.

    True Native- you mentioned “but it was noticeable that when David Thompson became President (before he unfortunately let that idiotic imposter take over the reins) he acted to rectify that impression of the DLP.”

    – is that what he was seeking to do, just to rectify the impression?
    – are you suggesting that Mr. Mascoll trailed along a different path as it related to women in the party?
    so when, in your words, the “imposter” took over and sought to actually construct deeply embedded change, there was a problem?

    Because when Jerome hinds responded, he said that Mr. Mascoll also continued along such a path to include women.

    This is all quite confusing to someone who is trying to grasp what the DLP is about in 2007, and there still seems to be conflicting messages.

    The BLP seems to have kept quite competent women in place, and this is strikingly impressive as it relates to the ad hoc manner in which women in the DLP are treated. Perhaps a female candidate for the DLP can respond; as I understand even female members of the BLP take the time to post sensible reponses.

    ~ just trying to understand.

  132. fed up

    Yam P][e
    what is so competent about corruption or condoning it? the blp has engaged in corruption on a level never before seen in barbados and the blp women are prominent members of the party. they have all shown themselves to be just as corrupt as the men in the party and have been at the forefront of ruining barbados.

  133. fed up

    i dont care whether it is a man or a woman. i care about what they do. if they are corrupt then they are useless. so what if the blp has actively promoted women in its party. they have made no difference. they engage in or condone the corruption. tell the poor woman barely surviving and struggling to feed her children about women in the blp. her children are suffering because the blp is destroying the country. the blp that proudly boasts of how much they promote women’s rights.

  134. Maria

    Jerome
    The DLP is only democratic in name not in pratice.

    Do you call selected, de-selected,then Thompson-selected democratic? As was the case with the candidate “selection process”.

  135. fed up

    maria is like lynetter. skirt around and dodge the real issues and focus on the peripheral. address the fact that the women in the blp have through their corrution and/or condoning of corruption made the social and economic situation of women in barbados worse.

  136. No - Name

    Maria,
    After all your diatribe you still have not given me the list of bills piloted by these model BLP Cabinet members that relate specifically to the development of women. Also don’t forget to tell us about how females such as yourself have benefited as a result of Mia, Liz, Billie and the others.

  137. cat eyes

    Maria, you have blithely ignored my challenge. Answer the queries. And Yam whatever, please define “competent”.

  138. True Native

    Yam P][e: [The damn brackets are annoying me]

    I did not say that David Thompson SOUGHT to rectify the impression. I said he ACTED to do so. Secondly, the bracketed remark about Mascoll was simply an aside – nothing more, nothing less. In my opinion Mascoll’s behaviour at times was idiotic (“I” this and “I” that. “I take the credit for this.” The Great I Am.) He who exalts himself shall be humbled.
    Imposter? Of course. He was in cahoots with Owing and that crowd behind the backs of his comrades. That is unforgivable disloyalty. I stated from the outset (and I have witnesses) that the DLP would regret the day that man became President. I hope this clears up some of your confusion. Please note once again, this is MY opinion – I don’t speak on behalf of the DLP.

  139. Jerome Hinds

    Maria
    April 22nd, 2007 at 8:45 pm
    Jerome
    The DLP is only democratic in name not in pratice.

    Do you call selected, de-selected,then Thompson-selected democratic? As was the case with the candidate “selection process”.
    ************************************************

    Maria,

    That is democracy at work !

    It is far better than what Owen Arthur try do to get Kerrie Symonds fill Sir Henry’s constituency !

    Obviously you would choose to forget that !

    Just as you would forget how took Jessica Odle, William Duguid & kerrie Symonds were invited to Ilaro Court by Owen & a GAG order placed on them because of that candidate selection fiasco !

  140. Jerome Hinds

    Yam P][e

    Thanks for the correction my post on April 21st, 2007 at 1:16 pm that you referred to did reflect:

    " Note that Clyde Mascoll who once led the DLP did emulate this wonderful trend…! "

    The correct posting should have been :

    " Note that Clyde Mascoll who once led the DLP did NOT emulate this wonderful trend…! "

    In my subsequent post in response to Maria, I repeated my argument that Clyde Mascoll as leader of the DLP did not openly elevated women like Mr. David Thompson did / does .

    My section of that post is reproduced below :

    " Jerome Hinds

    April 22nd, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Para. 3

    Only Clyde Mascoll, the then Opposition leader in 2003, can answer that one. Such appointments are made by the opposition leader in consultation with the candidates. "

    Yam P][e

    The gist of my argument is that under Clyde Mascoll many women in the DLP felt left out. Undine Whittaker public disclosure of this is well documented.

    But we are yet to hear the BLP women speak up for Bajan women in particular.

    No comment from them about minimum wage - which affect women predominantly !

    No solidarity with the womenfolk in Emmerton !

    No solidarity with the women in gated communities e.g Millenium Heights !

    Yam P][e

    Time to clean out yuh eyes….too much yampie in them !

  141. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    It is one month to the date ( 23 rd March – 23 rd Arpril , 2007 ) since this ship was to set sail , since this aircraft was to take off…..!

    All we have got instead is a lot promises , possibilities & perhaps….!

    Since this money laundering prompter…

    Carnival Destiny has come !

    Air India has come !

    Owen Arthur has re – appeared !

    Brian Lara has disappeared !

    and

    The Money – Laundering story has YET to appear !

    Cud dear !

  142. Jerome Hinds

    Hants

    April 23rd, 2007 at 2:56 am

    http://www.nationnews.com/life/357186283977567.php

    Interesting article

    **********************************************
    Hants,

    Very timely.

    A must read for the likes of yampie, maria, motherb & ??.

    As for the latter ?? he adores Mascoll !

    Not surprised….the BLP cursed Mascoll so much…now says the DEMS did not like him !

    During his stewardship in the DLP which / Dem cursed him ?

    I challenge yampie, maria, motherb & ?? to tell us WHO…!

    Shameless loots…!

  143. No - Name

    Maria,
    Do you remember when:

    Date April 18, 2006
    Brief ‘Absolute waste’
    by WADE GIBBONS

    INSENSITIVE AND INAPPROPRIATE!

    That’s how Opposition MP Michael Lashley has described Government’s plan to build a $400 000 beach facility at Browne’s Beach, Bay Street, St Michael.

    On Sunday, Minister of the Environmen

    by WADE GIBBONS

    INSENSITIVE AND INAPPROPRIATE!

    That’s how Opposition MP Michael Lashley has described Government’s plan to build a $400 000 beach facility at Browne’s Beach, Bay Street, St Michael.

    On Sunday, Minister of the Environment, Elizabeth Thompson, announced the cost of the project would come close to that of the Silver Sands, Christ Church bath. That facility was the subject of controversy after its $432 000 cost was revealed in 2004.

    The National Conservation Commission’s (NCC) general manager, Keith Neblett, whose office oversaw the construction then, blamed staff absenteeism and inefficiency as contributing to the high cost.

    But Lashley told the DAILY NATION yesterday though he had no objections to the building of a beach facility, he had grave concerns about the high cost.

    He said Government had admitted previously that the cost was too high and asked whether Thompson’s warning of possible contention, was an early attempt to diffuse concerns over another exorbitant exercise.

    _______________________________
    This is the level of Liz’s competence.

  144. No - Name

    Maria,
    …and don’t forget when Liz fooled the whole of Barbados by promising 7 000 house-hungry Barbadians by telling them they would get houses by Christmas.
    How many houses did she in fact deliver?

  145. cat eyes

    With reference to the Wade Gibbons stories:
    Please be advised that with the recent changes in the administration of the Nation Newspaper, it seems to have adopted a distasteful BLP agenda. Apart from stifling pro DLP information, they have shifted certain journalists. Wade Gibbons, the author of the stories listed above, in now on the SPORTS DESK!!!!

  146. cat eyes

    Maria-
    Kindly respond to the challenge issued yesterday regarding how your females match up.

  147. Yam P][e

    Dear fed up, cateyes,

    My comments related to women in the BLP was about general competence, the ability to stand up to men in a predominantly male job role; and to be getting the job done; and not to speak about any specific contribution they each may have made to women.
    – that would be what Maria is talking about.

    On that point however, what about the work that is being done through the Bureau of Gender Affairs? Go ahead, say it “The Bureau of Women’s Affairs” so where does this leave womens issues in the hands of BLP? Worked on too hard to have gained such a name I would think?

    Jerome hinds- so now you have been able to say what you supposedly really meant. where does that now put women as it relates to DLP (in the hands of D.T), perhaps some better versed authouriative figure of the DLP can speak to this?

    My last point, why are you trying to make the female representatives/ Ministers of the BLP seem as if they hold the Ministry of Women? If they focus absolutely on women within each portfolio, they would be labelled as Feminists, and would have enetered the field of Sociology or Psychology.
    -undoubtedly though by assisting other groups within society, women are elevated.

    Just my thoughts…

  148. Yam P][e

    Dear True Native,

    If you are a true native, why do you have difficulty with yam pie? Anyhow that is besides the point.

    “… but it was noticeable that when David Thompson became President…he acted to rectify that impression of the DLP…”

    – My interception with your wording was to place emphasis on ‘impression’

    “…I did not say that David Thompson SOUGHT to rectify the impression. I said he ACTED to do so… ”

    – exactly, what he did was acted to rectify the IMPPRESSION, not being concerned with anything else.

    Kind Regards.

  149. Jerome Hinds

    My last point, why are you trying to make the female representatives/ Ministers of the BLP seem as if they hold the Ministry of Women?

    **************************************************

    Yam P][e,

    Another attempt at your spin...a.k.a lies...!

    There is no such Ministry in Barbados...Ministry of Women !

    The question remains....what have the BLP women championed for the Women of Barbados....?

    Where is their policy pronouncement on :

    Greenland...?

    Edutech....?

    Fishing Agreement...?

    NHC $ 50,000.00 houses...?

    Millenium Heights.....?

    Minimum Wage...?

    Women on the Industrial Estates....?

    Which one.....tell us Yam P][e….!

  150. True Native

    I have no problem with yam pie, kiddo. I love it. In fact, when mixed with spinach it is yummy! I have a problem with Yam P][e. But that’s irrelevant – maybe you’re an artist and like brackets and squiggles and things. Now to the word game. Ok, so we leave out IMPRESSION and SOUGHT and stick to ACTED. In layman’s language, and again – in my opinion – David Thompson selected (you got a problem with that?) a number of women in the Party and nominated them for positions of consequence in whatever field they were qualified to act in. That’s my final word, Yammie!

  151. Yam P][e

    Dear True Native,
    no problem at all- thanks !

  152. Yam P][e

    Dear Jerome Hinds,

    Re-read:

    “why are you trying to make the female representatives/ Ministers of the BLP seem as if they hold the Ministry of Women?”
    – Where did I say that a Ministry of Women exists again?

  153. Jerome Hinds

    ” Ministers of the BLP seem as if they hold the Ministry of Women?”

    Yam P][e,

    Re-read your words above !

    Why would you ask such a question if you are not indicating that such a Ministry exists ?

    You still have not shown what the BLP women have done !

    We understand your difficulty !

  154. Yam P][e

    Dear Jerom Hinds,

    you selectively left off my first sentence:

    “why are you TRYING to make the female representatives/ Ministers of the BLP seem AS IF they hold the ‘Ministry of Women’?”
    -everyone knows there is no ‘Ministry of Women’.

    I was not challenged to show what women in the BLP have done.

    Kind Regards.

  155. Jerome Hinds

    Yam P][e,

    ” I was not challenged to show what women in the BLP have done. ”

    **************************************************

    We understand….there is nothing to show !

  156. Maria

    What is your position on marijuana?

    Last year when Mr. Arthur Holder, Attorney-at-Law expressed his interest in representing the people of St. Michael South Central as a Barbados Labour Party candidate, there was some discussion in the print media and the calling programmes as to his position on marijuana because of his locks.

    As a voter I would like Ms. Undine Whittaker, who carries the same hair style as Mr. Holder and is facing the polls for a second time to state whether she is a practising Rastafarian.

  157. Warrior

    BFP here is the link to an article about the influence of the blogs http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4649607.stm

  158. Alky

    Maria,

    Since you’re asking the really important questions, why not also ask which of our ELECTED officials is a practising Christian alcoholic?

  159. Maria

    In 1997, the BLP Government introduced a number of relief measures.

    One of the most notable is the provision of a $500 grant known as reverse tax credit for persons earning less than $13,000 per year.

    The basic and marginal personal income tax rates have been reduced from 25% to 20% and from 40 % to 35% respectively. In addition, taxpayers have benefited from an increase in personal allowance from $15,000 in income year 2004 to the current level of $25,000 this income year.

    This heroic far-reaching programme implemented by Owen Arthur, Minister of Finance has equated in over 26,000 Barbadians being taken off the tax roll.

    (Source: Economic and Financial Policies of the Government of Barbados, Presented by the Rt. Hon Owen Arthur, March 14, 2007)

  160. cat eyes

    Maria are you a brainless parrot programmed to recite BLP propaganda or are you here to debate and defend the positions you posit? Why keep parroting propaganda instead of answering questions related to your fulminations? You hop, skip and jump from one topic to another without debating a single issue you raise. Is this the strategy they have programmed you to execute? Just drop a few PR pieces and run? Well use a male pseudonym please. I am sure the women on this site would not welcome a brainless jackass to their fold.
    Ms. Mottley is not Rastafari, but it would be good for you in your next conversation with one of your programmers to see if you can summon the presence of mind to ask her views on marijuana as well.
    And could you ask those of us taken off the tax roll if we are any better off given the fact that we can save very little due to the astronomical price of food. Astronomical prices which your heroic leader says he can do nothing about. He cannot help us eat.

  161. PeterPan

    Has there ever been physical altercations between top officals of any of the political parties, in the presence of other members of said political parties? Inquiring minds want to know.

  162. True Native

    Recently I received a letter from a Bajan friend living in London. She and family, although doing well financially in London, are coming home. The reason? She is terrified that Britain (wasn’t it called GREAT Britain at one time? Huh!) is fast becoming an Islamic state. Many columnists in daily U.K. newspapers are openly writing this. Sharia law now exists in many towns and the Muslims are completely ignoring British law. We’ll never know how lucky we were to gain our independence when we did! The Labour Party in the U.K. has just received a sound thrashing in local elections, but what good will that do, when that jackass David Cameron and the Conservatives are no better than Blair and his wreckers. May the Lord have mercy on the U.K.

  163. Victor R Callender

    All,

    My name is Victor Ricardo Callender and I am a Barbadian expatriate living in Tacoma, Washington USA. I am deeply concerned relative to the recent spate of West Indies cricket losses. My concern stems from the fact that the powers who control West Indies Cricket still continue to act like colonials. Why is it necessary for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to send young West Indian cricketers to a cricket academy in Australia, when we have some of the greatest cricketing minds in the world in the West Indies?

    Let me bring into focus the fact that Australian cricket was pedestrian in the late seventies. I can’t remember Australian cricketers ever attending a cricket academy in the West Indies. In Sun-Tzu’s “The Art of War,” Sun-Tzu suggest allowing your enemy to think you’re weak even though you’re strong. We of West Indian extraction must always remember that people of European extraction never concede power to anyone who does not look like them. West Indians and Barbadians in particular must remember that power is the only thing that satisfies man. Cricketing supremacy is coveted by all nations that play on the world stage, none more so than the European nations playing cricket. They believe that they taught us the game of cricket, and that they should always dominate us the “Colonials.”

    West Indian cricket administrators must reach out to the likes of Seymour Nurse, who I believe to be one of the greatest talent agents in the spotting of cricketing talent in Barbados if not the West Indies. Cricket should be cherished as the national past time it is throughout our Island nations. If Barbados and other West Indian islands can build large edifices to showcase cricket games throughout the West Indies, why can’t monies be allocated to upgrading school facilities in our island nations? These islands produce countless cricket talent, however cricket gear is expensive and young men must be outfitted for success, in order to continually maintain their interest in the game of cricket.

    Barbadians and West Indians cannot afford to view cricket with jaundiced eyes. The global cricketing Diaspora has moved the game of cricket unto a technological and scientific stage that if not soon embraced by West Indians, will be tantamount to cricketing obliteration. West Indian cricket cannot abide in the valley of cricketing dry bones, our Island nations depend on crickets resurgence as our national past time and as the resurrection of our national identity.

    Victor R Callender

    Bajan Expatriate

  164. Art Vandalay

    Copyright laws in Barbados
    how is it that in one of today’s newspapers we could see a woman being charged for selling spiderman DVD’s, how come we only see small men in court and never any big video stores?

  165. Art Vandalay

    Drug Agencies a JOKE

    Why is it that in 2007 we are sending young people to prison for drug use. when you have drug users they have a chemical problem and need medical help. but hey, we have nothing else to do with them so off to prison they go, where the prompty become hardened criminals, who will leave prisom will all the wrong skills and most likely aids as well.

    Many years ago we were promised a drug court and drug treatment center. NONE YET.

    How can we move heaven and earth and spend 100’s of millions for some tourist for 2 months, but cant do anything for our youth who are the ones most affected by drugs

  166. Yardbroom

    Most drug users need medical help and should be helped where possible, however drug addiction is self inflicted often despite many warnings. There are some old people in our community in need of serious medical help and young mothers and their babies likewise, with the meagre resources we have who are more deserving? I have only posed the question, others might have a view.

  167. Straight talk

    Hi BFP
    It may be helpful if you would post a glossary of words and/or phrases that trigger moderation.
    It can be galling when quite bland comments are lifted and a current debate is interrupted.

  168. Straight talk

    BFP
    You regularly publish the source of comments, so is there any way to state the actual number of individual Bajan ISPs who access this blog.
    Or are we just disaffected blowhards pi**ing in the wind.

    ***********************

    Hi Straight Talk

    Robert here. Yes, we could look at the stats and see how many readers are on the island and how many readers are from various regions. I know Cliverton is able to do this and other magic tricks with the stats so we will talk about it when he gets home. He has done some interesting things with the stats. For instance, when we publish articles on international financing or offshore investments we take a tremendous number of hits from Switzerland. Don’t know why but we do.

    We will talk about it at the next meeting. What exactly did you want to know?

    Bfp Robert

  169. Jerome Hinds

    Hi Straight Talk

    Robert here. Yes, we could look at the stats and see how many readers are on the island and how many readers are from various regions. I know Cliverton is able to do this and other magic tricks with the stats so we will talk about it when he gets home. He has done some interesting things with the stats. For instance, when we publish articles on international financing or offshore investments we take a tremendous number of hits from Switzerland. Don’t know why but we do.

    We will talk about it at the next meeting. What exactly did you want to know?

    Bfp Robert
    **************************************************

    BFP,

    At the next meeting can you all also decide on a NEW date for the release of the longgggg promised Money Laundering story ?

    And factor in the number of hits you would likely generate !

  170. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    At the next meeting can you all also decide on a NEW date for the release of the longgggg promised Money Laundering story ?

    And factor in the number of hits you would likely generate !

  171. Straight talk

    Hope Cliverton can come up with the total of individual Bajan ISPs to give the blog some idea of percentage readership island wide.

  172. Paul Michael

    I sympathize with you real Barbadons…..Like Bermuda, your Island has become a retirement
    escape for corrupt and wealthy parasites such as
    Tony Blair, who soon retires to his no doubt, luxury
    estate there with hiss millions, while leaving Britain
    in a big economic an military mess. He collaborated
    with GWB the White House warmongering lunatic,
    to send many brave people to fight and die in futile
    adveturism based on hypethetical BS.! Let’s hope he
    doesn’t receive a warm welcome there. His chesire-
    cat phony grin hides a sinister, scheming inner
    mind. Isn’t it time that you Barbadons took back
    your Island and shaped it’s destiny, after all you
    have the numbers to do so. Vote for a government
    that forces radical change for the majority, not one
    who carves up the limited land for the wealthy,
    corrupt foreigners to escape from their own disasters. your childrens futures depends on what
    you demand and determine today.

    Paul Michael,
    Welsh Writer,
    Former top radio DJ USA.

  173. Terence M. Blackett

    The Dangers of a 4th General Election Victory for the Barbados Labour Party…

    Many in Barbados amongst the middleclass elite want a timetable for change within the political ruling class. The left-wing politics of this government has steered this country far away from its intended ideals of fairplay, free-market economics, liberalisation and free trade access.

    The real politics of the last decade has been a gradual wane towards to a form of economic apartheid in this country, where a tiny minority of Caucasians either own or control 80% of our national wealth and Gross National Product.

    The political class has been instrumental in this exercise because they have grown rich and increased in goods and think they have need of nothing. Greed, self-serving and economic empowerment by this ruling class serves only one purpose and that is the guaranteeing and perpetuating of its financial pedigree and pre-eminence for decades to come.

    The real issues within this country are being obfuscated time and time again purposefully to camouflage the real sinister areas of concern like corruption, bribery and the unfair acquisitions of people’s land. All the while, the real issues hinge around corporate and political governance involving issue of probity, transparency and above all, accountability of those in leadership positions in our society.

    Barbados is at the cross-roads. This country, as many feel deep down inside, is entering an era of unprecedented change coupled with the looming sense of impending crisis both geo-politically and fiscally. Many also feel that there are serious areas of wrongdoing in our society and believe change is necessary; notwithstanding the fact that the society suffers with inertia and moral insomnia, which could be as a result of something in the drinking water (that may not be as foolish as some think).

    The issues facing us as a nation-state border less on our security but rather on our stability (economically, morally & spiritually); the future socio-political progress of our country which involves the respect for the values and principals of democracy as against an autocratic, dictatorial form of government whose only mantra is the holding on to power by any means necessary and for as long as possible.

    Barbados is quickly becoming an “Oligarchy”! Some may ask, what does that mean? Let me briefly explain:-

    When a country is ruled by the economic bourgeoisie to the extent that they are the ones who wield economic and political power, control of the direction of that country rest within the hands of that elite group. Equally, when the corporate multinationals have ease of access to undertake their Mergers & Acquisitions (as in the case of the Neal & Massey Group with one of our local corporate giants) without any established WATCHDOGS as in the UK’s case of a Competition Commission, we are in serious trouble. Out the window goes free and fair competition and entering once again is full blown “monopoly” as was the case with Cable & Wireless for the last 50 years.

    If politics within a country is the barometric gauge to measure the climatology within the society, then the current temperature of this nation, especially for those in government are clearly contributing to the financial ozone-type credit bubble which now grows year on year resulting in over-heating of our economy by persistent borrowing and placing an undue burden of unjust balance of payments on future generations.

    For example, a small country such as ours is carrying an unbelievably heavy credit burden, a bubble that is soon to burst. Look at the economic markers. Every quarter, the Bank of England is raising interest rates. We are losing valuable foreign exchange through money laundering and other divisive practices, some on the part of so-called respectable members of this society who are able to hide millions in offshore banks without any disclosures. The spiraling cost of goods and services continue to climb astronomically. This includes most importantly, the cost of food which is a serious barometric gauge as to who is in control in this country and who is able to turn up the heat, as and when.

    If the only constant thing in life is change, then how can we not change things in Barbados politically? It would be dangerous to allow this present government another term of office given what has already transpired in the last 3 terms in power.

    Westminster-Style Parliamentary democracy does not allow for strands of autocracy to exist neither does it condone the tenets of dictatorship. Sir Edmund Burke noted British social historian argues that “All it takes for evil to perpetuate is for good men to do nothing!” Yet we have allowed this current government to rule unhindered without any real watchdogs of accountability for almost 15 years and in the process have become apathetic, complacent and reticent about bringing about any necessary or meaningful change.

    The great United States of America has enshrined within its Constitution a two-term presidency for its political leadership. Tony Blair has had to hit the road jack! Why are we handing out and allowing lifetime peerages and memberships for our elected political leaders and others who feel as if it is a “God-given entitlement” for them to wave a big stick of control over the popular masses? Maybe the masses need a wake up call!

    Let us change things even if it is just for the sake of change. There’s magic in change! Change brings accountability and with that comes greater transparency and social justice. The responsibility rest upon us to make that change a permanent fixture of our politics and our democracy. Anything short of that will spell disaster for all of us.

    May God help the people of Barbados to make the changes in this next general election.

  174. Jerome Hinds

    Terence M. Blackett

    I fully endorse your comments.

    It is not about BLP or DLP.

    It is about ensuring that the ” checks & balances ” in our system are re – newed & re – invigorated .

    You are correct when you surmise that this present BLP regime has shown all tendencies to descend into a…….” dictatorial form of government whose only mantra is the holding on to power by any means necessary and for as long as possible. ”

    This explains why there is no governance & financial integrity on issues like :

    ** GEMS , GREENLAND , UDC , CBC , QEH , NHC , CWC 2007 & the like…!

    The Barbadian electorate deserves BETTER !

    A change of government is the FIRST step in that direction !

  175. Imported Sand Concern

    Recently in the print media I read that Sir Charles Williams said: “. . . we are now satisfied that we can mine sand in St Lucia, ship it to Barbados and still be able to sell it at a price that is lower than sand mined in Barbados”

    Although I believe this is great news and a good idea, I am however concerned about strange fauna being introduced into the Barbados ecosystem from St. Lucia.

    The sand repotedly is mined on a 500 acre plot of land in the mountainous interior of St. Lucia.

    I hope that Sir Charles’ company officials will take great care in making sure that any strange insects or snakes, snails or other vermin not native to Barbados don’t get a free trip to Barbados onboard the barge that will be bringing the first 3,000 tons of this material into Barbados come May 21.

  176. Jerome Hinds

    Stephen Richards,

    An interesting point you have made .

    The CSM (E) is about the free movement of people…..with COW new found ” gold ” Owen may be moved to recommend an amendment to Caricom’s legislation to include…..mountain chickens !

  177. True Native

    Mountain chickens we could get by with, but the deadly Fer-de-lance snake? And its habitat is bang in the middle of St. Lucia. What next is going to happen to Barbados?

  178. Terence M. Blackett

    What the government of Barbados could have spent $200 million on?

    The quest of any government is the alleviation of poverty and the enhancement of the good of its people. This concept though buried in the attic of post-modern sociology, many would agree that the axis of contemporary politics continue to move more and more towards a socialist-type model. Latin American geopolitics is one such trend.

    Caribbean governments are no longer immune from the waves of change that is sweeping our political landscape. Barbados is truly on the threshold of change. After (13) years of Barbados Labour Party rule, people are incensed at the corruption, greed and political machinations of a government who bears no responsibility for accountability, transparency or fairness.

    On the heels of a Cricket World Cup flop, the embarrassment of the astronomical cost to the taxpayer has not yet become evident. This government has borrowed up to the hilt without due care or discretion to the long term ramifications to the general public of Barbados.

    What could have the multi-millions spent on a colossal cricket flop be funnelled towards? Let us examine the options:-

    • Firstly, the improvement in public service for our sanitation workers, teachers, nurses, firemen, doctors and others who make our lives manageable and cater to our social needs, would have benefited from an infusion of that multi-million dollar capital expenditure spent on a needless enterprise which will take another decade or more to repay.
    • Secondly, the roadwork network infrastructure would have been greatly improved by an infusion of necessary capital creating better roads for the travelling motorists. Roads that haven’t been touched for decades could have been resurfaced while newer infrastructural road projects could have been undertaken, negating the responsibility for companies like C.O. Williams Ltd to have to borrow monies to facilitate the widening of the existing Highway development along the East-West corridor. Monies which the taxpayer will be paying back for another (20) years given the APR on those loans.
    • Thirdly, with all the chaos at the present Queen Elizabeth Hospital, some of those millions could have gone into the building of a new hospital with ultra-modern technological specs. Creating a more user friendly environment for hospital staff and patients while at the same time encouraging diagnostic innovations through teaching and research and the facilitation of medical tourism as in the case of India where American and Brits now travel for cutting edge operations at a fraction of the cost of doing it in their own countries.
    • Fourthly, no government can continue to ignore the damning plight of its young people who are perpetually being marginalised due to a lack of educational opportunity, drug use and spiralling crime dependence. Monies must be spent to curtail this ominous trend. Some of those million could have been earmarked for a pilot program to get our “boys” off the block by the implementation of a structural program in “National Service”(Social Engineering Policy which I have devised) which would mandate and stimulate our young men and women into training programs of entrepreneurship, apprenticeship, civil and military service. Instead of incarceration for our young men who are guilty of petty misdemeanours, our focus should be on remedial programs which teach rehab and social development including life and social skills. These areas are cash starved. Government lends lip-service with fanciful platitudes and high sounding words while doing precious little to alleviate the sufferings of the disadvantaged in our society. To many it is easier to spend millions building prisons instead of spending the same millions to create a more just and equitable society where those less fortunate have a fighting chance at true survival.
    • Lastly, there are no real custodians and guardians of what is sacred in Barbadian society. Monies are borrowed from everywhere. Kickbacks, siphoning, bribes, embezzlement and trickery are the hallmarks of a society on the brink of annihilation. Government ministers, civic and institutional leaders can no longer think it is an acceptable social norm to behave as if corruption, greed and avarice are behaviours which can be condoned. There must be accountability on the part of those who lead. The thief on the street is as bad as the crook in the hallowed halls of government. Men must be held to account.

    In conclusion, the millions spent on hosting the World Cup in Barbados was a dismal failure of epic proportions. The electorate, the people are the ones left holding the bag which is clearly full of holes. We the people must now decide whether we want another (5) years of corruption, mismanagement and the marginalisation of the majority at the behest of the “minority” who rule with a rod of iron. The choice is a simple one… exercise your right for change!!!

  179. M. Chicken

    Barbados has very little biodiversity. A snake or two from St. Lucia might improve things. On second thought, maybe the snakes are already here.

  180. True Native

    Deputy P.M., John Prescott of the U.K. is due to visit Barbados on a “farewell” visit, to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of the slave trade. He will meet with P.M. Owen Arthur. With any luck, it may well turn out to be a double farewell.

  181. Anonymous

    Why didn’t he say his goodbyes when the PM made his speech in Hull, which is Prescott’s constituency?
    Sounds like another jolly at the taxpayer’s expense.
    There can be no benefit to Barbados from entertaining this discredited buffoon.

  182. True Native

    You’re dead right, and it will cost the British taxpayers something in the vicinity of fifteen thousand quid.

  183. True Native

    You’re dead right. And the British taxpayers will have to fork out something in the vicinity of fifteen thousand pounds to pay for this little jaunt.

  184. True Native

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation (twice)?

  185. Margaret Knight

    BFP

    Would you kindly check your e-mail, if you haven’t already done so, and reply to my e-mail to you, which I sent yesterday. Thank you.

  186. BFP Cliverton Not Logged In

    Hello Margaret

    George forwarded the email to us and we will be discussing it tonight. You are new here and don’t realize that we do not reply directly to emails for security purposes.

    Please be assured that we will be discussing the issue and will have something to say about it.

    Clive

  187. Margaret Knight

    Okay, thank you, Clive.

  188. Straight talk

    BFP,
    We, your loyal bloggers, understand Marcus and Shona’s personal difficulties which have delayed the much previewed “money laundering” post.
    I believe that you may be the recipients of much sensitive info that we mere taxpayers are not privy to.
    If you are not , state so.
    If I had firm evidence of any malfeasance, I would email it to you to do what in your consideration is the correct disclosure.
    We understand from your previous posts that you have a scoop.
    Are you saving posts for the election bell to ring?
    Or are you tittilating your blog to increase readership?
    I can safely advise that there are many on this blog with snippets of info, which when collated would complete any picture, and your reticence in posting the canvas for all your visitors to “paint by numbers” is very frustrating, and hands ammunition to the status quo mouthpieces.
    Have a very enjoyable editorial meeting tonight, and welcome home with congratulations to Cliverton.

  189. True Native

    If you think it’s only happening here, think again. Headlines in U.K. Daily Mail, “One wife, two mistresses … and a quad bike on Commons expenses”.
    It continues: “The campaign by MPs to exclude themselves from freedom of information laws is headed by a Tory parliamentarian who bought a L3,300 quad bike on parliamentary expenses.”
    And that is good old England! Wuhloss!

  190. True Native

    I nearly shed tears when I read the story about the fate of Sam Lord’s Castle, entitled “Castle Crumbling” by Carol Matindale in the Sunday Sun today. I don’t understand the legal battle between CLICO and – is it Marriotts? or whoever. Are they just going to allow that grand building to become a ruin, like what happened to Farley Hill so many years ago? Does anyone know the true story on the present situation? Is it another case of wiping out our Colonial past?

  191. samizdat

    1. Great posts from Terence Blackett: cogent, lucid, well-informed. If only you could be writing in The Nation, skipper…
    2. I’m with Straight Talk: will BFP still addressing the money-laundering issue any time soon, or are you just going to let it drop? Your silence about it now after all the build-up a few weeks back is weird. You should at least keep us updated.
    3. Lastly, Paul Richards’s obvious loathing of Tony Blair leads him to post bare foolishness. To my knowledge (any “Barbadons” know different?), Blair owns no land or property here; when he visits he stays at Cliff Richards’s house at Royal Westmoreland. Secondly, it’s wholly inaccurate to say that the UK is in an economic mess. By all the usual criteria, it’s currently either the third or fourth strongest global economy. Of all the things that are mash up in the UK, the economy is one thing that’s strong and growing stronger.

    *************************

    Comment by BFP Marcus

    Hello Samizdat

    I am often late for dinner, but even if I have to work late my woman knows that I sleep nowhere else. She trusts that I will always come home and I do so every night – even if I’m late.

    You’re not my woman, but I’ll ask you to trust me a little longer.

    Yes, we had some family problems for a few weeks – and then someone did forward some other information to us that caused a delay. Our friends have been patient and we appreciate it. We will not let you down.

    Marcus

  192. samizdat

    Thanks, Marcus. That’s good to hear.

    These days BFP is a light in a darkening place. You provide a beacon of truth in a fog of lies. So yeah: I’ll be patient…

    Incidentally: I don’t know you, but all the best to you and yours. I really admire and respect what you’re doing on this site.

  193. Thistle

    EVERYBODY: PLEASE, read The Lowdown in today’s Nation about the Trini takeover. I am sick and fed up with the aggressive attitude of these Trinidadians. Went to a Chinese restaurant (long before the expose on the slavery issue) run by a Chinese-Trini. Was just about to order when a gang of young Trini’s crashed through the door, rushed up to the bar, hailed the owner in typical brash, uncouth Trini manner, ordered their six take-aways and got served before me.
    I am also sick and fed up with the brazen, rude way Guyanese workers, on their way to work – many of them in the country illegally – (you can always identify them with their rubber boots, huge straw hats and riding bicycles) stare at us Bajans, as much as to ask what right we have driving along OUR roads.
    PLEASE, DLP, if you win the elections, STOP THESE FOREIGNERS FROM TAKING OVER BARBADOS.

  194. ?x?

    Thought you might like to see this. It gets both Carciom and Islam.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1840776.ece

  195. Hants

    BFP did you get a copy of Rawle Eastmond’s book
    “Yardfowls”

    I think this will become a hot topic soon.

    Todays Nation online.

    Yardfowls and hounds in Eastmond’s pen
    Published on: 5/26/07.

  196. samizdat

    So yuh is bajan fuh true, thistle?

    Well yuh does sound tummuch like yuh from foreign yuhself. Yuh is a Englishman, I pretty sure.

    But in any case, your small-islander xenophobic stereotyping foolishness (“typical brash uncouth Trini manner”) is kind of lame.

  197. Lollipop

    Samizdat-Trini.

    I don’t know bout Thistle but it look like he or she is a thorn in you side. It is a well known fact that Trinidadians loud brash uncouth and arrogant. The thistle ain’t the onliest one that know that. If you think that coming here to buy up all we businesses and plantations make you own we Bajans you better think again. Looka, haul a….s do.

  198. Thistle

    Vivian-Anne Gittens, CEO and Publisher of the Nation Publishing Company, says that action taken against a Nation reporter/photographer who was carrying out duties after an accident involving two buses in St. John, “could possibly be seen as a threat to Press freedom”.
    Conversely, the bigshot Guyanese woman, Roxanne Gibbs, when being interviewed on the 12.30 p.m. VOB news yesterday said it was not a threat to press freedom. Stupid woman.

  199. Frankie

    CRIME IN BARBADOS

    I recently visited the island and was robbed at gun-point……….”TWICE.” While on the island I was approached by alot of “dishonest people.” From what I have heard in the past; “Barbados is a relatively safe destination, on the contrary, my visit paints a much different picture. I have tried several different searches to try and contact the police to follow up on the report with no success. Any suggestions?
    Tourism is an important part of the economy on the island. Something needs to change.

  200. queenonly

    hi
    to the family of Karen Allambly. I did not know her personally, i vaguely remember a VERY BEARUTIFUL girl a long time ago but my younger sister went to school with her and we felt extremely sad that she was taken from this world this way. However, we believe that she is at peace. my sister had a dream about her 2 week ago. she dreamed that she saw her smiling and looking so beautiful. that’s all she remembers and i believe that is all she needs to remember from her dream. i prayer often that somehow her murder/s will be bought to extreme justice. i offer my condolences to her family.

  201. samizdat

    Hey lollipop,

    I’m neither trini nor guyanese (try another island), but your comment tells me clearly what YOU are:

    like all xenophobes, you’re a weak, scared, sad, incompetent loser.

    Luckily, most of the Bajans I know aren’t like you.

    Have a nice day…

  202. Anonymous

    Why somebody dont tell that infantile potbelly little fool to go and play wid his toys and know that is big grownup people talking about real issues on this blog.

  203. Thistle

    Check out the front page of The Nation today, everybody. See how the piggies (Owen, Mia and Barney) feed at the trough! When I logged on and the picture came up I thought for one moment I had logged into BFP by mistake.

  204. Straight talk

    BFP:
    What’s the reason for closing down the “International Lawsuit” thread ?

  205. big cheque

    The big cheque that Owen banked like it paid off.

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/NewViewNewsleft.cfm?Record=31290

  206. Straight talk

    BFP:
    Did you miss, or ignore, my question?

    What’s the reason for closing down the “International Lawsuit” thread ?

  207. more

    Straight talk the International lawsuit thread is not closed down. There are several threads about the lawsuit only one did not allow comments for the reasons stated.

  208. Straight talk

    Thank you, more.
    My mistake.

  209. Thistle

    Did anyone see Barney Lynch on TV tonight? I zapped the sound because I couldn’t bear to listen to any more of his lies, but his body language alone told me that the man has absolutely no shame whatsoever. He has no conscience, and is completely insensitive. He is thumbing his nose at us, is saying to all of us, “Sod all of you. Tek dah” and intends to enjoy the rest of his life, thank you very much.

  210. God bless

    May God bless us all tonight and keep us safe.

  211. The Phoenix

    He looked like a stuffed Barney !

    A pathological liar he is !

  212. No Name- You say “In the end market forces will take care of these ridiculously high fares.”

    I wish this were true. But you are apparently unaware of the difficulties, political and bureacratic, that are put in the way of any new business entity trying to provide competitive service, particularly when you are competing with a Government owned/sponsored cripple, like LIAT.

    Just ask Leslie Lucky Samaroo of the interference and red-tape difficulties he suffered from Govt of T&T with his airline to Tobago on TWO separate occasions. (Arawak and Air Caribbean)

    Are you naive enough to think a millionaire can just set up shop here with a new airline like was done in Antigua? Get real. Government has been putting legal blocks in the way for years of those trying to operate an economical ferry between our islands. You remember MV Windward? Airlines require ten times more permissions to get started- permissions you won’t get.

    The reality is that we are stuck with Government monopoly for transport, and they don’t give two damns about letting Caribbean nationals travel at a reasonable price. They like it so!

  213. Maria

    I am very sick and tired of the Barbados Free Press.
    This website continues to promote gossip and defame the reputations of many outstanding Barbadians.
    To the administrators of BFP,
    Don’t u think that as citizens of Barbados you should seek to bring balance to your website?

    *********************

    BFP Robert comments:

    Hi Maria

    From the start we have offered this website to government politicians and initially they came and interacted with Bajan citizens and the website writers. They don’t come anymore because Bajans continue to ask straight forward questions about proven unethical conduct. When we drop a clanger, we are accountable in public – but when say, Government Minister Gline Clarke is caught building a home on land that his government expropriated, we hear only silence. When we ask how it is that the Prime Minister deposits “campaign donations” to his personal bank account, we hear only silence.

    And on and on and on.

    Any of those folks could write an article today to provide the “balance” you are looking for… but they don’t.

    VECO provided a check and balance and took care of our mistake in about five minutes.

    Gline Clarke has had over a year to explain himself. The Prime Minister has had almost 18 months to deny that he has a secret offshore bank account and other assets that have never seen the soil of Barbados. Income and assets earned and accumulated outside of the country.

    Maria… you are more than welcome to provide “balance” by explaining these things or writing an article about anything.

    Where shall we start? How about Gline Clarke…?

  214. BFP

    BFP Robert comments:

    Hi Maria

    From the start we have offered this website to government politicians and initially they came and interacted with Bajan citizens and the website writers. They don’t come anymore because Bajans continue to ask straight forward questions about proven unethical conduct. When we drop a clanger, we are accountable in public – but when say, Government Minister Gline Clarke is caught building a home on land that his government expropriated, we hear only silence. When we ask how it is that the Prime Minister deposits “campaign donations” to his personal bank account, we hear only silence.

    And on and on and on.

    Any of those folks could write an article today to provide the “balance” you are looking for… but they don’t.

    VECO provided a check and balance and took care of our mistake in about five minutes.

    Gline Clarke has had over a year to explain himself. The Prime Minister has had almost 18 months to deny that he has a secret offshore bank account and other assets that have never seen the soil of Barbados. Income and assets earned and accumulated outside of the country.

    Maria… you are more than welcome to provide “balance” by explaining these things or writing an article about anything.

    Where shall we start? How about Gline Clarke…?

  215. Maria

    BFP,
    I cannot even believe that you are saying that I can bring balance to this website.

    Do you remember or do you need me to remind you that the last time I tried doing such, I was banned from your website, referred to as a spin doctor, etc ?

  216. for sure

    Maria

    just leave out the spin and write.

  217. Willis White

    This is a link of a news story about what the american embassy in barbados is doing.

  218. Willis White

    soaabe.org
    This is a great web site about the amerifcan embassy in barbados. I’d love to protest what they are doing. it is no secret for the last year they have been awful to every barbadian who goes th ere treating like th ey are criminals.

  219. Straight talk

    Willis:
    Tell us please, why would want to leave this island paradise for the sinkhole that is the USA, where you are obviously unwanted?

  220. No-name

    Maria,
    Get a life!
    We know you are not capable of contributing to any balance on this blog. Why do you keep reading all the gossip? Perhaps because you know it is the truth!

  221. Anonymous

    i have seen bmw,prados,honda crv’s,&other top of the line SUV’s,nobody ever complained…why the fuss about a few low-priced vehicles for mtw?
    ************************

    BFP responds…

    Ah… so nice to hear the voice of government. “You never complained about our excesses before. Why start now?”

    Why now, Mr. government?

    Because we have to start somewhere, and the Public Works using a vehicle that is double the cost of what is needed for its function would seem to be a valid complaint.

    The weather has changed, my friend. Better get used to it.

  222. Itchy

    Whats going on with the water in St Joseph? the water stink of chlorine, I can’t drink this or bathe in this, its so strong, I know for a fact people complain to BWA about this before, my family all got itchy skin and I got dry itchy places on my face. When you phone to complain nothing happens, any ideas?

  223. Maria

    After running in three consecutive, unsuccessful elections in the same constituencies, why is it that the DLP would need to introduce Randall Rouse and now tonight John Boyce to the people of those constituencies?

    After being defeated three consecutive times, Randall Rouse and John Boyce are now “…ready to offer quality representation”.

    Barbadians are not stupid and should not be insulted. After being defeated three consecutive times, now to be introduced to some of the same people, what is your definition of “quality representation”?

    What about the “shelf life” of Rouse and Boyce?

  224. This is NO Free Press

    BFS is NO Free Press
    This website page would not let me put features on its site about the good the BLP is doing for Barbados this site is for THE DLP ——NO FREE PRESS

  225. IS THIS WEBSITE NAME BFS OR DLP

    Are the editors of BFP Mr Adrian Loveridge David Thomspon, Cranston Browne or Chris Sinckler if so where is the FREE PRESS

  226. Anonymous

    Democracy does not exist within the DLP, so don’t expect anything different on Free Press. I was banned before for trying to bring balance to this site.

    If freedom of speech is not allowed on this site, can you image what would happen under a DLP government lead by David Thompson?

    This is why we have to make sure that we return the BLP to office and get ride of Thompson, because there is no way people like Richard Sealy, Ronald Jones, Denis Kellman, David Estwick, etc are going to allow him to return to the electorate in 2012 asking to be Prime Minister…let them destroy each other not this country…the number 1 developing country in the world.

  227. Anonymous

    Ronald Jones is the administrator of Barbados Free Press.

  228. Arthur best choice

    Arthur best choice

    AS A JOURNALIST of so many years’ standing, it is not what Dr Harold Hoyte writes. Rather, what he does not write. Still, one cannot blame an artist, especially when he is asked to produce but does not have good material to work with.

    Yes, leadership is an important component, but what Barbados, the Caribbean and the international community need at this time, and will need into the foreseeable future, is the type of fiscal and economic leadership that David Thompson and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are incapable of providing, but which Arthur has been providing with tremendous benefits to the ordinary people of Barbados and the Caribbean, for some time now.

    Dr Hoyte’s column of Friday, January 5, reads: “While I, like everyone else in Barbados, accept that leadership will be an important issue in the next general election, it is my view that having the capacity to speak on fiscal and economic issues with competency and authority but moreso, having the capacity to formulate a credible model for economic development, especially given the Barbadian reality – is far more important.”

    Arthur is therefore not only the right man, he is the best man for the job.

    While Thompson may be leader of the Opposition DLP, which does not have a credible alternative economic or social plan, Arthur is already the most respected and trusted Prime Minister in this hemisphere, who has been authorised by the people of this region to speak for the entire Caribbean on fiscal and economic matters.

    A choice of who should become Barbados’ next Prime Minister would not be at all difficult for a knowledgeable and alert electorate.

    Hoyte, the third point is, Thompson may be running, but Arthur has been chosen; has received an anointing; and is best suited to provide progressive political, spiritual, economic and social leadership for this hemisphere.

    No one who would have heard Arthur’s presentation to the 30th Annual Miami Conference of the Caribbean, held in December, 2006, would have any doubts. In fact, when Mr Arthur speaks, the entire world listens. Ask the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

    Perhaps it may help if Hoyte is reminded and invited to note that Arthur is re-energised, and is now more caring, still down-to-earth and easily approachable, more experienced and is now – better than ever. At least, such would be extremely good news for all patriotic Barbadians and Caribbean people.

  229. FREE PRESS

    If Ronald Jones is the administrator of Barbados Free Press how can they by FREE PRESS it would be DLP PRESS not BFP

  230. FREE PRESS

    Mr Anonymous
    freedom of speech is not allowed on this site, you can image what would happen under a DLP government lead by David Thompson?

  231. Power Hungry DLP

    IT IS A BIT UNFAIR for persons to accuse David Thompson of not having a vision for Barbados. After all, he once announced a “bus fare and lunch money” employment creation strategy, and in recent times, in addition to a self-preservation “me first” philosophy, he has unveiled a selfish “fatted calf” economic distribution theory model, which has caused all right-thinking Barbadians to hang their heads in disapproval.

    Therefore, one cannot fault those who are now convinced that three things best describe the opposition Democratic Labour Party. It is power hungry, has an unquenchable political thirst for State power, and is a party in a disorderly state of desperation.

    Little wonder that it has therefore not escaped an alert electorate that power is not a toy you put in the hands of a child, especially since power is an extremely lethal weapon in the wrong hands.

  232. DLP seems to have died with Barrow

    WHEN ERROL WALTON BARROW died in 1987, his Democratic Labour Party (DLP), which had so touched the lives of thousands of Barbadians in positive ways, appeared to have died with him.

    What today masquerades as the DLP is merely a political chameleon which, since 1987, inflicted severe economic pain and hardship on the people of Barbados, implemented a savage eight per cent cut on public servants and placed thousands on the bread-line.

    In the national interest, and as a mark of respect for Barrow, Denis Kellman must be given the rightful opportunity to rescue Barrow’s party from the people who now hold it captive, and allowed to start the process of renovation.

  233. BLP ready to serve

    By Going for David

    BLP ready to serve

    READY to serve what, and to whom?

    While the Democratic Labour Party – which has lost touch with the people of Barbados for sometime now – talks about, “campaign lift-off”, Prime Minister Owen Arthur advises his ministers and members of the Barbados Labour Party family – “not to be arrogant”, to “stay connected to the people”, and “to get on with the people’s business of implementing the party’s manifesto pledges”.

    There is, therefore, a fundamental difference between, “being ready to serve”, and “being power-hungry”

  234. Plover

    The BLP have served but the menu has been the same BS for over ten years. It is now time for them to “serve” time.

  235. Plover

    The only people who take anything Harold Hoyte says seriously are deslusional Bajans who are still living in the past.

    Hoyte changes his mind and opinion about Arthur as often as he changes his under wear.

    But it is interesting to read the propaganda about the BLP and DLP economic philosophies from who writes like an expert but only practices the BLP philosophy that “BS baffles brains”.

    Only a few days ago in the Nation News the prestigious Wall Street was reported as saying there were little if any difference between the Economic philosophies of David Thompson and Owen Arthur and that no matter who was elected the Economy of Barbados would change little.

    I find it hard to believe that DOCTOR Hoyte if being quoted correctly did not see this artcle.

  236. Wishing in Vain

    This one is directed to the BLP operative Maria all you need to do is await the counting of the votes and see the result.
    Have you bunch not learnt yet that you have done a tremendous job of raping the treasury and your corruption is at an all time high and you wonder why people are sick of you and your party??
    Come on get a life you bunch of crooks!!!

  237. Maria

    The Erskine Sandiford government, with Chris Sinkler as his Personal Ass (istant) and David Thompson as Minister of Finance, were the biggest crooks to every rob the treasury of Barbados.

    They took the 8% from the humble civil servants,while increasing Mininsters’ salaries. Took the Government of Barbados’ money and paid IMP people.

    St. Joseph Hospital that was “built,” so that DLP ministers and lackeys could get hefty bank accounts and Warwick Franklyn got the BIDC to pay his daughter’s tuition.

    You keep Wishing in Vain for David Thompson to become Prime Minister of Barbados so that you can get an air-conditioned house for your dogs.

    **************************

    BFP Comments…

    Maria’s argument seems to be that in the past and in the future, a DLP government is as corrupt as the current BLP government.

    We agree.

    It is not about which party is more or less corrupt at heart because there is a tendency to become corrupt when power is achieved. That’s only human nature, not BLP or DLP nature.

    Once again children… Without conflict of interest rules and integrity legislation one group of Bajans will be as tempted by power as the next. Only by implementing integrity legislation prior to the next election is there any hope of stopping this feeding frenzy.

    Robert BFP

  238. BFP

    BFP Comments…

    Maria’s argument seems to be that in the past and in the future, a DLP government is as corrupt as the current BLP government.

    We agree.

    It is not about which party is more or less corrupt at heart because there is a tendency to become corrupt when power is achieved. That’s only human nature, not BLP or DLP nature.

    Once again children… Without conflict of interest rules and integrity legislation one group of Bajans will be as tempted by power as the next. Only by implementing integrity legislation prior to the next election is there any hope of stopping this feeding frenzy.

    Robert BFP

  239. Maria

    Is that “Robert”, Robert “Bobby” Morris, have they recycled you as well?
    The DLP should have some of their younger members responding, not abusing someone your age.

    *****************************

    BFP’s Robert replies…

    Ho hum. No, I’m not any Robert you know.

    And neither did I expect a substantive answer from you regarding my position about the absurdity of saying that one group of Bajans is more honest at heart than another group of Bajans. There are good and bad people in both parties, but none can withstand the temptation of having full power with no accountability or legal standards for the handling of millions of dollars to spend as they see fit.

  240. Maria

    You know I really love Barbados Free Press, every time I post a comment, I see “Your comment is awaiting moderation”, that’s ok, I will keep blogging.

    BFP never cease to amuse me, “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    That’s ok, DLP aka Barbados Free Press, coming out of the blocks too early is often a false start, which will be evident whenever elections are called.

    The people want you to deal with the issues of the day and stop the politics of personal attacking. Is it that you are unable to deal with the New Politics; issues such as Globalisation (based on Kellman’s theory, that means having an airport in St. Lucy), and Trade Liberalisation, Taan Abed, this does not mean that your “herbal supplies” can be shipped via Kelly’s airport legally, Barbados is still a predominately christian society what are you muslim or hindu..which puts you in the minority). Michael Lashley and David Thompson are not aware of such morals either, because both of them are seen weekly at drug (sorry dub) fetes.

  241. Wishing in Vain

    What is your problem you thing ?
    Is this going to your style until you are escorted out for the house of assembly??
    Is this your style because people have now unfolded you bunch for what you all really are a sick corrupt gang of crooks that continues to steal from the god loving taxpayers of this island or still making deals with Hallam Nicholls et al for his long term wealth program, remember that cheque for the $ 750,000.00 that Owing deposited to his account or the plantation home MM Lynch now owns on a ministers salary???
    Pack your bags your free for all is winding down, actually you may not need to pack too much if you bunch move into the new jail with cost overruns to the tune of inexcess of $ 200 million, they should be sent up until they turn old and grey and cannot rob anyone else again.

  242. Maria

    It is interesting that the DLP supporters are allowed to respond so promptly but my comments are ALWAYS moderated.

    It is only a matter of time before you ban me from your site (again). You ask me questions yet you don’t like my answers, what do you want?

    I can tell you what Barbadians DO NOT want, David Thompson as Prime Minister.

    On last note before I go to bed, you should go to bed soon as well, so that you can make a substantial contribution in Parliament tomorrow.

    Please provide me with a personal invitation when your party is introducing Mr. Kenneth Best to the people, so that I can have the police on hand to arrest him.

  243. Wishing in Vain

    Maria I would refrain from going down or attempting to go down the moral line here as we all know your party is very weak in that department of moral issues, from what we all know we have a PM that is a drunk a DPM ********

    *** Section edited out by bfp’s Auntie Moses *****

    ***** WIV… you KNOW the standards of this blog. Please don’t push them even if you are showing us support. ********

    Sadly if you are so disgusted with BFP why not blog on your site but then again your site is more critical of your party than even BFP is and from what I have seen they are backward and slow as for blogs they are not happening there, so you must feel obliged to stick with BFP.
    More power to BFP they are doing a great job at exposing you and your party for what you really are a bunch of dishonest bastards that are all corrupt as ever.
    With regard to your call about personal attacks they are deserving and much needed when you have ones like these in power there is only one way to handle them get as nasty as they are, what do expect for the DLP to stand aside and take the crap that Owing wants to dish out and we cower with our tail between our legs because a drunkard has spoken, not he and each one of you that is corrupt will face the same level of wrath.

  244. Wishing in Vain

    It will be in the press idiot, and you are invited, one thing I know and I can tell you what Barbadians DO NOT want, Mr ESAF White rum Owing as Prime Minister or Mia coke Mottley as Prime Minister.
    Oh dumb one my comments go to moderation from time to time as well, guess with the level of stupidity you show yours must go more often.

  245. Wishing in Vain

    you are not only sick but you are really a sad example of what your party is about you are vile in the worst way.

  246. Wishing in Vain

    **********

    Second chance, WIV

    You will conform to the standards of this blog or you will have to start your own.

    Auntie Moses bfp

  247. Wishing in Vain

    Tell me what is upsetting to you as I really would like to understand, surely it cannot be the entire piece because it is factual.
    Just for clarity thanks not being difficult here but not sure what part is at issue.

  248. BLP YES DLP NO

    Barbadians DO NOT want, David Thompson as Prime Minister.

  249. Kelly

    What standards? The DLP has no standards so do u expect this blog to have any?

    Maria, don’t mind Wishing in Vain clearly (the blogger is a man) who seems to have a problem with females, just like David Thompson.

  250. Plover

    This blog is mainly meant to accomodate people who when they say something give reasons and logic for what they say. BLP YES DLP NO is a Campaign sign that were I the BFP I would not print on those grounds. Plus when the message that was conveyed is printed with nothing to support it the only cause it supports is that the Author is much like the Party they are supporting. Full of BS and nothing else.

    People like this usually take around a piece of toilet paper to wipe their mouth after speaking

  251. Eve

    http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761595967/Juneteenth.html?GT1=10056

    Didn’t know if you have ever heard about this in Barbados!! Just passing along this to you FYI – it is inspiring!
    Keep up the great work – you guys are the best!!

  252. Going for David

    To Plover

    That’s all the DLP is about alot of “talk” “talk” “talk”.
    When the BLP win’s in 2008 it’s the end for David that y he is so Power Hungry now, David will go down 1 2 yes 3 times ot Owen and the BLP
    this isfor “Wishing in Vain”

  253. Wishing in Vain

    Going for David
    I hardly consider him to be power hungry as you blpites would want to suggest let us put it in perspective he is on mercy mission to recover our island from levels of corruption never seen in this island before, I must admit I do not envy him one bit because the extent of the stealing is serious when the gov’t can steal in excess of $ 200 million in one project as the prison is, that cheque that Owing deposited to his account to the tune of $ 750,000.00, or the gov’t buying lands from friends and paying in excess of the value to get part of the difference in their personal bank accounts.
    Lord help us if we were ever to get laboured with another 5 years of dishonesty and corruption they have done a great job of raping our country in the last 15 years and we cannot afford them for another 5 years.

  254. Going for David

    To Wishing in Vain

    Talk talk talk that’s all u have “Wishing in Vain”

    The Sun on Saturday Pub. Date: 8/26/06

    From The EDITORIAL :
    However, the new prison at Dodds, St Philip, scheduled to be opened early next year, offers the opportunity to implement such a plan. The US$140 million prison built on 25-plus acres with single cells to house 1 250 inmates, will emphasise high-tech supervision of the prisoners.

    The Fact’s

    “estimated it would cost around $100 million”

    “Mottley said Government would have to await the completion of the designs to quantify the finance of the prison,”

    US firm to build new jail at Dodds

    Publication: Daily Nation
    6/29/05
    Written By: Bradshaw Maria

    Headline:US firm to build new jail at Dodds

    Story Body :

    A UNITED STATES COMPANY has won the bid to finance and construct the new prison facility at Dodds, St Philip.

    Attorney-General Mia Mottley announced yesterday in Parliament that Veco Inc was the company chosen out of two proposals which were submitted.

    She said the proposals was evaluated by a technical committee chaired by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance which unanimously recommended Veco for the job.

    “I accepted the recommendation and last Friday the memorandum of understanding was signed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the representatives of Veco. It is anticipated that within 21 months we will have a new prison at Dodds,” she told the House of Assembly.

    $100 million bill

    Mottley said Government would have to await the completion of the designs to quantify the finance of the prison, but she estimated it would cost around $100 million.

    She added that in August a town hall meeting would be held with residents living in Dodds, Padmore Village, Church Village and surrounding areas to update them about construction of the prison.

    “The site is almost 200 acres. We will only be utilising 50 acres for the prison so there will be no circumstance where the prison will be up underneath any community. It will be a good distance with significant buffers from any existing community,” she said.

    Meanwhile, sources revealed that the second bid was submitted by a consortium made up of Jada Builders, Rotherley Construction, Rayside Construction, C.O. Williams Construction, Williams Industries, FirstCaribbean Internatonal Bank, Barbados National Bank and mega-billion dollar British construction firm Carrilian, which builds and operate prisons in the United Kingdom.

    That proposal carried a price tag of approximately $120 million in a 25-year BOLT – build, operate, lease and transfer – arrangement.

    Going for David

    You tell me how much $$$$ David his in the Bank

    GET THE FACT”S “Wishing in Vain”

    Going for David

  255. Going for David

    SIMPLY THE BEST!

    Lynch, Mascoll CWC was country’s finest honour

    That essentially was the message from Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch as he reviewed the country’s performance during Cricket World Cup 2007, at the monthly meeting of the St Michael North East branch of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) yesterday.

    Stating repeatedly he would not back down from his assessment that CWC represented “Barbados finest hour”, Lynch noted that 63 480 long-stay visitors were on the island in April, the highest number ever since the country started recording tourist arrivals.

    This figure, he added, represented a 19.6 per cent increase over the previous April, which had itself seen a 13 per cent jump from the year before.

    Of even greater significance, said Lynch, was that the island earned an additional US$16.75 million. Anyone who visited St Lawrence Gap or Bridgetown during the matches would have seen that the place was “overrun with visitors”, he added.

    And the benefits continued, Lynch told an audience that included parliamentary representative for the area, Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley, since one Indian tour operator was already booked to bring 1 000 Indians to the island next year.

    “There is a legacy component that will manifest itself over time,” Lynch said, while revealing that also during the month of April, cruise passenger arrivals grew by 17 per cent.

    Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Clyde Mascoll, also said Barbados performed admirably before and during CWC, pointing out that money invested in construction and other preparatory activity helped to stimulate the economy and provide benefits for hundreds of small entrepreneurs.

    Responding to critics of the spending, Mascoll said: “No Australian who left here took back a road with him. No Australian carried back a piece of the ABC Highway. It is Barbadians who benefit from the spending.”

    In fact, said Mascoll, before a ball was bowled more than 200 companies had reaped benefits.

    Meanwhile, both Mascoll and Lynch attacked the Opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) for failing to engage in serious debate about World Cup or the economy, while trying to sell the country a false picture.

    Mascoll said the Dems had failed to offer any serious analysis of the country’s economic performance reports from the Central Bank, while Lynch accused the Opposition of introducing a level of “political nastiness” to discussions in Barbados, led by Member of Parliament David Estwick.

    Additionally, he accused “certain people in the media” of involvement in the exercise, referring repeatedly to “a set of people in Fontabelle” who wanted to lead the country from behind their desks.

  256. Going for David

    The Fact’s on the Prison

    For u Mr “Wishing in Vain” from Going for David

    NOTE: The official signing of the agreement between Government and Veco USA Inc for the US$140 million prison facility was on 06/20/06

    Date: 6/21/06 Page: 5 A
    Daily Nation
    Headline:Jail ‘by January’

    BY THE END OF NEXT JANUARY, Barbados’ new state-of-the art prison at Dodds, St Philip should be operational.

    Attorney-General Dale Marshall made the announcement yesterday following the official signing of the agreement between Government and Veco USA Inc., the company contracted to construct the US$140 million prison facility.

    Speaking to the media at Parliament Buildings, Marshall said while the current prison population was over 980 inmates, the facility at Dodds would accommodate 1 250.

    While acknowledging that a December hand-over had to be changed because of certain challenges arising from the unavailability of building material, the Attorney-General disclosed that over 90 per cent of the foundation work of all of the buildings had been completed.

    In addition, Marshall said a significant milestone would be reached on July 10 with the installation of the first cell in the female housing and support building.

    He anticipated that on the current work schedule, all of the cells would be erected by the end of August.

    He said there would be a significant emphasis on high-tech supervision of the prisoners.

    The facility would also have an extensive prison farm, study facilities and improved conditions for prison staff.

    He commended Veco USA Inc. for showing good faith in Government by proceeding with construction without a legal contract.

    Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Housing and Lands, acting minister Reverend Joseph Atherley said there would be a 25-year term lease of the 57.2 acres of land at Dodds to Barbados Corrections Corporation on behalf of Veco.

    ——————————

    NOTE: She “MIA” estimated it would cost around $100 million.

    “Mottley said Government would have to await the completion of the designs to quantify the finance of the prison”

    Daily Nation 6/29/05 pg 4A

    Headline:US firm to build new jail at Dodds

    A UNITED STATES COMPANY has won the bid to finance and construct the new prison facility at Dodds, St Philip.

    Attorney-General Mia Mottley announced yesterday in Parliament that Veco Inc was the company chosen out of two proposals which were submitted.

    She said the proposals was evaluated by a technical committee chaired by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance which unanimously recommended Veco for the job.

    “I accepted the recommendation and last Friday the memorandum of understanding was signed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the representatives of Veco. It is anticipated that within 21 months we will have a new prison at Dodds,” she told the House of Assembly.

    $100 million bill

    Mottley said Government would have to await the completion of the designs to quantify the finance of the prison, but she estimated it would cost around $100 million.

    She added that in August a town hall meeting would be held with residents living in Dodds, Padmore Village, Church Village and surrounding areas to update them about construction of the prison.

    “The site is almost 200 acres. We will only be utilising 50 acres for the prison so there will be no circumstance where the prison will be up underneath any community. It will be a good distance with significant buffers from any existing community,” she said.

    Meanwhile, sources revealed that the second bid was submitted by a consortium made up of Jada Builders, Rotherley Construction, Rayside Construction, C.O. Williams Construction, Williams Industries, FirstCaribbean Internatonal Bank, Barbados National Bank and mega-billion dollar British construction firm Carrilian, which builds and operate prisons in the United Kingdom.

    That proposal carried a price tag of approximately $120 million in a 25-year BOLT – build, operate, lease and transfer – arrangement.

  257. Going for David

    GET THE FACT”S MR “Wishing in Vain”

  258. Wishing in Vain

    So here we have the lies the local construction company fails to get awarded the contract because their quote was $ 25 million to high when their quote was submitted at $ 120 million but these crooks are getting it at $ 280 million these figures were quoted in Bds $ as this is the currency of the country.
    What a load of bull no wonder Lynch is saying it is Barbados’s finest hour of theft and corruption

  259. Going for David

    u see what I’m said all u all have is talk talk where are your fact?????

    For u Mr “Wishing in Vain” from Going for David

    u have all of my fact’s where are your’s

  260. Wishing in Vain

    Many of them are listed above the facts are as follows -:
    So here we have the lies the local construction company fails to get awarded the contract because their quote was $ 25 million to high when their quote was submitted at $ 120 million but these crooks are getting it at $ 280 million these figures were quoted in Bds $ as this is the currency of the country.
    What a load of bull no wonder Lynch is saying it is Barbados’s finest hour of theft and corruption.
    The figures are as above they show the real level of corruption that exist, explain to me the difference between the two quotes and how the cheaper one could end up costing about double of the original more expensive quote.

  261. mikejmu

    Hello,

    We would like to do an interview with you about your blog for
    http://www.BlogInterviewer.com . We’d like to give you the opportunity to
    give us some insight on the “person behind the blog.”

    It would just take a few minutes of your time. The interview form can
    be submitted online at http://bloginterviewer.com/submit-an-interview

    Best regards,

    Mike Thomas
    BlogInterviewer.com

    *********************************

    BFP reply:

    I have not bounced this off the rest. Will talk to everyone and let you know.

    george

  262. Jerome Hinds

    mikejmu
    June 22nd, 2007 at 3:21 am
    Hello,

    We would like to do an interview with you about your blog for
    http://www.BlogInterviewer.com . We’d like to give you the opportunity to
    give us some insight on the “person behind the blog.”

    It would just take a few minutes of your time. The interview form can
    be submitted online at http://bloginterviewer.com/submit-an-interview

    Best regards,

    Mike Thomas
    BlogInterviewer.com

    **********************************************

    BFP,

    Be careful with this invitation !

    That rascal Owen Arthur……would stop at nothing to find out who you guys are !

    Just remember….Cuba , Venezuela & Zimbabwe !

  263. Wishing in Vain

    Yes better be alert to dangers here

  264. Anonymous

    What dangers? please be more specific, WIV.

  265. I am writing as I m calling for witnesses who have been aware of the hideout(s) of male assailant calling himself Wendel (black male) and white male assailant calling himself Jerry Emtage and other staffing at the queen elizabth hospital, bridgetown who have conspired in the commitance of genocide (extermination) which has been declared to barbados police. I have been repetitively hunted for the murder attempts and depravation of family honor and looting by these and some other moslems in this.

    This is serious if you would forward all details to the police .

  266. jamaicangirl2007

    If you would like to keep up with the political scene in Jamaica, please feel free to visit my blog at: http://jamaicangirl2007.wordpress.com/

  267. BFP Cliverton Not Signed In

    Hi Jamaica Girl

    We are dropping by to wish you good luck.

    Here is a story idea for you…

    Compare the differences in law (if any) between Jamaica and Barbados as far as politicians having to declare campaign donations and how they are to be handled. Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur was caught putting a $750,000 “campaign donation” cheque into his personal bank account “for later transfer to the party” (ha ha!)

    Guess what? It is not illegal in Barbados.

    How about in Jamaica?

    Write an article comparing the two and we’ll be happy to feature it and connect to your blog in a major story.

    cheers!

    Cliverton, Marcus, Shona, George, Robert & Auntie Moses
    Barbados Free Press
    Somewhere near Grape Hall, Barbados

  268. Plover

    When I read s—–te like this I say “Only in Barbados—-PITY”.

    How wunna is run this blog wid out not havin to be sent down to Jenkins the mad house wait bo lemme be politically correct THE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL only God in heaven knows. I culdn’t do it becuz I wud cuss so bad Aunty Moses wud lik off muh head wid eh slap.

    When I read some of the revelations and nonsense that the Government and Politicians can get away with in Barbados I wonder how it can be lauded as a “Democracy”.

    You know it is sad to see my island reduced politically to where it is and which IN MY OPINION we have mainly one element to blame for it “THE FOREIGNER”. They have taken over, raped every natural resource we have and are still doing it and the tragedy of it is that their despicable conduct does not end there. The millions generated from this unscrupolous business behaviour is sent out of Barbados with few in Bim getting any benefit from it. And they say slavery is over but from my perspective a new form of 21st Century slavery has replaced the one Bussa reminds us of.

  269. Straight talk

    BFP:
    Hi guys ( and gals ).
    What was once a polite sensible Bajan talking shop, seems to be fast deteriorating into a sexist, racist insult ridden conduit for every axe grinder to chop at your still tender roots.
    This may be an organised plot to discredit your “child” prior to the bell ringing, but hey I’m just a conspiracy nut, the fact is the blog’s tone is changing, and for the worse.

    At first, every day was exciting to log on and catch up on the day’s revelations, now I find myself skipping corrupted threads in the hope of finding something of interest.

    I hope it is not true that I detect a waning of editorial interest in what has been a fantastic groundbreaking success for Barbados ( maybe even its finest hour )
    but if it is so your legacy in the spawning of so many Bajan clones will always be remembered.
    If I have misinterpreted please take back control and re-establish BFP as the standard bearer of investigative reportage,
    proponents of integrity and upholders of good taste.

  270. looking forward

    I tend to agree with you Straight talk.
    I think BFP may have hit a nerve somewhere.
    Under the circumstances it may be time for BFP to break some new ground.
    Look forward to this.

  271. BFP

    Hi Folks

    Yup… we’ve been working all day and come back to find that the tone of some of the comments has turned really nasty.

    Yes, it has changed the tone of the blog and we don’t like it.

    Yes… we think it is a “spoiling” move.

    Yes… we are going to purge such nasty stuff. It is a tough call because we believe in freedom of speech…. but we also believe in our right to have our community.

    Those who want to take the conversation lower are welcome to their own community.

    So here we go…

    Where be ma “delete” button? Oh yes’m… here we go…

  272. samizdat

    I’m with Straight talk and looking forward on this.

    I’m sorry to say BFP seems to have lost its way of late and (it has to has to be said) some of its credibilty.

    For example, why did we hear nothing more about the Adrian Loveridge burglary/fire story?

    And above all else, whatever happened to the much-hyped expose of a money laundering scandal that we were promised months ago?

    Don’t let this site become a second-rate gossip blog, BFP.

    I used to come here every day. Not anymore…

  273. Yardbroom

    The pressures on BFP administrators must be tremendous, I can only imagine what they are, success – and BFP is a success – can be a heavy load, as it often brings new pressures and responsibilities.

    For those of us who have the interest of BFP at heart, perhaps it is best not to allow ourselves to be sucked into debates or discussions whose sole purpose seems, not to gain enlightenment or a different perspective on issues, but to focus on lewd language and offensive material.

    Perhaps at times it is best to ignore certain commentators, that some adults can express themselves in such a way on a public forum, is beyond me.

    ************************

    BFP replies…

    Thanks for your kind words, Yardbroom. “Success” (ie: consistently in the Top 100 WordPress blogs in the world) has brought a price alright… several thousand “spam” comments per day. Each one must be looked at by a real person, lest we accidentally delete some of the very worthwhile contributions from our readers.

    Here I am far from home in a hotel in the wee hours of the morning sorting through spam. Over 1500 so far in the last two hours. I see Clive just posted something and it is a good thing because now I can get some shuteye.

    Goodnight All! :-)

    Robert somewhere in the US South.

  274. Interesting

    BFP is the biggest threat to the present incumbent government.

    Attempts to minimise it will not always be overt and obvious.

  275. expectations

    BFP can expect to be under attack as elections draw near.
    Keep up the great work BFP. We will do our best to help however we can.

  276. bliss

    why is it so hard for police who want to leave for another force getting licks like peas from the commisssioner dottin. Why he want them to suffer and hwt he threatening the other persons who want these people to work cause he is the president od the overall commisioners board. is this fair shed some light. i think he should wake up and smell the coffee. he at the top of the food chain let other get some too. be a resonable man or is this beneath u. Mr. Commissioner

  277. Bush Tea

    BFP

    Help me to understand the guidelines for postings articles.
    Is this something you want?

    Is there a size limit?

    Are there any taboo topics?

    Do you respond to submissions that are not acceptable? (indicating why they are not)
    etc

    *****************

    BFP Replies…

    Hello Bush Tea,

    We, and probably our readers, wish that we were better organised around here but the simple truth is that this part-time blog has grown beyond any expectation and we are having a difficult time handling the moderation of comments to everyone’s satisfaction.

    Firstly, you must understand that EVERY comment that is sent to the blog has to be looked at by a real person.

    Yesterday we received almost TWO THOUSAND comments of which the vast majority were commercially sent “spam” comments advertising everything from viagra to Nigerian “I need help to move 14 million dollars” frauds.

    We have moderation software that “automatically” sorts the comments into three categories… 1/ post immediately 2/ moderated 3/ spam.

    The software is imperfect and allows us only limited control. It sometimes allows commercial spam to be posted, or dumps a valid comment in with 500 pieces of spam. (Sometimes readers think that we have deliberately deleted a comment when in fact it was sent to the “spam” pile unnoticed and we failed to see it in the batch of 500.)

    If the software can’t decide about a comment, it throws it in the “moderated” pile.

    Things that trigger your comment to go into the “moderated” pile are foul words, too many links in the comment (over 2) or trigger words or IP numbers that we have programmed in as a result of problem children either changing the mood and tone of the blog or straying off topic.

    For instance, we had a certain person post links to “I hate the Jews” websites, so we banned his name and IP. He’s probably still here, but he will never again post under his real name. We also had certain persons launch upon an agenda to say that the United States government actually planned and executed 9/11 and that hundreds of Americans conspired to murder thousands of their fellow Americans and that Bush knew and sanctioned the murders. Please!

    Such topics are banned, and if others come up that change the mood or the focus of the blog we’ll ban those too.

    We cannot predict everything, but we know that we can’t just turn off the moderation. We have done that a few times and within 30 minutes the readers are screaming for us to go back to the way it was.

    We are imperfect. The moderation software is imperfect and each of us has a different idea of where the limits should be.

    That’s just reality.

  278. Bush Tea

    Thanks for the feedback, BFP. Don’t get me wrong -we all respect and admire you for the work that you have been doing. I also know that you have explained this before and ALL reasonable persons understand the situation.

    I genuinely wanted to know if you welcome (clean, thoughtful, and provocative) posts from readers.

    I noticed that you ignored a few attempts from me and really wanted guidance.

    As far as moderation, delays and the general work that you are doing – Barbados can never repay its debt to your group…. believe me.

  279. Wishing in Vain

    BFP not sure that I am taken with the images besides the recently posted comments as they take away a lot of the subject area of the comment and it becomes that much more difficult at a glance to see who has posted on what subject.

    Just my opinion for what it is worth.

    ********************

    Hi WIV

    Us too! They magically appeared and seem to be an “update” to the WordPress system. We’re trying to dump them.

    Cliverton???? You there? We could use some help.

  280. Cliverton not logged in.

    Done!

    Bad things be gone! ;-)

  281. Going for David

    LIAT FARE ‘TO FALL’
    Good news for Travellers

    Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch

    Publication: Daily Nation 6/4/07

    THERE’S good news for travellers who have been groaning about the high cost of airline tickets in the Caribbean.
    At last, airfares should be coming down.
    However, they will have to wait until the merger of LIAT (1974) Limited and Caribbean Star is finalised.
    The prediction of lower fares was made by Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch yesterday during the Sunday Brasstacks radio call-in programme on Starcom Network.
    Lynch said the two airlines were moving to rationalise “all services” under the much-talked-about merger plan and one result was that “you should see a reduction in airfares”. He gave no clear timeframe but spoke of fares falling “eventually”.
    Barbados has a major stake in LIAT, which for years has struggled with debt, and Lynch is seen as the Government’s chief spokesman on the airline.
    St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said during the programme that his government was worried about the high cost of travel between Barbados and his country.
    He disclosed that “representation” had been made to Barbados “and they’re looking at the issue”.
    He indicated that taxes and “add-ons” had helped to push ticket prices high across the Caribbean, accounting for over 20 per cent of the cost of travel between Barbados and St Vincent.”I understand the problem because they (Barbados) have to pay for the airport,” he added.
    LIAT chairman Jean Holder acknowledged that airfares were higher than he would have liked, but pointed out: “We are able to cover our costs and to stop from going back to the public treasury at these fares.
    “If these fares are higher than the public wants them to be or that some governments want them to be, then we need to have a meaningful discussion and serious plans about how we are going to deal with this.”
    He stressed that LIAT could not operate with “mixed mandates and mixed agendas”, being asked to operate as a commercial business on the one hand and on the other told to do “social work” for 22 regional countries.
    If that is to be the case, then the government shareholders would have to introduce the notion of “some form of subsidy for a public service”, he said.

  282. Going for David

    Successes of the BLP

    THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP) has been boasting about the crowds attending their public meetings and has publicly stated that the support is an indication of the likely results of the upcoming election. By this logic, the poor attendance at their meeting at Oistins last Sunday night, is also an indication of the election results.

    The party that will lead this country following the next election is the party that best articulates and can maintain our social, economic and political stability and can provide imaginative development proposals for this country’s advancement. The DLP lacks that level of maturity and intellectual grasp of the issues. When the current platform of personality attacks and the old talk about who is expired and tired are over, Thompson and the DLP would still have to tell Barbadians how they intend to maintain and surpass their current standard of living – a task which they have so far failed miserably to do.

    The DLP’s strategy for the coming election will be to attack the success achieved in the economy and attempt to convince Barbadians that nothing was achieved under this Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration. However, Barbadians know that much has been accomplished and even more is expected for Barbados from a continuing expanding economy.

    Since the BLP assumed office in 1994, the level of unemployment for the fourth quarter of 2006 has fallen to 7.6% as compared to 26.2% for the first quarter of 1993 under the DLP. The exceedingly high level of unemployment under Thompson and the Dems was a result of their disastrous economic policies that left thousands of Barbadians without jobs, homes and any hope for a real future.

    Under this BLP administration, the tourism sector, in spite of the 9/11 disaster, has expanded to provide the necessary foreign exchange that has been instrumental in Barbadians being able to afford to import the large number of motor vehicles and consumer durables to make lives meaningful. The increase in the imports of construction materials and capital goods has resulted in the expansion of the construction sector and greater industrial plant capacity hence creating substantial job opportunities.

    A major point of significance of the success of the tourism sector is the fact that at no point in the life of this BLP administration have our largest hotels – Sandy Lane, Hilton, Paradise Beach and Sam Lord’s – been all functioning at the same time. With no more than two of these hotels operating at the same time, the sector expanded. The projected loss of income to the tourism sector through the closure of any of these hotels could be of the order of $120 million and this would seriously impact on the employment opportunities of many Barbadians.

    Considerable expansion in the housing stock has been achieved as Barbadians continue to purchase homes and the commercial banks continue to show mortgage lending at an all time high. Higher incomes and improved employment opportunities have worked to produce the strong demand for goods and services.

    The manufacturing sector has rebounded as seen by the high level of exports of locally produced goods due mainly to the many incentives extended to the industry. Domestic exports (other than sugar and molasses) have expanded from $208 million in 1994 to over $480 million in 2006 – an increase of $272 million. In comparison, between 1986 and 1994 under the DLP, the domestic exports (other than sugar and molasses) fell from $364 million to $207 million – a fall of $157 million.

    These are some of the successes of this BLP administration.

  283. Going for David

    Cave’s CWC take more than 1/4m

    HARRISON’S CAVE earned more than a quarter-million dollars in the month that it opened for the Cricket World Cup tournament.
    The cave, now being substantially redeveloped by Government, attracted 10 759 visitors to its St Thomas location and earned $353 950.80 in gross sales while opened between April 1 and May 5.
    This was revealed in Parliament yesterday by Minister of Energy and the Environment Liz Thompson who, during debate on a resolution to approve the guarantee by the Minister of Finance of some US$16.8 million (BDS$33.6 million) to be borrowed from the Caribbean Development Bank to redevelop Harrison’s Cave, was called on by Opposition MP Ronald Jones to give these revenue figures.
    “We would like to know how much money was made during that preliminary re-opening (Cricket World Cup). This kind of information is important to the society,” Jones said while contributing to the debate.
    The minister said that part of the cave’s redevelopment, representing an overall Government investment of $51 million, would be to create linkages between it and other surrounding heritage tourism sites such as Welchman Hall Gully, the Flower Forest and Jack-In-The-Box Gully.
    She said discussion was ongoing to institute a single ticket admission fee for all of these sites – both for locals and visitors.
    She said it would be a joint collaboration between the public and private sectors, and was expected to be a success.
    “A person who has an interest in a nature-based package can get a single ticket which will allow them to visit all of these facilities . . . and that will save them money, but also by selling the tickets as a package guarantees income and throughput for the various facilities,” she explained.
    A shop offering souvenirs and other gift items is also being planned as an addition to Harrison Cave’s revenue stream, Thompson added.
    She also noted that several land acquisitions had to be undertaken to facilitate the cave’s redevelopment; and there were therefore a number of people due for compensation.
    She added that all of the residents whose properties would be used either partially or in full had been contacted by the National Heritage Department, Ministry of Housing and Lands, and the Land Surveyors Department, and had retained attorneys to handle the negotiations.

  284. Going for David

    “DLP confusing voters”

    GOVERNMENT has accused the Opposition of attempting to create “mass confusion” among voters ahead of the upcoming General Election constitutionally due in mid-2008.
    Minister of Commerce Senator Lynette Eastmond told the Senate yesterday she was concerned that some individuals, in order to win a seat, were prepared to destroy institutions built up over time, including the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC).
    Eastmond, who was acting as Leader of Public Business, was piloting an amendment to the Representation of the People Act to increase the number of voters in a polling district from 1 000 to 1 500, following a recommendation by the EBC.
    She stressed that contrary to the impression being created, the change had nothing to do with constituency boundaries but only polling districts, and while people would remain within their constituencies, they might vote in another “box” or polling district.
    “I cannot go along with destroying our institutions and creating mass confusion in the minds of Barbadians by suggesting to them that boundaries have been changed when they have not been changed.”
    Eastmond also introduced an amendment to the act removing an anomaly which prevented members of the EBC from entering polling stations and counting centres

  285. Going for David

    Can we take David’s word?

    IF EVER THE ELECTORATE of Barbados needed clarification of the new political philosophy that now informs the politics of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) it was given at their political meeting at Brittons Hill, St Michael, on Sunday, May 20.

    Speaker after speaker served up what is now the adopted political philosophy of this intellectually weak team of Thompsonites. The entire meeting was shrouded in the language of their philosophy of “tit for tat, butter for fat” – an expression that reflects the intellectual depth of the man who now leads the fragment of an institution that once bore the flagship of our political development. The new DLP has become the shelter for notorious personalities and the home of political vagrants.

    It is therefore of no surprise to hear of comments attributed to the speakers at the meeting. What else can one expect from a meeting of such personalities? The “tit for tat, butter for fat” approach by the DLP is one that has determined that to attack is the best line of defence. It is a principle the Dems have adopted as a result of their inability to deal with the socio-economic realities in Barbados. And what are those realities?

    The challenge to the DLP in this election is not how to reduce the level of unemployment from 24 per cent as it was in 1993, but how to maintain the current employment level of about 9.2 per cent.

    It would not be about rebuilding our foreign reserves from two weeks’ supply of import cover but about maintaining the current internationally accepted level of 12 months’ supply. It would certainly not be about looking for tax relief for private and corporate citizens but about retaining the current relief on property taxes for small property owners and small businesses.

    The DLP would not be asked to develop a physical and technological infrastructure that would position the country to take full advantage of the benefits to be derived from the highly competitive global market. Instead it would be asked how it will maintain the current infrastructure.

    Indeed, all across this country whether it be in health, housing, education or the environment, this country Barbados has advanced by leaps and bounds from where we were in the early 1990s when Thompson was Minister of Finance. It was a period that no Barbadian shall ever forget.

    Today, this same Thompson criticises everything this Government does and professes that he can do better. Can we take his word? The answer to this question can be found in the manner in which he led the DLP. He has presided over the largest ever exodus of that party’s membership, due largely to his lack of conviction and trust in black working-class Barbadians.

    It can be found in the manner in which he manages the affairs of the Public Accounts Committee. There must be a fundamental flaw in the management style and personality of someone who sees everything and everyone around him as corrupt but when given the powers to correct the corruption does absolutely nothing.

    Of what single political act can we attribute to Thompson that best demonstrates his conviction and love for politics and his interest in people? For other than his self-serving interest we have found none. From Sir Grantley to the Right Honorable Owen Arthur the distinction to serve people and country, long before becoming prime ministers, was established. Where is Thompson’s badge of honour?

    Ladies and gentlemen, let us look before we leap remembering always that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

  286. Anonymous

    Yuh finish now, Blabbermouth fool?

  287. Patriot

    Re Harrisons Cave:
    There is a very down-market looking signed diagonally nailed onto the Harrisons Cave entrance sign at the main road that says “CLOSED”.

    It doesn’t say, “Upgrading to serve you better in 2007″. It doesn’t say, “Bear with us while we try to improve and we’ll soon serve you better.”

    Nope, it says “CLOSED”.

    Every time I drive by I think, this is stupid. How many people read this sign and wonder what is going on in Bim?

    Barbados deserves better. I would appeal to the BTA to rectify this immediately.

  288. Wishing in Vain

    Come royal idiot give it a rest with these extracts from the blp website a sad excuse of a site I may add!!

  289. Wishing in Vain

    this maybe anoher example of being our finest hour ask lynch about this.

  290. I wish that you would write an article on Bajan men coming to Cayman and running a scam on local women. Look at the latest one: http://www.dwainbrathwaite.com

  291. akabozik

    Look what I find

  292. Rumplestilskin

    Above ‘Going for David’ says :Indeed, all across this country whether it be in health, housing, education or the environment, this country Barbados has advanced by leaps and bounds from where we were in the early 1990s when Thompson was Minister of Finance. It was a period that no Barbadian shall ever forget.

    Health – QEH is a mess

    Housing – the average bajan now cannot afford a peice of land let alone a house for it

    Education – I have heard too many reports of the schools being rife with teacher absenteeism, bad behaved students, poor control and last but not least the availability of drugs in the schools to think this education is in an acceptable shape. The we have those schools that are falling apart and in addition to those that have already been adandoned.

    The Government have had twelve years to fix these problems, so cannot blame on cumulative effect prior to that twelve years.

    Environment – against reputable experts, local knowledge AND commonsense Government has refused to change their action on Greenland. But, guess what? After many years the site is still inoperative, which indicates that it has already failed as an alternate site and any attempt to use it will ultimately end in disaster.

    Then we have the Graeme Hall area and the national controversy that Government has refused to address publicly, to give an answer to the future use of this area. Such lack of explanation indicates at least one of two things or both. Either that Government does not think it needs to advise the public on National events, in any case this is seen as downright arrogance and Government may or may not have an intention to develop or have developed green area, into concrete. But, we will not know the second matter, when the first is evident, will we?

    So, ‘Going for David’ either has rose-tinted glasses or is merely spouting the ‘party-line’.

  293. Hilton

    Sounds like a story is brewing on the Hilton Hotel dispute settlement but of course the final contract is confidential.

  294. Going for David

    Emirates of Dudai is part of UAE with OLI OIL u can’t put Dudai next to Barbados that’s what the DLP would do DUDAI IS CALL THE DESERT’S MOST EXCITING CITY.
    There are person’s is Dudai how’s bank accounts this in more money than the Central Bank and RBTT so how can u BFS put Dudai next to Barbados

    Dudai Location:
    Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

    Dubai boasts one of the largest retail gold markets in the world, selling everything from ingots to intricately worked jewellery at bargain prices. The street-front stores hide alleys of smaller shops with glittering show windows.

    On 2 December 1971 Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and five other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates after former protector Britain left the Persian Gulf in 1971. In 1973, Dubai joined the other emirates to adopt a single, uniform currency: the UAE dirham.
    Population
    The population of the UAE as of 2001 was estimated to be 3,290,000. The population of Dubai was estimated to be 971,000. The UAE is a highly cosmopolitan environment and a large part of the population are non-UAE nationals, primarily a mix of other Arab nationals, Asians and Europeans. 80% of Dubai’s population is comprised of expatriates with Europeans and Asians accounting for approximately 70% of households. Approximately 71% of the population is male and 29% is female. The UAE population is expected to grow by 3.3% per annum to reach 4.15 million by 2010. Dubai is expected to have a population of 1.4 million by 2010.

  295. Going for David

    To Rumplestilskin from Going for David –talk talk talk that’s all the DLP is a lot of talk on action.

    U have to get out more i hope when u have to go the the QEH do not go, go to hospitals like St. Vincent, Guyana or T &T i have seen all of them so the next time u have a health affairs go to The QEH OK;;;;; Barbados his one of the best hospitals in the Caribbean.

    Housing – “get out more” all the house’s that are going up in Barbados are 90% Bajan House’s

    Environment – Ha Ha call Liz oh? “u need to get out more” Rumplestilskin take a look at Barbados whow?? Barbados is touch by Beauty, look at the Best Of Barbados all over Barbados – the SSA good job.

    “u need to get out more” go to a tent Cave Shepherd Allstars, Bacchanal time or De Big Show the songs are not going for Owen, take a note Mr Rumplestilskin if Barbados is all that bad y are the song’s from the Tent not “going” for the Government

  296. Curious

    Going for David you are living in a fools paradise, if you are not able to see the ills of this country you are either a pathic sick liar or Noless Lynch.
    Tell me about your reaction to Owing depositing that cheque, tell me about the scam that has stolen from us the taxpayers over $ 200 million and counting in the prison project, tell us about Nicholls and Owing’s partnership in the deal to import 2,500 slot machines into this island, tell me about the wild over costing on the bath that Liz Thompson’s husband built, tell us about Edutech and who collected was it friends of Mottley’S, tell us about the scam at the board of Tourism in London, tell us about the scam with the flyovers Bannister and Nicholls and Clarke once again in the mix.
    Could you really want more evidence of corruption and stealing?
    Look around every where there is plenty to see and learn that there is a new level and breed of corruption taking place in this land of ours.

  297. Wishing in Vain

    Dear BFP It appears that after a day of trying to get comments posted it still is not happening.
    Have I been banned or what really is the matter it is very fustrating.

    *******************

    BFP Replies…

    Hello WIV

    I believe that Auntie Moses sent you to your room for the weekend after you AGAIN posted sexual innuendo in a comment. (And yes, it was you at your IP)

    So you were dropped to “moderate all the time” and told so in a response to your comment.

    I’ll take you off moderate now, but try not to incur the wrath of Auntie Moses as she is in a foul mood this weekend after catching Cliverton doing something that he promised he wouldn’t do anymore.

    Robert

  298. BFP

    BFP Replies…

    Hello WIV

    I believe that Auntie Moses sent you to your room for the weekend after you AGAIN posted sexual innuendo in a comment. (And yes, it was you at your IP)

    So you were dropped to “moderate all the time” and told so in a response to your comment.

    I’ll take you off moderate now, but try not to incur the wrath of Auntie Moses as she is in a foul mood this weekend after catching Cliverton doing something that he promised he wouldn’t do anymore.

    Robert

  299. Going for David

    To Curious and Wishing in Vain

    WHERE ARE YOUR FACTS ALL YOU HAVE IS “TALK TALK TALK ”

    To All Bajan’s that will vote how read BFS, this page/”BFS” is all about “A lot of talk” NO FACTS at all This page/”BFS” is for the shareholders of the DLP not for the people of Barbados.

    You call this Free Press if you had the Government Lord help us.

    Curious and Wishing in Vain — you are the one’s that’s living in a fools paradise ” DAVID PARADISE” the people of Barbados with give it to you in 2008

  300. Going for David

    When i put the FACT on the page/BFP i call it Barbados free SH—– BFS
    The person’s that run this page from George St. do not make the right move to Debate my facts y BFS have to Fact’s all they have is “a lot of long Talk”

    That’s ” DAVID PARADISE”

  301. Going for David

    When i put the FACT on the page/BFP i call it Barbados free SH—– BFS
    The person’s that run this page from George St. do not make the right move to Debate my facts y BFS have no Fact’s all they have is “a lot of long Talk”

    That’s ” DAVID PARADISE”

  302. Rumplestilskin

    FACT: 12 years on and a pot of money and Greenland is still not functional

    FACT: The public still does not have financial reporting on GEMS

    FACT: The prison burnt despite serious warnings from Rev Gordon Matthews of the impending disaster, which were ignored. Now we have a severely overbudget prison

    FACT: The QEH, by EVERYONE’S admission, is in a mess

    FACT: The Government has borrowed hand over fist to support capital projects which have not improved the social or economic life here.

    You want more?

  303. Song Bird

    Rump, I’m surprised you were able to decipher that mumbo-jumbo that you replied to – especially the bit about BFP being run from George Street. I’m also surprised BFP haven’t queried that.

  304. Straight talk

    God Bless him David’s post may be hard to decipher, but he does have a point.

    Nearly two years on, with rumour, inuendo and blatant fait accompli, BFP and all we, the concerned Bajans, who post incessantly have not come up with one shred of concrete evidence.

    Circumstantial won’t do, for the rape of Barbados.

    We need a high quality whistleblower ( or BFP’s now phantom money laundering proof ) to nail this percieved corruption.

    In the absence of such we are whistling in the dark.

  305. Inkwell

    Yes, Rumple,

    At the risk of appearing to defend the B’s, I do want more. There has been a lot of vitriol and innuendo spewed about corruption of government members, but it has been short on facts and evidence. If you and Curious were to go into court with the “evidence” you have presented here, you would be laughed all the way down to the mental. At the very most you have evidence of incompetence. This is an open anonymous forum. Present some real and verifiable evidence. Innuendo will not do. But if you can’t pee, for God’s sake, get off the po, you are only impressing the gullible

    The only “evidence” that has been presented here so far is the $750,000 cheque. Do you think Owen would still be leader of the party if his explanation was not acceptable to the other party members? You acknowledge that it has not come from the public purse, but still you say that it is corrupt. Who is the donor? What does the donor stand to gain from the supposed bribe. This is information that is required in my court of law for a corruption charge in this matter to stick.

    Pee or get off the po.

  306. Rumplestilskin

    ”At the very most you have evidence of incompetence”

    Check my posts. When I have I ever alleged corruption. I have indeed referred to incompetence.

    And if you do not think that a designated garbage disposal site being not implemented after a vast sum of money, after 12 years is in of itself hard and blatant evidence of incompetence; if you do not think that after 12 years and a couple of hundred million dollars the lack of presentation of financial reporting to the stakeholders i.e. taxpayers of GEMS is not of itself hard evidence of incompetence or negligence; if you do not think that the Hospital remaining in a mess and getting worse every day (not by innuendo but admission by all and sundry including doctors) is in of itself not hard evidence of incompetence or negligence, then I take your offer in your first sentence and accept that you are indeed merely defending the current administration, for the sake of defence, without accepting the serious deficiencies that exist and warrant urgent attention.

    And I will not ‘get off the po’. It is indeed a democratic right to speak freely of opinion and nothing that I have said, if you check, could be ‘be challenged in a Court of Law’ to which you refer, as I have said nothing defamatory in of itself.

    What I seek, rightfully so, is the useful and appropriate application of our resources, such that these are spent to the benefit of this Nation, of all Barbadians.

    Further, to rely on a ‘whistleblower’ is both unnecessary, as I have stated the evidence is there for all to see so we do not need such, secondly, the information whcih you suggest we provide, has not been provided by the relevant powers that be, for example, the detailed reporting on GEMS, which is in itself a problem.

    Every large company worldwide has to present statements for all to see, in a timely manner.

    But the administration has not, even in 12 years, but you cannot see ‘evidence’ of incpmpetence?

    Do you think such large private companies would accept such overruns as have been occurring on every project?

    No, heads would roll. But, you do not see ‘evidence’ of incompetence?

    Ah, nothing so blind as those that will not see.

  307. Rumplestilskin

    I am being moderated.

  308. Rumplestilskin

    By the way, the HUGE mistake being made by those that come on here attacking the DLP is assuming that we are all DLP supporters.

    The reason this is such a huge mistake is that we are average Bajans and not ‘pushing the party line’ as they are, but merely stating what others on the street are already saying. We are only stating our concerns because we want our Nation to succeed, not for any others reason, but perhaps those with biased vision and specifically a party bias cannot understand such a concept.

    What does this mean?

    It probably means something like:

    20/10 at the next election.

    Guess who gets the 20? And ‘we’ will still be posting here, be assured.

  309. more

    yes, Rumple, and we will be watching and breating down their necks

  310. Inkwell

    Rumplestilskin,

    We are on the same page as far as the incompetence is concerned, the wastage on the garbage dump, Gems, edutech is clearly unacceptable and at best negligent. Now that you have pointed out that you have not been on the corruption bandwagon, a fact which I missed, I apologize for lumping you together with Curious and WIV who keep spouting unsubstantiated charges of corruption ad nauseam. They offend my sense of fair play.

  311. Wishing in Vain

    Inkwell if you have any doubt about corruption in this island you have your head stuck in the sand, I can direct you to people who were very closely involved in the quotation for the prison and they will tell you that Hallam Nicholls lold them unless he was paid a 5 % faciliators fee they would not get the contract they refused and look what happened low and behold it was awarded to VECO and he did better that the 5 % he picked up $ 200 million in excess of the true cost, the same also applies to the proposed sewage treatment plant for the west coast another request for $ 20 million that the group refused to pay and loss or not heard anything more of this project.
    If you honestly doubt that there is corruption and the extent of it then you living somewhere else and not Barbados.

  312. Anonymous

    BFP,
    I was reading posts on the DLP website blog and came across some outrageous statements made by one T.D. Allamby about you (BFP). Among other things you are being accused of being pro-DLP. I would never have thought so! There is something very familiar about T.D. Allamby’s posts. He seems to be a very angry and unsettled person and can’t stand criticism. Sounds familiar?????

  313. Anonymous

    I am being moderated.

  314. Anonymous

    BFP: Can you please explain to me why my post was moderated? I had only mentioned to you that you should visit the DLP blog to read the accusations being made against you by a Commentator.

    *****************

    BFP replies

    Hello “Anonymous”

    Your post was automatically moderated for whatever reason the computer had in it’s little brain. We are not in total control of the moderation programme, but we will now approve the post for viewing.

    We certainly don’t moderate posts because they are critical of BFP. If we did that, we’d loose too many! ;-)

    george

  315. Hello, this is a long shot question…It has long been an ambition of mine to ‘stay’ in Barbadoes for an extended time (3-4 months) to work on some writing. Ideally I would like to find a small picturesque and private house rental that is secure and well maintained. Some years ago I stayed in Jamaica at the Citronella on the south side of Negril in an ocean side self-contained 2 storey ‘hut': it was perfect. If anyone has any ideas who or where to find such a non-touristy ‘barefoot’ paradise, please do drop me a line. Aiming for next summer, 2008, from July to October, plus or minus. Thanks.

  316. Going for David

    BOOKED
    SOLID

    It’s a bumper
    Crop-Over season and the flights are all full – coming and going!
    That was the picture painted by travel agencies contacted by The
    NATION yesterday.
    One travel agent described the season as tremendous, and said one of the results was higher fares for people wishing
    to leave the island.
    Some travellers will have to “sit tight until the summer season is over”, the agent said.
    At Value Vacations, one travel agent summed it up this way: “For the United States, any person looking for something reasonable will have to travel post Labour Day.”
    “Both American Airlines and Air Jamaica are full almost every day and it has been hectic
    for the two carriers.”
    The agent said that Virgin Atlantic and British Airways were
    also heavily booked
    and in some instances there was nothing available at all, not even in the first-class section.
    At Going Places Travel the sentiments were
    the same. An agent said flights to London cost
    $2 486 for travellers who already had their tickets.
    “If not, you would have to travel club/business class for $6 416.90,”
    the agent said.
    She noted that flights for Guyana were also sold out, revealing that “one man was so desperate
    to get home, that he paid $997 for first class.
    The usual trip right now ranges between
    $500 and $615.50”.
    Prices for New York before Crop-Over
    were ranging
    around $2 104.90.
    The Travel House
    too said it had “extremely full bookings”.
    “Everything coming into the island is really full. The Caribbean, London, New York and Miami – they are all sold out and have been
    sold out since June.
    “The last three weeks in July right up to September are completely sold out, unless of course you want to pay
    first class.”
    This agent noted that right now a flight
    to St Lucia would cost around $389 but if you had no ticket, then you would have to pay
    $800 to $900 or just
    “sit tight”.

  317. MAC

    Greetings, I plan on coming to Barbados for some r&R but, since I’m in the media business it’s hard not to resist looking for a good interview or new content. I will also create a blog on Bronxmedia to follow and track some of the places,people and things which will keep me busy while I try to get some R&r. Feel free to contact me… I enjoy networking.

  318. Sundowner

    I’ve been informed that the HUGE house on Highway 3 (from Lears roundabout towards Bournes village, Dayrells Hill I think, up on the right) painted a sort of terracotta pink, is Dale Marshalls new residence. Is this true? I thought it was a hotel!

  319. Verne Alleyne

    I am truly saddened at that awful trajedy, where people were going to have a fun time but did not make it. The thoughts of all Barbadians all over the world are with you all there. Please know that the Divine hand of God is holding the family up and the prayers of my family and myself are with them at this sad time. May Fod bless you and keep you

  320. Verne Alleyne

    I am truly saddened at that awful trajedy, where people lost their lives and others are seriously injured. The thoughts of all Barbadians all over the world are with you all there. Please know that the Divine hand of God is holding the families up and the prayers of my family and myself are with them at this sad time. May God bless you and keep you.

  321. 100 per bajan

    Why did the union allow a banks holdings company, BBc to bring in a trinidadian to manage the company and he is giving staff pure hell.

  322. dogbitemuh

    Prostitute of the world

    Something to think about.

    A program aired on BBC 2 this week showing a view of Barbados
    which very few at home are likely to see or even hear about.

    It was not just about our sunshine, and our beautiful seas and the
    friendly people tourists meet when they visit the island, it was
    PRIMARILY about the fact that ‘our beautiful Barbados’ is no
    longer ours, and has not been for a long time.

    The presenter went to various parts of the island and to the homes of
    several
    ‘foreigners’ that now call Barbados their home.

    One of his visits in particular was literally horrifying and extremely
    disturbing,
    as it showed an European lady saying quite candidly to the camera
    that she has to teach ‘them’- the local servants- how to do
    everything, that they are very slow and simple-minded and even had
    to tell them not to serve champagne on a plastic tray.

    They all MUST sing her a welcome home song when she returns from her
    villa
    overseas. She sits in the garden on a bench, with how
    appropriate, a parasol, sipping on some lemonade as the servants
    sing to her (What images does this conjure up in your minds?).

    These servants are all outfitted in uniforms with hats.

    One of the female ‘servants’ said to the presenter that her whole house
    was
    the size of the lady’s room she was tidying.

    Another male servant says he ‘likes’ when he gets lots of orders cause
    at
    least he
    would have something to do, rather than being bored.

    Sometimes the lady calls for a drink of water and wants it served to
    her
    in
    the
    garden- sometimes he makes this trip several times a day whenever
    she needs the water.

    The presenter also interviewed some local fishermen who were likely and
    most probably will lose their
    property which faces the sea.

    Not that the sea will reclaim the land, no instead these men may or
    will
    lose their land that has
    been handed down to them for generations and would have passed to
    their children and grandchildren, to the real estate investors or
    to the non-nationals that are wiling to pay him $7 million, only
    to sell it again for 15 million! on a website.

    The presenter researched the past of these beach properties that have
    now
    gained
    immeasurable importance, and found some rather surprising and
    ironic facts.

    Back in the day of the aftermath of slavery, the
    beach property was left abandoned by the planter class for the
    newly freed slaves as it was thought that it would be illogical to
    build any house or to sustain life on beach property.

    Furthermore the concept of the itchy sand, the glare from the sun and
    the
    pesty sand flies were all reasons why the more attractive, lush,
    inland plantation properties were perceived as priceless.

    The program showed that over 2/3 of the land on the west coast are in
    the hands of non-nationals.

    And the very few locals that are still there, are struggling to combat
    the
    land tax nightmare that goes
    along with having Sandy Lane, Royal Westmoreland, Glitter Bay and
    Port St. Charles within close proximity.

    The interesting factor about this entire program was that the presenter
    was
    a
    non-national who was speaking with genuine and great concern for
    the future of Barbados and her children – Barbadians.

    He asked various non-nationals that if part of the reason for visiting
    the
    island was also to interact with the locals why are they encouraging
    these
    injustices to happen.

    He is of the opinion that the locals are being PUSHED out of their
    homes
    to
    accommodate
    non-nationals who ALREADY have their homes, sometimes more than
    one house in other parts of the world.

    Ultimately, the program was a stark view of the realities of life in
    Barbados.

    For a long time, the ‘take over’ has been on going, unhindered,
    happening
    in
    absolute plain sight.

    What did we do? In St. Lucia, unless the law has recently been
    changed,
    no
    one who is not St.
    Lucian can own property there.

    The land is leased to anyone for an agreed number of years.

    This concept is not unique for the Caribbean, there was an attempt by a
    few
    draftsmen to introduce and enact this legislature.

    But unfortunately, in was deemed unpopular and never enforced.

    But who is to blame here? We are of course.

    The fields and hills that we once called our very own, now belong to
    someone
    else, who thinks we are ‘slow and simple’, and that we don’t know
    or appreciate the true value of land, our land – Barbados.

    We have long turned our back our country. We have never paid an
    interest
    in
    her and what she means to us. We have been too consumed with cars
    and motorbikes, sex and alcohol, the latest model in cell phones
    and what we will wear to the next ‘bashment’.

    We cannot accuse these ‘aliens’ for stealing what was ours, all they
    did
    was
    appreciate what we have not.

    I truly love Barbados- the country and some of the people who live
    there.
    This program made it real to me all that we have lost or given away.

    Barbados has become the ‘Prostitute of the World’ – she never refuses
    high
    paying
    customers and tries wherever and whenever possible to be more
    attractive, alluring and accommodating to her customers with more
    hotels, extensive golf courses, exclusive restaurants and sports
    clubs that will never be accessed by the general populace.

    But, its not entirely her fault, where would she have been without us,
    her ‘Pimps’.

    From layman to politician, we have stood aside, passively or actively
    encouraging our beautiful country to be
    ‘shagged’ by everyone else for the sake of buck$.

    Has it been worth it? I once was born, was raised and lived on a
    beautiful
    island, which I dare to say was my very own. But after
    watching and cringing as I viewed what we have allowed to happen,
    I realise that I have lost my country before my own eyes.

  323. Wishing in Vain

    Some very thoughtful notes indeed, very well said.

  324. Hants

    Breaking News.

    Cow and Bizzy taking over more land. At least they are 100 % BAJAN.

  325. Wishing in Vain

    Breaking News too
    Was in a police station today and heard someone is to be charged with fraud playing with some currency, will advise when more news becomes available but seems like a new crime taking place.

  326. Rumplestilskin

    Dogbitemuh:

    Very interesting piece and sounds accurate. I wonder if CBC will air the program (sic).

    Your point on ownership is sound, leasing and/ or only allowing a specific maximum square footage for house lots is the way to go.

    For example, why does anyone need a house lot greater than 20,000 square feet, unless it is on a farm (productive)?

    Additionally, instead of pushing locals to apartments and condos, the locals should own houses and let the condo sales go to foreigners, this could be incorporated into the relevant legislation i.e. allow only leasing of single houses to foreigners but allow condo sales to foreigners, thus increasing the ‘holiday dewlling’ market but leaving the land and houses to locals, apart from the few who are willing to lease.

    As for the ‘lady’ enjoying the attention of the servants, I guess she is paying for illusion that they actually respect her as a ‘foreigner’ and they are supplying the illusion, much as an actor does.

    Nevertheless, I would not cow-tow to anyone.

  327. dogbitemuh

    I cant take credit for the article guys. It was sent to me via email and I thought I would share it.

  328. Sewdas Sadhu Shiva Mandir on the sea at Waterloo, Trinidad has been desecrated. Murtis of Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesh, Hannuman Baba and Mother Durga were destroyed.

  329. Shrek

    Condolences and best wishes to the community at Waterloo from all religions of Barbados. We hope that this act was the result of ignorance, rather than malevolence.

    May your temple be preserved, and may you be allowed to live in peace.

  330. samizdat

    Dogbitemuh

    Yeah, I got that email too.

    Made a few enquiries (via http://www.bbc.co.uk)

    There is no record of a programme of this description having been broadcast by the BBC on any of its stations.

    Seems that the email is bogus.

    If you find out otherwise and can provide links, please let me know.

  331. David Brooks

    I am writing this to bring to the attention of the public, as it concerns the matter of one holding a Gun License, under the issuance and thereby authority of The Commissioner of Police, to ‘Have, Use and Carry’ a firearm under the Firearms Act of Barbados.

    Earlier today (July 16th,) I had a business meeting with some personnel of the Central Bank of Barbados. On entry of the Tom Adams Financial Centre I was advised of new security procedures at the centre and I immediately asked about the provision for carriers of licensed firearms, such as myself.

    I was first ushered to another security guard/officer who advised that with the new security procedures I could not continue onwards whilst armed. I indicated that I had no problem with this, understanding their requirement considering security issues, yet when I asked whether they had a provision to securely hold my firearm until I had completed my business; I was told there was none.

    At this time I asked to speak to their head of security to ascertain why with this new security measure there was no provision made for persons who carried licensed firearms. This is the main focus of this letter even though I may digress at times to make my point.

    As one such as myself who has held positions on the committees of shooting associations, including the Barbados Shooting Union, I would assume that there would be a safe place to store any such licensed firearms and a receipt stating at least the serial number of the firearm and the number of cartridges/magazine clip contained, and the License No. of the firearm for reference, which would be used to retrieve one firearms upon leaving, along with normal identification measures, etc. Certainly a simple procedure like this would suffice.

    Anyway, I met with their Security Head and explained my position, which including my lamentations on how they could put in such a security system without making provision for licensed firearm holders, which may or may not of hit a sensitive area but I am a very frank person. After a brief discussion, he told me that he could not discuss the subject any further at that time and suggested that I carry my firearm to Central Police Station and then come back for my meeting. I told him that that was not acceptable to me, as it would have made me quite late for my meeting and more importantly a waste of my time each time I had business at the centre. So I therefore left the building after apologizing to my client for not being able to take part in the meeting.

    Notwithstanding all of this, the very odd thing that I could not help but notice is that the said security guards seemed not to be armed, so how could they repulse an armed incursion into the centre. Furthermore, just as potential scenario, if I had pressed my point of being legally armed and moved onto carry out my legitimate business due to pressing time limits or some such only to meet physical resistance that I felt threaten my own safety, would I be committing an illegal act to draw my firearm in defence? Somehow this does not add up.

    Furthermore, I gather that this trend is moving through many other public establishments yet our legislators in their seemingly infinite wisdom have not considered the basic rights or privileges of all law abiding citizens, which include the legal holders of firearms, who may well be a minority group within the society, but then there are several other minority groups getting their rights being looked after.

    I understand that, for good reason, a place such as the law courts have always had a restriction on firearms, and probably set by either precedent or common law, and now is written in the laws. However the rational for the courts does not extend to other public places which require the normal daily comings and goings of the average citizen. Yet I would expect something as a form of ‘customer service’ that a provision is made for the safe keeping of ones personal firearms.

    To take this to its logical extreme, but it could be a reality in the near future, if more establishments, entities or venues start making this ‘firearm’ restriction, without making provision to safely hold personal licensed firearms, then the Police Stations could get quite inundated with frequent ins and outs requests for personal firearms – it may well be necessary to setup a special department/section for this. This could become a major administrative ordeal for the Police and for what? Indeed it only makes a farce of the legal license which has already been granted.

    Of course, there are some, possible many in the general community, that will just simply go with the flow and leave their licensed firearms at home, or possibly when caught in a make or break situation will take a chance and leave it in their car or otherwise. Which is primarily contrary to the allowance and need to “Have, Use and Carry”, as per the license, and secondarily (and more serious) leaving the firearm unattended and unsecured, which may include the home too.

    The question has to be asked is whether we as law-abiding citizens should be made to suffer because of a few ‘bad apples’ that are neither the ones being inconvenienced nor more importantly having their rights being compromised.

    It is one thing to have laws made that are ridiculous and not properly thought out, like the inclusion of ‘toy guns’ in the Firearms Act, which I personally consider is legislation gone wild. As to whether it has gone wild with fear, over-reaction or both, it is clearly an act of extremism – which is, on reflection, no different from the acts of major crime and terrorism themselves. It is a well known fact that an elected legislature can trample a man’s (or woman’s) rights as easily as any king or dictator could, and this is where we have to be careful and watchful.

    When do we say enough is enough and fight back, and by fight back, I mean stop running and hiding behind (new) laws and security regulations? If we continue like this I hate to think what kind of world our children and grandchildren will have to exist in. Note I use the words ‘exist in’ and not ‘grow up in’.

    Does one have to spend money in legal fees to carry a case such as this to court in order to see whether is stands the test against the Constitution? It is all very well for lawyers in training to have their moot courts to argue and defend, but it is another when they bring this mind set into the public domain and then we have to suffer or pay dearly to see that our rights are not circumvented.

    I hope that this letter will be taken in spirit that I intend and that is, although I am complaining and disagreeing with certain matters, my main intent is to stick up for what I believe in. I am not a trained orator, lawyer nor diplomat (definitely not on the last one) – just an outspoken citizen and patriot, so my apologies if I seem brash and direct in my words.

    There must be some logical and common sense solution to this situation or it will get further out of hand. (Personally, I think Peter has paid enough for Paul).

  332. David Brooks

    Hmm, should I have put this here or is there a way to start a new subject/thread?

  333. Rumplestilskin

    David, your letter is well written and addresses the conflict which a licensed user must address (and by extension the authorities).

    What is the position of a Police Officer who carries a gun goes to the Central Bank while either on business or to interview someone there?

    Secondly, what you have encountered is something that is rife, that is, what I call ‘segmented planning’, being measures put in place without taking account of the overall scenario and implications.

    I believe that all planning should be ‘holistic’ in nature, that is, it should address all repercussions of an issue, rather than merely the issue that one is addressing as the original focal point of the planning.

    This will eliminate or at least reduce the side-issues caused as a result of the implemented action.

    Unfortunately, the evidence shows that most planning here in Government and Civil Service is ‘segmented’ in nature.

  334. Shrek

    Today there are reports of the obliteration of the very old Old Sharon Moravian graveyard, at Old Sharon, Grand View, St. Thomas.

    What a great pity it is to see this. The Moravians brought slaves into the church, and this was long years before emancipation. Moravians were mighty in the resistance to slavery and strong proponents of its abolition. Old Sharon was a historical monument and evidence to the Moravian efforts.

    The traditional annual Moravian walk from Sharon (at Jackson) to Old Sharon (in Shop Hill) by the Moravians, to remember the Barbadian Christian fight against slavery has taken a body blow.

    For those who do not know ‘Old Sharon’ was a small church. The Jackson location facilitated the enlargement of the church at a new location.

    Let Barbadians remember the works of the Moravians, and their separate hero Sarah Ann Gill?

    Please visit Old Sharon and view this historical site today.

    It is in the Gap that goes up to the late Dr. and surviving Mrs. Jack Leacock’s house in Shop Hill.

    Directions: Take a left in the village of Shop Hill by the block-side, drive past the houses, throug the ‘S’ bend and see the stone monument by the roadside to show where to enter Old Sharon.

    Request redirection in the village of Shop Hill if necessary.

  335. Stephen

    A piece of history… the fate of the island’s only nude beach.

    The following is an excerpt from a popular website about Barbados:

    “Barbados Beaches – Nude Bathing
    There are no nude beaches and all beaches are open to the public. Nudism is actually illegal. Barbados has a history of conservative British tradition and Barbadians are not comfortable undressing or seeing others undress on public beaches. ”

    It’s the last part that is incorrect…. “or seeing others undress on public beaches.”

    That sentence should actually read :

    “Most Barbadians are not comfortable undressing on public beaches…. but nearly all of them are delighted to see somebody else undress on a public beach.”

    Long Beach, Chancery Lane, was once an “unofficial” nude beach…. even the “boys of the block” played their beach football naked on this beach…. that was until the Nation newspaper made it a story in 1980… for about two weeks it sold papers…. The Churches were up in arms putting pressure on the Police to put a stop to it.

    Scores of Barbadians armed themselves with cameras and flocked to the beach hoping to get photos of the nudists. They climbed trees…. hid behind ferns…. desperately trying to conceal their presence and go undetected… but alas… the glint of light from their camera lenses gave away their positions.

    I know because I was there…. and I was naked.

    A Rastaman walked by me and said “ya betta put on something quick, police coming”…. And when I looked, sure enough, two officers running down the beach… the high wind blew off one of them hat… and he stopped to fetch it… so when they get by me I did dun got on me pants… but they kept going because they spied a whole family…. everybody from the grandmother right down to she grandchild all naked as dem born…

    The officer took out his notebook and tried to get names… but the people were Italians and didn’t speak a word of English.

    Thus and thus they “killed” the beach…. and that was a golden opportunity for Government to designate that beach a “clothing optional” beach…. but politician is spineless animal without backbone.. and they dont want to lose a vote…
    so they let the churches tell them what to do rather than risk losing it.

    But the real truth is that Barbados is a nation of hypocrites…. with the churches leading their flock in the practice of hypocrisy…. and every sin and vice known to man is practiced secretly…but they like it so…. and this is the way it must be.

    So it’s quite OK to take off your clothes…. just keep it a secret… just make sure there are no church people around when you do it.

    Do you doubt the hypocrisy ?… look at the current situation with the “Chinese workers”… but that’s another story.

  336. Shrek

    Stephen
    Just to clarify your point of view, was it hypocrisy for the Moravian Church of Barbados to fight for the rights of slaves?

    Was it hypocrisy for the Methodist Sarah Ann Gill to fight the same battle?

    Not in any way degrading or debating your personal opinion and wishes about modern-day nudity, but requesting that you clarify your understanding of the extreme importance to our National psyche re the role the church played in Bajan abolition and what the loss of Old Sharon graveyard means to the triumph over mental slavery with regard to the local Christian tradition of free thought and reconciliation of national wrongs?

  337. Wishing in Vain

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCDAT4+shtml/141433.shtml

    Tropical Storm DEAN Forecast Discussion

    TROPICAL STORM DEAN DISCUSSION NUMBER 5
    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042007
    1100 AM EDT TUE AUG 14 2007

    SATELLITE IMAGES…MICROWAVE DATA AND QUIKSCAT MEASUREMENTS INDICATE
    THAT THE DEPRESSION HAS REACHED TROPICAL STORM STATUS AND ALSO THAT
    THE CENTER IS LOCATED FARTHER TO THE SOUTH AND WEST THAN PREVIOUSLY
    INDICATED. DEAN HAS DEVELOPED A SMALL CENTRAL DENSE OVERCAST OVER
    THE CENTER BUT MOST OF THE CONVECTION IS STILL LOCATED TO THE WEST
    AND SOUTH OF THE CENTER. THE OUTFLOW IS CONFINED TO THE WEST AND
    SOUTHWEST SINCE THE CYCLONE IS STILL EMBEDDED WITHIN EASTERLY
    SHEAR. THE SHEAR IS FORECAST TO DECREASE AND MOST OF THE INTENSITY
    GUIDANCE GRADUALLY STRENGTHENS DEAN. IN FACT…DYNAMICAL GUIDANCE
    SUGGESTS THAT DEAN COULD BE NEAR THE LESSER ANTILLES AS A HURRICANE
    WITH 100 TO 110 KNOTS IN FIVE DAYS.

    DEAN APPEARS TO BE MOVING WESTWARD OR 265 DEGREES AT 20 KNOTS AROUND
    THE PERIPHERY OF A STRONG SUBTROPICAL RIDGE WHICH IS EXPANDING
    WESTWARD. IN THE SHORT TERM…2 TO 3 DAYS…DEAN SHOULD CONTINUE TO
    MOVE ON A GENERAL WESTWARD TRACK WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN FORWARD
    SPEED. THEREAFTER…THE FORECAST BECOMES HIGHLY UNCERTAIN SINCE
    SOME RELIABLE MODELS MAINTAIN A STRONG RIDGE TO THE NORTH AND KEEP
    THE CYCLONE MOVING WESTWARD ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN AND OTHERS SHOW A
    WEAKER RIDGE RESULTING IN A GRADUAL TURN TO THE WEST-NORTHWEST. THE
    OFFICIAL FORECAST FOLLOWS THE CONSENSUS AND IS A LITTLE BIT TO THE
    SOUTH OF THE PREVIOUS ONE…DUE TO THE REPOSITIONING OF THE
    CENTER…AND NOT BECAUSE WE HAVE CHANGED THE FORECAST REASONING.

    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

    INITIAL 14/1500Z 11.7N 39.4W 35 KT
    12HR VT 15/0000Z 11.8N 42.0W 40 KT
    24HR VT 15/1200Z 11.8N 45.6W 45 KT
    36HR VT 16/0000Z 11.8N 48.5W 50 KT
    48HR VT 16/1200Z 12.0N 51.5W 60 KT
    72HR VT 17/1200Z 13.5N 56.5W 70 KT
    96HR VT 18/1200Z 15.5N 61.0W 80 KT
    120HR VT 19/1200Z 17.5N 65.0W 95 KT

    $$
    FORECASTER AVILA

  338. Citizen First

    Is there some mischief afoot?

  339. Recent Comments- A Suggestion…(repeated from “Barbados Tender Process Corrupt)

    BFP- It made a world of difference when you extended the list to show the last 15 posts, but with all these one-line rubbish posts coming in thick and fact, the thoughtful stuff disappears before one can catch them.

    How about listing under Recent Comments only those posts which having something to contribute to the subject, omitting the little pleasantries like “lol” and “I fully agree with X” etc. This would serve the purpose of the Recent Posts column far better. Do other folks agree?

    P.S. I realise this means having a scrutineer make a decision, rather than being automatic, which means more work for you hardworking guys. But perhaps you could give it a try to see if is workable?

  340. Straight talk

    I think a new thread on the Caribbean Rose as featured in our friend Marginal’s blog would create an interesting discussion.

    Encompassing LIAT, CSME, one jurisdiction, drugs, immigration, duties, the whole enterprise encapsulates where we are as a nation and how we will respond to practicalities of what our leaders are agreeing to on our behalf.

  341. Jean Wyenberg

    Hi to all of you great Bloggers in Barbados!
    I live far away from you but I am intensely interested in the environment as I know a lot of you are – although protecting the environment does not seem to be something that your Government is at all concerned about. On a wildlife thread here in Canada I saw this information posted. Is it true? Is there nothing that can be done by Barbadians to stop this or does anyone care?

    Annual Slaughter of Migrating Waders on Barbados

    A small minority of Barbadians are responsible for shooting up to 45,000
    migrating waders (shorebirds) every year between August and November in
    Barbados, West Indies. These birds breed in North America, sometimes as far
    North as the Arctic, and then migrate South to spend the winter in Latin
    America. En route they fly over Barbados.

    The slaughter on Barbados is highly organized and takes place in a number of
    shallow, man-made lakes, which are made attractive to exhausted migrating
    waders. The lakes have up to 4 acres of open water with specially built mud
    banks within range of the shooting hut. Caged birds (maimed from last
    years’ shoot) are placed close to the mud banks and the hunters use whistles
    to imitate the bird calls, which are supplemented by amplified recording
    calls to attract entire flocks. Decoys are also used.

    At this time of year large flocks of exhausted birds fly in after a storm.
    They are met by a barrage of fire from semi-automatic weapons. The shooters
    often wait for the birds to settle before firing and it is a matter of pride
    not to let one single bird escape. The lakes (known locally as “shooting
    swamps”) are often manned all day during the shooting season, seven days a
    week and it has actually become a “contest” amongst the four known swamps to
    see who gets the most birds. The social and racial status of the shooters
    are mostly white and well-to-do in a nation where 90% of the people have
    African roots.

    This practice has been going on for generations but has become more refined
    in the last fifty years, with the introduction of sophisticated weaponry.
    Such shooting does not take place on the other Caribbean Islands, nor
    further north. The birds being shot are fully protected all the year round
    in both Canada and America, and have been for about a century now. Barbados
    has never signed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act but they did sign the CITES
    Act back in 1992.

    They include species such as the Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper,
    but of particular concern is the American Golden Plover, whose population is
    declining rapidly. All species are shot regardless and there is even an
    instance of the Eskimo Curlew being shot in 1963, now thought to be extinct.

    A Barbadian named Maurice Hutt produced a paper in 1991 on “swamp shooting”
    and it makes for horrific reading. Mr. Hutt’s efforts to prevent swamp
    shooting were suppressed by the powerful shooting lobby in Barbados and it
    continues unabated today. In fact recent estimates indicate that the
    position may have worsened and that up to 45,000 birds may be killed each
    year. It would seem that the only way to have this annual slaughter stopped
    would be if pressure from the American & Canadian governments and other
    outside authorities were to be exerted on the Barbados government.

    Thank you for reading this.

    PS I am not concerned about being anonymous…this was just the place I could contact as there did not seem to be anything on your environment thread!

  342. Hants

    What would Barbados lose if shooting Birds for sport was banned ?

    These senseless orgasnised slaughter of migratory birds should be banned by the Barbados Government.

  343. Thistle

    We would lose NOTHING, Hants. But you know what? Bird shooting at swamps will be as difficult to stop as the Strathclyde/Belleville/Yacht Club barriers were to break down. It will take a Government with guts to ban it, and we know that that isn’t going to happen any time soon – just like the dog fighting that is SUPPOSED to be illegal, but continues unabated because we all know that policemen and Big Ups are involved in it. It is a disgrace that those birds, tired on the wing from such long journeys, looking for a haven to rest have to suffer such an ending. Thank you, Jean Wyenberg for exposing it. I hope WWF and other organisations and world pressure can eventually put a stop to this wanton destruction of peeps and waders and other birds.

  344. Going for David

    ANCHORED IN SINGPORE HISTORY

    Ship repair in Singapore dates back to when the first dry dock was built in 1859. Due to active government encouragement and technology transfers in the late sixties, business became more international, and by the mid-seventies, Singapore was firmly established as a major international ship repair centre, particularly for larger vessels. It has maintained its leading position since then.
    Singapore ship repairing has gained international recognition for its specialised re-construction jobs, which range from conversion to jumboisation. The extensive capabilities in ship repairing means a multitude of repair, reconstruction and conversion jobs can be carried out with high quality and timely delivery. The versatility of local shipyards is reflected in the wide range of ship conversions undertaken. Ship repair is carried out in shipyards and at the anchorage. To meet the needs of shipowners using the port, voyage repair are readily available on call. Projects include the conversion of car carriers to livestock carriers and tankers to FPSOs, just to name a few.

POSITIONING THE KEEL BLOCKS
    The advent of steamships provided the catalyst for Singapore’s early entry into shiprepair. Unlike sailing ships which could be beached and hauled over for scouring or urgent repairs, the early steamers with their paddle boxes and paddlewheel shafts could not be treated in such as undignified manner.
    Almost 30 years after the first steamships, the SS Vander Capellan, sailed into the New Harbour, Captain William Cloughton put the finishing touch to Singapore’s first graving dock. Suitably named Dock No 1, it gave Singapore a headstart in shiprepair. There were then no comparable facilities between India and China. Singapore went on to widen her lead in 1913 by launching the King’s Dock, the largest east of Suez.
    After the heady days however, investment slowed. Except for the HM Naval Dockyard in Sembawang, no major investment was made. Soon, Singapore slipped behind. Major shipowners would dock their ships in Hong Kong or India, but rarely in Singapore. However, with independence, the marine industry regained its former vigour. Through government sponsorship and private entrepreneurship, both local and foreign, it soon achieved world-class status in shiprepair, rig and ship construction.
    Try as it may, Singapore would not have achieved so much in so short a time without the strong foundation so painstakingly laid in the first 138 years.
    The Pioneers
    The first known proposal for a repair dock was submitted by Dr William Montgomerie. In 1834, the resident surgeon suggested damming the Selat Sengkit, the straits between Pulau Blakang Mati and Pulau Brani, to form a wet dock. Though officially sanctioned, the idea was abandoned after it dawned on Dr Montgomerie that the task was lofty and not particularly lucrative.
    More proposals followed, but it was only in 1854 before the first concrete attempt was made. Captain Cloughton recognised a drydock was needed while going back and forth between India and China. He came ashore, and against the advice of local residents began working on low-lying, marshy ground at Pantai Chermin. This pioneering attempt failed. For years after, it was referred to endearingly as Cloughton’s mud-hole.
    Undaunted, the strong-willed captain made a fresh excavation further east, and here a 122-metre dock was completed in 1859. With constant maintenance and upgrading, Dock No 1 remains in service today. Patent Slip and Dock was formed on Dec 24, 1861 to assume control.
    But before Patent Slip could get off the ground, two competitors appeared. Displeased, Captain Cloughton protested in a letter to the Singapore Free Press that there was insufficient work to fill one dock, much less three. In its first years, the Patent Slip repaired on average 30 ships a year, of which six were bought to keep the dock employed. The information failed to impress potential rivals. Encouraged by news that the Suez Canal was taking shape, the promoters of the Tanjong Pagar Dock Company (TPDC) registered the company on Sep 29, 1864.
    In 1868, the Victoria Dock was launched to the sounds of trumpet and competition. Patent Slip slashed it prices forcing TPDC to do likewise, and the Victoria Dock performed much as Captain Cloughton had predicted. In such lean times it was TPDC’s wharf which kept it going. The wharf also gave TPDC the upper hand, and enabled it to force Patent Slip to the negotiating table. In 1870, the arch-rivals forged a pact to standardise charges. The informal arrangement was replaced by a joint purse accord in June 1881. Both companies received a fixed percentage on profits generated from shiprepairs, with differences settled by arbitration.
    The opening of the Suez, which coincided with Singapore’s 50th anniversary, helped enhance relationships. It lifted shipping and trade, and with it the profitability of Singapore yards. But the Suez failed to benefit the Bon Accord Dock built on Pulau Brani in August 1866. It was leased to TPDC and Patent Slip which operated it for 10 years. Eventually, it was bought out by TPDC, which had no bigger plans than to de-commission the shipyard. TPDC steadily swallowed up almost all its rivals. At the close of the 19th century, the entire life of the port and the prosperity of Singapore, came to depend on the management of a single company.

  345. flyboy

    I have been following with interest comments made in the press about the effects of squatters on the radar readout in Adams airspace. It is worrying that high ranking officials within the Department of Civil Aviation could so mislead our prime minister. Also of concern is the fact that matters of grave importance have not been given equal attention by these department heads. Some two Saturdays ago controllers at Adams were hit with random power outages where on at least 3 occasions on the same day, there was total radar and communication outages, I cannot overstate how potentially dangerous this situation was and is as the potential for it to occur at anytime remains. What is worrying is there is supposed to be back-ups to guard against this. These back-ups failed. Approaching two weeks later the controllers are still working with minimum telecommunication facilities, and they continue to be concerned about the inadequacy of the frequencies available for communication with aircraft. They have brought this and other matters to management’s attention countless times over the last few years. Every attempt to have this and other matters such as critical staffing levels,
    inadequate lighting, inadequate maintenance and such address have met with failure. More so when these matters are put out in the public
    domain they are downplayed by our managers and the stories which should be of critical concern to all
    are given less than adequate attention by the media. It is feared that in this instance like so many on this little rock some great disaster will have to occur before those in a position to do something actually act.

    At the root of the problem lies one of the most substandard management teams within government. They have failed at almost
    every level to efficiently oversee the department. Air traffic continues to function in Barbados because of a dedicated, overworked
    and short staffed team of controllers who do the best they can with with what little they have. Case in point within the last 2 years the government of Barbados was called upon to replace their training simulator so much needed training could occur. This endeavour cost the government millions.
    This system was bought and is now sitting at the Barbados School of Air Traffic Control in a state of dis-repair due to inadequate maintenance.
    Yet another waste of government funds.

    Controller friend

  346. Rumplestilskin

    ”What would Barbados lose if shooting Birds for sport was banned ?”

    Good ole boys drinking whiskey and rye….

    Y’all have a good time now, y’hear?

    Anyone seen ma shotgun an’ pikcup?

  347. Adrian Loveridge

    FlyBoy..

    What you say is deeply disturbing for a country that largely depends on tourism and that has recenly spent $155 million upgrading its airport.
    Have your concerns been articulated to the Minister of Tourism and International Transport?

    Is he fully aware of the situation?

    The 140 per cent increased departure tax and change in collection criteria regarding travellers age and intransit passengers now mean that GAIA Inc., are collecting an estimated $90 million a year alone from this tax according to the Minister’s arrival figures.

    In your opinion what financial sum would it take to permanently solve all the air traffic problems you have?

  348. Rumplestilskin

    After such a recent renovation and ‘upgrade’ of the GAIA, it is a travesty that not only are the structural additions deficient but as per above, that critical operational areas are deficient.

    Per the Minister himself the departure area already needs additional expansion and in another area the roof is leaking.

    To learn now that the air-traffic control needs investment in equipment and training equipment as well as planning for adequate maintenance, proves beyond doubt the haphazard way in which this ‘expansion’ was conducted.

    It points to lack of adequate assessment of structural and operational needs, even those basic needs for an airport as air-traffic operations.

    It points to not only to lack of forethought and lack of critical implementational planning, but to poor management all around, for which the Government has to take the blame.

    Again, another major project messed up. BUT, we will hear that it will be dealt with, we will hear no acknowledgement of errors made, we will hear that such a ‘major’ airport, for example when a new Airbus or some such comes in is ‘our finest hour’.

    No accountability reigns.

  349. Wishing in Vain

    Based on the post by FLYBOY it seems to me that the clown that we have a minister in his wisdom (now that is a hard call) committed over $ 155 million to rebuild an airport and it now is less
    praticial and working than the old one but we can get used to these events because idiots are the ones making the decisions but more over they spend millions to the airport but neglect the heart of the airport the air traffic control division, it has been years these controllers have been complaining about lack of quality equpiment to assist them in doing their jobs, and it has come to light once again in the post below.
    Why is it they are being neglected and putting our safety and the safety of our vistors at risk?
    Could it be because they are the majority of DLP supporters in that office if it is this is a dangerous and sad situation.

  350. hants

    Some things are so simple.

    Airport priority 1: Provide a safe Runway for planes to land on.

    Priority 2: Provide Air Traffic controllers with proper working equipment(with back up systems) to help planes land safely.

    The Airport does have very nice (First World)Buses to drive from Plane to entrance.

  351. Flyboy- I am a layperson not technically literate, but what you say about power outages at GAIA for the traffic controllers is downright scary.

    I thought those squatter houses they want to tear down was the cause for concern on planes landing. It did not make sense to me because houses are often in the flight path of a runway,

    Do the radio waves reflect off the galvanise roofs or something to make it dangerous for pilots to land? Or are their CB radios on too loud?

    You don’t mention those squatter houses as being part of the problem. Are they being used by the politicians as a diversion in case there is a crisis?

    Also, did you notice how CTP Cummins said on TV how “the minister responsible” did this, and the “minister responsible” decided that. We all know that “the minister responsible” is the Minister of Planning and Development, a.k.a. Owen Seymour Arthur, our Prime Minister.

    Is the Chief Town Planner scared or shy of calling his name? Or just trying to be diplomatic with his circumspection?

  352. bombaros

    To all the first responders,
    I have just witnessed the worst example of rescue I have ever experienced in my life. I am a retired professional firefighter and I can not express how deeply I am disappointed with the Barabdos Fire Fighters response to the recent tragedy at Briton’s Hill. When you take on a job that requires you to place your life and limb at risk that is what you do. I went to work every day knowing that I may have to give up my life so someone else could live, this department has shown that they are not willing to get their hands dirty no matter how many lives are at stake. The time delay while they waited for some “Dogs” to arrive may have been the very time those victims needed to be rescued. Did one member of the Barbados group of hero’s attempt to go into the hole? Did one member say “your life is worth more than mine” so I will risk all to save you my brother. It does not appear so to me, I can only hope that I am wrong and if so will offer my deepest apology. If I am right then this department needs to be retrained to the level where a call for help doesn’t result in a bunch of guys on a red truck becoming another group of spectators.

    If this is your response to a relatively minor disaster what can we expect when we have a major situation. A hurricane like Ivan striking this island would leave everyone of us totally on our own as the emergency services here have now demonstrated their complete lack of willingness and or ability to handle even the most basic of response demands. I spent my working career in sacrifice to my fellow man without question as to colour or creed, all I see in Barbados from the emergency response units is a dedication to pay check and a secure job. If you are not willing to risk your life to save mine you are in the wrong line of work and I will not stand beside you in uniform with any pride, shame on you to even count yourselves among the men I call brothers, the men who have suffered and died so others would live. You need to ask yourselves are you firefighters in name only or are you members of the bravest group of men and women to ever don a uniform and report for work.

    The motto of my department was “fight fires and save lives” and I have sadly seen demonstrated that the motto here from all first responders is “stand around and do nothing”. Did no one at the scene calculate the collapse zone and establish the risk factor for attempting a rescue operation. I was not at the scene and don’t want to second guess the officers who were in control but after so many hours surely someone had to be able to make a command decision. I sincerely hope that I or one of my loved ones does not have to rely on the “first responders” of this nation because they have again demonstrated to me their complete lack of professionalism and dedication to the people they purport to serve. I write this in the sincere hope that the members of the Barbados Fire Brigade and all other first responders are deeply insulted and wish to bring themselves to a level where their brothers around the world would willingly stand beside them in the knowledge that they are truly among the bravest to serve their fellow man.

    Bombaros
    RCVFARS

  353. Free the Press!!

    Letters to the Editor in today’s Nation News donate 1/2 page to Clyde Mascoll, plus 1/4 to another writer who claims that the reports in Freepress and other blogs of a DLP candidate’s vicimisation are FALSE.

    Will the Nation donate 3/4 of its letters to the editor page to rebutt and present the DLP case?

    Uncover the corruption in Government!

    Nation News prints partisan political publications without responsibility for balance to Bajans!

    Free the press!!!

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070829.wwarmuseum29/BNStory/Entertainment/home

  354. BFP deleted this comment for blatant racism.

    Banned.

  355. DFX

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Don’t know if it is possible to be done or in your control.. But, today I was on the road all day and was following the posts via Blackberry, and honestly my thumb is sore from scrolling up thru all the posts to get back to the top of page to hit HOME so I could look at other posts. Is it possible to get a home button at the bottom of each page? It would make life so much easier for those better subscribed posts. Just a thought

    Thanks

  356. Going for David

    CONDOMS ARE NOT IN BARBADOS ONLY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    BFP GET WITH IT

    Thousands of condoms distributed free in the District of Columbia as part of an HIV-AIDS program are being returned to the district’s health department following complaints that the packaging was easily damaged, rendering the condoms ineffective

    WASHINGTON – D.C.’s free condoms are proving to be unpopular — not because people don’t want them but because people are questioning their packaging.
    More than 100,000 of them have been returned. People are complaining the paper packaging tears easily and could make the condoms ineffective. Condoms sold in stores are packaged in foil.

    There also are complaints that packaging looks suspicious and that the expiration dates on the Chinese-made condoms are illegible. They come in a yellow and purple wrapper. From the start, the wrappers raised eyebrows with the slogan “Coming Together in D.C. to Stop HIV.”

    *******************************

    BFP Comments

    Hi Going for David

    Sure, we read the article too. We put it up because …

    1/ It is topical with all the product recalls from our new Chinese friends.
    2/ It is a tad humourous in a dark sort of way.
    3/ We wondered if any of the condoms sold in Barbados are imported from China. Given the high standards of quality control that China seems to have, we thought that someone might want to address the quality issue if any of our condoms are manufactured in China. ;-)

    Yes we are aware that the story only mentions Washington, but that is not as you claim some sort of proof that no Chinese condoms have been imported to Barbados.

  357. Linchh

    “More than 100,000 of them have been returned. People are complaining the paper packaging tears easily and could make the condoms ineffective.”

    Are the condoms being returned in a used or an unused condition? Is it only the packaging and not the condom that tears easily? What is the measure of ineffectiveness?

  358. iMonz

    And the Barbados Underground publisher is:-

    Deeply disturbed by overwhelming glowing references to Sir Adrian Loveridge in the ostensible “Barbados Underground” and tired of seeing his name everywhere every day about anything I wrote this comment to today’s lead article in BU:-

    iMonz // Sep 8th 2007 at 7:19 am

    Adrian Loveridge would write a letter to everyone and his brother protesting the long-term negative effect on tourism if a sanitation truck ran over a baby monkey on Farley Hill. And didn’t clean up. We hear you Adrian Loveridge! Much too often. Oh how we hear you!

    Which BU chose not to publish.

    So I sent this:-

    iMonz // Sep 8th 2007 at 8:23 am

    Afraid you’re about to fail the “Underground Press” test. Specifically, you’re in danger of having as much credibility as Sir Adrian Loveridge himself if you fail to print this comment I sent earlier:
    “Adrian Loveridge would write a letter to everyone and his brother protesting the long-term negative effect on tourism if a sanitation truck ran over a baby monkey on Farley Hill. And didn’t clean up. We hear you Adrian Loveridge! Much too often. Oh how we hear you!”
    Could it be that Sir Adrian edits BU himself? Your readers want to know.

    Which of course they haven’t published either. Co-incidence?

    ****************************

    BFP Comments

    Hello iMonz

    I see on BU that they did publish your comment. You are obviously not familiar with how comment moderation works and we invite you to read “What is comment moderation?” at the top of our blog.

  359. dennis shemeluck

    hi people,

    today is the first time i have read the notes here.
    just a brief note…prices are about 15-20% lower than sir allans centre at many places… was he decorated/congratulated for his excellence in raiding the pocketbooks of bajans? has he given back his portion of dividends from bs&t as part of his “barbadian honor”? will his benefactor also be honored? will adrian loveridge be honored for speaking out? do tony hoyos and colin brewer have to give back anything because they oppose sir allan?

    to me whether you are b or d or whatever, your country must come first. as a canuck, i know that pierre always did for me…

  360. Take note. The Fair Trading Commission has announced a public review of the Price Cap mechanism to run from September 19th to October 19th.
    Essentially it wants to know whether people believe the Price Cap has achieved its goals, whether the principles, rules etc should be modified and whether an alternative should be considered.
    I did a research paper with UWI economist Winston Moore because it is a complex issue for some people. One of our major stumbling blocks was a lack of information from the company which would show what revenues were made from regulated as against non-regulated services.
    Remember that the Price Cap relates to regulated services with residential telephone rates of particular interest to low income consumers.
    We made the observation in the paper which was sent to the FTC for comment.
    Well, nothing has changed. Barbadians are now being asked to give informed opinions based on substance when Cable & Wireless’ earnings on regulated services remains a secret. You see the company has in the past claimed that some of its key information is confidential and in keeping with the confidentiality rules of the Telecoms legislation. The FTC obviously needs the fortitude to offend C&W’s friends in high circles and demand and have published such information. In fairness to the FTC this has not been tested but I have a strong suspicion that when I write and seek this information the response will be what I have outlined above.
    Bottom line : citizens are being asked to comment on a very critical matter which hits them in their pockets without the information to make their cases based on substance.
    The key issue that remains to be answered is whether the Price Cap has simply been a mechanism to boost C&W’s rosy profits at the expense of the consumer who now cannot argue a case before a panel of commissioners
    I and several of my colleagues had successfully argued that C&W should not have been awarded a penny in the 2003 rate hearing. Don’t get me wrong, the Price Cap can be a progressive move.
    But the fact is that competition in fixed telephone service and the long distance business associated with fixed line has not materialised and C&W is entrenched in the high speed data (ADSL) business.
    So as consumers we need to put our heads together, speak out or sit idly by as we get shafted. The rich discussion on VOIP concerns on this forum reflected concerns ordinary Bajans raised during at a local rum shop tonight about the high prices of milk products and anticipation that more are on their way.
    Let’s do something more than online chatting to ensure that those anticipated price increases do not include future higher resedential telephone charges to fatten an already fat monopoly.

  361. I said 2 inches!

    Has anyone noticed the intense national debate on the precise length of Garrison Secondary school girls uniforms? Not that deportment isn’t parmount in the proper rearing of our young women but the priority assigned to it is deafening. I’m convinced hightened focus on the subject is an extremely good use of time and should go a long ways in ech individual’s upbringing……do you think that extra bit of deportment will help stop them having sex on the PSVs?….or magically assist them with the Queen’s English?…..or perhaps get them to school on time instead of wandering Swan Street? I think NOT.
    Perhaps we should focus a bit more on things that really matter…just a thought.

  362. neighbour

    barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com
    Subject: Brittons Hill Tragedy
    Message: Not one cent collected in the Media Relief Fund has been
    given to the surviving family of those who died. Over one
    month later and no one, not the owner of the apartment or any
    one acting on his behalf has spoken to anybody in the
    Codrington Family even if was to simply return the deposit
    and months rent on the $1500.00 a month apartment at
    Arch Cot Terrace. Not one cent from the peace march and
    fashion show has been donated to the Codringtons, in fact the
    church New Covenent Ministries that opened the BNB account
    to receive money is in no way connected to anybody involved
    in the tragedy. Not even the insurance companies has said
    a peep as they deem it an act of God. People meet the
    Codringtons and say I gave money for you at the telethon.
    They have not received a penny. Not one document has been
    drawn up regarding the trust fund for the children. No the
    Codringtons are not greedy, nor needy, but somebody has to let
    people know that contrary to popular belief your money is not
    going where you intended. on the peoples business the gov.
    promised to match at least a couple hundred thousand to the
    telethon, so said Trevor Prescod, has not been done. They
    bodly proclaimed they paid for a funeral, it was two oil
    companys that put up the money. Dont be distracted by the
    family feud, it is in the interest of the youngest Codrington
    child and even then, there is no contest. They finally released
    the bodies to Lyndhurst on Thursday Sept 27th, look out for the
    burial next week. it was a pokitical show and spectical
    at the thanksgiving service, but no more. Keep your money,
    the Codringtons are not getting it anyway, everybody is holding
    back something to do this and to do that. Give back
    the five lives lost, then we can talk. The only two groups
    that have delivered on any promise to the Codringtons is
    the Broadstreet taxi association and Chefette Restaurants.

  363. Lady Anon

    The telethon was not only for the Codringtons. However, the concern should also be for those persons who pledged and did not deliver. Over $500,000 dollars were pledge and LESS THAN HALF was received.

    On another note, remember about 5 years ago there was a concert in Independence Square raising money for the homeless and to upgrade the homeless shelter on Hindsbury Road. What ever became of the $200,000+ that was raised?

  364. Going for David

    Where is the proof, Thompson?

    For some time now, we have been bombarded with telephone calls and emails from members of the public who simply wanted to convey the news that the Barbados Free Press (BFP), and its sister blog, the Barbados Underground, are political concoctions of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), designed to tarnish the reputation of Government.

    We were told that the specific plan was to lead a campaign of corruption against the Government. We are cognizant of the constant rolling of the rumour mill in politics. Hence our hesitation to investigate the veracity of the information received via the calls. But with every passing day callers became more and more vociferous in their charge, and the information became more specific. To satisfy ourselves that the callers were not just pulling a prank on us, we asked them for names of persons who are possibly involved, and the names that
    were divulged were most disappointing, though not surprising.

    The scheme of posting negative economic and political comments about Barbados on the World Wide Web can certainly not be considered a
    patriotic thing to do.

    To be on the web every day telling the world that your country is corrupt, even when the absolute opposite is believed to be true by those international agencies who rate us, is not an act which Barbadians have come to expect from the party that the Right Excellent Errol Barrow built. Barrow spent his political life convincing the world that Barbados was a model to be emulated. Whatever our shortcomings, Barrow felt that he had it within his intellectual capacity to deal with them. He did not feel that he needed outside intervention.

    Barbadians cannot begin to imagine the recklessness hidden within such a scheme and the danger that awaits the many workers and their families who now depend on the viability of the tourism and financial sectors for their daily livelihood. Further, only the experience of the early 1990s can help us to realise what such nasty political schemes can have on our social and economic lives.

    In this front page article, David Thompson insinuates that there is something corrupt between Government and Hardwood Housing Factory Inc., a company contracted to build low-income homes for Barbadians. [This is] without first providing any facts to support his wild assumption or offering a shred of evidence to justify his request that a forensic investigator of the standing of Bob Lindguist
    be brought in to investigate his – and only his – illusive hair-brained idea.

    Once again the “believability factor” of Thompson is on the line. Does he have the information on the “sweetheart handouts” and “kickbacks” on the hardwood housing project in his possession as he said? Answers next week!

  365. Fred

    Is there any truth that Owen and Mr Mark Cummings have fallen out on a major issue and he has been asked to resign from the post of chief Town Planner??
    Should this be the case it reflects sadly on the role of the PM in the day to day affairs of the various ministries, it has been said many times before on this site that owen has been deeply involved in the act of overruling the CTP and permitting condos and big houses to be built.

  366. Anonymous

    Idiot Fred

  367. Wishing in Vain

    Why would he be an idiot? because he or she ask a simple question that may once again be another nail in your coffin ?
    Yes they are right when they mention how involved Owing is in granting building permits.
    This is one set of bastards with major corruption heir main focus.
    Admit it that the BLP has failed the people of Barbados for their own personal gains and profit and their own glory.

  368. Anonymous

    I think I read somewhere, maybe in The Nation newspaper, that one of the persons vying for the Top position at CBC is a “former BBC broadcaster”. I hope it is not who I think it is, not that she is incapable of the job, but rather that she is NOT a “former BBC broadcaster” and enquiries to the BBC can confirm this. She worked at CBC, but not as a broadcaster and The Nation is perpetuating this myth when they write, under her name, that she is a “former BBC broadcaster”. CBC should be made aware of this falsehood.

  369. Anonymous

    Sorry, that should have read: “She worked at BBC” (not CBC).

  370. Going for David

    White Australia playing for Jamaica

    Brendan Nash, the Queensland batsman, will leave Australia to restart his career in the Caribbean. Nash, whose father Paul was an Olympic swimmer for Jamaica, has made the decision to try and win a West Indies spot after missing out on a Bulls deal for 2007-08.
    Nash, 29, said he still felt he was good enough to play at first-class level or even higher. “I was obviously very disappointed to miss out on a contract, but I pretty much got told it would be hard for me to work my way back in again and I felt I still have something to offer,” he said. “I was over in the Caribbean for the World Cup and although I didn’t talk to anyone on the West Indies board or anything, I did speak to Jeff Dujon and Courtney Walsh and they felt I could make an improvement to West Indies cricket.”
    He will join the Kingston club initially, and hopes to make a return to first-class cricket with Jamaica in the Carib Series. While nothing has been guaranteed, Nash was confident he would have a chance of breaking into the international game through his father’s country.
    “I’ve spoken to a lot of senior players in Queensland and most of them felt like they didn’t hit their peak until they were 29 or 30,” he said. “I’ll give myself plenty of backing to make a go of it and weigh it up a bit further down the track, it’s all been a bit sudden.” Nash, who played only three games with the Bulls last summer, will depart for his Caribbean adventure in September./Users/andreww/Desktop/302406.jpg

  371. Claudette

    Please somebody tell me I an new in your land. Why is it that public servants part time or otherwise are in the position that they are having to wait three months before recieving their honest earned, well deserved wages.

  372. Going for David

    Preferred Prime Miniester is Arthur 52% to 26% Thompson

    “Arthur job approval rating is now 50 per cent, while Thompson’s is 38 per cent”

    “PM Arthur continues to dominate”

    The Prime Ministerial preference of a respondent is usually a good indicator of voting intention; hence this was also included and compared to previous CADRES polls.
    The related chart demonstrates that PM Arthur continues to dominate this aspect of the polls, with 52 per cent of persons preferring to be led by him, which is no different to the February situation, while Mr Thompson continues to run second to him with the support of 29 per cent of Barbadians.
    The comparative analysis demonstrates that both of these changes are marginal, suggesting that neither leader is now more or less popular than they were in February.
    The objective ranking of leaders and is useful in assessing leaders individually. These scores relate to an average score on a range from “1” to “10” and as such movement can be interpreted more simply, since the margin of error stipulation is less relevant in this instance.
    In this regard both leaders have grown to some extent. Arthur has grown by 0.1 while Thompson has grown by 0.2.
    This type of analysis which individually rates leaders has become more popular since the competitive assessment can often be misleading, hence on this occasion CADRES employed yet another individual measure, which is popular with pollsters internationally.
    The approval rating as it is popularly known asks respondents “if they approve of the job being done by the PM and Leader of the Opposition”. Fifty per cent of respondents approved of the job being done by Arthur suggesting his job approval rating is now 50 per cent, while Thompson’s is 38 per cent.
    Further refines leadership data by reference to the “Uncertain Voters” alone in October which are compared to the “Uncertain Voters” in February and while some marginal changes are evident, it remains the case that these potential voters continue to be more impressed by PM Arthur than Thompson by a considerable margin.
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  373. Colin L Beadon

    After twenty years of letters, the newspapers in Barbados will no longer print mine.
    Do we still live in a free society ?

  374. Wishing in Vain

    Maybe Mr Beadon you should have it printed on this site as the readership on the BU and BFP far exceeds that of the Advocate or the nation combined.
    Why would they refuse to print your letter what was the subject matter of the letter?

  375. Colin L Beadon

    Dear ‘ Wishing in vain ‘

    My letters to newspapers, have always been very diverse, science, religions, nature, destruction of the environenment, good books, land usage, et al. I try to stay as far away as possible from politics, but am worried that any political party stays in too long.
    Trinidad, where I grew up, is a prime example of long term one- party – damage.
    Sincerely,. CLB.

  376. Colin L Beadon

    I shall do my very best, not to abuse the freedom Barbados Free Press has given me. May it long live, freely, and, Hi to everbody who writes in. Now why did I stay away so long, missing all the real stuff, and writers like myself, who die, lest we have voice ?
    Just one point, from an old man.
    One should not fear using his or her own name, in if they have conviction about what they write. writing,… is after all, a near spiritual imperative.
    Nos veremos, pues . ( We’ll see eachother, then ) .

  377. iMonz

    Isn’t anyone going to explain why – for almost a month now – C & W are cashing champagne fees for mauby Broadband speeds? They promise 1,500 Kbps. And deliver, if we’re lucky, 300 Kbps.

  378. Anonymous

    Colin L Beadon we fear using our real names because many of us have jobs, families to feed and mortgages to pay. We are afraid of victimization which is very real in Barbados.
    If you had been following this blog a very short time ago you would have seen threats against a blogger’s life and the most foul and wicked remarks being posted right here.
    BFP removes the hate comments and the ones where it is obvious that someone is using another bloggers name for evil reasons.
    Some of us do not want what happened to Mrs. Juman to happen to us and our families if we can help it. To get a better understanding you could read the article.
    The victimization tactics range from phone calls at 2.00 am, audits by Inland Revenue, NIS and VAT offices, intimidation, threats and the like. It is very difficult to do anything in Barbados if you have offended the powers that be.

  379. Thistle

    Bush Tea:

    I am begging you to post on this blog your last one over on BU. As usual, it is top class!

  380. cynty

    I hear the Barbados Cancer Society breast screening clinic is inundated at the moment, always busy after breast cancer awareness week, but the machine at the hospital has broken so they’re sending everyone to the Cancer Society for mammograms? can anyone confirm this and how long the hospital machine has been down?

  381. cynty

    The comment I just made here appears to have been snatched?

  382. cynty

    OK no problem its there now, sorry!

  383. Jerome Hinds

    Imonz…..C& W are frauds !

  384. Going for David

    Bees Bajans’
    best bet

    The most recent poll by Cadres for the Nation Newspaper continues to affirm the indisputable
    fact that the people of Barbados hold true
    to their belief that the Owen Arthur-led administration continues to be the best team for the times
    in Barbados.
    The Dems, on the other hand, remain disorganised, dysfunctional and deflated. They still have not
    proven to the people of Barbados that they are
    a viable alternative.
    They continue to be ill-prepared, ill-equipped
    and all of their policies ill-conceived. From all of these polls in the current series one message comes through loud and clear and is reflected in the responses
    of the people participating in all of these polls.

    THE DEMS ARE
    NOT FIT TO GOVERN
    This is borne out with 44 % of people having this view that they are not ready and only 25% to the contrary in support of the Dems’ ability to govern.
    Thompson continues to run a distant second
    in the preferred leader category and their
    combined leadership is less than a third
    of that of the Barbados Labour Party.
    With both Mia Mottley and Clyde Mascoll adding
    to the preferred leader graph in favour of the Barbados Labour Party, showing the depth of high quality candidates in the BLP in contrast to the other side with only one candidate scoring above 1 % in the preferred leader category.
    People in Barbados have made up their minds about Thompson and although he has been in politics
    for over 20 years the majority of people do not see him as Prime Ministerial material.
    He proved his poor leadership qualities when he led them to their worst and crushing defeat in 1999.
    The writing is on the wall that he will lead them into another crushing defeat. He is no match for the style, audacity, cunning and tenacity of Owen Arthur and the BLP.

    Fig 1 Preferred Leader

    Further, when the Dems are not arguing over who should be leader now there is also a three-way fight over who should be deputy leader.
    The DLP or its leader has not convinced the electorate that they can chart a true and steady
    course for Barbados in the same professional and diligent manner that the BLP has been able
    to achieve often in hard and extremely difficult times for the last 13 years.
    The Barbados Labour Party retains and enjoys
    a strong, deep and resilient connection with the electorate and is in tune with their dreams, desires
    and aspirations.
    Although there has been a 5% reduction of party support for the BLP and bearing in mind that this
    is just outside the 5% margin of error it is also interesting to note that the DLP has not benefited
    from this and these people have moved into the don’t know/won’t say category.
    Thus, this could be categorised as an increasingly cautious electorate rather than a swing away from
    the BLP.
    It is part of human nature that after a long period
    to have an increasing desire for change, but this change may be achieved by changing the way Government does business or changes in the policies and programmes Government is pursuing.
    This would be a passive change as it is clear
    that the people are uncomfortable with the DLP
    and are not prepared to enhance their support.
    Another interesting and statistically significant fact that is borne out in this poll is that 7% more of those
    polled believe the BLP deserves another term
    in contrast to the appalling 25% who feel that the DLP may be ready to govern.

  385. The more time I spend researching the Price Cap the more convinced I am that Barbadian residential telephone users are being taken advantage off. While there has been some prices reduction in other areas the 21 per cent increase allowed to Cable & Wireless over the three years of the Price Cap is unjustified. Readers of Barbados Free Press interested in understanding the issue better may visit my blog at : http://www.hallamhope.com. Click on the Hope Agenda and type in Price Cap in the search area for a listing of all the articles on this subject. And keep an eye out for next Monday’s Business Authority and have a read of my article. It might seem a complicated and not too interesting topic for some but the more we try and understand this issue the more we will realise just how important it is to our fellow citizens.

  386. Colin L Beadon

    In reply to the letter from Anonymous 19th Oct to my self, I can well understand not wanting to place ones true name to letter, up to a point.
    But Nelson Mandela never thought like that, and niether did the recent Nobel prize winner, Shirin Abadi. They both faced extreme danger, and jail, in their own countries, just like the Burmese politician whose name I can’t spell,….. because they believed in what they were doing.
    How can anything on such a scale be accomplished if we reamain faceless and unknown ? Who is going to bet on an unknown, or take that person seriously ?
    So in the end, it would seem to me, that unless you are prepared to stand up fully, for what you write, …….. Probably I don’t neet to terminate that sentence.
    Colin L Beadon.

  387. Anonymous

    Hallam

    How do you feel about the charge to customers for tecnicians who have to enter your home?

    As well as the fact that after paying Bartel for years for some cheap phones suddenly we are left with old equipment that the Company wants to have nothing to do with.

  388. Colin L Beadon

    It is time our attention was on the coming world energy crunch. Politics won’t really matter very much when it hits, niether will four lane highways or flyovers. The price of shipping in food will reach an alarming proportion, and then we will start wondering why so much of our highly valuable and deep-soiled agricultural land, has been converted to housing estates, and other more questionable endevors.
    Writing like this, you will appreciate why the local newspapers stopped printing my work after twenty years, a couple years ago. After all, the oil drilling industry, over various parts of the world, has been the main basis of my life. And I have lived too many days and nights, and months, on rigs, both far off shore, and on, though I’ll admit this still does not make me an expert on the over-all oil industry, just a well read and informed participant, with aqauintances in the right places. But this does not stop you turning to the net, for what you need to know.
    The coming energy crunch, is ominous and inescapable, though difficult to strike with an exact date. We need to down grade our energy consumption when it comes to petrolium usage, and do our best to lower our contribution to global warming in other ways too We are, after all, a microcosm of the whole world. Look at us, and then just multiply for a bigger country.
    We don’t need to drive huge SUV or multi horsepower cars in this small island. Soon enough, they will be rusting all over the place, stuck, without fuel. The flyovers and the big highways will be lovely to cycle and walk on, and the air will become much more pure, and walking or cycling again, will make us much fitter.
    Will the donkey and the horse come back, and will we still find cartwrites like the one who lived at the bottom of the hill to District C police station ?
    Now let the Barbadian start thinking seriously about this, and let us hear what he thinks ??? And please don’t take what I have written lightly, as the BBC is full of the fast-coming energy problem,…..BBC today.. Don’t ask me about the possibilities of offshore Barbados oil, either. To ask that, …..is taboo.
    Colin L Beadon.

  389. Straight talk

    By JOHN WILEN, AP Business Writer Thu Oct 25, 3:19 PM ET
    NEW YORK –“ Oil futures jumped to a new record close of $90.46 a barrel Thursday on news that OPEC production increases aren’t coming as fast as expected and that the cartel won’t announce new output quotas when it meets next month.”

    Nothing surprising about that, you may say, oil is hitting new highs with a regular monotony this year.
    In January, the average price for a barrel of oil was just above $50, and now it has reached $90 a barrel, a scary 80 percent increase without there having been a major catastrophe or war in between.

    That should make us sit up and start thinking.

    What is causing this dramatic price rise if it is not simply supply and demand?

    Government’s and the oil majors offer soothing words about the huge reserves which can be drawn down at the raising of OPEC’s hand.
    So why aren’t they being tapped and the price kept “reasonable” ?

    Oil is a finite, never to be replaced, resource on which our modern world is utterly dependent… and it has been running out from the very first barrel extracted.
    Many oil experts believe we have now used up around half of the earth’s total store, and that was the easy-to-get-at half.
    That means we have come to the end of cheap oil, and now it gets a lot more serious.

    The time for placatory words ignoring the elephant in the room is nearly over.

    We are about to suffer Supply and Demand Theory in raw action, as supply is starting to buckle under the onslaught of rampaging global economic and population growth.

    On the supply side the some indications of the mounting problems are :-

    We are using four times more oil than is being discovered, and have done for the last 20 years.
    Much of the world’s reserves belong to countries not overly sympathetic to the needs of Western SUV drivers, or for that matter any government imposing democracy.
    Many oil-producing countries are using more and more oil at home – leaving less to sell abroad.
    A growing feeling in many producer nations that they must save some oil for future generations, not just sell it as quickly as possible for the fast buck.
    Why, when you are not desperate for cash, sell it this January when you can get twice as much next January, especially with the depressed dollar. It could well be the dollar as a measure of production is dying, with usable energy as the new currency.
    Royal Dutch Shell has just raised its profits 16%…. despite a drop in production, so why bother investing for reduced returns on capital..

    Demand is remorselessly increasing exponentially year on year, along with the population, and the pretence of OPEC’s stated reserves is being seriously questioned.

    Why if we have all these reserves are whole countries now finding themselves unable to access supplies …… and which will be the next countries to suffer?

    I am in total agreement with Colin L Beadon, and urge Barbadians to research some of the above.

    The ramifications of oil shortages on Barbados’ economy far exceed the overhyped threat of global warming.

  390. Colin L Beadon

    There is nothing wrong with solar steam driven generation.

    Our little island has designed and built world class solar water heating pannels. The Spanish, recently, have taken it a step further using parabolic mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy and make steam. They are driving steam turbines for electicity, using the sun’s heat. Their first station is 12 hundred megawatt, if I remember correctly.
    It is reasonable to suspect that like solar water heating, this is the cheapest and cleanest way to do garner energy without harming the environemnt, or, using fossil fuels. Even the water used in producing the steam ( and probably rain water would be best for us, because of our lime stone ) can be recycled when it has condensed.
    The steam turbine is an expensive power unit and requires a good quantity and quality of steam. There is no reason why piston driven steam engines, much easier to make, less costly to build, and much more economical on steam requirements, can’t be used. Take a look at Preston Services on the net, if you feel small steam piston driven engines are not already driving small generators, and it will suprise you. Such systems have been in use nearly 100 years.
    These things are well within the ability of local engineers to design and make in the island.
    The only two things we can’t get away from, are Batteries and,……doubting Thomases.
    Colin L Beadon

  391. Colin L Beadon

    OOPs,…… Very sorry.

    Correction : The Spanish first solar power station in Seville, produces 11 megawatts. Not 100 megawatts as I first thought.
    Colin L Beadon

  392. Straight talk

    Possibly in tandem with a modern garbage incinerator to negate the battery storage factor and go 24/7.

  393. Yardbroom

    I make the following comments only as general observations they do not necessarily relate to the issue being discussed:

    Free Trade Area of the Americas – FTAA

    The role of trade liberalization as a motor of growth in the Hemisphere was recognized by the Heads of State and Government when, at the Summit of the Americas in December 1994, they decided to establish the FTTA….

    The 1990s have witnessed an unprecedented growth in the number of agreements covering rules on foreign direct investment in the Americas. Countries have signed bilateral investment treaties (BITs) included investment chapters in their trade agreements…

    They also allow countries to accept international arbitration as a means of solving disputes that might have arisen between the host state and foreign investors, reversing what had been the tradition of most Latin American countries based on the Calvo doctrine….

    Bilateral investment treaties and trade and intergration agreements use different criteria to define the nationality of a company or legal entity in order to grant it the benefits of an “investor” under the agreement. These criteria include the place of constitution; place of seat; and nationality of Countries with common law tradition use the place of incorporation of a company to determine its nationality….

    Civil law countries traditionally rely instead on the place where the management or seat of the company is located…

    Increasingly, and departing from what was common in earlier agreements, BITs apply not only to investments made after entry into force of the treaty but also to those made prior to that date….

    Fair and Equitable Treatment and full Protection and Security:
    Although this principle does not create any liability for the host State, it”serves to amplify the obligations that the parties have otherwise taken upon themselves” and provides a general standard for the host State “to exercise due diligence in the protection of foreign investment.”…..

    Compensation:
    In relation to the value of the expropriated investment, most treaties use the term”market value” or “fair market value,” while others use expressions such as “genuine value” immediately before the expropriatory action was taken or became known, thus protecting the investor from the reduction in value that may result as a consequence of the expropriation…..

  394. No Name

    On another point of “Free Trade Agreements” I do not know if you saw this on TV two nights ago.

    As you know the NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement was brought into being by the then Prime Minister of Canada, Mulrooney, with its trading partner the USA. This agreement was going to f—-rt wonders and s——it miracles for the consumers especially in Canada when it came to buying big ticket items like cars, appliances etc it was to be gradually phased in.

    However to this day the Canadians never did see parity in prices on these consumer goods with its US neighbor and the agreement has been in effect at least two decades.

    Now all of a sudden the Canadian dollar has increased in value to approximately $1.03 when compared to the US greenback guess what? All of the North American Automobile Manufactuerers I cant speak for the Japanese have said no US auto dealer can sell a US car at the lower price due to the increased value of the Canadian dollar to a Canadian resident. Were it allowed a Canadian could cross the border and save thousands on certain models. And here is another thing a car built in Canada is shipped to the USA and that model sold cheaper in the USA than the same model is sold for in Canada where it was made . Go figure.

    Bombardier who the Canadian taxpayer has subsidized for too long also issued directives to dealers selling their products in the USA not to sell to Canadians. As a result Bombardiers jet skis cannot be purchased by Canadians in the USA now that the Canadian dollar is on the move. So much for Free trade Agreements until the court rules!

    This has so infuriated the Canadian consumer that they have just sued the Auto Industry for “discrimination”.

    Free Trade agreements, Globalization and all of this crappola does not one damn thing for Joe Public or the consumer. It was meant to allow industry to exploit destinations where there are no Unions, there is no safety Legislation, labour is dirt cheap and in many cases child labour is used. And therefore higher profits are the motive for these smoke and mirrors BS.

  395. Hants

    I just heard Mia Mottley on VOB. She said “we will be our own alternative to the BLP 1994 to2007″.

    She was speaking at the BLP annual conference.

    To be fair I would like to hear or see a transcript of her entire speech but my immediate comment is “why would the greatest,most successful political party of all time in Barbados need an “alternative?”

    Did any of my fellow bloggers hear what I heard?

  396. Thistle

    Yes, Hants, I heard it – loud and clear. That is what she said.

  397. Straight talk

    A mysterious and convoluted concept, esp. from a lawyer.

    My immediate thought, on first hearing, was a coup d’etat was in the offing.

    Not surprising really from the discontent we are hearing.

  398. Hants

    Thanks Thistle and Straight talk. At least I heard it correctly.

    I really want to hear the BLP spin on what she said.
    My question to her is ,What is wrong with the BLP 1994 to 2007 that makes an “alternative” necessary?

    Remember royalrumble or Sylly writing on this blog “Father of First world Barbados and Prime Minister for life”?

    Prehaps Mia was just caught in the moment.

  399. Hants

    Taken from the BLP website.
    ADDRESS BY
    THE RT. HON. OWEN ARTHUR
    CHAIRMAN
    BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY

    “There are also proposals for significant investment in tourism related development at North Point in St. Lucy, at Retreat and Road View in St. Peter, at Dover in Christ Church, at Apes Hill in St. James, plans to expand Harrisons Cave, proposals to build a water park attraction, among many others.”

    “Water Park attraction”????????

  400. Hants

    Say what?

    “It is as if he is seeking to exercise a divine privilege to leadership on no stronger grounds than that he has inherited his father’s looks.”

    “I detect the encroachment in some quarters of this Party of an ostentation of manner, unwillingness to accept sacrifice and unwillingness to stay connected to the foundation values of this Party.”

    “Around him also are some of the original negrocrats of Barbados, those who feel that they and only they have a natural right to lead Barbados because of their supposed class and social standing.”

    “To all my opponents, I beg you please, do not write me off yet. For as I said in my very first statement as a leader to this Party in 1993:
    “I have not yet begun to fight”.

    Read the Chairman’s message at http://www.blp.org.bb/

    Message to BLP members with Prime Ministerial ambitions. At least FOUR more years of waiting.

    The next Prime Minister will be Thompson or Arthur.

  401. Colin L Beadon

    $ 100 US barrel oil, is bearing down on us.

    What does one barrel of oil produce ?
    One barrel is equal to 42 U.S. Gallons. Oil is usually cocktailed, or mixed, with oil from various places, to give a more uniform blend to go through refining processes.
    One Barrel of oil, then gives out the following:
    Gasoline 19.5 Gallons
    Fuel Oil 9.2 ”
    Jet Fuel 4.1 ”
    Aphalt 2.3 ”
    Kerosene 0.2 ”
    Lubricants 0.5 ”
    Petrochemicals
    and other products 6.2 ”

    Sysmic work will show the possibility of certain subterranian zones, but only tests taken by actual drilling, will show the porosity and permeability of those zones. And it is upon these two aspects, porosity and permeability, that the fruit, or dead loss, of such a drilling project depends
    To get a better handel on all this, and save me going into detail about what has already been written in a well simplified and utterly understandable way, by experts, who make their bread and butter, knowing what they are talking and writing about, I’ll refer you to Marvin Fergus, a petrolium Geologist at Harbor Rescourses.
    Marvin Fergus, has written a short and very concise book, of just a few pages, with coloured diagrams, understandable, to even the most disinterested of us.
    It is about time we begin to know what we need to, about the petrolium industry, and why it will hurredly become the predominant agenda in our lives, and why we should take what politicans spill out to us, with more than a grain of salt.
    Go to Google and down load the pictures and the gen: Oil and Natural Gas drilling and production projects .HTM
    It is just a few pages, all worth reading, and I am indebted to Straight Talk, for backing me up on all this. Colin L Beadon.

  402. Straight talk

    At the risk of boring everyone, please take Mr Beadon’s advice and read up on what really is happening to our energy supplies.

    The world is rapidly running out of cheap oil.

    Google “Peak Oil”in their Video category and select any of the primer clips.
    You may be amazed at what your leaders are not telling you.

    This issue has now moved from the realms of treehugger nutcases into mainstream business news.

    It is only because the large news networks who rely on the advertising from the mega-corporations, and are most vulnerable to the consequences of a shortfall of oil, that this is not the lead item of every bulletin or front page.

    A debate has to be joined right now here in Barbados about formulating a whole new global economic model.

    Globalisation without cheap transport is a dead duck.

    We need to address among other things food security, the demise of tourism as we know it, new forms of power generation and transport, our $US peg and the collapse of existing financial markets.

    Call me nuts, as I did the doom-mongers of two years ago when I first started reading up on this.

    But everything they warned of is coming true and at a pace that will overwhelm the unprepared.

    Don’t take my word for it, spare 15 minutes looking into it, and I assure you our local problems will fade into insignificance.

    Colin L Beadon, I for one would be fascinated if you broke your taboo and gave your take on Barbados’ Offshore Oil prospects.

  403. Colin L Beadon

    In answer to Straight Talk, on the question of Barbados offshore oil. The issue is way too sensitive, and too hot to handle at this time.
    Instead, we could switch our attention to the advances on Solarthermal steam. Now this is something I’m certain local industry could work on and produce. You just have to go to Google and dial up : ‘Solarthermal’ .
    The SEGS system in California produces 350 Megawatts, and is, at this time, the largest system now built in the world. They use parabolic troughs heating oil filled collecting tubes that transfer the hot oil through a heat exchanger turning water to steam. On the same site, you will find much smaller systems that range in the Kilowatt size.
    I think, probably, I should confine my writing, to the Random section of BFP, where the listings are much more sparse. CLB

  404. Straight talk

    Colin L Beadon:

    Whilst respecting your choice in ” pleading the fifth” with regard to actual probability of exploitable reserves, can you give this blog the benefit of your experience re: say the shortage and advanced age of deep water drilling rigs and what response our government can expect from prospective tenderers, and how the oil industry prioritises its global exploration activity.

  405. Colin L Beadon

    Reply to Straight Talk

    You can find out much more about drill ship and semis availability and age, by going to the net.
    You can find actual rig counts in any part of the world, just about.
    It is not only rigs, on and offshore, that are in drastic short supply, but everything that goes with them, like drillpipe, casings, downhole pumps, pipe handeling tools, cementing units, and completion equipment, but probably most of all,
    experienced men, according to drilling friends in Trinidad. Young people don’t want to get stuck out half their lives on rigs any more, to learn what they need.
    I’m really not into the bidding and all that process, which to me is a dark deathly subject, full of stealth and politics. I just stayed with the rigs.
    The net can fill you in on most of that, if you just ask the right questions. For instance, go, on Google, to Barbados Offshore Oil Leases, and you’ll get all the maps. Anybody in the world, can see the blocks there.
    Now the steam. We drilled five steam wells in the Sulhur Springs area of St Lucia in 1975-6. Great fun and exciting, and at times horrifying, and very noisey when the wells were being tested,…. etc. But all that is an old story, of long ago, and the Trini crews took over all the nice girls in Soufrier.

  406. Roy Boy

    CLB:

    Can you shed any light on claim by John Kanzius that he has discovered a way to use salt water as fuel? I would understand why the oil companies etc would not want something like this to see the light of day.
    Barbados would not have to drill a single well and put our beaches at risk. We can use all the salt water around us.
    In your opinion is it a hoax or not?

    Please review the video at ..

  407. Straight talk

    Roy Boy;

    Amazing “backyard inventions” – I love ‘em.

    Wonder what the EROEI (Energy Returned on Energy Invested) is on his frequency generator.

  408. Colin L Beadon

    Returning to Roy Boy on the question of clean energy out of salt water. I’ll pluck a stanza from Kayyam.
    ‘The Grape that came with Logic absolute
    The Two-and-Seventy jarring Sects confute:
    The Subtle Alchemist that in a Trice
    Life’s leaden Metal into Gold transmute. ‘

    The great innovators come to us between the ages of 17- 35. They bring a lot of trash, often, but then, lo and behold, one of them will stand up in a science foram, and start expounding, hesitantly and uncertainly, a new theory.
    To most in the learned gathering, the theory will seem far-fetched, or above their heads. To a few, it will seem a little old hat and too simple to really mean anything. But to just one or two, it will bring sudden light into their eyes, and they will rise up from their seats as if to hear better.
    That is how the great innovations arrive amongst us, like soft-falling snowflakes from God, and how they have always arrived, and been usualy laughted at, or tucked away and forgotton for years. This happens to many of the great abstract math equations, which, in their beauty nobody fully understood, and so they languished until , often 50 years later, they were taken out again, dusted off, and found to slot, exactly, into a new physics problem of today.
    You find out these things, if you read the books written by, or about, famous physicist like Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, John Gribbin, James Gleick, and others, who wrote books for you and me to understand,…. and marvel at.
    So who should say,… saltwater, which holds so much of our hydrogen, could not be the golden new energy we are seeking ?

  409. Keith C. Holmes

    Greetings,

    With your permission I would like to send a press release on a new
    book that will be published this fall, “Black Inventors, Crafting Over
    200 years of Success”.

    This book identifies Black inventors from Africa, Australia, Canada,
    Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom
    and the United States.

    Sincerely,

    Keith Holmes
    The Global Black Inventors Research ProjectS, Inc.
    Tel: 646-610-1485
    Fax: 718-284-8965

    ************************

    BFP replies…

    Sure. We’d be happy to feature your book.

    Send it along to our email

    barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com

  410. Roy Boy

    BFP how about an energy feature. I am confident that “CLB” would be only too happy to write the lead article. If we can keep the bloggers on track it may lead somewhere.

  411. Colin L Beadon

    The Physicist James. H. Smith.

    Has anybody seen a book by or about, the work of the Physicist James. H. Smith ? Perhaps Keith. C. Holmes can help us there too.
    To get people interested in physics, especially the young, is to show them how way out it is, especially quantum physics. You want a real mind bending trip, that can’t get you locked up ? Take a swing at QP.
    QP may seem utterly beyond most of us, but it is not if you read little bit at a time, and in conjunction with what it teaches us about the Universe, and what it has enabled us to know, and to do, in the way of modern technology.
    All these little boxes we plug to our ears, and have our eyes glued on day and night, came from understanding Quantum Physics and its application. We would be without computers, if it were not for QP.
    If I am writing too much on BFP, please just tell me to cool it.

  412. Idealist

    Kudos to you Colin if you think you ‘ve got a handle on QP.

    Was it Professor Feynman who said ” If you think you understand Quantum Physics, you don’t understand Quantum Physics”.

    P.S. You’re not writing enough, step it up!

  413. Colin L Beadon

    Idealist, Good. You nailed Quantum Physics down well. It takes about three years reading about it, and how it is applied, and tested, and retested, and still you can never get a visual handle on it, or understand what ‘ One and a half spin is ‘ , or what a vertual particle is, or how it can only last one millionth of a second.
    Look at us these days, talking about quantum leaps, thinking they are like huge striding advances, when they are more like the hesitations in the propagation of light, so small we don’t even notice them.
    And so it is, we must end up with Richard Feynman’s brilliant diagramatic metaphors, to shed some light on the unshedable, where maths and language, come to the end of the road, and can take us no further, brilliantly explained in the book by the physicist Paul Davies ” The Mind Of God. ”
    Actually, I think it was Hans Bethe, you quoated. QP is not something you understand. It is more like an act of faith, that works, if you apply the right questions long enough, and believe in it.
    ” The Mind is a product of the Universe.
    The Universe, a product of the Mind. “

  414. Straight talk

    CLB;

    Ergo Schizophrenia is a product of the multiverse,
    and the multiverse is a construct of the split personality.

    Only in jest!

    Regards
    S t

  415. U. Goodenough

    Dear Barbados Freepress

    I sent you 2 emails with attachments this morning, one at 8.09 AM and one at 8.19 AM.

    These emails show and prove that illegal events are occurring and have occurred at Vaucluse. Town Planning has told them to stop, The Ministry has told them to stop, the residents have told them to stop.

    Right now they are going all out as I write this, marling, bulldozing, and making roads.

    ILLEGAL DANGER ILLEGAL DANGER ILLEGAL

    …—…—…—…—…—…—…—…—…—…—…—…—

    Will you please publish the photos and the letter I sent with the evidence?

    *******************

    BFP Comments

    Yes, later tonight.

  416. Wishing in Vain

    I must first say that I sympathise with the residents of Vaucluse and its surrounding areas but what this is saying to me that we have a serious set of double standards happening in Barbados.

    These double standards are clearly evident in this situation where Owing has a member of his party supposedly representing the residents of the area now she is supposedly trying to support their cause (now if she is or if she is not is another issue because by saying she is but does nothing really she is not) but despite her attempts to reach a settlement in favour of her people she has been stonewalled by the other part of the double standard and that is the Owing I like collect money Arthur side.

    I will be so bold to state that Owing is prepared to turn a blind eye to this development because the white elite of Barbados are involved and he has been paid off to issue the permissions quietly to them in exchange for some election cash, and the lord knows he really needs another million or two really.

    The movers and shakers of this project are the Coziers from Eastern Land Developments the bidders that want the 4000 odd acres of Barbados Farms lands and one Bizzy Williams another one of those vultures for the same lands.

    So my friend in a nutshell you have not got a hope in hell to keep the race track out with these players being involved and part of it, your best bet is to seek the support of the candidate for the DLP and explain the situation to them and let them focus on it and make it a platform issue then the DLP will address it when they form the gov’t or for the blp to become so aware of the size of the issue that they have no choice but to address it right away(I wish you luck in this approach).

    My best wishes are extended to you for a favourable result.

  417. Frankology

    Before we get to emotion, let’s ask ourselves who are the objectors from Vaucluse, Dukes, and close to the villages of Shop Hill, Christie Village, Whitehall and Vaucluse and what year did you collected those signatures.

  418. Frankology

    WIV, we should be here to discuss issues, but everytime a blog is posted, I see one sided discussion by you and certain commenters with biased agendas. How come you are not defending my buddy Ronald Jones with the proposed football stadium. The same objector’s behaviour but another community.

  419. U. Goodenough

    CRIME:
    an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law

  420. Colin L Beadon

    ST, True, Very possibly true about split personality, but surer still about dyslexia and being unable to spell. But Leo Szilard, the physicist,….. champions me on.
    ‘Speak to all men as you do to yourself, with no concern for the effect you make, so that you do not shut them off from your world; lest in isolation the meaning of life slips out of sight and you lose the belief in the perfection of creation.’
    The sun has been burning its hydrogen for 13 billion odd years. It is supposed to go on burning it like that , economically, for about the same period again. That should tell us something about what use we should make of the sea water, where most of our hydrogen is stored.
    The sun burns hydrogen due much to its size, and because, extremely economically, it does not have businessmen, politicians, or Green Peace, to tell it, ” You cyant use atomic fusion. ”
    Atomic power stations burn by atomic fission, because we have not been able at this point, to get atomic fusion to work on Earth. They are supposed to be building the first atomic fusion plant ITER, now, in France.
    We read some couple years back, that two old car tyres burning under the process off atomic fusion, would light the whole Eastern seaboard of the USA, for several months. There was also a joke, that a fellow built himself a very small reactor and blew off the top of his little finger.
    But, look nah, Straight Talk, doesn’t using a pseudo- name instead of your own, whisper an inkling of personality split ? Your own, and your assumed ?

  421. Straight talk

    CLB:
    On pseudonyms – I was only saying the very same thing to my alter ego earlier this morning , but he disagrees he likes it so, and as we live in the same cranium it stays for the sake of peace and quiet.

    BTW, I see on The Oil Drum that the CEOs of BP & Conoco have this week joined with Total and admitted we have reached Peak Oil and for the foreseeable future demand will outstrip supply.

    Quite a turnaround in one year.
    More experts will have to eat humble pie before long.

  422. Straight talk

    CLB:

    I’ve been taking a one and a half spin round the QED block with a Doorly’s as my passenger.

    And then I thought..How about every half spin creates its own dimension and concomitant universe ? We then have a nanoverse, nay a veritable infiniverse.
    Billions of the things all existing in close parallel.
    Very occasionally peeping through into its neighbour or subtly affecting it, such as the massive gravitational force only acting so so weakly upon our perceptions.

    Then I hit a pothole and spilt the lot.

  423. Going for David

    The Nation Care’s that’s The Nation Newspapers “motto”
    Michelle.jpg
    But the Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens and Executive Editor Roxanne Gibbs Fire’s reporter with cervical cancer Michelle Blenman

  424. Colin L Beadon

    Multi-Universes and Re-Incarnation.

    Straight Talk. The Multi-Universe theory has always left me with a feeling of remorse and sadness, as though some major Physicists have come to a dead end , and don’t know where to turn next.
    The theory reminds me of human Re-incarnation, which is that only part of a wonderful and ancient religion I find hard to swallow, as though it spells out ” Well, you are very poor and outcaste in this life around, but if you are good, hardworking and honest, you can be born into a better life,…. next time. ” It is very possibly the reason why the poor have lived like they are living now, since ever,…. in India. It is the Indian excuse for,… its poverty . And now Mother Theresa has gone too.
    It is strange how religions and science mirror eachother in so many ways. Each tend to become stuck on their mataphors, bearing with them as though they were absolute truth. Luckily for scientists, most tend to fully understand there is no thing such as absolute truth. There is only a moveable feast.
    ” I have always thought it curious that,
    while most scientists claim to eshew religion, it actually dominates their thoughts more than it does the clergy. ”
    That was written by the famous physicist Fred Hoyle, and one can fully understand why he felt like that, if one reads on Science, the Universe, Quantum Physics and modern Biology. Scientists do, come face to face with the Awesome, as though God were leaving them small signposts of new understanding, goading them on.
    ‘At last, I heard a voice upon the slope
    Cry to the summit, ” Is there any hope ? ”
    To which an answer peeled from that far land,
    But in a tongue no Man could understand .
    And on the glimmering summit afar withdrawn, God made himself the awefilled Rose of Dawn. ‘
    Nobody knows who wrote that. It is more than two hundred years old. It could have been a scientist, a cleric, or a jailbird, any one of them locked in a dead end, or a ‘Dark Night of the Soul.

  425. Straight talk

    CLB:
    For a new and beautiful ” Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything” check out New Scientist’s story on Lisi, and his unification work with E8.

  426. Colin L Beadon

    Hey Thanks for Lisi, ST. It was about time somebody, far from sheltered halls and blinkers, was hatched. String theory and Multi Universes, were both too perverse. It needed somebody from a pounding sea with gulls crying overhead, salt and wind- clear mind, to get struck, and spawn a new way forward, like a glow worm lighting a hidden trail.. God hope, we shall find a Universe, far from obtuse.

  427. Anonymous

    I have noticed a change in the way religion operates. The Shepherd no longer looks after the flock but the flock looks after the Shepherd. We give them big cars, help with donations to build their houses, give them air conditioned rooms that are attached to the church while the rest of the church goes hot for a lack of fans to keep the members cool.

    I have also noticed that the church no longer focuses on the soul but what the soul has to offer; money and free service. If you have neither of the two you are looked upon as nothing. There was a crusade being held in the St. Michael district where the pastor was quoted as saying (Sat 17th Nov) that if you don’t pay tithes and offering you cannot do anything in his church. So a note to all, if you want to perform in his church, please pay your performance fee.
    (Note: money is more important than souls)

    Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. Notice in the story it was the church leaders who passed him by in his time of need. In our time of need the same thing is being done by our pastors, and it is left to those who we think very little of to help us because they are the only ones we can rely upon.

  428. Colin L Beadon

    That is why, Anonymous, there is only one true religion, and why few Christian religions today, have been able to make a dent in Buddism.
    How many of our cleric could live with just a bowl and a cloak, in the cold austerity of a Buddist monestary high in the Himalayers ?
    Besides being 500 years older than Christianity, Buddism, and for that matter Hinduism, the oldest of all religions, are both Pro Mother Earth religions, which Christianity is most certainly not.

  429. Colin L Beadon

    Moments of Euphoria.
    There are moments in life when, if one is lucky, one climbs into a state of euphoria. Such a state was induced this evening, out on a walk with dogs, and a Barbadian sunset. The low clouds were alight with flecks of gold leaf, strewn, as if by the hand of a giant. The Sugar cane, arrowed, in silvered spikes across the high plateau of St John.
    Somehow, when once home, we picked Wagner’s Parsifal, so that the tolling bells and the Transformation music, fill the home.
    Parsifal speaks. ‘Who is the grail ? ‘
    Gournemanz replies, ‘That cannot be said, but if you yourself are called to the service that knowledge will not reamin withheld- and see !
    I think I know you aright; no earthly part leads to it, and none could tread it whome the Grail has not guided. ‘
    Parifal again. ‘I scarcely tread, yet seem already to have come far. ‘
    Gurnemanz again. ‘ You see, my son, time here become space. ‘
    But it was not only that today, which drove us to such rapture. It was the fourth reading of the book by James Gleick. ‘ Genius ‘
    Based more like a novel, on the life of Richard Feynman, bringing in world wide, all the famous scientist, each making entry, one by one on the stage of advanced physics. Here is a book, on the sweat and tears, on the joys, and the deep sorrows. Here is a book so deep, and in many ways so profound, encompassing a world few of us know, comprehend, or in many instances are even willing to dare enter.
    Yet, open any page, and start reading, and see if you don’t want to go further.
    James Gleick, author of Chaos, far outdid himself in ‘ Genius ‘ . Vintage Books ISBN:
    0-679 74704-4 with photos of some of the greats, and many memoriable moments. Physics, as its very best.
    Don’t lend your copy out, ever. Not if physics hooks you.

  430. Straight talk

    CLB:

    Feynman said “All science is physics, they just don’t like to admit it.”

    Take and give pleasure in your writings of late found discoveries.

  431. Colin L Beadon

    Will somebody, carefully and gently deflate us,
    under the long- dried leaves of yesterday, fearing,…. we write too much and too often, like Chaves, who in his self- primed inflation, was told a few days ago by the King of Spain, …. ” callarse “. Or, Shut up !

  432. Sundowner

    Did I hear right on the news tonight that a 700 million dollar hospital is to be built?
    Election must be coming sooner than I thought.

  433. Colin L Beadon

    Maths, and its Quarks.
    Tonight I can’t write. I wanted to write about
    advanced maths, and how it has helped us understand the Universe, and about the debate as to whether, like the egg or the hen, maths or humans came first. Or perhaps it is something like light, that does not exist unless there is an eye and a brain to perceive it.
    I wanted to write about S. Ramanujan, who lived in a small village in India, and came up with the most amazing theorems of his own design and making, though he had never had formal training in maths. And how he was found, and how he astonished the most brilliant abstract mathematicians of his time, and how later Ramanujan and his theorems that had been mostly written without proof, reached G.S.Hardy at Cambridge.
    But Ramanujan suffered cultural shock in the modern world, and died at age thirty three, leaving a vast stock of mathematical conjectures for posterity.
    I wanted to write all that, but it would not all come out right, probably because maths has mostly been way out of my ken, though I admire people greatly who fully understand and can manipulate it. Or does the maths manipulate them ?

  434. greenbb

    Consider adding my blog to your BlogRoll: http://greenbb.wordpress.com/

    I am documenting my humble Bajan Kitchen Garden… the blog is called:

    GoGrow: Barbados

    Regards,

    greenbb

  435. Colin L Beadon

    ‘ Peak Oil. Life After the Oil Crash !!! ‘

    Check this site out, and think carefully. We are just as guilty of over energy consumption as anybody else in the prolific part of the world.
    We are just as guilty of using up precious agricultural land, with deep top soil, when it is obvious we will shortly have to grow, or raise, everything we eat. Without fuel, ships and aircraft can’t bring us what we need. Tractors don’t yet,…. run on water. Yes, we can make plowshears, (we would have all the transport stuck on the sides of the roads to convert to plowshears) but where are our horses, forges and blacksmiths ?
    We remember the war when petrol was rationed and you just got a few gallons a month. But we may not even get that.
    We can survive and adapt, and be happy, though our life style will have to change dramatically. And we will have to learn, all over again, how to be fully civil and careing, and how to work hard with our hands.
    Anyhow, read ‘ Peak Oil. Life after the oil crash ‘, and draw your own conclusions. It does not seem we will have another form of energy, in time, capable of running the world we know today.

  436. Straight talk

    At the risk of we being considered a double act, Colin, I will just add my two penn’orth.

    The reason global warming is being hyped as the next big boogyman we need our governments to protect us from is simply that it gives a good reason to increase our tax burden with a warm greenish glow.

    What does the Environment Tax get spent on?

    I am much more concerned that world oil production, in a time of growing demand, has fallen 1% over the last 100 weeks as opposed to the
    earth has got warmer by 0.5 deg.C in the last 150 years.

    Check it out for yourself, you’ll be surprised.

    If cheap oil did in fact end in 2005, as most experts would now agree, we can forget Carbon Tax
    as the collapse of industry will self-regulate the so called greenhouse emissions.

    BTW “Greenhouse” gases only make up 0.5% of the troposphere, our actual greenhouse shield, which incidentally has not warmed at all since measurements have been taken.

    Now isn’t that strange!

    Hold on to your wallets, global warming is the scam to cover the end of the oil age.

  437. Michael Shemilt

    I wish to submit a cartoon on swamp shooting to you. How do I do this? Do you have an “e” address?

    ********************

    Hi Michael

    Our email address is barbadosfreepress (at) yahoo.com

  438. Colin L Beadon

    Oil, global warming, and swamp birds.
    To : Straight Talk, with thanks, and Michael Shemilt, wishing him our whole- hearted success.

    Somebody wrote, perhaps it was James Lovelock
    ( who wrote ‘ Gaia ‘, or perhaps it was Carl Sagan ) , that Mother Earth’s nature would survive, using her own devices, which might not include the survival of Mankind.
    So it has seemed to us possible, that the fast- ending era of fossil fuel, may be nature’s way of stopping global warming, before it exceeds any possibility of our own very doubtful attempts at
    regulation.
    One does not really see how the continuation of new transport manufacturors being set up in new countries world wide, more aircraft being built (like in India, coming up with their own design aircraft, and automobile industries, and they have a perfect right to want to do this ) ,….. One gets to the stage of ‘Words- break- down ‘, while up and up, goes the ever- dwindling petro production.
    The slaughter, of tired, inter- continental- flying swampbirds, is an old story we attacked a number of years ago. We could send you the letter local papers refused to print, though it was printed in Trinidad and reached back here. This was about 1987. We could tell you we were not the only ones that had been put under extreme pressure about writing on the slaughter, which is under no stretch of the imagination, sportman like, and is in no way restricted,… according to bag limit. Most of the birds shot, are not, in civilized parts of the world, classified as game birds, and so the flocks circle, and circle the killing fields, until they are all downed. We had watched, horrified, such happeneings, the blooded feathers, filtering to ground. We almost lost a good job, over it, but that is distinctly,…. another, almost unbelievable story.
    We could tell you many other interesting aspects of all this, even that, tounge in cheek, we suggested the slaughter become a tourist attraction.
    Anyhow, boys will be boys, and we ourselves went through such period in our lives, but under extreme hunting conditions, elsewhere, where the swamp water and the mosquitos stopped and started, at your arm pits. There were also anaconda and aligators about, and every sudden swirl of the early dawn water, brought your heart into your mouth.

  439. Lizard

    So now that BWU got so many nationally recognised & honoured Senior people, are there going to start living up to there image now, by treating their own staff properly ?

  440. Colin L Beadon

    In perspective.

    In perspective, Barbados produces 1000 barrels of oil per day, but consumes, in equivalent, ( gas, diesel, aviation, bunker crude, etc), 9000 barrels ( nine thousand barrels) per day. This is equivalent to 5.8 Olympic size swiming pools, each needing 64800 gallons of water to fill them.
    A barrel of oil, equals 42 gallons US.
    We thought you might like to appreciate this, and be possibly horrified.

  441. George

    The Paucity of Credit in Thompson’s Independence Message

    I am dismayed at the poor quality of the Independence Day Message submitted by the Leader of the Opposition to Barbadians in marking their 41st anniversary of independence from colonial Britain. David Thompson’s message lacked real substance (as compared with the Prime Minister’s Message), and apart from a brief reflection on the accomplishments of the builders of Barbados, failed to give any credit for anything contemporary. Indeed, the ill-crafted message suffered from a prejudicial quagmire that resonated in a desperate attempt to sway voters into a sense of guilt because the electorate in their wisdom did not see it fit to oust an administration in 2003, which is still taking socio-economic development to unprecedented levels in 2007. Thompson got it wrong because he does not recognise occasion and neither does he respect national symbols – this was not the political platform.

    The Leader of the Opposition’s critical message complained that Barbadians failed to follow a post-independent political trend of “renewing and re-energizing itself every ten years.” The message seemed to suggest that “peaceful regime change” ought to be a matter of compromise rather than a victory based upon competitive politicking, merit, and the people’s vote. One must wonder to what extent ‘change for the sake of change’ sits solidly in the mind of Thompson since his focus is not on the fact that we as a country have witnessed many areas that deserve commendation. It is the gravity of the achievements both by the government and the people of Barbados that Barbadians from all walks of society can be proud and therefore reject the empty inundation by the Leader of the Opposition.
    For sure, the unemployment rate has been consistently reduced at this volatile time in global political economy to all time lows, a greater number of persons have access to universal education, and healthcare has remained a social priority for the Arthur administration. Beyond the centralising of Barbados’ development agenda on people, Barbados has successfully hosted the Golf and Cricket World Cup fixtures, and there is a growing reputation for Barbados at regional and international levels in relation to good governance.

    The small island-nation is making strides in diplomatic arenas and it engages in a proactive way to enhance many agreements on trade and other issues that have implications for all Barbadians. Barbados continues to unfold its developmental agenda to take it to the next higher stage of development, and even if there was a doubt to this fact, the recent HDI ranking of 31st and the gaining of the number one (1) spot for the fight against poverty (HPI) as indicated in the Human Development report 2007/2008 confirms that reality and our reason as a people why we must be proud of our collective achievements.
    More of Thompson’s shameful display of non-statesmanship jumped out at me from several other distorted sentiments which included the fallacious contention that “for the majority of Barbadians, hopes and dreams have been overshadowed by fear and despair.” Surely this type of generalisation was uncalled for and the assumption cannot be substantiated in the absence of any scientific evidence (qualitative or qualitative).

    I am not even sure why Thompson would end his message by reminding Barbadians to be celebratory while yet calling upon them to be “statesmen and women and do what is right for our people’s future.” There appears to be some confusion because he clearly refuses to set an example of what is a reasonable demonstration of statesmanship while creating a gender split as if to say that statesmen are the reserve of men only. Nevertheless, it is important for us to contemplate what David Thompson really considers to be an exemplary portrayal of a ‘statesman’ and what will he do to encourage Barbadians to uplift themselves. I hope that Barbadians learn from Thompson’s error that they should never make the poor judgement of being clouded by one’s innate ambitions for grandeur without proceeding on a course of genuine service.

    Barbadians are matured, sophisticated, and they are usually quite demanding upon its servants for high standards and excellence. Rather than David Thompson the political leader of the Democratic Labour Party descending to the doldrums of partisan by-play, he should make an incisive and substantial comment on how to further the current administration’s drive towards poverty eradication, a fairer distribution of wealth, and the socio-economic empowerment so as to safeguard a better life for all Barbadians. As on many occasions before, Thompson has come up empty because he delivered nothing. There were no “new ideas and new energy” entering the public domain from Thompson. What a tragic shame!

    The Father of Independence and National Hero in Barbados, the Right Excellent Errol Barrow invested sacrificially in the future of David Thompson. Little did the national hero know that Thompson would one day be best and appropriately characterised as a politician so blinded by his own vanity and self-created innuendoes that people matter less to him than the magic of becoming Prime Minister. Thompson is choking on his own words and he is suffering from the very gains he may have accomplished by way of “private and sometimes conflicting aspirations.” In essence, Thompson’s ego and dispositions have become his own perils and put in the position of leadership, he now remains his biggest adversary.

  442. Rumplestilskin

    Thought for the day:

    Embellish the soul with simplicity, with prudence, and everything which is neither virtuous nor vicious. Love all men. Walk according to God; for, as a poet hath said, his laws govern all.
    – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Marcus Aurelius)

  443. Rumplestilskin

    As our election draws near with a chance of another chapter opening, we must live to principles that hold peace, non-violence, tolerance, community and learning as cornerstones of our society.

    We must stand against poverty, must ensure that all citizens especially children have availability of life necessitites including food, housing and learning.

    We must work towards improving community life and eliminating conflict and violence.

    The seeds for the harvest of tomorrow are sewn by today’s approach and actions.

  444. Straight talk

    BFP:

    Your Obama thread is not displaying comments.

  445. Hants

    The Advocate editorial today is warning The BLP about the power of Blogs.

    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/IndexNewEditorialleft.cfm?Type=ED

  446. Straight talk

    The article appears to me, Hants, a veiled prompt for the BLP to put some oomph into its blog, or start new ones to counter the very successful BFP and BU.

  447. Inkwell

    The Advocate editorial in commenting on the recent elections in Trinidad ends with the critical question facing the electorate there,

    “In other words, change from the present government to what?”

    That question can be neatly transposed to the present Barbados political cauldron and it is the answer to it that is going to determine the result of the upcoming election.

    In my view, the Hardwood Housing issue, while it has exposed Minister Mascoll as being over zealous in promoting the company and somewhat naive in his execution of that promotion, has not done the BLP the damage in the eyes of the electorate that the opposition had hoped and the political capital expended on its prosecution of the case has not been proportionately rewarded.

    The DLP needs to prove at least one case of corruption for the barrage of innuendo about the ABC Highway, the prison, etc, if it is to have any serious effect on the re-electability of the present government.

    That problem is going to be further compounded if the electorate continues to see the DLP as an alternate government simply waiting for its turn at the trough. The most common retort you keep hearing is “all them politicians is the same” and if the DLP continues to carp about corruption in politics without showing the electorate that it is serious about changing that perception by establishing integrity rules for its own members, it will continue to languish in opposition.

    It could go further and seal victory in the upcoming election by establishing standards of accountability, committing to a Freedom of Information Act and a modern Defamation Act.

    Tempus fugit, and if the DLP waits until the last moment to act on these matters, it may be too late.

  448. Wishing in Vain

    It could go further and seal victory in the upcoming election by establishing standards of accountability, committing to a Freedom of Information Act and a modern Defamation Act.

    I think we will remember that part of the package of items laid in Parliament was exactly as mentioned above now if the blp ever choose to address the matter is another thing but they have been laid.

  449. Colin L Beadon

    One is having hell with the quantum physics controlling this computer. Letters are going off into cyberspace like virtual particles and 720 spin electrons. Can’t count how many letters one lost.
    Hoping one has time to wish Great Christmas and Magnificent New Year. Watch the energy out there on the roads.
    Oh woe is one, woe ! Oh Woe ! Woe you dancing particles and let this letter go.

  450. AnnB

    Have any doctors in Barbados been ever held responsible for deaths?

  451. WUH LUH!!

    Who Next?

    I can’t understand why it is that so many people are dying anonymously in the QEH and no doctors are being charged for their deaths. Could it be that there is a new kind of murderer/doctor hanging out in the QEH. What is the government doing about all these mysterious deaths? What is Barbados coming too?

  452. SELINA RAMIREZ (HOWELL)

    HEY I HAVE A REQUEST FOR ALL THOSE BAJANS OUT THERE. I AM A 28 YEAR-OLD LADY WHO IS MISSING HER FAMILY SO. I HAVE LOST MY FATHER OVER 20 YEARS AGO AND IT STILL PAINS ME TIL THIS DAY. I AM LOOKING FOR FAMILY IN THE BARBADOS AREA AND DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. I HAVE TRIED ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT I CA DO IN THIS PART OF TOWN. I LIVE IN THE STATES AND HAVE NO FAMILY TO LOOK AT THAT CAN REMIND ME OF HIM. HIS SMILE, MUSTACHE AND EYES WERE THE LAST THING I SAW BEFORE THEY CLOSED THE CASKET AND THAT IS THE LAST THING I THINK OF EVERYTIME I THINK OF HIM. I WANT TO KNOW MY OTHER HALF AND I WANT THEM TO KNOW MY CHILDREN AND HUSBAND AND DAMN IT ME. I MISS MY BAJAN SIDE. I GO PLACES AND PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHERE I AM FROM. I HATE SAYING “NO WHERE I AM FROM CALIFORNIA”, THEN HEARING THE SAME OLD “YOU CAN’T BE, YOU HAVE AN ACCENT, I HEAR IT”. YEAH I HAVE AN ACCENT BUT I DON’T THINK ITS ANYONE BUSINESS WHERE I GET IT FROM. YEAH, MY GENES ARE STRONG AND IT HAS ALL TO DO WITH ME BEING A BAJAN. I NEED HELP. I AM SCREAMING FOR HELP!!! SO PLEASE SOMEONE FROM THE BAJAN COUNTRY LEAD ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS KID19792002@YAHOO.COM. MY FAMILY NAME IS “HOWELL”, AND THE ONLY THING I KNOW ABOUT MY FAMILY ARE MY GRANDPARENTS CECIL AND MYRLE GRIFFITH. IF YOU CAN HELP RESPOND ASAP. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. SORRY I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO COMMENT ABOUT OTHER THAN THIS WEBSITE GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND WHO I REALLY AM.

  453. Colin L Beadon

    ‘ The God Delusion. ‘ BBC Sunday 9th last.
    This was an interview about Richard Dawkins new book of the above name. I admire Richard Dawkins, he is an intelligent and well read pro Darwinist, with several well known books to his credit, ‘the Selfish Gene, the Blind watchmaker, ‘ to name two. He places the blame of most of the world’s problems, squarely on Religions. I expect there a quite a few of us who would go along with that.
    However, Dawkins is a confirmed atheist, and does not hide it, and that is something I find difficult to accept. He assumes knowing everything about the Universe, with a position like that, and I find it deplorable, as though he had not lived enough years, or really never had his eyes full open. Besides, it is Chistmas time, and nobody will take that from us here in Barbados.

  454. U. Goodenough

    Dear Mr. Beadon

    Awaiting further attack from lawless developers, read your post.

    Q: Not knowledgeable in many areas; where does the universe end, and what is beyond it?
    Is this a question for science or religion, or both?

    Q2: If there are things humans cannot understand, are there logically entitie(s) who can?

  455. Colin L Beadon

    Good, U.Goodenough. The question on where does the Universe end, is like asking how long is Eternity. They both seem to be beyond space and time, first cause questions, unanswerable by humans with Earth bonded minds. Science suggest the Universe is bent around on itself by the huge gravitational force of everything in it. Yet we are now seeing billions of light years into space, and still discovering star clusters in every direction. As to entities who might exists on other planets or in cyber space, I’ll leave that to your conjecture. But I’m inclined to think, will all the billions of planets that are very probably out there, when you take into consideration our local group, that, yes, there may be very advanced civilisations somewhere, though there is no scientific evidence yet, and yet, the SETI search still goes on.
    For us to be the one and only Beings in the Universe aware of it, is just too wierd. The stage is far too big for that. There must be other players somewhere, marveling as we do.

  456. Colin L Beadon

    This is just another small editon to U.Goodenough.
    Very advanced science today, is drifting into the realm of metaphysics and mysticism, since, at a certain point math and semantics fail. God, may not be the one religions go to war over. There is a spirtual dimension, never-the-the less, but words cannot give a discription of it. It is like something you know to be true, but cannot prove. It probably takes some living of life to reach that point, but it can come very early,… to some.

  457. Colin L Beadon

    I hate, finding myself the last to write anything to BFP for so long, feeling, as though, I’m chasing everybody away. Will somebody burst forth to dispell this dillusion. Bring up a new topic, a new vision, to something astounding, or out of the
    ordinary. M31 is very clear these days in night skies, Andromida, close to Cassiopia ( the inverted W ) . Does this not provoke wonder. ?

  458. Colin L Beadon

    The Universe ?

    ‘ There was a door, to which I found no key.
    A veil, past which I could not see ‘.

    Khayyam, in the 11th century, was no better off as regards figuring out the ultimate questions than we are in the 20th, with all our science.
    On the BBC, a student asked Richard Dawkins ( the most famous evolutionary biologist ) what he would do when he died, if he found there was a God. Dawkins smiled, and said with no hesitation ” I’d have a lot of questions to ask him. ”
    Ourselves, we’d ask, ” What was the reason the Universe began, how did it begin, and when were the laws that govern it written ? Where they written while it was cooling off, before
    the plasma mass uncoupled and formed into the material world, or where they written long before the actual beginning of space and time ?
    These are the profound questions beyond the ability of man to ever answer, and that is why we don’t see with Atheists like Dawkins, though we can find accord with agnostics.
    Maybe, probably, the questions themselves , are irrevelent, human- faulted, based on Earthlife as we feel we know it ???

  459. Lady Anon

    I have a question for the Barbados Light and Power. Earlier this year, Mr. Worme has been on the tv stating why posting of flyers on the BL&P poles are a no-no. Will they now be targetting the BLP and DLP for all those masses of flyers being posted on poles USING METAL STAPLES?

    Just wondering?

  460. Bush tea

    Mr Beadon,

    Just discovered your most interesting and stimulating posts.

    First, in respect of your comments on the issue of global warming and depletion of oil reserves.
    It is not only oil that is being depleted. The May 26 edition of New Scientist details the situation with many of earth’s mineral resources -with dire results.

    Why would it be implausible to suggest that the earth was deliberately designed and stocked to accomplish a specific mission, and that the fact that resources are being depleted now, -reflects a level of precise design and the near completion of the designed project?

    I disagree with my friend Straight talk that global warming is a ‘scam’.
    Y2k was a scam. Global warming is in fact a serious reality and the relative small temperature increases have gigantic implications for the planet.

    …this just reinforces the supernatural degree of engineering that has sustained the universe in such perfect balance over the last 8K years.

    If in fact my theory is correct, it would be a waste of valuable resources seeking to extend earth’s viable lifetime. We should concentrate instead on understanding the reason behind the project and exploring the follow-up designs by the Big Boss Engineers….

    what say you?

  461. Colin L Beadon

    A reply to Bush Tea.
    Wish I could add more to what you have said, but this computer needs service, badly now. Within a few more words, it will freeze. Give me a few days for its regeneration. Gone !

  462. Watchman

    What is the situation with the first televised debate advertised for tonight? Am I right in hearing that it has been called off? Why? Anyone heard anything about the reasons?

  463. Transport Champion

    Disgraceful CBC

    I am a bajan living overseas and following the election online via the parties websites,BFP and CBC TV 8. I have noticed that during the evening news of the last week the BLP ads are constantly given the prime time spot. Now while it is true that the BLP can pay for what it wants in this campaign, my question is this? Why is the opposition not given any opportunity to advertise in these prime time spots? Isn’t the role of CBC as a state institution to provide a responsible blance in its coverage? Why then is the current government allowed to monopolise the air like this?

    I would like to hear what the other BFP readers make of this and whether you also see CBC’s role as a disgrace.

    Finally, is it just me or has there been a diliberate attempt by the BLP to ensure that the leadership debates did not take place?

  464. Rumplestilskin

    My question is why there is no political analysis in the national newspapers, other than Patrick Hoyos in the Borad Street Journal.

    It proves that we only have one true journalistic paper.

    In terms of the ads on National TV, I think it is wrong and is in direct conflict with the apparent ‘ban’ of journalistic content in the two main National newspapers.

  465. Colin L Beadon

    Bush Tea,
    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you from Dec 31st.
    Your suggestion on the possibility of a set Earth time span is plausable. Khayyam wrote:
    ‘ With Earth’s first Clay They did the last Man’s knead,
    And then of the Last Harvest sow’d the Seed:
    Yea, the first Morning of Creation wrote
    What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read. ‘
    And though I have always loved Khayyam and pondered his work since young, we have to admit science would not be happy with such a verdict.
    What happened to the Incas, the Aztecs, the Mayans. What caused their amazingly advanced civilisations to crumble and drop out, leaving their cities spread across the face of Latin
    America ?
    If we could answer that question satisfacturally, then we might have a better idea of where and why,…. we may be going.
    If you have seen any of the Planet Earth series on the BBC, you will have a much better idea on just how huge and un-explored so much of our Earth still is. To suggest we are running out of everything we need in any near future, is stretching the point. The tutonic plates continue to move and over lap, bringing up reserves of minerals we need. The deep seas are just about,….
    unexplored.
    Global warming does seem very plausable and very plausably, mostly man made. It seems to have broad scientific consensus, which is what we rely on when it comes to the question of whether a theory is any good. But even here, in Barbados, I’m seeing really sharp, clear, star lit skies that I have not seen in some years, and our horizones, lately, have also been very clear and sharp. There are some strange things going on with the nature I see, but nothing here seems that startling.
    The floodings, fires and droughts, in other countries, are nothing new by any Earth standards. It is just that humans have spread across the face of the earth, and placed themselves in harms way,
    way too often. The fact that we are so very industrious, has very implicate consequenses, if we are too industrious in the wrong places, and with the wrong materials.

  466. Colin L Beadon

    Energy or Extinction ?

    Sir Fred Hoyle, famous and respected British Physicist, wrote a book in 1977 called
    ‘Energy or Extinction’ The book gave the case for nuclear energy in such a way that anybody could undertand it. I keep my copy very carefully guarded, but would lend it out under certain stringent conditions.
    Back in 1977, nobody took Sir Fred Hoyle, or his small 80 page book full of graphs and diagrams, very seriously.
    And so you see great Britain today, knowing it will have to scrap most of its nuclear power stations which are close- reaching their ‘Junk By’ dates, are in a big flap wondering what they will do to replace what amounts to 20% of their main power generation.
    As Sir Fred pointed out in 1977, there is still nothing as safe as Nuclear generation, if you bother to research the deaths caused by it as compared to other forms of energy aquisition. He pointed out, ably, and under stress for his country, that Nuclear power stations take at least ten or twelve years to build, and that at that time, which still means,… Today , there is no other form of energy that can fill Britains huge energy demands , except coal and oil. And you know what both of those do to life on Earth, et al, global warming
    implied.
    So such sages drift, and warn, through our lives, and we take no heed of them.

  467. Colin L Beadon

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

    Like rising oil prices did back in the Seventies, we see a huge surge in oil search going on across the world. And like it did in the seventies, we see a number of countries having success in this search.
    Some of the new finds are quite staggering, like Equatorial Guinea’s Benita block, well No 1.2 producing 6755 barrels of oil equivalent per day, gas and condensate. Well No 1.1 hums away , just past 1000 Bbls/day. Equitorial Guinea’s 1996 total production was 17,000 Bbls/day. In 2004 it was up to 371,000/day. This new field in Benita, when more wells have been drilled, will take their total production way on up above their 2004.
    If you go to Business Monitor International Ltd on the web, you can get them to send you a daily report on new finds. During the last four or five days we have started to receive this report, not a day has gone by without further oil / gas finds somewhere.
    Perhaps, when these new fields come on stream, we shall start to see an oil price fall off again like we have done when the high prices, in the past, prompted great leaps in what turned out,….. productive exploration.
    Perhaps, if we are lucky for a time, we can continue to consume as much petroleum as we like and drive around in our huge cars and SUV’s, as fast as we like.
    Perhaps, on the other hand, if we have sense, we should remember what we are supposed to be doing to global warming, and await patiently for the new Indian Nano mini car. It does not have electric windows, power steering, airbags or air conditioning, all of which help consume energy in a number of ways, and all of which twist more bills out of our hands at the vehicle distributors, and the pump.
    Those same accessories place a lot more on the price of cars and their upkeep, so that without them the new small compact five seater Indian five door, can be sold at US $2500 in India, and has a top speed of 72 km per hour ( which is more than enough for the clogged roads of island Barbados today ).
    Just how all these new oil finds will help speed up global warming, and put brakes on the search for alternative energies if the oil price drops radically again, is anybodies guess. One thing is certain: There is no way to turn the world back, just as there will be no way to tell people to stop breathing polluted air.

  468. J

    Interesting article in the Jan/08 issue of The Economist,
    thought I would pass on the link.

    http://www.economist.com/world/la/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10534965

  469. JG

    Will the American guy, who posted here some months ago re: 12 x 12 veg plots, re-post his contact details.

    I have several people very interested.

  470. E. Humphrey

    can this happen in barbados with CSME and the influx of guyanese???

    http://www.kaieteurnewsgy.com/news.html

    BLOOD AND GORE.. click with caution.

  471. Colin L Beadon

    Alfred Tennyson. A voice from the past.

    And slowly answered Arthur from the barge:
    ” The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
    And God fulfils himself in many ways,
    Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. ”

    We borrow this passage, in deep respect, knowing,….. The winds of ‘ Change ‘ being so highly important to the self renewal of every country on Earth.

  472. Colin L Beadon

    The Oil Supply Gap !

    Going to: Energyfiles.com puts you onto ‘Is there a painless way to fill the oil supply gap. ‘
    Click on ‘ Supply Gap ‘ at the bottom of the left margin. There are some pretty graphs added to the dialogue. The graphs make the whole site a bit more ‘mind-stilling’ . If that does not get you in a good enough sweat, then go to Daniel Howden’s report ‘World Oil Supplies are set to run out faster than expected, warn scientist, in Independent.co.uk/news/science/world-oil-supplies-set-to-run-out Read ‘ The Importance of black gold’ and ‘ Alternative sources of power ‘.
    If you don’t think there will be any coming problem, then go and sleep well. But remember, everything we do today in order to come up with alternative forms of energy, require, first and foremost, the energy of oil to make. Fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines and all other turnbines used to make electricity, atomic power stations, on and on.
    The energy from oil makes just about everything we use daily, computers, sterio and televisions, washing machines, painkillers, cars trucks and busses, cranes, buildings, most plastics, most faming equipment including pesticides and most fertilizers, all aircraft, ships. Many of these things use the energy derived from oil in one form of another, to run them. To grow and process and ship or fly food, consumes much of the world’s oil.
    So, will Straight Talk and others, add their pieces so I won’t be the only gloom and doom. What we need now, is creative minds, and quiet places of contemplation.

  473. Straight talk

    Colin:

    Have tried several times to spark an urgent debate, alas without success.

    For fear of “the shepherd boy who cried “wolf” comparison”, I prefer to let events unfold until the obvious catastrophe smacks us on the head.

    Then we will say,”Why did our leaders not warn us?”.

    What 5-year term leader is going to tell his electorate that he will preside over an economic meltdown and he is totally impotent.
    He can’t.

    The time for talking is past, even now it may be too late for the necessary action.

    My solemn advice to any free thinkers out there is ignore the soothing tones of the popular news media, they are clueless ninnies, study yourself and make sure you understand the full implications of the end of cheap oil.

    Everything already predicted is starting to happen, and it may soon come closer to home than S Africa.

    For anyone who needs to know the truth about what is happening in the world, it’s not War on Terror, Global Warming, sub-prime mortgages or monoline derivatives …It’s OIL and its is beginning to become scarcer.

    Read http://www.theoildrum.com for the plain truth and some excellent primers.

  474. Rumplestilskin

    When the ‘popular’ way of life is depicted
    As extravagant consumtion
    With no love for humility, peace and loving things

    When hatred boils daily
    And life and death become as nothing

    When hopes are being drowned by dollars
    And children no more have the innocent playthings of yesterday
    Instead being entrenched in an artifical world of electronics, such that their consumption patterns and ‘needs’ are ingrained from early

    When a few deaths in a ‘developed’ country are bemoaned and depicted by those in international media and authority as more important than genocide in Africa
    And military ‘conquest’ is joyously proclaimed by the media and those in authority

    When might is right and the sword rules
    We being so caught up in the way others live
    And seeking to become like them, with much material things

    We forget that love and peace and hope are far more worthy concepts
    We forget that tomorrow is never guaranteed, no matter how much or what we have
    We sometimes forget to take the time for the important things in life

    And we forget that the natural force always ensures balance, sooner or later
    It is not by accident, it is not changeable, it is just what is

    Peace

  475. Rumplestilskin

    Colin/ Straight,

    I have not read the links, but from what little I know, the ‘immediate’ impacts of oil shortage are as follows:

    1) Rising prices, as the input for production, including transport, processing etc becomes more expensive.

    2) Travel becomes more expensive, significantly so, as the fuel becomes expensive.

    3) Cost of living worldwide and locally will become more expensive, as fuel for heating, lighting etc becomes more expensive and gosline for cars becomes more expensive.

    4) Land for production and basic manufacturing i.e. timber and clay, becomes valuable e.g. Guyana, Belize.

    The gap between rich, ‘middle class man’ and poor, becomes even greater, as the rich own the oil company shares, the ‘middle class’ and poor work just to survive.

    To me, significant considerations and potential solutions are as follows:

    1) Worlwide and we in Barbados need to produce more locally. Both in terms of food and in terms of recycling of plastics, in terms of more local skilled manufacturing of clothes and other goods e.g. furniture, using older, less ‘energy reliant’ methods.

    2) Air travel will become exorbitant, hence shipping lines will be more lucrative.

    Hence, fuel efficient ships, such as inter-island ferries are the way to go. Move bulk, with as little a unit cost as possible, including people.

    It was the old way, why not again.

    Some talk about ferries not being the way to go, but to me this is the ONLY way to go for inter-island travel at a cost that we all can afford and maybe the only option we will have in future.

    3) Cars – we need to be realistic and accept that we are spending way to much on local travel, as a Nation.

    The underlying reason is a public transport system that is not performing to the necessary standard.

    Safe, secure, pleasant and timely public transport is essential for us to move forward.

    As it is, one cannot rely on getting to an appointment on time; one cannot send their young dayghter on public transport safely (or indeed son); one cannot drive without threat of bad driving from these vehicles.

    This is not only unacceptable, but disgusting in today’s world.

    And we CANNOT move forward with this status quo.

    Public transport MUST be a viable option to reduce costs and improve an efficient operation of all economic sectors.

    This will also reduce the choice of extravagant projects for more roads, for more cars, which will be idle anyway when the price of oil is $300 per barrel.

    We must ensure that roadways are suitable for bicycling and walking. Very few roads have sidewalks.

    With the way drivers are so reckless, everyone chooses a big vehicle to be ‘proteced’ from others.

    A family only needs on bigger vehicle for family travel or business, if at all. Any second car should be a ‘small runabout’.

    The new fancy highway has no bicycle lane on each side.

    Are we trying to be more efficient or more extravagant?

    We are a small island, get used to it and live accordingly, including travel choice.

    4) Land – This is the corker. Just when things are getting rough and we need our own food production desperately, we have been told and indeed are acting upon the premise that land sale and building provides our only economic viability.

    Have we been suckered, or what?!!

    Check what has happened to sugar? All of a sudden it is becoming a ‘thing’ overseas to have this great imported sugar from Barbados? After we have been rid of our factories. That is what happens when listening to others.

    I wonder if any of these ‘others’ had an interest in our real estate, sitting as it was on suagr plantations?

    Now, on a broader note, look at Guyana and Belize.

    Large, productive land masses, with low population.

    Watch and wait for for larger overseas Gov’ts and corporations to take an interest in these nations.

    Valuable land for production which will become instant breadbaskets of this hemisphere.

    These are countries that we should be nurturing relationships with, entering productive joint ventures with, for the long term.

    Sustainability is a much used and abused word, real sustainability can weather many storms and includes some or much of the element of self-reliance.

    Do we have real sustainability?

    No. Can we have it?

    Yes, to some extent, but we must make the right decisions now. We must avoid extravagance and focuson what is important.

    Peace.

  476. Rumplestilskin

    Now, having said that.

    To what extent is this current ‘crisis’ by natural process or accelerated?

    Before Iraq, what was the oil price?

    Will oil really become scarce this quickly?

    How about the oil shale in Canada and USA? A tremendous reserve?

    Yes, oil prices will rise hugely, but is this partly by design, to enrich specific sectors, especially to ensure that the oil shale becomes viable, based on a higher oil price?

  477. Straight talk

    Good to see you’re acknowledging there is a problem,Rumple.

    My concern is we have run out of the cheap, easy to get oil on which our world’s economies are totally reliant.

    As scarcity increases oil will only flow to the richest, strongest countries.
    Nations lower down the pecking order will suffer shortages, blackouts and food distribution problems.

    It has already started.

    As for Alberta tar sands and Colorado oilshale please check out the EROEI ratios ( energy needed to produce usable fuel) before holding them up to be our salvation.

    Remember we only need the slightest failure of supply to meet demand for all hell to break loose,
    and global supply is stagnating, even with all the technological innovations in prospecting and production, whilst demand is still rapidly climbing.

    A western recession may delay the inevitable shortfall, but cannot prevent it.

  478. Inkwell

    Many experts in the industry assert that oil production has already peaked. with oil consumption outstripping discovery and production by a ratio of 9:1, the cost of oil has nowhere to go but up.

    “Technology is great, but it can’t find what’s not there. In the last five years, we consumed 27 billion barrels of oil a year, but the oil industry discovered only three billion barrels a year. So only one barrel was replaced for every nine we used.”
    – L.B. Magoon, U.S. Geological Survey

    This makes the Canadian oil sands particularly attractive and leading edge companies are already set to take advantage.

    An excerpt from The $20 Trllion Report by Brian Hicks, president of the investment research company Angel Publishing and Chris Nelder, an energy expert who has designed and built dozens of solar energy projects:

    “Until now, Canada sent almost all its exports to the US.

    Canadian and Chinese firms are now cooperating to build a $2 billion pipeline to ship crude oil from Canada’s vast oil sands in Alberta to the West Coast to be sent by tanker to China.

    This is huge…you have 2 massive economies going after the same resource.

    It’s the simple law of supply and demand. The price of that resource (oil) is going up!

    And that’s why there’s a current “gold rush” by dozens of energy companies to get a stake in the region. Because they know for years to come, Canada might be the only profitable oil play of the 21st Century.”

    We cannot escape the coming oil crunch and I accuse the past government of criminal negligence that, in the face of all the available evidence, it has done nothing to reduce Barbados’ dependence on oil. In reply to a question about diversifying Barbados’ energy production capacity, The Barbados Light & Power Company pointed lamely to its proposed wind farm project at Lamberts which at best will have little impact on energy production.

    Barbados is blessed with sunshine 365 days a year and yet we have no solar energy capability (water heaters excepted). The technology is readily available, but you can’t blame B,L&P for protecting its profits. Its time for government to act. Solar energy is a must.

  479. ODG

    Please is this another cover up

    The Onel Graham..Liz thompson connection through there Trinidad associated were awarded a BOLT to build the Newton Industrial Park.

    Years later and millions wasted the BIDC is now trying to complete this project and go back on an earlier claim of over 30 million dollars to the original contractor.

    This project was badly managed and controlled by Oneil Graham…the bag man for Liz Thompson. Check the last campaign and see the role played.

    However what is frightening as stated in the accompanying BIDC release is that they are trying to come to a settlement with the former contractors.

    This is the same CEO who resigned but is still there. WOrd is that he has to clean up this mess and ensure that the Oneil Graham led team looks good and the losses done spill over to others.

    Please Mr Thompson this must be investigated.

    While on the Oneil Graham connection could you please reveiw the DEans Town Project. ANother awarded by Liz Thompson to her cronney and another project which is suffering serious financial improprieties and will embarass the government.

    Please investigate these going ons urgently and don’t allow them to fall by the wayside.

    BIDC story
    Work on the multi-million dollar Newton Business Park has resumed with a new contractor and a new team of consultants geared up to bring the project to successful completion.

    According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, Anthony Sobers, a letter of intent has been signed with the new contractors and the formal contract will be signed before the end of January, 2008.

    However the CEO of the BIDC has cautioned there is still much to be done before the Park is ready for occupancy. “We are hoping that if all goes well, the first building will be completed and handed over to new tenants within five or six months, while the second building should be completed around October to November 2008,” he said.

    This project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2005 at a cost of approximately $18 million vat exclusive but has met with a number of challenges, leading to the original contractors Hazfeez Karamath Construction Limited (HCKL) being terminated on 30th March 2007. In an effort to satisfactorily and conclusively end its relationship with HKCL, the BIDC has held several meetings with the former contractor’s representatives. The CEO stressed that every effort is being made to achieve a fair and amicable disengagement from the previous relationship with HKCL.

    The state-of-the art Newton Business Park reflects an environmentally friendly design, occupying 6.5 acres of land. When completed, the first two buildings will provide 60,000 sq ft for information technology, high-tech service and manufacturing companies.

    The Newton Business Park project is part of a larger BIDC Capital Works programme which includes the Pelican Redevelopment Project, renovations and extensions at the Harbour Industrial Park, road resurfacing and roof replacements across several industrial estates and a general improvement in the aesthetics in the Industrial Parks. The corporation is now seeking a further $9m in financing to complete this range of activities and supplement its capital works budget for FY2007-2008.

  480. Colin L Beadon

    Alternatives. : And God save the whales.

    Great, great ,great, the energy issue is being blasted full force. We need to keep up the heat, as there are several ways people can use simple methods even in their homes and businesses, to make use of alternatives.
    In this respect, we’re hoping people will persue the ‘Up draft system’ of energy production.
    Any large expance of roof, like on a business warehouse, chicken or sheep shed, church, probably some of the very large house/homes, can be used to run ‘Up draft ‘ generators, if the roof is practically shaped for it. Now let the very ingenious Bajan mind , work on that. The net will give you some ideas on what is already being done with ‘Updraft Generation ‘, but here is a hint:
    Have you watched a rotating high roof ventilator recently ? It is not only wind that makes that rotate, and there are ways to make that work a lot faster to produce a lot more power. A shaft down from it, can drive a generator, or an
    alternator ( if it is a small roof ). You may have to paint your roof a mat black. There is no doubt, generation can be produced like this.

    Ah, the Whales. When will the world wake up to the indescriminate killing of the world’s whales, in the flimsy Japanese excuse of scientific research ? Today we see a mother and her pup, hauled up together out of the sea. Is this not another form of ethnic clensing ? Sorry, we don’t share distinction between animals and man.
    We are all part of a symbiotic system than cannot survive long ,….with disintergration. Like the hippos, the elephants, the crocs, the moon, the trees,… the whales serve a very important agenda in the natural system.

  481. Colin L Beadon

    ‘ Fraud Shock,’ reads front page of the Advocate February 7th 2008. If this is true, then it is not only a shock, but very sickening indeed.
    Population of Barbados being about 280 thousand, every Barbadian had to pay about 900 dollars towards paying for this fraud for the year 2007, if you take a middle position on the upper and lower fraud figures as given by KPMG Forensic of Toronto. That it what fraud is costing each person in this island.
    Well, there is a big new prison. Perhaps the new government will start filling it with such people responsible for this fraud, and hopefully fines will bring back this missing money. Do we need further wonder what it helping to drive up the price of everything ?
    One assumes ‘ the fraudsters’ never thought about what they were doing to the public while they flinched between $224- 320 million off citizens.

  482. Colin L Beadon

    To: Rumplestilskin. Your Feb 3rd 2008,
    is a classic. The words flow as though you were flooded in a state,…. of elevation.
    ‘When the popular way of life is depicted as extravagent consumption, with no love for humanity, peace and loving things. ‘
    Great. All of it.

  483. Colin L Beadon

    A Site for Alternative energy, and such.

    Searching back at past letters to Barbados Free press, we came across Roy Boy’s letter of Nov 6th. 2007, in which he suggested ‘How about an energy feature,….’
    So how about an energy site on Barbados Free press, since there are probably many who have not much interest in what will become, probably, and surely, mankind’s number one concern.
    With such a site, we who understand the becoming and growing problem, can exchange, and thrash out alternative energy ideas, without boring the rest of the BFP readers. Will BFP consider this , or offer alternative suggestion ?

  484. Rumplestilskin

    Colin,

    Thanks.

    R.

  485. Straight talk

    Congratulations are due to the incoming Govt. for a radical Throne Speech.

    Had it been better delivered, it would have been inspiring, particularly in its addressing of the energy, agriculture and regional travel policies.

    Unfortunately I must have missed the section on Integrity, Accountability and Transparancy legislation.

    Can anyone tell me what I missed?

  486. Straight talk

    Why didn’t I get a Bajangirl rebuke for “Transparancy”.

    It is most unfair, but sometimes necessary, that everyone attacks poor old Frank.

  487. frankology

    Hi Straight talk. The problem with that lady is her hate for Rihanna. She received a shock when I attacked her for her insensitive comment, and like a cornered person, she lashed out at Grammar et al. But you know something, she never showed remorse in her behaviour by acknowledging Rihanna’s win. Just a pathetic upstart. Maybe the kids in her class must have accused her of being a Rihanna hater and the reason to use the blog to exhume her bitterness.

    But thanks buddy for helping a helpless bloggin’ paro.

    By the way, the reading of a throne speech could be tiresome to read so many pages. The acting GG must be home eating all types of cough drops to soothe his aching throat.

  488. frankology

    Why didn’t I get a Bajangirl rebuke for “Transparancy”
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Simple, you was not speaking about Rihanna in the article.

  489. Colin L Beadon

    ‘ The Proper Use Of Land.’

    Long time I’ve been waiting for such a letter in the Advocate as written on 10th February 2008, by Peter Webster, a former senior officer in the ministry of Agriculture. His headline reads: ‘ The high multiplier effect of agriculture in an economy results from the fact that food is a necessity for everybody and agriculture largely involves the rural poor who may be described as the base of the economy. ‘
    It was a long time somebody should have taken C.O.Williams to task, when C.O.W. said it was much cheaper to import food than grow it locally. As Peter Webster points out, it is actually cheaper to subsidies your farmers ( like many progressive countries do ) than import your food. This is especially more relevant today, with the ever- climbing transportation, shipping, packages and handling costs, due to an ever-climbing world oil price.
    What is ever more evident, comes from the famous book:
    Small is Beautiful, by the well known economist E.F.Schumacher. Chapter seven, The Proper Use Of Land.
    Schumacher quotes from a book of 1955 by Tom Dale and Vernon Gill Carter: Top Soil and Civilization’. ‘ Civilised man was nearly always able to become master of his environment temporarily. His chief troubles came from his delusion that his temporary mastership was permanent. He thought of himself as “ master of the world, “ while failing to fully understand the laws of nature. ‘ and ‘ When he tries to circumvent the laws of nature, he usually destroys the natural environment that sustains him. And when his environment deteriorates rapidly, his civilization declines. ‘
    Schumacher adds: Study how a society uses its land, and you can come to pretty reliable conclusions as to what its future will be.
    In too many places in Barbados, I see deep soil agricultural land being turned into concrete, the soil, thousands of years old, moved away to God knows where, and for God knows what uses,…..almost certainly not agricultural. There is no future atonement for such sacrilege.

  490. Anonnoyed

    Water woes again in our area of St Joseph, no water since Friday evening, last Sunday no water all day, & the Sat’ before that etc etc……we were told yesterday that the pump at Bowmanston was the problem (only seems to happen at weekends mind) & the water would be back on last night, well got some this morning for 25 mins, no use phoning the ‘after hours representative’ to tell them its gone off again, cause no ones answering the phone.
    Todays project? was pouring concrete for the base of a water tower to hold a water tank……..

  491. Rumplestilskin

    Colin,

    Your last two paragraphs say it all. It is mind-boggling that ‘we’ in Barbados have bought into this idea that we cannot supply much of our local food needs.

    We have been told and have accepted that ‘development’ lies in tourism only and real estate development.

    I agree with you, that real ‘sustainable’ development only comes with some fair degree of self-sufficiency.

    But, we are told that we cannot be self-sufficient.

    Who does that story suit?

    Peace

  492. Rumplestilskin

    There needs to be an immediate embargo on any lands being converted from agricultural use.

    Secdonly, can anyone confirm whether there is a provision in law that allows ‘idle’ agricultrual land to be converted after five or seven years?

    If this is so, it needs removal as soon as possible.

    I have been told that there is such a provision and all it takes is to leave one’s land idle for the specificed time, for the change of use to be granted.

    Hence, I seek clarification on the issue.

    If this is true, it is wrong and a cynical loophole that must be closed immediately.

  493. Colin L Beadon

    ‘ Anonnoyed, ‘ How we sympathise with you,
    but, some good years ago when we used to sail a 30 foot yacht between West Indian small Islands, we found, most homes had rain-water- catching tanks, and many homes did not have a mains supply,…. at all.
    On the yacht, we slung up an old jib on the for’deck ( like you might sling up a hammock ), and placed a tube in its centre, and found how amazingly quickly, our 40 gallon tank below decks in the bow of the yacht, filled in a few minutes rain fall. Lovely clear clean water.
    We don’t know why Barbadians fear to drink rainwater ? All you need do is strain it through a good filter….if you feel you must, and make sure mosquitos cannot get into your storage tank.
    With the ever – expanding building boom, you’d better look into such a home system, fast.

  494. Colin L Beadon

    Energy Facts

    Today we found two very useful sites. One, is ‘Energy Facts ‘, giving six pages dealing with energy , its use, renewables, global warming, etc.
    The other site is just called ‘ Energy Kid’s Page’. The ministry of Education should check it out. It is a really good site for young people. Will somebody speaking pure Bajan, call the ministry of education about it, please.

  495. Colin L Beadon

    The Surreptitious Wresting of good land.
    (Backup to Rumplestilskin 17 Feb 2008 )

    On the east side of this cart road, full cane growing. On the West side where good cane always grew, the land is overgrown with cane gone wild and other saplings, weeds, vines, cow itch. This ‘now’ wild land, is waiting to be given the all clear for further sacrilege, as it lays with good width, along the top of a ravine with some measure of view.
    OK, so people got to build somewhere. But this is deep soil, and so when conversion is allowed, the house lots will have cane fields across the track to their East. Or will those cane fields too,… be discredited, because of the fire hazard posed to the new homes that will be built down wind against them ?
    Yet there are so many other areas in Barbados, with top soil of just a few inches, or none. Why are we destroying, for future and extended generations, the land that will have to feed them?

  496. Mad Bajan

    Only bout hey (hair)

    How is that we in Barbados are up in arms over the wearing of a hairstyle i.e the young senator and the guys at SJPP? All yesterday on the call in programme people were in agreement that these young men should adhere to the rules and that this kind of behaviour is what leads to the social and moral decline in this country. I found this more than amusing, because if that is so how is that we had a PM who introduced us to not one but two children whom based on calculations were not from his wife, he further married his mistress and it was a grand televised affair. We had a Deputy PM who was accused of being a political vampire, we had politicians from both parties for years involved in corruption i.e kickbacks, millions in offshore bank accounts and the list goes on and on. Yet not one person called in, wrote or said that any of this leads to the social and moral decay of this country. We sit among ourselves discuss this, see the alleged details in articles such as pudding and souse, may hear about it in our calypsos but not one person is ever held accountable for their behaviour.

    You know what message this sends to the young people….. cut your hair and adhere to the accepted norms of this society and get your education, then run for political office and do whatever you like because it is at this level that no body cares, steal, fornicate, cuss, beat up people who cares we are a christian society.

    On the other hand if you go to the most corrupt land (or so we bajans say) the US wear your hair however, you like get your education but remember if you ever run for public office the slightest offense will be investigated and you will have to bear the consequences.

    We bajans are a bunch of hypocrites. I am so tired of the older generation crying down the young people. There are so many cases of one man fathering numerous children in the same neighbourhood etc if AIDS was around back then we would not be here because our grandparents would be dead.

    I hope that these adults go to sleep at night with a clear conscious when they realise that they do nothing to hold certain people accountable for their behaviour but yet want to stop persons from getting an education or performing a function because of a hairstyle.

  497. Colin L Beadon

    A brief interesting eight pages on Qauntum Mechanics we can all understand.

    Just Google up ‘Intro to Qauntum Mechanics’ and take your pick. The first site I chose was ‘Todd’s Qauntum Intro. Eight pages covering the most important things quantum mechanics can describe and classical physics cannot:
    Discreteness of energy.
    The wave-particle duality of light and matter.
    Qauntum Tunneling.
    The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
    Spin of a particle.
    You will find the famous Schrodinger Equation, and Planck’s famous constant.
    There are going to be a lot of people needed in atomic engineering. I hope Barbados students get into it too. We have to welcome the New World.

  498. Colin L Beadon

    A Geothermal Steam vent in Barbados ????

    Well yes there is, together with the smell of rotton eggs ( H2S ) that goes with geothermal steam. Don’t worry too much. If you can smell H2S it is not serious. It is when you can’t smell it, that it is dangerous.
    But the steam potential in Barbados needs investigating,…now,….. in this day and age. And this vent has been with us here more than thirty years, we’re told, though nobody has made much fuss over it.
    Geothermal steam driven turbines are used in many places in the world for electrical power, and any quick look at the subject on Google will verify this.
    This correspodent, with a Trinidadian drilling contractor, drilled seven wells for geothermal steam in St Lucia, and found it, back in 1975, hence his very recent dismay at encountering an old but ignored vent,…..right here in Barbados.
    The question should be asked, are we looking for alternative energies, or not ? Check out steam electrical generation in California, Italy, New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica,…. and Guadaloupe, if you want somewhere near to home.
    Geothermal steam is used for electricity generation in many places in the world,….. It has never been put to use in St Lucia, for reasons that defy explanation.

  499. Bush tea

    Colin,
    If a barely competent Management can make such excessive profits because the law protects them from competition, pray tell why they would even look at such alternatives?
    Does the cost of oil affect them? NO! -it is passed directly on to customers….
    Does efficiency affect them? NO! -they are guaranteed profits no matter how inefficient they are…

    …of course they play games with ‘wind’ and have lots of nice talk…. but actions are the only sounds that matter…

  500. Did anybody notice the 30 or so military aircraft that flew alongside our country around 8.30pm last nite? i just happened to be in the area and noticed a formation of planes which were very quiet, there were no flashing lights from these planes, just a constant red light. alot of military aircraft behave like this.
    they came i would say about 5 miles off the coast from the north and as soon as they aproached gibbs they headed w.s.w, i believe they were either heading for a base close to south America in case problems had occured in south America, yet if you look on the internet you would reed articles that on friday they decided to go the diplomatic route, very strange, interesting story guys, anyone else seen this?

  501. Rumboy

    A letter appeared in today’s- hate to say it – Nation by a John R Taylor pertaining to land being bought up by foreigners and I must agree with him. So many writers have voiced their concerns to no avail but it is high time that Goverment adopt the Lands Act that the French islands adopted years ago and that is simply that no land can be purchased by non nationals even if they are French mainland by birth. They must be born on the repsective island in order to purchase land and it has worked especially in St Barths which basically would have been owned totally by foreigners if they Act had not been enacted. We could easily do the very same here but it would take a strong Goverment to do so. Is this Goverment strong enough to save what is left for our youth. Stop the golf courses and condos and let my sons have an opportunity to buy some of their island. I happen to live close to the Sandy Lane course and never have I seen more than 10 people using the course at any one time. Close to a hundred acres to be utilized by 10 people at any one time and all foreign. Time for this to end.

  502. Hants

    Rumboy don’t worry.

    Todays Golf Courses are tomorrows cow pastures and vegetable farms.

    What we really have to fight against is High Rise Apartment buildings for low income persons.

    A High Rise building has high maintenance and operating costs. Elevators and Laundries eat up a lot of Electricity.

    High Rise Buildings for the Rich and Famous would be better. I am talking about 10,000 sq. ft. Apartments,sorry Suites, at 10 t0 20 million dollars each.
    They can afford the High maintenance costs.

    Low and lower middle income housing should be no more than 2 to 3 stories high with Backyards and front Gardens.

    It makes no sense for a single person to use up 5 acres of land in Barbados for 1 mansion and a lawn.

  503. Hants says:
    “It makes no sense for a single person to use up 5 acres of land in Barbados for one mansion and a lawn.”

    There are parts of our small island e.g. Frere Pilgrim where exactly this absurdity is the rule.

    No more than one residence on five acres allowed.

    Not even a second building for members of your immediate family. But you are allowed to build stables for your polo ponies!

    The man in the street will remain the man in the street, or if he is lucky, in congested NHA ghettos. But foreigners can become country squires in rural splendour.

    “Another day in paradise!” as CBC’s Hoyt used to say.

  504. Rumplestilskin

    Mad Bajan:

    What you posted is very well put and accurate.

    The pcitures that I saw of both the young Senator and the SMJ students showed well presented young men.

    But then, as you say, maybe they should cut their hair, then go and do as they like otherwise.

    That would be conforming to traditional bajan ‘behind closed doors’ practice.

    I mean, as you say, how many previous Ministers did the following:

    – had multi girlfriends, for example, possibly TV presenters, at the same time

    – as you mentioned, children from many women

    – alternative lifestyles, not wrong per se but could at least admint it rather than hiding it. Although the ‘behaviour’ within the either hetero or ‘alternative’ lifestyle should present some level of decorum

    – any drug abuse in there? Maybe even treatment?

    – Alcohol addiction?

    – were diplomatic pouches always used as they should have been?

    – Buddying-up with big chiefs of private sector companies in a major way – while some may consider it practical, I consider it to be a conflict of interest in that the whole would not be served, the interests of a few would take priority

    There are many wrongs that must be righted. Must we accept the ‘weaknesses’ of our leaders or demand that leaders should by nature be strong?

    Peace

  505. rumboy

    Who has heard of Grandmaster Flash – Joseph Saddler born in Barbados and who would go on to become the first great hip hop DJ. In 2007 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the very first hip hop artist to recieve that honor. His first hip was ‘ Superrappin ‘ and his career would shine for decades. He was one of Sugar Hill Records first stars and had hits like ‘ the Message ‘.
    Believe that and check out the MSNC web under entertainment. Go Baje.

  506. Colin L Beadon

    How soon $150/barrel oil ?

    With $110/barrel oil, the front page of one local newspaper reads ‘Tough choices for consumers’ . Then you turn the page and see the advert for the news cars, 2.0 liter and six cylinder 3.5 liter. Oh yes, the 3.5 liter has something called VCM technology, meaning you can shut down three of the cylinders. Well Really! Do we really need such high energy consumption and complication, at such cost ,… when you can take a bicycle and North/South the island in less than one hour ? Something is wrong with our thinking.

    Alternative energy is going to get to us too late, mainly because the bigger countries are going to start having to turn to it, far faster than it can be built and installed. As the price of oil goes up, so will the price of building and installing all the new alternatives, together with everything else we import,…. including food .

    Our main problem will be food and water. The reasons for this do not need to be laid out . We all know, in the back of our minds, just what these reasons are.

    God bless the small farmers who are doing their best against many odds, to put agricultural land in shape for what is to come.

    If what has been written here, gives you a chill down your back, then that is what it is supposed to do. The bird of time is on the wing and we have not yet reached the critical mass to kickstart getting serious about what we need to get done. Forgive me, for I’m still seeing implacable images of Hitler’s Germany, ….. once on England’s door step. .

  507. Colin L Beadon

    A West Indian Peace Corpse for Africa ?

    We’d be lucky to hear a nightingale singing in London’s Berkley Square, or anywhere else in England these days. But what joy it gives us to hear they are singing all over Africa, where they are much safer from the pollution and gridlocked traffic. No wonder they seem to want to stay in Africa’s warmth, her limitless wide spaces and aureate sunsets.
    But oh woe is Africa otherwise,…. now seething in dreadful internal conflict, while we bury our heads,…. unheeding, implacable, inchoate ourselves, over her nightmare, starvation, and death.
    Shouldn’t there become a West Indian Peace Corpse, like the American Peace Corpse, of young willing people, to go out and spread our own message.
    We, who love our islands, have we nothing to spread like the Nightingale ? Have we no message of peace, pride of what we have accomplished through peaceful co-existence and co-operation, our inter-country trade, inter-country sport, pride of our whole region ?
    So many of our youth, well educated, run aimless with lack of adventure, limited expansion of visions, their horizons dwarfed by small strips of land and retaining shores.
    Could not our more adventuresome youth expand their visions, widely, in a Peace Corpse, and carry back the message of the progressive advantages of peace, and co-operation,…… back,…. back like the Nightingale,….. to Africa ?

    Don’t West Indian Nations owe Africa,… that ?

    **************

    BFP say

    My my Colin,

    I thought your spelling mistake was witty, but then I saw that it was probably a genuine mistake… albeit a mistake that tells the truth.

    Corps = military group
    Corpse = dead human body

  508. Justice

    Of course, that should be CORPS (pronounced “CORE”).

  509. Thistle

    Colin Beadon, I love the La La Land you’re living in! But get real. You think young Bajans would give up the bling, the wuk up, the ghetto blasters – sorry, I-Pods now – the drugs, the brand name clothes, the every-night-all-night fetes to help Africans? Don’t make me laugh. And by the way, I love the way you use the term “Peace Corpse”!! Takes me back to the days when the cadavers were imported into Barbados from Grenada.

  510. Colin L Beadon

    In every nation, there are youth with vision. Otherwise, we live without progress !

    Well thanks, everybody. I always said I could never spell, ‘Corpse, instead of Corps ‘ , and I could have said the mistake was intentional, which it certainly wasn’t, as pointed out by BFP.
    In every nation, are those youth who seek and share worldly experience. We had better hope and pray so. There is not much else could help Africa, nor all the money in the world, either.

  511. Hants

    BFP you have competition. Owing gone so the Nation free up and can print anyting.

    Read on.

    CALL TO ACCOUNT

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/291300402476556.php

  512. Rumplestilskin

    Competition my foot. Just reporting the Auditor General. No real journalism or investigative reporting.

  513. Rumplestilskin

    Where to Caricom Justice?

    Barbados has made the Caribbean Court of Justice, based in T&T, the final court of appeal for this nation.

    Meanwhile, the court system in T&T is facing severe challenges in the failure of witnesses to testify in critical criminal cases.

    Quoting the Trinidad Express, since 2006 no less than thirty-three murder cases have collapsed due to the refusal of witnesses to testify.

    Some of these cases involve drug and gang related violence.

    It is evident that T&T has lost its control of the crime scenario, which has caused its Justice system to be severely challenged and sideswiped by vagabonds.

    Yet, we in Barbados have placed our full confidence in this system as our own final Court.

    From this, two questions are demanded.

    Firstly, what are we in Barbados going to do to prevent similar or in some cases, the same vagabonds from destroying our own system of Justice.

    Secondly, was the decision to put our final ourt in T&T a reasoned and justifiable decision?

    Or was the action merely an attempt to force the CSME upon us, in placing critical institutions in T&T, thus making the status a fait accompli?

    Whereto from here? Are we satisfied as to our path in the administration of justice? Or are we merely going forward on a whim and a prayer?

    I suggest that our future direction in the administration of justice needs critical analysis, from the daily policing right up to our decision on our final Court.

    As witnessed by the current events in both Jamaice and T&T, we cannot afford to make wrong decisions now.

    Peace.

  514. Gentlemen of BFP

    I always wonder when I log on to this site why I am confronted with Island Life as a category, and an ancient submission of no current interest.

    Surely it makes more sense to be greeted by a list of the most recent topics? This could possibly be supplemented with a notation of the number of comments received so that one can see at a glance what the current “hot issues” are.

    What do you think of this suggestion? Is it readily workable?

    *****************

    BFP says,

    Hi Deb

    I don’t know what is happening… but it sounds like your browser is calling up an ancient cache image of an article you visited a long time ago. I suggest that you do two things… go into your cookies and clear any wordpress or Barbadosfreepress cookies, and also purge your cache to get rid of the old image of our website.

    I don’t know too much about this and Clive is not around for a day or two. Can any of our readers suggest something?

    R.

  515. Colin L Beadon

    Thistle, Compadre,
    We are given just one thing in the whole world that we can have complete control over, if we wish.
    So we can elect to be happy, filled with the beauty of the world, hopeful that good will always prevail sooner or later. Or we can elect to be mistrusting, morose, terrified of the night, cynical !
    At the moment I’m suffering the attrition caused by a bad spelling mistake, so self flagellation and austerities are my bread and water,… while I lick my wounds.
    There are good, intelligent, willing and and patient youth amongst us, waiting for their queue to come on stage. They need our encouragement. No es verdad ?

  516. Thistle

    Si, es verdad – quizas! Pero, donde estan?? If you can find them, then do encourage them.

  517. Colin L Beadon

    Barbados dwindling acreages !

    According to Dr Brathwaite, 25th March 2008 Advocate page 32, Barbados is losing between 750 and 1000 acres of arable land per year. This has been the trend over the years,… we have been told.

    Our 166 square mile island, is equivalent to 106240 acres. Of that acreage, we have to subtract for all the roads, townships, villages, housing estate areas, woodland, ravines, steep sided hills and mounts, and of course playing greens, not forgetting golf and polo courses.

    So the real questions are: How much arable acreage does Barbados really have. ? And given the size of the growing population, and the possibility of flyovers, water parks, more hotels, almost certainly more housing estates, how much land for growing food, and wood, and raising live stock,… do we need ?

    In light of the ever – growing energy crisis, which no amount of alternatives yet found,…. can possibly cope with; if we ‘ain’t dreadfully careful, people in dis small island ‘roun’ hyar,…. goin’t get,…… quantum hungry.
    Lastly, what would be the use of blaming anybody then, no matter how thin and bitter our children become ?

  518. Deeply saddened

    It is with such a heavy heart that I listened to the comments made by a disabled woman on the radiostation who was unable to use the bathroom due to the unavailability of bathrooms with wheelchair access at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital!!! Can you imagine, in this day and age with the millions of dollars wasted on that Hospital that one of our very own should have to endure such an indignity? Have we no shame? When you listen to utter despair of this woman it is impossible not to want to hold the callous ministers that squandered millions of tax payers dollars in self-serving projects own and becoming “instant millionaires” to justice. They should all be jailed in my view. What have we become that the most vulnerable in our societies have become forgotten?

  519. iWatchya

    When was the hospital built?
    When was the asma bay put in?
    Has the hospital had problems throughout it’s life span?

    Are there major structural problems with the hospital that no one is talking about?

    Where is the consulting engineers report??

    Has this new GOB gotten that report?

  520. Colin L Beadon

    To light our homes and keep fit doing it.

    The most important use of electricity to any home, is to give light. This can be done very simply with out resort to the power supply. An old bicycle and an alternator from and old car, or a motor used to drive a washing machine, or an electric fan motor from a car. You build a frame to keep the back wheel of a cycle off the ground, and drive a generator from it by pedling. If it is a twelve speed bike, better still. If you have two or three strong children, better again. You take turns on the machine over an hour or more, to charge up your battery, or batteries.
    If you can save 6 amps in a twelve volt battery, you can run two 12 volt, point five amp, florecent lights for five hours, easily. You can run a car 12 volt fan, and a 12 volt radio, and a 12 volt TV. You may have to do some more pedling, if you see the voltage start falling below 12 volts. And it would be even better if you have an ammeter rigged up to tell you what you are saving when pedling.
    There are two good websites about all this, and we’re sure there are Barbadians who want to work on such things.
    Check :www.stewardwood.org/resources/DIYcyclepower and also http://www.econvergence.net/electro . The Pedal-watt- stationary bicyle generator. And you will see how simple it is.
    So there is another way besides expensive wind and solar chargers, to light our homes. But, you just have to keep fit by storing the battery power first, and the family can all help that.
    The two sites you will find, most enlightening.

  521. Tell me Why

    BFP. Don’t tell me that every time I submit a post, even if it is a one-liner; it is being placed under moderation. I can freely say that you have me on full time moderation. Oh how ‘free’ you thought you were.

    What is blogging.
    Blogging is the freest means of communicating under the cloak of anonymity. The person should be able to vent feelings providing he/she refrain from vile language, attacks or bold face lies that cannot be substantiated. I must say that managing blogs can be hectic especially when you have to stop and delete the aforementioned threats, but I can sense in some of your moderators, a desire to moderate or even ban certain commenters based on the line of arguments and debate within their comments. Yes, you have the ultimate responsibility to make any decisions you deemed is in your personal interest, but you can then show your partisan behaviour when certain commenters are not singing your tune. I am a leader, not a follower and you will see my debating pattern comes from my heart. I prefer not to openly use derogative remarks to gain points on my attacker; but to engage in a debate using research as my main plank. I don’t believe in using such terms like “I have been informed”; “a birdie told me”; “I hear someone states..” and the list goes on.

    You are criticizing the Hon. David Thompson of failing to implement ITAL, but here you are practicing the same game. Until you put your house in order, don’t criticize the DLP about ITAL.

    On a broader note, it seems that your support lies in the DLP, that’s your choice and democratic rights; but you should not dismiss someone who might neither be Bees or Dees, but prefer to analyse and criticise what he sees wrong. That is the type of person I am, bold, realistic, and, to the point individual. You took away someone’s democratic right because this is your blog. Enjoy.

  522. Colin L Beadon

    God ! Let there remain enough arable land in Barbados !

    This is an extended investigation to our last writing on the subject of arable land. Please bare with us these further iniquities.

    ‘ A minimum of zero point one seven (0.17) acres of land is enough to sustain one ( 1 ) person on a largely vegetarian diet without the intense use of fertilizers and pest control .’ ( A 200 X 37.025 square foot lot, each ! )
    43560 sq ft to one acre. Check me out !
    The population of Barbados was (as of July 2006 ) 290,000 souls. So, with the island holding a capacity of 106,240 acres in total, it might seem we are well covered to survive by growing our own food,… if we have to. But then there is a thorny glitch in the equation.
    We have to determine just how much of that 106240 acres is arable, and how much is doing other things like being covered in concrete and roads, standing as steep hillsides, ravines, or towns, villages, car parks, housing estates, how much is bereft of top soil etc. We don’t really have to calculate golf courses, polo fields and the National stadium, as their soil can be ploughed over, if necessary, ( as a fellow bloggist pointed out).
    Still, that would be a horrifying aspect for many, but better to live than starve, if such a dilemma comes our way. ) And there are several such dilemmas circling around out there, no doubt! Life, by its very nature, thrives on such dilemma-causing strife. It keeps us on our toes, as a detriment to complacency.

    Let’s say, of the 106,240 acres, we end up with 70,000. So 70,000 acres, arable, good quality, water within reach like in Woodbourne valley (where they are busy turning deep lush topsoil into real estate, as though energy and something to eat, will never be a problem ), and you can easily do the figures by multiplying 70,000 by 5.88, ( five point eight eight persons per acre ), which will give you the quantity of souls our island could sustain if 70,000 arable acres of land,….. still exists ?
    But check the figures out at 50,000 acres instead, with a 290 thousand population, and see if we should not jump to a stringent abstinence in the pursuit of nightly joy and happiness, in endeavouring (to use an old phase pertaining to ), ‘ what makes the world go round ‘.
    On the other hand, we have plenty of sand on our beaches, and you know what that is useful for, except you get sand in your eyes, nose and ears, and probably your lungs too. So we hope non of us would resort to an ostrich-like evasive action in defence of what is actually and undoubtedly,
    a finite morsel of arable land left. 50,000 acres, won’t feed the population of this island if we can no longer afford to import food.,…. And that is that!
    Besides, of the 50,000 acres, talk is, ‘Ten thousand of that is to go under cotton’, much of which blows around the island, unpicked. Go to any cotton field and see for yourself. Much of the fluffy white cotton gets ploughed back in the end.
    We could tell you the reasons for that, but won’t! As regards the ever-dwindling acreage problem, we just wish to hell people could prove to us,…. we’re wrong. You amigos, ‘compinches’ and fellow bloggist, please keep a lookout on BFP, and see if anybody does.

    The data: .17 acre per person, comes from Resource Experts and the site http://everything2.com/title/overpopulation. Nine pages of interesting gen.

  523. Rumplestilskin

    Colin,

    Point taken. While your comparison of productive capacity to polupation is valid, I would suggest that our critical issue at this time, the thing that we can impact by immediate actions, is productive capacity.

    Hence, your reference to the plowing of topsil in Woodbourne Valley for real estate development, represents a growing problem that can only be solved by a long awaited and only recently promised legislation on Land Ownership and Use Policy.

    Such legislation is critical for the sensible use of our limited land resource.

    If we are able to keep the current land that is in agriculture in that state by legislation and limitiations on use, then we shall not have a problem going forward.

    However, I mentioned before on this site that my understanding is that one can leave agricultural land out of use for 7 years and then apply for a change of use permission, according to current legislation.

    I cannot remember seeing a reply as to whether this is indeed correct.

    If this is correct, then it needs to be changed immediately, as it is purely a way around the land planning framework, for any developer to use.

    There is so much rubbly land around that good agrictural land needs to be kept as such, especially as the world conflict currently seems to be increasing and thus there may be a crisis at any time.

    As it is, with the oil price ever increasing, the cost of importing food is just going to increase with the transport cost increasing.

    We must grow more local food.

    Peace.

  524. Rumplestilskin

    NBC has reported that the compound of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Texas has been raided and 46 women and 137 children removed.

    This was after an alleged report by a 16 year old of alleged abuse.

    It is also alleged that the girl had a baby at 15 years old.

    The authorities are still in the compound looking for the girl.

    Incidentally, according to MSN, in November 2007 the sect leader was convicted on two counts of being an accomplice in rape, for his role in arranging a marriage between a 14 year old girl and her cousin.

    What implications does this have for the presence of the same institution in Barbados, I believe it was located in Rendezvous?

    Is it still here?

  525. Straight talk

    The stirrings of the hungry poor are spreading rapidly.

    How long before we have the BDF outside Purity, Brydens etc.?

    Forget global warming, feed the people.

    If the Anthropomorphic Global Warming theory is indeed true (which I doubt), I prefer to be 1 degree warmer, than starving.

    I strongly suspect most Bajans would agree.

    Read what The Christian Science Monitor reports:

    ” Americans may fret that Wheat Thins cost 15 percent more than a year ago but in poor nations, such price hikes aren’t taken lightly. In Ivory Coast last week, women rioted against higher food costs, leaving one person dead.

    In Haiti, four people were killed in protests last week over a 50 percent rise in the cost of food staples in the past year. From Egypt to Vietnam, price rises of 40 percent or more for rice, wheat, and corn are stirring unrest and forcing governments to take drastic steps, such as blocking grain exports and arresting farmers who hoard surpluses.

    The UN International Fund for Agriculture predicts food riots will become common on the world scene for at least a year. The World Bank says 33 countries face unrest from higher prices in both food and energy.

    Even in grain-rich America, wholesale food prices are rising at a rate not seen in 27 years. The most acute “ag-flation,” however, is in Asia and Africa, where food costs take up a higher proportion of family income. And the face of hunger is now seen more in cities as a historic shift takes place with more than half of the world’s population soon to be living in or near urban areas.

    The food price hikes may not be temporary, according to the UN World Food Program, which sees long-lasting causes, such as spreading deserts and more demand for grain-fed meat. The WFP itself, which feeds about 73 million of the most destitute people, warns its rich donor nations that it will require more money for some time to come. Its latest need: $500 million more by May 1.

    The food price crisis has created a welcome stir about government policy. Last week, World Bank President Robert Zoellick called for increased agricultural production in poorer nations while warning rich countries not to set up more trade protection and subsidies for farmers. “This economic isolationism signals a defeatism that will reap losses, not the gains, of globalization,” he said.

    Indeed, a government’s attempt to control food markets, either for farmers or for urban dwellers, often creates the kind of distortions that contribute to higher prices. One of the worst examples is a rush by Europe and the US to devote more farmland to growing biofuels – a dubious action to curb greenhouse gases. In 2008, about 18 percent of grain in the US will go to make ethanol and, according to the Earth Policy Institute, such production over the past two years could have fed nearly 250 million people.

    UN officials are split over their high priority given to biofuels in the fight against climate change, with Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon now suggesting a review of that policy. But international bodies also need to review reduced investment in agricultural productivity. A second “green revolution” from scientific research, like that seen during the 1960s, could transform farming once again.

    In Asia, where two-thirds of the poor live, growth in farm productivity is down to 1 percent a year compared with 2.5 percent two decades ago. More money needs to go toward research in creating new strains of grain and toward better irrigation. Too many nations are rushing to industrialize and urbanize at the expense of farmers.

    Food riots signal the need to rethink global stability and the critical role of those who till the land and feed us all. “

  526. Barbadians are lucky that, like the legendary dromedary (rhymes better than “camel”) the great majority have a “hump” to live off during coming hard times. Right below their chins.

    As a nation we are too darned FAT.

    Cutting down on our overeating can only do us good as a nation.

    But that is n0 consolation to the millions who will really suffer deprivation. Diverting wheat to corn to manufacture ethanol to reduce the oil import bill a smidgen was and is madness.

  527. BFP-
    Why the stony silence about all those Stranded West Africans still enjoying our scenery?

    Their “plight” gets mentioned on the news quite often, and the heroic efforts being made to repatriate them, yet not a peep from you.

    Surely a fiasco like this is the stuff that blogs are made of?

    *****************

    BFP says,

    Hi there… Yup, we’ve had a story ready to go for some time but things keep getting in front of it.

    “Efforts to repatriate?” … hey… love your humour!

  528. Straight talk

    Diversion Pandora;

    Post on the Ghana thread.

    The coming world food shortage may take precedence over a couple of hundred over-ambitious West Africans.

    Until we wake up, this food shortage thing will sneak up anawares, and bite us fatally in the botsy.

    No matter how many Ghanaese we have as visitors (or not) we will be unable to feed ourselves
    come the crunch.

    Your politicians dare not tell you, it is left to the blogs.

  529. Sundowner

    If you’re interested in the World Food Crisis check this link out.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7276971.stm

  530. INITY

    STRANDED WEST AFRIKANS VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

    Tuesday morning, April 7th 2008,a press conference was held at the Israel Lovell Foundation, My Lord’s Hill, to plead the case for more than 96 West Afrikans stranded in Barbados since February 15th 2008, when their chartered flight did not return to collect them.

    The men and women had come originally to Barbados; some wanting to experience the cultural delights of the Trinidad carnival and others had other missions of trade, youth development conferences and just the opportunity to visit family and friends.

    It is now more than two months that they are waiting for some resolution to the issue of return home. Most are still fending for themselves; paying rent or being supported by Barbadian families. Some members of the group however are struggling and not eating adequately and are being threatened with eviction. To this end the press conference was held to highlight their need for assistance.

    However, the government of Barbados seemed to have a different idea as to why the West Afrikans were here and have chosen to criminalize the stranded with the arrest and interment at the military base Paragon in Christ Church, of 30 people, who reported to immigration as requested Tuesday morning at 10 am. Nothing has been heard from them since, their possessions have not been collected, and there is still no word as to their status.

    A local Pan Afrikan organization, the Global Afrikan Congress, has been offering support to some individuals throughout their stay and are outraged at the treatment of these human beings, who have committed no offenses worthy of being treated in this manner. When a delegation, including legal representation, asked to see the people held at Parragon, they were refused access.

    It is understandable that the government, with a view to providing a plane for them to return home, would want to have all those in need in a central location, however it is not acceptable that these people be kept against their will. They should be free to come and go. Those who are comfortable with family and friends should be allowed to stay there until news of the planes departure is known.

    The lack of transparency and sensitivity by some of the newly elected ministers to this issue is of grave concern to this citizen of Barbados. Even if these people were victims of human trafficking as claimed the United Nations, to which Barbados is a signatory, is explicit on the treatment of victims of it and imprisonment, without recourse to access and support, is a violation of their human rights.

    I urge all right thinking people of the world to make their displeasure and disgust at this situation be known, and the governments’ orders to silence the press on this issues needs to be counteracted.

    The West Afrikans who are stranded here, even if they were victims of or willing participants in, the search for a better life, still deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. The fact that many who came are well established business people, journalists, students with families and wealth in their own country, would not choose Barbados, an island, as place to try and escape from. They’re not stupid.

    There are members of the stranded who have visas to other countries and money to get themselves there and back home, however immigration is refusing to stamp their passports with the extensions needed (after the initial two week visit expired), so they can travel onwards legitimately. One brother had a visa and ticket for Cuba and was refused exit from Barbados. His USD$850 is down the drain.

    Another sister returned from Trinidad after the initial flight was due to have left, and has been held, for 4 weeks with no contact with her family or friends, a rumor has spread that she had been raped. There are over 50 West Afrikan people in Trinidad who are now afraid to return to Barbados because of this situation. Some of these people have lost jobs back in Afrika and missing their children’s birthdays and life. Some have become sick on this slave diet of rice, which they are not accustomed to eating. Another sister had complications with her pregnancy and so much begging had to be done so she could get medical treatment.

    If this had been a plane load of white people stranded, we know The government, BTA, any other bandwagon jumper would be bending over backwards to assist with hotel accommodation, tours etc, until a flight could be procured for them, and you know they would not be here no damn two months later.

    If Barbados does not grant these people extensions and legalize their status here, it will be impossible for some of them to ever travel again, with an overstay stamp in their passport. It is not their fault that they became stranded. I have travelled to Afrika, Ghana in particular on many occasions and I can say without a doubt that if this situation was reversed they would never treat us in this manner. From the richest to the poorest, there is the upmost respect for us visitors, regardless of your colour or origin.

    So come on people stand up and shout outrage at this issue, and use whatever means you have to publicize this situation, so that we can let our brothers and sisters remain free.

    Even whilst the replica slave ship “Amistad”, is being ‘celebrated’ in these shores, we are not learning from our history?

    UMOJA

  531. Rumplestilskin

    A friend sent me this summary of the internet and libel law, just to clarify what is apparently the current status (but, do not take as gospel, check with your lawyer if in doubt):

    The law of defamation does apply to the Internet, although it is harder to apply for various reasons.

    First, you have the difficulty of probably having to tracking down the real identity of an anonymous blogger, which just became more difficult, legally.

    Then you must make sure the law where you can get the case heard is amenable to the claim. Then you have to decide if you want the hassle of a court case.

    The following questions will help you decide what your best options are: What is Libel? I Believe I Have Been Libeled Online, What Should I Do Next? Can I Sue a Blog? What Evidence Do I Need to Sue? What Are the Defenses to Internet Libel? Are There Better Options Than Suing?

    With a new blog being created every second and those admitting they visit a blog daily in the tens of millions in the U.S., and undoubtedly in the hundreds of millions worldwide, of course there are bound to be a few problems.

    This article addresses the question of what a person should do when the worst-case scenario materializes – that of being falsely accused of some bad act and the false claim getting spread across the Internet.

    A few basic facts will illuminate libel. First, libel is the written form of the law of defamation, so a false comments about someone, typed and posted on a blog, would be an example. But bear in mind, when dealing with the Internet, that with the modern trend towards making videos, a person can also easily be defamed by Internet slander, which is spoken defamation.

    Generally, defamation is the publication, or spreading of a false fact, regarding another, without privilege, through carelessness or malice, harming the subject.

    To prove Internet libel, you need, 1) a publication to at least another person outside the subject; 2) a false fact; 3) understood as [a] being of and about plaintiff; and [b] harming the plaintiff’s reputation. 4) For a “public figure,” actual malice necessary.

    To successfully sue for Internet Libel, these elements must be proved.

    I Believe I Have Been Libeled Online, What Should I Do Next?

    This is an extremely fact dependent question. A number of issues need to be addressed by you or your legal counsel, if one has been retained. The first is to put aside feelings of being wronged, and look at the facts of the purported defamation.

    Asking a friend to help pick through the issue might be a good idea, if a lawyer has not been consulted.

    Questions to ask: Are you a “Public Figure”? Does the statement violate one of the classic four slander per se categories (regarding false claims about professional reputation, loathsome diseases, unchastity, or crimes of moral turpitude.)?

    What is the exact statement you feel is libelous, and does the statement violate the previously listed definition of defamation? Is it portrayed as a fact, or opinion? Are you sure it is libel & not simply an insult? Where is the site hosted, and does the location have a law to help you? Is the poster known, or anonymous?

    Can I Sue a Blog?

    The question of whether a blog can be sued has several answers. First, the courts have consistently ruled that blog owners are held harmless, even when their blogs contain libelous material. In the recent Pennsylvania case “DiMeo v. Max,” May 2006, the court ruled that the pre-emption clause of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects blog owners from defamation.

    But, a person who posts upon a blog is fair game for a lawsuit, should they commit clear defamation of a private person.

    What Evidence Do I Need to Sue?

    Many of those who attack others, online, do so anonymously, which goes without saying, since it reduces the risk of any retribution. The standard for discovering the identity of an anonymous online writer has recently changed. Previously, all a person needed to find who anonymously posted disputed information, was for the plaintiff to convince the court they were operating in “Good Faith.”

    But the court realized this low threshold was being abused by persons who were simply trying to find the identity of their secret critics so they could intimidate them into removing the material, without any showing that the posted claims were false.

    But this Good Faith standard changed in a recent key case, “John Doe Number 1 v. John Cahill,” in October 2006, decided for the defendant at the Delaware Supreme Court. The court voided the low level of proof Good Faith standard and also said it was consciously skipping a mid-level standard to embrace the most exacting level of initial proof, the Summary Judgment standard.

    Now, plaintiffs must pass the Summary Judgment rule, meaning that they must prove to the court that they have the evidence that would stand up for a court case deciding the matter of online defamation.

    This means the evidence will be shown to like pass the previously mentioned four-part definition of defamation, and includes a demand for presentation of all supposedly libelous quotes.

    Beyond this, the plaintiff must signal their intention to go to court by making a good-faith effort to contact the person & let them know their intention of suing. For a blog, this would probably be satisfied by posting a statement to that effect in the very same blog space where the harm occurred.

    Then, when the court contacts the blog to turn over the accused blogger’s IP address, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the accused must alert him or her of the request, so they can decide if they want to try to block the release of their
    identity.

    What Are the Defenses to Internet Libel?

    There are six potential defenses of Internet libel:
    1. Truth;
    2. Fair comments on a matter of public interest, relegated to “opinion,” not false facts.
    3. Privilege. Privilege may be absolute or conditional.
    4. Consent.
    5. Innocent dissemination.
    6. Plaintiff’s previous poor reputation.

    That is it.

  532. Tell me Why

    Why was the person in the picture at the top of this article seen dressed exactly the same way………around 12 :35 am this morning in the Coleridge Street area ?

    He’s speaking about the picture of Sir David Simmons.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    BFP, you are constantly showing serious double standards. Few days ago, commenters and yourself were up in arms with the Carlos Chase issue regarding disrespect to others, but here, we are seeing this DLP operative, Jerome Hinds who constantly use derogative behaviour to past and present BLP officials. The blogging community must disassociate themselves from this sort of official bashing. Remember, the gentleman has been designated the title “Sir” and should be respected as such.

    I must say that we scarcely see commenters using such insulting demeanour to members of this administration.

    I made this statement already and I am going to reiterate once again. Since confirming that you are an advisor for the Ministry of Trade and you are getting on with such undiplomatic conduct, Lord help this Nation. To me, it looks as though BFP rally around certain political bashers and if a commenter make any adversed comment about this administration, presto! We will hear about banning and moderations. Come on, let’s have a level playing field.

    I know that BFP will remain silent on this matter, but what the heck, this is blogging.

    *******************

    BFP says,

    You said ” Since confirming that you are an advisor for the Ministry of Trade and you are getting on with such undiplomatic conduct, Lord help this Nation. ”

    What the Hell do you mean? That we, BFP, are part of the government? Are you on drugs?

  533. Rumplestilskin

    Ah. I see ‘Wild West George B’ now says that Iran is the biggest threat ‘this century’ (all eight years of it) to the USA apart from Al Queada.

    What a load of trosh.

    Funny that this comes on the election build up. I guess ‘we needs a diversion’.

    I would think that the drug usage and smuggling around and into the USA poses the biggest threat, possibly even bigger than Al Queada.

    Imagine all of the monies ‘misspent’ and lives, including American lives, wasted on drugs.

    The productivity, the violence and the usage of the health services as a result of the illegal drugs?

    That is the real and current threat!

    But no, I guess that is considered to be an ‘inner-city and ghetto problem’.

    This way, a diversion is created and oil goes to $200 a barrel.

    Ho hum….

    Any doubt now that the ‘great manipulation’ is underway?!

    Let us just hope that things are held at bay until the democrats win and can restore reason.

  534. Tell me Why

    What the Hell do you mean? That we, BFP, are part of the government? Are you on drugs?
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    First of all, let me state that I never or has no intention to use drugs. It seems that you are the person that is on drugs since the mentioned quote was not yours, but Jerome Hinds who I stated is a DLP operative.

    Here again, you are fast on the draw with a gun without bullets.

  535. Colin L Beadon

    The sudden leap in diesel and gasoline prices, should save accidents and lives, provided we drive everything, cars, suv, buses, trucks, much slower.
    Another way to save on the fuels, is stay way back behind the vehicle in front of you, so you don’t keep having to apply brakes. In other words, stop tailgating .
    You consume more gas if have to keep jamming on your brakes to save you from ramming the car in front. You are not going to get anywhere faster by tail- except to the hospital or the morgue. You can tell bad drivers by how often they have to touch their brakes. So it is touch brakes, then the x to speed up again, then touch brakes, then x to speed up again. See how it goes ?
    Good drivers go at a speed to suit the road and the traffic. They burn less brake clutches, brake pads and gas, and don’t get into accidents too easily.
    Good drivers have a much better and safer view of the road ahead, because they are not tail-gated behind the car, bus, or truck ahead of them.
    If you are not a good driver, start staying much further back, and you will see how much more of the road you can see. It will pay dividends, keep you out of accidents and going to the gas station so often.

  536. Colin L Beadon

    All the unwanted SUVs could be sold to Venezuela where such transport is much used on super highways going for hundreds of miles, hacinedas and huge oilfield districts. The only problem, 0ur SUVs here in Barbados, are mostly right hand drive.
    Possibly Trinidad may want some, if they can find any more room on their roads. Both Trinidad and Venezuela, still have very cheap energy costs.

  537. sugarapple

    well, well, well. d police en investigate d police so d gangstas uh mean d police get find not guilty. what a ting!!!!!! dat is Justice in Bim. what a ting!!!!!!!

  538. Rumplestilskin

    Well said Colin, a lot of people do not realise (don’t know why not) that speed = fuel usage.

    Secondly, I see ‘joke of jokes’ that former ‘Greenland Fiasco’ Minister is today receiving a Champion of the Earth Award from the UN!!!

    What a joke! The only one here who deserves this (apart from Colin Hutson who is now deceased -could we not have had one in his memory?) is

    SIR Richard Goddard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tek Dah!

  539. Rumplestilskin

    Oh Apologies, also the Professor who designed and built the Solar Car and the (I believe deceased) Professor who built a house fully environmentally friendly.

    The fifth and THAT IS IT is possibly James Husbands whose company pioneered Solar Heating.

  540. Rumplestilskin

    Funny how a certain type of people like to rewrite history and truth to suit their own ends.

    Usually it is the bureaucratic, self glory types.

  541. Rumplestilskin

    By the way. For all those reading who do not live in Barbados or have not visited.

    The Environmental Activist (and yes, farmer) Richard Goddard is a true…

    Bajan Hero!

  542. Citizen First

    Rumplestilskin,

    you may find it unpalatable but one of the major actors in the Solar Dynamics story in its early days was Canon Andrew Hatch (of Windows-to-the-Sea fame) along with Mr James Husbands.

    The solar car (bus) was designed by Mr William Hinds formerly of UWI (not a professor however) and now with the Ministry of Energy. He is also responsible for the exhibition solar house in Queen’s Park. He has been an untiring activist for the development of alternative energy for nearly thirty years!

    Professor Oliver Headly (deceased) was a major proponent in the development of solar energy. He had received many awards from outside the Caribbean for his work. He recieved either the Gold Crown of Merit or the Companion of Honour for his work.

    Finally I agree with your sentiments regarding Mr Colin Hudson. I wish to suggest that the Government name a national award after him for work in the area of sustainable development, alternative energy and environmental protection and enhancement. It can be called the Hudson Medal.

  543. Rumplestilskin

    Citizen:

    I think your suggestion on Colin Hudson is welcome and warranted.

    Having said that, he probably does not fit the ‘mould’ and did not have any political affiliation, so nothing will be done.

    Makes a joke of all recognition and honours.

    But, in reality I am sure that his recognition, in his own heart and in the way of karma, was and is worth far more than any ‘decreed’ honour that can be bestowed.

    Still, it would be ‘nice’ and indicate some level of understanding on the part of authorities.

    But, that may be just too much to expect from some.

  544. Colin L Beadon

    We hope everybody in Barbados is watching world News. 100 million people are short of food. Oil has hit $120 US per barrel. The main food producing nations use huge volumes of petrolium products to enable them to produce products in the volumes they do.
    Huge volumes of steadily rising petrolium products costs, are also used to move the produce by air, sea and land. The only way we can get away from getting caught up in this bind, is by producing the produce ourselves.
    Every un-used plot of land, should be made evailable to those who would plant produce, fuit trees, or raise livestock . We can, and must beat this serious threat to our survival.
    Those who dictate local conditions must stop using such placitudes as ‘Should, ought to, really must’ etc.
    If we want to survive, what we must do now , is fast becoming,…. Imperative.
    Instead, we all live on like happy summer-singing crickets, not believing in the austerity of long dread winters, or that ships and aircraft ladden with endless food, will ever stop guilding our shores.
    Pues, lo que sera, sera !!!!

  545. liz

    Different subject.
    Does anyone know what legal rights a Barbadian has to marry a foreigner ?
    I am told that a foreign spouse has to apply and pay for a work permit – that you have to apply every 6 months for permission to stay here and that it is not automatically granted – that you have to be married for a number of years (five?) before you are granted resident status – that you cannot study because you are not a resident – that you cannot apply for a student visa in order to study because you have to live outside the country to get a student visa – if this is true it would appear that Barbadians do not have equal rights. Some Barbadians are more equal than others.
    I am sorry if this is not the forum to ask these questions – but it seems that there must be some misunderstandings – this surely cannot be accurate.

  546. Colin L Beadon

    Liz,
    There does not seem to be any rules to what we broach on BFP, thank God, provided we broach what we write with sincerity. I hope somebody can answer your question for you.

  547. J

    Liz any adult Barbadian has a right to marry any foreigner. However marrying a Barbadian does not necessarily grant the foreign spouse the right to work or to become a permanent resident. The foreign spouse has to EARN the right to remain by being law abiding and by not becoming a public charge. Which in effect means that your Barbadian spouse has to love you enough to be prepared to support you for a while. Marriage is one thing. Work and the right to remain permanently are separate and different things. After 5 years of showing themselves law abiding, and the marriage solid, then the foreign spouse will have earned the right to apply for permanent residence, and a few years later the right to apply to become a citizen. The Barbados government quite rightly does not treat residence or citizenship lightly. Most Barbadians believe that these laws are fair and reasonable. A lot of people want to move to Barbados Liz. Most Barbadians are not opposed to immigration, but they want to ensure that potential “new Barbadians” are good decent law abiding people. That’s all. No hard feelings. And you can apply for a student’s visa from inside of Barbados, but your new spouse must be prepared to pay for your schooling. That may well strengthen the marriage. No taking out of the tax pot Liz until you have put something significant in. Most countries have very similar rules.

  548. liz

    Thank you Colin and J for responding so clearly. I have no problem with any of what you have said except that my friend, who has been married for 18 months, to a Barbadian, applied to go to BIMAP and was told that she could not attend because she is not a resident of Barbados. She asked if she could get a student visa and was told that you cannot get a student visa unless you are resident overseas. She can work if she gets a work permit – that is not a problem either – she is in the fortunate position of not having to work but she has to get permission to remain in Barbados every 6 months by going to immigration and queuing for as long as it takes and then she gets a stamp in her passport which allows her to remain here for possibly 6 months but can be less. I am wondering if she is being victimised surely the marriage must give the right to remain for longer than 6 months with her spouse in Barbados, even if it does not automatically give permanent residence.
    Where does a Barbadian’s constitutional right to marry and live with their spouse begin and/or end?
    Thanks for your help.

  549. Colin L Beadon

    Collecting Rainfall is well worth it.

    A roof 15 by 20 feet= 300 square feet. Divide that by 12, and we then know how many cubic feet of water we will get from one inch of fallen rain. 300/12= 25. Multiply 25 by 7.5 gives us 187.5 US gallons of rainwater. An oil drum will take 42 gallons, so we would need almost five oil drums to hold one inch of rainfall off our 15ft by 20ft roof.
    Since Barbados averages over 50 inches of rainfall a year, then that 15 by 20 roof, can catch us at least 9000 gallons a year, quite enough water to provide one person with 24 gallons a day.
    Rainwater quality always exceeds the quality of ground, stream or lake water, except in highly industrialized areas (which Barbados is not ) . We breath the air, and provided we use filters, we can drink the water which falls through that same air we breath. It is done everywhere else in the world, including in the Grenadines to our West.
    Topping up with Rainwater has kept locally made car batteries going over fours years. That is how pure the rainwater is. A 200 mesh screen where the water goes into your tank, will screen out roof debris. Place another filter before your tap at the lower end of the tank. Make sure tanks or drums are properly closed, to stop mosquitoes breeding in them. It is simple to design a ‘dump’ that will dump the first rain so as to get rid of any dust from the roof, before the rain starts to fill your tanks.
    Google has some good sites on Rainwater. Check: Rainwater.org/rainwater
    You can’t beat rainwater for growing vegetables, flowers, trees. If you run a filter and then ½ gallon hour, twelve inch spaced drip line from your tanks, even in low rainfall times, you could easily feed 100 feet of bed from such a small roof. Now work out how much you can get off your roof. It might greatly surprise you. ‘Yeh, ya gotta get guttering’.

  550. Colin L Beadon

    The roof water equation, for those interested in not being without water.

    L= the lenght of the roof, taken at ground level.
    W= Width of the roof taken at ground level. It does not matter if the roof is flat, high peeked, or like a shed, provided you have guttering where the rain runs off. Measuring the ground area, will give you the correct answer.
    ( L X W/12 ) X 7.5 = US gallons per inch of rainfall off you roof. Probably a true mathametician, could simplify that equation, but you still need a rainfall gauge to let you know when you’ve had an inch of rain, if you want to be meticulous. Check irrigation companies for rain gauges, or let local weather station tell you how much fell. Take a look at the site: Rainwater.org/rainwater. It is well worth it.

  551. Hoping to Help

    Liz, please see the following linkhttp://www.barbados.gov.bb/bdsconst_chpt2.htm#section6

    this indicates entitlement to citizenship – the constitution implies no waiting period – be advised the constitution was amended to reflect the rights of both men and women.

    As for BIMAP, there should be no residency requirement to attend BIMAP and there should be no student visa requirement if you are a CARICOM national.

    I suggest that your friend and their spouse seek the assistance of an attorney at law, if they find that they are not getting the answers they require.

    The rules about progressing to residency and citizenship in the Immigration Act having no bearing on rights which are guaranteed by the constitution which is ultimately the supreme law.

  552. Hoping to Help

    Furthermore Liz your friend should not need to get 6 month extensions to stay in Barbados – she is entitled to citizenship – and automatically so – nor should she require a work permit. This is just absolutely ludicrous on the part of the Immigration authorities.

  553. Colin L Beadon

    On Military Parades, Earthquakes and Typhoons.

    We see Russia has taken the step back again, into parades of its military might . This is a bad sign because Russia now lumps herself back with North Vietnam, North Korea, Burma, China, and quite a few lesser and smaller countries under Communism or military dictatorship, which, anyhow you look at it, is one and the same thing. That is, Communistic countries, are really, dictatorships in disguise,…. and nothing more or less !
    The military parades are designed to show up the suggested military might of such countries who persist in participating in them. But to put it as truthfully as one can, the parades actually just show up the deep feelings of insecurity of those in actual power, and are much more a warning to their own populations, not to try anything out of hand, like an insurgency for freedom.
    The rest of the civilized world, just takes military parades as childish, and no longer resorts to such foolishness. However you look at such parades today, they really are arcane, and near a century out of date, and tell us much more about the mentality, aims, and the aspirations of the leaders of those countries, than those leaders might care to outright admit.

    But now we have two of those countries in real hell, one with a ‘dread’ earthquake, the other destroyed by a monster typhoon. And to what part of the world will they now cry help ?
    It is only the free and democratic world, who they disdain,…. can really help them now !

    This is not to say we don’t share their profound grief, but we just wish they’d grow up, and stop playing toy soldiers. The free world wants to continue being free, and their continual posturing does not help us want to help them in their time of misery. One wonders, and is doubtful, would they, and could they, have done the same for us in such circumstances?
    The answer is: Possibly, if they had not spent so much on the impediments of war.

  554. Rumplestilskin

    Ah. What has Mr.McCain now stated?

    That the ‘war in Iraq’ will be won by 2013?

    With the time elapsed and the
    current ‘confrontations’ still well entrenched, may we ask humbly, does Mr. McCain have a crystal ball that he now suddenly sees so accurately into four years hence?

    Or would this statement merely be a case of the candidate blustering on a topic to give false assurances to simpleton voters?

    Can anyone deny that such an assertion is a false one? Trhough what science or indeed magic, can the candidate so precisely predict an outcome, especially in such turbulent times, that could herald more changes during these same four years of which he speaks?

    Are the voters and indeed are we all in the world so gullible as to take such a statement with any credence?

    It is amazing that there are many instances of candidiates taking the voting public as moronic, as exhibited by utterances such as this.

    Maybe they live by the words of P.T.Barnum, that there ‘is a fool born every day’ (or was it minute, it matters not).

    Peace unto the world.

  555. Rumplestilskin

    I will try to find some time to put my opinion on the implications of the oil price increases further, but for now I have a bit of food for thought.

    If we support the assertion that oil prices will continue to rise through various forces, which can be fully detailed later, one question must relate to internarnational transport and also internal transport.

    Certainly, international transport of goods and services will take priority both in use of resources financially and if applicable in terms of scare resources.

    Internal transport will have to be realigned both to save precious resources and also due to financial resasons, for the sake of fiscal spending and foreign exchange.

    Now, what about internal transport at a micro level?

    We always assume that persons in small island states like Barbados will be worse off than large nations.

    Certainly this may be true at a macro level, due to the larger nations ability to apply significant resources to a problem, which then impacts invididuals.

    Neverhteless, my question is, in times of extreme high transport costs or even scarcity, would one be better off living in a large nation, for example living in New Jersey, having to get oneself to work far away?

    Or (for transport costs individually) would one be better off living in a small island nation, such as Barbados, where one just needs to walk or bicycle four or five miles, in some cases ten, to work/ school?

    I suggest that we in Barbados would be significantly better off then those in large countries, if only in this aspect of increasing prices of transport.

    While this is only one aspect of the fallout of high transport costs, it is significant.

    What this means is that as a nation, we must improve public transportation to a safe and reliable level, such that citizens feel less need to have a vehicle for reliable transport.

    It also means that we need to assess our infrastructure at an early stage, to include more pavements and walkways and bicycle lanes, such that when the time comes, we are well prepared.

    One of the most wonderful ideas that I have seen implemented in Barbados recently is the case of ‘bicycle taxis’ in Baridgetown.

    Absolutely brilliant! The owner/s of these should receive an environmental award!

    Peace.

  556. Rumplestilskin

    The owner/s of these should receive an environmental award!

    AND some form of grant or incentive to increase their number.

  557. Rumplestilskin

    One other aspect of the implication of high transport costs on internal infrastructures internationally is to increase the necessity for community centralistion around ‘port’ areas.

    That is, it will be necessary for the purposes of both business and residential convenience and costs, to become more centralised, if communities are to continue to live efficiently.

    Locations around ports will thus become more valuable.

    As I noted above, we in small island states like Barbados will be somewhat spared this effect, as nothing is far away, really.

    But those in large nations will be significantly impacted by this.

    Imagine living in the suburbs outside Miami, New York or San Francisco and having to get yourself to work?

    Internal transport, public and private, in all nations will bcome a real issue.

  558. liz

    Thank you Hoping to help for the following.
    Marriage to citizen of Barbados
    6
    Any woman who, after 29th November 1966, marries a person who is or becomes a citizen of Barbados shall be entitled, upon making application in such manner as may be prescribed and, if she is a British protected person or an alien, upon taking the oath of allegiance, to be registered as a citizen of Barbados.

    I think that the “making application in such manner etc” is the meat of the matter.
    My understanding is, that as unfair as it is ,immigration laws have changed in order to prevent “marriages of convenience” and in so doing have trampled on the rights of law abiding Barbadians.
    Very typical of our system where the innocent have to pay for the behaviour of the guilty and the guilty still get away.

  559. Rumplestilskin

    per CNN ”BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — An Iraqi photographer working for Reuters was hospitalized Friday after police beat him at the scene of a bombing, officials told CNN.

    The unnamed still photographer was in stable condition after five Iraqi policemen struck him on the head with AK-47 rifles, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said”

    Ah. Wonderful ‘freedom’ in Iraq, no? How is this different from the days of Saddam?

  560. Colin L Beadon

    Atomic Fisson, and Atomic Fusion. A world of difference.
    Maybe there is great hope for a new form of energy, one that is for the most part, un-polluting.
    to witt, atomic Fusion.
    Fusion, is how the sun works, and has worked for billions of years, burning its energy, hydrogen, cleanly and economically, without apparent pollution or fuss.
    We have been attempting to get atomic Fusion working on Earth for some time, but it takes a great deal of energy to start it off.
    Now, lately, Scientist using the new Vulcan laser have concentrated 100 times the world’s electricity production into a spot just a few millionths of a metre across: And l0w and behold, they can produce the energy needed to kick off a Fusion reactor. Check: ITER, currently being built Cadarache, Southern France.
    A fusion reactor, we are told, would burn the energy supplied by two old car tyres ( or tires), and supply the whole Eastern seaboad of the USA with energy for several months.
    Don’t confuse this form of energy with atomic fission, which is how our working atomic power stations across the world, right now, work.

    Go to the ‘Net’ for further enlightenment on Fission and Fusion. We need to fully apreciate just what the difference the two forms of energy entail, like candle or diesel burning. We need to know ! They are only difficult to understand, should you fall prey to allow yourself to think so.

  561. Rumplestilskin

    From the British Times Online:

    British scientists will be allowed to research devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s using human-animal embryos, after the House of Commons rejected a ban yesterday.

    An amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have outlawed the creation of “human admixed embryos” for medical research was defeated in a free vote by a majority of 160, preserving what Gordon Brown regarded as a central element of the legislation.

    The Government is braced for defeat today, however, on a separate clause that would scrap the requirement that fertility clinics consider a child’s need for a father before treating patients. MPs will also consider amendments tonight that would cut the legal limit for abortion from 24 weeks to 22 or 20 weeks.

    AND

    The amendment to ban all admixed embryos was defeated by 336 votes to 176. The prohibition on true hybrids was defeated by 286 votes to 223.

    The main kinds of admixed embryo permitted by the Bill are “cytoplasmic hybrids” or “cybrids”, which are made by moving a human nucleus into an empty animal egg. These are genetically 99.9 per cent human. As well as true hybrids, it also allows chimeras that combine human and animal cells, and transgenic human embryos that include a little animal DNA.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    A ‘little’ animal DNA? And the World vilified Mengele?

    Although IU sympathise with the action to ‘fix’ serious diseases, my opinion is that this is going to far and as the boundary moves, so will has our ethics and the boundary will eventually be moved further.

    Additonally, one should not play with what one does not properly understand, there usually is an unexpected side result.

    The quote from Einstein of May 17 under ‘Random’ springs to mind re technological advances and our own humanity.

    I guess we are moving towards making those myths such as centaurs real, or to those modern ones, mixtures such as on Star Wars.

    While the above may seem far-fetched, as I said, boundaries move ever so slightly, every so often, till the grey area is no longer identifiable.

    How long before someone seeks to make a human with the speed of a cheetah, or strength of a gorilla.

    Useful for the army, no?

    Seems to me that certain people are more satisfying their egos in wanting to ‘create history’ than serving the public need in an ethical way.

    Welcome to the Brave New World.

  562. Colin L Beadon

    Atomic Fusion and Flyingfish !

    Out with atomic fission, in with atomic fusion.
    The waste from Fusion is no more radioactive than hospital waste. The fuel for the Fusion process is deuterium and tritium. They are both heavier forms of hydrogen. If you want to know where they commonly come from, ask the flyingfish, the jelly fish and the place we love most to swim.
    One would imagine there will be certain countries and huge oil companies, not very happy about Atomic Fusion. That is one of the great problems with the world, find something new and amazingly, a panacea to human life, and a lot of people go around with their noses out of joint.
    Well that’s life, ain’ it ?
    Check out the BBC Monday 19th May,2008.
    ‘Laser Heats Up The Fusion Future ‘

  563. Rumplestilskin

    In terms of the oil price, picture this.

    The suppliers susch as Saudi are saying that the demand has not increased, the ‘markets’ are saying that it has.

    The suppliers have not reduced their output, but the markets are saying that it has reduced.

    Who is ‘being accurate’? Or to put it simply, telling the truth?

    The relative increase in demand and reduction in supply would have to be substantial to take the price from just over $30 to $129 per barrel in a fairly short period of time.

    Nevertheless, there has been some increase in usage by the ‘newly growing’ economies in the East, such as China, but this has not suddenly happened.

    We also know the ‘peak oil’ issue, that the world has already reached and passed the stage of peak oil production and with increased usage internationally, including the ‘new’ Eastern economies, in simple terms the demand and supply equation means increased prices.

    But, is this particular recent significant rise caused by this? Why so suddenly? The suddenness indicates that this is probably not the only or even the main reason.

    So, what is really the main reason for the shocking increase?

    Note that this all happened just after the financial trouble in the US Markets.

    It has been fairly asserted that the oil price has been triggered by a run from the markets to commodities by big investors such as hedge and pension funds.

    As the markets destabilised, the big funds went to commodities which should basically be a sound investment with low downside, particularly oil and gold.

    Now, note that the oil price has not stopped going up.

    The question is have the investors continued ‘running’ from stocks or have speculators pushed it further in the hope of continuing fast gains?

    If indeed it is speculators, then we can expect that in time, there will be a sharp fall, to a more reasonable level, when the clever investor realises that the commodities are over-priced and they then cash in and invest in suitably priced stocks, if available, or treasury bills and bonds to ‘safeguard’ their investment, until the market stabilises for further investment.

    If however, the continuing rise is due to continuing ‘running’ from the financial markets, what is that telling us?

    It would tell us that the ‘big guns’ have no confidence in the financial markets, at all.

    These ‘big guns’ have significantly more information than you and I, and therefore such a premise would be very, very bad news for the markets and the US economy.

    It would mean that the markets are in for a much longer ‘bad ride’ and potential further falls and also mean that the markets are still considered over-priced.

    From this it would also mean that the recession will be an extremely long drawn out affair, maybe unprecedented, not short at all, as the underlying factors are reflecting some seriously troubles.

    So is the current hike in the oil price due to merely supply and demand, speculators or ‘big gun’ investor worries?

    My own opinion is both speculators and ‘big gun’ investor worry, but mainly the latter.

    Peace.

  564. Straight talk

    Rumple:

    If speculators were responsible for the price hike we would see a dip in the price at every monthly call date.

    We don’t, that in my mind that leaves fundamentals and “big guns”.

    By “big gun” investors I presume you mean those able to manipulate the markets, governments and the masses ( via media ownership ).

    A study of the markets in 1929 prior to the Wall Street crash reveals a striking similarity to today’s
    movements.

    Back then, the beneficiaries of all that dumped stock were the same bankers who own and run the Federal Reserve today, the JP Morgans and Rockefellers.

    Create a bubble, get out at the top, then prick it.
    Let the devil take the hindmost, but we’ll collect his assets.

    All commodities as you say have risen sharply in value because they are visible, tradeable wealth.

    Their wealth is attractive because they give some immunity from the fiat currencies in which they are traded.

    When comparing commodity prices, one can see true value.
    For instance oil, when bought with gold (a secure store of wealth ), is much cheaper today than it was in 2005.

    That tells me two things, paper money is being seriously devalued and the markets are being manipulated.

    For what reason, one can only guess.

    I think you are on the right track looking at the shadow world government characters, and their motives are plain to see once their ability to manipulate is understood.

    The consequences of the coming storm could be massive.
    Some have predicted the collapse of our currency, destruction of the middle class, even mass starvation.

    What should we do?

    Get out of debt and get out of the stock market as fast as you can, is my advice.

    What’s yours?

  565. Colin L Beadon

    $200 US barrel oil, coming up !

    The oil haemorrhage we are seeing these last few months, may slow a little if we are lucky. Daily oil industry reports out of London, show the finding of new oil and gas almost every day somewhere in the world. Today it is the North Sea and Brazil again, and we’re (almost) happy to say, Nicaragua, at last.
    It is a really good deal for Nicaragua, since they have had to import all their oil needs in the past, and in a couple years time, if their luck holds, won’t have to worry any more in the respect of such energy.
    One deeply and sincerely hopes the big oil find won’t destroy the country further, than the complete lack of oil has already done. Big oil finds, for most people in most countries, turn out to be nothing less than,…. ‘ The Devil’s Excrement’, which, is what a Venezuelan blog site calls big oil due to the corruption and mismanagement Big Oil has caused Venezuela. Venezuela is far from being the only country to,…. so suffer.
    What ever happens, we will have to become quite fearless and place any thoughts, or obvious signs, about Global Warming,…. to rest. It is an oil ride, so it seems, all the way down !

  566. Margaret Knight

    I am waiting to hear if the house of Roland Edwards, who composed the Barbados National Anthem, has been demolished. It was due to be demolished at 7.00 this morning. I know that up to last night, my cousin, Keith Laurie and Dr. Henry Fraser were going all out to try and save it. If it has been demolished that would be another disaster. I don’t know the exact location of the house, except that it is in St. Peter, but I wonder if we will soon see an ugly monstrosity take its place. Lord, come for your world!

  567. Colin L Beadon

    Newsweek April 21/28. 2008
    Bamboo, the wonder material.
    Top grade racing cycle frames being built out of
    Bamboo now in the USA. If you don’t believe that, check out the web. Just put in ‘ Bamboo Cycle racing frames’ and then wonder why we are not making them here for ourselves in Barbados.
    Bamboo is much more remarkable than we have previously allowed. Its compressive strength is greater than concrete, and its tensile strength, greater than steel, besides that Bamboo growns over a meter a day. It also produces 35 percent more oxygen from carbon dioxide than trees, and effectively binds soil to prevent erosion.
    Strange eh ??? And we always thought it was the poor man’s construction material, but now they are building floors and cabinetts out of it, and it is taking off in the USA, while we are cutting it down here in Barbados, and you don’t see too much of it any more.

  568. Rumplestilskin

    Another serious issue is raising its ugly head, that of racism internationally.

    While we berate Africa on another thread, and I also am not happy with the slaughter going on, neverthless serious racial tensions are increasing in the ‘Western developed world.

    In London in the last day, an Asian youth was allegedly murdered by caucasian youths, racially motived, brutally beaten.

    In New York, apparently tensions between Orthodox Jews and African Americans in the area known as Crown Heights, are increasing again.

    Unfortunately, lack of education and ignorance resulting in misguided fear, in some cases plain nastiness, is being allowed to overcome sensible thought.

    Thus, we berate Africa but our own backyards are in some cases, no better.

    As I have said before, there is now the same need as in the 1960’s for a significant effort in a Peace Movement, to address and deal with the growing hatred and misguided violence.

    Peace

    *********************

    BFP says,

    Hi Rump,

    Robert here. I agree with you 200%.

    I am also of the opinion that we could seriously increase global understanding and peace through massive investment in youth exchange programmes. There is absolutely nothing like travel and living with other people in other cultures to expand a person’s worldview and empathy for others.

    Sometimes I think that if we could have every child in the world spend 30 days a year living with another family in another country – every year for 10 years from ages 10 to 20 – we could crank down the violence of this world in one generation.

    Hmmmmmm…. I’m sounding a bit too much like John Lennon tonight. Time for bed because that 03:00hrs alarm comes early!

    Good night all.

    Robert

  569. Colin L Beadon

    Critical Mass and Exodus

    We can take any country we want, start introducing members of another race coupled with their religion, and as soon as a certain critical mass of that introductory race is reached, problems will begin.
    This is so obvious one wonders why people bother to become upset when such negative situations evolve. Humans (what ever we have been made to think or assume of ourselves) have never stopped being animals in the way we follow nature’s natural courses when it comes to critical mass.
    If humans have stopped doing anything, it is that they have stopped reading, or forgotten the histories of,… Races and Religions.

    The reason why certain members of any population insist on becoming immigrant, is because population growth (the Earth’s number one grand problem nobody wants to face) has forced us to do so for the hope of security and a better life, and often to get away from tyrants of many species including political ones who strut Hitler-like moustaches.
    Raise any problem now facing Mankind, Oil, water, land, food, lack of security, deforestation, over-fishing, pollution, species decline, ethnic cleansing, et al, and you come back to Population Growth as the root cause.
    Against huge ever-growing odds, we’ll have to attempt to do our best about this. We could all start praying. Any God will do, and any number can play !

    ‘Ah Love! Could though and I with fate conspire
    To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire,
    Would not we shatter it to bits—and then
    Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!
    Omar Khayyam

  570. Rumplestilskin

    Two headlines from NBC:

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – President George W. Bush said Wednesday that rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan as the wars rage on is proving difficult and “we’re learning as we go.”

    AND

    BAKER, Louisiana – The U.S. government has plenty of reasons to move hundreds of families out of emergency trailers they have occupied since Hurricane Katrina: the start of a new hurricane season, concerns about toxic fumes and the need for residents to find permanent homes.

    But some worry they will have nowhere to go once they lose their subsidized housing.

    Interesting huh? So much spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, including ‘rebuilding’ what was destroyed in the conflicts and yet, Americans in the US are having difficulty finding adequate, or indeed any, housing.

    Land of the free? Free to do what?

    Peace

  571. Colin L Beadon

    ‘Creating Alternative Futures’ (Book )

    “Continuing economic growth is accepted as a dogma by virtually all economists and politicians.”

    “High rates of growth not only do little to ease urgent social and human problems but in many countries have been accompanied by increasing unemployment and a general deterioration of social conditions.”

    “The word ‘Private’, as in private property, comes from the Latin ‘privare’ to deprive—which shows you the widespread ancient view that property was first and foremost communal.”

    “In most industrial societies giant corporate institutions control the supply of goods, create artificial demands through advertising, and have a decisive influence on national policies.”

    “Free Markets, balanced by supply and demand, have long disappeared.”

    “Inflation is just the sum of all the variables economist leave out of their models. All those social, psychological, and ecological variables are now coming back to haunt us.”

    “Both capital and labour produce wealth, but a capital-intensive economy is also resource and energy intensive, and therefore highly inflationary.”

    “Excessive dependence on energy and natural resources, and excessive investment in capital rather than labour, are inflationary and bring massive unemployment.”

    “Costs of litigations, crime control, bureaucratic coordination, federal regulation, consumer protection, healthcare and so on. Notice that none of these activities adds anything to real production, Therefore, they all contribute to inflation.”

    “The only real solution is to change the system itself, to restructure our economy by decentralizing it, by developing soft technologies, and by running the economy with a leaner mix of capital, energy, and materials and a richer mix of labour and human resources. Such a resource-conserving, full-employment economy will also be non-inflationary and ecologically sound.”

    All the above extracts are from Hazel Henderson. Nobody in power took much notice of what she was saying in the 1970s, though she was well recognised then, as she still is through her books and lectures.

    We’ll warn you, if you ‘net’ her out, she is contagious, contentious, and beautiful.

    “Economics is not a science; it is merely politics in disguise.” Yes, we like that too !

  572. Colin L Beadon

    For many months, we have placed our bets on Obama to win, feeling he is going to make it.
    Just wish he could see to bring Cuba back into the fold. If Russia, if China, why not Cuba ?
    Can somebody explain why Cuba has to continue ‘Out in the cold’? Isn’t the USA asking for Russia or China to step back in there, as they will now Cuba has located interesting offshore oil ?
    But offshore oil or not, we are pro Cuba, and for a number or recent years, have been so,
    and it is about time she was recognised as a country of great art, great versitility, great medical establishment, under unduly difficult and long years of unimaginable conditions.
    Cuba survives, because of the indominatable attitude of its people, and because the family is cherished, beyond everything else.
    We just wish Obama would change his stance on Cuba. Cuba deserves 100 % better.

  573. Margaret Knight

    Colin,

    You know how many thousands of Cubans live in Florida? You know how many thousands of votes that represents for the greedy politicians? You must have seen the disgraceful behaviour portrayed by those Cubans over the issue of the little boy, Elian Gonzalez, who was eventually returned to his father? Get real!

  574. Colin L Beadon

    Margaret,
    Different strokes for different folkes. That is what the world is about, and how, and why it works. If we were all real, like you,…..wonder what sort of world we might have. Somebody has to dream a bit, some of the time.
    Having lived in Venezuela, I would never blame Venezuelans over Chavez, or Cubans, over their family ties. In both countries, Family loyalties rule supreme, and in the same way, so are children cherished, supremely. Adious pues !

  575. Colin L Beadon

    Are there no tears for Zimbabwe ?????

    ‘ From Good Hope To Shame in SA’, reads the headline on page 13A of the Nation May 28th.2008. Thabo Mbeki describes the xenophobic attacks against Africans from north of SA as “Absolute disgrace. ” What he said, and his stance, might appear commendable, if you had not remembered what had happened before that.
    Before that, Thabo decided to pre-empt the African heads of state who were going to face the man who rules Zimbabwe. Thabo decided to have a little talk with the Fuhrer himself. It might have worked if, the Fuhrer had been less despotic and stepped down off his high horse. But it would have probably had a much better chance of success, if the heads of African States had gone as a strong- armed- mass, and told the Fuhrer where he must get off.
    Instead, and consequentially, more and more people from Zimbabwe, flooded into SA attempting to get away from Fuhrer henchmen. The effect of this exodus added to the already high numbers of other non South Africans living in Cape Town and Johannesburg, (Thaboland ).

    So ‘Wow’, so crumbles the SA tourist industry, the applecart over- filled now with refugee- Critical Mass, and perhaps the ten million visitors expected for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
    Brother Thabo got himself into that mess, like he got himself into the mess over AIDS causing the death of thousands in SA.. Pity there are not more people like Nelson Mandela to make sense of all this, or more Barbadians available to point those people just how well a democracy can work.
    What in fact we are sure about: Thabo is responsible for shooting himself in his own foot: And the Fuhrer, with his people starving to death and fleeing for their lives,…. struts implacably on.
    One thing we are positive about, this man, this African Fuhrer Magabe, in an act of despotic madness, is hell- bent on taking his country along for the ride to his deathbed.
    What else are we to assume? And where are the other voices against the horror of this tragedy? Or is it business as usual in Africa, and anything that takes place there,…. just all in a day’s work ?

  576. Straight talk

    CLB:

    Mugabe is the doll’s head, the face his “democracy” shows to the world.

    Whilst he is pompasetting in Rome, the real power, his generals, are plotting the amount which repression needs to be ratcheted up before the presidential run off gives a guaranteed victory.

    I don’t blame Morgan Tsvangeri for not returning, he would be a dead man walking in that sad corrupted country.

  577. Thistle

    Dear Dr. Byer-Suckoo,

    You are definitely one of my favourite politicians, but you won’t remain that way much longer if you don’t keep off the TV for just one night. Enough already! You are overdoing it now.

  578. Straight talk

    Thistle you are far too prickly.

    Turn off your set iof you feel abused, and allow us all to see the nicer side of politics.

  579. Colin L Beadon

    ST
    Is there really a nice side to politics ?

    And if so, where does it start ?

  580. Roscoe Jenkin

    There are rumours that DaCosta Mannings Inc may be touting a new name shortly. Who knows, that an ‘Ace’ of an idea.

  581. ATF

    I was here updating my links for back home and this one reminded me that Bajans ‘luv’ to talk. Keep talking.

    From a home grown musician and producer in London.

    Keep well!

    ATF out.
    Hear some of my stuff at: http://atf.fuzz.com

  582. Michael Shemilt

    SWAMP SHOOTING

    The new Government of Barbados intends to ban and outlaw the Practice of Swamp Shooting. This is a bold and innovative move as Swamp Shooting is a form of hunting that is viewed as intolerable by all modern administrations and the global scientific community. The only other modern states practising this form of hunting are the islands of Malta and Cyprus, which are now regarded as pariahs in the conservation world and Greenland which is fast becoming a wildlife disaster zone. By outlawing the shooting of south migrating shorebirds each Fall Barbados will be seen as breaking with the past and assuming the controls and responsibilities of a modern state.

    An argument is put forward that if the fresh water swamps were allowed to disappear, there would be insufficient wetlands for the migrating birds. This is a spurious argument the core of which is “the shorebirds cannot survive unless they are shot” and should not be heeded. An alternative to banning would be the imposition of controls but these would be very difficult to police and to be effective would have to rely on directives from the U.S. and Canadian Wildlife Authorities, something that might be completely politically unacceptable in the long run. There are certain comparisons with the banning of Fox Hunting in the U.K. This was a long established, almost cultural pastime practiced in particular by the “landed gentry” and wealthy country people and this minority created quite a stir when the ban became law. Nevertheless there was an open vote in Parliament and a large majority endorsed the abolition of hunting animals with dogs.

    Many congratulations to the Prime Minister David Thompson and the Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Environment Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo for their bold and forward looking initiative.

    Michael Shemilt

  583. Colin L Beadon

    Dear Michael Shemilt,

    There are those of us who signed the book
    on the killing swamps a long long time ago. If not outright stopped, at very least some measure of bag limit, should have been applied years ago.
    By the way, it never was hunting. It was always the pure slaughter of weary birds attempting to evade incliment weather and sodden wings.

  584. Islandista

    What did you think about BTA chairman Ralph Taylor’s comments the other day that Barbados should earmark what is left of its existing coastline for tourism development?

    I think he was addressing the BHTA’s AGM when he said it and he pointed to the example of Cuba having done something similar.

    Am I the only one who finds this a disturbing suggestion? I mean, aren’t Barbadians purportedly concerned about the swiftly vanishing windows to the sea? Aren’t we already experiencing issues with the overdevelopment of our coastline? Am I the only one who has seen various foreign travel publications and articles disparagingly describe Barbados as ‘overdeveloped’?

    And isn’t this suggestion kind of in direct contradiction to this government’s stated policy to preserve some of the coastline as national preservation areas?

    So why would Taylor make the suggestion? And why would Adrian Loveridge endorse this idea?

    Why is it that this idea is being floated and no-one seems to think that there is anything disturbing about it?

  585. Hants

    Most right thinking Bajans think what Taylor said is absurd.

    He should be asked to explain why the entire coastline of a 166 sq.mile Island with a population of 280,000 should be used for Tourism.

    Prehaps he will propose a ferry service to take us to st.Vincent or St.Lucia for a sea bath.

  586. Colin L Beadon

    Islandista. Hants.
    Taylor seems to have gone out of his mind.
    There is something fundamentaly wrong with his thinking. People don’t come to Barbados to find another Miami. It is far cheaper for people wanting such, to go to Miami.
    Does the Man have absolutely no sense of esthetics, or the world of natural beauty so many people including tourists, find as one of the main attractions of this island ? How sickening are his intentions, how inchoate, how irresponsible and insensitive can anybody become ?
    As the oil squeeze and the price of flights gets worse, how will we fill all these hotels we have now, besides the new ones he insists on ?
    Our coasts will be destroyed, cluttered, by the march of White Elephants, right now taking place in Spain. Barbados will have to sell, like a Goat for two farthings’.

  587. Colin L Beadon

    The road to Bath beach is being greatly widened. This has been going on the last three years. Is this the first step, to rip Bath from the public, and create more hotel complexes ?
    Bath, is the only beach on the East coast where the public can go and enjoy,…. natural,…. peaceful,…. beauty, untainted by the hands of hotel advocates, their boarded walls and gate keepers, and constantly petroling security.
    Every new coast hotel creates its own sewerage and garbage problems, the further destruction of island reefs, overloading of the invironement, and consequently death to the natural systems of nature.

  588. liz

    Colin, I heard years ago that Bath was to be developed with a hotel/condo/golf course type development.
    Does anyone think that we the Barbadian people can stop this, if it is true?
    Does the new PM’s pledge of East Coast for Bajans is worth anything at all?

  589. Adrian Loveridge

    Islandista…

    Don’t think for milli-second I endorse it.

    What I tried to point out, is that due to a lack of tourism policy direction over the last 15 years, ‘we’ have allowed 28 hotels to close and many of them have been converted into condominiums.
    This has robbed us of prime oceanfront land for hotel development and I doubt if we will ever get it back.
    I am NOT repeat NOT against condominium or villa development. It is where they are built.
    Even though many of the villas are two or more miles from the sea, they still sell.

    Its all very well stating we have to reserve the oceanfront land for tourism development, but what land is still available?

    No-one in the previous Government stopped and thought about the inevitable consquence of ribbon concrete condominium development along the west coast.

    And the south has not escaped it as well.

    Demolish the Dover Convention Centre needlessly, which provided a huge amount of summer business for the small St. Lawrence area hotels and then build a SEVEN FLOOR HIGH (out the window for 55 ft maximum) private condominium development on taxpayer (GEMS) land!

  590. The Devil

    Naive liz asked “Does the new PM’s pledge of East Coast for Bajans is worth anything at all?” as she and Beadon contemplate development at Bath. Well aren’t the developers of Port St Charles, Sam Lord’s Castle, Bajan? Like many other things the devil is in the details. We will be told that a creature walking like a duck, with feathers like a duck, quacking like a duck and which looks like a duck is really a donkey! (Loveridge is that you? What a naughty boy!)

  591. Colin L Beadon

    Offshore drilling done from land.

    The world deep drilling record for drilling from shore to offshore oil zones, was done in Sakhalin island Earlier this year. Sakhalin is between Japan and Russia, and as usual, there is some question about who owns the island.
    Anyhow, the well was drilled from land and out to sea, something done in Trinidad in a big way, using steam driven rigs, back in the fifties. It is just much more technically advanced today, and done at much higher angle, like horizontal, and done much deeper or further, using the mud driven turbine motors above the bits we did not have then.
    The drilling from land to offshore record, done earlier this year on Sakhalin Island, reached 38,322 feet, though a recent well drilled off an offshore platform rig, has reached 40,320 feet, with a 35,770 horizontal section. ( That is nearly seven miles, as far as you can see to the horizon standing on shore, on a clear day ).
    What does this mean for Barbados ? Well, it means, if we had a big enough land rig, which we don’t now have here, though we had one, a National 1320 with 212 feet high conventional rig structure, here in the early 80’s, we could drill six miles offshore from the island, much cheaper than could be possibly done from a drillship , offshore platform, or jackup type rig.
    At very least, the feasibility should be explored for the offshore blocks that actually touch Barbados. Drillships or Semis at the moment, are almost impossible to find, their demand being world wide.
    What data I have written here, can be verified on the net.
    Check out: biz.yahoo.com/pz/080521/143233.html.
    It is interesting, I can assure you.

  592. Ok, that’s a relief to hear Mr. Loveridge. I was starting to wonder there …!

    I’m also glad to see I’m not the only one who heard the suggestion and found it appalling. I was starting to think I had gone a bit loony when so many days went by and no-one mentioned it – like I was hearing things. LOL!

  593. rumboy

    Michael Shemilt –
    There are two types of swamps here who enjoy and practise the sport of shooting birds, those who shoot indiscrimately and those that follow the international rules. This sport is practised globally, even in the UK as well as North America and to be honest no Goverment can outlaw it simply because they are those from all walks of our society who partake. If you do not like it that is your privilege and right. Controlls are the way to go and can be monitored to ensure that the rules are obeyed.

  594. rumboy

    Cuba will always survive because the vast majority believe in their country. The only ones we get to read about and mainly either in or from the yankee press are those who have lost their committment, who never knew what it was like under Batistia or have forgotten.

  595. Colin L Beadon

    I backing you Rumboy !
    We just wish the people at CBC , directed by Mr Green, would put back on the Cuban station. Surely they could do away with one of the other junk stations and put back on the real art and crafts of Cuba again ?
    Cuban talent in dance, music and artistic temperment is outstanding. The cirumstances under which they have lived and survived, is most remarkable, and a lesson to us all.
    Local business people need to learn Spanish as much as they can, anyhow. Watching a Spanish speaking television station is a good way to do it.
    How will we trade with the ever growing Latin America, if we can’t make close acquaintance ?

  596. Sundowner

    Anybody having problems with e mail? like sending but not sent? several people I know are having problems, Disable and Useless seem fairly disinterested.

  597. Colin L Beadon

    Cuba, in from the cold ?

    Cuban average monthly wage was 20 US.
    Free: Housing, Healthcare, Education. Food subsidised. ( Raul’s recent new laws on wages, have changed, Gracious a Dio ).
    Cubans do not leave much of a carbon footprint, do they ? Most cannot aford to fly anywhere. Their cars would greatly interest those who loved 1941 Chevolets and wide tailed Packards, Desotos, Ford Fairlanes, Dodges and
    such.
    Anyhow, and about time to0, Raul is changing things up. You are allowed a cell phone there now.
    They produce about 190 thousand barrels of oil a day, and the offshore drilling prospects look really good, being on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
    Two of the world’s leading Ballerinas are Cuban, but were not allowed to perform there, since they live in the USA. Perhaps Raul will change a lot more of the old laws like that.
    Perhaps since there is really not much difference between the way Russia and China treat decidents and other undesirables, and yet the USA now has a measure of relations with those two countries, why won’t the USA change its stance on Cuba now too ? Raul looks like a man one can come to terms with.
    Of course, Cuba is becoming a tourist vaccume cleaner,…. for other places. If you look at Cuba’s music and arts, its old world buildings, its diverse countryside, rivers and mountains, the apparent close relationships betweeen its ethnic groups, why wouldn’t tourists want to find a new place to go to ? We hope Cuba is allowed in from the cold !

  598. Rumplestilskin

    Well written, necessary and accurate editorial in the Sunday Sun today.

    Best editorial for ages and well done indeed.

    The situation in Zimbabwe had to be addressed in the mainstream media and finally it has been done well and succintly.

    Well done.

  599. Rumplestilskin

    So, why IS the rest of Africa and Caribbean keeping quiet while Mugabe has the Opposition beaten and tortured, into submission?

    This is the thing about leadership. A leader shows the way, not buries the problem and ignores it, hoping that it will go away.

    What it also says to me, is that the Caribbean is certainly not willing in any way to either participate or offend the African continent, mostly because the ‘leaders’ here, probably justifiably, recognise that such would be opening a can of worms for us.

    Africa and the caribbean are so different in political and socioeconomic ways, and this is clearly why the ‘leaders’ here are keeping their distance.

    Those who seek closer ties are left to their own devices, while the rest look and watch the African leaders encourage self-destruction of the continent.

    The sad thing is that on the ‘turn’ of events in South Africa we all looked for a better way and day for that nation.

    Unfortunately, it is now looking that South Africa itself has real difficulties going forward.

    The only thing to prevent the African continent going deeper into disarray is for the leaders to take a common stand against political brutality and against unecessary strife, generally.

    Such a stand must not only be moral, but real in practice, in action and daily life, if necessary by interventions of joint African forces.

    If not done now, it will be too late for the whole continent.

    Unfortunately, too many leaders today fear making’wrong’ decisions and thus remain incapacitated by indecision, rather than ‘taking the plunge’ and making decisions and acting based on sound values and sound economic thinking, which itself would justify the action.

    Peace.

  600. Bajanboy

    Another massacre in Guyana. Eight miners beaten to death and burned.

    http://www.stabroeknews.com/?p=15315

  601. Colin L Beadon

    From what Gods are we born in whose image?

    A painting, two days ago, one of the most sublime in all the world, is auctioned by Christies for 80 million dollars. It is to go into an obscure mansion, possibly never again seen, when such art should belong to the world, kept safe in an art museum for all who would see it.
    Meanwhile, in Somalia, Ethiopia, millions, men, women and children, are dieing in inhospitable near treeless deserts, swamped with the swirl of nostril and eye filling dust, exasperated by extreme heat, drought, and wars.

    Those peoples are the strongest and most resourceful people on the face of this Earth, but every living entity has limits on what it can endure, and for Somalians and Ethiopians, death by the millions,… is their only escape. Thambo and Magabe are making sure the heat on Africa stays on, so that starvation can only spread.

    How many could have been saved with 80 million US Dollars ? How many could have been spared if Zimbabwe were still the Breadbasket of Africa, instead of being Africa’s third basket case ?
    From what Gods were we born in whose image?

    *************

    BFP says,

    Well put, Colin. Thank you.

  602. Colin L Beadon

    BFP, Thanks. But I made a mistake I now see.
    It should have been Thabo, not Thambo. Can you change it now ? CLB

    **************

    BFP says,

    Greetings Colin. We owe you the thanks for your writing. I missed the Thabo misspelling too. I’ll change it now.

    BTW… if you want any other changes or edits, just say so. A blog is a blog!

    Cliverton

  603. Colin L Beadon

    There is no excuse for the billions being made by oil companies who could help the millions now starving mainly in Africa. There is no excuse for Mugabe or Thabo, who insist on not playing their part.
    If the World Order is not made more equitable, within a time span that could be less than the blinking of an eye, then we better hope Jesus, Mahommed, Jah, Bhudda, Shiva, and every other worthwhile God we can think of, comes back to Earth in a hurry, and takes us through the leaning process again,…. if there is such a learning process, or if this is how civilizations end, like the Aztecs, the Incas, the Mayans, falling in on themselves like glaciers of melting ice.
    Dreaming when the Dawn’s left Hand was in the sky
    I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry,
    “Awake, my little ones, and fill the cup
    Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.”

    Don’t mind me using Khayyam again. I’m morose, not myself, having lost a very special kitty, to dog hordes not my own, the third cat we have lost in three month, when we have had cats and dogs live with us into ripe old age.

  604. Barnabas Collins

    Barbados is a great country and like many other places it has its nuances. None more so than politics. The former government lead by one of Barbados’ bright minds even if we like him or not introduce to the political landscape the “politics of inclusion”. In the beginning the politics of inclusion worked quite well and I dare say that he was a master at it. But like all things else the “politics of inclusion” had a shelf life and in the latter years became the “politics of confusion”. The premise that built the politics of inclusion was that the more you have on your side the less you have to run against. It worked w