Thomas Cook drops Manchester-Barbados route – while Barbados government markets to a low-income / high employment area of the UK

Thomas Cook airline

Sad news – maddening news

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

It would appear we are losing the summer weekly Thomas Cook Manchester-Barbados flight from early May 2015. Perhaps there is sufficient surplus capacity on the Virgin Atlantic Monday flights, but Thomas Cook provided a lower cost option for many and while we are lacking in empirical evidence, my guess is that this flight was used by many people who have a second home on Barbados and/or who stay in our lower priced accommodation options.

While Virgin currently retains their larger once-a-week Boeing 747 on the Manchester service during the low season, it may not prove a challenge at all.

But if Virgin decides to change equipment to the smaller A330 as they did from Gatwick, clearly less capacity and more demand will lead to the inevitable higher air fares and deter the more budget conscious holidaymaker who largely keeps the industry afloat during the eight long summer months.

For travel in April 2015, a return flight from Manchester with Thomas Cook is presently available at GBPounds 376. With Virgin the cost is GBPounds 638 over a similar period. In fairness luggage and meals are ‘extras’ with Thomas Cook, but there is still a huge price differential – particularly if a family of four are considering travelling.

What is also a little puzzling was our tourism policymakers had already indicated that there was going to be a special effort in growing the markets out of the North of England and Scotland.

And especially after the July long Barbados Summerfastic tour by a beautiful liveried bus in partnership with Capital FM which visited several northern cities and Scotland.

I totally agree there is tremendous further potential, but you also have to look at the demographics which should take into account average disposal income and affordable access to the airport serving the destination.

Unemployment is at its highest in England’s North East and North West with average weekly earnings considerably lower than the south of the country. Clearly the cost is often the ultimate deciding factor.

And now I make no apologies in returning to a pet-peeve subject, websites which are not kept current…
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Trinidadian & Caribbean Muslims flock to ISIS – Islamic State

ISIS Trinidad Terrorist Muslim

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50+ Trinidadian Muslims fighting with ISIS

“What you say doesn’t matter – it’s all about what you do.”

Tonight I’m listening to an eclectic Suriname-Dutch blues mix on Anda – an independent internet radio station at http://www.radionomy.com. Their slogan is “Anda, music for you with Surinaamse boinkies. Nonstop the best artist from Suriname. Enjoy”

“Surinaamse boinkies”? Sure, whatever.

Who knew that Suriname has a vibrant blues underground in the best Chicago / New Orleans / Mississippi tradition?

The world comes to me over the internet and mostly I love it.

But there is a dark side to the Internet when it comes to spreading the destructive and violent supremacist ideology of Islam. The Saudis distribute their supremacist hate via satellite and internet to private Muslim schools throughout the Caribbean – including in Barbados.

The result in Trinidad is that at least 50 known Trinis have gone to slaughter and behead the infidels (that’s me) while serving as Satan’s emissaries throughout Syria and Iraq.

Here in Barbados the Al-Falah Muslim School is teaching Bajan children that Beheading, chopping off your hands, severe beatings are Islamic rules, nothing wrong in it.If that weren’t enough, we now have a Muslim-only housing development where no Christians or Jews are allowed to purchase homes.

“Beheading..chopping off your hands, severe beatings,etc. Are strict Islamic rules and these are the things that were done during our prophets time and are continued till this day to follow the tradition, there is nothing wrong in it.”

Publicly stated by a 14 year old girl student of the Barbados Al-Falah Muslim School (see article here)

We must abandon Iraq and the Middle East. Let them slaughter each other over words and ideas… but we must take steps in the Caribbean to ensure that these violent people – fueled by their violent Koran – never gain a foothold in our countries.

The Islamist apologists and their lackeys are far more concerned with their public relations campaign for Islam than they are for the teachings from the Koran that promote ultra-violence to spread their religion.

To those who say that ISIS doesn’t represent ‘true Islam’….

Tell it to ISIS, not me.

And bye the way… let’s hear these same apologists declare that the Koran verses about slaying infidels and imposing Islam through force have no place in today’s world. No weasel words.

Over to you…

Caribbean News Now! ISIS terrorist identified as Trinidadian

The Nation: Muslims say “Have no fear”

T&T Guardian: Local Muslims disturbed by Trini links to terrorists say: Isis not a way to paradise

Cayman iNEWS: Caribbean Muslims and ISIS

Five Reasons why Islam is a cult

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Cubana Flight 455 – How the USA excused, ignored and covered up the terrorist bombing of an airliner

Cubana bomb Kissinger

It has been 38 years since the CIA terror bombing of Cubana Flight 455 on October 6, 2975 just a few minutes after takeoff from Barbados Seawell Airport. The ex-Air Canada Douglas DC8 was crippled and set on fire by the first bomb, but the second bomb in one of the washrooms brought it down in the Atlantic – killing all 78 people on board.

What did the CIA and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger know about it? Lots, according to recently released documents.

See BFP’s earlier article What Henry Kissenger and the FBI knew about Cubana Flight 455 Bombing

Barbados Today: Remembering victims of Cubana Airline crash

 

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Desperation: Over 6,000 apply for 600 Sandals Barbados jobs – police called in

Barbados sandals resort employment

Barbados Acting Tourism Minister “SHOCKED!” at large, unruly crowd – fights, pushing, fainting…

DLP Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner - Insulated from reality?

Shocked DLP Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner – Insulated from reality?

Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, Acting Minister of Tourism, told reporters that she was “shocked” at the behaviour when over 6,000 desperate Bajans lined up to apply for fewer than 600 available jobs at the new Sandals Resort.

No matter the astonishment of the political elites, the vast majority of ordinary Bajans were not shocked to see a once-proud populace begging for menial work serving tourists – and pushing their way to front of the line by any means necessary.

Clean that toilet? Sure, I’ll do that! Carry bags from the bus to hotel rooms? Pick me! Pick me!

Bring drinks to spoiled 20 somethings on the beach? “Sure! I’ll do anything. Anything at all. Please… hire me. Think of my family. Hire me, please.”

Barbados Government gave everything away to Sandals

What a deal! Sandals will pay no taxes, no import duties on building materials or supplies shipped in. The exact details of the concessions haven’t been released because… because… well… our Barbados government gave everything away in a move of desperation. Damn right they did, because after three decades of mismanagement, theft and giving the dole to anyone who wanted it, Barbados has nothing left.

Our nation of Barbados is as desperate as the Bajan job seekers – so our government put aside long-term considerations and totally caved to Sandals just to land a few hundred jobs. How many jobs really? Who knows? The deal doesn’t require Sandals to provide work for a specific number of Bajans. How many Sandals employees will come from other countries? Don’t ask! You’re not allowed to know – it’s part of the deal.

Rum? Hey… that will come from Jamaica at zero duty rates while our own (and superior) Mount Gay Rum takes a more expensive back seat. Chicken? All frozen from the USA. Vegetables? Ha! The Sandals policy is price first, quality and local supply second and third.

Don’t be surprised my friends. This thing that has happened to Barbados is not getting better. Every other Caribbean island increased their tourism visits in the last 12 months… except us. Look after your family and friends as best as you can…. you might need help next.

Thanks to The Nation for the photo!

Further Reading

Barbados Advocate: Rush for jobs

The Nation: Thousands rush to job fair

Dr. Tennyson Joseph: Sandals desperation

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Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuels still enduring spiteful attacks by SVG government

Above: Businessman Samuels protests his illegal arrest

“ULP members must learn that supporting your political party when they are inflicting wrong on any citizen is an acceptance and involvement in an evil act on your part. You are as evil as the inflictors. You must speak out. It is the obligation of any decent human being to do so.”

by Peter Binose

Mr Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuels was in most people’s minds attacked and his business destroyed because he ceased supporting the ruling political party, the Unity Labour Party [ULP]. His changed support from ULP to NDP in the 2010 elections brought wrath, spite, hatred, malice from the ULP government two months later in 2011 – which turned out to be pure evil hatred poured upon him, his family and his work force.

“There were no boundaries considered in the destruction of the Bigger Biggs Enterprise, the man, all those around and connected to him, and his company.”

Bigger Biggs claims that the original reasons for cancelling his operator’s license to mine his land at Rabacca were  magnified out of reality. I believe they were trumped up by  government ministers in several ministerial meetings. His very words were, and still are “the government claims are bogus.”

Now after returning his license on his birthday last week – a license that supposedly sat on the desk of the Attorney General for three months, a license that has taken over three years to be returned or reinstated – the license is still worthless and unacceptable in terms and content. A week after delivering the license, the unelected family regime Senator says there are now new terms demanded by the government which affect his rights and ownership. Also that the license must be ratified by the Cabinet.

One of those being the claim that some of the land now claimed by Bigger Biggs is government owned. I believe that they are referring to the addition of land to that of Bigger Biggs adjacent to the river, an addition brought about by nature  [Avulsion].

“The amazing thing about “Bigger Biggs” is that he has remained a gentleman throughout the whole matter.”

Government favours Taiwanese over citizens

I write the following from British law, I hope it also applies to SVG…

I believe that the river bed and the water in the river is under the control of the government for protective reasons, not for commercial reasons, not for the extraction of income. Despite the governments control of the river banks and the bed of the river, the river bed, soil or ground there-under is owned by the adjacent land owners and is known as riparian ownership. If the river moves and land is added to the adjacent land owner, it remains the property of the adjacent land owner, not the government.  Continue reading

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PingYark: London DLP Womens League in chaos, but UK DLP doing so fine!

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Latest edition of forever irreverent PingYark

PingYark’s October 2014 edition is out and you can download the PDF right here: PingYark Oct 2014

In this issue editor Leigh Bourne and his naughty friends over and away expose the cat fight happening in the London DLP Womens League. Yup, there’s nothing that men enjoy more than to stand by calmly with a rum or a beer while two “ladies” figuratively roll around on the floor biting, hair-pulling and spitting venom at each other.

Impressive!

On the other hand, the reports are in from the Annual General Meeting of the DLP (UK) where things are going wonderfully since the new executive revitalised the organization.

Another PingYark story is about Acting High Commissioner Donville Johnson, who was recently replaced. Apparently it had nothing to do with the fact that he loves the ladies as much as they seem to love him. Honest! (So says Leigh Bourne anyway).

“As we all know you can’t please all the people all the time …some were sad to see him go… some glad to see him go – which ever camp you fall in we’re sure you’ll join with us and wish Donville Johnson all the very best in all his future ventures.”

Yup, we’ll second that.

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Barbados must do everything possible to retain the Fairmont brand!

Fairmont Hotel Barbados

We need Fairmont – an iconic global brand

Adrian Loveridge - tourism expert, hotel owner

Adrian Loveridge – tourism expert, hotel owner

While not seeing it reported in our local press up to the time this column was submitted, I noticed a recent media release announcing the sale of Fairmont Royal Pavilion by its owners Quebec-based Ivanhoe Cambridge – a global real estate company with a quoted property portfolio value of CDN$40 billion across 20 countries.

In turn, Ivanhoe Cambridge is a subsidiary of one of Canada’s leading institutional pension fund managers.

What immediately stood out of this particular sale was the description ‘set on more than 17 acres of landscaped tropical gardens’.

With only 72 hotel rooms and a three bedroom villa, even when fully occupied (150 persons) that would give a staggering almost 5,000 square feet of land space for each guest.

If you are trying to visualise that, then just think before any additional land is purchased or room stock added, Sandals Casuarina currently offers around 778 square feet per guest.

The sales price was not publicly disclosed, but it appears absolutely apparent that the new owners will be seeking to increase the number of rooms either in a hotel model or villa accommodation to justify the acquisition.

Only time will tell if we will lose another international brand with a worldwide reputation for excellence, and what if any effects there will be on any planned closure and the ultimate long term benefit – as and when any enhanced plant re-opens sometime in the future.  Continue reading

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