Monthly Archives: February 2006

Welcome Delegates to UN Corruption Seminar – Barbados

Barbados Free Press welcomes delegates to the United Nations Corruption Seminar being held this week at the Accra Beach Hotel and Resort. The seminar is being held to discuss the ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and is organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

For the first time, our logs are showing web visitors from the Accra Hotel, so we presume they must be delegates to the seminar. Some have even arrived after Google-searching terms such as “political corruption barbados”, “owen arthur” and “sustainable tourism barbados”.

(As an aside – it is interesting that a Google search for just the Prime Minister’s name “Owen Arthur” results in a Barbados Free Press article as hit number 14 out of over 5 million hits!)

So welcome, and here are a few of our posts that might interest you…

Anti-Corruption Seminar in Barbados… How Appropriate!

Cricket World Cup 2007 Prepares for Muslim Terror Threat – But Anti-U.S. Bias Weakens Security Effort

Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur: His Secret Bank Accounts, Stock Portfolios

Barbados Greenland Landfill Tenders: Let The Graft Begin!

Barbados Garbage Crisis, Rats and Leptospirosis – When Will The Government Act?

Barbados Tender Process Corrupt?

Prime Minister Owen Arthur Opens a New Can of Paint – To Cover Old Corruption

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UN Hosts Corruption Seminar in Barbados… How Appropriate!

“Corruption in a country’s political framework is an obstacle to sustainable development.”

This was the general view put forth by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Senator John Williams as well as Wendell Goodin, Director of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Williams and Goodin were speaking on September 6, 2005 at the Accra Hotel at the opening ceremony of the Regional Seminar on Integrity Standards.

From the Barbados Advocate article here.

How appropriate that Barbados is now hosting yet another anti-corruption meeting: this time a United Nations international conference where 13 English-speaking Caribbean countries are meeting to discuss ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Barbados: a country where the Auditor General doesn’t even have a website or post annual reports online.

Barbados: a country where there are no conflict of interest guidelines or rules for legislators.

Barbados: a country where there are no disclosure rules for politicians or government employees who are able to award contracts worth millions without oversight or accountability.

Barbados: a country where private property is seized by the government using the weakest of excuses, and then ends up being transferred later to certain private individuals and entities.

Yes friends, Barbados is an excellent location for a Corruption Seminar.

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Updated: Also see “Welcome Delegates to UN Corruption Seminar – Barbados”

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We Are Trying Some New Layouts – Only For This Week

Hi Folks

We are going to be cycling through a few new layouts this week just to see how we and our readers like them.

This is “Saphire Layout”

Please leave a comment or two and let us know what do you think.

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Barbados Free Press – #3 in Google Search!

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Wow!

A standard web search* for “Barbados Politics” at Google returns Barbados Free Press articles as hits numbers 3 and 4 out of almost 3 million hits!

It looks like this thing might have a future…

Our thanks to our readers.

* This is a standard Google web search: not a “blog” search. Wow!

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New Album Release – JOMO “Free” – Barbados Music

JOMO_Lord1.jpgSungoddess is letting the world know that some big things are happening in her life. First, she tells us that she has a boy on the way!

Good for you, Sungoddess. Your son will be a blessing in your life. We all prayed for the two of you the moment we read your website…(not that HE listens specially to us any more than anyone else of course.)

Second, her brother (that would be “Uncle” to the little one) has just released his first album in Barbados through CRS Music. JOMO “Free” has some fabulous tracks that have already received some airplay in Barbados and Trinidad – including “Understanding Joseph” originally released by The Purple Turle Injection. (JOMO and Hans Kirton together.)

Sungoddess has posted some free samples at her website in RealAudio format. She likes the single “Free”, but I really dig “Lingo”… kind of a flowing-stream-of-consciousness island flavoured house tune with a dash of reggie in the backbeat.

Yes, I really did buy it. Check it out at Sungoddess or listen to samples from every track and then buy it online here.

Gw’on now… buy that CD. It is important to support Bajan music, but it is really easy when it is good music… and JOMO’s Free is good music!

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Jamaica’s Ruling Party Elects First Female President

Portia Simpson Miller is now the President of the People’s National Party of Jamaica. She will likely become the new Prime Minister with PJ Patterson retires next month.

Black Britain via Booker Rising

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Letters to Barbados Free Press – From All Over

A few letters from our Barbados Free Press mail sack…

A reader from the Cayman Islands alerted us that one of our articles was referred to in the discussion about Cayman independence. Dale Fogis wrote in the Cayman News

Transparency Not Independence

…there are some people here who wish the Cayman Islands to have full independence. .. If that happens sooner rather than later …

We might be reading headlines in Cayman such as those posted in the Barbados Free Press recently where they have the Prime Minister with bank accounts and shares in public companies and private ventures that he keeps secret from the electorate and the Legislature and won’t even post a copy of the Auditor General’s report for all citizens to see.

I have to agree with the Barbados Free Press comments, ‘In any democracy, and especially a small democracy like Barbados, public oversight of potential conflicts of interest should be a high priority. Otherwise, the governing elites seem unable to avoid the temptation of feathering their nests. ‘

It is hoped by many that the Cayman Islands are a very long way off from cutting those ties with the United Kingdom until issues of human rights, freedom of information and transparency become a reality and not just a document.

From the United Kingdom, Richard Hudson – brother of Dr. Colin Hudson sent best wishes. (Dr. Colin Hudson was featured in our article “Remembering the Message of Dr. Colin Hudson – Barbados Environmental Advocate.”

From Trinidad & Tobago, reader “Gregory NOLASTNAME” (just like we received it!) emailed us…

“Please show a pic of Shona she sound like a hotty…”

Greg also directed our attention to a United Nations Conference on Corruption that starts tomorrow in Barbados.

Thanks Greg, we’ll dig up what we can on the conference… but Shona says she is “max happy” with her current squeeze. Tough luck, old chap!

Y’vonne from the United States writes….

I like your site the way it is. I know I am one out of billions viewing, but please don’t clutter your site with miscellaneous activities/events. There are already too many Barbadian sites (that only say good things)…

…stay on that path you started out to follow. Continue to report on the happenings surrounding Barbados and remind its citizens of things, good and bad… Your theme could be, “Yet they might forgetful be, but we, BFP, right here to remind thee.”

Btw, I came across your site seeing your banner displayed at the bottom of BarbadosForum, and have been viewing your site since then.

Cheers, Yvonne

Thanks Yvonne! (Even if we are not yet up to “billions” of viewers…)

Rest assured, we are continuing with our hard-hitting articles…but we also want to communicate that we love and believe in Barbados, so we must show some positive as well as the negative. (Although it does take prayer on some days to find something politically positive!)

And last but not least, Bajan ex-pat Leigh Bourne publishes the Barbados newsletter “Ping Yark” from the United Kingdom and writes…

I came across your site completely by accident, and I love it.

This is just to let you know that I’m impressed and that I’ll be half inching (that’s pinching – which is ‘stealing’ in cockney) some of your ideas from time to time. I return I’ll send you my little production. Nod your head if you agree!

We agree, Leigh. Steal anything you want, but please give us a mention.

That’s it for the mail-bag selections today. Sorry if we can’t publish yours or respond to each email, but we do appreciate each one and read them all. Thanks for your interest… and thanks for those tips! Keep ’em coming!

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Does Barbados Advocate Newspaper Have A Hidden Greenland Agenda?

UPDATED: Scroll to bottom for Update

On Thursday, February 16, 2006, the Barbados Advocate reported on the opening of the Greenland tenders in their online piece “Tenders for Greenland Landfill Open!”

The article stated that Richard Goddard was “a member of the DLP party” and, in context, implied that Mr. Goddard’s interest in Greenland was politically motivated by his alleged DLP membership. The implication was clear enough: Mr. Goddard was using Greenland to attack the Owen Arthur Government for political purposes.

Hmmmmmm….. It must be the truth if the Barbados Advocate printed it, right?

Only one problem: Richard Goddard has never been a member of the DLP party.

“I am not nor have I ever been a member of the DLP or BLP. I dislike all politicians with a vengeance. I have worked against GREENLAND for financial and environmental objectives. Financially it will fail and will cause environmental problems for Barbados if the landfill goes to Greenland….”

Letter from Richard Goddard to Barbados Free Press

So why did the Barbados Advocate say that Richard Goddard was a member of the DLP party? Where did that information come from? Did the reporter just create Mr. Goddard’s membership out of thin air or was there a source? The Barbados Advocate hasn’t yet replied to our enquiry, and has not yet printed a correction… so just what agenda is at work here?

We at the Barbados Free Press covered the Greenland tenders with our post, “Barbados Greenland Landfill Tenders: Let The Graft Begin!” We quoted the Barbados Advocate article and one from The Nation News.

Hmmmm…. I wonder who owns the Barbados Advocate and The Nation News? What are the papers’ annual revenues from government advertising – in dollars and as a percentage of gross revenues? Has any editor ever said to a reporter, “We can’t print that. We need the government advertising” ?

So many questions and so few answers for such a small island.

Update: Feb 27/06 4:45pm

A reader “Leeton” sends us a February 24, 2006 article by the Barbados Advocate, “Greenland Defended” – saying “If you want to see the media bias for Greenland read this…”

We agree, Leeton. It does sound like a government advertisement pretending to be balanced journalism.

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Royal Barbados Police Force Website

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While cruising at Barbados Forum yesterday, I came across a huge ongoing chat about the Royal Barbados Police Force… and by “ongoing” I mean it started over two years ago!

Policing is always a topic of interest in any country, and this is especially true in Barbados where our small size means that an individual’s actions (including an individual police officer’s actions) can have a far greater impact upon others than in a larger society.

One of the participants in the Barbados Forum chat mentioned that the website of the Royal Barbados Police Force seemed to be a bit outdated, so I thought I’d take a look.

The website of the Royal Barbados Police Force is here.

Our Comments

The Royal Barbados Police Force website is well laid out and loads quickly, but could be improved insofar as current and relevant content is concerned. The only two “news” items are a month-old post on missing woman Sharon Harewood, and wanted notice for a drug dealer who escaped from police custody and in all likelihood ran back to his native Brazil over a year ago.

Although there is a short history of the force and sections dealing with crime prevention and being hired as a Constable – once visited, there is nothing new to draw people back to the website.

In short, the Royal Barbados Police Force is still using it’s website as a business card, rather than as an effective tool to communicate with, educate and influence Bajans.

We do admire and respect our police. A better website could only assist them with their difficult and under-appreciated job.

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Private or Public Sector Development – Who Does It Best in the Caribbean?

David Jessop at the Jamaica Gleaner has some interesting views on private vs. public sector development and how we got where we are now…

In the Anglophone Caribbean most political parties, trade unions and the public sector grew up against this background, taking as its model the beliefs prevalent at that time in the United Kingdom.”

“The result, when mixed with complex and strongly held views relating to class, ethnicity and a belief that independence meant an end to foreign ownership, was the emergence of the view that the economic role of the state and public sector is superior to the role played by the private sector…”

Spot on regarding class and ethnicity impacting economies, Mr. Jessop.

Race shouldn’t matter at all – but it does, and not in the way some people might imagine. More on racial issues soon in Barbados Free Press. We have been amazed at some of the letters we have received from our readers.

Read the rest of Mr. Jessop’s article in the Jamaican Gleaner.

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Cricket World Cup – Chairman deCaires Looks To Cruise Ships for Accommodations

The Nation News Online has posted an interview with the Chairman of World Cup Barbados, Chris deCaires. Not much to it. The Nation spent fully two-thirds of the article on the “ten-dollar-a-day” Indian labourers who ended up being deported last November after finding themselves living in shipping containers.

The article does contain a few interesting gems though.

(Oh, sorry… should have said “a few interesting quotes”. For whatever reason, some people are so sensitive to that “gems” word.)

Here are a few interesting quotes by Mr. deCaires in the article…

In response to the question, “Do you have a construction schedule that can be shared?”…

“We will soon be putting up timelines and deadlines for all to see.”

(BFP Comment: For those who need an interpretation, that means “No.”)

On Prime Minister Arthur taking charge…

“One of the reasons the PM has to move heaven and earth is because we are in the last 52 weeks and not on schedule.”

On Security…

“This is a very important matter and I believe Barbados is seen to be in a strong position in this area. However, it is a highly confidential area and I would not like to go into any details here.”

(BFP Comment: Good for you, Mr. deCaires. That was an entirely proper answer – security specifics are none of the media’s business. By the way, Mr. deCaires, we hope you read our article “Cricket World Cup 2007 Prepares For Muslim Terror Threat – But Anti-U.S. Bias Weakens Security Effort”)

On the shortfall in accommodations…

“A number of cruise ships are under discussion and this will help to bridge the gap.”

Will Barbados be Ready?

It will be lots of hard work, lots of overtime, but there are many, many people working many, many hours to get it done. We have no option, we have to get it done. All I can say to Barbados and others is: “We will be ready.”

Our Comments

These mega-projects (Olympics, World Cups, etc) always seem to be behind schedule. With few exceptions, the host countries successfully rise to the occasion – and we anticipate that Barbados will do the same.

We caution though, that it is always during the last six-month big push when the cost-overrun abuses and large scale frauds take place.

And so it starts…

Note the use of the phrases by Chairman deCaires “Lots of Overtime” and “We have no option, we have to get it done.”

The world is full of host countries and cities that are still paying for their circuses a decade later. They have also discovered that the hoped for (and always promised) “increase in tourism” is an elusive creature that seldom shows itself enough to justify the cost of the big event – especially if costs are allowed to run wild during the rush to finish in time.

Chris deCaires is a hard-working chap, and he is showing that he can be innovative in meeting the challenges – for instance, calling in cruise ships to provide the much needed, but temporary, accomodations boost. He has also shown that he knows that Perfect is the enemy of Good Enough.

But who will monitor and control the costs? Who will say “no” to Mr. deCaires when it needs to be said?

We know who will eventually end up paying for it all… and will still be paying for it long after the cheers fade: ordinary everyday Bajans who may not even be able to afford to see a single game.

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Cricket World Cup 2007 Prepares For Muslim Terror Threat – But Anti-U.S. Bias Weakens Security Effort

Will national pride trump common sense and compromise security at the Cricket World Cup 2007?

In 2007, the West Indies will host the Cricket World Cup in eleven venues. Security and anti-terrorism planning has become a nightmare of politics for those responsible for policing, security and anti-terrorism operations during the World Cup.

Barbados Free Press interviewed a confidential source who says that Anti-American Bias by Caribbean leaders is weakening security planning for this major world-class event.

Over a Friday afternoon beer, a confidential source tells Barbados Free Press that British and South African intelligence agencies and counter-terror units are to play major planning and operational roles in providing security for the 2007 Cricket World Cup – but offers of U.S. assistance are being under-utilized because of anti-American bias by Caribbean leadership.

“The South Africans are the only ones to have handled a World Cup post-nine-eleven and they did a top notch job of event planning, security and crowd control. Their tactical response units are among the the best as, team for team, the SA’s handle more incidents than anyone else. Consequently, their team members tend to have a high level of ‘live’ operational experience.”

“The Brits have a tremendous amount of organizational and operational experience from the IRA days and more recent events. They have been methodical about retaining institutional knowledge and the Iraq war has sharpened them even more.”

With all that experience, why would the Cricket World Cup need any assistance from the USA?

“Intelligence is one of the key components of large event security, and in the Western Hemisphere, the Yanks rule the roost. And just as important, they also have extensive overhead and water surveillance and interdiction assets already trained, alert and in place dealing with drug-trafficking, terrorism and immigration issues.”

What do you mean “overhead and water surveillance and interdiction assets…” ?

“Airplanes, satellites, tethered radar platforms – balloons – Naval and Coast Guard vessels and their network of covert small aircraft and vessels that would be invaluable in tracking and interdicting water or air-based terrorist threats against World Cup venues.”

And what is the problem with using American resources?

“It is a matter of national pride carried too far. Also a big anti-American feeling by many of the delegations. The Caribbean police and security services will take all the help and advice they can lay their hands on and they don’t care where it comes from. They know that if it hits the fan, they will be blamed.”

“The damned politicians are the worst enemy of those responsible for World Cup security. The Caribe politicians don’t even want the Brits to be part of it, but they are stuck with them, so there you are.”

You mean Bajan politicians are ignoring offers of American assistance for World Cup?

“Getting a little warm out so I’ll be heading back now. Thanks for the beer.”
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The next article in this series will be published on Wednesday, March 1, 2006: Muslim Terrorist Operations in The Caribbean

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Andy The Hobo Traveler In Barbados – But Who Is He?

We earlier told our readers about “Andy the Hobo Traveler” and predicted that he might be heading for Barbados. Andy arrived yesterday, Thursday 23rd, on a Liat flight from St. Vincent.

Andy mentioned Barbados Free Press in his blog, and seemed to be a little concerned that we had pre-announced his intent to visit Barbados. I guess Andy likes his privacy, and I can understand that. He has turned himself into a bit of a minor celebrity: It’s not every unemployed hobo who operates one of the world’s most popular travel websites.

Andy Accidentally Discovers Gay Barbados

Last night Andy stayed in a guest house, but left when he found himself staying at the wrong end of the beach. It seems he couldn’t even go for a stroll without having half a dozen men trying to pick him up. Oh well, Andy doesn’t seem too offended and writes in his blog that he finds Bajan gays to be quite mannerly, restrained and more civilized than in some other places he has visited. (For those who don’t know, Andy is a very straight guy heading for 50 years old – who is constantly being approached by women half his age.)

Andy wrote a whole page on Gay Barbados – very humourous – and this morning was in an internet cafe near The Gap. See you on the beach tonight, Andy!

Here are some links to, and about, Andy the Hobo Traveler…

Andy The Hobo Traveler – Travel Blog

Andy The Hobo Traveler – Web Site

Original Barbados Free Press article “Andy the Hobo Traveler Hits the Caribbean – Maybe Barbados”

Andy’s Post: “Gay Barbados”

UPDATED: Andy Says Hello

At 5:15pm, we received the following email from Andy…

Re: Andy Hobo to Marcus, Robert and Shona.
Hello
This is Andy of Hobotraveler.com
Thanks for the kind words.
I leave on Sunday for Anguilla,
The beaches of Barbados are great, nice to see bikinis.
Andy in the Gap or Guesthouse area…?
South Beach or Worthing
Andy

Thanks “Life is good”
Andy the HoboTraveler.com
Travel Blog http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html

Good Luck Andy…

We will continue to follow your adventures.

Robert, Shona & Marcus

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Blogs Discuss Barbados Holetown Festival, Racism and Cabinet Shuffles

A few places of interest to Bajans on a Thursday afternoon…

Racial Issues…

Jdid at Doan Mind Me has some ideas about playing Race Cards.

Stella at Barbados Forum touched off an excellent discussion when she posted “Confused About The Racial Politics In Barbados”

I’m new to Barbados – I would describe myself as a Black person who happens to be biracial. I thought I would fit in really well here but I find that I am getting weird reactions from some people because my skin tone (similar to Halle Berry/ Sade/ Bob Marley) seems to be very rare in Barbados although it’s common in the US. Sometimes I get bad treatment from people who are darker than me; I also get really bizzare reactions from people who are a bit lighter than me (not white) who form another signficant group in this country.

I daren’t discuss it with anyone because Barbados is so small – everyone seems to know everyone here. Has anyone got any thoughts on this or is this too taboo to talk about?

Linda from Barbados Blog tells the story of a tourist who was frightened because a polite young lady on a crowded Bajan bus offered to hold her packages. That tourist musta been from New York City! (Chill out lady, not all of us who ride the bus are thieves.)

Holetown Festival

Titilayo from Gallimaufry Blog went up to St. James last weekend and took some photos of the roving tuk band challenging a kittle player to best them.

Linda from My Barbados Blog also posts on the Holetown Festival and has a link to last year’s story too.

(Our own Robert was very pleased with himself because Rhea – the new Banks Girl – gave him a smile at Holetown. My heart still pines for Shantelle from 2004…sigh…)

Cabinet Shuffle Comments

Neil Benn at Passenger’s Log risks the rath of his mother to talk about Hamsters Befriending Snakes and other “Tacky Politics”. Neil also talks about George Belle’s comments on call-in show Down To Brass Tacks.

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Rihanna Major Movie Deal?

Rihanna.jpgIt has been just a year since Robyn Fenty, otherwise known as Rihanna (her middle name), signed her deal with the DEF Jam label. The home girl is doing so fine and just turned the big eighteen last Monday. (No, Shona wasn’t invited this time. Big tears.)

But Shona did hear some juicy news…

Rihanna’s second LP “A Girl Like Me” is due in April, but Shona says that a huge movie deal will shortly follow the LP. Big secret… Rihanna has been taking acting lessons big time since last October and showed real natural talent, so she was signed – but the plan is to put out the new album first, then bump up the publicity by announcing the movie deal.

Ok Shona: we are holding you to that girl!

For those three people who have been locked in a closet for about the past 12 months, Miss Fenty is known to the music world by her middle name Rihanna. In less than a year, she moved from an average Barbadian secondary school teenager to an international superstar proudly flying the Barbadian flag all over the world.

Rihanna’s DEF Jam website is here. A Google search will get you all kinds of goodies…. but nothing about the movie deal, so you read it first at Barbados Free Press.

And by the way… Shona also hears that Rihanna still remembers where she came from, and is still the same home girl inside, no matter all the lights and glitter. (We all knew that anyway)

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Barbados Free Press Welcomes: Transparency International, UK Investment Property Forum, Global Voices – Harvard Law School

The hit-meter is going wild today with international visitors to Barbados Free Press – with most of the new visitors arriving from three websites…

– Transparency International

– Global Voices (Harvard Law School)

– UK Investment Property Forum

Global Voices Online and Transparency International have linked to several of our current and past stories, but the UK Investment Property Forum is an upscale “members only” site, so we are not really sure what they are saying about BFP or Barbados. (Any members care to let us know?)

Here is a bit about each organization from their websites:

Global Voices Online

Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project, sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School.

A growing number of bloggers around the world are emerging as “bridge bloggers:” people who are talking about their country or region to a global audience. Global Voices is your guide to the most interesting conversations, information, and ideas appearing around the world on various forms of participatory media such as blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs.

Transparency International

Transparency International (TI) is the leading international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption. Through its International Secretariat in Berlin and its 99 independent National Chapters around the world, TI works at both the international and national level to curb the supply and demand of corrupt practices.

Transparency International’s “Barbados Free Press” story here.

UK Investment Property Forum

Set up in 1988, the Investment Property Forum (IPF) is now recognised as one of the leading specialist property industry bodies in the UK. It comprises an influential network of senior professionals all active in the property investment market. Individuals join because the Forum remains focused, proactive and makes a difference.

The strength of the organisation lies in its diversity of members of over 1500, which includes investment agents, fund managers, bankers, lawyers, researchers, academics, actuaries and other related professionals. It operates in London, Scotland, the Midlands and the North West.

The IPF’s mission is to improve the awareness, understanding and efficiency of property as an investment for members and others in the wider business community by:

Undertaking research and special projects;

Providing education; and

Encouraging discussion and debate.

A warm Bajan welcome to all!

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Remembering the Message of Dr. Colin Hudson – Barbados Environmental Advocate

Colin_Hudson_Barbados.JPGThe internet is a marvelous place. A few minutes of almost random searching and one can stumble across all sorts of fascinating stories that are new or, like this story, just forgotten as our lives get busier and busier.

I had not forgotten Dr. Colin Hudson, but I did need to remember his message…

Until his death in 2004, Dr. Colin Hudson was one of the foremost Bajan clarions against development gone wild. The government often tried to use or misuse his credibility for their own purpose, but he continued to pound out his message of sustainable development for Barbados right to the last.

I accidentally discovered a number of websites that continue to promote the good doctor’s message, and remind us that more and more hotels, roads, cars and menial servant jobs for our children is not the choice that most Bajans would make. (Which, of course, begs the question: Who is making these choices for us?)

Here is a small excerpt from one of the websites…

“As we watch the rapid urbanization and suburbanization of Barbados and the agricultural lands, seascapes and landscapes being lost to inappropriate physical development, we feel an inner and outer loss that is very profound; we feel a disconnect; we feel and see the pressing need for an adequate planning legislation that will protect and conserve those lands which provide the fodder for our basic needs.”

“When I say basic needs, I not only mean the need for residential housing and commercial ventures, food, quality air and water, I include our cultural, recreational, psychological, aesthetic and ecological needs. It is the fulfillment of these needs which make us whole.”

Here are some of the websites. Visit one and you will find a dozen all connected…

Barbados Environmental Society

Memorial Site for Colin Hudson, 1938-2004

Tributes to Colin Hudson (Some excellent information about his work)

Thanks for all your work Colin.

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Good Changes at Barbados Free Press

You Like Us! You Really Do Like Barbados Free Press!

Thanks to our readers from all over the world who have sent words of encouragement, advice, story tips and yes, criticism. When we published our first article just five weeks ago, we had no idea how much our work would resonate with Bajans and others at home and overseas.

Some of our posts have been picked up internationally – by online media and international organizations – and we are now receiving many hundreds of new visitors every day. As of this morning, a standard Google Search for “Barbados Politics” lists Barbados Free Press as hit number 11 of over four and a half MILLION returns! The same search on MSN Search has Barbados Free Press as hits numbers 3 and 4. Wow!

We Hear You: More Positive & Expanded Coverage

While the vast majority of Bajans support our calls for more accountability by government, some of our readers point out that so far we seem to have focused only on the negative. To that, we have to plead guilty as charged, but as we said, “We Hear You.”

Now that we have started to say some of the things that Bajans have been wanting to say for at least a decade, we are going to expand our coverage to include other more positive areas of Barbados and Bajan life.

This is probably a good time to remind people that we love Barbados and want the best for it now and into the future. We promise to continue publishing hard-hitting articles to remind our government that knowledge, transparency and accountability are fundamental to a healthy democracy – and we also hope you will love some of the new things we will be doing.

New Happenings at Barbados Free Press

Our readers near and far have told us they would like to see some posts about…

– Bajan Music, Culture, Local History, Food
– Good & Cheap Places to Stay & Vacation
– Island entertainment and sights.
– Bajan Church & Social Happenings
– Local Businesses & Technology
– Bajans living abroad & Bajans on the Web

Anything we missed? Drop us an email or have your say in the Comments section after every post. We’d love to hear from you!

barbadosfreepress (at) yahoo.com

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