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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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