Daily Archives: April 27, 2006

Barbados Labour Party To Introduce Integrity Legislation By 1976

Well, that's what the Barbados Labour Party promised in 1976…

THE 1976 MANIFESTO of the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) proclaimed that it was ready to introduce integrity legislation to Barbados:

"We will pass legislation providing for Members of Parliament, senators, and politically-appointed members of statutory corporations to disclose their financial assets and liabilities on assuming office, periodically during office, and on termination.

"A code of proper conduct will be laid down for ministers, senior civil servants and political appointees to statutory corporations."

…from today's editorial in The Nation

Previous BFP Posts – Government Integrity & Corruption…

* Barbados Prime Minister Arthur and BLP General Secretary Dr. William Duguid – Standup Comedians Supreme!

* Former Trinidad Tobago PM Basdeo Panday Jailed – Failed To Declare London Bank Account

* Barbados Tenantries – Land Title Transfers – To Whom The Benefit?

* Barbados New Sugar Factory – $140 Million Contract To Government Friends, No Tender?

* Barbados Government Land Expropriations: Always A Murky Swamp of Unanswered Questions

* Friend of Barbados Deputy PM Mia Mottley Received How Much Government Money? !!!

* Proposed Barbados Anti-Corruption Law Absolves Government Family Members and Associates For Past Corruption

* Auditor General – Barbados vs. Trinidad and Tobago: A Study in Contrasts

* UN Convention Against Corruption – Barbados Seminar Update

* Welcome Delegates to UN Corruption Seminar – Barbados

* UN Hosts Corruption Seminar in Barbados… How Appropriate!

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

* Barbados Greenland Landfill Tenders: Let The Graft Begin!

* New Barbados High Court Judge Jacqueline Cornelius Sworn In. HOWEVER…

* Barbados Tender Process Corrupt?

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

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PM Arthur Says EU Wants “Total Abandonment Of Barbados Sugar Cane Agriculture”

From The Barbados Advocate

Saying that Caribbean countries must accept the inevitable phasing out of preferences and the need to adjust our economies, Prime Minister Owen Arthur nevertheless stated that the region was concerned with the callous manner in which the transition is being managed.

Speaking during the opening of the fifth UK/Caribbean Forum yesterday at the Barbados Hilton, he said that this action was witnessed last November with "the instant and unilateral evisceration of the Sugar Protocol."

He noted, "In the case of Barbados, we have in fact already started to develop new activities as we diversify around our dominant sector, sugar, as suggested by the Commission, but our exchanges to date with EU officials have left us in no doubt that the prescription they would ideally like to impose upon us is the total abandonment of sugar cane agriculture."

"For reasons such as this the Caribbean may be forgiven if it holds the view that there is unfortunately little sign of genuine dialogue towards the most viable and mutually acceptable transition arrangements", he continued…

Our Comments…

Of course the U.K. and the European Union want "total abandonment of sugar cane agriculture" – because for decades they have been paying Barbados way over the world price for sugar as a subsidy.

In better times, "charitable" or "national interest" subsidies might have been an easier sell to Europe and especially to citizens of the United Kingdom – especially with the friendly relationship that Barbados and the U.K. previously shared.

But Mr. Prime Minister… do you really expect U.K. citizens to happily continue to subsidize Barbados when they often see their Monarchy, the Queen or a young Prince being publicly insulted in the media by the Prime Minister of Barbados? Do you really think the average Brit hears the Prime Minister of Barbados insult the Crown and then says, "Oh we had better send some more sugar subsidy to Barbados then" ?

Yard fowls do come home to roost occasionally, so be polite on the world stage, Mr. Prime Minister. Its called "diplomacy".

If Barbados wants to become a republic, we can achieve our goals without having our leadership going out of the way to insult or denigrate old allies and valuable trading partners.

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Barbados Free Press RSS Statistics Skyrocket

RSS or "Really Simple Syndication" is a tool that allows you to choose the website content you want to read and have new articles and posts delivered immediately to your computer shortly after they appear on your favourite websites. Here at Barbados Free Press, we subscribe to hundreds of RSS feeds to keep up with worldwide news about Barbados, and we also publish our website in RSS format so our readers can receive our new posts immediately.

Governments & Businesses Also Subscribe To Barbados Free Press RSS

Many people in North America and Europe use RSS Reader Programs to "subscribe" to the Barbados Free Press. We also notice more than a few subscriptions going to Government offices and large businesses – not just in Barbados, but around the world. (Hello U.S. Department of State! Hello British Broadcasting Corporation!)

For April, our RSS feed subscriptions are up 347% over March, so many of our visitors are putting us on their automatic daily reading list. Thanks very much for the compliment!

Short & Simple Online Video About Using RSS

For our readers who are unfamiliar with RSS, we recommend a Cnet online tutorial (its free) "RSS – News You Choose". The article explains the technology and reviews the various RSS Reader programs. Some computers have an RSS Reader already installed. Maybe yours does – all you need to do is take two minutes to learn how to use it.

The Cnet series also includes an online Video Tutorial that takes only a few minutes to watch and will excite any web surfer about the possibilities of RSS. Check it out here.

(Our RSS Feed is near the bottom of the sidebar menu on the right side of the screen. Scroll down to "RSS Feed" – or "Meta" for separate Content and Comment RSS Feeds.)

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Best Wishes to Barbados Tourism Minister Noel Lynch – Featured Speaker At Dubai Conference

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Barbados Tourism Minister Is Featured Speaker At International Conference

Tourism Minister Noel Lynch will be speaking at the Emerging Island Destinations session at the Arab Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai between April 29 and May 1, 2006. He will take to the stage to debate issues of island marketing along with Ministers Samia Hassan from Zanzibar and Dr Mahmood Shaugee from the Maldives.

Minister Lynch will also be seeking investors for our tourist-based economy, and we wish the Minister and his team good luck in every facet of this important international conference.

Do a good job Minister, and we won't even mention the European Vacation "Tourism Study" that you are going to tack onto the end of the conference. (Of course we heard about that, Sir!)

Just go easy on the European Vacation "Tourism Study" expenses, and we will consider it fair compensation for the last month you have spent preparing for the conference. Deal?

Why Is Barbados A Better Tourist Destination Than Other Carib Islands?

One of the conference discussions of great importance to Barbados will be about how to distinguish our "Barbados Brand" and product from so many other small Caribbean islands. Think about it… to the tourists, all the islands and all the beaches generally look the same. What can Barbados offer that others cannot?

Minister Lynch will have an increasingly difficult job as oil prices cause airfares to rise. Don't forget, Barbados is one of the farthest "Caribbean" destinations from North America, and there are many beautiful islands between Florida and Barbados. From Europe, the difference is not as great, but again, there are cheaper destinations.

So what would cause a tourist to pay the higher Barbados ticket price if a similar island is closer and cheaper?

A number of Barbados differences came to mind last night as the BFP writers got together for a meal, but the two that stood out most were Tourist Safety – Security and what we will call Visible Pollution.

Tourist Safety – Security

Think "Tourist Safety – Security" and then compare Jamaica with Barbados. No contest. Barbados is a very safe country. Even our few "bad" areas aren't really so bad. Jamaica has some of the most beautiful natural sights in the world – in truth, even prettier than Barbados – but many tourists won't set foot on the island because, as they see it, Jamaica is just not worth the risk.

We in Barbados shouldn't forget about that when the issue of policing comes up. The Royal Barbados Police Force should be the highest paid, best trained and best equipped policing organization in the Caribbean. The police are the true guardians and promoters of the most important segment of our economy. If the tourists don't feel safe in Barbados, you can kiss goodbye to about 80% of our gross national revenue.

The peaceful nature of Barbados and our reputation and record of providing a safe and secure vacation destination is probably our greatest asset in setting our island above other Caribbean, and Central and South American vacation market competitors. Let's work hard and pay whatever price is necessary to maintain our reputation.

Visible Pollution

Here, Barbados could use some improvement. True, anyone who has been to Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico or seen Havana Bay up close might rate Barbados well in comparison, but that is hardly something to brag about.

We at the Barbados Free Press believe that there is a direct and inverse link between tourist dollars and visible pollution. The more visible pollution – the fewer tourists and tourist dollars.

Barbados as a country and individual Bajans simply must pay more attention to environmental, waste and pollution issues or the tourists will start to notice our problems – if they haven't already.

Minister Lynch needs to recognize that Minister of the Environment Elizabeth Thompson can be his greatest ally – or enemy – depending upon the performance of her ministry.

Article Source Link

Khaleej Times – United Arab Emirates

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