Daily Archives: May 11, 2006

Trinidad Tobago Continues to Clean House – But Barbados PM Remains Silent On Offshore Assets

After the corruption trial and sentencing of Trinidad's former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, there are now allegations that Trinidad's Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma attempted to interfere with the judicial process during Panday's trial. Trinidad's current Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, has told Sharma to resign or face charges.

From The Nation News...

TALES OF DECEIT and intrigue surfaced yesterday as Trinidad's Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma claimed there was a political conspiracy aimed at getting him out of office.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Patrick Manning told Sharma to resign or face charges with attempting to interfere in the recent trial of United National Congress (UNC) founder and former prime minister Basdeo Panday.

A defiant Sharma, however, yesterday protested his innocence of the charges being levelled against him by Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls, insisting that he would not be "hounded out of office, or bullied by the Executive into resigning when there is absolutely no justification for doing so"…

(full article at The Nation Newspaper)

Our friends on Trinidad-Tobago must be both saddened and encouraged by recent events, but here on Barbados, we do not have any integrity or conflict of interest laws.


We call upon Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur to Reveal Any Offshore Assets & Bank Accounts.

Hello? Prime Minister? You There?


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Island Life, Offshore Investments, Politics & Corruption

Selective Immigration Enforcement in Barbados? Illegals OK For Sugar Industry, But Not Construction

Barbados has charged the Indian construction firm Larsen & Toubro and its management for illegally hiring 14 Indian labourers who worked at the Kensington Oval Redevelopment Project last year – but BIM Today questions why only illegals from India were charged when illegal immigration to Barbados from Caribbean countries is rampant…

Tightscenes at BIM Today writes…

I see we in Barbados have a very selective suing process. If you are an indian hailing from the south american continent, then no permit necessary, come right through.. stop by the PM's house and he may even sort you out with a lil job. You can even bring your "uncle" to stay with you, don't mind we hear the bed creaksing at night, all in the family right?

But, if you are an Indian crossing the Atlantic, cakes burn… we uh… don't tolerate illegal immigrants working here and am… yea.. ting. I sure dem got nuff twangs from down south labouring without a work permit on the same kesington oval, digging holes for the same $10 a day.

Too true, Tightscenes. Too true.

Maybe our Immigration authorities in Barbados should take a page from the American Immigration and go hunting for illegals using mass raids in the middle of the night?

From The Cincinnati Post

Four supervisors for Fischer Homes were among 80 people arrested Tuesday as part of a two-year probe into the use of illegal immigrant workers in the home construction industry in Northern Kentucky.

The supervisors were charged with hiring illegal immigrants. The other 76 persons arrested were charged with being in the United States illegally.

The investigation, which is continuing, ties Fischer Homes directly to the subcontractor who hired and employed the undocumented immigrants, according to court documents. Indeed, court papers say, the subcontractor, Robert Pratt, also provided housing for the immigrants, most of whom are from Mexico or Guatemala…

Somehow, I don't think that the Barbados sugar industry could survive if all the illegals were rounded up. Bajans sure don't want to work for the scraps that the sugar industry pays!


Filed under Barbados, Business, Crime & Law, Island Life, Politics & Corruption

DNA Testing Reveals Your African Tribal Ancestry


"The most important result (of DNA testing) is a vivid, tangible reminder that my family's history does not begin with slavery but has a rich heritage from centuries prior."

Shay at Booker Rising blog

We who live on the east coast of Barbados have all done it at one time or another… looked out at the Atlantic – stretching our vision and imagination beyond the horizon and across the water to Africa – and wondered, "Where do I really come from?"

Although my family has been on this island for hundreds of years and this is my country, my home and my culture, there has always been a small empty spot inside me that needs filling. And now, with advances in science, I will know where in Africa I came from… and so will my son and his son (if the Lord wills me a grandson, of course).

Like me, Shea at Booker Rising blog had no knowledge of his pre-slavery existence, but he participated in the National Geographic Genome Project – and now he knows…

Going from African American (or American of African descent) to Cameroonian-Chadian-Nigerian American (or American of Cameroonian, Chadian, and Nigerian descent) has been a most interesting one. Because there was a 100% DNA sequence pattern match between my mitochondrial DNA and that of the Mafa, Kotoko, and Masa tribes, I am learning more about these groups… The most important result is a vivid, tangible reminder that my family's history does not begin with slavery but has a rich heritage from centuries prior.

Yes, I am going to do this, and I'll let you know how it turns out. For US$100, I want to know. Grandmother said that as well as African, there is a little Irish in our family from a long time ago. Let's see if the science confirms the family tales.


Booker Rising Blog "African Ancestry & DNA Test: My Results"

Booker Rising Blog "Researching My Roots: Digging Up Background Information"

National Geographic – The Genographic Project

National Geographic article "The Greatest Journey"


Filed under Barbados, Culture & Race Issues, Island Life