Monthly Archives: August 2006

Bermuda Looking Forward To Hiring 30 Barbados Police – Including Elite Anti-Terror Officers – And Nurses Too!

Barbados Prime Minister: “No Need To Panic…”

Excerpts from the Bermuda Royal Gazette (link here)…

Police numbers on the Island could soon be boosted by 30 new officers from Barbados, according to overseas reports.

With Bermuda’s top cop George Jackson currently in the Caribbean country on a major recruitment drive, the Prime Minister and Police chief of Barbados have both spoken out amid speculation that their country’s force is set to lose scores of officers.

Barbados Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin called on PM Owen Arthur to urgently tackle the issue of salaries and working conditions for his officers.
His comments came after media reports indicated that about 30 officers were planning to leave the force for Bermuda.

Reports suggested that some members of the Special Services Unit – which recently received specialised anti-terror training ahead of next year’s Cricket World Cup – were among the group planning to quit. Mr. Dottin indicated to The Nation that this issue was discussed when he met his Bermuda counterpart….

However, PM Owen Arthur, responding to his Police chief’s comments, told The Nation that the number of officers leaving the Royal Barbados Police Force was so small there was no need to panic.

Officers departing to work in Bermuda are nothing new, he was reported as saying, and added: “Barbados has always been a place where people have looked to for nurses, Police and so on.”

As part of the current recruitment drive, Bermuda Police Service is looking to hire 40 extra officers from Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and the UK. …Governor Sir John Vereker has pledged to get the service up to its full strength of 469 officers by the end of October.

A Bermuda Police spokesman said he had no comment yesterday when asked about the reported influx of 30 officers from Barbados. He confirmed Mr. Jackson was still in Barbados on Police business.

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Barbados Economy Most Vulnerable – Moody Investment Service

Barbados economy at it’s most vulnerable
08-29-2006 STARCOM Network News

Barbados’ economy is probably more vulnerable today than at anytime since the turn of the century.

That’s according to Moody Investment Service, considered second only to Standard and Poors, as a Wall Street credit rating company.

It states that the vulnerability started to deteriorate since 2001. This was mitigated by the fact that a lot of foreign money here which can be withdrawn at anytime, is in the Financial Services Sector.

This is unlike other countries where the foreign dollars are in the higly speculative investment arena.

Our Take On This Story…

The Government of Barbados shouts from the rooftops and bangs pots in the street when a rating service makes even the slightest positive comment about the economy.

I wonder what Prime Minister Owen Arthur will say about this position by Moody’s?

OOOPS!

Hi folks… We first had this article incorrectly titled with “Standard & Poor’s” instead of Moody Investment Service.

Our apologies.

Reminder to self… Proof read, Proof read, Proofo reda…

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Barbados Bathsheba Railroad Land – Who Really Owns It?

More “unusual circumstances” with another piece of land in Barbados. We only have so much land, and the skullduggeries and intrigue surrounding the acquisition and transfer of lands on this small island are legendary.

A letter from a BFP reader…

I read in the press recently that Sir Roy is outraged at hearing that the access to the old train line at Highrock, and inter alia, the acccess to the beach at Highrock, Bathsheba, has been blocked off by stakes driven into the ground.

This is of great concern to me. This is my home village. The train line is public property and has been every since I was crawling around on all fours. No other property owner along that coast has had the audacity to fence it off, or complain, because the locals have always used that line as a right of way.

It seems to me, that the new owners of “Culpepper” the property on the hill over looking Highrock, may have thought that this land belongs to them. The fact is, when Mrs. Marie Austin owned it, she knew it was not hers and never claimed it. She died and left if jointly for her five nephews and nieces, who put it on the market a few years back for $3.5 million US.

They claimed it was 3.5 acres, which was a surprise to many locals as it did not appear to be so much land mass. If, however, the heirs included the old train line as part of the property that would, of course, increase the acreage.

It would be interesting to know who did the survey for the sale, and if they were aware that the train line belonged to the public, or if the government is aware of this land grab by the new owners of ‘culpepper’.

It would also be interesting to know what the plans are for the site and if these plans had anything to do with that ridiculous tourist trap that the government had proposed for the Beachmount pasture also at Bathsheba.

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Barbados Surprise Posted On Internet For World To See!

Ok ok…

It might be a slow news day around here – but for a little bit of fun (and to see how the world has changed when everybody and their brother now has the ability to post videos on the internet)…

… we point you to Linda at My Barbados Blog…

A globetrotting couple from Atlanta decides to vacation in Barbados, and they have posted their “Barbados Surprise” vacation on Travel Pod.

To make the trip more interesting, they also planned a surprise trip for two more relatives in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. The relatives, who live in New Orleans, had no idea where they were going until they reached the Atlanta airport.

Read the full article at My Barbados Blog (link here)

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Barbados Government Acts Quickly To Stem Rampant Television Piracy – But Forget About Medical Care, Environmental Legislation etc etc etc

The Government of Barbados moved quickly to make television piracy illegal. According to The Nation News, one in seven households on the island has a device to receive cable TV without paying for the service.

The point of the editorial though, is how quickly the government can move to produce legislation when it’s own revenue streams are attacked – but when it comes to health care and other concerns, hey – that’s something else…

Some excerpts from The Nation News

GOVERNMENT HAS the crucial responsibility to secure the well-being of its people in, among other things, important crises, the reinforcement of existing legislation as well as through creation of new laws or amendments. Special circumstances, unusual or unforeseen trends, occurrences, or, as in the case of Cricket World Cup, current events that concern the people, all indicate an overdue review of laws.

Case in point: the recent introduction of an amendment to the Telecommunications Act which stands as an example of the Barbados Government’s chosen reaction to special circumstances and/or unusual trends.

The amendment, titled the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2006, comes as a direct result of fraudulent use by unscrupulous people of a device that gives non-subscribers the same access privileges as subscribers have, to the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) cable television service.

The relative haste with which this amendment has been produced speaks to its urgency and vaunted legislative priority in the eyes of a Government which seems over zealous about imposing penalties…

It was sheer irony that on the same page on which news of the amendment to the telecommunications law was published, on August 1, the other published item informed: “Five hours and 55 minutes was how long it took some patients to get their prescriptions filled at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) yesterday.”

The two developments were obviously exclusive; nevertheless the contrast was too conflicting for keen readers not to observe….

Read the entire article at The Nation News (link here)

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Does Barbados Law Prevent Developers From Destroying Nearby Beaches To Enhance Their Own Beach?

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Condo Developers Destroying Nearby Beaches

Sometimes I despair that our government will ever wake up to the fact that allowing huge corporations to do as they please with our natural resources is a prescription for disaster. Lately, we have been seeing more and more incidents of private developers selfishly building jettys and groins without a care in the world about the damage done to nearby beaches.

Problem At Mullins Bay

Our friends at Mullins Bay Blog are extremely upset about a large condo developer’s actions, and they have written an excellent piece called The Uglification Of Mullins Bay – a bit of which follows…

Shock of shocks, horror of horrors has unfolded on the northern end of the Mullins Bay area with the construction of four new groins (two pictured here) to create more beach area for a new multi-million dollar condominium development going up on the last large parcel of undeveloped beachfront in the area…

With government doing little or nothing to help control beach erosion on the west coast private developers have taken it into their own hands to hasten the destruction of what was once one of the best beaches in the area. Groins are ugly, don’t always do what they are supposed to do (trap sand), create obstacles to walking on the beach, and most importantly, contribute the destruction of beaches nearby…

…but whereas the few small home owners remaining in the area have to jump through hoops to get permission from “Coastal” to place a few rocks on the beach to stop their homes from falling into the sea, apparently the same rules do not apply to the “big boys”…

What Does Barbados Law Say?

Mullins Bay Blog charges that once again, the Government of Barbados has created a double standard – setting aside the rule of law for the rich developers at the long-term expense of our natural resources.

What is the story here? Can any readers advise what the law says about creating these jetties – whether Government approval is needed, and most importantly, whether the large developer mentioned by Mullins Bay Blog needs and has a permit?

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Licensing Prostitutes In Barbados – Government As Pimp

Caribbean Governments To Consider Licensing Prostitutes Who Have Hundreds of Sexual Partners Per Month.

Let’s see here… say, a thousand prostitutes licensed at fifty US dollars for the Cricket World Cup. But then, we’ll need the additional health, policing and regulatory infrastructure to monitor the industry. Taxes on the houses of prostitution. Inspectors. Doctors doing scheduled checks. Lab workers.

Yup. It could just work. I smell the flower of an entirely new tax base for Barbados here.

And… oh the fringe benefits for the inspectors!

SHOULD SEX WORKERS be licensed for the 51-day period of next year’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) in order to regulate their activity?

This question is soon to be considered by Caribbean governments.

It is one of the suggestions made at the two-day CARICOM/CWC 2007 Health Sector Sub-Committee meeting of regional health ministers which concluded on Friday at Savannah Hotel, Christ Church.

The proposal will be examined by a select committee.

Winston Williams, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health, told the SUNDAY SUN on Friday that the issue has to be examined in light of the possible influx of sex workers to the region for the event, and the impact this could have on the populations’ health.

“I have asked the question whether or not licences should be issued for that period of time to sex workers. We have to look at whether it should be legalised because it is a problem that is coming,” said Williams.

from The Nation News link here.

The people who want to reconstruct our society to their own very different vision most often do not wear their agendas on their sleeves. They frequently give very reasoned arguments why various laws and social conventions should be ignored – just for some specific worthy purpose. Just this once.

Their message is “Just put aside the rule of law for this one time. This one worthy purpose. It won’t do any harm if the bureaucrats ignore Parliament’s laws, rule of law, the will of the people and hundreds or thousands of years of cultural norms. Just this once.”

One little push at a time, one little change here and there – and society moves a little closer to the ideals of the Socialist Left.

The latest “little push” by the bureaucrats as they sip their martinis at the Savannah Hotel is a move by some to have Barbados and other Caribbean governments license prostitutes “just for the Cricket World Cup” on the pretense that pieces of paper will somehow ward off HIV and other diseases.

Language paves the way to many of these societal changes when leftist members of the media and government agencies change a word here and a term there to further a certain social agenda. Often, sympathetic media will adopt the terminology deliberately coined by one side of an issue – as a method of forwarding an agenda while continuing to provide the appearance of no bias.

Consider the terms “Prostitute” vs “Sex Worker”

“Sex Worker” legitimizes the people and the er, “profession” while “Prostitute” conjurs up a totally different perspective. Legitimate business person vs. diseased criminal.

It’s all in the words, you see. Same person, same activity – just different words.

“The term “sex worker” was coined by long time prostitutes’ rights activist Carol Leigh as a way to designate all those who work in the adult industry.” Online reference… International Sex Worker Foundation…

http://www.iswface.org/whatissexworker.html

So when the media or government officials use a term coined by a prostitute to legitimize prostitution, whether they realize it or not, they are furthering a certain social agenda.

Words matter. Actions matter.

…and we are not fooled.

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