Daily Archives: August 28, 2006

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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