Monthly Archives: September 2006

China’s Next Export To Barbados – Men

Why is the long standing practice of killing girl babies in China making problems for Jamaican men ? … from Female Infanticide In China: Jamaican Men Feel The Pain – Jamaica and the World Blog

In our continuing quest to link with other Caribbean bloggers, we recently discovered Jamaica and The World blog, and we’ve added a link on our sidebar. While we haven’t read everything on the blog, and we don’t agree with everything we have read (heck… we can’t even agree among ourselves at BFP!) – we are interested enough that Jamaica and the World will now be part of our daily reading.

Here is a Jamaica and the World post that made us stop to consider all the gifts that China has been lavishing upon Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean lately. As we keep pointing out at Barbados Free Press… Ain’t nothin’ be free…

China’s Major Export In The Coming Decade – Men

Female Infanticide In China: Jamaican Men Feel The Pain

Why is the long standing practice of killing girl babies in China making problems for Jamaican men ?

Because the Chinese Government’s infamous One Child policy has produced an estimated 41 million more adult Chinese males than females.

Human reproduction still requires females, and there are not enough to go around, no matter how many women are kidnapped/trafficked from the cities and neighboring countries.

So what to do ? Well, what you can do is export as many adult males as possible to as many Chinese-government-funded projects around the world as possible. Take, for example, the Greenfield Stadium being built for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in Trelawny, Jamaica…..

Exporting men helps China on its way to becoming the world’s sole superpower sooner rather than later….AND it frees up a little of the pressure on the police state at home….

… read the whole article at Jamaica and the World Blog (link here)

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Why Is Barbados’ Marketing To American Tourists Failing?

UPDATED – Linda from My Barbados Blog chimes in…

“The BTA (Barbados Tourism Authority) spent $40 million to attract Americans, and the campaign failed. They could have paid me a cool million to give them some advice. If anyone over at BTA reads this, drop me an e-mail.”

Linda is not kidding… our fellow blogger at My Barbados Blog runs a very successful travel agency in the USA – so she knows what Americans want in a vacation and who of her clientel travel to Barbados. In response to Adrian Loveridge’s letter below, Linda has written a major article at her blog (link here).

After reading Linda’s article, it sounds as if no one at the Barbados Tourism Authority has any clue about marketing Barbados to Americans. Forty million dollars just shot to h*ll.

Original Article… 

In the following letter to the editor, Adrian Loveridge makes a good point… Barbados is subsidizing each airline seat with $300 of taxpayers’ money, and we still can’t fill those airplanes. Last year, the Barbados Tourism Authority spent US$40 Million Dollars in a failed bid to attract US tourists.

What’s going wrong?

We don’t know, and neither does Mr. Loveridge appear to have the answer – but at least he’s naming the problem, which is more than the Barbados Tourism Authority is doing with its “everything is fine” message.

Something must fundamentally wrong with the marketing of Barbados in North America.

‘We’ were not able to sustain a single weekly flight of the United States fifth richest state, New Jersey, operated by Continental Airlines.

Flights to both Charlotte and Philadelphia operated by US Airways have been severely reduced.

And now the latest blow is the cessation of the Trinidad-Barbados-Washington service by BWIA or the new company that is set to replace it come 1st January 2007.

In all cases these routes were operated by smaller aircraft, Boeing 737’s, Airbus 319’s and the occasional Airbus 320.

120 seats or less!

Deduct the accepted level of visiting friends and relatives estimated at 25% of our total long stay visitor arrival numbers, plus another 10 plus per cent that are connecting on flights to Barbados’s neighbours, we are then only really looking for around 80 passengers per flight for these aircraft to operate to capacity.

Put another way, if the economic break-even level for revenue passengers is 50 per cent, that number is reduced to just 36.

I cannot believe that of our four largest markets, with the United States receiving the second largest proportion of the BDS$80 million (US$40 million) spent by the Barbados Tourism Authority last year, we cannot ‘find’ these relatively insignificant numbers.

And it isn’t as if ‘we’ have to compete with our neighbours on equal pricing. Currently the Best of Barbados programme is using taxpayer’s monies to subsidise each and everyone booking a package by US$300.

So, even with selling the ‘product’ below cost, we simply seem incapable of sustaining desirable airlift.

It must now be apparent even to those wearing the most rose-tinted glasses that ‘our’ marketing strategy in North America is simply not working and must be dramatically re-visited.

Adrian Loveridge
22 September 2006
Barbados

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CaribbeanPressReleases.Com – Interesting New Site

In the last month we’ve been seeing “Caribbean Press Releases.com” coming up with increasing frequency during online searches involving “Barbados”, so yesterday we stopped in and had a look. Here’s what the website says about itself…

CaribbeanPressReleases.com seeks to provide an avenue for businesses, organizations, associations and other entities to distribute their text and multi-media releases online.The site is owned and managed by veteran TV producer and broadcaster, Sharon Coward, who has more than a decade of experience in news reporting, radio and television production and management, press release writing and more recently, web design and content management.

Ms. Coward’s website is an interesting concept – a regional business news site that is also attempting to be a resource for publicity-hungry businesses and organizations. The aggregation of items from the Caribbean is obviously working to attract the automatic search engines like Google and Yahoo as that is how we came to know about Caribbean Press Releases.com.

We hope it works out in the long run, because the site is coming up with some interesting stories and press releases that we don’t see anywhere else.

Good Luck, Sharon!

Visit CaribbeanPressReleases.com

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Sugar Revenues Down 10% In 2006 – But 2007 Will Be A Killer… Another 36%

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Excerpts from The Barbados Advocate article Developments In Sugar Industry

AS this country prepares for a new planting season for sugar, official reports have put this year’s export earnings for that commodity at just over $40 million. Central Bank of Barbados information reveals that sugar sales to the European Union (EU) netted $40.2 million in 2006.

The amount was below the $44.3 million earned from the 2005 sugar crop…

Sugar produced in Barbados is sold to the EU under the terms and conditions of the Cotonou agreement. However, from next year Barbados will be getting a reduced price for its sugar sold to the EU.

Beginning early 2007 the EU could be instituting its 36 per cent price cut, a move which has forced the Owen Arthur administration to reform the industry into a sugar cane one. ACP producers have criticised the EU for moving to lower the price, saying it will create some economic fall out.

However, the EU has proposed a major financial package for the affected countries…

…read the rest of the Barbados Advocate article here

“Some Economic Fallout…”

Yes folks, if sugar revenues fall another 36% after this year’s disaster, there will be “some economic fallout”.

It is a good thing that the Owen Arthur Government recognized a decade ago that sugar revenues were crashing and that Barbados had better plan for new innovative revenue streams!

Remind me… what was the Barbados government plan to replace the sugar revenues?

Oh ya… I remember now…

1/ Beg the Europeans for money – playing upon white man’s guilt.

2/ Sell the rest of the island to foreigners.

Ya… good plan, Owen!

photo by Shona in the NorthWest

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Mullins Bay Blog asks: Beach Erosion or Natural Cycles?

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Many of the articles by our friends over at Mullins Bay Blog are focused on the health of the bay and issues surrounding beach erosion and pollution. The above two photos of the same seaside home illustrate their current post – which is well worth your time…

From their post Dynamic Mullins Bay

With all the beach engineering currently going on in the Mullins Bay area it is probably appropriate that we be reminded of the power of the ocean to which it is connected, and that we learn to respect and live with that power. Beaches are dynamic because of the constant action the waves upon them, sometimes causing dramatic changes not just over time but sometimes overnight…

…continue reading Dynamic Mullins Bay (link here)

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Barbados Free Press Hate Mail Up 1000% !!!

We must be doing something wrong because hardly a day goes by now that we don’t get one or two emails from frothing-at-the-mouth types. Gosh, do you suppose that someone is getting a little cranky out there? Wonder what’s bugging them?

A small selection taken from today’s offerings at our Yahoo.com email address. All from different Bajan IP addresses. We have never received such emails from overseas…

ARe uall tryin to destablize de country?
your posts are very strange
dread

I wish you dead.

F*c* you in the head you f*c*ing DLP cowards you neva gon win nevas

We know where you are and we are coming for you.

…down a well and your children…

Enjoy your last week out of jail basta*ds…

… and those are the mild ones.

Nice to know we’re appreciated!

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A Tale Of Two Barbados Farmers – One Wise, One Foolish

ONCE UPON A TIME in the 1960’s, two Barbados farmers worked the land that their ancestors had left them. All was well and they prospered – growing sugar and selling their crops for high prices. American farmers and industry had not yet discovered sugar beets or fructose, and the Cuban competition was effectively eliminated from the North American markets.

Times were good.

But then things changed – sugar prices crashed, labour became costly and both farmers were hard-pressed to feed their families and keep those golfing memberships paid up. What to do? What to do?

The Wise Farmer’s Solution

“I know!” cried the wise farmer. “I will personally cut back on expenses any way I can, and everyone is expected to do the same. My family will have to make do with less for now – so that the future can be secured. We will sacrifice everything to highly educate our children. If sugar will not support the family any longer, we will work hard and equip our children to find other modern ways. But this will take sacrifice by this generation so that the children will do well when it is their turn to have families…”

“We may even lease some of our land to others, but we will never NEVER sell the land to maintain our current lifestyle, because if we do that, we will surely reach a time when all the land will be gone, and we will not have achieved anything except to keep the golfing memberships for a few more years…”

The Foolish Farmer

The Foolish Farmer said to himself, “My family will never understand that things have changed and we now have to make do with less, so I will tell them that it is necessary to sell just a little land now, to pay the taxes on the rest of the land. We have so much land, and if I sell just a little at a time, we will be able to maintain those golfing memberships..

He deluded himself and his family, saying “This is just for a time that we will have to sell some small pieces of our land. Something will come up, and in the interim, we will continue to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle with new cars and many servants.”

This went on for three terms, and although the Foolish Farmer talked about making changes and preparing his children for the future, he never really did anything about it. But he did keep selling off little pieces of his children’s inheritance to buy them many presents now.

The Foolish Farmer’s children all loved him and rejoiced that they could continue to live well.

And so, with full bellys, new flyovers and a hospital and schools that were falling apart, the children re-elected their father for an unprecedented fourth term…

Wise Or Foolish…?

Excerpts from The Nation News (link here)…

Paying By Land

by DONNA SEALY

PRIME MINISTER OWEN ARTHUR last night defended the sale of Barbadian land to foreign investors, saying the country had to be able to pay its bills.

Alternatives such as casino gambling, legalised prostitution, currency devaluation and private beaches would not be considered by the Government, he said…

He added that the country had “so little to work with and so much to gain” and therefore there was a need for innovative ideas.

…Agriculture and manufacturing would work, said Arthur, but not the same as years gone by. Current times were challenging, he added, and he could give no assurance that sugar, a $40 million industry, would be able to pay the country’s bills in the future.

“What will be the new economy that will give you the assurance that wages in the public sector will be paid when they fall due?

“The sugar industry is $40 million a year, the public sector wage bill is $700 million a year and I can’t tell them at the end of the month [to] hold strain and hold an IOU . . . How will we have our bills paid . . .?”

…Stressing he would not be going the route of devaluing the Barbados dollar, licensing casino gambling, legalising prostitution or having private beaches, Arthur said the land could not be treated as “static”.

He warned that the country was “spending more that we are earning” and he was not inclined to “borrow our way out of it”.

Arthur noted that the way to deal with the national debt was to “increase our capacity to earn”.

“All across Barbados we have given the impetus in building a new capacity to earn foreign exchange for this country . . . ,” he said.

The Prime Minister, who has responsibility for town planning, said that “when people come here they must respect our laws”, adding that social surveys must be conducted to show how a project would impact on the environment or the neighbourhood where it would be built.

…”I am thirsty for the campaign trail, I really am,” Arthur said.

from The Nation News…

Hey folks… the new proxy server is fouling up our ability to post links. I’ll get to it later today. Sorry!

Robert

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