Daily Archives: September 9, 2006

Kid Nepro Podcast From Barbados Features Magnet Man & Others

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Kid Nepro Blog – Podcast Link Here

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“Special” Barbados Backyard Has Magnificent View Of Coming Storm – But Newlywed Owner Sips Tea, Ignores Weather Change

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What A Magnificent View!

Just before the heavy rains of a few weeks ago, Shona stood at a “special” place and watched the fishing boats way out to sea as the sky darkened and the winds died down.

This was the false calm that often goes before the storm, and as smooth as the waters were, they didn’t fool even the youngest mariner. They were all heading for shore because there was something new in the wind.

Integrity Storm Clouds Gathering

On the political front there also seems to be something new in the wind – something called “Integrity Legislation”. Clouds are gathering on the horizon, driven by a newly forming public storm called “Had Enough Corruption – Not Going To Take It Anymore”.

The DLP seem to be starting to read the wind, but the BLP and others remain happily out to sea fishing – ignoring the approaching clouds.

Still, it is sometimes difficult to read the wind and the sea when you are sipping tea comfortably in your beautiful backyard.

Photo “Magnificent Backyard View” taken by Shona. Not a bad view for a National Housing Corp. lot! Hope you didn’t tear your dress while climbing the fence, darlin’!

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Bajan Dream Project – Helping The Poor… Or Keeping Them That Way? UPDATED

UPDATED: September 10, 2006

Ok, so Jovan at the Bajan Dream Project has his shorts in a knot over our original comments. We encourage everyone to attend at his website to read his response (link here).

Good for him, because it is important that a person believe in what they are doing – especially if they are asking for money.

We’re still not clear on a couple of things, so may Jovan can help us out…

– While Jovan indicates that the Bajan Dream Project is “on sabatical” until sometime in 2007, they are asking for donations for a single mother burned out of her home. Very commendable, and we see that now (as in today after the BFP article was published) the Bajan Dream Project has announced that they will be making a presentation to the single mother.

Well and Good.

Now, Jovan, can you tell us what else you’ve done with any donations you’ve received so far and exactly what programmes you have in mind to lead people from poverty?

Not the big picture stuff, Jovan. The nitty gritty get your hands dirty stuff. Details. Who, what, where, when, how. Milestones and trigger dates.

Real stuff.

You want our money, no problem. Just give us some details and we will send you some money and further give you a weekly spot at Barbados Free Press – complete with access to a couple of thousand readers on a bad day.

That is a promise.

Original Article Below…

Jovan Reid of the Bajan Dream Project – a charity – wrote and asked Barbados Free Press for some assistance in the way of publicity. Well, OK Jovan – but with BFP publicity comes debate and discussion.

Let’s see what Bajans think of the Bajan Dream Project. First, here is a bit of Jovan’s letter to BFP…

Hey BFP,

…I was wondering whether it would be possible to put a reciprocal link on your site to mine (jovanreid.wordpress.com), which is a blog about a charity I set up with some friends of mine to help the poor down here. We mostly have articles about poverty/land crisis/life in Bim in general, and many times we also get people emailing and asking for assistance and we use it to get clothes, money etc. for those people from time to time.

For some reason we get a lot more non-Barbadians than anyone else, and generally the visitors per day are fairly low (avg. 40/day). It’s really a labour of love for me but I work otherwise and I also study, which gives me little time to really spread the word online about the blog… so most times I feel like I’m talking to myself and a clique of ‘regulars’ from overseas.

I’m hoping to exchange links with some other popular blogs…

Thanks for any help..

Jovan Reid
Project Manager
Bajan Dream Project
www.bajan-dream.com

Competing Philosophies: Buy A Meal – Or Teach A Man To Fish

While Jovan and his friends are to be commended for at least trying to do something about the poor, we at BFP believe that simply giving money or goods or house repairs to healthy, able-bodied “poor” only perpetuates their condition.

We say “Teach the Poor to Fish”, but Jovan and his friends appear be of another opinion. Although they use the words “intervention” they really mean “give money”. From Jovan’s blog…

The undersheltered can’t take themselves from poverty

We believe that, without intervention, the poor will remain poor. They make little or no income, yet have to survive in an economy with an ever increasing cost of living. They may not be employed, and may not have the skills to become employed, or the know-how to be entrepreneurs. Unless someone intervenes and examines their individual situations to provide relief, they’ll remain poor.

Will Giving Money Eradicate Poverty?

We don’t think so. How about our readers?

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Barbados Government BLP Blog – Week Of Silence As Land Expropriation Scandal Heats Up

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BLP Blog & Government Minister Both Silent As Land Scandal Continues

As of 12:01am September 9, 2006, the official blog of the ruling Barbados Labour Party had not posted a new article in over a week – with the last entry being made on September 1, 2006.

During the same week, the Barbados Free Press published a series of hard-hitting articles dealing with perceived corruption by a Government Cabinet Member after the expropriation of privately-held lands.

Other BFP articles for the week concerned an important court case being watched by the international investment community, and the BLP Government’s 12-year failure to introduce Integrity and Conflict of Interest legislation.

Cat Got BLP Bloggers’ Tongues!

After 5 months of extensive postings, the BLP Blog fell silent for a full week – notwithstanding that various BLP members of government visited the Barbados Free Press during that same week – some even posting comments defending the actions of Public Works Minister Gline Clarke.

But the BLP Blog remained mute – seemingly not daring to write anything – let alone writing about the growing scandal.

Selected Barbados Free Press Articles During The BLP Blog’s Week Of Silence…

Sept 7 – A Reader From Finland Writes To Barbados Free Press (About Corruption)

Sept 7 – DLP Candidate Called For Integrity Legislation In 2004 – Charter For Change

Sept 6 – DLP Leader Calls For Integrity Legislation In Barbados – But Does He Really Mean It?

Sept 6 – Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke Sets New Barbados Free Press Record!

Sept 5 – Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

Sept 3 – Barbados Court Considers Dispute Over Land Valued At Almost One Billion US$

Sept 1 – World’s Investors Watch Barbados Court Case

Sept 1 – Unwed Motherhood As A Career Choice In Barbados

August 31 – Bermuda Looking Forward To Hiring 30 Barbados Police – Including Elite Anti-Terror Officers – And Nurses Too!

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