Daily Archives: September 12, 2006

Stephen Biko – 29 Years Ago Today

UPDATED September 12, 2010: 33 years ago today…

In all the attention given to the victims of Muslim terrorists on 9/11 every year (and rightly so), the September 12th anniversary of Stephen Biko’s murder by police usually goes unmentioned. BFP’s Robert remembers though…

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Beaten To Death By South African Police – September 12, 1977

I was a child when he was murdered, so I did not know the name Stephen Biko until much later – when a White Jewish Zulu named Johnny Clegg joined an African band called Savuka.

Neither did I know the names Victoria Mxenge, Neil Aggett and so many, many more. Or about “banning” and other such things.

If you do not know of Stephen Biko, Victoria Mxenge, Neil Aggett or of a white Jewish Zulu (now there’s a combination!) named Johnny Clegg – and what each of them stand for, then I invite you to pass by the following links… Continue reading

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Gline Clarke Scandal Story Shatters More Barbados Free Press Records!

“Wow and double wow!”

BFP reader Harvard Girl in response to our article Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

New Record For Daily Visitors To Barbados Free Press

The Barbados Free Press reached a new all time high number of visitors yesterday – driven by the Gline Clarke scandal that has been leading our hits for the past week. As well, the original Gline Clarke post above has attracted more visitor comments than any other in the past.

Gline Clarke Scandal Story now holds the following BFP records…

1/ Best Day Ever – Total Unique Visitors

2/ Second Best Day Ever – Total Unique Visitors

3/ Most Viewed First Day Story Ever

4/ Most Commented Upon Story

The new “Hot Issues” section has been working well – leading many visitors deeper into the blog than they would normally go and aquainting them with articles that they might have otherwise missed. (Thanks for the idea Captain Jericho!)

UPDATED: September 13, 2006 1pm Bridgetown

Something is happening today folks. As of 1pm, with 7 hours left to go until our GMT day switch – traffic is up over 50% from last week! Every hour posts a new “best day” record.

Many hits from Europe and USA/Canada – and someone has posted something about this scandal on a large private circulation investment newsletter out of New York.

Top 10 Most Viewed BFP Posts – Last 30 Days

1/ Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

2/ Gline Clarke Scandal Story Shatters More Barbados Free Press Records!

3/ World’s Investors Watch Barbados Court Case

4/ Arbitration Decision – Barbados Citizens Pay Extra $50 Million For Government Folly

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

6/ Barbados Under Muslim Jihadist Terrorist Threat – Minister Of State Atherley

7/ Barbados Court Considers Dispute Over Land Valued At Almost One Billion US$

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

9/ Barbados Prime Minister Fails To Look Rihanna In The Eye

10/ Barbados PM Weds – Our Best Wishes For Mr. & Mrs. Owen Arthur

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Investors Watching Barbados Lawsuit As Deputy PM Mia Mottley Heads To Toronto

Who Will Win Cox v Knox Lawsuit? That’s Not The Point!

We really do appreciate hearing from both sides of the Cox v Knox lawsuit not to mention a lot of other observers. If the case is being fought with as much gusto in court as it is in our comments section, then it will make for some thrilling court moments for those who are into that sort of thing.

We even heard from a British lawfirm voicing its opinion on who should win. A British lawfirm? Egads, everyone is watching (did we say Harvard has already contacted us?)!

But that’s not what it is all about, is it? While we know some people have an interest in the outcome of the case, Barbados Free Press is looking at the bigger picture; the picture that counts to the local and foreign investment community.

Mia Mottley To Speak To Canadian Investors

Our very own Mia Mottley is going to give the keynote speech in Toronto later this month at an event sponsored by the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation. The conference is called “ Government’s Policy on Welcoming International Investment”, and she is going there to talk Canadian investors, who can put their money wherever they wish, into investing in our beloved country.

And, Mia, we sure you are going to tell these investors the answers to the questions they will be asking…

* What are the tax implications of having my money in Barbados and also of getting money in and out of Barbados.

* How stable is the currency?

* When issues arise, as they invariably do, how can I be sure they will be resolved quickly and fairly? Tell me about some investors in and out of Barbados who had problems and how they were fixed.

* Are the Barbados Courts fair, reliable and reasonably quick?

* Are the Business Investment Treaties and the dispute resolution functions in good working order? Please supply us with statistics and examples.

After all, folks, international investors can do what they want with their money – and they didn’t get their money by blindly trusting everyone with a smile and a friendly handshake.

We hope Mia is well prepared for the types of hardball questions that investors tend to ask – because the friendly speech and a smile count for very little without our country’s foundation of professional integrity and the effective rule of law.

International Investors Watching Barbados Court Case

Which brings us back to Cox v Knox. Investors in Canada and elsewhere are watching this case because it will answer the question: “When there are corporate and oppression issues to be resolved in Barbados Courts will there be a full, fair and expeditious hearing?”

Because the sections of the Companies Act are involved that have never been examined before we are all watching and look forward to saying with pride: “Barbados Courts do the right thing, no matter if you are a Bajan or a foreigner and never mind who has more money or “knows the Chief Justice” (which we have heard lately).

We salute Mia Mottley and the Barbados High Court and say: “Do us Proud”

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Barbados Government Spending Millions On Concorde Airliner Exhibit

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Should The Government Pour Millions More Into The Concorde?

The most thrilling flying I ever saw was put on by the RAF Red Arrows during one of their last shows with Folland Gnats. On a low-level pass at 500mph I saw one of the pilots raise his right wing ever so slightly to clear a telephone pole. No big deal… blip, blip… and then he continued on. Never seen any flying like the Red Arrows either before or since.

I love airshows, aircraft museums and exhibits. I’ve had a ride in a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner at the EAA Museum at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, seen the Spirit of St. Louis at the Smithsonian Air Museum in Washington and been to the Spitfire Museum near Biggin Hill, London.

In short – I LOVE AIRPLANES…

… but I wonder about how much ROI – return on investment – that the Government of Barbados will realize for the millions and millions they have invested in the grounded Concorde Airliner. They are about to put another two million dollars into fixing the roof of the exhibit, and then gosh knows how much more before it becomes a proper tourist attraction capable of drawing visitors.

How Much Does The Government Have Into The Concorde Now?

Does anyone in the government really know how much we have “invested” into the Concorde so far? I’d like to think that someone is keeping track of this project, but this is Barbados and as we all know, there is a certain reality that we have to deal with.

I know that sometimes tourism investments have to be looked at on the whole as good for the country, and that we can’t always expect a bottom line ROI with these types of projects – but how many visitors at $10 per head will have to go through the Concorde before the place is even able to support itself, let alone begin to pay back any investment?

I see that the Government of Barbados is inviting proposals to operate the Concorde exhibit. I’ll go to see the exhibit once, so I guess my $10 will be a start…

From as early as November, Barbadians and visitors could be touring the Concorde aircraft at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Three years ago on November 17, 2003 the supersonic Concorde jet liner made its final flight to Barbados.

At that time government announced plans to use it as a major tourist attraction.

Now it looks as if this project is about to become a reality.

An advertisement in yesterday’s press, indicates that the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. is spearheading plans to establish what is being called the Barbados Concorde Visitor Centre.

The ad is inviting companies to submit proposals to manage and operate the centre.

…read the rest of this CBC article. (link here)

Photo: Concorde at Grantley Adams Airport, Barbados. Courtesy of Airchive.com (website link here)

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Anti-Bribery Workshop – Transparency International Invited To Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Good, Courageous People Working For Integrity In Trinidad & Tobago

Business Principles for Countering Bribery

The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute have invited international feature speaker, Susan Cote-Freeman, to be the main facilitator at a workshop entitled “Risk Management Strategies for Business Integrity”. The workshop aims to reach Senior Executives, Managers, Supervisors and other interested persons.

Ms. Cote-Freeman is Programme Director,Transparency International, Washington D.C., USA.

The Workshop is being held on Thursday 28 September at the Chamber Building, Westmoorings and will introduce participants to the Business
Principles for Countering Bribery, a tool developed by Transparency International (TI) that companies can use to strengthen integrity in all their activities.

Transparency International is the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, with approximately 100 locally established national chapters and chapters-in-formation. These organizations fight
corruption in the national arena by bringing together relevant players from government, civil society, business and the media to promote
transparency in elections, in public administration, in procurement and in business…

…For further information please contact: Joan Ferreira, T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Tel:637-6966 or Boyd Reid, T&T Transparency Institute: 676-7793

Transparency International (Website link here)

It says much about the character of the business leadership in T&T that the Chamber of Industry and Commerce would invite Transparency International to conduct an anti-bribery workshop for business.

When Will The Barbados Chamber Of Commerce & Industry Also Have Their Anti-Bribery Workshop?

Maybe we should give them a call…

Barbados Chamber Of Commerce & Industry

Executive Director: Ruall Harris

Telephone: (246) 426-2056/0747 or (246) 228-4205
E-mail: bdscham@caribsurf.com

The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry
1st Floor Nemwil House,
Collymore Rock, St.Michael,
Barbados, WI.

Website link here

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