Daily Archives: October 14, 2006

How Much Did Barbados Subsidize Land Purchase For Minister of Public Works “Special Lady Friend” ?

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Prime Minister Owen Arthur tells the Barbados Advocate…

…On the question of land, Arthur said the Government could not afford to subsidise land prices more than it has already done.

The Prime Minister said that each beneficiary of Government’s land subsidisation programme is entitled to a subsidy of up to $7.50 a square foot of land paid by Government and up to 5 000 square feet of land.

…read the entire Barbados Advocate article (link here).

A Perfectly Reasonable Question In A Democratic Society…

How much public money was used to subsidize the purchase of the land and home where Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke lives with his “Special Lady Friend” ?

A Second Perfectly Reasonable Question In A Democratic Society…

Why should a part-time citizen blog like the Barbados Free Press be the only Barbados media to ask such questions?

Previous BFP Stories On The Gline Clarke Scandal

* Conflict Of Interest Scandal: Barbados Minister of Public Works Lives With “Special Lady Friend” On Government-Expropriated Land…

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

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

Gline Clarke Scandal Story Shatters More Barbados Free Press Records!

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Graeme Hall National Park Meeting Today – BFP’s Shona To Attend Rain or Shine

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Barbados Needs Graeme Hall National Park

Rain or shine, BFP’s Shona will be heading out this afternoon to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary for the kickoff of the Graeme Hall National Park Project.

Hey… Free Admission, Free Refreshments!

A great day at a premier island attraction… and a chance to guess which pretty girl is Shona! What more could anyone want?

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Original Media Release…

Say “YES” to a National Park, and “NO” to Caribbean Splash Water Park

The Friends of Graeme Hall Committee cordially invite you to join them at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary on Saturday October 14th, 2006 at 3.30 p.m. for an informative presentation on the proposed Graeme Hall National Park.

A presentation made at 4:00 p.m. will outline the proposal to create a new National Park at Graeme Hall. This presentation will highlight a reasonable land use solution for Graeme Hall that will provide a permanent legacy for the citizens and children of Barbados, with opportunities for recreational fishing, bicycle and walking trails, environmental and agricultural education, and more!

The Sanctuary will be open free to the Public beginning at 3:30 p.m. Come visit the nature reserve at Graeme Hall, learn how a National Park can help our community, and experience a part of Barbados that should be preserved forever .

Complimentary refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar will be open until 7:00 p.m.

Graeme Hall National Park Proposal – Public Meeting

Saturday, October 14, 2006
3:30pm

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
Complimentary refreshments with cash bar until 7pm.

More information: (Link Here)

Previous BFP Story: Graeme Hall National Park Public Meeting

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Madonna Buys African Child – UPDATED

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UPDATED: October 16, 2006 16:00GMT

Madonna Baby Flown From Africa On Private Jet 

Revulsion, hate or a little of both. I can’t decide what my emotions are…

Excerpts from the New York Post

Madonna, the sluttish, egomaniacal mother-of-the-century has topped even her most revolting self. She plans to remove a baby from the loving arms of his dirt-poor father, in one of the most desperate nations on earth.

…Days ago, she lined up 12 African boys – tots hand-selected for her perusal. She picked out a 1-year-old, David, to take home in her luggage.

The boy selected in this freakish slave auction is no AIDS orphan. He’s got a biological father, plus a granny – but was placed in an orphanage after his mother died. His family loves him. They just can’t afford him.

If Madonna possessed a speck of sanity or shame, she would write a generous check. Instead, the boy’s father says he is thrilled at the prospect of a wealthy American carting off his progeny.

….Malawi is making an exception to its law that forbids foreigners from adopting a baby. Living proof that money talks.

…In exchange for her human package, she will pour $3 million into a center to help 1,000 Malawi orphans.

Read the entire revolting tale at the New York Post (link here)

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U.S. Ambassador To Barbados Mary Ourisman Sworn In: Grandson Sparks Washington Deluge of Visits To Barbados Free Press

The adult grandson of the new US Ambassador to Barbados has sparked a deluge of visits to the Barbados Free Press website – coming from Washington D.C. and (so far) the capitol cities of over thirty countries around the world.

Apple Computer consultant Josh Ourisman attended the October 11th, Washington D.C. swearing in ceremony for his grandmother, Mary Ourisman, and then posted about it on his blog JoshOurisman.Com. The article describes the various diplomats and jet-set crowd who attended the ceremony – including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the ambassadors from many countries.

Josh Ourisman’s article also contains a link to the Barbados Free Press story New US Ambassador To Barbados Mary Ourisman “Cute, Blonde” …and Hot.

That BFP called the new ambassador “Hot” is obviously viewed with some humour by the Ourisman family and others. It seems that the diplomatic community around the world has picked up the comment – perhaps through some sort of newsletter or online community – and this has resulted in the hundreds of hits coming in on our previous story.

Welcome Diplomats & Jet-Setters!

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Barbados Free Press. You might want to check out our Hot Issues page for some other very interesting articles.

The world is truly becoming very small when one connection results in so many new and esteemed visitors to this little blog on our little island.

Amazing. Just amazing.

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