Daily Archives: February 1, 2007

How About Urban Vegetable Gardens For Barbados?

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Temas Blog Tells Of Urban Gardening Experiment In Venezuela

As most of our BFP readers know, we’re not big fans of dictatorships, communist governments or cradle to grave socialism. Nor do we support social structures that destroy individual initatives and profits. (editor’s note: to see what Cliverton really thinks about communists, read his BFP articles: A VCR Travels From Barbados To Cuba – In Vain and Celebrating Castro’s Birthday In New York City.)

Now that Hugo Chavez has shut down Venezuela’s political and media opposition and declared himself Supreme Dictator, President for Life and King of Scotland (wink wink), it is unlikely that BFP will be supporting many new developments from this dictatorship.

But we still try to keep open minds when we see something that makes sense.

Keith Ripley’s Temas Blog is carrying a story about an experiment in organic urban gardening that is underway in Caracas, Venezuela. One phrase caught our attention…

Classes are held at this “Organoponico Bolivar” to teach students and anyone else interested in organic and urban growing techniques they can replicate at home.

Good idea!

When I was studying in Cuba, I saw that every school has a vegetable garden. Cubans learn early in life how to garden and to develop an appreciation of how much produce can had from a well-tended small plot. When the crop is ready, the harvest is divided up and sent home with the students.

How much better things could be on Barbados if every home and every school had some size of vegetable garden.

Head on over to Temas Blog for some ideas and a link to a BBC photo essay on the Caracas gardens.

Story Link – Temas Blog: Organic Urban Gardens In Caracas

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Jamaica Issuing CARICOM Cricket Visas Upon Arrival! Accepting Scanned Emailed Documents For Processing!

The President of the Jamaican Hotel and Tourist Association is on record as saying that CARICOM should abandon the cricket visa requirements or the Jamaica should “put its national interest first and go it alone.” (Jan 5, 07 BFP story link here)

If the story below as reported in The Times Of India is true, it looks like Jamaica has found a middle path that sort of satisfies the security vs. convenience issues – and it also looks like Jamaica is “going it alone.”

From The Times Of India…

Jamaica Roots For India In World Cup 2007

Say “West Indies” and what springs first to mind is cricket. David Shields, deputy director, tourism-marketing, Jamaica Tourist Board, talks to Narayani Ganesh in Kingston about the immense interest the World Cup has gene-rated in the Windies, particularly among the Indian diaspora:

Travel trade sources say that already more than 5,000 bookings have been made in India for the World Cup to be held in the West Indies. Are you prepared?

Jamaica sees the World Cup as staging ground to access new markets. Because of love for cricket and membership of Commonwealth Association, we are keen to explore the Indian market for a long-term association that goes beyond cricket. Just last week a Jamaica-India trade agreement was signed to help us purchase water pipes for the National Water Commission. We’re seeking to forge strong air links with air partners in India since Air Jamaica flies out of Heathrow, London.

How easy or difficult is it to get a visa?

We’re trying to confirm packages to India. The Caribbean community comprises 32 countries, making up the Caribbean Common Market. Caricom intends to create a single domestic region to access all 10 participating territories. Under the sunset legislation, travel will be facilitated from February 1-March 15. Processing for children under 12 will be free of charge. But this does not include facilitation for UK/US visa, the two alternative transit points. In Delhi, the visa issuing authority for the entire Windies group of destinations is the Trinidad and Tobago high commission. If the point of entry to the Windies is Jamaica for the World Cup regardless of point of exit you can submit scanned copies of documents, download visa form from the website and courier the completed form to us in Jamaica for emergency processing. You should get an e-mail from us within two or three days. You can present the original documents on arrival when the Caricom visa will be issued @ US$100.

… continue reading this article at The Times Of India (link here)

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About That Child Pornography Being Made In Barbados…

As anyone who has not been sleeping for the past few weeks knows, the media and the internet have been talking of Bajan students who made cellphone photos and movies of sex acts sometimes in public and sometimes involving groups of students and non-students. Then they circulated them on the internet.

Some of these videos have the names of the students or schools as the title of the file. Many of the participants are identifiable.

The principal of Garrison Secondary School and other community leaders have called for a ban on cellphones in school. While I can see everyone desperately grasping for some quick “solution”, it took us years to get to this place. In my opinion, neither a technical solution nor a rule change will “solve” the extensive societal changes that are at the root of this behaviour.

There have always been girls who are easy sluts in secondary school, and there have always been unethical young men willing to take advantage of younger girls, but never have we had such a large number of young people whose moral compass is so damaged that they are willing to be photographed in such activities.

This is a far deeper problem than the availability of cellphones.

What is the solution then?

I don’t know any more than anyone else, and you folks shouldn’t expect a comprehensive plan to save society from itself – from an old guy with a beer in one hand and a keyboard in the other. I will speak about a few things though…

1/ Many of the videos “star” underage girls having sex with much older males.

2/ The creation of such movies is “making child pornography” and is against the law just about everywhere. Here in Barbados? I don’t know if it is or not.

Our leaders don’t like to have too many laws because they don’t want to be held accountable for their actions. I’m not saying that they are involved in child porn. I’m just speaking the truth that our leaders have so far refused to implement all sorts of laws that other societies think are pretty basic: drinking and driving laws, privacy laws, laws about transparency of public tenders, conflict of interest standards and the like.

I don’t know if we have laws against making or distributing child pornography or not, but we should have.

Leadership By Parents & Public Figures

Some say that there is little anyone can do to counter the assault upon the values and standards of behaviour that once formed the foundation of Bajan society. With upwards of two thirds or more of Bajan children now being born bastards, it is obvious that the societal stigma against unwed motherhood has been long removed.

(Don’t like that ‘bastard’ word? It is a perfectly good word in context and is brought to you by a bastard himself. Look it up here)

Where are the fathers?

We have generations of children being raised exclusively by women in the home, and taught almost exclusively by women in schools. Men and fathers have been pretty well relegated to society’s “optional equipment” list.

This is unnatural, and practically it has proven to be destructive to our society. Any thinking person knows the truth of this.

Young men need strong fathers to guide them and to teach them right from wrong. Women cannot effectively do this alone. Any thinking person knows the truth of this.

If you want proof then look around at the results of boys being raised without fathers.

Young women need strong fathers to protect them: fathers who remember that a hormone-driven 16-year-old young man has no conscience in certain matters. Most women do not understand this. Most mothers do not understand this.

Men understand this.

Never mind the cellphones. It’s way too late to be concerned about the cellphones. Taking the cellphones is shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Public Leadership

A better man than I am asked “Who will cast the first stone?”, but he also told us to speak the truth.

Our public leadership must be good examples because they ARE examples. This nonsense about separating one’s personal and private lives is crap. Pure crap.

Look at our leadership. Are they faithful to their spouses? Do they have children dropped here and there with different women or by different men? Are they honest? Do they have manners and respect for differences, or do they get drunk and phone up people in the middle of the night to curse and bully?

Most people will follow the example of their leaders, because most people are followers, not leaders.

As a society and as individuals we need to start judging people more, and to turn our backs on those who choose the wrong path. We need to disassociate ourselves from political parties and other organizations that stand only for the obtaining or retention of power.

We need some good, decent people to stand as independent candidates in the next election… to send a message about leadership, and duty and honesty.

They might not win, but it would be a start.

posted by George.

Nation News: Ban Cellphones

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