Daily Archives: February 4, 2007

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY IN BARBADOS!

Chicago Bears Score Touchdown In First 14 Seconds!

… But it wasn’t enough… so pay up, Robert! (ha ha – cliverton)

Hi ya Folks:

We know that its only “American Football” – but the Barbados “roadside” unofficial pub where we are is packed!

I don’t understand this game at all, but, yes, I’ll have another pint, thankyou!

Robert – if you are anywhere at all where you can blog tonight, I think we are going to need a bit of help because I’m already a pint behind and George has wagered that I won’t be able to keep up!

🙂

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Contemporary Slavery In Haiti… And Around The World

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Lest We Forget…

A few excerpts from an archived 2004 BBC WorldService special (link here) that I listened to last week. Unbelievable on one level sitting at your kitchen table with your family. Once again, I thank God that I was born in Barbados…

Slavery Today

This year the United Nations is commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. But as this new series Slavery Today uncovers, slavery continues in different forms in almost every country in the world.

Public perception of modern slavery is often confused with reports of workers in low-wage jobs or inhumane working conditions. However, modern-day slaves differ from these workers because they are forced to work under the threat of extreme violence.

Slavery Today explores some of the places where slavery is still common and takes a look at the fastest growing problem in modern slavery: trafficking people into the West.

Haiti

The UN commemorations are linked to the 200th anniversary of the slave revolt in Haiti in 1804. However, that did not end slavery in the country and, today, there are 200,000 children kept as restavecs (domestic slaves), mainly in the capital Port au Prince.

Restavecs belong to the worldwide tradition of placement, where poorer families send their children to richer relatives in order to improve their chances in life. But Maryse Guimond, working for Save the Children in Haiti, says these children are given false hopes of education and then lose their family links, which often leads to abuse.

Jean Robert Cadet talks about how he suffered terrible abuse as a restavec. Despite a successful later life in the United States, he remains haunted by nightmares from his childhood.

Niger

In Niger, slavery was only criminalised in 2003 – and the local human rights organisation Timidria estimates 870,000 people are still held in bondage there.

The masters control the slaves totally, exploiting their labour, abusing them sexually and physically, and often forcing them to mate with other slaves so that their children are born into slavery.

We meet Azagar, a former slave who managed to escape his master. “I was considered an animal,” he says.

Slavery Today examines the traditional form of slavery and the relationship between slave and master.

Pakistan

Bonded labour in South Asia is considered the problem in modern slavery affecting the most people. The UN believes 20 million people are enslaved worldwide, the majority of whom are in South Asia.

Gerry Northam visits Pakistan where he meets Laxmi, a woman who was told that she and her husband were bonded to their master until they paid off a supposed debt of 200,000 rupees. When she asked to see proof of that debt, she was beaten.

Another woman, Shanti, tells how her master raped after she threatened to run away, even though she was pregnant.

Twelve years after the government made bonded labour illegal, it is estimated that there are still five million labourers in Pakistan bonded to their employees by debt. There is a central fund to rehabilitate workers like Laxmi but, so far, not one rupee has been spent.

England

Modern day slavery is not usually associated with the West – but tens of thousands of women are trafficked there every year as sex workers and forced labourers.

The problem received worldwide attention earlier this year when nineteen Chinese labourers were drowned in the rising waters as they picked cockles in Morecambe Bay in the northwest of England. They were being paid the equivalent of less than $2 a day.

Others come from Eastern Europe. Ivana, a Ukrainian woman in her early 20s, talks about how a job she took as a waitress in Greece turned into something more sinister – and she found herself forced into prostitution in Birmingham, in the English Midlands.

And one trafficker, now in hiding, reveals how he used to kidnap babies as young as 18 months and transport them through Europe.

LISTEN to the entire BBC series (link here)

Anti-Slavery Resources

Anti-Slavery International

Free the Slaves

Unesco.org – Slavery Archive

BBC Global Crime Report – The Body Trade

Unicef

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Royal Grenada Police Band Plays Taiwan’s National Anthem For Communist China Stadium Dedication!

Proof That God Has A Sense Of Humour – Even If The Commies Don’t!

Our thanks to reader “J” who sent this in from the BBC…

Grenada investigates anthem gaffe

Grenada has promised an inquiry after Taiwan’s national anthem was played instead of China’s at a ceremony in the Grenadian capital, St George’s.

The diplomatic gaffe happened during the inauguration of a sports stadium that was paid for by China.

Correspondents say the Chinese envoy to the Caribbean nation was visibly uncomfortable as the Royal Grenada Police Band performed Taiwan’s anthem.

“The unfortunate error breaks my heart,” Grenada’s prime minister said…

… continue reading this article at the BBC (link here)

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Choosing Between A Non-Existent Concorde Museum and Non-Existent Medical Services At Barbados Airport

Which Non-Existent Promise Do We Miss The Most At Grantley Adams Airport?

Under a banner headline Concorde Tours By Year End in the Daily Nation dated 17th September 2005, chief executive officer of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTII), Darcy Boyce told a Press conference at the Parliamentary buildings ‘Barbadians will get a chance to tour the sleek supersonic Concorde aircraft from December’.

December 2005 that is.

Already costing over $3 million for ‘temporary’ storage plus any maintenance, cleaning, security costs and interest on capital, it is now almost 3 years and 3 months since G – BOAE made its final flight to Barbados.

Even at just six per cent interest that’s $180,000 a year adding to the capital debt.

Yet provision was not made for a medical facility to service an airport with a capacity of 2 million passengers per year?

Why is the Minister of Tourism so silent on these matters?

Adrian Loveridge

4 February 2007

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How Many Barbados Slot Machines – And Where?

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Were Any Additional Slot Machines Installed For Cricket World Cup?

OK Folks, let’s see if we can pool our knowledge here and come up with some answers.

One of our BFP commenters named “Fred” has been asking about (or starting!) a rumour that many new slot machines have been imported into Barbados for the Cricket World Cup.

I had never heard of this prior to “Fred’s” comments, but let’s see if anyone out there has more than rumours.

How many slots on the island, who has a license, and have any additional authorizations been issued in the last six months?

Watcha Know?

Photo: “Piggy Bankin” Payoff screen at the Owen Arthur Barbados Slot Machine Casino!

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