Daily Archives: February 20, 2007

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board Split Over Large Scale Internal Thefts

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BFP’s Cards Are On The Table, Face Up

Let’s get one thing straight folks – most of us BFP editors don’t like Mr. George Griffith on principle alone. How on earth the Barbados Labour Party could select the Director of the largest abortion provider in the country to be their candidate in the upcoming election is totally beyond our understanding.

We also believe that Mr. Griffiths should not be on the Board of Directors for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital because it is an obvious conflict of interest between his abortion business and an institution that is supposed to be in the oversight chain over his abortion business. We also don’t like the relationship between the abortion industry, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the stem-cell clinics in Barbados.

Forget about all that for now – because as strange as it seems, this is an editoral in support of Mr. Griffith and his call for hospital employees to be accountable for the large-scale thefts at the hospital.

We see that the Board of Directors for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have crawled on their knees to beg forgiveness of the employees union for the fact that Mr. Griffiths spoke the obvious: some staff members are involved in the pilfering taking place at the hospital.

This is yet another case of someone trying to break that Barbados taboo that has somehow wormed it’s way into public thought: the taboo that no one can ever be held personally accountable for their areas of responsibility. Oh, we can talk about systemic problems and budget concerns and “some people this” and “a minority of employees this” but we can never say, for instance…

“The hospital administrator (insert name) is responsible for the surgical supplies in the operations theatre. $200,000 in supplies is unaccounted for, so we are firing the administrator who was supposed to be responsible for the surgical supplies.”

Mr. Griffith was taking the first step in solving a problem which is to name the problem – which is large scale pilfering from the hospital under circumstances where any reasonable person could know that hospital employees have to be involved in a serious way.

And the rest of the cowards on the Hospital Board can’t have any of that! Not to mention that if the Board starts to hold individuals accountable, someone might want to apply the same standard to them!

So in this, Barbados Free Press supports Mr. Griffith and his call for accountability about the large scale pilfering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Here is an article from CBC News…

QEH Board apologises

We’re sorry, says the board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which has apologised for comments made by Deputy Chairman George Griffith, suggesting that some staff members were pilfering at the institution.

The apology followed a meeting today involving board chairman Horace Cobham, hospital CEO Winston Collymore and the National Union of Public Workers.

About a month ago, Mr. Griffith was quoted as saying there is large scale pilfering at the hospital.

However, the board says that at no time has it sought to cast aspersions of this nature on employees and therefore extends its deepest apologies.

The board also says itโ€™s well aware that the majority of staff works tirelessly to provide care to patients and it remains committed to providing them with the necessary tools and a supportive environment to help them be their best.

It adds however, that there are many issues which must be addressed as it continues to pursue its performance improvement programme.

Nevertheless the deputy chairman is standing firm by his position.

While saying he would not comment on statements from the Chairman, Mr. Griffith told CBC his remarks about pilfering were not made lightly and that he was speaking about a minority at the hospital.

The Deputy Chairman also says he has no intention of resigning over the issue.

… read the original CBC article link here

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United Arab Emirates Cricket Fans Unable To Obtain CARICOM Visas – Courier Companies Refusing To Ship Passports

THE ONLY WAY a U.A.E. citizen can get a cricket visa is to ship their passport to London… but none of the courier companies will accept passports.

What to do?

Who knows!

From Gulf News.com…

Ticketholders have a headache

By K.R. Nayar, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Cricket fans in the UAE, who have received World Cup tickets, have an unique problem – they are unable to get the caricom visa.

Courier companies in the UAE are refusing to take passports for stamping of visas. “I received my ticket but cannot get the caricom visa as courier companies here are not accepting passports,” said Ramesh, a worried ticket holder.

Those wanting the caricom visa have no option but to send their passports by courier for stamping to New Delhi or London.

“I approached a courier company and they told me to get a clearance from the Indian embassy. When I approached the Indian embassy, the official there showed me the instructions on my passport which states that passports should not be sent out of any country by post,” said Ramesh.

“Fans worldwide can go on line http://www.cricketworldcup.com and they even have the advantage of choosing which section of the stadium they want to sit in, provided seating is available in that area,” said Stephen Price, the Cricket World Cup Commercial Director…

… continue reading this article at Gulf News.com (link here)

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Tourist Reviews Barbados Hilton On YouTube

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YouTube and Blogging Leave Bad Hotels Unable To Hide

YouTube is a website where people exhibit their videos for free. An extensive community has developed and people often comment on videos or post their own videos in reply. It operates much like a blog, except that the primary means of communication is through video images and sound. Videos are filed under various categories and can also be search by subject and keywords….

Keywords like… “Barbados Hotels”

After posting about the YouTube video Parrot Attack At Graeme Hall Nature Park! (wink, wink), I used the YouTube search engine to take a little cruise for videos about Barbados – and was it ever fun and revealing.

There are dozens of Barbados videos posted on YouTube – everything from idiots driving drunk in Bridgetown to well done amateur travelogs. There is also a guest appearance by Marcus in one of the Barbados videos (Nope – we’re not telling, but a little research will gir you rocking!) And we must not forget the infamous video of Environment Minister Liz Thompson’s racist attack on Richard Goddard while discussing the Greenland dump on television. (You can see that one here)

Hilton Barbados Review On YouTube

One of the videos that caught my attention was Hilton Barbados Review by an American chap calling himself TravelTour360 – who sounds like he’s from New Jersey. TravelTour360 (TT360 for short) has made and posted 15 videos of hotels and travel destinations in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados and New York City. At first I wondered if he was somehow being paid to create the videos, but after watching a few and seeing that he often highlights negatives that a paying customer wouldn’t allow to make the edit, I believe that TT360 is just an ordinary guy who likes to make travel videos and post them on YouTube. I could be wrong, but that’s my instinct right now.

The Barbados Hilton is portrayed warts and all – the warts being the isolated location, the nearby chemical storage and the poor placement of the airconditioning units that make conversation impossible on nearby balconies. Despite the negatives, the Barbados Hilton comes off rather well overall – especially compared to videos of some other hotels.

The video is 10 minutes long and I watched it all. Click on the photo above or here and see what what you think.

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Hotel Hell – Econo Lodge Memphis Tennessee

YouTube has dozens of videos exposing horrible hotels, and I thought I’d throw one in at random so you can see the power of this media. Imagine you are booking a trip to Memphis Tennessee to see Graceland, the home of Elvis. You’ve stayed at EconoLodge somewhere else, and it was ok for the money, but what about Memphis? Sure, you can read some reviews on travel blogs, but YouTube allows you to see the reality of this hotel as it is today and not as it was ten years ago when all those pretty photos on the website were taken.

And the reality of the EconoLodge in Memphis is not pretty.

Someone was dissatisfied enough that they took detailed photos and videos of their room and posted it on YouTube. What a great resource for the ordinary person trying to discover what a hotel is really like!

Here’s “Hotel Hell” in Memphis (link here)

An Emerging Resource – And A Parallel News Media Where People Can Post Source Videos

Like blogging, these YouTube videos receive their credibility from the fact that anyone can dispute them, counter them with their own video or comment upon them for all to see. Surprisingly, it is their amateurishness that provides credibility in certain cases like hotel reviews, but this is not to say that a video openly put up by a hotel would not be received well.

Now that I am aware of some of the excellent work being created by amateur videographers, I’ll be checking in with YouTube anytime I book a vacation or hotel…. because those website photos always look so nice, and they were nice… 25 years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

Additional Story Links

TravelTour360’s Travel Video Collection link here

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