Daily Archives: March 21, 2007

EarthRace Posts Collision Details On Website – Looks Like The Race Is Over


Nearby Fishing Boats Refused To Help After Collision

Almost unbelieveable – you’ll have to read it for yourself at the EarthRace website (link here)

To us, it looks like the end of the record attempt.


Filed under Barbados, Environment

DLP, BLP Manifestos Online for 1999 and 2003

Check out all the fine, fine words here.

Perhaps some of our readers have time to perform a bit of analysis.

Kudos to The Bystander for the link


Filed under Barbados, Politics & Corruption

Business Decisions Of The Early 1800’s – To Breed Slaves Or To Import Them?

Decisions, decisions!

It was tough being a businessman in the early 1800’s. The price of slaves was going out of sight and so many respectable pillars of the community found they had to go into the slave-breeding business just to make ends meet. It wasn’t all tea and crumpets on the plantation, ya know!

Clive.. I found this rather lengthy article on a blog. It doesn’t have many sources properly laid out, but it still looks like a well done overview of the development of the slave trade. Would you have a read and comment please?



Historical background

The trans-Atlantic slave trade undoubtedly culminated in one of the most inhumane atrocities in history. However, unlike subsequent human holocausts, the de-population experienced by the African continent from 1550-1850 is unique as it was initiated, conducted, and abolished with full agreement from all controlling bodies on all sides.

The trans-Atlantic slave trade coincided in time with the rise of industrialisation and free trade on the European continent, and contrary to popular belief, the removal of millions of people from Africa was not a mass abduction by European aggressors (African armies were too strong to allow this), but a legitimate business deal between European traders and African leaders, who initially encouraged the trade as a fair exchange of European goods for African captives. From the seventh century onwards, and long before European arrival, both internal and long-distance slave trading (to northern Islamic African states and the Middle East) had been an integral part of African society as part of trade agreements.

This was made possible due to the lack of a prison system in Africa, so if an African committed a crime they were liable to endure a temporary period of servitude as punishment, and could be retained or sold on by the owner as desired (even though the slave would still remain free in the community). It was only once the Europeans arrived and offered more favourable terms than any other traders that emphasis began to shift to the trans-Atlantic trade.

… continue reading this article at Rec-Ignition Blog (link here)


Filed under Africa, Barbados, History, Slavery

Barbados Hotel Association Official: “Too Soon To Predict Cricket World Cup Losses…”

Auntie Moses always says that putting on a happy face can do no harm.

That’s true, Auntie – but although the bank is pleased to see your happy face, they still require cash for the mortgage payment at the end of each month.

From Radio Jamaica…

Barbados Optimistic Despite Low CWC Arrivals

In Barbados although players in the tourist industry have not seen the expected high numbers they are still hopeful that this will change as the tournament continues.

Executive Vice President of the Barbados Hotel Association, Sue Springer, says it is too soon to predict losses.

“When people rush to say that things have gone wrong Barbados is yet to host one major match. We don’t actually start the Cricket World Cup until April 11. We had wonderful warm up matches that were very well organized and it went off very well. So you see I don’t believe in projecting doom and gloom I believe in dealing with reality,” said Ms. Springer.

… continue reading of Ms. Springer’s optimism at Radio Jamaica (link here)


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Business, Cricket, Traveling and Tourism

CricInfo Remembers 1983 Windies Rebel Tour Of South Africa – And The Ruined Lives


Cricketers’ Lives Were Ruined When They Played South Africa

In 1983, I was too young to really follow what was happening, but I do remember a friend’s uncle saying that “our” rebel team was like Jessie Owens running at the Nazi Olympics. The uncle was proud of them, but I was confused because there was a lot of hostility.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan lays out the whole sad story…

The Unforgiven

Twenty-four years ago 18 West Indians made history when they ventured into apartheid South Africa to play a series that went down in legend. For most of them it was their undoing. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan revisits the rebel tour of 1983 and meets the men who suffered for it.

June 30, 2006. The first day of the final Test between India and West Indies at Sabina Park. Shortly after the tea interval ‘Danny Germs’ makes his appearance in the George Headley Stand. He gesticulates wildly, craving attention. It does not take too long for the cops to banish him to a quiet corner.

Talk to him and you would be convinced that the whole world has conspired to finish him off. He vividly describes the murder of his son, talking you through the whole plot, miming the bullet ripping through his temple. Three people nearby overhear and are quick to caution that none of it is true.

When Jerome Taylor, a fellow Jamaican, gets a standing ovation for his five-wicket haul, Danny cannot control himself. “I could have done that,” he sobs. He begs for money at the end of the conversation and hugs you when he sees the 500-Jamaican-dollar note. He blushes when asked what he will do with the money. “A bit of booze, a bit of crack.”

… continue reading this article at CricInfo (link here)


Filed under Barbados, Cricket, Culture & Race Issues

Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines Flights Today: Hundreds Of Empty Seats!

‘The Problem with the empty hotel rooms currently being experienced in Barbados and the wider region can only be blamed on the organisers of Cricket World Cup (CWC)’

Barbados Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch

The response of Minister Lynch at a political meeting held at the Garrison Secondary School was in reply to the growing tourism industry voices expressing concern over the hundreds and possibly thousands of empty hotel rooms leading up to the hosting of the super eights and cricket final in April.

Compounding the concerns has been the Barbadian Government’s decision to borrow US$15 million from a commercial bank to charter the cruise ship Carnival Destiny, despite the Minister’s assurances that the ship has been ‘80% sold’.

And according to one leading hotel supplier, part of the deal with Carnival Corporation was to be allowed to import all the consumables to cater for the onboard cricket fans, free of any taxes or duties in 25 containers.

Land based hoteliers currently have to pay taxes and duties for around 70 to 80% of all the items they use, as Barbados produces less than 26% of its food requirements.

Also contributing to the reduced number of anticipated visitors is the late implementation of a Caricom Visa requiring some nationals to pay US$100 per visa plus processing and courier costs of up to another US$100.

While explaining the rational for the visa, Barbadian Deputy Prime Minister and Caricom Security Committee chairperson Mia Mottley stated that she convened an emergency meeting of the ten Ministers of Tourism in Georgetown, Guyana last November to discuss the visa implications ‘and only two turned up’.

While Minister Noel Lynch has refuted any blame or responsibility for for the ‘well below normal occupancy levels’, St. Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, a seasoned industry professional, has admitted it is a ‘small disaster’.

Having just returned this afternoon from meeting a group at Grantley Adams International airport, Flight VS29 Virgin from Gatwick – 200 plus empty seats. Flight AA1089 American Airlines from Miami, over two thirds empty.

Here we are at our so called peak season, and you can see the consequences of the wrong decisions.

Adrian Loveridge

20 March 2007


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Cricket, Traveling and Tourism