Daily Archives: April 20, 2007

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary – Free Admission With Cricket World Cup Ticket Stub

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A National Treasure Getting Even Better

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary is replacing the Boardwalk with an improved nature pathway system, and adding nearly 60 interpretive education exhibits.

Anyone with a Cricket World Cup ticket stub can get free admission to Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary through April 28, 2007.

Adult admission for all others will be Bds. $10.00 per adult, and free to children under 12. This “construction special” will last until construction is complete, estimated to be sometime in June.

For more information, contact the Sanctuary at (246) 435-9727 or 435-7078.

Web Site: Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

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Ezra Alleyne’s Spin Doctor Mathematics

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I wonder if it’s too early for Government to be boasting about cricket ticketing revenue?

In today’s Daily Nation column, Issues and Ideas, Ezra Alleyne boasts ‘that ticket sales of the order of $24 million have been raked in by the Barbados Government, before a single ball was bowled at Kensington Oval’.

But what does this prove?

In an article carried by BBC News entitled ‘Cricket World Cup – hit or flop?’ by Soutik Biswas published 19th April 2007, the writer makes some interesting observations.

Take for instance the game that was played between Ireland and Bangladesh, which was expected to be an India versus Pakistan match.

According to Mr Biswas, ‘many Indian and Pakistani fans had snapped up 22,334 tickets for this match in advance, assuming it would be the clash of the South Asia rivals’

Then he surprisingly says that ‘the island (Barbados) was expecting 5,500 Indian visitors for these games’ and goes on ‘But Petra Roach of the Barbados Tourism Authority says only 800 have turned up’.

This despite Barbados tourism authorities having ‘made four trips to India’ in the run-up to the tournament to woo cricket fans and tourists alike’.

So 22,334 tickets pre-sold for a single match but only a total of 800 turning up!

So when Mr Alleyne declares Government had a ‘$24 million vision’, how does this vision relate to economic benefit to the country?

If the quoted figures are accurate, then some 21,534 out of 22,334 persons for one game alone would have not taken a taxi from the airport, stayed at a hotel or villa, eat in one or more of our restaurants, hire a car, taken a catamaran cruise or visited an attraction.

In fact the loss of 21,534 long stay visitors, based on average stay and spend would amount to a whopping US$23 million or a massive 75,369 unoccupied room nights.

So actual ticket sales gives absolutely no indication of exactly how well financially the country has done.

Adrian Loveridge
20 April 2007

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Commenting Problems On This Blog

Hi Folks

We are having some problems with the blog. Everyone is getting error messages when trying to post comments.

We’re working on it.

Robert

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Do We Need Signs Like This In Barbados?

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Another Sleepless Night Near Grape Hall

The “couple” who everyone knows were at it again a few nights ago. Screaming, yelling, throwing. Kids crying, doors slamming.

2am and the man roars out of the drive with the engine gunning and the woman is in the front of the house long after he left, sobbing away and crying out loud to God but mostly crying out to the neighbours on the street.

Not my business but I would have gone over except another two neighbours went there first. Better the women go anyway because I’m a man and that’s the last thing that woman wants to see right now.

Who is at fault? After a year of this nobody cares anymore. The police have come and gone so many times that they don’t come anymore. The school teacher came one time to visit the children, but we haven’t seen anyone else.

She won’t leave him. He won’t leave. Sometimes the house is peaceful for a few weeks and they look all lovey-dovey and you wonder if you’ve gone crazy and maybe you’ve imagined the whole thing – and then its 2am again on a work night and the whole street is up.

One of my neighbours sent around the photo that appears above. No one knows where it comes from, but the email suggested that we all get together and build the sign right in front of the home.

God knows, everybody has tried everything else – except maybe a few of us taking the “husband” aside for a little chat in the dark of the night sometime, but that is like surrendering to his ways.

There’s going to be a murder some night. Everybody knows it, but nobody can guess if it will be him or her that gets carried off with the sheet over the face.

After everybody has tried everything, sometimes there is just nothing that you can do.

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Communist Chinese “Family Planning” Agency Still Kidnapping Pregnant Women and Forcing Abortions

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20 Women Forced To Have Abortions On April 18, 2007

Communist China has been kidnapping pregnant women and forcing abortions for decades. This is well documented a hundred different ways for anyone who cares to look.

Nevermind the morality though… we Bajans still love them free Chinese dollars!

From China Aid… (website link here)

20 More Women Forced to Have Abortions in Guangxi on April 18

The Massive forced abortion campaign continues in Guangxi province. After 41 women were forced to have abortions on April 17, CAA has learned that the Youjiang District People’s Hospital of Baise City performed forced abortions for at least 20 more pregnant women on April 18.

Eyewitnesses report to CAA that at around 5:00pm on April 18, more than 20 more pregnant women were transported into the same hospital by the Family Planning officials. Within 30 minutes, about 10 of them were injected forcefully for an abortion. This means within last 24 hours, at least 61 babies were killed with forced abortions.

At Bed number 37, Ms. He Caigan was 9 months pregnant. Officials injected her baby’s head and 20 minutes later, her baby stopped moving and died.

About 6am on April 18(BJ time), pastor James Liang’s wife Ms Wei Linrong gave birth to a boy, but he was dead because of the injection. She received three doses of injection-one is to induce the birth and the other two to kill the baby in the womb.

After China Aid reported the forced abortion, many PSB were seen surrounding the section of the hospital where these women are held.

CAA urges the international community to register your protest and concern with letters and phone calls to the Chairman of the National Population and Family Planning Commssion, Party Secretary of Baise City, Mr Liang Chunlu, and the Youjiang District People’s Hospital:

Chairman Wei Qing Zhang, National Population an Family Planning Commission of China
Hotline for complaints: :+86-10-8250492
Phone line to report criminal activities of family planning officials: +86-10-82504933
Address: No. 14, Zhichun Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, PRC 100008
Email: gjjsw@chinapop.gov.cn

Youjiang District People’s Hospital:
Tel: +86-776-2839393; 2697723(office)

Party Secretary of Guangxi Province: Mr. Qibao Liu
Tel: +86-771-5883508

Governor of Guangxi Province: Mr. Bing Lu
Tel: +86-771-2807778

Party Secretary of Baise City Mr Liang Chunlu
Tel: +86-776-2834089
Address: No. 13 Xiangyang Street, Baise city, Guangxi

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Cricket World Cup and Windows VISTA One Month Later – Please, PLEASE KILL ME!

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MicroSoft Windows As Unstable As Ever!

For the last month, I’ve been trying to install Windows VISTA on my 6-month-old laptop. After my first aborted disaster, I spent twenty hours researching all the bugs and fixes and drivers and set aside an entire weekend to do a clean install and tinker.

Not enough time.

Two solid days and it still won’t work correctly. If the lease payments weren’t still owing, I’d throw the whole stupid mess over the cliff at North Point. No… on second thought that’s too good for it. I’d throw it down Auntie Moses’ sewage suck-well. That’ll learn it!

As I said a month ago when I tried to install VISTA…

Hell exists here on earth. The evil one walks, and he has a MicroSoft activation code.

Having survived – barely – a weekend of high-stress messages like “device driver not found” or “cline kernel error 687”, I couldn’t even smile when I saw the above photos of typical MicroSoft reliability on the scoreboard at Antigua’s brand new ultra-modern cricket stadium.

“Floating Point Division By Zero”

If I ever try to install Windows VISTA again, please…. KILL ME. JUST KILL ME.

Story Link: MicroSoft Arrives At The Cricket World Cup

Robert

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