Monthly Archives: April 2007

Should Barbados Allow Declared Nazis To Immigrate To Our Country?

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What If They Agree To Live By Our Laws – Despite The Published Beliefs, Values And Goals Of Their Group?

Both the American and British Nazi movements exist today as any quick internet search will confirm. Spain and Italy also have “fascist” parties that are Nazi cousins.

Any quick internet search will also confirm that contemporary Nazis maintain the belief system and goals that drove the Germans during the first half of the 20th century and culminated in a world war.

These Nazi beliefs and goals have not changed, and include…

– A desire to dispose of democracy after imposing their belief and political system upon a country.

– A desire to dominate worldwide.

– Superiority of race, culture and religion.

For a minority of contemporary Nazis, the use of violence to obtain political domination is a given. A small number of modern Nazis have been arrested for using violence in furtherance of their agenda. The primary targets have been Jews and non-whites – including their cultural centers such as synagogues and black-congregation churches.

Once again though, the vast majority of contemporary Nazis live lawfully within their own country and do not use violence or break any laws – despite maintaining a value and belief system that is dedicated to overthrowing democracy and imposing their system and beliefs upon us all.

Presumably as seen throughout history, the contemporary Nazis’ reluctance to use violence to dominate the politics and culture of a country would change if their numbers began to grow to a significant proportion of that society.

So… the question for discussion today is…

Should Barbados allow persons who subscribe to nazi beliefs and values to immigrate to our country – assuming that such immigrants have never personally used violence to impose their beliefs upon others?

There is a point to this discussion, and regular readers of Barbados Free Press will pick up on it right away.

Robert

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Barbados Police Seeking One Of Their Own

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Does Anyone Know Why The RBPF Are Looking For Sgt. David Greenidge?

Is the Sergeant absent without leave… or is it something more?

The Administration of the Royal Barbados Police Force is seeking to contact Sergeant Dave Greenidge urgently.

His last known address was Kewland, St. Thomas.

Sergeant Greenidge is asked to call Assistant Commissioner Management Services, Mr. Oral Williams at telephone number 430-7115 or Senior Superintendent Don Nicholls, Head of the Human Resources Department at telephone number 430-7660 or 430-7130.

This story was totally copied from Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter.

When we scoop a story or even a story idea from another source, we always credit the source…

UNLIKE SOME FOLKS

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Summing Up Cricket World Cup In Barbados

As the 2007 Cricket World Cup (CWC) event draws to a close, with the hosting of the final in Barbados on 28th April, it is perhaps now time to analyse in-depth, exactly what economic benefits it has brought to the nine hosting countries.

Much discussion has taken place concerning legacy benefits and infrastructural improvements.

But in the case of Barbados, many projects slated to be ready for the event, simply have not been completed in time to capitalise on anticipated additional visitor numbers.

The widening of the main highway, the rebuilding of Barbados’s second most popular attraction, Oistins Fish Fry, and a new vendors area within walking distance of Kensington Oval, Baxter’s Road are just three examples.

Yes! We now have a new stadium capable of holding 28,000 people, but with thousands of seats totally exposed to the elements and no lighting, it is difficult to envisage what it will be used for to justify the cost of construction.

During the recent West Indies versus England game, I witnessed literally hundreds of fans leave the ground after midday because they could not find shade, even after paying up to US$100 per ticket.

And that’s with about 23,000 of the 28,000 seats being filled.

Many simply will not be prepared to endure the same unrelenting sun for a five day test series.

And what of the anticipated visitor arrival numbers!

As recently as just three weeks ago, Barbadian Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch was predicting ’90,000’ long stay visitors for the week of the final plus another ’75,000 cruise ship passengers’.

Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Port Inc, Everton Walters, whilst addressing the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association in December ‘estimated about 700 yachts would dock in Barbadian waters’.

Up until this week Freida Nicholls, head of marketing and public relations at the port, said ’30 yachts had been cleared at Willoughby Fort since April 11th and more were expected this week’.

The Government borrowed US$15 million to charter cruise ship Carnival Destiny for a nineteen day period, but has struggled to fill the ship as a floating hotel, while land based accommodation providers have endured one of the worse winter seasons on record.

In an attempt to reduce the massive chartering losses, the Barbados Tourism Authority has been offering Caribbean people, cabins on the Destiny for as little as US$170 per night for two persons.

Of course, any informed tourism player, knew these very speculative figures of ’90,000’ long stay visitors and ’75,000 cruise ship passengers’ were totally unrealistic and some of us have been saying so for months.

But the media and the general public seem to have blinded by the rhetoric and not stopped to question, that even filling all our various land based accommodation options, Barbados is only actually capable of housing about 17,000 persons.

Over the next few weeks, I am sure much finger-pointing will be going on to see exactly what the negative financial implications are.

Let us hope we can learn from our mistakes.

Adrian Loveridge
Barbados

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Travel To The USA? For Many Around The World It Is Not Worth The Trouble

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Thanks to reader A for sending us the below article – which reminds us that many world travelers avoid the USA entirely because it is perceived as unfriendly.

I agree. I get secondary searched every time I arrive at the border even though I have been attending school in the USA for almost five years.

I love America and Americans for many reasons, but I hate the goons at their border.

From TravelMole…

Why aren’t international tourists coming to America?

If you thought of crime…or terrorism…think again.

“Travelers are more afraid of US government officials than the threat of terrorism or crime,” says Geoff Freeman, executive director of the Discover America Partnership. He added:

“Whether it’s reality or not doesn’t matter,” he says. “We have a problem on our hands.”

A Discover America survey has found that by a margin of more than two to one, the US ranked first among 10 destinations that included Africa and the Middle East as the most unfriendly to international travelers.

More than half of those polled said immigration officials are rude, and that the US government does not want their travel business.

Almost two-third came up with a concern that might surprise Americans — foreign tourists were worried they will be detained for hours because of a simple mistake or a misstatement at a US airport…

… continue reading this article at TravelMole (link here)

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Chinese Pet Food Poison Found In USA Human Food Chain

Thousands of pets worldwide have taken sick or died because of the contamination of pet food ingredients in Communist China. Further investigations have shown that the contamination has entered the human food chain in the USA.

We should pay attention to this situation because as a small nation, we don’t have the resources necessary to protect our population from this and other health threats. Like all small and developing nations, Barbados must rely heavily on standards and protections established by the larger nations.

Like it or not, when the USA’s standards and procedures fail, it puts Bajans at risk

I saw a piece on satellite television the other day that mentioned how something like 80% of vitamin C ingredients now come from China. Even if the vitamins are manufactured in the USA or Britain, 80% of the ingredients come from China.

This is a big concern, considering that a/ The USA has no regulations or inspection procedures regarding food supplements, and, b/ Communist China is notorious for heavy metal contamination of water supplies and other environmental nightmares.

Pay attention to this growing issue, folks. It impacts Barbados far more than you might hope.

From the Seattle Post…

More Tests At Quarantined Hog Farm

FRESNO, Calif. — The health risk appeared to be “minimal” for people who ate pork from a hog farm where an industrial chemical was found in its animals, state officials said Friday.

Tests of seven urine samples and two feed samples at American Hog Farm in Ceres all came back positive for the chemical, melamine, which has tainted more than 100 brands of dog and cat food, said state Veterinarian Dr. Richard Breitmeyer…

… read the entire article here

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People’s Democratic Congress Talks About Minimum Wage – Rebels Against Spelling Checker

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Some Ass Freedom Movement Sends Article To BFP

OK folks – we’re having a little fun this morning with the “People’s Democratic Congress” and the “Society For Mass Freedom And Democrocy”

Yup… that’s what it says on their website, “democrocy”.

And the “Some Ass Freedom Movement” ?

That comes from the domain name that the group chose for their website…

http://www.somassfreedem.org

So we are having a little fun this morning with some friends who posted a rather lengthy comment about minimum wage – because we’d like to point out that content can be trumped by poor packaging any day.

Not that we haven’t been guilty of that dozens of times ourselves right here at Barbados Free Press, but it never hurts to pause and take stock once in a while. Or to have a friendly chuckle at someone else’s cost.

As a big fan of Marshall McLuhan (of “The medium is the message” fame) I don’t believe that “no publicity is bad publicity”, but I also know that a few mistakes can serve to focus attention on an organisation or message that would otherwise be passed over.

(Any communications students should check out the phrase “The Medium Is The Massage” for some additional insights into media accidents. Too bad McLuhan died before experiencing the internet. He would have loved it.)

No doubt the folks at PDC will now take a second look at their website and their choice of domain name. In the meantime, we will reprint their comments on minimum wage here.

We will also remind the PDC that it is considered bad manners in blogging to post a major article as a comment. Next time, please submit your article via email.

We Are Not Fans Of People’s Democratic Congress

While we may or may not agree with the PDC’s article on minimum wage, and we sure aren’t fans of Communists of any stripe, we think that all political and social debate is healthy for Barbados as our country has lacked open debate on so many subjects for too long.

We haven’t changed a word of the article, but we have broken up some of the larger paragraphs and made bold titles for easier reading. The PDC writer(s) need to remember that in this medium – less is way better.

If a piece is too difficult to read – folks won’t. Simple as that.

Nonetheless – Take it away, PDC…

PDC’s Opposition To A Minimum Wage Policy For Barbados

Dear People of Barbados,

We in the People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) wish for you to take very seriously the issue of a minimum wage for Barbados. This issue, which is right now engaging Barbadian national attention, has had a history of generating from time to time a fair amount of emotional and political controversy in the country. It has again captured much public attention ever since with the costs of living in Barbados presently spiraling upwards, there is the general feeling in the country that there must be, and quite rightly so, income responses to such cost of living increases; since Professor Dr. Andrew Downes, Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, recently released the findings of his research paper on the subject at the Campus itself; and since some sections of the Barbadian media have lately been interacting with greater zeal and interest than before with the Barbadian public on the subject, and thus have been providing greater coverage to it than at any time in the past.

So serious is this issue of a minimum wage for Barbados that you, the people of Barbados, must overwhelmingly see it as a way of expressing national outrage and disgust at the perpetual granting on a weekly basis in Barbados of meager incomes to thousands upon thousands of nationals and non-nationals who continue to be very seriously politically exploited and politically economically dispossessed by certain sub/systems in the country. However, we in the PDC do not and will not use this issue and the national discussion surrounding it to support any demeaning, neo-colonialist minimum wage policy.

Changing The Minimum Wage Does Nothing

Instead, PDC for the public record will use this issue and the surrounding discussion to indicate our strong opposition towards a minimum wage policy for Barbados, as that to implement such will do NOTHING SUBSTANTIALLY to advance the well-being of the masses of people of Barbados.

As a matter of fact, governments over the years might have felt that to implement it would have brought so profoundly cyclical, cosmetizing and sub-serving purposes and effects on the functioning of our Barbadian society, and therefore overshadowing of any little real benefits of it, that, given the type of economic system practiced in Barbados, it would have been counter-productive for them to introduce it into Barbados, quite unlike how and why they would have introduced the important holidays with Pay Legislation, Severance Payments Legislation and more important pieces of social legislation.

Misleading The Masses

Too, it is entirely foolhardy for any persons to mislead the masses into thinking that, as workers, once they would have achieved minimum wage status they would have gained a lot, even though it is clearly the case that such persons are presenting their arguments for minimum wages in the context of holding fast to the brute tradition that employees must as much as possible service their own operational costs within certain industrial parameters. It would surely be vastly better for those persons to instead encourage workers in Barbados to seek higher and greater political emancipation from drudgery and servility, with palpably greater income, rewards, and rights and lower operational costs bound to be derived from any bids of theirs to become part owners in these business enterprises in which they would now be operating, and thus being entitled to profits/dividends therefrom!!

The workers and people of Barbados must therefore see it that now is the time to really thrust forward industrial and productive relations in Barbados!!

Another reason why this national minimum wage concept will NOT lead to the empowerment and aggrandizement of the masses of people of Barbados is because of the belief that whatever the financial costs of an implemented national minimum wage policy for Barbados, that these costs will have to be passed on by businesses to an already very cost-burdened mass consuming public. The deficiencies, i.e. deception, backwardness, etc., in the concept must logically emerge because the concept of minimum wages is itself grounded in the dehumanizing and degradating work system of Barbados, and knowing and experiencing what work is must mean that these deficiencies themselves are being governed by the offensive ontological and architectural aspects of the work system. Hence, the bid to further minimize, not even to maximize, the wages of workers is but a result of a wicked process within the work system to continue de-ideologizing, pauperizing, minimizing and degrading workers in Barbados.

PDC Will Fight Any Minimum Wage Policy

While it is the fundamental principle of PDC to support greater incomes for the masses, and to seriously condemn political exploitation of the masses of workers in Barbados wheresoever/ whenever it takes place, we make our intention clear to you, the people of Barbados, that we will politically fight any bid to introduce into this country any policy measure, any legislation to implement a minimum wage structure in Barbados!! We will!!

For, we know that such a bid or measure would become – if we idly allow it to become this way – another in a series of divisive, dehumanizing work-related methods by esp. Barbadian elitist, political, technocratic and academic people to protect this archaic, destructive Barbadian work system which indeed has directly evolved from the plantation slave system. As such, we wish to let you know that we are using this issue and the national discusiion surrounding it to declare that it is the intention of any elected PDC Government to substantially abolish this work system in Barbados.

Therefore, legislation shall be swiftly but carefully be passed by such a government to begin and end the process of the abolishing of the main destructive props of this very pernicious work system and installing at the same time a national regime of business partnerships for Barbados whereby present-day owners, managers, supervisors and workers will all become partners in the partnership enterprises. Also, no longer will wages and salaries structures be in place in such a national partnership regime either, as that such partners shall be remunerated in PROFITS and DIVIDENDS (See our pe-election Manifesto).

Such a totally grave and unfair situation of workers in Barbados yearly continuing to conduct the most activity but getting least in income and other pertinent benefits, and owners/managers continuing to conduct the least activity but getting the most in income and other pertinent benefits on very specious legal grounds, is worth as much condemnation as the Professor must get for his serving up such backwardness and preposterousness about a minimum wage policy for Barbados.

In the media coverage referred to earlier the Professor is reported to be saying that BDS $ 60 a day is adequate. Paradoxically, the same coverage does NOT report the Professor as clearly stating WHY, WHY this sum is adequate!! Rather, such such coverage portrays him as arguing sheepishly and contradictorily WHY a minimum wage must NOT be set so high.

Therefore, in conclusion, we in the PDC warn you, the people of Barbados, that this belittling colonial era standard will NEVER suffice for greater masses’ empowerment and enfranchisement in Barbados. What is needed in this modernizing era are greater nationalist, rational, people-centered regimes to fight the worst of neo-colonialist/imperialist effects like minimum wage policies on Barbados and its people.

Yours Truly,
PDC.

Also see The Nation News Minimum Wage Debate Heating Up 

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Ikael Tafari Smoking Something Again

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Our regular readers know that to a person, the BFP team stands directly opposed to “doctor” Ikael Tafari’s philosophy, world view and agenda. We believe that his stance on the legalisation of marijuana and so many other issues makes him an inappropriate person to hold a government position as a representative of Barbados.

That said, there is a certain humour to be found in studying how Tafari thinks. His worldview is so warped that it is actually entertaining to try and decipher how he connects the dots.

With his single minded agenda and a consciousness that is raised above that of mere mortals through the inhaling of burning THC, Ikael Tafari’s analytical skills can best be described by the phrase “1+1 = green lawn chair with talking mongoose”

Why Did The Windies Fall?

According to Tafari, it was those damn “neo-colonial” forces, of course! (That’s code for “whitey” conspiring to keep us poor black folk down)

Why did the West Indies once dominate international cricket?

According to Tafari, when the West Indies dominated cricket, it was BECAUSE of Black Power and radical socialism! When we fell, it was because England couldn’t stand to see a bunch of blacks winning!

That’s it, folks. For poor pot-smoking Tafari, we po’ black folk be always held down because of them damned whiteys.

No matter how Tafari carefully crafts his words, he is still a racist at heart whose philosophies continue to impose a mental ball and chain upon each new generation he encounters.

If a student lacks a slave’s attitude, Professor Tafari will do his best to personally install those mental chains of racism. It is self-defeating madness to allow him access to our youth. It is self-defeating madness to continue to publicly fund his racist rantings and to give him the credibility of a position with the Government of Barbados.

This is our government representative to the world – the Director of the Commission for Pan African Affairs…

from The Nation News…

Then, in the most assertive period of our history in modern times, the 1970s and 1980s – fuelled by the Black Power movement and radical socialism – gave birth to the Lloyd and Richards teams that propelled us unquestionably to the top.

However, with the defeat of the radical movements of that period and the resulting counterforce of the resurgent neo-colonial powers in the 1990s, we began a long political descent as the gains of earlier eras were one by one reversed. Insularity in the regional team again raised its ugly head. And England and Australia – alarmed at the dominance of a cerebral game like cricket by an invincible black team – feverishly pumped superior material resources into the game, building cricket academies and borrowing our own master-strategies of the 1980s.

… Ikael Tafari in The Nation News African Crossroads: A Warrior’s Last Dance

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Loveridge Asks The Guardian Newspaper – What Is The Truth?

Dear Sir:

On Wednesday 18th April, the Guardian published a story entitled ‘Supporters are left all at sea as Destiny fails to sail’.

The writer, David Hopps, went on to state ‘scores of English and South African cricket fans were stranded in Grenada after their cruise liner to Barbados was cancelled without explanation at the last minute’.

Mr Hopps went on to quote sources confirming the story, including, as he says, Denise Parke, the marketing manager of George Huggins and Company, the shipping agent and a cricket fan, Paul Heath, 23, from High Wycombe as saying ‘I had to find emergency accommodation in Grenada’.

From statements subsequently released by Laurence Duncan, Manager Services division of George F. Huggins it now appears the Mr Hopps article was totally erroneous and he confirmed ‘the reports in the media are incorrect and quite misleading. The Carnival Destiny has not cancelled any of its scheduled calls’.

It is difficult to understand why an esteemed and respected publication like the Guardian would deliberately try and mislead the public and I believe some sort of explanation and/or apology is forthcoming.

Adrian Loveridge
Barbados

From Caribbean Net News – Letter: Stranded In Grenada

Also see Barbados Free Press: CORRECTION: Errors In Original CBC – Guardian Story – Destiny Apparently Did Sail – But Questions Remain

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700 Yachts For Cricket World Cup? Errrr….. Make That 30!

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But Don’t Worry… “More Are Expected This Week”

Yup.

The Nation News – Yachts Come Up Short For CWC

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CBC Publishes Outrageous Humour!

Historic Air India Charter Lands In Barbados – Really, That’s What CBC Says!

In light of the Air India charter cancellation and the abandoning of passengers in Barbados, did the editor write this article with a certain tongue-in-cheek black humour… or were they serious?

Who knows!

From the CBC (link here)

Historic Visit By Indians

Local tourism officials are targetting the Asian market for business.The plans were revealed moments after the historic visit of a charter from Mumbai, India in time for the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The just over four hundred passengers and crew flew nearly nine thousand miles on the chartered Air India plane as the Cricket World Cup is about to reach its climax.

It’s a first for Barbados and according to tourism officials represents the dawn of a new era as the island tries to tap into the Asian market. India has a population of just over one billion and Kuoni, the travel agency, believes more people there are interested in visiting the Caribbean region.

Tourism Minister Noel Lynch has welcomed the visit describing India as a hub for the rest of Asia.

He says it also opens opportunities for develop business links with other countries like China.

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Selling Barbados Short – Where Is Our National Honour?

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We loyal sons and daughters all, do hereby make it known

These fields and hills beyond recall are now our very own

We write our names on history’s page with expectations great

Strict guardians of our heritage- firm craftsmen of our fate.

To Be Bajan

The level of brilliant inspiration that would have resulted in these lines being penned and subsequently selected to be the chorus of the Barbados National Anthem cannot be over emphasized. They clearly, concisely and effectively detail the core of what it truly is, to be ‘Bajan’.

That some of our former leaders clearly understood what being a Bajan is about is clearly reflected in their speeches and actions as leaders.

Right thinking Barbadians are therefore at a loss to understand how our ‘pride in nationhood’ is reflected in the macro policies being espoused and implemented in Barbados in the twenty first century- as articulated in recent budgets etc.

In the first place, the Government’s apparent obsession with Barbados being seen as a wealthy country and one that is adjudged to be among the ‘most developed’ is in itself NOT a core Bajan value.

The Best We Can Be

What our national Anthem and real national spirit actually espouses- is a country that is “proud to be the very best that we can be”. Naturally, depending on our level of success, we may indeed be among the most developed in the world. However, even if our best collective efforts failed to achieve that level of development our pride as Bajans would not be diminished…as long as we are doing our best.

What we have heard from the Budgets and indeed from the ‘Powers that be’ recently, is some need to attract the best foreigners to come to Barbados – while ignoring and in many cases bypassing what we have to offer locally. The goal seems to be “to bring the best of the world to Barbados.” Rather than “to make the best of Barbados” and to ignore Bajan issues and Bajans who fail to fall in line.

So then

* We attract foreign Capital as a matter of policy and ignore local production.
* The Budget is designed to attract rich foreign entrepreneurs
* We Use foreign Consultants, Architects, Engineers etc so that Barbados begins to look like ‘anywhere’
* Our best lands, Views, Hotels, Banks, Insurance Companies etc are sold off to rich foreigners
* And our best institutions are handed over to foreign management.

All this is touted as a means of earning valuable foreign exchange and justified as prudent and enlightened management. Where is the pride in industry?

Where is the national honour?

Are we not selling ourselves short? The case of the beautiful teenager raised carefully by loving parents who then, identifies a way of quickly accumulating large amounts of ‘foreign exchange’ by swallowing her pride and selling her most endearing assets to the highest bidders?

If we were to carry this logic to its natural progression, then we would also invite foreign management into our political life and import leaders who understand the national vision and who can actually get things done. People who can run transport systems; solve traffic problems; plan world cup events; get public Sector Reform to work; etc.

In the same way that we would obviously not want this to happen to our cherished and respected leaders, surely we can see that our artisans and labourers also want to be respected and cherished.

As in the case of the beautiful teenager selling her assets, this initially does appear to be spectacularly successful, but it does not take long for the true fruits to be realized and for the endearing assets to lose their appeal.

Government Courts Foreign Experts While Ignoring Our Best & Brightest

How could our leaders steadfastly refuse to consult with local experts who were educated and trained at Government’s own expense – and now espouse a policy of seeking to attract “world class entrepreneurs” by offering tax benefits to foreign ‘experts’ that are not even available to equally competent locals.

Where does it promote “pride in industry” when we sell our best silverware to foreign interest while justifying such actions by pointing to the improved performance under foreign management? Is this not the ultimate self-condemnation?

How does our policy of sale of land to rich foreigners at prices deliberately inflated out of reach of the average Barbadian, support the concept of ‘these fields and hills’ being our very own?

Where does the CSME concept of changing the actual laws of the country to remove all Bajan birthrights and any advantages that Barbadians have IN BARBADOS over non-Barbadians, promote the core value of national pride?

To the extent that a Government of Barbados can find itself justifying the need to cater to NON Barbadians to the detriment of local interest. And to do so at the cost of our national pride while seeking to have us buy into that policy- is short sighted and dangerous.

And any attempted justification for such pride swallowing on the basis of economics and developmental gains lowers the traditional high standards set by Bajan leaders.

We must return urgently to our national values of respect for God and Self; to Pride and Industry and to ‘writing our own names on history’s page’

Government’s role is to facilitate, encourage, protect and promote the tried and tested concept of Barbadians being the best that we can be.

It is NOT about selling our pride, assets, bodies and children’s future while becoming lackeys of rich Twenty first Century colonialists.

Bush Tea

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Did The Barbados Tourism Authority Send A Press Release To BFP?

Where Did The Air India Press Release Come From?

Hi Folks

Several readers have commented and written us emails asking how Barbados Free Press received a copy of the Barbados Tourism Authority press release on the Air India cancellation. (You can read the press release here)

Did the Barbados Tourism Authority send us a press release?

Nope.

One of our insider friends at The Nation News sent us a copy of the press release. (And they didn’t do it from work, so the Nation’s IP guy shouldn’t be so eager to look at the email records!)

Free The Barbados Media NOW!

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Sobers And Other Cricket Legends Charging $100 Per Photograph, $1000 Per Journalist Interview

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“The Tour Already Cost Me $15,000, Then I Had To Pay For Sobers’ Autograph”

Well, we have really gone out of our way to make our guests feel welcome, haven’t we?

This type of article is being printed around the world. Such short term thinking. The article could have said “What an honour it was to play cricket with Gary Sobers. It made the trip worthwhile despite everything.”

That’s what the newspaper articles should be saying.

Instead, this is the type of publicity that Barbados is reaping…

“It was a different kind of heartbreak to see the greatest of the greats, Sir Garry Sobers, at 73, and well looked after by life and his achievements, asking for 100 dollars for every picture his fans wanted to click with him,” complained Indian newspaper the Daily Pioneer.

“He should have been thanking his young disciples for having loved him so intensely even 34 years after he retired from a game that has never been slim on heroes.”

Fans said it was not the same on other islands.

“We had photographs with Sir Viv Richards in Antigua and he obliged everyone with autographs. It was only here in Barbados where we have had to pay,” said Kassim Solly.

“We even played beach cricket with some of them in Antigua.”

But Deighton Smith, chief executive of Cricket Legends of Barbados, justified the amounts being charged…

… read the entire article at Super Cricket New Zealand (link here)

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Several Hundred New Zealand Cricket Fans And Journalists Stranded In St. Lucia And Jamaica

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No Grenada To Jamaica Flights Available For Semi-Finals In Jamaica!

No Jamaica To Barbados Flights Available For Finals In Barbados!

Hey, it’s a good thing that all those stranded potential terrorist-journalists and cricket-loving sheep farmers from New Zealand have their Cricket Visas.

Maybe they can use them for toilet paper so Mia Mottley’s and Noel Lynch’s insult to them will not be a complete waste.

Dreadlock Holiday

The Cricket World Cup in the West Indies has plumbed new depths on the travel front, with New Zealand cricket fans the worst affected.

Having forked out $15,000 a head, around 150 Kiwi cricket supporters will have to watch Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and Sri Lanka sipping rum in pubs in St Lucia.

Three New Zealand tour groups – led by former test cricketers Gavin Larsen, Stephen Boock and former All Black Allan Hewson – took a calculated guess on the Black Caps finishing fourth after the second round and being involved in the 1v4 semifinal in St Lucia.

But seven wins from eight games has set Stephen Fleming’s men up for the 2v3 semifinal in Jamaica and the small scale travel system in the West Indies lacks the flexibility for last-minute changes.

Larsen said “four or five” of his 40-strong contingent were desperately trying to make their own plans to get to Jamaica, but for the others it was just a case of mass frustration.

“We are going to sit down in a pub in St Lucia and root for the boys, but I’d love for the group to be in Jamaica,” Larsen said.

“It is one of biggest days in New Zealand cricket for many a year and a lot of people have shelled out a lot of money and you can’t help but feel really sorry for them

(big snip)

The media has not escaped the travel nightmare either.

This correspondent was forced to leave Grenada before this morning’s game against Australia because no matter how much island-hopping you were prepared to do there were no seats on flights into Jamaica before the semifinal.

And to make matters worse, Cricket Logistics – the tournament’s organising company for travel and accommodation – claims there are no longer any flights available from Jamaica to Barbados for the final.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden left for the West Indies yesterday morning promising to do his level best to get the small New Zealand media contingent on the team’s charter flight to Barbados should it qualify for the final…

… read the entire article at The Dominion Post (link here)

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No Passengers Allowed On Air India Return Charter Sunday – Passengers Will Be Stranded In Barbados!!!

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A Cricket World Cup To Remember For Our 800 Indian Visitors! 

Dear Editor,

Please see attached the news release on the situation with the Air India flight to Mumbai, India.

Regards

Chay Davis

Consultant – Corporate Communications,
Barbados Tourism Authority,
P.O.Box 242,
Bridgetown
BB 11000,
Barbados
West Indies

Tel: (246)-427-2623
Fax: (246)-426-4080
email: chayd@visitbarbados.org
website: http://www.visitbarbados.org

Saturday April 21, 2007

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE BARBADOS TOURISM AUTHORITY (BTA), PREPARED ON BEHALF OF ITS PARTNERS, INVOLVED IN BRINGING THE AIR INDIA CHARTER TO BARBADOS

Air India, which will arrive at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) tomorrow at 11:30am, has announced that it will be unable to accommodate passengers on its return leg to Mumbai, India, due to the unavailability of crew.

The decision to cancel the return flight, which was due to leave tomorrow at 4:30pm, was made by Air India after it was found that there was an insufficient number of cabin crew to provide the expected standard of service for passengers on its 20-hour long haul flight.

Persons who paid for their flight will be refunded and are asked to contact their booking agent for details.

Any inconvenience is sincerely regretted.

“Any inconvenience is sincerely regretted”

Good Lord!

I could write for hours about our Bajan bigwigs who toured India and the Middle East arranging for this disaster. All the talk about long-term tourism benefits to Barbados from the new well-heeled upper middle class in India…

But I think I’ll just let our Barbados Free Press readers say a few words in our Comments section.

Take it away, good citizens of Barbados…

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The Bystander – Thoughts On Cricket, West Indies Team And Brian Lara

I am not a cricket fan

There. I said it and now the whole world knows it. Maybe that’s a good thing right now. Maybe an impartial observer, or better yet, a bystander like me, can take a look in from the outside and offer one or two thoughts on the game, the W.I. team and Lara.

Over the last few days (weeks maybe?) I couldn’t help but get a little caught up in the game, after all, it’s taking place in my backyard. Of course, my attention was only switched ‘on’ whenever any of the games involved the West Indies. Figures, huh? I can hear you now: “The Bystander is a ‘fair weather’ friend: When all is rosy, The Bystander is your best friend, pals for life even!” No, that’s not true. Even when the West Indies are (or were) winning, I was never a keen follower of the team, nor the sport. Heck, I barely know the names of the players.

Today Was Different

During the course of the day, I listened to the radio, I checked the latest scores online and I was a little happy, no, I was excited to learn that the W.I. had scored 300 runs (forgive me, for I am not well versed in the language of the game.) I can’t remember the last time the W.I. had ever managed to achieve that amount, or something even close to it. Excellent, I thought, the team has finally remembered how to play the game and what a game it was today! I sat at home later on in the evening, glued to the television, watching the last remaining moments of an amazing match.

Remember, I am not a cricket lover, so for me to sit in front of the telly watching the game, it must be worth watching! And today I couldn’t help but watch and hope the hope that the W.I. would defeat England at the famous Oval. But in the end, it simply was not meant to be. My heart sank a little and I felt sad as a result of their loss at the hands of England, who in the end, had barely won by 1 run and 1 wicket (again, forgive me if my cricket terms are a bit off.)

But something else happened today. For on this day, the W.I. team fought valiantly (in my humble opinion.) Knowing fully well that they weren’t going to make it any further, those boys went out there like warriors and fought the good fight. It is a strange feeling, being proud of a team I know little about. Strange that I’ve never been to the Oval, the old or the new.

As for Lara, what can a non-cricket fan say?

I used to think that although he was without a doubt, one of the best and most talented the game had ever seen, that he was not made of ‘captain material.’ Whenever I read about him (especially the Hollywood-like celebrity life he enjoyed) he never struck me as an indvidiual who could lead the W.I. team to victory or even consistently decent play. Strange then how I felt bad for Lara when I read that he got knocked out of the game so early and how the West Indies, his team, lost in the end today. I felt bad for Lara. Sportsmen like him, like to go out with a bang when it’s their last game. Lara may not have been able to do that today, but the team sure went out swinging and fighting. I can only hope that he is proud of them today and that they are all proud of each other.

Well done, West Indies (and Lara) well done.

Read the original article and much more at The Bystander 

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New Zealand Journalist – “Hopefully Had My Last Experience With LIAT Airline”

“Expecting Grenada to Barbados in 30 minutes. Silly us!”

Note to wealthy businesspeople with penchant for aviation; if you set up an airline in the Caribbean that regularly runs on time and doesn’t change destination mid flight, you’ll make a mint.

We’ve now had our last (hopefully) experience with Liat, the Caribbean airline.

I’m not sure what Liat is supposed to stand for but the variations include Leave Islands Any Time, Luggage In Another Territory, Look Its Another Timezone? the list goes on.

So you’ll be getting the gist that this is not the most reliable airline.

Today we were expecting a pretty standard journey, Grenada to Barbados in 30 minutes. Silly us!

… read the entire article at New Zealand Herald (link here)

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Bahamas: Arsonist Torches Opposition Candidate’s Office

NASSAU, Bahamas ((AP) – Fire destroyed the campaign office of an opposition candidate Wednesday in what police said was an apparent arson.

Four fires were set inside the single-story building west of downtown Nassau that houses the campaign headquarters of Tommy Turnquest, former leader of the opposition Free National Movement, Assistant Superintendent of Police Walter Evans said…

… read the rest of the article here

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