Daily Archives: May 29, 2007

Caribbean Development Bank Happily Holds Annual Meeting In Venezuela As Media Freedoms Are Dismantled

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Two stories about Venezuela are in the news this morning. The Caribbean Development Bank is holding the annual meeting of it’s Board of Governors in Caracas on May 30 and 31. The Nation News does it’s “turn press release into boring story” treatment here.

In the real world though – meaning outside of the diplomatic pate-eaters – Venezuelan riot police are using teargas and water cannons to clear protesting crowds from burning barricades after strongman Chavez closed the opposition television station RCTV. (Yahoo News story here)

The Nation News has not seen fit to mention the closing of the television station or that the iron fist of Chavez has come down heavily on journalists. The Nation News has, however, published many positive articles about Chavez. Check it out yourself at the paper’s archives and see if you agree that The Nation News is presenting only positive stories about the dictator while totally ignoring his human rights violations.

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Barbados Lawsuit Names Prime Minister Owen Arthur, Chief Justice Simmons And Many Prominent Citizens And Businesses

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Barbados Free Press Publishes List Of Accused In Civil Lawsuit

As promised we are publishing what we have been able to confirm about the lawsuit against the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Chief Justice and many other prominent Barbados citizens and companies.

We received the following list of names from more than one source, but CAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN as we have not yet seen the court documents. One of our sources has been 100% reliable in the past and states that a copy of the court document will be sent to us possibly as early as this evening, so we believe that this list we received by email is accurate.

According to our sources, the lawsuit has been launched by a Barbados company named…

Nelson Barbados Group Ltd

We have searched for this company on the web, phone books etc and have not found any address or listing for it.

Allegations Of Corruption

According to our sources there are allegations of corruption and behind the scenes dealings contained in this lawsuit. Once again we remind our readers that a lawsuit is only a lawsuit and everyone named in a lawsuit is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

We will publish more details when we receive the court papers. Here is the list of the accused…

Richard Ivan Cox
Gerard Cox
Alan Cox
Philip Vernon Nicholls
Eric Ashby Bentham Deane
Owen Basil Keith Deane
Marjorie Ilma Knox
David Simmons
Elneth Kentish
Glyne Bannister
Glyne B. Bannister
Philip Greaves, A.K.A. Philp Greaves
Gittens Clyde Turney
R. G. Mandeville & Co.
Cottle, Catford & Co.
Keble Worrell Ltd.
Eric Iain Stewart Deane
Estate Of Colin Deane
Lee Deane
Errie Deane
Keith Deane
Malcolm Deane
Lionel Nurse
Leonard Nurse
Edward Bayley
Francis Deher
David Shorey
Owen Seymour Arthur
Mark Cummins
Graham Brown
Brian Edward Turner
G.S. Brown Associates Limited
Golf Barbados Inc.
Kingsland Estates Limited
Classic Investments Limited
Thornbrook International Consultants Inc.
Thornbrook International Inc.
S.B.G. Development Corporation
The Barbados Agricultural Credit Trust
Phoenix Artists Management Limited
David C. Shorey And Company
C. Shorey And Company Ltd.
First Caribbean International Bank (Barbados) Ltd.
Price Waterhouse Coopers (Barbados)
Attorney General Of Barbados
The Country Of Barbados
And John Does 1-25

Previous BFP Stories About This Lawsuit

May 24, 2007 – Heard On The Streets Of Bridgetown, Barbados – Fact Or Only Rumours?

May 25, 2007 – WordPress.Com Reaches 1 Million Hosted Blogs – Our Post About Lawsuit Against Prime Minister Is #60 Most Popular Worldwide !!!!

May 28, 2007 – Update: Lawsuit Against The Prime Minister Of Barbados And Others

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Barbados Advocate Sides With Police, Not Journalists. Defends Government. Poo-poos Calls For Freedom Of Information Legislation

Journalists Roughed Up By Police? Barbados Advocate Says No Big Deal – They Got What They Deserved

The current editorial in the Barbados Advocate argues that whenever the police give anyone an order – that order should be complied with.

Nothing about whether the order is legal or not.

Nothing about citizens’ rights.

Nothing about police exceeding authority or using unnecessary force.

Nothing about journalistic rights, the public’s right to know.

Nothing about transparency, accountability.

Nothing about a free media being the guardian of democracy.

Nothing about why THIS TIME journalists were dragged from the hospital and OUTSIDE the hospital when they have covered hundreds of stories from the QEH in the past.

Nothing about why just the week before journalists were happily accommodated by the hospital when it was politically expedient for them to cover a certain story.

Are We Surprised?

Not a bit…

From the Barbados Advocate… a paper that is fully accustomed to a slave’s mentality…

Just Shadow, No Substance … No Exemption Under Law

IN the excitement following the recent confrontation between police and civilians, it was all too easy to lose sight of where individual rights may sometimes need to be tempered with deference to law enforcement. It seems similarly easy to confuse such power as is vested in parliamentary positions with what may be conferred on persons outside that august body or what they are entitled to claim.

Excessive excitement and confusion are clearly in play when one states or implies that confrontation involving the constabulary and Press freedom may be remedied by amendment to a Freedom of Information Act. We see no basis for agreeing with that notion.

How does the specific incident become an issue for Government? If a police officer makes an order and a member of the public disobeys it, how does that become a concern for the Freedom of Information Act?

Is that Act going to say that when a police officer gives an order to someone engaged in a particular profession, that person is exempt, unlike other citizens, from complying with the order?

Freedom of information means liberalising access to official records. It has nothing to do with jettisoning the principle of equality before the law.

Priority on safety, health

Where there is a mishap resulting in injury even to a single person, priority must be given to safety and health. Logically, therefore, there would be that much greater urgency in a mass casualty event to prioritise protection and health services for the victims.

When told by a uniformed officer, say, in Broad Street, not to act in a particular way, does the ordinary citizen have a right to ignore that instruction?

Without reflecting on any specific incident, we are obliged to state in a general way that one of the necessary incidents of the rule of law is to obey the laws, and if a police officer says not to do a particular thing, one is obliged to follow that command.

One may thereafter challenge the order through an appropriate channel, but disobeying the officer’s instruction raises the possibility of chaos a free-for-all. The police officer says one thing, the citizen does the opposite. Our heart is with anyone who feels unfairly treated, but rules are made to be followed, whether one agrees with them or they appear ill-conceived. Without them, the system of governance will break down.

… read the editorial here before the Barbados Advocate removes all trace of their stories as they normally do.

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A Reader Asks Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur About The Apes Hill Development…

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Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

Is it true that all those purchasing land at Apes Hill – Phase II will have duty free privileges for all building materials, appliances, etc? Apparently only motor vehicles will attract duty. Do we need to be so generous in order to attract “foreign investment”?

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Again – Barbados Government Workers Not Being Paid For Months, Weeks

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Hey Delisle!

We’re a little short of cash this month so call up the bank manager and tell him that he and his employees will have to wait a few weeks to be paid because we overspent on that big cricket party last month. And how’s the construction projects coming along?

What’s that you say? The bank manager and international finance guys won’t wait?

OK then.

Who’s next on the list that we can stiff? Government employees?

Sucks to be them!

Now where’s my scotch, old friend?

Barbados Underground: Barbados Spends Millions On CWC 2007 And Other Projects But Ordinary Workers With Children To Feed Continue To Wait Over Two Months For Wages

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