Daily Archives: July 23, 2007

Cricket World Cup Stiffs The Barbados Police – Officers Owed Over A Million Dollars For Security Duties

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Commissioner Dottin & Deputy Prime Minister Mottley Failed In Their Duty To Ensure Our Officers Would Be Paid

Was every senior official who had anything to do with organising Cricket World Cup in Barbados a moron?

The latest revelation in the never-ending saga of the crooks and idiots in charge of giving away our country on a handshake – with no enforceable contracts or monies in trust – is that our Barbados Police haven’t been paid for the 15 and 20 hour days they put in on securing the Cricket World Cup.

With fewer than 300,000 souls, Barbados is only a small city in North America and not much more than a town in Asia, but time and time again our Barbados leadership proves that they don’t even have what it takes to be Mayor or Police Chief of Toledo, Ohio.

It Is Pretty Simple – Leadership Rule #1: Make Sure Your People Get Paid

If you want the police to secure a major event in Toledo, Ohio, the organisers must put up a bond or prepayment secured in trust. If your event is a flop, that’s life but the city venue, the police, ambulance drivers and everyone else working for the city get paid.

Do you think the Mayor or Chief of Police of Toledo, Ohio ever said to their police officers, “Hey, we forgot to make sure you officers would be paid. You’ll have to wait six months or a year” ?

Mia Mottley was supposed to be in charge of security but she didn’t give a damn about having her people paid on time – and Commissioner Dottin didn’t have the courage to insist.

The worst part of it all is that the Police Association saw it coming in January but we Bajans are so used to being kicked around like dogs by our own leaders that we let it happen again.

It is a wonder that the police officers don’t spit on the ground whenever Dottin or Mottley walk past.

Weep for Barbados as you read about it in The Nation News…

1M DUE COPS

by Julie Wilson

IT’S A $1 MILLION DEBT. And the Royal Barbados Police Force wants it paid.

The rank and file of the force is up in arms over non-payment for their duties during the Barbados leg of the Cricket World Cup (CWC) between March and April. Sources told the SUNDAY SUN yesterday that the Police Association was not taking the matter lightly, and made this known during a meeting on June 21 with Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin, Stephen Alleyne and other members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

Secretary of the association, Michael Blackman, would not say yesterday how much money was owed, but confirmed there was a meeting with Dottin and the LOC about its non-payment.

He said dissatisfied lawmen drew the situation to the association’s attention, and following discussions with Dottin there was an undertaking to pay the money soon.

Blackman said the money was for police services at Kensington Oval, bomb checks at match venues such as the 3W’s Oval at the Cave Hill Campus, and islandwide routine searches.

He said the issue of timely payment for police duties at CWC came up at the police conference in January and at subsequent meetings.

… read the rest of this article at the Nation News (link here)

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DLP Blog Hires New Writer – Heads Right For The Gutter

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The Democratic Labour Party Still Doesn’t Get It

The DLP Blog has a new and prolific writer: the same Dave Allamby that Barbados Free Press finally banned from our comments section for his non-stop sexual innuendo, vile imagery and long-winded rambling diatribes. Within the last few weeks, Mr. Allamby has taken over the majority of writing at the DLP Blog and has been responsible for 12 of the 14 articles published by the DLP Blog since July 4, 2007.

One of the DLP members, Margaret Knight, warned the DLP Blog administrator that Mr. Allamby would descend into vulgarity – and low and behold, Margaret was right on the money. Mr. Allamby has reverted to his usual form in his article Poverty In Barbados – Transformation Minister Prescod Does Not Have A Clue that contains references to sexual innuendo, KY Jelly and Vasaline.

(We see that the DLP Blog administrator has removed Mr. Allamby’s reference to sexual innuendo, KY Jelly and Vasaline from the latest article after readers complained about it – and promised to be more careful in the future. Mr Allamby has responded in his typical concise manner that he doesn’t see what the problem was. Which is, of course, the root problem.)

Also of interest is how Mr. Allamby’s article made it through the blog editor. Was it just not read as closely as it should have been, or has the DLP actually provided Mr. Allamby with access to post on his own on the DLP Blog?

An Indication Of A Party In Disarray … Or A Party Without A Message?

While Mr. Allamby can make good political and common sense points in his writing, his references to KY Jelly, Vasaline and all the other sexual innuendo have made him er… famous. With the volume of his articles, David Allamby has effectively become the daily internet voice of the Democratic Labour Party.

The fact that the DLP Blog appears to have come to rely upon him so quickly for the vast majority of its content is another indication of the disorganisation that the DLP has been struggling to overcome. The party obviously has no central communications authority or committee to make sure that the party effectively communicates a uniform message through the various media – including its own blog.

Whether this means that the DLP is in disarray or simply has no message to communicate – or both – is up for discussion.

Same Coin, Different Side

Thus far, the DLP can only claim to be a different bunch of crooks than the ones now running the government. With no conflict of interest rules for its own candidates the DLP is merely the other side of the same coin: corrupt Bajan politics. Unless and until the DLP declares conflict of interest rules and campaign fundraising guidelines for its own candidates, the party will be hard pressed to differentiate itself from the ruling BLP in the minds of an electorate that is becoming ever more mindful of integrity issues.

* The DLP Logo at the top comes from our January 20, 2006 article Where Is The Barbados DLP Website?” It looks like the DLP is still facing the same chaos with communications that we saw way back then.

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Guyanese Educator In Barbados For OAS Meeting “Targeted For Discrimination” By Immigration Authorities

The Indignity of Barbados Immigration after the “Democratic” Meeting

“I am convinced that Guyanese are being targeted for discrimination in Barbados.”

Dr. Victorine Solomon – After being rudely treated by Barbados Immigration authorities while here for an OAS Caribbean Education Stakeholder meeting.

Dear Editor,

I have heard and read about persons having bad experiences in Barbados but have always thought that things were blown out of proportion, until I was subjected to my own indignity by Barbados immigration after attending an OAS meeting in Barbados of Caribbean Education Stakeholders aimed at discussing the teaching and learning of democratic values in schools.

I thought the LIAT flight which was 5 hours late leaving Guyana was bad until I attempted to check in upon my return flight from Barbados only to learn from British Airways personnel that my name was not on the manifest perhaps as a result of missing the British Airways connection to Barbados.

The Barbadian Immigration officer looked at my passport and made some such remark like; I have never seen one like this, and I said it was issued in Washington (by the Guyana Embassy). I was asked to wait as my flight status needed to be ascertained. I waited almost an hour, and then was asked to sit as the supervisor was not available. About 1:30, I was called to the counter, at which time I was delighted as I thought I would now get my ticket, but was asked to follow the officer through three connecting offices and to an interrogation by several officers. What is your name? Whose passport is this? Where did you get it? Who changed it? What work do you do? What were you doing in Barbados? Etc. I might have missed a few questions.

Quite confounded, I proceeded to open my suitcase, and took out my OAS folder. I explained as calmly as I could who I was, where I went, where I worked, and that if there appeared to be any changes in my passport they had to have been done in Washington. I followed by pulling various identification from my purse including my National ID, my University ID, even some from my stay abroad, whatever I got my hand on . . . even the name tag from the conference.

One of the immigration officers then spoke to someone on the phone ensuring the party on the other end that “the lady had numerous documents that verified who she was”. Without an apology, I was advised that the Guyana embassy had erred in issuing me a passport that appeared flawed and I should seek to rectify same. Further, since I had traveled to Trinidad with that passport, Trinidad had erred in not being perceptible of the flaw. The officer who eventually gave me my ticket said their airline would be fined if irregularities went undetected and with that comment she justified their violation of my human rights.

I am convinced that Guyanese are being targeted for discrimination in Barbados. The Barbadian government needs to address these complaints seriously. This abuse of power by these officers must stop. Common courtesy is lacking. A simple, “Excuse me ma’am we have a few questions about your passport;” and “would you like to have a seat ma’am,” followed by asking questions, one at a time, would have sufficed. The fact that I look about sixty should have made them think twice, even if it was for fear of giving me a heart attack.

After a productive and pleasant meeting, I refuse to have the Barbados immigration tamper with even one iota of my dignity and self respect and they must not be allowed to make a mockery of the Democratic Values and Practices we hold dear in the Caribbean, and which we as educators are tasked to instill in our students.

I would like the Barbadian immigration to know, “howdy and thanky bruck no bones.” Sensitivity training is seriously needed.

Sincerely,
Dr. Victorine Solomon

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Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley Has Doubts About Free Trade With Canada – Canadian National Post Newspaper

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Canadian PM’s Visit Was Over-Hyped By Both Canada And Barbados Governments

On July 16th, we had Prime Minister Owen Arthur telling Voice of Barbados that never in the history of the Caribbean would so much change be set in motion as during the week that he was to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and CARICOM was to meet to discuss trade relations.

That week has come and gone, and while there may be changes in the years down the road, what we saw at the end was a commitment to talk that was over-hyped by both the Canadians and our Prime Minister.

Election Time In Canada – Caribbean Tour May Aid Canadian PM Win Haitian-Canadian Votes

If we needed further proof of the hype, the Canadian National Post newspaper provides it this morning. It turns out that the Canadian Prime Minister, like our Prime Minister, is facing an election soon and his handlers hoped that the swing through our region would pay political dividends. Especially important to the Canadian PM are some by-elections in areas where Haitian immigrants hold the swing votes. His government hopes that Harper’s trip to Haiti will pay off in Canadian Haitian votes.

Also slipping out in the article is a statement by Daivd Schwanen, director of research for Center for International Governance Innovation, that he met with various Barbados leaders including our Deputy Prime Minister and that our Deputy PM (Mia Mottley) expressed doubts about free trade. Said Mr. Schwanen…

“The leaders here (Barbados) including the deputy prime minister really emphasized the doubts they have about free trade. They want to be engaged but it seems to me it’s going to take more than a few speeches,” says Schwanen. “People are little bit skeptical.”

For once we agree with Deputy PM Mottley

Contrary to the Prime Minister’s optimistic assessment of the Canadian PM’s visit, we share Mia Mottley’s skepticism for a regional trade agreement with Canada. After all, CARICOM countries can’t even agree amongst themselves about CARICOM free trade. How can they hope to provide a uniform position in negotiations with Canada?

The Canadian National Post: PM’s Haitian Visit Could Pay Byelection Dividends

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