Daily Archives: November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving To Our American Friends!

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Having spent my last Easter in a dormitory somewhere in the USA where the featured Easter movie was The Blues Brothers, I thought it appropriate to post the above Thanksgiving picture for all my old “buddies” back in the land of snow.

Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

😉

Cliverton

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Five Year Sentence For Dangerous Driver – But Still No Breathalyzer Law

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A Backwards Legal System Works Without Modern Evidence Or Laws

High Court judge Justice Elneth Kentish just put a fellow away for five years for driving dangerously and causing the deaths of two persons – but the police still have no way of introducing evidence of how much a driver has had to drink. (The Nation News: A Stiff One)

Think about that folks – in practically every civilized jurisdiction in the world when there has been an accident and the police suspect the driver might have had even one beer, the driver has to blow into a breathalizer machine to prove how much alcohol is in his or her body. We know that some people can drink lots and not “look” like they are drunk, but they shouldn’t be driving. The breathalizer provides scientific evidence so there is no doubt.

Barbados Free Press has been calling for breathalizer laws and equipment for the police for two years now. In those two years we have seen some horrible accidents and even mass accidents – but our law enforcement officers have no way of testing to see how much those drivers had been drinking.

Oh… the government has promised a number of times to institute modern drunk driving and breathalizer laws, but I guess they don’t want to take a chance on catching one of their own!

As we have said before, none of this is rocket science – the laws and technology have been perfected over decades.

Yup… loved that Cricket World Cup… perhaps a billion spent on a hell of a cricket party…

… but no money for breathalizers, and old women still haul water in buckets like their slave ancestors before them.

Mr. Prime Minister: Please, Please, PLEASE call the election!

Further Reading

October 30, 2007 – More Road Deaths Than Murders: Yet Barbados Still Does Not Have Breathalyzer Laws Or Technology

August 15, 2007 – Minister of Transport Gline Clarke Finally “Talking” About Driver Breathaliser Tests – As First Suggested By By Barbados Free Press Over A Year Ago

July 25, 2006 – Barbados Government To Ban Cell Phones While Driving

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How Important Is “Home Porting” Of Cruise Ships To Our Economy?

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What is the real definition of Home Porting and how exactly does Barbados reap meaningful economic benefits?

Two tourism related matters have especially caught my eye over the last week and I think they both need greater consideration.

First, remarks from a tourism industry veteran who in my humble opinion qualified for the lifetime achievement award decades ago. Even though he sits on the National Tourism Marketing Committee he stated that there had not been a cruise ship conversion* programme for six years.

Secondly, more recently, from a Government spokesperson, highlighting that P & O’s new ship, the Ventura, which is currently under construction, will visit Barbados every 15 days or so, from November 7th, 2008 until 13th March 2009.

Senator Grant specifically mentioned that this ship will be ‘homeporting’ in Barbados, but my understanding is that aircraft will fly the bulk of the passengers into Grantley Adams where they will be immediately transferred to the ship. (see Nation News article Megaship Cruising In Next Year)

On the ship’s return to Barbados, as their website points out, ‘Finally you arrive back in the quintessential isle of Barbados, before your overnight flight back to the UK’.

The Senator also made a great play of that it ‘will require 13 wide-bodied aircraft in order to facilitate passengers to be taken from the airport to Bridgetown Port’.

The Ventura will have a normal operating capacity of 3,096 passengers, but is extremely unlikely that two engine aircraft like the B777 will be used to fly such large numbers. More probably, it will be economy configured charter aircraft like the A330 which could seat up to 350 persons, so at best the ’13 wide-bodied aircraft’ is a bit misleading.

Finally, what are the real economic benefits to Barbados for these massive movements of people from airport to seaport?

Over a year ago, the Minister of Tourism announced that the BTA had brokered a deal with Carnival Corporation to ‘guarantee’ a minimum of 400,000 cruise ship passengers per year over a three year period. The Minister refused to give details of exactly how much financial support was given to the 12 brands under Carnival’s ownership, but many of us thought that this subsidy was to drive much needed cruise ship traffic in the summer months.

Clearly, many other Caribbean ports will ‘benefit’ from the arrival of new mega ships like the Ventura.

But have they paid Carnival the same subsidies, simply to attract additional passengers in the short winter season, where the ship operators have little choice other than to ply the Caribbean Seas?

We really have to define what homeporting actually means and exactly what contribution it makes to our tourism sector.

How exactly we can hope to convert thousands of cruise ship passengers while enroute from the airport to the seaport is another story!

Adrian Loveridge
22 November 2007

* conversion programme (This word was misspelled in our original copy. We hope we inserted the correct one in its place!)

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Superliner Ventura – So Nice That Folks Will Mostly Stay On Board?

After reading Adrian’s article, we decided to look into the new superliner Ventura. Nice vessel!

Perhaps so nice that many passengers will want to stay on board for activities.

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