Daily Archives: December 4, 2007

St. Kitts and Nevis Considers Barbados Advice To Use Fingerprinting To Prevent Voter Fraud

An article by Dr. Charles Warner in the St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat isn’t exactly clear on the background, but it appears that some Bajan entity has been advising St. Kitts & Nevis to adopt the fingerprinting of voters at the polls to prevent election fraud.

We presume that the article is speaking about using electronic fingerprint signatures – which is or can be a whole different thing from real fingerprinting.

With electronic fingerprint signatures, each voter puts their (usually) right index finger on a reader which generates a unique electronic number that represents the fingerprint. Often, no photo of the voter’s fingerprint is kept, but if that person attempts to vote again in the same election the computer knows and an alarm is generated.

While there is no magic solution for voter fraud, Barbados must adopt something better system than we have if our democracy is to be protected. There are those in power who would do anything – anything at all – to maintain their power. Those people will be hard at work during the coming election and we must be vigilant and use all technical and procedural means to prevent election fraud of all types.

Further Reading

St. Kitts & Nevis Democrat – The Final Insult To Consultation

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Teddy Bear Teacher Gillian Gibbons Escapes Barbaric Sudan – Home At Last!

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Ten Thousand Strong Mob Called For Her Execution

Gillian Gibbons is back in Britain and looking forward to chips and fish. Quite the change for the 54 year old lady who made the honest mistake of letting her 7-year-old students name a teddy bear after one of their classmates.

As much as the Sudanese President and diplomats are trying to describe the violent mobs as the “lunatic fringe” of Islam, anyone who reads the daily news knows that this “lunatic fringe” is a worldwide movement with tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of adherents – whose values are so at odds with civilized behaviour.

Need a worldwide, lifetime cause? Start with the emancipation of Muslim women – for most women in the arab world are truly nothing more than slaves.

Welcome home, Gillian.

Further Reading

The Sun: Home for fish & chips

BFP: UPDATED: Thousands Of Muslims Call For Execution Of British Woman Teacher In Sudan – Allowed Students To Name Teddy Bear “Mohammed” After Classmate

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American Critics Pan Barbados Art

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“The Brooklyn Museum’s Infinite Island which is running ’til early next year came under various scrutinies and the comments from untried and veteran critics in this arena have ruffled the collective feathers of the Barbadian Art Community – both curators and artists. But why?” … from Bajan Reporter’s Art For Export: Why Were So Many Barbadians Pissed Off?

Some American critics apparently think that as a people and culture, we’re obsessed with the Middle Passage and for this reason we produce less-worthy art. Ian Bourne documents this phenomena and asks some pointed questions of both the American critics and Bajan artists.

Worth reading.

(Hey… as Amit at Push! Pull! would say “IANAC – I am no art critic”, but I have trouble seeing anything to do with the Middle Passage in the above painting!)

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Lawlessness – Barbados Government Fair Trading Commission Lies

Is The Barbados Fair Trading Commission Working To Discredit The BLP Government?

That could be the situation, folks! I can think of only three options that explain what is going on with the FTC’s lies to the public about the ongoing Opera Interactive fraud…

Possibility #1 – Judy Maynard of the Fair Trading Commission is actively working to sabotage the reputation of the BLP government.

Possibility #2 – Judy Maynard is a stupid and corrupt person.

Possibility #3 – Judy Maynard’s hands are being tied by a corrupt politician or higher official.

There is no better recent public illustration of the corrupt lawlessness that pervades the BLP government than the enabling of the Opera Interactive frauds by the Barbados FTC.

Adrian Loveridge’s quest for the Rule of Law for Barbados continues…

Personal attention of
Judy Maynard
Officer-in-Charge Consumer Protection Division
Fair Trading Commission

re: 3/12/4 (648) Opera Interactive (Barbados) Ltd

Thank you for your letter dated 27th November 2007 and delivered by hand yesterday (3rd December).

As a consumer, I am afraid I find its contents totally unacceptable.

In your letter dated 14th November 2007 you gave the written assurance that Opera Interactive (Barbados) Limited had provided you with a list of ‘winners’ and that you had contacted these ‘winners’ by phone and after contacting them had indeed confirmed they were ‘bone fide’ and ‘they had received their prizes’.

You also stated ‘the names of the winners of its competition will be published in the media’.

You are now stating that the company has agreed that ‘from the next Competition in any of the media we (Opera Interactive (Barbados) Ltd) will publish a weekly announcement of all prize winners’.

Why are you so reluctant to enforce your first ruling on this company, where you state that they should be more ‘be more transparent and publicize the winners of its competition in the media’?

Again, despite the assurances you obtained, yet again on Saturday 1st December 2007 a half page ‘ad’ appeared in the Saturday Sun without the competition operator’s name.

In the last paragraph of your letter 27th November 2007, you pointed out ‘The Commission shall only investigate a complaint made a against a service provider or business enterprise where a complainant satisfies the Commission that he has submitted a complaint to the service provider or business enterprise and has failed to obtain reasonable redress’.

As repeatedly pointed out, how would a consumer contact this company?

No address is shown in any of the advertising and in many cases no operator has been shown either. The company also operates the Caribbean Phone Idol competition and asks people to write to it, on its website, but no address is shown.

The FTC also allowed the company to advertise frequently on television and in print media ‘ads’ for several days where a listed telephone number was not in operation.

So I am afraid the blame cannot be passed back to the consumer.

This company has consistently lied about its operations and the FTC appears happy to allow it to operate on Barbados blatantly breaking your own rules.

I sincerely, believe no further advertising should be permitted until a full list of ‘winners’ is published.

I would remind the Commission that for several weeks the same ‘winning number’ has appeared in all advertising.

As consumers, are we expected to believe that there have been several ‘winners’ all choosing the same number?

Yours faithfully

Adrian Loveridge
4th December 2007

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