Daily Archives: February 26, 2008

UPDATED: New Shooting At Warrens Complex – U.S. Embassy In Barbados Issues “Crime In Barbados” Alert To American Citizens

Revisiting A Tourist Crime Of 2008

One of our readers commented on this story from a year ago and brought it again to our attention. Almost a year to the day before the February 2009 Long Beach attacks, tourists on group eco-tours were held up at gunpoint. We can’t remember whether the culprits were ever arrested or what promises the police and politicians made to implement more security for the very foundation of our economy: foreign tourists.

Perhaps someone from the RBPF or Commissioner Dottin himself can re-read this story and bring us up-to-date…

Original story as published by BFP on February 26, 2008…

UPDATED: Bank Customer Shot & Tourists Held Up In New Separate Incidents

The US Department of State Travel Alert below was issued before yesterday’s new incidents of a tour group robbed at gunpoint at the Springvale Eco-heritage Museum and then a bank customer shot… Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton Fading Away – Get Ready For President Obama

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Clinton Campaign Falling Apart

Just a short note to mention that Hillary! is fading fast so it looks like a McCain – Obama contest for the Presidency of the United States of America is all but assured.

We’re going to call the US election right now…

Barbados Free Press predicts that the next President of the United States of America will be a man of colour named Barack Obama.

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How Will Barack Obama As US President Impact Barbados?

We’ll leave our opinions on that subject for another day, but as always our readers are welcome to have their say.

Further Reading…

CBS News: Obama Surges Ahead Nationally

Washington Post: Team Clinton – Down, and Out of Touch

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“Transparency and Accountability Are The Main Antidotes For Corruption”

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“The building sector in Anguilla is essentially lawless and unregulated. The Building Code is a long-standing joke. It exists only in the minds of shameless members of the Building Board. There are no published standards or regulations. As with Barbados, the Code is applied depending on the whim of whichever functionary you are dealing with. My fear is that it might come to be so, also, with public procurement.” … Don Mitchell at Corruption-Free Anguilla blog.

“Building Sector Lawless And Unregulated” – That Sounds Like Barbados!

On February 15th past, the Chairman of T&T’s Transparency International, Victor Hart, gave a speech to the Institute of Structural Engineers where he spoke about corruption in the procurement process of public construction projects.

It is about time that Barbados had a Transparency International chapter, but I don’t know where we would find the leaders who would stand up in public as does Mr. Hart.

Our friend Don Michell of Corruption-Free Anguilla blog has written an excellent piece on Mr. Hart’s speech and government procurement. Well worth reading.

Here are some excerpts from Corruption-Free Anguilla’s article Procurement

(Mr. Hart) reminded us that corruption damages our country by causing the undertaking of projects which are unnecessary, unreliable, dangerous and over-priced. This can lead to loss of life, misuse of funds, and resultant poverty, economic damage, and underdevelopment.

Corruption damages companies. It results in uncertainty and wasted tendering expenses. It increases project costs. It reduces project opportunities. It causes extortion and blackmail. It contributes to money laundering. It can result in criminal prosecutions, fines, blacklisting, reputation risk, and resultant job losses.

It damages individuals. It causes reduced morale, induces a sense of hopelessness in industry professionals…

Transparency and accountability are the main antidotes for corruption. It takes our architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, building, plumbing and electrical contractors, and related professionals becoming conscious of the problem. We need them to come together to join the fight against corruption. As Mr Hart points out, the advantage for them is that they will not spend time dealing with the consequences of a playing field that is not level because of corruption in the procurement process. The result will be increased peace of mind, job satisfaction, and levels of productivity and profitability.

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