Daily Archives: April 11, 2008

Cricket Legend Keith Barker Passes

Mourners farewell to East Lancashire cricket legend Keith Barker

MOURNERS packed a church to pay their respects to cricket legend Keith Barker – with tributes being paid by ex-players from as far away as his native Barbados.

The funeral service, held at All Saints Church, Clayton-le Moors, heard tributes from the cricket world, including one from ex-West Indies and Lancashire captain Clive Lloyd.

Keith’s wife Val was joined at the service by his children Andrew, Amanda, Gary, Dean, and Keith. A wreath in the shape of a cricket bat adorned his coffin and another mourner carried one which said “Dad”.

Charles Law, who played cricket with Keith in Barbados and had just flown in from island, read the eulogy. Keith was born in Barbados in 1936, an exciting time for a birth of talent in the Carribean. The Barbados team at the time included cricketing greats such as Sir Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell…

… continue reading this article at The Blackburn Citizen (link here)

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Will Barbados Government Let Rich Crack Cocaine And Heroin Smugglers Back Into Our Country?

(Hans & Eva Rausing photo used with permission: Copyright – www.donfeatures.com)

The Rausings Do Look A Little Zapped, Don’t They?

Meet two of the Barbados super-rich: Hans and Eva Rausing. Net worth just over US$11 Billion and owners of the most expensive home on Barbados.

And, oh yes, Eva was arrested attempting to smuggle cocaine and heroin into the American Embassy in London. Then Hans was arrested at his home for possession of crack cocaine and heroin.

Well… what do you expect from two poor little rich kids who met in a drug rehab clinic?

You KNOW what would happen to you or me if we got caught trying to smuggle heroin into the US Embassy.

Even money says that these two crack-heads will soon be watching the polo ponies again on Bim.

Darling… life is just sooooooo boring, don’t you know?

Daily Mail: Drugs and the billionaire Tetra Pak couple who have got so much money they don’t know what to do with it

Afterthought By Robert…

Contrast the self-indulgent behaviour of the Rausings with that of so many of the wealthy folks who come to Barbados and do some good here and around the world. As an example I’m primarily thinking of millionaire philanthropist Peter Allard of the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary fame who was sorely abused by the last government. We haven’t heard much about the Nature Sanctuary lately. Perhaps one of our readers can provide an update?

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Ezra Alleyne: The DLP Government Is Just As Bad As The BLP Government

Have a read of Ezra’s piece in the Nation News this morning and see if you don’t agree with just about everything he says.

David Thompson made very specific promises that got him elected.

Now that he has power, nothing has changed.

David Thompson promised that a two-thirds majority of the House would be necessary to change land permissions from agriculture – and then he went and gave Sir Charles a free hand to develop agricultural land WITHOUT THE PROMISED TWO THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE.

The Nation News: What Change?

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Afterthought by Robert:

Just curious. Does anyone know if Ezra ever paid back the money to that client where there was a, ah.. er… misunderstanding” ? – you know… when he had that little problem with his trust account and was disbarred for three years? (Overturned on appeal, of course. David Simmons was his lawyer doan ya know!)

(I couldn’t help it. Every day needs a little mischief!) 😉

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Barbados Government Kills Sugar Cane Ethanol Scam – “Thank You Barbados Free Press. Without Your Revelations…”

Government Insider Thanks Barbados Free Press For Exposing Secret Ethanol Reports

The current Barbados Government has killed plans for a sugar-based ethanol industry – largely due to revelations by Barbados Free Press that the previous BLP government had covered up secret European Union reports showing that the Arthur-Mottley government’s ethanol plans were technically and economically not viable.

We are told that one of the first acts of newly minted Minister of Agriculture Haynesley Benn (photo above) was to ask to see ALL VERSIONS of the European Union sugar reports as first revealed in BFP’s article Secret European Union Reports Slam Barbados Ethanol Plan.

It didn’t take the Thompson Government very long to discover that the ethanol plan was a sham – and most likely just another scam to facilitate the transfer of tax revenues to greedy pockets with no appreciable benefit to Barbados and her citizens.

Our source who originally showed us the three different versions of one of the EU copies of the reports said…

“Thank you Barbados Free Press. Without your revelations the people who were pushing cane ethanol would have taken Barbados down the road to an economic and environmental disaster.”

Our Thanks To The Government Worker Who Risked Everything To Bring The Truth To Bajans

For three years as the mainstream Barbados news media jumped on the Arthur-Mottley Government’s cane ethanol bandwagon, a courageous government employee wrestled with the conflict between loyalty to the BLP government and duty to the people of Barbados. This government employee knew that cane ethanol was not viable for Barbados, and that the Arthur-Mottley government was deliberately concealing data and reports so they could justify a course of action that, according to our source, had the primary purpose of lining the pockets of certain very narrow interests.

By last August, the government employee decided that he must reveal the truth – but how? In the end he came to Barbados Free Press with his story, and the rest as they say, is history. When the new Agriculture Minister asked to see ALL VERSIONS of the secret European Union reports as mentioned in the Barbados Free Press article, that was the end for cane ethanol.

Here is part of what we said in our original story…

Three independent experts hired by the European Union and the Government of Barbados to assist Barbados with the restructuring of the sugar industry were fired when they each produced reports showing that Barbados government ethanol plans are technically and economically not viable. Continue reading

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Barbados Underground Again Blurs The Differences Between News Media And Blogs

Barbados Underground Exclusive Interview: Barbados Light and Power Representative Talks About The Future

Last Sunday we listened to the pathetic squealing of “professional journalists” on Down To Brass Tacks radio show – complaining that the Barbados blogs are destroying newspaper advertising revenues and upsetting the media’s control over what people are allowed to know and talk about publicly.

While they were moaning and groaning about constraints faced by “professional journalists”, David over at Barbados Underground was busy interviewing Chief Marketing Manager Stephen Worme of Barbados Light & Power Co Ltd. about future plans for alternative energy sources.

Why did Mr. Worme even bother to answer questions asked by one of those despicable (Carl Moore can spit upon de ground here) blogs?

Simple… Mr. Worme knows that thousands and thousands of Barbadians read the blogs each day, and that these internet-savvy citizens are a more upscale and thoughtful audience than is reached by the dead-tree editions of the local newspapers. He also knows that on the blogs he has more of a chance to speak directly to the citizens and that probably all of what he says will be printed. The newspapers tend to take a few words and that’s all the public sees, whereas the blogs usually print everything.

Smart man, that Mr. Worme.

Head on over to Barbados Underground and read what Barbados Light and Power has in mind for the future…

Barbados Underground: Barbados Light & Power Ready To Work With Government To Develop Viable Alternative Energy Solutions

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Rihanna Goes Tattoo Crazy!

No – She Didn’t Get A Tattoo On Her Face… But How Long Can It Be Until She Does?

Yup, the Girl Gone Bad has done it again and added to the tattoo collection that seems to be growing day by day. Our resident PhotoShop “Girl Staying Good” – Shona – lifted the new tattoos from one part of Rihanna’s body and put them on her face.

“How long can it be until it happen anyway?” said Shona

Ian Bourne has all the details and genuine photos of Rihanna’s new tattoos at Bajan Reporter (Rihanna’s New Tattoos Link Here)

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