Monthly Archives: August 2008

Vacation Choices: Murderous Mexico or Beautiful Barbados?

Safe, beautiful Barbados

Safe, beautiful Barbados

Mexico Has More Kidnappings Than Iraq or Columbia!

Welcome to Cancun, Mexico – where last week eleven tortured, then decapitated bodies were found in a tourist area. That’s not even counting the four decapitated bodies found in Tijuana earlier this week.

The country’s highest police official was murdered in May and the drug wars have claimed over 2.700 dead this year alone.

So take that Cancun vacation if you want…

… or, you might want to book a nice little hotel in Barbados where you will find that the hotel security staff are not issued machine guns like in Mexico.

Your choice, Mr. and Mrs. American or Canadian tourist…

Will that be murderous Mexico… Drug war terror spreads in Mexico as bodies are dumped in tourist areas

or beautiful, friendly Barbados… Barbados: The best of the West Indies

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Hurricane Gustav Heads For New Orleans – Floodwalls Repaired With Newspaper Stuffed Into Joints

Floodwalls Repaired With Newspapers In Place Of Rubber Joint!

With Hurricane Gustav bearing down upon Louisiana, New Orleans residents must be wondering if the floodwalls will hold this time around. After all, it takes only a few good sized holes to compromise the entire protective wall system.

Only three months ago New Orleans residents were shocked to learn that a contractor hired by the US Army Corps of Engineers had “repaired” the walls by stuffing the joints with newspaper that was concealed under a coating of rubber sealant!

After some bureaucratic nonsense, the Army said they had repaired all the joints to specifications, but New Orleans residents are asking themselves “If this was allowed during the repair work, what else is there that we don’t know about?”

I hope that New Orleans is lucky enough to avoid a major hit by Hurricane Gustav, because by some of the news reports, luck is all the citizens can depend on.

You can read the original investigative story and watch a video at WWLTV.com (link here)

The US Army says the problem has been fixed in this story.

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Typical Justice In Barbados: Sandy Lane Maid Bribed To Not Testify About Sexual Assault By Millionaire

Pay Off A Victim, Then Thumb Your Nose At The Police & The Courts

The practice of paying off victims and witnesses to not testify in criminal matters is well established in Barbados, with the courts long giving their tacit approval.

Aside from the fact that this totally undermines public respect in our justice system and for the rule of law, it results in a class-based justice system where those who can afford to buy their way out of criminal charges are allowed to do so.

One justice system for the rich criminals, and another for everyone else.

Cynics may cry that is the way it works in New York or London where the rich can hire the best lawyers while the ordinary man goes begging if charged criminally – and that may be true in part.

But go to New York or London and try paying off a rape or robbery victim to not testify in a criminal matter where an arrest has been made and charges are before the court… Just try it openly and see what happens!

In civilized jurisdictions the courts know that if the practice is allowed openly or often enough in secret, it becomes a malignant cancer aimed right at the heart of the entire justice system. Good judges understand that. To preserve the authority of these justice systems, it is not unknown for witnesses who have “changed their mind” to be put in jail for failing to testify.

This also protects persons who might be falsely accused of a crime as an act of revenge or harassment – or in an attempt by a “victim” to profit from the accusation.

Undermining A Woman’s Right To Refuse Sex

When women who have been sexually assaulted or raped are paid off to “drop the charges” as happens in Barbados all the time, it makes it all the more difficult for women to testify in court against their attackers.

Yes, there are many reasons why civilised jurisdictions do not allow victims and witnesses to take money to not testify in criminal matters.

But in Barbados, the judges continue to permit this undermining of the public’s trust in the police, prosecutors and the courts.

It helps the Barbados elites keep ordinary folks in their place when it is widely known that those with money are able to buy off the justice system, even when charged criminally.

Sandy Lane Sex Assault – Big Names, Big Money

Six years later, the civil lawsuits are still flying over millionaire hedge-fund manager David Morrison’s assault of a maid in room 306 of the Sandy Lane Hotel. He was arrested by Barbados Police, but the charges were dropped when the maid was paid off: with the full knowledge of the Barbados court.

Keltruth Blog has the whole disgusting story: Sex, Money and Sandy Lane – The Money Manager and the Maid

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Harvard Law School’s Global Voices Translates I’Akobi Tacuma Maloney Articles For Major Worldwide Audience

Barbados Police Human Rights Issues On World Stage

Barbados Police Human Rights Issues On World Stage

Global Voices has translated their article about the strange death of I’Akobi Tacuma Maloney while in company of Barbados police officers into Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese and a host of other languages.

The article, which includes references and links to stories by Barbados Free Press and other Bajan blogs, continues to focus international attention on the lack of accountability and professionalism shown by many officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force. Harvard Law School and Global Voices seem to have chosen to make I’Akobi’s death into a major and long-running feature story.

Our story Suspicious Death Brings World Attention Upon Royal Barbados Police Force was picked up by Global Voices and other websites around the world.

There is an active movement in Barbados to get to the bottom of the death of this young man. Many prominent citizens and a Member of Parliament have declared that the truth must be proven to the public by an independent inquiry – and that the police cannot and should not be investigating themselves.

A friend of I’Akobi’s family tells Barbados Free Press that unless the government acts responsibly, we can expect to see Bajan ex-pats being photographed and interviewed by major news media in front of the United Nations building as they call for an international inquiry into I’Akobi’s death.

If the Barbados government and police think that calls for an inquiry into the death of I’Akobi Tacuma Maloney will just fade away, they are very mistaken.

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Barbados Government Expropriates Private Land… Then Doesn’t Pay The Owners!!! Canadian Government Gets Involved

Will The Corruption Never Cease?

My friends, I am almost without words this morning. I am in such despair over yet another incident that highlights the apparent inability of successive Barbados politicians to conduct themselves like honest professionals who care about and adhere to the rule of law.

If the Government of Barbados expropriates your land, you should at least be paid for it!

Never mind the arguments about how land expropriation (called “compulsory acquisition” in Barbados) should be justified or allowed… you should at least be paid a fair price for your land if the government takes it!

But that’s not the way it works in Barbados.

In Barbados, a Government Minister will vote to expropriate your land… and in a few months you will find he has built a fine house on it for his mistress! (Yes, Gline Clarke, we be takin ’bout YOU!)

In Barbados, the big-ups in government have no integrity rules against their profiting from their position or insider knowledge. Combine the legal ability of government officials to misuse their offices for personal profit with their ability to expropriate land without any real protection for the landowner… and you have the high-risk disaster that is all too often faced by foreign and domestic owners of real estate on this island.

The latest horror story of expropriated lands not paid for by government can be found at Keltruth Blog, along with a letter from the Government of Canada indicating the sleezey actions of Barbados government officials involved in the Kingsland Estates dispute.

Keltruth Blog: Barbados Government expropiates Kingsland land but does not pay!

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Mikko Lost In Barbados – Please Bring Him Home!

For the latest on Mikko, check out FindMikko.com

Please Bring Mikko Home

As of Tuesday afternoon, around 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon our Golden Retreiver has gone missing from our home in Locust Hall St. George. He Answers to the name of Mikko.   Mikko is literally a part of our family and we are totally lost without him. Our last dog only recently passed away due to kidney failure and we cannot stand the thought of not having Mikko come home. He has never gone missing for this period of time and isn’t wearing his collar.

He is not a dangerous dog, but is probably now very hungry and very thirsty by now. He is approximately 4 Years old and answers to the name “Mikko” [pronounce like me-kho].  An handsome reward is being offered for his safe return or for accurate tips leading to his whereabouts.

If you know anything please contact Luke, Mark or Adam on 256-8000, 256-8007, or 256-8001 respectively. Alternatively you can dial us on 435-6699.

If you spot him, please feel free to call the above numbers or email us where you last saw him at info@FindMikko.com . We consider him a part of our family and any tips you have about his whereabouts are sincerely appreciated!

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Cable & Wireless Makes 91 Million Dollar Profit – Barbados Consumers Still Pay $4.00 Monthly Charge Per Cell Phone

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Why Is This Man Smiling?

Barbadians are being portrayed as over 90 percent literate, but we must ask ourselves if this literacy entwined our behaviour regarding how we are raped by certain multi national monopolies whose only language are Profits, Assets, Dividends and Price Increases. In the last budget speech, Barbadians were fed a rough diet of taxes that are choking us, yet we keep our mouth shut and digest the said diet of bitter pills.

Once before we use to look at homes with electricity, with telephones and with a car as luxuries, but these things are now a necessity. We thought that with the implementation of cell phones was for the wealthy, but we now find that it is a precious instrument for communication. Unfortunately, the PM acknowledged that over 290,000 mobile phones are in operation, thus the excellent reason (in his opinion) to relieve us of $4.00 per month. Owners of cell phones will grease the Consolidated Funds with healthy net revenue of $13.9 million per year.

Cable and Wireless made BDS$659.71 NET PROFIT for every man, women and child on Barbados for financial year ending March 2008.

Are we as a people really analyzed how these monopolies rape economies? Are our leaders really looking at the bottom line especially when these companies have the audacity to let us know that they enjoy a $91 million after tax profit? This is the area where I am angry, fed-up and sick of the raping of our people by companies and our leaders. I am stating that the budget could have embraced monopolies who surpassed a certain profit margin to be taxed accordingly. Would C&W be affected by releasing some of these profits to the consumer?

If as stated by the PM that all these cell phones are in operational, that mean the service provider will be receiving approximately $20 to $40 per month per consumer multiply by 290,000, but alas!, the budget by passed them and imposed the harsh penalty on the consumer. I am saying that Cable & Wireless have been raping us for years and now seeing fit to remove certain costs that should never been imposed in this first place.

This is the time for an open telecommunication market where we will be able to enjoy far better rates. We deserve better Barbados, let’s start putting pressure on these money grabbing entities.

By the way, C&W is now a lean machine due to the downgrading of staff and electronic answering services. What say you Technician?

Written by BFP Reader Tell Me Why.

The phrase in red was suggested by another reader.

Further Reading

Nation News: $91m To C & W In 2007/2008

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Irony Defined: Barbados Prime Minister Thompson In Cuba For Caribbean Broadcasting Union Meeting – Keeping His Mouth Shut About Jailed Cuban Journalists

Prime Minister David Thompson

Prime Minister David Thompson

Barbados Government Confers Legitimacy Upon The Cuban Government & News Media While Ignoring Freedom Of The Press & Abused Journalists

The Cuban News Agency released a story that Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is in Cuba for a meeting of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union. CBU is apparently a non-governmental organisation based in Barbados and does not have an operating website that we could find. A Cuban-sourced story in Caribbean News Net says this about the CBU meeting…

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN): Havana is hosting the 39th General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) beginning Tuesday.

The organization, of which Cuba is a member country, groups radio and TV entities in the Caribbean region. The CBU is a non-governmental organization based in Barbados which supports and promotes high quality work of radio and TV private or public entities.

The Havana meeting will focus on common interests of all 23 CBU member countries, including the need for personnel training and entity performance.

Participants will also assess the treatment given by TV and radio stations to subjects such as HIV AIDS and the ongoing campaign against the disease.

The Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT), as the host to the event, has organized a program, which includes a visit by participants to the Cuban HIV-AIDS National Prevention Center, a Havana neighborhood where they will exchange with community members, and a gala in the recently refurbished Bertolt Brecht Theater.

The CBU General Assembly will hold working sessions until next Saturday at the Havana-based Melia Cohiba Hotel. Many countries with the CBU are also members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), while 18 of them are part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Another Place To Spend Your Tax Dollars – But Is It Worth It?

We found some entries in Wikipedia that indicate the production work of the CBU was taken over by the Caribbean Media Corporation, and that the Government of Barbados is or was supporting the Caribbean Media Corporation with your tax dollars and resources.

Interesting – I did not know that.

Closer examination shows that both the CBU and the Caribbean Media Corporation appear to be tools in the attempt to advance CARICOM unity.

Yup… interesting what a few quick online searches will reveal.

Cuba Jails Arrests, Beats, Jails AIDS Activist

Yup… check out the story of Yuri Martinez Sanchez at The Real Cuba. I bet his name won’t be mentioned at the CBU Havana conference by anyone: including our Prime Minister.

Remembering Abused Cuban Journalists

We are disappointed that Prime Minister Thompson will be providing legitimacy to the Cuban news media and the despotic Cuban government without publicly mentioning the plight of jailed reporters, librarians and others who dare to believe in Freedom of the Press in that police state.

After former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was photographed with his arm around Fidel Castro and actually holding hands like lovers with the bearded despot, we had hoped for better from our new Prime Minister, David Thompson.

Oh well… we’re getting used to things being the same old, same old ’bout hey.

Further Reading

ACN – Cuban News Agency: Barbados Prime Minister in Cuba For CBU Meeting

Caribbean Net News: Caribbean Broadcasting Union Meets In Havana

Wikipedia: Caribbean Broadcasting Union

Wikipedia: Caribbean Media Corporation

The Real Cuba: Beaten Cuban Journalists & Librarians

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Obama Assassination Plot In Denver – White Supremacist Link

“They’re Just Good ‘Ol Boys – Never Meanin No Harm”

Any candidate for the Presidency of the the United States of America faces threats that range from wackos without the means to serious people who have the resources and don’t care if they get caught or die as long as their mission is completed.

Where do the plotters in Denver come in? The story is still developing.

Maybe the world will eventually know the truth about suspects Tharim Robert Gartrell, Nathan Johnson and Shawn Robert Adolf, or maybe it won’t… but in my opinion Barack Obama is likely to face more credible threats than any other Presidential candidate in the last century.

Here are a few links, but the story is developing rapidly so you should check with other sources to see what is happening…

Rocky Mountain News: US Attorney Downplays Possible Plot To Kill Obama

CBS4 – Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot From High Vantage Point

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Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital – Refurbish or Tear It Down?

Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital Washroom

Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital Washroom

The government appears to be in two minds about the Hospital.

Should we refurbish or should we build new?

Refurbishment sounds cheaper and quicker and Barbadians have grown weary of big expensive projects, with escalating costs, strong whiffs of corruption and long delays.

But the problem with refurbishing an old hospital, making it compliant with modern safety standards and ready for new equipment is that it can be very expensive. I understand that the basement would require substantial work to allow the installation of new heavy medical equipment. I understand that in the face of a hurricane the existing hospital is poorly located, but I am no expert. Refurbishing can be so expensive that it may make economic sense to build a new one. Refurbishing costs of $400-500m have been bandied around while a new hospital would probably cost $600-700m.

It is also hard to refurbish a hospital with patients in it. I have asthma like many Barbadians. Imagine being in a hospital which is a construction site with an asthmatic attack? We would have to have a transition plan that may add further to the costs.

All this sounds like an argument for new but I recognize that the budgetary seduction of a new hospital financed by the private sector using a commitment from the government’s annual budget (Public Finance Iniatives like BOLT) may be clouding good judgement of the hospital “consultants”. That said, this government is so keen to undo everything the last government did (for good or ill) that as the last government favoured a new hospital, they are probably inclined to prefer refurbishment at whatever cost. Most countries have gone the route of new versus refurbishment. I recall a figure of 40 new hospitals in the UK over the past 20 years using BOLT.

I also think – an excellent point first raised on these pages by Georgie Porgie, who I do not normally agree with – that the issue is not just about the physical infrastructure but also the organization of treatment in Barbados and management of the clinics and hospitals. The sad case of Leslie Barrow who could not get to the hospital in time because there were no ambulances is one aspect of this. Should we upgrade our clinics first, allow them to take some strain off the hospital, and then refurbish? This is partly about education as Bajans think of the hospital as the place to go.

Moreover, many of the expensive spaces in the hospital are taken up by people who are not ill (anymore), but have no where else to go. Do we need to start with a less expensive “ly-ing in” place or consider alternative “treatment” for such people. It would be far cheaper to pay rent and for a part-time nurse than to keep a well person in a hospital bed needed for emergencies.

What do Barbadians think? New, old or re-organisation?

The above article was submitted by a BFP reader… who didn’t say whether or not to publish their name in credit. Let us know at barbadosfreepress@yahoo.com

Further Reading

BFP: Your Child Is Sick: Welcome To Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Nation News “Breaks” Blackwater Barbados Story A Year After Barbados Underground Blog

Eleven months ago, our friend David at Barbados Underground blog wrote about the infamous US Mercenary Company Blackwater having a Barbados connection.

The reporters at the Nation News must have seen that BU story and the Guardian UK story that it referenced. They simply must have. Why didn’t they write about it? Perhaps the last BLP government wouldn’t permit it.

Now, the Nation News is “breaking” a story that is almost a year old, and that, frankly, was better covered by Barbados Underground.

Just another day of “professional” journalism at the Nation News!

Further Reading

Barbados Underground: Nation Newspaper Breaks Blackwater Story Almost Eleven Months After Original Story

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Whaloss! Barbados Land At BDS$543 Per Square Foot!

At first I thought it must be a misprint!

‘Caribbee Beach Hotel and land, Hastings, Christ Church’.

‘Offering you the chance to own a piece of prime South Coast beachfront property in Barbados’
‘Caribbee Hotel and adjoining land are being sold as commercial property’.
‘Approximately 46,000 sq. ft.
$25,000,000

Barbados Advocate Saturday 23rd August 2008, page 25.

So I then went to the website of the real estate agent mentioned.

Sure enough, the same description – Sale Price $12,500,000 with underneath ‘rates are quoted in U.S. dollars’

BDS$543 per square foot.

This is perhaps a classic example of why we have lost 29 hotels over the past fifteen years.

Of course, I could not blame the owners. They see the opportunity of realising a massive profit where some buyers appear to be willing (and able) to pay almost any price.

But where is our long term tourism future heading?

Adrian Loveridge

BFP Comments…

BDS$543 per square foot sure puts a new perspective on the lands sold by the Board of Directors of the Kingsland Corporation for 16 cents a square foot!

See: Barbados Land Sold At 16 Cents Per Square Foot! Keltruth Blog Exposes Land Fraud In Barbados

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Sunday Morning and The Power And Emotion Of Bajan Photography

Sunday morning. The boys are playing and the air smells fresh as I sip the last of my Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and watch the rain move across the island. The best wife in the world has just asked what I want for breakfast and given me a little wink and a smile.

Yes, it always is a good idea to come home early on a Saturday night. No gallivanting after work, just straight home to my woman and the little ones is the best policy. Works every time! 😉

Sunday morning, cruising the web and I came across Ian Bourne’s blog where I found a marvelous article on a Barbados photography show that moved my soul.

Thank you Ian, for covering some of the important things in life that the regular news media and the rest of us miss.

Now… how to squeeze Robert to bring me more of this coffee?

Marcus on a Sunday morn…

Bajan Reporter: Barbadians exposed to Photography matching Old Masters’ paintings at Lancaster Gallery

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Olympics President Jacques Rogge Rips Usain Bolt For His Victory Celebration – Ignores China’s Human Rights Violations, Lies, Murders and Forced Abortions

IOC President Ignores True Symbolism Of China Olympics

IOC President Ignores True Symbolism Of China Olympics

“Jacques Rogge is so bought, so compromised, the president of the IOC doesn’t have the courage to criticize China for telling a decade of lies to land itself these Olympic Games.

All the promises made to get these Games — on Tibet, Darfur, pollution, worker safety, freedom of expression, dissident rights — turned out to be phony, perhaps as phony as the Chinese gymnasts’ birthdates Rogge was way too slow to investigate.

One of the most powerful men in sports turned the world away from his complicity. Instead, he has flexed his muscles by unloading on a powerless sprinter from a small island nation.

Rogge’s ripping of Usain Bolt’s supposed showboating in two of the most electrifying gold-medal performances of these Games has to be one of the most ill-timed and gutless acts in the modern history of the Olympics…”

… continue reading Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports shredding and dicing IOC bully Jacques Rogge link here.

A Pity That IOC’s Jacques Rogge Is Blind To The Communist Despots Of China

When the fastest human in the world gave a little “take that!” to the also-rans so far behind him, that was as fine a demonstration of the competitive spirit of the Olympics as I’ve seen in a long time.

In these days where western schools are doing everything to make sure that no child’s “feelings” are hurt by losing a competition or failing an exam, where children are taught that being number one is something to be hidden, it is good to see the raw human spirit of competition and victory rise as it did in Usain Bolt.

God made Usain Bolt fast – but it took years of hard work and the desire to WIN for the man to be what he is… the fastest runner the world has ever seen.

Jacques Rogge lives a life that is far removed from reality. His remarks against one of the most outstanding athletes in the world illustrate all that is wrong with the Olympics.

In the coming years, the China Olympics will be remembered for two things: the super-human performances of Usain Bolt and a handful of other athletes… and how the Olympic organisation ignored Communist China’s human rights violations, lies, murders and forced abortions.

Because for the IOC, it is all about control of the show and money. If this Olympics has taught us anything, it is that the IOC and China’s despots have much in common. They have to keep the athletes in check because both China’s and the IOC’s corrupted vision of what the Olympics should be falls apart the moment that the athletes open their mouths or in the case of Usain Bolt, show what one individual can accomplish.

Usain Bolt can do ONE THING To Slap Jacques Rogge, the IOC and Communist China’s despots right in the face…

… Come home and under controlled conditions, smash his own Olympic record!

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Barbados Government Announcement Of (Yes, Another) SPECIAL AUDIT for NHC!!! Wow!!! (Yawn…)

UPDATE: January 10, 2012

Here is a little article we wrote back in August of 2008 where we explained that Prime Minister Thompson will be calling all manner of “special audits” looking into wrong-doing by the past BLP Arthur/Mottley Government – but that no persons will be held responsible due to a gentleman’s agreement between the DLP and BLP.
Have a read and tell us – was BFP right on the money or not? Four years later and not one person charged.
Prime Minister Thompson and his DLP told us that money flowed into  overseas BLP bank accounts. The DLP told us that corruption was rampant. They told us that they would introduce Conflict of Interest rules, Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information.
Did the DLP lie to us?
Big time!
Michael Lashley & Maxine McClean Pretend Something Will Happen!

The Big Show: Michael Lashley & Maxine McClean Pretend Something Will Happen!

Previous Arthur/Mottley BLP Government Shouldn’t Worry: The Fix Is In!

I think I’ve lost track of the number of “Special”, “Forensic” and “Special Forensic” audits talked about by the David Thompson DLP Government. Thompson and his gang are in their ninth month of governing Barbados and one thing is for sure…

The fix is in. There will be lots of shouting and posturing, but no real action will be taken to hold members of the previous administration to account for their corruption. And there will be no real action taken by the Thompson Government to recover any of the millions of our tax dollars that were given away in overpriced sweetheart government contracts by the Arthur/Mottley administration.

If Prime Minister Thompson and his government were serious about integrity and recovering our misspent tax dollars, we would have seen three serious indicators…

1/ Thompson and his DLP Government would have kept their promise to adopt a Ministerial Code from day one. (Instead, a rebellion by government members who want the DLP to have their turn at feeding at the public trough forced Thompson to cancel his integrity promises.)

2/ Barbados government policy from day one would have been that no government contracts were to be issued to businesses owned by elected or appointed government officials or their immediate family members. (Instead, the Prime Minister himself borrowed a business jet from people who have contracts with the Barbados government – a clear conflict of interest to which the PM’s only answer is silence.)

3/ On day one, the new Barbados government would have immediately moved to secure the paper and electronic business records of the government in all areas – and particularly in major projects over the past 14 years where tens of millions of tax dollars (and probably more) is totally unaccounted for. (This was not done. No use looking for those records now – nine months later! – But that was the Thompson plan all along… don’t force the issue.)

Good god – Mia Mottley, Owen Arthur and the rest of their cabal spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars on major projects like the prison and flyovers where standard business contracts simply do not exist! Continue reading

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Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas Announces Integrity Commission – Don Mitchell CBE Hopes It Isn’t Empty Promises Like Barbados PM David Thompson

The new Prime Minister of Grenada, Tillman Thomas, says his government is embracing integrity legislation and vows he is setting a new course for his country. As reported by Caribbean Net News…

The Governor General announced that the government will set up an Integrity Commission to ensure integrity in public life. The Commission, he said, will obtain declaration of the assets and liabilities and income of persons in public life. Governor General of Grenada Sir Daniel Williams He also said a Public Procurement Authority will be established to regulate public procurement and practices in the Public Service.

In a move to prevent corruption, the Governor General also announced the establishment of an Investment Policy Review Committee to look at investment proposals (local and foreign) before they are considered by Cabinet, as well as a National Economic Council to advise the Government on macro-economic policies and other major issues.

Sir Daniel also announced the appointment of an Ombudsman, who will have the power to investigate the administrative actions taken by on behalf of Government and other public authorities, including statutory corporations.

… from Caribbean Net News (link here)

Corruption-free Anguilla Hopes Grenada Isn’t Deceived Like Barbados!

Grenada is in big trouble because the treasury has been emptied by successive governments who operated without effective integrity and freedom of information laws – the same lack of integrity laws situation that we have in Barbados.

Now Grenada’s new Prime Minister wants to establish effective integrity legislation – or so he says. While it is obvious that this call for ITAL is a prelude to yet another bailout by the international funds, perhaps Grenada will end up with actual ITAL. (ITAL = Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation)

Or, as Don Mitchell wonders on Corruption-Free Anguilla blog…

“If it is just empty promises, like PM David Thompson of Barbados seems to be making, then we shall have been betrayed by our leaders once again.”

Prime Minister Thompson should have a read of Don Mitchell’s article Grenada. He just might learn something.

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Vasbert Drakes Returns To Barbados After Coaching Stint With Emirates

Cricketer Back To West Indies

Despite his stern appearance in the photo, Vasbert Drakes is considered one of the nicest guys in cricket (at least according to the Flickr account we nicked the photo from!)

Vasbert is a (very) fast bowler and is returning to Barbados from a three-month coaching contract in the Middle East.

Glad to have you back, Vasbert… and from what the Dubai newspaper says, it looks like you will be missed in the land of oil, sand and big money.

Welcome home!

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Barbados Lodge School Reunion This Saturday, August 23, 2008

Yes folks, that grand occasion (Lodge School Reunion) is almost here and for those of you still undecided about going to the reunion, here is the number one reason why you should attend – Alumni Social Networking.

Many of us participate in some form of social networking almost every day without even realizing it. Most of the Lodge School Alumni have Facebooks, Hi5 and MySpace sites. We build these elaborate online social networks of friends and acquaintances and use them to gather or share information about ourselves or others.

So why not come out to the reunion events and do the same thing, there is no better place to network than amongst the alumni. The most successful social networks to date have been established on a common shared experience. Alumni communities represent a set of diverse individuals with one thing in common. They each share a very unique life experience and common affinity for their school.

The Lodge School has one of the most enthusiastic online communities in Barbados. Start to re-connect with all your friends at the Lodge School Blog

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