Monthly Archives: March 2009

Another Reason Why Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin Should Be Fired – Police Again Fail To Answer Call For Help

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How Many “Barbados Police Don’t Come” Stories Can You Tell? Here’s Another…

GRAEME HALL NATURE SANCTUARY INC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bridgetown, Barbados
MONDAY, March 30, 2009
Email Contact:                graemehall@graemehall.com
Archives and Art:            http://www.graemehall.com/press.htm  and http://www.graemehall.com/reference.htm

Sanctuary Threatened

[ Bridgetown , BARBADOS ]   Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary officials reported that a group of eight (8) men were caught stealing wildlife inside the RAMSAR wetland site on Sanctuary lands.

Police were called when the trespass was discovered last Wednesday, but there was no response.  The men continued to stay through the afternoon, while Sanctuary employees tried to calm the situation.

One employee reported that one of the men made personally threatening gestures as if he had a gun, and within the hour gunshots were heard coming from the Amity Lodge side of the wetland where the men were last seen.

The area is recognized by the international Convention on Wetlands as an area of significant biological importance.  Both the Government of Barbados and the Sanctuary own the lands within the RAMSAR site.

After taking an estimated 100 tilapia, the intruders told a Sanctuary worker that they had a right to access and fish in the RAMSAR-protected wetland since Government had announced a Bds $1.0 million budget for it.

Police and Defence Force patrols of the RAMSAR site have stopped since the Sanctuary closed in December of last year.  Authorities have not explained why this has happened.

There is deep concern that environmental pollution and other problems are escalating because of a lack of enforcement of environmental law in and around the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetland.

“This is but one present-day example of a major threat to the wetland and the Sanctuary,” said one official.  “If a thousand people came to take what they want, there would be nothing left.  The wetland and the Sanctuary absolutely depend on legal and environmental protections from Government.”

A police report was filed on Thursday at the Worthing Police Station.

Barbados Free Press Take…

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary filed a report with the police? Waste of paper.

If anything the report should have been for Neglect By Police, but unfortunately that’s not a crime in Barbados – its a way of life.

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Graves Of Barbados – Respect and Love For Our Families, Our Friends and Our History… Or NOT!

UPDATED: October 11, 2012

Six skulls, bones, body parts found in open graveyard pit

With Monday’s discovery of an open pit containing burned skulls, bones and other body parts at the Christ Church Parish Church, our thoughts immediately turned to a previous article by our own Robert.

Sad. So sad. And what does it say about us?

Somebody should lose their job over this, but you know that’s never going to happen.

Here is the current story from the Nation, and then BFP’s original story…

Shocker in Christ Church graveyard

Mourners attending a burial in the Christ Church Parish Church’s cemetery on Monday evening were mortified when they stumbled upon a hole containing burnt skeletal remains.

An upset woman told the MIDWEEK NATION that they were disgusted by the sight in the graveyard.

“I counted at least six skulls and I could see teeth, hair and bones and what appeared to be the material from a coffin,” she said.

(Read the full article at The Nation: Shocker in Christ Church graveyard)

Original BFP story…

For an absent friend, much loved.

UPDATED: July 15, 2010

A few days ago I visited the resting place of an old and dear friend, now passed on. I always mean to visit more often and tend the grave but life gets in the way and then I realise it’s been over a year. As we talk I clean away the garbage or sometimes plant a flower: a little something to let them know they are still remembered and loved. The difference in our ages did not exist in our friendship, but we always knew it would probably be me visiting the graveyard on Sunday afternoon.

I wrote this article after my last visit to my friend in March of 2009. I’ll leave it at the top again for a few days in the hope that it will inspire some of our readers to tend the graves of our friends and family.

Here is my sad tale from March 30, 2009… Continue reading

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Chinese Cyber Spy Network Invades Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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An electronic spy network, based mainly in China, has infiltrated computers from government offices around the world, Canadian researchers say.

They said the network had infiltrated 1,295 computers in 103 countries. They included computers belonging to foreign ministries and embassies and those linked with the Dalai Lama – Tibet’s spiritual leader.

There is no conclusive evidence China’s government was behind it, researchers say. Beijing also denied involvement…

(snip)

…Researchers found that ministries of foreign affairs of Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Barbados and Bhutan appear to had been targeted.

Hacked systems were also discovered in the embassies of India, South Korea, Indonesia, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, Germany and Pakistan.

Analysts say the attacks are in effect industrial espionage, with hackers showing an interest in the activities of lawmakers and major companies.

… read the entire article at BBC News: Major Cyber Spy Network Uncovered

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Barbados Lodge School Old Boys Battle It Out: “Dear Rodney” vs “Dear Peter”

Class, Race and Old Memories In Barbados – White vs Black vs Red

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Hey guys,

The Nation newspaper has not published the self explanatory letter attached. Please feel free to post on line if you wish.

Rodney Jones

Carol Martindale
Editor
Sunday Sun
24th March 2009

Dear Ms. Martindale
Re: Mr. Peter  Simmons’ column on Sunday  22nd March

I am submitting another letter in response to the captioned subject which, irrespective of  any further comments by Mr. Simmons are my final words on the subject:

My dear Peter,

I have digested your ‘Dear Rodney’ open  letter which appeared in the Sunday Sun of 22nd March and I have to advise that this is my final reply. I suspect that we may run the risk of not only testing the Editor’s patience, but readers may soon regard us as being two silly old Lodge boys beating up on each other, still living in a bygone age. Whats more, my Captain has warned me that whether or not I get past your defence, this is my last over, so here goes: six deliveries with no wides, byes or no balls (I hope).

If the outcome of this very public dialogue between us was judged on the eloquence and flair of the discourse, it would be a veritable no contest. You would be the winner by daylight as they sometimes say in racing circles. But, my friend, the issue is not about persuasion by grammatical expertise, it is about the facts and facts alone.

I note that you have checked with old (Lodge) boys across the generations up to 1961 when we left the school and that their recall is the same as yours. Hmmmm, I admit that I sometimes think that my short term memory is not what it used to be, but I insist that my long term memory is still crystal clear regarding the important issues we are now contesting. Therefore I have absolutely no need to check the facts with the many men of our generation who know only too well what took place. I will say that without exception, all those who have commented to me about the culture of Lodge School during that period are in complete agreement with my version of events. So, have we arrived at an unbridgeable factual chasm? It sure looks that way. Continue reading

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Barbados Tourist Upset Over Hanged Dog Cruelty, Lack Of Response By Authorities

Dear Barbados Free Press

On Sunday 22nd March 2009 I was one of a large group of hikers, some of whom were  American , British , Canadian and European  nature enthusiasts exploring the lush, breath taking scenery along the coastal part of St.Lucy on the island of Barbados.

Softened Photo Of Hanged Dog

Softened Photo Of Hanged Dog

Our bliss, however, was short lived as we looked out onto the Caribbean sea and saw to our horror, in the foreground,  the silhouette, of a dead dog hung by his neck under a tree.   His jaws rigid and open, seemingly still gasping for breath.  A crate was placed just inches under his feet, the scratch marks still visible where he struggled. A length of cord, knotted together was used to haul the animal upwards, deliberately tied to different areas of the tree as one would rig a pulley, in an obvious effort to make this animal suffer a slow and agonizing death. It is also the opinion of a veterinary doctor after he had seen these photographs that this dog was beaten about the head prior to its death.

The Monster Who Did This Walks Among Us

The RSPCA was notified. Their response was “ write a letter to the newspapers”. Where is the  the “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals” in such a response?

The police were also called. Their response was even worse. No response. (Although a follow up call was made the next day to Constable Best of the police station in that area, who informed us that “ the dog was removed”) .Very impressive! I suppose we should all feel better now .

I do not have to express the disgust and terror felt by my fellow hikers, especially the visitors. A holiday marred by this grizzly scene and to top it all off, the attitudes of  the very authorities whose responsibility it is to investigate such complaints and  prevent further  acts of cruelty.

Animal laws do exist in Barbados but until some police ( and other policy makers)  leave the dog fighting arenas at the weekend and change their lax attitudes towards animal cruelty, there will be more scenes like this for tourists to write home about.

Please note that this story along with photographs, has also been sent  to the BBC World news, The British Press, Fox News Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and the Canadian Press.

Irate Hiker

Editor’s Note: BFP received four high-resolution photos from the author of this article. We cropped and softened one using PhotoShop, but we will not be showing the rest of the photos because they are simply too graphic.

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Hello Gun Tattoos – Goodbye To Our Barbados Sweetheart Rihanna

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We Don’t Understand Rihanna’s Message, But We Don’t Like It

Guns are about power and control through violence and threats of violence. Does Rihanna believe that tattooing two guns on her body is some outward show of inner strength? That message becomes hollow mek sport when the person wearing the gun tattoos is a victim of domestic violence who crawled back to her abuser.

rihanna-gun-tattoosAround the table at Barbados Free Press we really didn’t know what to think when we first saw these photos. Shona said “The poor thing is in trouble” while all Robert could muster was a sad “That makes me sick to my heart for the girl.”

According to Huffington Post, the guns on the shoulders are where Rihanna really wanted them, but she ended up putting them under her arms on each side. The ones on her shoulders were drawings prior to the actual cutting of the underarm guns.

We’ll leave it to our readers and not say too much more except that to many of us in Barbados, it feels like someone has abducted our sweetheart. We’d really like her back, but we don’t think that is going to happen…

So sad.

Further Reading

Sexy Pink Blog (Trinidad & Tobago): Big Dream, Small Guns – Rihanna

Huffington Post: Rihanna Gets A Gun Tattoo

Tattoo artist BANG: MySpace Photos

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Prime Minister Thompson Taunts Mia Mottley With Barbados Money Laundering Advisory Story!

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Barbados Opposition Leader’s Offshore Family Assets Revealed By Blog

If Prime Minister Thompson intended to really do anything to document and recover the public assets outright stolen by corrupt members of the previous BLP government, he would have already done so. But its not going to happen. Thompy has no intention of playing hardball with Mia, Owen and the old BLP gang because he knows that the situation could be easily reversed after the next election.

But that doesn’t stop Thompy from throwing the BLP Government’s corruption in the face of the Opposition every once in a while just for show. That’s what happened in the House of Assembly a few days ago when the Prime Minister quoted a story he saw on a local blog: Barbados Money Laundering Advisory.

BMLA featured a story on the Mottley family mansions in Miami and published photos of the homes that were obviously seen by Prime Minister Thompson. So if Thompson visits the blogs, I guess he’ll pick up on our cartoon as well. This is the second time we’ve published a cartoon showing Mia and David in bed together and it underscores the truth that the public spats between the BLP and the DLP are nothing more than a show.

When the sun goes down and the public isn’t looking – be it land deals, government contracts or a job for somebody’s brother-in-law, the battle cry of the DLP and the BLP is “Let’s cuddle!”

Barbados Money Laundering Advisory…

Mia Mottley’s Parents Have Million Dollar Home In Florida

PM David Thompson Mia Mottley have heated discussion over properties in Miami

Nation News: PM, Motley Clash

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Those Who Work To Preserve Old Barbados Newspapers & History Deserve To Profit From Their Efforts

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Editor’s Comment…

This letter from Jim Lynch was recently posted on BFP’s January 18, 2007 article Old Barbados Newspapers Are A Treasure Of History. Some of our readers had previously criticised Mr. Lynch for what they perceived as over-pricing his products. We have to strongly disagree with those readers and wholeheartedly side with Mr. Lynch in his one man mission to preserve Barbados history before it is forever gone.

Sometimes I think that Bajans as a people believe that everything creates itself and they deserve it all for free. When I think of the hundreds or even thousands of hours that Mr. Lynch has spent preserving our history, I have to admire his vision and dedication to his chosen cause.

Contrast his efforts with the despicable people at the Barbados Advocate who hide even their recent archives for political reasons so they and the elites can rewrite history as they choose.

Mr. Lynch is a true hero of Barbados.

Marcus & the BFP crew

Bajan In Canada Offers Re-Prints Of Old Barbados Newspapers & Books

I am Jim Lynch, the re-publisher of these Old Barbados Newspapers books, now resident in Toronto.

I am a Bajan who started doing his own family’s research in 1996 when I was forced into medical retirement from flying for LIAT (based in Antigua), came to Canada to live, and discovered that these old books and newspapers were in danger of disappearing due to natural disasters, man-made disasters (lack of interest, dumping) and destruction by insects.

So I invested a considerable sum in finding copies of these items and spent a long three years researching locations and persuading certain institutions to let me have copies. Some made sure I paid dearly for them – one place charged me nearly US$3 per side to photocopy, and then whacked me another enormous sum for shipping…

“Without my intervention, in one generation’s time these books would no longer be available, and all the information in them would be gone.”

The rest refused to even consider copying their precious books because they might self-destruct under the light. But I know that in 25 years they will have handfuls of dust – and no information – and certain other institutions will be able to boast of having an almost brand new set, available to the public… those who treated me fairly were shipped complete sets of whatever they sold me, also free of charge.

The books are also made to last another 200 to 300 years, great care taken to compose them of quality buckram binding, double-thickness paper with the grain in the correct direction so the pages do not crack in 200 years when the papoer has dried out, carefully bound by an old-world craftsman, and so on.

Other books made in the same quality fashion are Vere Langford Oliver’s “Caribbeana” and “History of Antigua”.

Yes, the prices are high, but my costs were – and still are – high. I invested what little I had left in ensuing that future generations will still have access to these documents long after the corrupt politicians and disinterested populations have gone to their just rewards, and it is only fair that I see a small profit after years of no return.

As to copyright, the period of coverage is 100 years. I went as far as to acquire the death certificate of Vere Langford Oliver so as to be completely sure that what I as doing would survive for the greater good.

I did contact the Oliver family and offered them a set of each free of charge, but all I received was snubs. Later there was a public comment that they deserved some royalty, but I made the effort and am within my rights to decline further contact. Continue reading

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Cry-Baby Barbados Nation News Staffer Uses BFP Blog To Hit Back Over Firings!

A Word From BFP Editor Marcus…

Oh, the delicious irony.

After years of being lapdog to the BLP government. After years of unethically suppressing news and stories that embarrassed the political and business elites of Barbados. After failing time and time again to fulfill a journalist’s duty to guard the public trust… a fired Nation News staffer comes to one of the hated, ignored and villified blogs, to freely have their say to the Bajan public.

No problem – Barbados Free Press and other blogs are here to let Bajans discuss important issues. No thanks to the lapdog “professional” news media.

Take it away Fired Journalist. Just don’t expect any sympathy from we…

Letter To Barbados Free Press

barbados-cry-babyWell, well. It seems as though the Free Press has gone soft on us. It seems as though it is protecting the other sections of the media and just pretending to be critical.

You know what they say about people who protest too much. Maybe the BFP has shares in One Caribbean Media (OCM).

Last Friday 23 Barbadians were laid off by the OCM setup in Barbados. The OCM setup in Barbados is The Nation Corporation, the STARCOM Network, and the corporate entity in Roebuck Street. The silence is interesting especially since each Morning Vic Fernandes parades as the Market Vendor and washes his mouth on everybody (by the way he should wash his mouth on his son Bobby who recently *** removed by BFP editor***).

This same Vic Fernandes has been silent on the CLICO issue – know why CLICO had owned a sizeable chunk of OCM shares. But like most people it is the soft targets that they hit at despite him trying to give the impression that he as a Market Vendor is for equity and fair play. But yes last Friday six employees of the Nation were laid off including in this group were Adonijah, Katrina Bend, Wendy Burke and Cheryl Marshall-Morris.

The public wouldn’t know who Marshall-Morris is but let me just say she is the wife of the embattled former Nation Big-daddy, Chief Newsroom Whip, Roy Morris who fell from grace last year like Jimmy Swaggart after he couldn’t leave the underage girls. It is interesting to note that if he were still at the Nation he would be arrogantly presiding over who goes home. Continue reading

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We Missed The Anniversary Of Gerald Bull’s Murder – Barbados HARP Supergun Once Reached For Space From Our Island

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On the evening of March 22, 1990, Dr. Gerald Bull got out of a car in Brussels, Belgium and headed back to his apartment.

Gerald Bull got out of the elevator and walked toward his apartment.  From the shadows another shadow stepped, holding a silenced pistol.  Three shots were fired into the back of Gerald Bull and, after he fell, two more into his head for good measure.  Gerald Bull was dead.

… from the blog Today’s History Lesson: Supergun no Bull to Somebody

“Super Gun” Inventor Felled By Assassins – Were They American, Israeli or Others?

Continue reading

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Arrest In Terry Schwarzfeld Barbados Tourist Murder – But Can We Trust Our Police?

UPDATED: Barbados Police Commissioner Says Reward Played A Part In Arrest

An article posted online at the Barbados Advocate tells of a press conference today (Monday) where Commissioner Dottin and others announced what they could about the arrest of a 24-year-old Barbadian for the robbery and murder of Terry Schwarzfeld…

Dottin told the media: “I am very happy to tell you that the investigation has made substantial progress and we have in custody a 24-year-old man and charges will soon be laid against him for matters arising out of this incident. The investigators have recovered property, jewellery as well as a camera and an imitation firearm that was reportedly used in the attack on the two visitors.”

“I can confirm that he is a Barbadian, but I am not going to say anything more about him. Under our Constitution, a person is guaranteed a fair trial and I am not going to say anything this morning that would be prejudicial to that trial.”

… read the entire article at the Barbados Advocate before they remove it forever here.

Original BFP story posted this morning…

Voice of Barbados Radio First To Air Story

schwarzfeld-murder92.9FM VOB Radio reports that a suspect is in custody for the daylight beach murder of Canadian tourist Terry Schwarzfeld.

After virtually ignoring the case the politicians, police and the Barbados news media shifted into high gear upon Terry’s death.

We Bajans know that the record of the Royal Barbados Police Force is not exactly stellar when it comes to preventing or solving crimes: even the recent murder of a retired senior police officer in front of his family remains unsolved. So forgive us if we wonder whether they have Terry’s real murderer under arrest, or one of the usual suspects who “confessed” rather than face what he knew was coming if he remained silent.

Barbados Free Press sincerely hopes that the evidence the police put before the court consists of more than only a confession generated by fear.

A shame we have to think it let alone say it aloud, but there it is.

VOB Radio: Breakthrough in Long Beach Attacks

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When Police Become Thugs: Bahamas Night Raid Terrorizes Mother and Child – Memories Of Barbados Police Ronja Juman Abuses

You are the mother of a seven year old child and you are both at home sleeping and at 4:30 am you are awakened by loud banging on your front door with someone shouting “open the door or we will break it down”. You start to frantically search for your keys and at the same time you hear a banging on the back door. By the time you get the door open both you and your child are terrified. Seven immigration officers rudely enter your home and start to terrorize you and your child. You offer to show them your Bahamian passport and you are rudely brushed aside. Not one of them states the purpose of their intrusion and they leave as abruptly as they entered.

I saw the fear in this young woman’s eyes. I saw a picture of the mallet that was used to break her gate. I could feel her anger because her home was invaded and she does not know why, nor has anyone apologized, nor has the Minister met with her as promised, nor has she been able to contact him or anyone else at the Immigration department.

… from Weblog Bahamas article Is the Bahamas becoming a frightened society?

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

Unholy Alliance: Sergeant Paul Vaughan (left) & Charles Leacock - Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

News Media Continues Cover-Up Of Corrupt Activities By Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions

A story of abuse by Bahamian Immigration authorities reminds us that it is time to once again mention an unresolved story of corruption and abuse by the Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions, Charles Leacock. Unlike the lapdog Barbados news media, we at Barbados Free Press don’t let a story fade from the public memory just because it is convenient for the elites – who are so powerful that they don’t bother to answer corruption allegations even when the incriminating documents are posted online for all to see.

The Corrupt Relationship Between A Dirty Cop And Our Director Of Public Prosecutions

Just before Christmas, 2006, Barbados Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock told his police friend, Sergeant Paul Vaughan, to collect some back rent owed to him by a former tenant named Ronja Juman.

Sergeant Vaughan used an illegal, blank, pre-signed search warrant to raid Ronja Juman’s home in the middle of the night with some of his fellow thugs. Juman was dragged off to the police station where she was strip-searched and humiliated by a VAGINAL SEARCH!

Over back-rent. And no… the Barbados police didn’t find any back-rent money in Juman’s vagina.

For Sergeant Paul Vaughan of the Royal Barbados Police Force, the middle-of-the-night raid was all about terrorising the woman and her child to get back rent for his friend DPP Charles Leacock. There is far more to the story and none of it is good. (The links are at the end of this article.)

So when we read the story on Weblog Bahamas about a middle of the night Gestapo-like “visit” by authorities there we decided it is high time again to remind the Bajan public that just because the cowardly “professional” news media won’t cover a story, it doesn’t mean that the incident isn’t newsworthy.

In fact, the refusal of the Barbados news media to cover a story is often proof that a cover-up is in progress.

Read the stories, view copies of the original documents online and make up your own mind about corruption by the DPP, the police, the courts, the government and the news media…

Barbados Free Press Articles

September 18, 2008: Corrupt Director Of Public Prosecutions Must Now Prosecute His Corrupt Police Friend For Accepting Bribes!!!

January 30, 2008: The Strange Disappearing Court Cases Of Barbados – And How The News Media Keeps Silent

November 5, 2007: We Publish All The Documents: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions, Police Sgt Paul Vaughan And The Blank Search Warrant Scandal

October 12, 2007: Barbados Police Given Blank, Pre-Signed Search Warrants By Corrupt, Lazy Judiciary

September 24, 2007: Barbados Director Of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock – Ordered Police Thuggery Over His Tenant’s Unpaid Rent – Night Raid, Woman Strip Searched Over Unpaid Rent!

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Barbados Government Confirms Plans To Develop Graeme Hall Wetlands. Thompson’s Million-Dollar Lie

“David Thompson is attempting to turn the issue into some sort of a dispute between the sanctuary owner and the DLP government when it is all about the destruction of vast areas of our last remaining green space between Bridgetown and the airport.”

Thomson Government’s Developer Friends Rub Their Hands With Evil Glee

In an obvious effort to confuse Barbadians about the issues surrounding the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and Graeme Hall National Park, Prime Minister David Thompson yesterday announced that the Barbados government would provide $1 million in support to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. (Nation News story here)

Thompson also said that the Barbados government would not be dictated to by anybody in relation to pursuing what is in the best interest of Barbadians.

The statements by Thompson are deceptive. They contain and conceal many lies and we don’t intend to let him get away with it – even if the lapdog Barbados news media continues to tell Thompson’s lies to the public without question.

Firstly, the very offer of $1 million to “keep the sanctuary open” propagates the government lie that the sanctuary was closed because it was not profitable or because of money concerns by the owner, billionaire Canadian philanthropist Peter Allard.

In a number of media releases, Mr. Allard made it clear that the nature sanctuary was closed because the Barbados government policies to develop and pollute the Graeme Hall area are destroying the RAMSAR wetlands and the nature sanctuary. Under the current government policies the last mangrove wetland in Barbados will soon die and no amount of money by Peter Allard or any philanthropist can change this unless the government changes its policies.

So, as a philanthropist who can spend his money wherever he wants to, Mr. Allard has shaken the Bajan sand from his shoes and is spending his millions of charity and good works dollars elsewhere. Allard offered to give the majority of the sanctuary’s lands to the people of Barbados for FREE if the government would only follow through with the plans to preserve Graeme Hall that had been on the books for decades until David Thompson and his DLP crones changed the land-use law. If that is “dictating” to the government and its land developer friends, I wish we had a dozen more “dictators” like Allard!

None of the Barbados news media including the Barbados Advocate and the Nation have seen fit to accurately communicate to the people of Barbados the reasons the nature sanctuary was closed by Allard.

Thompson’s “million-dollar support” is a ploy is in response to a press release put out last week by the nature sanctuary, but Barbadians don’t know that because none of the so-called “professional” island media covered the release. (Barbados Free Press and other blogs covered the release. See here, here and here.)

The public lands at Graeme Hall were long ago set aside for the long term natural heritage and enjoyment of all Barbadians,  but the allure of quick money has caused the last two governments to put their developer friends before the long term good of Barbadians.

There is no dispute that the Thompson DLP Government intends to develop the lands around Graeme Hall. One of Thompson’s first acts was to pass the law that changed the permissions on the land to allow commercial and housing development.

The million-dollar ploy by the government of Barbados is designed to support a lie. David Thompson’s statements targeting owner Peter Allard are designed to conceal the actions taken by the DLP government to enable their developer friends to profit from the lands at Graeme Hall.  David Thompson is attempting to turn the issue into some sort of a dispute between the sanctuary owner and the DLP government when it is all about the destruction of vast areas of our last remaining green space between Bridgetown and the airport.

David Thompson and his cohorts intend to steal a national treasure from the people of Barbados and future generations… and the Barbados lapdog news media is, as usual, doing the massas’ will. Condo concrete wasteland here we come!

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Barbados Armed Soldiers Arrive In Trinidad For Summit Of The Americas

Obama Visits Trinidad

Obama Visits Trinidad

Trinidad has been a hotbed of Muslim fundamentalists so it is no wonder that the region is pulling out all the stops with security. US President Barack Obama will be meeting with regional leaders at the Hyatt Hotel in Port of Spain during the conference which is scheduled during April 17-19, 2009.

Seattle Times: Soldiers, police from nearby countries go to Trinidad to provide security for Americas Summit

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Barbados Tourist Attack Now Murder: Canadian Victim Terry Schwarzfeld Dies In Ottawa

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Our prayers go out for Terry’s family and friends.

Ottawa Citizen: Victim of Barbados Attack, Terry Schwarzfeld Dies

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Mottley Family’s Miami Mansions – Were Real Estate Profits Declared In Barbados? How Did A Million U.S. Dollars Get To Florida?

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Barbados Money Laundering Advisory Uses Freedom Of Information To Investigate USA Real Estate Holdings Of Mottley Family

It looks to us like Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s parents have made hundreds of thousands of American dollars profits in the Miami and Florida real estate market over the years.

Good for them!

mia-mottley-floridaBarbados Money Laundering Advisory has been doing some digging under the freedom of information in the United States. We wonder what else and who else they have come up with.

Did BLP Members Declare Florida Real Estate Profits?

Where Did The Million US Dollars Come From?

All we want to know is… were the Miami real estate profits properly declared by the BLP bigwigs over the years? One would hope so because the online Florida real estate and corporation records go back 30 years and ANYONE can search for any name for free!

And how did that million dollars get to Florida in the first place? Hmmmmmm…. I wonder if it passed through some offshore bank account?

Hmmmmmm…. this could prove to be an interesting hobby for Bajans: typing in names into the Florida real estate databases.

Visit Barbados Money Laundering Advisory for the whole story and then let’s all have some fun with databases!

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Barbados Tourism Authority Board Fired and Rehired – Except For Certain Persons (Including Adrian Loveridge) Who Were Invited To A New Government Tourism Marketing Company

THE CONTRACTS OF the 18-member board of directors of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) have been revoked. The DAILY NATION understands however, that about nine or ten of them have been rehired almost immediately…

… Speaking on condition of anonymity, a director said that among those rehired were Ralph Taylor, Austin Husbands, Steve Alleyne, Denis Roach, Alvin Jemmott, representatives from the Barbados Workers Union, Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Andrew Cox.

The other members of the former board were Sunil Chatrani, Dr Jeannine Comma, David Jean-Marie, Adrian Loveridge, Eric Mapp, Roseanne Myers, Bernard Weatherhead, Shelly Williams, and Michael Yearwood…

… from the Nation article BTA Shake-Up

“Speaking during at the tourism media briefing Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Sealy said the former directors had not been discarded as they had all received invitations to be part of the new tourism product development company. The existing BTA is to be eventually amalgamated into the new marketing company.”

… from the Barbados Advocate article Changes At BTA

Good For Adrian Loveridge!

The blogging community hasn’t heard all that much from hotel owner Adrian Loveridge since he was appointed to the BTA last year. Now that he has not been rehired at the BTA we expected that Adrian would go back to his full time job of running one of the best small hotels in the country – Peach and Quiet – which is usually at 100% occupancy no matter what.

But no, Adrian and the other former BTA Board Members have been invited to staff a new government sponsored tourism marketing company.

While not expecting any violations of confidence from Adrian, we hope that he will break the writing drought that struck when he became a member of the BTA and likely had to bite his tongue about many subjects. We’re not sure what the new position means for Adrian and the others, but we wish him and the others well as they work to maintain the single most important sector of our national economy.

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