Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Bahamas Volleyball Team Robbed Of Everything From Barbados Garfield Sobers Locker Room – Complaints of “Lukewarm” Response By Barbados Police & Volleyball Officials

Bags, Passports, Credit Cards, Laptop PCs, Thousands Of Dollars In Equipment & Possessions Stolen

Barbados Bahamas Volleyball TheftThis won’t go over too well anywhere. Last Friday night the Bahamas Women’s National Volleyball team were playing at Garfield Sobers and were ordered by Barbados officials to move all their bags to a locked room for security.

After the game they returned to find everything – and we mean everything – stolen. Clothes, passports, wallets, jewellery, cameras, ipods, laptop computers, credit cards, watches… you name it.

One would think that as a courtesy to visiting teams, the Barbados Volleyball Association might have provided someone to keep an eye on players’ possessions – you know, so we wouldn’t have foreign news media reporting a mass theft against our guests and our country’s “lukewarm”, disinterested response.

So what does the Bahamian team really think of the response from the Barbados Police, the Barbados Volleyball Association and others to their plight?

For the answer you’ll have to read the Nassau Guardian – because it might be a while before you read about their thoughts in the local media…

The Nassau Guardian: Bahamas volleyball team robbed in Barbados

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Swine Flu Cruise Ship Refused By Grenada – Heading For Barbados… Now What?

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UPDATE: Ocean Dream Denied Barbados Entry – 43 Crew Ill With “Flu-like” Symptoms

A LUXURY CRUISE LINER carrying 43 crew members exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” was denied entry into the Bridgetown Port yesterday. (snip)

When contacted, Minister of Health Donville Inniss said: “The situation was drawn to our attention this afternoon [yesterday] that the vessel was heading to Barbados as its second port of call and that several crew members were ill.

“After consultation with all relevant stakeholders, the decision of the Barbados Government is that this vessel should not make Barbados its next port of call.”

… continue reading this story at The Nation: Sail On By!

Original story…

Ocean Dream Due In Bridgetown – Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8am

Grenadian health authorities on Monday refused to allow the luxury cruise ship “Ocean Dream” to dock after some of the crew and passengers exhibited symptoms of the influenza A (HINI) virus, commonly referred to as Swine Flu.

Public Relations Officer with the Grenada Board of Tourism, Edwin Frank confirmed that the ship, which visits the island on a weekly basis with 1,350 passengers, was refused entry on Monday, but could not say how many persons were affected with the flu-like symptoms…

… from the CBC News article: Grenada turns cruise liner away from port

Barbados Health authorities have been doing much public relations about enhanced employee training and screening at the port and the airport, but when the Ocean Dream arrives in Barbados on Tuesday morning (or maybe before), one person will eventually have to make a decision to turn the ship away or to accept passengers who want to come ashore and see some of Barbados. (Ship’s cruise schedule is here)

If we let the passengers off but Grenada didn’t, does that mean our decision is wrong or theirs? Or can everybody be correct?

Whatever the decision…

Zero risk = zero tourist dollars

BUT… could a bad decision put our families at risk?

I don’t know any of the answers folks, but if July and August are much worse than April, May and June – more than a few businesses might not make it to the high season.

Meanwhile… Let’s go for a cruise on the Pullmantur Ocean Dream…

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