Daily Archives: December 19, 2009

Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso launching Sentebale Polo Cup – coming to Barbados in January

Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso focus on children as HIV/Aids ravages Lesotho

Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso are coming to Apes Hill Polo Club in Barbados on Sunday 31st January 2010 for the first Sentebale Polo Cup.

Prince Harry will play for the Sentebale team in the match to raise money for Lesotho’s orphans, abused, disabled, ill and most vulnerable children.

“Prince Seeiso and I are incredibly proud of what Sentebale has achieved. But HIV and AIDS are killing more people every year, and poverty and drought afflict many more people than we currently are able to help. The situation is critical. It is the children who are suffering the most from this crisis. Without help, the future of this beautiful country and its unique people is very bleak. We believe Sentebale can change this.”

from a December 18, 2009 story posted on the Prince of Wales’ official website

Life expectancy in Lesotho has plummeted to 34 years

Have a look at the video above, and you can also check out the following website for more information…


Our mission is to transform the lives of Lesotho’s orphans and vulnerable children. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso to help the forgotten victims of poverty and of the HIV/Aids epidemic ravaging this kingdom.

Sentebale is a new charity with a new approach. We combine thoughtful aid giving with effective businesslike methods. We are committed to the long term funding and support of small but dynamic organisations in Lesotho that are really making a difference in their communities.

Lesotho is fighting for survival. Nearly one third of Lesotho’s people are infected with HIV/AIDS – the third highest rate in the world. There are an estimated 400,000 orphans and vulnerable children in a country of 1.8 million. Life expectancy has plummeted to 34 years.


Filed under Africa, Barbados, Health, Human Rights, Polo, Royal Family

Barbados Road Death Rumours

Jason Forde (left) grieves over the road death of his friend Don Stoute

Folks, when the authorities do not brief the public, and the Barbados news media doesn’t print information or ask the right questions, people start rumours or hear rumours and wonder about them.

People wonder about the rumours because they know that justice on the island has a whole lot to do with who you are and who you know. Rule of Law equally enforced is not the way things are done ’bout hey.

Edmund "Don" Stoute killed while cycling

We read in the papers a little while ago about cyclist Don Stoute being hit and killed and a woman being arrested after driving away from the accident scene. We’ve heard nothing since.

Why is that?

One of our readers has heard some rumours about the incident (as many of us have) and he posted the following as a comment. Remember that this is only rumour so far. Discuss please…

Dear editor

Rule of Law

I pose this submission under the issue of Rule of Law.

Nearly two weeks ago, a cyclist was reportedly knocked off his bike and killed by a hit and run motorist. It reported in the media, then it all went cold.

1. Is it true that the first destination the motorist headed for was to a mechanic who was a family friend to “fix my windscreen quickly, I ran into a cow.”
2. Is it true that as the mechanic started work on the vehicle, he spotted blood on the screen and other areas of the car?
3. Is it true that he put conscience and duty over deceit and friendship and rang the police, the reason the police was so easily able the apprehend the culprit?
4. Is it true that the culprit is the wife of a police sargeant?
5. Does that relationship has any bearing on the fact that no charges have yet been brought to bear?
6 Is she currently under arrest?
7. Is the case dead and buried?
8. Why no further media reporting?

Further Reading

Here is the story that appeared in The Nation back on December 9, 2009. You should visit the paper online and read the story there because the paper deserves your visit: Cyclist dies in crash

HOWEVER, just in case “something” like an internet error causes the story to be taken down from the web like so many other stories, we’ll reprint it here…

But please try to read it at The Nation first, ok?

Also… reporter Barry Alleyne can be reached at barryalleyne@nationnews.com if you have any information or questions for him.

Cyclist Dies In Crash

Tears flowed and emotions ran high early yesterday morning when popular cyclist Edmund “Don” Stoute of Holders Hill, St James, died on the spot after a vehicular accident outside Groves Plantation, near Six Roads, St Philip.

A 29-year-old St Philip woman was last night assisting police with investigations into the crash.

Police public relations officer Station Sergeant David Welch stated that police investigations and information received from the public allowed them “to develop a person of interest”, and the woman was subsequently taken in for questioning.

Stoute, 50, an avid rider in the Barbados Cycling Union’s Masters category, was out riding around 5:30 a.m. with teammate Jason Forde, when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Stoute’s bike was destroyed, and his body thrown more than 20 yards, ending up in the middle of the road, according to witnesses. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Police