Daily Archives: May 15, 2010

Barbados National Bank piggies holding NatWest UK drafts for 20 days!

BNB Chairman Ronald F deC. Harford says "We hold your money as long as we can to make more profit from abusing you suckers!" (Mr. Harford is the one on the left - we think. Sometimes it's so difficult to tell with family photos.)

Can someone who is a banker in Barbados tell me why BNB would want to hold a NatWest Bank draft for 20 days?

Barbados National Bank – BNB is the clearing house for NatWest Bank UK and its representative in Barbados. The draft was bought in the UK from NatWest Barbados dollar account in Barbados dollars. BNB had the audacity to tell me I have to open an account to get my money!

The bank continues with this behavior because Barbadians are docile and complicit in poor service.

These are the same Banks who debit your account in 24 hours but hold a cheque for 8 working days in 2010. Not good enough.

… submitted by a BFP reader. Name withheld by BFP because we threw in the cartoon.


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Consumer Issues, Ethics

Barbados BlogWatch is not Barbados Free Press or BFP staff!

Hi Folks,

We’ve been getting some emails lately asking if Barbados Free Press or our staff members have anything to do with the newly online Barbados BlogWatch.

Nope. Not one of us. We have no idea who it is.

Barbados BlogWatch does make for some interesting reading though, and we hope the author(s) will expand their coverage to include more than the one blog they “watch” at the moment. We’re not ready to put them on our sidebar links right now, but if they expand their coverage and go the distance without losing interest we’d certainly consider a link. We’ll have another look in a month or so.


Filed under Barbados, Blogging

Join us this Sunday for Barbados “Many Lights for Human Rights” AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Remembering friends and family. Working to stop HIV/AIDS

Join us on Sunday May 16th, 2010 from 5pm to 7pm at Independence Square, as Bajans unite with people in over 100 other countries for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.

The theme is “Many Lights for Human Rights” and the event will honour those affected by AIDS worldwide. Featured speaker is Monsignor Vincent Blackett. Light a candle! Entertainment by the Barbados Defence Force Band. In addition, there will be dramatic presentations and tributes.

The Candlelight Memorial

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, a program of the Global Health Council, is one of the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV/AIDS awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries hosting local memorials that honour the lost and raise social consciousness about the disease.

The Candlelight is also much more than just a memorial. It provides opportunities for leadership development, policy advocacy, partnerships, and improvement of community mobilization skills. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the Candlelight continues to serve as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers, and giving hope to new generations.

Barbados Free Press thanks Elie Knaizeh of Circle K Cavehill for reminding us ever-so-gently that we hadn’t yet mentioned the event this year at BFP. Oops… Well, that’s what friends are for!

BFP will see everyone at the AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday.

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Filed under Barbados, Health, Human Rights