Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

Join Future Centre Trust this Saturday for Blackman’s Gully Trail Walk

Fresh air, friends and a little exercise… You’ll feel great!

Come on out this Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8am for a trail walk through Blackman’s Gully. Get away from the pavement and noise for an hour and a bit: you’ll be glad you did.

FREE guided tour by an expert

C. M. Sean Carrington BSc (Edin.), DPhil (York-UK) Professor of Plant Biology UWI, will provide narration on the flora and fauna to be found in Blackmans Gully.

Visiting Barbados?

We’d love to show you Blackman’s Gully. Please join us!

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Why a PWC PricewaterhouseCoopers partner quit the Barbados office and went home to Canada

Bad Barbados or a person ill-suited for a foreign posting? We think it’s the later.

Canadian Elaine Sibson came to Barbados in January 2007 to run PWC’s tax practice. She lasted only six months before pulling the ejection seat handles and blasting off the island. Now she’s done an interview with a Canadian newspaper telling what went wrong.

After reading “Dark Days in Barbados” by the Globe Mail newspaper, we at BFP think that the title is very unfair.

“In the office, things were like they were 15 years ago. You tried to change something and they go right back to the way they did it before. I went to a conference in San Francisco on doing business in China, and came back with a lot of printed material. I gave it to a secretary to put it in a binder and it took a day and a half. She punched every page individually.”

Former PWC Barbados head Elaine Sibson in the Globe Mail article Dark Days in Barbados

I’ll sum up the article like this…

1/ Bajans were nice and friendly on the job, but after work Ms. Sibson got lonely.

2/ She couldn’t take the Bajan lack of productivity and unwillingness to accept and implement change. Continue reading

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Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association: EU funding lost for environmental action programme because Government reluctant to issue water quality reports.

“Unfortunately we have lost the (EU Blue Flag) funding now because the project stood in abeyance for too long but I still think it is important. It is an European certification and I mean the Europeans are very environmentally friendly and if we are trying to develop our European market, it goes hand in hand. Our competitors are doing it, so why is Barbados so resistant to move forward?”

BHTA VP Sue Springer in the Barbados Advocate article Lack of support for Blue Flag Programme disappointing for tourist sector

Other Caribbean islands embracing Blue Flag beach quality programme

BHTA's Sue Springer - Polite & restrained, but really tired of do-nothing politicians just like the rest of us!

According to Sue Springer, Executive VP of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Barbados lost EU funding for an important environmental programmed because “the government at the time” wouldn’t cooperate and reveal water quality testing results.

(Thinking about the scary results of the recent environmental testing at Graeme Hall wetlands, I guess the government didn’t want folks to know the truth about the beaches either!)

Gosh, I wonder which Environment Minister *cough* Liz Thompson *cough* was responsible for the failure of the Blue Flag initiative?

Why wouldn’t the BLP or the current DLP government embrace the Blue Flag programme?

Well, it’s about ACTION, Environmental STANDARDS and TRANSPARENCY – and neither the DLP nor the BLP do action, standards or transparency in Barbados. Especially about the environment.

“The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas. The programme works towards sustainable development at those sites through strict standards dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety among other areas. Barbados had been identified to be involved in a pilot phase Blue Flag Caribbean Campaign and seven beaches had been identified to receive that certification.”

Check out the Blue Flag Programme website or the Wikipedia Blue Flag entry. Lots of countries and lots of our tourism competitors are involved, but as for Barbados…

Yup, our government people love to throw around that word “sustainable”, but when it comes to really doing something they are fished. The government people are great at beggin for grant money or loans for projects based on the latest buzzwords, but when it comes to being accountable for the funding, they would rather let the project money go than be transparent with water quality test results.

This is the second time in the past week that the BHTA has pointed out the massive environmental failures of the current and past governments. (See BFP article Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association asks BLP & DLP “Where is the Environmental Act you’ve both been promising for 20 years?”)

Time for a new Political Party

We’ll say what the BHTA can’t: Time for a new political party. The tired old political parties must be shown the door. The political elites must lose their sense of entitlement and the only way to shake them up is to bring a spoiler 3rd party into the mix.

Friends, it really wouldn’t take much: just a few names on the ballot under a new party with fresh people and credible standards and policies. It wouldn’t even have to win a seat to upset the status quo.

The Barbados electorate is in a mood to punish both the DLP and BLP elites, but they need a 3rd party to do it. It’s time.

Here’s the Barbados Advocate article in full in case it disappears from the net as so many other important stories have. Please read the story at the Barbados Advocate, but if it’s gone it will still be here…

Lack of support for Blue Flag Programme disappointing for tourist sector

5/17/2010

By Janelle Riley-Thornhill

Executive vice President of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer says that she is very disappointed, as are others in the tourism sector, that the Blue Flag Programme was not embraced by this country. Continue reading

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Day of prayer called for Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson

Island awaits news on further medical tests

TODAY, Sunday, May 23, 2010, has been declared a national day of prayer for our ailing Prime Minister David Thompson. The call for prayer was initiated by eucharistic minister Hilford Murrell and has been embraced by congregations all over Barbados.

Our Prime Minister appeared thinner than we last saw him, but was in good spirit last Friday when he and his doctor revealed his medical troubles during a press conference. His condition sounds serious though. The PM has been absent for a few weeks and will be absent for a few more while having some tests done in New York for stomach pains.

We see news articles about the PM’s condition from all over and as far away as China and India.

Barbados Free Press joins in prayers for Prime Minister Thompson and his family. We hope his medical troubles turn out to be nothing too serious and that he will be well soon.

Further Reading at The Nation News

Prayers for PM

PM not well

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