Daily Archives: May 19, 2010

Will Tamesha Warren do Flyin’ Fish and Cou Cou on Top Chef DC?

White House French sauces, stick to her roots… or Bajan Fusion?

Hey… Tamesha Warren made the cut for Top Chef DC!

We’ve never watched Bravo’s Top Chef… but it’s about to become our favourite programme if we can pick it up on the satellite or the internet. It all starts on June 16, 2010 when Tamesha faces off on Bravo TV against other Washington chefs. Tamesha has already won in our eyes, but if she can convince the judges she’ll pocket US$125,000 and a lifetime of opportunity.

Well, maybe she’s already got that lifetime of opportunity on pure talent alone.

Tamesha has been over and away for a while now. New York City. Washington, DC at The Oval Room – a “power restaurant” across from the White House where she is a “sous chef”.

Had to look that one up…

“The sous-chef de cuisine (under-chef of the kitchen) is the direct assistant of the executive chef, and is second in command. This person may be responsible for scheduling and substituting when the executive chef is off-duty. The sous-chef will also fill in for or assist the chef de partie (line cook) when needed. Smaller operations may not have a sous-chef, while larger operations may have multiple.”

The Bravo TV Top Chef DC website says this about Tamesha’s style…

“Interested in playing with molecular elements, Tamesha cooks modern American food with French and Asian influences and is sure to bring a youthful, modern edge to the competition.”

Fair enough. Tamesha darlin’ – we’d cheer for you if all you could do was pour corn flakes into the bowl, but I suspect you’ll be doing much more than that on your TV show.

We’ll be watching – and so will Marcia down at Oistins. And Tamesha… If you need a little advice on grill fish or cou cou, just give Marcia a call and I’m sure she’ll help you along!

Good luck Tamesha. We’re all cheering for the home girl from Christ Church.


Filed under Barbados, Celebrities

Feet of Clay: RBS Royal Bank of Scotland’s Johnny Cameron banned for life

“Mr Cameron made no admission of guilt and the FSA (Financial Services Authority) has not made any findings of regulatory breach against him.”

Hmmmmm… “No admission of guilt…”

Every blessed ‘ting must be just fine then with Johnny Cameron of RBS Royal Bank of Scotland

What was it that the Bible says about those who “devour widows’ houses” ?

Oh yeah… Luke 20:47

“Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished.”

That’s the way it is these days. Destroy people’s lives, then cut a deal.

There’s more than a few on this little island who believed in Mr. Cameron and paid the price. Mr. Cameron would probably be surprised how small and ordinary those folks – his victims – are.

Ex-RBS banker Johnny Cameron banned from City for life

The former boss of Royal Bank of Scotland’s investment banking business and a key lieutenant of Sir Fred Goodwin has been banned from holding a full-time role in the City.

The Financial Services Authority said that Johnny Cameron had agreed to the lifetime ban after an investigation into systems and controls in the global markets division at RBS.

The investigation was launched after the bank’s near-collapse and subsequent taxpayer bailout.

Mr Cameron, who resigned from the RBS board in October 2008 and left the bank in February last year with no payoff, will not face a fine as a result of his settlement but has agreed not to perform any “significant influence function” or full-time job in financial services, the FSA said. He will be allowed to do part-time consultancy work.

… continue reading the Times Online story Ex-RBS banker Johnny Cameron banned from City for life

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Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Corruption, Ethics, Offshore Investments

Potential flooding forces Barbados Government to unblock Graeme Hall Wetlands sluice gate

Is it the power of blogs or a mere coincidence that late yesterday or early this morning government sent heavy equipment to remove sand from in front of the (Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands) sluice gate and in the canal to allow some of the water that has built up due to recent rains to be released into the sea?

Of course all of the garbage, plastic bottles etc that were trapped behind the gate will now go into the sea and wash back on the beach.

Let us wait and see how long they will allow the flow to continue. Will they wait until locals and tourists complain about the “coloured” water in the sea?

How much easier it would be to have an operable sluice gate or mechanism that allows easy and frequent management of the flow of water as recommended by the ARA study in 1997.

… posted as a comment by BFP regular reader Nostradamus

For background on how and why the Barbados Government has deliberately allowed the vital Graeme Hall RAMSAR Wetlands sluice gate fall to pieces and the channel be blocked with sand and garbage, read BFP’s article Major Environmental Engineering study slams Barbados Government over imminent death of last Mangrove wetland. Government destroying RAMSAR natural heritage site.


Filed under Barbados, Environment, Offshore Investments, Politics, Wildlife

Canadian turned Bajan has the last word on the PWC Barbados Globe and Mail story

Friends, some of you agreed with our coverage of the Dark Days in Barbados story in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, and others thought we over-did it. A few readers hit the roof in anger – either at us or the newspaper depending on their feelings. Others thought we should leave Elaine Sibson alone, which is an interesting position considering Ms. Sibson was the one who volunteered to tell her personal story to the world via the Globe and Mail.

CTV Television and other Canadian outlets also carried Gordon Pitts’ “Dark days in Barbados”

For some reason this story generated very high attention with BFP’s readership and internationally. In the last 24 hours over five thousand people read each of our articles on the Globe and Mail story. There were many different opinions and perspectives. (As a side note, after reading the PWC stories, thousands of people stayed and read dozens of other articles here at Barbados Free Press.)

One BFP reader raised a point that we’d never considered and is, upon reflection, something that the Globe and Mail left out. It is a factor that might or might not have had a major influence on Ms. Sibson’s decision to move to Barbados and her subsequent trouble adjusting. We’ll let a BFP reader (and divorced father) say it for himself…

She had a divorce, was awarded custody of her 12 year old daughter and what did she do? She requested a job thousands of miles away from the girl’s father. That sounds not nice to me and any other divorced father who knows the pain.

Move-Away Moms Harm Children

Moms who take their children and move away from their children’s fathers create life-long hardship for their children. Granted there are rare exceptions when a move may be warranted. But they far rarer than NOWers (National Organization of Women -ed) admit.

Generally, move-away-moms move primarily for their own best interest and not their children’s…”

… you can read his entire comment here: Nice Lady? Fathers’ Rights Now!

Food for thought, for sure.

But okay, it’s time to move on to other stories and we’ll do so now. Although the comments will remain open, this is the last BFP will say about the story. We’ll let the last word in our article be spoken by someone who disagrees with BFP’s coverage.

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Your less then stellar story on “Globe and Mail changes misleading website headline – print edition still proclaims “Dark Days in Barbados” has had me irritated all day.

I am a Canadian, presently living in Barbados, and am married to a Bajan, but, it hasn’t always been easy!

You want coverage and only good shining words about Barbados in all papers? Not gine ta happen ya.

I can sympathize with the woman as I to had to deal with the culture shock, it is up to the individual how they deal with it.

I’ve had to deal with the humiliation of being treated less then human by the Barbados immigration dept, in Bridgetown, this goes on daily there.

When coming to Barbados, working in a supervisory capacity, Bajan’s show a whole different side.

She wrote an article and her experience wasn’t all it could have been, but the article headline was hardly misleading! The fact that the paper changed the article headline is a fact of Canadians being nice to a fault.

(Sent via email to BFP. Name provided to BFP but not published by our editor)


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Culture & Race Issues