Daily Archives: October 16, 2010

Code of Silence surrounds CL Financial bailout

Many professionals knew what was coming. Some withdrew their money. All kept silent.

by Afra Raymond

“The Code of Silence is deep and powerful in the case of the CL Financial bailout.”

“Aside from legally-empowered regulators, there are other informal ‘regulators’ upon whom society relies to make decisions.  With one notable exception, the informal ‘regulators’ have been silent throughout this CL Financial fiasco and have failed the broader society in this colossal matter.”

Throughout this series of articles on the CL Financial bailout I have touched on the existence and effect of a Code of Silence amongst our ruling elite.

This is sometimes called the Information Age, with the latest news and ideas being ‘pinged’ or ‘tweeted’ across the Social Networks.  The new reality demands a complete shift in our attitudes to information.  Our leadership class has blatantly refused to share their information and insights at moments of crisis, which shows the challenge facing us if we are to progressContinue reading


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Consumer Issues, Corruption, Crime & Law, Economy, Offshore Investments

Barbados Today publishes love letter to… Mia Mottley

Did the DLP or BLP plant this story in Barbados Today… or could it have been…?

Far be it from us to ever mention that anybody was inspired by, or plagiarized from, Barbados Free Press. We’ll leave it to our readers to come up with their own opinion after considering the following…

October 15, 2010: Barbados Today article “Enamored with Mia” (above and at Barbados Today)

September 28, 2010: Barbados Free Press article Mia says “Hard Times a’ comin’.” Cliverton says she looks sultry…

And we can’t help but mentioning the Viagra article under the Barbados Today Mia love letter. Nice touch!

I guess all is fair in love and politics ‘pon de rock.


Filed under Barbados, Politics

Bajan Reporter website crashes due to high traffic!

The popular Barbados online news site The Bajan Reporter has been down for at least eight hours after 6,000 unique visitors in 12 hours caused the server to crash.

We have three thoughts for our friend Ian Bourne, who writes and runs The Bajan Reporter…

1/ Congratulations! Achieving an effective rate of 12,000 unique visitors per day is a big deal. If you could keep it up that would be over 4 million visitors per year. That’s huge numbers for a website focused on a population base of less than three hundred thousand people.

2/ Ian, in our opinion the continuing success and exponential growth of The Bajan Reporter is due to your chosen mix of topics, your writing skills and your extensive contacts. When something happens you probably hear about it long before many of the other journalists in Barbados.


3/ Time to get a new hosting service with enough capacity to handle your increased traffic.

Big Question: Will Ian Bourne be covering the Arch Cot Inquest?

Only one newspaper mentioned the October 18th start of the inquest into the 2007 deaths of five members of the Codrington family – killed when their home collapsed into a known cave. In short, Barbados cannot rely upon the oldstream news media to provide complete and accurate coverage of this important inquest.

Ian Bourne could do the job… but will he?


Filed under Barbados, Blogging, Caribbean Media, Freedom Of The Press, News Media

Please visit our friends at… Mangoes Barbados Villa

Click on the banner to visit Mangoes – a lovely three bedroom Caribbean holiday villa, set in private tropical gardens just across the road from the sought-after west coast beaches.

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Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism