Daily Archives: November 9, 2010

What happened to the duty-free Cricket World Cup BMWs?

Sweetheart deals and no public auctions to dispose of government BMWs

A few weeks ago The Nation published the above photo of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur apparently about to enter a BMW 4×4. Nice wheels, Owen!

As you will recall, the Arthur/Mottley BLP Government allowed an unknown (read ‘secret’) number of new BMW autos to be imported duty free into Barbados for the Cricket World Cup. After Barbados Free Press raised a fuss and questioned who would end up owning them for cheap, the public was told that no big-wigs would end up with the duty-free autos after CWC. Continue reading

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Barbados Immigration officer: Evil? Misogynist? Racist? Stupid? You decide.

UPDATED: November 11, 2010 9am Bridgetown

We see that Jane Shattuck Hoyos has taken down her story at Planet Barbados. While we hope to hear more on this development, we want to let Jane know that if we never hear anything else about it from her, we and everyone else on this island understands. And now, probably, Jane understands too. That’s why BFP remains an anonymous blog.

“I didn’t sleep that night … I’d been humiliated, shamed, and harassed at the hands of an individual who, because he could, did. For him, it was sport. He never cited a single transgression.”

… Barbados resident, business person and investor – Jane Shattuck Hoyos

Welcome home bitch…

There is no excuse in the world for what happened to Jane Shattuck Hoyos upon her return to Barbados last Wednesday night.

Yes, our Immigration officers have a job to do. They protect our country, our economy and our communities from the negative impacts of uncontrolled immigration. They must be questioning, knowledgeable and skilled to see through false documents and lies. They must take their duties seriously.

All of that is a given and Jane says so – but what an Immigration Officer did to her last Wednesday night is totally unacceptable and, sadly, an all too common story heard from arriving visitors and residents alike.

It sounds to us like this Immigration officer is a power-tripping, egotistical little dictator: full of himself and drunk with power and authority. He probably had a good laugh about what he did to Jane. Maybe some of his colleagues laughed too.

There is no way that this was the first time for this Immigration officer. He probably does the same thing to other women traveling alone. He targets them for sport. He enjoys himself.

His supervisors likely already know that he’s a problem child. Continue reading

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