Daily Archives: November 20, 2010

The State of the Media

by Afra Raymond

The recent series of changes at Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) have sparked a series of evolving discussions.  I was one of the three people ‘let go’ from CNMG and that was reported briefly on my blog and in the Barbados Free Press article Caribbean New Media Group fires journalist Afra Raymond, stops his CL Financial, CLICO fraud coverage

I am starting to reflect on some aspects of all this recent interest, but no, this not an anti-PP column or one about how wicked politicians are and so on.

What kind of talk is that?

The first thing that occurred to me is how the media conversation has blown up in sheer size and how that has had an effect on the quality of our national conversation.

In the so-called ‘good old days’, before the shift I am about to describe, the only people who really had a voice in our society were those who were approved, such as government ministers and their spokespersons, established journalists, the ‘great and good‘ and of course the brave and imaginative ones who were our activists.

In fact, the last-named group were the voice of the voiceless, who fought to uplift our society.  Of course in that group you would have to include the leading calypsonians and ‘troublemakers’ of their era. Continue reading

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Christmas is coming – Time to call Caribbean Spice Caterers!

Christmas gathering at work or home? Call Caribbean Spice Caterers and they’ll put on a wonderful spread so you can enjoy time with your guests. mmmmmm!

We’ve been to two events catered by Caribbean Spice (one major and the other not so large) and the food and service were impressive enough that many folks at each event made it a point to ask for the name of the caterer. Without being too specific, it was interesting that the two parties were at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of numbers, budgets and guest expectations but everyone at both events came away absolutely raving about the food.

The food is special. Kim calls her creations a “fusion” of various island traditions but everyone else just says “I think I’ll have some more, please.”

Give Caribbean Spice Caterers a call and tell them Marcus at BFP recommended them. Kim hasn’t a clue who we are but that’s another story!

Caribbean Spice Caterers website Phone: 424-9617

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Four weeks ago this morning, Prime Minister David Thompson said goodbye

What would David say to us now, four weeks later?

On October 23, 2010 at about 2:10am, David John Howard Thompson went to be with the Lord. We said then and believe now, “It is a mercy that he had time to prepare himself, his loved ones, his friends and his beloved Barbados for his passing.”

Many folks don’t have that opportunity to prepare themselves and their loved ones – as much as one can prepare.

Death is a journey we shall all make, every one of us. Some leave suddenly during an accident or heart attack, maybe even after an argument with an old friend, or cancelling out on visiting father for the third week in a row because of work commitments.

If you knew that tomorrow was your time to leave, what would you do differently today?

We remember Prime Minister Thompson now, and we will continue to remember him and his widow Mara, their three daughters Misha, Oya  and Osa, his mum, Margaret Knight and the rest of David’s family.

It’s time for Barbados to get back to work.

The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) website is our face to the world on the Internet, and if you visit it today you will find that it is representative of our nation’s current upset and malaise over the passing of our Prime Minister.

According to the Government of Barbados website, David Thompson is still alive and serving as our Prime Minister.

We want our readers to understand that we are not being critical of the folks at the BGIS or their web team. We know that they are working hard to update the many Government websites to reflect our new Prime Minister and the many changes in the government.

We’re only using this as an example to say that there are many things that still need to be done as a result of the changes – and while we install the new Captain and crew, we still have to keep the good ship Barbados sailing through the storm.

We mourned our lost Prime Minister, but now…

The Lord gave Barbados time to prepare for David’s passing. We mourned and we still mourn, but we must ask ourselves as Independence Day approaches, What would David want us to do now? What would he say to us?

I think David Thompson would say something like this: “Thank you for remembering me and looking after my family – but friends, it’s time for Barbados to get to back to work.”


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