Monthly Archives: December 2010

First Time! Transport Minister mentions ‘Breathalyser’ will be part of new Road Traffic Act

Is this announcement legitimate or once again blowing off the press?

Transport Minister John Boyce

For the fourteenth time since January 2006, a Barbados government Minister has announced that a new Road Act should be ready “soon”.

Today’s announcement comes from Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, who tells The Nation that the new Road Traffic Amendment Act “should soon be ready”.

For the very first time we are being told that the act will have a breathalyser section.

But read a little further and you’ll see that the new law will be ready for “public comment” at the end of March. How much longer it will be before it gets through Parliament, or why the law has been sitting around since 2007, we’re not told.

We’re also informed by the Minister that the DLP government has “been talking about recently” a new Road Safety Umbrella organization called “National Council for Road”.

Well, isn’t that nice? The Minister has been “talking” about it. No doubt there will be more meetings about holding more meetings “soon”.

Minister Boyce’s announcement was no doubt in response to a recent series of articles at Barbados Free Press where we chided the government for not caring about road deaths due to drunk drivers, and the fact that British tourists have a 240% greater chance of being killed in a car accident in Barbados than back home.

So Boyce says that Barbados will have breathalyser laws in 2011.

Do we believe Minister Boyce?

Given the record: Not really.

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Winnipeg Canada police arrest 55 drunk drivers since December 3rd. Barbados police arrest…?

Traffic Division Inspector Blades: How many drunk drivers did Barbados Police fail to stop?

With about double the population of Barbados, the city of Winnipeg, Canada makes for an interesting comparison when it comes to arresting drunk drivers.

Since December 3rd, the Winnipeg Police have stopped 1,422 vehicles in their annual month-long Christmas crackdown on drinking and driving. So far they have arrested 55 drunk drivers, of which 51 were male. The average age is 34 years old.

During the same period the Royal Barbados Police arrested this many drunk drivers… Continue reading

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Tourism Matters: New flights to Barbados from RedJet, WestJet, JetBlue, GOL/Varig and American give hope for 2011

Let’s target some new markets and work hard in the New Year

by Adrian Loveridge - Small hotel owner

Fair competition is a wonderful thing and personally I don’t think it’s anything to fear. Hopefully soon the necessary operating licences will be granted and the prospects of seeing some reduction in the cost of intra Caribbean travel will become a reality.

And how exciting to see the international aviation registration of 8P emblazoned on a Barbados based aircraft and the generation of new on-island employment in this sector.

Even before REDJet takes commercially to the air, the limited competitors have already been galvanised into action. The Trinidadian carrier, Caribbean Airlines, taking half page newspaper ‘ads’ pointing out a choice of seat classes, complimentary drinks, meal or snack, in-flight entertainment and the fact that you can earn miles, amongst other possible differences or benefits. Ultimately, the consumer will have a choice, as to whether they prefer more affordable travel or the once almost standard perks. Continue reading

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Spark of the Day! All smiles in Kenya

Children are the same anywhere, or rather they should be. These cuties in Kenya were playing and laughing and being children when Naddel photographed them in 2009. You can check out his other Africa photos here.

Spark of the Day! is our reminder to pause once in a while and enjoy The good, good Earth.

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Have an Eco-Christmas in Barbados… or anywhere!

How to Have an Eco-Christmas

By Lani Edghill – Green Business Barbados Coordinator, Future Centre Trust

Throughout our daily lives many of us have been consciously trying to change our habits in order to live more sustainable lives. Some of the things that many Barbadians are getting more used to are; recycling, using reusable shopping bags, reducing water and energy consumption in many ways and also educating their families and friends on ways they can do the same. In this festive time of the year it is still important to think about how we can conserve precious resources and reduce our overall carbon footprint.

Some of the ways that you can become part of the solution this Christmas; Continue reading

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Please visit our friends at… Free the Slaves

“There are more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history.”

Disposable People…

Yes, we mean real slavery. People held against their will, forced to work and paid nothing.

Sometimes the slave holder ‘pays’ a few grains of rice to keep the slaves alive, or uses a bogus payment that the slave holder reclaims at the end of the month. But the end result is what slavery is today and has always been—one person controlling another and then forcing them to work.

Through Free the Slaves’ research, first published in Kevin Bales’ Disposable People, our conservative estimate is that there are 27 million people in slavery today. This means that there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in human history. Slavery has existed for thousands of years, but changes in the world’s economy and societies over the past 50 years have enabled a resurgence of slavery.

… from Free the Slaves: What’s the story?

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CL Financial debacle: Did Caribbean Money Market Brokers (CMMB) collapse or not?

The big question for me is how come the chiefs of CMMB, a financial institution which is reported to have failed on this scale, can be permitted to open another one?

We are acting as if we have no capacity to learn from our errors.  Just carrying on as though nothing happened…”

Some chickens never come home to roost

by Afra Raymond

The headline was an arresting one – ‘Investment pros set up new business‘ at page 10 of the Business Guardian of 9th December. It was reported that a new investment house, KSBM, was launched and it seemed that they were profiling.

Given that all four of KSBM’s Executive Directors are ex-CMMB chiefs, there is an inescapable question…“Did CMMB collapse, or did they not?”

Our society’s level of development will be limited by our capacity to reason and learn from that reasoning.  The Code of Silence must be destroyed if we are to progress. Continue reading

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Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital – nightshift happenings!

Did you get the email?

Did the QEH Administration get the email?

In the last few hours we’re received many copies of an email that is making the rounds – obviously on a widespread basis. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Know what I mean? Say no more! Say no more!)

The email concerns certain staff activities on night shift at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and leaves little room for doubt. (Leaves little to the imagination, too!) One staff member is identified by name, while another is not. Continue reading

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Barbados employees ask “Where is the manager’s work permit?”

Where is his work permit?

We the employees of an Insurance Company situated (removed by BFP) which has a slogan (removed by BFP), were made to understand that our newly appointed Manager who have been here since June, 2010, does not have a valid work permit and he is writing and signing letters hiring and firing people.  Continue reading

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UK trucker “Barbados Bob” Tuck impressed with our container operations

Lorry driver holidays in Barbados: Takes photos of… what else!

We’d love to hear more about Barbados Bob’s vacation – what he liked about Barbados, what could be better. How about it Bob… let us know because we’re always happy to get some feedback (good or bad) about the main engine of our economy: Tourism.

“Greetings Brian—just back from a couple of weeks in the sunshine. We couldn’t have picked a better time to take a break seeing that the UK had such a rough two weeks weather wise (well the North East did I’m told). I tried my best to see what was out and about and of interest to the BLB army but had to wait until the final day to see this action in Barbados.”

… from More “Barbados Bob” holiday snaps at Big Lorry Blog

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Warning, Graphic: Another untidy road death

“We are not an enforcement society”

Those words spoken by the late Prime Minister David Thompson one night on the CBC were nothing but the truth. Folks were aghast that he said the words – but at the same time seemed unconcerned about the truth of his statement. How like us that is: we’re concerned about the image, not with the reality of our society’s faults.

We are NOT an enforcement society. It shows in the trash on the streets, in the number of people and businesses that fail to pay taxes for years (sometimes decades) without penalties and when people steal millions from the public purse and never a charge is laid.

And it shows in the number of fatal accidents on our roads. Tourists from the UK have a 240% greater chance of dying in a road accident in Barbados than back at home. We lose more people to road deaths than to murder, but we don’t have effective laws against drinking and driving. Our Royal Barbados Police Force is 100 officers under strength because we pay Constables less than we pay our garbage workers.

And so another young man died on Thursday morning.

Tito Michael Anderson Bradshaw of Wilkinson Road, Richmond Gap, St. Michael, died at about 8:40am at 1st Avenue Weekes Land near Goodland, St. Michael. He lost control of his motorcycle and his head hit a pole.

A crowd gathered. His mum was brought to the scene and the poor woman lost it right there and it’s no wonder. But in a short while the body was removed and the blood and brains on the road were hosed down. After the sun dried everything up, it was like nothing had ever happened. No tourists would be alarmed. No locals would be concerned when passing by the site.

“The guy was riding a scrambler at top speed. Remember only a couple of weeks ago we were talking about these scramblers and the danger that they pose.”

BFP reader ‘What will they think of next?’

Whether it’s crime or road accidents, our police are excellent at cleaning up – just not so good at prevention. And who can blame them when the politicians stage cricket parties and celebratory evenings but won’t pass the laws that the police need to protect us all.

The photos are grim, gruesome even – but we’re going to show them here in full because they might save another young man’s life. Our thanks to BFP reader ‘What will they think of next’.

Here are the graphic photos… Continue reading

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Proof that Bob Marley lives!

You must, you absolutely must, check out this video. It’s short, it’s had ten million hits and is everything that is wonderful about the world and Mr. Marley…

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Barbados Customs apply Rule of Law to Simon Cowell – he’s “miffed”

Cowell shells out £100 extra duty on Sapporo beer

The Sun says that Simon Cowell was “a bit miffed” that Barbados Customs made him pay duty on ten cases of Sapporo beer last Tuesday. Mr. Cowell enjoys yeast-free Sapporo beer and it’s not available in Barbados so he brought some with him on his executive jet.

Fair enough. We can see Mr. Cowell’s side of things.  He spends a small fortune every time he visits the island and he helps keep many folks employed, so he sees £100 as nit-picky. His jet will fill up with thousands of dollars of fuel and he’ll pay far more than £100 in fuel taxes and service fees alone and that’s just his airplane arriving. Mr. Cowell thinks, “Why are you bothering me with this?” Continue reading

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Fire Officer killed on call at Station Hill, St. Peter

Christopher “German” Edwards electrocuted at fire

Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Acting Station Officer Christopher Edwards. Details are few as I write this. Officer Edwards was a 30 year veteran of the Barbados Fire Service and died at a call on Wednesday evening.

Barbados Today has what is known so far and a few photos, including the above on page 5 of their evening edition for Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

UPDATED: December 16, 2010 7pm Bridgetown

BFP received the following email. Does anyone know the answer to this chap’s inquiry?

Dear Sirs,

Do you have knowledge of any site set up to receive donations for the Fire Officer killed last night? I’ve tried a couple of the Fire Service email sites, but I’m not sure they are working properly.

Thanks for your assistance.

Larry Ford
Fireman, retired
Los Angeles City Fire Dept., USA

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Exclusive: Ethical Traveler says Barbados must act on Environmental promises next year or lose recommendation

Report author Natalie Lefevre drops in at Barbados Free Press

Natalie Lefevre

Barbados made Ethical Traveler’s “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011, but a co-author of the report says we’ll be dropped “if Barbados does not act on its environmental promises in the next year”

In an exclusive to Barbados Free Press, Ms. Lefevre confirmed that Barbados was not one of the top “all round” performers, but made the list because of its good record in social development and human rights. Continue reading

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Salt: Tastes great while it’s killing you!

How much sodium are you consuming? The answer will shock you.

by Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.
Food Biotechnologist

Recently, on prime time Caribbean Broadcasting Television (CBC –TV News at 7pm); a public notice about the adverse effects of salt in the human diet has been given extensive coverage. The gist of the message disseminated, was the need for a reduction in the consumption of salt in the diet. This is a very laudable effort on the part of the authorities, to educate the consuming public. I will now give a critical review of the notice, as-well-as indicating the function of common salt in the human diet and in processed foods. This is of some use, since there is a high incidence of hypertension and diabetes locally. Continue reading

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Spark of the Day! Why are these Haitian girls smiling?

Daphna, Lysemene, Fabienne and Loudia can’t stop smiling

Look at them. You know what’s happened in Haiti this year and it’s a wonder that anyone can smile, but these girls have good reason to be happy.

Go ahead: take a moment, click on the photo and discover why they are smiling. You know you want to!

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Sarah Palin and Larry King praise Ian Bourne’s Bajan Reporter!

All we want to know is how we graft the heads of Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley onto these characters and let ‘er rip!

🙂

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