Monthly Archives: January 2011

Barbados has no rules about elections funding. Owen Arthur pretends Mia Mottley did something wrong.

“I don’t want to appear as though I am fighting with Miss Mottley,”

An internal Barbados Labour Party report by former party treasurer Tyrone Barker was leaked to The Nation newspaper, probably by Owen Arthur or one his supporters – but almost certainly with Arthur’s knowledge and approval. It seems that in January 2008 when Mia Mottley took over the party, there were half a million dollars leftover in a “special trust fund” that had been established for the election campaign.

As leader of the party, Mia Mottley used those funds as she saw fit which was to pay for her office and staff for almost three years and to use some of the money for political advertising. By the time that Owen Arthur wanted his party back and pulled the coup in October, 2010, the half a million dollars was down to $143,000. It looks like fundraising for the BLP didn’t go so well in bad economic times and after they got their butts handed to them in the election. I guess the BLP forgot how hard it is to get people to write cheques to the party when it’s not the government anymore and can’t hand out the biscuits like it used to!

So as leader, Mia Mottley used the election funds for salaries because it had to be done.

And like an old dog smelling a little blood coming from a younger opponent, Arthur thought he’d use the occasion to kick Mottley again just to make sure she doesn’t get any ideas of who’s the top dog ’bout this island. He’s in the paper telling the public that he wouldn’t criticize Mottley (No, of course not! LOL!) but that under his leadership of the BLP the fund had been managed by the trustees and always kept separate from the ordinary accounts of the party “for good reasons”.

No way that’s a criticism of Mottley. (Guffaw! Robert has beer running up he nose now!)

Owen Arthur is making like Mia Mottley misused the funds, but it’s not so. Every penny is accounted for, and what were she and the party to do?

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Now we get to the best part.

In chiding Mia over how she spent party funds, Owen Arthur would like the public to forget that when he was Prime Minister, someone gave a $75,000 political donation to the party that went directly into Arthur’s PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT. Those funds never made it to the party coffers until then Opposition Leader David Thompson waved the cheque around and told the story. Then Arthur said “oops” and that was the end of that.

Nothing ever came of Arthur outright misappropriating party funds because this is Barbados and we have no rules about election funding – so no rules were broken.

Our politicians take funds from Cuba, China, USA, Britain, Canada and anyplace else they can. When in power for 14 years, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and the BLP made sure there were no rules for politicians. They like it that way.

Now Arthur wants to claim Mottley violated… what rules?

ROTFLMBAO!

Here’s an article sent to us by “Mr. Anonymous”…

Owen Arthur’s hubris: There can be no Barbados without me!

About ten days after running the most disastrous campaign ever ran by any leader of the BLP in St. John, a bitter Owen Arthur who was rejected even by BLP supporter, is seeking to do damage control but succeeds only in destroying Grantley Adams’s party even further. In short, Owen Arthur is a national embarrassment and disgrace, who is obsessed with his public approval rating!  Time was when BLP members and supporters trusted Owen Arthur and his judgment but it is clear that a lot has changed since 2008 and he only has himself to blame. Continue reading

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Turks and Caicos Islanders getting restless as Brits recolonise

Citizens warned against protests

by “Anonymous for obvious reasons”

I read some recent warnings this week by British Foreign Minister Henry Bellingham (photo above) towards the Turks and Caicos citizens. Upon reading his warnings, I knew I had to answer this directly.  We have been waiting in vain for the British to make some gesture to assure us that they are not here to recolonise us or nation build.  We are right to question the British interim government on this and demand answers about our futures.

The British tell us that they took over to help us with government corruption.  I watched and waited for this corruption to be sorted out.  It’s now 2011 and we haven’t seen much of anything in the way of corruption.  What we have seen instead is the prosecution team and the British Foreign Commonwealth Office warning us not to get in their way, keeping us at arm’s length while they “reform” land policies, local leadership, civil service downsizing, elections and especially our constitution. These changes are obviously being made to shift power from the Turks and Caicos to the hands of the British.  We worry and ask questions every day, yet we remain in the dark.  Nobody is watching the British as they raid our cookie jars and now we are warned against questioning matters that have an impact on our lives.

Imagine our worry that we have been calling for elections since 2009 but the British hold us off with “we’ll see” and several broken promises that elections are around the corner.  We will be waiting and seeing for decades at this rate because the British keep putting endless conditions and milestones on us to keep us from our right to democracy.

Continue reading this story at The tcipost: UK OT Minsiter warns Turks and Caicos Islanders to shut up or else…

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Barbados Environmental Essay Contest: $4,000 in cash prizes

Contest Submission Deadline is fast approaching!

Submission deadline is February 19, 2011 in the first Annual Environmental Essay Contest for students ages 9-18. Continue reading

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OECD: Barbados fails tax transparency standards

Review part of crackdown on money laundering & tax havens

Measures on tax transparency in Barbados still do not meet international standards, according to The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, hosted by the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

“In studies of 10 countries released on Thursday, it found that Barbados, the Seychelles, San Marino and Trinidad and Tobago did not have legislation in place to fully share information on tax matters with international partners.”

Reuters Africa story: Barbados, San Marino, others still not tax transparent

Further Reading

OECD Global Forum on Transparency

January 27, 2011 Information Brief (PDF)

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Green Business Barbados 2010 in Review

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

In 2010 several businesses stepped out of the box to explore how they could improve their operations through the Green Business Barbados programme. The British High Commission got things going with their 8,000 gallon capacity rain water harvesting system at the High Commissioner’s Residence at BenMar used to irrigate the grounds.

The second green business for the year came from our offshore sector in an attempt to improve their social and environmental corporate responsibility and identity. Shell Western Supply & Trading and its Green Team Coordinator Lyn-Marie Sealy successfully implemented an internal recycling system that soon became so popular within the office they had to upgrade to a larger system shortly thereafter. Continue reading

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LIME cuts top Police Wiretap Executive: Donald Austin

If these walls (or Mr. Austin) could talk…

The man who knows more than anyone else about police and other wiretapping of phones, emails and text messages at Cable & Wireless Caribbean has been gently sacked with a large severance and a “consulting” contract designed to keep him loyal and silent. Continue reading

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Flying fish, souse and Geopolitical Risk

Dear BFP

It’s all well and good to discuss local matters, but let us not forget that we do not live in isolation. At some stage and/or point in time, global affairs may influence local matters. We are all, essentially, citizens of the World.

From a Barbadian perspective, what should be our concerns as we view major issues in the world?

Take any of these subjects and think how the current changes will impact Barbados now and in the future…

  • oil prices
  • food prices
  • commodity prices
  • climate change

Which one, from a Barbadian perspective, is the big worry?

That said, maybe you and your readers will find this link interesting. Via The Economist website, a report by the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk (an advisory group to the World Economic Forum).

http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2011/01/davos_diary_2

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GAC_GeopoliticalRisk_Paper_2011.pdf

Cheers,
Amit.

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I can understand Arabic, thanks to Translating Jihad

Child bride ten years old

Fatwa: “Sexual intercourse with prepubescent girl is permissible.”

Al Muratjim is an educated man who works as a full-time Arabic translator during the day. During his time off he works exposing Islamic totalitarianism and intolerance by translating it from Arabic into English.

His Translating Jihad blog illustrates the difference between how Muslims talk about Islam to each other every day in the Muslim world’s mainstream media and how Muslim spokesmen and apologists in the West talk about Islam. As we’ve recently seen in Barbados, when any member of Islamic community lets the truth slip, the apologists are ready and willing to help.

Thanks to the efforts of Al Murajim and others like him, with increasing frequency we are seeing Muslim spokesmen in the West being held to account for talking out of both sides of their mouths (the Ground Zero Mosque imam is the latest to be exposed by his own words).

In the West we are often told that child marriage is a cultural issue having nothing to do with the religion of Islam.

Yup, that’s what they say in the West in English, but in Arabic it’s another story… Continue reading

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King Arthur’s Barbados: The Divine Right to Rule

Political Hypocrisy

by “nobody”

Week-after-week, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party appears to be ending up with egg on its face.  It is as if, having reviewed its leadership, you would now be well advised to talk what that party is saying with a pinch of salt.

Let’s start with the By-election.  For almost 21 days, the BLP went across the length and breadth of St. John, trying to pull down Mara Thompson while telling the people to find her “unacceptable” because, in the BLP’s view, she is an “affront” to Barbadians.

It therefore came as a real shock to Barbadians when on the morning she was being seated in Parliament, the very person who told the people of St. John that they must find her “unacceptable” and an “affront,” told the Parliament of Barbados that he wanted to extend his most sincere welcome to her, as a new member of the House of Assembly.  It is this level of political hypocrisy why people are joining the cause for a new politics in Barbados.

“You ain’t have no shame at all…” Continue reading

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Spark of the Day! A different sort of Flying Fish

“Just happened to pick up the camera…”

Okay, we know it’s not a fish, but we couldn’t resist the play on words considering this is a Bajan blog and all that. Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the Daily Telegraph to see the large photo and read how Matt Deans took this one in a million shot.

Spark of the Day! is our occasional reminder of how beautiful this little planet really is – and should be.

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What differentiates Barbados from other travel destinations?

Tourism MATTERS – Which type of person finds Barbados particularly appealing?

by Adrian Loveridge - Small hotel owner

One or two people have questioned my recent shortlist of potential new gateways for additional airlift, so it may help to better articulate the reasons behind the suggestions.

Let’s start with Ottawa. Yes! Of course it has a smaller population (metro area around 1.4 million) than Toronto, but its boasts the highest median family income of Canada’s six largest cities. You also have to look at its employment structure. 18.9 percent of the workforce is currently employed in high tech, closely followed by 18.2 per cent by Federal Government, 10.4 per cent in finance, insurance and real estate with the next highest percentage, 9.4 in trade.

So the demographics fit our product.

Hopefully our tourism policymakers carefully track exactly where our visitors originate from, behind the current gateways and if for any reason they do not, I am sure the airlines could provide this information. This would give at least some indication of potential demand for a non-stop service. Continue reading

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Almond Resorts addresses blog’s renovation story: Nation Newspaper doesn’t ask about sewage leak story

Lesson #57,922 why Bajans don’t trust The Nation Newspaper

On January 13, 2011, West Coast Blog asked Is Almond Beach Village Closing? and told of staff being laid off at the Almond Beach Village resort, and that Almond was having trouble paying staff on time. The blog described a rumour that Almond Beach Village would be shut down in the middle of the high season for renovations.

Barbados Free Press picked up on the West Coast Blog article and published our story Barbados Almond Beach Village: Two very different reports, what’s the truth? on January 21, 2011.

On that same day, January 21, 2011, Professor Robin Mahon, Director of the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), at the University of the West Indies, posted a video at YouTube proving that the Almond Beach Club sewage well was running into the sea and that Almond Beach tourists were swimming in their own sewage. This was the second video posted and is just the latest strategy in a seven-year campaign by Professor Mahon and other concerned citizens to have Almond Resorts be responsible for their sewage runoff.

On January 22, 2011 at 2am, Barbados Free Press covered Professor Mahon’s video in our story Video Proof: Almond Beach Village tourists swimming in their own sewage. The story was read by Nation staffers at least five times in the first 24 hours, as were our other Almond Beach stories.

Almond’s say… and silence Continue reading

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Barbados Underground propagating debilitating, self-defeating trash

Latest from Barbados Underground: “Truth’s time-bombs scientifically scheduled to EXPLODE in the African mind”

“Psychological Race Desertion and the Mental Anatomy of Negro Domestication”

My friends, it’s been a long time since we linked to any article at Barbados Underground blog. Our readers know that this is because of Barbados Underground’s policy of allowing the most racist and violent comments and articles to be posted.

At Barbados Underground, fifth-generation Barbadians of Indian ancestry are called “curry boy rat catchers” or variations of that theme. Continue reading

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Big plates and smiles at Marcia’s Place, Oistins, Barbados

A few weeks ago we waited in vain for Simon Cowell to show for our invitation to buy him dinner and a beer at Marcia’s Place. Simon’s loss because it was a great time that night at Marcia’s. Always is! See you there this Friday night, and yup, we mean it. 🙂

Website: Marcia’s Place

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Donville Mayers reads the news at Bajan TV

“It is expected that scores of people will line the streets of St. John to get a glimpse of their Queen…”

Man decides to start reading his own Bajan TV News on the internet. And why not? Another voice in the mix and I rather enjoy watching Donville throw in the odd little aside as he covers the stories of the day as he sees them.

We’d like to see him try some on the spot outside reporting and perhaps get into some editing of photos or videos into the presentation but mainly we hope he keeps at it! Barbados needs more citizen journalists because we can’t count on the professionals who are prevented from covering many important news stories.

(Two technical observations for Donville: You need a little more lighting to the front and you need your microphone placed closer or some other solution to get rid of a little echo or hollow sound in the background.)

Click on the photo or the link to watch Donville’s latest news report.

Bajan TV News

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CL Financial – CLICO scandal: Trinidad and Tobago ignores own Freedom of Information law, hides the truth

“…Of course that was a transparent ploy to frustrate my application”

Lessons for Barbados FOI

Afra Raymond

Afra Raymond’s Freedom of Information requests for the January 13, 2009 “Duprey” letter and the December 31, 2008 accounts for the CL Financial Group are being ignored by the Trinidad and Tobago government. The Duprey letter shows that CL Financial somehow misplaced almost $80 billion dollars in two months. Oh, well… what’s a few lost pennies to the taxpayers’ pockets?

Current Minister of Finance, Winston Dookeran, won’t even acknowledge Afra’s three FOI applications despite several reminders and requests. (Two requests under Dookeran and one under his predecessor, Karen Nunez-Tesheira.)

Under the T&T FOI laws, Dookeran is required to respond in 30 days, but guess what? There’s no penalty provision in the FOI law for failing to respond so the elected official is telling a voter doan humbug me because he can.

There is the lesson for Barbados. If we ever get our promised Freedom of Information law, it’s not worth a damn unless the provisions are there to hold officials accountable when they stonewall.

For more on why the Duprey letter is being suppressed, head over to Afra Raymond’s blog and read Freedom of Information Request for Duprey Letter of 13 January 2009.

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Three Trans-Atlantic rowing teams racing for Barbados

Sara G, Big Blue and Hallin Marine: Who will win?

Trans-Ocean rowboat Sara G is on her way back to Barbados for her second visit and this time she’s wanting to break the world record for the crossing. Only trouble is that two other teams have the same idea.

As I write this Sara G is the lead boat but just a cat hair in front of Hallin Marine. Sara G is a traditional single hull boat while Hallin Marine is a trimaran.

Big Blue (above) is a strange looking vessel that is the world’s first catamaran competition rowing boat. BB has a huge crew of 16, but they look like they are falling behind the other two boats. All of them are still ahead of the 2007 track of the record-holder La Mondiale. La Mondiale’s record stands at 33 days 7 hours 30 minutes to Barbados and that’s what the current three boats are trying to beat.

Santa Maria sinksContinue reading

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The Telegraph, Calcutta: Editorial about poor China-India relations mentions Barbados Free Press as a cause!

According to an editorial in The Telegraph – the largest English-language daily paper in Eastern India – some of the troubles between China and India are the natural result of…

…Barbados Free Press.

Yup. Really.

“As noted above, there is much that is wrong with India’s media and its interaction with centres of power, whether official, political or mercantile. But since Wen conceded its freedom, he cannot blame Delhi for the “damage” newspaper reports have supposedly done to bilateral ties. Both governments have the true measure of the media’s capability, and it isn’t plausible either to claim that national leaders have to strive to “repair the damage and harm” done by irresponsible Indian coverage. Wen’s real fear is probably the impact of Indian reports on the Chinese people (domestic and overseas) in this internet age of Facebook, Twitter and mass-distribution text messages on mobile phones. Never forget that pagers and the fax machine spurred the Tiananmen Square protests. More recently, the tiny Barbados Free Press website reported…

Continue reading The Telegraph editorial by Sunanda K. Datta-Ray A Study in Contrasts

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