Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

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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Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Consumer Issues, Corruption, Crime & Law, Freedom Of Information, Political Corruption, Politics & Corruption