Monthly Archives: March 2011

Air Passenger Duty killing profits and revenue in the UK as well as the Caribbean


“People are traveling to the continent to get flights… so the Exchequer is losing revenue too”

StudioCaribe’s excellent news item on the UK’s Air Passenger Duty makes an important point: the APD is bad for the UK too, and there is a growing movement within UK business to have the tax removed entirely.

As the news item points out, the budget announcement that Air Passenger Duty will not rise this year is a small but important victory for the Caribbean – but the fight is far from over.

This is the first time we’ve taken a look at StudioCaribe’s YouTube channel and we’re very impressed with the high quality production values and their ability to tell a story. By the looks of some of the other videos they have a compelling documentary in production too – The Smelter Wars – about a community’s fight against a smelting operation that threatens their very lives.

This is one of those web surfing moments when we said to ourselves “What a great little discovery!”

It’s well worth your time to check out StudioCaribe’s videos at YouTube.

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CameronEV completes electric vehicle tests in Barbados

by David Cameron

After 18 months the testing of e-bykes (electric bicycles) in Barbados is complete and the results analyzed. The following summary of analysis has taken into account current regulations determined from the Barbados Ministry of Transport.

The 500Watt Canadian versions used for the testing were adequate for majority of Barbados as long as the inclines are not too steep (>12°). The Canadian versions can be used as a mode of transportation for over 75% of Barbados. Continue reading

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Bull whips and bulldozers: Race card played in Bermuda Tucker’s Point development debate

Bermudian Senator LaVerne Furbert accused of “dancing to white man’s tune”

“(Furbert is) a marionette, a black puppet dancing to a white man’s tune.”

…Larry Burchall in the Bermuda Sun

“(Mr Burchall’s comments are) extremely offensive. I’m not a person who has my strings pulled…

At this stage of my life I will dance with anyone. I don’t care if they are black or white. I just want to dance.”

…Bermudian Senator LaVerne Furbert

Listening to the current debate about development at Tucker’s Point in Bermuda, for a moment I thought we were back in Bridgetown in the 1960’s when the white-flight was in full swing and black racial pride was more about “time for some payback” than building our children’s future.

Things have settled down some since those days, but this week in Bermuda the unwarranted injection of the race card overwhelmed what should have been the focus of the discussion. The debate on the real economic, social and environmental issues fell off the tracks as persons on both sides traded racial taunts and accused everyone else of playing the race card (except themselves, of course).

As we’ve said at BFP for a long time, in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean race is always just below the surface. Sometimes those racial perspectives and an exaggerated racial consciousness combine to hold us back as individuals and as a country.

Sometimes though, the racial awareness alarm bells go off and it’s no false alarm. Continue reading

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Filed under Barbados, Bermuda, Culture & Race Issues, Economy, Environment, Race

Environmental essay contest winner Dudley Ellis: “Many people fail to see the bridge between the environment and the economy.”

“Barbados… you decide”

Dudley Ellis of Harrison College took 1st Place honours and won a cool $1,250 in the Age 14-18 category of the 2011 national Canada-Barbados Environmental Essay Contest.

Hey, I’d be smiling too!

Here is Dudley’s winning essay…

Why is the Environment Important to Barbados?

Too very often we look at the environment as something that provides aesthetic pleasure for both locals and tourists alike. However, have we ever consciously taken the time to contemplate what Barbados would be like without a healthy environment? A disease-ridden, desolate and underdeveloped rock is what one could hazard as the possibility. The benefits to be derived from the environment are too numerous for one to exhaust. Among this myriad of advantages, things such as economic sustainability, improved general health of the populace and social inclusiveness are of key note.

Many people fail to see the bridge between the environment and the economy. Continue reading

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CL Financial disaster: Did Trinidad and Tobago Finance Minister Karen Nunez-Tesheira get her money out?

Afra Raymond digs deeper…

“The 325 (CL Financial) shareholders are listed alphabetically, as at 7th September 2008, with details of their occupations and addresses also supplied.  Of course, that list shows, at #289, the then Minister of Finance – Karen Nunez-Tesheira – as Karen Tesheira, Attorney-at-Law – holding some 10,410 shares.”

“Another thing that is striking is that Lawrence Duprey would appear to have only three blocks of shares in his ownership –

  • #47 – CL Duprey Investment Trust – holding 1,634,335 shares, but we are unable to find the details on that company.
  • #78 – DALCO Capital Management Company Limited of #37 Frederick Street, POS – holding 1,947,833 shares. I am assuming that DALCO is a play on his initials – Lawrence Andre Duprey LAD, reversed.
  • #302 – Trustees of CL Financial Limited – holds 119,145 shares.

I am taking that to mean that Lawrence Duprey had under his direct control a maximum of 3,701,313 shares – i.e. 49.35% of the group’s entire shareholding…slightly less than half.”

Further Reading

Afra Raymond posted a story with CL Financial’s Annual Return filed 2009 and as usual he’s like a terrier worrying a bone: he won’t let go. Good for you Afra! Keep at ’em!

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Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Consumer Issues, Corruption, Crime & Law

Looking for the family of Joseph Augustus Duncan: Born Barbados 1866

Hi folks,

Once in a while we receive requests to help locate long lost branches of family trees and unknown relatives. There are lots of genealogy forums out there, but sometimes it helps to put the names to a wider audience.

We don’t mind helping out and our readers have come up with some wonderful connections along the way. So let’s see if we can help this reader from the UK… Continue reading

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Christian God, Muslim Allah… same deity?

Bajan Reporter publishes image of Jesus giving the finger.

Will Bajan Reporter now publish images of Muhammed and Buddha doing the same?

Our old friend Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter is a bit upset with Barbados Free Press. Ian believes we’ve been “hating on all Muslims” – because we occasionally print articles about, for instance, how young Muslim students in Barbados Muslim schools are taught and believe that stoning and amputation of hands are acceptable punishments in a free and democratic society like ours. Continue reading

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