Monthly Archives: June 2011

Barbados murder suspect arrested in Canada

Damian Lecoursey Reveira wanted for two murders in Barbados

Calgary Canada police arrested Reveira at a construction site in the Western Canada city. Police spokesperson Staff Sgt. Todd Zelenski said the police had been tipped off about Reveira and that the suspect was known to have been in Canada since last October.

Reveira is awaiting extradition to Barbados and according to the Canadian Calgary Sun, may be in Barbados next week.

The Royal Barbados Police Force “Most Wanted” website does not list Reveira, and the Canadian papers say the Barbados police are keeping mum on the arrest. We’re unable to provide more information as to the murders he is wanted for. Can any of our readers assist?

Further Reading

Calgary Sun: Alberta cops seize man wanted in Barbados killings

(photo for illustration only, not the real suspect)

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What Rihanna’s S&M fetish tells us about the Barbadian psyche

Junior Campbell, otherwise known as Poeticjazztice, writes some very readable pieces for AllVoices. His latest is a series of three posts about male bashing in Barbados and elsewhere.

“And I have been wondering further, just lately, if this clearly most internationally recognizable Barbadian’s behaviour might tell us anything about the Barbadian psyche.”

In a strange convergence we have Rihanna appointed as Tourism Ambassador, Rolling Stone Magazine calling her the “Queen of Pain” for her sadomasochistic behaviours, and Junior Campbell wondering what Rihanna’s behaviour tells us about ourselves as Bajans. We’ll start off with the second article in the series, but you’ll have to visit AllVoices to finish it and read the other parts. That’s only fair.

I don’t suppose that the folks at the Barbados Tourism Authority read the Rolling Stone article in question before they jumped for a life preserver? Didn’t think so!

Take it away, Junior…

Male bashing in Barbados (#2): Rihanna’s psychic rift and reality

I am indebted to Rolling Stone magazine for an insightful article that has shone some light on international R&B artist Rihanna’s extraordinary musical endorsement of sadomasochism (S&M) – an extraordinary endorsement, given her much publicized, horrific subjection to violent physical abuse at the hands of ex-boyfriend Chris Browne. Continue reading

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Airlift is the key to Bajan hope for Chinese Tourists

Tourism MATTERS!

by Adrian Loveridge - small hotel owner

Its easy to understand why so many people get carried away in the flood to try and ensure that ‘we’ get our share of the the outbound Chinese tourism market. You only have to read some of the headlines like:

‘The Chinese are coming. By their millions. As tourists. And it will change our economy in ways that we cannot even imagine’ according to Tim Hughes a director of Australian based, Value Capital Management.

‘Chinese outbound luxury tourism in growing by more than 25 per cent each year’ and in 2011, 60 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad and spend more than US$50 billion’. source:  China Elite Focus website.

The World Tourism Organisation predicts that “China will have 100 million outbound travellers and become the world’s largest source of outbound travel in the world in 2020’.

In 2010 the US State Department of Commerce declared that ‘the average Chinese tourist spends US$7,000 per stay, more than any other nationality’.

I could go on, and on, but if only a small percentage of these predictions and statistics are, or become factual, its a market we cannot afford to ignore.

“Our biggest challenge of course is geography.”

Beijing is 8,775 miles away, Shanghai 9,381 and Shenzhen, China’s fourth largest city in terms of population, 9,939 miles, and these are the shortest Great Circle distances flying over the North Pole.

China already has a sub-tropical paradise on it doorstep. Continue reading

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Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss: King of Pregnant Women Porn?

“One of the saddest things I’ve ever seen is Orgasm.com’s pregnant woman porn section. How does Donville Inniss feel about these desperate young girls – making money for him like this?”

by Wild Boy

For several years Barbados Health Minister Donville Inniss has refused to come clean on his profiteering from online porn and the denigration of women. He admitted to “Naked News” but the Bajan media made it a joke to defuse the fact that a DLP Candidate and then Member of Parliament and Health Minister made money from online porn for years.

Is Donville Inniss still making money from online porn?

Ask him. The answer is either “yes” or “no”.

click photo for large (mature content, sorry.)

Barbadian voters deserve to know, and after reading this post and the ones that follow they will want to know. Fellow DLP members will want to know too, and they will want to know RIGHT NOW because that next election is on the horizon.

There is big money being made from this multi-billion dollar online porn industry – and some of that online porn has the name “Donville Inniss” attached to it.

Making money is soooooo easy when young bodies are the product. Or old bodies “MILFs” as the website of Mr. Inniss calls them. Just take a Barbados company, choose a catchy name for a website like “Orgasm.com” and host the website offshore. Throw in a Jamaican connection to confuse the hell out of the voters and the tax departments, make some of “membership” fees paid to a Swiss payment processor and soon you’ll be on your way.

Oh yes… we be talkin big money paid to Switzerland for many years. The WayBack Machine and some screen copies provide the proof. Hey… maybe we even paid our money to enter the world of Fiesta Catering porn! Maybe we did that over a year ago. Or maybe last week…

We don’t want to get into too much detail but I’ll tell you that we have researched it well. Let’s hear the denials before we let go with more. Let’s start small and see what happens. Maybe we’ll drip, drip, drip a new website every couple of weeks and top it all off with some recorded video of some of the desperate young women making money for Fiesta Catering International, Inc.

“The name of this work is Orgasm.com®. Copyright © 2000-2011 Halo 9, Ltd. All rights reserved. Orgasm.com® is a registered service mark of Fiesta Catering International, Inc. and is used with permission.”

Who is  Fiesta Catering International Inc. ?

Go to http://www.domaintools.com/

Insert “FiestaCateringInternational.com”

Domain Name: FIESTACATERINGINTERNATIONAL.COM
Registrar: MONIKER

Registrant:
Donville Innis info@fiestacateringinternational.com
Fiesta Catering International Inc.
Harbour Industrial Estate Building #8
204
St. Michael, BB

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Minister Inniss: It’s time to level with Barbadians…

Name all the websites and businesses. Name the companies. Explain why payments were processed in Switzerland for a company registered in Barbados. The money went to a Swiss bank account! Tell us how your name came to be on the registered papers.

Tell us when you left it all. Tell us that the current papers showing your name Donville Inniss with internet porn are false or in error. Tell us that your friends and family members have nothing to do with Fiesta Catering and that they are not carrying your share for you and protecting your public image.

Maybe we made a mistake here, Mr. Inniss. Maybe there is a different Donville Inniss in Barbados whose name appears on these papers with your same corporate address. Tell us. We’re willing to listen.

Hello? Hello?

Minister Inniss, we wouldn’t care in the least if you were a private citizen…. well, that’s not really true. We care about human trafficking and girls forced into prostitution. We care about desperate young mothers doing what they feel they have to do just to survive.

Watch the videos, Mr. Inniss. Look at their eyes. The sadness. The desperation. The despair of young pregnant women and girls who need to eat.

Minister Inniss: Orgasm.com still has your name associated with that vile business. Pregnant young women driven by desperation to do terrible things on video to eat and keep a roof over their themselves and their unborn babies.

Minister Inniss: It is time to account to the peoples. It is time to renounce evil.

Watcha gonna do?

The Trail of EVIL…

Donville Inniss, Democratic Labour Party

“Looking for some pregnant sex? We’ve tons of free pregnant sex in our pregnant porn category. Who says a pregnant chick can’t be sexy? With their swollen breasts and glowing hot skin they’re just screaming to have sexual intercourse and we filed it for our Pregnant Porn collection. Orgasm.com has all the sexy knocked-up chicks doing it in all styles, for your satisfaction. These lactating lovelies have lush ripe breasts and love to have sex while pregnant. Indulge yourself while horny couples get hot and heavy in our pregnant porn. They won’t let their swollen bellies get in the way of them having a good time! These are wild, hormone-driven babes desperate to get some. If there isn’t dick around, no worries, these hot pregnant babes will just pleasure themselves with fingers and dildos or even get together with other pregnant ladies for some preggo lesbian time. So many pregnancy sex positions so little time! Hot young girls who are on the verge of becoming milfs are showing off what they got and showing how sexy pregnant can be in our hardcore free pregnant porn. These pregnant sex videos feature some of the craziest and insatiable preggo bangers on the net! Feeling thirsty? Well no worries because this preggo sex will satisfy both your physical thirst and your sexual thirst. All pregnant sex positions, doggy, anal, oral, side by side, take the controls and lead her to her orgasm destiny! Drink your calcium and fuck it too. Who loves pregnant women sex? We do, we do! Cumshots, creampies, threesomes, these hormonal honeys do it all. There is nothing hotter than a pregnant woman except a horny pregnant woman. See how they became pregnant in the first place! Just because they are pregnant doesn’t mean they have to wait another 9 months for cock! Get your dick in these girls before they pop!”

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Men of Windies Cricket gone girly?

Windies hire shrink to “Sort issues”

submitted by Puzzled

Is this the end result of the feminization of society and sports? Are the men of the Windies trying to “get in touch with their inner selves”???

I can’t believe what I’m reading. The West Indies have been on a losing treadmill for the last while, but team management thinks that hiring a psychologist to help the cricketers “sort issues” will make a difference to the kind of unbelievable disasters and mistakes we’ve been seeing for far too long.

It’s not about “feelings”. It’s not about “thinking too far ahead” or being worried about the idiocy of two weeks ago. It’s about management, the mix and coaching. It’s about supposed professionals who let their individual egos conflict to the determent of the team as a whole. It’s also about a younger generation who lately have been overdoing it on the parties and late nights. Don’t they realize that people see them out late and know what is going on?

“See any of them heavily drinking within 48 hours of a Test and it doesn’t take a brilliant scholar to know where to put your money. That’s about management, professionalism and discipline, not psychology.”

Windies don’t need a shrink. They need someone to give them each a kick in the backside and bring back the bedtime discipline two days before a Test.

Management needs the shrink – the men need managing.

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Playing politics with paupers’ shacks


Welcome to “First World” Barbados

According to the BLP, what you’ll see in the video is the fault of no one but the DLP – but something tells me that these houses looked exactly the same for a decade of BLP rule.

Our friend Ian Bourne has his commentary posted at Bajan Reporter.

St Philip North Tragedy – Indar Weir exposes Michael Lashley’s TRUE constituents

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Was this destruction really necessary?

UPDATED: October 8, 2011

The story of Boarded Hall Green is back in the news with Barbados National Trust President Karl Watson saying he’s had enough of the destruction.

“With ground now being broken at the new multi-million dollar Boarded Hall Green gated community, due for completion in 2013, BNT President Karl Watson said the felling of an estimated 40 trees at the location of the project month ago warrants answers and action.

But one of the men behind the housing initiative, chartered accountant Tony Hoyos, today brushed off suggestions the housing venture being marketed as an eco-friendly community, was actually an enemy to the environment since it would occupy a location previously occupied by several trees.”

Read the whole story at Barbados Today: National Trust fed up!

BFP’s original post June 25, 2011…

These beautiful large and old trees are gone forever

by CondoMan

Can someone please explain why these many trees were cut down near the new roundabout at Boarded Hall house? About 40 trees were cut down.

I understand that news condos will be built on the site, but surely they could have saved some trees, integrated them into the plan and worked around them during the building.

These beautiful large and old trees are gone forever.

I found this website that says the new Boarded Hall Green is an “eco-friendly designed gated Condominium Community.”

How “eco-friendly” does the above photo look?

Boarded Hall Green is a new eco-friendly designed gated Condominium Community. It is situated to the immediate north-west of the new roundabout at the intersection of Boarded Hall, Carmichael and Frere Pilgrim. BHG provides modern,architect-designed living for its occupants, and comprises 8 studios, 40 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments. There is also a communal pool, washer/ dryer facilities for heavy-duty laundry and an on-site property management office.

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Barbados US Embassy WikiLeaks: DLP-BLP no difference. Alan Chastanet “brown species, Mulatto, not loyal to anybody”

Racist Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves quoted extensively in new WikiLeak

The things people say when they don’t know that the US Intelligence and Consulate personnel are recording every word!

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Have you seen the latest WikiLeak attached to my email?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn’t like mixed race Mulattos like me and my children?

FUCK HIM. FUCK EVERYONE from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who supports Gonsalves.

Please excuse the language, but sometimes it’s justified and this is one of those times.

(Name withheld by BFP editor)

Gotta love WikiLeaks

The latest release of secret cables from the US Embassy in Bridgetown to Washington should set the mongoose amongst the chickens. So much to read, so little time because I’m off to an early night shift, so I’ll pick out a few quotes and throw in the whole cable so our readers can find more…

Barbados’ two main parties are so similar that “differences will have to be manufactured to keep the party faithful happy.”

And then there is this…

“Chastanet talks a lot of rubbish when it comes to regional air transport.”

He (Gonsalves) further criticized St. Lucia’s Alan Chastanet as among “a species of brown people in the Caribbean with money” who are “not loyal to anybody”.  Gonsalves continued by noting that such people, whom he described as “Castries mulattos”, believe they are “oracles” and represent a “break
in the social advancement in the Eastern Caribbean.”

Read it all… Continue reading

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Trinidad & Tobago Police investigate emailed threats to journalists

Barbados Police refused to investigate similar government threats here

Trini Police are investigating an advisor to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for sending threatening e-mails to Trinidad Express journalists Omatie Lyder and Anna Ramdass.

Government advisor Sasha Mohammed belatedly denies sending the threatening emails, but the problem for her is that the police say the e-mails came from her home internet. Mohammed’s lawyers are doing the slippery routine, but one senses a bit of bluster there.

“The e-mails were sent from an e-mail account under the name Janice Thomas which was traced to Mohammed’s computer.”

… from the Trinidad Express story Sasha Under Fire

The fur continues to fly and we’ve linked to some stories in our post – but when you read the newspaper accounts it sounds like there is a possibility that Sasha Mohammed was not interet-savvy. She didn’t know about IP addresses before she hit the “send threatening email” button on her PC. She sure does now!

Barbados Police cover up threats against journalists

It reminds us that the same sort of event happened in Barbados, but in that case the Barbados Police didn’t investigate because they wanted to protect the ruling class. You see, back in 2007 and 2008 a series of threats were made on the internet to murder Barbados hotelier and journalist Adrian Loveridge.

When it turned out that some of the threats came from a computer in the Members of Parliament lounge, well, that was the end of the investigation. Adrian Loveridge filed a formal complaint with the police, but in the end they didn’t even bother to interview Mr. Loveridge. The police did nothing except to protect the BLP government at the time.

Welcome to Barbados where the “rule of law” means that those who rule are the law and the law is whatever is convenient at the time.

Later, a Member of Parliament, Doctor Duguid, confirmed that the anonymous threats to murder Mr. and Mrs. Loveridge and arson their business came from the Barbados Parliament computer. Information posted on another blog even named a Member of Parliament as a suspect.

But the Barbados Police did nothing.

Mr. Loveridge is known for writing well researched news and opinion stories about the tourism industry, but his opinions are sometimes inconvenient for the government. Mr. Loveridge used to do a column for the Barbados Advocate, but was fired when the Tourism Minister of the day, Noel Lynch, threatened to stop government advertising to that newspaper unless Loveridge was sacked.

So the cowardly whores at the Barbados Advocate sacked Loveridge so they could continue to suck on that government advertising revenue. That’s pretty well the way it happened and Adrian wrote about it here and nobody sued him so we believe Adrian.

There is a difference between the Barbados Police and the T&T Police

In Barbados, the police rough up and man-handle journalists, take their cameras, erase the photos and get away with it. When a journalist is threatened by a Member of Barbados Parliament, the police cover up.

Give Trinidad and Tobago Police their due respect for at least this: When two journalists were threatened in emails coming from the home of a powerful government insider, the police did an investigation and by the looks of it they pressed for the truth. At least they did that. Whether they had the strength of will or a strong enough case to lay criminal charges is another story – but at least they investigated the threats and interviewed the suspect and witnesses.

Oh that our Barbados Police could have similar integrity!

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Barbados Free Press down and up: WordPress says “Oops. Sorry!”

Glitch at WordPress takes down Barbados Free Press for hours

Well, that was exciting! We were down for hours – although it felt like weeks. Readers arriving at Barbados Free Press from the wee hours of Wednesday morning until about 10am were greeted with a notice from WordPress that BFP had been suspended and taken down for violations of WordPress policy.

Wuhloss!!!

Over a hundred readers from all over the world sent emails wondering where we were and offering condolences, support and advice. One reader invited us to a big birthday celebration happening this Friday, but, alas, we cannot come.

We tried to contact WordPress to straighten the situation out but they be in California and well, you know California! Besides being several hours behind us, they’re always stoned or clubbing. Hey… we’ve seen the movies from the 1980′s so we know wats fuh true!

The phones started ringing in Grape Hall at about 3:10am and the messages of support from BFP readers tell the story. Here’s parts of the messages left on the BFP confidential phone number by our fans…

3:11am

“Marcus. HA! Got you, you Negrocrat! You wild boy! Let this be a lesson to you not to F*CK wid me, Owen Arthur! When I am YOUR PRIME MINISTER AGAIN your ass is one sorry creature… When I… damn. Honey! Spill my libation. Bring me another will you love? Where was I? Marcus, your ass is one sorry…”

4:54am

“Did you think you could get away with it forever? Putting me in a dress wid TITS! I will get you if it is the last thing I do.”

8:29am

“Hee, hee, hee. Ha Ha Ha. Ho, Ho, Ho! Ya Wankers!

9:41am

“Hi Marcus,

Anthony here from WordPress. Our apologies. The system should not have done that. We have removed the warning in your dashboard and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.

It was all Matt’s fault. That’s right. It’s always Matt Mullenweg’s fault. He’s a wanker! What can you expect from a guy who uses a Dvorak keyboard?”

BFP’s Marcus replies to WordPress…

No problem, Anthony. We think Matt’s a great guy. His vision and commitment to freedom of speech and providing a voice for the ordinary person makes him a giant and a righteous man. If the WordPress code has a little ghost in the machine, it’s a small matter.

Cheers!

Marcus, Shona, George, Robert, Cliverton, Nevermind Kurt and Auntie Moses

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WikiLeaks: New Chargé d’Affaires Christopher Sandrolini lobbied Vatican on biotech foods

Sandrolini also known as “Tough Guy” in war on drugs

“Moral Imperative of biotech food”

The new US new Chargé d’Affaires to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean was part of a US Government initiative to lobby the Vatican about biotech foods.

According to a leaked US Diplomatic cable, Christopher Sandrolini wrote a report in 2005 that detailed how the Vatican’s reluctance to embrace genetically modified foods had to do with a…

“fear that widespread use of GMO food in the developing world would subjugate its farmer population and become a form of economic imperialism simply serving to enrich multi-national corporations.”

Sandrolini then wrote of the diplomatic strategy to move the Vatican to accept GMO… Continue reading

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Loveridge: Jamaica’s protectionism hurting Caribbean unity, tourism

PM Golding tilts the playing field against REDjet and Barbados

In the next 24 hours, some 6,000 people will read this article by Adrian Loveridge. We can only hope that Jamaica’s Prime Minister will be among them.

Has REDjet been treated fairly?

by Adrian Loveridge - small hotel owner

It’s a big question and without all the facts in hand it would be difficult to be totally objective.

However, if you ask the questions, is the concept of a low cost carrier desirable in the Caribbean and can it be made to work, then the answers have to be yes, and probably if they are allowed to operate in a truly commercial environment.

When you can book a week-long cruise that visits seven Caribbean islands with travel, accommodation and food all included for less than the cost of a return airline ticket to one of those territories, then something has to be fundamentally wrong.

LIAT now enjoys a virtual monopoly on certain routes out of Barbados, which includes Puerto Rico after the withdrawal of American Eagle.

According to their website, the cheapest return flights (a round trip of 1,140 miles) bookable in late June to San Juan is US$664.09, which includes a whopping US$176.09 in taxes and add-ons.

For exactly the same dates, return flights to New York with American Airlines cost US$615.50 (including US$177.50 in taxes) and US$664.80 (US$166.80 taxes) with JetBlue, a journey involving 4,182 miles or nearly four times farther both in miles and flying distance than Puerto Rico.

“If LIAT had competition on the San Juan route of course fares would be lower and that is why we need an airline like REDjet.”

REDjet has been criticised by some for having not having a viable business plan but does LIAT or the amalgamated Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica?

Without past massive taxpayer subsidies all three of these carriers would have perished by the wayside years ago and the much delayed partial assimilation of the ‘Lovebird’ by CAL has also been finally made possible only after the government of Jamaica wrote-off off huge debts.

And we have to remember that in its entire 42-year history, Air Jamaica recorded a profit in only one of them, 1986.

So when we talk about fairness, what do we really mean?

To the best of my knowledge the owners of REDJet have not asked any government for taxpayer bailouts, heavily subsidised fuel, preferential interest rates or any other major concessions. They just want to operate in a commercially level playing field where competition, supply and demand and all the other factors that in the ‘real world’ decide economic survival or failure.

The people of Jamaica now own a 16 percent stake of Caribbean Airlines and it has been designated that island’s national carrier to the world.

Clearly, Prime Minister Golding is keen to protect that interest and recently stated he was “not saying the REDjet application would not be approved, but it would have to be allowed with the CAL deal in mind”.

Perhaps he has every right to be so protective, but does it really foster better Caribbean unity or take us a step closer to marketing the region as one?

The writing is on the wall, the president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism has already graphically warned that summer tourism business is down.

REDjet has clearly demonstrated that it can drive additional traffic to Guyana and there is no reason to believe it wouldn’t be the same for Trinidad and Kingston. This just may reduce the real risk of additional hotel closures and job losses this year.

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The new Bajan export commodity: Wives to China!

Millions of young Chinese men haven’t a hope of finding a wife in China. The reason of course is that China is missing tens of millions of females: unborn, infants and girl children who were aborted or murdered as part of the “one child” policy. Now the societal bill for the last 30 years is coming due in the form of millions of lonely and angry young men.

Once discarded as being “worth less” than male children, Chinese females of marriageable age are becoming a valuable commodity, but that shortage can’t be rectified from within China. It would take decades of baby making and the young men can’t wait. (I wouldn’t and couldn’t wait either!)

What are the young men doing to find love and wives? The answer for some is to find a wife while working abroad in Africa, Asia and North America. The results of this love abroad are starting to appear in the form of photos on the internet in China. I haven’t seen any mixed couples from Barbados, but there are probably some and it won’t be long, especially with all the Chinese workers arriving on the island.

As a mixed-race couple and family, Shona and I are always happy to see other mixed-race couples and families. We think that the more mixing that goes on the better the world will be. Trends can have societal implications though, and some might wonder what the implications of this trend will be for Barbados.

Upon reading a translated article at ChinaSmack I didn’t think of something that came into Shona’s mind right away, but then I’m a guy.

Here’s what Shona said about Chinese men marrying black women:

“Good. If the Chinese value Bajan women for wives, maybe you men will smarten up and start to respect us women more.”

She has a point!

Further Reading

“About chinaSMACK

chinaSMACK offers non-Chinese readers an insight into the world’s largest internet market by translating and reporting popular Chinese internet news, trends, and phenomena as well as Chinese netizen comments, opinions, and reactions.”

ChinaSmack.com: Chinese Men with Black Women & African Wives

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PM Stuart returns from China with spin but little real news or accomplished

“How many times does the government get to announce that an air deal with China is “coming” before it’s not news anymore?”

BFP reader WSD reacts to a Nation story about Barbados “making ground” in an air service agreement with China.

The return of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart ends yet another high-level government trip to China. Barbadians were treated to the usual same-old same old photos of our DLP or BLP representatives touring China and shaking hands with the big-ups. Have a look at past photos of Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and David Thompson hanging around with Chinese government officials and you’ll get what I mean. You could switch the heads around with Photoshop and with the exception of Mia’s big red dress, the photos are all the same image and the same story.

Show me the money!

Like the trips before, there was the usual announcement of another grant from China, this time about six million dollars if memory serves. When the money doesn’t come through (as with the promised library funding) we seldom hear about that. Neither is there much talk about the Chinese workers and companies getting construction contracts while Bajan machinery and hands sit idle. There is especially little talk of how Chinese computer hardware and programming companies are winning government contracts – which is an especially scary proposition for the Barbados offshore banking and insurance industry considering China’s propensity for economic espionage.

Nothing instills confidence and security in the financial sector’s computer operations like having Chinese routers! (Shhhhh!!!!)

The big article in the Nation is that the PM instructed our Ambassador to China, Sir Lloyd Sandiford, to give the air travel agreement with China “priority”. While such an agreement could provide valuable tourists and foreign currency, the BLP and DLP governments have dangled that carrot for five years or more and the hope is wearing a little thin.

But old story or not, that is the feel good article of the day at The Nation and it is designed to lessen the pain of the recent downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service. In many ways the stage was set for that downgrade by the spendthrift BLP Arthur/Mottley government but don’t expect Goin’ wid Owen or Mia to take any responsibility for weakening our foundations long before David Thompson was elected.

As to what Barbados should be doing, each one of us should be working harder, living smaller and doing our best to make every visitor feel like they want to return to BIM. That message isn’t getting out there from the government though, for as PM Stuart says, we’ve made a Chinese air agreement a “priority” and the downgrade is “no cause for alarm.”

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Rihanna as Tourism Ambassador: Smart move, Good deal, or drowning man grasping at a life preserver?

by Nevermind Kurt

The world’s news media is still full of Rihanna and Barbados stories in the aftermath of the announcement that Barbados entered into a three year promotional deal with the Bajan-born singer. Rihanna will exclusively promote Barbados as a wonderful tourism destination and is kicking it all off with a concert in Barbados on August 5, 2011.

Presumably Barbados is paying the star, but it is unclear if big money is trading hands or if Rihanna is mostly lending a hand to her home country in difficult times. Perhaps Barbados is paying only a nominal amount and the contract is only a necessary formality to allow Rihanna to retain control of her brand. Whatever the arrangement, Rihanna will be doing commercials and promoting Barbados using the power of her fame and her image.

“Presumably the Barbados tourism adverts will not show Rihanna’s genitalia hanging out as she squats on stage or slides out of a limo in true commando fashion – but maybe that’s part of the plan. Who knows?”

The fallacy of “There’s no bad publicity”

Fame is one thing, image is another though – and it is Rihanna’s image that might be the two-edged sword in this arrangement. Some have said that there is no bad publicity, but I have a feeling that Congressman Anthony Wiener might disagree with that statement. As the Huffington Post puts it, Wiener’s support has “gone limp.

Suppose Congressman Wiener had been a Barbados Tourism Ambassador?

Mr. Wiener isn’t a Barbados Tourism Ambassador, but suppose he was? There would be a moment of awkward embarrassment, and then he would be tossed aside like the brands dumped Tiger Woods when the world and his wife discovered that he wasn’t the wholesome family guy he’d pretended to be. That’s why endorsement contracts usually have a few clauses that allow for the termination of the contract if the celebrity’s image gets into trouble.

Beggars can’t be choosers

Beggars can’t be choosers though, and I’d wager that whatever contract Barbados signed with Rihanna doesn’t mention anything about termination if the star’s image takes a tumble due to behaviour.

It can be argued that Barbados already knows that Rihanna’s personal life and stage performances haven’t exactly been great examples for our young people and that her occasionally shocking behaviour is part of a cultivated performance image – but her name is famous and we should take advantage of this opportunity to promote our seriously ill tourism industry and failing economy. “Any port in a storm and any life preserver that floats” shouldn’t be ignored in the current economic tempest, and that’s probably not an inaccurate representation of what is happening here. Continue reading

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Central Bank lawsuit designed to assist CL Financial – CLICO culprits

Florida: Just one of the Duprey family mansions

How a lawsuit against Lawrence Duprey helps him and derails the Colman Commission

Our friend Afra Raymond is probably the most effective and fearless journalist to touch the CL Financial – CLICO fraud and scandal. The titles above here are courtesy of BFP. Everything below here is from Afra, who deserves the thanks of every honest citizen in the Caribbean.

by Afra Raymond

CL Financial Bailout – The big question

The current talking-point is the major lawsuit launched by the Central Bank against CL Financial sowatees, Lawrence Duprey and Andre Monteil.

From what has been in the press, the lawsuit seems to be aimed at recovering huge sums of money alleged to have been improperly taken from the CL Financial group.

There has been a mass of press comment and the reactions have ranged from relief at the launch of the lawsuit to great skepticism as to its duration, cost and effectiveness.

In the BG View of 9th June, entitled ‘The path of good intentions‘, the Editor-in-Chief of this newspaper set out cogent grounds for his skepticism on the new Central Bank lawsuit.  The old saying comes to mind – The road to hell is paved with the very best intentions.

For my part, I am doubtful of the choice of targets in the apparent attempt to deal with this financial fiasco.

The early questions emerging from this action by the Central Bank are for me ‘Why this lawsuit?’ and ‘Why now?’.

“In the case of the CL Financial fiasco, the basic ‘fit and proper’ requirements have been ignored by the Central Bank, exposing us all to continued levels of risk.”

The fit and proper requirements set a standard for those people who are responsible for the safe custody and investment of our monies.  If they are upheld as an important part of the financial system’s architecture, they contribute to stability and confidence.

If they are not upheld, for whatever reason, we are all left to wonder, what is the point of having yet another set of rules which are not being enforced? Continue reading

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Environmental Protection Department’s 40th Anniversary Sham

Environmental Tour to avoid Graeme Hall sluice gate (above photo), West Coast beach disaster, Mount Stinkeroo

Don’t ask why Barbados lacks environmental protection legislation or off the bus you go!

Barbados is celebrating 40 years of no environmental protection legislation with a carefully staged bus tour this Saturday. A press release from the BGIS says,

EPD rides to visit wetlands, mangroves

A glimpse into the wetlands and mangroves of Barbados will be given when the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) hosts a bus tour as part of its 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

The free tour, which also falls during Environment Month, will be held on Saturday, June 18.  It will offer the public the opportunity to see some of the island’s greener locales and ecosystems first hand, while learning more about what and where they are and how they develop.

It all sounds so environmentally positive, doesn’t it? Just the use of the words “mangroves”, “wetlands” and “ecosystems” has me seeing green and feeling good about our island home. That is, if I ignore the abandoned refrigerators just west of Grape Hall, forget about the Shell jet fuel in the south coast water wells and don’t look at the the green/brown effluent at Bathsheba that flows into the sea.

In one sense, we can’t blame the Environmental Protection Department workers for wanting to celebrate the very existence and survival of their abused and underfunded department. It’s not their fault that for over 40 years successive governments deliberately failed to pass Environmental Protection Legislation or give the EDP proper tools to do the job.

Both the DLP and the BLP preferred to take cash political donations from the corporate polluters instead of putting Barbados first.

Polluters don’t like environmental laws, so our politicians took their money and delivered what they were supposed to: no environmental legislation, protection of corporate polluters, and profits to the auto dealers and road construction companies.

So now we have a legacy of 40 years of no environmental laws, wholesale rape and development of the last remaining wetlands, and a transportation policy that involves ever more roads and ever more vehicles. The construction, auto industries and politicians make the money, while our island is paved over bit by bit. Sounds about right if you have an offshore account in Switzerland or Miami.

“We” borrowed tens of millions for a West Coast sewer project – then spent the money on something else (probably more roads for more cars) and left the sewerage flowing into the water table, the RAMSAR wetlands and the sea.

The politicians and their developer friends are deliberately killing the last remaining mangrove forest at Graeme Hall – and God forbid that Barbados should ever have modern garbage disposal / power creation facilities as do some modern small island nations. Oh no! We’d rather just pile the stuff higher and higher and let the poisons leach into the water and sea – that is when it doesn’t touch off itself and burn for a few months or a year. It’s not called Mount Stinkeroo for nothing, ya know!

So enjoy the bus trip folks, but when you get to the wetlands, ask the tour guide why successive governments have refused to repair the RAMSAR Wetlands sluice gate for 15 years. When you drive by the West Coast, ask why the government approved the groynes that destroyed the beaches. Ask how much money the DLP and BLP received from Shell Oil and the Simpsons of auto-dealer fame. Ask why Barbados has no Environmental Protection Act.

Don’t let the “celebration” go to waste. Demand answers and make some noise.

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Resume vs Reality: Environment Minister Denis Lowe

Nothing like a little resume padding to get elected or enhance your image!

Caught peeing away his credibility?

We at BFP have a natural sympathy towards Barbados Minister of the Environment Dr. Denis Lowe, as we would have towards anyone who just came back from death’s doorstep. Dr. Lowe is looking better and thinner these days after spending some time in Intensive Care at the QEH and being out of action for many months. We wish him well and we’re happy to see him recovered.

But seeing as the Minister is back and fit enough to resume his duties, perhaps he can make some time to explain to voters the big differences between his stated professional qualifications and career experiences – and an official letter published by The Bajan Reporter.

It seems that Dr. Denis Lowe and the DLP Democratic Labour Party have a little problem with credibility. Well, maybe not such a little problem.

Judge for yourself at the BR story: Denis Lowe’s qualifications & The DLP: At Cross Roads and in Crisis

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