Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tropic Ice loses battle

contributed anonymously by ‘JG’

For all of you who do not know yet, Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. of Salters in St. George, Barbados has lost its battle with the Landlord for outstanding rents for the property from which it operates or used to operate.

This has resulted in the Landlord re-entering the premises, taking possession of the property and changing the locks to prevent all and sundry from gaining access into the building or conducting business with Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. from that location.

As many as twenty (20) employees who turned up for work this morning discovered the Landlord’s actions, which included the above together with the placing barricades around the entire premises and affixing signs (notices) all around the perimeter stating that the property was Private Property and that trespassers would be prosecuted.

This will mean that not only employees but creditors and customers of Tropic Ice Unlimited as well are going to be monitoring developments closely within the next few weeks to see where they stand. Not surprisingly, the customers while affected by this major business interruption can always look for other suppliers of ice and bottle water but it’s the employees and creditors who could and most likely will be be most affected.

The Landlord has been at loggerheads with Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. for the last couple of years as it sought to collect reportedly hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent from the Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. A confidential source has revealed that sometime during the course of this month, the High Court of Barbados granted permission to the Landlord by way of of an Order to re-enter and take possession of the property for the unpaid rents.

The two major beneficial shareholders of Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc., Michael St. John and Chris McHale have been embroiled in bitter litigation for the last several years. These disputes centred around the fact that Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. was operating from property at Salters owned by Michael St. John et al and who for all intents and purposes was (past tense) the Landlord. Michael St. John resigned from the Tropic Ice Unlimited Inc. in 2009 and has formed his own company, Glacial Pure and which now has a majority market share of the bagged ice and bottle water business in Barbados.

Further Reading

Nation: 28 Jobless as Tropic Ice folds

Court case: http://www.lawcourts.gov.bb/Lawlibrary/events.asp?id=715

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One thing Owen Arthur will NEVER say…

“I have never had an offshore bank account while a Member of Parliament.”

Good old Goin’ wid Owen is challenging the DLP to “hurry up and bring integrity legislation to the floor of Parliament.” I guess somebody finally told him that the DLP are four years late with their promise. Of course, four years late with Integrity Legislation is nothing compared with the BLP never doing anything about it themselves for the 14 years they were the government.

Former Prime Minister Arthur is also upset that David Thompson accused the BLP of corruption and diverting money to offshore accounts but never charged anybody with anything – it was all show and shouting for the election…

“The members of the Barbados Labour Party and I went through an election with harsh charges of corruption being levelled against us. And we had to endure a lot of nastiness about offshore accounts and a lot of foolishness.”

… Owen Arthur in The Nation article Bring it on!

Now you’ll notice that Owen doesn’t deny that he or any of his fellow BLP members had or have offshore bank accounts. Do you see what I’m talking about? Saying that talk about offshore bank accounts is ‘nastiness’ and ‘a lot of foolishness’ is not the same thing as saying “I have never had an offshore bank account while I was a Member of Parliament.”

So let’s hear from Owen $ Arthur. Let’s hear him clearly say to the press…

“I have never had an offshore bank account, whether in my name or another name, while I was a Member of Parliament.”

Go ahead Owen. Let’s hear you loud and clear…

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Cable & Wireless CEO paycheque: up 45%. Service reliability? That’s something else…

Cable & Wireless paycheque alright for some!

Now is the time when BFP juxtaposes

1/ Letter from a Cable & Wireless business customer in Barbados…

Due to a Cable and Wireless problem we were unable to receive or send emails for the entire working day yesterday (Monday).

The customer services number rang and rang unanswered until after 2 hours we were able to get through, to be told they had no idea when it would be restored.

This is the second time in a month and it is costing businesses like us, thousands of Dollars.

No apology, no compensation.

Just take it or leave it.

2/ Cable & Wireless CEO gets 45% pay increase!!!

Cable & Wireless stock is down 17% – but some folks are doing just fine…

Cable & Wireless chief collects £2.7m
Tony Rice receives pay and bonus package under private-equity style incentive plan for top executives

The chief executive of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) collected more than $4.3m (£2.7m) in pay and bonuses last year after the telecoms company’s highly controversial £30m private-equity style long-term incentive plan (LTIP) made its last payment.

Tony Rice collected basic pay of $1.08m, cash bonuses and benefits of $466,000, pension contributions of $270,000 and $2.6m from the five-year LTIP plan. Rice’s total payment was 50% higher than the previous year, while the shares lost 17% of their value.

Rice’s salary, cash bonuses and pension payment rose by 45% to $1.82m, while the amount he collected from the LTIP rose to $2.6m from $1.6m. The LTIP payment was larger this year because half of Rice’s payment for the previous year was deferred.

Other Cable & Wireless executives collecting bumper pay packages included…

Cable & Wireless CEO explains everything he thinks you need to know!

“The Caribbean region has suffered more due the economic downturn than anywhere else…”

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Former St. Lucia Health Minister to speak at Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun a long-time defender of human rights and human dignity

Wifey and I were interested to see that lawyer and former St. Lucian Minister of Health Sarah Flood-Beaubrun is speaking at the 2012 Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values being held in Trinidad & Tobago this April 27 and 28 – because if there is one thing about Flood-Beaubrun that stands out it is that she is a realist. It is a long story but we are aware of the fierce resistance she faced within her own party when she wanted to focus attention and spend big money to address the appalling neglect and abuse of the mentally ill that was the rule in St. Lucia when she was first elected as an MP in 1997. To make it happen she eventually had to put a little water in the wine, but Sarah achieved about 80% of what she wanted including a new institution that put the word ‘rehabilitation’ on the agenda in place of ‘warehousing without hope’. (I think Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was the speaker when I first heard that ‘warehousing without hope’ phrase.)

A look at the other speakers scheduled for the April conference reveals some other folks who are also ‘doers’ rather than ‘pray-ers’ when it comes to helping girls and women who find themselves preggers, used and abandoned by the fathers of their unborn children. You know it’s all fine to pray with somebody, but if prayer isn’t accompanied by a place to sleep, a meal and some real assistance for a woman in need – then STFU and don’t bother getting involved in the first place.

That should be the motto of ‘pro-life’ movement in my humble opinion: “Pro-Life? Then do something real or STFU.” You can tell I’m in a mood today. As far as the ‘Family Values’ side of this conference goes I’m not a fan of a lot of the baggage that usually goes along with that ‘code-phrase’, but that’s me and like Sarah Flood-Beaubrun I don’t mind a little water in the wine if young girls and women in trouble are looked after by somebody who doesn’t make a profit each time they talk some frightened soul into deciding to abort their child.

Here are some links for the upcoming Caribbean Conference on Life and Family Values

Programme Topics & Schedule

Speakers List

Host: The ELPIS Centre – Pregnancy & Family Resource Centre

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Another cry for the Africa that could have been

How Robert Mugabe went from a man of the people to believing that he was God’s own gift to Zimbabwe, with a singular focus on maintaining his own power.

Quotes from the documentary, “Robert Mugabe… what happened?”

“Democracy in Africa is a difficult proposition because always the Opposition will want much more than it deserves…”

…Robert Mugabe

“The man’s hands are tied behind his back with wire.”

…Documentary film maker unearthing secret graves

“What do you do to a hero or to a father who has gone wayward? What do you do? Can you discipline your hero? Can you discipline your father?”

…Trevor Ncube

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Tourists prefer small hotels – Barbados Tourism Authority ignores the entire sector

Small hotel or 100 people around the pool? Tourists love small!

Government concentrates on high volume tourism with thin profits. There is another way…

by Adrian Loveridge - small hotel owner

Operating a small hotel, clearly I have to declare a bias towards this sub-sector. But from a national point of view in terms of revenue and employment generation, have we ever analysed which type of our diverse lodging offerings proportionally delivers the highest net income to the country year after year?

What type of accommodation provides the most jobs per occupied room night and highest percentage turnover that remains in Barbados? And this should not include just the bed nights, but secondary spending in restaurants, attractions activities, car rental, shopping etc.

We should then ask which sub-sector consistently achieves the closest to published rack room rates, without having to dramatically discount to attract tour operators. Then question which properties solicit the highest levels of guest satisfaction and repeat guests.

If the world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, can be used as a barometer, does the fact that every one of the top ten rated hotels in Barbados are small have any significance?

This really goes back to ensuring our national marketing organisation, advertising agency and public relations company, all fully understand the product.

Perhaps many persons reading this column would be suprised to learn that there is no portion of the annual budget of the Barbados Tourism Authority dedicated to this niche. Nor is there a small hotels committee or product club and that the only trade body dedicated to this sub-sector, Intimate Hotels, has had it’s Government grant either severely pruned or eliminated altogether.

Add to this, that out of our total of almost 160 registered hotels, nearly 120 are defined as small. Most people, whether inside the industry or not, understand that Government is under severe fiscal pressure and due to this even previously approved budgets have not been able to be implemented, to allow the full allocated funds to be used.

I recently attended a general marketing meeting, where members were asked to put forward suggestions to combat, what at this time appear to be imminent softening flight loadings over the next couple of months.

Call it naivety if you wish, but I believe there is always something that can be done, even if the overall effect might not redress the total problem. The stumbling block was, that even if solutions were proffered, the monies to implement the ideas were not necessarily available, at least not from the public sector.

It’s a catch 22 situation for Goverment. If you don’t fill the rooms, you cannot collect the VAT payable, not only on the accommodation, but all the secondary spending. Add up all the other taxes the administration collects, like departure and income tax, NIS contributions and the benefits resulting from the redistribution of employee earnings into the economy. Without these, it makes it even more difficult for Government to pay the bills.

Virgin Atlantic: Two for One to Barbados!

Almost reconfirming the concerns about air lift, as this column was going to press, Virgin Atlantic launched a new Rewards offer for it’s Flying Club members called Two for One. For travel up to 31 May, two people can travel from Manchester or Gatwick to Barbados for 47,500 miles return. While taxes are still payable, it literally halves the normal cost of a ticket and I hope that our tourism planners make full use of this opportunity.

Editor’s note: This story was printed as received from Mr. Loveridge, with the exception of the title and sub-titles that have been created by BFP. Some of the paragraph breaks were changed and bold/italics were added. Photos from BFP files.

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Barbados Advocate publishes story on Ocean Two resort’s TripAdvisor five-star award.

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Congratulations to Ocean Two!

It has been a month since Adrian Loveridge published an article at BFP urging the Barbados Tourism Authority to pay attention to TripAdvisor – one of the top travel websites in the world. (See Barbados Tourism Authority ignores TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards).

Considering that almost 90% of tourists have some form of internet use when making travel plans, you’d think that the BTA would be big on capitalising on the Internet. Apparently not. It’s been a month and nothing from the BTA on the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards. If we’re wrong, somebody please let us know… but we don’t think we’re wrong.

It’s good to see though that the Barbados Advocate published a little news piece that Ocean Two made a five-star rating at TripAdvisor. Five Stars is a big deal and should boost their occupancy although Ocean Two is doing excellently already. Every little piece helps in this economy.

For the life of me, I don’t know what the Barbados Tourism Authority spends all their public money on. I see the results of the travel journalists’ free trips, but can someone please tell me where the BTA’s hundred million dollar a year budget goes? I might be wrong, but I just can’t see it.

Robert

Further Reading

Here’s the story from the Barbados Advocate. Please go to the paper to read it, but we have to publish the entire story here because the newspaper has a reputation for destroying or changing archived stories. A shame, but there it is. Continue reading

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What Alexandra School students learned today…

Thirty Alexandra School teachers receive full pay for illegal 3 week strike

by One Who Knows

With the arrival of their regular pay yesterday, the 30 teachers at Alexandra School who abandoned their students for an illegal 3 week strike learned that the government, school authorities and the taxpayers will tolerate this behaviour. They learned that the DLP government is too frightened of the government workers to take the reasonable action of docking their pay for missed days.

The students learned that the equation ‘work = paycheque’ is as invalid as the concept of ‘basic standards’ in employer – employee relations. By now the students have learned that there is not a hope in hell that the lost 3 weeks will be made up in any meaningful way. The students are not worried because they know that the teachers will pass them on anyway at the end of term. They learned that they must be passed on or the teachers would have to admit that the strike harmed the students and that the lost time was not made up for. So the students know they will be successful at the end of term.

The non-striking teachers also learned a lesson: they should have gone with the mob. The mob are the heroes, the non-striking teachers are the villains and fools: villains for not showing solidarity with the others and fools because there was no penalty.

There were many lessons learned during the illegal strike, but the biggest lesson came yesterday: from the Stuart Government when it sent the regular pay to the striking teachers.

Nation News: Not docked

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Academy Awards running scared: Bans Sacha Baron Cohen for mocking Muslim dictators

Leader of Republic of Wadiya says “Death to America. And good luck, Billy Crystal. You’re fantastic.”

The mainstream media is trying hard to stay away from this story, but in the age of the internet who gives a damn about the mainstream media?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences banned British and Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from the upcoming Oscars. The politically correct reason is that they feared he would ‘do something’ on the red carpet and upset the evening.

Cohen had requested permission to walk the red carpet in costume as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, his character in the upcoming film “The Dictator” (Republic of Wadiya website!), then change into a tux before proceeding inside. That’s it. That’s all he did: request permission. The Academy said “no” and cancelled his tickets.

What’s it really all about?

The Oscars are broadcast around the world, including throughout the Middle East and South East Asia. “The Dictator” is Cohen at his best – this time as a Middle East dictator “who risks his life to ensure that democracy never comes to the country he so lovingly oppressed.”

In a time when everyone is walking on eggshells lest they set off yet another day’s murderous rampage by offended Muslims, Sacha Baron Cohen is not welcome at the Oscars because free speech and human rights are forbidden topics when the subject is Islam.

Now the Academy (or as the Leader of Wadiya calls them: the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Zionists) is trying to find a graceful way out of the mess they created by grovelling on their knees in fear of violent Muslims.

Cohen couldn’t have bought this kind of publicity for his new movie for millions and millions.

Hey… that’s the answer! The whole thing is a Zionist plot out of Hollywood.

There. I feel much better!

“Good morning, great Satan of America. How are you? I am fine, thank you. On behalf of the nation of Wadiya, I am outraged at being banned from the Oscars by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Zionists. While I applaud the Academy for taking away my right to free speech, I warn you that if you do not lift your sanctions and give me my tickets back by 12 p.m. on Sunday, you will face unimaginable consequences…

Furthermore, it is an act of aggression that no Wadiyan films have been recognized by the Academy. Where are the nominations for such classic films as “When Harry kidnapped Sally”, “You’ve got mailbomb” or “Planet of the Rapes” ?

…On top of all of this, I paid Hillary Swank $2 million to be my date and she will not refund a penny. My Sunday calendar is now as empty as a North Korean grocery store.

But whatever happens, I still plan to attend director Brett Ratner’s afterparty, since it is impossible to catch herpes twice. Death to the West. Death to America. And good luck, Billy Crystal. You’re fantastic.”

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What Bajans need from government & Barbados Tourism Authority…


Give thanks to an old friend for suggesting this video

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CLICO Scandal: Leroy Parris charged criminally, Former PM David Thompson law firm money-laundered millions from CLICO to Parris: How much came back to Thompson & DLP?

CLICO's lawyer, David Thompson, helped build the house of cards.

UPDATED: February 23, 2012

It gets worse, much worse. Former PM David Thompson was in the the thick of it in August 2007, prior to being elected. Thompson’s law firm took 4% of the purchase of CLICO’s new business jet for ‘legal fees’. We told you so, folks. We told you.

Stabreoek News: Stunning revelations in Barbados CLICO probe

PM Thompson said DLP use of CLICO's business jet was none of your business, but policy holders didn't know just how dearly it was costing them.

BFP’s original story published February 22, 2012…

Deloitte Auditors list shocking revelations

We all knew the relationship between Parris, Thompson and the DLP was dirty. Now, as they say, you can take it to the bank… except the bank is empty.

I still don’t believe we’re really going to get to the whole truth, but for now this is the news…

Legal Fees for Parris

Late Prime Minister David Thompson’s law firm received a whopping $3.3 million in legal and retainer fees from CLICO International Life Insurance Limited (CIL), but the fees were actually destined for former CLICO executive chairman Leroy Parris.

This was among the explosive revelations of the Deloitte Canada-led forensic audit into the operations of the insurance company and its financial relationship to the parent company – CLICO Holdings Barbados Limited (CHBL) – and other members of the local CLICO empire.

“On January 16, 2009, a payment for $3.333 [million] was made to the law firm Thompson & Associates by CIL…

The Nation: Full story: Legal fees for Parris

And…

CLICO Action

Criminal charges have been filed in the magistrates’ court against former executive chairman of CLICO Holdings (Barbados) Limited, Leroy Parris, and current president Terrence Thornhill.

Official police sources have told the MIDWEEK NATION that the two executives are to be served with summonses to appear in court.

They are accused of contravening an order by the Supervisor of Insurance in August 2009, which prohibited the company’s subsidiary CLICO International Life Insurance (CIL) from selling new business.

Read the full story: CLICO Action

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Name removed from BFP’s story about counterfeit cancer drug Avastin

Never let it be said that Barbados Free Press or our readers would unfair anyone…

What kind of lawyer is in the office at 4:13am?

At 4:13am today BFP received an email from a B’town lawyer, Satcha S-C. S. Kissoon, Bsc, LLB of the Attorneys-at-Law Weekes, Kissoon, Deane.

Well… are we impressed or what! 4:13AM in the morning some lawyer is in the office working away for their client and sending emails. Okay, I guess they could have been sitting at their kitchen table having the first coffee – but whether at the office or kitchen table this is some different kind of lawyer to be working hard at 4:13am. That got our attention and our respect right away.

The story is this: In our post Counterfeit cancer drug Avastin: Barbados in vortex of international investigation we mentioned some folks who are associated with the Barbados drug sales group under investigation. Satcha Kissoon’s client is one of those people we mentioned, but according to Attorney Kissoon the client was only an employee doing computer entry, and they were made redundant in June of 2010. BFP found the client’s name on LinkedIn as a current employee, but Attorney Kissoon says that information is way out of date.

Attorney Kissoon asked us to remove the client’s name from our article because like any low-level employee the person had very little to do with anything and it is unfair to associate them with something they had no knowledge of and that is way above their pay grade.

We at BFP talked about it and decided that we believe Attorney Kissoon and that fair is fair enough – so we’ve removed the client’s name from our story and we won’t even mention if it was a man or a woman. We feel we owe our readers an explanation because anytime the media removes a name or changes a story they should be accountable to their readers and explain the change.

This is only the third time in seven years that we’ve removed a name from a news story. We were right to include the name, but now that we’ve heard additional information, well… fair is fair enough.

Another thing we’d like to mention is that Attorney Kissoon didn’t come on like gang-busters or threaten lawsuits or behave like some lawyers we’ve all heard about. We just received a respectful email that provided some additional information and politely asked us to consider removing the client’s name from our story.

So that’s what happened folks.

Cliverton

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Nine winters in Barbados, tourist says “a paradise lost if Barbadians don’t wake up.”

For the past nine winters Douglas Edmondson has chosen Barbados as his escape. That makes him a very special friend indeed – especially in these difficult times. He obviously loves Bajans and Barbados, so we should probably pay close attention when he speaks.

Take it away, Mr. Edmondson…

Re: “Tourism’s high end market good area to place focus” of the February 14, 2012 Barbados Advocate.

Many of the leadership in Barbados, like Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Harold Codrington, are under the illusion that Barbados is known for luxury accommodation. However, a search on TripAdvisor.com shows Barbados rates no better than four and a half out of five stars. By comparison, a bottom end mass tourism market like the Dominican Republic has over a half dozen five-star hotels.

There is a belief among the leadership that the luxury market here will attract high net worth tourists who will spend a lot. But the truth is, this kind of tourist spends most of his or her time within the luxury resort or spa only leaving on occasion for a round of golf, a polo match, a visit to the new Limegrove Centre, or for a change in restaurant.

In contrast, it is the middle class tourist who gets out and visits the Cheapside or Brighton markets, Sunbury or St. Nicholas Abbey, Gun Hill or the Barbados Wildlife Reserve as examples. In so doing, they rent cars, buy petrol, take taxis, shop for groceries, shop for souvenirs, visit local bars and restaurants, and therefore spend and put money into the local economy. Continue reading

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BLP & DLP Governments’ stupid refusal to pay Al Barrack cost Bajans $35 million dollars

Government’s motto: “Delay, delay – never pay.”

by Nevermind Kurt

We read in today’s Nation that “Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley says his ministry is working feverishly to have contractor Al Barrack paid the more than $70 million owed to him.”

If memory serves, the truth is that Barbados once owed Al Barrack ‘only’ about $34 million dollars for the Warrens office building debacle. The Owen Arthur BLP government refused to pay, went to arbitration and lost large – ending up owing about $50 million dollars after a 2006 judgment.

“For the next two years the BLP government refused to pay, deciding instead to beat Al Barrack through the simple Bajan tactic of lawyering him to death and waiting for him to die.”

The BLP government’s story was that the country couldn’t afford to pay the lump sum and Mr. Barrack was unreasonable for refusing to take a ‘very fair offer’. Mr. Barrack described the ‘very fair offer’ as a dollar now and a dollar a day for the rest of his life. For the record, Mr. Barrack’s version is probably closer to the truth than the government’s.

The clock kept ticking and the interest compounded frightfully as interest does when it’s not being paid. Ask any Bajan fool who has missed a credit card payment – it’s not a pretty sight.

Enter the DLP

The Thompson DLP government inherited the mess when they won the election in 2008, but they too decided that the answer was to keep Al Barrack at bay with years of false negotiations punctuated with court battles to keep him from selling the assets of the National Housing Corporation. Minister Lashley says the government tried to ‘give’ the Warren’s office complex to settle with Barrack, but the truth is the government fought for years to prevent that happening and then changed its mind when the economy tanked and took the building’s value with it.

What’s changed now? Why is the government suddenly appearing so contrite and anxious to keep Al Barrack hopeful? I’m not sure if this is another delaying tactic, or the government has heard the rumours that Barrack is about to go ‘nuclear’ on the international legal scene and that he has found the financial backers to do it.

The times, they are a’changin

As we recently saw with a legal conflict involving the Grenada Airports Authority (GAA), ‘globalism’ is a many-edged sword that sometimes allows people to seek justice internationally when they cannot find justice in their own countries. In Grenada’s case, a Taiwan bank obtained a US Court order that allowed them to seize all the fees normally paid to the the Grenada Airports Authority by airlines flying to Grenada from the USA.

BFP said in a previous post

“Can you imagine what would happen if some court in New York or London ordered airlines to pay all Grantley Adams airport fees to the court over the Al Barrack debt? How about port fees for cruise ships too?

Wuhloss! That would put the mongoose in with the chickens! If that happened you can bet the government would settle with Al Barrack right away – and that just shows how bankrupt our government is: both financially and morally.”

Maybe our master Bajan economist Owen $ Arthur can chip in some money from one of his offshore bank accounts. After all, it’s only fair that he assist to pay off a financial mess that he and his government initially created.

Nevermind Kurt

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Trinidad & Tobago government’s war on the news media

A timeline of events within the People’s Partnership period…

“I am seeing these events as a sinister pattern and we need to recognise that now.

by Afra Raymond

  • Fazeer Mohammed fired from CNMG.  Fazeer was the popular co-Host of the leading breakfast TV show ‘First Up’.  6th November 2010 – see FIRED!

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Tests show LIME boosts speed temporarily when user complains, but then…

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“This is robbery on any scale”

Good morning Lime team,

I am at my whit’s end with Lime and it’s service.  So if the internet service that Lime has been extorting me for over the past 6 to 8 months is not resolved and my account credited in some way, for the months that the deficient internet service which payment is mandatory, by the end of this week you (Lime) can cancel your less than mediocre Broadband internet service and come to collect your superfluous equipment.

This is ludicrous.  Too long I have been having this issue with below standard internet after having increased my service on this new account since I moved house.   I have called the helpline and reported this issue.  After not hearing anything from anyone at Lime, I called again to be told that there was no record of a previous complaint.  I unwillingly reiterated and made another complaint and was told a technician would contact me within 48 hours.  Well, 5 days went by before someone from Lime called.  Some tests were conducted and the speed surprisingly was up again.  Within a matter of 4 shocking days, the service speed dropped again.  So it appears that I am being charged full price to only receive ‘80% of the 1.5mbps’ service, but only actually getting .59mbps to use on a good day. I am sure this is robbery on any scale.

“After speaking to a few Lime and IT technicians I happened to know, I paid for someone independent to come to my house and perform a few tests on your sub-par Broadband service.”

His summation was that the line attenuation is too high as it should be around the 100 mark, the SNR should also be lower; and that the Ping test to the Lime server is taking too long to return.  You can find attached the screen shots of the tests carried out, pay close attention to the date.  (Speed test, ADSL and Ping). And yes, to date not a damn thing has changed.  I would have to say the internet service that I am mandated to pay for religiously each month is not good enough and a waste of my hard earn money, especially in these economical times.

I recently visited friends in St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.  To my disgusted surprise, they pay far less for their internet and get more than we do in Barbados for their personal use. Almost everyday for the 2 weeks I spent in St. Lucia the family was simultaneously Video streaming to the television, children on Kindle and iPad, and laptop played online radio stations.  Now its only myself and my brother at home here in Barbados.  We have very demanding jobs and do not use the system like my friends in the other small islands.  Pray tell me, on an island like Barbados which is more developed, how are majority of Lime’s customers paying substantially more for such a poorer rated purportedly High Speed Broadband Internet Service?

Like I said, if my long-standing internet issue is not resolved by Friday, February 24th, 2012, which would prove even more outrageous, you can then consider this as my written notice to discontinue the internet service provided on (246) xxxxxxx and collect your unwanted equipment.

I am no longer prepared to be duped and robbed by a conglomerate such as Lime.

Yours truly,

(name provided but withheld by BFP editor)

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We choose to remember Whitney Houston at her best


In loving Memory of Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Aug 9 1963 – Feb 11 2012

The Greatest Love Of All

The world said farewell, they let her go
Her music is the legacy others will know
Every song she sung she did devotedly

God never leaves our side and especially
Reaches out when we go astray
Encourages us back onto His guided way
And embraces us with the mercy we know
Train up the child in the way it should go
Endeavour and although you stumble, your heart
Should return to your humble start
Trust in the power you have within

Love of self, is loving God’s spirit that rids you from sin
Our children are our future, treat them, the songs say
Very earnestly, teach them well and let them lead the way
Every child should learn their depth inside

On the Lord depend and let Him reside
From early in their hearts and know

All you do in life is first processed by God and it will show
Loving yourself should come after you have given God His call
Learning to Love yourself is The Greatest Love Of All

With Deepest Sympathy to Family, Friends and Fans
Written by Khaidji

bajanpoetry.com

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Reader’s rant about “The absolute worst of the BLP…”

This delightful piece of anonymous political rant reached BFP from a remailer in Austria. Its arrival portends the opening of the 2012 Barbados election campaign where the two major parties will attempt again to convince Bajans that the other party is a worse choice. The DLP and the BLP are both so badly discredited that they can only throw rotten fish at each other because neither have any fresh fish to hurl.

Take it away, “Mixmaster from Austria”…

How can you rig an election and still lose? Ask some BLP members…

submitted anonymously by “Mixmaster remailing service from Austria”

Barbadians recently witnessed the absolute worst of the Barbados Labour Party and as would be expected – St. Andrew Parliamentary Representative and former BLP Chairman, George Payne, was at the centre of the controversy.

Clearly this “political runt” and “humbug” – cannot have a moral minimum!  As a matter of fact, so horrible was his conduct on this occasion (even by his trademark standards) that BLP Leader Owen Arthur, who – since the infamous “Prior Park Accord,” is said to have been turning a blind-eye to such matter, was compelled to call for unity, thereby kicking George in the nuts. Continue reading

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