Daily Archives: September 4, 2012

Vacation paradise Maldives: Sentences 16 year old girl to 100 lashes for sex

Sex outside marriage = flogging in Maldives

The Maldives used to be serious competition for Barbados tourism

A Maldives court has sentenced a 16 year old girl to be publicly whipped 100 times for having sex outside of marriage. Of course, under Maldives common practice the girl could have been married off and having sex at 9 years old because the Muslim Prophet Mohammed made that the rule. (The dirty old wanker!)

100 lashes is a tough go and women sometimes die from the punishment. No big deal because under Islamic law they are only women and thus their worth is lower than men in any number of areas including inheritance, being a witness in court and being subject to religiously sanctioned beatings in the event they do not obey their husband.

The Maldives are known for publicly flogging women, but more of this tough love Islam is happening lately and no doubt it will impact the tourism industry in the country. (Indian Express: Maldives’ Court sentences 16 year old girl to 100 lashes for sex act.)

But it’s good for Barbados!

As we pointed out in previous stories, this religious fervour by Maldives Muslims is good news for Barbados. The Maldives, a group of over 1,100 tiny coral islands, is often compared with Barbados as a vacation and retirement destination. Although far-removed from each other geographically, both countries compete for the same United Kingdom and European travelers.

In the last few years though, The Maldives has fallen under control of very religious Muslims who adhere to the rules of their faith as laid out in the Qur’an…

  • Islam is the official religion and no other religions are allowed. Non-Muslims are not allowed to be Maldives citizens.
  • Guest workers and tourists are not allowed to bring Bibles, Buddha statues or other non-Muslim religious articles into the Maldives.
  • Guest workers and tourists are not allowed to pray to any god but Allah.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited except at a few tourist resorts, and efforts are underway to ban alcohol entirely.
  • Buddhist and Hindu exhibits were smashed at the Maldives National Museum so that all traces of the religions that preceded Islam have been removed from the public record.
  • In January 2012, the Maldives shut hundreds of resort spas as being ‘un-Islamic’, and the powerful opposition announced that it was studying the complete ban of music for the same reason.

We think that the choice is clear for British and European tourists.

Barbados or The Maldives? Let me think about it…

Barbados: Friendly people, great beaches, wonderful food, the best rum in the world and we don’t flog unmarried women for having sex or imprison Christians for possessing a bible or a rosary.

Honey… forget about the Islamic paradise of The Maldives… book two weeks of party, sun, rum and sex in Barbados – and don’t forget we want to see the changing of the sentries at The Garrison and do some coastal fishing with Shaun Sandiford.

How about a Maldives Wedding?      Continue reading

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Profitable sections of CL Financial sold off… fair price or not?

CL Financial sells Jamaican rum maker Lascelles – Appleton Estate

by Poor RRRicky

The dilemma faced these days not only by CL Financial investors, but by all investors, is that we don’t know who to trust anymore. Recent history is rife with leaders, government institutions and businesses that stole from ordinary people: destroying people, families and lifetimes of work and saving. The CL Financial – CLICO debacle is only one example of many.

As the assets of CL Financial are sold off it is natural to wonder if this is only another method of raping shareholders for their equity. How do we know? Especially when profitable sections of the bankrupt CL Financial are sold, how do we know this isn’t just more of the same going on?

Leroy Parris and Lawrence Duprey are doing alright – their friends in government looked after them. But how do we know that the same government friends aren’t continuing to strip shareholder value under the guise of bankruptcy management?

I don’t trust them anymore. I did once and look where it got me. I just don’t trust them anymore. Can you blame me?

Campari to buy Jamaican rum maker Lascelles

By Antonella Ciancio and Maria Pia Quaglia
MILAN | Mon Sep 3, 2012 7:31am EDT

(Reuters) – Italy’s Gruppo Campari (CPRI.MI), maker of the eponymous red aperitif, is buying Jamaican rum maker Lascelles de Mercado & Co LAS.JS to boost its presence in growing American markets, as sales in recession-hit Italy lose fizz.

Campari, also owner of Glen Grant whisky, said it agreed to buy an 81.4 percent stake from ailing Caribbean state-owned conglomerate CL Financial, valuing the target at $414.8 million, or around 330 million euros, making it Campari’s third-biggest acquisition behind Skyy vodka and Wild Turkey bourbon.

… continue reading this story at Reuters Edition USA: Campari to buy Lascelles spirits unit

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Bajan autistic child improving with sensory learning programme

A friend asks BFP to thank Dr. Brad Haberhehl for his kindness and good works…

FLINT, MI – A Flint-area optometrist who has traveled to the Caribbean to help developmentally challenged children recently welcomed some of those children to his home country to help them cope with autism.

Dr. Brad Habermehl traveled to Barbados last December to meet with children enrolled in the Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre. Now, some of those families have made the trip to the states to work with Habermehl on his home turf.

Francis Thompson of Barbados came to Michigan with his family and his 6-year-old son Alex Thompson, who is autistic, to be part of Dr. Brad Habermehl’s autistic therapy program – a sensory learning program.

“We really appreciate the opportunity, it is a unique opportunity and one that has been very precious to us because not every single child is able to get the intervention at an early age.” Thompson said. “So for us, the opportunity to be here and this entire experience means a lot to the entire family.”

Continue reading this heartwarming story at MLive.com: Flint-area optometrist works with autistic children from Barbados

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