Monthly Archives: October 2012

Arab Spring withers in Tunisia – One woman’s battle

“A woman gang-raped by the police was later prosecuted.”

by Souhir Stephenson

ON Oct. 23, 2011, I voted for the first time as a Tunisian citizen. It was the first election of the Arab Spring. Pictures of smiling, proud voters flooded the Internet. The world watched, surprised and hopeful. Moderate political Islam in the Arab world was touted as a possibility rather than an oxymoron.

A year later, we have no democracy, no trust in elected officials, no improved constitution. Human rights and women’s rights are threatened. The economy is tanking.

Tourism is dwindling. Who wants to vacation among bands of bearded savages raiding embassies, staking their black pirate flag over universities or burning trucks carrying beer?”

Meanwhile, our government and puppet president watch, without arresting these Salafist extremists.

We have one thing left from our revolution: free speech. That is why Facebook is filled with outrage and cell-phone videos of the madness; why we exchange skits and caricatures of our dictators, past and present. If something will save us, it will be our refusal to shut up again.

… continue reading the New York Times article Tunisia, a Sad Year Later

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DLP’s United Kingdom branch a train wreck: Ping Yark newsletter reports!

Where did all the DLP UK chapter money go?

Some friends of Barbados Free Press in the U.K. produce an irreverent newsletter called Ping Yark – published by homesick Bajans for other homesick Bajans. Leigh Bourne and a handful of others who refuse to surrender to Londontown publish Ping Yark quarterly, or to be more accurate, “more-less” quarterly. Holding the newsletter in your hands, and turning each page, you are rewarded with memories, current politics and many oh-so-secret secrets of the elites.

Today Leigh and company are at it again and their lead story is about the disastrous visit of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to the DLP’s U.K. branch.

Hey… you never saw this reported in the Bajan newspapers…

“TO THE MORTIFICATION of the DLP UK branch powers that be… to call their recent dinner dance a ‘FUBAR’ would be a massive understatement. The DLP UK train didn’t simply tap the buffers … it was driven blindly at breakneck speed into the immoveable object – this FUBAR is the talk of the town. But it all started out so positively … so what happened? This could be a very brief article cos in short, Anderson (champagne tastes and sweet water pockets) Connell … happened!”

“AND SO IT HAS COME TO PASS that yet again ego and a sycophantic desire to impress have outweighed the funding ability of the group. History has repeated itself and this time in the presence of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, his entourage and High Commissioner Anthony Arthur. . Embarrassing or what ! Its not hard to imagine the shortfall when at a £60 per head function less than 100 patrons attend.. and were reliably informed that one supporter alone was responsible for nearly half that number. We’ve not yet ..and probably never will see the financial breakdown but it appears that rubbing shoulders and photo opportunities carried a higher priority than the welfare and or future prospects of the group.”

… from the October 2012 issue of Ping Yark (download below)

How many women does one man need?

Amongst a multitude of other subjects, the latest Ping Yark also covers Unity’s Fundraiser at Annerley Town Hall a few weeks ago. Hmmmm… from the photos it looks like certain folks enjoyed themselves and made new friends. Oh Yes! Ya can take de Bajan from Bim, but ya can’t take Bim from de Bajan!  🙂

Download the latest issue of Pink Yark right here. (6 mb download PDF)

And yes, it’s time for Leigh and the gang to head over to WordPress.com and fire up their own blog.

The DLP has been in scandal mode in the U.K. for a long time…

“Jaws outside the meeting dropped too when it was revealed that despite all the balls, dinner dances, dances, coach trips and excursions organised by DLP UK down the years – not a single penny in donations has been received by DLP HQ since 1986. Stark contrast to the New York branch it must be said. Dutiful fully paid up members here are right in asking – where did all the money go ? Who had / has it ?”

… from the Barbados Free Press article Former Prime Minister David Thompson personally funded DLP UK branch

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International Monetary Fund presses Barbados to devalue the Barbados dollar

UPDATED November 5, 2013

Preparing the population for devaluation?

Once again there are calls for Barbados to devalue its currency – this time from the Inter-American Development Bank.

There’s talk on the radio and in some of the local rags. How will devaluation impact me? Will more tourists come? Will imported food go skyrocketing or will homegrown food crops rise again?

I don’t trust anybody anymore. I just know that things are not going to get better anytime soon. Here’s what Marcus wrote about this time last year…

Original article published October 31, 2012…

Devaluation: How would it impact me?

“To most of us in the Caribbean, it does not seem rational to impoverish yourself to grow your economy. To us, it is obvious that is what devaluation implies. The point is not so obvious to Americans and Europeans.”

… Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados

We’ve been saying for several years that things are not getting better, and that the future on Bim isn’t pretty. The best and brightest of our young people regularly pack their bags for the USA and the UK if they are at all able – and who can blame them?

Want to know what the future will bring? Have a look at what your Members of Parliament are doing. Duguid is headed for Canada. Donville Inniss family maintains property, business and finances in the USA. Those gentlemen aren’t stupid, you know.

Bajans have been living high – way too high for our productivity. That’s true for us as individuals and it’s true for the country. Now those chickens are coming home, and they are some thin chickens.

An interesting press release by the Central Bank of Barbados that we haven’t seen in any of the local papers. Did we miss it?

It seems obvious that Bim is now under some pressure from the IMF and others to devalue our dollar that is currently pegged to the US dollar at two for one.

Should we devalue? What does that mean for me? What does that mean for my children?

“What good will devaluation do if we don’t address the lack of productivity, the degrading tourism environment and the prevalence of corruption in public service?”

Sometimes there isn’t an easy way out…

Central Bank of Barbados : Press Statement

10/29/2012



The issue discussed at the breakfast meeting with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and the President of the World Bank was whether devaluation was beneficial for small economies. Madame Lagarde was of the opinion that a devaluation of the Barbados dollar would make our tourism more competitive and help our economy to grow. To most of us in the Caribbean, it does not seem rational to impoverish yourself to grow your economy. Continue reading

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Rats, Round-up herbicide and Genetically Modified Corn

What is happening to our bodies?

Everybody has an agenda, but the wonderful thing about the internet is that information is no longer restricted and controlled by ‘official’ gate-keepers. As a sovereign human being I am able to examine all the information and then make up my own mind.

What do I think about genetically modified organisms? I’m not sure yet… but I’m getting nervous with the more information I receive from all sides and from the observations I make myself.

Not that it’s related to GMO corn or Round-up, I am curious about the apparent drastic reduction in the age at which females usually experience their first menses. One of the girls in our extended family is just entering puberty. She’s eight years old, just turned.

Tell me if I’m wrong folks, but I don’t think that happened twenty or thirty years ago, at least not with the frequency we hear about now.

What is happening to our bodies… and why?

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A distastrous combination: Weak controls over public money, and a culture of allowing white collar crime

“Please note that the entire project cost about $1.6Bn, yet about $1.0Bn was stolen and hidden in offshore accounts. That is the true extent of the corruption we are fighting against and that is why I have called it a tidal wave of corruption.”

… Afra Raymond on the Piarco Airport scandal

“If you are serious about making a difference, you have to develop the fortitude to turn away from matters which are merely true and interesting, so that you can focus your time and energies on what is really decisive…”

by Afra Raymond

That is my attempt to paraphrase the late Lloyd Best, as he spoke emotionally to a meeting in about 2004 at the Centre of Excellence. If we are serious, we need to ignore the pathetic distractions and keep our eyes on the ball.

Following on from my previous column on S.34, there are two main issues emerging at this time…

Firstly, the entire Plot to Pervert Parliament was an outcome of the Piarco Airport scandal, said by the DPP to involve some $1.0Bn of stolen Public Money.  Please note that the entire project cost about $1.6Bn, yet about $1.0Bn was stolen and hidden in offshore accounts.  That is the true extent of the corruption we are fighting against and that is why I have called it a tidal wave of corruption.  A well-planned assault on our Treasury by leading elements of international organised crime.

This is to refute those deceivers who try to soften us up for the poison by saying that ‘is only a lil 10% and it does happen everywhere’.  The truth has a power of its own.  The JCC played a leading role in calling for and submitting evidence to the Bernard Commission which exposed abuse of power and corrupt practices in some of the highest offices in our country.  The Piarco Accused needed to escape trial because of the effective work done by the Bernard Commission in exposing criminal abuses of Public Money.  There are also strong elements of political party financing at work here, much like in the CL Financial bailout fiasco.

The lack of an effective Public Procurement system is what allowed the Piarco Airport scandal.”

Secondly, public trust in this administration seems to be at an all-time low after the Plot to Pervert Parliament was exposed.  To a lesser extent, that loss of trust could also be affecting the Opposition PNM.
The offending S.34 has now been repealed, yet the public clamour continues.  So what is to be done?

The campaign of wild distractions

Having had to endure an insulting and incomplete attempted explanation from our PM, we are now being subjected to a sustained campaign of distractions.

There seems to be a scramble from both sides to shower each other with allegations of large-scale corruption.  No need to list the examples, there is plenty of mud to go around.  While there are serious questions on the THA/BOLT project as well as the Calcutta Settlement lands, I will not be writing on those yet.

This crisis is an important opportunity to decide if we want to do differently.  Do we?  If not, crapaud smoke we pipe.  If we really want to do differently, we have to start thinking differently and stop the point-scoring games.

This series of crises which have beset us are all related to weak controls over Public Money and a culture which sees white collar crime going unpunished.

There are three linked and effective actions which must be taken now – Continue reading

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Shadow Tourism Minister Ronald Toppin: “Barbados Tourism Authority ‘running from bailiffs around the world.” !!!

Outrageous statement from Barbados Labour Party Member of Parliament

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

Sadly every five years or so, we have grown accustomed to, and sometimes forced into hearing some pretty outrageous utterings from those that either represent us in Parliament – or who aspire to.

A video recently posted on YouTube really grabbed my attention, features such a person, while addressing his constituents. Perhaps the phrase ‘political silly season’ explains this situation graphically.

I quote verbatim from shadow Minister of Tourism, Ronald Toppin: ‘The Barbados Tourism Authority owes $42 million’, ‘is in serious debt’ and is literally ‘running from bailiffs around the world’.

Perhaps from an ordinary citizen, these comments could simply be disregarded as pure speculation, but on this occasion, they were spoken by the Shadow Minister of Tourism. Despite the video being widely distributed, no statement in rebuttal, up until the time of submitting this column has been made by the current actual Minister of Tourism or a spokesperson for the BTA, so we are all left to speculate if these statements are factually true.

Mr. Toppin was rather vague on what exactly the quoted $42 million owing covered. Does this include the $30 million loan taken out to subsidise the disastrous chartering of the cruise ship, Carnival Destiny, for instance, which of course, took place under the previous administration?

Knowing the worldwide coverage of social media sites, the question that really has to be raised: are these seemingly ‘informed’ comments in the national interest? To remind readers that YouTube is the most popular video sharing site and the second largest search engine, only after Google.

Did this person consider the incalculable harm that could be inflicted on the reputation of the destination?

It would be almost impossible to function as an effective national marketing organisation without the support of advertising agencies, public relations companies and the various forms of paid media – Let alone the airlines who currently service Barbados, that Mr. Toppin also mentioned are supposedly owed monies. We have already lost substantial airlift and gateways including Philadelphia, Atlanta and more recently, Dallas/Fort Worth.

The video also appears to have official Barbados Labour Party approval as it was posted by BLPNews, which has a direct link to the opposition website.

Of course the slowness in the BTA settling its bills is nothing new. Many will tell you that it has been going on for years. What is surprising, is the amount quoted and why has it has been allowed, if proven, to have lingered on so long – Especially, when the current Chairman has a degree in accounting and spent a number of years with one of the world’s largest auditing firms. Surely, he is kept fully briefed on financial matters and realises the damaging knock-on effect this could have?

When for instance, the next tender goes out, either for renewing an existing account, or replacing the current advertising agency, I cannot imagine any reputable company pitching for the business, would not conduct fiscal due diligence to gauge a potential client’s track history of prompt settlement.

With so many critical issues already challenging our number one foreign currency earner, is it too much to hope, that the contributions made by our politicians, either in power or opposition, leading up to the election are constructive and enlightened.

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Barbados continues the CLICO – Democratic Labour Party cover-up

In Trinidad…

“We are taking the position that CLICO was a massive fraud on the public.”

Ewart Williams, Trinidad and Tobago Central Bank Governor, July 6, 2012

Meanwhile, in Barbados there is no mention of the ‘special relationship’ between CLICO and the governing Democratic Labour Party.

No mention at all in this Barbados Advocate article or anywhere else we can find…

Green light for CLICO restructuring

10/27/2012

A plan to restructure CLICO International Life Insurance Limited has been approved by the High Court of Barbados. So too has been the completion of the Forensic Audit into the insurance company’s affairs.

Judicial Manager for the company, Deloitte Consulting Ltd. (represented by Oliver Jordan and Patrick Toppin), made the announcement yesterday afternoon in a press release. Continue reading

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Now is the time when we juxtapose police stories in Barbados…

Nothing to see here folks. Move along, move along now…

“I’m pleased to say to all Barbados that Barbados has a cadre of young, able-bodied, competent police officers… I don’t see any reason for us to consider looking outside of Barbados for management… There are so many police officers that I can think about that have… the requisite competencies and we are actually in a very good place in that regard…”

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite on video at Bajan Reporter: Barbados Attorney General sees no need to Outsource top police executives

AND THEN, there is this…

US organization accuses Barbados police of covering up “apparent murder”

NEW YORK, USA, Friday October 26, 2012 – The Barbados Police Force has been accused of covering up “the apparent murder” of a Barbadian national of Guyanese and Barbadian parentage.

The accusation comes from the New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) which says that Clinton Norton died “under suspicious circumstances” on September 3 this year.

CGID president Rickford Burke reportedly wrote to Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week, requesting an “independent and fair review” of the police investigation of Norton’s death “so as to ensure justice for the family”.

Burke is reported to have said that the Barbados police have “misled the public about the facts of the case and, therefore, his organization felt constrained to release further information to support its contention of a possible police cover-up”.

The New York-based organization has released several photographs of Norton’s body, which it claims “bore marks of violence, including what appear to be burns, lacerations and bruises”.

It contended that the photographs establish that Norton was “either beaten or tortured to death as the wounds could not have been self-inflected”. Continue reading

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The neighbourhood of CL Financial’s Lawrence Duprey

Hey… that sure looks like my place at Grape Hall!

“10 Harborage Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This spectacular Intracoastal estate home is located on a private gated island in the heart of the Venice of America. Built in a contemporary Mediterranean design, the home features an open floor plan with soaring ceilings and luxury amenities. This smart home offers both Lutron and Crestron entertainment and lighting effects. Special features include gourmet gas kitchen inside and out, gymnasium, large 3rd floor theater, sauna and up or downstairs master. The garage can accommodate eight cars.”

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Barbados: DLP and BLP both tainted by mess, corruption

One cheque for TT$5 million to Patrick Manning’s PNM (Trinidad). Your Barbados tax dollars ended up covering CL Financial Group’s political donations.

Here a BLP cheque, there a DLP cheque

by BFP reader ‘Look’

Both the DLP involving David Thompson and the BLP involving Owen Arthur are tainted by mountains of mess – but the BLP mess mountains are more immense. Prime Minister Stuart and the DLP cannot hide the recent S&P downgrade or CLICO. Barbados before the 2008 general election was handed three S&P downgrades. Arthur and the BLP cannot hide this. Barbados during a better economic climate was handed three S&P downgrades. This occurred during the BLP government administration with Arthur at the helm. The BLP before 2008 was not financially sound. Three S&P downgrades proves this.

“The Nigerian Water Heater Project is yet another embarrassing BLP mess mountain.”

“Campaign Donation” deposited to Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s personal bank account. Barbados political elites break laws without fear.

The Al Barrack mess mountain originated during the days of Arthur and the BLP. They know this and can’t hide it – or the $75,000 campaign cheque that Arthur invited into his personal banking account. VECO is another BLP mess mountain and embarrassing. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall gave the VECO Corporation (Alaska) a government contract without tender. VECO built the prison at Dodds in St. Philip but had no record of building prisons and the prison project extended millions over budget. The Nigerian Water Heater Project is yet another BLP mess mountain and embarrassing. Arthur invested 2.4 million in a water heater project. No water heaters were produced and the 2.4 million was lost and or unaccounted for. Seems to me Arthur and the BLP is responsible for a lot of mess-ups, want to publicly advertise any and all errors linked to the DLP but hide and or over look their own. (Hint: That’s not working!) Continue reading

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David Comissiong: Barbados has less regard for human rights than the English. Say it isn’t so!

Raul Garcia case a violation of human rights

“Can it really be true that a people whose fore-parents suffered the worst possible human rights abuses at the hands of English slave-masters now have less regard for human rights than the English? Oh, say it isn’t so Barbados!”

by David Comissiong

The Raul Garcia case provides Barbados with a “teachable moment” par excellence… yet not one of the supposedly responsible leadership institutions of our society has risen to the challenge of saying anything enlightening or educational to the Barbadian people about this issue.

We have not heard a single informed or constructive word from Parliament, the church, UWI, the Bar Association, the trade union movement, the Democratic Labour Party or the Barbados Labour Party!

These establishment institutions have displayed their civic indifference by studiously failing to intervene in a public discourse in which a sizable component of the Barbadian public has been shamefully asserting that it is permissible for our nation to indefinitely imprison a non-Barbadian “stranger in our midst”, or to simply “put him on a small boat and send him out to sea”.

Clearly there is a segment of our populace whose thinking and ethics are still firmly lodged in the pre-historic “dark ages”, and who seem to have little conception of human rights or of international humanitarian law! But how can ordinary citizens know any better when the supposedly enlightened leadership institutions of their society fail to either lead or to enlighten? Continue reading

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Baby goes to Barbados! – Visitor thanks Zed Surfing Adventures with a YouTube video

A short film to say thanks to Zed Surfing Adventures for a great holiday. You can see more of barbados at www.beachesofbarbados.com or check out Zed’s Surfing and snorkeling trips at www.zedssurftravel.com.

Shot with a GoPro Hero2

Editor’s comment: Now that is cute! Zed’s visitor must have been pleased with their trip to go to this trouble. Looks great for Zed Layson and all his crew.

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Barbados Nation newspaper reports Cuban election as if it is free and democratic

Above: Prime Minister Owen Arthur holds hands with a ruthless dictator and friend

by Cliverton

Barbados Nation news organisation today reported the current Cuban election without any context or reference to the dictatorship of the Communist Party, or to the increasing Cuban government sponsored terrorism against dissidents and their families. The Nation did not mention that hundreds if not thousands of opposition activists have been arrested, beaten and imprisoned in the last few years or that the Cuban military controls over 60% of Cuba’s economy and actively backs a group of ‘official’ candidates. The Nation did not mention that Cuba jails more journalists per captia than any country outside of China. (Then again, North Korea doesn’t have any journalists to jail.)

But hey… what’s a few details like truth and accuracy mean to The Nation when ‘first world’ Barbados is still begging Cuba for medical care handouts?

Cuba: One big island plantation

…Make no bones about it: Cuba is an island of slaves. What else does one call a place where the people eat what one man feeds them; work at what one man decides that they work on; march when one man tells them to march; say what one man tells them to say and think only what one man tells them to think. What else do you call a place where the people are kept from progressing as individuals, where the people are kept away from information, where people are isolated from the rest of the world?

Cuba is just one big island plantation.

… Val Prieto

Yes, I know that Cuba was raped in the first half of the 20th century by American corporations. Yes, I know that the American blockade has been a terrible burden for the ordinary Cuban and that the USA has a double standard with other Communist regimes vs Cuba, especially Red China. And that it is all unjust and Cuba’s history is a prime example of the worst in American hegemony and the politics of starvation. I know all about the plight of the ordinary Cuban.

None of that excuses the Cuban Communist thugs. None of that excuses The Nation Newspaper when it ignores the murders, torture and abuse of ordinary Cubans who want true democracy and individual rights and freedoms.

Here’s the news of the Cuban election according to The Nation. You should read it at The Nation here, but we have to reprint the whole thing because The Nation often changes or deletes articles…

Cubans go to the polls

HAVANA Cuba,Oct. 21, CMC – Cubans go to the polls on Sunday in the first of several votes leading up to the expected re-election of President Raúl Castro in February next year. Continue reading

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Should BFP remove all David Thompson ‘piggy’ cartoons?

Google search for deceased PM Thompson. Click photo for larger version.

“Google search engine is pulling your pig image of Prime Minister David Thompson in its search mode. The image may have been hacked or intentional, but nevertheless, I do not think that it should remain in its present state. Not sure if you are aware, but a lot of us would appreciate that it is rectified. For me its not about politics or how we feel about a person, but rather its more about respect to a memory of not this prime ministers only but every one of them. Hope you understand.”

Should Barbados Free Press remove cartoons of deceased politicians?

Well folks, what do you think? We haven’t created any new political cartoons of David Thompson since he died because 1/ We have a new Prime Minister in charge of corruption, and 2/ We don’t think we should create disrespectful political cartoons of dead people, at least in the immediate time after their passing.

We are aware though, that had David Thompson lived he would have been savaged in the coming election for the breaking of his election promises regarding integrity and transparency, his corrupt actions relating to the CLICO fraud and many other actions of the DLP piggy government.

Should we remove the David Thompson political cartoons? All of them? Some of them? Just the piggy ones? Just the ones deemed ‘disrespectful’ by our readers?

Should we remove the one about David Thompson’s corrupt relationship with Leroy Parris and his free use of a corporate jet when the Barbados Government provided favours to the corporation?

PM Thompson Says His Use Of CLICO’s Business Jet Is None Of Your Business

What do you think?

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Costa Rica vs Barbados: One tourist’s experience

More lessons from others – and a bite of a Mars Bar

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

I frequently think that we try and make tourism far too complicated, when the recipe for success largely boils down to the way we treat our customers, or in our case, visitors.

I recently spent a week in Costa Rica; 5 nights in a small property called Oxygen Jungle Villas. Two nights in a Marriott just outside the capital, San Jose and an overnight in each direction at the Sofitel Miami. What impressed me especially at the two brand name hotels was the standard of service, at every level and all departments. If I had to describe in a single word, it would be faultless.

Room rates were probably a little higher than I would have ordinarily paid, but when you equated it with the value-for-money received, the cost became almost irrelevant.

While I had visited Costa Rica before, it was thirty-something years ago, so you can imagine the changes. The American Airlines flights in both directions to/from San Jose and Miami were virtually full and clearly a predominance of visitors, even during this, an off peak period. Contrast this with the Miami/Barbados flight, which barely had a 50 per cent load factor.

The first impression at SJO airport, while standing in the immigration line, were the LED flat screens, although silent, showing attractions, activities, local products and restaurant choices. Already giving arriving tourists options and choices of how to spend holiday monies during their stay.

This is such an obvious opportunity for our airport, and you wonder why monitors haven’t been installed so far.

And as a destination, knowing that we cannot compete with the lower price, mass market alternatives, surely a committment to the delivery of service excellence is the direction we should be aiming for, at all grades of accommodation. Everybody on the same page with a common purpose.

“Will you marry me?” M&Ms !

(It’s called innovation, development, targeting new markets, making our product special.)

At first, it may seem a illogical leap from the topic, but are there lessons we can learn from other sectors? Next time you take a bite out of a Mars bar for instance, as 2 billion people annually do, spend a few minutes to study the five principals behind one of the world’s largest privately owned corporations.

A fourteen minute video (above) on YouTube, entitled ‘The five principals of Mars’ takes you around the globe giving examples of how the company puts them, Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom, into practical (and profitable) use. To me, at least, it graphically demonstrates that we all must keep our minds open to new ways that our product or service can be improved.

Paraphrasing the objectives of their 6,500 ‘associates’ as they are called, who are employed by the company, the stated goal is to ‘create lasting, mutual benefits for all those involved in our business success’. Perhaps in these current economic circumstances, it has never been so important to help those who are assisting you to achieve your goals and aspirations.

We talk about closer co-operation between the various sectors, but seem rather reluctant to implement the conversation. Have we really become too willing to accept mediocre as the ‘norm’ and incapable of forging smart partnerships?

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Ordinary Iranian Muslim men and women enjoying life and each other. What changed?

Iran: Once a gem of Eurasia

This video I created reflects Iran during the time of the Shah when it was a modern, relatively free, and a progressive nation with a blend of western and traditional values which made it a gem in Eurasia. These are a selection of photos from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Background music is by Iranian singer Googoosh

by Yeshua Peace

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Barbados election doesn’t matter when the two parties are the same

DLP & BLP politicians at work

by Perdy

There is no difference between the two parties in my opinion. Both parties take it in turn to dupe the public into believing they are better than the other; yet when either wind office, they carry out the same or similar agenda as the the other party next.

Prior to the 2008 election,we were told by one party how corrupt the other party was, displaying so-called evidence. Four years later this claim is still being banded about. If one party has evidence to prove the other lied steal or borrowed, which may be against the law, it should proceed to bring a case against the other in a court of law and have those responsible prosecuted.

Four years later, with no action being taken, brings me to conclude there is no truth or, those critical are just as guilty as those they are criticizing.

If there are no laws currently on the statue books to use to prosecute, why not? Again 4 years have passed where those laws should have been implemented so as to halt or prevent a repeat of it happening again.

“The truth of the matter is: There is no difference between the 2 parties. The party is in power is as guilty as that out of power. If one witnessed a crime or is aware of a crime committed; refuses to take action to prosecute or to take preventative action, he is as guilty as the guy who has committed the crime.”

I would like to see good governance; transparency, integrity, especially those who are holding the public purse. There is temptation in many organizations and ‘Humans’ are weak. Some kind of legislation should be on the statue books so as to deter those who weak. The law should be applied equally to all who break the law.

It is high time now. We should be pressuring those who are in office or are thinking of running for office, that if they break the law, they will be harshly dealt with. No mercy should be shown to corrupt politicians.

Barbados has no anti-corruption laws. Neither party has put Integrity Legislation or Freedom of Information laws in place although each party has promised to do this many times. This brings me to conclude that neither party can claim to be credible when it comes to being honest with the public.

There is no difference between the two parties.

Submitted by BFP reader Purdy. BFP’s Robert corrected a few spelling mistakes and added some connective sentences. Purdy’s original can be viewed here.

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How good are the BLP at repackaging a corrupt and greedy team?

In January 2008, Bajan voters kicked Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and the corrupt BLP gang out of government.

Now Arthur and the Barbados Labour Party are offering the same old team to Bajan voters. How good are the BLP at repackaging their corrupt, greedy leadership? How good?

Well, if the BLP was a horror movie called The Shining, they could package it just like this…

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