Monthly Archives: December 2012

Owen Arthur chides DLP for hidden campaign spending, not declaring assets to Parliament

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by TickTock

In terms of shear naked hypocrisy and bravado, can any living or dead Bajan politician equal former Prime Minister Owen Arthur?

It is easy to picture Owen as a 6 year old boy getting caught walking out of the local shop with stolen sweets in his pocket. Caught red handed, with the evidence sticking out of his pants he would utter in the most surprised and innocent voice, “Not me, Sir. Somebody must have put them there.”

Other than hypocrisy and bravado how else can we explain the apparent disconnected reality of Owen Arthur now criticizing Prime Minister Stuart and the DLP for not declaring their assets and for hidden campaign spending? After 14 years as Prime Minister when he did not introduce integrity legislation, conflicts of interest rules, freedom of information laws or elections spending laws Owen Arthur now points the finger at the DLP. That takes style!

After 14 years of Owen having his friends act to ‘source’ government purchases, after 14 years of mega-projects issued without open tenders and increasing our national debt by a billion dollars with no appreciable benefits or assets gained, Mr. Arthur is criticizing the DLP?

Pot, meet kettle…

Please read the following article at The Nation, but as usual we have to print it here in full as that paper has been known to change and delete news to suit agendas.

Arthur questions Sinckler’s assets

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not set an election date because his ministers are yet to declare their assets to Parliament, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur has charged. Continue reading

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Commissioner Dottin says accused rapist Derick Crawford confessed to particular knowledge of crimes

UPDATED: January 1, 2013 – Victims angry with Commissioner Dottin!

“Dr Rachel Turner and Diane Davies are hopping mad because of comments made by Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin during a Press conference last week.

The top cop had indicated that both women were uncooperative during the investigation of their rape, at the same spot two days apart, and that the Police Force had done its job properly in arresting Derick Crawford.”

The Nation: Reopen the Case! Find the man who raped us!

But can we trust a confession collected by the police without video?

For years judges and commissions have recommended that the Royal Barbados Police Force video confessions to crimes to remove the doubts.

Why should there be doubts? Aren’t all our police officers perfectly proper and honest when it comes to confessions?

Bajans know that many young men have died or been seriously injured in police custody where it is said that the police were trying to obtain confessions. Our officers have been known to shoot unarmed bicyclists in the head when they didn’t stop for police for a “routine checkstop” and were riding away. Young men have been known to jump off a cliff 50 feet into the sea and die rather than face questioning by our police. Or maybe they didn’t jump.

Can you blame Bajans for having doubts about the confession of Derick Crawford? Did the police provide him with the “particular details” of the crime that appeared in his confession?

“We know what goes on ’bout hey, and that’s why we have doubts.”

Commissioner Dottin: we wouldn’t be having this conversation and public embarrassment if you had of ordered that confessions be videoed as you said you were going to do years ago.

Video courtesy of The Bajan Reporter

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Owners of Peach and Quiet Hotel mark a collective 100 years in the hospitality industry!

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“As we prepare to enter a brand new year, 2013 will be another benchmark one for us personally. Our small hotel celebrates its fortieth birthday and my wife and I enter our collective one hundred years in the hospitality industry.”

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

I owe old copies of National Geographic magazine to my first interest in tourism, while spending prolonged time in hospital as a child. Even five decades ago the images were outstanding, and to me, captivating. I knew that with my limited formal education I was never going to be destined for a ‘normal’ job or career.

Even before leaving school I worked as a waiter in the Bath Hotel in Lynmouth, North Devon and later training as a Commis de Rang, at one of Britain’s historical hotels; the Old Ship in Brighton which opened it’s door in 1559. Not for a moment did I think waiting on tables was a demeaning task and would genuinely take great pleasure in ensuring diners had the very best possible service and experience. Surely that’s what we all want.

Most of the monies earnt were spent travelling. My first big trip was hitch hiking to Istanbul, along the way stopping in many cities, towns and villages. I vividly  remember visiting Paris for the first time and marveling how beautiful it was and so different to London – yet  geographically, so close.

Among the many ‘adventures’ that followed was reliving an old television series Route 66, across the United States and even now, recalling the amazing hospitality of the American people. One example was while waiting hours for a lift in a small Texan town called Whitesboro, its Sheriff, driving one of those huge Ford police cars, pulled over and told me to get in.

Flashes of the part Rod Steiger played in the film ‘Heat of the Night’ went through my brain, thinking that he was arresting me for jay walking or some other infringement. As it was late in the day, he took me to his office, let me sleep in an unlocked cell overnight and the following morning, his wife brought me the first ever Texas breakfast that I had experienced.

By this time tourism had become my life and the only industry that I wanted to be part of. Money soon ran out, but I was lucky to land a job in a small travel agency based in Winnipeg, Canada.  This was the solution; work in the industry, get paid and learn every aspect of what makes it tick.

Later I joined a Swiss company, Globus Gateway, based in Lugano as a tour director escorting coach holidays across Europe and North Africa. My very first tour, 47 days long, visited 17 countries, four of which I had never previously visited. I met the group in London and flew with them to Madrid, where we joined our European motor coach and driver for the remaining six weeks. Manuel spoke only Spanish and had never driven outside Spain, so you can imagine what a defining learning curve this was.

I will be eternally grateful to Globus for having the confidence in me, to entrust that not only would we survive that first tour intact, but go on to direct many others successfully. Along the way gathering the knowledge needed to get better and better at the job.

Returning to the UK, we started our own tour company, but that is part two of the story for another week.

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Unregulated gift giving between doctors and patients follows an old Bajan tradition

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There once was a time on this island when doctors did not drive BMW and Mercedes autos. There was a time when a doctor would go about his visits and stay for a meal, and perhaps receive nothing more than a meal because that was all there was. Several weeks later maybe a kingfish would be delivered to the doctor’s home and gratefully received because the doctor, like everyone, was struggling too. At Christmas time especially people would drop off what they could, and if a doctor’s son needed a better job, there was likely one to be found. If a tyre puncture needed attention as likely as not the doctor would return to the garage to find that someone had already taken care of the bill.

Those days are gone, but the gift giving has not gone. If anything the ‘gift giving’ between doctors and their patients has ramped up to impressive levels both in frequency and in the value of the bribes er, ‘gifts’ received by the doctors.

Why has this happened? Is it because the patients and citizens value the doctors and freely supplement the doctors’ salaries out of respect and thanks?

Perhaps…. but where do we divide the grateful gift givers from the subtle pressures by doctors that they could arrange that test a little earlier ‘if only the radiologist would be reasonable’ ???

We know how things work ’bout hey, and so does the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners. That’s why the BAMP wants to address this ‘gift giving’ topic as soon as possible – because they say it has the potential to undermine the system with fraud and bribery.

The docs are right. Now, if we could only convince the politicians to do the same!

Please read the article Docs playing dirty at Barbados Today Online, but if it’s not there, we’ll have it here…

Docs playing dirty

by Emmanuel Joseph

The unregulated practice of gift-giving between doctors and patients in Barbados is creating fears of possible fraud and bribery in the minds of the hierarchy of the local medical representative body. Continue reading

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Ian Bourne and Donville Inniss face off again: this time over hacked phones, Inniss-connected porn sites

Barbados Bourne Inniss (click photo for large)

Someone is trying to hack into The Bajan Reporter

According to journalist Ian Bourne the trouble happens again and again and seems to coincide with articles he publishes about Minister of Health Donville Inniss.

So Ian phoned up Minister Inniss and had a little chat. Wahloss!

Head over to Bajan Reporter for the latest installment in the battle between Ian Bourne trying to get an answer out of Minister Inniss about the Inniss-related porn websites and other topics…

The Bajan Reporter: How close is a general election in Barbados? Ask the would-be hackers (or is it ‘Porn Webmasters’?)

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Christmas 2012: The list of Muslim attacks, slaughters

It’s the same every Christmas and it’s getting worse with each passing year. With millions of Christians gone from the Middle East and North East Africa, and increased efforts to exterminate Christians in Malaysia and Indonesia, it won’t be long before vast areas are truly ‘Christian Free’.

And women’s rights? Gone.

Gays? Atheists? Critical thinkers? Dead meat, all of them.

Let’s have a look at some of the Christmas news this week…

Australia: Head Imam at Australia’s largest mosque issues Fatwa against Christmas

Saudi Arabia: 41 arrested for plotting to celebrate Christmas

Nigeria: Muslim gunmen kill 12 Christians and burn two churches.

Muslims burn 20 Christian homes.

Pakistan: Christian girl shot dead.

Indonesia: Mob beats Christian girl for saying the name of Jesus. Judge jails Christian girl for 60 days for talking about Jesus

Indonesia: Mob throws rotten eggs, urine, feces at Christmas Eve service.

Iran: Muslim convert to Christianity arrested on Christmas Day

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Rihanna’s Christmas message to the world

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“It is most important to be happy, eliminate negativity around you this holiday season…2013 is way too futuristic for the same weak shit.”

Rihanna

But Rihanna’s real heart and Christmas message might be found at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where the Clara Braithwaite Center Oncology and Nuclear Medicine was christened in memory of Rihanna’s grandmother with RiRi’s cheque for $1.75 million dollars.

BBC News: Rihanna donates $1.75 million to hospital

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