Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Man On My Left

The Man On My Left

When they broke my legs I didn’t cry
Had no more fears of the pain they could apply
Yesterday I was a hopeless thief but not today

He changed my outlook from 7 things he had to say
At that moment when He was hoisted in the crowd’s clear view
Very loudly He said “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”
Eyes focused on a lady He said “Woman behold thy Son”

Young man “Behold thy mother!” and to them he was done
Over to His left another thief pleaded that if He
Used to be the real Savior then He should save himself then we

Fear thou not God? I asked him, even here where we stand
Our punishment is justly deserved but not this guiltless man
Remember me, I told Him, and He told me for being this nice
Surely, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”
And at that moment I felt relieve’
King of the Jews, Savior of the world had given me a reprieve
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani” and soon afterwards He said “I thirst”
No more to be done “It is finished” and He seemed worst

My Lord in His last breath, last words and shouting it
Exclaimed, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”

By Khaidji

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1.3 million signatures on petition to Stop Flogging Rape Victims in The Maldives!

Maldives Holiday

Sign the petition to Stop Flogging Rape Victims in The Maldives!

15-year-old rape victim sentenced to be whipped 100 lashes in public

We at Barbados Free Press can’t understand why any thinking person would head to The Maldives for a vacation. They flog 15 year old rape victims for being raped, they simply hate western infidels and if you bring a Bible to the place you are likely to be put in jail or beaten.

Nice place for a vacation, indeed.

A few days ago we told you of another Maldives horror story about a 15 year old victim of incest, but it’s worse than we heard. Her step-father raped her for years and then when she became pregnant and had a baby, the step father murdered the child.

Then the Islamic Court sentenced HER to 100 lashes for having sex outside of marriage – for being raped by her step-father.

Frankly, that’s a very typical sentence from a typical Islamic court.

Now AVAAZ.org has created an online petition and they are up to almost 1.4 million signatures in only a few days – and when you watch the scrolling ‘recent signers’ column you’ll see a new name every few seconds.

To President Mohammed Waheed Hassan:

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to do more to protect vulnerable women and children. We welcome your government’s initial intervention in the case of the 15-year-old rape victim, but real justice will only be delivered when you end the practice of flogging in the Maldives, and change the law so that it better protects the victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Sign the petition here

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Crimes against tourists “Economic terrorism” but Barbados Bar Association says that’s not as important as everyone being shot in an equal manner

"The road is closed. I need ten dollars."

“The road is closed. I need ten dollars.”

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association wants special courts for tourist crimes – Lawyers say no way

by passin thru

We have a problem on this island right now – crimes against locals and tourists alike have skyrocketed, including street robberies where people are injured. Old folks pushed down for their bags or slammed in the face as the evil creatures grab their chains or tear off their rings. I heard one story a few weeks ago where the robber carried a small dishsoap bottle and shoved the old lady down breaking her glasses then out with the soap and rip off those rings. That’s getting vicious even for some of the badd boys on the block.

A single crime against one tourist is economic terrorism.

The badd boys on the block have to know that if they touch a tourist, the police are going to hunt them down and the court is going to give them double.

Lately two British tourists off a cruise ship got shot on a Sunday afternoon walking in the daylight. Word of that spread and the rest of the tourists headed back to the boat lickity split. Just like what happens when you drop an elevator full of people in New York City – businesses leave that office building, and they don’t renew their leases no matter how much you lower the rent. You can tell ’em all the time that the elevators are fixed, inspected, repaired, replaced, brand new… tell ’em what you want but once you drop an elevator full of people in New York City it’s all over for five years because so many other buildings rent office space and they haven’t dropped any elevators lately.

Barbados has dropped a whole lot of elevators lately when it comes to crimes against tourists. What you what? We got it! Unsolved rapes with the wrong man in jail for two years? Check. Tourists shot off the cruise boats or walking near their hotel? Check. Tourists beaten on the beach trying to stop a purse grab? How many you want? Boscobel Toll Gang? Still in business as strong as ever. Long Beach rapes for two years and police did nothing until some poor tourist died? We had that too and the police never did find who was torturing all those dogs and hanging them in the bushy ridge. A person who would do that to a dog is a big danger to everyone, but the police say “It’s only a dog”.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), president Patricia Affonso-Dass says that a special court should be established for dealing with crimes against tourists. The Bar Association says that is unfair because it means that a crime against a citizen is then viewed as less serious.

Wide-eyed tourists are like little children and deserve more protection

I agree with the BHTA. Some crimes against certain victims are more serious. Crimes against children are always viewed more seriously because we know that the children can’t protect themselves as well as adults can.

It’s the same thing with tourists. They are like little children when they walk these fields and hills and streets and beaches and it is up to Barbados to protect them and look after them more than we normally do with adults.

And if we don’t look after the tourists specially, you know that St. Lucia or Cuba would be happy to take special care of them.

Winston Churchill once said “The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I’ll change that and say that “The inherent virtue of equal status for all victims is the equal sharing of no tourist revenues.”

It’s the best I can do on a Thursday morning before work.

passin thru

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Barbados Tourism – One man’s common-sense plan for an industry on the edge

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The Way Forward…

Special to Barbados Free Press

by R. Douglas Edmondson

While the talk of the day generally seems to be restructure or improve productivity in the tourism sector,  I have seen no new ideas on how that is to be done. Government officials and the Tourist Authority keep talking about finishing the Four seasons or Beachlands project or about expanding the port facility which means the focus will continue to be on the high end market, the same old path that has already reached its potential, and is a dead end therefore. Last year the Barbados Free Press picked up my story of 22 February 2012 where I said Barbados is a paradise lost if Barbadians don’t wake up to the fact that a whole new vision needs to be developed for tourism in Barbados, and that the middle class market was the future of tourism. The ideas below are my attempt to show the way forward.

“The airline industry has shown that a dynamic or variable pricing strategy over time is the means to a higher load factor with fewer empty seats… Surely the same strategy needs to be applied to the accommodation market here in Barbados.”

Part One  – Market to the Middle Class

On February 25th, 2013, Dr. Delisle Worrell, Governor of Central Bank of Barbados, gave a speech “Keep pace with the competition” stressing that the tourism sector should improve its productivity. In this speech, Dr. Delisle Worrell was quoted as saying “ So long as our prices are right we can sell to our full capacity” thus avoiding empty hotel rooms due to overpricing, or leaving tourist dollars in their pockets due to under pricing.

The idea that like the temperature of mama bear’s porridge, there is a price that is just right is erroneous. If the right price could be found, there wouldn’t be a 62 percent room occupancy rate over the year across the  region, and the government entity NPHL wouldn’t be unhappy that the Hilton Hotel, a 4.5 star property, was depending too heavily on the lowest category room rate to fill its rooms. But the Hilton is correct for the management has obviously realized there are not enough rich persons, the so called one percent, to fill the rooms at over $300 US dollars per night in winter.

What has amazed me is that so many hoteliers or guest house operators in Barbados maintain fixed seasonal daily rates even in the face of empty rooms. It seems as if the idea of providing weekly or monthly discount rate for tourists who will commit to a longer stay is not thought necessary here. Yet the airline industry has shown that a dynamic or variable pricing strategy over time is the means to a higher load factor with fewer empty seats. In economy class, a first rate is set which captures all those willing to pay that rate, after the rate is discounted for a time to catch the next income segment willing to afford that rate, and after returned to the higher rate to catch late-comers, then the rate is discounted further to fill more seats and the process is repeated again as needed. Surely the same strategy needs to be applied to the accommodation market here in Barbados.

In my opinion the root of some of the difficulty in the tourism sector is that the  government continues in the mistaken belief that because Barbados does not have capacity for mass tourism, it must focus on high-end tourism instead.

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Help Malou win her contest and promote Barbados at the same time

Barbados – Biggest Baddest Bucket List entry by Malou Morgan

The winner travels the world for 6 months to 25 destinations of their choice and blogs, films and photographs everything they experience along the way. This is a huge opportunity to market Barbados globally and I am trying to use this to my advantage.

I have pledged $US 5,000 to the Diabetes Association of Barbados if I win this competition, to raise awareness and support a cause dear to my heart.

I have also reached out to friends who are involved in non-profit organisations & charities around the world, so that I can visit their countries and connect with their cause. If I win, I’ll be featuring their cause, volunteering wherever I’m needed and creating as much hype as possible. I’d like to use this publicity to benefit as many people as possible.

My video on Barbados has received a lot of support so far, but I need to make it to the Top 5 to become a finalist. I’m far from making the top 5 number of votes and I’m therefore asking that you PLEASE share & spread this message to as many people & businesses around the world as possible so that I can make it to the top 5 by March 31st.

Thank you!

Malou

Voting is easy:

1. Visit www.voteformalou.com

2. Scroll down until you see the social media box

3. Vote via the social media buttons. Each social media account is a separate vote!

Vote for Malou’s entry here…

Vote for me

Don’t forget to visit Malou’s blog: Skip to Malou*

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MZ251 – Turn yourself in to the Royal Barbados Police Force

Motorcycle Dangerous 1 click photo for large

At about 2pm today, Tuesday March 26th, my husband and I were in the car at the busy intersection by Patisserie Flindt and the Limegrove Mall, traffic coming from all 4 directions, when we witnessed these 2 motor cycles popping wheelies while overtaking the line of cars.  Just seconds before this, we witnessed these same 2 bikes plus 2 more and an ATV coming down the hill by St James Secondary School, and the ATV plus 2 of the dirt bikes were popping wheelies as they approached the junction.

With the license number so readily available, why is it that the Police will not do anything?

We live on the main west coast road and we witness these dirt bikes pulling the same stunts up and down the road every day. The stunts are dangerous and the bikes are excessively loud. The main west coast road is lined with nothing but expensive holiday homes on both sides between Holetown and Speightstown. Imagine what the tourists must think of this, or the fear they must have when witnessing such dangerous and disgusting behaviour. Our tourism product already has not got a good name without adding this to the mix.

Barbados Motorcycleclick photos for large Motorcycle Wheelie 2

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Harlequin Legal Survey – Results to be published here

Gareth Fatchett of Regulatory Legal Solicitors

Gareth Fatchett of Regulatory Legal Solicitors

Lawyer Gareth Fatchett and Regulatory Legal Solicitors are conducting a survey of Harlequin ‘investors’. The results will be published here at Barbados Free Press, and we understand that Mr. Fatchett will be making additional recommendations based on the results.

We encourage readers to head on over and take a look, and then make your own decisions.

After all, we at BFP didn’t invest in Harlequin and I can’t say we know of any Bajans who did. That might have been a flag for foreign investors or a question they might have asked. Too late now to ask “Have any locals invested?”, but next time maybe!

Harlequin Investor Survey

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