Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

Tourist: Barbados locals “all amazing friendly”

Barbados Virgin 747-400

But then Grantley Adams Airport Security gave these visitors something else to remember…

I have just returned from Barbados after spending 14 nights there. I found the locals all amazing friendly, however on our departure security found disposable lighters in my handbag which they removed, no big deal. Then they found a gold dunhill lighter in my husband’s manbag and confiscated that too.

“Did airport security properly log and deposit the valuable gold Dunhill lighter, or was it pocketed and stolen?”

(A question by BFP’s editor Marcus)

I pleaded with the supervisor to allow us to take as his father left it to him when he died, but she refused. I asked if we could post but she said no there are no post boxes, yet there was outside our departure gate. I asked if I could back through to get my luggage and put in the main suitcases, but she was having none of this.

So leaving the island left a rather bad taste with us. We were told it’s probably on the streets right now being sold. So please anyone having anything like a good lighter do not carry on you. Once we went through into departure I refused to buy any duty free goods as I would not spend another penny there.

Yours truly

Sharon Gay


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, Barbados Tourism

Barbados solution to 20-year court backlog: throw it all out, nevermind justice and the victims

How long would any Harlequin Resorts court cases take to reach trial?

by Nevermind Kurt

by Nevermind Kurt

Sophisticated business and financial industry investors have long had the word: civil cases in Barbados take at least 10 years and often up to 20 years to make their way through the courts. Many court cases never finish because witnesses, victims, plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers and judges move away or die.

When cases take 15 or 20 years to get to trial, people often die or go broke – or both. After 15 or 20 years plaintiffs can no longer afford their lawyers. Defendants go bankrupt (sometimes planned) – leaving victims no real prospect of recovering anything.

“New business investors in Barbados now make their decisions accordingly in the knowledge that if things go wrong there will probably be no real recourse through a lawsuit.”

But consider what this means for existing investors and business people who didn’t know about the state of our courts when they made their original decisions about doing business or entering into legal contracts in Barbados. Consider what this means now for all those potential Harlequin victims. If they want justice in Barbados, they have two choices: be prepared to spend the next decade or two and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees in pursuit of justice, or walk away.

“Chief Justice Marston Gibson: Court chaos threatens Barbados international business sector

Marston Gibson describes massive backlog, missing case files, deliberate delaying tactics by unscrupulous profiteering lawyers”

from BFP’s March 12, 2012 article: Shocking mathematics of the Barbados Court system: Thousands of cases will never reach conclusion

The reality of the court system in Barbados

Faced with an unbelievable backlog approaching 3000 cases, Chief Justice SIR Marston Gibson has decided to give thousands of folks a shove to abandon all hope for justice through the courts of Barbados. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Crime & Law