Monthly Archives: July 2013

Harlequin wins lawsuit against Padraig O’Halloran by proving Dave Ames is unfit to manage your money

Harlequin & David Ames: Knew sales agents were lying to investors.

Harlequin & David Ames: Knew sales agents were lying to investors.

David Ames: Stupid? Crooked? …or smart like a fox?

Would you trust your money to a man so foolish that he paid tens of millions of dollars to a building contractor without signing a written contract?

Would you trust your financial future to a man who ‘managed’ investors’ money by holding million-dollar promotional events while not bothering to ask how toilets at the resort could flush if they weren’t hooked up to any sewerage lines? Would you trust a man who was such an idiot that he failed to monitor expenditures vs. observed results on a 100 million dollar project?

An Irish court has just awarded Harlequin Property a rather shameful victory – for in order to achieve victory in the civil lawsuit, Harlequin had to show and admit how much of a trusting idiot is their glorious leader, Dave Ames.

“Harlequin said between 2008 and June 2010 £8.5million was diverted from £34million paid to the contractor to develop the first phase of its flagship resort Buccament Bay, in St Vincent.

The court heard during a 31-day trial there was no written contract and money was diverted into personal accounts of Mr O’Halloran to fund lavish purchases, including a wedding, private jet, a racecourse in St Lucia, a car franchise business and renovations to a rented property on the Sandy Lane estate in Barbados.

Harlequin said during construction shells of the buildings went up but they were not connected to essential infrastructure like sewage, water and power leading to the resort opening late and on a smaller scale.”

“(Judge) McGovern said it was “extraordinary” there was no written contract for such a large development and that turned out to be a “very poor” decision by Mr Ames…”

… from the Basildon News article Harlequin Property wins civil fraud case against former resort builder

Dave Ames establishing a defense against Ponzi charges?

Charles Ponzi never worked for Harlequin... but he could have!

Charles Ponzi never worked for Harlequin… but he could have!

According to the Basildon News, Harlequin and Ames took about 6,000 deposits from investors for off plan resort accommodation at six planned resorts, but built just 300.

Couple those figures with a total failure to account for missing millions of dollars, and you have what is commonly called a ‘Ponzi Scheme’, named after the patron saint of fraudsters: Charles Ponzi. Wikipedia explains ponzi this way… Continue reading

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We need to sink some ships and airplanes off the coast of Barbados

Newer Recreational Divers prefer shipwreck dives over anything else

Out of Barbados and the University of Hull comes a study showing that newer recreational divers vastly prefer to dive on shipwrecks rather than in natural reef areas.

That is good to know because if Barbados sinks some ships and airplanes in a few spots off the coast, we’d be able to attract more tourists to the island and at the same time protect the natural reefs through concentrating less-experienced divers where they can do the least harm to the natural environment.

That makes sense to me…

“Diver damage can be a real problem in the most popular dive sites but our study shows that artificial reefs could be an important tool for managing the impacts of dive tourism.
 
“The fact that many divers report high satisfaction from diving on artificial reefs shows that dive tourism can be successful without depending on the most sensitive, natural reef sites.”

… from the University of Hull Barbados diving study (online here)

Divers bring dollars…

“Novice and experienced divers were evenly represented in the study providing a diversity of views relating to artificial reef diving. Indeed, over half of all non-resident divers surveyed were return visitors, with some individuals having over thirty previous visits to Barbados. The study by Schuhmann et al. revealed a similar trend in return visits, with half of their sample having had previous trips to the island. The provision of well conceived artificial reef diving sites, such as those situated within the Carlisle Bay area, appeared to influence the decision of some divers in this present study to visit Barbados.”

Every leader in tourism and business should read this new study. Our Tourism Minister should make up his mind to do something, and get a project going now. Let’s find an old warship or small freighter and see what the cost will be to transport it here, get it ready and then have a big party to sink it.

If we’d have devoted our money to establishing long-term quality tourist attractions instead of spending a million dollars to have Rihanna writhe around half naked, we might enjoy some lasting benefits instead of the BTA’s preferred ‘quick hit’ for cash that is good for a week or two and then fades.

Cliverton

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Barbados DLP Executive involved in political influence loan scandal

Reynold Austin Barbados DLP

Photo: Reynold Austin – President DLP (Canada)

Noted Jamaican-Canadian businessman says DLP Executive Reynold Austin obtained US$750,000 business loan on the basis of political assurances

It doesn’t much matter whether we’re talking a corrupt BLP government or a corrupt DLP government – it’s the “Same old, same old ’bout this place”. Once elected, party officials rush to turn political influence and government authority into personal profits.

Today’s scandal involving a DLP executive member is only today’s scandal. CLICO was yesterday’s scandal. Tomorrow there will be something new, and when the BLP forms the government after the next election there will be more scandals coming – only BLP in their flavour instead of DLP.

“It is a scandal that the DLP executive Reynold Austin marketed his land development project on the basis of his position with the ruling DLP Government…”

Without Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information and accountability laws, the buying and selling of political influence and government authority will continue to carry no penalty.

denham jolly Jamaica Canada

Photo: Jamaican-Canadian businessman Denham Jolly

Look how brazen these people are!

In this case, noted Jamaican-Canadian businessman Denham Jolly was happy to make a loan in 2011 to a Barbados development project pushed by the President of the Barbados DLP (Canada), Reynold Austin, upon assurances that the project was important to the Democratic Labour Party government.

In other words, the DLP (Canada) executive tied the success of the business project directly to his insider status with the governing party. Jolly was happy with that. Only when the property development was unable to make loan payments did Mr. Jolly complain.

“Denham Jolly should also apologize to Bajans for taking part in an act of political corruption.”

Jolly told the press that DLP executive Reynold Austin “approached me in the spring of 2011 for a business loan for Pickering Court Development. He assured me that it was a great investment because it was a centrepiece for the Government and the enhancement of their re-election.”

Why should a privately-owned property development be a “great investment” because it is a “centrepiece for the Government” and “the enhancement of their re-election”?

How does a privately-owned piece of property increase in value due to an association with government?

That’s an easy question for any Bajan because we’ve seen decades of worthless scrub and agricultural land turned into millions when a government bestows building permissions upon land owned by political friends.

It is a scandal that the DLP executive Reynold Austin marketed his land development project on the basis of his position with the ruling DLP Government, and the stated value of the land to the government and therefore ‘enhanced’ value of the loan-provider to the Government and the Government’s re-election.

Reynold Austin should immediately resign from his executive position with the DLP, and if he does not the DLP should relieve him of his position. Continue reading

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It’s Official: St. Lucia overtakes Barbados for long-stay visitors from the United States

Barbados needs to pay attention to Air Mile point programmes

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner - now selling!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner – now selling!

There is sometimes so much misinformation disseminated in the media about tourism, it becomes even more important that the facts prevail.

It’s official: Our neighbour, St. Lucia, overtook us for the first four months of this year, in terms of United States long stay visitor arrivals.

Despite having a much smaller room stock, St. Lucia welcomed 43,335 American visitors between January and the end of April, an increase of 6.6 per cent, when compared with the same period in 2012.

Barbados recorded 42,516 for the identical four months, a decline of 11.9 per cent.

The trend continues with the addition of a new weekly flight nonstop United Airlines service from Newark to St. Lucia, adding another 3,000 plus seats during the second half of 2013. So there is little doubt that St. Lucia will still be ahead in this market, by year end.

Newark Liberty Airport, offers for many, a more convenient access than JFK or La Guardia in the TriState area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. It is also United’s third largest hub after Houston and Chicago with the St. Lucia flight connecting with 22 US cities plus a number in Canada, increasing travel options and reducing overall journey times.

Americans have generally less paid holidays than Europeans, so it becomes even more critical to be able to reach the ultimate destination in the shortest time, if ‘we’ are serious about competing in this market.

And this perhaps, partially explains why we have seen such a dramatic fall. Continue reading

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Family and friends say goodbye to David R. Brathwaite in Pennsylvania, USA

Husband, Father, Chef: Well loved, a hard worker

David R. Brathwaite BarbadosDavid R. Brathwaite, 51, of Carlisle, entered eternal life on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born March 21, 1962, in St. John, Barbados, a son of Joyce (Brathwaite) Mullin of St. John and the late Douglas Mullin.

David was a 1980 graduate of Princess Margaret Secondary School in St. Philip, Barbados and studied at the Barbados Community College, where he majored in Professional Cookery. David served in the Barbados Defense Force. He was an executive chef and most recently operated the Pretzel Spot Café in Carlisle and had also worked at the Silver Cup Lounge at Cumberland Golf Club and six years at The Holly Inn. David was a member of the Unity Church in Mt. Holly Springs and The Pride of Barbados Masonic Lodge #6 in Brooklyn, NY.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Tamara C. (Corum) Brathwaite, sons; Darone Brathwaite of St. Michael, David Brathwaite, Jr. of Tucker, GA, Lawrence Corum of Carlisle, daughters; Jade Brathwaite of Tucker, Tanesha Corum and Ashley Corum, both of Carlisle, brothers; Desmon Mullin of St. Michael and Paul Mullin of St. John, sisters; Dianna Brathwaite of St. John, Michelle David of Hinesville, GA and Marissa Sealy of St. John, maternal grandmother, Maria Sealy of St. John, granddaughter, Keyonah Corum of Carlisle and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Home Going service for David will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor Don Watkins officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. There will be no viewing. Interment will be private.

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Meet Barbados’ future King: His Royal Highness Prince George

Prince George Birth

Kate and, what’s his name? Oh yeah, William. Anyway they are a nice young couple across the pond and they have just had their first little one, a boy. His name is George Alexander Louis. (Yahoo! News story here)

George for his great-great grandfather, Louis for his great-uncle (?) who was murdered by the Irish Republican Army and Alexander for some distant relatives in Scotland.

Unlike many other children born on the same day in Barbados and around the world, George will never be hungry for long. He will never have malaria or gum disease. George will never experience parasitic worms in his eyes or have trouble finding clean water to drink.

George will have soap available to him every day. A good school and tuition for anything he wants to do are a given. Should he ever have a health problem it will be spotted as early as humanly possible and then treated immediately with the resources of an entire nation. George is already wealthy and as he grows he will have real power and authority (the two are different, you know). As with his wealth, George won’t have to earn that power and authority because it will simply be handed to him.

This little one is truly blessed, and good for him and his proud parents.

George’s task now is to use his blessings to change the world for the better. That’s up to him – he can work hard at using his position to advance the human race, or he can choose to do little or nothing in that regard.

And to those who begrudge the fact that little George has such a good start in life – I remind you that the privileged children of the Bajan political class (and elsewhere) are born with the same silver spoon of assets, family influence and political ties to help them along in life. The difference is only in the size of the assets and influence.

Some of those who are critical of the Royals tend to forget that Barbados has its own royal class, and if the test is to judge how much good they have done with their blessings, our island’s royal class has already failed the test.

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Company says “political relationships” enabled purchase of Barbados Sea Island Cotton

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Hey… I’m just sayin’ what they are sayin’ !!!

Kyto BioPharma Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL–(Marketwired – Jul 22, 2013) – Kyto BioPharma Inc. (“Kyto”) (OTCQB: KBPH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (“BSC”) through the issuance of 10 million common shares of Kyto to the shareholders of BSC and BSC satisfying Kyto’s outstanding debt on closing. BSC, through political relationships, industry experience and proprietary investments in the Island of Barbados, has secured the rights to manage …

Wall Street Journal here

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Report: Venezuela interested in investing in LIAT Airlines

Liat Airline

Caribbean Journal is reporting that Venezuela has expressed an interest in investing in LIAT. The synergy from such a move would be exciting for the downtrodden airline, but what about the politics with Venezuela involved?

Venezuela has expressed an interest in investing in regional air carrier LIAT, according to Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

The Prime Minister revealed the interest during a press conference this week to announce that Dominica would be making another financial contribution to the Caribbean carrier.

“I believe it is an absolutely good move if we were to get Venezuela to invest in LIAT to provide LIAT with the much needed financial and technical support that it requires. It could also mean additional business for LIAT,” Skerrit said. “If we could get Conviasa to service flights from Brazil and from Venezuela and all the Latin and South American countries and transport them to a hub in the Caribbean and then take them to their respective destinations within the Caribbean then it means additional business for LIAT.”

Continue reading this article at Caribbean Journal

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LIAT Airlines reality: Empty seats across all routes

Liat Airline

Packaged flights and hotel accommodations might yield increased business!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner - now selling!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner – now selling!

It’s always very difficult to write about LIAT with absolute authority, because despite the Barbadian taxpayer being the single largest shareholder in the airline, the public for years has been denied sight of any business plan or annual audited accounts.

During the recent spat with a clearly dissatisfied customer and the involvement of Sir Richard Branson and the worldwide attention this generated, LIAT fought back by posting two videos on their website which have been subsequently removed. Perhaps on reflection, it was thought that it was more productive to address the issues, ie: the complaints, rather than battle with someone that has indefatigably demonstrated they are a master of media exploitation.

What really surprised me in one of the videos were the numbers quoted by the Director – Commercial and Customer Experience – who stated that the airline operated ‘approximately 100 flights each day’ and carried around ‘3,000 passengers daily’.

According to Planespotters, LIAT currently has a fleet of 14 active passenger aircraft with various seating capacities from 37 to 68, but collectively totalling 685.  So what immediately stands out is, if the overall numbers are correct, then the average sector flight carries only 30 passengers.

That equates to what could be up to 19 empty seats on each flight overall, across the fleet.

Therefore, it is logical to conclude that unless LIAT entices considerably more passengers in the immediate future, and/or changes to potentially higher capacity point-to-point routes, that number of empty seats will rise. This will happen at least until all of the ATR72-600, 68 seater and the smaller ATR42-600’s with 48 seats are fully integrated into service and the Dash 8’s are retired.

LIAT’s chairman recently commented that there must be more tour operator involvement to ‘package’ flights and accommodation. Even though this has happened in the past with trans-Caribbean travel organisations like Going Places, I fully support his call. Continue reading

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As Rihanna self-destructs, Bajan jazz singer CiCi says she’s always done her best to portray Barbados positively

CiCi Jazz Barbados Rihanna

“I love my country”

I don’t mind being an official Ambassador for Barbados. I’ve been doing it for the last 8 years in Canada and for 20 years worldwide. I love my country and at every opportunity I let people know it. When I was asked to sing the Canadian Anthem at the immigration awards Gala in Canada I thought it was one of the Greatest honours for Barbados and for me as Bim’s ‘First Lady of Jazz.’

It is the little entertainers like myself who have people from 10 years and more still coming or contacting them, and asking about our island and what’s happening with it.

The Barbados Tourism Authority seems to be out of touch with what tourists really want in Barbados. Canadians wonder why there is no advertising to encourage them to come to Barbados. Relying upon one person (Rihanna) to bring people to Barbados just doesn’t work especially when they arrive and discover that Rihanna is not representative of Bajan entertainment and culture. Tourists want to see a culture that they cannot see at home. They want to see real Bajan culture, and music and dancing that they don’t see at home.

Rihanna is not ‘Bajan’ culture. She’s done well for herself, but tourists don’t want Rihanna’s half-naked dance numbers: they want limbo and other iconic Bajan and Caribbean culture. As Rihanna’s behaviour gets progressively worse, we should be asking how this benefits our tourism.

The BTA is so wrong with the Rihanna tourism campaign!

CiCi

CiCi’s Website: Barbados’ first lady of jazz!

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Project HARP guns dangerously rusting away – all for want of a little paint

HARP Space Gun Gerald Bull click photo for large

Gerald Bull’s invention could be a prime tourist attraction

It has been years, probably over a decade, since I last touched Dr. Bull’s HARP space guns rusting away on our south coast. Ten years ago the guns were rusting, but still I was shocked to see recent photos posted by Slate Magazine showing the advanced corrosion eating away at the support structures. Flakes of rust and dripping rusticles are reminiscent of photos of the Titanic as the ship returns to nature under the sea. The one gun looks positively dangerous as the frame is dripping away in rust chips and has holes eaten in the support.

Everything rusts in Bim. That’s just the way it is. If you don’t use liberal doses of WD40 and keep things painted up the salt air will eat away anything. Laptop computers seem particularly vulnerable to death by corrosion, and anyone who lives on the East (Atlantic) coast either develops a healthy respect for sea air and a preventative maintenance programme or loses all kinds of fixed assets every year. I have personally seen a car run in the surf and not washed… and it lasted another year and that was it.

So the fact that the HARP space guns are rusting is not surprising, but the rate of corrosion is accelerating as the last bits of paint flake away. What a shame to lose such history!

That brings us to the tragedy: if the HARP guns were properly marketed and displayed, I bet we could attract thousands of people a year who would be interested in the story of Gerald Bull and his guns. Barbados was an integral part of this Cold War project, and we shouldn’t forget that Dr. Bull was assassinated while working for Sadam Hussein… probably by the Israelis. That is big time interesting!

But the guns are going back to nature – all for want of a bit of paint every few years and some energy to get out and market this piece of history.

Judging by the state of the supporting structures, the guns might soon be too dangerous to allow tourists near them.

We already own this potential tourist exhibit. What’s wrong with us that we haven’t preserved it and don’t market it?

Sometimes you just have to wonder!

Robert

Further Reading

Slate Magazine: Abandoned Space Gun Rusting Away in the Barbados Jungle

Atlas Obscura: Project HARP Space Gun

BFP: We Missed The Anniversary Of Gerald Bull’s Murder

Barbados Author Angela Cole Writes BFP About Gerald Bull, HARP

A Piece Of Barbados History: Dr. Jerry Bull’s Assassination, The HARP Gun, Saddam Hussain and Israeli Intelligence

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What we really need in Barbados is more innovation, more inventions… and more vibrations

Guilty… I couldn’t help it!

🙂

Cliverton

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Saint Vincent’s very own Gestapo: The Vincention Mongoose Gang

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“Why would heavily-armed men who are dressed for jungle warfare, be used to carry out police functions in a metropolitan city?”

“Just a political force carrying out its political orders to cause as much panic and fear as possible, while showing the regime’s might to opponents.”

by Peter Binose

Are men dressed in army jungle warfare dress – men who carry no identification on their tunics or jackets, no numbers, no names, no ranks – considered police officers?

Or, are they military officers? Whatever they are called they are a political army, answerable only to this current Marxist led regime.

Why would such men, carrying loaded weapons by way of automatic pistols in hip holsters under their tunics, be used to carry out police functions in a metropolitan city when they are dressed for jungle warfare?

Why?

Why does Saint Vincent need an armed paramilitary force, a force who frighten and brutalise Vincentian people if not physically, certainly mentally? Clad in military uniform, sometimes carrying armed assault rifles, ready to fight a jungle war in Kingstown. What are we coming to? What has this communist led regime done to us? Continue reading

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Barbados must act to build a major convention centre… or lose everything

Our competition: The Venetian Macao

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner - now selling!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner – now selling!

In the first week of this month a mission left Barbados for Macau, a special administrative region of China, to attend the 13th International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) ceremony which took place on 5th July.

Headed by Minister of Culture, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, this public and private sector delegation was the brainchild of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry and intended to hopefully bring the event to our shores next, or in a future year.

Macau, like many of the other venues where the function has been staged, is an extremely difficult act to follow. By reclaiming the land between two islands, a Las Vegas in the Orient was created which boasts so many attributes – including the world’s largest casino, the Venetian Hotel, with its 3,000 suites and a conference facility that can seat 15,000 people theatre style.

This year’s anticipated global television audience was estimated at 800 million and that’s before you add YouTube and all the other social media sites and conventional media coverage.

I am sure all those involved in the evaluation did a great deal of research prior to the visit as clearly there are some real challenges if Barbados is successful in securing any bid.

For instance, when IIFA  2012 took place in Singapore, the attending actors alone occupied over 400 rooms in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. We then have to think about the Awards ceremony itself, which has attracted up to 3,000 attendees . Currently our largest meeting facility at LESC can only accommodate around 1,200 to 1,400 people seated in a single space. Continue reading

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Journalist looks for help on Barbados Death Boat story

Barbados Death Boat.jpg

“I would like to send to my family in Bassada (a town in western Senegal) a sum of money. Please excuse me and goodbye. This is the end of my life in this big Moroccan sea,”

… victim Diao Souncar Dieme wrote his goodbyes.

In May of 2006 Bajan fisherfolk discovered a rusted steel-hulled yacht drifting to the east of Barbados. A grisly sight awaited them when they boarded, for the boat was a floating coffin carrying the mummified remains of 11 poor souls – all that was left of the 52 passengers who started the journey from Senegal to the Cape Verde Islands.

Bajans took the boat to shore, buried the bodies and held an inquest in 2009. Somewhere along the way European authorities arrested two people, but we never heard the result of the charges or anything more about the sad events.

Now, Spanish journalist Juan Manuel Pardellas is coming to Barbados on the last step of his mission to tell the story of the 52 people who perished on the death boat. Mr. Pardellas has already been to Senegal and met the families and he’d like to meet and talk with anyone in Barbados who can bring the final pieces of his story to completion…

Dear Barbados Free Press and readers,

 I will visit your island from 27th July to 6th August. I am a Spanish journalist and would like to meet with anyone who can help me to gather all possible information about the story of the 11 Senegalese boys found dead in the yacht in 2006. I have travelled to Senegal and met all the families. and Barbados is the last step in my work. Perhaps you can help me and let me meet some people of your beautiful island who worked hard to know the truth.

God bless you,

Juan Manuel Pardellas

Email: pardellasweb@gmail.com
Website: http://www.canarias3puntocero.com

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart: Lack of anti-corruption laws not important

Freundel Stuart Barbados

BBC does a little promotional video about our excellent Transparency International perceived corruption rating, and the PM chirps in.

Not a word from the BBC about the broken promises by the DLP and how they failed to deliver anti-corruption laws. Not a word about the past and passed PM David Thompson money-laundering for his friend Leroy Parris.

The Barbados Advocate has their own opinion: Perfect place ’bout hey!

Also nobody talkin ’bout how former Prime Minister Owen Arthur got his self caught stealing campaign funds and putting the money into his personal bank account.

“We know now that on May 15, 2005 while acting as CLICO’s lawyer, David Thompson signed a secret contract between CLICO and Leroy Parris’ private company that in effect deceived shareholders into believing that Parris was being paid less than he really was.”

…from the BFP article Leroy Parris’ defence of Prime Minister David Thompson rings hollow now

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What happens when a U.S. citizen is willed property in Barbados… and wants to sell it?

barbados-offshore-money

Dear BFP,

Can any readers tell me what is the procedure if you sell property that was willed to you in Barbados, but you are a U.S. citizen. Do you get the funds in a bank check? Are there any regulations prohibiting the transfer of funds to the USA?

Thank you!

Name withheld by BFP editor

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Canadian travel agent Yvonne Bramson explains why some tourists are avoiding Barbados

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Photo from the BFP story Grand Kadooment child-sex scandal

Dear friends in Barbados,

As Crop Over season gets into high gear I would just like to make a few comments. I am a travel agent for a large company in Toronto, Canada and have been to Barbados several times over the years. I have many friends there and also family and am hearing from both them and my colleagues at work (who hear from their travelling clients) that Barbados has changed a lot. What people are observing and saying is that what Crop Over symbolises has become a thing of the past.

I remember when most of the people participating in the grand finale parade were wearing period costumes to symbolise the farm workers, etc. What we are seeing and hearing for the past few years is that is has become something quite different. It seems to be a huge party where many of the women of all ages come out to show off their bodies – many in next to nothing. I happened to have been in Barbados last year at Crop Over time and was literally shocked at some of the behaviour I witnessed from the participants. I saw many women running over to men on the sidelines and gyrating on their laps, I saw many women dancing with their behinds way out against a man’s genitals. I saw women bent over with another woman gyrating on her behind.  Continue reading

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