Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year 2014: Forbes announces that Barbados is on its knees, in a financial meltdown.

Barbados Finance Minister Sinckler

“Barbados has credit rating equal to Gabon and Nigeria.”

“That is very bad news for 126,000 long-time contributors to Barbados’ National Insurance Fund…

At least 60 percent of the Barbados National Insurance Fund’s $2 billion is invested in this dodgy Bajan junk – it now finances a third of Barbados’ entire public debt.”

There’s not much more to say when the truth slaps you hard in the face – in this case delivered by one of the most respected financial publications: Forbes.

You see that photo above of Finance Minister Christ Sinckler, “the Grinchler who soiled Christmas” ???

Forbes printed that. Wuhloss!

It looks like BLP Member of Parliament Dr. William Duguid knew something when he pulled the ejection handles on Barbados, moved his family to Canada and his assets offshore. You can bet that Owen Arthur has his Swiss bank account number memorised too!

And although the DLP blames the BLP and the BLP blames the DLP, it really doesn’t matter anymore. This is where we are…

Postcard from Barbados — a.k.a. ‘Cyprus West’

Barbados, “the Jewel of the Caribbean,” the tiny easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles with 288,000 year-around inhabitants and lots of very rich foreign visitors and investors, is in the throes of a financial meltdown.

While its entire GDP is now only worth about $4.2 billion, and its population is smaller than that of Duluth Minnesota, this crisis is worth examining closely. For here we have a very precise example of the “finance curse,” where excessive dependence on high debt, an aggressive offshore haven industry, very low tax rates for high-net worth investors, foreign companies, and banks, and high tax rates for everyone else, have essentially brought this little country to its knees. Continue reading

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Murder of former Barbados Immigration Chief Kenrick Hutson now six years cold

Barbados Murder Gun Revolver 3

Six years ago on December 28, 2007, retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson, aged 74, was murdered at the front of his home on a Friday evening as his wife and daughter were inside.

The killer’s trail has long grown cold and the police question how a man who retired 14 years previously could have been an assassin’s target over something that happened while he was either on the police force or head of Immigration.

It doesn’t seem square though – a 74 year old long retired man doesn’t get shot down as he reads the newspaper on the verandah with family and neighbours right there.

The murder of a former Chief Immigration Officer raises all kinds of concerns and questions. Obviously a man of Hutson’s experience and service would have made some enemies in a post where he was in charge of Immigration processing, investigations, charges and deportations. But Hutson was retired, and presumably would have little input or influence into current immigration matters.

IF his murder is associated with his service as Chief Immigration Officer, it would seem that it was either revenge for some past action – or to prevent Hutson from testifying or revealing information about something he knew.

Somebody knows something. There was a reason for this murder.

After two years of intense investigation, the murder of retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson, still remains a mystery to Police Investigators. Kenrick Hutson was a family man, a father of three children and husband of Coreen for over 44 years. He had a reputation of being a true gentleman among his peers and was well liked in his community and club circles.

Friends and relatives can think of no incident during his tenure as a Police Officer and Chief Immigration Officer that can be attributed as being a motive for his murder, 14 years into his retirement. However, on Friday December 28th 2007, at 6.50 pm Kenrick Hutson was murdered at his home located on Butlers Avenue, Spooners Hill, St. Michael.

Investigations indicate that the assailant walked from the direction of Codrington Hill, turned left into Butlers Avenue and proceeded to the Hutson residence. At the time of the incident, Mr. Hutson aged 74 was sitting on his verandah reading the daily newspapers, when the assailant entered the yard through the open front gate, climbed the steps leading to the verandah and shot Mr. Hutson several times about the body. The assailant then existed through the front gate and was seen running along Butlers Avenue towards Codrington Hill.

The assailant was identified as having a slim build, and dark complexion. He was wearing a whitish shirt, dark coloured pants and a cap with the peak facing front.

Crime Stoppers: March 17, 2010

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Barbados thefts from vehicles with no sign of tampering: Could this gadget be on the island?

We understand that during the past few weeks the Royal Barbados Police Force has received several reports of thefts from late-model autos where there is no damage or other signs of forced entry. The police were blaming drivers for not locking their vehicles but the sudden rash of “no damage” thefts has officers thinking that some thing else is afoot.

From one news report online:

“Police across the country are stumped by a rash of car thefts. In surveillance video of the thefts, criminals appear to open locked cars with a mysterious handheld device. Nobody, not even the car manufacturers, knows how it works.

In Long Beach, Calif. The man walked up to the car, and used a small box to open it. Right next to him another man, also using a box, opens that car. The problem is they’re thieves without keys. Now they’ve swiped all valuables from the cars.

In Chicago, it was the exact same scenario. A man by a sedan unlocked it without a key. The alarm was disabled by some mystery device.”

Could these devices be here?

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Top Gear Festival coming to Barbados in May 2014 – An opportunity we must work hard to make the best of

TopGear Festival Barbados

“Based on the BBC television series, the audience reach is what can only described as staggering…”

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

After a dismal 2013 from a land based tourism perspective, certainly up until the end of November, it was refreshing to get some good news to end the year. After many early media releases in July, it was finally confirmed this month by the Barbados Tourism Authority that the Top Gear Festival will make its Americas debut at the renovated Bushy Park Circuit for two days starting May 17, 2014; the first of three consecutive annual events planned for this location.

Several similar ‘festivals’ have already taken place across the world including in Australia and South Africa and according to the organisers ‘further destinations are in development and will be announced in the New Year’.

There can be no doubt that this event has the potential to attractive massive destination coverage overseas.

Based on the BBC television series, the audience reach is what can only described as staggering and includes holding the Guinness Book of Records holder for ‘the most watched factual programme in the world’. The TV episodes are sold to 214 territories across the globe, have 2 million subscribers to the Official Top Gear YouTube Channel with over 500 million video views, 19 million FaceBook fans, a magazine circulation of over 1 million and 5.7 million unique users on its website.

It does not end there. A visit to the BBC Advertising online source details many other impressive statistics.  Continue reading

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Dirty politics in Barbados? Sex Video said to be a well-known politician… but it’s not him

1 Barbados Sex Video

At least, we don’t think it’s him…

In the past few days eight readers have sent us a sex video that is supposed to involve a well-known Bajan politician having an excellent time with a woman not his wife.

Wuhloss! Who would have imagined such a relationship could happen on this rock?

After a thorough examination of the video, several times, with rum and beers in hand, your committee of Barbados Free Press editors and staff concluded that it sure looks like you-know-who, but it’s not. At least, we don’t think it’s him.

But that leads us to the next question: Who created or discovered a slightly-blurred sex video that looks like a Barbados politician but isn’t really? Who sent it around and put it up on the chat groups with his name? Was it done with a hidden camera? It looks that way!

Why it was done is an easy question to answer, and we’re not going to mention which party might have done it. *** (We’ve changed our minds… see the end of this post.)

All we can say is, politics is a dirty game everywhere, but especially in Barbados where there are no rules about conflicts of interest, there are no procurement standards for spending government money, and there is no Freedom of Information Act that would at least give citizens a hope of finding out the truth.

Do you want to clean up politics in Barbados? We have to start by stopping the feed at the piggy trough. Being elected shouldn’t be a guarantee of becoming a millionaire, but that’s the way it is ’bout hey.

As long as the rewards of being elected are that large, and the chances of being caught so small, the politicians of both parties will continue to use every dirty trick to discredit others and to get themselves elected to the piggy trough.

Continue reading

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Afra Raymond on Heritage Radio: Public procurement, government corruption and Christmas

afra raymond CMMB

Fearless anti-corruption fighter Afra Raymond was not appointed a senator (surprise! surprise!), but he says he didn’t expect it despite the rumours.

Check out an excellent interview on 101.7FM where Afra speaks his mind as always.

Afra Raymond.com: Audio – Heritage Radio Interview of Afra Raymond

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Afghanistan in 1967… and now

afghanistan history 1967

Surfing the web, wandering aimlessly at 1am as the rain keeps coming.

Like Iran, there was a time when Afghanistan was coming into a new age with increased freedoms for women, and a growing economy that had nothing to do with opium.

Those days are gone.

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Christmas 2013: Muslims slaughtering Christians throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia

Christmas Islam

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Interfaith Outreach – Islamic style…

It is genocide by any definition, and it gets worse every Christmas as devout Muslims seek to obey the instructions of the Koran as they and millions of their coreligionists understand their duties.

Thirty-four Christians murdered for being Christians in Iraq, 1,000 believers slaughtered in the Central African Republic… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Every Christmas.

And, aside from violence, what is the response of the Muslim leadership throughout the world to Christians at Christmas time?

Muslim leadership talks about Christmas in their own words…

Denmark: Islamic demonstration on Christmas Eve — “Allahu akbar!”

Turkey: Anti-Santa campaigns heat up as Christmas arrives.

Indonesia: Muslims prohibit Christmas & New Year celebrations

Christmas greetings by Muslims prohibited

USA: Lebanese-born Cleric: saying “Merry Christmas” is worse than fornication, alcohol or killing someone

USA: Washington Mufti – taking pictures with Santa an abomination

India, Pakistan: Islamic clerics denounce Christmas celebrations

Now, a list of all Muslim groups and individuals publicly wishing others a “Merry Christmas”, or expressing regrets about Muslim violence against Christians…

(I couldn’t find any. If you locate any, please leave a comment with the link.)

So let’s look at Christmas 2013 and the few weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus…

December 25, 2013: Christmas bomb attacks kill 34 in Baghdad’s Christian areas

December 24, 2013: Nigeria says 70 killed in battle with Islamist group

December 23, 2013: Christmas a day of terror for Christians in Iraq

December 22, 2013: 12 killed in attacks against church in southern Syria

December 19, 2013: Central African Republic, 1,000 Christians slaughtered                 Continue reading

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A brutal November for Barbados tourism statistics

20 straight months of decline!

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

If there was a single phrase to describe this winter tourism season, I think it may be “great expectations”.

Despite all the wild speculation being made by tourism officials which included ‘this November has been one of the best Barbados had seen in a while’, the month in fact ended by recording the lowest long stay visitors for any November during the last 11 years. It also heralded 20 consecutive months of stay over visitor decline.

As this is the latest in a long line of unfulfilled predictions this year, it is time for our policymakers to focus more attention on what can be achieved, rather than drift into the realms of prophecy and conjecture.

I wonder just how much longer we can go on trying to justify rewarding failure.

So much is riding on the performance of our tourism sector over the next 120 plus days leading up until next Easter Monday on 22 April, not only in terms of occupancy, but in the critical role of trying to claw back lost revenue from the last almost two lean years.

In our key market, the United Kingdom, traditionally there is a booking surge when tour operators step up their promotional activities on Boxing Day. But one of the largest travel companies, Thomas Cook, pre-empted its competitors by launching a massive sale two weeks prior to Christmas to tempt the bargain hunters into commitment for summer 2014.

With the Brits still under economic pressure, those with stretched budgets will be tempted by the low holiday prices on offer. Inevitably this will help dilute demand for Barbados and other destinations not perceived as providing the very best value-for-money. Continue reading

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Sir Charles Williams – no government contracts so I’m firing workers over 65 years old

Sir Charles Williams Barbados

Over 65? No place for you at C.O. Williams Construction Limited

COW Williams makes some valid criticisms about the uneven playing field for government contracts in his latest interview with The Nation, but he lost me when he told how he chooses to make people redundant: he fires people over 65 years old.

Williams retains people not by merit, or seniority and loyalty: exactly the opposite. The over 65 crowd is his target, for the most part the folks who have been with him the longest, who have shown loyalty and helped to build the company for decades.

But they are old now, not quite what they used to be. All used up, damaged. Slower.

So they are the first to go.

“Not one single monthly paid worker has gotten a bonus for the last four years in order that we can keep people to work. We had to look at the possibility of laying off some people. The last thing I want to do is to have to send home more staff. We have cut it to a minimum but we have had to send home staff, primarily those who are past 65 and that sort of thing,”

Sir Charles Williams talks to The Nation in Not fair, says Sir Charles

Am I being too hard on Sir Cow? He makes a good argument on how difficult and unfair things are in the awarding of government contracts, and it must be difficult to have to choose people to be made redundant.

But to reward long term loyalty by firing?

Shame. Shame, Mr. Williams. Shame.

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Barbados 1780 rum made by slaves fetches highest price ever

harwood rum barbados

Queen Elizabeth’s cousin sells 12 bottles from secret stash for US$127,555.65

In 1780 on the island of Barbados, unknown slaves without names distilled and barreled rum for their master: Edward Lascelles, the first Earl of Harewood. The rum was shipped to jolly old England in barrels where it was bottled and tucked away in a cellar at the family mansion… where it sat for 231 years before being discovered. Wuhloss! It wouldn’t have lasted a week ’bout my home!

Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, the Earl (later promoted to Viscount Lascelles) owned some 22 plantations and 2,947 slaves in the Caribbean – including Lascelles House near Holetown.

All these years later his descendant, David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and great-grandson of King George V.

Mount Gay Rum owns the Barbados estate.

What did the 8th Earl of Harewood do with all that money from the sale of slave rum? Good for him… he gave the money back to the Caribbean people – to the Geraldine Connor Foundation.

Good for the Queen’s cousin!

But he only gave back the money from 12 bottles of rum.

We still waiting for the money from the sale of the family mansion: bought an paid for with the blood and tears of thousands of slaves.

Robert.

Further Information about this event:

Harewood House Auction and the Rum Ambassador

 

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Sandals Resort Bombardier Challenger jet burns duty-free fuel… Minister Inniss tells hotel industry to shut up about Sandals Resort concessions

“Stop begging for handouts and asking for all sorts of concessions and start doing more to help local industry,” said Inniss.

Too bad Inniss didn’t say the same thing to Sandals Resorts because they don’t serve one drop of Bajan rum. Not a fucking drop.

Just a few days ago, Minister of Industry and Business Development Donville Inniss chided Barbados hotels to stop begging to receive the same concessions given to the Sandals Group. Minister Inniss made it clear that local hotels should shut-the-f**k-up about the government’s incentives to Sandals.

So… STFU you ungrateful Barbados hotels who are exploiting the masses! You deserve nothing… not a single inflated dollar of tax relief!

Meanwhile, Sandals fills up their corporate jets with duty-free Jet-A and 3,000 Bajan families go to hell for Christmas courtesy of government layoffs.

Thanks, Prime Minister Stuart! Thanks Minister Pornville!

It make everything clear.

Inniss tells Bajan hotels to shut up!

Stop begging for handouts and start being more innovative, and use more local produce.

Minister of Industry and Business Development Donville Inniss issued this piece of advice to operators within the hotel sector this morning as he delivered the feature address during the opening of the Sunbury Harvest Agro-Processing Plant.

Players within the hotel sector, over the past few weeks, have raised concerns regarding a number of food and beverage concessions offered to the Sandals Group by the Government, saying that they too should be given such concessions.

Speaking to a small gathering at the St Philip location this morning, Inniss said: “In terms of our hotel sector, let me be candid about this.

“Stop begging for handouts and asking for all sorts of concessions and start doing more to help local industry,” said Inniss.

… read the rest of Donville’s disgusting rant at Barbados Today: Hotels told stop the begging

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Moody’s downgrades Barbados: Does it really matter? We’re already ‘junk’ status!

 moodys Barbados credit rating

Is devaluation a now a given?

by West Side Davie

There comes a time during a bankruptcy when the debtor stops caring. The debtor realises that there is nothing more they can do and it’s all about the ride and having a place to sleep and a meal or two a day. I’ve been there myself, and although I don’t care to go into the personal details I can assure you that your skin gets thick and tough and very quickly you get a new attitude that allows you to survive and even thrive as your finances and everything you have crumbles. Mostly your woman leaves. No money, no honey!

With assets of $20,000 and debts of $100,000, it doesn’t really matter if the debts climb to $200,000 or $300,000…. I can’t pay it! You think, “Let it go sky high! Why should I care?”

Unless the debts were passed onto your children like the indentured slaves and sharecroppers of the past – or of the present in some countries.

Back to Bim… Barbados has a few more assets than I did, but the people in charge of the money are going to squeeze us for more interest. They do this by lowering the ratings. The lean years are here and our so-called leaders never put away a dollar during the times of plenty.

IN CONTRAST to the prevailing mood of confidence over the economic future of Trinidad and Tobago, there is spreading depression across in Barbados where thousands of public sector workers are facing retrenchment early next year as the government anxiously seeks to avoid a devaluation of the Barbados dollar.

Here in Trinidad and Tobago, while Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was last week playing a “Santa Claus” role with her offer of a 20 per cent rebate over the past two days on a range of widely consumed basic commodities, the Guyana the government of President Donald Ramotar found much comfort in another consecutive year of  economic growth.

(snip)

Having concluded an arrangement with the IMF that included, for a start, the bitter medicine of some 3,000 job cuts in the public sector, or face the threat of devaluation of the Barbados dollar,  the Democratic Labour Party administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has Barbadians in a mood of spreading gloom.

Accustomed to applause from international financial institutions and credit rating agencies as having the most stable currency in this region-50 cents to the US dollar-the prospect of having to cope with a devalued dollar is viewed by Barbadians as sacrilegious talk.

… from the Trinidad Express Spectre of devaluation

Bajans are well and truly screwed. And so are the next generations because we keep mortgaging the future for our children.

The answer from our leaders is never to stop borrowing and to make do. It never is that. Always the answer is to pay whatever is asked in interest and go to the money men.

Tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to get a little squat, work hard and save. I’m not going to continue to borrow money. I’m going to reorganise my life, downsize, and work hard.

But I’m not going to borrow more money if that borrowing is on the heads of my children…

Another downgrade for Barbados

Moody’s Investors Service on has downgraded Barbados’ government bond rating to Ba3 from Ba1, putting the country’s rating deeper into junk territory.

It cited the country’s “continued anemic economic performance”; ongoing deterioration in the government’s financial strength, due to persistently large fiscal deficits and rising debt levels; the deterioration in the government’s debt profile as a result of the significant increase in domestic short-term borrowings over the past two years; and the fall in foreign exchange reserves by more than 30 percent during January-September to $505 million for its two-notch downgrade. Continue reading

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Will Sinckler and Stuart surrender Barbados to the IMF – International Monetary Fund?

That's Sir Charles on the left!  :-)

That’s Sir Charles on the left! 🙂

Sir Charles Williams (otherwise known as “The Godfather”) says that all government employees should volunteer to take a pay cut to keep 3,000 of their brothers and sisters employed. The 3,000 are due to be laid off after Christmas because our government has run out of money to pay them.

This never happened with, what’s ‘is name?  Oh yeah… Prime Minister Owen $ Arthur.

Then again, times were never as tough as they are now.

The International Monetary Fund has recommended that Barbados destroy the lives of 3,000 government employees – to rip apart their families, take food from the mouths of their children, and eviscerate their finances so that our political class can continue to deposit money offshore.

We, the citizens of Barbados, have to decide if we will take this.

The Lord knows that we have done wrong in the the past 15 years when we celebrated politicians bribing us with our own money – when we turned a blind eye to the corruption and gang-ups that characterized Bajan politics.

What will we do now?

1937, that’s what!

The Nation: Take a pay cut!

The Nation: 3% option

It’s Unfortunate!

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Great train robber Ronald Biggs dead – Good riddance to an evil man

Ronald Biggs Sex Pistols

“In 1981, Biggs was kidnapped by a gang of British ex-soldiers and smuggled to Barbados. But legal efforts to have him brought back to the UK once again stalled and he was allowed to return to Brazil.”

… CNN: ‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies, aged 84

Britain’s Telegraph newspaper, in its obituary, makes the point that while Biggs won notoriety for the heist and his subsequent life on the run, “people tended to forget that he had seriously wounded the train-driver, Jack Mills, who died six years later having never recovered his health.”

All along the news media were Ronald Biggs’ business partners.

Ronald Biggs cultivated his flamboyant Robin Hood image and celebrated his fame without shame. With a smirk on his face he told one interviewer that he was “proud” of his part in the Great Train Robbery.

Looking back at the past 47 years you can trace the change in the way the media handled Biggs. Journalists helped a vicious thug become a dashing and daring Robin Hood, a celebrity and finally, a victim himself when he came back to Britain penniless and was thrown in jail until his compassionate release in August of 2009 because he had “weeks to live”.

How remorseful is “Ronnie” a year after his release?

Judging by this news article, not at all…

… from BFP’s Kidnapper of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs returning to Barbados

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Should financial advisors be penalized for recommending the disastrous Harlequin ‘investments’?

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

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

TailorMade Independent under the microscope…

“In total around 7,000 investors put £300 million into Harlequin, half of this, £150 million was invested on an advised basis.”

Gareth Fatchett, solicitor at Regulatory Legal, who is representing a number of Harlequin investors, said most of the advice he had reviewed was poor and had been motivated by commission. ‘99% of the advice I’ve seen is terrible, inappropriate, commission-driven stuff,’ he said.

It doesn’t get much worse than this, and we wonder when and if criminal fraud charges will be laid against David Ames and his cohorts. So many lives ruined, so many pensions destroyed.

Some new happenings:

FSCS writes to Harlequin promoter TailorMade’s clients

Harlequin investors hit out at TailorMade Group

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Wuhloss! Sandals Barbados serves no Bajan rum!!! WTF???

ESAF Barbados Rum

“As the birthplace of rum, not a single Barbadian produced brand was available at any Sandals outlet!”

Loveridge: Sandals generally a good experience and positive for Barbados, but there are concerns…

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner.

Just over a week ago, my wife and I experienced a staycation at Sandals Casuarina.  An enormous amount of discussion has taken place concerning the extraordinary concessions granted to the Sandals companies and as I was not personally familiar with the product, thought it was only rationale, that I tasted what is often referred to as the Sandals ‘WOW’ factor, first hand.

Despite the website at the time showing that the hotel was fully booked until the middle of March 2014, I managed to reserve a room online for the dates of my choice and pay in full at published rates by credit card. Bookings are processed by yet another company – Unique Vacations Inc. based in Florida, and an email confirmation was sent.

Noticeably absent were any taxes or corporate information, including office address or contact details.

Having a few queries prior to our stay, I emailed Adam Stewart, the CEO of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and within minutes he responded personally, apologising that because he was currently traveling, he had passed my concerns over to the General Manager (GM) of the hotel. Still within one hour, Josef Zellner, the new GM not only answered my initial questions but went on to monitor our reservation and ensure a seamless check-in.

Over our four day stay, it soon became apparent that Joe was a hands-on manager, frequently seen in every area of the property from as early as 6am, until late at night. Frankly, when so many senior personnel appear to find the comfort of air conditioned offices more attractive, it was a refreshing change. At this stage I think it is very important to point out that I have only stayed in two all-inclusive hotels in my entire life, the Montego Bay Sunspree Holiday Inn and the Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua, so any observations made, has to in fairness, reflect this.

Clearly, even after four weeks re-branding from Couples, there is still a lot of work necessary to fully ‘Sandalise’ the hotel, but you get the feeling that it is progressing as planned. The vast majority of the staff are friendly and helpful. When I brought up the subject of a three months probationary work period, a Barbadian waitress we talked to could not have explained it any better; She said that during the current challenging trading times that this was not at all unusual and by no means limited to the hospitality industry.

There were a number of surprises, especially the current very limited use of locally available products. These included Banks Beer (draft and cans), Pine Hill milk, BICO ice cream, BBC bottled water and some soft drinks.

As the birthplace of Rum, not a single Barbadian produced brand was available at any outlet!    Continue reading

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Barbados Government censorship of news media a diversion for 3,000 workers fired at Christmas!

Barbados Opposition walks out

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by West Side Davie and friends…

It seems to me that both the “Child Porn” (the teens’ faces were blurred, and the sex act is not well-defined) against the Nation and this latest salvo per Speaker striking a comment and paper carrying it is merely Government trying to build a case so as to muzzle The Nation. It is only a matter of time before they come after other news media as well. Why attack 6 weeks after the event? Prime Minster Stuart knew the 3,000 workers sent home was afoot an he and his DLP Government are scared as IMF is here for “Management”! This is nothing but a diversion. This is nothing except something to occupy the public’s attention while 3,000 families are gutted at Christmas.

I believe there might be a minor infraction in the Nation’s 10th paragraph that reported on a matter struck from parliament’s record – but it is minor. The fact that the DLP Government took six weeks to refer to the police indicates the smallness of the offence and a witch-hunting approach with backroom zealots poring over every report looking for media (Nation) slip-ups.

Dearest BFP: please reprint the Nation article, and ask everyone on the internet to reprint it. We must not let freedom of the press be gutted by a bunch of corrupt bastards.

Regards from the platinum coast,

West Side Davie

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