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US Tourist robbed, says Barbados police conduct “shocking”

Police demanded victim change his official statement to match another witness statement!

Why this visitor will not be returning to Barbados

by Fred Kraxberger, US Citizen

Dear Barbados Free Press,

On 02/09/2011 while fishing at Archers Bay, St. Lucy, Barbados around 7 to 7:15 PM my Bajan friend and I (a US citizen) were the victims of a robbery, and our lives threatened by a Bajan man with a machete.  He also told us he would shoot us if we did not do what he said.  We did as he said.  He got a cell phone and cash.  This is not the first time this man has robbed someone, he knew what he was doing.

When the Crab Hill Police arrived they did a short interview with us.  When I was told that I could go and retrieve our belongings, I went back to the scene of the robbery.  One officer was there when I got there.  He did not have a flashlight on.  I ask him if it was ok to pickup my things because he had not been down there that long.  He said it was ok.  I picked up my fishing light so that I could find our belongings.  I noticed something that was not there before the robbery.  I pointed it out to the officer and told him that it must have come from the robber.  He ignored me. Continue reading

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Video Proof: Almond Beach Village tourists swimming in their own sewage


Almond Beach Club sewage well overflowing for 7 years

Video and commentary by Professor Robin Mahon
Director, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados (bio here)

“Here comes a man on his bicycle, completely unaware that he is riding through sewage waste on his way home…”

“All the vehicles spraying it up, becoming an aerosol probably containing all sorts of health risks… busloads of people being exposed to this filthy water”

“Ironically, that runs directly into the sea at Almond Beach Club beach, so that the people who are staying there are swimming in their own waste water…”

“They say it is rain water, but as you see it is not. It is coming directly from their sewage well. They have been spoken to on a number of occasions by the Public Health Inspector who has told them that this has to stop, this is a public health threat. They are also polluting the sea and endangering people swimming in the sea…”

“Health threat to the public of Barbados and a disgrace.”

“This sewage treatment plant water… For the last seven or eight years we have been trying to deal with this where they allow this water to overflow as you see it now… this water going along the road until it reaches in front of Almond Beach Village itself… and into the sea at Almond Beach…”

Comment by BFP’s Shona

Who really owns Almond Resorts? Do any politicians have shares in Almond Resorts?

Where have the Ministry of the Environment and Environment Ministers been for seven years that this has been happening? The answer is “Protecting the Barbados Brand by being silent and keeping they mouths shut tight.”

A few weeks ago, Mullins Bay blog asked where is the $75 Million Barbados borrowed from the IDB for the West Coast sewage project? Well, where is the money?

Because this is what we have been left with for all those millions in debt.

Note: The quotes were quickly taken from the YouTube video and may be off by a word or two. I have to go to work, so if someone wants to review and correct them I’d love ya! Please leave the reviewed quotes or any new ones from the video in the comments section and I’ll post them later. Thank you, got to go.

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Tourism Matters: Is cruise tourism a losing proposition for Barbados?

Cruise tourism: worth the investment?

by Adrian Loveridge - Small hotel owner

As a land based tourism entity, I clearly have strong opinions on this subject and any observations made, should bear this in mind in the interest of fairness and objectivity.

Cruise tourism is a huge component of the overall global leisure industry and it is far better (in my opinion) to work with the sector and maximise the revenues and benefits.

True home porting and the opportunities created by cruise and stay programmes offer the destination the best case economic scenario.

With the increase in airlift, especially from Sao Paulo and Dallas, plus planned new charter services from Northern England, it appears there is enormous further potential to build on the existing ships that use us as a turn around base.

Cruise ship operators continue to have enormous advantages over their land based counterparts. These are almost too many to mention, but include substantially lower operating costs, in terms of labour, consumables and taxes. Ultimately if the going getting tough they can simply reposition and move their ‘investment’ to almost any other part of the world!

Conversely Governments have to invest massive amounts of money to accommodate these ships, and these costs will increase as
the majority of newly built vessels dwarf their predecessors. Continue reading

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Peach and Quiet Hotel welcomes first guests from new Brazil and Dallas flights!

Tourism MATTERS

by Adrian Loveridge

Over the last few days our Peach and Quiet Hotel welcomed our first guests arriving on the GOL/Varig flight from Sao Paulo and the new non-stop service AA514 from Dallas.

These bookings have made up in part the room nights lost by some of our British visitors, who were unable to travel due to the horrendous weather conditions they have been forced to endure over the last couple of weeks.

To me, this reinforces the recent comments made by the Minister of Tourism that we cannot be dependent on any single market, and in my own words, fail to explore emerging markets. Continue reading

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Exclusive: Ethical Traveler says Barbados must act on Environmental promises next year or lose recommendation

Report author Natalie Lefevre drops in at Barbados Free Press

Natalie Lefevre

Barbados made Ethical Traveler’s “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011, but a co-author of the report says we’ll be dropped “if Barbados does not act on its environmental promises in the next year”

In an exclusive to Barbados Free Press, Ms. Lefevre confirmed that Barbados was not one of the top “all round” performers, but made the list because of its good record in social development and human rights. Continue reading

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Tourism Matters: More Barbados tourists robbed on the beach in daylight

Reassuring words from the police mean little on TripAdvisor and Facebook

by Adrian Loveridge - Small hotel owner

If I had to name one single issue that could seriously endanger our most important industry, it would be any breakdown in our overall ability to keep our visitors safe and secure.

Sadly, it seems that a few of our policymakers, both in tourism and those involved in national security believe that by keeping crime against tourists out of the local media, no-one is going to hear about it.

What they do not appear to comprehend is that with the internet, social media and the increasingly popular blogs, it’s almost impossible to keep anything secret.

The days of playing ostrich are gone! Continue reading

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Environmentalists puzzled as Barbados added to Ethical Traveler’s Best 10 List

Proof that talk and meetings trump real actions and performance?

Barbados made Ethical Traveler’s “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011. The award has more than a few Bajan environmentalists scratching their heads in wonder considering that environmental protection is a big part of the judging criteria.

Bajans know that the majority of Barbados government “action” on the environment consists of talk, meetings and pounding the global warming drum in hope of receiving international funding. The country doesn’t even have basic environmental protection legislation – and the wholesale sacrifice of our natural areas to an onslaught of concrete gives lie to the phrase “sustainable development”.

So how could Barbados receive this award if Environmental Protection is a part of the judging criteria? Glad you asked. Continue reading

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