Terrath Persaud should have been hung. It’s what he did to Anna.
On May 5, the Court of Appeals of Barbados (in the new High Court building) will hear the appeal of Teerath Persaud for the length of his sentence for manslaughter of Anna Druzhinina. It took family friend, Amy Beam two years (and a new Registrar of the Court) to obtain the transcripts from the trials of the two murderers (McCollin and Persaud) of Anna Druzhinina; a popular and loved 16-year-old Russian girl who lived in Barbados and was hanged in her home November 8, 2008.
Appeals are heard by 3 judges, including the Chief Justice. Court opens at 9AM and is open to the public. Beam wrote about the murder of her friend, Anna Druzhinina, in 2013, after the manslaughter trial of Teerath Persaud was completed and he was sentenced to 21 years of which he has now served six-and-a-half years.
Counting one year as actually only 9 months for “good behavior,” Persaud could be eligible for release in under 10 years.
BFP published the story written by Dr. Amy L. Beam in 3 parts in 2013:
Barbados murder of Russian teen Anna Druzhinina: Censorship and Travesty of Justice
The Barbados Nation News also published the story which is no longer online, but the cache is still available here: Death’s Load
by Iain Edghill
As I see it, there are only 2 choices facing LIAT and its government shareholders. Either it has to be deemed an “essential service” and continue to be subsidized despite the operational inefficiencies inherent in its structure; or, it has to be fully privatized, de-politicized, and forced to be self-sustaining.
Both options are problematic. In these tough economic times, when governments are cash-strapped and are trying to figure out how to stretch their dwindling resources, many constituencies will argue that subsidizing a national airline should be very low on the priority list. Conversely, there are those who will argue, not without just cause, that LIAT is crucial to inter-island communications and commerce.
Has any study ever been done as to exactly how much LIAT contributes to the GDP of CARICOM? That is crucial to the discussion here. What would the economic impact be, in $$ terms, if LIAT were to disappear? Once that figure is empirically established, that could be used as the baseline for government subsidies, a quid-pro-quo, so to speak.
Perhaps the solution is a form of public-private sector partnership, with CARICOM governments providing a baseline subsidy, and the private-sector, with aviation professionals providing the operational expertise in running the airline, as Mr. Lynch correctly suggests, being the other half of the operational and financial equation.
One thing is for sure with regard to LIAT: the status-quo is both financially and operationally unfeasible.
Journalist Ian Bourne
#barbados Wow, you live & learn, was at a #JetBlue reception at #Sandals – but found out I’m only good to cover it, not have dinner w/guests afterwards? #smh Coming to think of it, where was BHTA?
Ian Bourne – The Bajan Reporter
Every once in a while somebody hits it right out of the park…
This is not yet found in the Oxford dictionary, but I bet it will be in the next edition, so it was “Googled” and discovered to be a recently “coined” new word found on T-shirts on eBay:
Read what it says slowly, and just absorb the facts that are within the definition!
I love this word and believe that it will become a recognized English word – used frequently in Barbados if not in the rest if of the English speaking world.
Finally, a brand new word to describe our Future… Love it!
A system of government, historically founded in Barbados and now widely available elsewhere, where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
Our thanks to Colin Beadon and Mike Frost from Trinidad, now living in Australia.
In 1995, Barbados had a total of 55,668 vehicles on the island, of which 42,821 were private cars. By 2005, only ten years later, the number of vehicles had doubled to 116,675 of which 94,496 were private as opposed to buses, taxis, zr’s etc.
How many vehicles do we have today in Barbados? We weren’t able to find any newer statistics than those above, but you can bet the number hasn’t gone down in the last ten years.
Now comes the shocker… about 20% of those vehicles are not insured. And that means that if you are involved in an accident, there’s a 20% chance that the other driver won’t have insurance to pay compensation for damages or injuries.
Former PM Owen $ Arthur was so fond of saying that Barbados is not an enforcement society, and he’s right.
But this lack of enforcement means that it is far easier in these difficult economic times to take a chance and drive without insurance.
Nation News: 20,000 vehicles without insurance
For all the money wasted by our glorious leaders in the past ten years, we could have had a light-rail solution half way around the island. Instead, we’ve had ten years of more roads, more buses, more cars every morning – all heading to the city. Most of the private vehicles have only the driver.
This article was as true as the day it was written almost six years ago, probably more true…
Originally posted on Barbados Free Press:
Our Current Failed Vision Of Barbados Transportation, Society and Daily Life
If you think our roads are crowded now, if you think that your time spent getting to and from work or school is unreasonable, if you think our quality of life and environment in Barbados is heading for the suckwell – just close your eyes and picture how Barbados will look after another ten or fifteen years of continuing to implement the same transportation “solution” of more cars, more roads, wider roads and ever more cars.
Is that where you want to see Barbados in the year 2025?
Unless we get some vision and leadership around this place, that is exactly where Barbados is headed.
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