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Daily Buzz features re-Discover Barbados menus

The Daily Buzz is a syndicated morning news program that airs in over 175 US television markets. I have no idea if the Barbados Tourism Authority paid for this, or if the show put it together without payment – but it’s not bad!

Are we allowed to know whether we paid for this and how much? Why not?

If you want to enjoy some wonderful Bajan cuisine for very little money at our finest restaurants, check out re-Discover Barbados.

 

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Barbados Tourism Authority Chairman Adrian Elcock: We’re trying to be like St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Elcock talks a good game, but what’s with the negative results in the latest tourist arrival stats?

by Passin Thru

“I think what we’ve been doing is trying to make Barbados a cool place to be…

The Grenadines is what tourism is to St. Vincent. It’s cool. You know you can go down to the cay, or whatever and have that little charming getaway. We’re trying to create that same aura here”

BTA Chairman Adrian Elcock starting at about 5 minutes and 45 seconds into the YouTube video CROP OVER 2012 – Adrian Elcock, Chairman, BTA – ZYNC TV

No kidding. That’s what BTA Chair Adrian Elcock says at about where we’re going with our tourism. Yes, he says much more than that and a lot of it is good and good concepts and ideas.

But what about the implementation? Where are the positive results?

We are in trouble.

Barbados tourist arrivals down 12% despite Crop-Over. July cruise ship arrivals down 37%

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Grand Kadooment child-sex scandal: What about the children who watched and the adults who let it happen?

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A suggestion for a new Wikipedia ‘Barbados Crop-Over’ entry:

by Passin thru

Grand Kadooment – Definition

The climax of the Barbados Crop Over festival is known as Kadooment Day. Kadooment is celebrated with a national holiday when costume bands fill the streets with pulsating Barbadian rhythms.

For many years, a part of the parade has included many revelers engaging in simulated sex acts to the cheers of onlookers, which include children of all ages. In 2011, famed Barbadian singer Rihanna was videoed having simulated sex in public with another woman during the festivities while young people looked on.

2012 Grand Kadooment: Simulated adult-child sex on street

Community discussion about the lurid dancing styles that had been growing for several years peaked after the 2012 parade when widely published photographs showed a young boy of about 6 years old being encouraged by a crowd of adults to simulate sex with an adult woman.

The photographs also show dozens of other adults taking photos of the woman and child simulating a sex act, and other children watching. No one acted to stop the event at the time, which can accurately be classed as child abuse and simulated child-adult sex in public.

The Barbados Child Care Board and the police announced their intentions to identify the young boy and the two directly involved adults, but larger questions remain… Continue reading

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Barbados storm watch for Crop Over

HERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN issued by The Barbados Meteorological Services at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 31st July, 2012.

The Barbados Meteorological Services is monitoring an area of low pressure over the mid- Atlantic, centered near 9N 39.6W or about 1400 miles or 2255km to the east-south east of Barbados.

Model analysis indicates that there is a very strong possibility that this system could become a Tropical Storm by the time it approaches Barbados and the southern Lesser Antilles late Friday / early Saturday.

This department will continue to monitor the development of this system and will be issuing further statements on its progress over the next few days.

Resources:

StormCarib – Caribbean Hurricane Network

US National Hurricane Center – Atlantic weather outlook

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Bajan Reporter: Education Minister’s mouth smells like old socks

Ian Bourne slams Ronald Jones for Crop Over comments

After reading Ian’s column yesterday we wondered if he’d modify it. Nope… he’s left it up every word and he means every word of it too!

The issue is that Minister of Education Jones lately made some comments condemning the practice of Wadadah’s Back To School fete where adults put on their alma mater’s uniform and celebrate Crop Over. Continue reading

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My Fellow Bajans, Repeat after me… “I will never drink that much ever again. I will never drink that much ever again…”

Barbados Crop OverMy Crop Is Definitely Over…

They tell me I had a great time last night, so I must have.

Haven’t heard from Marcus or Robert this fine morning either. Can’t see the sun. That’s good.

I want to write about the Dacosta Mannings debacle and Commission of Enquiry in St. Kitts/Nevis that is looking into the alleged corrupt activities of former Barbados Cabinet Minister Don Blackman.

And I will write about those stories… Later. Not now…

Must go back to bed. Not even noon yet.

Later. Much later.

Cliverton

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Suspicions Of Vote Tampering: 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition

Banks Soca Cheating Barbados

(Above photo is a sample from the 46 screen shots taken to document possible vote tampering)

Online Photos Demand Answers From 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition

Technology is welcomed and has played a vital role in the development and advancement of mankind. At times that said technology and increased knowledge are used in self fulfilling and greedy ways.

That leads me to my topic at hand… 98.1 The One & Banks Sweet Soca Competition.

Apparently some artistes have been getting a rather generous boost in votes from seemingly suspicious means.

On my investigation of these bold claims I was quite intrigued by my findings.

The matter was brought to my attention around 22:50 June 29, 2009. I must add that it took me a while to actually lend my resources to same as i was engaged in what I thought at the time was more pertinent.

sweet-soca-barbados

On inspection of the claim involving vote tampering at around 23:50 the votes per artiste stood as follows:

Aritste: Blood
Song: Back It Up
Votes: 14688

Artiste: Mr. Dale
Song: Come Out
Votes: 5157

Artiste: Statement
Song: All Night Till Mornin’
Votes: 3437

Artiste: TC
Song: Hot Sun & Riddim
Votes: 3299

Artiste: Tarah Holdipp
Song: Hottie Hottie Gal
Votes: 2906

Artiste: Lorenzo
Song: Good Vibes
Votes: 620

Artiste: Lil Rick
Song: Carnival Jucks
Votes: 545

Artiste: William Watts
Song: Busted
Votes: 59

What follows next is mind-blowing… shocking at the least! What you are about to see are screen shots taken of the following website (www.barbadoscropoverfestival.com) between 23:49 Jun 29, 2009 & 01:04 Jun 30, 2009. The pictures speak for themselves.

I invite you to pay attention to the times of the screen shots and the first two artistes on the list namely Blood & Mr. Dale.

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Am I paranoid or does all evidence lead to some form of foul play? Is this actually possible? Something is definitely ‘fishy’ here to me, after all it unfolded before my very eyes.

On even further investigation of the site in which the activity was purported by my technical assistant it was found that inadequate security measures were put in place to deter dishonesty by players or supporters of persons within the competition. Investigations revealed that persons were able to vote multiple times or in batch by either a) reseting their internet browsers i.e deleting cache, cookies, history etc or by (b) running a script encompassing elements of (a) to yield catapulting results.

As you can see Blood at the time of writing this post was already sitting comfortably on top with 16,000+ votes with Mr. Dale trailing behind with a steady rising figure of  9000+.

All this being said… in the spirit of  Crop Over and the festival upon us this should never be happening, so I appeal to the major players and fellow citizens like myself to put an end to this at once. In my opinion this competition is a farce and something needs to be done urgently to correct the wrong doing that has transpired. Lets not let a few bad apples destroy ‘we culture’.

NB: Dirkmouse “Da Bouse” does not blame or hold any artiste or individual responsible for any material contained or discussed within.


Kurt Linton
a.k.a Dirkmouse “Da Bouse”

Website: http://www.dirkmouse.com

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