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Barbados natural gas stoppage: Government lapdog Nation newspaper blames hotels, restaurants, bakeries for “lack of business continuity planning”

Dog eats garbage

New Bajan tourism attraction: Dog eats garbage

by Passin Thru

In true Bajan and Caribbean “Island Time” style, a Nation newspaper editorial says that no one should be blamed or sacked for the disastrous stoppage of natural gas these past three weeks during the Christmas and New Years season.

The Nation says that those businesses, restaurants, hotels and other natural gas users are the problem. They foolishly didn’t have a backup plan and necessary technologies in place to prepare three meals a day for thousands of tourists for several weeks of outages.

Who wrote that editorial? Such foolishness from presumably an adult. They must be high on drugs or from another planet.

And what of the DLP Government’s failing to keep the gas flowing? Here’s what the suck-well Nation has to say about the government’s role in the crisis:

“The efforts of the Minister of Commerce, Donville Inniss, to personally interact with both the NPC and affected businesses, were very commendable.”

Fabulous! Government Minister Donville Pornville Inniss went about the place talking! What a fabulous job, Pornville, just fabulous!

Perhaps if Minister Inniss and his government paid the VAT refunds owed to business within say, a year of request, those businesses might be able to buy a gas grill or thirty to sit waiting “just in case” the government can’t deliver natural gas for a month in tourist high season? Should the hotels do the same with drinking water too? A month’s worth for 500 people?

Such foolishness.

And then there is the garbage problem… 

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Ethical Traveler drops Barbados from list: “lacks genuine environmental will”

UPDATED: Ethical Traveler releases 2012 list

January 7, 2012

The Winners

Ethical Traveler congratulates the countries on our 2012 list of The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations. The winners, in alphabetical order (not in order of merit), are:

Argentina *
The Bahamas
Chile *
Costa Rica *
Dominica *
Latvia *
Mauritius
Palau *
Serbia
Uruguay *
( * = also appeared on our 2011 list).

Full report at EthicalTraveler.org: The World’s Best Ethical Destinations – 2012

Barbados “failed to implement” promised Environmental laws

Ethical Traveler tells potential Barbados visitors to spend their travel dollars elsewhere

We hate to have to say it, but we knew a year ago that this would happen when we said:

“You can only keep up appearances for so long before people demand performance. Let’s see what happens next year when Ethical Traveler and their parent organisation Earth Island Institute come looking for environmental legislation, saving the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands, mandatory recycling and policies and laws that favour public transit instead of more and more autos.”

BFP in our December 11, 2010 post Environmentalists puzzled as Barbados added to Ethical Traveler’s Best 10 List

When Ethical Traveler included Barbados in its “Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations” list for 2011, Bajan environmental activists were left scratching their heads about how a country could do so little and still be included in one of the world’s most prestigious travel awards.

Environment Minister Denis Lowe: a do-nothing

BFP and others questioned how the Barbados government could win this award as it dumped sewerage into the Graeme Hall RAMSAR wetlands, failed to enact environmental legislation and removed protection from sensitive environmental lands so they could be developed.

Ethical Traveler replied to concerns at the time, saying that Barbados must act on Environmental promises in 2011 or lose the recommendation.

Here we are a year later, and Ethical Traveler just dropped Barbados from its list and loudly told the world why it did so…

“Every year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of all the nations in the developing world. We then select the ten that are doing the best job of promoting human rights, preserving their environment, and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. By visiting these destinations, we use our economic power – our travel dollars – to support these countries.

We urge you to explore these ethical destinations, and enjoy the wonderful sights, cultures and activities they offer.

“Barbados was included in last year’s list, when we applauded its efforts to organize the Caribbean Green Economic Conference. A year later, however, we conclude that Barbados lacks genuine environmental will; the government has failed to implement its own ambitious laws. We will review Barbados again next year to see if they have moved forward with its environmental agenda.”

… from the January 5, 2012 Ethical Traveler article: The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations: 2012

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