· December, 2006

Stories about Barbados from December, 2006

Barbados: The other Eid

  28 December 2006

Titlayo discovers the “other” Eid — Eid al-Adha, when “Muslims who can afford to do so sacrifice domestic animals, usually sheep, as a symbol of Ibrahim’s sacrifice.”

Barbados: Greenland Dump Ill-Advised

  21 December 2006

Hans G. Machel guest authors at Barbados Free Press, criticizing the government's plans to continue to spend millions of dollars on an “ill-fated site” for mass garbage disposal.

Trinidad & Tobago: World Cup Cricket Visa Requirements

  20 December 2006

“Aussie cricket fans are furious about new visa entry requirements to go to World Cup matches in Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados. It's the first time they have ever needed such visas, and they go at a whopping $128 a piece.” The Caribbean Beat blog wonders about the wisdom of the...

Barbados: Harold Hoyte Retires

  20 December 2006

“After 31 years, Harold Hoyte is retiring from The Nation News…the largest circulation newspaper in the country is still a major influence in Barbados – but it is no longer owned and controlled by Barbados citizens.” Does that matter? Barbados Free Press thinks so.

Barbados: BLP and Stem Cell Clinic?

  18 December 2006

The Barbados Labour Party may or may not have received donations from the Institute of Reproductive Medicine – a clinic “embroiled in what appear to be credible accusations that its stem cell supply chain involves kidnapping and murdering healthy newborn infants in Ukraine”. Barbados Free Press wants full disclosure.

Barbados: Fair Trade Bananas for Sainsbury

  15 December 2006

Sainsbury, the popular UK supermarket chain, has made a decision to stock Fair Trade bananas only. Gallimaufry applauds the move, saying, “Small-scale banana farmers in Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to benefit substantially.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Paime

  15 December 2006

TriniGourmet discovers that Paime, a Trinbagonian Christmas favourite, is also enjoyed by West Indians in other islands, albeit by different names. She also posts appetizing photos along with a recipe.

Barbados, Guyana: Stadia Behind Schedule?

  14 December 2006

Despite Guyana Providence Stadium‘s Christmas Wish, it seems like Guyana is not the only Caribbean territory behind schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup: Barbados Free Press quotes their Local Organizing Committee's Chief Executive Stephen Alleyne, who says that “Kensington is still a construction site.”

Guyana: Palm Oil Plant

  14 December 2006

According to an article by Tim Slinger in The Nation newspaper, a Barbadian company has struck a deal with the Guyana government to use over 400,000 acres of land for a palm oil plant project to produce bio-diesel. This could herald cheaper fuel prices in Barbados, but MediaCritic wants to...

Barbados: Anti-Corruption Legislation Needed

  11 December 2006

The Integrity In Public Life Bill and The Prevention Of Corruption Bill have been tabled for discussion in Grenada's Parliament and Barbados Free Press sees the need for similar measures at home.

Barbados: Too much being spent on Cricket World Cup?

  7 December 2006

“The Government of Barbados has announced another US$13 Million in your tax money and mine going to those few weeks of cricket that are called Cricket World Cup 2007″: Barbados Free Press suggests that the spending is “out of control”.

Barbados: Chavez Envy?

  4 December 2006

The Barbados Free Press, still concerned about Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley's proposal that call-in programmes and internet blogs should be placed under government control, sees striking parallels to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Barbados: Blog censorship

  2 December 2006

Barbados Free Press is highly critical of the Barbados Labour Party's wholehearted endorsement of Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley's call for the censoring of blogs and radio call-in programmes.

Barbados: To be or not to be a republic

  1 December 2006

Barbados Free Press outlines some of the arguments being put forward in Barbados in favour of the island becoming a republic, and cautions against rushing the process, especially in light of the way the government seems to be approaching the matter.