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[ISL] Five #islands links: Shoal Lake 40, Martha’s Vineyard, Fogo, Ramea, Barbados

  • Maclean’s reports on how, a century after Shoal Lake 40 First Nation was made an island to provide drinking water for Winnipeg, it finally was connected to the mainland by a road.
  • CityLab reports on how the pressures of the tourist season make it difficult for many permanent residents of Martha’s Vineyard to maintain homes.
  • Fogo Island, Newfoundland, recently celebrated its first Pride Walk. CBC reports.
  • Yvette D’Entremont writes at the Toronto Star about how the diaspora of the Newfoundland fishing island of Ramea have gathered together for regular reunions.
  • J.M. Opal writes at The Conversation about the origins of white Anglo-American racism in 17th century Barbados.

[ISL] Five #islands links: Easter Island, New Zealand, Curaçao, Barbados, Toronto Islands

  • Representatives of Easter Island, visiting London, plead for the return of a moai statue stolen away in the 1860s. The Guardian reports.
  • Guardian Cities notes the problems facing Pacific Island migrants in the New Zealand city of Auckland.
  • Daily Xtra takes a look at Pride on Curaçao.
  • The Conversation notes how Barbados has demonstrated, and is continuing to demonstrate, remarkable resiliency versus threats both natural and human.
  • Deb O’Rourke at NOW Toronto writes about how Toronto Islanders and the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation are moving towards reconciliation.

[ISL] Five islands links: Ile-des-Soeurs, Barbados, Islay, Greenland, Seychelles (#islands)

  • La Presse notes that ongoing contruction is making traffic to and from the heavily populated Ile-des-Soeurs, just off Montréal, very difficult.
  • IPS News notes that Barbados is hoping to diversify beyond its traditional sugar cane agriculture to start tapping fisheries in the adjacent Atlantic.
  • The Island Review shares the reports of Marg Greenwood around the Scottish island of Islay.
  • Are the oldest fossils in the world, imprints in Greenland rocks billions of years old, actually fossils? CBC reports.
  • The Inter Press Services notes that the Seychelles have issued some bonds in support of new fisheries projects.

[ISL] “Burnt Out Caribbean Pirate Castle Taps Expanding China for Funds”

Bloomberg’s Colin Simpson examines how China is becoming a major lender in Latin america and the Caribbean, starting from the example of Barbados.

A now ruined Caribbean castle built by a 19th century buccaneer is among the latest beneficiaries of China’s increasing push to offer development finance around the world.

The burnt-out shell of Sam Lord’s Castle stands on a stretch of shoreline on the island nation of Barbados. The former British colony is looking to China as an alternative source of financing because its status as a middle-income country doesn’t qualify it for funding on preferential terms from international development organizations.

It’s not alone: figures from the Inter-American Dialogue, a U.S.-based policy analysis center, and Boston University show China provided more financing to Latin America in 2015 than the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined. Meantime, China remains a major investor in Africa and has started the $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which may announce its first batch of investments midyear.

Barbados’s first major financing deal with China was signed late last year — a $170 million loan to renovate the castle built by pirate Sam Lord. He amassed a fortune by plundering ships that became trapped on coral reefs near his estate.

“When President Xi Jinping of China visited the Caribbean in 2013 one of the things he promised was $3 billion in loans and concessional financing,” Chelston Brathwaite, Barbados’s ambassador to China, said in a phone interview. “Our country seeks to participate in this offer and see how we can capture some of these funds for infrastructure development in order to promote economic activity in our country.”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

[DM] “How emigration made Barbados rich”

I’ve a post up taking a look at a recent series of posts by Noel Maurer at his blog examining how the mass migration of Barbadians to work on the Panama Canal in the first decade of the 20th century helped push the country into the First World by the first decade of the 21st century, with suggestions as to the relevance of Barbados’ example to other countries in the century ahead.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm