Prudent UWI Correction

Submitted by Douglas
It has always contemplated some students assuming responsibility for their education at some stage

“It has always contemplated some students assuming responsibility for their education at some stage”

It is the duty and the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the resources of the country are spent in the most prudent manner. In a situation where the resources are already under pressure, government has to take the tough decision to ensure the viability of the service being offered. The area of education has been one of the areas where Government has taken the decision that an intervention was necessary to halt a runaway budget before it collapsed the entire educational system.

In the presentation made to the DLP’s Annual Conference, Prime Minister Stuart articulate what has been the DLP’s longstanding policy as it relates to UWI education:

“One area in which the stridency was very evident was that related to the contribution by student to the cost of their education at the University.

This measure, in which government still continues to meet 80% of the cost, was described variously as a declaration of war on the poor, a cutting back of the opportunities available for persons to access university education, a repudiation of Errol Barrow’s legacy, and an attempt to undermine the viability of the university itself…

The response of the Democratic Labour Party in government to this particular challenge has a history which needs to be told.

As long ago as October 1980 the DLP in Opposition had been reflecting on what its policies should look like on its eventual return to government. Through its Academy of Politics, the Party hosted a series of lectures under the theme “Social Problems We Face”. One of those lectures was delivered by Dr. Leonard Shorey who spoke on the subject: “Perspectives on Education in Barbados” Amongst the views clearly expressed in that lecture, Dr. Shorey insisted that to avoid the proliferation of imbalances produced by the tertiary education system, a future government of Barbados should link funding for students to national priorities and manpower needs.

Five years later when the Party was celebrating its 30th Anniversary, it produced an 84 page publication bearing the title “30 Years and Onward” which highlighted both its achievements for the first 30 years of its existence and what it proposed to do on its return to office. At page 60 of that publication it stated as follows: “A DLP Government will work more closely with the UWI so as to determine where priorities lie and to determine how many places will be funded in each faculty, based on plans and manpower projections.” I might add that the foreword to that 84 page publication was written by Errol W. Barrow. The Party has never contemplated funding university education for all students indefinitely.

It has always contemplated some students assuming responsibility for their education at some stage. For that reason it passed the Student Revolving Fund Act in 1976 to facilitate student loans. Present policy is in keeping with that commitment and also with the Barrow legacy.”

Over time it will be seen that the decisions taken by the government to right size the budget of the University of the West Indies will work out to the benefit of the students and the people of Barbados. What could would the University be to the country if it had been allowed to continue on its trajectory with an unsustainable financial model? It would have led to the collapse of the educational system in Barbados.

This measures also brings into focus the importance of the University to meet the demands of the students and the workplace by focusing more on quality as oppose to through-put. A university education was never intended to be a factory production line where the focus is on the number of units produced. A university education should be tailored-made and hand crafted. Creating specialty pieces which meets the needs of the end-user and which over all benefits the environment where it has been deposited.

The focus of the University of the West Indies should be on creating programmes where students exiting the campus are equipped with the skills and knowledge which are in demand in the workforce; placing them at a competitive edge locally, regionally and internationally.

Finally, it must be noted that UWI cannot be the single largest beneficiary of the resources of the Government. It is time that greater emphasis is placed on the other institutions such as: the Barbados Community College, The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, The Secondary Schools and the Primary Schools as well as other technical and vocational training centres so that they too can assist in the development of our workforce to exceptional world class standards.

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  • Cheeze-on-bread Douglas.

    I know that you are a party hack.

    But you know that you are talking[writing] shite right?

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  • @Douglas “The Party has never contemplated funding university education for all students indefinitely.”

    So why wunna din tell we so in the most recent election campaign?

    The DLP should have put these words on every manifesto, on every flyer, on every banner and on every bilboard:

    THE DLP HAS NEVER CONTEMPLATED FUNDING UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS INDEFINITELY.

    Den we wouldda know that wunna int a bunch of deceitful dogs.

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  • @Douglas “As long ago as October 1980 the DLP in Opposition had been reflecting on what its policies should look like on its eventual return to government…The focus of UWI, Cave Hill should be on creating programs where students exiting the campus are equipped with the skills and knowledge which are in demand in the workforce”

    Oh Lord Douglas you really shoudda gone to UWI and taken a logic course or two. First you try go give us a history lesson, harking back to 1980, and then you shouw your scant disregard for history by stating “UWI, Cave Hill should be on creating programs where students exiting the campus are equipped with the skills and knowledge which are in demand in the workforce”

    So when last have historians been “in demand in the workforce” ya ig’rant witch….and yet, and yet, if we fail to educate a new generation of historians we will soon know nothing about the DLP 1980 and such like…except what the DLP wants us to hear/believe.

    But maybe that is the DLP’s true intention.

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  • But some of us who were born before the DLP ain’t de’d yet and if our children and their children can’t learn history at UWI we will teach them history at home ourselves…except the DLP won’t like what we are teaching them at home.

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  • @Douglas “As long ago as October 1980 the DLP in Opposition had been reflecting on what its policies should look like on its eventual return to government…The DLP has never contemplated funding university education for all students indefinitely.”

    So if wunna was studying this since 1980 why wunna did’ volunteer to pay your own university tuition back then?…or why wunna can’t offer to reimburse UWI for providing wunna wid a tuition free education from 1980 to 2013 instead of inflicting pain on parents and students in 2014.

    And why wunna big shots, starting with UWI educated Cabinet MInisters, Members of Parliament, senior public servants and senior members of the business community don’t volunteer to give UWI $10,000 per year for the next 3 years and $1,000 per year for the rest of wunna lives.

    If only 1,000 of wunna tuition-free UWI graduates gave $10,000 this year that would be $10 million dollars, and that would be enough to give a grant to UWI’s 1,000 best students this year, and the next, and the next, by which they too would have graduated without big debts and would become perpetutal UWI donors.

    That’s too hard?

    And what wunna doing to this young generation is bearable?

    Take note that if wunna saving ya money there is no guarantee that you will live to spend it..looka David Thompson..and no guarantee that if ya left’ it to wunna children that the children won’t lick it our on wild men/women, drugs, alcohol etc?

    Better to sepnd it now on a bright and steady young person.

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  • “As long ago as October 1980 the DLP in Opposition had been reflecting on what its policies should look like on its eventual return to government.”

    I am not familiar with the political environment that existed during 1980, mainly because I was still attending secondary school and was not really interested in politics. However, I clearly remember some of my school mates coming to school repeating the slogan “On with Tom in ‘81”. We found that funny at the time. Thankfully, historical information on these issues is available for perusal, which would enable us to make comparative analysis.

    As it relates to your statement “The Party has never contemplated funding university education for all students indefinitely”. On May 28, 1986, the DLP won the elections to form the government with a 24 seat majority of the 27 seats.

    If you read page 12 of the DLP’s 2008 manifesto, under the headline: “(4) Education for the 21st Century”:
    “The Democratic Labour Party recommits Barbados to high-quality, FREE EDUCATION FOR ALL FROM PRE-SCHOOL TO TERTIARY LEVEL. Education is the vehicle on which we have relied to improve our economic and social development. More than 20% of our national budget is spent on education but the return from this expenditure is becoming less and less satisfactory. The system is producing too many persons lacking the skills for the job market or for effective living. A DLP government will make Barbados’ education system more relevant to the country’s development needs.”

    Since the party only sought to address the UWI tuition fees issue in 2014, shows it was never really a priority. However, I believe it was a measure recommended by the IMF.

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  • I agree that government must be prudent with the scarce resources. That is why I can’t understand that a prudent administration would take up $250,000 of the scarce resources and fly a large delegation halfway round the world to sign a document

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  • @ Douglas:
    “In the presentation made to the DLP’s Annual Conference, Prime Minister Stuart articulate what has been the DLP’s longstanding policy as it relates to UWI education”

    “One area in which the stridency was very evident was that related to the contribution by student to the cost of their education at the University.”

    Come on Douggie why are you describing your leader as a bold-faced liar and hypocrite?
    Isn’t he the same man while addressing the students at the 2012 BCC graduation ceremony made a cast-iron, iron-clad unbreakable commitment to those graduands that their continuing tertiary education at the UWI will assuredly continue to be free (but only if you vote DLP)?

    It would be most informative and strikingly interesting if you, in all honesty (with the help of David of BU, of course) could ‘regurgitate’ for the BU family’s fledgling consumption the relevant extracts of that speech of calm assurance as reported in the Press circa late 2012.
    The mind boggles but wasn’t a similar assurance given by the same man at the opening of the new Carlton Supermarket at Black Rock Barbados?

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  • douggie talking to these BLP donkeys ,just a waste of time, they believe in order to win the next election, they must be strong on opposing and short on facts, a fact to them is an overstatement or a judgement by govt they perceived to be wrong however but serving in their own interest….opposing for the blp yardfowl is an investment,,an investment more often than not leaves them holding the shitty end of the stick….exhibit A their house completely all but toppled over having a household of about fourteen minus the one who ran away,, and yet they sure know how to tell govt how to run a house hould having over two hundred thousand people ,,go figure,,

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  • How much is it going to cost us to build the new National Stadium?

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  • PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926TO 2014 MASSIVE FRAUD LANDTAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS, BARBADOS DLP/BLP MASSIVE PONZI FRAUD

    There is plenty money in the DLP account ,,But none is for us Bajans to do any thing,
    What ever you People want or want done,

    Hey We Have a VAT for that, SORRY APP for THAT,

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  • In 1996 when the cost of UWI (to government) was $US 3 million annually, the Shorey Commission recommended that students pay 50% of the cost of tuition. The Arthur administration decided to continue full funding of UWI. Can anyone remember the DLP’s response to the Shorey Commission recommendations?

    BARBADOS-EDUCATION: To Pay or Not to Pay?
    By IPS Correspondents Reprint | | Print | Send by email

    Carol Martindale

    BRIDGETOWN, Feb 13 1996 (IPS) – The government here might have decreed it the state’s responsibility to pay for students attending the local campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), but the debate on the issue is far from over.

    Many taxpayers here are complaining that they do not see why they must continue to fund education for students, many of whom are failing dismally at their courses.

    Disgruntled taxpayers have a champion in educator Dr Leonard Shorey who headed a commission charged with providing recommendations for financing tertiary education.

    Shorey believes students should pay the full cost of their own tertiary education.

    The 12 member commission however, insisted that students pay 50 percent of the cost and that such payment be firmly linked to the establishment of adequate and well planned support provisions for the students.

    But the Owen Arthur administration has ignored both Shorey and the recommendations of the commission he headed. The government recently announced that it would pay the three million U.S. dollars it cost to educate 2,208 Barbadians annually at the UWI’s Cave Hill campus. This continues the tradition of state subsidised tertiary education.

    “There will simply be no tuition fees,” said Education Minister Mia Mottley.

    “We have determined that in the same way we can bring about fiscal incentives and subsidies for inputs pertaining to the economic sectors, whether duty-free for manufacturing or tourism, the government will treat the question of students’ fees as an economic cost that we are committed to pay,” she added.

    “It was in a defining philosophical moment that the Cabinet decided to treat education as an economic sector with the full realisation that on a growth path of knowledge-based and skill- intensive industries, the major input of that sector was human resource development.”

    The ruling appears to be a bitter pill for many Barbadians to swallow.

    Critics of the decision point to data which show that students are failing their courses at an alarming rate. An investigation is soon to start on the high failure rate.

    According to data from university departmental reports covering the years 1991 to 1994, as much as 50 percent of those enrolled in certain courses at the institution’s Natural and Social Sciences faculties are failing these subjects.

    “This situation is a very disturbing one,” wrote the Shorey Commission on the issue. “It indicates a considerable waste of resources which the country can ill-afford and to which the campus must necessarily be called upon to give serious attention.”

    Mottley says the government had already taken a decision to arrest some of the disturbing features which have plagued education over the last decade.

    Some of these features she said were negative attitudes and persistently poor academic performance.

    The failure rate at the region’s premier tertiary institution is not an isolated one. Barbadian students have been worrying their teachers in recent years, by their lacklustre performances on examinations at lower levels.

    Education officials report that 70 percent of the country’s high school graduates leave without gaining certificates for the regional high school leaving test, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

    A good CXC pass, meaning five or more subjects at a Grade two or higher level is essential for progressing to tertiary institutions and for entry level jobs in the labour force.

    http://www.ipsnews.net/1996/02/barbados-education-to-pay-or-not-to-pay/

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  • Will Douglas kindly comment on the perception that free tertiary education at UWI was lost because of the profligate policies of its Principal which resulted in massive debt, a tab which the Government had no choice but to pick up.

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  • A Prime Minister’s Word

    Posted on August 18, 2013 by David | 296 Comments | Edit

    What value should we place in the word of a Prime Minister. Should we dismiss Prime Minister Stuart’s promise as election campaign rhetoric? Should we dismiss the promise the late Prime Minister David Thompson made to CLICO policyholders? Are we finally willing to say to politicians, ENOUGH! Read Nation article PM’s Word

    What value should we place in the word of a Prime Minister. Should we dismiss Prime Minister Stuart’s promise as election campaign rhetoric? Should we dismiss the promise the late Prime Minister David Thompson made to CLICO policyholders? Are we finally willing to say to politicians, ENOUGH!

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  • david why u insist in jumping in the bed with political yardfowls.,,this is not a game of “Got YUH! when reality comes knocking you either give way or pay the consequences,

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  • It it showing yard fowl behaviour to ask the government why has the Employment Rights Tribunal not been able to convene? This is against the decision by the Labour Department to refer the NCC matter.

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  • @ David
    ANYONE……anyone at all…..who continues to take the word of any of our politicians deserve to be continued to be taken for a jackass.

    ….oh wait!!!
    …except for ac, ….who is already a confirmed JA

    @ Colonel B
    How much is it going to cost us to build the new National Stadium?
    ++++++++++++++
    Not one shiite! ….what the hell will he build it with?
    Lashley just walks around talking a roll of jobby…
    There should be a minimum-height limit imposed on all aspiring politicians – like used to be the case with policemen.

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  • Do you realise Minister Lashley is quoted in the media in recent days echoing the same view supported by many BU commenters? The need for a sports programme and to find a way to highlight elite athletes? This maybe a reaction to one or two heads of sports organisation taking him on, notably the hockey association.

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  • RE There should be a minimum-height limit imposed on all aspiring politicians – like used to be the case with policemen.

    ONE WONDERS WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP OF HEIGHT TO THE ABILITY TO COGITATE OR CEREBRATE

    DO SHORT PEOPLE THINK LESS, OR HAVE A GREATER INABILITY TO PLAN? DO SUCH FOLK HAVE LESS VISION?

    I KNOW A PERSON WHO WHEN FOLK THAT HE IS INCAPABLE OF CONTRIBUTING SAYS MY FAT IS ON MY BELLY NOT MY BRAIN

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  • GORGIE PORGIE

    Generally speaking most short people are useless?

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  • ROGER
    I KNOW OF NO GENERAL RELATIONSHIP OF HEIGHT OR GIRTH TO A PERSON’S UTILITY.

    THERE HAVE EVEN BEEN SOME VERY SHORT SUCCESSFUL BASKETBALL PLAYERS

    MANY MANY GREAT BATSMEN IN CRICKET ARE SHORT

    ABILITY TO THINK OR PLAN OR TO HAVE VISION OR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE’S HEIGHT (OR GIRTH) OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL PARAMETER. Ah LIE?

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  • @ Roger Smart | September 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM |
    “GORGIE PORGIE
    Generally speaking most short people are useless?”

    Does such a blanket statement also apply to the Chinese and Japanese? By your assessment the majority of people on Earth are therefore ‘short’ and ‘useless’.
    It’s a pity that most goods imported into Barbados are manufactured by runts (by your standard of measurement).

    Come Roger, you are too smart and can certainly do better than that!

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  • Lighten up fellas. This is just rum shop banter.

    Wanna short me crutch fellas need to chill. lol

    Sometimes I wunda eff wunna is real Bajans. We doan even need to be in a rum shop to talk shiite.

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  • I AM SORRY TO REPORT THAT I AM NOT “short me crutch ”
    ALSO MY STATEMENT WHICH I HAVE POSTED ABOVE WHILE CHILLIN IS “SOUND DOCTRINE WHICH CAN NOT BE REFUTED”
    LET ME REPEAT

    I KNOW OF NO GENERAL RELATIONSHIP OF HEIGHT OR GIRTH TO A PERSON’S UTILITY.

    THERE HAVE EVEN BEEN SOME VERY SHORT SUCCESSFUL BASKETBALL PLAYERS

    MANY MANY GREAT BATSMEN IN CRICKET ARE SHORT

    ABILITY TO THINK OR PLAN OR TO HAVE VISION OR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE’S HEIGHT (OR GIRTH) OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL PARAMETER

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  • Agree Hants, Jesus.

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  • again i repeat
    MY STATEMENT WHICH I HAVE POSTED ABOVE WHILE CHILLIN IS “SOUND DOCTRINE WHICH CAN NOT BE REFUTED”

    I KNOW OF NO GENERAL RELATIONSHIP OF HEIGHT OR GIRTH TO A PERSON’S UTILITY.

    THERE HAVE EVEN BEEN SOME VERY SHORT SUCCESSFUL BASKETBALL PLAYERS

    MANY MANY GREAT BATSMEN IN CRICKET ARE SHORT

    ABILITY TO THINK OR PLAN OR TO HAVE VISION OR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE’S HEIGHT (OR GIRTH) OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL PARAMETER

    Jesus has nothing to do with this CORRECT & SCIENTIFIC ASSERTION. Ah lie?

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  • Georgie Porgie

    You are repeating yourself so clearly Roger Smart is quite smart in describing you as useless.

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  • Short people are walking examples of diminishing vigor in their individual pedigrees.

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  • Postage Paid | September 24, 2014 at 6:12 PM |
    lol i am over 6 feet tall sir……….and definitely not useless
    repetition is the mother of good teaching the manuals say

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  • Georgie Porgie

    Or a sure sign that one should be committed to an asylum for lunatics.

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  • PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926TO 2014 MASSIVE FRAUD LANDTAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS, BARBADOS DLP/BLP MASSIVE PONZI FRAUD

    All of this jerking going on, So to tell me no one came as yet,
    or you all just happy being jerks or jerked ,

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  • postal you can say what you like but MY STATEMENT below IS “SOUND DOCTRINE WHICH CAN NOT BE REFUTED”

    the ABILITY TO THINK OR PLAN OR TO HAVE VISION OR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ONE’S HEIGHT (OR GIRTH) OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL PARAMETER

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  • Added to all the drama of students not being able to afford tuition fees, we read today that UWI is in such a financial black hole that it cannot even afford to pay salaries on time.

    Barbados is in serious trouble!

    But wait…….this is week three…..ac, Douglas…where are the bursaries? You people are serious deceivers!

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  • Roger Smart

    I take issue with the fact the people of short statute are a waste. I wonder if your findings are predicated upon metaphysical -speculation or the instrument of science? Because the science tell us that Asian people who are generally shorter by nature are at an advantage when compared to the European and African, who are much taller.The Asian short stature put them closer to the the Center of Gravity. Which is an obvious advantage in terms of their agility as well as their ability to recover quickly when their fall etc. My whole argument is grounded upon Military Science conducted during the Vietnam war/era, when a comparison was made between the American soldier and the Asian soldier in terms of they effectiveness in the theater of war.

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  • Roger Smart

    In simple and in conspicous words: shorter people are much closer to the Center of Gravity and this allows them an advantage over taller people. Now, of course, there are also advantages to be gained from being taller, let’s make that crystal -clear.

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  • A good batsman always knows the balls to let go outside the off stump.

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  • Bush Tea

    When have you seen or read of an honest politician in any era and within any of the above mentioned parties? You have sadly forgotten the old adage which said: “When you point one finger that two points right back at you.” This is the human condition Bushie; our perfect imperfections ( according to the R…And…B song writer Mr. John Legend) which gives reason to our human conduct. There isn’t any perfection within the scope of human government and if you believe it to be so then you’re obviously in for rude awakening. In any instance, such thinking amount to little than a pipe-dream, or what those in the philosophical enclaves calls an idealist wet-dream. Only the metaphysical Jesus who stands as an ontological -subjectivity in mind of the believer, is worthy of this distinct honor.

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  • Dompey

    So how do you explain pygmies when referring to short Asians?

    Is not a fact that most women prefer and are more sexually attracted to taller men? Quite a few I know say they have no uses for runts in the bedroom.

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  • Code Name Octopussy

    Corruption reigns and rains in Barbados. Ask PLANTATION DEEDS if you doubt me.
    Barbados is the only place where BIG BOYS dont go to jail. Colonial black people. Racist and Colonial white people feel that they are above the Law. Until you lock up a status quo junkie, things will get no better.
    ASK PLANTATION DEEDS , my hero
    Corrupt Individuals come in all forms–tall short -long- black-white-

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  • Prodigal u ole political hack what is your problem u should be more concern about putting body and soul into your party than uh daily political noise of propaganda and poppy cock.the tardiness of the bursuraries where explained but u being a political foot soldier just couldn,t resist putting uh scandulous mouth in gear.a

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  • Further more wid all the long winded talk .wunna leader still after six years have not come up with an orginal plan of action of moving the country forward.however it seems like her mouthpiece ryan straughan is on the attack again aided by one mascoll

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  • What is the value of a bursary if it cannot be accessed before the start of term to facilitate financial planning?

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  • Great point!

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  • Postage paid

    The attaction of women to taller individuals does not change the science which said that shorter people have a meaningful advantage over their taller counterpart because of their center of gravity.

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  • Good point .not really there are procedures in place to trouble shoot making sure that no student would be penalized because of failures within the system

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  • @ ac | September 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM |
    “Further more wid all the long winded talk .wunna leader still after six years have not come up with an orginal plan of action of moving the country forward.however it seems like her mouthpiece ryan straughan is on the attack again aided by one mascoll”

    Wait ac, we were not aware the people of Barbados elected an administration other than the DLP to manage their affairs.
    It seems you have returned to the failed ‘blame-game’ strategy? Isn’t the international recession alibi working anymore?
    Who you are going to
    So you want an original plan of action?
    Now here is one! Get rid of the useless Cabinet since for the last six years it has been incapable of designing and implementing an “original plan of action”! Your business model has failed and it’s time to call in the IMF administrators.

    But what can one expect from a piece of ugly furniture made of inferior wood and designed by “ac” the asinine carpenter?

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  • Any truth that the CBOB has secured a US$1.0B ‘top up’ of the foreign reserves accounts from so oil guys to the Middle East?

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  • Prodigal Son | September 24, 2014 at 7:29 PM |

    “But wait…….this is week three…..ac, Douglas…where are the bursaries? You people are serious deceivers!”

    Prodigal, you are called a yard-fowl because you support the BLP. Others are ignoramus in their support of the DLP while classifying themselves as being patriotic and not yard-fowls.
    Don’t mind them Prodigal, at least you make sense, while a lot of them does come to BU with a lot of unsubstantiated generalized statements and nuff, nuff shiite.

    When Ryan Straughn was president of the Barbados Economic Society, he was labeled a BLP. When Jeremy Stephen took over the presidency, the political pimps Maureen Holder and Mary Sargeant (aka the Trinidadian Woman) were heard on CBC’s “Talk ya Talk” saying that the BES is now breath of fresh air, since they seemed not to be criticizing DLP policies. However, after analyzing the effects of government’s policies on the economy, Stephen has taken a position similar to that of Dr Mascoll, and is now being called a mouth piece of the BLP.

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  • @ Roger Smart | September 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM |

    So what is the other side of the transaction?
    What’s the other side of the ‘quid pro quo’?

    If this injection of funds is factual who organized such a top-up?
    Is it a result of the Estwick plan? If so, Fumble needs to reshuffle his Cabinet and put Estwick in charge of Finance.

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  • Nobody give a topic without strings IF true.

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  • David
    This is the latest rumour making its way around informed sources. I am just trying to see whether there is an truth to it or it is PR.

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  • millertheanunnaki | September 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM |
    “Now here is one! Get rid of the useless Cabinet since for the last six years it has been incapable of designing and implementing an “original plan of action”! Your business model has failed and it’s time to call in the IMF administrators.”

    First things first Miller, the IMF is already here. Do you think things like the Barbados Revenue Authority, students paying UWI tuition fees, retrenching over 4,000 public sector workers (and bear in mind, of the 30 or so statutory and quasi government organisation, only 5 have been affected by lay-offs so far) and school children paying bus fare (they did not implement it fully, but conveniently placed a time after which fares are to be paid) are policies created by this administration?

    Talk about the Cabinet……. it’s the largest in the history of Barbados, but they are immune to the recession excuse that was used to send home bus drivers from the Transport Board, life-guards at NCC, those people who clean the drains from the Drainage Unit and, rightfully so, all those people Michael Lashley brought on at the NHC months before the 2013 elections.

    As it relates to my questions about the 4 losing candidates, recently, I saw Harry Husbands in the papers taking about education, Irene Sandiford-Garner was on BU writing shiite, so, that leaves Jeptar Ince and Patrick Todd.
    What the hell does Todd do for his salary other than walk ‘bout town in blue pants and white, long-sleeve “bush jackets”?

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  • As for ac the consummate patriot one not willing to lay out a platter laden with political mischief bundle with marches and diehard intentions weighing in on divisionary tactics unleased on govt hoping all to be the politcal blow which will dessimate the govt and throw country into a perilous flight of desingration..all of which the political arm of the blp party and operatives are guilty of………………..signed a patriotic barbadian

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  • Miller and the motley crew can keep banging wunna heads against the policies of govt but until wunna have plausible and reasonable alternatives to counterattack.your views and comments would become as tumbleweed tossed and driven by the wind

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  • ac
    What about Dennis Kellman’s recent special interest rampage attack on the goodly people of Six Mens, referring to them a SQUATTERS? But then again maybe he was emboldened by the Constituency Representative’s refusal to defense them again Bjerkhamn

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  • As far back as February 2010, Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, suggested the following five key guidelines for success in spite of recession:

    1) SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL CAPITAL
    2) SOUND MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICIES WITH EMPHASIS ON ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
    3) PURSUIT OF RELEVANT STRATEGIES TO CONTINUE A DYNAMIC CULTURE – STIMULATING CREATION IN BOTH PRIVATE & PUBLIC SECTOR SO AS TO GENERATE SIGNIFICANT RETURN ON INVESTMENT {ROI}
    4) INSTILLING ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITHIN GOVERNMENT
    5) MAINTAINING AN OPEN SYSTEM IN THE SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP

    However, the DLP is on record as saying they don’t want any suggestions from the BLP, so why should the BLP or any of its supporters give the DLP any alternative suggestions?

    But the counter attack is to say “you can’t criticize me if you can’t bring
    ‘plausible and reasonable alternatives’….”. This is a weak cop-out.

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  • Roger Smart | September 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM |

    ac

    What about Dennis Kellman’s recent special interest rampage attack on the goodly people of Six Mens, referring to them a SQUATTERS?
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    here is websters definition of the word SQUATTER

    a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.

    roger not so smart so foolish of you to take little stick to cut down a forest,,

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  • Artaxerxes | September 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM |

    As far back as February 2010, Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, suggested the following five key guidelines for success in spite of recession:

    1) SUSTAINED INVESTMENT IN SOCIAL CAPITAL
    2) SOUND MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICIES WITH EMPHASIS ON ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
    3) PURSUIT OF RELEVANT STRATEGIES TO CONTINUE A DYNAMIC CULTURE – STIMULATING CREATION IN BOTH PRIVATE & PUBLIC SECTOR SO AS TO GENERATE SIGNIFICANT RETURN ON INVESTMENT {ROI}
    4) INSTILLING ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITHIN GOVERNMENT
    5) MAINTAINING AN OPEN SYSTEM IN THE SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP

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    now pray tell me why didn;t OSA not take to heart the same advice which he was ready to doled out before the melt down of the economy. if his wisdom was as good as you artexeres believe and other yardfowls ,don;t u believe the same advice would have been equally relevant in prosperous years when he was pm which would have saved barbados the pain of economic doldrums when the world wide recession became a reality,,,as usual the same political poo,which was rightfully rejected by a govt who understood that the mitigating factors and underling economic tow had brought investment to a screeching halt when financial institutions and lenders were feeling the squeeze and lending had crawled to a snails pace because of the high risks brought about by weakened economics,, now u artexeres can come here and pontificate to blp yardfowls and fools ac excluded

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  • ac | September 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM |

    “now u artexeres can come here and pontificate to blp yardfowls and fools ac excluded…”

    You have constantly demonstrated on BU how much of a jack-ass all 5 or 6 of you are. You often admonish the BLP and those other people who criticise DLP polices, while accusing them of failing to bring alternative solutions.

    By my post, I indicated that Owen Arthur GAVE the government alternative solutions as far back as 2010. And your reply:

    “now pray tell me why didn;t OSA not take to heart the same advice which he was ready to doled out before the melt down of the economy. if his wisdom was as good as you artexeres believe and other yardfowls ,don;t u believe the same advice would have been equally relevant in prosperous years when he was pm which would have saved barbados the pain of economic doldrums when the world wide recession became a reality”

    If this is the type of answer anyone who is willing to give the DLP alternative solutions receives, then why should they bother doing so?

    Your ignorance has once again surfaced to show BU what the true characteristics of a real political yard-fowl.

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  • Hants | September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM |

    “ac is definitely a BLP supporter. Her sole function on this blog is to create enemies for the DLP.”

    Hants, I agree with you that the sole purpose of these AC jack-asses on this blog is to create enemies for the DLP.

    I can not understand how so many people can be so ignorant.

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  • arterexes understandly u would cringe at all my responses.the truth does have a way of making people uncomfortable as it peels away at the scabs and exposes the infections that lay hidden beneath the surface.u come here on Bu in pretentious manner as one a-political yet beneath your surface lies a political animal wallowing in the cesspool of political dirt quick to defend those of similar affiliation while throwing political stink bombs in the path of those with whom u disagree

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  • ac | September 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM |
    “arterexes understandly u would cringe at all my responses.the truth does have a way of making people uncomfortable as it peels away at the scabs and exposes the infections that lay hidden beneath the surface.u come here on Bu in pretentious manner as one a-political yet beneath your surface lies a political animal wallowing in the cesspool of political dirt quick to defend those of similar affiliation while throwing political stink bombs in the path of those with whom u disagree”

    Clearly, this reply is from the “Donville Inniss AC”….. and not the regular dyslexic one who rambles and can’t put two sentences together. It reeks of the same rhetorical party political diatribe that he is famous for.
    I have unnerved you all so much that you had to go for the big guns who have accused me of doing the exact same thing you do.

    You all don’t know TRUTH if it weighed 1000 tons and hit you on the head. Let me mention 8 of the many “truths” you have told the electorate:

    1) Immediately upon assuming office in 2008, introduce the integrity legislation requiring freedom of information laws and a code of conduct for ministers.
    2) Prior to the 2013 general elections, Stuart and the DLP promised no civil servants would be sent home.
    3) The DLP said they were committed to providing free tertiary level education.
    4) The NHC accounted for the over $40M received in monthly advances with parliamentary approval.
    5) The reason behind repealing the PAC act was to stop the “witch hunt” and not to cover up the $40M the NHC received without parliamentary approval.
    6) Layoffs in the public sector should be around 3,000 [it’s almost 4,000 and still counting].
    7) A careful analysis would be done so that no 2 persons from the same household would be terminated.
    8) The retrenched Transport Board and NCC employees would receive their severance payments 2 months after being terminated (6 months gone now).

    The voters want answers to the above truths, answers which, I’m sure, will have both you and the DLP “uncomfortable as it peels away at the scabs and exposes the infections that lay hidden beneath the surface”.

    Obviously, you will be “quick to defend those of similar affiliation while throwing political stink bombs in the path of those with whom u disagree.”

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  • ac | September 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM |

    “u come here on Bu in pretentious manner as one a-political yet beneath your surface lies a political animal wallowing in the cesspool of political dirt quick to defend those of similar affiliation while throwing political stink bombs in the path of those with whom u disagree….”

    NOW, WHAT COULD EXEMPLIFY THE ABOVE STATEMENT MORE SO, THAN THE ARTICLE PENNED BY THE POLITICAL PIG, DOUGLAS RE: “LISA MARSHALL – RETRENCHED WORKER FROM THE TRANSPORT BOARD” POSTED ON BU ON AUGUST 29, 2014?

    Douglas, the political animal [pig] he is, and aided by other pigs, dug deep into the cesspool to dredge up “dirt” on Lisa, purely for “political” reasons.
    This was the DLP’s reaction to a woman who asked for her severance payment, which by law, is rightfully hers [even if she allegedly committed an offence some ten years prior].

    Douglas’ in his response, was “quick to defend those of similar affiliation [DLP] while throwing political stink bombs in the path of” Lisa, all in an effort to tarnish the lady’s reputation.

    And you, AC, the political animal you are, took much pleasure in wallowing in that cesspool, now you come to tell me shiite.

    Wheel and come again, I’m too good for all of you!!!!

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  • Hants, just think about your thinking and I am quite sure you’ll be able to ascertain that you’re as ignorant as you seem to think others are. Even the most intellectual of persons are as ignorant as the practical man in certain areas of academics.

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  • Hants, just to inform your thinking for just one moment: the Practical-Man thinks with his Hands rather than with his Mind.

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  • YOU READ SOME BOVINE EXCREMENT ON BU EVERYDAY

    NOW IT IS THAT SOME FOLK THINK WITH THEIR HANDS!
    HOW EXCITING!
    HOW HILARIOUS!

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  • @arterexes

    reply to your worthless propaganda comments..steupse. you seem to be a ” big” yet little gold fish trying to swim in a big pond, LOL.

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  • ac | September 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM |

    “@arterexes: reply to your worthless propaganda comments.. steupse. you seem to be a ” big” yet little gold fish trying to swim in a big pond, LOL…..”

    You cannot reply, because, “understandly [understandably], u would cringe at all my responses. The truth does have a way of making people uncomfortable as it peels away at the scabs and exposes the infections that lay hidden beneath the surface.”

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  • Even the UK has a problem, more students are going to University and leaving without skills.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-29429466
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29454002
    Back in the 1990’s our UK director thought that hiring First and Second class honours graduates, giving them 18 months intensive training followed by 18 months of experience mentored by experienced staff would deliver top flight employees.
    Of the 12 hired, only 3 made the grade, 2 young ladies and a guy, all now holding top positions in different high tech firms. The remainder were let go, though they probably proved very competent in areas not as demanding as ours.

    The graduate hiring exercise was deemed a failure and never repeated.

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  • The Government of Germany has joined Denmark,Norway and Sweden in providing FREE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION to all, including International students.
    The US is being urged to buy out the 7 trillion owed by students and free up spending money to the middle class families.Germany has said Tuition Fees are socially unjust and particularly target the poor and more vulnerable in their society.But Bobby Morris,who was head of the task force so called,set up by OSA to amalgamate BCC,SJPP and others into a University of Barbados,similar to what Trinidad did some years ago,has suddenly determined that free university education in Barbados is a no no and must be paid for by all including struggling middle and working class families.All Dems are alike.Not to be trusted and clueless about the future of Barbados and Barbadians.Once the Fatted Calf get their parliamentary pensions,Barbados can go to hell.

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