The George Brathwaite Column – Barbados’ woes rise with Brexit

brexit1“Once Britain leaves the EU, there will be several troubling consequences for the 12 Caribbean countries.  Not only will the British market disappear from the EU, but so too will the British contribution to official aid and investment.” – (Sir Ronald Sanders).

In a stunning turn of events, Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), and many commentators have considered the resultant outcome of the referendum held in the United Kingdom (UK) to be “a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the continent and rock political establishments throughout the West.” The Economist, prior to the actual vote, had concluded that ‘Brexit’ – a decision to leave the EU – would be “bad for Britain, Europe and the world.”

Specifically, for Barbados and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the outcome of the June 23rd referendum could not have come at a worst time. In addition, the implications of the UK’s looming exit from the EU is nefariously wounding to Barbados and the English-Speaking Caribbean. These economies are still in the process of creating economic resurgence after years of depressed economic activity.

In the following paragraphs, I will examine three key areas of interest. I will additionally try to explain several of the possible consequences for the Caribbean region, particularly as the ramifications of Britain’s exit will derail the best efforts of Barbados’ economic recovery. The three areas of focus are:

  • Democracy vis-à-vis the tyranny of the majority;
  • Transnationalism and migration as sites of protest and resistance;
  • The weakening Pound Sterling (£) as an adverse caveat for residents in Barbados, especially those persons that are dependant on pensions and remittances, coupled with the reality that tourism spend will likely become further contained, thus affecting this country’s foreign exchange reserves.

The background context that gave life to a referendum on whether the UK should stay or leave the EU, poured mainly from the national discourse within Britain that the country had lost sovereignty, and even its democracy, by being in the EU. Some British politicians contended that “EU membership is incompatible with parliamentary sovereignty,” with Prime Minister Cameron stating in 2013 that: “National parliaments [are] the ‘true source’ of democratic legitimacy. Yet they have played only a marginal role in the EU.”

On the point of democracy, it was widely accepted that there is a democratic deficit within the structure of the EU. The Economist wrote regarding the EU that: “It is supranational, but elections (including European ones) are fought on national issues. There is no Europe-wide demos. Voters cannot throw out the EU’s collective leadership. Both the council and the parliament are remote and unaccountable, with decisions often agreed on by shifting alliances.” In that sense, the sovereignty/democracy conundrum would have had an integral impact on the psyche of British voters.

The Express reckoned that “some of the biggest backers of Brexit were the areas where the dominant employer is a foreign corporation,” and in that situation, there was a wide margin of the population illustrating distrust against business elites and to some extent, towards the political elites that became embroiling purveyors of scepticism under the two major political parties.

Moreover, David Cameron’s promised referendum in the 2015 Conservative Party’s Manifesto and that ‘rise of British Euroscepticism’ which, according to the BBC, saw “earlier ambivalence turning into outright hostility.” Add this uncertainty and mixed messaging together, and they placed into the wider context the fertile conditions for increasing fear of foreigners and anti-immigrant discourses. Free movement of people, the migration dilemmas, and the contentious issues arising from the stalled economies and bailouts of Greece and Spain became compounding factors throwing fuel to the firebrand movement of those preferring Britain’s exit from the EU.

As the New York Times would have indicated, “the power of anti-elite, populist and nationalist sentiment at a time of economic and cultural dislocation,” were central to the unstitching of the UK from its moorings of ‘security community’ within the setup of the EU. With protagonist Nigel Farage being increasingly vocal on the vexing issue of immigrant inundation, after the referendum he spoke of a normalcy returning to Britain that was characterised in such a way as to connote: “Normal countries elect their own leaders, make their own laws, have their own courts, control their own borders, that is what normal countries do.”

It was reported in British media that ‘more than four million migrants have come to Britain since Tony Blair threw open the floodgates in 1997’ and in recent times, British deterioration became imperilled to the extent that: “The NHS is stretched to breaking point, the costs of housing have rocketed and parents struggle to find a school place for their child. We have witnessed extremist preachers spreading hate on our streets, the establishment of ethnic enclaves that only encourage division and disharmony, and the importation of backward practices such as female genital mutilation.” Surely, against the background of things that have occurred in Barbados and the region, anti-immigrant and xenophobic sentiments are familiar hum-bugs that politicians use to rally support when these nuisances suit their purposes.

Arguably, the most important crack emerging from Britain’s vote to exit the EU with regards to CARICOM countries is the financial impact for individuals and these fragile economies in the region. Britain is the second-largest economy after Germany in the EU, and it is an advocate of free-market economics, with Barbados and the region having longstanding relations. Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hillary Beckles warns that “every aspect of Caribbean life [in the Caribbean Community] will be adversely affected by last Thursday’s vote” to leave the EU. He suggests that the devastating reach stretches from “trade relations to immigration, tourism to financial relations, and cultural engagements to foreign policy,” and further contends that “there will be a significant redefinition and reshaping of CARICOM-United Kingdom engagements.” This is as realistic as it can be a frightening disruption for the citizens/residents of the region.

In Barbados, with scores of persons having returned to the island to live and several in the process of building their retirement homes, the cost factor will be troublesome with the rapid drop in the value of the British currency against the US dollar. Air travel which is already high will become even more cumbersome. On the whole, the economics of vacationing or living in Barbados after having spent years in Britain will be nightmarish for many in terms of the grave uncertainty of exchange rates. Investments, as well as aid packages will not be able to sustain a dropping Pound Sterling.

A Sunday Sun Editorial rightly points out that: “The battle for our economic survival is not only to be fought on our domestic front, in which we seek to control the deficit and create space for the private sector to develop and grow the economy. We also have to mount consistent and timely responses to the ever-present challenges to the two largest foreign exchange earners of our economy.” No doubt, references are directly related to tourism and foreign direct investments; and once can easily add remittances to that equation.

Hence, it is in this brief consideration for where Barbados will now sit in contrast to the British vote to leave the EU that it becomes a serious matter. The ramifications should employ our minds and practices because Barbados’ woes rise with the Brexit outcome. On top of this, we have a culture in the region of mimicking behaviour and patterns which sometimes are not in our best interest. As an entity, CARICOM must move to reinforce its internal dynamics rather than rushing ahead to find ways for one or more individual territories to rush away from our efforts at deepening regional integration. This can be the wakeup call that Barbadians and Caribbean people need.

(Dr. George C. Brathwaite is a researcher and political consultant, and up until recently, he was editor of Caribbean Times (Antigua). Email: ).

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56 Comments on “The George Brathwaite Column – Barbados’ woes rise with Brexit”

  1. Pachamama June 28, 2016 at 7:42 AM #

    We wonder when some of these ‘intelligent’ people in Barbados are going to stop being reactive. Demand a 20/20 vision as the only way of seeing.

    When history alone will be the sole determinant of the present.

    When they will be able, as God, to look past the present and see the future.

    Here we have the great George Brathwaite coming with a 20/20 vision, hindsight, to talk about history.

    When he so does, like all the rest, they are seeking merely to make cheap political points for a party.

    Is education not about courage, as one thing?

    Anybody who has traveled to Europe over the last 3 years or more, across the whole continent, read the ‘good’ media should have known that there is/was a ‘growing disquiet’. And it will get worse.

    But no, here we have a 2016 Columbus now discovering what the African sages/peoples knew for 100 thousand years prior.

    What makes Brathwaite worse is that BU itself has long talked about these circumstances. It was BU which correctly forecasted the outcome of the Brexit vote.

    And there are to be even more profound geo-political, geo-strategic earthquakes, as symptoms, of the global revolution/s we now face.

    When the Brassbowl are we going to decided to put some madmen in a room somewhere and refuse to let them out until they have a collective and clear vision of the future.

    We proposed the one known as Bushie to be the chair of that group of madmen.

    For in Barbados you’ve got to be mad to try to seek the future and take necessary actions prior.

    Until the local cowardice of the intelligentsia comes to known this, crappo smoke yuh pipe!

    Brathwaite should be telling us what will happen 4, 12, 18, 26 years from now. Absent that, he is useless, like they all are.


  2. David June 28, 2016 at 8:09 AM #


    The last part of your comment resonates: there is now vision being played out in the country. It belies the investment in education post Independence.


  3. Bernard Codrington. June 28, 2016 at 9:01 AM #

    I think that we are on our usual blame game roller coaster. The British made a decision in their best interest . It addressed their fears and is a rational attempt to control their future. What is wrong with that? They are not responsible for the economic affairs of Barbados or CARICOM.
    Democracy can never be a tyranny unless we want to rewrite the Greek and English dictionaries.
    The international capitalist system in which we live ,including former communist countries ,has to live with constant change and renewal. We have to learn to live with temporary discomforts until the world economies achieve a new equilibrium.


  4. Bernard Codrington. June 28, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    I love your opening sentences and hope that they were not tongue in cheek remarks. We have to take more responsibility for our destinies. The fall in the value of the GB pound is temporary. It will bounce back. The London money market is still the most skilled ,the better regulated financial centre in the world. The dip in the GP pound does not reflect the fundamental stability of the British economy.


  5. David June 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM #

    Our world is connected therefore we cannot avoid exogenous shocks. That said we can do a hell of a lot more to mitigate.


  6. chad99999 June 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM #

    This analysis is incomplete and “static”. While correctly describing the negative effects on tourism revenues and remittances for Barbados that can be expected in the near and medium term, it says nothing about the reduced cost of buying British goods, or the economic rebound in the UK that is likely to occur eventually as the lower value of the pound makes British exports cheaper and more competitive.


  7. Hal Austin June 28, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    More young storm troopers…they are coming out of their caves

    onds by saying “How old are you 18 or 19? I have been here longer than you? You are extremely ignorant and unintelligent”.

    In the clip fellow commuters can be heard shouting back at the teenagers, calling them “disgusting” and a “disgrace”. Others can be seen shaking their heads in disgust.

    Other tram passengers said the group were heard chanting “ Salford, Salford, Salford” on the Rochdale via Oldham tram as it reached Manchester city centre .

    As the tram pulled into Market Street the teenagers flicked a drink, believed to be beer, in the direction of the man they were abusing which covered several passengers and a child in a pram.

    The youngsters got off the tram at Market Street, with the other tram passengers applauding the man for sticking up for himself.

    A woman who was on the tram, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “When I was there I knew it was going to get serious. This kind of incident is really happening. It needs to be noticed we don’t want these kind of incidents happening. The three men got off the tram at Market Street and it stopped there.

    “The women on the tram started crying. It was really horrible. When I was walking back to my work I was crying all the way. I couldn’t control myself.

    “I was feeling sad, I now feel scared coming to work. They were three boys, they weren’t very old.

    “I am scared of travelling on my own, I feel scared for my children that it is not safe, I will not take them on the tram.”

    Another tram passenger said: “All the way in between Shudehill and Market Street the kids kept threatening people, loads of people telling them to get off the tram and they replied with ‘you get off the tram and I’ll batter you’.

    “The only good part of the whole thing was the guy on the tram then being congratulated for sticking up for himself and getting a round of applause.”

    Greater Manchester Police say they are investigating.

    Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “We are aware of a video of a hate incident that has surfaced online this morning.

    “This is a disgusting display of abuse which quite frankly has no place in society.

    “All hate incidents are treated with the utmost severity and this behaviour will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.

    “I’m strongly urging anyone who recognises the men in the video to come forward and help us with our investigation.

    “The incident happened at around 7.40am this morning, Tuesday 28 June, on a tram travelling towards the city centre.

    “If anyone has any information please report it to police immediately on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

    Do you know the victim or the teenagers? Call us on 0161 2112471


    Extremely Brilliant Way To


  8. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 11:46 AM #

    “They are not responsible for the economic affairs of Barbados or CARICOM.”

    Good statement Bernard…so why is Fruendel sitting on his ass waiting to see what UK does instead of saying where he sees Barbados in 5 years after he has implemented a plan filled with vision and a blueprint for progress. ..and as chair for caricom, where he sees the integration effort in 25 years with none of the islands dependent on Europe or UK but independently self-sustaining and financially independent.

    What kind of halfassed leaders Barbados got.


  9. Hants June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM #


    “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence””


  10. David June 28, 2016 at 12:18 PM #


    Latent feelings coming to the fore?

    The financial market seems to have stabilized.


    What is the imports mix for Barbados by country?


  11. Gabriel June 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

    Hear the JA Stephen Lashley braying,trying to downplay the US Embassy’s alert or warning to its citizens and whoever else has ears to hear.He called the police force name about 20 times in his diatribe…in other words don’t listen to me although I talking with a forked tongue,it is the Commissioner of Police who is to re assure you revellers,not me.
    Similarly yesterday,he talked with a forked tongue to school leavers.Become entrepreneurs,in other words don’t look to this government to provide the opportunities for wunna to find employment in the public or private sector.That is really what we should do but nobody in cabinet is intelligent enough to understand it.


  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 28, 2016 at 2:10 PM #

    Jesus H Lord. Gabriel girl you doan mek na sport atall in your descriptions of DEM. And I talk I was bad..geeeez


  13. David June 28, 2016 at 2:12 PM #

    How can the police guarantee anything? Will they have bodies 10 feet apart from spring garden to Queens Park?


  14. Pachamama June 28, 2016 at 2:31 PM #

    Some people seem to presume that the far rightists came out of thin air, that social forces did not birthed them.

    What about the role of previous American governments in these kinds of events – Operation Gladio, eg?

    Is it possible that these represent a repetition of previous American involvement to destabilize European governments, like they did for decades?

    They want to pretend that the bureaucrats and the corporatists had no role to play. In spite of our constant warnings.

    In France, the people remain in the streets despite Euro2016. And they will not go back home to empty larders.

    What about the role of the EU bureaucrats. We say let the cities burn. This is the only language that officialdom will understand.

    Social crisis are also brewing in several other EU countries. Should causation be place on the right or the far left, why not the silent bureaucrats?


  15. I Brathwaite June 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM #

    I like George and know he from long ago but he just talking lotta fancy words.

    Two direct angles. Angle 45′ Vladimir, Leader for Life in Russia, got he fingers in all dis. Check dis out. Vlad encouraged his intelligence and police officials to harass, intimidate and otherwise make life uncomfortable for all US diplomats in Russia and across Europe and I tek dat as he way of saying don’t eff wid me and now he helping to stir dis exit pot.

    The media say dis: “At a recent meeting of U.S. ambassadors from Russia and Europe in Washington, U.S. ambassadors to several European countries complained that Russian intelligence officials were constantly perpetrating acts of harassment against their diplomatic staff that ranged from the weird to the downright scary. Some of the intimidation has been routine: following diplomats or their family members, […] One diplomat reported In Moscow, where the harassment is most pervasive, diplomats
    reported slashed tires and regular harassment by traffic police. […] The harassment is not new; in the first term of the Obama administration, Russian intelligence personnel broke into the house of the U.S. defense attaché in Moscow and killed his dog, according to multiple former officials who read the intelligence reports.”

    We think this financial Brexit mess is bad well when Vladimir Putin is done with Donald the world will then understand a mess– (he will win against the odds- dem say dis is a Republican year and lotta people don’t want 4 more years of Obama, so he gine win.

    Angle 90′ – A simple explanation from one of dem maguffies like George, but who mek it Lodge school simple, to cut through George’s lotta long talk.

    “It is already clear that those who chose to leave the European Union will not reap the benefits they were promised. Great Britain, or what’s left of it, will become a little poorer, less dynamic and less important. That’s about it.

    “The working-class Britons who bought the Brexit snake oil likely will not see their incomes rise or their prospects brighten. Nor will they see their multicultural society become monocultural again. The whole thing was a fantasy, cynically concocted by ambitious politicians who apparently never thought the nation would take them

    “… The Brexit solution is pure counterfeit, but the underlying issues are real.”

    And anybody check if Great Britain gine pay we to give up de internet name and other rights to ‘Little England’ or the related ‘Little Britain’. hehehehe


  16. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM #

    This is what the corrupt politicians of Barbados and the Caribbean need…a wake up call.


  17. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

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  18. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

    And many of the business people.


  19. pieceuhderockyeahright June 28, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    @ I Brathwaite

    I see that you too are a conspiracist with your spot on replays of Putin as he seeks to displace the “access agents” of the United States Government in the EU and to disrupt the prior warning mechanisms that all US Embassy Staff are (outside the local staff, the gardener etc lol)

    I wonder if you can share with us Kiddy Goat Lovers and the Revellers whose only concern is ForeDay Morning the stated concerns of the highest? Ranking US General in NATO as such relates to the capacity of Russia to transport 30K men of war in aggressive invasions and the weak counterstance of NATO to be “liberators as opposed to “active opposition to the aggression?”

    Cameron gambled and lost but watch as the stakes get higher and higher in the coming weeks.

    Water and Food.

    You cannot hide the level of reservoirs nor the stockpiling and transferring of food.

    Follow the dots


  20. Gabriel June 28, 2016 at 4:44 PM #

    Foreday/dab dab feting out of the question.Most will play it safe by staying away.Too risky under cover of darkness.


  21. David June 28, 2016 at 4:49 PM #

    Who would have thunk that Barbados would descend to this foolishness.


  22. Colonel Buggy June 28, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

    Gabriel June 28, 2016 at 4:44 PM
    On the other hand, those who might have come to the Foreday jump, unarmed, will now come fully armed. The initial and subsequent publicity given to the whatsapp piece, will probably galvanise all rival gangs, and other , freelancers, to come packing a piece. One lot has been played off against the other. And we are dealing with a Trenchtown garrison mentality here. If a man is prepared to enter a law court in Barbados packing a piece, and full magazines of ammunition, does anyone think that with such pea brains, the assurance by the police will affect their warped and uneducated train of thought, or action, to be more precise.

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  23. David June 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    Let us hope not, we don’t need this lawlessness.


  24. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

    “U.S Embassy Bridgetown

    Security Message for U.S. Citizens

    24 June 2016

    The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of the need to exercise security awareness as we approach the Crop Over summer festival season.

    With recent increases in firearms-related crimes and gang violence, and press reports of social media posts referencing gun violence at the upcoming Fore-Day Morning Jam festival, the Embassy wants to ensure U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant while enjoying these events. These events typically bring in large crowds. Alcohol consumption, loud music, and close physical contact are usually the norm at these events, and can be exploited by criminal elements. Drug use, theft, assault, robbery and sexual assault incidents all rise during the Crop Over season.”


  25. pieceuhderockyeahright June 28, 2016 at 6:07 PM #

    The incredible thing about going to this level Blogmaster is not that we have begun the descend and are going deeper into the mire,what is so much more terrifying is that there is virtually no one who can turn as back.

    Not Church, Not school, not union, not politician, not community leader, not Police, no one

    You remember when you cudda tek a young girl to Brandons late a night and “tek turns watching the stars?” if you get my drift?

    All that used to happen was that you had professional webbers who used to low crawl to 5 feet away and watch a feller.

    Now all the fellers in the Defense Force barracks or in the Police van want to participate AFTER THE CRIMINALS dun with the two of wunna. (I got to be politically correct cause nowadays in these equal opportunity rapes, them fellers dont discriminate)

    The criminals owning the streets and all these so called people in authority are ballsless to do anything


  26. pieceuhderockyeahright June 28, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

    Can de ole man share with wunna people in the rum shop?

    There is, in some circles a thing called a righteous kill and while it is absolutely against the law constitutionally, sometimes our ethics drives us to do what is morally? correct almost like eclectic Sharia Law.

    I am going to suggest a foolishness right now whichin George Brathwaite gine ask fuh me to get ban

    After the recent spate of killing and retribution shootings among the gangs in Barbados, we the people might be best guided to resort to our own brand of “counter violence” against these criminals.

    I am thinking that we need to start arming ourselves.

    But with a different type of “gun”

    Mindful that our 3 local newspapers are manned by coneys who, when told that this is in confidence proceed to give out our particulars to the world, I would like to suggest something

    Step One. Communities since you know who your good citizens are AND WHO THE PARENTS OF THE CRIMINALS ARE, and who is the cousin, and the mudda of the batboy chile mudda you need to get together to employ a more aggressive monitoring of our districts.

    We need to invest in our own security/cameras/*** and in addition to having people monitoring our cameras actively, we need to *** to collect and collate information on the criminals

    We also need to lock them up speedily after giving them a fair trial.

    And dismiss the judges, police officers and the administrative clerks at the court who are being paid to let these criminals loose.

    All this of course if we are serious about protecting our homes and loved ones but wanna dun know we jus like um so

    🎼🎧🎺🎹 “and when de men kill de men all dat gone let is women….and den we going use de gun in we pants…..” de Merryboys 🎼🎧🎺🎹


  27. pieceuhderockyeahright June 28, 2016 at 6:34 PM #

    Oh de **** is actually technology solutions that will permit *** but you dont want to broadcast them to the criminals do we


  28. David June 28, 2016 at 6:56 PM #

    Good Morning ‪#‎realdreamchasers‬! Here is your daily newscap.

    WHAT FALLOUT – It remains this island’s leading market for tourists, with officials reporting a ten per cent rise in arrivals during the first quarter of this year, making for 24 consecutive months of boom or 71,263 stay over arrivals out of the United Kingdom.However, as the result of last week’s UK referendum on membership in the European Union continues to sink in, there are growing fears of the impact on this island’s bread and butter tourism industry, even as Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy seeks to be the voice of calm in the midst of the global upheaval. His response was in sharp contrast to that of the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddie Abed, who today warned of the need for Barbados to seek to safeguard its vital tourism industry, following last week’s referendum which garnered 51.89 per cent support from the Leave campaigners compared to 48.11 per cent support for Remain supporters.

    WORK BEGINS – THE NOISE OF bulldozers on the Sam Lord’s Castle site yesterday signalled the start of work for construction of the US$22 million Sam Lord’s Castle Barbados. Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy (acting yesterday as Prime Minister), chairman of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. Everton Walters, and officials of the state-owned China National Complete Plant Import and Export Corporation (COMPLANT) joined architects, engineers and others associated with the project to witness the demolition.Walters said this first phase was expected to take 22 weeks, during which sub-contractors C.O. Williams Construction would completely demolish five buildings and install roads on the 57-acre St Philip site.This will then make way for the start of the building of the international brand hotel, which is to have 350 guest accommodations, 100 vacation ownership units, a destination spa, conference centre and various other amenities and services.

    MORE BIRTHS NEEDED – The Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) wants to see an increase in the national birth rate but says it remains concerned about the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as the number of men who are not taking their health seriously.Addressing the BFPA’s 62nd annual general meeting in the Barbados Yacht Club over the weekend, President Ruth Phillips noted that when the association was formed over six decades ago, there was focus “on reducing the size of families by helping women to control and space their fertility”.However, she said Barbados had now come full circle on the issue of population and development, as she called on the island to use its 50th anniversary of Independence to, “once again look at the issue of our population demographics. However, BFPA Executive Director Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland expressed concern that men, who are vitally important to any increase in the overall birth rate, continue to be complacent about their health.

    JONESING – A step in the right direction.That’s the assessment of the first round of long-awaited talks between the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and Minister of Education Ronald Jones held Monday evening at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.After the more than three-hour long discussion, which also included senior Ministry of Education officials, BUT President Pedro Shepherd said the talks were “cordial and a step in the right direction.”He said the two sides discussed general issues including “security at schools, health and safety issues and indiscipline”, noting that pressing matters such as those related to the Common Entrance Exam, the Caribbean Examination Council and the new cellphone policy for schools were not dealt with.Shepherd said these issues would be addressed at the next meeting at a date to be decided.He also revealed that there was a commitment for both sides to maintain continuous dialogue, and a proposal for the two sides to hold talks at the start of the school year.

    STORM VICTIM NEEDS HOME – SEVENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD McDonald Lovell is a broken man. And he has put the blame on Tropical Storm Tomas that passed over Barbados six years ago and wreaked havoc on his Brandons Gap, St Michael home.He said Tomas inflicted extensive damage to his house, which has now become a resting place for three beehives in the rotting ceiling because the roof was extensively damaged during the system.And as if that was not enough, he is also living with a rotted floor and no running water. He has to catch water to wash down his toilet.

    COP WARNED – A female law enforcement officer was Monday chided by a Bridgetown magistrate for failing to appear in court at the designated time.Police Constable 1652 Alison Clarke was warned to appear before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court earlier today to give evidence in a 2012 indecent assault case.She was a no show when the case was called. She subsequently showed up, however, and entered the witness box to face questioning from Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant about her non-appearance.After the officer gave an explanation about difficulty printing photographs for the case and a subsequent transfer, Cuffy-Sargeant said: “My understanding was that you were not coming, full stop.“I just want to inform you, in the future . . . you are to appear in court whether you have . . . the materials or not,” Cuffy-Sargeant told the policewoman.“It is disrespectful . . . . As an officer, you should know better.”The case resumes on July 4.

    UWI STUDENT ON 2ND RAPE CHARGE – A 21-year-old University of the West Indies student was Monday placed on $10,000 bail after appearing in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on a rape charge.Shakir Jelani Sandiford of Weston, St James was not required to plead to the indictable offence when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick Monday morning.Sandiford, who also works as a support clerk at one of the island’s financial institutions, is charged with having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old without her consent on June 11, 2016.The police prosecutor objected to bail saying that the accused was a threat to young girls. However, his attorney, Roy Hurley, said the charges were just allegations and that his client was not a serial rapist.Sandiford is currently on $10, 000 bail on a similar matter which occurred back in 2014.“That’s the very reason that your name should not be called in any allegations of any nature . . . Your studies at UWI and your job is what has prompted the court to grant you bail.“You used it the first time, you used it the second time, I don’t know it is going to work a third time,” Magistrate Frederick warned the accused.As part of his bail conditions, Sandiford has to report to the Holetown Police Station every Wednesday by 10 a.m. He was also warned to stay away from the virtual complainant.“What reporting to the police station will do is remind you that you have two matters before the court. So that every time you go, you have to be very circumspect,” the District “A” Magistrate explained.Sandiford returns to court on September 29.

    BODY BUILDING – A Cinderella story unfolded at the George Street Auditorium on Saturday night when Stevenson Belle captured the Mr. St Michael BodybuildingTitle. The competition, making a return after a ten-year hiatus, was fittingly won by a stalwart in sport who was making his return after being sidelined by injury for some time. Even though it was clear that the big guy was only just hitting his stride in his comeback round, he stood head and shoulders above the six competitors on the night. Symmetry, mass, charisma and for the most part definition were spot on. Shaquille Lavine of Fitness Zone finished second while David Small, who won placed third at the Mr. Bridgetown competition again had to settle for third place. Samuel Eastmond’s fourth place finish was testimony to the fact that even in sport one has to keep abreast with the latest updates, as he lost points for doing the Moon Pose, which has been banned by the IFBB.Michael Broome of J & S Fitness captured the Mr. Novice title while Roger Streeks, who seemed proportionally improved took the second position. Sean Springer won the Mr Physique category while Lucky Camille came away with top honours in the Mr. Physique Novice category.There was much excitement generated by the Miss Bikini Fitness Category but when the dust settled it was a well-toned Shakira Doughlin who rose to the top of the pile. Julia Haynes who also won the Miss Bikini Fitness Novice category, took the second spot. Young up and coming sensation in the Bikini Fitness landscape, Alisha Barnett of Fitness zone, took the second runner-up position.

    NAME CHANGE – A SLIGHT NAME change has been made to the local based franchise for the Hero Caribbean Premier League. Tridents Pride of Barbados is the new name for the franchise that was known as Barbados Tridents for the first three years of the tournament.Team manager Jason Harper confirmed yesterday that the change was made following the purchase of the franchise earlier this year by Indian businessman Vijay Mallya.It was also announced yesterday during a press briefing at Kensington Oval that Heineken would be the new title sponsor for the Tridents.

    GITTENS QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS -RAMON GITTENS can hardly put a foot wrong now. Literally. Barbados’ best sprinter now has his choice of events to do at Rio, having also qualified for the Olympics in the 200 metres following Sunday night’s title-winning effort at the National Stadium.It was the highlight performance of an action-filled final session of the National Championships that witnessed three new meet records, including Rio-bound Sada Williams’ 22.88 seconds in the women’s 200 metres.Having already won the 100 in 10.09 seconds one night earlier, the 28-year-old Gittens treated the home crowd to his second title in as many nights with an Olympic-qualifying time of 20.42 seconds in just his second 200 for the season.

    RIO TOO SOON – CARL LEWIS has other plans in mind for Mario Burke. World Juniors plans.Track and field’s greatest Olympian isn’t quite targeting a spot for Burke at the Summer Games as he wants his ward to focus on becoming the 100 metres champion at the IAAF World Junior Championships.Lewis explained the strategy behind the 19-year-old’s progression at the just concluded National Championships after Burke fell short of qualifying for the Olympics in the 100 metres. “I think he’s still a step away in the 100 metres because those guys are running under ten and my thing is the long term because I am going to be with Mario his entire career,” reasoned Lewis.

    ENGLAND OUT OF EURO – England suffered their worst humiliation since they were knocked out of the 1950 World Cup by USA in Brazil as Iceland shocked them in the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win in Nice today.Manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the abject embarrassment of losing to a nation ranked 34th in the world – and with a population of just 330,000 – despite taking the lead through Wayne Rooney’s fourth-minute penalty. Iceland equalised within a minute as England failed to deal with a trademark long throw and Ragnar Sigurdsson bundled home from close range.England’s shameful performance was summed up by Iceland’s 18th-minute winner when goalkeeper Joe Hart was badly at fault – just as in the win over Wales – as he let Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot through his hand.Hodgson made changes as Iceland dug in, but the underdogs had as many chances as England before the final whistle blew on their Euro 2016 hopes and his four-year tenure as manager.Past players were not sad to see Roy Hodgson go. The humiliating result triggered Hodgson – who won 33 of 56 games in charge after replacing Fabio Capello in 2012 – to walk away post-match, with his contract due to expire at the conclusion of the finals.

    SIGNAGE & FLASHING LIGHTS – THERE HAS BEEN an adjustment to the temporary crossing in The City near the Chamberlain Bridge. Last week yellow plastic units were installed on Wharf Road to accommodate pedestrians while the Barbados Port Inc. carried out refurbishment to the nearby Wickham/Lewis Boardwalk.But the temporary safe zone for pedestrians created something of a controversy, including a dispute about whether there were speed humps or not that led to some congestion in Bridgetown.Over the weekend, port officials moved in, erecting proper signage to alert motorists they were approaching the safety units. The units were laid between last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to allow pedestrians to safely cross at the northern end of the Chamberlain Bridge, during the closure of the Wickham/Lewis Boardwalk for refurbishment over the next “six to eight weeks”. Maurice Gaskin, assistant manager, maintenance, with the port agency warned approaching motorists and pedestrians to pay attention to the signs and units. He explained that the units were being raised because motorists could not see them on approach. Gaskin appealed to motorists to be patient and pedestrians to cross at the designated area. The adjustment now includes flashing lights.

    BREATHALYZER TESTS AT FETES – AN INSURANCE COMPANY has answered the call for breathalyser testing at Crop Over fetes. In the last SUNDAY SUN, president of the Barbados Road Safety Association, Sharmaine Roland-Bowen, expressed concern that binge drinkers would be driving from fete to fete and questioned why authorities were dragging its feet on implementing the testing.However, Consumers’ Guarantee Insurance (CGI) is giving party-goers the opportunity to have their alcohol levels checked through breathalyser tests at various events. Marketing manager Ann Barrow said the initiative was in the works before Roland-Bowen’s call.

    MOUNT GARY BACKING PIC-O-DE-CROP – THE NATIONAL CULTURAL Foundation (NCF) has announced the return of Mount Gay Rum as a sponsor of the Pic-O-De-Crop Competition. The announcement was made by chief executive officer of the NCF, Cranston Browne at a press briefing this morning at the NCF’s West Terrace, St James headquarters.Browne described Mount Gay’s return as significant and said their involvement would appeal to young people who were now expressing interest in the traditional calypso art form.Brand manager of Mount Gay, Terry Vaughn said his company was proud to be back on board as one of the major title sponsors for this year Pic-O-De-Crop finals “as we continue our quest for excellence in the arts”.

    BACK TO THE STADIUM – Social commentary lovers will experience nostalgia in every sense of the word when the Pic-O-De-Crop Semi-Finals head back to the National Stadium for the first time in nearly ten years.Event producer Adisa Andwele told reporters today at a Press conference that the show would take patrons back in time, and the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) had dubbed it a Kaiso Lime. “It’s all in the process of revitalizing Pic-O-De-Crop. The semi-finals this year . . . has gone back home. As you know, the event usually starts at 7 p.m.; but, this year, we will be opening the doors at 5 p.m.“It’s a lime; so don’t go home after work. Leave work and go straight there,” Andwele suggested.He said Admiral Nelson had been brought on board to take patrons back in time, playing social commentaries from the very beginning. Admiral will play the music right up until 7 p.m. when the competition begins.Andwele encouraged all to come out and experience “a great night” come July 15.

    That’s all folks! Have a terrific Tuesday. 🙂 Shalom ❤ Steph.


  29. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    Do not listen to the foolish politicians in Barbados, they are clueless.

    Get your info from people who know of what they speak.


  30. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 8:14 PM #

    Lol…and the entertainment from brittish bloggers…lol

    “Looks like Brexshit Britain is taking shape quite nicely

    38 minutes ago
    M Freeman
    I was speaking with someone from Sweden tonight. They’ve already made plans to move their head office back from Sweden (a gain of 50 jobs for them, so presumably a similar loss in the UK). A friend of hers in another major company (I can’t say which one because it’s not widely known yet, which would not be nice for those working there) says that they are planning to move their head office to Germany.
    I wonder how many other European or international companies are also planning on leaving little England like this?
    ReplyShare2 replies-1

    11 minutes ago
    I don’t understand how companies can just move so easily. The U.K., Sweden and Germany all have very different tax laws, employment laws and so on. It is very hard to just move a whole company. Even in the USA where it is one country to just pick up and move headquarters to another state is a big deal. Also if the company is specialized how easy would it be to find employees in Sweden which has a smaller population then the UK?

    Less than a minute ago
    That is ridiculous we are still in the EU, we will still be in the EU during exit negotiations all of the way up to the end of 2018. So a few days after a referendum without any negotiations taking place this business has decided to take a gamble that everything will change, they are prepared to hit their bottom line of their overheads by relocating the entire business on something that might not happen? What happens if one of their competitors who enjoys Great Britain’s easy access open markets, zero trade barriers, global access takes their business? This is the daftest decision this business could possibly take

    44 minutes ago
    You have had it good for years, Richard, now taste how we have been dealt with by the government we defied.

    48 minutes ago
    I hope Cumberbatch is ok, he’s been my primary concern since last Friday.

    58 minutes ago
    J Burr
    Personally, I hope he goes bankrupt.

    59 minutes ago
    J Burr
    I shall never fly Virgin again thanks to Branson’s disloyalty to Britain and the British voters. He doesn’t even live in our country — but on his Knicker Island. What a hypocrite. All who believe in Britain should all BOYCOTT Virgin henceforth.

    1 hour ago
    Everybody Knows
    “Let them eat cake!” springs to mind.

    And we all know what happened to that lot.

    1 hour ago
    Everybody Knows
    Mr Branson you always managed to keep one foot in the real world and people respected you for it.

    No longer.
    ReplyShare1 reply0

    58 minutes ago
    Ron Roberts
    I think Branson is more in the real world than the ****ers who orchestrated the leave campaign

    1 hour ago
    Douglas Mortimer
    you are a disgrace branson..your bitterness and your negative comments about the uk economy are shocking …didnt get your way ? suck it up you undemocratic loser.

    1 hour ago
    Sir Richard – Here’s the thing – most people knew they we’re being given “false information” but that didn’t really matter. It’s the “haves” which you clearly represent who are doing well, and the “left behinds” who voted out – and you still don’t get it.
    ReplyShare1 reply+3

    57 minutes ago
    Ron Roberts
    Do you get it then? Or did you intentionally vote to trash the economy?”


  31. David June 28, 2016 at 8:16 PM #


  32. Well Well & Consequences June 28, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

    The british taxpayers have a much better understanding of the situation than their deceitful politicians. The dude who spoke german said it best. …… ” Now a fourth kingdom again ! ‘

    “Definition of a pathological liar = Boris Johnson.

    60 minutes ago
    Merkel will be no problem. She is realistic if nothing else.

    The remains of the EU is after all now Germany plus 26 other mischling countries all of which are too small or too poor to matter anyway.

    “Jetzt ein viertes Reich wieder einmal !’

    Just like old times eh Mr Juncker !

    I hope that Farage used a lot of disinfectant after being kissed by Juncker. Never know what you might catch from these Europeans !


    1 hour ago
    I like Juncker! He’s a decent skin unlike some.

    1 hour ago
    We have vays of making you walk.

    1 hour ago
    The Brexit camp, objectives:

    Rigth / far-right partizans who claim the EU is “socialist” so want out of the EU;
    Lefties who claim the EU is “neoliberal” so they want out of the EU
    Ordinary xenophobic people specially from decrepit industrial areas who just hate foreigners because they do a better job for less money so they want foreigners out (even if remain on the dole indefinitely) ;
    Boris Johnson wants the PM job

    How can the Brexiters form anything resembling a plan , a project a govern or anything coherent for the UK´s future?

    1 hour ago
    Great to see the “Independent” Independent shut down comments on the tragic turkey terrorist attack.

    Guess it doesn’t fit in with your twisted narrative eh ?”


  33. Gabriel June 28, 2016 at 8:58 PM #

    Remember the police looking for 200 recruits.The Defence Force would have to make up the manpower deficiency and portable high powered lights at strategic points along the route.The females should chip on the inside of the procession with the guys and protective forces on the outer perimeter.All side roads and avenues should be blocked or protected by the armed units to foil any “hit and run” ideas the lawless might have.If a ,miscreant is caught with a gun,the armed units must use their discretion without having to answer to higher ups.Dont be caught napping like the Trinidad Armed units who let a fellow walk out of Red House just so.That was a Brexit experience.


  34. Exclaimer June 29, 2016 at 3:33 AM #

    @ Pachamama June 28, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Did you see yesterday’s Nation News story on the black belly sheep? It is a lamentation on what could have been if only we as a people had the courage and the self-belief to better ourselves.

    Fifty years ago our young nation had, arguably, “twenty twenty vision” but as you know the ageing process can have terrible effects on an individual’s well-being. Throw in obscene high levels of corruption and you have the perfect cocktail for a visionless country.

    I feel for you people in the country of my ancestors. Like a biblical prophet I have offered you a narrative over a period of many years. A narrative of impending catastrophe. Yet Bajans have remained stubborn or hardeared to my overtures.

    The fate of Barbados rest in the hands of those Bajans who reside on the island. I hope that they will have the motivation to rescue themselves.


  35. Exclaimer June 29, 2016 at 3:39 AM #

    @ Well Well & Consequences,

    You seem to be spending a lot of time looking at the British media. Did you see “eye opening” Tatler link that i sent on Top Clicks?

    Liked by 1 person

  36. millertheanunnaki June 29, 2016 at 4:42 AM #

    @ chad99999 June 28, 2016 at 9:27 AM #
    “This analysis is incomplete and “static”. While correctly describing the negative effects on tourism revenues and remittances for Barbados that can be expected in the near and medium term, it says nothing about the reduced cost of buying British goods, or the economic rebound in the UK that is likely to occur eventually as the lower value of the pound makes British exports cheaper and more competitive..”

    What “British goods” would be exported to Barbados to be of any competitive benefit to both the British and Bajan economies? Most things sold in British stores are “Hecho en China” .
    How, 5 of 9 or 9 of 5, are you going to get around this trading conundrum? Import into Barbados the better quality goods made in China for the UK market to replace the sub-standard unsafe crap designed and manufactured for third World markets like Barbados?

    Ask yourself this question, chad 45: if Barbados main export is tourism with its major source of forex generated by this ‘invisible’ export coming from an economically tottering UK on the brink of a break-up with Scotland where would Bim get the foreign income to buy British ‘visible’ exports?

    Would you go cap in hand to ask the faltering United Kingdom for aid? It would be a pity after not having been a grant-in-aid colony prior to Independence the former Little England, the once sophisticated and polished “hoe”, would have to resort to such a beggar’s status.

    The question you should be addressing is if Barbados ‘was’ to sever the last sinew of its political umbilical cord with her motherland by going full Republic should an economically challenged United Kingdom have any further moral commitments to (or to put it in Bajan parlance “give two wuk-ups” about) a tiny far-flung atoll environmentally decaying and lacking in any commercially attractive natural resources except for an overcrowded beach of educated modern-day slaves and sophisticated mendicants.


  37. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 5:31 AM #

    Here is a sober view of the fallout for the Caribbean.

    Exclaimer…I might have seen ut, did not know Tatler was still around, please share again. Independent gives an indepth play by play and very credible more so than the other medias.


  38. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 5:37 AM #

    Miller…as we can see, many are in denial and with the diplomatic double speak and false sense of security being spewed for those who tend to believe anything coming out of UK, it’s best to watch the entertainment and smile.

    I am happy that my future and that of the people closet to me is not dependent on any of those with their agendas..many will be taken in by the rhetoric and as usual left holding the empty bag…lol


  39. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 5:41 AM #

    And this Victoria Dean knows she is lying, but the slaves in Parliament lead by Fruendel need something to believe in, anything, because they will sit on their hands and do nothing…a laughable situation.

    The british know them so well.


  40. lawson June 29, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

    It seems not only does Britain owe you reparations but non-remainations as well lol


  41. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    Lawson…better watch ya white butt, the noonie and tooney went down by a couple cents and you know as well as I do that it cannot take another big hit..I cant laugh cause I got skin in the game.


  42. lawson June 29, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    I going to Barbados for kadooment next month and bringing 10 family no matter what but you are right another year of low dollar ,seaweed ,or crime and I might take it somewhere else that white butt I mean.


  43. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

    Lol..ya can sun the white butt in any of the Caribbean islands, but ya gotta find a a way to convert the Canadian to US while tripling it…lol, then ya home free, rum, sun and fun.


  44. lawson June 29, 2016 at 2:15 PM #

    I have figured a way..I am investing in a concrete plant near the Mexican border before nov.


  45. Colonel Buggy June 29, 2016 at 2:33 PM #

    Gabriel June 28, 2016 at 8:58 PM
    Do you realise that a panic among the revellers, false or genuine, could see more people dead and injured , than from a few actual pot shots .


  46. Well Well & Consequences June 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM #

    Lol….Lawson, good luck, a 1000 ft tunnel is another good investment.


  47. Gabriel June 29, 2016 at 3:52 PM #

    You need only one or two half-inebriated participants to set off a fire cracker and the improbable becomes the possible with dire consequences.Our wish is for level heads to prevail in the interest of the country’s reputation for relatively safe revelry.


  48. Hants June 29, 2016 at 3:59 PM #

    Back to the future.

    “Launched in December 2014, the small cargo vessel is a pilot of the Caribbean Sail Cargo Initiative project of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus’ Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship in partnership with SV Ruth Ltd.


  49. Colonel Buggy June 29, 2016 at 6:07 PM #

    Scotland should remember old Farmer Braun, who I met while on a Border Patrol on the old inner German Border, near Braunschweig. During the early days when Germany was about to be split in two, Farmer Braun, believing the propaganda that he would be better off on the Communist side, opted to have his farm in East Germany. A few years afterwardS, realising his a mistake, after much long and lengthy and heated negotiations Farmer Braun’s farm was rebordered into West Germany. Up to the time that the Berlin wall and other demarcations fell, Farmer Braun could not dare enter his own field which was the nearest to the border, without getting shot at by nearby communist troops.
    Scotland may find itself in a Farmer Braun situation if it opts to break away from the UK and joins the EU.


  50. Colonel Buggy June 29, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    David June 28, 2016 at 2:12 PM #
    How can the police guarantee anything? Will they have bodies 10 feet apart from spring garden to Queens Park

    Lets not forget the little boy who was discovered shot in the head a couple years ago ,while walking with his mother in crowded Swan Street one Saturday , and up to this day no arrest has been made or no definitive forensics have been made public.
    Was it done from a highpowered weapon, far away and just outside its effective killing range, or was it much closer, with a weapon fitted with a silencer. These are some of the things that the police will be up against.


  51. David June 29, 2016 at 7:03 PM #

    Another interesting view of Brexit. Who cares about the blue collar people. Who are quick to give the elites and money-changers a pass.

    View Video


  52. Colonel Buggy June 30, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

    Sir Hilary is calling on all Caribbean countries to dump Britain and become Republics. He would have sound more genuine, if he had first dumped the British imitated knighthood title which he holds.
    Britain may soon have to consider a Brexit from the Commonwealth, many of the member countries of which appear to be fair weather friends. What ‘s in it for me? Look what Brexit gone and do to we!!
    Mr Beckles, swapping a Queen for a Trump, may not a wise thing.


  53. Colonel Buggy July 1, 2016 at 9:24 PM #

    The Battle of Brexit ,between the UK and the EU , pales in comparison to another battle which took place in continental Europe , exactly 100 years ago. In the battle of the Somme,in France, the British Army lost some 30,000 men in a single day, with 43,000 men wounded. In that war Britain eventually came out victorious.
    A British Tradition!


  54. Colonel Buggy July 1, 2016 at 10:10 PM #

    Brexit Bargains.The show must go on


  55. Well Well & Consequences July 5, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

    I am beginning to think Brexit was really a very well thought ou plan by unseen forces of nature, to get rid of lying politicians.


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