Make the Change Barbadians

By Andrew Simpson

Why does there always have to be something on my mind – which I feel compelled to share? My input will not always be taken favorably, but will hopefully have some impact on those I care about.

The newspapers are quite a resource for learning about matters which affect us and issues that are important. In the “Alter Call” feature this last week, a Reverend Mr. Dottin pleads with young people not to sacrifice their virginity on the alter of a vampire. He says that they must stay away from pornography, trust the word of God, take a stand against social media and not sacrifice long-term goals for short-term pleasures. There are many other articles; “Time to focus on rebuilding economy”, calls to “fill in the public on deficit financing” and an invitation from The Ministry of Agriculture for dialogue with people working with youth in agribusinesses. “Calls to step up water message”, “The Future of Water in Barbados” held at UWI and a “Ministerial message for World Water Day”, which I fear are not being seen by the majority of Barbadians.

“We must get serious” if we really wish to see change come and for prosperity to be attained by all people. “Waste not, want not” also applies to opportunities. “More advice for Govt” must be augmented with actions by the private sector, civic organizations and the church to bring knowledge and wisdom to the wider community, in order that our entire society may be empowered to participate; to flourish.

Land, labor and capital must seek to develop a formula that encourages increased local productivity, reduced consumption of foreign reserves, care for our natural environment and one another.

Having had the pleasure of viewing “A Plastic Ocean” last evening at The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, (kudos to the newly formed ‘Plastic Oceans Trust’) and hearing the children ask some rather pertinent questions afterward, it occurred to me that there is the need for a new lifestyle governance culture, to be designed and developed, so our country may model ‘future sustainable development’ to the world. This might be called “Environomics”. Imagine the future value of monetary savings that a typical family might accrue, by choosing not to spend on disposable packaging but it must first be charged for separately to allow such healthy mechanism to function. How about the earning capacity for PAROS (people around recycling others stuff) and the financial savings to government from commensurately reducing the demand for expensive landfill space; not to mention enhanced foreign exchange benefits, if policies were legislated that resulted in households having to pay only for mixed garbage – where sorting of waste – to facilitate regeneration of these valuable resources might translate to tax savings for those who participate. Likewise, greater food security can also be attained by implementing separate collection of ‘green waste’, for composting / blending, to produce valuable soil amendments for agricultural remediation.

We must start with what often appears to be the little things, if we expect to thrive in the national sense. Join the campaign, to help spread awareness about the need to “keep our island clean”, spiritually, mentally and physically. Help to educate family, friends and fellow citizens, by speaking out, using social media and supporting efforts that share ideas for the betterment of your community. Do the right thing!

45 thoughts on “Make the Change Barbadians

  1. Andrew

    Thinking back over 50 years I recall the starts of many NGOs….they involved individual(s) with a vision,calling&meeting with people,burning the midnight oil trying to convince the interested parties the worth of their ideas.

    Then the hardwork of registering the group,in some cases needing affiliation,electing the board,meeting with govt ministries or agencies,approving project proposals from members,undertaking projects,fundraising…..out of which we had the Queen show,Stands at waterford,over 60 Ag.Clubs all over Bim,Ag. shows to name a few.

    We seem to have lost that ability and try to use the media outlets qwith not the same success.

  2. Firearms are not manufactured in the Caribbean, so they would have to be transported, exported directly from the manufacturer in the US, through either Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic and then on to Barbados and other islands…the US may want to rein in their greedy gun manufacturers who also infest the depresed US innercities with guns to create violence, death and chaos.

    Narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms trafficking are major sources of illicit funds in Barbados, the US report states. “In addition to the use of financial institutions, money is laundered through the purchase of real estate, vehicles, vessels, and jewelry as well as through a variety of businesses, the report added.”

  3. ” Narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and firearms trafficking are major sources of illicit funds in Barbados, the US report states. “In addition to the use of financial institutions, money is laundered through the purchase of real estate, vehicles, vessels, and jewelry as well as through a variety of businesses, the report added.”

    Another blow to ” International Business”.

  4. They US made the list, so they know exactly who all the money launderers, drug traffickers, gunrunners, boat buyers, business people, car dealerships, rental car owners, real estate buyers/sellers etc are, the island is tiny with just a few minorities who like to showoff, boast, brag, gloat, flash, threaten the majority with their connections to crooked government ministers and the authorities, who dont do their jobs.

    No one needs to draw a map or even call names…now everyone

  5. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI on said:

    The US report says that money laundering, narcotics trafficking, gaming, and firearms trafficking are major sources of illicit funds in Antigua and Barbuda. It added that funds are laundered through the purchase of real estate, vehicles, vessels, and jewelry as well as through a variety of businesses. The State Department also slammed the country’s Citizenship By Investment Program (CIP), calling it ”among the most lax in the world.@

    CUP,, Crooks, liars and Scumbags, and Altman can sell what he teefing land and has 2 Billion of housing he can sell, Dam old time crook,,

    Only CUP can fix this , We hold “Clear Title for more than 90 years, DBLP have to GO. Vote CUP,

  6. I hope you are all well. I figured you all have connections to Freemasonry and may be able to answer my questions.

    Natives to the Caribbean are descendants of North Americans who number maybe 10 million of the 400 million population of the United States. American chief and medicine lines were all killed except for one, along with the Arawak and Caribs who are still alive on some islands. In Barbados, we maintain the Arawak Carib chief and medicine man and woman lines, along with religion and tradition based on our Amerindian history. As recorded in American history, groups close to the islands, Powhattan and Seminole, are known to have been accepting of death when dead, their deep religious devotion, “singing with the voices of the mountain and painting with the colors of the wind,” neuro-chemistry and psychology very different from Europeans.


    Supporting Notes:

    Ethnic Bayjans are identified as Africans but actually are Arawak and Arawak Caribs with Arawak and Arawak Caribs Americanizing Africans not vice-verse. What is considered a separate ethnic group?
    (source: Spanish Degree/Hilary Beckles)

    How is nobility defined by the international community? How is religious lineage/religious mission defined by the international community?

    How is the separation of church and state in the United States exercised in American society? Is there compulsion to worship the almighty dollar in American Freemasonry?

    The strange belief that tourists to Barbados are blind is common? Sam Lords Castle, Fortescue Plantation stand as castles clearly stating Arawak-Carib nobility has a unique lineage containing the Americas. Where is the confusion?

    The Amazon collapsed under the Caribbean Sea (Y? Zed. Canyon down Lancaster, St.James), which geological feature is representative of the English and Irish people?

    Many Jewish people are non-religious? What is a Jew?

    Geological is genealogical, given the comparison of myself and the princes’ of England’s traits, my stands being a unique Arawak-Carib noble stand, are there Barbadians in Crown Prince Charles or the late Princess Diana’s ancestries?

    I acknowledge Sean Carter and Andre Young’s musical achievements, what is the place of ancestral and geological fame in Freemasonry to your understanding?

  7. No doubt by Monday March 27 the represented Barbados government mouthpiece will be promoting the achievement of Barbados making this esteemed list of countries.

    It’s all about perspective.

  8. “Join the campaign, to help spread awareness about the need to “keep our island clean”, spiritually, mentally and physically. Help to educate family, friends and fellow citizens, by speaking out, using social media and supporting efforts that share ideas for the betterment of your community. Do the right thing!”

    @ Andrew Simpson

    Very interesting comments, and more so especially the sentence: “Join the campaign, to help spread awareness about the need to “keep our island clean”, spiritually, mentally and physically.”

    There was an article in the Sunday Sun of March 19, 2017 in which the writer highlighted an increase in the amount of non-national squatters (namely Jamaicans, Guyanese and Vincentians) at the Rock Hall, St. Philip old dump site, who seem to be encouraging their fellow countrymen to illegally “commandeer” land and build houses without permission from Town & Country Planning Department.

    Today’s Sunday Sun also carried another article of this alarming situation. This time, the newspaper’s reporter, Maria Bradshaw, interviewed a Barbadian squatter, Curtis Greenidge, who has been living at the “squatter’s village” for the past 29 years. According to Greenidge, illegal non-nationals are “controlling” the land for “their compatriots” and denying Barbadians the “right” build houses.

    He also said: “There is a non-national woman who has about ten house spots that she cleared saying that the land belong to her and if anybody body put a house on it she would burn it down.” She is also reported as having told a Barbadian girl who wanted to build that “Right now we don’t care ‘bout Bajans, we clean up here.”

    What is disturbing is the fact that Attorney General & Minister of Home Affairs and REPRESENTATIVE for the area, Adriel Brathwaite, ADMITTED he was AWARE of the situation. However, Brathwaite seem not to have done anything to address this issue, as is evidenced by the influx of non-nationals at the old dump site.

    Supposed the relevant authorities decide to take action against these illegal squatters, will government have to provide these illegal non-nationals with land at the expense of Barbadian tax payers, especially under circumstances where Barbadians have to apply for mortgages to build their homes?

    Are we also seeing a situation where Jamaicans, for example, are EXPLOITING the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas 2001 for “Free Movement of People” and the mandatory 6 months stay, to remain in Barbados for 6 months, return to their island of origin for a few weeks and return to Barbados for another 6 months?

    Or are they misinterpreting “an entitlement to a right to free movement within the Caribbean Community” as ruled by the CCJ in the case of Myrie, to mean they are also entitled to illegally occupy land in Barbados or any other Caribbean island?

    As one who is a frequent visitor to other islands, I am supportive of free movement within the Caribbean. However, Caribbean nationals should be reminded there are certain requirements they must fulfill if they want to reside in Barbados legally, and not deemed likely to become charges on public funds.


  9. Just to let you know: Argentina cut duties on imports, cut social welfare, abandonded exchange controll and devalued Peso by 40%. A medicine for Bimbadum?

  10. Artax March 26, 2017 at 9:03 PM #
    The poor Barbadian is well and truly being shagged between a rock and a hard place. In the white corner are the rich people from Europe and North America, buying up and gating the lands in Sugar Hill,and Sandy Lane et al. In the black corner are the non- nationals hogging up and staking their claims, as squatters, on Government lands.
    Do not expect AdiIdo Braffit to do anything against these people who he openly admitted ,are some of his friends.
    Mr Barrow (H.E.) was quite correct, when he prophesied that one morning we will get up and realize that we no longer own Barbados,

  11. “Mr Barrow (H.E.) was quite correct, when he prophesied that one morning we will get up and realize that we no longer own Barbados,”

    And what did he do about it when he was in a position to do so. Just idle talk by Mr Barrow for the gullible and public consumption.

  12. So the BVI makes the list but neither the USVI nor Puerto Rico (but nearly every territory around it). Oh I forget it was issued by the USA. A bunch of hypocrites.

  13. Those US territories are transhipment points for drugs and guns, they wont mention their illicit cash cows but can see everyone else’s….they should have mentioned them to be fair, but when has the US ever been fair to anyone.

    Barrow let in the likes of Ram Merchandani into the island and all she has done fpr 60 years is sell inferior quality crap on the island, her stores and warehouses are nasty dumps and shiukd be demolished and she shiukd have been stopped cold when she practiced racism against black bajans, he also let in the Harris family who had an indian name at the time, no need to regurgitate how much damage Peter Harris inflicted on black bajans, it is well known, he also let in the Bjerkham family so that Bjerkham and his children can grow up to be greedy pigs all acting to disenfranchise the population and those are just 3 names , there were many, many others allowed into the island in the 60s, 70s, 80s…to spread their poisons……all of this continued for decades under and with the help of both governments who refuse to rein in and put an end to minority criminals and their activites.

    All of these crimes against the black population and the island started with Barrow and Adams the older one…..and continued under everyone of the other black public servants.

    Do you really see Adriel Nitwit Dimwit Jackass doing anything to change that dynamic, he is PAID a monthly salary by taxpayers to fix the nonfunctional judiciary and do something about the thieving unethical lawyers and he refuses to do even that… do not hold your breath….because not much time left before the voters kick them all out of parliament.

  14. Saying what is necessary for necessity to be an obvious experienced level reality….Bajans are not accustomed to being asked who we are…

    Sam Lords Castle Piracy
    Codrington College Ghost
    Heart Man
    Chase Vault

    these are our unique stories…

  15. David, you do a commendable job and BU has a faithful audience.
    How can the important information from all publications be more freely shared – and readership improved to attract a much larger segment of the Bajan population?
    What additional resources might assist in order to reach a wider spectrum?

    I do believe that taxpayers contributions can be more effectively applied, within a more modern, technologically streamlined, digital governance system that would encourage participation online. A direct participatory democracy platform with the necessary flow must first achieve greater awareness and engage the masses.

    I agree with commentators that many decisions which need to be made, are not straightforward. However, with the correct guiding philosophy and right-principled policies – untarnished by self interest, the workings of our society can be well balanced.

    • @Andrew

      We have tried to through BU family members to access the services of the few local e-blasters like Classimax, Telbarbados and a few others, however, if we go by feedback they seem reluctant to advertise the BU message because of anticipated blow back from their customers. You are free to try because the first step is to increase our reach. One way we can achieve it without help is to go salacious but that is not the gold standard we want to establish. Bear in mind the traditional media fights to suppress the alternative views expressed here. Yes we have a few idiot comemnters, however, this is no reason to paint Bu and other social media sites with a broad brush. It will comeback to haunt them of that we are sure.

      Once we are able to expand the audience we can work to establish more robust digital structures to assist with governance and other concerns you mentioned.

  16. Where do the billions from nefarious sources in Europe end up? Where do the investment banks in the U.S. get their funds? When a man buys an estate in Florida for fifty mullion dollars more than the previous owner paid for it, what is the payment called? Truthfully Barbados could do with some of that money. the fact that we are in an economic crisis should be taken as proof that we should not be on the list of places where such money is laundered.

  17. Alvin…shut up……present and previous governments have over the decades refused to rein in, despite knowing the identities of drug dealers, money launderers and gunrunners on the island…..ah wonder why…that question was rhetorical, no answer needed.

    So there is no use crying now ya ended up on a list, ya alreadyb know how snd why ya got there…will the government and authorities now do something about it…, that’s the question ya should answer Alvin.

  18. Alvin should love…and befire ya start with ya uninformed nonsense, I am one of the people needing the legislation, because of nerve damaged due to injury in an accodent, not for smoking, there are genuine medical reasons why it should be legalized and why because of a backward, uninformed government, injured and sick local people now have to travel to Canada and US for treatment.

    “legal by July 1, 2018
    Provinces will have right to decide how marijuana is distributed and sold, CBC News has learned

    Photo of David Cochrane

    CBC News has learned that the federal government will announce the week of April 10 that new legislation will make the sale of marijuana legal by July 1, 2018. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)
    The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.

    CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.

    Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been stickhandling the marijuana file for the government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend.”

  19. @WW&C

    “Deryn Blackwell had been diagnosed with two forms of cancer
    He was in severe pain and had become addicted to morphine
    In 2013 the boy, then aged 14, was moved to a hospice and expected to die
    His parents decided to give him cannabis to ease the pain
    They believe it revived his immune system against all odds
    Since taking the drug, Deryn, now 17, has made a miracle recovery
    His mother, Callie Blackwell, has revealed his astounding story in a new book”

    Full story:

  20. @Andrew

    Others recognise the importance of a free press.

    Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press receives 2-year, $800,000 grant to expand legal support for independent journalists and nonprofit newsrooms


    WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Democracy Fund announced a new partnership to expand litigation services for nonprofit newsrooms and independent journalists, and to strengthen legal support for…


    Pressure grows on Nigeria’s central bank governor

    By Ulf Laessing, Karin Strohecker and Sujata Rao | LAGOS/LONDON

    Earlier this year, an open letter in the Nigerian media from a group of businessmen attacked the "shameful" record of central bank governor Godwin Emefiele and demanded that he should go.

    With Africa’s largest economy in recession for the first time in 25 years, the letter reflects growing anger directed at Emefiele, whose insistence on keeping the naira artificially high is believed to have worsened Nigeria’s oil-price induced slump.

    Three years into his tenure, the flak is flying around the 55-year-old career banker once admiringly described by colleagues as a discreet man who gives little away.

    The advertisement, which appeared in several newspapers and online news portals, is the most prominent expression so far of widespread discontent with the government’s naira policy among senior figures from the worlds of business and investment.

    "Whatever hard-won reforms we had, (the benefit) has been undone in the past two years by (Emefiele)," one of the signatories, accountant Feyi Fawehinmi, told Reuters. Another ad is being planned, he said.

    Emefiele imposed currency restrictions in 2015, defying bankers’ advice to float the naira and raise interest rates as some other oil exporters had done. Investors fled as the once promising emerging market was ejected from key bond indexes.

    Pressure grows on Nigeria’s central bank governor

  22. Green Monkey…….it’s ony the terminally backward would ignore this plant’ healing properties, the colonial brainwash embedded in them to hate anything that is natural, including their own hair…..while their masters use and sell the same demonized plant, to heal and enrich themselves.

    Ya cannot cure stupid… ok.

  23. David

    Could you put the link here to the article on the back page of todays Nation dealing with comments on Brasstacks yesterday by ex-Moody analyst Leah Clarke on the way forward for Bim.

    • All ‘not lost’


      Added 27 March 2017


      Barbados’ downgrades by international rating agencies since 2011. (Barbados Nation)

      FINDING AN URGENT growth strategy and reducing Government spending have been identified as key to improving Barbados’ plunging credit rating.

      The advice has come from Leah Clarke, owner of Eden Consulting Services and a former corporate analyst with Moody’s Investors Service.

      The consultant said the country’s credit rating was still salvageable despite being dangerously low.

      Explaining that the current Caa3 rating and stable outlook assigned by the New York-based international ratings firm sent a message to investors and debt holders that the country had a high probability of defaulting, she made it clear that all was not lost. (GE)

      – See more at:

  24. Did someone not post that since the latest downgrade that government had earmarked 17 million taxpayer’s dollars for some stupid thing………first ya gotta stop them spending taxpayer’s money like they are addicts.

  25. Then….ya gotta put an end to thiefing, mediocre politician/lawyer’s ability to do this…lots of changes to make.

    Added by Video
    House of Assembly Speaker Michael Carrington threatens to sue his political rival”

  26. David


    Of note was her immediate spotting of the fixable 800m food import bill that we have discussed ad nauseum and the reason why a change will not occur.

  27. Shontelle R. Brathwaite March 27, 2017 at 7:28 AM

    Braithwaite – Visit Cumbria
    The village of Braithwaite nestles at the foot of the Whinlatter Pass with a magnificent backdrop of the mountains of Grisedale, Causey Pike, High Stile and


    This is called being proactive, unlike Mark Maloney, Arawak already have the money and heavy equipment to concrete the roads, they do not have to wait on government contracts, then take the contracts to the bank, then borrow from the banks against the contracts, then get taxpayer’s money from the treasury and NIS Pension fund by extorting or bribing dumb government ministers, then paying other people outside of Barbados who have the knowledge, skills, talent and equipment to do the work, thereby ripping off bajan taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, as Maloney, Cow, Bizzy and Bjerkham have been doing for decades.

    “Arawak Cement Company to build concrete roads
    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on March 27, 2017.
    Saved under Local News
    Arawak Cement Company is to begin work next month on a concrete road in a bid to convince Government to move away from asphalt to concrete surfaces.

    General Manager Manuel Toro said the company would construct 200 to 300 metres of road leading to its Checker Hall, St Lucy plant.

    “We expect to start building that road next month. It is going to be a pilot just to test the condition of the road, the life cycle of the road, the cost compared with the other alternatives, and then we will communicate that to the authorities and the Government to see that this is possible to do,” the cement company boss told Barbados TODAY.

    Toro said Arawak Cement had discussed the subject with Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, who offered to have the ministry work closely with the cement company on the project.

    He said tenders would go out shortly inviting bids from local contractors, some of whom had been trained last year in Nicaragua and Panama at the facilities of Arawak’s new owner, CEMEX.”

  29. Current Test Methods Detect Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Potential

    by Douglas C. Wolf, D.V.M., Ph.D., senior technical leader, Toxicology & Health Sciences North America, Syngenta Crop Protection, USA

    Since the mid 1990s, a significant amount of research and international regulatory efforts have been applied to develop test methods to identify endocrine-disrupting chemicals. But questions continue to be raised by some groups about the adequacy of these methods that have been validated by international consortia.

    While scientific understanding and test methods have advanced, do current methods adequately address the complexities of endocrine systems for regulatory decisions? Do they provide adequate data to identify adverse effects due to early exposures such as during pregnancy or across generations? Are test methods adequate to determine potential effects on any hormone system in addition to female and male sex hormones and the thyroid system? The answer to all of these questions is yes, according to a new report by independent scientists commissioned by CropLife International.

    For pesticide active ingredients, a significant amount of testing is undertaken both in early compound development and in regulatory guideline studies. Combined, this extensive testing suggests that the probability of missing an endocrine-related effect is low. However, CropLife International wanted to make sure the data support this conclusion. So it engaged a group of qualified scientists to review the validated test methods that are used for regulatory submission and decision-making by all regulatory authorities around the world.

    Read this full perspective at Also, follow @endoscimatters on Twitter.

    • @Vincent

      It is clear we have our priorities upside down. Managing the environment to protect our health should be close to the top. Are we really an intelligent specie?

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