City of Bridgetown Upbraided!

A City of Bridgetown member expresses disgust!

I’m informing you to the fact that I take offense to your ad on health and nutrition in Barbados Today page 4. This ad features photos of blueberries and strawberries. These fruits are extra-regional while we have local fruits such as Avocado, Soursop, Bajan Cherry etc which are just as if not more nutritious than any fruit from outside the region. Why couldn’t these form part of the promotion? This is but one of the reasons why we cannot get our people to eat locally produced food and why our food import bill is sky high (in excess of $600 million). You need to be more responsible in the future.

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  • Do you really think an ad makes people go to the bank and get a loan to buy blueberries, you buy the most nutritious you can afford with the money you have for your children, till they get an allowance and can buy rum and crisps for themselves

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  • Did you even try to understand the underlying concern by the credit union member?

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  • Yes I do but it is nonsensical just like on your blog when someone misspells a word there will always be someone who makes a big thing over it. Case in point dessert and desert the other day. Bajans printed it, bajans did the computer set up, bajans will benefit heaith wise if they go and get info and work out and yes maybe whoever is running it may make a few bucks. So yes I have thought about it have you

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  • The issue here is that a Barbados has a 600 million import bill and an indigenous movement like the credit union should be overtly and subliminally sending a message to push local. To have selected strawberries and blueberries provides insight into how decision makers in the entity are thinking. This is something you may struggle to understand.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Blue berries and strawberries are extremely expensive on the island and have to be kept frozen for transport from the North or Europe because of spoilage, by the time they reach the Caribbean and supermarket freezers, their nutritional value is all but useless….

    A little research would tell bajans, it is a waste of money.

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  • Porridge is very healthy very inexpensive I was fed it growing up not just for breakfast to the point that I couldnt even look at it. This picture is not a condemnation of healthy bajan foods that people may get every day but something to catch ones eye which it apparently has done . Thats called advertising and people are paid big dollars for good pictures or slogans….think…mink………..diamonds are forever

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    There is a subliminal messaging to advertising that is pretty dirty, it is used in modernized countries to tief people’s money, one has to be careful with advertisers and not get reeled in.

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  • David October 19, 2017 at 6:22 AM #

    “The issue here is that a Barbados has a 600 million import bill and an indigenous movement like the credit union should be overtly and subliminally sending a message to push local. To have selected strawberries and blueberries provides insight into how decision makers in the entity are thinking.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m guessing Bro. James Paul, who is Chief Executive Officer of the BAS…… a member of COB’s board of directors……. and has been an advocate of local food production……………

    …………… has not seen the advertisement.

    Because it will be difficult to perceive he endorsed it.

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  • @Artax

    It is unlikely this marketing creative required the approval of Paul at Board level. He is aware now therefore he should advise management to pull it.

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  • @ David,

    I guess they couldn’t find images of a mango, golden apple, BAJAN cherry (which has as much vitamin C as 6 oranges).

    https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php#.Weis1GhSzIU

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  • Lawson just playing the donkey …as is his wont.
    LOL
    ha ha ha

    But seriously, this is an excellent indication of the extent to which albino-centric thinking has overtaken our country and indeed, our world.

    Imagine, if you can, a fellow sitting on a beach in Barbados – with a roasted breadfruit and coconut, …and envying some poor bum (like Lawson or Hants) up in albino-land with his ass freezing off, … while holding down three back-breaking jobs, which barely keep his little shiite house warm enough for him to survive to work his bum off…

    Do you know that most of us such brass bowls would sell his/her donkey to exchange places with Lawson or Hants…. ?

    What the Hell!!!

    …but NOT stinking Bushie…. 🙂

    The same identical thing applies where GOD’s own “personally designed peoples” envy inferior versions – based on the trinkets and glitter (PR hype) …while suffering from low self-esteem …and as they sit idly on pure GOLD…..

    Lotta shiite!!!
    Only brass bowls….

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  • @Hants

    Bajan cherries more potent since the 60’s/70’s? one cherry used to have as much vitamin C as three oranges now it’s up to six. I had a few recently didn’t know I was supplementing my vitamin C by so much.

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  • @Hants

    What the ad reveals is a scary insight into the thinking that obtains even at the touted credit union. In this case COB is #2 and should we assume represents the ‘tip of the ‘iceberg’ thinking in Barbados?

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  • I am a COB member and I say for them ooppsss!!!. But please COB do better next time.

    But don’t kill COB for it.

    I just had a Bajan ham cutter, with a little Bajan pepper sauce, and a slice of Bajan avocado pear, and a free banana from my neighbour and in the interest of regional trade a Jamaican cup of coffee.

    So I good.

    Until it is time to attack that Bajan soup which I cooked yesterday. Bajan pumpkin, carrots, spinach, yam, sweet potatoes, increase peas which I grew myself, Bajan chicken,

    Then I will be even better.

    Sweet.

    It ain’t hard people.

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  • @Bush T
    while holding down three back-breaking jobs, which barely keep his little shiite house warm enough for him to survive to work his bum off…
    ++++++++++++++
    Wait a minute! I only had one job, did you mean to tell me that some poor sap had two of mine? That’s how I missed out being as rich as you, now you tell me…..

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  • @Simple Simon

    Nobody is killing anybody. All we are doing is holding those responsible to account. Yours is a cuhdere mentality that strikes to the heart of the problem we face in Barbados.

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  • LOL @ Sarge
    You probably pulled some rank….

    No one (except probably Lawson) knows better – that having moved to albino-land and realised that it was just a different form of imprisonment,
    NOTHING can match living in Barbados – despite the endemic brass bowlery.

    Even with the likes of Froon, Stinkliar, Kellman and their BLP equivalents … wunna CANNOT touch Bim…
    Why not just swallow wunna pride and come on home nuh…??!!

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  • The other angle to this matter is that fact this member communicated to the credit union to raise the issue as explained here and then had to resort to social media because there was no prompt response. Bare in mind this is a movement Bush Tea et al sing the praises. We hope this is not a systemic problem at the credit unon!

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  • @Bush Tea
    Even with the likes of Froon, Stinkliar, Kellman and their BLP equivalents … wunna CANNOT touch Bim…
    Why not just swallow wunna pride and come on home nuh…??!!
    +++++++++++
    Can’t beat it for comedy intentional or not like the woman in the sea who pulled out her umbrella when it started to rain, (didn’t want her hair to get wet), my only problem I left the camera in the car.

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  • So yes, COB deserves a little spanking, and a reprimand “don’t let it happen again” but they don’t deserve a big rock.

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  • @Simple Simon

    The jury is out, let us hope this is a skin deep issue.

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  • @ David
    Bushie has to agree with Simple.
    Don’t overdo it…

    The difference here is that the member has the confidence to speak out, and will probably raise Hell at a general meeting AND WILL HAVE TO BE HEARD…. unlike other shiite organisations bout here.

    @ Sarge
    Boss… you on holiday and left the camera in de car?
    Your car does tek pictures? …or you left it as temptation for a parro?

    You like you is a Bajan too yuh..!!!

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  • BT please explain something to me. If I am a grocer on the island do I not bring in a container every week , pay for it myself and mark it up and sell it. I really do not understand this govt food bill unless it is for govt entities like prisons etc. In which who de buller that getting blueberries

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  • @ Sargeant,

    Sorry for the mistake but I getting old and my memory is not as good as it used to be.

    Found this mis information on google but it sounds good.

    ” Barbados cherry, which is also known as acerola in Central America, has the highest vitamin C content among all the cultivated fruits. This fruit contains 65 times more vitamin C than an orange. ”

    ” This fruit contains 65 times more vitamin C than an orange. ”

    http://www.fruitipedia.com/barbados_cherry%20Malpighia%20emarginata.htm

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  • @ Bush Tea who wrote ” while holding down three back-breaking jobs, which barely keep his little shiite house warm.

    It wussa than that.

    A few years ago I had jobs in Canada, the USA, Bermuda, Barbados an I still broke……..so I have to stay in de ” freezer “….so moh roast breadfruit and coconut fuh you.

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  • @ David,

    I hope the person who designed the Ad is not a Bajan.

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  • But Bushie these are YOUR co-op folks whom you promote tirelessly. I know you will tell me they are not immune to the albino-centricities of others, but really…..how centric does one have to be to approve this type of communication? It is just RH ingrunt.

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  • I would assume that this ad slipped past the credit union’s internal watchdog mechanism.It deserves a call out .Let’s hope it would not be repeated.
    Local production of these exotic fruit,so called,is not beyond our capacity,given modern techniques and an abundant supply of solar voltaic energy to provide the appropriate cooling to mimic the temperate-like conditions these fruit require.The credit union might want to put its money into developments of this kind.

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  • @ Gabriel,

    How about increasing local production of Bajan cherries, guavas, duncs, fat pork,gooseberries, plums and sea grapes ?

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  • The BU household received word the matter was escalated to the CEO. Let us hope something constructive shakes out of the complaint.

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  • I have, in an earlier dispensation,approached a then up and coming farm to export locally grown food crops to the US,Canadian and UK markets where the demand was almost insatiable.They told me they can’t even keep up with the local demand.At that time yam was being sold at $2.50 lb in Barbados and in Trinidad it was retailed on the roadway shoulder at $0.81 tt per lb.The demand for dasheen in the US could not be met.Generally,these overseas markets can still be exploited where the demand for breadfruit,yam,sweet potato,hot peppers,pepper sauce etc can find a ready market among the E.S. Caribbean communities.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Gabriel October 19, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Excellent contribution, Gabriel!

    Only goes to show that age is only a number which proves that only time can sharpen an ‘open’ intellect into the finest point of wisdom.

    The challenge confronting Barbados is one of vision resulting in the perishing of the ordinary people.

    Those ‘conditioned’ minds at the CoB are just robotic Internet-focused cut and paste minstrels lacking in any creative imagination to express the legacy of EWB et al in the democratization of education.

    But heck, how can you expect the same BAS man who has the agricultural guts to deny the existence of gangs in his constituency as meticulously recorded by the country’s main law enforcement agency to be also the watchman for the Carmetta Frazier’s decades-old slogan of ‘eating what Bajans grow naturally’?

    The visitor attraction in Cornwall England called the “Eden Project” is not there to be the eponymous depiction of the original garden of Adam & Eve but as a futuristic perspective of what is in store for mankind and his 10,000 odd years’ romance with ‘domesticated’ agriculture as the forces driving climate change kick into higher gear.

    So why not copy the reverse side of that project by showing how imported fruits and vegetables from ‘cooler’ climes can adapt to tropical conditions given the right technology?

    After all, the so-called English potato is really a product of the South Americas just like many other things stolen by Europeans after Columbus’s voyage of pure serendipity.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    strawberries can grow in Barbados, but it must be in the shade, blue berries is a whole nother story.

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  • will someone please explain the food bill to me

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  • @COB member “our food import bill is sky high (in excess of $600 million)”

    @lawson October 19, 2017 at 12:20 PM “I really do not understand this govt food bill unless it is for govt entities like prisons etc.”
    @lawson October 19, 2017 at 10:43 PM “will someone please explain the food bill to me”

    The over $6000,000 million is not the government’s food import bill. It is the cost of all food imported into Barbados. Some of this imported food is sold to government institutions such as the prison, the hospital, the school meals service etc. Some of it is used in the tourist industry to feed visitors, but most but much of it is sold via supermarkets to ordinary Barbadians.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Lawson…note.

    One prison
    One hospital

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  • if it is not the govts food import bill who cares what they bring in, there must be a tax on every item brought in so the more that is brought actually benefits the govt.

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  • It would help if you remove your filter before reading blog/comments. Try it!

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  • @ NorthernObserver
    But Bushie these are YOUR co-op folks whom you promote tirelessly.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wrong
    Check carefully and you will see that Bushie does NOT promote ‘coop folks’ at all.
    What the bushman promotes is the coop SYSTEM. It is so robust that even hopeless brass bowls are able to get it to work.
    Surprised that you did not pick up that important difference.

    @ David
    Lawson’s filter is not removable.

    @ Gabriel
    Any time that Vincent agrees with you, you done know dat it is time for a rethink….

    Trying to create artificial conditions to produce fruit that are foreign to our conditions betrays an inherent inferiority complex that is the genesis of our undoing.

    NONE of those lukewarm, “exotic’, shiite fruit can match the natural tropical gems that we routinely discard in the same way that we discard our BLESSED blackness and our NATURAL community centric tendencies.

    Don’t fall into Vincent’s shiite trap Boss….
    It is just a whole heap of empty hype…

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  • if by filter you mean my bullshit sensor I agree its ingrained

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  • The over $6000,000 million is not the government’s food import bill. It is the cost of all food imported into Barbados.

    Is the food import bill in Barbados $6000000m? What is that in standard form?

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  • Very instructive blog post. It clearly shows the mismatch between our words and actions. Too many people in positions of authority, including James Paul, lack the strategic thinking to implement an organisation-wide policy that says local produce must be showcased in ALL ads/programmes/eat ups etc financed by our company wherever possible. With such thinking, there would be no ‘discovery’ of imported blueberries over Bajan cherries in an ad.

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  • @Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. October 20, 2017 at 3:03 AM #
    Lawson…note. One prison. One hospital.

    Not quite.

    Dodds prison for adult men and women, maybe 900 people x 3 meals per day=2,700 meals per day
    One juvenile facility for boys, maybe 30 people x 3 meals=90 meals per day
    One juvenile facility for girls, maybe 20 people x 3 meals=60 meals per day
    The Edna Nicholls Center for short term interventions for boys and girls, maybe 12 people x 3 meals=36 meals per day
    The Queen Elizabeth hospital, 600 people by 3 meals=1,800 meals per day
    The Psychiatric hospital, maybe 400 people x 3 meals=1,200 per day
    Geriatric hospitals in St. Lucy, St. Michael, and St. Thomas, maybe 200 people x 3 meals per say=600 meals
    Orphaned/Abandoned children in 6 Child Care Board homes, maybe 180 people x 3 meals per day=540 meals per day
    The school meals service, 3,000 children per year x 7 grades=21,000 elementary aged children x lunch only=21,000 lunches per day

    All of these people must be fed three meals a day while institutionalized. So the government has to put on a big, big pot everyday, enough to feed about 28,000+ vulnerable people.

    We talk about cuts, but which of these people. knowing that human beings can only last about 42 days without food, which of these people would you not feed?

    So yes, the government, that is we the tax payers have to put tens of thousands shares of food every day. If we fail to do it we would hear from wunna that we starving we prisoners, we elders, we children in care…”

    We would not hear the end of it.

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  • @Hal Austin October 20, 2017 at 9:13 AM “Is the food import bill in Barbados $6000000m? What is that in standard form?”

    It was after 11 at night. I am old. I was tired. It is a blog, not a classroom. Or a newspaper of record. You are not my editor, or my boss. You cannot fire me. Nobody can fire me, because I doan wuk nawhere.

    Tired people, and old tired people make mistakes which result in the deaths of others. I haven’t killed anybody. Yet.

    I meant $600 million as quoted by somebody else. I did not verify the numbers.

    Because it is a blog. It is not a university classroom

    Or a newspaper of record.

    Stupseee!!!

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  • @enuff

    You have nailed BU’s concern. The process that would have allowed this ad to be approved points to the root of the issue. What other flawed processes are thy embedded in the system?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Thanks for sharing Simple….

    ….just imagine if the govetnment had instead of 28,000 in various institutions to feed ……say .2 or 3 million and just as much garbage to collect and as much people to transport on a daily basis…it would be a complete and utter disaster.

    Cause just those few in the population compared to larger populations in larger countries and the ministers are getting cramp to manage,

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    I think it’s 600 or 700,000 annually….the food import bill….six or seven hundred THOUSAND dollars annually….according to the lying minister David Estwick.

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  • Simple Simon,

    I make my fair share of mistakes, but how was I to know it was a mistake. I asked the question, you still have not corrected it. So, I am no wiser.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    They should try importing only necessities for the next 10 years, put a ban on luxury items, it’s a waste of forex.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Simple Simon October 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM
    “Tired people, and old tired people make mistakes which result in the deaths of others. I haven’t killed anybody. Yet.
    I meant $600 million as quoted by somebody else. I did not verify the numbers.
    Because it is a blog. It is not a university classroom
    Or a newspaper of record.
    Stupseee!!!”

    Simon do you now see why Shallow Hal is treated like the pedantic jackass he displays himself to be?

    Every minor matter is treated by this irritatingly arrogant supercilious prick as an opportunity demonstrate his competence in shooting off his mouth from where his ass ought to be.

    If he were to look into his own frail human mirror and tabulate the literary errors and omissions he constantly makes, then he would be a bit more ‘tolerant’ of the innocent foibles of other BU contributors.

    “ Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story..”

    Hal Austin we are listening to you, loud and clear!

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  • @Hal Austin October 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM “I asked the question, you still have not corrected it.”

    Dear Hal: Unlike you I have not spent my life working with numbers. We pay our bankers, central bankers, Ministry of Finance officials, financial journalists very well.

    I suggest that you check with some of them for the answer to your question.

    Because when it comes to numbers I don’t go much beyond 1+1=2

    In spite of that I have been amazingly effective in my professional life and in my home life.

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  • You can’t fire me.

    You can’t refuse to hire me.

    You can’t give me an “F”

    You have NO power over me.

    Even without your permission I am happy and healthy.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    lol..

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  • Simple Simon,
    You published a figure, I asked if it was correct and you explode. This is an almost unique cultural phenomenon. All that was required was the correction. I asked because I was interested. Is that offence?
    I have no desire to hire you, fire you, deny your happiness or your good health.
    Jethro Miller PGCE (FE) is simply trying to pick a fight. He is angry with himself. Ignore him.

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  • @Hal Austin October 20, 2017 at 12:19 PM ‘you explode.”

    I haven’t exploded. I just checked my blood pressure and it is 115/72.

    i good.

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  • Simple Simon,
    Keep it there. I am jealous.

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  • @Hal Austin October 20, 2017 at 12:19 PM. “I asked because I was interested. Is that offence?”

    It isn’t an offense.

    But aren’t you being disingenuous?

    Since because of your profession we know that you are more than capable of finding out the answer for yourself.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Simple Simon October 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    If the pretentious jackass was that bright and on top of his intellectual game, as he likes to claim, he would have easily realized the figure quoted for the annual food import bill was a ‘simple’ typing error and could never be in the stratospheric region of “$6000,000 million”.

    The figure for the annual food import bill in the region of $600 to 700 million has been bandied about too many times on BU and in the traditional press quoting ‘official’ sources for Hal the stalker to have missed the trick.

    Not even Barbados’s GDP ($4.579 billion in 2016) or even its total ‘imports’ bill could be in such an astronomically high region.

    And this is the finance guru (to boot, a ‘brilliantly’ outstanding investigative journalist in the same esoteric field) who would wish to be ‘charged’ with the responsibility of managing the same country’s Lilliputian foreign reserves of less than $600 million (or in Hal’s wide-opened eyes “$6000,000 million”).

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  • Forget fruits and veg Mugabe new ambassador WHO we are saved

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  • Simple Simon October 20, 2017 at 12:56 PM #
    @Simon,
    No. It was because it looked a bit on the large side that I queried it. I was not sure if you were making an unconventional argument.
    I cannot assume what you mean, thus the reason for seeking clarification..

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