Mademoiselle Prime Minister Mia Mottley to Deliver Mini-budget – shifting from the rhetoric

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Source: Marla Dukharan 2017 ICAB presentation

Since being elevated to office on 25 May 2018, the Mia Mottley government has moved at a frenetic pace- or so it seems- when compared to the the former Freundel Stuart administration which was characterized by sloth. It should be obvious the path being pursued by the government was planned before winning the government. The speed at which it has assembled a team to support government tells a story of preplanning.

What does it mean?

The new administration gets an A for preparation and the willingness to wrestle with the many nettlesome issues affecting the country. The pundits have fodder for debate why the former administration was unable to secure the support of stakeholders in the social partnership and wider civil society.   This week for example, we learned that the NUPW National Council agreed to a low single digit wage increase for public sector workers. In a sentence, the former government was unable to lead the various parties to achieve positive results, a prerequisite of a leader.

It is only the most loyal supporter of the Democratic Labour Party who continues to reject the position that after ten years at the helm of government the economy refused to positively respond. Twenty plus downgrades from international rating agencies, declining foreign reserves since taking office, running annual current account and budget deficits, inability to deliver wage increases to public servants, there has been a visible deterioration in physical infrastructure- roads, buildings, sewage plants, supply of water, inadequate bus and garbage collection service, unable to enact transparency legislation, declining confidence and misuse of the NIS Scheme unable to public recent audited financials,  unable to respond to Auditor General concerns, increase backlog in the case load of Barbados Courts which attracted frequent uncomplimentary remarks from the CCJ, to name a few.

The failings identified had as an undergird a pervasive lack of discipline how the affairs of the country were managed by the former government. The electorate responded by its 70% response vote at the polls that enough was enough!

For the first time many Barbadians will be transitioning to a reality that it is not business as usual. The feel good factor of jettisoning a non performing government will disappear in the coming days as more austerity measures are delivered. The blogmaster anticipates that Prime Minister Mia Mottley will will move quickly in her term to implement draconian policy measures to achieve improved results in the three year time horizon promised to get to light at the end of a long tunnel. On cue a mini-Budget is scheduled for Monday.

There is the danger Prime Minister Mottley faces that the unprecedented mandate she received at the polling booth last month can be eroded in quick time if the recovery path she has committed the country goes off track. We are in the hurricane season and all that it promises, oil price has been increasing, OECD countries have been curbing flight of southbound capital along with other external influences. Then there is possibility of bad policy formulation because of a misread of the symptoms of the local economy.

All eyes will be on Mademoiselle Prime Minister Mia Mottley next week as she makes the shift from communicating the political rhetoric of the political campaign trail to delivering a policy statement which will impact Bajan households in the pockets.

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84 comments

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    The Mia government has to perform…there is no room for error, not with everyone watching, the time used to make any cockups would be wisely spent to get everything right..the very first time…

    …they got enough hands and brains on the people’s dime to make light work..

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  • I do hope that the Chief Justice is removed immediately! He was a total waste of taxpayers’ money! The former government ministers should be made to repay all the salaries they received for doing absolutely nothing. Bajans start planting! I hope there is a shake up in all government departments and the free loaders sent home for good! The MTW is in a mess! Workers coming to work for an hour and then packing their bags and leaving. I have witnessed this since last year. when they came to fix a drain near me. To date the drain is still unfinished. The shite the last PM was talking about productivity was a barrel full of shite! They were a bunch of lazy suckers sucking off the people of Barbados.

    PM Mia you are showing us how things are done and I applaud you for informing us as you go. You need to sign off on the FOI and the Integrity legislation act. Citizens must be held accountable for the dirty state of the island. Householders must be made to clean up in front of their homes including the area next to the road. We have too many NASTY people who claim they love their island and litter indiscriminately. That is not showing love at all.

    The medicine will be bitter for us because the disease was untreated for 10 years.

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  • I am more interested in seeing the reply to the budget from the leader of the opposition and the opposition benches than I am in seeing the budget itself.

    The mooted increase of bus fares to $5 got a lot of people cruel, including the pensioners who have to use mini buses.

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  • I found Pedro Welch’s article on the constitutional issue in Barbados Today yesterday to be interesting.

    He posits that there needs to be a plurality of opposition members.

    Maybe we will see other members who are Bees crossing the floor sooner rather than later.

    Gline Clarke it was said was one who would cross because he didn’t get a ministry.

    Did he ever get one eventually … will he?

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  • Barbados won´nt get any IMF loan with the agreed wage hike and the proposed higher pensions, since productivity in the public sector is lower than 30 years ago and since Barbados is in a deep recession since 10 years.

    The IMF must make sure that the whole loan plus interest is paid back in timely manner. Currently, Barbados is not able to pay back any forex loan.

    However, as always, Tron´s warnings fall on deaf ears. The Barbadian establishment is unteachable and too arrogant to adjust to the fact that Barbados is on the same level as Haiti now.

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  • Only a duffus would give the leadership an A
    Excuse me but MIa has put this country economy in draconian territory with a default of debt which means a triple minus for creditworthiness for at least ten years
    All her phto op are meaningless at this point looks more like a chicken running around with its head cut off

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  • Look stop fooling wunna self all this optics mini budget would soon be realized to be a special brand of smoke and mirrors
    The deal is already done for the IMF intervention
    All promises which Mia made to the population are now subject to the guidelines of the IMF policies and Mia would have no choice but to accept the harsh draconian guidelines of the IMF if she wants to have a guaranteed loan from the IMF
    What mini budget another grandstanding to fool the barbadian public
    As for the NUPW shmfh Big fools

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  • Is the lexicon on the blog changing? This is the second time that the PM has been given the title Mademoiselle but I thought that thanks to the effort of Comrade Commisiong we were close to our hermanos/hermanas in Cuba and Venezuela and it would be more fitting if the Hon. PM was addressed by the Spanish equivalent of “Senorita” or as befitting a woman of more mature years “Senora”.

    @IG 246
    What are you proposing? A night of “The long knives”? Short Knives? Rapiers? Swords? Collins? If we are going to punish Ministers and Civil servants for non- performance we should employ someone to look after the current lot before the rot sets in, that way we can be ahead of the crowd prior to the next election (but we know that non- performance won’t happen cause Mia said she will be watching them).

    Look I agree that Bajans should be made to clean up in front of their homes and while I don’t understand all the ramifications of the “tipping fees” I know that Bajans bellyached about the notion of paying to dump garbage from around their homes. Now if we can just eliminate the expectation of “freeness” that seems to permeate the Bajan soul we may get somewhere with the clean- up plan.
    BTW keep up the good work on your garden.

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  • it would be more fitting if the Hon. PM was addressed by the Spanish equivalent of “Senorita” or as befitting a woman of more mature years “Senora”.

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    When I did Spanish way back when, Gobbels taught us that Senora was the equivalent of Mrs. and Senorita was the equivalent of Miss (ed)

    Seniority (pardon the pun) doesn’t have anything to do with it

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  • David
    Is there any option available in WordPress to allow members to block posts from other members appearing in their feed?

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  • 🙂
    Good one enuff.

    On another note: I cannot see why there is so much emphasis on the number of folks in the opposition. We had over 50 years of an “opposition” and we are still up the proverbial creek without a paddle. We have seen that the ‘duopoly’ is a failed paradigm. I am not advocating a one party state but merely stating that we need a different model.

    We need to give the current administration our full support. We need to move from mere politicking to nation building.

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  • I know that Senora is the equivalent of Mrs. for a married woman but it is also used as a prefix to an older woman, In English we used both Mrs. for married and Miss single women latterly we have used Ms. Which covers both. Language continues to evolve….

    BTW Mademoiselle is considered offensive in some parts of the French speaking world

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  • Tron June 9, 2018 8:25 AM

    Your 100% correct. I can see from the IMF departure statement the “COOL” response to any future loans. Bajans are still operating like ostrich with their heads buried deep in the sand. Will see how MIA intends to deal with NO FOREX in the near future.

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  • Silly economics
    Take that $16B BD and divide it by 280K (population) and ask yourself what did every man woman and child get for “his/her share”.

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  • “Bajans are still operating like ostrich with their heads buried deep in the sand.”

    Wily

    It’s a myth…….ostriches DO NOT bury their heads in the sand.

    Hahahahahaha

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  • Mia must be given some time.
    We want these problems solved, but the last administration has demonstrated that they cannot be solved overnight.
    For DLPites: if she was able to solve these problems in two days, then you must ask yourself “what happened during the past X years?”. Fill in the X.

    Put Barbados first. Give Mia a chance.

    I am beginning to wonder if the DLP felt that 30-0 was the best outcome for them.
    Mia has no one to point at in Parliament. Not a single example of who messed up.
    Mia can blame the old party, but after some time it will seem as if she living in the past.
    They don’t have to “offer” solutions which they would if they were MPs.
    They can sit on the sidelines, comment, keep their fingers crossed and hope for the “best”.
    They must have rejoiced inwardly at 30-0.

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  • The lightning speed at which the PM is putting an end to the Stuart inefficiency and cavalier approach to governance of a 21st century state,is causing consternation in the BU opposition ranks.
    A female high court judge whether married or not is addressed Madame Justice.The matter can be put to rest in the next list of national honourees this coming Independence.Dame Mia it shall be.This is an extraordinary woman,capable of achieving the hitherto impossible…patiently destroying the legacy of the DLP.The Diaspora is alive with buzz.Cant believe it.”Wait,yuh mean not even one seat”?,Boy,dat is some woman”!Dame Mia in ‘yo tail paadna!

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  • It was significant that a 95 year old had to call Brasstacks yesterday to defend the DLP.Where are all the braggarts gone.Lying Sinckler,Bull dog Estwick,Pornoman Inniss,Pipsqueak puppy Kellman,Seriously sick dutty Lowe,where are you hiding?Ashamed?Why?It did wunna time.Wunna fulchers.Chopsutters,crooks,sumsbeeches,bagblinehoesandpimps,gaulblinewunnadawgs,bastidsall.

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  • BTW Mademoiselle is considered offensive in some parts of the French speaking world

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    You know you are probably right.

    I remember Miss Alleyne (RIP) giving us an assignment in french composition to describe our teacher and the special linguistic problem posed by the fact it was Le Professeur masculine.

    She suggested we use the phrase, Madame, le professeur which we all did.

    Miss Alleyne was neither married nor old but she was a lady and attracted the title Ma-Dame naturally!!

    No one questioned the apparent misnomer, the cap fit and she wore it easily!!

    That was when I was in second form at HC ….. man, that was almost a half century ago.

    Funny how great teachers leave an indelible impression on children which they will probably carry to their graves!!

    It is the little things that never leave us!!

    The reason is simple, someone who cannot observe the niceties of the small things of life will not observe the big things either.

    Stealing 5 cents is the same as stealing 5 million.

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  • Bernard Codrington

    The electorate which gave the BLP a clear mandate to correct the downward slide of the economy is expecting an interim policy statement on how the ills currently exposed will be addressed. It may well be a repetition of the Throne Speech delivered so ably by Her Excellency The Governor General.

    Actually ratings do not really matter. It is the response of external investors and creditors that are of importance. Investment raters are usually two steps behind understanding the realities. You can divine it from their narratives.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Sargeant June 9, 2018 9:28 AM
    “BTW Mademoiselle is considered offensive in some parts of the French speaking world..”

    Exactement!

    The use of Mademoiselle is ‘très passé’ and deemed to be rather ‘sexist’.

    The previous post holder was not referred to as “Bachelor Prime Minister”.

    “Madam Prime Minister” is totally acceptable today, (married or not married).

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  • It was significant that a 95 year old had to call Brasstacks yesterday to defend the DLP.

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    I don’t listen to the radio but that 95 year old is a pensioner and has no voice in a house of assembly that will probably make him/her pay $5.00 in bus fare.

    It will come as a proposition from the PM and leader of the leader of the opposition!!

    The leader of the opposition, a reverend, will arise and on the pensioner’s behalf say “I concur”!!

    Then, he will sit back down.

    The pensioner comes from an era when you paid if you wanted to go.

    Now, the pensioner will simply not go!!

    BTW, I was introduced to a 98 year old man who daily rides his bike up to “lime with the boys form that bygone era”!!

    They are not in his age class but they belong to the era too!!

    Many of us do.

    The pensioner is calling Brasstacks because he/she understands fully that he/she will get no representation in the House of Assembly and thinks Brasstacks may help his/her voice be heard!!.

    Listen to the voice before it is silenced!!

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  • Bernard Codrington

    @ Miller at 10 :11 AM

    I totally agree. Are not female judges referred to as Madam? It is a mark of respect which we seem to grudgingly give these days.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Islandgal June 9, 2018 6:57 AM
    “PM Mia you are showing us how things are done and I applaud you for informing us as you go. You need to sign off on the FOI and the Integrity legislation act. Citizens must be held accountable for the dirty state of the island. Householders must be made to clean up in front of their homes including the area next to the road. We have too many NASTY people who claim they love their island and litter indiscriminately. That is not showing love at all.”

    Couldn’t agree with you more!
    Just can’t understand how a small country whose population likes to pride itself as some of the “best” educated in the world could be so nasty and abusive to the environment.

    Barbados is in dire need of a total cleanup and environmental makeover.

    The new Mottley administration ought to make it one of its priorities since impressions mean a lot.
    The same way that there is much validity in the idiom that “we are what we eat”; so too is the saying that we are judged by the way we present ourselves to others.

    Barbados ought to declare to the world that it is ‘open for business’ (again) and should present itself as willing and ready.

    Madam PM must start to not only think out of the box but must also do things in rather creatively exciting ways.

    Why not use the upcoming mini-budget to impose a tax on fast-food outlets to help cover the cost of keeping Barbados beautiful (again) while making the environmental terrorists who disgustingly dispose of their fast-food containers all over the country as readymade invitations to rats and mosquitoes pay in advance to cover some of the costs for their inevitable public healthcare?

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  • Private sector led growth is the objective. Go back and read the manifesto again. Apart from non-contributory pensions, the BLP promises are development-oriented. Infrastructure must be fixed. If the consolidation of SOEs becomes necessary, the likes of Cranston Browne, Henderson Williams and the LASTS IN should be the firsts out. The players involved were not sleeping in Opposition. Have you seen much to suggest that there is no plan? Watch the BLP!.

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  • John
    I regret disappointing you but that 95 year old is a member of the Fatted Calf brigade going by the handle of Astor Watts.No ordinary pensioner.A man with connections yesterday but not today and maybe not for a long time to come.It was heartening to hear a silent young Dem rise to the occasion making the first item on the VOB news this morning a former Senator Worrell.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Dr ole man was the first to coin the titular address for our new Prime Minister.

    Bereft as de ole man is of the niceties of the privileges of Hardin College’s Beverly Alleyne and the fact that an unmarried lady was respectfully referred to by Madamoiselle…

    Bereft too as I am of the obvious socialization of the Non Commissioned Officer here who speaks to a custom he asserts to be a truth about how “mesdamoiselles” NOT MADAMOISELLE was a term applied to address ladies of the night in French quarters during a time in the 1700’s and 1800’s but he would seek to come here and espouse that this is currently the practice in Spanish places south of us in Barbados

    One does hope that the NCO is not one of those who in times afore availed himself of the company of those “mesdamoiselles” and is thusly understandably confused about the deference accorded to our Prime Minister by the singular and unique title and his own fond memories.

    In fact one would advise the NCO that WHILE he is in her company fawning sorry following her around that he refrain from using any French or Spanish lest he slip in any endearments her is accustomed using in the south

    Heheheheheh

    Next thing wunna going be hinting that comrade David Come Sing Along does go to Venezuela and Cuba for “mamacitas” as part of the Honourable Comrades accustomed visits

    “Que rico papa David, que rico…”

    Ladies, if any of wunna menses laugh knowledgeable at this submission wunna got a problem…heheheheheh

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Good job, that is what you do with limes handed to you by life, you make lemonades, lots of it, a gift from the sea…tons of it.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/165490/seaweed-push

    “The Government is using a holistic approach to address the algae invasion along the island’s coasts.

    Four ministries – Agriculture and Food Security; Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy; Transport, Works and Maintenance; and Environment and National Beautification – are working in collaboration to remove piles of sargassum seaweed and put the algae to good use.

    This was the position taken after the relevant the ministers toured Bath Beach, St John, and Crane Beach, St Philip, to assess the impact of the sargassum seaweed yesterday.

    During the visit to Bath beach, St John, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy Kirk Humphrey said though the seaweed was regarded as a nuisance, it was a resource.

    “We believe that we could move it safely where we would drain it and take it to Sustainable Barbados Recycle Centre, where it could be used as well.

    “We are also in conversation with the private sector to use used the seaweed to create energy . . . to create in the long term a methane gas . . . we know you can convert it into real energy and use it to help fuel Barbadian households,” he said”

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Dr ole man was tempted on another blog to give some suggestions and how to rebuild this war zone landscape that the Demonic Labour Party left.

    But den de ole man paused and said to meself “Meself what will the ‘Watch Me Now’s document” say?

    By Watch Me Now doc de ole man means Mini Budget document for those of you who are lost.

    That document is going to be important because AS THE SAGE ANNUNAKI HAS POINTED OUT it is part of what is need to show to the world “Barbados is open for Business”

    But more importantly it will detail the game plan that is to be implemented.

    IT cannot be rhetoric NOR CAN IT BE A BOILED OVER MANIFESTO DOCUMENT

    IT has to be an implementation item…a blueprint

    Now as an aside of no import, here is where that third party of mock sport pretenders should have been agitating and showing that they are not permanently in that somnambulistic state that characterized ALL OF THEIR CAMPAIGNS.

    But then again THAT IS A BRIDGE TOO FAR for these clowns to contemplate further more implement

    Steupseee

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  • Dear Madam,

    used before a title to address or refer to a female holder of the office of Prime Minister.

    “Madam Prime Minister”

    @ Bushie, I copy and re write the above after googling it…..But you already knew that cause…… lol

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  • What about Auntie Mia?

    … it’s not original and I don’t claim to have invented it.

    Auntie is a term of respect Bajans give to those in charge of them.

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  • Or Mama Mia

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  • Boots boots de government boots.

    “The Government is using a holistic approach to address the algae invasion along the island’s coasts.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/165490/seaweed-push

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  • I here listening to Gabby ” Boots ” while watching F! qualifying and checking the cricket score.

    Good to see the government multi tasking.

    Cherry working on the sewer problem and the BDF attacking the Sargassum.

    Now listening to Gabby ” Jack “.

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  • Tron we might be lower than Haiti. Haitians know they are poor and impoverished. Bajans don’t think they are.. or it is as bad as it is. They are in for a rude awakening.

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  • Sargeant: Now if we can just eliminate the expectation of “freeness” that seems to permeate the Bajan soul we may get somewhere with the clean- up plan.

    This is what’s ails Barbadiabs. Everybody want everything for free.

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  • Sargeant: Now if we can just eliminate the expectation of “freeness” that seems to permeate the Bajan soul we may get somewhere with the clean- up plan.

    This is what’s ails Barbadians.
    Everybody want everything for free.

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  • Tron we might be lower than Haiti. Haitians know they are poor and impoverished. Bajans don’t think they are.. or it is as bad as it is. They are in for a rude awakening.

    Sargeant.. Now if we can just eliminate the expectation of “freeness” that seems to permeate the Bajan soul we may get somewhere with the clean- up plan.

    This is what ails Barbados. Everybody want everything for free.

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  • Testing the thought, has Barbados Today embarked on an anti Mia agenda?

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  • David

    Wouldn’t you, after the lawsuits? Funny thing is that since the BLP won the election, both LSE law department and the alumnus newspaper have congratulated Mia Mottley on becoming PM. This begs the question, why did BT get involved in asking for LLB qualifications? I think I also saw a pic in the Nation with her at Middle Temple Bar ceremony.

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  • @enuff

    A guess is that the BT was being feed ‘insider news and documents’ which led to. Quid pro quo.

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  • Don’t think some people are happy that the way things are shaping up, that the island can no longer be viewed as their personal playground to do whatever they like, it will be even more evident when as promised the Supreme Court is fixed and they can no longer misuse and abuse the process without being exposed and/or publicly penalized.

    interesting time ahead, with everyone being vigilant.

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  • David

    And the tax waiver and Boko Haram stories? lmao

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  • @ David,

    Is BarbadosToday owned and or financed by Bajans ?

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  • @Hants

    It is owned by Peter Harris and Bizzy.

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  • Thanks David. no comment. lol

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  • Jeff Cumberbatch

    I found Pedro Welch’s article on the constitutional issue in Barbados Today yesterday to be interesting.

    He posits that there needs to be a plurality of opposition members.

    Maybe we will see other members who are Bees crossing the floor sooner rather than later.

    Gline Clarke it was said was one who would cross because he didn’t get a ministry.

    Did he ever get one eventually … will he?

    @John,

    Pedro spoke too me about this on Monday. On what page is his column?

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  • Spoke to someone last December who mentioned how it was going to play out and it has, they told the truth, I was skeptical at the time despite knowing how reliable they were, but time is longer than twine.

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  • Well well

    You get your posting as CEO of the sewage treatment plant……to clean it up with your mouth 👄 ?

    Remember, you campaign on the platform to give your BLP the opportunity to lead Barbados 🇧🇧 so that the Sewage problem can be ” cleaned up ” !

    You can appoint Prodigirl as your assistant when your contract is finalized.

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  • lol…ah know things look dire for yall now Fractured Fowl..but don’t fear, some are saying yall and the exministers can always approach bizzy, maloney, bjerkham, tempro, cow and Clare Cow-an of Cahill scam etc for work…no biggie, ya free….

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  • A govt that defaults on its debt and missed an imterest payment is go
    given an A what de RH am i hearing doah

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  • Wait…whatever became of the other exyardfowl Alvin…he turned out to be the smarter one, jumped ship over a year ago…that was the instinct of the scholar in Alvin…

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  • David,

    I can’t believe that some posters here would honestly believe that, a master tactician and strategist like our very able, intelligent and empathic, The Hon. PM Mottley, would impose such drastic hardship as a $5.00 bus fare on those who may be least likely to be able to absorb it at this time, the most vulnerable of our society.

    To be sure, we know that we are all going to have to put our hands to the oars to help keep the ship of State on a corrected course as directed by our helmsperson at the wheel, none other than our Hon. PM. Just remember folk ” the Lord has been the people’s guide these past 400 (?) years and with him on our side (AGAIN) we have no need to fear”. I added the word “again” as I do not know just who the last administration had guiding them for the last 10 years, it surely was not our Lord God or His Holy Spirit……. not when I could hear a member of the last administration on a political platform swearing very blatantly calling the Lord’s name in vain and another one so lowedown as to use some of the vilest language to describe a future Prime Minister of this country.

    So, like our PM Mottley has asked of us, let us “watch her” and her team as they go to work trying to avert the Peoples’ Bus from being driven off the cliff at top speed. Please note, I wrote, “Peoples’ Bus” and not “The Peoples’ Army Bus” !! We should all be aware of just what happened to that particular bus. I guess it will wash ashore sometime in the future after going off the Crane cliff. That is if the sea weed does not keep it buried forever somewhere off the Crane!! Lollll, Murdahhh!

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  • Jeff

    I am looking but I can’t find Pedro Welch’s article now.

    Also look at Sir Ronald Saunders, page 20 of Barbados Today..

    My feeling is that if an election cannot throw up a leader of the opposition naturally, then it needs to be held again until it can produce a constitutionally sound parliament.

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  • Note Skeritt in Dominica!

    “There is no need for an opposition”

    This is a problem throughout the Caribbean.

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  • Well on this coming Monday all Barbadians will experience the first effects of tropical weather for hurricane season 2018 as ……Madam PM unleash her ” mini storm ” !

    Brace for winds topping 160 mph !

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    How about enlisting those residents of Dodds to engage in the removal of the sargassum weed? Any chance of our “elite” university doing some thorough research on this intrusive weed? Can it be used in cosmetics? Perhaps it can be ingested and promoted as being a health drink. The raw material is there in abundance; we must exploit it.

    With regard to managing this weed matter, Czar Mia has shown that she intends to be proactive – unlike her predecessor. If she can manage this weed problem then there is a list of of other low hanging problems that she can resolve which will not break the bank and will highlight to Barbadians that we as a nation are still capable of fixing problems.

    @ Piece,

    You commented recently that there are many important people who visit BU. Having listened to Czar Mia’s government proposed programme at the opening of our new parliament; would you not agree with me that she has harvested a lot of our ideas that we have generated over a number of years here on BU.

    I applaud her for that. After all, if an idea is sound and valid why battle with it? Was it not the previous Prime Minister who stated that he was not interested in “noise” with reference to social media. Two leaders with very different styles. Let’s hope that Czar MIa does not develop the same set of hard ears as her defeated opponent.

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  • How about enlisting those residents of Dodds to engage in the removal of the sargassum weed? Any chance of our “elite” university doing some thorough research on this intrusive weed? Can it be used in cosmetics? Perhaps it can be ingested and promoted as being a health drink. The raw material is there in abundance; we must exploit it.
    With regard to managing this weed matter, Czar Mia has shown that she intends to be proactive – unlike her predecessor.
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    Most of the weed on Crane Beach has gone, without Auntie Mia’s help!

    It has decayed and some pretty smart people have cut channels through it to allow the sea to wash in and then wash it out.

    They used the natural rip action of the tidal flows that cause beach erosion.

    I think they can even get better if they get a high volume pump to cut the channels with water and without an excavator.

    The source of the water at the Crane is inexhaustible ….. the sea.

    Use what is there already.

    The financial value of the moss to Barbados is the damage it does the economy and the prospect of converting that physical damage into legal monetary damages.

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  • Keith Claudius Mitchell was born in the community of Brizan, Saint George’s. Mitchell graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1971. He gained a master’s degree from Howard University in 1975 and a doctorate in mathematics and statistics from American University in 1979.[1]

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    What is the difference between Keith Mitchell and Auntie Mia?

    KCM is a genius, Auntie Mia is a lawyer.

    KCM has spent much of his life modelling and understanding how systems work, Auntie Mia has spent little time in court pitting her brains against sharper brains.

    Keith Mitchell in the Grenada environment can do anything.

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  • ” Minister Humphrey said, adding that in the future Government intends to in-vest in a plant to utilise the seaweed ”

    So what happens is the Sargassum does not land on the shores of Barbados. ?

    Remember what happen with flying fish ?

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  • Grenada since its independence has had Gairy, then Maurice Bishop and then more confusion

    It is one party territory by nature.

    A genius has conned a connable population who know no better into believing he is the answer …. well not everybody … there are 20,000 who voted against him in a population of 100,000.

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  • http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/pm-skerrit-says-there-is-no-need-for-opposition-in-dominica/

    Meanwhile Skerrit over in Dominica is watching and licking his chops.

    We need to do this thing right.

    Elections need to be called and a constitutionally sound parliament formed.

    Unfortunately, all the interest groups who have financed the parties will howl in protest for a simple reason.

    Their two boys, B and D will start from scratch with all the other parties.

    People are already vex at the Dees and will become increasingly vex at the Bees the longer this charade continues.

    The two may start from way below the fresh faces that have presented themselves … and I suspect if elections were to be called, a lot more Bajans may answer the call of duty fearlessly!!

    Fearlessly because the Dees and Bees will be under the cosh and the new candidates can concentrate on selling themselves and their ideas to the voters!!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Brother Hants

    You said and I quote “…So what happens is the Sargassum does not land on the shores of Barbados. ?..”

    What happens with de Bigfoot plant de New minister man Humphrey want to build??

    You see why de ole man ent say word one bout the BLP candidates when de grandson was did running de Not One RH seat campaign?

    You see how mia had was to give each of dem a script to spesk from during the election campaign?

    Steupseee

    All dem ingrunt swine got to do is nice a large capacity wood chip machine and spread out de sargassum cow a few days pun aluminium sheets and after dem dry out in de sun feed de sargassum through de chipper

    Of course you would have to modify de blade a little but any machine shop can do dat.

    You see how a next batch uh ingrunt people now running de mad house?

    You see how Prime Minister Mottley going got to monitor all 30 uh she people’s all dem Ministers, she senators and all dem permanent secretaries?

    Steupsee

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  • So what happens is the Sargassum does not land on the shores of Barbados. ?

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

    More BS hot air which you have spotted Hants.

    Remember the new $400 million sugar factory?

    Same rubbish.

    Neither party, B, or D, is tooled for the issues before us.

    They are parasites and can create nothing.

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  • I see Reverend Joe has provided Caswell with a mate.

    “Crystal Chandeliers”

    Oh the crystal chandeliers light up the paintings on your wall
    The marble statuettes are standing stately in the hall
    But will the timely crowd that has you laughing loud help you dry your tears
    When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers

    I never did fit in too well with the folks you knew
    And it’s plain to see that the likes of me don’t fit with you
    So you traded me for the gaiety of the well to do
    And you turned away from the love I offered you
    Oh the crystal chandeliers…

    I see your picture in the news most every day
    You’re the chosen girl of the social world so the stories say
    But a paper smile only lasts a while then it fades away
    And the love we knew will come home to you some day
    Oh the crystal chandeliers…
    When the new wears off of your crystal chandeliers

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  • Look at Matura Beach in Trinidad in June 2015.

    June but 2015!!!!

    Look at Trinidad’s response

    Why would you want to store something that will decay?

    Same BS hot air … but money spending!!

    The Caribbean is spending a wash of money to solve an environmental problem that may have its origins in the 2010 BP oil spill in the gulf.

    It is the same in all of our neighbours, Grenada as well.

    The islands need to provide a united front and try to convert this disaster into legal damages.

    It is hammering our fragile economies!!

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/letters_to_editor/70245/bp-called-account-sargassum-invasion

    Do you see the difference between a person who has the background in STEM and a lawyer?

    The STEM people need to be directing the lawyers!!

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

    Lawyers are useless as leaders because they think in precedents past.

    STEM folks think in the future!!

    This Government will be a disaster left to its own devices!!

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  • How many STEM cells in the House of Assembly?

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  • @Hants
    So what happens is the Sargassum does not land on the shores of Barbados. ?
    +++++++++++++++++
    The beaches are alive with the smell of sargassum….. This man was touted for his academic credentials prior to the election, in another medium he is quoted as saying the sargassum weed chase away the flying fish….. ah wonder what happen in the other years when Bajan fisherman were arrested in T & T waters while chasing flying fish. This is an opportune time for Mottley to reduce the size of her Cabinet ah mean two idiotic statements in such a short time when he isn’t even under pressure?

    Mottley said she will keep an eye on her Ministers, this one bears watching.

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  • Interesting words John in that song by Charlie Pride -‘Crystal Chandlier’.

    Note in particular: But will the timely crowd,that has you laughing loud,help you dry your tears;

    when the New wears off your crystal chandlier. Whappax. Wuhloss!

    “You are the chosen girl of the social world so the papers say,

    But a paper smile only lasts a while,then it fades away.etc etc etc..…………

    Lyrics to die for ha ha

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  • My only question about tomorrow’s budget “What is in it for me.”

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  • @John June 9, 2018 8:03 AM “I found Pedro Welch’s article on the constitutional issue in Barbados Today yesterday to be interesting.
    He posits that there needs to be a plurality of opposition members.”

    All well and good. But he is Maizie’s son. Maizie the former DLP parliamentarian.

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  • I have neither jumped ship, or become a Paling Cock. I am still a loyal member of the DLP; been one since 1964, and will always be. I have been busy with other pursuits: just completed another book, which should soon be published. It should be of interest to you, Well Well especially. It is called:”Friends and Relations; Indigenous Indian Enslavement; Slavery in The Americas, Barbados and Bermuds”. It looks at slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries, and sheds light on the part Barbados-plantation owners- played in settling the Carolinas; especially South Carolina; the part it played in extending the plantation system of slavery to the American continent, and the American Civil War, and the effect of the importation of Indigenous Indians as slaves into Barbados and other Caribbean countries.
    The election is over; the tumult and the shouting dies, and the revulsion of the populace for the DLP, its policies; remedies for correcting what was needed for the success of the economy, etc has been palpably shown; 30-0. I shall refrain from commenting on the performance of the current government, until later; but I shall certainly comment, because they have begun with failings and foibles, right away. But later in this regard.
    I withheld many of my opportunities to comment because of other matters. But contrary to beliefs I am not a coward. The DLP has won elections, by wide margins and have lost elections, badly (26-2 at one time), and the BLp has won by large margins 30-0, and lost by large margins (25-3). Thus you can expect the Phoenix to rise from the ashes again.

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  • @John June 9, 2018 12:38 PM “What about Auntie Mia?”

    You know don’t you that there is a Bajan saying “you look like you living at you aunt”

    Ask some of the bright boys here what it mean?

    All I can say is that “auntie” is not always a term of endearment.

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  • Well hello Alvin..glad to see you ..I see you are still as cantankerous as ever when it comes to mindless, blind loyalty …

    You must post a copy of your manuscript when it’s finish, I would not mind reading it.

    This is a different era Alvin..no one wants to see that gang of idiots ever again, don’t hold your breath for any resurrection in this lifetime, not after that amount of damage to the people, I have never seen bajans so rightfully angry.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Talking Loud and Saying Nothing

    Not only does she come here but so do her team members who come and take (nearly said teif) people’s ideas.

    Here is the thing Talking Loud and Saying Nothing, for there to be a healing and an enabling environment for growth they would do well to assimilate what you said

    Which was “…then there is a list of of other low hanging problems that she can resolve which will not break the bank and will highlight to Barbadians that we as a nation are still capable of fixing problems…”

    The issue that is central to this rebuilding is that NONE OF THESE GOVERNMENTS HAVE EVER UNDERSTOOD HOW TO ENGAGE ITS PEOPLE.

    Some time mid week I had spoken of the rebuilding effort by Germany after the War.

    I had quoted about their use of its female citizens to move the stones and the rubble in the rebuilding effort.

    What HAS TO BE CENTRAL IN THIS EFFORT IS EQUITY.

    People have to know that they are noted for their contributions.

    We need to understand and nourish the “me-ism” gene and phenomenon in a positive way.

    The town hall concept has to be modified for the benefit of the nation BUT WITH EQUITY FOR THE CITIZEN.

    And therein lies the real issues.

    The common man who votes for said government AFTER SAID GOVERNMENT IS ELECTED, is treated as the enemy of the State.

    As simplistic as it might seem Talking Loud and Saying Nothing, because the average man IS NOT accorded respect we feel alienated from the same society that dem does chant bout enfranchising when dem sharing out dem covenants and manifestos

    So let de ole man tell you how your ideas MUST BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THIS LEGACY TO WORK.

    THAT LIST OF LOW HANGING ISSUES has to be circulated more actively by the Virtual Town Hall.

    The lists gots to be out there AND the actions of the common bajan TO RESOLVE THESE PROBLEMS have to be highlighted and a continuous “big up” whether just verbal or monetary OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH (AND ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION) must be utilized on a daily basis

    We need to replicate what parallels that single recognition ceremony for the King and Queen of The Crop on a national basis with its focus on these low hanging problems

    AND GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

    The Government of Barbados SPECIFICALLY IT’S MINISTERS AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES have to stop competing with is citizens and create a new national expectation of what pride and industry means.

    If I see my black ass referenced in resolving the issue of sargassum pun Accra or on Sir Kyffin’s beachfront or a nex feller promote a non solicited community tourism initiative and it attract tourisses dem den let it be dat dat feller get noted for de idea AND DAT IT ENT GET TEIF BY DR MINISTER OF TOURISM.

    Better still if the idea is sustainable ensure that it can be nurtured to become a partnership that refunds to the benefit of its progenitors.

    Else you create a feeling in your citizens that government is a thief WITH IMMUNITY ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. pun intended

    I will never sing the National Anthem of Barbados again because i see tat there is no Piece of the Rock for people like me.

    And so Talking Loud and Saying Nothing if the Mini Budget that Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley will produce for tomorrow with all its grandiose ideas CANNOT ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE OF HOW BAJANS CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE VALUED CITIZENS IN THIS SYSTEM & NOT MINIONS she is wasting time

    And her legacy will end at being the first female Prime Minister of Barbados FULLSTOP

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  • For Professor Cumberbatch. Pedro Welch’s article “Atherley at odds with Constitition” appeared in two parts in the Nation as follows: part 1: The Daily Nation of Thursday June 7, 2018, page 12. Part 2: The Weekend Nation of Friday 8 June 2018, page 18.

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  • You cannot say this enough times, the last 40 years have been horribly disenfranchising for the average black bajan because of the nasty actions of both governments against the people….unless you were part of some yardfowl brigade and most times not even then.

    “AND GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE.

    The Government of Barbados SPECIFICALLY IT’S MINISTERS AND THEIR ACCOMPLICES have to stop competing with is citizens and create a new national expectation of what pride and industry means.

    If I see my black ass referenced in resolving the issue of sargassum pun Accra or on Sir Kyffin’s beachfront or a nex feller promote a non solicited community tourism initiative and it attract tourisses dem den let it be dat dat feller get noted for de idea AND DAT IT ENT GET TEIF BY DR MINISTER OF TOURISM.

    Better still if the idea is sustainable ensure that it can be nurtured to become a partnership that refunds to the benefit of its progenitors.

    Else you create a feeling in your citizens that government is a thief WITH IMMUNITY ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. pun intended

    I will never sing the National Anthem of Barbados again because i see tat there is no Piece of the Rock for people like me.

    And so Talking Loud and Saying Nothing if the Mini Budget that Madamoiselle Prime Minister Mottley will produce for tomorrow with all its grandiose ideas CANNOT ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE OF HOW BAJANS CAN SEE THAT THEY ARE VALUED CITIZENS IN THIS SYSTEM & NOT MINIONS she is wasting time

    And her legacy will end at being the first female Prime Minister of Barbados FULLSTOP.”

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  • In a few hours time Barbados’ most magucal Minister of Finance – Madam PM – will announce the following :

    • Bus 🚌 fares up to $ 6.00 per journey ….up from $ 2.00 !

    • Pensioners traveling on public transport ” free ” abolished immediately !

    • Non Contributory pensions to be adjusted upwards once the IMF gives the all clear !

    • Constituency Councils disbanded immediately !

    • Wage hike for public officers on hold until January 1st 2023 !

    • NSRL & VAT to remain in place until talks with the IMF are concluded !

    • 30 Cabinet ministers to be appointed immediately !

    • 12 Government Senators to be appointed immediately !

    • Avinash Persaud to be appointed immediately !

    • Ambassadors at large & Plenitentiary to be appointed immediately !

    • Special Envoys to be appointed immediately !

    It appears that once you are in Red House ……you will get immediate benefits !!!

    While all those who are on the outside will get PROMISES !!

    Looka muh crosses …..!

    Mia cares ……but for whom ????

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  • I didn’t get any of the fatted calf which the DLP slaughtered and shared.

    Where’s the beef?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…the exyardfowl without a yard can now talk from experience and with authority about what his political masters did to bajans for 10 long years….he can now predict the actions of the present government. …based on the ex government’s wicked actions.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    I understand it was reported that Dumbville is trying to assume leadership of the defunct party, like if he and them have not done enough damage to the majority population, it appears he thinks there is more to be done in his thirst to become prime minister.

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  • Will Madam PM also default on the $ 30 million a year repayment for the Doods prison – that she negotiated last time around ??

    A fine example – of one’s past deeds coming back to haunt them !!!!

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  • No John
    Since we are presently in the business of amending the constitution
    we could also do end to reflect that that if only one person from the group opposing the government has been elected then that person should be appointed should be dppointed leader of the opposition or the person who have the support of the majority of elected members of a group who oppose the Government
    and while we are at it erase the discriminatory reference to “his” which suggests that the post of Governor General was only intended to be for a female
    Stewpseeee

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  • Good she does not have to worry about Cahill!

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