The RE in RERE

BU commenter sirFuzzy posted the following comment to the blog Prime Minister Mottley Talks Digital @BITT Conference.

@BU David, may i suggest a blog on REnewable energy. it is a longer term focus but it is a good “RE” with almost guaranteed payback.

With the trade wars between China and US adding pressure plus USA potential backlash on any country buying Iranian crude; the price of crude oil is 70+ on the world market and rising. That is having a big impact on Barbados and our economic prospects e.g. tourism; and the energy we consume to provide services on the rock etc. Barbados runs on fossil fuels for the most part.

In the medium term will BNOC be able to get its crude processed if PetroTrin closes it refinery?

JMT

Some credit must be given to the former government and a few private sector players for developing the renewable energy sector. One of the few good initiatives the former administration may lay claim.

The benefits of diversifying the energy sector is huge for Barbados given the high consumption of  fossil energy which has to be paid for with scarce foreign exchange we have been struggling to earn. Just look at the international reserves trendline of the last decade.

Barbados is described by the economists as an open economy most vulnerable to exogenous shocks to coin a term. It is not an export led economy therefore Barbados has to be ultra aggressive in rolling out initiatives like Renewable Energy to act as a buffer against the volatility of price movement in the oil market.

One of the reasons Prime Minister Mottley gave for allowing the country to slip into selected default (SD) was her concern that – as the hurricane season was upon us – if struck, it would precipitate a level of economic chaos given the falling foreign exchange reserves and high debt obligations to external creditors. She sought to get ahead of the the potential problem by negotiating debt restructuring with creditors. This was her call given her government’s 30 love mandate. Time will tell if it works out.

The BU community is insisting that she demonstrates a similar level of passion and leadership towards continuing to implement a relevant REnewable Energy program given the size of the national oil bill and the forex savings to be had supported by the need to diversify our energy supply.   The environmentalists and others with commonsense might suggest it is a good ‘fit’ for a SID to adopt a clean energy strategy. We also have developments in Trinidad and Venezuela to be urgent about implementing a sensible energy policy.

No long term economic stabilization and economic plan for Barbados can be constructed without including a smart strategy approach to energy policy. Successive governments have adopted a lazy approach to deconstructing the oil sector given the money interest. EMERA, SOL, RUBIS need we say more? It is easy to tax the sector to prop up the treasury while prominent others are always able to influence the decisions of government in theirnarrow interest.

Ministers Wilfred Abrahams and Kirk Humphrey have been trusted with the responsibility for energy AND the Blue economy respectively.    To date Abrahams has been consumed with plugging the holes in a leaking sewage line on the South Coast and Humphrey has been prolific in his visits to fish markets around the island while wearing nice suits. Time to leave those tasks to the others gentlemen and become more strategic to align with the pressing demands of state.The photo ops approach did not work for Esther Byer-Suckoo.

Mia Mottley has set the bar for her large Cabinet and supporting cast as to what is required. It is clear to the blogmaster who does not sit in Cabinet that she has done a reasonable job to articulate her vision for Barbados becoming ‘fit for purpose’ in quick time if we are avoid rivalling Zimbabawe in a race to the bottom.

Forget the RH histrionics and think RH instead.

 

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  • Well said David.

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  • Jesus Christ David why you keep repeating Mia whimsical decisions for defaulting on barbados debt
    It was a bad decision
    Full stop.
    A country with a small population and no productivty on which some help can be source to pull barbagos debt wagon
    The repercussions from the default is going to be unbearable
    Past govt relentless efforts to block past govt efforts to pursue less harsh economic policies will surely bit present govt in the ar.ss while household feel the unbearble burden of pain and economic suffering
    No country that has ever defaulted on debt has arises from the depth of economic doldrums with investors confidence in tact
    Btw do not expect Hyatt to come on board
    This is a corporation that looks at govt performance
    So far persent govt has shown it has a high level of not committing to debt agreements

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  • Sir FUSSY has a good idea with ‘RE, however the big issue is BARBADOS IS FINANCIALLY BROKE, both government and private enterprise. This approach is one that should have been undertaken some 20 years ago when the financial situation in Barbados was more positive, today they would be reaping the benefits of such a plan. You can take a horse to WATER but you cannot make him drink. Government Decisions present and past were soley made on CORRUPT influence, WHAT’S IN IT FOR MY POLITICAL POCKET. The future good of the country was never considered. Unfortunately it’s only taken 50 years of this myopic approach to bring BARBADOS four(4) times under IMF bailouts. Unless the country undergoes a major operational philosophy change nothing is going to change.

    Thankfully The River Tamarin are flourishing in Barbados and can be used to make charcoal for cooking etc as petroleum products are no longer going to be affordable in the near future. Renewable energy at its best.

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  • @Wily

    The plan by you is to join with partisans and the failed state brigade by criticizing every single policy plan of government and Barbados? We should assume a prostrate position and by effed? Let us agree that Barbados has missed the boat based on lethargic and irrelevant policies of the past. Until the world ends what should we do?

    On second thoughts do not answer, we will replay your previous comments.

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  • @David

    Get your head from up your ASS, take a breath of fresh air and you to will shortly being smelling the roses.

    Barbadian populace, you as a BLP supporter will soon find out just how dire the BARBADOS situation. Stop blaming the DLP, as the blame for the present Barbados failed Sovergien state lies with you and the populace, STOP blaming others. The general populace because of ignorance, slave mentality, entitlements etc and thier lack of objections, understanding etc has lead to the present crisis situation and is fully to blame.

    It’s time for the blame game to STOP, in a democracy as Barbados claims to be, the voting populace is RESPONSIBLE, period.

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  • You may have the last word.

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  • @ David
    Wily has a point.

    How is it that we NEVER seem to apply common sense solutions to national problems – as any basic household would – to family problems?
    R.E. has been no success story for the DLP.
    On the contrary, it has been the usual shitty failure – like everything else that they did.

    Barbados is a NATURAL for R.E. We should be a world leader – based on our natural resources.
    Excellent sunshine resources year round…
    Constant and moderate winds …. almost continually
    Flat terrain that suits electric vehicles
    Small size that makes electric range limits meaningless..

    YET, after ten years of talking shiite, they have managed almost NOTHING. Most of the solar companies are now bankrupt.
    It takes two years to get a license to install a solar system…

    …meanwhile, our fossil fuel bill is over $600M EVERY year.

    In comes the BLP… and rather than seek to identify what was WRONG with the DLP approach, they install THEIR OWN people to do the exact same shiite that was being done before … guided by the lackie public servants that also misled the DLP jokers.
    Remember who led this under the DLP?

    IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SOLVE A PROBLEM UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE UNDERLYING FAILURES.

    You keep pushing this thing about letting bygones be bygones and ‘moving forward’…
    THIS IS FLAWED.

    Salvation BEGINS with repentance…. First you MUST CONFESS your brass bowlery..
    Then you MUST seek to do the RIGHT things … pursue righteousness..
    ONLY THEN …will you see the beginning of success.

    How can Bushie trust ANYTHING from the BLP when they seem to have brought into the shiite that the DLP did …. based on their lack of prosecution of JUSTICE….?

    Is it that they cannot bring themselves to prosecute THE VERY SHIITE that they will be doing?

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  • @Bush Tea

    It is a process.we are here now. Forward ever, backward never.

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  • Jesus Christ David why you keep repeating Mia whimsical decisions for defaulting on barbados debt
    It was a bad decision
    Full stop.
    A country with a small population and no productivty on which some help can be source to pull barbagos debt wagon
    The repercussions from the default is going to be unbearable
    Presentbgovt relentless efforts to block past govt efforts to pursue less harsh economic policies will surely bit present govt in the ar.ss while household feel the unbearble burden of pain and economic suffering
    No country that has ever defaulted on debt has arisen from the depth of economic doldrums with investors confidence in tact
    Btw do not expect Hyatt to come on board
    This is a corporation that looks at govt performance
    So far persent govt has shown it has a high level of not committing to debt agreements

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @ David,

    Many here consider us to be a socialist democracy. However we claim to have a free market approach towards business and land ownership etc. IMO we are just missing out an good leadership and a willingness to change for the better. As the song by Sparrow said “we like it go”. @David that’s a general-ism all don’t like it but enff of us do. Some even get punished for not “liking it so”. It is a weird “status quo”, with little if any present or future benefits.

    We are blessed to have plenty sunshine, we are blessed to be at a time when two major technologies are in the ascendency.

    a) Renewable Energy (PV & Wind and possible Agricultural(waste) & Wave); of which Barbados will have no recurring forex charges if harnessed. They will be build out cost; low running cost in the terms of operating and maintenance (O&M). However I shiver any time i hear the word maintenance used as a requirement in the bajan context.

    b) Electrification of everything. (1) Transportation being the most relevant at the moment. Again a major part of this transition will include that dirty M-word; maintenance. Vehicles need maintenance if they are to be useful during their expected life-span.

    by in large the BL&P is the sole distributor of electrical energy on the island. As an utility it has a very good track record. We have to honour this record in any moves that we make as they are responsible for the maintenance of the distribution grid/network and do an excellent good with such. Maybe the M-word does not scared them as much as it scares me.

    Please correct me if i am wrong; but i think GoB & SOEs probably have the largest fleet of vehicles on the island; is the largest renter of property and owner of building property in the island. They may be the largest land owner of developed and undeveloped land as well. The largest consumer of electricity. Therefore the GOB has an opportunity to impact the island like no other single entity.

    We need to make REnewable sexy. make them desirable so that an emotional connection to renewable along with energy AND WATER CONVERSATION becomes passionate and a vibe in the society. Renewables must be seen and heard to be making an active difference in any household. It must be a Reoccurring PR campaign to Remind and Reinforce its benefits to the country.

    I have an idea maybe it cannot work or its not feasible. Where possible along the ABC hwy (i have identified the Belle Stretch) have single or dual solar trackers positioned on the either side of the road along the entire length of that portion of tHe roadway to harness PV energy. The pv trackers will no utilise to much land. Trackers are move effective at generating pv energy so u will need les of them than fixed tilt operations. It will generate electricity maybe for use by BWA at the nearby Belle pumping station.

    Consider that placing similar solar tracker along the Constitution river embankment can have two benefits; electricty and shade for persons using the area. If that is not feasible how about place the trackers in the river itself on pylons. Again generating energy that can help power the new Constitution river terminal complex.

    We need to consider small wind turbines that may be spread over the island. Maybe 500Kw wind turbines spread around on plantations island wide or vacant private or government properties to collect as much wind energy as possible. Smaller micro-wind-turbines in areas or on buildings where the larger ones are not permitted etc.

    We need to maximise land space usage. Having a portion of land that can produce food and/or provide recreation as well as energy domestically is a way better use of the land. any land space that cannot be use for commercial/agricultural active because of whatever reason should be used to generate some form of REnewable energy.

    All roofs for rent or lease! There are private business & church buildings that have excellent opportunities to lease or rent their roof of their building to generate REnewable via PV. Every secondary school should be a RE generator. Secondary schools lie pretty dormant in the summer months the secondary school will probably be a net producer during vacation times and a small consumer when school is in session. Schools with adequate land in excellent wind zones can have micro-wind-turbines on the compound.

    “Many hands make light work”, “many roofs with pv installed make the light work”!

    Just my take.

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  • We have to wait for the outcome of the restructure process of the debt. The local debt is nearly irrelevant, but the foreign debt in USD is most important. I assume these debts are under American jurisdiction, so the local lawmaker or the local judges cannot interfere. If this operation does not work, the island is lost.

    So far the natives believe that they can go on as usual. Just look at the latest mess with the tourist authority. Barbados does not need two SOEs for tourism. These people have no added value for tourism. Why should tourists pay for a tourist authority they don´t need? It only makes sense for the local, highly irrational feeling. The tourist authority is just another way to employ as many lazy laggards as possible.

    Of course Barbados can be saved. However, quick and drastic action is needed like mass emigration, devaluation, cutting down the bloated civil service, deregulation, privatization, green energy, new modus operandi for tourism with gambling etc pp, not the usual soft and weak approach.

    The problem is that the local population is as conservative as the former Taliban in Kandahar or the clerics in Saudi Arabia when it comes to modernization.

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  • @ David BU:
    “The BU community is insisting that she demonstrates a similar level of passion and leadership towards continuing to implement a relevant REnewable Energy program given the size of the national oil bill and the forex savings to be had supported by the need to diversify our energy supply. “

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

    Now how should the MAM administration go about demonstrating such a ‘passionate’ commitment to the salvation of Barbados whose economy is about to go under in a few months unless a fairy godmother in the form of a bumper tourism season appears on the horizon?

    Would you recommend that an all-out ban be placed on all non-industrial / commercial vehicles in excess of 1600 c.c. unless powered by electricity and purchased out of privately-sourced forex like the vehicle granted duty-free status for a phantom Director of Sales to a imaginary Hyatt hotel?

    Why not get rid of all those costly-to-maintain high-end ML& MP vehicles unless they are needed for day-to-day business operations or for security reasons to protect vulnerable individuals holding high-profile public officers?

    Shouldn’t her Finance and Energy ministers be holding the heads of all government entities directly accountable for reducing the massive energy bills paid to Emera like making sure that all non-essential lighting is turned off after business hours?

    Barbados just cannot afford the artificial Xmas trees seen all year around especially in the new concrete jungle nicknamed the Warrens gulag for white-collar public sector parasites.

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  • Miller,

    Barbados does NOT need ANY vehicles running on fossil fuel anymore. Even security cars and trucks can make it without fuel. Reason: Barbados does not face the typical obstacles against electrification, namely large distances and lack of sun.

    However, as you know, the local politicians and their Barbadian voters are too conservative to move. They want to live in some little America with big trucks and SUVs, drug crime, obesity and fast food.

    p.s. “… unless they are needed for day-to-day business operations or for security reasons to protect vulnerable individuals holding high-profile public officers?” Security is just another excuse of the local Wabenzis to rob the taxpayer and to live large at the expense of foreign creditors.

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  • @sirFuzzy

    Some telling points as is your wont.

    The solar trackers/panels can be sold to the public as an upgrade to the river tamarind Bush currently littering that section of the highway.

    Again you are on to something that the government can show leadership in the adoption of electric/hybrid vehicles. Interesting that this morning Abrahams was quoted in the news that his ministry is currently working with partners to release 1000 vehicles on the roads. We hope the power outlets to fuel? the vehicles are all RE powered or it defeats the purpose. He was quick to hint however that legislation is lagging. What is new?

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  • Barbados’ situation can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics

    Barbados has been running irreversible processes since independence. Entropy increases after an irreversible process. Entropy is simply the amount of disorder in a system or the amount of useless energy (energy that cannot be converted to work). The more disordered a system the less efficient it is, there is energy available but it is in a form that cannot be used.

    To make matters worse we continue running the same irreversible processes over and over, which leads to more and more disorder and less and less available energy for work.

    Feeding Barbados with more energy whether it be in the form of money or resources will do nothing unless we stop running the irreversible processes.

    So the concept of renewable energy is an oxymoron in a country that strives on running irreversible processes and you don’t need a PhD in physics to understand that

    or maybe you do

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  • @Redguard

    Can the rebuild effort be coterminous to your point?

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  • Q. Until the world ends what should we do?
    A. PRAY! PRAYER MIGHT HELP.

    PRAY MORE AND BRAY LESS!
    DO MORE AND BARK AND BRIMBLE LESS!

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  • Renewable energy cost money to implement and develop
    Govt say Barbados is broke
    Where will govt get the money?
    Private business in this hot over heated economic climste would be unreliable
    Whuch then begs the question if not govt or Private business where would govt source finances for further development of renewable
    All blp efforts to stampede over govt policies will continue to but them in the ar.ss

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  • @Redguard
    YOUR SCIENCE ANALOGY MAKES SENSE THIS TIME
    LAST WEEK THE ONE ABOUT GOD NOT FACTORING MAN’S BEHAVIOUR INTO HIS EQUATION RE GLOBAL WARMING WAS VERY FLAWED
    1- YOUR CHEMISTRY OF CO2 WAS TOTALLY ERRONEOUS
    2- YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OMNISCIENCE WAS VERY POOR

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    (quote) He was quick to hint however that legislation is lagging. What is new? (quote)

    We are not serious…… Really we are a bush or retards. and we apparently elected the smartest or most willing retards to repsent us.

    Think about it we amended the sacred constitution in a blink of an eye to get two persons into the Senate. Two unknown quantities becuase it is yet to be seen what they will do?

    We were so quick because that whole thing was important. Barbados will sink faster unless the dynamic dual were not seated in the senate.

    We changed the bill so that it is now in line with CCJ expectation. I am sure murders and crime they commit is of high priority.

    And Min Abrahams says, that key legislation is lagging. “murder in the market murder’ Btw did he have a smirk or smile when he said this?

    As Bushtea would usually opine “ass please prepare to encounter grass”

    SMH

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  • @David

    No. The system is broken.
    Look at the evidence, we try to introduce renewable energy, something that should revolutionise the country but instead it leads to more disorder, what madness. And the solution is to throw more funds at it.

    We are trying to rebuild using the same poorly thought out processes, it won’t work

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  • @GP that must have really hit a nerve with you huh. And my science is right, it is for man to fix no God

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  • NO IT DID NOT HIT ANY NERVES

    I JUST WONDERED HOW A MERE MAN COULD BE SO STUPID
    GOD DOES NOT HAVE TO JUMP AND FIX THE NONSENSE THAT MAN DOES……AND HE USUALLY DOES NOT

    IF YOU CAN NOT SWIM…..GO JUMP IN THE CAREENAGE AND SEE IF YOU WONT DROWN, YA MORON

    GO HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX WITH SOMEONE WITH HIV AIDS AND SEE IF YOU WONT GET THE DREADED DISEASE……..THEN ASK HIM TO FIX IT

    YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHEMISTRY IS NOT RIGHT AT ALL
    CARBON DIOXIDE PLUS WATER GIVES CARBONATES EVENTUALLY WHICH DISSOLVES IN WATER. THIS IS AS BASIC AS DAN IS THE MAN IN THE VAN!

    THE BONDING OF CO2 AND H20 DECIDES THAT EMPHATICALLY

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @ Mariposa September 20, 2018 8:42 AM

    last time i checked everything cost money. Doing nothing cost money; doing something wrong cost money; doing something right cost money.

    There will be a cost; we just need to spend the money in the right way and just enuff of it to maximise the returns.

    If we deicide to do nothing the world will surely wave us good bye as it moves on and leaves us behind

    We need to be smarter; leaner and better at what we do. You will have your ideas on how that is done it will be a contest of ideas etc, but “we in this thing together”; u only get out/away when u pass on/away.

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  • to all BU BRIMBLERS WHO SEEK TO UNDERSTAND CHEMICAL BONDING……….AND THUS BE ABLE TO DEBUNK THE BS ABOUT CO2 EMMISSIONS AND GLOBAL WARNING I WOULD RECOMMEND ………

    Chemical Bonding: Audrey L. Companion: 9780070123700

    AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THIS BOOK IS STILL TOP OF THE LIST ON THIS SUBJECT

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  • Environmentalist Base their False Notion that C02 is Bad for the Planet, While building their whole Green Energy Claim on a Lie.. Here is what they do not want you to know…

    “Carbon Dioxide — The Miracle of Food

    What is food? The essential materials for life are food, water and oxygen. Of the three, food is required in the largest quantity. Almost all food is carbon dioxide, either consumed directly by plants, or indirectly when animals and humans consume plants.

    We do not think of ourselves as subsisting almost entirely on carbon dioxide — we eat meat, fruits and vegetables. But the animals we eat grew and lived on plants, typically grass. Likewise, fruits and vegetables are plants, as are the trees that cover the earth. And plants consume almost entirely carbon dioxide for food.

    It is true that humans, animals and plants require very small quantities of other essential material. We call ours vitamins and minerals. We call what the plants need nutrients or fertilizer. But while these materials are important, the quantities required are insignificant to life, compare to the carbon dioxide. So it is fair to say that the food used by all living things, to grow and to live, is carbon dioxide.

    People are incredibly ignorant of this fundamental fact — that food is carbon dioxide. The reason is that it has not been important until now. We do not consume carbon dioxide directly, do not go to the store and get. And, more importantly, when we grow plants we do not provide the carbon dioxide they consume. They take it out of the air. The food is free!

    We may work very hard to provide the water and the nutrients the plants need, as well as sunlight and protection from extreme temperature, but the food is free and we have nothing to do with providing it. So for millions of years people have grown and consumed plants and animals without knowing what they were eating. This fundamental fact was only discovered in modern times, and we still don’t understand the process very well. Even today, most people have no idea that their food, and the food all the plants and animals that cover the earth, is carbon dioxide.

    But the existence of food at all is a miracle. Carbon dioxide is not abundant in the air. In fact it is very rare. Only about one molecule in 3000 in the air is carbon dioxide. So the billions of people on earth, pus the untold trillions or quadrillions of plants and animals, are all growing and living on a rare gas. That is the miracle of food”.

    http://www.craigellachie.us/fossilfuels/greening_benefits/miracle.html
    Carbon diaxide — The Miracle of Food

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  • Some asked for some radical ideas and Sir Fuzzy delivered some to save the rock.

    Here is another radical idea:

    BARBADOS 2020: THE HUNGER GAMES

    Each parish has to send two civil servants every year to the so-called hunger games. The participants will fight with the weapons used in Black Rock, court and parliament. There will be only one survivor, a national hero. PM MAM will open the games, the Chinese guy will be the director and Hoyte commentator at CBC. Bridgetown will be the “capital”, St. Lucy acts as district 13. The games will take place in the parishes of St. John, St. Joseph and St. Andrew. There will be cameras on every tree. Donville Inniss will establish a pay-per-view platform on the internet to distribute the content. Rich foreigners are allowed to participate for 10 mio. USD per day.

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  • What Dr. Georgie Porgie is Saying…

    Why Carbon Dioxide is the “Miracle Molecule of Life” for GREENING our planet

    This stunning mini-documentary reveals why eliminating carbon dioxide would WIPE OUT humanity, all plants, all animals and nearly every ecosystem on the planet.

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  • There country is broke where will the money be sourced
    These initiatives should have been done during the booming years
    Cant make blood out of stone
    STFU and stop spinning wheels in mud
    So tiring

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  • The money will come when the IMF Board endorses the program that will unlock investment opportunities from other lending agencies.

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  • FC
    IT IS THE NORM FOR MOST BU BRIMBLERS TO BRIMBLE OUT OF THE AREA OF THEIR EXPERTISE AND EVEN CHALLENGE THE EXPERTS, AS THEY ARE “WISE IN THEIR OWN CONCEIT”
    BESIDES BEING STUPID IT MAKES FOR GOOD ENTERTAINMENT ……SOME TIMES

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    ammmmm

    de ole man has to write this in 10 minutes flat so here goes

    Paint!

    De ole man is reliably informed that “…For paints to meet engineering inspection specifications they are subjected to test which demonstrate paint qualities under duress ergo the preponderance of Paint Striping demo lanes on certain highways in the US and Canada…”

    That paint is put down for free!!

    Let us imaging that the Renewable Energy division at UWI or at the Ministry of Energy where Mr. Headley’s mentoree now resides were to orchestrate a virtual campaign to every single R.E entity in the US canada Australia or the UK.

    Under said RE initiative we would have our waste foop Embassies, as central contacts to encourage each and every one of those companies to set up 25 test units in barbados on 25 poor peoples houses.

    With the understanding that

    (a) these units would be free
    (b) they would be tested over the period of time stipulated
    (c) there would be an agreement for technology collaboration with the UWI
    (d) there would be an agreement that the cheapest and most RE optimized would be purchased by the government
    (e) as long as said units were manufactured/assembled here

    That said initiative would be monitored by UWI in conjunction with some of the indolent youth pun de block who would be specifically trained for the purpose of manufacturing and assembling siad units

    THat said concept of Barbados becoming a test bed for applicable technologies be extended to things other than paint which are pertinent and sustainable technologies where feasible.

    I gone for the rest of the day though cause …

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  • Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Your assistance please with an item for this RE topic

    One notes that you are intoning the Public Relations messages of the BLP administration really well “…The money will come when the IMF Board endorses the program that will unlock investment opportunities from other lending agencies…”

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  • The blogmaster can share his opinion any time he damn well pleases in much the same you can. We can rail against every policy initiative of a 100 day government, or as patriotic citizens we can learn from the experiences of the past at home and abroad and fashion utterances to add value to the struggle of improving Barbados.

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  • Dr. GP… The Globalist is using Environmentalism to Push Control on the Population.

    Environmentalist Base their False Notion that C02 is Bad for the Planet, While building their whole Green Energy Claim on a Lie.. Here is what they do not want you to know…

    “Carbon Dioxide — The Miracle of Food…

    What is food? The essential materials for life are food, water and oxygen. Of the three, food is required in the largest quantity. Almost all food is carbon dioxide, either consumed directly by plants, or indirectly when animals and humans consume plants.

    We do not think of ourselves as subsisting almost entirely on carbon dioxide — we eat meat, fruits and vegetables. But the animals we eat grew and lived on plants, typically grass. Likewise, fruits and vegetables are plants, as are the trees that cover the earth. And plants consume almost entirely carbon dioxide for food.

    It is true that humans, animals and plants require very small quantities of other essential material. We call ours vitamins and minerals. We call what the plants need nutrients or fertilizer. But while these materials are important, the quantities required are insignificant to life, compare to the carbon dioxide. So it is fair to say that the food used by all living things, to grow and to live, is carbon dioxide.

    People are incredibly ignorant of this fundamental fact — that food is carbon dioxide. The reason is that it has not been important until now. We do not consume carbon dioxide directly, do not go to the store and get. And, more importantly, when we grow plants we do not provide the carbon dioxide they consume. They take it out of the air. The food is free!

    We may work very hard to provide the water and the nutrients the plants need, as well as sunlight and protection from extreme temperature, but the food is free and we have nothing to do with providing it. So for millions of years people have grown and consumed plants and animals without knowing what they were eating. This fundamental fact was only discovered in modern times, and we still don’t understand the process very well. Even today, most people have no idea that their food, and the food all the plants and animals that cover the earth, is carbon dioxide.

    But the existence of food at all is a miracle. Carbon dioxide is not abundant in the air. In fact it is very rare. Only about one molecule in 3000 in the air is carbon dioxide. So the billions of people on earth, pus the untold trillions or quadrillions of plants and animals, are all growing and living on a rare gas. That is the miracle of food”.

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  • The IMF loan is to barbados debt to financial institutions
    If govt goes beyond that agreement by way of using the money to boost our jump start other govt initiatives
    The govt run a riskbof being locked out of accesing further funding
    So where would the money be sourced for RE programs

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  • WHAT YOU HAVE SAID ABOVE THE BIBLE ENUNCIATES VERY CLEARLY AND SIMPLY IN Isaiah 40:6 & I Peter 1:24 thus……

    ALL FLESH IS GRASS !

    THESE FOUR WORDS ARE EXPANDED INTO LENGTHY CHAPTERS IN CONTEMPORARY BIOLOGY TEXTS ENTITLED THE FOOD PYRAMID

    JUST THINK OF HOW ALL THAT TOXIC CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE GRASS EATEN BY ELEPHANTS AND RHINOCERI AND ALL THOSE BIG BOVINE BEASTS AFFECTS THESE BRUTES EH? IT SURE MAKES THEM BIG!

    WANTS YUH TO TINK YA SHOULD NOT EAT YA VEGETABLES1

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  • On that Grass Note Dr.GP…

    King Grass is a tall grass and is easy to grow. It does not deplete the soil of its nutrients and can be grown repeatedly on the same spot. An amount is presently being grown and sold as fuel to BL&P to generate electricity, it does not require the looking after and fertilising like sugar cane plants.

    King Grass as an added benefit that hardly any one talks about is that this grass is loved by cows and black belly sheep as forage. If it is encouraged it may be the start of a beef and lamb industry. The more that cows and sheep walk to forage for their grass the leaner and tougher the meat, now with the advent of the grass being provided the animals will not have to walk and they will get fatter and the meat will be more tender and can be in greater demand. Some dairy farmers give their cows Molasses as this increase the milk yield in the existing herd but it is a pricy option. Barbados beef does have a nice and desirable distinctive taste but tough, only a real life experiment will tell if the beef will indeed be tenderer. With this king grass the dairy cows may be more tender when put out to market as their forage will be given them daily. Note: that this is currently done on dairy farms at present with other grasses in the form of silage.

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  • The BL&P can say now how much King Grass they can use now and in the future and if they want to use it as the main source for their boilers and the farmers can calculate how many acres are needed to satisfy BL&P with the rest for sheep/goat & cattle forage. No more Forex for furnace oil going out of the country. This is the real sustainability of power generation not solar or wind. Solar or wind requires huge outlays of capital whereas King Grass does not and we have the land and know how in planting readily available and can start tomorrow. So much of the land in Barbados is idle and as rab land. We are talking good Agriculture land idle drive around Barbados and you will see of which I speak.

    All of the waste that might be generated by these products/crops can be utilised with the King Grass to be burnt to create electricity and any resultant ash can be recycle back to the farms/plantations as a potash source for fertilising crops.

    What we do not see is that we are a small nation we are a drop in the world 7 Billion people if solar and wind was so great why they are not more countries doing it, the great Germans who was going green is now back peddling, as after paying high rate for electricity they still cannot reach a sustainable level that is cost effective. Remember they were going to buy gas from Russia and Trump called them out.

    The world is not going to run out of oil, with fracking we will have 500 years even if we continue using oil there will be no oil shock the oil price will never rise above $75 a barrel ($50 to $60 will be the new normal for a while, remember we paid over $100 for many years) Do you think in 500 years we will not discover how to separate water into hydrogen & oxygen that will burn to produce water? Which the last time I checked does not produce CO2.

    The fuel the most powerful fuel that NASA uses is water broken down to hydrogen and oxygen it fuels the rockets to get to space. It is not a resource we are going to run out off. When I was young we had a saying “do not jump the gun hold strain” and this resource is CHEAP. Why would I want to go solar now when they are a lot better days ahead, solar is old expensive technology, see the future the PM wants to use technologies to leap frog what we are doing.

    King Grass is a stop gap measure but it will be cheaper than Solar & Wind at this time for us here in Barbados. Sir Fuzzy please ask yourself who benefits when we go Solar and Wind the cost we pay now for electricity will look like heaven on earth if we go Solar & Wind as we will be asked to make up the cost as it is not cost effective. That means you and me so please do not make decisions on my behalf so that the provider of these old technologies make money and we are left with the bill as the DLP did to us.

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  • David,

    You commented: “The money will come when the IMF Board endorses the program that will unlock investment opportunities from other lending agencies.” In my opinion the IMF loan will be used to restructure the debt. The other “investments” are new debts from more lending agencies and no private investments. There is a big difference between borrowing foreign currency and incoming transfer of foreign without an obligation to pay back.

    So far Barbados Central Bank mixes up the two categories, creating the false impression for the clueless masses that Barbados sits on many millions USD, whereas somebody with some basic understanding knows that they treat debts like their own assets.

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  •         @Tron 
    

    The act of entering the IMF program and the discipline it imposes is promised to inspire private investment we are told. While this is happening government needs money to maintain infrastructure and improve at the same time.

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @ Mariposa September 20, 2018 10:39 AM

    There country is broke where will the money be sourced
    These initiatives should have been done during the booming years
    Cant make blood out of stone
    STFU and stop spinning wheels in mud

    *********++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hind sight is always 20-20. We all know what should have been done in the “boom” years but then we/I/u were not as active as we are now, or had nothing to contribute, or were deemed irrelevant by the policy makers at that time; or a combination ot them.

    Hind sight is soo great no wonder no one can live there, I should have zigged instead of zagged. Chute i married the wrong effing person. The last child should have been aborted etc. Woulda Coulda Shoulda but u didn’t couldn’t wouldn’t. Why because you were living yesterday as it was your present; not necessarily your future.

    as much as Barbados is “Broke”(your words) i bet u we will still find money for new vehicle for judges; police; firemen; ambulances etc. We will find the money, it will come. When it comes we need to invest maybe in less of the “pie in the sky” projects and do some longer term projects that have a greater certainty of positive payback. These projects may not be glamours or sexy. May be hidden somewhere out of general sight, but maybe of immense value to the nation.

    I have never seen the BL&P solar farm, but i know it must be of value to Barbados. The farm is out of sight, not on anyone’s bucket list etc.

    I always remember this example of of misplaced/misguided 20-20 hindsight.

    My friend’s daughter was having an argument about coming home late from secondary school. The then 13 year old was advocating that her mother should not worry because she has a cell phone and that if she was in danger she would call. Her mother didn’t accept her initial reasoning. The 13 year old later said to her mother that when you were 13 you could have done the same thing. by calling your mother if you knew she was going to be late. Somehow the mother agreed with her and the agrument ended the daughter had won.
    After a bit i told her u must be smoking cause when u and i was 13 we had no cell phone; we actually had no house phone; there was no payphone booth around in the area; u could not easy ask for a phone message and your mother did not have easy access to a house phone either. So how would you have communicated with your mother about the lateness?

    What was possible for us at 13 was limited by today’s technology but was relevent to our point in time. You argument must bear relation to the time the technology and ethos in that era.

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  • @David

    “maintain infrastructure and improve at the same time”

    That’s the problem David, maintenance is supposed to be the easy task; you schedule the work, allocate the resources, get it done, monitor it. Straight forward PDCA and somehow we can’t get it done and have fooled or been fooled into believing the problem is lack of funds

    Improving now requires setting a standard first, achieving that standard with consistency and then setting a higher standard for improvement.

    The two cannot be done at the same time

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  • interesting thoughts Sir Fuzzy & FC

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  • @Redguard

    Maintenance should not be a concern of the politicians, directly. Should be a simple case of allocation of budget to the respective ministries for the PS to project manage. What we have is a blurring of the public sector and cabinet.

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @Fc

    Sir Fuzzy please ask yourself who benefits when we go Solar and Wind the cost we pay now for electricity will look like heaven on earth if we go Solar & Wind as we will be asked to make up the cost as it is not cost effective.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I have a both and approach not an either or approach. For the household or business King grass may not be workable.

    There is a few intermediate steps to move from king grass to KWH, it will be good for some and not workable to others.

    But all ideas should be debated and piloted for sure.

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @FC read it again u will see that i have not excluded agricultural inputs.

    a) Renewable Energy (PV & Wind and possible Agricultural(waste) & Wave); of which Barbados will have no recurring forex charges if harnessed. They will be build out cost; low running cost in the terms of operating and maintenance (O&M). However I shiver any time i hear the word maintenance used as a requirement in the bajan context.

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  • Mariposa did not say the country is broke the headlines in todays paper
    Refenced such to the wordings of the consultants and economic advisors
    Hindsight is a teacher and a reflection of what should have (been) done .but where there is no vision the people perish

    So once again i asked where is the sourcing of money coming from to implement R E programs

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  • sirfuzzy (i was a sheep some years ago; not a sheep anymore)

    @Fc

    Why cant we have a plantation full of of beautiful king grass and oil bearing fruit., whist the perimeter or cart road that gives access is doted with solar trackers and suitably sized wind turbine(is appliable). The tractor that cut or manages the farm is powered by bio-diesel or plant based fuel. The processing of the king grass may be fuelled with electricity from the RE sources etc. that will be maximum value added and saving precious forex. The excess enegy sold to hotel and other forex earning industries etc.

    it is a (both and) not an (either or) approach that is required.

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  • David there is nothing to wait and see
    The evidence provided states tbat barbados has reached the end of its ropes and the default was the final nail in the coffin
    Wait and see what . Mottley has opened her hands and there are all empty
    Here next step would be positiong the Hilton to be sold on the international court house steps of our international financial creditors for debt due in the pretense that nothing else can be done

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Well Thank you Tron for that gem of a submission

    You apparently have not drunken the coolaid that I being doled out laced with the BLP qualudes that part of the BU BORG is drinking

    This is why Hal’s suggestion for the remaining 2/3rds of the BORG to remain impartial is so instructive and on point

    You said and I quote “… In my opinion the IMF loan will be used to restructure the debt. The other “investments” are new debts from more lending agencies and not private investments.

    There is a big difference between borrowing foreign currency and incoming transfer of foreign without an obligation to pay back…”

    The IMF money is for the most part to repay our debts.

    The real issue is the sourcing and then the application of development funding WHICH IS NOT GRANT MONEY in meaningful revenue generating projects

    I an going to ask the 2/3rds BORG this question which i know that it cannot answer.

    Of the Us$30 MILLION that Chairman Mia has secured from the IMF for “training and retrenchment ” what is the “gestation period” for these funds?

    I will simplify the question even further.

    Specific representations were made in the Staff Level agreement that x dollars would be allocated to y training for z period ok.

    Can you share with us sheeple from the desk of Chairman Mao the said schedule that would have motivated this level of loan funding.

    And having shared that, can you tell me how long will it take for there to be any return on that investment PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO FOREX GENERATION?

    You see where I am going with this Honourable Blogmaster?

    Wunna does not like de old man because I does cut out all the bull shy€ and get to the crux of the matter every time I post.

    I do not suck pooch like the Mia and Fumbles crew.

    Which is why de old man ent get no pick heheheh but what I do know is deliverables

    And from what I am seeing so far THERE ARE NONE TO MEET THE 134 DAY DEADLINE ARE THERE?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item for you heheheh

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  • The Government has to land , or plantation lands to invest, there is only one main and 4 owners and its not COW nor Richard , They can show any proof of how they came into possession of Nothing, Super Massive Land Fraud and PONZI, so no need to talk investments when outside banks want proof, and inside banks already know their PONZI is over,

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  • @sirFuzzy

    Our challenge is the ability to pool ideas to come up with tailored solutions. It must be one idea or the next, full stop.

    #Tiring!

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  • @David

    Don’t loose heart my friend over the beating your taking on this issue, were all hoping for the best for Barbados but hindsite tells us the results are perhaps going to be somewhat less than forecast by our supreme leadership. Some of us on this blog had the FORESITE to predict several years ago what is presently transpiring, a few predictions(devaluation) are yet to play out but most definitely will materialize in the near future.

    Forward maybe, backward a better bet.

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  • @David: “Our challenge is the ability to pool ideas to come up with tailored solutions. It must be one idea or the next, full stop. #Tiring!

    Indeed!

    Barbados is, clearly, an excellent location to deploy solar energy solutions. Yes, there is capex required for the deployment, which will take several years to recover. But the same thing can be said for the generators which burn imported (refined) ancient dead plants and animals.

    Things do get a little complicated when a power provider such as BL&P have to deal with distributed generation. Remember that BL&P is a “natural monopoly” for Transmission and Distribution, but not Generation. This is why everyone sees signs around Barbados reading something like “Customer Owned Power Generation Installed” with a cut-off breaker. Every time BL&P have to do any line work they have to go to each and every such location on the circuit to cut it off before they can work.

    Solar can do wonders for Barbados. But the difficulties shouldn’t be underestimated, nor rushed.

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  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

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  • ” In accepting her new duties, Ambassador Fenty noted that she was ready to play her part in creating a new Barbados.”

    “I couldn’t be more proud to take on such a prestigious title in my home country. Every Barbadian is going to have to play their role in this current effort, and I’m ready and excited to take on the responsibility. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and her team to reimagine Barbados,” she stated. (BGI

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  • “………..David why you keep repeating Mia whimsical decisions for defaulting on barbados debt. It was a bad decision
    Full stop.”

    To any one of the Mariposas

    Without the use of your usual generalized statements and political rhetoric……could you please explain to BU why defaulting “was a bad decision,”……..

    ………especially if one takes into consideration that your inept DLP administration used $461M of the NIS’ funds and “printed money” to finance government operations……

    ……..against the background they did not have any significant public debt and foreign exchange reserve management policies, demonstrated by the rapid decline in foreign reserves (as reported by the Central Bank).

    Perhaps you may want to explain to BU what was responsible the rapid decline in the foreign reserves.

    The governments of many countries realized the impact of the global economic crisis in late 2008 enforced a radical change in debt management and a review of economic policies.

    Here bygynneth the Book of the Tales of Barbados’ economic woes. At the onset of the crisis, David Thompson’s “we will wait and see what happens” attitude, coupled with the fact the island “went into inertia” during the period of his illness and subsequently after his death, exacerbated Barbados’economic the problems.

    Remember……….NO generalized statements and political rhetoric.

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  • ” The Prime Minister has outlined her vision for every Barbadian child speaking some level of Mandarin Chinese by 2030.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/09/20/mandarin-speaking-bajan-children-by-2030/

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    I was busy yesterday so time did not permit me to respond to you suitably

    You said and I quote “…The blogmaster can share his opinion any time he damn well pleases in much the same you can. We can rail against every policy initiative of a 100 day government, or as patriotic citizens we can learn from the experiences of the past at home and abroad and fashion utterances to add value to the struggle of improving Barbados…”

    The fact of this matter is that you as portal for the Ideas 4 Barbados and the “ear” on the ground for the Barbados Labour Party are truly part of the visionless Red Party that is embracing the Red Council and the Peoples Republic of China.

    The Government of the United States will allow this up to a particular point ONLY as you would see if you are looking at the specific munitions purchases between Russia and the PRC.

    I would say more but you would not understand me at any rate.

    So let me remain on the substantive.

    What does this thing mean about patriotism Honourable Blogmaster?

    What does it mean to you?

    Are you still committed to the George Linnaeus Banks line of speaking out for the UnderDog?

    Or have you long ago abandonned that tenet and now live under the policy of the Chairman Mia Mao ZeJong and her ICT supporters who, as a customary act upload pdfs and jpegs for viewing on their servers and now know (1) whose IP accesses a document, (2) who owns that ip, (3) how long they viewed it the document and (4) using the embedded “call home” code to continue to monitor that users usage of their machine.

    Define your version of patriotism for me Honourable Blogmaster?

    Does it mean I pledge allegiance to Mia Amor Mottley and to her Johnny Pads to uphold and defend the chastity of this Prime Minister and to be her Ambassodor Plenipotentiary wherever I shall go?

    Screen shot in a dark room gives no image.

    It is obvious that the Barbados wunna seek to promote is based on thievery and corruption and manipulation of the sheeple and I for one will have no part in that.

    I will however expose every single instance of your theft and that of your masters for all the world to see who you are and what you are prepared to do for your “legacy

    You are small men DEVOID OF ANY PRINCIPLES AND ABANDONNED BY MY GOD and that last thing my man is worse than any disease that will rack our work’s meat bodies.

    For, irrespective of all the things that it is obvious wunna are prepared to teif, I want to know how wunna going Houdini out of death OR DO YOU HAVE A PASTOR DAVID DURANT who will stop death from taking you like David Thompson?

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @the Honourable Blogmaster your assistance please with an item for you which i am sure that you WILL NOT PUBLISH because of its content

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  • Today more devaluation talk on BB Today. The discussion is spreading wider and wider … They are preparing the clueless masses for devaluation.

    Devaluation is inevitable, since the peg is too strong and Bim´s productivity too low. After devaluation there will be a rift in society between the lazy laggards in the civil service earning useless Mickey Mouse-dollars and those who work hard to have some forex income. Suum cuique tribuere!

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  • Endgame for BREXIT.

    With a no-deal, we will have less British tourists from 2019 on since parts of the financial industry and most of the classical industry (including car companies and Airbus) will relocate their business to EU 😦

    Any suggestions how to replace British tourists? Doing like the Brits themselves, replacing European tourists with people from South Sudan and Bangladesh? Can they afford to spend 10,000 USD per week for holiday?

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  • a) Is it correct that electricity costs +/- BDS$ 0.70/KwH?
    b) what is the status with that ‘solar panel factory’ which was supposed to be built? (DelMaestro)
    c) does the GoB differentiate on duty for an EV?

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  • @ Artax “David Thompson’s “we will wait and see what happens” attitude, coupled with the fact the island “went into inertia” during the period of his illness and subsequently after his death, exacerbated Barbados’economic the problems.”

    Thank you for stating this. This is when the rot started and our fiscal deficits started to get worse. In 2008 we ran a small to moderate fiscal deficit but that deficit ballooned in 2009 and 2010 due to a sharp increase in transfers and subsidies to SOEs. The government at the time in 2010 refused to rein in the problem but chose a dumb and incompetent “wait and see approach” while the idiots on this very blog sat and applauded. The Thompson/Stuart government seemed unable to manage SOE finances which have the danger of running way if not tightly managed. This inertia has us in the mess we are in now after nine years of running large deficits. Here is an article from 2010 about the dramatic increase in transfers and subsidies to SOEs under the headling “Who will sound deficit alarm” :

    https://www.pressreader.com/barbados/daily-nation-barbados/20101117/281535107380102

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  • What Next On The Agenda?

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  • Barbados Government Information Service
    Yesterday at 12:05 PM ·

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, in an interview with Chief Communications Officer, UN Foundation, Rajesh Mirchandi, on Step Up, World, an interactive digital show live from the Global Action Summit in San Francisco, USA.

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  • How about doing some good ole’ housekeeping and clean de house first by getting rid of corrupt politicians and the judiciary for a start and let in some fresh air with men and women with integrity and then patriot Bajan people might be keen to “get off deh lazy asses” and help rebuild Barbados!

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  • Read this:

    http://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/ministerial-statement-on-the-2013-bond-issue/

    Barbados cannot access the international capital market through bonds since 2013. The rock is totally bankrupt since FIVE years.

    What PM MAM announced was just the official recognition what everybody with some common sense (as opposed to the “educated”, but clueless local masses) knew since 2013. All the discussions about any actions or plans of the new gov are fruitless.

    The fate of Barbados is now out of the hands of the natives who abused public institutions since 52 years. Democracy did not work well for Barbados because the population is 99% financially illiterate. Read Mariposa´s contributions and you know what I mean. They even cannot present any proper account of the foreign reserves which reflect the obligations (loans, bonds to repay including interest).

    The international capital market will decide what to do best.

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  • @Tron

    Devaluation will not fix a thing. Allow me to explain

    I know a young lady who works for a financial institution, making about $3000 a month. Still lives at home but owns a Swift she paid $36000 for, has no savings and credit card debt that she makes the minimum payment on each month. Her salary goes towards paying credit card, car loan, gas, car insurance, buying food and personal items. By the middle of the month she has nothing left back and uses credit card to pay for everything until pay day and the process starts over.

    Her only way out of this debt cycle is if she marries a man who is well off (Benedict Peters), she gets a salary increase (raises revenue), wins the lotto (discovers oil) or sells the car (“asset”) for a more efficient electric one (renewable energy)

    Salary increase or a better job will not happen because she is lazy, unambitious, does not take the initiative and lacks any real skill (Degree in management from UWI is not a skill).

    Benedict will not marry her, he just wants poom

    Winning lotto, HA, don’t make me laugh, not going to happen and even if she does Benedict will control all the money.

    The Swift is overvalued, poorly maintained and nuff pon de road, in short nobody wants it. So selling it is out of the question. So no chance to raise cash for electric car (renewable energy)

    This is the story of many Barbadians. She is a representation of Barbados, Barbados is her

    Devaluation will not change a thing, it will just make her less attractive to Benedict, make her lazier and less productive and finally put her further in debt.

    There is no solution for her, she is a lost cause. She needs to suffer, stop prostituting herself to Benedict and learn from her mistakes. Problem is, after suffering she will return to her old ways because she has done it many times before.

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  • How about doing some good ole’ housekeeping and clean de house first by getting rid of corrupt politicians and the judiciary for a start and let in some fresh air with men and women with integrity and then patriot Bajan people might be keen to “get off deh lazy asses” and help rebuild Barbados!
    ++++++++++++++++
    Awright Den!!
    100%

    Sackcloth and ashes…
    …then follow by repentance,
    …the pursuit of RIGHTEOUSNESS (doing what is RIGHT…)
    …then will come forgiveness and prosperity.

    ANYTHING ELSE ….
    …..could as well go straight to Graeme Hall without passing through the Plant…

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  • @NorthernObserver September 21, 2018 12:20 PM

    Wily will endeavor to give you some answers, however other bloggers are going to chip in with more info no doubt.

    a) Is it correct that electricity costs +/- BDS$ 0.70/KwH?

    Wily’s last BL&P bill was $110.03Bds for 164KWh which translates to 0.67Bds per Kwh. Wily is a low energy user. The cost of the energy generated is reasonable, however there is an additional fuel cost associated with each Kwh which is adjusted monthly.

    b) what is the status with that ‘solar panel factory’ which was supposed to be built? (DelMaestro)

    The Canadian crook still maintains an office location in Barbados, however the corrupt payments to Barbados government officials have apparently ceased so the “Project” is DEAD. This is a GOOD THING.

    c) does the GoB differentiate on duty for an EV?

    No differentiation on EV duties. You no doubt were thinking about a GREEN INCENTIVE, no initiative for this as its not corruptible.

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  • Thank you Wily.
    The ex-pol DelMaestro, isn’t too bright, but his brother the electrical contractor is sharper. Never understood their business angle, unless they had little white packages within the panel.

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  • @Redguard

    A more laconic explanation is that Barbadians have been living above our means. We have exhausted our credit and now have a bad credit rating as a result. There is only one way to respond when this happens.

    Some adjustments have to be made to rebuild credit. Instead of coming to this realization with the evidence in the face, we have the same tired positions being offered. We have maxed out our credit, we cannot afford to print money, we have not been earning foreign exchange to pay the bills given our love for conspicuous consumption. As a consequence we have a deteriorating physical infrastructure and decline in the social fabric.

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  • @David

    “Some adjustments” is the problem, it sounds like we have options.
    Before May 24 the rhetoric was Crisis, the sky is falling
    After May 24 it has become “we got this”, crisis averted, some adjustments to be made

    From where I sit the sky is still falling, we are still in a crisis and instead of preparing the country for the suffering that will come and needs to happen, what are we doing, naming an economic program after a sesame street character.

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  • @Redguard

    The rhetoric of the campaign trail is always with us. Let us hope that after 10 years of nothingness Mia and her team understands the fierce urgency of now given the economic and social indicators which all point south.

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  • @ Wily
    Duties on EVs are much lower than on similar ICE vehicles. …as much as 50% less.

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  • Modern Barbados

    ” A criminologist is warning that gun violence has reached epidemic proportions and it is being compounded by the increasing presence of “dons” in communities.”

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  • @ Redguard September 21, 2018 8:58 PM

    A planned and moderate devaluation in combination with lower import duties would help the local tourist industry. Currently Barbados cannot compete with Cuba, Dom Rep and Jamaica. Lower import duties on food, cars, building materials would compensate for the lower value of the BBD to some extent. I would like to remind you that food is now 30-50 % more expensive than in other CARICOM jurisdictions!

    AND: Devaluation would enable gov to print more money to pay all debts in BBD. Inflation would solve the internal debt problem.

    Politicians try to avoid the D-word, because it is evidence of their failed economic and financial policies. Devaluation also threatens those with big amounts of BBD in their pockets (= the local elite) and owners of houses with a mortgage on it (= the local middle-class).

    As told before, there is no historical example that a country with such high debt load, no growth and low productivity was ever able to avoid devaluation. Those who think that growth comes through singing in church, national pride, endless talk, another commission, another consultant, bragging about national education and hoping for the best are very naive.

    The peg undermines Barbados since 2008 when foreign investments stopped and the offshore financial sector started to fail. The peg is responsible for the excessive import duties and high taxes on consumer goods and cripples the export industries.

    The BIG question is if the positive effects of devaluation (tourism, debt) would be stronger than the negative ones (inflation, higher interest on mortgages). Nobody can answer this question for Barbados now. What we know for sure is that the present path with nearly 30,000 civil servants and many more working for the SOEs and many commissions (how many? another 30,000?) will lead Barbados down to Haiti and Jamaica.

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  • Green Energy Mandates Are Making Poor People Poorer

    As green energy mandates and higher ‘eco’ taxes have driven up…

    Escalating electricity prices are regressive—poorer people pay a higher proportion of their incomes heating and cooling their houses than do richer people.

    Low-income folks also tend to live in draftier dwellings and retain older, less energy-efficient appliances and climate-control systems.
    Consequently, anything that raises the price of power will impose bigger relative costs on the poor.

    As renewable energy mandates and rising “ecological” taxes have driven up electricity prices, an increase in energy poverty has become a problem in countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom.

    There are varying definitions for the term, but the newly launched European Union Energy Poverty Observatory defines energy poverty as not being able to afford adequate warmth, cooling, lighting, or the energy to power appliances that guarantee a decent standard of living and health.

    One shorthand rule is that a household is energy poor if it must spend more than 10 percent of its income on power. The Observatory estimates that 50 million European households now qualify.

    Due largely to Germany’s Energiewende—a government-mandated transition from coal and nuclear to wind and solar power—German residential electricity rates have doubled since 2000….

    Read More @
    https://climatechangedispatch.com/green-energy-making-poor…/

    https://i0.wp.com/climatechangedispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/germany-green-energy-dropping.jpg?resize=500%2C408&ssl=1

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  • “Masked gunmen opened fire indiscriminately in a weekend shooting spree in the inner-city community of New Orleans, grazing at least one resident as she scampered for safety over a two-day reign of terror.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2018/09/25/terror-in-orleans/

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  • @ Chairman Mao.

    Your people have a penchant for pretty terms that are “full of hot air and signify nothing”

    What does “re-imagine” mean Mia?

    Let me show you what it does mean to China for whom you are now playing a public relations game by floating a concept of having bajans speak Mandarin in 2020. Do you think that China, a country with 50,000 characters in its alphabet, is impressed with this posturing?

    They just bought 10 SU-35’s from Russia and have the United states in a furore over this arms sale.

    You do realise that Russia has sold the first and last shipment to China? cause dem SU-35s are dun re-engineered? dont you?

    But I digress and now return to the main topic

    “…Here’s a freight train that directly runs from Kouvola, Finland, to Xi’an, China. The trip takes 17 days. China says it’s faster than sea travel and cheaper than air…”

    The trip is 9,800 kilometers

    De ole man knows that this “Imagination” is outside the Thought Zone of your Thought Leaders.

    Mostly because of a little latin prefix called “re” which you guys play on because of the Rhi Rhi component and your “imagination” lolol

    “…re- Word Origin. a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion: regenerate; refurbish; retype; retrace; revert….” and all the fancy verbs your team has thought up to satisfy their egos.

    But the fact is that the substantive, appended verb, “imagine”, which you assuredly know its meaning, is an action word, and imputes a state that needs to come first Mia.

    You cannot get to a repeat action UNLESS YOU HAVE EFFECTED THE ORIGINAL ACTION FIRST.

    And that is one of the things you need first to ask yourself Chairman.

    Who thinks of these various initiatives (plural) first?

    Is this a quality that is evidenced in your cohort (nearly said horde; as in horde of wildebeests)

    Does such imagination permits you definitively, to identify which of your “Thought Leaders” have the nous to envision, and then execute, what is required? heheheheheh

    I thought not…

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  • @pieceuhderockyeahright,

    “re-imagine” is ” just beyond your imagination “.

    Now I could say that I wish I could “re-imagine” Glennis and Fleur as my ex wives.

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  • Address at the 73rd UN General Assembly by Barbados

    check it out on YouTube

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  • ” Government was in the process of bringing legislation that would allow the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) to delegate authority to a third party for the collection of taxes online.”

    @ pieceuhderockyeahright

    “delegate authority to a third party”

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  • @ Brother Hants

    I hope your current paramour ent see this post!

    Not only you have spoken of one of them but both of them whuloss…you is a cravatious man…you ent left one of dem for a next feller…how you get like dat doah…?

    De next ime you at one of them shows with you smartphone up in the air “focusing” on the performers I hope dat a high wind blow and lik you expensive Apple X out you hand and when um drop de crowd move de same time an mash pun um.

    heheheheheheh

    You see how them looking to shift the responsibility of active government functions to everybody but government?

    First of all she bring in Charles Me Love You Jong TIme!

    Den she bring in Rawdone from Canada and two more women de ole man cant remember dem names!

    Den she start streaming Government Business from the BLP Website …!

    And now she, according to you, “…bringing legislation that would allow the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) to delegate authority to a third party for the collection of taxes online…”!

    Tell me what Senator Caswell and the Illegal Impostor and Pretender to the Post of Leader of the Opposition (I call he dat cause Lorenzo you had Enuff? appointed me Leader of the Opposition) dat man Bishop Reverend Pastor Atherley doing though?

    de grandson send this to you Brother Hants…you going bet band for inciting people to do bad tings

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  • @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    Your assistance please with a post for Brother Hants a felller who does goad on de ole man by these images of *** heheheheheheheh

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