Time to Build Barbados Silicon Valley

Four transformational truths are Timing, Innovation, Strategy and CollaborationThe Elements of Transformation Strategy

There is the proven that individuals and businesses who continually adapt to the environment in which they operate will likely succeed. If we try to fit how the local public sector has been managing its business compared to the private sector and the world it gives currency to the use of the word anachronistic. Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been a frequent user of the word of late.

Unfortunately as part of government’s objective to modernize processes in the public sector, hundreds of low level, low skilled workers have been retrenched. Understandably concerned Barbadians have inquired why send home workers from the bottom if the exercise is about cutting cost? We have to protect the most vulnerable and we will be holding the government to its word that BERT has an adequate safety net included.

Honest Barbadians will admit  however if the public service is to operate efficiently in the current environment there must be a job redesign. We have listened to successive governments braying about improving business facilitation. It is not the fault of the workers although the blogmaster will suggest this is where trade unions- the workers representative- have failed in the last 25 years to strategically add value to the process of nation building.

It is an indictment on the leadership of Barbados that in 2018 government departments still record transactions in ledgers- documents still require the ‘lick’ of a stamp. The blogmaster supports the requirement to urgently transform from the analogue to the digital. Leveraging technology to efficiently deliver services is a no-brainer.  What is difficult to understand is how come successive Barbados governments have invested billions in education per capita and lag scores of other countries that have expended less!

During a recent press conference Sir Hiliary and Eudine Barriteau of the University of the West Indies (UWI) highlighted that the regional university was ranked 591 out of the 1,258 in the  Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Of interest is that both of them touched on the ‘technology and innovation park‘ which is promised to open in Bridgetown in January 2019.

In the link provided we are informed the facility will house classes to support a Bsc. Software Engineering degree programme and also technology start-up bushiness to conduct research and development in conjunction with students at the UWI. She also revealed that talks have started with Gabriel Abed of Bitt Inc about supporting new tech start ups.  Beckles also shared this is being done with the cooperation of Chinese Universities.

In BU’s most recent blog – Senator Rawdon Adams Sobering Intervention in the Debt Restructure Debate  Adams asked what kind of Barbados do we need to build now that we have dismantled what was to deliver on the kind of life we want (words to this effect).
Barrow presided over an agrarian economy, Tom Adams shifted to a mix of agrarian and services and Owen Arthur went the whole hog by switching out to a services economy. Given the suspicion how the world views jurisdictions that provide services for international business companies there is clearly an urgent requirement to incorporate new business lines to diversify and hopefully spur economic growth. Feedback so far is that the RERE programme is only a baby step in the right direction, it has to go a lot further.  Making Bridgetown a smart city is a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) manifesto promise. Ronald Jones had responsibility for Human Development and innovation. What was achieved in this regard is not worth mentioning. Pushing more ‘coding‘ in schools is a national imperative.
Although mentioning China is a hot button word for many- a hegemonist is a hegemonist- a look at how it has been integrating technology to create opportunities for its people is instructive.

 

396 comments

  • Donna

    “We should also seeking to reduce our food import bill”

    You really dreaming if think for one moment that you are going to get any of these young people labouring in the hot Bajan sun…it is not going to happen … so you better rethink the idea of producing more food locally to reduce the food import bill.

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  • Give me the vote and watch muh. We got this. We hitting de ground running.

    You get the drift.

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  • Does it have to be in the hot sun?

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  • @ Lexicon,

    Young people will labour in the hot sun if they own the land they are farming.

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  • Donna

    In 1986 a good friend of mine and his brother started one of not if not the biggest Chicken plant in St. Thomas … I think it was called Uncle Wilbert … named after their uncle… and within five years the Chicken Processing Plant went under. Now I said that to say this: some have tried to produced locally but without much success….

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  • Hants

    When last have spoken to a young Bajan regarding working the land in the sun Bajan Sun? We ll a Bajan girl from St. John told me last year that her grandmother told her mother that not one of her of grandchildren should ever step foot in that hot Bajan sun to work the land.

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  • Hants

    That is a real oldie dey muh brother.

    Promises,promises,promises.hahahah

    Never mind – you gimme de vote and watch muh.

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  • re The media is doing what it always do, allow itself to be manipulated by people with money and influence. It does not change the underlying issues. TRUE NO DOUBT……BUT……..
    QUESTION AFTER 10 YEARS DOES BU AFFECT THE UNDERLYING ISSUES? IF SO, HOW SO?……….APART FROM THE DAILY DRIVEL OF TALK, TALK AND MORE TALK USUALLY POINTLESS AND UNRELATED TO THE UNDERLYING ISSUES

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  • @Talking Loud Saying Nothing October 22, 2018 2:02 AM @ Simple Simon & Piece, I have got to disappoint both of you. I know a number of people who teach english as a foreign language both in the UK and outside. A small minority of them are black and they all have the same story. It is a fact that foreigners do not want to learn english from blacks even though their mother tongue might be english. You will be hard pressed to find a black english teacher in China, Japan or in the middle east.”

    Off the top of my head I know at least three black Bajans who are teaching English in Japan. All with university degrees from UWI. Some of them HC people. All black people, not a brown skin fella in the lot. The Japanese Embassy here is advertising virtually everyday for people with university degrees to teach English in Japan. I don’t think that it is realistic that the Japanese Embassy expects to recruit a whole lot of white people in 95% black Barbados. A sibling worked in Saudi Arabia [that hotbed of liberalism and religious tolerance , lolll!!!] for almost two decades. No did not marry a Saudi. Did NOT convert to Islam. Lolll!!! Did not marry an Englishman either lolll!!! Did not convert to the English brand of Christianity either although living there for decades.It is not about foreigners “liking” us whatever that is. It is about the MONEY. When we want liking or love we get it at home. A niece is presently teaching English from at her home to elementary school children in China. The good thing about 4 year olds is that they are not yet racist. The son of a friend married a Japanese woman and is living and working in Japan.

    So yes t is still a racist world. But there are some changes.

    Note that I am not saying that racism does not exist. But on my jobs I have never cared who liked me or did not like me. Lemme do the work, tek your money and be outta there.

    Fat black woman attitude. Mercenary. Lolll!!!

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  • @Hal Austin October 22, 2018 9:13 AM “Are you bonkers are just plain stupid? ”

    Neither.

    You made a comment to the effect that the Canadians, being a non-world power should keep out of “big people business” At the time the Canadian Foreign Minister had reprimanded the Saudis for the imprisonment of an activist.

    Maybe David of BU can find your comments. I am just too busy now to take you on.

    My questions still stand. Do you still think that the Canadian Foreign Minister was wrong in her assessment of the Saudis. Do you still support the Saudis?

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  • @Hal Austin October 22, 2018 9:13 AM. “Similar to the attempted intervention by the dozy Canadians and EU about same sex marriages in Barbados.”

    And by the way the Canadians and the EU were right to reprimand the Barbados government for denying gay people the right to marry.

    And the Canadians were right to reprimand the Saudi government for their imprisonment of activist.

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  • @Lexicon October 22, 2018 11:46 AM “her grandmother told her mother that not one of her of grandchildren should ever step foot in that hot Bajan sun to work the land.

    Grandmother was an idiot.

    Sometimes our sweet beloved grannies are idiots.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Lexicon at 11 : 46 AM

    My man you mashing the crease. How do you not know that our ladies of lighter shade of pale from my parish, St. John, have a proclivity to get skin cancer? That is good preventative advice from a caring grandmother.

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  • This is how we roll. Champagne taste.

    “The curtain came down on the annual Food and Rum Festival last night with the much-anticipated Taste the Spirits of Polo event.”

    The ladies in the photo looking sweet.

    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/food-fun-and-fashion%C2%A0

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  • Hants
    October 22, 2018 11:27 AM

    @ Lexicon,
    Young people will labour in the hot sun if they own the land they are farming.

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

    No they won’t, they will be looking to sell the land for development!!

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  • Agree with your view John. Have a stroll on the grounds of the primary schools for example, the plots used to teach agricultural science are runaway with bush.

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  • then according to the enlightened here, THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP TO INSPIRE THE CHILDREN EVEN IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE GROUP

    THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN GRASS OR PLIMPLERS AH LIE?

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  • GP
    don’t you find Bajans hilarious! Silicon Valley? wuhlah!

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  • @ Georgie Porgie,

    BAJANS WILL BECOME FARMERS WHEN THERE IS NO FOREX TO BUY FOOD.

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  • When there is no forex we will lose weight like Venezuelans.

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  • Hants October 22, 2018 5:32 PM

    @ Georgie Porgie,
    BAJANS WILL BECOME FARMERS WHEN THERE IS NO FOREX TO BUY FOOD.
    PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THAT Georgie Porgie ACTUALLY DID SOME FARMING

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  • JOHN

    I think for some young people selling weed is much more profitable than selling land… and Vincent Codrington … from what I have gathered the grandmother’s concerned was centered more on the nature of the work rather than on the detrimental effects one is subject to when in full exposture to the sun.

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  • @ Georgie Porgie,

    I ALSO DID SOME FARMING IN BARBADOS.

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  • @Hants

    A vibrant agriculture sector is important for food security, reduce imports/foreign outflow etc. Unfortunately it is not transformational given what is required to support our way of life and the remediation that is required.

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  • @ David,

    Cannabis is the future of a vibrant agriculture sector.

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  • @ David
    A vibrant agriculture sector is important for food security, reduce imports/foreign outflow etc. Unfortunately it is not transformational…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It is even more important than ‘transformational’…
    It is foundational.

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  • @Ping Pong October 22, 2018 5:34 PM “When there is no forex we will lose weight like Venezuelans.”

    The Venezuelans can slip across a land border in order to buy food or find work.

    How does on slip across 90 miles of Atlantic Ocean?

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  • In general,
    Besides making sport in “de rum shop”, I saw BU as a place where we cant put our ideas. A place for brainstorming, because we have a few good brains in “de rum shop”. I saw the “silicon valley” as a man throwing a pebble into the water and watching the ripple it cause.

    I do not know if we can come up with short term solutions for 50 years of mismanagement. I think we will have to plant those trees and wait for them to bear fruit.

    We also have to look at what was tried before and figure out why it failed. PLT may be on to something with his coding, but he may have to fine tune it. We cannot match up to other countries man to man. He (Bajans) has to find a space and exploit it,

    It pains me so say this but RA (what if his last name was Holder) may be on to something. I wish that he and his team enjoy great technical success and honest financial rewards. Perhaps, some young Bajans may acquire some level of coding expertise from his group,

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  • @ TheOGazerts

    The problem is that we keep playing musical chairs with the same people that have mismanaged the country for the last fifty years.
    They are totally incapable of changing their ways. The only way forward is to radically change the education system and hopefully produce future leaders, who will be more inclined to be innovative and creative.
    From where I sit if 2033 is the appointed time to see the light; we are in serious trouble.
    After 2033 what? Our problem goes beyond forex and trying to meet IMF targets. We need a radical overhaul of how we are educated to see the world and ourselves.
    We can’t advance a people by telling them: smile for the tourist and keep the country clean for the tourists.
    It comes back to Errol Barrow’s question: What kind of mirror image do we have of ourselves?
    Step one: Ensure that the educational system is in tune with a new national plan of self sufficiency via the full utilization of our limited resources.
    Step two: Harness the creative power of our citizens especially those between the ages of 14 and 39. Create a new vibrant generation within that demographic.

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  • Bush Tea
    October 22, 2018 8:57 PM

    @ David
    A vibrant agriculture sector is important for food security, reduce imports/foreign outflow etc. Unfortunately it is not transformational…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It is even more important than ‘transformational’…
    It is foundational.

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

    Slavery actually worked!!!!

    It was an early form of the socialist experiment!!

    No joke!!!

    Each large plantation was a “state” within a “state”!!

    It housed, clothed and fed its members from cradle to grave.

    Everybody benefited to various extents, …. some more than others!!

    The young worked to support the old.

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  • No John slavery did for work for the enslaved. They could have fed, clothed and housed themselves without being enslaved. Slavery was not an early socialist experiment. Slavery was capitalism at its worst, its most extreme.

    And in any event we are not going back there. If you try that we will kill you. Death also works for those with extremist wishes.

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  • Simple Simon

    You have to be specific when you refer to the term Slavery because it meant different things throughout different period in our human history.
    Biblical Slavery was totally different from Islamic Slavery … which proceeded European Chattel Slavery… which had within it the economic incentive you spoke of above … And last but not least there are those among who believe that the Irish Indentured amounted to nothing more than White Slavery
    … with proceeded or came just after the Atlantic Slave Trade…

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  • Simple Simon

    And then the Roman Empire practiced a totally different type of Slavery than the ones made mentioned to above …

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  • Some are educated to the height of ignorance.

    What next? The origin of the word slave and how many different words we can get from slave…….

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  • “And in any event we are not going back there. If you try that we will kill you. Death also works for those with extremist wishes.”

    Damn straight. John will be the first to be taken out.

    “The problem is that we keep playing musical chairs with the same people that have mismanaged the country for the last fifty years.

    They are totally incapable of changing their ways. The only way forward is to radically change the education system and hopefully produce future leaders, who will be more inclined to be innovative and creative.”

    Damn straight. ..and the future generations will be much different to the current and past generations and are quite likely to do some taking out of lowlife, corrupt lawyer/ministers and their thieving friends and dirtbag criminal masters in the minority community as well…

    The crap BLP is doing currently will not be tolerated indefinitely. ..as long as they know.

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  • “Slavery actually worked!!!!…… It was an early form of the socialist experiment!!……No joke!!! ”

    Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

    I’m shocked that after the recorded accounts of slavery and its psychological affect on the enslaved, in the year 2018……a supposedly sane individual could actually think and write the above comments.

    How the hell could slavery be considered “an early form of the socialist experiment,” when the enslaved were not considered as human beings……but chattel……property that could be bought and sold.

    I’m now convinced that John is not only a racist, but he’s also a “pure bred jackass.”

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  • TheOGazerts

    You are ignorant of the concept of Slave … because for one… a biblical slave enjoyed far greart rights than a chattel slave… Also there were severe penalties the master of a biblical slave faced if he mistreated his slave …. And a slave in the Roman Empire was more like a servant who was allowed to go home at the end of his work day…

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  • Artax

    You are specifically talking about a chattel slave … but far different rules applied to the biblical slave as well as the slave in the Roman Empire…

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  • @John
    Slavery actually worked!!!
    +++++++++
    Is that the Quaker view? Or the view espoused by Rush Limbaugh? This is really the age of enlightenment but I can say that I am not surprised that you harbour such views.

    Mississippi and Alabama are calling they want members for their White Citizens Council.

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  • Lexicon

    I’m sure that everyone knows the different categories of slavery……so there isn’t any reason for definitions or explanations of each, whether it is indentured, Roman Empire, Islamic or Biblical.

    John responded to Bush Tea’s comments about agriculture by making a reference to slavery. Anyone of reasonable thought would interpret his comment as a reference to chattel slavery……..

    ………..especially taking into consideration his “pet subject” is the Quakers and their alleged assistance to the enslaved.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ William Skinner

    Kind sir, I have noted that you ALWAYS POST an unerring message.

    Time and time again you can be depended on to ignore the bleating sheeple (which the Honourable Blogmaster calls the “class idiots”) and stay on task and address what our problems are.

    You said and I quote

    “…Step one: Ensure that the educational system is in tune with a new national plan of self sufficiency via the full utilization of our limited resources…”

    De ole man wonders if our newest minister of Education has the grey matter to assess what you and a few others have been bellowing from the wilderness for several years now?

    Might I humbly suggest something Mr. Skinner?

    You need to write an outline for these people to come here on BU and see and go away , COPY THEN BRING TO THE NATIONAL STAGE AS THEIRS

    That is the modus of “class idiots ” unfortunately, they are incapable of making anything so they must copy what they see AND COPY IT BADLY.

    EDUTECH was such a model of copying gone bad because it was not based on any pedagogical insights nor did it benefit from “educators “.

    Note that I said educators as opposed to teachers and you would know the subtle difference Mr. Skinner.

    If it is not too much of a bother and vexation to the spirit, would you just write an outline to explain what this new leap has to be lest the posturers and New March Visionaries of the Internet Cut and Paste Innivation Brigade, are going to be relied on in the Mugabe administration that is to roll out in 2019.

    May the Good Lord save us from these posturers.

    Then you continue and de ole man quotes you again

    “…Step two: Harness the creative power of our citizens especially those between the ages of 14 and 39. Create a new vibrant generation within that demographic…”

    I am going to share something with you.

    [[ I am using square brackets because I only want you to see it.

    A few years ago, BIDC launched an exercise where they went around the island tekking the names and profiles of bajans under a pretext of compiling a national database of the creatives in Barbados.

    The reason that his WILL FAIL Mr. Skinner is that, IF DE OLE MAN WERE TO WRITE A FEW WORDS TO SHOW YOU A SEED SUFFICIENCY PLAN, I guarantee you that, unless you yourself were creatively imbued, YOU WOULD NOT SEE IT!!!

    Over 200 plus entries above Bush Tea gave the formula for a National Innovation and Creativity Facilitation Council which would form part of the foundation for the Step 2 you outline above

    But, and here de ole man is going to post the $6 million question to you good sir, what is the methodology that you will use to choose the persons who will man the organization that is going to identify the people with the creativity to drive the Next Wave???]]

    De grandson is working on a poster for you that was generated as a result of something you said earlier elsewhere on BU, that item should be finished today.

    Depending on which of the BU BORG is on duty hehehehdh, it should be visible shortly thereafter.

    I am inclined to try to write up an article to assist in that process of “creativity harnessing” but de ole man sort of busy till the 6th heheheh.

    I will however try to do this soon.

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  • Don’t blame the American Whites for enslaving blacks from African …blame the Barbadians White who taught the Americans Whites the concept of chattel slavery…just study the history of North Carolina from the 1960s…

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  • Here we go again allowing an important topic to be hijacked by a rehash over a trivial point. A people get the government they deserve.

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  • How’s that silicon valley thing going? Let’s see, following previous posts, Barbados needs to change its educational system so as to produce more compliant and productive slaves of the biblical variety to work in agriculture presumably in a place called silly-con valley. For the urgent attention of PM Mottley.

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  • @ Piece
    Thanks for your compliments. Back in 1984, I sent such an outline to the Task Force on Unemployment. I will try to dust it off and tweak it into an article.

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  • @ William
    Boss…
    NOTHING (that is within our control) from 1984 is currently relevant….
    So please start fresh with that article…..

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    You sound like a certain world leader @BushT with your disavowal of an ’84 era plan from the politician Skinner.

    His plan may indeed have some relevance today just as a nuclear treaty signed in late ’80s still has some value despite a current decision to abort that formalized plan.

    There is always some modicum of merit to WELL DEFINED, PROPERLY PREPARED plans….so let’s see what Mr Skinner is made of 🤣.

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  • @ Bush Tea
    @ de pedantic Dribbler

    Merit in what Bush Tea says but the foundation of radical change is still relevant ,taking into consideration, that we have not radically touched the educational system since the early sixties.
    The outline will therefore be “tweaked” bearing in mind our current realities

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  • @Lexicon October 23, 2018 4:14 AM

    Thanks Lexicon. But neither John nor I were talking about obscure periods of slavery in Greek, Roman or Ancient Islamic times. Although it is always wrong to enslave any of God’s children.

    My grandmother was born in 1879. She died in 1969, two years before I became an adult. In 1969 my six elder siblings were already adults. I was talking about the slavery imposed on her grandparents, and the inter-generational poverty her family, my family suffered. I am talking about a beloved grandmother born 41 years after the abolition of slavery in BARBADOS. A woman who worked at Mangrove Plantation, St. Peter all the days of her life and at the end of it had only an 18 x 10 chattle house with holes in the floor, and a packed rock step. A hard working woman, without any bad habits.

    I won’t let people like John get away with pretending that “slavery worked”

    My question to him and to people who think like him is “slavery worked for whom?”

    The people who owned Mangrove, St. Peter Plantation?

    Because it certainly did not work for my grandmother’s grandparents who worked hard all the days of their lives and left nothing materially to show that they had ever lived.

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  • @Lexicon October 23, 2018 8:19 AM “Don’t blame the American Whites for enslaving blacks from African.”

    But the American whites DID enslave blacks from Africa. So who is to take the blame if not them?

    And American whites of that era happily enslaved African and American born blacks because it was profitable for them to do so.

    TransAtlantic slavery was entirely about MONEY for WHITE people.

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  • @David October 23, 2018 8:22 AM “Here we go again allowing an important topic to be hijacked by a rehash over a trivial point.”

    Dear David: The history of TransAtlantic slavery is NOT a trivial point.

    Those who wish to post on your substantive topic “To Build a Barbados Silicon Valley” are still free to do so.

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  • To build a Barbados Silicon Valley do the following:

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  • Because it certainly did not work for my grandmother’s grandparents who worked hard all the days of their lives and left nothing materially to show that they had ever lived.

    IS IT REALLY NECESSARY FOR PERSONS TO LEAVE MATERIAL THINGS TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE LIVED?

    WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHOULD GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS SOUL?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @SImple….your moniker belies your often serious intersections but also supports your otherwise trivial prose!

    Surely your remark that the Blogmaster suggests that the slavev trade is a trivial point is one of the latter….oh lordie….what WAS TRIVIAL were the attempts at academic definitions of “slave”.

    Back to your serious side.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    “Intersections” maybe for another time, but interjections was intended in that sentence

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  • @lexicon
    “You are ignorant of the concept of Slave”

    Let me wallow ignorance.. it is preferable to some states of knowledge

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  • @ William Skinner

    A citizen who is with you in spirit awaits your paper

    @ Brother in Arms Bush Tea

    De ole man shall try, even though I might fail to advance your sage suggestion which de ole man knows well that the sheeple and the “class idiots” (the words of the Honourable Blogmaster not mine) have forgotten by now

    You said and I quote

    “…Something like a national council of say eleven such persons, given the authority by law and the constitution to transform the economy over the next three years by executive order, would be needed to execute the kind of change that Barbados would need to have a good chance of survival and success…”

    So de ole man previously submitted what in my humbe opinion would be required to enable this Creativity and Innovation Centre (a) a declared national IP policy to stop dese people at EGFL, and Fund Access from teifing people ideas (b) performance validated contracts of service (c) a time bound deliverables contract with outputs for 3 months and (d) an initial operational budget for that agency of $250K with a deferred compensation budget of **** dont worry we going work it out together

    Since de ole man ent to bright I going use 10 people to calculate this salary/budget but there will be 11 staff and the head person dat de ole man going recommend righ now for that post is Brenda Pope but I going come back to her later

    So that wunna “class idiots” going be on the same page, and fellers like the Innovation Pretender who does glean these things as he picks up information from Bush Tea will keep up de ole man going use some charts and ting

    So Let me go back and work through the numbers first

    So we decided that the operational budget for the trial period while Mia Mugabe is proving all dese pretenders is going to be $250,000 and it will be split beween each of the 10 Innovation Facilitators equally with the caveat that they have to deliver a self sufficent portfolio of projects that generate $25,000 in 6 months. or that any of their “?” initiatives MUST GENERATE ITS INVESTMENT IN 6 months and, at least, sustain that output EVERY SINGLE MONTH THEREAFTER!!!

    ANY THING OTHER THAN THESE SEVERE METRICS IS A WASTE FOOP

    So let us say that Peter Lawrence Thompson is one to the GURUs appointed to man one of the IP posts.

    And say that he is hired to said post at $10K a month which is potentially 120K a year, it would mean that the salary for that complex is $1.2M potentially.

    But as de ole man said before PLT’s contract is on a two tier structure which comprises (a) a draw of $1,000 a month (to permit him to get to the complex etc I going deal with that complex later) and (b) his ability to participate in the revenues of his ward or wards the so called creatives and innovators that he always talking bout.

    The other $9K is held until his wards achieve their targets WHICH IN THE CASE OF THIS IF entity HAS TO BE A MULTIPLE OF THE $25K that is invested in each sub cluster.

    Byt that “multiple of $25K” de ole man means that only initiatives which will produce high ROIs should be considered by the cluster in its pilot phase cause we gots to see the calibre of the Innovation Facilitators and that we ent getting pigs in a poke

    Ohhhhhh Ohhhh de ole man want to also say that the markets for the products must have a 75/25% forex generation component to be considered else we dun know dat some of de IF fellers going get dem friends pretend to buy “product/services” and falsify the profitibility of the initiative.

    But that is one of the reasons dat i choose Brenda cause she knows all uh wunna RH tricks and how to strain wunna out

    Anyways back to Brenda Pope and My “Characteristics of the Innovation Director”

    The reason de ole man is targeting Brenda Pope is because of the following

    What this Bush Tea facility needs to begin is a “creative thinker”, someone who is able to identify and/or generate creative ideas that will be the matrix of Barbados indigenous innovations.

    THe Blogmaster does talk bout Mia Mottley bright, but Brenda Pope is really bright & she is humble and she has integrity.

    And this is where Brenda’s skills manifest because she is one of the few local naturally creative visionaries who not only has big ideas but more importantly, is a humble woman, ( I said humble already didnt i?) who can motivate people around her to turn those nascent dreams into reality.

    Wunna needs to first understand that the Director of this facility DOES NOT NEED to be the generator of the idea(s), she just has to have the ability to see the idea, and know the path that will make that idea crystallize.

    Brenda, once she “sees” that idea, she has the tried and proven ability to share that vision with the entire ecosystem of shareholders and MAKE IT SO

    Brenda Pope, the Director of the Innovation Cluster IS PAID $1 a month but she will participate in the revenues of the sub clusters on a schedule dat de ole man can provide if requested (which de ole man know wil not happen cause wunna scvunt going go an try to do di wunna selves AND FAIL)

    THis creates an inbuilt accountability system

    Brenda’s pay is conditional on the success of her IF’s projects and the IF’s pay is conditional on the successes of their charges and their continuum in those jobs are predicated on their deliverables

    But de ole man dun know that this is a Bridge too Far for the class idiots and the pretenders so dat idea dat builds on Brother in Arms Bush Tea’s brilliant suggestion GOING DEAD RIGHT HEAH IN THE RUM SHOP cause McCunny and Rawdone ent guaranteed any benefits up front from this idea and Sandra Wives and Lynette Holdim cannot fich any IMF money from this system

    And the sheeple gather and they say “baaaaaaaaaa…”

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  • Piece

    When are going to bring some serious ideas to bear and stop all of joking around Sir?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Lexicon at 2;24 PM

    You need to read PUDRYR’s submission at least twice before you grasp the seriousness of his inputs to the debate. He has to use cryptography to protect the authorship of his ideas. LOL!!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Lexicon

    Where in any of my submissions on this, ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS TOPICS SUBMITTED BY THE HONOURABLE BLOGMASTER, WAS there even the hint of joking?

    You are still in a fire rage mode for something I said to you over a week ago THAT I HAVE FORGOTTEN!!

    And that is precisely the point that I try to make here everyday.

    Wunna does hold grudges against a feller forever BECAUSE HE DOESN’T AGREE WITH YOU.

    I say what I say and move on. If what you have floated is foolishness I going tell you that it is stupidness.

    And if you persist I going either find a way to help you see your stupidity, as with the Demonic Lying Party and “not one rh seat ” or I going walk away and leave you to your devices. FULL STOP.

    Lexicon here is the thing.

    When you say anything about the turd world powers that be, and even some of you who have left such countries but claim to be gentrified by 1st world societies the result is perpetual hatred by small minded men and women.

    Bush Tea presented two major foundation blocks for this “building” that the Honourable Blogmaster provided.

    We are close to 350 submissions and yet to really explore the meat of the matter.

    But I am prepared to accede to your observation that I am joking with these mind maps.

    We are at 350 submissions and just got one name of a Director of The creativity and Innovation Centre and the characteristics for her or any such person.

    When do you guess that we will be able to submit just one project for said project.

    Ooops de ole man did that this morning while joking around on the Adrian Loveridge blog didn’t I?

    See what it is so hard Honourable Blogmaster to discourse with your “class idiots?”

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  • Piece, can you a least take a brief moment to reflect upon the seriousness of the time … rather than infusing the blog with your dry humour? Brother, you aren’t at all … because what you think is humorous … comes across as someone who is in the early stage of a cognitive insufficiency. So stop it… and employ what is left of the little brains you have to help solve some of these problems the country is now facing.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    The Central Bank of Barbados and the Financial Services Commission announced today in a press statement that they are establishing a framework for a regulatory sandbox, which will provide regulatory clarity for businesses offering viable and new financial technology (Fintech) products, services and solutions. A regulatory sandbox is a framework under which businesses can live test their innovative products and services on a small scale, while being closely monitored by regulators. Sandboxes give businesses an idea of how their products or services will perform on the market, while allowing regulators to determine if and how these products or services should be regulated. For more information, visit http://www.centralbank.org.bb/regulatory-sandbox.

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  • I won’t let people like John get away with pretending that “slavery worked”
    My question to him and to people who think like him is “slavery worked for whom?”

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

    Barrow inherited an agrarian economy which was booming as were most after the war!!!

    That booming economy was founded in slavery!!

    So, slavery worked.

    The evidence is incontrovertible!!

    If we want a booming economy do we need to go back to slavery?

    The question which I have always posed is what can we learn from our past?

    This is no rocket science.

    Any class idiot can do it!!

    It is called learning from the successes of our past!!

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @John,
    I’ve proved this to you before, but you brain damage has allowed you to forget. Your “booming economy” that Barrow took over was one where the majority of children were malnourished and many suffered from starvation. Go and reread Dr. Frank Ramsey’s book on protein energy malnutrition in Barbados. http://sir-frank-ramsey.memory-of.com/legacy.aspx

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  • @Georgie Porgie October 23, 2018 12:06 PM “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHOULD GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS SOUL?”

    “You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the LORD, and you be guilty of SIN.” Deuteronomy 24:15

    The labourer is worthy of his hire. 1 Timothy, 5:18

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  • peterlawrencethompson
    October 23, 2018 9:03 PM

    @John,
    I’ve proved this to you before, but you brain damage has allowed you to forget. Your “booming economy” that Barrow took over was one where the majority of children were malnourished and many suffered from starvation. Go and reread Dr. Frank Ramsey’s book on protein energy malnutrition in Barbados. http://sir-frank-ramsey.memory-of.com/legacy.aspx

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

    Have you also noticed that today, in a shrinking, failing economy, that the majority of children (and adults) are obese and diabetes makes the island the amputation capital of the world!!

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  • Simple Simon
    October 23, 2018 9:11 PM

    @Georgie Porgie October 23, 2018 12:06 PM “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHOULD GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS SOUL?”
    “You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the LORD, and you be guilty of SIN.” Deuteronomy 24:15
    The labourer is worthy of his hire. 1 Timothy, 5:18
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Fed, clothed and housed … all given the same day!!

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  • THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, HIMSELF ASKED “WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT A MAN IF HE SHOULD GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS SOUL?”
    THIS IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED

    JOHN

    IT IS AMAZING THAT DR RAMSAY BY HIS WORK ERADICATED MALNUTRITION IN THE FORM OF PROTIEN DEFICIENCY FROM BARBADOS STARTING IN THE MID 50’S………AND NOW 60 YEARS LATER THERE IS AGAIN MALNUTRITION IN THE FORM OF OBESITY!

    SO HAVE WE GONE FROM TOO LITTLE OR NO PROTEIN TO TOO MUCH PROTEIN?
    SURELY THE PROBLEM CAN NOT BE JUST SUGAR (as the maguffies are proclaiming) ………BUT TOO MUCH ACETYL CO ENZYME A!

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  • We went through all this already when I posted it back in September 2017!!

    Here is the extract that seemed to unbalance you at the time !!

    “One of the gripping stories in Dr Ramsey’s book is that of the title – Shocking The People’s Conscience. He describes how on a round of the Children’s Ward with the Medical Superintendent, Dr Graham Humby, Dr Humby became frustrated at the many sick malnourished children; he placed three malnourished children in a cot with three others and summoned the Advocate journalist and photographer.

    Next morning the photograph appeared on the front page (and is reproduced on page 95 in the book) with a letter from Dr Humby which read in part: “Some time ago I made a sincere plea from the bottom of my heart that too many of our children were being neglected. There has not been the slightest response to my sincere appeal – hundreds still turn up all over the island and it makes me vomit.

    “You talk, talk, and talk, and you spend thousands dressing your children beautifully on Sundays; but for heaven’s sake, first things must come first . . . . This primitive inhumanity must be stopped and nothing will stop me shouting at you from the roof tops until it is stopped. Are you hypocrites or just ostriches?”

    The letter received the strongest possible support and praise from the Advocate editorial which predicted that any victimisation of Dr Humby for his dramatic action would produce a “public outcry . . . the likes of which has never been seen. . .”

    In fact, what happened next was described by Dr Ramsey as a political outcry! It was near election time and in a meeting in the Lower Green, Sir Grantley proclaimed: “There is not enough room in Barbados for Dr Humby and me. I was born here and I don’t intend to go anywhere.” Within days Dr Humby was gone.”

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  • PLT

    Your analysis of the Humby affair was that he was a racist and all Dr. Ramsey did was give food to starving children.

    I guess your diagnosis of the obesity epidemic is to bring a doctor who takes away food from children!!

    The problem is in the households with the parents.

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  • RE “There is not enough room in Barbados for Dr Humby and me. I was born here and I don’t intend to go anywhere.” Within days Dr Humby was gone.”

    THIS BEHAVIOUR BY THE REVERED ADAMS INDICATES THE FOLLY OF POOR AND CORRUPT LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHTED BY SOLOMON SEVERAL PLACES IN ECCLESIASTES.

    INSTEAD OF SEEKING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM THE WHITE EXPATRIATE DR WAS EVICTED! SAME THING HAPPENED IN THE 90’S WITH STROSBURG WHO DISAGREED WITH THE LOCAL MAGUFFIES ABOUT HIS PROJECTIONS ON THE INCIDENCE OF AIDS! THEY WOULD NOT EVEN SHAKE HIS HANDS!

    RAMSEY SUCCEEDED BECAUSE HE WAS BAJAN AND COULD NOT BE DEPORTED, AND HE WAS SMART ENOUGH TO GO ABOUT HIS BUISNESS QUIETLY!

    IF RAMSEY HAD COME 20-25 YEARS LATER, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SNUFFED OUT AND DESTROYED BY HASSELL AND FRASER

    RAMSEY AND MAURICE BYER—–THE FATHERS OF OUR PuBLIC HEALTH! TWO GREAT AND HUMBLE MEN! .

    SINCE THEIR DEPARTURE, WE HAVE FALLEN TO THE POINT WHERE WE RECENTLY HAD SHIT FLOATING ALL ABOUT THE STREETS OF THE SOUTH COAST.

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  • RE all Dr. Ramsey did was give food to starving children.

    ACTUALLY A LOT OF GOOD WORK WAS DONE AT THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER, AND ALSO BY ITS EXTENSIONS IN THE FORM OF THE VISITING COMMUNITY NURSES.

    MORE THAN FOOD -MILK, WAS GIVEN!

    THE WORK PREVIOUSLY DONE BY THE FORMER VISITING COMMUNITY NURSES IS NOW CONTINUED BY THE VISITING PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES OUT OF THE POLYCLINICS………..WHO DO A VERY, VERY GOOD JOB

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  • Hants
    October 22, 2018 4:07 PM

    This is how we roll. Champagne taste.
    “The curtain came down on the annual Food and Rum Festival last night with the much-anticipated Taste the Spirits of Polo event.”
    The ladies in the photo looking sweet.
    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/food-fun-and-fashion%C2%A0

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

    Look at the picture of the two young women in the picture.

    Will their offspring be starved out and scrawny or will they be obese?

    If the mothers don’t get it their children won’t either!!

    Giving or taking food is clearly not the way PLT!!

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  • JOHN

    LIKE ALL GREAT CLINICIANS DR RAMSEY OBSERVED PROTEIN MALNUTRITION AMONG THE POOR YOUNG CHILDREN HE SAW IN THE EATLY 50’S

    HE WISELY ADRESSED WHAT HE SAW EFFECTIVELY ON ALL FRONTS

    I GUESS THAT IN THAT TIME THE MOTHERS OF THE TIME WERE FED MOSTLY CARBS, AND UNLESS THEY HAD LIVESTOCK FOR MILK AS A PROTEIN SOURCE THEY HAD LITTLE PROTEIN IN THEIR DIETS. THEY CERTAINLY DIDNT HAVE, OR CONSUME THE AMOUNT OF MEAT AS IS CONSUMED TODAY

    DR RAMSEY DID MUCH MORE THAN JUST GIVE FOOD!
    ALONG WITH DR BYER HE PUT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH ON A VERY FIRM FOOTING
    HE DESERVES HIS ACCOLADES! THEY BOTH DO!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ Lexicon

    As with the other two to whom I have said I am done, there is no subject here that you can or will ever get de ole man go pick my teeth ever again.

    Your thin skinned-ness is evident but that is not why i shall cease and desist with you.

    It is the paucity of content of your counters.

    You, nor your type of idiot, cannot debate with me even if i were on Salvia divinorum.

    My time here is short, but I have made a promise that I will now spend one second longer with fools one I have determined them to be such.

    Have a nice life!

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ the Honourable Blogmaster

    I wanted to understand something about your “tagging” conventional

    For example you have this article tagged

    “…tagged with Digital Economy, Gabriel Abed, Rawdon Adams, Technology, UWI…”

    Now generally the tagging practice will “chain” to substantive contributors to, or articles about the subject matter..

    So I was trying to understand Gabriel Abed and the Rawdone Adams tag since neither has to the best of my knowledge contributed to this article nor does either seem to be at the forefront of a Silicon Valley type construct.

    But I could be wrong and will defer to your inside reasoning on the above.

    One would hope that this SEO association with their names is not part of some sort of digital promotion for either of the two lightweights in the Silicon Valley debate

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @John
    Dr Ramsey and my Dad were close friends… my Dad gave the eulogy at his funeral. I paid no attention at all to the Humby affair… my knowledge of Dr Ramsey’s work was first hand.

    I am glad to see you expose yourself as an evil racist, but I am saddened that you have lost just about all your former intelligence.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Oh and before you respond and expose your bias de ole man would respectfully observe that a true and verifiable tag in this Silicon Valley debate would be Neil Harper

    Neil in his extensive article contributed more to the substantive debate than either of these fly by night characters, one who is purported to be facilitating the cleansing of illegal drugs proceeds and the other whom the Barbados Constitution was changed to reimport.

    Both of whom now work for the same company that has been unilaterally approved by the government of Barbados

    If you are going to be truly fair and unbiased to the subject I would have thought that Neil’s comprehensive matrix of this matter would have featured in the fore of your tag as opposed to the less patriotically inclined Bittcoin directors

    But then again de ole man is probably reading the optics on the tagging wrong

    Forgive my obsessive compulsive disorder with these anomalies but it “sticks out” as an aberration to the pattern so…

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Notwithstanding this excerpt on Rawdone

    “…In BU’s most recent blog – Senator Rawdon Adams Sobering Intervention in the Debt Restructure Debate Adams asked what kind of Barbados do we need to build now that we have dismantled what was to deliver on the kind of life we want (words to this effect)…”

    how did the Gabriel Abed fellow mek in in there and not Neil Harper?

    Please consider that my comments are to elicit discussion and a fuller understanding of this inconsequential item

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  • @ Piece
    Niel

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  • RE I paid no attention at all to the Humby affair… my knowledge of Dr Ramsey’s work was first hand.

    THOUGH THE HUMBY AFFAIR OCCURED BEFORE WE COULD UNDERSTAND IT DR HUMBY WAS 100% CORRECT! HIS OUTBURST WAS A RESULT OF HIS PASSION AND CARE FOR THE DILLEMMA HE WAS WITNESSING. IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN EASY FOR HIM AS A KEEN PHYSICIAN TO WITNESS THE SUFFERING AND TO SEE THAT HE COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT IT AND THAT HE COULD NOT GET HELP FROM THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT……..WHO OUGHT TO HAVE CARED!

    GUESS NOTHING MUCH HAS CHANGED!

    I HAD THE JOY OF BEING TAUGHT BY BOTH DR RAMSEY AND DR BYER. THEY INSPIRED ME TO DO PUBLIC HEALTH.

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  • @PLT
    re Sandbox
    Did you read the application and confidential statement forms?

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  • @PUDRYR

    You asked a question, however, you seem to have the answer and immediately ascribed a bias to the blogmaster so carry on smartly.

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  • PLT

    Maybe Hants could tell us what he means in referring to the ladies as “looking sweet”.

    Is it the predisposition to diabetes we are told that is attendant on consuming a lot of sugar he is seeking to highlight ….

    …. or, even more sinister, is he being wantonly sexist and a candidate for the chagrin of the #metoo movement!!

    I don’t see how you get racism to enter … but since you are convinced Trump is a racist, then it may be just a touch of TDS, Trump Derangement Syndrone from which you suffer!!

    Remember, I am no doctor.

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  • Side comment

    Some here use the word racist as if it is a label that can be taken on and off.
    I keep a very simple ledger… once a racist always a racist.
    It is not a category that you can transition in and out of.

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  • “This is no rocket science.

    Any class idiot can do it!!

    It is called learning from the successes of our past!!”

    Brilliant…, we learned if we ENSLAVE the 7,500 minority whites on the island, it will improve the economy and ENRICH the over 265, 000 Black population.

    It is damn well worth a try, given the current economic situation.

    I would try it for sure…new age slavery should not require more the 7,500 white slaves to be a success, I would damn well find a way to make it work for black bajans for 500 years into the future…all that is needed would be 100 likeminded people like myself…..for maximum success.

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  • @ David is this a case of great minds think alike. lol

    ” BARBADOS can become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean.”

    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/biba-president-supports-fintech-push

    @ John,

    yes I was trying to allude to the fact that Bajans still partying and eating nuff despite the impending doom of grass with plimplers but

    I will not hide the fact that I like sweet looking women too.

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  • Could be Hants!

    Here is the text of the article you posted.

    https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/sites/barbadosadvocate.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/web-IMG_2685.jpg

    Minister of International Business and Industry Ronald Toppin (right) with BIBA president Julia Hope and 1st Vice President Derrick Cummins during a church service held at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican church to mark the start of International Business Week 2018.

    BIBA president supports fintech push

    Tue, 10/23/2018 – 12:00am

    This is the view of President of the Barbados International Business Association Julia Hope who was speaking to the media yesterday after a church service to mark the start of International Business Week 2018.

    Explaining that the association is currently working to meet deadlines imposed by the OECD through its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting programme, she said next on BIBA’s Task Force’s agenda is identifying new products and services, and the jurisdictions needed to which those products and services can be marketed.

    “So one of those huge areas which we are already having some success in, is the area of financial technology (fintech). We have some good companies in Barbados already operating – the likes of Polymath and AION, to name a couple.”

    “They are here; they are operating and this isn’t just digital currency, this is block chain. We need to get the regulatory framework in place to enable these companies and others to thrive here, but we could very much become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean and that is something to aspire to.”

    “We are down the road trying to get this in place and that will be our next move. We have the people. If you think about a lot of the other territories that provide international business services, they don’t have the manpower.”

    Hope, who worked in Bermuda as an attorney for four years noted that territory is staffed by expats. “Because they simply don’t have the manpower in Bermuda. We have it. We’ve got a university… These things are all the reasons why international business will thrive in Barbados. So we are excited,” she said.

    While the sector has taken a multimillion dollar hit in recent years, she believes efforts have to be made to refocus.

    “The industry changes and legislation in other countries changes. What we need to focus on is not driving business from a tax reason, or just a tax alone solution. We want people to come to Barbados to do business because of the good business environment, the regulatory environment, the political stability, the integrity of the jurisdiction. If that is then combined with a low tax rate, we’re winning,” she said. (JH)
    Section:

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    Many years ago I stated that our university should be carrying out research on human waste: faeces and urine. Woke up early this morning and the BBC world service had a new’s story on this very subject.

    https://www.businessinsider.co.za/worlds-first-brick-made-from-urine-made-in-south-africa-uct-2018-10

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    Check out the short podcast below by Lecturer and project leader Dr Dyllon Randall.

    http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/290142/uct-project-turns-recycled-urine-into-fertiliser-and-bricks-here-s-how

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  • I am told Fanny Fields used to grow and sell lettuce on the side.

    When asked what he used as fertilizer he would say “UREA”!!

    I know a lady who gave instructions to her husband to pee on her flower garden every morning when he woke up … needless to say, beautiful blooms!!

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  • So, are human faeces useable as fertilizer?

    Google and you will see the problem.

    …. I think I got it figured out though!!

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  • Maybe this is the reason that you, when your brilliance is exhausted with your pelucid writings here, move to writing it encapsulated in your Quaker diatribes and calls for the re-establishment of slavery (though to tell the truth its no reestablishment as much as reintroduction of the physical manacles heheheheheh

    Doan worry de ole man does got me moments too heheheheheh

    Some would even say de ole man does have diarrhea and does be delivering drivel all de time heheheheh

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  • Build Silicon Valley in The Center of Island next to the Chinese School and resort!

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