Planning Unplugged

On Tuesday 22, 2019 the government continued with the review of the the Planning and Development Bill 2018. All agree that modern and relevant town planning laws are necessary to effectively and efficiently develop land space and related activity.

The average Barbadian can list any number of examples to show a lack of ‘planning’ because the system has been compromised due to political interference and corrupt practices. The blogmaster recalls the change in land use for a property in St. James under an Owen Arthur administration which benefited in the millions David Shorey and a few others. Let it be said the draft Bill addresses many other aspects of town planning.

The focus of this submission is the more visible signs that there is a lack of town planning being executed in Barbados.

Example 1

Traffic flow between the Graeme Hall and Kendall Roundabout has been effected by commercial development with the establishment of Popular Supermarket and other businesses in the area. Massy Supermarket is to be established in the area soon. The result is that on our major highway traffic is restricted to a crawl during business hours. Anyone intending to catch a flight at GAIA must avoid using that stretch of the highway if they want to be ontime.

Example 2

Traffic flow through the ‘Bussa’ roundabout is severely affected during business hours because of activity at the Sky Mall and other commercial businesses established in the area.

Example 3

Clearly the Warrens roundabout was redesigned as an afterthought given the explosion of commercial activity in the area in recent years. We know Warrens is a large residential area.

There are several other examples we could have cited to prove the point that our planners do not know what they are doing and or they are not being allowed to do the job.

If it is the latter we are perplexed why the professional associations they are members would not have voiced a public concern.

 

 

 

83 comments

  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    Not too sure where the author is going with this submission

    Is it saying that Owen Arthur and subsequent ministers who own the title of Minister in charge of town planning are able to have themselves and their proxies benefit disproportionately and dishonestly from this ministry?

    Or that “planning” to location of “access to said facilities” seems not to be the forté of said TCP ministry?

    Every single Sawh shop in Barbados is located on the corner of main tributaries in Barbados!!

    Eagle Hall, Tweedside Road and Bank Hall.

    That is the hallmark of all sensible businesses that merchandise physical products (and services e.g mechanics)

    So one can only extrapolate from this to say that this article is a protest against the roads that access and egress the said business places cause Massey nor Chefette going locate their property in the backside of Nelson Street or Baxters Road.

    And once the offending property has been approved LIKE THE ISLAND PROMONTORY THAT KILLED ABIJAH HOLDER, there is nothing that anyone can do about it until dem feel like changing it.

    WELCOME TO THE REALITY THAT IS BARBADOS

    ALL HAIL MUGABE!!!

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  • @David

    Are those examples of “bad” planning or are those a product of excess numbers of vehicles on the road? If people are taking the highway to get to Popular isn’t that better than taking a local road to get to the former Massey in Sargeants Village which was compounded by Sheraton half a mile away? I’m sure some of the traffic between Graeme Hall and Kendal Hill was formerly snaking along the aforementioned Sargeants Village all through Vauxhall. It is preferable to have businesses situated close to highways than the alternative.

    The best way to solve some of the traffic woes is by a robust, efficient public transit system coupled with change in school allocation which would direct students to secondary schools near where they reside but that may be a bridge too far…..
    BTW how come most elementary students go to school in their districts?

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  • @Sargeant

    You maybe conflating the issues of poor planning and poor public transport.

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  • @David

    You introduced examples of traffic crawl as symptoms of poor planning, and poor public transport contributes to traffic crawl…….. .……

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  • @Sargeant

    You are correct, it has contributed.

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  • PUDRYR

    You forgot a Sawh outlet is located at the junction of President Kennedy’s Drive and West Bury New Road.

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  • “If people are taking the highway to get to Popular isn’t that better than taking a local road to get to the former Massey in Sargeants Village which was compounded by Sheraton half a mile away?”

    Sargeant

    Interesting observation.

    Do you know that road works are in progress on Kendal Hill near the round-about?

    The road has been redesigned to accommodate the flow of traffic entering and exiting the new Massy supermarket that is to be constructed on the site opposite Trans-Tech Inc.

    Do you foresee a back-up of traffic at the roundabout, because vehicles travelling to Vauxhall via Kendal Hill (vice versa) will have to wait behind vehicles waiting to enter and exit Massy, which may also affect traffic travelling in the direction of Deighton Griffith Secondary School?

    Or perhaps we should wait to see how the newly designed road would affect traffic flow.

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  • Is the minister for investment now the junior minister for planning?

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  • There is the botch planning job at Lancaster where the newest Chefette was given permission. Many more examples.

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @Sargeant January 25, 2019 1:03 AM “Are those examples of “bad” planning or are those a product of excess numbers of vehicles on the road? The best way to solve some of the traffic woes is by a robust, efficient public transit system.

    Agreed 100%.

    The only thing I would add is that we need more and better sidewalks, so that people can walk short to medium distances. But sidewalks are not sexy. The political class don’t get elected because they promise more and better sidewalks. Didn’t a senior member of our political class make the idiotic statement that “every family should have a little car at the door” I made one of the grands walk for half an hour yesterday, it took a little persuasion but I see no reason while the average 4 to 18 year old should not be walking 1 hour every day. Half an hour to school and half an hour back.

    But we feel that it is a sign of high social status if we never walk, if we jump in our big rides to go distances of half a mile. Had a sibling who did that. I reprimanded him, but of course he ignored me telling me “this is my car and i will drive it where I feel like” that is until he needed a quadruple heart bypass operation by aged 64, and the doctor ordered him to walk one hour a day fro the rest of his life. Advice which i had freely given 30 years earlier.

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    So “yes” let us go ahead and do our town planning around 80,000 domestic vehicles, and tens of thousands more of commercial vehicles.

    Welcome to state sponsored idiocy.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    maybe we need to expand the ABC hwy to Netwon, make that section 4 lanes. Maybe this will allow for smoother traffic flow until Newton. From Newton the traffic flows tend to be a lot less at least when i am in the area.

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  • David

    “The average Barbadian can list any number of examples to show a lack of ‘planning’ because the system has been compromised due to political interference.”

    The planning system is POLITICAL, the Act is explicit in setting out the “interference” of the Minister. Although the assessment is done by the technocrats, decision-making in planning is a political activity. As such in many countries elected officials are responsible for making decisions and can overrule the recommendation of the technocrats, whether to grant or refuse permission. The current government, finally, recognises the potential of town planning to contribute to its broader objectives and appears intent on moving beyond the obsolescent “physical only” approach. The comments by Sargeant and Tin Foil make sense too: location and transport, including public transportation are part of planning.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ Sir Simple Simon, P.C. January 25, 2019 7:29 AM

    So “yes” let us go ahead and do our town planning around 80,000 domestic vehicles, and tens of thousands more of commercial vehicles.

    I never really saw it that way. Maybe just maybe we as a society are hell bent on reaching even higher levels of NCDs by our planning actions and planning inactions.

    Just asking

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  • A hearty “Good Morning” to All
    I am losing it. I scrolled back to see if a blogger was using the name “Tin Foil”
    Very Good

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    (The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.

    Planning in any society may be hit or miss or miss or hit. Take for example Canary Wharf in London. Today, as i write this, the project can be deemed successful. It has had it ups and downs, but it is up as the moment.

    (quote) Initially, the City of London saw Canary Wharf as an existential threat. It modified its planning laws to expand the provision of new offices in the City of London, for example, creating offices above railway stations (Blackfriars) and roads (Alban Gate). The resulting oversupply of office space contributed to the failure of the Canary Wharf project. (quote)

    Govt can plan etc, but if the society does not run with the planners vision etc or other other options are preferrerd we sometimes get what we are seeing in Barbados with commercial and some maybe some residential developments/projects.

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  • Saw a partial memo from the Ministry of Nullification
    Lorenzo: Continuously lump them together so that if we discredit one we ‘discredit’ all.
    Lorenzo and Enuff: Try to reduce ‘piece’ to a figure of ridicule
    Lorenzo, Enuff and Artax … memo was cut-off there

    🙂 Artax 🙂

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  • David is once again showing his lack of understanding between PLANNING PERMISSIONS and GREASE MY POCKET, GREASE MY POCKET is a PRIORITY and planning is a small secondary consideration. Welcome to Venezuela.

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  • Is the planning process as it is a competent one?

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  • @enuff

    You are aware one of the redeeming features of the Singapore model we seem to aspire is planing that adheres to the letter of the planning laws. Heather it is housing, transport, commercial development etc it is all driven by the objective to ensure sustainable development; an orderly society. When we mention political you are lfully aware the colloquial connotations/meanings.

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  • It is obviously a combination of all the “errors” in planning mentioned by the submissions above that causes the traffic woes we are now experiencing. Fixing just one of these “errors” will not solve the problem.

    Another problem that will soon arise to add more traffic backups to the problem, will be at the Newton roundabout….. where, I understand, a large Chefette is planned!!! We will have that long stretch of the Hwy from the Kendal Hill roundabout to the Newton roundabout, a long line of vehicles …… getting to GAIA will be best using the old Hwy 7.

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  • David
    Our system by law is inherently flexible and discretionary. Don’t confuse the Act with the Plan. Read the Singapore act and see the power of the Minister, which re-emphasises my point earlier about the political nature of planning. Don’t roundabouts on the highway favour motorists already on the highway though?

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @Ks,

    Another problem that will soon arise to add more traffic backups to the problem, will be at the Newton roundabout….. where, I understand, a large Chefette is planned!!! We will have that long stretch of the Hwy from the Kendal Hill roundabout to the Newton roundabout, a long line of vehicles …… getting to GAIA will be best using the old Hwy 7.

    maybe we can consider widening that stretch of highway to increase carry capacity? Ans so way along the strech maybe build a new hospital to help the over crowed QEH?

    Just asking?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Mr Blogmaster I trend with @Pieces and @Sargeant… your piece seems a bit ‘cart before the horse’ critique.

    I accept that TCP may have made errors at some points in their planning but as noted above u must have excellent road development to propel the growth of business and residences.

    As much as you fault these new plans that will slow down traffic on the ABC at various points one must step further back and recall that some very prominent folks were against the construction of the highway in the first place.

    So in sum the original explosion of commerce etc can be attributed to that ‘good’ planning…

    Seems to me that your unsaid point is that there needs now to be definitive CURBS on development along certain sections of the highway… in the same way that calls were being made for restrictions on beach front development
    …and that decision about which project to approve or to place ‘green space’ restriction of course is the political football that can’t be controlled!

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  • @Artax
    The road has been redesigned to accommodate the flow of traffic entering and exiting the new Massy supermarket that is to be constructed on the site opposite Trans-Tech Inc.
    +++++++++++
    I have long heard of the rumoured move by Massey but I was unaware that road works were in progress- BTW I don’t understand Massey’s actions in warehousing their Sargeant’s Village location before the new one was completed but that is a Corporate decision- I don’t claim to have knowledge of planning decisions/process but I observe and as with every activity there is cause and effect. I believe that these businesses are best located within easy access to Highways but they can be better served with on and off ramps to the various locations.

    As you intimated, we will have to wait to see how the redesigned road will affect traffic flow.

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  • @enuff

    The issue here is how do we ensure planning is not influenced at the whim and fancy of politicians and driven by he need to be effecient.

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  • Are we not discussing two different things: planning policy ie macro-policy, the process and regulations; and the micro-policy, the granting of applications for individual projects?

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  • @Dee Word

    See Ks comment below that sums it up.

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  • @ Sargeant who wrote ” The best way to solve some of the traffic woes is by a robust, efficient public transit system coupled with change in school allocation which would direct students to secondary schools near where they reside but that may be a bridge too far”

    Yours is a credible solution. Billie Miller had plans to create ” zoning ” when she was Minister of Education in the70s/80s.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The two major highways were planned as bye -pass roads to increase the flow of traffic. The problem arose at the micro level when political considerations took over and development of sub- urban areas were allowed to spring up willy nilly ,like mushrooms,overnight at junctions of these corridors.

    Does any one remember when the ABC Highway was designed as a a freeway to connect the Airport and the Sea Port without going through Bridgetown?
    Does any one remember when Highway 2A was designed to speed the connect between the North and the Airport ? Those were the intentions.

    Some persons saw business opportunities to make money and the grand designs were corrupted,’high-jacked’ and “jack-assed’.

    What gives bloggers any assurance that the stated objectives of this revised plan and permission process will not be knocked out of orbit in a twinkling of an eye?

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  • Hants

    Don’t you think that governments in the Caribbean by now should have given the primary and secondary schools their own transportation to help alleviate some of the congestion in the public transportation system?

    And this method has little to do with emulating the US … it is just a common-sense approach that could quite possibly save taxpayers a great deal of money and headaches in the future…

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  • The issue of botched and corrupt planning should not be contained to the number of vehicles on the roads.

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  • @ David,

    You must be aware that Prime Ministers could have used their power to prevent Bajans from sub dividing land.

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  • Vincent
    If a route is built to connect the airport and seaport, it makes sense to locate the production, storage or assembling of goods (and ancillary uses) along the route to enable easy movement of goods for export/import. No?

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  • If the American government wants to build a road or a highway and it cuts across private property … to do so the government can use what is called Eminent Domain or the Commerce Clause to achieve its objective…

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  • @VC
    What did you envisage for as you term it “bye pass” roads when they were conceived? Did you think that we would drive on them only to be distracted by fauna and flora at the side of the road or occasionally hop off to visit “uncle” in Jackson or “gran ma” in Paynes Bay? The auto is predominant in Barbados it is “have car will travel” we no longer walk to the village shop to purchase lard-oil or palm tree butter heck even Massey has/had a shuttle to accommodate those who don’t drive.

    It is only natural for businesses to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the highways and it is up to Gov’t to ensure that these entities don’t add to the problems by providing smooth access/egress to and from the various establishments. The country can’t afford to have highways solely for travelling to and from the Airport without any business infrastructure supporting them.

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  • @enuff

    It seems a matter of time befor the overpass conversation is revisited a la 3S?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Sargeant

    @ Enuff

    Please revisit the Development Plans and the speeches in Parliament that provided the raison d’etre for these two highway developments.
    What appear to you to be logical and wise developments are the sources of the currently perceived problems. The original T& CP included rural town centres which were not followed through with. This chopping and changing of the physical plan leads to chaos. That is where we are now.

    Why have T& CP if we will be guided by the criteria you now think are wise? Do the highways in your countries of adoption have the kind of developments along them that you see in Barbados?.

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  • @ Vincent Codrington,

    In Toronto there long sweeping exits from the Highways and the Shopping Malls are located at least a kilometer from the highway.

    The problem I experienced in Warrens is the gas station with an entrance a few metres from the roundabout .

    Barbados has well qualified planners and engineers so they can solve these ” problems “.

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  • I will repeat something I wrote before. A lot of the professionals in Barbados studied and or worked in North America and in the UK.

    Seems like they only under perform when they return to Barbados. lol

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  • TheO,

    Why don’t you leave Artax alone? Artax will correct ANYBODY who does not have their FACTS straight. FACTS are his thing and misstatement of facts is his trigger. It is like a compulsion. You need to understand personality types. Some people have a compulsion to correct grammar. Artax cannot help correcting alternative facts.

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  • @ Hants,

    Barbadians, and wider Caribbean people, are enormously talented. Some of the brightest people I have met in the UK are of Caribbean heritage. The root of the problem is in our Barbadian (Caribbean?) culture, which often upsets some people on BU. Sadly, the truth sometimes hurts.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Hants at 1 : 41 PM

    I agree with you.

    1) “sweeping exits” and ” shopping malls at least a kilometer from the Highways”.
    And
    2) Qualified Barbadian planners and engineers worked on the development of the Physical plans and the design and development of the highways.
    Where were the weak links in the process?
    I think that you know.

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  • Vincent
    Development Planning is dynamic and not static. It must be agile, flexible and proactive. It is common practice for industry to be located on or close to transport nodes. Rural town centres when there were 80 cars in Barbados, there are now 800 and online shopping.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Enuff at 2:01 PM

    What exactly is the point you are making with this submission?
    Dynamic is not the same as chaotic. Proactive based on what? I see more reaction than proactive planning. This is what is driving this discussion. Reacting to unexpected developments – the consequences of sloppy decision making.

    “Common practice for industries”. Are commercial enterprises industries?

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  • Vincent
    Commercial complements industrial and once houses popped up, a market for supermarkets etc evolved. Not to mention the character of industry in Bdos in the 1980s no longer exist. Like I said, dynamic…you call it chaotic. I don’t see the chaos. It’s not rocket science.

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  • @VC

    I hesitated to compare Barbados with where I live for obvious reasons the main one being Barbados doesn’t have the land mass nor the resources to dedicate parcels of land miles from highways for construction of shopping malls, it has to work with what’s there. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good as there is no perfect. If we think that there is traffic crawl on highways just build some rural shopping centres and watch.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Enuff

    I do think you need to apply some rocket science. The world is a lot more complex than you think.

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  • VC
    Furthermore, I see opportunity for use of the zone 1 lands in the Belle to support the Port’s activities too!

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  • Let me whisper it to you.

    I like the guy the same way I like ‘piece’ and ‘WB’. Bright guy and required reading.

    You wouldn’t believe it, but I like Enuff also…

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/235727/watch-prime-ministers-address-nation

    Unbelievable, 7/8 years later the Forensics Lab IS STILL NOT FUNCTIONING, unbelievable, I spoke about this about a year or 2 ago when some BU clown, can’t even remember who, took issue with me, even told me I lied, well here it is out of Mia’s mouth……wow

    And all Mia seems to be doing is babbling, she and that AG of hers..

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  • @David

    “It seems a matter of time befor the overpass conversation is revisited a la 3S?”

    And exactly what would the future consequences be if this came to pass, remember that the present one lane cart bridges are all/mostly in disrepair, sewage systems less than 20 years old have failed etc etc. Infrastructure FAILURES are keeping pace with the STATE FAILURE so one can expect any new CORRUPT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS to suffer the same fate.

    State/Country has to learn to crawl before they can initiate any attempt at learning to be a successful runner.

    First the COUNTRY has to solve its FINANCIAL situation, Pass meaningful and enforce a robust INTEGRITY LEGISLATION with significant PENALTIES, only then will there maybe a remote chance that Haitian/Venezuelan consequences be avoided.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @ WC

    My observation is that activity is not productivity. So in bim you talk a lot and say little; spend nuff time fixing stuff that is not broken. meanwhile what is broken is failing further into disrepair. Then they pat each other on the back saying we told you so we gine roll up or sleeves to fix the issue, meanwhile Rome burns to the ground.

    We may want or some may want fly-offs/overs meanwhile some of the building that make up the SJPP campus is in need of structural repairs. You can see he steel rusting as it has burst thru the concrete encasement etc. We cant seems to fix nor maintain what we have so why over extended ourselves with more. Sadly we need to do some work on our lone acute care facility. Not just A&E but the entire building. I had the pleasure(not) of visiting a patient in there on a public ward. QEH is not some place you think is an top draw medical facility, the physical conditions of the building must put a mental strain on patient and care given i am sure.

    However, some may insist that we need fly overs while the QEh self implodes? Just saying or better yet just sighing? SMH

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @SirFuzzy (Former Sheep) January 25, 2019 9:35 AM @Ks I understand, a large Chefette is planned!!! We will have that long stretch of the Hwy from the Kendal Hill roundabout to the Newton roundabout, a long line of vehicles…maybe we can consider widening that stretch of highway.

    Maybe we can consider cooking at home. Wouldn’t that be cheaper than widening the highway?

    Cheap, efficient, healthy.

    Seems win, win, win to me

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @SirFuzzy (Former Sheep) January 25, 2019 9:35 AM “maybe build a new hospital to help the over crowed QEH?”

    Maybe if we stayed away from the fried grease merchants, we woldn’t even have to think about the expense of a new hospital.

    Maybe we would even be able to run the QEH with 20% or 50% FEWER beds.

    Think how much money we could save.

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @Vincent Codrington January 25, 2019 11:29 AM “What gives bloggers any assurance that the stated objectives of this revised plan and permission process will not be knocked out of orbit in a twinkling of an eye?”

    Or the even more alluring twinkling of 40 pieces of silver.

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @Hants January 25, 2019 1:44 PM “Seems like they only under perform when they return to Barbados. lol”

    They underperform because they want to live in a warm sunny place, and so become afraid to tell the politicians (all parties) haul do…

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  • Just what we need! Another Chefette! Simple Simon you should have nipped that thing in the bud and opened a proper Bajan restaurant. Straight from the garden onto the plate. Nuff nuff herbs for taste instead of salt, steamed, baked and roasted instead of fried, nice modern presentation, good price. You would have saved lives and money and the country!

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  • And you might have been a real real sir.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Oh well, we knew it was just a matter of time before that Coverley scam became undone….

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/01/26/free-choice-for-ross-students/

    Enuff in Wondeland…who supports every cockup long distance…..care to explain…??

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    That is what Leslie Haynes has been placed to perch on the NIS board to do, criminal ministers rip of the NIS Pension Fund…use it as their personal piggy bank, disburse hundred of millions to their criminal masters Cow et al…then write off billions owed to pensioners….just write it off…like it never existed…

    ….it is instructive that it is so easy to sense THE FEAR. IN MIA…to bring in outside agencies to investigate the thefts of pensioners and taxpayer’s money, to investigate the corruption that is too pervasive for local police to even look at….let alone investigate..

    ……from her second month in office it was seen that despite what she promised on the political platform to bring DLP thieves to justice…she is the one who has since then blocked every attempt to bring in outside help to investigate the thefts from the people…I was hoping it was not true, but just the suggestion of outside help by a reporter in that video …sent her into a panic, a tailspin….what a thing..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/01/26/governments-approach-to-debt-restructuring-flawed-says-arthur/

    “He therefore expressed concern that the fund could take a major haircut of close to $1 billion as a result of the debt restructuring.

    “I really do not understand the process in which a board of directors of the national insurance, with the government owing the national insurance $400 million in arrears, and they are going to write off another billion, just to make the government finances look good. And I think that somebody has to remind the national insurance directors that they are managing funds . . . on the basis of a trustee relationship, and that as a trustee you have a duty of care,” said Arthur.

    “They are now going to write off another $1 billion to make the government books look good. I believe that is a case of reckless endangerment,” he said.

    Government owed the NIS $460 million in arrears up to July last year. As at September last year the NIS held just over $3.2 billion in government paper, which means that the fund will bear the brunt of the debt restructuring.”

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  • Sir Simple

    So fried food is major cause of disease in Barbados?

    What about smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, and eating foods high in starch and sugar? I thought the both sugar and starch contributed to a lot of the sickness in Barbados..

    Then there is the consumption of too much sodium in our diet, which has a tendency for some unknown reason to elevate the blood pressure in Black people?

    Moreover, I don’t think the evidence is clear on this one as of yet, but it is believed by some in the medical profession that Black people carry a salt sensitive gene which elevates their pressure when we consume too much salt…

    And the thing about blood pressure is that if it is left unchecked it can lead to congested heart failure or left ventricle hypertrophy, plus it can damaged the the eyes, kidneys and heart and also give you a shock, heart- attack or aneurysm etc..

    And finally, to stay healthy as we age …we need to discipline our mouth, exercise regularly and have our regular doctor visits… And also read to keep abreast of the latest medical information regarding disease, prevention causes, and treatments …

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  • @ Lexicon,

    Very good. One correction: high blood pressure in black people is not genetic, it is social.

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  • Hal

    There is a theory out there which says that it is a bet of both … it is believed by some the in the medical profession that if your mother’s father has high blood pressure it is great possibility that you might quite possibly inherited the gene …

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  • Lexicon good morning
    Your posting are becoming very rude and obnoxious as they erode and interfere with the purpose of the article content meant for discussion
    I have watched over and over again your deliberate attempt to interject your comments which have nothing to do with the article posted for discussion
    Hard to imagine having a belligerent student like you in a classroom wanting to have your own way
    Did not your parents teach you manners
    Asking for a friend

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  • Hal

    I do not know if it is diet related …but this I do know: a lot of Black people suffer with hypertension and a lot White people suffer with high cholesterol …

    Most White people can eat foods high in sodium and it would have little or no impact on their pressure … Black people are quite the opposite … so this is the reason the theory of this salt sensitive gene in Black people came about…

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  • Mariposa

    I am sorry you saw it that way, but my intent wasn’t to deflect from the topic before discussion …I was just responding to Sir Simple theory about grease food merchants …my apology … Good morning and have a bless day…

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  • Lexicon
    You have intentionally deflect and interject on many topics
    Havent you noticed
    I suggest you give a read on many of your comments where the articles posted for discussion had absolutely nothing to do with what you were posting
    Have a good day

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  • I have a simple suggestion for traffic over load on our streets
    Govt can implement a policy set on a time method wherby business in high traffic areas should not use a standard time for opening and closing hours
    For e.g x amount of business can start 8 and closed at 4 and others at 9 and closed at five somthing along that formula a way of easing traffic in high volume areas
    Barbados is too small to have a high volumes of traffic flowing at tge same time
    However a discussion along that line would be entirelt left up to govt and private business to iron out

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  • Mariposa

    I shall take note of your suggestion … thanks … enjoy the rest of your day …
    .

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  • This weekend keyboard warrior wishes “A happy and Good Morning to all of BU”

    Here deciding if to pay for cricket TV. It is a small sum, but I did not watch it that much when I was in Barbados.

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  • Barbados Underground Whistleblower

    This type of planning goes on in Barbados with Senior Police involved guns, planting evidence, beatings, fraud and drug dealing.

    ‘Chucky’ Brown
    (Jamaica Gleaner) Trial judge Justice Vivene Harris had strong words for murder-convict police constable Collis ‘Chucky’ Brown in handing down sentencing yesterday afternoon in the Home Circuit Court.

    Brown was sentenced by Harris to life in prison and was ordered to serve 51 years before being eligible for parole.

    He was found guilty of three counts murder, conspiracy to commit murder and wounding with intent.

    Evidence was presented during the trial that Brown fatally shot Damoy ‘Gutty’ Dawkins along the Palmer’s Cross main road in Clarendon on January 10, 2009, and murdered Dwayne Douglas and Andrew Fearon along the Swansea main road, also in the parish, on December 13, 2012.

    The court heard evidence that Brown was a part of a so-called police death squad in Clarendon.

    Harris, in handing down sentencing, said that as a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Brown was tasked with the responsibility to serve and protect, but instead embarked upon an agreement with senior members of the force to murder individuals believed to be involved in crime.

    She described the killing of the men as “extreme moral turpitude” and the attempt by the police to deceive the public as “particularly egregious”.

    The court heard a recording of an interview Brown did with the Independent Commission of Investigation in which he said that he was chosen to be part of the death squad, which he said comprised 16 members, because he had the heart to carry out the murders.

    Brown also said in the interview that a senior officer of the JCF supplied him and other members of the squad with resources to carry out extrajudicial killings.

    Brown indicated that they were given a white Probox motor vehicle, M16 rifles and the names of targets.

    https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/news/regional/jamaica/01/26/jamaica-cop-who-was-member-of-death-squad-gets-life-in-prison/

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  • Hal Austin

    Here is the example which I will was convey to you yesterday regarding the order given by a former commissioner of police in Jamaica … who told his men since there is no longer a death penalty in Jamaica, don’t bring the gun men in …

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Wuhlosss…Anti-corruption spray…..lol…murdahhhhh!!!

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Is it true that Minister Duguid got the cleaning contract for Transport Board buses, yet the workers who were let go were not paid their severance….that does not make sense to me and am sure neither to sane people, but if it gets out there that is what transpired, don’t think anyone will be amused.

    Maybe it makes sense to yardfowls…they always got the inside skinny….

    Enuff…..???

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    @Donna January 26, 2019 1:33 AM “Just what we need! Another Chefette! Simple Simon you should have nipped that thing in the bud and opened a proper Bajan restaurant.”

    Yesterday I knew that I was going to cricket today. So I cooked some stew/steam food: cassava, green banana, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, corn dumplins, and some marlin slowly steamed with nuff, nuff 75 cents per pound tomatoes, and plenty plenty home grown herbs. Enough for Friday and Saturday. had the Saturday share when I got home from cricket. Although I must admit that i got the “last two” fishcakes from Ling Pong and some bottled water from a vendor. I am not a purist, I do eat fried foods occasionally.

    I am happy.

    Maybe the fried grease merchants not so much.

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    But we all need to eat a little closer to the earth.

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  • You are a tenacious one! I haven’t gone to cricket for a few years. Still I am glad that the fellas had your support at least.

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  • WARU,

    No more Baloney!

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Donna girl…ya know people are blind, deaf and dumb and the quickest thing they can do is send. out their IMPS to cuss ya…. they will wait like Maduro until the shit is dripping off them before they realize it’s over, they think false titles and false status, given them by the people can save them from this GOING DOWN…but they are shit outta luck this time, so let them continue with the shite and see where it leads..

    personally, am enjoying the whole thing..don’t mind seeing it stretched out a little longer..lol

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    What the hell…I know a curse of raping little boys and girls has been prevalent and blighting the island for decades, but this is taking it to a whole new level.

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  • Is it possible that we are well past the time of BDLP fixes. BU is a record of the the failure of different parts of our society:
    ***a justice system that is harsh on the the crime of the poor but almost blind to those of the rich
    ***cronyism which sees a select few having their belly filled regardless of who is in power
    ***decaying roads (in some parishes – embarrassing and horrible)
    ***inability to fix sewage, bus, water, courts and health systems
    ***….the list is endless

    The question mus be asked, Is this new administration geared towards a new future or is it content to trudge along the path marked out be its predecessors. A path that has cause many to refer to Barbados as a failed/failing state. We sincerely hope that Mia can take the path less traveled.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference

    Hope she has the courage to ignore dinosaurs like Lorenzo who remain with the intention of sucking on the nipples of one of the parties. We need solutions for a nation and not a further division of the not so fatted calf;

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  • Sir Simple Simon, P.C.

    The good ladies are conflating homosexuality with paedophilia.

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