COVID-19 Exposes Food First Policy

 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) was classified by the World Health Organization this week as a pandemic. The aggressive infection rate has forced unprecedented decisions, Italy is on ‘lock down’, President Trump has issued a travel ban on traffic originating in Europe… cancellations of major sporting events. Although Barbados has not reported its first case up to the time of updating the blog, neighbouring English speaking countries have not been so ‘lucky’.

It seems now is a perfect time to place on the agenda the discussion about FOOD SECURITY or to borrow from the late Carmeta Fraser’s lexicon, FOOD FIRST. From the inception of Barbados Underground in 2007 we have had vigorous debate about the need to integrate food production into a service based economy. To date it has been given lip service by successive governments.

We have been producing a type of economist and academic at Cave Hill who are singularly of the view that if it is cheaper to import food, it is better to concentrate on earning forex to procure our food. It is only when we have disruption to global supply chains that we are stunned into realizing such an approach is not sustainable in a world locked at the hip. The technocrats refer to it as globalization. What makes the situation interesting with the Coronavirus is that CHINA, one of the world’s supplier of food and other commodities, is the main source of the disruption.

In today’s press there is an advertisement of former CLICO lands for lease by the takeover company. It will hammer home the realization again that we have available land space to help ourselves to produce food.

Clico_LandsSome will argue Barbados will never be self sufficient in food production – cost of production is too high, however, there is a level of comfort knowing that a country is helping itself to feed its population.  We subsidize tourist travel to Barbados to the tune of millions. There is a comfort knowing that there is a level of local food production to mitigate when disruption to world production is negatively impacted.  The current Minister of Agriculture and his predecessors can pontificate about policy as much as they want, the proof is always in the eating and as often as the blogmaster scans the Central Bank reports, there has been no measurable increase in the output numbers in the agriculture sector since Adam was a lad. The blogmaster accepts that Agrofest is a good show to take the family for the annual lime of the year.

As an old BU family member use to post, ‘are we there yet‘?

Will we allow another crisis to escape us?

Now is a time for the government to shape relevant policy and for the private sector to execute on the policy and change the way we are to solve our problems.

To borrow from another BU commenter, ‘Will our leaders please stand up‘?

 

 

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  • Before we can even think about food security we must first examine all the factors relating to the issue such as what are the impediments to producing food on the national, community and individual levels. Incentives must be put in place to make production easier and sustainable at all levels. Also, the first step towards food security must be to secure the food,i.e. to protect the food crops from the various pests such as monkeys and also unscrupulous humans. Unless we can control these pests and put effective praedial larceny laws in place food security is but a pipe dream.

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  • On the food production continuum where can Barbados be found? Are we positioned to easily jump off to achieve a material difference sooner rather than later?

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  • Q On the food production continuum where can Barbados be found?

    A ON THE LEVEL OF TALKING THATS ALL

    Q Are we positioned to easily jump off to achieve a material difference sooner rather than later?

    A NO WE ONLY POSITIONED TO TALK
    MIA GOT THIS

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  • @David

    there are no kickbacks to be got in agriculture or at least no one has explored it yet so it is not attractive to politicians.

    the article is correct when it states or rather compares incentives in the tourist industry with the lack thereof in agriculture.

    this is a good topic to hear Robert Lucas’s views on

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  • Thanks Greene.

    To restate, let us see if our leadership uses this crisis to pivot.

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  • Wunna betta start planting food instead of flowers in front de house.

    “Once people start to feel that it is airborne, panic breaks out and you get the kind of foolish thing that happened yesterday [Thursday] in the stores. There is no need for it, and in most instances we have two to three months’ supplies on island for almost everything,” she said.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/244366/pm-food-months

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  • NorthernObserver

    Given all the chatter which goes on about public beach access, why is this being sold?
    http://www.reslifeassurance.com/properties/commercial/vacant-lot-r

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  • The other question is what can be done with that space?

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  • NorthernObserver March 14, 2020 10:11 AM

    You might want to address this question to the inept GOVERNMENT, why is it allowing a WINDOW TO THE SEA being allowed to be SOLD, rather than expropriating the property for citizens of Barbados use.

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  • Halls comment of FAILED STATE comes to mind.

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  • Q what can be done with that space?

    A GIVE IT TO BU BRIMBLERS TO FARM……..THEY CAN USE MINI MIKE AGRICULTURE TECHNIQUES

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  • NorthernObserver

    Go to any large city and see what they can do a 6M wide lot. First however, it much be changed from a “deeded right of way”. Just silly this doesn’t remain in a public land bank.

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  • This is the point, why sell an access to the beach given limited access to the public?

    Who approved this decision?

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  • Mottley says govt has food to last 3 months and people should stop panic buying
    If she understood the consequences of the world food supply stopping out of necessity to contain the virus and barbados not being able to contain its food supply past three months then she would understand why people are hoarding food

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  • THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL
    CANT YOU SEE?
    MIA GOT THIS FOR MIA CARES

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  • “Mottley says govt has food to last 3 months and people should stop panic buying…..”

    When did Mottley “say ‘government’ has food to last 3 months?”

    Perhaps you may want to ‘tell’ BU from when ‘government’ has taken over the responsibility of controlling Barbados’ food supply…….. or owns wholesale or resale outlets that are the principle suppliers of food for the island?

    You need to stop this nonsense.

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  • To be absolutely accurate, Carmeta used to say, ‘”Food COMES first!” I can still hear her voice ringing in my ears.

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  • BentleyMarch 14, 2020 8:06 AM

    Before we can even think about food security we must first examine all the factors relating to the issue such as what are the impediments to producing food on the national, community and individual levels. Incentives must be put in place to make production easier and sustainable at all levels. Also, the first step towards food security must be to secure the food,i.e. to protect the food crops from the various pests such as monkeys and also unscrupulous humans. Unless we can control these pests and put effective praedial larceny laws in place food security is but a pipe dream.

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    So what is so hard about that?

    It’s the monkeys or us. Shoot some of them! But it seems we only shoot humans in Barbados.

    Also, it is not about praedial larceny laws only. It is about patrols. Farmers may have to help themselves as well on this score. Was the tracking system ever implemented? Does one have to account for one’s produce? I seem to remember a lady I used to buy from being charged a while back for stolen produce. I no longer buy from her tray.

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  • Does the Barbados populi know that there are 3 cruiseliners parked at the port today and were these people allowed to get off those ships to mingle with the local people in the midst of a pandemic..

    .even worse, there is a video circulating where two tourists were taken from Divi Southwinds in a Defense Force ambulance….does the public know how much danger they are being put in with a government that says it’s still open for business during a pandemic..when everyone else in every corner of the world has shut shop..and greatly reduced those who can enter their countries.

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  • when it comes to food security we should act globally and think locally

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  • It is interesting to observe Barbadians as the country has to manage the pandemic.

    The government has to manage a bad situation. Some are suggesting we should cut off the hand feeding us.

    The government has adopted a strategy of public awareness and at the same time building the infrastructure that will be required to support quarantine and containment should cases of the virus pop up.

    It is a bad situation.

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  • @ Donna March 14, 2020 11:19 AM
    “So what is so hard about that?
    It’s the monkeys or us. Shoot some of them! But it seems we only shoot humans in Barbados.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now here is where you will be running foul of international conventions covering the ‘human(e) treatment of (other) animals.

    Why not use them (the monkeys) for the purpose they were brought over from West Africa?

    They were certainly not brought to the West Indies as accompanying pets of the slaves!

    But hunger is the forerunner of starvation with only the fecundity of Ceres the goddess of agriculture to determine who will be the loser between the monkeys and their human cousins.

    The Bajan variety of the green monkey is primarily a vegetarian. That makes them a prime culinary target for omnivores like meat-eating humans.

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  • i dont disagree with what the Govt is doing at this stage, once it is being honest and up front. the real test will come when it is recognised publicly that someone in Bim is positive for the virus. then we will really see.

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  • BlPites, DLPites, and 3rd party supporters all fall under a big umbrella call Bajans/Barbadians. Though there are some issues that we can divide ourselves on, there are others where we should show a unified front.

    If corona comes to Barbados, it will not be looking at blue, red or any other color shirt. This is not an issue like White Hoax or the port scammers; this is more than having a different opinion; this is life and death and no respect for political affiliation.

    We have one government; and the only policy that we have is what the government has. This is why (on this issue) I support the Mia administration and am hoping for the best outcome.

    I hope she has sensible advisors. I am fully aware that she is making a well calculate gamble. On this one I am hoping that she icalls the right number.

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  • @David academic seems has never equaled common sense and the world problems are ideal examples.

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  • NorthernObserver

    Bajans bought up all the soap and hand sanitizer, so they changed the motto to “We Latherin”

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  • Well if one thing good might come out of this it would be the return of arable land to food production. Only took a crisis to make it happen though.

    I guess now all the tourism based projects would now be on hold, someone decided to ask the question ” wait what bout here we got to eat?”

    Also awaiting a revised budget which will speak to a significant cut in government spending over the next 3 quarters, as revenue will be down from tourism. Wunna don’t wait till it happen to cut expenses start from now!

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  • @NO
    With all the travel restrictions lets hope it doesn’t change to “We sufferin”

    BTW Guatemala has announced a ban on US travelers due to the Coronavirus

    Makes one think of “The Mouse that Roared”

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  • @Sargeant

    So far so good. The government has to be given marks for how it has been managing the crisis so far. There is no rule book to guide the process. Let us use the opportunity to influence policy especially as it relates to food production.

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  • @ Greene March 14, 2020 9:35 AM

    What can I add to what has been said? I spoken on the topic for more than fort-years to no avail. Perhaps the following might open your eyes as to the magnitude of the problem. Long-ago( I could state when, but I prefer not to) I phoned a class-mate to congratulate him on the appointment of one of his school-mates from childhood to the post of Minister of Agriculture. I told him since there was such a bond ,he had sway that could lead agriculture in a forward thinking manner. He pulled me up and explained an encounter he had with the minister-to-be years previously. When asked what course of study he was doing at University, he replied Agriculture. The minister-to-be ,wanted to know why he was doing such a course messing around cows and other farm animals s——g all over the place. He suggested that it was better to import food. The minister-to-be, duly became minister. Do you think with an attitude like that ,that agriculture would flourish locally? It turned out that my class mate from university days had no influence what so ever.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Sarge
    they ban us too….fair enough….they do not have the health care infrastructure to deal with much. Tourism is valuable to them, but not like some other destinations.

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  • Santa Fe Mega Farm

    ” This venture located in the North Rupununi, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) represents a major investment by prominent Barbadian investor, Sir Kyffin Simpson in Guyana’s agriculture sector.”

    Could a Barbados version of Santa Fe Mega Farm be good for Agriculture in Barbados ?

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  • @robert lucas March 14, 2020 2:42 PM “…an encounter he had with the minister-to-be years previously. When asked what course of study he was doing at University, he replied Agriculture. The minister-to-be ,wanted to know why he was doing such a course messing around cows and other farm animals s——g all over the place. He suggested that it was better to import food. The minister-to-be, duly became minister. ”

    Not good. The minister to be who became minister was very clearly an idiot.

    My old man, God bless him and may he rest in peace used to remark that people seemed to think that food grew in plastic bags in the supermarket.

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  • @ Hants

    Santa fe got unlimited access to water and Labour at a fraction of what it cost here plus large flat land mass to work with.

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  • SirFuzzy (Former Sheep)

    @david

    “We have been producing a type of economist and academic at Cave Hill who are singularly of the view that if it is cheaper to import food, it is better to concentrate on earning forex to procure our food”.

    I am of the opinion that our economists are purveyors of textbook economic theory that is a “work in progress” by the Eurpeans etc. The whole economic doctrine is not designed for all to benefit. We need to know what part we have been assigned in this “ecomnomic play” because to succeed may not be out destiny.

    Economic theory is often just that a theory, where every variable does its part and no more. The real-world experiences tell me that life is not fair and these variables often behave in an erratic manner. Therefore, why will we blindly follow these theories and then wonder why it is not working when variable(s) misbehave and you as a country are then left out to sea in a sieve?

    Just asking.

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  • @SirFuzzy

    We blindly follow politicians. The rest as they say is history.

    What happened to this project floated all those years ago.

    https://barbadosunderground.net/2013/08/07/regal-farms-to-establish-a-fish-farm-in-barbados/

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  • ** Now is a time for the government to shape relevant policy and for the private sector to execute on the policy and change the way we are to solve our problems**

    Heh

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  • The BU community is asked to take information about the Coronavirus from the WHO website, this is the body responsible for coordinating health related matters across the globe.

    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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  • Three months supply of food on the island is enough to strike fear much worse than the virus
    Jamaica continues to show increases of people who have contracted the virus
    Hearing people say that govt has done an excellent job in not securing barbados borders at a time when other countries have made heightened security of major concern makes we wonder what are these people thinking
    Also one would never know how many people in the past months came through barbados ports of entry without being fully screened since barbados did not have the necessary equipment to do so
    Barbadians are known to keep their problems to themselves and many when sick try home made remedies as best cure for the problems which begs the questions if any person on the island contracts the virus how soon would they seek the necessary treatment
    Many people are saying they suspect the virus might be on the island (and who knows might be true) given that bajans tend to take matters into their own hands as a way forward to treating many types of illness until it is too late

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  • So if people passing through barbados months ago had the virus and infected Barbadians wouldn’t there have been cases reported by now? You need to ask yourself what your alarmist approach is intended to achieve. Why don’t you take a leaf from Verla’s playbook?

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  • Mottley
    While conceding that it is “not if” but “when” Covid-19 strikes Barbados, Mottley said there were supplies on the island for up to three months and the Government was working on a survival package.
    She condemned buyers in a video circulating on Thursday wildly grabbing items in a store and appealed to members of the media to help educate the public about the human-to-human transmission of the disease.
    “Once people start to feel that it is airborne, panic breaks out and you get the kind of foolish thing that happened yesterday [Thursday] in the stores. There is no need for it, and in most instances we have two to three months’ supplies on island for almost everything,” she said. (AC)

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  • Barbadians are well known to practice bush medicine
    It is not only until death stare them in the face that they take action
    That is my obsetvation if u dont like it too bad
    What i say is not a lie it is truth
    If one goes untested it does not mean death
    It all depends on how the body reacts to the virus their are stories of people who have the virus and shows no symptons also people who self quarantine
    Btw why are u not allowing Mottley statement of 3mths food supply to be posted on Bu
    I tried several times and u removed the post albeit that by error it was posted under the moniker “M”
    However it is news worthy and the statement should be posted

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  • @Mariposa March 15, 2020 6:30 AM “Barbadians are well known to practice bush medicine. It is not only until death stare them in the face that they take action.”

    Really??? Then how come every polyclinic is full every day? Are those people little green men from Mars? I will have to check at my nearest polyclinic tomorrow and I will report back if the patients are not Bajans but Martians.

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  • Many of them have illness that they cannot hide but have no other option but to seek medical intervention
    What i said in my earlier comments is not an untruth but what i have observed done by many bajans

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  • On the subject of food security and the 3mths timeline/ period barbados has in stock for food
    People should not be crticized for looking out for their better interest
    Across the USA food shortages are beginning to emerge so much so that a major food chain in Fla closed it doors until further notice
    The economic impact of the virus comes with fear and a fearful distrust of govts

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  • Firstly 3mths food stock is not enough to feed over 275thousand people plus hospitals and other govt related medical institutions that housed people even the prison which gives more reason why people should look out for their own self interest

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  • How many times will you post the same comment? Do you think we are illiterate? Move on and stop boring us to tears with your alarmist bs.

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  • My Dear Marposa
    I was a member of your fan club and on several occasions even gave you a “you go girl”. I do not regret ‘encouraging’ you (at that time), but during the past 2 to 3 months your contributions on coronavirus and crime are highly disappointing and sickening.

    Perhaps I am too sensitive, but sometimes I detect a note of joy and anticipation in your contributions. It seems as if you do not wish the best for Barbados. Why do I get the feeling that your prayer is for the wheels falls off of the bus and that crime and covid19 overwhelm us. This is unpatriotic and ignorant.

    Perhaps I am too sensitive, but I can no longer restrain myself and not appeal to whatever remnant of dignity and national pride that still exist within you.

    “Stop girl”

    If you raise your voice against, corruption, incompetence, misdeeds, abuse of power, lack of integrity legislation.. etc, I will be here cheering you on. But I must step asides when it appears that your wish is for a national disasters. Please continue to exercise your right of free speech but try to show empathy, good sense and a wish for national success in your contributions.

    On some matters, I must urge you to “Stop girl”. I have gone past the point of urging you to be a Bajan and am now beseeching you to be human.

    I wish you well.

    Disappointed.

    TheoG

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  • @Mariposa March 15, 2020 8:33 AM “Firstly 3mths food stock is not enough to feed over 275thousand people plus hospitals and other govt related medical institutions that housed people even the prison.”

    mariposa you counting like Big Bird man!

    When we count to 275,000 we are already including the prisoners and the hospitalized etc. No need to count those folks twice.

    Regardless of how much food is stokpiled we can only eat 2 or three meals each day. We can’t eat next week’s food today. By June 16 rainfall permitting we will have some local crops coming in. If the officials take the advice of people like John and robert we will also put hundreds more aces into short, medium and short term crops. My grands (under age 10) though that they wouldn’t like yam, but I am a good good and whatever i cook they find that they love. Of course most of the time I don’t even tell them what they are eating. Little children don’t need to know all of the details of big people [cooking] business.

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  • @ Mariposa March 15, 2020 8:33 AM

    Don’t you have any self-respect or even moral decency about you?

    Why are you allowing yourself to be so rabidly infected by the corona virus of political “yardfowlism” to be so used and abused (and soon to be discarded like a covid-contaminated tissue) by your defeated political masters of the deceitful lying party?

    Stop behaving like a fifth columnist for the BLP in your zealotry to see, albeit inadvertently, the DLP implode and fatally succumb to the viral infection of partisan political propaganda you are spreading all over the place.

    We are not dealing with any wishy-washy partisan political issue but a national emergency (not of any BDLP doing) and which will have serious ramifications for the economic survival of the country and the maintenance of its already tenuous social fabric along with the integrity of its public health systems and governance institutions.

    Even your ‘acting’ boss has rendered her support behind the current administration efforts to keep away from the door that grim reaper of the country’s economy.

    It’s high time you kick off the germ-laden political spurs of a nasty yard bird and don the corona of patriotism, even if only out of narrow self-preservation, unless you are prepared to succumb to the virus of pathological stupidity and become the first victim of Covid-2020 Barbados.

    Why not offer some advice based on your lifelong experience in growing food on how Bajans can fulfill OSA’s dream of having a back garden to grow food instead of lawns to grow ‘weed(s)’.

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  • were i MAM i would use this opportunity to capitalise on the cruise ship business if it is still operating and want a place to come. all this can be managed.

    i would coordinate with the cruise ships to dock but only under the strictest conditions- no infected person to alight and the ordinary passengers to wear face masks and gloves. they will be taken to certain areas / tour in certain coaches / buses with a crew that is hazmatted. the areas they visit will be strictly supervised and disinfected after the visit. all of this for an enhanced price and increased visits to Bim when things get back to order.

    we can also negotiate a purpose built ship to house the sick off bim

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  • @Greene

    Have you not heard? The cruise industry is on lockdown.

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  • “mariposa you counting like Big Bird man!”

    @ Silly Woman

    When I read Mari’s comment, I had to laugh.

    275,000 + patients + prisoners = over 300,000.

    All I could ‘say’ was ‘spot on,’ ‘she is correct.’ Keep counting.

    Hahahahahahahahahaha

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  • Sorry to disappoint
    But my comments are placed on a foundation
    1. Observation
    2. To seek truthful answers
    Unfortunately both might have razor type edges that are not palatable but aggressive
    One day coming soon some might understand and appreciated
    Wishing barbados well is not enough to achieve “well ,
    A well digger has to shovel and dig many feet in order to accomplish the job of finishing the well
    I seek answers

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  • @David,

    just heard it. but it seems to me that after there will be some fall out. so there is still opportunity to capitalise. fortune favours the brave. we should look for every opportunity under strict and proper risk management of course

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  • Capitalize on what
    China is dead
    The market would be at a standstill for a while
    Do you not understand the negative impact of this virus worldwide
    What ever is left would be in comparison to building a house from burnt splinters

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  • Barbados had a window of opportunity to capitalise on organic farming but said No
    Organic farming will be major player when the world economy emerges from this dooms day crisis
    China grip on providing food for major markets will no longer be accepted as social media and other media outlets weighed the balance between cheap and healthy living
    China would be condemned as a source of pollution which is a serious indictment and does not bodes well for rebuilding its country economic power

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  • Joker in Barbados waited 72 HR later before declaring the situation.

    Three (3) cruise ships dumped several thousands passengers in the Bridgetown Port since Friday. These passengers now have to be safely removed from Barbados without spreading/ exposing locals.

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  • U.S. Government Shuts Down Cruise Industry for 30 Days
    March 13, 2020
    Royal Caribbean Ship

    U.S. President Donald Trump said that what essentially is the U.S. cruise industry would shut down on Friday for 30 days at his request in a post on Twitter.

    “At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will be kept that way,” Trump said in a Tweet.

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will be kept that way!

    114K
    18:21 – 13 Mar 2020

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  • You do understand Barbados is registered as home port for several of these cruise ships?

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  • Many leading business giants like Walmart will be closing until further notice

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  • Walmart cuts hours at 24-hour stores and other locations nationwide starting Sunday due to coronavirus

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/03/14/coronavirus-walmart-store-hours-retailer-temporary-change/5052603002/

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  • The government of St Lucia on Saturday confirmed a second case of COVID-19.

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/244396/st-lucia-records-covid-19

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  • NorthernObserver

    @ac
    For the 10+ years the D;s were in power, all you could do is spew BS about how the island’s problems were the responsibility of the previous administration. Even 9 years after the D’s assumed power.

    angela SkeeteFebruary 28, 2017 1:43 PM
    There is not one fiscal policy under the OSA administration that anyone can point as assurance that was left in place sound and strong enough that could have helped Barbados withstand the agressiveness of an overheated global economy during the 2008 melt down
    In essence barbados was left to fend for itself having to face enormous debt and very little financial security to pay off external and internal debt

    It took you a while after the shellacking…but you resurfaced with the line of “promising better but delivering bitter”. You regurgitated this for several months. Then you switched to ‘smoke and mirrors’.

    You are like one of those lambs you quoted so often after your heroes Herbert and Mia marched. But I give you credit, while aggressive is not a word I would choose, repetitive and relentless are. While the loudmouth Fractured and CCC have disappeared, you continue like a true supporter. The only thing which is sharp (razor’s edge) is your support of the D’s.

    But seeking answers? Really?

    Thank you for a hearty Sunday night laff, amid the bleak news of Covid.

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  • Stores across America contiues to closed their doors
    It seems that the people who were panicked buying had no trust in govt utterances when the called by govt official to stop panic buying were ushered
    Many household putting their trust in govt would be facing higher food cost as stores which remain open would give a reason to raise their prices
    People are not foolish social media has done an excellent job in preparing people for what to expect while govt and officialdom scratch their head and asked ” what next”

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  • Well done ac you seem to have ruffle many feathers

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, following local covid19 details is a challenge so reading your remarks that “So if people passing through barbados months ago had the virus and infected Barbadians wouldn’t there have been cases reported by now?” causes one to ponder deeply!

    #Should WHO be sending a team of doctors here to investigate the impressive immunity possibilities perhaps ‘discovered in Barbados against the virus… or

    #Should Bajans be ready for a surge in numbers contaminated as testing is increased?

    This official “no cases” is either an astounding ‘God is a Bajan anomaly’ or a mere figment of official disinformation!

    *** I am impressed by the sources of assault on the absurdist @Mariposa/AC… when folks like @Northern, @Miller and @Theo share their distaste of her/his continued BS its clear that enough is absolutely annoyingly enough!

    If I may add to your remark of their “alarmist” folly…this is a persona who essentially stood in the burning building started by their last administration and shouted ‘stay calm, stay clam, we have this under control’ even as their hair was starting to ignite.

    Now in the face of what folls describe as an ultimate ‘black swan’ unpredictable event (going forward I demand that all the ‘black’ nomenclatures be changed to “orange”) this persona after being pulled to safety and after basically screaming to be left to die, is standing in the same building, now since partially and reasonably reconstructed, and is shouting ‘Fire, Fire, let this m***r burn’!

    I believe that under commonsense and the law their ‘free speech’ liberties can be curtailed!

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  • @Dee Word

    Barbados is not the only country that has reported zero cases to date.

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  • @de pedantic Dribbler March 16, 2020 6:14 AM “This official “no cases” is either an astounding ‘God is a Bajan anomaly’ or a mere figment of official disinformation!”

    God is NOT a Bajan.

    And “no” I don’t believe that our officials are lying. Barbados is a small place and if people were getting seriously sick, those people would be our elderly relatives or the elderly relatives of our neighbours, school mates, friends etc. and we would have heard by now that “mummy real sick in the hospital” or “daddy real sick in the hospital” the fact that there have been no such observances very likely means that the officials are telling the truth.

    Several of my neighbors are over 60 and i see them walking ’bout and driving ’bout as usual, and we shout one another regularly, and we talk on the phone with relatives who live in distant parishes [I have several relatives, all female and they are well…so far] and they are all well…so far. I am sure that the overseas BU people are checking with their elderly relatives, and their relatives who work in health care here and if they were not well you would know, because you love them enough to regularly enquire after their welfare.

    But “yes” I believe that the virus will eventually show up here as it has shown up in more that 100 countries, because truthfully we are no better, nor no worse than other peoples.

    So “yes” even while governments can and sometimes do lie. In the 21st century it is impossible for any government to put a lock on every citizen’s mouth.

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  • I am not a conspiricy theorist but the slower spread in the poor sunny south so far may be due to two things, the people in the poor south cannot afford to travel as much as the people in the rich north. And as much as people as pushing vitamin c as an immune system boost, it is well know that in fact vitamin d is instrumental in creating a strong and healthy immune syste, The poor tropics is richer that the wealthy south in one thing, and that one thing is vitamin d which is plentiful and cheap in the south.

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  • My observations says differently all Mariposa bashers can like or lump
    I clearly remember during the Ebola crisis the word sensitivity was thrown out the back door
    Now the critics of Mariposa has the mitigated gall to be judge jury and interpreters of my comments
    What a load of bull is all i have to say
    I will continue to speak so dont hold breath of me singing from the hymn book of my critics
    What a belly laugh to hear pot calling kettle black
    Lol ha ha ha over and over again

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  • OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the nation this afternoon (1 p.m.) to update Canadians on the latest action being taken to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

    https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/a-covid-19-update-and-new-provincial-measures-in-the-news-for-march-16

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  • @ Silly Woman March 16, 2020 7:24 AM
    “The poor tropics is richer that the wealthy south in one thing, and that one thing is vitamin d which is plentiful and cheap in the south.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And where is that thing that is so ‘plentiful and cheap’ (and even free) in the south coming from?

    But you know what the old folks used to say that ‘too much of a free thing could be very costly in the long run’.

    Now you know why northern people would pay a pale arm and the skin off their leg to worship the Sun while those closest to IT would bleach their skin out of shame of their god-given colour.

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  • Could this work for Barbados? Thanks Bentley.

    Allotment (gardening)

    Typical allotments on the Käferberg hill in Zürich, Switzerland

    An allotment garden (British English),[1] often called simply an allotment, or a community garden (North America), is a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening or growing food plants. Such plots are formed by subdividing a piece of land into a few or up to several hundred land parcels that are assigned to individuals or families. Such parcels are cultivated individually, contrary to other community garden types where the entire area is tended collectively by a group of people.[2] In countries that do not use the term “allotment (garden)”, a “community garden” may refer to individual small garden plots as well as to a single, large piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. The term “victory garden” is also still sometimes used, especially when a community garden dates back to the First or Second World War.

    The individual size of a parcel typically suits the needs of a family, and often the plots include a shed for tools and shelter, and sometimes a hut for seasonal or weekend accommodation. The individual gardeners are usually organised in an allotment association, which leases or is granted the land from an owner who may be a public, private or ecclesiastical entity, and who usually stipulates that it be only used for gardening (i.e., growing vegetables, fruits and flowers), but not for permanent residential purposes (this is usually also required by zoning laws). The gardeners have to pay a small membership fee to the association, and have to abide by the corresponding constitution and by-laws. However, the membership entitles them to certain democratic rights.[3][4]

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allotment_(gardening)

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  • I have a 600-700 sq.ft. allotment and my produce lasts a year. I have black and red currants, gooseberries, honey berries and asparagus planted on the perimeter and my veggies go in the middle.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    In times of crisis every nation for themselves. The white man and his civilisation can’t save us. Free-trade, economic liberalisation and its consequence of globalisation and dependency for poor developing countries is a very risky venture, almost a death trap, for sovereign states. We import everything under then sun. All that free education, and not even a panadol pill is manufactured in this country. Go figure.

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