Solutions Barbados COVID-19 Survival Plan

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Submitted by Grenville Phillips II,

I did not know what to make of last night’s [1 April 2020] announcement. We continue to treat this COVID-19 as a political exercise. However, it seems to have finally dawned on someone that their political games will have fatal consequences.

Last night, the Government finally admitted what was obvious to everyone. They stated: “We therefore need to formulate a plan of survival for Barbados!”
We ought to remember that the Government noted that they made a plan with all political parties, unions and the merchants. However, they specifically excluded Solutions Barbados and the UPP – for purely political reasons.
After developing an ineffective political plan with their supporters, we tried to provide them with our best advice. They either rejected or ignored our advice, so we advised the public on how they could prepare for COVID-19.
We advised the Government to effectively close Barbados to normal business, and our borders to visitors. We recommended that this be done on Wednesday 25 March 2020, when the trend of exponential growth was evident. We now know that our COVID-19 cases were growing exponentially at an out-of-control rate of 3 days at that time.
The Government rejected our advice, and allowed out-of-control exponential growth for a further 4 days. But their political efforts were ineffective, since the shut-down was partial and our borders remained open. Persons entering were not tested for the virus, instead, they were given an ineffective temperature reading.
The Government continued to reject or ignore our advice, and allowed the COVID-19 cases to grow at the same exponential rate for a further 4 days, before finally appearing to be serious last night. Now that they are looking for a plan, we suggest the following.
SUGGESTIONS FOR AN EFFECTIVE SURVIVAL PLAN
First, stop the inflow of cases by closing our borders to people. The Government’s problem is that this goes against the WHO recommendation. Many critical WHO recommendations on COVID-19 have been proven wrong. We should not be guinea pigs as the WHO is learning on-the-job. Therefore, look out for the health interests of Barbadians and close our borders now.
Second, shut down Barbados for two weeks. Everyone except those working in thread-bare essential services should stay home for 2 weeks. This is what was finally announced today (9 days late).
Third, effectively enforce the shut-down. This has yet to be done. Even our youth know that it is a joke, or a game like ‘tag’.
Four, order the Abbott tester (see link below), which can give test results in 5 minutes, and start meaningful testing. Normally, this would not have been a problem – we could simply have asked the US Ambassador for a few machines. However, we have muddied the waters.
We have publicly tried to embarrass US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, when he visited the Caribbean. CBC-TV also tries to find the most embarrassing stories about US President Trump (including from the anti-US Islamic station, Al Jazeera), which they air, every night, during the 7:00 pm news.
These reckless actions risk harming us all, when we need to call on our proven friends for assistance. They also make requesting assistance embarrassing, given our past behaviour. However, we should swallow our pride and do what is necessary for Barbados.
After the two-week shut down, when the internal transmission rates are known and are under control, we can re-open our borders. Then we can test every visitor to Barbados – before they leave the arrivals hall.
Five, start including the many highly qualified Barbadians who are willing to help, rather than just the BLP faithful. There are so many examples I could cite, but I will include one.
Harrison Point’s buildings were built over 60 years ago. It is very easy to mistakenly use current construction materials, that can react badly with old construction. Renovating such buildings requires specialist engineering advice to avoid foreseen high maintenance issues.
We made a $30M error by demolishing the 6-storey NIS building (which we could have used now), apparently because someone did not understand construction methods in the 1970s. To prevent a similar blunder, I offered an unlimited supply of free specialist engineering advice.
A truly national plan would accept such an offer – but they rejected it. If they continue to only listen to their most partisan political supporters, then the only plan that they can develop is another political plan.
Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

270 thoughts on “Solutions Barbados COVID-19 Survival Plan


  1. Actually US has been helping the Caribbean islands, they set up the Defense Force with an adequate medical unit, it was in the news, that it is said has helped Corona patients, one who is recovering said that.


  2. “If you asked that captain if he wants a less stressful job in a safer environment my guess would be that he would not.”

    Dude is a hero, he just went up in the eyes of the country. That demotion means nothing, the only place for him going forward is up.


  3. @Hal Austin April 4, 2020 11:25 AM
    “Part of my retirement plan was to return to Barbados. I would not now.”
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    To each his own. I am extremely fortunate in having the choice of four domiciles Barbados (citizenship by descent), Canada (registered at birth), UK (born in Newcastle), or USA (married to an American). I choose Barbados by a wide margin. Interestingly my American wife chooses Barbados also.


  4. @ PLT

    If I were born in Newcastle I would also run away. Of those many places you mention, I prefer London.


  5. @Hal Austin April 4, 2020 11:25 AM
    “Part of my retirement plan was to return to Barbados. I would not now.”
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    To each his own. I am extremely fortunate in having the choice of four domiciles Barbados (citizenship by descent), Canada (registered at birth), UK (born in Newcastle), or USA (married to an American). I choose Barbados by a wide margin. Interestingly my American wife chooses Barbados also.

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    you fit in locally because you are an ass kisser


  6. @Tell Truths April 4, 2020 1:24 PM
    “…you are an ass kisser”
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    That’s hilarious… I wish someone would tell that to the BLP folk filling up my inbox with angry emails telling me to STFU with telling people that Barbados needs mass testing for COVID-19…

    Exactly whose ass is it that I’m kissing??


  7. @David:

    Thanks for your concern. I am doing okay. We have free delivery of medicines. Food purchase and delivery can be arranged through a volunteer group here in Orleans, the suburb where I live. The young lady next door also offered to do my shopping (she gets a xmas cake each year), but I prefer to go out and get the fresh air. You just have to be careful and i do wear masks and use disposable gloves. I only need fruit and veggies from time to time. I always stock up on dry goods. Moreover, my basement is filled with groceries my cousin has been asking me to buy for them since February. If push comes to shove I will just yam some of it. lol.


  8. That’s hilarious… I wish someone would tell that to the BLP folk filling up my inbox with angry emails telling me to STFU with telling people that Barbados needs mass testing for COVID-19…

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    I WONDER WHO SAID BARBADOS IS NOT POLITICAL.

    NO WONDER THEY ARE ON THE BLOG DAILY ATTACKING OTHERS WHOSE INBOX THEY DON’T KNOW.

    CESSPOOL OF SMALL MINDED PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND.


  9. @ WURA-War-on-U April 4, 2020 12:21 PM

    We should stick to the official facts. In the Caribbean and Africa, the number of infected people is growing only linearly at a low level. In the UK and US, the numbers are exploding exponentially.

    Your panic therefore raises the question whether you are not writing from NYC or London and therefore you are an enemy agent to undermine our government.


  10. We should all fall on the floor and kiss Mia’s feet, because we have the plague totally under control. Our government is doing something almost superhuman. Now it pays off that we have almost 30 ministers.

    For centuries, they have been telling us that everything that looks somehow African is inferior and bad. Especially the DLP. Now the people see the truth. In the end, our Barbadian population will laugh at the plague, while the whites in the USA and UK mourn hundreds of thousands of deaths.

    This reminds me of something: What is Donville “Streaming” Inniss actually doing? Is he stuck in the New York slaughterhouse or has he managed to crawl into his Florida estate? Is the man even alive? His behaviour is so typical for the DLP. While Mia, as a great captain, remains in extreme danger with her people, the elite of the DLP is creeping away with the whites.


  11. “Your panic therefore raises the question whether you are not writing from NYC or London and therefore you are an enemy agent to undermine our government.”

    ya see that scam yall trying to pull…ya better pull it back, or i will watch you go to prison for it, ya better make sure the people who live day to day and week to week with no job get food, and don’t treat them like PAUPERS EITHER…..

    let me see how brazen ya really are….

    everyone is not a fowl…get used to it.


  12. Hal,

    Instead of constantly panicking about the USA and UK, we should look at the medical superpowers in Asia (Taiwan and South Korea) and Europe (Germany because of the low mortality). Why should we panic about USA or UK? If you have some common sense left, you know that the health system of both countries is worse than in Central Africa, South America or Central Asia.

    USA and UK are history. The Corona plague reveals that these two shit holes are crumbling inside. The supremacy of the white Anglo-Americans is over. They cannot even save themselves. They are failed states.

    I am sure that Mia Mottley and Dr Best are looking to South Korea, Taiwan and Germany to overcome the crisis. They should avoid anything that looks, smells or feels anything like the USA or UK.


  13. My panic…yall gave the most vulnerable people on the island 24 hours to stock up on necessities, when you know most of them are broke….carry on smartly..some of you will soon lose weight with ya bloated, repulsive bellies…


  14. Even UK knows how to take care of its people, you savages with ya small island tricks can learn something from reading more…let anyone starve to death in Barbados and i will be the least of ya worries and ya done know how many of them ya already got..

    ….while the people start their own food security…they will need a HAND UP…ya always giving the minoirty parasites handouts at the expense of the people, now it’s the people’s turn..

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-help-the-hungry-food-emergency-self-isolating-shielding-nhs-a9445126.html

    “More than a million people across Britain with serious health conditions have been observing the strictest self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak, and many stuck indoors have been struggling to get the food they need to survive.

    Some of those following “shielding” guidance have revealed the extraordinary efforts of neighbours and charities to help them out – as The Independent’s Help The Hungry campaign supports the work going on across the country to ensure everyone has enough to eat during the crisis.”


  15. Frankly, I don’t give much about the massacre in the US and UK. I’m interested in Barbados. We have a very low infection rate and of course no deaths.

    It is just an outrage to call Barbados a failed state. A failed state is a tribal area where decomposing bodies are put with forklifts in some kind of truck that look like a garbage truck because the morgues are overcrowded. These are failed states.

    Stop constantly worshipping the whites in US and UK as gods.


  16. Drivers in London are dying and they have no contact with passengers. It can only be the breathing. @Quaker John, I do not know if they smoked.


  17. Frankly, I don’t give much about the massacre in the US and UK. I’m interested in Barbados. We have a very low infection rate and of course no deaths.

    It is just an outrage to call Barbados a failed state. A failed state is a tribal area where decomposing bodies are put with forklifts in some kind of truck that look like a garbage truck because the morgues are overcrowded. These are failed states.

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    I DO KNOW YOU WILL NEED THEM WHEN THINGS DO FINALLY SETTLE.

    THE MAIN GAME IN BARBADOS IS TOURISM AND OFFSHORE BUSINESSES INCLUDING CALL CENTERS.

    UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE FAMILY AND ASSOCIATES THERE WHO ARE LIVING IN THAT CESSPOOL.

    MAYBE NOW THE REALITY WILL SET IN WHEN THIS IS EVENTUALLY ALL OVER AND PEOPLE WILL BE EATING FLOURY BAKES ALL DAY AS RECOMMENDED BY MIA.


  18. HERE’S ANOTHER SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE.

    YOU HAVE A MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE WHO USED TO RUN A FLY BY NIGHT TRAVEL AGENCY INDAR WEIR WHOSE SOLE THRUST IN 2 YEAR IS TO PUSH TO GET MARIJUANA GROWING TO LINE HIM AND HIS BLP ASSOCIATES POCKETS.

    TIME TO TURN AGRICULTURAL LAND INTO BEING USED FOR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO FEED THE MASSES.

    ONE DOESN’T EAT MARIJUANA,


  19. @Mr. Wily E. Coyote:

    Don’t know where you saw the run on guns in Canada. In Canada hand guns are restricted. To own a shotgun or rifle, you have to take a course, then apply for a permit to purchase said. You cant walk into a shop, show ID and walk out wid a gun..


  20. Today’s observation….this seems to be longest time anything made in China has ever lasted


  21. The USA had a massive run on firearms and ammunition. The lines were as long for those items as for water apparently in many states.


  22. I am extremely fortunate in having the choice of four domiciles Barbados (citizenship by descent), Canada (registered at birth), UK (born in Newcastle), or USA

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    Be careful that you don’t have a silly old man telling you that you are being unconstitutional because you have access to more than one Citizenship.


  23. Chris Cuomo speaks of his ordeal
    Scary

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday revealed what he now fears about his coronavirus infection as he delivered another daily update on his condition.

    Cuomo, speaking with CNN colleagues Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said he now worried about how long the illness would last and for how long he’d have to remain quarantined in the basement of his family home.

    “My fear is that I’m going to get through this and then I’m going to get something else, these superinfections you guys talk about, like pneumonia or something like that, and I’ll have another 10 days,” explained Cuomo, who announced his diagnosis earlier this week.

    “That’s my fear, now, like how will I handle that?” he added. “How will I handle another three weeks of this? That’s what I try to not focus on because it scares me.” He also repeated his concern about infecting other family members.

    Cuomo described himself as currently feeling like a “dead weight all day long,” saying he is so lethargic that “I can stare outside and an hour and a half goes by,” while profuse sweating had forced him to change his clothes seven times a day.

    “It’s a really surreal existence,” he added. “I’m not bored because I’m barely aware of what’s going on.” On Thursday, Cuomo described enduring “wicked phantasmagorical experiences that are not dreams” including one involving his late father.


  24. WURA-WAR-on-UApril 4, 2020 12:29 PM

    Actually US has been helping the Caribbean islands, they set up the Defense Force with an adequate medical unit, it was in the news, that it is said has helped Corona patients, one who is recovering said that.

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    I had forgotten about that. When it happen I found it very strange and wondered what they were up to. I guess we will eventually find out what they want in return.

    WURA-War-on-UApril 4, 2020 12:33 PM

    “If you asked that captain if he wants a less stressful job in a safer environment my guess would be that he would not.”

    Dude is a hero, he just went up in the eyes of the country. That demotion means nothing, the only place for him going forward is up.

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    I agree with you. He can hold his head high. The one who fired him has no honour whatsoever. Will the rabid Trumpians whose children serve more than the other kind see the moral emptiness of their demi-god? We shall see.


  25. “TIME TO TURN AGRICULTURAL LAND INTO BEING USED FOR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO FEED THE MASSES.

    ONE DOESN’T EAT MARIJUANA,”

    Baje …ya ain’t hear, they are working in secret, not telling Bajans a word but selling them through the back door AS USUAL, they got some set up at Golden Ridge Plantation in St. George, they are telling themselves that taxpayer’s are stupid, they feel people don’t know that they already set up two labs, one in St. Peter and one in St. Philip…taking up taxpayers money and doing as they like with not a word to the taxpayers about which crook they sold them out to THIS TIME….

    ……but watch the watch muh nuhs…


  26. “Stop constantly worshipping the whites in US and UK as gods”

    No one takes a turn in the UKs ass quite like i do, let’s just say it’s personal…but when they get something right UNLIKE YOU FRAUDS AND FAILURES WHO ARE ONLY GOOD AT GETTING EVERYTHING WRONG….well hell, who am i not to recognize it…especially when it shows you asslicking colonial minded fools up..


  27. I didn’t thought Grenville would have stooped so low. You have no shame.You like many other negroes always looking to the WHITEMAN for comfort, security, and generally to save us. No wonder he sees and treats us like children or a burden. I have news for you, nobody is going to give a FCK about about BIM or black people in general if the excrement hit the fan.

    Probably we need this shock to the system more than any other group on the planet to wake the hell up.


  28. Boy were these lowlife de la francais told off for their colonial minded wickedness…

    “Paris intensive care doctor Jean-Paul Mira apologized Friday for suggesting the testing in Africa of a “repurposed” tuberculosis vaccine as a COVID-19 beater during an expert chat with a colleague on television.

    “Africa isn’t a testing lab,” replied retired Ivory Coast football star Didier Drogba, and a Moroccan lawyers’ collective had said it would sue Mira for racial defamation.

    French group SOS Racisme said Africans aren’t guinea pigs and France’s CSA broadcast ethics watchdog said it had received a complaint.

    Paris’ clinic network, including Mira as head of intensive care at its Cochin hospital, on Friday quoted him as saying: “I want to present all my apologies to those who were hurt, shocked and felt insulted by the remarks I clumsily expressed.”


  29. “I have news for you, nobody is going to give a FCK about about BIM or black people in general if the excrement hit the fan.”

    tell the tourism pimps in the parliament that also, they still believe they got the dependency tourism to HIDE BEHIND……they better not let anyone on the island starve to death…or there will be hell to pay.


  30. @BajeApril 4, 2020 2:58 PM

    I WONDER HOW MANY OF THE MINISTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE IN THE SUPERMARKET LINES YESTERDAY OR AS I SUSPECT THEY HAVE FOOD HOARDED FOR A LONG TIME.

    MANY MANY POOR PEOPLE WILL SUFFER OVER THESE 2 WEEKS INCLUDING STARVATION.

    THESE INEPT OVERWEIGHT MINISTERS NEED TO BE SHOT FOR BEING DOMESTIC TERRORISTS.

    Mr. 3 Degrees, Ex-US Armed Forces Guy aka Major League Asshole, which lines did you see Pres. Trump, VP Pence, Senators and Congressmen/women in waiting to be tested? Were you offered a test like the President’s business buddies who visited the White House? If you think your black ass is worth a shit here in the USA yuh got awakening coming.


  31. In the mean while we have Mia telling Bajans they are better than that
    In the mean while Mia closes the supermarkets without given an honest assesment to the peope as to why
    In the meanwhile food supply and medicine and medical supplies are at an all time low
    In the meanwhile with all these angst created by govt inability to see the forest for the trees
    People are told to act cool calm and collective whike a Tsnaumi heads directly at their front door
    Boy yuh tell yuh
    Cant wait to see the end result of all this lock down
    Going by bajan sense of humour on Thursday it aint going to be easy


  32. they feel people don’t know that they already set up two labs, one in St. Peter and one in St. Philip.

    please note, i said the above but did not say this one, only posting someone else’s thoughts, they told me point blank that i am SO NAIVE… imagine that, me, naive….to believe that those are just marijuana labs and not COCAINE LABS TOO…seeing as they allow the lowlife minoriites on the island to commit any number of crimes against the people and island without consequences…including drugs and gun crimes.

    …..remember, i did not say that, because i am suddenly naive.


  33. BAJAN IN NY

    Mr. 3 Degrees, Ex-US Armed Forces Guy aka Major League Asshole, which lines did you see Pres. Trump, VP Pence, Senators and Congressmen/women in waiting to be tested? Were you offered a test like the President’s business buddies who visited the White House? If you think your black ass is worth a shit here in the USA yuh got awakening coming.

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    BIRD BRAIN.

    YOUR COMPARING SUPERMARKET FOOD LINE WITH A TEST TO TALK BS.

    I DON’T LIVE IN US BUT HOWEVER MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN 200% POSITIVE, DOESN’T BOTHER WHO CARES ABOUT MY BLACK ASS OR NOT.

    THAT IS WHY A LOW LIFE LIKE YOU IS STUCK THERE.

    FIND SOME OTHER JACKASS LIKE YOURSELF TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT.

    THIS WILL BE MY LAST WORDS TO YOU.


  34. @ Hal

    @ Baje

    It is unusual for someone to have a degree in three different disciplines, or even three degrees in the same discipline (BSc, MSC,PhD)?

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    I HAVE A BSc AND A MSc.

    AS YOU KNOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ON HERE THAT LIKE TO DISTRACT BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY EVEN IF IT MEANS BEING STRANGERS TO THE TRUTH TO SERVE THEIR PURPOSES.


  35. Now ya see how useless these small island governments are, they do not even need to be there, they are a weight on the taxpayer’s and pensioners shoulders that need removing.

    “BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The British casualty ship RFA Argus, has set sail for the Caribbean ahead of this year’s hurricane season to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the region.

    Although the vessel’s deployment to the Caribbean had been scheduled for the hurricane season, she will now be able to play a part in ensuring the UK Government is ready to support the overseas territories during the pandemic..

    As Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines continue to stand ready to assist the United Kingdom in its efforts to defeat the pandemic at home, the support ship left Devonport on Thursday, to cross the Atlantic and head south for the Caribbean.

    RFA Argus ship’s company, consisting of both Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, will rise to this challenge. We understand that there are people in need in the UK Overseas Territories who require our support,” said commanding officer Captain Terence Barke”


  36. The naive masses argue as usual on BU, led by WARU, the keyboard warrior.

    You should look on the bright side of the situation: At least we’re using less foreign currency than usual these days. The tourists won’t be coming back so soon. If the plague breaks out again next winter, we will be financially ruined for good. The population now at least has the opportunity to train for the time of hardship when the foreign currency supply is completely depleted.


  37. “If the plague breaks out again next winter, we will be financially ruined for good.”

    More the reason to give the people a HANDUP to grow their OWN FOOD and MARIJUANA..the money belongs to them anyway…..not to minorities, all the money borrowed in the people’s name has to be paid back by the PEOPLE….

    plagues come in WAVES….some last years..

    nobody gotta listen to me…am not the one who WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE….and ya did not have to pay me not even a dollar for that advice…


  38. Something for something. Any help comes with a price tag. Could simply be to keep us in a dependency mindset.


  39. Donna April 5, 2020 5:40 PM #: “Something for something. Any help comes with a price tag. Could simply be to keep us in a dependency mindset.”

    @ Donna

    Could you please explain your above comment?


  40. Donna…ya saw what i told them, no one could say otherwise, it is there to be reviewed at anytime…these are serious times, FANTASY ISLAND IS OVER..

    8 years of saying the same thing has to end sometime..


  41. @ Donna April 5, 2020 5:40 PM

    Look at northern Italy. Tens of thousands of Chinese work in the textile industry there. Tens of thousands have visited China for the European and Chinese New Year celebrations. Near Milan there is even an airport where these Chinese can enter illegally and without passport control.

    Anyone who now wonders why the Wuhan plague has hit Italy the hardest is turning a blind eye. Or look at Iran. The Middle East country with the closest ties to China and the highest death toll.

    A similar fate would befall us if Barbados continued to engage in Chinese debt bondage. We already have a visa agreement with China, so we cannot trace who is bringing the killer virus to us. Any further agreement with China will worsen the situation at our expense.


  42. FOR THOSE ON THE ISLAND LIVING IN LA LA LAND.

    BLACKS WHO ARE ABOUT 95% ON THE ISLAND CONTROL VERY LITTLE WEALTH.

    THE WHITES AND TRINIDAD INDIANS CONTROL THE FOLLOWING:

    MAJOR HOTELS
    FOOD, DISTRIBUTION AND SUPERMARKETS
    RESTAURANTS
    OFFSHORE COMPANIES
    INSURANCE COMPANIES
    CAR DEALERSHIPS
    HORSE RACING
    YACHTS
    MANSIONS
    PRIVATE JETS
    MARINAS

    I CAN GO ON AND ON.

    THE BLACK POLITICAL PUPPETS ARE MERE PAWNS IN THE WEALTH GAME.

    MANY WHITES BOTH LOCAL AND FROM OVERSEAS ARE THE REAL POWER BROKERS IN BARBADOS BEHIND THE SCENES.

    THAT IS THE REALITY ON THE GROUND WHICH HAS BEEN EMPOWERED AND BOUGHT OUT THROUGH KICKBACKS AND LOOKING THE OTHER WAY BY BLACK POLITICIAL LEADERS.

    NO SUGAR COATING THIS IS REALITY ON THE GROUND IN BIM.


  43. @ Donna

    I realized you haven’t responded to my question, so I’ll make a comment based on the assumption your 5:40 PM comments are in response to the CMC article posted at 1:33 PM re the UK ships “heading to the Caribbean.”

    I note with interest the article states:

    (a). “Although the vessel’s deployment to the Caribbean had been scheduled for the hurricane season, she will now be able to play a part in ensuring the UK Government is ready to support the overseas territories during the pandemic.”

    (b). “RFA Argus ship’s company, consisting of both Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, will rise to this challenge. We understand that there are people in need in the UK Overseas Territories who require our support,” said commanding officer Captain Terence Barke.”

    I’ll ‘ask’ you to pay particular attention to the term “OVERSEAS TERRITORIES” in both paragraphs above.

    The UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean are British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Anguilla, Bermuda and Turks & Caicos. These islands are self-governing territories, with their own constitutions, but are considered to be under UK sovereignty, but not a part of the UK. Under article 73 of the United Nations Charter, the UK has an obligation to
    provide for the well being of their inhabitants.

    I hope you understand ‘where I’m coming from’ and put ‘two and two together.’

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