Trinidad Slams Door Shut on Trinis Stranded in Barbados

It has been reported the Trinidad and Tobago government through National Security Minister, Stuart Young has again refused to receive 33 CITIZENS stranded in Barbados since the week of March 23, 2020 back into the country.

The Barbados government attempted to piggyback on an arrangement with the European Union who sent a plane this week to collect Europeans stranded in the Caribbean. Barbados was the hub for the operation with the plane scheduled to pickup passengers in Tobago. It was an opportunity for the 33 stranded Trinidadians to bum a ride to Tobago which is a hop skip and a jump from Trinidad.

We are the only nationals in the world who are denied entry into our country. He said his countrymen who were mainly people over 65 all broke down in tears –Nationnews.com

What is the reason for the Trinidad government exercising this level of intransigence towards its citizens? There is no logical explanation if the consideration was taken that the stranded Trinidadians have been in quarantine in Barbados since April 8, 2020. It also puzzles why the Trinidad government would have sent COVID 19 test kits to Barbados this week costing USD2500.00 after the group was quarantined with the expectation existing protocol in Trinidad requires the group enter quarantine again IF they eventually are allowed to return to the land of birth. All rather strange.

The blogmaster is of the view the Rowley government is ‘pissed’ at the group for engaging in non essential travel. Rowley should expect to see this issue when he checks the rear view mirror come general election time.

The Trinidad government owns a regional airline for crissakes.

 

 

 

173 comments

  • whiteHill,

    She IS exhausting. I totally understand. Besides the last time it wasn’t political so she found it easier to give up. But as for this one, I fear the effort would kill you.

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  • “Now here you come twisting people thoughts around using an example that is in no way similar to the 33 Trinis.”

    Fool (sorry to call you by your ‘first name’), but didn’t I mention I KNEW the two issues weren’t similar?

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  • Artax

    Fool (sorry to call you by your ‘first name’), but didn’t I mention I KNEW the two issues weren’t similar?
    Xxxccxxxxc

    Good effort fool but u cant fool me

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  • “What is being said is that govt used an easy way out in avoidance of having to tassle with the govt of Trini…..”

    No. no, no, no……… not what is being ,said,…… it’s what YOU are ‘saying.’

    Why should the Barbados ‘government’ “tassle with the government of Trini?

    Shouldn’t this be a matter between the Trinis and the government of Trinidad and Tobago?

    Look, you’ve made your point. Contributors asked you to elaborate and you ‘said’ re: “Dont bother asking me for any explanations on my comments. Mariposa did not create the problem,” which is essentially a “cop out.’ Contributors are left to assume, (as Bajans say) you’re talking about what you ‘FEEL’….. and not what you KNOW.

    And an individual, (who, ironically pushes the idea of “debating issues rather than drifting off into insults and abuse),” told you “If people want answers on constitutional law, tell them to go to lawyers.”

    Under these circumstances, why bother to continue this discussion?

    It has run its course and isn’t going anywhere, other than in circles.

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  • Wuhloss u can say whatever the hell u want
    Why dont u butt out …and No i did not create the problem
    The govt did
    U can have the last word

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  • @Hal Austin April 9, 2020 7:21 AM “By the way, as to courtesy, if someone comes from the sewer he behaves like a rat.”

    But I thought that we all came from our mother’s wombs?

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  • @whiteHill April 9, 2020 9:21 AM “…spitefully allowing those who supported the losing party to languish economically because of their affiliation; no state contracts or jobs of any kind.”

    Don’t worry whitehill.

    Here I am.

    Never been affiliated to any party [because I expect that none would have me, lolll!!!]

    Never got a state contract.

    Never got a state job.

    Sometimes you don’t get stuff BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT NO PARTY.

    The B’s hate you.

    The D’s hate you.

    Etc.

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  • @David April 9, 2020 12:33 PM “The Barbados government had the option to send the Trinis back to the UK or extend the humanitarian gesture.”

    I smell the hands of the English in this. I would not be surprised if British government had refused permission for the Trinidadians to return to the U.K.

    Less we forget, please remember WINDRUSH.

    One of my cousins, when he was nearly 50, and who had lived in the U.K since he was 15 found himself in exile in Jamaica for quite a while because he was refused permission to return to the U.K. after holidaying in Jamaica with his Jamaican wife.

    I don’t know why we still insist on seeing these descendants of enslavers as these nice people.

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  • @whiteHill April 9, 2020 7:40 PM “Only if Silly woman begs me,”

    I beg you please.

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  • @Silly Woman, here I am trying to pick a fight and you’re playing along.I’m out of medication so there you go, no doubt you had a mind this was the case.Your comment @10:41, hell, I don’t get to hear something like this coming from Bajan women nearly enough. More often than not, I get the impression these descendants are viewed as the forerunners to their Messiah.

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  • I have struggled hard to get my mind around this “colossal failure” by the government as pointed out by some. It appears that I lack the mental capacity to grasp the magnitude of this problem.

    I asked myself two questions
    (1) How many Barbadians were affected by COVID19 brought in by these Trinidadians?
    (2) How many Barbadians were Killed by cOVID19 brought in by these Trinidadians?
    I have searched diligently for the alarming statistics which have enraged a segment of the population. I have not found them.

    I can only conclude that this is just a next chapter of B versus D saga. It is just another tempest in a teacup. A rumble in the fowl-pen.

    Give it a rest. Where’s the beef? It’s a nothing burger.

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    I have seen some touted the possibility of legal action against the govt of Barbados if we had refused entry to these travelers in distress. I cannot see how this could proceed prior to action against the government of their own country Trinidad.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    No @Theo please reread carefully…as I am the only one who has made that point then your remarks refer to my comments.

    So its very simple, The CCJ ruling in the Myrie is precedent and would apply to Bdos and the Trinis…The Trini govt had imposed a new edict approved by their cabinet which overrode normal citizenship rights.

    You live in US…in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 the US imposed some rules which trampled citizens rights and superseded frredoms… i see the Trini matter in same light.

    Or said differently in most countries the decree of a national emergency/National security threat ruling gives the govt broad power to do all things to safeguard the nation…denying a plane of citizens entry would certainly be one of them.

    Please be reminded that Pres Bush was being advised to shoot passenger planes out of the sky on that fateful day…an order was actually issued based on his DECLARATION of a national security threat.. do you perceive if in fact citizens were killed by those US fighters jets (rather than crashing) that their estate would successfully or could sucesssgully sue the govt?

    Do you perceive that TnT emergency powers Act or decrees are LESS robust!

    Not a lawyer guy…just trying to read and understand life’s rules!

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  • Especially when the same Trinidad government allowed a Venezuelan government official to enter Trinidad on April 1, 2020.

    https://trinidadexpress.com/news/local/why-was-venezuelas-vp-allowed-to-fly-into-t-t/article_ae626fba-73fb-11ea-9661-efc894e125e8.html

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, I am not making a legal case for TnT…just stating basic facts which must be considered, that’s all.

    I do not see the Trinis winning against their govt but that’s a layman’s opinion…astute lawyers would find a way to pursue this if one of the 35 is so inclined.

    The Venezuelan VP item is lovely noise and no more. She and her entourage came in to met specifically with officials. They did not mingle in the broader community and after their meeting left just as surreptiously without mingling… that sequence cannot be used by the 35 to show a distinct bad faith… in and out with limited or no community contact vrs in and return to the community (yes, yes they could have been quarantined)..

    As I said some astute lawyer can go for it. I would certainly like to see the outcome.

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  • @Dee Word

    What is your point, the 14 could have been quarantined to assuage concerns.

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  • Thank you for letting me “have the last word.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, l’ll begin by ‘saying,’ over the past few days we’ve witnessed a scenario that has been played out on BU on several occasions.

    A certain individual came to this forum with their usual fabricated, politically motivated NONSENSE, which, despite the ‘background noises,’ was EXPOSED as SHIITE, by people who think RATIONALLY and REASONABLY.

    We’ll await the next issue for them to ‘nit pick’ and come with more irrational political motivated shiite, accompanied by the ‘background noises.’

    Once again, I thank you.

    Shucks. it didn’t take them long. They’re on another blog ‘talking’ about government “sitting idly by and allowing price gouging.”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    David I have made my point senor. You are clearly speed reading and not paying close attention.

    So let me be blunt: Min Young and his govt issued a national security decree. It overrode regular rules and gave the govt significant power to do as they saw fit to safeguard the nation.

    Something pissed them off about the 35 returning Trinis and they said basically: “eff off, I have the power to do that. Sue me if you dont like it. ”

    That clear enough.

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  • @Dee Word

    You may want to simplify the matter but locking citizens out of their country cannot be dismissed with palaver.

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  • Pick-a-noism at its finest.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    Senor, it’s NOT palaver..it’s the decree of the govt.

    We CAN palaver it all we want but the deed is done and as I alluded to re US and 9-11 and shooting down planes the citizens appear to have little recourse. That’s not palaver David that REALITY!

    Maybe we will find out WHY their govt acted so callously and maybe there are ulterior motives but at the moment its just basic facts and nothing can change that.

    How are my citing facts or the rules of governance which would be called at the base level in any court challenge… PALAVER… you confuse me at times, bro!

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  • Michael comissiong

    This is what happens when u have self serving politicians but day dose run till night catch it

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  • self serving politicians in Bim or TT?

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  • Stop speaking in parables and spell out what you mean. Head games are for druggies.

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  • I repeat myself: in the Caribbean, the cases of infection occur with linear progression. In other words, the doubling rate of the virus is decreasing every day! This is a strong indicator that our hot and humid climate kills the Wuhan Lung Bug.

    Under no circumstances should we panic although white corpses are piling up in impoverished cities like NYC or London. We’ll be Wuhan-free by the end of this month at the latest. Unlike the U.S. and U.K.!

    Our government does everything right. Tourism and health finely balanced. We thank You Goddess Bim for giving us Mia Mottley as our guide!

    We will talk about the economic consequences later 😉

    Tron
    – always fair and balanced –

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  • Look. The 35 Trinidadians are fortunate to be alive and well and that they did not contract covid. We are fortunate that we are alive and well also. In times like this people should be grateful to be alive and well. We too like looking for legal solutions to every problem. Lawyers are not gods. Every problem does not need a legal solution. Barbados was generous to take the Trinidadians when they could not go forward to Trinidad, and could not go back to England. Do we really believe that Barbados a country of 283,000 people had the ability to force the U.K. a country of 63 million to take back non-U.K. non-citizens who are already on our soil?

    The Trinidadians are well, perhaps a few thousand dollars poorer, but well.

    No Bajans caught anything from them.

    And I wish that people would stop saying that the Trinis are stranded in Barbados. Barbados up to toda is a pretty nice place to be.

    I wish as well that people would stop saying that we are locked down/imprisoned in our homes. We are not imprisoned. We can still open our windows and doors. We can still sit on our galleries/verandas/patios/back steps/front steps/in our yards, as long as we observe social distance from our neighbors when we do so. We can still say “morning” to our neighbors from across the street. Many streets are 20 feet wide, and even the older streets/alleys/gaps/lanes are more than 6 feet wide.

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  • @Simple Simon

    Nice comment.

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  • Simple Simon
    Alright then! Well said.

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  • The behaviour of the government of T & T shows very clearly the difference between the developed countries and the savages.

    One example: Since mid-March, Germany has evacuated more than 150,000 citizens home to safety via the Barbados hub. To a lesser extent the Americans and British as well as other Europeans. This was a very responsible cooperation between these governments and our government. Barbados has clearly shown that we are a very developed country on this issue.

    Many civil rights activists complain that the North treats coloured people as inferior people. But aren’t the governments of many countries of the deep South also treating their own citizens as second-class human beings? Just asking.

    That’s not supposed to be a racist attitude? If this is not racism, then consequently the KKK would have to act only for scientific reasons.

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  • Today’s press has reported Guyana, Bermuda, Cayman and other countries have arranged for its citizens to return to the land of birth via charters.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    Making a mountain out of a ant hill if you ask me. Are those thirty-five people suffering in any way in BIM.? So what if they are to be inconvenience for a few more days here? What if they were stranded thousand of miles away in some very poor third world country? Grown people today are so spoiled and entitled. I say good for Rowley. Why should the heath of 1.3 million people be sacrificed by 35.

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  • The Trinidadians know they have a weak government in Barbados and are exploiting it.

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  • The 35 were not tested for the virus
    So saying that the.35 did not contract the virus is giving misinformation
    Medical info says that people can have the virus and not show symptoms
    Barbadians would not be divided on this issue if govt had kept its big mouth out of the problem and let the Trinidad govt deal with the 35
    From the beginning it was never a problem by which barbados had to deal
    The people passport destination was for Trinidad not barbados

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  • The seriousness of this virus is a need for all steps be made to stop the spread of the virus
    China after learning the hard way decided to close its borders

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8203781/China-closes-border-Russia-drives-city-Wuhan-style-lockdown.html

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  • David
    I warned all yuh this is politicking. I understand the lawyer for the Trinis was informed by the Tdad government about 2 weeks ago about the procedure for returning. This group is mostly Indo-Trini ent? Don’t pay the mouttas no mind, their agenda is to paint the Bdos government as incompetent. I ask again isn’t Rowley’s own daughter and many thousands of other Trinis “stranded” across the world?

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  • I just wanted to tell everyone here at BU that the Chinese have started to dissolve the African quarter in Guangzhou. They’ll put African students and other African tenants on the streets. They are now homeless there. The Chinese accuse the Africans of being responsible for the Wuhan plague.

    Our government should seriously ask itself whether it wants to maintain the visa waiver agreement between Barbados and China. The DLP government signed this treaty in 2014, even though it was already known at that time that the Chinese treat people of African origin as sub-humans. Citizens should seriously ask themselves whether they want to trust the DLP.

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  • Commissiong weighs in on the fight to get the 33 home

    TOP STORY
    Swab shortage in Barbados
    Apr 10, 2020
    12 min ago
    THE government of Barbados has confirmed that it received coronavirus testing kits from Trinidad and Tobago two weeks ago for the testing of 33 T&T nationals who were quarantined in Barbados up to Monday.
    However, due to the shortage of other resources needed in the testing process, health authorities there intend to stick to the established policy of limiting tests to people with symptoms of COVID-19 and not wasting them on the symptom-free.
    Speaking to the Express on Thursday night, Barbados’ Ambassador to Caricom David Comissiong underscored his country’s need to “husband” its precious few testing resources.

    “Our testing protocol is based on the fact that medical material and personnel used for COVID-19 testing are scarce and must therefore be treated in the most efficient manner,” he said.

    He added that the regime being applied to citizens of Barbados and everyone else was that “testing is only done if the person is exhibiting symptoms”.

    He noted that, in addition to testing kits, the process requires swabs, reagents and human personnel, all of which are in short supply, not only in Barbados, but throughout the world.

    Comissiong emphasised that Barbados’ treatment of the group of 33 Trinidadians was consistent with its policy of not testing quarantined people who had not exhibited any of the symptoms linked to COVID-19.

    He added that, given the shortage of supplies, COVID-19 testing is a “luxury” that Barbados cannot afford to provide even to its own symptom-free citizens, much less to a group as large as the symptom-free Trinidadians.

    Since February 11, Barbados has conducted a total of 655 tests for COVID-19.

    The Trinidadians were taken into quarantine on March 24 after being forced to deplane in Barbados on the afternoon of March 23 when the T&T government refused to allow them entry, having closed all borders to arrivals at midnight on March 22.

    According to Comissiong, the group was monitored for symptoms over the required 14-day quarantine period. On Monday, with none having exhibited any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, all were released and deemed free to travel.

    “They were treated just like any other Bajan would’ve been treated,” said Comissiong.

    The Express understands that, following their release, the German government was able to organise seats for all of them on a Condor flight headed to Tobago on Wednesday to repatriate German nationals.

    This plan perished when the T&T government again refused to allow them back home without a test verifying their virus-free status.

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  • The Express understands that, following their release, the German government was able to organise seats for all of them on a Condor flight headed to Tobago on Wednesday to repatriate German nationals.
    This plan perished when the T&T government again refused to allow them back home without a test verifying their virus-free status.(Quote

    Bandit government. Gangsters. The Hindu racist may be right afterall.

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  • ” The number of people infected with COVID-19 in Barbados rose to 68 today, with one positive result out of 11 tests done by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory yesterday.

    The new patient is a 53-year-old Barbadian woman, who returned from abroad on March 11.”

    From March 11 till today April 11th is 30 days. How many people could she have infected ? Hope she recovers soon.

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  • ” The public health laboratory has carried out 747 tests to date.” 68 tested positive for Covid 19.

    9% of people tested are positive. That seems high to me but I am just a layman.

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  • @ Hal Austin April 11, 2020 6:02 PM @ AND AT ALL

    We should let this melt in our mouth: White folks are organizing a flight to Trixidad for the blacks. But the black masters don’t want their black subjects back.

    Imagine if Trump did that to black Americans. In fact, we don’t need white race warriors or the KKK. We already have the government of Trixidad doing the racist dirty work and degrading blacks.

    It is now crystal clear to the world that blacks are only second-class citizens in the eyes of many Caribbean governments. Black people did not have so few rights even in the darkest days of slavery.

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  • Once again i will say over and over again
    Barbados better judgement wisely used would have trumped their best intentions towards the 33
    The article clearly explain why and the obstacles barbados would have face

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  • David
    The Express newspaper appears to be willfully under reporting this matter. How comes there is no mention of the exchange of correspondence between the GoTT and the “stranded” Trinis’ attorneys, which the Minister mentioned at yday’s presser? I encourage you to find Minister Young’s comments at that meeting.

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  • @enuff

    BU has done enough to highlight the matter. Do you know this blog went viral? Rowley is going to have to defend this matter at the next polls.

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  • Enuff. 11, 2020 9:27 PM

    David
    The Express newspaper appears to be willfully under reporting this matter. How comes there is no mention of the exchange of correspondence between the GoTT and the “stranded” Trinis’ attorneys, which the Minister mentioned at yday’s presser? I encourage you to find Minister Young’s comments at that meeting.
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    Why your insistence in missing the point which Trinidad insist and rightfully so
    It is all about testing u can cherry pick all u dam pleases
    But once there are on Barbados soil or any soil for that matter
    Trinidad has a right to asked the govt for a document stating these 33 were tested Now grounds for refusal has been laid by Trinidad
    Barbados govt indeed has shot itself 33times in the mouth
    I read where another govt was sending barbados testing kits i think it was Surname

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  • Sometimes you need to know when to hush.

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  • @ Enuff April 11, 2020 9:27 PM

    All civilized nations on this earth welcome their citizens in times of crisis. If necessary, the citizens entering the country must first be quarantined or tested in a facility in their home country.

    The government of Trixidiad treats its own citizens worse than the slave owners of the 18th century. This also weakens the position of the Caribbean states in cases like the Windrushers. Why shouldn’t the whites in the north racially discriminate against Caribbean citizens when their own governments treat them like subhumans?

    It is fortunate that we have Mia Mottley as our leader. Our government treats its citizens with civility. A Barbadian passport is valuable. A Trixidas passport, on the other hand, is not even good for wiping the a** because the paper quality is so bad.

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  • The Minister of Security of T & T (a white man, no wonder) provides all white racists with the blueprint that discrimination against coloured people (Hindu, Africans) is perfectly OK. All you have to do is invoke pathogens, crime, the usual racist prejudices.

    I could well imagine that the KKK will soon send a delegation to Port of Spain to thank the security minister personally.

    In future, when the Caribbean countries come to London for the windrushers, the British Foreign Minister can simply refer to the precedent in T & T.

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  • COWARDS KNOWS WHO TO MESS WITH: What if they were flying from London to TnT, would the have refused them entry…I think NOT.

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  • HantsApril 11, 2020 6:37 PM

    ” The public health laboratory has carried out 747 tests to date.” 68 tested positive for Covid 19.

    9% of people tested are positive. That seems high to me but I am just a layman.

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    Frankly Hants, I had less trouble teaching 4 yr old children to add than I have had trying to explain this simple matter to you.

    Let me try to make it simple.

    The authorities are testing ONLY those people who appear to have symptoms of corona virus. So straight away one would expect a significant proportion of positive test results. Then they track down those persons who HAVE COME INTO CONTACT WITH THOSE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. One would also expect there to be a significant proportion of positive test results.

    The authorities are not randomly choosing people from the population and so this is NOT A REPRESENTATION OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION.

    They chose 747 people who appeared to have the disease and those to whom they may have passed it.

    So… you are not just a layman but one who is stubbornly refusing to think. This is not rocket science.

    Quite frankly, I was expecting more cases by now. These numbers are quite low which is why people like WURA are suspicious of them.

    But I would venture to say that the authorities are quite encouraged by the figures and that is why, though they have extended the curfew, they are relaxing the conditions.

    Up unto this point I still don’t know anybody who has the virus or anybody who knows somebody who has the virus. I know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who he says died of the virus but I think he may have been mistaken because she has not been recorded as such. This thing has not spread far and wide as yet.

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  • Sometimes I think some people just love to worry. I am happy to say I am no longer one of them.

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  • Donna

    Given the date planes stopped flying into Barbados people with the virus should be getting sick by now except for the carriers?

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  • With u David any one that criticize govt needs to hush
    I will criticize govt when they do foolishness
    A judgement call based on humanitarian is giving govt grip
    U are the one need to hush
    Apparently your vision became blurred since May 2018 so blurred that u can barely see the forest for trees

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  • Anyone can criticize.

    Some are trying to drill into your weave covered head to at least be rational with your positions. Anyone can open their mouths or write airy fairy positions. This is something you will never understand. Many of your positions are dishonest and you would have people believe you are Christian.

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  • Because you do not support what i say doesn’t mean my position are founded on lies
    Time and time again i have stated that my opinions are placed under a lens of observation by which i state my views
    Therefore you are in no position to tell me how i viewed things
    Your positions are founded on politics where you have a onesided view to support
    I would not dare to attempt to call your position lies because u see your points in a different way of thinking
    However i would challenge what you say with an intent to prove u wrong
    My saying that barbados has no right caught up in a Trinidadian problem does not take away govt having their right to use a policy of humanity
    Over and over again i have stated it was a good will gesture
    However the problem did not go away because of the goodwill now going forward
    other problems have been brought to light and presently it brings barbados at a new point of entry barbados has to deal with and one that i will find criticisms
    Those criticisms now will deal with the problem in its currant stage

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  • David,

    One would think so, David. More than likely.

    Hants,

    i haven’t been to bed yet and so it’s hard to come up with an analogy for you but the best I can do is this.

    The testing for corona virus being carried out by our authorities is similar to testing for criminality at a prison. The LOW nine % positive result may simply be because some suspected cases had a bad cold or the flu rather than corona virus and some of the contacts of those testing positive managed to avoid being infected.

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  • @enuff
    You got your wish. The matter is obviously above the pay grade of some commenting on this blog.

    THAT WAS THE EXPRESS HEADLINE — that RACE accusation came from desperate Trinis in Barbados, not the EXPRESS! So, is it the MEDIA cannot report on RACE? Did not the PM recently also mentioned “race” recently? Also “race-baiting” etc; surely, we have not reached the stage that some can report on or mention “RACE” and some cannot?

    PM: It was causing racial strife

    PM: Penal/Debe, Greenvale comparisons ‘race-baiting’

    Here is a prediction: the failure of the Government to bring home Trinis stranded in Barbados, Margarita, Suriname will be one of the most damaging issues in the next GE. Some people in high places – here and from those countries – may actually appear in a court.
    BTW, there seems to be a concerted attempt to attack the EXPRESS and other independent media on FB where people are blaming the EXPRESS for publishing credible and important news stories! Go to some of these recent EXPRESS posts and see for yourselves! Also, it appears as if a few pro-Govt FB groups seem to be delaying, or not approving, or even deleting any post or comment that is not in favor of the government or the party they favor. And, also on FB there seems to be another project to accuse anyone who criticises the government as not cooperating and not uniting etc! Doh talk about anything unfavorable about the Govt because that is not good for the nayshun! A Government or any political party that is afraid of the media and the truth is doomed to fail. A kind of Communist dictatorial thing!
    Is the GOVT now trying PROJECTION & DEFLECTION tactics on the media? LOL….haha …maybe their PR AND ELECTION CONSULTANTS advised them to do this but it will backfire on them! Lots of mention of RACE recently to blame others for problems. But, very few seem to be taking that bait since it is like “been there, done that” and there is the far more important issues of LIFE & DEATH, HUNGER, UNEMPLOYMENT, etc facing the 99% who will judge the Government on those important issues that race-baiting, intimidation, and tried & failed psychological strategies. Let us see how the population will react to the PNM in the 2020 GE Campaign blaming Kamla, media, and everyone else as they tell us what they did for 5 years and will they continue to blame the usual suspects if they are elected! STAY STRONG, MEDIA! Judiciary, Office of the President, and many independent institutions have already collapsed or in a state of inexorable decline to the MEDIA must not buckle under attacks and accusations.
    “I am with the EXPRESS and all other media – FREEDOM OF SPEECH WITHOUT INTIMIDATION AND BLAMING THE MEDIA for problems in this society. Has MATT responded to the Minister’s accusation? “
    “However, when no less a personage than the Minister of National Security goes on live national television to accuse this newspaper of promoting the “ugly matter” of race and to charge us with an editorial suggestion that he “personally would tell a lie to the population of Trinidad and Tobago” as to whether the Government provided COVID-19 test kits to Barbados, then we feel obliged to set the record straight.
    The latter charge is easily dismissed by reference to the published record which, as the following offending paragraph would show, merely pointed to the need to resolve conflicting claims surrounding the kits sent to Barbados: “According to Barbados’ COVID-19 czar, Richard Carter, all 33 were cleared and released from quarantine on Monday and that if T&T authorities insist on them all being tested negative as a condition for being accepted back home, they would have to supply testing kits.
    “Yesterday, a spokesman for the Barbados 33 said they were being told that T&T had sent no testing kits to Barbados and that they were confused about their situation. In contrast to that, sources at the Ministry of National Security here are insisting that testing kits were sent to Barbados two weeks ago. Both positions cannot be right, unless the kits sent to Barbados are the incomplete ones gifted to T&T by China which cannot be used without parts.”
    Not to put too fine a point on it, the editorial made no reference to Minister Young, but to “sources” at the ministry.
    More serious, however, is the minister’s accusation that the Express was guilty of promoting a conversation about race, an “ugly matter” which he denounced with great outrage.
    We assume Minister Young understands the difference between a news story and an opinion article. The story to which he referred was a news ­report on a matter of high public interest, in which the views of ­individuals at the centre of the issue were factually reported.
    Contrary to Minister Young’s statement, the publication of that story was an act of reporting, not promoting. We would hope that in condemning it as such, the minister was not suggesting that we should have ­censored these individuals who have been stuck in Barbados for three weeks after being denied permission to land in Trinidad.
    We certainly did not do that the day before, when the lead story of Thursday’s Express appeared under the headline “PM Blames Race”.
    That story reported the Prime Minister’s views on the public criticism of Minister Young’s controversial and since-rescinded contract award to four private security firms.
    In reporting the Prime Minister’s statement, does Minister Young also believe this newspaper was guilty of promoting race?
    We think not.”

    We reject these charges

    It’s all about race

    It’s all about race

    Minister Young’s troubling decision

    Minister Young’s troubling decision

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  • David
    This will not be a problem for PM Rowley. The people up in arms are mostly Indo-Trinis and do not support the PNM. There are thousands of Trinis of every hue stranded all over the world trying to get back. Rowley’s own daughter in NYC, the epicentre of the virus. We are dealing with newspapers/reporters bent on bringing down a government. Now tell me why in reporting on the press conference the key information given in response to the man’s claim was absent? You see how street vending was portrayed as an activity carried out only by Indo-Trinis? You see how they went after the CJ? You know the former AG and others have been hit with some serious criminal charges and their former cohort, now state witness, has already plead guilty and fined? You see these charges being made a big story? Forget sub judice. Do some digging on Anna Ramdass. Wunna know about reporters and govt houses under the last administration? Wunna read about the radio host that recently posted a picture of a 7yr old blk girl inferring she was flirting with Rowley or the repeated portrayal of him as this threatening, uneducated (doan mind the PhD), big, black rapist? Or the Cambridge Analytica plot to trick Afro-Trinis into not voting? All yuh getting tie up yuh.

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  • @enuff

    Trinidad is not that far behind Guyana. The racial issues are nauseating.

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  • They are not “Stranded Trinis in Barbados; They are ABANDONED Trinis…their government abandoned them. Or even DUMPED them.

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  • Now the Indo Trinis calling the govt of Trinidad racist
    Boy this getting to become a real comedy with players already put in place

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  • And this will.be a bone of contention keeping barbados on the back foot in a situation which was none of theirs to begin

    We have been requesting that our nationals be tested with the kits we provided from the first day that they began their quarantine in Barbados. We are protecting our nationals in Barbados from the possibility of contracting the virus, and we want them to be safe and to return to Trinidad safely.”

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  • Trinidad are u listening
    This isnt barbados yuh dealing with

    The Trump administration in the United States is making it clear, it will use its power to issue travel visas to keep countries in line who refuse to accept or delay their acceptance of people the US deports, even as COVID-19 spreads rampantly within the US.

    The memorandum issued by the White House and signed by Trump, remains in effect until the end of the year. It stresses, the US will move swiftly to punish any country that is slow to accept deportees whom the US has deemed to have violated American laws.

    In the memo, which referenced his January 25, 2017 Executive Order, Trump said: “In recognising the public health risk, I noted that on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the COVID-19 (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2) outbreak can be characterised as a pandemic. Countries that deny or unreasonably delay the acceptance of their citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents from the United States during the ongoing pandemic . . . create unacceptable public health risks for Americans. The United States must be able to effectuate the repatriation of foreign nationals who violate the laws of the United States.”

    As such, the US president warned that any government that “denies or unreasonably delays the acceptance of aliens who are citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents of that country after being asked to accept [them]” the US would “no later than seven days after receipt, adopt and initiate a plan to impose the visa sanctions”.

    The US said it would be prepared to immediately lift the visa sanctions once the country accepts the persons the United States wants to remove from its boundaries. (

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  • @ Mariposa

    You can’t compare people being DEPORTED after serving jail time for committing crimes in the US, with people being not being allowed to enter a county because of a pandemic.

    TWO DIFFERENT ISSUES

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  • The principal lies in making a statement to deter
    Yes u are correct but by the same token barbados had a similar case with Raul Garcia when Cuban govt refuse to take him back
    In any case Trump made it clear before hand not after he sent them and govts begin their game of using the virus to refuse them
    Good move on Trump part

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  • One can bet that if USA sent deportees to Trinidad they would open there borders tested or not tested for the virus

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  • In a related matter:

    The Editor,

    Multi-ethnic music should be played on this national TV station

    Fazeer Mohammed plays calypso every single day for all the years that he has been a news anchor on his morning show on TV6. No problem, but why calypso only in this multi-ethnic society?

    Chutney, chutney soca and pichakaree are also indigenous to T&T. I do not know if to blame him or TV6 for this ethnic bias.

    TV6 has been dishing out a daily dose of Catholic prayers and sermons recently during prime time, but that may be paid religious programming.

    But why doesn’t TV6 advertise its affiliate TAJ 92.3 fm Indian-formatted music station, as CNC3 does for Sangeet 106.1 fm?

    Ramadan begins on Friday and Fazeer professes to be a devout Muslim. Would he play qawwali music on mornings for the month? He should, just as he should play bhajans for Divali and parang for Christmas.

    Recently, Fazeer has been providing a forum for extempo performers on the theme of COVID-19. Shouldn’t he also ask pichakaree singers to perform on his show.

    Here is an example in the link below.

    To Fazeer and TV6, remember that we live here together, and calypso and extempo are just two genres in our wide repertoire of local music.

    LINK: https://youtu.be/Tc5_6_Ja6PM

    Sincerely,

    Dr Kumar Mahabir,

    San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • Stranded Trinidadians finally allowed into their country by the TT government yesterday 21/04/2020.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, And best wishes to them…they sung beautifully the praises of their Bajan saviours.

    @Enuff, wrong is WRONG regardless of whether your party or another’s party does it…

    Rowley daughter’s case is a canard…it has nothing to do with this….Yes there are stranded citizens around the world trying to get back to their homes…but in NO instance have we heard ANYTHING like the TnT debacle…none.

    Any charters (and we can call that flight as such) which brought citizens to their country were allowed landing permission… flights are generally cancelled before departure when the home govt has a serious concern but if the citizens get to the homeland they are then tested and quarantined as needed…according to media reporting. (And here let’s be clear the originating point was Gatwick..the TnT govt needed to cancel THERE not at Grantey Adams.)

    What TnT did is still incomprehensible on practical grounds..and it gives ample room for all types of suspicions to grow. The fact that Bdos quarantined the Trinis safely makes the TnT decision even more confusing… why couldn’t they have done the same.

    If POTUS had done this we would race bait t, bait it as ignorant or otherwise label it as nonsensical …so we will give Dr. Rowley and Min Young a pass because it is an Indo-Trini plot and his daughter is stranded too.. How does that work!

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  • Taken from a Trini chat room the blogmaster is a member.

    “….But back to the mouthy minister. We don’t know how much of this rubberised sabre-rattling is Young’s own attempt to raise his profile in the Keith Rowley cabinet or whether his angst with Barbados is an appeal to the political base in an election year. We don’t have the answer but we find his handling of the matter offensive to the spirit and practical application of regional integration among two of CARICOM’s founding members.

    One must remind our Trinidadian friend, that when many in the region and around the world were closely monitoring the novel coronavirus’ rapid spread from Wuhan, China to parts of Europe and North America just two months ago, it was Trinidad and Tobago that went ahead with Carnival 2020, leaving its doors sprawling open to thousands to party with fun-loving folks. There was no social distancing, no quarantine, no temperature checks and no citizens were allowed to go and come – unless they had a rag, a flag or something liquid in their hands.

    The minister for national security seems to bring his youthful legal appetite for confrontation and challenge to his ministerial role. But he may want to do a little brushing up on his international relations first; history, too”
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/04/28/bteditorial-what-is-wrong-with-stuart-young/

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  • 33 Trinis say thanks again

    TRINIDAD EXPRESS,

    Added 05 May 2020

    The Trinidad and Tobago nationals who were stranded in Barbados are finally leaving quarantine. (GP)

    PORT OF SPAIN – As they prepare to leave quarantine at the National Racquet Centre in Tacarigua step-down facility, 33 Trinidadians are sending their love to the people of Barbados.

    The group was taken in by the Barbados government on humanitarian grounds, after they were unable to arrive back to this country before the closure of its borders on March 22.

    They spent two weeks at the National Racket Centre. Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram says the group will be released today.

    They left Barbados on April 22. Prior to departure, members of the group spoke to Nation News about their stay here. (Trinidad Express)

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