The Law and Protecting the Elderly – Managing by Default

Submitted by a Concerned Party (updated 1/07/2020 7:33PM)

In the High Court of Judicature CV#333 of 2019 – When losing is winning big

The law.
A dear elderly friend mentioned to me some difficulties he was experiencing at the hands of his children together with their mother, his ex-wife, I realised it was elder abuse immediately but especially flagrant abuses of his civil liberties.
He wanted to get his attorney to conduct or change some business but was being prevented from so doing.  Since I was well known to the household I told him I will inquire for him but would need his permission. I however made an appointment with my attorney and called him saying I’ll pick him up the next day to take him to the attorney.  When I arrived the next day his daughter was there with him and asked what the mission was about. I ignored the question. This was 2017.
I visited the Welfare/Probation Department and complained. They said he has to make the complaint himself. I went to the Police but they said the same thing. Called the US Embassy they said the same thing. They further said that they have to respect the laws in the host country and there were none that empowered them to intervene.
Bound and in disbelief I consulted an attorney who said there were no elder abuse laws in Barbados but I could bring the case under Neglect or  such but advised that unless they get instructions directly or a written authorization they couldn’t take the case.  No attorney would take the case or bring a case unless the elderly give direct instructions.
I continued to monitor the situation. But subsequent visits the daughter was always very in the midst of us so that no personal or private conversation could be conducted. It is unacceptable that there is not one authority in Barbados that can move in and protect the elderly that are being abused either physically or financially or civilly or sexually or psychologically except the elder makes that complaint themselves.
So what was very peculiar in this instance was the hostage effect. The elder was barred from using the telephone he pays for or visiting or being visited by anyone outside those who bought the talk that he is senile or suffers (incurable) from Alzheimer’s. Everyone is warned that he doesn’t know what he is saying so they let sleeping dogs lie.
There is apathy when dealing with the elderly too. Its as though they have passed their “use by date”. While visiting the Probation Department I collected literature on Elder Abuse under the UN Human Rights Convention. I decided that I would bite the bullet and get some action on this elderly’s behalf using this Law.
I filed a case in the High court in March of 2019 with an emergency application seeking among other orders, primarily a Protection Order and Partial-Custodianship.  I was given April 19th (Good Friday) then that was postponed to July 25 which was postponed again and then to year end, 2019. After some outside intervention I finally got a Judge and date: February 27 2020.
1. On that first appearance January 27, 2020
The Judge said she studied the file and is aufait with the case contents and orders sought. She asked if anyone helped me with the Application and I said no but I did speak with an attorney.  She knew it was flawed. But before sharing this with me and giving me the leave to correct it she continued with it as is. She told me that I will get some of the orders but not all. She adjourned for two weeks  to invite the Probation department to guide her, saying that this matter was new to the courts.  I was relieved that I could then leave this burden to the professionals.
2 Second Appearance: February 13, 2020
On that date I appeared and there was no Officer from the Probation Department (PD). Instead the judge told me that she had decided to deal with the matter under the Mental Health Act (MHA) because the PD doesn’t have power under their Act to deal with such aspects of this matter but only economic assistance. She did not consider any other act. She instructed me to serve all the Defendants. I resisted because I requested an Ex Parte Application for a Protection Order on this action and that wasn’t given. She said that is for Magistrates’ courts. She said serve the defendants.  I tried to explain the dangers in these cases (and trafficking) of alerting the perpetrators/defendants of what is happening while the victim/elderly remained in the dwelling and in a vulnerable state. She said,“that’s a chance we will have to take”.  Distressed and overwhelmed I began canvassing the various agencies that are or should be dealing with elderly abuse or care of the elderly or human rights to try to avoid serving and alerting the defendants of the pending actions while the victim remained in the same space.  No one could do anything but the Ministry of People Empowerment advised that there were many legislations that could have been used that authorize the ance of a Protection Order.  They couldn’t do anything since the matter was already occupying the courts’ attention. At a dead-end and with the deadline for minimum service time nearing I went against my better judgment and decided to go ‘like a lamb for the slaughter.  I served the documents.  No time was I told that the case before the court was procedurally wrong.
3 Appearance February 25, 2020

The Defendants appeared with an Attorney who said that I had no grounds for bringing a case on behalf of the elderly since I did not seek and obtain the courts’ permission. He moved to strike out my case in place for an application for Custodianship of the elderly by the very Defendants who the elder asked to be protected from the Mental Health Act. claiming I did not have the court’s permission. ​I asked for immunity for any possible damages for bringing the case​ and the Judge seemed shocked at the request. The Attorney ventured that I was asking for immunity only because I didn’t want to pay cost. I said I wasn’t bothered about cost. That went over his head. I informed that there was another child from another relationship. The Judge cautioned that the defendants must be transparent and that all relevant parties must be included in the application. The attorney indicated that the Act allows the patient to say who he wants to be involved in his care. To my mind that is under normal circumstances when the elder is in agreement to and part of that decision but not part of the Claim. The Judge then said if by the adjourned date she does not have the MHA application before her “the issue will have to be kept alive” . that is the case on file. The same case with all the ‘not procedurally sound’ issues.

With this conditionality and know it would take some time to get in touch with the other child, ​and knowing that I did not use the MHA but was guided by the Human Rights Act/Principles for Older Persons resolution 46/91 of December 1991 of which Barbados is a signatory I decided to prepare and file my Submissions.

The 2nd Claimant did not appear because although the Court served Take Notices on all parties, he did not receive his service. The defendants purposely and maliciously withheld all this information from him. The matter was adjourned for March 20. ​The Attorney indicated to me after the hearing that he has never met the 2nd Claimant.

The case was further postponed to March 26 then along came Coronavirus.

4 Appearance Friday 26, June
The Judge indicated that she did have the application under the Mental Health Act in her hands and therefore she will dismiss the original case. I asked why and indicated that I filed submissions for my case which stated the law under which a party could bring a case on behalf of another and gives immunity. The Attorney interjected that I went ahead and filed submissions although I was advised that the application for the MHA would be soon coming. He further stated that I did not have the court’s permission to act as the elder’s friend.  I was shocked.  Only then did the judge say to me that my matter is not procedurally sound. He also stated that the Judge should not even have been entertaining me since I was not a legal party. Four sessions. I asked for leave to get permission.

I asked for leave to get permission but the Judge indicated that she had the MHA application in her hands (as if to say the one overrides the other).​ Not being an Attorney they distracted me. The Judge never reviewed my Submissions, it seems, as she clearly had decided to go with only what she knew and what the defendants’

Attorney proposed: the MHA regardless of my response to the defendants that I did have grounds to bring a case under the Human Rights Act as outlined in the submissions before her (filed before the defendants’ MHA) and ​which​ ​is interpreted to state that I did not need the court’s permission in this instance. The Elder was a part of the Claim.

My application was faulty, yes, covering what could be deemed many cases/issues. The remedy therefore could have been to strike out that part of the case which was in conflict with the Law and retain and ventilate those which were covered by the law as per my submissions.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs did say that there were several legislations that could have been used to issue a Protection Order. This is mind-boggling. I bowed out. I however asked for the elder to be allowed his independent attorney as in the first instance it was a violation of his civil liberties;that he was held hostage in his own home and secondly denied access to his attorney and appropriate medical care and attention.

The big irony is that the Attorney asked for cost which I instructed that the 2nd Claimant will have to pay since it was his case I was joined with. ​He has to pay the cost for attempting to bring a case against the defendants who used his money to mount the defence against his case. T​ he very defendants who are again now using his money to bring a MHA application without his knowledge or consent to suggest/ inquire into his capacity to manage his own affairs and for them to do so if he is found to be incompetent.

Stephen Lashley missed it all along…that the elder was also listed as Claimant. LMAO

The Law is an Ass. Or the people that work it.

Nothing in my Statement of Case suggests that I intended to be the party applying for Custodianship of the elder.

MISCARRIAGE  OF JUSTICE

223 comments

  • Congrats to @ PLT. He now joins: Justice Cumberbatch; Senator Caswell Franklyn , as contributors to BU that PM Mottley takes seriously.

    Does this mean @PLT will now disappear into the ether? Who’s next on BU to get a gig?

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  • William Skinner,

    Did you even read what I said????

    I suggest you do so.

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  • And I stand by what I said about the jackass Hal Austin and whoever else the tail fits.

    I also recognise your snide dig for the second time about my advice to KK and say that I have given much advice to many many children who took it very well because they knew I had their best interest at heart. And rather than be turned off by my confronting pompous asses and calling them out, they would applaud me for keeping it real and saying what respect for elders prevents them from saying.

    Now go back and read what I said because you have totally missed it!

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  • @ William (12.02)

    We may have to differ on the idea of a Bajan Condition. I fully understand your idea a conditioning, but that is a process. I am talking about an ou8tcome, an acculturated, and predictable, behaviour.
    As I have said before, I am not in a beauty contest and if people are upset or offended that that is their concern. I have no interest in the Barbados professional class or the political elite and certainly do not want to be on their Xmas list.
    I am not sure how closely you read the various contributors to BU, but if you do like me, you would be able to differentiate those who come out shouting, aggressive, looking for a fight.
    Then there are those who refuse to engage in any serious debate simply looking for an opportunity to heckle and throw stones; then we have the cut and paste maniacs, who add nothing to discussions apart from constant racialised abuse; we also have those who if they do not understand what a person is saying simply go on to interpret for them, rather than ask for an explanation, and there are the nutcases. You can count on one hand those on BU you can have a rational discussion with. Our upbringing is not deterministic. There is free will.
    @Wiliam, those collective behaviours are what I call the Barbados Condition, if you do not agree, then fine. We are all ‘victims’ of our upbringing, which is true, but if you are comfortable with the foul language, the verbal thuggery, that is also fine with me.
    I welcome debate, no matter how robust, and like matching ideas against conflicting ones, but not fabrications and outright lying to score juvenile points.
    If the intention is to intimidate, then they are picking on the wrong fella. If people feel insulted if their behaviour is described as the Bajan Condition, tough luck. I can give examples of imbecilic behaviour, but decline to.
    By the way, in my experience, it is unique. I do not find it among other Caribbean people, unless I know the wrong ones.

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  • “Who’s next on BU to get a gig?”

    Perhaps you meant this in jest, but Mia has shown herself able to neutralize those outside of the “yard”. She finds a way to render impotent those who are possible political threats.
    “Every man has a price.” If necessary, as was repeatedly done with others, she will find the “price”.

    This is one of her strengths that is never mentioned.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    I’ll still stick to what I said; all this talk about who on the rock and who off the rock is rubbish.
    But we are all adults and are entitled to behave how we choose. The young people fortunately ignore us most of the time.
    @ Donna
    Respectfully I’ll stick to my position. Same as what I said to @Hal above.
    Without BU and Brasstacks, the entire place will be totally barren of any meaningful discourse.
    Once more, we all owe David, a debt of gratitude for keeping BU going.
    Peace.

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  • William Skinner

    @ TheOGazerts

    Let’s place serious bets on @ Enuff and my pal @ Lorenzo. I think they will be tremendous assets and will do BU proud. Reliable sources report that @Hal is looking at High Commissioner. @Donna: Youth Affairs. I won’t be considered because I once lost my deposit.
    Being lighthearted folks😊
    Happy weekend to all.

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  • @ William

    Nah. I fancy being the gin and tonic taster in chief. Good for tourism.

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  • 🙂 Unable to accept the bet on Enuff and Lorenzo. They are not “outside of the yard” 🙂
    Don’t let them wipe away your smile.

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  • If you accept that the individuals mentioned are worthy where is the sense in being critical of involvnthem in government? Do you want competent people in position or not.

    >

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  • We love and embrace a simplicity that does not exist. In a short time we will have someone running in here and grouping people who share different opinions ideas and (possibly) values under the D umbrella..

    We have discussed how other factors can trump qualifications; the square pegs in round holes, how being a kin or who you know can serve to move a less qualified candidate to the top of the list.

    It would be surprising, if being “worthy and competent” and not other extraneous factors tip the scales in the direction of one candidate.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    White rum all the way myBrother. All I want is the rum industry nationalized and white rum price reduced.

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  • @ William

    We have said on numerous occasions. Rum is our only genuinely world class product, but this government could not organise a booze up in a rum shop. They are so fixated on tourism, they do not even know what the tourists drink.
    Open a rum academy, legally define Bajan (Barbadian) rum and promote it like the Scots do with Scotch Whisky. Let us develop local gin (again).

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  • NorthernObserver

    @William ‘Rum Lord’ Skinner
    You need to invest in your own still, and pump out the product yourself. Without a filter it won’t be clear like vodka, but will drink fine. Barrels are fairly easy to find for ageing.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Northern Observer
    Thanks for the advice. The only problem is that if I spend my time producing , I wouldn’t have time for drinking. Have a good week end NO 😊

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    The last time we produced a locally brand gin, Errol Barrow called it disguised rum or something like that.
    Maybe he was a gin man like you my friend.

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  • Not in MB or PLT class. But I do have a few pennies that I can gamble with.
    If you can convince me, me and my money can be parted.
    Tired of 0.1% interest

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  • @ William

    I am trying to remember some of the gin brands my mother used to sell. Whatever happened to those? As for Barrow, I hope we shared nothing in common. He was from St Lucy and went to Wesley Hall.

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    Gordon’s , Gilbeys ,Beefeater. I think White Tavern etc

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  • There is aggressive and there is passive aggressive.

    You come here every day insulting people and somehow think you should be allowed to get away with it.

    There are some people who can insult you and you don’t even realise it for a second. But you are not so skilful. You think because you say it softly and in the queen’ English it doesn’t count as incivility??

    Steupse! Jackass! That is the queen’s English too.

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  • @William

    You want the blogmaster to post a topic on liquor?

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  • @ William

    Those are all imported brands. I am talking about locally produced gins. I am sure Alleyne Arthur produced one, so did Hanschell

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  • William Skinner

    @ David

    Not really. I know BU is considered a “ rum shop” but sometimes I feel the discussions are way below what obtained in rum shops I once frequented. However, I would advise you and others to not follow @ Hal with the gin. We produce much better rum of all varieties. Lol

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  • @William

    Have an experiment this weekend. Try a gin and let me know how it felt.

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  • @Hal 8:53 a.m
    I read you entire submission an have one bit of advice for you
    ” I am not in a beauty contest”
    🙂 Calculate your chances of winning 🙂

    I just figured out why others don’t like my comment. I think I remind them of a son born of Lawson (tries to be funny) and cuhdear (nitpick, make mountains out of molehills)

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  • Wuhlaus! I just imagined him in a swimsuit posing.

    TheO, you need to stop!

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  • Donna
    Pay Hal Austin no mind. Nobody building houses on transport board site.

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  • Correction – the young people ignore YOU.

    AND you should direct your comments to Hal Austin who without any provocation said yesterday that he avoids interactions with EVERYONE on this rock who has not lived overseas as though we are beneath his fat jackass self. But you did not jump out to correct him but want to put me in my place while you chatter away nicely to him.

    Look, be off do!

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  • @Dullard July 3, 2020 7:15 AM “Who’s next on BU to get a gig?”

    Please, not me.

    Too old.

    Too tired.

    Worked long enough already.

    44 years for pay.

    All my life since age 4 in the fields.

    I don’t want no political pick.

    There are enough bright youn Bajans in and out of Barbados. Let them do the work.

    I trust them to do the work.

    Me?

    Taking a nap right now.

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  • He is a pompous, lying, deceitful jackass! Hard to ignore that every day.

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  • Cherfleur/Concerned Party mentioned that she is a foreigner living in Barbados. So while this “Good Samaritan” attempts to move heaven and earth for the care of someone else’s daddy, I wonder who has cared for or who is is caring for her mummy and her daddy in a foreign land?

    The Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 7, verse 5 advises “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

    We all need to spend more time and ‘yes” more MONEY looking after our own elderly parents.

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  • AND you should direct your comments to Hal Austin who without any provocation said yesterday that he avoids interactions with EVERYONE on this rock who has not lived overseas as though we are beneath his fat jackass self…..(Quote)

    Plse cut and paste where I said the above. Is it the norm on BU for some contributors to fabricate things for effect?

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  • @Donna July 3, 2020 3:30 PM “…fat…”

    Cuh dear Donna, ya din hafta to call ‘e fat, even if he is.

    Did I tell you that when I went to my doctor after the lockdown that I had lost a pound. Little Johnny told me “ma, you are likely the only person in the world who lost weight during the lockdown”

    But all that yard work certainly takes he weight off.

    Feeling good.

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  • You cut and paste. I am using a phone and haven’t a clue how to do it. My pc is in the shop and my son is on the lap top.

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  • I know a lady, a returnee, who told me that she tries to avoid stay at home Bajans, unless she really has to come in to contact in business, shopping etc. Otherwise, all her close friend are fellow returnees….(Quote)

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  • AND you should direct your comments to Hal Austin who without any provocation said yesterday that he avoids interactions with EVERYONE on this rock who has not lived overseas as though we are beneath his fat jackass self…..(Quote)

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  • Already went back and read. You should post the entirety of what you said because it will show the build up, the reference of your friend to back up your opinion of us and your obvious agreement with the sentiment.

    So…. though you may not have said those exact words ( I only skim because they are usually offensive) though you may not have said those exact words, your meaning was clearly implied.

    Funny I never used this phrase before but it popped into my mind when I reread your post – a choice Bajan phrase that fits ever so perfectly –

    SAME DIFFERENCE!

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Don’t usually use fat as an insult but it just fit nicely.

    Hal tries my patience.

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  • AND you should direct your comments to Hal Austin who without any provocation said yesterday that he avoids interactions with EVERYONE on this rock who has not lived overseas as though we are beneath his fat jackass self…..(Quote)

    So…. though you may not have said those exact words ( I only skim because they are usually offensive) though you may not have said those exact words, your meaning was clearly implied…(Quote)

    The Bajan Condition at play. This is what I think you really wanted to say. These words were in your mind. Is there a resident psychiatrist?

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  • And if there is one he should start with you. You get great joy from disparaging the people from whom you came. You ought to get that checked.

    Me? I disparage those who disparage me. That is quite normal.

    Sick pig!

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  • William Skinner

    @ Hal
    Not a chance. Have not touched gin for over twenty five years.Cheers bro’

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  • The Overseas Bajan Condition!

    Think they know all. Think they are superior. Think when they marry a white woman they have arrived. Behave as though they have cause to pity us because our life is sooooo miserable. Some of you get it and others don’t. We have examples of both here.

    Miller lives overseas. Theo lives overseas. Dpd lives overseas. They don’t have it. Neither does Skinner. I can’t remember them all. Your kind is in the minority.

    Thank God!

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  • @ Donna

    I agree with you re: “Many cases of the system not working in USA, CANADA, (UK).” However, we should use those situations as examples to rise above the mediocrity that sometimes surrounds us.

    There is usually a collaborative effort between social welfare agencies, such as NAB, NHC, UDC, RDC, Welfare Department, Poverty Alleviation, QEH, Child Care Board and the Disabilities Unit. If a complaint is made to one agency, referrals are made to all the other relevant agencies.

    ‘Concerned Party’ mentioned going to the police, on behalf of the elderly gentleman, but was told the he would have to make the complaint himself. Why? What did she say to solicit that response? Also, she admitted her “application was faulty,” the Judge said the “matter is not procedurally sound,” and having gone to Elder Affairs, (which she should have done in the first place), to learn they can’t do anything because the matter is before the Court, I was shocked someone actually wrote “the complainant acted correctly.”

    The system definitely needs improving. But, until that happens, we have to work with and make the best use of what’s currently in place. That’s one of the reasons why I believe ‘Concerned Party’ should have gone to the Ministry of People’s Empowerment & Elder Affairs or NAB….. first.

    We have new car dealers lobbying government to ‘level the playing field’ between them and used car dealers; LGBT for equal rights; and women empowerment groups against sexual abuse. Similarly, proposals could be developed collaboratively between special interest groups, such as Men’s Education and Support Association (MESA), National Organisation of Women (NOW), Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) and ESPECIALLY Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP), and use them as a basis to lobby ‘government’ for favourable public policy changes and the enactment of legislation to protect the elderly from all forms of abuse.

    In this regard, rather than being seen as elitist groups catering to retired professionals and ‘well to do’ middle class people, organisations such as BARP would have a significant and important role to play. Surely if they are “dedicated to improving the quality of life of older persons throughout the island,” then addressing the issue of elder abuse should be a PRIORITY. I’m sure among its membership are retired lawyers who could advise and assist in drafting proposals.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @WS
    It takes far less time than you think. You have a good July 4th.

    @Blogmaster
    why not a Rum blog lol?

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  • Artax,

    Good ideas. Unfortunately BARP seems to have morphed into a fairly useless club. Ran into a lady brimming with ideas and energy while standing in line at the credit union. I asked her why she didn’t attend meetings and pass her ideas on. She said she had done so on many occasions and was dismissed. She wasn’t of their ilk from what I could tell. But she was far more intelligent and useful.

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  • AND you should direct your comments to Hal Austin who without any provocation said yesterday that he avoids interactions with EVERYONE on this rock who has not lived overseas as though we are beneath his fat jackass self…..(Quote)

    Plse cut and paste where I said the above. Is it the norm on BU for some contributors to fabricate things for effect?

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    @ Hal

    YOUR FRIEND MAY BE GOING THROUGH MENOPAUSE.

    NO DIFFERENT TO @Lorenzo who have the same Bajan Condition.

    SHE WAS NOT BORN IN BARBADOS YET SHE IS MORE BAJAN THAN YOU AND I BOTH BIRTHED ON THE 2 x 3 ROCK.

    SOMEHOW SHE FEELS SHE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL HER OPINION AND FEELINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT.

    IGNORE HER SHE WILL WILL CONTINUE HER SPURIOUS SILLY ATTACKS.

    YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH A WOMAN WHO IS SO DELUSIONAL THAT SHE BELIEVES SHE IS AMONG THE RICHEST 10% OF THE PEOPLE ON THE GLOBE.

    MIND YOU SHE DIDN’T SAY BARBADOS WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN MORE BELIEVABLE.

    THAT IS WHY THEIR LOCAL POLITICIANS TRICK AND FOOL THEM BECAUSE MANY DON’T SEEM TO BE IN TOUCH WITH REALITY AND TRUTH ON THE ISLAND.

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  • Just imagine Austin as a returning national.🤣🤣🤣

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  • Enuff. Now I will have nightmares once I go to bed.

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  • Born in England. CONCEIVED RIGHT HERE IN BARBADOS.

    NOW… how many billionaires are there? How many millionaires are there? How many people are there? Look it up!

    The billionaires and the millionaires make up less than two percent of the world’s population.

    That means that one can be in the top three percent with less than a million dollars net worth. US dollars of course.

    Do the math! Most people are poor, working poor or middle class with less than a thousand in the bank and huge mortgages, car loans and multiple maxed out credit cards. The things they buy depreciate in value while the interest they pay on the purchases increases. They pay minimum balance.
    All except the mortgage where you pay for years mostly towards interest before acquiring any real equity in the property. Do you understand how to calculate net worth ?

    What do you think all the unrest in the world is about????? Over the last couple of decades the money has increasingly been transfered to the Bernie Sanders favourite one percent.

    I ask you again – you don’t know me so how do you know my net worth? STRANGE THAT I HAVE NEVER QUESTIONED YOUR QUALIFICATIONS OR YOUR SALARY AS SOME DO. NEVER CALLED YOU A LIAR BUT YOU SPEW SUCH VENOM AT ME TEKKING UP HAL FIRE RAGE.

    PS. Is there something called male menopause? If not what is your excuse.

    Have a good night! I intend to.

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  • Enuff and Cuhdear,

    Noooooooooo!

    😬😬😬😬😬😬

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  • I ask you again – you don’t know me so how do you know my net worth? STRANGE THAT I HAVE NEVER QUESTIONED YOUR QUALIFICATIONS OR YOUR SALARY AS SOME DO. NEVER CALLED YOU A LIAR BUT YOU SPEW SUCH VENOM AT ME TEKKING UP HAL FIRE RAGE.

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    @ Donna

    WOULDN’T BOTHER ME, AT LEAST I DON’T LIVE IN A DELUSIONAL WORLD HAVING TRAVELED WIDELY I KNOW WHAT YOU SPEW IS NONSENSE.

    ALSO NOT TAKING UP FOR @Hal HE IS A GROWN MAN WHO IS MORE THAN CAPABLE IN HANDLING HIS OWN AS HE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES ON A FREQUENT BASIS ON BU BLOG.

    DON’T LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE WHILST TRYING TO THROW STONES.

    YOU LIKE GOING INTO THE GUTTER PERSONALLY INSULTING THE MAN ABOUT HIS WHITE WIFE, WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE WITH YOUR SCURRILOUS ATTACKS.

    YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM ATTACKING US/CANADA/UK ETC HOWEVER WHEN THE SPOTLIGHT IS TURNED ON 2 x 3 BARBADOS YOU BEHAVE AS IF YOUR SOLE OPINION MATTERS.

    GROW UP AND STOP MAKING YOURSELF SILLY AS MANY DO ON THE ISLAND WHO DON’T WANT TO FACE REALITY AND TRUTH INSTEAD OF CONSTANTLY ATTACKING PERSONALLY BECAUSE DOESN’T SUIT YOUR NARROW NARRATIVE.

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  • @chudear Bajan
    The essence of migration. It gives one a world view. A broad view
    Your comments are appreciated. It tells me a great deal about you.
    It is exactly that reason why I did what I did so that someone else might do for my mother. It is also why I spend many hours volunteering in Barbados, so that someone elsewhere might do the same for my child overseas.
    Doing good, serving in wherever one lives, is what is second nature to decent people.

    My mother is well provided for I manage all my mothers affairs right here. I’m so situated.

    There is a deficit in the law or perhaps the operators do not understand it. This is a call for that to be addressed.

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  • @ Artax
    *****‘Concerned Party’ mentioned going to the police, on behalf of the elderly gentleman, but was told the he would have to make the complaint himself. Why? What did she say to solicit that response? Also, she admitted her “application was faulty,” the Judge said the “matter is not procedurally sound,” and having gone to Elder Affairs, (which she should have done in the first place), to learn they can’t do anything because the matter is before the Court, I was shocked someone actually wrote “the complainant acted correctly.”

    The system definitely needs improving. But, until that happens, we have to work with and make the best use of what’s currently in place. That’s one of the reasons why I believe ‘Concerned Party’ should have gone to the Ministry of People’s Empowerment & Elder Affairs or NAB….. first.*****

    this saga began 2017/18
    I said I went to Probation/welfare National Assistance Board, Police etc. It was from the NAB that I got the knowledge to was used to commence the matter. These three agencies are all under the same Ministry therefore they are providing the services of the Ministry.
    When the Judge gave the instructions to serve ALL the parties and knowing that that is not how it is done I contacted all those agencies AGAIN. Impotent, I got pissed and called the Minister’s office then PS’s and finally got the Deputy PS’s.
    Going to court involves liabilities. I have too much to lose to just go jump.
    By the way, there are persons around me that are having similar, but not so severe, experiences. I cannot make a strong case for them and wouldn’t. I do not know them as long as this family and I would have no proof or anyone to confirm anything I say. I have the attorney to support much of my claims regarding my role in matters from before 2015. These matters can get very messy also. Its why people just leave sleeping dogs to lie. But where there are strong legislations and especially community awareness, helping becomes second nature, smooth and practical.

    I don’t and won’t shit where I have to sleep.

    The Ministry and GIS should be publishing Bulletins advising the public on how to recognize Abuse and who to call to make such reports.

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  • People are living longer, mental health issues and noncommunicable diseases are on the rise, the younger generation s are not getting opportunities to work and and advance and or build wealth and we will all get old.

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  • Piece the Prophet

    @ Artaxerxes the superlative Archiver

    You said and de ole man quotes

    “…That’s one of the reasons why I believe ‘Concerned Party’ should have gone to the Ministry of People’s Empowerment & Elder Affairs or NAB….. first…”

    This is one time dat i Piece the Prophet (formerly Legend) will tell you that you are absolutely wrong!!!

    That organisation led by Cynthia Forde and her incredibly incompetent PS are two of the most incompetent waste foops that have ever crossed those respective desks barring the last DLP foops.

    This is one subject dat you ent know Didly bout and do not know how superlatively incompetent dem are.

    You need to get some inside stories before you even comment bout them two hear?

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  • DonnaJuly 3, 2020 9:58 PM

    Very right and very astute re wealth distribution. Yes, you also glanced a subject re the future that I refrain from going into in depth, for obvious reasons. You may guess what it is.

    Keep well.

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  • @ Baje

    Plse be kind to the mentally fragile. They need urgent counselling.

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  • @ Piece the Legend

    RE: “This is one time dat i Piece the Prophet (formerly Legend) will tell you that you are absolutely wrong!!!”

    Please explain what EXACTLY I’m “absolutely wrong” about? Are you concluding I’m wrong for simply suggesting the lady should have first gone to NAB or its parent Ministry?

    RE: “That organisation led by Cynthia Forde and her incredibly incompetent PS are two of the most incompetent waste foops that have ever crossed those respective desks barring the last DLP foops.”

    Please explain the above comment….. it’s a bit confusing.
    You’re the one who wrote Cynthia Forde and the PS are “incompetent”……. NOT me. I NEVER MENTIONED ANYTHING in my contribution about the two individuals….. or whether they’re “incompetent” or not.. And, how is their “incompetency” RELEVANT?

    RE: “This is one subject dat you ent know Didly bout and do not know how superlatively incompetent dem are.”

    How do you know “this is one subject dat (I) ent know Didly bout?” You’re being very presumptuous.
    What does knowing “how superlatively incompetent dem are,” has to do with the issue under ‘discussion?’
    Are you implying because, according to you, I don’t know how “superlatively incompetent dem are,” means I DO NOT KNOW the procedures to be undertaken in cases of elder abuse?
    If that’s what you’re implying….. does it make sense?
    Or, are you suggesting that, based on your perception of Ms Forde and the PS, NAB Welfare Officers or personnel from the Ministry are “superlatively incompetent” as well?

    RE: “You need to get some inside stories before you even comment bout them two hear?”

    Please explain WHY there is a need for me “to get some inside stories before commenting about them two,” when, (a) as stated above, I DID NOT MENTIONED anything about the two individuals in my contribution….. (b) how would the “inside stories” be relevant to the issue under ‘discussion?’

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  • We sometimes make simple things more complicated because it makes us appear as informed. Here is a case study: A concerned member of the public has reason to think the relatives of an elderly person is not being well treated.
    That person informs one of the official agencies, let us say the police. In a properly working system, that person’s civic duty is complete.
    The police (or welfare or NAB, or hospital staff) should thank the person for their concern, then get on to the appropriate agency, who would then treat the notification as urgent by paying a visit to the elderly person within 24 hours. That is the function of a multi-agency approach.
    If there is a relative present, after a few pleasantries, they should ask to be excused and interview the elderly person on his or her own. Then there are a number of actions the welfare worker can make. If they think the elderly person is too scared to talk, that is one form of action; in any case, the person should be put on a watch list.
    What I find interesting is that the Bar Association does not think it important to launch a campaign encouraging people to write wills and appoint some with power of attorney to make key decisions.
    By the way, when someone is admitted to hospital there should be a next of kin, someone with power of attorney or a contact, for hospital official to get in touch with if need to. That person then takes on the responsibility for the patient on discharge.
    A patient abandoned in hospital is a clear indication of how that person is treated at home.

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  • “….AT LEAST I DON’T LIVE IN A DELUSIONAL WORLD HAVING TRAVELED WIDELY…”

    Lawd fadda, 3 degrees, lecturer, multi-businesses owner, wealthy…..we soo hear he’s the 3rd coming of Jesus! Wahloss.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Donna
    what a fabulous two paragraph explanation
    “Do the math! Most people are poor, working poor or middle class with less than a thousand in the bank and huge mortgages, car loans and multiple maxed out credit cards. The things they buy depreciate in value while the interest they pay on the purchases increases. They pay minimum balance.
    All except the mortgage where you pay for years mostly towards interest before acquiring any real equity in the property. Do you understand how to calculate net worth ?

    What do you think all the unrest in the world is about????? Over the last couple of decades the money has increasingly been transfered to the Bernie Sanders favourite one percent.”

    The question you now need to answer is HOW did the money (wealth?) get transferred? And why does it continue. Does the greed lie with those financing the debt, or does it lie with those incurring debts (they cannot afford), or does cause lie beyond either.

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  • “….AT LEAST I DON’T LIVE IN A DELUSIONAL WORLD HAVING TRAVELED WIDELY…”

    Lawd fadda, 3 degrees, lecturer, multi-businesses owner, wealthy…..we soo hear he’s the 3rd coming of Jesus! Wahloss.🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    @ Enuff aka BEAVIS

    UNLIKE YOU AND YOUR BLP PARTY MATES I AM NOT IN 2 x 3 BARBADOS ENGAGED IN ROBBING AND LYING TO THE LOCAL BAJANS.

    YOU AND YOUR ILK ARE THE WORSE OF MANKIND.

    YOU SUPPORT EVERY CROOKED DECEPTIVE ACT BY BLP MINISTERS WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT YOU EXCEPT BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

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  • Nothern,

    A bit of both and something else besides.

    If I had all the money I spent stupidly …

    Mr. Big Shot,

    Travelled far and wide, two degrees and still a jackass.

    Signed,

    Happy in Barbados could be living in England.

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  • And sometimes we have people who are SOPHOMANIACS……they have delusions of superior intelligence….. they conveniently ignore certain points to pretend they’re knowledgeable and informed about EVERYTHING.

    Here’s the REALITY of a simple case study: A concerned citizen suspects an elderly individual is being abused and makes a complaint to the police, who in turn informs him/her the suspected abused individual has to make the complaint him/herself.

    We could ARGUE about what SHOULD or SHOULDN’T happen “in a properly working system” until the cows come home.’

    But, the UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS, although what is being suggested is the correct procedure…….. IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AT THIS POINT IN TIME. So, under these circumstances, what is the complainant supposed to do…… what are his/her options?

    Until the SYSTEM is IMPROVED, the complainant is left with TWO CHOICES……. (1) they could lament about what the police told them, ‘fold their hands’ and wait until what is being suggested is implemented, while the elderly individual continues to be abused……..

    ……. or (2) they have to use and work with the system that’s currently in place….. and that is to directly contact the agency that deals with cases of elder abuse or any other social welfare agency.

    How is that complicating a simple issue? We should be advocating for CHANGE

    Also, Welfare Officers are TRAINED how to conduct themselves in these circumstances.

    So, someone saying what should happen within 24 hours, how an interview should be conducted and what options the Welfare Officer has, is merely trying to impress this forum they’re informed.

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  • I will get my counselling right after you get yours, you pompous jackass!

    I ain’t backing down from you or your attack dog.

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  • @NO

    A reasonable question, you should not underestimate the power of messaging by those who have targeting those who aspire to have. It is psychological warfare. It is not a binary issue. The point was made on the other blog, the ‘establishment’ has the power structures made stronger through the years that hold the advantage.

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  • @Donna

    Stay focussed, BU needs you to. Avoid rabbit holes.

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  • Artax,

    You are a stay at home Bajan? Must be suffering from the Bajan Condition.

    FYI nothing works here. Everything is rotten. Everyone is stupid, lazy, crooked. Life is not worth living.

    But yet Donald Trump and his cohorts are doing DIXIE up in the wonderful COVID COUNTRY! And I am happy not to be there.

    Still they don’t get the message that the world is not perfect. We must work to improve it every day. It will never be perfect as long as mankind is in charge. The pendulum swings back and forth. Nations rise and fall flat. It is the human condition.

    In we are waiting for things to be perfect before we enjoy life we could kill ourselves now and be done.

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  • David,

    As usual, I will take your advice but I am only human and not as immune as you apparently are.

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  • Dem gun cuss me but i don’t care.

    Wondering if “Baje’ has a white wife also?

    That would explain his attacking a black woman for just saying the words “white wife”. Note that nothing negative was said about the wife. In fact, I think “PERSONALLY INSULTING THE MAN ABOUT HIS WHITE WIFE” is the greater insult.

    BTW: My opening was a question and not an insult.
    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Mr. Big Shot,

    Travelled far and wide, two degrees and still a jackass.

    Signed,

    Happy in Barbados could be living in England.

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    I will get my counselling right after you get yours, you pompous jackass!

    I ain’t backing down from you or your attack dog.

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    Dem gun cuss me but i don’t care.

    Wondering if “Baje’ has a white wife also?

    That would explain his attacking a black woman for just saying the words “white wife”. Note that nothing negative was said about the wife. In fact, I think “PERSONALLY INSULTING THE MAN ABOUT HIS WHITE WIFE” is the greater insult.

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    @ Donna

    ATTACK DOG BECAUSE I CHOOSE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL ATTACKS ON @ Hal AND IN THE GUTTER BEHAVIOR.

    I HAVE DEFENDED @ John, @ robert lucas, @ mariposa ETC WHEN CURSED/BULLIED BEFORE.

    I HAVE ALSO OPPOSED THEM INCLUDING @ Hal SOMETIMES LEADING TO HEATED DISCUSSIONS/MAJOR DISAGREEMENTS.

    YOU WANT TO BEHAVE LIKE A BAJAN BACKWARD JOHNNY TO PROVE YOUR POINTS WHILST BEHAVING AS AN IDIOT AND WANT TO CALL SOMEONE A JACKASS.

    LOOK INTO THE MIRROR BEFORE CALLING NAMES LIKE I SAY YOU ARE JUST AS IGNORANT AS LORENZO.

    DON’T CARE WHETHER YOU LIVE IN ENGLAND OR BARBADOS HOWEVER I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE WHETHER IT GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN OR NOT.

    @ TheoGazzerts

    I DON’T HAVE A WHITE WIFE OR WHITE GIRLFRIEND SO HAVE NO AXE TO GRIND.

    ON A BARBADOS BLOG WHICH HAS HEAVILY FAVORED RECENTLY HIGHLIGHTING BLACK VS WHITE IN WHAT CONTEXT COULD REFERRING TO @ Hal A BLACK MAN IN THE UK HAVING A WHITE WIFE BEING PUT ACROSS AS POSITIVE WHILST REFERRING TO HIM ALSO AS A FAT JACKASS AND OTHER DEMEANING WORDS.

    HOWEVER I AM APPALLING IGNORANT SINCE YOU AND YOUR BU COHORTS ARE THE ESSENCE SOLELY OF TRUTH AND UNDERSTANDING.

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  • @Baje
    Now you have me ‘hurting mi head’. There is a ‘next person’ who always uses “gazz”.
    Trying to remember who…
    Have a great day. Live long and prosper.

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  • @ Baje

    Be careful with the passive/aggressive gang who find it easy to conspire behind the mad and unhinged.

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  • 🙂 🙂
    What if the passive/aggressive gang were also mad and unhinged, does that double the number of enemies?
    Have a Great Day

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  • TheO dear,

    David has reminded me that we need to stay focussed. I intend to take his advice.

    Don’ t worry about me! I could take them on in person along with many more. Wouldn’t be the first time. Yeah, I’m crazy like that! Just like my mother.

    Focussing……….

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  • @Baje
    Now you have me ‘hurting mi head’. There is a ‘next person’ who always uses “gazz”.
    Trying to remember who…
    Have a great day. Live long and prosper.

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    @TheOgazerts

    MY ERROR PREVIOUSLY IN TYPING YOUR BU ALIAS.

    HAVE NO CLUE TO THE OTHER PERSON YOU ARE MAKING REFERENCE TO.

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    @ Baje

    Be careful with the passive/aggressive gang who find it easy to conspire behind the mad and unhinged.

    @ Hal

    IT IS PAR FOR THE COURSE.

    IT IS DEMONSTRATED DAILY FOR ALL TO SEE WHY BLACKS PRIMARILY FROM BARBADOS WERE KEPT IN CHAINS PHYSICALLY IN CHAINS AND WHY MANY STILL ARE MENTALLY 2020.

    SOME DON’T EVEN WANT TO FACE THE TRUTH AND REALITY.

    THEY WOULD RATHER LIE TO DECEIVE, ATTACK AND DEMEAN, THEN WHEN EXPOSED PRETEND THAT THEY ARE THE VICTIM WHO OBVIOUSLY CAN’T DEAL WITH TRUTH AND REALITY.

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  • IT IS AMAZING THAT THE ASSES THAT WANT TO BASH THE US/UK/CANADA CAN’T HELP BUT TO DEPEND ON THEM FOR ASSISTANCE TO SURVIVE.

    INSTEAD OF TALKING SHITE DEAL WITH ONE OWNS BACKYARD OF FAILURE IN 2 x 3 BARBADOS AND CONSTANT BEGGING.

    Caribbean to receive billions in assistance from US

    After months of lobbying, the United States has leveraged its leadership at the International Monetary Fund to provide $1.7 billion in new emergency funding for Caribbean countries, as a direct response to COVID 19.

    Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the announcement yesterday during the Twentieth Special Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, (CARICOM), which was held virtually, as she demitted chairmanship of the Caribbean Community to Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

    Mottley told fellow Heads of Government that both US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, had officially signed a letter to support the funding grant, and promised that if requested, the United States would support temporary access to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, for COVID-19 related assistance for the Bahamas and Barbados, the two Caribbean graduates from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    She said the emergency funding from the IMF was also expected to address the humanitarian and economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the poorest countries in the region, and would see Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines also benefiting from assistance.

    Mottley added that the Department of Treasury’s technical assistance office was ready to provide help in areas ranging from economic reforms, tax administration, public financial management, capital, market development and infrastructure.

    “Let me say that we have been arguing this case for over two years. And we have made it more recently again, in all of our correspondence to the heads of the international financial institutions, and to the heads of government across the entire global community …. That at the very least those countries in the Caribbean that have been graduated from access to concessional funding from the World Bank ought to be given access now, largely because of their needs and a pandemic, or the needs coming out of a hurricane, as was the case with the Bahamas with Hurricane Dorian, require that they have access to concessional funding that will allow us to meet the most urgent demands of survival first, and then thereafter to begin the journey of transformation,” she noted.

    Mottley said that the United States Government had pledged to develop a “multi-faceted framework” that would help the region address its “immediate humanitarian needs”, as well as assist in long-term recovery in light of COVID-19.

    The United States has advanced the G20 and Paris Club debt service suspension initiative, with five CARICOM member states being currently eligible, specifically Saint Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti.

    Mottley noted, however, that the “ball was in the court” of the Caribbean community to determine what they were prepared to accept within the context of the support that they were finally receiving.

    She stated that regional leaders now had to negotiate and see how the assistance could work in the best interest of the region, “on our terms in circumstances that allow us to be able to frame what is best for us, and how best do we restructure aspects of our economy, aspects of our debt, to be able to allow us to meet the needs of our population going forward”.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/07/04/caribbean-to-receive-billions-in-assistance-from-us/

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    WELL WELL WELL.

    LITTLE ISLANDS WITH NO PRIDE ARE THE REAL FOOLS AND HYPOCRITES STILL LOCKED IN MENTAL SLAVERY DEPENDENT ON THE WHITE MAN.

    WHILST THEIR BLACK LEADERS CONTINUE TO TREAT THEM LIKE FOOLS.

    “GIVE ME THE VOTE AND WATCH MUH” CONTINUE TO GROVEL AND BEG

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  • World-travelling, 3-Degreed, mogul

    You’re too damn funny!🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • @ Donna

    The ‘Bajan Condition’ was described as an “inexplicable, poisonous, destructive, hateful form of behaviour (that) has its roots in slavery.”

    Slavery was the ‘COMMON DENOMINATOR’ in the Caribbean…….. it was an experience SHARED BY ALL Caribbean territories. Obviously, the ‘behavioural characteristics’ of the descendants in EACH ISLAND, would’ve been rooted in slavery. And, perhaps that’s one of the reasons why there aren’t any significant differences in our ‘core cultures.’

    Bearing this in mind, on what basis could anyone surmise that a particular set of behaviours are rooted in slavery and confine them to a specific group of people?

    Interact with people from the other islands. Read the comments section of any regional on-line newspaper and you’ll realize there aren’t any significant differences between how people in those islands respond or react to each other’s comments and how BU contributors react to each other.

    Also, watch Nigerian and Ghanaian movies. Although the stories may be different, the UNDERLYING THEME is usually based on this “predictability of behaviours in certain social circumstances.”

    Therefore, wouldn’t it be reasonable if we conclude there also has to be a ‘St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, Grenada, Saba, Nigeria or Ghana Condition’ as well?

    Since people are prone to act similarly under certain circumstances, shouldn’t predictable behaviour be better described as the ‘Human Condition?’

    The ‘Bajan Condition’ is nonsense. It isn’t anything more than a ‘pseudo diagnosis,’……..(a diagnosis based on uncertain psychological analysis), created in the mind of a delusional, sophomaniac ‘pseudo psychologist.’

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  • World-travelling, 3-Degreed, mogul

    You’re too damn funny!🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    @ Enuff aka BEAVIS

    I MAY BE FUNNY TO YOU.

    HOWEVER I AM SURE YOU ARE NOT FUNNY TO MANY LOCAL BAJANS WHOM BOTH YOURSELF AND OTHER DISHONEST BLP MINISTERS MATES CONTINUE TO DECEIVE, LIE AND USE THEM FOR PERSONAL RICHES.

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  • Me? Uou need help 3-degreed. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Leave it to me and Barbados would not be begging. I believe we have what we need to live comfortably. Just not like the USA and other rich countries.

    It would require a new mindset. Me? I don’t need the high life to enjoy living. My tastes are simple. So are my son’s.

    Obviously we have to improve efficiency and reduce wastage and corruption. We need to cut down our import bill. We could easily cut down our healthcare bill by adjusting our lifestyles. Much that we could do if we only believed.

    Didn’t think that much about it until I was forced to hit the pause button five years ago and Bush Tea made me think.

    We have a dependency problem.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @DavidJuly 4, 2020 10:14 AM
    are you of the opinion the targeting of those who aspire is different in Barbados, than it is elsewhere?
    My observation from afar, is that post 2000, many of those entities which were once Barbadian owned, are now owned by the Trinis and others. Many have closed. I think beyond the few names constantly bandied around on either side of the skin tone divide, one needs to examine exactly WHO owns what. BS&T-Massy, SOL-Parkland, BHL-Ambev, Wibisco-Bermudez, many hotels have changed hands but I’m not up to speed, Nation/Starcom-One Caribbean, BNB-Republic, while some of the remaining larger players have looked ‘beyond Barbados’ for opportunity.

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  • Me? Uou need help 3-degreed. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    @ Enuff aka BEAVIS

    I AM IN NEED OF HELP WHILST YOU, LORENZO AND YOUR BLP BUDDIES LIE AND DECEIVE BAJANS.

    YOU ALL NEED A RH ROPE HANGING ON THE MANY ACKEE AND TAMARIND TREES AROUND THE ISLAND FOR THE MISERY HEAPED ON YOUR OWN BLACK PEOPLE YOUNG AND OLD.

    YOU RUN TO DEFEND A CROOKED BLP MINISTER AS USUAL THIS TIME ROBBING AN 80 YEAR OLD BAJAN ELDER WHILST RUNNING TO THE PRESS AND PUBLIC TO GAVE A FALSE NARRATIVE OF HIS INNOCENCE.

    SAME AS MIA WHO WAS GOING LOCKED UP MARK MALONEY AND ALL THE CROOKED BLP LEADERS WITH EVIDENCE IN HER RED BAG PUBLICLY PARADED IN 2018.

    YOU GUYS FEEL EVERYONE IS BLIND AND EQUALLY STUPID.

    NO WONDER @cherfleur COULD NOT GET JUSTICE FOR THE ELDER PERSON SHE WAS FIGHTING FOR FACING INJUSTICE ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

    NOW SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT LIVING ON THE ISLAND IS LIKE LIVING AMONG DEMONS.

    YOU MAY HAVE THE FINAL WORD.

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  • @NO

    And this blogmaster is sure you know the reasons.

    The rise of a Black professional class.

    The rise of a Black middleclass.

    Both with negligible interest in business because of a shift in lifestyle behaviour that has proved to be unsustainable.

    Then there is the excess capital if the TT market and the gleaming eyes of investors seeing the opportunity to asset strip undervalued companies because of lazy shareholders grabbing for the golden parachute.

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  • Baje you are a real real jackass in truth. I magine you on here defending ankther jackass in Hal Austin whose only purpose on this blog is to pull down Barbados calling it a failed state. Here we have through proper planning and execution have zero known covid cases while in England where he resides they do not have control on the covid cases all like now.Therefore who is the failed state?zThis also gives a lie to his claims that the president does not give details.As for you three degrees i also believe you need help as you are still angry over your party being redwashed poor fella.

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  • @ cherfleur

    SOMETHING I CAME ACROSS THIS WEEK A BARBADOS TODAY EDITORIAL WHICH WOULD SHED SOME LIGHT OF THE IMMORAL PEOPLE YOU ARE DEALING WITH.

    THE ROT STARTS FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

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    #BTEditorial – Drug trade’s tentacles reach outwards and upwards

    It is a matter of record that there are a few cases of illegal drug possession and trafficking in Barbados where the street value of contraband seized exceeded millions of dollars. Some of those cases have remained in limbo for reasons not only restricted to systemic failures and delays but inclusive of the disappearance of files and other conveniently peculiar occurrences.

    It is also a matter of record that there have been instances where some cases were adjudicated and the punishment meted out was noticeably light for reasons best known to those responsible, whether still alive or offering explanation beyond the pearly gates for their earthly actions.

    The fight against the illegal drug trade in Barbados continues to be a losing battle, whether officialdom wants to accept that or not. Much of this is due to the tentacles of this scourge on society reaching far and wide and enriching many whose opulent lifestyles have no genesis in legitimate employment or whose subsequent ‘legitimate’ business activities have been facilitated by money well laundered. It does not take a Harvard education, or one at the University of the West Indies, to reach a determination that for the illegal drug trade in Barbados to thrive, as it is doing, that the persons who play a significant role are not all the cabinet-maker’s son or the butcher’s proxy. It is often said that every drug seizure is but a microcosm of what is reaching our communities, facilitated not only by men of straw but by men of means. It is so in every jurisdiction where the drug trade exists as evidenced by the arrest and conviction of customs officials, politicians, judges, magistrates, lawyers, police, soldiers, business owners, boat owners and the like, across the globe.

    Depending on one’s degree of naiveté, Barbadians can determine whether they believe the country in which they reside is impervious to such vulnerabilities. However, there are those who will remain naïve although some from the foregoing list have already reached our own law courts and in a few instances have been convicted. But for a trade that ten years ago saw cocaine being sold for as much as BDS$20 000 per kilogramme or as much as BDS$20 for one small crack cocaine ‘rock’, and which has increased exponentially over the years, finding willing participants for the ‘business’ is not the most difficult undertaking.

    In Barbados, there have been situations that have flown under the radar, forgotten through the passage of time, or just ignored because the average Barbadian was not impacted by its occurrence. More than 20 years ago a Swan Street businessman was held at a Christ Church hotel with a suitcase of illegal drugs. That individual was charged and appeared before the law courts. It is anyone’s guess what has become of the case. Suffice to say that the individual involved has paid no debt to society. Years later two brothers enjoying the comforts of their adopted home, were nabbed with a major quantity of drugs. Following their trial and conviction, rather than the imprisonment, revocation of citizenship and deportation which their actions merited, a late official saw it fit only to give them a fine that made a mockery of the haul for which they were apprehended. Needless to say, a few short years later they were back before the courts for a similar offence.

    About a decade ago a young businessman was charged in connection with a container of drugs at the Bridgetown Port. The drugs had a street value of more than BDS$11 million. The individual at the time was already on bail for possession of a firearm and other serious offences. Justice still waits to be served in that matter, if it ever will be. Whither the case?

    One would have thought that Barbados’ minuscule size would have made getting a handle on the drug trade much easier than jurisdictions such as Colombia, Mexico and the United States of America. Everyone basically knows everyone. Barbadians know who is the plumber next door, the accountant, the taxi driver, journalist, customs officer, and they also know who is the dope peddler. Yet some dealers thrive in the business for many years without being brought to justice, other than occasionally by their competitor’s bullet.

    We often wonder if there are persons within our law enforcement agencies who have the intestinal fortitude to pursue those hiding in plain sight who might be the main financiers of this blight on Barbadian society. Are there individuals in our judicial system willing to track these vultures even if they have title in hand or in name? Do we have officials with the aptitude to follow the money and possessions and adopt strategies that do not only involve traditional surveillance and seizure of drugs and individuals? Wealth generation without visible or known legitimate means of income, can be linked to non-payment of taxes and be grounds for intense probe and possible prosecution.

    But alas, there is no surer sign that we are losing the battle against the illegal drug trade than when convicted or reputed drug dealers can be so emboldened to boast openly of their connections to politicians and others in lofty positions and demonstrate it with the brandishing of approved invitations to national, political events.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/07/02/bteditorial-drug-trades-tentacles-reach-outwards-and-upwards/

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  • Lorenzo
    And he is accusing us of tiefery and deception. Ain’t know me from Adam yuh. Plain igrunt with his 3 degrees LMBAO🤣🤣

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  • No Sweet Sunday Sermon?
    Did the blogmaster ban GP1?
    You banned the wrong GP blogmaster.
    Bring back GP1.

    *I can hear one of you saying “This guy is a hypocrite”
    *I try to be serious, but I often fail.

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  • NorthernObserver

    OK then, what are the issues?
    And yes I am one of those lazy ass shareholders, grabbing more for a safe currency trade, than a golden parachute.
    I see @PLT talking about GEL, gifts for entrepreneurship. I haven’t hidden that some profits from BHL sale, beyond the re-convertible initial investment, ended up in GEL. I did a little research as I am apt to do. A Trini fella I met, lent me a book “the history of GEL”, and the first words in the Foreward are “several years ago……..it became apparent we were the last two members of the Goddard family working in the business” and that is dated March 2005. This immediately struck me as odd. So I dug. Finally I discovered that after 1981(?)[40 years ago!!], despite a wash-pan of of a new generation [100+ and outlaws], several of whom were well educated, it seems that less than 5 family members ever worked at a GEL company, and most not past 1987. GEL obviously had a nepotism policy, or fear the third generation would ruin the business (even though the prior generation was officially the third), and not a mention elsewhere in the 270 odd pages of what was a significant event (policy?).
    My point is simply, that many of the high level positions have been occupied by locals and Caricom nationals, of all skin tones for several years. These are good paying jobs? Some research shows, several left a GEL operation to begin their own competitive operation, with a mixture of success. Isn’t that a form of entrepreneur grant?
    Add the rise of what you dub various Black classes, why are so few significant business owners? Or are there a lot more than we wish to acknowledge?
    Sir Kyff was by far the largest business operator. And he always flew solo. Now I am told he is living out his retirement in Cayman.
    You have the typical construction/development pirates, who are frequently the types to play games with the political class.
    BUT the island ran deficits from 2006 onward, over a billion/yr in 13 & 14, where did that money go?
    Is everybody just spending the money on conspicuous consumption, and ignoring investment in the future, or ownership in general. Or saving with a huge risk aversion.

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  • What about Ward Simpson? Has he got plans to take over from his dad?

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  • Piece the Prophet

    @ Artaxerxes the Superlative Archiver

    You are right, absolutely right.

    Your point cannot be vacated because you are soundly positioned

    You went on in a later post to say ad de ole man quotes you

    “…But, the UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS, although what is being suggested is the correct procedure…….. IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

    So, under these circumstances, what is the complainant supposed to do…… what are his/her options?

    Until the SYSTEM is IMPROVED, the complainant is left with TWO CHOICES……. (1) they could lament about what the police told them, ‘fold their hands’ and wait until what is being suggested is implemented, while the elderly individual continues to be abused……..

    ……. or (2) they have to use and work with the system that’s currently in place….. and that is to directly contact the agency that deals with cases of elder abuse or any other social welfare agency…”

    You are absolutely correct

    Here is my position!

    CherFleur made a noble outreach and was misled, by sin of commission or ommission.

    But here is the critical thing, she went to about 8 more agencies AND NOT ONE OF THEM, who deal with these matters daily, not even including the badword Stephen Lil Caesar Lashley, was able to point her where you did!

    It is the right agency but my point is that it is manned by some highly incompetent people!

    If Piece the Prophet was to enumerate their incompetencies YOU WOULD CRY!

    You are procedural sound AS USUAL!

    Experientially though de ole man would still advise that the reality that Concerned Citizen and Cherfleur speak of, is a world of pain

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  • @Baje at 10:10 p.m. of July 3, 2020 “YOU LIKE GOING INTO THE GUTTER PERSONALLY INSULTING THE MAN ABOUT HIS WHITE WIFE”

    Can you please explain for us how or why is it insulting to say TRUTHFULLY that a man has a white wife?

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  • (Quote):
    Therefore, wouldn’t it be reasonable if we conclude there also has to be a ‘St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Antigua, Anguilla, Montserrat, Grenada, Saba, Nigeria or Ghana Condition’ as well? (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It would be interesting to find out if the ‘people(s)’ of those same territories also see God in the same light as Barbadians see their god as a “Bajan”.

    Hal Austin’s ‘concept’ of the “Bajan Condition” is certainly neither new nor such an outlandishly ‘unique’ description of the people of his native land.

    Here is what is written by the historian Gordon .K. Lewis in his book “The Growth of the Modern West Indies”:

    “No people (Barbadians), observed [Anthony] Trollope, ever praised themselves so constantly; no set of men were ever so assured that they and their occupations are the main pegs on which the world hangs.”

    Perhaps, it’s that very ‘Bajan conditioning’ which has resulted in a “temper of glorious self-congratulation most outsiders find amusing, sometimes intolerable”; especially those from the ‘other low-islands or so-called backward territories’.

    Maybe it is that ‘enviable’ spirit of believing it is punching above its weight that the tiny titan Barbados was able to dispatch a telegram of total support for a militarily-weakened England in WW1:

    “Carry on, England. Barbados is [right] behind you!”

    Barbados has had its day(s) in the Sun. Its perihelion took place in the 1950s to 1980’s when it ranked at No.20 or as the No.1 developing country on the United Nations Human Development index.

    She might not be a failed state but she is certainly a falling star and- like an old prostitute- has seen much, much better ‘glorious’ days.

    The history of the rise and fall of its cricketing prowess can define and analogously describe the ‘state’ of modern Barbados.

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  • @Hal Austin at 8:10 a.m. of July 4, 2020 “By the way, when someone is admitted to hospital there should be a next of kin, someone with power of attorney or a contact, for hospital official to get in touch with if need to. That person then takes on the responsibility for the patient on discharge.

    My response: I have provided end of life care for multiple elderly relatives, and this is exactly what happens.

    @Hal Austin at 8:10 a.m. of July 4, 2020 “A patient abandoned in hospital is a clear indication of how that person is treated at home.”

    My response: Not necessarily. An elder who is already in declining health can go into hospital, and can decline even further while there. Old age tends to do that. Old age ALWAYS ends in death. For example an elder may have had a previous “small” stroke, but can still walk using a walker/walking frame, may even be able to use the bathroom independently. May be able to walk to the kitchen and make a slice of toast, and plug in the kettle. But as WE become older even the best medical care will not arrest OUR decline. So we may have a massive stroke while in hospital, and may be left immobile, incontinent of both bladder and bowel, may now need major help with the tasks of daily living, toileting, taking a bath or shower, preparing even the simplest meal, getting in and out of bed; and with doing other necessary tasks such as laundry, house cleaning, shopping, visits to the doctor.

    The family members may very well be overwhelmed and know that they cannot cope with this new normal. Please remember that those of us, and we are principally daughters, granddaughters and nieces who have provided more than a decade of hands-on care, are expected to do so while raising our own children, and working for sometimes very, very demanding employers, and maintaining our matrimonial relationships.

    In my case my youngest child was conceived the same month that my parents and another elderly relative started to experience precipitous declines in health, which did not stop until the just conceived child as 13 years old.

    Should I have quit my job and terminated the pregnancy?

    What would you have done in my situation?

    Me? I worked like a dog.

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan July 4, 2020 5:12 PM
    “Can you please explain for us how or why is it insulting to say TRUTHFULLY that a man has a white wife?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    We trust you are just as ‘comfortable’ when Peter Wick ham refers to his partner as his ‘white husband’.

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  • @Northern at 9:20 a.m. of July 4, 2020 “The question you now need to answer is HOW did the money (wealth?) get transferred? And why does it continue. Does the greed lie with those financing the debt, or does it lie with those incurring debts (they cannot afford), or does cause lie beyond either.

    Are you telling us that debt financiers lend money to people whom they know cannot afford to borrow? And if so is that any indicator of greed?

    The people borrowing what they cannot afford, may not know any better, but surely the debt financiers do know better. My question is why do the debt financiers continue to do this?

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  • The Bims, as I have said, are generally stout fellows. As a rule they are larger and fairer than other West Indian Creoles, less delicate in their limbs, and more clumsy in their gait. The male graces are not much studied in Barbados. But it is not only by their form or voice that you may know them—not only by the voice, but by the words. No people ever praised themselves so constantly; no set of men were ever so assured that they and their occupations are the main pegs on which the world hangs. Their general law to men would be this: “Thou shalt make sugar in the sweat of thy brow, and make it as it is made in Barbados.” Any deviation from that law would be a deviation from the highest duty of man…(Quote)

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  • @MillerJuly 4, 2020 5:50 PM “We trust you are just as ‘comfortable’ when Peter Wick ham refers to his partner as his ‘white husband’.:

    Yup.

    I am just as comfortable with Hal’s white wife as i am with Peter’s white husband.

    To each his own.

    Live and let live.

    Whatever rocks your boat. As long as it is not a minor or a person or being incapable of consent.

    I am cool.

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  • @NO

    Some hard questions. GEL is one of those exceptional regional companies that managed to execute a vision/business model that worked for the times. In today’s environment it will struggle because it was slow to consolidate and rationalize, in order to protect a sentimental ethos. The bottomline, it is an outlier example. It was a company that hired good talent and appointed directors/chairpersons who were competent.

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