What About the Economy Stupid

Prime Minister Mia Mottley continued the recent trend of making controversial and contentious announcements. She revealed government’s recommendation to rename the University of the West Indies in recognition of the late prime minister Owen Arthur. To honour convention of parliament parliamentarians in the Lower House set aside yesterday to pay tributes to the late prime minister.

The blogmaster has no problem with recognizing Owen Arthur to recognize his contribution to Barbados and the region. The Vice Chancellor and her management team will decide if to accept the recommendation from the government of Barbados, who by the way is its biggest contributor to UWI’s finances.

There is a creeping feeling by the blogmaster Barbadians – as is our inclination – are being distracted by ‘political noise’ and the current dire state of the economy is being relegated. There are several national conversations on the go – recognition of same sex unions, push to be a republic next year, by-election in St. George North and the latest – proposed renaming of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. It does not help that the political opposition and media will be consumed by these events and there the masses.

Wait a minute – what about the economy stupid!

186 thoughts on “What About the Economy Stupid

  1. To all:
    @ John A and @ Hal do not live in Barbados and they know nothing about the economy. They are rabble rousers, who don’t see anything right inn Barbados. Nobody ain’t listening to them. They just complain: we just get brand new electric buses; we get brand new garbage trucks and we are building a hotel corridor from Paradise right up to Enterprise and beyond. Not one damn thing ain’t wrong with the country. They need to stand where they belong. The two of dem only want the DLP back in power. Everybody else looking out for the good of Barbados. Mottley even got Sinkler who wreck the economy under the DLP on she committee.
    I don’t listen to dem two. They never run no ministry . They just want to see Barbados fail.

  2. @ William

    Thank you sir, it is a good thing I got my Bora Bora passport to fall back on as a plan B. LOL

    Dont worry in my next life i coming back as a sheep. Them life nuff simpler, all they got to do is follow the rest of sheep blindly and go where ever the grass look greener.

  3. Skinner you real funny and petty for a big man.It is amazing that you like criticize others especially Ms Mottley but when you and your gloom and doomers from overseas get a dose of your own medicine you behave like a 5 year old.These are the facts you do not live about here.2 you ran for the NDP and lost your deposit 3 you are a political lightweight.4 you are always rushing here to defend the Dems particularly Mr Thompson.These are facts you cannot refute and if those mash your corns too bad. Nobody ain, t vote for you, Austin Mariposa or Greene and if you lot feel you can do better throw your hat in the ring and challenge the BLP come 2023.As you know the easiest thing to do is talk back it up with some action.

  4. Mariposa, your ORIGINAL COMMENT was the “UWI named TO BE CHANGED to OSA University.”

    What you said give the impression that the decision was made already to change the name.

    Mia Mottley made a PROPOSAL to get the name changed, which is something completely different from your original comment.

    So how you could say it is me that wrote an untruth, when it is you that told the lie?
    And because I point out that to you it means I am a BLP yardie?

    Now you came back to say it was a proposal, which is now the truth.

    Stop the dilly dallying and admit you told a lie.

  5. To all:
    “ We would continue the policies of the Democratic Labour Party Government and have an all-day land fair to literally give away the lands.”

    “ You are selling the same land that was to be given to those (poor people from White Hill) at $15 a square foot”
    George Payne MP, BLP Barbados Today,

    For those who don’t know. Mr. Payne is a Barbadian living overseas. He knows nothing of what goes on here. All of this stupid talk about selling off land that was supposed to go to the poor people in White Hill is bare lies. I hope he stays where he belong. He always pulling down Barbados.

  6. After each fact, repeat the following “you said it before. Now boring”.

    you do not live about here.
    ***you said it before. Now boring.

    2 you ran for the NDP and lost your deposit
    ***you said it before. Now boring.

    3 you are a political lightweight.
    ***you said it before. Now boring.

    4 you are always rushing here to defend the Dems particularly Mr Thompson
    ***you said it before. Now boring

    You are a three-trick pony. You jump out nasty trying to intimidate, repeat the same old shit and publish an enemies list.

  7. @ peterlawrencethompson September 23, 2020 1:06 PM

    As said before, the 1-year program should only be the beginning. We need many more expats, expats building their villas here and having one of their permanent residences. This creates permanent jobs for cooks, housemaids, nannies, gardeners, janitors, guards and many other service providers.

    The fact is that in our gate communities many villas are permanently empty and there are many open spaces to build on. If we get 1000 expats to build a villa in our communities that will be 1-2 billion USD in construction costs! All paid with foreign money. On top of that, there are permanent services and purchases worth about 100 million USD per year (see above), so in 10 years it will be another 1 billion USD.

  8. @David

    “You still support not subsidizing the hotel sector? Allow it to fail?”

    The simple answer is YES. If the tourism sector does not survive the COVID 19 situation then there will be lmited need for HOTELS and their employees. Granted these people involved as owners, operators and employees must be addressed by some PLAN/PLANNING for the future. This is where the government is totally deficient, no plan/planning other than lets become a Republic and make same sex legal, maybe these unemployed people can start a new business pimping each other out for what ever same sex unions do. Government could charge a tax per foop fee, who needs Tourism & Hotels.

  9. @Tron September 23, 2020 8:38 PM

    You drinking that cheap Bajan Rum made with Jamaican molasses again, told you before that stuff is deadly on the Gray matter. Take your canoe and paddle over to Martinique and get some real RUM, it’ll grow hair on your chest and other unmentionable places and rejuvenate the gray matter.

    Sarcasm is way above most BU Bloggers intellect levels.

  10. Here is something that would offend nobody. Our capital is named after a bridge? A bridge? Not after a man or a woman, not after a Christian saint, not after any other religious figure.

    A bridge????

    Surely we can do better than that.

    So let us rename Bridgetown:

    OWEN. The name by which we all knew and loved him.

    After all the Americans have their Washington. Australia has its Adelaide and Darwin and more, the Canadians have Barrie, Churchill, Kitchener etc. St, Kitts has Charlestown, St. Lucia has Castries, Guyana has its Georgetown, Trinidad has Diego Martin, the U.K has at least 3 Victoria’s

  11. Why does everyone want a republic? A republic is for impoverished rags, for the naive masses.

    I would much rather have an empire, with Mia Mottley as the first empress “Mia I.”. Then we would have beautiful princes, dukes, counts and other nobility. Each Parish is transformed into a duchy, each village into a shire.

    Enough new jobs for everyone!

  12. Gazzerts i csll your name you always jumping on people, bandwagon.I choose who i respond to and you are not one. Therefore if you do not like my comments addressed to Skinner not you tough scroll past.It is amazing how thin skinned you overseas bajans are when criticized when that is your agemda everyday all day to criticize . Go figure .Anyway this is my only response to you trust me not worth my time.

  13. @ Tron

    Dont forget each chattel house owner now a Squire and every mongrel dog a hound, but most importantly every rum shop now a tavern if you please! Lol

  14. @Hal Austin September 23, 2020 6:47 AM “…time was taken up with a worthy, if not immediate, issue of paying respect to a former prime minister.”

    Not a former Prime Minister, because to use former implies that he might come back.

    Late Prime Minister.

    or better still DEAD Prime Minister.

    No more duppy politice ’bout here.

  15. Greene September 23, 2020 7:40 AM “the more important question in this regard and one for those making the decision, is why should the uni in Bim have Arthur’s name? i am sure someone will point to the land he gifted and the backing that the uni had when he was in power.”

    But he didn’t “gift” any land, because like me he didn’t have any land to gift.

    The land belonged to the people of Barbados, and is being used for the sons and daughters of the people of Barbados.

    He was in office, not in power, and he used OUR money to “back” the university.

    And I really, really loved Owen.

  16. @Crusoe September 23, 2020 7:51 AM “Meanwhile Trump fiddles as Rome burns, ”

    How can you say that about our boy Trump?

    It is being reported today that Trump has rewarded himself with an A+ for his handling of the COVID19 pandemic. However his team gets a D for their handling of the pandemic public relations. His team did not do a wonderful job of telling the American public what a wonderful job he did.

    I did NOT make this up.

  17. Worldwide the number of deaths per million people so far is 125.9

    The number of deaths per million people in the USA is 623 per million people

    The number of deaths per million people in Burundi is 0.08

    it may be that bigger is better so the country with the biggest number of deaths per million gets an A+?

    My math is not too good.

    Help me out nuh?

  18. @Dullard September 23, 2020 8:49 AM “When did Avi complete his doctorate? What was the thesis about?”

    You know very well that in barbados we too like to call people Doctor this and Doctor that.

    Just yesterday Dr. the Rev Mrs. Lucille Baird was pompasetting all over de people radio.


  19. In most other places people with honorary doctorates are not called, and do not permit themselves to be called Doctor.

  20. @Dullard September 23, 2020 11:03 AM “The history or major pandemics has shown that the 2nd wave can be worse than the initial one. ”

    But how many of our political/economic class read WIDELY outside of their narrow fields of interest, law, politics, accounting?

  21. @Enuff September 23, 2020 11:47 AM “All yuh could really hush and go plant some food.”

    i didn’t wait to be told. Planted my first crops for the year in March, the day after the schools shut down, because I anticipated that this thing would be very, very bad. I DO read widely.

    I have been harvesting spinach, okras, and bok choi for months, freezer full, had to give away some. Started harvesting cucumbers last week and pumpkins today.

    But I am wondering what agriculture would look like if we threw $300 million at it. If every square inch had been planted with food at the beginning of the rainy season. But by February 2021 the drought will hit us, and it is unlikely that a vaccine will be widely available by then so we are in for some really hard times.

  22. Coyotes !

    Bajan coyotes were extinct in 1701. Are they emerging from caves again? endemic species with BIG mouths and tiny heads, looked and sound like wild hogs.

  23. Donna…they want you to query the absent and ungraded complaints despite it being THOUSANDS of young people impacted across the Caribbean, these incompetent public nuisances in the ministries of miseducation. Nothing about waiving the $100 fee, they are as usual creating a class of helpless young people.


    “CXC has a long established process in place for addressing these concerns. Candidates who have questions about an Absent or Ungraded result, can submit a Query,” CXC said in a release.”

  24. Throne Speech reset

    THREE BROAD TENDENCIES, with a few differences in policy emphases, have emerged, in response to the Throne Speech delivered by Barbados Governor General Dame Sandra Mason on September 15.
    The first, is the pro-Government liberal line, which sees the move to republican status, the recognition of same sex-unions, and the softening of the criminalisation of marijuana usage, as progressive democratic developments which complete the decolonisation project and enhance the freedom of the individual.
    The second tendency, largely from the economists, has been to assess the pros and cons of the Government’s COVID-response policies, in particular its $300 million of recovery support to the tourism industry. While recognising the need for governmental support, this group questions the wisdom of continual support to an elitist group of tourism providers, in a context where COVID has sounded another loud warning against overdependence on tourism.
    The third group can be simply be classified as the conservative opposition group. Collectively, they oppose republicanism for historically pro-colonial reasons, they oppose marijuana legalisation due to ingrained and unconscious hostility to the cultural practices of the Caribbean underclass, and oppose same-sex unions on the claim that the Caribbean is a Christian society. One line, coming particularly from the official Opposition, the PdP, is that the Government has misplaced its priorities, since, instead of focussing on the material aspects of COVID recovery, it has chosen to engage in a project of “social reconstruction” which goes against the
    dominant cultural values of the society.
    This latter tendency, given its starting point in pro-colonial conservatism, is the least productive and most anti-developmental in outlook.
    It was indeed odd to hear a leading trade unionist, characterise republicanism as a distraction from the economic imperatives of surviving COVID. Decades ago, Lenin accused trade unionists of the tendency towards “narrow economism”, a condition in which their emphasis on “bread and butter” militated against their ability to embrace broader projects, democratisation and political transformation. Only “narrow economism” can explain why Senator Caswell Franklyn could reduce republicanism to “how many people will get jobs…Only a few legal draughts people”.
    However, what can be asserted is that the Government, aware of growing impatience with its failure to engage in genuine transformation, has radically reset its legislative agenda, while pursuing pro-business responses to the COVID challenge.
    One criticism, however, is the continued tendency of the Government to premise its domestic democratic adjustments on appeasing external powers. A related weakness has been its couching of same-sex civil unions and marijuana liberalisation in economic material terms.
    The time has come for the Caribbean’s democratic advances to be justified on the logic of our own internal struggles for freedom, rather than pleasing external forces with questionable democratic records. We are now in a moment when the process of decolonisation and democratisation can enter a new stage.

    Tennyson Joseph is a political
    scientist at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, specialising in regional affairs. Email tjoe2008@live.com

  25. Region hopeful of financial relief

    THERE IS HOPE that Barbados will be among countries benefitting from financial relief facilitated by some of the world’s largest economies.
    While it was not a done deal, Dr Dillon Alleyne, who is deputy director of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), said by next Tuesday it should be known if such assistance was forthcoming as part of a financing for development initiative by the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
    Alleyne said so as he urged the Caribbean not to be lulled into the belief that the world would return to the pre-COVID-19 “normal”.
    He was participating Tuesday night in the fourth edition of the Central Bank’s 2020 Caribbean Economic Forum, which was held online and focused on the topic Adjusting To The Post-COVID-19 Economy.
    The Guyanese economist, who is based at ECLAC’s office in Trinidad and Tobago said: “There is some hope in that the Secretary General has been pursuing a process called financing for development which will culminate on the 29th of this month and that process, led by six groups, is designed to hopefully bring some liquidity to the region, which… is under enormous stress.
    “That liquidity may also be through [special drawing rights] allocations and debt standstills which
    hope the G20 will extend to middle income countries to embrace Caribbean states.”
    Alleyne reminded that “all of this is happening in a very active hurricane season and in the context of climate change so it’s difficult for us”.
    “But I think we have to begin with clear planning and not be lulled into the belief that after COVID the world will return to what it was. The world has changed and the post-COVID world will be a different world and we have to be prepared to adjust to that world,” he cautioned.
    Alleyne said the global economy was “in difficult circumstances” and Caribbean economies “are no better off” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    “We have sought to keep our people safe, we have helped businesses, we have done as much as we are able to,” he said.
    “The debt to GDP ratio in the Caribbean is about 70 per cent and many countries have ratios in excess of a hundred per cent or close to a hundred per cent. And the issue is how do we finance the immediate short term needs and the longer term needs?”
    Another panelist, Dr Peter Blair, assistant professor at Harvard University, who is from the Bahamas, saw an opportunity for the region to emerge from the crisis more vibrant and with a united focus.
    “What COVID-19 is really doing is it exposes some of the vulnerabilities
    in the ways in which our economies have historically been structured and I think that this is a great moment amidst this global pause for us to really sit back and to reflect and to see why…our countries exist, for whose benefit, how is it structured to ensure the safety and the vitality and the growth of its own people,” he said.

    Source: Nation

  26. Today, today, these ministries of miseducation across the Caribbean are going to be WORLDWIDE FAMOUS…just as they deserve..

  27. @ Baje

    Thank you for your sharp perception. I am aware of the Barbados Condition, the back-biting, crab in a barrel, ‘don’t mind him, I know him’ mind set. The good thing about it is that I was lucky to escape from Plato’s cave, which blinds one to the wider world.
    I am familiar with the vulgarity, the foul-mouthed, abusive nonsense; it is a defensive trick to hide one’s ignorance. Watch how they come out like hungry dingoes looking for food.
    In the meantime, the nation drifts like a rudder-less ship.

  28. Let me ask a question. Who was the individual who first committed to free education for Barbadians and brought it to reality?

    That was a major step and a philosophy that persists today. Other actions since that implementation are wonderful and supportive of the ethos, but are but additions to support the concept.

    If the university is to be named after anyone, it should be named after the person who first brought the philosophy. Let us not rewrite history. Give jack his jacket and recognise fairly.

  29. The BEGGARS and BORROWERS of parliament….keeping the populations in perpetual financial bondage..watch them punch above their weight or is it wait…while complaining to the world about the “mental slavery” they themselves promote, condone and enable, but KEEPING IN INTACT for their own benefit..

    “THERE IS HOPE that Barbados will be among countries benefitting from financial relief facilitated by some of the world’s largest economies.”

  30. @ david

    I very happy from the articles above that the big brain people got the same questions about the post covid economy as me. I is only a humble one door shop keeper in the bush, but i kmow if the drink truck and biscuit truck passing Wednesday you better got the money for both dem!

    • @John A

      We can glean from the Throne Speech that government is still placing bets on the tourism industry bouncing back even if not to pre covid level. If this is the case the decision to subsidize the industry is understood. Your position et al is also understood. Bets are on!

  31. @ David

    Dont get me wrong, some level of tourism will return in the short to medium term. Just dont expect it to be at pre covid levels where it can employ the thousands currently jobless. My question to the bosses is what is wunna plan B for those people?

    Remembering of course we not just talking maids and barmen here, we talking everybody from jetski operator to tour company.

    But i woukd still tek yuh money in a bet though. Lol


    “It seems that Solutions Barbados stands alone in trying to pull Barbados back from the brink of insanity. We would be certifiably lunatic to give up our international insurance, just to please our politicians and activists – against whom we are insured.” Grenville Phillips

    Pray and Vote for Grenville to win the seat that has opened up in St. George.

    How China has poured billions into the Caribbean by investing in ports, roads and a five-star resort in a soft power grab – as Beijing is blamed for Barbados’s calls to drop the Queen as Head of State

    • China has been accused of ‘playing a large part’ in calls in Barbados to drop the Queen as Head of State
    • While Beijing has not responded, the allegation comes amid a heightening soft-power grab in the region
    • China has pumped billions into the Caribbean, both in direct investments and soft loan deals that has seen it acquire ports, construct roads, refurbish cricket stadiums and invest in the regions biggest casino
    • Barbados itself has received at least $490million and has signed up to Beijing’s Belt and Road trade initiative

    By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
    23 September 2020

    China has poured billions of dollars of investment into the Caribbean while signing tax and trade deals in an attempt to wrest the region out of the West’s sphere of influence and bring it under the sway of Beijing.

    The Chinese government has invested at least $7billion in six Caribbean nations since 2005, records show – building roads, ports and the five-star Baha Mar casino and resort in the Bahamas – though the true figure is thought to run well into the tens of billions.

    While some of the money arrives as part of trade and investment deals, much of it is offered as ‘soft loans’ for infrastructure projects that are harder to track and typically come with requirements to use Chinese contractors for the work. The loans also provide long-term leverage for Beijing over the cash-strapped island nations.

    MailOnline investigated China’s growing influence in the region after Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the UK’s foreign affairs committee, accused Beijing of ‘playing a large role’ in Barbados’s recent calls to drop the Queen as the Head of State.

    In addition to the loans and investments, eight countries in the Caribbean have signed on to Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative, including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, with agreements in place to deepen trade ties along with building bridges and airports, and improving energy and telecommunications networks.

    China has pumped at least $7billion in investment into the Caribbean since 2005, records show, though the true figure – when taking into account soft loan deals and private investment – is thought to run well into the tens of billions. Showpiece projects have included a cricket stadium in Grenada, a casino and resort in the Bahamas, and acquiring Jamaica’s largest port.

    Image… https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2020/09/23/15/33530758-8762119-image-a-20_1600871500066.jpg


  33. “THERE IS HOPE that Barbados will be among countries benefitting from financial relief facilitated by some of the world’s largest economies.”

    I believe that the full enormity of this COVID-19 problem is not grasped by all. Some of the world’s largest economy do not know if it will be business as usual or a recession that is ahead.

    We need our leaders to suggest solutions other than to wait with a tin-cup in hand.

  34. @4:33
    A bit harsh. Could be restated with honey …
    You are not supposed to look beyond sea, sand and sunshine.

    Have a great day, Barbados.

  35. “CXC is a separate entity.”

    doesn’t matter, ALL students have been impacted and only causes people to ask if it was a conspiracy between these two useless entities to DISENFRANCHISE thousands of students across the Caribbean, we know they have all been doing shit periodically from the 70s via the colonial 11 plus, but it has been taken to another level with this across the board bullshit…we await the lies to cover up..

    HC and QC have already submitted queries am told.

    I remember in 2010 when Jackass Jones and the other misfits at the miseducation ministry tried to prevent some students from receiving their scholarships….these repulsive little colonial rats would do anything to sabotage youing people.

  36. Donna…FYI and future reference, am told it’s one unit, one umbrella, it’s only callled CSEC for convenience…, regardless they did not expect the backlash, am told that children in Jamaica are going off on their treacherous evil asses.

  37. @ Hal

    Another question is when last other than the train ride at Nicholas Abby, was a new attraction of any impact opened?

    For the record I went and saw the train attraction and it is really well done.

    I believe like Disney World, a destination needs every year to add something new. It just keeps the product fresh for those that have come before. It doesnt have to be a capital intensive one either it can be one that makes use of what we have.

  38. For example what I think would do well here is a catch and release lake capturing our run off water and populated with fresh water fish. There you will have small oar boats where one could rent one and go and fish. As the name implies what is caught must be released. Some where say down by Lakes in St Andrew would work. You can also have peddle craft and such like there for rental too. In other words make full use of what we have.

  39. @ John A

    Since the late 1950s, and Ronald Tree, we have depended on sun, sea and rum to be our tourism mix. None of them is uniquely Barbadian. The reality, the crude reality, is that our tourism officials and politicians have no ideas.
    A few years ago a number of young Barbadians came up to the University of Surrey to read for an MA in Tourism Studies. Where are these people now? I know one has sadly died and one is now a lawyer, but where are the others?
    Where is our professor of tourism economics? Is there also a professor of the sociology of tourism? We interpret tourism as occupied hotel rooms; the worst bit is that we now see cruise ships as part of the mix, even if they are sailing towns and compete direct with long-stay tourism and the hotel and restaurant sectors. We even want to build a cruise ship port. How dumb can we be?

  40. @ Hal

    I have always maintained you cant make money off tourist unless you get them off the ship or out the hotel room. We have a massive nature reserve stretching from Barclays Park to St Lucy that generates nothing for us. It can be used in a structured way to make money for us. The Catch And Release Lake would only be one part. Then you have the dunes and paths that can be used too. For example in California they have these 3 wheel sail carts with large balloon wheels which are moved by a sail like a windsurf sail. The Beach down there stretching from Belleplaine all the way north is ideal for such activity. My point is we have not begun to utilise our God given attractions yet as money earners.

    We also have the old train line,much of which can be cleared for tram tours etc. Wunna need to come out the offices at the BTA and look around.

  41. @The0 8.20
    You are correct. Between Covid, Covid wave 2, Elections and ruling government’s in a precarious balance, the concept of aid beyond one’s borders is getting no traction.
    The ‘welfare state’ doesn’t stretch beyond one’s political zone.
    The GoB will end up expanding the MS to meet payroll and social payroll, to avoid converting the borrowed Fx. The CCP have already smelt opportunity. Who you think is buying those 0% coupon rate Corporate Euro bonds? Remember debtors rank above equity in any “reorganization”.

  42. If there were a rapid covid test available at the departure airport that was acceptable to the Barbados Ministry of Health for admission to the country, arrivals might improve quickly. Some airports are putting this into place. If a vaccine is close then waiting for that outcome might be a better option to boost visitor confidence. Can only conclude this season going to be very difficult. Time tells all things.

    With a view to passing on information to potential visitors who need a test, RVH in Barrie Ontario is now accepting on line appointments .https://www.rvh.on.ca/SitePages/coronavirus.aspx This is still a good site with a attached lab that will likely get you your results within 72 hours. Cold weather is coming to Canada. Drive through testing will be hard to do if it is minus 20F. RVH is planning ahead and hoping to relocate the drive though testing to a building that has a drive in with garage doors that close. Google RVH to find out more. .

  43. WARU,

    The institution is called CXC. That stands for Caribbean Examinations Council.

    CSEC stands for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate.

    The Ministry of Education of Barbados does not run CXC. It is a Caribbean agency.

    I really don’t understand what point you are trying to make.

  44. @Donna
    Lol….via multiple posts every day WARU continues her important work, which all essentially seek to make the same point from multiple angles. Just find the current angle, and remember understanding of an acronym or entities function is not her forte, but does not detract from her point.

  45. @Traveller
    I can find a Covid test easily, don’t have to drive to Barrie.
    That said, unless I own a place in Barbados, why would I go? Why are my neighbours going to Florida? If they didn’t own and could find no renters, they wouldn’t be going either. Snowmobile sales will boom.

  46. @Hal Austin September 24, 2020 4:33 AM “Thank you for your sharp perception. I am aware of the Barbados Condition, the back-biting, crab in a barrel, ‘don’t mind him, I know him’ mind set. The good thing about it is that I was lucky to escape from Plato’s cave, which blinds one to the wider world. I am familiar with the vulgarity, the foul-mouthed, abusive nonsense; it is a defensive trick to hide one’s ignorance. Watch how they come out like hungry dingoes looking for food.
    In the meantime, the nation drifts like a rudder-less ship.”

    According to Hal and we are back-biting, crab in a barrel, ‘don’t mind him, live in cave, blind to the outer world, are vulgar, foul mouthed, ignorant, hungry dingoes.

    It seems tome that Hal is exactly as he describes us, it seems to me that Hal has not escaped the cave at all.

    Why does not Hal admit that the reason he cannot return to live in the Caribbean and must forever remain in the cold, dreary, and now diseased England, is that his melanin deficient wife of Scottish heritage cannot stand the lovely sunlight.

    A happy and healthy winter to you both Hal.

    See I did not even use any bad words. I did not even refer to the people who nurtured me as hungry dingoes.

  47. @NorthernObserver September 24, 2020 12:11 PM “I can find a Covid test easily, don’t have to drive to Barrie.”

    Dear Northern:

    Little Susie who works in downtown Toronto, lives in North York, wants to come home for Christmas. Please do me a kindness and point me to some covid19 testing places in the GTA, preferable south of Eglington, West of Don Mills.


  48. According to Hal and we are back-biting, crab in a barrel, ‘don’t mind him, live in cave, blind to the outer world, are vulgar, foul mouthed, ignorant, hungry dingoes.
    It seems to me that Hal is exactly as he describes us, it seems to me that Hal has not escaped the cave at all.

    Cuhdear Bajan, you are right. I have noticed that Hal Austin like to insult people that don’t agree with his opinions. He always associates them with savages or animals.

    Let me give you a good example. Last week during a debate, Austin called me an idiot, told me that he now knows who I am and said he would not respond to me no more.

    Tell me something? Dismissing me after saying “I NOW KNOW WHO ARE,” is that not the SAME THING as the ‘DON’T MIND HIM, I KNOW HIM’ mind set?

    The truth is he has NOT escaped from from Plato’s cave, which blinds one to the wider world?

  49. @Cuhdear Bajan
    Here is a link to covid test centers. https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/resources-list-of-ontario-covid-19-assessment-centres-their-individual-criteria/

    The Premier of Ontario announced today that many Shoppers Drug Marts will be offering Covid testing effective tomorrow. There has been a large surge in people wanting testing and it has overwhelmed much of the existing testing facilities. It also became public knowledge today that the lab facilities in Ontario are not able to handle the current volume of testing and so Ontario is sending samples to USA labs for analysis. Ontario is trying to get approval to use a quick test system similar to that now being used in British Columbia. That would help but would not meet the present Barbados PCR test definition. Your big challenge will be to get an approved test and have the results in you hand within 72 hours of your flight.
    Sounds easy but takes planning. Many people are waiting up tp 7 days to get results. When you look at the list of test centers try to find one that has a lab on site such as a hospital. And if you can make an appointment like you can at RVH , great.

    Good luck.

  50. @ss
    I, and my family and friends have used Sunnybrook without issue. Unfortunately that is just N of Egl and east of DM.
    As Traveller note they instituted drug stores testing today for those who have NO symptoms.

  51. Listen to Northern… Donna….the point is, i don’t give a shit…CAPE, SEC, CSEC, none of it means anything to me, has your son gotten his grades yet?…WELL THAT’S THE POINT…..I have seen more alphabet soup acronyms in US and they still meant nothing to me….the amount they got would make your head spin..

    my point is the colonial educated slaves were allowed to control the island post independence and they ran every shit into the ground…that’s the point…while still fooling themselves that they are so precious, special and educated…bunch of frauds…

    don’t know how much you know about the fragile state of mind of kids at this stage with their high hopes and dreams, but if this is not resolved the psychological damage can become irreversible, especially boys, they can be very fragile mentally…..

    BTW…querying is still 60 dollars, although Santia said it should be waived, lets see what CXC says with their arrogant selves, i have one goal right now and it as nothing to do with some shite acronym….i saw a news release from Grenada where they are trying to do something about the ungraded, so let’s see what uppity Barbados says about that one.

  52. They better get it fixed, because am real far from being in any generous mood….and will drag their asses everywhere..they repulse me..and am thisclose to going nuclear..

  53. WURA,

    I was involved with teenagers for years and therefore know very well how they feel about most things.

    The governments across the region are not happy with the CXC right now. As far as I can tell, the only arrogant fool in this case is the Registrar. I expect he will get his comeuppance in due course because he had been disrepectful to government ministers.

  54. @ I agree. In my opinion, his reported response was sub standard coming from a senior official.

    It was dismissive, undiplomatic and lacking in substance.

    As some do, I expect that once Guyana gets this years fracas sorted one way or the other, the people there will get an alternative quote from a supplier going forward.

    If Guyana moves, others will probably follow.

  55. Perhaps CXC should have a well educated, well trained public relations person on staff.

    I think that maybe CXC has forgotten that it is the tax money, and the exam fees from the parents and students in the region which pays all of CXC’s expenses.

    It is NEVER EVER wise to bite the hand which feeds you.

    • This CXC matter is being dis in the Khaleel blog below. Please allow this blog to highlight the crime situation.


  56. Before we talk about medical tourism we had better turn out attention to the mess at the QEH, where people can spend hours before getting any attention. Then the professional attitude of the nurses and doctors need sorting out.

  57. Hal AustinSeptember 26, 2020 4:33 AM 100%!

    How can a person be waiting hours to get even Triage??? Abysmal. And then we hear that we got enough doctors in Barbados.

    And please, no replies from anyone about , ”well, you have to wait in NY” too. Do not set your standards on another’s low standards.

    • @Crusoe

      A big part of the problem is that Barbadians have not been obedience to the call to NOT visit the A&E for non emergency/non-critical matters. They are suppose to go to the polyclinics.

  58. DavidSeptember 26, 2020 5:47 AM Maybe. But that does not negate that Triage should be done immediately on entry. But many have to wait for hours.

    That is the answer, where non essentials can be put to the back and urgent to the front. And I have known directly of, heard and read many stories where the case was clearly urgent.

    • @Crusoe

      Agree that triage should be done immediately on entering the A&E but as you know every system has an optimum carry capacity.

  59. DavidSeptember 26, 2020 6:00 AM

    And if the system is perpetually shown to be lacking in that carry capacity, what does it say?

    Either the system design is inadequate, under-resourced, or the implementation is lacking.

    It needs resolution.

  60. @ Crusoe

    We have had the situation where an elderly man, 101 yrs old, and seriously ill, was sitting in A&E for hours. Then a number of calls were made to get him seen to; when the porter came to wheel him away, the port er remarked “man you know people”.
    Such bad behaviour should be a disciplinary offence. Then the man was eventually moved to the ward. A relative called up to check on his situation (visitors are not allowed due to CoVid) and all she could hear in the background, while taking to the doctor, were people (presumably nurses and fellow doctors) laughing and giggling. I am not talking about weeks, or months or years ago.
    I remember years ago Sir Richard Haynes was carrying out an inquiry in to the QEH and, reasonably, asked for a copy oaf the payroll. He is now dead and has not yet received it.
    We are left to speculate why officials did not pass it on. I believe it was because they were people on the payroll who did not work for the QEH; they were relatives, friends and supporters of politicians and senior executives.
    If the hospital does not have capacity, that can be easily resolved. In terms of triage, all patients should be ween within 90 minutes of coming in to hospital by a nurse practitioner, who will then decide who should be seen and who should go to polyclinics and who should see a general practitioner and who a specialist.

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