An Inconvenient Truth

Submitted by Richard Petko

In the past few days Governor of the Central Bank Cleviston Haynes and economist Jeremy Stephen provided varying opinions on when the local economy will rebound. Whatever the date, it is crystal clear the primary driver of the economy is tourism and until it returns in force, Barbados will be subject to an unsustainable unemployment rate of over 30%. In both cases the opinions assume the revival of tourism is highly dependent on a drop in cases coupled with vaccine rollout. Not to discount these reasons, in my opinion these are not the greatest barrier which will suppress a tourism rebound in Barbados. 

The inconvenient truth is the policy of quarantine on arrival, mandatory testing and a reality of being sent into isolation for 2-3 weeks is the main deterrent preventing the return of tourists.  We have been told that this policy has kept Barbados “safe”. The underlying assumption of this policy being that even one case of Covid is too many. However, the reality is although vaccines are on the horizon there will never be an eradication of Covid, it is endemic. Vaccinated people will catch and spread Covid, as they do Influenza.  Government and tourism leaders need to gaze into the mirror and decide what is a realistic goal with managing Covid? The one case is too many mantra is not sustainable and economically foolhardy. 

Does Barbados plan on quarantining, testing and isolating travellers for the rest of time? If one case of Covid is too many, why is one case of Influenza not too many? Both are considered lethal pathogens to vulnerable people. Regarding tourism, by mid February there will be 200 million or more UK, USA and Canadian residents who will have either had Covid or been immunized. These people will return to travel with the force of a tsunami. During this US Thanksgiving weekend Americans are travelling in record numbers even with dire warnings from their CDC. Tourists will search for warm weather destinations in the USA, Caribbean and Latin America.  

When they search, they will discover Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Florida, Brazil and Jamaica have no Covid entry requirements at all. The rest of the Caribbean has the requirement of a negative PCR test from 3-10 days old depending on country. In fact, the only nations that test tourists on arrival with the threat of isolation are Bermuda, Barbados and Cuba. 

Travellers will have many options, does one believe that your average traveller will choose to get a pre flight PCR test, quarantine for 3 days in Barbados and then take another PCR test, or will he decide to fly to Negril hassle free. Customers will always choose the path of least resistance when all else is equal. When it comes to a 10-day getaway on a beach in Antigua, Cancun, Cartagena or Barbados it is equal, thus the decision making will come down to the Covid hassle/barrier provided by each country.

Air Canada flights already show the effect of Barbados Covid rules. Air Canada has resumed a full schedule of daily flights to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, whereas Barbados receives 2 flights a week, reduced from the previous daily flights.

The Barbados government should be transparent and truthful to the citizenry regarding future plans for the management of Covid. If it will be the current zero Covid policy then Bajans can prepare and plan for the economy they currently are surviving in. If changes are being undertaken, they need to be enacted rapidly. Tourist agencies are already stating they are receiving a bonanza of enquiries for early 2021 vacations. I firmly believe without changes Barbados tourism will wallow in its current darkness forever.

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  • Please!!!

    “wear a mask and keep your own spit to yourself”.

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  • Long-term tourism is a luxury. If our tourism is going to depend on the UK market, it is not the long-quarantine period that is the problem, but the impact of CoVid on the economy and the wider jobs’ market. The prospects are not good.
    We have an opportunity now to keep using tourism to drive the economy in the short-term, while diversifying for the medium and long-term.
    We urgently need new ideas. When is the government going to publish the report by the CoVid Economic group, which was given four weeks in which to report?

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  • Does any one have any idea how long did it take for the global economy to rebound which started in 2008
    Also can any tell within in that period how long did it take for tourism to come back to sufficient level to sustain the barbados economy
    Also can any one state during that period of global meltdown what were the unemployment levels
    Also does anyone know (now absent of tourism) when will govt pursue alternative paths to slow down the rise in unemployment
    Does anyone remember when Mia in opposition rubbish past govt talk about the global melt down and its impact on world economies including Barbados
    Does anyone remember the Ebola Crisis
    ####foodforthoughtontanksgiving

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  • “it is endemic. Vaccinated people will catch and spread Covid, as they do Influenza. ”

    don’t know where they got the idea that vaccines will automatically stop the spread of Covid…the flu shot made me feel sick and flu-y all the time and there is ALWAYS A FLU EVERY YEAR and tens of thousands of deaths, despite the shot., had a really bad experience with it years ago…

    …this vaccine is rushed and hurried and there have been NO 2 YEAR TRIALS as is the norm, everyone will be the guinea pig….so let those who are dying the most, try it first..

    .. at least that is me, everyone else can do what they want….

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  • So let Tourists come with their Virus selves and walk around Barbados and give it to everyone?????

    So that you can make money??? Who told you that the Vaccine will work???

    Or you don’t care if the Virus kills off a few thousand of the 97% of the population?????

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  • What about the HEALTH CONSEQUENCES????

    Or you don’t care about none of that???????

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  • RE don’t know where they got the idea that vaccines will automatically stop the spread of Covid…THEY GOT IT FROM THE IDIOT, DR FALSY

    RE this vaccine is rushed and hurried and there have been NO 2 YEAR TRIALS as is the norm, THERE IS REALLY NO NEED FOR 2 YEAR TRIALS. ……..HOWEVER, PROBLEMS WITH PHARMACEUTICALS OFTEN REVEAL THEMSELVES MANY YEARS AFTER

    WHEN I WAS STUDYING PHARM IN 75-76, THE BENZODIAZEPINES HAD STARTED TO SUPERCEDE THE BARBITURATES, BECAUSE IT WAS THEN THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE DRUGS OF ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCE……………..THIS HAS NOW BEEN FOUND TO BE SPURIOUS.

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  • @ Mariposa

    The recovery was staggered, but by 2010, the US had recovered and by 2011 global household expenditure had risen to US$64.8trn, from $46.5trn, an average of 3.3 per cent, equalling the average for the previous 40 years. An example of the underperformance of the Barbados economy.
    The global economy was rescued by China and the vast amount of money pumped in to economies by central banks, so-called quantitative easing. So, the policy of austerity forced on small economies by the IMF was misguided since the problem was not state borrowing.
    It may help to put things in perspective. At the beginning of the year, US household debt was US$14.15ttrn, $1.5trn higher than it was in 2008 in nominal terms.
    I also suggest you look at the performance of the major stock markets (S&P 500, Nasdaq, Nikkei, FTSE100), but remember the stock market is NOT the economy, even if it gives a good indication of the direction of growth.
    Since 1966, Barbados has underperformed the global and regional economies. So when Owen Arthur talked ab out growth, he was in fact over-spending on the government’s credit card.

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  • In 2 years barbados debt has risen
    Either Mottley will blame COVID or the last decade
    Recently i heard Mottley rang out a new tune call the repair govt
    The only problem with that tune is when she was in opposition she promised to repair every thing
    Now the job is all here’s she cries belly hurt
    The last govt had to contend with marches and they did
    Now that Mottley has to contend with workers severance pay she attacks and demean anyone who dare defies the actions govt took to change labour laws which protected the worker

    ####gimmedevoteandwhichme

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  • Every issue must follow the same path. How can a small open economy achieve growth at the minute given where it was in 2018 and the subsequent negative impact of Covid? If there is a discussion to be had be reasonable for crissakes.

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  • The author of the piece has posited a reasonable question we have to grapple with as a tourism dependent country. If the competition has a more generous protocol how should we respond. We cannot sustain ourselves on a closed door policy.

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  • We have seen from the USA what a careless approach to Covid can do to a country. 170,000 plus new cases a day and doctors soon having to choose who lives or dies.

    Yes we want to see a return to
    Tourism but not at the cost of Bajan lives. Do you realise that the 2 major hotel strips are also in 2 of our densest populated areas of local housing? How long you think it would take a handful of jmported cases to spread through the local population in those areas? Remember too even with testing in place overseas we still are intercepting imported cases here on arrival. The U.S will find the money to convert football fields into hospitals but we don’t have the money to take on mass infection. As for the vaccines not everyone will be vaccinated. Many for religious and other reasons will refuse the vaccine. So lets say the vaccine is 90% effective we don’t know for how long. Plus 10% of the population in the USA equates to millions still. Every year Americans use millions of flu vaccines has it caused the flu to disappear?

    I support the governments approach here and it has without a doubt worked. Look at the mess the Bahamas is in again from removing restrictions and letting the travellers in easier again.

    I say yes we want the tourist dollar but how much is a Bajan life worth in U.S dollars?

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  • @ David.

    We can if we would stop talking and diversify the economy. Put some of the $300M in alternative energy and agriculture for a start. The days of a 1 horse economy are over I am tired saying this.

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  • I contend that if this Cartibbean leadership was not so riddle with alligators and snake
    The Carribbean would not have to depend on Tourist for its upkeep
    One can bet that all these islands combine have spent billions of dollars fighting COVID by way of bringing sick covid tourist to their countries
    I contend that if all were unified all brains put together would have serve a better purpose towards unification and fighting the same goal of survival
    Now was the time for these little islands to become productive in areas where China failed because of COVID big foot on production and transportation
    Btw i notice Gaston Browne having a jolly good time putting LIAT in the air as if to rib little 2×3 bdos he said flights would be extended to barbados as well

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  • @John A

    This is the kind of discussion we need to have, informed by concrete plans. It is obvious the government is planning for a comeback in tourism but if it happens that will be medium term. Approaching a year of the pandemic and are we satisfied that we are positively using the crisis to drive serious reform?

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  • @Submitted by Richard Petko “The underlying assumption of this policy being that even one case of Covid is too many.”

    One case of covid in the community is too many because”

    Sometime in November or December 2019 COVID19 started with “one case of Covid”

    Today there are 61,168,461 [over 61 million cases of covid19]

    1,434,771 Covid19 deaths

    17,422,397 current active cases of covid19 including 104,794 people who are in critical or serious condition

    Covid19 has the capacity to reduce Barbados’ population to zero.

    But I suppose that the tourists would like that since they would no longer to put up with the ‘”gnorant black natives” who should listen to our “friends” from the great white north.

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  • @Submitted by Richard Petko “… there will never be an eradication of Covid, it is endemic. Vaccinated people will catch and spread Covid, as they do Influenza. ”

    Clearly Richard Petko is just your average idiot in the street who knows nothing about immunology.

    Is measles/mumps/polio still endemic is places where people have been immunised?

    Fool.

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  • @Mariposa

    You are right. The entire population of the Caribbean is about 44m; that of CARICOM is about 15m. Norway has a population of 5.5m and one of the highest standards of living in the world based on its oil wealth. New Zealand has a population of about five million and millions of sheep – and a decent standard of living.
    Guyana alone is bigger than England, with more natural resources. England has none. Greater Georgetown alone can accommodate the entire CARICOM population; Greater London has a population of about eight million.
    Can you see where I am going. As a kid we imported most of our rice from Guyana and Haiti; Guyana and Jamaica has bauxite; the smaller islands had a massive industry based on citrus fruit and bananas.
    Our weakness is a ck of confidence in each other. Look at the silly fight Antigua is picking with Barbados. CoVid should be an opportunity to drive us closer together, not to divide us; so was the 2008 banking crisis.
    It was an opportunity for us to harmonise policies, move towards a single currency and central bank and work more closely together.
    We cannot even fight back against the EU and the OECD as a single body, ignoring the fact that the EU (27 states) are fighting us as one.
    It is crazy. Our failure is because of our paucity f ideas, a failure of the imagination. Has nothing to do with the statue of Lord Nelson, colonialism or racism.

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  • @ David.

    The answer is serious diversification and not the lip service we been hearing for nearly a year now. Tourism as we know it may or may not return to pre covid levels who knows. My point is why should we sit down with our 2 feet cock up and wait to see if it does? There is no downside to diversifying into agriculture and alternative energy. If the tourist return those 2 other sectors will benefit from that as well. If tourism does not improve in the medium term then the other sectors I mentioned will reduce the need for FX going forward so its a win win.

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  • @John A

    The blogmaster is of the view tourism will bounce back to some degree which does not negate your view we need to aggressively grow the non tourism sectors. The welcome stamp initiative has attracted north of 2000 which equates to multiple thousands of traditional visitors. We have the vaccine now and by mid next year we should see the gdp trendline bending upwards. Let us continue to bounce the ideas good bad and indifferent, the government surrogates troll the blog.

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  • @ David.

    If they learn one thing from this virus I hope it is how unsure tourism revenue can be. I can’t for the life of me understand why a serious diversification plan was not started 8 months ago.

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  • RE @Submitted by Richard Petko “… there will never be an eradication of Covid, it is endemic. Vaccinated people will catch and spread Covid, as they do Influenza. ”

    Clearly Richard Petko is just your average idiot in the street who knows nothing about immunology.

    Is measles/mumps/polio still endemic is places where people have been immunised?

    Fool.

    Q WHAT KIND OF VIRUS CAUSES MEASLES MUMPS POLIO ETC?
    Q WHAT KIND OF VIRUS CAUSES THE FLU?
    Q WHAT KIND OF VIRUS CAUSES COVID ?
    Q WHO REALLY IS THE FOOL AND DOES NOT KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT VIROLOGY OR IMMUNOLOGY?
    Q IS THE FLU ENDEMIC IN PLACES WHERE MILLIONS OF FOLK GET IMMUNIZED AGAINST IT ANNUALLY WITH MANY DEATHS?
    Q ARE ALL THESE NEW SO CALLED COVID CASES REALLY COVID? WHY ARE THERE SEEMINGLY NO CASES OF FLU THIS YEAR?
    I ONLY ASKING CAUSE I NOW OLD AND I DONT KNOW NUTTIN NO MORE. I DEPEND PUN BU MEDICAL ILLITERATES TO TEACH ME BOUT MEDICINE AND ALL THESE TINGS.
    OH ME AM AS THE KITTIANS SAY
    COFFEE AND PUMPKIN PIE WITH CINNAMON COMING UP

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  • @ John A

    A serious diversification plan should have been developed at least during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 (9-11) terrorist attacks in New York. As you may recall, at that time, there was an increasing demand to cancel travel and holiday arrangements. By now, we would have had a thriving agriculture sector.

    Farmers could be encouraged to plant crops on a rotation basis, so as to avoid a glut of one or two produce on the market. I recall few years ago, when farmers concentrated on planting onions, which resulted on too many on the market and they were forced to either sell them at reduced prices or dump.

    We also have to encourage farmers to move away from the traditional methods of farming or incorporate new technology, which could be achieved through education and by forming agricultural co-operatives. Government could assist by constructing adequate market facilities or improving current infrastructure, to enable farmers to sell their produce and hawkers at more reasonable prices.

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  • ARTAX
    ARE YOU REALLY ADVOCATING THAT farmers SHOULD BE ENABLED sell their produce and hawkers at more reasonable prices?

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  • @ Artax

    I suggested here months ago the first thing is the ministers of trade, tourism and agriculture need to sit down and based on import history identify what and how much of what we import can be grown here. This along with the value of said imports would then form the basis for the agricultural plan. We have all the data it is not guess work. The ministry of agriculture also needs to pilot a green house project where they supply the land and green houses in various sizes for lease to small growers.

    You feel everytime little rain fall I should have to eat imported tomatoes and lettuce?

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  • GP here is some news which u can be gleeful
    Throw one up for Trump also

    Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

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  • @ Dr. GP

    I meant to write…….. constructing adequate market facilities or improving current agriculture infrastructure, to enable hawkers and farmers to sell their produce at more reasonable prices.

    An improved infrastructure, in addition to the effective implementation of agriculture-specific policies, would increase agricultural productivity, which, in theory, should reduce the cost of production, while increasing output. This in turn helps to reduce food prices and also leads to an increase agricultural wages.

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  • I suggested here months ago the first thing is the ministers of trade, tourism and agriculture need to sit down and based on import history identify what and how much of what we import can be grown here. This along with the value of said imports would then form the basis for the agricultural plan. We have all the data it is not guess work. The ministry of agriculture also needs to pilot a green house project where they supply the land and green houses in various sizes for lease to small growers.

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  • Around and around we go again. I agree with an increase in agriculture but what are the factors that are stopping this increase without inputs/ assistance from government? Why are the “money men” not into food production like years gone by?
    What happen to the backyard farmers of years gone by?
    Is there really that great of an interest in food production in bim?

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  • @ John A

    We’re also importing limes because the local variety has been scarce for several months.

    For years successive agricultural ministers of successive BLP and DLP administrations have been ‘making sport’ at agriculture. You should read what the Chinese government has been doing with that country’s agricultural sector.

    Since 2001, the government implemented tax and fee reforms. There is collaborative participation of government and farmers, which provides a method for taking ideas and values from members of the public to assist in planning, management and the decision making process. Since 2012, the government introduced the “participation of beneficiary groups (PBG)” model. There is also The Rural Revitalization Strategic Plan (2018–2022), which further promoted “the PBG model and replacing compensation with awards, encouraging farmers to invest in the construction of agricultural infrastructure, and letting farmers participate more in protection of the agricultural infrastructure.”

    I did not present this information to suggest our government should adopt these ideas, but to indicate there are ideas that could be developed. And, with some thought, we could be a bit more creative and develop our own policies.

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  • It’s now or never.

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  • @ Artax
    I agree with you. We should have used the experience of 9/11 to look at restructuring the economy. Before that we had the energy crisis of the 80s. All of this is cold soup warmed over. Both @ Mariposa and @ Hal are also correct about the need to unify regional efforts to withstand shocks in the global economy.
    As usual , when we talk about the need to think regional , the pseudo intellectuals come with high sounding jargon that tries to belittle common sense thinking.
    I have often opined on BU that we are the only country that diversified its economy and ended with one viable industry.
    The simple truth is that if we open the flood gates to tourism and the spread hits us , there would be not enough cemeteries for the dead.
    The government’s response to the management of COVID has been and remains impressive. The country’s health comes first. However , it’s economic planning response has been inadequate and basically visionless. While the current MOF maybe up to the talk , I suggest she is not up to the task.
    Peace
    Peace

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  • @ Artax

    I agree with you and we have between us all we need. Goverment has the land in the highest yielding agricultural parts of the island just sitting there. For a few dollars they could erect the green houses using our local work force and companies. We already have the NCC who can raise the plants needed.

    So we have the land, the know how and the resources what is standing in our way? Could it be political leadership and a wish to return to the land ?

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  • ArtaxNovember 26, 2020 7:15 PM
    i was just teasing you sir LOL

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  • @ Dr. GP.

    Okay. No problem.

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  • So we have the land, the know how and the resources what is standing in our way? Could it be political leadership and a wish to return to the land ?

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  • @john2. November 26, 2020 7:28 PM “What happen to the backyard farmers of years gone by?”

    I of course am no policy wonk.

    Some of us backyard farmers are still here, still at it and eating very, very well.

    In my case right now eating “free” green and red lettuce, green beans, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cassava, chives, garlic,marjoram, spinach, cucumbers, okras, avocados, yard fowl eggs. My supermarket bill this month was less than half of what it typically is. I bought mostly cleaning products, and a little meat/fish. Didn’t buy any produce/ground provisions at all. Selling a little surplus, giving away to family, friends neighbors, and a church feeding program. Belly full, fridge full, freezer full. Must make some guava jelly as a Christmas present for Little Susie from the guavas which I tossed in the freezer in the “summer” A tedious job with a tasty result.

    Now that I “don’t work” and my retirement income is about half of my last pay check, I am actually eating far better that when I was working, because I have the time to grow my own food and to prepare my own nutritious meals.

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  • In agriculture barbados govt/s missed the organic boat by a long shot
    Head not brains

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  • How is it that Jamaica products can dominate a certain level of food supply in large USA food stores and barbados cannot

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  • We must reform the entry requirements as soon as possible. FREE entry for tourists with a vaccine certificate.

    Tourism is the only option for Barbados. Our beloved government is just doing the right thing to focus on tourism. Everybody else is wrong.

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  • Some airlines have already announced that this will be the requirement. Expect others to follow.

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  • I have often opined on BU that we are the only country that diversified its economy and ended with one viable industry.

    Shooot! Off the back foot, spanked through backward point like a rocket.

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  • You guys are aware that with the exception of one or two countries there has been negative growth this year in a significant degree. It is not a Bajan condition. We should avoid conflating issues. We have to increase output in other areas all agree but it does not ignore the fact COVID 19 has negatively impacted practically ALL economies in a significant way.

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  • Dullard

    U Making sports, right ?

    Any idiot can have an opinion

    Antiguan and most of our sister islands countries would probably opinion the same about their country

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  • This is what 3 world renowned Professors of Epidemiology (Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, Jay Battacharya of Stanford and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard) ” currnet lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long term public health, those who are not vulnerable to COVID-19 should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Schools, Unis should be open for in-person teaching. Restaurants and other businesses should open,” Testing in schools / Unis is very inefficient. Let those not vulnerable build up herd immunity which ultimately helps everyone. Refuting herd immunity is like denying gravity.” Lockdowns cause a plethora of negative effects with statistically significant increases in suicides, drug overdoses, alcoholism, depression, child abuse, family breakdown and decreases in medical testing for cancer, cardio probs, elective surgeries ( delays cause deaths in some cases). School closures have very negative consequences on child development, especially poorer kids who may normally gain some nutrition from school lunches.

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  • We must reform the entry requirements as soon as possible. FREE entry for tourists with a vaccine certificate.

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  • This Link provides the first part of MB’s post.
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30555-5/fulltext

    It also contains the following:
    “Walensky retorts that the herd immunity point has not been established, nor is it clear how stable this immunity would be. She noted that 11 million infections and 250 000 deaths from COVID-19 that have been documented in the USA only constitute a small fraction of the total population. “I am not willing to stand behind a policy that leads to 10 or 15 times more deaths”, said Walensky. She would prefer to wait for herd immunity to be conferred by a vaccine. Most experts believe the earliest this could happen would be the second half of 2021. The debate over what to do in the interim looks set to continue.”

    It seems as if MB also added some of his thoughts to what he posted and forgot to give both sides as indicated in the text.

    We must request links.

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    Consumers are being told to brace for hikes in prices and shortages of some fruits and vegetables.

    And those in the agricultural sector said the increases can be blamed on the recent downpours.

    “You can expect a hike in prices,” said vendor Deborah Stuart, who farms with her relatives at the Spring Hall Land Lease Project in St Lucy.

    “A lot of farmers lost crops during the past weeks with the heavy rain. They lost crops like cucumber, tomatoes, beans, thyme, parsley, coriander and marjoram. What the rain didn’t drown, it knocked off blossoms.

    “Farmers at the Land Lease had acres of tomatoes destroyed and right now tomatoes selling at $7/$8 per pound, so you can imagine how they are going to sell at Christmas.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/11/27/brace-fruit-vegetable-price-hikes/

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  • I think what this person(who I believe is white) is saying :

    Let the Tourists come, don’t give them any tests do away with quarantine and we would achieve two things that are desible::.

    (1) We would make loads of money and the Status quo would remain.

    (2) We would get the virus to kill off lots of Black people at the same time. We don’t really care about them anyway.

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  • @ William
    @John A

    The idea of food security came out of the second world war. In Barbados we do not need to use our sparse land to produce agricultural products.
    What we need to do is to secure our food supply and we can do that through the strategic use of land, which at present we badly abuse. Go to Parish Land in St Philip and see how much land is used for a few boxed houses.
    We have discussed this topic before. I will propose that we guarantee our food supply by trading in the derivatives markets – given that local traders and the government are both scared of derivatives.
    Let us simplify it with our rice supply, a staple. We can order our rice from a Guyana farmer (didn’t a Barbadian buy land in Guyana exactly for this purpose?) and hedge it by ordering from a supplier in Sierra Leone.
    In that way, it means if there is a disaster in Guyana we have the African supply, or vice versa. It also means if both orders come through we can take and pay for one supply and sell off the other.
    What is good about it is that we do not have to tie up any foreign reserves and can use that money more productively. In terms of the Guyana and Sierra Leonean farmers, they can take the orders to the money markets and borrow on the contracts to improve their farming and pay their bills. A win-win.

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  • @TheOGazerts November 27, 2020 12:51 PM

    Thanks TheOGazerts

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  • @MoneyBrain November 27, 2020 12:30 PM

    No thanks Moneybrain.

    Ya putting some selective “truth telling” pun we?

    I was wondering about the “those who are not vulnerable to COVID-19”

    Are we sure who “those” are?

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  • @Theo. The vast majority of deaths are from Seniors and people who have certain medical problems—protect them. Everyone else has a little more risk than seasonal flu. Children deaths are approx same as flu. Deaths from Wuhan virus this year will be approximately 2% of total deaths mainly seniors who would most likely die in a couple years anyway. Protect them as best you can. FEAR is being used for political purposes.

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  • @ Cuhdear—yes we know who!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Cuhdear Bajan at 2:11 PM

    No . It is called convenient truth. One selects the data that conforms with our narrative and deselect those that would nullify it. Good old time trick.

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  • @moneybrain “should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Schools, Unis should be open for in-person teaching. Restaurants and other businesses should open,”

    But money brain Barbados’ schools, colleges, universities and restaurants have been open long,long time. I had a very nice lunch at a very fancy West Coast restaurant Sunday gone. My grands have been back in full time school so long i can’t even remember when they started back. Back to dancing and swimming lessons. Although not music lessons yet. Little Johhny is back to work in the office some days although it is the sort of job that that can be done equally well mostly remotely, but sometimes the bosses like to see faces. My working neighbors are mostly back to work although one who is in the tourism industry is not back full time as yet.

    In fact we are waiting on the people in the great white north, that is Canada,Europe and the United States to get their act together so that we can do both business and have fun together as we normally do. If the great white north had done as well as the shithole south covid19 would long have been “gone like a miracle”.

    A question for the medical people. Aren’t old people supposed to be susceptible to covid19? An elderly >70 relative living in the north, shares a household with a younger relative <35. A few weeks ago the youngster got covid, was feverish, coughing, tightness in the chest etc. for a few daysbut recovered uneventfully. No medical care required. The elder, a retired nurse who spent a career working with TB patients and who is therefore careful about infection control and who shares the same living space which is less that 1,500 square feet did not become infected. Why?

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  • a. define herd immunity
    b. list the methods by which such immunity is attained
    c. is vaccination the best means of attaining herd immunity
    why did we insult the “resident microbiologist” and run him away from BU?
    DO WE STILL CALL DID BEHAVIOUR “CHALLENGING” AS WE DID A FEW YEARS AGO

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Money Brain.
    You wrote :” mainly seniors who will die in a couple of years any way”.

    Very interesting. May you live never to become a senior or any other susceptible group. So you think it is that simplistic? Stay tuned.

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  • MONEY BRAIN
    THE INFO YOU GAVE IS CORROBORATED BY EPEDIMIOLOGISTS AND EXPERTS FROM OXFORD & HARVARD
    I TRY HARD NOT TO SAY MUCH ABOUT MEDICINE ON BU AFTER
    1. ATTENDING TRAINING FOR 6 YEARS
    2 PRACTICING 20 YEARS
    3 AND TEACHING 10 YEARS
    Steupse!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 2 :48 PM
    The issue is not the corroboration. That information was all over the internet for weeks. It is the omission of the other elements of the report that some of us find less than acceptable.

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  • @Vincent Codrington November 27, 2020 2:43 PM @ Money Brain. You wrote :” mainly seniors who will die in a couple of years any way”.

    I think that moneybrain is referring to himself. I believe him to be an over 60, maybe even an over 65, and I believe that he has previously mentioned on this blog that he has had a serious health challenge or two.

    Maybe he is ready to throw in the towel?

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  • In any event there are seniors like the dead Deigo Maradona, 60

    And seniors like the living Mel Williams. 110.

    So between these gentlemen, if any of us had been asked on Covid Day, December 30, 2019 who is “the senior who will die in a couple of years any way” and who is the “relatively young” man whose life should be preserved. How would we have decided?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Cuhdear Bajan at 3;22 PM.
    I am so sorry to learn of MB’s health challenges. Do we not all have health and other challenges? Many of them are correlated with increasing age. Infected dispensable cohorts can become a source of community spread. So we need to protect the elderly and those with NCDs.from contagion ,the main source of which are asymptomatic travelers to Barbados.

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  • RE mainly seniors who will die in a couple of years any way”.
    IS HE NOT QUOTING BIDENS HEALTH CSAZ EMMANUEL?
    THAT seniors will die in a couple of years any way IS CERTAINLY A TRUTH SUPPORTED BY THE CONCEPT OF FEED FORWARD., UH LIE”.

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  • @GP November 27, 2020 2:40 PM

    a. define herd immunity=Herd immunity (also called herd effect, community immunity, population immunity, or social immunity) is a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, whether through vaccination or previous infections, thereby reducing the likelihood of infection for individuals who lack immunity

    b. list the methods by which such immunity is attained=by recovering from an earlier infection or through vaccination.

    c. is vaccination the best means of attaining herd immunity=It depends. Vaccination is certainly the cheapest way

    d? why did we insult the “resident microbiologist” and run him away from BU?= Don’t know. I’ve never insulted him. I don’t agree with his politics, or yours, but is that an insulting thing? If so, why?

    e? DO WE STILL CALL DID BEHAVIOUR “CHALLENGING” AS WE DID A FEW YEARS AGO=Don’t know.

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  • @David 3:03
    She stated what many of us already knew.
    GOB is doing an excellent job in containing COVID-19.
    We hope this level of excellence and good luck continues.
    I am hoping that Lieutenant Colonel Bostic is able to remain in firm control of the wheel.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 3:35 PM

    Yes, yuh lie.
    But we are straying away from the moot. Shall we get back to “An Inconvenient Truth ” ?

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  • @Vincent Codrington November 27, 2020 3:34 PM “@ Cuhdear Bajan at 3;22 PM. I am so sorry to learn of MB’s health challenges. Do we not all have health and other challenges?”

    i was sorry to hear too. I too have my health challenges.

    But still enjoying life. My point is that ideally we get to decide for ourselves what quality of life is acceptable. I don’t want to decide for moneybrain, or you. And I don’t want either of you to decide for me.

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  • http://www.peterberkowitz.com/otherpeoplesmothers.htm
    Other People’s Mothers: The utilitarian horrors of Peter Singer / by Peter Berkowitz.The New Republic JANUARY 10, 2000, pp. 27-37

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  • THAT seniors will die in a couple of years any way IS CERTAINLY A TRUTH SUPPORTED BY THE CONCEPT OF FEED FORWARD CAN NOT BE REFUTED VINCENT. JUST THINK ABOUT IT

    DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT FEED FORWARD MEANS, SIR?
    DO YOU BELIEVE THE TRUTH OF EZEKIEL 18:4 & 20 THE SOUL THAT SINNETH IT SHALL DIE.?
    MAYBE YOU WILL LIVE TO BE 100 OR MORE BUT UNLESS THE RAPTURE OCCURS FIRST……..YOU WILL DIE!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Cuhdear Bajan at3:59 PM

    A timely and instructive up load. I hinted at this type of thinking when I made the remark”It is not that simplistic’. It is referred to as linear thinking. The world is a complex system and we need to reference many perspectives.

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  • @MoneyBrain November 27, 2020 2:29 PM “Deaths from Wuhan virus this year will be approximately 2% of total deaths…”

    No.

    2% is the number of people with covid who will die. That number does not refer to total deaths from other causes. Therefore covid is causing an ADDITIONAL 2% of deaths. 2% of the world’s population is 156 million people. Since the virus is highly infectious, there are 61 million people infected already, in order to achieve herd immunity without vaccination we would have to be prepared to sacrifice 156 million people over perhaps a three year period. And it is not the Wuhan virus. It is SARS-CoV-2.

    You know that we don’t name hurricanes after English girls names anymore. We name them after men and women, English names, french names, Spanish names etc.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    GP at 4 :11 PM

    At the risk of not taking my own advice, I will play devil’s advocate. Do you remember the question the Serpent asked Adam? “Did God say that you will really die?” My Exegesis is from a different school of Theology.

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  • @ MoneyBrain November 27, 2020 2:29 PM “FEAR is being used for political purposes.”

    Can you explain very slowly, so that even a simpleton like me can understand, exactly who is using the fear, and exactly what political purpose is being served, and who is benefitting from this fear?

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  • With the exception of Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana the islands have done a good job. Jamaica and Bahamas have the issue of its close proximity to the USA and Guyana and Trinidad the immigrant issue with Venezuela etc.

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  • It is real real easy to see other people mothers, and other peoples spouses and other people’s children as disposable.

    But not our own loved ones. And Lord forbid, We don’t see ourselves as disposable. Oh, no, no, no.

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  • re At the risk of not taking my own advice, I will play devil’s advocate. Do you remember the question the Serpent asked Adam? “Did God say that you will really die?” My Exegesis is from a different school of Theology.

    MR CODRINGTON , SIR
    Do you remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said about the very same Serpent a.k.a Satan in John 8:44?
    In case you dont let me tell you Sir

    The Lord Jesus Christ said about the very same Serpent a.k.a Satan in John 8:44 THAT HE WAS A LIAR AND MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, referring directly to the incident of which you speak.

    re in order to achieve herd immunity without vaccination we would have to be prepared to sacrifice 156 million people over perhaps a three year period.
    says who? AN UNTRAINED UNQUALIFIED MICROBIOLOGY ILLITERATE ON BU!

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  • RE Do you remember the question the Serpent asked Adam? “Did God say that you will really die?”

    ACTUALLY THE HEBREW FOR THIS PHRASE IS BETTER TRANSLATED DYING , YOU WILL DIE., I.E YOU WILL DIE SPIRITUALLY BEFORE YOU UNDERGO APOPTOSIS (LIKE THE FALLING OF A LEAF.)
    ADAM DIED SPIRITUALY IMMEDIATELY
    HE APOPTOSED ABOUT 9OO YEARS LATER

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  • > Don’t expect herd immunity to rescue the U.S. from the COVID-19 pandemic > anytime soon. The country needs about 200 million infected and immunized > citizens before the chain of infection can be broken. And the numbers just > don’t add up, according to James L. Madara, MD > , > executive vice president and CEO of the AMA. > > > > https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/why-hopes-fast-track-coronavirus-herd-immunity-don-t-add >

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  • I LOVE IT WHEN UNTRAINED UNQUALIFIED MICROBIOLOGY ILLITERATES ON BU CUT AND PASTE THINGS THAT THEY DONT UNDERSTAND
    HILARIOUS

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  • The herd immunity concept assumes that everyone who recovers from COVID-19 is immune from reinfection. That is an assumption that has not been proven. In fact, medical scientists have now reported a number of persons with proven reinfection. With a virus that has existed for less than a year, it is impossible to know whether people can be reinfected on a large scale.

    https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=26466

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 4 :37 PM
    I said my exegesis was different
    The point Cuhdear Bajan made on the contagion rate is an epidemiology issue. It is a statistical/ demographic/ actuarial computation which she seems quite capable of doing or at the minimum understanding.

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  • If the world’s population is about 8 billion people and if the mortality in the rest of the world had been the same as in the United States at 815 deaths per million; or as high as 1397 per million as in Belgium how many deaths would have occurred by November 26, 2020.

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  • VINCENT
    YOUR EXEGESIS IS RUBBISH ….PURE AND SIMPLE.
    I DONT CARE ABOUT WHAT SHE SAID THIS IS NOT ABOUT KEEPING KITCHEN GARDEN OR CUTTING AND PASTING STUFF THAT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND, THIS IS ABOUT MICROBIOLOGY
    REALLY MISS LUCAS IN SCIENCE AND ZOE IN BIBLE

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 4 :42 PM

    Your posting cited above is a better response. You are getting there.

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  • Yes. That’s the number.

    The number for Barbados would have been about 200+ Covid19 deaths so far, instead of 7.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ GP at 4 :56 pm
    How condescending ! Taking my advice, I am out of this rabbit hole. I have humoured you enough.

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  • VINCENT
    I WAS ALWAYS THERE
    BOTH OF MY POSTS ARE 100% ACCURATE
    YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TEACH ME ANYTHING ABOUT BIBLE (NOT RELIGION, I DONT TAK THAT) IN THIS WORLD…..OR THE NEXT

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  • RE With the exception of Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana the islands have done a good job. Jamaica and Bahamas have the issue of its close proximity to the USA and Guyana and Trinidad the immigrant issue with Venezuela etc.

    NOW CUT AND PASTE TO EXPLAIN WHY THE OTHER ISLANDS “have done a good job”
    THIS IS BARE FUN!

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  • I am looking back t see where i cut and pasted stuff. i can’t find it. Maybe GP will be kind enough to guide me.

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  • @Richard Petko “Does Barbados plan on quarantining, testing and isolating travellers for the rest of time?”

    I doubt it.

    Time has been going on for billions of years and may well go on for billions more [unless GP says otherwise], and tobesides neither you nor I nor Barbados need to worry about the rest of time, as we are unlikely to be there when time ends.

    Lol!

    But until the population has been immunised against covid. Yes.

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  • Cuhdear @ MoneyBrain November 27, 2020 2:29 PM “FEAR is being used for political purposes.”

    Can you explain very slowly, so that even a simpleton like me can understand, exactly who is using the fear, and exactly what political purpose is being served, and who is benefitting from this fear?

    The Dem politicians in the USA want to create fear in order to control the populace (and to increase their chances of winning the election by causing confusion). They claim to be scientific but certainly are not, which is easily proven by Dem politicians approach to deciding at what point to close school systems due to infection rates eg DeBlasio in NYC says 3%, other systems are as high as 13%. and many at various numbers. The Dems are Globalists not America First they want a Global Reset in order to introduce their “solutions” to supposed climate change ie spend many $ trillions on crazy concepts. Climate Change people can not even figure out that G5 Nuclear is the answer to producing power without pollution. Windmills are a joke and solar takes up too much land
    The globalist technocracy is using the COVID-19 pandemic to bypass democratic accountability, override opposition, accelerate their agenda and to impose it on the public against our will
    The Great Reset refers to a global agenda to monitor and control the world through digital surveillance. You’ll be tied to it through an electronic ID linked to your bank account and health records, and a social credit ID that will end up dictating every facet of your life
    The Great Reset is about getting rid of capitalism and free enterprise, and replacing them with technocracy, publicly referred to as “sustainable development” and “stakeholder capitalism”
    There’s not a single area of life that is left out of this Great Reset plan. The planned reform will affect everything from government, energy and finance to food, medicine, real estate, policing and even how we interact with our fellow human beings in general
    Privacy protections are a major hurdle in this plan, which is why every effort is made to get people to loosen their views on the right for privacy. In the U.S., we also have the Constitution that stands in the way, which is why efforts to undermine, circumvent, ignore or nullify it are increasing.

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  • Cuhdear wrote No.

    2% is the number of people with covid who will die.
    Precisely not what I was saying. 2% dying from Wuhan virus of the total of all deaths from all causes. It is designed to create FEAR. The idea is that only certain types of politicians “care” enough to save you and control you.

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  • YOU ARE SPOT ON MONEYBRAIN

    I WILL ADD THAT THESE GLOBALIST ACTIVITIES WILL BE LIKE ROLLING THE WICKET FOR ANTI CHRIST TO BAT ON FOR HE WILL EMERGE FROM THESE GLOBALIST LEADERS ARE CLEARLY POINTED OUT IN BOTH DANIEL AND REVELATION

    SOME MORON WILL NOW SAY GP THAT IS WHAT YOU BELIEVE CAUSE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT……..AND I WILL EMIT A BIG BELLY LAFF…….MURDAH

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  • A wise owl once asked why did the chicken cross the street
    The familiarity with that questions resonates in my mind one which asked why did govt allow Covid hot spots tourist to enter the country
    Also how much has govt spent so far in COVID health cost

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  • @Moneybrain “In the U.S., WE also have the Constitution that stands in the way,”

    But you are NOT a part of the WE in the U.S.

    You are a Bajan and a Canadian are you not?

    Or you simply simply copying and pasting someone’s else’s nonsense?

    Did you drink the same water as GP, John and Donville?

    Or did something bewitch you too?

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  • @MoneyBrain November 27, 2020 7:17 PM “The idea is that only certain types of politicians “care” enough to save you and control you.”

    But most sensible people realize that politicians of all stripes, all parties, all countries are people with monster-sized egos. We don’t expect “care” from them. Typically by the time we are adults we can take care of ourselves. We realize that we are to politicians as blood is to vampires.

    We are NOT as foolish as we sometimes appear to be.

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  • MAYBE ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND THEY WILL LISTEN TO THE WHITE MAN

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Government told let CBC go; reduce Cabinet

    The Mia Mottley administration is being urged to get rid of the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
    and trim its Cabinet.

    This advice has come from Honorary Consul for Belize in Barbados John Beale, who said the country was too small for the current number of ministers and statutory entities.

    He shared the thoughts on Thursday while addressing a regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Barbados, on the topic Issues Facing Barbados in a Global Context.

    “We’ve got statutory corporations here that surely should not exist. I mean, do any of you know how many statutory corporations we have in Barbados? I thought it was about 15, but I am sure it was more than 75. It is sheer nonsense, believe you me,” he said.

    Beale, a former Barbados Ambassador to the US and the Organisation of American States (OAS) opted not to go into detail about what other state agencies should be disbanded, but singled out CBC, saying that although it had reduced the amount of money it was “losing”, it should go.

    “CBC could be very important to us. If they got the right technology, we could do with it here, but a lot of parts to CBC – and I think the new administration understands that – really need to go. Every Prime Minister, before becoming a Prime Minister, says it should go but when they get in power somehow
    it seems to stick around,” he said.

    This is not the first time that calls have been made for Government to give up The Pine, St Michael entity.

    Over the years, several calls have been made for successive administrations to privatise the public radio and television broadcaster due to the level of debt racked up over the years.

    So far, the Mottley administration has started the process of merging some entities but is yet to indicate which, if any, would be disbanded.

    Beale also suggested that having 24 Ministers in the Cabinet was simply too much for Barbados, given its size.

    Prior to the July Cabinet reshuffle and changes to some portfolios, there were 26 Ministers.

    “How can a small country like us have all these ministers? It makes no sense. It cannot work,” insisted Beale.

    He also criticised part of the structure of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), suggesting that the change in chairmanship every six months was too much.

    “How in God’s name can you have CARICOM that changes management every six months?” he said.

    “There is no unity. I can tell you stories about CARICOM. It is serious but it is farcical. I will tell you this, we run the risk that someday a president calls the prime ministers in the region and says . . . ‘the next time I call the Caribbean I am speaking to one person; if I can’t speak to one person I won’t bother to speak to anyone’. We really have a hard time dealing with CARICOM. I don’t have the answers, but something needs to be done,”
    the diplomat said.

    Beale, who spoke on several matters, also insisted that the Barbados Stock Exchange was virtually non-existent because “realistically speaking, there is no depth and there is no breadth”.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/27/government-told-let-cbc-go-reduce-cabinet/

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