Fighting the Good Fight Against Covid 19

The blogmaster has sympathy for small open, tourist dependent countries. Developing countries with meagre resources that were struggling to manage poorly performing economies have been struck for SIX with the onset of COVID 19 pandemic. The challenge for governments to implement policies which balance shoring up livelihoods with public health priorities is real.

The blogmaster will not enter the toxic arena of blame gaming. At this juncture it is not a constructive exercise. Unlike New Zealand, Australia and a few other countries which are commodity driven economies and can support an aggressive quarantine protocol, Barbados has been caught out by operating at the margin which conflicts with the proposal from the local medical association of doctors (BAMP). The proverbial between a rock and a hard place.

  • Have we made mistakes managing the pandemic, YES.
  • Did the country become complacent, YES
  • Do we need to find ways to earn hard currency, YES.
  • Do we need to ensure COVID 19 screening is robust to adequately protect residents, YES.
  • Do we need to ensure authorities enforce laws to signal to those who compromise public health safety are penalized, YES.
  • Do we need to make the local economy less reliant on services, YES.
  • Have successive governments been unimaginative and lazy in charting a more sustainable economic path for the country post independence, YES.

The blogmaster could have added several more bullets to the list.

The harsh reality is that the country is ‘broke’ and to close the country again if it can be avoided to “keep out the virus’ as some promote is silly. The COVID 19 virus will be with us for the foreseeable future. Even if 100% of people take the vaccine health experts are unsure how new strains/variants may compromise the process. Even if the vaccine is 100% effective it will take possibly two to three years to immunize the global population to achieve heard immunity level. Then there is the issue of countries operating outside the purview of WHO like China, Russia…

Obviously Barbadians are concerned given the recent surge in COVID 19 positive cases. It is what it is, we have to deal with what is before us and move on. Have a look at the BU Sidebar Covid 19 Tracker and COVID 19 Update Page. Barbados is not waging the COVID 19 battle alone.

The government needs to ensure that our COVID 19 protocol is relevant/fit for purpose.

Residents need to ensure we adhere to the health protocol – wear your mask properly, wash your hands and physical distance please!

We can do this Bajans!

#rally

445 comments

  • People moved off the grid in many countries decades ago and live without money, the bartering system still works thousands of years later…there are multiple articles that can still be accessed on the subject…it’s only those who are slaves to grid, believe it can’t work.

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  • WW. 1:57am

    You getting old and senile?

    Wrong person
    I never had that conversation with u or any one on BU

    Get you stories / accusations correct

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  • Ccc

    Barbados border were never closed

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  • I don’t give a shit, too many Johnnies on the blog…there is:

    black John
    John2
    JohnA
    JohnB

    and a whole lot of as*hole Johns because yall have no imagination or creativity.

    so one Johnnie will pay for all the others…how ya like my senality now.

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  • Ww

    Ur senile as shite and don’t like when someone point out ur mistakes

    It was none of the johnies u had the convo with

    I think his name was RIC

    Yuh big Johnnie

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  • Can we engage in constructive exchanges instead of the old vitriol?

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  • Makes for wonder how many elderly living alone who has contracted the virus

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  • Carson C CadoganJanuary 18, 2021 7:47 AM

    You are being ridiculous. I already provided the comparison of Barbados to Jamaica, on another topic. Barbados deaths from Covid are now eight, if this one is, compared to a population adjusted for Jca multiples more.

    To suggest that the government has not done a good job is ludicrous.

    Are there things to change and learnings from what has happened. Of course. It is a pandemic, the greatest international crisis since WWII.

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  • David

    If that was aimed at me I was not cursing
    Just playing in the word johnies

    Note I am included as one of the johnies

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  • Is Cynthia Forde going to make her voice known to the developing story and the COVID effect on the elderly in Barbados

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  • “After stating that the elderly man had COVID he use a subliminal form of coverup noting that the death does not necessarily mean the man died of COVID.”

    Hmmmm……..

    How do you know for a fact the gentlemen died as a result of COVID-19 and ‘government’ is ‘covering it his death?

    Could you please share your information with BU for our perusal?

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  • Wuh dah funny yuh! Dese Bajans living off the grid? Dese Bajans??

    Murdaah! De rumshop too sweet!

    I hope that Mia suggests that at the next press conference. Yuh hear cuss? Man, you would now hear cuss!

    Do you live off the grid by barter system?

    Murdaaaaaah!

    Even so…. you have to have something to barter with!

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • I am being ridiculous????

    Tell that to the 84 year old man who died at the QEH.

    was he your father or Uncle????

    Or neighbor????

    Or was he some one you could sacrifice as you make MONEY?????

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  • I hope Verla Depeiza is not depending on you to help her “take Barbados foreward”.

    🤣🤣🤣🤣

    I hear she said the DLP is ready. I hope she knows that it is not enough simply to say so. Where are the personnel and where are the plans?????

    Steupse!

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  • Carson C CadoganJanuary 18, 2021 9:49 AM

    What are you on about now? Of course anyone empathises with the gentleman’s family. But to blame the government for that is absurd.

    Even in cases where say, a clinic is at fault, that is not an issue of government. That is a specific case and in this case, we do not have any clinical facts to blame anyone.

    So yes, you are being ridiculous.

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  • And all because you wish to score cheap political points against the government. As Donna says, what is the DLP ready for? Not to govern. Because people still have not forgotten the last shambles.

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  • All the relatives have to do, is to sue the Barbados Labour Party Govt.

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  • Ccc

    If the sue the the government then they are suing the people/ tax payers of Barbados
    Not Mia alone or the blp party member

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  • @ Carson C Cadogan January 18, 2021 11:52 AM

    After Mia Mottley seizd power it is “Barbados Liberal Party”. Get that!

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  • It’s telling that you knew nothing of the barter system still being used today, which means you could not teach it to young kids not even to ya son….shows how dumbed down the African descended are when they either never knew or couldn’t rememeber, these types of things reflect on adults who claim to be educated….money has made people greedy and that’s all they chase after and will always have to be chasing paper and/or depending on tourism.

    knowing not that you know not.

    i do one better than that, don’t hurt ya head trying to figure it out, ya never will.

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  • Sorry yall got left so far behind that certain things cannot be posted for you to learn. In this instance i don’t even know how to share out the blame, 2 nuisance governments can share it equally among themselves, but the adults who believe they have things covered are also to blame, since social media has been around for at leat 25 years and ALL THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

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  • ArtaxJanuary 18, 2021 9:27 AM

    “After stating that the elderly man had COVID he use a subliminal form of coverup noting that the death does not necessarily mean the man died of COVID.”

    Hmmmm……..

    How do you know for a fact the gentlemen died as a result of COVID-19 and ‘government’ is ‘covering it his death?

    Could you please share your information with BU for our perusal?

    What is there to explain
    Further explanations need to be asked of govt not me

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  • @angela
    ‘Makes for wonder how many elderly living alone who has contracted the virus.’

    I tried to leave it alone, but couldn’t. Living alone is a plus. And if visitors maintain social distancing and wear masks, they should be safe.

    What was the purpose of this post?

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  • The Barbados Labour Party Govt. is making a mess of this National crisis.

    First thing we should do:

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY SHOULD RESIGN, and be replace by “Ninja man, he would a better job.

    GET RID OF BOSTIC, HE IS A JOKE

    PUT THIS IN THE HANDS OF BAMP, THEY ARE THE EXPERTS. DONT CONSISTENTLY IGNORE THEM.

    GET THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY POLITICIANS OUT OF THE WAY. THE LARGEST CABINET IN THE HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN, BUT THEY DONT HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

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  • @ Angela Cox

    The onus is on the government to publish the monthly mortality figures. In the absence of official figures, it is natural to speculate.

    @ Carson

    Is this the time for a government of national unity?

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  • Hal

    I dont know, These Barbados Labour Party Govt. people seems out to sea. This job is too big for them

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY SEEMS TO THE OBSERVER, TO BE ALL PR. SHE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FINANCE OR RUNNING A GOVT.

    JEFFREY BOSTIC IS A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE. A JOKE.

    SMILEY IS A HUGE DISATER. WE HAVE A DULUGE OF MURDERS UNDER HIS WATCH WITH NO LETUP. EVEN THOUGH WHEN IN OPPOSITION HE SAID THAT IF WE HAVE TWO MURDERS A YEAR , THAT IS TOO MANY. IT HAS NOW BEEN REDUCE BY BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY YARDFOWLS, TO THE AG “in kill nobody””

    SANTIA BRADSHAW IS LIKE A CHICKEN WITHOUT A HEAD. A DISGRACE. RUNNING IN SO MANY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. BUT SHE SAY SHE HAS “”PEDIGREE”” WHAT EVER THAT MEANS.

    CYNTHIA FORDE IS WITHOUT SPEECH NOW. THE OLD GENERATION IS DYING OF CORONA VIRUS , NOT A WORD FROM HER. SHE IS JUST WARMING A SEAT AND COLLECTING A BIG FAT CHEQUE.

    I don’t know how we are going to have a govt. of national unity and include these excuses for Human beings as part of such a govt.

    Is this the best that we can do????

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  • the blog master is quietly in the back ground deleting comments that are not favourable to the Barbados Labour Party Govt.

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  • @ Carson

    You are right. The president is treating CoVid as if it was a PR exercise. Let us take them on their own terms. The presentation has been awful and anyone who has worked in serious communication would find it funny.
    First, we have her hogging the publicity until the proverbial begins to fly when she runs away, then when she thinks things have eased she comes forward again.
    She does not add very much to the message when she is present, but gives a repeated political speech, including her favourite phrases such as we are all in this together, this is who we are, and other such nonsense.
    She even commissioned a song from the moribund National Cultural Foundation as if she was an African dictator running some insignificant state.
    When she was off sick, Santia stood in and did a very respectable job but was removed; Col Bostic, out of his league, did his best; then we got Dr Walcott’s task force, which again communicated effectively; we have the president back again, humiliating Dr George, the acting CMO, when he tried to confuse the public with talk about cluster and community spread.
    She then brought Liz Thompson in from New York, then after one turn, the president returned again. In terms of communication theory and practice, the president is the fly in the ointment.
    As I have said before, they should move the press briefings out of Ilaro Court to the ministry of health and away from her interventions.
    Then we have the lost case of the president setting up a CoVid economic group, complete with eight sub-committees, all mandated to report within four weeks with a post-CoVid blueprint.
    To this day we do not know the outcome of that committee or any of the sub-committees. Sadly, Owen Arthur is dead, and his sub-committee was tasked to find thousands of jobs. We do not know if he was successful; what we do know is that unemployment is at 40 per cent, a crisis in itself.
    You are also right about her ignorance of economic policy; her political strength is her speechery, her one-note samboism, which at first seems impressive, but after you have heard it a number of times it becomes predictable and boring. It is the price one pays from not preparing speeches properly. I do not even think she understand the re-shaping of the global economy. Her obsession is tourism and more tourism.
    On BU, and the nation generally, it is much better to dream about the things we could do, about partyism, about character assassination and getting cheap laughs. Proper policy thinking is a bit too challenging.
    To call for a serious debate after two and a half years is considered unpatriotic, disloyal; it is better to talk about the lost decade, or about a bus crawl being responsible for the CoVid spread.
    But we like it so; this is who we are; we are in this together.

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  • Carson C CadoganJanuary 18, 2021 3:50 PM

    the blog master is quietly in the back ground deleting comments that are not favourable to the Barbados Labour Party Govt.

    Reason why there is no Mariposa

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  • Here comes the LIAR. You are worse than Trump a person you condemn often on the blog.

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  • TheOGazertsJanuary 18, 2021 2:11 PM

    @angela
    ‘Makes for wonder how many elderly living alone who has contracted the virus.’

    I tried to leave it alone, but couldn’t. Living alone is a plus. And if visitors maintain social distancing and wear masks, they should be safe.

    What was the purpose of this post

    I wanted to.leave your answer alone but could not help but notice u are a slow bowler
    However in the old man case
    Have u ever thought he might have to take care of is personal business outside the home

    Once again makes for wonder how many elderly living alone who might have contracted the virus

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  • @TheLiar

    Do you want the blogmaster to repost your comment where as Maripossi you denied using the moniker ac? Now as Angela Cox you freely associate with the moniker Maripossi and by extension ac?

    #liarliarfeetonfire

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  • What would be of interest are the postings made under Mariposa a couple weeks ago that u trash

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  • I read somewhere the political nightwatchman says they are ready to take Barbados forward.Ms Depeiza seems to be a comedian who should be on comedy fest.Ready for what?Who are the candidates? Where is she going to run? Can she even win a seat?Does she believe bajans got short memories? They could not even get the shite off the south coast, could not buy buses or garbage trucks for bajans in 10 years.What exactly is she ready for another whipping? Sending Mariposa, CCC and others to pollute the blog with shite everyday doing the Dems more harm than good.I gone.

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  • Have the last word on this matter.

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  • “What is there to explain. Further explanations need to be asked of govt not me.”

    How could I ask ‘government’ for a further explanation of an accusation YOU made?

    Surely the ONUS is on YOU to explain………… NOT the ‘government.’

    Yes, I fully agree that, in the absence of official statistics, it may be natural to speculate, which I’ve mentioned in this forum on several occasions.
    However, any rational thinking individual would do so within reason and not rush to ‘WORSE case scenarios,’ because it supports a particular agenda.

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  • Hurray for Wonder Woman! That is if we believe her, of course!

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  • 😃”I wanted to.leave your answer alone but could not help but notice u are a slow bowler”😀

    I took that as a compliment. Your spin bowling is somewhat ineffective.

    “However in the old man case
    Have u ever thought he might have to take care of is personal business outside the home”

    I did not expect him to live the life of a hermit and indicated that he might have visitors. Let hope that he employs safety protocols as he takes care of his personal business.

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  • David did u click on the link which shows world leaders who took the vaccine
    How come Mia name is missing

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  • Gazzerts

    I did not expect him to live the life of a hermit and indicated that he might have visitors. Let hope that he employs safety protocols as he takes care of his personal business

    Do u think that in this new normal it would be easy for the elderly to adjust to every portocol
    As is now evident in that the 84 year old became infected with the COVID
    We all are not the same especially with the elderly whose memory slows as they aged
    Bro u need to understand life in its totality and not make statements as those which might apply to your way of life

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  • You must forgive this slow bowler, but after all that spinning I still do not get your point.

    Some elderly will get covid-19 and so will some young people. We should be sympathetic to their plight, but that will not prevent folks from getting it.

    I would hate to see us go to a case by case discussion on the blog.

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  • I suspect u live in a small world hence your simplistic answer to a complex health problem like COVID

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  • Gotta go. Enjoy yourself.

    I don’t know if it is a small or a large world because I have nothing to compare it to. But from what you are saying, compared to your alternate world the real world is small.

    Slay you dragons. Enjoy the night.

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