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

685 comments

  • @Tron January 15, 2021 7:18 PM “We should make generous use of the death penalty instead of imprisonment. Then we would have far fewer inmates in prison. The fact is that most prisoners perceive Dodds as a hotel. Our government should take swift action here and purchase the guillotine.”

    You and Pachamama like to make sport about killing other people’s sons. I trust that you feel the same way when it is you or your son facing the guillotine

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  • SHOULD BE “THEM” IN LINE 1.

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  • A smart PM would have used COVID to build a sustainable economy out of the people
    Instead of fighting windmills
    What we are witnessing are policies borne on sowing the wind and reaping the worldwind
    No govt in their right mind would pursue a path of death and destruction

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  • Theo if you take cudear’s advice and you go on the bus, if one of the girls starts smoking,…. slow down and use a lubricant.

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  • Lawson…what did you get yourself involved in last time you were on the island.

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  • These two actions caused by leaving the borders open are a rise to a distrust of govt
    Also isolation

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  • @Hal Austin January 15, 2021 4:13 PM “I know Barbadians in the UK who have children born in Barbados and some born in the UK. Their are to different tribes. Even the parents treat them differently.”

    And is that a good thing?

    Is that how you and Baje have treated your own children?

    And how did that turn out?

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  • @BAJE January 15, 2021 4:38 PM “HAVING LIVED PREVIOUSLY IN THE UK FOR A PERIOD OF TIME I KNOW FULLY WELL WHAT YOU ARE MAKING REFERENCE TO.”

    Dear BAJE:

    Can you please tell me if living in the UK makes Bajan mad?

    And if so what is it that induces the madness

    The racism?

    The cold weather?

    Being constantly treated as an outsider?

    The unsuccessful struggle to reconcile your Bajan selves and your British selves?

    The knowledge that you have put your own interest ahead of that of your left behind children?

    The knowledge that you have neglected and abandoned your elderly parents?

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  • Angela what if there was no vaccine, or at least 5 or six years away. Lets just say they do not protect against the UK or brazil variant very well. Whats the back up plan. Hunker down forever ???? At some point hard decisions will have to be made the elderly and people will have to look after themselves , it may be you wont hug or shake hands again, shopping may be all done on internet ……. but one thing that you can bank on David will lose 95% of his contributors.

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  • Well that What if ! does not hold water
    There is a vaccine
    However i have made a point of govt making a giant leap of working from within instead of working with those things which have proven to be unsustainable when the sh.it hits the fan

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  • @ Carson

    I didn’t realise that the CXC fiasco is still dragging on with no resolution, the Barbados Labour Party Govt. hoping the matter will just dry up and blow away like so many other things….(Quote)

    It appears as if Barbados is the only nation struggling to cope with its children’s education. If the CXC cannot cope, it is the duty of the government of Barbados to provide adequate opportunities for its children.
    Children are super-spreaders, so to have them physically in class poses a threat not only to their classmates, but to teachers and those their colleagues and teachers and classroom assistants come in to contact with.
    CoVid is relatively short-term, so the panic over how best to teach these children is meaningless. Teaching by remote presents other problems, such as digital poverty, with many homes not having computers, smart phones, Ipads, oar even internet connections. Then there is the issue of parental help.
    We can easily re-organise the school year, for example, by introducing a month-long lockdown now, and extending school during the summer term, reducing leave from six weeks to four or even two.
    In infants and primary there is no need to rush, as some educational psychologists now claim to miss out on those early7 years will never be recovered. Nonsense.
    In some Scandinavian countries mandatory schooling does not start until the age of seven, unlike most Anglo-Saxon countries when it is five. That missed two years does not damage them.
    Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, started formal schooling at age ten. He rose to be prime minister of Norway and to be a university professor.
    We often look for easy answers for our social problems.

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  • Introduction
    Age of starting school and the early years curriculum have been the subject of
    considerable debate in recent years. Many kinds of influences are apparent in this
    debate, as we move into a period of increased funding but also increased demand and
    accountability. Some of the recent developments in pre-school policy include an
    increasing admission of four-year-olds to reception classes, the introduction of
    Desirable Learning Outcomes for three and four-year-olds (SCAA, 1997), the
    introduction of statutory baseline assessment (QCA, 1998) and, most recently, the
    development of the Foundation Stage, encompassing children aged from three to the
    end of the reception year (QCA, 2000).
    For many years, the UK has been out of step with other countries in expecting
    children to start school at an early age. Those in favour of keeping the current
    situation argue that young children are capable of learning the more formal skills
    inherent in the school curriculum and that starting school early enables children to get
    a head start in learning. In addition, it is argued that an early start provides an
    opportunity for children from less advantaged backgrounds to make up the deficit in
    their academic skills (this is one of the most frequently-cited arguments for starting
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    schooling early). Early school starting age is also thought to be popular among
    parents (a survey of parents who moved their children from pre-school playgroups to
    school at four found that most were happy with their decision, see Blake and Finch,
    2000).
    On the other hand, concerns have been raised about the appropriateness of a school
    environment for young children. Does teaching the 3Rs early result in any long-term
    advantage and is there a danger that young children will miss out on other important
    experiences or even be damaged by an early start?
    The purpose of this paper is to provide an up-to-date picture of school starting ages in
    Europe and to consider the research evidence that may throw some light on these
    important issues.
    2. Age of starting school in Europe
    In most of Europe, children begin compulsory schooling when they are six years old.
    Table 1 shows the school starting ages in 33 European countries. The countries
    included in the table are members of one of three groups: the European Union; the
    European Free Trade Association/the European Economic Area; and the so-called
    ‘pre-accession’ countries (countries that are preparing for entry to the European
    Union in 2004).
    Table 1
    Compulsory age of starting school in European countries, 2002
    Four Northern Ireland
    Five England, Malta, Netherlands, Scotland, Wales
    Six Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece,
    Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,
    Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
    Seven Bulgaria, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Romania,
    Sweden
    Source: European Commission. EURYDICE and EUROSTAT (forthcoming) Figure D1.
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    The Table shows that over half of the 33 European countries listed have six as the
    official school starting age. The latest school starting age is seven (in three
    Scandinavian countries and five Eastern European countries). Three UK countries
    (England, Wales and Scotland) as well as Malta and the Netherlands, start school at
    five. Northern Ireland, with a starting age of four, has the earliest compulsory school
    starting age in Europe.
    Of course, compulsory school age only tells part of the story. Many countries have
    pre-school systems which the majority of children attend. Several countries allow
    individual children to enter school before compulsory school age or to delay entry, in
    accordance with parents’ wishes, teachers’ views and/or the results of pre-school
    assessments. In several cases, compulsory school age represents the maximum age
    by which children start school and the majority of children are in school before
    compulsory school age.
    In line with Europe, most countries in the world favour a school starting age of six
    (Ball, 1994; Bertram and Pascal, 2002; O’Donnell et al., 2002; Woodhead, 1989;
    West and Varlaam, 1990). So the UK countries’ compulsory school starting age of
    five is low by world standards. In practice, our actual school starting age is earlier
    still. The official school starting age in England and Wales is the term after a child’s
    fifth birthday. But most English and Welsh children start school when they are four,
    because many schools admit children to reception class at the beginning of the year in
    which they become five.
    The latest figures from the DfES (DfES, 2002) show that in January 2002, 99 per cent
    of the English four-year-old population were attending some kind of educational
    provision, with 59 per cent of four-year-olds in infant classes. Because this
    calculation is based on a census in January (in relation to the population of children
    born in the calendar year from January to December, rather than in relation to those
    born during the academic year from September to August) it is likely that it
    represents a considerable underestimate of the proportion of English children starting
    school at four.
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    Why do children start school early in the UK?
    If most countries have a school starting age of six, what are the reasons for the earlier
    school starting ages adopted in the UK? The term after a child’s fifth birthday first
    became enshrined as the compulsory school starting age in 1870 Education Act.
    Martin Woodhead points out that there was very little parliamentary debate on this
    issue at the time, although some MPs clearly favoured six or even seven as the school
    starting age (Woodhead, 1989). Reasons put forward in support of setting the school
    starting age at five were related to child protection (i.e. protection from exploitation
    at home and unhealthy conditions in the streets). There was also a political
    imperative to appease employers because setting an early starting age enabled an
    early school leaving age to be established, so that children could enter the workforce.
    Martin Woodhead points out that the school starting age was not decided on the basis
    of any developmental or educational criteria.
    The compulsory school starting age in Northern Ireland was established much more
    recently, in the Education Reform (Northern Ireland) Order of 1989. The Order
    revised the definition of compulsory school age so that each child receives a full 12
    years of schooling. A child reaching the age of four on or before July 1st must start
    full-time education in September, meaning that children start school from four years
    and two months of age (see Holt et al., 1999). …..(Quote)

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  • @WURA-War-on-U January 15, 2021 8:18 PM

    Thanks WURU. Very interesting article from NBC.

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  • @angela cox January 15, 2021 8:42 PM “Meanwhile the fire of distrust rages on”

    Stoked by people just like you who have never yet seen a fire you are not happy to throw gasoline on.

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  • Cuh dear like how people of your ilk likes blaming those who speaks out against the fires which govt started
    For with all certainty u guys are the ones who have sat back and said or did nothing while the fire becomes a towering inferno
    My criticisms are the only hose available to stop the rage from getting out of control

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  • That was indeed a good one from NBC.

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  • Today I am keeping my eyes on Mia! Will she run from the cameras when the going gets tough or will she hog the spotlight like the tough who get going?

    Stay tuned for the next miserable BU episode of the Hal Austin narrated docudrama “Between a Rock and a Hard Place!”

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  • @Hal Austin January 16, 2021 7:58 AM “I do not want to go on about English grammar…”

    You’re right not to go on about the English grammar, because your bosom buddy ac/angela skeete/Mariposa’s English grammar is the most exotic that I have ever read.

    ac/angela skeete/Mariposa writes English as though it is her 10th language, and not a word of criticism from you, instead effusive praise.

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  • @Hal Austin January 16, 2021 7:16 AM “In some states, the anti-vaxxers have such strong support that there is a need for well known people, including some politicians, to publicly take the vaccine to reassure the public.”

    Do the very, very stupid anti-vaxxers have strong support in Barbados?

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  • Re: school

    The flipside is that there is an emotional downside to children doing the online with limited interaction. We have to learn to adapt especially if living with pandemics in waiting and other adversities will be the order of the day.

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  • @angela cox January 16, 2021 9:53 AM “Guess if any one of u were place in position of back logs.. isolation and fukups which hinders one from attending a family member funeral…”

    Here is a little piece of advice. Visit your elderly parents when they are alive…this business of staying away and then attempting to run to a funeral during a pandemic, what is that all about?

    My beloved mother, may she rest in peace used to always say that she did not want anybody to come peeping ’bout in she face when she was dead. She told all of her children to visit her when she was alive and then they need not come to her funeral.

    Wise woman.

    No wonder I am so smart.

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  • Murdaaah! Cuhdear Bajan take the “Cuhdear” outta yuh name! Yuh en showing nuh mercy!

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  • Cuh dear keep digging……The govt has already dug a big hole for idiots like u to fall into
    Meanwhile i sit by the sidelines with hose in hand watching the drama unfold

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  • My father had 2 brothers who did not visit ma for more than 20 years, even though they lived less than 1,000 miles away, then got vex with my dad when he buried their 90+ mother the same day she died.

    Phuck negligent adult children.

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  • Cuh dear unlike you with all the University level of education
    I only went to stan pipe

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  • Cuhdear BajanJanuary 16, 2021 12:21 PM

    @angela cox January 16, 2021 9:53 AM “Guess if any one of u were place in position of back logs.. isolation and fukups which hinders one from attending a family member funeral…”

    Here is a little piece of advice. Visit your elderly parents when they are alive…this business of staying away and then attempting to run to a funeral during a pandemic, what is that all about?

    Cxxcccccccccccc

    Another piece of your sh.itty advice which u need to stick up yuh rear end idiot

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  • @ Angela Cox

    If you are also @Mariposa, good luck to you. However, you seem to bring out the nastiness in some people on BU. Is it because they know you, or is it what you say?
    I am used to people discussing ideas, sometimes you persuade your rivals, sometimes they persuade you, others you end up where you were.
    But until I came on BU , I have never seen such bitterness, such brutal dislike, such venom. It is frightening.
    It reminds me of the Tutsis and Hutus, or the Biafrans, in other words, some savage, blood-thirsty tribal warfare and you seem to be the main target (apart from myself, @Baje and @Carson).
    I can escape this by switching off, but I find it fascinating. I call it the Bajan Condition. Watch out for those who identify as female.

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  • Here we go again. The inability to debate issues in a civil manner. You will not get a rebuke from the codger across the pond.

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  • See what the blogmaster means? The biggest hypocrite and the biggest liar make the team.

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  • @Artax January 16, 2021 9:55 AM “We’re ‘hearing’ a silly argument that the BLP is keeping the borders open to kill ‘97% Black population’ and appease the “3% white people and Indians.””

    What if in spite of being a majority black country, and what if having hosted few “white tourists” this year, what if the majority of people in isolation so far have been white and indian people?

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  • @Lawson January 16, 2021 11:09 AM “…the elderly and people will have to look after themselves.”

    Looka who offering advice on how to look after the elderly. Lawson it is in the public domain how badly Canada has treated its elders in this pandemic.

    The year of the pandemic has busted the myth that Canada values its seniors. Decades of promises to improve the quality of life of elderly Canadians have gone unfulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the ugly truth.
    More here: https://www.macleans.ca/society/health/the-year-of-the-pandemic-has-busted-the-myth-that-canada-values-its-seniors/

    And here: https://www.cihi.ca/sites/default/files/document/covid-19-rapid-response-long-term-care-snapshot-en.pdf
    While Canada’s overall COVID-19 mortality rate was relatively low compared with the rates in other OECD countries, IT HAD THE HIGHEST PROPORTION OF DEATHS OCCURRING IN LONG TERM CARE. LONG TERM CARE RESIDENTS ACCOUNTED FOR 81% OF ALL COVID19 DEATHS IN CANADA compared with an average of 38% in other OECD countries (ranging from less than 10% in Slovenia and Hungary to 66% in Spain).

    And much more but David only permits the posting of 3 links, so respectfully to David I have only posted two.

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  • I agree with Cudear visit your old parents often do you know how hard it is to get into there bank accounts if you dont have the numbers, what if somebody else finds them and tells the police before you get to cash some of those pension cheques . You islanders of all people should not follow the path of Colin Tennants family lord glenconner, the man who bought Mystique another savvy scot even in death taught his family you want the dough you better show.

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  • @TheOGazerts January 16, 2021 9:57 AM “she should recommend Cialis. It can treat erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). It can also treat high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary arterial hypertension).”

    Thanks TheO. Always happy to take scientific advice from a real-real scientist.

    I’ve drawn your excellent advice to the attention of the chief, in case the need ever arises…or doesn’t arise. Lol!

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  • I can give advice because I did it ,built my mother an apartment so my family could be near and not just dumped at the doors of the QEH , as she got older we brought in caregivers as her time neared they came in 6 times a day as well as a visit from her doctor . Covid has hurt our seniors support workers moving from home to home transferring didnt help .Did I mention in my town 66% of cases were in colored community partly because they work those jobs. Some of our homes are owned by people overseas your right again maybe they dont care as much.

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  • Watch out for those who do not know if they are fish or fowl!

    Either way, they stink of hypocrisy and deceitfulness!

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  • cuhdear your missing link just showed up

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  • @angela cox January 16, 2021 12:26 PM “Cuh dear unlike you with all the University level of education. I only went to stan pipe.”

    Well clearly your parents were as stupid as you are. Since “Barrow gave the people free education” why didn’t you parents insist that you attend school, instead of hanging ’round the stand pipe?

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  • @Lawson January 16, 2021 1:07 PM “I agree with Cudear visit your old parents often…”

    lawson and I don’t agree on much, but on this lawson the dutiful son, and I the dutiful daughter are in full agreement “visit your old parents often”

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  • @ Angela Cox

    Cuh dear unlike you with all the University level of education
    I only went to stan pipe….(Quote)

    Don’t worry about so-called university education. Most of those on BU who claim a university education are semi-literate. All they can talk about is their degrees in crap.
    You have far more critical understanding than any of them. They cannot deal with your ideas so they become abusive. Keep up the good work.

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  • Here we go again.

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  • Don’t pay “”donna “” any mind.

    She is not very bright.

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  • Miller
    My mention of a US$1.3B hotel project gine kill you dead, dead. Week after week, after week it is occupying your attention. #rentfree

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  • True Hal a few seem to have spent their time on wine,women and bong, I never finished high school but managed to get a couple of businesses going none the less. University shows employers that you are trainable thats all

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  • Cuhdear BajanJanuary 16, 2021 1:50 PM

    @angela cox January 16, 2021 12:26 PM “Cuh dear unlike you with all the University level of education. I only went to stan pipe.”

    Well clearly your parents were as stupid as you are. Since “Barrow gave the people free education” why didn’t you parents insist that you attend school, instead of hanging ’round the stand pipe?

    xxxxxxxxxx

    You stupid insensitive moron
    Make mention of my parents in such a disrespectful manner
    Tells a lot about your stupidity and your gross attitude to make yourself a holier than thou
    B..itch u not good enough to tie either one of my parents shoe laces
    Insipid moron
    Yeap u have now cross the line when u attack my parents such good and noble people who never look for govt hand outs
    Btw u had free education but nothing u have said on BU have placed you on top of any list that would be of help to barbados
    So what you plant okra and beans as a hobby
    Stupese

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  • @ Angela Cox

    Don’t be provoked. Punch up, not down. What some people post on BU says more about them than they imagine.

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  • Including you of course.

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  • It currently takes up to 10 days for tourists and other air travelers to get their Corona test from the government lab. The state testing system has effectively collapsed. Blame not our government, but our occupants of Dodds and our natives at the bus-crawl-orgy. I advise everyone to take a private test.

    It is clear that all participants of the bus-crawl-orgy should be sentenced to long prison terms and penal labor. They have ruined the whole tourist season and must be punished draconically.

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  • Offered this piece of free excellent advice, even the trouble maker lawson agrees with me “Visit your elderly parents when they are alive”

    This is angela cox’ crude, vulgar uncaring response “Another piece of your sh.itty advice which u need to stick up yuh rear end idiot”

    And this is Hal Austin’s sick indefensible attempt to portray angela cox, himself, Baje and CCC as victims

    @Hal Austin “…you seem to bring out the NASTINESS in some people on BU…. I have never seen such BITTERNESS, such BRUTAL DISLIKE, such VENOM. It is FRIGHTENING. It reminds me of the Tutsis and Hutus, or the Biafrans, in other words, some SAVAGE, BLOOD-THIRSTY TRIBAL WARFARE.

    And all because I advised that people visit their elderly parents while the parents are still alive.

    I wonder what Hal would have written if I had suggested that people abandon their elderly parents?

    I will repeat. If you have elderly parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and other relatives whether in Barbados or elsewhere I beseech you, please visit them while they are still alive, because as my old mother noted it does nothing for your elders to peep into their cold dead, dead faces.

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  • @Tron January 16, 2021 3:05 PM ” our natives at the bus-crawl-orgy. I advise everyone to take a private test. It is clear that all participants of the bus-crawl-orgy should be sentenced to long prison terms and penal labor. ”

    I see that you haven’t bought your cialis yet. Run along now before the pharmacies close for the day.

    I can tell you that not a fella who went on the bus crawl gine get a day. Damn, foolish, bad behaved tourists breached quarantine. I mean what is wrong with such people. When I was under 60 and was locked in a nice hotel room with my sweetie, with room service delivering 3 meals per day I would not regard it as punishment.

    The next time we have to quarantine tourists I have advised the government to provide every couple or triple with a 10 day supply of Cialis. Should keep them inside and busy. Put some in the vaccine too.

    Foolish people leaving quarantine to buy beer.

    How stupid can people be?

    Stupssseee!!!

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  • lawson did your Scots friend leave the loot to his black boyfriend?

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  • @angela cox January 16, 2021 2:50 PM “B..itch u not good enough to tie either one of my parents shoe laces.”

    But you parents din have no shoes, so what shoe laces you talkin’ ’bout?

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  • The bus crawl is probably not the cause of the virus spread. The virus was probably here before the bus crawl. The bus crawl is probably being accused because it was Black people who no one cares about was on it.

    I believe that it was the letting in of disease Tourists who promptly went about infecting everyone one , not 97% of the Barbados population the BLACK PEOPLE. Remember that to this day the Govt. has not close our borders to the 3 or 4 variants of the disease.
    They are only thinking of the almighty dollar for the WHITE BAJANS AND INDIANS. Not the lives of the Barbados population. The BLACK PEOPLE are just being used as SCAPE GOATS BY THE Barbados Labour Party Govt. instead of placing the BLAME at feet of where it really belongs, DISEASE WHITE TOURISTS.

    Up to now they not located patient Zero.

    I don’t believe the Barbados Labour Party Govt. story.

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  • The Barbados Labour Party Govt. has at last admitted that THE BLACK ROCK STATION IS INFECTED BY virus.

    Saying again, what everybody already knew. At first they said it was being closed with IMMEDIATE EFFECT “for repairs” some thing every one knew was a lie. This was nearly a week ago.

    Notice the Govt. “truth”????

    If you really want the TRUTH listen to Social Media.

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  • Fact-check

    The BGIS have advised that due to a police officer involved in contact tracing thr station will close out of an abundance of caution.

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  • Hal Austin January 13, 2021 9:33 AM #: “@ Mariposa: Why don’t we leave @Quaker John alone? Maybe we get some form of satisfaction from attacking him.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hal Austin October 3, 2020 2:08 PM #: “@ Quaker John: Go and play with yourself. As I have said before, you are not bright, simply irritating.”

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  • The Govt. said since a few days that the BLACK ROCK POLICE STATION WAS TO BE CLOSED WITH IMMEDIADIATE for “repairs”.

    Every one knew that to be a lie.

    That is a new building DOWNES AND WILSON funeral home built.

    You are not going to get away with that LIE.

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  • You are the Barbados Labour Party Govt. “fact checker” now???????

    Well get your FACTS right.

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  • The leadership has beem caught in many lies
    Now the ministers and official are pursuing that path
    Btw any COVID numbers today

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  • “Black Rock Police Station office relocation
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    The Black Rock Police Station, station office, Black Rock, St Michael has been closed for renovations and will be relocated in a container to the rear of the station in the area of the car park, facing Black Rock Main Road.

    The station numbers remain the same: 417-7500 to 7503.”

    December 31, 2020
    Nation Newspaper

    (and this is a new building)

    What repairs?????

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  • THIS IS THE REASON WHY THE GOVT. WONT CLOSE OUR BORDERS

    “No lockdown – yet’ – BPSA chief says the situation must be balanced

    Head of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Edward Clarke does not believe there is a need for a national lockdown – yet, he said Wednesday.

    But he added that if health authorities fail in their efforts to control the spike of COVID-19 cases, then he would be open to the move which he believes must be well thought out.”

    The DE FACTO PRIME MINISTER HAS SPOKEN.(notice what colour he is) the real PM would pull a Lions tail fist before she disobey him.
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/07/no-lockdown-yet-bpsa-chief-says-the-situation-must-be-balanced/

    Jan. 7, 2021

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  • “That is a new building DOWNES AND WILSON funeral home built.”

    @ Carson C. Cadogan

    What defines ‘new’ in your opinion? New at the time it was built…. yes. In 2021….. NO.

    The site currently occupied by Black Rock Police Station was once the Eagle Hall location of Budg-Buy Supermarket, which closed sometime during the late 1990s and remained unoccupied until the previous DLP administration relocated the Black Rock Police Sub-Station there in July 2011.

    A few years ago police experienced problems with leaking, rats and, if I’m not mistaken, chinks.

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  • Govt has raised the price of the Arrival fee on pgk mail
    From 1.50 to 10.00 dollars

    ####mia cares

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  • 88 cases for today. We are doing just fine.

    We closed down the country with far less numbers in the interest of the public.

    But we are not closing down NOW or we will upset the THE DE FACTO PRIME MINITER as reported by the Barbados Today.

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  • “Leaking, rats, if if I’m not mistaken, chinks”

    How come these things only materialised over the past days????And needed to be fix with IMMEDIATE EFFECT?

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  • You and the blog master think BLACK PEOPLE dumb and stupid.

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  • Criticism of our government’s Corona testing is counterfactual.

    The fact is that our government laboratory tests 5-10 times more per day in relation to the population than in North America and Europe.

    It would therefore be time for the opposition and social media to apologize to Mia Mottley and General Bosstic.

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  • Our government should pay a high price for the Moderna vaccine and order 800000 doses to March 2021. We use the surplus 240000 doses for expats and tourists paying $1000 per vaccination. Makes at least $100 million profit on 120000 people minus acquisition costs.

    My slogan for the Barbados brand and our chairman Mia Mottley: “Barbados: the health paradise for eternal life.”

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  • 88 cases today trending up or down
    I only went to stan pipe
    Waiting for officials to explain like local transmission and community spread

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  • It’s YOU who “think Black people are dumb and stupid,” believing we’re gullible enough to accept your silly political rhetoric.

    Rather than admitting you were wrong about the building being new, you preferred to write nonsense as though I suggested the leaking, rats and chinks “materialised over the past days,” when you know that’s not true.

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  • https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3880642101980826&id=100001052227016

    700,000 Hindus gather for India religious festival despite Covid ‘breeding ground’ fears

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  • The 88 cases represent one or two days testing? Also how should the numbers be correctly interpreted given the lag in testing.

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  • @Tron January 16, 2021 8:08 PM “The fact is that our government laboratory tests 5-10 times more per day in relation to the population than in North America and Europe…Barbados: the health paradise for eternal life.”

    But Tron, aren’t you the one who is always saying that we Bajans are lazy? So how come we are testing at 5 to 20 times the rate of North America and Europe?

    Since both things can’t be true, can you please point out to me which is the lie?

    And if I were you I wouldn’t promise the eternal life thingy, especially since a lot of our tourists seem to be heavy drinkers and smokers and likely have a life expectancy of about 63.

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  • @ Artax January 16, 2021 6:40 PM

    You should ease up on ‘recalling’ Hal’s own history of ‘manufactured’ hypocrisy.

    The poor fella can’t ‘tek’ it any more. LOL!!

    When it comes to spitting in one’s own face Hal takes the biscuit.

    His reputation for sewing the finest brand of hypocrisy- like his panties of double standards- is now totally exposed for the world to see.

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  • There are more than 3 800 COVID-19 tests still to be processed by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.
    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/16/3-800-covid-tests-backlog/

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  • In front of the Black Rock Police Station were paced a red traffic cone and two no entry signs blocking the front door . The Police were relocated to a yellow container placed at the side of the building next to the road.

    That was considered as an the office.

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  • The police station was closed from Jan 1st

    If that was because of the virus ……,

    Then government way behind

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan January 16, 2021 8:27 PM

    I am a psychologist who insults people because he wants to motivate them to do better. What is clear is that our government’s Corona Test strategy is world class. Our people work much harder than the Chinese in fighting corona.

    Besides, people should be glad that they can’t fly back to the USA or UK at the moment because the test results are a bit late. Who wants to live in such cold sh**holes voluntarily? We still have plenty of champagne, rum, sun and beach here on the island.

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  • Carson C CadoganJanuary 16, 2021 7:42 PM

    What is wrong with the head of the private sector association speaking his opinion? What you are essentially saying is that the government should make decisions in a vacuum and then act based on their views only.

    That would be authoritarian and surely you would not advocate that? If they did that, you and Baje Marisposa, Cox whatever moniker they use now, would be on here screaming dictatorship.

    And yes, the head of the private sector association is white or red or whatever. Who gives a xxxt?

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  • TronJanuary 16, 2021 8:14 PM My slogan for the Barbados brand and our chairman Mia Mottley: “Barbados: the health paradise for eternal life.”

    Maybe the slogan ” : giving prophylactic injections to tourists long time.”

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  • Carson C CadoganJanuary 16, 2021 5:59 PM If you really want the TRUTH listen to Social Media.

    You must out of your mind. Social media? Rumor, gossip and opinion. Now, if someone has a brain they can dissect information to come to a fair supposition. But making a blanket statement like that is ridiculous.

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  • @David,

    Good grief, what you have to put up with from this lot!

    PS Look above, I am posting as much as John…lol.

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  • It is crystal clear that this is an orchestrated attempt by the Dems on here like CCC, Mariposa / Angela Cox, Austin , Baje plus the mad woman Waru to try to create fear and panic in Barbados purely for petty political purposes.Any blind man can see through it all day everyday. It is the same as brass tacks same voices everyday.However bajans are sensible people so this petty behaviour will not work we going with the medical experts not the fake news experts.As i said many times i believe we will overcome this and leave egg all over the gloomers face.They care nothing about Barbados or bajans.

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  • @Lorenzo

    Do not underestimate the BU intelligentsia, we are not so easily swayed by specious arguments.

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  • Second police station closes over Covid-19 contact
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of the second police station for the month.
    The police public relations office reported the Black Rock Police Station in St Michael had been temporarily closed from yesterday until further notice.
    “This closure is due to COVID-19 contact tracing investigations involving a police officer attached to the station,” the statement read.
    As a result, the public is asked to direct their calls for service to police emergency number 211 or 430-7100.
    On January 6, the Hastings/Worthing Police Station in Christ Church was closed as a result of an officer contracting the virus. It reopened on January 9 following industrial cleaning. Officers there were taken by police bus to get tested.
    Attempts to contact Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Deputy Commissioner Erwin Boyce and Attorney General Dale Marshall regarding how these closures were
    affecting police operations were all unsuccessful.
    Positive case
    In addition, The Dome Mall closed its doors until Monday after management said they had been made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 at one of the businesses.
    A social media announcement said: “We have been in contact with the Ministry of Health, and while they have not mandated that we close, we have taken the decision to do so out of an abundance of caution to allow a thorough sanitising of all common areas. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and regret any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause [and] we look forward to serving you safely.”
    This in turn follows a number of other businesses announcing closures due to COVID-19-positive cases. The most recent are Carter & Co Ltd, Barbarees Hill, St Michael; Rubis service station, also Barbarees Hill; Terrific Tiles, Eagle Hall, St Michael; and Jordan’s Supermarket

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  • Oh what if Barbados had leadets who were visionaries and innovators in times of crisis
    Instead of leaders who takes the country down rabbit holes leading to mistrust speculation division and disunity
    What a wonderful barbados would be

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  • When is the Barbados Labour Party GOING TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS????

    Are they waiting for large scale DEATHS among the BLACK POPULATION WHICH CAN NOT BE FAR AWAY?????

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  • @ Carson

    With mutating variants in South Africa, Brazil and the UK, and it looks as if there will be more, and without the capacity for our own genome sequencing, it is not only common sense, but precautionary for Barbados to close the borders for at least two weeks. Lock down the entire country.
    Lives before livelihoods.

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  • Lockdown the country and after two weeks do what? Will the virus be gone?

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  • What happens when the country cannot pay your pension or facilitate cash flow for you to pay that electricity bill?

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  • Government in exile (GIE) now suggesting a lockdown

    GIE strategy
    Day 1 -2 – Don’t know what she is doing. Refused to take our good advice for months.

    Day 3-10. Lockdown is too late. She waited until the horse bolted

    Day 11 – Need to open up the country. Was open too long. The lockdown is too late and too longong. People are suffering. Don’t know what she is doing.

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  • Government in exile (GIE) now suggesting a lockdown

    GIE strategy
    Day 1 -2 – Don’t know what she is doing. Refused to take our good advice for months.

    Day 3-10. Lockdown is too late. She waited until the horse bolted

    Day 11 – Need to open up the country. Was open too long. The lockdown is too late and too longong. People are suffering. Don’t know what she is doing…….(Quote)

    This is the passive/aggressive crap that passes as a debate on BU. Cowardly imbeciles hiding behind a nom de plume to throw stones.

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  • The Govt. is reportedly negotiating with cruise ship lines to home port in Barbados.

    The CDC in America has come up with stringent rules to protect its citizens on board cruise ships , but the cruise ships think they are too stringent. The virus rapidly spreads spread on cruise ships as we have seen. They are now in with Barbados because it believe that protocols here are more lenient and enforced.

    And what the hell down it is populated by largely by BLACK PEOPLE and no body really cares how many of them die from the virus.

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  • GIE
    “This is the passive/aggressive crap that passes as a debate on BU. Cowardly imbeciles hiding behind a nom de plume to throw stones.”

    This is the aggressive crap that one bully wishes to put as part of a debate on BU. The arrogant and bullying Don Quixote slaying his imaginary dragons with his gift of gab.

    He believes that a refusal to engage with him means cowardice. One day he will realize that to some.. he is irrelevant.

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  • It is crystal clear that this is an orchestrated attempt by the Dems on here like CCC, Mariposa / Angela Cox, Austin , Baje plus the mad woman Waru to try to create fear and panic in Barbados purely for petty political purposes.Any blind man can see through it all day everyday.
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    @Lorenzo

    Do not underestimate the BU intelligentsia, we are not so easily swayed by specious arguments.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    NOW I AM A DEM AND NOT PART OF THE BU intelligentsia

    NEVER HEARD SO MUCH BULLSHIT FROM LOW INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUALS.

    THERE IS A REASON WHY THE 2 x 3 ISLAND IS IN THE PRECARIOUS POSITION IT IS IN BEFORE AND DURING THIS PANDEMIC.

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  • @ Carson

    If this is true, they are grabbing at scraps. By definition, cruise ships are floating towns. Passengers get, and expect to get, all there essential needs on board. When the ships arrive all they have time to do is to travel briefly round the island, and now even these trips are organised by special groups.
    In other words, the cruise ships are RIVALS to the hotel sector, not their friends. Some passengers may fly in to Barbados, but an economy cannot be planned on that basis.
    We are mismanaging the economy and, at the same time, driving the economy on to the rocks.

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  • their……

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  • What is the definition of home porting?

    #askingfirsfriend

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  • Bit of advice
    If you hold Bajans in such contempt that you search your for a million words to continuously demean and disrespect them, why don’t you save yourself agida and absent yourself.

    To me it doesn’t matter if you go or stay.

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  • Copied from a
    Guys View
    Guyson Mayers

    We have listened to the political spot meetings in the form of COVID-19 briefings and still wait for a decent explanation for the refusal to restrict COVID-19 laden flights into our country. At the same time, Britain, the great spreader, has blocked flights from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde because of a variant of the virus found in Brazil and could likely place restrictions on flights coming from Barbados, after Brits caused the spike here that would cause them to restrict us.

    We have made tourism our only significant economic earner and we have developed the mindset that this is the golden egg that must be preserved at all cost. Unfortunately, it seems that that cost includes selling our souls. There is absolutely nothing wrong with developing a strong tourism industry, but there is a lot wrong with indoctrinating our people with a sense of inferiority by treating them less well than we treat others. When our leaders place money above the lives of our people, we have a serious deficit that needs to be corrected.

    It was reported on the news that our Prime Minister said that she, along with a few other well-placed persons, had received the COVID-19 virus vaccine. I thought that persons on the frontline whose lives were most at risk would be the ones who needed to be vaccinated most,

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