COVID 19 Update – 25.01.2021

The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a challenge for many countries across the globe including Barbados. To shutdown or not is the question being asked by Barbadians. This evening’s briefing by the government will provide the answer.

Latest numbers presented by BU’s Lyall Small posted to COVID 19 Update page

Community spread has now been officially declared in Barbados and the testing backlog has been fixed. Attached are current charts up to 22nd Jan. We should now get a clearer picture of the dynamics of the virus in Barbados and the other 4 Caribbean countries we have been tracking. Panic now seems to be the general reaction here so far but I think that is unwarranted. I think that in about 3 weeks we should have a clearer picture of how the outbreak will likely progress here. In the meantime be very careful Lyall Small

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  • What time is the statement I heard 6 o’clock that is today or tomor? Seeing that 6 gone.

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  • 7:00PM seems to be the updated time period.

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  • @John A

    Apparently no official announcement was made, the government is meeting with the social partnership.

    There is a promise the PM will address at 7:30pm.

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  • @lyall
    A green or red color for one of the blue.

    All have a little uptick after Xmas. Grenada seem to be a he exception.

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  • We need discipline. What time is the meeting? Or do we have to wait until the president is free? She has total contempt for Barbadian people. We must wait until she finishes with the Social Partnership – white Barbados.

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  • Do you ever read what is posted?

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  • @ David BU

    Why do you bother yourself?

    Don’t you realize that guy’s only mission in life seems to be waking up every morning looking for the slightest thing for which to criticize Mottley.

    And when he can’t find anything to criticize, he either fabricates some nonsense or goes on to his usual silly rhetoric about ‘hands waving, eyes staring and fist pumping.’

    The social partnership is not ‘white people,’ it comprises of three distinctive groups, representatives of trade unions and employers.

    Mottley opened her press conference by saying she met with the social partnership, president of the DLP, leader of the opposition, BAMP, etc. That was something they have been calling for. I’ll bet you anything, they will find something about that meeting to criticize.

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  • They can only try at this stage. It has to be phased in.

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  • It’ll be interesting to see if we watched the same press conference

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  • Truth is the PM has little option now but to do this. At least this time the supermarkets will stay open from 8 to 3 Monday to Friday. The pharmacies will be open so it’s not a full shut down. Banks closing is a problem for business but let’s hope it’s only a week.

    I think once she does not create panic by going back on what was said tonight and then closing the supermarkets things will be manageable. Major blow for the economy again sadly.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @John A January 26, 2021 8:34 PM
    I beg to differ. It is monthend same as last lockdown which is normally a busy time and they supermarkets already on reduced hours with the 9pm curfew.

    They needed to learn from last time and leave the supermarket hours the same to avoid the crunch.

    I now have to try to figure out what groceries and dog food I need to last a whole month cause they shutting down the village shops so I cant even go supermarket to get large stuff and walk to the village shop on a weekly basis for smaller stuff like corned beef, biscuits and rice.

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  • John A
    It is obvious that the closure of small shops , is keepiing in step ,with the general feeling that the people are not following protocols. It is a “partial” shut down in the truest sense of the word. However it’s a national crisis and the business people are opposing the shutdown but the air and sea ports will remain opened. Also note that the vendors are going to be shut down, this will drive the agri business almost totally into the larger players hands. Also the PSVs will be back to carrying 60% of load., this will also impact their operations. Somehow a total shut down to carry out a more intense reset has not met favour with the Social Partnership.

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  • PM lectures barbadians returns to the old portocols which were in place when tourist arrivals were at bare minimums
    Since then tourist arrivals increased along with infections
    The long and short of what is happening is resulting from open borders and accepting people from hot spots
    Yet PM refuses to face such reality and do what is right proper and necessary with a pause of closing the borders
    Although these lockdowns are necessary in help to slow down or increase local infection
    Lockdowns are not the source
    Once the source is known govt has a responsibility of saving lives first and by pressing both knees in the neck of the source by temporarily closing the borders

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  • “I now have to try to figure out what groceries and dog food I need to last a whole month cause they shutting down the village shops so I cant even go supermarket to get large stuff and walk to the village shop on a weekly basis for smaller stuff like corned beef, biscuits and rice.”.

    How long will it take you to figure that out? You have a week.

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  • We need a lockdown for the opposition.

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  • Lockdown ?

    Definitely.
    Our prime minister spoke in layman terms.

    “Eco
    Follow the specific protocols outlined regarding Covid-19 people”

    Georgie Porgy could have easily comprehend the communique..

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  • @Critical Analyzer January 26, 2021 8:45 PM “I now have to try to figure out what groceries and dog food I need to last a whole month cause they shutting down the village shops so I cant even go supermarket to get large stuff and walk to the village shop on a weekly basis for smaller stuff like corned beef, biscuits and rice.”

    How hard is it to write a grocery list?

    I’ve already written mine.

    I already have enough cleaning supplies and dried peas and beans on hand. So I can make soup, stew food, cou-cou, porridge, bakes. I bought too much meat at Christmas, still trying to work my way through it. Bought tuna and sardines for the hurricane season. Still have some left

    My shopping list:
    Fruit: bananas, oranges, apples, or whatever is cheap and available. I may not even buy the bananas because I typically get some from an English “returning national” friend
    Vegetables: carrots, sweet peppers, tomatoes
    Milk
    Juice: unsweetened orange
    Flour
    Mouthwash. Don’t know why I am buying this as everybody is wearing masks. I really should save this money. Lolll!!!

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  • @John A

    So true, more suffering for ordinary people with businesses being closed.unfortunately this will be our lives for the foreseeable future.

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    contains 6μg of whole-virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 antigen (Strain: NIV-2020-770), and the other inactive ingredients such as aluminum hydroxide gel (250 μg), TLR 7/8 agonist (imidazoquinolinone) 15 μg, 2-phenoxyethanol 2.5 mg, and phosphate buffer saline up to 0.5 ml. The vaccine (COVAXINTM) thus has been developed by using inactivated/killed virus along with the aforementioned chemicals.
    HOW IS THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) GIVEN?
    The BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE will be given to you as an injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. The BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) vaccination series is 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.
    HAS BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) BEEN USED BEFORE?
    The Central Licensing Authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of COVAXINTM for restricted use in emergency situation in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode. In phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials, about 680 (300 in Phase 1, and 380 in Phase 2) were administered with 2-doses of COVAXINTM. Phase 3 clinical trial is ongoing in 25,800 participants, and all the participants have received the rst dose, as on 06th Jan 2021.
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    In an ongoing clinical trial, the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) has been shown to generate immunity following 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.
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    Side effects that have been reported with the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) include: • Injectionsitepain
    • Injectionsiteswelling
    • Injectionsiteredness
    • Injectionsiteitching
    • Stiffnessintheupperarm • Weaknessininjectionarm • Bodyache
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Malaise
    • Weakness
    • Rashes
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    There is a remote chance that the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction may very rarely occur after getting a dose of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM). For this reason, your vaccination provider will ask you to stay for 30 minutes after each dose of vaccination at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
    • Difcultyinbreathing
    • Swellingofyourfaceandthroat • Afastheartbeat
    • Rashalloveryourbody
    • Dizzinessandweakness
    These may not be all the possible side effects of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM). Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) is still being studied in clinical trials.
    WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS?
    If you experience any side effect(s), please contact/visit your health provider/Vaccinator/ Ofcer supervising your vaccination or immediately go to the nearest hospital.
    WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO GET THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM)?
    It is your choice to receive or not to receive the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM).
    CAN I RECEIVE THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) WITH OTHER VACCINES?
    There is no scientic information yet available on the appropriateness of use of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) along with other vaccines.
    WHAT IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not get the vaccine as the effect of the vaccine has not been studied in pregnant women and nursing mothers.
    WILL THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) GIVE ME COVID-19?
    No. BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) is an inactivated (killed) vaccine, and hence, there is no chance of getting COVID-19 because of COVAXINTM vaccination.
    HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO PARTICPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
    All the Vaccine recipients will be followed-up for a period of 3 months after the 2nd dose of vaccination.
    In case of any serious adverse events, Vaccine recipients will be provided medically recognized standard of care in the government designated and authorized centers/hospitals. The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor (BBIL) if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine. The compensation will be determined by the ICMR Central Ethics Committee, as appropriate.
    All the recipients need to report to the health care provider/site/sponsor, if they are having signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19. If any Vaccine recipient develops symptoms of COVID-19, Vaccine recipient will be provided medically recognized standard of care in the government designated and authorized centers/hospitals. COVID-19 Positive outcomes must be documented in Adverse Event Form. Proof of positive RT-PCR (tests conducted under the existing government program and from approved laboratories) should be provided to establish the diagnosis of COVID-19. Vaccine recipient’s verbal recall will not conrm the diagnosis.
    Manufactured and Marketed by:
    Bharat Biotech International Limited Genome Valley Turkapally, Shamirpet Hyderabad, Telangana 500 078
    RESTRICTED USE OF COVAXINTM UNDER CLINICAL TRIAL MODE THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE
    TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
    PRIORITIZED GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN INFORMED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH & FAMILY WELFARE TO ATTEND
    A BOOTH SPECIFIED FOR COVAXINTM BASED VACCINATION
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    The Bharat Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine (COVAXINTM) is a vaccine with approval for restricted use in emergency situation that may prevent COVID-19. The Central Licensing Authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of COVAXINTM for restricted use in emergency situation in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode.
    In phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, COVAXINTM has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against COVID-19. However, the clinical efcacy of COVAXINTM is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trial. Hence, it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to Covid-19 need not be followed.
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    The Vaccinator/ Ofcer supervising your vaccination may include your vaccination information in your state/National Immunization Information System or another designated system. This will ensure that you receive the same vaccine when you return for the second dose. Please also note that privacy and condentiality pertaining to any information provided by you and archived in the National Immunization Information System will be maintained.
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    Tell the Vaccinator/ Ofcer supervising your vaccination about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
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    to take the vaccine in any of these conditions
    • Have any allergies
    • Have fever
    • Have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
    • Are immunocompromised or are you on a medicine
    that affects your immune system
    • Are pregnant
    • Are breastfeeding
    • Have received another COVID-19 vaccine
    It is advisable not to take the vaccine in any of these conditions
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    CDSCO has authorized the Restricted Use of COVAXINTM under Clinical Trial Mode. Individuals who are prioritized under the public health program of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India will be covered under this endeavor. Informing the individuals about the offer for vaccination with COVAXINTM will rest with the respective Government Program Ofcials. Those offered COVAXINTM at pre-specied booths will have the options to receive or reject administration of the vaccine.
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    You should not get the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) if you: • Haveanyhistoryofallergies.
    • Havefever.
    • Haveableedingdisorderorareonabloodthinner.
    • Areimmune-compromisedorareonamedicinethataffectsyourimmunesystem • Arepregnant.
    • Arebreastfeeding.
    • HavereceivedanotherCOVID-19vaccine.
    • Anyotherserioushealthrelatedissues,asdeterminedbytheVaccinator/Ofcersupervisingvaccination.
    WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM)?
    The BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) includes the following ingredients:
    contains 6μg of whole-virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 antigen (Strain: NIV-2020-770), and the other inactive ingredients such as aluminum hydroxide gel (250 μg), TLR 7/8 agonist (imidazoquinolinone) 15 μg, 2-phenoxyethanol 2.5 mg, and phosphate buffer saline up to 0.5 ml. The vaccine (COVAXINTM) thus has been developed by using inactivated/killed virus along with the aforementioned chemicals.
    HOW IS THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) GIVEN?
    The BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE will be given to you as an injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. The BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) vaccination series is 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.
    HAS BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) BEEN USED BEFORE?
    The Central Licensing Authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of COVAXINTM for restricted use in emergency situation in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode. In phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials, about 680 (300 in Phase 1, and 380 in Phase 2) were administered with 2-doses of COVAXINTM. Phase 3 clinical trial is ongoing in 25,800 participants, and all the participants have received the rst dose, as on 06th Jan 2021.
    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM)?
    In an ongoing clinical trial, the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) has been shown to generate immunity following 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.
    However, the clinical efcacy of COVAXINTM is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trial. Hence, it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to Covid-19 need not be followed.
    WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM)?
    Side effects that have been reported with the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) include: • Injectionsitepain
    • Injectionsiteswelling
    • Injectionsiteredness
    • Injectionsiteitching
    • Stiffnessintheupperarm • Weaknessininjectionarm • Bodyache
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Malaise
    • Weakness
    • Rashes
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    There is a remote chance that the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction may very rarely occur after getting a dose of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM). For this reason, your vaccination provider will ask you to stay for 30 minutes after each dose of vaccination at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
    • Difcultyinbreathing
    • Swellingofyourfaceandthroat • Afastheartbeat
    • Rashalloveryourbody
    • Dizzinessandweakness
    These may not be all the possible side effects of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM). Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) is still being studied in clinical trials.
    WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS?
    If you experience any side effect(s), please contact/visit your health provider/Vaccinator/ Ofcer supervising your vaccination or immediately go to the nearest hospital.
    WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO GET THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM)?
    It is your choice to receive or not to receive the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM).
    CAN I RECEIVE THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) WITH OTHER VACCINES?
    There is no scientic information yet available on the appropriateness of use of the BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) along with other vaccines.
    WHAT IF I AM PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?
    If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not get the vaccine as the effect of the vaccine has not been studied in pregnant women and nursing mothers.
    WILL THE BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) GIVE ME COVID-19?
    No. BHARAT BIOTECH COVID-19 VACCINE (COVAXINTM) is an inactivated (killed) vaccine, and hence, there is no chance of getting COVID-19 because of COVAXINTM vaccination.
    HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO PARTICPATE IN THIS PROGRAM?
    All the Vaccine recipients will be followed-up for a period of 3 months after the 2nd dose of vaccination.
    In case of any serious adverse events, Vaccine recipients will be provided medically recognized standard of care in the government designated and authorized centers/hospitals. The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor (BBIL) if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine. The compensation will be determined by the ICMR Central Ethics Committee, as appropriate.
    All the recipients need to report to the health care provider/site/sponsor, if they are having signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19. If any Vaccine recipient develops symptoms of COVID-19, Vaccine recipient will be provided medically recognized standard of care in the government designated and authorized centers/hospitals. COVID-19 Positive outcomes must be documented in Adverse Event Form. Proof of positive RT-PCR (tests conducted under the existing government program and from approved laboratories) should be provided to establish the diagnosis of COVID-19. Vaccine recipient’s verbal recall will not conrm the diagnosis.
    Manufactured and Marketed by:
    Bharat Biotech International Limited Genome Valley Turkapally, Shamirpet Hyderabad, Telangana 500 078

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @TheOGazerts & @Cuhdear Bajan
    My problem is I shop for a week but they are forcing me and other people like me to shop for a whole month because they have significantly cut supermarket hours during lockdown (7-3 weekdays, closed weekends) and closed village shops so there are no other grocery shopping options resulting in long lines at the supermarkets from now until the lockdown is over.

    I fully expect them to extend it another week on the 15th but I will wait and see.

    I really though they would have learnt from the supermarket lines they caused with the first lockdown.

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  • “Somehow a total shut down to carry out a more intense reset has not met favour with the Social Partnership.”

    No one elected the Social Parasite, they’re living off the existence of the majority Black population…they can suck it up and sit the hell down. No one has the time.

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  • @Critical Analyzer January 26, 2021 10:04 PM “@TheOGazerts & @Cuhdear Bajan
    My problem is I shop for a week…”

    Understood.

    I used to be paid monthly or every two weeks and did a family shop once or twice a month. I overdid things a bit at Christmas as family gatherings were much smaller than usual and smaller than I anticipated so I still have some of December’s things left.

    For me it helps to keep a running list and as soon as I run out of an item or am almost out I add it to my list.

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  • “Also note that the vendors are going to be shut down, this will drive the agri business almost totally into the larger players hands.”

    And that shouldn’t be happening either, there’s a majority population on the island and it’s NOT THE MINORITIES…these people have a right to start businesses IN EVERY SECTOR.

    as long as Mia understands that her listening to this tiny group of greedy, stupid people, got her in this mess in the first place, they’re not the ones have to face the electorate, no one elected them and they’re not the ones will be crawling around the island come 2023 begging for votes.

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  • @John A January 26, 2021 8:34 PM
    I beg to differ. It is monthend same as last lockdown which is normally a busy time and they supermarkets already on reduced hours with the 9pm curfew.

    They needed to learn from last time and leave the supermarket hours the same to avoid the crunch.

    I now have to try to figure out what groceries and dog food I need to last a whole month cause they shutting down the village shops so I cant even go supermarket to get large stuff and walk to the village shop on a weekly basis for smaller stuff like corned beef, biscuits and rice.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    A CITY OF SEVERAL MILLION RESIDENTS/VISITORS WITH SUPERMARKETS, MINI-MARTS ETC OPEN MOST FROM 8AM TO 9PM/10PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

    NO CURFEWS.

    2 x 3 ISLAND TINY POPULATION CAN’T MANAGE SIMPLE SHIT AND SOME IDIOTS APPLAUDING FAILED LEADERSHIP WHO CONTINUE TO LET THE THE COVID-10 VIRUS COME INTO THE ISLAND UNCHECKED INCLUDING THE NEW VARIANTS.

    WUNNA IS A REAL PACK OF CLOWNS WITH THE WHITE HOTELIERS LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WHILST THE BLACK MASSES SUFFER..

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  • I think that once they increased the curfew hours to start at 7 pm they had no choice but to shorten the supermarket hours too. As David says it will be tough on the vendors and based on the new protocols, few tourist will endure that. However those that already are booked will come. As for the restaurants i wonder if drive through outlets will be open or will they be grouped with indoor dining? I guess that will come out over the next few days.

    It is tough on the small businesses for sure as many of them haven’t recovered from the first shutdown yet. The thing is when you put all the politics and fowlism aside what was the alternative? I trust that we will hear what the fine will be for persons found not wearing masks or wearing them on their chin or with their noses out.

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  • @ WURA
    The behavior of the leader of the business grouping within the Social Partnership is most appalling. He gets out front and sets the pace and then the politicians fall in line.
    We also have an economics consultant behaving as if he is the Minister of Finance. Under no circumstances should he be speaking ahead of the Governor of the Central Bank or the PM who is also the MOF.
    I thought that the Social Partnership would put its position in the meeting and when a consensus is reached it would speak with one voice. But this be Massa calling shots as if he faced the damn polls.
    The only two prime ministers who have ever told these new Massa to shut up are Erskine Sandiford and Fruendel Stuart.
    Even without COVID he should have been told to shut to hell up !

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  • Reuters
    MON JAN 11, 2021 / 6:51 AM EST
    India signs purchase order with Serum for AstraZeneca vaccine – source

    MUMBAI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – India has signed a purchase order with vaccine producer Serum Institute to procure AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, a source said on Monday, the first step in one of the world’s largest vaccination programmes against the novel coronavirus.

    Local television channel CNBC-TV 18 said the order was for 11 million doses and the government would buy the shots at 200 rupees ($2.72) per dose.

    The government has also signed a purchase agreement with Indian firm Bharat Biotech for its COVID-19 vaccine, the news channel reported, citing unnamed sources.

    Representatives for Serum, Bharat Biotech and India’s health ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

    India aims to secure 600 million doses for its vaccination drive that aims to inoculate 300 million citizens over the next six to eight months. The programme is expected to begin on Jan. 31.

    India’s drug regulator had given emergency use approval for both vaccines earlier this month. Two other vaccines – Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D and Russia’s Sputnik V – are still in trials in India.

    Meanwhile, the government’s decision to approve the homegrown Bharat Biotech vaccine has met with criticism from health experts for the lack of data showing its efficacy.

    At nearly 10.5 million, India has the world’s second highest number of novel coronavirus infections behind the United States, although its rate of increase in cases has been slowing.

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  • Our government is doing everything right. The main thing is to keep the tourists coming because they are our main source of income. When everyone in the US and UK is vaccinated in the summer, it’s time to start the cruises again. Optimally, there will be 10 cruise ships docking at the pier per day. Also, starting in summer, we should ramp up tourism to 100% for all those vaccinated from the US and UK and dispense with any kind of quarantine.

    The remaining low infection rate is then a negligible risk in the range of a statistical detail.

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  • @ William

    From what i understand when the Covid force was making their checks quietly they found that the small shops had basically no protocols in place. There was no sanitizing at the door and things like that. The reasoning it seems they went this road was at least at the supermarkets protocols were being observed like spraying the trolleys, sanitizing etc.

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  • @ John A
    The country is in crisis and one would expect ALL sectors to be in line. Don’t you understand that the small village shops are vital to the economic lifeline of some communities?
    While we are aware that the government is in a difficult place it must never be seen that one group is getting what it wants while the other is being treated rather harshly.
    You would note that all of your suggestions and ideas have been ignored because there is no real effort to change the economic course with or without COVID. And that is what we are ashamed to admit. Whether we like it or not , it is business as usual.
    You have pointed out different courses that have could have been taken. How can you now ask , what else the government can do? You, for months , have been telling them.

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  • “He gets out front and sets the pace and then the politicians fall in line.”

    that’s what social parasites do, he believes he has a cage full of slaves…and the politicians are his overseers
    that’s how they behave on an island funded by the Black majority and those negros don’t know how to put them in their place….but they got a lot of talk for their own people who pay their salaries.

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  • @John A

    There is enough blame to go around.

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  • @ David
    Don’t you see some disparity in the shut down ?
    @ John
    What would it take to make the small shops follow the protocols?
    I think that a well focused shut down, say two weeks , would have been more effective for a more precise reset.
    However , we have to hope and want the
    measures to work because we simply don’t have the resources to combat this virus if it gets out of hand.

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  • @William

    We are operating in unprecedented times. Unfortunately it has been some of the mom and pop outfits not adhering to the protocols. That said it will be hard on those at the lower end of the scale. Unfortunately it is one of those zero sum scenarios. Very unfortunate.

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  • Our government should get the vaccine and then flog it to tycoons, expats and tourists for $1000 a can. At a purchase price of 5 USD, we make a profit of 995 USD. With 100000 people willing to be vaccinated, this makes a net profit of more than 90 million. Or even better, our government offers a vaccination trip to Barbados on its own at a fixed price of 10000 USD per person. With this, we could increase the profit into the billions.

    Of course, we would need a suitable advertising slogan for this. How about: Barbados: “The health paradise for the rich”?

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  • Mia, de matriarch will navigate us through these challenging periods successfully.

    Keep the faith people….

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  • @ Tron January 27, 2021 12:12 AM

    Countries around the world are administering vaccines to their citizens free. Why would anyone pay a price in a foreign country. I missed de logic.

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  • Mia, de matriarch will navigate us through these challenging periods successfully.

    Keep the faith people….

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    WUHLOSS.

    MIA IS NOW AN IDOL PLUS THE ALMIGHTY AND BY EXTENSION THE WHITE MAN’S JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOR.

    THE ONLY PEOPLE TRULY HAPPY ARE THE WHITE PLANTATION MASTERS INCLUDING MARK MALONEY THAT MIA PROMISED TO PROSECUTE UPON BEING ELECTED CLOSE TO 3 YEARS AGO.

    WHAT A PACK OF IDIOTS ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

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  • Can somebody explain the lack of COVID cases in China?

    Please don’t tell us the Chinese are manipulating the data!!

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  • What, no COVID deaths at all?

    How come?

    I know!!

    The Chinese are manipulating the numbers!!

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  • Why not try the hydroxy!!!

    Could be a lot cheaper than the vaccines.

    No need to give Trump credit if it works!!

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  • @ Tron January 27, 2021 12:12 AM

    I previously post an idea regarding our indigenous green monkeys being advertised in North America & Europe as personal pets/companions for a modest price of $25,000 USD.

    It was shot down by one of our many DLP professors on the BU. The monkeys in Barbados quadruple our population. Call it monkey business if you want. That’s real CASH. Do de math. Please…

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  • @ John January 27, 2021 1:16 AM

    You and everyone else knows the answer to the question.

    It’s has an obvious response.

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  • The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a challenge for many countries across the globe including Barbados.

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    Doesn’t seem to be a challenge in China!!

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  • BAJEJanuary 26, 2021 10:15 PM
    A CITY OF SEVERAL MILLION RESIDENTS/VISITORS WITH SUPERMARKETS, MINI-MARTS ETC OPEN MOST FROM 8AM TO 9PM/10PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

    NO CURFEWS.

    Ok, ranting aside, how many hospitalisations and deaths per day in your city?

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  • @ John January 27, 2021 1:16 AM

    (Revised): It has an obvious response.

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  • Good grief. It is two weeks people. That is exactly what Hal recommended and I agreed.

    Tomas shut the island for the same sort of period. People have earthquakes and have to survive for months waiting for relief.

    Two weeks is going to destroy people? The government said that care packages will be delivered to the vulnerable.

    It is best to do two weeks, then implement strict protocols thenceforth, than have this thing knocking around and blowing up.

    Baje screaming about no shutdown in his city, nor curfew. But what he is not telling us is the number of new cases and deaths daily, in his city.

    Half a story can be misleading. Be careful using them, unless a teacher is trying to get students to use their imagination and finish it, they can cause trouble. Maybe that is his sole aim.

    And here is one such half a story. People complaining. But do you really think that the government will shut so, without advice from the medical people recommending? What does that tell you?

    They should really tell you about the serious cases, because I bet there are. But then wunna would panic.

    But I would tell you. If that is what it takes.

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  • @John,

    As Tony says, take that graph and pitch it through the window.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    @John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, even if China are manipulating the numbers it would take the mother of all cover ups to hide 1 million cases furthermore the 25 million cases and the 400,000 deaths that the USA has right now. The point is that China has better control of the virus than countries that have less than 1/4 of its population. The Chinese gov’t could not even hide the initial cover up of the existence of COVID-19 even though they are the biggest news censor on the planet.

    @Willian the finer details of the lockdown will be revealed before just the 3rd of Feb but I hope they reverse the decision on closing the small shops because

    1) a shop is basically a mini supermarket. A supermarket is a big shop. To “discriminate” based on size makes little sense when both offer (more or less) the same service to the public

    2) closing small shops means more people assembling in the big supermarkets, inferring that more people would having to take public transportation to get to those said supermarkets…the totally opposite effect desired in this situation.

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  • BAJEJanuary 26, 2021 10:15 PM
    A CITY OF SEVERAL MILLION RESIDENTS/VISITORS WITH SUPERMARKETS, MINI-MARTS ETC OPEN MOST FROM 8AM TO 9PM/10PM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

    NO CURFEWS.

    Ok, ranting aside, how many hospitalisations and deaths per day in your city?

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    YOU CALLED TELLING THE TRUTH RANTING YOU TWIT.

    I SEE PEOPLE CARRYING ON THEIR LIVES AS NORMAL DAILY EXCEPT FOR WEARING MASKS ETC..

    OF COURSE THERE ARE INFECTIONS AND DEATHS LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE.

    HOWEVER ONE IS FREE TO LIVE THEIRS AS PER USUAL TAKING NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS.

    NOT THE BULLSHIT MELODRAMA ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND CLOSING OR LIMITING PEOPLE FROM SHOPPING IN SUPERMARKETS OR ANY OTHER TYPES OF BUSINESSES.

    I AM MORE HAPPIER WHERE I HAVE MY FREEDOMS LIKE SEVERAL OTHER MILLION RESIDENTS THAN YOU IDIOTS ON THE 2 x 3 THAT CAN’T SEE PASS THEIR NOSES WHILST THE WHITE MEN ENJOYING THEIR WEALTH AND YOUR BLACK PEOPLE SUFFERING AMONG THEMSELVES..

    WELCOME TO SMALL ISLAND MENTALITY.

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  • BAJEJanuary 27, 2021 2:28 AM Answer the question instead of screaming insults. The only one looking like a twit is you, with your rants.

    How many hospitalisations and deaths daily and weekly daily average in your city?

    Answer the question.

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  • Baje, if you refuse to answer the question, I will have to assume that you are writing from a psychiatric ward, given your constant screaming, but refusal to conduct a rational interchange. Quite a fair conclusion.

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  • BAJEJanuary 27, 2021 2:28 AM Answer the question instead of screaming insults. The only one looking like a twit is you, with your rants.

    How many hospitalisations and deaths daily and weekly daily average in your city?

    Answer the question.

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    Baje, if you refuse to answer the question, I will have to assume that you are writing from a psychiatric ward, given your constant screaming, but refusal to conduct a rational interchange. Quite a fair conclusion.

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    DOES IT MATTER HOW MANY DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS WHILST YOUR GOVERNMENT IS LETTING IN THE VIRUS DAILY FROM THE OUTSIDE.

    WE LIVE FREELY WITHOUT HINDRANCES TO OUR DAILY LIVES NOT SOME DICTATORSHIP WHO IS PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH BAJAN BLACK LOCALS TO THE BENEFIT OF THE WHITE SHADOWS.

    I RATHER RANT AS YOU CALL IT BY SPEAKING TRUTH THAN DEFEND ANY POLITICAL PARTY ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND WHICH YOU AND SEVERAL OTHERS ON BU DO ALMOST DAILY.

    MAYBE WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT THE REAL PROBLEMS LIKE THE NEEDS OF FELLOW BAJAN BLACKS OVER THE NEEDS OF THE CHARLES HERBERTS, MARK MALONEY, AVINASH PERSAUD AND THE MANY WHITES CONTROLLING THE WEALTH ON THE ISLAND.

    THEN YOU AND I WILL FINALLY COME TO AN AGREEMENT.

    FAILING THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO RANT AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR BLP PARTY AND BLP GOVERNMENT@ Crusoe

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  • Answer the question.

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  • @Crusoe

    Baje is a liar. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

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  • A good news story.

    Nurses praised for showing up to COVID fight – Nurses praised for showing up to COVID fight: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/26/nurses-praised-for-showing-up-to-covid-fight/

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  • DavidJanuary 27, 2021 3:22 AM @Crusoe Baje is a liar. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

    Cryptic. Noted and thanks.

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  • It’s 2031, less time for those spouting off without facts. But look how Baje is now in a city of millions with residents AND VISITORS. Note I said AND VISITORS. Who surprise David says he is a liar? Wunna stay safe.

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  • David

    The RH corporate oligarchs in Barbados, with the help of Mugabe, are using this Covid crisis to implement the socalled Great Reset.

    While most Bajans are seeking to save their lives, corporate interests whether in the hotel industry or the mercantile class see the Great Reset as a disaster capitalist opportunity to further monopoly, oligopoly in Barbados, like is happening everywhere else.

    We warn Mugabe that this crisis and her handling are likely to impose a fate worse than death on a wide range of people and their businesses barely holding on before Covid19.

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  • The big Hotel Industry are the ones calling the shots
    The people voices would not be heard
    All the lockdowns would affect the majority mostly black people who are in the struggle of their lives economically
    Notice in the PM speech not one word was mention about the Hotel industry undergoing drastic measures of change in helping to fight the deadly virus
    Yet Mia tells the country “We are in this together”
    Who are the we was revealed in her draconian speech which levelled threats and lockdowns at the mostly black masses

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  • William Skinner

    Fruendel Stuart and his political father Erskine Sandiford were the biggest political cowards ever known to man.

    So stop lionizing these idiots.

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  • One can always count on David and the blp yard birds when caught in a corner like a trap rat to call opposing opinions lies
    Wunna never fail

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  • The number of active cases dropped from 700+ to 360. Dodds back to some semblance of normalcy it seems.

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  • Easy Squeeze Make No Riot
    Part of Government’s role is to give the impression that they are on top of things even when they are not and to control the population so there is no uprising. Politics is about smearing shit on the other side with propaganda as John will testify.

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  • @Pacha

    It is the ordinary people calling for the reset. It is a zero sum scenario, someone will have to pay the price little do they know. Do not forget where government revenues come from, it is the model we have embraced. It is what it iOS.

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  • @ Pacha
    When did speaking the truth about anybody become “ lionizing “ ?
    Erskine Sandiford once told the Chamber of Commerce , that he was “ not elected in any board room”.
    Freudel Stuart told Peter Boos if he wants to run the country , he should try “ contesting a seat “.
    I said that these are the only two PMs that I recall ever speaking to the new Massa in that manner.
    You should know better than accusing me of lionizing anybody.
    I guess that the next time I say that you are erudite and a fine writer , somebody would say that I lionize you.
    Gimme a break Pacha.

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  • David

    Well if saving lives is as important as Mugabe says then how can the lifeblood of the most vulnerable be so located within zero sum game scenarios?

    Where is the counter narrative to corporate intent?

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  • @Pacha

    Good question, one of the biggest warts of our local system. Until the economic class is infiltrated by a nucleus of like minded egalitarian souls, it is what it is, ordinary people in Barbados have not reached a level of awareness to tactically challenge the establishment in the opinion of this blogmaster. You have read the story in recent days how the world’™s richest have earned trillions off the back of the pandemic? Altruism is the order of the day.

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  • Skinner
    We both know that those words were merely for external political consumption.

    Internally, both these men lacking in courage gave de rassoooooooul white people everything they wanted. And they were happy to be able to so do.

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  • Disgusting lies & Propaganda TV
    1. Closing down small shops which as you say are now minimarts will force citizens to shop at the bigger supermarkets. These are the players in the Social Partnership who oppose lock down.
    2. Closing down vendors will cut out the middle man and small farmers and that business will obviously be directed toward the bigger players.
    At 1 and 2 the bigger players are now being given all the pie.
    We can’t claim to be all in this together if policy appears to be discriminatory.
    It clearly shows that the administration is in a very difficult situation and we must support its efforts. After all it did not create the virus. But Socio economic policy must support or be designed to ensure that all players are treated equally.

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  • David

    Kindly permit us to know better.

    Barbados has deliberately avoided all and any opportunity to make the country more egalitarian.

    We suggest the former Mutual as a prime example. They are many more.

    None of what you see now did not happen by chance. It was no less deliberate than what Mugabe is doing currently.

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  • “The number of active cases dropped from 700+ to 360. Dodds back to some semblance of normalcy it seems.”

    You need to drop in ya billion dollar projects manager skills and help DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY…and not with more tourism delusional shit, pimping and whoremongering either. Make sure the BLACK POPULATION create as they’re gifted to do and STAY ON TOP to benefit THEM, THEIR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATION….no more social parasites, no one elects them…they’re disgraceful…let them stay in their lanes…until such time that there may OR MAY NOT be a revival of tourism.

    Pacha..i lost it recently, the world’s savages are brazen.

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  • “While most Bajans are seeking to save their lives, corporate interests whether in the hotel industry or the mercantile class see the Great Reset as a disaster capitalist opportunity to further monopoly, oligopoly in Barbados, like is happening everywhere else.”

    It’s up to the masses to sit there and don’t capsize these evil, greedy wannabe slavemasters MFs and make sure they never recover…slavery is an international crime….we’ve spent years on BU warning and warning, got called mad, this, that and the other. We can only do so much. It’s wicked what smallminded, small power Caribbean governments do to African people…but Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and neither is social media, if anything, it’s getting even more powerful and venturing into new frontiers that many have already lost track and cannot even fathom, but they will see. Small island power means just that.

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  • @Pacha

    What is happening in Barbados channels what is the state of affairs elsewhere, the economic elite rules whether covertly or otherwise. It continues to be a constant battle given the fragmented and dare we say it lack of awareness by Black people here, there and everywhere. We see no wisdom in committing to a regional machinery to bundle our interest on the global stage, we are unable to manage effectively regional entities for the same reason. There is no non aligned movement to run interference- we can go on. For example, why should developing states have to fight to secure orders for vaccines from Big Pharma? Should MDCs not know it makes sense for the global population to be protected ensuring herd immunity and protecting the very man made construct called globalization? It makes no sense.

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  • @ Crusoe January 27, 2021 2:00 AM
    “Good grief. It is two weeks people. That is exactly what Hal recommended and I agreed.

    Tomas shut the island for the same sort of period. People have earthquakes and have to survive for months waiting for relief.

    Two weeks is going to destroy people? The government said that care packages will be delivered to the vulnerable.

    It is best to do two weeks, then implement strict protocols thenceforth, than have this thing knocking around and blowing up.”
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    A major concern to the “public health authorities” should be the enforcement of the stricter protocols among the ‘many’ dozens of vagrants ‘cruising’ without PPE around the many places frequented by shoppers and other’ vulnerable’ pedestrians.

    In the interest of public health and to protect the vagrants from themselves would they be put in special quarantine during the pending lockdown or would they be allowed to roam freely, ‘unmasked’ and all?

    It would be interesting to find out how many of those Covid-19-exposed ‘roamers’ have been either tested or have contracted the virus.

    Maybe their immune systems are equipped with battle-ready armour and germ fighting equipment to fight off such unseen foes like Covid and dengue.

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  • Some people are intuitively ahead of the curve

    Dancing is good for you

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  • “Fruendel Stuart and his political father Erskine Sandiford were the biggest political cowards ever known to man.”

    WIlliam…their egos may have made them defensive, but were they real mean with real power they would’ve MUTED and CRIPPLED these repulsive minorities DECADES AGO….but every black face minister etc that entered the parliamnet since the 1950s was/is a colonial trained coward. They can only implement rules and laws for African people and no one else.

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  • @Miller

    Bostic keeps using the language of war. We have to be smart waging a war again the COVID-19 enemy. We have to protect ALL our people. Unfortunately in a war there will be casualties even after we have done our best to defend the citadel of Barbados.

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  • Barbados never wanted to become autonomous, they prefer remain in their lost identity, lost history, dependent state….professionals, real ones, can create their own paradise of papers on this mental mess starting with a psychological analysis of the shallow leaders….it will be a hell of a book..once tons of research is done.

    It’s noted that various governments on the Continent are extending a hand in welcome for descendants of the enslaved IN THE WEST…TONS OF OPPORTUNITEIS, MEANING FOR BLACK PEOPLE…..WHO HAVE THEIR BIRTHRIGHT IN AFRICA….and yet all ya hear coming from the parliament is more tourism, more subjugation, racism, violations of human rights, thefts of severance etc…elevating shite minorities over the Black majority..no future and no LOOKING TOWARD AFRICA..but they are heavily talking about the man wearing a dress in Italy.

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  • ““Good grief. It is two weeks people.”

    Not necessarily 2 weeks becomes 4 weeks which becomes 2 months or 3 months as a rolling lockdown when people dying is multiplying so don’t hold your breath waiting

    TEARS OF AFRICA

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  • David

    What would you expect except the mimicking of the language from Washington by armchair hawks and colonels who never saw real war up close and personal.

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  • David 07 40

    No, there will be no room to throw this issue into the tall grass, that because it represents international patterns of wealth distribution Barbados is just following suite.

    Again permit us to know better. For in the case of Barbados we’ve had opportunities unique to us and fecklessly surrendered them to the corporatists which now are firmly in control.

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  • The real problem with communicating the CoVid crisis to the country is the president. She believes she must be front and centre of everything going on, regardless, no original idea, no lessons learnt, no doubting her own supremacy.
    The prime minister blew a great opportunity to relaunch the fight against CoVid and bring the nation with her. As I have said before, she should have relaunched with the governor general alone speaking at the briefing/ address to the nation, with the leading civic and professional leaders standing behind her, including the prime minister.
    With the governor general at the podium, and behind her stood the commissioner of police, head of BDF, leaders of the PdP, DLP and BLP, the bishop, and heads of the Muslims, Jews and other leading religious groups, the message would have been clear, without a word being said, that this is not a party political matter. This is about national security. She blew it.
    Then the message should have been one of clarity, brevity and precision. Say what was needed to be said and nothing more, no nonsense about dengue, or when she chaired a meeting for the WHO or UN, or whoever.
    The president also messed up her own message with nonsense about if you want to call this a lockdown or whatever do; no, she should have called it by name and stick to it, cut out the wordplay.
    I did not time the speech because I could not find my stop watch, but it was long, boring and monotonous and drifted all over the place. That alone is bad if you want to get over an important message.
    The message should have been carried on every radio station and the local television station live and the entire nation would come to a stand-still. With such a format, the message would have been clear, this is serious.
    The content of the message was another issue. It gave the appearance of a decision made five minutes before the presentation and written on the back of a postage stamp.
    There was no indication that there was any consideration of the unintended consequences of the new policies, or even the objective of the proposals, which I will deal with separately, but I will take three briefly.
    First, the unexplained lockdown on over-70s, why? Second the attack on small grocery stores and rum shops, why? and the attack on members of the public who have to use public transport.
    Is the lockdown on over-70s based on medical reasons, if so where is the evidence? With nine dead that could hardly be considered sound empirical evidence.
    Second, by closing small shops we are simply once more transferring wealth from the very poor to the wealthy and well-connected; most small shop owners depend on that single business for their livelihood. People must eat.
    If the reason, or the excuse, was the lack of adherence to the protocols, then that could be dealt with separately, but as it is, they have chosen the nuclear option – a hammer to crack a nut.
    Third, how do poor people who have to depend on public transport to shop and get to government offices get about. One Barbadian-born, UK citizen, who spends every year in Barbados, was full of anxiety after the announcement. What should she do?
    In her long, boring, diatribe, the one word the president should have said that she did not was ‘sorry’ to the Barbadian people; sorry for not providing the quality leadership that the nation needs at this time; sorry for allowing her ego and global ambitions to allow her to take her eyes off the ball, to pay more attention to the WHO and UN ego-trips than the safety of Barbadian people; she even disgracefully tried to blame the DLP government for the st ate of the economy, as if they did a Trump and left the CoVid virus under a desk. It was shameful.
    Here is an example of emotional intelligence, of empathy for the bereaved; minut es befoere listening to the president I listened to the new on Sky and the young newscaster, in announcing that the CoVid dead in the UK had reached 100000 broke down in tears.
    As she did her camera team also were in tears and the two guests for the newspaper review. Now that is emotional intelligence. Even Boris said sorry to the nation; Biden did. Not our president.

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  • “Not necessarily 2 weeks becomes 4 weeks which becomes 2 months or 3 months as a rolling lockdown when people dying is multiplying so don’t hold your breath waiting”

    Just as bad as a rolling lockdown is to open-up and then have to lockdown again if things goes wrong.

    Those who are making the decisions find themselves in a tough spot as they are fighting a horrible disease and are being second guessed at each step of the way.

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  • “You need to drop in ya billion dollar projects manager skills and help DIVERSIFY THE ECONOMY…and not with more tourism delusional shit, pimping and whoremongering either.”

    Words of an armchair critic. Salemite, it is 2021. Have a nice day and be safe wherever you are in the world this week.

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  • @Pacha

    Unfortunately we and other SIDs have gone with the flow. We are here now and will have to deal with it. Hopefully this crisis is the disruption the region needs to get us on track.

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  • When you take risks, calculated or otherwise, dont be surprised when things turn out worse than expected.

    When are we going to learn to survive in this world without depending on foreigners to come and pay our bills for us?

    What happens in 3 months when there is no vaccine and “we need the money”?
    The prostitute needs to attract clientele and we are back here again.

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  • The voices on social media platforms and editorials are all saying the same
    Barbadians are being victimized while the Hotel industry is getting a free ride

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  • @ David January 27, 2021 8:27 AM
    “@Pacha
    Unfortunately we and other SIDs have gone with the flow. We are here now and will have to deal with it. Hopefully this crisis is the disruption the region needs to get us on track.”
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    The current crisis in public health and the ‘exposed’ economic vulnerabilities of the same “SID” Barbados also offers the golden opportunity to revisit the country’s capacity and ability to manage its sewerage and solid waste management systems including the strategies of dealing with the thousands of forex-wasting, abandoned and derelict vehicles blemishing the already ‘limited’ landscape.

    Does Barbados really have the economic potential or public health capacity to welcome 80,000 additional (imported) bodies as promoted by the big-mouth politicians who can’t even tell the difference between their policy-talking arses and the deeply-indebted country’s ‘bent’ elbow of socio-economic potential to grow in order to accommodate more consumers and fewer producers?

    Why not use the prevailing crisis to improve the health and socio-economic standing of the existing population before strategizing about creating a new breed of ‘imported’ Bajans?

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  • So Barbados – are we going to diversify the economy now or are we sticking with toxic tourism?

    Fat lot of good that did us!

    By the way, if they have evidence against the village shops, mini marts and vendors are not following protocols why are they not simply charging the particular offenders instead of making Peter pay for Paul.

    The shops and mini marts up my side are very strict with the protocols.

    This is not smart as it transfers wealth to the big players. Neither is it fair.

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  • @Crusoe

    Baje is a liar. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.

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    @ David

    YOUR BLP PARTY GOVERNMENT FUCKING UP LOCAL BLACK BAJAN LIVES THAT YOU SUPPORT ARE TRUTH TELLERS AT ALL TIMES.

    ALSO DON’T WAIT FEEL FREE TO EXPOSE ME RIGHT NOW,

    YOU CAN’T INTIMIDATE ME OR PUT ME IN ANY CORNER

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  • @ Enuff January 27, 2021 7:00 AM

    The Europeans are now massively restricting air traffic. This will take care of the problem by itself. We will be COVID19-free again very soon.

    We have no real “community spread”, only manageable clusters triggered by tourists, sex workers and rowdy buscrawlers. In 2022, everyone will look back and say: Thank you Supreme Leader Mia Mottley and General Bosstic for guiding us safely through the pandemic while bodies piled up in the US and UK!

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  • Baje

    I would also like to know which race /cartel own the hotels in heaven and what role the majority/ blacks play in these hotels?

    Which race / cartel is profiting from letting the infected tourist come unrestricted to heaven ?

    The infection and death rate of the majority/ black population ,daily, weekly/ monthly and total. ?

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  • LOCAL BLACK BAJANS WERE BLAMED FOR BUS CRAWLS FOR SPREADING VIRUS WHEN IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THE NEW VARIANT HAD TO BE ON THE ISLAND LET IN BY THE BLP INEPT GOVERNMENT TO SATISFY THEIR WHITE GREEDY SHADOW MASTERS THIRST FOR RICHES.

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    ‘More infectious’ UK COVID-19 strain here

    The UK strain of COVID-19, said to be likely more contagious and potentially lethal, is in Barbados, the Prime Minister has confirmed, merely three days after health authorities declared there was community spread of the viral illness.

    She told the nation: “I regret therefore to inform you that we have also now in addition to community spread been informed that there are traces of the new COVID variant in tests conducted on the island as well.

    “[Health] Minister [Lt. Col. Jeffrey] Bostic has indicated that ten samples were sent to CARPHA [Caribbean Public Health Agency] and indeed we have now received results that three of those ten samples returned positive for the UK variant of the virus. We are only now one of several Caribbean islands and countries that now has this variant.”

    The disclosure came hours after the Cayman Islands disclosed that Barbados was linked to test samples from the Cayman Islands sent to CARPHA that confirmed the variant there.

    Cayman Islands Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said the three samples were taken from travellers from the United Kingdom and Barbados.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/27/more-infectious-uk-covid-19-strain-here/

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  • Sandy and fundy. We’re the only two PMs to speak against the private sector bosses

    They were the only ones that got MARCHED out of office by the unions also.

    What’s the connection ?

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  • We must stand together in solidarity now and do not need party bickering. Our government should therefore postpone the next elections until 2026 because of the pandemic.

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  • @ Donna
    “By the way, if they have evidence against the village shops, mini marts and vendors are not following protocols why are they not simply charging the particular offenders instead of making Peter pay for Paul.”
    That’s exactly the question that needs to be asked. Everyday, in the papers, people are being charged for breaking the curfew. If these small businesses were breaking the rules or not following protocol, why were they not exposed and warned?
    But that’s the two Barbadoes that Adonijah and others warn us about.

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