To BLP Administration: Re. Covid 19 protocols

Submitted by William Parker

I wish to congratulate the BLP government on their handling of the Covid 19 in 2020.

Now that the various “versions” of the original Virus has reached here and the infection rate and deaths are spiralling out of control it is apparent to some, including me, that the government has no answers and is reacting and not pro-acting.

I understand the need for the current lockdown and we all know that 2 weeks is just a start and it will be needed for a lot longer.

However the shutting on the mini marts and way side vendors leaves a lot of us bewildered as the logic behind it. In the area that I live R&R convenience, Mikes Mini Mart, EZ mini Mart and all the others are closed. These were locally owned shops where the poor, and not so poor, could get a little credit until the NIS cheque arrives, when the Post Office reopens, and walk a short distance home in the fresh air.

Now these people have to get an occasional bus to Massy in Oistins, and mix with those in the shop and be infected not only by the current shoppers but those who were there one or two hours ago. Are you telling us that it is safer for a person, who does not have a car, to catch a ZR and travel to Oistins to get a few items than to visit the corner shop?

The word that I have heard from more than one person is that in the last shut down the Major Supermarkets lost a lot of revenue because people switched to minimarts and a lot of way side vendors started. Is the way to make sure that the large foreign owned companies got more of the pie? It certainly seems so.

You have closed them on weekends so their overall sales will increase and their overheads will decrease. Bajans have been very good in following the new rules, and rightfully so, but there is a growing undercurrent of frustration and if the government is not careful there will be mass disobedience. This will hurt everyone. I hope that you can take a pause and consider the additional hardships you are causing a lot of Barbadians.

Thank you. I am a proud Bajan and supporter of the BL&P in the last few elections.

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  • The last four were exceptional. The last was a treasure.
    😃I think you should save these for Sunday 😉

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  • Re Up!
    The makings of you
    by the OG GP
    Gladys knight and the Pips

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  • Refusing to design a blueprint to replace an annihilatory, interconnected structure is both backward and counterproductive to future growth and progress for the people and island, and as with everything else uninspiring leaders touch, is not multi-functional or useful to the Black majority, and will further lessen the African footprint. Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved.

    😂😂Theo…they feel proud of being robbed by white trash and sellout governments…ask them…lol…they’ll prefer stay on BU and bicker and pick at shit all day long instead of dealing with the reality of their situation, now and again they will complain, but then fall right back in the pattern of being comfortably oppressed.

    It’s no secret all the land cow tief from the elderly and their beneficiaries…and then government with their fraudulent eminent domain or land acquisition or whatever, pick up the people’s land and NEVER PAY THEM…they helped rob the population of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS of properties and refuse to pay..

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  • Hal AustinFebruary 27, 2021 10:50 AM

    @ Angela

    Good call. It was a down payment for 56000 vaccines (28000 people). Whatever happened to that deal?

    Xxxxxxxccxc

    A question which should have peeked Media interest asking Mia to provide full transparency
    But No
    Mia takes for granted since most bajans hardly complain that digging her hands in the masses pockets at every turn is the easier solution
    Would be interesting to see how many bajans fall into a trap of monkey see monkey do when Mia rolls out the COVID donation plan

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  • William Skinner,

    There are numerous ways to disparage somebody. Calling her a name is only one of them. Indeed calling HER name is also only one of them.

    Likewise, directly instructing people on how to respond to Hal Austin’s nastiness is also only one way to try to influence the response.

    Come on, man! You keep inserting yourself and pretending we cannot see you.

    Maybe you should go back and read your words! Or we will be back here again some time in the near future.

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  • @ Angela,

    Your problem is that you want to discuss policy proposals with people who cannot or do not want to discuss these issues with you.
    They want to shout abuse, hector and bully fro behind a mask and you are meant to run away. You are right about the president.
    In her recent speeches I also noticed she has appropriated the term ‘fiscal speech’ from Dr Greenidge and uses it as if she was the creator.
    Next she will be telling people she is an expert on fiscal space. Her speeches are a one–note samba, nothing new, just the same tune every time, with a few words changed.
    When she says she knows Bajans, it means more than most people think she means.

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  • Some years ago, if my memory serves me right, Courtney Blackman made a statement about land ownership in Barbados.
    It was a quote in a story by Tony Best out of New York and appeared in the Nation. I won’t say what my response to it was at the time, but someone should dig it out.

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  • Don Marshall suggested a telethon for the COVID donations rather than govt using the reserves which then places more taxation on the backs of the people
    However in politics everything comes with a political payback especially from big Corporate donors
    Barbados is loaded with self-interest mostly lead by Corporate
    wouldn’t be out of character for them to remind govt of their benevolence

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  • BAMP ‘SURPRISED’
    Doctors not in favour of reopening country at this time
    By Colville Mounsey
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    Government’s decision to reopen the country in phases after a one-month “pause” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has come as a surprise to some members of the medical fraternity.
    President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), Dr Lynda Williams, said while they understood the difficult economic position the country faced, they would have ideally wanted to see a sustained “flattening of the epidemic curve” before reopening after a month-long lockdown.
    “Based on what we are seeing, the cases are still increasing, and we really don’t know what the true prevalence of COVID-19 is in society. Ideally, we would have liked to have seen the cases per one hundred thousand levelling off and the positivity ratio at less than five per cent. Flattening the curve means slowing the spread of the epidemic so that the peak number of people requiring care at a time is reduced and the health care system does not exceed its capacity,” said Williams.
    She said her organisation had not been a part of the decision-making process with respect to the relaxation of the mitigation measures and that they would reserve judgement while awaiting further information with respect to the metrics used to inform this decision.
    Not on the cards
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced on Thursday night that despite the fact that the numbers were not where they would like them to be, her advisors in the Ministry of Health and Wellness had recommended a phased reopening.
    Mottley was adamant that a full reopening after the national pause, which started on February 3 and was extended after the first two weeks to February 28, was not on the cards simply because public health authorities were not yet satisfied the country had turned the corner in reducing the number of daily COVID-19 infections.
    “The numbers are still too high. We are reopening slowly because we want to manage the situation. We want to slowly climb back to normal and build back better. Stick to the health protocols,” she said, noting that the economy could not remain closed forever.
    The BAMP president pointed out that it was not an easy decision as there were many factors to look at beyond the R-number and positivity ratio and therefore, clarity was needed on a host of other variables.
    “The R-number of itself is not that useful a metric for measuring where we are because it is retrospective, but it is one of the metrics on the list. We need to look at numbers in relation to contact tracing. Is it up to date? Were we able to identify and isolate cases in the shortest possible time? How is our lab working? What is our scale-up capacity? Those are things that we would like to really have clear in our minds to determine that if we open up and we get another surge, we would not be still dealing with the previous surge, but we are ready to handle the new cases that may
    occur. I am not sure that we are there just yet and we must tread cautiously,” she explained.
    Williams further argued that for much of the shutdown the labs were dealing with a rather large backlog and was only now current as of a few days ago. She contended that this was not enough time to have an accurate picture of where things really are.
    “This is something that has to be factored in and now that we have the backlog cleared and now that we are going to go from day to day, it will give us a clearer picture of the data. It is only at that time we can talk about trends, but you need more than five days to have a trend,” she said.

    Source: Nation

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  • Johnnie John,

    Can you read with understanding? I was pointing out that all I would have to gain from stealing WURA’s ideas would be the admiration of bloggers who do not know me.

    And that would be pathetic!

    GP,

    Ditto!

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  • John 2,

    Which TWO is that?

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  • …..Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced on Thursday night that despite the fact that the numbers were not where they would like them to be, her advisors in the Ministry of Health and Wellness had recommended a phased reopening.
    Mottley was adamant that a full reopening after the national pause, which started on February 3 and was extended after the first two weeks to February 28, was not on the cards simply because public health authorities were not yet satisfied the country had turned the corner in reducing the number of daily COVID-19 infections.
    “The numbers are still too high. We are reopening slowly because we want to manage the situation. We want to slowly climb back to normal and build back better. Stick to the health protocols,” she said, noting that the economy could not remain closed forever……(Quote)

    When are intelligent Barbadians going to realise what kind of person we are dealing with? Who were the people in the ministry of heath that ‘advised’ her? Is this another fiction? Tell us the logic of if the numbers are admittedly too high, why lift the lockdown?
    Even the build back better is an appropriated piece of jargon. Nothing original about her.

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  • John…still waiting for you to decipher the African Diaspora video….looks like GP is afraid to ask ya….ah notice no one wants to address it, but it’s there on two different blogs…..and by March, a report will be ready, better to address it now.

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  • @ angela coxFebruary 27, 2021 12:24 PM
    “Don Marshall suggested a telethon for the COVID donations rather than govt using the reserves which then places more taxation on the backs of the people
    However in politics everything comes with a political payback especially from big Corporate donors
    Barbados is loaded with self-interest mostly lead by Corporate
    wouldn’t be out of character for them to remind govt of their benevolence…”
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    Ac, what “reserves” are you referring to?

    Certainly not the ‘Foreign Reserves’ which has to used up whether the local Mickey mouse dollars are generated by way of a telethon or taxation or increasing the empty Treasury’s indebtedness to the Central Bank by way of a wink-wink, nod-nod from the IMF.

    How about the GoB setting up a sinking fund to repay the loan to pay for the Indian-made vaccines by way of a special levy on the fast food slow-poisoning outlets which should soon be enjoying a windfall of sales (and super profits) after the much despised lockdown?

    On the other hand, your favourite demon dressed like a witch in white can pay the Hindu Indian government by trading 100,000 black Bajan Christian souls in return for 300,000 shots of vaccine as a sacrifice to the Hindu devil Kali.

    That should get rid of the congenital unemployment problem in one injection of that political killer virus!

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  • Miller….the population, who hate to come together as a collective…better do so for their survival…and leave Mia and her parasitic racists to pay back all those loans…they are the ones benefited from the ripoff and big heists from the treasury and pension fund..time for THEM TO PAY BACK THE MONEY….tief not, want not..

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  • They thought they had it all planned out….burden the Black majority with debt for another 60 years..and CONTINUE TIEFING…so generations of young people end up in POVERTY and PRISON…

    ….but man makes plans and our ancestors LAUGH….

    then there is the UN with the big rod they will use to go after dirty racists….of which Barbados is INFESTED…

    the best laid plans…lol

    wuh i remember racists were on this blog not even two weeks ago, talking shite….and let’s not forget inbred corbin…not one of them can hide….not even in Australia….we gotta compile a list and send it to the UN if Mia DON’T CRIMINALIZE RACISM IN BARBADOS..

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  • Miller…to make things even better…Prince Donald is back and this time am sure he will LOCK UP EVERY RACIST near and far………🤣🤣😂😂

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  • WURA-War-on-UFebruary 27, 2021 3:17 PM

    John…still waiting for you to decipher the African Diaspora video….

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    Not vaguely interested in any diapers from Africa

    Brain working overtime on COVID and water and I think I solved it!!

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  • “Not vaguely interested in any diapers from Africa.”

    i take it ya reading the tea leaves…and things look like they are finally turning right side up…..not good for racists…especially the parasites in Barbados.

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  • “as a sacrifice to the Hindu devil Kali.”

    I thought I would do some google search research cut and paste note taking pondering

    Devi, also known as Mahadevi or ‘Great Goddess’, is an all-embracing Mother Goddess first worshipped in India in Prehistoric times. In the Vedic period, she was assimilated into the Hindu pantheon and so came to represent the female energy or Sakti (Power) of her husband Shiva

    The Vedas name numerous cosmic goddesses such as Parvati (power), Prithvi (earth), Aditi (cosmic moral order), Vāc (sound), Nirṛti (destruction), Ratri (night) and Aranyani (forest); bounty goddesses such as Dinsana, Raka, Puramdhi, Parendi, Bharati and Mahi are among others are mentioned in the Rigveda

    Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love, beauty, purity, fertility and devotion, divine power and killing asua. She is the Adi Parashakti. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has many attributes and aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 10008 names in regional Hindu mythologies of India, including the popular name Gauri

    Kali manifests as a goddess with eight or ten arms holding weapons and skulls of demons, and is astride on a tiger or lion

    Parvati assumes the form of a warrior-goddess and defeats a demon called Durg who assumes the form of a buffalo. In this aspect, she is known by the name Durga she is attributed the role of the “energy, power (shakti) of the Impersonal Absolute

    In the Shaktism traditions of Hinduism, found particularly in eastern states of India, Durga is a popular goddess form of Parvati. In the medieval era composed texts such as the Puranas, she emerges as a prominent goddess in the context of crisis, when evil asuras were on the ascent. The male gods were unable to contain and subdue the forces of evil. The warrior goddess, Parvati, she kills the asura, she is thereafter invincible and revered as “preserver of Dharma, destroyer of evil”

    Durga’s emergence and mythology is described in the Puranas, particularly the Devi Mahatmya. The text describes Kālī’s emerging out of Parvati when she becomes extremely angry. Parvati’s face turns pitch dark, and suddenly Kali springs forth from Parvati’s forehead. She is black, wears a garland of human heads, is clothed in a tiger skin, rides a tiger, and wields a staff topped by a human skull. She destroys the asuras. Literature on goddess Kali recounts several such appearances, mostly in her terrifying but protective aspects. Kali appears as an independent deity, or like Durga, viewed as the wife of Shiva.In this aspect, she represents the omnipotent Shakti of Shiva. She holds both the creative and destructive power of time.Kali, also called Kalaratri, is called in Yoga Vasistha as Prakṛti or “all of nature”. She is described in the text, state Shimkhanda and Herman, as the “one great body of cosmos”, and same as Devis “Durga, Jaya and Siddha, Virya, Gayatri, Saraswati, Uma, Savitri”. She is the power that supports the earth, with all its seas, islands, forests, deserts and mountains, asserts Yoga Vasistha

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  • @ John February 27, 2021 4:52 PM
    “Not vaguely interested in any diapers from Africa
    Brain working overtime on COVID and water and I think I solved it!!”
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    So we would have to wait until the next flip of the Earth’s magnetic poles and the Sun rises in the West instead of the East to hear your earth-shattering solution to the water-borne Covid mystery?

    Archimedes would have to reincarnate in the body of Jesus before you dare say that the Covid-19 virus can be found in the stale water sold in plastic bottles to Bajans.

    Sir Johnny, why don’t you stop maligning the quality-control engineers at the BWA for peddling the bogus theory that Covid-19 can be found in the water pumped and distributed by the country’s desalination plant?

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  • Ian Hall, the Guyana-born musician and organist, is recovering from CoVid after six weeks in hospital. Oxford-educated Ian is one of a long list of Guyanese classical musicians and conductors, who have worked in the UK.

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  • Excellent news!

    Our Most Honourable Prime Minister Mia Mottley and her grand team vaccinated so far nearly 34,000 people. More recovered than new cases.

    Easter is coming and lots of vaccinated British tourists enjoying our great island.

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  • Miller…it was established since MARCH LAST YEAR…that traces of the virus was found in raw sewage waste water in Holland and other countries, every country found traces of no longer active virus….what John is saying is old, old, news and he don’t even have it right…

    he can’t even bare the thought he has an African grandfather…lol

    but yall are up for a rude, rude awakening…couldn’t happen at a better time, better don’t let us catch any of you despicable thieving racists or ya sellout nigas anywhere near the continent….yall thought ya had it planned out well…but our ancestors went nowhere.

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  • @ Donna February 27, 2021 10:06 AM #: “They may be male and female but the personality flaws or emotional problems are the same.”

    Brilliant once again, my friend.

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

    @ 555dubstreet February 27, 2021 10:25 AM #: “can you cut to the chase and spell it out. GP is known to have multiple personalities who agree with him.”

    No, I do not mean GP.

    But, whether or not you dislike or disagree with him, he always displays a high level of consistency when expressing his views, even though you may not always agree with the manner in which he expresses them.

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  • @Cuhdear Bajan February 27, 2021 6:17 PM

    Mia Mottley is for the speed of vaccination what Rihanna is for music.

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U February 27, 2021 5:37 PM

    No one, in any (diluted)i way, is dismissing John Knox’s ‘copied’ hypothesis that viruses can use water as a mode of transmission to infect both humans and other mammalian animals.

    That’s the role of viruses as determined by Mother Nature to act as an instrument of culling to put a check on the unsustainable growth in their populations.

    The same way the Johnny Knox can claim the same virus can be found in water distributed to Bajan households from the BWA plants, especially that coming from the desalination plant, he should also be able to assert, and with the highest of probabilities, that the same virus can be found in the hundreds of litres of stale bottled water consumed daily by Bajans.

    Now that should really throw a contaminated spanner in the water works and cause the Covid shit to hit the Bajan fan presumably hoping to be protected by a a mask from the aerosol dust of social distancing.

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  • Lawson…ya boyfriend..🤣😂🤣……..good advice…

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CLy58s_Fgnx/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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  • The govt of Barbados has been more than generous to Corporate Barbados and also the Cruise *Industry
    Corporate Barbados has received low tax rates along with tax waivers and govt as of recent handing over 300million to the tourist industry
    As for the Cruise Industry some of these COVID Infected ships were allowed to take safe harbour in Carlisle Bay as govt eliminated there docking fees
    Pray tell why should bajans living on shoe string budgets now have to donate in effort to help buy vaccine
    Govt ought to go those Corporate giants and remind them that govt has been a stop gap of benevolence helping them out in hard times
    The Cruise Industry also being beneficial at tax payers expense when no other port would help them weather the storm
    Govt should approach them in like manner with cup in hand
    The people of Barbados had enough of giving and getting nothing but long talk in return

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  • Sometime ago I said that alcohol can be used in place of sanitisers, and was challenged. Here is a r eport from Barbados Today which seems to be saying the same thing.

    Barbados’ leading rum producer continues to be a major partner in the national fight against COVID-19.
    Since the beginning of the year, the West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD) has donated more than 7,000 litres of alcohol to several organisations and government agencies to aid in sanitising and the general cleaning of physical plants.
    While the distillery incorporates alcohol as a celebrated component of its award-winning rums, over the last year WIRD has also been serving the national need in providing the key ingredient used in the making of safe, simple and effective disinfectants including hand sanitiser.
    “This situation calls for a national effort and we are happy to be able to assist and support our public sector partners and other agencies.
    “Having locally produced alcohol readily available also means there’s no need for an overseas procurement process, and in some instances, we also deliver the same day,” said Don Benn, Operations Manager, WIRD.
    In the last two months, the distillery has provided free alcohol to all polyclinics, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Best Dos Santos Laboratory, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Prison Service and the Sanitation Service Authority.
    “The goal here is to give our front-line workers one less thing to worry about, as alcohol- based sanitiser remains one of the most important tools in keeping themselves and the public of Barbados safe. WIRD will also support this effort for as long as there is a need,” said Andrew Hassell, Managing Director, WIRD.
    Over a ten-month period last year, WIRD also increased its production of alcohol that was used in the production of hand sanitiser and rubbing alcohol by local manufacturers and pharmacies.
    “Our capacity allowed us to produce one litre of alcohol for every Barbadian man, woman and child per week. This effort by the team speaks to their agility and responsiveness to ensure all the requests and orders continue to be fulfilled.
    “WIRD is part of the Barbadian fabric and we are committed to keeping as many people as possible safe,” added Hassell…..(Quote)

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  • Cuhdear bajan;

    Thanks for the post adising that today’s dashboard is out.

    There is one interesting statement accompanying the dashboard. “The 44 new cases comprised 17 men and 27 women. Seven of them had already been at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility undergoing assessment to determine whether their positive PCR test result showed that they were in fact newly positive, or whether they had COVID in the past and were no longer infectious. Thirty-six of the new cases were Barbadians.”

    It is not clear to me what is being expressed there. Is it that the 44 positives include the 7 who already had a positive PCR test result or does it mean that having already had a positive PCRresult that there were actually 37 new positive results (i.e.44 – 7)?

    Grateful for your insights.

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  • Well if people don’t understand it’s all experimental until they get the vaccine right, they never will.

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  • @Hal Austin February 27, 2021 7:11 AM “It is my understanding that every year CXC anoints a regional school as the top school, based on exam results. Can anyone say if since the inception of the award if any Barbados school has ever won. Even better, for all the years of the award, please list the annual winners. Yet, until recently, a former Harrison College boy, and a great Barbadian was a top professor of education at Yale University. Have we ever asked him for his ideas? Or are locals fighting to show they know more about education policy and theory than he?Finally, some of this can be remedied by local organisations through running adult classes in empty schools and other public buildings in the evenings and at weekends.”

    About “regional school as the top school”. Almost always or always the top school is a private school. Private school students do typically do better than state funded schools in every country in the world mainly because private schools have highly selective admissions policies, small classes, teachers who are directly answerable to their employer/board, parents who are highly invested in their children’s education, students whose understand that their parents are serious about education. I wish that we could, but as every country discovers it is extremely difficult to replicate these things across dozens or hundreds or thousands of state funded schools, principally because funded schools have to take everybody.

    Certainly before the pandemic adult classes were being run in multiple secondary schools. Off the top of my head I know for certain that such classes were being run at Springer Memorial School on Government Hill, St. James Secondary in Holetown and Queen’s College at Husbands, St. James. In addition the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Polytechnic Institute have always run evening classes. Certainly I attended evening classes at BCC in the early 70’s and one of my children did the same in 2015/16. In addition UWI at Cave Hill, St. Michael and at the Extra Mural center in the Pine, St. Michael always run evening classes. Private evening institutes have existed all of my adult life and some still exist especially in the Bridgetown area. These offer the traditional Math, English, etc. but also classes in the applied arts and applied technologies.

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  • Gp was the holy trinity of 3 religious nutters in 1 but I cannot recall the names of the other 2 as they are no longer posting

    John and GP are a double teaming duo who are probably 2 and not 1
    John has many pseudonyms and personas Jack Bowman was a classic

    I hate all smarts asses black white brown yellow red male female and some such
    it seems Barbados specialises in pseudo faux intellectuals who are a bore

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  • @lyallsmall

    I found the statement confusing too. So very sorry that I cannot offer any clarification.

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  • @ Tron February 27, 2021 5:25 PM
    “Excellent news!
    Our Most Honourable Prime Minister Mia Mottley and her grand team vaccinated so far nearly 34,000 people. More recovered than new cases.
    Easter is coming and lots of vaccinated British tourists enjoying our great island.”
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    But, but Prince Tron, heir to the ‘Muttley’ dynasty, how are those British tourists going to get to the land of Elysium of your Supreme Goddess before May 2021 to enjoy Easter on your Covid-free paradise?

    Is your goddess going to commandeer Pegasus to pilot the Mottley Duppy Airways as the Bajan replacement for LIAT?

    Or are you going to instruct your junior deity Mottley to convert to Hinduism and forcibly make Bajans renounce, in the most apostate way, their Judeo-religious persuasion by becoming followers of the Hindu god Vishnu responsible for not only delivering the tourism industry–saving vaccines to Bim but also be the avatar for the upkeep of the Vimanas and Vahanas required to transport your precious cargoes of pale skins much in need of some seriously long overdue natural vitamin D and to worship the real big God of mankind?

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  • @Hal Austin February 27, 2021 6:49 PM “Sometime ago I said that alcohol can be used in place of sanitisers, and was challenged. Here is a r eport from Barbados Today which seems to be saying the same thing.”

    Hal you are really late to the party. The rum industry has been making alcohol which is used as hand sanitizer since the beginning of the pandemic. I have used nothing but local alcohol hand sanitizer for the past year. I keep a little spray bottle right beside my house keys and phone and I never leave home without it. This may be one of the reasons our numbers were so low for so long. The local product is effective and cheap so everybody can afford it.

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  • @ Miller February 27, 2021 7:22 PM

    Those who can read the flight plan have a clear advantage. BA intensifies flights to Barbados shortly before Easter. Other airlines are doing the same. Lufthansa is flying to Barbados again from the end of March.

    Mia Mottley has a grand plan: We inoculate faster than light, so very soon we are able to welcome the British again. I would not be surprised if the government in London soon sends AZ doses to Barbados so that British tourists can relax in Barbados without being bothered. In return, Barbados could once again be subject to the British rule as an overseas territory. Of course with Mia Mottley as Lord Protector for life on behalf of Her Majesty.

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  • Wait! The other one is acting up on this blog too!

    Alcohol is sprayed on my hands every time I enter Emerald City Supermarket. The alcohol has to be at least 70% proof.

    Who the hell told Hal.Austin that alcohol cannot be used instead of sanitiser when alcohol is the active ingredient in the damn sanitiser. Again it must be at least 70% proof.

    What Hal Austin mentioned, as I recall, was the use of rum etc. Is the rum 70% proof? Besides which the alcohol we drink is not the same alcohol we use to sanitise Can’t remember if that would make a difference in the level of effectiveness. A level chemistry was almost 40 yrs ago.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Is like somebody pray fuh BU! WTH?????

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  • Morocco has a plant based product helping in the covid fight and it produced results……for me to use man made medicine, it has to be a cut requiring anti bacterial, anti inflammatory or tetanus shot…..outside of that any medicine i use must be plant based..am yet to get any NCDs etc.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/26/use-plants-for-medicine-says-researcher/

    “One of Barbados’ leading researchers in pharmacology is suggesting that authorities urgently start to explore the use of herbs with medicinal properties to prevent and treat various illnesses including the COVID-19 virus.

    Making reference to the development of the COVID Organics in Madagascar, which is made up of Artemisia and other endemic medicinal plants, Dr Damien Cohall said Barbados should not dismiss the idea of developing treatment for COVID-19 and the range of chronic non-communicable diseases plaguing the island.”

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  • So, thank you for being so patient, had some more cow itch to deal with today.

    There are two ways in which the virus spreads, one is airborne, the other is by drinking water.

    Here are three gold standard countries that have control of their water supplies.

    Notice, despite all the talk about the variants, none of these countries seem to be affected.

    Singapore we know is positively on top of their water supply.

    New Zealand seems even better.

    No effects from any of the mooted variants.

    In control of water.

    Australia had problems with airborne spread but using the the logic applied to the first two countries it must have control of its water supply.

    Australia has two peaks but because of its control of its water supply, once the airborne spread is defeated, there is no re-infection from the water.

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  • Now look at the UK.

    Peaks addressed by lockdowns and whatever, but there is always a base level below which the new cases will not go.

    I say it is the presence of virus within the water supply.

    There is if you like, a reservoir for the virus from which it escapes.

    Here’s what the UK new cases looks like.

    Notice after the second and third peaks the numbers do not return to close to zero but trend to a line which is rising, unfortunately.

    I would say some areas of the UK do not have a handle on their water supply and need, like us, to look to Singapore.

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  • Same goes for the US.

    Some states have a bigger problem than others.

    They need to look at the water supply of Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

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  • MillerFebruary 27, 2021 6:37 PM

    The same way the Johnny Knox can claim the same virus can be found in water distributed to Bajan households from the BWA plants, especially that coming from the desalination plant, he should also be able to assert, and with the highest of probabilities, that the same virus can be found in the hundreds of litres of stale bottled water consumed daily by Bajans.

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

    You are of course could be right, however the data from Singapore, New Zealand and Australia where bottled water is also consumed, proves you completely wrong.

    … you do know they drink bottled water over and away?

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  • Donna February 27, 2021 7:43 PM #: “What Hal Austin mentioned, as I recall, was the use of rum etc.”

    @ Donna

    You are correct. He mentioned alcohol, which he specifically defined as rum, whiskey, gin, etc.

    Mount Gay also produces pure alcohol that’s approximately 100% to 150% proof, which is diluted and the type they probably donated.

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  • Play this on waking..

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  • John
    Yuh chek out if duh have differences in Covid-19 incidence between areas of the Island that are not serviced by sewage plants against those that are not so serviced? Also, if the covid viruses found in sewage elsewhere are dead or alive?inactive or virulent? etc. etc.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U February 27, 2021 8:00 PM

    Damien is one of our many good guys. Smart too. I am just about to buy his book “Medicinal Plants of Barbados”

    I use both “Western” and traditional medicines, and I do enjoy reading about plants both medicinal and otherwise

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  • “Your problem is that you want to discuss policy proposals with people who cannot or do not want to discuss these issues with you.”
    “They want to shout abuse, hector and bully fro behind a mask and you are meant to run away. You are right about the president.”

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

    That guy needs to come off his ‘soap box.’

    I’ll AGREE that, from time to time, Angela Cox/Mariposa makes some excellent contributions, especially if they are verifiable or the source is credible. And, sometimes she does a good job defending the DLP and criticizing the BLP.

    However, I DON’T believe “people CANNOT or DO NOT want to discuss policy proposals with her.”

    I’m sure we’re all aware Mariposa also has a penchant for posting comments, as TRUTH, that are vague, questionable or misleading, ESPECIALLY if she BELIEVES those comments reflect negatively upon Mottley and ‘government.’
    And, even when presented with information that clearly indicates otherwise, she would REMAIN ADAMANT they are true.

    In the interest of clarity and to stimulate further discussion, we would obviously ASK pertinent questions. Her responses are usually vague, with an overwhelming amount of broad generalizations and metaphors.

    When pressed to be a bit more specific or it has been PROVEN her comments were actually MISLEADING, she instinctively resorts to “hectoring and bullying FROM BEHIND HER MASK,” (which the guy has unwittingly recognised) calling people, ‘BLP yard-fowls, misfits, jackasses, RH,’ etc.

    A ‘behaviour pattern’ BU’s resident ‘pseudo-psychologist’ associates with someone who is UNABLE to DEFEND a comment or SUSTAIN a reasonable discussion…….. and immediately identifies as a characteristic manifestation of the ‘Bajan condition.’

    Then, with ‘precise predictability,’ he assumes the role of ‘pro bono lawyer’ and intervenes to defend Cox and call us “cyber bullies and keyboard warriors,” simply because we ASKED her questions……… as well as to “shout (his usual) personal abuse, which is meant (for us) to RUN AWAY.”

    Therein lies the problem.

    I believe difficulties arise when we’re unable to engage in RATIONAL, OBJECTIVE and MEANINGFUL discussions on any topic, with someone whose ONLY approach to EVERY ISSUE is from a perspective that is POLITICALLY BIASED and has an unwavering determination to maintain that position.
    Someone whose contextual interpretation of a discussion is confined to politicizing it into a BLP versus DLP scenario.
    Someone who, rather than analyse a specific comment or question within its given context, interprets them to be a ‘BLP motivated attack.’

    Consequently, I’m forced to question the sincerity or particular motives of a guy who professes to be objective, yet, on one hand he EMBRACES Cox’s political bias and ‘one dimensional approach’ to issues as a sign she’s intelligent and “tries to raise (her) game”………….

    ……….. but, on the other, REBUFFS Lorenzo for his, while calling him a ‘baboon.’

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  • “Medicinal Plants of Barbados”

    pity they rely so heavily on chemical based medicines, they do have their place but not all the time and only as a last resort.

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  • I get my water from the desal plant at Spring Garden, and so do 2 of my siblings. No Covid19 yet. I haven’t seen the Covid bus in my gap yet. All of the neighbors seem healthy and happy, the old people, the middle aged ones, the little ones, everybody. No I have not been boiling my water.

    If that changes I’ll certainly let BU know.

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  • BY CHARLIE D’AGATA
    FEBRUARY 27, 2021 / 7:11 AM / CBS NEWS

    One of the strongest weapons against COVID-19 variants may be a vaccine the FDA hasn’t approved yet.

    London — One of the strongest weapons against the troubling number of new coronavirus variants in the United States and worldwide may be one vaccine the FDA hasn’t approved yet.

    Earlier this month, the World Health Organization gave the go ahead for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be used internationally, and it is already being distributed in countries around the world to help fight COVID-19. But AstraZeneca is awaiting the results of clinical trials in America, which it expects to wrap up in the coming weeks, before it makes its application to the FDA.

    In the meantime, buoyed by the fact that their vaccine is relatively easy to update, scientists at Britain’s Oxford University are modifying it in a preemptive strike to prevent new coronavirus variants, including the variant first discovered in South Africa, from taking hold.

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  • Okay. I made a mistake wrt alcohol content and proof. 70 % alcohol.

    Artax,

    It never ends.

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  • I an NOT a doctor, not even a pieca one. But decades ago one of the kids had a fever that would not break, not even after a week of “Western” medicine. Then I remembered that during the 1968 flu a younger sibling had delirium and a fever that would not break, then my mother picked some cassava leaves heated them and put the warm leaves under the child’s sheet, in the pillow case and tied some in a scarf around her head. In the morning the delirium and fever were gone as though they were never there. I did the same with my own kid and observed the same thing. I understand that scientifically maybe that was the day the fever was going to go away anyhow, but…

    I am NOT a doctor nor am I any kind of health professional. John K says he is a half a lawyer. I am not even half a doctor.

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  • Artax,

    And about your very rational assessment of the Angela Cox / Hal Austin tag team.

    Spot on!

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  • lyallsmallFebruary 27, 2021 7:11 PM

    Cuhdear bajan;

    Thanks for the post adising that today’s dashboard is out.

    There is one interesting statement accompanying the dashboard. “The 44 new cases comprised 17 men and 27 women. Seven of them had already been at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility undergoing assessment to determine whether their positive PCR test result showed that they were in fact newly positive, or whether they had COVID in the past and were no longer infectious. Thirty-six of the new cases were Barbadians.”

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

    What we need to know is where do the 44 men and women live.

    The fact that they are at Harrison Point is good because they cannot infect the ground water sources which supply the various public water supply wells.

    Paragon is ideal as well.

    Maybe the GOB has figured it out too!!

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  • Perhaps they know where the 44 cases live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • TonyFebruary 27, 2021 8:52 PM

    BY CHARLIE D’AGATA
    FEBRUARY 27, 2021 / 7:11 AM / CBS NEWS

    One of the strongest weapons against COVID-19 variants may be a vaccine the FDA hasn’t approved yet.

    London — One of the strongest weapons against the troubling number of new coronavirus variants in the United States and worldwide may be one vaccine the FDA hasn’t approved yet.

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

    Why haven’t any of the variants reached New Zealand, Singapore or Australia?

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  • Cuhdear BajanFebruary 27, 2021 8:51 PM

    I get my water from the desal plant at Spring Garden, and so do 2 of my siblings. No Covid19 yet. I haven’t seen the Covid bus in my gap yet. All of the neighbors seem healthy and happy, the old people, the middle aged ones, the little ones, everybody. No I have not been boiling my water.

    If that changes I’ll certainly let BU know.

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

    If you live in St. Thomas at the elevation you live it is highly unlikely that the BWA would pump water from sea level (0 feet) especially for you and your gap at 980 feet above sea level.

    There may be a simple explanation why you have not seen the COVID bus.

    You don’t get water from the desal plant!!

    Chances are you may be getting from Sweet Vale, maybe Applewhaites pumping stations.

    I’d say check again because I don’t believe you don’t know what you are talking about!!

    I can’t see the BWA lifting water at sea level above 200 feet to supply reservoirs to gravity feed below but I could be wrong.

    Applewhaites is a stretch at 440 feet above sea level but Sweetvale is at 700 feet so more likely Sweetvale.

    Maybe Bowmanston at 600 feet or a combination, Applewhaites to Golden Ridge reservoir then to Castle Grant.

    My guess is you have regular water outages up in St. Thomas, plenty rain but problems from the BWA.

    Applewhaites, Sweetvale, Bowmanston … middle of the agricultural areas so you are probably getting plenty fertiliser and other agricultural chemicals in your water … no way to take them out!!

    Hope you are on the pill!!

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  • Artax are you implying that Theo and Waru are lovers or is just my imagination running away with me spit it out

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  • @Lyall

    Go to about 26 minutes from start of the press conference (video). The explanation of the assessments is made by Dr. Anton Best.

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  • Maybe your observation about the absence of the COVID bus from your area is probably extremely astute.

    What I would say is if you’ve seen the COVID Bus in your area, boil your water!!

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  • lyallsmallFebruary 27, 2021 8:37 PM

    John
    Yuh chek out if duh have differences in Covid-19 incidence between areas of the Island that are not serviced by sewage plants against those that are not so serviced? Also, if the covid viruses found in sewage elsewhere are dead or alive?inactive or virulent? etc. etc.

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

    Read the papers I have posted!!

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  • It is quite possible for extremely advanced countries to have problems with their water supplies.

    eg Flint in Michigan in the US of A!!

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  • “Artax are you implying that Theo and Waru are lovers or is just my imagination running away with me spit it out”

    Best laugh I had all day.

    I stay on the sidelines and give my opinion. Nothing more nothing less.

    Got a good woman in my home.

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  • Lead is an inorganic element.

    If it is in solution in water boiling won’t remove it.

    Luckily, it will kill any bacteria or virus, but won’t remove fertiliser so for heaven’s sake, take your pill.

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  • Going to stick with the one I brought to the dance…

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  • One way of getting rid of the fertiliser, NPK all inorganic elements in solution, is to distil the water, catch the steam, condense it and then you would have pure water without the pesky fertiliser.

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  • 555dubstreet February 27, 2021 9:56 PM #: “Artax are you implying that Theo and Waru are lovers or is just my imagination running away with me spit it out.”

    @ 555

    It’s definitely “your imagination running away with you,” because I NEVER wrote anything that would suggest or imply “Theo and Waru are lovers.”

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  • @John

    I see a BWA techie whom I have know since childhood fairly regularly. I’ll ask.

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  • So if you look at Michigan and COVID, here’s what you find.

    They can get the airborne spread to fall but they can’t get the waterborne spread to end, like Singapore, NZ and Australia.

    The way to eradicate the virus is to prevent it getting into the Drinking Water.

    That’s the good news, COVID does not have to be with us forever if we use our heads.

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  • If you live at 980 feet above sea level I doubt you are getting water from the desal plant.

    Find out which wells you get your water from.

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  • John if by the pill you mean the contraceptive pill I am long, long, long. past reproductive age.

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  • @John
    It is quite possible for extremely advanced countries to have problems with their water supplies.
    eg Flint in Michigan in the US of A
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Flint’s water problems were avoidable, and that explains why charges were laid against former Gov’t officials.

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2021/01/14/nine-michigan-officials-charged-flint-water-crisis/4161106001/

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  • @John
    They need to look at the water supply of Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

    +++++++

    Would appreciate hearing about Singapore’s water supply

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  • Here’s what Canada looks like.

    If my logic is right I’d say it has a water problem wherever the cases are concentrated.

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  • SargeantFebruary 27, 2021 10:52 PM

    @John
    They need to look at the water supply of Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

    +++++++

    Would appreciate hearing about Singapore’s water supply

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

    You have not been paying attention.

    Been there, done that.

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  • JohnFebruary 23, 2021 12:43 AM

    JohnFebruary 21, 2021 2:44 PM

    The gold standard is Singapore where water treatment is concerned.

    https://www.pub.gov.sg/watersupply/fournationaltaps/newater

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

    Stage 1 – Microfiltration / Ultrafiltration
    The first stage of the NEWater production process is known as Microfiltration (MF) or Ultrafiltration (UF). In this process, the treated used water is passed through membranes to filter out microscopic particles and bacteria.

    Stage 2 – Reverse Osmosis
    The second stage of the NEWater production process is known as Reverse Osmosis (RO). In RO, a semi- permeable membrane is used. The semi-permeable membrane has very small pores which only allow very small molecules like water molecules to pass through. Consequently, undesirable contaminants including viruses cannot pass through the membrane.

    Stage 3 – Ultraviolet Disinfection
    After the RO stage, the water is already of a high grade water quality. The third stage of the NEWater production process is ultraviolet or UV disinfection which is capable of killing both bacteria and viruses. This process acts as an additional safety measure to guarantee the purity of NEWater.

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

    There you go.

    Singapore has 4 sources of water.

    Rainfall collection
    Purchased from Malaysia and piped across the Straits of Johore
    Collection and Treatment of Raw Sewage
    True De-Salination with the sea as input

    They are on top of their water supply because they have to be,

    They support about 6 million people on an island the size of Barbados.

    They are the Gold Standard!!

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  • They have 29 COVID deaths!!!

    Says everything you need to know.

    New York besides having 400K at risk people with impaired lung function from 911, probably has a substandard water system when compared against Singapore.

    … and a sub standard mayor and governor.

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  • SargeantFebruary 27, 2021 10:39 PM

    @John
    It is quite possible for extremely advanced countries to have problems with their water supplies.
    eg Flint in Michigan in the US of A
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Flint’s water problems were avoidable, and that explains why charges were laid against former Gov’t officials.

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2021/01/14/nine-michigan-officials-charged-flint-water-crisis/4161106001/

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

    Agree.

    If the desal plant is at fault it would show up in cases clustered in geographic locations served by water from it.

    I do not believe geographic clusters of cases are easily missed.

    Was the spread of COVID in Barbados avoidable?

    I have no proof that it is, just the simple fact that it is the only water supply source in Barbados with no zoning restrictions around it.

    In addition the housing density around it is high and it is becoming evident in the literature that the virus can survive in sewage which ends up in the groundwater treated by the desal plant.

    If it is a problem the GOB has to know.

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  • @John
    The NEWater Singapore uses is reclaimed water aka sewage water, are you saying that Singapore anticipated the Corona virus and its treatment of that water foreshadowed the arrival of the virus?

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan
    We had several private high schools that could not match any public high school. To put it directly no student from private high school could come close to winning any Barbados scholarship.
    There is also a myth that private primary school have better teachers. The elitist system we have ,essentially suits very upper class students and therefore it appears , that these students are better than public primary school students. That’s a myth as well.
    Quite frankly I believe that 80 percent of the children whom we consider to be “ bright” will do well in our private or public primary schools.
    Therefore I suggest that many parents are wasting thousands of dollars sending their children to private primary schools. It’s more a class thing than anything else.
    The only advantages in private primary schools maybe smaller class sizes and better organized PRAs etc. Better support teams and these help.
    Going back to private secondary schools. Outside of a few that catered to the upper classes, many , some say all, private high schools used to receive considerable financial assistance from the government to pay staff etc.
    With the advent of Comprehensive schools, the student population was easily accommodated and that meant the end of most private secondary schools , which were owned by black people.I don’t think any exist today.
    The only private ones left are those that cater to the. Upper classes.

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  • @pacha
    I own NO land in Buhbaydus, only a few shares in GEL, and it seems they also own very little land. So eminent domain has no effect on me personally. I wasn’t waiting for it, its a possible method.
    Acquisition is one side of the equation, distribution is the other?
    I think without a far more solid plan, not one RH will happen.
    For while land distribution maybe the goal, it fcuks with a great many other operational methods.
    And you done know, without restrictive covenants, the first thing a bunch of the new landowners will do, is sell it.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @William Skinner February 28, 2021 1:36 AM
    You are correct in that teachers are the same in both public and private schools and children for the most part will perform the same under both systems in Barbados with the exception being the ones with special needs which will do better under the smaller class sizes in private. But parents are not going private to get their children better English and Mathematics marks.

    More and more parents are selecting private schools especially at the primary level because of the more rounded curriculum and school environment offered there exposing their children to more critical thinking and real world life building skills at an early age helping to build a more rounded student. e.g. they may do a school project where they have to run a mini business.

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  • In 1937 USA tried to implement a law to ban lynching which failed to go through.
    In 2018 they tried again Congress passed the anti-lynching legislation but Senate took no action.
    The Billie Holliday film United States vs Billie Holliday shows how the racist Henry Aslinger started the war on Drugs when he became the first commissioner of FBI narcotics criminalising black people by conflating race with drug use which created the prison industrial complex of today.

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  • Clusters contained, says George
    By Barry Alleyne
    barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    Those troublesome COVID-19 clusters on the West Coast and in the north of the island are now considered contained.
    But the Ministry of Health and Wellness still has its eye on the Geriatric Hospital, where another new infection was recently found, and a senior nursing home in a rural parish that had more than 30 infections and had to be morphed into an isolation centre.
    Good news
    That’s the good news coming from Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, who said that while the clusters were the country’s biggest problem in battling the virus last year, it was now community transmission.
    Late last year when community spread of the COVID-19 virus had first been identified in Barbados, Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic had revealed public health officials were investigating two clusters in the south of the island, two on the island’s West Coast, a West Coast bar, and a church in St Lucy.
    Earlier this month after more than 300 infections, Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds,
    became virus-free and now the other clusters are no longer a major issue, George confirmed.
    “The situation with the other clusters has settled down and we are very glad about that,” the chief medical said. “Based on how things are going now, the situation should continue to be under control. Our concern now is getting a hold of community spread in Barbados,” he explained.
    According to George, with the outbreak at the island’s lone prison being under control, it also meant the infections from the identified bus crawl attended by staff of the prison on Boxing Day, December 26 last year, had also been contained.
    He said public health officials were still very hard at work trying to contain a recent spate of infections at the Geriatric Hospital in Beckles Road, St Michael.
    “We had cases of COVID-19 of both clients and staff at the Geriatric Hospital more than two and a half weeks ago. We first tested a whole ward and there were no positive cases. We then tested every single staff member employed at the hospital and on the first occasion, there were also no positive cases. But then a few days ago we had one positive infection from the kitchen staff and we dealt with that,” George revealed.
    He said the individual had been placed in a quarantine approved hotel, all meals for the hospital had been outsourced from the country’s Psychiatric Hospital and every public health protocol carried out when the first infections appeared earlier this year would be carried out again.
    The kitchen staff numbered about 15 and tracing of primary contacts was also carried out by the ministry, he added.
    Some recovered
    Regarding the nursing home which had 33 COVID-19 infections, George said some people had recovered and though that cluster was contained through making the home an isolation facility, it was not yet closed.
    “It was a difficult task for health officials, but Dr (Corey) Forde, the isolation facilities manager, and his team have worked hard to keep it contained, and will continue to work until that situation solves itself. People are going home every day so we don’t expect that to be a problem going forward,” he added.
    George said information about the clusters was not being made public on an individual basis, but recoveries of people who had been infected had continued throughout 2021 and were contained in the daily dashboard distributed by the COVID-19 Communications Unit.
    “Public health personnel have been working day and night. Cases are coming in and cases are going out every day. We still have a few hotspots we are interested in, but for the most part, all clusters are under control. We are still monitoring everything because we know and understand that clusters will come and clusters will go,” he said.
    The doctor said that for most of 2021, cases of COVID-19 had been new and related to the second wave of cases from community transmission, and not from the West Coast, West Coast bar, southern cases or the church in the north. “None of the new cases is linked to any of the clusters identified last year,” he asserted.

    Source: Nation

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  • DEEP TRACE
    Special Covid-19 teams going into high-risk areas
    By Barry Alleyne barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    There will be a new contact tracing crew on duty from tomorrow.
    Still concerned about the number of people who could be in their homes infected with the COVID-19 virus across the country and whom they may infect, the Ministry of Health is now in the process of gathering more resources to conduct contact tracing in certain high-risk communities which have been identified as havens for transmission of the virus.
    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Kenneth George told the Sunday Sun yesterday that the new teams would be concentrated in specific areas in St Michael and Christ Church.
    He did not reveal the names of the specific communities, since he said, that could lead to national panic.
    George said they were still very concerned about the number of possibly infected people in their homes rather than in approved quarantine hotels.
    “If we are to keep bringing down community spread in Barbados, this is what we have to do.
    We want them to be in quarantine,” he said.
    “We are trying our level best to bring on new staff to add to the contact tracing team. We want in short order to bring on some doctors trained specifically in public health to add value to what we are doing,” the CMO said.
    He said the recent Operation Seek And Save initiative had unearthed almost 20 new COVID-19 infections, adding the new teams would be seeking to find more asymptomatic people who might have the virus and still be infectious, meaning they could spread COVID-19 within their individual two-week incubation period.
    “If some Barbadians see environmental health officers or other officials in their communities from Monday, I want them to know it is not about discrimination. It is about where we have the evidence of infections, we are going to do a scaledup programme,” he said.
    He noted that new, more transmissible strains of COVID-19 are already making it more difficult for public health officials to contain community spread.
    George said logistical problems had led to more than 400 people waiting in their homes for transportation to quarantine-approved hotels after testing positive, but a recent intervention had brought the number down to just under 100. “We were able to start that movement of people about two days ago, so it is well under way,” he said.
    Public health officials have already confirmed that new strains of COVID-19 were ultra-aggressive in terms of transmission.
    “Based on clinical presentation, you can’t determine if a person has a new strain. The way how the virus spreads within communities is important. But we have reason to believe that shorter interactions between people without masks are also contributing to the spread of the disease and that is typical of how the new variants spread,” George explained.
    “At no one point in time we can say we have the variant in any one community, but based on the behaviour of the disease and the extent of spread and the death rates, we believe there is a high probability the variants are operational in Barbados. That’s why we tell the public there are two strategies. The contact tracing, which we are trying to do, and vaccination of the public,” he said.
    George said officials would now be paying special attention to getting positive people to quarantine hotels and away from overcrowded homes. He asked for the public’s cooperation, advising that when families are placed in quarantine, some would have to be split up, though in the same facility.
    The doctor also revealed that a new arrangement had been made with a Canadian company for samples to be sent off next week to determine if new variants, inclusive of a South African variant, were present in Barbados. “As far we know, the only variant here is still the UK variant,” he concluded.
    The Chief Medical Officer said the Canadian entity had been chosen after the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) had experienced some logistical problems with testing samples from jurisdictions within the Eastern Caribbean.


    Source: Nation

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  • COVAX vaccines for region
    Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean countries are set to receive vaccines to cover a proportion of 16 per cent to 20 per cent of their populations.
    In a press release yesterday from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), it was stated that on Friday, the COVAX Facility announced its final allocation of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados, 100 800 doses; St Lucia, 74 400 doses; 40 800 doses to Antigua and Barbuda; 21 600 doses to St Kitts and Nevis; 45 600 doses to Grenada; 28 800 doses to Dominica; and 45 600 doses to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
    The release stated the PAHO Revolving Fund for Vaccines (RFV) would procure and deliver the COVAX vaccines which the countries would start receiving in March, if all the conditions are met.
    The PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries, Dr Yitades Gebre, said “the priority of the first phase of vaccination is to save lives. We will achieve this by vaccinating the most exposed groups – like the health professionals and the most vulnerable groups to developing severe COVID-19 illness”.
    Gebre said to achieve herd immunity, at least 70 per cent of the population would have to be vaccinated. “While we are vaccinating the most vulnerable and reducing the mortality, we need to keep all public health measures that can reduce the transmission: the use of masks, physical distancing, avoiding closed and crowded spaces.”
    (PR)

    Source: Nation

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  • Not simply a case of discipline
    Communication, class, trust and corruption are key factors for a nation to keep sight of in dealing with the COVID-19 situation. These factors influence levels of public compliance with protocols.
    Communications
    The current Government has been criticised from day one of its time in office for its communications approach. However, the need for public relations (PR) relating to the public on a regular and ongoing basis is now better appreciated. New Zealand, reportedly one of the most successful countries in managing the crisis, credits a lot of its success to its PR and communications strategy.
    New Zealand actually hired an advertising and marketing agency to manage COVID communications. The understanding was that in order for any measures to work, there had to be public buy-in. The way to buy-in was an intense and well thought out communications strategy.
    John Walsh, the person heading the PR push, in an article with the Guardian newspaper, said, “We knew right from the start that our way through this was getting people to do the right thing. One way you do that is you communicate well.” Walsh also said, “What was really important was the style, tone, and manner . . . . We worked hard on empathy. We tried very hard not to tell people off, and to be supportive.”
    Our COVID communicators seem to really be trying to regulate their style, tone and manner.
    The stereotypical Bajan style of communication is to tell people off and not necessarily be very supportive.
    Class
    One area where the Kiwi PR fell down was with the indigenous Maori population. There is a racial and class divide in New Zealand between the indigenous people and the European-descended population.
    This has resulted in some weaknesses and failures in the communications strategy. One of the low points in the Barbados Government’s communications efforts was also rooted in a class divide.
    Our class issues came to the fore due to what was easily perceived to be the Government naming and shaming a bus crawl, citing it as a source of a number of infections. On the other hand, seemingly protecting the identities of a series of West Coast clusters, which were responsible for greater numbers of infections than said bus crawl. This is coupled with an inconsistency between the passionate and compassionate apology given to tourists inconvenienced by COVID protocols and the sometimes stern language directed at citizens, with scarcely an apology or acknowledgement of mistakes.
    The “We are all in this together” is stifled by the long-standing sense of multiple “unequal Barbadoses”.
    This feeling, which is not without merit, leads to resentment, suspicion, distrust and ultimately various forms of non-compliance. It doesn’t help when magistrates are overly harsh with citizens who may break protocols to survive.
    Trust
    It has been noted that the countries which have best dealt with COVID are the ones with the most disciplined populations. But there is more to it. This is not simply a case of discipline. Firstly, most of these countries have the financial resources to help shield citizens from the economic impact of tough measures. They are more comfortable. Next, high levels of cooperation and compliance with COVID restrictions are found mainly in countries with either high levels of government surveillance and authoritarianism or high levels of trust and satisfaction in the systems of governance.
    New Zealand happens to be a relatively wealthy nation, which has the lowest perception of corruption in the world, according to a recently released list by Transparency.org. However, Transparency.org also notes that some countries with higher perceptions of corruption may tend to breach human rights and democratic norms in seeking to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Barbados ranks relatively well on the index list, at 29th out of 179 countries, but is not as well off.
    This means that to avoid the slide down the road of surveillance and authoritarianism we will have to work harder to build levels of communication and trust and a more equitable society.
    Adrian Green is a communications specialist.

    Source: Nation

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  • New Zealand only have to hear about ONE CASE…and they SHUT SHOP…it has shown itself successful in SLOWING THE VIRUS……as soon as the threat is passed, they reopen until next time…

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  • The problem with these PR communications they become a specialised tool of redundancy or a third arm of the mouthpiece of govt with words that ate consistently heard over and over again tailored to what govt wants the people to hear and in most time absent of truth and lacking of transparency which govt gingerly apply to brain wash the masses

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  • David, I read WARU’s comment, before I read your copy of Adrian Greene’s piece.

    AG highlighted the main ability of New Zealand to lockdown. Financial wealth. Further, the unemployment rate there is under 5%, versus over 50% in Barbados!

    You can be assured that any lockdowns here are finished, with unemployment so high, the country simply cannot afford it.

    AC may come and rant about people dying. But if her government had not totally screwed up the economy, there may be more options now. Maybe I would like to refer to some more of what AG fairly wrote and the relation to our circumstances, but for obvious reasons, I will not.

    Let us face it, we are in deep doodoo.

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  • Now listen up Crusoe the past govt “mishandling”
    Now what has present govt done to improve the economy
    If memory serves correct the debt did not start with the past govt
    A 14 year govt run under OSA has always use debt as a revolving door to maintain the economy
    Now what u need to check is the massive increase in debt in a two year period that present govt has attained aided by the IMF
    A debt so huge that barbadians.will be sh.iiting bricks to repay
    Please dont tell me about the COVID as an excuse because the backdrop and truthfulness is a fault line so long and wide wherby govt choose haste to handle the economic side of the COVID problem instead of brains

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  • “You can be assured that any lockdowns here are finished, with unemployment so high, the country simply cannot afford it.”

    only because they are NOT prepared for disaster or even external and internal shocks…THEY REFUSED TO DIVERSIFY the economy TO INCLUDE THE BLACK MAJORIITY in wealth generation for far TOO LONG …and for that they will pay.

    unfortunately, so will the innocent and helpless who will starve if Mia don’t open the borders to the other islands to stimulate business and generate cash flow….this backward 17th century view of the few keeping a STRANGLEHOLD on the economy WILL COST BLACK LIVES…

    closing the borders for food and other necessities but opening them for diseased tourists is the height of ignorance and stupidity…

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  • @ Critical Analyser

    More and more parents are selecting private schools especially at the primary level because of the more rounded curriculum and school environment offered there exposing their children to more critical thinking and real world life building skills at an early age helping to build a more rounded student. e.g. they may do a school project where they have to run a mini business.”
    Point taken.
    However, I can safely say that one of the factors impeding projects at public primary schools is the lack of cash. Teachers will tell you that they often have to go in their pockets to pay for educational trips.
    The curriculum could be easily revamped but there is considerable opposition to new ideas.
    Finally, the greatest problem confronting public schools and the educational system is politics . I have called for the appointment of a Director of Education,approved by both houses after a worldwide search and automatically appointed to the senate and answerable to both houses. We need to dilute the political nonsense and concentrate on developing on most precious resource, our children.
    Of course the Director will be on a three to five year contract.

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  • So take a look backward at how govt pursue an economic path to maintain the economy
    A path which has turned out to be one of more infection and elderly death
    What little financial achievement was received was quickly depleted and having a govt having once again to turning to an overburden and exhausted people asking for financial help
    What if govt had used their brains time and resources to closed the borders earlier
    The story physically ..financially and emotionally on country and people would be different
    Why because at this point and time or resources would have been used during the past months to restructure and rebuild an economy geared and ready to be opened to an environment wherby the vaccine is making a difference in helping to open world wide economies making it safer for people to enter their shores
    Presently govt is caught between a rock and a hard place trying the preventive method and trying to put the horse back to stable all at a high cost
    Which means financial achievements being lost and govt having to continue on a mad dash of a borrowing spree

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