David’s Reason is Silly Season

Submitted by Paula Sealy

There was an old Ellerslie boy,
Whose time on the radio I used to enjoy.
At 65 from Starcom he promptly retired, Just six months later by the PM to get hired.

Fearing the spread of COVID,
Along came a plum job for David.
So now all of his Brasstack candour,
Has been bought by the highest bidder.

We know everyone is not Sir Johnny,
All cannot be fortunate like Farley.
And being on the back bench you see,
Isn’t for every stinging Bee.

Remember the rage,
That had Payne on the front page?
Hinkson didn’t make a sound,
So he hasn’t lost as much ground.

Now if my bed was made in St Thomas,
And Sharon was stop every Christmas.
I’d make time to enjoy my last full parliamentary session,
Before the bell tolls for the next general election.

Cause when the tide goes out,
No matter how hard you holler and shout.
Or if you have not a single doubt,
Some will lose their seats after the count.

It is now common to see,
MPs frequently on CBV TV. But with good reason,
Cause it is the silly season.

Some ain’t able speaking Medic-ally,
To get up and canvass daily. Soon the ones on the Edge,
Or the top of the Hill may lose their privilege.

Santia says she is a lioness.
But Vineyard’s bes’,
Is coming to tes’.
I hope he prays at St. Philip The Less.
His pal from the union in Harmony Hall, Is not one to take a fall. You see Toni is sure to contes’, Whether you call her Moore or Less.

What is a good MP?
That is hard to see.
Since they are not plenty,
Expect more whistles and calls for a penalty.

Last of all I will miss Caswell,
That man always gave them good hell.
By now he must already know,
That soon he’ll be home often to play with Snow.

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  • @Lorenzo September 14, 2021 5:52 AM “… perhaps a younger person could have been hired…”

    It maybe that younger apolitical people do not want the “pick” because younger people have mortgages to pay and children to raise and they wisely see political appointments as too short term.

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  • I wish Mr. Ellis and the people and the government of Barbados well.

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  • And I’ll offer him this piece of advice.

    Get the psychologists and psychiatrists on board. I am deeply surprised that the authorities seem not to have thought of this before. Psychologists and psychiatrists are the ones who TRULY UNDERSTAND how the human mind works. They are the ones who can get to the bottom of why people are vaccine hesitant or vaccine resistant. I believe that such people can be of great help to David, to the government and to us in this new post.

    I declare that I am not related by blood, marriage natural nor political nor affection to any psychologist or psychiatrist.

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  • @David September 14, 2021 6:32 AM “He was forced to retire because of company policy.”

    It troubles me that people are “forced to retire” because of foolish and wrong company polities, when the official age to receive a full NIS pension is 67.

    These forced retirements are wrong and age discriminatory and both companies and government need to take a re-look. To force an otherwise good, competent employee out at age 65 makes no sense at all. If the employee is happy to go at 65, fine. But to force out an employee is both wrong and foolish.

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  • @John A
    Let us hope Mr Elis can get through to these people that the 5 or 6 that tried before him could not reach. What I will say is this, if we fail to do what is necessary we will not only have a medical disaster but an economic one as well. Many companies and those in the tourist sector are barely holding on now. They need a better season than last year in the worst way.
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    Have you considered the possibility that the reasons people remain unconvinced is because the government’s arguments are not very strong or persuasive? How difficult do you think the government would find it to get Bajans to accept $50,000 no strings attached? Generally, people can judge what’s in their best interests so if you can’t persuade the majority that what you are proposing is in their best interest, you need to go back and look at your argument.

    I’m not sure if you’ve seen this article below, but the UK now has over 80% vaccination rate of over 16s yet the their CMO reports the Covid situation is actually worse than last year when they had no vaccines.If anyone is looking to vaccines as a get out of jail card for Covid, I think they are going to be disappointed.

    “Prof Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, warned that respiratory viruses such as flu and others would be “hugely advantaged” heading into winter.

    He also emphasised that the country was entering the autumn with a much higher level of cases, hospital admissions and deaths than was the case last year.

    On Tuesday, the UK reported a further 26,628 cases and another 185 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. The most recent data showed there were 8,413 Covid patients in hospital.

    On 15 September last year, there were 3,105 daily cases and 27 deaths reported, along with 1,066 Covid patients in hospital”.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58566235

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  • Going forward perhaps government needs to offer a few national development scholarships in health communications. Or interested students can apply directly to these universities for admission and funding to complete such programs at the master’s or doctoral level. Or apply for a development scholarship through the particular embassy/high commission. Because as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow pandemics are not finished with us yet. Such education is also useful in communication to populations about obesity, diabetes, hypertension etc.

    The following universities have excellent programs in this field:
    Boston University.
    Johns Hopkins University.
    New York University.
    Northwestern University.
    University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign.
    University of Missouri – Columbia.

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  • @Donna September 14, 2021 7:53 AM “I looked at her during this press conference. She looked at her wit’s end. She looked desperate.”

    Agreed.

    I felt sorry for her. “Uneasy is the head that wears the crown” came to mind. It can’t be easy dealing with tens of thousands of vaccine hesitant people in the midst of a deadly pandemic. 735 people are in isolation right now. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow some of them will be dead before October 15th.

    If she shuts down the country she will be given grief by her political opponents.

    If many more people die as is very likely she will be given even more grief.

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  • @David September 14, 2021 8:18 AM “…suggests we need Jesus in the role.”

    Some of the people 23 people in primary in isolation will be meeting him, Jesus, not Ellis very soon.

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  • @Sargeant September 14, 2021 9:04 AM “Apparently the Bishop doesn’t have any mirrors in his home, but to bring him up to snuff, he and all the other tax paying residents of Bim will be paying his salary.”

    Sarge, ya killin’ me den.

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  • @Sargeant September 14, 2021 9:52 AM “…whither Liz Thompson?”

    Red Plastic Bag has a song “Can’t find me brother”

    Remix to “Can’t find me sister”

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  • @WURA-War-on-U September 14, 2021 1:37 PM “…Jamaica is known for what it’s known for…”

    Usain Bolt and other superstar track athletes.
    Blue Mountain coffee (got some in me larder right now)
    And without a doubt the best orange juice in the whole world. You must try it.

    And the Jamaica men, not to bad either, even when they are not track stars, they star in other areas, LOL!

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  • @John A September 14, 2021 2:00 PM ” The question is what will it take for a buy in by our people to get the vaxx rate up to 80%?”

    Dead bodies in the streets.

    Even so some of the religious people will tell you that the dead have gone straight to heaven.

    After all what is this vale of tears compared to everlasting life in heaven?

    I looked at the obits last Sunday and one of the obits for a covid death had a picture of the smiling deceased at the open gates of heaven.

    That’s what we are dealing with. It is not just about strapping young fellas on the block. In is also about deeply religious grandmothers.

    That’s why I wish David well.

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  • Andrew Cole, 32, from Stockton-on-Tees, will appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday alongside Nicaraguan nationals Billy Downs, 49, Denson White-Morales, 34, Edwin Taylor-Morgan, 40, Brynie Sjogreen, 38 and Ryan Taylor, 42.
    Billy
    Denson
    Edwin
    Brynie
    and Ryan

    Don’t sound Nicaraguan.

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  • To: All News Editors/ Reporters

    Date: Wednesday 15th, September2021

    Time: 11.30AM Eastern Caribbean time (10.30AM) Jamaica

    Venue: https://meet.jit.si/PressConferenceCNSC

    Subject:  Press Conference to launch activities of Caribbean Network of Solidarity organisations with Cuba.

    Details: On Wednesday 15, September 2021, the Caribbean Network for Solidarity with Cuba (CNSC), will be hosting a virtual conference to launch activities in support of our sister country Cuba, commencing at 11.30AM.

    Speakers will be drawn from representatives of Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

    The 60 year old economic blockade of Cuba by the USA, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for its economy and the day to day existence of its people. Cuba has always stood up with the peoples of the world in their times of need.  We in the Caribbean know this first hand, with the current struggle against the Covid-19 being a prime example. We in the CNSC are standing with Cuba in its hour of need.

    Your kind coverage of this important event will be highly appreciated, as Cuba represents the finest example of solidarity in a troubled world

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  • “And without a doubt the best orange juice in the whole world. You must try it.”

    that and all the above, will leave you to school us on the rest..

    handled differently, many people would have already been vaccinated if there was EDUCATION on the pros and cons instead of …there is a virus and you have to take the jab, nutten won’t happen and blah, blah, blah, and the greedy social parasites acting like they can just hold down employees and inject them…..they have to be shown WHO ARE THE MASTERS IN BARBADOS….shutting them would give them a different perspective in Black POWER…

    the Mia crowd themselves did not even reseach the adverse effects and hid when people felt them……and .without so much as, there are side effects so you have to make informed decisions and research the best vaccine for you…they thought they can wrestle the populaiton they have to beg for votes to the ground..

    with that tone coupled with all the WRONGS they are still doing to the Black population…all they will get is resistance…while some people do their research and make their own own decisions…about when they are ready…

    politicians with 1950s mindsets fail to realize that THIS IS 2021…the 21st CENTURY…..they are too damn disrespectful Black people…

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  • And the limited in intellect who like to TIEF CONTENT has still done nothing to enhance the Blog….lol…

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  • How is it that Mia can find millions to hire consultants PR talking heads and employ the largest cabinet ever but can’t find money to place in people hands to help stimulate the economy ?

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  • True. I still having figured out how to flush your floaters!

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  • I await the enhancement to BU…not holding my breath, but waiting..

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  • @ Tee

    Yes your point is a serious issue of concern. What seems to be happening in the UK is that many who have gotten the vaccine think they can do as they now like and have thrown common sense out the window. So we have a more contagious variant now with Delta and people that feel because they have been vaxxed that they are bullet proof. They will not listen to the CMO who has been preaching there that they can still catch it and transmit it, but they just now will not probably end up as sick or in the hospital having taken the shots.

    What this has shown me is that you can not predict human behaviour regardless of how much info you give people.

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  • @ Cuhdear

    I hope you are wrong but many of these anti vaxxers would as young children received several vaccinations. I remember when you had a vaxx card that you needed to keep updated. Today though we are better educated so we must oppose for the sake everything, even when the alternative for some of us could be the grave.

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  • Some of the problems in UK mirror what can be found just about everywhere, people are tired of and don’t trust governments, they have track records that justify the distrust, and don’t help by lying intermittently and consistently….and withholding critical information…and are yet to come to terms with the reality that the populations who elect them carry a higher level of intelligence, not only than before, but higher than those they elected…

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan September 15, 2021 1:06 AM
    (Quote):
    Usain Bolt and other superstar track athletes.
    Blue Mountain coffee (got some in me larder right now)
    And without a doubt the best orange juice in the whole world. You must try it.

    And the Jamaica men, not to bad either, even when they are not track stars, they star in other areas, LOL! (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So you like to cuss and ‘downgrade’ Bajan men but like foreign plantains!!

    As far as it is known your BU buddy from “whiteHill” is not Jamaican and he still has your number.

    when are your going to take up his invitation to view the ‘black-headed’ serpent in his garden full of fruits?

    You can take along your fellow gardening enthusiast, the ‘Donna’ of St. Eve, for the ride on the head of the serpent.

    BTW, does your ‘bigging-up’ of Jamaican men also apply to the Jamaican women which can be easily verified by many Bajan men?

    Jamaicans are ‘One People’ who genuinely can claim to punch above their ‘geographic and demographic’ weight since the proof of the pudding is in the their successful performances.

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  • @ John A
    “ Today though we are better educated so we must oppose for the sake everything, even when the alternative for some of us could be the grave.”

    I’m not in the debate. However have you considered that this is a different time and the flow of information is completely different. When we were lining up to take vaccines there was an expectation that those vaccines were a part of life as it was then.
    What we are confronted with is a global reaction, some positive some negative. We were not bombarded with anything like social media back then.
    We cannot seriously transplant an environment of the 50s and 60s into the society of today.
    This applies to basically all the issues we now confront. Back then we went to school, were told the nurses coming today and we lined up and took the jab. That is not the situation today.
    @Cudear made a valid point when she stated that we perhaps need to pay more attention to those trained in sociology and similar sciences.- psychiatrists, psychologists etc.
    There is really too much “ noise” and with politics in the mix ………..well we all know how frigging polarized the country is.
    Peace.

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  • This is what David Ellis said would be part of informing his approach- behaviour modification. Too much ignorance abounds.

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  • @ Tee White September 15, 2021 12:01 AM

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/13/fully-vaccinated-people-account-for-12-of-englands-covid-19-deaths

    We should stick to the truth. Fully vaccinated people currently account for only ONE (1) percent of deaths in the UK. Corona virus behaves the same way as influenza in the past. What we are currently seeing in the UK is simple social Darwinism, that is, that life forms that are not viable are disappearing and those that are viable are surviving.

    So our government should immediately abolish most Corona restrictions instead of kowtowing to the vaccine refuseniks. By the way, many would be interested to know how the vaccination rate in Barbados differs among the various population groups. This could allow conclusions about their general viability in the sense of social Darwinism.

    It is absolutely unacceptable that a minority consisting of Muslim Brotherhooders, Rastafarians, dissenters, oppositionists and lunatics are taking our island permanently hostage.

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  • @Cuhdear
    It troubles me that people are “forced to retire” because of foolish and wrong company polities, when the official age to receive a full NIS pension is 67.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    There are all kinds of people threatening to take the Gov’t to Court over any mandatory vaccine policy, yet when a legitimate issue is obvious there are no takers.

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  • Ellis was not FORCED to retire. As correctly stated it’s a company policy – all VOB employees must retire by a certain age (60 I think) – from the heavy rollers to the clerks.

    He was well aware of this as a condition of employment with VOB / redifusion

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  • @ David
    One of the great things about debating societies is that basic rules of civility are employed. Those who engaged in such activities, had a better understanding of civil discourse. In order to avoid serious debate, we developed a culture of personal innuendo ; anything goes and that is now being manifested.
    Unfortunately, matters surrounding serious crises in a society cannot be properly understood and or discussed unless participants understand basic rules or approaches to edifying discourse.
    We will continue to see a decline in national discourse unless we once more begin to appreciate that there are basic standards to be met.

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  • “It is absolutely unacceptable that a minority consisting of Muslim Brotherhooders, Rastafarians, dissenters, oppositionists and lunatics are taking our island permanently hostage.

    Were you in
    Rasta Communication
    With Rasta brethren
    Verifying your data

    Rastafari on a Pinnacle
    Ratafrai on a Pinnacle Dub
    Standing on a mountain top


    Felt, we felt the strain
    Rasta took the blame

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  • @John2

    The challenge debating with some of you is that you like to split hairs. All agree it is company policy to retire at 65. The point made is that Aeolus and add Dennis Johnson if they had they way would have preferred to continue on at the company. This is why some have concluded he was forced to retire. The language is loose but context context context.

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  • SMH
    recently I heard a caller on a local station lamentating over the problem of govt asking govt workers to substitute their over time pay for days off instead of collecting a paycheck
    What is this country coming to
    Here we have a govt who pays big belly consultants but asking the poor worker to be unjust in the most disadvantageous way to themselves

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  • You heard it but is it true? Can you share specifics or is this something you heard and you are off running with it as usual.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan September 14, 2021 11:58 PM

    @David September 14, 2021 6:32 AM “He was forced to retire because of company policy.”

    It troubles me that people are “forced to retire” because of foolish and wrong company polities, when the official age to receive a full NIS pension is 67.

    These forced retirements are wrong and age discriminatory and both companies and government need to take a re-look. To force an otherwise good, competent employee out at age 65 makes no sense at all. If the employee is happy to go at 65, fine. But to force out an employee is both wrong and foolish.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxccxcxxxxccccccccc

    David

    My comment was made toward the above comment

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  • AM

    SMH
    recently I heard a caller on a local station lamentating over the problem of govt asking govt workers to substitute their over time pay for days off instead of collecting a paycheck
    What is this country coming to
    Here we have a govt who pays big belly consultants but asking the poor worker to be unjust in the most disadvantageous way to themselves
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxccxcxxxxcccccc

    This is a practice at some companies here.
    It voluntarily so some take some in money and some as time off. The time off allows a longer vacation/ shorter week / longer leave maternity leave etc

    Again it up to the worker to indicate how to allocate the overtime.

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  • Some reasoning in the seasoning shows trends that People Funny
    Funny People who are too scared of a Covid Jab
    must also be too scared of a Flu Jab too
    it will be easier for them to catch a Fever

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  • Leave me out of your stupid talk, Miller! I am not obsessed with sex.

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  • ….it is the stinking minorities…. everything is the stinking minorities…..and the blackface traitors in parliament….not my job to save the slaves… i have better things to do…..they better don’t think they can pull that shit on my children or grandchildren or they will have me to deal with….they had better keep their lowlife selves off the continent and our ancestral lands….

    RA!

    LOL

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  • “The challenge debating with some of you is that you like to split hairs.”

    @ David

    Perhaps if people were to explain themselves clearly, rather than making comments that are open to different interpretations………… the debating process would be much easier.

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  • I am certainly glad to see others have all the time in the world to play and waste time on BU….while i have a looming deadline….

    again…that’s the differemce in priorities…

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  • Artax

    I understood what David meant from the time I read his statement yesterday.

    If it a policy then he wasn’t forced to retire like the over 60s bidc were forced to retire

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  • @ Donna September 15, 2021 9:42 AM

    Not “obsessed” but, more than likely, ‘deprived’.

    You take yourself too seriously. You need to lighten up a bit.
    Life is too short.

    Then you would not be so much obsessed with warring with your fellow blogger “Wura-war-on-U”.

    You can always ask your friend Pacha to help you out.

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  • WW&C
    What “looming deadline”? You have spoken to this for some time. Do you have a date? A year? Or are we still speaking in duo-decade time-frames.

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  • Down to Brasstacks is interesting this morning.

    I love listening to Sandy.

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  • Those Busy Fools
    Are Busy Doing Nothing
    Write Me Your Resume
    (12″ Mix)

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  • Miller…if they think they pissed now, wait until i publish…

    others are waiting with baited breath…lol

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  • See what’s going on in Haiti..the prosecutor called for the PM to be charged because there is alleged evidence showing he was on the phone with one of the now missing suspects who was at the President’s residence at the time, so the prosecutor asked a Judge to stop him from leaving the country and pursue further investigation…hours later the prosecutor was fired…..small time power will always be the downfall of black misleaders…

    there must be significant changes in the way cabinet members are elected.

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  • DavidSeptember 15, 2021 9:17 AM

    You heard it but is it true? Can you share specifics or is this something you heard and you are off running with it as usual.
    Xxxxxx

    Most of what said on social media has a grain of truth
    It is not for me to clarify but govt to correct or clarify those issues that challenges govt policies

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  • John2September 15, 2021 9:24 AM

    AM

    SMH
    recently I heard a caller on a local station lamentating over the problem of govt asking govt workers to substitute their over time pay for days off instead of collecting a paycheck
    What is this country coming to
    Here we have a govt who pays big belly consultants but asking the poor worker to be unjust in the most disadvantageous way to themselves
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxccxcxxxxcccccc

    This is a practice at some companies here.
    It voluntarily so some take some in money and some as time off. The time off allows a longer vacation/ shorter week / longer leave maternity leave etc

    Again it up to the worker to indicate how to allocate the overtime.

    Xxxxxx
    People cannot pay bills with days off in poor countries

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  • Mari

    But they may wanta to take an extra day off when they go shopping in Miami

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  • Ps – they still get paid flat pay for the day off but they lose the half time so it a win win for company and employees that need the time

    Again. The option is up to the employee
    If employee needs the money the employee can opt to take the money

    That’s how it works here that I know of

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  • John2September 15, 2021 1:32 PM

    Ps – they still get paid flat pay for the day off but they lose the half time so it a win win for company and employees that need the time

    Again. The option is up to the employee
    If employee needs the money the employee can opt to take the money

    That’s how it works here that I know of

    Xxxxx

    Barbados laws says different

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  • Mari

    I just telling how I know it works here

    To be implemented in Barbados I would assume the unions/workers would have to agree with it first .

    Over and out

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  • Typical insult from a typical man. No wonder I found it so easy to just dun so.

    Not deprived, fool, disinterested! I have ALWAYS found men boringly obsessed with sex with stress on the BORINGLY.

    Sadly lacking, I find. Last guy who tried to get close was a few weeks ago. I laughed so hard he ain’t even speaking to muh nuh more.

    It is you foolish men who take yourselves too seriously. Usually without justification. Not much to recommend you, especially in bed.

    Years ago, I remember the women talking about their husbands in my hairdresser’s salon. One cousin of mine gave a great impression of her husband in bed and how she used to fake it. She was hilarious! The other women nodded their agreement.

    Strange how you think I am obsessed with warring when it is WURA who attacked.

    I am simply having fun.

    So that is why I can say, the marish in de parish publishing books dese days.

    Red Plastic Bag even had a song called THEY PUBLISHIT!

    Here are her opening words…..

    “IT IS THE TIEFING MINORITIES AND THE BLACKFACED TRAITORS IN PARLIAMENT……..”

    Not exactly A Tale of Two Cities calibre!

    Lol

    Murdaaaaah!

    Now take your limp dick and piss off! If you can still piss, that is.

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  • I would calling him a fucking idiot but I am not certain he can fuck!

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  • @John2 September 15, 2021 8:49 AM “Ellis was not FORCED to retire. As correctly stated it’s a company policy – all VOB employees must retire by a certain age (60 I think) – from the heavy rollers to the clerks. He was well aware of this as a condition of employment with VOB / redifusion.”

    I hear you John2. Notice I did not say it was unlawful/illegal.

    I said, and I repeat, that company policies that force competent, productive, willing employees to retire at a certain age are WRONG and FOOLISH. And I’ll add such policies need to be changed

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  • Wages to be paid in legal tender
    3. (1) Subject to subsection (2), in all contracts of employment, the wages
    of a worker shall be made payable in legal tender and not otherwise, and if in any
    such contract the whole or any part of such wages is made payable in any other
    manner, such contract shall be illegal, null and void.
    3. (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the wages of a worker under a
    contract of employment may, with the consent of the worker, be paid by cheque
    drawn on a bank licensed under the Banking Act, [Cap. 322.] or by postal order
    or money order

    Law of Barbados

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/09/15/covid-19-update-124-new-cases-752-in-isolation/
    COVID-19 Update: 124 new cases, 752 in isolation

    And one new death. A 60 year old unvaccinated man died of Covid on Tuesday at the A&E of the QEH.

    May flights of angels sing him to his rest.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    What a beautiful thing it would be for the Bajan economy if we were that hestistant and also anti-food imports like our present vaccine stance. We would have a thriving agribusiness economy. Go figure. This goes to show we like to major in the minor.

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  • What a wonderful comment.

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  • Two days passing and not a word out of the COVID advisor mouth
    He said his first and foremost job was to reinforce the importance of the people getting vaccinated
    Well as of today which is about his second day on the job his task would become a mountain to climb if he keeps mouth shut
    All ears are awaiting his medical social and physchological statement on the importance of taking the vaccine ASAP

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  • That our vaccination campaign is so slow is entirely the fault of our indigenous masses, some of whom adhere to the Voodoo or Rasta cult and other superstitions. Unfortunately, it shows that parts of our population have not yet arrived mentally in the 21st century. Unfortunately, our government cannot choose the people and has to work with what is on the island until we have the 80000 New Barbadians here.

    In any case, I wish our new government advisor every success!

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  • TronSeptember 15, 2021 7:28 PM

    That our vaccination campaign is so slow is entirely the fault of our indigenous masses, some of whom adhere to the Voodoo or Rasta cult and other superstitions. Unfortunately, it shows that parts of our population have not yet arrived mentally in the 21st century. Unfortunately, our government cannot choose the people and has to work with what is on the island until we have the 80000 New Barbadians here.

    Xxxxx
    The fault lies with a govt who hired tons of do nothing consultants and talking head spinner advisors
    All at the taxpayers expense
    Don’t expect David Ellis to produce much of anything

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  • The Grim Reaper God took him.

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  • @ fortyacresandamule September 15, 2021 4:36 PM

    The overwhelming majority of our population loves to commit suicide in rates with foreign sugar drinks and hamburgers. Our population has become much fatter and very sicker in the past 20 years. Normal weight is the great exception today.

    A currency reform and a famine would therefore do a lot of good.

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  • ronSeptember 15, 2021 8:57 PM

    @ fortyacresandamule September 15, 2021 4:36 PM

    The overwhelming majority of our population loves to commit suicide in rates with foreign sugar drinks and hamburgers. Our population has become much fatter and very sicker in the past 20 years. Normal weight is the great exception today
    Xxxxxc
    With poor wages weighing down the people and keeping them poor
    The people are condemn to a poor and unhealthy lifestyle
    On 225 per week and having a home to manage that kind of money would not afford no one to buy foods that are necessary to have a healthy lifestyle

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  • @ angela cox September 15, 2021 9:43 PM

    I don’t see any connection between obesity and poverty. Then Chris Sinckler would have been a beggar.

    Normally the poor are slim. So we need a monetary reform to slim down our population and make it Corona-resistant. In its current state, life expectancy will decline in the coming decades.

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  • The list of dangerous opposition figures is getting shorter and shorter. Cumberbatch became a Court of Appeal judge, OSA is in his grave, Donville Inniss in jail, Sinckler is humiliated as a government adviser.

    Now our new Corona adviser.

    If I see it correctly, so far the outspoken senator is the only one refusing a government post. That must change!

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  • Still waiting for the Blog’s enhancement in Donna and Artax’s style…still not holding my breath, too busy..

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  • TronSeptember 15, 2021 10:40 PM

    @ angela cox September 15, 2021 9:43 PM

    I don’t see any connection between obesity and poverty. Then Chris Sinckler would have been a beggar.

    Normally the poor are slim. So we need a monetary reform to slim down our population and make it Corona-resistant. In its current state, life expectancy will decline in the coming decades

    Xxxxxxxx
    Unhealthy lifestyles affect any race of people or category which leads to various onset of disease
    However my point being that poor people living on slave wages would mostly be affected and pron to unhealthy lifestyle habits and behaviours

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  • Cuddear…..Sidney Burnett has a nice long run….he outlasted Tom by decades..

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/09/15/sydney-burnett-alleyne-dies/

    Barbadian Sydney Burnett-Alleyne has died.

    It was reported that he passed away in a London hospital earlier today, one week after suffering a heart attack. He was 93.

    A former merchant-banker, Burnett-Alleyne was convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in a Martinique jail in 1977 along with a Canadian yachtsman for illegally importing arms into Martinique. It was claimed that the guns, ammunition and explosives found on board the yacht were to have been used to overthrow the Barbados Government.

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  • They should still be saying PLT’s welcome stamp creation GIFTED to the PEOPLE OF BARBADOS….

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/09/16/welcome-stamp-tourism-lifeline/

    am sure there will hardly be any such wonderful gifts coming their way anytime soon and everyone is watching out for creation thieves..

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  • Didn’t you see my “enhancement”?

    ….it is the tiefing minorities and blackfaced traitors in parliament….not my job to save the slaves…. i have better things to do….they had better not think they can pull that shit on my children or grandchildren….they will have me to deal with….they had better stay off of the continent and our ancestral lands…

    Ra, Ra, Ra! Yuh rasshole!

    Murdaaaaah!

    I forwarding dat to my publisher, Full of Shit Publishers, Shit City, Shit Hole.

    They are planning a special edition to be printed on a roll of ultra soft Charmin for the anally challenged.

    🙄

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  • Once a Slave, always a Slave,

    but i keep my word…the continent has become harder to penetrate….ask the bitt poop.

    the comment BU removed must have really hurt..

    haven’t even published yet but got a stalker for the last year…gotta beef up that security…

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  • Diagnosis: Inferiority complex masquerading as a superiority complex.

    RICHARD BROWNE STRIKES AGAIN!

    What comment did David remove?

    Put it back, David!

    🎵Dey publishit, I say
    Dey publishit in dey own way🎶

    But enough fun for the day before David deletes my comments.

    OUT TO THE GREEN GARDEN! I AM LATE!

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  • CB

    I said, and I repeat, that company policies that force competent, productive, willing employees to retire at a certain age are WRONG and FOOLISH. And I’ll add such policies need to be changed

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcccccccc

    If the workers feel that same way as you then they can agitate for that change ( unionize)

    I a case like Mr Ellis I can not think of a better person that could have lead for that charge to put over the case for himself and his fellow workers ( especially those at the lower end) .

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  • Easier said than done if you have a sense of the discord and gap which exist between management and staff in the journalism profession. Just look at how the defunct Barbados Association of Journalists operated. Why should Ellis when faced with the task of nobody lining up to support him take on this uphill task.

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  • Mari

    The workers are paid their wages for their labor

    If you work 4 hrs overtime and make the selection to convert the OT hrs to vacation when you take the 4 hrs vacation then you get paid in cash/ check

    Again it up to the worker. Who need the cash up front usually don’t have to do anything and is paid for the OT in the next paycheck.

    The ones who for whatever reason opt to take the OT as vacation are paid for the additional vacation time/ time off

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  • I don’t think people are understaning the magntude of what’s happening, they still live in this little comfortable prepared world actualy BELIEVING that things are just fine and the usual crooks will borrow and steal their way out of the predicament that THEY CREATED….no they won’t. no they can’t.

    so don’t prepare, just sit and wait…

    just remember what Barrow…not my favorite person, but he saw what he saw and was in a better positon than most to see it.

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  • David

    The policy affects even the clerks at VOB

    I am not saying Ellis should take on the task if he did not want to – just that because he articulate well known and well respected etc IMO (only) he would have been the best person to put over their (vob) case

    Within a union (let’s say bwu) the union leader would do the negotiations with management and (vob) would have had the backing of all of bWU membership,

    Imagine this going to impass and the union decide to protest with Ellis being the face of that protest.

    I have no clue about what goes on at the other media entities but if they have the same policies and it’s a problem to the workers then they should unionize and fight for change.

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  • @John 2

    We are making the same point in a different way. Ellis can articulate but if executive management senses he does not/will not have the support of members of the bargaining unit it will get no where. Do not forget extending the retirement age at the company will have implications for the P & L.

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  • Within a union (let’s say bwu) the union leader would do the negotiations with management and (vob) would have had the backing of all of bWU membership
    +++++++++++++
    Is there still a BWU? I haven’t heard a word from them in ages, it must be MIA, never fear it has a seat at the Gov’t table. Arthur thought he was smart with his vision of “politics of inclusion” but now we see a real genius at work.

    Smith: I am a journalist first and foremost, just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in (cribbed from The Godfather) and adopted for “The Godmother” movie coming soon to your local theatres

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  • Good one Sargeant.

    Seriously though, the BWU and NUPW continue to fail on their mandates. The workers as usual will be chaffed.

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  • WURA-War-on-U September 16, 2021 4:33 AM #: “Still waiting for the Blog’s enhancement in Donna and Artax’s style…still not holding my breath, too busy.”

    Yuh mean to tell me MS DELUSIONAL got at up 4:33 AM this morning to post shiite, rather than FOCUS on the substantive topic?

    Shiite, Donna and I are definitely living RENT FREE in your HEAD.

    🎵in your head, in your head,
    rent free, rent free, rent free 🎶

    [‘Zombie’ – by the Cranberries]

    Seriously though, some sources define ‘enhance’ as ‘to intensify, increase, or FURTHER IMPROVE the QUALITY or VALUE.

    Could someone PLEASE explain to me how could someone REPEATING the SAME TIRED RHETORIC, with MONOTONOUS REGULARITY…….. to EVERY TOPIC posted to BU for discussion……. even if it’s about cricket, football, gardening or the ‘man on the Cream of Wheat box,’……..

    …………. or copy and pasting ‘unsubstantiated’ nonsense from other questionable social media sites and people’s Facebook pages………. WITHOUT verifying the credibility of the source……….

    ……… be DEEMED as ENHANCING……. or……… FURTHER IMPROVING the QUALITY or VALUE of the blog?

    This is what David BU had to ‘say.’

    David September 12, 2021 11:35 AM #: “All we have on BU are commenters pushing narrow agendas . It does not matter the topic the SAME narrative can be expected.”

    David September 12, 2021 12:20 PM #: “What these people pushing narrow agendas at all cost do not realize is that the resonance of the message diminishes day by (day).”

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  • News from the UK media over the past week indicating that there are a fair number of Bajans working in the UK agricultural industry. They replaced the traditional Eastern Europeans after the UK quit the European Union.
    I know that the Barbados media mentioned available employment opportunities within this industry. It would appear that there are some Bajans who are comfortable working in agriculture so long as it’s outside of their country..

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  • Artax,

    You mean like the 11 Jamaican children who died after taking the vaccine?

    Not just shit but dangerous shit that could cause somebody to made a bad decision!

    A sane person would not take shit and spread it all over the place like that.

    Unless it fits their agenda.

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  • David

    Ok but to get change you must start some place.
    To ME – Ellis brought in a lot of $upport to the company through out the years. At anytime he had decided to taken on management that $upport would have follow and back him (his workmates/union the general public and the advertizer$).
    It exactly the bottom lines that management would have worried about and would have drove them to the tables.

    IMO.

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  • “News from the UK media over the past week indicating that there are a fair number of Bajans working in the UK agricultural industry.”

    it’s ok to get away from the trap that Barbados can become financially and socially…but 8 pounds and hour in a hostile racist environment is not exactly better…..hospital workers in UK were protesting against that pay a couple years ago because they live in UK and CANNOT LIVE ON THAT….they just want to get away from the toxic arena for a while..

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  • @John A

    The blogmaster is not as confident in the support Ellis have from rank and file. He was station manager for a relatively short time.

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  • Someone just said on another forum that a book should be written about Sidney Burnett-Alleyne, the colorful character he was, i tend to agree, any takers on BU…it may hit the bestsellers list.

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  • “A sane person would not take shit and spread it all over the place like that.”

    @ Donna

    Remember when she was polluting the blog on a daily basis, with posting information from Jackie Stewart’s Facebook page to BU, as TRUTH…… without verifying its accuracy or credibility of the source?

    Also, recall when she was repeatedly copy and pasting information relative to ICIJ company directors’ flow charts, which they both suggested the names mentioned thereon, had offshore bank accounts and were engaging in money laundering?

    That is an EXAMPLE of “the Blog’s enhancement in WARU- War-on-U’s style.” Misusing information to fit the purpose of her particular agenda.

    I read the following disclaimer while perusing ICIJ’s website……. and, in an effort to present to level of fairness and balance to the discussion, posted it to BU.

    Disclaimer: “There are LEGITIMATE USES for offshore companies and trusts. WE DO NOT INTEND TO SUGGEST or IMPLY that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database HAVE BROKEN the LAW or OTHERWISE ACTED IMPROPERLY. Many people and entities have the same or similar names. We suggest you confirm the identities of any individuals or entities located in the database based on addresses or other identifiable information.”

    I asked, why would people GO AGAINST the STATED INTENTIONS of ICIJ and persist in posting the information from their website………..

    ……… to “SUGGEST or IMPLY that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database HAVE BROKEN the LAW or OTHERWISE ACTED IMPROPERLY?”

    David January 17, 2020 6:20 AM #: “Thanks Artax, we must prosecute matters truthfully.”

    And, this is what NorthernObserver had to say.

    NorthernObserver January 27, 2020 5:58 AM #: “@Artax….. because the majority cannot understand them. The one with the name of a former Formula 1 driver, posts firms with registered addresses in Buhbaydus and calls them off shore? Another showed firms most know have been SOLD long ago, but obviously forgot to read the diwrekkers were from 2001. A lil igrunce can go a long way in these parts. Any one eyed man is king in a blind man land?

    Surely any reasonable, rational individual would agree my efforts at maintaining the integrity of BU, can be reasonably described as “Blog enhancement in Artax’s style.”

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  • @ Donna

    WARU-War-on-U also posted an extract from Jackie Stewart’s Facebook page in which she (Stewart) made the following comment: “See Barbados low life Attorney General Dale Marshall. Fulcrum Chambers Ltd. is CONNECTED to your money laundering tiefing Butterfield Bank and Trevor Carmichael.”

    A reference was also made to a merger, on August 5, 2008, between the Fulcrum Group and Butterfield Fund Services…….. to form Butterfield Fulcrum Group.

    Now, whereas the Fulcrum Group was established in Bermuda in 1995, and is described as a leading global fund administrator for the hedge fund and alternative investment management industry………..

    ………… Fulcrum Chambers Ltd. is described as a “firm providing strategic legal advice for corporates, public bodies, and private individuals in the field of bribery & corruption, fraud, investigations, due diligence and regulatory and compliance issues and compliance.”

    According to the file copy re: Certificate of Incorporation of Change of Name, as it relates to Company Number: 7149049:

    [The Registrar of Company for England and Wales hereby certifies that under the Companies Act 2006:

    WILLIAMS PEARCE ASSOCIATES LIMITED

    a Company incorporated as private by limited shares; having its registered office in England and Wales; has changed its name to:

    FULCRUM CHAMBERS LIMITED

    Given at Companies House on 2nd October, 2014.]

    Whereas the Fulcrum group was established in Bermuda in 1995……..

    ………… Fulcrum Chambers Ltd, came into existence, by way of a name change NINETEEN (19) years AFTER the Fulcrum Group was established in Bermuda in 1995…….

    ………… and SIX (6) years AFTER the Fulcrum Group merged with Butterfield Fund Services on August 5, 2008.

    So, it’s clear the Fulcrum Group and Fulcrum Chambers Ltd. are two DIFFERENT entities.

    I know people mean well and we must commend them for attempting to expose corruption. However, we must be very careful when trolling social media sites and “sharing” information believing it to be FACT, without at first verifying whether or not it’s accurate.

    The following is what David BU had to ‘say.’

    David January 17, 2020 6:20 AM #: “Thanks Artax, we must prosecute matters truthfully.”

    Now, this is “Blog ENHANCEMENT in Artax’s style.”

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  • Gaston Browne in Antgua complaining about hardship……they have not see hardship yet, he just made mandatory vaccination into law..

    probblem for Caribbean governments, they have been playing fast and loose for far too long with their little colonial titles….not one of them thought of Afrika in all that time……HALF CENTURY……but now they are….😂😂🤣🤣

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  • Any news out of the mouth of The Covid advisor yet
    This is day four
    Taxpayers money at work

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  • “Any news out of the mouth of The Covid advisor yet. This is day four. Taxpayers money at work.”

    The gentleman took up a new appointment on Monday and there’s supposed to be a REASONABLE EXPECTATION of him ‘coming out of the gates running,’ WITHOUT FIRST acquainting himself with the intricacies of the job and those with whom he has to work, planning and strategizing………

    ………….. as is EXPECTED from ANYONE taking up a ‘NEW JOB?’

    It is becoming clearer and clearer there are some individuals whose sole purpose is to criticize. And, that every imagination and intention of the thoughts of their hearts are only to criticize continually.

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  • @Tron September 15, 2021 10:40 PM “…life expectancy will decline in the coming decades.”

    According to provisional data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) life expectancy in the USA has already declined by 1 1/2 years since the Covid pandemic. With Barbados’ current wave I expect a decline in our life expectancy as well.

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  • @Artax @10:05 A.M. “the ‘man on the Cream of Wheat box…”

    “Frank L. White (c. 1867 – February 15, 1938) was a professional chef best known as the model for the fictional breakfast chef (often identified as “Rastus”) featured on the boxes of, and advertising for, Cream of Wheat breakfast cereal. A native of BARBADOS, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1875, where he became a citizen in 1890. He was working as a master chef at a Chicago restaurant at the time he was photographed for the cereal box in 1900. ”
    Source: Wikipedia

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  • @TLSN September 16, 2021 10:13 AM “. It would appear that there are some Bajans who are comfortable working in agriculture so long as it’s outside of their country.”

    Somewhat better wages. The opportunity to see another place. Significantly lower temperatures on the job.

    As one who does outdoor field work several days a week I can tell you it int easy working in 30+Celsius and near 100% humidity.

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  • heat

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  • There is bound to be a fall off in life expectancy…all across the globe, it is serious business.

    the media is now using the Rasta Community in Jamaica to promote the vaccine, cause some are actually taking it….

    the dog government return to their vomit…

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