Mia Mottley Government Must Work Harder to Build Trust with Barbadians

Prime Minister Mia Mottley was a bubbling fountain of information yesterday. She was courteous enough to advise Barbadians she will be jetting off to New York to attend a climate change meeting at the United Nations, New York and will take the opportunity to have a bilateral exchange with the President of Ghana. One positive all will admit is that Mottley has raised her profile in the international arena, definitely above her regional counterparts. This will boost her job prospects post prime ministership and unlike her predecessor will not have to secret herself from the public, content with drinking Merlots and reading books.

Besides observing the frustration leaking through of the Prime Minister during the press briefing yesterday the blogmaster takes the opportunity to introduce a few others.

A key characteristic of a good leader is always defined as the ability to be empathetic – “one who has a genuine interest in his/her team members’ lives, the challenges they face, and their overall feelings. This kind of leader makes an effort to understand their situations and what they are going through, in order to offer support and help”. Several times during the press briefing Mottley became immersed in highlighting government successes at a time Barbadians are understandably more concerned about the pandemic wrecking havoc on households; both socioeconomic and mental. The blogmaster understands she is a politician and leader of a political party with a general election due soon but with delta variant on the rampage …

Mottley took the opportunity to shoutout White Oakes for expertly (blogmaster’s word) assisting with the domestic and international restructuring. Really prime minister? Do you understand how the domestic restructure of debt has decimated the networth of the middleclass and senior citizens whose peace of mind was punctured by your decision? It is a win for the government but at the micro level it NOT.

Prime Minister Mottley also took the opportunity to remind Barbadians international reserves stand at 2.6 billion. With all the respect this blogmaster can muster, who gives a rats ass? Is there pride in your (Mottley) suggestion Barbadians should pleasure in the country’s improved capacity to borrow post 2018? Of course it is a tactical win for the government but in a pandemic requiring situational awareness, really?

Last but not least, Mottley publicly commended some key members of her economic team, Dr. Kevin Greenidge, Avinash Persaud et al. Really Prime Minister? At the risk of being repetitive, who gives a rats ass. The majority of Barbadians are stressed and can do without hearing the platitude. There will be a time on the campaign trail coming soon to pat members of the economic team on the back, for now do it at your inhouse meetings.

The blogmaster does not know everything, who does. What is known however is that good political leaders never miss the opportunity during a crisis to demonstrate empathy. The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden is a case study of a good example. Interesting Mottley often references New Zealand and Arden in her briefings. The blogmaster has no issue with the government’s policy of over-communicating with Barbadians. However there is more work for the public relations team to do with scripting and content targeted to build trust with the public. Let us hope David Ellis adds value to the team.

153 comments

  • @Tron September 19, 2021 9:07 PM “When I shop at Popular Discount or PriceSmart, I see mostly fat to extremely fat locals walking around.”

    Ya lie.

    I shop at both places and even while I am horrified at the huge size of some of the PriceSmart customers, the customers at Popular are standard sized people. Tobesides the Popular aisles are quite narrow and 300 pounders would have difficulty negotiating those spaces.

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  • Looks like somebody ate Baloney for lunch!

    Good!

    Too damn greedy! Gobble, gobble gobble!

    I wonder if he too has a red bag along with his briefcase of money.

    Carrot AND stick, maybe?

    He seems to have our government well and truly under his control. Apparently they are obligated to ensure his employment.

    What exactly qualified him to procure vaccinations for Barbados?

    Obviously NOTHING, or he would not have been scammed.

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  • “But United States District Judge Dana L. Christensen, concerned that Kristjan Thorkelson’s journeying to Barbados would disrupt the terms of his supervision, and impair the US Probation Office’s ability to monitor his “financial situation and activity”, has said no – twice.”

    Theo…every minority criminal/scam artist around the globe know they would never be arrested on the island even if they are convicted in other jurisidictions, he was a good candidate for arrest for running that fake drug scam from Barbados as well…and desperate to get back to the island instead of being afraid……that is who the slave minded in the parliament allow to roam free and commit endless crimes against other people….one day, one day, they too will be arrested for that backward shit…of enabling and condoning white and other minority criminals….the same Donville went to his prison cell and still has not revealed the names of those 4 scam companies who where based on the island and money laundering and committing other serious crimes in other countries….that is who the parliament crabs hold secrets for, they have no shame….that is who they are..

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  • @TLSN September 20, 2021 5:17 PM “With so many law professionals at the heart of this government one would like like to believe they can distinguish between right and wrong?”

    Actually right and wrong is not taught at law school. If parents do not teach the difference between right and wrong preferably before the age of 4, the person may never understand, because by the time a person gets to law school in his or her early 20’s values have already been formed. been ingrained, become habitual.

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  • “An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence tricks. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster claims will be used to obtain the large sum. If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim to pay or simply disappears. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that, “An advance fee scheme occurs when the victim pays money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value—such as a loan, contract, investment, or gift—and then receives little or nothing in return.” There are many variations of this type of scam.”
    Source: Wikipedia

    Don’t tell me that our “elite” had never heard of advance fee scams? Long ago at work, sadly, I used to received an “offer” nearly every day. If the “offers” were real I would be richer than Bill Gates…alas however I am not. Alas NONE of them were real. I even received one from a “friend” of mine who was stuck in Italy and needed money so that she could come home, so I picked up my land line and called her land line and said said “friend are you stuck in Italy?” “No” she told me. “I am right here in town on the job.” so I did not send money to Italy. At home I got one yesterday on my cell phone from a 305 area code number, wanting to know my name, address and other details. I immediately blocked the number. How did I know it was a fraud attempt? The writer was TOO POLITE. The language was in stilted English. No native English speaker writes like that except perhaps for ac/mariposa.

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  • Let me engage in sheer speculation on why the gentleman is not allowed to come to Barbados.
    Rockley Venture Limited
    Incorporated: 19-MAR-2012
    Closed: 29-OCT-2012
    Registered in: Barbados

    Looking at the the short life of the company, it could have been set up for nefarious purposes (money movements).

    Wondering if the ‘Rock Hard’ guy was using a former ROCKley contact.

    Follow the rocks.

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  • Now they have evolved to Radical Investments Ltd…..lol

    wonder where else they plan to do all that radical investing…bunch of thieves..

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  • One of the principals in the USA is nicknamed Flex?

    Flex=to bend or become bent.

    According to the Urban Dictionary, the verb “to flex” = to put on a fake front, to fake it, or force it.

    I’d be hesitant to do business with a guy named Flex.

    But that is just me.

    Nicknames which are typically bestowed in our teens mean something.. It is how our schoolmates who spend many hours with know us and define us.

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  • U.S. entities belonging to Canada Drugs, including CanadaDrugs.com Ltd. Partnership, Rockley Ventures Ltd. and River East Supplies Ltd., have now pleaded guilty to the sale of phony pharmaceuticals, including well-known cancer drug Avastin, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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  • Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. FLEX Moore

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  • @(United States District Court Southern District of Florida West Palm Beach Division Case No.: 9:21cv81761: September 17, 2021)

    “The Claim alleges that on or around late March or early April, 2021, Mr. Mark Maloney, the principal of the Plaintiff, Radical Investments, was introduced by Cheryl Chamley, a Trinidadian national who resides in the United States and works in the PPE Sector to the principal of Good Vibes Mr. Alex Lee Moore.”

    So many questions:
    ONE: How well did Mark Maloney know Cheryl Chamley?
    TWO: What does it really mean when it is said that “Ms. Chamley works in the PPE sector?”
    THREE: What is her role in that sector?
    FOUR: And since the vaccine sector is different from the PPE sector, was her experience in the PPE sector relevant to procuring vaccines?
    FIVE: Since the governments of the region have an established pharmaceutical purchasing agency, why was Mr. Maloney who has no know experience in this field “selected” to acquire pharmaceuticals?
    SIX: Who made this decision?
    SEVEN: Why?
    EIGHT: Whose money was paid forward?
    NINE: Does anybody know whether Good Vibes and or Alex “Flex” Moore have any experience in sourcing pharmaceuticals?
    TEN: How well did Chamley and Moore know each other.

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  • Flex is short for Alex.

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  • Cuhdear BajanSeptember 21, 2021 8:46 PM

    @(United States District Court Southern District of Florida West Palm Beach Division Case No.: 9:21cv81761: September 17, 2021)

    “The Claim alleges that on or around late March or early April, 2021, Mr. Mark Maloney, the principal of the Plaintiff, Radical Investments, was introduced by Cheryl Chamley, a Trinidadian national who resides in the United States and works in the PPE Sector to the principal of Good Vibes Mr. Alex Lee Moore.”

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    How can a company that was incorporated on 21 May 2021 if the above link is to be believed, enter into an agreement in late March or early April, 2021?

    GOOD VIBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT LLC.
    Company Number
    L21000239086
    Status
    Active
    Incorporation Date
    19 May 2021 (4 months ago)
    Company Type
    Florida Limited Liability
    Jurisdiction
    Florida (US)
    Agent Name
    NICOLE HERMANSON
    Agent Address
    21218 ST ANDREWS BLVD, BOCA RATON, FL 33433
    Directors / Officers
    ALEX L MOORE, chairman
    ALEX L MOORE
    FLEX MOORE, chairman
    FLEX MOORE
    NICOLE HERMANSON, agent

    https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_fl/L21000239086

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  • Is Radical Investments the same as Radical Investments (B’dos) Inc.?

    It seems to have been formed in 2002.

    I don’t see Mark Maloney’s name in the ICIJ database suggesting it may be a different company.

    The only name I see which I recognise that is associated with it is Leslie Haynes, a QC who very recently issued a legal opinion on mandatory vaccinations in the press.

    https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/100321105

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  • @John
    Contracts can be transferred?

    You are the mathematican, help me with this…
    “The purchase price for the vaccines was to be USA $10.2 million.
    As of the date of the filing of the Complaint, Radical Investments had been returned approximately $5.4 million of its initial deposit, leaving approximately $6.7 million in arrears”

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  • @ David, agreed. @TLSN, only tonight I wrote on BT’s poster that records the Covid-19 statistics that the vaccinated number of persons with Coivid-19 was a cause for concern. It is currently 131 persons. Something is not right! It could be a bad batch if all those persons took the vaccine at the same time. Heaven knows if they were given the authentic vaccine or counterfeit.

    This is alarming.

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  • If the vaccines are counterfeit. They have given persons a false sense of security. No wonder there is little public trust of the authorities.

    This must be investigated. Lives are at risk.

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  • NorthernObserverSeptember 21, 2021 9:13 PM

    @John
    Contracts can be transferred?

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

    Good point but Radical is suing Good Vibrations claiming it entered into a contract with it on a specific date, not with some company which subsequently transferred it to Good Vibrations after it was incorporated.

    However, if you are right there is another company in the wings with anedda set of individuals!!

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  • It is shameful how the commentators here denigrate a patriot of the calibre of Mark Maloney. The man deserves a knighthood.

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  • Don’t go looking for another hole yet….who says a contract cannot be signed prior to incorporation. Done it many times.
    The math?

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  • @NorthernObserver September 21, 2021 9:13 PM ““The purchase price for the vaccines was to be USA $10.2 million. As of the date of the filing of the Complaint, Radical Investments had been returned approximately $5.4 million of its initial deposit, leaving approximately $6.7 million in arrears.”

    Alas I am not mathematician. I tried working out the sum and someplace along the line I lost $1,9 million, or maybe I gained $1.9 million. I dunno. I will ask the grands tomorrow. Some of them just passed the 11+ so they may be able to handle this complex math.

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  • The rate of breakthrough infections In the USA is about 0.08%

    131 cases In Barbados today is 0.1%
    Or 0.02% more the the USA which supposed got the three best vaccines

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  • NorthernObserverSeptember 21, 2021 10:40 PM

    Don’t go looking for another hole yet….who says a contract cannot be signed prior to incorporation. Done it many times.
    The math?

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

    I have seen agreements signed by an existing company or person in which the company or person includes the phrase “or nominee”.

    When time comes for the actual transaction the nominee gets incorporated and then appears.

    There is no way one company is going to give another company that does not exist millions of dollars.

    The transaction is recorded as occurring between the nominee and the company with the cash and the agreement .

    The math simply means that the unnamed company got a fee for doing the deal and including the nominee.

    The total money Radical put out was $5.4 + $6.7 = $12.1 million.

    Good Vibes got $10.2 million to purchase the vaccines and anedda company or person got $1.9 million for facilitating the deal.

    We just not getting to hear about de nedda company or person.

    The math just tells us how much was not spent on actual vaccines!!

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  • In the early days of the COVID outbreak Hospital networks and even US states were the victims of scams when they tried to obtain PPE’s (remember the short supply?) These were ordered through middlemen with purported experience in transnational trade and contacts in foreign countries. I am not surprised that the focus has shifted to vaccines since PPE’s are now readily available.

    Perhaps Barbados and other regional Gov’ts believe that Messrs. Maloney et al have the required know how and experience in negotiating deals to help in their fight against COVID (remember all the rich countries have been hoarding available vaccines to help their citizens).The US have regulations prohibiting the shipment of vaccines manufactured in that country to other countries and the European Union were committed to fulfilling the requests of its member countries first , thus US based “entrepreneurs” would have to go to third countries to procure product and it’s a jungle out there.

    As per Guns N’ Roses

    Welcome to the jungle, we’ve got fun and games
    We got everything you want honey, we know the names
    We are the people that can find whatever you may need
    If you got the money, honey, we got your disease

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  • The grands will never figure it out!!

    Surprised the grand mother with all her claimed wiles and experience can’t get it do!!

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  • The rate of breakthrough infections is a closely guarded secret.

    No way any one could know that.

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  • … but then there will be those that point out that you can’t calculate the percentage like that.

    The numerator has to be the total number of those vaccinated, not the total numbers of those in hospital.

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  • ….. sorry …. for the cognoscenti and those who will ask their grands tomorrow… the denominator.

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  • If I asked for help in finding a hitman, many of you would not where to start. Those involved with dirty business may be able to point me in the right direction.

    It is disappointing and distressing that we can find scams or that scams can find us. We may not be as honest or as smart as we think we are.

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  • Mark Maloney is pretty good driving the Radical car.

    Radical Drive | Bushy Park Barbados

    https://bushyparkbarbados.com/driving-experiences/radical-drive

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  • MIA MOTTLEY GOVERNMENT MUST WORK HARDER TO BUILD TRUST WITH BARBADIANS

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    I wonder how much harder Ms. Mockley’s Government will have to work to build trust with Barbadians given these recent revelations.

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  • “If I asked for help in finding a hitman, many of you would not where to start. “1

    the gov abviously knows how to recruit economic hitmen…are proud of them and push them to the front of Black people every time …

    ya should ask them, am VERY sure they are acquainted with a few and can help ya out…..

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/09/21/isolation-report-642-people-unvaccinated-131-per-cent-fully-vaccinated-and-38-partially-vaccinated/

    i myself was about to say that the vaccinated and unvaccinated need to follow protocols better…but now with this maloney as pharmacetical broker reveal when he has NO EXPERIENCE and we hope was not given additional millions to go purchasing counterfeit drugs, am not so sure that blaming people for not observing protocols is fair…it could very well be a bad batch as Heather is saying, but the slimy government would have personal evidence of this and lie and hide it anyway and push blame to the infected….hope that’s not the case, because many would die.

    Israel and many other jurisdiction have escalating problms with breakthrough cases and are coming clean…

    .that’s a lot of vaccinated people in isolation.in Barbados…the partially vaccinated are also represented.

    Putting someone on a board of anything does not translate to immediate knowledge….look at the liat cockup..with maloney and other incompetents on board.

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  • “And since the vaccine sector is different from the PPE sector, was her experience in the PPE sector relevant to procuring vaccines?”

    there is also an avenue to procure vaccines on the continent…heard Mia talking about that already…pity that Africa is NEVER on government’s mind for important things…..one western pharmaceutical, think it was JJ, will have to confirm who, got sued recently for exporting vaccines manufactured in Africa to Europe, while the same company floods African countries with their inferior quality efficacy lacking junk..

    the PPE dude from Apes Hill who allegedly supplied the Mia gov with equipment got busted with cocaine and ammunition only last month, these types are hustlers who latch on to the latest trending moneymaking gig, they are not professionals..

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  • Breakthrough rates for USA and BArbados wee calculated from known/reported cases / fully vaccinated.

    It is expected that the actual rates would be higher because of unreported cases – people with no symptoms and did not seek. Medical help or got tested.

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  • Until the is evidence or report of a bad batch this chatter about one is just fear montering

    How many vacinated died so far?
    Or is Even In primary isolation

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  • Thank you, John 2!

    I don’t think we have used any vaccine as yet that was obtained through any source other than the Chinese, Indian or American government and what we received through the Covax facility.

    I stand to be corrected.

    Artax!

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  • Yes, Canadian government donated.

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  • Seems the undies wetting was wasted.🤐

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  • Just throwing stuff against thewall……

    As you Google you see may see a number of companies with similar names. Legitimate and perfectly innocent, but it is also one of the tools in the scam box.

    Hope someone did not confuse Radical Investment LTD (MM) with Radical Investment LLC (MC).

    “Maloney, who is a known figure in Guyana through his motor racing exploits, has often competed there.

    Guyana also recently got the attention of some high profile business executives as representatives of famed Shark Tank billionaire and US investor Mark Cuban’s Radical Investments LLC, arrived in the country aboard a luxury jet for a two-day visit.”

    Planning to open a ‘Burgur King’.. anyone interested in investing?

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  • Wrong post… or is it?

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  • Caribbean governments can’t be trusted at any time…now what the hell is an indian government, a corrupt and alledgedly murderous one at that, hateful of Afrikan people ….talking about getting reparations for Afrian enslavement….first of all these indian racists were nowhere in the Caribbean when our ancestors were enslaved so it’s NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS…we can handle our OWN AFFAIRS…we don’t even wNT the traitorous black face sellouts we got handling any reparations money for us so they could TIEF like all corrupt, racist, anti-black governments would. Guyana’s descended Africans don’t want indians in their business…

    Every halfassed crook and racist believes this is a free for all….yall are SO WRONG….hypocrites.

    “Guyana committed to gaining “reparations for the crime of African enslavement” – President Ali
    Staff Writer Staff WriterSeptember 22, 2021
    His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali today reaffirmed Guyana’s commitment to gaining international reparations for the crime of African enslavement and said that those reparations must go beyond an apology.

    The Guyanese President made the reaffirmation at a high-level meeting to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action that was held under the theme “Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent”.

    His Excellency Dr. Irfaan Ali
    The Head of State told the meeting that “Guyana is committed to gaining international reparations for the crime of African enslavement. Reparative justice must not only include a full and unconditional apology from those responsible and/or who benefitted from the transatlantic trade in captive Africans and their consequent enslavement, but must go beyond apology.”

    The President said that it is in this regard that Guyana will continue to support efforts being made within the Caribbean Community to press for the convening of an international summit to demand reparative justice for the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, African enslavement, and its enduring effects.

    DURBAN DECLARATION AND PROGRAMME OF ACTION

    The Head of State also reaffirmed Guyana’s commitment to the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and said that the country was pleased to join in adopting the Declaration.

    President Ali said that the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action is a comprehensive, action-oriented, document that proposes concrete measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. He also emphasised that equality and non-discrimination are not only fundamental principles of international human rights and international humanitarian laws but are at the root of political, social and economic development.

    He said that as the global leaders collectively strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they must be conscious that the overarching objectives of poverty eradication, protecting our planet and building a peaceful world cannot be achieved without addressing all forms of inequality.

    “Despite advances made over decades of struggle, racism and racial discrimination continue to be sources of conflicts and inequalities among people in all regions of the world. I am proud to belong to a country that honours and celebrates its ethnic diversity. Our people seamlessly participate in each other’s religious and cultural festivals and traditions. In many ways, we can be a wonderful example to the world.”

    However, President Ali noted that too often in the political arena ethnic insecurities, real or perceived, and race are used opportunistically to manipulate issues in a manner that promotes tension and racial feelings.

    “Social media, whilst a powerful tool to inform people, has also been much misused. The Government of Guyana will continue to work assiduously to eradicate all forms of racism and racial discrimination and to ensure inclusive development with equal access and sharing in Guyana’s wealth.”

    President Ali underscored that the abolition of slavery in Guyana was a defining moment in the country’s history. He explained that every Emancipation Day on August 1, Guyanese recall the heroic courage and sacrifices of Guyana’s African ancestors in their struggle for freedom and human dignity.

    “Freedom, however, was not accompanied by recompense for the atrocities committed against those enslaved.”

    President Ali was joined by Vice President, the Honourable Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo; Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Honourable Hugh Todd and Permanent Resident and Ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs. Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett.”

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  • In order to build trust with Bajans, you have to stop working Obeah!
    Simple!
    And what is this visual sign that you are sending to whomever all the time we see you with this scarf or shawl or whet the hell ever it is thrown over your right shoulder?
    What is that about?
    It is not fashion, and it is not style.
    You are involved in something that is very deep and sinister.
    Rebuild trust?
    Seek a church and turn from your reprobate ways!
    Start there, maybe something might happen for you

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  • To focus on the trivial is the pass time of some.

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  • Things seem to be tough all over.

    UK citizens smelling hell

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  • @ WURA-War-on-U,
    The Indo-Caribbean.com link I sent makes for a tough read. It is vicious and unpleasant. Next time your friend Dub-55 collars you please point it out. I advise the BU family to avail themselves as to the contents of this website. For those of you who believe in one Caribbean, you will be both shocked and disappointed.

    @ David,
    The wearing of the scarf/shawl is symbolic. It is sending out a potent message. Think about it.

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