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  • @Contract.

    Our Supreme Leader must resolved de nurses issue before January 19, 2022.

    Cutoff one of de opposition FUEL Supply Lines..

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  • @ Tron

    Please step to de podium…

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  • David BU

    At this stage, PM Mottley is incapable of …..NURSING ….this situation back to a healthy ….condition !

    She is a despot !

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Dirt Farmer January 13, 2022 7:50 PM

    You been digging in the dirt so long that you fully covered your head in dirt and have no idea what is really going on with the nurses and the level of politics at play.

    The politics game being played on nurses didn’t start in December, it been going on for donkey years.

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  • @ Richard

    Didn’t realized your CNA is incapable of receiving such pertinence. I strongly recommend seeing an RN!!!

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  • Oh, Richard

    Frankly speaking I don’t want to know when it started. I say “End It Now” and harvest de fruit.

    I gone🇧🇧

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  • they should all leave and come North. My god daughter who works for the Scarborough Health Network as an RN earned $158+k in 2020. I am waiting for the sunshine list to see what her salary was last year. Her parents are Bajan.

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  • @Dame+Bajans January 13, 2022 9:58 PM “they should all leave and come North. My god daughter who works for the Scarborough Health Network as an RN earned $158+k in 2020.”

    Recently on another thread you mentioned an elderly diabetic aunt who was treated at the QEH for several weeks. If “they should all leave and come North” who will nurse your other aunts, uncles, cousins, etc? who will nurse the aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. of the BU family? Who will nurse my children and grandchildren? Who will nurse me?

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  • Ontariosunshinelist.com
    Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
    564 registered nurses on the sunshine list, average salary $110,695 CDN
    Average raise 3.86%
    73.6% got that raise or greater

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  • We should not detract from the issue at hand. Our nurses have legitimate grievances which have been ignored by successive government. We must not trivialize the concerns of our nurses.

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  • The insurrection instigated by the outspoken Senator is illegal and criminal. Those who live in a developing country must be happy if they get the equivalent of 100 USD per week. Enough is enough, time to weaken employee rights!

    Our nurses should emigrate, indeed. If they could. At least the half of them is UNVACCINATED and would not even make it to the airport in Canada. When I hear everyone here talking about Barbadian privileges – high salary, 20 hours work per week, but no vaccination in the profession – I can only laugh at so much delusion.

    Those who are mentally left behind on the plantation of the 1840s should not be surprised that we are a backward developing country with low wages and zero growth!

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  • Got de drift…

    I ate that one.

    Mandate. All attending nurses must be vaccinated…No exceptions. Put your Patients first…

    I gone again..

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Stop believing the pharmaceutical marketing material and their corrupted regulatory agencies. These COVID jabs are injected prophylactic drugs, not vaccines.

    1) A vaccine prevents 99%+ of the recipients from getting infected and or transmitting the disease it is supposed to protect against.
    2) Surviving a natural infection always gives better and more complete protection than a vaccine.

    Doctors and nurses know this and see it on the front-line day in, day out.

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  • @Critical Analyzer January 14, 2022 5:37 AM “prophylactic”

    prophylactic=a medicine or course of action used to prevent disease

    Preventive healthcare, or prophylaxis, consists of measures taken for disease prevention

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  • @Dame Bajans

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s son-in-law appears to have ended his career with the Toronto Police Service by rendering himself unfit for duty through his refusal to get vaccinated. He is on leave WITHOUT pay until such time as he is vaccinated.

    Ernie Haynes is Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s son-in-law. Married to Dougie’s daughter Krista, Ernie just packed his things after refusing the vaccine, kissing off 120k a year job as a staff sergeant at the Toronto Police Service. 86% of people in Ontario have been vaccinated.

    If as it appears this strike started over the nurses’ anxiety/refusal to get vaccinated when the government wanted to institute safe spaces, if the nurses move to Ontario they will find that even if they are part of the Premier’s family that won’t protect their jobs. They will lose their jobs if they refuse to be vaccinated. Being an unemployed/unemployable immigrant in the great white north especially in the winter int no picnic. Tobesides they can’t move to Canada to work as a nurse unless they have been vaccinated. As long as the nurses understand this.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    Mia was warned immediately after the 2018 election, That’s what not listening gets you, just because it did not come from some crooked ass racist minority…

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    RA will NEVER GIVE POWER to a baldhead/Slave..

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  • How come we (BLPDLP)can find money to pay consultants $20, 000 per month but can’t pay nurses.
    Why are we asking nurses to put country first and stay put while others feed at the trough?
    We wanted more judges and we found the money to pay them
    We wanted more overseas offices and we found the money for them
    We wanted more diplomats and we found the money for them
    What really is so hard to find money to pay nurses
    We just found money to settle with some police . It’s a secret but we found it
    We are more concerned with breaking Caswell’’s back than treating nurses as they deserve.
    If Mottley and company wanted this impasse over, they would have found a way.
    Perhaps they are just waiting until after elections to show who is boss.
    Yep, it happens everywhere. Why bother????
    BTW, what the hell thus have to do with nurses in Canada or Russia.
    Gimme a frigging break .

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  • WS

    Did some including say that the problem is administrative?

    What the hell you going off so early in the morning about finding money
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    Some one suggested the nurses should move north that the hell how Canada came up

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  • Including. caswell

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan
    You would note that I did not address my post to anyone in particular.
    My view remains that the nurses are being treated like shit ; and they have been treated like shit for decades. Quite frankly, I am more preoccupied with our nurses at this time. Hopefully their problems will be solved by their governments and unions., in their interest.
    And I hope that those of us who fail to admit that what is going on now is a wicked, insensitive political BS , power playing , and an unnecessary assault on our nurses will also hope that the damn impasse is soon settled , so that the nurses will be treated as they deserve.
    BTW, whenever I want to address a post to anybody on this blog, I do so directly. And whenever a post is directed to me,I politely respond.
    And, may I politely add: this shit goes on all over the world. Why then should we really worry.
    Peace.

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  • William, what are the grievances?

    Here is a snip from a BarbadosAdvocate article. The salaries in the public sector are categorized based on grades? If you touch one you touch all? A lowly blogmaster trying to understand the issues.

    “Amongst the list of grievances outlined is the need for increased pay, as well as remuneration for degrees. Also, the need for better working conditions, health insurance, improved nurse-to-patient ratios and continuous training.”

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan
    Those comments/post should have been directed to @ John2. My apologies.

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  • To keep the body in good health is a duty…
    Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
    Buddha

    The journey unfolds! We continue to add vocabulary and play with the right and left side of the brain and body. Stay open and know that you are worthy of this experience and this time.

    CURIOSITY
    UPLIFT
    MOBILITY
    FOCUS
    FLIGHT

    You are not alone. There are many others putting this powerful puzzle together with you.

    Spread your wings.

    Tell me, why not?

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  • @ David
    You have apparently listed the grievances. What on earth do you want me to list.? These grievances have been in the public domain for decades.
    I would suggest that the “ lowly blogmaster” directs his question elsewhere.
    Peace

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  • So too the police and other government agencies.

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  • Trying to figure out what some are saying. Keep it simple for me…
    If nurses are not being paid… should they turn up at the office?

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  • @Cudhear Bajan:

    I am speaking to those nurses now on strike that Mia Mugabe (Peace be with Peace the Prophet) refuse to pay or to negotiate with. To the other aunts, uncles, etc., they live in St. Joseph and all voted for BLP. They got the government they wanted. If they are suffering, they can blame THEIR government. I have had my third Moderna shot. I got it last Saturday and 24 hours after, I had the chills, slight fever and mild headache. I got no reaction from the first two. If people don’t want to take it, that is their choice. and they can suffer the consequences. An aunt and uncle did not take it and ended up at North Point. Did I feel sorry for them? No, no, no.

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  • @ Dame+Bajans,

    I had Pfizer then Moderna then a Moderna booster shot. The only side effect I felt was soreness at the injection site.

    I will not tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do.

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  • I am so fed up with this situation that I don’t even know what to say.

    If Mia does not care for these nurses who does she care about?

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  • Donna they care at a personal level BUT politics and power wins.

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  • David,

    Then they do not really care.

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  • I agree with you Donna. Mia does not care. You and I care about these nurses more than she does. We have shown it.

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  • If this strike does not end soon, I will continue to $upport these nurses. I spoke to Caswell and asked him to send me a receipt for my taxes. Trudeau’s loss will be the nurses gain.

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  • @Dame
    Not that I care….but I cannot recall the tax treaty between Cda-Bdos covering donations to ‘strike funds’, or similar.

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  • and meaning not….care about the nurses…rather care about what you opt to deduct

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  • @ David
    My limited common sense tells me that if you “ personally” care about an issue. You would use your political power to bring it to an end. But, once more we are giving cover to our political masters.
    The BS is appalling.
    I guess the other side can say that Freundel “ personally cared but his power and political instincts told him to demonstrate otherwise.
    Ah mean what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
    I foolishly thought that one enters politics to use personal feelings and ideas for the better.
    Another export possibility: insulting people’s intelligence.
    Butter why worry, it happens all over the world.

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  • A school mate, who was a psychiatric nurse at the Psychiatric Hospital, told me he had to work months without being paid. But, he received financial assistance from his wife and mother.
    Similarly to other nurses we knew who went to the UK, he decided to apply to Bermuda, was successful and has been working there for over 12 years.

    Non-payment of salaries on a timely or regular basis has not only been problem for nurses, but Prison Officers and temporary officers in ‘central government’ as well. It is a situation that has been occurring for several years…. over the tenures of successive BLP and DLP administrations.

    I’ve heard excuses ranging from the affected employees’ names not being listed on SmartStream……. to the Executive or Personnel Officers not sending the ‘authorities’ from Personnel Administration to the accounting sections of the respective government departments, to facilitate the preparation of expenditure vouchers and associated cheques for payment.

    A few years ago, I worked temporarily in a Ministry and experienced problems with having to wait two or three months before being paid. I had to call the accounts section repeatedly to find out the status of my salary…… and, was either told they did not receive the ‘authority’ from the then Services Commission authorizing payment; the payable order was prepared and awaiting the accountant’s signature; or it went to the Treasury and has not returned.
    I told a clerical officer that she doesn’t have anything to worry about because her salary is lodged in her bank account in time for payday and she could pay her bills. I, on the other hand, couldn’t pay mine.

    Her response was, when she first joined the civil service, she ‘had to wait long for her money too.’

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  • @ Dame+BajansJanuary 14, 2022 12:57 PM
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    I am speaking to those nurses now on strike that Mia Mugabe (Peace be with Peace the Prophet) refuse to pay or to negotiate with. To the other aunts, uncles, etc., they live in St. Joseph and all voted for BLP.
    (Unquote).
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    Thank you, “Dame+Bajans”, for keeping alight the torch of the nurses’ plight and also alive the memory of PUDRYR aka Piece de Prophet.

    His prescient contributions are sorely missed.

    Our sagacious Piece was the one who warned us constantly about the budding despotic tendencies of Tron’s Supreme being now in full incarnation.

    How can a leader who claims to Care so much about the disadvantaged treat to the nurse’s grievances with such vindictive disdain?

    Aren’t the nurses also the country’s unsung heroes; pandemic or no pandemic?

    Who will be expected to Care for the thousands of unhealthy Bajans in the coming epidemic of NCD’s in Barbados?

    Why are nurses in Barbados seen in such low esteem as to have been categorized in a lower remuneration scale in the public service compared to the ‘regular’ environmental protection officers aka old health inspectors?

    Has this embarrassing disparity been rectified? Or is institutional petty politics still deeply entrenched on the chess board of arrant stupidity with MAM the ‘grand’ master?

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  • @William Skinner January 14, 2022 10:23 AM “@ Cuhdear Bajan. You would note that I did not address my post to anyone in particular.”

    I am cool.

    When you wrote your post this morning I was happily working in my garden, planted some sweet potatoes, then I cooked a nice hot meal for me and the grands. Not a political though crossed my mind all day. I vote at each election and I will vote this time as I have done for 50 years, but please not I have never sought nor received political favours, for me my parents, my siblings, my children nor my grandchildren [no great grands yet, lol!]

    Unlike most of the people on this blog I have never committed to any political party, nor will I commit to any party now.

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  • Skinner no one i believe does not want to see the nurses paid on time with better working conditions.However the attitude ans bombastic behaviour of Mr Franklyn does nothing to bring an amicable end to this saga.In my opinion a strke should be the last resort..To call out nurses in the middle of a pandemic is to my mind irresponsible as it has further destabalise the vacination programme along with some of the polyclinics operations.The question to be answered is who will pay these nurses on strike Mr Franklyn? I doubt it as i recently heard Mr Franklyn state some of them has returned to work..The other question is why the other unions distanced themselves from Mr Franklyn? Why?

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  • @William Skinner January 14, 2022 10:38 AM “@ Cuhdear Bajan Those comments/post should have been directed to @ John2. My apologies.”

    No need for an apology William I’ve only just seen your comments and I am not at all offended by them.

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  • Dame Bajan and Hants

    I had a third dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine a few weeks ago. For the first dose I felt fine for the first 18 hours or so, then felt as though I was catching the flu for about the 2nd 18 hours. For the second and third doses. Nothing.

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  • @ Lorenzo January 14, 2022 8:26 PM ” it has further destabalise the vacination programme along with some of the polyclinics operations”

    Actually the strike has not destabalized the vaccine program. Ordinary Bajans are refusing to be vaccinated. Some days only 60 something people show up for first doses and this is with 13 vaccine clinics open.

    Lotta, lotta Bajans prefer to listen to nonsense propagated via Facebook, U-Tube and other anti-social media.

    There is a special place in HELL reserved for Facebook, U-Tube and other anti-social media

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  • Wunna need to understand that even some of our doctors have not taken the covid vaccine, and this after the Bajan taxpayers have spent upwards of $500,00 paying for their 19+ years of formal education.

    Ungrateful wretches.

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  • @NO,
    The union is a non profit. I can claim it on my taxes. It does not matter where it went. If Harper changed that too, they will inform me and I will claim something else the following year. Ask no questions.

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  • All Bajans even though who live abroad ought to know that the problem of late payments in the civil service has existed ad infinitum. It existed when Caswell worre short pants and Mia wore shoes-n-socks and ribbons.

    I have a sibling who was a civil servant. Joined the service in 1975, is now happily retired. In 1975 it was 6 months before sibling got paid.

    In 1975 both Caswell and Mia were little more than children.

    In 1975 I had not yet seen a star pitch.

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  • @Miller
    I really miss Piece of the Rock. All like now he would be having posters all over BU. I was sorry when Go Fund Me shut down his fund raising for a third party and sent back my contribution. I was disappointed to say the least. I also miss ROK and his good sense as well as Yardbroom for his excellent writing.

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  • This is the point the blogmaster tried to explain to William this morning, it is a public service wide problem which points to systemic and not nurses specific.

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  • Dame+Bajans January 14, 2022 8:57 PM #: “I really miss Piece of the Rock. All like now he would be having posters all over BU.”

    @ Dame Bajans

    I’ve noticed you mentioned ROK and Yardbroom.

    Has PUDRYR passed away?

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  • @Artax
    I did not think he had causin David would have mentioned it. By the way, I also miss Technician and Bimbro the joker. hahaha Piece is probably enjoying his years south of Washington, DC.

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  • David, Dame Bajans

    Okay. Thanks.

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  • @ Lorenzo
    I can’t see the sense or honesty in blaming Caswell.
    All I’m saying is this is pure BS and we need to make all matters right with the nurses
    @ David
    We can fix everything else . Time to fix and pay the nurses.
    Excuses whether they are political or “ systematic or systemic , are now becoming old .
    I would have thought that in the midst of a pandemic nurses and other frontline workers would have been given priority.
    All of a sudden we’re now hearing who worked and did not get paid ; that the problems goes back to 1633…………….
    We know all that . Makes no difference to the exploited nurses.
    It would have been very interesting if the Bees who finding excuses now were in opposition and equally interesting if the Dees who on the nurses side now were in government.
    But history shows both screwed up the nurses. So for me , I don’t want to hear them from either side.
    Never will be impressed with pot calling kettle black.
    I know objectivity and neither Bees nor Dees have any left.
    Same BS arguments would have surfaced Vice versa if the other side had called an election and disenfranchised thousands.
    Garbage in garbage out.
    Fire go bun both ah dem.

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  • David January 14, 2022 10:49 AM #: “So too the police and other government agencies.”

    @ David

    Seems as though the so called ‘freedom fighters’ are of the opinion if BU’s handful of contributors do not comment exhaustively on the nurses’ plight in the manner prescribed by them, means they are finding excuses for the ‘duopoly.’

    That the issue should be discussed in a manner prescribed by them, perhaps ‘singing in unison’ about who is ‘covering for political masters,’ will IMMEDIATELY accomplish an objective the Caswell Franklyn led strike over the past few weeks has so far been unable to achieve.

    BU is a discussion forum and people have a fundamental right to share their experiences to explain certain situations. I mentioned about experiences with not being paid to indicate I understand ‘how those nurses feel’ and the problem was ‘going on for too long.’

    I agree the time has come to rectify the problem and that the current BLP administration has been unsympathetic and unreasonable in addressing it.
    HOW it should be rectified and ‘the need for better working conditions, health insurance, continuous training, increased pay and remuneration for degrees,’ are not confined to nurses alone, but to the entire public sector………. are issues noticeably absent from the discussion.

    As it relates to ‘increased pay,’ for example, recall in October 2011, among the IMF’s recommendations for an immediate decrease in government expenditure, was a proposal for the former Freundel Stuart led administration to ‘freeze’ government salaries and wages for two years because of the dire state of the economy at that time, which was outlined in a statement released by the Fund and the end of the October 3-14, 2011, Article IV discussions.
    There is usually a bargaining process, (of which I’m sure Mr. Franklyn is aware), between the Public Service Ministry and the unions, relative to the revision and increase of Public Sector salaries and wages.
    On Monday, June 11, 2018, PM Mottley disclosed in Parliament that, ‘an agreement was reached between the Ministry of the Civil Service and the Public Service Unions of Barbados of 5% across the board, which was applicable for the period April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.’

    I ‘said all that to say this.’ Since the bargaining process encompasses the entire Public Sector, does the possibility exists that would be prepared to negotiate an increase in salaries for nurses ONLY?

    Coming to BU dropping snide remarks to people who do not follow the same ‘recommended tired, narrative’ for every issue, will obviously not make any difference to the exploited nurses either.

    It would be interesting to know, how many of them contributed to the striking nurses’ fund; lobbied international labour or health care workers organisations on their behalf; or, come Monday, January 17, will join them on their solidarity march?

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  • @Artax

    The art of having a good debate is lost with some in the forum. They see something wrong and immediately see red. Then they ascribe labels to those who disagree as if we do not want to see solutions also. It is an immature approach to debate.

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  • Should be:

    *******Seems as though the so called ‘freedom fighters’ are of the opinion if BU’s handful of contributors do not comment exhaustively on the nurses’ plight, means they are finding excuses for the ‘duopoly.’

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  • Artax,

    I agree. We must try to address the specifics of the situation. We cannot rush in like a bull in a china shop.

    And yes, the main grievance of irregular salary is with “temporary'” workers who need payment re-authorization at intervals. This was told to me by a retired civil servant who worked in that capacity. The attitude of many of her co-workers was indifference to their plight. I guess you have now provided the reason – they suffered it and so everybody else should as well.

    As I have said before, I doubt very much that the nurses expect all their issues to be resolved immediately. They have probably put them out there because to leave them off the list would make them seem non-existent.

    Mia could simply have committed to solving the irregular pay issue ACROSS THE BOARD

    To ignore this glaring injustice in an obvious power play is unconscionable.

    It displays an attitude that I cannot vote for.

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  • Artax

    It would be interesting to know, how many of them contributed to the striking nurses’ fund; lobbied international labour or health care workers organisations on their behalf; or, come Monday, January 17, will join them on their solidarity march?
    Xcccccc
    What an insulting piece of tripe or as Mia would say “a red herring”
    Not every one might have the finances to contribute
    However those having a voice is helping in every way to get the messages out on behalf of the nurses and such voices are important contributions in fighting the problem
    Never cease to amaze how the blp footsoldiers can use insulting language to drown out the message and attack the messenger

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  • @ David
    You are quite within your right to determine what you consider proper debate. The simple truth is that pretending to be objective while subtlety defending the wrongs being committed is nothing more than sophistry.
    The reason that some of us find it impossible to just state that an injustice is wrong and move on to problem solving , is that it provides cover for either the BLP or DLP. When others ignore or refuse to accept their diatribe , they then get into all kinds of cold soup and what I call “pot calling kettle back and forth,” which any alert person dismisses as pure BLPDLP nonsense.
    BTW, you have the exclusive power to direct how debate goes on this blog.
    I stand firm on my position : the blasted nurses issue has not been solved to date because it is a senseless political power play. The last I heard from Mr. Franklyn, which he said he learnt via a WhatsUp, ,from the Minister of Health , was that the Prime Minister moved the goal post a few hours before a very hopeful meeting to. resolve the issue was to occur.
    Now you and all the rest who are trying to confuse the issue can answer this: What the hell that has to do with what happened to others being not paid in 1633 or at any other time ?
    The nurses are on the frontline fighting a pandemic and we are here dissecting technocratic BS.
    I have not heard the Prime Minister deny that she moved the goal post thereby effectively making any settlement possible at that time.
    Simple as that.
    Peace

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  • Should read : thereby making any settlement impossible at that time.

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  • I’ve mentioned in this forum on several occasions that I’m not a fan of Mia Mottley and her autocratic leadership style.

    And, I also ‘said’ I believe she will be a ‘one term Prime Minister’ if she holds elections after going her full term, similar to Allen Chastenet of St. Lucia……. or calls an early election, as former Bahamas PM Hubert Minnis did….. and lost.

    But, I’m not going to jump on the ‘bandwagon’ of those persons who persistently CRITICIZE EVERYTHING Mottley does or says.
    Nor am I prepared to join them in the ‘realm of absurdity,’ to ‘talk’ shiite about what she wears, what background she uses for a photograph……. or her ‘hands waving, eyes staring and fist pumping.’

    The hypocrisy on BU is simply amazing. We were asked to ignore a particular contributor’s arrogant, condescending behaviour and his personal abuse, to ‘say’ he’s ‘brilliant.’
    Some people believe we should look past how another ‘BU regular’ purposely misrepresents the truth, simply because the commonality that brings she and them together, are certain issues they like to discuss, while encouraging her to ‘keep up the fight.’
    Or, reward a George Street yardfowl whose political messages are always ‘out of touch with reality,’ with poems and ‘you go girl,’ while criticizing the yardfowls from Roebuck Street.

    Yet, they want us to IGNORE any thing positive about Mottley….. to focus MAINLY on the negative.

    It’s obvious the majority of BU’s contributors are DLP supporters. I’ve also realized those who claim to ‘anti duopoly,’ always provide the forum with examples that criticize Roebuck Street and “subtlety” favour George Street, clearly indicating they’re ‘disgruntled DEMS.’

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    lol…i for one am quite happy to see the way they are voluntarily allowing everything to degrade further and sink lower…so the WORLD CAN SEE FOR THEMSELVES THAT NO ONE IS LYING ON THEM..

    in the meantime, great things are happening for those who foresaw and TOOK ACTION…our ancestral spirit SOARS higher and GREATER….

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  • It is wrong William because you in your infinite wisdom have decided? Absolutely no!

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  • @Artax
    You go boy
    Lol

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    Just make sure to keep the IGNORANCE IN Barbados…..no one wants it around them…PERIOD..it’s too counterproductive and BACKWARD/retrogressive..

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  • @Artax

    Hypocrisy and dishonesty. The forum is thankful for commenters like you who side on being balanced.

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  • @ David
    You own this blog. Name any instant where William Skinner has tried to differentiate between the political behaviour of the DLP and BLP.
    Name any instant where William Skinner has been obsessively critical of Mia Mottley. You just would not find it.
    There is a clear definition of the word objectivity and it will never be found within the back and forth of those who support the BLP or DLP.
    Apparently , the only people on this blog who are balanced are those who openly support either the BLP or DLP. Anybody who does not buy into their nonsense is called or branded to appease their insatiable appetite to get others to support their party be it B or D.
    That’s why I use the term apologists because, I honestly cannot side in pot calling kettle black diatribe.
    I have been on this blog long enough and I can pull up several articles that can easily expose what was written in the past and those who favored either the Bees or Dees in every given situation. But that will be a waste of time because they are doing the exact thing today.
    We are here putting forth opinions about the plight of nurses and all kinds of irrelevant tissue is being put into play.
    In the meantime there is extreme pressure on the health facilities and the most important sector of the country is already in crisis while the Duopoly is out there trying to win a contest.
    And that’s the issue that concerns most level headed citizens at this time .
    I did not know, and I have to blame my teachers for this, that balance and objectivity means agreeing with anybody.
    I can respect other’s views without agreeing with them.
    In the meantime the disgruntled and disappointed Bees and Dees can continue with their enlightening and educational contributions to BU and elsewhere. We are all in debt to them for teaching us so many things we did not know.
    Let’s hope that after the sham is over that the nurses issue can be resolved. At this time , it’s the most pressing issue , as far as this citizen is concerned.
    Peace

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  • angela cox January 15, 2022 6:19 AM #: “What an insulting piece of tripe or as Mia would say “a red herring.”

    My friend,

    If that’s your opinion, then. so be it.

    However, you’ll appreciate we have something in common.

    You ‘saying’ a 12 week football tournament is a child development ‘social program,’ that was conceptualized as “a source of knowledge in building a child mind” and “keep the youth off the street and getting involved in gang related crime,”…….

    ……. was equally an “insulting piece of tripe” to anyone’s intelligence.

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  • The Mahogany Coconut Group (MCG), joins with all Barbadians in wishing the newly elected Barbados Labour Party government, all the best as it takes over from the badly beaten Democratic Labour Party, whose ten years stay at the wicket, is best described as anemic and unsuccessful. The former prime minister, Mr. Freundel Stuart displayed not only poor leadership skills but bad manners by scarcely having any meaningful dialogue with the public. He chose mainly to address constituency branches of his party.
    The public therefore gave Stuart and his miserable group the severe beating it deserved by giving the then opposition Barbados Labour Party under the leadership of Ms. Mia Mottley, all thirty parliamentary seats. The Democratic Labour Party will have to find a way to make itself once again relevant to the political process.
    We also congratulate, Ms. Mia Mottley on becoming the first female prime minister of Barbados. We know Ms. Mottley is a seasoned politician. She has gone through the hottest fires and has emerged as one made of the finest steel; we will now await her performance as a leader
    The MCG having closely followed the election of May 24th, 2018, must sadly conclude, that both parties have determined that the real cure of the country’s economic ailments are to be found in the IMF’s medicine. Hence as expected the country will be heading straight to the International Monetary Fund, for some very bitter medicine. Fifty years after Independence, and with literally thousands of University of the West Indies (UWI) graduates occupying our Caribbean landscape, we still cannot get our economies functioning at any progressive level.
    Barbados, to all intents and purposes, is a one sector economy, depending almost exclusively on the tourism industry to keep its growth in any proper shape. Over the last ten years the government of the Democratic Labour Party failed to devise any sustainable economic policy.
    Ms. Mottley has been given a warm welcome by all the major players, including the Social Partnership, which includes trade unions, business organizations and other interest groups. While we wish the new Barbados government all the best, we fear that once the IMF gets its predatory claws into the affairs of the country, escape may prove difficult, if not impossible.
    Ms. Mottley has already delivered a mini-budget, which was nothing more than an instrument to raise taxes and deliver some promises made by her party during the elections. These included reinstating payment for university education and an increase to old age pensioners.
    However, citizens are waiting to see what kind of restructuring program the country will enter under the IMF. Any underperformance of the tourism industry will be disastrous to the island’s economy. The great irony of Ms. Mottley’s mini budget, is the fact that it attempts to extract money from the very tourists, who it is inviting to assist with the country’s current predicament.
    We can only hope that she does not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

    This article First appeared in the Mahogany Coconut Blog on 6/13/ 18

    Some of us have the ability to put Barbados and not party first and to be actually balanced.

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  • @ David January 14, 2022 9:00 PM
    (Quote):
    This is the point the blogmaster tried to explain to William this morning, it is a public service wide problem which points to systemic and not nurses specific.
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That’s a rather unusual poor performance coming from the management of the Bajan Public Service which normally prides itself as the best in the Caribbean and punching above its weight globally.

    Is the word ‘Timely’ no longer part of the Management speak and Corporate jargon in the public service especially when it comes to remunerating its hard-working employees?

    But a more pertinent concern is whether that bevy of consultants and hangers-on (hired to replicate, in the most costly of manner, what is already employed in the Public Service) also have to suffer similar delay and frustration before receiving their ‘monthly cut’ of the fatted calf.

    We have never heard the likes of Clydie or Avinash having to raise their voices about any long delay in being handsomely rewarded for talking bullshit.

    BTW, blogmaster, do you know if the compensation packages- arranged by the current administration to settle the Court-rejected grievances of some senior officers’ failure to earn promotion in the former RBPF-will be made in the same ‘junk-bonds’ currency as in the case of those financially beleaguered citizens with their long overdue claims arising from the compulsory acquisition of their Constitution-enshrined properties?

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  • Artax,

    Your patience knows no bounds!

    I am tired of fighting that old narrative. Between the BU Busers who think I am a slave and the Pompous Politicians who forget that they are our servants there is often little difference in attitude.

    There is no room for a balanced view on BU or anywhere else, it seems.

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  • ” However, citizens are waiting to see what kind of restructuring program the country will enter under the IMF. Any underperformance of the tourism industry will be disastrous to the island’s economy.”
    Unfortunately, COVID came along and we realized our worst fears. Nobody with one ounce of intellectual honesty will blame the current administration for such an calamity.
    On this very blog one of the staunchest supporters of the BLP, posted that he had “found respect” for me , when I posted at the very beginning of COVID, that I will not be critical of the administration’s COVID policy because I knew that it will be a tremendous challenge for the government and our limited resources.
    There is balance and then there is sophistry. I happen to know the difference.
    Peace.

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    “which normally prides itself as the best in the Caribbean and punching above its weight globally.”

    they had EVERYONE FOOLED, INCLUDING THEMSELVES….until it was analyzed down to the nth degree and found WHAT PRETENDERS AND FRAUDS they really are….

    the usual “i will never lie, cheat or steal” but can’t explain the 37 MILLION DOLLARS in a bank account…🤣🤣 pretending they never LIED IN THEIR LIVES must have tricked down from the parliament….lawd..

    “escape may prove difficult, if not impossible.”

    the gospel according to..

    ..
    “This article First appeared in the Mahogany Coconut Blog on 6/13/ 18”

    William is that not your group…seems damn fair and balanced to me…knowing what i know, could never be that gracious.

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  • 1️⃣
    2️⃣
    3️⃣
    4️⃣ Days To Go
    pull your finger out of your ass and put the nurses strike in the freezer

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  • @ Miller January 15, 2022 9:15 AM

    Since when are government advisers and ordinary civil servants or employees of the administration to be equated? Our government advisers are personally sworn to our Supreme Leader. They are above the system and the law.

    Loyalty and absolute allegiance to leader and party are decisive, not any professional aptitude.

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  • This may explain why she called an early election.

    Election may be Mia’s last.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2022/01/15/election-may-mias-last/

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  • @ WURA
    Yes it is our blog. We do not attempt to “ pull down” any Caribbean government but see the region as one entity. We also do not highlight any one leader or publish pure party BS.
    What is most disgraceful in this current discussion is that there are some who believe they have the ability to steer the discussion in their favor.
    I am absolutely baffled that an impasse between the most critical workers , we are in a pandemic, and a government/ trade union impasse has been allowed to deteriorate into such stupidity.
    What is even more baffling is that we are being given useless tutorials about well known facts as to how the public service is supposed to operate , as if we are little children sitting in some classroom.
    All I said from the very beginning is that Caswell “ is not beyond” repute but the issue could have been resolved and must be resolved in the interest of the health of the country.
    Apparently from the moment I said that the PM apparently moved the goal post at a critical time when a settlement seemed possible the knives were drawn.
    Intellectual dishonesty is not my forte.
    I sat and I heard over the radio. Caswell saying that a settlement seemed very possible after an intermediary was utilized. He went as far to say that if he ( Franklyn ) worked “ quickly “ a settlement was likely by the end of that week.
    Apparently, there was to be a meeting the very next morning to tidy up the deal. Lo and behold , according to Franklyn, he received. a Whats up from Bostic , saying that the PM informed the meeting previously agreed to would only proceed if the nurses returned to work. That led to a collapse of the talks that seemed so positive less than twenty four hours previously.
    Now, can any reasonable person tell me what the hell the frigging public service orders have to do with that. Tell me what the frig if I once had to wait on my salary as a public servant back in 1633 had to do with that.
    Garbage in garbage out. All of them who hit on this blog for years propping up the BLPDLP are not so blasted disappointed that they political world is falling apart that they want y to draw in those who refused to worship at Roebuck and George Streets.
    They are all now disgruntled, disappointed and embarrassed that they will try to destroy anybody in their path,
    Peace.

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  • Artax @ac

    You ‘saying’ a 12 week football tournament is a child development ‘social program,’ that was conceptualized as “a source of knowledge in building a child mind” and “keep the youth off the street and getting involved in gang related crime,”…….

    Xxxxx
    Another timely piece of irrelevance that does not speak to the issue at hand
    U go Artax

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  • @Hants
    I did not copy the link.
    “New consequences.
    Two weeks ago, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh stunned observers when he conceded to his opponent in the country’s presidential elections. For someone who has promised to rule for a billion years, his decision to walk away peacefully was a remarkably positive turn for the country.

    And then Jammeh reversed course again, saying the election results had been discredited.

    His exact reasoning is murky, but one credible suggestion is that the country’s newly elected leaders had started talking about prosecuting him.

    Nothing clarifies the mind like the idea of a prison cell.”

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  • @Miller

    The settlement has a confidential lock on it. We can only speculate.

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  • TheOGazerts,

    Pressure does burst pipe.

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    “We have never heard the likes of Clydie or Avinash having to raise their voices about any long delay in being handsomely rewarded for talking bullshit”

    lol..

    “I will not be critical of the administration’s COVID policy because I knew that it will be a tremendous challenge for the government and our limited resources.”

    again being unswervingly BALANCED and gracious…because i will FOREVER SAY….had they NOT ROBBED, both of them, THE ISLAND OF UPWARDS OF 5 BILLIONS DOLLARS…with their minority sidekick FRIENDS…the impact would be THAT MUCH LESS….tief not want not….other countries are also feeling the grind, but it’s still easier to tell the difference between THE MOST CORRUPT/BRIBETAKING ONES…

    i tend to see things AS THEY REALLY ARE…and not as backward bullies think they should be seen..

    and…maybe i should start calling them SLAVE masters instead, make them feel ,much more important and socially better off than they next Black/Afrikan person…

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  • @ TheOGazerts,

    Mia is setting up to let the ministers do more work as she prepares to increase her efforts on the ” World stage ” over the next 5 years.

    Buh doan mine me. I just spekalatin.

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    “saying that the PM informed the meeting previously agreed to would only proceed if the nurses returned to work. That led to a collapse of the talks that seemed so positive less than twenty four hours previously.”

    remembered that one.

    I really wonder about Mia sometimes, this was the perfect opportunity to end it all gracefully…and she cocked that up, why, only she knows…colonial power play, UNLESS coming directly from the descendants of the original devisers, is no play or power at all…

    and they still DON’T GET IT…..it has nothing to do with pulling down any government or the people…across the Caribbean…it’s about GETTING RID OF THE COLONIAL SYSTEM out of BLACK AFRIKAN LIVES…it’s PROVEN that it’s DESTROYING the young generation of Black lives, EVERY GENERATION…and the older FOOLS don’t seem to understand that because they are so comfortable..

    .that’s why i tell them keep the IGNORANCE in Barbados and don’t attempt to spread it around…not with most EVERYONE WAKING UP..the problems we have are those who want to be top dog every election cycle and will always be seen only as TOP SLAVES..complaining bitterly and incessantly, whether real or IMAGINED about what the bigger countries do to them..but are the BIGGEST OPPORTUNISTS to be found anywhere.

    that is what happens when you DON’T KNOW YOUR IDENTITY, HISTORY, ANCESTRY…don’t know the group you belong to…just wandering around LOST IN THE DARK…and have NO RESPECT FOR YOUR ANCESTORS…

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    William…barbadostoday highlighted a lady who has been DECEASED FOR 21 YEARS still on the voters list, but the BU hypocrites will still call anyone highlighting that liars…and swear the list is regularly updated when people know what they saw on it…

    .EBC announced the intention to re-register the population and issue new ID cards following the election..

    keep telling BU to rein in its AIRHEADS….as i said the LIST IS RIDDLED WITH IRREGULARITIES..least of which is a bunch of dead people…

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  • 2 ducks are swimming in a row
    A nurses strike is something that spans elections for changes in Government
    although the political hype is being applied in the election campaign disproportionately

    A message for the opposition
    a 30-0 loss must be the biggest motivation to make a come back
    but the opposition seem to have suffered permanent damage
    and are a token resistance

    An afterthought
    the people banging on about the same old same
    like slavery and duopoly mentality
    make sense and make no sense
    like the essence of the problem
    and wrong diagnosis prognosis
    broad brush stokes with no detail
    on inspection

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  • Bull in a china shop.

    The issue does not arise when one is under a lengthy contract

    When I was teaching I had a one year contract that was renewed yearly. I was paid for the summer vacation between contract renewals ONLY AT THE START OF THE NEW YEAR WHEN THE CONTRACT WAS RENEWED. I was ALWAYS paid on time because I could not turn up to teach without the contract having been renewed.

    So…. if Persaud’s contract is lengthy, he would not be having any regular payment issues. Re-authorisations would not be necessary.

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  • Nothing to say but, “Steupse!”

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  • if/when people are not paid
    it could be old fashioned fraud
    or poor work in payroll admin and accounts
    with slow signoff by senior management
    is it a political issue when standards are shit

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  • Woman dead 21 years on voters’ list; EBC vows to clean up – by Emmanuel Joseph January 15, 2022

    Xxccc
    Twenty one years a long time for a dead person name to be on the voters list
    It makes for wonder how many more
    The PM rush to have elections have produced a hornets ness of irregularities like hanging Chads and voters Suppression a 360 degree turn from good governance
    Can’t blame Covid on poor govt policies
    Even the Constitution does not have a leg to stand on
    Meanwhile some head to the elections poll while others throw hands in the air and shouts it doesn’t matter

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  • Politically Lite

    For a blog that has petty political bitching to the max all year

    the election campaigning seems very low energy and thinking

    and has a distinct lack of substance regarding politics when it matters

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    The WHOLE VOTERS LIST HAS TO BE THROWN OUT…

    the words being used are:

    “EBC vows to clean up”

    and

    “the move will help maintain a MORE ACCURATE electoral list.”

    some are too stupid to even feel shame..

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    Miller…as long as these don’t tell anyone that i know them, because I DON’T…IT’S AN ANONYMOUS BLOG….very few people have their real identities on it..everyone sees mine, no reason to hide, never was…….but only a few names/monikers can be considered genuine people and trustworthy.

    a regular laugh-a-thon.

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  • Caswell “ is not beyond” repute but the issue could have been resolved and must be resolved in the interest of the health of the country.
    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcxcxxxxc

    @ WS

    You are fair and balance
    You have all the ball in calling out the pm
    You don’t have the balls to call out caswell
    Just the constant refrain that he is not beyond despute
    What did caswell do wrong in ur opinion ?

    B. The issues will be resolved just not on ur time line

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    With all the LIES now being told at the speed of light, people are wondering HOW did 2.3 TONS OF COCAINE get INTO the port(s), unless it was MANUFACTURED in Barbados…. and OUT of the island again without any of the armed forces, coast guard and customs noticing….lol

    but they all knew where to find EVERY MARIJUANA PLANT to seize DAYS LATER in retaliation…as though it was these oppressed poverty stricken youngers struggling to survive another day, BUSTED their cocaine shipment in Europe…

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  • “…IT’S AN ANONYMOUS BLOG….very few people have their real identities on it..everyone sees mine, no reason to hide, never was…….but only a few names/monikers can be considered genuine people and trustworthy.”

    a pecking order
    is for small time people
    but is a very bajan thing

    a whole heap of nutters
    with a single point to make

    there is many a nutter

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