Impose Ban on Travellers from Africa NOW!

Who believes Barbados is ready to treat Ebola?

Who believes Barbados is ready to treat Ebola?

It is interesting to observe how Barbados has reacted to the Ebola threat. In spite of the assurance from the Barbados government that surveillance measures are in place at the airport and the seaport, in real terms, we know the surveillance is NOT a robust method to screen Ebola affected travellers seeking to enter Barbados.

Given the importance of tourism to Barbados and service economies in the region, a decision to ban incoming non Barbadians who have visited Africa in the last 30 days should have been axiomatic. The region should have acted in concert given our vulnerability as a tourism destination. The fact that St. Lucia, St. Vincent and a few neighbouring islands have banned travellers from visiting who have visited Africa means nothing if the region is perceived by the outside world as one space.

BU is of the view  individuals who have visited Africa in the last 30 days should not be permitted to enter Barbados (and the Caribbean space). The embargo should also extend to imports vulnerable to the virus.

West Indies Cricket Continues Downward Spiral

The following extracted from the blog  The WICB(C) Conspires Against Our International Players, Again! posted by commenter Dee Word

WICB(C)

WICB(C)

Yes @David change is needed I agree. But sensible people understand that the process of change is often as important as the change itself. On the evidence of the last 10 years specifically and generally the last 20 the WI cricket fraternity of players and administrators have acted too cavalier and disrespectful towards each other and thus there is a blighted sense of achievement over any the positives gained. Their change process is certainly not a best practice model.

Let me put it another way:

Overall, there’s a positive sense of achievement re the Clive Lloyd and Sir Viv’s tenures. Of course there were issues of disquiet and upheavals re monies, contract matters, representation etc. but the players for the most part kept the issues in-house and did not embarrass themselves or the spirit of WI cricket.

We remember that time for the highs and lows on the FIELD; not in the board room. World Cup in ’75, WI bashed in ’76 (Australia), WI bashing England for a few 5-0 results, WI supremacy over all others from late 70’s for 10+ years.

Brian Lara scored over 900 runs in two innings in this 20 year span…absolute genius. But my mental picture of his team includes a bad image of disrespect to Nelson Mandela. Privileged talented young-men who did not have any life altering hardships because of the color of their skin thought it prudent to use THAT tour and the absolute euphoria surrounding SA most renowned citizen to press their base claims.

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Oil Price Drops to 4-Year Low but Gas and Diesel Prices Continue to Rise in Barbados

Crude Oil Price (October, 17, 2014)

Crude Oil Price (October, 17, 2014)

The Wall Street Journal reported on 13 October 2014 that oil price has dropped to a four year low and with demand expected to decline as winter approaches – the decline is expected to continue. There is also a glut exerting pressure on the price permitting analysts to comfortably predict the trending down of the oil price should continue.

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In Muslim Majority Countries, non-Muslims Have to Toe the Line

Submitted by Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.& CFS, Biotechnologist & Certified Food Scientist
In which country does a minority race rule the majority?

In which country does a minority race rule the majority?

At present, there is a discourse on Muslims in Barbados. The following article is submitted in the hope that Barbadians would analyze things for themselves and do some reading and research.

Eighty percent of the  population of the Central African Republic is Christian. The other twenty percent is ostensibly Muslim. Ostensibly because part of the Muslim population is  non-native (illegal from Chad and so on). In the past both  Christians and Muslims lived in harmony. The Muslim rebel commander, Mr.Djotodia in the past sought funding from the “Organization of the Islamic Conference”(OIC) in Saudi Arabia in 2012 to establish a separate country.

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An Examination of Funding of the Political Parties and Election Campaigns

One of the main factors preventing the political process in many countries from attaining democratic ideals is the influence of money. While money is necessary for democratic politics, it can also be a tool for some to unduly influence the political process by buying votes or influencing policy decisions. For example, interest groups may buy access to the corridors of power or issue outright bribes to decision makers – Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns

One of the main factors preventing the political process in many countries from attaining democratic ideals is the influence of money. While money is necessary for democratic politics, it can also be a tool for some to unduly influence the political process by buying votes or influencing policy decisions. For example, interest groups may buy access to the corridors of power or issue outright bribes to decision makersFunding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns

Chikungunya (Chik V) Bulldozing its Way Across the Caribbean

Minister John Boyce has broken his silence to confirm that Barbados has recorded 49 confirmed cases of chikungunya and 200 suspected cases. To be fair to  minister Boyce he is quoted as saying “the figures could be higher because a number of Barbadians might have resorted to treating themselves at home, rather than going to see a doctor.” BU wants to challenge the 200 suspected cases number by suggesting it is more like in the thousands. On the weekend health inspectors confirmed there is a probability 60% of Barbadians will contract chikungunya.

What is chikungunya?

Click here to view a Digital Press Kit on chikungunya from the CDC News Room. Chikungunya (pronunciation: \chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countriesin Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites. When traveling to countries with chikungunya virus, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens – CDC

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Ministry of Education Unable to Fund Dedicated Interpreter for Differently Able Student at St. George Secondary School

Submitted by Anthony Davis
Cheryl Chandler (right) is calling on the Ministry of Education to provide an interpreter to sign to her daughter Nikita, a student at the St George Secondary School. The mother is being told that the interpreter was withdrawn because the ministry could no longer afford the service. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Nikita (left) is at a loss as to how she will complete her final year.

Cheryl Chandler (R) and her 17-year-old daughter Nikita (L) – Photo credit: Barbados Today

A mother is claiming that her hearing-impaired daughter, a student of the St. George Secondary school, has not been taught since the new school term in the absence of a dedicated interpreter at the institution to assist her. This afternoon, the frustrated mother came to “Barbados TODAY desperately seeking public attention as a last resort, after she said her numerous requests for an urgent meeting with top education officials were turned down.”

Cheryl Chandler’s nightmare started in September when her 17- year-old daughter, an upper fifth student at St. George Secondary, where she is the first hearing-impaired student, turned up for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year to find that there was no interpreter to sign her lessons to her…Efforts to contact the Chief Education Education Officer today proved futile.” – Help Us, Barbados Today

Well, well, well!

So many people from this Government are going absent without leave (AWOL) that soon no one will be left to run this country. Not that it would make much difference, because all that is happening with governing our country is being done by trial and error. Once again we see the callousness of this Government and its utter contempt for the lower echelons of our country!

What kind of Government is this that even begrudges a hearing-impaired student a chance of her secondary education?

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