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West Indies Cricket at Implosion Point

The fans continue to be shortchanged by the managers of West Indies cricket.

The fans continue to be shortchanged by the managers of West Indies cricket.

West Indies cricket continues at pace on a path to implosion. The WICB Board latest statement reads as follows – WICB STATEMENT FOLLOWING SEVEN HOUR MEETING. The decision by the WICB to go the route of a press statement in lieu of a press conference is indicative of the ‘peer down the nose’ approach to dealing with its publics through the years. Coincidentally, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) elected to do the same; communicate its mismanagement of the recruitment of a fraud as CEO of the BCA – see  The Sagicor Thieves and the BCA Fraudster – Ruel Ward and Jefferson Miller Create a WTF Moment. In both cases the two bodies probably acted under the best advice of a public relations company and not the public.

Frankly it is boring listening to leading regional cricket commentators spouting ignorance by playing the blame game for the recent muck up in West Indies cricket. It was inevitable that a dysfunctional management and operating structure would have led the region to where it finds itself currently as it contemplates whither West Indies cricket.

Instead of focussing on who did and should have done what, BU has to accept that the abandonment of the tour of India confirms a continuing the lack of leadership in the entity formerly known as the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (WICBC). An entity which lacks the capacity to resolve issues that require critical thinking. A routine requirement by any successful organization.

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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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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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Royal Pavilion Sale: The Benefits

Adrian Loveridge

Adrian Loveridge

While not seeing it reported in our local press up to the time this column was submitted, I noticed a recent media release announcing the sale of Fairmont Royal Pavilion by its owners Quebec based Ivanhoe Cambridge, the global real estate company with a quoted property portfolio value of Cdn$40 billion across 20 countries. Ivanhoe Cambridge is a subsidiary of one of Canada’s leading institutional pension fund managers.

What immediately stood out of this sale was the description ‘set on more than 17 acres of landscaped tropical gardens’. With only 72 hotel rooms and a three bedroom villa, even when fully occupied (150 persons) that would give a staggering almost 5,000 square feet of land space for each guest. If you are trying to visualise that, then just think before any additional land is purchased or room stock added, Sandals Casuarina currently offers around 778 square feet per guest.

The sales price was not publicly disclosed, but it appears absolutely apparent that the new owners will be seeking to increase the number of rooms either in a hotel model or villa accommodation to justify the acquisition. Only time will tell if we will lose another international brand with a worldwide reputation for excellence, what if any effects there will be on any planned closure and the ultimate long term benefit, as and when any enhanced plant re-opens sometime in the future. Of course, there is a lot of speculation currently and hopefully all will be revealed in the due course of time.

Timing can be everything sometimes.

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CARICOM, Barbados and Me

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Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

The Ebola issue playing out in the United States of America (and the world) makes for interesting study. The expectation that individuals fleeing an Ebola infected Africa will 100% comply to ticking the appropriate box on an Entry and Departure form (ED) trivialises the safety of the global population.

An irony, and injustice, for those who are aware is the sad reality that a Barbadian has been frustrated in his attempt to patent a technology that would efficiently manage cross border travel at borders by relevant departments. Challenging the implementation of such a process is the unwillingness of the ‘system’ – read DLP and BLP governments – to give a Barbadian his day in court.

We have to listen to Minister Donville spouting his rhetoric about improving business facilitation, we listen to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite expressing frustration at our clogged court system and we moan for our country.

Originally posted on Barbados Underground:

The following was posted by David Weekes to the Shanique Myrie Goes to Court blog.

Caribbean Leaders come together in Chaguaramas to sign the treaty July 4th 1973 - CDA

Caribbean Leaders signed treaty in Chaguaramas on July 4th 1973 – CDA

Could anyone please explain this to me since I am slow of mind. Ms. Shanique Myrie, citizen of Jamaica, and CARICOM denizen, while travelling to Barbados, purports to have been inappropriately searched by Barbadian Immigration (and thereafter denied the right to move/reside in Barbados as allowed for under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTOC). Within mere weeks of her claim, her government equips her with its premiere lawyers and she brings her case to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) where the Government of Barbados brings it legal luminaries to fight on behalf of its Immigration Officials.

David Weekes, citizen of Barbados, CARICOM citizen, brings a case of breach of contract against CARICOM in 2007 and here in 2013, still cannot get…

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Gender Justice as a Catalyst for Youth Development

Felicia Browne, Human and Gender Justice Advisor Caribbean Mentorship Institute

Felicia Browne,
Human and Gender Rights Advocate

Friday, October 03, 2014. Kingston. Jamaica

On September 30th, 2014, the Caribbean region celebrated Caribbean Youth Day. The theme “Embracing Technology to promote innovative and sustainably conscious” presented a forum by which youth across the region were able to voice their concerns on a number of issues that affect their daily lives. Some of their concerns included unemployment, limited career opportunities, lack of community programs, and the violation of their civic and human rights. The Caribbean, as a whole, is beginning to understand the impact of youth development within their respective societies. Many are of the view that there is a close correlation between youth development and nation-building. As a result, youth development and capacity building for Caribbean youth have become an integral aspect for policy-makers. Notwithstanding, many nations are thus concerned with the increasing levels of crime that continue to hinder their ability as citizens.

Felicia Browne, Human and Gender Justice Advocate notes that, “our young persons have seen, and experienced some of the most tragic events in their young lives. We should be that our youth are vulnerable to some of the actions that we as adult commit. For instance, within weeks apart, two female students were brutally murdered near their communities- Shante Claxton (15yrs, St. Kitts and Nevis) and Aleisha Brown (13yrs, Trelawy, Jamaica). The death of Aleisha Brown is devastating to her loved ones, her colleagues and community on a whole. The call to end violence against girls must be seen as a violation against humanity. Additionally, the increase in child sexual abuse – in particular rape and incest, should signal that we should educate our girls and boys on their rights as human beings and citizens.”

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Latin America Monitor: Barbados Rated 10 out of 21 Caribbean Countries

Risk Summary – Barbados – NOV 2014

Caribbean October 2014 / Barbados / Political Risk

POLITICAL RISK - Falling Unemployment Indicates Upside For Rating

Barbados’ Short-Term Political Risk Rating (STPRR) held steady at 68.8 this month, placing the country 14 th out of 21 countries in the Caribbean. Barbados’ lowest score in the STPRR comes in the ‘social stability’ component of the rating. However, a falling unemployment rate and lower inflation could lead us to upgrade the ‘social stability’ component of the STPRR over the coming quarters. A stronger score in the ‘social stability’ component would, in turn, boost the overall STPRR, indicating that political risk in Barbados is subsiding.

We give Barbados a Short-Term Political Risk Rating of 68.8

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