Submitted by Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.& CFS, Biotechnologist & Certified Food Scientist
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.
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
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
Submitted by Anthony Davis
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?
Submitted by islandgal246
Anthony Bryan, Owner of the BarbadosAdvocate
The most STUPID COWARD of the year goes to Anthony Byran owner of the Barbados Advocate newspaper. That newspaper should be shut down. Imagine he has refused to take money from a Nigerian Barbadian living here since 1994. Mr Adesegha Omobamidele wanted to advertise for an African cook for his restaurant. He couldn’t find any so he wants to apply for a work permit and by law he has to state that publicly in the media. The Nation accepted his ad and he went over to the Advocate to place an ad. He Bryan told him that ” he did not want to me in there and that he did not want his money because of what is happening in Africa.” Mr Omobamidele asked him what did he mean? Ebola or war? Mr Bryant the IDIOT replied “everything”.
Mr Bryan went onto say that he didn’t care which part of Africa has Ebola, Africa is Africa and that he owned the newspaper and that he can decide if to take his money or not. Mr Idiot Bryan gave his reasons for refusing to place an ad from this customer, “It is disrespectful of him to want to open a restaurant here and bring in a cook from Africa. I told him straight I don’t want his money and I don’t want anything to do with him. I feel bad for Barbados that he is advertising for a cook from Africa. He is being disrespectful to us. I told him not in my paper, he can go to immigration and get an ad. I don’t want that kind of money” Mr Bryan told the Nation that “there could be a major issue in handling money with the deadly Ebola virus spreading“.
Submitted by Robert D. Lucas, PH.D and CFS Food biotechnologist & Certified Food Scientist
Leonard St. Hill (former Town Planner believes too “many epidemics in Africa seem to have the effect of weapons of mass destruction”
There was a letter in the Daily Nation (30th. September 2014), entitled: Ebola a weapon of mass destruction? written by Mr. Leonard St.Hill. The gist of what he had to say is as follow: he avers that the absence of speculation (presumably its origins) over Ebola virus raises some suspicion. He goes on to state “that too many epidemics in Africa seem to have the effect of weapons of mass destruction which can result in genocide. He concludes that Africa is serving as a laboratory where the pharmaceutical (western) industry, use native Africans as test subjects to ascertain the efficacy of the pathogen and antidote, whilst making a financial killing.”
In the past , I have stated that persons should always stick to their areas of technical expertise and that the majority of Barbadians are scientific illiterates. St.Hill falls under both headings. He displays gross ignorance of microbiology and biotechnology and is guilty of disseminating false innuendoes to an uninitiated public.
The major pharmaceutical companies have little interest in doing research in little known tropical diseases. The returns on their investment are not worth it. The people of Africa are too poor and cannot afford the cost of a complete regimen of treatment. The return on investment is also one of the reasons; there have been few new antibiotics on the market. You are infected, you pop a few pills and the infection goes away. Then there is the regimen of vaccinations, which means that most life-threatening diseases are held at bay. The companies make their money from chronic diseases such as, certain forms of cancer, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. They want repeat clients, this where they make their money.
Malathion is mixed with other chemicals by ministry of health officials in the ‘war’ against mosquitoes.
The Ministry of Education has finally taken the decision to relocate pupils of the Grazettes Primary School. Why the matter to relocate took several days after the revelation by the ministry of health that several chemicals were mixed including MALATHION is surprising. Further – the fact there has been no hue and cry, although not surprising given the docile DNA of the average Barbadian, is still disappointing.
The Malathion Fact Sheet makes for interesting reading about the organophosphate insecticide MALATHION. Obviously the ministry of health has a job to do to rid the landscape of nettlesome insects. Given the rising prevalence of Chikungunya and Dengue in Barbados BU is sympathetic to the work the ministry of health has to do. BUT, the ministry has a responsibility to also protect public health. How dangerous chemicals are used to achieve the intended purpose in environs children have to populate demands a high level of responsibility.
Here is an extract from the Malathion Fact Sheet:
Exposure due to drift and overspray can also be problematic, as is well illustrated by several examples. A homeowner adjacent to a school in Arizona sprayed his garden with malathion. The spray drifted into the school ventilation system and caused nearly 300 elementary school children to be hospitalized with headaches, nausea, and breathing difficulties.(7)
See relevant link: Malathion Fact Sheet posted by Georgie Porgie