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Historic Appointment : Ottis Gibson, South Africa Cricket Coach

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Environment Under Threat

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First Published 9/29/12......almost 5 years ago.
Unless we move swiftly to protect the environment, Barbados will face an environmental crisis from which escape would be virtually impossible. Since the early seventies, alert Barbadians, have been warning the bankrupt BLP and DLP governments, but they collectively ignored the warning and concerns, and casually dismissed the then budding environmental crusaders as alarmists. Who amongst us can forget then call-in radio host Reverend Father Hatch warning about the disappearance of our windows to the sea? We are all to blame: we dispose litter any and every where and dump the dead remains of animals in our gullies. For nearly a quarter century, both the BLP and DLP have failed to protect the health of the residents of the Ivy in St. Michael, from indiscriminate dumping in the surrounding areas and the assault on our water supply. Indeed, it is safe to say that until Heritage Tourism became an economic possibility, there w…

Let Us Rebuild

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The Mahogany Coconut Group joins with all those expressing deep sadness, at the destruction of life and property, caused by the vicious and relentless hurricane season. The region has suffered tremendous and devastating loss and many Caribbean citizens in the Diaspora have been also affected; since these acts of nature also devastated states such as Florida and Texas, where many Caribbean nationals call home. We urge all Caribbean nationals regardless of place of domicile and degree of suffering, to reach out and support all efforts designed to bring relief and comfort for those who have been affected. Unfortunately, the destruction caused by these natural disasters have exposed, in many ways, the frailties of our regional infrastructure. Chattel houses (board) built often with poor or no foundations, are no match for hurricane strength winds. Our clogged drainage systems along with the inconsiderate dumping of garbage-everything from paper cups to the skeletons of…

Barbados: Education and Crime

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By William Skinner John Cumberbatch, the late president of the Barbados Union of Teachers, often described the Common Examination as elitist. He was convinced that once it remained the gold standard of excellence, the system would eventually be the main cause for several societal problems. It was a position he took before the mid-seventies, when he was leader of the BUT. Forty years later, his predictions have come to pass and we are still refusing to accept that he and others who supported this view were correct. What is most unfortunate is that many of those teachers who were exposed to John’s views, embraced them but we now find them four decades later, in powerful positions, denouncing his positions and shamelessly defending the status quo. These former “Comrades” have sold their souls on the altar of political expediency and one often wonders, if they have collectively agreed to hold fast to the mantra: “if you can’t beat them join them”. They are to be foun…

WE ARE BACK

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We Are Back After our normal summer break, we are back. During the summer we are involved in several Caribbean projects: cricket competitions, trips to the Caribbean, supporting the summer fundraisers and activities of Caribbean organisations and also experiencing the culture of our adopted homes (the USA Canada Europe)) the bar b ques, Labour Day week-end and enjoying some travelling by visiting friends and relatives throughout the Diaspora. However, we never take our eyes off the ball and have compiled a list of stories . Here we offer brief comment: Big story Usain Bolt decided that he no longer wanted to dominate the field and bowed out of competition in London. It was a bitter sweet moment because we all wanted him to retire in grand style by breaking another record or at least winning. This was not to be but it showed that he is indeed human ! Too many champions hang around and become punch drunk. Bolt is easily the best and greatest athlete of our times. We …

Shame on you AGAIN Carl Lewis

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We have had occasion to question the obvious venom, Carl Lewis seems to reserve for Usain Bolt. Sometime ago, Dan Berstein, a sports writer, said that Jamaica was way too small, to produce such an astonishing number of superb athletes. He went on to shamelessly imply that there could be some form of substance abuse, propelling the likes of Bolt and others to international dominance.
Lewis joined in the assualt on Jamaican athletes and said that Bolt was running  too fast in very brief turn arounds. Lewis’ unusual obsession with Bolt, has now influenced him to declare that Bolt’s imminent departure from the scene, will be good for the sport and create more opportunities for higher levels of corporate sponsorship. In Lewis’ bizarre mind, when Americans are not dominating the field, corporate sponsorship tends to decline. He is therefore calling for a return of American dominance. Lewis seems to forget that Bolt has attracted extremely high levels of corporate sponsorsh…

Fish Stew Recipe

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There are dozens of ways to prepare Caribbean fish stew. Each island does it a bit differently. We hope you enjoy this one.
Hands on time: 20 mins Total Time: 30 mins Yield: Makes four servings



Ingredients1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided3/4 pound Alaskan salmon fillet, skin removed and cut into 2-inch pieces3/4 pound red snapper fillet, skin removed and cut into 2-inch pieces3 tablespoons olive oil, divided1 medium onion, thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)1 red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 1 cup)2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves2 garlic cloves, minced1 jalapeƱo pepper, minced1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves1 tablespoon fresh lime juiceGarnish: fresh cilantro How to Make It Step 1 Combine black pepper, red pepper, cumin, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Spri…

Regional Leadership is Lacking

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Once more our Caribbean leaders have concluded another summit(CARICOM Summit 36th Heads of Government Conference, concluded Barbados July 4th, 2017) and as expected myriad matters have been left undone, untouched or downright ignored. It is now obvious that unless new, enlightened leadership springs up, we can expect no real solutions to many of the problems we currently face. It is very sad but very true We still cannot solve the problems with LIAT and it must be a source of great concern to both the workers and the travelling public, that we cannot successfully operate a single airline. We have a regional university that produces hundreds of citizens with degrees in management but we seem to either ignore them or allow them to go overseas and put their education to the use of others. It means the hard-earned tax payers monies, that paid for their education, is utilized to build other economies, that in most cases, are stronger than ours. The region is now p…

Trinidad PM warns West Indies cricket could 'destroy' CARICOM

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Trinidad PM warns West Indies cricket could 'destroy' CARICOM Sunday, July 09, 2017 

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley  PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has warned that the situation regarding the state of West Indies cricket had the potential to “destroy” the regional integration grouping, CARICOM, because of the differences among the regional leaders on the issue. Rowley said he was surprised when he did not see the matter of West Indies cricket on the agenda for the just concluded 38th meeting of Heads of Government in Grenada last week and “I tried to ask whether it could be put back on the agenda and interestingly enough when I raised it…asking whether we could have a re-visit... To put back the Committee (CARICOM sub-Committee on Cricket) which would focus on whether we are prepared to drop the issue and interestingly after I spoke, not another sound was made at the table,” he tol…