Daily Archives: February 7, 2007

Central Bank Of Barbados Becoming Less Skilled At Writing Fiction

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“It’s Not Fair!” cries Central Bank Governor Dr. Marion Williams, “Patrick Hoyos compares what the Central Bank said – with what actually happened! He’s not supposed to do that kind of stuff.”

What Price Are We Prepared To Pay For Economic Progress?

The latest from The Broad Street Journal rips Marion Williams and her Central Bank of Barbados completely to shreds in the nicest possible manner: by comparing what Williams and the bank said to what actually happened.

The analysis by Patrick Hoyos also compares quotes from one year’s Central Bank report to the next and discovers that while the people at the bank are experts in using the “cut and paste” function in their word processor, they are becoming less than adept at concealing the truth from a rapidly awakening public.

Mr. Hoyos has the ability to present simple truths clearly, so they are easily understood by everyone. The spin doctor(s) at the Central Bank of Barbados must just hate him…

The Barbados Economy: What Price Economic Growth?

The governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr. Marion Williams, has once more painted a bright-lit picture of Barbados economic prospects. The goodly doctor’s economic artworks remind me of Jill Walker’s famous and highly popular depictions of Barbadian life – skillfully crafted, colourful and populated with happy humans, cats and dogs. And except for the architectural accuracy, bearing little resemblance to actual life on the street…

… continue reading this article at The Broad Street Journal (link here)

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Number Of Cricket World Cup Visa Applications From Pakistan To Feb 1st: “Less Than 20” !

It Can Only Get Better From Here (Has To – Certainly Can’t Get Any Worse!)

The Paks are cricket crazy. They live, eat and sleep cricket – so when the CARICOM Public Education Coordinator reveals that up to February 1st, there were “less than 20 visa applications originating from Pakistan”, something is not quite right.

Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Ehsan Malik says that they are hopeful that “very soon we will have a temporary authority for issuing World Cup visas in Pakistan”.

Remind me, folks… How many days was that until CWC?

I have one big question about CARICOM putting a temporary authority for issuing visas in Pakistan…

Will CARICOM send a Cricket World Cup visa team to Pakistan – or will they hire a local representative and have the Pakistanis process the security checks themselves? ( ! )

Had to ask, because as we’ve seen with Cricket World Cup visas – So far, nothing makes any sense at all.

Excerpts from The Barbados Advocate…

Visa applications expected to increase

by Dorian Bryan

APPLICATIONS for the special CARICOM Visa should increase as the start of the tournament approaches.

That from Rose Blenman, Public Education Coordinator, CARICOM, during a recent interview with the Barbados Advocate. Blenman insisted that closer to the event, the view was that the interest in the Visas would increase.
The issue of Pakistan’s quest for a quantity of visas to be set aside for their citizens was also addressed.

Interest, from Pakistan was deemed as moderate. “I cannot confirm this number, but we know that there is a slow to medium increase in the number of visa applications from Pakistan. You will recall that in December last year that Pakistanis had requested the placement of a visa issuing site in Pakistan, but the research did not support the request.

Presently, visa’s for Pakistan are issued in London. Up to the start of the Single Domestic Space on the 1 February, there were less than 20 visa applications originating from Pakistan. It is anticipated that the number of visa applications from Pakistan, like other countries in the ICC Cricket World Cup, may vary according to the performance of the team.”

… continue reading this article at Barbados Advocate (link here)

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