Daily Archives: August 21, 2009

“I think the Bajan took it!” – Ryan Brathwaite wins Gold in Berlin photo-finish


“At the first hurdle I thought I do not have this race anymore but then I fought and fought to the end and the gold was mine.”

Ryan does Barbados proud and let the world know it!

How close was it? So close that Ryan Brathwaite won gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships because he bent further forward than the two Americans on either side of him: Terrence Trammell on his right and David Payne to his left.

Brathwaite hit the first hurdle but ran a clean race for the rest of the way and finished in 13.14 seconds.

Here is Ryan at the finish line…

Brathwaite Photo Finish

So Barbados’ first gold at the games comes from speed and technique.

Some of the news coverage tried to take the shine off Ryan’s victory by highlighting that two of the top runners weren’t in the race. Olympic champion and world-record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba and defending champion Liu Xiang of China were both sidelined with injuries.

Barbados Free Press would like to remind Cuba and China that athletic competition isn’t just about speed – its about stamina and toughness too!

A horse might be fast every so often, but if it can’t take the long run then another horse might win the race – a horse named Brathwaite.

In all fairness though, have a look at the photo-finish. At this level of competition the difference between gold and bronze can be a sneeze or a pebble… or the ability to bend lower while running at full tilt.

Well done Ryan!

Here is the YouTube of the entire race, including the announcer’s “I think the Bajan took it!”


Filed under Barbados, Olympics, Sports

Jepter’s False Start and the DLP’s Cost Overrun

Why Not Reduce Road Taxes?

by Jennifer Harding

Barbados Senator Jepter Ince

Barbados Senator Jepter Ince

Jepter Ince made his maiden speech in the Senate two Wednesdays ago on a resolution authorising Government to borrow $165 million by way of a bond issue through the Barbados National Bank (BNB) to finance the Barbados Road Network Infrastructure Improvement Project, which included the widening of the ABC Highway.

Here is what he said:

“This $165 million is going to cost us almost $229 million when you work out the interest rates,” he told senators. “And if my mathematics serves me right, on $165 million, 8.5 per cent interest should be around $13.2 million, and if you multiply it by 10 (years), you should get approximately $133 million plus $165 million.”

However, when one listens to the explanation by Prime Minister Thompson when he spoke in the Lower House, this $165m loan has to be considered, “a DLP cost overrun.”

Perhaps Jepter Ince could explain to Barbadians – why are they being saddled with the repayment of a loan of $165 million when in his 2008 Budget, Prime Minister Thompson imposed burdensome and unnecessary road taxes on the people of this country?

In fact, here is what Mr. Thompson said in his 2008 Budget:

“In an effort to ensure that we meet previous commitments in respect of the ABC Highway project, I propose to increase the fees for the use of the highway with effect from August 1, 2008. The new fees will be as follows and are expected to yield an additional $46 million in a full year.”

It must be remembered than when he appeared on: “The “People’s Business/” “DLPTV” – Minister John Boyce said that it will cost $134 million to complete the ABC Highway.

Let us do the Math! $46 million every year for 3 years is $138 million – $4 million more than John Boyce said it will take to pay for the ABC Highway. So, why borrow when the taxes being paid could cover the cost of the ABC Highway in three years? And, since the DLP has decided to borrow, why not immediately reduce Road Taxes – as any caring government would?


Filed under Barbados, Politics