Monthly Archives: August 2010

Arab-Israeli Conflict or Jewish-Muslim Conflict? Whatever it is, can it be solved?

A Barbadian engineer and author proposes some answers

Our blogging friend Grenville Phillips II is a prolific writer and what I’ll call an “activist structural engineer” in the best sense of the term. Whether the subject is the proper installation of rebar when building a home, or politics or religion – he looks at all the factors, identifies the problems, researches and then methodically builds his solutions. Read anything at his Weighed in the Balance blog and you’ll see proof of that.

But Grenville is also a man with a sense of history and humanity – he’s not just a numbers guy. I think it is the combination of structural engineer, historian and teacher with genuine concern for humanity that makes everything he writes so worthwhile. That, and his talent for being able to present his ideas clearly and simply enough to be understood.

Writing under his nom de plume Walter Phillips, he has published two books… Continue reading

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Oh Joy! New issue of The Caribbean Writer on the way

Geoffrey Philp reviews, writes and is reviewed himself

Perhaps Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer should be called “The Geoffrey Philp Issue” because our favourite Caribbean storyteller’s influence is all over the issue.

“Certainly the new volume from The Caribbean Writer holds many gems, but it’s particularly gratifying to see some St. Somewhere Journal alums included in its pages. Literary craftsman Geoffrey Philp weighs in with a fine example of his poetry chops, as well as his review of “Possession” by Cecil Gray. In turn, Philp’s own book, “Who’s Your Daddy? and other stories”, is reviewed by Edgar O. Lake.”

… from The Digital Calabash article The Caribbean Writer

Feeling like you could use a chuckle this morning?

Even if you’ve read it before, it’s good, it’s short and it will make you laugh! Head over to Geoffrey Philp’s blog and read Bad T’ings Mek Joke: Jamaican Humor

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BLP supporters read The Nation, DLP supporters read The Barbados Advocate – Who reads the Sun?

Scandal in the city…

Thanks to an old friend. Couldn’t help but post it!

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Prime Minister David Thompson returns to lead Barbados Government

“Health challenges remain”, but for now the PM is back in charge

David Thompson and his family arrived back in Barbados on Sunday evening and today it was announced that he’s back in charge. Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart returns to his post as Attorney General.

No matter the politics, all Bajans are pleased to see Prime Minister Thompson and his family back on the island after his months away for medical treatment. As we said back in May when the story about the PM’s health broke, “Barbados Free Press joins in prayers for Prime Minister Thompson and his family. We hope his medical troubles turn out to be nothing too serious and that he will be well soon.”

Prime Minister Thompson returns to a fully boiling pot that includes an economy in trouble, the current NHC scandal and the failure of the DLP government to implement any of the major promises of the 2007 election platform.

We’ll give him a week to settle in, but then he’d better be prepared to defend his wicket.

Further Reading

Barbados Advocate Back in Charge

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Blipsterfarian Logic on Glenn Beck, True Blood and the Ground Zero Mosque

We are happy to see that our Jamaican friend Blipsterfarian (Yes. Blipsterfarian “Black+hipster+Rastafarian”) is back with a new blog after letting his old one fade away.

At Blipsterfarian Logic you’ll find an interesting mix of snippets on everything from politics and energy to passa-passa, Mad Men and True Blood.  Not to mention Naomi Campbell and African blood diamonds.

Blipster sometimes reposts other writers or pounds the keyboard himself (OK, he taps, I pound). Today he’s wading into the Glenn Beck “Restoring Honor Rally” discussion with a repost that proclaims…

“Beck and his followers have sought to co-opt Dr. King’s dream and use it for their own nightmarish ends. They can no longer be ignored.” Continue reading

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Barbados Road Safety Association “Are police looking for someone to do their jobs for them?”

BRSA President Sharmane Roland Bowen slams police over call for “Road Safety Czar”

Accident Victim’s Aunt blames Royal Barbados Police Force for failing in their duty

“This is a tragedy that should not have happened.  How many more of our people going to lose their lives before the law enforcement exercise their duty?” … June Straughn, aunt of 17 year old Rossi Straughn – killed while riding in the open back of a truck.

A few days ago Police Inspector Leon Blades, the officer in charge of Traffic Division, admitted to selectively not enforcing a part of the traffic law that just resulted in the needless death of a young man. During the same interview the Inspector called for the establishment of a “Road Safety Czar”.

Barbados Free Press covered the story and said “included in those who aren’t taking road safety seriously enough are members of the Royal Barbados Police Force who fail to enforce the Road Traffic Act.” (Read our previous story Fatal Traffic Accidents: Police admit not doing their job.)

Today the President of the Barbados Road Safety Association also strongly responded to Inspector Blades’ interview – basically telling Blades and his officers to stop whining, and to enforce the traffic laws and show some leadership. Whew! Continue reading

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Hurricane Earl strengthens as new storm forms off Barbados

UPDATED: August 31, 2010 – 9:05am Bridgetown Barbados

Analysts predict Earl might go Cat 5

As of this writing, The US National Hurricane Center website is down. Probably too much traffic.

Drudge Report and Storm Pulse say it’s looking to go Category 5.

Original story…

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Is it prayer or wind patterns that keeps Barbados safe from hurricanes?

Hurricane Earl will make for wet Bajan weather for the next couple of days, but our neighbours to the North are taking quite a hit. The US National Hurricane Center says Earl is growing stronger, but the predicted track shows it veering off into the Atlantic well off the eastern USA.

The good news for Barbados is that once again a hurricane missed our home. The bad news is that another storm is forming to the east and there is an 80% chance it will grow into a named storm within 48 hours. Continue reading

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