Monthly Archives: February 2014

Family loses 3 jobs – exposes nepotism, cronyism at National Housing Corporation?

Barbados Jobs

But then I started to think “How can it be that a couple and their adult son are all hired into juicy NHC jobs all within the same time period 5 or 6 years ago?”

Barbados government lay-offs start to hurt

by passin thru

A little human interest piece in The Nation initially invoked my sympathy where three family members in the same household lost their jobs at NHC on the same day.

The house income instantly went from $7,000 a month to nothing. We can feel for these folks. $7,000 a month sounds like a lot of money, but in a house with three adults and two other children, there is not much left over once everyone is fed, clothed, sheltered and transported to work and schools.

“I don’t have a job. I owe the credit union. I owe the bank. I owe for the stuff in here and I have my son to support. What am I going to do?” said the woman, and I do feel sorry for her.

But then I read further and started to think “How can it be that a couple and their adult son are all hired into juicy NHC jobs all within the same time period 5 or 6 years ago?”

It could be luck, I suppose, that they all applied for NHC jobs and each was hired. Could be, I suppose.

But I know my Barbados too well. I know how things work around here.

This layoff of an entire family should be news and discussion for more reason than they are on the breadline.

There is another story here, and I don’t think that the island news media will cover it or ask the right questions.

Something to think about!

Read The Nation article here, but we have to print it all because you just know how that paper changes history!

Family Loses Jobs

ON FRIDAY MORNING, Hallam Gittens, his girlfriend Andria Brathwaite and stepson Kishmar Brathwaite were sitting on a monthly income of about $7 000 amongst them.

That sum was stripped down to zero in a matter of hours, through no fault of their own.  Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Disaster, Economy

Latest Ping Yark issue pokes, prods and slashes former UK High Commissioner Hugh Anthony Arthur…. other victims too!


Ping Yark latest issue free at BFP

Editor Leigh Bourne and his friends are at it again and they are not holding back.

Here’s a few of the topics in the first Ping Yark of 2014:

On former UK High Commissioner Arthur…

UK High Commissioner’s farewell party cancelled because only 10 people RSVP’d!!!!

“If Tony Arthur’s remit was to avoid the public’s gaze – keep in the background – smile as little as possible – come across as abrupt, aloof or act like Mr Grumpy ….then he was a roaring success !

Sadly …community wise …which is all we’re interested in …success is not a word you can attribute to Tony Arthur’s UK tenure. Many a time in these here pages have we had a pop at the relationship between him and his staff – and the chasm that existed between him and his deputy.”

… download Ping Yark below to read the full Monty.

Other stories in Ping Yark…

  • Grayce: 50 year old grandmother and pin-up girl
  • National Council of Barbados Associations “an entity with one foot in the grave”
  • Air Passenger Duty Committee fundraiser a failure
  • 2nd Generation Birmingham Independence Dance a disaster
  • Vince ‘Boo’ Nurse and Barbados Labour Party celebration EXCELLENT!
  • Sex in the school yard: journalists charged at The Nation
  • John Milton Ward – A life well lived, a legacy that will endure.
  • Marking the Spot – preserving and promoting our history.

Download the latest Ping Yark (PDF 3mb) Ping Yark Jan 14 2014


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