Here is NEWS that was mailed to my readers on August 24, 1998:-
August 24, 1998 Bajan News ---------- Heat Wave --------- Barbados has broken it's record for the hottest day... ever. On Tuesday, August 11, the temperature climbed to 32.5 degrees Centigrade, but with a relative humidity of 82.5 percent, the temperature Barbadians would have felt would have been 45 degrees Centigrade (113 degrees Farenheit) according to the Heat Index. Farmer Richard Goddard lost 3,739 fully grown chickens within 8 hours on Thursday, costing him over Bds.$22,000... the temperature in the pens climbed to 95.1 and with a relative humidity of 84 percent... the chickens faced a staggering 135 degrees Farenheit... and all this despite the fact he created an air exhaust corridor to try to cool down the birds. Barbadians are fond of chicken, it is served at every buffet luncheon and most fast food outlets. Very little of the bird is actually wasted, there is "steppers" (more descriptively fowl-foot soup) and liver cutters (from the Pink Star on Baxter's Road). Any shortage of chickens always creates a public outcry. Meteorological experts are saying that there is no end in sight, not only is it getting hotter but it is getting drier... we are told to expect more heat and less rainfall in years to come. Bajans cleaned out stores of fans... and the airconditioning businesses had increased sales... the Barbados Light and Power officials reported a peak in energy use of 17,700 Kilowatts, this was higher than last year. Today it is raining, and we have been told to expect some thunderstorms and lots of rain from a "depression" near us, and the temperature has dropped. ABUSE OF GERMAN VISITOR - SIMPLY NOT TRUE ! ------------------------------------------- In a small, unsigned article titled "Mother's claim denied - German lad sent home", while admitting to holding the lad, Julien Mena, for a week, a senior immigration official, explained that they tried their best to put him on a flight AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.. however, he could not be accomodated immediatlely by the airlines... pointing out that the cell in which he was held contained both a toilet and bath... the official stated "As far as I know, an officer visited him up to yesterday (August 18) and denied that he was in that condition"... he added that staff at the airport had confirmed the officer's report. I had reported in my last Newsletter, the woman's complaint regarding her son "Royal" Recall -------------- Westmoreland has reinstated all the fired workers without recrimination or victimization.... the Opposition has lost no time in trying to convince the people that "Is this the sort of operation we are trying to lure to our shores ?? Foreigners that trample on workers rights and disrespect Bajans ?" And at least one advocate for the Ruling Party, believes the whole affair was masterminded by the Opposition in an attempt to make the Government "look bad" ! In his column, the Lowdown, Richard Hoad addresses the topic of the "Bajan work ethic"... with a ficticious letter from a worker to Rooney... the worker is claiming rights to: 1. I may call you "Rooney" .. Respect is a sign of Colonial inferiority. 2. Don't think that because I agree to a wage, that is that... I only do that to get the job... now we really got to talk MONEY. 3. I am doing you a favor by coming here... I am not bound to work.. nuff cash "floating" bout Barbados ... so I got options. 4. Don't think I have to show up for work just because I say I coming... so when ya see me, say "Praise the Lord". 5. Our "sick days" can be taken like holidays... particularly if I got a little gardening business going on the side. 6. I don't work in the sun... I don't work in the rain... My radio must play all day long loud... and it goes where I go... so I hope you like Shubba Ranks and Beany Man. 7. And whenever you see that blue Suzuki van coming... I going for fish cutters and drinks, no matter what time it is, but since we Bajans suffer from itis... it may take an hour to get back on the job after I eat. 8. And when I drink me rum... I want nuff ice water the next day... so mek sure it dey. 9. I can walk anywhere on your property an chat down any tourist woman I see, dat is we culture. 10. Also I can pee anywhere, as long as I don't shake me doggy at passing females in a wanton and suggestive manner. 11. Don't mess wid we Unions, we can do anything with or without recognition an Lord help ya if a worker brings a case of unfair dismissal, ya will 'ave to pay out thousands ! 12. Ya only got 2 choices.. accept we as we are and pass on the cost to ya customers.. or try to get workers from Guyana or St. Vincent, dem brutes does wuk.. so if ya mek me a foreman, I will tell ya how yuh does get dem fellas bring in. CASTRO AT OUR FREEDOM MARCH --------------------------- Several people have written, in Letters to the Editor, that Fidel Castro had no right at our FREEDOM MARCH... since people in Cuba are anything but free.. and if he had had his way years ago... the rest of the Caribbean would not be "FREE" either! NO WAY TO GAYS -------------- "If anybody sees me conducting same-sex marriages, that is a sign that I am senile and need psychiatric treatment" so says Anglican Bishop Rufus Brome, quoting plainly from the Scripture, he said that although homosexual practices were forbidden, persons with that orientation were not condemned and the Church had a duty to minister to them. HALL WONT HANG -------------- Hall is not going to hang.. his death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment... the reason given, they would have to hang some others as well... if they had been hanging all along the way.. they would not now be in this fix.... so the bad boys can rest assured...they wont swing... actually, the common saying on the street is... "I would do time for you.." indicating their willingness to engage in violence and their utter contempt of the judicial and penal systems. HOUSING FAILURE --------------- The National Housing Corporation (NHC) has been failing to meet the demand for houses and land spots for houses, and inspite of an aggressive plan called Settlement 2000... it appears that demand will continue to outstrip supply. Of course, the DLP Opposition is charging that Government seems more interested in providing commercial ventures to help the rich, rather than helping citizens with their housing plight. UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT RACE ? -------------------------- Why should the desire to remove all shackles and remnants of slavery and racism... seem "inappropriate" and make you "uncomfortable" ? If you would rather not read about racial issues.... "bye" until next week.... you need not read it, just exit now.... because it follows below... Give us the facts, Mr. Walrond ------------------------------ In "just say it, straight from the chest", big businessman Ralph "Bizzy" Williams challenges Olutoye Walrond, who had previously contributed his article presenting a picture of Black Bajans being unfaired and avoided by White Bajans, to be specific and present facts, instead of generalizations.. apparently, Mr. Williams does not believe this is occuring in modern Barbados and he seems to be questioning whether it ever occurred. Indeed he sees himself and his brother, COW, who he says descended from white indentured servants and started with nothing as real victims of racial discrimination...or in his words, "I can tell you that hardly a day passes that we do not feel that we are disadvantaged in Barbados by the colour of our skin". I do not doubt your personal experiences, you are a "target" given your enormous wealth and will always be the subject of envy. Rest assured any black peers you might have, either in this country or abroad.. men who came from nothing and rose to manage an empire comparable to your own.. experience similar from both whites AND blacks. If you ever have the time to research our history, you will see that court documents, minutes for meetings of the Legislative Assembly, letters from Governors and civil servants and many other sources of hard evidence do indeed exist to prove that white rulers did all they could to try and ensure that blacks would never enjoy the freedom and power they have today. Black people certainly felt disadvantaged by the color of THEIR skin, in those days, and many still do. If you say that you or your ancestors never subscribed to these racist ideas then you should not only have a clear conscience, but be delighted with what has occured to date... namely justice and deliverance. I hope your white friends share your views.. attitudes are handed down from generation to generation... feelings come out when no blacks are around and no "Negro loving" whites. if a white person defends blacks in such a setting... one of three reactions will surface.... excuses, apologies or denial. DIVISIVE AGENDA --------------- It seems that a vocal few intend to exploit the ever present race issues in this country to their own advantage. The recent violence, both drug related and inter-personal conflict, has now been blamed on the fact that Government has been more concerned with "developing the economic class that has always ruled Barbados" and "embracing the policies of whitism" (whatever that is). To these individuals, the attempts by the present administration to make black people feel good about themselves... by embracing black nationals who talk Emancipation, black history, Bussa, etc... are nothing more than a "cosmetic arrangement" or smoke-screen... to cover their tracks of continuing to pander to the "interests of big Corporations" (who are run by local whites in association with foreign whites). The amazing thing is that since the Government has to deal with economic realities in a global framework... The Opposition, were it returned to power, would be circumscribed by those same realities... and would have very little choice in their course of action.... which would not be much different than that of the present Administration. Being in Opposition, offers the luxury of poking at the administration here and there, while offering all kinds of "pie in the sky" schemes... which cannot really be tested. What is happening now, as we gear up for the next election, is that by a calculated vicious attack on that certain ethnic minority... the Opposition hopes to AVOID ALTOGETHER the need to offer any REAL or carefully thought out solutions to the SERIOUS PROBLEMS now facing our country ! The WHITE BOYS plight --------------------- For those white boys whose fathers have established businesses, there is never a question of looking for a job... whether the youngster is capable or not his future will be assured. But consider, if you will, the plight of the young white boy whose father is but a lowly employee of a public Company, and not in a senior position. Fortunately, I say fortunately, for him, there are a few white owned and operated businesses on the island that would prefer to hire a white boy to fill the job. Now these Companies are under constant pressure from Government, trade unions and the media... to abandon, what is seen as a racist hiring policy. I do not know of ANY white boys who are working for black run enterprises or in Government... black run businesses, quite naturally, want to give a poor black boy a job, and this is never seen as a racist thing.... so why is it racist... if a white run business prefers to hire white boys... tell me who is going to employ the white boy if it were not so ? I would like to hear from any white boy who is moving up the ladder in a black-owned and run business in Barbados... please write me, it would make my day.