Here is NEWS that was mailed to my readers on January 26, 1999:-
January 26, 1999 BAJAN NEWS ---------- Prime Minister Owen Arthur selects his Cabinet: Billie Miller - Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade David Simmons - Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs Mia Mottley - Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture Elizabeth Thompson - Minister of Health Rawle Eastmond - Minister of the Environment, Energy, Natural Resources Hamilton Lashley - Minister of Social Transformation Rudolph Greenidge - Minister of Labour, Sports and Public Sector Reform Senator Phillip Goddard - Minister of Public Works and Transportation George Payne - Minister of Tourism and International Transport Gline Clarke - Minister of Housing and Lands Reginald Farley - Miniter of Industry and International Business Anthony Wood - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ronald Toppin - Minister of Commerce,Consumer Affairs,Business Development Senator Glyne Murray - Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office BEACH ACCESS BLOCKED I reported in a previous Newsletter that boulders had been dumped across the access road to Morgan Lewis Beach on the East Coast., in a recent development, a metal barricade has been erected across the access road which, when closed cuts off vehicular access to the beach. It is imperative that Bajans do NOT allow anyone to stop them from frequenting their own beaches !!! SUNDAY'S NEWS And while the D's talk about "dealing with" John Connell, a "traitor in their midst"..... the B's are still in a celebrating mood with music playing all over the island and church services today to praise God for the victory ! The BLP held a giant meeting at the National Stadium at 4:30p.m. today... with the theme "Praise God - A service of Thanksgiving"... it was carried live on television. Meanwhile, a German visitor robbed of $100,000 in CASH is asking the thief to "have a heart" and give some of the money to the National Trust ! Dieter Mennekes appearing on the front page of our Nation newspaper.... also appears to have a lot more money than sense. maybe it is "fine change" to him to keep U.S$100,000 lying around his house.... but WHY he would take a risk like that, in a day and age of cheques, debit cards, credit cards and other safe cash substitutes is totally beyond me !.... have a heart, Dieter and make a "small" contribution of $10,000 to the Barbados Photo Gallery.... I am doing a great work... and need the crumbs from your table ! SATURDAY'S NEWS... Call for Thompson to resign..... prominent DLP member John Connell has said that no serious rebuilding of the party can occur as long as Thompson retains leadership.... it seems however that Thompson has a financial stranglehold on the party and removing him would cut off major financing. Meanwhile the "killer Bees" parade island-wide with sound trucks and dancing in the streets .. in scenes reminiscent of Crop Over... the new parlimentary representatives motored around thanking constituents for their strong support. I gone.