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By year end thousand of Caribbean nationals will be kicked out of Barbados by the government. While making the announcement in Barbados’ parliament, Prime Minister David Thompson declared that the levels of illegal immigrant in Barbados were unacceptably high, and is increasingly difficult to control, posing potential negative challenges to the island socio-economy.

While I agree, that no country can tolerate an unrestricted flow of person into its territory, but on the other hand, I believe the policy of expelling Caribbean nationals violates the CARICOM treaty and united spirit it stands for.

Don’t forget that it wasn’t too long ago the heads of Government, including former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Auther attending the 18th Inter-Sessional conference in Jamaica in 2007, agreed of fully implement the Caribbean Single Market and Economy by 2015 and allow full free movement by 2009.

Now five months into 2009, the dreams of free movement throughout the Caribbean have proved to be a only pipe dreams.

When are these heads of government going to understand that disaster-prone, small and vulnerable islands like ours are not blessed with natural resources that can allow us to stand alone. If we can’t find a way soon to put our differences aside, where we can swim together, we will surely drown separately in this global crisis.

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Are Caribbean governments leading by example in these tough economic times?

That’s the question BBC Caribbean is asking in light of Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s decision to cut his salary by 15 per cent.

In Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning says his country is “more difficult to govern now”, and as a consequence, reducing his salary was not being considered. Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, responding to an opposition call, has said he will consider a pay cut by 10 per cent for his government.

But Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson thinks that pay cuts are not an option.

Recently Prime Minister Skerrit made an announcement, saying that his government is cutting down on number of public servants traveling aboard, in an effort to reduce government spending in this global recession. How ironic, when the PM is one the “public servants” who travels the most. But that whole other story by itself.

What do you think? Should Dominican leaders take a pay cut given the current economic circumstances? Have you say in the comments.

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One of the more highly publicized actors on night two of the 2008 World Creole Music Festival was Jamaican Dancehall Superstar Sean Paul. With various hits making the Top Ten Rap Billboard Charts, Dominicans and visitors alike were anticipating a sensational performance from the “Dancehall Superstar”.

While some people might disagree with me, but I personally believe that Sean Paul performance at the second night of the festival was merely dismal performance. He was unable to huge crowd involved, plus the music quality was a poor standard –too loud at times. All-in-all the performance was just not to par and somewhat disappointing. I’m hoping the festival Commission Committee take serious note.

Lets us know whats your thoughts of Sean Paul’s performance in the comments.

Nevertheless, here is short video of Sean Paul performing his hit song “Give it up to me” …Enjoy ❗


Video by Simone Senhouse via caivideos.ning.com.

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