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            [post_content] => Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The  protests which started at mid-day took place outside the office of the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and was led by Mia Mottley, leader of the opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP). “Today is about sending a message to the government about this bad Solid Waste Tax that they need to repeal and rethink,”said Ms. Mottley.

“The people of Barbados have spoken across the length and breadth, that we’ve had 27 other taxes and fees imposed on us in the last six years. We can take no more.  This march is for the repeal of the Solid Waste Tax. This march is for a new government mechanism that allows us…as Bajans not to be surprised by a tax , not to be unfaired [sic] by a tax. But we say we know we are in trouble as a nation. Talk to your people Freundel, and let us work with you. And if you cannot talk to your people and let us work with you, do the decent thing and step one side.” declared the opposition leader in an open letter read outside the office of the Prime Minister.

The new tax was announced at the end of last year with a .03% charge on the site value of real estate property across the island. However, it has led to widespread complaints among residents who cited that their financial burdens are already too much to handle.

 
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Barbadians Protests Against Solid Waste Tax

July 25, 2014
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Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The protests which started at mid-day took place outside the offic...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt's compatriot Asafa Powell as well as Tyson Gay both failed the drug tests for the same substance, oxilofrine in July 2013. Gay was given a one year ban while Powell was initially suspended for 18 months."

"I’m not really happy with the situation and with how it was done. I think for someone like [fellow Jamaican] Asafa [Powell] to get a ban of 18 months for that [stimulant oxilofrine] and then Tyson Gay get just one year because of cooperating, I think it is sending a bad message into the sport that you can do it [dope], but if you cooperate with us, we’ll reduce the sentence." said Bolt

Powell declared that his ruling was "unfair and unjust" citing that he took a legal supplement (Epiphany D1) which was contaminated. He appealed to the Court of Arbritation for Sport and his ban was subsequently reduced to six months. The 2007 world champion in the 100m and 200m Tyson Gay could have received a ban spanning as much as two years but his sentence was reduced following his co-operative behaviour with the US Anti-doping agency.

"I don’t think that’s the right way to go… because you are pretty much telling people that this is a way out, it’s a way of beating the system" insisted Bolt.

Both Powell and Gay have returned to action following their suspensions. Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time this year in the 4 x 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland following a stop start season due to niggling injuries.
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Sprint Star Usain Bolt Slams Officials for Gay's Doping Ban Verdict

July 24, 2014
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Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing American sprinter Tyson Gay's ban after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid last year. Bolt...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Caribbean Sea that we don’t hear or know that much about. So it’s time for a quick geography lesson. Let's explore a few of these islands. Though these islands are not independent,  they are still rich with island culture, flavor and music.

Saint Martin and Sint Maarten

Most may not realize that this French and Dutch island consists of two separate countries, the North (Saint Martin) an extension of France and the south (Sint Maarten) which falls under the Dutch Kingdom. Known as the friendly island, there is no visible border to separate north from south and residents and their goods can travel to the other side and back freely. A great picture of harmony, this island has over 120 nationalities inhabiting it.

Bonaire

Bonaire is known as the diver’s paradise with its clear waters and numerous sites for shore diving. There are four main languages Dutch, Papiamentu, English and Spanish. The currency of Bonaire is the US dollar. With a population of approximately 13,000, Bonaire is diverse in cultural influences. Bonaire’s music is rooted in much African influence.

Montserrat

A humble island in the Caribbean, Montserrat is peaceful and serene. Having bounced back from having a modern day Pompeii, the population depleted from over 12,000 to now just over 5000 residents. In 1997 the capital city Plymouth was abandoned after volcanic activity from the previously dormant Soufriere Hills erupted. Under British rule the main language spoken in Montserrat is English and it is also known as the “Emerald Isle of the West”. The currency used in Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar.

Guadaloupe

The main tourist website for Guadaloupe calls it “so French yet undeniably Caribbean”. Guadaloupe is another island for us to pay close attention to. It is made up of five main islands and as an extension of France Guadaloupe carries the Euro as its main currency. Most residents speak in Creole but French and English are also widely spoken throughout the island. Guadaloupe is loved for its French Creole cuisine being rich in flavors and spices.

These islands are just a handful of the islands that are waiting for us to explore, why not visit one today? The Caribbean is a very diverse place, filled with rich heritage, culture and beauty.

Where are you from? And where do you want to go?

 
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Island Tour - Do You Know These Islands?

July 23, 2014
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It is common to hear about the more popular Caribbean islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba and others. But there are so many other gems out there in the Carib...Continue reading