Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread 2008 Ministerial Awards Pt. 3

The final Ministerial awards are:

The Firestarter Award
This award goes to the Minister who knows how to light a fire under the projects he undertakes. A former DLP administration had a firestarter in Harcourt Lewis, the just departed BLP administration had one in Dame Billie Miller. Good things are expected from this currrent firestarter and I'm sure he won't disappoint.

The award goes to Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, Christopher Sinckler

The One-to-Watch
Every now and then there's a Minister who gives off a good vibe, who appears to have the potential to go far in the political sphere. It's early days yet, but the vote of confidence he just received from the PM says a lot.
The winner of this award is:

Minister of Health, Donville Inniss

And the final award is the Minister of the Year. This award goes to the hardest working Minister of the year, the one who didn't let the grass grow under his feet atall. His tireless efforts to secure homes for the people of Barbados have been commendable. Without further ado, the Minister of the year is...

Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley. Good job, Minister.

Anyhoo, Happy New Year you fine peoples. Be safe out there.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread 2008 Ministerial Awards Pt.2

Here we go again with the awards...

The Strongest Sex Appeal
No, it's not what you think. The recipient of this award did not win based on his physical attributes, but instead because of his recent comments in the House of Assembly. He created a furore by urging his Cabinet colleagues to declare their sexual orientation so that they wouldn't be considered "hyocrites" when they discuss matters of a sexual nature. He's either real brave or mad as wuh....

The winner is Minister of State, Education and Human Resource Development, Patrick Todd

The Nice Guy Finish Last Award
Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being a nice guy. However, politics ain't got a thing to do with being nice, and these two appear a little too laid back, especially when it comes to claiming their share of the spotlight. They may be getting the job done, but if they don't hype themselves they're going to get left in the lurch. They were both given a second chance recently; I suggest they pick up the ball and run like the wind.

Tied for this award are:

Minister of Int'l Business and Int'l Transport, George Hutson and

Minister of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe

The Macbeth Award
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

People expected so much from this award winner. In opposition he fussed and fretted and shadowed to the hilt, only to fade into the pale as a government minister. In all fairness he had an insurmountable task and maybe the recent change in portfolio will do him some good. The winner is:

Former Minister of Health, currently Minister of Economic Affairs, Empowerment, Innovation, Trade, Industry and Commerce, Dr. David Estwick.

The Foot-in-Mouth Award
Every Cabinet has one of these; the Minister who can't seem to open his or her mouth without ticking off someone. Whether you call them frank or tactless, they can sure do with a copy of Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People.

The winner is:

Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones

The final awards tomorrow....

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cheese-on-Bread Ministerial Awards for 2008

Hey, peoples. Hope everyone had a good Christmas and it was filled with love and cheer and all that fuzzy stuff.

So, it's almost been a year since the DLP took over the reins of government here in Bimshire and I haven't really blogged much about their progress so far because frankly I didn't have the time. Not to mention, I wanted to give them a chance to get down to work. Tis only fair, right?

Anyhoo, I think enough time has passed that we can get a measure of the men and women of Cabinet and to pass out some year-end awards in the following categories:

The Most Eloquent Minister
Most politicians like to talk, even though many of them don't often make sense. This award goes to the Minister who not only has a way with words, but appears to have the heart of a poet. The winner is...

Deputy Prime Minister and Attorney General, Freundel Stuart.

The runner-up in this category was Minister of Culture Steven Blackett, who is a former broadcaster and can make the simplest sentence sound real sweet.

The Most Photogenic Minister
The winner in this category won't come as a surprise. Never before has a Minister of Government other than a Prime Minister received so much press coverage, and did the camera ever love her! Hands down, the most camera friendly Minister was...

Minister of Family, Youth Affairs and Sport, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo. She's much quieter these days but who knows what 2009 will bring.

More awards later....

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chrianna heads home (his) for the Holidays

Everybody's fave loved-up R&B crooners Chris Brown and Rihanna are apparently spending Christmas in his hometown of Tappahannock, Virginia.

The two were also spotted getting their groove on in a Paris nightclub last weekend.

Well do your thing then, Chrianna. Hope you two have a Merry Christmas and if you can't be good, be careful.

Photo: Young, Black & Fabulous

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stanford downsizes the Legends

I knew that we hadn't heard the last of that ongoing saga between Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford, the West Indies Cricket Board and Digicel.

News broke a few days ago that Sir Allen had suddenly dissolved the Stanford 20/20 board of directors, throwing into doubt his future involvement in Caribbean cricket.

The Texan billionaire, who has pumped more than US$100 million into the sport since 2006, will apparently conduct a full review of his 2008 programme before outlining his plans for the 2009 programme next month.

If you recall, there was major wrangling earlier this year between the WICB and Digicel, which was claiming that the Stanford Superstars team chosen to play in Stanford's Super Series was a West Indies team and the dispute went before the London Court of International Arbitration, who agreed with Digicel.

Anyhoo, Stanford has now gone and dissolved his 20/20 board, which comprises 12 legends of West Indies cricket, - Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Reverend Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Sir Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

I was always concerned that Stanford's love affair with West Indies cricket would come to a bad end one day. He has what the business of cricket needs to operate efficiently (plenty moolah), but I always felt that the commercialising of cricket has led to its downfall in the region.

I'm not in a position to say what WI cricket needs, Lord knows they've tried everything except an exorcist. All I can say is that it looks bad to open a paper and see that a WI cricket legend has been fired....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Size 10 farewell for George Dubya

Hey, peoples. By now most of you must have heard about the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush. I missed the video on the news and checked around for it online, and after watching it I decided why not post it up.

All I can say is that it's a good thing the guy wasn't firing a gun, 'cause he can 'pelt' straight, as we Bajans would say. It's only because of Bush's quick reflexes (then again he's been ducking for the past two terms) that he missed. The Secret Service really fell down on the job, I thought one of them would have thrown themselves in front of Bush and taken the shoe for him, haha. They best step up their game when the new sheriff hits town in January....

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Obamas!

Hey peoples. Well, it's that holly jolly time again, the time for good cheer and all that jazz. To get you you in the mood, here's a holiday video from the President-elect of the USA Barack Obama and his family. Sigh...I never get tired of saying that.:)