Lashley told to do more than build $10 tennis courts

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative for Christ Church West Central, Adrian Forde, has accused the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Stephen Lashley, of ignoring economic and social issues of his constituents.

“He is being called the $10 tennis court man, where his answer to the plight of residents is to put a tennis court left, right and centre,” Forde said during a tour of the constituency yesterday.

“A tennis court does not create jobs, it doesn’t create opportunities, it doesn’t put money in people’s pockets.”

Forde also accused Lashley of being an absentee representative.

“We are dissatisfied in this constituency. The people of this constituency have a clear vision and it can only be provided by a representative that cares and that does not use them as a Trojan horse to ride in and out as he pleases.”

Forde said the people of Christ Church West Central lack confidence in the Freundel Stuart Administration because of its failure to deliver on a promise that Barbadians would be able to own Government-sponsored homes.

“They are obviously upset that to own their own houses has become a nightmare under the Democratic Labour Party,” said Forde.

42 Responses to Lashley told to do more than build $10 tennis courts

  1. Kara Wiltshire
    Kara Wiltshire May 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    You Go Adrian!!Blessings!!

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Do more damage that De Layabout Party has done already? Nothing more fuh DEMs to do but GO!

  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Wa d youths out my side does gotta paint their own tennis courts in d rd! Talk about ungrateful! If he didn’t have d name before, he got it now! Talk about plant a seed! Politricks in full swing!

    • Harewood Ahtnosal
      Harewood Ahtnosal May 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Ungrateful Nothing ungrateful about something that doesn’t make sense y dig up the children’s play park to put ah tennis court that int worth having.

  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm


  5. Harewood Ahtnosal
    Harewood Ahtnosal May 28, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Medic to d rescue we got dis Adrian

  6. Rickie Nurse May 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    As a resident of the constituency, I am calling on everyone with a clear and honest conscience, to closely look at the service of the incumbent invisible nonrepresentative in the Minister of Social Care and compare it to the yeomanship of a man, who undertook the responsibility of ensuring the youth and younger persons of constituency are productive citizens of both constituency and country and ask yourselves, who would you have as a representative. We the constituences are will no longer accept absenteeism from anyone and certainly not the Minister. Adrian Forde:s record has been shining like a beacon in the community for well over fifteen years, it high time that he be the person to represent us as a sitting member of the next government.

  7. Petert May 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    A friend who lives in that constituency told me that If Stephen shows up at his house the dogs will be on the loose. He is rallying over 500 votes for Adrian Forde. I believe him as I attended three of his home held private meetings and his followers came from all walks The whole of Briar Hall, Graerme Hall and Maxwell are supporting Forde. Stephem drop themlike hot cakes right after he got their votes.

  8. Mark Adamson May 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    This present BLP Leader is the WORST, POOREST, WEAKEST of ALL BLP Leaders EVER.

    The present BLP Opposition in the Parliament is the WORST EVER in the history of BLP parliamentary politics.

    Neither Mottley nor the BLP has any vision, any cosmology, any blueprint that can be used by any local social movements or organizations in the further growth and development of Barbados.

    What a sordid bunch!!

    They think that walking through various constituencies at various times and with the some sections of the local news media providing coverage of their empty, useless political exercises are a replacement for the enunciation of sound, coherent and farreaching social, political, material, and financial policies and programs geared toward the placing of Barbados on a new national growth and development trajectory, and – on it – the securing of the reactivation of sustained growth and development of this country.

    Well, they are totally absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong!!

    For, it is only those types of policies and programs and their proper implementation and control by a very able, disciplined, responsible and people-centred government that are going to help bring about the two referred to above necessary and fundamental national objectives – which are wanted like yesterday for Barbados — not any poorly contrived executed public relations exercises of the sort that this very intellectually and politically backward, bankrupt, decrepit and discredited BLP is coming up with.

    • hcalndre May 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      @Mark Adamson: since you see Miss. Mottley and the BLP is the worst ever that could represent the country, that`s your opinion, take a look at what the PM and DLP have accomplished in their nine years of ruling the country. Down Grades, bad bus services , solid waste taxes, BRA, water woes, bad roads, street lightings and road signs, Cahill, finger printing, housing, building of projects, taxes, high unemployment, can`t remember anymore at the moment., who can do any worse? let the readers know.

  9. Joan Worrell May 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    You are something else. You don’t post too often but when you post, you make me laugh out loud..Why you don’t leff Miss Mottley alone? A big bumble bee gun sting you if you in careful. lol.

  10. Kevin May 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Does the BLP know that its the little things like $10 tennis courts goes a long way in the minds of the youth. They want to know that someone is taking an interested in them. Those tennis courts will foster more community spirit and help residents engage in productive sports.

    • hcalndre May 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Kevin: well build tennis courts all over the island and that will go a long way,what a great idea for the mountain of problems that the country is facing. The minister could not have a better tittle than “Minister of Sport.”

  11. Timothy Thomas May 29, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Don’t worry Mark, some of us will pay to see your ideas soon. How much will it cost this time around. I am sure you have a comprehensive plan to turn this economy around. Will we again hear about a tax free country. I do think you should concentrate on getting your act together, at least be able to persuade one private sector entity to sponsor you so we don’t have to pay to read what your plans are. Stop hating and bring something that make sense so we can see YOUR ideas to make this country work. If you put the energy you use to vent against Mia to good use, maybe this time you might get your deposit back.

  12. The Rock May 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Mark is a goat. A bilberry goat at that.

    • Mark My Word May 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

      A Rock calling Mark a goat, a bilberry goat at that, all because Mark has a different view point
      Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
      and remember what peace there may be in silence.
      As far as possible without surrender
      be on good terms with all persons.
      Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
      and listen to others,
      even the dull and the ignorant;
      they too have their story.
      Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
      they are vexations to the spirit.
      If you compare yourself with others,
      you may become vain and bitter;
      for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
      Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

    • Mark My Word May 29, 2017 at 8:02 am

      If you compare yourself with others,
      you may become vain and bitter

  13. Richard Johnston May 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    The Roman Empire offered bread and circuses to placate the masses.

    • Jennifer May 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

      oh yes, truth, Mr R Johnston. Does the trick every time.

  14. Zeus May 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Timothy Thomas don’t worry about mark you should be advising Mia to bring her ideas on how she and her team can or will turn this economy around …..I don’t know if it’s to short of time but rather than she reply to the budget on Wednesday if she is so brilliant as some persons around her have her to be maybe she can bring her own budget ……

  15. Mark My Word May 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Wait I thought de BLP yard fowls did not want nothing to do wid owning de Government houses, Adream Forde aka Rip Van Winkle now wake up from his slumber or wat. Rip Van Winkle you got jobs and opportunities to put money in people’s pockets, then you should be the Prime Minister of Barbados , Jamaica, Trinidad, Greece, Italy, England or even Australia as you would be super human and the only person alive that is able to turn around a sluggish economy. Rip Van Winkle for a Nobel Prize. he is a bright fellow.

  16. johnathan May 29, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Mark you should desist from writing as you write some of the poorest and a continued poor gramattical and senseles sentences which are usually weak and just as difficult to understand. You like the guy Zeus continue to be bought by the DLP and are truly an embarresmet to our educational system
    Perfect examples of yard fouls…

  17. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Mark is the Boris Johnson or Bernie Sanders of Barbados. His views must be heard and respected. He is 100% against legalizing same-sex relationships and worse yet same-sex marriages. Why should a Party that promotes legalizing drugs and same sex marriages be seriously considered in 2018 with all this turmoil in secondary schools. Can you imagine a class with most of the students on a high? Oh my God, the Lester Vaughn incident would be forgotten and accepted as the norm. I am appealing to all parents to vote with their consciences instead of blindly supporting DDDDD or BBBBBB. If some Independents have strong positive views on any particular subject that affects your child’s quality of life, vote for them. We already have social services that some industrialized nations don’t have but they come at a great cost to the taxpayers e.g ”free education”, ”free uniforms”, ”free bus fares”, ”free school meals”, ”free medical care” for those who can’t afford to pay etc. etc. Not even the great United States of America provides these services.

    I saw last week on tv that some states are shaming students who can’t afford to pay for their school meals. If you doubt me Google ”School lunch shaming: Inside America’s hidden debt crisis” . In that article you would find the following, quote ”When a student doesn’t have enough money for lunch, cafeteria staff in many districts take away the child’s tray of hot food and hand the student a brown paper bag containing a cold cheese sandwich and a small milk. Some schools take away their lunch entirely.” ends quote.

    The dishonest economists of Barbados know fully well that these things are burdensome to the taxpayers but they will never factor in these costs, when they are rejoicing at Rating Agencies downgrading Barbados’ credit rating. They will tell you that Barbados’ rating is worse than Haiti’s where there are no social services at all. Let us get some politicians in Parliament who will tell the nation what we can afford and what we can’t. No gimmicks like same sex marriages and legaliizing drugs should gain any candidate for any Party , a seat in the House of Assembly. Talk your talk, Mark. Talk your talk Mr. Grenville Phillips. You will both get cuss for your views on cleaning up Barbados. You can expect a backlash from a paid group of people who will flood the social media with negative comments. It is called reversed psychology . Donald Trump did it successfully.

    • hcalndre May 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      @Joan Worrell: with all the taxes that the people pays in Barbados even for the very food items and you can say that Education, bus fares, school meals, medicals are free, where do the taxpayers money go? pay the politicians, I imagine by your comments.

  18. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 9:29 am

    @ Johnathan

    Wait, bozie, you correcting Mark”s grammar with words like “‘gramattical, senseles and embarresmet? Wow!! Furthermore you have no respect for punctuation marks. Lord Have his mercy, as I said above, Mark and Grenville can expect a backlash from paid people, who will flood the social media with negative comments. Tell the person who is paying you, to write the script instead of dictating the information on the phone. . lol

  19. Patrick May 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Well said Jonathan

  20. Patrick May 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Let them expect a change of government along with no taxes , the slate of BLP candidates is the poorest I have seen in years.

    • hcalndre May 29, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      @Patrick: The DLP retained the government in the last election with all the promises that proved to be lies and this is almost 2 terms that they had the government, name any of their accomplishments. The last 4 years they were even worst than the their first term. Look carefully at what they said they would do and not do and see that they did what they said they would not do and have not done what they said they would do. I know it sounds a little confusing but you`ll get the drift.

  21. Lorenzo May 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Joan worrell and who paying you to be a DLP yardfowl on here every day trying to defend an inept governmentWhoever paying to push this same sex unions tell them when people are hungry they could not care less about people,s private business .they want a government who can get us out of this mess.So reel and come again yardfowl.

  22. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I sorry if I hurt your feelings by saying that a man should die hungry rather than allow another man to have anal sex with him. You accuse me of being a DLP yardfowl. from my postings. That is fine with me. Are you a BLP same-sex yardfowl judging from your postings? And who is paying you to promote this kind of behaviour? Brother man, stay out of the gutter when having a discussion with me. I am comfortable fighting you from there.

    • hcalndre May 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      @ Joan Worrell; why are you and some bajans so worried about what other people do in or with their lives? the honest truth, bajans are very,very deceitful and lives in denial. Barbados was always known for that life style so what`s all the fuss about? live your life and let others live theirs.

  23. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Lorenzo

    The following report was published by an official from the Center for Disease Control on April 15.2016. Is this what you and your friends want to legalize in Barbados?

    Men who have sex with men face a syphilis infection rate at the highest it’s been since the 1980s, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official.

    “We’re concerned about our high levels of syphilis among men who have sex with men – really we’re back to the level of disease – burden of disease – in gay men that we were seeing before HIV in this country,” said Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, at an event lobbying for federal funding to fight sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. The comments were reported by CNS News.

    Some groups bear a disproportionate burden of STDs, according to a 2014 CDC fact sheet, and “While anyone can become infected with an STD, certain groups, including young people and gay and bisexual men, are at greatest risk.”

    In a section of the fact sheet on the “Troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men,” the CDC wrote, “Trend data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate (15.1 percent in 2014). While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than 90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases. Men who have sex with men (MSM) account for 83 percent of male cases where the sex of the sex partner is known.”

    According to the CDC, “Having more sex partners compared to other men means gay and bisexual men have more opportunities to have sex with someone who can transmit HIV or another STD.”

    In 2013, Vancouver Coastal Health and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control said that levels of syphilis infections in homosexual and bisexual men were the highest they’d been in more than 30 years in the Vancouver area. In 2015, the Public Health England also released a study indicating a sharp increase in syphilis and gonorrhea among gay men.

  24. Joan Worrell May 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    The Gay Sex Secret Homosexuals Want No One to Know
    As stated in a featured research article presented at Microbicides 2010, The International Conference on Microbicides: “In the United States alone, receptive anal intercourse is practiced in up to 90 percent of gay and other men who have sex with men, according to International Rectal Microbicides Advocates.” Because of this fact, HIV in the US has become primarily a problem centered on homosexual men; with over 60% of new infections among gay males. According the CDC: “Unprotected anal sex is a high-risk practice for HIV infection, with receptive anal sex having the highest risk. Unprotected anal sex also places MSM (men who have sex with men) at risk for other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Although condoms can reduce the risk for HIV transmission, they do not eliminate risk and often are not used consistently. Some MSM attempt to decrease their HIV risk by engaging in unprotected sex only with partners perceived to have the same HIV status as their own. However, this practice is risky, especially for HIV-negative MSM, because MSM with HIV might not know or disclose that they are infected and men’s assumptions about the HIV status of their partners can be wrong.” Regarding condom use by gay men, a study published in the medical journal “Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery” found that: “Condoms protect against HIV but are ineffective in preventing the transmission of many other STIs that spread by skin-to-skin contact. A condom doesn’t cover the base of the shaft, pubic region, or scrotum, which are all places STIs can reside and spread during intimate contact. Moreover, condoms are often put on just for penetration and many STIs pass during foreplay when close contact or other types of sex occur…Patients may also insert dangerous objects into their rectum for erotic stimulation. In addition to the inherent risks of tearing, perforation, or losing the object, patients must also be aware of the risk of STIs that can spread when partners share toys. It is not uncommon for MSM to use (and occasionally abuse) enemas for hygiene or autoerotic activity. These practices and others may perforate or tear the delicate tissues in the anus and rectum…”
    Author’s note: Anal sex is always painful the first few times; as the passive partner, you are inevitably tense, nervous, and anxious. Yet, in the gay male community, this becomes all a part of the initiation ceremony; a rite into manhood usually performed by an older and more experienced male. Blood typically accompanies this practice; heightening the pseudo-occultist experience of blood-brotherhood; also, hence the extremely high rates of continuing HIV infections among gay males. As one physician explained: “Physiologically, the anus is not designed for penetration by any hard object. As a protective reflex action, the anal sphincter tightens ordinarily if stimulated. Any attempt at penile insertion can be distressing, even if done slowly and gradually…The lining [mucus membrane] of the rectum is very thin, tears easily, does not heal fast and therefore is vulnerable to infections. Also, the tears can enlarge to a fissure or a crack. These are painful and slow to heal. There is also a possibility that a fistula could open up, allowing feces to re-route into the abdominal cavity…This can cause serious surgical complications. One may lose control over the anal sphincter causing continuous involuntary leakage of fecal matter. There is also the increased risk of hemorrhoids, which are quite uncomfortable. Rectal prolapse—wherein the walls of the rectum protrude through the anus and hence become visible outside the body—is another surgical emergency that is seen resulting out of anal intercourse.” The very real incidence of anal trauma in gay men recently compelled several public and professional medical organizations, including the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Department of HIV Medicine in London (UK) and The American Society of Colon Rectal Surgeons, to call for further studies and to issue directives warning members and other healthcare researchers and professionals: in New York City, the rampant rise of unprotected anal sex among the cities’ gay male population; the incidence of patients suffering injury from an aggressive form of anal intercourse combined with drug use at one UK hospital; and the curious rise in Proctitis among American gay men.
    In the pre-HIV era, the various gastrointestinal and rectal maladies in male homosexuals seen by physicians and proctologists were collectively referred to as “gay bowel syndrome.” I experienced this first hand, as the constant ritual of anal cleansing, douching, enemas, and penetration, caused the already naturally dry and thin-skinned rectum to become perpetually red, irritated, and swollen. Diarrhea was a relentless affliction; some rather active gay men who otherwise were beautifully muscular and apparently healthy-looking took to wearing diapers – especially during intense work-outs or weight-lifting sessions at the gym, as the increased pressure often caused abnormal leakage. Visits to a San Francisco proctologist were frequent, and his waiting room, crowded with other gay men, sometimes turned into a place to meet and talk as there was always someone I knew – also there waiting to see the doctor. Though, not everyone with this secret problem was single and adventurous; one such friend – a sincere guy who had been in a monogamous relationship for a couple of years, was continuously left with painful anal fissures. After I left the lifestyle, and went back home, my smaller town doctor still knew of my past – as soon as he saw the ravages of what had been my backside. By then, my hemorrhoids were protruding severely – and thus began a few years of one painful surgery after another. During that time, I was constantly walking about with suppositories, frequently with embarrassing stains soaking through my pants, my underwear had to be continually bleached to remove blood stains, and I stunk from fecal matter seeping out. It was a little foreshadowing of purgatory – and, I kept saying to myself: “It hadn’t been worth it.”
    In the 1990s, there was pressure from the gay political power brokers for medical journals and doctors to abandon the term gay bowel syndrome altogether; a rather insignificant occurrence, yet, it does reveal an underling ambition among those who wanted to see a more normalized public perception of gay male sex; and, as one attorney argued, in front of the Supreme Court, there was once “an incorrect understanding that gay couples were fundamentally different than straight couples.” Only, they are “fundamentally different;” as heterosexual sex in marriage does not result in a higher rate of injury and disease

  25. Ralph W Talma May 30, 2017 at 3:14 am

    1. We are supposed to be discussing Ch Ch West not same-sex affairs. I happen to have been born in Ch Ch, and have been saddened over the past years at the deterioration of the infrastructure and also the well-being of the people there including those on my Mothers’ side.
    2. It is now time for change, and I hope the good people of CH CH and the rest of our Island will remember the song “are you mine rich or poor, tell me darling are you sure” which used to ring out from Hilton House in Maxwell Road et al and do the right thing.
    3. In the meantime do stop the petty squabbling and pray that such new leadership will continue to have the best interests of all the people as its prime function.

  26. joan Worrell May 30, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Yes, we are discussing Ch Ch politics which involves improving infrastructure, lifestyles, education, housing, health, youth affairs etc. etc. . I agree that it is time for change but the alternative must tell the constituents inter alia , that he/she disagrees with his/her Party’s position on same sex marriages and legalizing marijuana.

    This is an opportunity for Solutions Barbados and the other two smaller Parties to offer good, clean and progressive ideas on how the country can move forward. They must find out how much money Government is spending on providing medication for HIV infected people. No Minister in either BLP or DLP has ever told the tax payers the true , startling figure. Yes, we hear about how much it costs the country to provide medications for diabetics, asthmatics, hypertensive people etc.etc. and how people should improve their lifestyles to live longer. Why not provide similar information on HIV drugs? And what about the cost of medication for treating the young people who are hooked on drugs at the Psychiatric Hospital? That information should also be given to the taxpayers so that they will know how their money is spent.

    Same-sex and marijuana must feature on all platforms including those in Ch Ch, during the 2018 election season. It must not be put on the back burner as the BLP and Donville Inniss of the DLP would like it to be put.

  27. Lorenzo May 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Mr Talma thank you for pointing that out to Ms Joan Worrell because who ever paying her to spout this same sex union rubbish to use as a distraction can think again.Tell us Ms Worrell 1 when will the PM address the country on the state of the economy 2 When will Mr Jones meet with the teachers to hear their concerns especially as it relates to discipline 3 When will we see an improvement in garbage collections in Barbados 4 when wil the bus service improve 5 When will the AG start getting serious about gun violence in Barbados.Joan Worrell see if you can get your party to answer these questions when next you respond because this is what the majority of bajans what to hear about not same sex unions .How will this issue help peple to feed their families?

  28. joan Worrell May 30, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I already informed you in another column that you are a poor debater. You put your foot in your mouth and can’t get it out. You will consider same-sex marriages and legalizing marijuana as rubbish but those two topics will haunt you and your party at the next elections.

  29. joan Worrell May 31, 2017 at 12:12 am


    Why do you want to put same sex marriages on the back burner?. You so? If so, somebody so, paying you to support it so? The electorate of Barbados will tell you and your friends we don’t like it so.

  30. Lorenzo May 31, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Joan Worrell you can claim I am not impress by your rhetoric and even if I am a poor debater because I don,t sing in your choir is okay by me,others will judge that .I
    I realize you dodge the questions I posed to you and your party the electorate will judge you at election time and if your party cannot defend their record in office then their ass is grass.I have stated my opposition to same sex unions already but I would not let you distract me with red herrings as this has been so in Barbados for years,so real and come again as you can,t worry me,you don,t have the ability to do so.

  31. joan Worrell May 31, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Lorenzo, nothing you say, can convince me that you not so. Same-sex marriages and legislating the use of marijuana are the only two things that your Party has promised over the last 8 years as alternatives to what the incumbent Government is doing. Yes, people want change but not from a woman and man as parents to two men as parents. Can you imagine on sports day at a nursery school , there is an invitation 100-meters-race for mothers and a 6 foot man is competing against women? GDP , VAT and economy mean nothing to those poor little souls. Their attention would be focussed on that man being a mummy. Dissociate yourself from that gang of politicians and then we can have a healthy discussion on the other problems facing Barbados.

  32. Lorenzo May 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Joan Worrell this is my final response to you I do not care two hoots what you believe .Jennifer and you seem to believe you all have the most intelligence in Barbados I beg to differ.I stated my position on same sex unioms and I am living my life and prepared to let others do the same.I notice you dodging the questions I posed to your governmentbut iam not surprised because your purpose is to distract from serious issues but I will call you out as a dlp yardfowl everytime.done with you and that.

  33. joan Worrell May 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Call me dlp yardfowl, I call you BLP Laurie


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