October 25, 2010
“Michael Jackson of late memory reminded us in his song We Are The World that change will only come when we stand together as one. In his seminal work he wrote: ‘There comes a time, when we heed a certain call, when the world must come together as one. There are people dying, and it’s time to lend a hand to life; the greatest gift of all. We can’t go on, pretending day by day, that someone, somewhere will soon make a change. We are all a part, of God’s great big family, and the truth, you know, love is all we need.’ That’s my fondest wish for Barbadians. That we use adversity to refocus our energies on what’s best for Barbados and that we wrap our actions and our utterances in the national flag and the furtherance of this great nation we call home. That’s my challenge to you. Unite and love. May God bless Barbados and may grace and peace be multiplied unto all Barbadians.” – The Honourable David Thompson, late Prime Minister of Barbados in his final address to the nation on Thursday, September 30, 2010
“He (David Thompson) was one of the most remarkable Barbadians of his generation. (He pursued his work with) what can only be described as a distinctive vibrancy, passion and panache which truly set him apart. As a result, his memory will never whither and can never grow old, but will live on in the minds and hearts of Barbadians forever.” –Owen Arthur, Leader of the Barbados Opposition (Barbados Nation)“His (David Thompson’s life) was a life of public service. His love of Barbados was clear to all. His commitment to his party was unquestionable. As a leader he excited intense emotional reactions. Whether you agreed with his views or not you could not deny that he was the consummate politician of his generation.” – Mia Mottley, former Leader of the Barbados Opposition
“Sir George Mallet was certainly a key figure who can be accredited with a leading role in Saint Lucia’s emergence from the post-colonial era to a modern independent state.” – The Honourable Stephenson King, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia (The Canadian Press)
“We are creating consistent, reliable air transport that is important to the Caribbean, where tourism is the largest source of income. By introducing the Caribbean’s first low-cost airline, we are creating additional options for people in the Caribbean. We will be able to bring people together from the Caribbean.” – Ian Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Red Jet (Barbados Nation)
“The Leader of the Opposition doesn’t have any magic. The Minister of Finance doesn’t have any magic … the people on Broad Street and the people who go to work every day and find a way to make ends meet. That is the real economy.” – Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor, Central Bank of Barbados (Barbados Nation)
“Most of our hatching eggs come from Georgia in the US. When we talk of sovereignty, it is about the ability of the region to produce food for itself.” – Dr. Arlington Chesney, Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
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