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Sir Frank thanks God, family

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in an engaging discussion with one of the two knights named in the Independence Honours Sir Frank Alleyne at the reception as musician Mike Sealy looks on. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

Sat, December 01, 2012 - 12:07 AM

One of Barbados’ newest knights just wants to say thanks to his God and to his family.

 “I have stood on the shoulders of many people to get this far, but most of the praise belongs to God,” economist Sir Frank Alleyne told the SATURDAY SUN on Thursday night.

“He has kept me out of harm, and my faith has rested on Him.”

Sir Frank also praised his wife of 43 years Elvira, saying she has been his rock and had superbly looked after him and his four daughters – Dr  Dawn Alleyne, Dr Franka Alleyne, Dr Shirley Alleyne and Dr Nicole Alleyne. (BA)

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 10 months ago
As we celebrate 46 years of nationhood, we still remain attached to the remnants of colonial rule. On one hand we want to chart our own future while on the other, we remain holding onto the coattails of our former British masters.

In 1966, Errol Barrow took the bold step to Independence in our right to self-determination. Since then, little else has changed. We still remain shackled by the chains of British aristocracy in our Constitution and Westminster system of government/parliament. Even our archaic British laws have no relevance in a modern and independent Barbados. We were still quite comfortable referring to yesterday as a "Bank Holiday" and not a Public Holiday.

As a region we demonstrated confidence in 1972 by establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to conduct our own examinations and award certificates and diplomas, thereby disassociating from British preset exams.

Barbados was upfront in making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court of appeal, and disaffiliating itself from the Privy Council. Still other islands struggle with whether our Caribbean legal luminaries are capable of deciding our jurisprudence.

I wonder if there was a referendum to move Barbados toward a Republic as was proposed by former prime minister, Owen Arthur, how we as a people will vote. I would never understand why Arthur eventually shied away from the idea of a Republic. Maybe some people wanted things to remain just as they are, for under the new dispensation, all "Sir" titles would effectively cease to exist and we will have a President as our Head of State.

In order to make an indelible mark on our regional and international landscapes, our advancement would require going beyond renaming schools, roundabouts and other public places, and bestowing titles on our sons and daughters. Otherwise, the more things change, the more they will tend to remain the same.

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 10 months ago
Oh, that man might give thanks and praise to GOD always, "for He has done great things." Glad to know that the honorable knighted one gives thanks to the Lord GOD Almighty first of all for the great things he has achieved in life. He's also thanked his wife and that's nice too. His off-spring are all high achievers, another blessing from the Lord.

Sir Frank, no doubt you will be criticized in some quarters for giving your Maker the glory, but please don't let that deter you from always lifting up the name of your Creator. It may be that by doing so, He will use it to bring some of the detractors to Himself, a la Saul (Paul).

Christians, let's pray that thousand in B'dos will also have a "Damascus road experience" in the near future. Thanks.

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Posted by Olutoye WALROND 1 year, 10 months ago
Carl Harper, you must be familiar with that classic piece of literature called ANIMAL FARM. The animals were successful in staging a revolution against the oppressive humans. Well, they established their own government and guess what: after a little while the pigs who became the new leaders began to behave in the same way the humans did. It was said you couldn't tell the difference between human and pig.

If a man has no confidence in himself and his own institutions he might as well be a slave.

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