Monthly Archives: March 2006

Clyde Mascoll Lectures About Proper Management

Newly frocked Barbados Minister of State Clyde Mascoll lectured delegates to the first International Management Conference held at Amaryllis Beach Resort, last Monday…

If a country is going to be competitive in this new global environment, then it has to understand how to get more out of its inputs, which, therefore, means that the critical issue confronting the region is how we can become more productive, said the Minister.

He stated that management would play a critical role in enhancing this productivity.

How do you get workers to work harder? How do you get workers to do better? How do you increase you output with the available resources you have? That’s the first requirement for productivity, and in the short term, management is critical to that, said Mascoll.

…Full article at The Barbados Advocate.

Perhaps Mr. Mascoll could also give a lecture to the government workers responsible for repairing that road washout that has been waiting over two years?

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Barbados Prison Riot 2005 – Secret Inquiry Being Held

The Peliminary Inquiry must be secret – because the news media has been excluded…

From The Nation News

Press barred from prison inquiry

THE PRELIMINARY INQUIRY into charges arising out of the burning of Glendairy Prisons continued yesterday minus the Press.

On Monday the special court presided over by Magistrate Deborah Holder got under way in a section of the prison at Station Hill, St Michael.

That session was opened to the Press, but yesterday when a news team turned up, warders at the gate said they had no instructions about allowing the Press in.

It was exactly one year ago, March 29, that fire broke out at the lone jail as prisoners began protests that ran for days. They were eventually shifted to different areas of the island before they were moved to the temporary location at Harrison Point, St Lucy.

Tip of the hat to Bim Today for pointing out that prison riots and murders of prisoners don't happen in the tourist haven of Barbados – so there is no need for the news media to cover this inquiry anyway.

Did someone say "Royal Commission Needed" ?

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Barbados Chemical Dumping – What Would Jesus Do?



… is brought to you be the fine folks at…

Enhanced Chemicals Corp.
P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.
Fiberpol Manufacturing Inc.

As foreign visitors drive up to the industrial facility located in the middle of what was once a thriving Barbados sugar plantation, they are always surprised and remark upon the sign in front of Enhanced Chemicals Corporation's building…

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Psalms 127 – Enhanced Chemicals Corp. (246) 420-6089"

Such an outward sign of faith is rarely associated with a typical business in North America or Europe, but is common enough in Barbados where the majority of the population are Christians of one sort or another. Sure, times are changing everywhere, but as a guess, one is probably safe saying that more Bajans pray than not.

But if most Bajans profess to fear the Lord, one has to wonder why the island is littered with discarded chemical and oil drums. When the Lord placed his creation in our care, is this what He wanted?


Illegal Chemical Dumps Are Everywhere

Abandoned chemical drums are everywhere in Barbados – in the fields, on the beaches, by the roadside and on hilltops in the middle of nowhere. As I write this, there is even an old rusted 55 gallon oil drum sitting on the green at Grantley Adams International Airport – and it has been there for months according to Shona's brother who makes deliveries in the area. (He jokes "Dey put de chemical drum at de airport so de tourists can see Barbados culture from the start.")

Many of these discarded drums are not empty – some contain considerable amounts of corrosive and poisonous chemicals. Some are even full of foulness – abandoned in the ditch so they become someone else's problem and cost.

But the Government of Barbados does not pick them up – so they sit for years and even decades in the rain and sun and salt spray until they burst or rust out. After a season or two, they can become invisible – covered by vegetation – waiting for some luckless child to become too curious as happened a few years back near Drax Hall Woods.

Zero Environmental Enforcement in Barbados

These chemical drums are dumped everywhere, but the Barbados Government does nothing about illegal chemical dumping. No education. Zero enforcement. No mandatory hazardous waste training programs. No inspections. None.

Not one environmental dumping charge has been laid in twelve years of Owen Arthur's stewardship… and the opposition DLP shouldn't be so smug because there were probably no charges laid when they were the government either.

No Government Program To Recover Abandoned Chemical Drums

The Barbados Ministry of the Environment does not have a program to recover these abandoned chemical drums.

What would Jesus do? Probably more than the Environment Ministry personnel who just drive right by chemical drums abandoned on the side of the road. Can the Barbados Government be embarrassed into action? Some have doubts, but we will keep trying.

We at Barbados Free Press are going to publish regular reminders to all – and especially to Environment Minister Liz Thompson – featuring some typical illegal chemical dumps on beautiful Barbados. Maybe then Minister Thompson will have her do-nothing environmental personnel go to the scene and clean up the mess one way or another.

Oh… and Minister Thompson? We'll be watching… so if your personnel just move the mess around, we will be in touch. Hopefully, you'll someday learn to hold your management team accountable. Hopefully. Someday.


… is brought to you be the fine folks at…

Enhanced Chemicals Corp.
(246) 420-6089

P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.
Newton Plantation
Christ Church, Barbados

Fiberpol Manufacturing Inc.
Newton Plantation
Christ Church, Barbados

These three companies share the same location on the old Newton Plantation…

Chemical drums and cans burning at P.T. Charles & Co. Ltd.


Long-abandoned chemical drums – Fiberpol

Gallons of old Acetone still remain in the black abandoned drum.

Photos courtesy of Shona's "little" brother 


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Negrocrat Defined

According to Aurelius Smith in a letter to The Nation, no matter what meaning politicians choose to place on the word "Negrocrat", the linguistic root meaning of the word is "to be an exponent or advocate of black-power".

Mr. Smith makes a compelling argument, but whatever the technical meaning, the Barbados politicians who use this foul word intend it to be a racial slur.


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Latest Cricket World Cup Problem – Cement Shortage

The venue development Director for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 has sounded the alarm… cement shortages across the Caribbean are delaying construction of CWC venues.

"The Cricket World Cup office is very seriously monitoring the situation and we have made demands to the Local Organising Committees as to the nature and seriousness," Lockerbie said. "We are aware of the shortages – there were shortages in nearly every territory. I am personally quite surprised that the industry could let down the region, when in the region of (US) $300 million has been invested in this project. The stadium development for the tournament deals with cement and blocks should have been a major one on everyone's agenda."

Lockerbie said that the Cricket World Cup has called for reports from all the nine countries – with 13 stadiums, which will be hosting matches. He said Jamaica and Guyana have been the worst hit, but other countries also faced difficulties…

…from the Trinidad & Tobago Express

The cynic in me has to point out that shortages make for higher prices and budget overages – but we already expected that.

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Barbados Double Murder At Bridgetown Nightclub

Bermuda Police Officer Loses Two Sons in Barbados Stabbings

To lose two sons on the same night – I cannot begin to imagine the despair. No matter what happened or how, we should be praying for the parents.

From The Royal Gazette, Bermuda…

A Bermuda Police officer was last night mourning the deaths of two sons after they were stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Barbados.

Justin and William Greene – sons of Barbadian narcotics officer Ronald Greene – are reported to have been killed after a dispute with a group of men in the early hours of yesterday. It is understood that Justin, 21, and William, 25, were Detective Constable Greene’s sons from a previous relationship.

The officer, from Smith’s, is believed to have two other children from his current marriage to a fellow Police officer. In a brief statement issued last night on behalf of Det Con Greene and his family, Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said: “The family is still coming to terms with the realities of the situation that’s taken place.

“They say they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from their friends, family and colleagues.”

According to Inspector Barry Hunte of the Royal Barbados Police, the brothers, who are Barbadian nationals, had been attending a function at the nightclub in Cavans Lane, Bridgetown, when the incident unfolded at 3 a.m yesterday. “They were involved in a dispute with a group of men and I’m advised that outside the nightclub the group of men engaged them in a dispute again,” said Insp Hunte.

“They received several stab wounds to their bodies and were taken to the nearby Queen Elizabeth hospital where their deaths were confirmed.”



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Barbados Minister of Public Works Still Smoking Something…

Last week, the Barbados Free Press asked "Barbados Public Works Minister Gline Clarke – What Has He Been Smoking?" concerning the Minister's comments that our roads would all be repaired in two weeks if it weren't for those nasty utility companies getting in the way.

Now, Minister Clarke's attention has turned to the QEH Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Nothing wrong there that a new driveway and a few signs won't fix, he says… and, oh, by the way – the government promises to spend 110 Million dollars on the hospital in the next year. But don't take that as an indication that anything is wrong now…

According to the Minister, the real problem is that we won't stop talking about how bad the hospital is.

From The Nation

During last week's Estimates debate in the House of Assembly, (Minister Clarke) called for people local and abroad to stop knocking the hospital…

"It is something we must all go to and it is no sense pulling down the institution and allowing foreigners to come here and write stupidness in the papers day after day that the hospital is no good."

So everybody just listen to the Minister and Shut Up! Things are fine. Really.

But maybe if the government had spent the 110 million dollars on the hospital last year, that nasty Canadian who complained about "third world" facilities would have instead been talking about what a great place Barbados is for medical care and vacations.

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