Daily Archives: September 5, 2006

Some Barbados Ministry Of Health Workers Not Paid For 3 Months

And again we ask…

Does the Government of Barbados have a little problem with cashflow?

From The Nation News…

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“IF IT WERE ME I would be vex as hell,” said general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Joseph Goddard.

“It is absolutely ridiculous that someone can work for 12 weeks and don’t get paid a cent,” said Minister of Health Jerome Walcott, noting that he found it very upsetting when people constantly visited his office to complain they had not received money for work done for his ministry.

The two were responding to questions from the DAILY NATION about the constant flow of complaints from temporary workers in the Ministry of Health that often weeks, sometimes months, after they undertook short-term work stints they still had not been paid…

Read the entire article at The Nation News here.

Previous BFP Articles On This Topic

Barbados Government Cashflow Problem – Tip Of The Iceberg?

Readers Comment On “Is Barbados Bankrupt?”

Barbados Spending Cannot Continue

Barbados Government Cashflow Problem

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Al Qaeda Terrorist Has Trinidad and Tobago Passport – Barbados Police Commissioner Says “Relax and Have A Rum”

For those who forget from time to time that Barbados and the Caribbean are also targets of Muslim Jihadists, this little reminder appeared in The Nation News…

Trinidad, Guyana Alert For Terrorist

ONE OF THE WORLD’S most wanted terrorists, Al Qaeda operative Adnan Gulshair Muhammad el Shukrijumah, may be hiding in Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana and has, in his possession, a T&T passport.

Shukrijumah, 31, is one of the most wanted terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which said he was “wanted in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States”.

He has several “personal ties” to both Trinidad and Guyana, the FBI said, according to an Los Angeles Times Sunday. US law enforcement described the elusive terrorist as an “ultimate sleeper agent”.

The LA Times report quoted FBI sources as saying that Shukrijumah could be anywhere, including Trinidad and Guyana, because of his ties in both places and the fact that he is believed to have passports of both countries…

Barbados Police Commissioner “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Don’t worry, folks! The Commissioner of the Royal Barbados Police Force says that no terrorist has checked in with authorities, so everything be A-OK. Have a rum, relax. Everything gonna be fine…

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin told the DAILY NATION that although no official request was made to his department, to date there was no record that the wanted terrorist had entered or had passed through any of Barbados’ ports of entry.

He noted that since Shukrijumah was blacklisted locally, there would have been automatic checks done on the fugitive…

… read the whole article at The Nation News.

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Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

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The house where the Barbados Minister of Public Works sleeps every night is built upon land that was originally expropriated by the Government of Barbados for “Public Housing”.

According to a BFP source, once the privately-owned land was seized by the government, the building lot then “somehow” passed from public ownership and into private hands again – through a magical process that is not altogether unknown in Barbados.

And now the Minister of Public Works for Barbados has a place to lay his weary head every night after his long days of selfless dedication to the common good.

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Neighbours say that the Honourable Gline A. Clarke J.P., M.P., Barbados Minister of Public Works, has lived in the house since it was built, and that he can often be seen in the evening sitting on the front steps – surveying his domain while enjoying a cup of tea.

The house itself is a modern 2-storey design and like many of the nearby homes is still in need of final outside finishing and landscaping.

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Minister Clarke’s polished Mercedes sedan is one of two autos that are parked at the home each night, and, (again according to the neighbours) the lady of the home leaves each morning slightly after the Minister and usually returns before he arrives home – so the Minister’s Mercedes is seldom in the garage. (A pity as such a magnificent automobile should be more protected from the hot sun.)

The Reader’s Digest Version

1. Privately owned land is expropriated by the Government of Barbados for “Public Housing”. (Under what circumstances, who made the decision and how much was actually paid to the landowners by the government is a whole other matter.)

2. Part of the expropriated land – a choice building lot – is then “somehow” transferred from public ownership to a private owner.

3. Government Minister of Public Works, the Honourable Gline Clarke, J.P., M.P. moves into a newly-built home on the now privately-owned choice building lot.

4. No Integrity Legislation exists in Barbados. As a result, powerful Government Ministers like Mr. Clarke do not have to declare their assets or explain how it is that, as a Member of the Cabinet that approves the expropriation of privately-owned lands, a Minister of Government comes to live upon a choice building lot that was forceably taken from an owner – using the full power of the Government.

Dear Minister Clarke…

Dear Minister Clarke,

This article was written using information provided by your fellow citizens. If any of the information contained in this article is incorrect, we want to hear about it from you.

We will publish, unedited, any response received from you, and we will ensure that your response stays at the top of the article and this blog so that you can speak directly to the same citizens of Barbados and visitors from around the world who read the original Barbados Free Press article.

We await your response, Mr. Minister.

Marcus, Robert, Shona, Cliverton (and Auntie Moses)

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