Daily Archives: December 15, 2006

Greenland Dump – A Disaster In The Making: C.O. Williams Bulldozers Start Work

By Richard Goddard

December 14, 2006

Work started on Wednesday, 13th December, 2006 on the retro-fit of the government garbage dump at Greenland, St Andrew, in the Scotland District National Park. C.O. Williams equipment, including a bulldozer, crawler/dragline, 3 large yellow dump trucks were on site, with the bulldozer and dragline clearing bush. A 40′ container with C.O. Williams’ colours with a yellow chemical toilet, matching Williams’ yellow, was close by. On the east side of the north-east pond, about 100 sq.ft. of coral stone mix forms a type of ramp in the waters of the pond. All 3 ponds are filled with spring/storm water.

Secrecy Surrounds Award Of Construction Contract

To date the Solid Waste Dept. and the Ministry of Health have not announced who was awarded the contract, but C.O. Wiliams’ bid $25 million, and I suspect that we could add another 50% for over-runs, as the main engineer changes their mind during construction. I had put in a bid, but was not advised to attend the opening of the bids, which is the custom. Ricardo Marshall, I.C. Project is asked to explain this shortcoming. R.J. Burnside Engineers of Toronto, Canada carried out the evaluation of the site, designed the retrofit and is supervising the work.

Canadian Engineers Miscalculations Caused Bridge Collapse

This able team is led by Bill Yokam. Stanley Engineers of Edmonton, Canada made the original plans and supervised the construction in 1995, which cost Barbados taxpayers $20 million and another $11 million to re-build roads and the bridge damaged when 40 ton loads were driven over a bridge designed for 8 tons of cane. Luckily no busload of tourists ended up in the Greenland River at the Maynards Bridge, which was badly damaged and collapsed. The resulting Court action if decided in the U.S. Courts of Law, would have crippled Barbados financially, as millions of dollars of damage would have been awarded against the Barbados government, i.e. the Barbadian taxpayer.

Stanley Engineers of Edmonton, now operating as Stantec of Edmonton, did the original design and supervised the construction.

How Much Will The Greenland Dump Cost? … How Many Fish In The Sea?

The only guarantee is that the garbage dump at Greenland will fail, and will cost the Barbados taxpayers over $100 million. The roads leading to and from Greenland are already cracking and breaking up, and historically the landslides have closed roads in the Scotland District for weeks, months and even years. Since 1984 in a study requested by the Barbados government and paid for by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), recommended incineration, which is waste to energy, to generate electricity. In 1982, Barbados produced 350 tons of solid waste daily. In 2006 the solid waste has risen to 1,000 tons daily, rising by 5% annually.

Incineration & Waste-To-Energy Is The Answer, But Government Won’t Even Look At The New Technology

The Inter American Development Bank, which is funding the solid and liquid waste projects in Barbados and when they fail will be responsible or liable. They will no doubt claim diplomatic immunity. On the latter liquid waste, they have not insisted on tertiary treatment, and are only removing the solids. Graeme Hall swamp was contaminated about 2 – 3 years ago when raw sewage was pumped into the swamp and it drained into the sea at Worthing. The Barbados Sanitation Department recommended incineration in 1987, but this has never been implemented by either the BLP or DLP, and they must both take the blame.

No garbage dump at Greenland, no windfarm to generate electricity at Lamberts, St Lucy, which threatens the health and well-being of the residents at Josey Hill.

Incineration/waste to energy is the way to dispose of 1000 tons of solid waste daily in Barbados.

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Reuters Chief Apologizes For Faked News Photos – Credits Bloggers For Keeping News Media Accountable

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Bloggers Forced Reuters To Pull Over 1000 Faked & Staged Photos

As Barbados Free Press reported in an earlier article (Reuters News Published Many… Faked Photos), Reuters News was been caught red-handed publishing obviously faked photos of the Middle East war. In fact, they published so many obvious fakes that despite what Reuters CEO Tom Glocer says about it being the work of “one man”, it cannot be seen as anything other than an organization-wide conspiracy to present false news to hundreds of millions of people.

Here’s what Reuters News says about all photos and news being approved by editorial groups prior to release…

“Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services. When we get something wrong, our policy is to be honest about errors and to correct them promptly and clearly.”

Groups of Reuters editors gave the OK to publish hundreds of faked photos like the one above that purports to show an Israeli jet launching missiles.

Just one problem – the “missiles” were pasted in via PhotoShop. It never happened, yet millions of people believe it did because Reuters published it!

Bloggers Revealed Reuters’ Techniques For Faking News

The list of Reuters techniques for faking news is incredible. And don’t forget folks, we’re just talking pictures here – what they do with words is even more astounding. And it is not just Reuters. Associated Press, BBC and a host of other “news” agencies have also been caught out.

Here’s some of what Reuters was caught doing…

– Adding missiles and missile smoke trails where none existed.

– Creating damage to buildings where there was no damage.

– Adding smoke to show damage to civilian homes where there was no damage.

– Using a “portable victim” – an actor – in photos showing an old lady crying in front of her bombed out home. A week later Reuters showed the same old lady in front of another bombed out home in another city – again describing how her home in that city was destroyed.

– Posing live people as dead and injured victims: complete with blood and bandages or rubble on their bodies as they are “pulled from the bombed out building”. (Oops! The same “dead victims” were spotted in another Reuters “news” photo taken later, but this time they were alive and carrying other “victims” from yet another staged scene.)

– Describing an explosion at a beach as being from an Israeli Navy artillery shell when it was known that the explosion resulted from a buried mine.

– Showing a bombed out building from different angles over a period of a few weeks – and stating each time that the damage was fresh from a new bombing.

– Carrying the body of a small child from one bomb scene to another miles away to show civilian casualties that never happened.

– Planting furniture and toys in rubble to show that the bombed out location was a civilian residence – when it had been a HQ for a military commander.

– Adding damaged buildings to photos (See below where a blogger found that the same building was “cloned” and then covered with fake “smoke” to show bomb damage over a far greater area of Beirut than actually happened.)

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…. and on and on and on.

Our Conclusion: Reuters Faked News Is Widespread And Is The Work Of Groups Of Editors – Not Just “One Man”.

Nonetheless, the CEO of Reuters has been reluctantly forced to acknowledge that Reuters published faked news. He tries to lay it off as the work of “one man”, but my friends… that is just another Reuters lie.

Here’s what Reuters CEO Tom Glocer said in a recent speech (Thanks to Little Green Footballs blog – link here)

Excerpt from speech by Reuters CEO Tom Glocer – Concerning Publishing Fake News

So what does the Hajj incident tell us? There are three key lessons:

The first is accountability. The upside of the flourishing blogosphere is that beyond our own strict editorial standards, there is a new check and balance. I take my hat off to Charles Johnson, the editor of Little Green Footballs. Without his website, the Hajj photo may well have gone unnoticed.

The blogosphere provides accountability. They’re not always going to be right. Indeed, many of the accusations levelled at traditional media are partisan in nature – but some are not. We have to listen to the bloggers – we shouldn’t ignore them.

The second lesson is about the trust of our audience. We learned at Reuters that the action of one man – a man who wasn’t even a full-time staff member – could seriously hurt the trust in our news, built assiduously over 155 years. His stupid decision to clone smoke cost us.

We learned that your reputation is only as good as the last photograph you transmit, or the last story you file.

The final lesson we learned was this – more than ever the world needs a media company free from bias, independent, telling it as it really is, without the filter of national or political interest…

…Telling the story truthfully is more important than ever. Reporting it without spin and without editorializing is critical if history is to accurately record events.

Read more at Michelle Malkin (link here).

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Barbados Environmental Health Obtains First Littering Conviction

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Court Gives Serious Sentence: Three Thousand Dollar Fine Or Jail

From Ian Bourne’s Bajan Health Protectors blog…

Justice Prevails Against Illegal Dumping!

Thursday 13th October 2006 was a landmark day for Barbadian environmental history when the department of Environmental Health successfully prosecuted against a person caught littering.

Magistrate Barbara Weekes of District “B” ordered the perpetrator to pay a fine of three thousand dollars forthwith or face time in jail, and a continuous accruement of two hundred dollars per day for every day the fine is not paid.

This eventful decision was made at the Oistins Magistrates Court with the diligent service and invaluable evidence provided via agents of the Randall Phillips…

… continue reading this article at Bajan Health Protectors blog (link here).

OK, Great. What’s Next?

We didn’t quite know how to handle this story when we first heard about it from Ian Bourne. There is a certain cynical humour that resides at Barbados Free Press – especially on a Friday night when the work is done and we might have seen a lime or three passing by. So we cracked open a few more Banks beers and continued with what is euphamistically called our Friday night “editorial” confeerance. (schpelling is a weeeee bit off 2night cause it is editorial conferrance night ya see!)

Robert wanted this piece to be a straight sincere congratulation message to Ian Bourne and his co-workers. Shona said that would never work because everybody would think we were mocking the government for finally getting a conviction for littering after twelve years of doing nothing. Cliverton chimed in via Skype and suggested a full-blown sarcastic article with a faux-transcript of Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson making an announcement at the United Nations that Barbados has obtained a conviction for littering.

In the end, we decided to simply copy the piece from Ian Bourne’s blog, wish him well and call upon the government to give more resources to the front-line environmental troops.

And that’s what we just did.

Now, darlin’ – how about cracking your man a new beer? Who’s got the cards? I’m feeling lucky tonight!

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