May God Bless The Folks At WordPress.com

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One of our readers asked about some Google advertisements that sometimes appear on Barbados Free Press. We’ve never seen one, but we are told that they occasionally appear almost at random.

We understand that the advertisements are put there by the hosts of our blog at WordPress.Com. We have no control over the adverts, nor do we receive the advertising revenue.

They are the price of having a free and anonymous blogging service from WordPress.

As most of you know, I am not a religious man but I say “May God Bless the folks at WordPress” because without them and their free, anonymous service, Barbadians would have no place on the internet to discuss the government without fear of reprisal.

In fact, without the internet and WordPress.com, we would have no place at all to discuss the government in a public forum without fear.

Even as I am writing this, the government’s BLP Blog has posted a warning to the Barbados media that they had better “project the positives aspects of Barbados society at all times” or else!

(see BFP’s article Barbados Government Blog Publishes Threats Against Journalist David Ellis)

Once again, may God Bless the folks at WordPress.com

Robert

A reminder that if we can start a blog, you can too!

The learning curve is about 10 minutes and WordPress.com has dozens of templates to easily get you started. By the end of this year or maybe sooner, over a million folks will have their blogs hosted for free at WordPress.com. You can remain anonymous or not, your choice.

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WordPress.com and other such providers have done so much to empower people and democracy. In the not to distant future folks like Matt and his friends at WordPress will be viewed as the heros that they are.

Start your own blog today by clicking on the wordpress.com logo at the top or here.

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9 responses to “May God Bless The Folks At WordPress.com

  1. Anonymous

    For the first time, I’m seeing a bit of the “We,The People” sentiment breaking out into the clear!

    Previously, the concept that we,the people are the de facto government has not been.
    It has always been The Government vs. the people(the same people that vote in the Government) – an odd game we play.

    But now, BFPress has concocted the first spontaneous “press” that CANNOT be controlled by those who seek to control (unless they shut it down entirely, somehow)-and that is not impossible.
    This “Press”/outlet is run by us contributors,in large part, and that must frighten the pants off the BeeLP.

    ………………………..

    Patrick Porter, be careful.
    It’s not that difficult to engage hitmen to get to you, in TO …you just be careful,okay?

  2. Patrick Porter

    Anonymous

    Thanks for your concern.I have had this happen before and I will not bow down to threats. I am getting on in years and I do not and will not see my beloved people suffer the fate of those who have no voice. Let freedom ring throughout the halls and let its bell never be silenced

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  4. No - Name

    BPF,
    I would like to draw your attention to an article that appeared in the Nation Newspaper on Sunday 8th April 2007 re:
    BIDC fires Newton Park contractor
    Published on: 4/8/07.

    AFTER BEING UNDER CONSTRUCTION for nearly four years, work at Newton Business Park, Christ Church, has stopped with the firing of contractors Hafeez Karamath Construction Ltd (HKCL).

    This is the same Karamath that was arrested in relation to the Piarco Airport Scandal in Trinidad. To date I have never seen any mention of it in our local newspapers. Here is an article that was written in 2006 in Trinidad re the arrest of Karamath.

    Wanted Israeli held in NY
    FRANCIS JOSEPH In Miami Monday, November 6 2006

    AN ISRAELI man, wanted in Trinidad in connection with the Desalcott corruption investigation, was arrested last Friday in New York on a provisional warrant for his extradition to this country.

    Joseph Bendak, born in Israel but living in New York, was held by US law enforcement officers following a request from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The provisional warrant for his extradition was served on him and he was placed in the Manhattan Federal Detention Centre. He will appear in the US District Court today to answer the extradition charge.

    The office of the Attorney General in Port-of-Spain was informed of the arrest over the weekend. Efforts are being made to send TT policemen to New York to attend today’s hearing. Newsday was told Bendak expressed an interest in coming to Trinidad to face the charge.

    Should he waive his right to extradition proceedings and voluntarily come to Trinidad, Bendak plans to apply for bail pending the hearing and determination of the corruption charge.

    He is charged jointly with Trinidadian businessman Hafeez Karamath and another Israeli for alleged corruption relating to the bidding process of the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott).

    Karamath, head of Karamath Engineering Services Limited, was arrested on June 2 and taken before the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court.

    It was alleged that between January 1, 1998 and August 25, 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere, Karamath and Bendak conspired with other persons to defraud the State with a view to gain for themselves and others by dishonestly arranging a water supply contract to be awarded to a joint venture between Hafeez Karamath and Ionics, known as Desalcott and the State through WASA by:

    (1) Falsely pretending that the said process was open, honest, and competitive, and,

    (2) Manipulation of the Desalination Project Evaluation Committee so that the grant of the water supply contract to the said Desalcott was predetermined.

    Karamath, 50, of Palm Road, Valsayn, was granted $1 million bail. According to police sources, other persons are expected to be charged soon in relation to the Desalcott probe.

    _____________________________________________________________________
    This is not the first time that Karimah has been under suspicion..there was another article in relation to the awarding of the contract to build and operate the desal plant in Point Lisa in South Trinidad as can be seen from the below newspaper article: THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT LIE IN THE SAME BED AS THE BLP

    Settlement imminent
    FRANCIS JOSEPH Wednesday, March 23 2005

    A SETTLEMENT is imminent in the lawsuit filed by Port-of-Spain attorneys Dr Claude Denbow and his wife Donna against the State over a planned search of their city offices by local and foreign investigators. When the matter was called yesterday, counsel for the Denbows, Seenath Jairam SC, asked that the case be adjourned to April 5 for mention, pending a settlement.

    Jairam told Madame Justice Mira Dean-Armorer in the Port-of-Spain Third Civil Court that the plaintiffs received a letter dated March 18 from the Chief State Solicitor in which a request was made with respect to 14 documents in the possession of the Denbows. In asking for the case to be adjourned, Jairam gave an undertaking that the Denbows will not remove, destroy, deface, hide or interfere with any documents now in their possession relating to the 14 items mentioned in the Chief State Solicitor’s letter. The hearing was brief as both parties, through their attorneys, indicated an intention to settle the matter. The injunction, which was granted on March 8 to the city lawyers will continue pending the hearing and determination of the motion.

    The Denbows were represented by Jairam, Dr Fenton Ramsahoye SC, Desmond Allum SC, Om Lalla, Kelvin Ramkissoon, and Darrel Allahar. Douglas Mendes SC and Michael Quamina appeared for the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police, Senior Supt Maurice Piggott, head of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau, Insp John Telesford, and former FBI agent Paul Kelly, who has been hired by the Government to investigate reports of alleged corruption. On March 8, Madame Justice Amrika Tiwary-Reddy, sitting at midnight at the Hall of Justice, granted an ex-parte injunction to the Denbows to block both local and foreign investigators from searching their St Vincent Street offices as investigations continued into the construction of the controversial desalination plant.

    Denbow has acted as attorney at law for Desalcott since its inception in June 1999 and for Hafeez Karamath since October 1997. Denbow stated that he was informed by attorney Randy Depoo that he was present with Karamath on January 14 when Telesford, Kelly and Lindquist executed search warrants on several companies at El Socorro, San Juan, and at Desalcott’s offices at Point Lisas on January 26.

    Denbow pointed out that the investigation is being conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau with Kelly as its lead investigator. On January 27, at Karamath’s request, Dr Denbow said he attended an interview conducted by Kelly at which Telesford and Lindquist were present. According to Denbow, the purpose of his attendance was to assist Karamath in identifying and recollecting the names of a number of corporate entities. The focus of the questioning was in relation to a suspicion by the interviewers that some corrupt payment may have been made to a public official during the period 1998 to 1999 in order to influence the award of the desal plant.

  5. No - Name

    I am convinced that the BIDC did not do any due diligence on Karamath. Check out this newspaper article written in 2004:
    Hotel sues contractor for $19M
    Monday, May 31 2004

    THE construction company contracted on January 13, 1998 to work on the Tobago Hilton has been sued by its contractor for $19,395,211. The writ was filed by M Hamel-Smith and Company at the Port-of Spain High Court Registry on May 21 on behalf of Vanguard Hotel Limited. Vanguard is claiming that Hafeez Karamath Construction Limited owes the hotel company $6,615,211 in overpayments for the contracted job, $11,940,000 in liquidating damages for the periods November 30, 1999 to January 28, 2000 and January 29 to July 6, 2000, and $840,000 in damages regarding a 14-day shut down of the Tobago Hilton in October 2000.

    The sum is exclusive of VAT. Vanguard is also claiming interest on the sum owed as seen fit by the court. According to the writ, the construction company, via a letter dated February 2, 2004, had been called upon to pay the sum owed but had neglected to do so.

  6. John

    No – Name
    April 9th, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    It was alleged that between January 1, 1998 and August 25, 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere, Karamath and Bendak conspired with other persons to defraud the State with a view to gain for themselves and others by dishonestly arranging a water supply contract to be awarded to a joint venture between Hafeez Karamath and Ionics, known as Desalcott and the State through WASA by:

    (1) Falsely pretending that the said process was open, honest, and competitive, and,

    (2) Manipulation of the Desalination Project Evaluation Committee so that the grant of the water supply contract to the said Desalcott was predetermined.

    Karamath, 50, of Palm Road, Valsayn, was granted $1 million bail. According to police sources, other persons are expected to be charged soon in relation to the Desalcott probe.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Isn’t Ionics involved in our “desal” plant here too?

    A little bird also told me that a former Ionics employee was involved in the project …. from the Government side, back in the 1990’s.

  7. observant

    Isn’t Ionics involved in our “desal” plant here too?

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    the plot thickens. Still nothing in the Nation newspaper.

  8. No - Name

    John/observant,
    Perhaps BIDC has been told to cut all links with Kramath…THE MAN IS A CRIMINAL! and in bed with Owen and that crowd.

    There is some link between the local company and Karamath. Think should provide some interesting information on this matter:www.ttparliament.org/hansard/house/2000/hh20000428.pdf

    It says in part in reference to Karimath: That is the same individual whom this Government, like a thief in the night,has given the go ahead to build us this unnecessary $800 million desalination
    plant that is earmarked to generate profits of somewhere between $600 million
    and $1 billion.”

    The people of Barbados have no idea who they are in bed with! ..and they are planning a sencond desal in St.Lucy.

    Now I can see how Owen and dem boys can easily get kickbacks fromKarimah et al…..he is that sort of man!

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