Barbados Apartment Collapse – Day 6 – All Five Bodies Now Recovered – Attorney General Announces Results Of Not-Yet-Held Inquest… Really

Government Investigations Aim For A Pre-determined Conclusion?

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2:00pm Barbados Time – Friday, August 31, 2007

Voice of Barbados radio just carried the official announcement made by Attorney General Dale Marshall that the last of the five bodies has been recovered from the hole. The site is being guarded and many international experts have flown to Barbados for consultations about the extent of the remaining danger, and whether or not nearby schools can be opened.

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Attorney General Announces That Government Is Not To Blame

Despite all the AG’s talk of an ongoing investigation and an inquest into the whys, hows and whats of the five deaths, Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall announced the results of those investigations just a few minutes ago…

Nobody is to blame. It could have happened to anyone, anywhere in Barbados.

That is a paraphrase of what the AG announced. I’m glad that’s settled! Looks like we can all forget about the inquest now.

(I’ll put the recording and transcript of what the AG said on line if I can find the time later.)

10:00am Barbados Time – Friday, August 31, 2007

Latest Update from Voice Of Barbados Radio 92.9fm

Some Earlier Confusion Over The Identity Of One Body

Four bodies have been recovered to this moment. It was wrongly reported by all media on Wednesday night and Thursday morning that the body of the mother, Cassandra Codrington 27, was recovered on Wednesday evening. It now turns out that neither of the bodies recovered on Wednesday was that of Cassandra.

That alone provides a sad clue as to the state of the bodies and the dangerous conditions under which our rescue and recovery teams have been working.

There was an on-scene 7am meeting of engineers this morning. The engineers then met with recovery and political leadership and that meeting broke up only a few minutes ago. The Minister of Home Affairs is expected to give an update later this morning.

A decision has been made to continue with the recovery although some earlier rain caused concern. Some heavy equipment is working now at the scene, despite periods of no work due to fears of another cave-in.

Nearby residents (within 100 metres) are moving furniture and all belongings from their homes.

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40 responses to “Barbados Apartment Collapse – Day 6 – All Five Bodies Now Recovered – Attorney General Announces Results Of Not-Yet-Held Inquest… Really

  1. crossroads

    I know life goes on, however it pi–es me off everytime I see Dale Marshall or Noel Lynch at a briefing meeting or on the news, at the site with their casual smirks on their faces as if they just heard a joke. What the hell are you smiling at ? Show a little more remorse please.

  2. Lady Anon

    I guess everyone so far has not realised that poor Dale Marshall’s face is the way the good Lord made it. There are some people whose faces are in a permanent frown…others are in a permanent smile/smirk. Unfortunately for Min. Marshall, while that may augur well for the political platform, in this instance, it makes him seem insensitive and callous.

  3. Wishing in Vain

    I think as we have posted here before that they have tried to relate this event to the magnatude of the WTC (which it is not) with their reference to the site as ground zero now revised to state Hotspot.
    They have dragged their feet for way too long to extract every bit of media coverage available to them this is a very sickening method of operation as I have said before I am sure that they are many others more informed and more capable of updating the press as opposed to the 3 or 4 Gov’t ministers that have made it their duty to be ever present when the press are around.
    Or the stupity of Lynch snickering when asked what would he say to the families of the deceased, this is insensitivity at its height.
    Now who was doing the bulldozer work on the site nearby and what propmted them to call for an engineers report on this location?
    It all sounds very fishy to me, but I am sure as most things evolve in Barbados some payments will be effected and the issue will dissappear.

  4. Anonymous

    I think as BU has posted here that they have tried to relate this event to the magnitude of the WTC (which it is not) with their reference to the site as ground zero now revised to state Hotspot.
    They have dragged their feet for way too long to extract every bit of media coverage available to them this is a very sickening method of operation as I have said before I am sure that they are many others more informed and more capable of updating the press as opposed to the 3 or 4 Gov’t ministers that have made it their duty to be ever present when the press are around.
    Now who was doing the bulldozer work on the site nearby and what prompted them to call for an engineers report on this location?
    It all sounds very fishy to me, but I am sure as most things evolve in Barbados some payments will be effected and the issue will dissappear.

  5. Wishing in Vain

    Sorry the above was my post not sure what the gremlins were up to.
    I think we have posted here before that they have tried to relate this event to the magnitude of the WTC (which it is not) with their reference to the site as ground zero now revised to state Hotspot.
    They have dragged their feet for way too long to extract every bit of media coverage available to them this is a very sickening method of operation as I have said before I am sure that they are many others more informed and more capable of updating the press as opposed to the 3 or 4 Gov’t ministers that have made it their duty to be ever present when the press are around.
    Now who was doing the bulldozer work on the site nearby and what prompted them to call for an engineers report on this location?
    It all sounds very fishy to me, but I am sure as most things evolve in Barbados some payments will be effected and the issue will dissappear.

  6. Concern

    I think Mr Marshall should stop picking for words. It sounds so rehearsed and stupid. I mean you are there eager to find out the progress of things and when he speaks it is a real turn off. He takes forever to complete a sentence and it is frustrating.

  7. Wishing in Vain

    Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, They have just reported that the last body has been retrieved, thank god for that.
    Now maybe just maybe the constant bombardment of the public with the insensitve Lynch, Marshall and Prescod with their media grabbing antics will be halted and no more of those hourly photo opportunities.
    My compliments to those that worked thru this trying period to retrieve these bodies my only regret that it was bodies that were retrieved instead of living persons, may they rest in peace.

  8. Yardbroom

    That grown men /women could behave in this manner on a public forum does no credit to whichever party you support. The party concerned would be better off without your support. You have not disgraced yourselves, because you are beyond that.

  9. BFP

    Hello Yardbroom

    George talking. I went away for a few minutes and they came at us, for some reason much wwent by the filter and got on the blog. I cleared it out now.

    It is the people from the other websites that were set up to stop BFP. All part of the same coordinated attacks been happening for a week or better.

    Easy qustion: To whom the benefit if BFP blog is harmed?

  10. littleboy

    BFP
    Thanks for sparing my nerves.Let us now get back to decent discussion.

  11. ??

    whom ever was responsible for the vulgarity and use of my and other identifiers should be ashamed of themselves.

  12. Wishing in Vain

    This has been a concerted attack both here and on BU here at BFP they have taken a much firmer arm with their nonsense and have more or less erdicated the stupid nonsense thank you.

  13. BFP

    Hello Folks

    That was a small 15 minute sample of what our chief moderator George deals with every hour of every day.

    One does not have to be a genius to determine who would most want to detract from BFP’s popularity and usefulness as a citizen forum that primarily focuses upon government corruption.

    When our readers start to respond to the foul comments that slip through our filters, the other side wins – because the focus of the blog changes.

    BFP asks our readers to ignore the obvious attempts to divert discussion. We deal with the foul comments when we are personally moderating, but we are not always personally moderating… so please be patient when we are away for a few hours.

    Robert

  14. Wishing in Vain

    You are doing a wonderful job for which we are all thankful, keep the good work up and do not be deterred.

  15. PiedPiper

    They seek to discredit BFP but in their arrogance they fail to realize that they only discredit themselves and reveal just how desperate they really are.

  16. Wishing in Vain

    I have seen many of the comments and the anger and hatred the manifest is revealing of a very distorted and sick mind.

  17. Yardbroom

    Thanks BFP
    Much appreciated, I will not take any more space from the discussion.

  18. Anonymous

    i think minister lynch did a wonderful job , he went way beyond his call of duty and as home affairs minister he was responsible for briefing the press during this tradgedy well done Mr minister thank you

  19. reality check

    Is this the same Attorney General that declared no corruption in our prison construction after a short phone call with a company whose whole corporate culture has been proven to be based on bribes and influence peddling?

  20. Lady Anon

    i think minister lynch did a wonderful job , he went way beyond his call of duty and as home affairs minister he was responsible for briefing the press during this tradgedy well done Mr minister thank you
    ——————

    FYI…Minister Lynch is NOT the home affairs minister.

  21. As if we were not entertain enough by the Minister’s; now Lynch hand picks a few BLP croonies to oversee a trsut fund for the new orphaned baby. This baby like so many other orphaned or single parent children in Barbados, are in need of every bit of financial, spiritual and moral support.

    But to come with people like Tatem, LeHunte, Murrell, Toppin et al …… now give me a break. There are just some things that should not involve cheap politics. I see no sincerity in this latest action. It is almost insulting to our intelligence.

    Not one of these trsutees have even seen the child or have investigated the potential circumstance. Not even the next of kin were contacted. Just a shoot-from-the-hip-cheapass-political-gimmick. Typical BLP style.

    Let us get back to showing some real sincerity for the unfortunate lot in our society.

  22. And now Atherley asks me to pray this week-end? He should know that there is a God above. One who recognized the unpardonal sin of the PM cheating on his wife on several occassions as manifested by the number of children he had whilst married to Beverley … and she has none. Please go and repent, publicly apologize and then I can take Arthur seriously when it comes to church and religion.

    And I have not even touched on the gay and lesbian life-styles being given such prominence and priority under a Government led by the likes of Mia, Jerome, Barney and Rommel.

    Please Father …. rescue us from this hyprocritical, wicked, sinful lot.

  23. Jerome Hinds

    I agree with you Pied Piper .

    But the sheer BLP political CRASSNESS shown by the setting up of this Trust Fund……takes no account of the 2 little orphaned boys that are also the children of Donavere Codrington who lost a dad also !

    Or does ORPHANED for Blaring Barney Lynch only mean children who were part of a MARITAL union ?

    No wonder Owen Arthur ( in defence of Leah ) left him off his wedding invitation list last year !

  24. PiedPiper

    um…..Peter you muh cuz?

  25. BFP- How come Anonymous and Lady Anon made identical submissions at 7.07 and 7.55?

    Was this an echo, or their usual nonsense, one person submitting under two names?

  26. ??

    jerome after removing the political tripe, your comment is quite right. there is more than 1 child left without a father and any fund should be for all.

    Pied Piper … the infedility route is a slippery slope for all parties … there R skeletons in many Closets. Jerome once tried that line and I had to advise him of former DLP leader affair

  27. DFX

    #
    deb thomas
    August 31st, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    BFP- How come Anonymous and Lady Anon made identical submissions at 7.07 and 7.55?

    Was this an echo, or their usual nonsense, one person submitting under two names?

    Hi Deb,

    I think maybe what has happened to me maybe happened to Lady Anon and she reposted; sometimes when you go to post a previous posters name is in the name box and you may not realise until after you hit the submit button. Cliverton gave me an explanation in the blog on moderators last night.

    DFX

  28. ispy

    ppl there r some serious issues here..it seem like most bajans have poor eyesite & are blinded by the true facts..construction was takin place @ the rear of the apartment…8ft excavation in rock from the roof of the cave..this along with the vibration of them compactor caused the cave structure 2 b compromised…2-3 weeks b4 the incident,the company employed to carry out the works lost some equipment which fell through a section of the roof of the cave..a workman was also rescued when he fell in on a section on d same cave about 30m from the collapse…this information was goin around b4 the incident of the apartment collapse happened.Just tell me which mad man will carry out that work on a cave roof, not even malik.
    Also..so helpful is this cow that durin all the rescue & recovery efforts that not 1 piece of his equipment was seen on site…ppl check yourself..this aint d last of this..someone needs to b locked up…The Goverment is an a.. money talks!!

  29. PiedPiper

    Exactly ipsy, criminal negligence here big time. What could those consturction idiots been thinking???????

  30. gentle jim

    Can anyone confirm that sometime ago a resident of Brittons + Road informed their Representative, I believe it was Min Lynch that there were holes in her yard on two occasions but NOTHING was done about it. And then to go on TV for the publicity.
    You can fool SOME of the people ALL the time ,and ALL the people SOME of the time,but you cannot fool ALL the people ALL the time

  31. Lady Anon

    “BFP- How come Anonymous and Lady Anon made identical submissions at 7.07 and 7.55?

    Was this an echo, or their usual nonsense, one person submitting under two names?”

    ——

    Deb…Lady Anon here. No it was not a post under two names. I copied the post at 7.07 into my response which was posted at 7.55 because there were a couple fo posts in between.

    Sorta like what I am doing here.

  32. Drillhall

    ispy….I been asking these questions too..

    Seems like everyone has temporary amnesia.

    Not sure which company was doing the excavation works at the back of the apartment.

    Can’t remember why a map of the cave was developed/requested several weeks ago or who developed/requested it.

    Still fuzzy.. why a structural engineer can declare that they saw cracks several weeks ago in the roof of the cave but no one was warned …
    or is it that the excavating company said ‘big deal…keep wukking’

    Now we hearing the rubble is to be examined and forensic test performed on it. I don’t mean to be cynical but what will these test achieve? Anyone?

    And who will be performing the test? Engineers from the excavating company maybe…how neutral that would be.

  33. DFX

    Drillhall,

    Here is an idea. Maybe we could use a certain $750,000 to fly in some “experts” to look at the rubble. But nah I doubt that will happen.

  34. informed

    I am reliably informed that Ralph Thorne (Attorney at law) has been retained by the family

  35. Yardbroom

    Before the incident at Brittons Hill fades from memory, I would like to say a word of thanks and gratitude, to those servants of our country who were “personally” responsible for the removal of the deceased from the scene.

    It must have been an onerous task, performed under dangerous and difficult circumstances. I am sure there are many here, who would echo my sentiments, as Bajans we like others are willing and ready to acknowledge service to our citizens.

  36. Lady Anon- Thanks for explanation of duplication. You normally talk good sense, and I could not understand how Anonymous’ name got mixed up with yours. He is a tedious pest. 🙂

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