Daily Archives: September 3, 2007

Chemical Factory Fire In Barbados – McBride’s Caribbean Ltd.


Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter is a good place to start. Pull! Push! and Barbados Underground are also on the story. BFP staff are nowhere near our computers at this time. Had to borrow a PC to post this.



Filed under Barbados, Disaster

Barbados Apartment Collapse – Cave Maps, Surveys, Memories, Government Records Become More Valuable Than Land Itself


Barbados Real Estate Is A Gamble – Unless You Have The Cave Maps That Citizens Paid For And Government Keeps Secret!

The real estate market in Barbados changed forever on Sunday, August 26, 2007 when an apartment building collapsed into a cave, killing a sleeping family of five.

Without at all commenting upon whether or not the authorities could have been able to prevent the deaths of the Codrington family, Barbados Free Press points out that maps of the caves below the sleeping family existed prior to the disaster.

On Monday August 27, 2007 during a press interview, Minister of Home Affairs (and Attorney General) Dale Marshall let it slip that up-to-date maps of the extensive cave network under the apartment existed before the cave-in. (see BFP’s Barbados Apartment Collapse – Day 2 Under The Rubble – RESCUE NOW BODY RECOVERY – New Collapse At Site)

Quite unintentionally, Attorney General Marshall highlighted a fact that brings anger to the faces of so many citizens: elected and appointed members of government jealously maintain a hold on valuable information so they can profit from it. EVERYTHING is secret. Information that we, citizen taxpayers, paid for is routinely denied to us while the political and business elites use our information to make money. Even our toothless wonder of an Auditor General isn’t allowed to put his report online for citizens to read. God forbid that some citizen should read the report we paid for!


‘The cave under Brittons Crossroad extends to Highgate, Flagstaff and Banks Brewery. The word running in certain circles is “Don’t Panic. Not everyone can put their property up for sale at the same time”.

Knowledge is truly power and money right now. There is a rush to know where the caves end, and a spoken agreement that this knowledge must be kept secret until certain people are able to dump their properties no matter how long it takes.

The cave maps MUST be controlled or the panic will set it.”


Let the chips fall where they may. As the implications for Barbados real estate values become clearer in the next few weeks and months, it is unethical that only connected government insiders have the knowledge of the cave map information.

When hundreds or thousands of Bajans discover that their homes and businesses are in jeopardy – but their politically connected neighbour received inside information that allowed him to sell before the cave knowledge became public, no police force will be able to control the righteous citizens’ fury.

Prime Minister Arthur – publish all cave maps on line now, or forever have as your legacy that you and your crones chose to profit from inside information during a national crisis.

Publish the cave maps now!


Filed under Barbados, Building Collapse, Business, Business & Banking, Disaster, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Did Rihanna Really Say This?


“I know Bajans, they always talk crap. They never like to see another Bajan succeed, no matter what.”

I hope not.

All we have so far is the one quote taken from a yet-to-be-published interview. I hope the full interview softens her words, but my warning antenna is up…

Media Take Out: Rihanna Attacks!! Claims All People From Barbados ‘Talk Crap’


Filed under Barbados, Celebrities, Music

Rights Of Fathers? Zero…

UPDATED: Father’s Day, Barbados, 2011

Nothing has changed since this was written, and after today – it will be the same until next year…

Originally published September 3, 2007

I have a friend (several in fact, now that I contemplate the issue) who loves his son so much but is unable to see him because his ex denies access to the boy for the shear evil pleasure of the act. The child is told every day by the mother that his father doesn’t love him, that his father is a lazy good-for-nothing man who was physically abusive to the mother. The mother tells the young lad that he can’t see his father because she has to protect him from a violent man who would likely beat him too – were it not for the police and the courts.

The mother has never alleged to anyone else that the father assaulted her at any time. Physical abuse was not mentioned in the divorce papers, the police have never been called to the house either before or after the relationship broke up. The woman never mentioned this fictional physical abuse to her family, neighbours or friends at any time – even to now – because all of us would know immediately that this is a lie.

But a five year old boy doesn’t know this is a lie – not yet, anyways.

I wonder… how many young Barbadian men have a terrible, but totally unjustified, opinion of their fathers – as a result of hearing nothing but propaganda over the years from vindictive mothers who are willing to destroy their sons for their own evil revenge?

The courts, of course, always side with the woman. Always. Illustrations of a few rare cases where the courts awarded custody to the father proves the truth entirely. Even where the woman mistreats the son to have revenge on the father (all too common) the courts seldom take action.

Know this young men: when a woman has your baby, she controls the relationship with your child and she can poison it at will with the full backing of the courts.

Choose the mother of your children wisely.

From the Daily Record… (link here)

Men Are Poor Relation In Parent Rights Issues

by George Galloway

BACK in Blighty early from Barbados it was good to chill.

This is not the best time of year in the Caribbean.

You can swim through the humid air.

I thought at one stage I’d have to island hop to Cuba for a funeral, but Miami emigre reports of the death of Fidel Castro turned out to be exaggerated.

The Carribean Broadcasting Corporation had agreed to host my now thrice-weekly radio talk shows, but I was a little nervous about the quality of the line. But the main reason for my premature return was banal.

I was missing my baby son Zein. He’s just four-months-old but already my pride and joy.

His smile when I hold him aloft saying, “Is it a bird, is it a plane, it’s… Super-Zein” never fails.

I don’t live with him, not through my choice I quickly add, but I do see him every day, albeit in the abnormal conditions of a walk in the park in his pram.

But my situation got me thinking things I never thought before.

As far as Fathers For Justice are concerned, I never liked the cut of their jib. For me, they were nutters climbing public buildings dressed as Batman, throwing the condoms they should have worn, a picture of fecklessness seeking rights after having dodged their responsibilities, the very opposite of supermen.

So I never really looked at what they were saying. But the truth is in Britain today fathers can rely on rather little justice in the circumstances which, say, I find myself.

Although I am Zein’s dad, my name is on the birth certificate and I am and will be throughout his childhood his sole financial support, I have no “right” of access.

It depends on the mother, who might decide not today thank you, or, it’s too cold for the park. And the mother, especially in the crucial early bonding months, certainly decides for how long you can have your child and where you can take it.

When I looked into my legal rights I was horrified.

“Don’t even think about it,” said my expensive lawyer. “Judges always find for the mother, always work on the assumption she knows best, and rarely award split custody decisions.

“You will just have to hope, certainly until the child is much older, that his mother realises the damage to a child with parents asunder and acts reasonably.” Phew!

Of course, in most cases of single-parenthood, the mother is the best person to have custody. But not always.

In most cases of desertion it is the feckless father who has bailed out of his responsibility to his children. But not always.

Mothers usually know best about children. But not always. Don’t expect to see me in a Batman suit to get my share of access to “Super-Zein”. But I am looking again at Fathers For Justice with a less jaundiced eye.

‘In Britain today, fathers can rely on rather little justice in situations such as mine’


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Culture & Race Issues

Barbados Apartment Collapse: Looking At The History Of The Area

BFP Reader Satellite John sent in his memories of the area. The objective is to get people to remember earlier land uses and see what comes out of the exercise. Maybe it will help in understanding what happened at Brittons Hill.

Does anyone remember when……?

I was looking at some old maps of the Brittons Hill area and was struck by the natural drainage of an area uphill from the site of the sad occurrence of Sunday.

What also struck me was the appearance of what looked like a quarry just under the cliff in the Babco area. Closeby was a kiln, (lime kiln) which must have operated perhaps at the time or before. What was also apparent is the path taken by the natural drainage of the area uphill of Sunday’s tragedy. It terminated in a suck hole just under the cliff.

My memory is foggy about what went on under the cliff in my boy days and nonexistent about what went on top of it. But people do remember what went on years ago and I thought that by providing the old map it might jog memories.

Here is an extract from a map made in 1951 of the Brittons Hill area. (Click on the maps to see them full size)


Bishops Court is over in the top left corner and from that you can get your bearings. I have superimposed it on the Google Earth satellite picture and tried to match it as best I can.

The Brittons Hill turn off is just past Bishops Court.

I have outlined an area in red which encloses a water course which terminates in a suck hole which appears to be just under the cliff . There is natural drainage of an area stretching back up to Valery and Villa Road.

Here is the same picture but with the map of 1951 turned off and the outlined area remaining with some labels. (Click on the maps to see them full size)


I have put together these images to show what the land use was like in 1951 compared with now.

I think that the memory of the oldtimers from the area will be of great help to the authorities in trying to understand what may have happened.

I have highlighted a quarry and kiln which appeared under the cliff back then.

The quarry may have been filled, possibly used for garbage and then finished off with marl. Anyone remember?

Perhaps the quarry supplied the lime kiln?

Perhaps there was dynamiting to get the material for the kiln?

Does anyone remember the sinkhole shown on the map?

Did the area under the cliff flood in heavy rain?

There are probably plenty other questions to ask but I will stop here and see what response the above gets.

I hope the maps are clear enough. Below are the same maps with a larger magnification on the area outlined in red. (Click on the maps to see them full size)



The objective is to get people to remember earlier land uses and see what comes out of the exercise. Maybe it will help in understanding what happened there last Sunday.


Filed under Barbados, Disaster

New Double Decker AirBus Runs Into Building During Demonstration Designed To Prove It Is Not Too Large For Existing Airports


The new double-decker AirBus A380 is in Thailand for a demonstration flight designed to prove that it is not too large for existing airports. Someone forgot to tell that to the push-back crew who ran it into a building and ripped one of the winglets off it.

For an appraisal of the AirBus A380 by the man who designed the Boeing 747, read the book747by engineer Joe Sutter. Sutter and his team initially considered making the 747 a double decker, but in the end rejected that configuration for reasons that are as valid now as they were in the 1960’s. We predict that the A380 will have a relatively limited and short production run because it is practically useless as a straight cargo aircraft – so the first line operators are going to have to keep them flying forever if they want to amortize the units.

Why? Because secondary users want cargo utility and the A380 doesn’t have it. That means that the planes will have little residual value after their first string life ends. AND THAT MEANS that the airlines won’t be able to sell them on the used market and will have to hang onto them for dear life. A380 operators won’t be buying any more new aircraft for a long time.

Hey, nobody from the Barbados government is in charge of that A380 test are they? Nah… couldn’t be….

(Above commentary by our Robert, who fully admits he is heavily biased in favour of Boeing equipment)   

From WikiNews

Airbus A380 test flight delayed after accident

A test flight of the new Airbus A380 superjumbo, the largest passenger jet in the world, was delayed today after a superficial accident at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which serves Bangkok, Thailand.

The minor accident occured during push back, as the aircraft was leaving a parking space before it was due to fly to Chiang Mai International Airport. As the jet was being pushed back by a Thai Airways International tug operator, the left winglet struck the side of the hanger, and was crumpled against it.

The winglets, designed to improve fuel efficiency, are non-vital parts. After an inspection, Airbus decided to remove both winglets and continue the flight without them. The plane left four hours after its scheduled 9:45 a.m. local time departure, carrying 150 passengers.

The flight was intended to counteract criticisms that the massive airliner, which has a 79-metre wingspan, is too big (and thus too complex for ground crews) to be practically operated at most airports. It also demonstrates continuing problems at Suvarnabhumi airport, which has suffered various incidents since it opened last September, the most severe of which being the discovery of large cracks in airport taxiways shortly after opening.

Airbus has said they will continue with their tour of Asia demonstrating the plane.


Filed under Aviation, Barbados