Barbados Apartment Collapse: The Machine That Could Have Saved The Codrington Family Costs Half The Price Of The Prime Minister’s Lexus

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The mass death of the Codrington family was a tragedy, but how they died was no accident. Their deaths were a result of the negligence of a number of people and entities who failed to act, acted negligently or misjudged.

Any truthful inquest will show what area residents know already: the Codringtons were failed by their government, ministries of government and the very professionals whose duty it is to protect us all.

After The Deaths, Barbados Spends A Lousy US$50,000 For The Machine That (Could Have) Would Have Saved The Codrington Family

It took the horrific deaths of five sleeping Barbadians to spur the government into purchasing the relatively inexpensive equipment that should have been purchased years ago. Common equipment that is in widespread use around the world. Equipment that would have saved the Codrington family.

If only the government had purchased a ground penetrating radar machine before their deaths, there would have been no need for a funeral for Donavere 30, Cassandra 27, Shaquanda 7, Shaquille 3 and Yashiro 1.

According to witnesses, at least two weeks prior to the disaster there were indications that something was seriously wrong at the construction site near the Codrington family’s apartment. Any truthful inquest into their deaths will have to reveal the cracking that appeared and the engineers who were called in for an assessment. Any truthful inquest will reveal incidents that happened at the construction site well in advance of the deadly collapse.

Despite the problems, no tests were conducted with modern ground penetrating radar – which would have shown the tremendous danger and the impending disaster. No stop-work order was issued. No precautionary order to evacuate the nearby apartments and homes was issued.

Somebody probably even used the words, “Ahhh, should be OK. Keep working guys!” (The words are a guess on our part, but the fact that somebody ordered the work to continue after the problems were known is not a guess.)

Ground penetrating radar would have resulted in stop work order and a precautionary evacuation of residents, but in a country full of caves and voids we didn’t have one. Why Not?

Fact Of Life In Barbados: Underground Caves And Voids

There have been cave and landslip problems in Barbados forever and having to be wary of underground voids during construction has always been a fact of life on our island. Bore holes (test holes) are typically drilled in Barbados, but modern ground penetrating radar has been available for decades – and as with all things electronic, modern computerized equipment is available at a fraction of what it cost ten years ago.

But in a nation that is riddled with thousands of underground fissures, caves and sinkholes the government had not purchased this relatively cheap piece of equipment that is in common use all over the world. How inexpensive are the units?

The cost of some ground penetrating radar units is little more than the price difference between the Prime Minister’s Lexus and a lower-priced Toyota. (Retail Pricing In the USA: Toyota Highlander, US$27,300 – Lexus GX-08, US$46,815)

Even with Barbados’ long history of cave and landslip problems, and even after problems underground when building the new office complex at Warrens (over a hundred million dollar contract and no tender issued!) and underground troubles with numerous condo projects and other buildings over the last decade, the government did not purchase ground penetrating radar for a paltry US$50,000. Why Not?

But We Had A Hell Of A Cricket Party!!!

How much did we spend on Cricket World Cup? Half a billion US$? A billion US$? You, me and our neighbours will never know. Nobody came, but we spent a bloody fortune that our children will be paying for … for how long? Who knows!

What was it to rent a luxury cruise ship? US$10 million? I forget… Adrian Loveridge would know but they have silenced him too. (You tried for years to make a difference Adrian, but keep your head down or the government will destroy you.)

How much did we spend sending Mia and company to beg in China? How much did we spend purchasing the GEMS Hotels? (You’ll never know. NEVER.)

A third of a billion for the prison, a quarter of a billion for some flyovers and road widening and that’s not over yet! (Hey… you just wait.)

We’ve had 14 years of borrow and spend for “mega-projects”, but during that time our government ignored the basics. Many of our elderly women still haul water in pails the same as their slave ancestors did. Despite all the deaths and lives ruined, we have no modern drinking and driving law. No breathalizers or other modern equipment for our police officers. (Breathalizers cost a lousy US$500 – the PM often spends more than that on dinner.)

The hospital hasn’t enough staff, supplies or money to maintain it and keep it clean. It is filthy inside. Even our own members of government fly to the USA for treatment rather than stay at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

We don’t pay our police officers or prison guards and other government employees for months.

But By God, We Had A Hell Of A Cricket Party!

No lights in our 100 million dollar stadium though. No ambulances at the airport. No video cameras for our firefighters to search for trapped persons. Millions of dollars of air traffic control equipment sitting unused because … why? You tell us, Mr. Prime Minister!

Barbados Has No Building Code

After 14 years of majority government, Barbados still has no Building Code law. Oh sure, we have a few drafts and such, but these are voluntary – not law. No building standards. No legal requirement for site inspections. No laws to protect people as there are in countries with responsible governments.

But We Had A Hell Of A Cricket Party!

Tell us this, Mr. Prime Minister…

Why in a country full of caves and underground voids, did you not spend a lousy Fifty Thousand Dollars to save the Codrington family?

Why not?

Reference: Nation News – GPR Device Soon To Check Rock

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34 responses to “Barbados Apartment Collapse: The Machine That Could Have Saved The Codrington Family Costs Half The Price Of The Prime Minister’s Lexus

  1. Condo Man

    How absurd to suggust that an appartment built 30 years ago
    is the resposibility of the PM.
    This type of absurd article article really does not become The Barbados Free Press.

    One cave collapse in my lifetime ( over 40 years ) should not cause a panic. When the cost of low income housing
    is $ 20 000.00 more per house then don’t complain that low
    income homes are too expensive.

  2. Unapologetic

    It is sad, but it appears clearly that no-one will be held accountable for circumstances leading to the deaths of the Codringtons, no inquest with a view to holding anyone accountable. Crocodile tears have been shed by all and sundry.
    In my view, commoners like the Codringtons are always expendable, so we have to look out for ourselves, regardless of how poor we are. If I had been crushed in that hellhole, I wouldn’t want anyone crying tears for me. Hold the geological surveyors, Town Planning, Contractors and all those who knew of the danger and failed to warn those “commoners” responsible, and let some heads roll. I stress on commoners, because that is the way of the world, if the Codringtons and others in that apartment building were “negrocrats” or some other class of person more worthy of life, they would have been warned.

  3. John

    …. and it looks like it could double as a lawn mower too!!

    Seriously though, I think we messed up with giving permissions on that piece of land and compounded the situation by not acting on warning signs.

    Someone needs to say what process was followed in releasing that land for development.

  4. Anonymous

    their is no guarantee that even if we had one those lives would have been saved again propaganda and just stirring up trouble better be careful making judgements before the inquiry is carried out if not we could get a biased judgement wait till thats done then publish watever facts you have after

  5. ??

    BFP — you say Adrian is silenced yet this article is writted in his style and with the same venom .
    Agreed the cost of the equipment is not a significant factor, comparing it to PM’s car is simply not on guys. Thats like me comparing it to the cost of Adrians Hotel

    1. The incident at Arch Cot Terrace is a national tragedy – no one can deny this.
    2. Where there signs before of the problem – reports say yes.
    3. Were investigations carried out.. once again reports say yes… I hears someone say that investigators went into the cave.
    4. Was government responsible for the collapse… No, don’t insult us by trying to lay blame there.
    5. Would a stop work notice have averted this collapse… probably not.

    I am gettng really disenchanted with BFP’s attempt to blame Government for every single thing that happens.. I am not saying that they are always blameless but really now guys and yes you Adrian get a grip on reality

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    BFP Comments

    A stop work order might or might not have prevented the eventual collapse… but the Codringtons would not have been sleeping in their apartment had the true extent of the undermining been known through modern technology of GPR. GPR can also detect hidden fissures and voids that visual inspection and bore holes miss.

    As a country that is built upon a coral/limestone base that is riddled with caves, we deserve to have

    1/ a building code that is law,
    2/ standards for determining what substrate tests must be done BEFORE a building permit is issued.
    3/ proper testing equipment (ground penetrating radar)
    4/ an expectation that if there is any question or problem with a dig, that work will stop pending a thorough examination with oversight by law.

    Commenter “??” states that such an examination was made. We say it was done with substandard technology that was 100 years old and was therefore negligent – just as a surgeon operating with 100 year old technology would be considered negligent. Upon talking with a geologist and doing our own research to confirm what he said, we believe that ground penetrating radar would have found the extent of the undermining of the apartment building and hidden fissures and voids some 2 weeks before the collapse when the cracks started.

    It is likely that had the extent of the undermining and stresses been accurately known 2 weeks before the collapse that everyone, including the Codrington family, would have been ordered out of the apartment building. They should have been anyway.

    But whether that is our “opinion” or not, let’s have a REAL inquest and let the government state why it was that in all the circumstances such a fundamental piece of equipment was not considered a priority.

    Let them also state the full story behind Warrens office building and the condo substrate problems.

    In Florida, the Codringtons would probably not have died. A similar situation with cracks appearing at a construction site is treated with the utmost seriousness and ground penetrating radar is immediately brought in.

    If the Prime Minister had purchased a Toyota instead of a Lexus, the money saved would have bought a machine. That is fact.

    You think we’re too hard on the government? Let’s have a REAL inquest that asks some REAL questions of outside expert witnesses.

    Let someone ask the government why we didn’t have this common piece of equipment that has been in general use for 20 years.

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    AS TO WHETHER ADRIAN WROTE THIS ARTICLE,

    We don’t expect to hear from Adrian ever again and he certainly didn’t write this article. We are also sure that the government is well aware of the different writing styles and vocabulary on BFP to the extent that they can identify the various writers no matter how much an editor modifies an article. We are also sure that it would be virtually impossible for Adrian Loveridge to send an email, surf the net or make a phone call without the content being delivered to someone’s desk the following morning.

    Government would love to pin BFP on a foreign white guy or the DLP – but they will sooner or later have to face up to the fact that BFP is their worst nightmare: a citizen blog run by non-partisan folks who are just fed up with the corruption.

  6. SYLAR

    I think this article, though insightful would be a stretch to say that it would have ultimately saved the family.

    If a radar survey had been done in that area before hand, I don’t think much more would have been done. Do you think that if some official from government came to your house wherever it is now and say your house and surrounding may soon collapse in to a possible 30-60 ft hole and you take him seriously?

    The woman that was recently reported in the Nation newspaper that had a small sinkhole in her backyard who also says here house is sinking for more that a year. She is who needs that radar assessment.

  7. reality check

    Those that fail to learn the lessons of history are forced to repeat them.

    If nothing else, Town and Country can require a soils examination including one of these simple radar reports for every application meeting certain parameters ( not totally discretionary ). This would make them part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

    To say no one is to blame when problems were known in advance is a complete cop out in terms of accountability from all levels of government and in particular a government and leader who places relection, cricket and ill thought out and executed mega projects above such things as medical care, education and peoples safety ( police, fire and building codes ).

    the example of the PM’s car is only that, an example of priorities of essentials versus image. The PM needs to get back to his roots and get on a bus like the majority of Bajans. He forgets where he came from and who pays his salary.

  8. BFP

    BFP Comments

    A stop work order might or might not have prevented the eventual collapse… but the Codringtons would not have been sleeping in their apartment had the true extent of the undermining been known through modern technology of GPR. GPR can also detect hidden fissures and voids that visual inspection and bore holes miss.

    As a country that is built upon a coral/limestone base that is riddled with caves, we deserve to have

    1/ a building code that is law,
    2/ standards for determining what substrate tests must be done BEFORE a building permit is issued.
    3/ proper testing equipment (ground penetrating radar)
    4/ an expectation that if there is any question or problem with a dig, that work will stop pending a thorough examination with oversight by law.

    Commenter “??” states that such an examination was made. We say it was done with substandard technology that was 100 years old and was therefore negligent – just as a surgeon operating with 100 year old technology would be considered negligent. Upon talking with a geologist and doing our own research to confirm what he said, we believe that ground penetrating radar would have found the extent of the undermining of the apartment building and hidden fissures and voids some 2 weeks before the collapse when the cracks started.

    It is likely that had the extent of the undermining and stresses been accurately known 2 weeks before the collapse that everyone, including the Codrington family, would have been ordered out of the apartment building. They should have been anyway.

    But whether that is our “opinion” or not, let’s have a REAL inquest and let the government state why it was that in all the circumstances such a fundamental piece of equipment was not considered a priority.

    Let them also state the full story behind Warrens office building and the condo substrate problems.

    In Florida, the Codringtons would probably not have died. A similar situation with cracks appearing at a construction site is treated with the utmost seriousness and ground penetrating radar is immediately brought in.

    If the Prime Minister had purchased a Toyota instead of a Lexus, the money saved would have bought a machine. That is fact.

    You think we’re too hard on the government? Let’s have a REAL inquest that asks some REAL questions of outside expert witnesses.

    Let someone ask the government why we didn’t have this common piece of equipment that has been in general use for 20 years.

  9. IsuzuCrewCab

    BFP get real!!!

    You keep on stating that the Codrington’s would not have been sleeping in that apartment. How do you know that? And if not them, maybe someone else.

    It is the landlords or his agents responsibility to check on the state of their property – not the Government!! If that had been the case and the Government had condemned the building and the cave-in not occurred, then maybe we would hear that the Government is taking away peoples homes from the “poor black man” but if it were in the heights, the could not do the same..

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    BFP Comments…

    We will have to disagree then ICC. We believe it is the responsibility of the government to have a building code and building standards, to issue building permits and to put in place the normal laws that are intended to protect citizens as is found in all well-governed countries. Certainly when cracks appear at a construction site, there is a duty to properly investigate whether the site has become dangerous. To not investigate could lead to manslaughter or even murder charges in many jurisdictions. Part of that investigation would be to make the investigation of a proper standard – and for that a look around and a by-guess-and-by-God decision without using widely available GPR technology is plain criminal.

  10. Hants

    It would be informative if we could find out why 2 multi storey buildings were built on caves and corrective work had to be done after they were built.

    At Warrens was it that the bore hole testing was inaccurate ?

    In Paynes Bay, the site is no more than 10ft to 15ft above sea level so I am surprised that for 6 storey buildings they would not have done correct bore hole testing.

    Let us hope that the sacrifice the Codringtons inadvertantly made with their lives can bring about action by Government to ensure that nothing like this happens again.

  11. Anonymous

    So are you saying that C & W is passing over Adrian Loveridge logs to the Government on a timely basis?

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    BFP Comments

    More on this later tonight. In a word, yes.

  12. TheWatcher

    The apt collaspe at Arch Cot was CAUSED! Someone, by means of what they were doing in that area precipitated that collaspe.
    Don’t get excited just yet because I am not suggesting that it was purposely done. Neither am I implying in any way that some sinnister plot was afoot to eliminate that family. Someone going to that length to do so to a supposedly and relatively unknown group would have certainly gone to great lengths to make it look accidental. And probably at enormous costs to them.
    So that kind of propaganda and conspiracy theory I would happily dismiss.
    However, the mere fact that there were in existence maps of the cave(s) of the area that were as recent as 4 weeks old tells me that someone wanted to know something about that area they were working in or about to work in. And quite badly. They were not leaving whatever the proposed action about to be undertaken there to chance. They were armed with relavant information.
    That person or persons are the one(s) who need to be the focus of whatever inquest there is.
    The responsibility of their actions can be worked out from there if we (the citizens) stay on top of it.
    A map presented in last weeks Friday Nation showed what appears to be a “peppering” of sinkholes and other such phenomena across Barbados. The only exception to these occurs in the Scotland District.
    St Phillip and Christ Church are apparently the most densely populated with them which may have come as a surprise to the arverage citizen who may have assumed that St Thomas was where there would be found with that density.
    All that said, GPR is good to have now, but I seriously think we are way too reactionary. Knowing that we were living on limestone formations should have prompted us years ago to be more knowledgable of our foundations.
    We’ve known of the existence of limestone under our feet for years and should not be surprised by sinkholes and caves. As lay-people if we are told by the professionals in this field that where one intends to build is “safe” and there is no immediate danger. we wil merrily go ahead and do so without a second thought.
    My point here is: We do not know for certain what lies beneath and I for one won’t trust the “authourities” to give that information to me in an unbiased manner.
    If anything good can come out of this in any way, it may be the cessation of greedmongering that has been gripping this island with relation to it’s land prices.
    Dah fuh lick yuh!

  13. littleboy

    What was the noise that sounded” like an explosion”???
    Was cash discovered in a pocket???
    Rumours and more rumours!!!!
    Please check and re-check,that would help…

  14. ??

    BFP please play your card if what you say re Adrian is true we have a serious problem.
    When you play the card bring proof not ,story. Your credibility is on the line in this

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    BFP Comments

    Adrian Loveridge used to make a dozen comments a day on this and other blogs. He wrote letters to the editors of Barbados and Caribbean newspapers, appeared on numerous radio and television shows and is probably the most widely published citizen journalist in Barbados. You can confirm all of that with a Google search for “Adrian Loveridge” and a search of our website (see the little search window top right?)

    That was all true up until a few weeks ago when the thugs began threatening his life, family and business in the comments section of this and other websites. In one day at his home there was an arson, a break and enter and a ladder up against his window in the middle of the night.

    Adrian doesn’t write comments or letters to this blog anymore, and I haven’t seen him anywhere else. Neither have I seen him on radio or television or being published in any Caribbean news media website or printed newspaper.

    You figure it out and tell everybody what you think regarding the likelihood of Adrian Loveridge being under a government threat.

    As to the interception of his and other communications, you’ll have to wait for a bit… but not too long.

  15. Anonymous

    Why won’t Adrian Loveridge use proxy servers ?

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    BFP Comments

    I don’t know, ask him.

    But in our opinion its about free speech. Nothing he said was anything but the type of discussion and journalism that goes on where societies value freedom of speech, democracy and truth. Why should he have to use a proxy or write a letter under a pseudonym? Perhaps in Zimbabwe, but surely not in Barbados, huh?

    It seems obvious that Adrian Loveridge has been 100% neutralized

  16. Pat

    BFP: If what you say really happened to Adrian Loveridge, whose comments I enjoyed, then shame on the perpetrators. Barbados has gone to the dogs. It seems the monkeys are running the zoo down there. What about his appealing to Human Rights Watch, Amesty International, etc? If Cable and Wireless is offering his communications activity logs to the government, that is invasion of privacy and the company, C&W, should need a court order to do so.

    Is Barbados now ruled by the likes of the Duvaliers and C&W and others the ‘tonton macoutes”? Have we sunk to the status of a country like Haiti?

  17. Waterboy

    Guess who is the chairman of C & W.

  18. Kathy

    Wow, Waterboy, I looked on their website for their Board of directors:
    Senator Sir Allan C. Fields, KCMG – Chairman
    Mr. Donald St.C. Austin
    Mr. James R. Pitchford
    Mr. Harris Jones
    Professor Hilary McD. Beckles
    Dr. J. Patricia Alleyne
    Mr. Dodridge D. Miller
    Mr. Christopher J. Hetherington – Alternate to Mr. Harris Jones

  19. Bimbro

    BFP Comments

    I don’t know, ask him.

    But in our opinion its about free speech. Nothing he said was anything but the type of discussion and journalism that goes on where societies value freedom of speech, democracy and truth. Why should he have to use a proxy or write a letter under a pseudonym? Perhaps in Zimbabwe, but surely not in Barbados, huh?

    It seems obvious that Adrian Loveridge has been 100% neutralized

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    Well said, BFP. This is a disgraceful situation and one which we must n’t tolerate in Bim. Let free speech reign!

  20. reality check

    surely no one is suprised?

    This is standing operating procedure in Barbados unless your head has been in the sand or up you know where.

  21. I think the above article is interesting and has some truth in it but the subject of the Cave-in Tragedy is obviously being used as a way to cleverly piggy-back an unfair politically motivated attack on the Prime Minister of Barbados for obvious reasons. I am sure the Prime Minister can’t be realistically expected be aware of every bad decision that is made by Government agencies or held responsible. Come On BFP, I find your comments interesting but where is your journalistic integrity? You are heading down the wrong road and creating mischief when there is real investigative journalism that can be had here.

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    BFP Replies

    It is all about priorities.

    14 years of Majority Government during which time Owen Arthur could have done anything he wanted to. He DID do anything he wanted to, but his priorities were not what I would have chosen…

    – 14 years without a building code.
    – 14 years without drinking and driving breathalizer laws.
    – 14 years mega-projects of dubious value.
    – No conflicts of interest rules
    – No integrity legislation
    – No freedom of information laws

    In the end, good government is about creating stability and protecting people so they can get on with their daily lives. Keeping the clean water flowing. Crime prevention. Justice. Roads.

    Not quarter-billion dollar “business” projects created by people who never were in business at any time prior to being elected. Monkeys playing with shotguns is the phrase Auntie Moses uses and it applies.

    THIS REQUIRES LAWS – and the government did not pass or enforce laws respecting the building of residences.

    It is outrageous that a country like Barbados – built on caves, karst and fissures – would not have equipped itself with GPR technology for under $50k.

    It is outrageous that we do not have Laws requiring modern inspection techniques before building permits are issued.

    It is outrageous that engineers inspected the Codrington’s site when problems developed 2 weeks before the collapse and relied upon “observations” with no modern scientific tests. It is criminal.

    In the United States they would go to jail, but in Barbados nothing is ever any person’s fault… especially if the government is anywhere in the liability gunsight.

    Bim Hope, sorry to say that your perspective is soooooo third world.

  22. Wishing in Vain

    Bim Hope Easy solution my friend his attacks real or otherwise will cease as soon as repays the treasury for his share, Nicholls share and Bannisters share in the “cost overruns ” in the OIL STORAGE FACILITY,THE PRISON, THE ROAD WORKS AND FLYOVERS soon to be flyoffs, we are not asking to repay all because the authorites would astonished and it may even pay off a good part of our foreign debt but just the share that they have extracted from these three projects will be enough to give the squatters new homes, fix the remaining roads, build a new hospital, fix the health care system, pay the police a reasonable salary that will eliminate their need to work as security guards at private functions and reduce the likely hood of being candidates for corruption with drug deals etc. No Owing your corruption is in anothjer league, you seal in the multi millions these guys are only looking at a couple hundred here and there.

  23. "Act of God"!

    “It is sad, but it appears clearly that no-one will be held accountable for circumstances leading to the deaths of the Codringtons,
    no inquest with a view to holding anyone accountable.”

    That’s what your Insurance Company calls an “Act of God”
    – one that no-one can be held accountable for!
    (least of all them, coz dem ain’t paying out one cent to nobody.)

    Ever heard the term Shit Happens?
    Well…it happen, see?

    An act of God.
    Terribly convenient,you understand!
    a sort of self-releasing hook, if you will.

  24. Wow! . . . I underestimated you guys. You have managed to use even my humble post as an excuse to further your cause of attacking the Ruling Party. I am not getting into any political argument here and that is exactly the point I was making in my last post about straying from the subject and laying blame on where it belongs: at the contractor of the nearby contruction site; Town Planning; or even the guy who sunk a well for the property and never cared to inform anyone that it dropped into a seemingly bottomless hole after just five feet, would make more sense than unfairly blaming the Prime Minister or the ruling party. Let’s not get carried away here. Are you guys so one-sighted that you could not take any of the well-meaning constructive critism into consideration from in my last post? I am generally in support of publishing any truthful information that is not covered in the regular media. I just don’t think you folks should be “malicious” (I don’t mean nosy) in your reports, (you are supposed to be nosy).

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    BFP Replies

    Hi Bim Hope

    Don’t take it so hard, please!

    We are big fans of THE RULE OF LAW. Trouble is, we have no laws on this rock – which means…

    – No one can be held responsible for just about anything.
    – The elites can do what they want (No law broken even if the PM did take a $750,000 “campaign donation” and deposit it in his personal bank account)
    – Our society lacks the stability of knowing the outcome of actions. This is a tremendous deterrent to business and societal growth.

    The remainder of the Codrington family cannot even hope to sue the government even if they thought they had a strong case because the Chief Justice used to be the Attorney General and is still Owen’s best drinking buddy.

    Anyway, it is good that we can have conversations about subjects that are forbidden in the mainstream Bajan news media.

    Cheers!

    Cliverton

  25. Wishing in Vain

    Cliverton one correction to your comment above my understanding is that the cheque was no deposited but it was submitted and cashed in it took quite a while to muster the $ 750,000.00 in cash to give Owing, from the mouth of the bank.

  26. Liable

    You guys at BFP had better be extremely careful about what you put on this site cause if as you said with Adrian the eyes could also be you and your families. Also, note that in the law courts in this country, those with money wins. And BFP do not want to be losing against those controlling Bdos. You may get a new room at the new prison. Just be careful and have substantial evidence to back up yourself

  27. Thinking this thru

    As Posted on the BLP site earlier waiting to see if they allow it to go up,it is response to an article they have up praising Mottley for working at idle hall.

    Even a blind man would see thru this sham an act as senseless and pointless.

    Owen has hammered Mottley into quiet submission having promised her the leadership during this term but then his greed for power struck in and that program went thru the window instead he has chosen to launch broadside attacks constantly at her but in their ever desperate desire to win votes and win seats they conspire to write an article of semi praise towards Mottley.

    How sick and sad is this really?

    Made even moreso by Mottley being in such dire straights that she has no choice but to cower and take the lashes while she attempts to serve a master that she now would rather kill than take orders from.

    Politics being politics they will appear chummy on the platform and for the cameras but the reality is they would rather not be within sight of each other.

    My confusion is for someone that is supposely so brilliant and she opts to be the subject of Owen’s continued side swipes and humiliation, if she is this brilliant a person why has she not told Owen to piss off and get into doing what her parents paid for her to do that is Law, then again she will find that during her sabbatical in politics that many sharp young recruits have come to challenge her in her profession , maybe she is not as sharp even in this area hence her need to stay on as the door mat for Owen to wipe his feet and whatever else he chooses to wipe.

    This is exactly what this party has always been good at and that is putting on a show full of the razzmatazz, the fireworks etc but when this is said and done we are left holding a massive bill and the rest of them have gone to places yonder basking in the sunshine drinking a rum and checking their bank accounts.

  28. Bimbro

    Hi BFP, what I can’t understand is my failure to recollect while reading your blogs at anytime hearing that this or that member of the Opposition stood up in Parliament, or elsewhere, and had this or that question to ask or comment to make about any situation! What’s the matter over there? Is n’t your parliament working any more or are they still on holiday!

  29. theNickster

    My concern isn’t so much the integrity of testing for the next 9 months or so, my concern is what if those findings show that building multistoried hotels and other recreational buildings are a “no-no”. Does this current government show the integrity to turn away those big contracts, or play upon the short attention spans of the bajan masses. If ministers can lie to the UN, why should they respect any of us.

  30. PiedPiper

    This clip from PBS shows the slippery slope that Barbados and journalists and free speech are headed down.down.http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/newswar/video2.html

  31. J. Payne

    Even better.

    How many of these machines could we have purchased for the same overall price of the *one* Cricket World Cup held in Barbados…….

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