Monthly Archives: November 2007

Satellite John Plots Recent Barbados Earthquakes


Recent Earthquake reports from USGS

It is interesting to plot the earthquakes in the area close to Barbados going back to the Brittons Hill tragedy earlier this year. USGS will provide notification by email of any earthquake it registers, anywhere in the world. The red balloons mark the approximate locations and give the date of their occurrence. The numbers 5 and 7 relate to the sizes of the earthquakes.

There was a large one of size 7.4 just off the north coast of Martinique on 29th November 2007 and a smaller one the day after nearby. However, there have been three others around Martinique, since September, two of them occurring in November, one the day before the big one on the 29th of November which was felt right here in Barbados.

Geologists tell us that the islands shown in the Google Earth screen capture above were literally lifted out of the water by a process of subduction of the Atlantic plate under the Caribbean plate. This process gives rise to earthquakes and created the volcanoes associated with the islands to the west of Barbados.

It would be interesting to look at the locations of earthquakes prior to Brittons Hill and locate them on the map above. The incident in Ellerton where part of a house disappeared into the earth on the 29th November may very well give us additional clues as to why the incident at Brittons Hill occurred.

Perhaps Mont Pelee will soon start acting up.


Filed under Barbados, Building Collapse, Disaster, Environment

Barbados Earthquake Damages Greenland Dump Site – Cracks In Leachate Liner

Preliminary Damage Assessment To Take Place This Weekend

New Cracks And Fissures Visible At Dump!

The controversial Barbados Greenland Dump construction site was damaged during Thursday’s lengthy earthquake.

A source who is known personally to one of the Barbados Free Press staff informs us that “much shifting” took place and that “new fissures and cracks” are visible in several key areas of the site – including the locations of several berms and the leachate liner.

The construction engineer was not on the site at the time of the earthquake and did not arrive before dark, so a preliminary damage assessment will probably not take place until Saturday. (Or even Sunday as some of the staff are Saturday church-goers.)

Our source fears that there will be those who wish to fill in the new cracks and fissures at Greenland prior to a proper engineering damage assessment – for reasons of “money and politics”.

A New Independent Environmental And Engineering Assessment Is Necessary

The appearance of new fissures, cracks and evidence of soil shifting at Greenland after an earthquake is no surprise given the area’s history of landslips, roadway fissures and unstable substrate.

Opponents of the new landfill site at Greenland have long stated that their primary objection to the project is the highly unstable nature of the soil in the region – which causes doubts about the project’s safety and the longterm risk to the surrounding environment when (not if) the soil under the leachate holding ponds cracks or shifts.

Now that the “retrofit” at Greenland is exhibiting visible damage after the earthquake, it is imperative that an independent engineering assessment be made to determine the extent of the damage and whether or not repairs are possible.

Can the damage be properly repaired or is the landfill site now requiring another full rebuild?

Can we trust the government or the construction contractors to perform a proper and unbiased assessment of the damage and possibility of proper repairs?

Or will construction workers be filling in the fissures in the morning?

Stay tuned!

Background Reading At BFP

Greenland Fiasco Dooms Barbados – Professor Machel Names The Liars, Thieves & Incompetents

The Great Barbados Landslip Of 1901 – Will It Be Repeated At Greenland Dump?

Greenland Dump Project Doubles In Cost Overnight – And That Figure Is Still A Lie!

Rape Of A National Treasure Continues At Greenland Dump

Greenland Dump Construction Problems – Landslips, Deviating From Plans, Runoff Diverted Into River

We’re Back!

Barbados Free Press editors are back online after losing our ability to post articles or moderate comments for over ten hours due to the earthquake. For obvious reasons, we can’t provide many more details than that, but Shona had a particularly long day and will be sharing some of her experiences on the blog tomorrow.

G’night all.


Filed under Barbados, Building Collapse, Disaster, Environment

BLP, Marilyn Manson Share The Same Philosophical Outlook… Really!


Keltruth Blog Does It Again!

You have to admire those folks at the Keltruth Blog.

They simply take what the BLP has written and discover that the BLP and wacko rocker Marilyn Manson love to quote the same crazy German philosopher!

No hyperbole. No tabloid cartoons like we get into.

Just straight, indisputable words taken right from the government’s BLP Blog.

I love it.

Keltruth Blog: Does BLP Rely on Same Crazy German Philosopher as Rock Star Marilyn Manson?


Filed under Barbados, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

Who Owns ?


New Bajan Website For Video Uploads Is Exciting – BUT…

Hello friends,

Just a few minutes ago we received notice of – a new video upload website somewhat like the famed YouTube, but focused upon Barbados.

What a great concept. They have a few technical bugs to work out with .wmv files, but the entire site looks like a very professional effort and we are excited that Bajans are becoming more adept at using the internet to communicate outside of the normal censored media.

One Caution

We don’t know who owns as they have deliberately used an anonymous service to register the domain and administer the website.

We have also suspected for some time that at least two of the smaller Barbados blogs were established by the BLP government to gain a window into the very active underground Bajan political blog scene – with the hope that they would be able to one day identify the writers of Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground.

So just remember, my friends…

Uploading a tourist video on an anonymous Barbados video blog is one thing. Uploading a political video raises many issues in a country like ours where the government rules the media with threats, extortion and legal blackmail. for vacation videos… wonderful.

But for the political satire and reporting… YouTube remains a much safer choice for Bajans.


Filed under Barbados, Freedom Of The Press

UPDATED: Thousands Of Muslims Call For Execution Of British Woman Teacher In Sudan – Allowed Students To Name Teddy Bear “Mohammed” After Classmate


UPDATED: Thousands Of Muslims March – Call For Teacher’s Execution

November 30, 2007

Daily Express story Protesters Carrying Knives Say Execute Teddy Bear Teacher


UPDATED: This story was updated after a reader pointed out that the teacher didn’t name the bear, her students did. We see that fundamentalist muslims are now calling for her execution.


Gillian Gibbons Could Receive 40 Lashes, Six Months Jail

The British Government has summonsed the Sudanese ambassador to express its anger at the barbaric laws of Sudan – but the reality is that Westerners and especially women who take up employment in any Muslim country had better remember that the standards of behaviour are brutally enforced throughout that part of the world.

In this case a naive teacher allowed her student to name a class teddy bear after one of their classmates who has the same name as the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed.

You know Mohammed: the guy who had sex with his nine-year old child-wife.

Man having sex with a nine-year-old child wife – OK by Islam.

Woman teacher carelessly allowing the naming of a teddy bear after a 7 year old student – 40 lashes and 6 months jail.

Not living under Islamic law… Priceless!

Further Reading

Sky News: Teacher Charged In Sudan


Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law, Religion

Telegraph UK Article: Barbados – A Great Place To Live

All the politics and issues we have with the current government aside, we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It is interesting that with one exception each of us at BFP has lived for a time off the island and then chose to come home.

New York City vs. Grape Hall?

No contest!

From the Telegraph UK…

Life in Barbados – Telegraph Mentor

Julian Armfield says Barbadians are extremely friendly and there is a huge expat community on the island…

I first fell under the spell of the enchanting island of Barbados in 1994 and was drawn back at least once every year afterwards.

In 2003 I met Susan, who is Barbadian born and bred. We married here in 2004 and I moved permanently to the island although I commute regularly to the UK to perform my duties as Chief Racing Correspondent for BBC World Service Radio.

Susan is a Real Estate Agent and we both have an extensive network of contacts in Barbados. We will be pleased to assist anyone planning a visit to the island, whether it be for a holiday, wedding or to purchase or rent a property.

Introduction to Barbados: As a journalist and author, I can think of nowhere more perfect to be based than politically stable Barbados.

The scenery is stunning and it is a huge bonus that all our beaches are public.

The open-air lifestyle makes it easy to make new friends and there is an abundance of good restaurants and places to visit.

Barbadians are extremely friendly and there is a huge expat community…

… continue reading this article at the Telegraph UK (link here


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Traveling and Tourism

Independence Day Lime With Hit For Six At Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

We see over at Bajan Reporter that this Friday from 4pm to 9pm, the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary is having an Independence Day Movie Lime featuring the movie “Hit For Six”.

Happy hour, grill fish and chicken, beer, more beer and a great time.

Details and a display advert are over at The Bajan Reporter. (link here)

(Hmmmm…. wonder why our friends at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary told Bajan Reporter about this but not Barbados Free Press?)

Probably just an oversight…


Filed under Barbados, Environment