Daily Archives: November 11, 2007

Bajans At War: Some Came Home, Many Didn’t

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Bajans and other Caribbean warriors were there. May God bless them all. Here are a few items that I found on the net about Bajan Warriors during World War II…

See our article: D-Day in Normandy – Barbados Connections

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BFP Reader Yardbroom Comments On The Convenient Racism Of Some BLP Supporters

Why do some of the BLP, – I use the word “some” on purpose – resort in desperation to a subject that has an emotional pull?

The imprint of slavery, is etched on the consciousness of most Barbadians, black and white, as if it never ended. We live in a world, in which just to mention the word “slavery” brings a rebuke, even if it is a silent one.

Our existence seems to be in a clear glass jar, we pretend no one can see us, but unfortunately it is us who cannot see ourselves, so we do a dance of pretence, that we have moved on, but we are running fast, to stand still.

Some of us seek the accumulation of great wealth, however achieved, we believe it will take us away – metaphorically – from that dark silent shadow, but it only reinforces that unsavoury mental condition.

How can it be, that some intelligent people, can invoke race to further political ends, and then easily deprive those of the same race as themselves, from achieving, through ill conceived and corrupt goverance. It makes no sense at all.

And since we live in a world, which constantly reinforces this behaviour, by the attitudes of those around us, the abnormal has become normal.

Do our politicians seek to help the poor, or uplift the ordinary citizen?

I am afraid they do not. In their first flush of success, they can be easily bribed, and corrupted by the same people they pretend they do not like, and infer that we should despise. However, they are eager to sip cocktails with them – it is all so silly and transparent.

We must start thinking of proper governance, what is best for our country, all citizens, black and white and the shades in between, we cannot live in parallel worlds, it is not healthy in the long term.

For the whites, they must be mindful that it is their present day behaviour, that allows the black politician to use race as a method of discord, how is that? because they can point to present day behaviour, and say that is what they are like.

I am being unfair, I am not, I am being totally honest.

Almost a year ago, an incident occured at Highgate Gardens. The post is still active, I wonder how many people can look back at what they posted at the time, and think it was conducive to good race relations in Barbados, we must have the “courage” to always examine our behaviour.

A black politician that is corrupt, is no better than a white one that is.

We need leadership, that translates into help and common humanity, for all, but it will never change as long as dishonesty and virile ineptitude, arrogance and a lack of integrity can be seen as virtues.

… Comment by Yardbroom on the BFP article: Barbados BLP Government Hurls The Worst It Can Think Of At The Opposition – “More Whites Like The DLP”

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Retired Barbados Chief Geologist Accidentally Reveals: No Cave Studies Being Done At Arch Cot Collapse!

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Leslie Barker Explains Caves – And Probably Much More Than He Intended…

On October 31, 2007, the Caribbean Waste Water Association hosted Mr Leslie Barker, retired chief geologist for the Barbados government. Mr. Barker spoke on Karst theories as to how Arch Cot cave-in happened.

I’m no geologist, but frankly Mr. Barker explained things in a manner that made sense at the time to most people in the room… even if I now find my own notes to be a bit confusing.

Barker stated that Barbados has largest ACCRETIONARY PRISM in the world by way of BASAL SEDIMENTS, this sets the way for MUD DIAPIRISM which creates MUD REEFS at sea level.

This island is made of 3 types of LIMESTONE – hard, sandy and rubble – and Barker told the audience that TROPICAL lime erodes faster and even moreso with rain; Barbados is full of Geo-Morphic features – caves, sinkholes & gullies.

Barker warned if you see a circular depression in the lime then there is a high probability a sinkhole has formed or is about to!

He stated his personal theory that when Barbados formed, the fissures created to let water run off formed the initial gullies of the island; he pointed out there are not many Gullies in the South.

Barker also believes that Welshman Hall Gully is a collapsed cave, but did not elaborate.

The Truth Slips Out!

Frankly, it was all a bit technical for a non-geologist like me – but then Mr. Barker said something that caused more than a few people to glance around at each other. Because what he said is directly contradictory to the “official” government line about what the government is doing on an ongoing basis to investigate the Arch Cot cave-in and the geology in the surrounding community!

According to Mr. Barker, there are plans, but not immediate ones, to do geo-technical drilling for Arch Cot exploration. The government is using only Resistivity Surveys at the moment, and no speleogy (cave) experts have been hired at this time!

In Other Words – There Is No Serious Ongoing Effort To Determine The Extent Of The Cave System Under Arch Cot!

Oh sure… typical of our government, lots of talk, lots of “plans”, lots of press conferences, lots of “good intentions” on the radio talk shows.

But no cave experts have been hired. No drilling is being done.

Mr. Barker said that the Arch Cot Cave has yet to be explored for depth and that the roof of that cave is less than 3 metres thick. He said that the Codrington family’s was built close to the edge of a cliff, when new rules indicate that buildings should be no closer than 10 metres from edge of promontory.

The Government’s “Ongoing Response” To The Cave-In Is A Sham!

That is what I got from Mr. Barker’s statements: lots of “plans” but nothing really being done. This was confirmed a few days later when I saw an article in The Nation News Arch Cot Folk In The Dark where local residents were complaining of inaction.

In light of what I heard at the lecture given by Mr. Barker, the newspaper article isn’t a surprise.

The Ministers were all happy to grandstand in front of the cameras and make big promises while they were in the media spotlight, but when it comes to real actions – to work the long haul and look after the folks a Arch Cot – nothing but promises.

There are no ongoing investigations of the cave system under Arch Cot, folks.

And tomorrow, when government reads these words and says “Not so!”, ask them the name of the cave expert they have hired, and when he started work…

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King Of Spain to Hugo Chavez: “SHUT UP!”

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Leaders’ Summit – South America, Spain & Portugal

“Former prime minister Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people,” said Mr Zapatero, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

Mr Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off. King Juan Carlos, seated next to Mr Zapatero, angrily turned to Mr Chavez and said: “Why don’t you shut up?”

We at Barbados Free Press know practically nothing about the King of Spain – but we now love him dearly. King Juan Carlos is welcome any time in our homes or on our boat, and if he ever shows up at a beach party we will have such a feed of lobster in his honour.

Your Majesty, you will find a warm welcome anywhere near Grape Hall!

Spanish King tells Hugo Chavez to ‘shut up’

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela received an angry rebuke from the King of Spain when the monarch pointedly told him to “shut up” at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Mr Chavez, the outspoken Left-wing leader who called President George W. Bush the “devil” on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by lashing out at the former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar.”

Mr Aznar, a conservative who backed the US-led war in Iraq, “is a fascist”, Mr Chavez said in a speech to leaders at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. The Venezuelan leader added: “Fascists are not human. A snake is more human.”

Spain’s current Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Mr Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and to respect other leaders despite political differences.

“Former prime minister Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people,” said Mr Zapatero, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

Mr Chavez repeatedly tried to interrupt, but his microphone was off. King Juan Carlos, seated next to Mr Zapatero, angrily turned to Mr Chavez and said: “Why don’t you shut up?”

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

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Mr. Prime Minister – Do We Have Law Or Not On Barbados? Your Call, Sir…

UPDATED: September 29, 2011

Now that Bizzy Williams is again saying “Piss on the Law – let developers do what they want“, we thought we’d pin this November 11, 2007 article to the top for a few days.

This background lets you know just how much Bizzy and his pals said “Piss on the law” back in 2007 and before.

Original article published November 11, 2007…

Government Failed To Stop Illegal Development At Vaucluse – Citizens Wonder “Who’s Being Paid Off?”

Friends, we received the following article from a citizen. David at Barbados Underground also published the same piece. (BU article link here) We think that the happenings at Vaucluse are so important that the issue should be on the front burner for as long as it takes.

Because what is happening at Vaucluse is very much an illustration of what has gone terribly wrong with Barbados.

Either we have law in this country, or we don’t.

Not one law for the connected rich and another for ordinary folks – but one law for all.

And remember: a law that is not enforced is no law at all.

Mr. Prime Minister, do we have law or not on Barbados?

Dear Barbados Free Press,

There are just a few things that motivate me to write publicly. When something is wrong, legally and morally, and it affects your community, should one be quiet, or should one place it before the society? When one has a small successful business in a supposedly also successful, happy Caribbean Island is it right to intervene in a community issue? What gives one the right to fight on behalf of community?

People Are Doing A Development At Vaucluse Without Town Planning Approval

For several years now I have led a campaign (quietly in our area) against the establishment of a race track in an area of Vaucluse Plantation, adjacent to Dukes, and close to the villages of Shop Hill, Christie Village, Dukes, Whitehall and Vaucluse. In the beginning it was due to the noise and the antisocial aspects of such a thing being established. A child was killed on the roadways by a truck, unlinked to the track. My family and I were nearly killed by a drunk driver in a line of traffic coming away from an event at the dirt track a couple of years ago. Now, with the mode of its development I observe a dangerous trend in Barbados, one that we should be extremely wary of.

At Christmas 2005 there was a Town Hall Meeting at Lester Vaughan School, where objections were voiced against retention of the dirt track, and further objections were voiced against a drag strip, and expansion, and paving, as proposed by the developer. Subsequently written objections were sent to Town Planning and the Minister. One of those who spoke out against this track being established was the Honourable Cynthia Forde, M.P. for St. Thomas. Ms. Forde has been a friend of those who are against the track, and has spoken out against it whenever we, the residents of the community, have asked.

We mounted a petition, an unfinished petition, in our community and received 300+ signatures, covering half of Shop Hill and Dukes, which were delivered to the Prime Minister and to Town Planning: against establishment of this track, with grounds. Many of us wrote objections, which were never acknowledged, or responded to.

Town Planning has issued both ‘Stop Orders’ and ‘Enforcement Orders’ on this development, but to no effect.

Thus we see a picture of (on one hand residents, Town Planning and the M.P. for the area Cynthia Forde) speaking out against; and on the other hand we see the owners and developers doing a development without Town Planning approval.

Is this OK? Is it legal? Is it morally correct? Should owners be allowed to retain something that has gone against all rules and regulations? Just what kind of people do things this way?

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The Evidence Continue reading

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