Barbados Government Announces That Greenland Dump Observers Were Positioned Prior To The Earthquake!

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My goodness, you have to hand it to our government!

According to a press announcement, the recent earthquake didn’t affect the Greenland Dump one bit. We know this because the Nation Newspaper says that the government had observers stationed at the dump prior to the earthquake. These pre-positioned observers noted every fissure that existed prior to the earthquake (and there were many at Greenland prior to the earthquake) and saw that no new fissures were created during the event. (Such lies by the government and the Nation News!)

The government says that there were enough of these anonymous, nameless observers pre-positioned to watch all the hills throughout the earthquake. Unlike the rest of us throughout the rest of the island, none of these supermen felt like running or throwing up dizzy during the quake. They kept their balance and their eyes steadily focused on their respective assigned observation zones.

This is fabulous!

Apparently the Barbados government anticipated the earthquake and pre-positioned observers at Greenland.

Thank God we have Owen Arthur as Prime Minister and not someone who lacks the mental telepathic predictive powers that were necessary for all this to happen.

Gosh… we may end up voting BLP if only for their ability to predict earthquakes and pre-position observers! (Editor’s note: If you don’t know what sarcasm is, look it up!)

Hmmm… this does contradict the information of our source who saw new fissures, but the government would never lie to citizens about something like this, would they? (See BFP’s article Barbados Earthquake Damages Greenland Dump Site – Cracks In Leachate Liner)

The Nation News: What A Pathetic Excuse For A Newspaper

After reading our story that the Greenland dump was showing new fissures, you’d think that a real newspaper would have sent a reporter and a photographer at first light to check out the damage. You’d think that the true status of such a controversial and expensive over-budget project after an earthquake might be newsworthy.

A real journalist would be wondering about unstable soil under the dump that previously caused 20 million dollars of work to be thrown out the window.

A real newspaper would have asked to interview the engineers and workers who were on site. A real reporter would want to print the engineers’ names and tour the facility with cameras clicking. Someone with the public interest in mind would have been at the gate of the Greenland dump at sun-up the very next morning so their couldn’t be any monkey business with the contractor filling in the fissures.

That would be a real newspaper run by real journalists.

Instead, we have The Nation News helping out with Government damage control three days after the earthquake. This rag of a paper simply printed the government’s press release without a single follow-up question.

The pathetic government lapdogs at The Nation News and the CBC should be ashamed of themselves.

from the Nation News…

Greenland intact after quake

THE GREENLAND LANDFILL has not been affected by the recent heavy rains or the tremors from the earthquake.

That’s the word from management of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA).

In a statement issued yesterday, management said that personnel observed the slopes of the landfill during the tremor and again two hours later and “no fissures were created as a result of the 7.3 Richter-scale event. The slopes of the landfill . . . remain stable”.

The statement went on to say that further checks were made on Friday “and the leachate liner’s integrity remains intact as well as all roads and other works at the entire site”.

The SSA added: “Pizometers, which measure any form of movement at Greenland, recorded the tremor data and this was sent to Canada and although it recorded the quake, the landfill remains safe and in order – the earthquake had no effect on the landfill.”

… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)

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26 responses to “Barbados Government Announces That Greenland Dump Observers Were Positioned Prior To The Earthquake!

  1. Wishing in Vain

    Spin, Lies, Deception, Corruption you need any more reasons for their dishonesty????

  2. Thistle

    I told you all sometime ago that Owen Arthur visits a Voo-Doo man in New York, but you like you didn’t believe me!

  3. NOT AL

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    Note from BFP Editor. We’ll leave this one up after we clean the language as some readers have responded. The other foul comments about killing Adrian Loveridge will be deleted.

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    “In a statement issued yesterday, management said that personnel observed the slopes of the landfill during the tremor and again two hours later”

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  4. rasta man

    can BFP trace this obscene writer???
    If not at least can they be blocked???

  5. SOFTMAN

    could somebody who knows little more educate me bout this argument raised by the pm (a trained economist) about the weak dollar and the barbados economy.

    since our dollar is fixed against the usa dollar to my untrained mind imports from the usa should cost the same on barbados dollars. I can see that if the goods we import from the usa use imported inputs then the weak dollar can cause those costs can rise and the costs may be passed on to us. when i look on the internet i dont see a big rise in us inflation. i looked pon this site http://www.miseryindex.us/irbymonth.asp and found this info. the info shows the year , month and the us inflation rate. maybe i reading it wrong but there were bigger increases in us inflation in 2005, and there dont seem to be nothing special bout us inflation in 2007. .

    2005-01 2.97
    2005-02 3.01
    2005-03 3.15
    2005-04 3.51
    2005-05 2.80
    2005-06 2.53
    2005-07 3.17
    2005-08 3.64
    2005-09 4.69
    2005-10 4.35
    2005-11 3.46
    2005-12 3.42
    2006-01 3.99
    2006-02 3.60
    2006-03 3.36
    2006-04 3.55
    2006-05 4.17
    2006-06 4.32
    2006-07 4.15
    2006-08 3.82
    2006-09 2.06
    2006-10 1.31
    2006-11 1.97
    2006-12 2.54
    2007-01 2.08
    2007-02 2.42
    2007-03 2.78
    2007-04 2.57
    2007-05 2.69
    2007-06 2.69
    2007-07 2.36
    2007-08 1.97
    2007-09 2.76
    2007-10 3.54

    I check another site (yahoo finance) bout the dollar. the dollar mainly drop against the euro and the pound, not that much against the yen. I though we imported a lot more from japan than europe. but what do i know.

    would a strong euro not help with tourism, since most we tourists come from the uk and europe.

    could somebody who know explain to me little better please.

  6. Straight talk

    Softman:

    IADNAE (I am definitely not an economist) but the answer to your question would appear to be the different fiscal policies of the two governments.

    US interest rates are dropping to mitigate the effects of the sub-prime lending debacle,
    cheaper money is obviously deflationary even though it causes the dollar to weaken further.

    The basket of goods and services which is used to calculate inflation usually includes these reduced mortgage payments which will go some way towards explaining their 3.5% as against our 7%+.

    Other deflationary drivers in US are job losses and perversely increased gas
    prices.
    If people reduce travel, they reduce shopping and therefore demand.

    Even though our two inflation rates are not the same, I know Americans are just as concerned about rapidly increasing food prices as we are.

    Hope this puts you on, until someone who knows what they are talking about corrects me.

  7. John

    If the road at Boscobelle cracked according to the paper on Friday, then it is likely that the landfill may have fissures as well.

    An easy check is to walk on the edge of the cliff and look for evidence of separation of the edge, a result of the movement of the land below.

    It was there before, indicating the land below is moving. Perhaps it is worse.

    Even if by some miracle the Greenland landfill doesn’t move, what is above it will.

    When it was being excavated back in 1995/96, it took a blasting team days to move some of the boulders which had broken off from the edge of the cliff above and moved as the land slipped, either catastrophically or slowly over time, into what we now call the landfill.

    Much of what was excavated from Greenland was the result of previous landslides!!

    It is possible that one day it will be filled again, ….. but not with garbage!!

  8. Kathy

    One obscene writer attempted to make the point that “during” does not mean “before”. I agree with BFP that in this case it does. It would be impossible to observe a 20-second event “during” the event without prior knowledge. By the time staff could go and look at every fissure, the earthquake would have been long over.

    If the GOB is being truthful about observation “during” the event, the people of Barbados are paying for round-the-clock, day-and-night, constant surveillance. If permanent observation is really going on, somebody high up must be VERY worried about the integrity of the site.

  9. Phoenix

    the question raised remains though. if the weak dollar is affecting us and we import mainly from the usa, why is the weak dollar not showing up in us inflation.

  10. observing

    “Observed during the event.” How laughable.
    No new fissures? what about the old ones?

    Sigh, we have joined the United States of America in the level of government propaganda and covering up that we’re willing to go to in order to retain power.

  11. Anonymous

    methinks the weak dollar argument is the usual govt spin. the arthur administration has used this argument for 14yrs. for 14 yrs they have blamed every bad economic development on global forces and then sy as a result they are not at fault . but yet they insist that they understand globalization and are the best to handle it.

    of course they have taken credit for all the many good things that have happened in the Bardados economy over the last 14 years.

    It must be nice to be a pm in bim.

  12. Bajan Youth

    i wonder who observers in their right minds would even stick around Greenland after the quake. Especially when everybody else in buhbaydus was looking to get home and check on love ones, family, and friends. stuepse usual GOB lies

  13. frankology

    We know this because the government had observers stationed at the dump prior to the earthquake. These pre-positioned observers noted every fissure that existed prior to the earthquake (and there were many at Greenland prior to the earthquake) and saw that no new fissures were created during the event.
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    This is the poorest blog I ever came across. How can people react within a twenty second limit. These folks can represent Barbados in the next Olympics. Duh real fast. We need these folks to monitor the Earthquake monitoring Station.

  14. frankology

    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.
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    This is an abstract from your earlier blog. Is this source genuine, or can we say that this whole story might be based on sensationalism on your part. Even the follow-up is filled with doubts. I know that you can do a lot better BFP, I am not impressed or amused.

  15. Red Lake Lassie

    Frankology doesn’t recognize sarcasm when he reads it, or he is merely trying to confuse.

    It is the government’s press release that says observations were made during the earthquake. Such an obvious lie.

    It is the government’s press release that says “all is well” at Greenland with no names of the “engineers” who give the all clear!

    The government wouldn’t have even bothered putting out a press release except for the BFP story. The Nation News swallowed the government’s press release without a question.

    BFP has called this one correctly!

  16. Anonymous

    Red Lake,

    Frankology doesn’t get it. Maybe BFP should rewrite the article to be more direct. I get it but Frankology is not the brightest lamp on the street.

  17. John

    In a statement issued yesterday, management said that personnel observed the slopes of the landfill during the tremor and again two hours later and “no fissures were created as a result of the 7.3 Richter-scale event. The slopes of the landfill . . . remain stable”.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I flat do not believe the story about personnel standing up and obseving the slope of the site during the quake.

    I would have to see their names published and watch them interviewed first.

    I watched people on Thursday. Everyone I saw was in a state of shock trying to comprehend the fact that that the ground beneath their feet was moving.

    After a time they registered that buildings were shaking. No doubt, the intrepid personnel at the landfill did likewise.
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    The SSA added: “Pizometers, which measure any form of movement at Greenland, recorded the tremor data and this was sent to Canada and although it recorded the quake, the landfill remains safe and in order – the earthquake had no effect on the landfill.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I believe the story about the piezo meters being in place.

    If they recorded the quake it means they probably moved, which kind of defeats the argument that the landfill did not move!!

    It is a quantum leap to get to the assertion that ” the landfill is safe and in order”.

    Please, someone from the Nation, interview those piezometers again!!

    I don’t believe they said any such thing and that words are being put in their mouths!!

  18. frankology

    Sorry, I don’t take sarcasm lightly, maybe I should take the Hardwood sarcasm in this vein.

  19. John

    …. today’s paper speaks of cracks in the structure of Farley Hill house.

    This is close to the edge of the cliff.

    … possibly a very bad sign for anyone or anything below.

  20. John

    The SSA added: “Pizometers, which measure any form of movement at Greenland, recorded the tremor data and this was sent to Canada and although it recorded the quake, the landfill remains safe and in order – the earthquake had no effect on the landfill.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I really can’t get over this statement.

    How could the earthquake have no effect on the landfill and yet the tremor data was recorded by the piezometers. The data was even sent to Canada!!!

    Talk about double speak ……!!

  21. peltdownman

    John
    The fact that they need piezometers in the first place is an admission that Greenland is inherently unstable.

  22. New on the Blog

    I cannot believe that the state of a dump site is more important than the state of homes, businesses, schools, and let’s not forget…”the people of Barbados”
    That dump site has been mentioned more times than it needs to be! Who cares about it anyway, it’s a dump site!
    At one primary school, the teacher grabbed her handbag and ran out of the classroom leaving all her students!! Appauling and disgusting behavior!

    She apparently returned to the classroom.
    I hope she realizes how selfish and irresponsible her behavior was!!
    There is no reason good enough for a “trained professional”, a teacher, to leave a classroom full of youngsters in a crisis situation like the 7.3 earthquake that happened.
    This teacher is an adult???
    What kind of example is being set here?
    As someone else wrote, what about the next time?

    Barbados is barely prepared for a hurricane, which is also a mother nature act. Not some mysterious bad luck or spell put on places. Earthquakes need to be taken just as seriously. We as a people better get our act together and get ready.
    God be with us all.

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    BFP Comments

    Hello NOTB, the dump site is vital because if it is wrong it will pollute the surrounding land and abou 25% of our coastline. (Remember our “tourist economy” ?)

    Think longer and with more fervor over what it would mean if the run-off from the dump hit the sea.

  23. Hants

    “I hope she realizes how selfish and irresponsible her behavior was!!”
    This is totally unfair comment.

    The lady just “lost it” and ran for her life. A lot of people in Barbados were frightened beyond belief because no one ever experienced anything like this.

    I am sure next time she will react differently.

  24. Avatar

    Cuh dear, Hants, give her a break, she IS “New On The Blog!”

    However, she DID have a point when she said we as a people should get our act together. I hope she leads by example!

    It’s understandable to do things in shock, and it HAS been quite a while sing Barbados had a tremor from a quake!

    BTW, that dump should be turned into a recycling center…do you know how good all that stuff could be for the environment if utilised right? We wouldn’t need fertilizer, plastics could be reused, land mass reduced so better thing could happen with it, like agriculture….hmmm…

    At lest that’s a better way to spen a few hundred million dollards than a cricket party and a cruise orgy!!!!

  25. peltdownman

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    The whole solid waste programme as agreed with the IADB was to combine the new landfill with a waste transfer station, AND a public campaign, including separation of garbage for re-cycling purposes. That was over 10 years ago. Now the landfill is almost upon us, and I guarantee that the waste transfer station will not be able to handle the volume without separation for re-cycling at source, that is, at the household or business level. Those Sandy Lane developers who think that the smell will go away when Mangrove Pond closes are in for a real shock when and if the transfer station opens.

  26. Underdog

    Seems rumours were true about today’s earthquake. See

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/