Barbados Newspapers Refuse To Print Letter Revealing Secret Government Report Into Cave-In Deaths. Professor Machel Will Name Names

“I found out many more things that the public has a right to know but that have been hidden so far. I encountered an atmosphere of frustration and intimidation, nourished especially under the previous BLP government. I met several individuals who were afraid to speak out for fear of loosing their jobs, bodily harm, or having their houses burnt down, if they ever went public with what they know. I will speak for them. And should the day come, I am prepared to testify in any court of law under oath.”

Prof. Hans G. Machel Will Name Names: Codrington Family Deaths Caused By Gross Negligence

FOREWORD TO OPEN LETTER

I wrote the appended ‘OPEN LETTER TO PM THOMPSON’ on the evening of January 26, the same day Barbados’ Prime Minister, the Hon. David Thompson, was prominently featured in THE BARBADOS ADVOCATE, denouncing a “conspiracy of silence and indifference” as well as “corruption, nepotism, and malfeasance” by the previous BLP administration. I then submitted this letter for publication to both THE BARBADOS ADVOCATE and THE DAILY NATION. Neither of them dared to print my submission, even though one of them had at first indicated to me in no unmistaken terms that they were intent on printing it word-for-word in their Jan 30  edition. I have no doubt that pressure was applied that forced this retraction. Thus, the conspiracy of silence continues.

But I refuse to be silenced. Five innocent people, the Codrington family, got buried alive when their house collapsed into a cave at Brittons Hill on August 26 2007 though a combination of gross ignorance and gross negligence. I am speaking out for them, for their relatives, as well as for all the good people of Barbados. I consider myself their servant. I have a moral obligation to speak out, not only to get to the truth, but also to warn and protect others from meeting the same fate.

I have not edited my open letter since January 26. Our small group of investigators has since learnt some additional explosive facts. Most importantly, construction near the ill-fated house had actually opened up a second hole in the cave system, in addition to the large hole that had opened up right at the house’s foundation (which was already reason enough to evacuate). Also, we now know the names of those who worked to remove the legal obstacles to built on the land that this house stood on, land that was not to be built on. We shall disclose this information in due time. For now, I am posting my OPEN LETTER in its original form, so that all readers can see what was deemed ‘too hot to handle’ by those who control Barbados’ two national newspapers.

Hans G. Machel

Slanted cave in the Brittons Hill area, about 60 m long and up to about 8 m in height. The roof is supported by pillars that narrow to less than 50 cm near the middle in some places. Person for scale.

Slanted cave in the Brittons Hill area, about 60 m long and up to about 8 m in height. The roof is supported by pillars that narrow to less than 50 cm near the middle in some places. Person for scale.

Open Letter To Prime Minister David Thompson

In his recent address at the DLP Report to the Nation Rally, Barbados’ Prime Minister, the Hon. David Thompson, spoke some brave and encouraging words. He denounced a “conspiracy of silence and indifference” as well as “corruption, nepotism, and malfeasance” by the previous BLP administration. Since about 2002, I had encountered all of these in my dealings with the BLP Government and civil servants regarding the Greenland garbage dump fiasco, and I have seen some of this in the context of the cave collapse at Brittons Hill in August 2007. To date, nobody has been held accountable for this tragedy, which claimed the lives of five members of the Codrington family. I am herewith appealing to the Hon. David Thompson to stand by his words to “Hold all accountable” (The Barbados Advocate from January 26 2009). Furthermore, I appeal to his government to enact legislation that places stringent conditions on construction.

As a geologist with nearly 30 years of experience and whose active research includes caves, I had been approached by concerned Barbadians to provide an expert opinion on the Brittons Hill cave collapse. During the past 4 weeks alone, I visited 15 caves in Barbados and also conducted numerous interviews with people directly or indirectly involved with the Brittons Hill tragedy. I also went into “Ground Zero”, where I took photos, measurements, and rock samples. I found out very quickly that the deaths of the Codrington family were entirely avoidable for two reasons: the house that they had lived in should never have been built on that site, and the imminent collapse of the huge cave underneath was not recognized or ignored.

I found out many more things that the public has a right to know but that have been hidden so far. I encountered an atmosphere of frustration and intimidation, nourished especially under the previous BLP government. I met several individuals who were afraid to speak out for fear of loosing their jobs, bodily harm, or having their houses burnt down, if they ever went public with what they know. I will speak for them. And should the day come, I am prepared to testify in any court of law under oath. I presented a part of my findings at a public lecture in Solidarity House on January 14 2009 entitled “Caves of Barbados – Wonders and Danger Underground”, which was widely reported in the local media. In this lecture I called the tragedy a case of “gross negligence”. I stand by these words, and shall elaborate.

The first reason for this assertion is that the cave under the ill-fated house reached a height of about 20 m and came within about 1 – 1.5 m of the surface at its shallowest. The cave had been known for decades, as many children and adults had played in it or visited the cave over the years, well before the time any house was built in this area. Most people did not notice, however, that the coral rock that makes up the cliff in this area is jointed, that is, it is separated into large blocks by deep-reaching cracks that provided access to copious amounts of rain water that had weakened the rock over time. Also largely unnoticed or ignored was the fact that rock matrix itself is brittle like crumble cake: I can break and disintegrate it with my bare hands.These facts alone render building a house on that particular site prohibitive.

Builder Of The Deadly House Is A Well-Known Public Figure

The second reason for my assertion is that the land on which the ill-fated house was built had a covenant or deed restriction attached to it for several decades, which limits what the owner of the land can do with it. This covenant stipulated that one shall not build on this land because of the cave underneath. I know of one person by name who had wanted to buy this land back in 1961 and was told at the time that he could not build on it. If this was a legally binding covenant, one has to ask whether it was legally removed before the ill-fated house was built, when, why, and by whom. Permit to build the Codrington’s house was issued in 1982. Alternately, did the builder of the house (who is a well-known public figure in the island) know about the covenant, or was he left in the dark by the previous owner who sold the land to him without full disclosure? If the builder of the house knew about the covenant, did not have it legally removed when it was legally binding, and yet he built the house anyway, this person has blood on his hands.

Who Decided To Continue Construction In The Few Days Before The Cave Collapse?

Despite all this, the tragedy could have been avoided, had somebody not made a fateful – and as it turned out fatal – decision in the days preceding the cave collapse. There was an active construction site nearby that caused serious vibrations in the ill-fated house and those around it, which was felt by numerous inhabitants as far as several houses in each direction. Furthermore, about 3 weeks prior to the cave collapse one neighbor spotted a hole in the ground that had opened up right next to one corner of the ill-fated house, about 2 1/2 feet in diameter with no bottom in sight: a gaping black abyss. Unbeknownst to him, this was the large cave that would swallow the Codringtons later on. He reported this hole to the workers at the construction site nearby. Construction was halted about one week later, yet resumed about 4 days before the cave collapsed entirely, killing the Codrington family. How could this happen? There were serious vibrations all over the neighborhood, and the top of the cave had already started to open up. What more was needed to stop construction and evacuate the people in the house over the cave? Whoever ordered construction to resume after it was halted temporarily, despite these glaring indications of impending doom, is either grossly incompetent or grossly negligent.

I have also learnt that a fairly thorough investigation was undertaken by technical experts, that is, by geologists, hydrogeologists and engineers, in the months following the cave collapse. Apparently a preliminary report was finished in December 2007 under the previous BLP administration, a final report was finished about July 2008 under the current DLP administration. Yet this report is hidden from the public. Just why? The public has a right to know. On behalf of all Barbadians, I request that the findings of this report be made public immediately, and that they be part of a proper, impartial and open Coroner’s Inquest, which the public has demanded for a long time. Prime Minister Thompson, stand by your words: hold all accountable !

Looking into the future, I feel compelled to point out that many more houses were built on precarious ground in Barbados, especially in the Brittons Hill area. I have visited one particular cave just last week that is in relatively close proximity to the one that swallowed the Codringtons. This cave is about 60 m long, with variable heights of up to about 8 m, large enough to lead to another fatal collapse. This cave is slanted and comes to within 1 to 2 feet of the surface. Luckily, no house is built on the shallowest parts of the cave, which could collapse under a load as small as a heavy truck. Parts of the cave are supported only by narrow pillars of rock (see photos) that can topple under minor earthquakes or vibrations from construction, and sooner or later they will give way from continued erosion by groundwater. The rock here is the same crumbly stick-coral rock that forms much of Brittons Hill, especially along the cliff face. And yet, this cave underlies a densely developed part of the area with residential houses and schools nearby. Obviously, nobody cared or cared to check for caves and brittleness of the rock when this area was developed. This may have been understandable 20 or 30 years ago, but it is inexcusable now. Legislation should be enacted as soon as possible that puts stringent conditions of ground testing on any developer.

Furthermore, owners of the houses already in place in this area, especially along the cliff face that the Codrington’s house was located on, are well advised to have their properties scanned for caves, which can be done at relatively little expense with tools such as ground-penetrating radar. I would go as far as to recommend ground scanning for caves elsewhere in the island, wherever the rock is relatively brittle. On the other hand, there is no reason for panic. The coral rock is well cemented and hard as concrete in many locations. Where this is the case, the rock can carry very heavy, multi-story structures even with caves underneath.

Hans G. Machel
Professor of Geology
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta

This cave underlies a densely developed part of the area with residential houses and schools nearby

This cave underlies a densely developed part of the area with residential houses and schools nearby

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57 responses to “Barbados Newspapers Refuse To Print Letter Revealing Secret Government Report Into Cave-In Deaths. Professor Machel Will Name Names

  1. Adrian Hinds

    [quote]
    I have not edited my open letter since January 26. Our small group of investigators has since learnt some additional explosive facts. Most importantly, construction near the ill-fated house had actually opened up a second hole in the cave system, in addition to the large hole that had opened up right at the house’s foundation (which was already reason enough to evacuate).

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    Anybody with a modicum of common sense would have concluded from the pictures and events that this was the case. In fact many of us did this, and BFP glossed over this point at the time. I wondered why and assumed that it was because of the likelihood that the construction company was white own. This return and focus on what clearly is a contributing cause for the callapse is interesting. Given my perception of BFP willingness to ignore and or highlight wrong doing base on race, they must now have proof to cast blame on persons suited to them. Never the less whomever is responsible should be held to account, as I believe these people’s death was no accident.

  2. bajan youth

    i agree that whoever was responsible should feel the full weight of the law. Gross negligence is too common place in our society, had this happened in a developed country, persons would have been held to account. Obviously every such incident cannot be attributed to man made causes, however in the face of glaring evidence which points to error or negligence on the human part, someone needs to be held accountable. BFP i think it is time for yet another print edition!!

  3. West Side Davie

    Adrian Hinds you are a liar and a racist.

    BFP told the truth about the cave-in and was the first to reveal the link with the construction. As was printed by them on Sept 1, 2007…

    “Even a cursory examination of BFP’s comments section and the Barbados media reveals evidence that long before the collapse, various persons knew, suspected or should have known about the impending collapse of the Codrington’s apartment building into the cave below.”

    That was in the article where they criticized Dale Marshall Attorney General for announcing the results of any yet-to-be-held inquest that “it was an act of god. nothing could be done to prevent it” or words like that that Marshall said.

    Adrian Hinds, you are a liar.

    You were so happy to support BFP when they were critical of the BLP, but you and Barbados Underground lost your will to hold the government accountable when your precious DLP won.

    When the BLP called Thompson “white” and said that Bajans should not vote for the DLP because “whites vote for the DLP” you were happy to support BFP when they took the BLP to task for this racism.

    A year and a half later you no longer like the Barbados Free Press investigations and pointing out of current government corruption and ineptitude so you try to discredit BFP in the same way the BLP did with your party.

    “Wuhloss!!!! Don’t listen to BFP. I think some a dem are whitey!!!”

    Adrian Hinds, you are a racist low-life.

    Stay in Boston because we’re trying to rid our culture of the likes of your kind no matter what your skin colour light or dark.

  4. Chicago

    Notice how Hinds doesn’t address the main subject of the article that the former and current governments are negligent and are hiding the report?

    BFP I think that Hinds has outstayed his welcome. He announced at BU that he was going back to dominate the comments section of your blog to make trouble and defend the DLP.

    Could it be that he is mad that he and the others at BU were deceived for so long about BWWR? ha ha ha!!!

  5. PiedPiper

    Adrian, BFP has never glossed over anything with this story. In point of fact, they have been in the forefront from the very begining. From the day this terrible tragedy took place, they have provided more information than the local media i.e. The Nation, Advocate, CBC etc. If you took the time to go back into BFP archives, you would see that they had multiple articles about the Arch Cot collapse as events unfolded. As I recall, there was a specific article about Dale Marshall and his pathetic and uninformed ramblings and how his indecisiveness and inaction led to a second collapse that probably finished off Donavere Codrington who was still alive after the first collapse. BFP ignored nothing and your suggestion that they did so because the suspect construction company is white owned is absurd.
    Your “perception” has reared it’s ugly head many times before across the blogoshere. You have made the completely false allegation that you shut down your own forum because it had been “infiltrated” by non-black Bajans who were causing you grief. Such rubbish Adrian. These same people that you lay blame to, came with the original rumshoplime membership and all that they were guilty off was trying to put a stop to the blatant racism which was being openly displayed every day on the forum. Secondly, as I recall, “YOUR” website was frequently down as a result of non-payment of the bill which demonstrated a decided lack of interest on your part. Stop trying to rewrite history Adrian, especially here on BFP where there is able evidence that your “perception” that BFP tried to gloss-over or ignore who is possibly responsible for the Arch Cot collapse, is completely untrue.

  6. Sargeant

    Adrian Hinds has his own agenda, unfortunately that agenda does not include the truth. From a simple reading of the article a question that anyone should ask is “If BFP is guilty of protecting anyone why would they print Dr. Machel’s letter?

  7. Chicago

    Hinds should read the letter from Machel. Both the Nation and the Barbados Advocate promised to print the letter but neither of them did.

    The pathetic so-called Barbados “news media” has no balls and no integrity.

  8. Wayne

    QUOTE
    PiedPiper
    August 28th, 2007 at 2:16 pm After looking at that photo on BU of the construction site directly behind the apartment building, it should now be obvious to everyone what has ocurred here. Could someone (BFP) please find out what was being built on this site and who the developer is?
    This gets straight back to my previous post about building inspectors and the issuing of permits. Was a geological survey done prior to the permit being issued to this construction site? It’s bad enough that the NHC was permitted to construct a building on top of a known cave but then to issue a permit for more construction on top of the same cave system defies logic.
    Either the site inspector was a complete idiot or money changed hands. Maybe no inspection at all took place?
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    Did BFP ever gave us an answer to the above?

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    BFP says: Nope… the information never came into our hands via any source or posted on the comments by readers, but Prof. Machel obviously has it now.

    We would be happy to print the information. Obviously many people in the government would know the answer and probably many in the Barbados news media, but no name has ever been released by anyone.

    Can any reader provide the name?

  9. Wayne

    How many construction companies are in Barbados, that this seems such a mystery?

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    BFP says,

    Exactly, Wayne! The fact that this name has never appeared in the mainstream news media under any government shows that there is a “supra-government” level in place that is protected by David Thompson’s government as well as the BLP. It would not surprise us at all to learn that the relevant records have been removed from the government offices.

    Why has there been no inquest and no inquest called for under either the DLP or BLP governments? That fact alone is outrageous. That the Barbados news media has never called for an inquest is an indictment of the entire Barbados news media.

    BFP alone has been calling for an inquest since August 2007. Unfortunately Barbados Underground stopped calling for accountability on this and many other important issues the moment that the DLP were elected.

    A shame and a sham, really.

  10. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    The defending, slanderous remarks and assertions of race related hate is not what is important here. What is important is the presentation of the Professor’s findings and the fact that he has presented to Barbados, the government’s conspiracy to cover up, protect and even misrepresent the truth in matters of a national interest. These are very serious charges, which if not dealt with appropriately, can create probable unrest amongst Barbadian citizens.

    Many Barbadians are aware of the dirty underminings and deeds that take place in this country. It is just a matter of time when the threat of victimization, possible lost of jobs and arsonry, will no longer be effective deterrents.

    There is a need for great accountability and transparency in this country. Our reputations are now being built on a foundation of misrepresentation, corruption and lies, which can no longer be hidden with the advent of cyber technology.

    It is clear that negligence and likely greed resulted in the demise of the Codrington family. And from all accounts and purposes, their deaths were not an act of God, but negligence and lack of concern by those who ignore the signs of danger, to carry on with their building projects.

  11. Wayne

    Is this gentleman related the Adams political family of Barbados? What is he saying? Do you think his comments agree with those of Prof. Hans G. Machel?

    QUOTE
    NATION NEWS
    Just a matter of time!
    Published on: 8/28/07.

    Ralph Adams, a structural and civil engineer, said that the building collapse at Arch Cot, Brittons X Road, St Michael, was bound to happen at some point.

    Adams, who was on the scene offering advice from Sunday, said the neighbourhood knew about the existence of a cave and still allowed people to build on it.

    “It was just a matter of time before it was a disaster,” Adams told the Nation.

    When asked about the actual size of the cave, he said it was quite big and had two cracks.

    “There were two fault lines through the roof of the cave. One of them is exactly where you see the building split now, but it extends further under that apartment block, it extends across the road to the junction and it extends nearly to the front door of the house on the other side of the road and halfway under the house to the north,” said Adams.

    Mouth closed

    He said the area was surveyed about a month ago and the cave let go [collapsed] on the fracture.

    “The areas to the west have now fallen in, the original cave mouth is now closed, the rock is fractured and it looks as though it will fall out to the west. There is also the business below the cliff that is under threat.”

    Adams said he was aware of planned construction at the rear of the apartment but whether or not the work had begun, the cave would have still given out because water was also weakening the area.

    “There are four storm drainage wells hooked into the corner adjacent to the building, and they are degrading the rock. The surveyors surveyed it prior to their doing work next door and it already had fractures through the roof of the cave.” (WB)

  12. Digusted With Thompson

    Over a year since the DLP formed the government and PM Thompson has never mentioned the unnecessary deaths of the Codrington family. None of his members have called for an inquest into the deaths and who is responsible.

    It is true that we only have one political party in Barbados: the BLP/DLP party!

  13. reality check

    Barbadians are entitled to see the report. It affects the safety and lives of everyone.

    Give the government a week to do the right thing and then start releasing the information of those who failed to do their jobs, those that covered up and those that called for the continuation of construction in the face of such danger.

  14. Wayne

    Interesting opinion BFP. Seems like it is shared by others as well. I take it that no one saw the construction equipment on the work site, or they did, but the equipment was unmarked? Is there not any evidence, or opinions voiced, to suggest who these blokes are, or might be?

    BFP says,

    Exactly, Wayne! The fact that this name has never appeared in the mainstream news media under any government shows that there is a “supra-government” level in place that is protected by David Thompson’s government as well as the BLP. It would not surprise us at all to learn that the relevant records have been removed from the government offices.

    QUOTE
    PiedPiper
    August 28th, 2007 at 3:33 pm The Anon who posted about the shredders going all night at the planning office…….sad, funny and true all at the same time.
    The finger pointing now just beginning and you can bet when all is said and done that no one will be held accountable. Even if they take the other common approach of finding a “scapegoat”, nothing will change and nothing will have been learned from this completely unnecessary tragedy.
    I still want to know what was being built on that new construction site and who the developer is. This information could, no doubt, shed some light on the situation.

  15. Jason

    Why no inquest? Why has the Thompson government continued with the cover-up? Why doesn’t the Prime Minister direct the coroner to get on with it? Why doesn’t the Prime Minister release the report?

    See children? One thing is the same as the other thing.

  16. PiedPiper

    Unverified reports are that a Daycare Centre was being built by C.O.W. construction. What interests me is if this was to be a private daycare centre (unlikely) or a government subsidized daycare centre. Can someone confirm for me that the apartment building that collapsed into the cave was a NHS building? If so, the daycare centre was, more than likely, an NHS project. Of much greater interest is who was the inspector and who issued the work permit when it apparently was common knowledge that the area was unsafe? Was it NHS or COW that applied for the permit?

  17. Digusted With Thompson

    There was something on the blogs at the time that the daycare was a private daycare owned by a minister (govt minister)

    Does anyone remember this? BFP can you find it in your archives?

  18. RRRicky

    INQUEST NOW!!!

  19. Wayne

    Pied Piper, I assume you live in Barbados? How comes no one including BFP and BU (assuming they didn’t) had saught to varify the name of the construction company involved? Was this not in the public domain? and did the mentioned company make a PR statement of any kind? Who own this particular construction firm?… Any members of the government?

  20. RRRicky

    BFP axed for the name on bfp forever. They cant go trapesing around say “i am bfp tell me” cant they?

  21. RRRicky

    DEMAND INQUEST NOW!!!!!!!

  22. Sargeant

    Hmmmmmmmm……… a construction company with enough juice in Barbados that both newspapers on the island would refrain from publishing a letter which by inference critical of them. (Prof. Machel is careful not to name anyone).

    With enough power that consecutive Gov’ts from opposite sides of the political aisle would refuse to release a damming report of their actions vis a vis the construction in the area around Arch Cot.

    Hmmmmmmnnnn and double hmmmmmmmmnnn

  23. Me

    Boy ohboy, We should start growing bananas ’bout here. This place is a Banana republic .

  24. Hants

    It has never been a requirement in Barbados to supply a report on the “undergound” to get approval to construct houses.

    Prehaps this should change given the findings of Machel.

    What happened at Archcot is a horrible tragedy for the Codrington family and first and foremost, the surviving children should be Properly Compensated in a way that will provide them with a real future.

    This tragedy ocurred because nobody understood the danger created by building on top of this cave.

    Building in this area was a huge mistake.We know that now.

    I do not have the expertise to speak to who was negligent and who should be sued.

    I hope that those of us who plan to build a house will use the lessons learnt from this tragedy.

  25. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that the mouths of bajans are silenced (to some extent) by the total number of Sir Grantleys’ being passed.

    Protection of Barbados’s status quo has always been, foremost, a policy of all successive governments.

    It behooves me with great trepidation, that protectionism is a limited factor in this country and by extension, and infringement of true justice in the nefarious practice of societal governance.

  26. Tell me Why

    Unverified reports are that a Daycare Centre was being built by C.O.W. construction
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Both are wrong. It was supposed to be a doctor’s office.

  27. Wayne

    I was told that BFP publishes things that cannot be found in the traditional media outlets in Barbados. I am having somewhat of a difficult time believing that only Pied Piper heard who the construction company might be.

    BFP says: Nope… the information never came into our hands via any source or posted on the comments by readers, but Prof. Machel obviously has it now.

    RRRicky
    February 1, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    BFP axed for the name on bfp forever. They cant go trapesing around say “i am bfp tell me” cant they?

  28. Wayne

    Does this mean that you are aware of the correct name of the construction company? Will you tell us please?

    Tell me Why
    February 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm
    Unverified reports are that a Daycare Centre was being built by C.O.W. construction
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    Both are wrong. It was supposed to be a doctor’s office.

  29. PiedPiper

    Wayne: The assertion that it was a daycare centre being contructed by COW was made by someone either on this blog or BU and as I said was unverified and possibly pure speculation by the person who made that statement.
    I hope that Prof. Machel is safely back home in Alberta.

  30. PiedPiper

    So, Hants, lemmuh ask you something. If it was pointed out to the construction crew that a large bottomless hole had developed at one corner of the site and the work was shut down for four days while everyone stood around scratching their heads and then the work recommenced, what difference would it make that it is not a requirement in Barbados to do an “underground” survey to get a permit?
    Just what in hell did those idiots think that dark deep hole was and what, if anything, did they do to investigate any further?

  31. Hants

    @ PiedPiper
    “Just what in hell did those idiots think that dark deep hole was ”

    I am surprised they were not concerned for their own safety.

    Truly tragic.

  32. Wayne

    Pied Piper, your contributions on this partiular subject are the only ones that i can follow, added to this, you are the only one that seems genuinely interested, in knowing who owns the construction company. It would make sense to know this bit of information since it is a critical part of Professor Machel’s article.

    Pied Piper your most recent contribution ask a question, about information that may have been pointed out to the construction crew. Do you know this for a fact? If you do know this was ask, how come no one still does not know as a certainty, the name of the construction company? Is it premature of me, to assume from all that has not been said so far that there is a deliberate attempt not to name the company?

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  34. Hants

    BFP did you ban Adrian Hinds?

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    BFP says,

    Yes we did. All of us had enough abuse. Fair criticism is one thing that we have never run away from, but if Hinds wishes to post thirty to forty writings a day calling us all manner of names and spewing racist philosophy, he will have to do it somewhere else. We have almost three million visitors a year and unlike some other blogs, we do not surrender this platform and our audience to the agenda of any passerby.

    Hinds was a big fan of BFP until his party won the election. I guess he had mistaken us for fellow DLP supporters instead of Bajan patriots whose primary concerns are corruption in any government and the abuse of our environment.

  35. Hants

    BFP you do declare you are “Bajan patriots whose primary concerns are corruption in any government and the abuse of our environment.”

    So essentially you are non B D L P N P political activist tree-hugging greenpeace peta sympathizing friday night alcohol consuming protectors of Barbados and the planet.

    On behalf of the banned DLP supporters, I would like to thank you all for your incredible support in ousting Owingsarthur from office.

    Your BLP friends will thank you for your current support in trying to help them get reelected in 2012.

    I would like to thank you for making me aware of ESAF see through which I am enjoying on super bowl sunday.

    Don’t forget to visit the Trinidad Guardian for the most important story of the day.

    3 Soca Divas……

    I remain a big fan of BFP and a huge fan of David Thompson and the DLP.

    This leopard can’t change his spots.

  36. Jason

    Hants, you are an honest leopard and nothing is wrong with that.

  37. PiedPiper

    Here is a BU post of Adrian Hinds using his other handle “Hindssight”.

    “Now David i am going to give you fair warning. If you are going to allow this blog to be over run by These people when they already have BFP I will have to hightail out of here, and this is what these people want. When Barrow came to power they all ran to New Zealand Austrailia and the UK. They don’t have any place to run to now, and with their influence in Barbados on the decrease they are hell bent on destablizing our island. Controling these two blogs is part of their agenda.”

    This type of paranoid thinking has been a central theme in AH’s life for quite some time, and this from a man who has lived in the U.S. for over 15 years and from what I gather, doesn’t get home to BIM very often.

  38. John

    I can’t see COW getting into the daycare business or opening a doctor’s office.

    If he was there then it would more than likely have been as a contractor, hired to do a job.

    If this was the case, who hired him and how did they get permission to build?

    These are the type of things we need to know.

    I have felt and said in the past that the lack of a Physical Development Plan based on logic and science would turn around and bite us.

    Our island provides us with a fragile environment in which to live and to approach its “development” in any sort of ham fisted way based on greed and avarice will spell disaster for us

    …… it is a bit like loosing a Bull in a China shop except the Bull has no greed or avarice, … it will just making a mess.

  39. 70

    Isn’t it a matter of law that an inquest MUST take place in the event of an unnatural death?

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    BFP says,

    The government and the politicians in Barbados generally don’t care much what the law says. That is how, for instance, GEMS Hotels and other companies close to the government are allowed to go decades without filing financial statements etc. In the last few years we had such a backlog of inquests that were never done (hundreds of them), that the coroner had “pretend inquests” of an hour or so each to write them off. Some had been sitting for over a decade.

    The Codrington family deaths are an embarrassment to a few big-ups so not only have we not had an inquest – the Barbados lapdog news media has not mentioned that fact since 2007!

  40. PiedPiper

    Anonymous: In other parts of the world, yes. In Barbados, not neccessarily.

  41. PiedPiper

    “Wayne” : Your focusing in on me and asking many questions of me is a little curious to say the least. There are many able and interested posters here on BFP who make far more informative posts than myself.
    You remind me of someone ….hmmmm……..ha ha ha ha ha (sic)

  42. reality check

    “Now David i am going to give you fair warning. If you are going to allow this blog to be over run by These people when they already have BFP I will have to hightail out of here”

  43. reality check

    “Now David i am going to give you fair warning. If you are going to allow this blog to be over run by These people when they already have BFP I will have to hightail out of here”

    if only

    like the BLP and the DLP this racist won’t keep his promise.

    Its really quite extraordinary that BU, under the guise of fair and free comment, has become a sanctuary for racists and bigots.

  44. Knight of the Long Knives

    I think the problem in Barbados is no longer race but greed and corruption, white black brown syrian chinese, indians its all about one thing. The only reason for race to enter into any discussion is that whites, syrians and indians have a larger slice of the economic pie than us. This does not make them any more or less corrupt.

  45. iWatchya

    It’s time that Barbados puts in the correct legislation and building codes to protect the people and the construction industry.

    Only problem is that all that red tape only makes construction more expensive for the small man and will lead to political backlash.

  46. PiedPiper

    I’m very glad that the Advocate did this article. The only way that the Arch Cot tragedy will not get swept under the carpet is if the media keeps it in the forefront.

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    BFP says,

    While your statement is true and the article is welcome, (there is one in the Nation today too), the news media has failed miserably to keep the Arch Cot tragedy from fading. No editorial has ever called for an inquest. No reporter has investigated or revealed the names of people who made the decisions that killed a family.

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  48. very worried mum

    Well i didn’t come here to check on Rihanna. I came because i was forwarded the above story about the caves. All i want to know is this…. Are our precious children SAFE at the nearby schools or not. This is all i want and need to know. I can’t sleep!!!!!!!!

  49. Fence Sitter

    “The pathetic so-called Barbados “news media” has no balls and no integrity”

    Chicago, never a truer word said. You only have to watch ANY so-called new conference ’bout hey and it is PAINFULLY evident.

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  52. sean

    I will like to see the caves

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