Daily Archives: August 29, 2010

Barbados Road Safety Association “Are police looking for someone to do their jobs for them?”

BRSA President Sharmane Roland Bowen slams police over call for “Road Safety Czar”

Accident Victim’s Aunt blames Royal Barbados Police Force for failing in their duty

“This is a tragedy that should not have happened.  How many more of our people going to lose their lives before the law enforcement exercise their duty?” … June Straughn, aunt of 17 year old Rossi Straughn – killed while riding in the open back of a truck.

A few days ago Police Inspector Leon Blades, the officer in charge of Traffic Division, admitted to selectively not enforcing a part of the traffic law that just resulted in the needless death of a young man. During the same interview the Inspector called for the establishment of a “Road Safety Czar”.

Barbados Free Press covered the story and said “included in those who aren’t taking road safety seriously enough are members of the Royal Barbados Police Force who fail to enforce the Road Traffic Act.” (Read our previous story Fatal Traffic Accidents: Police admit not doing their job.)

Today the President of the Barbados Road Safety Association also strongly responded to Inspector Blades’ interview – basically telling Blades and his officers to stop whining, and to enforce the traffic laws and show some leadership. Whew! Continue reading

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Hurricane Earl strengthens as new storm forms off Barbados

UPDATED: August 31, 2010 – 9:05am Bridgetown Barbados

Analysts predict Earl might go Cat 5

As of this writing, The US National Hurricane Center website is down. Probably too much traffic.

Drudge Report and Storm Pulse say it’s looking to go Category 5.

Original story…

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Is it prayer or wind patterns that keeps Barbados safe from hurricanes?

Hurricane Earl will make for wet Bajan weather for the next couple of days, but our neighbours to the North are taking quite a hit. The US National Hurricane Center says Earl is growing stronger, but the predicted track shows it veering off into the Atlantic well off the eastern USA.

The good news for Barbados is that once again a hurricane missed our home. The bad news is that another storm is forming to the east and there is an 80% chance it will grow into a named storm within 48 hours. Continue reading

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Sunday Telegraph UK steals our story about Tony Blair buying house in Barbados

No attribution to Barbados Free Press as Sunday Telegraph engages in “change a word or two” plagiarism

“Remember… you read it here first folks, and it’s the real gen.”

… from the July 28, 2010 Barbados Free Press story: Exclusive Breaking: Tony Blair purchasing home in Barbados

Sunday Telegraph “Breaks” our Tony Blair buying a house in Barbados story a month after we published it!

Andrew Alderson - Chief Reporter & plagiarizing wanker

Barbados Free Press broke a world exclusive story on July 28, 2010 that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was looking to purchase a home in Barbados. Our confidential source provided us with many specific details about the Blair’s 13 week quest for a Bajan home – some of which we published and some we didn’t to protect our source.

Within 24 hours our post received thousands of visitors from around the world and about a hundred blogs, websites and even newspapers like India Times picked it up and provided proper attribution to Barbados Free Press for breaking the story.

We also received inquiries about our story from major news agencies including CNN, The New York Times, BBC and… a johnny-come-lately email a month later on August 25, 2010 from Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter of The Sunday Telegraph. Continue reading

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