Dear Minister Lowe
by Wilfred Abrahams
Barbados experienced a severe drought in the first half of 2010.
For more than six months not a drop of rain fell from our skies; in fact, we were cautioned to conserve and save water lest our aquifers ran dry. All Barbadians were encouraged to make preparations in the face of what promised to be an arid season.
All Barbadians, it appears, except you, Dr Denis Lowe, Minister in charge of Water Resources and Drainage (i.e. Minister of the Water Authority and so on)!
While we were installing water tanks, and shutting off pipes, the ministry that you lead was doing nothing except enjoying the sunshine. Continue reading
Six killed, dozens injured in collapse of new bridge near stadium. Highlights shoddy construction throughout venues, residences.
Tourists attacked by Muslim terrorists, Athletes’ residences “unsafe, unfit for human habitation”, no show visitors.
Should Barbados pull our team?
Less than a fortnight to go before the best of our Barbadian athletes compete in the Commonwealth Games in India – but no one is sure if they will have fit accommodations, if the venue will be properly secured or whether empty seats in the spectators’ gallery will have to be filled with locals grabbed off the street.
According to numerous stories in the world news media, all these issues and more are creating a perfect storm that threatens the very existence of the Delhi games.
With today’s bridge collapse comes serious and understandable calls for cancellation of the games. Scotland and New Zealand say they are on the verge of heading home. Continue reading