Another government official tells Bajans they have no right to see what they pay for.
During a recent interview with Barbados Today, the acting director of the Barbados Meteorological Department politely told Bajan taxpayers to stick it where the sun doan shine.
Bajans have been “continually calling” for the Doppler radar of the Barbados Meteorological Department to be accessible via the internet, but according to Mr. Hampden Lovell, the information that Barbados taxpayers are presently able to see online from Martinique radar is the same as they would see from Barbados anyway.
And (says Lovell) without proper training, why… we stupid ordinary folks might misinterpret the data that we see! So, we have to be trained before he could possibly think about letting us actually see the radar information that we pay for.
“Mr. Lovell says Barbados taxpayers can get all the information they need from Martinique weather radar? No problem! Fire Lovell’s ass and his staff – who seem to have forgotten that they work for us, not the other way around.”
…Barbados Free Press co-editor Cliverton after a goodly tot of Mount Gay’s finest.
It’s all sooooooo complex, you see!
Too complex for Bajans anyway. Martinique and other governments put their weather radar information online, but their people are so much more intelligent than Bajans ever could be, so they are allowed to see the data without training.
Seriously though: Mr. Lovell makes it so clear in the Barbados Today interview that he and his department are in no hurry to comply with the continued calls for Barbados Doppler weather radar to be placed online. No schedule. No deadline. No target date. It’s all cow dung that he’s talking.
What’s that smell?
“Hopefully, in the not too distant future we will have all the images on a website we are in the process of developing” said Lovell, explaining that despite the criticisms they had received over early warning in regards to Tropical Storm Tomas, he could not say that the public having access to the radar would have helped the situation.
… from the Barbados Today article “Doppler radar up soon.”
What a pile of cow dung! We were told the same thing over a year ago on June 28, 2009 in the Barbados Advocate article Doppler Radar On-stream.
Lovell thinking right out of the 1850’s?
I’m going to back up a bit here and not be so in ya face with Mr. Lovell. He probably is a decent fellow who knows his stuff about weather and radar. Fair enough. We need a guy like that… but we want more. Lovell can deliver if he wants to. He has what it takes if he wants.
But… if he’s going to be in charge of our Doppler Radar, he needs to rethink why he and his colleagues do what they do and the importance of making the data accessible to the public.
Consider this, Mr. Lovell…
If you make the Doppler weather radar images available on the internet, the public will tune in. Folks have already shown that they are interested. Once they see the data, they will want more information and knowledge that your agency is in a unique position to deliver. Online access will create interest in the weather and your organisation.
Even if folks can’t interpret the data properly, they see the storm clouds gathering and they talk. That would be better during the hurricane season, wouldn’t it? And then your organisation would be in a position to directly communicate to a receptive audience.
Mr. Lovell: Where is your Facebook page?
Where’s your Twitter feed?
You don’t get it, do you?
But we’ll give you a chance to re-think your perspective and your mission. Take some time and think in a new frame of mind.
Embrace the opportunity of the internet, Mr. Lovell!
You have a choice Mr. Lovell. Provide the leadership to bring more weather information to more Bajans than ever before, to get folks more excited and knowledgeable about the importance of weather forecasting and reporting…
… or stay on the path that you are on.
But whatever you decide, let your employers know, okay? That’s us… ordinary folk who pay taxes. We deserve more respect and attention from you and your organisation.
As David G. Brooks said not too long ago…
Why has the Barbados Meteorological Office been so tardy in having a comprehensive internet web site that we can be proud of, like nearly all of the other islands?
I have heard rumours of funding problems to get this data on the web but I can only think this to be a red herring, as internet site and basic cost are dirt cheap if you just want to get your (even highly invested) data out there.
So this begs the question, does our own Meteorological Office really want to share this data?
… from the BFP article URGENT! – Where is Barbados’ Weather Doppler Radar Data?
Now look here
At BFP it’s our nature to be
a little acidic, a bit in yo face – because four decades of being polite “Yessa Massa” haven’t moved us towards the free, prosperous and democratic society that Bajans want and deserve. Truth is… we tossed our old Massas in ’66 and received new ones in their place.
Mighty Gabby knows the truth of what I speak!!! That’s why they tried to bring him down. Do you disagree? You cannot.
Mostly when I (Cliverton) write I’ve got the music blasting away and it’s a blend between half-caste Nesta Marley’s Uprising message in Redemption Song and AC/DC’s pure sexual energy at about 150 decibels. And if you feel some mixie conflicts going on there, that’s alright.
Me and Bob, we still working things out together.
Sometimes I listen to Radio66.be out of Belgium. Sometimes I listen to John Lennon singing Working Class Hero or some of Vivaldi’s Baroque harpsichord pieces. The Corrs? I love them. Try “Runaway”. Helen Gross “My Man Ain’t Yo’ Man” Oh yes! Johnny Winter… Highway 61. YES!
And always, back to ‘Anthony Carter’ LOL.
What’s the point? Nothing, Mr. Lovell.
Give us the information we pay for. If you do, you will grow your organisation, your stature.
If you don’t… well, we’ve always got Martinique Doppler weather radar.
Up to you.