Monthly Archives: May 2012

Another home firebombed

Family member was burned in yet another firebomb attack on a home.

There is no indication that this attack was related at all to the last reported incident. We wonder if this family is involved in a court trial, so if anyone knows please let our readers know. (Photo courtesy of The Nation “Shirnell Gill pointing to the blackened and broken window through which the Molotov cocktail was thrown.”)

Another family is living in terror after an unknown person used a Molotov cocktail to set their home alight. Do we have a problem on this island? What the heck is happening lately?

If we consider some news stories, we have to wonder…

April 30, 2012    Court witness held at gunpoint, tied up, beaten at home. Serious head injuries.

April 12, 2012    Firebombing followup: Barbadian businessman’s family still stalked

April 4, 2012    British tourists firebombed in Barbados: Mistaken identity over anti-government lawsuit.

August 17, 2011    Selective Denial, Cover-up by Barbados Commissioner of Police

October 10, 2010    Arch Cot Inquest witness intimidation: Professor Hans G. Machel reports intimidation, fears of arson, bodily harm, job loss against potential witnesses.

September 12, 2010    Two Barbadians arrested in mass murder fire.

November 6, 2008    Secret Documents Show How The Barbados Government Used The Military To Destroy A Canadian Investor

September 27, 2008    Threats Against Adrian Loveridge Continue – Barbados Police Continue To Do NOTHING

June 1, 2007     Arson, Burglary, Bedroom Spying – Three Separate Incidents Make A Bad Day For Fired Barbados Journalist Who Is Critical Of Government

Here are two stories from The Nation.

You should visit the paper’s website to read the stories, but we have to reprint them here in their entirety because that paper sometimes removes stories for political purposes…

Scary firebomb attack (Nation story here)

THE Gill family of Jubilee Gap, Martindales Road, St Michael, are living in fear.

One week ago, someone threw what is believed to be a Molotov cocktail into the house they are renting, injuring a family member, damaging furniture and clothing and leaving the house in an uninhabitable state.

And the family are so traumatized that they do not want to remain there but have nowhere else to go.

Shirnell Gill said her mother Marlene was sitting on a couch in the living room last Wednesday, when an unknown individual threw the fiery object into the house. Continue reading

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Congratulations to us! BFP published 4,800 posts

Okay, okay… self congratulations and awards are hardly modest, but as our sometimes friend Kurt would say: “Nevermind”.

I’d like to point out to Marcus and the rest of the world that the recent BFP post Grenville Phillips II: “I’ll run as a candidate for Parliament if …”

… is the 4,800th post since Barbados Free Press went live on January 17, 2006.

Robert

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Robert Ross: Courting Disaster – Justice Delayed in our Barbados Courts

Attorneys often unfairly blamed for delays in the courts

At the request of one of BFP’s prolific commenters, ‘Robert Ross’, we’ve opened a new page where Mr. Ross and others so inclined keep us all apprised of some of the court delays and other disasters in justice.

Mr. Ross is not a lawyer but in his own words was “in the law in my way for 44 years.” He obviously is still privy to stories and situations that the public doesn’t usually hear about. He also rightly observes that many of the delays are caused by the court system, but often it is the attorneys who are unfairly blamed.

Here’s the first contribution from Mr. Ross, and you’ll also find it at the top under the “Courting Disaster” tab. If Mr. Ross will continue to leave his work as comments or submit them via email or our contact page, we’ll be happy to maintain a central list of just how long folks have to wait for justice in our understaffed and inefficient Barbados courts.

robert ross
May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm
@ BFP

Due Process in this blog refers to delay caused by attorneys. I have some sympathy with that, though not in relation to the criminal justice system. I do recognise, of course that Due Process’ perception is a common one – and it is one fuelled by information ‘pushed’ by the Free Presses – which is sometimes very misleading.

I am not a practising lawyer – though I was in the law in my way for 44 years. I am saying this to make the point that I have no axe to grind. I do have access to information, however, which would not be accessible by those who are not lawyers. So on this question of delay, I intend to publish ‘delay’ situations as I meet them in the hope of achieving a better understanding of its causes. I will publish them in the most recent posts – if you will permit me.

Here are two cases which came my way today. Both relate to family matters.

Case 1 – Access

The case came up for hearing in mid-March. A Welfare report was ordered and the case adjourned till early April. At the April hearing there was no report. The case was adjourned till end of May. At the May hearing there was still no report. The same lawyers appeared on all three occasions.

The Welfare Department is over stretched and there was difficulty in locating one of the parties for Welfare to compile the report.. Continue reading

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Religion, babies and global population growth: I couldn’t stop watching Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling had a question: Do some religions have a higher birth rate than others — and how does this affect global population growth?

Once you are a minute into this, I doubt you’ll be able to turn it off… I couldn’t. Just wait until he gets to the moving trend charts. Brilliant!

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Grenville Phillips II: “I’ll run as a candidate for Parliament if …”

“Grenville… have you ever thought of running as an independent candidate for Parliament? Go ahead, put your name on the ballot. Don’t even bother with a traditional campaign. You might be very surprised by what happens.”

Barbados Free Press to Grenville Phillips II in our post One man takes on the cause: Most houses in Barbados unsafe construction

Grenville Phillips II lays out what it will take to get him to run…

Hi BFP:

I apologize for this delayed response to your suggestion that I consider running as an Independent candidate, but I had to carefully count the cost – which I have done.

As I pondered your suggestion, coincidentally, the same day’s Nation newspaper (Saturday Sun 26 May 2012) reported Gray ‘Doc’ Brome’s response to similar encouragements:

“Not interested. Not interested in the least. I’m disgusted with politics. I’m disgusted with politicians.”

Gray ‘Doc’ Brome as quoted in The Nation

If what followed was accurately reported, then in my opinion, Brome provided the most informed and honest summary analysis of the Barbados political system, that has been unmatched by my reading of any of the popular political scientists over the past 25 years. Brome’s analysis is instructive, since he appeared to have entered the political system with a desire to help people advance. The newspaper reported the following.

“Brome blames people who enter politics for personal empowerment only for a lot of the problems facing the average constituent today.”

Brome determined that it was in the politician’s best interest to keep people living “hand-to-mouth” “from pay check to pay cheque”, and concluded that the entitlement culture “had reduced the entrepreneurial spirit among young people.”

In Barbados, we have seen politicians appear to attempt to ruin the reputations of anyone not in their current favour and without warning. They appear to use rhetorical language to divide us rather than unite us in a common goal. The question that I have periodically asked myself is: Why?

Will Grenville run? Continue reading

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Barbados Family Planning Association selectively aborting girl babies upon request?

Gendercide: selective abortion of females when parents want sons

In the latest in the ongoing war against women, Planned Parenthood in Texas is caught on video encouraging a woman to obtain a late-term abortion because she is purportedly carrying a girl and wants to have a boy. The video is first in a new series titled “Gendercide: Sex-Selection in America,” exposing the practice of sex-selective abortion in the United States and how Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry facilitate the selective elimination of baby girls in the womb.

Does the Barbados Family Planning Association engage in sex-selection abortion?

It’s not illegal here in Barbados where, to be truthful, not much is illegal and our medical profession is only loosely regulated and then in the most casual manner.

And seeing as how the Barbados Family Planning Association is closely aligned with and receives awards and funding from Planned Parenthood of America, we’d like some rock solid public statements from George Griffith and the BFPA that they NEVER abort unborn babies on the basis of gender.

Then again, we also asked Griffith and his abortion organization to stop taking money from Planned Parenthood of America because the money was probably donated to selectively target black babies for destruction…

Black Genocide: Abortion is the number one killer of Blacks North America and the Caribbean.

Back in 2008 we told Bajans of how Planned Parenthood accepted donations from racist whites for the specific purpose of aborting black babies.

As we said at the time:

So once again we ask… now that it has been proven that Planned Parenthood accepts donations to be used only to abort black race babies, we call upon the Barbados Family Planning Association…

1/ Refute the Planned Parenthood award.

2/ Give back the US$25,000 cash donation and any other monies received from Planned Parenthood.

3/ Publicly sever ties with this racist group.

Move ’em in and move ’em out…

Youth Worker: Women In Barbados Not Counseled Before or After Abortion, PLUS… Abortions Provider George Griffith Talks About Profits Being Made From Abortions

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Lani Edghill reports on the 6th Caribbean Environmental Forum

Report on the 6th Caribbean Environmental Forum St Kitts and Nevis

May 21 – 25, 2012

by Ms. Lani Edghill
Programme Coordinator
Green Business Barbados
An initiative of The Future Centre Trust

May 22, 2012

The working days of the Caribbean Environment Forum (CEF) started off with a bang at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and the Royal Beach Casino. The focus of the Forum was The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources. Key note addresses were delivered by a number of Government Ministers including those from St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados and St. Lucia. Minister of Public Works, Housing, Energy and Utilities, for St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. The Honourable Earl Asim Martin, blazed the trail by highlighting their existing geothermal plant in Nevis and future plans for Geothermal plants of 10 megawatts each for St. Kitts and Nevis. In addition to this renewable energy source, a wind farm exists on Nevis producing 6 megawatts with a similar one on St. Kitts in the process of being built which will produce 5.2 megawatts of power. These plants will assist in moving St. Kitts and Nevis closer to their goal of producing 60% renewable energy for the country by 2015. This process was heavily informed by the public through public consultation and town hall meetings.

The Minister of Environment and Drainage for Barbados, Dr The Honourable Denis Lowe, featured the country’s Green Economy Scoping Study and made reference to the planned ‘Green Energy Complex’ for Barbados. Minister of Agriculture for Guyana, Dr. The Honourable Leslie Ramsammy, discussed the need to implement sustainable agriculture practices including integrated pest management (IPM) and stressed the need for a regional sound GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) framework for CARICOM. Dr. Didacus Jules, Registrar for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), provided the educational perspective explaining how the CXC is working toward integrating green skills into the Caribbean curriculum.

Day Two of the forum also saw the exhibition in full force, with resources and information available on waste water treatment, water harvesting systems, data on marine litter, etc. Embracing the Green Revolution is POUI (Protecting Our Universal Investment), a company based in Trinidad and Tobago, who provides clothing options made from recycled PET bottles, pens, stickers, reusable bags and other sustainable products and services. Continue reading

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