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Scuba diving accident at Harlequin’s Buccament Bay: Friends question emergency care, lack of insurance

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“The shocker is that the injured diver was not evacuated to Barbados until the next morning – after additional serious damage happened overnight.”

“Harlequin has offered no support to injured dive instructor Michael Richards…”

Harlequin and St. Vincent news media say not a word about this story…

An experienced diving instructor at Harlequin’s Buccament Bay was evacuated to Barbados for critical care after he was seriously injured on the weekend of November 16, 17, 2013.

From what we’ve been able to gather, Bajan Michael “Richie” Richards fell unconscious after a dive and was taken to Milton Cato Hospital: but the shocker is that he was not evacuated to Barbados until the next morning after additional serious damage happened overnight.

Diving friends and co-workers are incensed and say that Richie should have been evacuated on an emergency basis right away because St. Vincent does not have a re-compression chamber, so by the time any further symptoms became apparent it would be too late.  Any diver knows that unconsciousness within a few hours of a dive is a critical indicator of decompression sickness and serious injuries possibly already done. A gas embolism (“air bubble”) in the brain or heart can kill or maim for life, and if a diver falls unconscious within a few hours of a dive, it is immediately a critical situation even if the victim regains consciousness and appears to have no other symptoms such as joint pain. Dive physicians worldwide agree on one thing: any sign of gas embolism and the diver should get moving towards a hyperbaric chamber immediately by the safest possible means.

Some of Richie’s friends and divers in general are pointing to a statement on Barbados Free Press by Kay Wilson, the owner of Indigo Watersports Ltd., as proof that Richie’s condition was not taken seriously at the time.

Ritchie’s employer Kay Wilson said…

“The following morning it became apparent that his injuries were more severe than anyone could have expected and he was transported with hours to Barbados for treatment.”

One diving colleague told Barbados Free Press “The wrong decisions were made at each step until it was too late. Richie is facing months of treatment and may not fully recover. Immediate evacuation and treatment could have made the difference and probably would have made a big difference in the seriousness of his injuries.”

Richie’s friends are also concerned that he has no insurance and that Wilson stated his dive was “after work”. Divers quite correctly point out that diving illnesses and injuries are often cumulative from multiple dives, and that the earlier work dives that very day were certainly part of the problem. They see Wilson’s statement as a poor attempt to shift liability away from Richie’s employer. They also question why a diving company would not have proper insurance for their diving instructors and students to get them quickly to a chamber the moment a problem happens.

Did Richie have a working dive computer? Was it supplied by the employer? What standards does his employer insist on? Are those standards really enforced or does the work schedule override safety? Does the employer monitor dive logs against work schedules and classes? What was his schedule for the past three months? As a working diver, did the employer arrange medical supervision and regular checkups?

No Ms. Wilson: this is not as simple as “Ritchie was diving after work”.

Barbados Free Press hopes that Richie recovers quickly. As usual, should Kay Wilson or anyone wish to say anything to our readers we would be happy to feature their comments in an article and give it the same prominence.

Further information about hyperbaric chambers and treatment in Barbados and St. Lucia:

BADASS – Barbados Divers Association

Iyanola Dive Ventures – St. Lucia Hyperbaric Center

Here are some of the exchanges about Michael ‘Richie’ Richards that happened at Barbados Free Press:  Continue reading

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We need to sink some ships and airplanes off the coast of Barbados

Newer Recreational Divers prefer shipwreck dives over anything else

Out of Barbados and the University of Hull comes a study showing that newer recreational divers vastly prefer to dive on shipwrecks rather than in natural reef areas.

That is good to know because if Barbados sinks some ships and airplanes in a few spots off the coast, we’d be able to attract more tourists to the island and at the same time protect the natural reefs through concentrating less-experienced divers where they can do the least harm to the natural environment.

That makes sense to me…

“Diver damage can be a real problem in the most popular dive sites but our study shows that artificial reefs could be an important tool for managing the impacts of dive tourism.
 
“The fact that many divers report high satisfaction from diving on artificial reefs shows that dive tourism can be successful without depending on the most sensitive, natural reef sites.”

… from the University of Hull Barbados diving study (online here)

Divers bring dollars…

“Novice and experienced divers were evenly represented in the study providing a diversity of views relating to artificial reef diving. Indeed, over half of all non-resident divers surveyed were return visitors, with some individuals having over thirty previous visits to Barbados. The study by Schuhmann et al. revealed a similar trend in return visits, with half of their sample having had previous trips to the island. The provision of well conceived artificial reef diving sites, such as those situated within the Carlisle Bay area, appeared to influence the decision of some divers in this present study to visit Barbados.”

Every leader in tourism and business should read this new study. Our Tourism Minister should make up his mind to do something, and get a project going now. Let’s find an old warship or small freighter and see what the cost will be to transport it here, get it ready and then have a big party to sink it.

If we’d have devoted our money to establishing long-term quality tourist attractions instead of spending a million dollars to have Rihanna writhe around half naked, we might enjoy some lasting benefits instead of the BTA’s preferred ‘quick hit’ for cash that is good for a week or two and then fades.

Cliverton

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Brazil’s image problem for the Olympics: Violence. Latest: Football referee stabs player to death, fans behead referee

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Brazil is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, but so far all the world has seen is video of massive protests and shootouts between paramilitary police and drug gangs. With this latest horrific incident of a double murder at an amateur football match, Olympic and World Cup personnel must be wondering what they have got themselves into.

Let’s skip the Olympics and World Cup and spend a nice quiet vacation in Barbados instead, shall we dear?

South American Football – Referee beheaded by fans for killing player

There were absolutely horrific scenes at an amateur football match in Brazil when spectators lynched a referee and put his head on a stake after he had killed a player.

The barely believable incident happened in Maranhao, Brazil, last Sunday. Continue reading

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More to the Jack Warner scandal than in the CONCACAF Integrity Report

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Contributed by Heavy Duty

Making the rounds, in case you have not seen it yet, is the Integrity Committee Report of Investigation as presented to the Executive Committee of CONCACAF – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

Barbados’ former Chief Justice was the Chairman of the Committee. (photo above) Yes, Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons himself was in charge of an inquiry into integrity issues. I’ll leave that fact without further observation and get to the meat of what I want to say:

Having perused the report very, very briefly I have the following comments:

1)      The conclusions of the Committee are based on “a balance of probabilities”. Yet the authors say that in determining the facts “it applied various legal standards…”. The obvious question is what legal standards? In criminal law the standard of proof is beyond reasonable doubt!
2)      Although Jack tells the Committee bluntly to go jump in the lake, he ain’t co-operatin’, Blazer’s lawyers tell the Committee that Blazer has issues with FIFA and that Blazer is not prepared only to discuss the issues that FIFA wants, but he wants to discuss everything. The Committee ignores this and says that Blazer and Warner wouldn’t co-operate at all! This is not quite true.
3)      The Committee appears to have reached its conclusions on the basis of unsworn statements and documents which were not introduced to the Committee via sworn statements. In other words, the conclusions of the Committee are not necessarily based on justiciable evidence.
4)      The Committee does not refer at all to what I call the Havelange correspondence where Jack says that he got the Centre of Excellence as a gift. The obvious conclusions from this are (a) FIFA hid the correspondence from the Committee; or (b) The Committee saw it but suppressed it; or
(c)  The Committee saw it but did not understand it. In other words, the Committee is incompetent.

Choose any one or more of the above and you realise that problems arise with the whole report.

I raise these points not by way of defence for Jack, but because it is absolutely clear to me that there is a lot more … a whole lot more … to this story than we are being told. One thing is clear: this ain’t over by a loooonnnngggggg shot!! I predict that the Simmons Committee will end up with quite a lot of mud not only being thrown at it but also sticking to it!!

Life in the Tropics!!!

Download the Committee’s Report here in PDF: Concacaf Report

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Barbados Free Press receives DMCA Takedown notice for ALL FIFA Jack Warner bribery articles!

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‘Somebody’ doesn’t like BFP’s Jack Warner bribery articles. Who could that be?

Okay folks, it looks like someone is concerned about our articles about Jack Warner’s FIFA bribery allegations.

I wonder who could have lodged a complaint with WordPress?

Hmmmmmmm….. I don’t think it was Matt – but hey, if anything goes wrong at WordPress… remember: it’s always Matt’s fault!  😉

Our Jack Warner articles are 99% original journalism with referrals to other news sources. We did reprint a graphic though. Perhaps that is THE EXCUSE for ‘someone’ to complain.

We notice that Ian Bourne’s Bajan Reporter is still up with his Jack Warner bribery article

We’ll look at it in the morning, but right now I think we’ll reprint our original articles and leave out the graphic from the newspapers.

Then we’ll see what happens.

OH………  we’re going to reprint all our readers’ comments too!

Yup. We’ll obey the law. Right to the letter.

Here’s what we received from WordPress…

Hi there,

We have received a DMCA Takedown Notice (http://chillingeffects.org/dmca512/faq.cgi#QID130) for the following material published on your WordPress.com site:

https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/trinidads-new-national-security-minister-jack-warner-yes-that-jack-warner/

https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/leaked-video-shows-jack-warner-advising-caribbean-fifa-representatives-to-take-gift-money/

https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/jack-warner-fifas-poster-boy-for-corruption-racism-and-disgusting-talk/

As per the DMCA’s requirements, we have disabled public access to the material. If you do not have the legal rights to distribute the material, you are required to permanently delete the post and/or content and let us know when this has been done.

Republishing this material without permission of its copyright holder – or continuing to publish material that results in DMCA Takedown Notices – will result in a permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site and account. Publishing such material is a direct violation of the WordPress.com Terms of Service (http://wordpress.com/tos/), which you agreed to upon registration.

If you wish to formally challenge this notice, we will be happy to provide you will all of the appropriate details.

Thank you.
Karen A.
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Champion mountain bike racer Jaymie Michelle Mart passes at 31 years

‘Barbadian Bullet’ took silver in the 2010 World Mountain Bike Masters

There is no word on how Jaymie Michelle Mart died. Jaymie held dual UK and Bajan citizenship through her mum, and she raced wearing Barbados colours from 2004 through 2006.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jaymie’s family and friends; especially mother Paula, father David, brother Adam and John, Emma and Rachel Shepley.

The Southern Reporter: Tragic death of young entrepreneur and mountain bike champion

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Ian Bourne finalist in US Embassy photo contest – You can vote him to Victory!

Bajan Reporter could win a new Flip camera

Oh the excitement! Ian Bourne’s photo Holder’s Hill Polo Match has been chosen as one of three finalists in the US Embassy’s SportShot contest.

Online voting open until Friday, August 17, 2012 at 4pm

Readers can vote online for their favourite photo, so we’ve thrown our support behind Ian. We’ll have the live results come Friday afternoon and afterwards we’ll have the usual victory celebration at Oistins. How do we know Ian will win? We don’t… but Ian or someone else will win and you know us… we’ll celebrate anything!  🙂

So VOTE FOR IAN HERE

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