Flyovers In Barbados Revisited~Barbados Association Of Professional Engineers (BAPE) Stick To Their Guns


Barbados Underground (BU) congratulate the Barbados Association of Professional Engineers (BAPE) for sticking to their previous demands made to the government of Barbados and 3S Barbados SRL, the company contracted to build the flyovers, to provide them with the opportunity to clarify some technical questions concerning aspects of the flyover project. BAPE’s position gives lie to the accusation leveled by Richard Sealy MP at the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting in Deacons Road on Sunday night, when he accused BAPE of being a timid organization “devoid of a spine” which is made-up of people who are scared for their jobs.

We have written exhaustively on the issue of Operation Free Flow, better known as the flyover project. We have read hundreds of comments posted to the several flyover topics we have posted on BU and also on BFP. Although many of the comments provide a true insight how ordinary Barbadians feel about the project, several of the comments continue to demonstrate a refusal to separate the issues. It is apparent to BU that several of our frequent commenters have misrepresented the issue of the flyovers by blurring the tender procurement process of the Barbados government and the benefits of this project in terms of relieving traffic congestion. We are fortunate to have sources who have provided information which is not in the public domain; however to protect our sources we are sometimes restricted as to what we can publish.

Many of the BU articles on this topic have focussed on the lack of a policy framework which has affected the flyover project. It is necessary if Barbadians want to sensibly debate the issue of this project project we must not let partisan political views to derail the debate. We recognize that there has been voluminous information which has been printed about the flyover project so we decided to list what we think are the pertinent points which Barbadians MUST seek to clarify from our government:

  1. The 3S Barbados SRL April 2006 Operation Free Flow drawings must be made public. We know from people who have seen the drawing that as early as 2006 the plan was to widen the ABC Highway to 4 lanes throughout, including the section of the ABC Highway South of Life of Barbados roundabout.

  2. Our investigation shows that the cost of the flyover project from mid-2006 was BDS140 million. We want to know what was the approval process that saw the cost of the project increased to BDS280 million (if we listen to Clyde Mascoll) or BDS360 million (if we listen to George Siddall of 3S Barbados SRL). In fact the government needs to tell Barbadians what was the tendering process for the whole damn flyover project!
  3. According to a recent Hillis-Carnes press releasethe engineering firm contracted by 3S Barbados to do geo-technical research – they collected core sample from 100 test holes along the ABC Highway in 2006-2007. The cost of Operation Free Flow was made public in mid-2006 with a figure of BDS140 million being tossed about. Also was the cost to perform the geo-technical research by Hillis-Carnes included in the original figure of BDS140 million dollars?

  4. Why wasn’t the geo-technical work done before the project was mobilized given that the results could have seriously impacted on the design and scope the original project plan? Our sources have always confirmed that the jersey barriers and the makeover of the ‘Bermuda triangle’ was included in the 3S April 2006 drawings. The talk about an increase in the scope of works is therefore a LIE and Clyde Mascoll needs to explain this lie because it seems that he has been given the role of government’s spin doctor on the contentious projects!

There are several other issues that we can question but we believe that the four outlined above provide fodder for discussion concerning how the tender and procurement process was engaged by the Barbados government and the subsequent management of issues which followed.

Previous Stories

Jonathon Danos’s Former Employer, Mabey’s & Johnson Suspended From Flyover Project~Accused Of Using Poor Quality Steel, What Steel Are We Using On The Barbados Flyover Project Mr. Danos?

Barbadians Demand to See The April, 2006 Drawings Detailing The Operations Free Flow Project NOW The Flyovers

Media House Takes Another Feeble Left Jab At The 3S Affair~Come On Vivian-Anne, There Is The Right HAND!!!

Clyde Mascoll Needs Only Three Minutes To Do Damage Control On 3S Barbados SRL

Nation Newspaper Finally Awakes From A Deep Slumber By Publishing The 3S Barbados SRL, Jonathan Danos Story ~ Can They Stay Awake?

The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth About The Operations Free Flow Project In Barbados. Will It Ever Be Told?

Operations Free Flow Should Be Stopped NOW Pending A Further Geo-technical Study Media Houses In Barbados In Collusion With Government To Suppress News, Press Freedom Under Threat ~ The Voices Of The People Must Be Heard

Gline Clarke And Rihanna Tell Their Supporters To “Shut Up And Drive”
OPERATION Free Flow, Barbados Road Network Infrastructure Improvement Project (Flyover Project) To Triple In Cost From USD60 Million To USD180 Million~Gline Clarke And The Government Of Barbados Owe Barbadians A Big Explanation

ABC Highway Cost Triples Or More

67 thoughts on “Flyovers In Barbados Revisited~Barbados Association Of Professional Engineers (BAPE) Stick To Their Guns

  1. people at bape r just upset they didnt get the job thats wat they r all about their is nothing wrong or bad about the designs

  2. I am beginning to wonder if many commenters on these Blogs are not communicating from Wards at Jenkins.

    I think I might have to take a leave of absence because my head starting to go funny too trying to absorb some of the rubbish being posted!

  3. Dear BFP. I read your article where you state that several of the frequent commenters have misrepresented the issue of the flyovers by blurring the tender procurement process of the Barbados government and the benefits of this project in terms of relieving traffic congestion.
    Everything that I wrote under my posts have been research. None of the questions I asked have been answered. Are we to assume that this massive undertaking is above board and all the concerns by the Barbadian public should be ignored?

  4. Very well said Frankology, are we not to ask if we have a BARBADOS KICKBACK AGREEMENT in place in Barbados as well ?
    It is evident to me that there is gross misconduct taking place here are we not to ask about it?

  5. May I ask this question with respect because these issues are being flogged to death and we are getting no information FROM THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE. THE BLP!

    Am I mistaken or did I not read a few weeks ago in the BLP Nation News where the Minister for the scandalled ridden ABC overrun project was out of country. And Loose Lips Mascoll went on the public record to give his take on the allegations suggesting that the overrun was not an overrun, BECAUSE the changes were really MODIFICATIONS or some other BS that could only come from Loose Lips? Tell me and do not be afraid to tell me if I am full of S——-t! Is that not what he said, maybe not in so many words? Because I like dealing in facts and reality not repetitive BS getting us no where!

    He then went as I recollect to say that the terminology used that the project might have increased two to three fould was taken out of context by some to mean the cost had tripled. But that was not true it might have “doubled” BUT HE DID NOT KNOW THE COST OF THE CONTRACT OR BY WHAT AMOUNT THE CONTRACT HAD BEEN EXCEEDED. Is this not correct? I do not know what logic he used to suggest that the project might have “doubled” but not tripled having regard for his statement that he did not know by how much the contract had been exceeded!

    He ended his statement by suggesting that the Prime Minister Owen Arthur knew both the cost of the contract and the details of the and for the “overrun”.

    Not verbatim please understand this but that was my interpretation of what this ventriloquist said, intimated or implied take your choice.

    Now I realize that there are so many different scandals and scandalous issues that need clarification by this Government that it will take them the better part of their mandate in office to do so. And we the people and David Thompson is not making it easier on them to give us the information.

    Mr. Thompson wants an explanation for the Hardwood controversy, but that is not fair to me and others and I will tell you why.

    Loose Lips promised us weeks ago when he gave his press conference on his take about the ABC overrun that Lord Arthur of Mount Gay knew all about that scandal and would tell us. We were waiting first David and you now want to jump ahead of us by asking the Lord for another explanation of a different scandal. Wait your turn or you might drive the Lord of Mountgay to get mad as sh—–te and cuss us all and none of us will be any wiser.

    Are you people not getting the message. These sh—–t heads are not going to tell us bugger all.

    How can anyone get up in public and justify corruption. I have to go and hit a grog because I feel the pressure building up in my small brain with all of this talk and no action! And I would hate like hell to have a premature stroke!


    As was posted on the BLP website trust you will give me room to post on yours as well.

    WOW this site is almost as hot as BFP and BU.
    I never thought that I would have seen views that are so anti gov’t on this site as they are.
    Is this just me being silly or are these cries indicative of the real issues in our island?
    What about this talk about corruption and dishonesty in Gov’t it seems to have some grounds for discussion as there seems to be a massive amount of money being overspent in every project that this gov’t has undertaken in the last five years each one seems to have suffered the same fate money being thrown at it with simply no accounting for these mega funding.
    Is there any truth to this story making the rounds that you Mr Arthur , Nicholls and Bannister held the countries builders to ransom by requesting a 7 % commission to be paid to you all for the awarding of the contract? I have this on good authority of a lawyer that this is the case if so you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
    This Road works contract why have you chosen to award it to a proven and known crook in ythe form of DANOS it is not a doubt but rather a know fact that he is guilty of fraud in operations in Jamaica in something called the Jamaica Kickback Agreement do we have a BARBADOS KICKBACK AGREEMENT in place here as well for you three to benefit from Mr Arthur?
    Why in both these massively awarded contracts are two companies that are before the law courcts in the two countries of their birth for charges ranging from corruption, fraud and bribery things that are all to familiar to you Mr Arthur and your gang of goons.
    Wealso understand that the West Coast Sewage Treatment project is held up because of yet another request for yet another commission payment to You Mr Arthur , Bannister and Nicholls should this be the case it is a disgrace to the Barbadian people to have work being delayed while you all fight for commissions.
    On the subject of fighting Mr Arthur please ease up on Mottley before you drive into another biting frenzy, you really already scorned her by saying that ASSCOLL is behind you in the pecking order, if Mottley had an ounce of sense or decency she would put you out to dry and let you see how much help ASSCOLL would be to you, once she put you out to dry I would sit out the next election and return as leader of the BLP in your absence and lead the party to victory single handed.
    On the subject of ASSCOLL funny things are obviously taking place at HARDWOOD HOLDINGS and you seem powerless to do anything about them does this have anything to do with your own involvement and your own level of corruption ?
    We shall await your statement of intent to arrest the corruption and dishonesty of this Gov’t and put those behind bars that have stolen from us even if that includes you Mr Arthur we need things done to save this country from falling further into the mire and hell than it already is in.

  7. Just get the facts right. We must understand that Mr Danos was only a Sales Executive for Mabey & Johnson. He was not the Engineer and he was certainly not working within the technical operation of the company. Also we need to get the LLC and SRL correct base on 3S. The American company is 3S Structural Steel Solutions LLC and the Barbados operation is 3S Barbados SRL. Mr Danos never own any company that was involved in building roads in Jamaica.

  8. Thanks. That note from a commenter disguising himself as David slipped through our guard. As you know we have written about the court case between Mabey’s & Johnson and the other parties regarding fishy dealings in the building of roads in Jamaica. For the record Mabey was contracted to do the road building in Jamaica.

    On the issue of LLC and SRL we will get around to editing shortly. Thanks for highlighting the errors YUM and Frank.

  9. In all my posts on either BFP or BU, I ensure that I publish documented facts relating to the sequence of events with the Highway Expansion Project. These are the

    Back in March 2005 during the award of the contract, the Minister announced in the House of Assembly that eight flyovers will be constructed, widening of the road will be from Warrens to Norman Niles roundabout and the synchronisation of traffic lights (see March 16, 2005 Nation) will total US$60 million. This is the first confirmed statement.

    During the Barbados Labour Party Annual General Conference in September 2005, Mr. George Siddall the Project Manager with 3S Barbados made a presentation where he stated the contract for the highway consist of widening the highway from Warrens to Garfield Sobers roundabouts and the building of eight flyovers with two overpasses costing Bds 120 million. This is the first confirmed scope of work.

    The actual start of the highway commenced July 22, 2006 and Hon. Glyne Clarke announced an additional US$20 million to the original quote. We heard of six flyovers to be constructed. We also heard of 3S Barbados SRL having overall responsibility for the execution of the project. This is the new scope of work.

    August 26, 2007, the public heard from Mr. George Siddall, the same Project Manager of 3S announced the tripling of cost. It is a known fact that the widening will be from Warrens to Garfield Sobers roundabout (the same cost), we know that the flyovers will be six instead of eight (should be less cost); we know of two overpass. We heard no mention of any Jersey Barriers. We know that these Jersey Barriers cost around Bds$2,000.00 with 400 of these on the highway costing around Bds$800,000.00. How would these new scope of work total Bds240 million?

    I refuse to comment on the Honourable Clyde Mascoll explanation of a new scope of work. Maybe, we might be having flyovers in the greater Bridgetown areas as a surprise since things are done without any Impact Studies or Assessment submitted.

    In the area of the Geotechnical research by Hillis-Carnes Engineering, we would like to know why the first statement from this company state of fractured and decomposed state of our limestones. Remember Stantec knowing the negatives of the Greenland Landfill still submit a study for the same landfill.

    Here is my final submission. Where are the plans for the highway – will we see them at the meeting. Where is the Impact Assessment Study that should have been submitted before the commencement of any flyover? When will we know of the locations and amount of overpasses that you plan to build? Please give the public a breakdown of the new scope of work.

    I will not back off until the public is sensitized with answers regarding this highway and the silence of the Government and Opposition. $360 million ain’t easy to come by.

  10. Frank great post, well articulated and obviously well thought out.

    I am not as informed as you I merely cut to the chase about what evidently is bothering Barbadians as it should and to which they are getting no answers.

    When a contract is put out by Government to tender and bids are received it is usually no big deal to share information with the people because after all they are the ones paying. When a contractor is decided on and work start the people need to be kept informed about MAJOR overruns or significant changes that are causing serious overruns. Transparency and communication avoids specualation about corruption!

    That is the salient and important issue here. Why is this Government not coming clean. Why is this Government having all kinds of yardfowl Ministers going on the public record and saying nothing?

    If the Prime Minister of Barbados has the FACTS about these controversies is it not incumbent on him to put rumour, innuendo etc about corruption to rest? Why is this not being done? And especially when it is alleged that most if not all Government contracts past and present seem to be all tainted with escalating costs over and above the original cost?

  11. Frankology~until we eyeball the 3S April drawings for Operation Free Flow we will disregard many of the public statements by the diferent players. Maybe if Al Gilkes is reading the blog which he admited in the nation newspaper he will earn his dollars by doing some much needed PR.

  12. If the Prime Minister of Barbados has the FACTS about these controversies is it not incumbent on him to put rumour, innuendo etc about corruption to rest? Why is this not being done?
    Maybe just maybe it is all very true it is very hard question the truth.
    So to the Hardwood Holdings issue everyting that Mr Thompson presented was factual and hard evidence how does one avoid facing the facts.

  13. You know what I find encouraging and I have said it before on the DLP BLOG. Out of most evil some good comes from it.

    What better and more qualified source could the people have than BAPE in asking questions and speaking out about the Flyovers. These folk are “Professionals” and they spent a lot of time and money becoming qualified in their respective professions.

    Yet here they are in Barbados because of Political foot dragging by politicians of all stripes being disgraced by not having to be involved in key decisions, supervision and consultation when it comes to major construction projects. And because of this are now seeing things like the Brittons Hill tragedy and these other controversial projects fraught with inherent problems down the road, which have the potential to taint their good name and profession.

    In this case (Flyovers) they have hit the ground running and are saying our profession is not going to be tainted with another tragedy and with complacency in seeing other projects cut corners. I say good for them!

    With all of the MAJOR Development going on in Barbados like Flyovers, the Four Seasons Pagoda, Condo complexes, golf courses, business complexes etc. The public of Barbados need to know that Engineers, Building Codes, Material Standards codes et al are firmly in place to gurantee that these structures are being built in the safest manner. Not only for and in the best interests of Barbadians but Visitors too who come to destinations like Barbados on the premise and advertised as having quality and SAFE accommodation and infrastructure.

  14. David. I am wondering when the new date for the Flyover’s meeting would be announced. As I stated in an earlier post, I have a strong feeling that 3S Barbados is using delay tactics in calling this meeting. We will then be able to quizz 3S Barbados SRL and maybe, the Minister of Public Works who should be back in office.

  15. No Name , Frankology , Wishing in Vain…….I empathise with you all.

    But let us all face it……… a CORRUPT regime like this BLP one will NEVER admit to it’s INFELICITIES.

    Furthermore, even when the weight of the eveidence is in the public domain……this BLP regime can ALWAYS be counted on to adopt deflective tactics.

    The last ” People Business ” episode on Sunday 14th October 2007 was a case in point !

    How was it possible in a technological advanced Barbados of 2007………with so many issues of Squandermania & Financial Extravagance SWIRLING around in the public domain……and Owen Arthur can appear on a LIVE national television programme…….and not one member of the public given an opportunity to question him……?

    Was this not an opportune time to resume the long – awaited ” Conversation with the Nation(als) “….Owen Arthur…..?

    All Barbadians were subjected to during that WASTED 2 hours was a pot of PALAVER from a DRUNKARD…….and a JOURNALIST who has been the beneficiary of government funds of $ 10,000.00 in 2000 from the Higher Education section of the Ministry of Education !

    These funds were given as a GRANT ( by the then Minister of Education Mia Mottley) to assist Peter Thorne with financing a journalistic course of study.

    Anyone who get close enough to Peter Thorne ask him which course of study he pursued…..or were this funds ” pay back ” for his journalistic efforts to destroy the DLP during the 1999 General Elections….?

    That is how this BAREFACED LAMPOON PARTY ( BLP )……operates….!

  16. Let me say again with respect to my fellow Barbadians that is obviously being overlooked by the many “legal” Scholars sitting in Government and in the “hallowed” halls of our historic House of Assembly to show you the hypocrites that they are.

    The legal system in ALL Democratic Nations of the World has a saying that goes like this. “Justice must not only be done but it must be seen to be done”. Oh Lord please have mercy on their hypocritcal and miserable souls because they know not what they do. Judas betrayed you in the same manner as the Government of Barbados is betraying its peoples of the soil who have suffered too long.

    The Government like the masses have come from a culture of slaves but still embrace the the deceit of their white and foreign masters at the expense of their black brothers and sisters.

  17. I’m opening a book that the phantom flyovers scheduled for this CWC won’t be built by the next world cup.

    I think 2-1 on sounds about right.

    and I ain’t tekkin’ no $3oo,000,000 punts from West Terrace!

  18. On a side note it appears that Minister Gline Clarke must have had some serious medical attention. The length of time he has been absent gives us cause to be concerned about his his welfare. How will this impact his St. George North ridings in the upcoming election?

  19. The minister was scheduled to return to office in the middle of this month. Possibly, he might show up on Monday to face the firing line.

  20. This is the same person that can sing the praises of the QEH on a political platform but then he finds that it is not good enought for him to attend when he gets sick, what does that tell the rest of us ?
    Still away from the place that is somewhere you got to be dying to go to.
    We have good docotrs here like Jerry Emtage and Dr Padmore why would he be scared to go to the QEH ?
    I am amazed that no one on this blog has mentioned as yet that Kerrie Simmons brother went parking out and the fellows that attacked them raped both the woman and the brother in the car, amaging how quiet these things pass, I head this about a month ago and was waiting to see if it made it to the blog.
    Seems to me that Kerrie Simmons has a few issues what his brother and girlfriend being raped and he Kerrie arriving at peoples houses at ungodly hours of the night looking for his wife is an amazing story indeed, lucky he did not find her in Owings house like Sherwin Campbell did, that is how Owing destroyed Sherwin’s cricketing hopes because he could not play cricket and keep his mind on cricket he always had to be wondering if Owing was in his house with his wife.

  21. David Is see you have setup a new voting section my suggestion to you would be to do a write up on the outcome of the last vote.

  22. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to those who died in today’s cowardly attack by the enemies of freedom.

    Though many innocent victims died (over 100 so far, and rising) the objective of the terrorist cowards has been thwarted by the hand of God.

    At home or abroad, we must never allow fear to make us slaves of oppression, dictatorship and violence.

    May God continue to protect Benazir Bhutto.

    Long Live Freedom!!!!

    (This has been a public announcement from the enemies of Barbados Free Press.)

  23. I have been reading the 2006 Central Bank of Barbados Annual Report which have in a special section containing the BOLT arrangement The bank states since “BOLT” funds are raised through private capital markets by private or semi-private entities, the funds are generally more expensive than publicly raised funds.

    The report continue inter alia “The Government of Barbados and 3S Structural Steel Solutions, LLC, USA, have executed a Memorandum of Understanding in respect of the following:

    The design and construction of overpass
    bridges (flyovers) at major road junctions
    along sections of the Adams – Barrow
    – Cummins (ABC) Highway (not more
    than 6);

    The road improvement works, including
    widening and resurfacing of sections of
    the ABC highway (from D’Arcy Scott
    Roundabout to the Garfield Sobers

    The supply and installation of a traffic
    synchronisation system; and,

    The undertaking of a Bridgetown Traffic
    Study Review.
    The project will be owned for a period of
    25 years by ABC Project Corporation, a
    company established specifically for this
    purpose to raise financing for the project
    and to hold the project site on lease from the
    government. During the said project period,
    ABC Project Corporation will sub-lease the
    said project to Government and be entitled
    to receive the sub-lease payments. At the
    end of the contract, the infrastructure will be
    transferred to the Government”.

    This is the same information within my posts.

  24. This poll should be even more entertaining than the last one when they ask Are you satisfied with the explanation given by Minister Clyde Mascoll regarding his involvement in Hardwood Factory Housing Incorporated?
    It would amazing to see if the idiot manges one vote then again at least TONY HOYOS and MR SEE THRU will vote for him remember MR SEE THRU brought him in to displace Mottley and he is doing that job at present, then someone will replace him next before elections.
    Mr SEE THRU is making every effort to make sure that he has no challengers for his position that explains why he has Mottley eating ( really eating not biting ) humble pie!!!!
    I can’t get a word out of it , it is as quiet as church mouse!!!!

  25. Here is a bit of information which might interest BU readers. We have stressed on the importance of the public being allowed access to the 3S April drawings. Our sources have always indicated that the April drawings resulted from the amendment to the ORIGINAL February 2006 drawings. We will continue to stick to our request for the 3S April 2006 drawings to be made public and not at this late stage confuse the issue by asking for the February drawings.

    What we also know the Ministry of Public Transport invited consultants for proposals to review the 3S drawings (design) but the technocrats at MPT were overruled by the politicians.

  26. This I found really ironic and funny.

    A fellow call me this morning to say that here we are in Barbados fretting about the high costs of “Flyovers” and in more Developed countries like Canada the GTA is considering bringing in “Roundabouts”. He is sending me the Toronto Stars coverage of this.

    And on a more serious note that involves the recent spate of submissions about the PM and Dr as it relates to eradicating HIV/AIDS in Barbados. This same fellow tells me that the Canadian Government has moved to increase the age of consent from 14 to 16 when it comes to sexual activity. What good that will do God knows!

  27. One thing to be made clear. George Siddall was not responsible for the statement about the $180 million US that appeared in the sunday sun of August 26. Please note that I’m in no way defending the gentleman in question, just setting the record straight. If you read the article it says something to the effect that… Mr. Siddall is responsible for making false statements about increases in scope of works.

  28. Omitted from last entry “If you read the article it says something to the effect that our sources have learned that…..” Please re-read the article.

  29. Let’s get this straight, first of all Mr George Siddall was out of place to make any statement regarding Tripling of work which calculate to dollars. If he was not talking dollars, why would Minister Mascoll speak of the doubling of cost instead of Siddall’s tripling of cost.

    Anonymous, in September 2005 Mr. Siddall confirm the scope of work and then in July 2006, Minister re-confirmed the scope of work as 6 flyovers and widening the highway to dual carriageways from Warrens to Garfield Sobers roundabout.

    What we would like answer is; what is the new scope of work?

  30. There are 8 major junctions along the ABC highway from Gary Sobers roundabout to Warrens. These are GS roundabout, Upton junction, Bussa roundabout, Norman Niles, Belle junction, Walcott roundabout, Weekes roundabout and Scott roundabout. These were the locations for the original flyovers. The flyover at Belle was omitted and the Weekes and Scott combined giving rise to the present 6.

    The end of the contract extends less than 100 metres beyond the end of the flyover at Gary Sobers. The curve directly south of the roundabout , sometimes referred to as “the Bermuda Triangle” is included in this section. It would have been impossible to construct the flyover at Gary Sobers without including this curve since part of it falls under the flyover. The assertion therefore, that the Bermuda triangle was not part of the original contract is inaccurate.

    Frankology and others you need to address this position. We have commented before that our sources have always stated that there was never any increase in the scope 0f the works!

  31. Frankology, were you at the press briefing of August 25, 2007? Don’t be so quick to quote something you probably recieved secondhand. Let those who were there do the quoting. If you need to you can contact the reporters from CBC, the Nation or the Advocate.

  32. Frankology, you need to compare the project drawings that existed before the start of contract (July 24 and not July 22 as is your assertion: July 22 was the formal launch, not the official start of contract) and the current drawings to get a feel for any increase (or not) in the scope of works. Until you can do this, stop making inaccurate and misleading pronouncements.

  33. There was no appropriate Post on which I could post this so I have decided to use this Post because it is one that shows very clearly the way that a Government should not conduct business.

    I read in to-days (October 20/07) Nation News a public statement made by Minister of Social Transformation Trevor Presodd a man who I have alsways had the greatest of respect for from the beginning, about how he intends to deal with the squatters situation.

    The refreshing qualities of Prescodd unlike the other BLP villains is his honesty, openness, decency, truthfullness and willingness to look at and address a situation for what it is. I respect any human for this rare quality and Prescodd stands out in this area and he has to be commended. Regrettably this world has too few like Prescodd in politics.

    From the beginning and this is on the public record Prescodd did not approve of Arthurs insenstive approach to the problem of the squatters when Arthur suggested they should be forcibly removed. Prescodd showed courage by saying the problem was a Town Planning Problem that should never have been allowed to happen. He was absolutely correct. It took guts to do that, a rare quality in this era!

    Today he has again gone on the public record to say he is finding a solution to the squatters problem because these people are not entirely to blame for their situation and it is a problem that is all over the world which countries have to deal with humanely. He expects his solution to become a reality in a few weeks or so.

    He also honestly said and he is correct he does not have the last say.

    I say to you Mr. Prescodd you are to be commended first as a decent and compassionate human being and secondly as an honest politician.

    I am not a BLP supporter but when credit is due you have to do the right thing and in this case credit is due!

  34. He maybe ready to jump the sinking ship, Prescod is not a fool but so many of them have made such a political mess of their lives it hard to see any of them being welcomed back into the fold of the DLP.
    He obviously is playing for the peoples vote that are in this plight in his area, hopefully he will manage to sway Owing’s opinion.

  35. Goodmorning David

    Goodmorning David

    As a nonprofessional, I rely on statements from people in Authority, especially personnel associate with this whole highway expansion project. I will not relax my position when we are dealing with taxpayer’s money and officials making one statement today, coming back tomorrow, and making other statements.

    What have me extremely peeved is this whole language of so-call drawings that the public been asking for since 2006, or the language of a new scope of work.

    David, I like other Barbadians are very confused by the PR stunts, Contractor stunts and Ministerial stunts emanating from the mouthing of officials.

    From statements at the award of the contract in early 2005 to the last statement by Minister Mascoll, no mention was made of in cooperating the unwarranted digging up of the Bermuda Triangle. The understanding was to widen the road. I will state that the public was surprised when we heard of the Bermuda Triangle will start in May 2007. This is the first time we heard of any mention of this project. Until, we are given actual proof of this affiliation to the overall highway project, I will stick to all the statements including the Central Bank 2006 Annual Report.

    By the way, if this addition were within the original scope of work, why would we have over $200 million increase? Alternatively, did the contract or Memorandum of Understanding misquote the Barbados dollars for America dollars? Just asking.

  36. This is a reply to Anonymous, the PR in waiting for this project

    Anonymous your PR response are getting sharper. At least you have informed the public of a two-day difference. Could you be so kind to give the public the rationale of this massive increase from the original contract cost of $120 million to $360 million?

    It is impossible to compare any drawings since the Barbadian public never had the privilege to see. What we have seen is the simulated demonstration of vehicle movement on flyovers driving on the right hand side. What the public needs to know since you are so close to the every-day control of this highway, is, for you to let us know what is the new scope of work and the individual costing. Until you refute the many charges from commenters and the public, we will place you as a deaf and blind spin-doctor unable to answer questions since you cannot read or see no wonder you fail to answer questions.

    I give you until Monday October 22, 2007.

  37. Frankology~like you we have followed the development of Operation Free Flow closely. Like you we have more questions than answers and as you know we have written about Operation Free Flow more than any other entity in Barbados,so much so that we have been advised by a professional journalist to back-off because it is not good business sense to flog a story to death or so she thinks!

    The reality is we are a blog which we use to express our opinions and unlike many other blogs we allow commenters to share theirs as well. We are not operating to make profits so to that journalist we will print what we damn well please if we think it is the TRUTH the whole TRUTH and nothing but the TRUTH.

    PS. We think that you are harsh with our anonymous friend. We have been able to crosscheck alot of the info anonymous has posted, however we do have several anonymous posters so maybe we are getting people crossed. If we don’t make it to church tomorrow we will highlight some more info on the flyover project which as far as we know is yet to make it in the public domain. So Gittens (Nation) and Advocate (Bryan) get your pens and notebooks ready. So sorry, we forget that you don’t do news if it is not a Government Information Service (GIS) press release!

  38. When the press have evidence of controversy, corruption and unanswered questions about ethics, or honesty about a Government press ethics dictate you stick with it until the truth is flushed out. Unless of course those being impacted are “Untouchables” and in Barbados.

    The PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST saying otherwise is not playing with a full deck.

    Anything dishonest whether it be flyovers, GEMS or a politician having an extra maritial affair etc should be kept in front of the publics eye until justice is served.

    When you enter politics you have entered a field where you have to be “squeaky” clean or pay the price!

  39. No Name…
    So since you know what Professional Journalist should do, and you are a professional BLOG poster – why don’t you give your name and address and then print all the things that you want the known journalist to print? why you don’t take the beam outta your own eye first?

    So far they got 3 real ‘men’ in this place:
    Adrian Loveridge
    Lowdown Hoad
    Roger Blackman

    ..all the rest of we is mice… so give the poor journalist a break do. Why they should stand up for the rest of us? They take some kind of oath or something?

    man just let we all hide behind David’s blog and do dixie, and stop complaining that other cowards just like us won’t stand up and fight for us…

  40. Bush Tea seeing as how you have so much to say may I ask you sir, why are you not printing your real name? Tell the people.

    But read my post on this subject!

  41. Anonymous, due to this magnitude of public funds, I have to be angry when I am not getting answers for my questions. Before posting, I ensure that my statements are correct, sometimes you have to make a wide statement in order to get a response. I will also get angry when we get response from a frivolous issue, but overlook a major one.

    David, I am wondering if the so-call professional journalist is connected with the highway expansion and the heat from the commenters is too hot. No journalist that worth they salt will ever make such a statement, journalist should also have killer instinct (journalistic jargon) by exposing evil in the community. Remember, since the pen is mightier than the sword, I will not rest until we receive information regarding this highway.

  42. No Name,
    I already explained why I don’t give my real name. I said that “..all the rest of we is mice”
    all i was saying is that as mice, who are we to call on the poor journalist to be lions?

    I wid you No Name… we going hide behind we BLOG and pelt nuff licks.

    talking bout licks though…
    Frankology said…”I will not rest until we receive information regarding this highway.”
    Man Frankie, left out dat yuh! this is Barbados- try and get some sleep hear? It going to be a while before we get the full information. With this Global warming problem, hell may freeze first..

  43. No wonder we cannot get information. Minister Clarke mouth freeze up, Hon. David Thompson mouth freeze up, Hon. David Estwick mouth freeze up and Hon. Denis Kellman mouth freeze up. Possibly Global Warming affecting these outspoken voices. I am going to get some sleep, you know we young people have to be careful between two and three o’clock every morning. This is heart attack time.

  44. Bush Tea we is ALL mice trying to go after the BIG CHEESE.

    What needs to be focused on seize what opportunity these blogs give you to get your voice heard. And do not waste time on trivia. That is the point to focus on!

    I cleared up or I hope I did why we cannot expect more from journalist in yesterdays post.

    How can any journalist in Barbados wanting to hold on to their jobs write powerful Anti BLP articles in the Nation that is filled from the top down with BLP lackeys none more so than Al Gilkes who usually run King Arthurs campaign.

    The same is true over at the “Whitemans” voice who was ordered to kick Adrian Loveridge off of their Guest columns. This was done with the full knowledge and consent of Christian Bryan.

    Look at Noel Lynch who is supposedly a “Silly” Servant of the people. He goes on a Radio or TV show and the minute he does that he becomes fair game for the public to ask him anything. But the minute somebody read an e-mail on the air from a Barbadian questioning Noel Lynch financial standing he walked out and sue. And look at what happened they gave him $60,000. Why?

    Because the station knew they would not get a fair trial in a Kangaroo court in Barbados. That is Democracy BLP style!

    Had this incident occurred in a Democracy first of all the “politician” would have stood his ground an answered. But let us say he/she sued, the station would have said “bring it on” we will see you in court because the proceedings would be impartial.

    The same Noel Lynch said he was not going to share the same space with Adrian Loveridge in a TV/Radio debate did he not? What does that tell you about Noel Lynch. Had Adrian done the same thing I could hear the confusion because of it hundreds of miles away.

    I waiting now to see the next shoe fall. How long will Adrians column last at the Nation News.

  45. Let me show you how hypocritical, phony and what a liar Clyde Griffith is. He like most in the BLP have no shame and make a mockery of decent people.

    This Clyde Griffith has been for weeks spouting off his weekly BS on Sunday of all days in the BLP Nation News about how wonderful the QEH is and how efficient it is and like “Bajanbat” clainming it to be the best Hospital in the region. This is in spite of the myriad screw ups at this hospital like.

    Broken down equipment, alleged sabotage of electrical power, shootouts in the Emergency, the need for dinner bells to be DONATED and given to patients recovering from STROKES ANF HEART ATTACKS among other serious illnesses so they could call nurses by ringing their bells. This primitive approach was needed after the electronic nurse calling aid broke and will not be fixed. The press being beat up by police at the QEH for doing their jobs WHICH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE said was partly due to poor communications between senior staff at the QEH and the police. Let me catch my breath. These are but a FEW of dozens of other deficiencies going on at this hospital now for the past ten years. And remember this is the ONLY GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BARBADOS WITH BAJANBAT or DINGBAT SUGGESTING IS THE BEST IN THE REGION. WHAT DOES THIS TELL US ABOUT THE OTHERS?

    Now let me get on with it before my critics call me the “RAMBLER”.

    The hypocrite Clyde Griffith uses his todays column to first piously express his condolences at the great loss of the late Mr.Alleyne. And then launches into his usual lying tirade about the political realities of the Nations leaders etc. As usual most of his remarks are lies and misinformation and we can allow for that because Clyde Griffith gets paid by the buffoons he defends. But to show the people of Barbados how dumb this man is he does not take the time to realize that on the same day another Griffith, George is writing more disturbing information about an even greater revelation at the QEH that Clyde for the past month has been saying is so good.

    George says security is so lax at the QEH that nurses for their own safety and that of their patients have to keep doors in some wards locked BECAUSE THEY ARE LOCATED IN REMOTER AREAS of the Hospital. Security is not what it should be. That is the message I got!

    George says a camera system is ONLY NOW being considered to improve security for the nurses and patients but as usual no one can say when it will be installed. I say I cannot understand why one was not already installed years ago. Another thing is a Camera Security system is only as good as those monitoring them and at the QEH that could be another problem to be added to the list.

    I hate to say this but it BEGS TO BE ASKED. I wonder what Travel Agents abroad and potential visitors to Barbados must think about these primintive Hospital standards should anyone be unfortunate enough to need them. Maybe Noel Lynch should be focusing on this and until the election is over someone should put a muzzle on the mouth of dumb Clyde Griffith.

    Here is a Nation spending hundreds of millions on a CWC FLOP while its one hospital is falling apart and Barbadians are crying out about the high cost of living both of which problems started with and has got progessively worse under the more popular Prime Ministrs Owen Arthur and his Merry band of spenders.

  46. Bush Tea I also think you missed my point when you responded.

    David said as I understood him that a “professional” journalist told him he should not flog a story to death like the ABC controversy as an example. That is what I responded to the Journalist “suggestion” that David not “flog” a story to death.

    As most know the Iraq and Afghansitan wars, are constantly in the press because they are controversial, current and relevant. And these are only two of many such examples.

    To say you should not flog to death relevant issues that involve millions of dollars of taxpayers money AND WHICH BAJANS SAY THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT COME CLEAN ON GEMS INCLUDED, the press has an obligation and responsibility to hammer away at these and any other such issues until the Democratic process is served. Look also at the late Richard Nixon “Watergate” and the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinski affair. The press had those in their jaws like a bulldog until the truth finally had to come out. That is a true press in action!

    Maybe secret Government standards have been handed down to the Press in Barbados that they are allowed only a certain number of prints on a specific story. That could well be the case for the Journalist saying what she did to David because it is not normal press ethics or practice in other countries of the world. Adrian Loveridge was removed from the Advocate by Government. That is what Barbadians were told. As I have said before the late and Honorable Peter Morgan who wrote a regular column in the Nation himself was on the public record as saying on numerous occasions Arthur intimidated people who criticized him. Harold Hoyte said the same thing. Mr . Reudon Eversley I think who writes for the DLP and was a former editor of the Advocate 8 or 9 years ago went on the public record to say that as editor at the Advocate the BLP intimidated him because of family loyalty to the DLP and threatened to take Arthur before the World Press Council for impeding “Press Freedom. All on the public record.

    I think that any Government that has been consistently fingered by respectable and responsible citizens of Barbados for interfering with free speech and PRESS FREEDOM is not only a dangerous Government but one that needs vigilant public attention if Democracy is to prevail. Facts don’t lie and I AM ONLY THE MESSENGER. Anyone doubting what I say research the archives of the press or go to those who are still living for confirmation!

    Let us say that the ABC and GEMS controversies are stopped being kept before the eyes and minds of the electorate without any answers or explanations coming from Government because they are old and repetitive stories. Then why bring them up at all?

    I think that this suggestion makes no sense at all especially with a general election is in the making.

    What is being suggested is basically saying. Well we were told that the ABC project went over budget by $120 million dollars and though we do not have the details of what went on we have covered it long enough so let us find something else to write about! Any Government would welcome a press like that. Especially at election time dont you think?

  47. You are right No name, I missed the actual point you were making.
    Truth is I noticed before I posted but it does feel too sweet attacking you,… so i still post it… (life is short – what you want me to do?!)
    Sorry old boy…

  48. Bush tea this is my last response to you but I want fellow bloggers to see your hypocrisy and phoniness in your foolish remarks to me and Mosquito. And you are not alone!

    You are coming through or trying to in a very pathetic way of preaching that we must first remove the beam from our own eyes before trying to remove the beam from the eyes of others. You are also advocating the ways we should make children see right from the wrong way. All of which is phony BS because you are couching it in Religious rationale while acting as a hypocrite with your own behaviour. Don’t use God for your corrupt and hidden agenda!

    Look at the message you sent me which is hardly one that a role model for the youth of Barbados should or would want them to follow.

    You said sir, here in print for the blogging world to see “Truth is I noticed before I posted but it does feel sweet “attacking” you so I still post it.

    What you have gone on the public record as saying on this blog was that you did know the issue under discussion and what I was saying but you couldn’t care less all you wanted to do was “Attack” me. That is where you got your jollies. Highly questionable conduct for a religious person!

    I say how dare you speak for what is right and wrong for the young in Barbados or how they should be brought up? You are a true hypocrite by your own public admission! So therefore cleanse yourself before cleansing others.

  49. No name,

    You have no name, no brain, no sense of humor and obviously no life….
    …. try not to catch a heart attack

    what you used to do before blogging???

  50. I went to a meeting this evening and it was to witness a very level headed and well attended meeting.
    What impressed me the most was the sober calm (now you know that I could not be about to speak about Owing See Thru Arthur as sober is not within his grasp of understanding or scope of his works) manner in which the Leader of the Opposition Mr David Thompson addressed so many pressing issues of this society to a very attentative audience where one could hear a pin drop while they listened to his presentation.
    What he had to say was clear and without any doubt to the point and forceful.
    What I heard was that before the election that every candidate will have signed onto a code of conduct and integrity Legislation, this in itself is a positive and progressive step towards leading this island.
    With inflation and cost of living spiraling out of control the measure to remove vat of electricity bills is a very worthwhile effort that is to be commended despite the utterances of the blp that it cannot be done the VAT component of this relief is a no more than $ 17 million come on blp and Owing this is the least that you could give back to us the taxpayers of this land after all this is a mere pittance compared to what you lot have shafted us for remember your commissions on the VECO PRISON, the 3S and DANOS scam and you share there maybe had not raped us as you have the $ 17 million rebate could have happened two years ago but instead you lot have kept your own treasury well topped up and over flowing.
    In Summary each of the speakers were articulate and clear in their message and delivery it made me very proud to know that the party has tremendous talent at their disposal, in no lesser a person the Mrs Ester Byer Suckoo she is a gem of a person with a strong christian upbring and a hard worker, Mr Colin Spencer was clear and precise in his delivery and focused, Mr Chris Sinckler is one very good speaker he reminds me of the great His Excellency Sir Errol Walton Barrow.

  51. I know that Mottley maybe a little unsettled by the story making the rounds that Owing plans to unseat her but honestly I do not believe that he needs to intervene as she may well have done so to herself but more importantly it was reported tonight that she has had nothing to do with ASSCOLL and she wants nothing to do with any thing like HARDWOOD.
    I always knew that she would be opposed to HARDWOOD for more reasons than the obvious.

  52. I am sure that as the sun rises over Barbados the thousands who read the Nation News will see that cost of living, housing, crime and unemployment is a worry for I think about 40% or more of the Bajan Society. Yet how many times on this Blog we see Barbadians denying there is anything to worry about.

    Could it be that those Barbadians believing there is no problem are taking the position that the 40% complaining are lazy, limers and drunks as Mavis Beckles claim the unemployed are?

    But here is another thought to ponder a UK Economist OBVIOUSLY WHO LIVES IN BARBADOS says in the BLP Nation News that removing VAT to give ease would be disastrous because the Government would have to find new generating tax revenues that would then make matters worse. Isn’t that funny!

    Let me give him a few hints at what SHOULD be done and which would be done in other countries. Increase tax on Off-Shore activities because this industry obviously is only helping people like the economist and Foreigners while creating little in the way of meaningful employment. Revise the redundant tax system in place now to make the wealthy not paying their fair share of taxes do so. And to make those not paying taxes at all and who have millions and billions in Bim and overseas to stop the free lunch ride that they blame others for. Increase taxes on business and look at controlling Commission Agencies.

    Then have Government turn their attention to the massive waste of taxpayers dollars being spent on contracts that are vehicles to steal and to start running Government smartly. Cut the fat and the waste that foreign contractors are putting in their pockets. These are but a few things that could be immediately started. And these are the things that would slow down run away inflation in Barbados responsible for what the Bajans are complaining about. 75% of the inflation in Barbados is home grown it does not come from abroad as Arthur wants us to believe.

    I think any economist worth his/her salt might want to explain to the Barbados people these obvious questions instead of conning them.

    The BLP and the movers and shakers in Barbados including Doctor Marion Williams of the Central Bank is saying Tourism has increased dramatically over the past ten years of BLP regime, generating huge sums of Foreign Exchange. So has Foreign Investment that totals I am told by reliable sources hundreds of millions if not entering billion dollar territory. The Off-shore banking industry is bounding ahead by leaps and bounds and though those who know will not tell you exactly how much money this industry is generating a modest estimate of $200 million annually is the figure given. The Construction industry is on fire. These are but a few.

    Why then is the general economy running high inflation, low wages that are not keeping up with inflation with a low level of unemployment and the cost of living is out of sight, poverty is alive and well, infrastructure is falling apart and the list goes on. Where is all of the money going Mr. Economist tell the people of Barbados crying out about the high cost to eat, can’t buy a house etc? TELL THE PEOPLE! THE PEOPLE WANT ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS NOT BS! THEY HAVE BEEN FED BS NOW FOR TOO LONG BY THE GOVERNMENT AND FOREIGNERS IN THEIR LAND.

  53. I am no expert on the thinkings of MR OWING SEE THRU ARTHUR; then again I am not sure that he is himself.
    However I think he may have missed the boat to have had a good result and that was the period leading into CWC but his greed and hunger for power to be the one on stage dictated that he wait until after CWC so that he could take the glory that was to be CWC, however that glory disappeared in the dark and fiasco that became CWC.
    Since then it has been one scandal after the other for he and the blp, least we forget VECO involvement in bribery court cases in Alaska and Owing and Nicholls along with Bannister have awarded them the contract for building our prison, the DANOS 3 S outfit that is before the courts in the UK for FRAUD committed in Jamaica but yet he gets awarded the contract to build the flyovers and right off the cuff the price triples, now this is a man that has setup a scam company has an investment of $ 400,000.00 with five employees but manages a works contract for $ 360 million he and his five employees must be laughing all the way to the bank
    Then we have the nonsense of the Paradise development where Pemberton is ok’ed to rape the landscape of Batts Rock and hire illegal Chinese workers with no questions asked of him.
    Not a lot has gone well or has been favorable to Owing in the past few months, it would be my guess that he may prefer to let it run to the very end of its life before calling the election in the hope that he can squeeze the last drips out of the treasury and rape it that bit more and in the hope that people will forget about his corruption and dishonesty in office, May I add I think that this is a lot to ask anyone at this stage of the game.
    Owing it is time to submit yourself to the scrutiny of the voters and see where they take you.
    My guess is a reassignment of power 22 to DLP and 8 to the thieves the blp.
    Let me hear your views???

  54. RE the rape of GRENADA AND BARBADOS being carried out by FOUR SEASONS RESORT
    Should anyone feel motivated enough to write any of the ones listed below to express your disgust please feel free to so the email addresses are provided free of charge use them.

    President-Jim FitzGibbon

    Louise Chasin

    Angela Kretschmer

  55. Mabey & Johnson in Papua New Guinea
    In 2004, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK was investigating allegations that British bridge manufacturer Mabey & Johnson paid bribes to win a lucrative contract to build 116 bridges in Papua New Guinea.

    The SFO is accountable to the British Attorney-General and investigates and prosecutes serious and complex fraud cases.

    The company stated that it does not pay bribes or any other form of unlawful inducement stating that it has a comprehensive anti-corruption policy with procedures which are vigorously enforced.

    The Guardian said Mabey & Johnson stood to reap a STG 10 million (K61 million) profit from the PNG deal, which was snapped up in 2001 by the then Morauta government through a STG 31 million commercial loan provided by Deutsche Bank and guaranteed by the UK’s Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD).

    Officials within British government circles have confirmed that Mabey & Johnson applying for cover in respect to phase 2 of the
    program but ECGD is yet to decide on whether to provide cover for the next stage.
    Report Bribery in International Trade

    It is a crime for companies from all the major trading countries to pay bribes overseas to foreign public officials.

    Whilst surveys show that bribery is still commonplace, especially in sectors such as construction, defence and utilities, reports of bribery remain low.

    To date there is only limited information available on where and how to report foreign bribery offences.

    Reporting the crime to national enforcement authorities involves the following steps:

    1. deciding where to report the offence: host or home country;
    2. (if home) identifying the home country of the company or individual involved;
    3. identifying the relevant authority to which to report the offence in the home country.

    The attached report contains some of the relevant contact points and will be updated on an on-going basis.

    If you know the home country of the company or individual embroiled in the bribery allegations, but can’t identify the relevant national authority then another option is to contact the commercial section of the home country embassy in the country in which the offence took place.

    If you don’t know the home country of the company or the individual involved you could report the offence to the OECD Anti-corruption Division:

    In addition to reporting the bribe-payer, it is also possible to report the solicitation to BribeLine (, a reporting system established and managed by TRACE, which is a non-profit membership association of commercial intermediaries and multinational companies. The aim of BribeLine is to compile information on incidents of solicitation and to use the aggregate information to gain a better picture of solicitation around the world.

  56. MABEY’S SIDE: Comes now an unsigned email from which I presume to be Mabey and Johnson, the British builder of allegedly overpriced temporary Bailey bridges in the countryside.

    Some of these World War II-vintage steel spans reportedly valued so far at £429 million (P39 billion) have been called “bridges to nowhere” by critics because no roads connected to them at the time they were built in isolated places.

    Interest in M&J and its bridges, as well as its contacts who pushed the projects directly with Malacanang, was whetted again after the UK-based Guardian reported that M&J was being investigated by the British government for its operations in the Philippines and Iraq.

    In its email, M&J said we should not pay attention to the Guardian report because it quoted, among other sources, opposition Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who it said was “politically biased, highly polluted and lacks credibility.”

    That is a lame argument — to say that the accusations cannot be true because they were made by a member of the political opposition.

    * * *

    TESTIMONIAL: To prove that the hundreds of bridges it has built did not lead “to nowhere,” M&J said it collected 63 testimonials from officials of localities where those Bailey spans were thrown.

    It gave as sample a letter from Mayor Rodolfo dela Torre of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, dated Sept. 7, 2005: “The municipality of Sibagat is very fortunate to have two permanent bridges under the Tulay ng Pangulo program. (They) are currently being used by people from various barangays. In fact, heavy equipment and other means of transportation can easily pass the bridge and transport agro-products to the main road, down to commercial centers. The bridges are built of permanent materials that cater to economic development.”

    M&J said there was no space in its email “to quote all those testimonials but they are there for everyone to read.”

    * * *

    PRICING: On the question of pricing, M&J said: “The claim of the Guardian that the British firm, Mabey & Johnson, had grossly overpriced the materials it supplied for the bridges, with loan guarantee from the British government, is utterly baseless. The Mabey bridge program had been evaluated by the British government and found to be the cheapest and most effective value for money.

    “As for the bidding requirement, where there are no bidders the sole supplier is awarded the contract, in this case, Mabey & Johnson. While the Philippines has six other foreign suppliers, its awarding also considered the company performance. In fact, following bilateral protocol, the country providing the financing usually designates the contractor and the supplier. In this case, the British government, which financed the project, designated the supplier, Mabey & Johnson, after exhaustive due diligence.

    “The Guardian’s claim that the Austrian firm, Waagner-Biro, and a UK consortium, Balfour-Cleveland, had quoted lower costs for the same materials is based on an inaccurate analysis. Waagner-Biro’s costs did not include decks and substructures, while Balfour-Cleveland’s estimates did not include the counterpart cost for the Philippine government and the 40-percent grant from the British government.

    “Mabey & Johnson had incurred no costs overrun, while Balfour had incurred costs overrun amounting to P1.5 billion in 2005. In fact, Mabey had incurred ‘costs underrun’ of P1.2 billion, enabling it to build two more flyovers and 150 more bridges without an additional cost to the Philippine government.”

    “The claim that Mabey & Johnson profited illegally and excessively from the bridge contracts is totally unfair and groundless. Mabey & Johnson is a 157-year-old private company. The family owning the firm has been able to manage its business in a responsible and efficient manner as to make them one of the richest and well respected families in the United Kingdom. There has never been any scandal attached to that firm. Otherwise the British government would not deal with it.”

  57. Lets list them here-:
    Owing Arthur Tired having stolen enough of our taxpayers money his bank account is well set for his retirement.
    Mottley – Disenchanted and should be fired for here roles in the EDUTECH, PRISON,VISA REQUIREMENT ANS SECURITY FOR CWC, nothing to do with her moraless manner.
    Cynthia Forde Disenchanted and drifting aimlessly
    Liz Thompson Hired, Fired and rehired re posted Disenchanted
    Rommel Marshall Fired and taken to court left to hang out and dry.
    Gline Clarke Sick metally and physically
    George Payne Fired getting drunk and standing on a table in a bar in London and declaring himself the next PM.
    Trevor Prescod Disenchanted with nowhere to hide or go.
    Ronald Toppin Disenchanted and do not care
    Kerrie Simmons Confused not sure which way to go, may still be trying to find his wife. who knows?
    Jerome Walcott should have been fired end of that story.
    Noeless Lynch more of the above should be fired end of that story as well.
    Hammy Lashley Disenchanted and put out to graze.
    Joseph Edghill Disenchanted he to is grazing
    Reginald Farley Disenchanted he has been side stepped for the role of PM since he troubled Lyn and Owing found out about his venture.
    Rawle Eastmond Disenchanted after his speech of December who wants him after stating he does not know what he has done Owing Arthur has he gotten nothing done in 9 years of neglect.
    Anthony Wood the sleeping idiot who has done nothing for years
    Dale Marshall Drifting remember his claim to fame the tripling of cost on the prison and the fiasco of handling the Brittons hill scene he should become a reporter for CBC
    Lynette Eastmond one installed by Arthur before the present wife but this one has used taxpayers money and equipment to build her office, dishonest as ever.
    Joseph Atherley lets not remember the fiasco of the PARADISE and the Chinese workers for which the taxpayers are still awaiting a sensible statement.
    CLYDE MASCOLL may well be the biggest idiot with a degree but yes a total lying dishonest liar with corruption written all over him in such a short stint in the BLP cabinet just guess how the longer styanding memembers have amassed.
    Rudy Grant he rubs up to Noeless Lynch so much than he can hardly get the browness removed before it is put back in even larger volumes.
    Tyrone Barker he to is like the above his head is stuck so far up that he cannot see the light of day.

  58. Interesting story coming out of India about the frequency with which flyovers collapse because of non existent building codes and heavy rains:

    CHENNAI (India) – TWELVE people died and eleven sustained severe injuries in southern India when an apartment building collapsed after heavy rain, police said on Saturday.
    Three women and a boy were among those who died in the accident late Friday in southern Coimbatore city.

    Around 500 policemen were deployed to clear the debris and help with rescue work, city police commissioner C.K Gandhirajam said.

    The apartments – built by the government 30 years ago – had developed deep cracks and residents had been advised to move out for repair work.

    ‘The building collapsed even as the victims were still busy packing all that they considered valuable,’ said a senior police official, who did not wish to be named.

    Such accidents are common in India, where houses and flyovers often collapse because of heavy rain, poor construction materials or flouted of building regulations.

    Pic shown above is indicative only

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