Please Strengthen Our Schools

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Grenville Phillips II, Leader of Solutions Barbados

The Ministry of Education appears sufficiently concerned about the environmental health of our students, to close and clean schools.  Solutions Barbados is requesting the Ministry to be at least as concerned about our students’ physical safety, to strengthen unstable schools.

Due to an updated building standard, most of our primary and secondary school buildings built before 2012, are vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.  Solutions Barbados has urged both the previous and current administrations to make the safety of our students a priority.  Unfortunately, both administrations have displayed the same low level of concern.

After the reported 300,000 deaths from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which damaged or destroyed 4,000 schools, we should not be so careless about our students’ safety.  Unlike hurricanes, earthquakes strike with very little warning.

The Ministry is strongly urged to assess the structural stability of all schools, and identify economical but effective strengthening methods to prevent their collapse.  Once the list of what needs to be done has been provided to each school, the affordable strengthening can commence.  The PTAs can be encouraged to contribute, since it is the safety of their students and teachers that are currently at risk.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados.  He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

111 comments

  • John,

    Add to that list of surviving buildings my grandparents’ house that became the hurricane shelter for the community immediately before and after Janet. Built with stone from the nearby quarry in the old fashioned style that was common at that time.

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  • Blueprints for low-cost hurricane-resistant houses are to be made available to the public as part of the Prime Minister’s push to make the nation’s housing stock ready for the 2020 hurricane season, as the clock ticks down on this season.

    The blueprints are part of a wider plan that includes mandatory building code, Mia Mottley told a national consultation on building for disaster resilience.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/10/01/pm-anti-storm-house-plans-coming/

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  • i really want to see what a hurricane resistant wooden house looks like

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  • I would guess something like my other grandmother’s house that only lost the shed roof during Janet.

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  • do you have a photo of it? i am not say that it cant work, you know. i just want to see the design so to speak

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  • @ Greene

    All wooden houses were not blown over during Hurricane Janet.

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  • They most definitely were not all blown over. Don’t have any pictures but suffice it to say that the front house roof was different from the “shed roof”. That was why that part of the house was labelled the “shed roof” , I assume. Never figured that out until this very moment.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The truth of the matter is that we do not know what is a hurricane resistant house. Some hipped roofs were blown away.The gabled roof sitting by its side remained in tact. Both gabled and shed roofs remained in tact. I think we need to give this idea a little more thought/ research.
    .I remember asking Grenville ll to explain the physics related to the 10 sq ft blank wall. I am not holding my breath but I need to know. Hurricane winds at the centre move tn an anticlock wise swirl/whirl. Are certain shapes resistant to this?

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  • Vincent

    that is why i am v eager to see the design of a hurricane resistant wood house. even to see the designs of houses which survived hurricanes and to hear what went into their construction. it is a v interesting matter

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  • Vincent,

    Maybe it’s a matter of the age of the roof or the workmanship.

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  • Who is lying now? I can see the shadows ofs a Little Hitler.

    Close to a year after losing most of its members to party infighting, the head of opposition party Solutions Barbados claims it has rebounded well and that its membership is on the rise again.
    Party founder Grenville Phillips II has suggested the organisation has weathered the storm in which his leadership was challenged by several key figures following a noteworthy performance in the 2018 general elections, in which it amassed the most votes among the fringe parties.
    Several people who ran on the Solutions Barbados ticket last year now form the core of the Opposition People’s Development Party (PDP), led by Leader of the Opposition Joseph Atherley.
    In an interview with Barbados TODAY, Phillips dismissed the controversy as water under the bridge and said the party was again picking up momentum.
    He said: “In my view we are the most active party of all the parties.
    “We are the ones that produce press releases every single week and we publish them on social media, and they get quite a bit of feedback from the public.
    “Our membership is back where it was and still growing.”
    But the Solutions Barbados leader declined to identify the new members. He claimed that many of then feared victimization and therefore preferred to work from the shadows.
    Phillips said: “Some of my members are concerned with victimization and there are certain political operatives who have taken things said on the political campaign very seriously and therefore they see it as their role to persecute those who do not share their views.”
    He insisted that he does not believe that Cabinet Ministers are involved in the alleged victimization.
    He added: “This is a very unfortunate situation because everybody should be allowed to work. We have situations where political operatives are calling your clients to get you fired.
    “This should not happen in Barbados.
    “So I told my members that unless you are comfortable speaking publicly and have no problem being a target, then they should remain out of that limelight.”
    He further explained that in addition to the fear of victimization, the party has taken the decision not to unduly criticize the Government merely because they were in opposing camps.
    He pointed out that it was important to give the Mottley administration a chance to execute their plans and only speak out as a party when the administration was clearly leading the country down a disastrous road.
    He told Barbados TODAY: “We took the decision as a party not to speak out unnecessarily.
    “We all agreed that we are going to give the Government a chance to do what they need to do. We are not going to just criticize for criticizing sake.
    “Every single thing that we do must be a solution.
    “So therefore, any comment that comes from a member of Solutions Barbados, whether they identify themselves or do it anonymously, it must be accompanied by a solution.” colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb (Quote)

    But the Solutions Barbados leader declined to identify the new members. He claimed that many of then feared victimization and therefore preferred to work from the shadows.
    Phillips said: “Some of my members are concerned with victimization and there are certain political operatives who have taken things said on the political campaign very seriously and therefore they see it as their role to persecute those who do not share their views.”
    He insisted that he does not believe that Cabinet Ministers are involved in the alleged victimization.(Quote from above Barbados |Today)

    nextparty246
    September 29, 2019 7:37 PM

    John:
    That was not an earthquake, but a tremor. We will describe the Category 5 hurricane that struck Barbados in our next article.
    Hal:
    Every member of Solutions Barbados can speak freely and at any time. During the General Election campaign, almost every candidate spoke publicly, without any restraint – and they still can. Your accusations are all false – and you already know that. Yet you keep making them.

    September 30, 2019 2:33 AM
    @Grenville
    You are the one who said that people were scared of speaking out because of fear of losing their jobs, in response to my repeated calls for other spokespeople, which I have done for over a year. I immediately said that was a serious democratic issue. Now you say I created the claim.
    This is the first time I have ever called anyone on BU a liar, but you are. I question your honesty and integrity. You are a political fraud. I no longer want to communicate with you.
    You are a passive/aggressive Little Hitler. You need urgent psychological help (note that while pretending to answer questions you still dig in with your aggression). Go away. Who would want to be led by you?

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