FIX IT!

 

Barbados Underground has featured many times the address delivered by the late Prime Minister David Thompson to the Barbados Water Authority staff in 2009 soon after winning the government. What a wonderful speech that promised so much and so far has yielded so little.

It is ironic we have a similar discussion in the country about the lack of progress made about implementing sustainable measures to grow food security. What does it say about the leadership we have produced that in 2020 we struggle with distributing potable water to citizens in some areas of a 166 sq ml island AND import most of our food from outside the region?

Ironically our leadership has had no problem building shiny new buildings, case in point the Barbados Water Authority occupies a 50 million dollar building at a time 100 year old mains deliver brown water or no water to residents in St. John and St. Joseph to name two of the parishes hardest hit. The Auditor General was sufficiently impressed that mains laying and construction of the headquarters gained dishonourable mention in auditor general reports.

For decades, the residents of St. Joseph, have endured a scarcity of water. We are told, there is no money to relieve them of this predicament. Yet, in today’s Nation, the head of the major tourism association, while welcoming the $200 million given to his association as part of the so-called-stimulus, is stating that it may not be enough and the industry is not going to recover anytime soon. This fully contradicts what the Minister of Tourism stated less than a week ago. He said eight months.

Now pray tell how can we not find the money to remove the indignity of the residents of St Joseph unable to even wash their hands during this crisis but “just so” we can find $200 million to give tourism.

How on this earth or the next, can we boast of a two billion dollar this and that but citizens in ; St. Lucy, St. Joseph , St. Andrew and St. John, are denied the basic right to have clean drinking water. And when they do get water it is brown because of underlying problems with the old rusting mains. The strange thing is that they have to pay their water bills while praying for a water tanker to come by. Strange indeed

William Skinner

The recent public statement from the Minister of Water Resources Wilfred Abrahams lamenting the lack of funds to address water availability issues in certain areas of the island is troubling. To also listen to a minister in Cabinet with the senior rank of Attorney General publicly criticizing a Cabinet colleague and government by diplomatically directing his criticism at the Barbados Water Authority adds to the issue.

The bottomline: we need to fix the problem and it is not fixed by saying a water tanker will be dispatched twice daily to areas affected.

The blogmaster is aware this is a difficult time for the government challenged by the raging pandemic. However, there are basic deliverables any caring government cannot compromise on delivering.

Fix it!

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  • A good morning to all.

    I like the simplicity of the headline “FIX IT”.

    Stop gap measures allow issues to continue over a period of time and eventually we are confronted (1) with a number of ongoing problems and (2) prioritizing which problem to solve first. Sadly, some always find themselves at the back of the line.

    FIX IT.
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    BTW: Waiting to see what comments/compliments/criticisms will come the blogmaster’s way for this post

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    Dont know when they are going to learn that TALK is just cheap, basic flowery words and mostly FILLED WITH UTTER SHIT AND LIES TO DECEIVE…the gullible …particularly when spoken by lowlife, self serving, sell out politicians and lawyers….crooks and thieves..

    Bajans like a lot of stupid talk to keep them in their comfort zone of stagnation and oppression generation after generation…they like it so.

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  • That problem would have been long fixed if all hotels were situated in those parishes
    Cant help but remember the loud noises and the urgency to Fix the Sewer problems on the South Coast
    All one has to do is to look at the stake holders in the Sewer problems and cast eyes on those having to endure the inhumanity of not having water but yet asked to pay the bill (or else)

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The water distribution has not been addressed in a consistent fashion.
    It is a miracle that the shortage of water in certain districts has not acerbated the COVID – 19 Pandemic.
    Not with standing this scarcity, we put in place Economic Transformation plans that aggravate the situation.

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  • Lay thinking suggests with a negligible number of visitors on the island there is greater volume of water available to redistribute to those in need.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Except that water is being used to fill empty tanks ( personal and industrial) AND physical leaks are still unaddressed. Those, on whom increased user fees have been imposed, are the customers still disadvantaged. Bills are arriving but no water in the taps.

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  • As usual it’s all just like a reoccurring decimal. I am sure if you dig up all he said you would also find and I qoute ” we will diversify the economy and make it less dependant on tourism.”

    Thus the story continues from government to government.

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  • Mr. Thompson was a hot air gun, a typical representative of classic male politics in the Caribbean. They promised the people many things and kept none of them. In this respect, the populist Thompson resembles his great role model Barrow, who, with his civil service and the dollar peg, laid the foundations for the decline of the island.

    Thank God we have Mia Mottley now. A lot of people accuse her of being a dictator. The fact is that, as a woman, she can’t help but constantly drive her lazy male contemporaries to work with the whip.

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  • And then there is this…IN YOUR FACE MONEYLAUNDERING…that they keep telling themselves that everyone is too blind to see and know was true all along, now they can go disputing those who HAVE OBVIOUSLY FOUND THE EVIDENCE…

    may have to put on another show to wiggle and slither out of this one…

    “EU to add Panama, Bahamas, Mauritius to money-laundering blacklist
    Reuters Reuters•May 5, 2020
    BRUSSELS, May 5 (Reuters) – The European Commission is set to include Panama, the Bahamas, Mauritius and nine other countries to its list of states that pose a financial risks to the bloc because of anti-money laundering and terrorism financing shortfalls, a draft document shows.

    The document, seen by Reuters and expected to be published on Thursday, also includes Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe to the EU listing.

    Countries on the list “pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union,” the draft document, which is still subject to changes, says.

    Under EU law, banks and other financial and tax firms are obliged to scrutinise more closely their clients who have dealings with countries on the list. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Alex Richardson).”

    #watchmuhnuh

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  • @ Tron May 6, 2020 11:40 AM

    Tron, you are a real ‘all-to-see’ Trojan horse and the BU master of the art of sarcasm of the political fakery kind.

    At the risk of offending the “Silly Woman” what would your Mistress of Political B&D in S&M ‘employ’ to drive her lazy sisters dominating the top echelons of the army of occupation? If not the red whip, then what? The red lip(s) below as above?

    Here is what your mistress of mercurial zeal has to do to prove her mettle of political brinkmanship.

    Why not appoint Chris Sinliar (MA in Mythomania with a PhD in Pseudologia fantastica aka pathological lies) to be the Czar in the restructuring of your hobbyhorse the Bajan Public Service?

    After all, he, Decimal Bond 007 had 7 years of excellent practice in the dismantling of the economy with smoke and mirrors voodoo economics.

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  • Use wind mills to deliver water in those high altitude areas of Barbados.

    Construct large Windmills utilize the power of the wind to generate electricity or pump water, using the movement of the air that takes place naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. The windmill’s turbine blades capture the energy from the wind and turn it into mechanical energy by spinning a generator that creates electricity.

    Most of the windmills in the past have been used for non-electrical applications, and wind water pumps were merely mechanical mechanisms located on top of a wooden tower, pumping water for watering livestock and irrigation.

    Windmill generated electric pumping systems merge high reliability, low maintenance wind turbines with AC electric centrifugal pumps to provide a trouble-free and tough water delivery system. The 3-phase AC motor for a centrifugal electric water pump is driven by the AC electrical output from the wind turbine’s alternator.

    Unlike the older wind pumps, these new systems need no scheduled maintenance; and they can operate autonomously for years between inspections. In areas with modest wind resources, windmill generated electric pumping systems can provide a cost-effective alternative to small diesel pumps for both drinking water and small plot irrigation. This water system can now be found at several hundred sites in more than 20 countries.

    The ideal circumstance in any community is having the water source higher in elevation than the community, or a community storage tank is used. When the water source is higher, the water can be delivered by gravity. The problem is that many communities are lower in elevation than the water source. Then, the water needs to be pumped, or an artificial lift is required to transport the water.

    Pumping the water is fine where electricity is supplied. When the electricity distribution grid does not extend into rural areas, alternative power sources must be employed. In these scenarios, manual or animal labor must be utilized, supplemented by diesel or gasoline engines if the fuel is available. The best choices are solar cells or windmills, which have not been widely exploited.

    Using windmills as electric pumping systems is a developing technology that joins highly reliable small wind turbines and traditional electric centrifugal pumps to deliver a cost-effective alternative to using a fossil fuel pumping system for a community’s water supply. The basis of wind-electric water pumping technology has been the introduction of high-reliability small wind turbines that can operate for years without maintenance.

    The wide blades on a water pumping windmill are designed for low start-up wind speeds and slow-speed operation; whereas an electrical generator’s thin blades run at higher rpm.

    When considering a suitable pump, the flow rate is important. The flow rate is the amount of water that the pump will deliver. The other factor is the head. This is the height through which the pump will raise the water. Both of these are related in that increasing the head will decrease the delivered flow. Bends and other friction losses in the pipes need to be abated, otherwise these losses will require greater pressure, and as the pressure and the head are diametrically related, this means that the system will need a larger head.

    A water pumping windmill is simple, and efficient. The blades of the windmill wheel catch the wind, which turns the rotor. The wheel assembly is attached to a hub assembly, which drives a geared mechanism that converts the rotary motion to an up-and-down motion. This motion drives a pump rod, up and down inside of a pipe in the well. A cylinder with a sealed plunger going up and down inside forces the water up the pipe. Each upstroke pulls water into the cylinder, while on the downstroke, a check valve in the bottom keeps the water from being pushed out, so the water is forced up the pipe with the next upstroke.

    Wind is naturally intermittent, requiring some method of storage. Pumping water up to a tank or to a pond, which then feeds the water by gravity is more efficient than transferring the energy to batteries. The amount of water a windmill can pump is controlled by the size of the pump cylinder, the elevation to which the water needs to be pumped, the size of the blades, and how windy it is where the windmill is installed.

    A typical windmill with 8’ diameter wheel can lift water 185 feet and pump about 150 gallons an hour in 15 to 20 mph winds when using a 1 ¾ “pump cylinder.

    The cost of the tank and structure needs to be balanced with the cost of the batteries. If batteries are used as a backup to the windmill, power can be diverted to the batteries when not pumping the water directly. Add a 33’ steel tower to 8’ wheels and the cost will be around $4,000.

    A complete 8’ windmill weighs about 350 pounds. Professional installers can be found in most areas of the United States. Although DIYers might be able to build a windmill, I do not suggest it, as too many things can go wrong. It is important to center a windmill directly over a well. Bending or flexing the pump rod will lead to extra friction and early failure of the moving parts. It is also important that the top of the tower be level. All windmills are meant to rotate on the tower axis facing into the wind. If the tower is not level, the windmill will turn downward when the wind is calm and it will be difficult to get the blades to return to face the wind. The well itself should have a good water table at about 100 to 400 feet with the average depth being 250 feet. The well could cost between $1500 and $6000, depending on the depth.

    An average windmill with the blades spinning in a brisk breeze of 15 to 20 MPH will pump about three gallons a minute whenever the wind blows. The wind blows about 35% of the time in many areas, which will produce around 1500 gallons of water a day.

    The driving force for the use of a windmill water pump is the need for safe and drinkable water in developing countries and in areas where there is a lack of electricity and an electrical grid.

    For starters, gravity won’t allow to raise water. It is impossible to raise a mass without exerting some work on it. Since energy is always lost (no matter how perfect the system) the work it takes to raise the mass will always be greater than the energy produced by its fall.

    If you have water in Reservoir 1 on floor level 1 and you want to raise some of it to Reservoir 2 on floor level 2, then you have to put energy in it from somewhere to do this. This energy can be electrical, mechanical (e.g. gasoline powered pump), wind driven pump, etc. Water will not flow uphill on its own.

    Only way you can transfer water from low level datum to high level datum without electrical energy/Mechanical energy (pump) is through thermo- siphon or capillary action.

    The government can use some of that tourism stimulus monies for the project.

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  • @ Miller May 6, 2020 12:39 PM

    My appreciation for our leader Mia Mottley is quite honest. I support her because she stands for progress in society.

    As a woman, Mia Mottley operates in an environment of alpha males who have failed again and again in the past since 1966 and still act like winners. The only thing that speaks out of many criticisms against Mia Mottley is pure anger that not a man is at the head of the state.

    Yet it was the men in Barbados who drove the island into overpopulation through their unholy culture of extramarital impregnation. Today we see the catastrophe: Even with the highest level of tourism, the island can feed a maximum of 200,000 people well. Nobody talks about the obvious.

    The women in Barbados, however, have to do double work (at home and at work). It is therefore no wonder that the protectress of Barbados (Goddess Bim) is a woman.

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  • @ Tron May 6, 2020 2:11 PM

    We are sure- by your tongue-in-cheek display of cockiness- you are aware that the same overpopulated Bajan Public Sector is overmanned ‘by’ women especially at the very top of the pinnacle of the parasitic tree you would like to see cut down to size to be fit for purpose in the 21st century.

    Wouldn’t your heroine be cutting her big feminine nose down to an affordable size to spoil her masculine voice in order to be transmogrified into the political image you have of Your Majesty?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Tony

    The BWA problem is not an engineering problem. It is a problem of distribution ,leakage and catchment.

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  • @Tron, I was an admirer of your; often looked forward to reading your presentation, pretty much agree with you on the bloated civil service and a few others. But Christ man, to blame me for the over population of Barbados because of a few outside children. Oh Rass hole Tron, am I to believe all the women were SILLY WOMEN. The women played no role, kept their legs shut up tight tight and we put guns to their heads. Less some schmuck reading this assume, I have no children other than those to whom I was married their mother.

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    what kinda lame, retarded excuse is that, they don’t be popping that shite when they are criminalizing their own people for everything and making a spectacle out of it, low class crooks..

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/245404/ag-blacklist-little-conviction-trial

    “Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dale Marshall, has defended Barbados’ anti-money laundering efforts despite the country being blacklisted by the European Union (EU) for harmful practices.

    Marshall has condemned the action, noting that Government was made aware that the EU had determined that Barbados was “a significant threat to the financial systems of its member countries”, and of its intention to place the island on its blacklist.

    But the Attorney General contended in a press release today that such actions amounted to “a little more than a conviction without a trial/”

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  • @Tron May 6, 2020 2:11 PM “…alpha males…”

    So why have you called them alpha males then?

    Alpha means first, it means “A”, it means can-do, it means a man who can “fix”…virtually any problem.

    We women do not consider men who have massively failed to be alpha anything. We consider them to be “pieca men” and we laugh them to scorn.

    I hope that you yourself are not what you have called an “alpha male”

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  • @Tron May 6, 2020 2:11 PM “Yet it was the men in Barbados who drove the island into overpopulation through their unholy culture of extramarital impregnation.”

    Barbados’ birth rate of 1.6 births per woman in her lifetime is actually quite low, so please don’t blame Barbados’ men wrongfully. In addition not many children are born of extramarital impregnation. Most children born outside of marriage in Barbados are actually born BEFORE marriage, and NOT extra-maritally, and quite often these parents later marry.

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  • Wrong as usual. We had more than 3.0 births per woman in 1971. This population explosion still causes us massive damage today. There are not enough resources for the many people.

    The economic situation will only stabilise once the population has declined enough to allow tourism and offshore financial activities to feed everyone. Until then we will have to suffer for at least another 30 years.

    The civil service is merely the catchment basin for surplus population that cannot make a living in the private sector.

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  • Is the BWA addressing the issue by posting this video? We understand Barbados is a water scare country, the question should be what are going to do to supplement ground water supply.

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    The only thing they are supplementing is their own pockets and those who help them to rob the BWA…

    The only people who will be impacted and DEVASTATED here is TEETS & Co and the usual minoirity gaggle of crooks and their money laundering scams, no one else, the poor whom they have ROBBED FOR DECADES…have nothing to launder…..the people have been devasted for decades and generation after generation by you corrupt criminals for lawyers and leaders…so stop lying…..yall have been for years and still are robbing the economy, that type of devastation cannot be matched by a little blacklist..stop using the people and economy as a shield when ya get caught…same economy yall rob as matter of course and as a rule, ya are only fooling ya evil minded fowls who love to see the economy being robbed to promote corrupt minorities, ask fowl Enuff… and the younger generation some of whom may know no better believe all ya lies….

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/05/07/move-could-devastate-bim-in-midst-of-pandemic/

    Barbados is set to be included on a new money laundering blacklist by the European Union, prompting a strong defence from the Government’s chief legal adviser and the association for global business amid fears the development could devastate an already struggling economy.

    A Reuters news agency report today said that Barbados is among a number of other jurisdictions on the European Commission’s new anti-money laundering and terrorism financing blacklist, to be published tomorrow.

    Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall defended Barbados’ anti-money laundering efforts and condemned the EU’s action. He said that Government was made aware that the EU had determined that Barbados was “a significant threat to the financial systems of its member countries”, and of its intention to place the island on its blacklist.”

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  • “The BWA problem is not an engineering problem. It is a problem of distribution ,leakage and catchment.” … well stated, VC.

    Even the BWA know this is the “fix” but instead they continue to keep ‘telling us’ this is the problem instead of implementing the solutions to ‘fix’ the problems.

    We are tired of hearing the same old statements from the BWA while the problem persist!

    Why not get our government to encourage our population to address the “catchment” aspect of the solution? Why not change our regulations to allow households to use catchment-water for more than gardens? Why not provide incentives for home-owners to add catchment capabilities …. like the solar water-heating industry received years ago? That worked!!!

    To continue complaining about the lack of funds and urging successive governments to slap on levies/taxes for the BWA, ain’t working. Face it…. put the solution in the hands of the people, for once…… and you address the “LEAKAGE” aspect!!!

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    None of them don’t be interested in any of those rivers of crocodile tears they are pretending to cry now, when they are FORCING GENERATIONAL POVERTY on one segment of the majority population decade after decade and the YOUNG CAN NEVER FIND ANY OPPORTUNITIES while enriching themselves at these helpess young people’s expense, the small percentage of minoriites, they are never concerned with any of that when they COLLUDE AMONG THEMSELVES AND WITH THE SAME TIEFING MINORITIES TO ROB THE ECONOMY and keep it STAGNANT…to FILL ALL THEIR POCKETS…

    but watch them crying … CROCODILE TEARS NOW……that hot fowls have come home to ROOST…

    Miller…what a thing…lol

    “Even the mighty must abide by the rules of natural justice, and give us an opportunity to be heard. We [Barbados] do not have a seat at their table when our standing is being discussed, and if you say that we are a non-cooperative jurisdiction, then tell us in which areas you consider that we are not cooperating.

    “This approach of the EU is exactly the approach that was taken against us last year in relation to what they deemed to be harmful tax practices.”

    Hope expressed concern that an AML blacklisting would label Barbados a high-risk jurisdiction and harm its banking relationships in the global business community and access to foreign exchange generally

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  • “when they are FORCING GENERATIONAL POVERTY on one segment of the majority population”

    It puzzles me how an ‘educated’ leadership can allow this to happen over decades. It has happened so long that it borders on wickedness.

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  • @Tron May 7, 2020 12:17 AM “Wrong as usual. We had more than 3.0 births per woman in 1971. This population explosion still causes us massive damage today. There are not enough resources for the many people.”

    Now, now Tron. Don’t tell me that I am wrong. I am never, ever wrong of course.

    You know very well that the data I quoted was Barbados’ current birth rate, and you come to me with the 1971 birth rtae?

    Stupssseee!!!

    Now what are you bright ideas for “fixing the problem” of people born in 1971 etc.”?

    No other country is looking for immigrants in their 50’s right?

    So what is your “solution”

    Knowing you I would not be at all surprised if you have in mind a “final solution”

    Because people like you think that other people have to die so that people like you can live lavishly.

    It has happened before.

    We always have to be on the lookout for unproductive people like you looking to feed on the corpses of your victims.

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  • So if you is man enough. Give me workable solutions.

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    It is wickedness, deliberate and calculated, they have gotten away with it because of the social disparaties and lack of certain knowledge……but now they have to FACE THEIR CRIMES against people and country.

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  • WURA-War-on-U You are one sick and unhappy puppy. How can you exist with so much pent up anger within? I have never read one single contribution from you that was not double wrapped in anger, vitriol and vacuum packed into hatred for all and sundry. Let it go my friend, you will do most harm to yourself and nothing will change as a result of your unmitigated anger. Why not give gentle persuasion a chance instead?

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    Thomas… just woke up, happy as a lark, been laughing all morning at a glorious take down of some of ya local thieves, angry people don’t laugh, looks like you live to read my contributions…..where are yours….

    I don’t use hate as a word, way too strong,but the DISLIKE is seeing little sell out negros that the PEOPLE elected and pay a salary to, SELL THEM OUT EACH AND EVERY ELECTION CYCLE TO LOWLIFES LIKE THEMSELVES TO ENRICH THEIR GREEDY, WICKED, IGNORANT HOUSE NEGRO SELVES….and a few parasitic minorities who help them steal from the people and have for decades

    ya cannot gently persuade SELL OUT NEGROS with SLAVE MASTER DICTATOR MENTALITIES OF ANYTHING…especially when they have been TIEFING from the people for over 80 years…all they will continue to do is TIEF AND SELL OUT EVEN MORE…because that is all they know and how they were socialized, believing they are entitled to tief from their own people and without consequences ….ask TEETS, PAIN….and the grand dame of fighting imperialism who tried to sell 50 black slaves to UK and hid it from other Caricom members ..

    instead of reading what i post, why don’t you follow your own advice and use your skills of persuasion to end the CORRUPTION, MONEY LAUNDERING, RIPPING OFF THE TREASURY, PENSIONERS…vulnerable ELDERLY AND THEIR BENEFICIARIES OF PROPERITES, BANK ACCOUNTS, ETC

    if i don’t see any results i will know ya are just a yellow bellied, red hot fowl like Fowl Enuff who only lives to see their own people ripped off by the tens of millions of dollars to support lazy ass greedy, nobody, go nowhere minorities …and nothing else…..so i will not hold my breath to witness your skills of persuasion..

    ..you must think ya talking to an idiot like yaself….lol…

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  • @Thomas Fields

    Isn’t interesting BU highlighted the water problem, again and many on this blog who would cut and paste articles from tradional press about the same problem have not posted one comment? It exposes the hypocrisy and agendas being played out. The some people who are criticizing are no better that those being criticized.

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  • @ David I am noe of those who ” cut and paste articles from tradional press”.

    I could fill the blog with solutions to the water problems in Barbados but it would be a waste of my time.

    Barbados has well qualified professionals who know the answers to the water problem.

    Repair.Replace.Collect.Dam.Desalination.Money.

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  • correction” I am one of those “

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  • Hants

    No need to dam, in any case any dam in the Scotland District will wash away.

    A dam in a gully is a waste of time for storage because the bottom and sides are porous and the volume tiny compared with the volume of water that passes.

    Get the water in the Scotland District up the escarpment and flowing underground to the natural reservoirs of fresh water in the sheet water area on the West Coast where the wells are routinely shutdown during the dry season.

    Increase the amount of fresh water flowing there 24/7/365(6) and decrease the periods of shutdown of the wells.

    The same level of “filtering” that the coral does to rain water will occur.

    If more treatment needs doing, put a treatment plant on the escarpment.

    Desal will not work until we find gold and we know if that happens it will get teiffed!!

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  • WURA-War-on-U

    I take it that the EU os definitely not impressed with Marshall’s fraudulent crocodile tears, they have DOUBLED DOWN…lol…dah is wuh happen when ya go and insert ya corrupt selves in other people’s jurisdiction like ya untouchable..

    .ah hope the red hot fowls aka bagmen and women get some jail time, cause we know they money launder like crazy too and all over other other people’s jurisdictions like they own it

    …can’t wait until they catch Fowl Enuff laundering in US or UK……wuh i had to post multimillion dollar bank accounts of the oligarch via their corporate bagmen on FB and BU and ah ain’t done yet……all those 0s…lawd..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/05/08/eu-publishes-list-of-high-risk-countries/?fbclid=IwAR1c9ri-FVRilksCu1z77ugZabZb6-Ko48Yr-DMu6CB7on_1QisB49MXeqw

    “The Commission’s Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said: “we need to put an end to dirty money infiltrating our financial system. Today we are further bolstering our defences to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, with a comprehensive and far-reaching Action Plan.

    “There should be no weak links in our rules and their implementation. We are committed to delivering on all these actions – swiftly and consistently – over the next 12 months. We are also strengthening the EU’s global role in terms of shaping international standards on fighting money laundering and terrorism financing,” he added.”

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  • For a couple of years now I have been encouraging the replacement of ALL politicians – globally – with employed Country, City and Town managers who earn the same benefits and pension as the rest of us, and are audited every year to at least try to ensure they remain honest. Major decisions would be made by use of a mandate from all of the people voting in a Referendum, lesser decisions made by the managers – with their jobs on the line.

    I sicken of the lies and false political promises made before every election, the posturing up to the final minute, followed by the winner apologising because they did not know their promises were not possible. Or not apologising at all and behaving as though it were their God-given right to tell the people lies.

    I sicken – in Barbados – of the utter bureaucracy which makes its citizens suffer to have the slightest contact with their own government, that any un-civil servant should be allowed to steuppss out loud in ANY office and in the presence of ANY public person, that lawyers should be allowed (or encouraged) to steal their clients’ money, that judges should be allowed to indefinitely delay the cases assigned to them (whether out of spite or for corruption). The waste in productivity, time and money is incredible.

    We have had Prime Ministers recently who were lawyers, who KNEW the problems, yet did nothing. I have heard, from his clients, that Fumble was perhaps the most incompetent lawyer of his time, and his somnolent incompetent performance as PM seems to confirm this. What of Magnificent Munificent Queen Mia, who in two years with every seat in Parliament in her pocket has done NOTHING to improve the relationship between the citizens and their government? Between the citizens and their Judiciary?

    I sicken when I think of all those who have died because our health system, once the pride of the EC where others used to be brought to Barbados for treatment, is now so sick itself that Bajans prefer to go overseas and pay tens of thousands of foreign exchange dollars for real and effective care.

    What the HELL has Barbados come to??

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  • or a different type of politicians but well said

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