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Bajan Potholes on the Increase

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62 Comments on “Bajan Potholes on the Increase”

  1. Shontelle R. Brathwaite November 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM #

    I’m feeling poetic…

    Black is for the soil; it’s also for the night sky. I’ll never forget it. We eat from our land and it makes us who we are, healthy. A Bajan wouldn’t be a true Bajan if that land didn’t nourish them as it mentions in the national anthem. I still eat Bajan cuisine, and don’t eat from anyone else. It’s what is safe and healthy, and makes us ourselves, and keeps us ourselves. Barbados may as well be another island, in another reason, if we are no longer Bajan and West Indian. Masta day dun, but I still hear the creaks of bones working this land, in the days of England; exploitation. The connection that most Bajans have to the land is unbreakable, it’s a part of us, really. All of us have some AmerIndian in us, so the land is a part of us anyways. We grow up on it, live on it for a time, and we go back to ourselves, and things grow from us. Dust blows and the potholes fill in, and everything smooths out, and it’s like they were never there.

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  2. Hants November 15, 2016 at 5:31 PM #

    As an independence gift to the Nation COW could fill the potholes to please.

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  3. ndtewarie November 15, 2016 at 5:46 PM #

    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) Pockets

    GOD IS NOT A BAJAN.

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  4. Colonel Buggy November 15, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

    Hants November 15, 2016 at 5:31 PM #

    COW is probably too busy at this time resurfacing the road between Lears Gap and Lower Estate, which his heavy duty vehicles have made a mess of. He certainly is getting more than his Vehicle Road Tax worth.

    @Shontelle R. Brathwaite
    Masta day dun, but I still hear the creaks of bones working this land.
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    You better listen and look a bit more carefully, those creaks you are hearing are coming from COW’s Caterpillars and Bulldozers, pushing of the top soil, and digging foundations for new houses. Massa day done, but he starts afresh each new day.

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  5. ndtewarie November 15, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

    ALL LIFE MATTERS ©

    All life matters
    You can’t say that!
    Why not?
    It’s not politically correct
    But isn’t it morally correct?
    Well, well! blah blah!
    But you can say black lives matter!
    There’s sorrow there’s death
    All life matters
    The pang of a farewell indefinite
    What about white lives
    There’s peace and joy
    What about brown lives
    And the stars keep smiling
    What about yellow lives
    From the pull of my song you can’t stay far
    What about green lives
    My song sprawls down like a bird in a stormy night
    What about blue lives
    The temple bells will be chiming
    What about pink lives
    The stars will light up one by one
    What about lives of sharks
    For my worship with pain is not over
    What about lives of whales
    Let your touch be there all through my life
    What about lives of animals
    Aching for your embrace all else is forsworn
    What about lives of refugees
    My mind has lost its rack
    What about lives of the homeless
    Always sign of want
    What about lives of the poor
    There’s no decay, there is no ending
    What about lives of the down trodden
    Let my eyes’ light drown in thy beauty forever
    What about lives of criminals
    My mind has lost its track
    What about lives of babies
    When pain pulls my strings, my notes shiver
    What about lives of the unborn
    Its a global necklace, tolerable
    What about the lives of women
    The waves vanishing and rising

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  6. Well Well & Consequences November 15, 2016 at 6:55 PM #

    It makes sense not to purchase vehicles on the island…waste of money with those dangerous looking potholes.

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  7. AHTIRED November 15, 2016 at 7:16 PM #

    At approximately 3 p.m. today it was either I hit a car full on on Gibbons Ridge or I go through a puddle of water. I decided to take the puddle. Yup I am one wise human. The bang that ensued was my car against a pothole (I was lucky there was not another car in there already or this could have been an almighty mess). Out of the pothole and the water, I had two busted new tires and my bumper pulled away from the car itself. I dragged my baby over to the nearest bit of road and called Rescue – Brydens Insurance. At about 4:45 or so ‘David’ arrived, hauled my car on to his truck, and I went first class all the way to Automotive Art at Six Cross Roads, as I was informed by Rescue Headquarters, it would be the only place opened. The guys there were awesome but I was in a line of other pothole victims. At approx. 6 or so my car was ready to rock & roll. On the way home, now that darkness had just about fallen, needless to say I hit another pothole around a corner, again I had to decide on whether I should plummet straight into a row of cars of hard-working people going home and create a massive lot of problems for them (and myself another reason for the undertaker to get a coffin and plot ready) or just wish for the best. The best was that the left side of the car (the one with the two new tyres) suddenly began to scream at me, and so I drove home, slowly but surely, the noise on the left having a hard time as we went through one or two more dear little sweetheart holes. I finally got home at 7:07 and now will have to take the car to a mechanic in the a.m. to see if the entire suspension has been damaged. Thank you MTW for these roads. GET THEM TO F***K fixed. Oh! The guys at Automotive Art say nearly all tires being sold as the present time is because of pothole damage. There is a niche for tire-fixing and tire sales right through the night if anyone is wanting to do a lot of business. Happy 50th Anniversary Barbados. We are just doing so well right now. By the way love the enormous something or the other being built right on the Garrison to commemorate us having achieved – just another little ‘good thinking’ project for sure.

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  8. Hants November 15, 2016 at 7:56 PM #

    @ AHTIRED,

    The Ministers drive luxury cars and SUVs. They probably can’t feel the pot holes.

    You are lucky your car didn’t roll over.

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  9. Shontelle R. Brathwaite November 15, 2016 at 8:22 PM #

    The Garrison, oh, the AmerIndian heritage site. Interesting, come let we celebrate Barbados?

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  10. David November 15, 2016 at 8:26 PM #

    sobers

    David here is a doosie to be found on the road after exiting life of Barbados to travel down Rendezvous.

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  11. GreenMonkey November 15, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

    I lost two tyres simultaneously on one occasion not too long ago when I was driving from Church Village, St. Philip towards Ebeneezer. I had to swerve off the road to avoid a collision as a transport board bus was barelling up towards me driving more or less in the middle of the road. The side of the road at that point had an abrupt 6 inch or so drop off and the edge at the drop off was very rough with sharp, jagged protrubrances waiting to make mincemeat out of any tyres that might happen to come its way. Anyhow, it did a thorough job of slicing and dicing the inside of both left side tyres as they went over the edge. Over the last few years I have replaced 3 tyres and one rim thanks to the above incident and another previous incident with a pothole. If roads were to be maintained properly, Automotive Art and the garages that sell tyres and fix suspension would see such a sales dip they would probably have to start laying off staff.

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  12. Ego November 15, 2016 at 9:44 PM #

    They look more like craters than pot holes

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  13. Colonel Buggy November 15, 2016 at 10:05 PM #

    I drive a vehicle, the model of which has proven itself in many an expedition, from Alaska to Antarctica ,and from San Francisco to Siberia,and in many other places where no roads exist.
    But alas, this robust piece of machinery, is no match for the roads of Barbados. A drive from Four Roads in St John to Woodlands in St George, has knackered its steering and suspension system.
    My next vehicle will probably be a Humvee ,a Caterpillar or a Chieftain Battle tank.
    What will those fellows with low profile tyres going to do now. They were dangerous enough before ,just trying to avoid the usual bumps in the road.

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  14. Colonel Buggy November 15, 2016 at 10:31 PM #

    Pot holes. Aren’t they issued by the Ministry of Transport and Works and installed in the road by workers from that Ministry?
    The Year 2016 . 49 Years ,11 Months and 15 days before we celebrate $7Million plus worth of independence.
    1966. The Ministry of Communication and Works, had work teams all over the island maintaining roads to a very high standard. Potholes were unheard of due to the nature of how the roads were built and / or repaired. Today we used marl filling to repair holes in the road, or drop some cold “barber green” asphalt in the hole, and leave it to passing motorists to tamp,and the first lot of rain to dislodge.
    In days of yore when pot holes appeared, they were excavated by hand, filled in with solid rock,what we Bajans refer to as rock stone. And in all cases it was rolled over by a ” rocking engine”.
    You would never see a pot hole appear there again.
    Ever so often we buy some expensive equipment like the Mechanical Tampers, and the Pot Hole patching truck. Needless to say, these do not last very long.

    MTW POT HOLE PATCHER. Is it still in operation?

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  15. Eric T Selby (Author) November 15, 2016 at 11:00 PM #

    You sure those aren’t craters? Did we have a volcanic explosion overnight? Some community spirit is needed to fix them. We cannot wait on the government to do it.

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  16. Colonel Buggy November 15, 2016 at 11:18 PM #

    Have you noticed that going through many dimly lit villages and communities, people are now placing boulders, concrete blocks and other obstacles in the road way to prevent vehicles from splashing rain water from adjacent potholes onto their premises. This is a dangerous practice and could result in death or injury to occupants in vehicles which collide with these obstacles.

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  17. Colonel Buggy November 15, 2016 at 11:27 PM #

    The biggest pot hole in the Scotland District,

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  18. lawson November 16, 2016 at 7:30 AM #

    Maybe the people at the airport have it right …go slow…and you wont have to worry about splashing around ..especially money..idiots

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  19. FearPlay November 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM #

    Can the government be taken to court for damages caused to a vehicle as a result of the condition of the road surface? Oh dear, I forgot that there is also an enormous pot hole in the court system especially when it comes to getting a hearing and more so, getting government to settle court cases that it loses.

    What are we poor motorist to do? Pay the road tax, smile, be happy and remind ourselves that we are proud Bajans contributing to the upkeep of the island. Amen.

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  20. Bush Tea November 16, 2016 at 8:26 AM #

    @ FearPlay
    What are we poor motorist to do?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    …and don’t forget to celebrate.

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  21. David November 16, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    If you can demonstrate proof (witnesses) and have exhausted the process read request to the MTP -why not.

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  22. Well Well & Consequences November 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM #

    How appropriate to educate bajand seeing all those potholes filled with water. Things you should know. I have already had my trifecta of dengue, chikungunya and zika, though at different times.

    ” Mosquito
    James Gathany/Public Domain
    Don’t panic just yet.
    Most people hate mosquitoes, and who could blame them? At best, we associate mosquitoes with itchy red bites. They also happen to be our most deadly animal adversary: 400,000 people died of malaria alone in 2015, which was a huge improvement from death tolls in recent years. The recent spike in Zika cases—and the spread of the disease into new regions like North America, thanks to global warming—has researchers working even harder to understand how the insects got so good at transmitting pathogens and how we might stop them.

    But if you think Zika sounds bad, just imagine contracting that virus and another exotic ailment from the same irritating little mosquito. According to new research from Colorado State University, that’s totally possible: The scientists were able to infect mosquitoes with both Zika and chikungunya, a virus that causes fever and joint pain in humans. And when they tested the amount of mosquito spit that would usually go into a single bite, they found enough copies of those viruses to simultaneously infect a human host. The team also confirmed previous reports that chikungunya and dengue virus could shack up in the same mosquito. It remains to be seen whether a nasty trifecta is possible, but all three of these viruses have been spotted in North America in recent years.

    “The possibility exists in the new world that patients may be infected with more than one of these viruses more frequently than we predicted,” says Greg Ebel, who oversaw the new research in his lab.

    His students’ findings were presented this week at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, but they haven’t been submitted for publication yet. The findings, Ebel readily admits, are still preliminary—and the results don’t suggest that these concurrent outbreaks are common. In fact, he and his team aren’t even sure what would happen if a human was simultaneously infected with Zika and chikungunya at the same time.
    Zika and dengue are so closely related that scientists suspect the two viruses might interact when put inside a single host, but they aren’t sure yet whether the viruses would ultimately suppress or enhance one another. How chikungunya and Zika might interact (let alone how the three viruses might interact) is another question they’ll have to investigate.

    “When they do transmit two viruses at once, does that affect pathogenesis? We really don’t know,” Ebel says.

    But while it’s tempting to freak out over the possibility of a double or triple viral infection, Ebel and his colleagues are more concerned with how the viruses might interact inside mosquitoes than they are with theoretical human symptoms. The human scenario is a little too far-fetched to prompt immediate concern, but if the viruses behave strangely when they end up in the same mosquito, that could have implications for the transmission rate of any of those illnesses in humans.
    There are a lot of ways future studies could improve upon the work, according to Ebel. His team used mosquitoes bred in a colony that’s been inside a lab for generations, and wild insects are always better for research—after all, wild mosquitoes continue to evolve with each generation, so a lab colony might not have some of the adaptations that help insects do a virus’s dirty work. But using wild mosquitoes is easier said than done.

    “What you basically have to do is get the mosquitoes, bring them to the lab, rear them to adulthood, and then in order to infect them you have to grow three viruses in the lab independently, then feed them to the mosquito and make sure you’re infecting them with a one to one ratio of each virus, and then you have to collect their saliva,” Ebel trails off. “It’s very labor intensive.”
    A multi-viral mosquito bite shouldn’t go high on your existential worry list for 2016. But a better understanding of how these mosquitoes interact with different viruses – and how they evolved to do so – could help researchers develop new methods for stopping the spread of disease”

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  23. Vincent Haynes November 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM #

    Col. Buggy

    I was expecting a last minute dash to fix the roads for the digniteries for the 50th…..it looks like this govt is in serious potter and not only with pot holes……

    That St.John pot hole looks very much like the one in front of the plantation next to Jillpot hill.

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  24. lawson November 16, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    ww what about aids and ebola by mosquito?

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  25. David November 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM #

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  26. truthseeker November 16, 2016 at 3:22 PM #

    Sir, Could you possibly get a Civil Engineer to give us a typical specification for the various road types in Barbados. I’d like to see the thicknesses of the materials which make up a typical road. From the photos shown it seems that the thickness of the Tarmacadam is awfully thin! Any reason why we no longer have a camber on our roads?

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  27. bajans November 16, 2016 at 3:54 PM #

    The asphalt should be 5 inches on a ten inch base of gravel. My driveway is four inches on six.

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  28. David November 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    This opens a line of inquiry as to whether we do have standards. When private contractors build our roads who is responsible for ensuring that an agreed standard is met. The assumption is that there is a standard!

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  29. Colonel Buggy November 16, 2016 at 5:01 PM #

    Some years ago it was reported that an MTW supervisor was severely reprimanded for laying on the tarmac on the Cheapside Road in front of the General Post Office. As far as I can recall, that road is still in very good condition,and has not deteriorated like many of the others.

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  30. Colonel Buggy November 16, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    If the authorities are not too bothered about the tens of thousands of coconut shells left along side the highways, or dumped in the nearest cart road, do you think that they will loose any sleep over the pot holes in the road.
    The road to Illaro Court is well paved, so are the main roads leading to the Six-Roads area of St Philip.

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  31. Colonel Buggy November 16, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    The White Park Road is being resurface, guess some of the VIP’s coming in are going to pay a visit to the refurbished Synagogue.

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  32. David November 16, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

    Didn’t Dennis Johnson say this week that if you treat the locals as VIPs then there is no need to do anything special for the outsiders?

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  33. bajans November 16, 2016 at 5:25 PM #

    My driveway is 33 years old and has never been resurfaced, sealed or else. It is in very good condition. Whenever those shysters come to my door about repaving/resealing I ask them to look at it and tell me what is wrong. hahaha. They leave sheepishly.

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  34. lawson November 16, 2016 at 5:34 PM #

    it seems marl may not be a great base

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  35. Alvin Cummins November 16, 2016 at 5:56 PM #

    Question: can be answered by anyone.
    When was it that Red Plastic Bag, was so overwhelmed by the potholes in the country that he wrote a calypso (very popular) called “Potholes”? What year was it?

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  36. David November 16, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

    @Alvin

    What is your point -are you ok with the state of the roads in Barbados?

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  37. Colonel Buggy November 16, 2016 at 9:43 PM #

    David November 16, 2016 at 8:46 AM
    In Barbados proof or not, witnesses or not, the usual Barbadians are given the run around, and frustrated to the point of giving up. This also happens in the private sector. But if you are of a certain ilk, its Yes Sir!, Now sir !, Three bags full sir!.
    I knew of a case where a resident in one of the rural parishes call MTW and complained about the bad state of the road leading to her home. The MTW person who took the call, told her that he was not familiar with that particular road.
    Would you believe that woman drove all the way up to the Pine, and persuaded the MTW person to get into her car,and drove him back to her residence to have a look at the road she was complaining about.
    No prizes for guessing what this woman looked like.

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  38. Colonel Buggy November 16, 2016 at 9:57 PM #

    @Lawson, Up to a few years ago an old MTW / H&T Supervisor, who has built many roads in Barbados, made the suggestion that Barbados should trade our marl stone with Dominica for its volcanic rock to be used as a bed in road construction. And this made sense, as the old roads built in Barbados back then, used hard rock, dynamited from the faces of cliffs and bluffs, as the foundation for road beds.
    Driving in Dominica , I noticed that after the road is repaired and tarred, they throw some fine particles of this volcanic rock over the tar, to stop vehicle tyres coming in contact with the still tacky tar. These particles do not readily adhere to the tar and when braking on them , they act like small marbles under the vehicle tyres. That is why that Old knowledgeable ‘Cantoneer”, advised Marl for Dominica.

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  39. FearPlay November 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM #

    @Colonel B, 9:57pm Sir Charles Williams also suggested that we enter an agreement with St Lucia to supply volcanic base for our roads. I believe he even went so far as to suggest that he would provide the ship to transport it here. I don’t think that kite ever attracted enough wind to fly. Maybe he was unwilling to make a donation to someone personal account.

    On another note, you will be happy to note that the usual band-aid fix has been applied to the problem so vividly shown in the video. Pot holes have been filled with cold asphalt and traffic will compact it until the next heavy rains.

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  40. Vincent Haynes November 17, 2016 at 3:38 PM #

    Chuckle…..Ah just did a drive to Welchman Hall Gully from the west coast and I can tell you now that the Prince will be using the road from Content to Lion Castle Polo Grounds as all sorts of equipment cleaning and cutting down the road sides but he is not going to the Gully from the grounds nor from the west coast to St.Thomas Parish Church as those areas are still rough with overhanging bush and potholes.

    I have to be very carefull with these pothole now as my front shocks just cost me around $400.00 and if I had to pay to put them on who knows what the final bill would be……..this as we celebrate 50…….wuhloss.

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  41. Colonel Buggy November 17, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

    Vincent Haynes November 17, 2016 at 3:38 PM #
    And $70 of that $400 has gone to the same neglectful government , via VAT. Money for old rope.

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  42. Colonel Buggy November 17, 2016 at 8:31 PM #

    FearPlay November 17, 2016 at 9:17 AM #
    I believe that COW had bring up some of that material from St Lucia, to fix Horse Hill and Rendezvous Hill, two previously troublesome spots at the slightest downpour.

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  43. Alvin Cummins November 17, 2016 at 10:53 PM #

    David;
    It has nothing to do with being contented with the roads. The point is that this situation is not new. You are behaving as if this is something that occurred in the last eight years. Whatever is done we will always have potholes. Before “Barber Green (do you know where that name for the asphalt roads comes from?) the base for the roads came from the “top rock” dug from the Cap Rock, that covered the island. This was the oldest rock on the island, and was so hard even a pneumatic drill had difficulty breaking it up. As more and more roads were “Barber Greened”, that cap rock became more and more scarce, and softer rock was used until the underlying softer rock was used in the asphalt process. The difficulty with this softer rock is that the rock does not mix well enough with the asphalt. Consequently when the asphalt softens in the hot sun, and cools at night, small fissures in the top layers of the asphalt occur. When it rains water enters and gradually cause the underlying soft rock to crumble, the fissures become wider and wider, and as the traffic increases, the vehicle;le tires break them open and pot holes result. Unless the volcanic rock is imported to mis with the asphalt, this problem will be continuous and everlasting. As one part of the island is fixed another will be adversely affected. Don’t take my word for it.
    Old Buggy,
    If the government did not spruce up the country to welcome “your esteemed Royal Family,” you would be the first one to criticize. Stop complaining.

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  44. Alvin Cummins November 17, 2016 at 10:58 PM #

    By the way, That road passing through the Belle, is near, if not in front of the entrance to Jose and Jose truck depot. How much of this damage is due to the heavy use of this road that was never designed to accommodate these heavy vehicles, by the skip containers, heavy duty garbage trucks, and all sorts of other heavy vehicles, without any proper road repairs or maintainance. Anybody care to answer that question?

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  45. Well Well & Consequences November 18, 2016 at 2:00 AM #

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/89254/whites-major-landowners

    Research at the land registry can clarify ownerships of the land on the island, who owns the most or are only boasting that they own the most land like COW Williams likes to do, who has title deeds for all the land they own or are building on lands which they have no title deeds for and do not own but are selling the land and properties….who have have had FORGED title deeds from the 1960s….expose the land thieves and lock them up.

    The ymay want to consult with David Simmons on land theft from elderly people.

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  46. Dompey November 18, 2016 at 4:35 AM #

    David

    I haven’t been on Barbados roads for quite sometime and cannot fairly make a judgment regarding to nature of the potholes in Barbados. But this much I know: I driving in and around potholes everyday, but I am not ignorant to the fact that I have to reduce my speed when driving on roads in such a state to avoid damaging my suspensions.

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  47. David November 18, 2016 at 6:22 AM #

    If it is not new why remove any party from office then.

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  48. Well Well & Consequences November 18, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

    Alvin….the road by the Belle was in that state for donkeys years, I spent years in the US and other places, returned in 2005 and it was still in that state, from what you are saying it is still in a deplorable state. ..that is under both governments. ..both governments are to blame, they have both been negligent and continue to be negligent, put the blame where it belongs.

    The roads can be cemented, but of course that will mean no more contracts allocated and kickbacks or bribes for ministers for at least 10 more years and that would not please government ministers and their masters the minority crooks will it, no more scams of fixing and paving roads to fall into potholes every 3 years. They need to concrete the roads, there gotta be a better way.

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  49. Well Well & Consequences November 18, 2016 at 7:05 AM #

    lawson November 16, 2016 at 1:19 PM #
    ww what about aids and ebola by mosquito?

    Lawson..I only just saw this post

    http://ow.ly/vgGF306iCdw

    This information should help you.

    http://ow.ly/3EhT306iCiE

    I am deathly afraid of and detest those little beasts called mosquitoes, they kill hundreds of thousands of people every year with the deadly diseases in their saliva.

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  50. Colonel Buggy November 18, 2016 at 4:55 PM #

    There are things more sinister than potholes lurking on the roads and elsewhere on the South Coast. All Barbadians should be concerned with the recent spate of sewerage leaks on the South Coast . We are well aware of the quantity of leaks on the BWA’s distribution system and the frequency of water outages , now affecting the parish of Christ Church,where the problem is compounded by the leaking of sewerage onto the roadway via overflowing manholes. As the Sewer pipes are in close proximity to the water mains, any overflow or leaks from the sewerage system will eventually swamp these water mains. When these water mains are carrying a full supply of water, there is not much of a problem there, as the internal pressure of the water and air within the water pipe ,acts as a pressure seal to keep any sewerage solution from entering and mixing with the water.
    But when the water has been turned off, this is where the problem begins. As the water is turned back on, as it enters the pipe line ,the combination of air and water traveling along the pipe creates a vacuum,ie a pressure below 14.7 PSI. As it does so, the sewerage run off outside of the water pipe is open to atmospheric pressure, ie 14,7 psi ,and as a result if there are any cracks, leaks or loose connections on the water pipe line, the atmospheric pressure will force the sewerage solution through these openings , thus mixing with the potable water.

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  51. Colonel Buggy November 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    Alvin Cummins November 17, 2016 at 10:53 PM #
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    Old Buggy,
    If the government did not spruce up the country to welcome “your esteemed Royal Family,” you would be the first one to criticize. Stop complaining
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    Barbados was still a colony in 1965 when HM the Queen, first came a visiting. Nothing special was done to spruce up the island, as the then Northern District Councils, Southern District Council and the City of Bridgetown, had an ongoing programme ,sprucing up Barbados for the people of Barbados.

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  52. David November 18, 2016 at 5:08 PM #

    What a wonderful response.

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  53. Exclaimer November 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM #

    BREAKING NEWS:

    THE NATION

    ” Ruptured sewage main on Spry Street

    THE MINISTRY OF Transport and Works advises road users that Spry Street in Bridgetown is closed until further notice as a result of a ruptured Barbados Water Authority sewage main.

    The Ministry expressed regret about any inconvenience the closure may cause.”

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  54. Alvin Cummins November 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM #

    Old Buggy;
    1965, Barbados, still a colony. Very few “Barber Green streets. 2016, almost every street is “Barber Green”. What is your point? Are you saying that we were better off as a colony? Of course almost every street was a marl road in 1965.
    Exclaimer:
    So!!!

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  55. Alvin Cummins November 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM #

    Old Buggy,
    Re. “the biggest pothole in the Scotland District”, isn’t this the dam that was constructed by COW to collect water to water the Apes Hill Golf Course? This is not a pot hole. Don’t give the wrong impression to readers who are not familiar with the island. You should congratulate COW for collecting rain water for that purpose.

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  56. Well Well & Consequences November 18, 2016 at 6:41 PM #

    Alvin…you dont get tired kissing ass. If Cow wants to run a business that needs water, no one has to congratulate him to do it, it’s his business…he needs the water…it’s elementary, it does not take genius to figure out he needs water for residences etc…I swear the slave mentality runs through the dna.

    Now tell the dummies in parliament they need to dam the rain water running out of St. John and St. Joseph, it does not appear that they know it’s been wasting for decades…and can be used. ..maybe they need Cow to tell them….., so you can congratulate him.

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  57. Colonel Buggy November 18, 2016 at 8:54 PM #

    Alvin Cummins November 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM #
    You should congratulate COW for collecting rain water for that purpose.
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    Like Hell, rainwater. He has diverted 7 spring in the Scotland District to that dam. If any other mortal had done that ,the BWA would’ve down on them ,like a ton of bricks. These are the same springs, I heard Mr Mwansa said a few years ago on CBC, that are vital in keeping the salt water from the ocean , from invading the water wells near the coast.
    Alvin, given that you might have a few years on me, when I came along the only marl roads I knew , belong to the plantations. The Department of Highway and Transport (H&T) did sterling work building and maintaining roads and bridges in Barbados, many of which ,like Joes River and Melvins Hill bridges are still standing after 60 + years of constant use by heavy traffic.

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  58. millertheanunnaki November 18, 2016 at 11:27 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins November 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM
    “1965, Barbados, still a colony. Very few “Barber Green streets. 2016, almost every street is “Barber Green”. What is your point? Are you saying that we were better off as a colony? Of course almost every street was a marl road in 1965.”

    Why don’t you stop comparing Barbados of today to what prevailed prior to Independence?

    Barbados was always ahead of most countries, especially in the Caribbean, in its infrastructure and education

    Are you forgetting the supply of water to the city in 1865 just after Queen Victoria witnessed a similar thing in England?

    What about the building of the QEH to replace the General and district hospitals of primary healthcare; the availability electricity from 1911 and one of the very early telephone system in the world even before the supply of electricity?

    How come you were able to receive a “good” education at Cawmere if things were so bad for the ordinary man in colonial Barbados? But then you do not consider yourself ordinary like George Lamming.

    Compared to many European countries Barbados of the pre-Independence era had a far superior social system even with the presence of outhouses in England where many Bajans of your generation soon found out.

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  59. Colonel Buggy November 19, 2016 at 11:12 PM #

    Alvin Cummins November 17, 2016 at 10:58 PM #
    By the way, That road passing through the Belle, is near, if not in front of the entrance to Jose and Jose truck depot. How much of this damage is due to the heavy use of this road that was never designed to accommodate these heavy vehicles, by the skip containers, heavy duty garbage trucks, and all sorts of other heavy vehicles, without any proper road repairs or maintainance. Anybody care to answer that question? Anybody care to answer that question?
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    Strange indeed that you have passed through the Belle and noticed the state of the road in front of Jose and Jose’s business, but has chosen to look the other way, a half mile away ,over in Lears in front of COW’S operation , where the road is in worse condition than in the Belle. And it now appears that the Government, ie Michael Lashley, Minister of Transport, is paying COW to resurface the road in Lears which his heavy duty trucks have mashed up.
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    And Mr Smarty pants ,what would your teacher have to say about your use of the word MAINTAINANCE instead of MAINTENANCE

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  60. bajans November 20, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

    Colonel

    Touche! That should fix the AC. haha hahahaha.

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  61. David November 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM #

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    The Nation Barbados

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  62. Colonel Buggy November 21, 2016 at 10:15 PM #

    Perhaps the government, ie Minister of Transport , is waiting until the imported stock of Rock Hard cement reaches a stage where it is deemed only good for non-structural purposes, and then it will be palmed off to the Government, probably not at a reduced price, to repair pot holes and build roads.

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