Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
|Barbados' Minister of Culture & Sports Stephen Lashley admires |
the bronze medal won by local Road View resident Shane Brathwaite at
the recent Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Am I the only one left in Road View/Mullins, who finds resonance in these opening lyrics from Sweedish House Mafia's hit song "Don't You Worry Child" as I try to walk the beach in the Mullins Bay area? See, I was practically born on this beach, just over the road in Bayfield on the site where the telephone exchange is located. I remember a time when there were no seawalls, no rock revetments, and no groynes breaking up a wide sandy beach that stretched from Margarets (Greensleves) in the south to Speightstown. And, although I am fully aware of the accelerated beach erosion in the area in recent years, it's still always a shock when I try to walk the beach and find that I can no longer do it.
Such was the case yesterday as I tried to go around the bend between Mullins and Gibbes beaches. The massive seawall that was built to keep out the sea and people behind the beachfront villa - Four Winds - is being repaired, and so, the path along the top of it which allowed safe passage from the crashing waves below is blocked. I had to turn around and go back. I was literally trapped on Mullins Beach.
Does anyone still remember that there was a wide sandy beach behind behind Four Winds and neighbouring High Trees (formerly Higwood)? Four Winds is a special case as it was listed for sale earlier this year for more than US$50M - a record-breaking asking price for a property on the island, if not the rest of the Caribbean. I don't know if it has been sold, but there is currently a lot of building and rebuilding ongoing on the property, including on the seawall, which despite its depth into the beach, the sea had undermined.
So, they have built a sandbag cofferdam and are trying to shore up the seawall behind it with yet more concrete and steel. We continue to get away with a lot of evil in the name of Climate Change. When are we going to learn that beach-hardening does not work? It destroys surrounding beaches, upsets the ecosystem, and kills tourism.
Talking about the ecology for a moment, also on an area beach yesterday a rare turtle nesting in broad daylight occasioned my having to call the local sea turtle conservation to rescue the eggs from the precarious position of the nest on the narrow beach where nests are routinely washed out every nesting season.
What is needed in Mullins Bay is a comprehensive solution for the area involving the removal of all or some of the haphazard, patchwork of seawalls, rock revetments and groynes, etc., and a program of beach nourishment (re-sanding). Clearly, we cannot go on with the one man builds a groyne - forcing his neighbour to build a seawall - forcing the sand offshore cycle. But I am not a worrying child. "See heaven's got a plan for [me]."
Click here for more pictures of the construction/destruction around Four Winds.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
18 injured in minibus accident | Barbados Today: "18 injured in minibus accident
Added by Dawne Parris on January 26, 2014.
Saved under Local News
Police have confirmed that 18 people, including the driver, have been injured in the minibus accident which occurred in Gibbs, St Peter just after 4 pm today.
Police PRO Inspector David Welch said the minibus overturned on to its right side when Wendell Piyotte lost control of the vehicle.
Among the 18 people injured, five of them are in serious condition, including Piyotte, a resident of Upper Mount Standfast, St James.
Inspector Welch said seven people had to be taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
The accident triggered a mass casualty response which included police, six doctors from the QEH, and personnel from the ambulance service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Defence Force, the Roving Response Team and the Disaster Emergency Management."
'via Blog this'
People who say 'I told you so' are never very popular, but through this blog, a petition, newspaper articles, and letters sent on our behalf by the current and former parliamentary representative for the constituency of St. James North, the Government of Barbados has been warned about the dangerous driving and hazardous road conditions in the Road View-Mullins-Gibbes area. To our knowledge nothing has been done to date, except the demarcation of a center line of the roadway. The question remains: How many more innocent lives Government is prepared to see sacrificed and/or maimed before it acts on the behalf of its citizens and visitors to the island? This blog will continue to keep watch and count.
To the reader: If you ever use the roadway on foot or in a vehicle in the Gibbes, Mullins or Road View area, or if you care about road safety in Barbados, please sign the petition. Again, the life you save could be your own.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Monday, November 11, 2013
Repair the Speightstown Jetty post haste in order to:
1. Restore a popular recreational spot for the residents of Speightstown and beyond.
2. Boost tourism in the area - as the jetty was also popular with visitors.
3. Help to ignite the rebirth of Speightstown - one of the hardest hit communities in Barbados by the global economic recession (re: the closure of Almond Beach Village, etc.).
Click here to sign petition: http://j.mp/StownJet