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Barbados Prime Minister Demands Answers from Electricity Company after Two Days of Island-wide Power Cuts

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday November 19, 2019 Prime Minister Mia Mottley today described as
“unacceptable and embarrassing”, island-wide power outages that have
affected Barbados over the last two days, even as she sought to assure that
critical operations in the country were functioning normally.

The
island’s sole electricity provider, the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P),
blamed the outages that have affected customers all across the country on
contaminated fuel compounded by aging generator equipment.

The power
cuts, which also triggered water outages, forced the early closure of schools
and some businesses yesterday. Today, the Ministry of Education announced all
public schools would be closed, as the situation persisted into a second day.

“With
respect to the hospital, the airport, the seaport, the prison and all of the
other critical institutions, I can inform the country that all of our power
generation capacity is working and that we will ensure that we stick to
normalcy as close as possible,” Mottley said earlier today.

“I
have already asked the management of the Light & Power, to ensure as a
matter of urgency, that the Chairman of BL&P, the Chairman of Emera
[BL&P’s parent company] in Barbados Light & Power, be available to meet
with me this evening, because this is an unacceptable situation,” she
informed, adding that she could not understand how a country could have all of
its generating capacity down at the same time.

“It is
unacceptable and embarrassing, but in life we don’t get to choose the
circumstances or the hand that we play. Sometimes we get the hand and we have,
therefore, to rise to the occasion and do what is necessary….Rest assured
that the Government is taking its own independent advice in these
matters.”

At the same
time, the Prime Minister urged Barbadians not to point fingers or complain.

“We
have more than enough time to determine blame, to determine responsibility and
to determine all of the other things that are going through people’s
heads,” she said.

“Now
is the time for Barbadians to be calm and to ensure that if you don’t need to
be on the road, do not go on the road; to ensure that if you have family who
may be living alone, that you check on them and make sure that they are well.
The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has already been speaking
to get that message across the country to ensure that any critical tasks that
have to be done, that we go about them seamlessly, knowing full well that we
are going to resolve this issue.”

Mottley
assured that in the meantime, the country is safe.

“Rest
assured that we are doing all that we can to make sure that while we wait for
BL&P to resolve this issue, that we will do our part to make sure that
Barbadians can continue to go as much as possible about their business, and
where that it is not possible, that they remain safe and comfortable,” she
said.

Speaking to
members of the media via conference call yesterday, Managing Director of the
BL&P Roger Blackman said the problem was mainly due to contamination in the
imported fuel.

Without identifying the contaminant that was found in the fuel, Blackman
further explained that of the samples tested from the last three shipments, two
of them “tested positive for contaminants”.

He explained that there was still “quite a bit of fuel in the system
now” that will be used up, adding that the shipment that is currently on island
to be used is free of contamination.

“That will dilute what we currently have in the system. We have been
managing this for the last couple weeks and what we will be doing is having our
teams in place to do the repairs very quickly and get the units back on when
they are affected. We do have things in place to address the issues when they
come up,” said Blackman, who was unable to guarantee there would be no more
blackouts as a result of contaminated fuel.

He said testing was now being conducted on fuel samples going back as
far as August to see if this contaminant that has been detected would have been
present at that time.

Blackman said the BL&P was working with the island’s fuel supplier, the Barbados National Oil Company Ltd (BNOCL), to put measures in place to resolve the issue over the short and medium-term.

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5 grenades offensives retrouvées à la DGI :

Mardi, des responsables de la Direction Générale des Impôts (DGI) ont découvert 5 grenades offensives à fragmentation dans leur locaux, sans être en mesure d’expliquer la présence ni l’origine de ces armes explosives de guerre. Des membres de la Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire (DCPJ) et de la police scientifique, alerté par la DGI se sont rendu sur place récupérer ces grenades et ont ouvert une enquête.

Arrestation d’un faux policier à Delmas :

Lundi, la police de Delmas a arrêté un individus identifié comme Alex Philogène qui se faisait passer pour un policier. La police atrouver sur lui une copie d’une fausse carte de la Police Nationale d’Haïti (PNH) et une autre carte appartenant à un policier Agent I, identifié sous comme Joisil Samuel. Selon la police, plusieurs individus en uniforme qui se faisaient passer pour des policiers ont été repérés dimanche lors de la marche de revendication d’agents de la PNH.

Camion de boissons, pillé et incendié :

Mardi en fin de matinée, un groupe d’individus non-identifié ont obligé sous la menace un chauffeur de camion de boissons gazeuses à s’arrêter. Avant de piller le camion et de l’incendier.

VISAS Brésil et Chili :

Le centre de réception de demandes de visas pour le Chili (CAVC) et le centre de réception de demande de visa pour le Brésil (BVAC) informent le public en général que le système pour la prise des rendez est de nouveau disponible depuis mardi 19 novembre.

Vertières : Manif et drapeaux noir et rouge :

Munis de drapeau noir et rouge, quelques dizaines de militants et sympathisants de Moïse Jean-Charles, leader du parti politique de l’opposition radicale « Pitit Dessalin », se sont rendus, le 18 novembre, à Vertières (Cap-Haïtien) sur la place des héros de l’Indépendance. Dans une ambiance de carnaval, ces militants ont appelé, une nouvelle fois, à la démission du Président Jovenel Moïse.

Le Japon promet une nouvelle aide alimentaire :

Lundi Keisuke Suzuki, le Ministre délégué des Affaires étrangères du Japon a effectué une visite de courtoisie au Président Jovenel Moïse. Lors de cette visite Suzuki a promis au Chef de l’État, une nouvelle aide alimentaire pour Haïti compte tenu de la situation…Lire aussi : https://www.haitilibre.com/article-29316-haiti-humanitaire-taiwan-va-augmenter-son-aide-alimentaire-en-haiti.html https://www.haitilibre.com/article-29220-haiti-humanitaire-plus-d-un-million-d-haitiens-en-situation-alimentaire-d-urgence.html https://www.haitilibre.com/article-29050-haiti-flash-le-gouvernement-haitien-demande-une-aide-alimentaire-d-urgence-aux-usa.html

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The Haiti Sentinel | Haiti: Police Brutalize Protesters of Arriving U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft

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One young man showing signs of severe trauma to the mouth, covered in blood and missing teeth, said he and others had begun their sit-in demonstration on Marie Gate Road, adjacent the Toussaint Louverture International Airport. Police traveling in vehicle number 01-01242 had begun to assault and brutalize the protesters.

According to the victims, the police pulled up firing automatic weapons in the air, forcing them to the ground. While on the ground, the officers began to be beat, kick and batter with their weapons the demonstrators.

These demonstrators, along with an overwhelming majority of Haitians from various sectors of society, are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse and vehemently reject the United States’ long held policy of racism and chaos in Haiti.

Currently it is only the United States that is steadfastly supporting Jovenel Moïse who is facing accusations of crimes against humanity for state-sponsored massacres against his own people. Mr. Moïse has also been charged with financial crimes, including fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, of hundreds of millions of dollars meant for the country’s development. In recent weeks, Amnesty International has reported that the Haitian government is engaging in excessive use of force and repression against protesters.

The Haitian National Police are funded and trained by the United States and continue to take orders directly from the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador in Haiti. The embassy continues to inject itself in Haiti’s internal affairs demanding dialogue be held with President Jovenel Moïse who has become very intolerable.

According to a U.S. Embassy note on Tuesday, Ms. Craft is expected in Haiti to meet with President Jovenel Moïse and “a representative sample of Haiti’s political and economic leaders to encourage urgent measures to form a government…” None of the key personalities of Haiti’s political class have confirmed with The Haiti Sentinel that they would be meeting with Craft.

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