BDF issues apology over incident in Dominica

A Barbadian coast guard officer has found himself at the centre of controversy in Dominica after he reportedly “grabbed” a camera from a regional journalist on Thursday in a bid to stop him from recording footage of the post-Hurricane Maria relief effort.

The incident occurred around 8:45 a.m. at the deep-water harbour on the outskirts of the capital and involved prominent Vincentian journalist Kenton Chance, who is in Roseau reporting for the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) and volunteering his services as part of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) humanitarian effort.

Chance, who had gone to the harbour with members of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU), was attempting to film disaster victims receiving water along Goodwill Road, when he apparently raised the ire of members of the official distribution team.

This unnamed Barbados Coast Guard officer has found himself at the centre of controversy in Dominica.

Chance reported that the uniformed member of the Barbados Coast Guard, who was armed with an assault rifle, relieved him of his camera at the instruction of a man in civilian wear.

“One of the men dressed in civilian wear involved in the distribution and who spoke with what sounds like a Barbadian accent had told me, without giving reasons, that he did not want me to film the distribution, which was taking place in full view of the public,” the journalist said.

However, Chance, who recently completed similar work in the British Virgin Islands and is in the process of putting together a documentary on the hurricane battered islands, said “even before I had filmed anything, I told the coast guard officer who I was, what I was doing and explained to him the basis on which he had no legal authority to prevent me from filming.

“I then ensured that I was, as far as I could discern, on the public walkway and began to film,” the Vincentian journalist added.

However, he said he was only able to make a 40-second recording before “the Barbados Coast Guard officer grabbed my camera and the civilian, who had followed closely behind him, instructed him to delete the images.

“I told the coast guard officer that he should not obey anyone’s instruction to break the law or violate the rights of others,” Chance said, adding that he also pointed out to the officer that like him, he was part of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) response team and that he had travelled to Dominica onboard the Barbados Coast Guard vessel ‘Leonard C. Banfield’.

Chance said he also reminded the officer of the “pep talk” that a female officer had given to officers before they were dispatched to Roseau about not abusing their power while on duty in Dominica.

“When this failed to move the officer, I informed him that I was going to report the development to the CDRU personnel with whom I had arrived at the nearby port. I further advised the Barbados Coast Guard officer not to cause further embarrassment to himself, his unit and his country by allowing the man to delete the images.

“I went back to the port and informed Acting Inspector of Police Hospidales of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force of the development. Hospidales and another member of his team accompanied me back to the scene of the incident. At this time, I also telephoned [retired] Brigadier General Earl Arthurs of CDEMA, who spoke to Hospidales and the man, after which the camera was returned to me,” Chance said in a detailed account of the incident.

While none of the images on his camera was deleted, he described the entire episode as simply reprehensible.

“I find this development totally unacceptable, distressing, and disconcerting, and embarrassing. It demonstrated a shameful abuse of power by the Barbados Coast Guard officer and total disregard for the rights of others. I was wearing a high visibility vest during the incident but had no press credentials displayed, although I had press credentials on my person. Both my DSLR camera and camcorder were in plain view,” said Chance, who is questioning: “What if I were a Dominican citizen? Is this the way that the visiting Barbados Coast Guard officer would have treated me?

“I note, however, that this officer’s actions stand in stark contrast to the courteous manner in which the other six or so civilians and I who travelled to Dominican on board Banfield were treated during the journey,” he added.

No statement has been issued by CMC on the matter. However, the umbrella Association of Caribbean Media Workers was scheduled to issue a response with Chance suggesting that at the very least both he and CMC are deserving of an apology “for the distress and embarrassment caused” as a result of “ the highhandedness displayed by the Barbados Coast Guard officer while I practised my profession as a CARICOM national in a country, where having been granted entry as an OECS national, I am entitled to unlimited stay”.

In a statement this evening, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) said it was aware of the complaint lodged by Chance against a member of the Barbados Coast Guard and in addition apologized for any embarrassment caused. It said “a comprehensive investigation” had been launched into the matter.

“The doctrine or operational policy of the Force does not condone misconduct or disrespect and disciplinary [action] will be taken as necessary.

“The Barbados Defence Force sincerely apologizes for any embarrassment caused.

“The allegations are in no way reflective of the standards of the Barbados Defence Force and the Force will continue to uphold the highest standards of excellence in all endeavours.

“The Barbados Defence Force is committed to the delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Commonwealth of Dominica and will continue to do so in the manner that is expected of this Force,” the BDF said in a statement issued this evening to Barbados TODAY through its Public Relations Officer Captain Maria Moore.

88 Responses to BDF issues apology over incident in Dominica

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    So basically… A civillian who was most likely involved in the distribition efforts , didn’t want the scene to filmed, or even himself to be filmed…. He took the officer who was sent to Dominica for peacekeeping efforts, to stop the filming…. But it’s the Barbadian coast guard fault for following orders! I tell ya…. Bajans ain’t got na luck attal…..

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    • John Boost
      John Boost October 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

      You clearly lost and I remember the worst person to get a story from is the media. The.coast guard guy is a clown

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    • Kami Dan
      Kami Dan October 7, 2017 at 1:58 am

      A clown that gone to help ppl?

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 7, 2017 at 2:51 am

      One thing bout ppl… They surely like to get out their propoganda….

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison October 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

      This isn’t about Bajans not having luck, this is about a soldier not following standard protocols.
      A soldier taking orders from a civilian is not standard operating procedures.
      Period !!!

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 7, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Like wunna know who d civillian is…. Could have been a politician….. Wunna always ready…. Clean wunna windows first, cause all a we got dirty windows!

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor October 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Wunna ain’t in Dominica… Place in shambles, miltary and police from all over d Caribbean there to help…. Wunna reallt feel Dominica got enough soldiers to set a distribution points to control things…. During carifesta here in Barbados, soldiers were delivering stuff to the various locations…. When they got there who had to tell them what to do, CIVILIANS!

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    • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

      imagine that people at their lowest and an attempt is made not to exploit it and now this soldier is front page news. I like how detailed chance account is of the incident……. hmmmmmm. disappointed with the BDF for putting out this statement before investigating. Me thinks enough of

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      • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:13 am

        Me thinks enough of of my tax dollars have been spent on this let SVG and CHANCE cause he like he know more law than journalism and de herb they grow take over this effort and bring our young men and women home. GRANNUM do the right thing and bring our people home.

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  2. Fallon Best October 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    We will look forward to the follow up report. The BDF men and women are doing a great job. They wouldn’t want to have their and Barbados’s imaged tarnished by a few who forgot their good service mandate.

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  3. Shana Vanderwolf
    Shana Vanderwolf October 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Stupes do

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  4. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith October 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Sharon he had on a vest, but he wasn’t displaying his credentials.

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    • Bryan Mayers
      Bryan Mayers October 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      No credentials needed

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    • Jacob Donawa
      Jacob Donawa October 6, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      so instead of helping deliver supplies he in Dominica power tripping. If thats what he got caught doing imagine what he aint get caught doing. Need to fire his ass asap.

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      • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

        @ jacob you would like that (he being fired) but when wunnuh got to stand in the white man line for he visa and get kill when wunnuh go in he place no problem. would like all dem to come home from bout de place

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        • Jennifer October 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm

          lol milli.

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  5. Sugar Dumplings October 6, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    if the people don’t want to be film, the camera crew should not violated that right. There are two sides to a story.

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  6. Lennox hewitt October 6, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    These public servans weather police or soldier got to no there cannot stop you from filming them from public view doing there work long you not in there way he cannot take way the man camera in matter if he want to be film or not he should no photography law well it may happen for a good reson cause the rest now would no photography is not a crime and the next time a person filming leave them a lone .

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  7. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt October 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    In matter no public servant cannot stop a civillian from filming from public view period doing his or her job long he not in there way he got all rights to film and thats the law you can film photography is not a crime.

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  8. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt October 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    And any public servant that take way a civilian camera who has the rights to film the publuc servant may get and assault charge .

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  9. Shelly-Ann Caddle
    Shelly-Ann Caddle October 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Yuh too fast shoulda gone and do wuh yuh suppose to do and leff the people….yuh went to do humantarian services and disaster relief that is what you went to do cheupse do

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  10. Gnr. C October 7, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Why he’s taking orders from a civilian that’s not commissioned by the crown? SMH

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  11. Ecarr Carrington
    Ecarr Carrington October 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

    No can’t do

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  12. Lavern Stuart
    Lavern Stuart October 7, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Probably training is required on how to deal with the general public because too many times persons in authority behave as though they are untouchable with their bullying tactics and unable to communicate with people

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  13. Lennox Phillips
    Lennox Phillips October 7, 2017 at 1:26 am

    We don’t tolerate that,fired

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  14. Thunder October 7, 2017 at 2:10 am

    My thing is if someone doesn’t want to be filmed,they should not be filmed I guess journalist can do as they like when gathering information,but I say oh no!people also have the right to privacy as well.
    The name of the civilian was not revealed,yet they chose to show the man from BDF’s face,he may have seem aggressive in his efforts to protect the individual’s rights,however some journalist will do all most anything to get a story and this isn’t right either!

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    • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 5:10 am

      @Thunder’ there goes your bajan mentality, Kings, Queens, Presidents are filmed, I have been reading where home grown bajans have a problem with people using their cell phones and cameras, the only time that bajans skin their (teets) and strike a pose is for a picture when the white tourist is taking it or filmimg it. Not long ago the PM had the idiocity to ask his security to remove a journalist photographer from the site of the Hyatt because he had his friends there. That soldier should be sent back to Barbados ASAP. He`s accustom to those bully tactics in Barbados, he should have left them home, I wonder if he would have snatch the camera from a BBC or Channel 7 or CNN journalist?

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      • Jennifer October 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        hcalndre – R U implying that the soldier is brained washed to tolerate and give way to whiteness or redness????? because that would say a lot.

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        • Jennifer October 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm

          Don’t worry WW3 coming for them to attend and pledge their allegiance.

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  15. Tony Waterman October 7, 2017 at 2:23 am

    The Problem here is the need to Have ALL personell that are going on these Missions be cognisant of the Laws of/in the Commonwealth of Nations, if this Officer WAS awate of the Laws, this would NOT of happened, as he would have been able to tell that Civil Serpent Idiot, that what he was asking him to do was ILLEGAL (EDUCATION is the KEY)
    Another Reason why this Might have occoured , is Because in Barbados these. rules against the Citizens are Broken Daily, Illegal Police Stop, Search and Seizure, People on Remand for upwards of Ten-Twelve years before their Case comes to Trial, Emergency Bail Hearings of uppity ups, whilst the Serfs Languish at Dodds.
    That Officer was only doing what he saw Happening at HOME, and which he probably thought was Legal.
    A Public APOLOGY is needed to show some type of Trans[parency, saying that there will be an Investigation is just NOT good enough.

    @Thunder!!!! When a Rat run inti his hole, how can anyone see him to take a Photo of him ???

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    • John Everatt October 7, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Yes, I agree that police and BDF persons should be educated on this however there was an incident not too long ago when Freudel Stuart ordered the police to stop a member of the media from filming him and his entourage as they stood near the site of the Hyatt during the big debate. The news person was actually filming from the road standing right next to her clearly marked press vehicle. There were no appologies issued by him in that case even though this action by the police officer was clearly against the law.

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    • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

      @ waterman another fire side lawyer stupse

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  16. Tony Waterman October 7, 2017 at 2:25 am

    @Thunder!!! How can there be expectancy of Privacy in a PUBLIC Place ????

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  17. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli October 7, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Most of the Journalist have no respect for people suffering and get a hardone when they see blood and human tragedies

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    • Sherlock Holmes. October 7, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Agreed some of them are the propagators of fake news as well they revel in incidents like these and then they go on a vilifying rampage. Some journalist have that ingrained notion that no one and i mean no one should tell them what to do or not what to do.

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  18. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli October 7, 2017 at 3:08 am

    Report the positive things and not people getting help food or otherwise…. its not very nice when you have to depend on others and than be shown over the world by a Journalist that didi not spend a bottel of water him self. I have not seen a articel formulating the things neede in the Islands… nor any help offfered by the News Agencies

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    • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 6:29 am

      @Daniel and Sherlock; Are you bajans? what`s the secret? I would expect that kind of drivel from them especially the home grown ones, what would this world be liked if Journalist and Photographers are nor allowed in places where children are dying daily from starvation and the lack of medicals? what about the bombings, shootings, floods and a lot more human sufferings, think outside of Barbados. Journalist puts their lives on the line in war torn countries to bring news to the people, they have reporters in the White House, its not like Barbados where projects are going up and deals are made where only the PM and his coterie knows about, not even the Opposition knows. Speaking of pictures, get hold of the NY Daily News 10/3/2017 and see the picture on the front page of the shootings in Vegas.

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  19. Trident Zulu
    Trident Zulu October 7, 2017 at 3:26 am

    This so call reporter should be wearing his credentials while working at all times. Some of them are so disrespectful, they would run you over to get news. They are some of the biggest liars I have came across. Before we past judgement wait to find out what really happened.

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  20. The Negrocrat October 7, 2017 at 3:34 am

    The law allows a journalist to record any event that is taking place in public.
    No police, soldier or individual can legally stop them.

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  21. Trudy Alleyne Fertur Lux
    Trudy Alleyne Fertur Lux October 7, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Smh … one side of the story

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  22. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips October 7, 2017 at 5:05 am

    A story got two sides…it is best to wait on the outcome than judge people

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  23. Ian Edwards
    Ian Edwards October 7, 2017 at 5:14 am

    He is a complete moroon

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  24. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 7, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Instead of filming why didn’t he help distribute

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  25. Quincy Neal October 7, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Before we Bajans do what we do best, (crucify our own,) let’s wait for the other side of the story, please. ‘IF’ it is proven that the CG sailor did what the member of the media said, then, he is wrong. But don’t judge, jury and execute one of our own based solely on some one else’s say so. Wait.

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  26. Andy Lashley
    Andy Lashley October 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    This reporter is looking for something to report the Barbados coast guard should let his a&& walk back home.
    People has got the right not to be filmed if they don’t want to be.

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    • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:20 am

      @ Andy he could quote a law and ride it back to the hills in SVG where CHANCE come from. He looking for a name well he got it.

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  27. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin October 7, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Time n place….. reporter want gun but n…
    All like now for even make n this news

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  28. Glenroy Gaskin Green
    Glenroy Gaskin Green October 7, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Look often times we have to check our ego at the door, i believe the officer was out of his place, going out of his way to put his hand on the young man doing his filming.

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  29. Advent Divers
    Advent Divers October 7, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Some people strive on the demise of others ; and for what ,,, that moment of professional glory…,there are some things in humanitarian efforts ,that should not be filmed,,journalist must recognize this…Peoples Pride must be recognized,,and in times of desperation,,they can do some out of character things,which should not be immortalized on film

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  30. Naresh Belgrave
    Naresh Belgrave October 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Bring him home. We don’t need one apple spoiling the great work of our women and men in uniform.

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  31. Shawn Brathwaite
    Shawn Brathwaite October 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Lock he to ass up

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  32. Stell Alleyne
    Stell Alleyne October 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Nothing wrong in what our bajan guy did if it didn’t seems LEGIT to him… something doesn’t seems right about this reporter anyway…. but an apology was made so I guess something wrong was done….pray these guys will keep their heads on as they continue to assist in this great humanitarian act of love…. Kudos to them!

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  33. Carson C Cadogan October 7, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Every time Bajan security forces are deployed overseas there is cause for embarrassment.

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  34. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison October 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

    There’s always at least one idiot to embarass the group.
    I know the BDF and they are likely to deal harshly with this clown.

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  35. Whitehill October 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

    @hcalndre& Tony Waterman,

    So many times I wonder how is it that there are only few Barbadians like you two in this day and age when there are more college educated citizens than in any time of our history.

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  36. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Barbados coast guard is trained in anti narco activities not life saving nor humanitarian action so they getting on as if they are at home.

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  37. Whitehill October 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Here we have this fool going to Dominica and pulling this crap.
    This is the same crap that is perpetrated on bajans daily, one would’ve thought; finally the bajan fool has been caught.
    Listen to the schmucks circle the wagons and defend, the Stockholm syndrome is so evident amongst us it’s heart breaking.

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    • Jennifer October 7, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      “This is the same crap that is perpetrated on bajans daily”
      OK, well stated. This includes the police, BDF, politicians and all of them who wearing a uniform and think them got some kind of clout. I tell you it is a deficit in that education system – eat your own. Now you see why every race will trodden this people under foot.

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      • Pat October 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

        Jennifer you hit it right-nail on the head!

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  38. Kay October 7, 2017 at 8:15 am

    This sort of thing does upset me we need not make any apology and that signals it’s time to come home and leave them for me you do not need to be filming anything. Those people are traumatized why do we need to film. And the officer acted based on what he would not want for himself. Sometimes we are too kind and I am annoyed at the army for giving any apology. And furthermore he gone complaining to somebody from Trinidad as if he got their on their ship. If I had went through such I would not want to be filmed either. I am calling on the Prime Minister of Dominica not to allow people to come in just to get a story in order for his ppl to get aid. And as for the Barbados army how dare you put an apology out there about such nonsense how dare you!

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  39. Ossie Moore October 7, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Can you imagine if this bajan moron had grabbed a CNN / Fox news / BBC / Aljazeera / ABC / NBC / CBS / Sky news or Canadian Broadcasting Corporation camera ?

    Barbadians are not accustomed the type of International media that they are seeing now such as the media operating in the Caribbean. Barbadians are accustomed to the Government owned CBC TV journalists where they are told what , when, where and why to to shoot , say , and do.

    Also , bajans are not accustomed to bias free reporting or a free press so it now shows that this bajan idiot is just a extension of a bias news system and he is awed and overwhelmed by what he is seeing.

    How come the American and British and Military are not having a problem with journalists covering the area also what is wrong with filming water distribution to residents ? Because they are professional Military organizations and they know that they are bigger fish to fry instead of an asinine small island Military organisation making a decision not to allow filming of residents receiving water It’s a story that has to be told , the country is in dire need of water.

    The question is , if the BDF cannot handle a simple situation such as residents receiving water then it really scares the hell out of me on how they would handle a really big crisis.

    This moron would have been hailed as a hero for his stupid actions if he had done this on the 2 x 4 piece of banana republic little rock know as buhbaydus . But in the big international world he looks like an ass.

    You’ve just seen what it is like when you play with professionals
    brother, you are not a big fish in a little 166 sq. mile pond you are now a small fish in a very , very , very big pond.

    To use an analogy from American football : You’ve just been given a penalty for holding , now you and the B’dos Government should just accept the penalty , go back ten yards ,get a different play from the playbook and come forward again without making any mistakes.

    Welcome to THE REAL WORLD Barbados.
    but you are just ” little fish ” in a ” big pond ” now brother , you are not ” big fish” in the
    1666 sq. mile pond.

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  40. Ossie Moore October 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

    One more thing , I am not for or against any any of the above mentioned organisations ( media / military ).

    I am a journalist and aslo an Ex. U S Marine Sergeant.

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  41. Ossie Moore October 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

    . . . . by the way , there is no such thing as an Ex. Marine . . ./ once a marine always a Marine . .. HOOOORAHHHH ! ! !

    U S M C : (1) United States Marine Corps

    (2) Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children.

    Proud to be a bajan.

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    • milli watt October 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

      @ ossie moore………I remember as a child hearing neighbours talk about Ossie Moore seeing a fruit in a tree, climbing the tree to get confirmation on if the fruit was ripe. Once confirmed, he climbed down and proceeded to throw rocks at the same fruit in an effort to knock it down. His name was synonymous with a plethora of jokes that we often time just couldn’t get enough of. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  42. Bajancanuck October 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I agree with Thunder. We dont know the office of the civilian. Secondly, why are we going to compare the region to North America. Instutions conducting relief work has the right to privacy when executing their duties. Come on think out of tbe box.

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  43. margaretp October 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Maguffy gone bout in the people place t’rowing bout he weight. T’ink you home?
    An’ how come you tekking orders from a civilian?
    An all o wunna xenophobic idiots that just jumpin to he defence blind, blind.. wunna could really feel that the BDF would apologize if there wasn’t something to apologize for?
    This foolish notion that Bajans untouchable, especially in the rest of the Caribbean, does really make wunna talk foolishness in trufe. STUPSE

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    • harry turnover October 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      …and are you not jumping to the defense of CHANCE BLIND BLIND BLIND ? and are you not a XENOPHOBIC IDIOT as well ?
      DO you KNOW who the CIVILIAN IS ? do you know if that civilian was instructed NOT to let ANYBODY take photographs for security reasons and that might have been why he told the solder WHO IS THERE TO PROVIDE SECURITY ?…. and the solder was NOT THROWING HIS WEIGHT….he was following INSTRUCTIONS.
      Don’t see why CHANCE made this news seeing that the BDF apologized for the taking of the camera and that he got a FREE RIDE on the BARBADOS COAST GUARD to do his job.
      The Bdos Coast Guard should get to hell out of that place and let VINCENTIANS pay for his ride back home and while they are at it pay for the DAILY WEATHER FORECASTS that they get FREE from the Barbados Met.Services.
      XENOPHOBIC IDIOTS like margaretp should also be informed that when a severe weather system is approaching St.Vincent or Dominica and when they buttoned down operations at 6.00pm the Barbados Met Office REMAINS OPEN to provide them with the latest updates .

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    • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      margaretp; they will die with that belief that they are better and smarter that the rest of the Caribbean, what a myth, let them bring the proof.

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    • harry turnover October 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      …and you sound like a FOOLISH disgruntled non Bajan living in Barbados,criticizing Bajans but still don’t want to leave the Country.If a Bajan was living in your Country and didn’t like what was going on HE/SHE WOULD LEAVE.
      The British praised Barbados for their efforts…they didn’t praised YOUR COUNTRY for theirs’
      People like wunna bout the place saying this and that about Bajans ….woman if ya jealous of Bajans…GA LONG HOME and STAN HOME.

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    • harry turnover October 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      The British contingent recently praised BAJANS for their efforts and you latched on to an incident involving a Bajan solder who was carrying out instructions PERTAINING TO HIS JOB and you got a lot to say about Bajans that have NO BEARING on what happened WHATSOEVER
      Wha wrong wid ya woman ? a Bajan man horned ya or wha? then don,’t bad talk us..get even….get a woman and horn he back

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  44. Simon a thankful Dominican October 7, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I love it all of you critising the Coast Guard man and the Bajans , what more pictures gine do make we look more hungry more tired more lost more in need, suppose I don’t want my picture taken, I aint see not one of you down here helping do nothing but opening yah mouth. The Prime Minister and Attorney Generals are Ministers who do the Army take orders from. You see Skerritt in Camoflage?

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    • Jennifer October 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      @Simon etc – First of all you are speaking as ONE person of Dominica. And every one cannot be there in person to support Dominica and this is why a variety of contingents went in, so leave out the rubbish in the middle of your comment. You talking out Skerritt in Camouflage, but did u meet with any international governments he wet to?? for aid and help. So 6 of 12 is half a dozen. Everyone have their roles. And if you all look more hungry etc you will get more help and not have to loot for pampers, child milk, water, etc.

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      • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        Jennifer, he is free to drivel, so let him do it.

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  45. Bajan October 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Wait Wait…Something wrong with the BDF statement.
    In one breath this is what they said, “a comprehensive investigation” had been launched into the matter.” Meaning that at this very moment, Saturday 7th October 2017, an investigation is in progress.

    However, their statement continued with these words, “The doctrine or operational policy of the Force does not condone misconduct or disrespect and disciplinary [action] will be taken as necessary.”

    How can the BDF talk about ‘taking disciplinary action’ when an investigation is still ongoing? The soldier has not been given a fair hearing and a chance to be represented. But the BDF is already of the opinion that some sort of disciplinary action “WILL be taken as necessary.” Also, the BDF is already issuing statements of apology without the full investigation being completed. This is just one side of the story given by an irate journalist. And although there is no reason not to believe the journalist at this stage, a fair investigation and a fair hearing must be done

    And why is Barbados Today displaying the soldier’s photograph and attributing it to acts of misconduct that could possibly lead to serious consequences for him?

    BDF is this how you look after the interest of your men and women in uniform? Is this how you have their back? Something as insignificant as this, comparatively, and you cant be fair and follow the laws of natural justice?

    This is kangaroo justice. I hope the young soldier gets a lawyer. He is already convicted and doesn’t know it.

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    • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      @Bajan; “Get a lawyer!” have I not heard those words before. O yes, the PM told the Speaker of the House to get a lawyer when a client took him to Court for his money.

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  46. Kevin October 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I want to know who is the guy in civilian clothes that give the BDF guy the instructions. If he was just following instructions……..

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  47. Bassman October 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The BDF Command and control structure should have showed the footage of Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré on how to command and control Hurricane relief efforts.

    Russel L. Honoré is a retired Lieutenant General who served as the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia and was Commanding Officer in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina wreak havoc in the ninth Ward.

    The BDF must realize that the Media has a significant role to play in these circumstances and furthermore the BDF should not take orders from civilians only information.

    Reprimand him now.

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  48. Helicopter (8P) October 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    This issue is not about Barbados or the Coast Guard Body of Barbados ! It’s about an individual who did not adhere to the high standards of the Barbados Coast Guard protocol, and Special orders for his Civic mission!

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  49. Donild Trimp October 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    @John Everatt –
    Don’t be a fool.

    If you are intimating that the Policeman should disobey the PM’s request of asking a journalist to stop filming him at a particular gathering, you have got to be living in your own world.

    A Policeman can only disobey an order or request from the PM if that order or request is for him (the Policeman) to do something illegal.

    What is illegal about asking a journalist on behalf of your Boss the Prime Minister to stop filming the event?

    Some of you people are just plain ignorant when it comes to understanding protocol.

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    • hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      @Donild Trimp; Who you think is the ignorant person here, not John but the PM and you who don`t know what is freedom of the press, if he don`t want his picture taken, cover his face. Barbados is not rule by dictators, he made a statement not long ago that the police is going to come like a thief in the night, I am still trying to figure out what he really mean. I`ll wait and see.

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  50. Beck October 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    @Ossis Moore if you are really a former marine then you would know that the US Military controls what some media personnel are allow to film or not. The BDF chap followed orders and if he didn’t, he would have been disciplined.
    1. Who was the civilian
    2. Why was this Chance guy not wearing his credentials?
    Every time I report to work I need to show my ID or I’m not getting in. Even if the person knows me.
    3. Doesn’t seem like the BDF guy was being rude to Chance but Chance need to make a point, like he was scared for his life, so he mentioned the guy had a weapon.
    4. Why is this civilian not speaking up on behalf of the sailor.

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  51. Clinton October 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    So much ignorance on this forum. Whether you’re a journalist or an ordinary citizen you have THE RIGHT to film once you’re filming from public property. EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!!

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  52. Ossie Moore October 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    To margaretp & Helicopter (8P) and the others you all know who you are . . . . . you are all very right about this situation . It’s about a small island organisation that has been thrust into the International spotlight and just doesn’t know how to conduct themselves.

    If this incident had occurred on the 2 x 4 , 166 sq,.miles piece of Banana Republic rock named Barbados the individual involved would have been hailed a hero instead of now being called a Zero.

    As margaretp said ” Maguffy gone bout in the people place t’rowing bout he weight. T’ink you home?
    This foolish notion that Bajans untouchable, especially in the rest of the Caribbean, does really make wunna talk foolishness in trufe. STUPSE: ”

    This BDF / COAST GUARD must now remember that they are not in buhbaydus conducting low class operations at crop over where bajans are wucking up in de streets getting drunk etc. They are in the International stadium where there are hundreds more ” big ups and hard seeds ” than Buhbaydus have ever seen.

    . . . then again , the only International exposure Barbados has ever had in it’s entire history up to date is Rhianna.

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  53. Big Man October 7, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    WOW!!!
    We even Educated Bajans with no common sense in the Coast Guard

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  54. Big Man October 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    A uniform and a Gun does make these Clowns think them is God Almighty.

    I remember when another clown from the Coast Guard with a Gun shoot a man and mash up he foot because he had sea eggs out of season and the Taxpayers had to compensate the man.

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  55. hcalndre October 7, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Ossie Moore; Rihanna has made Barbados known to the world, no politician, PM., Cricketer, no sportsman have ever grace the stages, the magazines, the interviews with hosts like Oprah, Larry King, Barbara Walters, just to name a few but you know that some bajans still don`t care for her but will go to QEH and have the uses of the equipment she gave.

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  56. Claudius October 9, 2017 at 5:59 am

    There are a lot of variables in mr chance story first thing first he spoke about this person who seen to be a civilian and sound like a Bajan, he was not sure but he could have confirm this after all he was chatting to him . Secondly you can be Jesus my mother or the prime minister if I don’t recognised you I have the right to challenge you he came there with out displaying his photo ID all journalist who are professional and working with in such and environment would have there credential on this play there are more to this story than you thing . Thirdly his name dropping and calling ex retired people don’t mean a thing . What he should have done is call the present boss of the organisation . I believe instructions were given to the officer who acted on them and disseminated it to the junior rank .so we need to hear the truth . He said civilian person instructed the soldier to delete all photo but when the camera was returned all the picture was there food for thought .

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  57. Claudius October 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Claudius
    October 9, 2017 at 5:59 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    There are a lot of variables in mr chance story first thing first he spoke about this person who seen to be a civilian and sound like a Bajan, he was not sure but he could have confirm this after all he was chatting to him . Secondly you can be Jesus my mother or the prime minister if I don’t recognised you I have the right to challenge you he came there with out displaying his photo ID all journalist who are professional and working with in such and environment would have there credential on display there are more to this story than you thing . Thirdly his name dropping and calling ex retired people don’t mean a thing . What he should have done is call the present boss of the organisation . I believe instructions were given to the officer who acted on them and disseminated it to the junior rank .so we need to hear the truth . He said civilian person instructed the soldier to delete all photo but when the camera was returned all the picture was there food for thought .

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