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Kellman sees bright side of last week’s US water alert

The health alert issued by the United States embassy last week stating that the island’s drinking water was not fit for consumption – and which put Government on the back foot – is being seen as an open blessing by Minister of Housing Denis Kellman.

Kellman said the advisory cautioning embassy staff to either boil the tap water before drinking or use bottled water was “the best ad we ever received” for the quality of the water here.

In addition, he said by putting out the alert – which was available online to a global audience – the Americans had given Barbados an opportunity to show the world that the drinking water here was “better than anybody else’s water”.

“The American embassy gave the best ad that we ever received about our water. That was the best ad. You would never hear anybody say that our water bad anymore because they put out the advisory and we were able to put out the facts. So they promoted us and they gave us a platform to demonstrate that our water was better than anybody else’s water,” Kellman told the Democratic Labour Party’s St George South branch meeting at the Ellerton Primary School yesterday afternoon.

In a statement posted on the US embassy website late last Thursday afternoon the Americans said they had conducted tests recently on the tap water and had found “elevated levels” of bacteria.

“Recent tests at several US Embassy residences revealed bacteria at elevated levels in the tap water. As a precautionary measure, the US Embassy recommended to its staff to boil their drinking water or use bottled water,” the alert said.

It did not specify the locations of the residences where the tests were conducted, but it emerged last Friday at a meeting between Government and US Ambassador Linda Taglialatera that tests were done at five of the 68 staff residences, including Enterprise, Graeme Hall, Atlantic Shores and Palisades, Christ Church, all in close proximity to the sewage spill plaguing the south coast for close to two years.

Yet Kellman, the Member of Parliament for St Lucy, insisted that the advisory was one of the best endorsements ever for the local water supply.

“They [the Americans] said to you that ‘we accustomed drinking the water and never boiled it before’ and everybody got caught up with the advisory but forgot what they said. What the Americans said was that they drink our water while Bajans drinking bottled water. Think about it. If they are saying to boil it now then it meant that they were not boiling it before,” he stressed.

The alert appeared to have taken the authorities here by surprise, pressing Government into damage control mode, particularly since it came on the heels of travel advisories by the US, Canada and the United Kingdom over the ongoing south coast sewage crisis.

At a news conference last Friday afternoon following the meeting with Taglialatera, a Government team sought to discredit the American test by challenging the methodology used by the embassy, as well as complaining that no information was given on the lab used in the testing.

The Government delegation, headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean and Minister of Health John Boyce, and which included Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best, made it clear that the embassy officials had admitted that the laboratory tests had showed an absence of salmonella, coliform and E.Coli, the bacteria which would be of major concern to public health officials here.

Boyce and McClean had also issued a statement emphatically stating that “Barbados’ potable water is safe and meets the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO) drinking water guidelines”.

However, despite the apparent common agreement that the US embassy had conducted its own tests, Kellman yesterday appeared to question the veracity of this, suggesting it was the Opposition Barbados Labour Party that had fed the embassy misinformation about the water quality.

“The information that the little parrot gave them misled them and caused to put out the advisory. I am telling you this because I could see a hand all over that. The Americans thought the information given was correct and stumped their toes. They were drinking this water all the time and nothing never happen. They were here ever since and drinking our water,” the minister stressed.

Amidst water shortages in several parishes back in 2016, a shirtless Kellman appeared in a Facebook video in December that year “about to drink my fourth glass of water”, while boasting of the quality of the water flowing through the taps here.

“We should be proud that to have country Barbados where we can get water that we can go to the tap, take a glass and drink it. That was not a myth. That is a fact,” Kellman had said after having a drink of water. He was roundly condemned for the video.


colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

32 Responses to Best ad ever

  1. milli.watt January 29, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I have run out of words to describe this @##$$$()

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  2. Puppa Weekes January 29, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I had my issues with “Sweet Davie”, but he obviously realized something that us simpletons didn’t.
    Lunacy.

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  3. st clair worrell January 30, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Barbadians need not worry about the things that DLP members say to justify bad management… They are doing a pretty good job of destroying themselves in the eyes of the public…

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  4. John Everatt January 30, 2018 at 4:51 am

    This guy is a F—-ing idiot. The people of St. Lucy must have rocks in their heads to elect an idiot like this. But fear not, I am sure you will have your airport before long.

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  5. Ron January 30, 2018 at 5:07 am

    This man has now become the biggest threat to common sense, and to make matters worse he is the main spokesman in defense of DLP policies.
    His logic defies all reason and the more he speaks the emptiness of the DLP cabinet is exposed. Keep on talking clown.

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  6. Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hahahahaha what a unique thinker and ideologist.
    “little parrot” I wonder who or what was the original source??? hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    • harry turnover January 30, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Jenny,this nut has a WEIRD sense of thinking….cheese on bread boy.
      …..and the man feels that he has said something important jack.
      Ya mean he went in St.George to talk that SH8 ? lord have mercy…this man is an established and renown FIDIOT fa trut ya..
      Now you see why David Thompson had he in the doldrums ? Stuart mussee steupsing long and hard every time he opens his mouth

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      • Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 8:37 am

        This whole lot went to mango academy. One of a kind.

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  7. Tony Webster January 30, 2018 at 6:25 am

    “Kellie” is surely headed to enter the english lexicon… but will it be a noun (he’s a “Kellie”), or cud it be an adjective denoting sympathy( cuddear, he’s “Kellied”) new-born with cognitive challenges. Ossie Moore…lookout! Hmmm….I overlooked a form of self-flagellation, but I ent going there bohsie.

    Any which way, he’s surely a top pick for Shadow Minister of Tourism. Laugh…or cry?

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    • Robert Goren January 30, 2018 at 8:09 am

      You mean the Minister of Sport

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  8. hcalndre January 30, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Boiling water is not new for people who knows anything about tap water. What about the lime stone that builds up in the kettle, Kellman, do you drink all that too? If Kellman believes that the alert was a good promo for Barbados what can I say. The pot holes were good for the vehicles he said, If Kellman`s brain was for sale it would be the most expensive thing in the world because its the only species of that kind.

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  9. MsBemused January 30, 2018 at 7:35 am

    This fool is a idiot.

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  10. KEITH MURPHY January 30, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Lord HAVE MERCY.

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  11. KEITH MURPHY January 30, 2018 at 8:22 am

    He went to CP?

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  12. archy perch January 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

    The action by the USA Embassy was a Donald Trump retaliation to get back at Barbados for voting against the move at the United Nations to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Trump is a spiteful man whose day is coming, just a matter of time. Many of the BLP yardfowls/ducks on this sight have fallen for it and with glee. How shameful. But do you know that Fort Lauderdale has a sewage problem just like the one existing in little poor Barbados? That hypocrite country of satan called the USA. Check this for yourselves people and while your are at it, use some Zerox to wash the egg from your faces and from your mouths….arseholes.
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-sb-fort-lauderdale-sewage-crisis-20170630-story.html#share=email~story

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    • Spectre January 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Archy, your remarks are asinine, but you’re too set in your ways for anyone here to be able to correct you.

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    • Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 10:54 am

      But Barbados voted for trump on that issue not against.

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    • Ralph Greene January 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I want you to read read this now………..DEMS now, DEMS never again.

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  13. Tony Webster January 30, 2018 at 10:02 am

    @Archie…please keep on climbing further up the tree…until you can Perch on a nice comfortable branch…so we can see your RH ( Right Hemisphere) brain very clearly. Lord havus mercy….some people actually flagellate themselves…no problem…they’re adults. But our kids future? That, evidently , is absent…or just Perched on a paling somewhere. Yes, alongside Kellie.

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  14. Ossie Moore January 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Denis Kellman is one of the biggest a** holes in the island of Barbados . Here is another bajan Politician who has nothing but an “air bag” between his two ears.

    While in Barbados a couple of years I got into a conversation with him and he talked like he had s**t for brains and he could not put a complete sentence together.

    Dennis needs to spit the marbles out of his mouth before he talks.

    . . . . . and to answer your question John Everatt , all of the people of St. Lucy do not have rocks in their heads to elect an idiot like this. Just a couple of months ago I put my piece of property in St.Lucy up for sale , I guess that I saw this coming.

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  15. Donild Trimp January 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I am baffled.

    Rational thought, logic and common sense all out the window.

    I am now convinced there is really something in the drinking water in Barbados.

    That can be the only explanation for this warped logic by the Minister of housing.

    Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Ossie Moore January 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

    assy perch . . I’m sorry I got your name wrong let me try again archy perch , you need to get an operation so that they can clean the s**t out of you head and replace it with a brain. Probably it’s possible that the planet that you came from the aliens don’t have brains , but assy. . . . excuse me again , but archy never the less you are on earth now ( I hope ) so show me that you are trying to think like a human being and that you are not 450 years old . . . like the rest of the aliens on the planet that you came from.

    Assy perch says : But do you know that Fort Lauderdale has a sewage problem just like the one existing in little poor Barbados?

    Ossie Moore : assy . . .excuse me again , and BTW archy stop using the denial and comparison factors like almost all bajans do and let Barbados be held responsible for it’s own actions.

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  17. Donild Trimp January 30, 2018 at 11:10 am

    @archy perch –

    Are you sure you know what you are talking about?

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    • TOMMY A January 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Yes .archy is 100% right.three years of sewerage on the streets in bower county.that the county where CWI plays cricket matches

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  18. Mack January 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Is this Jack ass Kellman!! a C&P boy! People of St Lucy please take some action to relive the country of this fool. Please, please!!

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  19. Ossie Moore January 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Tommy A , please tell me that the A doesn’t stand for what I think it does.

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  20. Ernesta Catlyn January 30, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    You mean no one in his family cares enough to have him committed before he hurts himself

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  21. Helicopter(8P) January 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    I would hope that the Barbados Water Athority and the Ministry of Agriculture continue its standard tredition of daily water sampling as it had done during past administrations. Our domestic water supply comes from two main artesian lake wells and they are located aproximately 11 miles subterrainly from the site locations of tested domestic potible water sources. It is of prime National Security level that these daily analisys reportcards on the water quality be attentioned to the Government’s test labortory at Grahame Hall. Some years ago I did water testing for a large industrial plant on the island and water testing forms consist of multiple testing analsys with minimum allowances values and maximum allowances values for human consumption thus meaning parts per million of known bacteriums,metalsalts and chemicals.

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  22. Walmark John F January 30, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    What is he smokin ?

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    • Buun January 30, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      He is smoking Jobby

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  23. Buun January 30, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I bet the people in the DLP party thinks he is genius and saying why did I think of saying that?

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  24. Helicopter(8P) February 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Walmark John F your cranium is too small to know! Try asking a chemestry professor out of Cambridge university

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