“Building falling apart, Help! Help!”

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    Some of the poorest people in the country are left to live in deplorable conditions at the government-run Fiennes Institute.

    That’s according to workers who walked off the job Wednesday after giving government a 21-day ultimatum to repair the facilities.

    The nurses complained of bug infestations and crumbling infrastructure.

    A wheelchair-bound resident told state media the bathroom floor “bruck up, bruck up”.

    “Blocks dropped out from the building, almost hitting a worker”, President of the Antigua Barbuda Public Service Association, Joan Peters lamented highlighting the seriousness of the issue.

    “If we have an earthquake, if we have a hurricane, I mean, it’s going to be death”, she said.

    Placards carried by the workers displayed various cries for assistance including “We deserve better” and “Building falling apart. Help! Help!”.     

    Health Minister Molwyn Joseph is expected to address concerns on the matter on Thursday.

    11 COMMENTS

    1. REPORTER MISSED SOMETHING

      Luckily to have witness the ‘…approximately two dozens uniform-clad, circular-moving placard-bearing protesting staff’ chanting an singing ‘…We shall overcome.

      Then a money question was posed, ‘…Way the $3M Gone?

      Whether by design or happenstance, seemingly a ‘freelance videographer’ was on hand to capture the moment.

      This had not failed to attract the attention of the ‘…curious kindergartners’ on the other side of the public road.

      Though they apparently knew not what exactly was happening, they may have been wondering what the chanting and singing was all about.

      Sure that teachers on ‘…brief supervisory watch’ would have satisfied their curiosity until they are old enough to learn.

    2. GASTOM CLOWN NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE A LITTLE BOY, OTHER SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET NEED TO SIT HIM DOWN & SCOLD HIM LIKE A KID THAT HE OBVIOUSLY IS.

    3. The master of finnes is not in any of the shots, he must think where he is, is Paradise….
      .He should be on the front also…

    4. ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES – RASTA

      A captain should never abandon his ship, simply because it ‘…sprung a leak or it has engine troubles.’

      Sure you would recall the disaster with the Italian cruise liner ‘…Costa Concordia’ [January 13, 2012].

      Sure you also know what happened to the captain who abandoned his ‘…role; …responsibilities; …crew; …passengers and ship.’

      Any person so charged, should know that their ‘…Role and Responsibilities’ do not allow for open participation in protestations.’

      Such person shall recognize his role as a leader and responsibilities to both the institution, those he cared for and those who are assigned to assist him in doing so.

      He shall understand that irrespective of situation, certain developments does not automatically change him neither in becoming a ‘…protester nor deserter.’

      If any person so positioned has become disenchanted, he shall harbor no illusions over continuity in such position.

      Therefore, as they would have ‘…Come in peace, then they shall go in peace.’

    5. Saw the video footage on ABS last night. The condition there are INHUMANE, DEPLORABLE, and DISGUSTING. No human beings should even spend a nanosecond in such a place.

    6. The government need to start holding on to the Pensions of some of these residents of Fiennes -no matter how small.Some people take their parents there drop them off like a dam bag of onions ,take their money each month and give back nothing to help with their care.. I am in no way saying the place does not need attention,but all of a sudden everyone wants everything all at once.. The government is not Houdini,they cant snap their fingers and command things to happen,everything takes money.. This is just cheap political shots which BTW isn’t going to work ,so Miss Peters get a dam life,you are unsuitable for the position you’re in-you are openly bias and have absolutely no finesse.. I cannot recall during the decade of 2004-2014 i saw so many placards for everything.Chuptzzzzzz..

    7. How on earth do you have such beautiful nurse working in such situation? My gosh she is fine. Tell me what I can do and I will try to do it.

    8. Why are they wearing Boots ? the time of that protest,Antigua has not had any torrential rains for that day or weeks prior to that to require Water Boots. That says a lot about the real MO of the protesters.

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