Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM): More Shootings in the ‘Underworld’ (Contains Graphic Images)

How many more must die?

Is the crime situation out of control?

Two more murders in Marley Vale, St. Phillip less than 30 days after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart assured the country in a statement on the 10 August 2017 that “we have to strengthen our policing and our courts have to send very strong signals that as the guardians of the values of our society they are not going to tolerate this kind of behaviour”.

The number of murders for 2017 has surpassed 2016 with four months to go.

Barbados is small country under siege!

Do we, civil society, have a comprehensive plan to attack the problem of rising gun violence in Barbados?

The leader of one of Barbados’ newest political parties issued a statement late yesterday evening.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    My sentiments exactly Lawson…this was allowed to get completely out of control, they were all playing games with governments half hearted attempts to install cameras at the ports, when they should have put their feet down in the name of the islands secuirty and fired all customs officers who went on strike to protest it, with the unions having the nerve to back that nonsense.

    to date, i think they are yet to install cameras, still playing games.

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  • The issue is not to install cameras at the Port because cameras are installed. It is who should operate/monitor cameras installed in sensitive locations for security reasons is what Customs Officers are concerned. Should Guardsman or G4S be allowed? Should it be joint?

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  • Yes the unions did baulked at the strategic points where govt wanted to intervene and install more cameras stating that some areas would impact negativly on custom workers efficiency to perfirm their duties in an adequate manner
    The bone of contention being that cameras installed too.in close proximity to the cusyom officer
    It could be that the cameras already installed are not providing the full security necessary to protect our borders

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  • Well Well

    I am tired of you constantly bashing customs officers, without knowing the facts. There are cameras at both the sea and air ports. Also, before containers get to Customs, the Port Authority has or had a scanner that could show the contents of those containers. The authorities know or are capable of knowing what is inside a container before it gets to a customs officer.

    Now pray me, do you think that customs officers are so stupid to examine a container with guns that has already been scanned and then let the guns through?

    If you and the acting Commissioner of Police are so desperate to find a scapegoat, look elsewhere.

    Sent from my iPad

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Caswell…as far as I can remember the brouhaha, the Customs Officers did not want the cameras on them and that is where the cameras should be directly on them, so there will be no more bashing.

    “the Port Authority has or had a scanner that could show the contents of those containers.”

    Has or had does not cut it, do you have any idea how creative traffickers are, the guns would be right in front of customs officers and they still will not see them, assuming they do not already know they are there.

    Now tell us Caswell….how else would guns and drugs be getting into the country besides through the ports…all of them….or the coast line…the island is tiny, surrounded by water and only has 2 landing strips.

    Ah know you want to protect ya boys and girls in customs, but not all of them are innocent ya hear.

    Only out of respect for you I will not say more.

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  • David September 3, 2017 at 10:31 AM #
    The issue is not to install cameras at the Port because cameras are installed. It is who should operate/monitor cameras installed in sensitive locations for security reasons is what Customs Officers are concerned. Should Guardsman or G4S be allowed? Should it be joint?

    Bingo! Remember the security guard at the cement plant years ago, who was found murdered?

    Guess it depends on what you want the person to see or not see and who will see or not see!

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    ” It is who should operate/monitor cameras installed in sensitive locations for security reasons is what Customs Officers are concerned. Should Guardsman or G4S be allowed? Should it be joint?”

    And you mean to tell me all these years, I believe it is 10 years or more, they still cannot get something that simple resolved, why not let the military police monitor the cameras at the port that focus directly on the customs officers…and sensitive locations,.

    why would customs officers be allowed to monitor the cameras on themselves or by 5 dollars an hour security guards who are easily bribeable..

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Crusoe…my point exactly, they are making an issue out of a nonissue…

    .,..you have a well armed military, let the military police monitor the cameras, give them lie detector tests every week…

    …..anything else will cost lives because of the money involved in drug trafficking and gun running.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Just looking at the reality of the situation shows the system failures, the customs officers are protecting their little fiefdom by having no cameras directly on them and sensitive areas of the ports, the guns and drugs are getting in like never before which is causing violence and death in the communities….despite there being cameras in only certain areas of the port….but no cameras in the most vulnerable areas of the ports of entry…the sensitive areas.

    That is a lose, lose situation for everyone, except the customs officers and the traffickers.

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  • @Caswell

    Who operates the scanner?

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  • The long and short resolves around the Union wanting to tell govt how to restrict or positioned cameras never heard about who shall operate.The fact being that when cameras are installed technolgy by way of recording collect the data. The question of operation is a red herring to further stalled the process

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    The government is just as reckless as the customs officers, those cameras should have been installed directly on the customs officers and in the sensitive areas of all ports of entry..

    The military police should have clearance to monitor the cameras and everyone given regular weekly lie detector testing…..

    …,it’s been over ten years, both governments have been careless with this and are responsible for the escalation of guns, drugs, violence, deaths and crimes…too inept, corrupt and incompetent.

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  • David

    I don’t know who operates the scanner; I could only assume the Port Authority.

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  • Well Well

    You have now joined the Attorney General suggesting that lie detector test should be done on customs officers. I don’t think that the lie detector tests should start with customs officers. I believe that those at the to should set the example and that the lie detector testing should start with the Cabinet.

    I would also suggest a few questions:

    1. Did you deposit several million dollars in your mother’s bank account?
    2. Did you take bribes to from business people?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Lol….Caswelll I believe the lie detector should start with Cabinet as well, and come all the way down the line…ah cant stand Adriel Nitwit, just the thought of agreeing with anything he says is ugly.

    If ya would hide money in ya mother’s bank account as a minister of government…..ya would call up customs and tell them let so and so pass through the sensitive areas of the ports with their cargo free from inspection without obstruction….

    If ya would take take bribes from business people….ya would do like Arthur when a cop at the port tried to do his job and restrict a member of the minority population when they tried to enter a restricted area of the port and tell the cop let them pass, threatening his job…….when the minirity called and complained that they were being denied access to a restricted area of the port.

    If ya take bribes from business people as ministers are known to do, the likes of Maloney et al will have free access to the ports to import whatever without being properly searched because they will threaten to call a minister…..the race car with drugs comes to mind….no one was arrested.

    Dont for one moment think I dont know the routine Caswell….and what really happens at those ports.

    Those cameras would exonerate the customs officers more than anything else, from being accused.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Just a few years ago, it was well known that Bounty, closely affiliated with Lashley was bringing containers of drugs into the island, those do not drop from planes, they had to come through a port….

    Angela and Carson Yardfowls should be able to give us more info on how these containers made it through the ports despite customs officers being available to inspect them.

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  • What it boils down to is ‘wanting a plantation’, as John King sang years ago. Those lyrics still resonate.

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  • Between the Unions the justice System and David Commissiong they all have been putting Barbados security at high risk.
    Then we have the yahoos after the fact talking BS

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  • Should the lyrics to ‘I want a plantation’ be etched into a marblestone and erected at the entry to Bridgetown?

    Surely that would be a more pertinent monument to these times than Lord Nelson?

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  • angela Skeete September 3, 2017 at 4:32 PM #

    After your silly post last night, I would have thought that you would have sobered up by now.

    Obviously not.

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  • @Well Well , or should I ask Angela,

    Is there anyone mentioned above that is not allowed back into the US, after trying to enter previously with USD1Million in a suitcase.

    We hear rumors, but a confirmation would be nice.

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  • PS Also, is there anyone mentioned in the last few days on these forums that owns a lovely apartment in Toronto?

    Again, rumors, but one would find it surprising that anyone mentioned would own such a pricey property…fairly suddenly.

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  • @ Crusoe ,

    rumors or lies ?

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  • Crusoe what silly post last night?maybe you are the one drinking too much of the sauce . Get loss ole man

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Crusie…dont hold your breath thinking anyone would admit to that, Carson Yardfowl might kniw though…lol

    The last person I heard either bought or was living at a plantation…, well let’s just day, it has the island turned up..right now……with lots of nervous people today…including the ippity ministers.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Crusoe…they are so unsettled right now, they all wish it would go away, but it aint going nowhere, they git a lot of explaining to do…

    …. we finally have something concrete to whip them with constantly, dont mind Angela Yardfowl, it is so serious her rantings are like squeaks, they mean nothing.,….

    Give it a couple days.

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @David. That’s a very good question. A system is incorruptible as the the people who interact with it. I think all ports security should be handle by the defence force. Use military police to run those sensitive areas.

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  • Allow me to comment on a statement by Crusoe which he made in response to WW&C

    “Why would they need to import meth? All they need is one of them bright bright people with a Chemistry degree from UWI who cannot get a job, to work for them.”

    First let me concede that my knowledge and experience may be dated, but I suspect it may still be relevant. I doubt if those UWI graduates can make amphetamines. I took Chemistry at UWI up to N3 and it was as if I was doing a course in British history. Irrelevant and textbook learning.

    In my final year. I abandoned that ship. The Caribbean/Barbados have some very intelligent and capable folks, but the university does not address the practical side of things.

    I would be glad if someone told me I was wrong

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  • How is it that my family has been living in Barbados for hundreds of years, and working hard as sh!te, and still all of us put together can’t buy a plantation…while Johnnies come lately can.

    What is it that we are doing wrong?

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Simple…be glad ya hear, when you see people flying high, you do not know whose wings they are flying with….wings that can easily be clipped..lol

    Does Muscle Mary still have his plantation, what about the lawyer dude who is always in trouble for stealing client’s money, believe his name is Jackman, the bank was thisclose to foreclosing on him some time back….they all want to be massa.

    Massa dont get far these days.

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  • The recent Auditor General’s report referenced a situation from I believe 2007, where of +|- 60 vehicles “sampled”, it was found that some amazing number like 45 had exited the port WITHOUT paying the requisite duties/taxes. And 10 years on, they had only been able to locate 4 of the offending vehicles.
    Any idea how much can be stored within a single vehicle in contraband?
    And we all know this has been going on for years.
    You can get any Shiite into Bim, you just need to know who to grease, and how that grease should be applied.

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  • Simple Simon September 3, 2017 at 10:18 PM #
    How is it that my family has been living in Barbados for hundreds of years, and working hard as sh!te, and still all of us put together can’t buy a plantation…while Johnnies come lately can.
    What is it that we are doing wrong?

    Your family is honest.

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  • Simple Simon September 3, 2017 at 10:18 PM #
    Don’t get me wrong, that honesty is a good thing.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Some involved in those Port scams are even long dead, but the scams live on, alive and well.

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  • Recently, a sitting minister of the Crown was involved in a vehicular accident, his car was sold and the buyer could not get it registered. When he attempted to do so, the Licensing Authority refused because there was no record that the car ever landed in Barbados.

    My understanding is that the dealer did some fancy backdating and the new owner finally got the car registered.

    Another case of fraud swept under the carpet. The end or is it.

    Sent from my iPad

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Brings us right back to the point of pressure being brought to bear on customs and other port workers to violate import laws and commit crimes for ministers and government officials….just to keep their jobs……

    ……that is why cameras to exonerate customs officers are so important, I bet when the government’s bluff is called to install cameras directly on custom’s officers and in sensitive areas….government will not do it, they will find every excuse not to, including blaming the unions.

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  • Simpy,
    My first family member arrived in 1631 and in the last 100 yrs none of us have owned a plantation. Please note that owning a plantation today is only useful if you use it for a business base,ie like construction, as agriculture does not pay unless you can afford plenty security to overcome pre-dial larceny.
    Your family needs to be focused on the prize, learning how to save $$$$ and have a business or career that can bring in the big bucks. I left Bim because of high Taxes and lower probability of getting ahead, although with my education I had a much higher probability of reaching the higher levels than the average person. Eventually went in to the Investment business because of the potential of making a very high income because it depended on my effort and no one was able to determine how much income I could make, besides me.
    It takes determination, thinking and intelligent risk taking.

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  • Using [ ] of piece to limit viewers
    [MoneyB
    You making up stories not to pay me reparations]

    So many stories of fraud and scams that just changing those at the top will not help us
    Every segment of our society need a good bleaching

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  • Gazer,
    I owe nothing to anybody. Always treated people of various races as my equals and with great respect.
    The Governments concerned are Bankrupt and with the BabyBoomers retiring that means a large group will be paying much less tax but receiving much more income form Govt.

    Illinois will go under soon and eventually they will have to reduce pensioner payouts in such states by 25%+ (many US states will go bust). Your gents are far too late on seeking any significant payouts.
    My advice is to brek fuh wunna self, deed and fate dat is good advice. The West is sinking fast and the $$$$$$$ will be made in China and India.

    Anyway those alive today dont deserve anything but good education/ training and equal good opportunity.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    This is hiw you fight gun runners and drug traffickers who abuse ports of entry.

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/regional/north-and-east/guns-coming-through-145-illegal-ports-of-entry-8212-security-minister_109856?profile=1373

    NEWS

    “Guns coming through 145 illegal ports of entry — security minister
    BY RENAE DIXON
    Observer staff reporter
    dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com
    Monday, September 04, 2017

    National Security Minister Robert Montague says the country is slated to receive a surveillance aircraft next March to assist with the monitoring of the island’s waters.

    This in addition to two new ships purchased in recent times.

    Montague, who was speaking at a town hall meeting in St Ann last Thursday, said there is need for increased surveillance to stem the flow of illegal firearms into the country.

    The security minister disclosed that there are 145 illegal ports of entry and 497 miles of unmonitored coastline.

    According to the minister, there have been several attempts to smuggle illegal guns at the island’s 14 legal ports of entry where there is monitoring by x-ray machines, dogs and security personnel.

    “If that is being attempted at a legal point where there is surveillance, can you imagine what is coming in at the 145 illegal points of entry? Our major problem in Jamaica is the illegal guns and gangs,” Montague said.

    He added that guns are used to carry out 84 per cent of crimes committed in the country.”

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    These ministers of government better clamp down on the island’s drug rinners and drug dealers, the importers and distributors.

    NEWS

    Guns coming through 145 illegal ports of entry — security minister
    BY RENAE DIXON
    Observer staff reporter
    dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com
    Monday, September 04, 2017

    “We don’t make guns and we don’t make any ammunition in this country, but everywhere you go, every little puss and dog have gun,” he continued.

    Montague said the seriousness of the situation has been highlighted through ballistics and an app which was developed by a police officer enabling the tracking of some illegal guns.

    He said every illegal gun that comes into the system is assigned a name and tracked based on bullet fragments and spent shells.

    “We have discovered that the top five most wanted guns in Jamaica are responsible for 92 shooting incidents ending up in 58 murders in seven parishes,” Montague said.

    He said this shows that the guns are moving and are being used across the country and noted that this raises the question of whether the perpetrators are moving or the guns are being rented.”

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    These ministers of government better clamp down on the island’s GUN RUNNERS and drug dealers, the importers and distributors.

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  • Money Brain should be whipped like Gordon

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  • Money Brain has the solutions for 555, Kiki, Jnr–all dem so—whipping is for indisciplined people who hurt others.

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  • From the latest CXC SBA post, I can say the same thing here as I said there. Lack of action, lack of communication and delivery of results, is unacceptable.

    The mode in Barbados of ‘leave it to us’ and ‘it will pass’, is now totally unacceptable.

    How many days after the body of a man has been found and what does the average citizen know?

    Squat from authorities or traditional media.

    Yes, there are some who are gypsy for the sake of it. But when a serious crime is committed, communication with the public is important.

    While, as David knows, I am no fan of that ‘gossip site’, the fact is that only she is giving any ‘news’ on these latest developments.

    Sad, but true.

    This vacuum is why she has readership and is gaining credibility. Because others are not doing their jobs.

    Sweeping things under the carpet, ‘we like it so’.

    Not a way to ‘win friends and influence people’ internationally.

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  • @ Crusoe
    It is no coincidence that evil is associated with darkness – or the lack of light.

    Barbados is a place where evil deals are done in the dark – many in the corridors of the Lodges, and are then hidden from view because the TRUTH would be too dastardly for public consumption… the traditional press is FULLY on board with this. They blame the libel laws …and threaten whistleblowers with public exposure (and presumably revenge from the bad boys…)

    You refer to a recent ‘body of a man’…. but how about the situation with a “Mrs Smith” who went missing and ended up dead…?
    What do we know about THAT dastardly scenario?
    They lock up some minor goon …and then sit back and wait for the brass bowls to accept the Kool aid…
    What happened to the Wilkinson chap with the stolen cars?
    What happen to the Indian boy who imported the whole container of drugs?

    The truth is that, impressive as BU is, even David falls into the trap of being reluctant to REALLY rock the boat when it comes to SERIOUS criminality in Barbados….

    The real problem for us with the situation is that there is a SOCIAL PRICE to be paid by any society that allows such evil to prevail. It is a VERY HIGH price… and will be paid by the evil ones …as well as by those of us who sat by and did nothing….

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  • @TheGazer September 3, 2017 at 10:09 PM “bright bright people with a Chemistry degree from UWI…I doubt if those UWI graduates can make amphetamines. I took Chemistry at UWI up to N3 and it was as if I was irrelevant and textbook learning. Barbados have some very intelligent and capable folks, but the university does not address the practical side of things. I would be glad if someone told me I was wrong.”

    Sadly you are wrong. In these things one does not go to UWI, One goes to internet and our best friend google. And just as one can google how to change the oil in the car, or how make an omlette, so one can learn how to make meth.

    And I might even have been tempted to give it a try if they hadn’t thrown me out of Chemistry class fifty years ago when i was only in third form.

    My dunciness.

    Not at all the school’s fault.

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  • I think some idiots also put up how to make a nuclear bomb. I haven’t tried that one because I was also thrown out of physics class, and math class in third form.

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  • @Bush Tea

    You prefer BU to manufacture information?

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  • @ David
    Just being real David.
    You are a nice chap….. with a nice family.

    But you are also extremely bright and knowledgable….
    You KNOW of the dark scams that dominate our landscape.
    You are aware of the level of evil that prevails…

    You have chosen to deal ‘professionally’ with the most outrageous cases…
    You have made provision for those of us who care to stir up the mess to do so..

    If you were a stinking scamp like Bushie, given your knowledge and connections,
    …it would be cat piss and pepper bout here all like now…. 🙂

    That said, The role of BU (and BFP initially) in unearthing much of the subterranean shiite that has been endemic in Barbados has been legendary. Stuff of biblical proportions….

    Every day, the enlightened among us give prayers and thanks for your ministry….

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  • @Bush Tea

    Yes there is a shadow Barbados composed of respected players in civil society, the accountants, bankers, lawyers, public servants, private sector players who conspire to manipulate the politician, media, police, customs and other key players. To dismantle it is a recipe for chaos given the extent the wickedness is entrenched.

    May God help us.

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  • Speaking of evil
    Imagine if Charles Herbert had his way. That man typifies darkness.
    Dont think he was not serious in his exclamations
    The PM exposed the evil the lurked in his heart.A man whose words are would remained etched in the hearts of patriotic bajans like myself never to be forgotten.
    The tongue indeed is sharper than the sword

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  • Angie that is the epitome of BS!
    Herbert is a very solid caring citizen UNLIKE the Govt who dont care 1 rass for the people as proven by their lack of positive action.

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  • ” Man charged in connection with major drug seizure at Port “

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    We want to hear who the 2 million in cocaine belongs to and where it was caught….and we want to hear who the 5 million in cocaine belongs to which was found at the port 2 weeks before that…

    Bajans have short memories and i know they forgot those two…

    What marijuana……..what

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  • No Money Brain you are the epitome of BS not to understand the significance of such dastardly actions that came out of the mouth of Herbert. A tried and tested picture of darkness

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  • Hi notice Mia locking horns with the nation alleging that they printed an untruth to her words which depiticed her as stating she is ashamed to be a barbadian
    But truth be told her continuance of lashing out in the most negative tones about barbados all but makes one wonder if she IS ASHAMED to be a barbadian.
    I have yet to hear MIA say anything meaningful or positive about the country from he rants of Doom and Gloom to her most outrageous description to Haiti her words do send messages of a person who would be ashamed of their country
    It is hard to rescind what the mouth says after it is spoken .As a “lawyer”she should be mindful of such facts

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    I take it the useless yardfowls still can’t prove that Mia is not an attorney.

    I don’t know why the yardfowls dont accept that come next June they will be opposition yardfowls..lol

    Everyone is cussing Fruendel and his foolish, lazy ministers who have only been looking out for their own greedy selves and not the majority population who pay their monthly salaries, complete with perks and pensions. ..

    …., yall dont stand a chance in hell of being reelected, not even a miracle will help yall.

    The ministers, senators etc can all go up Apes Hill on Cow’s slave plantation and beg for work when the people kick them to the curb…or go beg Maloney, Bjerkham, Bizzy and Tempro, or Butch Stewart….goddamn useless negros.

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  • Money Brain

    You wrote:

    “Angie that is the epitome of BS! Herbert is a very solid caring citizen UNLIKE the Govt who dont care 1 rass for the people as proven by their lack of positive action”.

    I must disagree with you. I think that the members of the Government care deeply. It is just that they are as dumb as ass, do not know what to do and are too dishonest to admit it and leave the scene gracefully.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

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  • Caswell,
    U are most likely in a better position to judge, assuming U truly believe what U are writing here. Problem is that the average Bajan is screwed regardless and it is they that dont deserve poor leadership.

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  • Bajan Free Party/CUP-PCP.Violet Beckles Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI

    Caswell Franklyn September 4, 2017 at 8:05 AM #

    Recently, a sitting minister of the Crown was involved in a vehicular accident, his car was sold and the buyer could not get it registered. When he attempted to do so, the Licensing Authority refused because there was no record that the car ever landed in Barbados.

    My understanding is that the dealer did some fancy backdating and the new owner finally got the car registered.

    Another case of fraud swept under the carpet. The end or is it.@@@@

    Car Packed with Drugs

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