How Many More Must Die…We Are to Blame

The reaction by Barbadians to two more murders on the weekend evoked a predictable response – the AG should resign, what has gone wrong with our young people blah blah blah. The confirmation from the Barbados Police Service one of the men murdered was out on bail for 3 separate murders and the other well known to the ‘system’ added to the tongue wagging. The defense lawyers will argue a key tenet of jurisprudence is the presumption of innocence.

Two important considerations that are always consumed by predictable narratives at this time are parental delinquency and rehabilitation of incarcerated citizens . From where the blogmaster is perched there are no adequate mechanisms to support the two concerns which are at the root of what is causing young men and an increasing number of girls to fall through the cracks. The result is an unacceptable rate of recidivism. If there is a breakdown in the home and family unit, and the problem is made more acute by a system that pays lip service to rehabilitation of victims then society must take blame. A disproportionate focus on enforcement – which is important – will not move the needle to prevent crime in Barbados. A dysfunctional society will always be the root of the problem.


Barbados Murder Statistics 2017 to 2022

Attorney General Dale Marshall (Image Source: nationnews.com)

The recent surge in gun play in Barbados has been featured prominently in the media over the last few days (see hereherehereherehereherehere and here). 

On July 8, the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, The Honourable Dale Marshall, addressed this, and related matters, during a press conference (see here). During the presser, the AG also shared some statistics relating to murders and firearms between 2017 and present day:

“In 2017, of those 30 murders, 16 have been solved so far. In 2018, of the 28 murders, 19 have been solved, that 19 amounts to 68 per cent. In 2019, 27 of the 48 murders reported were solved; that’s 56 per cent. Of the 41 murders committed in 2020, 26 or 63 per cent have been solved [and] in 2021, 23 or 72 per cent of the 32 murders were solved. And for this year, of the 17 murders thus far, 10 have been cleared up and some of those have only happened in the last few weeks,” the Attorney General disclosed. 

Source: Barbados Government Information Service

As a Barbadian citizen and resident, the topic of crime and violence (especially gun related) is of great importance and a worry to me. However, the majority – if not all of my posts – rarely deal with my personal views and opinions. As a data analyst on the other hand, I try to focus on what is being reported (in terms of facts, figures, et cetera), and collecting, compiling and analyzing said data and information. I was therefore excited when the AG shared some statistics which I will now look at below.

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  • Remanded on double murder charge
    A 27-YEAR-OLD man was remanded to Dodds Prisons in St Philip yesterday, on a double murder charge in relation to the deadly gunplay at a birthday party in June.
    Shawayne Deshawn Williams was not required to plead to the indictable charges that he murdered Tyrese Caesar and Tre Harris whilst they were at Orange Cottage, St Joseph, on June 29 this year.
    Green Hill
    Williams, of Mahaica Gap, Green Hill, St Michael, appeared in the Holetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was remanded until August 9 by Magistrate Wayne Clarke to reappear at the same court.
    In addition Williams is also charged with engaging in conduct which endangered the life of Andre Beckles, and also wounding Seth Towler, wounding Kemar Bradshaw and having a firearm without a license to do so, all on June 29. The families of Caesar and Harris were thrown into shock, after both men were shot to death near the popular Cottage Bar and Grill at Orange Cottage, St Joseph. Police had responded to
    the area after receiving a report of people hearing numerous explosions, which sounded like gun fire. They found the body of 20-year-old Caesar of Durants, Christ Church near the bar, and the body of Harris, 34, of French Village, St Peter, a few yards away. Towler was also shot in the leg during the incident. Caesar’s grandfather Neil Watson said his grandson had been at the bar attending a birthday lime. Watson said he felt was a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Harris’s family did not speak to the media. ( BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • Television to assist with prison rehab

    INMATES at Dodds Prisons now have access to a new smart television to assist with their rehabilitation programme.
    ANSA McAL Barbados and their subsidiary Standard Distribution and Sales (Barbados) Ltd recently donated a 75-inch Samsung smart television to the Barbados Prison Service.
    Assistant Chief Officer Anthony Holder said: “The Barbados Prison Service’s mission is to rehabilitate our charges so that they enter society as a productive and contributing member of society. Thus, our rehabilitation strategy
    is to sensitise all inmates so we can achieve our vision.
    Rehabilitation
    “This television will be part of a prison television network system that will deliver structured rehabilitation programmes, therefore reducing recidivism.”
    Over the past eight years ANSA McAL and its subsidiaries have produced with the prison’s art department, a beautiful calendar comprising of paintings from inmates including many which won
    NIFCA awards.
    Attending the handover which was held at Standard Distribution in Wildey were Leana Weekes, sentence service manager; Angela Simpson, fundraiser volunteer; Anthony Holder, assistant chief officer; Alexia Halliday, retail sales manager of Standard Distribution and Glen Sobers, chief financial officer of ANSA McAL Barbados.
    (PR)


    Source: Nation

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  • Reality is live by the sword….

    The same is true for the effects of the drug business on the fabric of Barbadian society.

    Live by drug earnings, top to bottom, and what has been sown, will be reaped in horrors of many faces.

    That is one of the three existential challanges facing many countries, including Barbados.

    The other main ones are addressing poverty and developing productive work for all citizens, no one left behind.

    If these can be addressed, everything else will flow.

    The rub is that these three are all rooted in socio-cultural ethos, if I may craft that phrase to suit.

    Meaning that the ethos is so deep rooted in all aspects of our social life and cultural lifestyle, that the issue is very difficult to deal with.

    How are you going to tell a wealthy high lifer on the West Coast to not use cocaine, but instead drink his rum and coke and let that alone give him his buzz?

    Or the guy on the block to stop the weed and join a carpentry class and reading club instead?

    Because at the root of it, that is what you actually need.

    Abandonment of any reliance on the drug culture and an impetus on a learned and productive society.

    Much of this is caused by the adoption of a capitalist consumption society, but all blame cannot be placed on that.

    At some point we need to assess what life really means and this impacts our views and lifestyle.

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  • Snowfall
    Sometimes crime issues aren’t political (unless politicians are importing cocaine to make crack rock)
    As a preemptive warning…
    Political posters need to STFU

    Ain’t Got Time 4 the Lies Ya Spittin (Origi Singer Songwriter Version)

    Ain’t Got Time (Down Beat Vox Version)

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  • The money used to bail out this monster could have been better used during his early childhood years to get him the mental treatment he required
    Starting at an early age committing crime family members would have seen that this boy was mentally unstable and required mental treatment
    After three murders his life comes to an end in a revenge killing
    All.over social media many shed no tears for these two young men
    Not even a crocodile tear
    Hearing people saying that the parents of these men deserved sympathy
    But where were these parents voices when these boys were committing serious crimes including murder
    Blame should be placed on parents who see something and says nothing
    A society caught up in revenge killings is not good.. families are wiped out
    Barbados is to0 small a population to have crimes of revenge being committed
    The wheels of justice turning outside the courthouse spells big trouble for this small rock

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    Eye Start 2 Wonder (What’s Going on?)
    What’s going on?
    What’s going on?

    I start to wonder
    what’s going on?
    I start to wonder
    what’s going on?
    He said she said they said that
    She said he said they said that
    They said they said they said that
    Yo! That’s wack
    Come on

    Eye Start to Wonder (African Jack Mixx)

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  • “But where were these parents voices when these boys were committing serious crimes including murder
    Blame should be placed on parents who see something and says nothing”

    One of the victims was 34. How can you blame parents when men near 40 years of age get themselves in trouble?

    Also, there is no evidence that the parents saw something and said nothing. In fact it is more likely that they said something and their words were ignored.

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  • angela coxAugust 4, 2022 5:32 AM

    A society caught up in revenge killings is not good.. families are wiped out
    Barbados is to0 small a population to have crimes of revenge being committed
    The wheels of justice turning outside the courthouse spells big trouble for this small rock

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    The Police need to find the murderers of these two men quickly because “A society caught up in revenge killings is not good.. ”

    We should not assume the hit was organised by any of the three families whose members were killed by one of the murder victims.

    There is always the possibility that we are seeing something way more sinister where authorities organised the hit.

    For the misguided, that has been tried in various countries and it leads to perdition.

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  • Let’s get the record on age correct

    They are Loris Malik Rasheed Gittens, 22, of 10B Bottom Close, Wildey, St Michael and Michael Keenan Blackett, 27, Block 2C , Flat Rock, St George

    Family members are always aware of the child unstable behavior and abnormal behaviors
    Most of the time such antisocial behavior starts at an early age
    At times some parents dismiss the behavior in the child as terrible twos and rather disregard believing the child would out grow the behavior and adjust
    Age does not necessarily mean that a person having mental problems that the mind has developed as a normal adult mind would
    After years of committing crimes the parent would have said something to officials if the parent was not in a protective mode for the child
    Outside of that if seeking help and getting no resolve the parent could have seek other alternatives like parental counseling
    The parent or family members
    or other outside influencers found the time and money to seek bail for this monster money which could have saved the child life and save the three lives which the child at an earlier age had murdered if all involved with the child had seek physchological help for themselves as well.as the child
    The danger here are parents overlooking and rather protect the child as getting the child out of jail instead of seeking alternative remedies when the child show symptoms of mental illness

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  • You cannot be so naïve to post the above comment.

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  • As usual most gravitate to the low hanging stuff, enforcement. What about the systemic problems? The fault lines how we are managing the family unit?

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  • The mind of a youth is like a sponge, it soaks up everything.

    Thus, the youth are echoing what they see in the wider society such as gossip about alleged corruption.

    Look at the nakedness at Cropover, then adults who are quiet on the virtual sex that took place during Crop Over would then want to stop a young lady from accessing welfare office because she wearing slippers.

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  • It isn’t only Barbados with its strict gun controls that has this problem.

    UK does too and like Barbados it also has strict gun controls.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/three-boys-guilty-of-attempted-murder-after-shooting-and-leaving-teenage-boy-paralysed/ar-AA10ixyL?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=W069&cvid=346bdd33b60d4368ae01e2bd26b8bffd

    … and most Democrat run cities in the US with gun controls, eg Chicago.

    It is usually in the black population, regardless of country.

    But it wasn’t always so.

    What changed?

    https://graphics.suntimes.com/homicides/

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  • Barbados is 30 years behind USA, 20 years behind Jamaica, 10 years behind UK, with the guns and drugs and then wondering why they are looking at thugs.

    Taking Shotz

    Ain’t That the Truth?! (Vox)

    People should try and calm down to observe and absorb facts instead of too much talking.
    Start thinking intelligently not emotionally.
    Stop the hysteria in the news and gossip.

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  • Leader of a New Age Faith

    Genesis (Rebirth De’ Jazz)

    People here will come out with same old shit same old talk
    John will blame the blacks talk
    GP will preach some bible talk
    AC will spin the political talk
    Waru will give us the African and Anti-Black Government talk
    William will talk about a duopoly and 50 years of no progress
    Bush Tea will talk about Karma and “the End”

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  • Did I read elsewhere that one of the most recent murder victims was on bail after being charged with three murders?
    I also have problems with a bit of the language in the piece as the writer kept repeating that murders were “solved” when he meant that people were arrested.

    Smiley Dale had answers on how to reduce capital and other crimes when he was an Opposition member but four years into his second go around as Atty General he is as effective as a eunuch in a harem.

    Waiting for “This is not who we are”

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  • Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words
    Social media steps up.where local media fails to follow through

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  • AC

    Not my son He had a few lill problems but he was the best person in the whole wild world

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  • Steupse
    I feel we need a new jail.
    The $39 million facility will actually cost $94 million and take 9 years to complete, but don’t study that, we got this. The IADB has a special loan for jails, at very low rates.

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  • David,

    You cannot separate the cultural fabric of a society from the family structure etc. All part and parcel of.

    Lifestyle choices and priorities too.

    We prioritise clubbing over athletic and creative development.

    What can a wukup and grind give you, other than a sore back?

    But athletic and creative endeavour has limitless potential for positive in a society.

    What governs all is the question, where are we going?

    You cannot have a route, without a destination.

    So we need to decide on a destination.

    What do we want Barbados to become?

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  • Frank,

    How about using that IADB loan to build a multipurpose sports facility and stadium, for use by all Bajans.

    Not governed by an elitist group, but one that all clubs may use.

    Together with guest lectures open to all. Lectures by doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and coaches.

    Build for change, not for chains.

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  • I think what angela was saying is….ugly kids from ugly parents.. if you dont believe it follow an ugly kid home..

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    “Waiting for “This is not who we are”

    what you will get is “this is not easy to fix”….same stale excuses, while the same social degradation is ENCOURAGED…

    ..hitmen advertising on video while allegedly claiming they are promoting this and that for government….that is exactly who they are…

    “Thus, the youth are echoing what they see in the wider society such as gossip about alleged corruption.”

    there are HUGE AMOUNTS OF EVIDENCE about corruption, and it’s real…pretending it isn’t will not end it..

    .just because some may bury their heads in the sand and because they claim to see and know nothing, does not mean it doesn’t exist…maybe if a few ministers and lawyers get some shiny new customized handcuffs from the larger countries when they CANNOT ACCOUNT for all those million dollar offshore bank accounts and multiple properties maybe then some will believe…and even then, some will try to spew shite excuses….when it is ESTABLISHED THAT CORRUPTION CAUSES POVERTY, which in turn causes CRIMINALITY….in deliberately DEPRESSED AREAS targeted just for that….and Barbados has nothing but…

    there is more than enuff blame to go around…

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  • @Crusoe

    Your argument maybe a case of what came first, the chicken or the egg?

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  • It takes a village to raise a child …but if the village is getting a cut or are in on the action they are far less inclined to curb it

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    that’s exactly what it is Lawson…the corruption trickled down into the villages, wrong became right, no one could haul and pull back…….anything to survive..

    ..the politicians POISONED THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENT and all of that started in the 1970s…….they need to own it because it will never go away…

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    Perhaps you need to watch more US TV. The crack epidemic in 80s hit LA Black communities with a highly addictive product that made kids millionaires and caused an explosion in crime.

    It’s about Presidents (USD)
    People forget
    The Present Is a Gift

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  • Just returned from the rock and would like to give a shout out to some of the people that makes the island great not like some of the trashy elements.
    Introduced my friends to the varied transit systems but one particular person just stood out and should be the head of the BTA .Jumped on a blue bus a dozen of us for the bajan experience. Wrong bus.. The driver took it upon himself to get permission to change his route a bit to get us home . That would never happen at home this guy knows what tourism is all about.
    The guy that shoveled the sand off the boardwalk pretty near by himself over a couple of weekends with only a small shovel and there was lots of it. maybe not in front of tapas but everywhere else.
    Would have to disagree with the guys patting themselves on the back for a great cropover…it sucked….no vibe no tourists and I dont see the point of running it down the highway you need to get there with no water no shade limited concessions and does anyone else see the irony of a certain band partying there way around a statue of bussa. Who was driving this clown car of organization .

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    “Who was driving this clown car of organization .”

    do you really need to ask….those are the genieasses…

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  • @DAVID

    Some laud the benefits of “PENAL REFORM” but how do you fix something that is completely broken?

    We can sit up in here and cite as many examples as is humanely possible, but it won’t amount to a hill of beans if our leaders continue to be “VISIONLESS”, out of touch & downright don’t give a monkeys!!!

    Barbados already suffers with “OVER-INCARCERATION” at Dodds…

    There is frankly no rehabilitation strategies in place for some of the worst offenders on lockdown…

    Tragically, when any society get to a place where avowed criminals can have bail thrown at them after committing such horrific crimes – “THE SYSTEM HAS TRULY FALLEN” in the Rev 18 sense of the text…

    Moreover, like “HUMPTY-DUMPTY” – “ALL” the king’s horses & all the king’s men won’t be able to put humpty back together again – WHY? the damage is irreparable!!!

    Here’s the Norwegian MODEL: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/how-some-european-prisons-are-based-dignity-instead-dehumanization

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  • @TB

    Understand your cynicism, it is like we have gone beyond the point of no return.

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  • it is like we have gone beyond the point of no return.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LIKE…..?!!!

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  • @Bush Tea

    We have survived since your predictions over a decade ago? Maybe we will find away to limp along until …

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  • @DAVID

    (EXCUSE THE DEVIATION)

    On another more sinister note, that will “DEFINITELY” affect Barbados & the other developing nations in the Caribbean was this piece of prognostication from the “Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum” (OMFIF) written & posted today, citing the fact that if “LIZ TRUSS” becomes Britain’s next PM, the “POUND STERLING” will “CRASH”!!! Unimaginable??? Well…

    SEE: https://www.omfif.org/2022/08/if-truss-becomes-prime-minister-sterling-will-crash/

    Regardless of what happens it looks like the “GLOBALISTS” intend to “CRASH THE WORLD ECONOMY” by any means necessary, and as the WEF (High Priest) Klaus “HaSatan” Schwab clanging hubris rings like a church bell: “BUILD BACK BETTER”!!!

    Sadly, we all know what that means and how it all ends…

    It is time for the people of the world to make a stand!!!

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  • @DAvid & Bush Tea

    Sorry breadren, Barbados can no longer afford to “LIMP ALONG”…

    Root “N” Branch “REFORM” is needed NOW*…

    As it stand currently my beloved brothas, unless something drastic happens soon (and I am not “PROPHESYING”), I foresee a “RWANDA-STYLE” scenario occurring both in Barbados & Jamaica to start with!!!

    If “SRI LANKA” was a litmus test for the coming diabolicus – what hope does it portend for a 166 sq mile nation when like #AmeriKKKa, you have more “GUNS THAN PEOPLE”???

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  • mmmmmmm ..norwegian models yum……….

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  • Lord Benwood Dick

    Mr.Lawson,

    Is you De Congo Man? Ohdayy odayyao.

    But I betcha that you already….

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  • \wunna fuget bout Covid ?

    718 covid cases Wednesday, August 3 from 1,566 tests

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  • It doesn’t take a village to raise a child.

    It takes a parent or parents or someone who is responsible for raising the child to do so.

    Its all about taking responsibility.

    A village is a collective and cannot take responsibility for raising a child.

    Yeas. a village can report back to the responsible person on the child, but it is the responsible person who acts or does not act that determines the outcome for the child.

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  • Reality Barbadians are coming face to face with years if moral and social decay
    The writing has been on the wall for all to see
    The breakdown of the family structure
    The church towing to wims of govt changes
    Changes that are ungodly and rooted in demonic worship
    The PM says not important to mention the name of God in the school religious doctrines other modern day millilieum words to effect called mindfulness would suffice
    Then we asked how did a society got so wrongsided children allowed to do as they please as rulers of the household
    Then when blood and gore flood the street the mantra of chorus asking how them get so
    That is the mirror image of a Barbados losing its way

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, respectfully brother but your remarks are nothing more that standard verbal speechifying on this matter of crime and youth … indeed, as some like the Bush Griot have said above: we are long gone too far beyond the point of recall!

    Can you REALLY breakdown your comments re “… parental delinquency and rehabilitation of incarcerated citizens” as being two ‘concerns’ that do not have “adequate mechanisms [of] support “_ and realistically build that as a foundation of the malaise we currently face!!

    I absolutely get your argument that the “breakdown in the home and family unit [is a massive] problem” but like many above I am cynical that in 2022 we can expect any difference based on what WE perpetuated.

    This state of affairs of lax parental concerns; bad boy behavior going unchecked; authorities paying lip service to the problems and then the ABJECT corruption being displayed by said officials has been with us for over 30 years now … so how can we realistically use the arguments you are making with a straight face!

    I do NOT have any answers senor, as it’s surely not easy to close and return the stallions after they have bolted the barn and have tasted that free reign … but I do know that palavering about how the horses USED to be managed ain’t gone solve one single problem particularly when many doing all the talking were former stable managers who royally effed up the process!

    Lata

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  • @Dee Word

    The blogmaster can feel comfortable making the comment because it is the only way there can be meaningful change. Any other interventions will be tinkering at the margins.

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  • I know how Sancho Panza felt as he watched Don Quixote charged at every windmill he saw.
    .
    Fearless leader, your giants are in fact girunts, back to Mia.

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  • It takes a village
    The village now resides on a placed called Social media
    Anybody who is everybody lives there aunties uncles mothers father children with guns and without guns
    Everybody knows everybody business on a place called Social media
    One big happy family.
    Anybody remembers a place called Peyton Place a small quaint suburban town where everybody knew everybody
    Guns were not allowed

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  • It doesn’t take a village to raise a child.

    or perhaps you do not understand the phrase proverb and African culture

    E17 E17 Awakening (Mantra)

    Rasta Beatdown

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  • Nuff nuff shite talk on de blog today!

    Wunnuh got to check for the beginning of the making of these criminal elements.

    Depressed and marginalised communities breed the most violent gangs. This is so ALL OVER THE WORLD AND WITH ALL RACES. Never mind the racist right-winger with his usual trash talk. Actually, he proves my point perfectly. It is not that black people are inherently more violent. (We all know that white people rule the roost worldwide because they were the best at being brutal.) It is that they are oppressed, depressed and marginalised, lacking opportunity, feeling hopeless. This is so in America. That we know.

    Many of these young men could have been saved by a society that wanted to save them, starting with schools that identified their particular talents and developed them AFTER having taught them to read and write. This is where many of them slipped through the cracks. Hopeless people tend either to self- destruct or destroy others.

    De horse dun bolt decades ago. The culture is entrenched. Generational families of violent criminals. Criminal communities. A way of life.

    And at the top of the food chain, being decorated with national honours while exploiting the hapless young stupid black boys, hiding in the shadows, I bet you will find a few white men and persons NOT of African descent.

    P.S. Who is that stupid ass woman talking about Bajans loving murderers?

    It goes without saying that MOST Bajans do not love murderers.

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  • DonnaAugust 4, 2022 8:10 PM

    Nuff nuff shite talk on de blog today!

    Wunnuh got to check for the beginning of the making of these criminal elements.

    Depressed and marginalised communities breed the most violent gangs. This is so ALL OVER THE WORLD AND WITH ALL RACES. Never mind the racist right-winger with his usual trash talk. Actually, he proves my point perfectly. It is not that black people are inherently more violent. (We all know that white people rule the roost worldwide because they were the best at being brutal.) It is that they are oppressed, depressed and marginalised, lacking opportunity, feeling hopeless. This is so in America. That we know.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You should listen to Thomas Sowell.

    For example …

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  • @John August 4, 2022 5:07 PM “It doesn’t take a village to raise a child. It takes a parent or parents or someone who is responsible for raising the child to do so. Its all about taking responsibility.”

    Talking sense for once.

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  • In my lifetime I’ve 4 people, ALL YOUNG MALES who have committed unlawful killings.

    The reasons vary.

    Killers 1 and 2, ALCOHOL was it. The killers were drunk and killed the person who was conveniently close by; in one case a drinking buddy and in the other case the wife [who was also a drinking buddy]. Both men served time and never re-offended. One, his parole conditions keep him on a short leash. In the other case he met Jesus while in jail and continued to serve Jesus for the rest of his life. Jesus works from some people. For others rehab inside, on release, and tight parole conditions sometimes works. No drinking, no going into bars, no purchasing of alcohol, no drinking of alcohol, surprise visits, surprise testing. In case 1 both killer and victim were black. In case 2 both killer and victim were white.

    Killer 3: By his own admission started smoking herb and disobeying mummy in mid teens. Got further in the drug business. Was not a marginalized youth. Mummy had a good job. Killer was steadily and gainfully employed at the time of the killing. Killer went to one of our most highly desired schools. Seemed like a really nice guy. Daddy was consistently absent. Still serving time.

    Killer 4: Seemed like a real nice guy too. Went to well regarded secondary school. Mother, siblings and other family all gainfully employed. Came up in the church. Father absent. Did it for the quick cash.

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  • It is about morality and values, has nothing to do with depressed or marginalized communities.

    If those two basic tenets are not passed down to children from whoever is responsible for raising them, that’s how gangs arise.

    Just so happens that in Black Communities, the family has degraded quicker than in other communities.

    So values and morality are not passed on as they are in Asian, White and Hispanic families.

    But all families are under pressure from the brainwashing that comes their way..

    All you have to do when you look at the faces of the young offenders, regardless of color is to look at the expressions of malice and discontent etched all over those faces.

    It is how they have been conditioned to think not by society but by having no role models to follow.

    They can’t hide it in their faces.

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  • Killers are not all the same. So one size prevention, rehabilitation etc.does not fit all.
    It can be alcohol
    It can be drugs
    It can be money
    It can be mental illness.
    The first killer lived in his community for more than 50 years since his release and never re-offended even in a minor way. The 2nd has been living in the community for nearly 40 years now and has not re-offended either.

    P.S. And now I remember a 5th, long since departed since he served several years for the manslaughter of his drinking buddy. But apart from that not a scary person at all. Returned to the community and never re-offended. As gentle as a lamb once not drunk.

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  • This one is interesting!!

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  • What do alcohol, drugs and money all have in common?

    …. you forgot women!!

    So what do alcohol, drugs, money and women all have in common?

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  • John,

    Of course marginalisation does breed despair and crime. Any suggestion otherwise is absurd.

    And as for family breakdown, what about crime families, from the New York Italian mob to the ghetto drug activity. Families, some close knit, involved.

    Opportunity and hope are two drivers of positive change. Without these, the void will be filled by negativity. No amount of motal guidance can save a community that is void of these.

    Hence my remarks above on opening doors to opportunities.

    Of course, there is the money aspect, those who will craft a strategy to push drugs on a community, for profit.

    Those are scoundrels and of course Bim has its share of those.

    Let us hope that the US authorities gets their hands on them.

    Thankfully, as long as money clears through a US bank, the US authorities can put a hand on any criminal whereever they are.

    I guess that is why so muvh money is parked in Dubai instead.

    But even one transaction is enough. One slip.

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  • John,

    Your question and statement on drugs, alcohol, money and….women, is interesting.

    Tell us, what do they have in common?

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  • ladies and gentlemen boys and gurrrrllllls
    come and listen to all de BU rum shop psycologists
    bare mirth in de rum shop
    THE BU RUM SHOP BETZPAENICS KNOW EVATING BOUT EVATING

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  • Can it all be changed?

    Yes. But it requires the political and societal will to do it.

    Starting point is the money. And those who control it. With help from international enforcement, work them.

    Second, you need opportunity. Training and bases of work.

    Thirdly, break up those areas that were heavy depressed, new, smaller communities, away from those places.

    Urban renewal in the former heavy depressed areas. Bulldoze and start fresh. Do not build as dense in new or renewed areas.

    Five, a sports and creativity drive including a new main facility and community facilities.

    Six, mentor, lecture, coach, guide. Message, message, message.

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  • WHAT A LOAD
    NONE UH WUNNAH THAT BULL SHITTING HEY AINT HAD NONE OF THEM TINGS
    I SURE THAT MOST UH WUNNAH HAD A PARTICULAR TING THAT WORKED VERY WELL
    NONE OF MY PEERS FROM A CERTAIN PLACE AINT FALL THROUGH NO CRACKS ALL OF THEM HAVE COME OUT OF POVERTY AND DEM BETTER OFF THAN DEM WAS 60 YEARS AGO
    WUNNAH NEED TO GET BACK TO BASICS

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  • The Bonnano FAMILY.

    The Genovese FAMILY.

    The Gambino FAMILY.

    Yes, family breakdown is the major cause of crime, right?

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  • And all of them were devout churchgoing people.

    Bwahahahahaa.

    DOMINO!

    BARE Sport in de BU Rumshop!

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  • David August 4, 2022 7:30 AM #: “You cannot be so naïve to post the above comment.”

    @ David

    After reading the incoherent gibberish, I believe ‘appallingly ignorant semi-literate buffoon’ is much more appropriate than “naïve.”

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  • Black Is Black White Is White
    In other Dimensions that ain’t right
    It ain’t like that

    If Cash Rules Everything
    Then I’m simply lost

    Black Is Black White Is White (Other Dimensions?)

    If Cash Rules Everything? (The Lost Mix)

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  • CrusoeAugust 5, 2022 1:35 AM

    The Bonnano FAMILY.

    The Genovese FAMILY.

    The Gambino FAMILY.

    Yes, family breakdown is the major cause of crime, right?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    These crime families were successful ONLY because they were families with all the family values that make other strong+ families function for the benefit of members.

    Just that the family was directed to crime as others were directed towards business.

    Anything good can be used for evil, just how life is.

    But success at crime is the result of strong family values.

    All of the crime families of which you speak have been taken down, they don’t have much chance of lasting over generations unless they figure out how to get into clean businesses … and then they are no longer crime families!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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  • CrusoeAugust 5, 2022 1:40 AM

    And all of them were devout churchgoing people.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So if you see all families, including crime families, getting success by becoming “church going” people, then wouldn’t you try the same strategy and see if it work for you?

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  • CrusoeAugust 5, 2022 12:38 AM

    John,

    Your question and statement on drugs, alcohol, money and….women, is interesting.

    Tell us, what do they have in common?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you were afflicted by addiction to drugs, alcohol, money and women and the addiction was leading you into trouble, where would you go to find a solution for all?

    How come some crime families were able to get clean?

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  • Values and morality are transferred within families, quite possible for the good to be transferred with the evil.

    … and as the saying goes, Good triumphs over evil.

    But the change comes from within, no society can make it happen.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    You do know about exceptions and rules, don’t you?

    There are numerous comprehensive and in-depth studies by criminologists that overrule the small sample of FOUR upon which you base your position.

    STEUPSE!

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  • Why is it that on BU some people insist on shooting blank shots
    Blank shots are words meant to demean and insult
    If these shooters don’t understand a comment then simply move on
    Not every word said is meant to incorporate every one level of understanding
    Some people think or belive that they are so smart
    Huh another slow moving ball outside the off stump
    Watch some brilliant batsman tries to take a swipe at hit

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  • DonnaAugust 5, 2022 8:00 AM

    Cuhdear Bajan,

    You do know about exceptions and rules, don’t you?

    There are numerous comprehensive and in-depth studies by criminologists that overrule the small sample of FOUR upon which you base your position.

    STEUPSE!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Who would you listen to, criminologists in their towers of ivory or a bona fide member of a crime family specialising in killing people?

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  • Yesterday rain stop play
    The covers have been removed off the pitch
    The batting lineup remains the same
    The bowler arm is strong and steady
    Looks like it is going to be a glorious day for the bowler

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  • Yesterday a young man committed suicide leaving behind three small children
    Another heartbreaking story that pulls and thugs the heartstrings of family members looking for answers as to why
    Mental issues in Barbados are not welcomed in mainstream Barbadian society
    Many families keep a silence as for the want of not being stigmatized
    Only God and the victim knows what issues drove him to take his own life by hanging
    These issues are deep and warrants givt to do indepth research and clinical analysis
    Too many black men are dying by self inflicted wounds or at the hands of vigilante justice

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  • Whilst we may scream on action by governemt, we should bear in mind … No government on earth can stop all crime or suicides.

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  • John Knox,

    Post me something on water and I will watch and listen. Post me your warped, racist views from the mouth of a deliberately chosen Uncle Tom, I watch them not.

    As Bajans say, I know what you gives. And I en tekin’ it.

    Had to put one of your kind in her place in the supermarket yesterday. My cart was bloking her for about a second and a half and she thought she could intimidate me. Only “white” bitch in the place and she had to get on pissy for something the rest of us smile and apologise and crack jokes over in the supermarket EACH AND EVERY VISIT. Thousands and thousands of black people I have encountered in our supermarkets over decades and probably one a couple hundred white people and SHE is the first person ever to make it an issue.

    I had to remind her that we were in Barbados and not up north. Uh rinse the piss outta the ugly, dumpy, mangy-looking, splotchy skin bitch. She is obviously used to the bowing and scraping but she soon stfu when she saw what she had stepped into. No loud noise just a quiet dressing down.

    I realise from driving on our roads, and in fact, only an hour prior to that incident we had a demonstration, that your kind consider it an affront to have to wait behind black people.

    My friend and I had only just commented on it about one hour before when the spotted frump proved the point.

    I see you and I see them. And I wunnuh so cyan tell me one thing about behaviour!

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “No government on earth can stop all crime or suicides.”

    but they can STOP TIEFING and redirect those billions of dollars toward treating mental health AND POVERTY which they maliciously create consistently as PAID EMPLOYEES of the people whose VOTES THEY BEG…but no, the asholes love to run around pretending to be elite while TIEFING THE RESOURCES of the population they beg, lie to and cajole to vote for them just to make it into the parliament….

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  • I see it. I love it

    AC at cricket

    Yesterday rain stopped play
    But today the game is underway
    The covers have been removed and the batsmen takes their place
    Knwing after a night’s rest that ac is refreshed and at full pace
    The shaky batting lineup remains the same
    J2, Lorenzo, enuff what a shame
    D blogmaster trying his best to hide
    The fact that he has chosen the ‘other’ side
    But the bowler arm is strong and steady
    An this morning the bowler is ready
    With a good line, length and superb accuracy
    Looks like it is going to be a glorious day for ac.
    —————-x——————-
    Have a great day Barbados.
    Poke in jest and do not fight.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “Thirdly, break up those areas that were heavy depressed, new, smaller communities, away from those places.”

    can only do that by taking AWAY THE OPPORTUNITIES TO STEAL from the fraudulent pretend elites, the vile unethical immoral tainted politicians……they pauperize these communities so they can run around everywhere pretending to be millionaires….common class thieves..

    …once everyone STOPS ADMIRING, SUPPORTING AND MAKING EXCUSES FOR THEM and their evil corruption…expose them DAY AND NIGHT…they will have no choice but to stop using vulnerable neighborhoods to rob resources to promote THEMSELVES..

    .100 years is a very long time to oppress and SUPPRESS one cross-section of the population for 4 GENERATIONS……

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  • JOHN KNOX
    I AGREE WID YOU MAN
    WhY would you listen to, criminologists in their towers of ivory or a bona fide member of a crime family specialising in killing people?
    BUT LOOK WUH YUH GONE AND DO NOW?
    YUH GONE AND STIR UP MAHY PATIENT LOL MURDER
    WHY YOU HAD TO STIR UP DAT MAD WOMAN SO THAT WE HAD TO HEAR BOUT HER ENCOUNTER YESTERDUH AND HOW SHE rinse the piss outta AN ugly, dumpy, mangy-looking, splotchy skin bitch.
    SHAME ON YOU JOHN KNOX
    ALTHOUGH I CANT SEE WUH YOU WRITE GOT TO DO WID DAT
    JOHN KNOX PLEASE KINDLY DONT STIR UP MAHY PTIENT AGAIN
    AND PUT SOME NUGGET OR KIWI PUB YUH SKIN AND STOP LOKING LIKE A dumpy, mangy-looking, splotchy skin bitch.
    MAHY PATIENT DONT LIKE WHITE PEOPLE

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  • So you would listen to white criminologists from over and away before you would listen to a person who has first hand knowledge!!!

    To add to the SS’s knowledge of multiple murderers, I know of one murderer who served time in jail, brother of a guy I grew up with in the plantation yard playing cricket, operating equipment and spending time talking.

    The guy was perhaps 10 years older than I was and had worked with my uncle from the tile he was old enough to work.

    The murder was associated with a crime of passion, the brother of the guy I grew up with just lost his temper … some guy just pushed the right buttons to send him off.

    Maybe alcohol was involved, maybe a woman but I just heard temper.

    Sometimes I would meet the two brothers together.

    The brother who committed the murder worked with some family so I knew both.

    Both seemed pretty level headed but after the murder, I started to realise that the brother I thought I knew so well from daily interactions around the plantation perhaps had also shown signs when I was alot younger of being violent.

    One early morning betimes my mother had to resolve an argument between he and his wife which could have turned violent. He was ready to kill her!!

    Find me a few criminologists (the blacker the better) who agree with what you are saying and convince us that you are not all mout.

    Do you actually know or have had some sort of interaction with a murderer or just being your usual wind baggy self with nothing of substance to contribute!!

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  • Times change, societies change, people change and we cannot analyse situations using a 1950s mindset.

    When almost all black people were deprived, when only white people had money, when we looked left and right and everybody was in the same boat, nobody felt marginalised. This was accepted as just the way things were.

    I find some people’s understanding of human beings is simplistic, whereas human beings are complex emotionally.

    All you have to do is listen to people really and you will learn much.

    About twenty years ago, I was late and taking a short cut through Church Village on my way to court one morning to keep an eye on a case involving my workplace. Since I was representing my workplace, I was wearing a nice suit.

    Sitting on one of the steps of a dilapidated miniature house was a man in his early thirties. He looked beat up and hopeless.

    “Look at you! Dress up an’ steppin’, goin’ wuk! Feel you is somebody, nuh! Mussee drivin’ a nice car too!”

    I was shocked at the malevolent envy in his tone and the way he looked at me.

    It was as though I had done him something by being so employed and hustling because I had somewhere I had to be.

    I was shaken but when I thought about what he said I realised that he envied me THE WORK FIRST, the fact that society would therefore count me as “somebody” AND THEN the fact that it would afford me nice things!

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  • After doing his time the guy was released and became a normal everyday member of society.

    Look at the faces on some of these criminals who routinely kill and you will quickly realise they are not going to change.

    Probably some of the most important values/morals that is passed down in the family is hope and the ability to change.

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  • DonnaAugust 5, 2022 9:17 AM

    I was shaken but when I thought about what he said I realised that he envied me THE WORK FIRST, the fact that society would therefore count me as “somebody” AND THEN the fact that it would afford me nice things!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hasn’t it ever dawned on you that he was trying to teach you a life lesson.

    Now, let’s see if you can figure it out for yourself!!

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  • Bustin’ yuh bag……YES! A man that my father used to send to pick up my mother from work when he was caught up playing whist or draughts. A man from whom my father took a knife at a dance months earlier. A man from whom my grandfather took a cutlass weeks earlier, killed a former minister of government and a recent senator’s uncle. They were the only two people who could have stopped the murder. My grandfather was too slow.

    We could not believe what he had done! Nobody wanted to give evidence against him. Even the victim’s brother with whom he had been fighting, causing the victim to intervene, begged for leniency for the man.

    But…. murders fall into different categories. We are speaking about gang related murders, not crimes of passion, madness, temporary insanity, drunkenness etc.

    Different kettle of fish. A few sessions such as I HAD with two criminologists would help.

    A few conversations with some youths from a depressed area, SUCH AS I HAD, would help.

    You could teach for a few years some pupils from a troubled area, AS I HAVE. You could listen to numerous teachers who cared enough to share their stories, AS I HAVE.

    A few sessions with the police service SUCH AS I HAD, would help

    I could go on and on about sessions with other professionals in the field but I will leave you to pull from your bag of crap and “contribute”.

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  • Blasted idiot! He was expressing his emotions. THAT’S ALL! I FELT THEM!

    I passed, smiled and spoke to him out of habit, being a St. Philip country girl. There was nothing to suggest that I needed any lesson.

    What life lesson, what!

    You are going to tell me about an experience I HAD when you weren’t even there?

    STEUPSE!

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  • Sancho PanzaAugust 5, 2022 8:31 AM

    Whilst we may scream on action by governemt, we should bear in mind … No government on earth can stop all crime or suicides.
    Xxxx
    No one can stop suicidal thoughts or intentions
    However where are govt programs set up like counseling hotlines where people having mental problems triggering negative thoughts can be heard and counsel
    The social sides of govt programs are not providing enough help for people having to go through the negative stresses of today

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  • Why you looking at me?
    Bitch Bitch Bitch Bitch Bitch
    Why the fuck you looking at me?
    Don’t look at me, why you looking at me?

    Don’t Look At Me

    GP + John = 2 Bitches

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  • Worldwide Shades of Racism
    Rightwing Conservatives are Racists and use each other for examples of racism
    Australians pick up on US and UK racism and open their big fat mouths on Fox TV
    UK and USA use Australians as excellent examples of ideas (people) to follow and circulate the racist news

    Is It All in My Head? (Big Mouth Vocals)

    Just Don’t Stop the Dance (Non Gaiatic Reworkz)

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  • Sometimes it is difficult to understand that we seem not to believe that societies do not deteriorate overnight.
    Anybody , who is not bent , on making their addiction to partisan nonsense , their prime purpose for being on BU , will be honest and say that there is nothing going on in crime , at this point in time, that could not and would not have been predicted .
    When former Commissioner of Police Orville Durant (1982-1995)said that his hands were tied , that was the capitulation to the criminal element.
    Like it or lump it , we collectively buried our heads in the sand.
    We never addressed the root causes of the crime and we are now into pure buffoonery because the main purveyors of heinous crimes know that the elements that had Durant’s hands tied have not gone anywhere.
    Peace.

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  • Sancho Panza August 5, 2022 8:31 AM #: “Whilst we may scream on action by governemt, we should bear in mind … No government on earth can stop all crime or suicides.”

    @ Sancho

    You are correct.

    For example, there aren’t any policies that can be implemented to prevent ‘crimes of passion’ or ‘spur of the moment’ crime.

    But, we must also bear in mind counseling services for mental health issues are available at the Psychiatric Hospital.

    While some people prefer to live in denial, refusing to seek help where and when it is available, others routinely admit themselves or they are admitted by relatives….. to the Psychiatric Hospital for psychiatric evaluation or counseling.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Donna
    “I had to remind her that we were in Barbados and not up north.”
    Thinking I need to remind others similarly, up north…..guess the term “you people” leaves it to be interpreted any which way 😂😂
    Unsure where ‘we are’ makes any difference how we should treat others.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2022. All Rights Reserved

    “When former Commissioner of Police Orville Durant (1982-1995)said that his hands were tied , that was the capitulation to the criminal element.”

    “because the main purveyors of heinous crimes know that the elements that had Durant’s hands tied have not gone anywhere.”

    we have come to learn that he actually meant the CRIMINAL ELEMENT WITHIN THE POWER STRUCTURE…easy to kill and imprison a bunch of block boys who have no power within the society, only over each other in their immediate surroundings, but a whole other ball game when trying to reel in the corrupt who have total control within levels of government, judiciary etc…

    yep…he said it then and being part of it himself knew that it could go nowhere but get steadily and consistently worse…and it has….because the revolving door keeping all these socio-economic crimes alive and well is still wide open..

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  • Northern Observer,

    You playing dumb or wuh? Up in Amurka her intimidation plays better than down heh!

    I doan have to gih one rh ’bout she.

    I know you are white but not all of you are the same. What I say here need not apply to you.

    Let me elaborate solely for your benefit!

    I was alone in the aisle of a supermarket when something on a shelf caught my eye. No-one else in sight, I abandoned my cart for just a few seconds in just the position it was in. Around the corner came a white woman probably in her early sixties. As she approached I was about to return to my cart. She got there first and rudely ordered me to move the cart as though I had committed a cardinal sin. “Give me a second!” I said, as I walked around her, anticipating that she would step back a bit for me to reach the cart.

    While I was standing behind her, she exclaimed and in an exaggerated huff pushed the cart away as though I was taking too long.

    “I was coming to move it!” I said, whereupon she who was in such a hurry, found time to berate and lecture me, in harsh tones, on supermarket etiquette and lack of consideration for others.

    I cannot count the number of times I have been blocked or have blocked others and NEVER was the response as this woman’s. Based on what I have observed from Bajan whites, in close proximity for eight years at QC, I am 100% sure that she would not have responded like that if I had been one of them.

    And based on observation on our roads. If you are caught at a junction at rush hour, from which you could never get out unless somebody lets you out, don’t look for a white driver to help you out. In fact, if you see a little opening and attempt to squeeze out, they typically speed up so you cannot make it. I thought I was imagining this until somebody else mentioned it to me years ago.

    I could say more but the blog is not about that.

    But suffice it to say that I agree that we should treat each other kindly and respectfully both in Barbados AND America. Demographics however, usually make a difference.

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  • John Knox,

    The crimiologists were BLACK AND BAJAN, FOOL!

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  • To the Physician,

    Heal thyself!

    Signed,
    Mahy’s patient.

    P.S. Or you could talk to yourself because I am done.

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  • john knox yuh fool
    yuh gone and start up dr mahy patient NOW?
    she is also pshychologist criminologist expert teacher and knower of all tings and mad as shite
    bare mock sport in de rum shop
    gih muh a banks malt bar tender and a ham cutter

    I REMEMBER DE DAYS AT HC WHEN YUH WOULD HEAR FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT LOL

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  • People can have suicidial.thoughts long term or short term at any time
    Having to go to an outside clinic doesn’t always address the immediacy of resolution
    24 hours help if available can help those whose reactions of self destruction are preferable to calm down rethink and put off actions of suicide
    Some are not understanding the measures built in to the suicide program including precaution and preventative measures
    Expecting a sucidial person in the middle of night to go to a physchiatric hospital all by self seeking help is intellectual madness

    Xxxxxx
    Oops I think that fast ball knock over all stumps
    Umpire your call please
    Waiting for the batsman to ask to have the tape replay
    Lunchtime break
    After which play would resume

    Nor knowing

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  • Suicide alarm
    EXPERT URGES STAKEHOLDERS TO DO MORE TO HELP PEOPLE COPE WITH TOUGH TIMES
    By Anesta Henry
    Concerned that Barbados seems to be recording at least one suicide per month recently, psychologist Shawn Clarke is calling on the state to pay urgent attention to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of citizens.
    He said that while he is aware that the Government is working around-the-clock to achieve and maintain economic growth, it is time that resources be put towards dealing with the psychological challenges that young people, particularly young males, are facing.
    “Youth and community organisations need to come out and play their part as well in terms of putting on other social activities, workshops, seminars, whatever, at the community level.
    “We need to get back our community centres vibrant again, not only in terms of cultural activities, but in terms of activities sharing information with the populace about suicide, about mental health, about self-esteem building, about being able to cope with the pressures of today,” he said during an interview with Barbados TODAY.
    His comments came as police continue to investigate the suspected suicide of 30-year-old Jonathan Forte of Ashdeane Village, Black Rock St Michael. Lawmen received a report around 11:30 p.m on Wednesday at the Black Rock Police Station that a man used a bedsheet to hang himself from a door frame while at his residence at the same location. Forte, a father of three, was identified by members of his family.
    On July 21, the close-knit Allen View, St Thomas community was thrown into a state of shock when the body of 21-yearold Keshawn Bartlett was discovered hanging from a pear tree a short distance from his home.
    In a July 7 story carried by Barbados TODAY family members of 32-yearold Andrew Cumberbatch were seeking answers about how he was able to leave the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where he had been on suicide watch. His body was discovered on the beach behind Pirate’s Cove on Lower Bay Street, St Michael, around 5:24 a.m. It is suspected that Cumberbatch committed suicide.
    Clarke suggested that while churches also have a major role to play in tackling the issue of suicide on the island, the private sector must also extend a helping hand to Government and provide necessary funding for programmes.
    He insisted that such assistance is needed soon considering that there is not much public discourse regarding persons who attempt suicide.
    “The ones that reach the airwaves are the ones that unfortunately succeed in committing suicide. But I know that there are a lot of persons with suicidal ideas, or suicidal thoughts, or suicidal attempts, that would not necessarily reach the airwaves.
    “I think it is time that we pay close attention to it. We cannot afford to allow suicide to become the norm. We really need to put systems in place, put initiatives in place. We need to stop crying down everything that people are doing and come together and build avenues that can help young people to be able to stand on their feet and to be able to deal with some of the situations that they face,” he said.
    Clarke, who is the founder and director of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development, said his organisation is currently seeking financial assistance to take counselling clinics to communities to reach those who may be unable to pay for such services.
    “We are going to go into the community and we are going to decentralise our counselling. We also have plans to take our Project Rescue programme where we go into schools, and decentralise that project in community centres on Saturday mornings and do things like self-esteem building. We want to be able to work with our young people because we realise that we also have a role to play in developing the social fibre of Barbados,” Clarke said.
    anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

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  • I see it. I love it.
    AC at Kesington
    Oops I think that fast ball knock down three stumps
    The batsman swiped and landed on his rump
    Your call to the umpire was loud and clear
    But you know they will claim the umpire ain’t fair
    Waiting for the batsman to ask to have the tape replay
    Waiting to hear what the umpire say
    Coming up is the lunchtime break
    AC bowling fine; score is 0 for eight

    Girl, I hope you got good afternoon ‘stuff’
    For soon coming up is Lorenzo and enuff
    Keep it tight and you have to bowl faster
    For scheduled to bat next is the blogmaster
    Watch him try to hook and to slash
    But his shots are played after the ball has gone pass
    Ac thinking that she is Wes Hall
    I in the stand shouting ‘good ball’

    (Pass or past — losing it)

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  • RE To the Physician,
    Heal thyself!
    HAVE ALWAYS DONE THAT FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS NOW AND VERY GOOD AT IT TOO

    RE Or you could talk to yourself because I am done.

    I LEARNING DAT VERY WELL FROM LOOKING IN THE RUM SHOP FROM TIME TO TIME
    THAT IS NOW DE NORM…LOL
    Signed,
    Mahy’s patient.
    OPEN CONFESSION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL
    MAHY TAUGHT ME SO I KNOW WUH KINDA PEOPLE DOES GO TO MAHY

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  • @Donna
    “I was shaken but when I thought about what he said I realised that he envied me THE WORK FIRST, the fact that society would therefore count me as “somebody” AND THEN the fact that it would afford me nice things!”

    I get that story. Sometimes the envy and the ‘bad mind’ can hit you like a ton of bricks. But it does not end there, if they can they would sabotage your effort at self improvement.

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