Crop Over sponsor on edge after shootings

Last Monday’s shooting incident that left one man dead and nearly two dozen others injured during Grand Kadooment on Spring Garden, has the title sponsor worried about the future of this major Crop Over event.

“Apart from the suffering inflicted, I am worried about the knock-on effect that this may have on the popularity of Republic Bank Grand Kadooment – among both locals and foreign visitors – and the potential for a negative economic impact on our tourism-based economy,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Bank Ian De Souza said in a statement issued today.

De Souza is therefore calling on the authorities to deploy the necessary resources, and every civic minded citizen to assist where possible to stem the wave of gun violence gripping the country.

“Republic Bank supports any national effort to prevent this type of violence from becoming the norm,” he assured.

The bank boss also expressed regret over the “senseless” acts of violence which marred the culmination of an otherwise “extremely” successful Crop Over season.

“We at Republic Bank, like all right-minded citizens of Barbados, strongly condemn the violent and lawless actions of a small criminal element which have caused death and injury during what is meant to be our most important national festival,” De Souza said.

“The thoughts and prayers of Republic Bank’s management and staff are with the victims, their families and the wider community at this time, as we are all affected by these unjust acts,” he said.

12 Responses to Crop Over sponsor on edge after shootings

  1. jrsmith August 10, 2017 at 5:01 am

    We need to hunt these people down one by one, the (BPF) need to make this clear they will gather the evidence , put the low lifes on warning , they will find them and do as they do in the (UK) arrest them in the early hours 4-5 in the morning , which means they cant sleep because they dont know when our police is on them…………………………………………….

  2. Ralph Talma August 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Well said Sir. Enough is enough, but has those in Command to desire do it. The island is fast becoming a place where tourists will think twice about visiting.

  3. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose August 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Oh really, but you are not on edge when poor citizens are killed and shot STUUUUPES

  4. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar August 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

    lol really what people thing selling gun to asses will result in wanna creates the country but which you live

  5. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington August 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

    This is a all hands on deck not just the police,but everyone who live on this island.

  6. Belfast August 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Seems to me that many are more worried about the effects that the recent shootings will have on the Crop Over festival, more so than the effects it will have on the population in general.

  7. Helicopter(8P) August 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    All water craft entering the shore line of Barbados two weeks prior to this national event should be inspected thoroughly and passports and marine licenses scanned! This was a well prepared act of sabotage and it is showing the Medusa of Caribbean integration. The name of the game is “Sink the the other man’s schooner”! Barbadians are not that docile ignorant not to see this game being played out and being enhanced by the island’s uneducated youth! Yes I said uneducated because it’s not an underemployed or unemployed situation common sense speaks for itself. On my thinking we should now divert our finances to the tourism sector in giving I businesses insentive for hosting their own Kadooment events. I guarantee the present and future Prime Ministers who are also Ministers of Public Safety would be having a more secure Barbados for generations to come. You misfits have now changed the tide of things to come. Satisfaction guaranteed!

  8. Terry August 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    A group of us (Barbadians), living abroad who were looking forward to watching these events as we could not be there in person due to various reasons, were rather appauled as the shooting occurred while the cameras were rolling. We sat with minors amongst us and could not believe what was unfolding before our eyes. One youngster’s outburst was: “look what you would have taken us to if we had gone there. That’s no better than New York. For an island that small their gun violence is very high. Let’s stay in Mississauga.”
    Barbados WAS considered the most popular island in the caribbean because of it’s non-violence….not any more. the ratio of the recent violent incidents has out-shoned the whole of Canada, adding ALL provinces. That says a lot looking at the island from this viewing point. Let’s go visit New York City, (it’s
    just next door) and could be a heck lot safer. And let’s face it, at the end of the fun time, being safe is a criteria that should be of utmost importance to us all!

    • Adrian August 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Do not be fooled that New York is safer than Barbados.

  9. Tony Waterman August 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Adrian!!!! from someone who abstained from going to New York (Brooklyn) for 18 Years, not withstanding the fact that my Sister, Uncle, Nephew, Lived there, and now goes there Regurlarly, I MUST admit that PER CAPITA Barbados is now a more VIOLENT PLACE than NYC.

    BTW except this Year Air fare too high $311.00 Down $1046.00 Back) i have returned to Barbados for 1 Month EVERY YEAR since 1971, arrived here in July 1969.

    Barbados is NOW an extremely VIOLENT Country, although still not yet at the level of some of our Neighbours, but getting There, unless something quite RADICAL is Done.

    Let’s pull our Heads out of the Sand.

  10. Belfast August 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    If the government acts quickly and decisively, which is not a hall mark of this administration, the situation can be recovered, using some tried and tested tactics , previously employed in some parts of the Commonwealth. Some tactics which the former Commissioner of Police, Dottin, had been exposed to at the deep end.

  11. Everton Henry August 10, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    The Police have to take control of our streets.Cars,pickups and trucks with dark tinted windscreens and windows need to be pulled from the streets and cleaned up.We need highway patrols not a here and there check but a dedicated squad of serious officers from Broad Street to all other street in Barbados.Have a proper system to deal with illegal motor cycles on the streets.Have a visible police presence at points around the city and beyond,e.g why not have the Special Services and parked at points in the city like Fairchild Street,Cheapside,Marhill Street,Milk Market at random time all year round like the NYPD does and move from these points for patrol.What about Seniors walking through the city and visiting the various districts with their shifts.When last did you see an Officer in Khaki on the streets?The answer is simple take control then ask for help.


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