Jail the bigwigs!

BHTA wants crime bosses behind bars

One of the island’s most forthright tourism professionals is suggesting that it is time that the authorities go after the people at the top of the crime food chain and throw them all in jail.

Roseanne Myers, the general manager of Atlantis Submarines and chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), is of the view that in order to get a grip on spiralling crime the people pulling the strings must be found and put behind bars.

With the country experiencing a wave of violent crime – particularly gun related incidents – which has driven the number of murders so far this year to 26 – the latest victim being a British businessman – the BHTA themed its quarterly general meeting held yesterday at the Barbados Hilton Resort, Protecting Brand Barbados.

While Myers dealt with the issue of visitor safety, she clearly was concerned about the security of Barbadian residents, stating this must be Government’s primary preoccupation.

And in a speech in which she pulled no punches, Myers touched on an issue that many Barbadians have raised among themselves and on social media – that it was time to go after the bigwigs.

“We are clear that no one must ever be seen in Barbados as too big to jail. So we have to get some of the guys that are at the top of this chain, wherever they are. It is not just the easily influenced ones on the ground . . . . We have to see all levels being brought to the justice system,” she told the audience which included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy and other senior tourism officials in both the public and private sectors.

“Whether at the foot or head of these current chains, these persons will not destroy what we have worked to build, which is our reputation.”

Without stating how the BHTA intended to assist, Myers said the non-profit trade association would play its part in fighting crime, and called on Government, the private sector and the labour movement to work in unison to deal with the issue.

So far this year there have been 188 reported incidents of crime against visitors, on track to surpass the 205 for all of last year, but unlikely to top the 294 reported in 2014. There were 249 such incidents in 2015.

Myers said she was not overly concerned about the number of incidents against visitors – most of which have been burglaries, according to Brathwaite – because the statistics reflected “a very controlled and enviable situation when we look across the world”.

Instead, she appealed to the authorities to fix the problem at home and visitors would reap the benefits of a safer Barbados.

“Yes, we have some issues and we have to deal with those issues, harassment being one, but we are alarmed at the incidents in our villages where we live. It is not about what is happening to tourists. That is not why we are here. We are talking about the neighbourhoods where we live and where our employees live. We have to keep it safe for them,” Myers insisted.

However, Brathwaite took a somewhat different approach, stating that both residents and visitors were of “equal concern” to Government on the issue of crime.

The attorney general reminded the audience that the tourism industry, the island’s main source of foreign exchange, was “highly sensitive” and therefore there were “natural concerns” about tourists’ safety.

“Crime and violence carry with it high economic costs, including a severe impact on foreign investment and tourism. Foreign direct investment in Barbados is trending in the right direction with most of this investment channelled to the tourism industry,” Brathwaite said, adding: “The fact that there is an increase in crime and the potential to have negative reports in our foreign source markets means that we need to do all that we can, not to muzzle reports, but to see how we can address any perceived rise in crime that we are seeing this year.”

The country’s top legal advisor also said the tourism sector ought to play a greater role in minimizing crime against visitors, recommending for example, that hotels should educate their guests about their safety and security responsibilities without hurting the customers experience.

He also advised hoteliers to take advantage of duty-free concessions of electronic equipment to increase safety and security and to hire properly trained security officers. 

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

33 Responses to Jail the bigwigs!

  1. Loretta Griffith September 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    We really need more Roseanne Myers who will call a spade a spade and not play to the gallery. As I have said before and will continue to say this country need(s) a revolution.
    I can truly say I do not like the direction in which this country is heading. Too many things seem to going wrong. Laws, rules and regulations seem to be just ignored.
    At Warrens roadside, persons are selling coconuts and just leaving the shells there for weeks I believe breeding mosquitoes with all the stagnant water just lying there and no action seems to be taken against them.
    I notice you no longer see Health Inspectors/environmental officers and the cleanliness of this country is being compromised.
    M

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  2. Ossie Moore September 15, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Great idea Rose ! But by this very same time next year ( September 15, 2018 ) you’ll be known in Lil Bim as THE FORMER . . chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) .

    Remember that you live in buhbaydus where there is no free speech without retaliation.

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  3. Ossie Moore September 15, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Now you are beginning to sound like an American AG Sir !

    Adriel brathwaite says :

    “Crime and violence carry with it high economic costs, including a severe impact on foreign investment and tourism. Foreign direct investment in Barbados is trending in the right direction with most of this investment channelled to the tourism industry,” Brathwaite said, adding: “The fact that there is an increase in crime and the potential to have negative reports in our foreign source markets means that we need to do all that we can, not to muzzle reports, but to see how we can address any perceived rise in crime that
    we are seeing this year.”

    Ossie Moore : Back in the days when the Barbados Advocate was the only ” rag and scandal sheet ” in the island plenty of reports used to be muzzled etc. But now with the internet online papers , blogggers , social media etc. nothing can be ” muzzled ” so the foreigners and tourists and the whole world knows immediately that buhbaydus has now become the black O K Corral.

    But then again there was a man by the name of Mr.Hinds who had a very small paper called THE TRUTH and his motto was ” I AM MINDING MY BUSINESS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ” and he was the only one that had the big cojones to tell it like it was . . . . . R I P Mr. Hinds.

    BTW Adriel . . . you need to practice your melodic and harmonic minor scales a little bit more.

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  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 15, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Well said ma girl. For instance, there is the alleged claim on WhatsApp that one of our prominent citizens was in a deal with a recently deceased white man concerning the purchasing of an expensive vehicle. The complaint goes further that checks were made out to this now dead white man from an overseas account and that the prominent person requested from the now deceased white man that he must prevent the checks from being traced. This is a matter that is supposed to be at this time a mere allegation, but if there is an inkling of truth in it, IMMEDIATE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, AND THE PROMINENT PERSON SHOULD DECLARE WHERE HE GOT ALL THAT MONEY FROM AND WHY IT’S IN AN OVERSEAS ACCOUNT.

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Oh I thought that white man was squeaky clean.

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      • Sunshine Sunny Shine September 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

        Maybe he was, but according to the alleged claim, the now dead white man was holding a cheque for the purchase of an expensive four-wheel drive that he was allegedly obtaining for the fat tax man.

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    • Leroy September 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Name of prominent citizen or business please?!!

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      • Sunshine Sunny Shine September 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

        He is no other than the fat tax man, who if the allegations are true, will probably do a similar gig, like a former tourism minister who was able to buy a whole plantation from savings from his minister salary.

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Now you see why this people CANNOT get off this here plantation. When you got your own supposed trusties making personal deals with the d3vil and climbing into their back pocket + bed is of no help to this people. This sort of self conscience practice is constantly keeping this people like sheep tangled up in that neck rope being used. And all of this started a long time now.

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  5. jrsmith September 15, 2017 at 4:56 am

    We seems to complain when it suits us , bajans keep stepping over the major problem which is wrong with our country ,,,, the problem politicians …. People are scared to challenge the behaviour of our politicians but also for the sake and saviour of they respective parties……………..
    Politicians were voted into power to, manage efficiently the nation of barbados, to keep safe and secure the people and visitors who comes to barbados whether tourist or not…many times I comment about the lack of activity by our politicians and many people would make statements that we blame politicians for everything….. yes we should …. they are not doing they jobs …
    …………………………….As for the big wigs criminal in barbados , personally you cannot think other than these people is protected, DODDS is full of minos all black men why, because they are fools for being caught or they cannot realize they themselves is used as fodder……
    We must have a level playing field , them and us and us and them them ,no one should be above the law , we are not going to lower crime in barbados unless everyone and they criminal acts is on the radar……………………………………………….

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

      @Jrsmith – We need to look a bit deeper. You said it, politicians were voted into POWER, but to manage efficiently is no where in their personal motto and will depend on any conscience or inert morals they may possess. It cannot be in them because no man can SERVE TWO masters. He must love one and DESPISE the other and we have been conditioned to despise our own. The only people them interested in securing are themselves until some shooting happens here too regular. As long as this people are LOCKED/YOKED there will NEVER BE ANY LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. In all HONESTY every race in Barbados and the earth at large also recognizes this EXCEPT brown people. Black is a condition of a people.

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      • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

        look how quick they find that man killers. And we got people dead, rotten, and was never found.

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  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 15, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Too many Barbadosesssssss

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  7. Sheron Inniss September 15, 2017 at 5:48 am

    She has finally added her name to the list as she is now stating what a lot of us have been saying for some time.

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  8. Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Simply stupid.

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  9. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies September 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

    We all know that will not happen but it is a good thought

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Ok then. Correct. Mind you she is merely touching the surface also.

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  10. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Some body going to say that is my friend.

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  11. Alex Alleyne September 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Be careful LADY, you might lose your pick cos you want to step on some “big-toes”.

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  12. charjoy September 15, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Hmmmm….some may describe this as a taxing situation in which we have found ourselves. May God have mercy on us all

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

      @Charjoy – Hahahahahahahaha – you said it well. MAY THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB have mercy on us all.

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  13. O. Walrond September 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

    BT, what is ” the crime FOOD chain”?

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  14. Donild Trimp September 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    @Jennifer –
    I think I have some time for this lady.

    Let’s wait and see what transpires six months from today.

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

      @Donild – She can talk what she likes because like most things in Barbados resembling her chain of thought will NEVER have any conclusion. In other words amounting to nothing. ONLY DUST IN THE WIND. Keep watching.

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      • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

        The locust is nest too wide spread. Only Iron can sharpen Iron Donild. She may actually become an enemy of the state also.

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  15. charjoy September 15, 2017 at 10:05 am

    @Jennifer…then we must ask ourselves how were we transported here….why did we take this road? Story sad but true.

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    • Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

      If I told you Charjoy, how we got into this position you will never believe me.

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  16. Jennifer September 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    To decipher any of this mess, one has to really think DEEP. You are dealing with a lock within a lock.

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  17. Awinter September 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    False system !! There will ALWAYS BE PROBLEMS !! We live in a THEM and US state…….

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  18. Tony Webster September 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

    @ Sunshine Sunny Shine: right ‘pon de money bruds! But doan stand too near to de fan when de t’ing start splattering…

    Dis place is virtually un-recognizable compared to what once made us proud to be called “Bajan”.

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  19. Loretta Griffith September 18, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Alex Alleyne why should she have to worry about not being Chairman for a second time? She has been truthfull by calling it as she sees it. I am sure when she looks in the mirror she is happy with what she sees.
    When we compromise our integrity we are eventually thrown under the bus.
    Keep up the good work Mrs Myers.

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  20. Loretta Griffit September 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Alex Alleyne why should she have to worry about not being Chairman for a second time? She has been truthfull by calling it as she sees it. I am sure when she looks in the mirror she is happy with what she sees.
    When we compromise our integrity we are eventually thrown under the bus.
    Keep up the good work Mrs Myers.

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  21. Mark Rosmar September 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    We are going after the bigwigs! lol

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