Daily Archives: September 16, 2008

Barbados Police Helpless In Stopping Boscobel Road Toll Gang

The road is closed. I need ten dollars.

The road is closed. I need ten dollars.

Hundreds Of Tourists Being Accosted For Money Every Month!

The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” have been doing their thing for at least three years now. They stop tourist hired cars by standing in front of them. They inform the drivers that the road is closed, instruct them to drive another way and then demand money for the “assistance”.

They are big, nasty men and most of the tourists pay. It is a lucrative business for the gang.

Always seven or eight sitting at the “T” intersection and while one engages the driver in conversation another will sometimes come up behind on the passenger side, reach through an open window to grab a purse or a camera and then run like hell. Sometimes they will even open an unlocked door.

The Royal Barbados Police Force are well aware of this bunch of thieves, but have done nothing except take the reports from the poor tourists who are stupid enough to stop and roll down their windows.

I guess that Commissioner Dottin and his officers have much better things to do than to look after this group of thugs who are singlehandedly destroying the reputation of this island sometimes ten and twenty times a day.

No trouble finding them: they are at the “T” in Boscobel every day. It is their place of business, and their business is shaking down fearful tourists.

THE COMMISSIONER DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AWAKE, SO WILL A POLICE OFFICER WHO CARES PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE THUGS?

Yet Another Letter To Barbados Free Press About The Boscobel Road Toll Gang…

Dear Barbados Free Press,

We had just a great afternoon out today, perfect weather, had friends visiting from the UK, some wonderful places to take them. We did the usual spots then decided to drive up to North Point, did the cave, took photo’s etc, rambled our way back deciding to take them to Cherry Tree Hill for the view before returning them to Speightstown area.

When we got to Boscobel there were about 7/8 men at a junction trying to tell us to turn right, that the road was closed, we ignored them and turned left, then another man, almost stepped in front of the car and my husband, told me to drive on, this man was almost inside the car window, telling him a ‘good route to go’ eyeing up camera equipment at he same time, we told him we knew where we were going, I put my foot down and drove off.

After taking our friends back to their hotel we phoned the police, who GAVE US a description of the man! and said this group had been causing trouble with tourists, and they would speak to them again. I’ve already heard a story of tourists being nearly robbed near Cherry Tree Hill a few weeks ago, just a warning people, be careful…………

Sundowner

* About the photo: We are only using it to illustrate the story and have made the photo dark, blurry and sinister. The person in the photo is not associated with the Boscobel Toll Gang and has never been to Barbados. He is probably a nice, honest person.

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Why Hasn’t Barbados Chief Justice David Simmons Sued Keltruth Blog? After All… The Blog Owner And Address Are Known!

Keltruth Blog Throws Down The Gauntlet – Says “Here’s The Name & Address, Sue Us If We Aren’t Telling The Truth!”

The most amazing scenario is playing out in the world of Barbados blogs…

Civil charges of fraud against a group of defendants that includes some of the most powerful and public figures in Barbados have been laid in a Canadian court. At issue is a billion dollars of Barbados land.

We’re not sure of how or why the lawsuit is before a Canadian court, but three Barbados blogs have been reporting on this “Kingsland Estates” case for over a year: Barbados Underground, Barbados Free Press and Keltruth Blog.

At Barbados Free Press we mostly see the Kingsland Estates lawsuit as evidence of the corruption that has permeated our government for many years. At Barbados Underground, they see it another way. A writer called “Black Woman Who Reads” (BWWR) has written a series of major articles that take the side of the powerful group of defendants. BWWR obviously is one of the defendants or is being fed information from that group… and we at BFP think that is just fine.

We think it is healthy for Barbados that two blogs – BFP and BU – have taken opposite sides in discussing a case that forces everyone to consider how and why the hidden power structures and “government back room” people and companies have so much secret influence on this island.

“As the Kingsland case plays out, we might see how it is that a select group of people often end up owning that most limited and precious of Barbados resources: land… often acquiring the land under the most unusual of circumstances!”

Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press are anonymous. The blog writers at BU and BFP pretty much say and do as we like and we both use electronic techniques to conceal our identities – frankly, because we don’t want our houses burned down.

Keltruth Blog Is Not Anonymous!

The only blog reporting on the Kingsland matter that is not anonymously run is Keltruth Blog. They even post their owner’s name and Miami address on their blog (see here).

When Keltruth Blog publishes a copy of a letter signed by Sir David Simmons before he became Chief Justice of Barbados – a letter that clearly shows Mr. Simmons falsely stated that a certain company existed when it did not – we think that letter is undoubtedly a real piece of evidence.

Similarly when Keltruth Blog makes statements or publishes other documents about the unethical conduct of named Barbados lawyers, business people and politicians – we pay attention.

Because with all the document evidence and statements made by Keltruth Blog in the last year, if they had said one false or slanderous word, or published a false document, the very powerful people being charged with fraud in a Canadian court would have sued the owner of Keltruth Blog, or at the very least sent them letters demanding an apology and a retraction.

But that hasn’t happened.

Today a reader accused Keltruth Blog of making up the whole Canadian court case and forging the document signed by Sir David Simmons.

As Keltruth Blog writes…

Why Not Sue Keltruth Corp.? – Oh, Because It’s True!

Yup… we at BFP don’t think that Chief Justice David Simmons will bother to sue Keltruth Blog: because he knows that he did sign that false letter. That says everything.

Further Reading

BFP: Signed Document In Land Fraud Comes Back To Haunt Barbados Chief Justice 18 Years Later – David Simmons And The Phony Company

Barbados Underground: Barbados Media Turns Blind Eye To Prime Minister being Sued In Canada

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Barbados Prime Minister Speaks About Uncontrolled Immigration and Unemployment – But Will Actions Truly Follow His Words?

BFP's Shona Plants A Kiss On The PM For His Good Intentions

BFP's Shona Plants A Kiss On The PM For His Good Intentions!

I was so pleased Sunday when I heard that David Thompson had said he was concerned about the number of unemployed persons in Barbados, and that he would look at the position of immigrant workers, especially the illegal ones, coming into the country. He was talking to small to medium-sized business contractors, I understand – the very ones who need to take note, I think! If skilled and semi-skilled Barbadians cannot be found, he said, then we will put in resources to train them, rather than bring in cheap foreign labour.

Last year I had one of these contractors do a small extension to my house, and I have just discovered, from a local plumber, that the contractor’s plumber (a non-national) had connected pipes the wrong way round! Years ago we did not need foreign artisans, so why do we need them now?!!

Now today we hear that Ralph Gonsalves says that Barbados cannot have it both ways; enjoying the trade opportunities (53% exports to CARICOM) but not let foreign workers in, both being part of the agreement. But I thought there was an opt-out clause, whereby a sovereign country within CARICOM could reserve the right to protect its own economic infrastructure.

Barbados is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, 279,000 people on 166 sq. miles of land. St Vincent has only 120,000 on 150 sq. miles. I think David’s idea concerning our own workforce could be implemented anywhere, and Ralph Gonsalves should be doing the same to help reduce his 22% unemployment, and not be shipping out untrained workers to us, causing our unemployment to rise back above our current 10%.

I wonder if Mr. Gonsalves would say the same if he was PM of Barbados?

BFP reader Vision Alert

Further Reading

Barbados Underground: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves Should Stop Braying: Home Drums Beat First

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