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US Congressman Gregory Meeks (R) addresses special OAS session

OAS commemorates Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery

WASHINGTON, Mar. 25, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) says its  Permanent Council on Friday held a special session to commemorate the “International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.”

The OAS said the session was held “within the framework” of the Plan of Action for the Decade for Persons of Afro Descent in the Americas (2016-2025).

US Congressman Gregory Meeks (R) addresses special OAS session
US Congressman Gregory Meeks (R) addresses
special OAS session

It featured presentations by US Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, representative for the 5th Congressional District in Queens, New York; and the USNational Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality, Niger Innis.

There were special presentations by several persons including the Secretary of the District of Columbia, Lauren C. Vaughan; author and Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Robert Cottrol; and Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), Julio Guity-Guevara.

“We can never and should never forget the impact of slavery and the current plight of many persons of African descent in the Americas (including the Caribbean),” said the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Belizean Nestor Mendez.

“We must also recognize the advances and triumphs that have been made in the pursuit of social inclusion, and political and economic empowerment for all.”

Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Ambassador Juan Anibal Barria, said that that “equality and non-discrimination are two cornerstones of human rights.

“On the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it must be recognized that, unfortunately, people of African descent continue to be a group whose human rights continue to be violated,” he added.

The OAS said the session was part of the activities carried out by the organization as part of the Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas.

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Fifth person charged over Bermudian’s murder

NOTTINGHAM, England, Mar 24, CMC – A 15-year-old girl has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of Bermudian teenager Lyrico Steede in England.

crimmeNottinghamshire police said she was the fifth person to be charged in the investigation of the 17-year-old, who was stabbed in an attack at Hempshill Lane Recreation Ground before he was chased and left with serious injuries on the outskirts of this East Midlands City on February 13.

He died in hospital six days later.

Kasharn Campbell, 19, of no fixed address, and two 17-year-old boys — who cannot be named for legal reasons — have been charged with murder and are to go on trial on October 2.

A 17-year-old girl has also been charged with assisting an offender and is to appear at Nottingham Youth Court on April 3.

Steede moved to Nottingham five years ago to live with family and his Bermudian relatives have organised a fundraiser to take his body home for the funeral.

His mother had only recently moved to Britain.

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Sylvester Silcott.

Sylvester Silcott: Tributes paid to dad-of-two stabbed to death in Homerton outside St Patrick’s Day party

Hackney Gazette, UK

PUBLISHED: 21 March 2018 | UPDATED:  22 March 2018

Another man told the Gazette: “This is a shock for the whole Montserrat community, not just the young but the old as well.”

Sylvester Silcott.

Sylvester Silcott.

Friends of the man stabbed to death at a St Patrick’s Day party in Homerton have demanded justice for “someone who was truly loved”.

 Tyrone “Sylvester” Silcott, 42, was stabbed multiple times outside Jasmine Lewis’s home in Towpath Walk on Sunday at 8.15am. Emergency services tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms Lewis had invited about 40 members of the Montserratian community over, and the party was still going when her best friend Sylvester was attacked. She had known him since they were children and said he was “like a brother”.

“We are Montserratians so we celebrate St Patrick’s Day,” she said. “We all come together and party until morning. Everything was so good and then this happens.

“Sylvester would do anything for me – we were very close. He was my best friend. A lovable person. Always joking.”

She added: “I took him to bingo. We were bingo freaks. Everybody loves him in Stratford. People come here crying because he was such a sweet guy.”

Sylvester worked at Mr Clutch in Leyton and had two young children in Birmingham he visited at weekends. Police say he had an argument with another partygoer that spilled outside, where he was attacked.

“It was just a little argument,” said Ms Lewis, “and then he came outside to stand up and wanted fresh air, and that was it.

“I just turned my back, and was coming to my door and I heard screaming.

“I see him dropping on the floor right there. I didn’t even see what happened. It’s a sad thing,”

Another neighbour said none of his friends would ever get over what happened and said “justice will be served”.

“This was not a criminal,” she said. “This was not a gang member. This was someone who was truly loved: a productive member of the community who shared love and life, and I’m going to miss him so much.”

Fighting back tears as she pointed to the the spot where Sylvester collapsed, now marked by five candles, she said: “He loved life. He was life and he lived life until the day he fell down there.

“We could keep you here all day with stories about him.”

Another man told the Gazette: “This is a shock for the whole Montserrat community, not just the young but the old as well.”

Michael Wood, who employed Sylvester at Mr Clutch, said everyone who knew him in Leyton was in tears when they found out. “He was very jovial, a happy person who was never angry and always smiling,” he said. “None of us can come to grips with it.”

A man, 30, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released under investigation.

Witnesses and anyone with any information are being urged to call the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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State of Emergency Declared in a Second Parish in Jamaica






Prime Minister Andrew Holness (at podium) declares a State of Public Emergency for the St. Catherine North Police Division. Pictured (from left) are: Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade; Acting Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake; National Security Minister Robert Montague; Justice Minister Delroy Chuck; and incoming Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson. (Photo credit: J IS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday March 20, 2018
– A slew of murders and rampant crime in parts of the … parish of St Catherine has prompted authorities to declare a State of Public Emergency in a second parish since the start of the year.

On the heels of the State of Public Emergency in St James – which was declared in January and has been extended until May 2 – Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday declared a similar state of affairs in the St Catherine North Police Division, for 14 days in the first instance.

A joint Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) team was deployed to the area yesterday morning to undertake enhanced security measures, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.

Police reported last night that 94 people were detained yesterday, 24 of whom were later released. Of the remainder, 20 were processed and kept overnight, while the remaining 50 were being processed with a view to determine whether they will be further detained or released.

In announcing the State of Public Emergency at a press conference, Prime Minister Holness said the move was necessary as crime and violence, particularly murders, had been escalating in the St Catherine North Police Division.

The area has recorded 49 murders since the start of the year, mainly due to gang activity.

“Under these enhanced security measures, the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some (citizens’) rights will be suspended,” Holness said.

He advised that the security forces would have the power to search; detain persons without a warrant; and curtail the operating hours of businesses as well as access to venues.

Additionally, all persons using roads leading into and out of St Catherine North and their vehicles will be subject to search.

“In various areas, there will be joint static and mobile patrols. Persons may also be stopped at various checkpoints,” the Prime Minister further indicated.

However, he assured that the security forces’ use of that authority could not be arbitrary or beyond review.

“The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and (to) protect the dignity and safety of all Jamaicans,” he emphasized.

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Dr. Perkins gets suspended prison sentence and victim compensation fine

Dr. Perkins gets suspended prison sentence and victim compensation fine


Dr Franklin Perkins

Dr. Franklin Perkins who was on February 23rd last year, arrested and charged, was found guilty on March 1, 2017, by nine-member panel jury. He was charged for indecently assaulting a nineteen-year-old female in his private surgery at Cudjoe Head, has been granted bail pending sentencing in March next year. Sentencing was carded for March this year.


Justice Ian Morley in the high court on Monday morning handed down the sentence by which the 67-year-old medical doctor was ordered to pay the victim $10,000 within three months in default of which he would serve a period of sixmonths in jail. In addition, he has been given an 18-month suspended prison sentence.


Judge Ian Morley

The medical doctor has to date denied that he committed the act insisting that it simply was a routine medical examination. Justice Morley said he considered the statements given by persons who spoke in support of Dr. Perkins during his sentencing, adding that he also received a letter from some members of the medical fraternity on Montserrat who expressed surprise and disappointment at the guilty verdict.


The judge gave an extended account of the case and according to him, this assault on the victim’s reputation and that of her family indicates an undercurrent of racism, sexism and snobbery in the Montserrat society.

More details will be published in a later issue of TMR when some matters will be highlighted in light of the judge’s ‘findings’ and adjudication.

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Police investigating mysterious deaths

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 14, CMC – Police are investigating the deaths of three people, who died after reportedly consuming an alcoholic beverage following a funeral.

death investigationHealth authorities confirmed that the three “healthy” persons from Coolie Town in Marigot, west of here died within a day of each other.

They did not identify the three people except to say they were a 45-year-old woman, and two men ages 35 and 40. Police said one person is assisting their investigations.

Media reports here said that the three people died this week after drinking an “alcoholic” beverage following a funeral.

The police are said to be investigating a possible link between the deaths and the robbery of a toxic spirit from the north of the island last week, which they suspect was being sold on the black market as alcohol.

The Ministry of Health said it would be issuing an official statement on the matter but in the meantime is warning persons from purchasing, selling, or ingesting any suspicious looking drink.

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Cocaine suriname

Police seize plane, arrest several people

PARAMAIRBO, Suriname, Mar 14, CMC – Police seized an aircraft with more than 400 kilograms of cocaine and have arrested seven people including two “foreigners”, according to a statement released here.

The arrests come less than two weeks after a submarine with drugs was discovered on a remote property in District Saramacca, but while the aircraft was found in the same vicinity, authorities here are reluctant to say that there is a link between the two.

Cocaine suriname
Cocaine seized in Suriname

“It was not clear yet to which extent there was a relationship between the aircraft and the submarine,” according to the statement released on Wednesday by police, noting that the aircraft had been discovered near the East-West highway in District Saramacca, west of Paramaribo.

The plane, a four-seater Cessna Centurion twin-prop, was apparently forced to land, after taking off from an airstrip that has been constructed on a parcel of agricultural land. The statement described the airstrip as two-kilometres long and “advanced”.

The police have not yet released the names of those arrested but said there were two “foreigners” and five Surinamese nationals.

Media reports have linked the ownership of the land to the same person who owns the property where the submarine was discovered.

The flat semi-submersible vessel was found stuck in the mud of a shallow river in District Saramacca, a few kilometres off the coast with western neighbour Guyana. Its engine appeared broken. It is not clear when exactly it entered Suriname.

Police have said that they found the boat after receiving leads from international partners. So far police have arrested eight foreigners in connection with the sub-marine; seven Colombian nationals and one Cuban who resides in Suriname illegally.

Opposition legislator Edward Belfort has called on the authorities to investigate what happened to the drugs the boat allegedly came here to collect.

“These types of submarines are capable of transporting at least 10,000 kilograms of cocaine at a time. So that means there is 10,000 kilograms of cocaine somewhere in Suriname that they had to pick up or dropped off. Where is it?” Belfort said, adding that he is worried that Suriname is becoming the narcotics barn of the region.

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Four people, including two school children, killed

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 14, CMC – Police said the bodies of four people, including two secondary school children, were found in a house at La Brea , south of here, on Tuesday night.

crimmeeThe authorities said retired teacher, Michael Scott, 69, appeared to have been bludgeoned to death while the bodies of his tenant, Abigail Chapman, 35, her 16 year-old daughter, Olivia, and Olivia’s friend, Mickela Mason, 14, were also found in the apartment.

Mickela’s throat was slit and the two other females appeared to have been beaten to death. The teenage girls were pupils of the Point Fortin East Secondary School.

Police have not given any motive for the killings. So far more than 100 people have been murdered here.

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Police detain one person as baby is sexually molested

BELMOPAN, Belize, Mar 2, CMC – Police have detained one person for questioning in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 17-month old baby.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, did not identify for detainee, but media reports here said that he is the 21-year-old stepfather of the baby, who recently moved into the home with the mother..

crimmmeCowo confirmed that the police were called to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, along with Department of Human Services, where “they were informed that there was a minor with several bruises to the body and apparently the minor had been sexually molested.

“The minor had to be rushed to the IC Unit because of the condition the minor was in,” he said, telling reporters that “we know that the minor is still presently admitted in the paediatric ward in a critical condition at the KHMH”.

Media reports here said that the baby had been left in the care of the detainee by her grandmother, who had travelled from the Maskall Village, west of her to the capital.

The reports said that on her return to the village she was by the man that the child was not well and having convulsions. The baby was taken to the clinic in Maskall Village and then rushed to the hospital.

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Police probe the murders of two sisters

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Mar 2, CMC – Police said one person is assisting their investigations as they probe the murders of two sisters in the quiet Key’s Village community on Thursday.

crimePolice said that Jemilia and Jemisha Finch were killed in a gully area near the basketball court.

“Both sisters were allegedly hacked to death by a young man from the Keys area. Dead are two sisters, one of them apparently the girlfriend of the perpetrator,” the police said in a statement.

Media reports said that the women were between the ages 19 and 20, and one was a member of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and recently became a mother.

The police have given no motive for the killings.

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