Ex policeman sentenced to 17 years for rape

first_imgA 63-year-old former policeman was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment Thursday on a charge of raping a woman at his home in 2010.Justice Hayden St Clair-Douglas imposed the sentence on Andy Allan, after he was found guilty of the offence by a nine-member jury at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain last December. The judge had initially considered a15-year sentence but in weighing the both the aggravating and mitigating factors, he increased the sentence by two years.St Clair-Douglas said there were no mitigating factor to consider. The judge said there were a number of aggravating factors including the convict’s former profession, and the fact that he put her through the trauma of testifying at the trial.Allan, who represented himself was charged with raping the woman at his home on March 27, 2010. The prosecution argued that at the time of the incident, he was a netball coach and that the victim was a member of the team. On the day in question, the woman had gone to Allan’s home to collect uniforms she and her teammates needed to take part in a competition that was to take place the next day.During the trial, the woman testified that Allan told her she could go to his bedroom and try on the uniform but while doing so, he entered the room and proceeded to rape her.In his defence, Allan claimed that he and the woman shared a close relationship and that on a monthly basis, he would deposit money into her bank account. He admitted having intercourse with the woman on the day in question but denied he had forced her into doing so and that he even dropped her off at her home afterwards.Allan also contended that it was only after the woman’s boyfriend found out about their secret relationship that she went on to report to incident to police. All of these claims were denied by the woman.last_img read more

Haitian Government condemns treatment of bodies

first_imgThe Haitian government has denounced images on social media showing the bodies of dead people being thrown into a garbage truck as a ploy to paint the country as supporting police brutality.In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities said it “is shocked at the images of a video circulating showing without dignity, the corpses of young citizens mistreated thrown in a garbage truck.”The authorities said that the video was being broadcast on social media without “any fear or respect for the dead, nor for the lives of people in general.“The Ministry strongly condemns the actions of individuals and groups in society who want to make believe these images as abuses committed by the police on the population, which is false, “it said in the statement.The work of political opponents The Ministry of the Interior and Local Authorities said that the video was being circulated by political opponents of the government and is “intended to sow instability throughout the country, on the basis of false information….“This type of conspiracy, is one of the various attacks made by these groups for some time to cause problems to the power in place,” it said, urging the law enforcement agencies to deal with the situation “without delay.”.In the meantime, the ministry is urging the population “to remain calm and not to get involved in these political manipulations”.last_img read more

CARICOM Nations Divided Over US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s Visit…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is expected to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, January 21, for a two-day visit. While Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith have welcomed the visit, the governments of other CARICOM islands are skeptical of Pompeo’s visit and have warned against the United States’ effort to divide the Caribbean.While in Jamaica, Pompeo will attend several meetings including bilateral talks with Prime Minister Holness at Jamaica House, a sit-down with regional officials and a policy discussion presentation in New Kingston.According to numerous local reports, Pompeo will use his trip to consolidate regional support for the US stance on Venezuela. The United States does not recognise the Government of President Nicolás Maduro and is seeking Caribbean votes for the re-election of Luis Almagro as general secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the election set for March 20.Holness is expected to add to the agenda the recent decision of the US State Department to cancel the visitors’ visas of several government ministers. Sources say Holness will also initiate discussions with Pompeo on further support from the US to disrupt the flow of illegal guns into the island.Last Friday, at a meeting of the OAS, Pompeo said he was looking forward to meeting with leaders from across Caricom during his visit to Jamaica. “I’ll travel to Jamaica, a good friend of America… I’ll gather at an important meeting with many Caribbean leaders to discuss how we can all work together to promote our common democratic values and prosperity for all of our people. I’m looking forward to a fantastic set of meetings,” said Pompeo.He will participate in a round-table discussion with the foreign ministers of Bahamas, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia while in Jamaica.Officials of the US State Department have also been reported as saying that Pompeo’s visit is to advance the common interests of the US and Caricom in, “security, prosperity, development cooperation, and the promotion of democracy and human rights, and to commemorate our strong relationship with Jamaica as a partner and ally”.Prior to Pompeo’s visit, Minister Johnson-Smith reassured the public that the meetings will not be within a CARICOM context. “All countries, large and small, have a sovereign right to engage bi-laterally with any other country, beyond any regional or hemispheric arrangements. This happens across the world even in the political unions which CARICOm indisputably, is not”, she said in a press release.WHY THE “DIVISION”? With only six of the 15 CARICOM countries invited in the meetings with Pompeo, speculation is swirling of the United States’ attempt to divide the region, on matters specifically regarding Venezuela.In 2019, CARICOM had voted to accept the nomination of Gustavo Tarre as the OAS Ambassador. St. Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti and The Bahamas voted to accept Tarre, while Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Suriname and St. Vincent stood with Venezuela and voted against the measure. Other CARICOM states abstained from voting while Belize was absent from the vote.The four countries (along with three others) that voted to accept the nomination of Tarre, who is backed by US President Donald Trump, were all invited to meetings with Pompeo.Over the weekend prime minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, who is also the chairman of CARICOM, warned of an attempt to cause a rift in the regional grouping. “As chairman of CARICOM, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with anyone to which members of Caricom are not invited. If some are invited and not all, then it is an attempt to divide this region,” Mottley said.The governments of Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda have expressed solidarity with Mottley, stating that CARICOM countries should stick together.Grenada was the second country to express disinterest in Pompeo’s visit. Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that Grenada’s position on Venezuela is well known as he confirmed that his country will not be represented at the meeting with Pompeo.The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, Chet Greene, also stated that Antigua and Barbuda wasn’t among those invited, but they wouldn’t have attended the meeting even if they were. “We stand with and fully endorse the pronouncement of the CARICOM Chair, Prime Minister Mottley. We really hope that the Caribbean will continue to see the value of working together in promoting Caribbean civilisation and Caribbean values. As a bloc we have common interests and common challenges, so we must also find common solutions,” he said.Prime Minister of Trinidad, Dr. Keith Rowely also echoed similar sentiments, in support of Mottlley’s position.“PM Mottley has the full support of the government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago in outlining our principles and vision of Caribbean unity. In the expectation of Caribbean unity, the Prime Minister of Barbados speaks for Trinidad and Tobago,” said Rowley.Rowley has repeatedly stated that Trinidad and Tobago stands “on its proud history of fairness on the world stage, ranging from opposition to apartheid in South Africa to opposing the US invasion of Grenada”.At their summit in St Lucia last July, CARICOM leaders agreed to maintain their position of non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela. To this end, Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley says St Kitts-Nevis does not regard the move by the United States to invite some regional countries to a meeting in Jamaica with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as a means of division.“Well, the secretary of state for the United States has extended an invitation to St Kitts-Nevis at the foreign minister-level and we are carefully looking at that because we have some very important bilateral issues with the United States. It is very likely that we will seek to attend …unless something would change,” Brantley said in an interview.He said while it is not for him to respond to Mottley’s statement, “I think that each country has bilateral interests. “I was not aware that Caricom was involved at all. It is to my mind not a Caricom meeting, as far as I have been told, but rather an opportunity for those who have been invited to meet and discuss, bilaterally issues with Secretary of State Pompeo (and) certainly that’s the interest St Kitts-Nevis would have”.Brantley said he does not regard such a meeting as being “divided or divisive” adding “all of us have our own domestic interests and our own path that we are taking in order to leverage diplomacy for the benefit of our people”.last_img read more

Jamaica Customs Introduces New Online Procedures for Returning Residents

first_imgIn this regard, the JCA has automated the application process for the granting of Returning Resident and Returning Student Status and the accessing of related benefits.  The Agency has also revised some of the documentary requirements to improve efficiency in the verification process and enhance the customer experience. In keeping with its thrust to increase operational efficiency and enhance its relationships with its stakeholders, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has been engaged in a process of continuous improvement to ensure the best delivery of services to its customers.   Online Application Process: The new process now facilitates the use of an online application process for provisional approval, prior to the arrival of the Returning Resident and the Returning Student once all requirements are satisfied.  Hence, individuals applying for Returning Resident/Returning Student status are no longer required to visit the offices of the Jamaica Customs Agency for their applications to be processed. The JCA is also reminding Returning Residents, that regardless of their status, that they must satisfy other requirements connected with the importation and clearance of their goods.  This will include other documentary requirements, physical examination, and any other requirements, relating to other Border Regulatory Agencies (BRA). With the onset of COVID-19, many organisations, including the JCA, has had to find new and innovative ways to conduct their business operations effectively and safely. Applicants may be interviewed if required, and a request made for them to schedule an appointment for an interview, using the online portal on the website. Applicant may also voluntarily request an interview for additional information or where the application has been denied.An Exemption Notice is generated by the Returning Residents Unit and issued to the applicant for submission to the Customs Broker who will use same, when preparing the Customs Declaration in ASYCUDA to clear shipment (s) on the port. Applicant logs on to the website www.jacustoms.gov.jm and completes the Registration Form.Computer system generates a username and password to access the Application Form.Applicant accesses the application portal/platform by entering the username and password, and completes the Application Form, uploads the required documents and submits online.Application is reviewed by the Returning Resident Unit and approval granted once all requirements are satisfied. For further information on this, and other customs-related matters, customers may contact the Returning Resident and Customer Service Units at: 876-922-5140-8 or email: public.relations@jca.gov.jm.last_img read more

22 Early Voting Sites To Open in Broward County

first_imgPine Trails Park Amphitheater10555 Trails EndParkland, Florida 33076 Broward Mayor Dale Holness announced that 22 early voting sites will be opened throughout Broward County to facilitate voting. Davie/Cooper City Library4600 SW 82nd AvenueDavie, Florida 33328 Nova Southeastern UniversityAlvin Sherman Library3301 College Ave.Davie, Florida 33311 Southwest Regional Library16835 Sheridan StreetPembroke Pines, Florida 33331 Lauderhill Mall1519 NW 40th AveLauderhill, Florida 33313 North Regional Library1100 Coconut Creek BoulevardCoconut Creek, Florida 33066 Emma Lou Olson Civic Center1801 NE 6th St.Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Ft. Lauderdale Branch Library1350 E. Sunrise BoulevardRoom 130Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304 African-American Research Library2650 Sistrunk BoulevardFt. Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Coral Ridge MallNorth or Northwest Entrance3200 N. Federal HighwayFt. lauderdale, Florida 33306 South Regional Library7300 Pines BoulevardPembroke Pines, Florida 33024 Weston Branch library4205 Bonaventure BoulevardWeston, Florida 33332 Early voting for the primary election begins Saturday, August 8 and runs through Sunday, August 16. center_img Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center410 SE 3rd StreetHallandale Beach, Florida 33009 Voting sites are as follows: Hollywood Branch Library2600 Hollywood BoulevardHollywood, Florida 33020 Tamarac Branch library8701 W. Commercial BoulevardTamarac, Florida 33321 West Regional Library8601 W. Broward BoulevardPlantation, Florida 33324 Women’s Club of Wilton Manors600 NE 21st CourtWilton Manors, Florida 33305 Miramar Branch Library2050 Civic Center PlaceMiramar, Florida 33025 On the weekends, Saturday & Sunday, August 8th & 9th and August 15th and 16th, the sites will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the week, from Monday to Friday, August 10th through August 14th, sites will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Broward Health NorthConference Room201 E. Sample RoadDeerfield Beach, Florida 33064 E Pat Larkins Community Center520 Martin Luther King BoulevardPompano Beach, Florida 33060 Nob Hill Soccer Club10200 Sunset StripSunrise, Florida 33322 Northwest Regional Library3151 University DriveCoral Springs, Florida 33065last_img read more

St. Vincent Broadcaster Dies While Hosting Show

first_imgGeorge, who was in his late 60’s, was a former public relations manager with the telecommunication company, Digicel, died of an apparent heart attack soon after introducing his first guest on the show on Tuesday, which he had dubbed “Thoughtful Tuesday”. George was a vocal social and political commentator on issues not only in his homeland, but throughout the Caribbean and further afield. Among his last postings were the ongoing political situation in Guyana and the decision by some Caribbean governments to introduce competition in the aviation sector at the expense of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. CMC His guest, the Jamaican-born, Grenada based journalist, Beverley Sinclair, who is also the Chief Operations Officer of George’s Island Media Marketing & Communications company, had been invited to co-host programme as George had indicated he was going to “step out of frame”. But a Facebook post on Valerie Tucker-George’s account after the scheduled close of the programme, announced, “I am still in shock, came home at about 7:20 am (local time) and met my husband, Jerry George on the floor dead.” “And I need him to come back at this point so we can share some of your comments, hear what you had to say and how you deal with people that you come across in your daily life – what kinds of experiences have you had…” KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) Tuesday said it was “shocked and sad” at the death of veteran social activist and broadcaster, Jerry S. George, while hosting his early morning Internet show “Early in the Morning with Jerry S. George”. But after speaking for nearly half an hour with no response from George, she told viewers she had no idea “where my host is, he has abandoned me. George was a founding member of the regional umbrella media organisation and ACM said that “he had remained a strong supporter of the organisation”. George was also a founding member of the SearchLight Newspaper here. He is survived by his wife and two children. His Facebook page has been flooded with condolence messages with some people saying there were “still in shock” at the news of his death.last_img read more

Caribbean National, Karine Jean-Pierre Selected as Chief-of-Staff to Kamala Harris

first_imgJean-Pierre, 43, who was born in Martinique to Haitian parents, was selected as Harris’ chief-of-staff, becoming the first Black person to serve in that role for a US vice presidential candidate. “Women have been at the forefront of every civil and human rights movement; and now, we stand ready to take our seat at the table in the White House,” Louis, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 45th Council District in Brooklyn, New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). WASHINGTON – Karine Jean-Pierre, a Caribbean national, has been selected to be the chief of staff to Senator Kamala Harris, who recently made history by becoming the first Caribbean-American and Asian-American woman to be nominated as a vice-presidential candidate. In graduate school, she said she explored her Haitian roots through documentary film. CMC Jean-Pierre, who is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn.org and an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, previously served as the deputy campaign manager for Martin O’Malley for President. “They still live check-to-check,” she added. “But, in their eyes, because I made it to the White House, because their daughter went to Columbia, they have received it.” Jean-Pierre, who was raised in Queens, New York, serves as a senior advisor to the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign. Previously, she managed New York Attorney General Letitia James’s successful campaign for New York City Public Advocate. Jean-Pierre’s professional experience has ranged broadly from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. “My parents, Haitian immigrants, it’s like the immigrant experience,” Jean-Pierre told the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 2019. “They came here for the American dream that, in many ways, eluded them. “Karine ‘ambitious’ Jean-Pierre is incredibly proud to be working to elect the Biden/Harris ticket,” tweeted Jean-Pierre Tuesday shortly after Presidential hopeful. Joe Biden selected Harris, as his running mate. In 2011, Jean-Pierre said she served as Deputy Battleground States Director for former US President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, “managing the president’s political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process.” Prior to joining the O’Malley Campaign, Jean-Pierre said on her website that, in 2014, she was the campaign manager for American Civil Liberty Union’s (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Initiate (RFI). While congratulating Harris as the first Caribbean American to be selected as a US Vice Presidential nominee, New York City Democratic Council Member Farah N. Louis, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, also recognized Jean-Pierre.last_img read more

Lawsuit Challenging The Immigration Ban Moves Forward In The Courts

first_imgTwenty-two states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in the case which argues that Trump’s proclamations harm their residents. “The proclamations will, in fact, exacerbate the pandemic’s destructive economic effects. The first hearing comes up on August 27, 2020, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with AILA requesting that the court issue a temporary injunction restraining the administration from enforcing the proclamation, requiring the Department of State to begin issuing visas which were halted due to the ban, while the case is litigated in court. Many believe if Trump wins reelection, he will extend the ban indefinitely. You can read more by visiting the website at www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link in the upper left hand corner or by visiting the enewsletter site at: www.americanimmigrationcentral.com A lawsuit filed by immigrants harmed by Trump’s Immigration Ban is moving forward in the federal courts. center_img The suit is in response to presidential proclamations issued on April 22, 2020 and June 22, 2020, by  Trump which suspend the issuance of immigrant visas to virtually all family and employment-based immigrants (with the exception for the spouses and children of U.S. citizens) as well as H-1B, L-1, H-2B and (most) J-1 temporary non-immigrant visas until at least December 31, 2020. The fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants and temporary visa workers hangs in the balance while the legal challenge by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), proceeds through the courts.   ** Contributions to this Column are made by Attorney Caroly Pedersen, Esq. of the American Immigration Law Centerlast_img read more

CDC Removes COVID-19 Travel Warning for St. Lucia

first_img“Local policies at your destination may require you to be tested for COVID-19 before you are allowed to enter the country. If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. You might consider getting tested before your trip,” the CDC added. For the period of July to August, St. Lucia has welcomed 5,897 travellers through the approved ports of entry, of which 4,413 are visitors. St. Lucia was not the only country to have been issued with the warning by the CDC even as the United States grapples with more than 170,000 deaths and an infection rate of more than five million from the coronavirus. St Lucia has recorded 26 cases of COVID-19, only one of which is active. No deaths have occurred on island. “All measures by the government are geared are ensuring that livelihoods are restored while keeping local communities protected from the virus.” St. Lucia has welcomed the decision by the United States’  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remove its coronavirus (COVID-19) travel warning for the island. “CDC recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 talk to their healthcare providers before traveling to St. Lucia. COVID-19 risk in St. Lucia is low. Over the last 28 days, new cases of COVID-19 in St. Lucia decreased or stabilized.” The CDC said that travellers to the island are advised to check with the Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health of St. Lucia or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travellers, such as mandatory testing or quarantine. St. Lucia welcomed its first commercial flight on July 9, putting in place several protocols, including pretesting within seven days of arrival in the destination, mandatory screening on arrival, use of certified taxis and hotels, a 14-day quarantine period for non-bubble countries, the wearing of masks in public and observing physical distancing. Chairman of the National COVID-19 Response Committee and Minister for Tourism, Dominic Fedee said, “it is an honour to see that the strategic approach to responsibly reopening the tourism sector, dedication and sacrifice of the government, frontline workers and the cooperation of the public is topical in international jurisdictions. “We have to keep following our protocols and ensuring that pre-testing is done before visitors arrive in St. Lucia. This takes the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders in the travel industry,” he added. A statement from the St. Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTHA) Tuesday said the island’s “response to the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring a safe and strategic approach to the reopening of the economy, is receiving rave reviews the world over”. CMC In its previous ‘Level 3: Reconsider Travel’ notice, the CDC urged Americans to avoid non-essential travel to St Lucia due to serious risks to safety and security. The authorities here said that St. Lucia, through the Caribcation brand is working assiduously to introduce its extended stay programme where visitors would be able to work, stay and play, all while enjoying the country’s culture. But in its latest advisory issued on Monday, the CDC placed St. Lucia at “’Watch – Level 1′ saying “COVID-19 risk in St. Lucia is low, new cases are decreasing or stable. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that “this is even more validation of our country’s success in the management of COVID-19.last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Home based Athletes Finally Issued Visas

first_imgGood news as some of Team Nigeria athletes have been granted visas to London for the British High Commission has issued visas to some Nigerian athletes featuring at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, which begins on Friday.At least 3 athletes – Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume and Patience Okon George have been issued visas as at yesterday. The IAAF had to intervene on the delay of entering visas for Team Nigeria, a delay caused by the “shortness” of application time by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria due to lack of funds.The secretary General of AFN, Amaechi Akawo, confirmed getting visa notifications yesterday in an interview.Amaechi said “I got a notification that we should come four visas, If things work out tomorrow (Thursday), the athletes might just travel immediately because their flight ticket is ready.”Meanwhile, some foreign based athletes are already in London and are settling in to compete for laurels at the 16th edition of the Championships.There are signals that the rest of the home based athletes will also get their visas sorted today, just in time to travel to London. RelatedWorld Athletics Championship : What To Expect From Team NigeriaAugust 3, 2017In “Sports”Other Nations Prepared Ahead, Nigeria “Rushed Down” To The World Championships – AFN VPAugust 15, 2017In “Nigeria”2017 Commonwealth Youth Games: Nigeria To Be Represented By Two Athletes In NassauJuly 20, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more