Columns Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SHANNON MARTINEZ – FROM VACATIONER TO PRISONER

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There may be very little doubt that the ‘…Promotional Strategies’ of the Tourism Ministry, a foundation reportedly laid by embattled  former Minister Asot Michael, may have been among the considerations influencing Eddie Martinez to consider Antigua and Barbuda for a family vacation. There may also be no doubt that the Texas family of four had ended what has been described by an empathizing Texas Fire Chief Palmer Buck as ‘…a fantastic vacation’ [Kxan News: June 15, 2018]. There may also be no doubt that either one of…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

GEORGE WHENNER – TRIAL OF CONFUSION AND MISGIVING

In view of the need to inculcate ‘…civic-mindedness in the citizenry; …promoting trust in the in the Judiciary and confidence in the criminal justice system,’ framers of the Constitution had inserted among the five ‘…Founding Principles,’ several important clauses. One of which states, ‘…The people of Antigua and Barbuda recognize that the law symbolizes the public conscience; …that every person owes to it an undivided allegiance.’ It further states that the people shall ‘…not limit themselves by any private views of justice or expediency; and that the State is subject…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

BARBUDAN STATUS – TENNANTS OR SQUATTERS

Known for its traditional land communal practice, Barbuda’s population of 1, 500 and combined national population of ‘…84, 316 people are mostly of African descent’ [Census: 2011]. The social life of residents not only speaks to a communal tradition of longevity, but also a political climate that in recent times, speaks to feuds, frictions and deception.’ Culturally, the island is unique, with a shared land tenure that exists for 114 years [1904-2018]. The residents are ‘…hospitable; …obliging and accommodating.’ The nation boasts 365 sun-drenched and easily accessible beaches. It has…

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Rawlston Pompey 

MAKING AND BREAKING OF A COMMISSIONER

In law enforcement, every once in a while a major disturbing situation develops. There are allegations of professional misconduct, indiscretions or transgressions.  Many in leadership positions were often tested. Attempting to address issues at hand, many who had relied upon their wisdom, had often faltered. There is a wary and merciless populace. Heads must roll. Public expectations are high. Thus, there is need, inter alia to, ‘…allay fears and eliminate distrust; …take decisive action to boost public confidence.’  These are the expectations of the citizenry. However, while citizens worry the…

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Crime & Police Rawlston Pompey 

SEXUAL OVERTURES – DISCIPLINARY HEALING

As confusion continues to reign within the Police Service and its Commission (PSC),’ anxieties and uncertainties continue to affect personnel. These have been attributed to the apparent protractedness or inability or reluctance in the Police Service Commission in acting expeditiously and decisively. Anxious victims and a wary citizenry, patiently wait to see the matter resolved. Though not specified in the Disciplinary Code, ‘…sexually seductive advances,’ may fall under the offence ‘…Discreditable Conduct’ [Section A]. This speaks to undefined conduct that has the potential to bring the Police Service into disrepute…

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Climate Change Columns 

Why Caribbean People Are Not Taking Building Codes Seriously

By:  Delia Louis The OECS islands are adorned with picturesque homes and buildings-on lowlying areas and on hillsides. Caribbean people on a whole take pride in owning beautiful homes, both the interior and exterior. In recent years, we have seen the erection of energy conservation technologies like consumer solar panels, wind turbines, as well as mechanisms to trap rainwater for the dry spells. Homeowners and businesses alike are quickly realising that preparing their families and businesses for the effects of climate change is of top priority. However, many building owners…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

FOUR WISE MEN- A WOMAN AND A MYSTIC PRISONER

Most investigators know that whenever an accused person volunteered to show ‘…Bush-Concealed Articles,’ such person might be sending ‘…sign-less messages’ that demand investigative deciphering. Mindful of subterfuges, most investigators are alert for problems. Consequently, most often consider, inter alia (i) ‘…officer safety; (ii) …safety of others and prisoner; (iii) …preventing defeat of the ends of justice; and (iv) …absconsion.’ These are not just possibilities, but have actually occurred. The case of ‘…self-confessed triple-murder accused Delano Forbes 23,’ makes the point. While law enforcement is acutely aware of criminal deception, situationally,…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

DELANO FORBES – FLIGHT TO LIBERTY

From that which was well-known among the law enforcement community, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of most Police Services, particularly, those within the British Commonwealth are staffed with some of the most ‘…professionally well-trained men and women. They are highly intelligent, smart and quick-witted.’ Given their expertise and investigative skills, they are referred to as the ‘…Crème -De-La- Crème’ of the Department. Whether or not sitting behind office desks conducting interviews or on the field investigating, personal appearance matters. Thus, personnel are usually smartly attired in civilian clothing. Before the…

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Columns Regional News 

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

By Sir Ronald Sanders A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940’s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a Charter that now traps the Organization and immobilizes it.   Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples it was ostensibly created to serve, not because of the actions of Caribbean countries but due to the desire by a few powerful countries to coerce the OAS into adopting positions…

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Columns Rawlston Pompey 

FOLLOW UP- YUGGE FARRELL – TRIBULATIONS OF A TRIAL

The harrowing experiences of fashion model/defendant Yugge Farrell 23, not only speaks to ‘…cruel and inhuman treatment,’ but had also shown a dire need for ‘…redemptive streamlining of the Magistracy.’ The circumstances leading to such experiences, continues to capture the interest of people, thereby saturating news portals and media houses across the region. There are no feelings without compassion and no expressions without consternation over her 21-day confinement to the ‘…160-bed Glenn Mental Hospital. Though the course of action speaks to human infallibility, it also reeks of ‘…prosecutorial and Magisterial…

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