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SENATOR WIGLEY GEORGE – DEFEAT AND CONQUEST

For a very small minority of Senators, when the going gets tough, those who may have been familiar with a carefully articulated quote may have been motivated to persevere, even when facing adversities. It states, ‘…Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; …It strengthens; …tempers; …intensifies, but never destroys it’ [Eliza Tabor-Stephenson: 1835-1914]. Showing indignation over the situations, two former Senators, ‘…Dr. Edmond Mansoor and Wigley George’ had expressed themselves with passion and conviction. Though mindful of looming consequences, Senator Wigley George couldn’t care…

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SIR VERE CORNWALL BIRD – NATIONAL PATRIARCH

Though the contributions of other architects may have been overshadowed by those, who in many respects have also helped in charting the course of the nation, the contributions made by Sir Vere Cornwall Bird KNH, were said to have been among the most significant of any other leader that had succeeded or followed him in administrating the affairs of the nation. In the life of the nation [Antigua & Barbuda], there have been three significant periods that marked its history and development. Those that have rebelled against ‘…slavery,’ had done…

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COMMENTARY: Crime and Violence – Cat and Rope

by: RAWLSTON POMPEY When the several regional neighboring States came together, though sovereign and singly independent, they called themselves the ‘…Caribbean Community (CARICOM).’ When the leaders of several tinier Eastern Caribbean islands bonded together, they called themselves the ‘…Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Geographically and culturally interlinked, there are festive occasions called ‘…Carnival and Crop-over,’ while social commentaries and music are called ‘…calypso, reggae, soca and Creole Zouk.’ Then there some exotic foods called ‘…Fungi, with a peculiar vegetable mixed-up called ‘…pepper-pot; …ducana, salt-fish and chop-up (vegetable mix); …jerk…

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Commentary: The Sacking Prime Ministers – Part II

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY, Equally as much as members of society have expressed concerns over rising crime and violence, they have also expressed abhorrence to officials who have been alleged to have engaged in conduct akin to depravity. This article looks at methodologies, strategies and/or operational tactics, law enforcement agencies have employed in ‘…Luring and nabbing’ suspects and wanted persons’ for their alleged involvement in acts of criminality, and particularly those across borders. Hence, it is never by accident when criminal suspects are lured away from safe haven.’ The classified acts…

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GUN VIOLENCE – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART III

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY While regional Public Safety Ministers ‘debate and/or contemplate crime control measures,’ gunmen continue to annihilate both the ‘…not-so- law-abiding and law-abiding people.’ Likened to Gatling guns, they have rattled law-abiding and innocent people everywhere. Thus, victims and general public have constantly urged measured responses. Crime fighting is not about ‘…knee-jerk reaction.’ It has always been ‘Strategy-based.’ In the fight against crime and violence, that which is of vital importance have always been, though not limited to, (i) ‘…Defined national policies; (ii) …strategies; (iii) …crime plans; …functional approaches…

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COMMENTARY: The Sacking Prime Ministers – Part 1

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY, In formal and informal organizations, as it is in institutions and public administration, leadership has never been without difficulties and/or challenges. Among those that are most problematic are usually those affecting human attitude and conduct. There is erratic and errant behavior, as there are incidence of dishonesty and skullduggery. While societal status and organizational affiliation often cloud visions to see to act, sustained public pressure, invariably, has been the driving force for decisive actions. For those who are born with, or have acquired the necessary leadership and…

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COMMENTARY: GUN VIOLENCE – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART III

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There are several public institutions and private organizations. Each is identified by its definitive societal roles. The ones that identify with this article are, the ‘Media and Judiciary.’ These institutions have often been made ‘scapegoats’ for the failings of governance and society. Given the advent of information and technology, many people rely upon the Media to be kept informed of developments and current affairs, be it impending hurricanes or socio-economic, political life of their nations and ‘crime and punishment.’ In spite of its role, the media have…

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COMMENTARY: Gun Violence – A Professional Perspective – Part II

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY While nations have been faced with ‘ideological terror,’ others have been facing monumental challenges with gun-toting criminals. In the minds of law-abiding people, many have become apprehensive. Such has been evident in many regional States. The impact on human lives suggests that gun violence has become as ravaging to communities and as deadly to people as have been hurricanes ‘Irma and Maria’ [September 6 & 18, 2017]. Dogged by limitations, law enforcement has not only been challenged with increasing violent crimes, but also many agencies are under-resourced….

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GUN CRIMES – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

It is undeniable that the ‘Gun Culture’ has pervaded many of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Occurring with frightening regularity, have been shootings that speak to recklessness and killings that are capable of being deemed senseless. Many will have seen communities reduced to societal lawlessness, with countable crime scenes of ‘adult males and females; …young men and women –some innocent and some not-so-innocent.’ This article looks specifically at homicides in two ‘OECS-St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.’ It also looks briefly at the Judiciary and…

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COMMENTARY: Barbuda – Hurricane Irma – Aftermath

by: RAWLSTON POMPEY The chain of islands comprising ‘CARICOM and OECS,’ is not only geographically and historically linked, but also culturally, economically and politically bonded. The combined population is estimated to be ‘600, 000 people. For reasons of impinging influences on ‘practice, culture and custom,’ these have invariably provoked chagrin in conservative and conscious-minded people. They not only boasted some of the world’s finest and alluring white, black and pink sand beaches, but also the same weather conditions. Basking in constant sunshine, and cooled by gentle breeze blowing off the…

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