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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad  –  Former Trinidad and Tobago and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has been “denied entry into the United States for having an Iranian stamp in his passport”, British newspapers reported this week.

This comes weeks after US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim travel ban” was blocked by courts. The list of seven countries included Iran.

Yorke provided analysis for television coverage of United’s 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne in the ­Europa League on Thursday night.

On Thursday, Yorke was allegedly not allowed to transit through Miami, Florida, on his way to Trinidad.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana  –  Leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community expressed concern Friday that US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies could lead to a slowdown in travel to a region dependent on tourism.

As Caribbean leaders wrapped up their mid-term summit in Guyana’s capital city Georgetown, incoming CARICOM Chairman Keith Mitchell — prime minister of Grenada — said the trade bloc has adopted a “wait-and-see attitude” with respect to America’s evolving migration policy and how it affects the region’s vital tourism industry.

“We must obviously be concerned with the recent issue related to immigration, and the impact it will have on our citizens and… on tourism,” Mitchell told a news conference at the close of the two-day summit, the first since President Trump took office.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia  –  Police have charged one of their colleagues with murder following a police operation in Marigot, west of here last month.

Police said that Gilroy Gaston, who has been released on EC$15,000 bail, was charged with the murder of 39-year-old Yves Rene alias “Nazarene”, who was shot during the operation on January 8.

The authorities said that the investigation was launched with the guidance of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The arrest comes as law enforcement authorities here continue to grapple with the so-called IMPACS report that looked at extra-judicial killings here.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - It’s again this time of the year. The 13th edition of MPC’s Extreme Survival has started with the race for being classified to participate on the huge event on 11 th March 2017. On that day all classified teams have to do some hikes; riding a bike somewhere around the island; kayak around the lagoon; swim for a while, and solve little problems on their way trying to ‘survive’. It is exhausting, but when you cross that finish line...well nothing can beat that feeling of satisfaction.

Only twenty teams may compete, so the game is already on, trying to reach the highest amount of points, because everybody wants to be part of this event that will end with a wonderful barbecue party on a beach. Nobody knows what this day will bring to the participants, because all the information is kept secret until the start. But before that start, you must be part of the classified teams!

100 points can be achieved with different assignments, like hiking; searching for something special, reaching a certain point, doing something unusual.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders begin their two-day inter-sessional summit here on Thursday with crime and security, economic development and international relations high on their agenda.

CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque, speaking ahead of the summit, said that crime continues to pose a threat to the 15-member regional grouping and is no longer just a national issue.

“It’s a regional one and hence it demands a regional solution,” LaRocque said, noting that trans-border crime is “something one needs to address,” given the need to reduce the “level of criminality” within the Caribbean.

But he noted that the regional leaders will not be in a position to sign onto the arrest warrant treaty and recovery of assets treaty that would have resulted in increased cooperation among member states and which are part of the crime and security strategy adopted by leaders at their 24th inter-sessional held in Haiti three years ago.

“At this point and time we are not yet in a position to say that we are going to adopt this instrument at the sitting…our hope was to have done that but I have to admit that some of the legal instruments require very careful examination.

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