BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A Guyanese national, who has been living here illegally for the past 11 years, was ordered deported to his homeland after he pleaded guilty to stealing a number of items from a supermarket including a one can of corn beef.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sergeant issued the deportation order to Johnny Harington Worrell, who was charged with stealing the goods worth just over BDS23.

Worrell was arrested after security personnel responded to a report that a man was seen concealing items “on his person”.

The accused arrived in Barbados in December 2004 and applied for an extension to stay in the country until June the following year. However, he failed to regularise his status when it expired on August 31, 2005.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -

Active shooter:

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.

As a result of the ongoing “mass murder” investigation which took place at the very popular “Pulse Night Club” in Orlando Florida on Sunday June 12th at approximately 02.00 a.m. the management team of the KPSM is extending sincere words of sympathy and strength to the family and friends of the victims involved.

This type of unfortunate event which on many occasions can be linked to”terrorism” is on the increase worldwide and all law enforcement agencies should take this quite seriously in order to be best prepared if they should experience should an event.

The KPSM SWAT-team participates every year in the World SWAT-challenge which is held yearly in Orlando, Florida. During this challenge different SWAT-teams from different countries challenge each other in the latest arrest tactics and techniques. The KPSM SWAT-team has also done training with the Orange County SWAT and other law enforcement agencies in the United States. Because of the very close work relation and trainings the KPSM highly commends these laws enforcement agencies for their professionalism and bravery in dealing with the situation on Sunday last.

The KPSM also provides all of its officers with the “Integral Profession Training” which is given several times yearly by qualified internal instructors who are well equipped to give these trainings. The Integral Profession Trainings are compulsory and are kept to have their personnel better prepared to deal with these situations if such an event should take place.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – Honorable Dignitaries, Invited guest, Conference speakers and attendees, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the beautiful Island St Maarten. I welcome you here to our island and thank you all for traveling here for the Caribbean Shark Conservation Symposium. I sincerely regret that I could not be here in person to welcome you. I would like to thank our co-hosts, The St. Maarten Nature Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Bahamas National Trust, for working with us to make this symposium a reality.

We have an exciting program in store for you over the next two days. We will hear from global shark experts including scientists, economists, and trade experts. You will have the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker Sir Richard Branson, fellow governments and NGOs about their respective efforts on shark conservation. They have traveled here from as far away as Canada and Hong Kong.

Why do sharks need protection ? Well, many people may not realize this, but many shark species are headed toward extinction. In fact, scientists tell us that 100 million are killed every year. But sharks are important to our oceans, and they are important to islands like St. Maarten. They balance our ecosystem and they are an important part of our tourism economy because divers from all over the world come here for the opportunity to see sharks in the wild.

Here on St. Maarten we’ve formally recognized the value of our sharks and as a result, they are fully protected. Thanks in large part to the work of the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, in 2012 the Government of St. Maarten placed a 10-year moratorium on shark fishing, thereby designating our waters a shark sanctuary. Tomorrow we will formally announce a long-term extension of our shark sanctuary. We want these magnificent creatures to be here for our children and grandchildren, and for all the future visitors to our island.

We understand that many in attendance have also taken bold strides in ocean conservation, or are currently working to do so. As the St. Maarten minister of Tourism Economic Affairs Transportation and Telecommunication, I truly hope that all stakeholders, businessmen and experts will find common ground for the sake of this formidable species.

Protecting and Saving our Shark population will have economic benefits for our island. Your efforts, followed by concrete proposals and agreements during this conference will yield invaluable information that will be translated into concrete policy actions from our government.

We look forward to more discussions and the exchanging of ideas over the course of the symposium. We hope that this will be an informative and enjoyable three days. I wish you a successful Conference and I look forward to meeting you in person again in the near future. Also, please make use of this opportunity to explore our beautiful Island and all that it has to offer.

Thank you.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - USM, Pond Island, Following a competition, the Island Resources Foundation presented the University of St, Martin Dean of Academics, Genѐve Phillip, with a partial scholarship to attend the 14th Annual Islands of the World Conference in Lesvos, Greece. 

The theme of the Conference which ran from May 23rd-27th , was “Island Identity - Niss(i)ology and Utopia”.

Dean Phillip explained that Nissiology is a concept coined by world renowned island studies scholar, Grant Mc Call and it refers to “the study of islands on their own terms”.

Dean Phillip was among six researchers who received scholarships to attend the Conference. Of the approximately 150 global participants, Dean Phillip said that she was humbled to be among the six winners.

The title of Dean Phillip’s paper was “Understanding ideational diffusion and island identity through a good governance paradigm”. The idea for the conference paper stemmed from her PhD thesis in which she focuses on problematizing and deconstructing universalistic governance norms in the island territories of Curacao, St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago.

Sharing more about her research, Dean Phillip stated that “my work aims not only to problematize universalistic norms that are inconsistent with island nominated challenges but I also endeavor to provide formidable policy options and alternatives”.

In her presentation, Dean Phillip indicated that research participants in the named territories were generally responding to questions of governance in non-technical terms.

Dean Phillip has already identified emerging themes in her PhD research which relate to questions of power, agency, capacity and education, which in turn have implications for the quality of governance that is attainable in the territories.

“Ideas about what constitutes good governance can come as often as possible from the Hague, Brussels or the World Bank, if we do not get persons to talk about their perception of it and decide how it must translate into policy practice in the context of their own realities it will never work”.

Dean Phillip intends to submit her conference paper to be considered for publication in the next issue of the Island Studies Journal.

NEGRIL, Jamaica – The police high command is offering a reward of $2 million to anyone with information leading to the arrests of the killers of 35-year-old real estate agent Andre Palakai, a Canadian visitor who was gunned down here Friday night.

“It is very early in the investigations and we are going to be offering $2 million to anyone who has information that will lead to the capture of these killers,” Commissioner of Police Carl Williams declared.

Police report that Friday, about 9:00 pm, Palakai, who lived in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, was walking along a section of the West End main road in Negril, in the company of his girlfriend and his father, when two men rode up on a motorcycle.

The men reportedly shot the visitor before jumping back on the bike and speeding off.

Palakai was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The three were reportedly heading back to their hotel after they ate at a restaurant when they were pounced upon. Palakai’s girlfriend and his father were not hurt.

Up to late yesterday afternoon detectives close to the probe were still nowhere closer to the motive behind the attack. The detectives say the tourists were not robbed.

“Absolutely no effort was made to rob them,” a senior investigator close to the probe said.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Williams, who visited Palakai’s father Saturday afternoon, gave him a commitment that the police will do everything to bring the killers to justice.

“I visited the father of the Canadian tourist who was shot and killed in West End, Negril, last night (Saturday) and gave him the assurance that we will do everything to find the person or persons who killed his son,” the police commissioner told journalists.

He also disclosed that he was in Negril following visits to family members of two men murdered in separate incidents in Drewsland and Denham Town recently.

“Life, no matter who it belongs to, whether local or international visitors, is important and is valued by us. The lives of the persons in Kingston are no less valuable than the lives of the persons who visit us in our resort areas,” Commissioner Williams said. (Jamaica Observer)

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