PARAMARIBO--Freedom does not come easy for the three rappers from The Hague in custody in Suriname on sexual misconduct charges.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad--The Senate has passed a Bill that raises the legal age for marriage in Trinidad and Tobago to eighteen.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada--Damning allegations that a Grenadian family visiting Barbados was manhandled and humiliated by Barbadian police are hurting Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
LONDON, United Kingdom--A British businessman who was investing in several projects in Antigua and Barbuda has been arrested in London in connection with tax fraud in Germany.
ROSEAU, Dominica--Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Organization of American States (OAS) Ambassador Dr. Vince Henderson assumed the Chairmanship of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development CIDI on Thursday, January 12.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia--Sharp knives, cutlasses, scissors, screwdrivers and small bags of marijuana and crack cocaine are not unusual seizures for law enforcers in St. Lucia. The problem is, these drugs and weapons are increasingly being confiscated from the bags of the nation’s students.
Determined to arrest the alarming trend, the Community Relations Branch (CRB) of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force has served notice that children who commit any serious criminal acts will be prosecuted.
Wednesday, police laid bare the disturbing finds, which were seized during random searches conducted in 2015 and 2016: 47 knives, including pen knives; five cutlasses; 46 scissors; nine screwdrivers; and 14 lighters were recovered, along with 16 marijuana sticks, 13 five-bag portions of the drug, 104 foil wraps of marijuana and three foil wraps with crack cocaine.
However, the offenders were spared prosecution and placed in a rehabilitative programme coordinated by their schools.
Officer Ted King of the CRB told reporters that students as early as Form One age had been involved.
“The offenders and victims are getting younger and younger at an alarming rate, which is a cause for concern,” he said.
King suggested that adults may be encouraging children in deviant behaviour and he warned that anyone introducing students to the sale and use of drugs would face the full brunt of the law.
He said police would soon be rolling out a crime prevention initiative dubbed School Crime Watch.
“We will ensure that our young people are not taken down the path of destruction or to a point of no return,” King said.
“We will continue our proactive approach to assist and guide you. The onus is on you to absorb the message.” ~ Caribbean360 ~
PARAMARIBO--The court has spoken. A woman who was born a man should be able to change her gender at the Census Office. A judge in Paramaribo granted this request of transgender woman Yvanna Hilton on Wednesday, putting aside objections religious organisations have voiced on the matter.
POMEROON, Guyana--Large acreages of farmland located in the Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are currently inundated with six to eight inches of floodwater caused by excessive rainfall and poor drainage.
KINGSTON, Jamaica--The Ministry of Health issued a travel advisory Sunday to Jamaicans visiting malaria-affected countries following the confirmation of two imported cases here.
NASSAU, The Bahamas--The Perry Christie administration has stirred outrage in the Bahamas as startling revelations surface that developers of the heavily touted Baha Mar project have been exempted from paying Value Added Tax (VAT).
PARAMARIBO--In a surprising twist, the mother of the girl who was supposedly sexually abused by members of a Dutch rap group, has withdrawn her accusations. Her change of heart comes as her daughter called for the community and police to stop “so that everyone can just go on with their lives.” It remains to be seen, however, if police will back off from a criminal case in which the evidence is in hand.
PARAMARIBO--The Suralco alumina refinery and bauxite mines in Suriname are closing indefinitely. New York-based aluminium producer Alcoa Corporation announced in a press release on Wednesday that it was working to reach the best possible solution that would enable Suriname to maintain its bauxite industry.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana--“2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” said President of Guyana Brigadier David Granger, the incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community Caricom.
KINGSTON, Jamaica--Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has found himself in the company of United States President Barack Obama and US President-elect Donald Trump. They are among the most influential people in travel for 2016, according to travel trade website Travel Pulse.
PARAMARIBO--Three rappers from The Hague have been arrested in Suriname, in connection with a sexual abuse case.
The young men, identified as Frenna, Priceless and KM of rap group SFB (Strictly Family Business), are under suspicion of group sex with an underage girl in Paramaribo last year. They then shared video footage of their sexual misconduct on social media.
PARAMARIBO--Two people died Thursday afternoon in a car crash on the Afobakka highway in District Brokopondo. Five were admitted to hospital in critical condition.
CODRINGTON, Barbuda--At least one group of Barbudans is still not ready to roll out the red carpet for American actor Robert De Niro and his billionaire business partner James Packer who are planning to revamp and reopen the K Club.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--The United Nations (UN) fund aimed at rapid humanitarian response for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict has approved US $3.5 million for restoring safe education services for schools and other relief activities in storm-hit southwest Haiti.