Funeral of Bishop Vincent Darius

The Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Most Rev. Vincent Darius O.P. will take place on Wednesday 25th May in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. George’s at 10.00 a.m.

In accordance with his expressed wish there will be no tributes.

•       The body of Bishop Darius will arrive in Grenada on Wednesday 18th May at 6.55 p.m.

•       On Thursday, 20th May it will be taken to Carriacou for viewing

•       On Monday 23rd May his body will lie in state in St. Martin DePorres Parish Church, Crochu, St. Andrew’s from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

•       On Tuesday 24th it will be in the Cathedral, St. George’s from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

(1). Why isn’t the Bishop’s Funeral at the Stadium since the Cathedral would not hold the expected crowd?

The word “Cathedral” comes from the Latin “CATHEDRA” meaning:
•       the chair or throne of a bishop in his cathedral church;
•       a liturgical term for the assuming of Episcopal authority.

The Cathedra or Bishop’s Chair symbolises the teaching authority of the bishop. Those who were present at the ordination of Bishop Darius will remember the emotional moment after the ordination when the new bishop was escorted to the Cathedra by Bishop Emeritus Sydney Charles who had occupied it until that time.

The CATHEDRAL is the official church of the bishop, where his permanent cathedra or chair is erected. It is the mother church of a diocese and its clergy has precedence.

The Code of Canon Law  (Canon 1178) states that the funeral ceremonies of a diocesan Bishop are to be celebrated in his own cathedral church, unless he himself has chosen another church.

(2). Where will Bishop Darius be buried?

The body of Bishop Darius will be placed in a specially prepared tomb in the crypt of the Cathedral. His tomb is next to that of the first bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada, Bishop Justin Field O.P.

Also buried in the crypt are Fr. William Mallaghan, who died in December 2001 and four other priests who served in Grenada in the 19th century.

The crypt is a recess or vault, usually underground, used as a burial room. Many ancient churches, not necessarily cathedrals, have crypts.

Those buried in crypts will be people intimately associated with the local church.

(3). Why is there such a delay in the holding of the funeral?

The decision to have the funeral on 25th May was made to meet the wishes and needs of the family.

(4). How is the diocese run during the interim period  before a new bishop is appointed?

Canon Law requires that every diocesan bishop have a Vicar General, a priest who will act in his stead when he is absent from the diocese and will carry certain very important responsibilities.

The diocesan bishop must also have a “College of Consultors,” a group of priests whom he has chosen to be his advisers.

Within a few days of the death of a Bishop, the Vicar General convenes a meeting of the Consultors who elect an Administrator of the Diocese. At that point the role of Vicar General comes to an end. The Diocesan Administrator is responsible for the administration of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed. Our Diocesan Administrator is Fr. Clifton Harris O.P.

(5). How is a new bishop selected?

In brief, it is the Pope who decides who shall be a bishop. He will act on the advice of the Regional Apostolic Nuncio (The Pope’s Representative to the Antilles Episcopal Conference – the Bishops of the Caribbean).  The Nuncio, over a period of time will have sought the views of people considered to be responsible and knowledgeable – clergy, religious, and laity, on the suitability of possible candidates.

All concerned in these consultations are bound to secrecy. The Nuncio sends a short list of names to Rome where one is eventually chosen personally by the Pope.  There is no time frame within which the Pope should appoint a Bishop.

New fundraising projects for Anglican Church

The fundraising committee of the St. George’s Anglican Church has stepped up its drive to raise funds for the rebuilding of the parish church on Church Street, St. George’s, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

During last Sunday’s Weekly Service, which now takes place at the St. George’s Anglican Senior School, Head of the Fundraising Committee, Lana McPhail, with the blessing of Archdeacon Christian Glasgow who is currently in Barbados giving support to his wife who is receiving medical attention,  launched two different fundraising projects.

Members of the congregation are being given an opportunity to contribute to one of the final phases of the rebuilding church project by purchasing a window, door or pew.

This can be done as a family, name of a loved one who is deceased, or in a personal capacity.

In recognition of those who have contributed to that project, a plaque indicating who made the contribution will be erected.

The cost of a pew is EC $1500, a small window is costing $3,000, while the large windows cost $5,000 each.

McPhail also launched “a buy a tile project” which cost $10.00.

“We asking you, we, members of this congregation to participate actively. We all want to see our church completed,” she told the congregation.

McPhail, a Permanent Secretary in the Government Service, disclosed the financial intake from the luncheon held on April 3rd.

According to her, they have been able to deposit $15,244 as proceeds from the Easter Luncheon, without any outstanding debts.

She told the congregation that 14 tickets remain unaccounted for, and appealed to those in possession of the tickets to come forward and pay for them.

McPhail said approximately $400,000.00 is still needed to complete the work on the church in time for the Anglican Synod Mass at the end of September.

“We need the funds. You know that these funds are for the rebuilding of the church,” she said.
The Church Warden disclosed that at present there are two containers with lumber sitting on the docks in Guyana awaiting shipment to Grenada.

She said the shipment of the containers is delayed as they are unable to pay for the lumber.

According to her, the Church is receiving the cost of the shipping of the containers as a contribution, but they are not able to move them as the funds to pay for the items have not yet been raised.

The church rebuilding project was launched August 24th, 2014 and it was estimated then that work will be completed in 18 months.

La Mode Man on Non-Capital Murder

Nearly three weeks after a La Mode man died from injuries sustained in an altercation with another man from the same village, Police have slapped a charge of non-capital murder on Cliffom Sergeant.

Barry Lawrence – the victim who lost his life

Barry Lawrence – the victim who lost his life

The 36-year old Sergeant who works in the construction industry as a Tile specialist is accused of causing last month’s death of Barry Lawrence.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the incident arose over a vehicular accident.

According to a high level source Lawrence, 52, was reversing his car on April 10th when it allegedly collided with Sergeant’s parked vehicle.

The source who does not wish to be identified said the two men got into a confrontation and exchanged words.

He said that every time Sergeant saw Lawrence he kept asking him for compensation for the damaged car.

“Between the 10th (of April) and the 18th of the same (April) month they (both men) had some ding dang. Cliffom (allegedly) collared him and boxed him different times. At one time near a shop in La Mode, he (Sergeant) collared up Barry who fell from a low bench. He was taken to the hospital and they discharged him, and then afterwards he died on the 21st (of April) at home,” the source said.

This newspaper was told that Lawrence was heard to be complaining of severe pain in his abdomen.

Cliffom Sergeant – charged with non-capital murder

Cliffom Sergeant – charged with non-capital murder

The deceased is due to be buried today (Friday) following a church service at the Beaulieu Roman Catholic Church.

Sergeant who is being represented by attorneys Derick Sylvester and Francis Paul appeared before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s Number One Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday where the indictable charge was read to him.

He is accused of committing non-capital murder by intentionally and unlawfully causing grievous bodily harm to Lawrence on April 21st at La Mode for which he could not plead.

Sylvester, being aware of the fact that the presiding Magistrate does not have the authority to grant bail to his client, hinted to the court that he would make a bail application before the High Court.

Sergeant was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons at Richmond Hill, St. George’s awaiting his next court appearance on May 31st.

None of the ten witnesses called was present in court Wednesday, and as a result Chief Magistrate Gill issued summons for each of them.

The witnesses to be called by the State include four civilians, three doctors including Pathologist Dr. Hubert Daisley from Trinidad and Tobago, and three Police Officers.

A family source is quoted as saying that Lawrence’s relatives were not satisfied with the results of the first autopsy that was done on the body.

This newspaper was reliably informed that the post-mortem concluded that Lawrence sustained some broken ribs, which could have been the cause of death.

However, a second autopsy was done by Dr. Daisley, who is considered as one of the most respected Pathologists in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Quite revealing!!!

A 15-minute address last week by the island’s leading hotelier, Sir Royston Hopkin was quite revealing about the current state of things in the industry and overall in the country.
Sir Royston who has never hidden his support for current Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell was speaking at a ceremony at his hotel in honour of another international award bestowed on Spice Island Beach Resort.

In a frank and open manner, the hotelier bemoaned the fact that the ruling New National Party (NNP)government of PM Mitchell had allowed itself to sign-off on the type of Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) that it did with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Both the government and fund have been selling the idea that the programme was self-imposed and was not handed down on the people of this tri-island State by the Washington-based financial institution.

Sir Royston was clearly not happy with the incentives package now offered by government to hoteliers in the face of the dictates of the IMF whose job seems to be focused primarily on ensuring that the nation’s Treasury is always in a healthy financial state.

He told the Prime Minister to his face that, “the legislation which they (IMF) have forced you to pass, I am challenging you that you have to go back to parliament” to make the necessary amendments.

This newspaper has always held the view that despite denials from government to the contrary, the fact is that Grenada is being dictated to by the powers-that-be in Washington.

Some of the legislation passed in our local Parliament in the past two to three years are similar to what the IMF has forced down the throat of Jamaica which has been under several funds programmes in the past 35 plus years.

Our governments can never be in the driving seat with the IMF on any SAP since the Washington financial institution did not approach any of them to come for a bailout from the predicament which they brought onto their respective countries.

Our political leaders have simple mis-managed their country’s economies over the years and were left with no choice but to turn to the IMF as a last resort to help them restore fiscal viability.

Another statement from Sir Royston that caught the attention of this newspaper was that “all local entrepreneurs (hoteliers) still have enormous debts and cannot come out” of their current financial predicament unless government did something to help them.

This is a statement that was made quite often during the 2008-13 rule of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas by certain elements within the hotel sector.

These hoteliers were calling for regime change in the Spice Isle in 2012 out of a belief that the policies being pursued back then were harmful to the survival of their businesses.

There were those who were making public statements that they might be forced to close their hotels within a matter of months if things did not change.

A new government was voted into office in February 2013 and today, Sir Royston is telling the nation that many of our hotels are in huge debts and will not be able to come out of it unless government goes back to Parliament and make changes to the legislation governing the industry.

What a startling revelation!!!. Were the hoteliers playing politics?

THE NEW TODAY agrees with Sir Royston that government needs to revisit the incentives package to put all hotels on a more level
playing field.

However, government would have to be engaged in a balancing act since not all the hoteliers are on par with our premier hotelier.

The State and some state-owned financial institutions have lost millions in bad loans extended to some local hoteliers within the past 40 years.

Sir Royston cannot be accused of not working long and hard hours on a daily basis to look after his hotel unlike others who spent most of their time in the day on the golf course and extensive travel around the globe.

The current financial situation calls for more prudent action on the part of any government in giving incentives to all and sundry who want to build a hotel.

It’s good to say that a few hundreds jobs will be given to locals in the initial phase of construction. However, how many of these hotels are properly run like Spice and a few of the others on the island that are not facing a severe financial dilemma?

The farmers can equally put forward a similar case for better
incentives in light of the important role agriculture should be playing in nation building.

Presently, government has found its back against the wall in dealing with the IMF and cannot afford to run the risk of going off-track and in a few short years go back cap in hand to beg for another Structural Adjustment Programme.

Vincy National wanted for Shooting Incident

Local police are closing in on a Vincentian National who is wanted for questioning in connection with the recent shooting spree in the heart of the city which left three St. George’s men nursing gun shot wounds.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James who spoke with reporters at a press conference last week Friday said that the wanted man is now in custody in St. Vincent.

Police have identified the man as the chief suspect in the incident, which took place two weeks ago and left many persons doing business in the town running away in fright and panic.

The daring daylight fracas resulted in Damian Depradine known as “Jigger,” Andre LaTouche known as “Tug Life,” and Romel Haynes being shot on Halifax Street, St. George’s.

Acting Commissioner James said the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is taking the necessary steps to have the Vincentian extradited to Grenada to face charges in the local courts.

Without going into much details, the Chief Cop told reporters that the wanted man was caught in his homeland with a firearm, which the local police believe is the one used to commit the crime in Grenada.

“Three persons were on their way to St. Vincent in a boat, and as a result of intelligence that was received, St. Vincent was informed,” he said.

According to the Acting Commissioner, he has no immediate evidence that the Vincentian National was legal in the country when he allegedly fired the weapon and injured the men.

He said that he was not in a position to say how the man entered Grenada.

James told reporters that Omari Matthew Hall of The Stones, Grand Anse, St. George’s who surrendered to the lawmen after a “wanted man bulleting” was issued for him in connection with the shooting in the city has been released from police custody pending further investigations.

“You may have heard that one man turned in himself, but from our investigation, the one who turned in himself is not the person who pulled the trigger,” he said.

In the face of a spate of recent violent incidents in the country, the Chief Cop stated that there is empirical evidence to show that Grenada is one of the most peaceful islands in the Caribbean.

He said that Grenadians both at home and abroad should be proud of that reputation, and continue to be law-abiding citizens so as to maintain “that good name.”

However, he admitted that unfortunately there has been a sudden upsurge in violent crimes that is threatening the safety of law-abiding citizens and the nation’s reputation as a peaceful place.

Acting Commissioner James referred to three recent shooting incidents including the slaying of Detective Corporal of Police, Daniel Edgar with an AK47 Rifle almost one month ago at Mount Stanhope in St. Mark’s that sent shock waves in the country.

The two other shooting incidents took place in the heart of the city.

Acting Commissioner James conceded that the three incidents have created an unsettled level of fear among members of the population.

He said the mission and focus of RGPF is to quell the sudden spike in lawless activities on the island.

The Acting Commissioner hinted that the force would be instituting a limited gun amnesty for persons having illegal guns in their possession.

“Let me appeal to all who are in possession of unlicensed or illegal firearms to turn them into the police immediately. Persons who have information on the whereabouts of illegal firearms are also asked to inform the police of same,” he said.

“The possession of illegal weapons would not be tolerated,” he emphasised.
Commissioner James expressed the hope that persons in possession of illegal firearms will heed his call.

However, he said if they do not and are found with the weapons, the full force of the law will be brought against them.

He gave assurances that those who comply with his call for the guns to be turned in will not be prosecuted.

Are Grenada’s Grand Etang Forest Reserve Lands Still Protected?

by Gerry Hopkin

Brooklyn, New Yoek – Responding to word on the streets of the tri-island state of Grenada that the New National Party (NNP) Administration, is allegedly about to dispose of lands in the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, the leader of the other main party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sen. Nazim Burke, held a press conference in St. George’s last week, in which he expressed “disgust” and disagreement over the alleged action by the Government.

This comes, amidst widespread calls for the said Administration to abandon plans to sell or lease Camerhogne Park to an investor who intends to build another beachfront hotel in an area that is already over-burdened with establishments which pollute beaches and harm the ecology of the marine environment (reefs, etc.) and the cleanliness of the water in the affected area.

On Wednesday, May 4th, when asked in a national radio show, GBN’s “To the Point,” whether there is any truth to the allegation that 33 acres of land in the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, will be disposed of (sold, leased or given-away), Minister for Implementation in Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique, Alexandra Otway-Noel, essentially said as follows: “Certain parts of Grand Etang have been put aside for development purposes.”

Burke pointed out that this is apparently the case, despite the law of the land passed in 1906, which requires that the lands of the Grand  Etang Forest Reserve, “be strictly preserved and put aside… forever.”

Further, this law was reinforced in 1949 by the Forest, Soil & Water Conservation Act, which was amended in 1967 and 1984, Burke also outlined.

Section 6 of the 1949 Act provides that “No land shall be granted, devised or sold within a forest reserve,” the NDC leader emphasised.

Relatedly, is noteworthy that Camerhogne Park is Grenada’s only maintained, public, recreational green-space, complete with benches, trees, grass, toilets, showers, a parking lot and direct public access to one of the Caribbean’s finest beaches, Grand Anse.

However, this park, Camerhogne, was unfortunately (for green-space advocates and the thousands of families and youths who make use of the facilities therein), never legislatively designated a reserve or protected area, which is what the NDC and civil society leaders in Grenada have been lately fighting for.

Interestingly, the heavily utilised park is also of historic significance, given the fact that the space is called “Camerhogne,” which is the word that was used as the name for “Grenada,” by the early natives who frequented the area now called “Camerhogne.”

Additionally, when the USAID allocated funds to secure and develop the park, considerations were also given to the benefit of having part of the originally 25-acre space, designed to serve as a green catchment/pond area to assist in mitigating the flooding which affects this area. An OAS study of 1988 confirms this.

More details will follow as the story regarding possible attempts by the NNP Administration, to dispose of or misuse lands of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, unfolds and develops.

Government: Salary commitments are met every month without borrowing

The ruling New National Party (NNP) administration has denied claims made by the major opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it had approached the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) to help meet the salaries of public officers in April.

“There is no need to approach any institution to borrow money to meet our salary commitments”, said Minister for Economic Development, Trade, Planning, Cooperatives and International Business, Oliver Joseph.

The senior government minister was addressing members of the local media at the weekly press briefing as he responded to claims made by Congress Leader, Senator Nazim Burke.

During a press conference hosted by NDC, Burke said that he was reliably informed that government borrowed money from the state-controlled Lotteries Authority to meet last month’s wage bill.

According to Minister Joseph, the Member of Parliament for St. David, there is no need for government to borrow money to cover salary payments since its revenue collection has exceeded what was anticipated.

“For the first time, at the end of 2015, government achieved a primary surplus, first time in decades. Every month so far in 2016, government collected more money than projected. The Inland Revenue Department, the Customs Department collected more money than was projected”, he said.

“…Inland Revenue collected $800,000 more last month and that was the least amount we collected. In other words, before that they collected $1.2 million…so government is collecting enough revenue to meet its recurrent expenditure,” he added.

Minister Joseph told reporters that the Keith Mitchell-led administration has reduced the percentage of salary to recurrent expenditure from 70% in 2013 to 48%.

He said only 48% of the revenue collected by government now goes towards paying wages and salary.

“When the IMF told us that we have to bring the wage bill down from 70% to 50% by sending home workers, we said to them, we do not have to send home workers to achieve the targets – we would ask workers to make sacrifices by increasing taxes in certain areas to achieve the same objective and they have applauded the government for getting the wage bill down to under 50% without sending home a single worker and we are very proud of this achievement. We are at 48%,” he remarked.

In rejecting the charges made by Burke, Minister Joseph said the NNP government has been paying salaries on time, without having to borrow from any institution.

The Mitchell-led regime has resorted to an attrition policy in which only three out of every ten vacancies are filled.

The administration was forced to turn to the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance with a Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) to address a severe fiscal situation that existed in 2013.

One month after winning the February general election, the NNP defaulted on payments due to the island’s US bondholders.

Two more persons testify in the Demlyn Murray PI

The State has produced another two witnesses on the Witness Stand to provide evidence in the ongoing Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of 15-year old school girl, Britney Baptiste of Good Hope in St. Paul’s.

Murder suspect Demlym "Dumplin" Murray is escorted to the St. George's No. 1 Magistrate's Court

Murder suspect Demlym “Dumplin” Murray is escorted to the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court

Charged with the murder is 44-year-old Demlyn Murray who is married to the sister of the deceased.

The PI, which resumed last week Thursday, is being presided over by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court.

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Christopher Nelson, QC, who is leading the case for the State called to the stand two sisters of the deceased, one of which is the wife of the murder suspect.

The sisters were asked a number of questions about their sister who was a student at the Happy Hill Secondary School, St. George, and Murray, the man charged with the murder.

Britney’s body was found on March 21 in a neighbour’s plot of land covered among some balizier leaves.

Family members had reported her missing to the Police after she did not return home from visiting her sister at La Mode, St. George on the night of March 19.

A neighbour came forward with information that he saw her going down a grass track leading to the house on the same night but she was apparently attacked by someone minutes later.

According to the autopsy report, the teenager died as a result of asphyxiation (a compression of blood vessels and air passages) and manual strangulation.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Murray also known as “Dumplin”, who was previously employed as a cleaner at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) also, faces a charge of unlawful “sexual intercourse” with the deceased.

The incident, which dates back to December 2015, was due for hearing a few weeks before the teenager was killed.

During the court proceedings, the murder suspect seemed to be a bit uneasy and aggravated as the two sisters gave their testimony before the Chief Magistrate.

Family members of the murdered teenager were once again present in court to observe the proceedings.

The Chief Magistrate has adjourned the matter to June 1.

Spice Island Beach Resort receives ultimate distinction for hotels

After maintaining a rating of a four-diamond hotel for over 15 years, the Spice Island Beach Resort has finally received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award.

AAA Five Diamond Award

AAA Five Diamond Award

This award has only been granted to six other hotels in the Caribbean and 118 hotels worldwide.

This latest award comes on the heels of Sir Royston being honoured in April by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with a Six Star Diamond Lifetime Achievement award.

Nearly 28,000 hotels are reviewed by AAA inspectors who use published guidelines to evaluate and rate properties for the AAA Five Diamond Award and only 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond List.

Having worked for years to achieve this distinguished award and Sir Royston being the only black hotelier to obtain such an award, the management and staff of the resort got into celebratory mode.

The ceremony was held at the hotel in the presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Deputy Managing Director at the Resort, Janelle Hopkin who is the daughter of Sir Royston, noted that her father’s dedication to the success of his hotel is what landed the resort the prestigious award.

“Every great team needs a leader and ….you have lead us straight to this moment right here. With your dedication, your hard work… congratulations to you. Your very humble, loving and rather dynamic personality is the reason why everyone in this room walk into the doors with smiles on their faces….”, she told the gathering while heaping praise on her father.

“…He is a stickler for standards and procedures…and it goes back to his relentless love and passion for giving service and excellent service, not only to the guests but to the employees…we are very proud of you,” she said.

Parliamentary Representative for the South St George constituency, Alexandra Otway-Noel told those assembled on the hotel plant that she is not surprised by the achievement.

“You have done an outstanding job, there is no competition and that’s how this hotel can present itself. You have done a tremendous job, you have broken the barriers, you have raised the standards and you have made everyone else realise that a solid team and a good vision and good work ethic can achieve great things,” the fame government minister told Sir Royston.

Sir Royston doing his champion dance after receiving distinguished award

Sir Royston doing his champion dance after receiving distinguished award

The island’s premier hotelier  who is Chairman and Managing Director of Spice Island Beach Resort attributed his success in the tourism sector to his mother and father who had operated a guesthouse at Belmont in St George’s.

Like on many previous occasions, Sir Royston said he is not a product of a college or university but rather “I am a product of Ottley and Glynis Hopkin”.

“My mother was the innovator of Caribbean cuisine. She laboured in the kitchen night and day to establish a standard of cuisine. My father was up there as the one who would warm the guests, make sure everything was immaculate and they have built a little business from 4 rooms to 12 rooms. They had tremendous repeat guests coming in there and they have built a tremendous reputation.

“…This is where I got it…I want to pay great respect and honour to Ottley and Glynis Hopkin, where I feel very strongly that their legacy is continuing.

Spice is known to be the most awarded local hotel on the island from reputable international hotel organisations.

No tolerance for sexual abuse

The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) will be adopting a zero tolerance attitude towards reports of sexual offenses.

During a media brief last Friday, Acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James said the police force has seen a noticeably increase in the number of sexually related offenses being reported.

According to Acting Commissioner James, it is believed that the increase is due to the many public awareness programmes that have been taking place.

He said people are now more conscious and confident in coming forward to make reports of sexually related offenses.

Recently, the Eastern Division of RGPF staged two street marches involving school children at Grenville and St. David’s denouncing sexual abuse.

The island’s chief cop issued a stern warning to perpetrators that they will feel the full force of the law.

“The Royal Grenada Police Force wants to state clearly that there will be no tolerance for sexual misconduct in our State. We encourage those who are victims of sex crimes to continue to come forward,” said James.

The acting Police Commissioner announced that in the fight against sex crimes, the force along with the various stakeholders is looking at a number of things to help arrest the situation.

He dropped hints that a sex offender’s registry is likely to be established as one of the mechanisms to be implemented.

“We are concerned about what is happening in this country,” he said.