Dominica Criminologist and Sociologist to Visit St. Kitts and Nevis on Invitation for Assistance

first_imgLocalNewsRegional Dominica Criminologist and Sociologist to Visit St. Kitts and Nevis on Invitation for Assistance by: – February 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean. Photo credit: peterstjean.wordpress.comBasseterre, St. Kitts, February 2nd 2012–Local efforts aimed at mitigating crime, violence, and delinquency on the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, are about to be strengthened with the assistance of a team of consultants assembled and headed by Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean, a noted Dominica born and Chicago based criminologist and sociologist who is scheduled to visit the Federation from February 3-11, 2012.The involvement of Dr. St. Jean and his team was initiated by an October 14th 2011 appeal from a concerned St. Kitts resident, Ayoub Peter Morancie. Concerned about patterns of crime and violence that were occurring on the Federation at that time, and being aware of the likely adverse effects of such events on the economic, social, cultural, and other foundations of the Federation, Mr. Morancie contacted Dr. St. Jean to assist with local efforts aimed at reducing such problems.An example of Dr. St. Jean’s work includes a 1996 intervention with the then troubled community of Grand Bay, Dominica to resolve police-community tensions and high crime. The collaborative work with members of that community and the police produced the 1997 implementation of Dominica’s first community policing program. The result was drastic reductions in crime and fear of crime, improved community-police relations, and reestablishment of Grand Bay’s reputation as a more peaceful place to live, work, and visit. On the 10th year anniversary of the beginning of the intervention, Dr. St. Jean captured progress in Grand Bay in his first book entitled, Lessons from Grand Bay: Prospects for Maintaining Low Crime in Dominica, Nature Island of the Caribbean.Also, during 2011, compared to 2010, Dominica realized a 60% decrease in homicides. This was attributed in part, to timely intervention against murderous retaliations after escalating conflicts among high profile criminally involved rivals led to an apparent attempted murder which left one of those men sustaining 11 gunshot wounds. As a result, a community was held under siege anticipating a rampage even before the victim fully recovered.In response, as part of a team of professionals organized by a then Dominica Magistrate, Dr. St. Jean played a direct and pivotal role to help the most bitter rivals commit to sustained peace. That peace conference was successful in part because it was part of a chain of events promoting desires for peace in that community. Such events included Peace Intelligence Workshops conducted by Dr. St. Jean with different segments of the community, and a “Radical Jam for Peace” organized by local youth and an adult mentor.Responding to Mr. Morancie’s request for collaboration, on November 8th 2011, Dr. St. Jean and his team provided him with a draft proposal to conduct a feasibility study on the Federation to ascertain prospects for implementing what is termed the “Peaceful St. Christopher and Nevis Initiative (PSNI).” Impressed with the contents of the proposal, Mr. Morancie secured personal funding to allow Dr. St. Jean to visit the Federation for this initial feasibility exploration. The purpose is to further explain the proposal, facilitate discussions, and secure the necessary resources and access to conduct the feasibility study, should local stakeholders consider the proposed Initiative to be a good fit to help address issues of concern.Stakeholders that are expected to meet with Dr. St. Jean during his visit include members of the New Mentality Team Club, criminally involved persons, the youth, Commissioner of Police C. G. Walwyn, other criminal justice officials, members of government, representatives from the private sector, civic society, the faith based community, and others. A documentary entitled Lessons from Homicides: The Buffalo Story that Dr. St. Jean has directed and produced is also scheduled to be featured as part of the “Peace Jog” organized by the New Mentality Team Club. That event is scheduled for 10am to 6pm on Saturday, February 4th 2012 at Independence Square in St. Kitts. For updates on Dr. St. Jean’s trip to St. Kitts and Nevis, visit the website of the Peaceful World Movement at www.peacefulworldmovement.org. Press Release Share 37 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Stewart to lead Young Windies on southern Africa tour

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Emmanuel Stewart will have five new caps to lead when the West Indies Under-19 squad embark on a tour of southern Africa in July.The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced a 15-member squad that will take on South Africa in five Youth One-day Internationals and Zimbabwe in three.“The squad is well balanced with a number of multi-dimensional players which will provide depth in all departments,” said head coach Graeme West.“This team is still very young in comparison with the previous squad, but it’s already a very united group that works well together and has a great desire to learn and improve.”Stewart and vice-captain Kirstan Kallicharran are the only two remaining members from the World Cup-winning squad of last year.The new players are: Trinidad & Tobago left-handed batsman and part-time off-spinner Keegan Simmons, nephew of former West Indies batsman and head coach Phil Simmons and cousin of West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons; Guyanese wicketkeeper/batsman Joshua Persaud, along with pacer Cephas Cooper of Trinidad & Tobago, Darren Nedd from Grenada, and Barbadian Nyeem Young.The remaining eight players were part of the team that played in the Regional Super50 Tournament in January/February in Antigua, including Bhaskar Yadram.The slow bowling all-rounder from Guyana is the only player in the squad that has moved on to make his first-class debut, playing for reigning three-time Regional 4-Day champions Guyana Jaguars against Leeward Islands Hurricanes last April.The WICB said in a media release that the tours were being undertaken as part of the team’s build-up to the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from January 12 to February 4 next year.“We are going to give 15 talented, young players the opportunity to represent West Indies, experience touring overseas and to play Youth Internationals,” said West.“We learnt a great deal about a number of the players in the WICB Regional Super50. This will be another opportunity to find out which players have the skill-sets to perform consistently at this level and establish who will stand up when put under pressure by quality opponents.”West said the objectives for the tour is to win both series and establish the patterns of play and combinations that will be taken into the World Cup.“We will want to see growth and improvement in every game we play and we will want contributions from all members of the squad, so it will be important that the team acclimatise quickly and get off to a good start,” he said.Squad:Emmanuel Stewart (captain), Kirstan Kallicharran (vice-captain), Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Cephas Cooper, Mykile Louis, Darren Nedd, Matthew Patrick, Joshua Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Kegan Simmons, Jeavier Spencer, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem YoungITINERARYWest Indies Under-19s to South AfricaJULYTuesday 4 – Tour Match vs South Africa Under-19 XI – Varsity Oval, Durban.Thursday 6 – Tour Match vs Kwa-Zulu Natal Academy – Varsity Oval.Sunday 9 – First Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval, Durban.Wedbesday 12 – Second Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg.Friday 14 – Third Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Sunday 16 – Fourth Youth ODI – Pietermaritzburg Oval.Wednesday 19 – Fifth Youth ODI – Chatsworth Oval.West Indies Under-19s to ZimbabweJULYSunday 23 – First Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Wednesday 26 – Second Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.Saturday 29 – Third Youth ODI – Venue to be decided.last_img read more