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            [post_content] => An inquest has been done after a Royal Navy veteran died from drinking a mouthful of a pear drink that was exported from the Caribbean containing cocaine in a concentration at least 20 times the lethal amount.

The 33-year-old originating from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, became ill after sipping the drink which he later spat out because of its bitter taste.

Last year on the 5th of December Joromie Lewis of Gosport, Hampshire was working at a food import company when he consumed the drink. He collapsed seconds later and was rushed to the Southampton General Hospital where he died the same night.

The inquest, in Winchester, heard that the drink imported from the Caribbean by Kelly's Shipping Ltd called Pear D contained an "overwhelmingly high" concentration of cocaine.

“Joromie worked for a company which imported food and drink from the Caribbean and distributed them in this country. He was a driver and general assistant working mainly on a part-time basis,” the coroner for Central Hampshire, Graham Short said.

“He took only one mouthful, and he felt it tasted bitter and spat it out. After this, he started to feel unwell and he was taken to hospital by his friends. He died later the same day at Southampton General Hospital. Tests of the contents of the bottle showed it had a very high concentration of the drug cocaine in solution,” Short added.

Home office pathologist, Dr. Basil Purdue said that the bottle was imported along with 90 cases into the country. It was tested for dissolved cocaine - a smuggling method for the drug.

He also conveyed that Mr. Lewis was a healthy man whose medical history only included a problem with his back which had led to him being discharged from the Navy in 2012.
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Navy Veteran Dies From Consuming Caribbean Imported Cocaine-Laced Drink

October 30, 2014
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            [post_date] => 2014-10-29 10:00:19
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            [post_content] => St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Brazil announced that they have signed an agreement to allow nationals to move from one country to the other without requiring a visa, starting in mid-November.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Camillo Gonsalves informed legislators that nationals from both countries will be able to visit each other for up to 90 days, and will also be able to visit for 180 upon upgrading.

“Of course, this is for tourism purposes. If you are going as a student, or if you are going to work, there are still requirements that you will have to fulfil,” Mr. Gonsalves explained.

He described Brazil as a mecca for football fans and as a carnival capital.

“But, in addition to soccer and samba, there is quite a bit more to Brazil that is of interest to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and of interest to the world,” Gonsalves said, expounding that Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in terms of size and population.

He also added that the country has one of the largest populations of people of African descent in the world, with 200 million citizens.

“It is a top 10 economy; Brazil is ranked seventh in the world — its economy, and has a GDP of two and a half trillion US dollars and it is one of what they calls the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — the largest and most influential emerging economies,” he stated.

Mr. Gonsalves also elaborated that the Vincentians will also have the opportunity to visit the 2016 Olympic Games hosting country with no hassle when the time comes, as they will not be required to have a visa.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was also said to show agreements with the Foreign Affairs Minister's initiative by repeatedly enunciating the “Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean (ABC) policy”, which suggests that the closest link between the Caribbean and West Africa is Brazil.

“And he has said repeatedly that we have to try to forge strong links of transportation, of culture, of communication, not only with the hundred-plus million members of the African diaspora who live in Brazil, but, of course, the entire continent of Africa. And, the logical place, is not for us to go north to come south to Africa, but to go south to Brazil and then simply then go across east to visit the motherland,” Sen. Gonsalves added. “With the waiver of visas, that is another step in the forging and strengthening of this ABC connection.”

Since the recent agreement with Brazil, the number of non-CARICOM countries that nationals of the St. Vincent & Grenadines has formal reciprocal visa waivers for non-diplomatic passports has increased to 40. There are also plans to negotiate with the Schengen zone of Europe, which comprises 26 countries, to add to their list.

“And we hope very soon to complete negotiations in that regard, so that we won’t need visas to visit Europe,” he concluded.
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St. Vincent Signs 'Visa-Free' Travel Agreement With Brazil

October 29, 2014
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            [post_content] => The Bahamas government has announced that as of the 1st of November, all non-nationals residing in the country will have to show legit documentation that they were permitted to live or work in the country.

Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell stated that while the Perry Christie administration had outlined the new immigration policy plan earlier this year and allowed the concerned to make their comments, there is "nothing that has come back by way of feedback on the policies indicates that there is a need to change that administrative starting date."

“The date will therefore stand as the commencement date of the policy,” Mr. Mitchell said, adding that that policy stands for all immigrants.

“It is generic in nature. It seeks only to better ensure that the people who live and reside in The Bahamas have the lawful authority to do so, either because they are citizens of The Bahamas or they have permits to reside or work here”.

The great number of illegal Haitians and Cubans entering the country has had the Bahamas in distress in the recent years. Time and time again the government held meetings to discuss ways in which they could go about ending the inflow of the illegal migrants, whom use the country as a means of getting into the United States.

Mitchell continued declaring that the authorities "with immediate effect…are no longer accepting applications for first time applicants for residence or work permits from those who have no legal status in The Bahamas."

“Those persons also will no longer be able simply to demonstrate that they have departed The Bahamas. This is in response to the increased suspicion of fraud in connection with these applications."

"In order for such a first time application to be processed, where the individual has no legal status in The Bahamas, the applicant must be seen and certified as having been seen by an officer of the nearest Bahamian embassy if there is no Bahamian embassy in the applicant’s home country. The embassies are in a position to process these certifications."

He stated that the non-Bahamians residing in the country will be required to present a passport of their nationality and evidence that they have permission to live or work in The Bahamas as of the 1st of November.

"This may represent a broad class of people. I wish to remind the public that the constitution of The Bahamas does not give citizenship at birth to those born here of foreign parents. Those children have a right to apply at their 18th birthday and before their 19th birthday for citizenship of The Bahamas."

“Up to the time they are granted citizenship, in law they are not Bahamian citizens. This means that these people will be required to have a residence permit to reside lawfully in The Bahamas.”

Mr. Mitchell also added that there will be no exception, a part from stateless persons and that the authorities anticipate that “in the case of one national group it may take administratively some three months to meet and process that demand and for the Department of Immigration to process the volume of applications for resident permits.

“In the case of a stateless individual, the government will provide an identity document but otherwise the practice of issuing certificates of identity is to cease on 1st November. When the currency of existing certificates of identity expires, they will not generally be reissued or renewed.”

“In any event, we expect that by 15th January 2015, most people will have complied with this requirement and certainly that children will have complied for the start of the school term in 2015. If any citizen has a difficulty, they should contact their local embassy for assistance with particular problems.”

He asserted that the new policies are for the general good and they will provide a more secure form of documentation for all who work and live in the Bahamas.

“I would therefore urge all citizens residing lawfully in The Bahamas to comply with these new measures," he advised. "Those who are not here lawfully should expect increased vigilance and enforcement on the part of the law enforcement authorities in The Bahamas."
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Bahamas Immigration Minister Takes A Grip Of Illegal Immigration

October 25, 2014
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The Bahamas government has announced that as of the 1st of November, all non-nationals residing in the country will have to show legit documentation that they were permitted to liv...Continue reading