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UWI lecturer calls for greater tolerance...
Death penalty cannot solve crime
What will the death penalty serve?
This was the question posed to members
of the audience by University of the West
Indies (UWI) lecturer Dr Diane Williams at
Monday's CORE Foundation Citizens Safety
and Security Conference at the Ministry of
Legal Affairs Building, Port-of-Spain.
In light of brazen and gruesome killings
resulting in the murder rate crossing 50 for
the first month of the year there have been
renewed calls for the resumption of hang-
ings. Williams appealed for inmates not to
be treated like animals as this would further
exacerbate the problem.
"Locking them up is not solving the prob-
lem. If it was, we would not be here today.
We have to adopt a different approach. What
root cause of the problem.
"We react to the manifestation. How many
people are saying 'bring back the death pen-
alty?' But how is that going to help up?"
She said citizens, especially parents, must
shoulder some of the blame as crime begins
at the home. Often, she added, there is no
conflict resolution which could greatly assist
in defusing problems.
Williams said lack of trust in the Police
Service is a two-fold issue in that citizens
also have a responsibility to respect police
officers and officers must show respect to
citizens. Those who comprise the service also
come from the society, she added.
"We could get a million police officers
but if we don't have the commitment from
the officers, if we don't have respect for the
officers, we would never get anything done.
"And we bad talk them like nothing with-
out realising that they are us," Williams said,
adding that the police have been trying to
improve their customer relations skills.
Williams urged citizens to see the bigger
picture and said it was time for people to
put aside their differences and work to re-
build communities and become each other's
keeper, as this would result in a safer and
"Why can't we just work together? We
don't have to like each other, we just have
to respect each other," Williams said.
She said too often people want immediate
solutions without giving measures a chance
"Crime is not the problem. Crime is a
symptom of a deeper social problem," Wil-
liams said. She said there were many children
from broken homes who need counselling but
a big part of the problem is a lack of confi-
dentiality on the part of the counsellors. She
said this is "a problem all over."
UWI Lecturer Dr Dianne Williams and Safe Havens' executive director Michael Dorn during
the question and answer session at CORE foundation's Citizens Safety and Security
conference at the Government Campus Plaza, Port-of-Spain, on Monday.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Digicel has announced the launch of its
unique music app--- d'Music now available
A release said the app boasts over 30 million
songs across various genres and is yet anoth-
er dimension to the company's transition into
becoming a total communications and enter-
It said customers can choose between the top
chart subscription which gives access to d'Music
Top 40 and allows them to select five playlists per
week or they can choose the premium subscrip-
tion which allows unlimited playlist selection,
track download and playlist creation.
With the d'music app, which also showcases
songs from the biggest names in soca---Destra,
Machel, Ravi B and Kes the Band---subscribers
benefit from unlimited back and forward track
skips, weekly updated music videos, the latest
entertainment news and absolutely no adver-
The statement quoted the company's CEO,
John Delves, as saying: "Music is a powerful
language that unifies people across borders and
we're excited to bring this app to the palms of
our customers. We've been in testing for quite
some time and believe that we have a product
which satisfies the requests of our customers.
We understand the need to be entertained no
matter where we are. Plus, we are thrilled to
launch d'Music during a culturally significant
season when music is 'king'. A key component
we believe will resonate with customers is the
feature that allows them to still access and lis-
ten to their favourite songs, even when offline."
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