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'What else can Rotary do? I'm sure we can do something?' - Premier Smith on crime

- says Rotary can assist in crime fighting
Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, stated that although Rotary has achieved a lot, he believes Rotarians can assist in crime fighting. Photo: VINO
Michael Stevens, 26 (left) and Clevaughn Sweeney, 24 (right) were brutally murdered on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the vicinity of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS). Photo: Team of Reporters
Michael Stevens, 26 (left) and Clevaughn Sweeney, 24 (right) were brutally murdered on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the vicinity of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS). Photo: Team of Reporters
Guest and fellow Rotarians enjoying the Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola.Photo: VINO
Guest and fellow Rotarians enjoying the Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola.Photo: VINO
Music selection from members of the Rotary family. Photo: VINO
Music selection from members of the Rotary family. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI - Amid the rampant shootings that have been taking place in the Territory, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, has stated that although Rotary has achieved a lot, he believes Rotarians can also assist in crime fighting.

The Premier was speaking at the Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola.

"In my opinion the Rotary Club of Tortola has achieved a lot. When we consider what is going on in the territory with the amount of crime, its always easy to call on the law enforcement and say do something about it and we all do it," said Premier Smith.

He continued, "I want to leave you with this question, what else can Rotary do? I'm sure we can do something."

Is it retaliation?

These shootings came eight days after 26 year old Michael Stevens and 24 year old Clevaughn Sweeney were gunned down in the vicinity of Althea Scatllife Primary School (ASPS).

Last night's shooting brings the total number of reported shootings in the Virgin Islands (VI) to 5 since the start of the year 2018.

Community outcry

Meanwhile, ministers, religious leaders, and residents have been voicing their opinions and giving recommendations they feel can assist in stopping these heinous crimes involving the youth.

Sharing the same sentiments, they believe that community effort is very important.

In a recent interview clergyman and businessman, Bishop John I. Cline, he expressed the young men of society are seeking answers elsewhere because they cannot find it from the community, government, churches and even in the home.

In addition, the Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Matthews, in a recent interview with our newsroom, pointed out that persons are not coming forward with information that can help, while mentioning that he believes persons know who are committing these crimes.

6 Responses to “'What else can Rotary do? I'm sure we can do something?' - Premier Smith on crime”

  • karma (19/02/2018, 12:03) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Makes you wonder what Stevens & Sweeney could have been involved in if it's infact retaliation for their shooting. Also, maybe the west end shooting have some connection to these recent shootings....could it be they shot at the wrong vehicle killing an innocent child and now the real intended target is coming for revenge *shrugs* who knows. But the similarities are there. I'm sure God wouldn't let the blood of an innocent child go unpunished......
  • Just woke. (19/02/2018, 12:28) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rotary maybe a better option than your present Ministers..
  • 911 (19/02/2018, 13:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah
  • Midas (19/02/2018, 15:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Population control.
    Be particular about the people you choose to build your country.
    They are the ones who are also destroying your country,
  • Boo (19/02/2018, 18:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What leadership! lol
  • Hmmm (19/02/2018, 23:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I didnt know Rotary is a government organization now. If thats the case i need my roof fixed and vehicle replaced, what can you do for me Rotary?


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