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SVG ex-diplomat, receives Special Recognition Award

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Get our stories in your inbox, free. Like Caribbean Life on Facebook. Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines Deputy New York Consul General and calypsonian Cyril Scorcher Thomas Saturday night received the Special Recognition Award from the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc. at a gala banquet at Glen Terrace in Brooklyn.

Scorcher who a few months ago was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brooklyn-based Friends of Sion Hill was among three other honorees at the event that also marked the ex-police group s 37th Annual Fundraising Ball.

When they told me that the police had issued a citation for me, I said to myself, after all these years, I thought the Statute of Limitation had passed, said Scorcher, to laughter, after receiving the award.

SVG Ex-diplomat, Receives Special Recognition Award

Scorcher thanked, among others, the Almighty; his mother, Emily Thomas; his late step mother, Mary Neverson Morris; Neverson Morris sister Venus Alexander; Marcel and Cornell Browne; and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc. for their significant role in the development of the person who stands before you today.

I am living proof that, if even it takes decades, they always get their man, he said. I often take time to remind myself that, in the best of men, there s a little evil; and, in the worst of men, there s a little good. Keep on watching over us, my good men. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc. said the Special Recognition Award is bestowed on a non-member who has demonstrated a passion for community service and/or to the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and, in particular, members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force and/or ex-police associations, and has dedicated time, energy, financial and other personal and professional resources towards this passion. Brooklyn s Celestial Funeral Home whose manager and chief executive officer is Wilmoth Seaton, a former school teacher at home received the Corporate Citizens Award. Jamaican Edward Hinds received the award on behalf of Seaton, who was visiting Toronto, Canada.

Founding fathers ex-prison officer, Hayward Thomas, and retired registered nurse David Alban Williams, received the Diamond Award. Arden Thomas, the president of The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc., also chose ex-police officer Pamella Ferrari-Easter, of Canouan in the St. Vincent Grenadine islands, to receive the President Surprise Award.

For the past 12 months, Pam has been working tirelessly to put this organization forward, resulting in increased membership and camaraderie, Tannis said. He also recognized the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization s New York staffer Annette Stowe, of Bequia, presenting her a bouquet of flowers, for her continued support of the group, and for designing and producing the group s annual journal.

New York Consul General Howie Prince and president of the Vincentian umbrella group in the US, the Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.SA., Inc. (COSAGO), Laverne McDowald-Thompson, also addressed the ceremony. About the honorees

Scorcher, who was born and raised in Sion Hill, overlooking capital city, Kingstown, before he migrated to the United States, said he always had a passion for sports, playing it with varying degrees of success,

He said he played Division One Basketball, was a National Volleyball player and was the first person from Sion Hill to be selected to play football (soccer) for St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Team, as a junior player and then as a senior player. Scorcher was also a Student Teacher, a custom officer and a magistrate clerk before he migrated to the US, where he was drafted into the Army soon after arrival.

After spending two years in the US Army, 10 of which was in Vietnam, Scorcher said he worked at the US Postal Service by day and attended Brooklyn College at nights, graduating with a Bachelor s degree in Political Science, a Masters of Arts degree in Urban Administration, and an Advance Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. Over the years, Thomas said he taught public schools in New York City, retiring in 2001. He then served as Deputy Consul General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 2001 to 2011. From an early age, Scorcher said he showed a great love for music, writing and singing numerous hits over the years.

His first recording was in 1976, with a track entitled Wilma wok Obeah on Me, followed by notables as Party Fever, Wake up the Party, Phantom DJ, Sweetness is My Weakness, Fork up All the Beaches, I am a Darkie, Come St. Vincent, Pipe Layer and The Legend of Soca. Besides the US, Scorcher has performed, among other places, in England, Canada, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada. The Flatbush, Brooklyn-based Celestial Funeral services, Inc., which was established in 2002, and is family-owned and operated, has the distinction of having the first Vincentian-born Licensed Funeral Director, Wilmouth Passie Seaton, as its chief executive officer and manager.

Our motto We serve our families with empathy and compassion – epitomizes the quality of service [that is rendered] to the families we serve, said Seaton in a statement. We meet the family where its most convenient for them, either at their home or the funeral home. All funerals are customized to meet the need of the family and depicts the life style of their loved one.

Celestial Funeral Services, its management and staff are cognizant of the disparities that exist in many communities, especially for those of color, he added. For many years, we have lent our voice and resources to build, promote and create alternatives for the strengthening of the Diaspora and the betterment of the community.

We continue to sponsor churches and various organizations in their outreach efforts to harmonize and sensitize the Diaspora and beyond, Seaton continued. While taking care of your lost loved one is our business, giving back to the community is our pride.

Haywood C. Thomas, who was born in Choppins Village, on Sept. 12, 1926, moved with his parents, at 3, to Mt. Bentick, Georgetown, the island s second largest town. His parents had sought employment in the sugarcane, arrowroot and cotton industries on the Mr. Bentick estate. Thomas said he ever obtained an early education, disclosing that, at 10, his parents sent him to live with a wealthy family in Kingstown and that, on his return home two years later, he was then sent to live with another family in Rose Hall in North Leeward, where he attended school briefly for the very first time. In 1939, when World War II started, Thomas said he went to work on the family estate, emerging from being a child laborer and eventually working in a bakery owned by the Catos. He said he subsequently started his own business by opening a bakery and shop in the Ratho Mill area in East St. George.

From 1964 to 1981, Thomas served as a prison officer at Her Majesty s Prison in Kingstown, during which he was elected president of prison section of the Civil Service Association. He also served as assistant secretary in the same section. On migration to the US in 1981, Thomas said he worked as a baker and later as a security officer, serving as a Shop Stewart and fighting for his union comrades until retirement in 2009. In 1996, Thomas joined the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, holding the position of chaplain up to 2016.

After graduating from the Emmanuel High School in Kingstown, Williams said he first worked as a public school teacher, then joined the Royal St. Vincent Police Force, rising to corporal. On migration, he attended college in New York and became a registered nurse, working with Catholic Medical Charities and Kingsborough Psychiatric Hospital in Brooklyn until retirement. Williams said he maintained contact with his former police colleagues and served as a president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., Inc.

I tried my best to serve who I served, said Williams in his acceptance speech, sitting in a wheel chair, flanked by his wife, Helen, other family members, Prince, Tannis and Joselle Thomas, who presented him with the award. I am trying to live the best of my life.

Posted 12:00 am, May 24, 2017

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‘Twin Peaks’ Season 3, Episode 1 Recap: "I’ll See You Again in 25 Years"

Well, Twin Peaks[1] fans, I don t think we re in Twin Peaks anymore. The first episode of what is technically the third season of the cult 90’s show on Showtime leaves more questions than answers (what else did you expect?) and sees the strange world of the original newly expanded. The kick-off for season three takes us through four different, but interconnected, storylines, only one of which takes places Twin Peaks, while the other three take place in South Dakota, New York, and the famous Red Room at the Black Lodge in its strange limbo world. The small-town hijinks and camp of the original don t feature so heavily in this reboot, though don t get me wrong this one has its camp moments, too. But with its multiple storylines, disposable characters, and moody, self-serious black humor, it feels spiritually much more akin to David Lynch[2] s films like Mulholland Drive, also originally meant to be a TV series.

It s as if the most confusing plot elements of the original Twin Peaks[3] have been dialed up to 100 and let loose on the rest of America. So basically, it s a wild ride for fans of the show and completely nonsensical to anyone else. (Nb: What, if any, did the network notes look like on this? Maybe make Red Room less completely absurd and foreboding of unspeakable doom? BTW: What is Red Room? Necessary? The more likely version: Uh. OK! )

Carel Struyckenin a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

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Still, it s part of a clear recipe in prestige TV, from Fargo to I Love Dick[4], of taking original material and swelling its world to fit the ever-expanding storylines and scope essential to an episodic series. More is more; results may vary. Or as the Log Lady said, Where there was once one, there are now two. Or were there always two?

After a prelude taken from the original series Laura Palmer s now-prescient promise to Special Agent Dale Cooper, I ll see you again in 25 years the season opens in the Red Room, which feels appropriate. Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, who has aged well[5]) has seemingly been trapped here for the last quarter century. Various personalities from the original appear and tell him cryptic pieces of advice, basically all alluding to the fact that Bob the demonic entity that originally possessed Leland Palmer and made him kill his daughter Laura is in the real world using Cooper s body. The Giant tells him to listen to the sounds, and, It all cannot be said aloud now. Mmkay.

Madeline Zima in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Suzanne Tenner

Maybe the most surprising development is that New York City plays a role, as we enter another storyline set in an amber-lit Gotham. In a nondescript brick building in Manhattan, a young man sits watching a glass box in a concrete bunker of a space . The glass box is connected to a small portal looking out on the city, as well as some very formidable-looking equipment. Cameras and screens surround the box. The man watches while sitting on a singular couch surrounded by boxes. Something is going to happen here, if you couldn t tell from the eerie, ever-growing hum.

Outside the door, a smiling woman named Tracy arrives bearing lattes as a security guard stares her down. But she s not allowed inside. The room is top secret. She persists, as she clearly has a crush on the guy, and offers to drop by again tomorrow.

Ashley Judd and Richard Beymer in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Suzanne Tenner

Back in Twin Peaks, Dr. Jacoby gets a big delivery of shovels to his trailer; Benjamin Horne has hired Beverly (new-to-show Ashley Judd) as his new assistant at the hotel and gets a visit from his druggie brother Jerry, who asks if he s sleeping with his recent hire yet; and at the sheriff s office, someone looking for Sheriff Truman gets soundly confused by kooky secretary Kimmy Robertson. Same old, same old.

Elsewhere, driving on a dark winding forest road is the Dale Cooper inhabited by Bob (let s call him Host Cooper). He s leathery and tan, with long hair and a leather jacket, and he s clearly on a mission. He rolls up to a wooden cabin where he promptly beats up a stooge standing guard and leaves hauling off two younger drifters, Ray and Daria.

Back in New York City, Tracy arrives at the strange building again with lattes, but the security guard is gone, so her suitor lets her in for a while. While she s amazed by the glass box setup, he admits that he doesn t know what it does he just took the job as a gig. He s supposed to see something, and apparently people have before, but he hasn t yet and can t talk about it. It doesn t take long until they start hooking up on the couch, as the glass box grows more and more prominent, the hum louder and louder until

Matthew Lillard in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

Suzanne Tenner

The box goes black. A person, or humanoid, lurks inside it but before we can tell what it is, the thing breaks through the glass, fills the room like a fog, and tears up the couple s faces or that s what it looks like. It’s old-school, schlockily vague visual effects that fit perfectly in the world that is Twin Peaks. The overly CGI-ed Manhattan skylines, not so much.

In a new location, Buckhorn, North Dakota, there s a lot more weird small-town quirkiness than in Twin Peaks itself. The whole thing feels a little close to the Fargo reboot, as two cops discover through a series of comic interludes and bizarre townies that a woman named Ruth Davenport has been murdered in her apartment in a gruesome fashion. We get appearances by Jane Adams and Brent Briscoe (a Mulholland Drive alum) in the police force, and they find out that the prints in the apartment belong to Bill Hastings, the high school principal, a perfectly-cast Matthew Lillard.

Kyle MacLachlan in a still from Twin Peaks. Photo: Suzanne Tenner/SHOWTIME

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Meanwhile, in Twin Peaks, Log Lady is making weird midnight phone calls to the police station (Log Lady!) in order to reach Deputy Hawk. My log has a message for you. Something is missing and you have to find it. It has to do with Special Agent Dale Cooper. Log Lady knows what s up; she s also, hint hint, posed next to a red lampshade.

After his arrest at his picture-perfect home in front of his khaki-clad wife, Hastings starts to crack under questioning at the station. Turns out Ruth Davenport was a librarian he knew, though he claims not well. It s obvious he s lying about something. His alibi for the last few days has some suspicious gaps. He looks increasingly nervous and aware of being watched, and asks what s going on. He looks genuinely shocked when he s told Ruth was murdered, while back at his house, police find a piece of human flesh in his trunk. Does Bob have a new, new host? Before we get any more answers, we re back at the Red Room with the Giant. Onto part two.


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Faulkner County honors fallen officers

Faulkner County residents honored eight local officers who died in the line of duty during a memorial ceremony at Simon Park on Thursday. The Conway Police Department, University of Central Arkansas Police Department and Faulkner County Sheriff s Office gathered at Simon Park, welcoming the community, to honor the county s fallen officers as well as other fallen officers from across the nation.

Every year in May we join with the rest of the country in recognizing National Police Week by honoring those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and citizens, Conway Police Chief Jody Spradlin said. This year s ceremony was the 10th year CPD, UCAPD and FCSO joined forces to honor the county s fallen heroes.

Sheriff Tim Ryals opened the ceremony by leading the crowd in the pledge of allegiance, which was followed by the FCSO Honor Guard posting the colors.

We honor our fallen officers for many reasons, Spradlin said. It s a reminder to our community that the deceased officer gave his life to protect our citizens. It is a life needlessly taken, but willingly sacrificed. It s a celebration of their life also. Much like the fallen military, we feel that those that give their life for their community or country should always be honored and never forgotten. Everyone is not willing to make that sacrifice, so we recognize and show appreciation to those that do. Spradlin and Ryals each handed roses to officers and deputies of their departments respectively one-by-one for each fallen officer. Roses were ceremonially placed in front of pictures of each of the county s fallen officers. CPD fallen officers include:

Patrolman Robert W. Bob Martin who was killed by gunfire on March 24, 1981.

Patrolman Barry Kent McDaniel who was killed by vehicular assault on April 2, 1982.

Patrolman Lawrence Ray Noblitt who was killed by gunfire on Nov. 7, 1988.

Patrolman William Will McGary who was hit by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic at the scene of a crash on Feb. 1, 2013.

FCSO fallen officers include:

Deputy Oscar L. Honea who was killed by gunfire on Oct. 23, 1914.

Deputy William E. Hathaway was killed by gunfire on Aug. 5, 1931.

Deputy Jimmy Jim Wooley died as the result of a fall while investigating a theft on Aug. 5, 2003.

Deputy Hans Fifer died from a heart attack during SWAT training on April 8, 2013. Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry shared stories of each of Conway s fallen officers. He reminisced on the years past where he played on a softball team the Faulkner Fuzzys with Martin.

He said he was thankful that Noblit painted a red truck he had and noted that while working for the fire department he would often bump into McDaniel during shift changes. That was while Conway Fire Department s Central Station was located on Chestnut Street, he said. Castleberry said he did not know McGary on a personal level but heard from many he was a great son, great brother [and] a great man.

The men and women of all police agencies in Faulkner County, Arkansas, play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Faulkner County, he said. Castleberry read aloud a proclamation on behalf of the city, which addressed the need for county residents to know and understand the duties and services of law enforcement officers.

County Judge Jim Baker said it was important to recognize these officers for their services.

With appropriate observances in which all our people may join in honoring law enforcement officers, past and present, who by faithful devotion to their duties, have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and have established for themselves a reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens. Sgt. Ray Britton said an officer falls in the line of duty every 53 hours across the nation.

To date, there have been 50 line of duty deaths nationwide, that s a 35 percent increase from the same time last year. Here in Arkansas, we have had one line of duty death to date. It took place just last week. Britton took a moment to honor Kevin Mainhart.

Mainhart served in law enforcement for more than 20 years before he was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop he made after responding to a domestic disturbance call from a home on Gum Springs Road in Dardanelle. He had stopped the vehicle because he had possible information the suspect, later identified as 42-year-old James Arthur Brown, was connected to the disturbance on Gum Springs Road. Britton also recognized three officers who died in the line of duty in Arkansas last year Miller County Corrections Officer Lisa Anne Mauldin, McCrory Patrolman Robert Aaron Barker and Sebastian County Cpl. William Pressley Cooper. Ryals said law enforcement is a unique profession.

He said the sheriff s office grieves for each fallen officer as well as their departments and their families.

We feel the pain when another department loses an officer, he said. We grieve with these departments as if we lost one of our own. The brotherhood in law enforcement is very much like a fraternity; like the bond military men and women share or athletes on a highly competitive team. We learn to trust our lives with our partners in uniform. We honor them for their sacrifice.

The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute followed by the Conway Fire Department s Pipes and Drums band performing Taps.

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