President Liverpool wants OECS countries to support the CCJ

first_img 22 Views   no discussions LocalNews President Liverpool wants OECS countries to support the CCJ by: – July 18, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share President Dr. Nicholas Liverpool (file photo). President of Dominica, Dr Nicholas Liverpool, has made an appeal to member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, OECS, to lend their support to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), instead of fighting against its approval.The Caribbean Court of Justice was established in 2001 by the judicial institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to replace the Privy Council which is headquartered in England, as the court of last resort. It was established with two jurisdictions; in its original jurisdiction, it serves as an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect of the interpretation of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, while in its appellate jurisdiction, it serves as the court of final resort in both civil and criminal matters from those member states which have ceased to allow appeals to the Privy Council.The agreement was signed in February, 2001 by Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, and the court was inaugurated in 2005. While addressing the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament at the House of Assembly in Roseau on Tuesday, the President noted that the CCJ should be implemented in all countries as the Privy Council has “long lost interest in its role as their final court”. He lamented that almost half a century after the court was first mooted, Caribbean countries “are yet to take collective action, to bring this noble aspiration to reality”. The President went further in dispelling suggestions that judges who sit on the CCJ would not be able to maintain partiality.“Apart from the age old tendency of the resistance of human beings to change, some of these concerns continue to be repeated….Considerable care has been taken to ensure selection and appointment of the judges is as thorough and transparent as it could possibly be… The independence of a judge is a personal matter which is to be addressed by the conscience of the individual judge but his vulnerability to political manipulation is institutional”.He explained that Caribbean judges have a reputation of being “vigilant” and would be able to exude partiality and fairness in their decisions.“The reported cases throughout the Caribbean have revealed that Caribbean judges are vigilant and willing to hold the line between individuals and the state, and are also careful to assert and protect the rights of individuals in matters which come before them for adjudication. In the final analysis therefore, the critical element for consideration should be, whether a particular judge satisfies known criteria based on intellectual ability, integrity, a capacity for hard work and soundness of character”.True independence of mind and spirit, he noted, “cannot be dictated in any written document” but must come from “the strength of character of the individual judge, exemplified by a burning desire to be impartial and to do justice to all under all circumstances”.Although the court consists of eleven judges who are appointed by a commission and a president who is appointed by the heads of government of the participating states on the recommendation of a commission, to date, only seven have been appointed.“The judges are governed by a code of conduct which imposes a duty upon them to observe high standard of judicial conduct, uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary and contribute to the establishment, maintenance and enforcement of high standards,” the President continued.He also informed that a trust fund has been established from a US$100 million loan to meet the expenses of the Court in perpetuity, which will be managed by an independent board of trustees. In making a case for the implementation of the court, he noted that it “has been functioning satisfactorily for over seven years and its decisions have been published for public scrutiny”. He proposed that Caribbean governments should do more to educate the public on the purpose and necessity of the court and take steps to ensure that it functions. Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Suriname are among Caribbean countries who have replaced the Privy Council’s appellate jurisdiction with that of the CCJ.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

China reports 17 new cases of deadly virus

first_imgFollowing warnings by the World HealthOrganization of a wider outbreak, airport authorities in the United States andmost Asian nations are screening passengers from Wuhan. The new virus is from the same largefamily of coronaviruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that alsostarted in China.       Three of the patients were seriouslyill, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. The total number of patients infectedby the disease in China, all of them in central Chinese city of Wuhan, has nowclimbed to 62. Two have died. Travelers arrive at John F. Kennedy international airport in New York City, United States on Feb. 4, 2017. REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID BEIJING – China reported 17 more casesof pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus strain on Sunday, stoking worries ofit spreading as the country gears up to celebrate Chinese lunar new year whenhundreds of millions of people travel. Although experts said the new virusdoes not appear to be as lethal as SARS, there is little known about itsorigins and how easily it can spread.(Reuters)last_img read more

Quarantine drives WV crimes down by 72.5%

first_imgCasesrape declined by 91.66 percent; 12 were reported from April 5-11 last year andonly one was reported in the same period this year. Accordingto Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, PRO-6 information officer, only fourmurder cases were recorded from April 5 to 11, two cases – or 33.33 percent –lower than the six murder cases recorded in the same period last year. Casesof physical injury also dropped – by 69.23 percent. Eight cases were reported,way below last year’s 26 cases recorded in the same period. Healso commented policemen for their non-stop conduct of checkpoints and footpatrol. ILOILOCity – From April 5 to April 11, police units across Western Visayas recorded22 crimes – a 72.5 percent drop from the 80 crimes recorded in the same periodlast year. “Walang taong lumalabas. Kung walangtao sa daan, wala na ring krimen,” said Police Brigadier Rene Pamuspusan, regional policedirector. ThePolice Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) attributed the drop to the ongoing enhancedcommunity quarantine (ECQ) which aims to curb the spread of the coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19). “Iencouraged the cooperation of the public. Report any untowardincident to the nearest police station,” he said./PN Onthe other hand, the police recorded three homicide cases this year betweenApril 5 and 11,  up from one case lastyear in the same period. Pamuspusanwarned those who continue to ignore the quarantine curfew imposed by variouslocal government units. Malongalso said no robbery and car hijacking cases were reported since last month.last_img read more

Bill requiring cursive writing passes Senate

first_imgStatehouse—A bill containing language to require schools to teach cursive writing, passed the Senate on Tuesday by a vote of 42 to 8 according to State Senator Jean Leising.If passed and signed into law, House Bill 1066 would, among other things, require each school corporation, charter school and accredited nonpublic elementary school to include cursive writing in its curriculum. HB 1066 was amended by Leising in the Senate and will now move back to the House of Representatives for further consideration.last_img

‘Dream Team’ has plenty to prove

first_imgIt may not be the Olympics, but Team USA has a lot to prove at this year’s Basketball World Championships.After the national team’s disappointing bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Summer Olympics, American basketball fans have questioned whether or not they will ever see another “Dream Team” again.For the better part of the past two decades, the U.S.’s rank amongst the basketball world was unquestioned — it was the best, by far. Recently, however, the rest of the world has suddenly boomed with improving talent to the point where the U.S. is no longer a unanimous No. 1.What really put a black eye on Team USA was how Puerto Rico, a team consisting of an NBA backup point guard, Carlos Arroyo, an NBA reject, Daniel Santiago, and a handful of semi-pro players could knock off a team overloaded with NBA all-stars.While many may still be shaking their heads at the red, white and blue’s performance in 2004, this year’s head coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, is out to restore America’s basketball respect and reclaim its spot at the top.Gone are the headaches of Stephon “Starbury” Marbury — who, sadly, holds the Olympic American team record for most points scored in a game — and Allen Iverson — who, despite what everyone says, should be on the team because he is one of the few who actually wants to be on the team and gives it his all night in and night out. They are replaced by an actual team with role players and all.Spurred by all the criticism, Team USA held tryouts for the first time ever to ensure itself the best possible team. Note: TEAM, not the usual group of all the best players thrown together.The result is a team with some of the NBA’s best young talent including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, mixed with some solid, hardworking role players: Bruce Bowen, Brad Miller and Shane Battier. However, it is still missing a pure shooter or two — an essential for the international game. May I ask why Michael Redd isn’t on this roster?While things may seem all fine and dandy now to American fans, all anyone cares about in the end is whether or not Team USA brings home the gold. It is ironic that the team is playing its exhibition games in Las Vegas before heading to Asia — what are the odds they win it all?Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki said USA was the team to beat, and they are, but a handful of teams aren’t too far behind.Serbia & Montenegro is widely heralded as the second-best team in the world, and Argentina, the 2004 gold medalists, will be up there as well with the feisty Manu Ginobili back at the helm.Italy hopes to improve upon its silver medal from 2004, while Lithuania is seeking to bounce back from finishing just one place out of a medal, and Spain will be a tough team to beat with Pau Gasol in the paint.Not to mention, a team can come out of nowhere as Puerto Rico did. China, with Yao Ming, can make a surprise, or the talented squad of Brazil could turn some heads.Judging by the exhibition games, Team USA looks to be ready to reclaim its international recognition, but it’s simply too early to tell. They still have to travel half way across the world — away from the comforts of a home crowd — and continue to play together as a team, which is not always an easy task for a group that hasn’t been together for even a month.So while Krzyzewski and Team USA may be doing everything to appease the American public now, it doesn’t mean diddly-squat until the beginning of September when they’re either playing for a medal or flying back home.last_img read more

TRACK : Eaton looks to cap record season with indoor national championship this weekend

first_imgJarret Eaton has yet to finish anywhere other than first place this season. He and his coaches would love that trend to continue this weekend.‘He’s going to do a great job for us,’ head coach Chris Fox said. ‘As long as he makes the final, it’ll be semi-satisfactory for everyone. He’s represented us so well all year, and he’s put Syracuse indoor track on the map.’Eaton will look to continue his winning streak at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Boise State in Nampa, Idaho, Friday and Saturday. He has consistently been the nation’s best in the 60-meter hurdles this season, winning each of his five meets and two Big East Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors. His 7.49 time at the Penn State Invitational in late January ranks first in the nation this year, second in collegiate history and fifth worldwide this season.Even with the success he has enjoyed, Eaton doesn’t get too carried away with his past results.‘I’m confident. On a scale of one to 10, I’m at nine and a half,’ the graduate student said. ‘I don’t want to be overconfident and say that I’ll win, but I know if I run a fast race and everything is clicking, I should have no troubles.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFox said Eaton’s mindset and demeanor have remained constant. They said he stays composed, never feeling overly excited or nervous about what lies ahead.Fox said Eaton’s past experiences at the national championships help maintain his steadiness because he already knows what to expect. Eaton is returning to the national meet for the third time, after competing in 2009 and 2010. ‘It’s made me more determined,’ Eaton said. ‘I’ve been there twice, and I’ve come in last or second-to-last twice (sic), so I think that getting kicked in the mouth a little bit made me more hungry. I know what it feels like to lose, and now I want to know what it feels like to win.’To prepare his body for this weekend, Eaton’s practices have been slightly less intense than usual to keep his body in the best condition for the meet. But he’s still running sprints and undergoing treatment to stay healthy.Eaton will face heavy opposition at Jackson’s Indoor Track on Friday. Fox mentioned Illinois senior Andrew Riley as Eaton’s biggest threat.Riley will try to become the third athlete in the 14-year history of the 60-meter hurdles to repeat as national champion, placing first last year with a time of 7.58.Like Eaton, he has placed first in every 60-meter hurdle he has competed in this year. Riley set the Fighting Illini school record at the Tyson Invitational in February with a 7.53, which is second-best in the country to Eaton’s 7.49.Eaton said he isn’t worried about any particular opponent, but he recognized he’ll need to be on his A-game to come out on top.‘I can’t give you a definitive time,’ Eaton said. ‘But I do know that I want to have the fastest time at the meet.’Fox said an approximate time of 7.60 should put Eaton in a good position to win. The head coach said the hurdler won’t have to run his best time, but he needs a very good one.And regardless of where Eaton places this weekend, his coaches are thrilled with the season he’s had, and they know he will represent Syracuse well on a national scale.‘What he’s done to this point makes him an accomplished guy,’ said assistant coach Dave Hegland. ‘We’re very proud of him, and we’re really lucky to have him. If you have the talent that he does and you’ve had to work as hard as he has, good things happen.’To cap off a season in which he has broken his own school record twice, a win on Saturday will be his most notable mark on Syracuse’s record books. Eaton has the chance to become the Orange’s first individual athlete to win a national championship in an indoor track and field event.And Fox has already decided where he thinks Eaton would stand in Syracuse history.‘If he happens to pull this off this weekend,’ Fox said, ‘I would call him the best track and field athlete ever at Syracuse.’pmdabbra@syr.edu Comments Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbbcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Back in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse looks to fix 2nd-half struggles against Villanova

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Alexander breaks scoring record in narrow loss at Villanova Published on February 28, 2013 at 1:30 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2center_img When the Orange led going into halftime, it would come away with a win.That assumption was nearly as safe as the one that said Syracuse would come away with victory when it played in the Carrier Dome.Just once this year, SU lost a game it led at halftime — a Dec. 2 nonconference showdown with Temple.Until Saturday. Since then, the Orange has held two halftime leads. Both games SU has lost.“It’s just about maintaining” what his team does in the first half, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I think that basketball’s a game of runs, and obviously, when you’re playing a team that can score the basketball in bunches, you have to be able to sustain those runs.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the past week, No. 22 Syracuse (22-5, 12-4 Big East) has twice held control of what would have been a statement road win. Instead of adding a pair of marquee victories, the Orange remains searching for one as it looks to put an end to its second-half collapses against Villanova (18-9, 7-7) in the Dome on Saturday at 3 p.m.It also provides an opportunity to avenge a Jan. 26 loss to the Wildcats, another missed opportunity for a marquee victory.“Every game’s important, whether it’s a ranked team or not, I think it’s just important to win your home games,” Hillsman said. “I know that our RPI’s high and I know that we scheduled tough.”It’s that same mentality SU hopes will pull it out of its second-half doldrums. For much of the season, it’s been the first half in which the Orange has exhibited sloppiness, culminating with an abysmal 15-point first half against Rutgers.Those problems, though, appear to be solved. Syracuse jumped out to 13- and 15- point leads against South Florida and No. 2 Notre Dame, respectively, and led both teams at halftime. Now it’s the second halves that are the issue.The solution that kept SU consistent this season, Carmen Tyson-Thomas said, is doing, “the same thing night in and night out.” When Syracuse is defending well and making good decisions, it’s near unstoppable. But replicating that for 40 minutes has been a problem.“Coach constantly reminds us that those are things we need to do,” the SU guard said, “and we need to make tougher plays.”Returning home, though, may help the Orange kick its slump. Syracuse remains unbeaten –12-0 – in the Dome this season. On Saturday, the Orange staged a second-half comeback of its own after being down four at the half against the Scarlet Knights.When it’s played poorly for stretches in the Dome, it’s paired that with enough runs of good play to tilt the game back in SU’s favor.“Not going to lie,” Syracuse center Kayla Alexander said, “it’s always nice coming back home and playing in front of your home crowd in your home gym.”Before the Orange’s first matchup with the Wildcats this season, Hillsman said Villanova is the toughest team to prepare for in the conference. The Wildcats play at one of the slowest paces in the nation – their 57.8 points per game ranks 255th in the country. Their 51.4 points allowed per game is good for No. 11.But the keys remain the same. SU has a game plan it sticks to every game: Work the ball to Alexander and force turnovers on defense, as long as it executes that it can play as well as it has during its best stretches.Now SU has to worry about how it can react. Until recently, Syracuse hasn’t had to get used to conceding these second-half comebacks. And with two games left, there’s not much time left to adjust.“It’s just about being able to respond to some of these runs,” Hillsman said, “and we’ll do a better job of that the next couple weeks.” Commentslast_img read more

Campus climate survey sees increase in sexual assault reporting

first_imgThis article has been updated for clarity to accurately reflect that the number of undergraduate women experiencing sexual assault is lower than that of other AAU universities surveyed. The survey results come nearly two weeks after the Department of Public Safety released its annual security and fire safety report two weeks ago, which showed increased reports of rape and fondling on campus. According to the report, DPS reported 118 sex offenses on campus and in the surrounding community, marking an increase from 34 reports in 2017. According to the report, there were 68 reports of rape and four reports of fondling related to former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who is accused of sexually assaulting more than 800 former patients. Unrelated to the former gynecologist, there were an additional 24 reports of rape and 21 reports of fondling. The Association of American Universities Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, which was open from April to May, surveyed 8,380 students. The weighted data attempts to reflect the entire student population. Van Orman said the survey helped the University understand how common issues of sexual assault and reporting of such incidents are across college campuses. The 2019 survey, which was launched at 33 universities across the United States, compared data from the 2015 survey.  “[The survey] is just data, but it represents real students’ experiences and it lets us respond in ways that can be better effective and can guide our efforts to reduce the harm that happens to an individual student.”  Van Orman hopes that new initiatives introduced this past year will address some of these issues. USC Student Health launched Trojans Respect Consent at the start of the year, which requires all incoming first-year undergraduate students to participate in a 90-minute workshop on affirmative consent. According to Van Orman, the program has already seen 1,500 student participants and looks to work with thousands more. The prevalence of sexual assault among USC students increased slightly and rates of reporting incidents went up significantly between 2015 and 2019, according to results from a campus climate survey conducted at USC and dozens of other universities.  “One of those areas is there’s a question about reporting … that includes reporting to an office that does investigation like Title IX or DPS, it also includes reaching out to confidential resources like RSVP or counseling and mental health,” Van Orman said. “At USC we saw doubling in rates of reporting for women, and for men we saw a tripling of rates. I view that as a really positive thing that more students who experience these are reaching out and getting assistance.” The report also said that the University hopes to create a sexual assault survivor advocates program that is dedicating to providing dedicated 24/7 on-call assistance to survivors. The initiative is anticipated to launch later this year.  According to the report, USC added one more therapist who specializes in sexual trauma, adopted trauma-informed principles in USC Student Health practices, trained two panels of advisors to assist Title IX offices, established a bystander training program with USG and hired a campus sexual assault prevention specialist.  (Desiree Khoo | Daily Trojan) The survey was first released to USC students in 2015 after various universities in AAU created it to look at data on sexual assault and misconduct across campuses. The 2015 survey was the largest study of these issues among college students. “One of the things that many of us in the field realized was that we really didn’t have good information on how often it was happening, what did students know about it, [if they] were accessing resources and what [we] could use to better design our prevention and response protocols,” said Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer at USC Student Health. The task force will host town halls at the University Park Campus and at the Health Sciences Campus Tuesday to discuss the results of the survey with the community. Members of the task force will answer questions from the community, listen to student concerns and introduce various resources. In the wake of these revelations, Van Orman said the percent of USC undergraduate women who have experienced sexual assault since entering USC is slightly lower than that of other universities surveyed. However, at USC, the number of women who experienced assault increased by 1.2% from 2015 to 2019. Despite this slight increase, Van Orman said the survey revealed other areas where the University has improved. Though rates of reporting at USC increased from 2015 to 2019, the survey indicates that more than 80% of students who experienced sexual harassment did not report the incident to USC.  The AAU survey results also laid out some of the policy programs and initiatives that USC has implemented in the past few years to address sexual assault, sexual misconduct and gender-based violence.  In September, USC created the AAU Task Force, which is co-chaired by Van Orman and Vice President of Student Affairs Winston Crisp. It comprises members of the University administration, Title IX office, Graduate Student Government, Undergraduate Student Government and the Rossier School of Education. “We know that these issues are very complex, and USC, like many campuses, has made investments, particularly in the past couple of years in prevention and education,” Van Orman said. “But, if we are really going to reduce incidents of these situations, we need to make much more investments in education and prevention, and I think that prevention activities have to do with a whole culture change.” According to the report, the prevalence of sexual assault among USC students increased from 19.3% to 20.5% for undergraduates and from 2.8% to 4.1% for graduate students. The report also found that the rate of reporting incidents from students who experienced sexual assault increased significantly from 13.9% to 31.5% for undergraduates and from 10% to 28.5% for graduate students. “Part of what we’re charged to do over the next six months is look at this data, talk with our communities, share it across campus and then develop a report,” Van Orman said. “That report will contain recommendations that should be our roadmap for the next three to five years to figure out: What are the things that we need to do more of?”last_img read more

Mike Bosch signs multi-year contract extension with Syracuse

first_img Published on August 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 After leading Syracuse to its first winning season since 2012, Orange head coach Mike Bosch signed a multi-year contract extension with Syracuse, SU Athletics announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not revealed.“Mike has earned this extension,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement. “His commitment to maximizing our student-athlete’s experience and potential in the classroom and on the diamond fits our department’s philosophy.”Bosch, who spent three seasons with the team as an assistant coach from 2013-2015, was named Syracuse’s interim head coach in June last year. Two months later, he was appointed the head coach position. He led the Orange to a 27-26 record in his first year at the helm in 2016.In March, Syracuse won its first game against a nationally ranked team in more than two years when it beat No. 19 Notre Dame. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals

first_img StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Share PartnerMatrix, the affiliate marketing solution of online gambling systems provider EveryMatrix, has secured two new partnerships with affiliate media platforms Affiliate Guard Dog and AffPapa.Under the terms of this agreement, PartnerMatrix will work alongside both companies to increase user engagement, content reach for affiliate audiences and build a ‘trustworthy business environment’.Commenting on the deals, Levon Nikoghosyan, PartnerMatrix CEO, said: “Affiliate Guard Dog is one of the pioneers of the iGaming affiliate industry. They proved their efficiency in bringing a strong iGaming community, and by helping companies solve certification and other issues easier and faster.“AffPapa is a newer and very promising platform that has already united hundreds of affiliates and operators. To be represented on such platforms means building new connections and reaching a more targeted audience.”Josh Chan, Affiliate Guard Dog owner, added: “Our platform is all about providing support, knowledge and connecting iGaming affiliates with tools, resources and like-minded individuals. We believe PartnerMatrix is a good fit as it provides a useful management system to help boost user acquisition and efficiently manage affiliate campaigns and reporting.”Lisa Stainfield, AffPapa Head, emphasised that the new alliance with PartnerMatrix will ensure that both companies offer value to both projects by benefiting clients on both sides.She concluded: “AffPapa is thrilled to be collaborating with PartnerMatrix – a system that makes affiliates’ lives easier to manage. We are looking forward to a multi beneficiary partnership, where we can aid PartnerMatrix operators by linking up with valid affiliates offering high-quality traffic from any location.” Related Articles Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more