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CCJ issues record number of judgements in 2018

first_imgDuring 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) issued 34 judgements and reasons for decision, its highest number of judgements delivered in a calendar year since it began its operations in 2005.Throughout that period, the CCJ also heard 28 new matters in both its original and its appellate jurisdictions. The court’s term ends on December 17; its last hearing for the year was a case from Barbados, heard on December 5. This matter was the appeal of Renaldo Alleyne, who was convicted of manslaughter after six young women died when the Campus Trendz Mall was firebombed during a robbery in 2010. Alleyne had been sentenced to six concurrent life sentences. The hearing was broadcast live, as are all the hearings from the Court.During this period, the judicial officers will be preparing for upcoming cases and hold case management conferences on current matters. Judicial reform work also continues during this period. The CCJ Academy for Law will be staging during this period its fifth Biennial Conference, in partnership with the General Legal Council, from December 13 to 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica.The Conference is being presented with the support of the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, the Caribbean Development Bank, CaribExport and Scotiabank Jamaica, and will feature over 50 international and local speakers. During the Conference, the Jurist Project will be launching a Criminal Bench Book for Magistrates and Parish Court Judges. The Bench Book provides guidelines, based on best practices gleaned from courts and judicial officers throughout the Region. The Bench Book will be an excellent resource document for Judges and Magistrates and will provide a template for judiciaries to adapt for their unique situations.Additionally, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, UN Women and the JURIST Project collaborated earlier this year to launch a Gender Protocol template, which the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (JEITT) has developed for use by Judicial Officers in Trinidad and Tobago. The JEITT launched the Trinidad and Tobago Gender Protocol on November 27, 2018.The CCJ is also preparing to launch its second Strategic Plan early next year. The new Plan will cover the period 2019-2023. The Plan will include updated vision and mission statements as well as new core values for the 13-year-old organisation. The Court’s units are currently preparing work plans, which will be broken down to work plans for each CCJ employee, to align with the Court’s overall strategic plan.last_img read more

Alleged Sindicato gang member body still unidentified

first_imgThe alleged Sindicato gang member, who was shot dead on Thursday last after he and others attempted to invade a mining camp at Black Water, Cuyuni River, is yet to be identified.Three unlicensed pistols and an assortment of live and spent shells recovered after the botched robberyHowever, a post-mortem conducted on Saturday by pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as perforation to the liver due to gunshot injury.The dead man of mixed race was reportedly clad in a brown T-shirt, long blue jeans and long boots with his face covered in white paint.Guyana Times previously reported that the now dead man, along with approximately five others, surrounded the Kevin Singh mining camp with the intention of carrying out a robbery.However, a security officer attached to the Sheriff Security Service opened fire, killing the suspect and scaring off the other perpetrators.In their bid to escape, the perpetrators left behind three unlicensed pistols and an assortment of live and spent shells. These items were found in close proximity to the body of the dead alleged gang member.Investigations into the incident are ongoing.last_img read more

Suspected bandit died of multiple gunshot wounds – PM report

first_imgDiamond dealer’s botched robberyThe 25-year-old suspected bandit Gerally Johanison Henry, who was gunned down during an attempted robbery at Kay’s Diamond Enterprise Ltd on Saturday last, died of multiple gunshot injuries about his body.A post mortem examination was performed on his body by pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Friday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s mortuary, and the body has been handed over to his relatives for burial.Meanwhile, investigations into the botched robbery continue. Police in an earlier statement said the diamond dealership is owned and managed by a male caucasian, who told investigators that he had received a phone call from Henry on the fatal Saturday morning. He said the man had indicated that he wanted to buy diamonds, and advised him to go to the office.Henry, the businessman said, arrived at the business establishment at about 12:03h, and they had what he described as a “general” conversation before the now dead man asked to use the washroom.“Upon his return from the washroom, Henry pointed a pistol in the direction of the owner, who was sitting in his chair behind his desk in the office, and told him not to move; but [the businessman] instinctively drew his licensed handgun and discharged several rounds in the direction of Henry, who was struck in the upper part of his body and he fell [to the ground],” the Police said.The matter was reported and emergency medical technical (EMT) personnel were summoned and pronounced Henry dead at the scene.The Police had recovered a 9mm pistol along with eight live matching rounds in the magazine and one round in the breech, which was allegedly in possession of the deceased. The weapon and ammunition have been lodged.last_img read more

Rio Hondo presidential pool narrows to one candidate

first_imgThe pair was questioned separately on issues ranging from enrollment planning to construction projects and their visions of Rio Hondo College in five years. “In five years, I see a sparkling new Rio Hondo with new facilities and staff and faculty working together to serve our communities,” Ted Martinez said. “I see a lot of community outreach happening here, and the college has some outstanding regional programs, like the administration of justice program,” he added. “But I believe you can always do better,” he said. “And I would love to come do that for Rio Hondo College.” Details of the site visit will be determined later today, officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Rio Hondo Open Fosrum WHITTIER Following a nearly three-hour special closed-session meeting Wednesday, Rio Hondo College trustees narrowed down their search for a new president to one finalist: Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont College in east San Diego. Board President Maria Elena Martinez – no relation to the finalist – announced in open session that the five-member panel voted that a constituent group from Rio Hondo would conduct a site visit to Grossmont to get input from faculty, staff, students and administrators there about Ted Martinez. Once the board receives the report on the site visit, then it will “determine whether he is our candidate of choice or if we will go out \ again,” the board president said. Before the board meeting was convened to a closed session, college faculty leaders announced they would not participate in any final site visits following a firestorm of controversy that broke out a few weeks ago over which candidates the board chose to pull in for final interviews. But Rio Hondo College Faculty Association President Jim Newman said the board’s decision to choose Ted Martinez was a wise one – and one that would help ease recent tensions with the board. “I think in the next day or two, we will really evaluate the situation, and I think it would be to the benefit of students and faculty to participate \ at this point,” Newman said. “We are anxious to mend the fences,” he added. “We want to move on from this.” The board meeting took place after a two-hour forum earlier in the day that featured 45-minute public interviews of the two finalists, Ted Martinez and Monte Perez, vice president of student services for Golden West College in Huntington Beach. last_img read more

I was in a comfort zone at Arsenal -Coquelin

first_imgThe Frenchman has revealed that he struggled to challenge himself at Arsenal and is delighted to be pushing himself again. He has made seven appearances for Valencia and scored one goal since the move.“It isn’t that easy when you’ve spent 10 years somewhere, but I needed a new challenge,” he told Spanish outlet Clicanoo.“You tend to get into a comfort zone when you stay several years in the same clubs. You try and challenge yourself, but it’s a bit harder.“Here, I’m starting from scratch. It’s a new experience, a new training method, new teammates and a new environment.“All that means I was thrilled by the project. There’s interesting goals to accomplish. I’m focused on that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ex-Arsenal man Francis Coquelin scored in Valencia’s win at MalagaLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 21 – Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin admits he was stagnating at Arsenal and is now enjoying the challenge of playing for a new club in a different league.The 26-year-old left the Gunners on January 11 to sign for Los Che after spending 10 years at the north London outfit, During which he made 160 appearances across all competitions.last_img read more

Oops … she did it!

first_imgSomewhere, Kevin Federline is laughing. An out-of-shape, out-of-touch Britney Spears delivered what was destined to be the most talked-about performance of the MTV Video Music Awards – but for all the wrong reasons. Kicking off the show Sunday night in Las Vegas with her new single, “Gimme More,” Spears looked bleary and unprepared – much like her recent tabloid exploits on the streets of Los Angeles. She lazily walked through her dance moves with little enthusiasm. It appeared she had forgotten the entire art of lip-synching; and, perhaps most unforgivable given her once taut frame, she looked embarrassingly out of shape. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even the celebrity-studded audience seemed bewildered. 50 Cent looked at Spears with a confused expression; Diddy, her new best friend, was expressionless. Some comeback.last_img read more

Hugo Lloris believes France’s match with England will be ‘a great moment of solidarity’

first_img1 Hugo Lloris at France’s press conference with Didier Deschamps France captain Hugo Lloris hopes Tuesday’s friendly against England will be a show of solidarity as well as a chance to “escape” from the drama affecting his homeland.Didier Deschamps’ side made the trip to Wembley despite a series of terrorist attacks which hit Paris on Friday night, while Les Bleus were playing against Germany.That decision came from French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet and, although Lloris admitted to having doubts, he supports it.He said: “The president made the best decision, I think, to play this game.“Of course we are human and we had doubts, whether to play or not, to go home or stay together, but I think it was well managed by the coach and the technical staff.“The last three days were a bit dramatic. We were in mourning all together, we spent some time at Clairefontaine (at the national football academy).“We will try to escape from it for one hour and 30 minutes. There will be a lot of emotion from the players, but it will be a great moment of solidarity.“It will be an opportunity for us to show character and share this moment with all the English people.”France arrived to find Wembley’s arch lit up in the red, white and blue of their national flag, while the words of their national anthem La Marseillaise will be displayed on the stadium screen to encourage English fans to join their visitors in singing it before the game.Regarding the anthem, Lloris said: “We will sing that together and share in that moment.“It will be sung by a great number of English people as well, which will make it stronger.“I know the English very well and I know they’re very respectful as far as this kind of event is concerned. I know they’ll help us to commemorate.“This game is a good opportunity to represent the French nation. The French nation is more important than French football tomorrow.”last_img read more

Roy Hodgson exclusive: Wayne Rooney WILL be in England’s Euro 2016 squad if fit

first_img 1 With Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scoring 19 and 17 goals in the league respectively, Rooney faces a lot of competition for a starting place.However Hodgson refused to rule out Rooney playing alongside the two in-form strikers, saying he is capable of playing in a number of different positions for the Three Lions.“It depends which system we play,” he continued.“It also depends on the other players at the time and how well they’re doing and how keen we are to get them in the team.“The good thing about Wayne and getting into the team is that he has more than one string to his bow. He can play behind strikers and he can play as an out-and-out striker.”READ: England boss Roy Hodgson tells talkSPORT: ‘This team has enormous qualities and the right attitude – the future looks bright’ A fit Wayne Rooney is a certainty for England’s Euro 2016 squad, manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT.The Three Lions captain is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury and will miss the friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands at the end of the month.England’s record goalscorer has been out of form this season, scoring only seven times in the Premier League, which has led to speculation whether the 30-year-old is deserving of a place in the squad.Rooney is expected to be back in action for Manchester United in April and if he is fully fit by the time Hodgson names his 23-man squad, he will be on the Eurostar to France, with the England boss stressing how important loyalty to the cause is to him.“Yes I can [say Rooney will be there if fit], because he is our captain, he is our most experienced player,” Hodgson said in an exclusive interview with Drivetime.“He’s not missed one squad of the last eight squads. He has never let us down.“I’m not prepared to say categorically about any players at this stage that they will go but I certainly will dismiss any discussions about Wayne Rooney and whether or not he should go. My only fear is that he won’t recover in time from his injury, but it’s a minor fear.”last_img read more

AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES RISE BY ALMOST 5% IN LAST SIX MONTHS

first_img.The price of the average three-bed semi detached house in Donegal has risen 4.76% to €82,500 in the last six months, a nationwide property survey has found.The REA Average House Price Survey concentrates on the sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of the selling season in December.REA agents in Donegal are predicting a further 10% rise in prices in 2016, after 13.79% was added to the value of the average three-bed semi in 2015. According to Michael McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Bundoran there is a lack of supply to met growing demand in the area.“Prices rose and then stabilised in the fourth quarter of 2015,” said Paul McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Milford.“Supply has thinned out and there is still demand. We haven’t seen many new builds so price increases will be for whatever stock comes on market.”The average semi detached house nationally now costs €188,370, the Q4 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a slight rise on the Q3 figure of €186,102. Prices in Dublin city and county fell by -0.75% in Q4, while Dublin city alone fell by -0.69% – the average three-bed semi now costing €357,500.However, the biggest growth was in the rest of the country outside the commuter belt and larger cities, where house prices increased by 0.95% in the last three months.The lack of suitable supply is the biggest influence on the property market nationwide, according to REA Chairman Michael O’Connor.“What we have seen in the last three months are prices only increasing in areas that are offering people the accommodation that they require,” he said.AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES RISE BY ALMOST 5% IN LAST SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 12th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOUSE PRICESriselast_img read more

LUCKY ESCAPE AS TAXI ENDS UP IN DITCH

first_imgThe occupants of this taxi had a lucky escape when it ended up in a ditch on a cross-border road between Inishowen and Derry.The car went off the road at the Groarty Road’s junction with Bunamaine (known as the back road to Bridgend).It is believed no one sustained serious injuries.  LUCKY ESCAPE AS TAXI ENDS UP IN DITCH was last modified: March 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bridgendcrashtaxi-driverlast_img read more