Jamaicans More Receptive to Restorative Justice

first_img Speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Issues & Answers interview, Mrs. Whyte said that restorative justice is working in Jamaica, and people “are not only receptive, they have bought in”. Story Highlights Jamaicans have become more receptive and are beginning to see significant benefits from participation in the Restorative Justice Programme of the Ministry of Justice.According to Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit, Kahilah Whyte, between January and July of this year, some 82 conferences were held, with 684 individuals participating in the restorative justice process. Of the 82 conferences held, 78 resulted in an agreement to resolve the conflict.Speaking on a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Issues & Answers interview, Mrs. Whyte said that restorative justice is working in Jamaica, and people “are not only receptive, they have bought in”.She noted that a cultural shift is taking place, where persons are turning to the programme, through restorative justice centres set up islandwide, to resolve conflicts.“People are willing to change, especially when they know that the process is free. This can lessen the stress in their lives, and it is another way to reduce the huge backlog that we are having in the court system,” Mrs. Whyte said.She credited the programme for success in communities such as August Town, which has seen significant decrease in crime, recording zero murders in 2016.“We are seeing more camaraderie, more peace, and the Restorative Justice Centre is keen to spread this peace throughout the island. People are hungry for that, they want change. They are coming in and calling in to be a part of the process,” Mrs. Whyte said.She urged churches, workplaces and community organisations to reach out to the Restorative Justice Unit for free sessions on restorative justice practices, which will introduce participants to conflict management principles and techniques.She further encouraged persons to become restorative justice facilitators and volunteers. Forms are available online, at the restorative justice centres and at the Ministry. Volunteers will be trained on the conference process, conflict resolution, and communication skills, among others.“The Minister and the Permanent Secretary are committed to the programme. We are actively going into schools, churches, getting Justices of the Peace to come on board with us, helping persons to become facilitators and to teach each other how to manage the situations better,” she said. She urged churches, workplaces and community organisations to reach out to the Restorative Justice Unit for free sessions on restorative justice practices, which will introduce participants to conflict management principles and techniques. Jamaicans have become more receptive and are beginning to see significant benefits from participation in the Restorative Justice Programme of the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more

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103 Early-Childhood Institutions Fully Registered, another 300 Soon

first_img He emphasised that the Government is committed to ensuring that a high standard is maintained throughout the entire educational system, through the adoption of the National Standard Curriculum, starting at the early-childhood level. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says 103 early-childhood institutions have, so far, been fully registered by the Early Childhood Commission, and that another 300 will be certified in short order. “This Administration intends to promote and uphold standards. We want quality education for all, so we are working with the early-childhood institutions to ensure there is capacity for all our children… and all get an opportunity and are well prepared and stimulated from early childhood,” the Minister added. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says 103 early-childhood institutions have, so far, been fully registered by the Early Childhood Commission, and that another 300 will be certified in short order.Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the Ministry/Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) Symposium and Expo on February 28 at the St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, the Minister commended members of the Commission for their work in ensuring that early-childhood institutions across the island are compliant with the Ministry’s operating standards.He emphasised that the Government is committed to ensuring that a high standard is maintained throughout the entire educational system, through the adoption of the National Standard Curriculum, starting at the early-childhood level.“This Administration intends to promote and uphold standards. We want quality education for all, so we are working with the early-childhood institutions to ensure there is capacity for all our children… and all get an opportunity and are well prepared and stimulated from early childhood,” the Minister added.Senator Reid said the Government is fully aware of the challenges being faced by the sector and will be doing all that it can to ensure that no one is “left behind”.He pointed out that, this year, the Administration will be seeking to launch two day-care centres in each constituency and engage stakeholders to be able to better advance the thrust of the Ministry.“There are some vulnerable households with mothers sometimes under stress. They need to go to work, but they have nobody to leave their children with, and some of them, when they have older children, those children suffer because the older child has to stay home to take care of those children, and their education suffers. This Administration says that we will leave no one behind,” he stressed.According to Senator Reid, the Ministry will also be seeking to engage private institutions aimed at “rationalising some of the current basic schools to become infant schools or infant departments”.Meanwhile, the Minister said that plans by the Government to ensure that all students go up to grade 13 are part of the strategy to make sure that all students have full access to education and training at the high-school level, which will ultimately reduce the cost for a college education.“It is a very novel idea if we can ensure that you do some of your credits in high school to make sure that they can be transferred to your other institutions to reduce your cost, so you stay in those institutions over a shorter period,” he said.“Instead of creating a pyramidal education system, we are creating an education system with equity, so that everybody gets early-childhood education, quality primary education, quality secondary, and all get an opportunity for tertiary education. What a revolution we are going to have in Jamaica,” the Minister added.To facilitate these plans, the Minister said that funding to the educational system was increased for the fiscal year.“Our Ministry was able to increase the funding to our primary schools for our regular grant by 169 per cent. We increased the maintenance grant by a whopping 40 per cent; and we increased the contribution to our all-age and junior high schools from $11,150.00 per student to $19,000.00. We also distributed book vouchers for some of our very needy students up to $ 50 million,” he outlined.The symposium was held under the theme ‘Creating Educational Opportunities to Enhance Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in Communities’.Partners included HEART Trust/NTA, Centre of Occupational Studies, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), Caribbean Maritime University, The Early Childhood Commission, Career Advancement Programme, National Parenting Support Commission, Sagicor, Irie FM and Power 106.last_img read more

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Mike lawyer quits gets one month for new legal team

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – Michael Misick will get a one month extension to reconstruct his legal team after his lead lawyer, Ralphe Thorne, QC quit all of a sudden.The TCI Sun Newspaper broke the story today about Thorne resigning as lead attorney for the former Premier who is engrossed in a corruption allegation trial and who today showed up with a stand in attorney Arian Kayne of the UK –– and his local instructing attorney, Jahmal Misick from Misick and Stanbrook and who asked for two months to rearrange his defense team.Thorne, according to the article authored by TCI Sun Editor in Chief, Hayden Boyce was asked to show up in court today to explain his actions at such a critical juncture in an already laborious trial proceeding.  The Barbadian attorney was not there.   Justice Paul Harrison said he was quite surprised by the move.Both Thorne and Jerome Lynch, QC the legal lead for McAllister Hanchell had been missing since after the Christmas break due to other trial commitments said the story; they had expressed this would be the case in advance.   But this latest development where Thorne has now quit the job of representing, the ex premier is a new matter and Mike Misick, when asked of the situation by Magnetic Media said he has no comment on why the two have parted ways.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Ginger Moxey appointed Bahamas and Caribbean Representative for Sister Cities International

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 2, 2017 – Nassau – Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors approved Ms. Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas, to be the Country Representative for the Bahamas and Regional Representative for the Caribbean during the 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach on July 14th. “In her new role, she serves as an integral part of Sister Cities International’s diplomatic and partnership outreach and will help promote the mission of sister cities: to promote peace through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding—one individual, one community at a time,” stated Chairman Tim Quigley.Country and Regional Representatives are highly distinguished leaders of Sister Cities International who help connect the organization with communities abroad. Ms. Moxey is highly suited to take on the role of Caribbean Representative due to her vast national and international network and previous work developing sister city partnerships in the Bahamas.“The opportunities and benefits of Sister Cities International need to be fully explored throughout the Caribbean. There are many worthwhile initiatives that can be executed to bring about sustained development,” said Ms. Moxey. These initiatives will cover a broad range of topics that fall under four categories: youth and education; arts and culture; business and trade; and community development. Ms. Moxey hopes to establish an annual regional conference in 2018 that will specifically cater to reinvigorating existing sister city relationships between Caribbean and U.S. cities. Sister Cities International looks forward to working with Ms. Moxey in her new role and is confident that her experience and network will be beneficial to all partnerships in the Caribbean.Cities in the Caribbean region interested in developing or renewing a sister city relationship can contact Ms. Moxey atgmoxey@immersebahamas.com.Pictured from Left to Right: Tim Quigley, Chairman, Sister Cities International; Ginger M. Moxey, President & CEO, Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd.; Mary Kane, President & CEO, Sister Cities International; and Ron Nirenberg, Vice Chairman, Sister Cities International at the 61st Annual Sister Cities International Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Release: sistercities.org Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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San Diego ranks among worst for first time homebuyers

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom March 19, 2019 San Diego ranks among worst for first time homebuyerscenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The great “American Dream” of owning a home appears to be slipping away for more San Diegans. A new survey conducted by the personal finance website, Bankrate, rated the best and worst cities for first time homebuyers. In a ranking of 50 U.S, cities, San Diego was among the ten worst cities for new homebuyers, coming in at seven on the list. The cities that had even worse showings were San Francisco which topped the list, followed by Los Angeles and Sacramento.Lyle Caddell, who’s been selling homes in San Diego County for nearly 25 years said he doesn’t need to look at the survey to know there’s hardly anything out there for first time buyers. “The demand is so big in this price category. I don’t think I’ve ever been this bus, with people calling me saying ‘Hey, Lyle, do you have anything we can buy, a home?’ ”Caddell showed us a home listed for sale at 589,000 dollars, which he said was in the mid-level price range. The three bedroom home in Rancho San Diego already had seven offers in less than three days. “Can you only imagine what it’d be like for the entry level?” Caddell asked.Nathan Moeder, who heads a real estate and economic advisory firm said nothing will change unless there’s a way to reduce the government regulations that add to constructions costs and the time it takes to build new housing. “Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s going to be single family home opportunities like we’ve traditionally had in San Diego County because we’re not building it. 60 perecent of our growth historically was in single family homes. Going forward, it’s only going to be 18 percent,” Moeder said.According to the 2017 Census, the rate of home ownership in the San Diego area for 25 to 44 year olds was 33.6 percent.Behind Los Angeles, San Diego had the second lowest rate of home ownership in the nation. “We’re really turning into a region of “haves” and “have-nots” because the single family homes that exist today are just going to be more and more expensive, because we’re not building them anymore,” Moeder said. Updated: 8:45 PM Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light southwest wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning.In The Community: Windsor Place (92 West Street) is holding a free Chair Yoga Class at 10am. All are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMs

first_imgMahbub TalukdarElection commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday raised objection to the move to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using in the December general polls, according to EC officials.Amid criticism and controversy, the election commission on Thursday organised a meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban to finalise a proposal for amending the People Representative Order (RPO) for giving legal coverage to use of EVMs in the parliamentary elections.Mahbub left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them.Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.Last year, the EC held dialogues with 39 political parties. Some 23 parties gave their opinion on the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. A total of 12 parties including the BNP opposed the use of EVMs.Seven parties including Awami League were in favour of EVMs while three parties suggested using it on trial basis and a party favoured EVMs on certain conditions.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.last_img read more

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Houston Firefighters Union President to Debate Mayor Turner on Pay Parity

first_img Share @FirefightersHOU has withdrawn from the scheduled debate on Proposition B after the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event. Please see attached news release. pic.twitter.com/FJKbynI4Gy— Houston Firefighters (@FirefightersHOU) October 3, 2018 Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA) announced Wednesday afternoon it has agreed to participate in a debate with Mayor Sylvester Turner about pay parity between the local police and fire departments.On Wednesday morning, the HPFFA had announced that its president, Patrick M. ‘Marty’ Lancton, would not participate in the debate, which is scheduled for Saturday, due to disagreements with the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) which is organizing the event.The HPFFA said in a statement obtained by News 88.7 that “the Harris County Democratic Party failed to set ground rules that would have checked Mayor Sylvester Turner’s influence over the event.”center_img The statement detailed that the Harris County Democratic Party “rejected a HPFFA request to directly address precinct chairs so they could vote on whether the county Democratic Party should support firefighters and Proposition B.”However, a statement sent around 4:30 p.m. announced that “after working through a variety of miscommunications” the HPFFA had agreed to take part in the debate about Proposition B.Lancton thanked the HCDP for “further clarifying the ground rules of the Prop B debate.” “Fairness of the debate and the inclusion of the precinct chairs in this process are priorities for us. The precinct chairs deserve to be as involved as possible in the debate,” the HPFFA president added.The debate will take place this Saturday, October 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and will be live-streamed by the HCDP.last_img read more

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AFRO Exclusive with Taraji P Henson

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIn the Black community, mental health is often treated as the elephant in the room that no one really wants to talk about.Between “praying the pain away,” worrying about “airing dirty laundry,” and thinking therapy is for “privileged people,” many in communities of color keep mental and emotional health challenges inside, as opposed to seeking help for their illnesses. Not getting professional help for mental health issues can lead to further physical health issues including high blood pressure, muscle pain, addiction and death.Taraji P. Henson sat down with AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor to discuss her organization, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, and her conference, “Can We Talk?,” which took place in Washington, D.C. June 7-9. (Photo by Jabray Franklin AFRO Intern)For these reasons actress and advocate Taraji P. Henson, hopes to break the stigma and silence around mental health with her organization, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, and her conference, “Can We Talk?,” which took place June 7-9 in her hometown, Washington, D.C.In an exclusive AFRO interview, Henson took some time out from the conference to share the importance of her foundation, and why Black people need to talk about mental health.“Because it’s taboo in many ways.  We don’t really talk about it,” Henson told the AFRO.The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is named after the actress’ father, who was instrumental in influencing her to go after her artistic endeavors.“My dad was very paramount about me becoming an actress. He sewed great seeds into me.  He told me I was going to be one of the greatest actresses alive when I was little. He always spoke great things into me, so I had no choice but to dream big because those are the seeds he planted,” she said.Notwithstanding her personal career, the D.M.V. native also shared that she named the foundation in honor of her father, after realizing, once he passed, the importance he had in her life by actually talking about mental health.“He was an open book- open road map to his life… He told his truth, he walked in his truth no matter what, and that’s a bold place to live.  A lot of us are really afraid to live in our truth. And that’s what he taught me,” she said. “He was very open and honest about his mental issues.  You never go to war and come back the same. So, I just felt like this was a way to honor his legacy and the things he instilled in me,” the actress and mental health advocate added.Henson noted the domino effect that has taken place in the Black community by not talking about mental health.“That’s why there’s a shortage of African Americans in the field of  mental health, because we don’t talk about it at home. Our children don’t even know, this is a field they can even flourish in.  They’ll say, ‘I want to be a doctor, I want to be a dentist,’ no one ever says, ‘I want to be a psychiatrist, I want to be psychologist, I want to be a therapist, a mental health therapist,’” she told the AFRO. “I think once we have open dialogue about it, people will be more comfortable about being vulnerable.”In opening up about mental health, Henson feels, true change can happen.“We’ve always been taught to keep our problems close to us, but that’s not how you change lives.  You change lives by telling your story, telling your truth, however ugly it may be. No one wants to hear how easy you had it, you can’t change a life like that,” Henson told the AFRO. While the conference is now over, there are still ways to get involved with the foundation, by visiting the website http://www.borislhensonfoundation.org.For those interested in donating to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, the actress has specific instructions. “If you feel like you want to help in any way- any donation is a good donation- you can text, ‘Can We Talk’ to 41444.”last_img read more

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Vice Media Chief Creative Officer Tom Punch Exits to Join Spring Studios

first_img Popular on Variety Tom Punch, Vice Media’s global chief creative and commercial officer, has left the media company after six years to join ad agency Spring Studios.Punch has been named global president and chief creative officer for Spring Studios across its offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Milan. In the new role, Punch reports to Spring Studios CEO Richard Yaffa.His departure from Vice comes after a series of senior-executive changes at the company — including the naming of former A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc as CEO this spring, replacing Shane Smith in the role, a move coming after allegations of misconduct at the Brooklyn-based company.Vice recently instituted a hiring freeze under Dubuc, and the company is looking to shrink its headcount through attrition. A Wall Street Journal report last week, citing anonymous sources, said Vice’s revenue for 2018 is projected to be flat with last year. Meanwhile, Disney took a $157 million write-down on its investment in Vice for the September quarter. Punch’s last day at Vice was Nov. 2. At the company he oversaw commercial content and operations, including for the Viceland cable channel. He led the company’s internal agency, called Virtue, which worked with brands including Netflix, Lululemon, L’Oréal, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Unilever, Samsung, YouTube and Google. He also started the company’s branded-content studio Vice+ Productions.“Tom’s global experience and achievements will continue to expand Spring’s role as aspirational storytellers, carving out a strategic space where culture and commerce collide,” Yaffa said in a statement.Prior to joining Vice in 2012, Punch had worked at ad agencies including Mother and GroupM’s MediaCom.Spring Studios describes itself as combining high-end agency, production and content capabilities. “Spring has architected a beautiful platform to build upon,” Punch said in a statement provided by the agency. “Its merging of culture with commerce, community with content, and digital with physical has attracted a talented community of hybrid creative, business people that I can’t wait to get to work with.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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