Indonesia unveils bigger stimulus worth $47.6 billion to fight coronavirus impacts

first_imgThe government unveiled on Wednesday a bigger stimulus package worth Rp 677.2 trillion (US$47.6 billion) to anchor the virus-battered economy, the growth of which is expected to fall to a level similar to that of the 1998 Asian financial crisis.The latest budget, which is higher than the Rp 641.17 trillion initially allocated, aims to strengthen the healthcare system, direct more spending toward social protection to boost consumption and provide incentives to rescue Indonesian businesses from bankruptcy and workers from layoffs.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had put in place support measures to counter an economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the government would again revise the macroeconomic assumption underpinning the state budget to cover for the larger stimulus package. “This is a thorough stimulus package to support people’s purchasing power and businesses,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a livestreamed news conference. “We are hoping that this stimulus can maintain our economic growth at above zero percent.”The Indonesian economy grew 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, the weakest in 19 years, as household spending and investment growth plunged as the outbreak hit economies around the world.Read also: Experts, activists call for heightened public scrutiny of COVID-19 policies, fundingSri Mulyani said gross domestic product (GDP) growth could be lower than the government’s projection of 2.3 percent this year. In the worst-case scenario, the government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent. Under the new stimulus budget, the government will provide Rp 87.55 trillion for the healthcare sector, Rp 203.9 trillion to strengthen social safety net programs and Rp 123.46 trillion in incentives for micro, small and medium businesses.As much as Rp 120.6 trillion will be allocated for bigger tax incentives and Rp 97.11 trillion to support ministries and regional administrations, while Rp 44.57 trillion comprises the stimulus for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and labor-intensive businesses.The government now projects the state budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP, up from the previous estimation of 6.27 percent. It expects state revenue to reach Rp 1.4 quadrillion this year, while state spending is projected to increase by Rp 124.5 trillion to Rp 2.74 quadrillion.“We will treat the widening budget deficit carefully in terms of sustainability and financing,” Sri Mulyani pledged. “We will look for financing sources with the lowest risk and costs.”Read also: Indonesia may lose market confidence due to mounting debts: World BankBank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo pledged during the same briefing to continue buying government bonds in the primary market as the last resort and non-competitive bidder to help finance the government’s budget. The central bank has bought around Rp 26 trillion worth of bonds directly through auctions.“Close coordination between the Finance Ministry and the central bank in budget financing has fueled confidence among market players,” Perry told reporters. “With growing market optimism, we expect that the needs of our bond buying program will be small.“Bank Indonesia is also ready to minimize the government’s interest rate burden to support economic recovery if needed.”BI has injected a total of Rp 583.5 trillion since the beginning of the year to carry out monetary operations to stabilize the financial market and boost bank liquidity, among other purposes.World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn called on the Indonesian government to take steps to maintain market confidence as debt mounts amid the outbreak.“The government must [provide assurances over its] fiscal strategy to raise revenues back to at least the 2018 level to flatten the debt curve,” Van Doorn said recently.Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtIt should unwind “exceptional measures” taken to battle the pandemic after the virus threat subsides, including by reinstating the deficit ceiling of 3 percent and ending Bank Indonesia’s partial financing of the deficit, he said.Indonesia’s debt-to-GDP ratio would rise to 37 percent this year, from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, van Doorn projected.Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia economist Piter Abdullah, meanwhile, lauded the government’s move.”Although it may not be enough, the move signals that the government is flexible about adjusting the stimulus,” Piter told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “This would boost market confidence and help strengthen the rupiah exchange rate.”Topics :last_img read more

SA armoured vehicles a hit abroad

first_img23 November 2005South African armoured vehicle manufacturer Land Systems OMC has won a US$120-million order to supply the Canadian Army with 50 mine-protected troop carriers, along with an $11-million order from the United Arab Emirates armed forces – the fifth major export deal secured by the firm in 2005.In May, Land Systems announced a $10-million order for 30 of its RG-12 public-order vehicles from the Italian Carabinieri and a $28-million order for 100 of its RG-32M light armoured vehicles for the Swedish Defence Force.In February the US Army placed an order with the company for 148 RG-31 vehicles worth around $78-million.The RG-31 and its sister vehicle, the RG-12, are world-renowned mine-protected armoured personnel carriers in service globally with various peace-keeping organisations and armies.Thanks, praise from survivorsThe order from the US Army came after an incident in 2004 in which a RG-31 in Afghanistan was destroyed by a mine. Five US soldiers were able to exit the vehicle with only light injuries. The soldiers wrote a letter of thanks to Land Systems OMC, saying the vehicle had saved their lives.“If it was not for its superior design and manufacturing we would not be able to write this letter today,” the soldiers wrote.“This is a magnificent endorsement of South African capability in design, engineering and technology,” Land Systems MD Johan Steyn said when announcing the Italian contract, adding that the orders would create additional jobs at the firm’s Johannesburg manufacturing plant.Land Systems OMC is a division of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, which is a business unit of BAE Systems Land Systems of the United Kingdom.World’s most heavily mined regionNews of the Canadian order came from The Canadian Press, which reported that the Canadian army is expecting delivery of its 50 South African-made armoured vehicles early in 2006 for use by its soldiers in southern Afghanistan.The Canadian army is reportedly purchasing the RG-12s “off the shelf,” without any special requirements. According to The Canadian Press, the vehicles are considered essential to Canada’s mission in the desert and mountains near Kandahar, one of the most heavily mined regions of the most heavily mined country in the world.The RG-12 is a multi-purpose 4×4 armoured vehicle with an all-steel, welded armour, monocoque hull capable of protecting the crew against small arms fire, firebombs and hand grenades.Initially designed as an anti-riot vehicle, the RG-12 is readily adaptable to a variety of roles. In public order policing configuration, 12 fully equipped police officers can operate in the fully air-conditioned vehicle for extended periods.Combat-proven technologyFor the United Arab Emirates armed forces, the smaller, mine-protected RG-31 4×4 armoured vehicle is being customised with Stanag (standard Nato agreement) level 2 protection against armour-piercing ammunition, a more powerful engine, upgraded air-conditioning and additional side doors.According to the SA Press Association (Sapa), UAE armed forces officers who visited Land Systems’ production facilities in Benoni, near Johannesburg, were impressed with the agility and response of the company’s combat-proven mine-protection technology.The UAE delivery is scheduled for the first and second quarters of 2006.The RG-31 is used by other peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, while the RG-12 is successfully deployed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.Sapa reports that in 2002, prior to the company’s 2004 purchase by BAE Systems, Land Systems OMC (then Alvis OMC) sold a number of RG-12 armoured personnel carriers to the Dubai Police reporterlast_img read more

Ethical practice awards for SA wines

first_img8 January 2010 As the South African wine industry continues to grow its exports despite the global recession, it is also achieving increasing international recognition for its ethical approach to winemaking. Within the space of a few weeks in November, South Africa was acknowledged by influential UK trade publication The Drinks Business, winning its Ethical Award for 2009, while also earning the lion’s share of trophies and prizes in the Fairtrade Wine Committee’s competition for best wines of the year, held in London. “It is fitting that after our re-entry into world markets just over 15 years ago, we should become leaders in establishing ethical standards, as we redress the wrongs of the past and promote a better quality of life for many of the people on whom the recent success of our industry has been built,” Wines of South Africa (WOSA) CEO Su Birch said in a statement last month. She added that the awards had come at a particularly important time. “Worldwide, as businesses face increasing economic pressure, workers become more vulnerable. We are able to show that tougher trading conditions do not necessarily have to impact on ethical labour standards.”Project Laduma The Ethical Award was presented to Project Laduma, WOSA’s programme to train 2 010 wine stewards ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, funded mainly through the sale of Fundi Wines, created for the purpose. These wines are selling in a range of markets abroad, including the UK, North America and Japan. Candidates for training are drawn from both the hospitality industry and the ranks of the unemployed. Charlotte Hey, director of The Drinks Business, said the Fundi project impressed the judges as an initiative that would have real value and benefit on an ethical level. “The idea of combining an international event with education and training in wine for people who would not necessarily get a chance to learn about the product shone above the other entries in the category,” Hey said. “The essence of the Wine Innovation Awards is both to innovate and inspire, and the Fundi project is the embodiment of what these awards stand for.” Others short-listed for the Ethical Award were the UK retailer The Co-operative Group; Cullen Wines in Australia; and South Africa’s Women in Wine, the country’s first all-women owned and managed company operating in the wine industry.Fairtrade At the Fairtrade Wine Committee’s competition, South African producers won the 2009 trophies for Best Overall Fairtrade Wine, Best Fairtrade Red Wine and Best Fairtrade White Wine. The top prize and also the prize for best red went to Isabelo Pinotage 2008, while the prize for the best white went to Six Hats Sauvignon Blanc 2009. The title of Best Fairtrade Sparkling Wine was won by the Co-operative Fairtrade Cape Sparkling Rose NV, produced by Du Toitskloof Cellars. Decanter, a prominent British consumer magazine with an international readership, chose six South African wines for its top ten list of Fairtrade wines. These included wines from Isabelo, Hope’s Garden, Thandi, Fairhills and two produced for the Co-operative Group. Fairtrade, initiated to protect workers across a range of industries, has helped to focus international attention on the importance of fair labour practices in promoting socio-economic sustainability. Research conducted by Globescan earlier last year found that 87% of UK consumers believed the issue of payment to farmers or their workers in developing countries was important. The first Fairtrade certified wine to be launched in the UK was a South African product, Thandi Pinot Noir. “There are now more than 250 Fairtrade-certified wines available in the UK, sourced from South Africa, Chile and Argentina,” Birch said. According to Kate Lewis, Fairtrade’s business development manager, close on 4.5-million litres of Fairtrade-certified wines were sold in the UK last year. In 2008, Britons spent over £700-million on all Fairtrade goods, including wine, an increase of 43% on 2007. “Many South African wine producers have embraced the Fairtrade principles while building their quality credentials,” Lewis said. “The Fairtrade Wine Committee awards, now in their fourth year, show just how well they are doing.” Birch said that WIETA, the Agricultural Ethical Trading Initiative SA, founded in 2002, had also helped local producers to raise working conditions on wine farms. The organisation had established a code of good practice governing labour standards to encourage reform. It was also collaborating with major retailers abroad to build support for its objectives. Earlier last year, WOSA was selected for The Drinks Business Green List for its role in building public awareness of the environment. WOSA was listed in fifth position, just behind US President Barack Obama (in fourth), but ahead of any other national wine marketing body. South Africa boasts the fastest growth rate of wine sales among its competitors in the UK, with a volume share of the market at just over 10%. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA, Nigeria partnership ‘vital for Africa’

first_img7 May 2013 Maximum co-operation between Nigeria and South Africa is necessary for Africa to move forward, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said following a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town on Tuesday. Jonathan and Zuma were addressing a media briefing that was preceded by the signing of a raft of cooperation agreements between Africa’s two economic powerhouses. These included agreements to cooperate in the fields of defence, oil and gas, mining, electricity, information technology, justice, woman and child development, and the environment. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru also signed a waiver for visas for those holding diplomatic passports. Jonathan pointed out that in all its visits to South Africa, Nigeria had never signed as many agreements with the country. Jonathan is on a two-day state visit to South Africa – his first official visit to the country – after which he will be attending the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting starting in Cape Town on Wednesday. Zuma said that Jonathan’s visit had generated a lot of optimism and excitement, given the historical relations between the two countries. He said Nigeria and South Africa had already fostered strong relations since the launch of a bi-national commission in 1999. Zuma said the South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum taking place later on Tuesday would further boost economic relations between the two countries, pointing out that over 100 South African companies were already doing business in Nigeria. He said South Africa had hosted over 73 000 Nigerian tourists in 2012, an increase of nearly 14% over 2011. South African Tourism was in the process of opening an office in Lagos, the President added, urged South Africans to visit Nigeria. Nigeria played a prominent role on the continent and in world affairs, Zuma said, adding that South Africa and Nigeria shared a common vision on the reform of IMF and World Bank and other multilateral organisations. Source: read more

90 small tourism businesses is the focus at Indaba

first_imgFast-tracking the growth of almost 100 small businesses in South Africa is one of the initiatives at the upcoming Indaba, Africa’s top travel show. It will be held in May at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.The media launch of this year’s Indaba is held on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Delegates from the countries such as Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, the Seychelles, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be displaying tourism-related products and services alongside local South African exhibitors at the event in May 2017. The event is hosted in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterThe Indaba 2017 will host 90 small tourism businesses at the show, organisers revealed at the media launch of the conference on Tuesday 28 March 2017.Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar, reads the site.“It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Indaba is owned by South African Tourism.”The event, also known as Africa’s top travel show, takes place from 16 to 18 May 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.Small businesses to get exposureSisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of the South African Tourism, said at the media briefing at the Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg that this year’s Indaba would have a special focus on accelerating small businesses in the tourism sector.One of the key focuses is an initiative to train and mentor small and medium-sized enterprises, and give it with preferential access to influential industry players.“For me, one of Indaba’s highlights is our new Hidden Gems programme, which will help boost tourism by enabling smaller players. [The 90 small businesses are] emerging and existing enterprises are at least 50% black-owned,” said Ntshona.“They are drawn from each of South Africa’s nine provinces and we call them our Hidden Gems, because they are tucked-away treasures that only a select few know about.”South African Tourism, in partnership with the National Department of Tourism and the Southern African Tourism Services Association will allow the entrepreneurs to get exposure at Indaba as well as the opportunity to “pitch” their offerings to travel buyers during speed marketing sessions.Here are some of the messages that was put to Twitter during the media briefing:“Tourism has evolved. It’s now more about stories & #Indaba2017 has allowed us to work harder on what makes us special.” – Tony Nkadimeng— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017“#Indaba2017 is a networking opportunity to showcase what we have to offer as a country & continent” – @sisantshona.— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017“We are serious about transformation in the tourism industry and have put plans in place for this.” – Perry Moodley, @dbntourism #Indaba2017— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017A variety of panel discussionsNtshona also unveiled a series of topical panel discussions with industry thought leaders aimed at constructively exploring issues related to developing tourism in Africa to take place during Indaba.Local and international game changers, technology “disruptors”, experts and captains of industry will exchange ideas on how to market tourism offerings to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community; how the private and public sectors can join hands to drive inclusive growth; and how Africa’s pioneering arts sector can further enhance the continent’s appeal as a tourist destination.Organisers also said that Indaba will have a more streamlined events programme, designed to improve the experience of exhibitors, buyers, visitors and media alike.Innovations include an enhanced online diary system to provide more “match-making” options between delegates who want to meet with a view to doing business, and a new Indaba app that will provided updated information and news at the show.Sisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of the South African Tourism, believes Africa is going to be the next tourism frontier. He adds that the continent as a whole reported an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by a massive 13%. “Last year, we broke records to reach 10-million international tourists coming to South Africa.” (Image: Brand South Africa)Ntshona urged all businesses and individuals interested in tourism to book their place at Indaba 2017, adding: “It’s going to be a lively, buzzing, bustling trade show that will showcase Africa in all its rich and diverse glory.”List of more than 50 things to do in DurbanWith less than 50 days left to the event, the Indaba’s Twitter handle @SATravelTrade also revealed a list of 51 things to do in Durban. This list, compiled by Durban Tourism includes the Ohlange Institute.It was created by John Langalibalele Dube, who was also the founder member and first president of the South African Native National Congress, which was renamed to the African National Congress in 1923.Dube’s first house and the JL Dube Hall, where Nelson Mandela voted in the first democratic election in 1994, is within the Ohlange Institute.Source: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

[Video] Myspace: “I’m Not Dead Yet!”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Adam, Brian, Jon and Robyn discuss the future of the music business, which has come up in several RWW stories lately, in our latest Google+ Hangout. Brian describes the argument he just had with a rock star, and Adam tells tales about his recent visit to Myspace HQ. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Hangout#MySpace#web jon mitchell Here are links to the posts and topics we talked about:RWW: BitTorrent Downloads Booming – And Benefitting MusiciansRWW: Screw The New iPods: We Need Better Music Players RWW: Justin Timberlake Is Bringing Myspace Back To The Desktop, Where No One Will Use ItLead image courtesy of Shutterstocklast_img read more

MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Even if Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is a club team, we are still one in cheering for the, cheering Laban Pilipinas come tip off,” said SMART sports head Christopher “Epok” Quimpo.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will kick off its Champions Cup campaign against BC Astana on Friday in the tournament that will run from September 22 to 30. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “We started the Gilas program back in 2008 to help achieve the Filipino dream of reaching the Olympics and the World Cup,” the executive said. “Years later, we have found a partner that can help expand the program in Chooks-to-Go. This is what sports does to us Filipinos, it brings us together.”Bounty has been bankrolling Gilas Pilipinas since their partnership started in December 2016. It is also the main sponsor for the team for 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, an Asian club competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is looking to make deep run in the 10-club tourney in Chenzhou, China, which is expected to give the players invaluable experience heading into the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in November.Even with the Filipino team carrying another brand for the club championships, SMART is still throwing its support behind Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan reaffirmed his full support for the Philippine national basketball team even with Chooks-to-go stepping up to sponsor Gilas Pilipinas.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., the company that operates Chooks-to-Go, has been the main backer for nationals this past year and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus welcomed the company’s undying support for the program.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Jamaica-U.S. in Soccer’s Gold Cup

first_imgATLANTA — Forward Michael Seaton says Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals for the first time in 17 years because the Reggae Boyz enjoyed surprising the doubters.With five-time champion United States waiting in the July 22 semifinal, Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer is playing up the underdog role once again.“It feels like David versus Goliath,” Schaefer said. “But that’s fine. We will try everything to hit the giant when it counts the most.”Mexico, which has six Gold Cup titles, will play Panama in the other semifinal.U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann predicted a tight match against Jamaica. That’s no surprise. Other than a 6-0 win over Cuba in the quarterfinals, the U.S. has had plenty of tough matches in the Gold Cup so far.The semifinal at a sold-out Georgia Dome matches two German coaches who know each other well.“Our paths have crossed many times,” Klinsmann said. “All the times we’ve met we’ve always had a good time with each other. He loves to joke around.”Jamaica beat Haiti 1-0 to reach its first semifinal since 1998. “I think it was people doubting us and knowing the struggle a majority of us come from,” Seaton said.U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley said the team knows what it’s up against.“We certainly have the most respect for Jamaica,” Bradley said. “We know it’s going to be a difficult game. We think everybody on all four teams is sensing a big opportunity here.”Schaefer managed the win over Haiti without Vancouver forward Darren Mattocks and Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, who were suspended for yellow card accumulation. The two will be back against the U.S. as Jamaica tries to reach its first final. It lost to Mexico in the 1993 and 1998 semifinals.Schaefer, who previously coached Thailand and Cameroon, took over Jamaica’s team in 2013.The U.S. has been led by Clint Dempsey, the Seattle Sounders star who had a hat trick in the win over Cuba. His six goals are the most of any player in the tournament.Mexico is not at full strength. Forward Javier Hernandez is out with a collarbone injury. The good news from coach Miguel Herrera is Giovani Dos Santos said he is fully recovered from a leg injury.“He’s doing well,” Herrera said. “For the first time today he told me he’s 100 percent so we’ll definitely consider him and take that into account in terms of the match tomorrow.”Panama beat Mexico 2-1 in the 2013 Gold Cup semifinals. Is there motivation for revenge, even though Mexico beat Panama 1-0 in a friendly last year?“I think yes it could be, given it’s the same tournament,” Herrera said.Midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos said players were drained when their flight to Atlanta July 20 was delayed four hours. “It’s hard,” he said of the tournament grind. “I don’t know how to do differently.”Herrera fielded more questions about his team’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the quarterfinals on July 19. The win came on Andres Guardado’s penalty kick in the final minute of extra time after Roy Miller was called for a questionable foul on Oribe Peralta.Herrera said video of the contested foul should settle any controversy.“Look at it on the website,” Herrera said. “You can analyze the arm of the opposing player. There is also a blow to the leg of our player and he’s pushing. So take a look and tell me.”Herrera said he didn’t expect continued discussion of the call to affect the way the game is officiated.“In general I think the referee will do his job and we’ll do our job,” he said. Panama advanced with four 1-1 draws. It beat Trinidad and Tobago 6-5 on penalty kicks to reach the semifinals.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Government Committed To Expanding Restorative Justice

first_img Mr. Chuck further advised that about 8,000 Justices of the Peace will be trained in restorative justice and mediation. Story Highlights “Getting wrongdoers to accept responsibility is the essence of restorative justice; which is why I am so committed to having restorative justice spread in every nook and cranny, (on) every highway, byway (and) every corner, (and in) every schoolroom, every church and every inner-city community across Jamaica,” he said. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to expanding restorative justice across sectors and promoting it as an alternative for curbing crime. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to expanding restorative justice across sectors and promoting it as an alternative for curbing crime.He announced that over the next two years, the Ministry will be training school administrators as restorative justice practitioners. He indicated that each school is expected to have at least three trained practitioners.Mr. Chuck further advised that about 8,000 Justices of the Peace will be trained in restorative justice and mediation.Additionally, he said persons in the judiciary will be sensitized about restorative justice and child diversion processes, while community leaders, first responders and other support groups will also undergo training, beginning this year.Mr. Chuck said training and sensitization are being done to ensure that restorative justice resonates with all stakeholders in every community so that “people will know about it and know how they can resolve disputes and (make sure) that stability, peace and calm can be created and (maintained) across Jamaica.”He was addressing the 9th International Restorative Justice Conference, hosted at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 9.The conference was the final in a series of events organized by the Ministry to mark Restorative Justice Week from February 3 to 9 under the theme: ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence’.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck has assured that the Government is determined to use all measures necessary to reduce crime and violence.“Getting wrongdoers to accept responsibility is the essence of restorative justice; which is why I am so committed to having restorative justice spread in every nook and cranny, (on) every highway, byway (and) every corner, (and in) every schoolroom, every church and every inner-city community across Jamaica,” he said.The conference was also addressed by special guest, Craig Pinkney, a British criminologist and urban youth specialist who serves as the lead for the European Union Gangs Project.This initiative focuses on matters related to youth violence, urban street gangs and social media, among other areas.Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck (right), interacts with students from Bellefield High School in Manchester during the 9th International Restorative Justice Conference at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on February 9. The conference was the final in a series of events organized by the Ministry to mark Restorative Justice Week from February 3 to 9, under the theme: ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence’.last_img read more

Mountie who investigated Surrey six gang murders pleads guilty in BC court

first_imgVANCOUVER — A primary investigator in British Columbia’s largest gang-related mass murder has pleaded guilty to failing to maintain law and order under the RCMP Act.David Attew was described as a star in B.C. Supreme Court for his work on major investigations, including the so-called Surrey six execution-style murders of six men in October 2007.The former staff sergeant was one of four Mounties charged in relation with the investigation and last week one of them was handed a conditional sentence to be served in the community.A publication ban prevented details involving Derek Brassington’s guilty plea and the same ban applies in Attew’s case.Attew’s lawyer Michael Klein says his client had a 19-year policing career before he retired early.Attew, who is expected to be sentenced later today, did not address the court but Klein says his client apologizes for his actions that were related to burnout on the job.Brassington was given a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust and obstruction of justice.The Canadian Presslast_img read more