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

Green Island Primary Launches Jamaica Moves Club

first_imgStory Highlights The launch took place on Friday (April 5) during the celebration of the inaugural ‘National School Moves Day’ at the institution. Green Island Primary School in Hanover has launched its Jamaica Moves Club, aimed at promoting physical activity and proper nutrition among students. Health Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin, who was at the school for the day’s activities, told JIS News that as one of the 100 pilot institutions under the Ministry of Health’s ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative, Green Island Primary is required to form a club.center_img Green Island Primary School in Hanover has launched its Jamaica Moves Club, aimed at promoting physical activity and proper nutrition among students.The launch took place on Friday (April 5) during the celebration of the inaugural ‘National School Moves Day’ at the institution.Health Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin, who was at the school for the day’s activities, told JIS News that as one of the 100 pilot institutions under the Ministry of Health’s ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative, Green Island Primary is required to form a club.She noted that six students and two teachers have been trained as ‘Jamaica Moves’ ambassadors and have been mandated to help transform the school environment into a healthy setting by promoting better lifestyle practices.She said that, already, the club has up to 20 members, having merged with the school’s sports club.Health, Promotions and Education Officer at the Hanover Health Department, Andrene Smith-Benjamin addressing students at the Green Island Primary School in Hanover during National Schools’ Move Day activities on April 5. The Ministries of Health; and Education, Youth and Information collaborated to stage National School Moves Day under the theme ‘Love Yuh Body…Treat Yuh Body Right’.Celebrated in institutions involved in the ‘Jamaica Moves in Schools’ pilot programme, the day sought to promote the important role of physical activity among students and the impact on health.At Green Island Primary, students and staff were engaged in various activities, such as dancing and a hula-hoop competition.“The students were active. Even if they were not doing exactly what the activity was, they were just moving and constantly energised,” Mrs. Smith Benjamin told JIS News.She noted that students were educated about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyle practices and making healthy choices from an early age.“If you really look at the different lifestyle diseases that are affecting our country – diabetes, hypertension, obesity – these are all based on how we live our lives. We see that everybody knows somebody who has these diseases, and so it is necessary to curb it from an early age.“In the past, you found that mainly older persons would have these diseases, but now even young children suffer from diabetes, and so the initiative is to start early to promote a healthy lifestyle,” Mrs. Smith Benjamin said.The goal of National School Moves Day is to create a healthier environment within the school community, and is a direct response to addressing the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCD).last_img read more

Expats fret bill allowing them to vote is dying despite Liberal promises

first_imgTORONTO – Disenfranchised expat Canadians are questioning whether the Liberal government is deliberately allowing legislation aimed at restoring their voting rights to wither on the vine.The concern comes as the country’s top court set a new date for hearing their constitutional battle against provisions that strip Canadians abroad for more than five years from voting in federal elections.The Supreme Court of Canada agreed just ahead of a scheduled hearing in February to a government request for an adjournment given the introduction of Bill C-33 in late November.Among other things, the bill would allow all Canadians abroad to vote — including as many as 1.4 million expats now excluded.“This was a fantastic move on their part. They were upholding their campaign promises,” said Gill Frank, one of two expats spearheading the constitutional battle. “Nothing has happened since.”In asking the Supreme Court for the adjournment, the government had said the extra time would allow Parliament to “debate and consider” the proposed legislation. However, since its introduction and with the clock ticking down on both the court hearing now set for March 2018 and a federal election slated for the following year, there has been little progress on the bill.Frank’s lawyer, Shaun O’Brien, questioned government’s motives.“The bill was introduced just in time to ensure that they could seek an adjournment of the hearing, and then they seem to have done nothing about it,” O’Brien said. “We’re assuming now the bill is going to die.”A spokeswoman for Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, who took over the file in January, did not explain why the bill has not progressed beyond its introduction. However, Byrne Furlong did say Gould was committed to the legislation and its passage.“Bill C-33 is a priority for our government and we are looking forward to debating the legislation in Parliament,” Furlong said in an email on Wednesday.New Democrat critic Nathan Cullen said Furlong’s words should raise red flags.“If this is what they consider a priority, I hate to see what they think as non-priority,” Cullen said. “There’s a large number of expat Canadians who have been given what I think are false assurances about the government’s determination to change this.”Cullen said he was puzzled by the government’s behaviour, noting the Commons is scrambling to pass legislation before the summer hiatus but that this bill has all but disappeared.If the Liberals opt to formally end the legislative session over the summer, the legislation will die.The government’s inaction on C-33 is part of a wider issue, Cullen said. Earlier this year, Trudeau broke a key campaign promise by abandoning electoral reform of the first-past-the-post voting system.“If you start to look at the whole issue of voting and democratic rights, this government has had a huge problem,” Cullen said.In 2014, a Superior Court justice sided with Frank and fellow expat Jamie Duong, who both live in the U.S., that parts of the Canada Elections Act are unconstitutional. In a split decision, Ontario’s Court of Appeal reversed that ruling, paving the way for the Supreme Court showdown.Frank said he hoped the government would still move on the bill, but said he wanted the top court to weigh in regardless.“I really do hope that we get our hearing before the Supreme Court,” Frank said. “This should be adjudicated and decided so that no future government can take away our rights.”last_img read more

My Digicel App has new look wider capabilities

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jun 2015 – Digicel announced a re-launch last week of its My Digicel App which will allow its customers to access social media newsfeeds, work as a customer feedback portal and gives those who download the ability to have mobile management of their accounts. There is a new look to the My Digicel App according to Digicel Group Chief Commercial Officer, Claudio Hidalgo, who also said; “We are excited to be introducing our newly-designed My Digicel App that makes it easier for customers to access all of our services free of cost at any time using their smartphones. The new app boasts all the great features that customers have come to know and love, as well as a host of new ones such as sending credit to friends and family at home and abroad and accessing Digicel’s social media newsfeeds for the latest updates.” With the new app you can send top ups to phones locally and internationally and select various plans, 24 hours a day. Related Items:Claudio Hidalgo, my digicel app, smartphoneslast_img read more