CCJ President urges local judiciary to use mediation as ADR

first_imgWith the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proving to be an effective method in courts around the world, Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) President, Justice Adrian Saunders is encouraging the local judiciary to use this form of conflict resolution in disposing of civil cases.“Mediation is a very special skill; it is a very useful skill to resolve disputes. It helps to lighten the court’s load [and] the nature of the agreements because they are consensually worked out.“All these statistics show that all over the world, mediation agreements are honoured more readily and more quickly than judgements of the court. Mediation preserves relationships, in fact, sometimes it restores and rebuilds relationships between parties and I’m a very, very big proponent of the use of mediation,” Justice Saunders said during an interaction session hosted in Georgetown lastCCJ President Justice Adrian Saundersweek.According to the new CCJ President, many persons have a misconception that every dispute filed must end years or months later in a fully blown trial before a judge.“That’s just a myth. Courts will not be able to afford the resources to accommodate the trial of every case that is filed, but, more importantly, cases that are filed amidst an enormous range of possible solutions, not all of them are particularly suited for a full-blown trial,” he noted.The CCJ President asserted that in many cases, a mediated solution would yield a greater level of satisfaction to the parties involved and as such, he encouraged Guyana’s judicial sector to adopt mediation as an ADR or even arbitral solution, which would yield just as great a solution as a full-blown trial.“So, it is important [to use ADRs], and now that you have new Civil Procedure Rules that accommodate this, it is important that at a very early stage, some assessment is made of whether the dispute that is filed is suitable for mediation, arbitration or some other form of dispute resolution … So, I really hope that your mediation infrastructure is really robust that Judges are very liberal in sending litigants to mediate,” he asserted.Justice Saunders pointed out that not all parties in civil cases filed really want to go through trial. In fact, he recalled a case he was co-defending in which after his senior had cross-examined the main witness on the other side and made him out to be not a very truthful person, his client said that she did not care about the case thereon and was just happy that the other party was made out to “look like the liar that he is”.“So her purpose for coming to court was not to have a big trial or to win a case, [it] was just to ensure that people recognised that this man had done her something wrong. So, people have all sorts of different reasons to go to court and it is a waste of judicial time not to afford them an opportunity to resolve issues at an early stage in ways that would not necessarily involve trials in the court,” he posited.The St Vincent-born Judge went on to note that he was involved in the introduction of court-connected mediation in St Lucia. In fact, he said it was the first country that introduced court-connected mediation in the Caribbean and the Judges there were told that if they assessed that a case was suitable for mediation to order the parties to attend the mediation centre.“Now you can lead the horse to the water, but you can’t force it to drink, but the mediation order that says it must go to mediation was an order of the court, if you failed to obey that order, then you are liable to be held for contempt of court. I have known mediators who have sat with somebody who have showed up for mediation and who would say “I don’t know why the Judge send me here, I don’t want to mediate my case, I want to go before the Judge to hear my case and I don’t have anything to say. They told me to come and I have come,” but then three and a half hours later, there was a mediation agreement signed by that same party,” he related.In Guyana, the Mediation Centre was established in 2003 and according to statistics provided back in May, of the 880 cases filed, the court has directed 772 to mediation and of that number, 108 matters were settled before actual mediation while 48 matters were successfully mediated where an agreement was reached.However, in 228 matters, the mediation was unsuccessful and the case referred to trial.last_img read more

Ranieri desperate for a ‘leader’ to rescue ailing Fulham

first_imgThe London club lie second from bottom, four points adrift of safety, despite having spent more than £100 million ($127 million) in the close season.Chelsea’s veteran former England central defender Gary Cahill has been mentioned as a potential new arrival.The 33-year-old — who has made only seven appearances this season with just one of those in the Premier League — would provide the leadership Ranieri desires as well as vital experience for the division’s leakiest defence.“I think we have to sign somebody to survive,” said Ranieri. “We have a very good team, but without experience.“We need somebody who has experience, a leader, with good character, that’s his personality, then we can improve our team.“I need somebody who can help us; I need somebody.”Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their remarkable Premier League title win in 2016 before being fired a few months into the following season, faces a potentially crucial relegation showdown with fifth-from-bottom Burnley on Saturday.He is not concerned that the players’ morale has been dented going into the match despite the shock defeat by fourth-tier Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend.“I’m positive because I believe in this team and this club,” said Ranieri. “But also Burnley think, ‘if we kill Fulham we go up’.“And for this reason, I think it’s a very, very crucial match. Believe me, at the moment I never look at the table.“Because I know where we are, staying under water and I want to go up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ranieri says that Fulham need a player with leadership qualities © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Claudio Ranieri says Premier League strugglers Fulham need to sign a “leader” if they are to avoid an immediate return to the second-tier Championship.The 67-year-old Italian has not engendered a major revival in Fulham’s fortunes since he replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic in November.last_img read more

‘Going to be better than Pogba’ – Some Arsenal fans are going wild about Guendouzi

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Arsenal fans may have a new favourite player after Matteo Guendouzi put on another exciting performance in pre-season against Paris Saint-Germain.The France youth international, signed from Lorient earlier this summer, already looks a steal at £8million. possible xi Guendouzi carries on like this he’s way ahead of Elneny in the pecking order imo.— Paul C (@mr_gooner14) July 28, 2018 Not to be over the top but i think Guendouzi is the best player ive ever seen. EVER.— David (@david_ison91) July 28, 2018 possible standings REVEALED How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? And Gunners fans across the world were weighing in with their thoughts as their side beat PSG 5-1 in Singapore.The central midfielder looks tidy in possession and far more progressive with possession than the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, with many wanting to see Guendouzi start ahead of the pair already.Some views were hyperbolic, but overall the Arsenal fans were glowing with praise on Twitter, as you can see below. Guendouzi and Smith-Rowe are serious ballers— KP (@Kkizz_) July 28, 2018 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade We’ve got Guendouzi, Matteo Guendouzi, I just don’t think you understand! etc— Fresh To Death (@freshtodeath) July 28, 2018 IN DEMAND NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland who plays? three-way race Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets ALTERED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News Fully on board the guendouzi hype train— Jack (@GuendouziSzn) July 28, 2018 Arsenal starlet Matteo Guendouzi impressed again for the Gunners. REVEALED this Matteo Guendouzi seems to be nice signing— Orshio Raphael (@Lordraph001) July 28, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday 1 Is Guendouzi the best midfield player of all time?— Theo (@Theo_mwangi) July 28, 2018 REVEALED Another promising display by Guendouzi today!— BayfieldXCV (@Bayfield2795) July 28, 2018 silverware RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Premier League News How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Guendouzi could give Xhaka a real fun for his money. (I realize this could also be just a massive preseason overreaction but he looks like a star.)— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) July 28, 2018 LIVING THE DREAM Guendouzi is gonna be a baller for us👀, something about his style I really like.— Patron (@mkkanu) July 28, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father PSG will be regretting losing Matteo Guendouzi. Arsenal have secured a gem of a player.— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) July 28, 2018 smart causal Guendouzi is going to be better than Paul Pogba— #GARRACHARUA (@ArsenesMan) July 28, 2018 moving on targets Guendouzi you know, he’s better than Andrea Pirlo— AndyP (@andy_p10) July 28, 2018 LATEST last_img read more

Junior Davis leads the way as Humboldt Crabs beat San Leandro Ports to end two-game losing skid

first_imgARCATA >> Leave it to the birthday boy to steal the show in his first start of the summer.Hoopa Valley native Junior Davis took the reins and ran with them Wednesday night, throwing six shutout innings of one-hit ball in the Humboldt Crabs’ 6-1 win over the San Leandro Ports at the Arcata Ball Park to get back over the .500 mark on the young season.Manager Tyson Fisher said 24 hours earlier after the Crabs’ 5-2 loss to the Ports that this would be Davis’ chance to shine under the spotlight.On …last_img read more

SA’s first biodiversity assessment

first_img8 April 2005The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has launched South Africa’s first national spatial biodiversity assessment, allowing the country to identify the areas of its environment most urgently in need of protection.Undertaken by the SA National Biodiversity Institute, the report presents results of and recommendations for South Africa’s terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.Launching the report in Cape Town on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the results were “a warning to us all”.According to the report, 34% of SA’s terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, with 5% critically endangered; 82% of the country’s 120 rivers are threatened, with 44% critically endangered; three of SA’s 13 groups of estuarine biodiversity are in critical danger; and 12% of its marine bio-zones are under serious threat.Van Schalkwyk said the report made specific recommendations on how best to link conservation with development in most-threatened areas, ensuring both sustainable conservation and community upliftment.According to the report, South Africa is diverse not only in terms of its people and their cultures but also in its biological resources and ecology, with one of the world’s richest diversities of plants and animals.The country’s biodiversity also provides an important basis for economic growth and development, the report states.Preserving this biodiversity is also vital for providing sustainable “ecosystem services” such as clean air and water, carbon storage to counteract global warming, and prevention of erosion, the report finds.Loss of biodiversity, the report argues, would place aspects of the country’s economy and quality of life at risk and reduce the socio-economic options of SA’s future generations.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Promoting Freedom of Expression and African identity through the use of vernacular languages and inspiring a culture of reading

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 23 October 2019 – “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart,” words once said by the father of the nation, Nelson Mandela.In echoing the sentiments of the former statesman, Brand South Africa and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya are heading to the Eastern Cape, Bizana on Friday, 25 October 2019 to promote freedom of expression and African identity through language, in honour of the late Moses Mtileni, who achieved 3 Masters degrees in African languages.This opportunity also presents Brand South Africa a chance to promote constitutional awareness,  pride and patriotism among South Africans to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.The activation is a collaboration of various primary schools around Bizana  and will see  grade 3 – 4 learners compete in a reading, spelling bee and storytelling competition all crafted in their mother tongue. We see the late Moses Mtileni as an advocate, not only for African languages, but also for the African identity”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise.“We look forward to conversing with young people to inspire pride in African identity. It is important that young people are reminded that they have a right to use the language and to practice their culture as enshrined in the South African Constitution.”Language and culture Everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights. – The Constitution OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, 1996 – CHAPTER 2 BILL OF RIGHTS Media is invited to attend details as follows;Date: 25 October 2019 Venue: Multipurpose Youth Centre, Mbizana Local Municipality, Eastern CapeTime: 08:30 amRSVPS/Enquiries:     Ntombi Ntanzi                             Email:                             Mobile number: 064 890 6819 Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on  #PlayYourPartlast_img read more

The New Tyson: Ronda Rousey

first_imgGLENDALE, Calif. — Moments after Mike Tyson stepped into the Glendale Fighting Club, Ronda Rousey grabbed her judo coach and abruptly flung him onto the canvas with an enormous bang.This training violence unsettled Iron Mike, whose eyes widened in awe while Rousey repeatedly hip-tossed Justin Flores with the same brute skill. The former heavyweight champion finally spoke up.“It just doesn’t look fun no more,” Tyson said with a smile. “It’s fun for me,” Rousey replied from the cage. “I don’t know about him.”Tyson once dominated boxing in much the same way Rousey dominates mixed martial arts, overwhelming every opponent in their paths with a mixture of pre-fight intimidation, hard-earned skill and unstoppable force.Dana White realizes the comparison is inexact, but the UFC president believes no other athletes in the so-called combat sports have separated themselves from their competition more than Tyson and Rousey over the past 30 years.“These are two of the greatest to ever walk the planet in their sports,” White said. “Not many people in the world can relate to that.”Although the 49-year-old Tyson is years removed from any interest in competition, he saw shades of himself in the UFC’s most authoritative champion when he dropped in to meet the appreciative Rousey this week. Tyson has watched Rousey’s fights cageside for years, but hadn’t seen her training work up close.“Ronda, she’s a lady. Polite, kind, sweet and adorable,” Tyson said. “But her whole barometer is, she’s a killer. She has that killer aura, meaning anything is capable of happening. Whoa! That’s exciting before the fight even starts. I think of myself when I watch her.”Rousey (11-0) is the only women’s bantamweight champion in the UFC’s history, and the two-time U.S. Olympic judoka has dominated her new sport.She is heavily favored to win her next bout against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most attractive pay-per-view fights of the year, according to White.Rousey, who has stopped 10 of her 11 opponents in the first round, has been a big fan of Tyson for years. After the fighters chatted for several minutes, she even left her training session wearing an Iron Mike T-shirt.“Tyson is like the God of War,” White said. “When people see him at their fights, they freak out. They love fighting in front of him.”After they bumped fists, Rousey gave tips to Tyson on Armenian food, and Tyson expressed his admiration for Rousey’s training focus in front of spectators.When Tyson mentioned that his favorite moments were his post-fight return to his hotel room with “the belt and the cash,” Rousey immediately agreed.“You look in the mirror, and you’re like, ‘What happened today?’” she said.“It’s very humbling, and I was just honored that he would go through the trouble or go out of his way to watch me train,” Rousey added.“I’m really glad he was able to come, but it won’t be until after I beat Bethe and go home and go back to the hotel and look at myself in the mirror for the first time, like he was saying, that’s the moment it all hits you. He knows better than anyone what that moment is like.”Rousey has promised to make her next fight painful for Correia, the trash-talking Brazilian who has mentioned Rousey’s late father in her pre-fight taunts.Rousey, whose previous three fights lasted a total of 96 seconds, said she wants Correia to lose “in the most devastatingly embarrassing way possible.”Tyson won the heavyweight title in 1986 by knocking out six of seven opponents within the first two rounds, and he remembers that feeling of seeming invincibility.Tyson knows it’s an intoxicating position. He is glad Rousey has been able to handle it.“Listen, if you want to become anything close to being a god, the first thing you’ve got to know how to do is know how to decimate,” Tyson said.“If you’re a god, you have to know how to decimate, and that’s what she does. It would be very easy for her to have a big head, (to say), ‘I can beat anybody in this world.’ I don’t know. Maybe she’s a likeness of a god.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Doing Research and Developing My Own Project

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: María Laura Casalegno, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by María Laura Casalegno, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December began in the city of Oaxaca. I was there for 20 days doing micro research at the General Hospital “Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso”. The aim of this was to measure the impact of the ALSO course (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics). The course was held at the hospital during the months of November, December, January, February and March of 2009, training all medical and nursing staff. From this we analyzed data from five indicators, taken six months before and six months after the training period. The five indicators that were discussed were: C-section rate, maternal income to the Intensive Care Unit for Adults, income from newborns with the diagnosis of asphyxia and/or obstetric trauma to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, use of blood products and use of magnesium sulfate in the Obstetrics Department. The data collection was conducted through analyzing records of the different departments. This data was spread in an Excel sheet for analysis. The work was very interesting and I received the cooperation and support of everyone at the hospital. Data should be further analyzed and we expect the results to serve to provide increasingly better trained staff and ultimately provide better care for pregnant women.When I returned to San Miguel, I attended two events organized by PACEMD. Both events were the opening and presentation of two Automatic External Defibrillators in different crowded parts of the city of San Miguel de Allende. These events were part of the Safe San Miguel Program, Public Access Defibrillation and were carried out in the Public Library and in Plaza Comercial La Luciernaga. These defibrillators, of which are three in the city, are the first AEDs to be installed in any city in Latin America which makes San Miguel a pioneer in emergency care.Now I am organizing the final things for my trip to Guatemala. There I’ll be working with Kim Dowat, an ALSO Course instructor with several years working with the community in different parts of Guatemala. I am very excited about this trip because it will assist in the development of my own project with knowledge and experience.As has been so far, the experience in Mexico is becoming more and more exciting every day. I am very happy to participate in all activities of PACEMD and I love working with Dr. Hall and his team.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more