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EU won’t punish Caribbean countries over death penalty, says official

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Sharing is caring! 88 Views   no discussions Share Tweet InternationalNewsPrintRegional EU won’t punish Caribbean countries over death penalty, says official by: Caribbean Media Corporation – November 26, 2015center_img Share Share CAVALLER… in the Caribbean, many countries that retain the death penalty are the ones with the highest crime rates.GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Secretary General of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, Dr Asunta Cavaller, has described the death penalty as “cruel, inhumane and degrading” even as the European Union said it would not punish Caribbean countries that refuse to abolish the death penalty.Speaking at the Caribbean Regional Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty that ended here on Tuesday, Cavaller agreed that abolishing the death penalty does not mean those found guilty of heinous crimes will not be punished.“By doing this you run the risk of executing innocent people. It targets those who are marginalised, ethnic minorities and people who don’t have access to defence lawyers or are denied a fair trial; it alienates the right to life and human dignity,” she said, adding that there was no evidence that the death penalty resulted in fewer crimes.“The death penalty has not proven to be a deterrent. Here in the Caribbean, many countries that retain the death penalty are the ones with the highest crime rates,” she said.The two-day conference was organised by the European Union, in co-operation with the British High Commission and the International Commission against the Death Penalty.Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman, who addressed the opening of the conference, acknowledged that the matter was indeed controversial, but gave no indication that Georgetown would be supportive of abolishing the death penalty.He said Guyana welcomed what he described as a “thought-provoking conference”.“Are we ready to take that step and do we have the political will? These are the questions that need to be answered in the near and medium-term future,” Trotman said, adding that while the death penalty remains law here, there is an unspoken moratorium in effect where it was not applied in sentencing for over two decades.He told the conference of the move by the Parliament several years ago to remove the mandatory death sentence for people convicted of murder.EU Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videtic, said the abolition of the death penalty remains one of the main human rights issues for the EU, and welcomed the decision by Suriname in this regard.Head of the Political Division at the EU embassy in Guyana, Derek Lambe, told a news conference that Europe would not punish any Caribbean country that fails to abolish the death penalty.“There is no question that the EU would carry out sanctions or halt development aid or anything like that against any country that didn’t abolish the death penalty; we don’t work that way, we work in a spirit of partnership with countries in the Caribbean,” he said.Lord Nanit Dholakia of the UK All Parliamentary Committee on the Abolition of the Death Penalty told the conference that there was no evidence anywhere in the world that proved that by establishing the death sentence it has reduced crime.He called on civil society to press their governments to abolish such laws. He also urged governments not to hide behind public opinion on this matter, but lead public opinion.last_img read more

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CARPHA wants more than just narratives from AAR

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first_img Share LocalNews CARPHA wants more than just narratives from AAR by: Dominica Vibes News – December 17, 2015 Tweet Share 81 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Director of CARPHA Dr. Joy St.John.Director of Surveillance Disease Prevention and Control and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr. Joy St John is hopeful that there will not be only narratives coming from the National Action Review of Tropical Storm Erika, but practical products that will help other CARICOM member states.Speaking at the National After Action Review of the events relating to the impact of Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica on Wednesday 16 December 2015, Dr. St John said while the impact of Tropical Storm Erika has been particularly severe, there are adverse weather systems that affect Caribbean islands every year. “It is vitally important therefore to learn from events in Dominica not only to improve resilience in Dominica, but for other countries in the Caribbean region to be able to review their own preparedness and resilience”. Dr. St John indicated that the After Action Review should not be considered a critic or chance to blame individuals or groups where things did not work out, but rather as a dynamic, candid and professional discussion of the events. She said it is an opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration amongst regional partner agency and sectors. According to Dr St John, for the health sector to learn from this experience, post Tropical Storm Erika teams must continuously assess their performance to identify and learn from success and gaps in an effort to avoid pitfalls in the future.“I don’t want just narratives or gentlemen’s and gentlewomen’s agreements. I want practical products which can help our CARICOM member states to plan and respond and rebuild, I want ways to keep the health system functioning, I want ways to address the mental health issues that plague the survivors when loved ones and colleagues are lost, I want to decide on the forum for effective joint work of the international agencies, I want the formula for producing communication templates which makes it easier for countries and agencies to create useful and understandable messages to keep their population and member states informed,” she explained.last_img read more

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Shooting incident at St Joseph

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first_imgLocalNews Shooting incident at St Joseph by: – October 17, 2016 Photographs from a shooting incident in St Joseph on Monday 17 October 2016.According to residents, police officers shot at a suspect, who was in the pictured Honda HRV, and attempted to flee.The incident reportedly began in the vicinity of the Kaleb Laurent Primary School grounds.– / 9 Sharing is caring! 1277 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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UWP Team Dominica Visits China

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first_img Tweet 271 Views   3 comments Share LocalNews UWP Team Dominica Visits China by: – August 8, 2017 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Press Release Roseau, Dominica. August 7th, 2017 – A seven member delegation of the United Workers Party (UWP), the Parliamentary Opposition of the Commonwealth of Dominica, is visiting China over the next two weeks (August 8th to 18th, 2017) at the invitation of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).The UWP Team will meet with officials of the Government of China on China-Caribbean relations; economic growth policies; renewable energy, ICT, agro processing and light manufacturing opportunities; and prevention of corruption in public office among other areas of mutual development interest. The delegation comprises:• Hon. Lennox Linton• Hon. Hector John• Hon. Ezekiel Bazil• Hon. Danny Lugay• Hon. Joshua Francis• Hon. Felix Thomas• Mr. Crispin GregoireTeam Leader Hon. Lennox Linton says “the parliamentary opposition welcomes this opportunity to explore first hand maximizing intelligent use of Dominica’s relationship with China for mutual benefit and the advancement of global civilization”.last_img read more

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Unbeaten Foton trumps HD Spikers

By on September 24, 2020

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Unbeaten Foton trumps HD Spikers ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Foton Tornadoes bucked the absence of Jaja Santiago to score a 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 25-14 win over the Cignal HD Spikers in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer led the way with 20 points, on 19 attacks and one service ace, for the Tornadoes, which remained on top of the standings with a 5-0 win-loss slate.Ariella Usher chipped in 19 markers, including 15 attacks, while Maika Ortiz and Dindin Santiago-Manabat combined 22 points for the defending champions Tornadoes.Santiago is expected to be out for the Tornadoes in its next few matches as she joins the National University Lady Bulldogs in Japan for their build up for the upcoming UAAP Season.“Jaja Santiago will not play in the next 12 days because she needs to go to Japan for her university commitment, “ said Tornadoes head coach Moro Branislav. “But it’s okay. I know my players would step up. I’ll prepare them for the next three to four matches.”The HD Spikers surged ahead early in the opening set but the Tornadoes quickly bounced back to take a 16-13 lead. The Tornadoes didn’t look back from there as consecutive hits by Stalzer handed them the set.The HD Spikers once again claimed a slight upperhand early in the second set but the Tornadoes leaned on Stalzer and Usher to take a 16-14 lead. Both teams had tight exchange from there, but Manabat and Stalzer went on scoring surge for a 2-0 lead.After dropping the third set, the Tornadoes started strong in the fourth frame for a 9-3 lead. The Tornadoes widened the lead further to 16-7 behind Stalzer and Manabat as the HD Spikers fell short and failed to recover for another PSL defeat.Reinforcement Laura Schaudt led the way with 18 points, while Janine Marciano added 11 markers for the HD Spikers, which slid down to a 1-3 slate tying with the RC Cola-Army Lady Troopers./PNlast_img read more

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NO SMOKING? City holds smoking ordinance workshop

By on September 23, 2020

first_img RelatedCity revisits smoking banBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel is again considering a smoking ban. The City Commission passed the first reading of a proposed smoking ban ordinance during a special meeting held at City Hall Tuesday, June 19. “This ordinance is an ordinance that would stop…June 22, 2018In “News”City to consider regulating smokingBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel City Commission will hold a workshop to discuss the possibility of regulating smoking. The idea was put forth by Commissioner Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora at the commission’s last meeting just days before Christmas. “I think it’s just something that we’ve…January 8, 2016In “News”PI 100th Texas city to go smoke freeBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On Tuesday, July 10, the City of Port Isabel joined 99 other Texas cities in adopting regulations that prohibit smoking. The news came after the Port Isabel City Commission unanimously passed the second and final reading of Ordinance 699. Commissioners Jeffery Martinez and…July 13, 2018In “News” Share No Smoking?By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe Port Isabel City Commission were joined by several residents as the City hosted a workshop to discuss creating an ordinance that would regulate smoking within City limits.Currently, the City does not have any sort of regulation prohibiting smoking, but the idea of a smoking ordinance has been bandied about for some time. Most recently, Commissioner Juan Jose “J.J” Zamora brought the matter to the Commission’s attention again, citing a concern for public health, which in turn sparked the public workshop Tuesday.In 2015, the City mulled an ordinance proposed by Zamora, but it was not passed. Prior to that, the idea had been considered in 2008, according to information City Manager Jared Hockema presented to the Commission and residents during the half hour long workshop.Hockema shared information about other cities in the Rio Grande Valley that have varying degrees of smoking regulation. While numerous cities in Hidalgo County have such ordinances, only four municipalities in Cameron County currently do.Brownsville, Harlingen, San Benito and South Padre Island all have ordinances which regulate smoking in public areas. San Benito’s ordinance has been on the books since the late 1990s, while Brownsville’s ordinance has recently become more restrictive.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Nishikori, Japan aiming high after Davis Cup playoff sweep

By on September 22, 2020

first_imgNishikori was not on call Sunday after his doubles victory with Yuichi Sugita a day earlier sealed Japan’s place in the 2017 World Group, and was more than happy to see Daniel and Nishioka put the finishing touches on a successful weekend for the host nation.“Each one of us had a win here so that’s good for us as a team,” world No. 5 Nishikori said. “We have plenty of time until next year, when we’ll definitely be better.”“The Davis Cup is a competition I personally like and I like being able to represent your country. There’s a lot I gained through the Olympics and I feel like I’ve been able to apply here what I learned there.”Japan captain Minoru Ueda poured praise on his quartet which made relative easy work of the Ukrainians, who were stifled by the punishing heat over the first two days.Ueda, though, challenged his troops to aim higher, especially Nishikori, whom he believes has a realistic chance of knocking Novak Djokovic from the top of the world rankings.“I’m really glad we were able to finish 5-0. We never expected a 5-0 win before the competition started,” Ueda said. “The players found a way to get the most from themselves. It’s actually taken me by surprise, that we did as well as we did.“I think Nishikori can be a No. 1 player if he puts his mind to it, and the others into the top 50, top 30. If they do better individually, it will only lead to a better team performance. And we as a group need to try to help everyone achieve those targets.”Nishikori will enjoy some rare time off until Oct. 3, when he begins his attempt to recapture the Japan Open in Tokyo. The Japan Open will be the start of the season’s stretch run for Nishikori, who is eyeing a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals for the third successive year.Nishikori will almost certainly book one of the eight places at the Tour Finals, but is hoping to reach the final for his first time. He failed to get out of his group last year, and made the semis in 2014.“My goal in finishing the season again is London,” Nishikori said of the Nov. 13-20 event. “I had a really productive summer which has put me in a pretty good position to qualify. I need to do well in the Asian leg of the tour at the Rakuten (Japan Open) first and then Shanghai, and have a good finish going into London.“I really need to make the most of this time off that’s coming up. I built up a lot of fatigue over the summer and I still haven’t been able to completely get rid of it. I need to make sure I recharge for the Rakuten and these last two, three months.” Kei Nishikori, Yoshihito Nishioka, Taro Daniel, Yuichi Sugita, David Cup, Minoru Ueda GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OSAKA – Kei Nishikori fired a warning shot ahead of next season’s Davis Cup after Japan completed a comprehensive 5-0 win over hapless Ukraine in a World Group playoff on Sunday.Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka each earned another singles win for Japan at Utsubo Tennis Center after a rain delay of almost three hours, defeating Artem Smirnov (3-6, 7-5, 6-1) and Danylo Kalenichenko (6-2, 6-2), respectively. RELATED PHOTOScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS Japan team members (from left) Yoshihito Nishioka, Taro Daniel, Kei Nishikori and Yuichi Sugita celebrate after completing a 5-0 sweep over Ukraine in their Davis Cup World Group playoff tie in Osaka on Sunday. | KYODOlast_img read more

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CISPRI Backs Out Of Contract For Use Of The Kenai Boating Facility

By on September 21, 2020

first_imgIn April, Copper River Seafoods announced they would opt out of renewing their contract with the Kenai City dock for the first time since 2014. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc., has backed out of their contract with the City of Kenai for use of the Kenai Boating Facility. Kenai City manager Paul Ostrander told the council members CISPRI had backed out of the deal at the council’s meeting on Thursday, July 5. The agreement was for the use of cranes, offices, and operating area at the Kenai Boating Facility for the amount of $20,000 for a term not exceeding 1 year. The contract for the dock was put out to bid a total of three times previously with no other bidders responding. Currently the Kenai city dock will be without an operator this summer.last_img read more

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Soldotna Mayorial Special Election, Today

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first_imgVisit the City of Soldotna, Special Election Information page for more information. Soldotna City Clerk Shellie Saner: “The election has been called with the purpose of electing a city mayor for a partial term that will end in October 2020. The polls will be open from 7am to 8pm on December 17th at Soldotna City Hall.” The two candidates are former Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague, and Charlene Tautfest. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The special election will take place within Soldotna City limits, qualified residents on Tuesday. Any qualified voter may vote in the special election to elect a mayor for the City of Soldotna. Applications for Electronic Transmission Ballots must have been submitted no later than December 16. If you are unable to go to your polling place because of an illness or disability you may apply for a special needs ballot. For additional information, contact the City Clerk at 907-262-9107. Tautfest was asked the same questions during the forum. Tautfest:  “I don’t have all of the answers, I don’t think anyone does, but I’m willing to listen. I would like to listen to the residents and their needs.” During a live forum on KSRM 920AM on Thursday morning Sprague was asked a series of questions about his plan if he were to once again take on the role of mayor. Sprague: “I like to think that I have been serving you since 1982. As a mailman, and actually the first letter carrier on the Kenai Peninsula when the post office started that. I’ve served as a city council member, assembly member, and mayor from 2015-2017. I’m proud of my record of service to our community.”last_img read more

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EHP, Kainantu Ipatas Cup kicks off today

By on September 19, 2020

first_imgRugby League The Eastern Highlands Province Coca Cola Ipatas Cup (CCIC) Challenge will kick off today at Sir Danny Leahy Oval in Goroka town. The three days challenge (December 20-23)has seen the number of participating teams increased this year from eight to twelve by the CCIC national governing body due to the demand of team’s requests to participate. A moment of silence to pay respect to the pioneer CCIC Chief Executive Officer Late Timothy Lepa will also be officiated prior to kick off. The vacant position is no longer part of the CCIC executives given it is now a legacy of how Late Lepa has contributed in one way or another towards the good of rugby league with enormous support from Patron Sir Peter Ipatas. This manner of paying respect towards late Lepa will also be held during the finals playoffs and grand final. The twelve teams confirmed to participate in the Eastern Highlands challenge are grouped into two pools. Pool one; Lapun Olix Falcons, Crust Valley Gahukuvehs, Siviri, Lavakave Brothers, Gama Bulls, Eastern Bulldogs. Pool two; J&F Stationery Jets, Monpi coffee Roots, Japs IT Solutions Pythons, Glover Vikings, CPL Norths and Nowek Royals. The teams are pooled in rural and urban to give opportunity especially to rural teams to have a gold pass for players’ exposure and marketing. All teams are made up of experience and inform players; from judgment all teams are favorites to fight for the two Gold passes during the three days tournament. The best teams in each pool will receive a Gold pass each to continue to the next stage play- off. All teams have good experienced officials training the players. Preparations for the tournament are well under way at the final touches with teams giving in necessary forms before the beginning actual games on Friday. Official launching was done and teams were strongly warned and asked to take ownership of the competition and educate supporters’ behavior to the end. Meanwhile for the Kainantu Challenge, will see six teams competing and will see only one coming out on Sunday (December 22) as the Gold Pass winner. This year there will be three new faces in the competition in the likes o Tumeriza KM Rangers, Anava Vipers and Anava Pisco Eagles. The other 3 teams have been taking part for the last few years. The three teams will see last years Gold Pass Winner Naiyo Badges taking on Kainantu LTL Bubbles formerly known as Kainantu Crusaders who were the Runner Up. The first day’s match will see both Grand Finalists taking on each other. The other team to watch out for is the Anava Rabbitohs who are also competitive in this competition. Kainantu CCIC Coordinator Frank Maire and his team have been preparing for the challenge and are looking forward to hosting the challenge. They thank CCIC Patron (Sir Peter Ipatas) for his vision in promoting rural talents and to all the sponsors as without their support Kainantu would not be able to host such a reputable event.last_img read more

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