… as SASOD launches paralegal servicesLocal LGBT advocacy group, the Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination (SASOD), on Wednesday launched their Community Paralegal Services initiative. This initiative was launched owing to what they described as the lack of equal justice for persons in the LGBT community.Managing Director of SASOD, Joel Simpson noted that although the organisation has been informally providing legal aid to LGBT persons for many years, this programme will aim to provide legal representation and justice for persons in theManaging Director of SASOD, Joel Simpsonlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.“So the intention of the initiative is to address the unmet needs of LGBT persons and to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities and act on their rights. We are trying to deal with a diverse range of problems which include inter-partner violence, societal discrimination, domestic abuse, child sexual abuse and family violence, civil society groups are an invaluable link to accessing justice,” Simpson explained.Meanwhile, President of Guyana Trans United (GTU), Devanand Milton, shared an experience which saw the need for him to receive legal representation through the Community Paralegal Services Initiative. Milton explained that in September 2017, he was in the process of entering a minibus at the 32-bus park when he encountered a most unfortunate experience.The GTU President was reportedly threatened by a bus driver who said, “If you know what is good for yourself you will come out this bus.” Milton continued to share saying, “Often times it is difficult for LGBT persons to get legal support and representation because we can’t afford it. With this initiative in place, vulnerable persons more, like me, now have access to qualified and trained advocates whoAttorney Mishka Purancan navigate us through the legal system.”The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) is funding the programme. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the CVC, Kristina Mena, said they received a collaborative three-year grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. She said the grant is being implemented in eight Caribbean countries mainly Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.“One of the key objectives of this grant is to improve the legal and policy environment to support the delivery of access to justice to key populations. One of the key actions under this programme is the community paralegal programme, the community paralegals would support clients in terms of providing outreaches in legal literacy and human rights documenting and reporting human rights violations using the shared instant database which is an online tool that was Caribbean developed to support documentation and reporting human rights breaches, pursuing redress for clients and providing referrals for pro bono lawyers and supporting strategic litigation,” she noted.Also working on the initiative is the Caribbean Lawyers for Social Justice (CariBono). Attorney Mishka Puran and steering committee member of CariBono noted that, “CariBono is a network of human rights lawyers and advocates dedicated to facilitating access to justice and legal services for members of vulnerable communities.” Additionally, she noted that there are five practicing attorneys in Guyana who are members of CariBono providing pro-bono services to SASOD’s Community Paralegal Services Initiative.
7 May 2009Education, healthcare, rural development, the fight against crime, and creating decent jobs will be the priorities of South Africa’s new government, says President-elect Jacob Zuma, who aims to have his new Cabinet in office in a matter of days so “we can get down to business”.Delivering his acceptance speech after being elected as President of the Republic by an outright majority in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Zuma said the focus would be on effective implementation.“We are determined to leave an indelible mark in these five areas.”However, the government’s immediate priority would be to respond decisively to the challenges posed by the global economic downturn. “We must move quickly to implement the framework agreed by government, business and labour to protect jobs and boost the economy,” he said.Zuma will be inaugurated as President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, and is expected to announce his new Cabinet on Sunday. He said he intended to have the Cabinet assume office by Monday.While not divulging who his ministers and deputy ministers would be, Zuma said he had gained from the wisdom of five top African National Congress (ANC) officials who he had consulted on the matter. “I should be able to produce a team that will work very hard, and with necessary speed,” Zuma said.“We mean business when we talk about faster change.”Zuma told Parliament that the country’s new government under his leadership would be “more hands-on, more accessible”, and do its best to deliver on its commitments.“As the Executive we will do our best to be more hands-on, more accessible and to deliver on our commitments.”Zuma said that over the next five years, South Africans would be able to depend on their public representatives to serve them with dignity and respect and to maintain the decorum of Parliament, which is the face of democracy.He said his administration would work with the country’s opposition parties on issues that are of national interest.He thanked the outgoing Cabinet and outgoing President Kgalema Motlanthe for their good service. Motlanthe’s tenure will end with Zuma’s inauguration on Saturday.Source: BuaNews
You can report postal complaints, postal crime, track- and trace missing letters or parcels online, and give customer service-related inquiries to the following postal service providers:You can make use of the South African Post Office or Postnet to send or receive parcels or mail. (Image: savemoney.co.za)SA Post OfficeThe South African Post Office is the national postal service provider. Its services include local and international mail, courier services, stamps, paying bills, and third- party payments.You can also do various transactions via the website, such as tracking your parcel, renewing your post box, and buy stamps. You can locate a branch or search the online postal code directory.If you wish to complain about the service you have received, first contact the manager of the branch. If that fails to resolve the problem, call the national call centre or fill in the feedback form on the website.Website: www.postoffice.co.zaNational call centre: 0860 111 502PostNetPostNet is South Africa’s largest privately owned counter network in the document and parcel industry, with owner-managed retail stores. It is best to complain directly to the store’s manager if you are disatisfied. There is also a online contact form on the website.Website: www.postnet.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Tags:#events#start Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The European startup incubator Seedcamp announced today the launch of Seedcamp Johannesburg, the organization’s first event in Africa. A Mini Seedcamp will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 11, and applications for the program are now open. Entrepreneurs from both Europe and Africa can apply to the Mini Seedcamp.In making the announcement, Seedcamp says, “We want to reach out to new locales and markets to meet the great entrepreneurs we are missing who are located beyond Europe – after all, we have seen that the underserved Eastern European markets develops great companies like Erply, Ubervu, and Brainient – some of the former Seedcamp winners. We are excited to take Seedcamp global and Africa is a great place to start.”The World Cup has certainly drawn our attention to South Africa, and the country is home to several tech companies including the website creator Yola, as well as part of the development team for the cloud computing startup Nimbula.As Inc recently wrote in an article on incubators, initiatives like Seedcamp, Y Combinator, and TechStars speed up the startup process by providing entrepreneurs with not just funding but with mentorship. Seedcamp’s venture into South Africa intends to help spread that opportunity south of the equator.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Filipinos come up short vs Singapore in men’s water polo The Americans haven’t needed to play in their zone championship since because they’ve won every Olympic and world title, exempting them from qualifying. But FIBA has revamped its qualification system to look more like soccer’s, where national teams will play home-and-away games against teams in their pool.But some of the windows are during the NBA season — the opening games are scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend — and players under NBA contract won’t be permitted to play. So the Americans plan to primarily use players from the NBA G League, with perhaps some who have been playing overseas.“Look, no one’s going to feel sorry for us. But we know that this is different and we’re going to have to figure out how to be successful in a different model,” Ford said. “There’s always unknowns, but there’s probably more unknowns because No. 1, we don’t know how good we need to be. We don’t know how good we can be.”Ford considers the prospective players a notch below the NBA, calling them “survivors, grinders, competitors.” That’s far from the level that suited up for Mike Krzyzewski for a decade or would play for Gregg Popovich in 2019 and 2020, but Van Gundy is eager to work with them in his first coaching assignment — not counting his daughter’s youth league — since he was fired by the Rockets in 2007.“There’s very few LeBron James of the world — obviously one — or great players who have it easy. These guys’ careers have not been easy and so I really admire their persistence, their grit and their determination,” Van Gundy said. “To get to work with them and coach them, that was part of the pull for me.”With limited time and options, the Americans know the AmeriCup could be a challenge. Ford said they hope to reach the semifinals in Argentina and see what happens from there.They will need to start winning come November, when they open their first-round pool that includes Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba.The U.S. has to finish in the top three there, playing their other windows of games in February and June-July, to advance to another pool that will include three teams among Argentina, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, from Sept. 2018 to Feb. 2019.Another top-three finish then would clinch their spot in China in 2019.They will have a deeper field of candidates later who will be in shape from playing with their G League teams. But, they also could lose a player they like if he plays well enough for them in August to get a contract in the NBA or overseas. Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago FILE – In this March 5, 2007, file photo, Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy tries to give directions to his teammates during the fourth quarter of a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable. The Americans are cautiously entering a whole new basketball world, one in which not only are the best U.S. players not available, but neither are any in the NBA. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the stars might show up in a few years for the Basketball World Cup and Olympics, but only if a group of minor leaguers can get them there. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable.When the U.S. men’s basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, “the red, white and who?”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES There are many uncertainties, though Ford said there is one constant.“From a USA Basketball standpoint,” he said, “if we’re going to put a team together, we’re going to try to put the best team together that we can and go out and try to win.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village The Americans are cautiously entering a whole new basketball world, one in which not only are the best U.S. players not available, but neither are any in the NBA. LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the stars might show up in a few years for the Basketball World Cup and Olympics, but only if a group of minor leaguers can get them there.It’s all part of FIBA’s new qualifying format and the road starts at the AmeriCup 2017. It’s a tournament the Americans don’t need to win — and aren’t sure they can — but one they have to play to make themselves eligible for the events that will matter.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 shutout“It’s going to be really interesting,” USA Basketball men’s national team director Sean Ford said. “We don’t know. We’re flying blind a little bit.”Even the Americans’ best-known commodity is a bit of an unknown now. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Jeff Van Gundy coached in the NBA Finals and is analyst for them every year on ABC, but he’s leading the U.S. team as an international basketball rookie. He is busy brushing up on the nuances of a game that can be played and officiated completely differently than in the U.S.He begins Thursday in Houston for training camp, where he will seek the 12 players who will travel to Uruguay and possibly Argentina for the AmeriCup and the potentially better-prepared opponents who wait.“What we have to do is match and exceed their passion, how hard we play, how together we are as a group,” Van Gundy said, “because when the U.S. has not succeeded in international competitions, it’s because there wasn’t as much maybe sacrifice as you need, or maybe you were deficient in one skill that was important.”It’s the Americans’ first appearance in the former FIBA Americas tournament since 2007. Their starting lineup in that romp to gold — James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Dwight Howard — was one of the strongest the U.S. has ever assembled.The 17 players in camp with Van Gundy include Kendall Marshall, Reggie Williams, Darius Morris and Marshall Plumlee, players good enough to play in the NBA but not stick.ADVERTISEMENT
The National Water Commission (NWC) is to construct and replace four kilometres of pipeline from the Harbour View Roundabout to the Airport roundabout at a cost of US$2.33 million. This was disclosed by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, during Tuesday’s, February 19, sitting of the House of Representatives. He noted that the works are being undertaken through a variation in the original US$65.4 million contract, which was approved for the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Project, resulting in a final sum of US$67.7 million. The pipeline project is expected to commence in March 2013 and last for four months. The scope of project include: installation of 400-millimetre diameter potable water transmission main; testing of the newly laid pipe; and the sterilisation and commissioning of the pipeline into service. The Works Minister informed that the potable water main is in a state of disrepair as it was installed over 40 years ago. “The existing waterline is several metres below the new road elevation and the NWC will have difficulty when repairs and maintenance are needed. The NWC wishes to have the pipeline relocated to approximately one metre below the new road elevation in order to alleviate this problem,” he explained. Dr. Davies said the National Works Agency (NWA) had made provision for the replacement of two kilometres of the affected pipeline in the existing Palisadoes contract, but funding was required for the remaining four kilometres, which needed to be replaced, due to its poor condition and attendant high water loss. He added that several meetings were held between representatives from the NWA and the NWC with respect to the financing and replacement of the remaining four kilometres of pipeline works, which led to the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the agencies on September 11, 2012. The Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Project was recently completed within budget, consistent with the original scope and plans. The project, approved by Cabinet in August, 2009, involved partnership between the Governments of Jamaica and China, to repair and secure the extensively degraded shoreline of the Palisadoes Peninsula in Kingston. The project, undertaken over a 24-month period, involved lifting of the roadway, core filling, utility relocation, construction of a boardwalk, as well as major revetment works.Dr. Davies told the House that the pipeline replacement project is outside of the original contract and will not impact the work that has already been completed.He noted, however, that situations such as these, “which necessitated this variation to the originally contracted scope of a project, at the end of a project, points to a systematic weakness in our planning and implementation system, which has remained uncorrected for too long.”
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the National Housing Trust (NHT) will continue to honour its commitments, even as it assists the Government by providing funds to help with the country’s debt management over the four-year period of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.“The NHT will be able to honour all its commitments to its contributors and at the same time, will remain a major player in the construction industry, spending billions of dollars as is customary,” she stated.The Prime Minister was addressing the NHT’s handing over ceremony for Longville Park Phase III, today (February 20), in Clarendon.Mrs. Simpson Miller said the funds, of $11 billion per annum over four years, will come from surpluses from NHT operations, which have been built up through fiscal prudence, financial propriety, responsibility, and sound investments.She said the Government faced a choice of either approaching the NHT or raising taxes further. “Everyone would have had to pay more,” she pointed out.“We did not want to do that. That is why we entered into talks with the NHT. If we had to impose more taxes, then the cost of everything would increase. The price of houses, mortgages, food and other basic necessities would have increased significantly,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She noted that what the NHT has done is to contribute to a plan to build the country and to assist in the growth of the economy.“By so doing, the National Housing Trust is safeguarding and improving homeownership opportunities for Jamaicans now and in the future,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.Some 882 families will benefit under Phase III of the Longville Park housing project.
OTTAWA — A Canadian senator who has spent four decades advocating for the rights of vulnerable people in Canadian prisons says a new bill that purports to end solitary confinement should be scrapped.Sen. Kim Pate says the Trudeau government’s Bill C-83 only offers a cosmetic rebranding of the practice of separating inmates from others in isolated cells for administrative or disciplinary reasons. Pate was the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, which work with women in the criminal-justice system, before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named her to the Senate as an independent in 2016.Currently, inmates in segregation are restricted to two hours a day outside their cells and do not have access to meaningful interactions with others, nor do they benefit from programming or mental-health supports. According to recent numbers released to the parliamentary budget office, the number of inmates in segregation at any given time has varied from 360 to 434. Nearly all are men.“Over four decades, I have spent countless hours kneeling on cement floors outside segregation cells, pleading through meal slots in solid metal doors as someone’s loved one — someone’s child, sibling, parent or partner — smashed their heads against cement walls or floors, slashed their bodies, tied ligatures or put nooses around their necks, tried to gouge out their own eyes, mutilated themselves in sometimes unimaginable ways, or smeared blood and feces on their bodies, windows and walls,” Pate said in a speech in the Senate on Thursday. “I have heard indescribable sounds of torment and despair that reverberate and haunt me.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of isolating prisoners who pose risks to security or themselves — changes aimed at addressing recommendations from the coroner’s inquest into the 2007 death of Ashley Smith.Smith, who was 19, strangled herself in a segregation cell at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, Ont., as prison guards looked on. She had spent more than 1,000 days in segregation before her death.An Ontario coroner’s inquest in 2013 ruled her death a homicide and made 104 recommendations, including the banning of indefinite solitary confinement.Under Bill C-83, prisoners transferred to structured intervention units will be permitted to spend four hours a day outside their cells, during which time they would be guaranteed a minimum of two hours to interact with others. Inmates in these units are also supposed to be visited daily by health professionals and see patient advocates.The bill was adopted by the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.Pate says the fine print of the legislation does not deliver on Goodale’s promises. Provisions and procedural safeguards in the current law are being “watered down,” she says.Under Bill C-83, segregation cells are just renamed as “structured intervention units,” Pate says. With no hard time limits on isolation or separation of inmates, which the current law has, the new legislation makes it easier to put someone in segregation, she argues.She and other legal experts who have provided feedback on the bill say it would not withstand a constitutional challenge.“I think it needs some very significant amendment. Otherwise all parliamentarians who vote for this bill as-is would be doing a major disservice to the country, because we would be knowingly passing unconstitutional legislation.”Goodale was not available for an interview this week but his spokesman Scott Bardsley says the minister will discuss the bill with senators when it goes to the Senate committee on social affairs for further review.As for constitutional concerns that courts have raised about the current system regarding a lack of oversight and a lack of meaningful human interaction for inmates in segregation, Bill C-83 directly addresses both, Bardsley says.“The new system created by Bill C-83 will strengthen procedural safeguards by implementing binding external oversight, as well as regular reviews by the warden and the Commissioner (of corrections). And unlike with the current system, these oversight mechanisms will be enshrined in law.”Pate and other senators have been visiting federal prisons as part of a broader study by the Senate human-rights committee.Last week, Nova Scotia independent Sen. Colin Deacon published photos from a visit he made to the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. One showed a map given to the visiting senators by government officials indicating an outside yard for inmates that included a “garden and spirituality area,” The reality the senators encountered was a bare concrete pad.“The objectives laid out by (Correctional Services Canada) and its staff are great. Their ability to consistently act (to) achieve those objectives seems constrained,” Deacon wrote.Pate produces more photographs showing institution after institution she has visited where segregation cells have been re-categorized as “structured intervention units” with minimal changes.“I’ve literally been chasing around saying, ‘Where are these new units?’ There’s no new units, just new names.”A recent parliamentary budget office report Pate commissioned found that the operating costs for the structured intervention units would be $58 million annually.Pate asked for costings of three alternatives. Placing profoundly mentally ill inmates in psychiatric hospitals would cost $900 a day per inmate, the PBO found. Placements with correctional services on First Nations would cost $300 a day per inmate. A national anti-gang program in prisons would cost about $200,000.Determining whether those moves would save money is difficult, the PBO report says — that depends on how well they work.Pate wants the government and her Senate colleagues to take a closer look at alternative measures rather than passing Bill C-83 in its current form. “The minister says he wants to get rid of segregation. I fully support that and think that’s fantastic. But the pretext that this bill is going to do it … if he actually believes that, I don’t think he has actually gone into any of the prisons to see what they’re now going to call structured intervention units.”Ottawa has committed $448 million to the new system to pay for 950 new staff and building renovations.—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press
Here’s another stunning aspect of Germany’s 7-1 domination of Brazil on Tuesday: We have a new best soccer team in the world. The blowout changed the landscape of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings. Going into the match, here’s what the SPI top five looked like:Despite somewhat unimpressive play in the World Cup, Brazil still ranked first over Argentina by a healthy margin, and the Germans ranked fourth. But when ESPN’s Stats & Info team recalculated the SPI on Wednesday morning, a very different picture emerged:Essentially, Germany’s incredibly lopsided victory caused it to flip spots with Brazil. Now the Germans have a sizable lead over the rest of the field (nearly as big a separation as Brazil had going into the tournament), and Brazil has dropped to fourth behind the Argentines and Colombians. (Note, too, that Colombia’s SPI dropped marginally, because Brazil’s loss affected the strength-of-schedule component of its rating.)SPI was wrong Tuesday in its estimation of the relative qualities of Germany and Brazil, even after adjusting for the loss of Brazil’s superstar forward, Neymar. But the good thing about a rating system like SPI is that it can use new information to revise its estimates; the stronger the new evidence, the greater the adjustment. And a 7-1 win is strong evidence that SPI had Germany rated too low and Brazil too highly.
Some fans may have mistaken the Ohio State women’s basketball team for a track squad Thursday night. The No. 12-ranked Buckeyes (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) capitalized on several miscues by No. 20 Nebraska (15-3, 4-2 Big Ten), which resulted in 20 fast-break points and, eventually, an 82-68 victory. “It’s like we’re all fast in all different ways,” senior guard Samantha Prahalis said after the game. “We all add something to defense that gives us offense, so I think that’s kind of scary.” The Cornhuskers took the opening score against the Buckeyes, but it was the first and last time Nebraska would have the lead. “There were 20 points in the game where we didn’t guard them because they either stole it from us or they leaked out and got an easy basket, so transition offense was really critical” said Nebraska coach Connie Yori. “I’m not sure our kids knew the quickness level that was going to be on the floor today.” Although the Buckeyes were ahead for a majority of the game, the team understood the Cornhuskers were undefeated in the Big Ten when trailing. “When I watched film on Penn State, it seemed like Penn State was in control but they kept coming back so I kind of knew that all of the momentum might be on someone’s side, but I knew they could still comeback,” Prahalis said. Junior guard Tayler Hill led all Buckeye scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Prahalis followed with 19 points and nine assists, while sophomore center Ashley Adams and redshirt junior Amber Stokes added 13 and 12 points respectively. The Buckeyes were 32-of-61 from the field, while going 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Nebraska was lead by freshman forward Emily Cady who contributed 24 points, while sophomore Jordan Hooper added 19 points. The Buckeyes have won three straight games since suffering their first loss against Michigan on Jan. 7. “I don’t think I’m coaching any sopranos, concert pianists, I haven’t seen a violin in the locker room. Basketball is their thing and if losing a basketball game sends you crazy then I got serious issues,” coach Jim Foster said. “It happened to my team last year, but they figured it out. Again it’s about today, and now it’s about Illinois.” The win improves the Buckeyes to 3-0 this season against ranked opponents. Before the game OSU and Nebraska were tied for second place in the Big Ten. The win puts the Buckeyes one game behind No. 13 Purdue (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) for first place in the conference. The Buckeyes will meet the Boilermakers on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein center. While the Buckeyes can celebrate this victory, they will travel to Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 26 to play the Cornhuskers again in the final game of the regular season. The Buckeyes will next host Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Schottenstein center.