Legal Aid Council Hosts Justice Fair March 29

first_img This event will provide Jamaicans with the opportunity to receive free legal advice. Story Highlights The Legal Aid Council will host its quarterly Justice Fair in Kingston on March 29 at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre. “The Justice Fair seeks to bring legal services to the public at no cost. Persons will be able to make consultations with the Registrar General’s Department, the National Housing Trust, the National Land Agency, the Office of the Public Defender and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, told JIS News. The Legal Aid Council will host its quarterly Justice Fair in Kingston on March 29 at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre.This event will provide Jamaicans with the opportunity to receive free legal advice.“The Justice Fair seeks to bring legal services to the public at no cost. Persons will be able to make consultations with the Registrar General’s Department, the National Housing Trust, the National Land Agency, the Office of the Public Defender and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, told JIS News.He said that lawyers will be present at the fair to provide advice and guidance on a number of legal matters.“At the Kingston Justice Fair, there will be lawyers from the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal and Civil Justice Administration Unit, so persons with expungement issues can come and get the forms and guidance they need,” Mr. Faulkner said.He also noted that other representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Office of the Children’s Advocate and the Consumer Affairs Commission will be in attendance.“We have found that the distribution of Legal Aid Clinics in Jamaica could be vastly improved, so not many persons are within close proximity of a Legal Aid Clinic. Accordingly, with the Justice Fair and our mobile units, our legal services are brought to the people,” Mr. Faulkner informed.“Many times persons have legal issues, and because they cannot find the retainer to seek legal assistance, they either leave the matter in limbo or sometimes it creates disputes and other anti-social behaviours,” he added.The Justice Fair is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.Under the Legal Aid Act, the Legal Aid Council is mandated to provide legal representation to persons in conflict with the law who are of small to modest economic means. It is a statutory entity under the Ministry of Justice and oversees the administration of an efficient and coordinated legal-aid system in Jamaica.last_img read more

Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan hosting reconciliation and healing conference in April

first_imgNenan’s Board of Directors stated that the organization is excited to co-host the Walk in Balance Five Wellness Conference in the spirit of healing and support.Registration fees are $200 per person and includes a variety of workshops, keynote presentations, three lunches, two breakfasts, and one ticket to the Comedy Evening. Registration forms will be available after March 1st, 2018 on-line at or can be picked up at NEABC. Registration is limited to 200 seats. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre and Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services will be co-hosting a conference on reconciliation and healing this Spring.The “Walk In Balance Five – Reconciliation and Healing” Conference will take place in Fort St. John from April 17-19 at the Northern Grand Hotel. The schedule includes Traditional and Medicine Leaders, Healing Guides, Comedians, Spa Practitioners and inspirational locals. Shell Canada is also sponsoring a “Healing through Humor” comedy event.“In the spirit of reconciliation, we will gather to learn cultural ways to reconcile and heal,” said Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre Executive Director Paulette Flamond. “True reconciliation begins with YOU. Come and join in the celebration of culture and connect with one another”.Organizers say the conference will support the development of healthy First Nation communities by encouraging the integration of aboriginal culture and modern approaches to wellness. The focus is to provide individuals with the tools and/or processes to make positive changes in their lives, to find inner strength to improve their lifestyles and to feel inspiration and motivation from their circle.last_img read more

Peace Region mayors meet in Ottawa to discuss LNG with Feds

first_imgOTTAWA, ON – The Peace Region was well represented in Ottawa last week by five local mayors.The Mayors of Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge had scheduled meetings last week in Ottawa to discuss the importance and value of an LNG export industry in each community. The five local majors were also joined by the mayors of Kitimat and Terrace.Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead said the meetings went extremely well. The Mayors meet with a variety of officials including the Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The Mayors focused on driving home the message of how vital the LNG export industry is to the northern communities, BC and Canada as a whole. It is estimated that the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat will produce seven billion annually in GDP. As well, the project would create and sustain sixty-five thousand jobs per year and would provide six billion in taxes to the federal government annually.As well, the Mayors lobbied to have to the tariff regarding fabricated industrial steel components by-passed for the construction of the LNG project. The tariff was created to reduce an influx of cheap fabricated steel produces created by the Asian Market and protect the Canadian producers. Ultimately, a mass amount of large fabricated industrial steel components must be purchased and installed to make the LNG modules. Without the relief of the tariff, the cost of the project will increase by upwards of five hundred million dollars. Bumstead said he was hopeful leaving the meetings. “All of the meetings went very well and we faced support from all members of the government. They all realised how important LNG Canada’s investment actually is and what positive things it could do for the communities it affects and the country as a whole.”A final investment decision is expected in the fall by the four partners of LNG Canada; Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Kogas.last_img read more

Fort St John could see up to 20 mm of rain for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over the next few days, Fort St. John and the surrounding area are expected to see significant amounts of rain.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Bobby Sekhon, an active system is coming through which could bring lots of rain starting Wednesday morning, with amounts of up to 20 mm expected for Thursday and Friday.“We’re certainly in an active period here in terms of rain. Wednesday, starting tomorrow, we got rain beginning in the morning, expecting about 5 to 10 mm but then that active period continues. For Thursday and Friday, we could see 10 to 20 mm.” Sekhon says, on average, August is a dryer month when it comes to precipitation and says we should see the rain start to taper off over the weekend and into early next week as a high-pressure system moves in.Recently, Fort St. John has been under severe thunderstorm watches as a low-pressure system moves through the area.last_img read more

People wonder why Modi insults elders Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi announced he had been denied ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that people were wondering why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “insulting elders”. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said insulting elders was not part of Hindu or Indian culture. “The way Modi insulted his elders — (L.K.) Advani and Murli Manohar (Joshi), this is against Hindu culture. In Hinduism, we have been taught to respect our elders,” the Delhi Chief Minister said. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said that those who built the “house” — a reference to BJP — had been thrown out and questioned the loyalty of those “who are not loyal to their elders”. “Is this Indian culture? People are discussing why Modi is insulting Advani, Joshi and Sushma (Swaraj)?” Joshi, elected in 2014 from Kanpur, has announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party had told him not to contest the Lok Sabha election. The BJP has also denied ticket to Advani and replaced him with party President Amit Shah from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat.last_img read more

155 flights delayed as Air Indias checkin software shuts down for more

first_imgNew Delhi: Thousands of Air India passengers had a harrowing time at airports across the world on Saturday as its 155 flights were delayed due to the shutdown of its check-in software for more than five hours due to a technical snag. The national carrier’s chairman and managing director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani said that the passenger service system (PSS) software, which looks after check-in, baggage and reservation, did not work from 3.30 am to 8.45 am on Saturday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework During this time period, thousands of Air India passengers were stranded at airports globally as the airline staff was unable to issue a boarding pass to them. Air India’s PSS is owned and managed by Atlanta-based SITA company. Lohani said that “till 10 am total 85 flights were delayed” because of PSS shutdown. “Because of the 85 flights that have been delayed, a ripple effect will take place throughout the day,” he said, adding that a “few flights will also be cancelled because of this delay”. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Later in the day, the airline’s spokesperson clarified that a total of 155 flights would be delayed for an average duration of two hours till 8.30 pm. The average number of flights that Air India group, which also includes subsidiaries Alliance Air and Air India Express, flies daily is around 674. It is mostly the domestic flights that have been affected the most due to the software shutdown, Lohani clarified. “International departures will not be facing much problems…There will be delay in one or two international flights. One Delhi-Shanghai flight is getting delayed by about 1.5 hours. The flights that are departing for Europe are largely running on time,” he said. About affected passengers, the CMD said that the airline is trying its best to inform them through social media and its call centre. “But as the magnitude is so big, it is possible that our call centre is not able to handle the volume,” he said. The passengers who will miss their flights will be given hotel accommodations or they will be rescheduled in a different flight of Air India or of an another airline, he said. Lohani said that SITA is currently looking into what caused the shutdown. “They are checking if it was because of virus or for any other reason. They are still searching for the root cause,” he said. No other Indian airline apart from Air India uses SITA’s PSS software. When asked if SITA would be compensating the airline for disruption in its operations, the CMD replied that “we will have to take a look into it”. SITA regretted the inconvenience caused and said it had experienced a complex system issue during server maintenance early morning which resulted in operational disruption to flights. “We have now fully restored services at all airports where Air India were affected. Our priority remains, as always, to ensure a stable system where customers can conduct business efficiently and effectively, and we are undertaking a full investigation to understand the root cause and prevent a recurrence,” SITA said in a statement to PTI. Many passengers vented their ire on social media on Saturday morning. A Dr Sonal Saxena tweeted at 7.20 am, “Utter chaos. Air India systems not working at Delhi since 3 am. All flights grounded and delayed. No checkins and boarding.” When asked why passengers were not informed about flight delays through SMS or social media during the shutdown, the Air India CMD said, “Whenever any other system does not function properly, we use PSS to get contact information of passengers and then contact them. But when our PSS itself has stopped working, there is no way we can inform them.” A similar incident took place on June 23 last year when a technical glitch in the airline’s check-in software delayed 25 of its flights across India. The airline had tweeted on June 23, “Due to unexpexted network connectivity issues at SITA #Atlanta #Datacenter , which had a #worldwide impact, 25 flights were delayed from 1210 hrs to 1510 hrs on #Airindia network. Operations are normal now (sic).”last_img read more

Atleast 10 hurt as cab rams into divider at Yamuna eway

first_imgGreater Noida: At least a dozen students, who were on the way to appear in their examination, sustained critical injuries after the cab they were travelling in, got collided with the divider and turned turtle on the 165-kilometers-long Yamuna Expressway in Dankaur area of Greater Noida on Thursday afternoon.Cops said that the cab was overloaded while the driver lost control over the vehicle due to over-speeding. According to police, the incident occurred around 12:30 pm when the Maruti Eeco car collided with the divider after losing control. “The cab was ferrying students from Botanical Garden metro station in Noida to Galgotias University in Greater Noida and around 13 students were present in the vehicle,” said a senior police officer. Cops said that among the injured were Aryan Shishodia (20), Amisha Dutt (23), Paridhi (20), Khalid (23), Bhavesh (19), Aaftab (24), Om Anand (22), Mayank (20), Chandan (20) and Mudit. Police officials said that six students were critically injured and were admitted to Intense Care Unit (ICU) of Kailash hospital in Greater Noida. “A passerby conveyed information to police and a team rushed to the spot. Police began the rescue operation while all the victims were rushed to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida. Around six students who were critically injured were admitted in ICU,” said Samresh Kumar Singh, Station house Officer of Dankaur police station in Greater Noida. The officer further said that the driver of the cab is absconding after the incident. “As we reached the spot, we found that the driver of cab was absconding from the spot. Prima Facie it appears that the cab was overloaded and was being driven at a high speed which might have made driver lose control over the vehicle. There were around 13 passengers in a seven seater car among which two were declared critical by the doctors. We are making efforts to trace the driver of the car while we received no complaint in the case and further necessary investigations are underway,” added Singh. Chandan, a student of B.Tech (2nd year), who was also injured in the incident told Millennium Post that they boarded the cab around 11:30 am while the fare cost was around Rs 45. “We were on the way to give our end semester exam in the university and boarded the cab from Botanical Garden metro station. There were around 12-13 passengers in the cab while the driver was over speeding at the time of incident. It happened in just a fraction of second that we didn’t get any time to ask driver to control the vehicle. The driver lost control for over speeding the vehicle and it overturned and collided with the divider,” said Chandan.last_img read more

Modis Kedarnath Yatra stunt a gross violation of MCC

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress on Sunday lodged a complaint at the Election Commission of India against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the latter’s widely televised Kedarnath Yatra for the last two days is a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on polling day. The party sought immediate action to “stop telecast of such a surreptitious and unfair campaign which is morally wrong.””I would like to bring to your notice that even though the election campaign for the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha elections has ended on May 17, 2019 at 6 pm, surprisingly Narendra Modi’s Kedarnath Yatra is being covered and widely televised for the last two days on national as well as local media. This is a gross violation of the Model Code Of Conduct,” states the letter to the Chief Election Commissioner undersigned by Derek O’Brien, leader of the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt further states that Modi had even announced that the “Master Plan” for Kedarnath Temple was “ready” and also addressed the public and the media at Kedarnath. “It is absolutely unethical and morally incorrect,” the letter read. It alleges that every minute detail of Modi’s activities during the visit have been widely publicised, with an ulterior motive to influence voters directly or indirectly. “Modi chants are also being heard from the background. All these moves are well calculated with the ill intention to influence the voters even on the date of poll,” the letter read. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”It is very unfortunate that the Election Commission, the highest body and the eyes and ears of the democratic process, remains blind and deaf to the gross violation of the MCC,” O’Brien alleged. The letter from Trinamool assumes significance as during the elections, several Opposition parties have also alleged MCC violation on the part of the Prime Minister. Even Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa on Saturday expressed dissent over clean chits for four speeches made by Modi and one by BJP president Amit Shah. Lavasa has reportedly told Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora that his “participation in the deliberations of the Commission becomes meaningless” since his minority decisions “go unrecorded”.last_img read more

Football Ohio State remains at No 10 in latest College Football Playoff

Urban Meyer prepares to lead the Buckeyes onto the field prior to start of the game against Maryland on Nov 17. Ohio State won 52-51. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a 52-51 overtime win over Maryland, Ohio State remained at No. 10 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.The Buckeyes entered the first playoff rankings at No. 10 and have not moved after wins over Nebraska and then-No. 18 Michigan State.Ohio State is one of four teams in the Top 25 according to the College Football Playoff rankings, joining No. 4 Michigan, No. 12 Penn State and No. 19 Northwestern.No. 10 Ohio State will face No. 4 Michigan at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Here are the full rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) Notre Dame4.) Michigan5.) Georgia6.) Oklahoma7.) LSU8.) Washington State9.) UCF10.) Ohio State11.) Florida12.) Penn State13.) West Virginia14.) Texas15.) Kentucky16.) Washington17.) Utah18.) Mississippi State19.) Northwestern20.) Syracuse21.) Utah State22.) Texas A&M23.) Boise State24.) Pitt25.) Iowa State read more

Buffon nearly joined Barcelona – agent

first_imgThe agent of Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that his client was close to completing a transfer to Barcelona in the summer of 2001After being named the Serie A goalkeeper of the year for a second time at the end of the 2000/01 season for Parma, Buffon was being heavily pursued by Juventus in that summer transfer window.But his agent, Silvino Martina, has now revealed that the Turin side had only decided to step up their interest in signing Buffon, when they learned that Barcelona had tabled a bid for the then 23 year-old goalkeeper.“Barca looked to have bought Buffon, they had an agreement with Parma,” said Martina, according to Football-Espana.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“After that, Juve woke up and Gigi did not think twice. We also had a meeting with Bronzetti, a close friend of Florentino Perez, after the Juve-Real game in 2005.“Madrid were interested, but it didn’t amount to any real negotiations.”Buffon joined Juventus in July 2001 for a world-record fee of €51 for a goalkeeper and since gone on to win the Serie A title for the Turin side eight times.last_img read more