SRI: Gov’ts Should Push for Fair Treatment of Seafarers

first_imgInternational backing has been given to a new initiative from London-based Seafarers Rights’ International (SRI), which aims to harness the support of governments worldwide in implementing locally-binding legislation on the fair treatment of seafarers following a maritime casualty.Representatives from more than 50 countries attended a workshop on the subject organized by SRI in conjunction with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and addressed by key speakers including Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO.Attendees discussed the key issue of guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident and explore ways these guidelines could be implemented into national legislation.Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International, who opened the workshop, said the level of international support at the event across many stakeholder groups was important because it “mixed the practical effects of the guidelines with the legal aspects associated with their implementation.”“We had a panel of three judges from the International Court of Justice, the Tribunal of the Law of the Sea and from the Supreme Court of the Philippines. We also had an emeritus professor of maritime law, a prosecutor, a Lead Auditor from the IMO as well as a casualty investigator from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch who discussed no-blame casualty investigations,” Fitzpatrick added.Fitzpatrick further said that it is not often that the international law community is given the opportunity to discuss a crucial issue concerning seafarers’ rights in “such an informal but thought-provoking way.”Whilst some governments have already given effect to the guidelines, it is important that other governments consider them and look at ways they can be introduced into their national legislation, Fitzpatrick stressed.“We want to raise awareness of the Fair Treatment of Seafarers at international, regional and local levels, and advise on how best countries can implement the guidelines and have the right laws in place in the event of a maritime casualty investigation occurring in their jurisdiction. The next step will be to run regional workshops outside the UK, and we have already had offers from participants to host similar workshops in their own countries,” according to Fitzpatrick.last_img read more

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Parents take school board to court over transgender policy (Canada)

first_imgVancouver Sun 12 November 2014Three Vancouver parents are taking the Vancouver School Board to court in a bid to quash a controversial policy that provided more support for transgender students. Xiaofeng Huang, Yuen Ching Li and Shaohui Liu have filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court claiming the school board policy, adopted June 16 in front of a deeply divided audience, violates the School Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.It said the policy, which allows transgender students to use washrooms and locker-rooms that correspond to their gender identities, violates students’ rights to privacy and encroaches on parental rights over their children.“Some students are uncomfortable with sharing very personal information or private spaces with members of the opposite sex and deeply care about their privacy when using the washroom or change room,” said the petition, filed Oct. 31.“The board never proposed how to accommodate the wishes of students who are uncomfortable with sharing the same washroom and change room with members of the opposite sex.”The policy also allows transgender students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their gender identity.http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Parents+take+school+board+court+over+transgender+policy/10376113/story.htmllast_img read more

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End of Life Choice Bill – 1st Reading – Chris Penk (National)

first_imgThank you, Mr Speaker. I rise to speak against this bill. At the heart of this bill is the question of choice, and yet we must all acknowledge that assisted suicide, or euthanasia, by whatever name we call it, is a choice to end all choices. It is, by definition, irreversible, the end; that it shares with any other form of suicide. As such, we should proceed exceedingly carefully before even considering whether safeguards, so-called, may mitigate some of the worst aspects of it.It is this nature of choice that is being promoted by those who have brought this bill to the House that we must attack. We must understand clearly the concepts of undue influence and coercion that undermine choice and that play on the minds of those who are vulnerable, and those who are vulnerable are the very ones who would be wanting to access this in that moment of time in their vulnerability.In their depression, people are vulnerable. To be depressed is literally to be pushed down. When one is pushed down, one is not capable of making good decisions. One is not capable of understanding fully the consequences of one’s actions, and yet this bill would allow people the ability to make, in that vulnerable state, in that vulnerable condition, a choice that would end all other choices.So many of our fellow New Zealanders, young and old, have already made that choice; they have no further choices left. It is a subject that this House rightly concerns itself with and should continue to do so. We must do more to discourage suicide and other forms of ending life prematurely, and not encourage more of it.Much has been said on the subject of dignity, too. Those in favour of the bill, at least to the first reading stage, have described a situation of a life that they say lacks dignity at that point. Disabled constituents of mine have said to me, “Do not let anyone tell you that certain conditions equate to a lack of dignity. They are describing my life.” They say to me, “This is my life. I am happy with it. I have dignity, and for anyone in the Parliament to suggest otherwise is, quite simply, intolerable.”We’ve heard about so-called safeguards; for example, the suggestion that one might be able to exercise this choice if one has a terminal illness. One might have a diagnosis of a terminal illness but not, in fact, have a terminal illness. One may have a mistaken diagnosis or, indeed, a mistaken prognosis, and one might make a decision based on that. And if that factual basis is proven to be incorrect, what recourse then does that person have? The answer is none, because the person will have died. Our criminal justice system admits the possibility of mistake as to facts and as to law. Among other reasons, this is why we do not have a law of capital punishment; mistakes are made. If anyone in this House doubts that, they should ask Mr Teina Pora if that is so. If we allow people to be pressured into making a choice or to make the choice seemingly of their own volition but based on a mistaken assumption as to facts, and if the facts, so-called, prove to be incorrect later, there is no recourse, there is not opportunity to turn back the clock. They are, at that point, dead.The intersection of our terrible rate of suicide in this country and our terrible record of elder abuse and neglect is this bill. There is much work we have to do in this Parliament on these subjects and, indeed, mental health in general. Will this bill encourage or undermine efforts to promote the real dignity, the real protection of life, the genuine role of the medical profession? I say, no; I say we reject it. And if you are in favour of euthanasia as a principle, I say to members of this House: this bill is not the one for you; it is far too broad. We should reject it.last_img read more

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New Zealand’s largest-ever crime survey finds under-reporting, likely victims of crime

first_imgStuff co.nz 20 May 2020Family First Comment: The report found there was a clear link between victimisation and socio-economic conditions as people under financial pressure, living in more deprived areas, unemployed or not looking for employment and those in single parent households were likely to be targets of crime. “Victims are most likely to be aged between 19 to 29, Māori, never married, have moderate-to-high levels of psychological distress, lower life satisfaction ratings and lower feelings of safety.”New Zealand’s largest crime survey has painted a picture of likely victims of crime.Over the last year, 1,713,000 offences occurred — of those, 1,139,000 were personal offences and 574,000 were household offences, the Ministry of Justice survey said.While the level of crime was similar to last year’s report, sector deputy secretary Tim Hampton said there was nothing for New Zealand to be proud of.But the survey results were helping officials identify who were New Zealand’s likely victims of crime.The report found there was a clear link between victimisation and socio-economic conditions as people under financial pressure, living in more deprived areas, unemployed or not looking for employment and those in single parent households were likely to be targets of crime.“Victims are most likely to be aged between 19 to 29, Māori, never married, have moderate-to-high levels of psychological distress, lower life satisfaction ratings and lower feelings of safety.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121556520/new-zealands-largestever-crime-survey-finds-underreporting-likely-victims-of-crimeKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Police officers performance in 2011 satisfactory

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Police officers performance in 2011 satisfactory by: – December 28, 2011 Share Police Chief Cyril Carette. Police Chief Cyril Carrette has described the performance of police officers within the rank of the Dominica Police Force as “satisfactory” for 2011.The Chief who addressed a press briefing last week noted the public’s cooperation in assisting them to solve crimes. “I would say that they have performed creditably, I know that the police are working diligently to ensure that all reported crimes are solved and we have been getting a reasonable level of cooperation from the public. I know that they have performed satisfactorily but I would not grade them. When you give people A and A+ and those things it leaves little room for improvement but I believe that there is always room for improvement.” According to Mr Carette, his officers have made “major breakthroughs” in the drug trade and solving of murder crimes.“We’ve got five murders and all those murders have been solved, we’ve had persons charged for those murders. What I can tell you again is we have disrupted major drug trafficking operations in Dominica so we know that there were significant losses by those persons who are trafficking drugs in and around Dominica. The Customs has seized quite a bit of money, different currencies based on the collaboration with the Customs and the police.”The Chief also credited police officers for putting a “dent” in the “Gold for cash” program which contributed to several incidents of theft.“We also ensured that there was a reduction in the “Gold for cash” program going around Dominica and we decided to put a hold on this “Gold for cash” and we have seen a significant reduction in Venezuelans coming around Dominica to buy gold from persons and you would as I would know that most of the gold they bought from persons were stolen property and most persons could not identify the property because they were so seriously damaged but we have put a dent in them preventing them from doing that type of activity in Dominica.”Although the police reportedly made major breakthroughs in 2011, there are two investigations which are “still ongoing” from 2010. Omara Smalls AKA Mwanga Freeman was fatally shot on 15th September, 2011 on High Street and an early Christmas morning fire caused severe damage to the residence of former magistrate G.O.N Emanuel have not yet been solved and are still under investigations. In related news, Mr. Carette also reported that the department’s goal for 2012 will be to build upon human capacity to deal with cyber crimes and protecting the country’s borders.“In 2012, what we want to do is build our human capacity. We are going to be delving more into cyber crimes because as you would know cyber crime is becoming a major problem worldwide now and I would expect the legislators to ensure that they put proper legislation in place to support law enforcement efforts. We are also going to improve our Border Management Control system because you know that we have machine-readable passports which can be read in other countries and not here. So we are going to ensure that we take measures to have the Border Management Control system be put in place to ensure that we protect our borders,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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‘RECOVER AS ONE’: Treñas, governors seek to restart WV economy

first_imgILOILO City – The provinces of Western Visayas and the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod must collaborate if the region is to recover as one from the economic fallout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. The private sector should actively get involved with crafting the roadmap and monitoring its compliance, he added. He called for greater collaboration between the government and private sector to keep up with the challenges. “We must really start talking now how we can work together para mapadasig ang economic recovery sang region,” said Treñas yesterday. “The roadmap will outline the emerging opportunities for the region which boasts accessibility and inter-connectivity as its major assets,” said Drilon./PN “We have to prove that we have economic resilience. Ang aton pumoluyo waay trabaho. Nabudlayan ang private sector mag-venture. The government should step in kag mangita projects nga may economic returns,” said Treñas. One concern that must be addressed, he said, was joblessness due to the closure of establishments as a result of over two months of rigid quarantine. Treñas said they would also seek inputs from Acting Socioeconomic Planning secretary Karl Chua and Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter of the Department of Agriculture, among others. Western Visayas transitioned to modified general community quarantine on June 1 from 73 days of being under enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine since March when there were restrictions on the movement of people and operation of businesses and industries.center_img The region registered a gross domestic product of 9.4 percent in 2015, 8.4 percent in 2016, 8.6 percent in 2017, but it slowed down in 2018 at 6.1 percent. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in Region 6 was urged to make consultations with the Regional Development Council, the academe, business community, and various stakeholders. Region 6 is the fifth largest economy in the Philippines outside the National Capital Region (NCR) in 2018. “The formulation and implementation of this roadmap is very timely and critical. This roadmap will provide us a clear direction of where we are today and where we are headed. No province should be left behind. We will move forward as one region,” said Drilon. Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilon recently urged the Western Visayas Regional Development Council to craft a roadmap aimed at sustaining the region’s growth and development that has been slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomorrow, the governors of Iloilo (Arthur Defensor Jr.), Antique (Rhodora Cadiao), Aklan (Florencio Miraflores), Capiz (Esteban Evan Contreras), Guimaras (Samuel Gumarin), and Negros Occidental (Eugenio Jose Lacson), Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City, and Treñas will have a virtual meeting to map out a regional economic recovery plan. “We need to collaborate and harmonize our goals and plans as one region. Now more than ever, we need to work together in order for our economies to grow and preserve the gains that we have achieved in the past,” said Drilon.last_img read more

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Chelsea target Leicester City goalkeeper Schmeichel

first_img “Frank Lampard is concerned about the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga, and although there’s very little interest from other clubs about buying the player, it seems likely he’ll have to stay. read also:Leicester keeper Schmeichel defends under-fire De Gea “He would like very much to give himself an option at least, if not a new number one with regards to the season starting on September 12th. “Kasper Schmeichel would be a ready-made replacement for Kepa, at the moment there doesn’t seem to be many alternatives – though they’ve been linked with Nick Pope as well.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous Movies5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTruly Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Chinese SoilA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan! Loading… center_img Chelsea have “expressed an interest” in Kasper Schmeichel. The Leicester City No.1 has already been linked with a summer move to Manchester United. And transfer expert Ian McGarry claims Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants Schmeichel to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as the No.1 at Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea have also expressed an interest in Kasper Schmeichel,” he said on the Transfer Window Podcast.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Grabouski completes Spring Nationals IMCA Modified sweep

first_imgJordan Grabouski topped the IMCA Modified feature at Spring Nationals for the second time in as many nights on Friday. He’s now won a record nine Spring Nationals main events at his hometown Beatrice Speedway. (Photo by Joe Orth)BEATRICE, Neb. (March 10) – After setting the new Spring Nationals feature win record on Thursday, Jordan Grabouski added to it Friday evening.Grabouski completed his sweep of IMCA Modified features, earning another $2,500 for his career ninth checkers at Beatrice Speedway’s traditional season-opening special.“I had a good car again. Everybody else was kind of running the middle while I ran the bottom,” said Grabouski, also a double winner at Spring Nationals in 2011 and 2015. “This was a great way for us to start the season. You always want to win both (features) but there are so many good drivers here that the odds are against it.”Grabouski started eighth, took the lower line to the front and passed fellow heavy hitter Dylan Smith for the lead before midway in the 30-lapper. He was running with lapped traffic before a caution with 12 circuits to go, then set sail on the ensuing restart and couldn’t be caught.Hunter Marriott, Jesse Sobbing, Jimmy Gustin and Kyle Brown completed the top five.His latest Spring Nationals wins are Grabouski’s first two in as many starts this season and the 162nd and 163rd of his IMCA career, tying him with Jay Noteboom for eighth all-time in the division. The two-time and defending national champion was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I grew up at Beatrice Speedway,” Grabouski said. “Winning Spring Nationals means a lot to me, especially when you look at how many cars they have here every year.”More than 260 cars from 11 states competed over the course of the 24th annual event, moved to Thursday and Friday because of a less than spring-like forecast for the weekend.Other Friday winners at Beatrice were Justin Addison in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Jason See in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Andrew Borchardt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Dillon Richards in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 4. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 6. Dylan Smith, Osceola; 7. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice; 8. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.; 10. Shane Hiatt, Rising City; 11. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 12. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 13. Josh Blumer, Marysville, Kan.; 14. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 15. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 16. Clint Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 17. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, Iowa; 18. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 19. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 20. Thor Anderson, Doon, Iowa; 21. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, Iowa; 22. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 23. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 24. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa.Heat winners were Grabouski, Gustin, Sobbing, Frye, Smith, Marriott, Brown and Christensen. “B” feature winners were Phillips, Hoeft, Alvarado and Blumer.Northern SportMods – 1. Justin Addison, Norfolk; 2. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk; 3. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa; 4. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D.; 5. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa; 6. Jarred Hackler, Juniata; 7. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 8. Lance Borgman, Beatrice; 9. Josh Sink, Red Oak, Iowa; 10. Taylor Metz, Washington, Kan.; 11. Brian Osantowski, Columbus; 12. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 13. Darin Roepke, LeMars, Iowa; 14. Austin Heacock, Peosta, Iowa; 15. Mary Lenz, Elmwood; 16. Lee Horky, Fairbury; 17. Cole Wayman, Lincoln; 18. Arie Schouten, Blair; 19. Johnathon Logue Jr., Boone, Iowa; 20. Rick Rohr, Beatrice; 21. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 22. Joe Schidler, Omaha; 23. Brett Meyer, Lytton, Iowa; 24. John Foreman, Orange City, Iowa.Heat winners were Soppe, VanDenBerg, Wayman, Luellen, Metz, Langenberg, Laudenschlager and Addison. “B” feature winners were Rohr, Heacock, Borgman and Logue.Stock Cars ­– 1. Jason See, Albia, Iowa; 2. Jason Kreft, Beatrice; 3. Marcus Fagan, Adair, Iowa; 4. Mike Albertsen, Audubon, Iowa; 5. Alvie Christofferson, St. Joseph, Mo.; 6. Gary Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; 7. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa; 8. Heath Tulp, Kanahwa, Iowa; 9. Jason Ward, Sioux City, Iowa; 10. Les Lundquist, Sioux City, Iowa; 11. Zach Ankrum, Sioux City, Iowa; 12. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 13. Clay Christian, Avoca, Iowa; 14. Reid Keller, Webster City, Iowa; 15. Dan Nelson, Holmesville; 16. Dustin Schmidt, Fairbury; 17. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa; 18. Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; 19. Brandon Murphy, Worthington, Minn.; 20. Jed Williams, Shickley; 21. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 22. Jeremie Gibbs, Sioux City, Iowa; 23. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 24. Randy Brands, Boyden, Iowa.Heat winners were Jay Schmidt, Rogers, Murty and Dustin Schmidt. Fagan won the “B” feature.Hobby Stocks – 1. Andrew Borchardt, Mason City, Iowa; 2. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice; 3. Luke Ramsey, Bedford, Iowa; 4. Jeff Ware, Columbus; 5. Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice; 6. Brendon Stigge, Fairbury; 7. Chad Borgman, Beatrice; 8. Chad Lonneman, Adrian, Minn.; 9. Blake Arends, Little Rock, Iowa; 10. Tyler Davis, Fairbury; 11. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan.; 12. Tyler Saathoff, Hickman; 13. Kevin Bruck, Dunlap, Iowa; 14. Jacob Harms, Beatrice; 15. Shawn Slezak, Milligan; 16. Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, Iowa; 17. Nick Ronnenbaum, Onaga, Kan.; 18. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan.; 19. Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa; 20. Greg Gilbert, Osceola, Iowa; 21. Steven Pierce, South Sioux City; 22. Adam Tiernan, Granger, Iowa; 23. Derek Husted, Sioux City, Iowa; 24. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa.Heat winners were Armstrong, Borchardt, Ware and Slezak. “B” feature winners were Ronnenbaum and Bruck.Sport Compacts – 1. Dillon Richards, Beatrice; 2. Denny Berghahn Jr., Bellevue; 3. Barry Taft, Argyle Iowa; 4. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa; 5. Cole Krichau, Lincoln; 6. John Martinez, Beatrice; 7. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice; 8. Zach Bohlmeyer, Beatrice; 9. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus; 10. David Norquest, York; 11. Richard Crow, Grand Island; 12. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice; 13. Kyle Owen, Nebraska City; 14. Tommy Etherton, Lincoln; 15. Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.; 16. Dustin Thompson, Villisca, Iowa; 17. Colten Point, Denison, Iowa; 18. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa; 19. Andrew Harris, Dakota City; 20. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa.Heat winners were Taft, Fluckiger, Drake Bohlmeyer and Heath. “B” feature winners were Owen and Tyler Thompson.last_img read more

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Wickham returns to Wearside

first_img A club spokesman said: “Striker Connor Wickham is to return to Sunderland after being recalled from his loan spell with Championship side Leeds United. “The 20-year-old will be available for the Black Cats’ trip to Anfield on Wednesday evening, with on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini unable to face his parent club due to league rules.” Wickham, who joined Sunderland from Ipswich for an initial £8.1million in June 2011, has found himself a peripheral figure for much of his time to date at the Stadium of Light. However, he scored eight goals in 11 appearances for Sky Bet Championship Sheffield Wednesday on loan during the first half of the campaign, although he has not registered in five games for Leeds. The 20-year-old completed a temporary move to Elland Road last month, but the Black Cats have confirmed he is heading back to Wearside and available for Wednesday night’s tough Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool. His return comes with loan signing Fabio Borini ineligible to play against his parent club, Steven Fletcher awaiting news of his ankle injury and summer signing Jozy Altidore out of form. Struggling Sunderland have recalled striker Connor Wickham from his loan spell at Leeds as head coach Gus Poyet searches desperately for firepower. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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