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“Arrest Warrant Treaty”

first_imgSaving regards to the difficulties faced in the Region with extradition and recognising that the current extradition framework among Member States is not only costly but rather complex, the regional leaders at the closing of the 37th Caricom Heads of Government Meeting agreed upon an “Arrest Warrant Treaty”. This agreement will now ensure that persons in the Region who commit crimes in one member country and flee to another, are arrested and handed over to authorities in the regional jurisdiction where the crime was committed.The objective of this Treaty is to establish within the Caribbean Community a system of arrest and surrender of requested persons for the purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution for an applicable offence, or executing a custodial sentence where the requested persons have fled from justice after being sentenced for an applicable offence. However, this treaty is not new to the Region as it was ratified in Trinidad and Tobago into the legal framework of Caricom since May 23, 2009.Like many treaties in international law, in this legal framework there is room for interpretation and limitation. As such, the scope of the accord is pellucid that it does not apply to a political offence, except where it involves death or violence against the person or an offence under military law which is not also an offence under criminal law.More specifically, Member States may, by protocol to the treaty, extend the application of this treaty to military offences which are not also offences under criminal law. Importantly, however, is that nothing in the treaty can be interpreted as modifying any obligation to respect fundamental rights and fundamental legal principles, or preventing a State from applying its constitutional provisions relating to due process, freedom of association, freedom of the press or freedom of expression. Examining the treaty, there is no doubt that each Member State’s judicial and nationhood sovereignty is maintained as it is embedded in the accord that there are grounds for the refusal of the execution of an arrest warrant granted by a sister state.As part of the framework, a Caricom Member State can refuse to execute an arrest warrant whereby the requested person has served or is serving a sentence for the offence to which the Caricom arrest warrant relates. That State can also refuse where the requested person, by reason of lack of capacity, cannot be criminally responsible for the offence under the law of that State or for an offence that is covered by amnesty in that State, where that State had jurisdiction to prosecute the offence.Such a treaty, as the Chairman of the Caribbean Community Roosevelt Skerrit explained, would enhance the Region’s law enforcement ability. It is agreeable that this legal framework will enhance cooperation and collaboration between and among law enforcement authorities in the Region. Like many other difficulties faced by the Region, finances will surface as a major factor in maintaining obligations under the “Arrest Warrant Treaty”. Entrenched in the framework is the fact that all expenses incurred by the executing State in the execution of a Caricom arrest warrant will be borne by that Member State.All other expenses, according to the Treaty, including in particular the cost of transporting the requested person from the executing Member State to the issuing State party, will be borne by the issuing State.It is not debatable that such a Treaty will boost the Region’s security; however, Caricom has gained the reputation of setting impressive goals which bear little fruit. It is hoped that the “Arrest Warrant Treaty” bears real fruits of practicality and as was noted previously is not just part of a renewal communiqué. Actionable goals that emphasise the importance of all nations in Caricom are what this Region is lacking.last_img read more

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Dataram’s reputed wife charged for smuggling contraband into prison

first_imgThe reputed wife of Barry Dataram was on Monday arraigned on a charge of smuggling prohibited items into the Mazaruni Prison, where her spouse is currently serving time having been jailed for trafficking narcotics.Anjanie Boodnarine waltzed into the compound of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, just weeks after she walked out a free woman, following the dismissal of the last of a string of charges which were initiated against her.The charge stated that Boodnarine on March 31, 2017, took 14 packs of cigarettes to her reputed husband at Mazaruni Penitentiary.According to reports, the contraband was concealed in cheese stick packets.The 21-year-old mother of two was granted $150,000 bail. The case will continue on April 20.Anjanie Boodnarinelast_img read more

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No Injera as Feeney names squad for Dubai

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Collins Injera in action during a past match at the World Rugby Sevens Series. PHOTO/World RugbyNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Collins Injera will not be a part of the Shujaa squad that travels out to the season opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai next week as he is yet to hit the requisite fitness levels according to Technical Director Paul Feeney.Injera picked up a shoulder injury during last month’s Safari Sevens and consequently missed out on the Africa 7s, but has since resumed training with the rest of the 18-man squad picked for the new season. For Dubai, Feeney has stuck with the same personnel that did duty at the Africa 7s a fortnight ago, with the only addition being Dan Sikuta.“He (Injera) is about 85pc and you can’t risk him with such a long season coming up ahead and climaxing in the Olympics. He needs to be 100pc and he will be by New Zealand. We are fortunate we didn’t pick a major injury and we stuck with the 12 that did well at the Africa Cup. We have added one more that is Dan Sikuta and he has a lot of experience. We have taken the best 13 that we could possibly take outside our injuries,” Feeney told Capital Sport after the team’s training on Thursday.Shujaa’s Collins Injera in action during the 2019 Safari Sevens at the RFUEA Grounds. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSkipper Andrew Amonde, Nelson Oyoo, Willy Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo will provide the experienced backbone for the team with last year’s budding youngsters Daniel Taabu, Johnstone Olindi and Vincent Onyala keeping their places.Amonde says he is delighted to see the veterans return to the squad and believes they will start the campaign strongly.“It is really good to see the experienced players back because at least they have an idea of the systems and how we play and execution will not be a problem. We have prepared well and ready to start the season,” Amonde noted.Shujaa will look to start the season on a high especially putting into perspective last season’s performance where they merely survived the axe.For the Dubai campaign they are thrown into Pool D and will face off with South Africa, England and Spain.Shujaa squad for Dubai 7s1.Andrew Amonde (c) 2.Jacob Ojee 3. Jeff Oluoch 4. Alvin Otieno 5. Nelson Oyoo 6. Vincent Onyala 7. Johnstone Olindi 8. Willy Ambaka 9. Billy Odhiambo 10. Oscar Dennis 11. Daniel Taabu 12. Bush Mwale 13. Dan Sikuta0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Da Vinci’ judge sends own coded message

first_imgLONDON – The judge who presided at the “Da Vinci Code” copyright infringement trial has put a code of his own into his ruling, and he said Wednesday he would “probably” confirm it to the person who breaks it. Since Judge Peter Smith delivered his ruling April 7 in favor of Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code,” lawyers in London and New York began noticing odd italicizations in the 71-page document. In the weeks afterward, would-be code-breakers got to work on deciphering Smith’s code. “I can’t discuss the judgment,” Smith said in a brief conversation with The Associated Press, “but I don’t see why a judgment should not be a matter of fun.” Italics are placed in strange spots: The first is found in the first paragraph of the 360-paragraph document. The letter “s” in the word “claimants” is italicized. In the next paragraph, “claimant” is spelled with an italicized “m,” and so on. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe italicized letters in the first seven paragraphs spell out “Smithy code,” playing on the judge’s name. Lawyer Dan Tench, with the London firm Olswang, said he noticed the code when he spotted the striking italicized script in an online copy of the judgment. “To encrypt a message in this manner, in a High Court judgment no less? It’s out there,” Tench said. “I think he was getting into the spirit of the thing. It doesn’t take away from the validity of the judgment. He was just having a bit of fun.” Smith was arguably the highlight of the trial, with his acerbic questions and witty observations making the sometimes dry testimony more lively. Though Smith on Wednesday refused to discuss the judgment or acknowledge outright that he’d inserted a secret code in its pages, he said: “They don’t look like typos, do they?” When asked if someone would break the code, Smith said: “I don’t know. It’s not a difficult thing to do.” And when asked if he would confirm a correct guess to an aspiring code-breaker, he said, “Probably.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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School district gains new overseers

first_imgFor the district, the decision was about efficiency. “The reason we decided to separate the position into a fiscal side and an operations side was to enhance efficiency and accountability in both departments,” Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said. “Doing both jobs by one person is difficult and challenging and my thought in looking at the split is simply to allow the two people hired to narrow their focus to perform specific jobs they will be responsible for.” Guthrie, who started with Hart in 1986 as accounting supervisor, has worked her way up and will be in charge of the district’s finance and budget operations including payroll, negotiations and warehouse services as chief financial officer. “If I was running a business and needed someone to work in accounting, Sue Guthrie would be the first person I would consider,” board President Paul Strickland said. Gapper, principal at Placerita Junior High, also is a licensed contractor. He will be overseeing construction and renovation and those budgets as well as operations and transportation. “I see my new role in the district as building into the organization some checks and balances, some accountability,” he said. “I will facilitate greater communication throughout the governing board and to some degree the community.” Gapper plans to establish new protocols for project and resource management, and acknowledges that much work is ahead. “I have never been afraid to do work,” he said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Livingston was asked to leave the district after the board lost confidence in his ability to properly administer projects,” Hart board member Dennis King said. At a board meeting last week, members had a lengthy discussion about decisions made by Livingston that have resulted in unexpected architect and design fees, board members said. Also, they said, some decisions were made by Livingston without board approval, and some the board approved but without all the necessary information. Two administrators will take over Livingston’s duties. The Hart district is growing rapidly and has several construction projects planned including some complex renovations. “We have grown to a size that warrants two individuals with different skill sets to handle the business side and the facility aspects of our district separately with a need to work together for long-term planning,” said board member Steve Sturgeon. SANTA CLARITA – Two officials have been named to newly created positions in Santa Clarita’s rapidly growing high school district, as criticism mounts over unexplained construction overspending. Facing a forensic audit of money spent toward building new campuses and renovating older ones, the William S. Hart Union High School District has promoted Sue Guthrie to chief financial officer and Rob Gapper to chief operations officer, district officials said Monday. The pair will be overseeing Hart’s extensive construction schedule as well as budget and overall operations, things that used to be in the job description of former Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Rory Livingston. Livingston, who was unavailable for comment, was ousted last summer after the school board approved a $234,000 contract buyout. last_img read more

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Arsenal and Leeds keen on Brazilian wonderkid who had Man United trial

first_imgArsenal are preparing a summer bid for Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli, according to reports.The 17-year-old, who plays for San Paulo-based club Ituano, had a trial with Manchester United in 2017 and played for a youth XI against Lincoln City, replacing Nishan Burkhart in a 2-0 win at Sincil Bank. REVEALED Unai Emery is keen to bolster his squad Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice The highly-rated teenager is continuing to impress in his homeland and is now said to be attracting interest from Barcelona and Premier League hopefuls Leeds and Middlesbrough.But Goal claim Arsenal are leading the race to sign Martinelli, with the club willing to offer £4million for his services.Ituano ply their trade in the Paulista Championship and Martinelli’s three goals in nine games has helped them climb to second in Group D. The talented youngster started his career at Corinthians before moving to Ituano in 2015. Brazilian youngsters such as Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus have fared well in the Premier League – and Martinelli could be the next breakout star.  Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY ADVICE BEST OF MONEY Martinelli, who turns 18 in June, is believed to be close to obtaining an Italian passport which would allow him to obtain a work permit to join Arsenal. Gunners boss Unai Emery is set to be given just £40million to spend this summer and Martinelli’s £4million fee would suit the Gunners, whose only January transfer business was the loan capture of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.last_img read more

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Legia Warsaw likely to face UEFA sanctions for fiery behaviour at Ibrox

first_imgLegia fans have just unveiled a huge flag of Pope John Paul II at Ibrox.— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) August 29, 2019A threat of a full stadium closure at Ibrox still looms after more sectarian songs were heard in Warsaw last week. Despite the reduced capacity, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard praised the home fans in his post-match press conference. He said: “You saw the place at the end and there wasn’t a prouder man in the building than me. targets stalemate on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Legia Warsaw are likely to be in hot water with UEFA after the club’s fans set off flares which temporarily stopped their Europa League qualifier against Rangers on Thursday.Rangers progressed to the group stages thanks to Alfredo Morelos’ injury-time goal to give his side a 1-0 aggregate win. statement latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP appointed LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “I wanted nights like this from a personal point of view. But to see my players celebrating with the 47,000 fans at the end, it was an emotional time. “I was so proud to be the manager of this club out there.”Rangers are in Pot 4 for the Europa League draw, which takes place at midday on Friday and Gerrard said he’d love to play Manchester United.“I wouldn’t mind going and parking the bus at Old Trafford,” the Liverpool legend said. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Getty Images – Getty update Legia Warsaw set off flares in the second-half 2 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas rookie error But the game was marred by the away support as referee Slavko Vincic ordered a three-minute stoppage in the second-half after smoke from the flares made it difficult to see.Rangers were also forced to close a section of Ibrox, which houses 3,000 fans, against Legia following the sectarian chants that occurred in their opening qualifier with St Joseph’s last month. And in an attempt to taunt Gers supporters, Legia fans unfurled a banner of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005. LIVE on talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Play had to be stopped for three minutes while the thick smoke cleared Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 “One of the reasons I took the job was the support. From the outside, I could see the pain and disappointment. I wanted to come in and help.“It’s moments like tonight that make me feel so proud and make it feel worthwhile. I’m glad I signed up to it. deals Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTlast_img read more

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Social Media, The Workplace and the Enforcement Agencies Circus

first_imgSocial media use continues to increase exponentially.  This increase has been accompanied by the increased interest in regulation of social media influenced employment decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).  Social media posts frequently reach thousands of people.  Employers are concerned, and rightfully so.   The NLRB has taken the lead in scrutinizing private employers who discharge or discipline an employee based on social media activity.  The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) gives employees, even in non-unionized workplaces, the right to engage in protected, concerted activities for the purpose of “mutual aid and protection” which includes complaining about wages, hours of work, and conditions of employment (including criticism of management team members and co-workers) and prohibits employers from disciplining employees for engaging in such activity.  The Board’s decisions have been inconsistent and the reasoning behind the decisions has frequently been difficult to understand.  In addition to reviewing “Facebook Firings,” the NLRB also examines employers’ social media policies because work rules that “tend to chill” employees in the exercise of their rights violate the NLRA. When confronted with an employee’s offensive content on a social media site, stop and evaluate whether the employee has engaged in protected, concerted activity.  An individual gripe might become protected if another employee “likes” it.  However, not every communication is protected, and the more outrageous the comment, the less likely it is to be protected.  Employers must ensure that policies are narrowly tailored and contain well defined terms so that they do not prohibit protected activity.               Employers who review sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and LinkedIn to screen applicants must consider the EEOC and relevant anti-discrimination laws.  Just by glancing at Facebook, an employer could learn an applicant’s age, color, religion, or sexual orientation, even if the application does not request the information.  There are vendors who can perform social media background checks and remove any protected information.  Reliance on social media postings could also result in claims that members of one protected class are favored over another if an employer relies on information found online to make a hiring decisions that negatively impacts those without a presence.      In monitoring social media sites, employers may inadvertently discover an employee’s protected characteristic.  Accessing this information can require the employer to prove a negative – – that it had knowledge of the information, but did not discriminatorily use it.   However, it can also provide useful information in defending claims brought by employees such as harassment, workers’ compensation, and Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) violations.Despite these perils, it can be beneficial for employers to encourage employee use of social media to promote their products or services.  This leads to another employment law consideration: whether employees must be compensated for time spent posting from home.  The FLSA requires employers to pay non-exempt employees for all hours worked.  One federal court has held that time spent at home sending work-related transmissions may be compensable unless infrequent and insignificant.  Thus, employers should carefully consider policies encouraging employees to transmit outside of scheduled working hours.Social media is now the dominant interpersonal communication medium.  It is imperative that employers understand this ever-changing area of the law.  Employers must carefully evaluate any employment decision that involves social media or information accessed from it and when in doubt, consult an attorney who is knowledgeable on the developing law relating to social media and the workplace. Armin J. Moeller, Jr., is a partner in Balch & Bingham’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Armin’s practice focuses primarily on labor relations and employment law issues, but includes health law, business litigation, arbitration and contracts. Ashley Eley Cannady is an associate in Balch & Bingham’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Ashley’s practice focuses on defending employers and management in employment-related disputes before courts and administrative agencies. She provides advice to employers regarding avoidance of work-related legal exposure.last_img read more

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Apple iPhone 4S: Siri? It Should Have Been Swype!

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Apple finally introduced the availability of the voice-command personal assistant app it paid $200m for today, called Siri. The military spin-off technology was both widely loved and often panned when it was available independently; it was either lovable Skynet or a fish on a bicycle, depending on who you ask. I tended towards thinking it the latter, myself.Just as Augmented Reality “Heads Up Displays” have gained traction slowly in part because people feel like dorks looking at strangers around them through their camera phones, so too do many iPhone owners trained not to talk on their AT&T crippled mobile devices seem unlikely to take up the regular practice of talking to their phone. The first killer input interface that Apple really shook things up with was multi-touch screens. The next ought to continue in that direction, not away from it. It should have been Swype for iOS announced today, not Siri.Siri allows users to perform simple tasks like look up nearby restaurants and then using APIs for 3rd party services, do things like make reservations at those restaurants. That might seem like magic – and in some ways it is – but it’s really just a speech-to-text interface collecting data for a search API. Most of the commands demonstrated are things that users don’t really need to do with voice. What’s the weather going to be like today? I’d much rather click a button or two than speak out loud to no one in particular and hope my phone understands me. Getting a stock quote by spoken request is just a gimmick. If people really wanted to do things like that, the super-hyped TellMe would have taken the consumer world by storm when it allowed dumb-phone users to call in search requests and get automated replies back at the turn of the century. Instead, that company pivoted into a voice platform in the cloud for enterprises – where use cases were clear – and then sold to Microsoft.Voice is still unproven in the consumer space. It has some potential on the desktop for people who don’t type well, as a casual input interface that sends boatloads of data up to servers in the sky at Google, Microsoft, in the future Facebook and maybe now Apple. Those companies then learn from the way people put words together in natural sentences, in the voice mail they leave or the search queries they say out loud – and that data is used to educate giant Artificial Intelligence brains that then serve up recommended content and targeted advertising. That’s great for them, we’ll see how it is for you and I.But what do I want as a user – on my iPhone? I want Swype! Swype is a keyboard program available on almost every smartphone in the world except the iPhone. It lets you put your finger on the keyboard and zip around from key to key with uninterrupted touch and speed. No picking up your finger, just zip zip making shapes. If you’ve ever typed the word you’re gesturing before – Swype will know what it is and autocomplete it. Tags:#Analysis#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It’s the fastest way to provide input on a mobile device. It’s fabulous and it’s incredible that Swype isn’t on iOS yet. I assume it’s because of Apple’s strict control over interface design and unwillingness to provide options in design. There are other alternatives too, many Android users say they like SwiftKey X even better.But Swype is a much better mobile input interface than Siri and spoken word. Just like reading is a much faster way to ingest information than listening to someone speak, there’s too much overhead in speech input.It’s absurd that there’s no Swype on the iPhone (though you can jailbreak your phone and get it) but it is not absurd that there’s no compelling reason to use Siri.All the Artificial Intelligence stuff could have been implemented at the same time. I could Swype “Greek” and iOS could figure out that I was looking for nearby Greek food. You don’t have to talk to do that.Time will tell, but I don’t think Siri is going to be a killer app on the iPhone. Will it be used more than the current iPhone voice control? We’ll see. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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(AUDIO) Barbara Buffaloe on Columbia recycling, climate plan

first_imgColumbia Sustainability Manager Barbara Buffaloe explains where your recycling goes after you drop it off at the curb. She also talked with Wake Up Columbia about the city’s new climate plan.last_img

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