Horse Racing ResultsTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. INFANTRY OFFICER AChatrie 52.02. CHANGE HIM NAME MWard4 49.0 Neck3. EL NUMERO UNO SMuir 54.0 Sh.Head4. SOUND OF MIRACLE DaneNelson 55.0 3 3/4LLate scratch : #3 MINNIFFIAWIN: $226.00PLACE: $74.00, $231.00, $173.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b mare – STORM CRAFT out of TRAIL RIDER by HESABULLTrainer : GARY,GRIFFITHS J Owner : DENNIS G WILLIAMSBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (1,7) $957.00 Exacta : (7-1) $1,715.00Superfecta : (7-1-5-2) $5,100.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. *CLASSIK MAKIT MWard4 49.02. DANISH BROWN HPottinger4 51.0 3L3. THEGREATALLIANCE RDuhaney 54.0 9L4. BOOK OF RULES WHenry 54.0 1 1/4LDNF #6 DAINTY DOTTIE AndreePowell4 47.5Late scratch : #7 ROYAL PRIESTHOODWIN: $91.00Final Time : 1:04.3 Splits : 24.0, 49.1, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – WAR MARSHALL out of SIXTH SENSE by MAVERICKTrainer : LANCE,RICHARDS P Owner : MILLENIUM STABLESBred by OSWALD M. CLARKE & OSWALD CLARKE (JR.)Quinella : (1,3) $652.00 Exacta : (3-1) $953.00D/E : (7-3) $814.00 (7-7) $85.00Trifecta : (3-1-2) $1,127.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. LITTLE RHEA JInnis4 48.02. GIRSHOM AndrePowell4 52.0 Sh.Head3. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 54.0 1L4. *LUCKYBEGOOD AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $246.00PLACE: $84.00, $78.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:44.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL out of PRINCESS AKEEM by MAVERICKTrainer : RYAN,DARBY O Owner : RYAN O DARBYBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (6,8) $614.00 Exacta : (6-8) $1,997.00D/E : (3-6) $794.00Superfecta : (6-8-1-3) $3,400.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-6) $6,180.00Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES1. FIX IT UP VNajair 52.02. *KACI WHenry 55.0 2 1/4L3. PRINCESS STATISTIC DaneNelson 55.0 Head4. FREE RANGE OWalker 55.0 1 1/4L5. I HAVE A DREAM RMitchell 54.0 3/4LDNF #5 MAMETA RCole 51.0WIN: $1843.00PLACE: $135.00, $58.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:02.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 3yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (8,11) $2,582.00 Exacta : (11-8) $5,264.00D/E : (6-11) $5,846.00Trifecta : (11-8-1) $7,771.00Hi-5 : (11-8-1-10-2) $200,321.00Rolling Triple : (3-6-11) $37,962.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. *SCOOP JORDYNE DDawkins4 49.02. BORDER LINE DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L3. RED FLAG JInnis4 48.0 1 3/4L4. RUM PUNCH PFrancis 52.0 5LLate scratch : #2 DANOS LA PAZWIN: $100.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.2, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : PHILLIP,LEE A Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (3,6) $282.00 Exacta : (3-6) $553.00D/E : (11-3) $1,495.00Trifecta : (3-6-7) $299.00Rolling Triple : (6-11-3) $20,683.00SUNNYSIDE STAKESRace 6 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 52.02. *GLOBAL PFrancis 54.0 1 1/2L3. POISON GAS RLunan 54.0 3L4. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 54.0 2 1/2L5. DUTCHESS URIEL JInnis4 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $174.00PLACE: $92.00, $138.00, $176.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 2yo filly – BURNING MARQUE out of BYE BYE BIRDIE byTrainer : FITZROY,GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $225.00 Exacta : (3-2) $689.00D/E : (3-3) $363.00Trifecta : (3-2-6) $1,724.00Hi-5 : (3-2-6-11-4) $14,662.00Rolling Triple : (11-3-3) $10,405.00Race 7 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUG.131. *POWER OF THE CAT MWard4 48.02. TIMEFORACAT LSteadman3 52.5 Head3. FASTANDFLASHY WHenry 50.5 1/2L4. *ALDEBARAN JErwin 55.0 Neck5. EXCLUSIVE PRINCE DDawkins4 49.0 2L6. RULES OF THE CAT AChatrie 51.5 2 1/4LLate scratch : #5 HERECOMESTROUBLE, #10 SACHINWIN: $164.00PLACE: $95.00, $188.00, $260.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – TRADITIONAL out of RUSSIAN ACTRESS by ABSENT RUSSIANTrainer : CARL,ANDERSON D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (3,14) $1,019.00 Exacta : (14-3) $1,745.00D/E : (3-14) $1,133.00 (3-10) $325.00Trifecta : (14-3-2) $2,461.00Hit-6 : (14-3-2-12-6-) $99,645.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-14) $1,948.00Super-6 : (7-6-11-3-3-14) $1,149,713.50 (6 OF 6)JOSEPH ARMOND MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 8 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-RESTRICTED ALL.II1. CAMOUFLAGE PFrancis 53.02. SIR BIGGS LSteadman3 52.0 1/2L3. *ABBEY ROAD DaneNelson 53.5 3 1/4L4. SHINE AndrePowell4 51.0 1 1/2LWIN: $201.00PLACE: $56.00, $66.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:59.2 Splits : 26.3, 21.1, 1:15.4, 1:43.4Winner : 3yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of PEACE BY PEACE by ALISIOSTrainer : DELROY,SPENCER Owner : DELROY SPENCERBred by BACCAS, IMRAAN ALLIEQuinella : (2,5) $1,229.00 Exacta : (5-2) $1,797.00D/E : (14-5) $1,809.00Superfecta : (5-2-8-4) $5,436.00Rolling Triple : (3-14-5) $8,457.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.02. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 1/2L3. *WAR CHIP JErwin 55.0 Neck4. NUH VEX OFoster 57.0 2 3/4L5. MAGIC CITY RLahoe 55.0 1 1/2LWIN: $701.00PLACE: $174.00, $72.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – OUTRIGGER out of SAILING by SAILOR’S WARNINGTrainer : VICTOR,WILLIAMS G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,10) $3,407.00 Exacta : (4-10) $5,979.00D/E : (5-4) $2,748.00Trifecta : (4-10-6) $3,666.00Hi-5 : (4-10-6-11-8) $27,156.00Rolling Triple : (14-5-4) $24,116.00Pick-4 : (3-14-5-4) $76,684.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (11-3-3-14-5-4) $14,055.60 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $969,837.37Pick-9 : (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $34,131.50 (7 OF 9) (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $667.50 (6 OF 9) Carry-over : $4,272,888.06PlacePot 8 : (1,7-6,8-8,11-3,6-2,3-3,14-2,5-4,10) $329,074.00 (8 OF 8)
Irene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, and pupilsfrom the school celebrate their win. Alex Bouwer, sales and marketing managerat Bevcan, said that the pupils were trueambassadors for the recycling movementand an excellent example for others in their community. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alex Bouwer Nampak Bevcan: Sales and Marketing Manager +27 11 719 6300 RELATED ARTICLES • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Top award for SA World Cup can • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Budget big on education, jobs Ray MaotaThe youngsters of Zamintuthuko Primary School in Mamelodi, Pretoria, were on a mission this year – between April and October they collected a total of 67 500 cans.In doing so, they won the R25 000 (US$3 100) first prize in the Bevcan Aphi Ama Can competition, a recycling initiative.The competition was run by Bevcan Nampak to encourage children to recycle, reuse and reduce waste. Over 100 schools took part in the competition, which ran from 1 April to 30 September 2011.Bevcan is the can-making division of Nampak, one of South Africa’s largest packaging companies. It is the only beverage can manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa.A total of 542 045 cans were collected during the competition.Setting an example for the communityEvery school that managed to collect a minimum of 12 cans for each pupil received R1 000 ($124) as a reward.Irene Mathebula, the coordinator of the competition at Zamintuthuko, said: “We are all absolutely delighted to have participated in this competition, which aims to educate not just our pupils but us as adults as well.”Mathebula added that because they exceeded the expected number of cans collected per child, they have gained the confidence to “take on any challenge as a school”. Each child was able to collect at least 169 cans.The prize money will be used to build a school hall, so that the children will be safe from the elements during assembly or other school events.The prizes were presented at a ceremony held at Zamintuthuko Primary on 1 December 2011.Alex Bouwer, Bevcan’s sales and marketing manager, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are gathered here today to recognise the environment-responsible behaviour of these young people.“You are true ambassadors for the recycling movement and are setting an excellent example for others in your community.”The three runners-up – Thathani Primary School from Zola North in Soweto, Mononong Primary in Mamelodi East, and Ikwezi Primary from Mofolo in Soweto – each received R25 000 ($3 100) for their efforts.Thathani collected a total of 55 303 cans, an average of 134 cans for each child, with Mononong’s pupils collecting an average of 101 cans for a total of 35 000.Ikwezi Primary rounded off the top four by collecting 13 000 cans, with each scholar collecting 52 cans.Louis Taylor, director of private-public partnerships at the Department of Basic Education, said the department has set up public private partnerships, like the one with Bevcan Nampak, to assist it in bringing quality education to people.“While we have international people in the country talking about saving the environment at COP17, these schools are not talking but are playing their part in its preservation.”Bevcan committed to educationWhile Nampak Bevcan’s core business is making cans, “we are also committed to improving the learning environments of our children”, said Bouwer.The company is very involved in a variety of education programmes.Early this year, the company donated R8.5-million ($1.12-million) towards education through its Every-Can-Counts campaign: Nampak contributed R5-million ($701 000), while a further R3.5-million ($492 000) was raised through the sale of specially marked cans.Nampak Bevcan MD, Erik Smuts, thanked all those who supported the education campaign: “We are very happy with reaching the R8.5-million ($1.12-million) mark and we thank the many people who supported the cause by purchasing beverage cans.”Nampak will be running four competitions in 2012 to give schools and individual scholars the opportunity to raise funds and make a difference in the environment.The competitions are for schools to collect cans, an art project highlighting recycling, the creation of an artwork out of recycled cans, and a Guinness World record attempt at collecting the most cans in a month.The National Schools Competition, worth R750 000 ($93 000), will see schools winning monthly prizes, as well as annual prizes for the number of cans collected.The Artistic Expression Competition invites individual scholars to draw, paint, sculpt or even write about how one can make a difference by recycling.The Can Craze Competition gets children to build a structure out of cans, while the Guinness World Record attempt will see groups try to collect the most cans in a month.The competitions will help raise funds for schools and individuals, “so make sure you enter these competitions first thing in the new year”, said Bouwer.
Srinagar experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night as the mercury continued its downward spiral in most parts of the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, down from minus 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, MET officials said on Sunday. It was the coldest night of the season so far in the city, they said. The night temperature in the city has dropped over five degrees since Thursday as the valley is moving closer to the 40-day harshest winter period, locally known as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which begins on December 21. The officials said Qazigund, Kupwara and Leh also experienced the coldest night of the season on Saturday night along with Srinagar. Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, compared to the previous night’s minus 5 degrees Celsius. Coldest DecemberThe officials said it was the coldest December night in Qazigund in the last four years. The town had recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius on December 27, 2014. The nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 5.7 degrees on Saturday night, up from minus 6.6 degrees the previous night. Kupwara in north Kashmir saw the mercury going down from minus 4.5 degrees the previous night to settle at a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, the official said. They said it was the coldest December night in Kupwara in the last five years.
If numbers are anything to go by, the 20th edition of the Delhi Book Fair is witnessing a dramatic comeback of the iconic Indian comic character, Chacha Chaudhary, whose creator Pran Kumar Sharma died recently. Our stall has seen an unprecedented footfall over the last few days and we have already sold more than three thousand copies of the Chacha Chaudhary series, Gulshan Rai, publisher, Diamond Comics, told PTI.In what could be called a fitting tribute, Diamond Comics has also republished all the early editions of the series and released them at their original price, effectively leading to a huge discount.People visiting the fair could be seen lapping up the opportunity to purchase these comic books, with the Diamond Comics stall swarming with buyers cutting across the age spectrum, giving credence to the publisher’s claim. “I remember fighting with my siblings over who would read the comic first. Such was the craze that even during exams, I used to keep those comics underneath my textbooks, all the while pretending that I was studying,” said Rachita Arora, a homemaker, taking a trip down memory lane at the Fair. The Chacha Chaudhary comic is available in 10 languages.”The diminutive ‘Chacha’, with a brain sharper than a needle and faster than a super-computer, once had a ubiquitous presence in many Indian homes. But like other indigenous comic characters, ‘Chacha’ too faded away from public memory owing to multiple distractions,” Rachita added.Shivani Gupta, an avowed fan of the endearing character, said, My son remains glued to the television watching shows like ‘Chhota Bheem’ when he is not busy fiddling with an app or the other on the phone. I am buying a few copies of Chacha Chaudhury, just to inculcate the habit of reading in him.advertisementMeanwhile, Chacha Chaudhary fans might be able to possess some collectors’ items through a deal announced by the online shopping site Groupon India. The site in collaboration with Diamond Comics has launched a series of deals, which offer limited edition copies of the comics bearing digital autographs of Pran.The package contains other Chacha merchandise like DVDs, 3D comics and magnet stickers. Four deals available with the site including The Best of Chacha Chaudhury (English) a handpicked collection of five popular issues of the comics priced at Rs 333.Buyers would also receive a DVD worth Rs 150, a Chacha Chaudhary magnet sticker, and a 3D comic worth Rs 50 on purchase of the deal. Pran imagined Chacha a middle class frail but highly intelligent old man. He always sported a bushy bristling white mustache and a trademark red pagadi.A wooden stick, a pocket watch and a waistcoat with a double inside pocket are also some of Chacha’s wardrobe staples. Wife Bini (Chachi), a faithful street dog Rocket and a giant called Sabu who is his sidekick are what Pran gave Chacha as his household members.The Chacha Chaudhary comic is available in 10 languages.
The Supreme Court today pulled up BCCI for “monopolising” cricket in the country and said several youngsters wanting to be Dhonis and Kohlis are not given equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the cricket body.”Several youngsters in the country want to make their career in cricket and want to be Dhonis and Kohlis due to the glamour and glitz associated with it. They do not get equal opportunity if they are not on the right side of the BCCI. Sometimes they are prevented by the people at the helm of affairs,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said. (Supreme Court blasts BCCI for opposing one state-one vote recommendation )The apex court also appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae in the matter and sought his assistance to explore as to how the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha committee favouring large-scale structural reforms, which BCCI and other boards have been resisting, could be implemented.The bench, also comprising Justice FMI Kalifulla, expressed anguish over the cricket body running a “prohibitory regime and monopolizing cricket” across the country, saying no one can play the game without its nod.”You (BCCI) are running a prohibitory regime which is spread across the country. If a player has to play cricket he has to be with you. You have complete monopoly. You have monopoly over members and you prevent people from becoming members.”Suppose a state from North East wants to be a member in BCCI. You are not allowing it to become a member because your writ lies there also. You don’t want to give them equal opportunity. You have complete monopoly over Team India because you select them and don’t want to give the right to anyone else. We need to balance things,” the bench said.advertisementThe Court said it failed to understand why there should be any problem to anyone because Justice RM Lodha-led committee has opened the membership to other states and recommended one state-one vote.The bench made it clear to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), which has expressed its reservations to one state-one vote formula, that it is not concerned with any state associations.”We make it clear that we are not concerned with any state cricket associations but if they want to associate with BCCI, then they have to reform themselves. You will have to fall in line and reform yourselves or you will lose your membership,” the bench said.Senior advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for TNCA, said the recommendation of one state-one vote will create inequality rather than equality.”The recommendation will create inequality rather than equality. It will promote inequality among equals,” he said.The bench then said when one country, irrespective of its population, constitutes one vote in International Cricket Council (ICC), then why cannot the formula work for BCCI.”When ICC accepts the principle of one country-one vote irrespective of population, then why can’t the similar formula of one state-one vote work for BCCI. It will result in equality to play cricket,” the bench said.It further said the apex court has already held that if anybody or association is discharging public function, then it has some responsibilities and obligations and equal opportunity needs to be given to all.At the outset, the bench also pulled up Baroda Cricket Association which has opposed the reforms recommended by the Lodha panel, saying any cricketing body associated with the BCCI will have to reform itself.”If any cricket club or association wants to do anything, we are least bothered. We are not here to reform every cricketing club. But if any institution which is discharging public duty like BCCI, then any organization or association associated with it will have to reform itself,” the court said.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Baroda Cricket Association, said reforms suggested by the Lodha panel are not under constitutional principle and may or may not be implemented by the BCCI, but state associations, which have their own set of rules, cannot implement them.”Every association has its own set of rules and bye laws which can’t be changed. Do we all who constitute BCCI have to change our laws, it can’t be,” Sibal said, adding that if the cricket board does something wrong, it could be held accountable but not the associations.He said there cannot be uniform rules and regulations as there may be problems in following them owing to different members having different compositions, laws and bye-laws.Sibal said the BCCI selection committee consists of five members from five zones and they select players from different zones without any favourtism.advertisement”Even in present structure in BCCI, equal representation is given to all the zones. There is nothing like undue or undemocratic (favour),” he said.The Baroda Cricket Association had earlier told the apex court that the Lodha panel’s recommendation of one state-one vote would lead to “enormous politics” and pressure within the system of the apex cricket body.
Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says employment and promotion in the teaching profession must be on the basis of the value that persons can add to the tasks to which they are assigned and not necessarily on their years of service.Rev. Thwaites, who was speaking at the inaugural Research Day at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College in Kingston, on October 3, assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them, particularly for those who excel and have a love for teaching, but a new approach has to be taken.“We have an overflow of teachers for the next two years, but the process of attrition that is underway will mean that by the time many of you graduate, there will be a need for a large number of good teachers. But, we have to think about how we are going to approach enrollment and promotion within the teaching profession,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister lauded the teacher training institutions for the important role they are playing in the development of the nation.“The teachers’ colleges, unfortunately, have for some time now been the Cinderella of the education system. We haven’t paid enough attention, as a nation, to the extraordinary seminal role and training that takes place right here….What goes on here is of significance to the entire nation and you should see yourselves as critical actors in the process of personal as well as national development,” he said.Looking at the theme of the Research Day, ‘Education for Development: Promoting and Engaging Change Through Research’, Rev. Thwaites pointed out that there is a misnomer in the popular culture that thinks that education is measured simply by the number of CSEC subjects or GSAT passes that is obtained. He said education is a much broader composite of skills. “Yes the successes in the academic subjects are extremely important, but it is much more than that,” he said.The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills now that is quite different from what it was a few years ago and reiterated that the policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student, starting in 2016/17, must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma, in addition to having a marketable skill when they graduate.“This is new territory. I am asking that in this and in future research days that you assist us in ensuring that the requisite groundwork, the necessary research has been done, so that we have a broader view of education,” Rev. Thwaites said.In her welcome remarks, Principal, Dr. Gwendolyn Melhado, said the institution’s first Research Day is: “a day when we acknowledge, emphasise, and bring to active awareness the importance of research and its practice to our academic programmes and delivery formats.”Dr. Melhado pointed out that in education, research is critical to scholarly writing, a practice that the college is now demanding of its students and will continue to demand, noting that here at St. Josephs, “we seek to expose our students to various methods of research as they seek to become effective teachers.”Among the research topics up for discussion during the day were: ‘Improving Reading Comprehension Through the use of Computer-Aided Instruction Among Third Graders’; ‘Teachers’ Perception of Selected Attributes of Language Arts in the Revised Primary Curriculum and their Reported use of the Curriculum Guide’; ‘The Jamaica Debt Crisis: Implications for the Development of Human Capital’; ‘Marcus Garvey and the Issue of Values and Attitudes in the Jamaican Society’; and ‘The Relationship Between Fatherless Households and Post Secondary Aspirations of Boys at a Selected High School in Jamaica’.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was one of several partners with the college in staging the day’s activities. Others included Victoria Mutual Building Society; The Jamaica Red Cross; HEART Trust/NTA; and Ian Randle Publishers. The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills. The policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma. Story Highlights Rev. Thwaites assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them.
She cites legal stipulations restricting defence attorneys from using the backgrounds of complainants and survivors to question their credibility in trial proceedings, and the holding of in-camera hearings for all sexual assault cases, including those involving children, among the notable achievements. Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, says she is heartened by the progress made in improving the local justice system’s response to the incidence of sexual assault and the treatment of survivors.She cites legal stipulations restricting defence attorneys from using the backgrounds of complainants and survivors to question their credibility in trial proceedings, and the holding of in-camera hearings for all sexual assault cases, including those involving children, among the notable achievements.Other key gains highlighted by Ms. Peters include the introduction of a criminal bench book to better aid judges in directing juries during trials, and establishment of the Centre for theInvestigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), which she notes “has been doing a very good job… in improving the investigative and support services provided to complainants”.The High Commissioner was speaking at the recent launch of the ‘Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region’, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.While acknowledging CARICOM countries’ progress in promoting gender equality, Ms. Peters said sexual violence perpetrated against boys, girls and women remains a “significant problem”.She cited a 2016 Inter-American Development Bank-funded report on crime and violence in Jamaica, which indicated that almost 60 per cent of all sexual assault victims were girls aged 10 to 19.Further, that almost 50 per cent of women were forced into sexual relationships by age 20.The High Commissioner said against the background of this and other “sobering” statistics, development and introduction of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean document represents a significant milestone for Jamaica and the wider region.“These guidelines provide internationally accepted best practices in the management of sexual offence cases. They provide very important guidance to justice-sector stakeholders involved in the reporting, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of sexual offences. Additionally, they provide a rights-based approach to the treatment of complainants and vulnerable witnesses, including children, who are involved in sexual assault cases,” she added.Ms. Peters expressed the hope that the guidelines will be adopted by regional countries, “and that their implementation will result in a variety of outcomes, including speedy adjudication of cases and reduction of case backlogs, over time”.Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, who spoke at the launch, lauded the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) for spearheading drafting of Jamaica’s Child Justice Guidelines and training judicial officers and other stakeholders in the application of these provisions.She also expressed gratitude to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international partners for assisting with the sensitisation and training of judges in adjudicating cases involving children, whether as witnesses, victims or offenders.Mrs. McCalla further thanked the Justice Ministry’s Victim Services Division (formerly Victim Support Unit) for their involvement, noting that the session organised for judges “opened our eyes and informed us that there must be a new way of dealing with children in our justice system”.The Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region was launched in tandem with the Jamaican judiciary under the Can$90-million Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, which is being funded by the Government of Canada and administered under Global Affairs Canada.The multi-year project is being implemented by the CCJ on behalf of the Conference of the Heads of Judiciary of CARICOM.The CCJ and other regional partners are contributing some $4 million to the initiative.Global Affairs Canada is the department that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations and leads the country’s international development and humanitarian assistance programmes. Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, says she is heartened by the progress made in improving the local justice system’s response to the incidence of sexual assault and the treatment of survivors. The High Commissioner was speaking at the recent launch of the ‘Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region’, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlights