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Partners welcome move to mainstream Alternative Justice Systems in Kenya

first_imgSpeaking at the live-streamed launch at the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, David Maraga said: “Today I am glad to launch the Policy that outlines how we can promote Alternative Justices Systems in Kenya. The formulation of the Policy marks an important milestone in Kenya’s endeavour towards the fulfilment, respect, observance, promotion and protection of the right to Access to Justice.”Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981“The Policy gives effect to Article 159(2)(c) of the Constitution, which is the legal and constitutional framework 7 on the multiple systems for dispute resolutions in Kenya.” He addedChief Justice, David MaragaEU Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Simon Mordue said he hoped the AJS Policy would have far-reaching consequences in fostering effective access to justice for all Kenyans.“What’s being launched today is a cornerstone policy for Kenya, one that will ultimately bring customary and traditional means of dispute resolution from the periphery into the mainstream and recognize the legitimate place of alternative systems in contemporary justice administration in this country,” Ambassador Mordue said.“I urge decision makers to put the necessary structures in place to ensure the success of AJS mechanisms and processes, as envisioned in the Constitution and underscored by the Taskforce,” he added.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftAs key partners to the Judiciary in this policy?s development, the EU and UNODC have provided wide-ranging support through the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD).This has included engaging several expert consultants who reinforced the Task Force and assisted with the policy and framework drafting processes, staging more than eight working retreats and discussion forums, and communications support including video production, graphic design and printing services.In upholding international standards and norms, UNODC has taken great interest in the policy’s intent and content, for example, on such aspects as protection of the most vulnerable and the nature of cases appropriate for AJS, including contributing to the debate on cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.“It’s been a privilege for UNODC to partner with the AJS Task Force and the EU in the complex process of developing the baseline policy and framework,” the UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, said.“The process of mainstreaming AJS has received a boost today, but much remains to be done to ensure the policy is fully adopted and that the strategic objectives and overall recommendations of the Task Force are addressed. UNODC remains committed to supporting the full adoption of the policy,” Dr. de Andrés added during his remarks.Also Read  President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAKenyans from all walks of life have contributed to shaping the AJS Baseline Policy, including Councils of Elders, Civil Society Organisations and Court Users Committees, and are now expected to be instrumental in operationalizing it.A Justice Needs Survey conducted in 2017 suggested that up to 95 per cent of disputes in Kenya were resolved through informal and non-State-based means outside the confines of courts. These informal means include a myriad of dispute resolution processes of which AJS is just one.One specific PLEAD target is to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in the backlog of criminal cases by 2022. By dealing with appropriate disputes quickly and more cost effectively, AJS is seen as an effective mechanism for reducing case backlog in the courts. The launch by Chief Justice David Maraga Thursday of a major policy to mainstream customary, or traditional, forms of justice in Kenya has been welcomed by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), two key partners in the policy’s development.The Alternative Justice Systems (AJS) Baseline Policy and associated Policy Framework have symbolically been released on Katiba Day on the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya.The Constitution obligates the Judiciary to promote traditional methods of dispute resolution. For the past two years, the EU and UNODC have supported the Judiciary and its multi-stakeholder Task Force on the Traditional, Informal and Other Mechanisms for Dispute Resolution in Kenya (AJS Task Force) with formulating the policy and determining the viability and concrete means of mainstreaming AJS.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Bertha Downgraded to Tropical Depression, as Rain Continues in South Florida

first_imgGusty winds may also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of eastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas through the remainder of Wednesday, according to the hurricane center.On Tuesday, record-setting rainfall caused a flood warning for central Broward County through northern Miami-Dade from 9 p.m. to midnight.West Palm Beach recorded 6.73 inches of rain Tuesday, while Fort Lauderdale picked up 4.86 inches. Bertha, the second named storm of 2020, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.The system formed off the coast of South Carolina at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It made landfall as a tropical storm an hour later, just east of Charleston, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving north at 15 mph.It weakened quickly to a tropical depression, while prompting flash flood warnings in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to drench our state.A flash flood warning is in effect for the east coast of South Florida until 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy: National Hurricane Centerlast_img read more

Lakers break loose, 122-96

first_img“I spoke to Kobe before the game and said, `Don’t wait to get going in this game. Let’s go at them right away,”‘ Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He carried the staff, so to speak, tonight.” “He gave me the marching orders and I carried them out,” Bryant said of Jackson. “We fell behind the eight ball tonight and needed kind of a kick start, and I was able to provide that.” There was a trickle-down effect from Bryant to the last man in uniform. All 11 players scored – including seldom-used guards Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie – and the Lakers held Boston to 66 points in the final three quarters. Williams finished with six points and four assists and played 20 minutes. He joked on his way to a television interview afterward, “I’m still the same dude from two weeks ago,” and later quipped that “the ball felt like a foreign object” after playing so little. • Photo Gallery: 02/23: Lakers vs. Celtics LOS ANGELES – Before he left Staples Center after Wednesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Kobe Bryant offered his exit strategy for the Lakers’ six-game losing streak, saying, “You have to try to will yourself out of the stretch.” It fell to Bryant to provide that will Friday night as the Lakers broke through for their first victory since Feb. 5, beating the Boston Celtics 122-96. The Lakers led by as many as 26 points in the third quarter against a Celtics team that has lost 21 of 22. Bryant finished with 38 points – 22 of which came in a spectacular first quarter – connected on 5 of 7 3-pointers, found his teammates for nine assists, and matched a season-high with five steals while playing only 31 minutes in the blowout. center_img Jackson brought out his binoculars to find both Williams and McKie at the end of the bench. He brought Williams in with two minutes left in the first quarter and started the second quarter with McKie and Williams in the backcourt and Bryant on the bench. Where he normally would play Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic, Jackson opted for the veterans instead of the kids Friday. McKie had appeared in only one other game this season and was most valued as an expiring contract heading into the trade deadline. “I told the young players that they’ve had an opportunity during the course of the year to advance,” Jackson said, “and right now for the sake of the team we need to have some of the veterans in there to do the things they know how to do because they’ve been on winning teams. “Right now, that’s what we’re after. We’ve tried to develop players and bring them along and now it’s time to use the moxie that’s necessary as veterans to win it.” Williams hit his first jumper after checking in, then another to open the second quarter, and the Lakers wound up building a 13-point lead. In talking to reporters afterward, Williams thanked Jackson several times for giving him the chance to help the team. Jackson stressed the need during the losing streak to “play for one another.” Bryant said Williams and McKie could serve as examples for the Lakers’ younger players. “All season long, they haven’t complained, they haven’t whined,” Bryant said. “They’ve just worked hard every single day. First ones at practice, last ones to leave sort of thing. … Their number got called tonight and they performed extremely well.” After the Celtics opened an 11-2 lead to start the game, Bryant took over the rest of the first quarter. He connected on four 3-pointers and scored 22 points, including 13 consecutive, in what Jackson described as “attack mode.” The Lakers didn’t break open the game, though, until the end of the first half when they scored the last nine points to head into the locker room with a 65-54 lead. “We have to be more aggressive,” Bryant said. “We’re a team that gets their hands on balls and gets out in the passing lanes and knocks the ball loose. That’s what we have to do.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Warriors-Rockets cheatsheet: Houston looking to take the season series

first_imgDespite an up and down season, the Rockets have had success against Golden State, winning the first two matchups of the season. Now, with a national tv audience watching, Houston will try to take the season series Saturday evening.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)Rockets projected starting lineup: Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, James Harden Rockets Stock Report: With center Capela, Paul and Gordon out …last_img

‘Miracle’ health train turns 10

first_img14 January 2004For the past 10 years, South Africa’s innovative “miracle” train, Phelophepa, has brought primary health care to rural areas where, according to government statistics, there is one doctor for every 4 000 to 5 000 patients.Phelophepa – a seSotho word for good, clean health – came into being in January 1994 when parastatal Transnet’s corporate social investment department and the optometry unit of the Rand Afrikaans University joined up to provide rural South Africans with primary eye care.The train initially had only three carriages and was solely financed by Transnet. Now Phelophepa has 16 carriages, and a host of companies have joined in the programme as sponsors.It is the first and only primary health care train in the world, and one of the most ambitious corporate projects ever undertaken in South Africa.Phelophepa travels around the country for 36 weeks of the year, stopping at least five times at each of 36 stations in the Free State, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.About 40 000 patients receive treatment at the train’s various clinics each year, and more than one million people have been reached to date.This year, Phelophepa will visit the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West provinces. Gauteng, which is deemed urban, is excluded from the train’s itinerary.Lynne Coetzee, Transnet’s portfolio manager for health, suggested the idea of expanding the train’s facilities to turn it into an holistic travelling health care service that will reach thousands of rural communities.Student volunteers work alongside 15 full-time staff to provide basic health services – including general, dental and eyecare – in the rural areas. Public awareness about health issues, including HIV/Aids, is also promoted.Power sourceThe train has a unique power car which generates enough electricity to supply a small town for two weeks.Under normal operating conditions the drive wheels of the passenger coaches generate enough electricity for lights and hot water. But as the Phelophepa provides its services while stationary, another power source had to be found, and a dedicated power generator was essential.Old coaches were refurbished to accommodate an Edu-Clinic, which is equipped to teach groups of 25 local volunteers about basic health issues, with a medicine clinic which houses a pharmacy, the Roche health clinic with five examination clinics and an office, the Colgate dental clinic with five dental chairs, a psychology clinic with two consultation rooms, and two coaches that serve as an eye clinic.The train also has a dining car for 40 people and a kitchen where nearly 200 meals are prepared each day. Four carriages contain sleeping compartments and a laundry with five washing machines, tumble driers and ironing boards for use by the 56 people on board.The Transnet Foundation has announced that it will provide 48 percent of the train’s funding for the 2004 financial year. It said the train’s monthly expenditure – despite escalating costs – is estimated at R1.5-million, which translates to about R60 to R70 per patient. The remaining 52 percent will be covered by corporate sponsors.Roche, a research-oriented healthcare group which has partnered Transnet in the project since 1994, also announced a substantial financial injection for the train. Roche has paid the costs of the health clinic as well as the vehicle used by staff to visit surrounding villages and schools.The company said its additional sponsorship will be used to expand services on the train. These will include adding new clinics for diabetes care and oncology. The school health services project will also be extended, while additional funds will be spent to maintain the train and the communications infrastructure.Urgent needsThe inclusion of diabetes and oncology care will cover urgent needs. According to Pat Senne, head of corporate affairs and communication for Roche SA, Type II diabetes is becoming increasingly significant in rural South Africa – yet it is a problem that can be prevented.“Diet and obesity can predispose people to Type II diabetes, so we hope to add value to Phelophepa by educating patients on how to eat properly and recognise symptoms of the disease,” Senne told The Star newspaper.In addition, the health clinic will screen patients for cancer, a disease which affects a frightening number of people with lumps on the body but who are unaware that something could be wrong. Although cancer cannot be treated on the train, if it is detected patients will be directed to the nearest hospital.Roche has has also undertaken to fund the school health screening and education service and the dispensary.Jorg-Michael Rupp, Roche SA’s chief executive officer, told The Star: “Phelophepa is one of Roche’s flagship global projects and it is a rewarding example of how we support socially responsible and sustainable projects.“The train is impressive not only as it is an effective service to the poorest of the rural poor, but because of its ability to uplift the whole community.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets

first_imgPacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12.last_img read more

India beat West Indies by 7 wickets in 2nd ODI

first_imgIndia produced a disciplined allround performance to notch up a convincing seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in a rain-affected second one-day International and also take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series here.Virat Kohli (81) played a stellar hand in first partnering opener Parthiv Patel (56) for 120-run second wicket stand and then withstanding the little tremor induced by the rain breaks.Chasing 241 to win, India were 100 for one in 22 overs when a sharp passing shower made the square unfit to play for 85 minutes. The rain break reduced the visitors innings to 37 overs and the target was revised to 183, implying they needed 83 runs from 90 deliveries.India achieved the target comfortably losing the wickets of Parthiv Patel (56) and Virat Kohli (81) in 33.4 overs.Earlier, India restricted West Indies to 240 for nine after skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and elected to field at the Queen’s Park Oval.Amit Mishra (4/31) and Munaf Patel (3/35) struck in the late moments to stop the runflow and trigger a collapse after the Caribbeans went off to a good start.For the hosts, Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Lendl Simmons (53) cracked individual half-centuries up the order but their middle-order crumbled, slipping from 175 for three in 34 overs to 229 for nine in 48.5 overs.(REOPENS FGN 1) Chasing the revised target, Patel left early, caught behind off a tickle, but Kohli held firm and was well supported by stand-in skipper Suresh Raina (26) who brought an early end to the innings.India were off to a poor start when left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan (3) guided a Ravi Rampaul delivery into the hands of gully fielder.advertisementBut Kohli was in his element from the very start and rarely hit the ball in the air, a contrast with Parthiv Patel who scooped and flicked in vacant places at will.Kohli completed his 2000 runs in ODI internationals with a sweep off Devendra Bishoo. It has taken him only 53 innings — the second fastest behind the joint record holder Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sourav Ganguly (52 innings each).None of the West Indian bowlers made any impression and the biggest flops were the local boys — Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo — who made little impression with either bat or ball.Patel, during his gritty knock, faced 64 balls and hit two fours and two sixes.Kohli, who hit six fours and one six in his 103-ball innings, was finally dismissed in the last ball of the 31st over when looking for a six, he ended up holing out to Pollard off Bishoo at long-off.Raina’s brief cameo of runs came off 19 balls and contained one four and a six.Earlier, leg-spinner Mishra took four for 31 with his sharply turning leg-breaks to keep West Indies down to 240 for nine after the hosts had threatened to run up a bigger total at one stage.Munaf Patel (3 for 35) too played a good supporting hand as the West Indies lost six wickets for 48 runs in the final nine overs.An entertaining 36 for Marlon Samuels and a hectic eighth wicket 31-run stand between skipper Darren Sammy (22 not out) and Ravi Rampaul (14) gave the Caribbeans some momentum but in the end the total was not enough.Earlier, openers Simmons and Kirk Edwards (25) provided the perfect platform with 57 runs by the 13th over as they feasted on some rugged fielding and wayward bowling.Edwards’ first four flicked bowler Munaf Patel’s raised hand to go to long-on fence and the next one was crashed past covers in the fourth over.Moving into his stride, Edwards smote Praveen Kumar at the other end over mid-on, hurrying Indians to bring on leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the eighth over.Simmons survived a caught behind in the 10th over after Munaf Patel overstepped the bowling crease.Mishra was impressive from the word go but Simmons was confident enough to sweep him for four.Harbhajan Singh, introduced in the 12th over, had a horrid start as he either bowled too wide or too full to go for 24 runs in his first two overs.There were two deliveries which spun past leg stump to go for wide fours and then Edwards launched into a ferocious hit straight down the ground for a six.Mishra gave Indians the first breakthrough after a sharply turning leg-break took the edge of Edwards’ bat to nestle into the gloves of Parthiv Patel.However, Simmons was unperturbed as he smacked Mishra over midwicket for a six and later dished out the same treatment to Yusuf Pathan to bring up his half century in the 25th over with the score reading 114 for one.advertisementNew man Sarwan and Simmons forged a 67-run partnership before the opener was departed in the 27th over in a rather ungainly manner when he rushed down the wicket and Patel stumped him off a wide delivery.Sarwan though had dropped anchor at the other end and once powerfully square cut Harbhajan to the fence and then deftly guided Munaf past vacant slips for four.His new partner Marlon Samuels was more aggressive as he stylishly drove Mishra to the cover fence and then pulled Yusuf behind square leg for another four.In this eventful over, he smote the next ball for a six but then was fooled by a slow wide floater to be out stumped.Sarwan then brought up his 37th ODI fifty with a boundary of Praveen Kumar but the right-handed batsman gifted his wicket away, hitting a rank full toss from Munaf Patel into the hands of the deep square leg fielder Amit Mishra.With Pollard next in line, West Indies asked for the batting powerplay at 192 for four in the 42nd overs and it turned out to be a disaster spell for them.Pollard survived three ball before his attempted sweep made him a leg-before candidate for naught. Bravo (8) stroked one in the deep as if to give catching practice to Harbhajan Singh and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh completely misjudged a googly from Mishra to be bowled.West Indies made 29 runs from the five overs of batting powerplay, losing three wickets.Skipper Sammy and Rampaul then freed their arms for some entertaining hits before Munaf ended the pyrotechnics of this pair with two wickets in his final over.Rampaul was caught in the deep and young Bishoo could only guide a rising delivery into the hands of the wicketkeeper.last_img read more