Govt Senator Calls for Consultations on Surrogacy

Story Highlights Senator Morrison said that the psychological impact on the parties involved could lead to mental health challenges, and there are ethical concerns regarding surrogacy, “in so far as it may be pursued for commercial purposes, and not for the development of a family”. She noted that conflicts may arise from transactions concerning surrogacy, which could demand that the matter be resolved in the courts. Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person(s) who is or will become the parent(s) of the child. Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, has called for consultations with relevant stakeholders aimed at crafting an appropriate policy and legislation concerning surrogacy.Surrogacy is an arrangement, often supported by a legal agreement, whereby a woman (the surrogate) agrees to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another person(s) who is or will become the parent(s) of the child.Senator Morrison, who moved a private members’ motion in the Senate on July 26, noted that Jamaica has not yet developed the technical and legal framework to govern surrogacy.She said surrogacy is being practised and marketed in the country, and a number of persons are becoming increasingly interested in pursuing this option for raising families.She noted that conflicts may arise from transactions concerning surrogacy, which could demand that the matter be resolved in the courts.Senator Morrison said that the psychological impact on the parties involved could lead to mental health challenges, and there are ethical concerns regarding surrogacy, “in so far as it may be pursued for commercial purposes, and not for the development of a family”. read more

Young Persons at South Camp Juvenile Centre Complete Empowerment Programme

There was also art and craft at the South Camp centre, where wards expressed themselves through creative works, such as tie and dye, beaded jewellery, painting of murals and bottle décor, as well as speech and performances. As part of their rehabilitation process, young persons at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre in Kingston have completed a six-week summer empowerment programme. Story Highlights The initiative, which was spearheaded through the ‘We Transform’ Programme, involved sessions facilitated by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and activities at the recent children’s expo, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre. As part of their rehabilitation process, young persons at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre in Kingston have completed a six-week summer empowerment programme.The initiative, which was spearheaded through the ‘We Transform’ Programme, involved sessions facilitated by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) and activities at the recent children’s expo, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.There was also art and craft at the South Camp centre, where wards expressed themselves through creative works, such as tie and dye, beaded jewellery, painting of murals and bottle décor, as well as speech and performances.Speaking at the closing ceremony yesterday (August 27) at the institution, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, said all the sessions were about “transformation”.“It is about changing, revitalising ourselves, having hope, and looking for a new day. No matter what your circumstances, it doesn’t have to be what it is now; it is always about changing for the better,” the Permanent Secretary told the audience.Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Gary Rowe, said he is “encouraged” by the creative works done by the wards, and underscored that a great deal of the country’s future “is in your hands as the next generation of creative thinkers”.While lauding the various partners and personnel from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for making the programme a success, he encouraged the youth to “keep your eyes on what is your vision, what you want to become, and at the same time, enjoy what you do”.Meanwhile, Superintendent in charge of the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre, Maulette White, highlighted that a 2014 study conducted by the United States (US)-based research group, RAND Corporation, indicated that juveniles who participate in rehabilitation are 43 per cent less likely to return to wrongdoing.“We appreciate all that has been done for the wards, and anticipate even greater support in the future as we work together to transform the youth in our care,” she said. read more

List Of Probate And Divorce Cases To Be Cleared By End Of

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is projecting that the list of probate and divorce cases in the court system will be cleared up by the end of 2019. Story Highlights He made the disclosure while speaking on Saturday (September 28) at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James. Mr. Chuck noted that measures implemented by the Ministry to clear the backlog, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of probates and divorce cases, with reports of matters being disposed of within six months. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is projecting that the list of probate and divorce cases in the court system will be cleared up by the end of 2019.He made the disclosure while speaking on Saturday (September 28) at a training seminar for judges and lay magistrates, at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James.Mr. Chuck noted that measures implemented by the Ministry to clear the backlog, have resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of probates and divorce cases, with reports of matters being disposed of within six months.“Only recently, I have heard from a number of attorneys that they are getting probates done within three months. Now this is revolutionary because probates were taking two years and five years. The Chief Justice (Bryan Sykes) intimated that probates and divorces, which used to take two years, are now being done within six months,” he informed.The Justice Minister also informed of improvements in the completion rate of criminal cases brought before courts, since the start of this year.He pointed to the Chief Justice’s comments that the judicial system needs to clear 130 cases per 100 to fully address the backlog.“For the first quarter of this year, for every 100 cases that came in, 103 cases were completed and in the second quarter April to June. for every 100 cases that came in, 108 cases were done. What we are looking for by the end of the year [is] that for every 100 cases, we [clear] over 130 cases,” he informed.Minister Chuck also stated the need to use plea bargaining, to further reduce the backlog of cases.“What we want to do is to use moral suasion to see if we can get the cases completed on time. So the Chief Justice hopes that within a short period of time, court cases can be completed within 24 months, but if they are not completed within 24 months, hopefully 36 months. For that to happen, it has to be attacked from all angles. First, persons who are guilty must feel to accept their responsibility and go and beg for mercy,” he stated.Meanwhile, Minister Chuck commended the organisers of the training initiative, stating that “any measure to improve the professional competence of lay magistrates is a bold step in the right direction”.“I want an army of competent and committed Lay Magistrates who will play a pivotal role in the reform of the justice sector,” he stated.For her part, High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to supporting justice reform in Jamaica.She said the training session represents a model approach used in Canada and provides an opportunity for “everyone to experience new methods of learning and to assess and improve their own approaches and professional practice”.The three-day training session was organised by the Justice Training Institute, Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) and the National Integrity Action (NIA).It was held under the theme, Learning through shared experience: A model approach to empowering Lay Magistrates as adjudicators.It forms part of a strategic partnership between the Governments of Jamaica and Canada to develop and improve the nation’s justice sector. read more

Lewisham fire Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze in 20storey apartment building in

Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze in a 20-storey apartment block in Lewisham in south London early on Thursday.Around 150 people left the building in Elmira Street as eight fire engines were called to the fire on the 13th floor of the block at 4.14am.Almost two hours later, the London Fire Brigade said the blaze, which had broken out on the balcony of the flat, was under control. The London Fire Brigade said a sprinkler system was activated and suppressed the fire, as 16 999 calls were made about the blaze.Nearly 60 firefighters attended the scene and the cause of the fire was being investigated.Crews from Lee Green, Deptford, New Cross, Forest Hill and Lewisham were among those that tackled the fire, the London Fire Brigade said. “Woken up by the sound of London Fire Brigade trucks,” said one witness on Twitter. “There is a nasty fire in a new build, Roma Corte, in #Lewisham. People have evacuated to nearby Cormill Gardens. Get out if you haven’t. Hope everyone is safe! ” Fire in #RomaCorte building #Lewisham and no fire alarm was set off. Instead get woken up to the sound of people screaming there was a fire. Horrible! pic.twitter.com/IUi5VNb7FC— Yusif Ali (@yusif0ali) June 14, 2018 The fire happened on the one-year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that killed 71 people.  Tower on fire at Lewisham 😩 #fire #lewisham #romacorte #london pic.twitter.com/blytNWiV87— Gasp (@Lunacyfer) June 14, 2018 Ambulance crews and police also attended the scene.Pictures from the scene posted by the London Ambulance Service showed a number of emergency vehicles outside the block. The fire on the 13th floor of a building in LewishamCredit:@yusif0ali/PA The fire on the 13th floor of a building in Lewisham The A20 Loampit Vale was closed between Jerrard St and Molesworth St as they tackled the fire.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more