Former T&T attorney general wants death penalty implemented

first_imgFormer Trinidad and Tobago attorney general Ramesh Lawrence MaharajPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the government to ensure that the death penalty is carried out here, saying he could not understand why the problem of crime cannot be solved or reduced in Trinidad and Tobago.“I could not understand why it is that the government is spending all this money on the Ministry of National Security but the country cannot be safe.“It needs a situation in which the criminal must know that if he does the crime he or she will be detected, will be convicted and will be sentenced and the death penalty will be carried out,” he said.‘The last time the death penalty was carried out in Trinidad and Tobago, was in 1999 when Maharaj served as attorney general in the Basdeo Panday administration.Dole Chadee and members of his criminal gang were hanged over four days in June and July for the murder of one of their alleged associates and his family.On July 28, 1999, Anthony Briggs and Wenceslaus James were hanged.Trinidad and Tobago is among 13 Caribbean countries that retain the death penalty and it is estimated that between 59 and 80 prisoners are currently on death row in eight Caribbean countries.Since the 1993 Pratt and Morgan ruling by the London-based Privy Council, which is still the final court for several Caribbean countries despite the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in 2001, the death penalty cannot be carried out if the prisoner has been under sentence of death for more than five years. In those cases the sentence is automatically commuted to life imprisonment.In February 2011, the then People’s Partnership government sought to table legislation that would have allowed for the resumption of hangings, but the “Hanging Bill” as it was then termed, was defeated after the then government failed to get the required support from the opposition to amend the constitution.Maharaj, speaking at the annual meeting of the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU), said the country does not need more laws to solve the crime problem.“It may help, we have the laws, what we need is implementation and we need a passion,” he added.So far this year more than 250 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. 25 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Former T&T attorney general wants death penalty implemented by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 27, 2016 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

New 40 GHz Termination Family with Zero Outgassing Emissions

first_imgXMA Corporation has released a series of high frequency terminations that with zero outgassing features. This series of termination operates at frequencies up to 40 GHz. These terminations meet ASTM Method E 595 Total Mass Loss and Collected Volatile Condensable Material (CVCM) standards.Under a controlled temperature and humidity environment, the assemblies showed a CVCM value of 0.08%, far lower than the recommended screening CVCM standard of 0.10% by ASTM E 595. Such low TML and CVCM is rare in the RF industry. XMA is able to achieve such positive results by selecting key materials and setting manufacturing standards that closely align with their AS9100 Quality Standards.The applications using RF millimeter waves in the 40 GHz & 50 GHz frequency bands has been increasing, specifically in the space and science communities. The recent low CVCM success from XMA now makes them a manufacturing partner for companies that are looking to build products that surpass the ASTM standards, thereby, reducing risk in key applications.XMA Corporation is located in Manchester NH and hosting a direct alliance with XMA Asia located in Tianjin China, provides high quality precision parts for the communications, Aerospace, Medical, Automotive and Defense industry.last_img read more

Tickets for Anthony Joshua vs Ruiz Jr only 75 per cent sold with just over 11,000 fans expected at Saudi Arabia arena

first_img Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Amazing movies best funny animals Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Beforecenter_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan TICKETS for Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr has thought to have only sold around 75 per cent, with just over 11,000 fans expected at the arena in Saudi Arabia.The two heavyweight giants step back into the ring on December 7 in a Diriyah showdown dubbed the Clash on the Dunes.Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr has not sold out yetPA:Press AssociationThe Brit could become a regular visitor to Saudi Arabia for fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson FuryPA:Press AssociationAJ, who lost his four title belts to the American-born Mexican in an extraordinary bout back in June, landed in the Arab country on Sunday.And the Brit has already visited the stunning newly built 15,000 desert stadium in Diriyah with work only beginning less than two months ago.The clash is taking place 3,900 miles away from Joshua’s London base, meaning fans have been forced to splash out as much as £15,000 to watch the Olympic Gold Medallist in action.Yet according to the Times, about 4,000 Britons are expected to flood the outskirts of Riyadh with 75 per cent of the tickets for the 15,000-seat arena sold.Despite that, Eddie Hearn has claimed AJ could fight both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia if he reclaims the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.He said: “You’re going to be regularly coming out here for boxing. They want to make Saudi the home of boxing.“That’s their plan and I know the fights they are looking at for next year. Since we’ve done this deal, everybody’s been on it. “I believe Wilder and Tyson Fury had discussions about having their rematch here. But the one they really want is AJ against Wilder.” SunSport reported how AJ could bank a staggering £66m from Saturday’s scrap, with the champ Ruiz Jr pocketing £10m.And Hearn believes the main event could smash the UK pay-per-view record.This is currently held by Joshua’s 11th-round stoppage win against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2017, amassing 1.5m PPVs. Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4last_img read more

Vision to reality

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Soldier serving still

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Cuppas count

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Drink driver disqualified, fined

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British stars Khan and Brook in talks about bout

first_imgWe are young MOST READ Kell Brook and Amir Khan. AFP FILE PHOTOSBritish boxing stars Kell Brook and Amir Khan ‘are in talks’ to fight each other in May 2017, according to IBF welterweight world champion Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn.Both pugilists experienced chastening defeats when they stepped up a weight division to middleweight — Brook’s bout with the outstanding Kazakh Gennady Golovkin being halted in the fifth round and Khan going one round further with Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Khan and Brook, both of whom are 30-years-old, said they would not make that mistake again and reverted to welterweight — though it is not known whether Brook’s world title would be at stake. “There’s a good chance of it (the bout) happening,” Hearn told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Amir wants it to happen, so does Kell. We want to put a fight on for the fans.“Kell has proved himself. He beat Shawn Porter and had a good fight with Golovkin. The time is right,” added Hearn.center_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Certainly both fighters suggested they were enthusiastic to fight each other — Hearn suggested it could take place in Manchester in ‘Manchester Arena or Old Trafford’ — judging by their tweets on Wednesday.“The 1st man to smash kell brooks face @GGGBoxing (Gennady Golovkin), standing with him (a photograph of Golovkin and Khan) is the next guy to smash Kell Brook’s face,” tweeted Khan, who earlier this year said Brook wasn’t of high enough stature for him to fight.Brook responded in kind.“Glad you’ve woken up from your last KO, I believe our teams are talking. Look forward to sending you back to sleep #Queen Kardashion zZzZzZ,” tweeted Brook.ADVERTISEMENT Retirement ‘could happen’ in 2017, says Nowitzki Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Louis Maqhubela’s art comes home

first_imgLouis Maqhubela, Composition, 1972. Oil on paper. 51.7 x 58.7 cm. Collection: Johannesburg Art Gallery (Image: The Heritage Agency)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600 RELATED ARTICLES • House firing up Swazi art scene • South African art • Beautiful Game caught on canvas • Art for all at Joburg art fair• Top price for Tretchi paintingChris ThurmanIf, as the Biblical saying has it, a prophet is never recognised in his own country, then it seems the same is true of artists living in exile. Many South African writers, actors, musicians and visual artists who left the country to escape the constraints of apartheid were acclaimed in their adopted countries but were largely forgotten at home.This, certainly, seems to have been the case with Durban-born Louis Khehla Maqhubela. Resident in London since the 1970s, Maqhubela has only occasionally had his work prominently exhibited in the land of his birth; consequently, its significance in both the development of so-called township art and what might be termed modernist abstraction in South African art has rarely been acknowledged.All that is changing thanks to A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective exhibition covering Maqhubela’s career over the course of half a century. In her catalogue essay and the material accompanying the exhibition, curator Marilyn Martin – director of art collections for Iziko Museums of Cape Town – situates the artist’s output within a fascinating biographical narrative.While still a teenager at a Soweto high school, Maqhubela attracted attention for his experiments with watercolour and oil paints, charcoal and ink.In the late 1950s, he enrolled as a student at the Polly Street Art Centre in central Johannesburg – a vitally important establishment in South African art history where, under the mentorship of Cecil Skotnes and others, talented young black artists mastered their technique and were given a platform for promoting their work.Maqhubela – who contributed to the Homage to Skotnes portfolio paying tribute to this elder statesman of South African art after he died in 2009 – has described Polly Street as “our magical password, our ID, to break into the exclusive echelons of the Johannesburg art scene”.Once he was part of that scene, Maqhubela was identified by various reviewers as “an artist of great imaginative strength” who demonstrated “a boldness and control of composition”. At that stage, his paintings were predominantly depictions of everyday life in what was then becoming a generic setting, the black township created by racial segregation.This form of township art has become somewhat denigrated by critics who see it as a formulaic and clichéd theme among many black South African artists. Martin is one of those who affirms the limitations of the genre, and she places greater value on the work that Maqhubela would subsequently produce.Nonetheless, visitors to the exhibition should not gloss over the early pieces. For one thing, township art from the 1950s and 60s valuably documents certain details from this period that might otherwise fall away from our collective memory. Maqhubela’s 1961 watercolour One Bottle One Orange is good example.There are also striking images such as the haunting charcoal drawing Little black boy lost in a white wood, and photographs of the mosaics that Maqhubela produced for various public spaces in Soweto.Turning pointThe years 1966 and 1967 marked a turning point in Maqhubela’s career: he was awarded first prize in the annual competition hosted by Johannesburg’s Adler Fielding Gallery and spent three months in Europe. During this trip he encountered the work of Paul Klee and other European artists, who would prove to have a strong influence on him; he also met South African expatriate artists such as Gerard Sekoto and Douglas Portway.Martin notices an immediate shift in Maqhubela’s style upon his return to the country: paintings such as A Township Scene and Houses and Fences from 1968 veer away from mimetic representation. Maqhubela would increasingly focus on the inherent aesthetic appeal of colour, line, shape and form – abstraction as opposed to realism.Of course, there are numerous pieces pre-dating the trip to Europe that indicate the artist’s fascination with geometry and fragmentation: his portraits Labourers, Wood Collectors and Man and Dog, for instance, along with the prize-winning work itself, Peter’s Denial. One could argue that his European experiences did not so much change his style as confirm an already-existing, albeit latent, inclination.Confident artistIn the 1970s Maqhubela produced a steady stream of untitled compositions in which he dabbled with combinations of shapes, colours and textures overscored by long, unbroken, shaky black lines that sometimes do and sometimes do not trace the outlines of identifiable figures. From the 1980s onwards, there is evidence of brighter and bolder brushwork – a confident abstract artist making the most of his palette.It would not, however, be fair to say that Maqhubela’s abstract work is simply a revelling in aesthetic delight. His paintings and etchings give expression to a complex symbolic universe. The recurrent images of birds and fish seem to be allusions to Christian metaphors for aspects of religious faith.Maqhubela has, from a young age, been a disciple of Rosicrucianism, that somewhat obscure but potent enquiry into esoteric knowledge and enlightenment. As such, his triangles and circles are not simply geometric forms but sacred images, manifestations of “beautiful, simple, universal laws”.While Maqhubela recalls that “abstract art by a black practitioner was a declaration of war against being stereotyped”, he is also insistent that abstraction is not a mode of expression exclusive to European modernism – far from it.“Abstraction has, for centuries, always been Africa’s premier form of expression,” he declares. Looking at recent works such as Ndebele Gate, Shield, Inyoka (isiZulu, meaning “snake”) and the Isiqhaza series (designs for Zulu round earrings), it’s hard to disagree with him.These resonances help to elucidate the title of the exhibition. Maqhubela feels that, even though he has lived abroad – in Spain and then England – since 1973, his imagination continues to be fired by South African cultural traditions and current affairs alike. He has been “keeping a vigil” for his homeland. Now, thanks to Martin and others, South African art lovers are able to return the favour.A Vigil of Departure showed at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg until 18 September and will be on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town from October before moving to the Durban Art Gallery in February 2011. read more

Scandals Continue Casting Spotlight on Sexual Harassment

first_imgCBS Chief Les Moonves has become the latest high-profile executive accused of harassment in the #MeToo era and surely won’t be the last. Six women have accused him of sexual harassment or misconduct from the 1980s to the 2000s. But give Late Show host Stephen Colbert credit for taking time during an opening monologue to address the controversy surrounding Moonves, the man who hired him, head on.“Everybody believes in accountability until it’s their guy, and make no mistake Les Moonves is my guy. He stood behind this show while we were struggling to find our voice, and I like working for him” said Colbert. “But accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody—whether it’s the leader of a network or the leader of the free world.”It was fitting that Colbert used his powerful pulpit to make a statement because sexual harassment is so often about power—who has it and who doesn’t. And it would be hard to find someone more powerful in the media industry than Moonves.But as Philadelphia employment attorney Jonathan Segal noted on our most recent XpertHR podcast, “Sexual Harassment 2.0, Now What?,” power doesn’t just start at the top. “If you’re a $10-an-hour person who works in a hotel and the $12-an-hour employee comes onto you, he has Harvey Weinstein-like power [over that person],” said Segal.Weinstein was the low-hanging fruit that launched the #MeToo movement, a bully and serial predator whose alleged conduct went way beyond the pale. And it remains to be seen where the independent investigation will go surrounding Moonves, a more well-liked executive with a record of promoting women but who nonetheless faces serious claims of forcible kissing, unwanted advances and retaliation.But most cases don’t rise to this level of publicity. And still more fall into an area where there are shades of gray, especially when the harassment claims may have arisen out of a workplace relationship gone bad. Segal also points to hugs in the office as another example.So what role can HR play in investigating sexual harassment claims? In cases against high-level executives, the best course is an outside investigation. But in many other situations, Segal said, HR can be a valuable resource in taking action despite some of the criticism the profession has received. According to Segal, leadership teams need to show that they value HR and that it plays a critical role in decision-making.So long as HR is empowered, he said, then employees will have more confidence in its ability to solve problems, including those involving sexual harassment.“You don’t read about the hundreds of cases where the problems have gone away because HR took appropriate corrective action,” noted Segal. “But no one calls the New York Times and says, ‘HR did a great job.’ And HR often does do a great job.”For more of Segal’s insights on sexual harassment in the workplace and what employers need to know, listen in to the latest XpertHR podcast.Originally posted on XpertHR blog.last_img read more