Aspiring attorney loses law schools’ challenge at CCJ

first_imgThe legal challenge alleging that the Law Schools’ admissions process discriminates against holders of non-University of the West Indies (UWI) law degrees was dismissed on Friday in a judgement delivered at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).The Council of Legal Education was established in 1971 by the Agreement Establishing the Council of Legal Education and operates three law schools in the Region – the Norman Manley Law School, the Hugh Wooding Law School and the Eugene Dupuch Law School.These law schools award a Legal Education Certificate and the Agreement provides that no person can be admitted in the signatory countries to practice asJason Jonesan Attorney who does not hold this certificate.However in July 2018, Jason Jones filed an application for special leave against the Council of Legal Education (CLE), the Council for Social and Human Development (COHSOD), and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).Jones, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London, a Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law, and a Graduate Diploma in Law. In 2015 and 2016 he, sat the law schools’ entrance examinations but was unsuccessful on both attempts. He paid the requisite fees for the examination in 2017 but did not sit the exam, as he stated that he was “too disenchanted and discouraged with the entire process”.Jones contended that the proposed defendants have infringed, and continue to infringe, his rights and benefits under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which speaks to the free movement of skilled nationals and acceptance of qualification among member states, because, without a Legal Education Certificate, he is not entitled to practice law in the region.In its decision on Friday, the CCJ considered the objection raised that the Court had no jurisdiction over the CLE. It noted that the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, which was made in 2001, after the Agreement establishing the Council, makes no mention of the CLE or the Agreement.Furthermore, the Court noted that the CLE was not a principal organ of the Community and that it did not even enjoy the status of an institution or associated institution of the Community and as such proceedings could not be commenced against the CLE as an institution of Community.In view of these considerations, the Court dismissed the present application for special leave but left it open for the applicant to decide whether, and how, to seek the redress he claims.last_img read more

Lead SA’s #Changemakers encourages teamwork

first_imgAt the first Lead SA #ChangeMakers Conference, held in Johannesburg, leaders in business and community projects spoke about how they had made a success with their initiatives. The Lead SA Heroes were also announced. Stafford Masie, an entrepreneur, was one of the speakers at the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Conference. His message was about humanity being more important than technology. (Image: Melissa Javan) • South African feminist a global voice for women • Mentors dared to be different • New push for careers in science and innovation • Social enterprises set up to change lives • Grootboom tells tales of Khoi-San through recycled material and artwork Melissa JavanConsidering others and working together would help to change South Africa positively; this was one the messages to come out of the first annual national #ChangeMakers Conference, held at the University of Johannesburg on 15 August.About 1 000 people from non-profit organisations and youth groups as well as business leaders attended the event, which was organised by Lead SA. It featured several speakers from business and social initiatives.Lead SA was started by media groups Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers in August 2010. It aims to boost nation-building and encourage South Africans to make a positive impact on society. This campaign calls on South Africans to keep a sense of goodwill alive in their communities and become leaders for change.The heroesProvincial Lead SA Heroes (winners) were also announced at the #ChangeMakers Conference. Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, was named the Lead SA National Hero of the Year. Jenna Lowe of Get Me to 21 was posthumously named the Lead SA National Youth Hero of the Year. Both of them are from the Western Cape.Parker founded Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) in the Cape Flats community of Athlone, Cape Town, with the aim of “reconstructing communities through innovation”.Among RLabs’ numerous activities are the Reconstructed project, which works to rehabilitate former gangsters and drug users through mentoring and training; Mom 2.0, which teaches women how to use computers and social media tools such as Gmail and Facebook; and the Seniors Mobile Session, which teaches the elderly how to use their mobile phones efficiently.Lowe was diagnosed with a life-threatening lung disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) when she was 17 years old. She needed a new set of lungs, and set up an initiative to help people in need of organ transplants. In her video, You are invited to Jenna’s 21st birthday party, she said that she was already planning her 21st party.She invited everyone who watched the video. To join her party, individuals had to sign up to be organ donors. More than 5 300 people have signed up as donors on Lowe’s blog. The 20-year-old died in June this year.Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder and chairman of humanitarian group Gift of the Givers, was honoured with the Lead SA Inaugural #Leadership Award. Jenna Lowe’s parents, Gabi and Stuart Lowe (far right on photo), accepted the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Youth Hero of the Year Award on their daughter’s behalf. They are with representatives of RLabs, Brent Williams and Conrad Petersen. RLabs won the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Hero of the Year Award. (Image: Melissa Javan)Defining #ChangeMakersTerry Volkwyn, the chief executive of Primedia Broadcasting and the founder of Lead SA, defined a changemaker as an individual, organisation or group that used their time and resources to make a positive change. “They are fearless, persistent… They don’t lie down. They stand up and try again and again.”She encouraged people to let their voices be heard.Another speaker, Ella Bella, a representative of Miss Earth SA and founder of the organisation Generation Earth, said networking and engaging with others towards the same goals, was key. “Collaborate with what is existing. Funding comes in when there is affiliating with people.”She encouraged individuals to join the revolution to consider people and the planet. “Every generation has something to fight for. In our generation, our home [planet] is what we are fighting for.”Stafford Masie, a South African technology entrepreneur and founder of Thumbzup, spoke about how technology was continually changing. He explained how technology products became outdated and lost their value when a new product replaced it.Thumbzup sells products such as payment devices for entrepreneurs.“Forget technology, it’s going away and it moves quickly,” he said. “For leadership in business, it is important to know that as much as it is about technology, it’s more about humanity.”Understanding humans, Masie stressed, was more important than understanding technology.Watch former Lead SA Heroes talk about their experiences:last_img read more

Football: India out of Olympic race after draw with Qatar

first_imgIndian football team paid the price for wasting a crucial penalty as they could manage only a 1-1 draw against much fancied Qatar and crashed out of the Olympic qualifiers in Pune on Thursday.India went into the second leg of the qualifiers needing a 2-0 win to make it to the final round having lost 1-3 in Doha in the first leg and Lalrindika Ralte’s miss from the spot kick in the 19th minute proved costly for Desmond Bulpin’s U-23 boys.Considering this, it’s high time Indian football gets some foreign help.The home side went ahead in the 53rd minute with Qatar conceding an own goal and had it been 2-0 at that stage, India could have tried defending the scoreline.In the end, however, Qatar went through to the final round on 4-2 aggregate.Qatar did not have the kind of upper-hand they had enjoyed at home on June 19. This was mainly due to delay in their arrival as they didn’t get requisite clearance earlier to land their chartered flight at the Pune airport.Although Qatar looked slightly better in the first half, it was difficult to separate the two sides in the second session with India getting a few opportunities.Despite failing to advance to the final round, Desmond Bulpin’s boys will end their campaign with their heads held high. Bulpin began with the same XI that played in Doha and the 5000-strong crowd at the Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium at Balewadi were on their feet when India were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute after Jeje Lalpekhlua’s shot was handled by Murad Naji.advertisementHowever, Lalrindika’s low left- footer was brilliantly saved by Qatar goalkeeper Al Sheeb to the stunned silence of the home fans.Al Sheeb, however, turned villain in the 53rd minute when his costly mistake helped India gain lead.Khaled Muftah sent in a back pass from the right flank but Al sheeb let the innocuous ball slip with Jibon Singh charging at him.Sensing the chance of making it to the final round with another goal, India pressed hard and Jeje should have done the job for India in the 73rd minute but he disappointed the sizeable crowd.Jeje, who had scored the lone goal for India in their 1- 3 loss in the first leg, was all alone inside Qatar box but his feeble angular left-footer went straight to the goalkeeper.As if India were penalised for Jeje’s mistake, Qatar equalised in the next minute (74th) to seal their place in the final round.Following a throw- in from the right flank, Fadhl Omar sent a perfect floater for Mohamed Salah Elnee on the left and the latter, who was left free inside the box by Abhishek Das, sent the ball past goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani with a first time shot that crashed into the net.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more