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launches in PoS today
The Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) has
dubbed today We Friday as it officially launches
the International Soca Monarch 2017.
The CPF is calling on communities across the
nation to come out to the Brian Lara Promenade to
launch the competition in fine style.
Attendees can look forward to live performances
from some of soca's biggest names as well as give-
Partnering with Guardian Media, the CPF has an
entire day of activity planned with the CNC3 Morn-
ing Brew being hosted live on the promenade from
This will be followed by live television and radio
broadcasts with the stars of Guardian Media.
As the Promenade bustles with activity and the
vibrancy of everything soca, Slam 100.5FM will host
live broadcasts from 9am to 4pm with activity from
The official launch, which kicks off at 6 pm, will be
broadcast live on Vibe CT 105FM from 4 pm to 9 pm.
The International Soca Monarch, under the mar-
quee Fantastic Friday is the culmination of Carnival's
Now in its 25th year, the competition celebrates the
great musical works indigenous to the Caribbean and
is a platform for career propulsion for many artistes
in the industry.
Full contest details can be found at www.interna-
CCJ introduces electronic court management
President of the Caribbean Court of
Justice (CCJ Sir Dennis Byron, has been
a fervent advocate for greater use of tech-
nology within regional judiciaries.
This month, the drive was enhanced by
the implementation of a bespoke electronic
court management software suite called Curia
which includes an electronic filing platform,
also referred to as e-Filing.
The court issued a practice direction which
took effect on January 10 when the Court term
opened for 2017.
"Technological solutions will enable the
CCJ, and courts in the region, to be more ef-
ficient and responsive. At the CCJ this process
started some time ago when it introduced fil-
ing by email in 2013. The transition to e-Filing,
which the new court management software
facilitates, is a logical progression that al-
lows litigants to file documents online and
therefore enhances access to the Court and
ultimately enables greater access to justice."
the CCJ president said.
Sir Dennis noted that, since inception,
technology has been successfully integrated
into the operations of the CCJ.
The court management software currently
has three modules called Folio, Attaché, and
Sightlines. Folio is the name for the electronic
filing platform which registered participants
can access using the court's website, www.
Attaché is a case management system that
allows the CCJ to manage court matters from
the time an attorney files a case to the delivery
The system also offers a performance man-
agement toolkit for judges and administrators
of the Court, called Sightlines, which pro-
vides access to data and reports which will
make administration more transparent and
The new court management software suite
was designed by Courtechs, a technology
company with offices in the United States
and the Caribbean, that specialises in services
for the legal services sector and the judiciary.
This new development is part of the CCJ's
mandate to strengthen, and accelerate, re-
gional judicial development.
The CCJ president showcased the software
at the 4th Biennial Conference of the Carib-
bean Academy for Law and Court Adminis-
tration (CALCA) in St Maarten last October to
the Caribbean legal profession and judiciary.
He said: "The CCJ regards technology as a
vital tool for enhancing and increasing effi-
ciency, for measuring performance and gen-
erally for fulfilling the mandate of the Court.
'By embracing modern technology, courts
can become more efficient and effective in
producing just and fair resolution of disputes.
This will lead to increased public trust and
confidence in the judicial system.
'This, in turn, will hasten the reduction of
lawlessness and increased innovation, both
of which can contribute to economic devel-
opment and social stability in the region."
Insurance coming for
BELIZE CITY---The Caribbean Regional Fisheries
Mechanism (CRFM) said the Caribbean Ocean
Assets Sustainability Facility (COAST) insurance
scheme will "offer an opportunity for countries to
buy insurance to help protect their fisheries sector,
and hence their food security, from severe weather
while promoting resilience to a changing climate
and encouraging the conservation of marine en-
vironments," a report on Caribbean 360 said yes-
According to Julia Duncan, who serves in the Secre-
tary of State's Office of Global Food Security, COAST will
provide 180,000 fisherfolk and associated industries in
the Caribbean access to insurance for losses from severe
She said Jamaica had already expressed interest in
COAST, which is also supported in principle by the Coun-
cil for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA) Ministerial group,
and the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations
(CNFO), in addition to the CRFM.
The COAST initiative is being implemented within the
context of the Caribbean Community Common Fisher-
ies Policy (CCCFP), which provides a useful framework
for considering the requirements for country-led, cli-
mate-smart food security strategies in the fisheries sector.
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