Story Highlights The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict. He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4). This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III. The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) and Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III are partnering to implement a community mediation project that will provide free sessions to persons in conflict.This was disclosed by the DRF’s Content Delivery Leader, Paul Hines, who said the Foundation is aiming to host at least one session per month in each of the 50 communities served by CSJP III.Additionally, he said the DRF is in discussion with churches and other institutions to identify suitable venues for these fora.He was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston on Friday (May 4).Mr. Hines said the project’s first phase commenced in January and included stakeholder sensitisation sessions with officers of the courts, the police, representatives of the churches and politicians, among other key interests.Other phases of the project will include the training of additional resource persons and a media campaign launch.In addition to providing funding for the project, the CSJP III also has a dual-referral relationship with the DRF.This facilitates persons being referred from CSJP programmes for mediation, as well as DRF referrals for individuals in need of support, particularly from CSJP’s Psychological Services Unit.Mr. Hines noted that stakeholder feedback has, so far, been positive, with persons welcoming the partnership to resolve conflicts, thereby reducing the case load before the courts and matters for police investigation.“People disagree about things all the time; what we tend to see, however, is an escalation of those conflicts. But we have been offering mediation and sensitising persons about finding a way to engage when there is a conflict. That engagement helps them to find a way to talk it out, through the opportunity to work with a trained certified mediator,” he said.Mr. Hines further pointed out that “when we invite persons to mediation, we want them to be in a space that they regard as safe (and which) we can (assure will) guarantee them confidentiality.”“It’s amazing what can happen when people engage in mediation and what the results can be. It promotes respect, (and) it builds and repairs relationships,” he added.Associate Clinical Psychologist with CSJP III, Chaday Nelson indicated that “we are (partnering on) this project because we see how it fits in with our overall vision and mandate to, not only build (the) capacity of communities to deal with conflicts, but to present other opportunities for community members to resolve issues.”
zoom Oslo-based bulk ship operator Belships returned to black during the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.The company said that its net result for the period reached USD 6.4 million, against USD ‐14.6 million reported in 2016 which was affected by impairment of the fleet of USD 13.8 million. Impairment reversal in 2017 amounted to USD 2.5 million.Operating income during the year increased to USD 27.3 million from USD 25.4 million seen in 2016.Belships’ net result for the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 3.2 million, up from USD 1.7 million reported a year earlier, while its operating income reached USD 7.6 million, compared to USD 6.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The figure for fourth quarter includes impairment reversal of USD 2 million.Following year end, the company expanded its fleet as it took delivery of M/S Belnippon on January 24, 2018. The ship, which was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding, has been fixed on time charter to Cargill for 10‐13 months at USD 11,500/day.The company operates six Supramax/Ultramax vessels, of which M/S Belstar, M/S Belnor and M/S Belisland have continued the long‐term contracts to Canpotex of Canada, while M/S Belforest and M/S Belocean are both on time charter to Cargill.Belships has one 63,000 dwt eco‐design Ultramax bulk carrier remaining on order with Imabari Shipbuilding. The newbuilding has a long‐term time charter agreement including purchase option for delivery within the first half of 2020.Belships’ vessels are fully covered until October 2018 when M/S Belocean becomes open, followed by M/S Belforest in November and M/S Belnippon in January 2019.The company said that it is well positioned for a dry bulk market that “we believe will be strengthening in 2018‐19.”
On November 11th, 2016 Veterans Day – Veterans 360 will launch a national campaign to change the narrative that surrounds today’s young veterans from one of negativity and despondency to one that begins with positive community engagement.Ron Perlman Sons of Anarchy Star embraces the Carry the Challenge ONE campaignVeterans 360 and the Carry the Challenge – ONE (CTC-ONE) campaign is designed to bring community back to veterans through a series of singular positive interactions. No stigma, interrogation or judgement, just a simple reminder that community still cares and is here to help.Prior to the launch of CTC-ONE, Veterans 360 has been asking celebrities and athletes if they will accept the challenge to “manage one positive act for a young veteran and to challenge others to do the same.” The response has been very positive with NFL, MMA, musicians, TV and movie celebrities all gladly accepting the challenge. Star of the big screen and TV Ron Perlman (our young vets will know him from Sons of Anarchy) got the challenge very quickly. “Yeah, perfect. Veterans collect two things – pens and challenge coins. This is such a cool way to reconnect community to our young vets and to begin a positive dialogue with them for a change – I’m In.”The CTC-ONE campaign has a goal to distribute 100,000 coins (there are over 2.6M Post 9/11 veterans) to those who accept the challenge and to the veterans they engage. The CTC-ONE coin can also be used to build community within large corporations and associations as we challenge employees, peers, friends and family. Patriots can help this campaign go viral by accepting the challenge and by posting a short video on their social media pages and the Veterans 360 / CTC pages using the hash tag # CTCONE.Veterans 360 Founder & Executive Director Rick Collins notes: “If just ONE veteran takes that coin (a coin they received through a positive interaction) and reaches out before doing something drastic then this campaign will have been worthwhile.”If you want to interview any members of the Vets 360/CTC team, please call 858.256.4006 or email Info@CarrytheChallenge.org. For more information visit www.CarrytheChallenge.org.Veterans 360 Inc. is a San Diego based veteran centric 501C3 # 45-3713823 and a Guidestar Gold Partner. Veterans 360 has been actively supporting young veterans for 6 years.