A young girl who slipped and fell while trying to get on a water slide at a leisure centre has been awarded €45,000.The girl, who was aged 5 at the time of the accident on August 4th, 2013, was at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the child was climbing steps up to a water slide when she slipped and banged her face.The court was told that the child was unaccompanied at the time of the accident and out of sight of adults.She was knocked out and bleeding heavily and was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.She received treatment for a wound to her upper lip and also lost three teeth as a result of the fall.Medical evidence was given that a scar on the girl’s upper lip has healed well and will continue to do so.Orthodontist Dr Jeremy Worth carried out treatment on the little girl in the months after her fall.He said that the child’s adult teeth have since erupted and appear to be normal.However, he warned that some of the roots of these teeth have been bent and may cause problems in later years.He said they may need future treatment and may have to be replaced.Barrister Ciara Fitzerald, instructed by Seamus Gunne, said the girl’s family were happy with the offer of €45,000.Judge John Aylmer asked to speak with the little girl and her parents in his chambers and then said he was happy to recommend the offer.He also agreed to an application for a release of €500 for a trip to Disneyland, Paris.Girl, 5, who slipped in Aura Leisure Centre awarded €45,000 was last modified: February 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aura Lesiure CentreawardCostscourtdonegalfallhospitalletterkenny
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek-Aboriginal Andrew Jackomos has announced that he is preparing to step down from his role as the first ever Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, after five monumental years. The farewell ceremony takes place tonight at the Greek Centre in Melbourne.During his tenure, Mr Jackomos has made a significant contribution in improving the lives of Aboriginal children and young people through his advocacy for the Aboriginal Children’s Forum, the Aboriginal Justice Forum and Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum.“Andrew has been tireless in his work as Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, highlighting significant issues and forging a path for improved outcomes for young people for many years to come,” Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said.“Andrew’s work will continue to benefit Aboriginal Victorians and the broader community – we thank him for his dedication and continued service to Aboriginal people.”Mr Jackomos is also responsible for the establishment of the Victorian Young People Alliance and the development of a state-wide Aboriginal Children’s Agreement which he will continue to oversee as the Special Adviser for Self-Determination, within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.He will conclude his time in his current role on January 31 but the Labor Government will continue to work towards implementing his recommendations into the child protection system’s application of the Aboriginal child placement principle and the task-force that examined circumstances of approximately 1,000 Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care.In addition to his work as Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People he has also played an important role in the implementation of the Labor Government’s Roadmap for Reform, helping to give Aboriginal people responsibility for the care and decision-making of Aboriginal children and families while he has established the Walda Blow Award to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal people in Victoria to the safety and well-being of Aboriginal children and young people.
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will work together to better understand the impact of cancer and improve care for patients. The three provinces have been awarded $1 million, over three years, from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), through Health Canada, for the project. “Atlantic Canada has many similarities, including delivery of health services, populations that are a mix of rural, remote and urban, as well as having a greater percentage of adults over the age of 65 than other provinces,” said Dr. Janice Howes, project lead and psychosocial oncology clinical lead for Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Over the next three years, we will engage clinical leaders, administrators, health care providers and patients in our respective provinces to identify, measure and treat patient distress.” Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will build on the Screening for Distress Program. It includes a patient questionnaire about psychosocial, practical and physical concerns, and a conversation with health professionals. The patient will be asked about their health in four areas: anxiety; depression; fatigue; and pain. After identifying potential problem areas, the team will develop education sessions to help patients address concerns. The Screening for Distress Program in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will expand to re-screen patients after their cancer treatment. This time has long been recognized as a period of transition and uncertainty. Newfoundland and Labrador will develop a Screening for Distress Program, which will include tracking whether patients receive the recommended treatment for distress. Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will help develop and implement the program. “Our goal is to work with health system partners, patients and families to find ways to improve the experience of patients in the cancer control system in Canada,” said Dr. Heather Bryant, vice-president of cancer control at Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “We believe Cancer Care Nova Scotia and cancer programs in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will play a crucial role in improving patient lives by engaging patients and families and aligning the needs and experiences of patients with how and where their health care is provided.” The project will focus on the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in Sydney, the Capital Health Cancer Care Program in Halifax, the Prince Edward Island Cancer Treatment Centre and satellite clinic, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cancer Care Program Eastern Health. Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health professionals in providing patients with high quality care. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a federally-funded agency, works in partnership with Canada’s cancer community to reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians.
– to assist with reducing large prison populationBy Samuel SukhnandanOne of the recommendations coming out of a study that looked at alternatives to incarceration for pre-trial detainees is for Guyana to establish a Sentencing Council. The final draft report stated that this could help to address the problems associated with the increase in the prison population here.Consultant Peter PursgloveThe report which was recently submitted to Government and was prepared by consultant Peter Pursglove under the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) of the Public Security Ministry stated that there was a lack of clear and coherent sentencing policies.Over the years, sentencing policies have been developed piecemeal and there has been no unified approach to sentencing issues among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of Government.As such, Pursglove said that there was a need for this specialised body to oversee and coordinate sentencing policy in Guyana. But to perform this function, a Sentencing Council must be established and mandated to draft sentencing guidelines.“The establishment of the Sentencing Council will address the problems inherent in the current sentencing structures, whether neither Parliament nor the judiciary acting alone is able to make comprehensive sentencing policy and manage sentencing levels and prison populations,” the report added.It was noted that where Parliament provides little or no legislative guidance on sentencing, it is sentencing judges who largely determine sentencing policy.They are directed to the Court of Appeal for guidance on sentencing. However, it was found that the usefulness of individual appellate court decisions is limited. But more importantly, when giving sentencing guidance, courts of appeal do not have the time and resources to undertake systematic research or to investigate the cost-effectiveness of the options.“A Sentencing Council with a mandate to draft sentencing guidelines can improve transparency, predictability and consistency of sentencing.It can help to address the problems of prison over-use, sentencing disparity, increase public confidence in the criminal justice system and provide a means of avoiding the politicisation of sentencing practice and policy,” it further added.Pursglove said in the final draft report that given the importance and complexity of sentencing and the magnitude of the task to be accomplished by the various agencies involved in the criminal justice system, there is a need in Guyana for a permanent and specially constituted body to oversee the entire sentencing process and ensure effective coordination of consistent sentencing policy.In providing an insight as to what may constitute a Sentencing Council to be established here, the consultant said that it would include the provision of guidance to Judges and Magistrates; the gathering and provision of information and statistics for monitoring; planning and policy development; and engaging the community by informing and consulting the public.The role of the Sentencing Council could be amplified to include collecting and disseminating sentencing information, compiling statistical data, developing sentencing guidelines and providing judicial education and training for judicial officers.It could, therefore, play a valuable role in producing accurate but readily accessible information about sentencing issues for the media and the public.“The Sentencing Council could also carry out an evaluation of the impact of both existing and proposed sentencing legislation, particularly in relation to penal resources and the cost-effectiveness of different sentencing options, including their impact on prison populations,” he added.Pursglove acknowledged in his report that the current sentencing system did little to prepare judicial officers for sentencing the offenders who appear before the courts. One deficiency pointed out in the Guyana sentencing process is the lack of adequate information and data to support sentencing divisions. And given the lack of that information, it has led to a disparity in sentencing.With the establishment of a permanent Sentencing Council, it could effectively complement the work of the Court of Appeal.The Council would be primarily responsible for the formulation, review and updating of sentencing guidelines while the Court of Appeal would be responsible for application of the guidelines. This partnership would help to balance the need for greater uniformity and equality of justice while maintaining a sufficient degree of flexibility to allow for individualisation of sentences in appropriate cases.The consultant conducted meetings with key stakeholders in order to be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Guyana’s approach to the provision of alternatives to incarceration, along with opportunities for reform and development.The study also looked at issues including juvenile detention; sentencing policy; discretion available to Judges, Magistrates, Police and Prosecutors; capacity of probation and other systems of supervision of non-custodial sanctions, including possible collaboration with civil society organisations; restorative justice; and decriminalising certain acts.