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Family Law Reform: Protecting Families in the OECS

first_imgLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Family Law Reform: Protecting Families in the OECS by: – March 17, 2020 Share Share 49 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (OECS) The rights of women, children and families in the OECS will be better protected following the recent implementation of the OECS Family Law Reform Bills.Implemented by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, through its Social Development Unit, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Governments of seven OECS Member States, the Family Law Reform Project aims to increase the capacity of the judicial and legal system by providing laws which make fundamental shifts in the protection of women, children and the family.The project also intends to strengthen institutional capacity in order to resolve matters related to the family and children in a more holistic way. Hence, the reform of Family Law addresses multiple matters including:marriage;divorce and separation;spousal maintenance;property interests;children;maintenance for children;status of children;paternity;custody and access;adoption of children;succession;cohabitational relationships; anddomestic violence.A promotional campaign will be launched soon to raise awareness on the rights of citizens of the OECS under the Family Law Reform.The campaign has been jointly coordinated by the OECS and UNICEF and will be developed in the OECS Member States where the passage of the new legislation is being completed: Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Anguilla.The OECS Family Law Reform Project commenced in 2001 as part of a broader Judiciary and Legal Reform Project geared towards harmonising Family Legislation in the Eastern Caribbean. The work undertaken under the Family Law Reform Project has been influenced by three major factors:the increased number of families that are not organised around the institution of marriage;the negative impact of professional mobility of one or both parents within the Eastern Caribbean or outside of the region on children; andthe necessity to comply with the conventions to which OECS Member States are signatory including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDA W), the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women.last_img read more

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Luis Suarez renews marital vows with wife

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi FC Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, has renewed marital vows with his wife, Sofia Balbi. The event took place on the 10th anniversary of their wedding. Luis, 32, and Sofia, 30, looked like newlyweds all over again during the Boxing Day ceremony at a five-star hotel in their native Uruguay – a decade after they first tied the knot. The athlete rocked a sparkly ‘SB’ band in honour of his childhood sweetheart, while Sofia donned the matching ‘LS’ version.They also posed on the red carpet in front of a black wall decorated with an ‘S hearts L’ pattern. Naturally, the guestlist read like a who’s who of the football world, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba all making an appearance. Luis and Sofia’s love story is pretty darn cute, seeing as they started dating when they were just 15 and married years later. The sportsman previously got all soppy explaining how Sofia helped him take football seriously.“At 15, I found a girlfriend that sorted my head out. It helped me realise how [important] soccer was for me,’ he told the Liverpool Echo. Luis went on: ‘I was going out at night, I didn’t enjoy studying, and I wasn’t dedicating myself to football. “There were some people around me who were a bad influence. “She gave me a lot of confidence and helped me believe in myself.” They now have three children – a daughter Delfina, nine, and sons Benjamin, six, and Lauturo, one.Tags: FC BarcelonaLuis SuarezSofia Balbilast_img read more

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Women’s hockey dominates on offense, forces key turnovers

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin women’s hockey had dominating offensive performances this weekend against Boston University.Wisconsin controlled the puck for the majority of both games against the Terriers and had many more scoring opportunities as well. The Badgers had 80 shots on goal in the series, while Boston had nearly half the number of shots with 43.In the Badgers’ series finale a week ago against the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Wisconsin was outshot by 18, but they were still able to win 6-3. There was no question UW flipped the switch this weekend after not being content with that performance a week ago.Saturday afternoon the Badgers played well early in the game, but weren’t able to capitalize on many of their scoring opportunities. By staying persistent and keeping the Terriers on their heels, they were able to break the game open in the third period.“If you’re getting good quality opportunities, you can’t get frustrated,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “When we had the five on three [power play] and I called a timeout, it gave us a chance to really take charge of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t score on that sequence with the five on three and then five on four that followed, but it gave us a little bit of energy because we had a bunch of quality opportunities.”Brianna Decker was a huge part of the Badgers success, as she recorded a hat trick in Saturday’s game. She had a crucial goal early in the third period that gave Wisconsin a 3-1 lead and was the first of four goals for UW in the third period.“When you score it creates energy, and when you get scored on it takes it away. So we were able to capitalize a couple times in the third period,” Johnson said.The Badgers’ tough defense and conditioning were also factors in Wisconsin’s offensive dominance. They forced Boston into many quick turnovers in its own defensive zone that lead to great scoring opportunities for UW and forced the Terriers into committing penalties as well.“I think our speed has a lot to do with it and also our conditioning,” Brianna Decker said. “I think they kind of got tired, so they got lazy, which caused them to take the penalties.”Boston committed six penalties on Saturday, mostly from attempts to stop Wisconsin on breakaways from turnovers.Offense and defense are typically closely related in how the play of one can have a great effect on how well a team performs on the other. Johnson touched on how the two are related, since tough defense was key in the Badgers’ offensive success.“The philosophy is if you play well on your end, you’ll probably spend most of your time at the other team’s end,” Johnson said. “The fun part about a game is in the offensive zone, and if you work hard in the defensive zone, you’ll probably play more time in the offensive zone.”Forwards Hilary Knight and Decker consistently perform well for Wisconsin, but younger and lesser known players like freshmen Blayre Turnbull also had great performances in the series. Turnbull had two goals Saturday, and sophomore Brittany Ammerman tallied two goals of her own in Friday’s contest.“A little bit of icing on the cake for Blayre tonight in regards that she was able to score a couple goals, and certainly that’s going to help her confidence and certainly going to make her feel good,” Johnson said.Johnson has to be pleased with how his team dominated offensively against a top five-ranked school in BU, but he understands there are many challenges that lie ahead for Wisconsin.“You’ve built yourself into a group that is playing at a high level because of the competition,” Johnson said. “Now you can’t just relax or you take a step back and think that, well, we’re just playing this team that’s not ranked and we’re going to win – it doesn’t work that way.”last_img read more

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