The Supreme Court in collaboration with the Commonwealth Judges’ and Magistrates’ Association; a London-based organisation, will host the International Judicial Conference at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, on Monday.The conference, which is being held under the theme, “The Judiciary as guarantors of the rule of law”, will see participation from Judges and Magistrates from across the Commonwealth.Some participating countries are Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Australasia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and countries from the Caribbean.The conference aims to promote a better understanding among judicial officers of all ranks and from all parts of the Commonwealth, of judicial independence issues; it will also explore the approach to those issues in different parts of the Commonwealth, among other important matters.Chancellor of the Judiciary, Carl Singh has revealed that the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Anthony Carmona, is to be the guest of honour and will also be delivering the keynote address.Prime Minster Moses Nagamootoo will also speak on the opening day of the three-day conference.A diverse set of topics are set to be discussed, including the rules of law, the provision of resources for the courts, anti-terrorism legislation, human rights, environmental law and sustainable development.
Ebola Survivor, Robert Kpoto (looking up)D’Geedawoi Johnson stopped just long enough to look back and share a smile with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers waiting beside the Ebola survivor board for the release of the next patient. Johnson, 46, a father of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and wife Sadatu, 32, was grateful for the treatment at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), but was anxious to get home. He was full of energy and ready to return to his work as a Drug Dispenser and Contact Tracer. He said, “Ever since I experienced the illness of Ebola all I could think about was death.” He added that after being infected and then getting the news that he was negative, he felt encouraged to tell others about MMU. “I would be happy if I can be of any kind of assistance to you all. I want to get out in the field and get the message out there because I have been saved,” Johnson said. He became infected while providing care to Ebola victims, a US Embassy release said.With a bag over his shoulder and a smile, he promised to send a message to others. “Whenever you feel any sign or symptoms of the disease, don’t waste time; get to the center because that will help you more.”The curtain peeled back and another survivor, Robert Kpoto, appeared through the MMU’s Ebola survivor discharge exit. After receiving a gift from his co-worker, Jacob, and working with MSF for approximately 5 years as a Physician Assistant, Robert looked towards heaven and thanked God, ready to return home to wife, Famata, and their two children, daughter, 11, and son, 7. He also thanked the U.S. Public Health Service Corps. A medical provider for 15 years, he understands the importance of saying thanks to those providing care to others. When LTJG D’Addeo approached Robert to introduce herself for the first time without wearing Personal Protective Equipment, he said, “I am truly blessed that you came over here to assist and helped save my life,” said the US Embassy release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)