THE Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Rose Hall Town Jammers registered a win each on the opening night of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Lennox Blackmoore National Intermediate Championships, which is currently underway at the National Gymnasium.Only six bouts took place on Friday night, four of which were exhibition clashes.In the Intermediate bantamweight division, 18-year-old Andrey Bess defeated GDF’s Jermaine Grant, while in the lightweight clash GDF’s Jerimiah Jackman gained a walkover victory against the Jammer’s Kellon Williams.In the four exhibition bouts, 75% involved GDF boxers competing among themselves, while the other bout was between two Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) boxers. Five gyms, including defending champions GDF, FYF, Jammers, Pocket Rockets and Ricola are competing in the three-night event.Technical Director of the GBA, Terrence Poole, noted that some 33 boxers, two of whom are females, were scheduled to take the ring. The bout between Abiola Jackman and a Pocket Rocket Gym boxer would take place tonight as well as several of the male weight-division finals.Meanwhile Bess, who attends the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, was set to cheer on his gym mate Raphael Sebastian last night in another bantamweight bout, which could end with the two 18-year-old Berbice boxers reaching the final.According to president of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, the association will next look to run off the National Open, as it prepares for its most difficult Caribbean Boxing Championships, scheduled for December 4-9 in Trinidad.Ninvalle said that the Open, scheduled for later this month, would be used to select a large national squad to be encamped for at least a month to stand a chance against boxers from powerhouse nations such as Cuba (who have produced several World and Olympic champions), Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.The four Latin American nations were invited to the event this year.
Justice Saunders said the CCJ has been fulfilling its main purpose of developing Caribbean jurisprudence.First rate judges “It has been doing so with a first-rate complement of judges and an efficient court staff that enable the Court to perform amazing feats. The year ahead will be challenging, but I look forward to it with optimism. I fervently believe that the Court is on the right trajectory,” said Justice Saunders, the third Caribbean national to head the Trinidad-based CCCJ.He said over the last year, the Court maintained its “solid track record” of outstanding judicial work, and the appellate caseload of the Court steadily expanded.Impressive variety of cases “But, even more significant than the increase in the number of appeals heard and judgments delivered, was the impressive variety and significance of the cases themselves. These included criminal and commercial law appeals, matters of statutory interpretation, and important questions of Caribbean constitutional law.”But he noted that on the other hand, the flow of cases in the Original Jurisdiction has remained “sluggish even as opportunities for the growth of this jurisdiction are great.“This contradiction points to the need, perhaps, for more work to be done to inform the Caribbean public, the legal profession and the Caribbean judiciary about their respective rights, obligations and entitlements under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.“One of the first, if not the first, issue that arises whenever anyone speaks of the Court is the fact that, to date, there are several states in the region that have not altered their Constitutions to make the CCJ their final Court of Appeal.“This, despite the fact that regional states ratified an international treaty agreeing to take this step, and then expended tens of millions of dollars to establish and outfit the Court,’ Justice Saunders wrote. The Caribbean Court of Justice PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The President of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Justice Adrian Saunders says he remains convinced that in order to gain stronger support in the region, more information must be provided to the Caribbean public about the regional court.The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court. While several Caribbean countries are signatories to its original Jurisdiction, only Barbados, Dominica, Guyana and Belize have signed on to the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement.Writing in the CCJ’s 2018 Annual Report released on Friday, Justice Saunders said more information was needed about the Court, its institutional architecture, its work over the last 13 years and what it can do to advance democracy and the rule of law in the Caribbean.