Historic election of Jamaican judge, Patrick Lipton Robinson, to ICJ

Jamaica-born Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson.

Jamaica-born Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson was elected judge of the International Court of Justice. His nine-year tenure will start February 2015.

Renowned Jamaican and international jurist, Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson, was  elected to serve as a Judge in the International Court of Justice for a nine-year period beginning in February 2015. Judge Robinson was elected on Monday, November 17.

The elections featured differing results, through the final round, in the United Nations General Assembly and the fifteen-member United Nations Security Council, both of which are required to record a majority vote for the winning candidate. Over the course of the elections, Judge Robinson consistently received more than a two-thirds majority of votes in the General Assembly, while Argentina’s candidate Susana Ruiz Cerutti received the required majority in the Security Council.

The deadlock between the Security Council and the General Assembly was ultimately resolved following the withdrawal of Ms. Cerutti on Wednesday, November 12. Senator the Honorable Arnold J Nicholson, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, received the news of Argentina’s withdrawal from the Argentine Foreign Minister. This paved the way for the election of Judge Robinson, who received a total of 185 votes in the General Assembly and 15 votes in the Security Council in the elections on Monday, November 17. The results were welcomed by Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, who noted:

“Judge Robinson’s elevation to this high office marks a historic moment, not only for Jamaica but for the entire Caribbean. The overwhelming support that he received throughout the rounds of voting from the UN membership is a reflection of the excellence of the Jamaican candidate, and the high regard with which the country is held in the international arena.”

Senator the Honorable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade also lauded the election results and issued a statement on the event, saying:

“This impressive outcome is an indication of the level of respect that Jamaica enjoys for our principled and balanced foreign policy and the result of an effective and strategic campaign waged by the Foreign Ministry and our overseas Missions, particularly our Mission to the United Nations in New York. I wish to thank Argentina for their very gracious gesture to withdraw from the process in the interest of Latin American and Caribbean unity. I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to the numerous countries that supported Jamaica in the process and to assure them and the entire international community that they will find in Judge Robinson a jurist of highest integrity, professionalism and objectivity.”

Judge Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean national to be afforded the privilege of serving on this esteemed body since its establishment 70 years ago. Judge Robinson will join four other candidates from Australia, Morocco, Russia and the United States of America, who were elected to serve on the Court.-OnPointPress.net.

NBA stars Dwight Howard and Joe Smith clash with their reality TV exes

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Dwight Howard may be known for his defense in the NBA but it was his attorneys who provided the assist as he defended himself against allegations of child abuse. In a case that is very similar to allegations against NFL star Adrian Peterson, Howard, former #1 overall draft pick in 2004, and current center for the Houston Rockets, allegedly beat his 6 year-old son with a belt, causing visible marks on the child’s rear end and legs. The allegations were brought to light by the mother of the child, former Basketball Wives cast member Royce Reed.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6 year-old son.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6- year-old son.

TMZ Sports initially posted the story about authorities clearing Howard of wrongdoing in this matter on their site this morning. Reed responded to the post on Instagram stating:

“The case is not closed and he is/was not cleared! The investigation is still open as he refuses to speak to the police. So whoever these reps are that are trying to slander me, just know the gloves are off and I’m not the one to play with when it comes to my son. That is all.”

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Shortly thereafter, TMZ Sports had the following update: “We now have confirmation that the Florida Dept. of Children and Families closed the investigation, concluding, ‘The investigation is being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries.’ The report also states Howard was interviewed by authorities.”

No further comments have been made by Reed on the matter. Howard is yet to comment on this story.

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter's friend

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter’s friend, Timothy Clayton Carr.

News outlets also reported on the challenge ex-NBA player Joe Smith is having with his reality star ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter. Smith, former #1 overall draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1995, alleges that Slaughter, a cast member of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, swindled him out of $109,000 by writing several phony checks while the two were dating.

Between 0ctober 2011 and March 2012, Smith claims that 9 different checks were written on his behalf to a man named Timothy Clayton Carr, without Smith’s knowledge or consent. Carr is Slaughter’s friend and has explained that he was unaware of the checks being stolen but had cashed them to help Slaughter who did not have a bank account at the time. Whatever the explanation, Smith wants the case to be prosecuted and is ready and willing to press charges.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Police reported to TMZ Sports that the case is still open and actively being investigated, which is of little relief to Smith, who is anxious to bring this matter to court after waiting almost three years. Smith tells TMZ Sports that he is “frustrated the case remains unresolved and feels police have been giving him the runaround.”–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr is a sports aficionado and a training and benefits consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646) 309-1938.

Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie, “Princess of R&B” was a colossal disappointment

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

By Carmen Glover

After enjoying the thoughtful, well-delivered film “Beyond the Lights” at the movie theater on Saturday, November 15, my husband and I ordered in and tuned in to Lifetime’s much-hyped biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R& B.” It was an exercise in futility, a colossal disappointment on every level imaginable. And irate Aaliyah fans let loose on Twitter, unleashing their wrath as the scenes unfolded to reveal a combination of inferior acting, incomprehensible casting choices and what seemed more like an ode to R. Kelly’s predatory, pedophile-like history, instead of the promised tribute to the beautiful, talented entertainer who died much too soon.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash, co-founder with Jay-Z of Rockefella Records and Rockawear clothing.

While Alexandra Shipp did her best dressing like Aaliyah and performing “Let Me Know,” it was impossible for her to fully channel the tragic entertainer. For instance, Shipp covered one eye with her hair a total of one time throughout the two-hour movie, even though that was the way Aaliyah was usually seen in public. Also, as the film began and for close to an hour, the focus was on Aaliyah’s involvement with R. Kelly, who married her secretly at the age of 15, when he was 26.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in "Romeo Must Die." Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in “Romeo Must Die.” Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Across the US, it is considered statutory rape for anyone to have sexual contact with a child, under the age of 18. Yet the film seemed hell-bent on trying to romanticize what was a predatory relationship, regardless of what spin Lifetime’s and the movie’s executives desperately tried to pretty it up. Kelly’s exploits with under-aged girls are well-known and he has the many court charges and appearances to prove it. Nevertheless, Lifetime, Wendy Williams, Debra Martin Chase and all the other persons associated with this disgraceful material felt comfortable framing half of a so-called Aaliyah movie in the context of a “relationship” with Kelly.

Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned." which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Aaliyah in “Queen of the Damned.” which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Then there was the casting, which defied logic entirely. While Shipp is stunningly beautiful and has modest talent as a singer, she was unable to accurately convey Aaliyah’s range, dexterity and passion as a singer, dancer and actress, but she did the best she could. Who thought is was a good idea to cast a Derek Luke look-alike as Aaliyah’s uncle, a Drake look-alike as her brother Rashad, a Joe look-alike as Kelly, a hybrid of a skinny basketball player and a light-skinned person as the much darker, shorter, rounder Damon Dash, a light-skinned, skinny Missy Elliot and a thin, curly-haired Timbaland who looked like a school boy? Who signed off on such an atrocity?  Taking to Instagram, Timbaland dismissed the movie and urged people not to watch it, which was a silly move. How else will you know what it is like unless you watch it to the end?

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Williams promoted the film relentlessly on her show and urged her viewers to watch the film. She should be ashamed of herself for having her name associated with this epic failure. So should Martin Chase. The fact that they lacked the family’s approval to play Aaliyah’s music does not mean that they could not have produced a movie that told her story with respect, addressed the Kelly debacle in ten minutes or so, showed her acting in “Romeo Must Die,” and “Queen of the Damned,” devoted appropriate time, care and attention to her successful alliance with Timbaland and Elliot as well as her relationship with Dash.

After all, the template for the film was provided by the book,”Aaliyah: More than a Woman,” written by a respected journalist, Christopher John Farley, a Jamaica-born industry veteran who worked at Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and has been interviewed often on television about music matters. The Lifetime movie did not provide solid information for fans who were not born when Aaliyah was alive. Lifetime, Williams and Martin Chase have crossed the line and caused more harm than they could have imagined with this awful movie that elicited enormous feelings of anger, disappointment and shock. Shame on Lifetime! Shame on Wendy Williams! Shame on Debra Martin Chase!–OnPointPress.net.

Two films depict the darker side of musical stardom this weekend

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“Aaliyah: The Princess of R& B” airs on Lifetime, Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m.

By Carmen Glover

Whether you choose to stay home and view what cable television has to offer or venture out to the movie theaters and enjoy what they have to offer, one theme is front and center for movie lovers this weekend: The challenges faced by young talent as they deal with fame in the music industry.

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Nate  Parker and  Gugu Mbatha-Raw in scene from “Beyond the Lights,” which opens in theaters this weekend.

Opening in theaters on Friday is “Beyond the Lights,” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni, a young singer, overwhelmed by the trappings of fame and smothered by an overpowering, demanding mother/manager, aptly portrayed by Minnie Driver.  Fed up with her life, despite the veneer of success, Raw tries to take her own life, only to be rescued by Nate Parker (Kaz), a police officer, who later becomes her romantic interest. Speaking on TVOne’s News One Now earlier this week  writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) said “It took four years” for the movie to be made.

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Alexander Shipp takes on the role of a lifetime in portraying tragic music darling, Aaliyah.

Lifetime Network, which has been showcasing exceptional films starring extraordinary Black stars, will air “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Alexander Shipp of “Drumline” stars as the beautiful Aaliyah who was taken from her fans much too soon. While the singer’s family did not endorse the project in the belief that her life story deserves to be told on the big screen, executive producer Wendy Williams said “they will ‘be pleased’ with the finished result. The film is produced by Debra Martin Chase and is based on the book “Aaliyah: More than a Woman” by Jamaica-born journalist Christopher John Farley.

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Aaliyah movie trailer showing the music princess who died too soon.

Williams said the movie does not include Aaliyah’s untimely demise but it delves into her triple-threat skills as a singer, actor and dancer as well as her shocking marriage, at the tender age of 15, to R. Kelly, whose penchant for under-age girls led him to fight off numerous court charges. Whether you choose to see one or both movies, expect to be entertained as you are treated to different perspectives of the Black experience in the entertainment industry. -OnPointPress.net.

Jamaican diplomat to chair UN Security Council reform committee

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Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will chair the UN Inter-governmental Negotiations on Security Reform.

Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Courtenay Rattray, has been appointed chair of the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform. His appointment was announced on Monday, November 10) by H.E. Sam Kutesa, president of the 69th Session of the General Assembly, in a letter to all Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in New York.

Reform of the fifteen-member Security Council has been high on the agenda of the wider UN membership for over 20 years. The impetus behind the reform process gained added political momentum at the 2005 World Summit when world leaders unanimously called for “early reforms” of the Security Council. An aspect of reform that has received much attention surrounds the question of the size of the permanent membership of the Council, which currently stands at five (US, UK, Russian Federation, France and China). Also on the reform agenda are issues relating to the categories of membership and the question of the veto power accorded to the permanent members.

The Security has only been reformed once since 1945, when it expanded the number of non-permanent members from six to ten. Jamaica has been actively engaged in efforts in the reform process and the appointment of its Permanent Representative will give greater prominence to Jamaica’s role and contribution at the United Nations.-OnPointPress.net.

Veteran’s Day holds a special place in the annals of NBA history for centers

(l - r) Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing all reached NBA milestones on November 11.

(l – r) Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Patrick Ewing all reached NBA milestones on November 11.

By Charles Glover, Jr

On November 11, when Veteran’s Day is celebrated, three of the NBA’s best centers reached noticeable milestones. Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing, and Hakeem Olajuwon all had key accomplishments on that date in NBA history.

Shaquille O'Neal had a good start to his NBA career with a victory and a double-double.

Shaquille O’Neal had a good start to his NBA career with a victory and a double-double.

In 1992 on November 11, Shaquille O’Neal made his NBA debut for the Orlando Magic. In what would become an eventual Hall of Fame career, O’Neal would score 12 points to go along with 18 rebounds and three blocks in his first NBA action. The upstart Magic would go on to defeat the Miami Heat 110 to 100.

Hakeem Olajuwon was at the top of his game in 1995 when he reached a career milestone.

Hakeem Olajuwon was at the top of his game in 1995 when he reached a career milestone.

In 1995, Hakeem Olajuwon with help the Houston Rockets defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 119 297. Olajuwon what’s scored 21 points in the game, making him the ninth player in NBA history to score 20,000 points and have 10,000 rebounds in an NBA career.

Patrick Ewing was doing his best to keep the Knicks as a title contender when he reached his career milestone in 1996.

Patrick Ewing was doing his best to keep the Knicks as a title contender when he reached his career milestone in 1996.

In 1996, Patrick Ewing would help leave the New York Knicks to a 92 288 victory over the Orlando Magic. Patrick Ewing which score 24 points in that game. He would become the 23rd player in NBA history to score over 20,000 points in an NBA career in that game.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr is a sports aficionado and a management and employee consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646) 309-1938.

Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick to succeed Eric Holder as AG

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York's Eastern District is President Barack Obama's pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama made the announcement at the White House on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

By Carmen Glover

BREAKING:  President Barack Obama announced on Saturday, November 8, from the White House that Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is his nominee to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. The President was flanked by both Holder and Lynch as he made the announcement. If she is confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first African-American female to hold the position. Janet Reno was the only female to have held the position in the past.

“In a country that is built on the rule of honor, there’s no office more important than the Attorney General. The Attorney General is the chief legal officer,” President Obama said, in making the announcement. “I’m enormously grateful to Eric Holder for his service. Thanks to Eric our nation is safer and freer. I couldn’t be prouder today to nominate someone who shares those principles, U.S Attorney Loretta Lynch.” President Obama described lynch as a “charming people person,” who is “not about flash, she’s about substance.”  Thanking Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judicial Committee, for being present at the nomination on a Saturday morning, President Obama said “It is my hope that the Senate will confirm her without delay.”

“Thank you for your faith in me for asking me to succeed an Attorney General that I admire and serving an office that I love,” said Lynch as she addressed the gathering, amid a phalanx of cameras going off in quick succession. If confirmed, she vowed to wake up each day with “nothing but the protection of the people,” as her main priority. “The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet named for an ideal,” she said, describing herself as “thrilled and humbled,” for the nomination.

Lynch, 55, was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Obama in May 2010. She was previously appointed to the office in June 1999 by former President Bill Clinton and held the office until May 2001. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. In her role, Lynch overseas federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. While earning a reputation as being low-key, she has prosecuted some very high-profile cases, including the civil rights case against police officers who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.  Most recently, she met with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers placed him in an illegal chokehold as he struggled to breathe.–OnPointPress.net.