DPP Chambers launches Code of Conduct for local prosecutors

first_imgThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) on Tuesday launched the country’s very first Code of Conduct for public prosecutors in an effort to guide them in securing more convictions.Some of the public prosecutors at Tuesday’s launching of the Code for Prosecutors‘The Code for Prosecutors’ is aimed at improving consistency in decision-making among prosecutors, guiding them on general principles to be applied when making decisions about prosecutions. It also allows for members of the public to understand the basis on which decisions to prosecute are made.Speaking at the launching of the 27-page document at the Pegasus Hotel, Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack posited that the code comes at a time when the Criminal Justice System is undergoing improvements.To this end, she called on the stakeholders, such as the Guyana Police Force, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and others, to apply the codes when instituting charges so that it can yield convictions. She noted that the focus must never be instituting a large number of cases, but instead on the prosecution rate.“Prosecutors need to appreciate that the focus must be on completing investigations in a timely manner before instituting charges; institute solid cases which will yield in convictions and encourage persons to pled guilty,” she asserted.“My challenge today to the Police and other persons who institute charges, is to follow this recipe and let us improve the whole criminal justice system in Guyana. This is the foundation upon which the criminal justice system rests – completely investigations, quality investigations, charge when you have sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. If not, we will continue to wallow in an over-burden system, overcrowded prison and low conviction rate. This is our criminal justice system and it is for us to fix it”, the DPP stated.Acknowledging the charge, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Williams welcomed the prosecutorial guidelines, while committing to ensuring that they are adopted by the Police Force.“We must get our investigators involved, it is important that they understand what it is as it relates to this code for prosecutors… We work along with several other agencies… and they look forward for us to set that example and lead them in several matters. Therefore, it is mandatory and not without a discretion that the Guyana Police Force must embark on ensuring that this Code For Prosecutors find itself parallel with investigators,” Williams contended.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, sought to remind prosecutors of the tremendous power and discretion they hold, adding that the latter must be exercised in a consistent, fair, objective and transparent manner so that their decisions cannot be questioned.“Today, prosecutors are on a better footing with the promulgation or the launch of this code. With this code we have the necessary guiding principles to discharge responsibilities in the decision-making process… Indeed, the bar has been raised, hence, frivolous and vexatious charges and cases with weak or insufficient evidence will not find their way in our courtrooms. Cases coming before the court, will now have a realistic prospect of conviction,” the Chancellor stated.She added too that reduction in case backlogs and the prison population are also direct benefits that will be derived from the application of the Code For Prosecutors.On the other hand, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, in delivering remarks at the launching ceremony, underscored to prosecutors that their duty is not to get convictions but to ensure justice is served. To this end, he urged that more be done to ensure that prosecutors are educated on the code.“I wish we can have this code as a basis for an education programme for prosecutors, for Policemen… Have in house sessions, not only to launch the code, but to educate the practitioners in the court system on the importance of the code,” the Prime Minister posited.The formulation of the code was done in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Guyana. It was drafted by English Attorney David Robinson. The project was funded by the UNODC and United Nations country representative, Mikiko Tanaka, lauded Guyana for introducing the code.The Code of Conduct for Prosecutors includes guidelines for the application of the code; the role and ethics of prosecutors; the decision on whether to prosecute as well as selection of charges among others.last_img read more

City Council meeting scheduled for next Tuesday

first_imgClick Here for the full agenda. The City of Fort St. John will be holding its regular city council meeting next Tuesday instead of Monday.The switch occurred to accommodate councilors’ schedules.There are eight delegations scheduled for the meeting, including an update from the Fort St. John RCMP detachment. Northern Health will also make a presentation on the new hospital that is currently under construction. – Advertisement -The anti-social behavior strategy is also on the agenda. Participants at the last meeting came up with possible solutions like forming a Youth Advisory Committee, and discussed the ten-week youth drop-in pilot project scheduled to begin on August 21st. A few long-service awards will also be handed out to several employees that have been with the city for 5 to 20 years. A committee of the whole meeting is scheduled for 2pm, with the regular council meeting to begin at 3pm at City Hall. Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Parlour: Chelsea emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles would ‘hurt’

first_imgArsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour admits it would hurt to see Chelsea go the season unbeaten.The former Gunners star was part of the squad that went the whole of the 2003/04 Premier League season without defeat.Jose Mourinho’s side have started this campaign in superb form and some believe they can emulate their London rivals.“Of course it would hurt me,” he told Adrian Durham on Matchday Live. “You want to go down as [one of the few players] who has done it.“If they do manage it, it will remarkable because it is harder and [the Premier League is] more competitive.“When I started winning trophies in 1998, it was only Manchester United and Arsenal, now you have Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. Everyone has improved.”And Parlour claims the west London club will be concentrating on winning the Premier League title, rather than extending their defeat-less run.“Chelsea are looking very strong at the moment,” he added. “There might be a situation where they all have a poor game and they don’t get the result.“Mourinho’s main aim is to win the league. It won’t be mentioned until 10 games to go, if they’re still unbeaten that will be when it kicks in and the pressure begins to mount. At the moment they won’t be thinking about that.”last_img read more

Man United ‘agree terms’ with Griezmann, Monaco want £100m for Mbappe – GOSSIP

first_imgAll the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann. The Red Devils are expected to meet the Frenchman’s £89million buy-out clause and have agreed to pay him £280,000 per week on a five-year deal. (The Sun)However, United have received a setback elsewhere, with reports that Monaco have turned down a £72million bid for star forward Kylian Mbappe. The Ligue 1 side are said to be holding out for a fee of £100million. (The Guardian)Meanwhile, United defender Luke Shaw could be set for a move to rival club Manchester City, while Tottenham are also interested. (Manchester Evening News)Jose Mourinho has identified Joe Hart as his first option to replace David de Gea, should the Spanish goalkeeper move to Real Madrid this summer. (Daily Record)Barcelona are not giving up their pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and are preparing a third bid, according to reports in Spain. (Sport)Both Liverpool and Chelsea are chasing a deal for Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand. (Daily Mirror)Bayern Munich are stepping up their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, with the Arsenal star’s agent meeting the German club for talks. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are reportedly ready to sell Brazilian forward Willian if the right offer comes in during the summer. (The Sun)Hull boss Marco Silva will be a wanted man if he can complete the Tigers’ Premier League survival mission, with claims that Southampton are lining him up to replace Claude Puel. (Daily Mail)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hopes the club ignore reported interest from Liverpool and Manchester United and keep Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge this summerCesc Fabregas would be a ‘fantastic fit’ for Liverpool, according to former Reds star Luis GarciaFootball agent Sky Andrew believes former Tottenham captain Sol Campbell should have been invited to attend the club’s last home fixture at White Hart LaneLiverpool are preparing a bid for French teen star Theo Hernandez Olivier Giroud will only decide on his future once he knows whether Arsene Wenger will stay or go, according to the striker’s agentBarcelona have added Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta to their list of summer transfer targetsEverton, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keeping tabs on Malaga ace Sandro Ramirezlast_img read more

QPR want Arsenal man – reports

first_imgQPR are interested in signing Andrey Arshavin from Arsenal, Russian media have reported.Fulham have also been linked with the 31-year-old, who is out of favour at the Emirates Stadium and has been widely tipped to move this summer.It is claimed that Rangers are looking to take Arshavin to Loftus Road, possibly on loan.Zenit St Petersburg, who sold him to the Gunners in 2009, are keen to re-sign him but he is believed to want to join a London club.It was recently reported that Arshavin’s wife is expecting their third child and they are keen for their children to attend a school in the capital.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Bengal football’s Big Three are in terminal decline

first_imgMohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so,,Mohammedan sporting practises at its ground in KolkataIn a nation where foreign football is gaining popularity, Bengal’s Holy Trinity of Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting seem to have scored self-goals. Local nurseries of talent are drying up, forcing club managements, which haven’t corporatised despite promising to do so, to rely heavily on foreign recruits to pull in the crowds. The results are evident. Sporting is now among the also-rans, relegated to the all-India second division football league. Mohun Bagan has not won the national league in a decade. And East Bengal last won it in 2003.Till the 1980s, most of Bengal’s best known footballers came from suburban towns such as Naihati, Baruipur and Amta. These places hardly churn out good footballers anymore. “Too much emphasis on cricket has meant that the average Bengali boy is not taking to football,” laments Sukumar Samajpati, ace India right-winger of the 1960s. “The infrastructure is poor,” says Trevor Morgan, the British coach hired by East Bengal in July 2010. “There has to be investment in infrastructure, in setting up football academies and spotting and grooming talent at an early age,” he says.Clubs have had to compensate with big-ticket foreign players and footballers from other states. “Getting foreigners is the best way to impress the members of a club. There’s no alternative,” says former Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia. The East Bengal squad for the 2011-2012 season, unveiled on August 8, features only nine locals on a list of 34. Mohun Bagan has 10 locals on a list of 33 players. Only Mohammedan Sporting has a majority of locals in its 21-member squad, but that’s because it has little money. “Mohammedan evokes a negative response from most sponsors,” says Sultan Ahmed, club president.advertisementA consortium of officials continues to run the three clubs. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal’s managements have remained unchanged for seven years and more than 10 years respectively. An 18-member executive committee has governed Mohammedan Sporting’s affairs for more than a decade. Contrast this with Goa, a state whose clubs have had major success in recent years. Goan clubs like Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar and Dempo are corporate entities and listed on stock exchanges.”Football in Bengal is still big, but you won’t win a thing without foreign players. The trend will continue if you do not look at nursing homegrown talent. Unless the bottom is sound, the top will continue to suffer,” says East Bengal coach Morgan.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Selectors wanted to drop Sachin Tendulkar after 2011 World Cup, Virender Sehwag reacts to India’s 500th Test

first_imgTendulkar came close to being sacked after 2011 World Cup Former chief selector Sandeep Patil said that Sachin Tendulkar understood what was coming and announced his ODI retirement before the next selection meeting.Virender Sehwag’s advise to Team India on 500th Test: Score 500 runs and winIndia became the fourth country to play their 500th Test match after England, Australia and West Indies.Proud to pass on the baton to GenNext, says Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013 after a glittering career that lasted 24 years, having played 200 Test matches for India besides hammering 100 international hundreds.Messi goes off injured as Barcelona held by Atletico MadridBarcelona failed to capitalise on Real Madrid dropping points against Villarreal as the La Liga champions were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.Mongolian coaches banned for three years for Rio stripTwo Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped off in protest at the judging at last month’s Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years, the sport’s international federation said.last_img read more

Vladimir Putin to hand FIFA World Cup host’s mantle to Emir of Qatar

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin will hand over the FIFA World Cup host’s mantle to Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in a ceremony on Sunday. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will start on November 21 with the final to be played on December 18.The ceremony of handing over the hosting of the soccer World Cup will also be attended by the FIFA president Gianni Infantino.Infantino on Friday described the ongoing 2018 World Cup as the best-ever.The football administrator also added that the tournament would change the perception of the host nation Russia and hailed the success of video assistant referees (VAR).”For a couple of years, I was saying it would be the best World Cup ever, today I can say that with more conviction,” he saidFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEInfantino promised that the tournament would leave a lasting legacy and there were “concrete plans” to make sure the stadiums were used in the future.”This country, Russia, has changed. Russia has become a real football country… where football has become part of the country’s DNA and the culture,” he said.”We had 98 percent occupancy of the stadiums, one million fans from abroad to discover this country, more than three billion viewers on television and there will certainly be one billion for the final.”Everyone has discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, full of people who are keen to show to the world that what maybe is sometimes said is not what happens here.”FIFA president Gianni Infantino declares Russia World Cup as the best everadvertisementInfantino, who is paid an annual salary of 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.49 million) according to FIFA, faced an awkward question when he was asked why the 17,000-odd volunteers were not paid.”We are all, as well, volunteers,” he said. “Maybe not at the World Cup, because we have a job, but as soon as we go back home we drive our children to their football or basketball tournaments and we help selling drinks, preparing sausages, or helping in the restaurants.”VAR SUCCESSInfantino said that, despite initial fears, the VAR system had worked well, it had reviewed a of 19 decisions in the 62 matches so far and had corrected 16 decisions which were initially wrong.”This is progress, this is better than the past,” he said. “VAR is not changing football, it is cleaning football.””It is difficult to think of the World Cup without VAR, it has been certainly a more just competition…The goal scored from an offside position is finished in football, at least in football with VAR,” Infantino added.FIFA to investigate discriminatory chants by England fansHe said VAR’s deterrent effect had reduced the number of direct red cards for violent play from 16 in the 1998 tournament to none this time.”Everyone knows that, whatever you do, someone will see it… one of the 30-odd cameras will spot it and you will be sent off,” the 48-year-old said.Infantino did not give any new information on the whether the first 48-team tournament would be in Qatar in 2022 instead of in 2026 as originally planned.”First we will discuss with the Qataris and then with the FIFA Council and stakeholders and decide calmly what the decision is,” he said. “For the moment, we have a World Cup with 32 teams.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Father Of 4-Star Freshman QB Blasts Head Coach

first_imgThe UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The father of a four-star freshman quarterback has taken to Twitter to harshly criticize his son’s head coach.Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA’s true freshman starting quarterback, had a tough game on Saturday night. The former top recruit completed just 10 of 24 passes for 151 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in the loss to Fresno State.UCLA is now 0-3 to start the Chip Kelly era.Michael Robinson, Dorian’s father, took to Twitter this weekend to blast Kelly. The father of the UCLA QB has tweeted several things over the past couple of weeks.No head hanging here, not at UCLA…https://t.co/CJXS8UdyES— Michael Robinson (@DoriansDAD) September 4, 2018Team, Family, Brothers are beginning to gel… Look out PAC12… No heads are hanging… U.C.L.A is coming like a storm..#4sUP— Michael Robinson (@DoriansDAD) September 13, 2018Michael Robinson went off on Saturday night after UCLA’s loss to Fresno State. A video of Kelly criticizing Dorian on the sideline was going viral.He is speaking on and about the factual… It is all about the coaching, lousy coaching and play calling… Coaching that is so bad that it demands closed practices… Million dollar coach who bares no responsibility… Just random observations from a frustrated dad!— Michael Robinson (@DoriansDAD) September 17, 2018Look, coach Kelly, if you wish to call him this is 4 and 26 for his last offensively called football games… Dorian has only played in 3 of the last 30 games… Can you say duped!— Michael Robinson (@DoriansDAD) September 17, 2018His years at Oregon was simply a fluke on his part… I am sure that he stood on the shoulders of the actual player callers… Random thoughts, outside looking in, closed practices…— Michael Robinson (@DoriansDAD) September 17, 2018UCLA, 0-3, is set to play at Colorado on Sept. 28.last_img read more