State Prosecutors should be equipped to deal with financial crimes – AG

first_imgA three-day training workshop on Trial Advocacy, which commenced on Thursday, heard Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams emphasise the need for State Prosecutors to be better skilled and equipped to handle high profile cases such as those involving financial crimes.Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil WilliamsSpeaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop, Minister Williams said this initiative is a welcome one, as it seeks to further train prosecutors so that they are more effective in achieving successful prosecutions.The Head of the Bar underscored the importance of State Prosecutors being equipped with the necessary tools to ensure proper prosecutions particularly in the area of financial crimes and corruption.“Over the years, a lot of focus has been placed on prosecution (of) traditional crimes, but with the direction that the world is going, we must also give attention to developing the requisite skills to prosecute corruption cases and financial crimes such as fraud, bribery, money laundering and terrorist financing,” he stated, while adding cybercrimes to the list.The Attorney General further said, “…we have a problem with convictions right now in money laundering and other specialised aspects [such as] financial crimes. So our State Prosecutors must recognise that this is a timely intervention; not that they are losing these cases, they just need the training. (They) must understand the elements of a money laundering offence and distinguish it from narcotics offences.”This sentiment was also shared by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, who noted, “We are embarking on some new areas of law, particularly in the financial investigations; and we are doing our best to learn the law as well as to do training (such as these).”The DPP further stated that similar training workshops will be held going forward, with the aim of enhancing prosecutions in both the High and Magistrates’ Courts, as well as the Appellate Court.“Trial advocacy is a skill, and it does take some learning for you to improve on what you have. It’s knowing your facts together with the way you put it over, and…I’m sure we will each benefit from this learning experience, and together this will build the capacity of prosecutions in Guyana’s justice system,” Ali-Hack posited.The three-day training is being hosted by the Office of the DPP at the Marriott Hotel. Among those participating are prosecutors from the DPP Chambers and Police Prosecutors.The workshop forms part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative’s (CBSI’s) Justice Sector Assistance Programme funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.A five member team from the National Centre for State Courts will be facilitating the training programme for State Prosecutors.last_img read more

Consultation starts for REDD+ GRM mechanism

first_imgCommunity consultations have begun in Guyana, so as to develop a Grievance and Redress Mechanism (GRM), which is expected to boost the implementation of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).The discussions, which were held at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini); and Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will be moved to Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); and Annai and Anna Regina, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) in the coming months.At these engagements, the REDD+ stakeholders – which are made up of Indigenous people and residents of forest dependent communities – are assisting with recommendations for a REDD+ GRM. This is done by highlighting the existing mechanisms and identifying gaps in these measures, while suggesting ways in which they can be addressed so as to better the functions of the systems. The stakeholders are also being updated on the historical analysis of REDD+ related grievances and existing GRMs.In December 2017, the activities were contracted to a local firm, The Consultancy Group (TCG), by the Natural Resources Ministry under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Project (FCPF).Upon conclusion of the consultancy, the company is expected to develop a national coordinating structure and procedures to receive, process and investigate complaints from affected communities under the REDD+ implementation in Guyana.The new mechanism will be based on dialogue and engagement with the people and must be transparent and impartial.Over the last five years, indication has been shown that the grievances surrounding REDD+ and natural resources management in Guyana are classified into two categories – institution-related grievances and land-related.Institutional grievances refer to stakeholder concerns about the functioning of specific Government agencies, management and the overall management of natural resources in Guyana. Land-related grievances involve miners, foresters, farmers and moreover, the Indigenous communities.The FCPF Project is ensuring that a GRM is available from the earliest stages of REDD+ Readiness in Guyana.last_img read more

$16M water ambulance commissioned

first_imgA $16 million water ambulance to serve the community of Barakara along the Canje River in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was on Monday commissioned by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence.The new one-of-a-kind water ambulance for Barakara“Not only access to health, but timely access to health… and I know that this will fulfil that request in terms of the residents from not only Barakara, but the other communities will benefit from this river ambulance that is equipped with oxygen and all the other things for patients who will be in need of such on their way to the New Amsterdam Hospital,” Minister Lawrence at the commissioning.She admonished that the new equipment should only be used for the purpose intended.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary within the Public Health Ministry Collette Adams noted that the commissioning of the river ambulance was a significant event for the Ministry.“This ambulance is unique. I don’t think that there is another one like this in the country so I ask that you care it”.She said the regional administration will be responsible for providing personnel who are expected to commence training on Wednesday.In April last, Minister Lawrence handed over a water ambulance to the communities of Siparuta and Orealla, which are situated along the Corentyne River. The fully-equipped boat with all the necessary medical equipment— inclusive of an oxygen tank, heart monitors, stretcher and other equipment— has since played a critical role in providing support in a fast and efficient manner as patients are being transported to the Skeldon Hospital.last_img read more

Bale set for ‘Sh126mn million a week’ China move

first_imgSpanish daily Marca claimed that Bale, who has been at Real since 2013 since signing from Tottenham, will earn 22 million euros per season in China and that the deal is almost finalised.However, later reports by Sky Sports in England suggested the player’s representatives were negotiating a mind-boggling £1 million a week contract before the Chinese transfer window shuts on Wednesday.Real boss Zidane said last weekend he thought it would be “best for everyone” if Bale’s departure could be arranged quickly — comments Bale’s agent branded “disrespectful” of a player who helped the side to a Spanish league title and four Champions Leagues since arriving from Tottenham six years ago.Zidane then insisted Monday he meant no disrespect before Bale came on as a substitute in a midweek 3-2 friendly win over Arsenal in the United States.“He had a good game and I’m happy for him,” Zidane said. “I do not know what’s going to happen, for now he’s with us. It did not change anything.”Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has already insisted that any deal which sees the Welshman leave the Bernabeu would have to be a permanent one and not one that sees him shipped out on loan.“There will be no makeshift deals to get him out of the club,” said Barnett.“Gareth is one of the best players on the planet. I can guarantee you he will not be going on loan to any club.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000China calling for Gareth Bale? © AFP / Jim WATSONPARIS, France, Jul 27 – Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was Friday on the verge of signing a “Sh126mn (£1mn) a week” deal with Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, reports claimed.The 30-year-old Welshman has already been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane that he does not form part of his future plans at the Spanish giants.last_img read more

Feds arrest 1,300 criminal immigrants

first_imgNearly 90 percent of the immigrants arrested had criminal records, deportation orders or had reentered the United States after being removed. The rest, 146, were people who encountered the agents and could not prove they were in the United States legally. Officers arrested 530 immigrants in their homes and workplaces and took custody of nearly 800 others from jails in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The 1,327 arrests surpassed the 1,297 undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE agents at meat processing plants in six states last December, part of an investigation into identity theft. Since the 9/11 terror strikes, pressure has been growing on the federal government to crack down on illegal immigrants, especially those who have committed crimes. ICE has been waging a public relations battle to show it is addressing the problem, conducting a controversial effort across the nation to remove such violators. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 1,300 immigrants, most of whom either have criminal records or have failed to abide by deportation orders, were arrested in Southern California in the past two weeks in a series of federal sweeps. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which plans to announce the operation at a news conference in Los Angeles later today, called the sweep the largest of its kind in the United States. Nearly 600 of those arrested at homes, workplaces and in jails have already been deported. “Where these laws may not have been enforced in the past, that has changed,” Jim Hayes, Los Angeles field office director for ICE said. last_img read more

Conte’s brilliant 4-2-4 Chelsea line up including new signing N’Golo Kante

first_img 3. Kurt Zouma (centre back) – Zouma has returned to pre-season training and could be in line to return to fitness by the start of next season. He will surely be one of the first names on Conte’s team sheet. Now the 2016 European Championship finals are over, Antonio Conte is fully focused on life in the Premier League.The Italian takes over at Chelsea and, in particular, there is much speculation over how he might line his new side up in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.Including the possiblity of a change from the 4-2-3-1 Blues supporters have grown accustomed to over the last few seasons, the club will also have Leicester City’s Premier League-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante to choose from after completing a deal on Saturday.But how could he slot into the Chelsea side? And what formation could Conte deploy?Featuring the France international and a change in formation, check out a predicted Chelsea XI for next season by viewing the slideshow above. 1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up by clicking the arrow above, right – Despite being shaky at times last season, Courtois is firmly expected to continue his role as no.1 at Stamford Bridge. At 24-years-old he should be standing in between the Blues posts for the next few years. 11 11 11 5. Abdul Baba Rahman (left back) – The Ghanaian is yet to settle at Chelsea, but Conte may be under pressure to see last summer’s £14m signing (which could rise to £21m) perform in the first team. The defender, though, will need to seriously up his game to keep his place. 11 11 11 11 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) – Kante was simply outstanding for Leicester City last season and it’s no surprise a whole host of clubs were interested in securing his signature. The Blues won the race, paying a reported £32million for the 25-year-old. 4. John Terry (centre back) – It was a campaign largely to forget for Terry, but Conte may feel the Chelsea captain still has much to offer on the field. It could be his last season at Stamford Bridge, so he’ll be looking to go out on a high. 9. Michy Batshuayi (centre forward) – With Chelsea splashing £33m on Batshuayi, he is expected to be thrown straight into action by Conte. He scored 17 goals last season and will be looking to continue his top form in the Premier League. 11 11 8. Willian (right attack) – Voted as Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season, Willian could remain a key man under Conte. While he was at times excellent, far more than six goals in the Premier League will be expected. 11 11 11. Eden Hazard (left attack) – Hazard looks to have slowly returned to top form after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Belgium and despite reports earlier in the year suggesting he could be sold by Chelsea, he is set to stay put. Conte will likely view the forward as integral to his future plans. 10. Diego Costa (centre forward) – Costa is often linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but is likely to remain the first choice up top under Conte. His 12 goals won Chelsea 11 points last term, proving just how crucial he remains. 6. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) – Fabregas will be looking to silence a fair few critics next term and should be fired up to do so. His on-field relationship with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa could be crucial for Conte. 2. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) – Given Branislav Ivanovic’s dip in form, Conte may be tempted to move Azpilicueta over to his preferred flank, on the right. Injury moved the Spaniard to this wing in the final few weeks of last season, where he looked at ease. last_img read more

Softball Coaching Staff Recognized by NFCA with Division I Regional Coaching Staff of the Year Award

first_imgMidwest – DrakeOverall: 45-12 MVC: 24-1Head Coaches: Rich CalvertAssistant Coaches: Tina DeAngelo, Kasey Griffith Representing each of the NFCA’s 10 Division I regions, these respective coaching staffs – Oklahoma, St. Francis, Michigan, Ohio, Liberty, Drake, Hofstra, Oregon, Arkansas, South Carolina and Arizona State – garnered Coaching Staff of the Year honors. These 11 programs, along with national champion Florida State, are eligible for the NFCA’s Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year award, which will be announced on June 27. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Drake University’s softball coaching staff was one of eleven honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a 2018 Division I Regional Coaching Staff of the Year, announced the NFCA Tuesday afternoon, June 12.center_img Season HighlightsMVC regular season and tournament champs … Reached the Eugene Regional final… Won the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament games with two victories over BYU… Set program record for most overall wins and MVC wins… Recorded a program-record 24-game winning streak… Garnered MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors… Redshirt junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) first-ever Bulldog to earn NFCA All-American honors (third team) … Sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) was first-ever Bulldog to be named MVC Player of the Year. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

A SKY light for Soweto kids

first_imgBob Nameng founder of the SowetoKliptown Youth Project imparts valuablelifeskills to the youth of Soweto(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Members of the Soweto Kliptown Youthhave learned to use their artistic talents to create business opportunities for themselves(Image: Tamara O’Reilly) Tamara O’ReillyBob Nameng’s work as the founder of the Soweto Kliptown Youth project has turned him into a celebrity of sorts in Kliptown, so much so that engaging in conversation with him without being interrupted is impossible.Sitting in the shade of a fence that separates a train station from one of the project’s art workshops, everyone who notices him stops to have lengthy cordial conversations – and he’s so accommodating he doesn’t even give them the standard “come back later” response.“No matter what I’m doing, I never turn anyone away,” says Nameng. “It’s not my policy. My doors and arms are open to anyone.” With the number of projects he’s undertaken to improve the lives of people in this community, that statement seems genuine. At the age of 16 he founded the Kliptown Child and Youth Club, now known as Soweto Kliptown Youth or SKY, one of the oldest surviving centres for youth in Soweto.The need for such a centre grew out of his own observations of what was lacking for the younger generation of Soweto and his own tragic experiences.Kliptown is a crowded informal settlement of about 50 000 people. As the birthplace of the Freedom Charter of 1955, the beginning of a long battle against apartheid, the area has great historical importance. Since democracy was achieved hundreds of economic, social development and infrastructure projects have take place in Soweto, however this area still has a high unemployment rate, poor infrastructure, few libraries and clinics, and the prevalence of HIV/Aids remains a concern.“I grew up in nearby Meadowlands. My mum died when I was four, my father when I was six and my physically challenged brother when I was 12. With all this darkness around me I was searching for some light which I obviously wasn’t getting at home. So I joined the streets,” says Nameng.The dawn of SKYAfter a year of no school and resorting to thuggish means to survive, an aunt “rescued” him, taking him to her home in Kliptown where she cared for him. It was the power of knowing that someone cared, says Nameng, that made him decide to offer kids from similar backgrounds a place to go where they also felt loved and sheltered.At the age of 16, in the two-roomed home where he still resides, he began holding choir sessions with 12 youths from the neighbourhood. The number of members soon increased and after school and weekends became a time of drawing, reading, learning and discussing issues, and finding solutions to the issues that affected members.Soon it became a place where children and teenagers would gather after school for entertainment ranging from dance to craft-making – a tradition that has lasted 22 years. As part of their development, kids are also encouraged to participate in sports like basketball, cricket and soccer.“Soccer is a much-loved game in this community. It has the power to give the young guys and girls characteristics like confidence and assertiveness. These are things you need if you want to make it in this community. You have no idea how many kids have been part of SKY. Many of them came here with a serious lack of ambition and I feel we managed to instil that in many of our members,” says Nameng.Feeding developmentEvery day about 300 children from the age of four upwards are fed at the centre – before school, after school and just before returning to their homes. Some of the vegetables are grown on the premises giving the youth a chance to learn basic farming skills.“We all know that a child cannot learn on an empty stomach and very often there is no food to eat when they get home. Through our feeding project we aim to educate children about nutrition, and to contribute to their physical and mental development. One of the most important reasons we have this project is to provide for the nutritional needs of those kids who are infected with HIV.”The organisation and its activities are sustained through generous donations from people all over the world who hear about SKY, as well as proceeds from various arts and entrepreneurship projects. One such project is providing a tour guide service to local and international tourists.“I’m trying to kill this culture of handouts that has been entrenched in so many people, especially youngsters,” says Nameng. “Being underprivileged does not mean that things are owed to you. Our youth need to be taught to be self sufficient and the tour guide operation and art and craft business are some of the ways we achieve that with our members.”Spreading the wordThe SKY foundation has spread to other parts of Johannesburg, with 14 community centres being established in impoverished areas of the city, like the Orange Farm informal settlement south of Johannesburg. Exchange programmes with schools such as Noble and Greenough in Massachusetts in the US as well as invitations for members to perform at international music and art festivals have put SKY on the map.Useful links Soweto Kliptown Youth Exchange programmelast_img read more

South Africa cuts interest rate

first_img20 July 2012 South Africa’s Reserve Bank decided on Thursday to cut its interest rate for banks, known as the repo rate, by 50 basis points to 5.0%. The prime rate at the country’s retail banks will now decline to 8.5%. Prior to Thursday’s cut, the Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) had kept the repo rate at a more than 30-year low of 5.5% for its last nine meetings. The repo (repurchase) rate is the rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to the country’s banks. “While it is recognised that such a move on its own will not overcome the challenges facing the economy, it is felt that it can help alleviate some of the pressures faced by some sector,” Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said following the MPC’s fourth meeting this year. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the decision. “This decision will go a long way towards alleviating cost pressures on households and businesses (and SMEs in particular), although the measure in and of itself is unlikely to have a significant impact on improving economic activity,” Sacci said in a statement. The cut was a welcome indication that long-term inflation is expected to moderate. The Reserve Bank revised its economic forecast for 2012 and 2013 slightly downwards. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is now projected to moderate to 2.7% (from a previous 2.9% forecast) before it picks up to 3.8% (from a previous 3.9% forecast) in 2013. In a research note, Nedbank economists said the decision was “unexpected but not unreasonable given the rapid deterioration in the global economy in recent weeks. “What happens next depends on whether the combined global monetary stimulus sparks some recovery later in the year (in which case rates will remain stable) or whether the global economy slips into recession (expect further easing)”, Nedbank said. Nedbank added, however, that it expected rates to remain stable well into 2013. The MPC will hold its next meeting from 18-20 September. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Bank dacoit injured in gunfire, arrested

first_imgA bank dacoit, Benu Barik, was injured and arrested by the police following an exchange of fire inside Rampada jungle under the Buguda police station in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Tuesday.Two bullets hit the accused in his leg. He has been admitted to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. On receiving information about his presence at Rampada jungle, a team from the Buguda police station tracked him down at 7.30 a.m. while he was travelling on a bike along with an accomplice. There was an exchange of fire between the police and the duo. While an injured Barik was nabbed by the police, his accomplice managed to escape.According to Inspector in-charge of Buguda police station Ram Chandra Biswal, the accused was involved in a dacoity at the Manitara branch of Utkal Grameen Bank under the Buguda police station limits of Ganjam district on May 24, 2017. A group of six armed robbers had looted mortgaged gold ornaments worth over ₹4 lakh and cash.last_img read more