…criticises undermining of DPP OfficeGovernment’s hiring of special prosecutors to take legal action against former Government officials who have house lots at the Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara Housing Project, also known as “Pradoville 2”, is not only a flagrant attempt at political witch-hunting, but it violates the Constitution and undermines the constitutional office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), vindicating the assertion that a parallel justice system is being created.President David GrangerThis is according to former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, who expressed great disturbance over Government’s move to establish a team of prosecutors to lead the case against the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) officials who acquired house lots in the Sparendaam Housing Scheme (Pradoville 2) on the East Coast of Demerara, at costs believed to be below market value.In a video circulating on social media, Nandlall said Government is blatantly making a mockery of the criminal justice system by cherry-picking persons to skew evidence in such a way to influence the Administration’s desired outcome.The parliamentarian highlighted that a prosecutor is a minister of justice and is to impartially present evidence to support a particular charge and is professionally obliged not to have an interest in the outcome of the prosecution; but in this venture which Government is embarking, those elements are absent.Additional evidenceMoreover, Nandlall reminded that the DPP already pronounced that there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute persons identified as culpable in the Pradoville 2 Housing Project and unless additional evidence is found, then the matter is regarded as settled or concluded.“We are not aware of this additional evidence and here it is in usurping the functions of the DPP, the Government is now embarking upon a course to hire prosecutors after not being satisfied with the position taken by the DPP,” he surmised.Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali HackNandlall said Government’s move to take the lead on such an initiative weakens the office of the DPP, which is the constitutional body tasked with the function of recommending criminal charges and any attempts to bypass or influence its operations are outright unconstitutional.“It is not the function of an Executive Government to prosecute criminal offences. The prosecution of all criminal offences is vested by the Constitution in the office of the DPP, an independent office that the Constitution said must not be the subject of any influence of external authority, more particularly, political authority. Why is this office being bypassed?” Nandlall posited.He explained that indeed there is nothing wrong with sourcing prosecutors outside of the prosecutors’ office but the decision to hire and who to hire must be done by the DPP.“What we will see is not prosecution but persecution and political witch-hunting. They have SARA (State Assets Recovery Agency) and SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) outside of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), two political units established to carry out law enforcement functions. They are staffed with politicians, they will hand their findings to politically appointed prosecutors and I predict again that they will have a special court they will appoint to hear these matters so the Government will be running a parallel criminal justice system,” he asserted, noting that it is nothing short of an abrogation of the rule of law.The PPP Executive said the Party will support any investigation into wrongdoings and is not against the prosecution of any criminal offence but under certain conditions.“Once it is done fairly and once the rules of natural justice are observed and once it is done in accordance with the rule of law. Those are the principles we are advocating must be complied with,” he stated.
EUREKA >> Both sides of Redwood Acres Raceway were filled this past Saturday for the Lithia Dodge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Eureka Night at the Races. In addition to the six local divisions of cars, the North State Modified Series returned to the raceway for the second and final time in 2016.Fourteen Mid City Motor World late models qualified for the night with Oregon veteran, Mike Sackett setting fast time 15.919. Sadly for Sackett, he suffered problems which prevented him from participating … read more
The African School of Excellence school being built in Tsakane in Johannesburg’s East Rand. (Image ASE)A township school operating from mobile classrooms on a rented piece of land is administering one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous academic qualifications – the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum.Costing them just R200 a month, the African School of Excellence (ASE) in Tsakane, on Johannesburg’s East Rand, offers township pupils A Levels qualifications that will enable them to get into prestigious universities around the world.Although the school’s fees are R200 a month, it costs R8 000 a year to teach each pupil; the balance of the funds subsidised by corporate donors. The school will apply for government funding once its new premises are built.The school is the brainchild of social entrepreneurs Nonhlanhla Masina, Jay Kloppenberg and Melusi Radebe. Masina and Radebe are former schoolmates from Tsakane who attended the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) together. They conceived the idea after they matriculated in 2006 and went to Wits.Masina told City Press: “When I arrived at Wits, I realised that I was hopelessly unprepared for the demands of academic life. Academically, I was weak and unprepared. And it suddenly dawned on me that this was what most people with a similar background [as me] had to go through.”The ASE model is all about taking the very best teachers, instilling students with confidence and a passion for learning, and then using technology to amplify that effect. The school was launched in January 2013 after running successful pilot programmes in Ghana and South Africa.This followed classes run by Masina and Radebe during winter and summer school holidays. They realised that for the pupils were to walk into any university in the world and succeed, their efforts were woefully inadequate.According to an internal study from October 2013, ASE found that its students had reached comparable levels in mathematics, reading, and writing to their British peers, despite beginning the year well below these levels. Kloppenberg and ASE believe that children should not be deprived of quality education because of their backgrounds.IMPROVING AT AN AMAZING PACEASE Tsakane currently enrols pupils in grades 7 and 8. It has four lead teachers, eight academic advisers, and three curriculum writers.Kloppenberg told City Press: “What the kids don’t have when they come to us is a lot of money and good foundational skills. What they do have is an incredible passion for learning. And we wanted to use the passion to give them an education as good as the very best schools in the country.“We want our scholars to be able to step into any university in the world and expect to succeed.”Last year, ASE put 87 Grade 7 pupils through a numeracy and literacy programme too intense for them as none of them could read above Grade 3 level. Kloppenberg said: “By the end of the year, we gave them the Cambridge assessment to see how many of them had caught up to UK levels. Our ambitious goal was that it would take them two years to catch up to UK levels of literacy and mathematics. We found that after one year, 99% of them had caught up.“Earlier this year, they wrote the Maths Olympiad and between 25% and 30% made the semi-finals. And we made them write the Annual National Assessment for ninth graders, not Grade 8. The class achieved about 95%, and that was ahead of the wealthiest quintile in the whole country.”BUILDING A WELCOMING SCHOOLAccording to ASE, the environment in which pupils learn affects their capacity for learning in numerous ways. The school wants every aspect of attending it to be a positive experience for its pupils. It is also important that the feeling of being welcomed extends to the communities they serve, the school emphasises.Through innovative building methods and creative architectural work, ASE says, it provides a world-class learning facility at 50% of the building cost per square meter compared to a traditionally constructed school building, making it more affordable. This building system is fast, inexpensive, compact, and easy to replicate in urban and rural settings throughout South Africa, making it a perfectly scalable model. read more
Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BREAKING: Hawaii’s @angelaleemma was involved in car accident on O’ahu Monday. Family confirms no serious injuries but will postpone #ONEFC Atomweight title defense vs. Mei Yamaguchi which was scheduled for Nov. 24th in Singapore pic.twitter.com/CZOpDo8Ueg— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) November 8, 2017The 21-year-old Lee, who is among ONE Championship’s top stars, has been pulled out from her scheduled rematch against Mei Yamaguchi for the women’s atomweight title on Nov. 24 in Singapore.“Angela will not be competing on November 24. We are all blessed and relieved that Angela will make a full recovery. Please join me in sending love, prayers, and positive energy to Angela and her family.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sityodtong also said that according to police, Lee’s vehicle flipped several times.Fortunately for Lee, she only suffered “a concussion, some minor burns and a banged up body.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSityodtong said he saw photos of the car and it could’ve been fatal had Lee not put on a seatbelt.“I saw photos of the damaged car, and it was a complete wreck.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments MOST READ Lee quickly emerged as ONE’s biggest draws since making her debut in 2015. She is currently unbeaten after eight fights. Giants quarterback Eli Manning not ready to sit just yet Angela Lee celebrates after stopping Jenny Huang in the third round to defend her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom on March 11, 2017 in Thailand. Photo from ONE Championship’s Facebook pageMMA champion Angela Lee on Tuesday survived a horrific car accident, as per ONE Championship chief Chatri Sityodong.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Sityodtong said Lee dozed off behind the wheel while heading to her morning training.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next read more
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes wait by the tunnel before the start of OSU’s game against Tulsa on Sept. 10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes battled the Tulsa Golden Hurricane through the rain on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3.
The Liverpool manager believes Paris Saint-Germain is the most difficult team in Group C of the UEFA Champions LeagueAfter the results of the UEFA Champions League group stage drawn were known, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the most difficult team to face is PSG.“PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches,” he told Sky Sports.“I am looking forward to watching PSG a bit more often, which is a very interesting project for sure over in France with Thomas Tuchel.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Facing Neymar will be, for our Brazilian guys, like meeting a friend again and all that stuff. It’s a big challenge, but for all the others it is a big challenge to face us,” he added.“Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge.”“I’ve been to Napoli with Dortmund, so I know what the atmosphere is like there. In fact, it’s where I got a suspension [for being sent off]. I can do better, obviously! Red Star, I watched them last night. They came through and it will be, again, a very, very intense atmosphere I am sure,” he explained.Liverpool will play in Group C with French side Paris Saint-Germain, Italian club Napoli and Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade. read more
The legendary German footballer believes that in order to get back to the top, the Nationalmannschaft needs to enjoy football again.2018 was a year to forget for the Germany national team.The defending FIFA World Cup champions did not make it out alive of the Group Stage of the 2018 competition.And then it failed miserably in the UEFA Nations League tournament.Part of the blame is that the Nationalmannschaft is not enjoying football as before, at least this is what legendary footballer Oliver Bierhoff believes.“I am convinced that although it felt that way last summer, German football is not far away from being the world’s best,” said Bierhoff to the official Germany Football Association website.“We need more emotion again. Despite all the systems, we also need to create space for the development of individuals.”“We need more playground mentality again,” he explained.“Together with the league and clubs we aim to establish a successful German way,” he said.“We need to start making the most of our talent pool again, and also develop the boys and girls of our youth teams as best we can.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Our analysis has shown that at least a third of the talent available to us is not developed to its full potential,” he said on what needs to be changed.Germany’s 2018 World Cup run was the worst of any German national team in history.“We have one head coach and two assistants in our youth teams,” added Meikel Schönweitz, head coach of the national youth teams.“With that, with have three coaches in every team and three different types of coaches: the experienced one, the innovative one, and the specialist.”“My job is to help the coaches to further develop their expertise,” he continued.“We’re seeing things that we could take for our own work more and more. The goal is to get through to the players through the coach and fully develop talent. I see myself as a go-to for the players. We’re already looking at who has the upcoming tournaments in their sights and who could help us at EURO 2024.”Happy 28th Birthday to Christoph #Kramer! 🎉#DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/RiLJEXMH1X— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) February 19, 2019 read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 18, 2016 – On Friday, the PNP getting it done ahead of its executive meetings which are announced for start today and will decide on the unequivocal standard bearers as we near a General Election. Three at large choices were made: Sheba Wilson of the Big South made it through along with another South Caicos islander, Rev John Malcolm and the MP for North & Middle who shifted to go at large will be a part of the PNP’s five in the all island race, Hon Donhue Gardiner.There are two areas to be ratified; South Caicos ED#3 between Hon Ruth Blackman, current PNP appointed member and Alvin Parker; and Electoral District #4, North and Middle Caicos where attorney Mark Fulford and hotel executive, Tueton Williams have to be considered by the NEC. The PNP wants to be done with selection of its 15 candidates by end of the month. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: read more