first_imgSenior legal figures are at odds on how to reform the Crown Prosecution Service, it has emerged.Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle Victoria Atkins, a non-practising barrister, mooted the idea about making the CPS ‘more localised’ during social and economic thinktank Politeia’s discussion ‘The CPS – is the system working?’.However, Lib Dem peer Lord Macdonald (pictured), who was director of public prosecutions from 2003 to 2008, told the event there were ‘many flaws’ with Atkins’ proposed model.The CPS, which was created by the Prosecution of Offences Act, began operating in 1986.Atkins, a specialist fraud prosecutor, said ‘we are at a time now where we can really begin to be bold about how the CPS should be’.She suggested the CPS could be responsible for setting, reviewing and ensuring national prosecuting standards are met.Atkins mooted: ‘Having a network of solicitor agents across the country, chambers as well, where we begin to take on more of the litigation role and where they are advising from the very beginning – pre, post-charge and beyond.’‘I wonder if we could not set up a more localised system where, if you’re in Lincolnshire, you know you’re being prosecuted by solicitors or barristers in your local community who understand the pressures of your area in a way which Rose Walk [the address of the CPS’s head office in London] simply can’t.’Lincolnshire’s policing needs were ‘very different’ to those of central London, Atkins said.Though Macdonald was ‘not opposed’ to the idea of localism, he warned it could lead to ‘huge inconsistency’ around the country in terms of decision-making and ‘overpowerful’ police forces.Macdonald said the proposed model would lead to lawyers working in a CPS ‘that does no advocacy, no role in charging, but has some sort of guiding function that’s not quite defined’.He said it was ‘very dangerous’ to ‘talk in terms of devolving powers to small, independent organisations dotted around the country who have little contact with each other and may have a commercial interest in decisions they take’.Earlier this week the CPS was criticised by inspectors for failing to engage effectively with defence practitioners amid efforts to reduce delays in magistrates’ courts.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK | Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” has died at the age of 95.At the Barbados Independence Day Parade on Saturday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced Burgie died Friday.“Day-O,” written in 1952, has been ubiquitous, appearing in everything from the film and Broadway musical “Beetlejuice” to an E-Trade commercial. “Day-O” was also the wake-up call for the astronauts on two Space Shuttle missions in the 1990s. When a superstar list of music royalty gathered to film the “We Are the World” video in 1985, most burst into a playful version of “Day-O” in between takes. Lil’ Wayne used a sample of “Day-O” in his “6 Foot 7 Foot.”According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Burgie’s songs have sold over 100 million records throughout the world. Many were recorded by Belafonte, including eight of the 11 songs on Belafonte’s 1956 album, “Calypso,” the first album to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. Burgess also penned songs for the Kingston Trio (“The Seine,” “El Matador,” and “The Wanderer”) and for other groups.His “Jamaica Farewell” has been recorded by Belafonte, Jimmy Buffett, Carly Simon and others. Others who have sung his songs include Mantovani, Miriam Makeba and Julio Iglesias. Burgie’s classic Caribbean standards include such familiar hits as “Island in The Sun,” “Angelina,” and he was co-writer of “Mary’s Boy Child.” He also wrote the 1963 off-Broadway musical “Ballad for Bimshire” that starred Ossie Davis.He served in an all-black U.S. Army battalion in World War II and used GI Bill funds to pay for music studies. Burgie studied at the Juilliard School of Music, University of Arizona and University of Southern California. He became a folk singer using the stage name “Lord Burgess” and performed the circuit between New York and Chicago, making his New York nightclub debut at the Village Vanguard in 1954.After announcing his death, Mottley asked for a moment of silence for the Brooklyn-born Burgie, who wrote the lyrics to the national anthem of Barbados — his mother’s homeland.“We write our names on history’s page/With expectations great/Strict guardians of our heritage/Firm craftsmen of our fate,” go some of the lines of the anthem.last_img read more

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first_imgLes entraînements reprenaient officiellement ce lundi au sein du plus luxembourgeois des clubs belges, l’Excelsior Virton. Par ailleurs, il est confirmé qu’Erwin Bradasch, l’adjoint de Dino Toppmöller à Dudelange, continuerait à l’être à Virton. C’est d’ailleurs lui qui était à la baguette ce week-end, Toppmöller étant retenu à l’Euro espoirs en Italie, dans le cadre de sa licence pro. Confirmation ce lundi à l’entraînement ? Ces arrivées seraient tout sauf une surprise dans la mesure où cela fait des semaines qu’ils sont annoncés en Gaume. Partager Mais des tests physiques avaient déjà lieu vendredi et samedi. Et ceux-ci ont permis de constater que «selon les présences ce samedi, lors des tests, et les noms qui figurent sur la liste détaillant le noyau virtonais, vont (ou devraient probablement) encore débarquer les Dudelangeois Jerry Prempeh, Edisson Jordanov, Clément Couturier, Stelvio Cruz et Dave Turpel» comme l’écrivaient ce week-end nos confrères belges de L’Avenir Luxembourg sur leur site internet. LQ Enfin, Jay Schoffner, l’ex-adjoint américain de Luc Holtz à la tête des Roud Léiwen, ferait office de deuxième adjoint.last_img read more

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first_imgFijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu has rejoined Glasgow Warriors two years after leaving for English side Bath.The 28-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second year at Scotstoun after proving his fitness to new head coach Dave Rennie.Matawalu’s time in England’s south west was marred by injury and he made just ten appearances for the Aviva Premiership side before switching to rivals Exeter last November.He failed to play a game for the Chiefs and was released earlier this summer. Matawalu said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans again. It means so much to me. “Glasgow Warriors was my first professional club and first club outside of Fiji and it’s where I met a lot of good people.“Dave Rennie is a very good person. He’s very down to Earth and he had a good chat with me before I decided to come back. He’s a good man.“I always play like it’s my last game and I’m very excited to be back in Glasgow.” The 32-time capped international ranked top for Guiness PRO14 tries, assists and clean breaks during his first spell with the Warriors.Rennie has warned Matawalu his place is by no means guaranteed. The Kiwi said: “I’ve seen Niko play a lot of test footy for Fiji and for Glasgow Warriors when they won the title, too. He’s a bit of a freak on the field, he’s a game breaker. “I know he was incredibly popular here with the fans and when I met with him he made it very clear that he was very passionate about Glasgow and wanted to come back.”He added: “We’ve got three really good nines already, Henry Pyrgos and Ali Price are Scotland internationals and George Horne has really impressed us in pre-season. “Niko is going to have to work really hard, but the fact that he can play on the wing and at full-back is a bonus and his utility value will help us during the Autumn Tests and Six Nations periods. “We want to harness his individual brilliance and not coach it out of him, he’ll be dynamic on our artificial pitch. “He’s been out of footy for a fair amount of time so the next month will be about getting his body right so that once he gets his opportunity he’s ready to fire.”last_img read more

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