– Govt explores alternative sentencingA study conducted on a group of prisoners locally has revealed drug-related offences were found to be the second leading cause for incarcerations.This was revealed at a high-level meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts on exploring alternatives to incarceration, including the establishment of drug treatment courts in Guyana.During the opening ceremony on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly, explained that the study conducted by the Centre of Latin American Studies of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the Guyana Government, assessesA section of the participants at the meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts at the Marriott on Wednesdaythe role drug use plays in the execution of crimes leading to imprisonment, among other things.Atherly noted that the study produced data from 900 inmates, who responded to more than 250 questions.“The findings revealed that drug-related offences were the second leading cause for incarceration, with 21.3 per cent of inmates overall being imprisoned for drug possession or dealing. The findings… awakened us to the realisation that the mechanism of incarceration for dealing with our youth, poor and underprivileged drug-hooked offenders was providing little or no opportunity for breaking the revolving cycle of drugs, crime and incarceration,” he noted.According to the CANU boss, this study clearly highlights the need to act now in implementing alternative sentencing.On this note, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan pointed to the need to shut this revolving door by not only finding alternatives to incarceration but also rehabilitation for drug offenders, whom he said, are clogging the streets, courts and prisons.“I can immediately see drug users coming out of the habit, through what I now understand the court will order as their treatment, detoxification and stabilisation periods of treatment and so on. I could also see that, with treated people, recidivism rates will also fall and not only with drug offences but other offence because drug-users support their bad habits by often stealing [and committing other crimes]… So indeed, this court can have that consequential positive effect that crimes, other than drug-related ones, will be reduced,” Minister Ramjattan asserted.He went on to note, however, that Guyana needed support to establish a drug treatment court, which was one of the alternative programmes identified in the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 under the policy to reduce incarceration.To this end, he expressed his gratitude to the international partners who are here to share their expertise and experience, and to walk local stakeholders through the challenges as they prepare to set up a drug treatment court here.Wednesday’s high-level meeting was a collaboration between the Public Security Ministry and the Organisation of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).OAS Country Representative, Jean Ricot Dormeus, lauded Guyana for taking a step in this direction.
4 Final (July 10, Saint-Denis): Germany/Italy/Spain/France/England – Whoever reaches the final from Wales side of the draw will be massive underdogs given the sides in the other half. One of Germany, Italy, Spain will probably await in the final should the Welsh do the impossible and still be in the tournament come July 10. They could even face a rematch with England if Roy Hodgson sorts his strikers out. 4 4 Semi-final (Lyon, July 6): Croatia – Croatia topping Group D instead of Spain has really opened up this side of the draw and if Colemans men make it this far then that is who they could face. Alternatively, Poland could await Wales if Robert Lewandowski finds his shooting boots in the knockout rounds. Round of 16 (Paris, June 25): Turkey – click the arrow, right, to see Wales’ possible route to the final – Wales made the knockout stages in their only previous appearance at a major tournament but their opponent on that occasion was a Pele-inspired Brazil team in 1958. This time their reward for topping Group B is one of the third-placed sides, either Turkey or another home nations derby in the form of Northern Ireland. Quarter-final (Lille, July 1): Belgium – This is where it enters the unknown as their last 16 opponents could be any of Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Iceland, Hungary or Austria with so many permutations remaining in Group E and F. Even if it is the worst case scenario with Belgium, the Welsh will be confident having kept two clean sheets as they won and drew against Marc Wilmots side in qualifying. Upon starring in Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory in May, their second in three years, Gareth Bale audaciously declared that Wales would go to France looking to win Euro 2016.As improbably as that seemed at the time, Chris Coleman’s side now have a great chance of going far in the tournament having won Group B ahead of England.Results in other groups mean all of the traditional European giants are in the other half of the draw, along with the Three Lions.Wales are the top scorers in the Championships with six goals and star man Gareth Bale is joint-top scorer with Spain’s Alvaro Morata after finding the net three times.The Welsh will be confident mood going into their last 16 tie, but who stands in between them and a place in the final on July 10?Click the arrow above, right, to see Wales’ reward for topping Group B and what England seemingly threw away having made six changes for their final group game. 4
England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal 5 Latest Manchester United News But the pair have clearly helped solidify things as United bounced back from defeats to Brighton and Tottenham – a 3-0 loss that represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho’s managerial career.United return to action at Old Trafford for the first time since then when Wolves visit on Saturday.The promoted side’s manager Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Mourinho’s squad when Porto won the Champions League in 2004, while the United manager’s agent Jorge Mendes is playing a noteworthy role in a project that has a distinct Portuguese flavour.Asked if he had spoken to Mendes about Wolves, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t speak with him for quite a long time, to be honest.“But when we speak we don’t speak about my job or his job. He’s my agent and that’s it. 5 “I want him to play totally fresh. To play for Manchester United is difficult enough for a kid of 19 years old coming from another country and after an important injury and surgery.“He doesn’t need to face more difficulties because of accumulation of matches.“He played 90 minutes, Champions League, difficult pitch, recovered totally and Tuesday he plays again.“But I think he showed for the ones that don’t know him very, very well, he showed that he is not a player to be here just on formation.“He is a player to be here for competition for positions. He’s a very good player.” “I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before,” Mourinho said when asked about the duo.“I don’t want to say it was (Eric) Bailly or (Phil) Jones and it is now Smalling or Lindelof.“I think the team is more compact, is more solid.“The spirit, the cooperation, the empathy, the communication – all of that improves in the team and good results bring confidence and I think we are improving as a team.“I don’t want to say our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor. The team is playing better and of course they are part of the team that played well in these matches.” Nuno Espirito Santo was part of Jose Mourinho’s Champions League winning squad at Porto in 2004 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Mourinho says Dalot will play United’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Derby on Tuesday night Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? United swooped to bring in Dalot on a five-year deal and, having overcome a knee injury, the right-back made his first-team debut on Wednesday against Young Boys in the Champions League to the excitement of many Red Devils fans.Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United reportIt was an assured display from Dalot in Switzerland, but Mourinho will not take any risks with the talented full-back when Wolves visit on Saturday.“I want him in this process of adaptation, I want him to play totally fresh, so he’s not playing tomorrow,” the United boss said.“He plays Tuesday again (against Derby in the Carabao Cup). Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot will have to wait for his Old Trafford debut as Jose Mourinho plans to ease him into the fold.The 19-year-old only made a handful of senior appearances for Porto but Dalot was attracting serious summer interest from some of Europe’s top clubs. Matic and Rashford are unavailable as they are suspended Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Dalot performed well on his United debut in their Champions League win over Young Boys RANKED 5 gameday cracker REVEALED silverware REVEALED “But I think the work in Wolves is good because it’s not just about the Portuguese influence – Portuguese manager, staff and players – it is also about getting the right ones and I think they got good young players and they got also good experienced, stable players.“So, they got this season, the Portuguese national team goalkeeper, they got (Joao) Moutinho, which is one of the players of the 100 caps club.“Big stability in the team. The young ones are young boys with good potential and you can see the work of the coaching staff and the team is a really, really good team.” Mourinho’s side are looking for their fourth straight win in all competitions 5 United captain Antonio Valencia is set to replace Dalot in the starting line-up, having been rested for the 3-0 win in Bern due to concerns over the impact of the synthetic surface.Jesse Lingard, another rested for the Young Boys trip, and Phil Jones, out recently with a hamstring complaint, are also back in contention for a match that Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are not ready for.Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic are suspended as United look to extend a three-match winning streak that has coincided with a settled centre-back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.