Move to ease court backlogThe government said the move to amend the act was to ease the heavy backlog that now burdens the country’s justice system.“The backlog in the courts is a real problem. We have too many cases that drag on for years,’ Chuck said. Plans are afoot by the Jamaican government to amend the Gun Court Act to allow for all non-capital murder cases to be tried by a judge only.Non Capital murder cases are those that are not usually punishable by the death sentence.The disclosure was made by Attorney General Marlene Mahaloo-Forte during a recent debate on the criminal Justice Act in parliament.Trial by judge alone“The Gun Court Act is going to be amended. Currently, this act provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone. There is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder committed with a firearm. In such a situation, the current law provides that trial should be by jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence, in the non-capital category, will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Her proposal was bolstered by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck who argued that it would make sense to amend the act “as all other gun offenses are tried by a judge alone.”In Jamaica, capital murder cases are currently tried with a panel of 12 jurors while non-capital murder cases are tried with seven jurors.
A former President of the Ghana Athletics Association has said he suspects foul play following Martha Bissah’s inability to qualify for the All Africa Games.The teenager was unable to run the required time to get her into the multisport event slated for next month.In an interview with Joy Sports, former GAA George Lutterodt is questioning why the country’s athletics governing body failed to make Martha compete in her preferred event, the 800 metre race. “Is she running in her main event, the 800 metres or is she running the 1500 metre which is not her event? And why is she not running her event? If you told me she was running 800 metres and she didn’t qualify, I would be very surprised but I am told she is running something she does not want to run which is the 1500 metres.””The question to ask the GAA is why was her event not on the table from the beginning. She goes to win gold at the Olympics and comes back and the event is no longer on the GAA time table.”That is a very serious thing we have to answer.” But in a quick rebuttal on Asempa FM, Dr. Mark Dzra Dosi, Treasurer at the GAA, discounted the thought. “The 1500 metre race is her other event. Actually when we discovered Martha, she was in the 1500 metre in Kumasi last year. So it is not the case that this is not her event and she has actually run very well except that she was a little close to reaching the qualifying in both,” Dosi noted.“This year we have had eight event and Martha has run the 800 metre three times this year and her best time has been 2.07 seconds and last year her best time was 2:04 seconds in China. She didn’t start training early this time round.””Next weekend, August 22, we have one more competition that offers Martha the chance to qualify for the All Africa Games. The door is not closed for Martha.”We have about seven other athletes like that too.” With the prodigious Martha only a few days from her 18th birthday, all this squabbling may yet distract her from her goal of representing Ghana next month. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
More than 350 participants successfully finished the first women’s race in the organization of the company “dm” that was held on Wilson’s Promenade in Sarajevo. Thus, the capital city of BiH joined the list of European cities where this popular race is being held in the organization of the dm.Experienced runners took part in the 1st dm race for women in BiH, as well as women that are recreationally running. The winner was Biljana Cvijanovic, who ran 3.5 kilometers with the time 11:45:90. On the second place was Alma Hrnjic, who finished the race with the time 12:15:60, and the third place went to Adela Comor who finished the race with the time 12:57:17.Regardless of their placement, all participants received a gift from the company dm and their partners: Catrice, Ebelin, Ella, Essence, Nivea, Rauch, Violeta, and Wilkinson.This event took place in a sign of socially responsible activism, and dm decided to give additional support to the process of popularization of running and promotion of athletics and handed over a donation of 3.000 BAM to athletic club Novi Grad on this occasion.“We are very pleased with the response to the first women’s race that we organized with the aim of promoting healthy and active lifestyle among women. We chose the 3.5km challenge for the beginning, and we believe that many participants recognized it as an attractive path for their Sunday activities. I believe that we spent a couple of hours in a good and quality way, and we are planning to make the women’s race a tradition and an unavoidable event for all ladies that are engaged in running,” said Ajla Hadzic, the Marketing Manager of the dm company.“I am happy to see that athletics is becoming a recognizable sport for renowned companies because their influence can give a significant contribution to the progress of “little” sports. This donation will help in the further work of our club and we are very grateful for this gift. These funds will be directed to the supply of training equipment that will be used by our members. This is a recognition that we are doing a good job and motivation for further progress, and we promise that we will try to be the best club possible,” said Elmir Cerimagic, the President of the athletic club Novi Grad.(Source: klix.ba)