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Poch risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree for Spurs

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has ruled out a January signing spree at Tottenham as he looks to turn their troubled season around.The Spurs boss insists he trusts his players “200 per cent” to haul themselves out of the mess they are in.4 Mauricio Pochettino’s side are slumped at ninth in the Prem table after eight gamesCredit: Rex FeaturesThe North Londoners have won only three of their 11 matches in all competitions.After a disappointing summer – in which he brought in just three permanent signings and one on loan, while failing to offload a number of stale stars – many Tottenham fans were expecting and hoping for a busy January window.But Poch, speaking ahead of Saturday afternoon’s home clash with Watford, said: “I believe in the players we have.“I respect opinions and people will say we need to change, in or out. But my decision is to stick with my players. They have the quality. It’s only to unlock something in their minds.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneTottenham went into the international break on the back of a 7-2 hammering at home by Bayern Munich and a 3-0 defeat at lowly Brighton.Pochettino’s men also suffered an embarrassing Carabao Cup KO at League Two Colchester.He said: “When you assess all the circumstances they were very tough against us. The most important thing is to be all together and show a strong face to the problems. And talk a lot.“It’s important that players feel support from the manager. I trust 200 per cent in them and believe they have capacity and potential to win the games.“This situation happens at all clubs sooner or later. We have confidence we have the quality. It’s only a matter of time.44MOST READ IN SPORT SILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight title“For them, they are the principal actors on the pitch.”Christian Eriksen is a doubt to face the Hornets after suffering a dead leg while on international duty with Denmark.New boys Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso also remain sidelined despite returning to training.4 Tottenham’s squad have won just three times in the Premier League this seasonCredit: Rex Featureslast_img read more

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Turner hoping to follow countrymen’s lead

first_imgA year later, fellow England international Elliott Whitehead joined the Green Machine in similar circumstances with just under 200 games of Super League experience under his belt from his time at Bradford and Catalans.Fast forward to the end of the 2016 season and both have become household names with Raiders and NRL fans alike. Hodgson finished eighth in the final 2016 Dally M Medal count while Whitehead was a key man in Canberra’s run to the preliminary finals, featuring in all 27 games and scoring six tries.Few could have predicted how successful both men would be so soon in their NRL careers, which is why there’s plenty of optimism surrounding new Raiders recruit Jordan Turner who is following a similar path to his compatriots after signing a two-year deal to play in the nation’s capital.Turner made 229 Super League appearances for Salford, Hull and St Helens across 11 seasons in the UK’s top domestic competition and at 27 years of age is just hitting the peak of his powers, the versatile Englishman seeing parallels between his move and those of his new teammates.”I think Josh and Elliott were probably in similar situations to what I was in my career, that they needed to take their game to the next level,” Turner told media at Raiders HQ on Monday.”You can just see from being out here and both of their first seasons they took their games to a level they never reached in England and they’re reaping the rewards for that now. Hopefully I can emulate what they’ve done and if I can do that I’ll be a happy man.”Turner – who was a teammate of Canberra hard man Sia Soliola while at St Helens in 2013-14 – said his preference would be to play “in the halves or centre”, but standing at close to 190cm and weighing over 100kgs, his ability to cover the back row may just be his ticket to a spot in the squad for Round 1.Nonplussed by his exact playing position at this early stage of his NRL stint, Turner’s goal for the coming months remains simple.”I’ll be happy if I can make the squad for Round 1, if I can be in the 17 I’ll be a very happy man and I’ll be looking to cement my place in the 17 first and then think about the starting line-up after that,” Turner said.”I wouldn’t have signed here if I didn’t think I could break in to the team.”Depending on the way that Ricky (coach Ricky Stuart) wants to go this year, maybe I might be able to be an interchange utility, that’s the sort of thing he’s talked about.”That is exactly what Stuart has in mind for his latest English recruit, with the Canberra mentor keen to lean on Turner’s versatility.”With Jordan it’s more… he has a great capacity to play a utility role. He’s played back row, he’s played in the halves, he’s played centre,” Stuart said prior to the start of pre-season training in November.”In today’s game when you’ve got a limited interchange I think that’s a really classic position to be able to fill.”If Turner proves to be anywhere near as influential as Hodgson and Whitehead have been, Canberra might just have another English success story on their hands as they look to build on an impressive 2016 campaign.last_img read more

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Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Belingon is well aware of the caliber of the American Chung and the Baguio native made it clear that he’s not taking his upcoming match for granted.“My opponent is not easy, and I am not taking him for granted, which is why I am completely focused on my upcoming bout this November 10. This is a dangerous game we play, and we cannot underestimate anybody. I need to be at my absolute best so I can turn in another great performance for the fans. Competing in front of my hometown crowd, the pressure is on to score another huge victory,” he said.But Belingon is looking at this as a stepping stone in getting one more shot again at Fernandes as he looks forward on showcasing how capable he is joining the ranks as ONE’s world champions.“I want to show everybody that I am the real title challenger-in-waiting. I have realized my mistakes in my first encounter with Bibiano, and I have worked hard to erase those flaws. He is a great world champion, but I feel things will go differently if we ever meet again. The time will come when I will be able to showcase my improvements,” he said.“I know I will meet Bibiano again in that cage, and when that day comes, I need to be prepared. There is not a day that has passed that I have not thought about that first bout. But for now, my objective is to win against Kevin Chung on November 10.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Belingon (16-5) failed in his first attempt to dislodge reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandez from his throne in their clash in January last year.But since that setback, the 30-year-old has made tremendous strides, racking up thrilling victories against Muin Gafurov, Toni Tauru, and finally, Reece McLaren last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon is seeking to add Chung (5-0) to his growing list of victims as he eyes another crack at the title.“My mindset remains to showcase my skills and remain focused on executing the game plan. My team and I have devised a tremendous strategy in dealing with my next opponent. Even though I have scored some recent knockouts, I am not going in there recklessly,” he said. “If at any point, I sense that my opponent is ready to go, and the knockout presents itself, I’m like a shark in a fish tank. There is no doubt I will go for the finish, and I will end matters quickly. I will strike my opponent until the referee pulls me off him.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinner of three straight bouts, Kevin Belingon believes that scoring a decisive win against Kevin Chung at ONE: Legends of the World will be the bout to put him in the conversation for the promotion’s bantamweight title once again.“Make no mistake about it: my performances in the cage as of late are a message to the organization and to the reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion. I am coming for that belt, and no one can stop me. Whoever they put in front of me, I will be looking to destroy. I am a man on a mission,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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YMCA to Dedicate Youth Center in Gbarnga

first_imgA newly constructed Gbarnga YMCA Youth Center will be dedicated this Friday November 27, in Gbarnga, Bong County. A press release issued by Liberia YMCA in Monrovia said the successful construction of the center that will be dedicated tomorrow is the result of efforts to decentralize and strengthen its programs to reach out to rural communities in Liberia.The centre is located on the Gbarnga-Ganta Highway, a short distance from Gbarnga City, and will host the main offices of the Gbarnga YMCA, a computer training center, a youth radio station, a conference hall, among others.Officials and guests expected to grace the dedication tomorrow will include Youth & Sports officials, the Legislative Caucus of Bong County and other officials. The project was funded from local resources of the Liberia YMCA and subsidized by the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth & Sports and gifts from YMCA’s international partners, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Deschamps says France won’t offer Denmark any favours

first_imgDenmark require just a point to join France in the knockout stages, and could even pip Les Bleus to top spot in Group C with a victory.“We are not going to give them a helping hand. Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that,” Deschamps told reporters at the Luzhniki Stadium on Monday. “I would never say to my team that we’re playing for a draw. I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match.“I’m sure Denmark will also be playing to win.”Deschamps admitted he could rest players in danger of suspension, with midfield trio Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso all a booking away from missing the next match.“If I can preserve them, it’s now,” Deschamps said. “I won’t be able to that after that.”Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the World Cup, calling them “nothing special” © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane looks likely to captain the side, with Steve Mandanda expected to start in goal ahead of regular skipper Hugo Lloris.“I have 23 players, they can all have a role to play and start a match,” Deschamps added. “There are no risks, if they’re here it’s because they’re ready to play.”Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the tournament, calling them “nothing special”.“Everyone is free to say what they want and accept responsibility. It wasn’t a very nice thing,” said Deschamps. “The players read and listen more than me. They know very well what the coach said. “That’s not what’s going to fire up the players that are going to start tomorrow.”Title contenders France have yet to hit top gear in Russia, churning out a 2-1 victory over Australia before scraping past Peru 1-0.Varane believes there is much more to come from the team, particularly going forward.“I think we have progressed compared to the beginning of the competition,” Varane said. “We have improved which is great and we need to carry on.”“In attack I think we can still progress, we can still hurt the opponent more,” he added. “We saw it in different phases during our last game but we can do better. We have the quality to tear defences apart.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raphael Varane (R) is likely to captain France as Didier Deschamps (L) rotates his squad for the Denmark game © AFP/File / Franck FIFEMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – France coach Didier Deschamps has said his team will be going all out to win their final World Cup group game against Denmark on Tuesday as they look to wrap up first place.Deschamps is expected to make several changes for the encounter in Moscow with France guaranteed a spot in the last 16 following wins over Australia and Peru.last_img read more

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Gor tear Oliech’s contract over ‘misconduct’

first_img“In pursuance of the provisions of Clause 6 of your Player Agreement Contract entered into with Gor Mahia Football Club we hereby write to advise you that we have terminated your contract with immediate effect on grounds of Just Cause as also stipulated in FIFA Article 14 Regulations of the Statues and Transfer of Players,” Gor stated in the letter sent to Oliech.The forward who came out of retirement to sign for Gor at the beginning of the year has failed to report back to training after recovering from a broken arm he suffered during a league match against Ulinzi Stars towards the close of last season.Gor Mahia forward Dennis Oliech vies for the ball with Mathare United defender Andrew Juma during his debut in the Kenyan premier league on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNew coach Steven Polack had said the forward was still in his plans but seems to have changed heart after consistently trying to get him in training in vain.“You are and have been guilty of serious misconduct and continued poor performance on the field of play. You have without reason and without prior permission from the Head Coach, the Team Manager or any other duly authorized Club Official absented yourself on numerous diverse days from training thereby denying the club the opportunity to field you as a striker,” the letter further added.The club has also brought up the rumor that the legendary Harambee Stars striker might be interested in diving into politics with word that he might offer himself for election during the Kibra Constituency by-elections in November.Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech after his first training session with Gor Mahia at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“You have offered yourself as a candidate for popular political elections, a move that is likely to potray the club in bad light, cause disaffection among club’s supporters and fans, a step that is inconsistent with and inimical to your standing as the club’s football player. Further, you have posted a photograph of yourself in the social media donning the clubs jersey indicating your political intentions,” the statement further claimed.Oliech is alleged to have posted a banner of his alleged campaign on the players’ WhatsApp group on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Charles Odette during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have terminated the contract of legendary striker Dennis Oliech over alleged misconduct after failing to report back for training.In a letter addressed to Oliech on Tuesday evening, the club says it reached the decision to ear up his two-year contract after just eight months following consistent absence from training without reason.last_img read more

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Help sought in search for suspect in slaying

first_imgVAN NUYS – Police sought the public’s help Monday in finding an ex-convict suspected of strangling his fiancee, then telling a rabbi friend he’d turn himself in. Jonathan Arthur Hendler, 36, is wanted in the slaying of Beverly Ann Kass-Lucitt, whose body was found Sunday in her apartment in the 16700 block of Sherman Way, police said. Hendler confessed to the killing to three friends, including a rabbi who contacted police. Hendler might be driving a blue 1989 Ford Mustang convertible with a black top, California license 4KWW224. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event He is a “three strikes, you’re out” felon who may be under the influence of narcotics and should be considered dangerous, police said. Anyone with information can call Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818) 756-8370 or (877) LAWFULL. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgDunkineely Community News:DCL Calligraphy and DCL Interior Design are the two courses we have running this term part-funded by the ETB Community Education Programme.We will take names for a waiting list for both courses. Contact DCL on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 if you are interested. This Wednesday will see the participants in DCL Interior Design course session 4 of 6 and the participants in DCL Calligraphy course will be on session 3 of 6. Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be in office Thursday evenings in Dunkineely (DCL building) 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieAsh Wednesday at Lough Derg – If anyone from Dunkineely & Bruckless is interested in going to the ecumenical Day of Friendship at Lough Derg on Ash Wednesday 18th February, Rev John Purdy and his wife Vanessa are intending going and would like to encourage anyone from the Parish to join them. This year’s guest speaker is the former president of the Methodist Church, Rev Dr Heather Morris. The event will conclude with an ecumenical prayer service in St Patrick’s Basilica. Timings 10:30am – 3:00pm and we intend leaving Dunkineely at 10am. Refreshments on arrival & a light lunch follows the prayer service. Advance booking is essential, so please phone Rev John on 074 9737052 if you would like to go, and drop your admission into the DCL Office in Dunkineely so that your place can be reserved or book directly with Lough Derg on 071 98 61518 / email Admission is €25.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).   COMMUNITY NOTICE: CLLR NIAMH KENNEDY IN OFFICE EVERY THURSDAY IN DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD BUILDING was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CommunityFeaturesLocalNiamh KennedyNoticeslast_img read more


Referendum Reactions: Donegal campaigners have their say

first_imgSaturday May 25th was a day of mixed emotions for those who passionately campaigned in the Eighth Amendment referendum. Emotions were high at the count centre in Letterkenny – perhaps even higher than other constituencies as Donegal declared Ireland’s only No vote. Pro-life and Pro-choice groups both had victories and losses to process when Donegal returned a 51.87% No Vote, while Ireland had an emphatic 66.4% Yes to repeal the Eighth Amendment.Speaking at the count, Ballybofey student Sarah Gillespie (21) said she was proud of her home county for voting against abortion. Pro-life Campaigner Sarah GillespieSarah travelled home from Pennsylvania last week to join the pro-life canvas. “I’m proud for those who did go out to vote No,” Sarah told Donegal Woman.“With the overall country’s result, I am disappointed. The Eighth Amendment is about equal right to life and so this is the first country to vote to remove the words from the Consitution.“This is very much a human rights issue for me. I voted yes in the marriage referendum in 2013 because of the same reason, for human rights.“I am disappointed with the result but of course this is a democratic vote.” Sarah said she believes the next steps for the Love Both and Save the 8th campaigns will be to focus on positive reform of the other issues in healthcare.“I am very much in support of other healthcare services, such as getting beds in hospitals, there are over 500,000 people on hospital waiting lists, and there is no cancer unit in service in Donegal right now.“Hopefully Ireland can unite to focus on these issues as well as the other ones we have,” Sarah said.This referendum saw a surge in young voters and additions to the supplementary register, with the majority of voting to repeal the Eighth. Despite the result, as a young campaigner, Sarah was glad to see her generation taking action.“I always think it’s so important to vote, regardless of what you are voting for, so I’m happy they did come out to vote.” Nora Newell at the Letterkenny count, 26th May 2018Nora Newell of Donegal Together for Yes was excited for the pro-choice campaign securing a national victory.The Galway native who moved to Letterkenny in the 80s has campaigned for women’s rights for decades. She marched in the 1979 Women’s March in London, she campaigned against the Eighth Amendment in 1983 and every referendum since.The national result to Repeal the Eighth is a step forward for Irish women’s rights, Nora said. Her celebrations began when the exit polls showed a landslide victory for Yes on Friday night.Donegal had voted against the proposal by 48.13% Yes to 51.87%. However, parts of Donegal in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency including Ballyshannon and Bundoran, voted heavily in favour of repeal with over 60% in the Yes vote. “As a constituency we have voted no, but as a county we have voted Yes,” Nora said.“Last night I had the confidence to say it was going to pass but still there was still always a bit of nervousness. After the poll I thought ‘Yes!’.“The Donegal result is disappointing but if I hadn’t seen the polls I think I’d be happy because the swing is so big.”Nora said she has been amazed by the passion of young people taking action, sharing their views and voting in the referendum.She said: “It is so inspiring to meet so many young people campaigning. The young influence was amazing.“They are so clear and calm, and they understand it. They know it is what they want, this is their right for them, this is their right to control their bodies.”Nora said that she and the Together for Yes campaign have faced strong levels of animosity during canvassing in recent weeks, but Saturday’s result has proven to be a clear national victory for the group.She said: “I have been screamed at on the street, people have called me a murderer and a killer and that I should be ashamed of myself.“And so for me, the biggest thing now is that Irish women can have what was their right and they no longer need to be ashamed.”Now that the 36th Amendment has been passed, Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced he plans to bring a request to Cabinet on Tuesday to begin the drafting of the legislation for termination of pregnancy in Ireland.Referendum Reactions: Donegal campaigners have their say was last modified: May 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:8th amendmentreferendumlast_img read more

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Criminal justice revamp ‘under way’

first_img10 February 2009The government is determined to deal with crime in South Africa through the creation of a modern, efficient and integrated criminal justice system.Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the President’s state of the nation address in Cape Town on Monday, Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa said all South Africans shared President Kgalema Motlanthe’s concern about the crime levels in the country.Mthethwa said the government was reviewing the performance of South Africa’s criminal justice system along the whole value chain, including the functioning of the police, the judiciary and correctional services, with the aim of improving integration and coordination.The team conducting the review had already identified an urgent need to improve the collection, storage and use of fingerprinting and DNA evidence in South Africa.The Department of Justice had subsequently put forward amendments to the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Bill that would give police investigators access to the extensive databases of other state departments, and expand their power to take and retain fingerprints and other biometric material.Special attention, Mthethwa said, was also being given to the fight against serious and violent crime, organised crime and criminal syndicate activity.The minister said the government would act speedily to establish the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, which will be replacing the Directorate of Special Operations, popularly known as the Scorpions. He added that the new unit would takes on board the positive aspects of the Scorpions while shedding the old unit’s weaknesses.Mthethwa said the government had embarked on a nationwide campaign to increase the capacity of the South African Police Service (SAPS) through recruitment, rigorous training and better remuneration.“Steps are being taken to better equip and increase the capacity of detective services, forensics, prosecution and judicial services … [T]raining is earmarked to commence in earnest this year.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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