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Caroline Flack criticism prompts CPS to explain itself

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has taken the unusual step of clarifying how it makes charging decisions after being heavily criticised for pressing ahead with a case against TV presenter Caroline Flack, who died on Saturday.In December the 40-year-old host of reality TV show Love Island was charged with assault after allegedly attacking her boyfriend at her home. Flack pleaded not guilty and a trial was due to take place next month. However, on Saturday her family said she died.The news prompted widespread criticism of the way Flack has been treated in the media since the alleged incident and the CPS’s decision to prosecute her.A CPS spokesperson said: ‘Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Caroline Flack. Given the tragic circumstances, we will not comment on the specifics of this case at this stage.’However, yesterday the prosecuting body posted a detailed explanation of how it decides whether to charge an individual with a criminal offence.The CPS said it had to review every case referred by the police and applied the same two-stage test to every charging decision: does the evidence provide a realistic prospect of conviction and is it in the public interest to prosecute?Guidance for prosecutors when considering domestic abuse allegations gives specific advice on how to proceed when a complainant does not want to support a prosecution ‘which can often be a feature of these difficult cases’. Guidance was recently published for prosecutors in cases involving suspects or defendants with mental health conditions or disorders.last_img read more

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Ghana gets support to send 90,000 children to school

first_imgTanzania builds another school to protect albino children Somalia drought forcing children out of school KPALONG, TAMALE, NORTHERN GHANA, GHANA – 2018/02/10: A group of children are seen posing in their classroom for a photo in the remote village of Kpalong.Kpalong is 50kms outside Tamale in Northern Ghana. (Getty Images) KPALONG, TAMALE, NORTHERN GHANA, GHANA – 2018/02/10: A group of children are seen posing in their classroom for a photo in the remote village of Kpalong.Kpalong is 50kms outside Tamale in Northern Ghana. (Getty Images)A global charity initiative has been supporting the government of Ghana in increasing school enrollment for children across the country, an official said Friday.With support from other partners, the Ghana chapter of Plan International (Plan International Ghana), a child and gender-based charity, has been running a five-year program to promote school enrollment in poor and deprived communities, its Country Director Solomon Tesfamariam said.The Reaching and Teaching Out of School Children is a five-year program spanning from 2015 to 2020, aiming to enroll 90,000 out-of-school children from five regions.The project advocates that partners at the national and district levels urgently address a lack of schools in communities where there were none.Available data indicate that Ghana’s school enrollment rate stood at 84 percent by 2013.“The project will enroll boys and girls in the beneficiary regions through the Complementary Basic Education, and transition 70 percent of the graduates to formal primary schools,” Tesfamariam said at the One Day West African Corporate Social Responsibility Conference.He said the program ultimately aims at ensuring universal school enrollment in the West African country where education accounts for about 23 percent of annual state expenditure.Relatedcenter_img Kenya introduces digital learning tools to school going childrenlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods Pulls Out of Next Two Tournaments over Back Spasms

first_img Related Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Ongoing back spasms is keeping Tiger Woods from competing in his next two scheduled tournaments.“My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods, 41, said in a statement Friday. “This is not what I was hoping for or expecting.”Woods began suffering from the back pain last week while he was competing in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He ended up withdrawing form the tournament before he began his second-round of play.He will now skip the Genesis Open next week in Pacific Palisades, California, and the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida the following week.“I am extremely disappointed to miss the Genesis Open, a tournament that benefits my foundation, and The Honda Classic, my hometown event. I would like to thank Genesis for their support, and I know we will have an outstanding week,” Woods said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more