Independent investigatory body may be difficult, says AG

first_img Share Attorney General, Levi Peter (file photo)In light of suggestions from the public that an independent investigatory body may lead to greater transparency, Attorney General Levi Peter has questioned whether this is possible for a small island like Dominica. There have been questions by members of the public as to why an independent body was not sought out to lead investigation into Joshua Etienne’s death since he died while in custody of police officers.“It’s easy to say that it should have an independent body but if you just think about it for a moment, an independent body to investigate murder, which is the most serious crime that we have in our statute, would need independent people with investigatory expertise and most jobs do not necessarily give you that training.”He explained that the United Kingdom, which is a much bigger jurisdiction, has an Independent Complaints Authority but one will find that it was not too long ago that it was formed.“I am not saying that the idea of having an independent body to investigate is a bad idea, what I’m saying is that in practical terms, it may be very difficult for an individual of a small state such as ourselves to be able to do that in a way that actually would provide the improvements that one would be seeking to get,” Mr Peter added.He inquired, “When was the last time we had a death in custody” adding that “It may well turn out that when the review of this particular matter is done at some later stage, that that may be a lesson that’s learned”.Moreover, Mr Peter said that consideration of bringing in an investigator from out of Dominica would be more appropriate upon conclusion that there are areas of short fall after reviewing how the case is conducted, its outcome and the evidence presented.“It may very well be that when we get to know what the evidence is that we are satisfied that even if you had an outside investigator he or she would not have come up with any more evidence or any better evidence than our investigator has provided.”He said if the outcome is the same as having an outside investigator then this type of intervention becomes “almost negligible”.“So I’d rather wait and make that decision,” the Attorney General said. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 85 Views   no discussions LocalNews Independent investigatory body may be difficult, says AG by: – August 23, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

John Chavis is LSU’s shutdown coordinator

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. When John Chavis and Phillip Fulmer were assistant coaches at the University of Tennessee a quarter-century ago, they undertook an off-field project together.“We built a swing set for our kids,” Fulmer recalled.Well, not exactly.“John was quite a carpenter. He knew what he was doing,” Fulmer said. “I pretty much just stood there and handed him the tools.”That’s typical Chavis. He’s hands-on. Always has been. Always will be.It’s one of the reasons he is among the top defensive coordinators in all of college football. He’s Mr. Fix-It. For 20 years, first at Tennessee and now at LSU for the last six seasons, Chavis has structured defenses that have consistently performed well in a changing world of football.On Tuesday, Chavis will match his penetrating, pressure defensive scheme against Notre Dame in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field.It’s a challenge. Notre Dame runs a spread offense and Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly has indicated he will continue to use two quarterbacks, Everett Golson and Malik Zaire, in the bowl game.But Chavis has seen it all before. In the SEC West, he coaches against everything from Alabama’s pro-style offense to Texas A&M’s spread to Auburn’s quick-fire read-option. Chavis not only has survived but thrived. He’s at his best when matching his Xs against the offense’s Os.“You talk to people in the coaching profession and you find out very quickly what a great reputation John has,” said Fulmer, who became Tennessee’s head coach in 1993 and elevated Chavis from linebacker coach to defensive coordinator two years later.“He’s a bright guy who stays ahead of the game. He did a fantastic job for me and he’s done a fantastic job at LSU.”In a college football world of high-flying, point-scoring offenses, those that can provide a defensive counterpunch are coveted — and paid accordingly. A study by USA Today found that 12 of the 15 highest paid assistant coaches in the country this season were defensive coordinators.Chavis, 58, is among them. With an annual salary of $1.3 million, he is tied for third among assistant coaches this year.Now the bar is being set higher. After Will Muschamp was fired as head coach at Florida, it didn’t take him long to make a soft landing. He went on a brief vacation, realized he wanted to get back in the game and quickly signed up as defensive coordinator at Auburn for $1.7 million a year.It’s a sign of the times. If you’ve got a top defensive coordinator, you do whatever you can to keep him. If you are shopping for one of these sharp defensive minds, you’re willing to write a big check.And make no mistake: Chavis is in demand. Texas A&M is interested. And the Aggies aren’t alone. Although he has one year remaining on his contract at LSU, there are reports the Tigers have put together a three-year, $4 million extension to keep him in Baton Rouge.“There’s a philosophy that says when you have good people, you invest in them,” LSU coach Les Miles said last week. “It’s a pretty good staff. It costs money to have them here. It’s one of the reasons why we win.”It’s nice to be wanted.There is a perception out there that Chavis never wanted to be a head coach and was content being a lifelong assistant. Fulmer says that’s not the case.“John has interviewed for some head coaching jobs and looked into things, but I don’t think the right opportunity has come up,” Fulmer said. “He keeps those things quiet because he’s not a self-promoter.”Just the same, it appears Chavis has found his life’s calling as a defensive coordinator. Doug Mathews, who worked on the same Vols coaching staff with Chavis in 1990, believes he is cut from the same cloth as assistant coaching legends like Ken Donahue at Alabama, Charlie McBride at Nebraska and Mickey Andrews at Florida State.“John’s strength is the day-to-day work of coaching — dealing directly with players in meetings and on the practice field, teaching, motivating, doing all the little things,” said Mathews, now a Nashville businessman and sports radio host. “As an assistant coach, you can’t beat him.”Chavis has a work ethic like few others. He is a product of his youth. He grew up poor, the son of sharecroppers in Dillon, S.C., where he worked the tobacco fields. After gouging out weeds between plants that were taller than him in the stifling heat and humidity of summer, football was a release.He walked on at Tennessee in 1976 and later earned a scholarship. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UT in 1979. He worked his way up the coaching ranks, returning to his alma mater as defensive line coach in 1990.His impact in the Vols’ success in the 1990s and 2000s was profound. When Chavis worked as defensive coordinator on staffs with Fulmer as head coach and David Cutcliffe as offensive coordinator during a seven-year period, the Vols went a combined 63-13 (.829).With Chavis’ blessing, players at his various coaching stops along the way have referred to him by the politically incorrect nickname “Chief,” a reference to his mother’s Cherokee heritage. With his tough but fair approach to coaching, Chavis engenders loyalty and commitment among his players.“You can have the greatest strategy and the greatest players in the world, but it doesn’t matter if they don’t play hard for you,” Fulmer said. “John has a gift for getting guys to play hard.”It’s a gift that keeps on giving.last_img read more

Flamengo Esports taps AMC Networks International to sell sponsorships

first_imgSimplicity Esports and Gaming Company has tapped AMC Networks International – Latin America (AMCNI-LA) to sell sponsorships.The deal will see AMCNI-LA aim to increase commercial opportunities for Simplicity Esports’ Brazilian brand Flamengo Esports. Photo credit: CBLoLRELATED: Simplicity Esports sets sights on NYSE American public offeringIn April, Simplicity Esports made an operational adjustment that saw Team oNe removed from management duties regarding Flamengo Esports. The move was made in an effort to ensure the brand was in a good position to be accepted into the long-term partnership model that will be implemented in the CBLoL. The model will be similar to that seen in the LCS, LEC, and LPL.Héctor Costa, Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales at AMCNI-LA, commented on the partnership in a release: “We are very pleased with this alliance with Simplicity Esports, to focus on monetizing sponsorships for Flamengo Esports, the prestigious Brazilian club. This agreement expands our great offering and contributes to the continued growth of AMCNI-LA in Brazil and potentially at the pan-regional level.”RELATED: Simplicity Esports receives $500,000 investment from Triton FundsOn June 9th, it was revealed that Simplicity Esports is intending on bringing in a Free Fire roster under the Flamengo banner, making it the second roster to represent the organisation alongside its League of Legends team.Jed Kaplan, CEO of Simplicity Esports, explained the reasoning behind this particular agreement: “We chose to partner with AMCNI-LA because of their deep relationships and extensive experience with advertising sales in Latin America. Hector and the rest of his team understand our strategy to grow the Flamengo Esports brand globally, as well as the value of corporate sponsorship activations that provide exposure to our loyal and engaged fanbase of over 1,600,000 followers on social media.”Esports Insider says: Given the extensive knowledge that AMCNI-LA possesses regarding the Brazilian scene, this deal makes a lot of sense. With Flamengo already sponsored by the likes of adidas and Samsung, it will be interesting to see what future deals can be acquired for the organisation. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch.last_img read more