More prison blocks are being built at the Mazaruni Prison in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to facilitate aPresident David Granger and other officals during his visit to the Mazaruni Prisonmassive transfer of prisoners from the Georgetown Prison in an effort to ease the overcrowding at the facility.This was disclosed by President David Granger who was at the time responding to questions posed by media operatives during his weekly telecast ‘The Public Interest’.In light of last month’s deadly prison riot, Government began taking proactive measures towards ensuring there is no repeat of the situation.“The problems will not be resolved unless there is a massive redeployment of prisoners from Georgetown to Mazaruni… Mazaruni has the space and it needs to be reinforced and fortified,” Granger emphasised.In fact, he outlined three basic issues that need to be addressed in order to effect successful reforms to the prison system.UnprofessionalismPresident Granger ranked the second biggest problem contributing to the weakness of the prison service as the staff – their limited numbers and unprofessionalism. He said arrangements are being made to provide these individuals with enhanced training.Returning to the issue of overcrowding, Granger pointed out that it is a consequence of the criminal justice system – an element which the prison service has no control over.“So if the Magistrate remands someone to prison then the prison service is obliged to keep that person,” he explained.Nonetheless, he assured that engagements are ongoing between the executive branch and the judicial branch to examine the sentencing policies to ensure that custodial sentences would be reviewed so that there will not be a huge buildup of persons on remand in the prison.According to the Head of State, it appears that the prisoners on remand are the ones more likely to rebel than those who have been convicted.Contraband tradeAnother issue that needs to be addressed is the smuggling of contraband items into the prison.President Granger indicated that changes in this regard will occur overtime, once the first three problems identified above are addressed fully.“It is impossible for that level of contraband traffic to have occurred without the complicity of a few officers,” he noted.On this note, the Commander-in-Chief said the main purpose of the heightened cordons around the Camp Street facility is to ensure persons no longer throw items over the fence into the prison compound.
Leicester’s heroic manager Claudio Ranieri hailed his side’s remarkable achievement as the 5000/1 Foxes were confirmed as Premier League champions on Monday night.Title rivals Tottenham’s failure to win at Chelsea – one of Ranieri’s former clubs – means Leicester cannot be caught with two games of the season to go.It meant the trophy went to the King Power Stadium and this Leicester team’s incredible ascent to sporting immortality was complete.Ranieri will now forever be a legend in the city of Leicester – and quite right too. The journeyman Italian has answered his critics by steering last season’s great escape artists to top flight glory.Ranieri’s appointment last summer was derided by many, but he quickly won over the hearts of the Foxes faithful, as well as the neutral, with his kind manner, pizza promises and press conference gems [dilly ding, dilly dong!]But the ever-humble boss typically passed on the personal plaudits.“I’m so proud. I’m happy for my players, for the chairman, for the staff at Leicester City, all our fans and the Leicester community. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m so happy for everyone,” he said.“I never expected this when I arrived. I’m a pragmatic man, I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week. Never did I think too much about where it would take us.“The players have been fantastic. Their focus, their determination, their spirit has made this possible. Every game they fight for each other and I love to see this in my players. They deserve to be champions.”When he returned back to England, the former Chelsea boss was greeted by reporters and admitted he got very emotional.“The emotion was at the maximum level,” Ranieri told Sky Sports News.“It means the job is good. I am very, very happy now because maybe if I won this title at the beginning of my career maybe I would forget.“Now I am an old man I can feel it much better.”Ranieri had been visiting his 96-year-old mother in Rome on Monday but landed at East Midlands airport in time to return home and watch Tottenham’s draw.Leicester’s astonishing achievement will also bring Champions League football next season and Ranieri believes his side can now get even better.“I said every time I am very happy for the fans, for the chairman and for all the Leicester community,” Ranieri said.“I don’t know the secret. The players, the heart, the soul and how they play.“My message to the fans is now to keep going, we want to improve a lot.” ‘Mr Nice Guy’ Claudio Ranieri is loved by Leicester and neutral fans alike 1