INTERPOL to assist with TIP in Guyana

first_imgThe International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) will assist in training members of the judicial sector to deal with Trafficking in Persons (TIP).Acting Coordinator of the TIP Ministerial Task Force, Oliver Profitt, has revealed that members of the prosecutorial section and the magistracy are expected to be trained in victim support among other aspects, a Government Information Agency (GINA) release stated. The training will be held in October and November, and will be facilitated by INTERPOL.“The idea now is for them to be able to come back with the knowledge they gain from this training and be able to re-train or to pass it on to members of the Task Force and also to others that work in their fields,” Profitt explained.Training of Government officials and related persons in identification, prevention and prosecution as it relates to TIP is an essential part of the TIP Action Plan. The two-year (2016-2017) strategy will be released to the public later this year; however, Profitt explained that the Ministerial Task Force has begun undertaking activities outlined in the comprehensive document.One such activity will be the local training of trainers in TIP, earmarked for October. The Counter Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Unit of the Social Protection Ministry is expected to facilitate this session.“That will enable us to have a wider base as well of persons that can administer training or go and do awareness sessions elsewhere instead of us having a few of us around the table trying to cover the whole country,” Profitt told GINA.Since the Ministerial Task Force on TIP re-convened earlier this year, officers from the Immigration Department, the Guyana Police Force’s Intelligence Unit and Criminal Investigation Department, along with the C-TIP Unit, benefited from INTERPOL training.Profitt further explained that INTERPOL had conducted a needs assessment prior to the training. “They (INTERPOL) were in a number of countries and they wanted to assess the needs of each country, and also to have regional training, so when they get this assessment done, they can tailor the training to meet the needs of each country,” he added.INTERPOL also had input in the compilation of the TIP Action Plan. The Plan is divided into the four pillars used in the TIP fight: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.The TIP Ministerial Task Force meets monthly, and is chaired by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan. The Task Force is mandated by the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act No 2 of 2005, to ensure there is public awareness on TIP, and training for law enforcement and other officials among other things.The Task Force comprises a mixture of governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations working together to combat TIP.last_img read more

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Motorcycle bandits rob Police, businessman

first_imgFollowing a robbery committed on two Police Officers and a city businessman, a male suspect has been arrested after he was found with a number of the stolen items.According to Police reports, sometime around 11:55h on Friday, two ranks of the Guyana Police Force went at a Georgetown business location to retrieve surveillance footage in an ongoing investigation of a recent crime.However during that process, two identifiable males approached and relieved the two unarmed ranks and the proprietor of a number of valuables, inclusive of their cellular phones and a wallet, after which they escaped on a motorcycle.Shortly after the incident, other Police officers acting on information apprehended a suspect on Middle Dam, East La Penitence, with a haversack. Upon examining the bag, the ranks found two cell phones belonging to the proprietor as well as a bank card, an identification card and a wallet belonging to one of the officers who were robbed.The suspect was arrested and taken into custody where he is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

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Third time may be charm for cargo fee

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Villaraigosa is right about the need to replace the bridges, but there are ways to resolve that issue, too. Both the ports of L.A. and Long Beach support container fees, so long as the revenue is distributed fairly and gets spent on both cleaning up pollution and making port-related infrastructure more efficient. The container fee would have had only a minimal effect on the cost of imported goods. The Port of Long Beach also has ideas of its own on container fees. If Lowenthal’s legislation doesn’t make it out of Sacramento, Long Beach harbor commissioners have said they would implement a local fee and make sure the revenue goes where it is needed. What all of this means is the question of container fees is no longer whether but when. And what that means is whether it gets done by state law or by local regulations in response to state pressures, the container-fee guy has done his job well. Alan Lowenthal, the container-fee guy, has lost again. But this should be the last time. Lowenthal, the Democratic state senator from Long Beach, last week pulled his latest bill out of the legislative mix. It was sure to get vetoed, so there was no need to go through the routine again. Senate Bill 974 attempted what two earlier bills failed to do, which was to put a $60 fee on each 40-foot container moving through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland. This time, though, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered to work with Lowenthal on a compromise bill in the next session, which starts in January. The current session was in its last few days, and the governor said he wanted time to consider the concerns of environmentalists, shippers and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Environmentalists want all of the fees to go toward pollution cleanup, the shippers want to keep costs down, and the L.A. mayor was opposed to Lowenthal’s bill because it didn’t provide money to replace two key Harbor Area bridges. last_img read more

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DRY, WINDY, MILDER: TODAY’S DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday.Today’s Donegal Daily Weather: Overnight showers have largely passed but the rest of the morning will remain dull. It will be very windy at times. It will brighten up from the west of the county in the afternoon, giving bright sunny spells at times and temperatures climbing to around 13C or 14C, with the  best of the weather in the north and west, especially over Inishowen.Temperatures will drop to around 8C after dark this evening, before some showers overnight. These will clear before dawn tomorrow.Sources: BBC NI, Met Eireann.DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. Free Pint or Glass of Wine with all Josper Grill Main Courses today and every Wednesday. DRY, WINDY, MILDER: TODAY’S DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:clouddonegaldonegal daily weatherletterkennyMount Errigal Hotelsunshinewindylast_img read more

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More than 100 in Iran take suicide-bomb vow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2No weapons or explosives were displayed, but the ceremony was organized by a shadowy group believed to have links to the Basiji paramilitary group that is backed by Iran’s Islamic regime. A huge banner used as a backdrop showed flag-covered coffins. And a message – in English – promised to “damage the U.S. worldwide” in retaliation for any attack on Iran. Six nations – the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany – are seeking a possible incentive package for Iran to entice it to give up uranium enrichment. The package could include dropping the threat of military action but still bring sanctions. Iran insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful energy purposes, but Washington and allies believe Iran also seeks to develop atomic weapons. It’s unclear how the potential suicide bombers are recruited or trained, although several claimed to be Basiji members. Officials claiming to represent the group refused to give details, and the event appeared largely staged for the media. TEHRAN, Iran – Under a banner showing coffins draped with American, British and Israeli flags, more than 100 Iranian men and women pledged Thursday to become suicide bombers – if necessary – to defend their country and Islam. The event, held in a burial area for war dead and martyrs, was similar to others in recent years, with Islamic chants and songs and volunteers donning white coverings to symbolize their willingness to die. But this gathering – coming at a time when many Iranians worry their country could come under attack by the United States or Israel – was tailored to send a message of defiance against any possible military action over Iran’s nuclear program. “The threats from America have swelled our ranks and given us added conviction,” said 27-year-old Margess, who like the other volunteers would only give her first name and used a scarf to cover all but her eyes. “We will stand up against them with our lives.” Some of the women volunteers held their children on their laps.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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Jose Mourinho ‘accepts one-year suspended prison sentence’

first_img 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS highlights impact smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? According to El Mundo in Spain, the Portuguese has agreed to pay a fine of £1.8million after he accepted wrongdoing and struck a plea bargain with prosecutors.The Red Devils boss has remained under investigation in Spain despite insisting the case brought against him closed after a brief court hearing in November 2017.He told reporters at the time: “I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.” possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Details of the final agreement have been released by El Mundo 2 One of the claims was that the taxman was given fictitious expenses to make it appear an offshore shell company Mourinho benefitted from was functioning as an active firm.El Mundo reported earlier this year the United boss had reached an out-of-court settlement with Spanish prosecutors over his tax case, but details of the agreement were not revealed until now. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack However, talks have continued between Mourinho’s lawyers and Spain’s Inland Revenue after he was accused of concealing his income from image rights corresponding to the years 2011 and 2012, while he was Real Madrid manager.The allegations involve claims that false information was given to the Spanish taxman during a 2015 probe, prompting prosecutors to reopen a case that had been closed after Mourinho paid a six-figure fine. RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Mourinho was summonsed to court in November 2017 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud.Mourinho is accused of defrauding Spanish tax authorities out of £2.9million, but will not spend any time behind bars. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware last_img read more

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`Tookie’ may get mercy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he would consider granting clemency to Crips co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams in a private hearing at his Sacramento office.Schwarzenegger, vested with constitutional authority to grant mercy and commute a death sentence to life without parole, said he would meet privately with lawyers from the camps of Williams, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others Dec. 8.Schwarzenegger is not le-gally obligated to hold a public or private hearing and decides clemency requests on a “case-by-case basis,” said his spokeswoman, Margita Thompson.Williams, 51, faces death by lethal injection Dec. 13 for murdering four people in 1979 – a Whittier convenience store clerk and three people at a Pico Rivera motel less than two weeks later.He denies his guilt, and also has asked the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, alleging shoddy forensics wrongly connected him to three of the murders. The Supreme Court has not ruled on his petition.Los Angeles County prosecutors and victims’ relatives have demanded his execution.Williams’ lawyers submitted what they said were signatures of 32,000 people supporting the petition.Schwarzenegger’s office said it would decide Williams’ clemency request before Dec. 13.last_img read more

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Gerry Adams to visit Inishowen: “Ten days on, confusion reigns” about government supports

first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD will today visit flood hit communities across the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal.Speaking ahead of the visit, Deputy Adams said:“The Inishowen peninsula, and some other parts of Donegal, have been devastated by this flooding disaster. “Ten days on, urgent clarity is now required from the Government on emergency supports for businesses, farming families as well as community and sporting organisations in Donegal”.“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services including the Defence Forces, Donegal County Council workers, and management, An Garda Síochána, and particularly the people of Inishowen whose response to the crisis has been heroic and inspirational.“A large number of homes, businesses, farms, local sports clubs, and community amenities have been impacted across Inishowen and other parts of Donegal.“There have been at least 300 separate incidents of damage to roads and bridges. “All of this clearly requires a comprehensive emergency aid package as well as ongoing financial supports from Government but ten days on, confusion reigns.“Where are the supports for the farming community that has been extensively affected? Will the damage done to community and sporting facilities as well as vital community amenities like Swan Park in Buncrana or Glenevin Waterfall in Clonmany be fully repaired by Government and when?“What supports are there for businesses as well as community and sporting organisations beyond the €20,000 limit currently in place? And how long will homeowners and businesses have to wait for the emergency funds to be allocated to them?”“My colleagues, Buncrana based Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn, Deputy Pearse Doherty and the local Sinn Féin county councillors will continue to work night and day to assist their local community and both I and Sinn Féin Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald who visited Inishowen on Tuesday will vigorously hold the Government to account to ensure that they honour their promises and that no one is left behind in this flooding disaster”.Gerry Adams to visit Inishowen: “Ten days on, confusion reigns” about government supports was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalgerry adamsInishowenSinn Feinlast_img read more

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Warriors-Lakers pre-season finale won’t include LeBron James and other headliners

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Los Angeles Lakers (2-3) will not treat their pre-season finale against the Golden State Warriors (1-3) on Friday as a measuring stick against the NBA’s defending champions. Instead, they will use the game to sit some of their key players either to rest or heal minor ailments.The Lakers will not play LeBron James (rest), Brandon Ingram (quad), Rajon Rondo (rest), Josh Hart (left hamstring tightness) and Alex Caruso (right hip strain) against the Warriors. Instead, the Lakers …last_img read more

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BRICS forum for Western Cape business

first_img1 March 2013Companies based in the Western Cape will get an opportunity to find out more about the trade and investment opportunities created by South Africa’s BRICS membership, and its hosting of the upcoming fifth BRICS summit, at a special forum to be hosted by Brand South Africa and Frontier Advisory.The BRICS group of influential emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – together represent about 43% of the world’s population and approximately one-fifth of global gross domestic product (GDP).In 2012, the BRICS countries accounted for approximately 11% of global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows ($465-billion) and about 17% of world trade.South Africa sees its membership of the grouping as crucial to leveraging economic opportunities for the development of the country and of the continent as a whole, while the country’s BRICS partners view South Africa as a springboard into Africa and a key development partner on the continent.The BRICS countries already constitute the largest trading partners of Africa and the continent’s biggest new investors, and according to projections by Standard Bank, BRICS-Africa trade is set to increase threefold, from $150-billion in 2010 to $530- billion in 2015.South Africa was admitted to the grouping at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011, and will be hosting the fifth summit in Durban from 25 to 27 March under the theme “BRICS and Africa: partnership for development, integration, and industrialisation”.The Africa Frontiers Forum, taking place at Cape Town’s Hilton Hotel on 14 March, will examine what the summit, and SA’s BRICS membership more broadly, means for the country and in particular for businesses based in the Western Cape.Brand South Africa research manager Petrus de Kock will chair a panel comprising Frontier Advisory CEO Martyn Davies, Cape Town Consul General of India Swati Kulkarni, Cape Town Partnership CEO Andrew Boraine, and Nils Flaatten, chief executive of Western Cape trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro.Also partnering Frontier Advisory in presenting the forum are the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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