…SOP launched to guide investigators, prosecutorsOver 130 victims of trafficking in persons (TIP) have been recorded for the past eleven months. These were identified from TIP-related cases filed during that period which resulted in eight successful prosecutions.Regional Coordinating Officer for the Caribbean and Chief of Mission for IOM, Robert NatielloThese figures were revealed by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday at the launching of Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Investigation and Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons Cases in Guyana.He noted that from January to November, the Guyana Police Force’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit investigated 18 cases with 138 alleged victims and some 50 suspects. Twenty-nine charges were filed against the perpetrators of which eight were convicted.According to Ramjattan, who is also the Chairman of the Ministerial Taskforce on TIP, this is a significant improvement compared to previous years.Last year, there were a total of 245 alleged TIP victims from 32 cases with 57 suspects. This resulted in 17 TIP-related charges filed compared to only one in 2017.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan with various stakeholder representatives at Wednesday’s SOP launch for Investigation and Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons cases in GuyanaOver the past 11 months, all 138 victims were females with 115 below the age of 30 and seven below the age of 18. Like in the previous years, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) continues to account for the highest prevalence of TIP-related activities, with 87 per cent of the total cases recorded thus this year.Foreigners rank highMeanwhile, foreigners continue to rank high among the TIP victims with 84 per cent of those recorded being Venezuelans. Of the total recorded to date this year, four are from the Dominican Republic and 11 are Guyanese.“It is important for you to understand these statistics… because it also identifies a number of areas that you have to pay more attention to – young people under the age of  and females and their location,” he asserted.The Public Security Minister went on to say that like in the previous years, most of these victims are being exploited sexually but there are increasing cases of labour exploitation as well.“I believe that there might be a number of our Amerindian girls who are called out from the hinterland to come work for people in Georgetown and other places, who are being hugely exploited and we have to do lots more work [to curb this],” he stated.On this note, Ramjattan posited that the establishment of these SOPs will help guide law enforcement officers to not only understand and improve on investigating and prosecuting TIP cases but also dealing with victims to reduce or avoid re-traumatisation.This, he stressed, is timely since Guyana needs to prepare for a possible hike in human trafficking activities as a result of its budding oil and gas industry.“I believe that we are going to have more of this kind of trafficking in humans happening with an oil and gas industry that is going to make Guyana probably that richest country in the Americas. It is going to be a magnet, this country, for other people all across Latin America and the Caribbean, and if we do not set up the preparatory work to ensure that we are smarter and to know how to deal with them, to identify them, how to prosecute them [then] we are not going to be that successful, notwithstanding that we’re going to have lots of money,” he contended.While Guyana still remains on the Tier One category of the United States Department of State report on Trafficking in Persons, the country still has a lot more work to do in combatting the scourge and according to Ramjattan, they have already started acting on some of the recommendations made in the report.The SOPs are aimed at strengthening Guyana’s technical capacity to combat TIP and assist victims of human trafficking.Attorney Diana Shaw, the Jamaican legal consultant who worked on compiling the document, urged stakeholders to adopt the guidelines, which she explained were built on existing practices here to conform to international standards.“So we want you to take ownership of this document; we want these practices to become your everyday habit…The other countries in the Caribbean are very much looking to Guyana. You are, aside from The Bahamas, the only Tier One country in the region and so we’re very much looking to what will come from your implementation of these SOPs to ensure that we can say the Caribbean is moving in the right direction to adequately address eradication of trafficking in persons here,” Shaw asserted.Funded by the US State Department, the Guyana Government worked in collaboration with the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) to establish the SOPs.IOM’s Regional Coordinating Officer and Chief of Mission of IOM’s Guyana Office, Robert Natiello, noted that while the compilation of the SOPs is a milestone, it is only the beginning. He pointed out that the work now starts in implementing the guidelines.To this end, Natiello underscored the need for continued stakeholder cooperation in tackling the scourge of human trafficking.“It’s now that we have to work together for the implementation of the standard operating procedures. This is when the real work begins. Officers who are in charge with prosecuting and investigating cases will really have to quickly become acquainted with the document and they will have to put these guiding principles into practice as Guyana continues to contend with the growing number and the variety of trafficking in persons cases,” the IOM official stated.In addition to the GPF, among the other stakeholder representatives at Wednesday’s SOP launch were acting Chief Justice Roxane George and Assistant Director at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chamber, Teshana Lake, both of whom committed to continue support the fight against human trafficking.Members of the various stakeholder agencies are expected to undergo training over the coming weeks to familiarise themselves with the SOPs.
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0Shares0000Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola watches from the touchline during their match against Bournemouth in Manchester, north west England, on December 23, 2017 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Pep Guardiola will put squad rotation ahead of rewriting the European football history books when runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City visit Newcastle on Wednesday.Guardiola’s side crushed Bournemouth on Saturday to make it 17 successive league victories, two short of the current record for the top five European leagues, set by Bayern Munich during the current City manager’s reign with the Germany club. But as City continue to battle for silverware in four competitions, and negotiate the gruelling fixture schedule over the Christmas period, Guardiola is more interested in making sure his stars keep up their intense style of play than in setting new records.“Fatigue, I don’t think it will be a problem. It may happen but we’ve a good enough squad,” Guardiola said.“Gabriel (Jesus) didn’t play against Bournemouth – he played 120 minutes against Leicester (in the League Cup) and he’s the best fighter in the high pressing I’ve ever seen in my life. He helps us a lot with our intensity.“Danilo, Bernardo, (Ilkay) Gundogan all helped us against Bournemouth. We have Yaya (Toure).“Last game, (Oleksandr) Zinchenko was man of the match and he was not in the squad against Bournemouth.“Of course we will rotate in this period. We have a game every four days. Everyone that has played in the past is going to play in the future.”Nevertheless, the fixture list has been relatively kind to City in terms of quality of opposition over Christmas and New Year, with the Newcastle game followed by a visit to Crystal Palace and home meeting with Watford – all clubs struggling for form.There is the real prospect that by the time City visit Liverpool in mid-January, they will have broken the record and have 20 straight league victories – not that Guardiola is motivated by the prospect.“All it means is we’ve won a lot of games. Since August we have won a lot of games and that’s why we are happy,”he said.“Our lives are better when we win, it’s simple like that. But I’m not going to sleep thinking about if I am going to break a record from my time at Bayern Munich. It’s nothing special.“It’s about Newcastle. I could not see them over the last few days of this Christmas time.“So now I’ll sit down with my staff with our laptops, try to discover what they do and keep our pace and intensity with and without the ball.”– Confidence boost –Guardiola expects Vincent Kompany to retain his place against Newcastle after the injury-prone defender made a successful return from his latest lay-off in the Bournemouth victory.And, of his fringe players, Gundogan, Bernardo and Jesus are the most likely to start at St James’ Park.Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez has urged Newcastle to build on their dramatic 3-2 victory at West Ham, a first win for more than two months which lifted his side out of the relegation zone.Newcastle are two points clear of the bottom three as they look to improve on a woeful home record against City, who are unbeaten in their last 10 visits to Tyneside.“We have been on a bad run but we have kept working hard and maintained belief,” Benitez said.“The victory has given us a big boost in confidence, and it will be good if we can now back that up result against Manchester City.”Benitez, who was forced to make changes against the Hammers due to illness and injury, hopes to have more options available against City.Serbian international forward Aleksandar Mitrovic is again a doubt with a back problem, but midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is set to return after serving a two-match suspension.“We will assess the players over the next couple of days and pick a side to go out and give their all against City,” Benitez said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Three new shareholders were co-opted onto the Finn Harps Board of Directors at Sunday night’s AGM in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, brining to nine the number of members now sitting on the Board.The three new Board members are Mark Crawford, John Gallagher and Junior McConalogue.Ballyshannon native Mark Crawford works in AIB Bank, Letterkenny and now lives in Ballybofey. John Gallagher is originally from Rathmullan and now resides in Letterkenny. The third new member, Junior McConalogue, hails from Muff. Finn Harps Chairman, Joey O’Leary, welcomed the three new members.“I am delighted to see the three new members coming onto the Board and I hope they enjoy their time involved with the club. It’s good to see the geographical spread of the board members from all around the county now.”The Harps Chairman also paid tribute to two board members who resigned during 2011.“Ian Curristan and Aidan Campbell both stepped down from their roles on the board last year, and I would like to place on record my thanks to both of them for all their work with the club. I wish both of them well in their future endeavours and look forward to continuing to seeing both of them at Finn Park on match nights.” The full list of Finn Harps Board members is as follows:Joey O’LearyDenise O’NeillJohn CampbellSean Quinn Seamus GallagherJames RodgersMark CrawfordJohn Gallagher Junior McConalogueNEW FACES ON HARPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS was last modified: March 13th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:BOARD OF DIRECTORSfinn harps
Window blind cords and chains can pose an enormous risk to young children and vulnerable people, and to raise awareness for this, The Public Health Agency has published a harrowing awareness video.Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. Blind cords can lead to injury, and can sometimes be fatal.It only takes seconds for a child to lose their life on a window blind cord so the PHA urge parents to take the following steps to make sure your children are safe.Examine every blind in your home and if any blind has a cord or chain that is looped or could form a loop – make sure a safety device is used to keep the cord or chain securely tidied away out of their reach.Safety devices are available in the form of cord or chain tidies, P clips and cleatsDo not place your child’s cot, bed, high chair or playpen near to a window blindDo not put sofas, chairs, tables, shelves or bookcases near a window blind as children love to climbWhen buying new blinds, keep an eye out for blinds that are ‘safe by design’, such as cordless or concealed cord blinds.Mum and dad Feliciano and Maria Saba, the parents of Bryan Saba, have been raising awareness for the dangers of blind cords after their son was accidentally strangled by the looped cord of a window blind in Portadown two years ago. The PHA say: “Before you find yourself in a situation where medical treatment, help or advice is needed urgently, it helps to be prepared.”Dangers of blind cords for toddlers highlighted in harrowing awareness video was last modified: October 8th, 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:Awarenessblind cordChildtoddlerWINDOW
DENVER — The temperature at first pitch of Thursday’s series finale between the Giants and Rockies was 39 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel like a frosty 32 degrees.As snow fell from the sky and began to stick on the warning track during the first inning, everything in sight at Coors Field was freezing.Everything, except for the bats.On a day that initially appeared miserable for hitters, the Rockies and Giants combined for 23 runs and 23 hits in a 12-11 Colorado win. “In …
Researchers found that sheep depend on a retrovirus to become pregnant. Retroviruses (those that can insert themselves into a genome of a host cell) include the dreaded HIV and generally have a bad reputation. Remnant retroviruses are prevalent in many animal species and have been considered a class of “junk DNA,” having mutated away their ability to cause infection. Science Daily, however, reported on research that shows that “naturally occurring endogenous retroviruses are required for pregnancy in sheep.” A certain class of retrovirus, enJSRV, is critical for formation of the placenta – without it, embryos cannot implant and are miscarried. Other retroviruses, rather than causing disease, may be essential for protection from infection, the article said. How could such cooperation between virus and host evolve? An evolutionary explanation was included in the article:Further, Palmarini said, “The enJSRVs arose from ancient infections of small ruminants during their evolution,” said Dr. Massimo Palmarini, a virologist at The University of Glasgow Veterinary School. “This infection was beneficial to the host and was then positively selected for during evolution. In other words, animals with enJSRVs were better equipped than those without. Therefore, enJSRVs became a permanent part of the sheep genome and, in these days, sheep can’t do without them.”Yet this seems merely a post-hoc speculation rather than a testable hypothesis. Perhaps there is more cooperation going on between mammals and their tag-alongs than previously realized.Palmarini ought to read what Jerry Coyne wrote about evolutionary theory (08/30/2006). Evolution neither predicted nor expected this surprising discovery. The explanation resembles the habit of Kruschev-era communists to spin every political and economic observation, no matter how contradictory, into terms of class conflict and dialectical materialism. If you think back to the commercials of the Leave-it-to-Beaver era, all germs were considered evil. Wondrous kitchen products like Lysol helped the modern homemaker destroy the wretched bugs and keep the kitchen shining spic-and-span and germ-free. It is becoming apparent now, by contrast, that most bacteria are beneficial to humans (see 08/02/2006 entry), and that the world is teeming with more viruses than previously conceived, most of which are harmless. This does not mean we should give up cleanliness and hygiene, but it means that we need to rethink our view of natural evil. A new view seems to be emerging that life not only tolerates, but may ultimately depend on, bacteria and viruses. The relatively small number that cause disease and harm, like brats in the playground, steal most of our attention. What if the bratty germs are really beneficial players gone awry? That would fit a Biblical creation model. A design-based research program could investigate the beneficial interactions of animals with their micropartners and retroviruses, instead of giving up and spraying the “junk” with evolutionary LiesAll.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Japan and India plan to sign a free trade pact that will scrap tariffs on 94 percent of traded goods over the next decade.The agreement will be signed in October during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan.Japan’s exports to India — principally vehicles and electronics — totaled $7.8 billion in 2009. Its imports from India totaled $4.7 billion. Related Items
Normal life along the 222 km-long NH 37 linking Imphal to the rest of the country and the Jiribam district bordering Assam was severely affected on Saturday as a result of a 24-hour lockdown called by the women vendors of the Jiri market from Friday midnight. Jamini Leima, a leader of the Jiri Market Chaokhat Lup, said that it was in protest against extortion of illegal tax by tribal militants at Nungba in the Tamenglong district.On September 26, the women vendors who sell vegetables and other consumer items at the Jiri market staged a sit-in. The activists regretted that the government had turned a blind eye and the militants continued the extortion.An activist said, “Some women bring vegetables from Imphal for sale at the Jiri market. However, under the nose of the authority, some tribals who identify themselves as cadre of an outfit demand illegal taxes ranging from ₹300 to ₹1000, depending on the quantum of the items. Jamini said, “A woman bringing vegetables worth ₹300 has to pay illegal tax of ₹500. If the vendors refuse to pay or delay handing over the money, the baskets are disgorged from the buses. The militants, however, do not demand any tax from the tribal women vendors travelling in the same bus bound for the Jiribam market”.Since the state government and Tamenglong district administration have failed to take any action against the extortionists, the women vendors had called the lockdown. The angry vendors threatened to carry on various forms of agitations if the government still refuses to check this blatant extortion.A woman vendor said, “In sharp contrast, people in and around Imphal are extending all sorts of assistance to the tribal women vendors of Senapati district to sell vegetables and other edible items at various places in Imphal from this year. They were not allowed to enter Nagaland to sell their vegetables from 2015 as they had objected to the Nagaland government plan to construct a road encroaching Manipur’s land”.Policed said that security measures during the 24-hour lockdown were tightened to maintain law and order.
Keeping the door open for talks with the BJP, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said he would soon meet BJP veteran L.K. Advani to congratulate him on the Ayodhya verdict. Mr. Thackeray said, “Advani saheb, who gave meaning to this subject after he took out his Rath Yatra, would be happy about today’s verdict. I would be meeting him in a couple of days.” He also revealed his plan to visit Ayodhya later this month after going to the Shivneri fort. “On November 24 last year, I had gone to Ayodhya with Shiv Sainiks. I had taken mud from Shivneri, and within 12 months, we have had this verdict. Within two to three days, I will return to Shivneri to pay my respects, and it is my wish that on November 24, I would return to Ayodhya,” he said.Mr. Thackeray said the Shiv Sena had demanded a special Act to build a Ram temple because there seemed no end to the dispute; but there was no need for it with Saturday’s verdict. The Shiv Sena chief has been raking up the issue of the Ram temple at rallies for the Assembly election, even attracting the criticism of Mr. Modi, who called him a “loud mouth” in a veiled attack at a meeting in Nashik. Political analysts have said that by referring to his relationship with Mr. Advani and disclosing his plan to visit Ayodhya, Mr. Thackeray is leaving the door open for talks with the BJP in Maharashtra.