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INTERPOL conducting TIP Needs Assessment in Guyana

first_imgA team from the International Police (INTERPOL) was in Guyana last week to commence a project that aims at tackling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and migrant smuggling.The team, which was welcomed by the local Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons, was in Guyana from April 9-13. The visiting team comprised two officials representing INTERPOL and one officer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).This Needs Assessment is the first of a three-phase INTERPOL Project to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Caribbean. The INTERPOL Team kicked off their mission with visits to Itaballi, Puruni and Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) during which they were accompanied by a team from the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in Guyana.The visit to Region Seven enabled the visiting team to experience the difficulties associated with travelling to interior regions in Guyana and policing these areas, to witness working conditions in the mines and the general conditions in which persons in the area lived. This experience facilitated the team from INTERPOL in making a general assessment of the risks and other difficulties associated with curbing occurrences of trafficking in persons in interior regions in Guyana.In addition, before returning to Georgetown, the INTERPOL team joined representatives of the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in conducting sensitisation on the issue in the Bartica Market, Arcade and Beach areas. This activity followed a similar Task Force ‘Roving Sensitisation’ activity conducted along the seawalls from the Seawall Bandstand to Vlissengen Road on Easter weekend.The awareness activity in Bartica saw vendors and customers alike engaged in discussion on the topic of trafficking in persons and were encouraged to report suspected cases; posters affixed to the walls of various market stalls, shops and other establishments; and brochures, flyers and other material bearing messages of awareness and the trafficking in persons hotline number distributed to individuals along the way.The activity seemed to yield instant results as a report was received soon after through the TIP hotline of suspected trafficking in persons in the area. A raid was subsequently conducted by ranks of the Bartica Police Station and resulted in eight females from The Dominican Republic being recovered from a house in Bartica. One suspect has since been arrested. The case is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force.However, subsequent to the visit to Region Seven, the INTERPOL team met with the ministerial arm of the Trafficking in Persons Task Force, other Government officials, frontline officers and other stakeholders in the fight against trafficking in persons in Guyana. Discussions at these meetings afforded the INTERPOL team the opportunity to articulate the goals of their project and to gather more information on the operational and technical needs of the agencies involved in the fight against trafficking in persons.The Needs Assessment phase of INTERPOL’s project would be followed by a training phase and an operational phase. The training phase will see officers from different agencies in Guyana being invited to benefit from a number of regional training courses which will span a total of seven weeks. Training will focus primarily on law enforcement, but there would also be sessions which would benefit trafficking in persons stakeholders from other agencies.A ‘Training of Trainers’ would be one of the courses included. As such, those trained would be encouraged to return to Guyana to train others – both law enforcement and otherwise – in the topics learned. INTERPOL would also share a curriculum, to be contributed to by authorities in Guyana, which is intended to be added to the training programme at the Guyana Police Force Officers’ Training Centre.Meanwhile, the operational phase would see INTERPOL lending support to the countries being considered in the project in their local anti-trafficking in persons operations.The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons eagerly anticipates the development of this project and looks forward to continued collaboration with INTERPOL, as well as other international partners, as it seeks to effectively combat this scourge of trafficking in persons in Guyana.last_img read more

Impala, Quins set up Ngong Road derby in Kenya Cup quarters

first_img0Shares0000Quins Vs Impala.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Impala Saracens set up a mouth watering Kenya Cup quarter final against rivals Kenya Harlequin after the Gazelles played to a 9-9 draw against champions KCB RFC in a match played at the Lions Den on Saturday.In the other quarter final pairing, Kabras Sugar, who finished third will lock horns with Strathmore Leos. The winner between Impala and Quins will book a semifinal date against KCB while Homeboyz will play the winner between Kabras and Strathmore Leos in the other semi.The quarters are scheduled for next weekend (March 10) while the semis will be played on the weekend of March 17.Strathmore Leos went through despite falling 20-7 to Homeboyz and this is after Nakuru lost to Mwamba 17-12 at the Nairobi Railways Club.Kabras finished third thanks to their 58-3 victory over Blak Blad. The 2016 champions entered this encounter sitting fourth but the bonus win takes them to 43 points, two above Impala.At the Lions Den, Impala were under pressure to win the match for them to qualify for the quarters and got the slot despite the draw.The points were all from penalties as no team managed to cross over in the clash staged at a rainy KCB Sports Club.Mark Kwemoi scored for Impala while Darwin Mukidza slotted for the defending champions.-By Raga House- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Congregating for worship

first_img“We want this service to be multisensory. We don’t want people to just sit. We want them to experience God in a real and relevant way,” Gilliam said. “We’re living in a time when visuals are important. We’ve got the words on a screen so heads won’t be buried in a book. “When you’re looking up, you’re experiencing everyone else, and that brings a unity.” A contemporary Christian music band will serve as the catalyst for heartfelt praises to God at Sunday’s service. A hint of the contemporary gospel tradition from Sherman Oaks United Methodist may come into play as well. Gilliam will deliver the “good news’ message on Sunday. Matthew 6 is his inspiration for “First Things First,” a message about evaluating life’s priorities. “Jesus tells us not to worry (about everyday things) but to seek the spiritual. If you study Christ’s life,” Gilliam said, “you see that he put a high priority on relationships. Seek spiritual things instead of the almighty dollar.” The informal outreach Sunday service has been planned to be very simple, but Gilliam and Haddon hope that it will be life-changing. “I would like them to think that church is a place of comfort in their neighborhood,” Haddon said. “I hope they will see that Christianity is relevant and bring comfort to their lives.” Contemporary Sunday service, 5 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 11 and 25, meeting at Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church, 4445 Nobel Ave. Child care available for ages 5 and under. Call (818) 788-3330. Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, 14401 Dickens St. Call (818) 789-0351. holly.andres@dailynews.com (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The two congregations have an amiable tradition of holding joint holy day services as well as pulpit and choir exchanges, so Sunday evening’s service isn’t as eyebrow-raising as might seem. The few differences between the two – how they are officially governed and liturgy – aren’t problems for Sunday’s service. Both congregations share moderate Protestant beliefs and a similar history. And both have had hefty memberships in the past, and small – but enthusiastically faithful – membership now. “I’m ready to drop the denomination tags,” Haddon said frankly. “Yes, we both want new members. But we also want to foster community in Sherman Oaks and give people a place to come on a Sunday night.” Both congregations have a traditional Sunday morning service, but there was a yearning for a modern approach musically and structurally that Haddon and the Rev. Garth Gilliam, from Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, wanted to satisfy. SHERMAN OAKS – Rather than competing for new members, two churches have joined in hosting a contemporary Sunday evening service that celebrates the similarities of their Christian faith. The Sherman Oaks Presbyterian and First United Methodist churches are within easy walking distance of each other, south of Ventura Boulevard. “We’re trying to attract new folk who don’t go to either church or any church,” said the Rev. Barbara Haddon of Sherman Oaks Presbyterian. “We’re encouraging people to dress casually. It’s an informal musical service – no robes, no books. “There will be no `what am I supposed to do?’ moments.” last_img

Pep’s exit good for Bundesliga-Lehmann

first_imgGuardiola’s current contract expires next June and Bayern bosses are hoping to persuade the 44-year-old to sign an extension during the winter break, which starts on December 20, with a decision expected to be made before Christmas.Bayern are again peerless in Germany and Lehmann says the current team is the strongest the club has ever fielded, having picked up 40 out of a possible 42 points with 13 wins from 14 league matches plus a single draw.“The side which won the treble (in 2013) under Jupp Heynckes was already amazing, but Pep has taken Bayern to the next level,” Lehmann told German daily Bild.“They should set themselves the goal of being the first team to go through a German league season unbeaten.”Lehmann said Guardiola signing an extension with Bayern would be bad for the rest of the league.“It would be good for Bayern, because finding an adequate successor would be tricky,” said Lehmann.“For the rest of the league it would be better when he goes and perhaps it will become a bit more exciting.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Munich’s coach Pep Guardiola reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, 16 May 2015.BERLIN, December 2- Ex-Germany goalkeeper and current TV pundit Jens Lehmann says it would be better for the German league if Pep Guardiola decides against extending his contract at Bayern Munich.Under Guardiola, Bayern are currently eight points clear in the German league table and have won the the Bundesliga for both of his previous two seasons in charge by dominating their rivals.last_img read more

Bomb kills anti-Syria politician

first_imgBEIRUT, Lebanon – A powerful bomb killed an anti-Syria lawmaker and six others Wednesday in a Christian neighborhood of Beirut, threatening to derail an effort by an already deeply divided Parliament to elect Lebanon’s next president in voting to begin next week. Antoine Ghanem, a 64-year-old member of the Christian Phalange party who had returned from refuge abroad only two days earlier, was the eighth anti-Syria figure and fourth lawmaker from the governing coalition to be assassinated in less than three years. Coalition members blamed Syria. Damascus denied involvement, as it has for the previous seven assassinations, including the 2005 bombing death of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – a killing that ignited huge protests that forced Syria to withdraw its troops after a three-decade occupation. Security officials said at least 67 people were wounded in Wednesday’s blast, half of which had left the hospital by day’s end. The explosion occurred at rush hour on a busy street in the Sin el-Fil district, severely damaging nearby buildings, setting several cars on fire and scattering blood and debris along the street. Syria said the attack was aimed at sabotaging efforts by the Lebanese people to reach agreement. “This criminal act aims at undermining efforts paid by Syria and others to achieve Lebanese national accord,” Syria’s state-run news agency SANA quoted an anonymous Syrian official as saying. Many people fear the divisions over the presidency could lead to creation of two rival governments, a grim threat to repeat the last two years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war when army units loyal to competing administrations battled it out. The United States has accused Syria of trying to undermine Lebanon’s government, but has stopped short of tying the Damascus regime to the political killings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Explosives experts were seen checking the engine of Ghanem’s car, which was thrown more than 150 feet. A security official said the bomb was likely detonated by remote control near Ghanem’s car. “I have never seen a more cowardly regime than that of Bashar Assad’s,” lawmaker Saad Hariri said, blaming the Syrian president for Ghanem’s death. Hariri replaced his father, the assassinated ex-premier, as head of anti-Syria forces, which now hold a majority in Parliament. Cabinet member Ahmed Fatfat also blamed Syria for the attack, saying Damascus wanted to derail efforts by majority and opposition leaders to reach some accommodation as they begin presidential voting in Parliament on Tuesday. “It is the only regime that does not want presidential elections in Lebanon to be held,” Fatfat told The Associated Press. President Emile Lahoud, an ally of Syria, also implied Ghanem’s death was meant to undermine the presidential vote, saying “it is no coincidence that whenever there are positive signs” that someone is killed. last_img read more

Tottenham wonderkid tipped for big future by international teammate after debut

first_img Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Getty Images – Getty 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ appointed Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES LATEST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:08Loaded: 100.00%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Republic of Ireland international Jack Byrne has applauded the talents of Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Troy Parrott after their international debuts.Byrne, who plays for Shamrock Rovers, and Parrott both made their first starts for Mick McCarthy’s side in their 3-1 victory over New Zealand. The emergence of the duo comes at a key time for manager McCarthy with Euro 2020 qualification on the line and Byrne has insisted he’s ready to step up if needed, despite currently playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division.“I’d try to slot in to the best of my ability if I was called upon,” he said. “I definitely wouldn’t say ‘no’. If I’m called upon, then yes, I feel as if I could help the team.“I feel like I’m in a good place. I’m working hard and I’m getting a bit of luck at the moment, and long may it continue.“It’s not my decision, it’s up to the manager. Look, he’s going to pick a team to go out there and do a job in one of the biggest games in recent Irish footballing history.“Whatever team he picks, we’ll all be behind it.” update Tottenham striker Troy Parrott makes a nuisance of himself against New Zealand stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Andy Ruiz Jr training ahead of Anthony Joshua fight PEP TALK Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The 23-year-old, who grew up in the same part of Dublin as the 17-year-old, has taken the Spurs striker under his wing and the pair have made their friendship clear with multiple social media posts over the international break.And Byrne, once on the books of Man City, believes Parrott has a fine future ahead of himself after making a positive impact in the game against the All Whites.He said: “He’s obviously at Tottenham for a reason, he’s a top young talent. He’s 17 years of age and he’s just made his debut for Ireland – and I thought he was brilliant.“He’s 17, it’s an unbelievable achievement. He’s a top striker for his age in the world, probably. He’s at Tottenham and he’s doing really well, and you can see why.” Getty Images – Getty on target Jack Byrne in action for Republic of Ireland targets latest Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta last_img read more

Who remains in the running to replace Gary Locke as Kilmarnock boss?

first_imgBilly Davies is also out of the running after speaking to Killie. Here are the four contenders still standing to get the job.Play-offs: Graham Alexander took Fleetwood up. Press AssociationDespite playing 40 times for Scotland, Graham Alexander has never actually played or coached north of the border. That might change before too long, though.The former full-back and defensive midfielder is expected to be interviewed for the vacancy at Rugby Park and is out of work since leaving Fleetwood Town in September 2015.But whilst Alexander might have paid the price of a poor start to the English League One season with his job, he won promotion through the play-offs in the 2013-14 season. Alexander was also manager of Preston North End from December 2011 to January 2012. He might now be set for a foray into Scottish football management.Out of work: Lee Clark last worked with Blackpool. Press AssociationThe former Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town manager has already been interviewed for the vacant job at Kilmarnock, and is currently out of work.Lee Clark last held the manager’s role at Blackpool, resigning at Bloomfield Road following the club’s relegation from the English Championship at the end of last season.The former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder started his managerial career at Huddersfield, guiding the club to the play-offs in successive seasons.Clark endured a more difficult time at Birmingham though, only saving the Blues from relegation on the final day of the 2013/14 English Championship season.Success: Mark Cooper was at Swindon for two years. Press AssociationMark Cooper is an experienced campaigner in the English lower leagues, taking charge at six different clubs since 2004.The 47-year-old has managed Tamworth, Kettering Town (twice), Peterborough United, Darlington, Telford United and most recently Swindon Town.Cooper guided Swindon to the League One play-offs last season but was dismissed as manager of the club after a poor start to the 2015/16 campaign – leaving them just one point above the relegation zone.The former midfielder struggled to cope with the sale of key players at the Robins, but could now be set to take over at Kilmarnock having been interviewed for the job.Candidate: Neil Redfearn is on the shortlist. Press AssociationThe 50-year-old was sacked as manager of Rotherham United just days ago, leaving the club in the English Championship relegation zone. Kilmarnock have reportedly been quick in lining up Neil Redfearn, though.At Leeds United Redfearn was caretaker manager three times between 2012 and 2014 before being handed the job on a permanent basis at Elland Road for the 2014/15 season.Recently, though, Redfearn found things tough at Rotherham, leaving the Millers are winning only five of 21 matches despite signing a two-and-a-half year deal with the club in October.The former Barnsley midfielder is now expected to be interviewed for the Kilmarnock job this week. By Graham RuthvenKilmarnock are still looking to appoint a new manager following the resignation of Gary Locke two weeks ago.Lee McCulloch has been placed in charge on an interim basis until a permanent appointment is made.But who will get the job for real? Simo Valakari was expected to be interviewed for the role in the Rugby Park dug-out before signing a new contract to stay with current club SJK on Wednesday.last_img read more

A full summary of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership results

first_imgMotherwell took bragging rights in the Lanarkshire derby with a 2-1 win at Hamilton Academical.The home side took an early lead through Giannis Skondras after just 15 minutes but Andy Rose drew Motherwell level just after the half hour mark.Stephen Robinson’s side then put themselves on the road to three points with a goal from defender Peter Hartley on 51 minutes. The Steelmen held on for a victory that moved them up to fifth in the table.League leaders Celtic kept their lengthy unbeaten run going against Dundee but didn’t find it easy going against Neil McCann’s side. Olivier Ntcham scored the only goal of the game to move his side onto 20 points and keep them ahead of Aberdeen on goal difference. Jamie Walker, who had set up the opener, fired in the goal that made it 2-1 to Hearts on the hour mark. Connor Randall was sent off for the visitors but they held on to claim the win. The Dons kept pace with a narrow victory of their own. Gary Mackay-Steven scored to give them a 1-0 win against Hibs at Easter Road.Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock were both at the wrong end of the table with just three points each before they met at Firhill but the Ayrshire side had a pre-match boost with the announcement that Steve Clarke is the club’s new manager.Clarke watched on from the stands as goals from Kris Boyd and Adam Frizell gave his side a 2-0 away win.There was an eventful encounter between Ross County and Hearts in Dingwall. Isma Goncalves scored to put Hearts ahead on 34 minutes but the home side equalised just two minutes later through Davis Keillor-Dunn.last_img read more

Disney Springs Hotels Offering Discounts for Teachers

first_imgShare This!All hail teachers, the unsung heroes of, well, everything. Seriously, if I think too much about some of the incredible teachers that have encouraged and inspired my kids I burst into tears.Teachers most definitely deserve a break during vacation and, good news, the seven hotels of the Disney Springs area have a deal for them. The seven hotels included in the promotion are:Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, starting at $75 per nightB Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista, starting at $89 per nightHoliday Inn, starting at $95 per nightBest Western, starting at $103.99 per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, starting at $116 per nightHilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Palace, starting at $122 per nightDoubleTree Suites, starting at $129 per nightGuests of these hotels receive many of the same benefits as guests of the Disney-owned hotels, including access to Extra Magic Hours and 60-day FastPass+ booking.The Teacher Appreciation discount rates apply to Preschool, Daycare, and Kindergarten through College teachers and support staff in the U.S. and Canada. The special rates are available for stays May 27-September 3, 2019, based on availability. Some blockout dates may apply, and availability may be limited.Here’s the fine print: The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes, or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups. All teachers and school support staff must show proof of employment upon check-in.last_img read more

The Way Forward on Migration – February 14, 2017

first_img“The definition of mobility is changing as it includes people moving to where the jobs are (migration) as well as jobs moving to where the people live (outsourcing, shared service centers, among others) and more and more tasks are moving (via digital intermediation) to people everywhere…These specific situations have arisen in the past, but the trend is growing and increasing in complexity…It will be important to reflect on the adequacy of existing tools provided by both national and international private law to anticipate future challenges…”  IOE Brief, “Understanding the Future of Work,” p. 38-39. This challenge – to align government policies with the realities of global business operations – is one that CFGI has been tackling for forty-five years.  We know better than anyone the challenges of creating migration policies that are efficient, predictable and flexible enough to respond to our fast-evolving global economy.  Our principles for reform in the United States and at the Global Forum on Migration and Development recognize the need to empower employers to efficiently hire and relocate talent as necessary to innovate and meet their business objectives while providing fair and equal opportunities for all workers. CFGI has long supported fees on H-1B visas that are used for scholarships and training for U.S. workers; and, over the past year, I have been working with our strategic affiliate, SHRM, to catalog and promote the many initiatives taking place within SHRM’s network of over 500 state and local chapters to close the skills gap and prepare all Americans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.I was fortunate to spend the past several days with SHRM’s state workforce readiness directors where we shared the great work they are already doing and brainstormed ideas for doing even more over the next year.  A few of the many great initiatives include:Helping HR professionals understand how skills learned in the military translate to the civilian workplace so that they can more successfully recruit and integrate veterans;Working with high school students on soft skills, resume writing and interviewing techniques;Creating flexible work environments to retain ageing workers;Providing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated to enter the workplace;Promoting apprenticeships in both blue and white collar occupations;And much, much more.Several people asked me how my work with immigration fit with these efforts to hire Americans.  I see them as pieces of the same puzzle:  how to ensure that employers have the ability to get the right talent, in the right place, at the right time because, as the IOE report so eloquently shows, we cannot stop the changing nature of work but we can try to get ahead of it.This brings me to President Trump’s draft executive order on employment-based immigration.  I don’t disagree that our employment-based immigration regulations which haven’t been significantly updated in a quarter-century are ripe for review and revision.  I also don’t disagree that they should serve our national interests.   In fact, CFGI has given him a list of some of the areas where efficiencies could be achieved and money could be saved that could then be redirected to other priorities. I am concerned, however, that the order will be implemented without adequate consideration of the realities of the new world of work or consultation with the stakeholders who have a holistic view of our place in the global economy. It has been reported that some employers are already considering relocating operations to other countries with more predictable policies.  Let’s hope we don’t squander this opportunity to create immigration policies which advance a 21st Century Workplace that is Fair, Innovative and Competitive.last_img read more