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

TWO DONEGAL PRESENTERS ON SHORTLIST FOR CELTIC MEDIA AWARDS

first_imgTwo of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Donegal presenters have been nominated to the shortlist for the Celtic Media Awards.Michelle Nic Grianna has been named in the category of Radio Presenter of the Year, and Dónall Mac Ruairí has been shortlisted in the documentary category for the programme Máire – Glór Chlannad, about the life of Máire Ní Bhraonáin, or Moya Brennan.Michelle Nic Grianna was born in Glasgow, but has been living in Rann na Feirste for most of her life. She is part of the newsroom team in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Doirí Beaga studio, but during the summer presents magazine programme Barrscéalta. An enthusiastic and engaging presenter, she displays a remarkable ability to move with ease from hard-hitting interviews to light-hearted topics, demonstrating empathy where necessary, showcasing a comedic rapport with her guests in some cases, and always brimming with energy. All these qualities contribute to her steadfast popularity with the listeners to Raidió na Gaeltachta.Dónall Mac Ruairí is also from Rann na Feirste, and presents the music programme Cóisir Cheoil on Raidió na Gaeltachta throughout the year, as well as other music programmes and documentary-type shows in the summer. Máire –Glór Chlannad tells the inspirational life story of Máire Ní Bhraonáin. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll are seldom associated with the Irish folk scene, but this documentary paints a different picture. In it, the voice of Clannad talks openly about the highs and lows of her life – from abortion to drug abuse, break ups and bust ups, international adoration, and winning Ivor Novello, Bafta and Grammy awards.RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has also been shortlisted in the category of Radio Station of the Year.The winners will be announced at the Celtic Media Festival in Inverness, Scotland, in April.  TWO DONEGAL PRESENTERS ON SHORTLIST FOR CELTIC MEDIA AWARDS was last modified: March 6th, 2015 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)last_img read more

BRICS ‘to help SA, Africa develop’

first_img25 February 2013South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of influential emerging economies will help the country and the continent address their socio-economic challenges, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.“It is important that all of us understand the importance of this group and why South Africa agreed to join,” Hanekom said in Johannesburg on Saturday.He was speaking during the Gauteng leg of a countrywide roadshow aimed at educating South Africans about the importance of the summit and the country’s membership of the grouping, that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Saturday’s event was also attended by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, International Relations Director-General Jerry Matjila, and various provincial MECs.South Africa officially became a member of BRICS on 24 December 2010, after being formally invited by the BRIC countries to join the group. The country will host the fifth BRICS Summit at the Durban International Convention Centre in March. This will complete the first cycle of BRICS summitsHanekom said South Africa’s membership of BRICS would not only speed up development in Africa’s largest economy but also open up new markets for the continent as a whole.The BRICS grouping accounts for about 43% of the global population. “This makes them an incredibly powerful economic force that is taking the world by storm,” Hanekom said.The countries’ combined nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated at US$13.7-trillion and between 20% and 25% of global GDP.Hanekom, who is a member of the ministerial committee on BRICS, emphasised that Gauteng’s role in South Africa’s membership of the bloc would be crucial. “As the province of Gauteng and given the strength of our economy, we are in a better position to seize the opportunities availed by our BRICS membership.”Matjila said public education about BRICS was aimed at making South Africans understand the rationale of joining the bloc.“We took a decision that we want to take the people along with us in this BRICS movement. We joined BRICS because we wanted to interconnect the markets after interrogating the global shift in economies,” Matjila said.He noted that South Africa’s budget grew from just over R200-million in 1994 to over a trillion in 2012 because the country had explored new markets over the years.“Where do you think that money came from? We want to build new infrastructure and where do you think the money will come from? We have to explore new markets, and BRICS is giving us that platform,” Matjila said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Cartoon: Everyone Has an Opinion

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Most drivers still unsure about the benefits of self-driving

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry Related Posts Opinions on self-driving cars appear to be moving slowly towards acceptance, though the vast majority in Klashwerks ‘2017 State of Driving survey’ either don’t know enough or won’t be purchasing an autonomous vehicle in the near future.44 percent of respondents said they needed more information before making a decision on self-driving, 19 percent said they are cool but wouldn’t purchase one, 17 percent said they’re terrifying, and 12.5 percent think they are all hype.See Also: Ford to skip Level 3 autonomy to keep sleepy drivers happyOnly five percent of respondents said they would be looking to purchase one as soon as they are available, although it doesn’t look like ownership will be an option from some providers. An additional two percent said they have never heard of self-driving cars.38 percent said they would drive in a self-driving car, while 24 percent said they would not and 37 percent said they don’t know. In a follow-up question, 84 percent said it would be ‘depressing’ to live in a car, one of the possible outcomes of an autonomous vehicle that can charge for free on electricity.That is not as disappointing as other general car surveys. Most surveys show ambivalence towards cars that can control themselves, despite drivers having no qualms with better safety features in their cars and more opportunities to multitask.Earlier in the survey, 50 percent of drivers admitted to being on the phone while driving. More than 35 percent were tempted to make/eat food or check emails and texts. Drivers seem unaware of how self-driving cars would allow them to do much more inside the car, 33 percent said they were content with sitting in silence and reflecting.Self-driving is still a very young technology, not available or even noticeable in most parts of the world. The deployment of thousands of self-driving cars by General Motors next year and Google’s rumored self-driving taxi service might bring more consumers into the fold. Tags:#2017 State of Driving survey#automotive#autonomous cars#cars#driverless#Klashwerks#RavenTeam#Self-Driving center_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more