131 women trafficked for 1st half of 2019

first_imgSome 131 women have been trafficked between January and June 2019.This was revealed by the Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who during remarks at the opening of a one-day training session for education personnel on Trafficking in Persons (TIP), said that the victims were from 18 reported cases of TIP.Slavery – Human TraffickingThese cases, according to the Minister, stemmed from Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara- Mahaica) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). He added that sadly, these women were being trafficked mostly for the purpose of smuggling drugs, prostitution, and even forced labour.The Minister was keen to note that Indigenous persons are more at risk of being trafficked because of their vulnerability.He, nevertheless, added that the risk of human trafficking remains a real concern for all parts of Guyana.On this note, the importance of the training for education personnel, inclusive of welfare officers and guidance counsellors, was underscored.The facilitator of the training session, Daniel Griffith, explained the reason for the training of these officers.“We recognise that anyone can become a victim, including adolescents, hence the need for this training. In essence, this training today will primarily be aimed at equipping guidance counsellors and welfare officers with the working knowledge on Trafficking in Persons, victim identification, assistance and referrals,” Griffith said.ProsecutionMost victims of human trafficking, when rescued, often long to meet their families. This urge often gets in the way of prosecution, given that Guyana’s judicial system generally takes a while to handle such cases.This was pointed out by Ramjattan on the side-lines of the event. He explained, “When the trails come on it’s very difficult. We are trying to have a witness protection thing so that we can keep them in Guyana, but it is very costly because sometimes the cases take years”.When it comes to dealing with such cases in a timely manner, the subject Minister admitted that the country “needs to step up its game”.One alternative, he said, is for witnesses to “Skype” their testimonies to aid in prosecuting the perpetrators.Last year, Guyana recorded 156 cases of TIP, which already does not spell well for the country, with 131 cases already recorded.The growing phenomena is the second most profitable illegal business in the country, with drugs taking the lead spot.Just in March, the owner of Love Bar, Savita Persaud, was remanded to prison for unlawfully recruiting and transporting Venezuelans for sexual exploitation.The defendant was also slapped with two counts of Trafficking in Persons during the same period. Additionally, she was charged with employing a child on a property that sells liquor.Attorney George Thomas, in a bail submission, told the Court that his client rented the property to the Venezuelans and is innocent of the trafficking accusations.However, the Prosecutor opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature, prevalence and the penalty that the offence attracts.last_img read more

Peewee Flyers take second at weekend tournament

first_imgThe Flyers started things off on the right foot as they found the back of the net midway through the first period to take a 1-0 lead. They held that lead until the late stages of the frame until Grande Prairie tied things with 2:28 left to play.Grande Prairie would take the lead early in the second as they scored 2:21 in, however the Peewee Flyers would tie things with 1:33 left in the frame.There was no scoring in a back and forth third period, and it looked like the game was destined for a shoot out. The Knights had other ideas and netted the game winning goal with 38 seconds left in overtime.- Advertisement -Connor Bowie, and Curtis Hammond each scored for the Flyers. Getting assists were Nathan Brownlee, and Connor Kindrat.last_img read more

AFTRA president steps down, takes new role at Actors’ Equity

first_img(818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Actors’ Equity represents actors and stage managers in theaters within the United States. Connolly was first elected in 2001 as national president of AFTRA – the 70,000-member union that represents actors, newscasters, announcers, singers, dancers, comedians and other professionals who work across the media and entertainment industries in television, radio, sound recordings, music videos, commercials and new media. AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth praised Connolly’s efforts Tuesday. “The energy and passion John demonstrated as AFTRA national president on behalf of actors, recording artists, journalists, and broadcasters working in the media and entertainment industries – combined with his commitment to the principles of organized labor – will serve him well in his new role,” Hedgpeth said. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com John Connolly, longtime president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, will step down from the post next month. He will be replaced by radio host Bob Edwards, the union announced Tuesday. Connolly is leaving to become national executive director of Actors’ Equity Association. Edwards, AFTRA’s first national vice president and the former longtime host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” takes over at least until the union’s next national board meeting at the end of April. Connolly, elected AFTRA president three times, described the decision to step down as “difficult and heart-wrenching.” “I am humbled by the confidence and responsibility bestowed upon me by Equity’s National Council and I pledge to serve our members with all my heart and soul,” said Connolly, who will begin his new job March 19. last_img read more

Healthcare roadshow coming to Fort St. John

first_imgAmong the students who will be visiting is Fort St. John resident Quinn Gentles, who has just finished his second year of medicine.Gentles was 15 when a snowboarding accident left the left side of his body paralyzed. He was hospitalized for a month, but, with the help of intensive therapy from a dozen specialists, he was able to regain much of his function. Later, in high school he decided to pursue medicine himself, after a career push and volunteer work at the Fort St. John hospital.“I got a first hand account of why their work matters,” said Gentles, now 24.“Being able to spend time in the Fort St. John hospital volunteering, seeing how doctors and nurses and other members of the team work together, was the game changer for me.”Gentles added the roadshow will help dispel some myths about working in the health care industry that one needs to have a straight-A academic record, or be a math and science whiz, or have a lot of money.Advertisement It may be the largest influx of medical professionals Fort St. John has seen in some time — and they’re only here for three days.Next week, a troupe of 18 doctors, medical students and instructors from across British Columbia will visit Fort St. John and two other Peace River schools as part of the Healthcare Traveling Roadshow.“We’re going and talking to kids in high schools to try to get them think of careers they may not have thought of,” said Dr. Sean Maurice, a senior lab instructor for the Northern Medical Program out of the University of Northern BC, which is spearheading the tour.- Advertisement -“In smaller towns, there’s probably less exposure to these professions. When you’re in Fort St. John or Fort Nelson, going down to university in the Lower Mainland is a long ways away, and is bigger barrier to overcome to do that kind of training,” he said.The seven-day event runs from June 7 to 13, and will hit high school students in Fort St. John June 8 to 10, and will also make a stop in Dawson Creek June 11, and a final stop in Tumbler Ridge on June 12.The goal is to spark some inspiration in students so that they might pursue healthcare careers, ultimately returning to the Northeast to practice and helping to combat continued doctor shortages in the region.Advertisement “If we can inspire anybody to think about what they haven’t thought of before, it could have really long lasting benefits for the province and your town,” Maurice said.The group this year includes a mix of medical students and professionals from a host of schools across a range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, medical lab technologies, biomedical engineering, and midwifery.Maurice said students will be able to rub shoulders with and chat one on one with doctors and students about their careers and studies, at the same time getting a chance to work with skeletons, microscopes, bacterial plates, and other equipment the team will be bringing with them.“It’s very hands on,” he said.Advertisementcenter_img Gentles said his classmates come from a wide-range of backgrounds, from arts to literature to film. He added there is “tremendous support” for for rural and northern students pursuing health careers, including scholarships, grants and bursaries.“I firmly believe exposure like this at the early stage of high school gives kids the confidence and drive they need to pursue this,” Gentles said.The show first hit the road in 2010 following Rural Health Workforce Symposium held the year prior in Prince George.The university has since visited hundreds of students in communities across northern BC, including Clearwater, Fort Nelson and Kitimat.Participating schools include UNBC, the University of British Columbia, College of New Caledonia, University of Victoria, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Thompson Rivers University.last_img read more


first_imgBelieve…In Better?HE USED to urge us to Believe – now Jim McGuinness will want football fans to Believe In Better…on Sky TV.Next Saturday’s Leinster meeting in Tullamore of Kildare and Laois is Sky Sports first offering this summer and presenter Rachel Wyse is looking forward to working with the ‘genius’ that is McGuinness.“He’s a genius when it comes to the game and breaking it down. We met him for about an hour or two, and sat down, just one-on-one,” says Wyse. “He drove up to us, he dropped his kids off to school. It’s very different I guess – from an Irish perspective it’s normal for me – but over here with the football managers, there’s the entourage and there’s the PR people. He just drove up to the hotel and sat down with us for two hours and just broke everything down throughout the season.“He’s got a fascinating insight into it. He’s away from the game now as such so I know that he’s excited to work with us as well this year. It’ll be nice to have him in the studio for the first one on the 6th (June).”Fellow Sky Sports presenter Brian Carney is seeking to get McGuinness’s thoughts on the theory that he provoked a ‘negative change’ in Gaelic football.“There’s an acccusation levelled at Jim that he’s responsible in some way for a change and maybe a negative change in football. I’m not sure I buy it. I can’t wait to sit down and talk with him, his thoughts on that and what he feels the general purpose of the game is,” he said.  BELIEVE IN BETTER? McGUINNESS GETS READY FOR NEW ROLE AS SKY TV GAA PUNDIT was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 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:GAAgeniusJim McGuinnessPunditsky tSKY TVlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal resident John Hume has been knighted by the Pope for his contribution to the peace process.The Derry politician, who lives in Greencastle, was made a Knight of Saint Gregory by Pope Benedict.The founding member of the SDLP was famously pictured with Bono and David Trimble in 1998 as the peace process was cemented. Although now retired from active politics, Mr Hume regularly attends functions across Co Donegal.He was also named Ireland’s greatest person in a television poll by RTE. JOHN HUME IS KNIGHTED BY POPE BENEDICT was last modified: July 6th, 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:JOHN HUMEKNIGHTEDPope Benedictlast_img read more

Maker to open plant in U.S.

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Roche AG says it will build a U.S. plant to make more of its anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu, but that promise failed to tamp growing international pressure on the Swiss drug giant to ease its monopoly grip on the drug. European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday called bird flu a global threat after the discovery of new cases in Greece, Romania and Turkey in recent days, which led to bans on poultry from those countries. In announcing the new U.S. plant on Tuesday, Roche refused to say where it would be located, citing security concerns. Nor has it said when new Tamiflu capsules will be produced in the United States. Meanwhile, demand for Tamiflu is far outstripping Roche’s ability to make it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some 40 countries are scrambling to create Tamiflu stockpiles to treat millions if a pandemic occurs and there’s growing international pressure to ignore Roche’s patent rights and manufacturer inexpensive generic versions. Thailand has announced its intentions to do just that and India-based Cipla Ltd. said it will be ready to ship generics next year, though it said Tuesday it will seek a license from Roche. “We are prepared to discuss all available options, including granting sub-licenses, with any government or private company who approach us to manufacture Tamiflu or collaborate with us in its manufacturing,” said William M. Burns, chief executive of Roche’s pharmaceuticals division. The World Health Organization recommends governments keep enough anti-viral drugs and regular human flu vaccines to inoculate at least 25 percent of their populations. The demand for Tamiflu is expected to continue its dramatic rise after the European Union called on all its members Tuesday to stockpile Tamiflu. “It’s a very complicated drug to make,” said Kim Elliott, deputy director of Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. Elliott said it will take about a year for Roche to deliver U.S.-manufactured Tamiflu. 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

Women’s Golf Concludes Second Round Of FGCU Eagle Invitational

first_imgESTERO, Fla. — Freshman Sophie Hill shot a 78 on the second round of the FGCU Eagle Invitational to lead the Drake University women’s golf team as the Bulldogs are in 13th place through 36-holes.”After two rounds we’ve seen what we are capable of and what we need to work on most,” Drake head coach Rachael Pruett said. “Tomorrow we will build on that.”Hill’s 78 put her tied for 38th place with a total score of 157 (79-78). After leading the team on the first day, freshman Grace Dunn carded an 81 for a total score of 158 (77-81). Sophomore Madison Glennie posted a score a 162 (78-84) through two rounds, while freshman Adrianna Elliott finished with a 166 (79-87). Senior Katie Clausen rounded Drake’s effort with a score of 179 (83-96).As a team, the Bulldogs totaled a score of 643 (313-330) and are 14 strokes from finishing in the top-10.Drake will play the final round of the FGCU Eagle Invitational on Sunday.SECOND ROUND RESULTSPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Irish Coast Guard crews have rescued an ill fisherman off a trawler off Rockall in the north Atlantic.The crew member from the Venture was eventually airlifted to safety after several aborted attempts. Click Play to watch.  DDTV: AMAZING VIDEO FOOTAGE OF COAST GUARD RESCUE was last modified: November 10th, 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)last_img read more

Tracing the origins of humankind

first_imgA group of Bushmen cross a salt pan inNamibia. The Bushmen are part of theKhoisan people, whose DNA links directlyto ancestors living 100,000 years ago.(Image: Chris Johns, National Geographic) DNA in mitochondria, the power producersof the cell, is providing clues to humanmigratory patterns.(Image: National Geographic)Janine ErasmusResearch carried out by the National Geographic Genographic project has revealed that the DNA of a small population of people living in the Karoo region of South Africa can be traced directly back to human ancestors of 100 000 years ago.The Karretjie people of South Africa’s Great Karoo region are so named because they are nomadic and carry all their worldly possessions with them in “karretjies” or donkey carts. They rely largely on seasonal sheep-shearing to earn a living.Yet in spite of their humble circumstances and the fact that they are one of the most marginalised of peoples in South Africa, this particular group of people is of immense scientific interest because they are related to the Khoisan and, uniquely, the DNA that they carry in every cell in their bodies can be traced back for more than 100 000 years.This gives researchers a more accurate glimpse of the movements of the human population at that time, and the ability to track the way that branches of that population split off and moved out into other areas.The Karretjie people are descended from both the Khoekhoen, the aboriginal herders of the Cape, and the San or Bushmen, who were hunters instead of herders. These are the First People, or earliest inhabitants of the region, and scientists have not yet established where they came from before they settled in Southern Africa.South Africa helping to map the movements of humankindThe National Geographic Genographic project was set up to map human migratory patterns going back many thousands of years. The project was launched in April 2005 in partnership with IBM and the Waitt Family Foundation, an organisation that provides funding for projects related to human ancestry. It will run over five years.Using the techniques of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, scientists can reconstruct the hereditary lineage of individuals and their families. This is leading to a better understanding of humankind’s migratory history and how the human race spread out from its suggested origins in Africa, embarking on a journey 60 000 years ago to eventually cover the world.The public at large is encouraged to voluntarily contribute samples of their DNA for analysis and inclusion in the database, which will provide valuable information about specific genetic markers of descent. These are variations or natural mutations in DNA that are passed down in families and can be used to track migration and ancestry.Dr Spencer Wells, the director of the project, and a global team of scientists from ten prominent international institutions are in charge of studies in the field in their regions. The ten centres are located in Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Lebanon, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the US.Professor Himladevi Soodyall, director of the South African Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit, is at the helm of the African section of the Genographic Project. Soodyall received a South African national order in 2005 for her outstanding work in the science of human origins. As a respected academic in the field she was invited to participate in the Genographic Project as the principal investigator for sub-Saharan Africa.Soodyall hopes to address several anthropological and genetic puzzles while working on the project, among them the question of how Indian Ocean trade activity influenced the gene pool in Africa, and the extent to which females have contributed towards shaping the gene pool, using mtDNA.Research at a local levelThe function of the Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit is to integrate regional population history with the process of mapping and modelling human genetic variation.In collaboration with Professor Mike de Jongh of the University of South Africa’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, the unit is studying the Karretjie people of Colesberg.“There is still overwhelming evidence from genetic data to support the theory that modern humans evolved in Africa,” said Soodyall. “Our own research has shown that some of the oldest mtDNA lineages and Y-chromosomes haplotypes found in living humans are found in Khoisan populations. Thus, there is stronger evidence from genetic data to claim that the origins of our species lies here in Southern Africa, and not East Africa, as is usually claimed.”Tracing our ancestryThe MRC has found that in recent years genetic ancestry testing using the mtDNA and Y-chromosome techniques has grabbed the interest of South Africans and, says the council, more than 70% of people who call the Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research unit for information decide to follow their call up with a test.Since February 2006 the unit has been offering ancestry tests to the public and, it says, several hundred people have already been tested. Interested parties can go to branches of the National Health Laboratory Service. The process starts with a 30-minute consultation with the subject; during which the whole procedure is explained.The subject, if still willing, signs a consent form, after which a cheek swab or blood sample is drawn and submitted for testing and comparison with data already held in databases. The process takes no longer than an hour and the subject receives a full explanation of their results. Since 2004, says the unit, over 600 people have been tested.Mitochondrial DNA a powerful tool for identificationMost of the genetic material in a living organism is found in the nucleus. The nucleus contains the chromosomes, which are made up of proteins and DNA. However, mitochondria, the structures in the cell that are responsible for generating power for the body through the burning of energy-rich molecules found in food, also contain a small amount of their own DNA. This is known as mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA and is thought to have a different evolutionary origin to that of nuclear DNA.First sequenced in 1981, the human mitochondrial genome is a small ring of DNA that contains 37 genes. At a very distant stage of human evolution mitochondria were once independent living cells, almost like bacteria, but over millions of years they invaded primitive amoeboid cells and gradually became dependent on their hosts, losing the ability to exist independently.Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mother to daughter without recombining. Sons receive mtDNA but don’t pass it on. Diseases caused as a result of mtDNA mutation are also passed down exclusively through the maternal line.Nuclear DNA is inherited from both parents and is a wholly individual characteristic because genes are rearranged through the process of genetic recombination, which takes place during cell division, resulting in the formation of sperm and egg cells.No such change occurs when mtDNA is passed from parent to child. This feature allows mtDNA to be used as a tool to track ancestry through the female line, going back hundreds of generations. It can also be used in forensics to identify human remains or to exclude matches between missing persons and unidentified remains. Because mtDNA remains the same across a span of many maternal generations it is better suited for the identification of older remains.The mtDNA technique was used to identify the woman known as Mitochondrial Eve, the most recent common ancestor through the mitochondrial pathway that connects mother to daughter. She lived about 140 000 years ago in East Africa and while she was not the only woman living at the time, she is the woman whose mitochondrial DNA is found today in every human alive.Y-chromosomal Adam is her male counterpart, a man who lived about 60 000 years ago in Africa. Traces of his DNA are today found in the Y-chromosomes of all living men.Useful linksNational Geographic Genographic ProjectMRC Human Genome projectWaitt Family FoundationNational Health Laboratory Serviceslast_img read more