Caribbean countries call for slavery reparations

first_img 18 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Caribbean countries call for slavery reparations by: – September 26, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, addressing the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan SchneiderNEW YORK, USA — Three Caribbean countries — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines – on Saturday called for reparations for injustices suffered by African slaves and their descendants.The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, said that segregation and violence against people of African descent had impaired their capacity for advancement as nations, communities and individuals.“None should disagree that racism and other legacies of slavery continue to shape the lives of people of African descent – thus reparations must be directed toward repairing the damage inflicted by slavery and racism,” Spencer told the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate in New York.He stressed that former slave-owning states should begin a reconciliation process by formally apologizing for the crimes committed by those nations or their citizens over the 400 years of the African slave trade.“And to help counter the lingering damage inflicted on generations of peoples of African descent by generations of slave-trading and colonialism, we call on those very States to back up their apologies with new commitments to the economic development of the nations that have suffered from this human tragedy,” said Spencer.He said that planned African Diaspora Summit in South Africa next year will provide a platform for the African Diaspora to put in place economic policies that will ensure sustained economic cooperation among public and private stakeholders to promote development, entrepreneurship and business opportunities in Diaspora regions.Barbados also renewed its call for “meaningful and innovative reparations” globally for people of African descent as past and continuing victims of racial discrimination. Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, raised the issue on Saturday while addressing a one-day United Nations High-Level Meeting to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action in New York. This Declaration calls for the universal ratification of the International Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination.Lashley told those present that funding targeted at national economic development, as well as resources intended to support social programmes designed to counter the attacks on the self-worth of people of African descent should be included in these reparations.“Such programmes are being implemented in Barbadian schools and communities, and they investigate, identify and counter those messages and images that negate the value of the knowledge and culture of people of African descent by building awareness of the fundamental contribution of African peoples to world civilisation,” he explained.The minister argued that continuous investigation, monitoring, and reporting of acts of racial discrimination must be a priority if the full potential of all individuals and groups within all nations was to be realised, and their human rights protected.He conceded that not all countries possessed the technical or financial resources for that type of surveillance which would also serve as the basis for reporting to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. “It is critical, therefore, that priority be given to providing technical and financial resources to States, as well as regional and international bodies for the development of institutionalised systems of surveillance. Barbados is proposing a model for one such system of surveillance and will seek to collaborate with other nations for its full development and implementation,” he disclosed.Acknowledging that racial discrimination had been widely recognised as a root cause of war and inhumanity, Lashley said it must be given the highest priority and resources required to properly address its perpetuation and consequences. He expressed the view that the challenge would be inherently difficult and complex, but not insurmountable, if those involved remained focus, fair and relevant.He reassured the meeting that the government of Barbados remained committed to eradicating the scourge of racial discrimination, wherever it might occur.The minister also called for significant resources to be allocated to fund national, regional and international multi-ethnic research centres to develop new conceptual tools for understanding the complex nature of racial discrimination. “In the Caribbean, the site of the longest and deepest social experiment in building societies based on a complex of racial shades [is] the University of the West Indies [and it] can be one such centre to study ethnic relations,” he suggested.Lashley praised those involved in the project to erect a Permanent Memorial at the United Nations Headquarters to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.While the United Nations this year pays tribute to anti-slavery fighters, there must also be an apology and reparation for the Atlantic Slave Trade, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said on Saturday. The UN has declared 2011 the International Year for People of African Descent and Gonsalves told the General Debate he was grateful that the UN has hosted events to raise awareness of the challenges facing people of African descent and foster discussions on potential solutions to tackle these challenges.“The people of St Vincent and the Grenadines have a long and proud history of resistance to slavery, bigotry and genocide, dating back to the heroic resistance of the Garifuna peoples against British aggression in the late 1700s,” Gonsalves said of his multi-island Caribbean nation.“While we celebrate the noble heroism of the famous and the faceless who resisted racist colonial hegemony, we must continue to confront the legacy of this barbarism and continuing injustice. The wounds of this era are deep, the crimes against humanity are clear, and the necessity for apology and reparations are undeniable,” said Gonsalves, who is of Portuguese descent.He told world leader that racial discrimination was justified and became itself the justification for a brutal, exploitative and dehumanising system of production that was perfected during the transatlantic slave trade and ingrained over the course of colonial domination.The structure of the modern world is still “firmly rooted in a past of slavers and colonialist exploitation,” he further said.“Today, every single country of the world with a population of majority African descent is still trapped in the periphery of our global economic and developmental systems,” Gonsalves noted.He said that the peoples of African descent “remain disadvantaged, individually and systemically, by this entrenched and unyielding cycle of discrimination.“Indeed, many of the wars that the UN struggles mightily to quell or avoid are rooted in the ignorant and avaricious cartography of European colonisers,” he further said.Gonsalves told the UN that in the remaining months of this year “we must ramp-up efforts to confront the challenges facing the people of African descent, seek justice for historical and modern wrongs, and celebrate the rich and diverse African culture, in all of its glorious manifestations”.He further said that discussion about peoples of African Descent this year couldn’t take place without highlighting “the enormous humanitarian challenges facing the peoples of the Horn of Africa and Haiti.“The East African famine and its attendant refugee and security problems require urgent attention and massive response,” Gonsalves argued.“We are not a civilized global society if we cannot address and banish the extreme poverty and starvation faced by the people of this region. Similarly, the situation faced by the citizens of our sister state of Haiti remains precarious. Now is the time for the international community to redouble, rather than reduce, the support and assistance given to the government and people of Haiti,” Gonsalves said.The United Nations, the Barbados Government Information Service and Kenton X. Chance contributed to this report.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Deputies nab drug dealing suspect at Franklin County resort

first_imgFranklin County, In. — Acting on a tip, deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department apprehended am armed, known felon Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Lake Shore Resort.Police stopped Gary Vaughan, 29, of Jamestown, without incident and conducted a free-air sniff of the area. Following a search, police found methamphetamine, controlled substances, marijuana and a loaded handgun.Vaughan and a passenger, Norma Kay Strunk, 27, of Jamestown, face drug possession and dealing charges. Vaughan faces an additional gun charge and will face multiple outstanding warrants.last_img

Wenger: Rice has ‘fighting spirit’

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Pat Rice’s “fighting spirit” will help win his battle against cancer. On the pitch, Arsenal will be out to consolidate their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League when they travel to Cardiff on Saturday. The Gunners beat Marseille 2-0 on Tuesday night to all but secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Left-back Kieran Gibbs missed the European tie through illness, but Wenger revealed he would be back in contention this weekend. The 24-year-old returned to the England senior squad over the international break and has been enjoying a good run of form. Gibbs has been through his share of fitness problems, following a broken metatarsal in November 2009, not to mention a double-hernia operation and in January this year a torn thigh muscle sidelined him for some two months. The defender’s consistency, having started all 12 Premier League matches so far, is keeping Spain international Nacho Monreal in reserve. With Everton’s Leighton Baines facing an injury lay-off himself, now could be the perfect time for Gibbs to set down a marker for the 2014 World Cup. “I think this year I have moved up a level. I have stayed fit and finally shown what I can do,” said Gibbs. “Hopefully I can stay fit as possible and play as much as I can. “I feel strong and I have taken a good look at myself physically. “I have done a lot of gym work and preparation and even after games I have worked hard. I have to stay ahead of everything and make sure I don’t fall behind or pick up any silly injuries. “I am more relaxed knowing I can trust my body. You can get on with the game and that is all I wanted to do. “The games will come thick and fast now all the way through the winter, that is going to be an important test for me.” To come through such a hectic schedule unscathed and with continued form on into the spring, Gibbs could well move a step closer to booking a summer ticket to Brazil. “England was a big positive for me, especially as Roy Hodgson had three left-backs in the squad, but he told me that he felt he had to bring me in because of the way I have been performing,” Gibbs added in the official Arsenal matchday programme. “That gave me a lot of confidence. I managed to sneak on against Germany as well and get another cap. “I am really happy to be back involved in the set-up and it is obviously a good time to be back in the squad in World Cup year.” The former Gunners captain, 64, and assistant boss to Wenger since 1996, is undergoing treatment in hospital. Belfast-born Rice started his career in the Arsenal academy and went on to lead the side in the 1979 FA Cup final win over Manchester United before after making some 528 appearances for the Gunners, the Northern Ireland defender finished his playing career at Watford. Press Association He received an MBE from the Queen in 2013 ahead of his retirement as Arsenal assistant manager at the end of last season, having been persuaded to stay on in the dugout by Wenger. Thousands of Arsenal fans took to social media sites to offer their support for the club legend following confirmation of his illness, and Wenger wishes his good friend a speedy recovery. Speaking to the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com, Wenger said: “It is very sad news. Not only do we love him, but of course we are very grateful for what he has done here. “We are in touch with him, but I trust his legendary strength to get over it. “I am confident that he still has the fighting spirit he always had to get over it and that he will come out in a successful way.” Wenger continued: “That is what he needs now (strength of character) – he has that. In such a difficult period, it is a huge resource. “His mental state is very determined, very strong as he always has been. “He will fight for that, I have complete trust that he will come out in a very strong way and of course let us hope for the best.” last_img read more

West Indies back in training with board expected to approve England tour

first_img… WI board to give 25-man squad green light… Squad face fortnight of quarantine at Old TraffordWEST Indies have followed England with a return to training before the expected sign-off tomorrow for their three-Test tour.A Cricket West Indies (CWI) board meeting is expected to give the green light for a trip that brings 25 players and a coaching setup together in Antigua and, once individual coronavirus test results have been returned from a private laboratory in Florida, they will depart for the UK on June 8.After arrival the seven-week tour will begin with a fortnight of quarantine for the squad at the Hilton at Old Trafford, during which time a 15-man squad and 10 reserves are expected to be able to work towards the first Test at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl – another ground with a hotel – on July 8.But like England whose 18 red-ball bowlers returned to individual training last week before a wider international training group is named on Friday, West Indies’ preparation for their defence of the Wisden Trophy has already begun.Seven Barbados cricketers – the captain Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, Shamarh Brooks, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and Raymon Reifer – trained in two separate groups at the Kensington Oval on Monday, with a further six also using the facilities in the lead-up to their departure.Players in seven other territories are also due to begin in small groups this week, with Johnny Grave, the CWI chief executive, saying: “We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB and we expect to hear from them shortly once their bio-secure plans have UK government and ECB board support.”The series, which will move back to Old Trafford for the second and third Tests starting July 16 and 24 respectively, will see players isolated from the public, restricted to zones on site and subject to a regular testing routine.While it published guidelines for the sport’s resumption last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to draw up protocols in the event of a player testing positive for COVID-19 during a match, with the subject of possible substitutes – akin to those introduced for concussion last year – still to be debated by the cricket committee.last_img read more

Badgers ready for WCHA-rival Duluth

first_imgSenior Meghan Duggan said she was shocked when on Sunday she learned No. 1 Wisconsin had been paired with No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA quarterfinals.[/media-credit]Selection Sunday may not have gone as planned, but no matter the opponent, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is ready for anything.In a shocking selection, Wisconsin will host WCHA rival Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA quarterfinals this Saturday night at the Kohl Center.The Bulldogs – last year’s national champions – finished second in the WCHA this season and currently hold a No. 7 ranking nationally. Sitting at No. 1, the Badgers were surprised to see they would be playing such a tough squad but are focusing on keeping up their game.“I think everybody in women’s hockey is probably a little stunned the way the bracket came out,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “But as I also said, we’re moving on, and we’re getting ourselves prepared and organized and ready to play Saturday night. We deal with it and move on.”“I think initially I was shocked just because I didn’t expect to see Duluth,” Senior forward Meghan Duggan said. “For good, for bad, or for no reason at all I just didn’t expect to see them. I think it’s good. I’m psyched. We know them well, we know their tendencies, we know all their best players, and we’ve been successful against them thus far this season. I’m excited to play.”Saturday marks the fifth time UW and UMD will meet this season. The Bulldogs have given the Badgers one of their two losses this season, as well as one of their two ties.The last time the two met, the game ended in a tie, forcing a shootout per WCHA rules. Freshman netminder Alex Rigsby stopped two of UMD’s three attempts while junior forwards Brooke Ammerman and Hilary Knight both found the back of the net, giving the Badgers the extra point from the tie.This time around, Johnson wants his team to just stay consistent and perform as it has in the past couple of weeks.“At this time of year, it’s your ability to execute, play the way we’ve played all year and don’t let the pressure of the game change what we do,” Johnson said. “Special teams obviously become important. The nice thing is you’re playing at home, hopefully there’ll be a good crowd and it comes down to execution. One team is going to walk out Saturday night disappointed.”After an intense come-from-behind victory last weekend against Minnesota to claim the WCHA tournament title, Wisconsin feels it is capable of anything.Down 3-0 halfway through the second period, the Badgers forced the game into overtime. After 14 minutes of overtime, senior forward Kelly Nash finally broke through Minnesota’s defenses, scoring the game winner.“To come from a three-goal deficit to come back and win that in overtime, it was huge just so we know that we can do that. It was a great learning experience,” Rigsby said.“We’re all still riding a little bit on that win,” Duggan said. “It was an exciting moment for us this season and one that we’ll never forget, but obviously that’s over and done with, and now we move on to the third part of the season where we kind of need to buckle down and get ready for our next opponent.”Now with only eight teams left in the race for the national title, every game this weekend will be a tough fight. While the Badgers may have been given a tougher fight than they expected, any nerves the squad has should help it through Saturday night’s game.“It’s going to be any given day for a lot of the games [this weekend], and it’s one and done,” Duggan said. “You lose, and your season is over. For me, I’m a senior, so I’m nervous. But I think the nerves are going to turn into excitement as soon as the puck drops. We’re playing for, eventually, a championship. I’m excited for the game and just hope that it goes in our favor.”last_img read more

The Badger Herald’s top five moments of the semester

first_imgIn a semester that saw heartbreaking losses and long-time coaches having their time at Wisconsin come to an end, there were still plenty of high points over the course of the last five months for UW athletics.Here are The Badger Herald’s top five moments of the semester:Bronson Koenig sinks fadeaway three to upset XavierMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldBronson Koenig’s last-second three pointer to lift the No. 7 Badgers over No. 2 Xavier and into the Sweet 16 was one of the more memorable moments in Wisconsin basketball history.While Ben Brust’s three over Michigan and last year’s victory over Kentucky are definitely at the top of the list, this historic moment is not out of contention. For anyone who actually watched the final five minutes and 40 seconds of the game without having a heart attack, the shot probably pushed them over the edge. The Badgers trailed by eight points with a little less than six minutes remaining, and Koenig’s pair of threes with less then a minute left capped off the unbelievable run.NCAA.com ranked it as one the top five most memorable moments from this year’s tournament and CBS’s special “One Shining Moment” montage headlined it as one of the best finishes all year.The Internet reacts to Badgers win over XavierSWEET, SWEET VICTORY. We’re headed back to the Sweet Sixteen. Because THIS happened: You wanna see that again? I do. Let’s get Read…Gard gets interim tag removedMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThis headline was met with a sigh of relief for almost every Badger around the country. The announcement made on March 7 that Greg Gard would have his interim coaching tag removed and become the official head coach was more than well deserved.After long-time and legendary coach Bo Ryan retired following Wisconsin’s home win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in December, Gard was quickly thrown into a difficult situation. The 23-year assistant of Ryan had mixed expectations coming in and initially stumbled out to a 1-4 start in the Big Ten and a 9-9 overall record after a depressing loss at Northwestern. But a commitment to the steady “swing” offense instilled from Ryan into Gard turned the tide for the Badgers and led them into fourth place in the Big Ten with huge wins over No. 4 Michigan State, Indiana, No. 2 Maryland and No. 7 Iowa.The inspired tournament run by Gard and the Badgers helped Wisconsin reach the Sweet 16 for the third straight year and do what Ryan was rarely able to do: pull off upsets in the early rounds. The removal of Gard’s tag entering the tournament was the final vote of confidence needed to give the aspiring coach complete support from the entire Badger fan base.Stand Gard: Badgers have found their leaderGreg Gard has been named head coach of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.  No more interim label, no more audition Read…Women’s hockey returns to the Frozen FourElliot Moormann/The Badger HeraldWhile a second-straight Frozen Four for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team was a testament to yet another dominant season, the Badger faithful were expecting a different headline at the end of this year: a national championship.Head coach Mark Johnson and junior goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens helped lead the veteran squad to a WCHA regular-season and tournament titles, but fell short 3-2 to rival Minnesota in the NCAA semifinals. Desbiens set the all-time record for most shutouts in a single season and was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the best goaltender in the country.On top of that, the Badgers started the season a resounding 30-2-1 and finished the season a perfect 21-0-0 at home. Despite the accolades and accomplishments this team achieved this season, another trip to the Frozen Four was seen as a step below their eventual goal.That being said, their finish as one of the top four teams in the country is certainly noteworthy and well deserved. With Johnson returning for another year, expect this team to reload and be back in the drivers seat for another Frozen Four come next season.Larson: Badgers’ victory showcased complete team effort, what is needed to reach NCAA finalHad you walked into LaBahn Arena this weekend and not known that it was the NCAA Quarterfinal game, you would’ve Read…Football ends season on high noteWisconsin football’s 23-21 back-and-forth triumph over No. 25 USC in the Holiday Bowl was a fitting and exciting end to an otherwise average season for the Badgers. While it’s tough to say that 10-3 is average, the easy schedule and controversial losses throughout the season left Wisconsin fans wondering what could’ve been as they traveled to San Diego for that final game.Needless to say, Rafael Gaglianone’s 29-yard kick and a dominant late-game performance from linebacker Jack Cichy to give the Badgers their second-straight bowl victory was more than enough to put away any doubts about the year. Head coach Paul Chryst finished out his first year at the helm with an impressive victory over a solid team and the top-ranked scoring defense in the country.This all came despite on and off the field issues with star running back Corey Clement and a limited recruiting season given the time restrictions of his hiring. Despite the departure of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda some time later, this tense win for the Badgers cemented this season as a positive and gave the Badger faithful some promise entering next season.Brazzoni: Victory over USC defines what Wisconsin football meant in 2015Coming into their Holiday Bowl showdown against USC, the Wisconsin football team had played two opponents that would be considered Read…Men’s hockey, women’s basketball turn the tide with new hiresMarissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThis winter was not a big positive for both men’s hockey and women’s basketball, for a number of reasons. Each team limped to last place in their respective Big Ten conference standings and lost in the first round of their conference tournaments after subpar regular-season records. Almost immediately following the final whistle of the season for either squads, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez decided it was time for a change.March 27, it was announced former Badger legend Tony Granato would be the new men’s hockey head coach and his brother Don Granato and Mark Osiecki would join on as assistants after long-time coach Mike Eaves was fired. The three hires have been widely accepted by the Badger fan base and should be excellent coaches for a particularly young roster, especially considering the NHL and college experience shared between the trio.Only a day following the announcement, it was released that Jonathan Tsipis would be the new women’s basketball coach after five-year coach Bobbie Kelsey was fired. Tsipis was attributed with bringing the George Washington University women’s team back from the brink and is promising for a struggling program in Madison. All in all, exciting hires were made for two teams in dire need of rebirths.Men’s hockey: With Granato comes experience both on, off the iceAfter two consecutive disappointing seasons, Wisconsin men’s hockey seems to be taking a step in the right direction with the expected announcement Read…last_img read more

US gives Caribbean failing grade for trafficking

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The United States Thursday said several Caribbean countries were not in compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (TIP).Of the Caribbean countries listed in the “2019 Trafficking in Persons Report,” only the Bahamas and Guyana “fully” met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.Washington said the authorities in Nassau and Georgetown continued to demonstrate “serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period” and as a result, the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries remained on Tier 1.It said the efforts by the Bahamas included passing a national action plan, increasing funding for victim assistance and anti-trafficking prevention, elevating national anti-trafficking planning to the office of the Prime Minister, and instituting an anti-trafficking course into the training curriculum of the Immigration Department.“Although the government meets the minimum standards, authorities initiated significantly fewer investigations and inconsistently applied screening procedures to vulnerable populations. Credible allegations of corruption raised concerns about vulnerabilities of potential trafficking victims during the reporting period,” it said.In the case of Guyana, the US State Department, which released the report noted that Guyana “demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by increasing funding for victim assistance, identifying and assisting more victims for the third consecutive year, and opening and operating a trafficking shelter outside of the capital area.“Although the government meets the minimum standards, it did not provide adequate protection and shelter outside the capital, or for child and male victims. The number of trafficking investigations and new prosecutions decreased, and the number of successful convictions remained low,” the report noted.But the report noted that the Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago had been placed on Tier 2.In the case of Antigua and Barbuda, Washington said that the island does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.“The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Antigua and Barbuda remained on Tier 2. These efforts included amending the trafficking law so that penalties are commensurate with penalties of other serious crimes, passing a national action plan for 2019 to 2021, drafting formal standard operating procedures on victim referral specific to each agency, increasing training on indicators of trafficking, and liaising with another government on trafficking investigations.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government did not initiate any prosecutions and identified fewer victims. To date, the government has failed to convict a trafficker, and did not report the decision on penalties for complicit police officers in a 2015 case during the reporting period.”Washington said that while the authorities in Barbados conducted raids on nightclubs suspected of trafficking, screening vulnerable individuals for trafficking, providing anti-trafficking training for immigration officials and the police force, as well as a public awareness campaigns, they were not sufficient to upgrade the island.“However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period. The government identified no victims for the past two reporting periods, initiated no new prosecutions for the fifth consecutive year, and has never secured a trafficking conviction.“The government did not complete its national action plan or an anti-trafficking manual for interviewing and providing assistance for suspected trafficking victims. Government agencies continued to report a lack of resources for their anti-trafficking activities.”Washington said that the Barbados government’s anti-trafficking law did not provide penalties that were commensurate with other serious crimes.Belize remained on Tier 2 even as the Dean Barrow government made key achievements during the reporting period.These efforts included initiating two new prosecutions for the first time in four years and appointing new leadership and dedicating five officers to the anti-trafficking police unit.“Despite these achievements, the government did not investigate or prosecute any public officials for complicity in trafficking-related offenses, despite allegations of official complicity. Authorities arrested or deported victims for immigration violations due to improving, but inconsistent application of formal victim identification procedures.””Washington said that Belmopan did not convict any traffickers for the third consecutive reporting period, due in part to a slow and cumbersome justice system.Haiti, the only French-speaking CARICOM country, is reported to have made “significant efforts’ to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, with the government demonstrating overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period”.These efforts included investigating, prosecuting, and convicting more traffickers, passing a national action plan, closing several abusive orphanages, and increasing law enforcement training. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas.But the report noted that the government did not criminally prosecute recent cases of alleged official complicity.“The government did not allocate sufficient funding for its anti-trafficking efforts or victim services and did not implement its standard operating procedures for victim identification. The government’s weak judicial system and lack of awareness about trafficking among police, prosecutors, and judges hindered prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The government did little to combat child domestic servitude,” the report noted.In the case of Jamaica, the State Department said while Kingston is “making significant efforts’ to deal with TIP, it still does not however “fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.It said among the efforts undertaken by the government included investigating and prosecuting more suspected traffickers, achieving a swift conviction that included prison time, and publishing its first annual report on trafficking in persons in Jamaica.“The government also increased funding for anti-trafficking efforts. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Increased funding did not result in improved protections for victims or increased accountability for traffickers.“The government identified fewer victims compared to the previous year; it provided minimal services to identified victims and did not refer any Jamaican victims to shelters; and it convicted only one trafficker. Public awareness and outreach activities were ineffective in increasing officials’ and the public’s capacity to identify and appropriately respond to suspected cases of trafficking in their communities.”Despite passing a national action plan, St. Lucia was considered not to have fully met the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, even as Washington acknowledged that the island “is making significant efforts to do so”.It said Castries had investigated suspected traffickers, funding anti-trafficking prevention, conducting baseline trafficking research, and training its personnel in measures to combat trafficking.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government did not identify any victims for the third consecutive year, has not initiated a prosecution since 2015, and has never convicted a trafficker.“The government did not formally approve standardized written procedures to identify victims, although they were used informally by law enforcement.”St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which also fell into the Tier 2 category was complimented on making efforts to deal with TIP including passing legislation that allowed authorities to screen for suspected traffickers and trafficking victims, increasing training to relevant government officials, increasing cooperation with foreign governments to combat trafficking, extending and updating the national action plan through 2020, and improving its public awareness campaigns.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Authorities have not prosecuted a trafficking case since 2015 and have never convicted a trafficker. The government’s anti-trafficking law, which allowed for fines in lieu of imprisonment, was not commensurate with penalties for other serious crimes. Government agencies cited a lack of resources for anti-trafficking efforts.”Washington said that the Dutch-speaking CARICOM country of Suriname demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period including approving a new action plan, developing a new formal victim referral process, convicting more traffickers and imposing significant prison terms, and launching a new trafficking hotline and campaign.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Authorities investigated and prosecuted fewer cases and identified fewer victims amid inadequate efforts to screen vulnerable individuals, including detained migrants prior to deportation.”Trinidad and Tobago, which is now facing an influx of Venezuelan nationals fleeing the South American country because of the ongoing economic and political situation, was informed that it “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” even though “ it is making significant efforts to do so” and therefore remains on Tier 2.Washington said Port of Spain had undertaken several initiatives including increasing anti-trafficking training for its officials, initiating investigations against three potentially complicit officials, initiating more prosecutions, establishing a new intelligence task force to improve investigations, and developing a new memorandum of understanding between its children’s authority and anti-trafficking unit to better protect child victims.“However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. The government had yet to secure a conviction under its 2011 anti-trafficking law.“Public officials, media, and experts noted increasing reports of potential government complicity in trafficking cases, with insufficient government attention to the issue. Due to a lack of screening, the government penalized some trafficking victims, including children, for immigration offenses as a result of the trafficking crime,” the report stated.It said that Port of Spain “did not adequately screen migrants, asylum-seekers, or refugees for trafficking indicators, including among Venezuelans.“The government decreased the amount of funding for victim services and did not provide adequate victim care in some cases,” the report added.last_img read more

Word on the Street: What used to be cool that isn’t anymore?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIn a fun segment we’ve adopted to interact with community members on Fridays, we decided to take a trip down memory lane, and ask people in Alpena about some things that used to be cool but that aren’t anymore. Take a look!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: cool, Word on the street, WOTSContinue ReadingPrevious Friends of Alpena Public Library requesting gently used books for annual saleNext Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Otsegolast_img

Malawi-Ghana final AFCON qualifier moved to Lilongwe

first_imgMalawi’s return leg 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana has been moved to Civo Stadium in the capital Lilongwe on October 13.The Malawi Government closed Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre due to safety and security fears.The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) is yet to be furnished with the status report of the stadium.”Civo Stadium in Lilongwe will host the match between Malawi and Ghana,” FAM president Walter Nyamilandu told Nyasa Times Newspaper.Malawi must overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit to realize their dream of a third appearance in the Nations Cup finals.last_img