Interpreters undergo TIP training

first_imgInterpreters working with authorities to combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) are currently undergoing a two-day training session during which they will be sensitised on the scourge as well as how to interact with victims.Newly elected Rose Hall Mayor, Chattregoon Ramnauth (seated centre) with members of the new CouncilThe training is being hosted by the Ministerial Taskforce on TIP and saw more than 20 participants, including staff from foreign embassies and high commissions.In presenting an overview of the training course at the opening ceremony held at the Police Training Centre on Wednesday, Coordinator of the TIP Ministerial Taskforce, Oliver Profitt, posited that such training is imperative since almost half of alleged TIP victims are foreign nationals and having persons with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle these victims is necessary.On this note, he outlined that during the two-day session, participants will be equipped with information regarding the nature of Trafficking in Persons and the functions of the taskforce and its stakeholders; equip them with working knowledge to effective communicate with victims and TIP officers during interviews; and build working relationships with bi-lingual persons to assist with interpretation whenever needed.Meanwhile, Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott, explained that human trafficking is one of the worst violations of human rights and of workers’ rights in this day and such training is apt on such a significant day when Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow Day is being observed. The day was designated by the National Assembly in 2005.The Minister went on to highlight the importance of possessing bi-lingual skills, especially since Guyana is surrounded by neighbouring countries with three different languages. To this end, he commended the participants for getting involved and sharing their communicative skills to assist authorities in combatting the scourge.“It is no secret that human trafficking can be carried out clandestinely and therefore, personnel must be able to detect most of or all manner of deceptive techniques being employed by perpetrators… The escape hatch that some used to escape punishment by citing their lack of understanding English must now be closed,” asserted the Labour Minister.Moreover, Chief of Mission of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Robert Natiello, noted that human trafficking is considered to be the slavery of the 21st century and has become a major concern for governments the world over. He said the various form of human trafficking, which amounts to millions of cases and affects everyone.Against this backdrop, he posited that the IOM plays an important role in ending the scourge of human trafficking with nearly 90,000 cases recorded in the organisation’s case management system within past 10 years alone. However, he noted that no one organisation or country can tackle Trafficking in Persons alone.“IOM’s long-term capacity building programmes aim to support the efforts of governments to effectively fight human trafficking and to raise awareness of the trafficking phenomenon among the general public. But we don’t believe we can do this alone… IOM believes that forging partnership is crucial to combat the scourge of human trafficking,” he stated.On the other hand, Police Commissioner Leslie James also highlighted the seriousness of Trafficking in Persons, adding that he is cognisant of the Guyana Police Force’s role in tackling this scourge. He urged participants to pay keen attention to the models of the course.Wednesday’s training is the culmination of the Taskforce’s work plan for 2018 during which several similar sessions were held with various stakeholders including frontline workers and prosecutors.last_img read more

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Harry Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham striker Harry Kane (C) scores his second goal past West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart during the English Premier League match at The London Stadium, in east London on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Harry Kane struck twice as 10-man Tottenham Hotspur survived a late scare to maintain their perfect away record with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.Kane’s double, taking his tally to six in four games, and a third from Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a three-goal lead on the hour before Javier Hernandez started the Hammers fightback. The home side were helped by the 70th-minute dismissal of Serge Aurier for a second yellow card and were given further hope when Cheikhou Kouyate headed home from Arthur Masuaku’s 87th-minute cross.But Spurs held on to claim a third win in three away games, a record that eases the pressure over their continuing problems in their temporary home at Wembley, where they have yet to win in the league.Tottenham manager Pochettino had taken a 49-strong group of players and club staff out for a mid-week meal at a London steak restaurant to strengthen the bond within the squad.His side needed to draw on all of that team spirit to stand firm when it looked as though they might squander the chance to close the gap on the Premier League leaders.West Ham may have been unable to match Tottenham’s progress in recent years, but they have had the edge over their London rivals on home turf.Twice in the last two seasons, a 1-0 home win for West Ham has brought an end to Spurs’ title challenge.For the opening half hour at London Stadium it looked as though the home side would be capable of once again upsetting Pochettino’s men.The warning signs, though, were there for West Ham in the 24th minute when Aurier was sent clear on the right by Moussa Sissoko.His low cross would have brought the opening goal had Kane not mistimed his forward run.– ‘Sacked in the morning’ –While Tottenham were beginning to assert themselves, West Ham were forced into a reshuffle in the 27th minute when Michail Antonio limped off with a groin problem to be replaced by Andy Carroll.Carroll made an entrance he would prefer to forget, giving the ball away near halfway and allowing Eriksen to start the move that led to Kane’s 34th-minute opener.The Denmark international placed the ball into the path of Dele Alli on the right flank and the midfielder whipped in a cross that allowed Kane to send a glancing header past goalkeeper Joe Hart.Four minutes later, Carroll once again conceded possession near halfway.This time it was Jan Vertonghen who picked out Alli’s run into the box and when Hart saved the England midfielder’s initial shot, Kane was on hand to turn in the rebound.It was all too easy for Pochettino’s team, who continued to apply intense pressure after the break.They extended their lead on the hour when Eriksen stroked in the third after Kane had struck the post from a free-kick.The Tottenham supporters began to chant ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning!’ at Slaven Bilic and things could have looked even bleaker for the West Ham manager had Kane not hit the woodwork for a second time.But West Ham were handed a lifeline in the 65th minute when Hernandez headed in a reply after Jose Fonte had flicked on Aaron Cresswell’s corner.Home hopes were further strengthened when Aurier clattered into the back of Carroll to pick up his second caution in six minutes, leaving Spurs with 10 men for the final 20 minutes.Kouyate’s thumping header set things up for a grandstand finish, but Spurs survived a fractious period of stoppage time to complete victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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