Jamaica working to reduce human trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, July 3rd 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica is making major strides to curb crime especially human trafficking. According to a report released by the US department of State on June 27th, Jamaica has demonstrated increasing efforts to eliminate human trafficking by securing two convictions, prosecuting nine cases against 13 alleged offenders and investigating 40 potentially new cases.Head of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, also confirmed that the report noted the country’s increased efforts to raise awareness of the crime, and Jamaica’s new victim protocol for health, labour and child welfare.The U.S report also emphasized the responsibility of other Caribbean Governments to criminalize human trafficking and hold offenders more accountable. Palmer stated  “countries should scale up their actions to enable law enforcement agencies to respond effectively in investigating cases of human trafficking, rescuing victims and helping the prosecutorial services to build effective cases against offenders.”Palmer also urged regional Governments to work collaboratively to develop the capacity of law enforcement and judicial officials to implement more modern investigative and evidence processing techniques.  All in all, human trafficking is a serious crime which affect all Caribbean countries.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:#humantrafficking, #magneticmedianews, jamaicalast_img read more

ShortTerm CR in Works as Talks Remain Frozen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Bipartisan negotiations over a year-end omnibus are stalled over whether to include about 40 contentious policy riders, forcing the House GOP to consider moving a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to provide the two parties a few more days beyond the Friday deadline to strike a deal.The stopgap would last “a handful of days” and allow the government to remain open past Dec. 11 when the current CR runs out, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday following a meeting of the Republican conference.The president would sign a CR that extends funding by an “extra day or two” while lawmakers “go through the legislative mechanics” of crafting and clearing a fiscal 2016 spending measure, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, reported CQ Roll Call.At the same time, Ryan vowed to finish work on the package before lawmakers head home for the holidays. “We don’t expect to do this for a long term. We need to get it right. I don’t want us to go home until we get this done,” Ryan said.Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “40 or 42 poison pill riders” are holding up the negotiations, including provisions targeting Middle Eastern refugees, abortion, campaign finance restrictions, environmental and financial regulations, and a National Labor Relations Board ruling. The two sides also are locked in a battle over a package of permanent tax extenders which may be attached to the spending package.“We were making very good progress on resolving the money issues,” Mikulski told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We have about 40 or 42 poison pill riders, but some are really big — Hobby Lobby, campaign finance reform — things that should have never even been on the appropriations. So we’re kind of stuck at the riders stage,” she said.Mikulski said negotiations mainly involved congressional leadership and the White House.last_img read more

Conferees Embrace New Authority for OffBase Infrastructure Projects

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new authority allowing DOD to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects has been included in the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. House and Senate negotiators had to make several tweaks, though, as they reconciled competing versions of the new authority for the department to award grants to address deficiencies in community infrastructure if the assistance will enhance the military value, resilience or military family quality of life at an installation.The final language sunsets the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program after 10 years, a compromise between the five-year limit the Senate would have placed on it and the House’s intention to create a permanent program. The final provision adopts the Senate requirement for state and local participants to contribute at least 30 percent of the total project cost; the House had proposed a 20 percent cost share for participants. The cost-share requirement can be waived, however, for rural communities or “for reasons related to national security,” under the compromise language.A transportation project, a school, hospital, police, fire, emergency response or other community support facility, or a waste, wastewater, telecommunications, electric, gas or other utility infrastructure project would be eligible for the program, according to section 2861.In the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report, lawmakers underscored the value of the new authority: “The conferees note the importance of the communities that surround and support U.S. military installations and believe that this program can be of tremendous benefit to both the surrounding community and respective installations.” Lawmakers reached agreement on the conference report Monday. The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week, and the Senate possibly in August.Photo by Aaron Rosenblattlast_img read more

Bangladeshis among 409 held in Malaysia

first_imgMap of MalaysiaThe Malaysian authorities have detained 409 foreign nationals including Bangladeshis in a counter-terrorism raid, according to The Star Online.Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said out of 409 foreigners arrested, 133 of them are being held under the Immigration Act.He said the remaining 275 were released after stringent screening in Bukit Aman.DCP Ayob said the background of all the foreigners were checked against the Interpol Foreign Terrorist Fighter database, as well as the Special Branch Lookup database.“We will continue to mount more large scale operations and not take any chances,” he said.DCP Ayob said its focus would be in the Klang Valley and other major cities and towns.The operation over the weekend was part of its preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on 19 August.last_img read more

North Korea Releases 3 Americans As Pompeos Visit Concludes

first_img Share Chung Sung-Jun/Getty ImagesNorth Korea has released three American citizens it had been holding captive. Here, South Koreans on Wednesday watch a TV report about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to North Korea.North Korea has released three Americans it had been holding captive, in a deal that emerged as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his visit to the isolated country. They will arrive back in the U.S. early Thursday – and President Trump says he will meet the group at the airport.The released Americans are believed to be: Kim Dong Chul, who was arrested in 2015; Tony Kim, also known as Kim Sang-duk, a teacher who was detained in April 2017; and Kim Hak-song, also known as Jin Xue Song, whose detention was announced shortly after Kim Sang-duk’s.Talk of the captives’ release had increased as the U.S. and North Korea’s regime engaged in rare talks — and worked to arrange a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un. The president said Pompeo has worked out the place and time of the summit, in talks with North Korean officials.Trump confirmed their release in a tweet on Wednesday morning, saying the group was airborne.I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea,” Trump wrote, “with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health.”For Pompeo, this was the second surprise trip to North Korea in recent weeks, having traveled to the country to visit Kim Jong Un in early April while he was CIA director — and before his confirmation as secretary of state.On Wednesday morning, Trump said that “Pompeo and his ‘guests’ will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more