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first_img… fails to successfully prosecute 90% of casesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is the least trusted institution in Guyana – a country with high levels of crime and violence–and urgently needs to strengthen its investigation and prosecution capacity since it currently records a dismal 90 per cent failure rate.These are but some of the dismal findings of a United States funded Report on Human Rights, Democracy and Governance in Guyana, and was produced for review by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)–one of this nation’s longstanding donor partners.Crime/violenceAccording to the US-based report, Guyana currently faces a number of social problems, including high levels of crime and violence; high levels of domestic violence; incidents of violence against transgender individuals; high incidents of trafficking in persons (TIP); and the increasing use of guns, particularly for criminal purposes.” The USAID report said there is urgent significant need to reform the Guyana Police Force and “strengthen its investigations and prosecutions since an estimated 90 per cent of prosecutions are unsuccessful and it is the least-trusted institution in the country.”Similar to the findings contained in the annual US State Department reports, Guyana continues to be labelled a trans-shipment point for drug smuggling from South America to North America, Europe, and West Africa.High migration levelsIt found too that in addition to a disproportionately high suicide rate, the country also has a high migration rate, with 90 per cent of tertiary-level graduates migrating to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the Caribbean.It was observed too that while the Guyanese Diaspora is “tremendously important to the country in terms of remittances,” the high migration levels have an adverse effect on the society, “in that it drains the country of intellectual capacity, technical skills, and know-how.”This has also resulted in the local private sector experiencing high turnover rates as educated, trained, and capable people find opportunities elsewhere.Scores of international studies have correlated links between the high migration levels and increased burdens on indigenous security forces.Far from certainThe scathing report said too that it is too early to tell if the promises of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) will be realised.According to the report, the May 2015 elections of a multiethnic, reform-minded coalition brought a fresh opportunity for Guyana to move toward a more responsive and accountable state of governance, “however, this democratic outcome is far from certain.”It documents that the coalition Government faces deep-seated legacies of single-party domination; politically driven ethnic divisions; and a centralised patron-clientelist system with weak, unaccountable, and unresponsive government institutions.Political power, the report said, is concentrated in the executive, more specifically within the office of the president in David Granger, a former military officer and elected leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).According to the US report, “President Granger and the coalition Government enjoyed a honeymoon period that is now largely over.”The report said while the coalition is expected to last until the 2020 elections, “they need to maintain cohesion and manage tensions arising between the two parties…They say the right things about reforms…However, it is still too early to tell if this reform resolve will last.”The local media landscape also came in for critique by the USAID-funded report.According to the authors, “The media is pluralistic and politicised, with the state media having the only nationwide reach.”It documents that the local media landscape practices self-censorship as previous governments retaliated against critical coverage.last_img read more

first_imgA number of stolen credit cards are being used to con goods from businesses in the Letterkenny area.Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce has issued an alert to members to remain vigilant for the cards.No specific details of the cards have been issued but businesses are being asked to use extra caution with regard to transactions. It is understood that some retailers have already been targeted by those using the stolen cards.A spokesperson for the Letterkenny Chamber said “We have been alerted by a local business that stolen credit cards are being used in Letterkenny, please be vigilant and inform us if you are having the same issue.”The Gardai have been informed of the incident and an investigation has been launched.Crime Alert: Stolen credit cards being used in Letterkenny was last modified: July 12th, 2018 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:credit cardsGardailetterkennystolenWarninglast_img read more

first_imgRay Maota Greenpop will plant 5 000 indigenous and fruit trees in Livingstone, Zambia, to reforest a country with the world’s second highest rate of deforestation. Misha Teasdale, co-founder of Greenpop said that they will be planting 1 000 trees in one day. (Images: Greenpop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Misha Teasdale  Greenpop: Co-founder  +27 21 461 9265 RELATED ARTICLES • Adopt a tree in Africa • Using exotic woods to tackle poverty • Green charcoal to save forests • Kyoto Protocol extended at COP17Greenpop, an NGO based in Cape Town, will be planting more than 5 000 indigenous and fruit trees in Livingstone, in Zambia, in an effort to help reforest a country that has the world’s second highest deforestation rate.The planting will take place over three weeks in July 2012, when Greenpop will join forces with other volunteers to plant trees that are being grown at the Zambezi Nkuku nursery.Zambezi Nkuku is a chicken farm that works to improve the environment in Livingstone by collecting organic waste from markets and teaching people what organic waste consists of and why it is important. Its nursery section helps to scupper deforestation in Zambia.Lauren O’Donnell, the co-founder of Greenpop, said: “Greenpop’s mission is to make tangible change and get everyone excited about trees.”The reforestation efforts are under the banner, Trees for Zambia: Climate Education Action, and Greenpop is calling its reforestation efforts a treevolution. Since it was established in September 2010, the organisation has planted 8 512 trees in 150 locations around sub-Saharan Africa, and has 1 075 volunteers signed up.The Zambia missionWhile in Zambia, the NGO will also be hosting workshops at schools, teaching pupils about trees and their benefits.“We have met the Department of Education in Livingstone and have 20 schools on board. Prior to July, we’ll be sending up educational material all about trees and during the campaign, volunteers will be planting with kids and facilitating fun workshops to teach the uses of trees and all their amazing benefits,” said O’Donnell.The schools have already received some of the trees. “We have received some pictures from enthusiastic teachers showing us how well their trees are growing.”Greenpop will also be passing on skills to subsistence farmers.“We’ll also be working with the Conservation Farming Unit in Zambia to teach and implement sustainable farming techniques with subsistence farmers,” said Misha Teasdale, a co-founder of the organisation. “Part of this initiative will see some of these farmers joining our micro-nursery enterprise programme and growing Faidherbia albida trees that we will buy back from them a year later to replant.”Buying back the trees would be a financial incentive for the farmers. They would also be able to learn about crop fertilisation and how the Faidherbia albida tree was important for soil rejuvenation, she explained.“One of our big planting days will see 1 000 trees planted in a day just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Victoria Falls in the Peace Park – practically right in the spray of the falls. We’re really excited for this,” Teasdale added.Volunteering to helpGreenpop is seeking volunteers to help in the reforestation efforts, which will run from 1 July to 22 July 2012.The volunteers, who will be camping at Maramba Lodge in Livingstone, will spend their days planting trees at schools and in forests; undertaking environmental education workshops; and learning about conservation efforts from local and international environmental experts.“I can’t wait to get up there and start planting, but I’m also really looking forward to all the side events that’ll be going on while in Zambia,” said Jeremy Hewitt, another co-founder of Greenpop. “It’s going to be an epic adventure and I can’t wait to share it with such a diverse group of people.”Volunteers can stay with the project for one, two or three weeks. This means they will fly out on Sundays 8, 15 or 22 July. Volunteers pay US$625 (R4 700) for one week; $1 185 (R9 000) for two weeks and $1 735 (R13 000) for the whole three-week stay.These prices include everything that will be on their itinerary during their stay, but does not include personal items and flights to and from Livingstone International Airport.Deforestation in AfricaForest Day was held at the COP17 climate change conference held in Durban in December 2011. On the day, experts spoke about the new wave of deforestation happening in Africa.Deforestation was killing wildlife and threatening the resilience of ecosystems to withstand the effects of climate change, they said.Tina Joemat-Pettersson, South Africa’s minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said at the event: “Climate change threatens to undermine many of the development objectives of countries in Africa and in the rest of the developing world, in particular in the areas of water, energy, health, agriculture and forestry.”About the importance of trees, Frances Seymour, the director-general of the Centre for International Forestry Research, said: “It is urgent to safeguard Africa’s forests, not only because they slow climate change but also because they act as a final barrier to creeping desertification, underpin sustainable agricultural production, and support the livelihoods of tens of millions of rural poor.”A global research programme devoted to forests and agro-forestry would look into deforestation, it was announced at the event. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s research programme on forests, trees and agro-forestry has a budget of US$233-million (R1.7-billion) for its first three years.Agro-forestry is agriculture incorporating the cultivation and conservation of trees.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.We fared pretty well. We got a little over 2 inches. A lot of the Cincinnati area and north and south of us had 3 to 5 inches. We didn’t flood. It rained over two-and-a-half days and we fared better than most. South of us is pretty flat and they got 5 to 6 inches and that is a lot of water to deal with right before harvest.I have not heard of anyone around here running anything. I think we are going to start with corn first. It is turning fast and with the disease pressure we’ve got and the heat units we’ve had, I’d say in the next 7 to 10 days we’ll be running corn. Right now everything is holding up pretty well. We didn’t get much wind with the rain and I haven’t seen any stalk issues yet.When we get this much rain and the ears are still upright, it can be a perfect storm for grain quality. I am more concerned with the corn than I am about the beans. I have not seen as much bean leaf beetle feeding as I thought I would see.We got the third cutting hay in. I was happy with that, but with the delay in the third cutting we won’t get a fourth cutting this year. I like to typically get a fourth cutting if I can but we won’t this year.The cover crops we planted after wheat look great. We have radishes and clover that, by winter, should be huge. We’ll plant more right behind the combine in the corn and bean fields.Farmers hopefully have storage because the basis is so bad. Hopefully guys have stuff sold ahead and they can store it. We are going to have to sit on things with all of this political chatter going on. Hopefully we can get some of this sold at profitable levels in late winter or spring.Normally down this way we have a strong basis down at the river with ethanol and corn syrup. Soybean basis I think is 60 under and, for a river market, I have never seen the basis this bad. When you stick that on an $8.20 to $8.30 futures market that is below what we need.The markets are bad, but farmers always get excited over a big crop and I am excited to see what this season brought us.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgGeocaching API partner Project-GC is well known in the community for its advanced tools and personalized statistics. What you may not know is that Project-GC also provides dynamic notifiers so you can stay on top of your geocaching game. Last year, we suggested four reasons to start using Project GC and today, we are sharing five Project-GC features you may not know about.1. Challenge checkersWith one click, Challenge checkers let you know if you have fulfilled the requirements of the Challenge cache. In most cases, it will also tell you what you are missing in order to complete the mission. Project-GC is the only authorized site to host such checkers after partnering with Geocaching HQ and offers this, and many other features free of charge.Project-GC also offers even more functionality and advanced features which are included as part of a paid membership. For example, all Challenge checkers will automatically run on your account in the background regularly to see which Challenge caches you have fulfilled and can log. Every time a Challenge cache is plotted on a map at Project-GC you will see small indicators in the corner of the Geocache icon that tell you if the challenge has been fulfilled or not.2. Events (requires Project-GC subscription)Receive specific event notifications via email based on the number of Will attends that have been logged to the event with Project-GC’s Event notifier. For example, you can set alerts for any event within a short distance from you, yet only get notified about larger events if they are further away. Besides being able to filter the notifications on number of Will attends and distance from a set of coordinates, you can also filter on the type of event, country, region and county.3. Favorite points (requires Project-GC subscription)If you’re a cache owner, subscribing to Project-GC’s Favorite points notifier might be for you. Get alerted if Favorite points on any of your geocaches have been added or removed with a daily digest of activity.4. Log images and Edited logs (requires Project-GC subscription)Log image and Edited logs notifiers are two helpful alerts for geocache owners. Subscribe to a daily digest email from Project-GC that will send you the log images that have been uploaded to any of your cache hides, and also a list of any logs within the past several days that have had edits made by the log author.5. New caches (requires Project-GC subscription)Always get notified about new geocaches near you! The newest addition to Project-GC’s New Cache notifier is that you can use your smartphone to easily update your current position. Your new cache notifiers will then be based on this new position and your set radius.From Jasmer challenge grids, FTF top lists, and an array of profile stats, Project-GC offers tools and stats to take your geocaching to the next level. What’s your favorite part of Project-GC?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFour reasons to start using Project-GCMay 30, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 6): New Dashboard, Project-GC and Mary HydeMay 10, 2018In “Podcast”The Jasmer ChallengeOctober 30, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgIt is now official: Almost 80 percent of Indian-American marriages are now interracial, intercultural and interfaith in the United States, and more so in New England.Indian-American weddings, which were mostly homogeneous about 20 years ago, are also seeing the death of arranged marriages.“Inter-faith marriages are the new norms,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of INDIA New England News and the producer of the 15th edition of INDIA New England Wedding Expo on April 15 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. “Thus, we have themed our upcoming bridal expo as Fusion Wedding this year. This is the time to say good bye to homogeneous Indian weddings and embrace interfaith marriages.”Read it at India New England Related Itemslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: A record 14 Indian rifle and pistol shooters have earned the right to compete in the year-end World Cup Finals, scheduled to be held in Putian, China between November 17 and 23.In the prestigious tournament held annually, some of the year’s best shooters compete in each of the eight rifle/pistol Olympic events. Anjum Moudgil and Manu Bhaker are the only two among the 14 to have qualified for two events.Moudgil made the cut in both the women’s 10m air rifle and women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event while Bhaker qualified for the women’s 10m air pistol and women’s 25m pistol events.The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup finals will see the top 14 shooters take on the World Championship medallists and the defending champion in each of the events.According to an ISSF press release, 35 nations’ athletes qualified in the eight events after “entries for each event have been increased from this year to 18 for each event from 12 earlier”.All qualified athletes will also be able to take part in the mixed team events in rifle and pistol and get a shot at winning the President’s Trophy.Teen stars Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary staged a remarkable comeback to claim the mixed 10m air pistol gold, providing a fitting finale to India’s unprecedented dominance of the medal tally in the recently-concluded ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.The results ensured an unprecedented top finish for India across all four ISSF World Cup stages this year, including the lone junior World Cup. India’s final tally in Rio stood at five gold, two silver and two bronze medals for a total of nine.The Indian rifle and pistol shooters topped the medals tally at all four ISSF World Cup stages this year in a phenomenal performance, picking up a total of 22 medals with as many as 16 gold. Anjum MoudgilindianInternational Shooting Sport FederationISSF First Published: September 4, 2019, 10:54 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementClaressa Shields looked confused, almost in disbelief. Hanna Gabriels landed a right uppercut to Shields’ chin and knocked the 23-year-old Flint native to the mat.Shields sat on her bottom, looking around the Masonic Temple. She was down early in her middleweight title fight Friday night. But not out.The two-time Olympic gold medalist rebounded in the ensuing rounds, landing several shots to Gabriels’ face. By Round 5, Gabriels started showing fatigue and sluggishness, and by the sixth round, Shields was taunting her opponent to step up and box her more aggressively.Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) downed Gabriels (18-2-1, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision in 10 rounds to claim the vacant World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation 160-pound titles. The win makes Shields a world champion in two weight classes, as she claimed two 168-pound belts in 2017.Clarresa Shields and Christina Hammer are expected to fight each other and sometime in near future for the undisputed Middleweight title.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWhile Kareena Kapoor Khan’s no stranger to setting trends–be it with her makeup or the sexy gowns she sports–she rules the roost when it comes to ethnic wear.Also read:Five times Kareena Kapoor Khan gave us major ethnic-wear goalsBe it a dressy pink number or a muted printed one, Kareena can look equally gorgeous in completely different attires.This high cheek-boned stunner was spotted wearing a lovely pastel pink hued hand-embroidered sharara from Malasa for a shoot for Malabar Jewellery. The simple blow dry and soft makeup kept the youthful, she-looks-like-a-fresh-rose vibe intact.Pink is her colour! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@dhoomdhaamweddings There’s no point saying anything about the jewellery, as the bling was for the shoot of the jewellery brand.Also read:Kareena Kapoor Khan twirling in her all-white outfit would make Snow White jealousHer second look had Kareena taking a much more casual route, in printed separates from Label : Anushree. While the print-on-print pairing is a hard look to ace, the actress seems to pull it off with surprising ease. A statement neckpiece from Aquamarine, waves and grey juttis rounded off her look.Print on print perfection! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@karishmashaikhh; Though both the looks are diametrically opposite to each other, we still won’t be able to choose a favourite between the two.Maybe you can help us?last_img read more