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Daily Archives: June 15, 2010

Guyana slams trafficking report
2008 State Department report
Guyana says the US assessment is unjustified

A Guyana government official has dismissed the just released US government report on human trafficking.

The report gives Guyana a Tier Two ranking, which means the nation has been deemed as not increasing efforts to combat human trafficking over the past year.

The document also suggests there are a significant number of trafficking victims.

Minjster of Labour and Social Security, Priya Manikchand, pointed out that in its 2009 report the US State Department acknowledged that Guyana was making significant efforts to combat human trafficking.

Read pages 83-84 that deals Specifically with Guyana from the Trafficking in Person 2008 Report

She also said there are onging public awareness programmes on human trafficking as well as training for officers to deal with the crime.

The minister denied that there was any evidence of a significant number of victims, adding that Guyana’s ranking was therefore unjustified.

Read or Download the entire Trafficking in Person 2008  Report here

[Update via BBC News]

‘No more on-the-job Facebook’ is the message being sent by the Government to workers.

The announcement which comes out of St Lucia.

We understand that Government workers in St Lucia are being blocked from accessing social networking websites on work computers.

The government says the move, which takes effect from yesterday, Monday June 14, 2010 and, is aimed at raising productivity.

In the memorandum to ministries and departments, the Ministry of Finance said the blocked sites include Facebook, Yahoo Chat, and Windows Live Messenger.

[Update via BBC News]

St Kitts and Nevis has described as a smear campaign, reports that Japan has been bribing Caribbean countries in exchange for support at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Undercover reporters for the British newspaper the Sunday Times said fisheries officials from six countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, including St Kitts and Grenada, had told them Tokyo provided aid for fisheries and cash for delegates in return for their support at the IWC, which meets next week.

Regional conservationist, Artherton Martin, says there may be some truth to the claims.

[Update via BBC News]