Regional officials strengthen partnership to fight crime

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Regional officials strengthen partnership to fight crime by: – November 14, 2011 From left: US Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant, Bahamas Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of National Security of Antigua and Barbuda Dr Errol Cort. Photo: Tony Grant Jr NASSAU, Bahamas — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other US agencies are working with Caribbean partners through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) to develop a fingerprint collection system that will help check criminals against terrorism and criminal databases, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said on Thursday.“Once this system is operational, we believe it will allow for sharing of information between the United States and participating Caribbean countries,” said Napolitano, who spoke at the 2nd Annual CBSI Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.She outlined various initiatives — including aviation security training and anti-terrorism assessments — which she said are examples of strong, cooperative models that work, and that can be expanded and used to strengthen regional cooperation in other areas.“Ultimately, our success will hinge on how well we continue to work together within the framework of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to advance our common goals.”Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who also addressed the high-level gathering, said it was an important opportunity for regional leaders to act together to counter their countries’ continued vulnerability to transnational criminal activity, including drugs and arms trafficking, human smuggling, illegal immigration and money laundering. “The costs of the security measures we are required to take are daunting,” Ingraham said. “This is further complicated by the economic challenges generally faced by the region and now by the slow recovery from the global economic and financial crisis which continues to impact our own economies.”Ingraham expressed confidence that CBSI cooperation will measurably reduce transnational trafficking of all kinds.“The matters coming before this dialogue highlight the priorities to which our partnership will turn its attention in the year ahead: firearms controls, prison reform, juvenile justice and greater public and private sector and civil cooperation,” he said.“At the core of all our endeavours must be our commitment to the mutually supportive cooperative partnership we have established, that will foster greater regional coordination and ensure long-term sustainment of Caribbean-United States efforts.”The prime minister also acknowledged “a time-honoured” relationship between The Bahamas and the US Coast Guard in the area of search and rescue.He noted that on Wednesday night, a mail and passenger boat, the M/V Legacy, ran aground and was taking on water just off the coast of Abaco with 18 people including a child on board.Ingraham noted that it was determined that conditions would not permit a rescue by boat.He said only the US Coast Guard helicopter, dispatched from Andros, was able to rescue the nine crew and the nine passengers from the Legacy and transport them all to safety to Marsh Harbour, Abaco.Napolitano said that the Coast Guard and US government partners have committed to provide boats and related training to a number of Caribbean countries totaling $10.9 million to date.“In the future, we want to build on these efforts by working through the CBSI to improve our domain awareness in the Caribbean,” she said.“This increased collaboration may include sharing technology with partner countries, creating a system to share near real-time information about threats, and developing a maritime and air control strategy.“We also hope to work with you to create a new forum to share best practices and develop new tactics to counter drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations.”By Candia DamesNassau Guardian News Editor Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 26 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Jim Hughson selected as recipient for Foster Hewitt Award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Jim Hughson has been selected as a recipient for the Foster Hewitt Award.Selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, Hughson is best known for his play-by-play work with the Vancouver Canucks and “Hockey Night in Canada,” and is receiving this award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.Born and raised in Fort St. John, Hughson got his first broadcasting job at a local radio station in the 1970s, broadcasting games for the South Peace Hockey League, and eventually worked his way to become a play-by-play announcer for various roles within National Hockey which included broadcasting games three and four of the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.- Advertisement -Hughson then moved on to take on the role as play-by-play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then for the Canucks.For a time, Hughson was also a commentator for the Montreal Expos and then for the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughson called for the Jays’ ’92 and ’93 Division Championship series.Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, says Hughson is an excellent choice as a recipient for the award as he has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels.Advertisement “Jim Hughson has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels for many years since his days with Vancouver Canucks. Jim is an excellent broadcaster and a very deserving recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.”Hughson will be honoured at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon in Toronto on November 18, 2019.last_img read more

RAPHOE REPORT IS DAMNING OF BISHOP HEGARTY – THOSE DAMNING EXTRACTS HERE:

first_imgIn his report Ian Elliott on abuse in Raphoe, chief executive of the NBSCCC said: “It is clear that significant errors of judgement were made by successive bishops when responding to child abuse allegations that emerged within this diocese“Too much emphasis was placed on the situation of the accused priest and too little on the needs of their complainants.“Judgements were clouded, due to the presenting problem being for example, alcohol abuse and an inability to hear the concerns about abuse of children, through that presenting problems. “More attention should have been given to ensuring that preventative actions were taken quickly when concerns came to light. This view is based on an assessment of cases reported to the diocese and includes a number which were received during the previous bishops’ time in office.”There was severe criticism of retired Bishop Seamus Hegarty – and Bishop Boyce admitted he hadn’t always accepted the significance of the report.Mr Elliott goes on: “More attention should have been given to ensuring that preventative actions were taken quickly when concerns came to light. This view is based on an assessment of cases reported to the diocese and includes a number which were received during the previous bishops’ time (Seamus Hegarty) in office.”Mr Elliott did praise Bishop Boyce for accepting the audit in full but said he hadn’t always treated the issue with the significance needed. “It is a matter of great regret to Bishop Boyce that his focus on victims’ needs was not greater in the past, and he now acknowledges that he has a very different appreciation of his safeguarding responsibilities as to when he first came into office.“The reviewers would accept that this is the case and would wish to commend Bishop Boyce on his willingness to learn the painful lessons of the past and to apply them to the current practice in the diocese.”RAPHOE REPORT IS DAMNING OF BISHOP HEGARTY – THOSE DAMNING EXTRACTS HERE: was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:raphoe abuse reportlast_img read more