Immigration officers benefit from customer service training

first_imgScores of officers attached to the Immigration Department of the Guyana Police Force benefitted from the first session of a five-month training entitled “Delivering Quality Service” organised by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with The Caribbean Tourism Organisation.The training, held between April 2 and 4, focused on educating and empowering officers who interact with travellers and visitors in the areas of customer service, visitors’ welcome and hospitality techniques.The training was also organised with the aim of improving first impressions and the overall quality of a visitor’s experience at all of Guyana’s international ports of call.Officers from various ports of entry and departments within the Immigration Department, including Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Eugene F Correia International Airport, Moleson Creek, Criminal Investigation Department, Parika and Immigration Headquarters participated in the three-day course which was held at the Officers Training Centre at Eve Leary, Georgetown.Deputy Director of the GTA, Carla Chandra explained that the training was designed to raise awareness of the importance of customer service and hospitality in Guyana and the impact it has on incoming travellers and citizens returning home.“The training created an understanding of the role each individual play in delivering quality service, the importance of first impressions, and the value of each individual’s personal brand, impact and attitude. This initiative is helping to boost the quality of service at our various ports of entry, passport office and police clearance office and immigration staff as a whole,” She stated.Additionally, the training was facilitated by trainer and owner of Solution Pro Group Inc, Marlon George along with Deborah Clementson from the Travel Industry Development and Operations Division within the GTA.The GTA encourages those persons who are interested in an upcoming tourism-based training in May through August 2019 to contact Davina Layne at 219-0091 or davina@guyanatourism.com for more information as the agency stays committed to elevating Guyana’s tourism sector.last_img read more

House-to-House Registration defies CCJ ruling – Jagdeo

first_img…questions CEO’s motive for issuing proclamationOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has warned that any attempts to pursue House-to-House registration instead of elections would be in defiance of the pronouncements made by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).In a recently published gazette, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) announced that House-to-House registration will begin from July 20 and last until October. Though it was signed by the former GECOM Chairman retired Justice James Patterson since June 11, the gazette was only recently made public.Jagdeo pointed out that the exercise, if pursued, will not uphold the constitutional deadline for elections and creates a ‘worrisome’ atmosphere.“This is very worrisome to the entire country because it represents an open defiance by the Chief Elections Officer of GECOM to the constitution of Guyana and the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice,” said Jagdeo.GECOM’s lawyer Stanley Marcus had told the CCJ on June 24 that GECOM must have House-to-House registration and that the earliest a voters’ list will be ready is by December 25, 2019 – pushing elections which ought to have been held since before March 21, 2019 – to next year. This was challenged after the Opposition insisted that a claims and objections period could fix the list in a shorter period of time to ensure that all voters are on the official voters’ list.“The Court took all of that into consideration and ordered that elections be held within the period outlined in the Constitution, which is three months and GECOM must comply with the Constitution. That’s clear as daylight in their order which was issued on July 12”.The former President pointed out that the elections body is aware of the fact that this process will delay the elections. Consequently, he shared that Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfied is acting against the Court’s directive.“They are embarking on process which they know will not end with elections being held within three months. This would take six months maybe if we’re optimistic and much longer we believe…Clearly, Mr Lowenfield is acting in contempt of the Court order issued on 12th July by the Caribbean Court of Justice,” he voiced.Jagdeo later added, “What is yet to be revealed is the deceit through which they are coming around to this decision or they came around to this decision…Secret activity seem to be going on within GECOM, all with the purpose of delaying elections”.The gazette order for House-to-House registration was done on June 11, prior to the CCJ ruling and consequential orders which followed after. He commented that the Court’s decision should take precedence.“They forgot that subsequent to the gazetting of that order, that there was a Court ruling because this was done before the June 18 decision of the Court and definitely before the July 12 consequential order which states elections in three months”.Adding to that, scepticism ensued after the fact that the order was not seen or heard of in the public domain prior to a few days ago. The contention is that either the list was not placed in the gazette initially or it was concealed.“The whole of Guyana didn’t know about this order. Either one of two things happened. We have two orders with the same number – order 25 o 2019. One that was gazetted on the 11th June and the other on 14th June, both bearing the same number. They claimed that the June 14 order was an addendum to the one done on June 11. But I’m making two contentions – one, its either there was no gazetting of the order [and] that they are lying to the country; or if they did gazette the June 11, they hid this. This only surfaced recently,” the Opposition Leader disclosed.He further examined that last Tuesday, the order was non-existent on the webpage. However, it miraculously appeared hours after.“The June 11 order on House-to-House registration was not on their website. And miraculously overnight, they uploaded it and it just appeared there…They have now gone back and inserted the June 11 gazette on their website”.This “rogue behaviour” of GECOM was also one of the topics under discussion with members of the international community.Jagdeo related, “I have briefed the international community about the rogue behaviour of GECOM because it is not acting in compliance with Constitution and the decision of the Court. We will be following up this matter further”.Three of commissioners from the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) had warned officers at the body to comply with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) directive and work towards holding elections, lest they be hit with sanctions for breaking the law.In a statement on Saturday, Opposition-nominated Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn urged GECOM and its Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield to awake from their slumber and immediately begin preparations for elections.“Upon the passage of this motion of no-confidence the clear provisions Article 106 immediately became engaged, it is now the only imperative to abide with the provisions of the Constitution and its statutory related thereto,” the Commissioners stated.Chief Elections Officer Keith LowenfieldOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeolast_img read more

News of contract extension for Liverpool player angers fans

first_img Simon Mignolet [View the story “‘It can only mean no goalkeeper in the world wants to sign for Liverpool!’ – Reds react to new Simon Mignolet contract” on Storify] Reports have surfaced that Liverpool have offered Simon Mignolet a new contract, in further evidence of Jurgen Klopp’s confidence in the player.Klopp has insisted several times that he was not interested in replaced the Belgian, despite Reds legend Bruce Grobbelaar telling talkSPORT the former Borussia Dortmund boss was scouting Germany.Mignolet recently came under-fire for holding on to the ball for 22 seconds in the Europa League match against Bordeaux, which led to the French side scoring a goal.Consequently, news of a contract extension has not gone down well among Liverpool fans on social media.See the best reactions from Twitter below! center_img 1last_img read more

Arsenal named as ‘most likely’ side to sign Ramires

first_img revealed 1 Ramires has started to build a reputation for himself He’s appeared in the Brasileirao and the Copa Sudamericana, scoring once in the latter competition, and scouts have been impressed.According to UOL in Brazil, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid have been watching the teenager over the past couple of weeks. predicted BEST OF RANKED An immediate transfer to England does not seem likely, as Bahia want to keep hold of Ramires for another season. However, it is believed he could then be on the move at the end of the 2019 campaign, sealing a switch in January 2020.Arsenal are named in the report as being the ‘most likely’ destination for Ramires.Ramires, full-name Eric dos Santos Rodrigues, primarily plays in defensive midfield, though he can take a role higher up the pitch if required. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Read In Footballcenter_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions tense Arsenal have scouted Brazil teenager Ramires ahead of a potential move for the midfielder, according to reports.Ramires, 18, is hardly known inside his home country let alone out of it, having made just 11 first-team appearances for Bahia. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap SORRY last_img read more

BRITISH GOVERNMENT RULES OUT INQUIRY INTO OMAGH BOMB ATROCITY

first_imgThe scene of devastation following the Real IRA bomb attack on OmaghRELATIVES of the Omagh bomb atrocity have been left stunned on Thursday by the revelation that there will be NO public inquiry into the 1998 Real IRA attack.The decision was announced by the North’s Secretary of State as secret emails revealed a Donegal link to the bomb plot.Theresa Villiers said she did not believe there were sufficient grounds to justify a further inquiry beyond those that have already taken place. She said: “It was not an easy decision and that all views had been carefully considered”.Her decision was contained in a letter hand delivered to members of the Omagh Support Group on Thursday which has been spearheading the campaign for a public inquiry into the murders of 29 people and two unborn children on August 15, 1998.The British Security Service, MI5, which has the lead role in national security issues in the North for the past number of years, has been opposed to a public inquiry behind the scenes.It fears the inquiry would expose its level of knowledge prior to the attack from a number of covert agents it had operating at the time inside the Real IRA. They are also concerned about revealing details of telephone conversations of the gang before and after the attack which were secretly recorded by GCHQ.One of MI5’s prized agents was American trucker Dave Rupert who was jointly run with the FBI in America.In a secret email passed to an MI5 handler known only as ‘Norman’ on April 11, 1998, Rupert warned that the Real IRA was in the final phases of putting a massive bomb together, and Omagh was the likely target for attack.And the email – one of 4,000 ‘secert’ communiques between Rupert and his MI5 handler ‘Norman’ – identified a Real IRA figure who was under round the clock surveillance.The memo reads: “Since he is so involved with the present operation we are speaking of and the last known location of the (Letterkenny,) Derry or Omagh would 2 suspect viable targets. “The general mood of the local organisation is that they are trying to make a slash so they can attract fall away members from SF and IRA before they go to 32cs (32 County Sovereignty Committee).”Two other emails were sent a fortnight before Omagh.They refer to a bomb attack in Banbridge, Co Down on August 1, 1998. It was of a similar size to the Omagh device and detonated, injuring 38 people.Two days later he sent another email saying he had spoken to those behind the Banbridge bombing. “A slow night but one thing is confirmed, the bomb on Sat was so to speak one of ours (CAC) was the words used.”A third email reported that a third individual reported to be involved in the Banbridge attack was “excited” about something due to happen.The scene in Omagh minutes before the 250lb bomb went off“It sounds like whatever was going to happen was going to happen soon, say maybe like in the next few weeks and it brought him out of a low mood he had been in,” wrote Rupert.“He was excited about the conversation.”But despite this intelligence, the North’s Secretary of State said on Thursday that she believed that the ongoing investigation by the police ombudsman was the best way to address any outstanding issues relating to the police investigation.Last month relatives of the victims of the bombing said they were prepared to go to court to force the British and Irish governments to hold a full public inquiry into the bombing.In her letter, she states: “I believe that the ongoing investigation by the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is the best way to address any outstanding issues relating to the police investigation into the Omagh attack.“The fact remains that the Real IRA carried out the bombing in Omagh on 15 August 1998, murdering 29 people and injuring many more. Responsibility is theirs alone.“I sincerely hope that the ongoing police investigation will bring to justice those responsible for this brutal crime.“I have met representatives of the Omagh Support and Self Help Group, as have a number of my predecessors as Secretary of State. I have offered to meet them again to explain my decision further if they wish.”Dave Rupert is currently in a witness protection scheme somewhere in the United States.During the trial of Real IRA boss Michael McKevitt, Rupert revealed details of conversations with cheerleaders of the terror group in Donegal.He told a court how Donegal publican Joe O’Neill asked him to supply bomb-making materials to him.Rupert said O’Neill asked him to send Semtex stuffed inside Teddy bears, detonators inside radios and cordite inside ropes and post them to his sister’s school in Ballyshannon.However, Rupert said he refused to do it.BRITISH GOVERNMENT RULES OUT INQUIRY INTO OMAGH BOMB ATROCITY was last modified: September 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BRITISH GOVERNMENT RULES OUT INQUIRY INTO OMAGH BOMB ATROCITYDAVE RUPERTOMAGH BOMB ATROCITYlast_img read more

GARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT TERRORIST G8 ‘BOMB’ – REPORT

first_imgDISSIDENT terrorists have a milk churn bomb in Donegal which they plan to detonate during the G8 Summit in Fermanagh in eight days time, a newspaper reports today.The Irish Sun says anti-terror officers on both sides of the Border are “frantically searching for the device” after receiving intelligence it had been dumped somewhere along the Donegal and Fermanagh border.Gardai fear the Real IRA — along with their cohorts in Oglaigh na hEireann — have hidden the device in a cream churn as it’s half the size of the milk containers previously used by gangs to conceal bombs. The major economic conference will be held at the luxury Lough Erne resort on June 17 and will be attended by the world’s top political leaders, including US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/feeds/smartphone/ireland/4961558/Race-to-find-churn-bomb.html#ixzz2ViFP8jNMGARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT TERRORIST G8 ‘BOMB’ – REPORT was last modified: June 9th, 2013 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:GARDAI IN DONEGAL SEARCHING FOR DISSIDENT BOMB AIMED AT G8 SUMMIT – REPORTlast_img read more

DONEGAL COAST GUARD VOLUNTEERS PRAISED AFTER RESCUE

first_imgCOAST Guard volunteers have rescued a kayaker she was swept out to sea off Donegal today.An Irish Coast Guard spokesman said the woman was caught in strong tides at the mouth of Lough Foyle.Greencastle Coast Guard teams responded to the emergency with the Foyle Ferry also assisting. The volunteers were able to bring the woman to shore where she was met by relieved members of her family who had helped to raise the alarm.Meanwhile the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter was scrambled to north Donegal after three people were cut off by the tide near Ards Friary.Volunteers from the Mulroy Coast Guard also went to the area – but the three people were able to make their way ashore.   DONEGAL COAST GUARD VOLUNTEERS PRAISED AFTER RESCUE was last modified: April 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ards FriaryGreencastlekayakerMulroy Coast Guardrescuelast_img read more

WHY THEY’RE ACTIVE AND HAPPY IN BARNES

first_imgA big high 5 to St Francis’ National School, Barnesmore, which has been awarded its first Active School Flag for excellence in physical education by the Department of Education and Skills.At a flag raising ceremony in the school the significant contributions of various sections of the school community were duly acknowledged. These included the Board of Management, teachers, ancillary staff, parents and pupils, local clubs, the HSE, members of the school gardening committee and an Garda SíochánaThe extent of pupil engagement with the process was also noted. This included: • participation in sporting events (home and away),• performance (including rap, song and dance)• active school displays,• cross curricular projects, • logo competition• art exhibitionThe awarding of the flag culminated in a high octane Active School week, featuring the World Premiere of Happy at St Francis’ NS., a video recorded in and around the school by 6th class student, Emily Erskine.Fr Danny McBrearty blessed the flag and endorsed the school’s commitment to continued engagement in active projects for physical and mental health in the future. Students from the ASF committee then stepped forward to raise the flag.As it shimmied up the flagpole, the fingers of a gentle June breeze unfurled it tentatively to an approving sun. There was applause and final words of thanks which were drowned out by the growl of a passing tractor.It didn’t matter, however. For all present the raucous racket might just as well have been rockin’ to the Pharrell Williams’ Happy, adopted sound track of St Francis’ NS Active School Year 2013-2014.WHY THEY’RE ACTIVE AND HAPPY IN BARNES was last modified: July 4th, 2014 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:BarnesmoredonegalSt Farnces NAtional Schoollast_img read more

Will Dodgers’ interest in Bryce Harper impact Giants’ pursuit?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–After months of downplaying their interest in free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, a Giants contingent featuring Larry Baer, Farhan Zaidi and Bruce Bochy tried to sneak into Las Vegas at the beginning of February.Their mission to remain undercover during a meeting with Harper and agent Scott Boras was unsuccessful, leading to weeks of speculation over whether the Giants would commit to a long-term …last_img read more

Plants Found Two Miles Under Greenland Ice

first_imgAccording to a press release from University of Colorado,1 remnants of pine needles, bark and grass have been pulled up in an ice core from two miles under the Greenland ice sheet, between the bottom of the ice sheet and bedrock.  This is the first time plant material has been found under the Greenland ice, the report says. The suspected plant material under about 10,400 feet of ice indicates the Greenland Ice Sheet “formed very fast,” said NGRIP project leader Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, a professor at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute.  “There is a big possibility that this material is several million years old — from a time when trees covered Greenland,” she said.1Lead: EurekAlert.The plant remains held in the researcher’s fingers are the scientific facts.  The deduction that trees covered Greenland sometime in the past is logical.  The millions-of-years scenario is storytelling.  But what amazing facts: how did pine trees grow in a place now seen as one of the biggest deep freezers on Earth?  How did the remains survive decay if the climate change was not extremely rapid?  This is one of many indicators of a past temperate climate in northern latitudes that changed suddenly; remember the redwoods under the Arctic? (see 03/22/2002 headline).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more