first_imgLocalNews Inmates complete Drug Education Intervention Programme by: Dominica Vibes News – December 16, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Close to twenty inmates at the State Prison have completed a program aimed at educating them on drug abuse and prevention.The Drug Education Intervention Programme was conducted by the National Drug Prevention Unit. It ended with a certificate ceremony on Thursday 15 December 2016.Every year the Drug Prevention Unit conducts a Drug Education Intervention Programme at the prison, targeted at petty offenders and those who are on the verge of being released. This is the fifth Drug Education Intervention Prison Programme conducted by the Unit. At the ceremony, Director of the National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit, Jacinta Bannis, commended the participants for their contribution to the programme. She noted that the inmates willingly shared their stories, and were always well-behaved.Bannis asked the participants to accept responsibility for their lives, and to use their sentence as a stepping stone in life.“Prison should not become a revolving door for many of you. Some of you, every time we come, year after year, we see you. That should not be. Prison should be a place where you come to think, to rehabilitate yourself, and then make a decision of not coming back into the prison. Take up the responsibility of your life. Set your goals, find out what it is that you want to do and do it,” Bannis told the participants. Senior Prison Officer, Alvin Auguiste stated that the Drug Intervention Programme has played an important role in stabilizing the prison’s programmes since with a present prison population of two hundred and ten males, and four females, the need for rehabilitation is demanding.He noted that over the years rehabilitative programmes played a pivotal role in stabilizing the prison population because these programs come in the form of educational and literacy classes. “The Drug Prevention Unit has been partnering with the Dominica Prison for the past five years. People may ask what is the drug programme doing for the inmates at the prison. As prison officer, responsible for inmate services and rehabilitation, I would like to strongly declare that these drug programs have been, and is, having significant positive impact on the lives of our inmates,” he noted.Auguiste also told the inmates that the programme has provided them with information to help them when they are released and they should put the advice to practice.“When you are released into society, remember it will not be easy. Know your companions, and choose the right road. This Drug Education Intervention Prison programme, has provided you with ammunition to resist temptation of this disastrous disease. Do your utmost to put all what you have learnt over the past week into practice,” he stated.He also noted that the superintendent continues to embrace the drug programme, and any other dug programme which will improve the lives of prison inmates.Photographs compliments of the Health Promotion Unit– / 16 Share 480 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Paddy Power has been pulled up for ‘serious failings’ in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes following a Gambling Commission investigation.The bookmaker has also agreed to contribute £280,000 to socially responsible causes after failing to keeping crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people.The failings relate to the way Paddy Power handled relationships with two customers at one of its betting shops (customers A & B), and with one of its online customers who was later convicted of serious criminal offences (Mr Cooney).Richard Watson, Programme Director at the Commission said: “We expect the industry will learn the lessons from this case – it is their duty to keep crime out of gambling and protect vulnerable people from harm. If operators don’t implement processes and policies aimed at doing this then they risk losing their operating licence. Paddy Power failed in its dealing with three customers and is now facing the consequences of these actions in a very public way.”While Paddy Power had social responsibility and anti-money laundering policies and procedures in place, had delivered training to staff and had systems for monitoring internal compliance, the Commission found that the procedures in place were not fully in line with guidance published by the regulator, not all staff involved in the identified incidents fully understood Paddy Power’s own policies and their internal compliance monitoring had failed to identify the issues relating to the customers.Paddy Power has co-operated fully with the regulator and acknowledged that it:failed to have and apply a customer interaction policy which complied with social responsibility code provision 3.4.1(1)(c), which is a condition of its licence, as it did not include: “circumstances in which consideration should be given to refusing service to customers and/or barring them from the operator’s gambling premises”interpreted the duty to be socially responsible in relation to potential problem gambling as being limited to monitoring and interacting with customers, rather than considering refusing servicehad, despite being aware that customer A displayed signs of having a serious gambling problem, asked staff to encourage him to continue to visit and to spend. This was grossly at odds with the licensing objective of preventing vulnerable people from being exploited by gamblinghad an anti-money laundering (AML) policy which was inadequate in that it did not include reference to the spending of the proceeds of crime and therefore failed to take into account our published advice2 and guidance3 about managing the risks of money launderingfailed to respond appropriately to suspicions of money laundering in relation to customer Bfailed to take reasonable steps to establish customer A’s and Mr Cooney’s sources of funds.The Commission added: “We expect gambling operators to take note of these issues and consider them in light on their own operating procedures and processes. The gambling industry should be on notice that the issues identified in this statement are likely to form the basis for future Commission compliance activity.”The full statement can be found here.The Anti-Money Laundering Directives could have a huge impact on how the betting industry operates in the future if it cannot get exemption from some of the requirements. In January the Gambling Anti-Money Laundering Group (GAMLG) was established and is now headed up by Keith Bristow QPM, who recently retired as Director-General of the UK National Crime Agency.GAMLG’s initial membership is comprised of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). The sectors they represent account for over 70% of the British gambling market.It is modelled on the financial services sector’s Joint Money Laundering Steering Group. Its aim is to improve the gambling industry’s ability to combat money laundering. It will primarily do this by producing, in collaboration with the sector’s statutory regulator (The Gambling Commission), industry good practice guidelines. However, its remit will enable it to consider a wide range of related issues. Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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