New Delhi: India on Thursday expressed concern over developments in the Strait of Hormuz impacting movement of crude oil and LNG tankers, and sought the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia’s active role in keeping rates at reasonable levels. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih made a brief visit to India and then flew to China as the OPEC kingpin tried to get the top oil buyers involved in securing ships through the narrow strait that links oil producers to the rest of the world. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe move follows heightened tensions after the Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the waterway last week in an apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier. “Met Saudi Energy Minister, H.E. @Khalid_AlFalih & discussed the ongoing developments in the global oil markets,” Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted after an hour-long lunch meeting with the visiting minister. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Raised my concerns on the recent increase in Asian Premium, disturbances in the Strait of Hormuz impacting the movement of oil/LNG tankers and the decision of OPEC Plus members on extending production cuts leading to oil price volatility & its adverse impact on the Indian economy.” India faces the biggest impact of the current tensions in the Strait of Hormuz as it depends heavily on the region for its oil and gas supplies. Two-thirds of the oil and half the liquefied natural gas (LNG) India imports come from the strait between Iran and Oman. Eighteen million barrels of oil pass through the Strait of Hormuz every day, accounting for one-third of the global oil trade. Besides, one-third of the world’s LNG trade also passes through the strait. On June 13, two oil tankers in the strait were damaged by explosions, an attack which the US blamed on Iran. Iran has denied any involvement. The attacks were seen by some as a response to the US tightening its sanctions on Iran. Since then, Indian ships passing through there have taken the assistance of the Indian Navy escort to safely pass through the waterway. Sources said Saudi Arabia wants the top oil buyers China and India to get actively involved in securing the ships that carry crude oil and liquefied natural gas to them. This is being seen as an attempt by the OPEC kingpin to counter its arch-rival in the region, Iran. “Requested Saudi Arabia to continue its leadership role in maintaining the oil market balance. Urged H.E @Khalid_AlFalih to address the issue of Asian Premium for transparency in the global oil market, also advocated for responsible pricing in the larger interest of all nations,” Pradhan said in another tweet. India is 84 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. Two-thirds of its imports comes from the Middle-East region, with Iraq being the top supplier, followed by Saudi Arabia. It also buys some crude oil and cooking gas (LPG) from the UAE. India has time and again warned oil producers that higher crude prices are hurting global economic growth and they should do more to bring down rates to reasonable levels. Volatility in oil prices has resulted in a see-saw in retail petrol and diesel prices, with rates rising on some days and falling on others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 had set a target of reducing India’s oil dependence by 10 per cent to 67 per cent by 2022 (from 77 per cent in 2014-15). However, import dependence has only increased since then and the government is now looking for ways to raise domestic output. The Indian Navy is escorting Indian crude oil carriers transiting through the Strait of Hormuz in the wake of the heightened threat perception following recent attacks. Naval teams have boarded Indian oil carriers and are escorting them out of the region. At least half a dozen tankers have been escorted out since June. The navy has also deployed two warships Chennai and Sunayna in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations. Naval aircraft have also been conducting surveillance in the area. Also, the navy’s Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region which was launched in Gurgaon in December last year is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.
Mumbai: To further ease the resolution of stressed assets, the Reserve Bank is in discussions with its counterparts Sebi and Irdai to allow asset management companies and insurers to become part of the inter-creditor agreement (ICA), something that is mandatory for resolving stressed assets.In the revised circular on the framework for resolution of stressed assets, issued on June 7, the RBI made signing of an inter-creditor agreement by all lenders mandatory, to arrive at a majority decision-making criteria for resolving stressed assets. “In the June 7 circular, we have made ICA mandatory. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut it has been learnt that while dealing individual cases, banks have found that a good portion of the outstanding of individual corporates or entities are from insurance companies and mutual funds,” governor Shaktikanta Das told reporters after the post policy announcement. But the present rules do not consider AMCs and insurance companies as financial creditors; therefore the planned changes. He said it is necessary to look at the whole situation, liability of the entity comprehensively and not only from the bankers’ eye. Das said RBI have had inter-regulator meeting at a very senior levels from senior members from Sebi and Irdai. “Irdai has taken a decision to enable the insurance companies to be part of the ICA. Our discussion with the other regulator is ongoing,” the governor said.
David Arquette, Kristin Chenoweth, Whitney Cumming and Natalie Jawher attended “FOX’s Cause for Paws” event in Santa Monica, Calif. where they got an exclusive look at Banfield Pet Hospital’s first children’s book, “My Very, Very Busy Day!”David Arquette With My Very, Very Busy Day!Credit/Copyright: Coyne PR“FOX’s Cause for Paws” is the first-ever rescue dog telethon aiming to find homes for the thousands of shelter dogs in need. The two-hour special, hosted by Hilary Swank, will air Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 27.Kristin Chenoweth With My Very, Very Busy Day!The book, “My Very, Very Busy Day!” was written to entertain and educate children on what it means to be a responsible pet owner and the importance of preventive veterinary care. Actress Quvenzhané Wallis contributed to the book’s foreword, sharing her love of animals and aspiration of becoming a veterinarian. The book is available at all Banfield Pet Hospital locations nationwide for a suggested donation of $10 to Banfield Charitable Trust, to provide preventive care to pets in need.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment NEW YORK—A television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave “master” recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.Allison Mack was accused in an indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn. She entered her plea and was remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak refused a request from Mack’s lawyers to release her without bail.Mack, 35, starred in the CW network’s Smallville. Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles. Prosecutors said she helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM. She told the women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said. Advertisement But “the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labour,” according to federal prosecutors.“Mack and other … masters recruited … slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women,” prosecutors said.Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return. Allison Mack told women they were joining what was purported to be a female mentorship group, prosecutors said. (TODD WILLIAMSON / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
With the Species at Risk Act (SARA) The Government of Canada can intervene on the way these at-risk species are being protected which has the Provincial Government creating the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program and the Section 11 agreement.The Provincial Government says Section 11 will be the opportunity to create agreements with herd by herd planning and designing the right approach with communities with a collaborative approach. Currently, this is a draft situation that needs to be worked upon.In partnership with West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, the concern is for the Pine, Narraway and Quintette caribou populations found in Mackenzie, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. By changing resource practices in this area should minimize the risk of a federal order. Ensuring caribou recovery, meeting indigenous and treaty rights as well as minimizing impacts on communities.In the central group of caribou, the decline has gone from numbers of 800 animals in the early 2000s to now 220 animals today. The Province says if work is not done within communities to establish ways of supporting the needs of the caribou, to be able to regain their numbers. Having the Federal government step in and implementing an emergency order, could have unpredictable and economic loss. Whereas section 11 and the Partnership Agreements will minimize that risk.Through public engagement and independent economic evaluation. The Government says they want to work with partners and local governments to understand economic impacts on communities.The Government went on to share that public engagement will take place in the northeast and other key communities relevant to the Section 11 agreement. Through public engagement, conference calls with Indigenous communities and online. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government has released its draft plan with First Nations to recover Southern Mountain Caribou.The Provincial Government shared they have been working from 2012- 2018 to help conserve caribou herds in B.C. as part of their reconciliation with First Nations as caribou have cultural significance to some First Nations.With the Government mapping herds of caribou in B.C. and recognizing their decline in numbers and the space in which the animals require to thrive, the government says they need to take measures to help the caribou. By sharing that the resource sector in some areas has enabled the decline of the caribou due to new life cycles in the animal’s environments. With roadways and seismic lines and an increase of greater foliage, this increases numbers of moose and deer as well areas have been altered allowing predators to hunt with greater ease. No snowmobile closures were made in the agreements, the protected Partnership Areas only apply to resource development activities. An engagement process is being launched for snowmobile management and an independent, neutral third party with expertise in backcountry motorized recreation to lead the engagement process in May.Results from the public engagement process will be used to inform the final agreements between B.C. and the Federal Government.CLICK HERE, To submit your feedback to the Provincial Government regarding caribou recovery.Below is a copy of the draft agreement.
He will take oaths before the Speaker once all the documentation is complete. (Colombo Gazette) UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera, who announced his resignation from parliament today, will be replaced by Nalin Bandara.Bandara was next in line from the Kurunegala District to enter parliament as he had secured the highest preferential votes after Jayasekera from Kurunegala for the UNP.
More than half of those who participated in UNICEF’s survey said there were no medicines available at health facilities and hospitals, and almost a third said that health facilities were either closed or non-existent. A further 24 per cent said there were no health workers. “Even before the military takeover of the country, the Central African Republic was already one of the toughest places for a child to survive, consistently ranking among the bottom 10 countries in development indicators,” UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva. “The assessments showed that needs have deepened and extended, and that children were literally bearing the brunt of a vicious cycle of poverty, poor governance, conflict and political instability.” The assessments were done in 13 of the country’s 16 prefectures, and more assessments are planned in the east. Most of those interviewed said they had changed food sources and over half reported higher food prices and less availability in markets. Although comprehensive numbers were unavailable, the assessments also revealed major protections risks, with an increase in cases of gender-based violence, unaccompanied children, and recruitment of children by armed forces. The dire humanitarian situation in the CAR has been exacerbated by fighting in the past six months which further deteriorated even the most basic services. Violence erupted in December 2012 when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee. An estimated 206,000 people are internally displaced in the country, while more than 50,000 have fled mainly to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Chad. CAR is also housing some 17,000 refugees from the neighbouring countries. Ms. Mercado said UNICEF had brought in over 140 metric tonnes of emergency supplies since the outset of the crisis, and was working with partners to provide health, nutrition, protection, water and sanitation support wherever access permitted. The agency’s emergency appeal for $11.5 million, issued before the military takeover of the country, had more than doubled to $32.4 million. Of this, so far under $9 million had been received.
A 3D model showing underground landscapes to a depth of 100 km of an entire Australian state has been launched. The South Australian Geophysical Reference Model allows users to bring to life the state’s vast resource data sets of geological landscapes.The model was lunched to the international exploration community at this week’s 25th Geophysical Conference & Exhibition in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.It draws on the state’s countless geo-data sets, enabling users to view different attributes on cross-sections of the earth.By better defining the geological setting, the model can help exploration companies to make informed decisions to better target exploration programs, taking them closer to making new mineral discoveries.South Australian Assistant Minister to the Treasurer Chris Picton said the new research and exploration tool was worldclass. He said it was the first time a model of its size, complexity and richness of geophysical data had been produced for the whole of the state.“A tool such as this is indispensable for addressing the modern exploration challenges of finding significant new deposits at depth, under cover, or in complex settings,” Picton said.The model was developed in collaboration between the South Australian Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, Geoscience Australia and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre and aligns with the national UNCOVER initiative.Exploration companies can take advantage of the capabilities of this new model by viewing it at the Holloway Geoscience 3D Theatre at the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library or by downloading online.South Australia covers an area of almost one million km2 – slightly larger than France and Germany combined. It is a globally important producer of copper, uranium and zircon. The state also produces iron ore, zinc, lead, silver, industrial minerals (including salt, silica sand and gypsum) and extractive materials (including dimension stone and opal).
WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…4 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Dáil: Leaders Questions – The Taoiseach just loves to kickstart his Dáil week by answering questions from the main opposition leaders at 3.15pm. Will Fianna Fáil raise medical cards again?Dáil: Bondholders – The Technical Group and some other independents, including Peter Mathews, are bringing forward a motion calling on the government to stop paying bondholders at 7.30pm.Committees: Budget 2014 – Finance Minister Michael Noonan will take us though the detail of the Finance Bill which outlines all the taxation measures announced in the Budget with the a sub-commitee on Finance in Room 3 at 2pm.Committees: HIQA – An increasingly prominent organisation which assess the standards of healthcare in this country, the health watchdog’s chairman Brian McEnery discusses its corporate plan for the next two years with the Health Committee in Room 2 at 5.15pm.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilEducation Minister Ruairí Quinn takes questions on his portfolio at 2pm. After Leaders’ Questions, the Taoiseach answers oral questions on his department’s work before the Order of Business and then Topical Issues.The bill which changes eligibility criteria for medical cards for the over-70s will reach its final vote before debate on the second stage of the Forestry Bill begins.After the private members’ business on bondholders, the Dáil adjourns at 9pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadThe Seanad begins its day at 2.30pm with the Order of Business.Then the debate on the bill which will legislate for the pension changes announced last week by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton begins at 3.45pm.After debate on that concludes its Matters of the Adjournment before the upper house itself adjourns for the day.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Agriculture Committee meets in Room 2 at 2pm to debate a motion on horse and greyhound racing fund regulations before the forthcoming EU Council of Ministers meeting on agriculture is discussed with the Minister Simon Coveney.The EU Affairs Committee continues to discuss the social dimension of the economic and monetary union or EMU with interest groups in Room 1 at 2pm. Today it is the turn of IBEC, the National Youth Council of Ireland and the ESRI, all of whom are among those giving submissions.The Jobs Committee will meet with the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton in Room 1 at 5.30pm to discuss a forthcoming EU Council of Ministers meeting and progress on the EU-US trade negotiations, which are known as TTIP.The Transport Committee discusses supplementary estimates for the Department of Transport with Leo Varadkar in Room 4 at 7pm.
Share831 Tweet Email4 141 Comments Short URL Trump’s chief advisor Kellyanne Conway defends crowd claims as ‘alternative facts’ The presenter replied that ‘alternative facts’ were not facts: “they’re falsehoods”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 6:20 PM Jan 22nd 2017, 6:20 PM http://jrnl.ie/3199857 54,661 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Source: NBC News/YouTubeDONALD TRUMP’S SENIOR advisor has defended comments by the US President and his administration by calling them “alternative facts”.This comes in response to comments by Donald Trump and his chief spokesman who launched an unprecedented assault on the media yesterday, accusing reporters of downplaying the turnout at his inauguration.Aerial photographs showed that there were significantly fewer people at Trump’s inauguration yesterday, compared with Obama’s inauguration in 2009.Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press tonight, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway said that Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer had given ‘alternative facts’ to this evidence, presumably referring to the argument that there were more borders stopping people from getting in, and white boards meant empty spaces in the crowds were noticeable.The presenter Chuck Todd replied that four out of five of these claims were proven to be untrue, and that ‘alternative facts’ were not facts: “they’re falsehoods”.Previously in the interview, Conway suggested that if Todd continued his hard-line of questioning, “she’d have to reconsider their relationship”.She then said that there was no way of verifying the numbers; contradicting Spicer’s claims that the inauguration attracted the biggest audience ever.EarlierYesterday Trump insisted against all evidence that he drew 1.5 million people to his Friday swearing-in ceremony.“I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” he told CIA staff.“They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. And they said, Donald Trump did not draw well,” he added.Trump said one network estimated turnout at 250,000.“Now, that’s not bad. But it’s a lie,” Trump said. He falsely claimed there were people stretching from the steps of the Capitol, where he spoke, along 20 blocks back to the Washington Monument.“So we caught them and we caught them in a beauty and I think they’re going to pay a big price,” said Trump.‘Largest audience ever’White House press secretary Sean Spicer doubled down on the accusation, using his first press conference in the White House briefing room to blast the journalists seated before him for “deliberately false reporting” on crowd size.“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!” Spicer said, his loud and abrasive tone catching nearly everyone in the room off guard.“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”Spicer left the briefing without taking questions.An estimated 1.8 million people flooded the National Mall area in 2009 when Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, according to federal and local agencies at the time.Washington authorities reportedly predicted 800,000 to 900,000 would attend Trump’s inauguration Friday – about half of the 2009 crowd.With reporting from AFPRead: Trump’s team: ‘This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period’Read: ‘Making crazy seem normal’: Campaign manager Conway credited with rescuing Trump campaign
Le prix unique du livre électronique étendu aux sites étrangers ?Le prix unique attribué au livre numérique pourrait également être appliqué aux sites étrangers dans le cadre d’un commerce en France. Une clause d’extra-territorialité a été évoquée afin d’obliger tous les revendeurs à attribuer aux livres les prix décidés par l’éditeur.Selon le site Actualitté.com, la réunion qui s’est tenue le 21 mars en présence du ministre de la culture et des représentants d’éditeurs avait pour objectif de discuter sur la clause d’extra-territorialité concernant le prix unique du livre électronique en France. À lire aussiGoogle : un accord avec le Syndicat national de l’édition Soumise par deux sénateurs UMP, cette clause vise à imposer à tous les sites marchands un prix unique du livre numérique décidé par l’éditeur. Le texte s’applique à tous les revendeurs à partir du moment où leur commerce touche la France et vise particulièrement les trois entreprises américaines : Amazon, Google et Apple, elles aussi impliquées dans le commerce d’e-book. La clause ne semble toutefois pas satisfaire la Commission européenne qui craint que la concurrence entre opérateurs s’en retrouve altérée. Cette position est également soutenue par l’Assemblée nationale, qui avait modifié en février le texte voté par le Sénat en première lecture.La prochaine étape consistera à la deuxième lecture du texte par le Sénat le 29 mars. Il devrait par la suite être renvoyé à l’Assemblée nationale pour le 7 avril. Si le désaccord entre le Sénat et l’Assemblée nationale persiste, une commission mixte paritaire devra intervenir.Le 28 mars 2011 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Aug 2015 – With little time to raise the cash, the Dominican poachers were last week unable to produce the $5,400 fine they all faced after being caught red handed fishing illegally in TCI waters. The 28 men plead guilty to the eight charges, including having nearly 2,000 pounds of lobster, parrot fish and conch and are now remanded for six months likely at the detention center. Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Related Items:dominican, fine, poachers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dominican Officials agree to stop sex trafficking, poachers Dominican poachers arrested and charged
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioDefense secretary on board with keeping JBER unitLiz Ruskin, APRN-Washington, DCNow even the Secretary of Defense says he would reverse the plan to cut nearly three thousand troops from Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson. This further increases the likelihood the 4-2-5 Brigade Combat Team will stay in Anchorage, at least for another year.Some questioning power equalization fundAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO/APRN-JuneauRural Alaskans can pay three to five times as much for electricity than those in urban areas. That’s why the state launched the power cost equalization endowment fund. It’s paid roughly 40 million dollars annually to subsidize rural energy bills. But some are questioning whether the fund, which has built up to $900 million, should be committed to benefit only about one in nine Alaskans.Wolf control prompting more cooperationDan Bross, KUAC-FairbanksState wolf control in the vicinity of Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve has prompted agencies to pursue better cooperation.Scientists still surprised by dying birdsThe Associated PressThe massive die-off of a widely distributed North Pacific seabird continues to surprise federal scientists. The latest twist was the discovery of thousands of carcasses of common murres along Lake Iliamna.Report says Anchorage needs more copsZachariah Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageA new report on policing in Anchorage says the city needs dramatically more officers to meet its public safety goals.Anchorage producing new land use planJosh Edge, APRN-AnchorageThe Municipality of Anchorage is well on it’s way to producing an updated land use plan for the Anchorage Bowl. The map currently in use has not been updated since 1982.Herring season opens abruptlyRobert Woolsey, KCAW-SitkaThe commercial herring season opened Thursday, more abruptly than in past years. Herring seiners had about 2-days’ notice to get to Sitka. About another 4-hours’ notice to prep their gear.Sitka science center nurturing new creatureBrielle Schaeffer, KCAW-SitkaThe Sitka Sound Science Center raises millions of salmon at the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery every year but recently the organization started nurturing another type of sea creature.Tribal government pushing for environmental analysis of region’s healthEd Schonfeld, CoastAlaska-JuneauSoutheast Alaska’s largest tribal government is pressing for an intensive environmental analysis of the region’s health. It’s part of a larger push for protection of transboundary rivers, which flow from British Columbia into the region.Freeride tour returns to HainesEmily Files, KHNS-HainesAn international big mountain ski and snowboard competition is back in Haines after making its Alaska debut last year. The Freeride World Tour tests the skills of alpine athletes from around the world, with stops in five countries.
Hyderabad: Telangana State Government has come to the rescue of the Discoms, which have been financially struggling and are finding it difficult to furnish Letter of Credit (LoC) to the power generators to purchase power on regular basis from August. The Union Ministry of Power had recently issued orders that power distribution companies must submit LoC to the generators as an assurance of payment in lieu of power supplies. The distribution companies, which are not in good financial position, can open letters of credit for even one day, one week or a fortnight of electricity supply and keep renewing them. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday held a high-level meeting with top officials and reviewed the financial status of the power utilities here. He assured that the government would give necessary financial support to the Telangana Electricity Organisations and would extend all the support to them and stand by them. He instructed Finance Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao to prepare contingency plans to extend financial help to the electricity companies as and when they require financial help.Supply of uninterrupted quality power for all sectors in the State has to be ensured and there can be no compromise at all. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Farmers are given free 24X7 power supply. Due to the supply of quality power, there is a growth and development in the industrial sector, he said. The electricity organisations need further development and they should not face any financial problems come what may. “All the required measures will be taken to prevent the electricity organisations getting into any financial crisis, as the organisations have proved their mettle in generation, distribution and supply of power and they stood as role model to others in the country,” he said. The CM said that the government’s motto is “no power breakdown even for a wink of an eye, no financial trouble for the electricity organisations”. Advertise With Us Chief Minister made it clear that paying of power charges whether it be the local bodies or any government office or department and that too in time was mandatory. For that, he said, “very soon ‘Power Week’ will be observed in all the villages and towns to settle all the power-related problems and issues.” Expressing displeasure over pending power dues by the gram panchayats and municipalities, the chief minister said, from now onwards, village panchayats, municipalities, corporations and other utilities would have to pay their power bills every month without fail. He emphasised on discipline in government departments. Many government departments are not paying electricity bills in time. From now onwards, the Finance department will pay the bills of the departments concerned from the budgetary allocation of various departments. “Install prepaid meters at all the government departments,” he said. The CM also instructed the Irrigation and Electricity officials to make an assessment regularly on how much quantum of power is needed from time to time for the Lift Irrigation Schemes and how to procure it. They should make estimates based on their assessment and go ahead with the action plan. He suggested that solar power be used for lift irrigation purposes and asked the officials to call for tenders.
Share Photo by Shenandoah Valley Juvenile CenterThe exterior of the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Virginia.Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.The abuse claims against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, are detailed in federal court filings that include a half-dozen sworn statements from Latino teens jailed there for months or years. Multiple detainees say the guards stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.“Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me,” said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 years old. “Strapped me down all the way, from your feet all the way to your chest, you couldn’t really move. … They have total control over you. They also put a bag over your head. It has little holes; you can see through it. But you feel suffocated with the bag on.”In addition to the children’s first-hand, translated accounts in court filings, a former child-development specialist who worked inside the facility independently told The Associated Press this week that she saw kids there with bruises and broken bones they blamed on guards. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to publicly discuss the children’s cases.In court filings, lawyers for the detention facility have denied all allegations of physical abuse.Many of the children were sent there after U.S. immigration authorities accused them of belonging to violent gangs, including MS-13. President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited gang activity as justification for his crackdown on illegal immigration.Trump said Wednesday that “our Border Patrol agents and our ICE agents have done one great job” cracking down on MS-13 gang members. “We’re throwing them out by the thousands,” he said.But a top manager at the Shenandoah center said during a recent congressional hearing that the children did not appear to be gang members and were suffering from mental health issues resulting from trauma that happened in their home countries — problems the detention facility is ill-equipped to treat.“The youth were being screened as gang-involved individuals. And then when they came into our care, and they were assessed by our clinical and case management staff … they weren’t necessarily identified as gang-involved individuals,” said Kelsey Wong, a program director at the facility. She testified April 26 before a Senate subcommittee reviewing the treatment of immigrant children apprehended by the Homeland Security Department.Most children held in the Shenandoah facility who were the focus of the abuse lawsuit were caught crossing the border illegally alone. They were not the children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration’s recent policy and are now in the government’s care. But the facility there operates under the same program run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. It was not immediately clear whether any separated children have been sent to Shenandoah Valley since the Trump administration in April announced its “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrant families, after the lawsuit was filed.The Shenandoah lockup is one of only three juvenile detention facilities in the United States with federal contracts to provide “secure placement” for children who had problems at less-restrictive housing. The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in California has faced litigation over immigrant children mischaracterized as gang members. In Alexandria, Virginia, a board overseeing the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center voted this week to end its contract to house federal immigration detainees, bowing to public pressure.The Shenandoah detention center was built by a coalition of seven nearby towns and counties to lock up local kids charged with serious crimes. Since 2007, about half the 58 beds are occupied by both male and female immigrants between the ages of 12 and 17 facing deportation proceedings or awaiting rulings on asylum claims. Though incarcerated in a facility similar to a prison, the children detained on administrative immigration charges have not yet been convicted of any crime.Virginia ranks among the worst states in the nation for wait times in federal immigration courts, with an average of 806 days before a ruling. Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data.On average, 92 immigrant children each year cycle through Shenandoah, most of them from Mexico and Central America.Wong said many of the 30 or so children housed there on any given day have mental health needs that would be better served in a residential treatment unit. But such facilities are often unwilling to accept children with significant behavioral issues, she said.Wong and other managers at the Shenandoah center, including Executive Director Timothy J. Smith, did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment this week. A city manager on the local commission that oversees the facility referred questions to an official at the Refugee Resettlement agency, who did not respond to a phone message.Financial statements reviewed by AP shows the local government commission that operates the center received nearly $4.2 million in federal funds last year to house the immigrant children — enough to cover about two-thirds of the total operating expenses.The lawsuit filed against Shenandoah alleges that young Latino immigrants held there “are subjected to unconstitutional conditions that shock the conscience, including violence by staff, abusive and excessive use of seclusion and restraints, and the denial of necessary mental health care.”The complaint filed by the nonprofit Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recounts the story of an unnamed 17-year-old Mexican citizen apprehended at the southern border. The teen fled an abusive father and violence fueled by drug cartels to seek asylum in the United States in 2015.After stops at facilities in Texas and New York, he was transferred to Shenandoah in April 2016 and diagnosed during an initial screening by a psychologist with three mental disorders, including depression. Besides weekly sessions speaking with a counselor, the lawsuit alleges the teen has received no further mental health treatment, such as medications that might help regulate his moods and behavior.The lawsuit recounts multiple alleged violent incidents between Latino children and staff at the Shenandoah center. It describes the guards as mostly white, non-Spanish speakers who are undertrained in dealing with individuals with mental illness. The suit alleges staff members routinely taunt the Latino youths with racially charged epithets, including “wetback,” ”onion head” and “pendejo,” which roughly translates to dumbass in Spanish.A 16-year-old who said he had lived in Texas with his mother since he was an infant ended up at Shenandoah in September after a police officer pulled over a car he was riding in and asked for ID, which he couldn’t provide. As one of the few Latino kids who is fluent in English, the teen would translate for other detainees the taunts and names the staff members were calling them. He said that angered the guards, resulting in his losing such modest privileges as attending art classes.“If you are behaving bad, resisting the staff when they try to remove you from the program, they will take everything in your room away — your mattress, blanket, everything,” he said. “They will also take your clothes. Then they will leave you locked in there for a while. This has happened to me, and I know it has happened to other kids, too.”The immigrant detainees said they were largely segregated from the mostly white juveniles being held on criminal charges, but they could see that the other housing units had amenities that included plush chairs and video gaming consoles not available in the Spartan pods housing the Latinos.In their sworn statements, the teens reported spending the bulk of their days locked alone in their cells, with a few hours set aside for classroom instruction, recreation and meals. Some said they had never been allowed outdoors, while the U.S.-born children were afforded a spacious recreation yard.The Latino children reported being fed sparse and often cold meals that left them hungry, though meals of American fast food were occasionally provided. Records show Shenandoah receives nearly $82,000 a year from the Agriculture Department to feed the immigration detainees.The lawsuit said the poor conditions, frequent physical searches and verbal abuse by staff often escalated into confrontations, as the frustrated children acted out. The staff regularly responded “by physically assaulting the youth, applying an excessive amount of force that goes far beyond what is needed to establish or regain control.”Part of the interior of the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Staunton, Virginia. Photo by Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center.In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Though no forbidden items were found, the teenager was transferred to “Alpha Pod,” described in the lawsuit as a unit within the facility designated for children who engage in bad behavior.The lawsuit said Latino children were frequently punished by being restrained for hours in chairs, with handcuffs and cloth shackles on their legs. Often, the lawsuit alleged, the children were beaten by staff while bound.As a result of such “malicious and sadistic applications of force,” the immigrant youths have “sustained significant injuries, both physical and psychological,” the lawsuit said.After an altercation during which the lawsuit alleged the Mexican teenager bit a staff member during a beating, he was restrained in handcuffs and shackles for 10 days, resulting in bruises and cuts. Other teens interviewed as part of the court case also reported being punished for minor infractions with stints in solitary confinement, during which some of the children said they were left nude and shivering in cold concrete cells.Academic studies of prison inmates kept in solitary confinement have found they often experience high anxiety that can cause panic attacks, paranoia and disordered thinking that may trigger angry outbursts. For those with mental health issues, the effects can be exacerbated, often worsening the very behaviors the staff is attempting to discourage.A Guatemalan youth sent to the center when he was 14 years old said he was often locked in his tiny cell for up to 23 hours a day. After resisting the guards, he said he was also restrained for long periods.“When they couldn’t get one of the kids to calm down, the guards would put us in a chair — a safety chair, I don’t know what they call it — but they would just put us in there all day,” the teen said in a sworn statement. “This happened to me, and I saw it happen to others, too. It was excessive.”A 15-year-old from Mexico held at Shenandoah for nine months also recounted being restrained with a bag over his head.“They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head,” he said, according to his sworn statement. “They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They also put a strap across my chest. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half days, including at night.”After being subjected to such treatment, the 17-year-old Mexican youth said he tried to kill himself in August, only to be punished with further isolation. On other occasions, he said, he has responded to feelings of desperation and hopelessness by cutting his wrists with a piece of glass and banging his head against the wall or floor.“One time I cut myself after I had gotten into a fight with staff,” the teen recounted. “I filled the room with blood. This happened on a Friday, but it wasn’t until Monday that they gave me a bandage or medicine for the pain.”The lawsuit alleges other immigrant youths held at Shenandoah have also engaged in cutting and other self-harming behaviors, including ingesting shampoo and attempting to choke themselves.A hearing in the case is set for July 3 before a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia.Lawyers on both sides in the lawsuit either did not respond to messages or declined to comment, citing strict confidentiality requirements in the case involving children.The child development specialist who previously worked with teens at Shenandoah told AP that many there developed severe psychological problems after experiencing abuse from guards.“The majority of the kids we worked with when we went to visit them were emotionally and verbally abused. I had a kid whose foot was broken by a guard,” she said. “They would get put in isolation for months for things like picking up a pencil when a guard had said not to move. Some of them started hearing voices that were telling them to hurt people or hurt themselves, and I knew when they had gotten to Shenandoah they were not having any violent thoughts.”She said she never witnessed staff abuse teens first-hand, but that teens would complain to her of injuries from being tackled by guards and reveal bruises. The specialist encouraged them to file a formal complaint.Though lawyers for Shenandoah responded with court filings denying all wrongdoing, information contained in a separate 2016 lawsuit appears to support some of the information contained in the recent abuse complaints.In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Shenandoah center, a former staff member said he worked in unit called “Alpha Pod” where immigrant minors were held, “including those with psychological and mental issues and those who tend to fight more frequently.”The guard, Trenton Farris, who denied claims that he punched two children, sued the justice center alleging he was wrongly targeted for firing because he is black. Farris said most staff members at the facility are white, and that two white staff members involved in the incident over which he was fired went unpunished.Lawyers for the center denied the former guard’s claims, and the case was settled in January.Pearson reported from New York and Burke reported from San Francisco.
Microsoft created its own chatbot earlier this year named Tay, and while it had some impressive capabilities, it ended up crashing and burning. It made some absolutely hilarious comments here and there, but also ultimately several offensive remarks as well. Thus, Microsoft went ahead and took Tay offline since no one can deal with an inappropriate chatbot.Things seemed bleak for Microsoft when it came to the chatbot landscape, but now the company is going ahead and launching a new chatbot following some significant tweaks made to the framework that made Tay possible. Microsoft’s next chatbot is coming, and it’s named Zo. You can take Zo for a spin right now via Kik if you’re so inclined, but it’s supposedly coming to other mediums in the future. It’ll likely be on Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook Messenger. But it’s not surprising that Microsoft has chosen to keep it from going fully global until all the kinks have been worked out.Discovered by Tom Hounsell, Zo can make your Kik experience infinitely less creepy (probably) and offer a bit of fun. What it is, however, is essentially a dumbed-down and censored version of Tay, or at least what we knew of “her.” When you first start chatting with Zo, you’ll have to go through a special “personality test, ” but after that you can talk about the subjects that interest you. You might want to shy away from politics, however, especially after what happened with Tay.Microsoft still hasn’t officially come forward with an announcement about Zo, but that’ll likely be coming soon. However, if you’re already using Kik you can just go ahead and start chatting her up. Hopefull, this time around there aren’t disastrous results. Finger crossed we’re on the road to having chatbots that are actually fun to speak to. Maybe… Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In Stay on target
Sikkim is planning to develop new tourist attractions, including a reptile park and a golf course. Sikkim’s Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling, met with Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma, to discuss plans for the new tourism projects.According to the Tourism Ministry, Chamling sought Dr Sharma’s co-operation in establishing a Reptile Park in Sikkim, which would showcase four or five types of reptile that are native to the Himalayan state.The Chief Minister has also proposed a new golf course to be developed near the Nathula Pass. Set at approximately 4,300m above sea-level, the tentatively named Yak Golf Course would be the highest in the world.It is hoped that accessibility to these projects will increase with the opening of Sikkim’s first airport slated for next year.
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