Nyaya Yatra reaches city

first_imgBengaluru, Feb 12 (PTI) “Nyaya Yatra”, a march for justice that aims to create nationwide awareness about speedy,fair and transparent justice system, reached the city today.The march has been organised by the Forum for Fast Justice.As part of the yatra, two motorcades had left from Delhi on January 30 — one from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and the other from Kutch to Kolkata.The Yatra will terminate at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on March 4.The forum will hold its annual national convention in Delhi on March 5 and 6 that will be attended by delegates fromacross the country.It would pass a resolution which will contain demands for fast tracking of judiciary, the forum members said.Pointing out there are more than three crore cases pendingin various courts in the country, they said at the currentrate and procedure it may take at least more than 100 yearsfor the disposal of pending cases.Kumar Jahgirdar, President of NGO called CRISP (Childrens Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting), said the budget allocated to the judiciary should be increased and justice should be made time bound.He said, “The budget allocated for judiciary is 0.2 per cent of our GDP; we are demanding the union government to make at least 2 per cent increase in the GDP so that more courts can be opened and more judges are appointed.”He also charged that politicians dont want speedy justice. CRISP and National Litigant Bench are supporting and coordinating the Yatras activities here.The forum plans to submit a memorandum to the Chief Justice of Karnataka and the Governor. PTI KSU RA APR DV KKadvertisementlast_img read more

Akmal brothers, Babar Azam to feature in Afghanistan’s T20 league

first_imgPakistan’s Babar Azam, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal are among the big international players who will feature in Afghanistan’s domestic T20 league, Shpageeza Cricket League.Players from Pakistan, the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were among those who went under the hammer in the high-profile auction held in Kabul on Thursday.Apart from these Pakistan players, Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza will turn out for six franchises in the fifth edition of the tournament in July.According to ESPNcricinfo, Afghanistan all-rounder Gulbadin Naib was the most-expensive buy. He was bought by Boost Defenders for USD 108,000.The other five teams include Band-e-Amir Dragons, Mis Ainak Knights, Kabul Eagles, Speenghar Tigers and Amo Sharks.Pakistan pacers Sohail Tanvir and Rumman Raees were bought by Band-e-Amir Dragons and Boost Defenders respectively for USD 105,000 approx.Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes, Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams were the other notable buys.”All matches will be held in Kabul, between July 18 and July 28,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Shafiq Stanikzai said.”The ICC has sanctioned this event, and is sending its own match referee to oversee the tournament. In addition, we will have one on-field umpire from the ICC panel,” he added.The league will be broadcast on television in Afghanistan, and Stanikzai said the board is in talks to have it reach a wider audience.last_img read more

Nico Hischier scores in OT, Devils beat Canadiens 3-2

first_imgMONTREAL (AP) — Nico Hischier scored at 1:56 of overtime after tying it midway through the third period in the New Jersey Devils’ 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.Will Butcher also scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 37 shots for New Jersey.Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Phillip Danault scored for Montreal, playing its first game in 10 days. Antti Niemi made 24 saves, with Carey Price serving a one-game suspension for declining an invitation to the All-Star Game.Kotkaniemi opened the scoring at 5:22 of the first period. Butcher tied it with 44 second left in the period on a two-man advantage.Danault redirected Jeff Petry’s point shot past Blackwood to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with 3:27 left in the second.Hischier tied it at 11:26 of the third, getting his stick on a loose puck in the slot.NOTES: Paul Byron returned to Montreal’s lineup after serving a three-game suspension for a dangerous hit to the head. … Travis Zajac sat out for New Jersey because of an undisclosed injury.UP NEXT:Devils: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday nightCanadiens: Host Edmonton on SundayTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chemelil Sugar FC is broke

first_imgKPL Chemelil Sugar joins the list of broke KPL clubs Seth Willis Last updated 2 years ago 21:19 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jairus Adira of Chemelil Sugar. Goal Kenya. KPL Bandari v Chemelil Chemelil Bandari Chemelil Sugar players are suffering silently thanks to financial instability experienced by their sponsors Chemelil Sugar Company Another Kenyan Premier League club has publicly come out to admit the tough economic times.We are used to seeing community-based clubs, AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia players staging boycotts following unpaid dues, but even those who enjoy massive financial muscle from the corporate world are crying as the tight economy shoe starts to pinch.Chemelil Sugar is the latest club to admit the tough times with players reportedly suffering in silence thanks to financial instability experienced by their sponsors Chemelil Sugar Company. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A mole from the sugar cane farmers had intimated to us that the players have gone for five months, others more without pay.”We have been suffering silently. For the past five months, things have been unwell; no salary just pennies to keep us going.”It is really hard to some of us but currently, we have no alternative.” When reached for comment, club chairman Robert Nyakundi admitted that indeed things are a little bit tight  but remained optimistic that a lasting solution will be reached soon.“We all know what has been going on in the Sugar industry; it has been facing hard times and that has affected us in one way or another.”We have explained the situation to our players and promised to sort them out once we are able to. It is not only about Chemelil, many more teams are suffering because of the harsh economic climate in the industry.”Chemelil, who are currently 13th with 31 points join Nakumatt FC and AFC Leopards in the list of clubs to have come out publicly to admit that things are tough.Gor Mahia players also staged a sit-in last week demanding unpaid allowances, though the club through CEO, Lordvick Aduda denied reports that K’Ogalo is broke.last_img read more

a month agoCole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwood

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cole urges Man Utd not to overload Greenwoodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Andrew Cole has urged the club not to overload Mason Greenwood.Greenwood has scored for United against Astana in the Europa League and Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, and he could start against Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday night, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out injured.Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s got a chance, he has got a chance. His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.”I just hope they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.”The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown in to the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow Lukaku and Sanchez to go.”They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.” last_img read more

Province Making Advances in Open Data

first_imgGovernment announced today, June 19, it is looking for a partner to develop and host an open-data portal. The virtual warehouse of non-sensitive government data will be stored in standard searchable formats people, businesses and academics can use to stimulate economic growth. There are more than 300 open-data portals around the world. Open data offers a number of opportunities such as giving business leaders information to help make decisions or supporting new businesses that package or interpret public data. “Open data is good for society, for democracy and for the economy,” said Mike Smit, a professor at Dalhousie University’s school of information management. “It’s the ingenuity of those who give us new ways to use information, and to make evidence-based decisions, that deliver the full potential of open data.” The province already shares data by request, on websites and through initiatives such as GeoNova and NovaRoc, which offer geology information and mineral and petroleum title data. But offering such information in common formats, in one place, will make it easier to use. “Government is excited by the opportunities that open data provides and it is another example of how we are being open and accountable to all Nova Scotians,” said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. Last year, Halifax Regional Municipality and IBM co-sponsored a competition for people to recommend and develop apps for local activities and users of services like transit and parks. The goal is to have the provincial open-data portal online by the end of the year. For more information, visit novascotia.ca/tenders .last_img read more

Chgarh approves 10 EWS quota

first_imgRaipur: The Congress government in Chhattisgarh approved a proposal to introduce 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section (EWS) of the general category in jobs and education.The state cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday late evening, approved the proposal, a government spokesperson said, adding that a commission will be constituted to gather information related to population statistics in this connection. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Union government earlier this year introduced 10 per cent reservation in EWS segment of general category and since then the opposition BJP had been demanding its implementation in Chhattisgarh. The cabinet also approved the proposals to increase reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) and Scheduled Castes in the state and to set up Lemru Elephant Reserve in the northern part of the state. These two announcements had been made by the chief minister during his Independence Day address. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe cabinet gave its nod to Chhattisgarh Public Service (Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class reservation) Act amendment ordinance. It effects a hike in reservation for OBCs to 27 per cent from the existing 14 per cent while that for the SCs to 13 per cent from 12 per cent. The Lemru elephant reserve will be set up on an area of 1995.48 sq km and will include parts of Korba, Kathghora, Surguja and Dharamjaigarh Forest Divisions, the government spokesperson said.last_img read more

Judge to decide next week on fitness assessment for woman facing terror

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario judge will decide by next week if a fitness assessment is required for a Toronto-area woman facing terror charges in an alleged attack at a Canadian Tire store.A lawyer appointed by the court to assist Rehab Dughmosh recommended at a court hearing Monday that the 32-year-old woman undergo the assessment to see if she is fit to stand trial.A Crown prosecutor agreed with that request.Dughmosh is facing a total of 21 charges, including attempted murder of at least three people for the benefit of or in association with a terrorist group.She appeared in court by video link after a judge ordered her to be brought from her cell by force. Dughmosh had previously refused to appear in court on multiple occasions.Ingrid Grant, the court-appointed lawyer designated to assist Dughmosh, said the recommendation for a fitness assessment was based on Dughmosh’s refusal to engage with the court.During Monday’s hearing, Dughmosh, speaking through an Arabic translator, called those in the court “infidels,” and said she doesn’t worship what they worship.The judge presiding over the case said she’ll have decided by next Monday — at Dughmosh’s next scheduled court hearing — whether a fitness assessment should take place or not.Terror-related charges against Dughmosh were laid by the RCMP in early July.Some of them relate to carrying several weapons, such as a knife and a bow, for the benefit of or in association with a terrorist group.Dughmosh is also charged with leaving Canada for the purpose of committing a crime, an incident that is alleged to have taken place in April of last year.She is also charged with other offences that include assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.Police allege Dughmosh swung a golf club at Canadian Tire employees and a customer on June 3 and threatened them. They allege she then pulled a large knife from under her clothes but store staff pried it out of her hands and restrained her.Media reports have said Dughmosh pledged her allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group during a previous court appearance.last_img read more

Passenger vessel runs aground in the Far North Coast Guard responding

first_imgKUGAARUK, Nunavut – A pair of Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are responding after a passenger ship ran aground in the Far North.The coast guard says in a tweet that the vessel ran aground near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, but is in stable condition, and no injuries or immediate danger have been reported.In a media release, One Ocean Expeditions says the Akademik Ioffe became grounded in the western Gulf of Boothia on Friday morning.It says all passengers are safe and that there has been no report of environmental concern.The tour company, which has a mailing address in Squamish, B.C., says the captain has reported the incident to the relevant federal and territorial agencies.It says the nearest vessel, the Akademik Ioffe’s sister ship the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, is providing support and assistance.“We regret the inconvenience to our passengers and are working closely with the captain, ship owner and all relevant agencies to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible. We will provide updates as they become available,” Catherine Lawton, general manager of One Ocean Expeditions, said in the statement.On its website, the tour operator describes the 117-metre Akademik Ioffe as a “modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened” vessel that can host 96 passengers and 65 staff and crew.The company says its three vessels were purpose-built to conduct sensitive hydro-acoustic research and science in the polar regions.last_img read more

He was trying to run Calgary Stamps player recounts shooting of teammate

first_imgCalgary Stampeder’s receiver DaVaris Daniels described Tuesday how a confrontation outside a bar escalated to a glass being thrown and then the shooting of his friend and teammate Mylan Hicks.Daniels, who caught seven touchdowns for the Canadian Football League team this season, told the court that he, Hicks and another player were standing outside the Marquee Beer Market after closing on Sept. 25, 2016.He said two people were in Hicks’s face, and one of the people escalated the situation even further.“There was a glass thrown by him. After that, I remember watching him take a few steps to the left and pulling out a gun. I don’t know where he pulled it from,” Daniels recalled.“I saw it in his hand. I saw him come around. I saw him shoot at the ground first.”Nelson Lugela, 21, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Hicks’s death. Hicks was a member of the Stampeder’s practice roster and court has already heard the team was out celebrating a win over Winnipeg when the shooting happened.Daniels said he was just a few feet away from the gunman and described Hicks’s reaction.“I remember when it happened, the first shot kind of froze him. I don’t think he expected it to get to that point. He was trying to run but he was kind of like frazzled for a second and then I remember him taking off,” said Daniels.“I went the opposite direction into the parking lot trying to get away from the gunman as fast as I could. I wasn’t sprinting because at the time I didn’t think it was that serious … that he was just trying to scare people. I just went into the parking lot and I heard more shots.”Daniels said when he thought everything had calmed down, he ran into another player, Roy Finch, who told him Hicks had been shot.“He’s telling me that ‘They shot him, they shot him.’ I’m like ‘No way. It’s not happening. It’s not true’ … As soon as I got around the corner, I saw Mylan,” Daniels said.“He has one shoe off and his pants had fallen to the ground. I remember Jamal (Nixon), my roommate, was holding him, covering up whatever wound he had. He was kind of gasping.”The shooter and two other young men jumped into an SUV and sped away. Police arrested three people about 45 minutes later when they returned to the scene.Both Daniels and Derek Dennis, who testified Monday, spotted the suspects while being driven to the police station to give a statement.The trial, which is scheduled to last two weeks, was purposely delayed until after the recent Grey Cup game which Calgary won.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Speaker declares MR is Leader of the Opposition

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has declared that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the Leader of the Opposition.The Speaker’s decision was announced by Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri when Parliament met today. The Tamil National Alliance had earlier questioned if Rajapaksa can continue as a member of Parliament as he had accepted membership in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) despite being elected to Parliament as a UPFA member.However the Speaker noted that the UPFA has informed him that Rajapaksa is still a member of the UPFA. The Speaker has noted that the issue raised over Rajapaksa’s membership in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is not a matter for the Speaker’s Office. It was noted that Rajapaksa has been picked as Leader of the Opposition as he was nominated by the UPFA which has the largest number of seats in the opposition in Parliament. read more

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

GENEVA — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents says his client didn’t send “a single dollar” to “anybody” in Guinea linked to that nation’s late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva prosecutor.Tycoon Beny Steinmetz and two other defendants have been ordered to stand trial in connection with $10 million in bribes allegedly paid to a former wife of Conte. The payouts were allegedly part of a plot by Steinmetz’s BSGR Group to squeeze out a competitor for mining rights in Guinea’s southeastern Simandou region in 2005-2010.Lawyer Marc Bonnant said Wednesday that Steinmetz “denies any wrongdoing” and will appear for the trial, which isn’t expected for months.If convicted, Steinmetz could face two to 10 years in prison.The Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State adds 4star linebacker Javontae JeanBaptiste to 2018 recruiting class

Ohio State earned its second commitment on National Signing Day and its 26th member of the 2018 recruiting class with linebacker Javontae Jean-Baptiste.The four-star from Oradell, New Jersey, gives the Buckeyes their fourth linebacker in the class along with Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughan Pope.Jean-Baptiste is currently ranked as the No. 219 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports composite. He is also the 16th-best linebacker and sixth-best recruit in the state.Ohio State only has one other current player on its roster from New Jersey, although that area has been a hotbed for recruits since Urban Meyer became head coach for the 2012 season.Jean-Baptiste was primarily recruited by safeties coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who told Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports that he will return to the Buckeyes in 2018 after being reportedly interested in the New England Patriots defensive coordinator job.Ohio State currently ranks behind Georgia as the No. 2 overall recruiting class.Correction: The original publication said Ohio State had the No. 1 overall 2018 recruiting class, where it in fact is ranked behind Georgia at No. 2. read more

SIDA 8 millions de séropositifs traités par antirétroviraux

first_imgSIDA : 8 millions de séropositifs traités par antirétrovirauxSelon un rapport de l’Onusida publié hier, dans les pays en développement, plus de 8 millions de personnes contaminées par le virus du sida prenaient des antirétroviraux fin 2011. C’est un chiffre 10% plus élevé qu’en 2010. Depuis 2004, le nombre de séropositifs disposant d’un traitement par antirétroviraux dans les pays en développement a été multiplié par 26. C’est ce que révèle un rapport publié cette semaine par Onusida qui indique également que ces traitements auraient diminué de 24% le nombre de morts en 2011 (environ 1,7 million de décès). D’après les chiffres révélés, c’est en Afrique subsaharienne que les résultats sont les plus importants avec un nombre de personnes sous traitement qui explose.Evalués à 19% en 2010, les séropositifs traités par antirétroviraux sont aujourd’hui 56% en Afrique. La mortalité a quant à elle diminué de 31% par rapport à 2005. Selon le partenariat de l’ONU contre le sida, 54% des 15 millions de patients ayant besoin d’antirétroviraux dans les pays à revenus faibles et intermédiaires disposent désormais de ces traitements. Autre bonne nouvelle : Onusida précise que le coût annuel d’un traitement antirétroviral est passé de 10.000 dollars par personne en 2000 à moins de 100 dollars en 2011.”Une décennie de traitement antirétroviral a transformé l’infection du VIH d’une sentence de mort à une maladie chronique gérable”, se félicite Ban Ki-moon, le secrétaire général de l’ONU cité par l’AFP. Pour lui, “il y a désormais une véritable possibilité d’éliminer les nouvelles infections chez les enfants dans les trois ans et de parvenir à notre objectif d’assurer que la totalité des 15 millions de personnes ayant besoin d’antirétroviraux puissent en disposer d’ici à 2015”.Des antirétroviraux qui réduisent le risque de transmission de 96% À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les auteurs du rapport soulignent par ailleurs que le VIH est aujourd’hui la principale cause de décès des femmes en âge de procréer. De plus, environ 63% des séropositifs âgés de 15 à 24 ans sont des femmes. Néanmoins, l’organisation onusienne note également que des études cliniques montrent qu’une personne séropositive sous antirétroviraux réduit de 96% le risque d’infecter son partenaire sexuel.Enfin, alors que l’agence américaine de la santé (FDA) vient tout juste d’autoriser le premier médicament préventif contre le SIDA., le rapport souligne aussi l’intérêt pour les sujets séronégatifs à haut risque de prendre quotidiennement des antirétroviraux pour mieux se protéger contre les infections.Le 20 juillet 2012 à 11:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gee Creek rest stop closures planned

first_imgThe Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Gee Creek rest areas on both directions of Interstate 5, near the state Highway 502 interchange at Exit 11, for annual maintenance this week and next.The southbound rest area will be closed until 4:30 p.m. Friday. Work started early Monday morning. The northbound rest area will be closed from 1 a.m. April 15 to 4:30 p.m. April 19.During the closures, maintenance crews will deep clean each location, repair damaged picnic areas, update landscaping, and conduct routine safety inspections of the electrical and plumbing systems, according to WSDOT.Both rest areas are among the busiest in the state, according to WSDOT, with about 800,000 annual visitors using each facility. WSDOT calculated the estimate based on the number of toilet flushes.last_img read more

Israel manager has called for a real fight against Scotland

first_imgAccording to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”last_img read more

Chula Vista martial arts instructor sentenced for sexually assaulting girl

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A martial arts instructor who sexually assaulted a girl at his National City home was sentenced today to six years in state prison.Gabriel Abel Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty last month to a single count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.Gonzalez, a jiu-jitsu teacher formerly based in Chula Vista, was arrested last August by National City police, who said the crimes happened at the defendant’s home, not at the gym where he taught classes.The criminal complaint, which originally listed four counts of lewd acts with a child against Gonzalez, states that the crimes happened on Aug. 18.Gonzalez worked at the Chula Vista Jiu-Jitsu Club for six months prior to his arrest and Alliance Eastlake, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu training gym, before that for two years, according to his boss. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Chula Vista martial arts instructor sentenced for sexually assaulting girl Posted: February 15, 2019 February 15, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgIn an effort to ensure On Base is best serving the needs of its readers, we are asking you to fill out a five-question, online survey. Your feedback is important to us so that we can consider possible changes to improve the newsletter’s format and content. Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off of registration to Installation Innovation Forum 2019 in Miami from March 4-6.Thanks in advance for helping us ensure On Base continues to meet your needs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Mining Giants Exit From Oil Business Will Hit Houston

first_imgAn Australian mining giant is getting out of the U.S. oil business. The exit by BHP Billiton will hit Houston, home to the company’s shale oil operations.BHP’s CEO Andrew Mackenzie announced the move in an earnings call on Tuesday.“We have classified our onshore U.S. as ‘non-core,’” he said, adding that the company will be “patient” as it considers how to sell off its oil holdings, much of them located across Texas.“There is a definite risk to their entire Houston-based business,” says Jeff Quigley, Director of Energy Markets at Houston firm Stratas Advisors.Research from the Houston Business-Journal shows the company has about 1,600 employees at its Galleria headquarters. It’s not clear what will happen to those people (BHP didn’t respond to a question on the matter), but Quigley says even if the company slowly leaves the oil business, the employment implications will be “huge.”More broadly, he says the move shows how diversified companies that aren’t focused on oil, or at least their investors, are fed up with low prices.“I think it does indicate that the big guys see opportunities elsewhere,” he says.Analysts say other companies might be most excited about getting their hands on BHP’s acreage in West Texas. 00:00 /01:03 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Activists Demanding More Input

first_imgThe moot court of The David Clark Law School at the University of the District of Columbia filled to capacity Nov. 30 as concerned residents voiced opposition to continued control of the District’s criminal justice system by federal authorities. Participants made it clear that with two vacant posts, the U.S. Parole Commission, which is manned by a five member body appointed by the president of the United States, could suffer critical damage under President Donald J. Trump’s leadership.“No D.C. agency has any authority to influence decisions of the U.S. Parole Commission. The mayor, the D.C. Council, have no authority,” Tammy Seltzer, director of University Legal Services with the Jail and Prison Advocacy Project said. “We have more than 5,000 D.C. residents housed within federal prisons across the country – scattered to the wind – and we really don’t have a good sense of what is happening to them because they are as far away as California or Texas and their families can not visit them.”According to Seltzer, the city managed its own criminal justice system until 1997 when, under financial duress and in exchange for financial solvency, the city relinquished control through the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997. Coupled with the Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency, the U.S. Parole Commission managed pre-trial, probation, and parole services for D.C. residents convicted of a felony and sentenced to more than one year in prison.“The U.S. Parole Commission grants paroles and deals with parole revocation, which in most cases involves technical violations, such as failure to meet with parole officers, failing drug tests, or committing a new crime,” Seltzer said. “And without D.C. residents, this would be a small and insignificant office since roughly 83 percent of the cases before the U.S. Parole Commission are D.C. offenders.”Avis Buchanan, director for Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia, told attendees that having outsiders manage the District’s criminal justice system places residents and their families at a disadvantage. “D.C. officials should be making decisions about D.C. residents, rather than under a federal agency that we have no control over and with which there is no transparency,” Buchannan said. “The city had already recognized the public defender’s function and the importance of providing attorneys for people who needed them. D.C. was already ahead of the game with its mentality. There is a stark contrast between before 1997 when the Revitalization Act was passed and the situation now. Before pre-trial function, the parole, probation, the prison functions were all local . . . none are now.”Buchanan pointed out that the U.S. Parole Commissioners serve as presidential appointees, and with two vacancies and no regulations requiring appointees have any connections with the District, the president’s choices could spell disaster.“One commissioner (Charles T. Massarone) spent years working as a police officer and parole officer in Kentucky, where corrections officials recently reinstated contracts for private, for-profit prisons,” Ellis Morrow, a Ward 7 returning citizen and forum attendee told the AFRO. “Trump has been about bringing industry back to poor White communities and an industry of housing incarcerated Black bodies could mean keeping D.C. prisoners up for parole locked up longer, potentially violating their civil rights, and neglecting to keep their families and communities involved in their rehabilitation.”Louis Sawyer Jr., chair of the D.C. Reentry Task Force within the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, told forum participants that a three-pronged approach to regaining control of the D.C. criminal justice system was to educate, agitate, and legislate. “We need to educate the masses, agitate lawmakers and council members, and demand that they legislate on our behalf. Something that the residents of this city wanted, they organized, took a moment and turned it into a movement in order legalize marijuana, so why can’t those of you impacted by the incarceration of someone in this city go down to your councilmember and mayor and do the same?”Legislatively, re-establishing control of the criminal justice system for D.C. residents would include a two-fold process – one federal that petitions the president’s representative and would require Congress to sign off on doing it, and locally, instituting legislation to operate and fund local management. Given the Republican control of both the Senate and the House, as well as the presidency, the chances of this happening are low.last_img read more