Oversight Committee to Examine President’s Energy, Environment Policies Previous articleFriday Brings Another Day of Holiday Grain Market TradeNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Jan 1, 2015 Home Energy Oversight Committee to Examine President’s Energy, Environment Policies A new House oversight subcommittee will take a look into the Obama administrations energy and environmental policies. The Washington Post reports future chair of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced that he would form the new panel to watch over the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the departments of agriculture, energy and interior. Responsibility for those agencies previously fell to two panels — one that focused on energy and the other on regulatory affairs. During a recent December hearing in a separate subcommittee some Republicans attacked George W. Bush-era renewable-fuel standards as outdated, saying the rules have increased fuel prices and harmed the economy while forcing distributors to carry ethanol products that can damage engines. Janet McCabe, one of the EPA’s top officials focusing on air issues, testified that the renewable-fuel standards are “an important component of the broader strategy to combat climate change.”Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE
MexicoAmericas News MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns the Mexican government’s summary and illegal deportation of Italian journalist Giovanni Proiettis on 15 April. Proiettis, who writes for the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto, had lived in Mexico since 1993 and was based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, in the southeastern state of Chiapas, where he taught at the Autonomous University of Chiapas.“We call on the Mexican authorities to review this journalist’s deportation as it contravened all the legal procedures in force,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He was not told in advance he would have to leave the country or why. His right to request Italian consular assistance or to consult a lawyer and his right to warn his family were not respected. International human rights instruments ratified by Mexico and Mexico’s own immigration law (RLGP 209-211) were all violated.”Proiettis was detained and then summarily deported under escort all the way to Italy when he went to the office of the National Migration Institute (INM) in San Cristobal de las Casas on 15 April to renew his residence permit. His illegal expulsion was carried out just two months ahead of a visit to Mexico by the special rapporteur on migrant rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Reporters Without Borders interviewed Proiettis about his expulsion:How did you learn that you had to leave Mexico? 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more Reports Follow the news on Mexico April 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian journalist arbitrarily deported from Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more I was renewing my annual residence and work permit, as I do every year. I had begun the procedure a week before and I had been given an appointment for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 15 April. When I arrived at the immigration office, I was asked to sit in a small room. Five immigration officers came and escorted me to the airport. I was put on a direct flight to Madrid, and from there to Rome, escorted by two immigration officers all the way. At Madrid airport, I was put in a Spanish police area under the surveillance of Mexican officials, who have no authority there.Did the Mexican authorities tell you about this decision? Did they respect your right to ask for consular assistance or a lawyer?I was given no paper, nothing at all, still less an explanation of the reason for my deportation. I learned about that through the media on my arrival in Italy. They did not let me communicate with my embassy in Mexico or with my partner, although I have lived there for 18 years. I was not even able to pass by my home to at least collect some of my personal effects.The National Migration Institute told Reporters Without Borders that you did not have the right papers to reside legally in the country, either as a university teacher or as a newspaper correspondent. What do you say to this?It’s a lie. They even say I requested a year’s sabbatical from my work without telling them, but this is not true. I only asked for a five-month sabbatical and I continued to be linked to the university.Do you think this had anything to do with your journalistic activities?Clearly. Something I said must have upset them. I was lucky enough to be the first person to interview Comandante Marcos on 1 January 1994 and thereafter, during the 1990s, I followed the Zapatista movement’s evolution. In recent years, I have been writing about the war against drug trafficking, in which 40,000 people have been killed since the start of the Calderón administration. Another thing, a few days after the climate change summit in Cancún, where another journalist insulted Calderón and where I was identified and photographed, three policemen arrested me without explanation and then accused me of a crime I had not committed. I was scared and thought they would kill me. But thanks to a solidarity campaign, an official told me it was a mistake and they apologized.How would you describe the current climate for freedom of expression in Mexico?Very deteriorated. Mexico is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. There is a lot of intimidation, especially in the north. Above all there is a lot of self-censorship, because it is very dangerous to write about drug trafficking or to criticize the government. More than censorship, what dominates is self-censorship. There is no freedom of expression in Mexico. Organisation News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more
EAT to rule on older staff rightsOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today The DTI’s appeal against a landmark tribunal ruling giving employment rightsto older workers is to be heard in May. The tribunal decision, made last year, gives thousands of workers aged over65 the right to claim for unfair dismissal and redundancy payments. John Rutherford and Samuel Bentley won their claims for indirect sexualharassment after they were dismissed from their jobs in the clothing industryon the grounds that they were over 65. Their legal teams argued that there are far more working men over the age of65 compared to women, and therefore the cut-off point at 65 years discriminatesagainst men. Last month the Stratford Employment Tribunal awarded Rutherford £5,490 andSamuel Bentley £1,498.50. The DTI’s appeal is to be heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 22 and23 May. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Like almost any immigration program, the diversity visa lottery is imperfect and susceptible to abuse.The fortunate winners, who represent less than 1 percent of those who have applied annually in recent years, are not uniformly equipped to thrive in this country; many lack an education beyond high school.As Saipov may turn out to prove, even the extensive vetting required of all who immigrate through the program does not provide an ironclad guarantee that it is impervious to applicants who might seek to harm the United States.The lottery program might be improved.Still, the fact that more than 11 million people applied for it in fiscal 2016 reflects the magnetic appeal the United States continues to exert around the world.Satisfying a small fraction of that demand, through the lottery or some other legal means, is a powerful tool of public diplomacy in countries whose citizens might otherwise have no hope of coming here.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Never mind that Schumer’s legislation establishing the program attracted bipartisan support; or that it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, a Republican; or even that Schumer himself unsuccessfully bargained to end the program, in 2013, in return for a bill granting legal residence to millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States.Neither the facts nor the normal political imperative to avoid partisanship in the wake of a terrorist attack appeared to move Trump.His tweet made it appear that his overriding interest in an assault allegedly backed by the Islamic State is to use it to assail immigration – in this instance, a legal program whose beneficiaries represent a speck in the overall number of immigrants.Managed by the State Department since 1995, the program now grants up to 50,000 visas annually, via a random lottery, to citizens of dozens of countries who would otherwise be mostly overlooked in the annual influx of green-card recipients.In recent years, many of the winners have been from Africa and Eastern Europe.Having reaped political advantage as a candidate in vilifying illegal immigrants, Trump has set his sights in office on legal migrants, including refugees, from a handful of mostly Muslim countries, whom he’d like Americans to see as an undifferentiated mass of potentially violent interlopers.Gradually, he is chipping away at what was once a national consensus that immigrants are a critical source of vitality, invention and international appeal. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:President Donald Trump, ever prone to seek out scapegoats, fastened on a new target in the wake of the terrorist attack in New York: the state’s senior Democratic senator, along with a 27-year-old visa program that offers applicants from dozens of countries a shot at immigrating to the United States.Trump singled out Sen. Charles Schumer, who, in 1990, sponsored the diversity visa program, through which the alleged attacker in New York, Sayfullo Saipov, is reported to have immigrated to the United States from his native UzbekistanIn a tweet, the president derided the program as “a Chuck Schumer beauty.”
The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing aid, developed in less than a week by mechanical engineers, doctors and the Mercedes Formula 1 team in conjunction with UCL (AFP Photo/James Tye)London, United Kingdom | AFP | Medical researchers and engineers have teamed up with Formula One outfit Mercedes to adapt a breathing aid for mass production that could keep coronavirus patients off much-needed ventilators.University College London said UK regulators had approved its adaptation of the continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), which helps patients with breathing difficulties.A version of the equipment, which increases air and oxygen flow into the lungs, has already been used in hospitals in Italy and China to help COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections.Teams at UCL and Mercedes have reverse-engineered the device and say they can make them quickly “by the thousands” and provide hospitals across Britain, as pressure builds due to more confirmed cases.Reports from Italy indicated about 50 percent of patients given CPAP did not need mechanical ventilation, which requires sedation and a tube placed into the patient’s windpipe, UCL said.Clinical trials with 100 of the machines are to be carried out at University College London Hospital, it added in a statement on Sunday.“These devices will help save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the severely ill,” said UCLH critical care consultant Mervyn Singer.“While they will be tested at UCLH first, we hope they will make a real difference to hospitals across the UK by reducing demand on intensive care staff and beds, as well as helping patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.” Britain’s state-run National Health Service currently has some 8,000 ventilators and the government has ordered 8,000 more. But there is concern there will be a shortage as the virus peaks.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put his government on a war footing, appealing to major manufacturers and industry to repurpose their production, including for medical devices.Tim Baker, from UCL’s mechanical engineering department, said the process took days instead of years and improvements were made to the devices using computer simulations to help mass production.UK-based Formula One teams and their technology partners have been involved in a variety of schemes to meet medical needs in a partnership called “Project Pitlane”.With the season suspended due to the outbreak, they say they are well-placed to help because of their engineers’ expertise in rapid design, making prototypes, testing and assembly.Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, said: “We have been proud to put our resources at the service of UCL to deliver the CPAP project to the highest standards and in the fastest possible timeframe.”Share on: WhatsApp
Nothing earth shattering generally happens at the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline.Which came and went with the Nelson Leafs making a few tweaks to the roster as the team begins its run to the regular season finish line in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
Dear Editor,While for decades Indo-Guyanese have controlled the monopoly of marijuana cultivation and by extension the distribution network, for some strange reason, at least 85 per cent of persons convicted for possession of small amounts are Afro-Guyanese! However, from a cultural perspective, Hinduism stands out as the oldest religion for “ganga” use, dating back to over 1000 years. “Whereby the holy-men, sporting locks, dressed in saffron robes after lengthy chanting and prayers, light up their chillum to smoke marijuana. Then, after undressing, they plunge into the calm and serene waters of the Ganges River, India’s most sacred, to commence the Annual Pilgrimage”. Surprisingly, I can’t recall ever listening, reading or viewing, in both the electronic and print media “a local Hindu Pandit espousing this fundamental attribute”. Nevertheless, the advent of “Rastafarianism” locally popularised the use of marijuana, both for smoking, tea and occasionally chewing. Prior to this, a few elder “black folks” were consuming ganga. This was told to me by the late “Mother Sills”, a Hadfield Street, Lodge resident at the time, over 30 years ago. At the time, she was in her 70s, occasionally smoking her “spliff” that was wrapped in the softest and thinnest layer of corn skin. As an advocate for marijuana use, “Mother Sills” was always against the use of cocaine, which she described as “white people drugs, an ungodly product of the Devil”. In one of her frequent discussions, she intoned: “As a small girl, me mother use to send me cross the race course, to pick ganga in the Botanic Gardens, to make tea”.Also, in the 80s, Rastafarians of yore, at Nyanbingi gatherings, would circulate ganga in a calabash for smoking amidst chanting and biblical quotations: “The clouds shall be for a covering, and the flame for a light”! A wide array of fruits and ital were also served. Interestingly, Editor, can it be ascertained from a historical perspective, who was responsible for marijuana cultivation locally?Was it the Indigenous people, colonisers, slaves or the indentured immigrants? Was the by-product of rope produced locally? What year was use for local consumption banned/prohibited; who (m) was responsible? Can folklorist and Stabroek News’ weekly columnist – AA Fenty – comment publicly on the song of yesteryear “Ganga Manie”? Since the mention of: “gimme wan shilling” would have been pre-independence. Nevertheless, Guyana within the English-speaking Caricom Region possesses the most “outdated draconian law” within sentencing for a mere ganga seed! – introduced by the late former President, Desmond Hoyte, almost 30 years ago. Surely, it’s “something black, I’ll never understand” 30 years later. That the law was never amended in 23 years of the PPP/C rule remains a non- issue at this juncture. In the words of Dr David Hinds, “what was wrong under PPP/C can’t be right under the coalition Government”. Erstwhile the comments of two coalition PNC Ministers are most disturbing: “The law is the law”, “Maybe a referendum should be called” – the Ministers of the Presidency and Legal Affairs respectively. What are they promoting: black oppression, suppression, or a combination of both?That under the late LFS Burnham the law in relation to sentencing wasn’t that harsh; community service in most instances was the order of the day. Cocaine use was more associated with the hippie/metallist culture, and drug addicts/junkies were virtual unknowns. Meanwhile, a comment from the late former President, Dr CB Jagan at a plenary session of Caricom Heads: “Today, it’s bananas; tomorrow, it can be bauxite, rice, rum or sugar. But the “outlawed ganga” that our region has can transform our economies, due to the demand in Europe and North America, for medicinal purpose.”Additionally, former Empowerment Ministerial Advisor, MP Odinga Lumumba in a sitting of the National Assembly, a few years ago, lamented: “A large number of our young people are being jailed for ganga, what are we doing about it?” Of course, the lone Opposition, the PNCR remained “mummified”! The late Dr Jagan’s comment was in relation to: “The unfair trade policies that denied primarily OECS countries favourable prices for bananas, which were subsequently imported from Central America, under the USA controlled Chiquita brand”. Fast forward to this current era, towards several states within America passing legislation on marijuana and the financial benefits being derived by way of taxation. Of course, we are still a “s***hole” country.Finally, to the “prophets of doom and gloom”, I say don’t misrepresent the facts. “Decriminalisation and legalisation” are, by far, significantly different. Most notably, Rooplall Dudhnath, your claims have already been debunked by a medical practitioner, in the print media by way of letter. Further, I do hope the views expressed by Dudhnath aren’t reflective of the Bahai community at large, of which he’s a member. Interestingly, Dudhnath should focus his attention on the “core values of spirituality”, in relation to “the Gay Parade converging on the streets of Georgetown, on June 3, 2018, which is “ungodly”, rather than denouncing upon “God’s creation”, a simple plant! Strangely enough, “joker smokers” with impunity aren’t being harassed by Police ranks for smoking a “spliff” in the public, by minibus parks. So, why invade the privacy of an individual’s home? Why are “astronomical fines” being imposed for small amounts of marijuana, which aren’t comparable to the actual cost? Isn’t this a “travesty” of justice? Whereas, ie, 8 grams = $8000 fine; 28 grams = 1 ounce; an ounce of good local marijuana costs $7500. $7500/28 = $267.8571×8= $2142. Facts and figures don’t lie! So, what mechanism is in place to ascertain the quality of the marijuana, whether local or foreign, and the price structure? Should this “discriminatory, immoral and unconstitutional act continue unabated? Needless to say in three short years of PNC rule, as a principal player in the coalition, Afro-Guyanese are being stripped “stark naked” and catapulting towards the “lowest scale of the socio-economic ladder” once again. “Mo fyah, slow fyah, pun de duppy PNC”!Yours truly,Samora N’KomoNon-smoker, empathiser
BISHOP of Raphoe Philip Boyce has announced a number of changes in his diocese today.All the moves take effect at the end of this month:*Very Rev Seamus Gallagher PP Newtowncunningham and Killea, to be PP Frosses (Inver). * Rev Ciaran Harkin returning from sabbatical to be PP Newtowncunningham and Killea.*Rev Joseph Briody CC Creeslough, to the teaching staff of St John’s Seminary, Boston.* Rev Jonathan Flood, newly ordained, to be CC Creeslough.* Rev Shane Gallagher CC Ardaghey, to be CC Lettermacaward and Doochary and Chaplain to Glenties Comprehensive School. * Very Rev Canon William McMenamin PE, becomes Archdeacon of the Cathedral chapter.* Very Francis McAteer PP Carrick – Glencolmcille and Very Rev James Friel PE, become Canons of the Cathedral chapter. BISHOP BOYCE ANNOUNCES CLERICAL CHANGES IN RAPHOE DIOCESE was last modified: August 8th, 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:BISHOP BOYCE ANNOUNCES CLERICAL CHANGES IN RAPHOE DIOCESE
This week South Africa returns to the global stage when we host the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. This follows our success at the World Economic Forum annual meeting Davos, Switzerland, a few weeks ago. Delegates at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba. (Image: Mining Indaba) Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaI am confident the message we conveyed to the world in Davos – that South Africa is open for business and remains a reliable and attractive investment destination – will be reinforced at the gathering of the captains of the mining industry.Mining Indaba will be followed by the annual State of the Nation address in the National Assembly in Cape Town on 12 February. This is one of the most important addresses of the year, as it accounts for the past 12 months and the guides us on priorities for the year ahead. It is an opportunity for President Jacob Zuma to take South Africans into his confidence about the state of the country.We can achieve our priorities and goals once we have the necessary economic growth and development. As a nation we need to achieve a set of goals: necessary and enabling legislation and policy, and the will and ability to implement these policies to ensure we achieve the desired outcomes. As a nation we must foster the desire to work together across all sectors because, at the end of the day, we all have a role to play in growing and building our country.Yes, we have challenges. But I remain unwavering in my belief that we– as a nation – have all the qualities necessary to drive our country’s growth and development. We were strangers to each other once, but we have given life to a resilient and agile homeland. We have the perseverance borne of a confidence and pride in our new democracy. I am confident that we will rise to the challenge to play our part and be the active citizens who will take our country to new heights.Join the conversation and follow Team South Africa at Mining Indaba on @Brand_SA via the hashtag #MiningIndaba. Follow the State of the Nation Address on #SONA2015Miller Matola is the CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow him on @MillerMatolaThis article was originally published in the 8 February edition of Sunday Independent.
The industry has been hit hardThe new finds are an up note for an industry that’s seen financial hardship in the last couple of years. The Times said that U.S. producers wrote down $177 billion in assets last year, while 102 U.S. and Canadian producers have filed for bankruptcy since 2015.The industry has reduced spending for exploration and production, so over time there is likely to be a surge in demand that pushes prices upward — but not for the next several years. Crude oil prices rose slightly in the wake of a tentative agreement among OPEC countries to reduce output this year, but experts said to expect some countries to cheat.Lower oil prices mean lower prices at the pump for gasoline, and lower costs to consumers to heat their homes, among other things. But, as a report at Politico predicted earlier in the year, the collapsing value of oil will have “profound consequences” on countries around the world.What about the impact on renewable energy? High oil prices would seem to make solar and wind projects more attractive, slowing a shift away from fossil fuels. But not everyone agrees. Dan Esty, a professor at Yale University, said that the market for renewables has supply and demand pressures of its own, and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change will mean more demand for clean energy in the years ahead — oil glut or not.“Investment in renewable power remains robust,” Esty told Politico. “In fact, the likely short-term drop in fossil fuel costs may help strengthen the long-term prospects of alternative energy. If the developers of wind, solar, and other alternative energy projects are forced to cut costs, their technologies will be more cost-competitive over time. When you hear that cheap oil sounds the death knell for clean energy, don’t bet on it.” New discoveries in Alaska and Texas have added billions of barrels of oil to claimed reserves, increasing odds that oil prices will remain low well into the future. The New York Times reported that the finds come at a time of a global oil glut that has kept prices at roughly $50 a barrel even as environmentalists look for ways to keep fossil fuels in the ground and avoid continued increases in atmospheric CO2.Earlier this month, Caelus Energy announced a new field off the North Slope in Alaska with as much a 2.4 billion barrels of oil. A few weeks before that, Apache Corporation said that an overlooked field in West Texas contains as much as 3 billion barrels of oil and 75 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, The Times said. The market is already swamped with oil and gas developed in shale fields with the help of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and experts said additional oil and gas discoveries may lie ahead in both Alaska and Texas.Caelus said that the newly discovered field could produce 200,000 barrels a day. CEO James C. Musselman said the new field could play a “meaningful role in sustaining the Alaskan oil business” over the next 30 or 40 years. RELATED ARTICLES Green Building in the Cheap Energy EraThe End of Peak Oil?