New Delhi: Rajiv Kumar, currently serving as Financial Services Secretary, was on Tuesday designated as the new Finance Secretary. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the designation of Kumar as the new Finance Secretary, according to an official order. Kumar is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre. The designation of Kumar as the Finance Secretary comes in the backdrop of transfer of Subhash Chandra Garg as the power secretary. Garg has already sought voluntary retirement from service.
WINNIPEG – The manager of a Saskatchewan city that lost 16 people in a hockey team bus crash says community officials everywhere need to be trained in how to deal with trauma and mental-health needs following a disaster.Joe Day says he only had limited training in how to respond to an emergency when he was called last spring following the deadly crash that would reshape the city of Humboldt.A semi-trailer and a bus carrying the city’s junior hockey team collided in April. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured.“We train for events like train derailments or big automobile accidents, but we don’t do a lot of training for what happens if there is a big mental-health type of issue in your community,” Day said at a disaster management conference in Winnipeg on Wednesday.Day first heard about the collision on social media. A call from Nipawin’s mayor followed soon after and officials quickly assembled in Humboldt to figure out what happened, how bad the crash was and what the community’s response should be.“It was completely overwhelming how many moving parts there were in the first two, 2 1/2 days,” Day said.“It was necessary for such broader, bigger trauma counselling and trauma response that we really weren’t prepared with how to deal with that.”Humboldt fire Chief Mike Kwasnica told the conference he received a phone call from Nipawin’s fire chief soon after the crash. Humboldt’s volunteer firefighters were 170 kilometres away from the site so their roles as first responders changed drastically.They were often a shoulder to cry on or directed traffic on top of responding to their regular calls for fires and car crashes.“I don’t know if you can plan for it,”said Kwasnica, who added that the crash affected some firefighters directly because they had billeted players in the past.It soon became clear that Humboldt would become a place to mourn, but unlike a forest fire or a flood, the province didn’t have mental-health professionals who could respond at a moment’s notice, Day said.Workers from local non-governmental organizations volunteered their time and spent days at the Elgar Petersen Arena, which became the gathering centre for people grieving.The Sunday following the crash thousands of people crowded into the area for a vigil that was broadcast around the world.Day said the grief didn’t end after the vigil or when the media coverage of the tragedy began to wane. For the families affected and for people in the community, mental-health supports were needed long after.Officials in Humboldt are involved in a review with Public Safety Canada and Day said it’s important they reflect on the steps taken in the moments, days and weeks after the fatal crash.“This is an event that for us isn’t over,” Day said.“We went through a lot. We learned a lot.”
17 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked today’s one-year anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution by calling on the North African country’s people to work together to transition to a democracy founded on justice, the rule of law, transparency and an inclusive political process. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said Libyans now stand “within reach of a democratic future which one year ago seemed only a distant dream.”He pledged the continued assistance of the United Nations, which has a political support mission (UNSMIL) in Libya, during the transition period, especially for the election of a national congress and the subsequent task of drafting a new constitution.“The Secretary-General urges all Libyans to stand together in a spirit of reconciliation; to insist that a revolution in the name of human rights must not be tarnished by abuses, but must bring about justice through rule of law; and to ensure that women, youth and civil society as a whole are encouraged to play their full part in the development of transparent, inclusive and accountable institutions,” the statement noted.“The transition to democracy is a period of great challenges, but it is also a time of opportunities to build a new Libya that honours the sacrifices of its people in their struggle for freedom.”
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2874 1.2831 1.2520 1.3387 British Pound 1.6878 1.6908 1.6392 1.6289 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0113 0.0112 0.0127 Euro in U.S. 1.1593 1.1697 1.1678 1.0897 Euro in Cdn 1.4925 1.5009 1.4621 1.4588Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Jeremiah Hixon dove over the pylon to score on a short pass in overtime and Dennis Roberts ended the game with a sack as Alabama State edged Mississippi Valley State 31-24 on Thursday in the season finale for both teams.Hixon combined with KHA’Darris Davis on the 6-yard pass play. Roberts, in his final game at Alabama State (4-7, 3-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference), sacked Dejerric Bryant on fourth-and-15 from the 30.Davis was 21-of-39 passing for 237 yards and four touchdowns, two going to Michael Jefferson.The Delta Devils (1-10, 1-6) led 24-14 after three quarters but Davis connected on a 27-yard touchdown with Joe Williams IV and Hunter Hanson kicked a game-tying, 33-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining.Henry Isaiah Robinson rushed for two touchdowns and Dejerric Bryant picked up 114 on the ground for the Delta Devils. Bryant was intercepted three times.The Associated Press
ATLANTA – A man died after he fell approximately 65 feet from an upper level of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies game Monday.According to Atlanta police reports, at approximately 8:55 p.m., the unidentified man fell from the at the stadium and landed in a secure parking lot.Initial reports indicate that the fall appeared to be accidental and that it is too early to tell if alcohol played a factor. During the initial stages of the investigation police are questioning eyewitnesses to evaluate how the incident occurred.The game was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., but heavy rains pushed back the start time nearly two hours. The man fell during the rain delay.This is the second death from a fall to occur at an Atlanta sporting event over the last year. On Aug. 31, 2012, a Tennessee fan fell 45 feet to his death at the Georgia Dome during a football game between North Carolina State and Tennessee.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaking hay…December 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The name is…October 2, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Hypocrites…June 29, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …screwing of GUYSUCO employeesGuysuco was the inheritor of the institution that introduced the rigid hierarchical structure of Guyanese society. In the beginning was the white man and the black man – owner and property/slave. You can’t get more hierarchical than that!! Whatever followed – like the owners having overseers and managers and slavery succeeded by indentureship, and then “free-labour” represented by unions and all that – were simply variations of that theme.But this PNC government is demonstrating that- as far as they’re concerned – THEY’RE the new Massa, and ALL of Guysuco’s employees are grunts who can be treated like chattel property. Up to now the focus has been on the PNC firing almost 7000 employees field and factory of the corporation and casting them into the canals. Sink or swim, was the advice – they were on their own.But it’s now clear the senior staff haven’t been spared the spite and bile of the government – in fact the PNC seems determined to bring their most vulnerable members – their retirees – down on their knees and then kick them while they’re down. After working all their life for Guysuco – many of them going back to the days of Bookers when they saved the country with the sugar levy Burnham extracted – they were left to eke out their living from their pensions.But right after the PNC took over in 2015, they decided this pension had to go. At that point, according to the actuarial projections Guysuco owned $31 billion to those pensioners. Now obviously all of this doesn’t have to be paid out at once – and the moneys could be invested to deliver a return. But to keep it viable the government was supposed to make a 1% contribution annually – which they immediately stopped.So with this combo of no dividend from investments and no government contributions – it doesn’t take a genius to understand the Pension Fund’s in deep trouble. Especially after firing hundreds of Senior Staff, whose pensions are now due! In fact, in 2015, the Fund already had more than a $1 billion current deficit…which god knows must have mushroomed like an atomic bomb by now. But who cares? Not the Minister who says he don’t know nothing – which of course is an endemic condition for him!! Nor the CEO of Guysuco who promised answers six months ago but has been mum ever since.But there will be no answer that makes sense save the one your Eyewitness made at the beginning. That to this PNC government, the ENTIRE sugar industry is a red flag that drives them into fire-red rage.Sugar, and all that kept it going for the last 28+23 years, must be destroyed!!…not Guyanese criminals!Your Eyewitness is still trying to wrap his head around this decision of our “JUSTICE SYSTEM” to free two girls who arranged for one of their boyfriends to murder their pensioner father. Why? Well, because the boyfriend admitted he killed the man after the girls lured him to the kitchen of his house where the boyfriend was waiting to smash his head in. So the boyfriend gets 14 years and the girls gets new lives in Canada!!Now what happened to the legal doctrine of joint-enterprise in the killing – exemplified most recently in R v Jogee?? The girls, as far as the facts in the public domain show, aided, abetted and in fact PLANNED the killing!! The requisite intent demanded by case law is there for any jury to see!! So how come the charges were discontinued?? Your Eyewitness is convinced, unless shown otherwise, that the girls got off scotch free because the Canadian Embassy got involved for their citizens.So the Guyanese boy becomes the patsy!! Some justice!!…employment at GECOM?Roger Luncheon, of the PPP claims GECOM is discriminating against Indian applicants for jobs in the agency.So if his assessment of the lack of suitable African candidates for the Foreign Service became the “Bible” for the PNC, what say they now??
Gmail équipé d’une alarmeÉtats-Unis – Google a ajouté une application au système de sécurité de son service de messagerie Gmail. Dorénavant, une alarme prévient l’utilisateur en cas d’activité suspecte.Google renforce la sécurité des courriers électroniques sur Gmail. Désormais, lorsqu’une activité paraîtra suspecte, une alarme préviendra l’utilisateur du compte. “Si une connexion dans un pays intervient quelques heures après la connexion dans un autre pays, l’alerte se déclenchera”, explique le géant américain. Ainsi, un message apparaîtra sur l’écran et l’utilisateur pourra retrouver les zones géographiques des cinq dernières connexions. Si effectivement, l’une d’elles est anormale, le propriétaire du compte mail pourra changer son mot de passe. Cette option reste malgré tout limitée puisque cette alarme prend en compte uniquement les considérations géographiques de pays à pays. Cela signifie que si un hacker est dans le même pays que l’utilisateur du compte, l’alarme ne le relèvera pas.Le 26 mars 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrin
David ShankerChicago-based B2B publisher EnsembleIQ has tapped market research exec David Shanker as its next CEO, effective immediately, the company revealed Wednesday.Shanker arrives from Lightspeed Research, a subsidiary of Kantar, where he spent the last four years as CEO of the Americas. Prior to that, he was CEO of affiliate marketing platform PinchMe, and has also held executive roles at Ipsos Group and Information Resources Inc.“I see great potential in EnsembleIQ, its business units and its people,” said Shanker in a statement. “The time is right for dramatic growth that will catapult the company towards new heights of service and value in the retail, CPG, and technology industries.”The appointment ends a six-month search at EnsembleIQ that began when former CEO Peter Hoyt departed the company last August—a move reportedly initiated by the company’s board of directors.“When we appointed Peter as CEO of the combined companies, we recognized that Peter’s tenure in this role would not be long-term,” executive chairman Alan Glass told Folio: at the time. “This was something that matched up with Peter’s own personal goals and desires after the sale of his company.” Hoyt had been CEO of EnsembleIQ since 2016, shortly after the company was formed through the merger of three smaller firms: Stagnito Business Information, Edgell Communications, and the Path to Purchase Institute—where he had served as executive director prior to the merger.Following its subsequent acquisition of a handful of Canadian-based publications from Rogers Media late in 2016, EnsembleIQ now comprises 17 media brands that primarily serve the retail and CPG space, many of which carry their own complement of events and award programs. The company is owned by RFE Investment Partners, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that specializes in small to mid-market buyout transactions.
State Democratic Party officials are backing challengers to two Democrats who caucus with the Republican-led House majority. The challengers and party officials say this will increase the chances for a bipartisan coalition.Listen nowCasey Steinau, chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic Party.(Photo by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Philadelphia)There’s a long history of rural legislators joining majority caucuses, regardless of the party. In the House, four Democrats from northern and Western Alaska have joined the Republican caucus since 2009.This year, Benjamin Nageak of Barrow and Bob Herron of Bethel are facing challengers backed by other Democratic House members and state party officials.Party Chairwoman Casey Steinau says electing Dean Westlake of Kotzebue – who’s challenging Nageak – and Zach Fansler of Bethel – facing Herron – would increase the chance of a bipartisan coalition in the House.“That’s how things get done and how we work together,” Steinau said. “You know, being who you are, but still, reaching across the aisle and doing it as a group, as the coalitions do in Juneau. I think that the bipartisan coalition that was there for years was very effective in getting legislation passed, and I’d like to see that happen again.”While both legislative majorities have members from both parties, they generally don’t describe themselves as bipartisan coalitions, and only include rural Democrats.The Senate was led by a bipartisan coalition that included substantial numbers of both Democrats and Republicans from 2007 to 2012.Governor Bill Walker has been unable to get most of his fiscal plan through the Legislature, despite support from some minority-caucus Democrats and moderate Republicans. Now Democratic leaders want to grow this grouping into a majority. A fundraiser for Westlake and Fansler on Monday in Anchorage will be cohosted by former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, as well as nine House members, among others.Westlake says the public sees the Legislature acting in an increasingly partisan way, and this hasn’t benefited rural voters.“At one time, the Bush Caucus was strongest, and probably the best thing for Alaska,” Westlake said. “Now, this wasn’t Democrats. This wasn’t Republicans. This was about Alaskans caring about each other, taking that party mantle off, and working together for the betterment of Alaska as a whole.”But Nageak sees the work he’s done as co-chairman of the House Resources Committee as being in the tradition of powerful rural legislators of the past, such as Al Adams.“I think what they’re trying to do is minimize what we are doing – the Bush Caucus – what we are doing with the majority,” Nageak said.Nageak said an oil and gas tax bill that he supported was scrutinized more than any other bill in recent years. And he says that it will benefit the residents he represents. This is the second straight election in which Westlake is challenging Nageak. Nageak won in 2014 by 131 votes of more than 2,000 cast.Herron says Democratic leaders have focused on the times when he voted with the majority, rather than the issues where he opposed the Republican leadership. He cited his bucking the majority on the last major overhaul of oil and gas taxes in 2013, and his opposition to ending the last special session after a week.But Herron says rural legislators have served their constituents well by staying in the majority. He says this year is the first time he’s aware of that any party is backing primary opponents to incumbents who followed this tradition.“Urban Democrats want this guy (Fansler) to win so that they can take care of their constituents – and he’s helping them,” Herron said. “That’s where I have an issue with this whole thing.”But Democratic Chairwoman Steinau says the official party organization plan since at least 2014 has said the party won’t support legislators who don’t caucus with the party.And Fansler says Herron has continued to support the majority caucus at a time when rural Alaska isn’t benefiting from the policies it’s pursuing.“If you look at the incumbent’s voting record, it’s pretty much lockstep with what the majority kind of votes and, you know, I personally think the agenda that they’re pushing is not an agenda that’s helpful to my district,” Fansler said.The possibility of a new bipartisan coalition in the House may become clearer on the primary day, August 16th.
The cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of “the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Land Acquisition) Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2019”.It has proposed removal of disparity in compensation for land acquisition in the hills and the plain land.“An ordinance to this end was promulgated at the end of the previous (Awami League) government. . . It will now be turned into a law,” cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the maiden meeting of the new cabinet.Alam said earlier 15 per cent compensation was given for acquisition of land in the hills, while the amount was 300 percent in the case of plain land. The ordinance fixed 300 per cent compensation for land acquisition both in hill and plain land areas, he said.He said the cabinet also in principle gave final endorsement to the draft of “The Brick Making and Kiln Setting Up (Control) (Amendment), Act, 2018”.He said the cabinet earlier approved the law and it was promulgated as an ordinance.“The draft law was placed before the cabinet today as there is a legal obligation to submit it to the Jatiya Sangsad,” he said.The cabinet secretary said the cabinet also gave final approval to the draft of “The Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad Act, 2018”.Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad, he said, has been running since 1956 through a resolution and it was reconstituted in 1972.“The parishad (council) has been running through a government decision as there was no law to this effect. So a new law has been proposed to run the parishad smoothly,” he said.Under the proposed law, the cabinet secretary said, there will be an 84-member governing body of the council to be headed by the social welfare minister. The council will have to hold at least two meetings in a year, Alam said.The cabinet secretary said the cabinet approved the draft of the national Action Plan on the disabled people in the light of the ‘Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act 2013’ and the ‘Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Rules 2015’.He said the law has been proposed to ensure the smooth accessibility of the persons with disabilities to the public transports and establishments like educational institutions, hospitals, bus, launch and rail stations, airports, land ports and river ports, cyclone shelters, cultural function venues, places of worships and flyovers.Replying to a question, Alam said the quota for the disabled people still exists in the government jobs. “The provision still exists there and it is yet to be curtailed,” he said, adding that any law cannot be superseded through an administrative order.Alam said the cabinet approved the draft speech of president Abdul Hamid for the inaugural session of the 11th Parliament, which will start on 30 January.The cabinet secretary said full speech will have some 75,000 words, which will be tabled in the House at the maiden session of the new parliament.But the president will read out the short version of his written speech having 6,000 words in parliament.The speech will focus on the country’s overall scenario including economic development and activities, the government’s measures taken to establish good governance, the activities taken for implementing the Vision 2021 and the Vision 2041, and the government’s measures and successes in improvement of the country’s socioeconomic status, he said.Alam said the cabinet okayed the draft of “The Bangladesh Industrial and Technical Assistance Center Act, 2018.He said at the outset of the meeting, the cabinet adopted an obituary reference at the death of former public administration minister, valiant freedom fighter and ex-Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.“Syed Ashraf was a valiant freedom fighter and ideal politician and his death is an irreparable loss to the nation,” the cabinet secretary said, quoting the reference.
Photo via Twitter @liuba4congressThe Justice Department announced this week it is reviewing whether weapons using bump stocks should be considered illegal machine guns under federal lawRepublicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. It now goes to the Senate.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo expressed discontent on his Twitter account about the right to carry concealed weapons across state lines. The degradation of State rights & erosion of state LTC laws/processes isn’t supported by most responsible gun-owners in Texas and beyond. Can’t believe some who claim to champion States’ Rights voted for this. We need national LTC standard similar to TX. https://t.co/ipliLoOxhX— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 7, 2017Acevedo said to The Columbus Dispatch that Texas, despite being a strong gun rights state, has a “very thoughtful” concealed carry process that includes a background check and safety test. Other states don’t necessarily have such requirements, he said. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.“We have a process in place that assures law enforcement that they’re dealing with someone who has gone through a background check, is not a criminal and has proven to be a responsible gun owner,” he said.Acevedo said if the bill passes, “it will create, in essence, a nationwide law that would require all states to honor a permit from any state” regardless of the rules.Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, co-sponsored a bipartisan bill bolstering the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.While he supports the concealed-carry measure, “I think it’s a mistake to try to combine this with the ‘Fix NICS’ background check,” Cornyn told reporters.The legislation also would order the Justice Department to study bump stocks, including how often they are used in a crime. Share
The District’s missing person problem gained widespread attention when a misleading Instagram post went viral, prompting a national search for D.C.’s missing girls. But, left out of that were the missing boys.D.C. police report there are almost as many missing young men as there are missing young women. As of April 20 there have been reports of 550 missing young women and 534 missing young men this year, according to Aquita Brown, a spokesperson for the department.Jakeem Tariq Pope, 16, has been missing since April 17. (Courtesy Photo)Brown told the AFRO that statistics between missing young men and women are very similar, and are close to the same numbers from this time last year, “the numbers for the first quarter of 2017 are comparable to the first quarter of 2016.”The initial reports of an increase in missing people in D.C. was inaccurate. Brown said there hasn’t been a spike in cases in the last five years. “Men aren’t really identified as being victims. That’s the perception of it,” Henderson Long, founder of Missing and Exploited East of the River Ward 7 and 8, told the AFRO April 18.As a certified investigator of disappearing people, he said he represents all missing persons both women and men. However, society has a “soft part” for women and wants to help those who appear to be more vulnerable, Long, 48, said.“We should be more outraged for those who are more vulnerable,” Long continued. “For most women, [if they are] dealing with a 260-pound man, physically you would think that they are at a disadvantage.”Runaways can also be victims of sex trafficking, but officials said gender can be a barrier in identifying victims. “Trafficking victim identification is a challenge across the board; however, to the degree authorities are trained to identify human trafficking at all, far too many look primarily for female victims and often miss male victims they encounter,” according to a 2013 U.S. Department of State report on Human trafficking.D.C. police said the majority of cases involve people who leave home voluntarily and are located within two days, and there is no indication that these missing people are involved in human trafficking.Currently, law enforcement is working to locate Jakeem Tariq Pope, a 16-year-old boy who was last seen on April 17 in Northwest. According to police reports Pope is a repeat runaway and voluntarily left his family while at a store in the 5900 Block of Georgia Avenue, NW around 10 p.m.Pope is a Black male, with a medium brown complexion, 5’0” in height, 90 pounds, with dark brown eyes and black hair. Police said he was last spotted wearing a blue shirt, red shorts and Nike flip flops.Anyone with information of Pope’s whereabouts should contact police at 202-576-6768.
Related posts:Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves, says Pentagon chief 6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison WASHINGTON, D.C. — A renewed push by the White Houseto close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been bogged down by an internal disagreement over its most controversial provision — where to house detainees who will be brought to the United States for trial or indefinite detention, according to U.S. officials.The White House had intended to provide lawmakers with a new road map for shuttering the facility — a top priority for President Barack Obama’s remaining time in office — before lawmakers went on their August recess.As part of the plan, the administration had considered sending some of the 116 detainees remaining at the prison to either a top-security prison in Illinois or a naval facility in Charleston, S.C.But during a recent video teleconference among top administration officials, Scott Ferber, senior counsel to the deputy attorney general, said the Justice Department could not support the use of the federal prison in Thomson, Ill., according to the officials, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.Ferber said the Justice Department had made a public commitment in 2012 when it purchased the facility from the state of Illinois that it would not relocate detainees to Thomson. Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “We will not move people from Guantanamo, regardless of the state of the law, to Thomson. That is my pledge as attorney general.”Holder’s commitment, made during sworn testimony, was apparently overlooked by officials when the most recent plan was drawn up.Thomson is no longer being considered, and the White House is again looking at other federal facilities, officials said.“Funding for Thomson prison was approved based on the understanding that no detainees from Guantanamo would be held there, and therefore, Thomson is not part of those discussions,” a senior administration official said.The last-minute dispute is another sign of the many difficulties plaguing the White House attempt to make good on Obama’s promise to close the military detention facility before he leaves office in 2017. Tunisian Abdul bin Muhammad Abbas Ouerghi, right, a former Guantanamo inmate who was resettled in Uruguay, and new bride Samira smile from a window in Montevideo, after tying the knot on June 5, 2015. Dante Fernández/AFPEven if officials can settle on a site, the prospect of bringing any detainees to the U.S. mainland — either for prosecution in military commissions or indefinite detention without trial under the laws of war — remains radioactive for many in Congress. Lawmakers have argued that no place in the United States can offer the same security as Guantanamo. The administration has countered that the Bureau of Prisons holds many dangerous terrorists who were convicted in federal court.Read more Guantanamo Bay stories hereFor months, administration officials have been racing to assemble a plan that could win support in the Senate, where Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee, has voiced tentative support for closing the facility — if he receives a detailed proposal for how the administration would mitigate security risks in doing so.“We want to continue to work with Sen. McCain and members of Congress to safely and responsibly close the facility,” said Myles B. Caggins III, a White House spokesman.But since Obama first announced his goal of shutting Guantanamo in 2009, the White House has faced unrelenting opposition in Congress to trying or holding prisoners on the U.S. mainland. Current U.S. law prohibits the administration from spending money to move detainees to the United States.Under a bill being considered in Congress, lawmakers could vote on the closure plan, and if approved, it would lift restrictions on bringing prisoners to the United States.Officials don’t know exactly how many prisoners would need to be brought here, but this “irreducible minimum,” as the White House calls the number, is believed to be in the dozens.It is not the first time that plans to house prisoners at Thomson have created controversy. In 2009, a proposal surfaced for the federal government to buy the prison and relocate Guantanamo detainees there. Officials had planned to modify the facility, but Republican lawmakers from that state and GOP gubernatorial candidates criticized the plan.The 1,600-cell prison currently only holds 79 prisoners, according to the Bureau of Prisons.Justice Department officials said they were surprised to learn that Thomson was being considered.A spokeswoman for Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said he remained opposed to moving Guantanamo detainees to Thomson.But U.S. officials say the Illinois prison is not the only option. Another site that officials have been discussing is the Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, where terrorism suspects have been held in the past.That location also faces senatorial objections.“If true, I would not support moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to Charleston, S.C.,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement. “If the detainees need to be moved, they must be moved to a maximum security location in a remote area far from heavily populated areas with vital infrastructure. Charleston does not meet that criteria.”Lawmakers, including McCain, are also seeking assurances that the detainees won’t be granted additional legal rights once they are moved to the United States.Ten detainees are facing military commission charges, less than a tenth of the current population.“The Department of Defense is leading an effort to identify sites in the United States capable of securely and humanely holding Guantanamo Bay detainees,” another senior administration official said. “That work is ongoing.”At the same time, the administration has struggled to clear a backlog of 52 detainees waiting to be transferred home or to third countries. By law, each transfer must be approved by the defense secretary, who in turn is required to provide assurances to Congress that security risks associated with releasing prisoners will be mitigated.White House pressure to approve transfers more quickly created friction with then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, which contributed to his early resignation last year. Since he took over in February, Hagel’s successor, Ashton B. Carter, has approved the resettlement of six inmates in Oman. That transfer was the second part of a larger deal that had been in the works for over a year to resettle 10 Yemeni citizens in the Persian Gulf sultanate.Carter also recently approved the transfer of another detainee who has yet to be released, officials said. They said a deal was reached two years ago with the country that has agreed to accept that detainee.In a July meeting of Obama’s top national security officials, Carter also indicated he was inclined to transfer Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former British resident.The British government has repeatedly asked the White House to send Aamer back to the United Kingdom. He has been held at Guantanamo for more than 13 years and was first cleared for release in 2007.Officials say that Carter wanted to take a close look at transfer plans when he took over at the Pentagon and has posed detailed questions about the resettlement of detainees and the steps that host countries can take to ensure they don’t pose a risk in the future. They deny that the Pentagon is dragging its feet in approving the transfers.“Secretary Carter is supportive of the administration’s overall plan to close Gitmo; he knows it takes working both ends of the problem set,” a senior Defense Department official said.The official noted that Carter had approved plans to transfer detainees and that “he’s working the longer-term plan for an alternative detention facility for those detainees we know can’t be transferred or released.”Julie Tate contributed to this report.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments
Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep, he waits. So, it seems, do crocodiles.According to a new study published this month in the Journal of Experimental Biology, crocodiles sleep with one eye open, leaving the other to watch for prey and threats.Researchers from La Trobe University in Australia used infrared cameras to monitor crocodiles day and night at an aquarium. When a sleeping croc was in the presence of a human or another crocodile, its open eye would follow the potential threat, leading scientists to believe that the crocodile’s entire brain was not asleep.Scientists believe the crocodiles are practicing what is known as “unhemispheric sleep,” where only one side of the brain shuts down during sleep. Similar behavior has been observed in cetaceans and birds.Though what scientists see is consistent with unhemispheric sleep, they would need to monitor a croc’s brainwaves to make a conclusive determination. This would involve placing electrodes onto crocodiles’ skulls, not the easiest of experiments.If crocodiles do indeed only shut off part of their brains for sleep, it suggests that the complete sleep of humans and other terrestrial mammals may be unusual, even unique, in the animal kingdom. Facebook Comments Related posts:Looking back: A microscopic wasp and other amazing Costa Rica wildlife stories Police remove 660-pound crocodile from beach near Jacó The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants Pocho is dead, but his legend lives on
A BIG kerfuffle erupted on Thursday, with MPs from ruling Disy and main opposition Akel accusing their colleagues from Diko and Edek of seeking to torpedo the national health scheme (Gesy) at the last moment.After a drawn-out process, parliament last week signed off on three bills that would enable the roll-out of Gesy providing (mandatory) universal healthcare coverage.The bills are scheduled to be voted by parliament on June 16.The matter was considered to be wrapped up.But during a session of the House health committee on Thursday, where Gesy was not on the agenda, socialists Edek announced their intention to table an amending legislative proposal.Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos said the amendment enshrined patients’ right to choose their physician under the new regime.This caused some confusion and consternation, as it’s understood that the right in question was already spelled out in the bills. Moreover, the parties had agreed that they would not submit any amendments beyond Wednesday.Suspecting an attempt by Edek to create waves after everything had been agreed, committee chair Costas Constandinou (Disy) proceeded to reveal that Diko plan to table another amendment proposing to suspend for three years the autonomy of state hospitals.Administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals is a stepping stone to – and thus an integral component of – Gesy.If passed, Diko’s proposal would effectively derail the drive for a reformed healthcare system.Constandinou then asked Sizopoulos directly if his party would be co-sponsoring the Diko amendment, given that the two parties have struck a political alliance ahead of next year’s presidential elections.Sizopoulos denied this, and insisted his party would vote for the Gesy bills.The back-and-forth transferred to social media.A day earlier, health minister Giorgos Pamboridis had tweeted out that vested interests were making a last-gasp effort to scupper Gesy:“They are seeking a political leader to play the role of Judas. They probably found him…”But he had declined to name the interest groups.On Thursday, and following the session of the House health committee, Akel MP Giorgos Loukaides entered the fray, tweeting:“Edek and Diko tabling amendments to Gesy, reneging on their commitments. Big interests continue to undermine Gesy!”Playing on the ‘Judas’ meme, Edek’s Sizopoulos posted this on his Twitter account:“Judas as we all know was a disciple of Christ. Shall we assume that in this case Judas belongs to the government camp?”Hitting back at Sizopoulos, the health minister left little doubt as to whom he was pointing the finger at.Evidently a believer in the maxim “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the minister retweeted a post originally appearing on Edek’s official Twitter account.The Edek tweet was a photo of Sizopoulos meeting with representatives of the Cyprus Medical Association. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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