“It is clear there is a coordinated effort to deny political representation for communities of color throughout the country,” said James Povijua, policy director for the Center for Civic Policy. “The proposed citizenship database is nothing more than a tool to directly and maliciously skew redistricting processes in 2021.” With New Mexico facing many challenges to obtain an accurate and fair count on 2020, any effort to obtain citizenship information will elevate fears amongst immigrant and refugee communities, and communities of color, directly impacting the outcome of New Mexico’s 2020 census count. Currently, over $7 billion in federal funding for schools, roads, hospitals, and public programs rely on accurate census data. NM receives an estimated $3,000 for every New Mexican who is counted between April and July of 2020. CCP News: Since last December, the census bureau had been “collecting feedback from state redistricting officials” on what information was needed for redistricting after 2020, according to an article by NPR. Surprisingly, according to a recent bureau regulatory document filed with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, no state requested citizenship data for redistricting. “At the Center for Civic Policy we believe every family and child in New Mexico must have access to all the funding and resources they need and deserve to make sure they succeed,” said Oriana Sandoval, CEO for the Center for Civic Policy. “While we continue to focus on ensuring NM has an accurate census count, we will also work tirelessly to make sure no person is deprived from their political representation through the redistricting process in 2021. The only way NM can be a leader and move forward is by making sure every person in our state is part of the decision-making process.”Public comment on Census Bureau’s proposed information collection on citizenship is available online and comments can also be sent directly to PRAcomments@doc.gov by Nov. 15. March, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Department, Wilbur Ross, first sent a directive to the U.S. Census Bureau to collect citizenship information, as part of their 2020 Census work, to provide census block level citizenship voting age population for states as part of data provided by the bureau. This order was later exposed to be part of a plan by late Thomas Hoffeler, a GOP redistricting strategist, who concluded using Citizen Voting-Age Population data for redrawing voting districts would be “advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites”. ALBUQUERQUE ― The Center for Civic Policy (CCP) is urging community groups, community members, local and state government, to provide public comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s proposal to collect citizenship data through administrative records requests across the country.
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Published: June 10, 2017 9:00 PM EDT Updated: June 10, 2017 9:25 PM EDT “It was clearly goose poop,” Wyatt said.No one was injured and the guests were able to clean themselves off, Wyatt said. Geese defecate on crowd of people, including children, at Disneyland Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. ANAHEIM (CBS) A flock of geese flying over Disneyland Friday evening caused quite a stir when they defecated on a crowd of people, prompting a hazmat response, CBS Los Angeles reports.It was initially reported that someone had thrown human feces on the group, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt, the reason a hazmat team responded just before 9 p.m. local time. The group of 17 — 11 adults and six minors — were on Main Street when the incident occurred. SHARE
The Supreme Court has ruled that partners should be offered protection under whistleblowing laws in a landmark case which sets a precendent for partners in firms.In the case Clyde & Co LLP and another v Bates van Winkelhof, the long-running dispute between international firm Clyde & Co and former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof, the Supreme Court held that members of LLPs are ‘workers’ for the purpose of employment legislation.The case hinged on whether partners are entitled to protecton under ‘whistleblowing’ laws. Under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA), partners in firms are not entitled to protection from unfair dismissal. English-qualified solicitor Bates van Winkelhof (pictured) alleged she was sacked by Clyde & Co in 2011 after making allegations against the managing partner of the firm’s Tanzanian operation. In September 2012 the Court of Appeal ruled that members of LLPs are not ‘workers’ under employment legislation. But last year the Supreme Court granted Bates van Winkelhof permission to appeal.The ruling means Bates van Winkelhof’s allegations of unfair dismissal due to whistleblowing will be heard in the Employment Tribunal in September, along with allegations of sex discrimination.Supreme Court judge Lord Justice Nicholas Wilson, said: ‘The court allows the appeal of Ms Bates van Winkelhof and her complaint against Clyde & Co must proceed to full determination.’The tribunal has not yet determined whether her complaint is valid, he said.Mishcon de Reya partner Joanna Blackburn, who acted for Bates Van Winkelhof, said: ‘This case was about ensuring that lawyers, accountants, hedge fund managers and a host of other professionals are protected against dismissal if they blow the whistle about matters that they became aware of at work and which have wider ramifications for the public at large.‘Partners are the people most likely to become aware of wrongdoing in LLPs but risked being at the greatest disadvantage with respect to protection.’She added: ‘High-profile collapses like Enron and Arthur Anderson demonstrate why we need partners to speak out if they spot wrongdoing. It is in everyone’s long-term interests for partners to have the same whistleblowing protection that all other employees already enjoy.’Clyde & Co said it strongly denied all claims made by Bates van Winkelhof and was ‘surprised’ at the Supreme Court’s judgment.A spokesman for the firm added: ‘Their decision was confined to the narrow point of whether a partner can be considered a “worker” under the 1996 act. The knock-on consequences of this judgment are potentially significant and far-reaching and could affect partnerships both large and small.‘We strongly deny Ms Bates van Winkelhof’s still-untested allegations. We contend the process of her removal from the partnership was set in place before her pregnancy was known, and before her disclosures.‘Her refusal throughout to follow the dispute resolution mechanism available within the partnership agreement remains a disappointment.’Andrew Stafford QC from litigation firm Kobre & Kim represented Clyde & Co. Thomas Linden QC from Matrix Chambers and David Craig from Essex Court Chambers represented Bates van Winkelhof and were instructed by international firm Mishcon de Reya.
Three defendant law firms are named in the latest twist in long-running litigation over the fabrication of evidence about the cost of hiring courtesy cars for road accident claimants. Seven expert witnesses who fabricated evidence to argue down credit hire compensation claims on behalf of insurers were today found in contempt of court.The High Court found that the seven, as employees of defunct survey company Autofocus Limited, had each engaged in conduct which interfered with the due administration of justice. They now face prison after committing what a previous judgment described as ‘perjury on an industrial scale’.Autofocus provided forensic services to motor insurers when a dispute arose over the daily rate that could be recovered by a car hire company when a claimant had hired a replacement car on credit hire terms. The case centres on allegations that between 2005 and 2010 insurance companies used Autofocus’ expert evidence reports, which turned out to be fabricated, to persuade judges that charges were unreasonable or inflated. The judgment names three firms of solicitors as among the defendants in related proceedings commenced in the commercial court in July 2015 for a claim worth more than £126m.The three firms – Keoghs, Lyons Davidson and Morgan Cole (since merged with Blake Lapthorn) – are alleged to have ‘conspired and/or combined with’ Autofocus ‘with the sole or predominant intention to injure or cause financial loss to those businesses operating in the credit-car hire industry’.The defendants in the commercial court proceedings are alleged to have embarked upon ‘concerted action’ with an intention to use unlawful means by creating, producing and deploying false and misleading expert evidence at trial in order to reduce the amount owed to insurers.A pre-trial review took place before Cranston J in October last year, when he ordered that the case be heard by a single judge.The claimant in the contempt case, claims management company Accident Exchange Limited, estimated that 30,000 cases were affected by the defendants signing false statements of truth after making rates reports. The dishonest actions of Autofocus and the defendants hit the share price of Accident Exchange, and led to substantial losses and 300 redundancies, the High Court heard. Stephen Evans, chief executive of Automotive and Insurance Solutions Group plc (formerly Accident Exchange Group plc), told the court that the Autofocus fraud ‘resulted in a large volume of appellate litigation that was necessary in order to expose the deceit and to resolve the number of cases determined on a false premise at first instance’.The Autofocus defendants – Nathan Broom, Elaine Walker, Andrew Watts, David James, Laurence Gray, Keel Broom and Duncan Sadler – each produced written surveys, reports and/or witness statements setting out details of telephone enquiries purporting to show basic hire rates. In some cases each of the defendants went to court to argue why claimed credit hire rates were too high, but they had failed to check what rates were actually being quoted. Estimates studied in a sample of cases were found to be false and proof the defendants had committed contempt.In Accident Exchange Ltd v Broom & Ors, the Honourable Mr Justice Supperstone ruled today: ‘The evidence that [Autofocus] was involved in the systematic, endemic fabrication of evidence in which the defendants and each of them knowingly and actively participated throughout the material time is overwhelming.’In a statement, Lyons Davidson said: ‘A claim has been issued by Accident Exchange in relation to evidence provided by Autofocus in defendant litigation between 2005 and 2010 and we are named as ninth defendants in those proceedings. We are satisfied that Accident Exchange’s claim will be shown to be groundless. The claim is in the hands of our insurers and is being vigorously defended.’A spokesman for Keoghs said the contempt decision does not suggest any impropriety on the part of Keoghs and it intends to ‘vigorously’ defend the commercial case, which is in the hands of its indemnity insurers and solicitors.Morgan Cole has been approached for comment.
RELAYING the 80 km of double-track main line between Les Aubrais and Vierzon constitutes ’the biggest regeneration worksite ever undertaken in France’, according to RFF.When Transport Minister Dominique Perben visited Saint-Jean-le-Blanc on May 22, the work was nearly finished. Completion was planned for June, and a programme of improvements along the 713 km line Paris – Toulouse main line will be finished next year.The project is part of a scheme to provide better services over a route once intended to be operated by a small fleet of tilting TGVs. This idea was eventually abandoned, and SNCF is instead refurbishing the line’s loco-hauled Corail rolling stock which is being rebranded as ’Teoz’. All main line trains on the route will operate as Teoz services by the end of 2007.RFF began the €265m modernisation project in 2004, with renewal of the track between Les Aubrais and Vierzon starting in October 2005. Before tackling the track on this section, RFF resignalled the line at a cost of €32m to allow bi-directional working. Not only does this permit more flexible operations, but it allows trains to continue to run while the renewal work takes place on one of the tracks.The €103m relaying job was assigned to Européenne de Travaux Ferroviaires, which is using a Matisa track renewal train that relays 1200m to 1600m a day, with 2000m reached at peak capacity. A day’s work sees 2000 wooden sleepers and 1500 tonnes of ballast removed. The machine replaces them with concrete sleepers and 2000 tonnes of ballast, 500 tonnes of which comes from a recycling plant at Vierzon; the new ballast is hauled by train from quarries at Thouars and Cusset.If wear tolerances permit, the rail is reused, with some of it being cascaded for use on less busy lines. Some of the wooden sleepers are reused in station tracks where speed does not exceed 30 km/h.Other work on the route included relaying one track between La Souterraine and Saint-Sulpice-Laurière (k15m), bi-directional signalling (k13m) and relaying of both tracks between Masseret and Brive (k65m), relaying of one track from Anglars-Nozac to Saint-Clair near Cahors (k15m) and replacement of the steel decking on the Lamothe viaduct near Souillac (k16m).Perben announced on May 22 that the next stage of work will cover replacement of five level crossings between Châteauroux and Limoges, allowing line speeds to be increased. Level crossings are also to be eliminated between Vierzon and Châteauroux, permitting a further section of line to be cleared for 200 km/h. nCAPTION: Being demonstrated for Transport Minister Dominique Perben at Saint-Jean-le-Blanc on May 22, the Matisa track renewal train operated by contractor Européenne de Travaux Ferroviaires can relay 1200m to 1600m a day
A teenager who choked and slapped his female class prefect at a secondary school in Penal, Trinidad was lucky to have escaped her mother’s wrath.The angered woman chased the teenage boy who reportedly expressed no remorse for his actions and refused to go to the principal’s office. Her efforts were in vain, however, as the child proved nimble on his feet.The offending teenager has been suspended for seven days.But the victim’s mother was for from satisfied.The irate mother, Suzette Atteck, said her daughter’s eyeglasses were smashed during the melee and demanded that the boy’s parents replace the eye wear.Atteck, a preschool teacher, was even more angered after she attempted to file a report at the Penal police station, but no charges were laid. Instead, she was questioned about chasing the boy around the school.“The police told the boy to apologise to my daughter and that was it. I understand he would have been charged with assault and malicious damage to her property. I accepted the apology but the boy’s parents need to replace her glasses. It is unfair to us,” the woman told the Trinidad Express.Atteck said her 13-year-old daughter, the class prefect, tried to caution the 14-year-old boy about his behaviour when she was attacked last week Friday.She said her daughter was pushed and choked by the boy.“Another child called me and I went to the school. That was when I saw my child crying and the boy refused to come to the principal’s office. I went after him and he started running. I know what I did was wrong. I chased him around the school and he ran out the gates,” she said.The police were contacted and warned Atteck about her actions.Atteck said she had reported to school officials that the boy had threatened to beat her daughter in January but nothing was done.The mother of two is now calling on the Ministry of Education to intervene.“That boy will return to school and my daughter will be there. How do I know she is safe? I have to worry about my child every morning when I drop her off to school. The ministry needs to do something about this,” she said.
Tweet 64 Views no discussions Fifteen countries confirmed their participation in the IDB-funded project at a conference in Colombia.CALI, Colombia, Friday August 24, 2012 – Fifteen countries in the Caribbean and Latin America have confirmed their participation in a project to unify and share indicators on crime and violence, according to the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The IDB said that Bolivia, Guatemala and Panama had also expressed intent to participate in the regional initiative during a citizen security conference organized by the Municipality of Cali and the Cisalva Institute of the Universidad del Valle, coordinator of the project.The two-day conference was attended by government officials and specialists in the field.The Regional System of Standardised Indicators for Citizen Security and Violence Prevention (SES), which has received IDB grant funding for US$2.5 million since 2008, enables Latin American and Caribbean governments to receive “timely, reliable, and comparable data for designing and evaluating public security policies and programmes”.“Before the project, there were no uniform criteria or methodologies on how such data are collected and processed, both among countries and among national institutions, such as the police, prosecutors, or the ministries of public health,” the IDB said.“This lack of standards resulted in varying population estimates and different interpretations of crimes referred to by the same names, among other complications,” the financial institution added.To date, the SES has produced agreements on 22 indicators based on information from more than 140 public institutions in 15 countries and two major cities in the region, according to the IDB.It said the system receives official inputs from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, as well as from the Municipality of Quito and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.The IDB said SES’s progress and achievements have resulted in an expansion in its membership from its initial six participants and it is expected that 80 per cent of the countries of the region will be basing their statistics on SES’s unified parameters by the end of next year.The Organisation of American States, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Central American Integration System are supporting SES as strategic partners.“In our countries, public security is an issue that is literally handled in the dark. Relevant and accurate information is critical for designing policies that can help reduce violence and ensure safety,” said Jorge Srur, IDB senior specialist in modernisation of the state.He noted that each of the countries participating in the SES has created technical units that validate regional indicators, making it possible to compare rates of homicides and kidnappings, deaths from firearm and traffic injuries, suicides, allegations of sexual offenses, domestic violence, and child and adolescent abuse.Caribbean 360 News NewsRegional Caribbean countries to standardise statistics on crime and violence by: – August 24, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share
Smiths Interconnect has introduced a new suite of high power WR75 circulators and loads. The SpaceNXT Ku Series is a family of passive waveguide components that can be used to create a broad range of readily accessible space qualified waveguide isolators, circulators, terminations, transitions, hybrids and couplers operating in assigned frequency bands from X to V-Band.The Series is specifically designed for MEO/GEO satellites and offered with recognized testing sequences in order to reduce delivery times and overall cost of ownership. Testing is performed in compliance with general space qualification flow, incorporating industry standard power and environmental requirements.The Ku Series currently consists of the WR75 model covering key performance characteristics at frequency bands from 10.7 to 12.75 GHz. The devices demonstrate low and stable insertion loss characteristics under maximum power. They are well sealed for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and constructed with a low mass-aluminum housing with chromate finish.Smiths Interconnect is well equipped with the design experience, analysis tools and test equipment to qualify and produce flight tested products that demonstrate compliance with customer requirements and national space agency standards.