Assembly Language – 1C Plus Plus Street http://1cplusplusstreet.com/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:33:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Assembly Language – 1C Plus Plus Street http://1cplusplusstreet.com/ 32 32 The world is “a long way” from committing to protecting minority rights: António Guterres | https://1cplusplusstreet.com/the-world-is-a-long-way-from-committing-to-protecting-minority-rights-antonio-guterres/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:15:29 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/the-world-is-a-long-way-from-committing-to-protecting-minority-rights-antonio-guterres/ The UN chief was speaking in New York at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. Countries meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly to critically assess the progress of the landmark document. “Outright inaction […]]]>

The UN chief was speaking in New York at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

Countries meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly to critically assess the progress of the landmark document.

“Outright inaction and negligence”

Mr. Guterres was candid in his assessment of their efforts.

“The hard truth is that – 30 years later – the world is falling short. Very short,” he said.

“We don’t deal with shortcomings – we deal with outright inaction and negligence in the protection of minority rights.

Women most affected

He reported that minorities have faced forced assimilation, persecution, prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, hatred and violence.

They were also stripped of their political and citizenship rights and had their cultures stifled, their languages ​​suppressed and their religious practices restricted.

In addition, more than three quarters of stateless people in the world belong to minorities, while the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep-rooted patterns of exclusion and discrimination disproportionately affecting their communities.

“Women from minority groups have often been the worst off – facing aescalation of gender-based violence,lose more jobs and benefit the least from any fiscal stimulus,” he added.

It is high time for the international community to live up to its commitments, the Secretary-General told the assembly.

Call to action

“We need political leadership and resolute action . I call on every member state to take concrete steps to protect minorities and their identity,” he said.

The UN chief highlighted his Call to Action for Human Rights, issued in February 2020, as a “blueprint” for all governments to address long-standing issues of discrimination.

During this time, hisOur common programreport, published last September, calls for a renewed social contract anchored in a holistic approach to human rights.

Mr. Guterres stressed that minorities must beactive and equal participantsin every action and decision, adding that this participation is not only for their benefit.

We all benefithe said. “States that protect minority rights are more peaceful. Economies that promote the full participation of minorities are more prosperous. Societies that embrace diversity and inclusion are more vibrant. And a world in which the rights of all are respected is more stable and fairer.

The commemoration should serve as a “catalyst for action”, he said, urging countries to work together to make the Declaration a reality for minorities around the world.

About the Declaration

The 1992 Declaration is the only international human rights instrument of the United Nations devoted entirely to the rights of minorities.

He enshrined three fundamental truths, namely that minority rights are human rights, that the protection of minorities is an integral part of the United Nations mission and that the promotion of these rights is essential to advancing the political and social stability and prevent conflicts within and between countries.

Strengthen common ground

In his address, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, urged countries to act urgently to protect the rights of minorities in their territories.

“The ambition of the Declaration was to create a world where minorities can freely practice their religion. Engage freely in tradition. Speak their mother tongue freely. A world wherediversity is not seen as a handicap, but as a strength,” he said.

“However, our task today is not to point fingers,” he continued. “Our task is to reinforce the common ground that has already been agreed upon.”

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English medium from class 3? Assam Assembly sees loud scenes, outings https://1cplusplusstreet.com/english-medium-from-class-3-assam-assembly-sees-loud-scenes-outings/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:50:00 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/english-medium-from-class-3-assam-assembly-sees-loud-scenes-outings/ Guwahati: Assam Assembly witnessed noisy scenes on Monday during a discussion on the introduction of English as the language of instruction in mathematics and science from the third class in public language schools vernacular. The issue was raised in the House by opposition leader Debabrata Saikia and his deputy Rakibul Hussain who said the decision […]]]>

Guwahati: Assam Assembly witnessed noisy scenes on Monday during a discussion on the introduction of English as the language of instruction in mathematics and science from the third class in public language schools vernacular.

The issue was raised in the House by opposition leader Debabrata Saikia and his deputy Rakibul Hussain who said the decision to teach both subjects in English from the third grade will have a negative impact on students.

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Draft plan to implement Maryland’s 10-year education reform effort expected to be released soon https://1cplusplusstreet.com/draft-plan-to-implement-marylands-10-year-education-reform-effort-expected-to-be-released-soon/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:09:53 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/draft-plan-to-implement-marylands-10-year-education-reform-effort-expected-to-be-released-soon/ Photo by hd3dsh/stock.adobe.com. A draft implementation of Maryland’s multi-billion dollar education reform plan that lawmakers approved last year is expected to be released next month. The comprehensive reforms focus on five areas or pillars: expanding early childhood education, creating a diverse workforce with high-quality teachers, improving college and career readiness, providing resources supplements to some […]]]>
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A draft implementation of Maryland’s multi-billion dollar education reform plan that lawmakers approved last year is expected to be released next month.

The comprehensive reforms focus on five areas or pillars: expanding early childhood education, creating a diverse workforce with high-quality teachers, improving college and career readiness, providing resources supplements to some students and maintain accountability.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board continues to host working sessions with input from education experts, school officials, and early childhood service providers.

This week the council discussed a proposal to secure funding to ensure that children aged 3 and 4 with disabilities, homeless students and those from homes where English is not the primary language receive a free full-time pre-kindergarten.

The current funding formula did not include some of these children whose families may not meet the state’s low-income requirements.

Rachel Hise, the group’s executive director and longtime legislative policy analyst, said the money to expand free pre-K could be applied through a budget maneuver this fiscal year or could go into effect. the next year.

The adjustment would require a statutory change to the law, which the new General Assembly could undertake when it meets in January.

“These are details that will have to be ironed out,” she said.

A few programs slated to start under already approved Blueprint plans include a $2.5 million allocation for a “Teacher Collaboration Grant Program”; extension and transfer of half-day preschool slots to full-day slots; and quality teacher professional development.

The council assessed dozens of other recommendations for early years and teachers presented in colorful charts, including:

  • School districts may lease commercial space to house pre-K students if public space is not available.
  • The design and implementation of a centralized pre-kindergarten registration system.
  • A “coordinated and equitable” plan by the Department of Education to establish early years centers in communities where access is limited or where centers are not located.
  • A statewide clearinghouse with real-time data from school districts on job vacancies.
  • Publication of teacher quality and diversity programs at historically black colleges and universities.
  • Support and development of paraprofessionals to become certified teachers.

The board will hold another working session on Tuesday to focus on college and career readiness and consider additional resources for select students.

Two other meetings are scheduled for September 29 and October 13. A few days after the October session, a draft implementation plan should be published.

A public hearing is scheduled for November after the legislative elections. A final overall plan would be approved by the Blueprint Implementation Board by December 1.

Board Chairman and former Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett reminded those in attendance Thursday and who will attend future meetings how they will be structured.

“We are not questioning the Blueprint. We went through an exhaustive legislative process that took years,” he said. “That’s not to say we’re not open to changes or adjustments, but they should be very solid and something we should be looking at very seriously. The idea now is how we can move forward with the plan that was adopted by the General Assembly. »

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“I do not think so !” : Judge denies trying to overturn New York Congress cards https://1cplusplusstreet.com/i-do-not-think-so-judge-denies-trying-to-overturn-new-york-congress-cards/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:40:22 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/i-do-not-think-so-judge-denies-trying-to-overturn-new-york-congress-cards/ Judge Peter Lynch questions the plaintiffs’ lawyers during closing arguments on Monday. (Vaughn Golden/WSKG) https://wskg.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IRC-Lawsuit-WEB.mp3 An Albany judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that tried to order New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission to redraw the state’s congressional districts, reversing maps implemented by a separate court earlier This year. The petitioners who filed the lawsuit are […]]]>

Judge Peter Lynch questions the plaintiffs’ lawyers during closing arguments on Monday. (Vaughn Golden/WSKG)


An Albany judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that tried to order New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission to redraw the state’s congressional districts, reversing maps implemented by a separate court earlier This year.

The petitioners who filed the lawsuit are a group of New York voters who argued that the Independent Redistricting Commission, or IRC, should be ordered by the judge to submit a second set of proposed maps for approval to the legislature of the state. The state Constitution stipulates that the IRC submit a second set of cards to the Legislative Assembly if its first proposal fails. The Legislature rejected the IRC’s first submission this year, but the panel broke down and did not submit a second round to the Legislature, ultimately leading lawmakers to draw their own maps which were judged unconstitutional by the highest court in the state.

“The people of New York wanted the commission to have two chances to send these cards and that didn’t happen,” Aria Branch, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told the judge during closing arguments in the case Monday.

Elias Law Group, the firm representing the petitioners, does important legal work for the arms of the Democratic Party. The firm has received more than $7 million in 2022 for work on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the party’s two main campaign arms.

Albany County Supreme Court Judge Peter Lynch strongly questioned Branch whether he had the authority to intervene with the cards, given that the Constitution calls for the courts to resolve legal issues in the process of redistricting, which had already been done in a case finally decided by the state’s highest court earlier this year.

“The question is whether the IRC has the authority to now submit a second redistricting plan corresponding to the 2020 Federal Census. I believe not!” Lynch wrote in her ruling, released just hours after the court argument on Monday.

The judge further claimed that allowing the courts to order the IRC to redraw the maps outside of the 10-year redrawing cycle could set a precedent where they are frequently challenged and overturned, resulting in the same upheaval seen during split primary elections this summer. dates.

“The constitutional mandate that approved the establishment of redistricting maps for a reasoned period, ten years, is to ensure the stability of the electoral process,” Lynch wrote in his decision. “The relief sought by the petitioner runs counter to that intent, as it would pave the way for an annual redistricting process, wreaking havoc on the electoral process.”

Responding to questions from Lynch earlier in the day, Branch argued that the language of the constitutional provision allowing for redistricting challenges does not specify that such a challenge cannot be brought in the middle of a redistricting cycle.

“There is nothing in the text of this provision to indicate that this is a one-time use provision,” Branch argued. “There is no indication that a map drawn in accordance with this provision should be in place for the remainder of the decade.”

The motion to dismiss the case was brought by a group of voters, backed by Republicans, who successfully challenged the state’s Congressional and Senate maps earlier this year. Lynch allowed them to intervene in the case. They were also joined in the impeachment motion by the five Republican-appointed IRC commissioners.

The ability of the IRC to come together and reach consensus on new maps was also at stake in the arguments, given that it failed to do so just a few months ago. Lynch wrote that he doesn’t believe the panel, as it currently stands, is capable of drawing new maps.

“The petitioner disregards the record-breaking demonstration of the IRC’s inherent inability to achieve consensus on a bipartisan plan,” Lynch wrote. “In other words, ordering the IRC to submit a second plan would be futile!”

Lynch also asked the commissioners’ lawyers about their assessment of whether the panel could reach consensus on the maps if it had been tasked with drawing new ones, given its previous failure to do so.

“I think that’s a very fair assessment based on how the IRC has done so far,” Timothy Hill, an attorney representing the five Republican-appointed commissioners, told Lynch.

The lawyer representing three of the five Democratic-appointed commissioners disagreed with the assessment that the commission would be in vain and pushed back against the idea that the panel was deadlocked, saying instead that the Republican commissioners had refused to meet.

“My clients do not believe it would be an exercise in futility for the commission to be fully staffed, all 10 commissioners are now part of the commission,” Allison Nicole Douglis told the judge. “There is no shortage of personnel that would prevent the commission from quickly undertaking the redesign of the second deck of cards.”

Douglis also pointed out that when the commission failed to reach consensus on the maps earlier this year, legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly was in place to clarify the process for developing the maps in the event of failure. of the IRC. That legislation was struck down by the Court of Appeals in the same decision that declared the Congressional and State Senate maps unconstitutional earlier this year. Douglis argued that the absence of this legislation coupled with a court order would make it more clear that the commission must come to a consensus.

The question of the commission’s ability to do its job is likely to dominate arguments in a separate proceeding on how to redraw state Assembly district lines in a Manhattan court later this week. A judge overseeing this process is consider ordering the IRC to redraw the lines of the Assembly District for 2024.

The Manhattan case was the first in which the assembly lines were struck down, though the court chose not to reshuffle districts for the 2022 election cycle so close to the primary election. This means that the lawsuit is somewhat different in that the IRC would act as part of the court’s constitutional complaint to fix the map like an independent redistricting expert or “special master” did to redraw congressional districts and of the State Senate earlier this year. Either way, the question of whether the panel can actually reach consensus on the cards remains.

Lawyers for the IRC commissioners are due to submit briefs to the court by Thursday and will appear in person for a hearing on Friday.

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Valley News – Column: Elusive and immeasurable efficiency in schools https://1cplusplusstreet.com/valley-news-column-elusive-and-immeasurable-efficiency-in-schools/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 15:22:05 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/valley-news-column-elusive-and-immeasurable-efficiency-in-schools/ In 1965, after graduating from high school, I decided to work on an assembly line in a small factory. The job paid more than mowing the lawns in my neighborhood and offered me the opportunity to work predictable hours indoors. Five of us worked on the small assembly line filling spray cans with various viscous […]]]>

In 1965, after graduating from high school, I decided to work on an assembly line in a small factory. The job paid more than mowing the lawns in my neighborhood and offered me the opportunity to work predictable hours indoors. Five of us worked on the small assembly line filling spray cans with various viscous products ranging from DW 30 oil to pancake batter. Because we had a small workforce, our jobs were not limited to a single task. We swept the floors, washed the windows, loaded the “product” into the assembly line vats which in turn filled the aerosol cans; we manually placed the little red tips on the spray cans and attached the plastic caps to the top of the cans.

When I accepted this summer job, I had no idea the relevance of my first co-op job a year later at Ford Motor Co.’s Rouge Engine Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, or of my future career as a school. administrator. My job at Ford as a trainee industrial engineer was to observe and analyze the tasks each employee performed while assembling engines for various Ford products. I did this by observing the succession of manual tasks carried out by the workers and carefully timing them to ensure that everyone’s work was optimized. It was quite a leap from the small factory in my hometown to the biggest assembly line in the world. Rouge Engine’s factory not only housed hundreds of workers on multiple assembly lines on three shifts, but it employed dozens of engineers who designed and managed the workflow, monitored the quality of the process, and constantly reviewed the process to make it more efficient.

Eight years later, as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, I read Education and the Cult of Efficiency, a thought-provoking book on the history of public education by Raymond Callahan. First published in 1962 after years of research, Callahan’s work described the period from 1900 to 1930 when school administrators began to think of themselves as “‘school executives’ rather than scholars and philosophers of education”. The book describes the consequences of this change in mentality, which led administrators to see schools as factories, teachers as assembly line workers and students as “products”. With this framework in place, the “school executives” developed “work standards”, “quality control parameters” and workflow requirements. As administrators replaced the language of academia with the language of business, they began to focus relentlessly on tax efficiency, which, in turn, led to the creation of ever larger consolidated school districts, to the construction of ever larger school buildings and to the movement towards uniformity of schooling across the country. This obsession with efficiency subtly but consistently reinforced the notion that “schools are factories” and the notion that, through the application of business principles, it would be possible to provide a cost-effective means of teaching all children.

Callahan’s book predates the “accountability movement” that swept public schools nationwide in the late 1970s when I was in college, a movement that used standardized test scores as the primary “measure of quality”. Following the passage of No Child Left Behind legislation at the turn of the 21st century, every state in the union adopted test scores as an indicator of school quality, and states passed laws requiring schools achieve minimal test scores or be shut down. Two decades later, although there is no evidence that these laws have improved schools, they remain in place and serve as de facto state-level programs.

Callahan’s book also predated the late 21st century compulsion to measure “productivity” and “quality” through the collection of data in all phases of work. Technology allows employers to account for every second of an employee’s time. While this close monitoring results in fewer bathroom breaks for employees and less time spent “off-duty”, such as a recent New York Times Jody Kanter and Arya Sundaram’s article reports, this time tracking is often flawed and the accompanying micro-management corrodes organizational morale, especially when applied to human services, care and counseling. As one supervising social worker lamented, “I had a really hard time explaining to everyone on my team, the masters-level clinicians, why we were counting their keystrokes. »

Finally, Callahan’s book predates Big Data’s obsessive collection of information about how we spend our time, a key part of the “quantification of the whole economy” described in a recent Time article by Shira Ovid. Presumably, by limiting the time we “waste” on idle thoughts, doing crossword puzzles, or binging on Netflix, we’ll all be able to optimize our lives, as we all likely consider busyness and activity as the characteristics of efficiency and a good life. -LEDs.

Neither Time’ articles mention the role that computer-assisted instruction (CAI) could play in the future of public education. The CAI, which was becoming increasingly common in schools before the pandemic, has become a serious substitute for schooling. The City of Croydon recently passed a budget based on the assumption that CAI would replace its K-4 school and CAI is the mainstay of many home-schooling programs that New Hampshire is willing to subsidize instead of “public schools.” .

If Callahan were to revise his thesis on the efficient operation of public schools today, he would see the CAI as the ultimate end of the factory school. It tracks and monitors the time students spend on their work and offers personalized lessons that match the student’s skills and interests with minimal overhead.

The cult of efficiency has not gone away, but, as indicated throughout this essay, efficiency in schools and social services can only be achieved through objective measures that are relatively easy and inexpensive to administer, and therefore less labor intensive.

It is much easier, faster and cheaper to measure keystrokes during one counseling session than to determine the long-term effectiveness of multiple counseling sessions.

Applied to schools and any work requiring a human touch, the cult of efficiency has taken away much of the creativity and joy of work with its coldly objective focus on standardized test scores or time spent on task. . The obsession with efficiency and technology corrodes the work culture and contributes to the Great Resignation.

If we hope to change the culture of work in the future, we will have to rethink our obsession with efficiency, because efficiency is the enemy of joy.

Wayne Gersen lives on Etna.

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Amit Shah sets BMC polls target of 150, says chance to hurt Thackeray | Latest India News https://1cplusplusstreet.com/amit-shah-sets-bmc-polls-target-of-150-says-chance-to-hurt-thackeray-latest-india-news/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 14:13:30 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/amit-shah-sets-bmc-polls-target-of-150-says-chance-to-hurt-thackeray-latest-india-news/ Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a bitter attack on the Shiv Sena during his visit to Mumbai on Monday, accusing Uddhav Thackeray of political treachery and calling on the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to city ​​to ensure the Sena in the crucial civic body of Mumbai. elections later this year. […]]]>

Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a bitter attack on the Shiv Sena during his visit to Mumbai on Monday, accusing Uddhav Thackeray of political treachery and calling on the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to city ​​to ensure the Sena in the crucial civic body of Mumbai. elections later this year.

Shah, who was on a two-day visit to Mumbai, told party leaders they must ensure the BJP wins 150 out of 227 seats in the prestige battle for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and said that Mumbai politics was to be dominated by the BJP. In 2017, the party won 82 seats.

“If you slap someone anywhere, they will be hurt… But if you slap someone in front of their house, it hurts their soul. There is an opportunity to hurt (the Shiv Sena) in Mumbai,” said Shah, who was addressing BJP lawmakers and leaders in Mumbai on Monday.

He said the BMC election was the best opportunity to ground the Thackerays. “BJP dominance must be established over Mumbai politics,” Shah said at a meeting of BJP leaders in Mumbai.

“…Uddhav Thackeray betrayed us. Those who have a habit of betraying others in politics cannot strengthen their position in politics,” Shah said. “In politics, you can tolerate injustice…but those who betray others must be punished,” he urged, calling for the defeat of the Shiv Sena.

“It is necessary for every BJP worker to hit the ground running in this election battle and fight for the honor of the party,” Shah said. Former BJP chairman says after party came to power in 2014 Lok Sabha elections under Narendra Modi, he decided to negotiate power-sharing terms with Sena based on popularity national BJP and also to expand the footprint of the party.

“However, for only two seats…the Shiv Sena broke the alliance,” Shah said, adding that the Shiv Sena was clearly dreaming. “(They sensed) where will the BJP go? We will get more seats and install our man as chief minister,” he added. But those plans had failed, with the BJP gaining more seats and the Sena becoming the smallest party.

“It was not the work of the BJP to reduce the Shiv Sena to a smaller party. You broke the covenant. If the Shiv Sena has become the smallest party, you (Uddhav Thackeray) are responsible for it and no one else,” he attacked.

Amit Shah reiterated that the BJP did not promise the Shiv Sena chief minister post before the 2019 state assembly, recalling how BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi unequivocally told the election meetings that Fadnavis would be the chief minister. Shah added that he called on people to “vote for the Shiv Sena to make Devendra Fadnavis chief minister” at two rallies which Thackeray also attended.

Shah accused the Shiv Sena of working to defeat the BJP candidates in the 2019 assembly elections and added that despite this “stab in the back”, the BJP won more seats. However, the Shiv Sena allied with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress to form the government.

He said that the faction led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde represented the real Shiv Sena and that was with them. “Eknath Shinde did not betray you. Uddhavji, it was you who betrayed your ideology…Eknath Shinde supports the original ideology of the Shiv Sena,” Shah added. He accused Thackeray of siding with former foe NCP leader Sharad Pawar for power after seeking votes on Modi’s behalf and Fadnavis’ performance.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there was a need for BJP leaders and workers to “act as if this (BMC) poll was the last election of your life.”

“Working with the credo of abhi nahi to kabhi nahi (now or never) in this poll,” he said, and asked them to save their differences with their party colleagues for the larger battle that was in their hands.

Legislator and Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said the Shiv Sena, unlike the BJP, works for the welfare of the people throughout the year, not just before the elections. “Such language does not belong to a Minister of the Interior. He is the interior minister of the country and therefore should not use such language,” Kayande said.

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FIR on Gujarat AAP leader Gopal Italia for derogatory language against BJP head of state https://1cplusplusstreet.com/fir-on-gujarat-aap-leader-gopal-italia-for-derogatory-language-against-bjp-head-of-state/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 09:43:28 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/fir-on-gujarat-aap-leader-gopal-italia-for-derogatory-language-against-bjp-head-of-state/ On Saturday, Gujarat Police filed an FIR against Aam Aadmi Party Gujarat Unit Chairman Gopal Italia for defaming BJP leaders and inciting people to commit an offense against the state or public tranquility . The FIR was registered by Gujarat Police at Umra Police Station in Surat. According to reports, Gujarat leader of AAP also […]]]>

On Saturday, Gujarat Police filed an FIR against Aam Aadmi Party Gujarat Unit Chairman Gopal Italia for defaming BJP leaders and inciting people to commit an offense against the state or public tranquility . The FIR was registered by Gujarat Police at Umra Police Station in Surat.

According to reports, Gujarat leader of AAP also used derogatory language against Gujarat BJP leader CR Paatil and Minister Harsh Sanghavi during a rally that took place ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections in 2022. The FIR was registered under Articles 469, 500 (punishment for defamation), 504, 505(1) B of the CPI.

Reportedly, the FIR was filed by the Gujarat Police based on the complaint registered by a citizen named Pratap Chodvadiya. In his complaint against Italy, Chodvadiya said the AAP leader intentionally insulted BJP leaders. “He (Italy) called the BJP a party of morons and incited the public by declaring that the AAP would take revenge for every drop of blood,” the complaint read.

According to the complaint, AAP Gujarat leader called BJP leader CR Paatil a “former smuggler” and State Interior Minister Harsh Sanghvi a “Drugs Sanghvi”. The case will be investigated by Inspector AH Rajput of Gujarat Police.

Meanwhile, reacting to the complaint, AAP Gujarat chief Gopal Italia said: “They will file a complaint against me but will not take action against drug landers and drug mafias, from such FIR will not frighten me and I will not succumb to the pressure”.

Earlier in July 2021, a similar FIR was filed by Gujarat Police against Italy for its infamous remarks on Hindu community and rituals. The FIR was later filed based on the complaint of a member of Hindu IT Cell. The complaint pointed to Italia’s remarks where he publicly said, “I am ashamed of these people (referring to people who attend satsangs). This makes me angry. If you don’t like what I said, block me. We don’t need those who clap like hijras in the name of rituals and culture. Some Sadhu will say nonsense from the stage and we have to clap like hijras? »

Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Gujarat in December 2022 to elect 182 members of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. The timetable will be published by the Election Commission of India ahead of the elections.

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California lawmakers agree $41 million for monkeypox response :: Bay Area Reporter https://1cplusplusstreet.com/california-lawmakers-agree-41-million-for-monkeypox-response-bay-area-reporter/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 04:56:24 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/california-lawmakers-agree-41-million-for-monkeypox-response-bay-area-reporter/ The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state’s public health response to the monkeypox outbreak. Brought together through the efforts of pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles), with the help of gay Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the package […]]]>

The California Senate on Wednesday approved a $41 million emergency budget appropriation for the state’s public health response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Brought together through the efforts of pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles), with the help of gay Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the package was added this week to the 2022 budget bill. The funding is much needed as the state continues its efforts to bring the MPX virus under control and bring it under control.

“I believe there is no time to waste,” Assembly Budget Chairman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) told the Bay Area Reporter. “California has one of the highest numbers of monkeypox cases in the United States. With any public health emergency, the key is to act quickly with resources. That’s why I support the assignment of millions of dollars in state funding now, so communities and patients get what they need now to fight this latest emerging virus.”

In July, Wiener — who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Monkeypox — organized and led a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders asking for the emergency budget allocation.

“We have fought like hell to ensure California responds effectively to the monkeypox outbreak, and this emergency appropriation will be of great help at the state and local level. Monkeypox is a painful disease and isolating, and it has a major impact on the LGBTQ community,” Wiener said.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health said it was eagerly awaiting the award, but was still awaiting important details.

“We look forward to additional state support for testing, treatment, vaccines, education and awareness,” the SFDPH said in an email to BAR. “We are still awaiting information from the California Department of Public Health on when this money will be allocated and what it will be used for.”

The appropriation, part of Senate Bill 179, passed Wednesday night. The Assembly also passed it earlier in the day, 43-8.

Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, said the bill provides “new funding to strengthen our public health response to MPX.”

On August 29, Wiener tweeted, “This appropriation will support critical public health efforts around monkeypox by our state department of public health, county health department, and community health providers.”

“Many thanks to @GavinNewsom, Senate Speaker @SenToniAtkins, Speaker @RendonAnthony, and Budget Chairs @PhilTing & @NancySkinnerCA for stepping up and accomplishing this task. Many deeply appreciate California’s continued commitment to the public health and our LGBTQ community,” the tweet continued.

APLA CEO Craig Thompson also praised the funds in a statement.

“It is important to note that the emergency budget allocation will include additional funding – approximately $1.5 million – for community health centers to administer vaccines to eligible patients and community members,” said Thompson in an email announcement also thanking legislative leaders. “To date, APLA Health has administered over 2,000 doses of the MPV vaccine, but has yet to receive specific funding to support these efforts. Health centers have and will continue to be key partners in reaching many of the most vulnerable and underserved members of the LGBTQ+ community, especially black and Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender people.”

Statewide, there has been a huge drop in the number of MPX cases, from a high of nearly 150 a day in early August to just a few a day by August 26. In San Francisco, there were 718 confirmed cases as of August 29. The Bay Area as a whole had 1,239 confirmed cases as of Aug. 30, with Alameda County having the second highest number of cases in the region at 189. Santa Clara County comes in at 129 cases. Napa County had the lowest number of cases, with just six confirmed cases.

During a press conference at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center last week, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-California) said between 250,000 and 350,000 Californians may be considered at high risk for MPX, and that the state needs 800,000 vaccinations to stop the spread of the virus.

How the emergency funds will be allocated has yet to be determined, said Raayan Mohtashemi, an aide to Wiener, but the final decision on where the money goes rests with the California Department of Public Health.

“The budget bill includes language that it is the intent of the legislature that the CDPH consult with local health jurisdictions on how to most effectively allocate the resources earmarked for these budget items,” Mohtashemi wrote in an e-mail. -email the BAR.

Local health authorities will receive $15,750,000, including $1.5 million allocated specifically to community organizations for the administration of vaccination clinics. The bulk, $25,679,000, is for state-level assistance for the CDPH, Mohtashemi said.

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#CCPinCEE | Chinese influence in North Macedonia https://1cplusplusstreet.com/ccpincee-chinese-influence-in-north-macedonia/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 14:13:50 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/ccpincee-chinese-influence-in-north-macedonia/ In 2018, the 16/17+1 Coordination Center for Cultural Cooperation was established at the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia. Despite its name, its activities (quite limited, for now) do not extend to any of the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, but only to Chinese culture, aimed at strengthening Chinese soft power via events […]]]>

In 2018, the 16/17+1 Coordination Center for Cultural Cooperation was established at the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia. Despite its name, its activities (quite limited, for now) do not extend to any of the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, but only to Chinese culture, aimed at strengthening Chinese soft power via events such as piano recitals, concerts and plays.

Until the outbreak of the pandemic, the Chinese government regularly organized training trips for civil servants and occasionally companies, universities and journalists. The trainings focus on economic topics, such as trade, investment and tourism, and show China’s economic advancement and technological prowess, as well as its governance model, heritage, culture and gastronomy. Although relatively few people have taken part in these trips, it is a select group who tend to be current or future decision makers and return home deeply impressed.

In granting development aid, China often emphasizes that the funds are a sign of the traditional friendship between the two countries, paid without conditions. This is a subtle nudge towards Western donors, particularly the EU, which conditions its aid on political and economic reforms. Moreover, Chinese-funded projects are typically highly visible social and transportation infrastructure and amenities, such as schools, highways, and medical equipment, while Western donors have recently shifted their focus primarily to soft” and political reforms.

Development aid can also become a powerful means of coercion. For example, after North Macedonia’s decision to join the US-led Clean Network Initiative, China strategically suspended a Huawei grant-funded project to build an online education network ahead of expansion. of the network of the capital to the whole of the territory. Furthermore, a loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China for a highway project allows China to unilaterally terminate the project agreement and demand immediate reimbursement if it considers that a policy pursued by the North Macedonia is not in line with its interests. This is a standard clause in most Chinese loan agreements which has not been triggered so far. But, arguably, in recent years China has become more assertive, perhaps making this clause much less hypothetical in the future.

China’s COVID-19 aid to North Macedonia at the start of the pandemic coincided with the EU’s relatively chaotic handling of the crisis and Brussels’ initial ban on medical equipment exports and slow delivery emergency aid to non-EU countries. Later, Chinese “mask” diplomacy gave way to “vaccine” diplomacy. As North Macedonia struggled to source vaccines from Western manufacturers, China was the first country to supply a significant number of doses.

Meanwhile, influence operations aimed to amplify positive views about China and its role in North Macedonia during the pandemic. The Chinese Embassy, ​​through its official Facebook account and its employees’ private accounts, has shared positive stories about China’s handling of the pandemic. He also sponsored content in mainstream media through opinion pieces featuring official positions of the Communist Party of China and, using opaque language, contributing to confusion about whether equipment received from China was entirely a donation or a purchase. Some of the supposed donations were actually purchases, including Chinese-made ventilators purchased with EU funds.

Some internet portals followed a global trend of revising recent history and encouraged speculation about the origin of the virus, as well as China’s constructive role during the pandemic, as opposed, in particular, to the United States. These efforts, which were subtly aimed at undermining the West’s credibility, contribute to China’s approval ratings rising from 25% in 2018 to 39% in 2021, alongside a 5% drop for the EU .

Over the past decade, China has used agreements facilitating access to the Chinese market, visits by Chinese business delegations, pledges by Chinese and Macedonian officials and joint B2B events to create the impression that more cooperation close relationship between the two countries would lead to increased exports to China, investment by Chinese companies and more Chinese tourists to North Macedonia. So far, however, there has been no business investment, the trade deficit has grown and diplomacy has been brazenly transactional, with China calling for the abolition of visas as a precondition for welcoming more than Chinese tourists.

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Leave groundwater management to local water experts – Marin Independent Journal https://1cplusplusstreet.com/leave-groundwater-management-to-local-water-experts-marin-independent-journal/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 21:26:24 +0000 https://1cplusplusstreet.com/leave-groundwater-management-to-local-water-experts-marin-independent-journal/ Assemblyman Steve Bennett’s House Bill 2201, which would create a new permanent permitting process for groundwater wells, negatively affects local water districts, municipalities and the agricultural community from California. Despite recent amendments to the wording of the bill, AB 2201 would impose a strict new mandate on how groundwater sustainability agencies are to operate. The […]]]>

Assemblyman Steve Bennett’s House Bill 2201, which would create a new permanent permitting process for groundwater wells, negatively affects local water districts, municipalities and the agricultural community from California.

Despite recent amendments to the wording of the bill, AB 2201 would impose a strict new mandate on how groundwater sustainability agencies are to operate. The bill removes the ability of local groundwater experts to decide for themselves which management options best suit local conditions. Instead, the bill would require local experts to make specific findings and determinations for new and modified groundwater wells before they are licensed.

Sacramento lawmakers must hand over groundwater management to local experts.

The law on sustainable groundwater management, passed in 2014, recognized that it is essential that water problems are managed and solved at the local level. When he signed the law, the governor at the time. Jerry Brown has stated that “Groundwater management in California is best done locally”. The law achieves this by requiring that individual local basin groundwater sustainability plans identify challenges and solutions unique to each local groundwater basin.

As Ventura County Supervisor, Bennett supported strong local groundwater management. He was instrumental in passing Ventura County Wells Ordinance No. 4468, which established policies to ensure that wells are “executed, operated, and destroyed in such a manner that groundwater are not contaminated or polluted, and that water obtained from water wells will be usable and will not jeopardize the health, safety or well-being of the Ventura County community. »

But through AB 2201, Bennett ignored the importance of local management and expertise in favor of a “one-size-fits-all” national authority, adding yet another layer of bureaucracy to an already arduous process.

Just three months ago, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-7-22 to protect health, safety and the environment during this drought emergency. The order directs local agencies to work cooperatively with local groundwater agencies when reviewing applications for new and modified wells. Under this order, public bodies cannot approve a permit for a new groundwater well (or to modify an existing well) in medium or high priority basins subject to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. without first obtaining written verification from the local groundwater agency that the proposed well would not negatively impact the sustainability goal for that specific basin.

AB 2201 would codify – and complicate – the Governor’s Executive Order guidelines.

Currently, an advisory committee of more than 80 representatives from a wide range of industries and geographies within the state, each with expertise in permitting, design, construction, maintenance and disposal of wells, revises state well standards to ensure the protection of California’s groundwater quality. At the same time, municipalities, water users and groundwater managers are actively working on the challenges of implementing the directives of the decree.

We need to allow our local community experts the time and opportunity to work through the ordinance and upcoming changes to state well standards to determine how these requirements will be implemented in their own basins before the legislature complicates the process by permanently reducing guaranteed local control. in the original act.

AB 2201 creates more confusion in the already complicated process of sustainably managing local groundwater basins. Well, plaintiffs would face significant new costs. Counties and groundwater agencies would face increased threats of legal challenges over well permitting decisions.

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