Mongolia: RSF calls for media reform to tackle corruption

first_img Organisation UN human rights review on Mongolia: RSF urges members to join its call for press freedom reforms June 2, 2020 – Updated on June 4, 2020 Mongolia: RSF calls for media reform to tackle corruption Who owns the Media in Mongolia? Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Related documents Read the Op-Ed in EnglishPDF – 94.01 KBRead the Op-Ed in MongolianPDF – 187.09 KB News MongoliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment News Help by sharing this information Campaigns Follow the news on Mongolia to go further Receive email alerts PHOTO: AFP With legislative elections in Mongolia approaching on June 24th, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked candidates and political parties to commit to improving media freedom in the country as a way to combat endemic corruption. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urged Mongolia’s parliamentary candidates and political parties to strengthen transparency and independence of the newsroom from the boardroom; protect journalists and sources against judicial, physical and online harassment; scale-up public media resources and strengthen guarantees of independence; establish an independent process against disinformation; and to make media literacy an integral part of the education system.“When journalists don’t have to risk compromising their sources or fear retributive lawsuits and when editorial departments have the ability to publish stories independent of political or commercial pressure, the media will be able to more easily bring corruption cases to the attention of the public, therefore triggering a strong dissuasive effect,” said Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia bureau head. Although Mongolia globally respects the principles of liberty and media pluralism, its regulation still lacks basic legal protections for confidential sources and current defamation laws lead to journalistic self-censorship or harsh fines.Mongolia ranked 73rd out of 180 in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index.The letter was published in the following media:Unuudur (in Mongolian)UB Post (in English) June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Mongolian political parties and the candidates to the coming legislative election to voice their commitment to support newsroom independence as the best way to tackle corruption. MongoliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment December 8, 2016 Find out more News RSF_en October 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Life inside Limerick Prison

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLife inside Limerick PrisonBy Alan Jacques – November 13, 2014 7847 Limerick Prison has been part of life in the city since 1821 and has always perked the curiosity of Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques. In the first of a two-part series, he takes a fly-on-the-wall peep around the jail to catch a glimpse of what life is like on the inside.by Alan JacquesSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] Mandela believed that no one truly knows a nation until they have been inside its jails. A nation, he said, “should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones”.This philosophy is one that undoubtedly rings true with the staff and management of Limerick Prison. Its mission policy is ‘to provide safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to prisoners for safer communities’. While its vision is simply for ‘a safer community through excellence in a prison service built on respect for human dignity’.It’s a great mantra and looks impressive on the wall of the Governor’s office but is it just empty words or do the people that run the Mulgrave Street-based prison really believe and live by these words?Absolutely and unequivocally, I would argue after getting a glimpse of what daily life is really like behind its imposing walls.Ever since I was a small child I was curious about the fortress-like jail with its army turrets and soldiers carrying machine guns. Limerick Prison would capture my imagination without fail every time I passed it on family visits to relatives living up on that side of town.The soldiers with machine guns are long gone but that childhood curiosity has remained. It always fascinated me how this large, grey, imposing building could stand in the centre of the city and yet most of us know very little about what actually goes on behind its gates.So, without a criminal record, and only TV and movies to fill in the gaps, I’ve usually been guilty of letting my imagination run a muck and picturing the very worst. I’ve always imagined the skewed and violent ‘Midnight Express’ vision of life behind bars, to the fluffier and more uplifting ‘Shawshank Redemption’ version. But, I’m actually told that the hit seventies sitcom ‘Porridge’ starring Ronnie Barker is in fact, the closest to the reality of prison life. Barker’s character Norman Fletcher, you might remember, used to chuckle that his wife told neighbours that he was away “doing missionary work in Scotland”.During my recent three-hour tour of Limerick Prison, accompanied by hearty assistant governor Mark Kennedy, he confessed, “‘Porridge’ is probably the exact same thing as we do here, we’d just be a bit more modern. That show was probably the closest to the reality of prison. The environment is the same. It’s the same ranking system and there’s a bit of banter.”Despite a lifetime’s curiosity I have to admit being a little apprehensive before my visit to the prison. And my work colleagues, all experts thanks to ‘Love/Hate’, did not help matters as they playfully offered portentous safety tips like warning me to stay clear of the infamous showers.So, I was relieved to now have the image of the quick-witted and ultimately kindhearted Norman Fletcher to replace the more deranged Hannibal Lecter type fiends that filled my dreams the night before, as I entered Limerick Prison.After producing my passport as identification at the main entrance I was then ushered towards the security screening process for a full security check. “It’s just like going away on holidays,” one of the prison officer’s remarked.I was frisked, I put my keys and coins in a little tray and went through the exact same process we do at airports, only sadly, there wasn’t two weeks in the Algarve after a flight on the other end of it.After clearing security, I was met in the prison courtyard by assistant governor, Mark Kennedy, who tells me that he used to pass Limerick Prison every day on his way to school in CBS Sexton Street when he was younger. Now with 23 years experience in the prison service, I find I am in very safe hands for my trip through Ireland’s second oldest prison (Cork being the oldest).Opened in 1821, Limerick Prison is a high security sentence and remand prison capable of housing around 260 prisoners. It is one of the oldest working prisons in Europe and an exact replica of St Joseph’s Hospital across the street. Probably something they won’t thank me for publicising, but the prison, St Joseph’s Hospital, the former army barracks in Costello’s Yard, and the hospital across the road, now the site of Limerick College of Further Education, were once all linked by tunnels.“We found one last year,” I am told.But, before any jail-breakers get the notion to go looking for these underground passages, they have since been concreted off.Prisoners come in through the main gates on Mulgrave Street and their warrant is validated. Once inside their photo is taken in front of the kind of stark mug-shot backdrop that we’ve come to know so well from reports of Justin Bieber’s miscreant escapades. A photographic record is then held of each inmate and valuables are handed into a safe for the duration of their stay.One of many myth’s that went up in a puff of smoke for me during my visit was the old TV chestnut of new prisoners being stripped down to their birthday suit and power hosed to within a scalded inch of their dignity. It doesn’t happen!But, here’s one prison statistic that will undoubtedly knock you off your feet. Out of every 15 committals to Limerick Prison under sentence in 2013, 12 were for non-payment of court ordered fines.A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said that people who are convicted for non-payment of fines such as their television license usually serve between a couple of hours and a couple of days in jail.Limerick Prison’s assistant governor said he is hopeful that new fines legislation will soon put an end to jailing people for non-payment of fines.“The vast majority of these would be ordinary people. At any one time we probably have 160 prisoners on temporary release for fines. They come in and they’re processed administratively and then they are discharged,” Mr Kennedy explained.“It’s no secret that people who come in on fines are here about two hours, they rarely spend an overnight in prison. Sometimes they might spend an overnight but they rarely see a proper accommodation cell. It’s a difficult experience for them at the same time. It’s not natural to be going through metal detectors,” he adds.“It’s probably safer in the prison than it is outside. You see all walks of life. We’ve had solicitors in, rugby internationals, ordinary Joe Soaps. Normally it’s for a small fine, probably less than €1,000, and they are here for under 15 days.You have people here doing a month to life. We have 15 lifers at the moment. You would have the highest crimes down to the lowest crimes and whatever society deems in between. Ninety nine per cent of them are sound.It’s a medium security prison, but it is high security. It’s a safe environment and prisoners see it as safe. We’re lucky in the Limerick staff are very mature. The vast majority work here over ten years.”I was quickly struck by the holistic approach to care and rehabilitation within the prison. There’s a huge focus on community and families, and not long after passing through its ominous façade do I start to see a very different type of prison emerge to the one I’ve grown accustomed to from TV and films. In the last 12 months Limerick Prison has taken striking steps to “softening” the prison experience for the inmates and, in particular, their families.“Once you come in past the drug dogs and screening and security on the outside we then come back into humanity inside these doors,” Mr Kennedy tells me with great pride.The bright and colourful murals, painted by inmates, in the visiting area, strike me instantly. I expected it to look drab and oppressive, but instead I am wowed by how warm, welcoming and conducive to human interaction it feels. In a female visiting room children’s toy are placed in one corner while family members wait anxiously to visit with a prisoner and loved one.As I discovered myself on entering Limerick Prison, it really is a nerve-wracking experience, and the bright colours and furnishings, certainly go some way to softening this heavy blow.“The easy thing for us to do would be to have concrete walls and not paint them, that would be the cheapest way. But you have to soften the blow for people because you have children, wives, daughters and sons coming in here. It’s not as soft as we want it to be and it is going to get softer,” the assistant governor vowed.One prison initiative that brought a tear to my eye was one where a parent serving time for a crime can record a CD telling a bedtime story which is then passed on to their children. Limerick Prison is also hoping in the future to install a more free-modelled style of visiting facility to include more open style visits, in outdoor areas to make it feel more “normal” for the prisoner and their family members.“The prisoner is here and their liberty is taken aside but the visitor coming in needs to feel comfortable. It’s important to keep that family link too,” Mr Kennedy insists.A committee was set up last year looking at the effects of prisons on families and one interesting point that came out of their findings was the idea of not treating visits as just coming to see someone, but as an intervention, an actual definite part of the whole rehabilitation process.“The big thing with prisoners is communication with the outside. When phone calls came in back in 1996 or 97, they got one phone call a week. Now they get one phone call a day for six minutes. If you work within the prison and you engage with everything you get two phone calls and it can go up and down that scale then. So that’s a big incentive and it’s good to see that a prisoner values their phone calls because they value the communication with their family if there’s a communion or a birthday at home. There’s that link with the community all the time.“This way you have a more positive impact on the prisoner and the prisoner and their family get a better quality of visit and they know the benefits. When we talk about things like incentivise regimes, giving prisoners incentives like improving their quality of visits, it make people behave and makes life better for everyone.”Limerick Prison is very much a community within a community. It mirrors life on the outside with prisoners spending their days working, training or in education, the same as we do outside its gates. I expected to be greeted with shouting and violence at every turn and prisoners banging pots and bedpans off their cell bars. Instead, I passed prisoners on the landings and different parts of the prison coming and going as they went about their daily business. Most wore their own ordinary clothes but even the prison uniform of a red shirt and faded blue jeans proved a softer garb than the harsh striped-jumpsuits I had expected to see.The place was silent other than a droning hum of activity for a soundtrack as normal everyday business was carried out within Limerick Prison’s walls.One prisoner officer even asked inquisitively as I passed his landing, “what do you think of our little city?”Assistant governor Mark Kennedy, who has worked in every Irish prison over the past two decades, sees his role as managing relationships. A friendly and approachable man, he moves confidently through the prison and interacts with every prisoner he meets on a first name basis. He is cognisant that Limerick Prison is a “community within a community” and there’s no doubt to me after a short time in his company that the prison’s mission statement and vision is something that Mark believes very passionately in.“Limerick Prison is part of the community since 1821. It’s an exact replica of Limerick City. You have doctors, solicitors, nursing, you have dentistry and psychiatry. You have everything inside here, but it’s behind a wall. It’s a community within a community. We are conscious of building relationships because we have learned from the past that you have to work with the community in Limerick because it’s so small and everyone knows each other,” he insists.The prisoner’s living quarters were compact in size with small creature comforts such as a jug kettle and TV, as well as stereos and PlayStation 2 in many of the cells. Magazine posters of buxom pin-ups and photographs of smiling children looked down from the walls and while space and light were in short supply the cells looked well liveable and appeared to be treated by their inhabitants with the utmost of respect and care.“This is someone’s cell. It has in-cell sanitation, a small kettle, TV and he has a PlayStation 2. We have a catalogue of games in the library and he can bring them back then and play them here. Now what we could do, is if someone doesn’t have the funds, we do a kind of hire purchase. We bought about 100 PlayStations when they were just going out of date. This is a typical cell and it’s nice and clean, because this is where he is living,” Mr Kennedy points out.A spokesman from the Irish Prison Service who joins us on our walkabout of the jail is quick to say that prisoners not only pay for their crimes but they pay for their TV and game consoles too. Inmates get a daily gratuity payment ranging from 95 cent to €1.70 up to €2.20 depending on their participation in structured activities such as education or, work and training, and the quality of their behaviour. The objective is to provide real incentives to encourage prisoners to participate in structured activities in Limerick Prison and to reinforce good behaviour. Prisoners out of their gratuity payment pay for comforts such as TVs and radios and game consoles themselves.The Irish Prison Service spokesman explained, “Ultimately people are sent to prison as punishment, not to be punished. We need to work with them to address the issues that caused them to be sent to prison in the first place. We need to work with offenders to rehabilitate them and make society safer.”Prisoners on D-wing are also rewarded for good behaviour with use of two Xbox game consoles in their recreation room.Mr Kennedy also tells me that the introduction of televisions into prisoners’ cells in 2002 has helped drastically reduce the rate of suicides and self-harm in Irish prisons.“If you have someone who comes in here in bad shape you can’t engage with them in a proper way. That’s all part of the process, getting them healthy, putting on weight. If they come in and they don’t feel safe you can’t do anything for them.Once they get the safety thing into there head, ‘I am safe in Limerick Prison’, and the vast majority of prisoners here would feel comfortable, you can start working with them. Comfortable is probably a word people on the outside don’t want to hear but prisoners are comfortable in the prison,” said Mr Kennedy.The prison cells are unlocked every morning at 8.15, when prisoners collect their breakfast and return to their cells. The cells are then locked for breakfast and unlocked again at 9.10am as inmates head off for school, work, outdoor exercise, family visits or cleaning duties. Lunch is served at 12 noon and prisoners are locked back in their cells again until 2.10pm again when they return to work and education. Being Catholic Ireland and a Friday, boiled potatoes and fish were on the menu the day I visited the prison.Tea is then served at 4pm and prisoners are locked back in their cells until 5.20pm when they are allowed two hours recreation or outdoor exercise before being locked back in their cells for the night at 7.30pm.The prison yard with its barbed wire and netting to catch any items thrown from outside into the jail was the most prison-like setting in the whole compound. It serves as a stark reminder of the grim reality of incarceration and lacked the “softer” more humane feel now evident elsewhere in Limerick Prison.The women’s cells situated in the older part of the prison built back in 1821 felt more Dickensian. It was dark and felt less habitable compared to the male side of the prison. Earlier this year peace activist, Margaretta D’Arcy, described the conditions for Limerick women prisoners as “inhuman”, after serving part of a second sentence over her opposition to the US Military use of Shannon Airport. While last month a Review of Penal Policy published by the Department of Justice was critical of the lack of progress in redeveloping the women’s section of Limerick Prison. Governor Patrick Dawson, who believes in a “more humane prison regime”, is well aware of the issues in the women’s wing and is confident that they will be put to rights with the new build. Mr Dawson told the Limerick Post that this work will be done under the ongoing capital project with the Irish Prison Service and for now insists that prison staff and management do “their best to treat all prisoners with respect and dignity”.Limerick Prison is well versed in receiving its fair share of negative and more sensationalized press coverage down the years and therefore shies away from publicizing the many positive and inspiring projects that take place within its walls. Woodworks students at the prison continually produce woodcraft items for a range of charities including benches for the Alzheimer’s Association and cribs for Bedford Row Family Centre. Limerick Prison also have six teams comprised of four to five prisoners, which is sent out to do various work including painting for local charities.“We don’t do positive publicity very well. We do it but we don’t publicize it.We send work parties into the community and we have a workshop that makes garden furniture for charities. It’s far sexier to write about some prisoner getting a thump off another fella,” Mr Kennedy suggested.“We’d be in the papers, probably every week, for the wrong reasons. There’s a wealth of stuff going on across the board – positive things — in the prison. We’re very much cognizant of the fact that we don’t replicate what a commercial entity is doing outside. So we just go straight in and do purely charitable work. We don’t do someone out of a contract and it’s not five fellas in boiler suits chain-ganged on the road. It’s a softer and healthier approach. It’s about going in and helping local communities and this helps prisoners make reparations too,” he concluded. 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Being Citizen Of India Prerequisite To Issuance Of Bonafide Resident Certificate: HP HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBeing Citizen Of India Prerequisite To Issuance Of Bonafide Resident Certificate: HP HC [Read Order] Mehal Jain12 Sep 2020 10:06 PMShare This – xBeing a citizen of India is a condition requisite for being granted a bonafide domicile/resident certificate, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ruled. Justice Ajay Mohan Goel was hearing a challenge to the order passed by the Deputy Commissioner whereby the request of the petitioner for issuance of bonafide certificate in her favour stands rejected. The case of the petitioner was that she…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginBeing a citizen of India is a condition requisite for being granted a bonafide domicile/resident certificate, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has ruled. Justice Ajay Mohan Goel was hearing a challenge to the order passed by the Deputy Commissioner whereby the request of the petitioner for issuance of bonafide certificate in her favour stands rejected. The case of the petitioner was that she is residing in Shimla since the year 1997 and in terms of the provisions, as are contained in Hand Book on Personnel Matters (Vol-I), issued by Personnel Department of the Government of Himachal Pradesh, she is entitled to Bonafide Himachali certificate. The impugned order passed by Deputy the Commissioner rejected the claim of the petitioner primarily on the ground that the Bonafide Himachali Certificate can be issued to a person, who happens to be a citizen of India and as the petitioner is not a citizen of India, therefore, she is not entitled for issuance of Bonafide Himachali certificate.On behalf of the petitioner, it was urged that the order so passed by the competent authority is not sustainable in the eyes of law as citizenship is not a condition precedent for issuance of Bonafide Himachali certificate. It was submitted that similar certificates stand issued to persons similarly situated as the petitioner.The Single Judge noted that the petitioner is primarily relying her claim on the contents of Hand Book on Personnel Matters (Vol. I), in which a bonafide Himachali has been defined and in terms whereof a person is entitled for the Bonafide Himachali certificate, if he/she has been a resident of State of Himachal Pradesh for a period of 15 years. The Hand Book on Personnel Matters incidentally is a book which has been issued by the Department of Personnel of the Government of Himachal Pradesh in three volumes, which contains various notifications etc. which have been issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh from time to time pertaining to the mode and manner of offering appointment to persons in government jobs and other matters incidental thereto.”In my considered view, the contention of learned Counsel for the petitioner that citizenship has got nothing to do with the issuance of Bonafide Certificate does not has any merit”, observed the bench.Justice Goel explained that the reason as to why issuance of bonafide certificate requires a person to be the citizen of India is that more often than not it is a condition precedent to possess Bonafide Himachali certificate to be eligible to apply for a job in a Government Department of the State of Himachal Pradesh.The bench noted that it is not in dispute that the petitioner is not a national of India because it is an admitted fact that she is a national of Nepal. The impugned order recorded that the applicant had tried to prove her citizenship on the basis of her birth certificate issued by the Registrar, (Births & Deaths) Municipal Corporation, Shimla in which she is shown to be born at Bachiter Bhawan, Dingra Estate, Boileauganj, Shimla on 07.02.1997. It further noted that Section 3(1)(b) of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 is applicable to the applicant which provides that “except as provided in sub-section(2), every person born in India, on or after the 1st day of July, 1987, but before the commencement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003 (6 of 2004) and either of whose parents is a citizen of India at the time of his birth; shall be considered as an Indian. Per the impugned order, the applicant had failed to produce any authentic document which could prove that one of her parents was a citizen of India at the time of her birth and thus her claim for the issuance of the certificate failed on this ground.”In my considered view, the findings so returned by the Deputy Commissioner are correct findings because as the petitioner does not happen to be a citizen of India, refusal of Bonafide Himachali Certificate to her by the Deputy Commissioner, cannot be faulted with”, held the Single Judge.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Underprivileged Children, Lactating Mothers Hit Badly Due To Covid-19; PIL Before SC Seeks Formulation Of New Covid Centric Nutrition Strategy [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesUnderprivileged Children, Lactating Mothers Hit Badly Due To Covid-19; PIL Before SC Seeks Formulation Of New Covid Centric Nutrition Strategy [Read Petition] Nitish Kashyap18 Sep 2020 9:39 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court of India seeking directions for formulation of a uniform Covid-19 centric nutrition strategy for underprivileged children and lactating mothers who have been badly hit due to closure of schools and Anganwadis and also due to reverse migration.Filed by Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, a registered society aimed at…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court of India seeking directions for formulation of a uniform Covid-19 centric nutrition strategy for underprivileged children and lactating mothers who have been badly hit due to closure of schools and Anganwadis and also due to reverse migration.Filed by Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, a registered society aimed at reorganizing and rebuilding the lives of underprivileged children and exploited women and Make Earth Green Again (MEGA) Foundation, an NGO working at the grassroot level for the welfare of street kids, municipal school children, acid attack victims and tribals, among others.Petitioners have impleaded all States and Union Territories as parties in the matter along with Union of India through its different ministries and NITI Ayog. The PIL states-“The closure of government schools and Anganwadis during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a complete disruption of the Public Distribution Systems and Government nutrition schemes like the Mid Day Meal scheme and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), thereby resulting in denial of the right to food which is inherent to a life with dignity guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution to millions of underprivileged children and lactating mothers. State has a statutory and constitutional mandate of providing food and nutritional security to children and lactating mothers are deprived of this basic right during the times of COVID-19 pandemic due to closure of government schools and Anganwadiscentres. Article 39 (a) of the Constitution requires the State to direct its policies towards securing 36 that all its citizens have the right to an adequate means of livelihood. Further, Article 47 spells out the duty of the State to raise the level of nutrition and standard of living of its people as a primary responsibility.”It is further contended that malnutrition was a silent epidemic in India even before the pandemic struck, particularly among children-“But an abrupt lockdown with little preparation, triggered by Covid-19 is threatening a further blow to decades of slow progress in lowering malnutrition” petitioners contend.Referring to the order of the Supreme Court dated March 18, 2020 wherein SC took suo moto cognizance of the issue regarding mid-day meals due to closure of schools. The Court while issuing notice to all States and Union Territories observed that “It is necessary that all the States should come out with a uniform policy so as to ensure, that while preventing spread of COVID-19, the schemes for providing nutritional food to the children and nursing and lactating mothers are not adversely affected.”However, the ground level reality still grim with most of the eligible children not getting basis supply of food, dry ration or food security allowance as mandated by the Ministry of Human Resources vide several guidelines issued to the States from time to time, petitioners argue.In a recent Lancet study, UNICEF has warned that three lakh children could die in India over the next six months due to disrupted health services and surge in child-wasting, a form of malnutrition when the child is too thin for his/her height. India is expected to bear one of the heaviest tolls of this preventable devastation, partly because its record in managing malnutrition among children was grim even in pre-Covid-19 times. India is home to half of the “wasted children” globally, reckons the recently launched Global Nutrition Report 2020. More than one third (37.9 per cent) of our children under-five years are stunted, and over one fifth (20.8 per cent) are wasted. Thus, the petitioners suggested-“In the absence of any certainty as to the reopening of schools amid the COVID -19 pandemic, it is necessary that the State Governments draw up an action plan with a monitoring mechanism to effectively cover the loopholes in the proper distribution of hot cooked meals, dry ration and food security compensation. To ensure food availability and its access by the most vulnerable populations, actions are needed at several points within the food supply chain while focusing on the following aspects among others: I. Extending large-scale food fortification to other staples like flour, oil, dairy, etc. and establish mandatory standards by category. II. Adjusting the standard delivery approaches for distributing key micronutrient supplements such as iron/folate, calcium, and vitamin A keeping social distancing in mind and to prevent transmission of COVID-19. III. Investing in information and education about good nutrition practices, extending from a diverse diet to deworming, breastfeeding, hygiene and sanitation, etc.IV. Formulation of strategies to closely monitor the food and nutrition situation among migrant labourers. V. Taking appropriate measures for proper storage and maintenance of dry ration which have been stocked in several state-run schools prior to the lockdown in March and to take appropriate natural pest control measures. VI. Regular collection and analysis of maternal and child nutrition data at state and district levels and carrying out regional and cluster-specific mapping so as to identify areas where malnutrition is increasing.VII. Making the existing systems, including growth monitoring and reporting by Anganwadi workers reporting through the MWCD mobile phone system (ICDS-CAS)more effective “Petitioners have also sought directions to formulate a mechanism for tracing migrant workers who have moved out of cities and to closely monitor the food and nutrition situation among them, especially women and children, and to provide appropriate responses. Moreover, directions are sought to form a committee of experts to identify bottlenecks, operational difficulties, policy constraints and best practices so that suitable steps can be taken for effective policy formulation, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the field of child and women nutrition.Click Here To Download Petition[Read  Next Storylast_img read more

Retreat of Pine Island Glacier controlled by marine ice-sheet instability

first_imgOver the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is the largest single contributor to sea-level rise in Antarctica. In recent years, the grounding line, which separates the grounded ice sheet from the floating ice shelf, has retreated by tens of kilometres. At present, the grounding line is crossing a retrograde bedrock slope that lies well below sea level, raising the possibility that the glacier is susceptible to the marine ice-sheet instability mechanism. Here, using three state-of-the-art ice-flow models, we show that Pine Island Glacier’s grounding line is probably engaged in an unstable 40km retreat. The associated mass loss increases substantially over the course of our simulations from the average value of 20 Gt yr−1 observed for the 1992–2011 period, up to and above 100 Gt yr−1, equivalent to 3.5–10 mm eustatic sea-level rise over the following 20 years. Mass loss remains elevated from then on, ranging from 60 to 120 Gt yr−1.last_img read more

FHP Living and Royston and Lund’s river apartments

first_imgA new neighbourhood on the edge of the River Trent, just a short walk from Nottingham city centre and West Bridgford town centre, is proving popular with homebuyers – three apartments and one house were snapped up in one weekend.Trent Basin is marketed by FHP Living and Royston and Lund. Both sets of agents were on hand at the weekend to show prospective buyers around.Steve Parker of FHP Living said, “Following the open weekend, there are now just three apartments including the stunning duplex left for sale in phase one. We’re encouraging anyone interested in the remaining homes in the apartment block to arrange a viewing sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.”Trent Basin, which is making a name for itself with its green-energy credentials and beautiful living spaces, held a second open day for the public– with more than 100 potential new residents take guided tours of the community.Chief executive of Blueprint – the specialist regeneration developer behind the concept of Trent Basin – Nick Ebbs, said, “We were thrilled to see so many people come along to Trent Basin for guided tours of our show apartment and show home this weekend.“Interest in the community has been steady since we started to sell, last summer, particularly from those who want a sustainable lifestyle in a place which is completely geared towards reducing our society’s carbon footprint.“Feedback from visitors was very positive – people of all ages were enchanted by the stunning river views which are the central focus of Trent Basin.”land and new homes river apartments River Trent apartments Royston and Lund FHP Living March 23, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » FHP Living and Royston and Lund’s river apartments previous nextLand & New HomesFHP Living and Royston and Lund’s river apartmentsThe Negotiator23rd March 20170576 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Naval Support Activity Orlando Gets USD 350.000 Grant

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Naval Support Activity Orlando Gets USD 350.000 Grant USA: Naval Support Activity Orlando Gets USD 350.000 Grant Industry news November 12, 2013center_img Continuing his goal to keep Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation, Governor Rick Scott today announced that the National Center for Simulation, located at Naval Support Activity Orlando, has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force.The funding will reduce the risk of Team Orlando being realigned or closed.Governor Scott said, “Team Orlando is a partnership between the military, the modeling and simulation industry and academic institutions that work to contribute to the security of the United States through modeling and simulation, human performance and training. This $350,000 grant will allow Team Orlando to implement a strategy that will strengthen and grow its modeling, simulation and training functions. Florida’s military sector is one of the best in the country and these funds will ensure we continue to be the best state in the nation for military families to live and work.”Senator Andy Gardiner said, “The $350,000 award to the National Center for Simulation at Naval Support Activity Orlando is great for Central Florida’s military growth. Creating a plan to stabilize and strengthen Team Orlando is vital for this area and I’m excited that this community was given the funds to keep jobs and families in Florida.”Representative Steve Precourt said, “Team Orlando is a top notch partnership in Central Florida whose work protecting and advancing the local modeling, simulation and training industry is world renowned. The $350,000 grant issued by the Florida Defense Support Task Force will help secure an action plan to guarantee this significant work continues. Safeguarding our military related service economy from the negative impacts of realignment has been a priority of the legislature, and I commend Governor Scott for taking this step in the process of ensuring our military continues to call Florida a ‘home base for business.’”Retired Lieutenant General Thomas L. Baptiste, President/Executive Director of the National Center for Simulation said, “The Metro Orlando community appreciates the confidence and support of Governor Scott and the Florida Defense Support Task Force. Orlando’s Research Park remains the worldwide epicenter of the Modeling, Simulation & Training Industry. The acquisition commands of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and ten other federal government agencies and joint commands are all collocated in what we refer to as Team Orlando. This grant funding will match local contributions and allow community leaders to execute an action plan designed to protect, grow and enhance Team Orlando and continue to deliver cost effective training solutions to America’s warfighters.”Statewide, the Task Force awarded more than $2 million in grant initiatives to local community organizations supporting Florida military installations. These grants will be utilized to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations while maintaining Florida’s reputation as the most military-friendly state in the nation.Additionally, these grants will strengthen Florida’s military bases ahead of any potential U.S. Department of Defense realignment or closure actions. This will protect the more than $73 billion in economic impact and the nearly 760,000 jobs the defense industry infuses into Florida.Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “These grants are vital to our military and defense programs, and the local economies that rely on the operation of those facilities. By providing the necessary funding for the sector’s development, jobs are created and Florida’s workforce is strengthened by the skilled former military personnel who enter the employment market. Enterprise Florida, through its work with the Florida Defense Task Force, is committed to supporting our military and defense sector.”Background on Florida Defense Support Task Force GrantsThe Florida Defense Support Task Force was created in 2011 with the mission to make recommendations to preserve and protect military installations, support the state’s position in research and development related to military missions and contracting, and improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, military families, military retirees and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state.The 2013-14 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants have been awarded to seven worthy projects that serve to protect our military installations across the state. This year, awards were given to the National Simulation Center in Orlando, Clay County Development Authority (two projects), City of Niceville, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, and the Economic Development Alliance of Bay County.This program is administered by Enterprise Florida, Inc. on behalf of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The grants are awarded annually, on a project priority basis, to organizations and communities working to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military installations and missions as well as improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, families and veterans.[mappress]Press Release, November 12, 2013; Image: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Car Crash in Ocean City Leaves One Injured

first_imgThe police department is located at A two-car crash left a Salem County man injured Sunday night at 27th Street and Wesley Avenue in Ocean City.At approximately 9:44 p.m., a vehicle operated by Kevin DiPatri, of Pilesgrove Township, was traveling north in the 2700 block of Wesley Avenue. DiPatri’s vehicle crossed the center line, striking a vehicle with four occupants inside who were traveling south, according to an on scene police investigation.DiPatri’s vehicle overturned as a result of the collision. The second vehicle spun out striking a legally parked vehicle. No one was in the parked vehicle, police said. DiPatri suffered a serious injury to his left hand and was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he was reported in stable condition. The occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Shore Medical Center in Somers Point for minor injuries. Dipatri was issued a summons for careless driving. The accident was investigated by Patrolman Anthony Millevoi.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Sweet Virginia” With The Wood Brothers

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band are fresh off the road from their Wheels of Soul Tour with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. The traveling bands welcomed new opportunities to collaborate with each other across cities nationwide, presenting a different show each time for their beloved fanbases. The Wheels of Soul Tour is especially designed to keep family and friends close on the road with their musical brethren, as to keep the inspiration fresh and within.Tedeschi Trucks Band Shares Video Of Rehearsal With WSP’s John Bell At Red RocksAmong the many highlights was a new cover of “Sweet Virginia” by The Rolling Stones that the band debuted out mid-tour with The Wood Brothers. The collaborators perfected the tune by the end of the tour, as evident in the pro-shot video below, shared by the band. Enjoy!last_img read more

A ‘Rick And Morty’-Inspired Synthesizer To Arrive This Summer

first_imgAww jeeze, it’s time to get “Schwifty” with some new music this summer–and what better way to compose the music to your own adventures than on a Rick and Morty-themed synthesizer. According to reports, the Rick and Morty team over at Adult Swim has teamed up with Swedish electronics company Teenage Engineering to produce a small but effective mini-synth for fans to purchase and play with as the popular animated show gears up for the arrival of its fourth season later this year.Related: Broccoli Samurai Covers The Rick And Morty Theme Song At Funk FestThe hand-held-sized instrument has been named “PO-137,” in reference to the universal identification number of the show’s main characters. The limited edition instrument features vocal samples of both Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, courtesy of the show’s voice actor Justin Roiland. The electronic music instrument looks to allow users to utilize eight separate voice and effects samples, in addition to being able to write, record, and play one’s own beat mix. Unfortunately, this synthesizer won’t be able to provide any LSD-fueled hallucinations, even though the show’s producers have shown favor to the psychoactive drug in the past.Watch and hear some audio samples from the latest musical inspiration from the Rick and Morty universe below. “Fart into this music box!” Teenage Engineers added in a statement to go with the synth’s announcement via social media late last week. “We are so excited to reveal our latest collaboration with Rick and Morty. Together, we created a limited-edition pocket operator (PO-137) available online [at] the beginning of July.”The instrument’s announcement is just the latest example of how the show’s fictional universe continues to successfully incorporate itself within the music industry. The show’s animators have teamed up for collaborations with real-life artists including Run The Jewels. A Rick And Morty Musical Ricksperience Orchestra was even put together to headline the inaugural Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles this past fall.The show’s fourth season is currently scheduled to arrive this November.[H/T NME]last_img read more