Record Growth Continues In USI Graduate School Enrollment

first_imgFor the seventh consecutive semester, the University of Southern Indiana has seen record-setting growth in its graduate enrollment. At 1,537, graduate student numbers are up 6.1% from last year, much of which can be attributed to the continued success of The Romain College of Business’ online MBA program. USI currently offers a total of 13 master’s programs and two doctoral programs.“Our graduate programs, including our highly-successful MBA program, are prime examples of how we are innovating to meet the needs of our community, the region and beyond,” said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, USI president. “A dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting places our business college in an elite category shared by less than 2% of business schools worldwide. That’s a distinction that highlights the quality of the academic offerings we provide.”USI also welcomes the most academically well-prepared freshman class in its history. These 1,585 first-time-in-college students boast an average 3.44 GPA on a 4.0 high school scale. “USI has become a campus of choice for students who have high academic standards and goals,” said Rochon. “We focus on providing a high-quality education in an environment that is nurturing and prepares our students for all aspects of their lives.” The University has seen sustained growth in four-, five- and six-year graduation rates, another indicator of student quality and success.In a highly competitive marketplace, overall USI enrollment for the 2019 fall semester, at 10,734, is down by 2.6% from 2018. This includes students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs and 2,044 students enrolled in dual credit including USI’s College Achievement Program (CAP) in 27 high schools across Indiana. CAP continues to be an important tool in enabling many students to graduate college in four years or less. Transfer enrollment stands at 509 students in 2019, compared to 519 in 2018.Students at USI represent 91 Indiana counties, 42 states and 69 countries. In-state students make up 80% of the student body, while out-of-state enrollment, including international students make up 20%. Minority and international students are at a record high at 15.4%.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Seed Pricing

first_imgPinenuts: The market continues to go from bad to worse. There has been some respite over the past month when there were offers of Pakistani pinenuts, however many manufacturers find these more oily with generally a shorter shelf life than the Chinese. There is increasing demand for a product that has had one of its worst years for supply. The hope is for a better new crop from China and/or a relaxation in cross-border supply into China, but this will not be arriving into Europe before the end of December.Pumpkin: It will be about four months before we see any respite from new crop, and all indications are for prices to climb before this can offer any relief. It looks like stocks will struggle to see off demand this side of early January so users are strongly advised to try to identify their additional requirements while stocks last. We are already seeing 2010 deliveries being offered at a near 20% discount to current crop, despite the concerns over a repeat of the poor supply this year. Sunflower: Prices continue to show excellent value both in comparison with pinenuts and pumpkin but also across the wider seed sector. Fortunately, China has some competition from the US which relieves the pressure, and supply has been a relatively equal match for demand.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtislast_img read more

Walking in Cuba

first_imgWhen Havana’s steamy afternoons melt into sherbet-colored sultriness, Jonathan Hansen goes exploring.He strolls the malecón, the capital city’s coastal esplanade, passing through dilapidated neighborhoods, spending hours “just walking and walking and walking,” he said, moving beyond tourist spheres in search of gritty slices of authentic Cuban life.And when he finds them, he photographs them. “There’s so much life in the Cuban street,” he said.Often approaching his subjects from two to three miles away, usually from some height, Hansen snaps, later close-cropping his photos — a technique that lends a painterly effect to the city’s already colorful rusticity. “It’s in the close cropping where I often find things that are interesting, or delightful, or unnoticed,” said Hansen, a senior lecturer on social studies at Harvard.These long walks have produced a cache of photographs that Hansen is showing at the Belmont Gallery of Art now through May. “Cuba is simultaneously beautiful and sad, and you can see it all there,” he said, everything from the architecture to fisherman along the malecón to “kids living on a knife’s edge.”Hansen has had an ongoing love affair with Cuba, though he’s hesitant to romanticize the struggling Caribbean nation that’s just now experiencing a glimmer of economic hope in the wake of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic initiative easing decades of restrictions in opposition to Cuba’s communist government.“The erosion and the neglect of 60 years in Cuba has exposed the old amid the new,” he said. As a historian, “I’m interested in the sedimentary quality of Cuban life, how past and present come together in layers of social and psychological struggle, say, or in ongoing tensions over race relations.”In 2012, Hansen told the Gazette that his first book on Cuba, “Guantánamo: An American History,” “introduced me to a new world that I’m not quite ready to give up.” Since then, he has flown back and forth to Cuba whenever his teaching schedule and busy family life permit. In the past two years, he’s been down at least 15 times.His latest project, a biography of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s childhood and early days in power titled “Young Castro,” is in progress and due to Simon & Schuster next year. After the summer, Hansen will go on sabbatical to write the manuscript and sort through his research, much of it gathered at the Oficina de Asuntos Históricos del Consejo de Estado, the sanctum sanctorum of Castro archives.Hansen calls the long days of academic research “hard, lonely, and sometimes frustrating, especially in a foreign language where I can’t really make jokes.” But it’s that which makes the creative aftermath so much sweeter.“I get kicked out of the archive around 4 o’clock, and I just start walking,” he said.There’s a fitting covertness to Hansen’s artistic approach in Cuba. He’s not quite a tourist and not quite a photographer, and doesn’t want to look like either, so he uses a “very good pocket camera,” he said, “a Sony RX100, the camera that real photographers take with them on trips if they can’t bring their professional equipment.”“I don’t have any virtue as a technician,” Hansen said, “but I have the luxury of patience. My photos recapitulate what I’m writing about, only in a different way.”Hansen’s writing is steadily earning him billing as a Cuba expert. The New York Times, the BBC, and the Voice of Russia radio recently interviewed him on the death of Naty Revuelta, one of Castro’s former lovers from the revolutionary period, and one of Hansen’s unlikely friends.Before her death, Hansen often visited Revuelta’s home, where she gave him access to a trove of letters between her and Castro.Hansen recently spent several days in Mexico City with Castro’s sister Enma, who shared with him, among other things, a never-before-seen check, dated March 1960, from Castro’s mother to support her son’s agricultural reform, which would later take away the family farm.While “Guantánamo” established Hansen’s predilection for subverting accepted opinion about a person or place, “Young Castro” will go further, introducing audiences to “a Castro we haven’t met before,” he said.“Castro was simultaneously a privileged kid and a country bumpkin, and always felt the need to prove himself. This may have been the source of the immense chip on his shoulder.”Like his photographs, Hansen’s research is exposing not only Cuba’s stunning beauty but also its long-running turmoil. And, to his surprise, he hasn’t received much pushback.“Cubans like ‘Young Castro,’” he said. “It comes at a time when Cuba itself is taking a hard look at what the revolution might have been.”“Cuba From a Different Angle” runs from April 10 to May 15 at the Belmont Gallery of Art. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 10.last_img read more

Inside the Mueller inquiry and the ‘deep state’

first_img The former secretary of state details his frustrations on Iran, Israel, Russia, his revamp of the State Department, and his old boss Related The report by special counsel Robert Mueller on President Trump and Russian involvement in the 2016 election left many unanswered questions, among them what was going on inside the FBI when, unbeknownst to the public, the agency was conducting criminal investigations of both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Trump, just months before balloting. In a new book, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James B. Stewart, J.D. ’76 , a New York Times columnist and New Yorker staff writer, offers a vivid, fly-on-the-wall account of the events that led to Mueller’s appointment by Rod Rosenstein, J.D. ’89, and its aftermath. Stewart weaves together the strands of incidents that began with Clinton’s handling of State Department emails and ends with the findings of Mueller’s inquiry — an investigation the president has called part of a “deep state” conspiracy against him. Stewart spoke with the Gazette about Mueller’s perceived failures, the Trump administration’s growing Ukraine scandal, and the president’s ongoing battle with the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.Q&AJames B. StewartGAZETTE: You cover a lot of familiar ground, from the beginning of the Clinton email saga through the Russia election-interference investigation, showing how deeply intertwined they were. What was your intention?STEWART: Several things. First of all, just as a writer, I thought, it’s a great story; it has great characters; and it illuminates some enormously important issues that go beyond just the immediate conflict. It has a very dramatic conflict driving this story, which is the White House, Trump, locked in combat with the major investigative agencies of the federal government, mostly the FBI, but also, to varying degrees, the Justice Department, which is unprecedented in my experience. And then, the FBI was thrust into the position of investigating both nominees for president at the same time, which people, because they learned first about the Clinton email investigation and then only after the election did they learn about the Trump Russia investigation; a lot of people didn’t realize that these things were going on simultaneously. And then the characters — say what you will about Trump, he’s a great character. And on the other side, you have an array of also very fascinating characters starting with Jim Comey, who’s about as opposite a personality from Trump as you can possibly conceive of. What is it illuminating? It’s the role of law in our government and the ultimate question: Is any person above the law? What unique problems does this pose when parts of the executive branch are investigating major candidates for president? It does go to the whole concept of the rule of law, which is something that I thought most Americans took for granted, but now they have to be reminded about what it is.GAZETTE: There seemed to be so many odd, unforced errors on all sides that had major repercussions on the events of the last few years — Clinton’s mishandling of State Department emails, the later discovery of some of those emails on her aide Huma Abedin’s husband’s laptop, Trump’s TV confession that he fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, the imprudent texts on FBI-issued phones between top FBI staffers, Comey’s dithering over both opening an investigation into Trump and reopening the one into Clinton’s emails.STEWART: I did think several times, my God, you couldn’t make this up. This almost seemingly random alignment or the way certain events played into each other. It was important to me to weave all this together in chronological order so that people could understand the cause-and-effect elements of that. I think typically we digest the news in the order in which reporters find out about it, and that’s not the order in which it occurs. I hope I straighten a lot of this out.GAZETTE: The House impeachment inquiry underway takes up one of the key questions of the Mueller investigation: Did the president and his inner circle seek help from a foreign country to win a presidential election? And the whistleblower complaint alleges the president’s phone call with Ukraine in July took place one day after special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress to explain his work. What do you make of this sequence of events?STEWART: It seems astonishing that the one missing link in the Russia probe, which is Trump’s active participation or instigation or overt acts of conspiracy, he stepped right up and handed it to the Democrats on a silver platter. On the one hand, that’s astonishing. On the other hand, it’s so predictable. You see this behavior constantly in “Deep State.” One, he’s impulsive. Two, he ignores advice. I have a chapter called, “I Know You Told Me Not To, But.” That sums up Trump in a nutshell. Three, he gets rid of people who try to restrain him. And finally, he lies about it, which makes him look guilty, whether he is or he isn’t. Innocent people don’t try to cover things up. We have all those elements going on in Ukraine. The main difference is that he did get rid of anybody who did try to restrain him — [former White House counsel Don] McGahn, [former attorney general Jeff] Sessions, even [former White House chief strategist] Steve Bannon, who becomes the voice of reason in the White House at various points. They’re all gone, and now he has basically lackeys doing what he wants. Particularly disturbing is the role [Attorney General William] Barr seems to be playing in all of this.GAZETTE: Can you talk a bit about Rudy Giuliani, the president’s longtime friend and attorney, who is now a leading figure in the growing scandal around the president’s request for Ukraine’s help damaging Joe Biden’s candidacy and lifting blame from Russia for the 2016 election interference? Giuliani was not a major figure in the Mueller report, but he seemed to have advanced knowledge about the FBI’s reopening of the Clinton email investigation back in October 2016 and was a very visible TV advocate for Trump during the Mueller investigation. “Say what you will about Trump, he’s a great character.” Former prosecutor Alex Whiting of HLS: ‘They found substantial evidence of obstruction of justice’ On the road to impeachment? Parsing the Mueller report The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. STEWART: The Mueller report is quite damning. If you take the elements of the crime of obstruction of justice, each one of those boxes is checked. I don’t understand why Mueller said, “I can’t determine whether a crime was committed here.” But then he says, the reason he doesn’t is it wouldn’t be fair to Trump because as a sitting president he can’t be charged and therefore he would have this hanging over him without any opportunity to contest it in court. Well, that was true the day Mueller took the job, so why did he do it? He wasn’t told, “If you find a crime, don’t reach any conclusion.” That wasn’t his mandate. I think my most serious criticism of Mueller is that he never should’ve taken the job if that’s what he believed. It’s not for to him to decide what’s fair or not. He was given a mission, a mandate, and he punted. I believe there was dissension within his team about that decision. And Barr himself was rather astonished when they finally sat down and Mueller said, “I’m not going to reach a conclusion.” Mueller has a long and eminent career in public service, and I don’t want to take away from that, but his refusal to discuss his reasoning or anything more about it, except to write a letter for blatant mischaracterization, was also something that in today’s world, that just goes with the territory. You can’t just say, “Oh, it speaks for itself” and then disappear. But he did.GAZETTE: So many in D.C. legal and political circles thought Barr was an “institutionalist,” someone who would bring credibility and stability to the office after the unqualified Matt Whitaker and partisan Jeff Sessions left. Why were they apparently so mistaken?STEWART: It’s an enormously important and desirable job. I think he wanted that job very much. And for whatever reason, he’s lashed himself to the Trump mast. Is there anything that Trump would ask him to do that he would balk at? I don’t know. I’m astonished that he’s globe-trotting now, reexamining the origins of the Russia probe, apparently looking to deliver what Trump wants on that. The relationship between the attorney general and the presidency has been fraught at many different points. Trump has taken it to an extreme. Barr is no Roy Cohn, [Trump’s late fiercely loyal and combative lawyer,] but he’s veering in that direction. There’s a long history of how the attorney general needs to communicate with the White House and how you maintain a certain level of independence so that the public has confidence that the law is being enforced in a fair and objective way. That’s what we’re losing. I don’t know how anyone can look at the FBI and Justice Department and feel comfortable it’s discharging its constitutional mission.GAZETTE: If Trump and Barr are investigating the DOJ and FBI to find out what triggered the Russia investigation, a probe they think was illegitimate, won’t that impede these agencies’ effectiveness?STEWART: There are career people in there who don’t answer to [Barr] and can’t be fired readily, although you see that didn’t stop them from firing people like Peter Strzok [who led the FBI investigation that found nothing criminal in the Hillary Clinton email scandal]. So yeah, people are afraid. I know people in there, and they’re all frightened. It took decades, generations to build up the integrity of these institutions, and it’s being torn down with breathtaking speed. Who’s going to go work for the FBI and the Justice Department in the wake of this? If you’re an FBI agent, you don’t make a lot of money, but you were highly esteemed, very respected in society. They thought they were doing their patriotic duty. I know lots of them. They tilt heavily Republican. They’re law-and-order people. And now, suddenly, they’re being attacked by the president of the United States. They’re being dragged through the mud. They’re being accused of being part of this sinister “deep state.” Why would a really quality, competent person want to walk into that? I think that’s going to be a serious problem going forward.GAZETTE: What will it take to recover?STEWART: I’d like to think that this is a nonpartisan issue, that the integrity of law enforcement in this country is something everybody could agree on. We should not have a police state. You read how Lenin took over Russia, the first thing he does is gain control of the investigative arm of the police force and make it a secret police for himself. I can’t believe that anyone of any party would ever endorse something like that in democratic America. But it’s going to take, whoever gets elected, Republican or Democrat, a really concerted effort to restore confidence because it’s been so badly damaged.This interview has been edited for clarity and condensed for length. Tillerson’s exit interview STEWART: I think what you see in Giuliani is — first of all, he came into the Russia investigation, and he started representing the president and, at that point, all cooperation stopped. [John] Dowd, who had been representing [Trump] and who left, had been saying, “Look, if we don’t have anything to hide here, why don’t we cooperate? Why don’t we lay this to rest?” Giuliani put a stop to that. I’ve been critical of Mueller because [Giuliani] succeeded. The president never had to answer questions about obstruction. He never had to answer any questions from the time he became president. I can’t imagine many prosecutors accepting that from the major subject of an investigation.GAZETTE: Was that a fatal mistake by Mueller?STEWART: Was it fatal? I don’t know how you could conclude there was no collusion with Russia without having questioned the president about what he did while he was in office — and even more strongly with obstruction. Going back to Giuliani. Trump sees the world in very binary terms: Did he win or did he lose? He saw Russia as a win. He saw obstruction as a win, and Giuliani helped deliver that to him, and so he’s very tight with Giuliani as a result of that. He has a lot of confidence in him. The other thing I think he realizes is that with Giuliani in no official capacity except his lawyer, he can [try to] cloak everything in the attorney-client privilege. We’re just getting a hint of that now, with Giuliani refusing to provide any information [in response to a House subpoena on the Ukraine case], but that’s going to go on.GAZETTE: Beyond the whistleblower, what do you make of the decisions by Fiona Hill, A.M. ’91, Ph.D. ’98, a former top White House national security adviser, and [former U.S.] Ambassador [to Ukraine] Marie Yovanovitch, [former U.S. special representative for Ukraine] Kurt Volker and other State Department officials to defy Trump’s orders and testify before the House about Trump’s foreign policy actions?STEWART: In Trump’s view it’s the “deep state” coming alive because he doesn’t understand, or he doesn’t seem to understand in any way, the checks and balances that are built into our constitutional system. What he calls the “deep state” now is not what the “deep state” was in places like Turkey and Egypt, or even in the U.S., where it’s a variation on the old “military industrial complex.” He calls the professional bureaucracy the “deep state.” Well, that’s not true, except in the sense that by thwarting him, they’re doing their duty. They are patriots. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution. They work for the American people. They do not work for the White House. They are not paid by the White House, they are not hired by the White House. And thank goodness we have them.Here’s something that’s shocking to me, very shocking, that I don’t think many people have focused on: The whistleblower turned his complaint over; it went through the channels; it got to the Justice Department. Barr steps up and says “There’s no crime here; there’s nothing to investigate” before he knows what the facts are, so he didn’t refer it to the FBI. The FBI, who should be investigating the whistleblower [complaint], they’re doing nothing that I’m aware of. You have this extraordinary situation where the primary investigative agency that should be investigating this isn’t doing it. Which is why, whatever you think about impeachment, we need the Congress to perform an investigative function, otherwise the American people will never know the facts.GAZETTE: The Mueller report was widely perceived by Trump foes as a failure because while it contains an astonishing litany of detail about legally questionable activities and potentially impeachable actions, it draws no firm conclusions. Were people wrong to expect that Mueller would declare yes/no crimes were committed, or was he boxed in all along by the Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted? “Trump sees the world in very binary terms: Did he win or did he lose?” Harvard legal and political experts explore the thorny legal and political implications of trying to unseat Trump last_img read more

Bring employees up to speed

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Perhaps the most practical, cost-effective way to fight fraud is a good training program. “At the end of the day,” notes Chris Guard, VP/compliance and fraud at $40 billion North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union, Raleigh, “most fraud is not a result of sophisticated technology but human error.” The human element remains the weakest link, and educating staff is critical. “Attacks occur simultaneously across multiple channels,” he explains, so the contact center, the tellers and the new accounts people all have to be alert to what’s happening across all these channels.”“No product can replace a vigilant credit union employee,” says John Buzzard, previously principal of the counterfeit ATM fraud operation at FICO and now industry fraud specialist at CUES Supplier member CO-OP Financial Services, Rancho Cucamonga, California. “The fraudsters may have a lot of data needed to fool machines, but an alert person can throw them off just by changing the routine a bit and asking good questions. I attended a conference once,” he recalls, “where the primary speaker was a convicted (and recently paroled) cyber thief. When someone in the audience asked him which corporate target was the toughest to penetrate, he replied, ‘That would be American Express, because they allow their employees to think outside the box by asking unusual questions. Many of them would simply place me on hold and call the actual cardholder directly, thwarting my best efforts with a single phone call.’ Sometimes the simplest action has the most powerful results.”last_img read more

Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection

first_imgFamily members and relatives of Kerobokan inmates can now only contact their loved ones through video calls provided by prison authorities.Infrared body temperature scanners and hand sanitizers are provided in the jail, particularly for the prison guards to prevent them from bringing the virus to the penitentiary from outside. Authorities regularly spray disinfectant in the facility and have temporarily suspended empowerment programs for inmates involving religious communities and non-governmental organizations.A man sprays disinfectant at Kerobokan prison in Bali on Thursday. (Courtesy of /Kerobokan prison)In Tanjung Gusta penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra, a two-week lockdown is in effect. It began on Monday.Tanjung Gusta warden Frans Elias Nico said that only lawyers were allowed to visit their clients during the period. The prison also offers a video calling facility for family members to contact inmates.Lily, a Medan resident whose husband is serving a prison term in Tanjung Gusta, expressed her disappointment about not being able to visit her husband on his birthday later this week.But she agreed that the lockdown was necessary given the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s sad that I cannot visit my husband in the penitentiary because of the lockdown. But it’s all right since I can video call,” Lily said.Read also: Forget ‘mudik’ this year, govt tells people as Idul Fitri moves closerThere have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases inside prisons so far. But legal and human rights activists have been quick to warn the government that failing to act could expose the prison population to the coronavirus, particularly given the massive levels of overcrowding in Indonesian jails.The country’s correctional facilities are notorious for holding inmates above their capacities. Indonesia has 524 penitentiaries and detention centers that, as of March 23, hold a total of 268,967 inmates, more than double the total capacity of 131,931 inmates, according data from the Law and Human Rights Ministry. Understaffing has also been a longstanding issue plaguing correctional facilities across the country, with Jakarta having only 806 guards to monitor more than 18,000 inmates. Bali and North Sumatra have 300 and 1,257 guards respectively, far lower than the number of inmates held in the two provinces.Law and Human Rights Ministry acting corrections director general Nugraha has instructed correctional facilities across Indonesia to adopt precautionary measures that he said were essential to prevent local transmission from occurring inside prisons: temperature checks for visitors and guards and the regular disinfection of jails.“No inmates have been detected as [COVID-19] ODP [people under surveillance] or PDP [patients under treatment],” Corrections Directorate General spokesperson Rika Aprianti said on Monday.ODP is the government’s official term for people who have traveled recently in infected regions or have come in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases but have not shown any symptoms. The PDP status is given to those already showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and already under medical care but whose statuses need confirmation with testing.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 579 confirmed cases and 49 deaths. About 61 percent of positive cases were found in Jakarta, making the capital the epicenter of the pandemic in Indonesia.Read also: Readiness of Greater Jakarta hospitals key in mitigating spread of COVID-19Yet Rika said the inmates’ risk of contracting the disease remained low as their contact with the outside world had been limited even before the pandemic, brushing off concerns that social distancing was hard to implement in the overcrowded facilities.According to Rika, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has ordered the Corrections Directorate General to prepare at least one jail cell as a coronavirus isolation ward in each province to prepare for possible infections inside correctional facilities.Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) researcher Genoveva Alicia urged the government to consider releasing select inmates, particularly those in line for parole or at the end of their prison terms.“There should be an assessment [to explore possibilities for the release of inmates], but such a measure should be done quickly. [Those] in line for parole should be accelerated,” Genoveva said.She also cautioned the wardens to enact the visitor restriction policy carefully, saying that such a measure could lead to prison riots as inmates often relied on their family members to obtain basic necessities.The outbreak, which has infected at least 367,000 people worldwide and has claimed at least 16,000 lives, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, has prompted authorities worldwide to take drastic measures in prisons. The Iranian government temporarily freed 85,000 prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 among its prison population, while United States President Donald Trump said he was considering issuing an executive order to release some prisoners, according to Reuters.Topics : Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 2,000 foreigners seek to stay in Bali as home countries close borders“Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to implement social distancing inside the prison as we don’t have the facilities to do so. That’s why we are focusing on preventing infection from outside and sterilizing the prison and all prisoners,” Kerobokan prison warden Yulius Sahruzah told The Jakarta Post on Monday.“We have 1,670 people inside. That is too many. It is too risky even if a single inmate is ever infected.”As of Monday, Bali had recorded six COVID-19 cases and two deaths, a British woman and a French man. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 is practically impossible to implement in the country’s overcrowded correctional facilities, making them particularly vulnerable to the illness.As the number of inmates has outstripped the capacity of penitentiaries in almost all of Indonesia’s provinces, correctional authorities are scrambling to lower the risk of infection inside prisons, mostly by limiting prison visits.Kerobokan men’s penitentiary in Bali, for example, has decided to ban all visitors until March 31 to protect inmates and staff as the novel coronavirus spreads outside. It holds 1,670 inmates, including 76 foreigners from 29 countries, far above its capacity of 352 prisoners.last_img read more

Anies wants online early warning system for floods

first_imgBelow are seven instructions regulated in the decree:1. Build an early detection and warning system for floods and an adaptive, predictive, smart and integrated flood mitigation system.2. Ensure the existing flood mitigation infrastructure to operate at optimal capacity.3. Accelerate the development of flood mitigation infrastructure that is still incomplete. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has called on the city’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) to warn the public about the potential of a flood at least one day before the flood occurs.The instruction was stipulated in Gubernatorial Decree No. 52/2020 about the acceleration of flood control system improvement during the climate change era, which was signed by Anies on Sept. 15.According to Anies, the agency must announce areas at risk of flooding through an online early warning system while continuing to monitor those areas. 4. Enforce the public’s role in flood prevention.5. Improve the flood mitigation system corresponding with the demands of climate change.6. Nurture awareness, empowerment and responsive behavior toward flood and climate change in the community.7. Ensure the availability of physical needs and optimize the budget for flood mitigation. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Seatricity moorings set for summer decommissioning

first_imgWave energy developer Seatricity has set a timetable to remove all residual mooring equipment used for Oceanus 2 wave energy device testing at Wave Hub.The decommissioning operation is expected to last up to ten days to remove five clump weights and lower elements of the mooring lines from the seabed, as that is the only infrastructure left in relation to Oceanus 2 deployment.The moorings, consisting of five gravity anchors made of a single main reactive clump and four smaller clumps, were installed on May 31, 2014.The first Oceanus 2 installation followed less than a month later. After series of trials, the Oceanus 2 device was recovered to Falmouth on August 20, 2016, and was not deployed since.Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid diving, a dive team will also be on stand-by to support if required, according to Seatricity.To remind, Devon-based marine contractor Keynvor MorLift (KML) was hired last year to perform the decommissioning.KML will use the Severn Sea survey vessel, and Sarah Grey multicat vessel, to perform the retrieval with the assistance of the Ocean Enterprise support catamaran workboat.As reported earlier, Seatricity planned to continue the trials on the Oceanus 2 device in 2017, but due to delays with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant funding, and the infrastructure decommissioning deadline, the testing of Oceanus 2 device at Wave Hub was discontinued.Wave Hub is a grid-connected site for testing wave energy converters located offshore Hayle on the north coast of Cornwall, at the eastern edge of the Atlantic Ocean.last_img read more

Montserrat’s new Constitutional Order comes into effect September 27

first_imgFlag of Montserrat. Photo credit: flags.netBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) – Montserrat’s new Constitutional Order will come into effect on September 27, 2011.According to Governor Adrian Davis, plans are ongoing to commemorate the event. The governor will give remarks and swear in the relevant officials as will be necessary under the new order. These include the premier and deputy premier, Reuben Meade and Charles Kirnon respectively. On the 28th, the first official sitting of the Legislative Assembly will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, to be followed by other cultural activities surrounding this momentous occasion. The general public will be invited to attend and be a part of the proceedings. Davis said Montserrat’s new Constitution Order reflects the desire of the United Kingdom to have a more progressive relationship with the Overseas Territories and speaks to good governance, more transparency and a means by which citizens can seek redress when necessary.The upcoming events will be the culmination of a 10-year journey to review the 1989 Constitutional Order, consult and draft a new order that takes into account the views of Montserratians locally and abroad.Notable changes in the new order includes the establishment of the Complaints Commission, a restructured Public Service Commission, the Integrity Commission, which was established as a result of the 2009 integrity legislation, and a National Security Council. The present Executive Council will be renamed the Legislative Assembly and the chief minister, who will thereafter be called the premier. Davis said on Wednesday that the commissions will not be operational on the day the new order takes effect as there are several hurdles still to overcome. However, the aim is to have all of the new commissions operational within six months. Meade said the possibility exists that some commissions will be staffed and led by Montserratians living abroad, adding that the new commissions will cost an additional half a million dollars to operate annually.by Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Now Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 12 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Montserrat’s new Constitutional Order comes into effect September 27 by: – September 16, 2011last_img read more