Alaska Native Government & Policy | Federal Government | Health | Sexual Abuse & Domestic ViolenceWhite House rep announces domestic violence, sexual assault helplineOctober 20, 2016 by Jennifer Canfield, KTOO Share:A new resource for Alaska Native and American Indian victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be available in January.Tracy Goodluck from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House announced the Strong Hearts Helpline on Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.“The new helpline will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services by and for Native women and will assist American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with safety planning, emotional support and referrals to local resources,” Goodluck said.The helpline is a collaboration between the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It’s scheduled to launch Jan. 4.Share this story:
Alaska Native Government & Policy | Alcohol & Substance Abuse | Community | Crime & Courts | Federal Government | Local Government | Mental Health | Public Safety | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | Southwest | WesternAG Barr says ‘everything is on the table’ to solve Alaska’s public safety crisisJune 10, 2019 by Krysti Shallenberger, KYUK-Bethel Share:U.S. Attorney General William Barr heard concerns from Alaska Native leaders about the lack of law enforcement and high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in rural Alaska. (Photo by Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media)Late last month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spent three days touring Alaska with the congressional delegation to hear about and see for himself the lack of public safety in rural Alaska. He spent a day in Bethel and the nearby village of Napaskiak.Barr’s security detail outnumbered the number of village public safety officers in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, a region roughly the geographic size of Oregon.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/06/190531_barr_visit_fixed.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Western Alaska has a public safety crisis, one that’s been there for decades.A recent Anchorage Daily News article highlighted just how bad it is: At one point this year, at least 1 in 3 rural Alaska villages had no law enforcement. Western Alaska also has some of the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation, and ranks high in the number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.With U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, by his side, the attorney general made his first visit to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.“You have to see it to understand it,” Barr said.Barr said that it’s hard for him to imagine a “more vulnerable population.” And he said that even the bare minimum of basic safety standards is lacking in the Y-K Delta.Barr and Murkowski first visited Bethel’s Tundra Women’s Coalition, one of two women’s shelters in the region. Staff there told them that they were over capacity and struggling to make room for families coming in. Ina Marie Chaney, a shelter manager, said that a case has to be pretty serious before the shelter can even consider it.“Right now we’re screening on lethality cases,” Chaney told Murkowski and Barr.And then Barr heard from the Association of Village Council Presidents about the public safety crisis and their ideas about fixing it. Reporters were not allowed in that meeting.AVCP CEO Vivian Korthuis told KYUK later that they presented Barr with a plan to build seven public safety centers in the region, and she hopes that they will get the resources they need to build them.Then it was time to visit Napaskiak. People lined the banks as the boats carrying Barr and Murkowski pulled up to shore.Their first stop was the jail. Inside the large red building are cells made of wood, with wooden doors.Napaskiak has two tribal police officers and two village police officers. All of them are working part-time; they work one week on and one week off. Napaskiak used to have two state-trained village public safety officers, but they left.Barr also visited the school. There, Native Village of Napaskiak President Stephen Maxie Jr. begged him to declare an emergency because of how many alcohol-related deaths happened in the village over the past two years.“The poor suffer the most, and they don’t got the most. They’re hurt the most because we’re always overlooked and always put aside,” Maxie said.Barr said that he sees that the criminal justice system isn’t working for Alaska Native tribes. And as for the types of solutions, he said “everything is on the table.”Meanwhile, another tribal police officer is set to leave after only a couple of months on the job: Harry Williams said that he plans to go to building maintenance. The reason? Better pay and benefits.Barr has said he plans to return to the Y-K Delta. At an Anchorage meeting, he told leaders that he would schedule a followup meeting. So far, no date has been set.Share this story:
By Mike Wackett 21/04/2015 Large ocean carrier alliances are contributing to port congestion, according to Federal Maritime Commissioner (FMC) William Doyle, speaking at the European Maritime Law Organisation’s (EMLO) Spring Seminar in Athens last Friday.Commissioner Doyle said: “In my view, we could be experiencing some growing pains, not so much with the two or three company-sized alliances, but instead with the alliances that contain a larger number of companies.”Citing the Asia – US west coast trade lane, which was badly affected by congestion and industrial action last year, and in the early part of 2015, Mr Doyle said the “disorganised” block loading of containers at load ports was a contributing factor leading to confusion at the discharge terminal.“The containers are scattered all over the west coast terminals making it difficult and time consuming for the truckers and shippers to retrieve their cargo,” he said.The four east – west trade vessel-sharing alliances consist of the 2M with two partners, the Ocean Three, the CKYHE with five carriers and the G6 with six member carriers.It has been reported that the G6 alliance has the most complicated operation at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, serving seven terminals at the San Pedro Bay port complex, with some of the members suffering above par extra costs during the peak of the congestion troubles.The commissioner said the problem had been aggravated by ships not meeting their scheduled windows, “resulting in vessel bunching upon reaching the discharge ports”.He added: “Once at the terminal, these new larger ships discharge cargo, one ship after the other – swamping the terminal.”There is no doubt that an 8,000 – 10,000 teu ship co-loading for six carriers in Asia from four or five ports for discharge, at seven terminals on the US west coast, is an extremely challenging operation requiring a complex stowage plan.As the so-called ‘grey’ chassis-sharing agreement has eased this particular pinch point at the LA / LB terminals, there have been calls for carriers to adopt a similar interchange of containers, especially among the large alliances.However, although there are obvious benefits from this co-operation – assuming it would be able to clear regulatory hurdles – carriers are still reluctant to give up their only differentiating branding from the mega-alliance operations.Meanwhile, Mr Doyle’s remarks follow the release earlier in the week of the FMC’s report on the escalating problem of detention and demurrage charges at US hub ports.The FMC held port congestion forums in the second half of 2014 at Los Angeles, Baltimore, Charleston and New Orleans and heard complaints from importers, exporters and trucking companies that they were being obliged to pay demurrage and detention charges even though it was impossible to collect containers within the free period allowed.One shipper told FMC staff that it had paid over $100,000 in demurrage charges over the preceding year compared with $10,000 for the previous 12-month period.The ‘discussion paper’ will “help stimulate solutions to problems”, and Mr Doyle said he hoped that it would “entice the maritime community to resolve their differences on demurrage and detention without direct action being taken by the FMC”.
By Gavin van Marle 03/08/2017 A UK employment court has ruled against courier firm Addison Lee, deciding one of its drivers had been unlawfully classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee.The London Central Employment tribunal yesterday ruled that Christopher Gascoigne is consequently entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage – the amount of holiday pay owed by the company to Mr Gascoigne will be determined in a later hearing.In contrast to independent contractors, are entitled to holiday pay, guaranteed minimum wage and protection against discrimination, as well as rights to sick pay and protection against unfair dismissal.The decision is the latest victory for the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which has won four “gig economy” employment cases against courier companies CitySprint, Excel, eCourier and now Addison Lee.In all four, judges ruled or the company admitted that the couriers were in fact workers and not independent contractors.“As if we needed any more evidence; today’s judgment once again proves our point. The law is clear and employers in the so-called ‘gig economy’ have been choosing to unlawfully deprive their workers of rights,” said IWGB general secretary Dr Jason Moyer-Lee.The IWGB is also currently awaiting a decision by the Central Arbitration Committee on the employment status and union recognition case it brought against food delivery company Deliveroo.
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News NewsEconomy SHARE US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Kang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] North Korea starts selection process for divided family reunions: veterans ‘a priority’ News Lee Heung Jong, who is North Korean, cries while meeting his daughter, Lee Jung Suk, who is South Korean, during the October 2015 divided family reunions at Kumgang Mountain in North Korea. Image: Korea Press Photographers AssociationNorth Korea has reportedly begun preparations to select participants for the upcoming inter-Korean family reunions, set to take place at North’s Mount Kumgang resort from August 20 to 26. The North Korean authorities have stated that former members of the “volunteer army” (those who supported the Korean People’s Army during the Korean War) have priority, and the state is currently conducting background checks and evaluating the level of their “loyalty” toward the state.“The process of selecting participants for the divided family reunions is currently ongoing in each region of the country,” said a South Pyongan-based source on July 2. “Those who were born in South Korea and participated in the Korean War as volunteer soldiers are being placed on lists and undergoing background checks.”“Currently, Korean Workers’ Party representatives are visiting the homes of former volunteer army veterans and assessing their mental health, living conditions, and level of loyalty to the regime,” the source said.A source in Pyongyang added, “State officials are the only ones who know how many volunteer army veterans there are and how many are still alive. Most of them are more than 80 years old, so there are likely very few left.” The North Korean authorities have chosen the volunteer army veterans as a priority because of their advanced age and their relatively higher loyalty to the regime. In-depth investigations into the loyalty of such individuals toward the regime and their songbun status (societal status based on family political background and loyalty) are being conducted to determine eligibility.As inter-Korean relations have rapidly improved, North Koreans with family members who have defected to South Korea are expressing hope in advance of the family reunions.“Many members of divided families in North Korea were classified as dangers to the state in the 1950s, but they are now allowed to meet with their families in South Korea,” the Pyongyang-based source said. “Many people here hope that North Korean defectors may also have the chance to meet their families in North Korea again.”The source in South Pyongan Province explained that because inter-Korean relations have improved, many North Korean state officials have become more light-hearted than in the past. “A Party official joked that he hoped he could eat a South Korean choco-pie while at the reunions,” she said. By Kang Mi Jin – 2018.07.04 5:51pm Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders
flynt/123RF A man from Port Moody, B.C. was sentenced Feb. 28 in Surrey Provincial Court to three months in jail for violating a permanent ban on capital market activities.Rui Armando Figueiredo (a.k.a. Roy Figueiredo), 58, pleaded guilty to one count of breaching an order of the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), and will serve the three-month sentence consecutively with a three-and-a-half-year sentence for fraud charges brought by the Surrey RCMP. IE Staff FCA seeks consumer duty standards He also will be on probation for two years following his release from custody and was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to the victims of the fraud.In 2016 a BCSC panel found that Figueiredo operated a fraudulent investment scheme through his companies PARE Realty Ltd. and 0929870 B.C. Ltd. He was permanently banned from purchasing and trading in any securities or exchange contracts; becoming or acting as a director or officer of any issuer or registrant; becoming or acting as a registrant or promoter; engaging in investor relations activities; and acting in a management or consultative capacity in connection with the securities market.A 2017 investigation by the BCSC’s Criminal Investigations Branch found that Figueiredo traded in securities and acted as a director and officer of 1092580 B.C. Ltd., contrary to the 2016 BCSC order.Figueiredo has been in custody since his arrest on the BCSC’s charges in June 2017. Due to the time that Figueiredo has already spent in custody, he has approximately 14 months remaining on his total sentence. Keywords Securities regulationsCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission U.S. securities watchdogs reviewing recent stock market turbulence OSC adds three to IAP Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Sovereign defaults hit record level in 2020: Fitch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media For the oil producing provinces, the pandemic effects will be augmented by the added fiscal challenge stemming from low oil prices, which Moody’s said “are too low to encourage significant private sector investment and will continue to suppress provincial oil royalties.”“Multi-year deficits are expected to arise for most Canadian provinces,” said Michael Yake, senior vice president at Moody’s, in a release.“Although some recovery in budgetary imbalances will begin in fiscal year 2021-22, we expect material deficits to continue as provinces delay implementation of fiscal consolidation measures until pandemic pressures have fully eased,” he added.Moody’s noted that the provinces will continue to benefit from federal supports and the low interest rate environment will enable governments to carry higher debts.Still, it expects provincial debt issuance will remain high in 2021 “with the aggregate provincial debt burden is expected to increase to 222% in fiscal year ending March 31, 2022.” James Langton Related news Keywords Pandemics, Coronavirus, Oil, Credit ratings, ProvincesCompanies Moody’s Investors Service corund/123RF Canada’s provincial governments will be under pressure from the effects of Covid-19 in 2021, particularly the energy-dependent provinces, according to Moody’s Investors Service.The rating agency said its outlook for the provinces in 2021 is negative as government finances will face continued spending pressures due to the pandemic. A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Government Signs Wage Agreement With Police Federation UncategorizedSeptember 14, 2008 RelatedGovernment Signs Wage Agreement With Police Federation Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A new two-year wage agreement (2008 to 2010), was signed yesterday (Sept.11), between the Government and the Jamaica Police Federation, during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, National Heroes Circle offices.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Senator Dwight Nelson, noted that the 40-hour work week provision, which requires that police personnel who work excess hours be paid an allowance in place of overtime, was one of the key areas of the 2008/10 wage agreement. This he explains will be retroactive to April, 2008.“I honestly don’t think that there is any other group in the public sector who under normal circumstances are forced to work the extensive hours that members of the Police Force are forced to work. We have decided that it is totally unacceptable, in a context where we subscribe to the United Nations philosophy of decent work,” he stated.Other highlights include the agreement between the Ministry of National Security and the Police Federation, for the introduction of arrangements, which will allow members of the Constabulary Force to engage in “extra work”; as well as benefits for the development of personnel, including education grants, especially for tertiary level education.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, stated that he was pleased that the Government was able to come to an agreement with the Federation.“It breaks new ground in the sense that while it doesn’t fully incorporate all of what was probably needed in terms of the additional increments, it is a start. I want to thank you for coming to an agreement so we can get on with the business of doing what your mandate requires to serve and to protect,” Mr Shaw said.He also noted that over the next six months, the Force will receive some 200 new vehicles of different types such as utility pick-ups and motor cars.“We also want to ensure that we put aside adequate resources to improve the working conditions because we are aware of the parlous state of so many of our police stations island wide. This year some $900 million has been set aside and is now being spent (on) six new police stations and to repair probably close to 30 additional police stations,” Mr Shaw added.Meanwhile, Minister of National Security, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, noted that he was pleased that the Government has reached an amicable agreement with the police.Chairman of the Federation, Corporal Raymond Wilson, also stated that he was pleased with the way the wage negotiations had taken place. RelatedGovernment Signs Wage Agreement With Police Federation RelatedGovernment Signs Wage Agreement With Police Federation