South Africa and Far East to discuss poaching

first_imgWhite rhino (Ceratotherium simum) inthe Kruger National Park  The SouthAfrican government is planning to clampdown heavily on wildlife poachers, andespecially those who kill rhino. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Sputnik RatauEnvironmental Affairs media liaison officer+27 12 336 8790 or +27 82 874 2942 RELATED ARTICLES • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • New unit to rescue rhinos • Kruger’s animal populations growing• Rescuing the white rhinoMinister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica delivered the keynote address at the Rhino Summit, which was held at the Reserve Bank’s conference centre in Pretoria on 5 and 6 October.The summit’s aim was to address the tragic surge in rhino poaching incidents that has rocked Southern Africa in the last few months.Sonjica reaffirmed her department’s commitment to eradicating rhino poaching, and also mentioned planned future talks between South Africa and Far East countries including Vietnam, China and Japan, to discuss ways in which to bring the illegal wildlife trade in those regions under control.The summit, which was also intended as a review of the effectiveness of current anti-poaching efforts, forms part of the implementation of the so-called Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa.Also in attendance were Environmental Affairs Director-general Nosipho Ngcaba, the deputy director-general for biodiversity and conservation Fundisile Mketeni, and representatives of various law enforcement agencies, NGOs, and national parks.SA united against poaching“It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for me to address you at this important event in the history of conservation in our country,” said Sonjica in her speech.“I’m standing here with mixed feelings – of excitement and sadness – given the context of the issues that have prompted this gathering. I’m sad because the country’s proud track record on rhino conservation is being undermined by the senseless killing of rhino and its associated Illegal wildlife trafficking.“On the other hand, I’m excited to note that the country is united in its resolve to fight this unfortunate scourge and that tremendous progress is being made from all fronts to ensure that South Africa remains a beacon of hope in conservation management.“South Africa is recognised internationally as a significant role player in rhino conservation because we currently have a proud track record of conserving more rhino than any other country. We are also playing a major role in helping other countries to re-establish their rhino populations.“Allow me to give you a bit of background and remind you of the history of rhino conservation in South Africa. The rhino population in South Africa was on the brink of extinction in the early 1960s, but at the end of 2007 South Africa had conserved 35% of Africa’s black rhino and 93% of Africa’s white rhino respectively.“The net annual growth rate of the white rhino population in South Africa is 6.6%. South Africa currently has a population of approximately 19 000 white rhino and 1 750 black rhino. From that picture, it is evident that we have made tremendous strides in rhino conservation, especially white rhino.“Unfortunately the rhino population in South Africa is now being threatened by an upsurge in the illegal killing of rhinos and the leakage of illegally obtained rhino horn stocks into the international illegal trade.“Throughout the years there have been successful breakthroughs in rhino poaching investigations by the many law enforcement agencies in South Africa. However from 2008 onwards rhino poaching has escalated at an alarming rate, as has the leakage of both legal and illegal rhino horns held in the various private and government stockpiles with no indication of decreasing.”Sonjica informed the audience that to date, 227 rhinos had been illegally killed on South African soil since the beginning of the year, and that should this trend continue, over 300 animals will have met an unnecessary death by the end of 2010.“The Department of Environmental Affairs is aware that only a well-coordinated effort by all law enforcement agencies in South Africa will make an impact on the illegal killing of the rhinos. The department developed and implemented various initiatives over the last two years to address this concerning scourge and its subsequent trade in illegally obtained rhinoceros horns.“Among other actions, these interventions include:The publishing of a national moratorium on the sale of individual rhinoceros horns and any derivates or products within South Africa in 2009 to ensure that no legally obtained horns end up in the illegal trade;The publishing of national norms and standards for the marking of rhino horn and the hunting of white rhinoceros for trophy hunting purposes on 20 July 2009 to further regulate marking and hunting of rhinoceros;The establishment of a national, multi-departmental biodiversity investigators forum in March 2009 which coordinates and acts as a contact point where all biodiversity related law enforcement information is collected, accessed, distributed and tasked to specific subgroups of the forum;South Africa was nominated to participate in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force;The Department of Environmental Affairs has established a Directorate: Biodiversity Enforcement to coordinate and investigate biodiversity related crimes on a national basis;The establishment of an interim National Wildlife Crime Reaction Unit or NWCRU within the department was approved in February this year. The unit will be fully operational once all the secondment process is finalised;The publishing of the national regulations for CITES wild fauna and flora in March 2010 for the control of legal international trade in CITES-listed species including rhino;Approval and implementation of a National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations and Horn Stocks in South Africa.Working together“Ladies and gentlemen, the establishment of the interim NWCRU is aimed at responding to the current spate of wildlife crimes and more specifically the upsurge of rhino poaching and smuggling of rhino horn.“This unit is driven by the Department of Environmental Affairs, with the South African National Parks leading its coordination on behalf of the Department. The NWCRU will, among others, react immediately when a serious wildlife crime has been committed and be able to detect and investigate smuggling of wildlife and wildlife products.Sonjica said that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has deployed a dedicated endangered species coordinator in each province, and that an elite team of the SAPS Hawks will focus on rhino poaching related activities around the country.The Hawks, also known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, are a special branch of the SAPS which arose from the now-defunct – and highly successful – Directorate for Special Operations, or Scorpions.“We are happy with the cooperation from the National Prosecution Authorities who have designated prosecutors in province and nationally to deal with organised environmental crime matters,” said Sonjica.“Owing to the increase in rhino poaching, we now have the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa. This strategy is aimed at providing us with guiding principles to inform decision-making processes, strategic planning and operations aimed at reducing the effects of poaching on rhino species and to ensure the successful arrest, conviction and sentencing of poachers, illegal traders and crime syndicates operating locally at park level, regionally, nationally and internationally. Although we are tackling this challenge locally, we are also taking our efforts beyond our country’s borders.“We are engaging our Southern African Development Community (SADC) partners on a regular basis through the SADC Rhino and Elephant Security Group which meets annually to discuss issues related to the safety and security of rhinos and elephants in the region.“The Rhino Management Group which consists of countries in the region is another important establishment which facilitates the implementation of the SADC Regional Rhino Strategy. We believe that working together with our counterparts in the region is the only way to collectively deal with this scourge since these marauding bandits have no respect for any political boundaries.International talks“Also as part of our international engagement programme, I am happy to announce that we are also planning a bilateral visit to Vietnam to discuss issues of concern regarding the smuggling of rhino horn and the legal export of sport hunted white rhino trophies. The Department of Environmental Affairs is also in consultation with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on bilateral engagements with China and Japan on wildlife law enforcement, capacity building, and improved technology to aid in detection of illegally traded wildlife products.“The efforts of Lead SA, Jacaranda FM, conservation NGOs and others to highlight the problem, fundraise or raise awareness to the general public symbolised that the collaborative strength of public private partnership can overcome any challenge. We should strengthen our partnerships in addressing this scourge and other similar challenges.“I must hasten to add that it is my expectation that this summit will augment the current initiatives against rhino poaching. It should afford stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on the current interventions and harness further political and broader stakeholder commitment.“In its deliberations, the summit should consider to the following:The role of the NWCRU and the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa;Critical analysis and review of the current interventions that we have introduced or led;Development of new and/or complementary plans to augment current interventions;Collaboration, mobilisation and harnessing of stakeholder support against poaching;Analysis of the relationship between the rate of rhino poaching and current regulatory and strategic practices, including a moratorium on the sale of individual rhinoceros horns and any derivates or products within South Africa;Reflection on the legislative and policy imperatives informing the current practices in the management of rhino population in the country. .“I am expecting robust engagements that are constructive and useful to take us another level. We must come out of this summit with answers to the following questions:Do we need to do anything different with regards collaboration and stakeholder participation?Are the current legislative, regulatory and policy tools adequate and effective?Are the penalties for offenders matching the scale of the offence and deter the would-be offenders?Are current strategies and interventions adequate?What can be done at the sub-regional, regional and international level?Are there any gaps in our conservation and sustainable utilization models or approaches?Is there a need for adjustments of policies or not?“Basically, we need to ascertain if there are any challenges with the regulatory, strategic and operational machinery and if so what needs to be reviewed?“South Africa’s biodiversity belongs to all South Africans. Government mainly assumes the legal mandate to protect biodiversity, but protection of our rich flora and fauna for current and future generations is the business of every patriotic citizen not just government.“It is also my pleasure to announce that the interim NWCIU would as of today, officially start operating. Allow me as well to officially launch the Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa by handing over a copy to Nosipho Ngcaba.“Ladies and gentlemen, I wish all a fruitful engagement as part of a collaborative efforts to address this challenge before it is too late.“I thank you!”Source: South African government onlinelast_img read more

Stop Ignoring Your Customers!

first_imgAs they write on their blog post, “If you want to be social and enter social media, then be social and talk to your fans, have them ask questions, do customer care there if necessary.” Exactly. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise david strom Related Posts Two recent studies about how companies use social media for customer support have concluded that for the most part they don’t do a very effective job at responding to complaints. And while some companies are better at listening and responding to their customers, many do a miserable job, still. It is a sad and somewhat depressing state of affairs, to be sure.Last month the employee benefits firm Maritz surveyed almost 1300 consumers who frequently Tweet and have used Twitter to complain about a product or service recently. They found that the majority of them – 71% — didn’t receive any response to their complaints. Nada. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Many companies fear Twitter and Facebook, thinking that they will be trapped in a spiral of negative comments and trolls if they try to engage their customers. Wrong. Most of us just want someone to hear us out, and let us know that our problems were heard somewhere in the corporate food chain. Getting resolution would be gravy. Take a look at this chart from the study:Note that more than 80% of those that actually heard from their complaints were positive, and 74% were satisfied with the response. That is a lot of goodwill that you can buy there. This is a chance, as Jay Bear mentions in his analysis here, to turn lemons into lemonade and turn a complaining customer into an advocate and ally. This happened to me with a problem with a bank account at Bank of America. I was getting hit with tons of overdraft fees for one of my accounts, and within a matter of moments BofA turned me around 180 degrees, and now I sing their praises (well, at least about their social media strategy). There are lots of example of companies who do listen: Dell is probably the poster child, as we wrote about here. The other study is from Econsultancy in the UK. They found that on average, less than 5% of the questions posed to corporate Facebook pages get any response. Some industries have even lower rates, as you can see from the chart below (commas are our decimals for us Yanks, spaces are our commas, and FMCG means fast moving consumer goods): Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Shipping out: How Docker could scale up massively

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Tags:#CERN#containers#data management#Docker#featured#IoT#machine language#Mesos#Mesosphere What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The world is rushing to embrace Docker containers as the new, easy way to package applications. As cool as it is to package applications with containers, as I have written before, the biggest challenge companies face is actually deploying their Docker containers – especially at scale. Well, nothing spells scale in computing quite like CERN, the particle and nuclear physics research institute outside Geneva, Switzerland. It’s the home of the Large Hadron Collider and some 8,000 scientists from 500 universities. CERN and Mesosphere, whose pioneering concept of a data center operating system (DCOS) I wrote about in 2014, are working on a clever approach to solving the problem of scaling Docker containers in production. I recently spoke with Mesosphere co-founder and Apache Mesos creator, Benjamin Hindman to learn more.ReadWrite: What’s so challenging about storing and shipping Docker containers in production?Benjamin Hindman: One of the beauties of containers as a way to package applications is that you don’t need to include an operating system, unlike with a virtual machine image, which means you can keep them small. The smaller the image, the less that you need to store and the less that you need to send around the network. But it’s easy for container images to get huge; as you include all the dependent libraries and supporting files into the container’s file system the containers can get very big. And sometimes without even knowing it you end up adding things you don’t actually need. Docker uses what it calls layers to help reuse parts of the file system between containers. Using layers can help the containers stay small, assuming all of the containers properly build on top of preexisting layers. But accomplishing this takes diligence, and from what I’ve seen in practice, this rarely is the case.RW: Explain to me why Docker’s layers don’t work in production.BH: From what I’ve seen in practice it’s pretty rare that developers diligently build on top of each other’s layers. In fact, it’s almost too easy to create a layer that diverges in such a way that another developer won’t want to build on top of your layer because that will actually bring in unnecessary stuff for your application.The consequences of this can be pretty severe though.For example, consider two cases, one where everyone ends up adding some library to their container image independently and another where they build on top of a layer that includes the library. In the world where the library is contained within the layer you’ll only have to download the layer the first time you launch a container which uses that layer, and all subsequent containers will get to reuse that layer.In the world where each container image includes the library independently you’ll have to re-download the bits for the library every single time. This can be extremely wasteful, both on repository storage and the network. Repository sizes explode, choking network traffic with gigabytes of Docker downloads and storage requirements go through the roof.At Mesosphere we see customers struggling with this problem in production. We tested a number of alternative solutions.One approach was basically doing something where you pushed containers out to a few nodes and then they self-propagated using peer-to-peer technologies. That led to the insight that we should really just be looking inside the container image and shipping only the data that we haven’t previously shipped in the past. That is to say, focus on and address the content that we need within the container rather than focusing on layers which contain the content.RW: How did integrating CVMFS from CERN come about to solve this problem?BH: I was in Switzerland giving a talk at CERN and I got to meet with some of the team that had built CernVM-FS (CVMFS), a technology originally developed by CERN back in 2008.  At the time, CERN was looking into hardware virtualization in a similar way that people are trying out containers today — how best to deploy applications. Instead of creating images or packages, CERN wanted to use a globally distributed file system. This would allow scientists to install their software once on a web server, and then access it from anywhere in the world. When I was in Geneva their team gave me a demo of CVMFS and I could immediately see that it was a perfect match for containers and would solve our problem. CVMFS is perfect for propagating containers because it uses a combination of extensive indexing, de-duplication, caching and geographic distribution to minimize the number of components associated with individual downloads, and it’s all automated. This significantly reduces the amount of duplicate data that needs to be transferred and greatly speeds up the transfer of files that share data. We realized that if we integrated CVMFS with Apache Mesos and the Mesosphere DCOS we could massively reduce the redundant data transfers and make container distribution very fast. That was our ah-hah moment!RW: How does Apache Mesos and the Mesosphere DCOS deal with containers?BH: Mesos and the DCOS rely on what we call “containerizers.” Containerizers are responsible for isolating running tasks from one another, as well as for limiting the resources (such as CPU, memory, disk and network) available to each task.  A containerizer also provides a runtime environment for the task which we call a container. A container itself is not a primitive or first class object from Linux, it’s more of an abstract thing using control groups (cgroups) and namespaces. The Mesos containerizer supports all the different image formats that exist today, including Docker and appc.RW: How far do you think this integration of Apache Mesos and CVMFS can scale?BH: Theoretically it should scale to millions of containers. We’re testing now. The good news is that we already know that Mesos and DCOS can scale and that CVMFS can scale. And the actual integration work was straightforward. The way it works is that instead of downloading the entire image up front, our integration uses the CVMFS client to mount the remote image root directory locally. It takes as its input the name of the CVMFS repository (which internally is mapped to the URL of the CVMFS server) as well as a path within the repository that needs to be used as container image root.So now you can have multiple container images published within the same CVMFS repository. From the point of view of the containerizer, nothing changes. It is still dealing with the local directory that contains the image directory tree, on top of which it needs to start the container.The big advantage, however, is that the fine-grained deduplication of CVMFS (based on files or chunks rather than layers with Docker) means we now can start a container without actually having to download the entire image. Once the container starts, CVMFS downloads the files necessary to run the task on the fly. Because CVMFS uses content addressable storage, we never need to download the same file twice. The end result is a much more efficient way to deploy Docker containers at massive scale without blowing up storage capacity and choking network bandwidth. Matt Asay Related Posts last_img read more

Romantic Outdoor Date Spots Around Philly

first_imgFranklin Square6th and Race StreetsFranklin Square is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll with your date. Between the carousel, miniature golf, twinkling lights and the fountain, it has romance written all over it. Stop by Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger which is also in Franklin Square for shakes, burgers and fries. Kelly Drive/Boathouse Row1 Boathouse RowStop by one of the restaurants near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Fairmount Avenue and pick up some takeout. And then head over to Kelly Drive. Grab one of the scenic spots near Boathouse Row and lay down a blanket. The scenery will do the rest. The days are getting slightly shorter, and the temperatures are getting slightly cooler.  This can only mean one thing–summer is nearing its end.  Soon, we’ll be deciding on Halloween parties, Thanksgiving trimmings and what to get that special someone for the holidays. Before we bid our dear summer adieu, we should take time to enjoy the outdoors a few more times with that special someone. Make sure you close out summer with romance and style. Here are a couple favorite outdoor date spots: Forbidden Drive Bells Mill Road and Forbidden DriveOn your way to the Bells Mill Road section of Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill, stop by Cin Cin restaurant on 7838 Germantown Avenue and pick up some fresh spring rolls. Once you arrive at Forbidden Drive, instead of pulling out a blanket just take a stroll down the long winding pathway along the river. You’ll be able to take in all the scenery with your date while digesting those spring rolls.Rittenhouse SquareWalnut and 18th StreetsSome of the best things to do as a couple are also the simplest.  People watching can be quite entertaining especially when amongst the diverse crowds of Rittenhouse Square.  A slight divergence from the typical quiet setting of most parks, Rittenhouse Square offers charm that gives you the same magnetic pull towards your special someone. Before you settle in the park, make sure you stop by Alfa American Tavern for takeout. I recommend the cajun chicken wings and chicken quesadillas. Or, stop by Reading Terminal Market to grab some local food before heading to the park.center_img Franklin Square(J. Holder for GPTMC) Belmont Plateau Montgomery and Belmont DrivesBelmont Plateau is famous for family BBQs and sizable crowds during the peak summer months, but as summer dwindles, so do the crowds. Try venturing to the plateau during a weekday after work and watch the sunset while snacking on a cheesesteak from Larry’s Steaks.  With the city’s skyline in the background, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful evening.last_img read more

Maharashtra declares Dahi-handi an adventure sport

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has decided to accord the status of ‘adventure sport’ to the centuries old traditional ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations that mark Janmashthami every year. An announcement in this regard was made by the state education minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Wednesday.Minors aged between 12-15 can take part in the celebrations – which entails forming tall human pyramids of six or more levels – only with the written consent of their parents. The venue will need matting so that there are no injuries after a fall and there will be no limit on tiers of pyramids.”With the status of ‘adventure sports’, we shall form a state-level body to govern ‘Dahi-handi’ with a set of rules and regulations. Any celebrations that do not adhere to this would not be recognised,” Tawde said.Under the new status, it will be mandatory for all organisers of high-profile ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations to ensure proper insurance for all participants, provisions of first-aid, ambulances to shift the injured ‘Govindas’ to nearest hospitals.Additionally, they must organise safety nets, helmets, safety harness, mats and other security requirements to prevent injuries – and possible deaths – after the human pryramids come crashing down.Tawde said sometime ago, a committee headed by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar was told to prepare a report on ‘Dahi-handi’ and it has recommended to declare it as an ‘adventure sport’ on the lines of mountaineering, rock-climbing etc, which was accepted by the state government.The minister said henceforth, ‘Dahi-handi’ would not be restricted during Janmashthami, but will be celebrated round-the-year under the auspices of a state-level governing body.advertisementJanmashthami celebrations in Mumbai have become an annual big business affair with prizes running into crores of rupees, mega-sponsors, intense competition among various groups, mostly backed by politicians and political parties, attracting millions of locals, domestic and foreign tourists.In the past few years, there have been several casualties, including temporary injuries or permanent handicap and deaths of ‘Govindas’, which led to court cases and questions raised on the safety and security of the participants.last_img read more

Rep Iden welcomes Olympian to state Capitol

first_img Categories: Iden News,Iden Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden welcomed U.S Olympic Soccer star Lindsay Tarpley to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Tarpley is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning gold at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.  Tarpley attended Portage Central High School, where she led her team to an undefeated season and a state championship. 06Jun Rep. Iden welcomes Olympian to state Capitollast_img

Colorectal cancer diagnosed at early age is distinct from that in older

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 12 2019New research indicates that colorectal cancer diagnosed at an early age has clinical and genetic features that are different from those seen in traditional colorectal cancer diagnosed later in life. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also revealed certain unique features in especially young patients and those with predisposing conditions.Although incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer have fallen in patients aged 50 years and older, early-onset colorectal cancer rates have been increasing over the past two decades. To look for differences between early-onset and late-onset colorectal cancer, investigators at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston analyzed information on more than 36,000 colorectal cancer patients.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsThe researchers found that younger patients were more likely to have certain genetic mutations and certain subtypes of colorectal cancer than older patients. Also, among patients with early-onset colorectal cancer, very young patients (aged 18-29 years) were unique from older patients (aged 30-49 years) in terms of the clinical and genetic features of their cancer. Likewise, patients with early-onset colorectal cancer who had predisposing conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, had different clinical and genetic characteristics compared with patients without predisposing conditions.”We need to appreciate that there are unique biologic subtypes within young patients that may affect how their cancers behave and may require a personalized approach to treatment,” said senior author Jonathan Loree, MD. “Going forward, special clinical consideration should be given to, and further scientific investigations should be performed for, both very young patients with colorectal cancer and those with predisposing medical conditions.”March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/cancer/colorectal-cancer-patients-early-onset-distinct-older-patientslast_img read more

Did Ford just tease an electric Mustang as Tesla debuts Model Y

first_img Citation: Did Ford just tease an electric Mustang as Tesla debuts Model Y? (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-ford-electric-mustang-tesla-debuts.html Ford Motor teased a possible electric Mustang-inspired crossover late Thursday at the same time Tesla was about to begin an event to announce its own new electric vehicle. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Ford tweeted “Hold your horses” with a simple image of the famous sports car’s pony logo outlined in blue against a black backdrop.The tweet was posted at 8:02 p.m. on the West Coast—two minutes after Tesla was scheduled to begin its big event revealing the Model Y electric SUV.An electric Mustang-inspired crossover, which has been expected for some time, would mark Ford’s attempt to establish itself as a serious player in the market for high-end electric cars, a space that is currently cornered by Tesla.A spokesman for the automaker did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Thursday night. Tesla sets March 14 ‘Model Y’ unveilinglast_img read more

Kejriwal announces indefinite hunger strike over statehood for Delhi demand from March

first_imgNew Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (file photo). SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT February 23, 2019 SHAREcenter_img Published on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that he will launch an indefinite hunger strike from March 1 to press the demand for full statehood to Delhi. Addressing the budget session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal stepped up his attack on the Centre and said the Delhi government is unable to perform its duties towards people of the city because it lacked power. “I will sit on an indefinite hunger strike for full statehood to Delhi from March. People have given us so much that even if we have to sacrifice our lives for them, it is immaterial,” Kejriwal told the House. He claimed the people of Delhi were facing “injustice and humiliation” since independence because the government elected by them lacked power to work for them. “The elected government of Delhi cannot give people justice, work for them and take up development works because it lacks power and the central government obstructs its functioning. Is the value of Delhi voters less than other states?” he questioned. He said the Centre has control over Delhi Police, municipal corporations and DDA, which is why people “were suffering due to high crime rate, in-sanitation and lack of development”. COMMENTS politicslast_img read more

Penang CM to fishermen We will protect your rice bowl

first_img Chow Kon Yeow , Fishermen , Penang South Reclamation , PSR Tags / Keywords: Related News Corporate News 05 Jul 2019 UOB Kay Hian cautious about Penang South Reclamation project Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow. – Bernama Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: Govt to look into fishermen’s grouses over Penang reclamation projectcenter_img GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow assures fishermen worried about the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project that their rice bowl will be protected.”The state has reiterated its stand that the fishing community will not be neglected. We take their livelihood seriously and their demands will be given priority,” said Chow.Speaking at a press conference on Friday (July 12) in response to a protest on Thursday (July 11) by fishermen opposed to the PSR outside Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Chow said that the Penang Fishermen Association had submitted a list of demands to the state government.”Their wish list includes the need for a temporary jetty, deep sea boats and ex-gratia payments to legitimate fishermen. The proposal was made during a meeting with the state government on May 31,” he said. AdChoices广告Chow also said that the Penang government is already looking to offer low-cost houses or rent-to-own units for the fishermen on top of the earlier job offers in the reclamation project.He also said that State Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin would head a special task force to look into the demands of the fishermen.Chow added that the task force members headed by Dr Afif are state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik and Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz.State Economic Planning Unit division secretary Maheswari Malayandy, Southwest District officer Mohd Hafiz Aswad Nadzri, Penang Transport Master Plan special purpose vehicle chief and former state executive councillor Datuk Lim Hock Seng and state Fisheries Department director Noraisyah Abu Bakar are also panel members. Nation 05 Jul 2019 Chow: DoE has okayed Penang South Reclamation scheme Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more