Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 13:34:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adventurebase100.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ 32 32 Repression in Iran in the spotlight of the UN Human Rights Council – The New Indian Express https://adventurebase100.org/repression-in-iran-in-the-spotlight-of-the-un-human-rights-council-the-new-indian-express/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 09:01:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/repression-in-iran-in-the-spotlight-of-the-un-human-rights-council-the-new-indian-express/ By AFP GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council is holding an urgent meeting on Thursday to discuss whether to open a high-level international investigation into the deadly crackdown on mass protests rocking Iran. The special session on Iran’s “deteriorating human rights situation” is due to start at 10:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) in Geneva, with new […]]]>

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GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council is holding an urgent meeting on Thursday to discuss whether to open a high-level international investigation into the deadly crackdown on mass protests rocking Iran.

The special session on Iran’s “deteriorating human rights situation” is due to start at 10:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) in Geneva, with new UN rights chief Volker Turk set to open the proceedings during his first appearance before council.

The meeting, requested by Germany and Iceland with the support of more than 50 countries, follows two months of protests in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22 years old after being arrested for an alleged violation of the country’s strict dress rules for women, based on Islamic Sharia.

Authorities have grown increasingly harsh in their response as protests have spread across the country and morphed into a broad movement against the theocracy that has ruled Iran since 1979.

At least 416 people, including 51 children, have been killed across Iran in repression since Amini’s death, according to Norwegian group Iran Human Rights.

Thousands of peaceful protesters have also been arrested, according to the United Nations, including many women, children and journalists, and six people have so far been sentenced to death for the protests.
READ ALSO | More than 70 people killed last week in Iranian crackdown

“Shine a Spotlight”

During Thursday’s session, diplomats will debate a call for an international investigation into alleged violations linked to the ongoing protests.

According to the draft resolution presented by Germany and Iceland, the so-called independent international fact-finding mission should include “the gender dimensions of these violations” in its investigations. The text calls on investigators to “collect, consolidate and analyze evidence of such violations, and to preserve the evidence”, with a view to future prosecutions.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who like her Icelandic counterpart will be in Geneva for the session, stressed that “Iranian protesters have no seat on the Human Rights Council in Geneva”.

Thursday’s meeting, she said, provides an opportunity for the body to “raise its voice for the indivisible rights of the Iranian people”.

Diplomats and rights activists expressed strong support for the initiative.

“We must do all we can to expose the truth about what is happening in Iran and support the Iranian people’s calls for justice and accountability,” US Ambassador Michele Taylor said.

Tara Sepehri Far, Iran researcher at Human Rights Watch, urged the council to “shining the spotlight on the worsening repression and…holding those responsible accountable.”
READ ALSO | Mahsa Amini’s death galvanizes criticism of ‘morals police’

‘Challenging’

Meanwhile, Tehran lobbied against the resolution and its Western supporters.

“With a long history of colonialism and violation of other nations’ human rights, the United States and Europe cannot claim to be defenders of human rights,” tweeted Wednesday. Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian recently tweeted at Baerbock that his country’s response to Germany’s “provocative, interventionist and undiplomatic positions” would be “proportionate and firm”.

Germany and Iceland received broad support for their request to hold Thursday’s session, including from more than a third of the council’s 47 members. Western diplomats expressed cautious optimism that the resolution would pass, but acknowledged it could be tight.
READ ALSO | Iran issues first death sentence after ‘riots’: judiciary

“Every vote counts”

Baerbock called on the council to vote in favor of the resolution, saying, “We owe it to the victims.”

“Every vote counts,” she said.

The Human Rights Council has seen growing resistance from countries like China, Russia and Iran against often Western-led efforts to hold individual states accountable for alleged violations.

Last month, Western nations suffered a crushing defeat when their bid to put China’s alleged abuses in its Xinjiang region on the council’s agenda was thwarted.

But Iran may find it harder to block Thursday’s resolution. The council has previously expressed concern about Iran’s human rights record by 2011, appointing a so-called special rapporteur to monitor the country and voting every year since then to renew that term.

“It should pass,” said Omid Memarian, analyst at Democracy for the Arab World Now. If so, he told AFP, it will give “a huge moral boost” to protesters and send a warning to rights abusers in Iran that “the rest of the world will not be safe. for them”.

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Solvang pays former City Manager Xenia Bradford $250,000 after her resignation | Local News https://adventurebase100.org/solvang-pays-former-city-manager-xenia-bradford-250000-after-her-resignation-local-news/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:02:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/solvang-pays-former-city-manager-xenia-bradford-250000-after-her-resignation-local-news/ The former Solvang city manager received a final payment of $250,000. Xenia Bradford resigned at the end of September and the item called ‘final payment’ was among the October expenses approved by the council at last week’s meeting. The succinct announcement of his departure claimed that “both parties have reached an amicable agreement to pursue […]]]>

The former Solvang city manager received a final payment of $250,000.

Xenia Bradford resigned at the end of September and the item called ‘final payment’ was among the October expenses approved by the council at last week’s meeting.

The succinct announcement of his departure claimed that “both parties have reached an amicable agreement to pursue different paths”.

The terms of his employment contract provided that the city would pay Bradford six months’ salary if the council terminated his employment without cause.

In addition to the six-month severance pay, the agreement required the city to provide bonus payments for six months of health benefits, including medical, dental and vision care for the manager and her dependents.

The separation agreement states that “the City Council has offered Bradford additional benefits as set out below in return for Bradford agreeing to release any claims it may have against the City”.

The pact stated that the city agreed to pay Bradford a lump sum of $250,000, “which includes all amounts due to him under the contract of employment for the pay period which includes Bradford’s final date of employment. , including but not limited to accrued time off.

“Notwithstanding the foregoing, Bradford will be entitled to receipt of his unpaid regular salary for the pay period which includes Bradford’s final date of employment.”

The separation agreement, obtained by Noozhawk, is dated September 29 and Bradord’s last day of work was September 30, according to the document.

The two sides also agreed not to disparage each other and said any statements would be limited to the 11th world sentence of reaching an amicable agreement to pursue different paths.

Bradford was named interim city manager in September 2019 after David Gassaway resigned after just five months on the job. He received a payment of $87,500 over six months.

She got the permanent job months later on a five-year contract that was due to expire on February 24, 2025.

Retired City Manager Brad Vidro was hired to temporarily fill the position.

Last week, the city council also voted to hire Ralph Andersen & Associates to lead the search for a new city manager.

The firm led the search that led to the hiring of Scott Wolfe at Buellton in 2019.

For its services during the search, which should last four months, the city will pay the firm $27,500.

“This is the most important decision council can make,” council member Robert Clarke said, noting that Solvang has had five city managers in four years, including interim leaders.

“We really have to do our homework – this council and the future council and really look at these people,” Clarke added.

In the previous search, a candidate worked in a very different town from Solvang, lacking any tourism and with many government assistance programs, Clarke said.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of bringing in the right person who will feel comfortable with us as well as us with that person,” he said. “There are so many things at stake.”

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Council rejects grand jury report https://adventurebase100.org/council-rejects-grand-jury-report/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:53:14 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/council-rejects-grand-jury-report/

It was almost painted by numbers during a meeting of the Santa Clara City Council in response to the findings of the civil grand jury report which alleged that the majority of the council were puppets for the 49ers.

In a special meeting on Wednesday, November 16, the Santa Clara City Council chose a scathing grand jury report released in October. Less than a month before the midterm elections, the report questioned the ethics of the so-called “49er Five”, a derisive nickname for Council members Kevin Park, Karen Hardy, Raj Chahal, Anthony Becker and Vice Mayor Suds Jain.

Becker narrowly lost her rivalry to Mayor Lisa Gillmor in the election, and Hardy and Chahal won re-election. Not surprisingly, the meeting was essentially a rehash of old squabbles and issues between the majority and minority of the Council.

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The report detailed several ways the city could improve what the grand jury considered to be major issues stemming from the Board’s majority relationship with the 49ers. The defendants denied wrongdoing while Gillmor and his political ally, council member Kathy Watanabe, maintained their position that, essentially, the other five council members are in the pocket of the team.

City Attorney Steve Ngo said he would consolidate the responses, which boiled down to agreeing or disagreeing with each of the 12 findings and providing guidance on 19 recommendations. Ngo asked each speaker to choose whether they thought the recommendation had already been implemented, should be implemented, required further analysis before it could be implemented, or would not be implemented.

Gillmor and Watanabe agreed with every conclusion and suggested putting almost every recommendation into practice. Although far from unanimous, the rest of the Council frequently voted not to implement the grand jury’s recommendations.

Among the report’s findings and recommendations, a few themes emerged, both in the way the jurors characterized the majority of Council and also in the way Council members reacted to that characterization.

Chahal repeatedly called jurors for “cherry picking” information that matched a preconceived idea, an idea that unfairly brought him and his fellow board members under fire. For example, he backtracked on the idea that the grand jury named the 49ers as lobbyists, acting as if the jurors’ submissions were unique to the 49ers when they applied to any lobbyist.

Others, including Hardy and Jain, repeatedly criticized the report’s vague language. All of the defendants disputed the characterization that they are an electoral bloc, designed to act in unison.

“At some point we have to understand that just because people vote the same doesn’t mean they form a bloc,” Becker said. “There is no substantiation of the allegation.”

For their part, Gillmor and Watanabe have continually referenced the “optics” — meaning the political language for something that sounds bad — of the Board majority going on operative tours, meeting the 49ers and sacking former City Manager Deanna Santana.

The majority of Council pooped recommendations that the City hire an ethics consultant and create an independent ethics commission. Jain has repeatedly said such measures are redundant since the city already has a governance and ethics committee, which has not met since June due to budget issues brought on by the pandemic.

Gillmor repeated statements made earlier that the Council “cannot control itself”. The Governance and Ethics Committee is made up of Jain, Gillmor and Chahal.

Frequently throughout the meeting, the defendants were chagrined by the lack of evidence provided in the report.

“The facts are substantial, which means you have evidence and evidence,” Becker said. “Assumptions, concerns, suspicions are not facts. The facts are the facts. You cannot mix facts with assumptions.

Many also pointed to inconsistencies in the grand jury report, such as its assertion that those who conducted operational tours of Levi’s Stadium broke city rules regarding such tours, only to recommend that the city implement a Politics. The Federal Fair Political Practices Commission received a complaint but did not investigate whether the tours broke the law.

In a Kafkaesque moment, Watanabe accepted a recommendation that council members appear in the council chamber or be visible on camera during meetings.

“It should be mandatory,” she said. “The public is there to see you. In an effort to be open and honest, the best way to do that is to be visible, and if you can’t be visible in person there in the rooms, at least be visible on camera, where people can see you and observe you.”

While the other council members said they could see Watanabe on camera, she was not publicly visible for most of the meeting, saying she had “camera issues”.

Public comment was limited, but old Council gadfly guard Deborah Bress phoned in to castigate Gillmor, telling her she should be “ashamed of herself”, calling her a “hypocrite”, more twisted than “a barrel full of hooks”, asking her who she “paid” to have the grand jury report released and to call Watanabe her “handmaiden”.

“These people have done nothing wrong. They’re trying to clean up your mess of when you were the head cheerleader,” Bress said.

Ngo said he would incorporate the comments into responses to the grand jury, which the board had 90 days to do from Oct. 8. The Board will examine the responses at its meeting on December 6, with a possible follow-up meeting on December 8 if the discussion overflows.

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EATONTOWN – Eatontown officials have changed the borough’s rent control ordinance and will now require landlords to notify the borough’s housing officer of the addresses or unit IDs of all rental residences monitored on an annual basis.

At a November 10 meeting, council members passed an ordinance that amends the vacancy control section of the rent control chapter in Eatontown’s municipal codebook.

The amended ordinance added a sentence to the existing law and states that the owner of any living space, dwelling, apartment or mobile home park will be required to provide the Eatontown Housing Officer with the address or other identifying information of all rent-controlled units under their ownership. or control on January 1 of each year.

The order states that in the case of mobile homes, the park owner will be required to identify the dwellings and land that are rent-controlled.

According to the order, any unit, dwelling, apartment or mobile home in Eatontown that is currently vacant or becomes vacant during or at the end of a lease will be permanently deregulated, allowing the landlord to set the rent at market rates. .

Once a housing space, dwelling, apartment, or mobile home becomes unchecked, the unit will no longer have any rights or remedies set forth by Eatontown, pursuant to the order.

In regular business at a meeting on October 26, council members authorized borough officials to extend a contract with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for animal control services in Eatontown .

According to a resolution, the animal control services contract will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2023. The MCSPCA, which is headquartered at 260 Wall St. in the borough, will receive an annual fee of $1,500 for Services. .

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Iran issues first death sentence after ‘riots’: judiciary https://adventurebase100.org/iran-issues-first-death-sentence-after-riots-judiciary/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 13:51:19 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/iran-issues-first-death-sentence-after-riots-judiciary/ AL-MUKALLA: Four Yemeni soldiers and two civilians were killed in a Houthi missile strike on a village in Yemen’s Lahj province on Friday, as the militia stepped up attacks on government-held areas in the province and somewhere else. A local military official told Arab News that a Houthi-launched guided missile targeted a military vehicle carrying […]]]>

AL-MUKALLA: Four Yemeni soldiers and two civilians were killed in a Houthi missile strike on a village in Yemen’s Lahj province on Friday, as the militia stepped up attacks on government-held areas in the province and somewhere else.

A local military official told Arab News that a Houthi-launched guided missile targeted a military vehicle carrying troops and residents of Qadash village in northern Lahj province, killing six people – four soldiers and two civilians. – and hurting many others.

The strike prompted pro-independence troops in the south to counterattack by heavily shelling Houthi-controlled sections of the province.

Also in Lahj, a Yemeni government soldier was killed on Saturday during skirmishes with the Houthis in disputed parts of the province’s Tur Al-Bahah district.

Local officials and media said the Houthis assaulted separatist troops in the Hayfan area of ​​Tur Al-Bahah district in an attempt to gain territory, leading to violence that ended when the militia ceased its offensive.

Dozens of civilians and fighters have been killed in skirmishes across Yemen since a UN-brokered truce expired in early October.

The truce which came into effect on April 2 has significantly reduced violence across Yemen, allowed tankers to enter the port of Hodeidah and also allowed thousands of Yemenis to take commercial flights from Sanaa.

The Houthis have refused to extend the truce as well as pay public employees in areas under their control.

They also rejected proposals to partially lift their siege from Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city.

On Friday, the militia ignored international demands asking it to end attacks on government-controlled oil facilities, reiterating the threat against tankers that transport Yemeni oil shipments to foreign markets.

Hussein Al-Azzi, Houthi deputy foreign minister, blasted US, British and French diplomats who called on the militia to stop targeting oil infrastructure, threatening to continue attacks until the Yemeni government agrees to share revenue from oil sales.

“Sanaa will continue to protect people’s property and will not give up until all theft and looting activities come to an end and disappear completely,” the Houthi official said.

The Yemeni government declared the Houthis a terrorist group last month and demanded the international community do the same after the militia launched drone attacks on two oil ports in Hadramout and Shabwa.

The Houthis have carried out new drone attacks on commercial ports, including Al-Mukalla in Hadramout and Qana in Shabwa.

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Two in custody after confrontation in Council Bluffs https://adventurebase100.org/two-in-custody-after-confrontation-in-council-bluffs/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 23:13:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/two-in-custody-after-confrontation-in-council-bluffs/ COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) — Federal law enforcement officials and police in Council Bluffs were working early Thursday to remove a few fugitives and a stolen gun from the streets. Police had to shut down part of Avenue A for about an hour and a half Thursday morning to take the fugitives into custody. Federal […]]]>

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) — Federal law enforcement officials and police in Council Bluffs were working early Thursday to remove a few fugitives and a stolen gun from the streets.

Police had to shut down part of Avenue A for about an hour and a half Thursday morning to take the fugitives into custody. Federal law enforcement was monitoring a residence in that area, looking for a fugitive.

“The U.S. Marshalls fugitive force was behind the surveillance,” Council Bluffs Police Lt. Chad Geer told 6 News.

As federal officials watched the house, a second man known to police entered the house with a long gun.

“They are both criminals. They are both in possession of weapons. They have long criminal histories – they are dangerous people,” Geer said.

Keshawn Houtz-Mayfield, 20, was taken into custody on warrant. Court records show he entered a plea of ​​no contest in connection with a 2020 Omaha bank robbery. His sentence included four years of probation.

The identity of the second person has not been released at this time, but the investigation is continuing.

Ashlee Hyland lives across the street.

“Yeah Yeah. I have four children… There are guns everywhere,” she said of what she saw as she looked out the window Thursday morning.

“I woke up – there were cops there. They all stood like that the whole time, and two guys got out maybe a little younger than me; I’m 30, but they were probably in their twenties,” Hyland said. “That’s all I’ve seen so far. I saw the mother – there were two daughters – they let them walk down the street, and it was around 8:00, 7:30 in the morning.

Hollie Davis Bray walked around the stage this morning. She was worried about what was going on there because her son was just down the street at school.

“First they were just coming out with their guns drawn, behind trucks, and now they’re entering the building,” she said. “I’ve been going around in circles for about an hour because my son goes to school here.”

Council Bluffs Police said they had the situation under control. The people inside the house got out without incident – no one in the neighborhood was ever in danger.

“We evacuated a few houses along the road,” police said. “We blocked the road just for the safety of the people in the area.”

CBPD said most of the time here was spent waiting for a search warrant.

“And I think at this point, slow down, do our job properly, get the search warrants that we need to preserve the evidence.”

Law enforcement searched the home and found a stolen rifle and handgun

Police said multiple agencies working together ensured everyone’s safety and removed two guns from the hands of people who were prohibited from owning firearms.

“I think working with the other agency and using all the resources, from adult probation – a lot of the information came from adult probation – the US Marshals having the ability to watch the house to make sure our targets are inside the place. ”

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NA Passes Gyalsung Bill | Kuensel online https://adventurebase100.org/na-passes-gyalsung-bill-kuensel-online/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 05:27:46 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/na-passes-gyalsung-bill-kuensel-online/ … National Council to adopt it today Nima Wangdi A national service program, the Gyalsung program will commence in 2024 in accordance with the Kingdom of Bhutan’s Gyalsung Bill 2022, which the National Assembly (NA) passed unanimously yesterday after extensive deliberation. It was sent to the National Council for deliberation. The National Council will deliberate […]]]>

… National Council to adopt it today

Nima Wangdi

A national service program, the Gyalsung program will commence in 2024 in accordance with the Kingdom of Bhutan’s Gyalsung Bill 2022, which the National Assembly (NA) passed unanimously yesterday after extensive deliberation.

It was sent to the National Council for deliberation. The National Council will deliberate on the bill and adopt it today.

The Gyalsung training program will be a compulsory one-year integrated training program for all young people reaching the age of 18 and if they are in school – at the end of the twelfth grade.

The year-long training will consist of three months of basic military training followed by nine months of specialized training in a variety of areas ranging from home-building technologies, computers and entrepreneurship to targeted agricultural skills development.

National service is also a basic duty required of all Bhutanese citizens as stipulated in Article 8.1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

National Service consists of three phases – National Service (NS) cadets who are required to undergo a year-long integrated training program where there will be three months of basic military training followed by specialist training in various fields.

National Service Duty (NS Duty) is the second phase. Gyalsups can be called up to both Compulsory Service and Voluntary Service up to the age of 35.

In the third phase of the National Service Reserve, at the end of NS service, NS personnel must remain as reservists until they reach the age of 45, at which time they fulfill the obligations of national service. Afterwards, they can volunteer to join De-Suung.

A council of seven members will govern the program, including the secretary of interior and the secretary of Gyalsung headquarters who will serve for their term of office. The other members will serve for five years.

The Board will establish the Gyalsung Academies headed by delegated commanders of the Royal Bhutan Armed Forces to provide basic military training and other specialized training.

“The Royal Government will provide a budget as an annual grant to finance the management and operations of Gyalsung Headquarters and Gyalsung Academies,” the bill reads.

The bill also states that a person who fails to register for Gyalsung training after receiving the notice will be subject to an offense and be fined at the daily national minimum wage rate up to a maximum 90 days.

A person who evades or abandons Gyalsung training is committing an offense and will be liable, if convicted, for a fourth degree felony under Bhutan’s Penal Code, according to the bill.

Although few members of the National Assembly asked for clarification on certain articles and clauses yesterday, the bill passed quickly, with all 45 members present voting yes.

Exercising the royal prerogative enshrined in Article 2 of the Constitution, Her Majesty issued a Royal Kasho requesting the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Speaker of the National Council to introduce the Gyalsung Bill to Parliament.

President Namgyel Wangchuk read the Kasho to the House before the start of the introduction and deliberations on the bill.

Head of the National Service Core Task Force that drafted the bill, Dasho Sonam Kinga introduced the bill in the House.

Bongo-Chapchha member Tshewang Lhamo expressed concern that ineligibility criteria would prevent some people from participating in the program.

“A child serving a sentence for an offense punishable by a felony in the third degree and above and who is serving a sentence for an offense punishable by a felony in the fourth degree to be a repeat offender and a repeat offender is not eligible,” a she declared.

She said that, like Her Majesty’s vision, it would be ideal if all Bhutanese turning 18 could participate regardless of their criminal background. “The opportunity could definitely change their mindset and become a better citizen.”

Drametse-Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi backed the submission saying the person can be considered ineligible if the council or doctors establish him as mentally incompetent. Rest can benefit from equal opportunity.

“If the person has already finished serving their prison sentence, whatever the length, they may have the opportunity to do so,” he said.

Dasho Sonam Kinga said that every year there will be about 13,000 children eligible for the program based on their estimates. There won’t be many who would be ineligible.

He said that according to data from the judiciary, only three children under the age of 18 are given a third and fourth degree crime. “The number could increase in the future, but we don’t have many at the moment.”

Dasho Sonam Kinga also clarified that if the person has finished serving his prison sentence before reaching 18, he will be given the opportunity. However, if the person is still serving a prison sentence when they turn 18, they will not be eligible. “We can’t get them out of jail for the program.”

“These ineligibility criteria could also act as a deterrent to bad behavior in children, as they could instill fear in themselves of losing the opportunity,” he said, even if the person misses the Gyalsung because she was in prison, she can still join programs like De-Suung after serving their prison term.

He said the ineligibility criteria actually benefit children by protecting them from further possible disqualifications.

Bartsham-Shongphu MP Passang Dorji (PhD) said the offense of fourth degree felony against the person who evades or abandons the Gyalsung program commits an offense is too severe. He said the infraction could be a misdemeanor.

Dasho Sonam Kinga said fourth degree felony could deter people from evading the scheme. “If the violation is a misdemeanor, the wealthy can pay instead and opt out of the program. This will widen the gap between rich and poor.

Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering and Opposition Leader Dorji Wangdi thanked His Majesty the King for initiating the bill and instituting the program.

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Local view: Duluth, don’t scapegoat, condemn Canada geese to death – Duluth News Tribune https://adventurebase100.org/local-view-duluth-dont-scapegoat-condemn-canada-geese-to-death-duluth-news-tribune/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 18:01:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/local-view-duluth-dont-scapegoat-condemn-canada-geese-to-death-duluth-news-tribune/ A Minnesota member of Friends of Animals has drawn our attention to the fact that Canada geese are being used as scapegoats by state and local leaders in Minnesota to address an environmental concern that leaders have self-imposed by authorizing years of unbridled industrial activities. In September, the Duluth City Council shamefully endorsed a Minnesota […]]]>

A Minnesota member of Friends of Animals has drawn our attention to the fact that Canada geese are being used as scapegoats by state and local leaders in Minnesota to address an environmental concern that leaders have self-imposed by authorizing years of unbridled industrial activities.

In September, the Duluth City Council shamefully endorsed a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plan to cull more than 300 birds next summer, accusing them of thwarting wild rice restoration efforts on the St. Louis. The goal is to create 275 acres of wild rice for wildlife habitat and for its important cultural heritage for the Ojibwe people (“Duluth to consider goose-management plan in battle to restore wild rice,” September 22).

The gassing process the agency proposes to use simultaneously burns and freezes the birds’ lungs up to 45 minutes before their supposedly “humane” death. Gassing is totally inappropriate for geese which can hold their breath for long periods of time.

Sulfates are what devastates wild rice, according to a 2020 study from the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. The study found that although efforts have been made to adequately address sulphate pollution, no real solution has materialized. For example, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency proposed a standard for sulfate in wild rice waters to limit releases, but the standard was simultaneously not strong enough to help wild rice and too strong to taste. Of the industry. APC also abandoned efforts to establish a total maximum daily load plan for the St. Louis River watershed, despite the willingness of partners in Wisconsin, the Fond du Lac Band, and the federal government to go forward.

Upstream from Duluth, the state’s most dangerous and polluting mine may still open if PolyMet Mining is successful. While PolyMet has obtained the approvals it needs to operate in 2019, three key permits the company needs to continue remain suspended due to ongoing litigation. Fortunately, this summer the Environmental Protection Agency recommended not reissuing PolyMet’s permit, saying the project risked increasing levels of mercury and other pollutants in the St. Louis River downstream. of the proposed mine.

It is absurd that the DNR is touting an archaic, myopic plan such as killing Canada geese – a federally protected species – to help restore wild rice. A new herd will simply replace the exterminated one. The best long-term solution is the fencing of exclosures to deter Canada geese. The DNR admits wild goose exclosures – orange plastic snow fences around rice – have been successful in Kingsbury Bay. Friends of Animals supports this type of humane, non-lethal solution.

After all, it’s not the Canada geese’s fault that wild rice has stopped growing near Duluth. Heads of state must be prepared to put the environment and Canada geese first.

Priscilla Feral is president of Friends of Animals (

friendsofanimals.org

), an international animal welfare organization in Darien, Connecticut.

Priscilla Feral

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Russia launches new strikes and launches offensive in the East, according to the Ukrainian army https://adventurebase100.org/russia-launches-new-strikes-and-launches-offensive-in-the-east-according-to-the-ukrainian-army/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:11:36 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/russia-launches-new-strikes-and-launches-offensive-in-the-east-according-to-the-ukrainian-army/ Amateur video circulating on social media appears to show Iranian police beating a man, running him over with a motorbike and then shooting him. Police said they would investigate the video posted online on November 1. It is not known when the video was recorded. Some reports suggest the footage was recorded in the southern […]]]>

Amateur video circulating on social media appears to show Iranian police beating a man, running him over with a motorbike and then shooting him.

Police said they would investigate the video posted online on November 1. It is not known when the video was recorded.

Some reports suggest the footage was recorded in the southern Tehran neighborhood of Naziabad, which has been the scene of anti-regime protests sparked by the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained in mid-September by the Iranian police. notorious to the vice squad for “inappropriately wearing” her hijab.

RFE/RL was unable to independently verify the video.

“A special order was immediately issued to investigate the exact time and location of the incident and identify the culprits,” police said in a statement carried by Iranian media.

“Police absolutely do not condone violent and unconventional behavior and will deal with offenders in accordance with the rules,” the statement added.

Video recorded at night in an alley shows a dozen alleged police beating a man lying on the ground. A person recording the scene from a building across the street is heard cursing at the attackers.

“Shit, shit,” a male voice says in the video.

At one point, a man in a police uniform riding a motorcycle appears to run over the man. Shortly after, another man in uniform hits the victim with a truncheon, then another shoots him at point-blank range.

The man first tries to cover his head with his hands. Later, his legs appear to be motionless.

The man recording the scene is heard saying, “He’s dead, he’s dead.”

The video comes amid a brutal state crackdown on nearly seven weeks of anti-establishment protests that erupted after Amini’s September 16 death.

Women took off and burned their hijabs, the compulsory Islamic headscarves, while many protesters called for an end to the Islamic republic. “Woman, Life, Freedom” and “Death to the Dictator” were among the protesters’ main chants.

Authorities claimed that Iran’s enemies were behind the unrest.

More than 250 people have been killed in the crackdown, rights groups say. Several thousand more have been arrested, including many protesters as well as journalists, lawyers, activists, digital rights advocates and others.

Without providing any evidence, Iran’s police chief, General Hossein Ashtari, claimed last month that “counter-revolutionary groups abroad” were wearing police uniforms and firing into crowds. He claimed that some of the alleged fake police officers had been arrested.

Amnesty International said the Twitter that the video was “another horrifying reminder that the cruelty of Iran’s security forces knows no bounds”.

“In the midst of a crisis of impunity, they have carte blanche to brutally strike and shoot protesters,” the London-based rights watchdog added while calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council UN to “urgently investigate the crimes”.

The shocking scenes sparked outrage among Iranians on social media, with many condemning the violence.

“These brutal conditions are a sign that the establishment is on the verge of collapse,” said Abdollah Momeni, a prominent activist and former political prisoner. Twitteradding that the violence reflected the “fear of the people” of the regime.

Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer and co-founder of the rights group Justice for Iran, told RFE/RL that the international community must do more to put pressure on the Islamic Republic to cease its repression against the demonstrators.

“The steps taken by the international community so far have not deterred the Islamic Republic from stopping the bloodshed,” Sadr said.

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Michigan State Board of Trustees set to appoint interim president https://adventurebase100.org/michigan-state-board-of-trustees-set-to-appoint-interim-president/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 20:30:06 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/michigan-state-board-of-trustees-set-to-appoint-interim-president/ EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider the appointment of an interim president. The meeting will be held at noon in the board room of the Hannah Administration Building on the fourth floor at 426 Auditorium Road, according to an MSU notice issued Sunday. […]]]>

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider the appointment of an interim president.

The meeting will be held at noon in the board room of the Hannah Administration Building on the fourth floor at 426 Auditorium Road, according to an MSU notice issued Sunday.

Earlier this month, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. resigned, saying he had lost faith in the board, some of which pushed him into early retirement over concerns regarding how Title IX issues were being handled.

Stanley became MSU’s first permanent president since Lou Anna Simon stepped down in January 2018 amid criticism over the school’s handling of complaints against Larry Nassar, who is serving an effective life sentence. He sexually abused hundreds of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

The board last met on Friday, when Republican Administrator Pat O’Keefe lashed out at the school’s faculty, blaming them for negative headlines in the years following the Nassar scandal. and accusing them of being promiscuous with the students.

Pat O'Keefe, candidate for the position of administrator of the MSU

“To the faculty and to the senate, I want you to know that I am tired of reading about the sexual transgressions of the faculty, which resembles the reading of ’50 Shades of Grey’ and is as long as ‘Gone With the Wind’ , without knowing what the results of such behavior are,” O’Keefe said. or no repercussions in some cases.

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