The 2017-built LNG tanker Asia Venture set sail from Western Australia on October 31 carrying the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the country’s Wheatstone Project, according to energy company Chevron Australia.The 82,637 dwt tanker is currently on its way to Tokyo, where it is scheduled to arrive on November 10, AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows. The cargo will be delivered to one of Chevron’s foundation buyers, JERA for delivery into Japan.The Bahamas-flagged LNG tanker is one of six new state-of-the-art LNG carriers recently added to Chevron’s operated fleet.“The first shipment of LNG from the Wheatstone Project signifies our commitment to be a safe and reliable long-term supplier of cleaner-burning natural gas for our customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” Nigel Hearne, Chevron Australia Managing Director, said.The Wheatstone Project is located 12 kilometres west of Onslow in Western Australia. It is Australia’s first third-party natural gas hub “enabling future development of the vast natural gas resources offshore Western Australia,” Hearne added.At full capacity, the Wheatstone Project’s two train LNG facility is expected to contribute around six percent of the Asia Pacific region’s total future LNG production, delivering 8.9 MTPA of LNG for export to customers in Asia, according to the company.The Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG facility is a joint venture between Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), Woodside Petroleum Limited, and Kyushu Electric Power Company, together with PE Wheatstone Pty Ltd, part owned by JERA.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Trump administration’s decision to oppose the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger may be clouded by suspicions of political influence. But considered on its merits, it could mark a significant departure in antitrust policy, one that might block or modify a broader set of mergers found to harm consumers.The move disconcerted both Wall Street and the telecom and media industries, none of which expected it. Consumer groups are applauding, saying it’s a good step by the Justice Department to protect people from higher cable bills and ensure that web-based alternatives to TV aren’t stifled. (Many of the same groups, however, are also protesting the government’s plan, announced Tuesday, to roll back “net neutrality” rules intended to equalize access to the internet.)Matters, of course, are complicated by President Donald Trump’s long-running feud with CNN, a Time Warner company, which Trump regularly denigrates as “fake news” and “failing.” On Tuesday, Trump called the deal “not good for the country” and said he thought it would cause prices to go up. A White House spokeswoman said Monday she wasn’t aware of any efforts to influence the case.The Justice Department has suggested that AT&T could resolve the case by selling off DirecTV or a Time Warner business that includes CNN, according to a person familiar with the situation who couldn’t go on the record. AT&T has rejected any option that would cause it to lose control of CNN.LEGACY OF THE PASTIn 2011, Obama-era antitrust regulators waved through Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal — a deal that, like the current one, brought together a major provider of television and internet service and an entertainment conglomerate. (AT&T offers wireless, home internet and TV services; Time Warner owns the Warner Bros. studio and networks including HBO, CNN and TBS.)To prevent Comcast from abusing its greater leverage, regulators imposed a host of conditions on the company. For example, Comcast had to offer its TV and movies to online video competitors at the same rates as it did to cable and satellite rivals. But this approach isn’t universally acclaimed.For one thing, conditions are typically temporary; the ones for Comcast expire next year. They also don’t fundamentally change behavioural incentives for the company, and they require ongoing enforcement. Complaints in the past have dragged on for years. Among critics of such “behavioural commitments” is Makan Delrahim, now the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief.“The DOJ in this instance is learning from those past mistakes,” said Lina Khan, the legal policy director at the Open Markets Institute, a think-tank that opposes excessive corporate power.Delrahim has argued for requiring merged companies to divest certain businesses instead of imposing post-merger requirements on them. AT&T, however, doesn’t want to do that. Its plan is to marry popular Time Warner networks with its nationwide wireless and television services in order to build a data-driven ad business on top of it all.NEW THEORY OF COMPETITIONAT&T says TV bills won’t go up and consumers will benefit from innovations in packaging video. The Justice Department and some experts argue the opposite.For instance, MoffettNathanson analysts said in a note Tuesday that it was “in fact, very easy to imagine” how a company that both makes and distributes “must-have” news, sports and entertainment programming could use its power to thwart competitors by withholding it from rivals.The government argues that AT&T could, for example, charge upstart streaming services prohibitively expensive fees for the rights to HBO or other channels, or even withhold them, making it harder to compete with AT&T’s services. AT&T has said it intends to broaden, not limit, distribution of Time Warner.“The DOJ’s argument is simple: AT&T cannot lawfully be given this market power, because the incentives for them to abuse it are self-evident,” the analysts wrote. “It is simply not the case that this is a ‘novel’ legal theory.”Antitrust enforcement used to be more aggressive. But starting in the 1980s, it became more focused on promoting consumer welfare than on ensuring competitive markets, Khan said. That made “vertical mergers,” where the companies in question weren’t direct competitors, more attractive, since regulators believed they created efficiencies without harming consumers.For regulators to reject a vertical merger “represents a stark departure from the U.S. enforcement practice of the recent decades,” Columbia law professor Anu Bradford said in an email. The last time the U.S. government won a court victory in a vertical merger antitrust case was in 1972, when the Supreme Court said Ford’s takeover of a spark-plug business violated antitrust law.The suit against AT&T could be the start of a new, more aggressive tack in antitrust by the Justice Department. But that depends on whether other considerations played a role.“If it’s politically motivated because the president doesn’t like CNN, then it’s just a wild card,” said NYU law professor Eleanor Fox. “If this represents a change of heart, to be much more aggressive against mergers, it would be a game changer.”
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New Delhi: India’s 12 major ports recorded 2.90 per cent growth in cargo handling at 699.04 million tonnes (MT) in the just concluded fiscal, as per ports body IPA. The growth at these ports, that had handled 679.37 MT cargo in 2017-18, was driven mainly by higher handling of coal, fertilisers and containers. These ports, under the command of the Centre, had recorded 4.77 per cent growth in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal. The 12 major ports — Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) — handled 699.04 MT of cargo during 2018-19, as per latest data by the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIncreased demand from various sectors including coal, containers, fertilisers and POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) was the main reason behind the growth in traffic, IPA said. Coking coal volumes handled by the 12 ports surged by 14.25 per cent to 57.50 MT during the last fiscal, while thermal coal volumes rose 9 per cent. Finished fertiliser volumes saw a growth of 9.69 per cent during the fiscal. Containers recorded a growth of 8.84 per cent in terms of tonnage. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the figures, Kandla port handled the highest traffic volume at 115.40 MT during 2018-19, followed by Paradip (109.27 MT), JNPT (70.70 MT), Visakhapatnam (65.30 MT), Kolkata with Haldia (63.71 MT) and Mumbai (60.58 MT). Chennai port handled 53.01 MT of cargo while New Mangalore handled 42.50 MT. Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both global and domestic activity. The major ports handle about 60 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic. Traffic handled by about 200 minor ports, either in the control of the state governments or private players, has been on the decline since 2014-15. “The share of major ports in traffic handled, which declined continuously up to 2014-15, is increasing since then. The share of major ports in traffic handled was 55 per cent in 2014-15 and increased to 58 per cent in 2017-18,” as per a report of the Ministry of Shipping.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — While much attention will be given to Daniel “Boom” Herron and the OSU rushing attack after Ohio State’s 17-7 win over No. 16 Illinois, credit also belongs to the Buckeyes’ special teams. Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game that he knew two of the key aspects of the game would be the rushing game and field position. “Obviously, the field position was a big part of special teams,” Fickell said. “When you come here (to Illinois), you know you’re going to get some kind of weather condition.” On the Buckeyes’ first drive of the game, the OSU coaches ordered up a shot at a 43-yard field goal going into the wind, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil converted for his eighth straight field goal this season. “Going into the game, we had a certain distance that we would take a (field goal) shot at,” Fickell said. “It was a little beyond where we said we wanted to take a shot, but we thought with how (the wind) was twisting, we’d take a shot.” Junior punter Ben Buchanan, one of the top punters in the nation, booted another seven punts in the game including a 54-yarder. Buchanan also had two punts that pinned the Illini inside their own 20-yard line. Buchanan leads the Big Ten with 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. In coverage, the Buckeyes allowed just 11 yards per kick return and -1 yards per punt return. Junior defensive lineman John Simon called the OSU special teams “tremendous.” “The punt is the most important play in football,” Simon said. “Our guys take so much pride in special teams. I’ve never been on a team that has so much pride in what they do, and they do a great job for us.” Redshirt junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, the recipient of the only pass completion of the game, said the win was a culmination of a total team effort. “We just needed a full team game; we’ve been lacking that the whole year,” Stoneburner said. “So, for … the special teams to play like they did and for us to come out and score points, that was a great feeling.” OSU (4-3, 1-2) continues Big Ten Leaders Division play against the Wisconsin Badgers (6-0, 2-0) Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Geoff Carlston scheduled tough for a reason. In an effort to prepare his team for Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball coach tasked his squad with one of the hardest nonconference schedules in the country.Thus far, it’s safe to say the team has responded well.OSU took home its second straight tournament win over the weekend at the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, beating a pair of teams who came into the competition without a loss.On Friday, the No. 15 Buckeyes (8-1) took care of host Long Island University Brooklyn (0-7), before topping Syracuse (6-2) and No. 13 Arizona (8-1) on Saturday. After losing its season opener to Wyoming, OSU has now won eight straight matches, including three against top-15 opponents.Led by a strong defensive showing, OSU defeated previously unbeaten Arizona in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 29-27) in its final match of the weekend.The contest proved to be a tough early-season test for Carlston’s squad, featuring 31 ties and 12 lead changes as neither team won a set by more than three points.Junior libero Valeria León came up big for the defense, helping the Buckeyes hold Arizona to a .173 attack percentage. León set a new career high with 35 digs, breaking her previous best of 32 which was set just a week earlier against Florida State. Her efforts also marked the second-best single-game total in OSU history, and the most in a four-set match.The Buckeyes also had 14 blocks against the Wildcats, tying a season high. Four Buckeyes picked up at least three total blocks, while nine different players had at least one. Senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson led the way with five blocks, while junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had four.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell had her third double-double of the season against the Wildcats, with a team-leading 19 kills to go along with 10 digs. Freshman setter Taylor Hughes also had a double-double — her third in as many games and fourth on the season — via 24 assists and 10 digs.Saturday’s first match was a four-set OSU win over Syracuse (25-12, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18), who had also entered the tournament undefeated before losing twice.Campbell again led the Buckeyes in points with 27, picking up 23 kills, four blocks and two service aces. Sandbothe put up big numbers as well, with 25 points on 18 kills, eight blocks (four solo) and one ace.OSU’s two freshmen — setter Taylor Hughes and outside hitter Audra Appold — continued to establish themselves as key contributors with impressive performances against the Orange. Hughes had her second of three double-doubles on the weekend on 36 assists and 10 digs, and Appold nearly had one of her own with nine kills and 11 digs.León once more led all players in digs with 22, averaging 5.5 per set.The Buckeyes didn’t have much of a problem against winless LIU Brooklyn in their first game of the weekend, rolling to a win in three sets by a combined 31 points (25-17, 25-10, 25-17).OSU never trailed in the first set, but was slow out of the gate in the second as LIU Brooklyn grabbed an early 6-3 lead. The Buckeyes were able to gather themselves, however, closing the set on a 22-4 run.A pair of senior outside hitters led the OSU offense, as Campbell had 12 kills and Katie Mitchell tacked on 11 at a .450 attacking percentage. Sandbothe continued her hot start to the season with 13.5 points on nine kills, six blocks (one solo) and one ace.The freshmen again played a big role in a win as Hughes had her second career double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs, while Appold had eight kills and three blocks.León was named the Blackbird Invitational’s most valuable player after leading all players with 71 digs (6.5 per set). For a second straight weekend, she was joined by Sandbothe (38 kills, 17 blocks) and Campbell (54 kills, 23 digs) on an all-tournament team.OSU is scheduled to wrap up its nonconference schedule in the Golden Grizzlies Invitational next weekend, facing Eastern Illinois and Western Michigan on Sept. 18, and Oakland on Sept. 19.
Clinton Morrison claims Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s current predisposition at United could have been exaggerated for just for media attention.Earlier, Mourinho has demonstrated his frustration on a wide range of things during the club’s pre-season tour of America.Some which are: a lack of transfer activity to some of his squad returning late from the World Cup, calling out players including Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial for criticism.“He [Mourinho] might be so frustrated with the media but in the changing room he might be saying something totally different to his players,” Morrison told Sky Sports.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“As Lee Grant said, and I know Granty, he would be telling the truth, it looks like from the outside it is not a happy camp but from the inside, it might be a very happy camp.“He’s been very frustrated, Jose Mourinho. Over the last few years, it has gotten worse and worse. He looks like he hardly wants to speak to the media.”
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy insists he believes the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino is in a tight position regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.The Argentine tactician has received a lot of backlash for the recent fitness of struggles of the England captain after the player admitted to be struggling but physically and mentally with his fitness.Pundits and fans alike have questioned Pochettino’s decision not to give Kane a more extended holiday after he featured in all of England’s seven games at this summer’s World Cup.The academy product of Tottenham Hotspur finished as the top scorer of the tournament with six goals and with some other key players like Heung Min-Son missing from the Spurs’ team for the start of the season, Murphy believes he understands why Pochettino had to start the new campaign with Kane up front.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“What can he do? If you are the manager and you have your best player saying I want to play it’s difficult.” Murphy told Sky Sports.“You can say protect him, but the manager has to protect himself, what if he leaves Kane out and they don’t win? There are lots of different things to it.”Spurs next face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and Pochettino’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Watford just before the international window.
Fashion is certainly in Condé Nast’s wheelhouse, but standalone game apps might not be one of the first products to come to mind for the company. But its in-house skunkworks team, the Interactive Product Group, has launched an iOS game for the iPhone and iPad called Fashion Hazard. The 99-cent, 3-D modeled, arcade-style game is not tied to any magazine brands and is targeted toward teen girls. The Interactive Product Group, with a staff of under 10 people, is also responsible for the productivity app Idea Flight launched last year and has wide latitude to act as an incubator for digital product development and launches. Often, the ideas and products don’t have anything to do with Condé’s existing brands. With Fashion Hazard, players are given a model identity and have to quickly navigate their way down a runway while dodging obstacles without falling. Success leads to new environments in other cities and enhanced “bling.” Like other apps, the game features in-app purchasing for players that want to short-cut their way through the levels. Wallpapers and ring tones are also available for purchase. While the app represents a revenue opportunity, the flip side of the Interactive Product Group’s agenda is through continued experimentation with digital tech, particularly on mobile and tablet devices. The products are built on Unity Mobile—a cloud-based development platform for building mobile products that work on multiple operating systems—and as the team becomes more adept at product development, other groups inside Condé Nast can leverage those development chops for potential brand-related digital extensions.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The departure of Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) from Congress creates some uncertainty as to who will replace him atop the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) appears to be next in line to take the gavel for the milcon panel. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) has more seniority on the full committee but plans to continue leading the Financial Services panel, reports CQ. An aide to Yoder confirmed his interest in moving from the Legislative Branch Subcommittee to the milcon panel. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), who serves as vice chairman of the milcon panel, also is interested in leading the subcommittee. A final decision will be up to the House GOP Steering Committee, with input from Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.). Dent had previously announced his retirement from Congress after finishing out his term, but on Tuesday said he would step down in the coming weeks.Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi
WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Selectmen Meeting, Town Engineer Paul Alunni updated the board and the public on a small construction project taking place at the Yetile Farm Recreational Facility over the next two weeks.“We received feedback from residents that live across from Main Street that soccer and lacrosse balls were frequently going into their yard,” explained Alunni.Alunni and his team explored several solutions, including extending the existing netting higher or relocating the existing poles/netting further back towards the street. Both of those solutions were problematic due to nearby high voltage transmission lines and a walkway next to the existing netting.The Town decided to leave the existing netting in place and construct new netting 20 feet behind the field. The height of the new net will be 35 feet above the field grade. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.“It’s much needed and a good project for the park,” noted Alunni.The estimated cost of the project is $54,000. $44,000 will come from the remainder of the Yentile Farm account. The additional $10,000 will come from a gift account with monies that had been fundraised for the park.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”Yentile Farm Update: On Time, On Budget, With New Features AddedIn “Government”Latest On Yentile Farm Recreational Facility — Read Meeting Recap, Watch Video, See More PhotosIn “Government”
BNPOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought permission for holding a public rally on 8 November at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan, marking the National Revolution and Solidarity Day.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told Prothom Alo that the party sought the permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).The BNP and its like-minded forces observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on every 7 November, commemorating the 1975 uprising of the people and soldiers through which the BNP’s founder and late president Ziaur Rahman was freed from military captivity.The party had also sought such approval last year, but all to no avail.The party was not allowed to hold a public rally even in front of its Naya Paltan headquarters.
Map of ChapainawabganjA woman was killed after she was hit in her head with a stick allegedly by her husband at Gidnipara village in Chapainawabganj sadar upazila on Thursday evening.One Sirajul Islam, 50, hit his wife Tulia with a stick in her head during family brawl around 6:00pm, leaving her dead on the spot, said Chapainawabganj sadar police station officer-in-charge Saber Reza Ahmed.On information, police detained Sirajul around 9:45pm and sent the body of Tulia to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, reports UNB.A case was filed in this connection.
The Indian Congress on Friday won three seats and ªthe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) one in the Rajya Sabha biennial election for four seats in Karnataka in India, said an official.”All three Congress candidates and one from the BJP won the contest while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) candidate lost for the fourth seat,” an Election Commission official told reporters here after counting of votes. L. Hanumanthaiah, Syed Naseer Hussain and G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress and Rajeev Chandrashekar of the BJP were declared elected by the Returning Officer.B.M. Farooq of the JD-S lost to G.C. Chandrasekhar of the Congress
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks with reporters on the way to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, US 3 October. Photo: ReutersTwo Democratic senators on Sunday said voters angry that Republicans confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual misconduct should focus on next month’s congressional elections instead of seeking to impeach the new justice.Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have indicated Kavanaugh could face investigations or even potential impeachment if they win majorities in the House and possibly the Senate. But senators Chris Coons and Mazie Hirono distanced themselves from those demands, saying they are concentrating on the 7 November congressional elections.“I think that’s premature,” Coons said of impeachment talk on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.”Kavanaugh was sworn in late on Saturday amid protests at the court after he was narrowly confirmed in a 50-48 Senate vote but with questions raised from Democrats and liberal groups as to whether he will be a partisan justice.Democrats are hopeful of winning control of the House but the Senate is a long shot. Republicans say that anger on the right at the way Democrats treated Kavanaugh may have energized their voters as well.US president Donald Trump said the public protests against Kavanaugh were the work of “an angry left-wing mob” and has urged his supporters to vote in November.Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that “nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight.”With both parties focusing on the confirmation battle, it is unclear who will capitalize on it most effectively in the elections.Hirono, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said, “I’m focused like a laser beam on the elections” when asked about impeachment.“I’m very focused on the here and now, which is that all these angry women, mainly, out there who saw what was going on and how the Senate was not able to deal with the entire issue of sexual assault,” she said.Noting that only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached, Coons said the Senate needed to show leadership and seek to heal the country.“I think talking about it at this point isn’t necessarily healing us and moving us forward,” he said.Samuel Chase in 1804 was the only justice to be impeached by the House. He was aquitted by the Senate the following year.Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations with a blistering partisan attack at a 27 September Senate hearing on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the focus should turn from Kavanaugh’s combative testimony and toward his 12 years as a respected appeals court judge in Washington.“The Supreme Court, thank God, is a sacrosanct institution that can withstand much,” Conway said.Kavanaugh’s confirmation means the nine-justice court now has a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is likely to move the court further to the right as it rules on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation and presidential powers.
Migrants on a boat. File PhotoTunisian authorities were on Saturday stopping 75 migrants saved at sea from coming ashore, according to a rights group and the captain of the ship which rescued them.The migrants were adrift in international waters in a boat with a broken engine when an Egyptian tug boat brought them aboard, the captain said on condition of anonymity.After notifying authorities in Italy and Malta, the crew headed for the southern Tunisian port of Zarzis where authorities refused to allow the ship to dock.”We’re in a critical situation, we’re nearly 100 on board and we don’t have more than two days of supplies of water and food,” the captain told AFP by phone.Tunisian rights organisation FTDES said the regional governor demanded government support before accepting the migrants, following an increase in new arrivals from neighbouring Libya in recent months.Tunisian authorities did not respond to AFP’s requests for comment.The crew of the tug boat rescued 64 Bangladeshis, nine Egyptians, one Moroccan and one Sudanese, who had departed from Zuwara in western Libya, according to FTDES.Last month, around 60 migrants, most from Bangladesh, drowned off the coast of Tunisia after leaving Libya on a boat bound for Europe.There has been a significant reduction in rescue vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea in recent months, with humanitarian boats facing legal woes as countries such as Italy impose a hard-line migration policy.
00:00 /01:13 X Houston Matters | HPMHarris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, at Houston Matters. She is seeking re-election against challenger Kim Ogg.Devon Anderson just marked her third anniversary as Harris County DA. Former Governor Rick Perry named her to the office on the death of her husband, Mike Anderson. She then won a term in her own right in 2014. One of her goals for a second term is to carry through on the criminal justice reforms she’s enacted in her first.“I’ve created six new diversion programs,” Anderson told Houston Matters, “and that comes directly out of my work as drug court judge and as a defense attorney. Seeing what a criminal conviction can do to a person’s life going forward and giving people that first opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction is very important.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Anderson is now overseeing a reform of the county’s bail bond system. It includes a new risk assessment tool that can help judges determine whether a defendant should remain free before trial. The aim is to reduce overcrowding in the Harris County Jail.“It’s going to tell the judge what their risk is for not appearing for court, for committing an offence while on bail, or for committing a violent offence while on bail,” she said.Harris County’s bail system is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit. Plaintiffs charge that the bail schedule discriminates against poor defendants, who lack the ability to pay their bonds. Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Harriet Tubman (Photo Courtesy of www.nps.gov/)ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 19, 2014) — Governor Martin O’Malley today issued a statement on the signing of legislation by President Barack Obama that honors the contributions and preserves the legacy of Harriet Tubman. A Maryland native and one of the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductors, Harriet Tubman made historic advancements in human rights:“We are grateful for the bipartisan support for legislation that authorizes both the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York. Maryland is woven into Tubman’s life tapestry. She was born on the Eastern Shore and this project will provide a window into what it was like when she was here. She used these waterways. She walked these fields and these woods.“It has been our goal, along with our counterparts in New York, to ensure that the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman are honored in both states. Collectively, the parks reflect her true and complete journey from enslaved to free and from freedom seeker to humanitarian.”Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, Maryland showed its support for the project by establishing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway driving tour on the Eastern Shore. The Administration secured more than $20 million in state and federal funds for the construction of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, which is currently under construction in Dorchester County and slated to open in 2016.
In honor of historian and founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Baltimore will be hosting the Legends & Legacies Heritage Bus Tour Feb. 21 and 28. This year’s theme is “Celebrating a Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.”This special tour will explore the deepest root of African-American history through three signature African-American museums: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.During the tours, visitors from all around the world will receive a personal tour guide, appearances by period actors, a special “shoe box lunch,” giveaways and more.The first tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 21. The second tour will be 3 p.m. on Feb. 28.Tickets are on sale for $25 per person.
© 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — A Bill has been introduced in Washington to stop employers and schools from demanding access to people’s social network accounts. On Friday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) presented SNOPA, which stands for the Social Networking Online Protection Act. Under SNOPA, employers can’t ask current workers or new job applicants for access to their social networking accounts. If employers ignored the ruling they would pay $10,000 as civil penalty. The ban on such information demands would also apply to schools. They would be forbidden to ask for social networking log-in information, to support their decisions on enrollment or discipline. The SNOPA ruling would extend to all school levels, from colleges and universities down to K-12 schools.The move to introduce the Bill follows reports that employers are asking applicants for information so they can access applicants’ Facebook accounts as part of the interview process. Ostensibly the hirers justify this as wanting to see if the person is a team fit and capable of showing the right kind of behavior within the job’s professional setting. Demands are also placed on present employees. A case in point involved a teacher’s aide in Michigan who was fired after she refused to hand over her Facebook password to supervisors. Their demand had followed a complaint by a parent on the aide’s Friend list who found a photo objectionable.Those backing the legislation say it’s a disturbing trend. Engel said there were “countless examples” of employers requiring an applicant to divulge user name and password as part of the hiring process. “A person’s so-called ‘digital footprint’ is largely unprotected,” he said in a statement.Such infringements, say SNOPA backers, also infringe on other protective shields. Viewing a social networking site may reveal applicant information that is not allowed to be up for consideration at the time of the interview, such as religion or sexual orientation.Facebook would welcome such a bill. Facebook has called attention to a “distressing increase” in password-demand cases in the United States over the past few years. While there is no federal law yet to remedy the issue, a number of voices on the state level have expressed dissent over coerced access. Maryland is in the front lines seeking to ban the practice.As an example of concern, the Maryland Department of Corrections was requiring access to applicants’ Facebook pages to view profiles, as part of screening those seeking work in jails, and looking for possible illegal activity and gang affiliations. One such instance involved a former corrections officer wanting to be recertified for his job following a leave of absence. He complied, as an interviewer roamed his private messages, pictures, and posts.The Department, however, has revised its policy and asks only for voluntary participation to view profiles. According to an AP report, the corrections department last year assessed 2,689 applications. Out of the 2,689, seven candidates were rejected in part because of information found on their social media profiles. Another candidate was rejected solely because of content on a profile. That candidate, along with others, used social media profiles that had images of them showing gang signs.A bill that would protect against bosses viewing employee passwords awaits signature by the Maryland governor. Md. becomes first to OK password protection bill Explore further Citation: SNOPA to employers seeking passwords: Access denied (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-snopa-employers-passwords-access-denied.html 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.