Institution – ST Joe Macomb http://stjoe-macomb.com/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 06:20:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://stjoe-macomb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Institution – ST Joe Macomb http://stjoe-macomb.com/ 32 32 Public institutions cannot allocate land without executive approval – President https://stjoe-macomb.com/public-institutions-cannot-allocate-land-without-executive-approval-president/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/public-institutions-cannot-allocate-land-without-executive-approval-president/#respond Sat, 04 Sep 2021 03:34:58 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/public-institutions-cannot-allocate-land-without-executive-approval-president/

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has warned public institutions to refrain from dealing with, granting or allocating public lands without his express approval through the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.

He underlined that, in accordance with the precepts of the Constitution, all public lands were vested only to the President and managed by the Land Commission, so that any situation contrary to this legal provision would not be taken into account.

“It is important to note that no public land is devolved to a government institution, as this would be contrary to the precepts of the Constitution,” he stressed when he inaugurated the National Land Commission of 32 members in the Jubilee House, Accra.

“Public lands allocated to government institutions therefore remain public lands, vested in the President and managed by the Commission … institution.”

“No public institution should thus care for, grant or allocate land, without the express approval of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, acting on my instructions. On days when public lands are literally dissipated without regard for the public interest are gone, ”he said.

Chaired by Alex Quaynor, the members of the Commission include James Ebenezer Kobina Dadson, Secretary; Benito Owusu Bio, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources; Kwadwo Yeboah, Land Use Planning Authority; Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Environmental Protection Agency; Reverend Kwadwo Nkrumah, National Association of Farmers and Fishermen of Ghana; Anthony Forson Jnr, Ghana Bar Association; Jonathan Allotey Abbosey, Ghana Institution of Surveyors; and Nana Osei Bonsu II, National Chamber of Chiefs.

The others are Ms. Ama Kudom Agyeman, Bono East Region, Dr Proper Basommi Laari, North East Region; Alhaji Mohammed Abdul-Haq, Upper West region; Yvonne Odoley Sowah, Greater Accra region; Kofi Dankwa Osei, Easter Region; Mama Dzodoasi I, Volta Region; Nana Obonbo Sewura Lupuwura, Oti region; Kwame Kwasi Danso, Central Region; Dr Osaac Obirim Kofi Sagoe, Western Region; Samuel Kofi Abiaw, Northwest Region; Nana Nsuase Poku Agyeman III, Ashanti region; Nivilas Leni Anane-Agyei, Ahafo Region; Isaac Kwadwo Amankwa, Bono region; Dubik Yakubu Mahama, Northern Region; Dr Alhaji Adam Sulemana, Achanso, Savannah region; and Jonathan Anaboro Angme, Haut-Est Region.

The others, who are all directors of the Land Commission, are Benjamin Arthur, Jones Ofori-Boadu, Yaa Agyeman Boadi, Abdulai Abubakari, Michael Nti Appiah, Eunice Opoku and Akua Afriyie Asubonteng.

Reiterating the importance of land for socio-economic development, President Akufo-Addo noted that all human activities revolved around the land, and therefore, access to land, was the most important factor in the development of each nation.

He told Commission members that their duty to manage public lands was very onerous, and “as stewards of these lands on behalf of the state, you must ensure that these lands are used wisely for the good people of the country. Ghana”.

President Akufo-Addo was not happy that despite various interventions by successive governments, most land administration issues in Ghana persist, including fraudulent sale of land, poor record keeping of the Commission , encroachment on public lands and fraudulent registration. earthen.

He wondered why a piece of land could be registered in the name of different people when the same Land Commission was responsible for the registration.

“Why should documents submitted to the Land Commission, or files, mysteriously disappear when the Land Commission should be the chief custodian of such important documents? Why would it take years to register a single piece of land?

“Our quest to transform our national economy, to bring much-needed development and prosperity, cannot be achieved without effective land administration. We will lose all of our investors if they spend a lot of money on acquiring land as a major tool of production. , to realize that what they have acquired is a dispute that spans years and decades.

“We cannot go on as usual. We must pursue the institutional reforms necessary to anchor an effective land administration. These must include reforms in the staff, processes and working culture of the Commission.” , he told the Commission.

The President welcomed that the Land Law of 2020 (Law 1036), which was passed last year, contains far-reaching provisions which, if implemented, would help Ghana establish a regime. effective land administration.

He told the Commission that it was his duty to ensure that the general public understood and complied with the land law.

One of the main provisions of the 2020 Land Law (Law 1036) is the creation of customary land secretariats responsible for overseeing the management of saddle, skin, family and clan land, restrictions on large-scale alienation of family and clan lands without the consent of the Regional Land Commission, the power of the Commission to survey and demarcate lands, the provision for electronic cession, detailed provisions for the compulsory acquisition of land land, including the payment of compensation, management and use of public land, and provisions for the alienation of devolved land.

President Akufo-Addo urged the Commission to actively pursue the digitization of Land Commission files, as this would enable the country to establish an effective land administration.

“Most of the reforms needed to build an effective land administration will be within our grasp if we manage to move from manual to digital registration… So you have to work diligently to make this digitization program work.

“Our goal is to ensure that the registration of the title takes a maximum of one month, and I dare say, the Ghanaian people will assess the success of your tenure by the extent to which we achieve this goal,” he said. He underlines.

The president told the Commission that the entire nation expects it to reform the Land Commission to render efficient services to the public to accelerate national economic development and find a lasting solution to land administration in the country.

“The people of Ghana have high expectations of you, and you cannot disappoint. I am confident that with the variety of expertise that makes up this Commission, and under the leadership of your experienced and disciplined Chairman, you will work to ensure that we build a land administration we can all be proud of.

“The task ahead is daunting. But with focus, good policies and determination, you can fulfill your mandate,” he said.

Mr. Alex Quaynor, President of the Commission, thanked the President for their appointment and the confidence shown in them.

He assured that the Commission would take the necessary steps to reform the operations of the Land Commission in order to assist the rapid socio-economic development of Ghana.

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UAE financial institutions under pressure to strengthen IT security https://stjoe-macomb.com/uae-financial-institutions-under-pressure-to-strengthen-it-security/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/uae-financial-institutions-under-pressure-to-strengthen-it-security/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 08:13:12 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/uae-financial-institutions-under-pressure-to-strengthen-it-security/

The majority (82%) of IT decision makers working in banks and financial service institutions (ISPs) in the UAE are under pressure to improve their security protocols.
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Dubai: The majority (82%) of IT decision-makers working in banks and financial services institutions (ISPs) in the UAE are under pressure to improve their security protocols, according to a new study from Citrix.

It comes as 72% see IT security risks in the industry increasing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees are the most likely to lobby their organization for increased security, with 67% of IT professionals reporting pressure from this group, followed by customers (48%), then government (45%) and shareholders (31%).

Perhaps in response to these requests, 66% of those surveyed say that security has become a top priority in their organization over the past 18 months. They join the additional 31 percent who say it has been a top priority “for years.”

“It’s no surprise that security has become an even higher priority since the start of the pandemic,” said Amir Sohrabi, zone vice president for emerging markets at Citrix. “As remote working became ubiquitous overnight and employees were more likely to be distracted by personal and professional stressors, cyber attacks have mushroomed around the world. This research highlights that internal and external stakeholders have recognized the challenges, which are particularly relevant in an industry like finance.

Despite the increase in cyber attacks and the changing demands and pressures on them; 95 percent of IT decision-makers say they are comfortable with their IT security arrangements, with 25 percent saying they are “very comfortable.” 86% also believe that the IT security teams in their organization have “all the necessary skills” to meet today’s challenges.

This trust can come, at least in part, from the fact that many organizations are replacing their traditional VPN solutions with zero trust cloud-based services. About half (46%) of those surveyed have already implemented it, and 49% plan to do so within the next 12 months.

Six percent more plan to follow suit in the longer term. The main drivers of this decision are the improvement of the end-user experience (42%), the implementation of an agile and secure remote work strategy (39%), the consolidation of multi-point products ( 36%) and more on-premise solutions to the cloud (35%).

Additionally, 90% of IT decision makers report being satisfied with the digital workspace solutions their organization has used to support remote working in the past 18 months. 54% of those surveyed implemented these digital workspace solutions in response to the mandate to work from home in March 2020, while an additional 42% already had them in place before the pandemic. The remaining 4% plan to provide their teams with digital workspace solutions in the future.

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Schools in Assam and other educational institutions to reopen in September https://stjoe-macomb.com/schools-in-assam-and-other-educational-institutions-to-reopen-in-september/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/schools-in-assam-and-other-educational-institutions-to-reopen-in-september/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 08:31:26 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/schools-in-assam-and-other-educational-institutions-to-reopen-in-september/

The Assam cabinet on Thursday approved the reopening of educational institutions for physical classes from upper secondary to postgraduate level in the state from the first week of September.

Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said the cabinet meeting chaired by Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma decided to start classes for the final of the HS, the final of the diploma and the last year of the third cycle from the first week of September.

“In view of this, the vaccination camp for Covid-19 will be held in the offices of the head of primary education in Block, the head of primary education in the district, the inspector of schools and throughout the campus. university tomorrow (August 27) to September 5 for the vaccination of teachers. , non-teaching staff and students over 18 years old. To attend classes, the 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be mandatory. However, to open hostels, the borders will be required to take both doses of the vaccine, ”said Ranoj Pegu.

Assam’s education minister further said the standard operating procedure (SOP) on opening educational institutions and related matters will be released no later than August 31.

Life annuity

The Assam cabinet has also ruled that players who have won medals at national championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics will receive a lifetime pension of Rs 10,000 per month.

Apart from this, the Assam cabinet decided to celebrate Arjun Bhogeswar Baruah’s birthday as Sports Day on September 3rd of every year, to increase the amount of sports pension from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000. , fixed the single financial aid to sportsmen. at Rs 50,000.

Other Cabinet Decisions

The other decisions of the cabinet are – to create 3 new divisions of the public health engineering department in Majuli with seat in Kamalabari, South Salmara-Mankachar with seat in Hatsingimari and Bajali with seat in Pathsala as well as the creation of 93 new positions for the new divisions, for the implementation of the activities of the Department of Public Works (Building), the cabinet approved the establishment of 8 new circles, 20 new divisions and 28 subdivisions in the state, approved the creation of 804 technical positions for the department.

In the interest of public service and to streamline staff for the smooth implementation of government programs and activities, Deputy Commissioners are empowered to transfer staff from government departments under district jurisdiction in consultation with the Head of department concerned up to the grade of junior engineer. , the Science and Technology Department is renamed the Science, Technology and Climate Change Department.

The cabinet reviewed the BTAD flood situation and decided to delegate Minister Jogen Mohan and UG Brahma to monitor the situation.

The cabinet expressed deep condolences for the unfortunate death of Nandita Saikia, a student at Moridhal College in the Dhemaji district and the special DGP has already been tasked with promptly investigating the case so that exemplary punishment can be secured against the guilty.

Read: Assam government to vaccinate all teachers by September 5 and bring 12 lakh of extra doses

Read: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma invites ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah for peace talks

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COMMENT: Reforming frontline institutions https://stjoe-macomb.com/comment-reforming-frontline-institutions/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/comment-reforming-frontline-institutions/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 13:21:34 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/comment-reforming-frontline-institutions/

THE first dozen or so parts of this commentary series focused on exercising the powers of the presidency to effect the necessary reforms and take the appropriate steps to propel the Filipino nation towards greater political and economic development and in doing so, to break the cycle of poverty which is currently extremely widespread in our society and which generates suffering and humiliation among a large number of our fellow citizens.

In our form of government, reforms and actions undertaken by the president at the top of the hierarchy may not fully achieve the desired goals without the parallel participation and cooperation of the legislative and judicial branches of government as well as local government units (LGU ). While the president has great influence in carrying out LGU responsibilities, as expressed in parts of this series, the entry of LGU leaders into government is not under the direct control of the president.

Corruption

The biggest problem in the above government institutions is corruption and its apparent perpetuation. In these institutions, incumbents pay more attention to the satisfaction of their self-interest and the perpetuation of power.

In fact, these two elements feed on each other – the resources obtained through the gratification of self-interest provide the fuel for the perpetuation of power which leads to greater gratification of self-interest – a real pleasure. to play the “merry-go-round”. Worse, the enjoyment of advantages and the perpetuation of power by the incumbent extends to his close family circle.

If there is one major factor holding back the realization of our nation’s full potential, it is the dominance in our political system of political dynasties, which, of course, makes its presence felt in the presidency itself. I estimate that our whole nation is governed by an oligarchy of about a hundred political families.

The proliferation of political dynasties is like generalized incest. And you and I know that the proceeds of incest will have some sort of malformation or dysfunction. And what results are doomed to get worse.

As for the justice system, due to the generally corrupt political environment, corruption has become so ingrained in the system that only drastic action can remedy it.

If I were the next president, I would use my presidential powers to the fullest extent necessary to enable the nation of the Philippines to pass enabling legislation banning political dynasties, as instructed by the Constitution. And, in the same way, to pass a law or a decree to contain corruption in the justice system.

End of political dynasties

For a long time, there have been repeated tabling of bills in both houses of Congress banning political dynasties as required by the Constitution. Essentially, these bills provide for the following prohibitions for major national and local elective positions (governor, mayor, barangay captain and district representative):

– The spouse and relatives of a holder with the second degree of consanguinity or affinity (parent; children and their spouses; brother and sister and their spouses) cannot succeed or replace the holder. (Applicable for any elective position.)

– The same parents of an incumbent occupying a local post may not apply for any local or national post.

– The same parents of an incumbent of a national post cannot be candidates for any local or national post.

– If there is no holder of the same family, it is forbidden for candidates of the same family to stand simultaneously in the same election for any local or national position.

Indeed, there is only one member of a family, as defined, who is allowed to hold a national office or a major local office at a time.

If passed, such a bill will effectively curb the development of any political dynasty. As a result, it creates diversity among current and future leaders and thus brings out new ideas more geared towards building a better nation and little tainted with self-interest.

I will strongly support such a bill. I realize that the passage of this kind of bill goes against the interests of the members of the political dynasties who currently hold the majority political power in the country and that the bill risks gathering dust as this has happened several times before. But all the same, I will try to persuade and inflame the loving lawmakers of the country and the people of the Philippines.

In case such actions lead to nothing, I myself will encourage and support the organization of a popular initiative to get the citizens themselves to approve such a law and have it adopted by referendum, like the allows the Constitution.

In fact, when this does happen, recognizing that I will face similar legislative opposition to many of the reform actions we will take as discussed in previous parts of this series, I will encourage the maintenance of a leadership organization. popular as an Alternative Congress and always keep it ready for action.

I realize that such a strong position can create a national political confrontation. But it is something that cannot be avoided if we are to transform our country to a desirable state to enable it to achieve a much better future. My colleagues and I will just have to do our best to make sure the Filipinos come out the winners of this melting pot.

Reform justice

Reforming the justice system is also a very difficult task. But we also have to face the problem. In this case, we will pass a requirement that for any promotion from a judge of a lower court to a higher court, the candidate will have to accept a lifestyle check, including a review of their bank accounts.

The candidate has the right not to accept this exam, but remains where he is. We will then fill the vacant position with another qualified person within the court system who accepts such a review or from outside the court system. Such a requirement will break the cycle of corruption in the justice system.

We must keep in mind that the foregoing strict measures are required by the demands of our present circumstances. To the extent that we are able to create a nation of better educated, more government-minded and more demanding voters; and corruption is seen as shameful and should be condemned, then we no longer need these laws and requirements. We can take them off the books.

In the meantime, we must take drastic measures to enable us to reach where we want to go.

We are ready to take these steps – to do the right thing.

The author is the founder of the national political party Buklod.

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Afghan evacuees to undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine in Delhi: Center https://stjoe-macomb.com/afghan-evacuees-to-undergo-mandatory-14-day-institutional-quarantine-in-delhi-center/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/afghan-evacuees-to-undergo-mandatory-14-day-institutional-quarantine-in-delhi-center/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:48:31 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/afghan-evacuees-to-undergo-mandatory-14-day-institutional-quarantine-in-delhi-center/

All evacuees from Afghanistan will undergo a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine at ITBP Chhawla camp in Delhi, the Union’s health ministry said on Tuesday.

Two of the 146 passengers who landed in the nation’s capital from Afghanistan on Monday were found positive for Covid-19.

Talk to the news agency ANISub-divisional magistrate Rajendra Kumar said: “Two people from Afghanistan tested positive for Covid. They were sent to LNJP hospital.”

The second batch of 146 Indian nationals evacuated from Afghanistan via Doha arrived in Delhi on Monday on various flights.

India brought back nearly 400 people on Sunday including 329 of its nationals on three different flights.

Earlier today, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that a total of 626 people, including 228 Indian citizens, have been evacuated from Afghanistan so far. He also informed that among them, 77 were Afghan Sikhs.

The number of Indian citizens evacuated does not include those working at the Indian Embassy, ​​Puri added.

Speaking of the three Swaroop of Sri Guru Granth Sahib brought from Kabul to Delhi today, Puri said: “It was a very moving and moving experience for me as a Sikh to be able to pay homage.”

“At the start of the pandemic, in March 2020, when the Kabul Gurudwara was attacked, the central government facilitated the arrival of 383 Afghan Sikhs to India. During the latest developments in Afghanistan, seven evacuation flights were organized.” , he added.

In addition, Puri said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always lent his support to the Sikh community, at home or abroad, in times of distress. “The sewadars who came (from Afghanistan) thanked Prime Minister Modi and Mother India that we are able to provide sanctuary and comfort to people in need, especially Hindus and Sikhs,” he said. he adds.

Speaking about his recent tweet regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Hardeep Singh Puri said: “The same people who opposed the CAA legislation when it was enacted are demanding to adjust the deadline today.”

Sharing a news article, Puri tweeted on August 22: “The recent developments in our unstable neighborhood and the way Sikhs and Hindus are going through a difficult time is precisely why there was a need to pass the Citizenship Amendment Act. “.

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The Recorder – Regina Curtis is retiring as GCC executive. director of institutional promotion https://stjoe-macomb.com/the-recorder-regina-curtis-is-retiring-as-gcc-executive-director-of-institutional-promotion/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/the-recorder-regina-curtis-is-retiring-as-gcc-executive-director-of-institutional-promotion/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 19:01:13 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/the-recorder-regina-curtis-is-retiring-as-gcc-executive-director-of-institutional-promotion/

GREENFIELD – Regina Curtis has amassed a 48-pound stash in thrift stores. From September 1, she will have more time to read them.

Curtis is retiring as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Greenfield Community College on August 31, after 16 years on the job. She coordinated the school’s legislative affairs and oversaw its grants office in addition to being the executive director of the GCC Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the college.

“Community college students stay in their community. They end up living and working within a 25 mile radius, usually. So we are really educating the workforce in this community, ”she said. “This college is exactly where it needs to be.”

Curtis, 62, said she turned legislative affairs over to her colleague Keith Bailey and new recruit Alexis Page took on other responsibilities. She said their abilities reduced her natural anxiety about quitting the job she had been heavily involved in for so long.

She previously worked for State Representative Stephen Kulik and plans to follow her former employer’s advice on retirement – don’t make any additional commitments for at least a year. She intends to continue serving on the board of directors of Rural Development Inc., a nonprofit organization created by the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, but wishes to spend more time walking, hiking, kayaking and visiting her son in North Carolina and her daughter-in-law. in Idaho. She would also like to relearn Spanish and knitting.

Curtis grew up in the Detroit area, but has lived in Franklin County his entire adult life. Warwick has been his home for decades.

She worked at the college for 16 years, serving on the Board of Trustees of the GCC Foundation for six years previously, including two as President. Prior to that, she was a campaign volunteer for the school. But that was not his introduction to college. She received her associate’s degree in commerce in 1986 at the age of 28, after taking evening classes for five years while working full time. The average age of a CCG student is around 27, she said.

Curtis then transferred to North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) for another five years to earn a bachelor’s degree, graduating while pregnant with her son. She waited four years before pursuing her Masters of Business Administration in five years.

“I know women who… worked full time and went to school in the evenings with me and had a baby, but I couldn’t… think about that. So I waited until he was 4, then I started at Fitchburg State College (now the University) because, ”she said,“ I only attend public higher education institutions. from Massachusetts that are next to Highway 2. It’s like my jam.

“I never worked full time during all of this,” she added. “It’s just that the career trajectory was made possible thanks to the degrees I acquired along the way, which was possible thanks to GCC. … It is definitely the mission to make higher education accessible to all who want to learn. This is not the case for many colleges.

Curtis also said that many CCG students are, like her, first generation students. She said 48% of them transferred to four-year colleges and 25% were from Hampshire County.

“I’ve always wondered if there is a magical way to survey every employer in Franklin County and find out how many GCC employees (there are),” she said, adding that a third of Greenfield Savings Bank employees are GCC graduates. “It’s quite remarkable.”

Curtis also said that GCC will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year.

“GCC and I are about the same age. Funny – I never thought of it that way, ”she said. “We kind of grew up together. ”

Contact Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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721 children in childcare institutions have contracted Covid so far: RTI https://stjoe-macomb.com/721-children-in-childcare-institutions-have-contracted-covid-so-far-rti/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/721-children-in-childcare-institutions-have-contracted-covid-so-far-rti/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:16:00 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/721-children-in-childcare-institutions-have-contracted-covid-so-far-rti/

More than 720 children in child care facilities in 11 states and union territories have contracted COVID-19 so far and no deaths have been reported, according to data from the supreme rights body of the country’s child.

The data, which was shared by the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child in response to a request from RTI from PTI, also indicated that 686 children living in childcare institutions (CCIs) have been infected with COVID-19 so far this year.

Last year, Uttar Pradesh was the only state out of the 11 states and union territories (UT) to report cases of coronavirus in children with CCIs. He had reported 35 cases, the data showed.

This year, no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported at such institutions in Uttar Pradesh, he said.

According to commission data, no deaths from coronavirus infection have been reported among children residing in CCIs in these 11 states and UTs.

Of 721 children in these institutions, who contracted the infection, the highest number was reported in Haryana (288), followed by Tamil Nadu (149) and Bihar (131), according to the data.

He said the number of COVID-19 cases among children in CCIs in Mizoram was 46, Karnataka 37, Delhi 19, Telangana seven, Gujarat six, Chandigarh three.

No cases have been reported in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to data from the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child for 11 states and UTs.

There are 857 CCIs in these states and UTs and 33,695 beneficiaries reside there, according to government data.

In June, the Department of Women’s and Children’s Development called on states to make appropriate arrangements for isolation facilities within CCIs to care for children suffering from COVID-19 and to prepare a coffee roaster. psychologists or child counselors to visit and interact with the facilities.

To ensure institutional support through the CCIs, the ministry had also asked States and UTs to organize special inspection visits in collaboration with district magistrates, to assess the quality of care in all CCIs to verify the child welfare.

CCIs were also tasked with ensuring proper facilities such as clean and hygienic living conditions, basic amenities, quality food and the safety of all children from infection.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Vedanta’s accounts and Sinha’s UK reappointment fail to gain institutional investor backing https://stjoe-macomb.com/vedantas-accounts-and-sinhas-uk-reappointment-fail-to-gain-institutional-investor-backing/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/vedantas-accounts-and-sinhas-uk-reappointment-fail-to-gain-institutional-investor-backing/#respond Thu, 12 Aug 2021 11:34:20 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/vedantas-accounts-and-sinhas-uk-reappointment-fail-to-gain-institutional-investor-backing/

Indian commodities giant Vedanta Ltd. has witnessed a rare display of mistrust on the part of institutional investors.

A majority of institutional investor votes cast at the annual general meeting, held on August 10, was against the adoption of the annual financial accounts and the appointment of three independent directors, including a former securities market regulator.

Institutional investors hold nearly a fifth of the company’s shares (20.89%), of which foreign portfolio investors are the main shareholders (10.29%). Overall, the public stake in Vedanta is 34.50% and the entities led by developer Anil Agarwal hold 65.18%.

A little more than half, or 50.60%, of the votes of institutional investors voted against the adoption of autonomous and consolidated financial accounts for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A large number of shares of institutional investors were voted, 77.54%, which makes the veto important.

To be clear, the resolution was passed and the accounts passed through votes from the promoters and the non-institutional public.

At the AGM, shareholders also had to vote on four resolutions concerning the appointment of three and the renewal of an independent director.

The renewal of UK Sinha, a former securities market regulator, was rejected by institutional shareholders. 75.78% of the shares held by institutional investors were voted. An overwhelming majority was against the resolution. 70.70% to be precise.

Once again, the special resolution was passed with the support of the proponent and the non-institutional public.

The appointment of Padmini Somani as independent director for the first two-year term was supported by institutional investors but that of Dindayal Jalan and Akhilesh Joshi, both independent directors for the first term, did not gain support. majority of institutional votes cast. However, all of the resolutions were passed thanks to the support of the promoter and the non-institutional public.

Institutional shareholders are expressing their exasperation with the governance of the company, said Amit Tandon, founder and CEO of the IiAS voting advisory firm.

In their pre-AGM reports, the two voting consultancies IiAS and SES had recommended that shareholders vote against the adoption of the accounts because of the auditor’s qualification on internal financial controls.

Vedanta’s independent auditor’s report for fiscal year 21 included a qualification that “a material weakness has been identified in the effectiveness of the company’s internal financial controls”.

This material weakness was related to the comparative analysis of the terms of loans and guarantees between the company and its subsidiaries or affiliates. This could “possibly result in the granting of loans and the issuance of guarantees in a manner that could affect the recognition, measurement and disclosure of these transactions in the financial statements,” the report said. listener.

SR Batliboi is the company’s auditor and his renewal this year was supported by 100% of the institutional votes cast.

Voting against independent directors

IiAS and SES also recommended that shareholders vote against three of the four independent directors.

Dindayal Jalan and Akhilesh Joshi both worked in various companies and subsidiaries of the Vedanta Group in managerial positions such as CFO and Managing Director, until 2016.

“We do not support former executives who sit on the board with their former supervisors, regardless of whether or not those executives have completed a three-year chill period. Rather, the board should consider appointing them to as a non-executive director, ”reports the IiAS. noted.

As to why shareholders should vote against the reappointment of former SEBI UK chairman Sinha, IiAS said: “He has been on the board since March 13, 2018. We believe that the current independent directors have not protected the rights of minority shareholders by maintaining a position and enabling cash flow support to the group through the company and HZL (Hindustan Zinc). We therefore do not support the reappointment of Upendra Kumar Sinha as independent director on the board of directors of Vedanta. “

SES had recommended voting against Sinha’s reappointment because of concerns about the auditor’s qualification. “… since he is an independent director as well as a member of the audit committee and obtains qualified accounts from the auditors due to transactions with related parties, he must be accountable to the shareholders of such a state of affairs. “

BloombergQuint has contacted Vedanta for comment and is awaiting a response.

An earlier version of the story has been updated to also include the views of the voting consultancy firm SES.

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new research shows refugees trust institutions https://stjoe-macomb.com/new-research-shows-refugees-trust-institutions/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/new-research-shows-refugees-trust-institutions/#respond Wed, 11 Aug 2021 02:02:00 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/new-research-shows-refugees-trust-institutions/

With the number of COVID increasing in the multicultural western suburb of Sydney, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has speculated that the region’s migrant and refugee communities “have not built the trust in government ”, which could make them reluctant to engage with health authorities.

And yesterday Hazzard made another indirect reference to the people of West Sydney saying:

There are other communities and people from other walks of life who don’t seem to think that it is necessary to comply with the law and who don’t really care much about what they do in terms of impact on the rest of the community.

Concerns about the lack of trust among migrants and refugees in Western Sydney institutions – or their alleged disregard for the rules – mirror similar comments from authorities in Melbourne during the COVID outbreaks last year.

Our recent research among refugees in New South Wales shows that these concerns about trust in government are unfounded, especially among recently arrived refugees.

Our 2019 and 2020 surveys reveal that these individuals actually have a very high level of trust in Australian institutions and a high level of commitment to fulfilling their social and civic responsibilities.



Read more: Multilingual Australia lacks vital information on COVID-19. No wonder local councils and businesses are stepping in


What our research reveals

The study, led by Settlement Services International (SSI) and researchers at the University of Western Sydney, explored refugees’ sense of participation and belonging in Australian society.

We interviewed 418 refugees in their preferred languages, reaching a diversity of backgrounds. All of the refugees had permanent residence and those in our 2020 survey had lived in Australia for an average of 24 months.

In the 2020 survey, we found that our respondents had very high levels of trust in government (86% responding “a lot”) and the police (84% “a lot”), with no noticeable difference between women and men. men.

Trust in the media, however, was considerably lower (39% trusting the media “a lot” and 41% “a little”), but still comparable to that of the Australian population in general.

The lowest trust was expressed for members of the wider Australian community, with only 24% saying they trusted these people “a lot”, 45% saying “some” and 10% saying “not at all” “. This was comparable to the results of a long-term study of refugees in Australia.



A typical resident of western Sydney

Muneera, who came to Australia from Iraq, lives in western Sydney with her family and is typical of the refugees we interviewed. Muneera was supported by SSI upon her arrival in March 2019 as part of the Australian Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Program.

Although not part of the research, she was happy to share her story of dealing with COVID-19 during the current lockdown.

With limited English, Muneera obtains COVID-19 information from Arab community social media groups and mainstream TV news. She also relies on her sister, who speaks excellent English, for regular updates on public health restrictions.

Like many other families in lockdown, some of her children have lost their jobs and her son is struggling to attend high school at home without a laptop. Still, Muneera and her family are committed to staying home and understand the need to stay informed and comply with restrictions.



Read more: We need to collect data on ethnicity in COVID testing if we are to bring the Sydney epidemic under control


Why community support is so vital

In our survey, we found that refugees in NSW were highly motivated to fulfill their social and civic responsibilities, including obeying the law, being self-reliant, treating others with respect and helping others. In fact, these sentiments were almost universally shared among our respondents.

They also reported knowing how to get help and access essential services, including how to find out about government services (69% ‘know very well / fairly well’) and, most importantly, what to do in an emergency ( 77% “know very well / fairly well”). They also knew how to get help from the police (78% “know very well / fairly well”).



When it came to helping others in the community, volunteer rates among refugees in our survey declined in 2020 (48%) compared to 2019 (60%), but were still comparable to volunteer rates. (49%) across Australia. community during the pandemic.

All respondents to this survey had permanent residence in Australia, a key factor in enabling their settlement and access to services.



Read more: Understanding how African Australians think about COVID can help tailor public health messages


The refugees in our study were also made to feel welcome in Australia, being part of the Australian community and supported by a range of networks, including their ethnic and religious communities and other groups. At this early stage of their settlement, they found it relatively easy to make friends in Australia, talk to their neighbors, and maintain networks of mixed friendships.

In Western Sydney and other culturally diverse parts of Australia, containing COVID-19 presents multiple challenges, including the rapidly evolving public health advice and the need for accurate information in community languages.

However, the premise that refugees have a low level of trust in institutions or are reluctant to follow the rules is not supported by our research.

People are seen lining up at a COVID vaccination pop-up clinic at the Lebanese Muslim Association in Lakemba, southwest of Sydney.
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Rather than labeling various communities as lacking in trust, their existing social capital and the extent of their community relationships and networks can be a critical resource in the battle to contain COVID-19, as the example of Muneera shows.

Starting from a position of trust, the challenge is how to effectively activate and fund all the organizations and networks with which refugees and migrants engage in their daily lives.

This should be coupled with clear and consistent messages in the languages ​​of the community, delivered through a variety of channels (including digital) and formats (including video). Peer-to-peer engagement from community members and trusted organizations can be incredibly effective in supporting behavior change and maintaining health and safety.

Targeted mental health promotion and financial support are also essential to ensure families like Muneera’s get the support they need during the pandemic.


The authors’ research on newly arrived refugees will be discussed in a moderated online roundtable to be held on September 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (AEST). Registration is free, but essential.

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JR Richard, Simone Biles and institutional justice | Thomas Renard https://stjoe-macomb.com/jr-richard-simone-biles-and-institutional-justice-thomas-renard/ https://stjoe-macomb.com/jr-richard-simone-biles-and-institutional-justice-thomas-renard/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 14:45:35 +0000 https://stjoe-macomb.com/jr-richard-simone-biles-and-institutional-justice-thomas-renard/

JR Richard passed away last week. You don’t know that name? He is the greatest pitcher in the history of the Houston Astros whose career tragically ended in a stroke at the age of 30. How dominant was Richard? In his senior year in high school, he didn’t allow a single earned point. In the majors, he struck out nearly 1,500 batters over 9 seasons and hit a fast pitch at 100 mph when that speed was almost unknown.

According to his obituary in the Houston Chronicle, “Richard went 107-71 with a 3.15 ERA and 76 full games for the Astros. He had a 20-game winning season in 1976 and won 18 or more games from 1976 to 1979. He became the first pitcher for the Astros to record 300 strikeouts, including 303 in 1978, leading the majors. He broke that record with an MLB record of 313 in 1979, when he also led the National League in ERA (2.71) and finished third in the Cy Young vote against Cubs reliever Bruce Sutter and teammate Niekro. . Among modern-day pitchers, Richard is one of only six with consecutive seasons of 300 strikeouts, and he was the first National League right-hander to reach the 300 plateau.

Richard was also a victim of the same racism Simone Biles experienced recently. In 1980, he was on the invalids list for what was called at the time a “tired arm”. He received fierce criticism from the Houston sports media for not playing while the Astros were in their first real pennant race. Of course, he was simply blamed for being lazy and not tough enough to fight. It turned out that a blood clot had formed which Astros’ medics discovered but did not operate because they did not want to interfere with his ability to throw. They allowed him to train, which led to him collapsing on the pitch during training following a stroke.

Biles withdrew from the team gymnastics competition due to “mental health” issues or something we know as “twists”. It turns out that twisties are a medical condition, not a mental health issue. Of course, racist, right-wing pundits immediately stalked Biles the same way Houston sports writers stalked Richard over 40 years ago. For Biles, it was giving up his team at the Olympics. For Richard, it was abandoning his team in a pennant race. Richard almost died because the Astros didn’t want him to undergo the surgery he needed to get his arm back in the 1980 pennant race. Richard tried but was never able to throw well enough to stay put. new to the Astros team. Biles was able to come back to win a bronze medal on beam.

To say that those who criticized Richard or Biles treated them fairly contradicts almost all levels of humanity. Yet, in the context of the company, the fair treatment of employees is an essential part of any corporate culture. Kyle Welch and Stephen Stubben, in their 2019 article titled “Evidence on the use and effectiveness of internal whistleblowing systemsNoted that a strong whistleblower reporting system is a testament to a functional and ethical corporate culture. Employees who can report issues fairly, without fear of retaliation, have more power to make the business more efficient and profitable. Yet an equally interesting finding was that there were strong internal relationships, employees were more likely to speak out to improve overall business processes, thus making the company more profitable.

The question of institutional justice emerges most clearly in the field of discipline. This can be in the overall application of a compliance program to all employees, board members and senior managers. As stated in the FCPA 2020 Resource Guide, “A compliance program should run from the boardroom to the supply room – no one should be out of reach. The DOJ and the SEC will therefore examine whether, in applying a compliance program, a company has appropriate and clear disciplinary procedures, if these procedures are applied reliably and expeditiously, and if they are proportionate to the violation.

This mandate was presented in the 2017 FCPA Law Enforcement Policy which stated: “Appropriate discipline of employees, including those identified by the company as responsible for the misconduct, either through direct participation or failure to supervise, as well as those with supervisory authority over the area in which the criminal conduct took place. [emphasis supplied]

All of these concepts were continued in the 2020 Corporate Compliance Program Assessment Update, which said: “Another characteristic of the effective implementation of a compliance program is the establishment of compliance incentives and non-compliance disincentives. Prosecutors should assess whether the company has clear disciplinary procedures in place, enforce them regularly across the organization and ensure that procedures are proportionate to violations. “

One of the areas where you can more fully operationalize your compliance program is to ensure that discipline is applied appropriately and consistently across an organization and to reward employees who exhibit such ethical behavior and consistent in their individual work practices. In addition to providing a financial incentive for ethical behavior, it also provides a sense of institutional justice. Institutional justice stems from procedural fairness and is one area that will bring credibility to your compliance program.

Discipline administration. One area where institutional justice is paramount is the administration of discipline after any compliance incident. Discipline must not only be administered in a fair manner, but it must be administered in a consistent manner across the organization in the event of a violation of any compliance policy. Failure to administer discipline in a consistent manner will destroy any vestige of credibility you may have developed.

Likewise, there must be real consequences for an employee who violates your compliance program. If regulators are knocking on the door and you haven’t sanctioned employees for violating the code of conduct or compliance program for several years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will conclude. quickly that you’re not serious about compliance. This means that a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) must discipline those who commit compliance violations, regardless of their position within the organization.

Employee promotions. In addition to the discipline area which can be administered after the completion of any compliance investigation, you must also firmly place compliance as part of ongoing employee reviews and promotions. If your business is seen to progress and only reward employees who reach their numbers by whatever means necessary, other employees will certainly take note and it will be understood on what management evaluates and rewards employees.

Internal investigations. A third area concerns internal company investigations. If your employees don’t believe the investigation is fair and impartial, then it is not fair and unbiased. In addition, those involved must have confidence that any internal investigation is treated with seriousness and objectivity. One of the main reasons employees will deviate from a company’s internal phone support process is because they don’t think the investigation process will be fair. (Another result of the Welch / Stubben study).

An often overlooked role of any CCO or compliance professional is to help provide employees with institutional justice. Whether your compliance function is viewed as fair in the way it treats employees, in areas as diverse as financial incentives, promotions, appropriate and consistent discipline applied across the world; employees are more likely to let the compliance department know when something is happening. If employees believe they will be treated fairly, it will go a long way in making your compliance program more fully operational.

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