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Prison rioting feared

first_imgState prison officials hoped that 2,260 inmates would volunteer for the transfers, but the response was far less than they had hoped. Just 460 inmates took the offer. In response, Corrections Secretary James Tilton announced earlier this month that California will begin forcing transfers. The state hopes to move up to 5,000 inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two state employee unions, including the one representing prison guards, challenged the order on two points. They said it violates the Emergency Powers Act and a provision in the state constitution that prohibits using private companies for jobs usually performed by state workers. Union attorney Gregg Adams said state law reserves emergency declarations for unforeseen disasters that overwhelm local authorities. It should not be used to address predictable situations such as crowding in prisons, he said. “It makes no sense to me that an illegality can be justified by a danger to the public,” he said. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian said Schwarzenegger’s declaration might have overstepped state law but delayed a decision in the case. The judge said she will consider whether the public safety threat outweighs any harm to the unions. The prison guards and the Service Employees International Union filed suit in October, after the state entered no-bid contracts with two companies that operate private prisons. SACRAMENTO – Overcrowding is fueling violence inside California’s prisons and creating an atmosphere primed for a major riot, a state attorney said Friday during court arguments over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to send prisoners to other states. As an example, Deputy Attorney General Vickie Whitney cited a Dec. 30 brawl by hundreds of inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino that injured more than 50 inmates. “It’s because of very crowded situations, and it’s a miracle that something more dangerous hasn’t occurred that’s going to imperil not only correctional officers but inmates and the public,” Whitney told reporters after the court hearing. Severe overcrowding prompted Schwarzenegger to declare an emergency in October and order thousands of inmates to be transferred to private prisons in other states. last_img read more

Public works programme ‘creating jobs’

first_imgBetween April 2010 and March this year the programme created 89 689 jobs across 45 municipalities covering 417 wards throughout the country. Almost 310 000 work opportunities have been created through the government’s expanded public works programme (EPWP) since April, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said in Cape Town on Tuesday. 31 August 2011 The programme was aimed at helping municipalities to provide waste collection services, specifically where municipalities were unable to provide the service, Dlamini said. The programme was now being rolled out in 30 municipalities in the provinces. It had so far managed to create over 3 000 job opportunities for poor and vulnerable communities. Other initiatives included the waste management programme. In terms of the programme, communities received food vouchers for collecting waste and taking it to collection depots for weighing. The public works department, in partnership with the Independent Development Trust (IDT), was implementing the food for waste programme. The programme aimed to create job opportunities, fight hunger and poverty, promote a clean environment, and promote recycling, waste reduction, and re-use.center_img Phase two refocused resources to ensure expansion of further job opportunities in other programmes, such as community safety, mass participation in sport, Khari Gude mass literacy, school nutrition programmes, and the cemetery management programme. “These measures are indicative of the proactive strategic approach the cluster has taken by investing in labour intensive programmes to boost job creation,” she said. The vouchers were then redeemed for groceries at participating local outlets. Dlamini said the recent Cabinet lekgotla had identified the community works programme as one of the key job creation and service delivery improvement programmes. “To date, more than 308 000 work opportunities have been created since the beginning of the current fiscal year, with most of the work opportunities created in the infrastructure sector,” she said. Briefing the media as chair of the social protection and community development cluster of ministries, she said “impressive progress” was being made in implementing the second phase of the EPWP. Sapalast_img read more

Tax incentive for companies to save energy

first_img4 December 2013The Department of Energy is introducing a tax incentive for South African companies that make measurable savings in their energy consumption.Briefing journalists in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the department’s director-general, Nelisiwe Magubane, announced the promulgation of regulations which will allow Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, in consultation with the ministers of energy and trade and industry, to publish the tax incentive.The incentive will contribute to energy efficiency and the reduction of South Africa’s greenhouse gas emissions, Magubane said.He said the regulations would be published soon, and urged businesses to scale up their energy efficiency improvement measures so as to take advantage of the incentive.“We’re not saying to companies, reduce your energy use by simply switching off machines. We are saying, run your machines in an energy saving way.”Registration with SanediTo benefit from the incentive, companies will have to register with the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi), which will administer the technical component of the incentive.Cecil Marden, chief director at the National Treasury, said the incentive would work “on the basis of quantifiable energy that you have saved expressed as kwh kilowatt hours, and for each kwh that you have saved, you will get a 45 cent tax relief.”On the projected cost of the incentive to the national fiscus, Marden said: “That is difficult to estimate right now … We will rely on Sanedi, which will collate data upfront. Once we have data from Sanedi, we will be able to quantify that.”Marden said South Africa was “a fairly energy-intensive country, and over the years some effort has been made and energy efficiency is improving. We’ve made a commitment as Treasury to support the Department of Energy to deal with energy efficiency.”The department, the Treasury, Sanedi and the South African Revenue Service will conduct workshops from January to March 2014 to help businesses understand the incentive and the registration process. Information will also be made available on www.sanedi.org.za.Private Sector Energy Efficiency ProjectThe department, together with the National Business Initiative, also launched the Private Sector Energy Efficiency Project on Wednesday.The initiative will help companies – both commercial and industrial, large and small – to identify energy savings measures, and has received financial support from the British government.This augured well for the implantation of the new tax incentive, Magubane said, adding that the government’s National Energy Efficiency Strategy set a national target of reducing South Africa’s energy intensity by 12% by 2015. The strategy had recently been reviewed and was ready to be submitted for Cabinet approval, he noted.National Business Initiative CEO Joanne Yawitch said the Private Sector Energy Efficiency Project aimed to work “with about 60 large companies and just over 1 000 medium-sized companies to support the awareness and uptake of best practice in energy management and energy efficiency”.Yawitch said the initiative would offer remote advice for small businesses, technical face-to-face support for medium-sized companies, and longer-term support of energy management and strategy for large companies.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Wedding bells finally ring in newly-electrified Rajasthan village

first_imgWedding bells rang for 19-year-old Urmila in the nondescript Rajghat village of Rajasthan’s Dholpur district earlier this month, on the day the villagers cast their votes for Lok Sabha election, shortly after electricity reached the village. The small village with a population of 350 had been living in darkness since Independence.The village, which shares its name with Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat in Delhi, falls in the Chambal river basin region on the Rajashan-Madhya Pradesh border, which is a forest area. Because of the technical glitch of its location within the Municipal Council’s jurisdiction, the rural settlement was deprived of the benefits of schemes designed for panchayats.Electricity has arrived in Rajghat through a transformer installed by the State government after sustained efforts of a medical student and his friends, who have launched a campaign for improving the living conditions of villagers for the last four years with the help of donors and crowdfunding. The group also undertook a social media drive with hashtag #SaveRajghat.Urmila’s wedding took place after sunset on May 6 and a feast was given to the villagers and the baraat (marriage party), belonging to Agra district, for the first time in the midst of lights all around them. The poor villagers rejoiced at the ceremony, as the power discom officials promised to lay the lines to connect all the 39 households in the village with electricity supply.Crusader’s effortsSituated on the banks of Chambal river, barely five km away from Dholpur town, the small and dusty Rajghat village has no roads, water pipelines or basic medical facilities. The lone government primary school has only a few students. Ashwani Parashar, an MBBS student in Sawai Man Singh Government Medical College in Jaipur and a native of Dholpur, took up the task in 2015 along with his fellow students to provide basic amenities to the villagers.During the last four years, a kuchcha access road and community toilets were constructed, solar lamps supplied and reverse osmosis water filters installed with the help of donors. The power connection is the latest achievement of the group of students, who have also distributed utility items and clothes among the poor in the village.The villagers living in the vicinity of the river still have no access to clean drinking water. Urmila’s father Deendayal Nishad told The Hindu on Monday that the villagers bring polluted water directly from Chambal, where animal carcasses can be seen floating, and clean it with the help of filters. Though girls from Rajghat are married off to other places, the boys face difficulty in getting married, as no parents are willing to marry their daughters in the village because of its pathetic state. In May last year, when Pawan Kumar, 23, got married in Rajghat, the villagers were witnessing such a wedding after a gap of 22 years.last_img read more

Live from the capital

first_imgSpectators cheer for India at the World Cup opening match between India and BangladeshWhen you can hear the neighbour’s cheers and fireworks on the streets, you know that the cricket fever is on. The ICC World Cup has taken the ‘eat, drink, breathe’ cricket mantra to just another level. “And why not?” says Pratik Luthra, a Delhi University post graduate student. “With India co-hosting the World Cup (with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), the big tournament is even bigger. I want to cheer loud and cheer along with others for our team. The ultimate high would be if India could win the World Cup.”Delhi’s restaurants and hotels are also game. Plenty of offers and entertainment being thrown in to ensure that you have a ball while you watch the pitch. Giant LCD screens, cricket-themed interiors and menus being some of the highlights.” It seems that everyone wants to ride the ongoing cricket frenzy. One is spoilt for choices of venues of hotels and bars to watch the cup action and party with a group of friends and family,” says cricket enthusiast and entrepreneur Bharat Sahni.Shangri-La’s Island Bar has been converted into a mini stadium. “The decor of the bar resembles a stadium with huge screens, historic World Cup images on the wall, miniature stadium lights lighting up the place and small flags of the participating nations on the tables,” says assistant manager Arpana Pradhan of Shangri-La, Eros Hotel.To please your palate while you watch the live action on big screens, the menu has been customised to make for a delicious World Cup experience. India Grill at Hilton Garden has a special menu worked up which includes cricketer’s favourites.”We have interesting names for the dishes too,” points out executive chef Avinash Handoo, India Grill. “Mahi’s Helicopter (fried prawns served with cocktail dip) priced at Rs 380 and Master Strokes named after Sachin’s favourite salt and pepper fish priced at Rs 325 are some of the star dishes.” Howzzat, a cricketthemed bar has special pricing going on its beer buckets and cocktails to draw the crowd.It’s not just the restaurant scene which is geared up for the big battle but fashion is playing its part too. Though that doesn’t mean you can wear the team India jersey to work. Fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore suggests the right elements of blue. “Denim jeans paired with a well-fitted blue lenin shirt for men and stylish blue kaftan tops for women,” he says.No doubt, ICC championship is going to be a big party. So join in the fun and let the game begin. Delhi’s fantastic fourVirendar Sehwag: Our natural boundary-hitter has done his homework and is prepared for the big battle. -Former cricketer Atul WassanGautam Gambhir: He’s a quality player, and captain material for the team. Gambhir and Sehwag bridges the gap between the senior players and India’s next generation of cricketers. -Sports commentator and presenter Gautam BhimaniAshish Nehra: He’s a wonderful person and a good team player. He’s not blessed with a great body but he doubles his efforts to make up for it. -Delhi cricketer Akash ChopraVirat Kohli: He represents the new age cricketer and is someone who has shown great potential even as a captain of the under-19 team. -Gautam BhimaniHot on the world cup menuIsland Bar: Shangri-La,Eros Hotel, 19 Ashoka Road, Connaught PlaceIndia Grill: Hilton Garden Inn, SaketKeya: 122-124 DLF Promenade,Vasant KunjHowzaat: Galaxy Hotel, GurgaonBlues Cafe and Bar: N-12,Connaught PlaceBar Zen: Courtyard by Marriott, Plot No.27 B,Sector Road, GurgaonUrban Pind: N Block,GK-1, Kailash ColonyF bar and Lounge: Ashok Hotel, ChanakyapuriThe Metropolitan Hotel: Bangla Sahib Road, Connaught PlacePepper: Forte Grand,Akbar Bhawan, ChanakyapuriT.G.I. Friday’s: DLFPromenade,2nd floor,Vasant KunjCheer in styleICC World Cup tees, caps, and much more. From: Big Bazaar Price: Rs 199 onwards.Watch the game in style. From: Fossil Price: Rs 5,495-7,995.Headwraps for a chic cricket fan. From: Noise Price: Rs 299.Get your personalised team India t-shirt. From: Myntra.com Price: Rs 895.Spring summer collection inspired by cricket. From: Nike Price: 795 onwards.Accessorise you World Cup look. From: Satya Paul Price: Rs 1,495 onwards.advertisementlast_img read more