Forensic committee – TWGFEX http://twgfex.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:18:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://twgfex.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/twg-120x120.png Forensic committee – TWGFEX http://twgfex.org/ 32 32 Parliamentary committee to plead for criminal charges against Prasa employees in ‘ghost’ saga – SABC News https://twgfex.org/parliamentary-committee-to-plead-for-criminal-charges-against-prasa-employees-in-ghost-saga-sabc-news/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 13:07:17 +0000 https://twgfex.org/parliamentary-committee-to-plead-for-criminal-charges-against-prasa-employees-in-ghost-saga-sabc-news/ Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport said it would push for criminal charges to be brought against employees of the Passenger Rail Agency of South African (Prasa), including managers, who were implicated in the hiring more than 1100 workers. It was discovered that they had been hired fraudulently. The Department of Transport announced that there had […]]]>

Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport said it would push for criminal charges to be brought against employees of the Passenger Rail Agency of South African (Prasa), including managers, who were implicated in the hiring more than 1100 workers.

It was discovered that they had been hired fraudulently.

The Department of Transport announced that there had been widespread identity theft, false qualifications and that some workers faced serious criminal charges.

The workers have since quit, saving the department around R200 million.

Committee chair Lisa Mangcu says making announcements without accountability means nothing.

Mangcu said, “Those who did it will be held accountable, so we can find out who did it, for how long?” how much was lost? what are the plans to prevent this from happening again? When the opportunity arises, meeting with the AG (Auditor General) is one of the things we will raise. We want to ensure that criminal charges are laid against those responsible.

Forensic investigation

On Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said a forensic investigation would be conducted in Prasa. He said the interventions will include the installation of a fingerprint and photo ID verification process with the help of the Home Office.

“The completion of this exercise will then allow Prasa to freeze the salaries of the persons reported. Scanning of files and supporting documents, cleaning of the employee database, and employees who submitted fraudulent qualifications will be served with letters of explanation within 48 hours from Monday, failing which stricter measures will be taken in accordance with applicable regulations. Criminal charges will be brought against those who have committed fraud,” Mbalula added.

Mbalula announced that Prasa’s chief financial officer and information and communications technology manager have also been suspended.

VIDEO: Minister of Transport informs on investigations into Prasa ghost employees:

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The banning of a headscarf at the Holyrood committee meeting was sheer stupidity https://twgfex.org/the-banning-of-a-headscarf-at-the-holyrood-committee-meeting-was-sheer-stupidity/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:36:34 +0000 https://twgfex.org/the-banning-of-a-headscarf-at-the-holyrood-committee-meeting-was-sheer-stupidity/ On Tuesday, a woman was ordered to remove a headscarf in the colors of the suffragettes during a committee meeting in the Scottish Parliament. The sheer stupidity of this is made all the more apparent by the fact that scarves in these colors are currently being sold in the Parliament building. How many rainbow cords […]]]>

On Tuesday, a woman was ordered to remove a headscarf in the colors of the suffragettes during a committee meeting in the Scottish Parliament. The sheer stupidity of this is made all the more apparent by the fact that scarves in these colors are currently being sold in the Parliament building.

How many rainbow cords have we seen? I saw them in the hemicycle, I saw them in the committee rooms, but they have not been deleted. Chickens are coming home to roost for the SNP with the Gender Recognition Reform Bill – we are told over and over it will make no difference to safe spaces and women’s rights and yet, if a man with a masculine body has a gender recognition certificate, he is called a woman and can access women-only spaces and can even give care services to other women.

READ MORE: Scottish Parliament committee closed over suffragette sash row

So it’s just not correct to say that women’s rights, etc. will not be affected, as Shona Robson likes to tell us. We recently had the ridiculous scene of a lesbian woman who didn’t want to date a male-bodied “woman” called a transphobe.

Women’s rights have been defended too hard – what is happening now is the last area men want to claim, and very few people are setting the tone. It’s going to cost the SNP dearly – I just hope it doesn’t cost us independence.

I remember after an independent march I walked into parliament and was asked to leave flags outside – our own parliament. I wrote to my MSP and didn’t even receive the courtesy of a response.

Winifred McCartney
Cashmere

I CAN’T help but think that Beth Douglas (Letters, November 11) got the priorities a bit wrong by saying that without a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), a trans person will be “buried or cremated under the bad sex”. Oh good? I think for most of us, if that was all that was wrong with this bill, we would accept it. Personally, I’m far more concerned with where I go after death than what “sex” I’m buried under.

Beth asks when someone is asked for a GRC before accessing single-sex spaces. I rather think that’s the goal. No one is, and the Scottish government has created an atmosphere where those who challenge biomen in these spaces are called transphobic or told they are imagining things. Single-sex spaces are sex-based, not gender-based.

READ MORE: Scottish Parliament apologizes to woman expelled over suffragette sash

The gender recognition certificate does not in fact offer any automatic right of entry into single-sex spaces. Biological males may be excluded if it is a proportionate means to achieve a legitimate aim. And no matter what an RCMP says, it doesn’t change the fact that you biologically remain male or female until the day you die, which is why single-sex exemptions exist, for safety where the greatest male physical strength is an issue, for equity where strength in sport is an issue, for equality in representation where inequality is an issue, and for people who are vulnerable and abused by men be freed from the presence of men.

Until the Forstater case, women were shouted at and silenced, threatened with losing their jobs and livelihoods, and our own Scottish government seemed indifferent at best. The trans lobby says Scottish public opinion is on its side. This is not the case, as the 150 amendments to this legislation show. Finally, our representatives listen to women’s concerns. It is regrettable that at present only eight days are granted to examine them.

Trans people should be protected by law, but their rights should never come at the expense of women.

Julia Panelll
Friockheim, Tayside

I AM grateful to Xander Elliards for highlighting the threat of protest action by the Scottish Family Party against the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow (the party plans to protest against abortions at the clinic, 10 November). As MSP Gillian MacKay said, this is indeed disgusting behavior and demonstrates the need for national buffer zone legislation to keep patients safe.

In recent months, the Sandyford clinic has already been targeted by a preacher who has used voice amplification systems, filmed patients and forced some clinics to close. This clinic offers counseling to people who have been raped and sexually abused. This is often where police recommend that victims of assault have forensic samples taken by sympathetic and highly trained personnel. The last thing anyone needs when they go to this clinic is to be confronted by protesters shouting and holding up signs.

READ MORE: Scottish activists react to US states enshrining abortion rights

The ‘Scottish Family Party’ held its annual conference last weekend, saying this year’s theme was ‘protecting children’. This is the same party that recently sent Nicola Sturgeon a cruel open letter about her miscarriage and compared sexual health clinics to Auschwitz on social media.

I hope the Scottish electorate will remember this abusive behavior towards some of Scotland’s most traumatized people. This organization has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than its own hateful agenda.

Gemma Clark
Cashmere

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Pims committee summons officials over leaked autopsy photos of Arshad Sharif – Pakistan https://twgfex.org/pims-committee-summons-officials-over-leaked-autopsy-photos-of-arshad-sharif-pakistan/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 02:04:29 +0000 https://twgfex.org/pims-committee-summons-officials-over-leaked-autopsy-photos-of-arshad-sharif-pakistan/ ISLAMABAD: At least a dozen officials from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) have been summoned by the investigative committee formed to investigate the leak of autopsy photos of slain journalist Arshad Sharif which were featured in a TV show on private media. The management of Pims has also decided to approach the Pakistan […]]]>

ISLAMABAD: At least a dozen officials from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) have been summoned by the investigative committee formed to investigate the leak of autopsy photos of slain journalist Arshad Sharif which were featured in a TV show on private media.

The management of Pims has also decided to approach the Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take action against News from Dunya for distributing the photos of the deceased journalist taken during the autopsy at the hospital.

According to a document available with Dawnthe two-member Board of Inquiry headed by Dr Naveed A. Sheikh summoned officers, in exercise of powers conferred by Section 25 of the Civil Service Ordinance 1973, on 14 November (Monday) at 9:30 a.m. in the hospital conference room.

The officers who have been summoned include the Director of the Hospital, Dr. Khalid Masood, the Medical Director, Dr. S. Hashim Raza, the Chairman of the Medical Council, Dr. SH Waqar, all members of the Medical Council, the Director IT Mohammad Sohail and Medical Board cameraman Mohiuddin.

Dr Masood is awaiting a medical-legal report to confirm the cause of death

The committee could convene any other hospital official if necessary.

The director of the hospital, Dr Khalid Masood, while talking to Dawnsaid it was unfortunate that the photos were leaked and went viral on social media.

“I decided to create a commission of inquiry to determine who was responsible for the leak. Also, we decided to approach Pemra to see how a news channel can show images and hurt family feelings. In my opinion, it was unethical and Pemra should take this into account,” he said, adding that the hospital will write to the regulator on Monday.

When asked why he did not share the post-mortem report with the family of the late Arshad Sharif, Dr Khalid Masood said that initially the family did not contact him and the request was submitted. at the Office of the Director General (JED).

“I stand by my statement that the family did not contact me, contrary to the reports in the electronic media that the family contacted me from day one. The fact is that the family contacted me on November 10 and I I asked JED for clarification,” he added.

He said JED informed him that the autopsy report had been shared with the police from day one.

“However, the family have been advised that under the rules they must contact the police or obtain the report through a court,” Dr Masood added.

“Furthermore, the forensic report has not yet arrived, so we are unable to comment on the [cause of] dead with certainty,” he said.

Arshad Sharif was shot dead by Kenyan police near Nairobi on October 23 in an alleged case of “mistaken identity”. As inquests are underway to investigate Arshad Sharif’s death, several TV stations claimed on Wednesday that the journalist was tortured and shot at point-blank range after he was asked to get out of his car.

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The two big winners of Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown’s committee structure overhaul https://twgfex.org/the-two-big-winners-of-auckland-mayor-wayne-browns-committee-structure-overhaul/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://twgfex.org/the-two-big-winners-of-auckland-mayor-wayne-browns-committee-structure-overhaul/ Mayor Wayne Brown is expected to implement a streamlined structure he has been working on for nearly a month. Photo/Michael Craig Auckland Councilors Richard Hills and John Watson are set to be big winners from a new committee structure announced by Mayor Wayne Brown this morning. The Herald understands the pair will each chair one […]]]>

Mayor Wayne Brown is expected to implement a streamlined structure he has been working on for nearly a month. Photo/Michael Craig

Auckland Councilors Richard Hills and John Watson are set to be big winners from a new committee structure announced by Mayor Wayne Brown this morning.

The Herald understands the pair will each chair one of two main committees made up of all advisers under a streamlined structure that Brown has been working on for nearly a month.

Hills will chair the planning, environment and parks committee with Angela Dalton as deputy and Watson will chair the transportation and infrastructure committee with Christine Fletcher as deputy.

Brown has decided that the governing body, which he chairs and on which all councilors sit, will take over most of the functions of the former finance committee, formerly chaired by Desley Simpson, who was appointed deputy mayor.

Negotiations are also underway for members of the Maori Independent Statutory Board (IMSB) to participate meaningfully in the new governing body/finance committee structure. They sit on board committees – and have had two members on the finance committee with voting rights – but do not participate in the governing body.

The strengthened governing body will give Brown greater control and responsibility for city finances. As mayor, he is responsible for the budget, but former mayors Len Brown and Phil Goff had separate finance committees.

Auckland Councilor Richard Hills.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Auckland Councilor Richard Hills. Photo / Dean Purcell

The Herald understands that Brown will establish an Expenditure Control Committee, similar to a razor gang, to perform a line-by-line forensic analysis of council and broader council group spending to make recommendations for the budget of the next year, which has a $270 million hole.

The committee will be chaired by former National Cabinet Minister Maurice Williamson, who ran for office in the Howick ward simply to break the back of a ‘monster spender’ and see a return to fiscal discipline. .

His deputy will be another budget-hard adviser, Greg Sayers, but to keep the couple in check, Brown is said to have appointed more left-leaning advisers.

It’s part of a “one team” approach that Brown is seeking to have on the council to break the “A” team, “B” team culture that existed under former Mayor Goff.

As part of this approach, Watson, a member of the “B” team and a vocal opponent of Goff, has been appointed to a management position and Hills, a loyal member of the Labor Party, continues his rise around the board table. .

Hills’ promotion comes at the expense of fellow North Shore councilor Chris Darby, who chaired the planning committee for the last term.

Councilor John Watson.
Councilor John Watson.

The Herald understands that there will be approximately six small committees consisting of approximately eight councillors.

The IMSB may have up to two members on each committee.

Early on, Brown trusted Simspon, Hills, and Watson, representing different political perspectives, geographies, and ways of doing business, to build the committee structure.

Law firm Meredith Connell, partner Max Hardy, and the mayor’s advisers also worked on the structure, terms of reference and roles.

From day one in the role, Brown said: “Every councilor and every member of the Maori Independent Statutory Council needs roles that interest and challenge them – and through which they can help bring about change better than you can. ask. It’s our job to build a functional, politically unlabeled team focused on fixing Auckland.

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New Hampshire offers unique solution to voter skepticism with voter confidence committee https://twgfex.org/new-hampshire-offers-unique-solution-to-voter-skepticism-with-voter-confidence-committee/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 00:32:47 +0000 https://twgfex.org/new-hampshire-offers-unique-solution-to-voter-skepticism-with-voter-confidence-committee/ Each election cycle has its own challenges, Secretary of State David Scanlan said. Four years ago, there were concerns about foreign actors hacking voting systems in the United States. Two years ago, these were conversations about expanding access to mail-in ballots and safely holding an election amid a pandemic. This year, there is no doubt […]]]>

Each election cycle has its own challenges, Secretary of State David Scanlan said.

Four years ago, there were concerns about foreign actors hacking voting systems in the United States.

Two years ago, these were conversations about expanding access to mail-in ballots and safely holding an election amid a pandemic.

This year, there is no doubt that the challenge for the newly appointed Secretary of State is public scrutiny of the very systems he oversees. More and more people are interested in how ballots are counted. Fueled by the false rhetoric of a stolen presidential election, voters and candidates have grown more skeptical.

Ensuring the public that New Hampshire has a fair, accurate, and reliable electoral system was one of the goals of Scanlan’s first year as secretary of state. Since May, a new Voter Confidence Commission has traveled the state holding sessions to listen to public opinion on election security.

This is a new experiment in restoring trust in a state that prides itself on democratic participation and civic engagement.

A new mid-term message

The narrative of electoral skepticism is at the forefront of these midterm elections. These off-cycle contests are usually meant to test the power of the ruling party.

But in 2022, the midterm elections serve as a referendum on allegations of elected officials’ denial of election, Capitol insurrection and confidence in voting systems.

Ahead of the election, Bright Line Watch, a group of political scientists surveyed the public alongside political experts to assess the status of democracy in the United States.

Leading the Bright Line Watch initiative is Brendan Nyhan, professor of government at Dartmouth College – who joined the Keene Public Library Electoral Commission in September to explain the causes of a decline in voter confidence.

Bright Line Watch’s latest October survey found that 41% to 55% of US House members and 35% to 41% of US Senate Republicans are election deniers, combining analysis from three mainstream media.

This national trend is a big concern for Nyhan.

“Clearly saying the 2020 election was stolen is a way of signaling your good faith to the grassroots when you run,” Nyhan said.

Karoline Leavitt, who could be the youngest person elected to Congress if she wins New Hampshire’s first congressional district race, is using her allegiance to Trump as a selling point to voters. Leavitt, who worked in the White House press office under Donald Trump, has repeatedly boasted that he won the 2020 election while on the campaign trail.

Don Bolduc, the Republican candidate who is running against Maggie Hassan for the US Senate, had for months insisted the same without proof that Trump had won. Days after winning his party’s position, Bolduc offered a new narrative for the 2020 election and agreed that Joe Biden was the rightful winner.

With election skeptics on the ballot across the country, New Hampshire offers a unique attempt at a solution to this negative rhetoric, Nyhan said.

“This is an issue that requires a restoration of bipartisan consensus around the legitimacy of our electoral system,” he said.

The committee, to which Scanlan has appointed members from all political backgrounds, attempts to accomplish just that.

A new solution for voter confidence

At its head is bipartisan collaboration. The commission is co-chaired by former Democratic US Representative Richard Swett, who also served as ambassador to Denmark, and Bradford Cook, who was once considering a Republican bid for governor.

Other members include Andrew Georgevits, chairman of the Republican City Committee of Concord; Amanda Merrill, board member of the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program; Jim Splaine, former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate; Douglass Teschner, former director of the Peace Corps in Ukraine, where he also served as an election observer; Olivia Zink, executive director of Open Democracy, a Concord nonprofit; and Ken Eyring, co-founder of the Government Integrity Project and resident of Windham, New Hampshire.

Eyring raised eyebrows at his first nomination to the commission given his fierce criticism of how the election went in his hometown in 2020. The small town was at the forefront of election integrity after a recount was required for ballots read in error by voting machines due to creases.

Although a forensic audit and state recount certified the city’s official results, Eyring was at the forefront of voter fraud allegations with online blog posts suggesting it. No evidence of widespread fraud was found in Windham or anywhere else in the state.

Still, Scanlan defended his choice, according to the New Hampshire Bulletin, saying Eyring’s participation on the commission allows them to really understand the issue of voter confidence.

From Scanlan’s perspective, for people to have confidence in how the vote works in the state, they need to understand what happens after the vote.

“We need to be as transparent as possible as election officials,” he said. “We should even take the time to help educate our voters about what really happens in the polling station on election day.”

As Scanlan and his office work to promote that message, Swett and Cook are tasked with listening to voters about their key concerns about voting systems.

“We had the opportunity to record testimony from citizens across the state and examine the election processes that make New Hampshire one of the most trusted election states in the nation,” Swett said.

The commission held listening sessions and offered information on election processes across the state this summer and fall. After the election, they will publish a report on their findings.

“It’s a novel effort, and New Hampshire is a small enough state that something like this could reach people more directly than would be possible in larger states,” Nyhan said.

While the committee has helped facilitate public conversations about electoral processes and trust, the nature of the state and the structure of its elections also help.

New Hampshire boasts of a high turnout. Elections are also decentralized, meaning that local jurisdictions facilitate the voting process. They are neighbors helping their neighbors at the polls.

“The people who actually organize the elections in a polling station are their neighbors,” Scanlan said. “Chances are every voter knows at least one person from the polling station working on Election Day.”

This makes voting a personal and intimate process in a community.

“The clear consensus of what we’ve heard from people who testify every time they think about elections across the country, including Democratic Party leaders and Republican Party lawyers, that they believe elections in the New Hampshire are safe, they are accurate. People should have confidence in themselves and their neighbors driving them,” Cook said.

State leaders’ effort to listen and learn from concerns in previous elections could not only serve as a model for future New Hampshire contests, but also as a roadmap for other states to restore trust in the systems. vote, according to Nyhan.

“To the extent that New Hampshire succeeds in rebuilding bipartisan trust, this could be a really encouraging example for the rest of the country,” he said.

Or it could have ominous repercussions.

“Conversely, we could be the canary in the coal mine,” he said. “A state that prides itself on having knowledgeable, well-informed voters succumbing to this kind of Holocaust denial, I think that would be very concerning.”

Basically, however, the committee asks voters how the state and the country can rebuild after a loss of faith in those systems that are at the heart of democracy.

“This democracy is in dire need of improvement and the trust that the people it serves with its government. And that’s good, I hope this committee can help make a positive contribution to that level of trust,” Swett said. “That level of trust needs to be redone, restored and rebuilt, otherwise we will continue to have the problems we had.”

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Sanjrani Forms Committee Over Swati’s Alleged Objectionable Video – Pakistan https://twgfex.org/sanjrani-forms-committee-over-swatis-alleged-objectionable-video-pakistan/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:46:07 +0000 https://twgfex.org/sanjrani-forms-committee-over-swatis-alleged-objectionable-video-pakistan/ Pakistan Sanjrani Forms Committee Over Swati’s Alleged Objectionable Video Sanjrani Forms Committee Over Swati’s Alleged Objectionable Video 06 November 2022 4:34 p.m. ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Senate Speaker Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday formed a 14-member committee to investigate an alleged objectionable […]]]>



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ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Senate Speaker Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday formed a 14-member committee to investigate an alleged objectionable video featuring Pakistan’s leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Senator Azam Khan Swati and his family.

According to the notification, only one PTI member, Senator Mohsin Aziz, was included in the 14-member committee.

The rest of the committee includes Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar (PMLN), Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani (PPP), Senator Molana Abdul Gafoor Haideri (JEW), Senator Anwarul Haq Kakar (BAP), Senator Faisal Sabzwari (MQM) , Senator Tahir Bizenjo (NP), Senator Safeeq Tareen (PKMAP), Senator Mushtaq Ahmed (JI), Senator Muhammad Qasim (BNP), Senator Muzaffar Hussian Shah (PMLF), Senator Hidayatullah Khan (ANP), Senator Kamil Aga (PMLQ) and Senator Dilawar Khan (Independent).

Earlier Saturday at a press conference, Senator Azam Swati broke down in tears in front of the media, saying his wife had received a video featuring him and her being a stranger, about which he could not give further details. because “the” girls of my country are listening.”

He added that his wife called him from Islamabad around 9 p.m. last night. She continued to scream and cry, he said, adding that he then had to ask his daughter to speak to his wife and inquire about the matter.

At her insistence, he continued, and his wife revealed that someone had sent her a video of him from an unknown number. “Because the daughters and granddaughters of my country are listening, I cannot say more.”

The senator went on to say that his daughter, while crying, revealed to him that the video also featured his wife.

Meanwhile, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday labeled the allegedly objectionable video featuring Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Senator Azam Swati and his wife as “fake”.

FIA slams objectionable fake video featuring Azam Swati and his wife


In a press release, the FIA ​​said that “the obscene viral video of Senator Azam Swati has been forensically analyzed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and found to be completely false.” performed on the viral video in accordance with the international standard of forensic analysis.”

“Initial forensic analysis revealed that the video had been edited and that different video clips had been joined with degraded faces. Further analysis revealed that the faces had been swapped in the images using Photoshop .” adds the press release.”

The FIA ​​added that Senator Azam Swati’s press conference, in which he showed that his concerns warranted a proper investigation and asked him to lodge a proper complaint with the agency and share his concerns about the reason for believe it authentic.

The presser reiterated that the obscene viral video of Azam Swati is fake, edited with false deep tools to create misunderstanding and defame “the Honorable Senator”.

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Committee crunches Tenaska numbers: Finance meeting discusses transfers from BPUB to city https://twgfex.org/committee-crunches-tenaska-numbers-finance-meeting-discusses-transfers-from-bpub-to-city/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 23:59:00 +0000 https://twgfex.org/committee-crunches-tenaska-numbers-finance-meeting-discusses-transfers-from-bpub-to-city/ In this October 2022 file photo, a view of the new Brownsville Public Utilities Board Annex Building. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald) An analysis by Brownsville Public Utilities Board Chief Financial Officer Mike Perez, presented at a BPUB Finance Committee meeting Oct. 28, provides more detail on the impact on residential and commercial ratepayers of related […]]]>

An analysis by Brownsville Public Utilities Board Chief Financial Officer Mike Perez, presented at a BPUB Finance Committee meeting Oct. 28, provides more detail on the impact on residential and commercial ratepayers of related rate hikes. the failure of the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Station.

The meeting came as BPUB and the City of Brownsville move toward reimbursing ratepayers up to $40 million in revenue generated from rate increases plus transfers to the City of Brownsville, a process that has gained traction. emergency since the October 5 release of a forensic audit report into the doomed Tenaska deal and the role of BPUB senior management in it.

Of the $40 million, $29 million is held in a BPUB Tenaska equity fund and $11 million – attributable to Tenaska’s rate hikes – was transferred to the city between fiscal 2013 and the first two months of fiscal 2023, according to Perez, who said 43% of the $29 million raised for the equity fund came from BPUB’s residential electric customers and 53.5% from commercial taxpayers. The city’s payments to the BPUB for utilities accounted for only 3% of the total.

Perez noted in his presentation that after the final filing into the equity fund, in October 2016, all incremental revenue from Tenaska’s rate hikes, approximately $54 million, was returned to customers through a subsidy on fuel and purchased power costs (FPE) on customer bills. The grant program ended on June 1 once the pool was exhausted.

In addition to ongoing discussions about how to reimburse ratepayers, cash transfers from the BPUB to the city have drawn attention. According to an ordinance passed in 2005, the city is entitled to 10% of the BPUB’s adjusted gross revenue at the end of each quarter. Adjusted gross revenue is gross revenue less BPUB’s power generation costs and contributions to the Southmost Regional Water Authority.

Prior to 2005, the city and the BPUB shared equally any surplus BPUB funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year. Changing the transfer formula to 10% of adjusted gross revenue per quarter meant more revenue for the city, Perez said.

Following the winter storm of February 2021, however, BPUB’s quarterly transfer to the city skyrocketed from $11.1 million in 2020 to $20.5 million in 2021. It has did so because it was related to BPUB’s power sale during the storm at a time when the cost of electricity had skyrocketed, Perez said.

“PUB had all of our resources running, so we had excess power,” he said. “We could have provided that electricity to our customers, but because we participate in the system (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), we are responsible for sharing some of that electrical load.”

BPUB’s net gain on its electricity sales was about $100 million, and the city received 10% of that, although BPUB lost money from the winter storm, Perez said. BPUB’s total losses amounted to approximately $49.4 million, as it absorbed all of its production costs during the period instead of passing them on to customers as it would under normal circumstances, a was “overpaid” $5 million by ERCOT for the electricity it sold, plus $9 million was used to offset generation costs associated with customer usage, Perez said.

The cost of city transfers is included in the base fare paid by BPUB customers. Joseph Hollmann, a member of BPUB’s finance committee, said at the meeting that “it would be almost fair to say that we have a 10% tax on our use of utilities that is imposed by the city of Brownsville.”

Patrico Sampayo, also a committee member and vice-president of BPUB, said it is likely that most BPUB taxpayers were unaware that transfers to the city were included in their bills.

“It’s a supplement,” he said. Tax may or may be the right word. It might be easier to understand that way.

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(Part 1) Special Meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Combating the Use of New and Emerging Technologies for Terrorist Purposes” (New Delhi, India) https://twgfex.org/part-1-special-meeting-of-the-counter-terrorism-committee-on-combating-the-use-of-new-and-emerging-technologies-for-terrorist-purposes-new-delhi-india/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 03:39:28 +0000 https://twgfex.org/part-1-special-meeting-of-the-counter-terrorism-committee-on-combating-the-use-of-new-and-emerging-technologies-for-terrorist-purposes-new-delhi-india/ Welcome remarks• Message from the United Nations Secretary General Plenary session: Opening of the special meeting• Minute of silence to commemorate the victims of terrorism Declarations:• Opening Speech: Chairperson of the Counter-Terrorism Committee – HE Mrs. Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of the Government of India to the United Nations• Keynote: Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of […]]]>

Welcome remarks
• Message from the United Nations Secretary General

Plenary session: Opening of the special meeting
• Minute of silence to commemorate the victims of terrorism

Declarations:
• Opening Speech: Chairperson of the Counter-Terrorism Committee – HE Mrs. Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of the Government of India to the United Nations
• Keynote: Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India
• Speech: HE Michael Moussa ADAMO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Gabon
• Statement: HE Mrs. Shirley Ayorkar Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana
• Statement by His Excellency Mr. James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom (to be confirmed)
• Statement by Her Excellency Ms. Megi Fino, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Republic of Albania
• Statement by Her Excellency, Ms. Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates
• United Nations Office for Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) – Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism
• Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for Technology – Mr. Amandeep Singh Gill, Under-Secretary-General and Envoy for Technology (via recorded statement)
• Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) – Mr. Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director
• CEO of one or more major global technology companies [TBC]
Moderator: Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee

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Thematic Briefings I: Countering the Terrorist Exploitation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
• Overview of discussions from CTED-led technical sessions on ICT – Ms. Jennifer Bramlette, Lawyer and Coordinator for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), CTED
• Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) – Dr. Erin Saltman, Acting Executive Director and Director of Programming
• Tech Against Terrorism (TaT) – Mr. Adam Hadley, Executive Director
• United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) –Ms. Antonia Marie De Meo, Director
• Meta – Mr. Nawab Osman, Head of Counter Terrorism and Dangerous Organizations, Asia Pacific (APAC)
• Extremism and Gambling Research Network (EGRN) – Mr. Galen Lamphere-Englund, co-founder and organizer
• Mythos Labs – Mr. Priyank Mathur, CEO
• Resolve Network Research Advisory Board – Dr. Christina Schori Liang, Head of Terrorism and Prevention of Violent Extremism at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP); Member of the Global Initiative network
• Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) of the Arab Interior Ministers Council (AIMC) – Dr. Abdulrazaq Al Morjan, Director of NAUSS Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Center
• Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network – Mr. Ajith Francis, Director, Data & Jurisdiction Program
• Article 19 – Ms. Anna Oosterlinck, UN Team Leader
Moderator: Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee

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Thematic briefings II: Countering terrorist financing – threats and opportunities linked to new payment technologies and fundraising methods
• Overview of CTED-led technical session discussions on CFT – Ms. Svetlana Martynova, Senior Legal Officer and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) Coordinator, CTED
• Analytical support and sanctions monitoring team in accordance with resolutions 1526 (2004) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Daesh), Al-Qaida and the Taliban and associated individuals and entities – Mr. Justin Hustwitt, Coordinator , Analytical Support and Sanctions Oversight Team
• Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – Ms. Elisa de Anda Madrazo, Vice President
• Latin American Financial Action Task Force (GAFILAT) – Ms. Eng. Carla Mera, president pro tempore
• Eurasian Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Group (EAG) – Mr. Sergey Teterukov, Executive Secretary
• The Counter Extremism Project – Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, Principal, Co-Chair of the Global Diplomatic Forum Advisory Board, Director of Compliance and Capacity Skills International
• Global Center on Cooperative Security – Ms. Tracey Durner, Director of Financial Integrity and Inclusion
• Center for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) – Mr. Stephen Reimer, Researcher and Head of Threat Finance Program
• Independent expert in forensic accounting and anti-corruption – Ms. Navita Srikant
• Al Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center – Mr. Amine Ghali, Director
• Chainalysis, Inc. – Mr. Sanjeev Shahi, Regional Director, India and SAARC
Moderator: France, Vice-Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee

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Thematic Briefings III: Threats posed by the terrorist use of unmanned aircraft
systems (UAS)
• Overview of discussions from the CTED-led technical sessions on UAS – Mr. Jean-Philippe Morange, Senior Legal Officer and Coordinator for Border Management and Law Enforcement (BMLE), CTED
• International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of ICAO (via recorded statement)
• International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) – Mr. Madan Oberoi, Executive Director for Technology and Innovation
• Analytical support and sanctions monitoring team in accordance with resolutions 1526 (2004) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Daesh), Al-Qaida and the Taliban and associated individuals and entities – Mr. Justin Hustwitt, Coordinator , Analytical Support and Sanctions Oversight Team
• World Customs Organization (WCO) – Dr Taeil Kang, Capacity Building Manager
• United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) – Dr. Cécile Aptel, Deputy Director
• The United Nations Global Service Center (UNGSC) – Representative or Video/Written Statement [TBC]
• Conflict Weapons Research – Mr. Jonah Leff, Director
• Drone Federation of India – Mr. Smit Shah, Director
Danish Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) – Dr James Rogers, Associate Professor of War Studies, Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark (reading of a statement on behalf of Dr Rogers by Dr Anasuya Ray, Policy Affairs Officer, CTED)
Moderator: United Arab Emirates, Vice-Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee

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Honduran journalist Edwin Josué Andino shot dead in Comayagüela https://twgfex.org/honduran-journalist-edwin-josue-andino-shot-dead-in-comayaguela/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 20:06:14 +0000 https://twgfex.org/honduran-journalist-edwin-josue-andino-shot-dead-in-comayaguela/ Guatemala, October 24, 2022 — Honduran authorities must fully investigate the murder of journalist Edwin Josué Andino, determine whether he was targeted for his work and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee said on Monday. for the protection of journalists. On the morning of October 10, unidentified individuals dressed in police uniforms abducted Andino […]]]>

Guatemala, October 24, 2022 — Honduran authorities must fully investigate the murder of journalist Edwin Josué Andino, determine whether he was targeted for his work and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee said on Monday. for the protection of journalists.

On the morning of October 10, unidentified individuals dressed in police uniforms abducted Andino from his home in Comayagüela, northwest of the capital Tegucigalpa, and then shot and killed him, according to a report by the Honduran group of C-Free free speech and news reporting. Andino’s body was found on the street near his home, with his mouth taped shut and gunshot wounds to his face.

The journalist’s father, Edwin Emilio Andino, whom assailants had taken to the same house hours earlier, was found shot dead in another neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, according to the reports.

Andino, 23, graduated from journalism school in 2021 and worked as a producer for afternoon shows on national channel La Tribuna TV (LTV), according to reports and a media statement. LTV director Raúl Morazán told AFP that Andino had worked for the channel for two years and was unaware of any threats against the journalist.

“Honduran authorities should fully investigate the murder of Edwin Josué Andino and his father and determine if it was related to his work as a journalist,” said CPJ Latin America and Caribbean program coordinator Natalie Southwick. At New York. “The Honduran government must end the impunity that has prevailed in the killings of journalists for so many years by conducting a prompt and credible investigation that identifies all those responsible and brings them to justice.

On Oct. 12, police said two cars used by the shooters, which were found in a warehouse with plastic handcuffs, duct tape and traces of blood, were taken to medical examiners, according to reports.

On October 15 and 18, police arrested several people with suspected ties to the Barrio 18 gang, including four believed to be linked to the murder of Andino and his father, according to multiple dispatches.

Police Chief Gustavo Sánchez told media that the mobile devices confiscated from the suspects included “technical and scientific” evidence that at least three of the individuals were involved in the couple’s murder, according to the reports.

Security Minister Ramon Sabillon told CPJ via the messaging app that police investigations were still ongoing.

Since 1992, at least eight journalists in Honduras have been murdered in connection with their work, according to CPJ research. CPJ is investigating the killings of 28 other journalists to determine if they were work-related.

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KCK Health Committee calls on everyone to take action against Turkish war crimes – ANHA | HAWARNEWS https://twgfex.org/kck-health-committee-calls-on-everyone-to-take-action-against-turkish-war-crimes-anha-hawarnews/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 12:03:39 +0000 https://twgfex.org/kck-health-committee-calls-on-everyone-to-take-action-against-turkish-war-crimes-anha-hawarnews/ In its written statement, the KCK health committee said: “The Turkish army has been using chemical weapons against freedom guerrillas for years. The reactions and statements made after the sharing of images proving this, after the death of 17 freedom guerrillas, express a conscience. It is the most basic criterion and virtue of being human. […]]]>

In its written statement, the KCK health committee said: “The Turkish army has been using chemical weapons against freedom guerrillas for years. The reactions and statements made after the sharing of images proving this, after the death of 17 freedom guerrillas, express a conscience. It is the most basic criterion and virtue of being human.

It is the greatest crime against humanity and war committed from the point of view and on the instructions of the Turkish army and its commander-in-chief, the fascist Erdoğan. The statements of TBB Chairman Şebnem Korur Fincancı, who is among the hundreds of conscientious people who have spoken out against these crimes, are significant and valuable.

Mrs. Şebnem Fincancı stated that “these chemical gases used directly affect the nervous system, and these gases are used in conflicts even though they are prohibited. She pointed out that international conventions are mandatory for an independent committee to conduct an investigation in the region and that international conventions must be implemented. His statement that the principles of the Minnesota Protocol must be addressed, as well as how to investigate when such an allegation arises under the Geneva Convention, which prohibits the use of chemical weapons, is true. It is unacceptable that the Erdoğan government and its cronies, who want to conceal this truth, decide and open an investigation in order to suppress and silence this voice and this conscience, and we condemn this decision.

The statement continued: “Mrs. Fincancı is a world renowned forensic specialist and a respected scientist. She is a human rights defender who has been courageously crying out the truth for years. Ms. Fincancı has always been on the side of life. And she has always sought truth and expressed scientific truths, which is her area of ​​expertise. Because of these statements, we believe that democrats and scientists, especially doctors and healthcare workers, should show their reaction against being targeted by the fascist government of Erdoğan and his cronies. Mrs. Fincancı is the voice of our conscience and our humanity. To take care of this voice and this conscience is to take care of our honor.

We call on everyone with a conscience, who stands on the side of life, to speak out and take action against this crime against humanity and war crimes.

AK

ANHA

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