This article was first published by the New Black August Prisoners’ Collective on Aug. 10. For more information, go to blackaugustcollective.wordpress.com.By Sehu Kessa Saa TabansiSCI Greene, Waynesburg, Pa.Power to the People!We need prisoners’ empowerment! We need participation in the broader movement fighting U.S. imperialism. This here blog post is intended to initiate an inaugural platform for conscious and politicized prisoners to discuss overall prison conditions in direct relationship to the current state of existing struggles worldwide. We are encouraging readers and writers to think in the context of internationalism and global solidarity.This being the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966, we should highlight some of the events of the past that continue to affect the present conditions of confinement in U.S. prisons. I. U.S. prison conditionsThe cofounder and chairman of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey P. Newton (R.I.P.), upon his imprisonment found himself inside a totally blacked-out abyss, under complete sensory deprivation, void of hygiene, forced to relieve himself in a hole in the floor and systematically starved. That hellhole was infamously described by the revolutionary as the “soul breaker” cell.The national tone of U.S. prison conditions has historically been established with brutal conditions in Eastern State Penitentiary, seclusion in Pennsylvania, and banishment to the island of Alcatraz in California, culminating in the new designs of repression with Marion, Illinois; Pelican Bay Supermax; and the current ADX, Colorado.Reflecting back 50 years ago, the brutal conditions that the old school prisoners faced were not at that age linked to private businesses. Today corporate companies, in contracts for capitalist gains, support torture. There has been a great leap in the technological weapons of oppression, from men and women being beaten with batons to, nowadays, being shocked with handheld taser devices or shot with electric prods and electrocuted with 50,000 volts.There is a U.S. company called ERC, Inc., that markets the “torture chair” — the sanitized terminology for the public is the “compliance chair” or the “restraint chair.” The official website illustrates a calm prison official resting comfortably restrained to the apparatus. There is no visual footage of the permanent spinal and neck damage with circulation complications that thousands of prisoners are left with that causes pain and suffering.Private businesses profit from the manufacture and sale of instruments of torture. The financial interest in chemical munitions has evolved from pepper sprays to advanced nerve and cardio stun aerosol agents. In the past the Black Panther Party attorney was successful in stopping the use of the soul breaker, but fast forward to the present in Pennsylvania, where there are no 1960s and 1970s people’s lawyers. In a class action lawsuit — Pennsylvania Disabilities Rights Network v. John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections — the capitalizing attorneys for the plaintiffs billed the cost of their litigation at $700,000. Nevertheless, the original complaints of 24/7 torture lights, torture hard cells and torture extraction teams mysteriously disappeared from the settlement agreement. This points to a longstanding pattern of lawyers hijacking prisoner lawsuits, used consistently in Pennsylvania and beyond for at least the last thirty years.The 21st century prisoners on the U.S. plantations are up against the likes of Keefe Food Group (Commissary Corp.), Wexford Medical Sources, Inc., and subsidiaries like Correct Care Solutions, Inc. While there has been one recent success with national prisoners’ phone rates against the corporate greed of Verizon, T-Netix, Global Tel-link and the others, all across this country private companies are still conspiring, profiting and giving financial kickbacks to state and local government officials and county prisons. Think Correctional Corporation of America, Prison Health Services, Inc., Wackenhut (G4S), Aramark Corp. — from medical supplies to food services to security, business is booming with the prisons. Every single prison has a plantation or sweatshop! The old penal institution model of locking prisoners in dungeons to languish isolated from all society has been replaced with a new model of for-profit production lines. Some states are straight slavery — no wages — but others are more sophisticated with peonage at 17 cents per hour for six hours, and no more than 42 cents maximum per hour of slave labor.In summation, no prisoner 50 years ago had to pay for basic hygiene necessities in confinement, or be subject to sick call medical charges, have their state allotment of envelopes cut or prison welfare (a general monthly allowance of $14 to $19 for prisoners who were not employed). Simultaneously, with the absence of the stipend, prisoners are having to contend with the corporations marketing their consumer products — computer tablets, iPods, MP3 players, digital satellite cable packages, flat screen televisions — sold to poor prisoners at inflated prices to force their poor families that support them into debt. Everything — cheap labor and high prices in the midst of psychological torture and medical experimentation (eugenics programs), generic test drugs, contaminated food from so-called Third World countries, hedge fund contracts and outsourcing labor — makes this prison industry a profitable behemoth.Prisoners’ HIV infections, hepatitis C virus and other contagious diseases are allowed to spread by prison staff. Preventative and treatment measures for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, general poor health and prison obesity are all withheld. Mix that in with epidemic mental illness, and then force prisoners to be traded as commodities by companies that control all the treatments, and you’ve got a source of profit so vast that it justifies any amount of torture and repression to keep it intact.II. Solitary isolationThe modern-day design for solitary isolation can be traced to the Marion, Ill., lockdown. Ex-Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army fighter Elder Sundiata Acoli — political prisoner/prisoner of war — found himself there completely excommunicated from supporters and visitors and isolated from correspondence.However, its roots extend back further still. U.S. imperialism adopted its so-called Security Housing Units and Control Units from the Stammheim Model of Nazi Germany of the 1940s. In the early 1970s U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ official criteria for incarceration in isolation were: “[A] prisoner’s past or present affiliation, association or membership in an organization which has been demonstrated as being involved in acts of violence, attempts to disrupt or overthrow the government of the U.S. or whose published ideology includes advocating law violations in order to ‘free’ prisoners.”An entire, systematic method was devised to separate leaders and split mass movements through political detainment, under the guise of criminality. Once contained, the state subjected prisoners in isolation to what has been defined as Biderman’s Chart on Penal Coercion.A lesser known fact due to the prevailing biases in U.S. prisons is that women were also harshly segregated inside the famous Lexington, Ky., isolation unit. These isolation units began underground, folks. We’re talking about inside the tunnels of the earth, a cave, a grave! Today these tombs are used more than ever, despite only selective media reports on the courageous sacrifices which included loss of life by conscious prisoners politicized in California, struggling against isolation and awakening a revolutionary spirit throughout the nation.Dr. Frankenstein has transported his evil practices from Pennsylvania to California in the personification of Dr. Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D., a seasoned and skilled clinical psychologist in concentration camps. Dr. Beard for over 30 years perfected his craft with the creation of the Long Term Segregation Unit in Pennsylvania, located on the roof of the Western Penitentiary, a.k.a. SCI Pittsburgh.The conditions designed for the so-called “worst of the worst” went through legal hurdles all the way to the nation’s top court. Unsurprisingly, Supreme Court justices upheld the new forms of tampering with the mind in isolation — absolutely nothing, total deprivation of newspapers, magazines, reading publications. The cutting off of all information.The California revolutionary Abdul Olugbala Shakur wrote a very enlightening zine, published by Chicago ABC Zine Distro. It’s called “What Is Solitary Confinement?” (Black August 13, 2014) It elaborated extensively and expertly on these new designs and effects in the environment of highly charged racial, religious, ethnic divides orchestrated by the state officials.The Pennsylvania incarnation at Eastern State Penitentiary — based off the Puritan approach of solitary confinement to make prisoners repentant through, at that time, Biblical coercion — is now reincarnated to use any means the state has: physical, pharmaceutical and enhanced torture devices. While the long term segregation unit in name is defunct, it was rebirthed in the form of the RRL (Restricted Release List). It is a cold, cruel irony that Nazi German mad scientists also had such a list!These RRL prisoners can now be in seclusion at any facility. The 23 and 1, and mostly 24-hour days in the cell daily routine, is equivalent to sweat lodges in the spring and summer and a walk-in ice box in the fall and winter months. Little attention has been paid, whereas in the past the Coalition to End the Marion Lockdown brought attention to the past conditions of Elder Sundiata Acoli. International political pressure from the former Soviet Union on President Ronald Reagan highlighted the treatment of women in Lexington, Ky. Prison litigations resulted in the dismantlement of the women’s segregation unit.Today’s circumstances are spiraling out of control because of the current profits from medical sick calls, billed at $10 per medical issue for penniless prisoners. For prisoners with little or no income, this means paying much more relative to a public citizen who has both earned income and health insurance. Prisoners’ illnesses mean massive profits. And because other for-profit companies sell clothing, long johns, thermals, gloves at marked-up prices (make the connection to the cold air vents yet?), profits roll in from sales or from sickness, and usually both. This has been 50 years in the making, to the point where corporations sponsor enslavement and torture.We have not even mentioned the so-called state guard union’s lucrative deals. It is an all-too-common theme for corrections officers to have family days and barbecues inside the prison. It is not an unusual sight that staff have hotdogs and hamburgers in their dining quarters. These celebrations on this slave ship on dry land recall to mind other shameless historical celebrations. In both periods of our history, law played a role in legalizing and legitimizing dehumanizing customs.For us to truly evaluate what we are up against here, just looking back 25 years ago prisoners did not have to contend with T-Netix phone bills gouging our families and friends; Bob Barker billionaire (The Price is Right guy) products made in Mexico at cheap sweatshop labor; Secretary of State John Kerry (his spouse is Theresa Heinz) — well, we get Heinz peanut butter now, not just Heinz ketchup. You see, NAFTA ensures that the lowest-paid labor can be employed and the biggest offered contracts with kickbacks to the prison-industrial complex can be taken, and it’s all legal. Carcinogens in foodstuffs, chemicals in products, hazardous materials and defective goods are all of no consequences. It does not matter: prisoners die, prisoners buy.Until today’s prisoners see themselves as laborers and consumers in a global capitalist market, they will be doomed to be pawns, powerless. Until prisoners see themselves as being at the mercy of the same interests plundering South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, our physical and political isolation will continue.III. Post-prisoner-rights movement of the 1960s and 1970sIt is refreshing to witness California prisoners once again at the lead of the prisoner rights struggle, having waged numerous hunger strikes and agreed to the Peace Accords to End Hostilities Among Prisoners (sectarian warfare). Nevertheless, the gains in political consciousness and rights of prisoners of the 1960s and 1970s in places like San Quentin, Folsom, Soledad and Walla Walla out West, and Sing Sing and the notorious Attica Rebellion on the East Coast — where for limited times prisoners controlled and governed their own affairs — are on the decline nationwide, as whole new generations from the streets have been indoctrinated, miseducated and depoliticized.The U.S. government has largely supported this cause through repression in the form of draconian laws eliminating court oversight of the prisons. The Prisoner Litigation Reform Act, the Anti-Terrorism Effective Death Penalty Act, and Pennsylvania’s amended Post-Conviction Act all constitute blocks and limitations nationally on prisoner organizing. Prisoners’ rights to access law libraries and the courts, as well as protection from arbitrary segregation and confinement for falsified misconduct reports with kangaroo disciplinary proceedings have all been wiped away by the reactionary, fascist, demigod dictators that sit on the nation’s highest courts.In the face of this, lawyers nationwide with the American Bar Association have been conspiratorially complicit with this arrangement, banning publications, censoring mail, and showing utter silence and lack of solidarity for inmates who suffer routine staff brutality.A quarter of a century ago, at the beginning of my interment into this penal madness, still in my political infancy, there was a North American newspaper out of Canada that was popular in America’s gulags called Prisoner News Service. It was published free by Jim Campbell of Canada (RIP) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It covered dialogue amongst prisoners of political standing. There was also Spear and Shield publications out of Chicago; their Crossroads Newsletter and Journal of Political Thought was published by James Sayles, a.k.a. Atiba Shanna (RIP). These pamphlets were foundational to many inmates’ political development. During that era this writer read the remarkable poem dedicated to Assata Shakur in exile by prisoner Shaka Shakur. This writer was introduced to the anti-imperialist Marilyn Buck (RIP) and many others through these publications.Over 30 years ago Elder Sundiata Acoli encouraged prisoners to turn these cells into colleges — the prisons into universities of political thought. Elder Sundiata is a gifted computer engineer; I wonder if he foresaw this age of courts and corporations closely conspiring to eradicate printed publications for prisoners. Corporate-greed-driven ventures into e-books, computer tablets, kiosks, iPods, MP3 players all leave prisoners isolated without snail-mail or printed literature.Every trick in the prison industry book is being used to suppress Books Through Bars organizations and literature over bogus rules of what constitutes acceptable reading material. Even cards from families and friends are being phased out; unless it’s in a white envelope, it is not being accepted. That’s white sneakers, white kufis, white rosary beads, white dhikr beads. Unless it’s white or clear, it’s not being allowed into prisons. If it has color it’s associated with gangs. Color means gang related? If this is not “white supremacy” I don’t know what is.Another political prisoner, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, who I hope was recently released this year (2016), once wrote to me that the most important thing that can be done as an individual prisoner today is to raise consciousness by recruiting and building cadre. It is in this spirit that the New Black August Collective intends to erase the prevalent ignorance, disorganization, undisciplined mentalities of gangsterism, which supports capitalism through genocide as well as other forms of exploitation. Unless we as prisoners educate, we can’t liberate! As Black Panther Party/Black Liberation Army alumnus Jahlil Muntaqim so eloquently wrote, “We are our own liberators!”IV. In the absence of the Black Panther Party vanguardFor this writer, at 42 years old, one of the things I have yet to comprehend is how some revolutionaries in the U.S. retire. I’ve read of revolutionary organizations being destroyed. The revolutionaries are primarily killed. I’m still confused by how in the 1960s and 1970s when so many revolutionaries were killed, exiled or imprisoned — particularly with the Panthers, but others too — how can there be movie deals, book signings, speaking engagements, and marketing when a revolution should still be going on?This is not to be judgmental, as I was not involved in the great sacrifices they contributed. But for clarity politically I’ve seen Ireland’s IRA, Palestine’s PLO, Colombia’s FARC, Nicaragua’s Sandinistas, Spain’s separatists, North Korea, China, Russia, Cuba. Where do revolutionaries go to retire?From the heydays of the Black Panther Party, Students for a Democratic Society, Weather Underground Organization, Symbionese Liberation Army, Black Liberation Army, Republic of New Africa, George Jackson Brigade, American Indian Movement, the Brown Berets, Los Macheteros/Boricua Independentistas (Puerto Rican nationalists), white American Anti-Imperialist, European Anti-Imperialist, MOVE Organization, white POWs and political prisoners like Tom Manning, Bill Dunn, David Gilbert, deceased freedom fighters like Richard Williams and Marilyn Buck (RIP), Natives like Leonard Peltier, internationalists like Silvia Baraldini — all these races and ethnicities of revolutionaries and 50 years into the present, at this stage in 2016 the 4 Struggle magazine out of Canada and the ABC-Zine Chicago with political prisoner/prisoner of war Jaan Lamaan doing the 4 Struggle and prisoner supporter Anthony Payson running the ABC Chicago zine, these are the ground zero of collectives of prisoners attempting to desperately cling to the past struggles and survive the present onslaught of complete global military and economic domination of American New World Order imperialism (Pax Americana). “Austerity” is alive and well in the streets and in the prisons. The public is a prison outside looking in on us, and we are prisoners looking back outside into a prison. With the exception of supporting anarchist communes, Anarchist Black Cross Federation and others near and abroad, where is the revolutionary dialogue and movement inside the U.S.? Where have the revolutionaries retired to?This writer is personally grateful to Workers World Party (WWP) for the opportunity here to present the summation of where do we go in the absence of the Black Panther Party since the early 1980s. The Black Lives Matter and similar grass-roots organizations are becoming popular. New generations need solutions to today’s struggles in terms they can identify and relate to. New organizations such as Human Rights Coalition are empowering families and friends of prisoners to stand up and empower themselves and their loved ones. Decarcerate PA is showing that economics in all this is a common theme: “spending on prisons is outrageous.” The reality is that labor interest can play a deciding factor going forward, being essentially all women, men and children confined are potential future laborers. It is being suggested that each one starts to teach one and build study groups around these issues, to build a coalition to stand against imperialism from within the belly of the beast: North American mass incarceration prison plantations. Prisoners need to become involved in the exchange of revolutionary ideas and active participants in the movement.Thanks to WWP, Mattie (WWP); HRC Philly & Fed Up Pittsburgh, Layne and Sarah (Decarcerate PA).Rebuild! Break the chains!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:A north Texas coal-fired power plant will shut down in 2020 after it couldn’t make money in the Texas power market.The nearly 700 megawatt Oklaunion plant near Vernon couldn’t compete in the market run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT said AEP Texas spokesman Greg Blair.“The owners voted to close the plant between April and Oct. of 2020. There’s a lot more approvals that need to be gotten before that happens, but really the plant was no longer competitive in the ERCOT market,” Blair said.He added that approximately 80 workers would be affected by the closure. AEP and its subsidiaries own a 70 percent stake in the plant, with the City of Brownsville and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owning 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively.It would grow a list of at least five coal-fired power plants that have either closed or announced their closure date. Three were shut down by Luminant in early 2018, which cited low prices as the reason for closing the plants. Another run by San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, will close by the end of the year instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental controls.While there are no current deals to sell the power plant, Blair said the company is “always looking for opportunities.”More: Texas coal plant to shut down by 2020 AEP will close 680MW Texas coal plant in 2020
Meet the Court: Justice Barbara Pariente April 15, 2002 Jennifer Krell Davis Regular News Meet the Court: Justice Barbara Pariente [Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment in a series of brief profiles on the justices of the Florida Supreme Court as produced by the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department. These profiles serve to let Bar members and others get to know each justice as an individual.] Bar Public Information CoordinatorAlthough becoming a judge wasn’t her initial aspiration, Justice Barbara J. Pariente is focused on being a jurist committed to the needs of children and the legal profession.Justice Pariente has long been concerned about the ways children are affected by the legal system and currently serves as liaison to the Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee. She also participates as a faculty member on the court’s Justice Teaching Institute and serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children.Pariente passionately “wants to take steps to ensure our legal system adequately addresses the needs and interests of children.” Children’s needs must be addressed “as early as possible” or those problems have the potential to escalate, she cautioned. “The focus should not be counting cases, but making sure the case counts.”Although deciding issues ranging from capital murder to family law is demanding, Pariente said she truly enjoys coming to work at a court with such a collegial group of justices.“We always take our job seriously, but try not to take ourselves too seriously,” she said.Pariente also values the work of the court’s staff, saying gratefully, “We get excellent information.”Another network of support for the justice is her family, which she calls her main passion. Her husband, Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Fred Hazouri, provides her with both emotional and mental support.“He has had to make a great sacrifice [with us living in different parts of the state], and I probably don’t adequately express how much I appreciate that sacrifice,” Pariente said. “And, on top of that, his intelligence and common sense and his own sense of integrity and professionalism are traits I have always tried to emulate.”She counts herself blessed to be the mother of three and grandmother of six, one of whom was born this past February.“My grandchildren are a never-ending source of wonder and delight,” she said with a smile.Pariente’s family was an important factor in initially deciding whether to apply for a vacancy on the Supreme Court.“It seemed that at that point in my life things were coming together that made it the right time for me to apply,” she said. “My youngest son was in college, there were no women sitting on the court at that point, and it seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime to at least aspire to.”Pariente also held herself to the standards to which she had held others when sitting on a judicial nominating commission.“I was mindful that, to be a good judge, it was important to have a certain amount of life experience and professional experience, and I certainly followed that myself,” she said.Pariente began her distinguished career at George Washington University Law School, where professors encouraged her to challenge herself and take on internships. She spent several summers working for the Public Defender’s Office in Washington and for a legal services office doing landlord-tenant cases. Pariente said law schools should stress internships and mentoring as ways to help students learn how to become better lawyers and how to build good client relationships.Communication with clients and advocacy for children in the legal system are areas in which Pariente thinks lawyers should receive a greater amount of training.“I would hope that law schools will consider courses that embrace interdisciplinary approaches to those areas of law that really demand it, such as family law and similar areas,” Pariente said. “In my view, to best represent a child or a parent, it is important for an attorney to recognize underlying issues, such as learning problems, substance abuse, or mental illness.”Justice Pariente said she is focused on working to make the legal system meet the demands of society for all its citizens.
53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details It’s been about six months since the Wells Fargo incentive debacle hit the CFPB fan. Since that time many of our credit union clients have asked for a review of their incentive and total compensation programs to make sure they adhere to the required “effective controls and oversight” and their incentives don’t cause “significant harm to consumers posed by incentive programs”.The first (and most challenging) question in any review of incentive programs should be simply: are we sure we really need an incentive program? Many credit union executives assume they need monetary incentives to produce the growth their organization desires. The fact of the matter is many employees, including those in your “sales” positions, don’t rank money as their primary motivator. They’d be just as happy and highly motivated by other forms of recognition.But if you insist on having a monetary-based incentive program, here is a six-pack of considerations to make sure you’re optimally successful and compliant:Are you incenting behavior and production that supports your credit union strategy and mission? The good news about incentives is they drive behavior; the bad news about incentives is they drive behavior. Make sure all incented behavior upholds your goal to be the member’s financial “partner” and you’re not unintentionally driving the wrong behaviors.Are you receiving increased performance as a result of paying an incentive? The only reason you should be paying an incentive is if you’re receiving production you wouldn’t otherwise be receiving. Don’t pay an above-base incentive if you’re not receiving above-base production from sales staff.Are your incentives consistent with your total compensation philosophy? Make sure your incentive payments are keeping you within your market-based pay grades. If you’re already paying above market on a base salary, you don’t need to also pay above market on incentives.Are your incentives easy to understand? Your incentive plan should adhere to the KISS principle – keep it simple, stupid! Limit the calculations to no more than three variables and make sure all employees know exactly what they need to do to earn their incentive.Are you providing additional incentives besides the monetary ones? As noted above, not all employees are going to be motivated by money so make sure you have other motivators in place – time off, awards, President’s Club, etc – and include your employees in the program design.Are you closely monitoring your incentive program? Someone needs to own your incentive program. Often, that owner is the HR Director but others should be included in the management and oversight of it. Board committees, CFO, Sales Manager, Marketing Department, and Senior Executive Team all share the vital responsibility of maintaining the program’s integrity.If your credit union needs to review your incentive program for compliance and appropriateness, I have two options for you: 1) email me at [email protected] to set up a no obligation conversation about what you’re doing today and how to best position your incentive program for the future; and 2) check into a webinar I will be hosting on Thursday, June 8 called “Avoid the Incentive Trap” – contact Lacinda Athen at [email protected] for details.
The investigation into the crash remains underway. State Police say 26-year-old Shane M. Santiago of Otego, N.Y. was arrested at his residence on Aug. 11. He was charged with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony. Authorities noted their deaths were “recklessly” caused. They say Santiago was suffered minor injuries. Police say Santiago was driving when the vehicle went off the roadway on County Highway 13, causing the deaths of 21-year-old Cheyenn J. Aubry and 21-year-old Tehya E. Gonzalez. He was virtually arraigned and remanded on a $2,000 cash bail or a $4,000 bond. He was processed at the State Police Oneonta headquarters. TOWN OF PITTSFIELD, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police have identified the person charged in a crash that left two people dead in the town of Pittsfield, N.Y. in July.
Editor’s note: This story was revised Mar 6 to include a clarification about the frequency of mutations in influenza viruses. Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of dangerous mutations, according to a Reuters report.On Feb 22, Nancy Cox, PhD, chief of the influenza division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC lab, which is a WHO collaborating facility. She said the samples were from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and 12.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, said the CDC has run tests on the samples, according to a report today from Reuters. “The result is it is still H5N1. It hasn’t mutated, meaning it is endemic among fowl and can be transferred from fowl to human,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.The story provided no further details on the test results. Since flu viruses evolve and mutate constantly, Sulistyowati apparently meant that the viral isolates showed no mutations that would enable them to spread more easily from person to person. Most human H5N1 cases have resulted from contact with poultry; person-to-person transmission of the virus has been rare.Indonesia has shared few H5N1 samples since announcing in December 2006 that it was withholding samples to protest what it perceived as an unfair virus sharing-system that allows pharmaceutical companies to use samples from developing countries to make vaccines that those countries can’t afford.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, had said the country sent the recent samples to the WHO only for risk assessment and that the organization had to notify Indonesia if it wanted to make a seed virus from the samples, according to previous media reports. She also said Indonesia must retain the rights to its viruses in the event that a pharmaceutical company wanted to make a vaccine from the virus in the samples.It’s unclear if the recently shared samples signal that Indonesia has unilaterally ended its boycott of the international virus-sharing system. A WHO group that met to resolve the virus-sharing issue in November failed to draft an agreement between developing nations and the developed countries that are home to the world’s’ largest vaccine producers.Indonesia has been the nation hit hardest by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the virus has infected 129 Indonesians, of whom 105 died.See also:Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia”
The 2019 e-Conomy SEAreport by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company projects that e-commerce transactions in Indonesia are expected to quadruple in the next six years with GMV projected at $82 billion in 2025 from $21 billion in 2019.Meanwhile, government regulation No. 80/2019 stipulates that e-commerce companies and merchants must regularly submit their data to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). However, it also requires e-commerce companies and merchants to bear the responsibility of protecting consumers’ personal data.The regulation has sparked confusion among digital small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and e-commerce players alike because of its unclear interpretation.“We want to make sure that once e-commerce platforms have to submit their data to the data center, they will not be considered to have breached the upcoming personal data protection law,” Indonesia E-commerce Association (IdEA) chairman Bima Laga said during the webinar.Indonesia has no specific law that comprehensively regulates personal data protection as yet. Rules on data protection is scattered across at least 33 different laws, according to the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM).The government is aware that the country’s e-commerce regulation needs to be constantly updated. However, it first needs to gather e-commerce platforms and establish a user database on the industry so that it can craft evidence-based policy, said the Trade Ministry’s domestic trade directorate general secretary, Johni Martha, in the webinar.“When we formulate the trade ministerial regulation, our intention was to first protect consumers and local products as we compete with imported goods. I will say the focus of the regulation is quite consumer-heavy,” he said.In a separate discussion, bureaucracy and regulation reform expert staff member at the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, Ari Juliano Gema, said the country needed to regulate how digital corporations collected and used consumer data.“Consumers are actually paying these seemingly free online platforms with their data,” he said on Tuesday. “These companies then collect the data and they may use it for targeted marketing that can potentially limit consumer choices.”Companies’ data ownership should be considered an asset in mergers and acquisitions to avoid market domination by a few big players and unfair business practices, he added.Read also: Indonesia set to surpass India in online retailTopics : “The regulations should also differentiate e-commerce models because services in a marketplace are different than those of a classified ad platform, for instance, and the differences need to be addressed,” he said during a webinar hosted by the think tank on Wednesday.Read also: Seven things you need to know about the new e-commerce regulationThe COVID-19 pandemic has propelled e-commerce growth in Indonesia as customers turn to online platforms to shop amid movement restrictions, pushing more and more businesses to sell their products online.Management consulting company Redseer noted that Indonesia saw online shoppers grow to 85 million people during the pandemic, from 75 million pre-COVID-19. It projected the country’s 2020 e-commerce gross merchandise value (GMV) to reach US$40 billion this year, the third-highest in the world. Indonesia needs to improve its e-commerce regulations to better accommodate the industry’s needs and strengthen consumer protection, experts have said.Currently, the country’s e-commerce industry only has government regulation No. 80/2019 and Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 50/2020, which will come into effect in November as a regulatory umbrella. Both oversee business licensing, consumer protection and the national data center for the digital economy, among other things.Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) economic department head Yose Rizal Damuri suggested that future e-commerce regulation be flexible enough to allow for innovations and adaptive to changes as the digital economy progressed rapidly.
Advertisement Phil HaighWednesday 11 Dec 2019 4:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Carlo Ancelotti was fired by Napoli on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty Images)Carlo Ancelotti has thanked seemingly everyone at Napoli for his time at the club, despite being sacked as manager on Tuesday night.The veteran boss was fired after leading the Italian side into the Champions League knockout stages with a 4-0 win over Genk.It appears that the decision was made before the match was played as Ancelotti was dismissed shortly after what was a comfortable and dominant win.The win over the Belgian side was Napoli’s first in 10 games so Ancelotti’s sacking was not entirely a surprise, and he appears to have left the club on good terms.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe former Chelsea boss tweeted on Wednesday: ‘I would like to personally thank the club, its employees, my players, my staff and the president for the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience in a wonderful city such as Naples.’I would like to personally thank the Club, its employees, my players, my staff and the president for the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience in a wonderful city such as Naples.— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) December 11, 2019 Even before he was dismissed in Naples, Ancelotti was being linked with the vacant manager roles at both Arsenal and Everton.The Gunners are due to have talks with a number of managerial candidates over the coming days and are reportedly ‘eager’ for Ancelotti to be one of them.However, the Italian appears to be one of a range of targets for Arsenal, whereas Everton have now made him their ‘top choice’ according to the Liverpool Echo.Whether this will encourage him to move to Goodison Park or not is yet to be seen, with his most recent jobs before Napoli having been in charge of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea boss Frank Lampard, who Ancelotti managed at Stamford Bridge backed him to do a good job at any team in the world.‘I have huge respect for him, I am very sorry for him,’ said Lampard after hearing of Ancelotti’s sacking.‘I know it was a tough job for him lately. ‘I saw his interview before the game and I thought it was a very typically classy interview in what seemed a very tough time for him.‘He always handles himself brilliantly. ‘I think he can work anywhere in the world at the top level, of course.’MORE: Mikel Arteta wants guarantee from Arsenal board before accepting manager’s jobMORE: Granit Xhaka out and Nicolas Pepe an injury doubt for Arsenal vs Man City Arsenal and Everton target Carlo Ancelotti speaks out after Napoli sacking
Asmir Begović hinted that he won’t leave Stoke in January transitional period, reports FENA.This 25 year old BiH goalkeeper is wanted by several English clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal Liverpool, but said that he will remain on Britannia Stadium.”As far as I know, I’m staying in Stoke” – said Begović for Sky Sports News.‘I don’t see anything happening now. I think that time’s passed. I’m just concentrating on what I need to do here.’Coach Tony Pulis is allegedly planning to bring another goalkeeper, 19 year old Jack Butland from Birmingham, and Begović said that his coming would be good for the team, because it would bring a healthy dose of competition.”If he come, I’ll welcome him, because he’s a very talented man, and I’m certain that he’ll be a good addition to our team”, said Begović.
Facebook185Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Senior Services for South SoundThe Sharing Teens and Elders Program will celebrate it’s 5th year receiving two national recognitions for this program that fosters meaningful dialog between generations. Led by founder Linda Terry, STEP meets the third Saturday each month at the Olympia Senior Center from 10:30 to 12:30. What started as just a handful of students and seniors, expecting to just meet one time, has grown into a monthly meeting sometimes getting close to 100 participants.STEP is a perfect example of intergenerational engagement and the primary reason why the program was chosen to be featured as an “Inspiring Community Connection” in the 2018 edition of AARP’s Where We Live: A Community for All Ages. Further, STEP has also been honored as a Program of Distinction by Generations United. Generations United’s Program of Distinction designation serves as the US benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of high-quality intergenerational programs. STEP is in an elite class as a program recognized with a designation of this stature.“STEP provides meaningful connection between youth and seniors while helping to prevent social isolation among seniors. We’ve heard from those who attend about how STEP has expanded their social network and that STEP makes them feel better.” Eileen McKenzieSullivan from Senior Services for South Sound shared. Senior Services provides ongoing funding to support STEP to offer it to seniors in our local community.Beyond STEP, Linda has also provided STEP TWO (The Women Only) which meets the first Sunday of each month at Mercato Restaurant (111 Market ST NW) starting at 3:30. Women 21+ are invited to attend and talk story with each other. Teens or Seniors interested in attending STEP should contact Linda at 360.586.6181, ext. 108 or [email protected] Drop-in’s welcome to each group.