Readout of First Principals Committee Meeting on Advancing Equity

first_imgReadout of First Principals Committee Meeting on Advancing Equity The White HouseToday, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice convened the first Principals Committee Meeting on Advancing Equity as outlined by President Biden’s January 20th Executive Order on advancing equity and support for underserved communities. The Committee is chaired by the Domestic Policy Advisor and includes Cabinet-level leaders from all federal agencies and senior White House officials tasked with enacting a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions.During the virtual meeting, Cabinet leaders and senior Administration officials – including the Secretaries of Transportation, Agriculture, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – shared their work to date to embed equity and racial justice at the highest levels of the federal government. With the majority of the Cabinet in place, agency leaders affirmed their commitment to ensure that the President’s Executive Order leads to historic and ambitious work to advance equity that matches the urgency of this moment. Agency leadership and senior White House officials also discussed OMB guidance to agencies on coordinating implementation of the Order. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, business, Cabinet, executive order, federal government, Government, house, justice, leadership, President, race, racial justice, Small Business, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Severe Penalties for Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 9, passed legislation to provide harsher penalties for the crime of human trafficking and to expand the list of offences under the law.Under the amendments to the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, convicted persons can be imprisoned for up to 20 years, with provision for the court to impose an additional 10 years if the offender commits any other offence while trafficking persons, such as debt bondage.The legislation also increases from 10 to 20 years, the period of imprisonment for persons, who knowingly receive financial or other benefits from trafficking in persons.There is also provision for a new offence of conspiracy, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to 20 years and/or fine.The law also makes stipulation for the granting of restitution for victims, while the definition of “exploitation” has been expanded to include debt bondage.In piloting the Bill, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, explained that it is the intention of the Government to make the penalty for the offence of trafficking in persons more robust.“We recognise that trafficking in persons is indeed, modern day slavery, and a sophisticated and highly lucrative form of organised crime. We intend, therefore, to reflect the grievous nature of the crime with an appropriately severe penalty,” Mr. Bunting said.The National Security Minister stated that the amended Act, which is intended to bring Jamaica in line with international obligations, will allow the country to improve its standing in the United States (US) State Department’s Trafficking in Persons.“This, as the new provisions take into account that trafficking often involves other offences such as assault, carnal abuse, rape, child pornography, forced labour and forced begging,” Mr. Bunting said.Jamaica was recently upgraded from the US State Department’s Tier 2 watch list to Tier 2.Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House, Delroy Chuck, in expressing his support, noted that the Bill is important within the context of the country’s international relations.Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving victims, who are typically forced, defrauded or coerced into various forms of exploitation.The Government has been tackling the problem through a number of initiatives, including legislative amendment, public education and prosecution of persons found involved in the crime of human trafficking.Contact: Latonya Linton RelatedGov’t Making Use of ICT in Fighting Crime RelatedAmended Trafficking in Persons Act to be Passed Soon Severe Penalties for Human Trafficking National SecurityJuly 10, 2013Written by: Latonya Lintoncenter_img RelatedFire Brigade gets Equipment Valued at $1 Million From US Advertisementslast_img read more

Wait is on: Mickelson’s 44th PGA Tour win on hold until Monday

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson gave himself a chance Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the fifth time in a final-round charge he desperately wanted to finish in the dark. That’s about all Mickelson didn’t get to go his way in the suspended final round. “I can see fine,” Mickelson insisted before finally relenting to come back Monday and finish up the final two holes. “It’s not over yet,” Paul Casey said. Three down to Casey at day’s start, Mickelson will go to sleep on a three-shot lead. With six birdies and no bogeys over 15 holes, Mickelson is sitting at 18-under overall. Scott Stallings joined Casey at 15 under, but Stallings can’t make up any more ground. He’s done. He posted 66 before sun set. With darkness falling hard, Mickelson pressed PGA Tour official Mark Russell hard to let them keep playing. “I genuinely couldn’t see my putt at 16,” said Casey, who has a 3-footer left there. “Hopefully, I can see what I’ve got for par there, knock that one in, and then I’m going to smash it straight at it, be aggressive at 17.” Mickelson wanted to get to the 17th tee, but Casey, reasonably, wasn’t agreeing. Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Articles, photos and videos “I have pretty good vision,” Mickelson said. “I can see fine, and I’m playing well, so I wanted to continue and that’s all there is to it. But I totally get where he’s coming from. And in all honesty, it’s probably a good thing.” Mickelson, 48, is on the verge of closing out his 44th PGA Tour title. Hail, yeah! That’s what all those Mickelson fans must have been thinking after waiting through a morning hail storm to see him tee it up alongside Casey. They couldn’t make their start with hail pelting down, leaving what looked like sheets of ice on the greens. Apparently, Mother Nature is a Mickelson fan, too. Like a football coach calling a timeout to freeze a kicker, she made Casey think a little bit more about protecting his 54-hole lead. Casey was supposed to go off with Mickelson at 9:50 a.m. local time. He didn’t hit his opening tee shot until more than three hours later. Two weather delays left Mickelson leading his fans in a chase against the setting sun. “It’s an awesome feeling and to feel the support of the crowd,” Mickelson said. “It’s been really cool, and I would have liked to have finished it off in front of them.” After a half inch of rain fell overnight, Sunday’s start was delayed more than an hour. After the hail storm hit, there was more than a two-hour delay. Casey birdied the second hole, but he went as cold as the damp, chill air after that. His three-shot lead was gone after 10 holes, and it appeared to stagger him. Three holes after Mickelson tied him, Casey was three shots down. “It’s a tough golf course,” Casey said. “I’ve always found Pebble tough. “Phil’s put together a spectacular round of golf, 6 under, no dropped shots. Remarkable stuff.” Casey’s history with 54-hole leads will grow dismal if he doesn’t do something spectacular himself. He’s 1 for 4 trying to turn them into victories. “I need to do something special,” he said. Mickelson birdied four of the first 10 holes. The pressure he was applying appeared to rattle Casey, who answered with back-to-back bogeys. “It’s nice to be playing well and to be on a roll,” Mickelson said. “But I’ve got to finish it off, and I still have a lot of work ahead of me tomorrow. With a par at the 11th, Mickelson took a one-shot lead. He did so after Casey caught a flier and airmailed his approach over the left side of the green, making bogey. Mickelson took a two-shot lead with another par at the 12th, this time after Casey came up short with his tee shot and made bogey failing to get up and down from a bunker. “I know a lot can happen in these two holes, and they have happened in the past,” Mickelson said. “So, I want to stay focused and just come out tomorrow and try to finish it off. I wish we could do it tonight.”last_img read more