SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 21, 2020 Free Official 840 RFID Cattle Tags Available for a Limited Time Electronic identification in the form of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags continues to be the standard for identifying cattle in the state of Indiana. Hoosier cattle producers have placed nearly 2 million 840 tags since 2014. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) wants to encourage the even wider adoption of electronic 840 RFID tags by making more free tags available for breeding cattle.“Electronic identification is a positive step to enhance our ability to trace animal diseases that could impact human or animal health or our state’s economy,” said Dr. Bret D. Marsh, Indiana State Veterinarian. “In recent years, BOAH has seen a significant increase in the use of RFID tags in cattle and we encourage producers to continue making the shift away from metal tags toward RFIDs.”Beginning October 1, while supplies last, Indiana cattle owners may apply to receive free tags via BOAH’s website at: www.in.gov/boah/2902.htmOrders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as tags are available through a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded program. Delivery of tags by a certain date cannot be guaranteed.These tags are specifically for use in breeding cattle. They may not be sold or redistributed by producers. Tags should be used on animals associated with the producer’s own premises.The free tags are official plastic 840 RFID low-frequency button tags. The brand(s) of tags may vary, based on USDA supplies. We cannot guarantee what brand of tag will be received. Tag applicators are NOT provided; producers must obtain the appropriate tag applicator tool.Livestock producers are required to maintain records for 5 years of all cattle movements, including official ID tag numbers.Animal identification is just one of three pillars for Indiana’s animal disease traceability (ADT) program. ADT is a nationwide effort, led by USDA, to reduce the amount of time and resources needed to trace the movements of food animals between farms and markets as part of disease investigations.In addition to animal ID, premises registration and recordkeeping are essential components to ADT. Since 2006, more than 67,000 premises with cattle, swine, goats, sheep and cervids in Indiana have been registered.Premises identification, coupled with official ID, enables BOAH veterinarians to complete cattle traces in less than 6 minutes—far less time than was needed just 5 years ago. That shortened timeline translates to faster response time to a disease event that could threaten Indiana’s (and America’s) cattle population and agricultural economy.More information about ADT in Indiana is online at: www.in.gov/boah/2328.htmSource: Indiana Board of Animal Health news release Home Indiana Agriculture News Free Official 840 RFID Cattle Tags Available for a Limited Time Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleSoybeans Dealing With Drought Stress on the HAT Monday PodcastNext articlePurdue Agricultural Biological Engineering Department Ranked No. 1 Hoosier Ag Today
News August 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News blackout in Najaf deplored Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation News News to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more 15 August 2004 – Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the Iraqiauthorities for ordering all journalists to leave the holy city of Najaf on15 August on the eve of a new US attack there. “The presence of journalistsin Najaf is vital since the worst atrocities are always committed in theabsence of independent witnesses,” the organisation warned. “Reporters mustbe allowed to decide for themselves whether they wish to leave for theirown safety.” Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Najaf’s police chief announced on the morning of 15 August that the interior ministry had ordered all journalists, Iraqi or foreign, to leave the city within two hours. He said people were planning to attack the media.A senior police officer went to a city hotel where journalists were staying, ordered them to leave at once or face arrest and said the city was now “closed.” Several then decided to leave. If all of them were to, the new attack would only be covered by journalists “embedded” with US military units. Iraqi journalist Mohammad Kazem, who works for the Iranian Arab-language TV station Al-Alam, was arrested when he made a live broadcast from a rooftop in Najaf, according to press reports from Teheran. Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the Iraqi authorities for ordering journalists to leave the holy Shiite city of Najaf on the eve of a major new US military offensive against anti-regime militants there and called on the government to drop the ban at once.Police ordered all journalists out of the city on 15 August, supposedly for their own safety, and warned that those who refused to leave risked arrest.”This blackout on news from the city is completely unacceptable and is unprecedented in Iraq,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “The presence of journalists in Najaf is vital since the worst atrocities are always committed in the absence of independent witnesses. Reporters must be allowed to decide for themselves whether they wish to leave for their own safety.” News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”
Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Sports Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah to Return Home to Santa Anita on Thursday Law Enforcement to Escort Champt from Airport to Santa Anita’s Barn 5 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 15, 2015 | 11:27 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment More Cool Stuff Twelve days after providing one of the most dramatic moments in racing history, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah will return home to Santa Anita on Thursday, June 18. Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Santa Anita-based Bob Baffert, American Pharoah is due to arrive from Louisville via Tex Sutton charter at Ontario International Airport at approximately 10 a.m., and he will then be vanned with a six-unit law enforcement escort to The Great Race Place, with an estimated time of arrival of 11:30 a.m.“Along with the rest of the country, we were in awe of American Pharoah’s performance in the Belmont last Saturday and we’re honored to be able to welcome him back home here to Santa Anita,” said Keith Brackpool, Santa Anita Chairman. “We’d like to congratulate Mr. Zayat, Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza on winning America’s first Triple Crown in 37 years and we want to thank them for sharing this magnificent horse with all of us.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile won Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27 and was subsequently sidelined due to a foot injury, causing him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1.Headquartered at Baffert’s Barn 5 over the fall and winter, American Pharoah began his assault on the elusive Triple Crown with his first recorded breeze on Feb. 4, a crisp three furlong move in 36.20. Under Baffert’s stewardship, “Pharoah” would go on to register a total of six Santa Anita works prior to taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths at Oaklawn Park on March 14.In all, American Pharoah had eight works at his Santa Anita base in advance of winning the first leg in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 2.“From day one, we couldn’t miss any time with him,” said Baffert this past Wednesday morning. “We went three eighths, three eighths, five eighths…We hit every mark and he just thrived. The timing of everything was perfect.”American Pharoah will be greeted by his trainer and jockey, along with an anticipated throng of invited media at the Baffert Barn upon his arrival Thursday. It is also expected that the Triple Crown Champ will parade for the public on Santa Anita’s main track between races on June 27.About Santa Anita ParkSanta Anita Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets.The Stronach Group is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. 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Top StoriesSC Nullifies Post-March 31 Sale Of BS-IV Vehicles ; Bars Registration Of Such Vehicles [Read Order] Sanya Talwar9 July 2020 4:13 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday recalled its March 27 order which allowed sale of 10% of unsold BS-IV vehicles for ten days after the lockdown, in areas except Delhi-NCR, after noting that the automobile dealers sold such vehicles during the lockdown in violation of the order.Following the recall of the order, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held that such vehicles sold during…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday recalled its March 27 order which allowed sale of 10% of unsold BS-IV vehicles for ten days after the lockdown, in areas except Delhi-NCR, after noting that the automobile dealers sold such vehicles during the lockdown in violation of the order.Following the recall of the order, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra held that such vehicles sold during lockdown should not be treated as sold, and that the consideration received should be refunded to the purchasers. The Court also ordered that no such vehicle sold after March 31 should be registered.”…the vehicles shall be treated to be with dealers as if they are not sold and consideration if any received shall be returned forthwith to the purchasers, no such vehicles sold after 31.03.2020 of BS-IV technology shall be registered”, ordered the bench, also including Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Indira Banerjee.The Court pulled up the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association(FADA) and other dealers for selling more vehicles during lockdown.”It passes comprehension, how sale of vehicles could have been taken place during the lockdown. It was stated that may be that online sales have taken place and it was also stated in the affidavit that distress sales had taken place. Be that as it may, since the transactions given in the tabular form indicate more sales as compared to the data of non-lockdown period, we have no hesitation in recalling the order allowing the vehicles to be sold for 10 days after the lockdown was over”, the SC observed.The bench noted that the earlier order granting relief to the dealers was made owing to the lockdown, at the request of the Association, to make up for the loss of six days before the March 31 deadline on account of declaration of national lockdown on March 24.Noting that more vehicles were sold during the lockdown ,the Court held :”In view of the fact that Members as well as Non-Members had sold more vehicles during lockdown period, we have no hesitation to recall the order dated 27.03.2020 to aforesaid extent as it was passed only on the consideration that during lockdown, they would not be able to sell any vehicle that was the sole consideration for this Court to pass the order.”- Supreme Court.The benefit of the Courts order could not have been taken “two-ways” by making more sales during the period of lockdown and grace period of ten days further after 31.03.2020, the bench said.On the aspect of registration of vehicles, the court asked the Centre through Senior Advocate Aishwarya Bhati to submit the verified details of vehicles which were uploaded on the government’s e-portal, “Vahan” so as to ascertain whether the transactions during lockdown were genuine or they have been “back-dated”.”we request Ms. Aishwarya Bhati, learned Additional Solicitor General of India, to make verification as per the list submitted as to which vehicles were actually put on the E-Vahan portal of the Government and the data from other States of which data was not uploaded on E-Vahan portal also to be ascertained and filed before this Court before the next date of hearing, only thereafter we will consider question of registration and not before that”, the Court said.The Federation of Automobile Dealers Association of India (FADA) submitted a complete affidavit with details of sold but unregistered BS-IV vehicles to the Supreme Court as part of its plea that registration of these vehicles is allowed beyond the original March 31 deadline, in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.On the last date of hearing, the Court had directed the ASG to collect details from all the RTOs throughout India and furnish information regarding number of vehicles sold in the BSIV category are sold and registered after lifting of the lockdown.March 27 orderIn a slight relief for the automobile industry, the Supreme Court had on March 27 granted some relaxations to the March 31 deadline for the sale and registration of BS IV vehicles.The Court allowed the sale of 10% of unsold BS IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, after the end of the 21-days countrywide lockdown.However, the Court noted that such sale was not permissible in Delhi-National Capital Region. Sold BS IV vehicles had to be registered within 10 days of sale & BS IV vehicles brought before March 31 can be registered later too.The court passed the order in a petition moved by Federation of Automobiles Dealers Association (FADA), which sought 30 days extension of March 31 deadline, citing lockdown.The FADA had submitted that 7 lakh two wheelers, 15,000 passenger cars, and 12,000 commercial vehicles remained unsold and this was causing a huge liquidity crisis to the industry. Click Here To Download OrderNext Story
Top StoriesSC Contempt Verdict Is A Fundamental Assault On Freedom Of Speech & Independence Of Bar: Prashant Bhushan Urges BCD To Not Initiate Disciplinary Action Against Him [Read Reply] Akshita Saxena1 Oct 2020 1:18 AMShare This – x”I submit that the Bar Council should stand in solidarity with the rights of the members of the legal profession, and not take cognizance of the judgment of Supreme Court which have severely constricted and abridged the freedom, rights and dignity of the members of the Bar and also ordinary citizens,” said Advocate Prashant Bhushan in reply to the letter sent by Bar Council of Delhi…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”I submit that the Bar Council should stand in solidarity with the rights of the members of the legal profession, and not take cognizance of the judgment of Supreme Court which have severely constricted and abridged the freedom, rights and dignity of the members of the Bar and also ordinary citizens,” said Advocate Prashant Bhushan in reply to the letter sent by Bar Council of Delhi seeking his response as to why proceedings should not be initiated against him in view of the conviction in suo motu contempt case against him. He submitted that his two tweets that led to the conviction judgment last month, are “within the limits of freedom of expression” of a member of the Bar and “there is nothing in them which could be termed as contemptuous”. “The Supreme Court judgments holding me guilty of criminal contempt and further sentencing me for the same, are a fundamental assault on the freedom of speech and independence of the Bar,” he said. Taking cognisance of the two controversial tweets by Mr. Bhushan and the Supreme Court’s consequential verdict holding him guilty of criminal contempt, the Bar Council of Delhi had required the counsel to appear before itself to show cause as to why action under section 24A and section 35 of the Advocates’ Act not be proceeded with against him. BCD Issues Notice To Prashant Bhushan To Examine Whether Disciplinary Action Be Proceeded With Against Him Over His Two Tweets Responding to the letter, Mr. Bhushan said, “My conviction for committing criminal contempt was not a conviction for “an offence involving moral turpitude”, as is the requirement under Section 24A of the Advocates Act.” With reference to ‘professional misconduct’ under Section 35 of the Advocates Act, he said, “The test for professional misconduct as reiterated in P.D. Khandekar is whether the actions of the concerned advocate bring disrepute or dishonor to the legal profession and are perceived as such by his brothers and sisters at the Bar. In the present case, far from the Bar disapproving my tweets, I have received a groundswell of support and solidarity for my two tweets from fellow lawyers as well as from retired Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts.” Mr. Bhushan has pointed out that the Bar Council is not at all bound by the judgment of the Court holding him guilty, and it is for the Council itself to apply its own independent mind and come to a conclusion whether indeed he has committed an act which is worthy of suspension of right to practice law. “Thus, merely because my tweets have been held to be contemptuous by the Supreme Court in Suo Motu Contempt Petition No. 1/2020, it would not necessarily follow that the same also constitute “professional or other misconduct”. The law on this point was settled by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the landmark judgment of Supreme Court Bar Assn. v. Union of India ((1998) 4 SCC 409),” Bhushan said. He added, “the judgments against me are tainted with breach of principles of natural justice and rule against bias. It is for this reason also that the said judgments ought to be disregarded by the BCD.” Mr. Bhushan has further claimed that the Bar Council of India Rules itself discourage an Advocate to be servile to the Court and it rather casts a “duty” upon him to raise his voice against “improper conduct by any judicial officer”. In my tweet, Mr, Bhsuhan said, I had tried to raise my voice against the closure of the courts from any sort of normal functioning, which has had a devastating impact on the people’s right to access to justice and has also affected the legal community hugely. He added, “This judgment would have the effect of criminalizing any criticism of the functioning of the judiciary and would have a chilling effect on the right of lawyers and citizens to voice their opinion.” In this regard, he has also drawn the Council’s attention to the submissions made by Senior Advocate Dr. Rajeev Dhavan before the Supreme Court during Mr. Bhushan’s hearing on sentencing. “Comments Were Opinion Made In Good Faith Founded on True Facts”:Rajeev Dhavan Seeks To Recall The SC Judgment Convicting Prashant Bhushan Contempt Verdict Against Prashant Bhushan Suffers From ‘Great Imbalances’; Will File Review: Dhavan Tells SC He has urged the BCD to take a firm stand in support of the freedom of speech and expression of the Bar as the very freedom, dignity, rights and independence of the Bar are at stake. Nevertheless, he has requested that in case the Council decides not to drop the proceedings against him, then the same be put on hold till his review petition against the contempt verdict and the writ petition seeking directions for an intra-court appeal in cases of original criminal conviction by the Supreme Court, are decided. Click Here To Download Letter Read Letter Next Story
Work is the answer to refugees’ problems – employers can helpOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The Refugee council’s CEO Nick Hardwick backs Personnel Today’s Real AsylumDebate campaign and calls for urgent government actionAsk anyone working on social exclusion issues what the single most importantfactor is in helping people escape dependency, poverty and dislocation and theywill tell you it is work. The position of refugees in the UK is no different from this. Yet therestill exist multiple barriers to education, training and employment, to thedetriment of not just these refugees, but also to the rest of society. And, the first barrier – believe it or not – is that asylum-seekers are notallowed to work for their first six months in the country. Most asylum-seekers and refugees are highly skilled professionals,successful in their own countries and, as the Home Office’s study TheSettlement of Refugees in Britain, 1995 put it, “the skills level ofrefugees in fact exceeds that of the general British population”. Despite this, the unemployment rate among refugees is unacceptably high.Latest research puts it at 70 per cent or more – far above the national averagefor any disadvantaged group in the UK. It can be explained by the fact that refugees, from the moment they arrive,face an array of obstacles on the path to work. We welcome and fully endorse Personnel Today’s groundbreaking campaign toget the Government to implement a skills data- base and reduce red tape forasylum-seekers and refugees seeking work, and hope that its impact will be farand wide. My message to the new Government is that what refugees, employers and theeconomy all need urgently is a staged progression from arrival to employability,to employment and then to integration. Clearly, some of the obstacles asylum-seekers and refugees face in gettingwork are down to racism – or are they a consequence of the heated, but not veryilluminating, debate on asylum? Indeed, in recent months both the police andthe CBI have expressed their concerns that the ill-informed and inflammatorytalk about immigrants and refugees is harming our society. The warm reception Kosovan refugees received when they were evacuated herein 1999 shows what can happen when the British public is informed of whomrefugees are, what they are fleeing from and why we have a duty to help. At the moment this kind of leadership, which must come from politicians ofall parties, is noticeably absent. Of course, racism is not the only reason some employers are wary ofrecruiting refugees or asylum-seekers. On top of the problems they share withother excluded groups, such as living in unemployment black- spots or lackingaccess to social networks, refugees and asylum-seekers also face uniqueproblems. Months of living on £36- worth of vouchers a week exacerbates theirexclusion through the poverty and indignity of the system. Refugees and asylum-seekers may not have UK work experience or theirqualifications may not be recognised here, so some employers may be reluctantto take them on. At a more fundamental level, refugees simply may not be familiar with thework culture in the UK. I know from speaking to the many refugees on my ownstaff that the culture of selling ourselves to potential employers in jobinterviews is alien to many other parts of the world. The Refugee Council works with organisations such as the BMA to make iteasier for refugee doctors, for example, to take medical exams here so thatthey can practise in the UK. We also provide job market orientation courses at our Training andEmployment Section in Clapham, south London. The lack of proper support to asylum-seekers dispersed outside of Londonmeans that most will find it hard to access English classes. The result isrefugees learning English and getting into work many months later than shouldbe the case. Historically, refugees coming here have rebuilt their lives and contributedto the UK through their work. Today’s refugees are no different in that theywant to work, have plenty of skills to offer and can make a real difference toour society. Nick Hardwick is chief executive of the Refugee Council
An initiative to increase involvement and engagement among customer servicestaff at a Marks & Spencer store in Gateshead has contributed to a 6 percent increase in sales. Nigel Mills, area head of HR for M&S in the North East, told PersonnelToday that the programme to create a new work culture within the Metro Centrestarted in August last year, to coincide with the re-opening of the store afterrefurbishment. Mills said that although a huge amount of planning had gone into thephysical refurbishment of the store, similar forethought had not gone intotrying to create a new beginning for staff. He said that a culture existed where the priority for staff was getting foodonto the shelves, rather than to the customer. To try and create a work environment where customer-facing employees weregiven more autonomy, responsibility and encouragement to be creative, Millsbrought in ABA Consultants to work with both managers and staff. They created four 10-strong teams of customer service staff with the aim ofgiving them the freedom to decide how they wanted to run their sections withminimal management input. ABA was careful to ensure that the 40 staff included those who wereextremely negative about the proposed changes, to prevent them sniping fromoutside the selected group and undermining the initiative. ABA also heldsessions to secure management buy-in. “We had to ensure that managers were prepared to give away somepower,” said Mills. “They had to stand back and be prepared to letstaff make mistakes.” The customer assistant teams were each given a team sponsor from managementwho they could run ideas past, and who would offer coaching support. Staff responded by coming up with a wide range of ideas to improve thecustomer experience, including customer newspapers and bigger portions in thecafe area. Others included storytellers and drawing areas to occupy children whiletheir parents shop, a dedicated food-tasting area, and staff-run lunchtimeseminars on improving customer service. The ‘One Food Team’ initiative culminated with an ‘Astounding StoriesConference’ at Newcastle United Football Club, where the assistants involved inthe project addressed 90 of the top M&S managers in the region. Mills has no doubt that the project contributed to a 6 per cent rise in thestore’s takings over the past year, as well as significant improvements in howstaff rated their ability to satisfy customer needs. By Ben Willmott Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Culture change initiative boosts M&S salesOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
April 24, 2020 /Sports News – Local Bears open draft by taking TE Cole Kmet, Utah CB Jaylon Johnson Tags: Chicago Bears/Jaylon Johnson Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHICAGO (AP)-Cole Kmet grew up in the Chicago suburbs cheering for Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher and former star tight end Greg Olsen. His dad, Frank, played on the Bears’ practice squad in the early 1990s.Now, Kmet gets to suit up for his hometown team.The Bears addressed one of their biggest weaknesses on a struggling offense by drafting the Notre Dame tight end with the No. 43 overall pick Friday night before adding Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson at No. 50.“I was just so pumped up,” Kmet said.Bears tight ends combined for just 395 yards last season and none had more than 91 all year. They now have 10 on their roster after taking the sure-handed, 6-foot-6 Kmet, who started 11 games as a junior last season after missing the first two because of a broken collarbone. He caught 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns.General manager Ryan Pace said he had opportunities to trade down in the draft with both picks. He stuck with what he had and jumped at the chance to take Kmet, the only tight end to go in the first two rounds.“You’re always, I think, looking at supply and demand,” Pace said. “You know what positions thin out fast.”Kmet grew up about 45 miles northwest of Soldier Field in suburban Lake Barrington and starred in football and baseball for St. Viator High School. The White Sox showed interest in drafting him out of high school and had him work out at their ballpark. But he opted to play both sports at Notre Dame, where he ultimately focused on football.With the Bears, he will get to work with one of this generation’s most accomplished tight ends in Jimmy Graham. Chicago signed the veteran, hoping the five-time Pro Bowl pick can regain the form that made him a star for New Orleans and Seattle before getting released by Green Bay.Kmet said he models his game after Rob Gronkowski. Either way, the Bears are banking on big things.“Yeah I know they’ve been looking for a tight end to fit in the room and stuff,” Kmet said. “And I know they just signed Jimmy, and I think I’m a little different type of player than Jimmy in terms of how I play and how I can be used.”Johnson fills a void in the secondary where the Bears are looking to complement Kyle Fuller.A first-team All Pac-12 selection the past two seasons, Johnson thought he should have gone higher in the draft — maybe in the first round. But surgeries in recent years on both shoulders, including an operation on his right shoulder following the combine, might have impacted his stock.Johnson had two interceptions and a team-high 11 pass breakups as a junior despite playing last year with a torn labrum.“I’m not sure how much my shoulder hurt my draft stock,” he said. “I feel like it could have. … At this point, it doesn’t matter because they didn’t pick me and the Bears did. Clearly, my shoulder’s not too big of an issue.”Johnson said he is “forever grateful and thankful” to be drafted.Chicago came into the night with seven selections over the final two days of the draft. The Bears have a fifth-rounder (163), as well as two each in the sixth (196, 200) and seventh (226, 233). Associated Press
View post tag: over View post tag: Naval View post tag: Blackseafor August 9, 2011 View post tag: Kunikov Training & Education View post tag: ship View post tag: Navy View post tag: Command View post tag: Russia Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: BSF Ship Caesar Kunikov to Take Over Command of BLACKSEAFOR Russia: BSF Ship Caesar Kunikov to Take Over Command of BLACKSEAFOR Black Sea Fleet (BSF) large landing ship Caesar Kunikov headed by Capt 2 rank Sergei Larchuk left Sevastopol on Aug 8 and laid a course for Novorossiysk, Russia to take over command of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (BLACKSEAFOR) from Romania on Aug 13.BLACKSEAFOR headquarters led by BSF Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Sergei Menyailo will be deployed at Caucasus coast of the Black Sea (Divnomorskoye, Russia).Command over BLACKSEAFOR ships in the next year will be put on BSF Deputy Chief of Staff Capt 1 rank Yury Zemsky. BSF large landing ship Caesar Kunikov was appointed the BLACKSEAFOR flagship; international headquarters will be based on her during the task group activation.Navy commanders of Black Sea states are expected to arrive at Novorossiysk to take part in the ceremony; warships of BLACKSEAFOR participating countries will call at the port as well.Sea phase of BLACKSEAFOR activation will start on Aug 16 after leaving Novorossiysk. Warships of the task group are supposed to visit Turkish port Trabzon and Bulgarian Varna.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, August 9, 2011; View post tag: take View post tag: BSF View post tag: Caesar View post tag: News by topic Share this article
× JERSEY CITY – Although the details have to be worked out, an agreement between the Hudson County Board of Freeholders and religious leaders who are suing them should lead to the termination of the county contract to house immigration detainees at the county jail and end the lawsuit challenging the validity of the contract.Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced on Friday that the county would initiate a “Path to Exit” from its contract to hold detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).The detainees are awaiting hearings on alleged violations of federal immigration laws.Religious leaders from Jersey City and elsewhere filed suit against the county in Superior Court in late August, claiming the county violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act when the freeholders voted in July to approve the 10-year contract.The freeholders had originally announced they would delay the vote, then suddenly reversed themselves and put the measure up for a vote without allowing members of the public and immigrant advocates time to comment. Many activists demanded that the county use an opt-out clause to void the contract.The “Path to Exit” would have the freeholders void the 10-year contract, then vote on a new contract that would phase out the detainee program over a two year period, with the goal of having no detainees housed in the jail by the end of 2020.The jail was built to house about 2,000 inmates. Bail reform and other programs have caused the criminal jail population to fall to about 400. The contract with ICE, at $120 per day per detainee, had partly been used to offset the reduction of prisoners at the jail because the facility remains fully staffed. There are currently about 800 detainees at the jail. The deal was expected to provide an estimated $35 million a year to the county.Correctional officers unions and others have raised concerns about doing away with the ICE contract because it would likely lead to significant layoffs.To compensate for the loss of the detainee population, the county will seek to make agreements with other entities, such as the New Jersey Department of Corrections to house state prisoners in Hudson County instead of immigrants. By seeking agreements to house other prisoners, the county might be able to maintain the current work force.Freeholder Bill O’Dea warned the county that it may have to reduce staff in the future anyway, because there is a trend away from incarceration and towards providing other means of detaining prisoners such as house arrest and electronic monitoring.The freeholders anticipate voting on a resolution at their Sept. 13 meeting that would prohibit ICE detainees to be housed at the jail beyond 2020 “without freeholder consent.”The plan will also direct additional funds from the contract to be spent on services for ICE detainees during this transition period. Presently, free Legal Services are provided to all detainees for their civil detention cases.The amount, and into what areas those dollars will go, will be worked out in future meetings with the administration, members of the freeholder board and advocates for the detainees. A survey of detainees conducted by advocates may be authorized as part of the plan.“Just a month ago, I did not see a path that would allow us to move forward on a path to exit,” said County Executive DeGise. “I’m pleased that after what I have heard from state and federal leaders, I believe we have a consensus on how Hudson County can exit the contract in a responsible manner.”Freeholder Board Chairman Anthony Vainieri, who attended all of the discussions with County staff and the advocates, welcomed the Path to Exit plan.“Over the last month the county executive, my fellow freeholders, state and federal leaders and local advocates for detainees have worked constructively to make this exit plan possible, and I am proud of the work that has been done to arrive at this point,” said Vainieri. “I will urge my colleagues to support this plan because it represents a humane, reasonable approach.”One of the most prominent elected officials critical of the county’s contract with ICE, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, welcomed the announcement from the county executive.“With this action, the county executive and the freeholders have begun the work of dealing with this issue in keeping with our values, while dealing with the difficult realities of governing at the local level, and I applaud that,” said Mayor Bhalla.