PERRYMAN: Accurate census count essential to government, businesses

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness PERRYMAN: Accurate census count essential to government, businesses Twitter Pinterest Twitter By admin – January 14, 2018 WhatsApp Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. The 2020 census is at risk due to inadequate funding, planning, and staffing, and the consequences could be quite significant. The practice of counting and collecting information about the populace dates back to ancient times and, in fact, the source of much of our knowledge about the past. In the United States, the first census was conducted in 1790, shortly after the Constitution was adopted, when the total number of residents measured was less than four million. The most recent full census (in 2010) measured nearly 309 million, with the most recent estimates topping 327 million.The purpose of the census is not simply to provide interesting factoids. Covering a spectrum of issues from income to housing to educational attainment and much more, the census gives us a snapshot of how the population is changing. The wealth of data compiled and maintained by the Census Bureau allows for analysis which can inform public policy, help us understand the relationships between variables such as education and income, and illustrate shifting household choices and conditions.Moreover, census data is relied on for a number of vital purposes. For one thing, it’s used to determine the allocation of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Population changes between the 2000 and 2010 censuses caused eight states to add members and 10 states to lose members in the House of Representatives. The changes reflect relative population trends, with faster-growing states (such as Florida and Texas) gaining members while slower-growing states (such as New York) lost them. State legislatures also redraw their districts based on census data.The census is also used to determine the distribution of nearly $700 billion in federal funds each year. State and local governments receive federal money for social services, education, Medicaid, highways, housing, and many other programs. The amounts are determined by formulas which rely on census data (population, poverty rate, education level, and family characteristics, among other variables).The full census conducted every 10 years (and coming up in 2020) is a massive undertaking. A proper count requires major investments in technology, personnel, and expenses. Even as the U.S. population has expanded, the census budget has been cut. That’s a bad idea, and Congress needs to find a way to increase funding.The role of the Census Bureau extends well beyond conducting the decennial counts. There are also dozens of regular surveys and annual interim estimates, and publications and research are produced almost continuously. (Visit www.census.gov to see the wealth of information.) Again, this data isn’t just interesting, but also integral to the proper working of government at all levels and the economy.Population changes identified in the census are used in legislative redistricting. Virtually every department of the federal government uses census data to assess programs and their effectiveness. The data is also essential to businesses, which use it to make decisions regarding new store locations, real estate developments, or other investments. I use Census Bureau data almost daily in meeting the needs of my clients and analyzing topics of general economic interest.As if the lack of funding wasn’t enough of a challenge to the 2020 census, here’s another wrinkle. The Department of Justice recently asked that a question regarding citizenship be added to the 2020 census ostensibly to allow for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Such a question hasn’t been included since 1950, though a sample of the population is asked this regularly through the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Even if time allowed for proper testing of a new question (which it doesn’t), critics fear that participation could be negatively affected due to fear of the consequences of admitting a lack of citizenship.Even though census responses are required by law to be kept strictly private and are protected from requests from anyone (including government agencies), there is still a risk that non-citizens would choose not to respond. Representation and funding could be affected, particularly in areas with higher numbers of non-citizens (such as Texas). Given other actions which have raised fears among undocumented individuals and the lack of progress in the area of immigration reform, a citizenship question would almost certainly cause some people to avoid participating. With systematic undercounting, there will be systematic underfunding. Even in a world where they seem to matter less to many folks than they once did, this is one instance where we really need the actual facts without partisan manipulation.The 2020 census can still be saved. With a more reasonable budget, staffing, and leadership and a “no” to adding a citizenship question, we can still get an accurate count. The proper functioning of the government and economy depends on a clear understanding of demographic patterns and changes, and we can only get that if we don’t compromise the quality and integrity of the 2020 census. 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SAT School Day

first_img Pinterest Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By admin – March 7, 2018 Local News Facebookcenter_img ECISD advanced academic servicesEctor County Independent School District will offer SAT School Day to juniors district-wide today.Juniors will be able to take the college entrance exam for free during the school day at their home high school campuses. Director of Advanced Academic Services Omega Loera said the district has been offering this opportunity for three years.Loera said juniors don’t have to go off-campus to an unknown site, they can take the test in familiar surroundings and they won’t have to pay for it.The maximum score for the three-hour test is 1,600, she said. SAT School Day Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleLeadership event set for ThursdayNext articleOC choir presents ‘Sunrise Mass’ adminlast_img read more

Xiber Deploys Ciena’s Adaptive IP Solution to Virtualize Network for Leading Retail Chain

first_imgTo help maintain full control of its network and have visibility in potential service disruptions, Xiber will leverage Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller. Executive Quotes:“Working with Ciena to virtualize the networks of one of the largest retailers in our region reinforces our commitment in providing nimble and modern network solutions for our customers.” – Stephen Hon, Founder, President & Chief Technology Officer, Xiber“Xiber’s decision to offer virtual solutions represents a significant leap into the next generation of advanced networking. Our packet-based solution will make Xiber’s network more adaptive and capable of delivering customized applications and a multitude of virtual and IP services.” – Bruce Hembree, Vice President & General Manager, North America , Ciena About Xiber Xiber is an Indianapolis-based nationwide Internet Service Provider that specializes in hybrid network delivery utilizing fiber-optic and registered fixed wireless links and a suite of networking, support, and communications/media services. Xiber provides world-class business circuits with single-digit latency and ultra-high availability at competitive prices and the fastest delivery schedules in over 20 states. Xiber serves thousands of multi-family residents in over a dozen states by providing industry-leading customer support and in-unit and property-wide technology. MDU Developers and owners enjoy greater Net Operating Income, better Internet speeds, customized service, and the faster deployment that Xiber offers. Xiber is branching out to offer their Internet and related media services to single-family home neighborhoods that are underserved around their MDU and business locations. About Ciena Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive Network™ in response to the constantly changing demands of their end-users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors You are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, and other announcements. 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Enhanced security and firewall capabilities and virtual routers will provide a more seamless and secure connectivity experience for Xiber’s retail client and its customers. TAGS  Previous articleGlobal Logging and Log Management Market Report 2020: Market to Reach $1.8 Billion by 2027 – U.S. Market is Estimated at $233.7 Million, While China is Forecast to Grow at 14.1% CAGR – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleSera Labs Unveils ImmunD₃™ an Important New Offering to the Nutri-Strips™ Product Line; Launches New Digital E-commerce Website to Amplify Consumer Awareness Digital AIM Web Support WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Pinterest HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 10, 2021– Xiber, an Indianapolis-based nationwide Internet Service Provider, selected Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) to build an SDN and NFV network for a major retail chain that spans six states in the Midwestern region of the United States. Leveraging Ciena’s Adaptive IP™ solution, Xiber will provide enhanced IP and network security at various retail locations as well as faster and more reliable internet connectivity for store employees and shoppers. Key Facts:Virtualizing the network will enable Xiber to quickly and remotely adapt to new service and connectivity requirements for its retail customer. In addition, the customer will benefit from Xiber’s ability to deploy to new locations faster than other providers as well as super low latency and high availability across Xiber’s network back to the customer’s network and out to the Internet. WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 10, 2021 Twitterlast_img read more

Conviction in landmark case over Syrian government torture

first_img Facebook Conviction in landmark case over Syrian government torture Local NewsUS NewsWorld News Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest TAGS  center_img WhatsApp BERLIN (AP) — A former member of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret police was convicted Wednesday by a German court of facilitating the torture of prisoners in a landmark ruling that human rights activists hope will set a precedent for other cases in the decade-long conflict. Eyad Al-Gharib was convicted of accessory to crimes against humanity and sentenced by the Koblenz state court to 4 1/2 years in prison. It was the first time that a court outside Syria ruled in a case alleging Syrian government officials committed crimes against humanity. German prosecutors invoked the principle of universal jurisdiction for serious crimes to bring the case that involved victims and defendants who were in Germany. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the trial was a step against impunity in the conflict. His country has given refuge to hundreds of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence and hardship in their homeland, and backed international efforts to collect prosecutable evidence of crimes in Syria. But Russia and China have used their vetoes to block attempts by the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court. “That’s why the cases outside Syria are big bright spots, but also a clear signal to the victims … that they shall get justice,” Maas told The Associated Press. Al-Gharib could have faced more than a decade behind bars, but judges took into account mitigating factors, including his testimony to German authorities investigating the allegations. The 44-year-old was accused of being part of a unit that arrested people following anti-government protests in the Syrian city of Douma and took them to a detention center known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251, where they were tortured. Al-Gharib went on trial last year with Anwar Raslan, a more senior Syrian ex-official who is accused of overseeing the abuse of detainees at the same jail near Damascus. Raslan is accused of supervising the “systematic and brutal torture” of more than 4,000 prisoners between April 2011 and September 2012, resulting in the deaths of at least 58 people. During his pretrial police interrogation, al-Gharib testified against Raslan, implicating him in more than 10 deaths of prisoners. A verdict in Raslan’s case is expected later this year. The court also considered photographs of thousands of alleged victims of torture by the Syrian government. The images were smuggled out of Syria by a former police officer, who goes by the alias of Caesar. “Today’s verdict is the first time a court has confirmed that the acts of the Syrian government and its collaborators are crimes against humanity,” said Patrick Kroker, a lawyer with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, which represented multiple survivors at the trial. “Testimony by torture survivors and intelligence officers, as well as the Caesar photos, prove the scale and systemic nature of enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence in Syria,” he said. “The relevance of this evidence extends far beyond the proceedings in Koblenz.” Delivering the oral verdict, the presiding judge made it clear that al-Gharib’s crimes were part of the Syrian government’s systematic abuses against its own population. Syrian officials did not testify during the 60-day trial. The court concluded that al-Gharib’s unit, which was under Raslan’s command, was involved in chasing down and detaining at least 30 people following a demonstration in Douma, and then bringing them to the detention center where they were tortured. Al-Gharib, who had the rank of sergeant major until he defected, left Syria in 2013 and came to Germany in 2018. Both men were arrested a year later. Some rights groups have raised questions about the trial, noting that government defectors like Al-Gharib may not realize that statements they make during asylum applications may be used against them. Mohammad Al-Abdallah, director of the Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center and a former prisoner in Syria, said Al-Gharib was a low-ranking officer with little value in the case against him. He suggested that putting defectors like Raslan and Al-Gharib in prison would please the Assad government, “because this will deter anyone else from defecting or joining the opposition or supplying information to human rights groups.” But Wassim Mukdad, a Syrian survivor and co-plaintiff in Raslan’s trial, said while al-Gharib was “just one small cog in the vast Syrian torture apparatus” the verdict against him was important. “I hope it can shed light on all of the Assad regime’s crimes,” he said. “Only then will the trial really be a first step on this long road to justice for myself and other survivors.” Al-Gharib’s lawyer, Hannes Linke, said the court’s verdict was “in large parts convincing” and that the sentence imposed on his client would “send a clear signal to war crimes perpetrators worldwide.” Linke said he would nevertheless appeal the verdict and ask Germany’s top court to review the lower tribunal’s decision to dismiss al-Gharib’s defense that he acted to avert harm from himself. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, which supports 29 survivors in the case against Raslan, of whom 14 are represented as co-plaintiffs in that case, is working to bring further cases against Syrian officials to trial in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Norway. ——— Sarah El Deeb in Beirut, and David Rising in Berlin, contributed to this report. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleJustices Overturn Ruling That Would Have Closed Five San Diego County High SchoolsNext articleGlobal Medical Connectors Industry (2020 to 2027) – Market Trajectory & Analytics – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities

first_img Facebook Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 TAGS  Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleThe Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Selects Triton Digital to Power Its Podcast Strategy and Measure Its Streaming AudienceNext articlePurdue, Nebraska meet in conference play Digital AIM Web Support Local News Twitter Pinterest Twitter MAMOUDZOU, Mayotte (AP) — Mayotte’s main tourist office stands nearly empty, a lonely tropical outpost overlooking a people-less port. Its only hospital, however, is overwhelmed. The demand for intensive care beds is more than quadruple the supply, as medical workers fight to contain the French Indian Ocean territory’s worst coronavirus outbreak yet. The Mayotte islands are the poorest corner of the European Union, tucked between Madagascar and the mainland coast of Mozambique in southern Africa – and were the last spot in France to receive any coronavirus vaccines. Local authorities feel forgotten and say their difficulties in fighting the virus reflect long-standing inequalities between France’s majority-white mainland and its far-flung multiracial former colonies. The French army is sending in medical workers and a few ICU beds, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government pledged Wednesday to step up vaccine deliveries. But the aid will only go so far on the islands where masks are a luxury, where nearly a third of the region’s 300,000 people have no running water and where a new lockdown is suffocating livelihoods. “We used to work at the big market to sell things, to have money to feed our families,” said Ahamada Soulaimana Soilihi, a 40-year-old father of six living in a shantytown in Mayotte’s capital city of Mamoudzou. Then last week, authorities shut down Mayotte’s economy, ordering people to stay home to combat fast-growing cases of the virus variant dominant in South Africa. “How can we live without work, without being able to move, without anything?” Soilihi asked. While ocean waves lap empty beaches and police patrol the quiet streets of Mamoudzou’s business district, many people in Soilihi’s Bandrajou neighborhood seem unaware of lockdown rules or social distancing measures. Clusters of children play barefoot on the dusty ground, girls carry buckets on their heads to fetch water from a collective pump, an older woman at an informal street stall braids a younger woman’s hair. Almost no one wears a mask. Health workers acknowledge there’s no easy solution. The virus is attacking Mayotte in a “brutal and rapid” way, Dominique Voynet, the head of the regional health service, told The Associated Press. “All indicators are getting darker and darker … people are dropping like flies.” Mayotte’s weekly infection rate is now nearly four times higher than the national French average. The territory has registered 11,447 virus cases since the pandemic began — a third of them over the past two weeks — and at least 68 deaths, double the per capita virus death rate nationwide. Many cases and deaths are believed to go uncounted. That made it all the more disappointing that Mayotte was the last French overseas region to get a vaccine shipment, a month after the first doses landed in Paris, more than 8,400 kilometers (5,000 miles) away. “We were equipped much later than other (French) regions, to my great dismay,” Voynet said. The French Foreign Legion delivered the super-freezer needed to store Mayotte’s initial deliveries of 950 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. More shipments have trickled in, and the territory has so far vaccinated 2,400 people, or less than 1% of its population. In Paris, government spokesman Gabriel Attal initially argued that Mayotte’s young population – just 4% are over 60 – meant the region was a low priority for vaccination, noting its “demographic and geographic realities which are obviously different” from the mainland. But now that infections are raging, France’s central government is increasingly worried. Doctors are transporting several ICU patients per day to nearby Reunion island. The French military on Sunday flew in medical workers. The regional health service is organizing water deliveries to encourage the poorest to stay home. Many Indian Ocean islands and countries on Africa’s mainland are facing similar — or worse — outbreaks and vaccine delays. Madagascar, with 27 million people, does not yet have vaccines. Mozambique, with 30 million people, has imposed a curfew to battle a surge driven by the variant dominant in South Africa, and doesn’t have any vaccines either. Neither do the nearby Comoros islands for its population of 850,000. The largest country in the region, South Africa, with 60 million people, has reported more than 1.47 million cases, including over 46,800 deaths. Its health minister announced Wednesday the government will be giving out the as-yet unapproved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to health care workers after a small test showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine offers only minimal protection against the variant dominant in the country. Mayotte lawmaker Mansour Kamardine doesn’t understand why his homeland is in such dire straits. When the rest of the Comoros islands chain voted in the 1970s for independence from France after a century-and-a-half of colonial rule, Mayotte residents voted overwhelmingly to stay French. Today, Mayotte has the same administrative status as any region on mainland France — one of the world’s richest countries. The territory uses the euro as currency and is represented in the European Parliament. A 2003 law promises “liberty, equality and fraternity” to all people on France’s overseas lands. But when the virus hit, “Mayotte was forgotten,” Kamardine told the AP. “We are far from the eyes, we are far from the heart” of French power. He wrote to the government to plead for more permanent ICU beds, to no avail. The whole territory has just 16. Mayotte is among nine territories – mostly French – with a special status in the EU as an “outermost region,” which have access to development funds aimed at reducing the economic gap with the European continent left over from colonial times. But with Europe now facing its own vaccine woes and protracted economic crisis, Mayotte’s prospects look dim. Piles of red plastic Coca-Cola chairs collect dust in a Mamoudzou cafe, shaded by palm trees, where a sign points toward Tokyo, 11,230 kilometers (nearly 7,000 miles) away. Metal grates hide storefronts. Business travel and tourism have plunged as the pandemic wears on. At the Caribou restaurant, bar and hotel, Chaima Nombamba manages the takeout counter — the only piece of the business still allowed to operate. The hotel shut down because of “a flood of cancellations.” Most of the restaurant staff is on temporary unemployment — a French government coronavirus program that those in the informal economy don’t enjoy. “Yes, the health crisis is very serious, and there is a deadly impact for some of us. But is it the moment to punish small businesses, notably our sector of activity, which is really hit hard, which is being killed bit by bit by little fires?” she asked. “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We can’t make plans or anticipate certain things because it’s changing every day,” she said. “So where is the solution?” ——— Angela Charlton reported from Paris. Andrew Meldrum in Johannesburg contributed to this report.last_img read more