China appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them without trial.
A series of visits by The Daily Telegraph to six enormous labour camps on the outskirts of Beijing suggested that four had been shut down, with their signs removed. Staff said all their prisoners had been released and they were waiting for further orders. The other two camps had been converted; one into a drug rehabilitation centre and the other into the second cell block of a local prison.
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) merger faces another impediment as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced to pause its review of the proposed deal.
A high-profile University of Toronto professor who has held senior roles in the Ontario and Manitoba governments will plead guilty to some of the child-pornography charges levied against him, according to his lawyer.
Defence attorney Clayton Ruby confirmed Sunday that Benjamin Levin would admit guilt to some of the seven charges he’s expected to face in March, however Mr. Ruby wouldn’t specify which ones. The other charges are expected to be withdrawn.
This guest post is contributed by Kathryn McDermott and Lisa Keller. McDermott is Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy and Keller is Assistant Professor in the Research and Evaluation Methods Program, both at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Lisa Casias, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Commerce As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, I work with all of the bureaus CFOs and financial management teams to provide support to the Department’s program managers in meeting their missions. As a community we ensure that we meet the many requirements of the federal government’s financial reporting mandates, maintain robust internal control environments, and maintain the systems to produce financial information. Perhaps, the most important aspect of our work is to ensure program managers have the information needed for decision making. I am also responsible for the Office of Secretary’s budget operations and most recently the travel, fleet and personal property offices. I have worked in the Department for over 22 years in both the Office of Secretary and Office of Inspector General. I have held different positions within these organizations and added new areas to my portfolio over that time. While some choose career paths that cross into many federal agencies, the opportunities to continually learn new things and ability to work with outstanding financial and administrative communities have kept me in the Department.One of the most interesting aspects in working at the Department level is the ability to engage with all of the bureaus and learn their missions as we support their financial management needs. As demonstrated in the Department’s Strategic Plan , the Department plays a critical role in the nation’s economy and the financial and administrative management communities are an integral part of mission success. I attribute my ability to follow my dreams (yes, I always wanted to be an accountant) and my career successes to the support of my parents. I grew up in Dumont, New Jersey where my parents had migrated from England. They taught by example instilling in both my sister and me the importance of having strong work ethic, integrity and belief in oneself. They stayed in the United States as they believed we would have more opportunities to achieve our dreams, including obtaining a college education. We were the first in our family to graduate from college.
Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Gabriel Sanchez, Improving Operational Efficiency Program Manager, U.S. Census BureauThe Improving Operational Efficiency (IOE) program
at the U.S. Census Bureau harvests ideas from employees and brings cost saving
and efficiency-improving innovation to executive staff for possible investment.
The program has invested in 109 projects in the last three years and saved more
than $32 million. I am currently revamping the program to streamline and
improve metrics, objectives, performance and the harvesting of ideas.
There are several overarching themes within my
current responsibilities that relate to the President’s blueprint for America —
innovation, efficiency, saving money, avoiding costs, streamlining processes,
and creating projects that add strategic value to the organization. By spurring
innovation and improving operational efficiency, my program helps government
run more efficiently and do more with less.
In my varied career since joining the Department of
Commerce in 1998, I have worked in five of the Census Bureau’s12 regional
offices as well as the headquarters building in Suitland, Md. My previous
position — director of the Dallas Regional Office — was the most challenging,
as at the peak of operations during the 2010 Census, it had 111,000 employees
in 51 local census offices. I led the enumeration of more than 33 million
people while dealing with 45 congressional districts and four of the 10 most populous
cities in the country.
I was born in Uruguay and immigrated to the United
States at the age of eight. I was raised in New York City, but I have been
fortunate to live in various places around the country, which helped ratchet
down the big city experience. I was very proud of my heritage when I became the
first-ever foreign-born regional director of the Census Bureau. Still, I keep
searching for another Uruguayan in the Commerce Department.