Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has terminated the membership of Jory Capital Inc. after an IIROC hearing panel accepted a settlement agreement between between the regulator’s staff and the firm. As part of the agreement, Winnipeg-based Jory admitted that it had failed to maintain sufficient risk-adjusted capital, since October 29, 2012. On the last day that the firm filed a risk-adjusted capital calculation, Nov. 28, 2012, its level of risk adjusted capital was -$248,000. The following day it informed IIROC that it intended to withdraw from the self-regulatory organization. James Langton BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Under IIROC rules, it can only consider an application for resignation if, among other things, a dealer has adequate liquid assets to meet all its liabilities. In this case, the firm does not have sufficient assets, so it could not consider the application for resignation. However, due to the risk-adjusted capital deficiency, among other things, on Nov. 22, 2012 the Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) suspended Jory’s registration as an investment dealer. And, as a result of the MSC suspension, its registration was also automatically suspended in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) also suspended the firm’s registration in December. In December, IIROC suspended Jory’s membership and the firm ceased active business operations. All of its client accounts were transferred to MGI Securities Inc. Now, as part of the enforcement settlement, its membership has been terminated. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case
Construction ploughs ahead at McLeans Road Kindergarten Construction has started on a $4.5 million state-of-the-art kindergarten on McLeans Road in Bundoora.The City of Whittlesea is rebuilding the facility to include two modern kindergarten rooms, which will cater for up to 66 pre-schoolers; an increase of more than 30 three and four-year-old kindergarten places.Located next to the recently-redeveloped Norris Bank Reserve, the kindergarten will also feature a multipurpose room for allied health service providers and community groups to participate in programmed activities and training opportunities.Construction is expected to be complete in late 2021, ready for the 2022 school year.Kindergarten applications will open on 1 February 2021 for three-year-olds wanting to attend in 2022. Four-year-old kindergarten applications for 2022, are already open. To apply, visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/kinderThe redevelopment of McLeans Road Kindergarten is supported by the Victorian Government. /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:bank, community, Government, local council, school, Victoria, visit, Whittlesea, Whittlesea City Council
Plum launches affordable employee health insurance, raises Rs 7 crores in seed funding Get Healthy Bits 8 months Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Comments (1) Plum is on a mission to enable employee health insurance for over 1.1 million companies in IndiaBengaluru-based group health insurance startup, providing modern health benefits to corporates, has raised Rs 7 crores in seed funding. The round was led by Incubate Fund with participation from Gemba Capital and Tracxn Labs along with angel investors including Abhijit Gupta and Ram Sahasranam of Praxify Health, Sudheendra Chilappagari of Belong.co, Nitin Jayakrishnan of Pando and Alvin Tse of Xiaomi. Plum is on a mission to enable employee health insurance for over 1.1 million companies in India by reinventing how health insurance works. The company plans to use the funding to scale business and engineering teams to solve some of the hardest engineering challenges in Insurtech and build innovative distribution channels. Within just four months of launch, Plum has managed to get over 100 companies as customers.Plum, through its online platform, www.plumhq.com, provides employers and employees with customisable plans, transparent pricing, and high-quality healthcare experience. The platform understands the needs of a corporate and guides them on setting up their group health insurance in less than 60 mins. Plum combines modern technologies with robust processes to deliver unprecedented simplicity and efficiency.Plum additionally helps employees with improved health benefits including doctor consultations, health check-ups, fitness and yoga, mental wellness, nutrition and dental care. The platform enables ease of experience for employees with guided claims support. Plum has an insurance intermediary license from IRDA. Taking the current situation into account, Plum also offers COVID-19 cover as an offering to its customers, however big or small they are. Plum’s clients include Twilio, Instawork, Posist, RevvSales, The Label Life, Growfit, StayAbode, Fampay, myHQ, and Jiny. Plum was founded in 2019 by Abhishek Poddar and Saurabh Arora who comes with rich experience in financial technologies and insurance distribution. Abhishek Poddar, Co-founder & CEO, Plum said, “When we look at other countries like the US, we see that a high percentage of the population is covered under employer-provided health insurance. We believe that India too will move in that direction, where a significant portion of India’s population will rely on employer-sponsored health insurance. With Plum, we want to enable every last company in India to provide a high-quality health cover to their employees, no matter how small or big they are. We want to be the de-facto platform for employee health insurance, initially in India, and later in other developing markets like SE Asia and Latam.”Saurabh Arora, Co-founder and CTO, Plum, added, “At Plum, we are imagining group health insurance products from ground-up. We have built underwriting and fraud detection rails with insurance companies that never existed. This has enabled us to offer pricing that may be up to 80% cheaper than existing market pricing, to companies as small as 7 employees. At Plum, we are building a truly online insurance platform that covers frontend (distribution) and backend (pricing, carrier and compliances).” Nao Murakami, Founder and General Partner at Incubate Fund India said, “Health insurance is now becoming a ‘must-have’ product in India, especially in the post-COVID world. It is an essential component for companies to attract talent. However, group health insurance is a very complicated product in nature and the entire customer process from buying to claiming is still very manual in India. So, there is a huge gap between insurance companies, employers, and employees. Plum is filling this gap by bringing transparency and efficiency through beautiful technology and product. Abhishek and Saurabh have a very clear vision which aligns with what we see as a future of health insurance in India.” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Insurance News Startups Add Comment By EH News Bureau on July 14, 2020 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Abhishek PoddarHealth InsuranceIncubate FundIRDAPlumSaurabh Arorastart-up The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Employees who are happy and feel secure in their current workplace are less likely to change their employer even for slight pay increments. Employers who focus on employee wellbeing have turnover rates of around 70-75% as compared to those who don’t focus on workplace wellness. And that’s why employee health is essential. Besides, they also feel like their organization cares for them. This sense of care is what stops them from going to a new workplace, and they deliver their best to your company. It’s like how a person works for his family. Employee health makes that bond between you and your employee.
Home TeliaSonera set for name change Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 MAR 2016 Author Telia targets cost cuts with new enterprise IoT play Previous ArticleSoftBank to split into two companiesNext ArticleInstagram blocks deep links to (some) social apps Steve Costello Telia claims positive start to strategy revamp TeliaSonera said that its Annual General Meeting next month will see a vote on whether it should change its name to Telia Company, in a move to “signify and visualise the company’s new strategy and journey to become a new generation telco”.The company said that since it began its transition, it has adopted “a new strategy, organisation and operating model”. It has also “acquired and divested companies as well as ventured into new areas”.But the path has not always been smooth: the company is reducing its presence in the “Eurasia” region, after a long-running probe into its activities in Uzbekistan. It has been forced to defend itself from criticism about its activities in other markets in the region.And its plans to merge its Danish unit with that of Telenor was also dropped, against a backdrop of criticism from the European Commission.With its focus now on Nordic and Baltic markets, TeliaSonera said that four out of seven markets are now using the Telia brand.“The new name Telia Company is a proof point of our journey to shape the New Generation Telco – the company that will change the industry,” said Johan Dennelind (pictured), CEO of TeliaSonera.TeliaSonera’s AGM is scheduled for 12 April 2016. Telia reveals revamp to boost infrastructure assets Tags TeliaTeliaSonera
Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up Previous ArticleBlackBerry future in doubt as TCL pulls plugNext ArticleGoogle seeks Fitbit hardware boost Home ZTE fights US funding ban AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 FEB 2020 ZTE fought back against a definition which stands to block US operators from using federal funds to buy its network kit, arguing in an appeal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) it doesn’t represent a security threat.In its appeal, the vendor pleaded with the FCC to reconsider its decision to name the company as a risk to national security, and offered to meet with officials to address specific concerns.It highlighted recent steps taken to improve cybersecurity and regulatory compliance, noting “management is working to ensure that ZTE is a model company” in both areas.The plea came as the FCC sought feedback on an order passed in November 2019 placing ZTE and Huawei on a banned supplier list, preventing operators from using federal subsidies to purchase their equipment.Huawei, which has been on a separate US trade blacklist since May 2019, challenged the move in court in December 2019 after unsuccessfully lobbying the FCC to change its mind.ZTE subtly sought to differentiate itself from Huawei in its filing, noting it is not currently subject to any other US government trade ban. While it acknowledged it ran afoul of US regulators for sanctions violations in April 2018, the company said it spent “hundreds of millions of dollars” to correct its mistakes and implement a new company-wide compliance programme.It is unclear whether ZTE will follow in Huawei’s footsteps with a lawsuit if the FCC doesn’t overturn its ruling. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Diana Goovaerts Author Related FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans ZTE pushes flexibility, simplicity in private 5G networks Federal Communications Commission (FCC)ZTE
Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter The Government has been challenged over what’s been described as its failure to regulate the insurance industry.Speaking in the Dail this week, Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle welcomed the Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018, which aims to define perjury for the first time in Irish law and treat it as a specific criminal offence.However, the Independent Deputy said he is sceptical that it will lead to lower insurance premiums.Deputy Pringle pledged to keep pressing the government for more effective action…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/pringleinsurance1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pringle says new perjury law does not go far enough Previous articleMc Conalogue urges Tanaiste to step up progress on undocumentedNext articleSDLP take Foyle as UK Election 19 gives Johnson a Tory majority News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook By News Highland – December 13, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
7Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAlfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago @Andreia.Same happens in a lot of websites this days. The Comunity in Gamespot is strugling agains the growing crew of toxic trolls and aggressive fanboys. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. Gawker filing for bankruptcy – ReportKotaku owner chooses Chapter 11 over paying lawsuit judgment, could be sold to IGN parent Ziff-DavisBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 10th June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareA dispute over a pro wrestler’s sex tape could soon upend the gaming media landscape. Recode is reporting that Gawker Media, parent company of gaming blog Kotaku, is filing for bankruptcy protection today rather than pay out a $140 million judgment in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought against it by Hulk Hogan after one of the company’s blogs posted clips of the recording without consent.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to the report, Gawker still intends to fight the judgment, but informed its workers that it is accepting offers to buy the company. It has already received an offer from Ziff Davis for less than $100 million, but anticipates that it will receive others as it progresses through the bankruptcy process. (Before the Hulk Hogan trial began, Gawker owner Nick Denton estimated the company to be worth between $250 million and $300 million.) Regardless of the offers, Gawker is not expected to sell until after its debt is restructured or the company successfully fends off the Hogan judgment.In a memo sent to Ziff Davis employees, CEO Vivek Shah indicated that the company would add Kotaku–as well as its employees–to its consumer tech and gaming properties. Beyond Kotaku, Gawker Media owns a variety of blogs, including Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jezebel, and Jalopnik, all of which would also be kept running in the event of a Ziff Davis acquisition. To date, Ziff Davis has been focused on tech, gaming, and men’s lifestyle offerings, including IGN, Geek, Askmen, and PC Magazine.While any such acquisition is still far from certain, the idea of IGN and Kotaku as sibling brands under parent company Ziff Davis would have been nearly unthinkable just seven years ago. Ziff Davis entered a bankruptcy of its own in 2008, leading to it shutting down its long-running magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly and selling the popular web counterpart 1UP Network early the next year. Its fortunes turned in 2012 when it was acquired by j2 Global for $167 million. Months later it purchased IGN off News Corp. for less than $100 million. News Corp. had paid $650 million for the site in 2005.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision no longer working with Call of Duty actor after hateful sexist commentsA video resurfaced on social media showing Jeff Leach making offensive, sexual and threatening remarks targeting women By Marie Dealessandri 2 days agoHow Women in Gaming survived its publisher’s demiseMeagan Marie explains how Crystal Dynamics stepped in after Prima Games, the original publisher of her book, shut down right after launchBy Brendan Sinclair 5 days agoLatest comments (2)Andreia Quinta Photographer, Studio52 London4 years ago I don’t even see this as bad news – apart from any possible staff dismissal – Kotaku is so riddled with trash talk and toxicity, that it needs a serious revamp. Not to mention the constant changes to the website and comments section, for the worst, making it slow to navigate and user unfriendly comment navigation and system. One of the worst UX designs I’ve experienced some years ago. It’s one of the reasons I looked up GamesIndustry.biz.Hopefully no staff will be affected in a negative way if a buyout happens.
Decisions being taken now to address the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis come amid profound uncertainty about both the course of the pandemic and its long-term ramifications for societies across the world, says IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera. The mounting loss of life is devastating, and the strain on communities and economies will require thoughtful and far-reaching strategies. A wider perspective is needed, viewing energy, society, economy and the environment as parts of a unique, holistic system. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter These should be major considerations as policymakers put together recovery measures. A purely market-driven approach will not be adequate, either to respond to the immediate crisis or to mobilise longer-term investments. Governments will have to consider innovative approaches to secure financing at the requires scale and speed. Clear long-term objectives, combined with targeted public investment and appropriate market incentives, will also enable the private sector to act swiftly and confidently. Stimulus and recovery packages can also accelerate the shift to sustainable, decarbonised economies and resilient inclusive societies. A coherent design approach is needed to secure political buy-in, business support and social acceptance. As the current crisis makes clear, we can no longer afford to make policy decisions and investments in isolation amid elaborately intertwined social, economic and environmental challenges. Generation TAGSCOVID-19Health and safetyIRENAParis Agreement Previous articleCOVID-19: Meeting the challenges of working from homeNext articleIndia: Solar power plants running behind schedule due to COVID-19 Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. * Statement by Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General This year was meant to be a turning point for climate and sustainable development, with 2020 marking the start of the decade of action. The unexpected pandemic, with its devastating consequences for communities and economies, is upending plans, interrupting trends and testing assumptions. We are yet to see the contours of the post-COVID world. Decentralised technologies also allow for greater involvement by citizens and communities in energy decisions, with transformative social implications. Importantly, they offer a proven approach for remote health care in energy-poor communities and add a key element to the crisis response toolkit. Energy transitions are already underway in many countries. These transitions have become increasingly affordable because of forward-looking policy frameworks, ongoing innovations and falling technology costs for renewables. Solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power have become the cheapest sources of electricity in many markets, with other renewable power sources poised to reach cost parity within a few years. In the power sector, renewables have dominated new capacity additions and increasingly outpaced fossil fuels for the past seven years. Last year alone, renewables accounted for nearly three-quarters of global power capacity additions. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector In the creation of future infrastructure, energy solutions aimed at scaling up renewables provide a safe and visionary strategic investment choice. Recovery measures could help to install flexible power grids, efficiency solutions, electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, energy storage, interconnected hydropower, green hydrogen and multiple other clean energy technologies. With the need for energy decarbonisation unchanged, such investments safeguard against short-sighted decisions and increased accumulation of stranded assets. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Decentralised solutions tend to be comparatively labour-intensive. Adopting renewables can, therefore, create employment and boost local income in both developed and developing energy markets. Employment in the sector, which reached 11 million jobs worldwide in 2018, could quadruple by 2050, while jobs in energy efficiency and system flexibility could grow by another 40 million. Read more news on:IRENACOVID-19 in the sectorParis Agreement Research and innovation are vital to keep improving the technologies and reduce the costs for sustainable energy. This is especially true in end-use sectors like transport, heating and cooling, as well as for enabling technologies such as energy storage and green hydrogen. Governments must embrace these forward-looking options to ensure that public policies and investment decisions reflect the true potential for low-carbon economic development. Finance and Policy The fundamentally economic, more than financial, nature of this crisis calls for a major state role in the response. This involves defining the strategies and initiating direct interventions for the way out. Expansionary budget policies may be envisaged to support this effort. The immediate priority remains to save as many lives as possible, bring the health emergency under control and alleviate hardship. At the same time, governments are embarking on the monumental task of devising stimulus and recovery packages. These are at a scale to shape societies and economies for years to come. Stimulus and recovery measures in response to the pandemic must foster economic development and job creation, promote social equity and welfare, and put the world on a climate-safe path. By making the energy transition an integral part of the wider recovery, governments can achieve a step-change in the pursuit of a healthy, inclusive, prosperous, just and resilient future. This response must align with medium- and long-term priorities. The goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement can serve as a compass to stay on course during this disorienting period. They can help to ensure that the short-term solutions adopted in the face of COVID-19 are in line with medium- and long-term development and climate objectives. BRICS The response must provide more than just a bail-out for existing socio-economic structures. Now, more than ever, public policies and investment decisions must align with the vision of a sustainable and just future. Such undertakings are certainly ambitious. But they are entirely achievable with a collective, co-ordinated response. The economic fallout from the pandemic is far-reaching, with an adverse impact on many sectors including renewables. For many reasons, however, the impact may be different than in other economic sectors. Governments can turn to a renewables-based energy transition to bring a range of solutions at this difficult moment. Many renewable technologies can be ramped up relatively quickly, helping to revive industries and create new jobs. On 20 April 2020, IRENA will release its first Global Renewables Outlook, examining the building blocks of an energy system based on renewables, along with investment options to meet climate goals and policy frameworks to ensure a just transition. An accompanying policy paper will outline key considerations aligning energy post-COVID recovery with long-term energy and socio-economic sustainability. While the current crisis has undoubtedly underlined global interconnections and strengthened the vision of a more resilient society at national and regional levels, it has also highlighted the vast differences in countries’ circumstances and capacities. International co-operation is needed to tackle deeply embedded shortfalls and vulnerabilities, and crisis responses must reflect global co-dependency. Investments must be directed everywhere they are needed, including the most vulnerable countries and communities. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The latest oil price developments and the heightened unpredictability of returns on hydrocarbon investments make the business case for renewables even stronger. Current market dynamics could further weaken the viability of unconventional oil and gas resources and long-term contracts. The moment has come to reduce or redirect fossil-fuel subsidies towards clean energy without added social disruption. 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The Dressage Canada Officials Committee and Stewards sub-committee are pleased to announce the following list of recently certified and upgraded dressage judges and stewards for the 2012 competition season.JudgesName Home Town StatusVirginia Allen Langley, BC recordedBeth Bennett Bowmanville, ON recordedMarianne Fizet Ottawa, ON recordedSarah Hill King City, ON recordedRene Huyge Cedar Valley, ON recordedDonna McInnis Cappele, NB recordedKristin Skinner-Boyd Windsor, ON recordedAlexis Wells Milton, ON recordedMelanie Houston Victoria, BC BasicYulia Novitskaya Etobicoke, ON BasicLinda Dieno Langley, BC MediumEllen King Hudson, QC MediumJoanna Crilly Ottawa, ON SeniorLeslie Kennedy Fergus, ON SeniorStewardsName Home Town StatusElizabeth Smith Delta, BC BasicMichelle Taplin Lockport, MB BasicMarilyn Elkin Orangeville, ON MediumAnne Welch King City, ON MediumJane Hunt Kemptville, ON SeniorLeslie Kennedy Fergus, ON SeniorLynne Milford Lindsay, ON SeniorShirley Pederson Surrey, BC Senior“Congratulations to all officials who have recently been promoted,” said Joan Macartney, chair of the Dressage Canada Officials Committee. “You are to be commended for your accomplishments and the time and effort you have taken to meet the upgrading criteria. This is a highly-qualified and well-prepared group of officials. We look forward to working with you in 2012 in your new capacity.”Anyone interested in obtaining Dressage Canada officials status can view the rules, eligibility requirements, applications and clinic dates on the Dressage Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca/dressage. Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
ABC News(YUMA, Ariz.) — For the first time, the Department of Homeland Security allowed ABC News cameras inside an immigrant holding center in Yuma, Arizona, that was completed in June to the tune of $15 million after a massive spike in families crossing the border.Yuma saw a major surge in crossings earlier this year only behind the Rio Grande Valley and El Paso, Texas. “One of our biggest concerns as we’ve talked about is the families, vulnerable families and children, coming over, young children crossing this year. We had a huge peak in April, May and early June of crossings, 144,000 crossed in May. … That resulted in overcrowding of border patrol facilities. These are police stations. They’re only made for very temporary processing, primarily for single adults, often with a criminal background. So, to have families and kids in that environment was very difficult for us,” Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan told ABC News Thursday in an interview after a tour of the facility.He said that these new facilities had significantly reduced the pressure on other holding facilities.Inside the center, a mother clutched her baby as she spoke to an agent. A father rocked his infant back and forth, his knee bouncing up and down out of clear nervousness. There was a large medical unit equipped with physicians’ assistants and Coast Guard medics.There were clean showers. There were stacks of shelves with clean clothes, diapers, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, and lots of food and snacks.Several migrant families wrapped in silver Mylar blankets were going through a processing center where they were fingerprinted, background checked and connected with interpreters. Others were lying on mats and covered in blankets.The images were a contrast to a damning July DHS inspector general report that showed jam-packed conditions inside five centers in Texas. The report called one site “a ticking time bomb” and documented sordid conditions inside detention centers that included migrants packed into holding cells, forced to stand for days in unsanitary conditions.With money from Congress, however, DHS built soft-sided detention centers in Yuma, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley, the three places experiencing the highest number of crossings.McAleenan said that DHS had also opened single-adult temporary facilities for the first time on the U.S.-Mexico border as well.“We’ve added 5,000 spaces in these temporary facilities since we got the supplemental funding on June 27 from Congress,” McAleenan said Thursday.He told ABC News that the five facilities visited by the inspector general were now under capacity and “they look much better.”“We built these temporary facilities to provide a much better area where we can provide care and better conditions while families and children are in that brief period where they’re processed at the border before they’re transferred to either ICE or Health and Human Services,” he said.McAleenan said that overall, crossings had dropped significantly in Yuma and El Paso but not by a huge amount in the Rio Grande Valley. He attributed the drop in crossings in Yuma to an increase in spending by Congress and to Mexican authorities cracking down on a truck route straight from Guatemala that can transport migrants into the U.S. in five to seven days.When asked whether he could guarantee that all migrants in detention centers were in humane conditions, he said: “That is a daily focus of everybody in our entire chain of command from the secretary level down. … We have very strong policies. We’ve got the funding for the supplies, the food, the medical care we need to do the absolute best we can to provide a good situation. And, so, I can guarantee you that it’s our top focus and priority.”That said, McAleenan said this is still beyond a crisis. He said that while the number of people detained had dropped from 20,000 to 5,000 since May, 5,000 in any other year would be an exponential amount of people.“We’re happy to get the emergency supplemental funding. We advocated for that for months but we also need changes in our laws that have not been forthcoming in this political environment,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.