DHS: ‘ MY E-VERIFY CHECKING YOUR IMMIGRATION RECORDS AND RECORDING YOUR DATA ON LINE ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 26 – USCIS is always looking for ways to support jobs in the United States. Also at the same check your immigration records and qualification for work.   

' MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online '

‘ MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online ‘

They have call it myE-Verify. It’s a free and secure way to be part of the E-Verify process for confirming employment eligibility.

MyE-Verify was launched on Oct. 6 in five states and the District of Columbia, and will be rolling it out nationally in future releases. 

With myE-Verify, anyone in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can:

  • Create a personal account to manage how their information is used in E-Verify and easily access Self Check, where any U.S. workers can confirm their employment eligibility themselves;

  • Use Self Lock, a feature we created just for myE-Verify that lets users lock their Social Security numbers in E-Verify, preventing fraudulent use in the system in the future;

  • Get resources explaining employee rights in the employment eligibility process.

While myE-Verify is currently only available to a limited audience, all workers and job seekers in the U.S. can still use the Self Check system and check out helpful materials in the myResources section.

More than half a million U.S. employers already use E-Verify to check that their new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Almost 1,400 more employers are joining this free on-line service each week.

If you get a job anywhere in the country, it’s more and more likely your employer will use E-Verify to quickly confirm your employment eligibility.

Ace News Services – USCIS – Department of Homeland Security

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WASHINGTON: ‘ FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECOGNISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN SIX NEW STATES ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 26 – In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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ARIZONA: Case of Sex Trafficking Ring Recruiting Teens Leads to Charges for Ring-Leaders ‘

A 17-year-old Lansing girl is one of at least two people officials say recruited local teens to work as prostitutes in a sex trafficking ring that stretched to Arizona.

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The case — which is being prosecuted in both local and federal courts — so far has led to charges against the 17-year-old, Mariah Haughton, and 24-year-old Christopher Turryle Bryant of Lansing.

Officials expect to announce charges against a third person today.

Haughton is charged as an adult in Lansing’s 54A District Court with multiple counts, including human trafficking. She also is charged with recruiting minors to work as prostitutes and with creating child porn.

Her attorney, Barbara Herdus, could not be reached Thursday.

Bryant is charged in federal court with multiple counts of sex trafficking. Three of the counts involve girls under the age of 18.

According to court documents, one of the girls was lured by the promise of earning “easy money.” In March, the documents say, she was taken to unnamed Lansing motels, given drugs and alcohol, and had sex with multiple men who paid between $100 and $200.

That girl, who is not named, told investigators about others she believed were taken to Arizona and Alabama to work as prostitutes, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Bryant is being held without bond at the county jail. A federal indictment was unsealed last week, court records show, and Bryant was arrested at the jail on the federal charges. Bryant already was in jail on local charges including home invasion and assault by strangulation.

In addition to multiple sex trafficking counts, Bryant is charged in the federal case with transporting someone for purposes of prostitution. That charge involves an unidentified person who was allegedly taken to Arizona.

Bryant’s attorney, Sharon Turek, declined to comment.

Some of the allegations are detailed in an FBI search warrant application seeking to obtain information from Facebook accounts belonging to Bryant, Haughton and two others investigators believe were part of the prostitution ring.

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‘ California Battling with Renewable Energy Paradox ‘

#AceNewsServices – CALIFORNIA – September 24 – That giant sucking sound you hear on the West Coast these days is the state of California, hoovering up as much renewable energy as neighbouring states can produce.

' Giant Wind Farm in Wyoming '

‘ Giant Wind Farm in Wyoming ‘

The latest development: a proposal from four major energy companies to build an $8 billion wind energy farm in Wyoming to power the city of Los Angeles.

' Wyoming Wind Farm to Los Angeles Homes '

‘ Wyoming Wind Farm to Los Angeles Homes ‘

Within the next decade, some cities like L.A. are expected to see power needs increase by as much as 18 percent, and a lot of that energy needs to be clean. The state has some of the most ambitious renewable standards in the entire country: By 2020, nearly a third of its power has to come from renewable sources.

Though the wind project would be supplying power to Southern California, all of it would be sourced from outside the state. Bloomberg reports:

The project includes a 2,100-megawatt wind farm in Wyoming, a 525-mile (845-kilometre) power line and a $1.5 billion storage facility, the developers said today in a statement. Duke-American Transmission, a joint venture of Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) and American Transmission Co., Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (DRC) and two others will propose the project to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early 2015.

This project would be the 21st Century’s Hoover Dam — a landmark of the clean energy revolution,” Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, said in the statement. 

All told, the wind project is expected to produce about 9.2 gigawatt-hours per year.

' Hoover Dam '

‘ Hoover Dam ‘

To compare, the Hoover Dam, which supplies hydroelectric power for Nevada, Arizona, and California, produced an annual average of 4.2 gigawatt-hours of electricity from 1999 to 2008.

Officials are still grappling with the “renewable energy paradox” — finding the balance between the push for clean energy and its unintended environmental consequences. A day before Bloomberg’s coverage of the proposed wind project, officials announced plans to parcel out 22.5 million acres across southern California deserts like the Mojave for large-scale energy projects and new habitat conservation areas, amid reports birds being scorched mid-air at the state’s Ivanpah solar plant near the Nevada border.

There’s no word yet on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed wind farm and if passed, it probably would not be completed until at least 2023. 

But for now, Hoover Dam, enjoy the limelight as one of America’s most beloved feats of engineering.

Your days as a tourist trap could be numbered.

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UNITED STATES: ' New Joint Watershed Restoration Agreement Piloted As Part of Presidents Obama's Climate Action Plan'

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – UNITED STATES (Arizona) City of Payson – August 30 – A Press-Release on August 27 confirms that Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie joined state, local and private partners today to mark the signing of a new joint watershed restoration agreement for C.C. Cragin Reservoir in Central Arizona.

​The agreement is a pilot project of the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, aimed at reducing the risks of costly wildfires and their impact on western watersheds as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

"This agreement reflects our commitment to work with state and local partners in restoring and improving the health and resiliency of priority watersheds in Central Arizona," Deputy Secretary Connor said. "Restoration activities and proactive planning help minimize the impacts of the hotter and longer wildfire seasons on western reservoirs and other critical infrastructure, and help water managers avoid costly repairs in the future."

"USDA and the Obama Administration are working with partners across the country to restore the health of our forests and watersheds across public and private lands," Under Secretary Bonnie said. "Given longer fire seasons and increased fuel loads in our forests, increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration is critical to reducing the threat of catastrophic fire and protecting watersheds."

This new partnership joins the Salt River Project, National Forest Foundation, City of Payson, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service in collaborative efforts to assess and implement treatments that protect the municipal water supply and minimize wildfire and flood risks. Potential projects include forest thinning, prescribed fire, tree planting, riparian vegetation improvements, stream, spring and channel restoration and other forest and watershed health improvements on National Forest System lands within the area.

The partners will develop a collaborative five-year action plan specifying the treatment zones and planned restoration and protection activities, as well as accomplishment goals and funding commitments.

Deputy Secretary Connor and Under Secretary Bonnie were joined by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Salt River Project Deputy General Manager John Sullivan and National Forest Foundation’s Colorado Program Director Marcus Selig.

Since 2002, three large fires have threatened the watersheds that contribute to C.C. Cragin Reservoir, burning more than 10,000 acres. The location of these fires was of great concern due to their potential to quickly progress through a large part of the watersheds. There have been several small fires near C.C. Cragin Reservoir itself, including one last year that burned 40 acres and one this year burning close to ten acres.

The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formally established in July 2013 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Its goal is to restore forest and watershed health, and proactively plan for post-wildfire responses to protect municipal and agricultural water supplies. Flows of sediment, debris and ash into streams and rivers after wildfires can damage water quality and often require costly emergency measures at treatment plants to repair damage to habitat, reservoirs and facilities. Restoration projects aim to maintain reliable, clean and sustainable water supplies in the West by reducing wildfire risk through forest thinning, prescribed fire and other forest health treatments, minimizing post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation and restoring areas that are currently recovering from past wildfires through tree planting and other habitat improvements.

Interior and USDA are working with state and local stakeholders on five additional pilots across the West, including:

  • Colorado-Big Thompson Headwaters in Colorado;
  • Boise River Reservoir Partnership in Idaho;
  • Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region in California;
  • Yakima Basin in Washington State; and
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir/Flathead River in Montana.

C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, part of the Salt River Project since 2005 when the Arizona Water Settlements Act was implemented, is part of a system of reservoirs in two watersheds encompassing 8.4 million acres. It impounds water from East Clear Creek, a tributary to Clear Creek and the Little Colorado River. Virtually all of the land surrounding the reservoir is owned by the USDA Forest Service. The Reservoir and Dam are owned by Reclamation but operated by the Salt River Project.

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#US : “Law Makers `Make a Move’ to make `Revenge Porn’ Illegal” even though `ACLU’ Objects”

#AceNewsServices  `US Lawmakers Move to make `Revenge Porn‘Illegal Though ACLU Object on `Free Speech Grounds’

 

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Lawmakers in several US states moved a few weeks ago to outlaw so-called “revenge porn” the act of leaking explicit sexual videos and other revealing information on-line without another person’s consent.

In Illinois, State Senator Michael Hastings submitted a bill recently, that would make it a felony for a person to knowingly place, post or reproduce on the Internet “a photograph, video, or digital image of a person in a state of nudity, in a state of sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration, without the knowledge and consent of that person.”

The bill also would make it a crime to require a fee to get related content removed from a website. The maximum penalty would be up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine, though judges would be able to hand down more lenient sentences at their own discretion.

In the Pennsylvania State the Senate voted unanimously voted to approve a bill which would make revenge porn targeting minors a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Posting sexually explicit images of people without their permission who are 18 or older, meanwhile, would be a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to two years behind bars.

The bill will now be sent to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Lawmakers in Arizona also submitted a bill to the state’s House of Representatives which would make revenge porn-sharing a Class-5 felony – the second-lowest level of felony in Arizona. If the person depicted in the footage or pictures “is recognizable,” however, the charge would be upgraded to a Class 4 felony.

Revenge porn is often uploaded by jilted lovers, although hackers often obtain comprising images of individuals as well. The sexually explicit images and video are often accompanied by personal information, including the pictured individual’s full name, social media contacts and other personal information.

Apart from acute emotional stress which has pushed some victims to suicide, the practice has also contributed to offline stalking and physical assault.

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

 

 

Support for banning revenge porn, however, is not universal. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has often argued against it on free speech grounds, claiming the material should not be illegal as long as it does not violate child pornography or stalking laws.

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Direct...

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director, taken at Amnesty International protest in Miami, May, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In regard to a recently introduced bill in Arizona, University of Arizona law professor Derek Bambauer says the bill has First Amendment problems and is “almost certainly unconstitutional,” The Phoenix New Times reports.

“This is the trouble with some of the draft legislation floating around out there that gets copied and pasted without the intervention of legal analysis. This bill is plainly unconstitutional – it offers no exception for matters of public concern or newsworthiness,” Bambauer said.

“Here’s the hypo that shows why it’s DOA: I have an image of Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton engaged in a sex act. I publish it in the newspaper. Can I be prosecuted? Clearly not – it’s a matter of public concern (the president is having an affair with an intern, a government employee), so the First Amendment blocks the prosecution.”

US courts have a tendency to overturn legislation that restricts free speech.

So far, New Jersey and California are the only states which have enacted laws to make revenge porn a criminal offense, although bills are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Chicago Tribune reports.

New Jersey’s law makes it a felony for a person to distribute “sexually explicit” photographs and films of an individual when they know they don’t have the subject’s consent.

California’s law, which was passed this past October, makes the distribution of “intimate” photographs or films taken of a victim “with the intent to cause serious emotional distress” a misdemeanor. Unlike New Jersey, however, in California the distributor must also be the photographer to be criminally liable, and the distribution of “selfie” images is still permissible.

Recently, the FBI arrested Hunter Moore, who has been dubbed the “king of revenge porn,” and an alleged accomplice in California on suspicion of hacking into email accounts to steal sexually explicit photos of their alleged victims.

Another alleged revenge porn godfather, Kevin Bollaert, was arrested in California in December on similar charges.

In January, Israel became the first country to pass a law that classifies revenge porn as a sex crime. Several EU states also have broad privacy statutes that may be applicable to revenge porn.

 

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