Sunday, April 11, 2021

March 2, 2021  -The committee of the CCSU received a request in December 2020 from the Minister of General Affairs and Minister of Justice to review draft function books of the Ministry of Justice for advice. In the opinion of the Minister of Justice, the committee could only provide advice on these function books. In reviewing the proposed function books, the unions pointed out several decisions that are in conflict with established legislation such as article four of the LIOL, all legislation regulating the ranks of Justice personnel, all legislation regulating the MOT, legislation regulating the functioning of the National Detectives, legislation regulating the functioning of KPSM

and the Minister of Justice are proposing retracting of the function book of the KPSM (and Immigration) which is tied to the rechtspositie KPSM. As such this request is one requiring the consensus of the unions and not merely advice. Also missing was the legal advice of the Legal Affairs department which is considered critical when proposing amendments that deviate from established legislation. The unions also informed the Minister of Justice that the proposed amendments to reduce previously agreed upon ftes are not under the conditions of the Landspakket of December 2020, the Plan of Approach Strengthening Border Control 2018, and recommendations of the Voortgangscommittee of 2019-2020.  

The unions also expressed their disappointment with the fact that the concept LBHAM contains information that is not under the proposed fits of the respective formation plans submitted. These differences result in a financial paragraph containing an inaccurate financial analysis.

More importantly, the unions expressed their concerns with the intention of the Minister of Justice to centralize the bedrijfsvoering of Justice, in doing so make 33 Justice employees bovenformatief. The unions motivated their concern with legislations of all Justice departments (except for JustitieleZaken and Stafbureau). These legislations clearly indicate that by law all departments within Justice have their own bedrijfsvoering that handles sensitive information. 

The unions trust that the Minister of Justice will adhere to the LMA, adhere to the voortgangscommittee of 2019-2020, and ensure that the future handling of these function books is based on article 112h of the LMA. Also, the Minister takes all the legislative concerns of the unions into account before resubmitting her request to the CCSU.  The unions are also very disappointed with our Minister of Justice, who is always using the phrase “I am sticking to the Law”.  While it is very clear as mentioned above that active legislation is not being adhered to.

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April 10, 2021  BERLIN (AP) — The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday in her home in Monte Carlo. The cause of death was not given. “We mourn the loss of an outstanding person and internationally recognized photographer,” the foundation wrote on its website. Newton, who was born June Browne in Melbourne, Australia in 1923, trained as an actor and often performed under her stage name June Brunell, the foundation said.

April 9, 2021  -Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have managed to put out not one but two movies during this global pandemic. It prompts two questions: What did we do to deserve them? And how do we stop it? McCarthy enlists — and immediately wastes — the services of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer for the superhero buddy comedy “Thunder Force,” a meandering nothing-burger of a film. It’s the fifth team-up between McCarthy and Falcone — they previously did “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Life of the Party” and “Superintelligence.” It’s clear they’ve gotten progressively worse and McCarthy’s welcome manic, anarchic energy is no longer disarming.

April 10, 2021  LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Charles offered a heartfelt tribute to his “dear Papa” on Saturday as Buckingham Palace offered the broad outlines of a royal funeral that will be attended by the family and broadcast to the world. As Queen Elizabeth II and other relatives mourned, Charles offered a personal video message saying the royal family was “deeply grateful” for the outpouring of support they’ve received following the death Friday of his 99-year-old father, Prince Philip. The heir to the throne said he was touched by the number of people around the world who have shared his family’s loss and sorrow.

April 9, 2021  -The St. George’s and Jamaica College Old Boys Associations of Florida will host their first-ever friendly sound clash on Saturday, April 10. The True Blue Sound Clash of 2021 is replacing the traditional True Blue weekend soccer event held every year. This year marks the 17th year for the South Florida event though it will be held in a different format. The True Blue Sound Clash will be hosted online by VP Records and broadcast on their Facebook page ( & YouTube Channel ( starting at 7:00 p.m.

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April 11, 2021  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one of them to move ahead with plans to make batteries in Georgia, a person briefed on the matter says. LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation reached the settlement, ending the need for President Joe Biden to intervene in the dispute, the person said Saturday. The person asked not to be identified because the companies have not yet announced the settlement. No details were available. The U.S. International Trade Commission decided in February that SK stole 22 trade secrets from LG Energy, and that SK should be barred from importing, making or selling batteries in the United States for 10 years.

April 10, 2021  BEIJING (AP) — Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitive tactics, as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over fast-growing tech industries. Party leaders worry about the dominance of China’s biggest internet companies, which are expanding into finance, health services and other sensitive areas. The party says anti-monopoly enforcement, especially in tech, is a priority this year. Alibaba was fined for “abusing its dominant position” to limit competition by retailers that use its platforms and hindering “free circulation” of goods, the State Administration for Market Regulation announced. It said the fine was equal to 4% of its total 2019 sales of 455.712 billion yuan ($69.5 billion).

April 11, 2021  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said. The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league. The Athletic first reported the $1.5 billion sale.

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