Annual conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries of Departments of Disaster Management of States and Union Territories begins

The Annual Conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries of Departments of Disaster Management of States and Union Territories was inaugurated by the Union Home Secretary in New Delhi today. The two day Conference is being held to review the preparedness of States and Union Territories for dealing with any natural disasters that may occur during the coming South-West Monsoon season. This conference is being held in physical mode after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his inaugural address, the Union Home Secretary asked officials from the State governments and the Central government to be better prepared, so that losses due to natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, landslides can be minimized. He stressed on the need for building up capacities and response reflexes to ensure 24×7 preparedness throughout the year. He referred to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to develop infrastructure for the long term, to prevent disasters not only for ourselves, but also for future generations.

The Union Home Secretary observed that through continued efforts over the last several years, the disaster management system has been able to reduce the impact of natural disasters on human lives. He observed that the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah had said that after 2014, there has been a big change in the approach to disaster management as earlier the approach was only relief-centric, however now the approach of saving human lives has become an additional component of disaster management. The Union Home Minister has also emphasized that it should be ensured that lives as far as possible should not be lost in incidents such as heat waves and lightning. He underlined the importance of taking the right steps and investing resources in a timely manner to further reduce risks. Efforts should be made to increase efforts towards risk reduction and mitigation, with the aim to reduce loss of human life to near zero.

He called on the States to undertake capacity building of urban local bodies, their State Disaster Response Forces (SDRFs), Fire Service and Civil Defence since they are the first responders during a calamity. He also emphasised the importance of building capacities at the city and district levels and involving communities.

The Union Home Secretary said that besides floods, in recent years cyclonic storms, forest fires, heat wave conditions and lightning strikes have shown an increasing trend. He stressed that the key to effective disaster risk management is to build synergies and effective coordination amongst institutions. This could be ensured by preparing action plans at local, district and State levels.

During the conference, various States will share their preparedness and experience and best practices evolved for handling various calamities over the years. Representative of 27 States, 7 Union Territories, representatives of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Central Ministries, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Central Water Commission (CWC), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and other scientific organizations along with the Armed Forces are participating in the conference.


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17th Annual Celebrating Words Festival

Join our festival and receive free books! Aiming to be the leading event to put free, quality, and culturally relevant books in our community’s hands!

Celebrating Words Festival

Celebrating Words Festival

LOS ANGELESMay 2, 2022PRLog — The 17th annual Celebrating Words Festival is back outdoors and in person and will be held on May 21, 2022 from 2-7pm inside the Vaughn G3 Academy campus located at 11200 Herrick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331

The Celebrating Words Festival provides an accessible, brave, and dynamic space that encourages creativity and supports intellectual growth and healing, in the vital and unique way that arts and literacy can.

Access to free books in the area is non-existent and we aim to be the leading event to put free, quality, and culturally relevant books in our community’s hands. Since 2018, we have distributed 3,650 books.

The Celebrating Words Festival book giveaway is intentionally designed to be a literacy resource that supports our community in becoming active readers and owners of personal libraries. 1,000 books will be given away for all ages, in English, Spanish and Bilingual. Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 per person.

You can access our Book Giveaway Catalog here, for all our book selections for the giveaway.

This event is family-friendly and for all ages. All programming and parking details will be available on our Website.

We will also have Free art posters, bookmarks, and our 2nd Edition of the CWF coloring book featuring local NESFV artists.

Coloring Book Artists:

● Cecilia Lopez, IG: cecilialopez_art

● Alexis Davila, IG: my.morning.doodles

● Desiboo Creations, Desiree Sanchez, IG: desiboocreations

● VLY GRL, Alisa Damaso, IG: vly_grrrlInsomnia Art

● Elvia Aguirre, IG:

● Juan Pablo Reyes, IG: jpmurals

Bookmark Artists:

● Victor Zuñiga, IG: victorz

● Imagine Vivid, Vanessa Gomez, IG: imaginevivid_vmg

Poster Artists:

● Ms. Yellow, IG: msyellowart

● Izuriel Marquez, IG: izurielmarquez

CWF Main Stage 2-7 pm

Kalpulli Temachtia Quetzalcoatl with our Opening Ceremony

Prestigio Mundial, Plaza Comunitatia Sinaloa, Alex Infinity, Son del Valle, Poetry, Gr818ers

Rhythm Arts Alliance, and our headliner, Viento Callejero!

Street Poets: 2nd Stage- 3-6 pm

Street Poets will host our first ever 2nd for CWF! They will host an array of poetic acts and performances: Red Hen Press- Kids Open Mic, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Jail Guitar Doors, LA Poet Society, and an Open Mic for anyone who wants to participate.

Creative Engagement Booths: Outdoor public art workshops for all ages to participate in a diverse range of arts and literacy activities. Workshops will run during the festival and be placed throughout the festival space including:

Healing Through Writing by Co-authors Jesus “JFLOW” Flores and Angel “SGN” Romero

Light Up Clothespin Craft by DIY Girls

Interwoven Storytelling through Quiltmaking by Monica Juarez

Community Mural | Mural Comunitario by Desiboo Creations

PRINT THAT STUFF!! Celebrating words with ink and block printing with Tarjetitas con Amor

Polaroid Lift with Erick Iniguez

Paper cards and found object earring workshop with D Castro

Plant Care Workshop with Mr. List

Educational Components:

Community Mothering Panel by CSUN Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project,

From Trauma 2 Transformation Art Activation,

OUR VOICE NOW Documentary Premiere

Comics Workshops with Javier Rodriguez

Resource Fair: Organizations will be tabling and offering their resources to attendees.

Project Rebound, Dream Center, Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa, Pacoima Beautiful, Pacoima Neighborhood Council, Helping Hands Resource Center, Climate Resolve

Latino Outdoors and VACAcicleta.

Press & Comics Row: Featuring AK Press, ‘Lil Libros, Con Todo Press, LA Poet Society Press, and FLower Song Press.

Artisan Mercadito and Food Vendors with local vendors selling all their handmade art and delicious food.

Thank You to our Sponsors for supporting the vision of Celebrating Words Festival:

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Educational Partnership

First 5 LA

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Pacoima Neighborhood Council

Vaughn Next Century Learning Center


WE RISE is an initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health that encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement, and creative expression. For more information, please visit

About Tia Chucha’s:

The mission of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is to transform community in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and beyond through ancestral knowledge, the arts, literacy and creative engagement.

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Canada – 2021 Annual Report | Together in a New Reality


May 3, 2022 – Ottawa – Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada’s (MPCC or the Commission) 2021 Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today by the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, outlines how the Commission has overcome multiple challenges to usher in a “New Reality” for the organization.

Despite a 30% increase in its caseload, the Commission has continued to meet the significant challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, the MPCC is working with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM) and the Office of the Judge Advocate General and other stakeholders to establish a plan to implement changes to Part IV of the National Defence Act (NDA) which will improve the effectiveness and fairness of the military police complaints process proposed by the Independent Review Authority.

The Commission was an active participant in the Independent Review process of the NDA, led by former Supreme Court Justice Morris Fish. In his April 2021 report, Justice Fish endorsed many of the MPCC’s key proposals for strengthening its capacity to provide effective and credible oversight of military policing.

The MPCC also had a very productive year in its treatment of complaints, its primary responsibility.

In 2021, the Commission completed Interim Reports in three of four ongoing Public Interest Investigations and issued Final Reports in two of these cases. In one of the cases, the MPCC felt that the military police investigation was so flawed, and the issues raised by the incident so serious, that, for the first time in its 22-year history, it initiated a conduct complaint itself.  The complaint was subsequently converted into a Public Interest investigation, which is ongoing.

In the past few years, but especially in 2021, the military justice system has been under considerable scrutiny and criticism for its handling of allegations of sexual misconduct within the Canadian Armed Forces. Concerns raised about military police performance regarding sexual misconduct have tended to focus on questions about military police competence and independence: the very attributes which the MPCC’s oversight mandate is meant to strengthen and support.  The MPCC’s role, and its capacity to fulfill it, has never been more vital to Canadian military policing.

The 2021 Annual Report, Together in a New Reality, also summarizes selected conduct cases completed by the MPCC in 2021 and includes updates on financial management and the digital transformation underway to better support employees in a virtual environment.

The Annual Report also highlights the many mental health and wellness activities conducted by the Commission in 2021, and its commitment to an inclusive work environment where everyone feels supported and respected. The MPCC was recognized in the media in 2021 as one of the top two organizations in the Federal Public Service for engagement and employee happiness indicators.

In 2021, Hilary C. McCormack retired after six years as Chairperson.  Commission Member Bonita Thornton has taken over as Chairperson on an interim basis. Michel Seguin also retired as a member of the Commission after seven years of service, which included a period as Interim Chairperson. The MPCC has welcomed two new Commission Members, Leslie-Anne Wood and Mark Ferdinand, to the team.

2nd Annual Tax Lien Investing Online Conference from The Tax Lien Lady

 On Thursday, May 5, Joanne Musa, Founder of® is Hosting the 2nd Annual Tax Lien Investing Online Conference highlighting interviews of 6 tax lien and tax deed investing experts (including herself) on topics related to making investing in tax liens and tax deeds easier, more profitable, and more fun!

Been looking for a way to invest money for high returns without the risk of the stock market but afraid that if not done correctly money will be lost?

· Don’t know where to find out about tax sales?

· Don’t know what to do after having a tax lien or tax deed?

“If you have any of these concerns, you are not alone,” says Joanne Musa, The Tax Lien Lady. She adds, “During this conference, you’ll hear about services that will help you find out what tax sales are coming up across the country, research tax sale properties easier and faster to choose the right properties to bid on, and get results of past tax sales. You’ll even learn how to clear the title on your tax foreclosed properties faster so that you can sell them faster and shorten your turnaround time to profit from your investments.”

One of the experts interviewed will talk about how to sell liens for a profit without waiting out the redemption period. And another speaker will reveal how to profit from tax sale overages – “That’s a strategy that I get a lot of questions about. But it’s not one that I personally do. So, I brought in a tax deed expert, who also is an expert at overages,” states Ms. Musa.

On Thursday, May 5, 2022, Joanne Musa is hosting the 2nd Annual “Tax Lien Investing Conference.” Joanne, known online as The Tax Lien Lady® will be interviewing 5 other experts on how to make tax lien investing easier, more profitable, and more fun.

This online conference will be covering topics like:

· How to quickly and easily chose the best properties to invest in

· How to get top dollar for tax-foreclosed properties

· Make money from tax liens without waiting for them to redeem

· How to profit from tax deeds and tax sale overages

· Where to get tax sale results

And it’s free.

Come to the live conference.

It starts at noon Eastern time, 9 am Pacific, on May 5.

Experts will speak on topics related to tax lien and tax deed investing safely and efficiently.

This live virtual event is on May 5, 2022.

VIP tickets are available for access to the recordings and special bonuses. Register to attend for FREE at

Tax Lien Lady L.L.C.

Joanne Musa




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Winners of Annual Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship Announced

Four Delaware high school seniors recognized for their accomplishments will share $24,000 in scholarships funded by Delaware-based philanthropy, I Could Do Great Things Foundation

WILMINGTON, Del.April 28, 2022PRLog — The I Could Do Great Things Foundation, founded in 2009 by Stuart M. Grant and Suzanne B. Grant, is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of the 7th annual Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship. The 2022 Scholarship recipients are an impressive duo of Delaware high school seniors – Marissa Washburn of Greenville and Marina Santini of Georgetown.

The recipients are each receiving a Scholarship Award of $10,000 and are slated to attend their prospective colleges in the Fall. Ms. Washburn, a senior at Tower High School will be attending American University, and Ms. Santini is to attend the University of Delaware after graduating from Cape Henlopen High School this June. This year we are also pleased to recognize two finalists who are each receiving $2,000 awards. Madison Laster, a 2022 senior at Appoquinimink High School, and Brynn McCabe an Indian River High School senior—both of whom will formally select their prospective colleges in the coming weeks.

The scholarship was established by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, an independent Delaware-based philanthropy organization, and is named in honor of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who passed away in 2015 at age 46. It honors college-bound high school seniors “who embody the virtues of Beau Biden, those qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and who demonstrate a strong moral compass.” The Scholarship selection team reviewed applications from numerous high school seniors before naming this year’s winners. The selection committee commented, “The recipients of this year’s Beau Biden Memorial Scholarships, Marissa and Marina, embody Beau Biden’s legacy of community service, benevolence, and good will. We have great faith that both will continue on to do great things for their communities.”

As busy graduating seniors who are still navigating the COVID-19 era educational system, the selection committee was truly impressed by the sustained efforts of the winners’ community contributions. In the true spirit of Beau Biden, both young women have exemplified leadership and charitable qualities. As a High School Freshman, Ms. Washburn created a fund to solicit donations for local children in the foster welfare system to enrich their lives Ms. Santini, an active and disciplined JROTC Battalion Commander, has served her local community through countless community service events by way of her JROTC and Honors Society programs.

More on the 2022 Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Marissa Washburn – Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Marissa Washburn, Greenville, Del., is a senior at Tower Hill High School slated to graduate in June of this year. An inspiring young woman and former foster child herself, Marissa is passionate about aiding vulnerable children in the foster welfare system. In order to best provide for these children in need, Marissa created the Children’s Enrichment initiative, a fund designed to afford children in foster care the ability to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, and camps. To date, the initiative has raised

over $22,000 and has helped local children in foster care attend a STEM summer camp, purchase instruments, and has provided computers for children to have virtual access to therapists and tutors during COVID.

Marina Santini – Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Disciplined and hardworking JROTC Battalion Commander Marina Santini has always found the qualities of respect, civility, and leadership that make her a logical Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship recipient. The child of career military parents, Marina has always seen the importance of hard work, respect, and good leadership. An active participant in Cape Henlopen High School’s JROTC program since her freshman year, Marissa has served her community through a variety of service events including the NDSS Buddy Walk, The Harry K Nonprofit Group to End Child Hunger’s charity ball, and local initiatives such as the Give and Gather for Gavin group. In Marina’s own words, “I work hard to serve my community with the sole purpose of giving back and helping those in need”.

More details about the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship are available on the Foundation’s site at


I Could Do Great Things Foundation; Allison Holland