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Signal Peak Mine opponents have asked the nation’s top surface mine enforcement agency and the U.S. attorney for Montana to pause activity at the southcentral Montana coal operation until it can be investigated for compliance with federal mining laws.

The groups cite the federal government’s own data about criminal activity at the mine, as well as a leaked U.S. State Department cable about stakeholder Gunvor Group’s alleged ties with Russia. An Ohio bribery scandal involving the mine’s other major stakeholder, First Energy, was also referenced. The point of the letters, opponents argued, is that when making enforcement decisions, federal officials must consider what they know about the operator and its owners.

The meat of the argument centers on the federal government’s successful prosecution of Signal Peak for environmental and safety violations in 2021. That prosecution resulted in an admission of guilt by the company, which was placed on probation for five years and fined $1 million. The violations included pumping mine waste into abandoned sections of the mine without preapproval from federal regulators.

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The U.S. attorney has an obligation to investigate, said Anne Hedges, Montana Environmental Information Center co-director. The office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement also “has an obligation to investigate. Nobody’s done it and it’s just mind boggling that this mine has gotten away with what it’s gotten away with for as long as it has," she said. “Everyone, I think, is hoping somebody else will take care of the problem.”

MEIC, Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Western Environmental Law Center and Earthjustice are the groups asking OSMRE and the U.S. attorney to act. Specifically, the groups ask OSMRE to perform a federal inspection within days of receiving the complaint, which is backstopped by the enforcement requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

Contacted for this article, Signal Peak chose not to comment, as the company is involved in ongoing litigation with the petitioning groups over the expansion of the underground mine, located roughly 26 miles north of Billings.

In April, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Department of Interior under President Donald Trump greenlighted the expansion without effectively considering the greenhouse gasses released when the coal was eventually burned. The ruling, in which the justices were divided, remanded the case to U.S. District Court. In late June, the Department of Interior, Signal Peak, and 15 state attorneys general, Montana’s included, asked the 9th Circuit Court as a whole to reconsider the panel’s decision.

Attempts to reach OSMRE’s regional office for this article were unsuccessful. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Montana said it had received the letter, but declined further comment at this time.

The requests for closer scrutiny by the U.S attorney, are sorted into three categories of previous investigations and suggests that federal investigators have shown the mine and its owners have a disregard and disrespect for the law.

The first category, concerns the environmental and safety violations at the mine, as well as the criminal activity of previous mine managers, namely Larry Wayne Price, former vice president of surface operations and former Signal Peak President Brad Hanson. Price was convicted in 2020 of stealing roughly $40 million from Signal Peak and private investors. In the process, he aided Hanson with a scheme of overbilling and fake equipment sales at the mine. At his sentencing, Price told the court he had told Signal Peak founder Wayne Boich, Jr. about Hanson defrauding the mine, but that the comment was ignored. The Gazette's reporting of the sentencing is cited in the letter to U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich.

Larry Price, Jr.leaves the James F. Battin Federal Courthouse after testifying in 2020.

Price’s case made headlines, first because the Tazewell, Virginia, man attempted to fake his own kidnapping, hiding with a waitress from a restaurant he owned before eventually surrendering to law enforcement. He alleged a motorcycle gang was behind the abduction. Later, it was revealed that an $11 million stone castle built by Price in Billings was an asset caught up the scam and was seized by creditors.

Price was sentenced to five years in federal prison. Hanson, 59, died at his home in Nokomis, Florida, and was never charged.

Billings mansion owner Larry Price made national news in 2018 after lying to the FBI about being abducted by motorcycle gang members in Bluefield, Virginia. 

The second category concerns global commodity trading company Gunvor Group, which became a Signal Peak owner though a subsidiary in 2011. One of Gunvor’s founding owners, Russian Gennady Timchenko, was identified in March 2014 by the U.S. Treasury as providing material support to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the period in which Russia took Crimea from Ukraine. Treasury identified Putin as having investments in Gunvor and possibly access to Gunvor funds.

It worth noting that the same month as the Treasury announcement, Gunvor announced that Timchenko had sold his interest in the company in anticipation of sanctions, which never impacted Gunvor.

The petitioners also referenced a more latest instance in which Gunvor’s name surfaced in the federal prosecution of Raymond Kohut, convicted in July 2021 of a bribery scheme to secure petroleum contracts in Ecuador. In Kohut’s case, Gunvor told the Associated Press it was cooperating in the investigation and described Kohut as a former agent. The company hasn’t been charged in connection to Kohut’s crimes.

The third category raised involves FirstEnergy Corp. a Signal Peak corporate founder. In a 2019 bribery scheme concerning the Ohio Legislature, FirstEnergy admitted, in a deferred prosecution agreement, to funneling tens of millions of dollars to then Ohio House speaker, Republican Larry Householder, and a chairman of the state utility commission, who in return advanced a law creating a customer-funded bailout of aging nuclear, and coal-fired power plants. Two other energy companies were involved in the scheme. The case against Householder is ongoing.

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Killexams : County employee files federal suit against councilman, county

Boone County’s director of human resources on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against her employer and a Boone County councilman.

Megan Smith claims in her suit filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, that the county was aware that a councilman sexually harassed her and failed to protect her from further harassment and retaliation.

Smith first sought remedy with Boone County Commissioners and the Boone County Council and later filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The EEOC in April issued no determination in the case and granted Smith the right to sue in federal court.

Boone County Commissioners issued a stern warning to the council, stressing that Councilman Aaron Williams’ unprofessional conduct would not be tolerated, but the county failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action to protect Smith from someone known to be harassing her, the lawsuit claims.

The federal suit claims Williams sexually harassed Smith and then intentionally inflicted emotional distress on her. “Williams engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct, including vile, disrespectful and insolent comments and unwanted touching,” Smith’s attorney, Kathleen DeLaney of Indianapolis, wrote in the complaint.

Smith was forced to continue working with Williams, and he continued to treat her in a hostile manner during council meetings and humiliate her in the presence of others, the lawsuit claims.

As a consequence of the county and Williams’ actions, Smith suffered reputational harm, emotional distress, and other damages, her suit states.

Also, the suit states, the county paid for attorneys to represent Williams in two investigations the county commissioned to research Smith’s allegations but have offered no legal representation to Smith, according to her lawsuit.

She seeks compensatory damages that include, in part, a pay raise that was denied her, damages for emotional distress, interest, her attorney fees and costs, and other legal relief to which she may be entitled.

“We understand that litigation has been filed,” Robert Clutter, attorney for Boone County Commissioners, said Thursday. “We have not yet had the opportunity to read the whole claim, and it’s our policy not to comment on pending litigation.”

Council President Elise Nieshalla declined to comment when asked Thursday.

Nieshalla referred questions to Matt Jankowski of Kopka, Pinkus and Dolin based in Carmel, who represents the council in this issue. “Our policy is that we don’t comment on pending litigation,” Jankowski said Thursday.

Williams did not immediately answer a text, phone message and email sent to him Thursday.

The lawsuit can be seen in it’s entirety at Reporter.net.

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Killexams : No 10’s refusal of emergency budget shows Tories have lost control of economy, says Labour – as it happened

Labour: No 10's refusal of emergency budget shows Tories have 'lost control' of economy

Labour has criticised No 10’s decision to ignore calls for a recall of parliament and an emergency budget. In response to the Downing Street lobby briefing (see 12.37pm), Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, issued a a statement saying that the Conservative party had “lost control” of the economy. She said:

People are panic sick about how they’ll pay their bills and do their weekly food shop, and all this Tory prime minister does is shrug his shoulders. An economic crisis like this requires strong leadership and urgent action – but instead we have a Tory party that’s lost control and are stuck with two continuity candidates who can only offer more of the same.

Labour would start by scrapping tax breaks on oil and gas producers and providing more help to people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Only a Labour government can tackle this crisis and deliver the stronger, more secure economy that Britain needs.

It is also interesting to see Reeves describe both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak as continuity candidates. “Time for a change” is often the most compelling message available in a political campaign, and so it is easy to see why Labour wants to brand them both as continuity figures.

But it does not square with conventional assessments of the Tory leadership contests. Truss is a continuity candidate in the sense that she is a Boris Johnson loyalist who shares his scepticism about fiscal orthodoxy and his faith in Brexit boosterism. But as PM she would implement unfunded tax cuts on a scale way beyond anything Johnson was able to get past the Treasury.

And Sunak is a continuity candidate in terms of economic policy (which is not surprising, because he was largely in charge of Johnson’s economic policy until a few weeks ago). But temperamentally he is very different, he appeals to a different type of voter and a Sunak administration would feel more like a conventional Conservative one. In a good Sunday Times column yesterday, Robert Colvile argued that a Truss win would mark the victory of Johnsonism over Cameronism.

Rachel Reeves. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

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Afternoon summary

Boris Johnson is under pressure to intervene on the cost of living crisis. He is refusing to do so - but he has posted a message on Twitter thanking everyone who made the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham a success.

I have updated the post at 4.23pm to explain that, although Laura Farris says she has stood down from the privileges committee, technically she remains a member until the Commons passes a motion to replace her with someone else.

CBI chief says Johnson should meet with Truss and Sunak to agree measures to deal with rising energy bills

Tony Danker, head of the CBI, has joined Gordon Brown (see 11.11am) and Nicola Strugeon (see 4pm) in calling on Boris Johnson to take emergency action to address the cost of living crisis. In a statement Danker says Johnson should convene a meeting with his two potential successors, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, to agree a joint response to the announcement due later this month on the next rise in the energy price cap. The CBI says:

The PM must bring together both leadership candidates in the next two weeks to agree a way forward to support people and businesses with energy bills once the Ofgem price cap is announced on 26 August. This will allow the current prime minister to issue reassurances on 26th that people will be significantly supported – not waiting until 5 September or later.

Given that Truss and Sunak are at loggerheads over how to respond to the cost of living crisis (see 8.56am), this proposal may be even less likely to be taken up than Brown’s call for a recall of parliament, or Strugeon’s proposal for a meeting of the UK heads of government council.

Tony Danker. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The UK has been given an extra month to respond to infringement proceedings issued by the EU over the alleged “breach of international law” over the failure to implement the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

While Northern Ireland and Brexit has played little part in the Conservative party leadership election, the progress of the law suit is a sharp reminder that Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss’s threat to tear up the protocol risks a further deterioration in the already poor relations with Brussels.

The UK is currently facing seven infringement proceedings over the protocol.

The EU sent its legal opinion and two letters of formal notice on 15 June with a two-month deadline for a response.

After a request by the UK for more time, the deadline has been extended to 15 September, an EU official has confirmed.

The Conservative MP Laura Farris says she has stepped down from the privileges committee, which is carrying out the inquiry into whether Boris Johnson lied to MPs about Partygate.

Farris and all other Conservative and opposition members of the committee have been singled out in reports, in the Mail on Sunday yesterday and in the Daily Mail today, implying they were biased against Johnson.

As the government party, the Tories have a majority on the committee and, if Farris has left, they will nominate an MP to replace her. But the committee’s website still lists her as a member.

UPDATE: According to a parliamentary official, until an MP has been formally discharged from a committee (normally by a Commmons vote replacing them with someone else), they remain technically a member of the committee, and named as such on its website. Farris will not be able to properly leave until after the summer recess, when MPs can vote to replace her.

Rishi Sunak looking at a book with Teddy Openshaw (aged 4) following a Conservative leadership campaign event in Ribble Valley today. Teddy was at the event with his dad. Photograph: Getty Images

Sturgeon says Johnson should call emergency UK heads of government meeting this week to plan for cost of living crisis

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has released the text of an open letter to Boris Johnson asking him to convene an emergency meeting with the leaders of the devolved governments to discuss the cost of living crisis. She says it should happen “as soon as possible this week” to agree “urgent steps to help those in most need now, and also formulate a plan of action for the autumn and winter ahead”.

Explaining why she thinks action is needed now, she says:

While we will continue to take all actions available to us within devolved responsibilities and budgets – the Scottish government is investing almost £3bn this year in a range of measures which will help address the cost of living pressures – it is a statement of fact that many of the levers which would make the biggest difference lie with the UK government. It is also the case that only the UK government can access and make available resources on the scale required. Therefore, actions by devolved governments alone – though important – will not be enough to meet the unprecedented challenges we face.

Action is needed now to address significant gaps in help for households, in particular those on low incomes, who are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of rising household costs. However, it is also vital, given further increases to energy bills due to be announced later this month, that a substantial plan be developed now to avert and mitigate what will otherwise be a crisis of unprecedented proportions – a crisis in which many people will be unable to feed themselves and their families or heat their homes.

Sturgeon says the meeting should take the form of a heads of government council. This new body, set up under reforms announced in January, was due to meet for the first time in September.

She also implies that the proposals to address the cost of living crisis from Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the two Tories left in the contest to succeed Johnson, are “irresponsible”. She says:

While few will escape some impact of the cost of living crisis, these impacts are not being experienced evenly. That is why the focus must be on providing targeted support to those most adversely impacted, rather than an irresponsible reduction in broad-based taxes which will benefit the relatively better off over those most in need. It is also vital that any tax cuts introduced by the UK government do not result in tighter controls on spending which will impact on delivery of public services already under immense pressure.

Sturgeon is referring to Truss’s plan to reverse the national insurance increase, and Sunak’s plan for a temporary cut in VAT on domestic fuel bills.

Earlier today, No 10 said Johnson would not be announcing emergency cost of living measures because it was for his successor to take major spending decisions of this kind. (See 12.37pm.)

Nicola Sturgeon on a visit in Glasgow last month. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/PA

More than 13,000 migrants have crossed the Channel since Priti Patel announced her plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, PA Media reports. PA says:

According to the Ministry of Defence, 176 people made the crossing on five small boats on Sunday, bringing the total to 13,016 since 14 April.

It brings the total number of people who have crossed the Channel so far this year to 18,284.

Photographs taken on Monday morning showed another group of migrants, clad in life jackets and face masks, being brought into Dover by Border Force officials.

Analysis by the PA news agency of the MoD’s provisional figures shows 1,885 people have been brought to the UK so far in August.

That is more than half of the 3,053 people rescued in August 2021.

In April Patel, the home secretary, hailed the Rwanda deal as a “world-class” plan that provided a “blueprint” for other countries to follow.

The week in which the deal was announced proved the busiest of the year for migrant crossings, when 2,076 made the journey across the Channel.

A group of people thought to be migrants brought in to Dover, Kent, from a Border Force vessel following a small boat incident in the Channel today. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Rishi Sunak speaking to Conservative members in Ribble Valley in Lancashire today. Photograph: Reuters

In May Boris Johnson set out plans to cut the size of the civil service by around a fifth, with the loss of around 90,000 jobs. At the time he claimed that this could be achieved without frontline services being harmed.

According to a report by Peter Foster and George Parker in the Financial Times, a government review has now concluded that cuts on this scale would be impossible without frontline services being affected. They say:

One Whitehall insider who has worked on the plans to cut 91,000 civil servants said that it had become clear that Johnson had made his announcement – which was greeted with enthusiasm on the rightwing of the Conservative party – without fully thinking through the implications.

“You can only deliver 91,000 cuts by actual cuts to major frontline services,” added the insider. “There’s no way you can get to that number through efficiency savings or reductions in HQ staff.”

One government insider said the proposals to axe 91,000 civil servants would involve “serious cuts” to staff at HM Revenue and Customs, Border Force and prisons. “And you couldn’t protect jobs outside London,” added the insider.

Although estimates were not finalised, another Whitehall insider said a figure of £2bn had been discussed as a working assumption on the cost of compulsory redundancy payments.

It is not just the Labour party complaining about Tory inaction on the economy. (See 1.48pm.) In his column in the Sun today, Trevor Kavanagh, who was for years political editor at the paper and who is definitely no socialist, attacks the governing party in terms that would probably be deemed too alarmist and extreme for a Labour party press release. This is how his article starts.

While the Stupid Party is busy rearranging the deckchairs, SS Great Britain is steaming headlong towards the biggest crash since the Great Depression of 1929.

This is not just a cost-of-living crisis. It is a national economic emergency.

We are on the brink of a full-blown calamity of wartime proportions, with soaring bankruptcies and unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

Belt-tightening won’t cut it.

This country cannot wait four more weeks for the Tories to decide who might lead us through it.

Without what Churchill called “Action This Day”, millions of hardworking families – including Sun readers – face hunger and destitution for the first time in living memory.

Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary and arch Boris Johnson loyalist, has been the most vocal of the Tories calling for the privileges committee inquiry into claims that Johnson lied to MPs about Partygate to be halted. She posted this earlier today.

Gavin Barwell, the Tory peer and chief of staff to Theresa May when May was prime minister, says that if Dorries feels this way, she should have voted against the Commons motion ordering the committee to hold the inquiry in the first place (which she didn’t).

Arguably the context has changed since the Commons vote in April, because Boris Johnson has now agreed to resign as PM. But Johnson still intends to remain an MP (and reportedly hopes he may one day be able to return to No 10), the charge that he committed a contempt of parliament by misleading MPs remains unresolved, and Johnson has failed to give a full and coherent account of why he told MPs that no parties were taking place in Downing Street when some of his most senior advisers were organising and attending those very events.

Labour: No 10's refusal of emergency budget shows Tories have 'lost control' of economy

Labour has criticised No 10’s decision to ignore calls for a recall of parliament and an emergency budget. In response to the Downing Street lobby briefing (see 12.37pm), Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, issued a a statement saying that the Conservative party had “lost control” of the economy. She said:

People are panic sick about how they’ll pay their bills and do their weekly food shop, and all this Tory prime minister does is shrug his shoulders. An economic crisis like this requires strong leadership and urgent action – but instead we have a Tory party that’s lost control and are stuck with two continuity candidates who can only offer more of the same.

Labour would start by scrapping tax breaks on oil and gas producers and providing more help to people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Only a Labour government can tackle this crisis and deliver the stronger, more secure economy that Britain needs.

It is also interesting to see Reeves describe both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak as continuity candidates. “Time for a change” is often the most compelling message available in a political campaign, and so it is easy to see why Labour wants to brand them both as continuity figures.

But it does not square with conventional assessments of the Tory leadership contests. Truss is a continuity candidate in the sense that she is a Boris Johnson loyalist who shares his scepticism about fiscal orthodoxy and his faith in Brexit boosterism. But as PM she would implement unfunded tax cuts on a scale way beyond anything Johnson was able to get past the Treasury.

And Sunak is a continuity candidate in terms of economic policy (which is not surprising, because he was largely in charge of Johnson’s economic policy until a few weeks ago). But temperamentally he is very different, he appeals to a different type of voter and a Sunak administration would feel more like a conventional Conservative one. In a good Sunday Times column yesterday, Robert Colvile argued that a Truss win would mark the victory of Johnsonism over Cameronism.

Rachel Reeves. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

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Killexams : EC starts dispatch of ballot boxes, papers for Presidential poll

They were handed over to the assistant returning officers under appropriate security measures

They were handed over to the assistant returning officers under appropriate security measures

The Election Commission on Tuesday kicked off the distribution of ballot boxes, ballot papers, pens and other sealed materials for the Presidential polls to be held in the State Assemblies on July 18.

The designated teams from the States and the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry have begun collecting the election materials from the EC headquarters. In a statement, the EC said they were handed over to the assistant returning officers under appropriate security measures, and Delhi Police teams escorted them.

“The AROs return to their respective States/UTs on the same day as the collection of the election materials. During the transportation, the ballot boxes fly on a separate air ticket in the front row of aircraft beside the seat of the officer transporting the materials under personal supervision,” the EC said.

It tweeted the photo of one of the State’s air ticket that included “Mr. Ballot Box” as the passenger, between two officers. An EC official said the ballot boxes were being transported solely by air since 2017. Due to weather conditions, the ballot box for Himachal Pradesh was sent via road on Tuesday, the official said.

Interacting with the AROs who had come to collect the materials, Chief Election Commission Rajiv Kumar “asked the officials to be vigilant and ensure strict adherence to protocols and guidelines for transportation and storage of election materials, including ballot boxes and ballot papers”, the EC statement said.

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Killexams : Power line kills 4 at anti-UN protest in eastern Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Four people participating in demonstrations against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo were killed Wednesday when a high-voltage power line fell on them, officials said.

Their deaths came on the third day of anti-U.N. protests. At least 15 people, including three U.N. personnel, died and more than 60 people were injured during the earlier demonstrations, Congolese government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said.

Andre Byadunia, a civil society coordinator in the city of Uvira in South Kivu province, said the four demonstrators were electrocuted when a power cable gave way in the Kilomoni district.

Uvira Deputy Mayor Kyky Kifara confirmed the incident and said he was at the demonstration site when the cable fell. He said he thinks the death toll could have been higher if police and security forces had not already dispersed the crowd.

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“I was there, I’ve been there since morning. There was a bullet that cut a high-voltage wire. I almost died myself. Luckily, I barely escaped,” Kifara said.

Khassim Diagne, acting head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission, said later in the day that in the protests Monday and Tuesday, seven Congolese civilians were killed in Butembo in North Kivu province along with one U.N. peacekeeper from Morocco and two U.N. policemen from India. Five people were killed in eastern Congo’s main city, Goma, including an army officer hit by a stray bullet, he said.

Diagne said in a virtual news conference from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, called the situation “fragile,” and said reinforcements from the United Nations and Congolese forces were securing U.N. bases and installations. He welcomed a strong statement by the governor of North Kivu on Tuesday night banning protests and calling on demonstrators to move out of the streets.

While some demonstrators were peaceful, there were also criminals and looters who were photographed walking out of a U.N. warehouse with bags of rice and dry goods, Diagne said.

Protesters accuse the peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians amid rising violence and are calling for the U.N. forces that have been in Congo for years to leave. The mission has more than 16,000 uniformed personnel in Congo, according to the U.N.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the violence, calling on the government to enforce justice on the perpetrators. He also underscored that any attack directed at U.N. peacekeepers might constitute a war crime.

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday strongly condemned the attacks and peacekeeper deaths and called for “calm and dialogue to resolve current tensions and to ensure protection of civilians." It also underscored the Congolese government's primary responsibility for the safety and security of U.N. peacekeepers and U.N. assets.

Diagne said the United Nations will investigate the killings of the three members of the U.N. peacekeeping mission and seek to bring the perpetrators to justice.

He said the U.N. has seen reports that U.N. troops were firing at civilians, but has no evidence of it. This is why the U.N. wants a joint investigation of the civilian deaths with the government, including an examination of the bullets, “to determine exactly where the shooting came from,” Diagne said.

Congo’s mineral-rich east is home to myriad rebel groups. Security has worsened there despite a year of emergency operations by a joint force of the armies of Congo and Uganda. Civilians in the east have faced violence from jihadi rebels linked to the Islamic State group.

In June 2021 and June 2022, the peacekeeping mission closed its office in Congo’s Kasai Central and Tanganyika regions.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the U.N. made plans to draw down its peacekeeping force and even withdraw from Congo but the force remained because the situation on the ground was too dangerous to contemplate its departure. The U.N. has reduced the number of provinces it operates in from 10 in the early 2000s to three today, Daigne said.

Fighting has escalated between Congolese troops and the M23 rebels, forcing nearly 200,000 people to flee their homes. The M23 forces have demonstrated increased firepower and defense capabilities, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

The protests are taking place after Senate President Modeste Bahati told his supporters that the U.N. mission should “pack its bags,” saying the peacekeepers have brought no solutions to deter the thousands of deaths at the hands of rebels in eastern Congo.

Augustin Kalume, a political analyst in Congo, said that while the demonstrations have a political element, there is also genuine anger as “every passing population continues to count deaths, and the looting of natural resources.”

“The population is fed up that despite the millions of dollars that the U.N. mission has cost, these peacekeepers are unable to restore peace and security in the eastern part of Congo,” Kalume said.

Diagne was asked whether he thought the Congolese people wanted the U.N. mission to remain and replied “absolutely.” He cited messages saying it would be a disaster if the U.N. left, but he said the peacekeeping mission needs to better communicate what it does.

The U.N. children’s agency said Wednesday that many children were manipulated into joining the demonstrations, where they were exposed to violence.

“UNICEF condemns the instrumentalization of children for political purposes and calls on authorities, members of civil society and parents to keep children safe from protests in order to protect them,” Grant Leaity, the UNICEF representative in Congo, said.

Associated Press writers Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro in Beni, Congo, contributed to this report.

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The $1.5 million funding will eliminate the cost barrier that parents face while pursuing their education and employment goals.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — The Spokane Workforce Council (SWC) and Yakima's South Central Workforce Council  will provide childcare funding for parents pursuing their education and employment goals.

The SWC and Yakima based local workforce will receive $3 million. Each workforce will get $1.5 million to serve at least 50 working families for over two years with childcare costs.

The funding will eliminate the cost barrier that parents face while pursuing their education and employment goals.

“We will serve parents for whom the costs of childcare are a barrier to joining our regional labor force in family-sustaining jobs," Mark Mattke, SWC CEO, said in a statement.  

Mattke said that parents who qualify are those who are underemployed or unemployed, lacking training and credentials that align with regional business needs, as well as individuals with disabilities, homeless, justice-involved, and people receiving public assistance.

“By eliminating childcare expenses and leveraging the resources and services of our local workforce system, these families will be able to focus on advancing their career goals and becoming self-sufficient for the long term," Mattke said in a written statement. 

According to Child Care Aware, Washington is the third most expensive state in the country for day care, costing 34% more than the national average. As of February 2020, many lower educated and lower income women with young children and no degree have continued to decline in labor force participation.

Over 13% of childcare providers statewide closed due to the pandemic, a loss of 712 licensed childcare programs, according to Child Care Aware.

“This funding will allow for flexible childcare options to open the door for women to upskill and re-enter the workforce, and lessen the loss of their talent on our community,” Jessica Clayton, SWC Program and Development Director said.

Career development services are offered on the WorkSource Spokane Campus and include education, on-the-job training, paid work experience and internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and other supports to assist parents in achieving and retaining employment. 

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State Sen. Simon Sefzik is running to hold on to the seat he was appointed to by the Whatcom County Council following Ericksen's death.

SEATTLE — Democratic State Representative Sharon Shewmake is leading in the primary race for State Senate District 42 with 47% of the vote after the initial round of ballots was counted Tuesday night. 

State Senator Simon Sefzik is trailing Shewmake with 33% of the vote and Whatcom County Councilmember Ben Elenbaas is trailing both with 19% of the vote.

Sefzik has raised $366,024 throughout his campaign, leading Shewmake's $171,376 and Elenbaas' $99,978.

Previous to being appointed to the seat, Sefzik worked as an operations and logistics coordinator for a health organization and held different capacities for the White House from 2020 to 2021 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019.

Sefzik made clear he was opposed to Gov. Jay Inslee's statewide mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sefzik said in his candidate statement that he is "concerned about the direction of our county" citing crime rates and economic issues. He is the youngest state senator in Washington state history.

Shewmake is the current state representative for District 42-Position 2, with her term ending in 2023. Shewmake has served on the Capital Budget and Environment &amp; Energy Committees and is vice chair of the Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee.

In her candidate statement, Shewmake is leaning on her experience in the Washington State Legislature and said she will prioritize "affordable homes, good jobs, quality healthcare, and keeping Whatcom County a great place to live and raise a family."

Elenbaas has served on the Whatcom County Council since 2020 and is chair of the Planning and Development Committee and a member of the Natural Resources Committee. 

In his candidate statement, Elenbaas focused on agriculture, as a fourth-generation farmer. Elenbaas said the district deserves "an experienced advocate for long-term solutions for our river." He said his energy sector experience will serve the district as the state legislature looks toward a clean energy future.

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