Finance expert tapped to head prison system

first_imgThe Legislature rejected Schwarzenegger’s $6 billion proposal to build new prisons, and his administration has since said it is considering using emergency powers to ease crowding – including, perhaps, contracting with other states to take prisoners. “Jim’s experience with fiscal and correctional issues spans more than three decades,” the governor’s statement read. “He is poised to deliver cost-effective solutions to relieve the dangerous overcrowding in our state prisons, as well as prepare inmates so they do not re-offend when they return to our communities.” Tilton, a Republican from Sacramento, was the Department of Corrections’ deputy director for administrative services from 1985 to 1998, responsible for the adult prison system’s budget along with its personnel and training. He also was chairman of the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission during that time. Much of the rest of his career has been with the state Department of Finance. Since 2003, he has managed the budgets of the corrections department and judiciary. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday appointed James Tilton, a state finance expert, to take control of California’s troubled prison system. He has led the department on a temporary basis since April. In a statement Wednesday, Schwarzenegger said the state’s correctional system was at a “crisis point” and called Tilton – his third choice in a year to lead the department – the right man for the job. Tilton, 57, took over as acting secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in April, replacing Acting Secretary Jeanne Woodford, who retired in July. She had replaced Roderick Hickman, who resigned in frustration in February. Schwarzenegger this summer called a special session of the Legislature to address prison overcrowding. With 172,000 inmates, the state’s system is about 70 percent over capacity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Kulusevski: ‘I prefer Hazard to Messi’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Atalanta’s on-loan midfielder Dejan Kulusevski says he is only thinking of playing for Parma. “I prefer Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe to Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.” Kulusevski gave an interview to La Repubblica and discussed his breakout season so far. “Atalanta brought me to Italy when I was 15 when they saw me in a tournament against them. I knew that I would become a strong player, I just didn’t know how good I could be.” The 19-year-old doesn’t want to change teams in the January transfer window, despite reported links away. “I don’t want to leave in January because I want to grow here. I like Serie A and I like the Premier League, but in the end, Atalanta will decide. I try not to think of the future, because I will train badly and therefore play badly.” The youngster has been linked to Inter, with a transfer mooted for January. So would Kulusevski like to play for Antonio Conte? “I faced Inter and Juve, and they are the best in Serie A. Inter to win the scudetto? Too soon to say it, but why not? But for now I want to stay here. “I am happy at Parma. I live alone alone, but my parents come once a month to visit. I have many friends here, and everyone believes in me. It is a quiet place and, as you know, the food isn’t bad! “The best player in the world for me is Eden Hazard, he can do anything he wants with the ball. I prefer him to Ronaldo and Messi. [Kylian] Mbappe is the best young player in the world. Physically he is monstrous. “Among the Italians, [Gaetano] Castrovilli is very strong. I had never heard of him and then I played against him and realised how good he is.”last_img read more

Hippie’s hangouts in Delhi

first_imgCafe Morrison South Extension: Don’t expect to find the preppy Delhi crowd here. This place is reserved for uncombed, black T-shirt wearing youngsters who come as much for the beer (priced at Rs 150 for a local brand) as for the music. For those too old to know better, Caf,Cafe Morrison South Extension: Don’t expect to find the preppy Delhi crowd here. This place is reserved for uncombed, black T-shirt wearing youngsters who come as much for the beer (priced at Rs 150 for a local brand) as for the music. For those too old to know better, Caf Morrison is a resto-bar which caters to music lovers (hard and classic rock, 80s and retro) and offers young rockers a stage to showcase their talent. Thursdays are JAM nights when all budding musicians are welcome to come up and play. Sundays see a live band, usually from around the area, performing. On a good night, Morrison packs in more than 250 people (with the sweat smell acting as a good indicator of the level of the performance). Wednesday is media night with special offers for anyone with the right visiting card. An average meal here costs about Rs 700 a head (including a drink). The staff likes to call the cuisine ‘continental’ but it seems more like a mix of Indian, Western and Mexican. Manager Anil Chaurasia says: “This is the only place that is exclusively for rock music.” Turquoise Cottage may disagree but given the limited options (for rock music in the city), both places seem to get their fair share of action.Sports complex Siri Fort:  This one’s for the outdoor guy and girl. Besides facilities for basketball, football, swimming, jogging, squash, tennis and billiards, the Siri Fort sports complex also has a popular golf range. (Popular because the lack of running involved allows people in all weight categories to thrive here.) I met one burly young enthusiast who spends about four hours at the complex daily. He comes armed with a squash racket and golf clubs; in addition, he also plays basketball and swims. Talk about enthusiasm. Oh yes, Siri Fort also has a recently-renovated gym which is probably among the few in the city that you don’t have to mortgage your house to get into. The aerobics and yoga classes take place in air-conditioned halls and the jogging tracks- overrun by prettily flushed young girls-are open to all. Many Delhi State athletes practice here, since this is a government-owned facility. Officially, Siri Fort’s facilities are open only to members or those ready to pay a small fee, but in reality, anyone can get in. Take a peep into the register, the membership numbers scrawled inside make no sense at all. People seem to scribble anything; from their birth dates to passport numbers, to addresses; to anything. We cannot promise you that it will work but you can try it. The eye candy, Barista outlet and small canteen inside the complex are just an added bonus!advertisementKhan chacha Khan Market: What can be said about Khan Chacha that hasn’t already been said before? Probably only that the Khan Market eatery is now patronised by the children of the original clients, just like Khan Chacha’s sons have immersed themselves in the business alongside their father. In fact, Chacha tells me a story of how some middle-schoolers recently brought their parents to him only to find that the parents were old customers. Competitively priced tikkas and kababs are still on the menu of the 35-year-old eatery, but it’s the rolls that sell the most. Originally from Saharanpur, Chacha says it’s the children’s love that keeps him going (I’m sure their insatiable appetite doesn’t hurt either).Turquoise cottageAdchini: You’ve seen movies about very civilised parents having crazy, rebellious children? The two floors of TC are just like that. When you walk into the restaurant on the ground floor, everything looks perfectly sane: with Chinese and Thai food being served against a backdrop of light music and dim lighting. The patrons are just what you expect at a ‘family restaurant’: families and professionals who look like they’re in town on work. Then you walk some 30 steps into the basement, and voila! the slow, soft tunes have morphed into the loudest hard rock you’ve ever heard; there are no families to be seen; the diet has turned totally liquid and finding a table is near impossible. TC, like Caf Morrison, markets itself as ‘the only place for rock in the city’ but has only ‘couple entry’ which is Delhi’s way of telling guys to start dating. There’s a DJ here, although I’ve never yet seen him mix anything. Instead, he just plays one song after the other, and makes sure there is a strict ‘rock only’ policy with the music. The crowd is extremely ‘Delhi University’ with khadi kurtas and t-shirts being the norm.advertisementVillage cafe SDA Market: Despite being cloistered in a basement of the SDA Market, the Village Caf seems to attract a huge number of people through light and night. After the recent sealing of Mocha in GK, this seems to be the most popular (a.k.a. affordable) hookah bar in the city. Sprightliness is a requisite, since all the seating is low. There’s a small and affordable list of snacks and coffee shop drinks on the menu. But no one can comment on the food; probably because no one here has ever ordered any. Everyone seems to be content with cigarettes. I’ve been told that Village Caf is the ‘best air-conditioned place to smoke’ in town, and it’s probably true. Anyway, the paanwala outside asked me to convey his thanks to the owner. The caf being just across the street from IIT, there are quite a few people here carrying tomes on quantum physics and advanced mathematics. The other perennials are young couples out to get cosy, safe from ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’.Tabula rasa Saket: The Delhi party crowd is extremely seasonal. By that, I mean it seems to find a new place to haunt every season. This season it’sTabula Rasa at Square One mall in Saket. It’s not cheap or friendly, nor is it easy to get in. And yet, once dinner time ends, it turns into one of Delhi’s most happening nightspots. With three bars and a cool dcor with steady lounge music this is the ‘place to be’ on Wednesday and Saturday nights. On a good night, getting into Tabula Rasa is as hard as can be; it is common to see people desperately name dropping outside the door to get in (incidentally, the owner’s name is Sohrabh Sitaram, try dropping that next time!). The only thing harder than getting in is getting to the bar (this place gets really packed); and even harder than that is getting a drink (the barmen aren’t particularly hospitable). Only the ‘cool’ crowd seems to be able to do all three with relative ease.Delhi markets Basant Lok, Saket, GK 1: It’s pretty evident from this list that most of Delhi’s youngsters just Eat, Drink and Party. Actually, they also watch a lot of movies. Which probably explains why certain markets, which house movie halls, have become youth mooching hubs. Two great examples of this are the Basant Lok market in Vasant Vihar which houses Priya, and the Saket market which houses PVR Anupam. Abnormally high ticket prices don’t seem to deter the young from endless movie-watching. Especially on the days the exams get over, you can pretty much find entire schools at any of these markets. The usual protocol is lunch followed by a movie or movie followed by lunch (hence the presence of endless restaurants, fast food outlets, roadside kiosks, and even hookah bars). These are the only places in Delhi where you can see school uniforms being worn in the ‘coolest’ way possible. Don’t be surprised to see skirts becoming mini-skirts and pants turning baggy without any alteration at all. But there’s another market in town which offers no movie options and yet oozes with the adolescent. This is the GK 1 M block market (since most young uns don’t know GK1 from GK2, this is known simply as M Block). The crowd here does not come straight from school. That’s evident from the clothing (minimal, for the female) and the copious amounts of gel in the hair (for the male). Don’t get fooled into thinking they youngsters are on their way to a party, this is just their M Block hanging out look. The most popular corner in this market seems to be the Prince Pan shop which, along with pan, sells everything from hookahs to chaat and also runs a foreign exchange station. Go figure.advertisementBig chill Khan mkt, East of kailash: I was meeting a friend for lunch at Big Chill; she was running late and asked me to go ahead and order for her. I asked her what she wanted and she said, “I’ll have number 146.” While sitting there, I saw this practice being followed by people all across the room. It was like everyone spoke a language that was understood only by them and the Big Chill staff; this when the menu is so extensive that the numbers go into the 400s. But most people seemed to need only two words to describe their favourite item here: squiggy cake. Everyone also tells me that you can be as sure about the quality of the food here as the colour of Prime Minster Manmohan Singh turban (light blue, if you didn’t know). Soft music plays in the background but is drowned out by the conversation at all the outlets except East of Kailash, where it’s drowned out by the screaming of the LSR girls. I don’t think I’ve ever been there and not seen at least half a dozen tables full of yelling girls, oftentimes accompanied by male admirers who dare not enter the college grounds (so this serves as a great place to meet). The crowd is usually young except when a few ‘aunties’ decide to feel young and hold kitty parties here. But that’s entertaining too, for the others, that is.Elevate CentrestageNoida Dude, Elevate is so far, why do you want to go there?” “It’s open till 4 dude, where else can we go that late?” Now you know all about Elevate: everyone there is a ‘dude’ or a ‘bhai’, if you’re a vernie. This is one place that has remained appealing while other clubs have come and gone. Located in the Centerstage mall in Noida, it has four floors and can accommodate 1,800 people at a time, making it the largest club of its kind in the NCR. That’s not the attraction, though. As mentioned at the start of the story, this is one place that is open when everyone else has downed their shutters. That gives hardcore partiers many more pleasure hours, in addition to a state-of-the-art sound and light system and pretty innovative cocktails. On weekends, this place is packed, and people seem to come in waves; one lot around 10/11 p.m. and another around 2 a.m. Did I mention the cover charge of Rs 1,000 a head? Not that the crowd seems to mind this major negative. Maybe people just bring their substances of choice with them?College canteens Delhi university The college canteens on north and south campus follow a simple principle. Low prices=high demand. While the canteens don’t offer exactly gourmet dining, they aren’t roadside dhaba material either. For instance, the canteen at the D-school, unchanged from the days when Amartya Sen was here, serves a great keema dosa (which draws students from other colleges as well). The ‘caf’ (as opposed to canteen) at Stephen’s serves mean mince cutlets and nimbu pani. Apparently, even exstudents go back for them. And if you don’t have the money, there is always credit available. Legend has it that some people clear their bills only when they come for their kids’ admissions. Someone marketed the Hindu canteen to me as the place to go to when you’re broke. While the food is below average, it seems to be the cheapest canteen in the North. You may also find some red on the walls. Don’t worry, it’s not wet paint. It’s blood from a gruesome fight that took place here last year where someone’s head met with the wrong end of a chair. Talk about ambience. Not to be outdone by their brothers in the North, South campus too boasts of some great south Indian food. The canteen at Sri Venkateswara College serves a specially good idli, dosa and vada at prices which don’t hurt the walletlast_img read more