Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the government Wednesday in vacating a permanent injunction sought by several prominent journalists and activists barring the enforcement of a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which they claim, legalizes the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil.In a 60-page decision, the court ruled against such an injunction—which had previously been granted, and the provision, Section 1021, ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge—additionally arguing that the case’s plaintiffs, which include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, among four others (collectively nicknamed “The Magnificent Seven”), do not have standing.“We conclude that plaintiffs lack standing to seek preenforcement review of Section 1021 and vacate the permanent injunction,” reads Wednesday’s decision. “The American citizen plaintiffs lack standing because Section 1021 says nothing at all about the President’s authority to detain American citizens. And while Section 1021 does have a real bearing on those who are neither citizens nor lawful resident aliens and who are apprehended abroad, the non-citizen plaintiffs also have failed to establish standing because they have not shown a sufficient threat that the government will detain them under Section 1021. Accordingly, we do not address the merits of plaintiffs’ constitutional claims.”The Court of Appeals’ ruling was the latest in what has been a long and hard-fought battle waged by the plaintiffs against the NDAA provision. U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Forrest ruled 1021’s language unconstitutional and had issued a permanent injunction on its implementation in September 2012.Related: NDAA, Indefinite Attention, and the Battle Raging Against the Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard Of“Here, the stakes get no higher: indefinite military detention—potential detention during a war on terrorism that is not expected to end in the foreseeable future, if ever. The Constitution requires specificity—and that specificity is absent from § 1021(b)(2),” wrote Forrest, additionally finding that Section 1021 “appears to be a legislative attempt at an ex post facto ‘fix’: to provide the President (in 2012) with broader detention authority than was provided in the AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force] in 2001 and to try to ratify past detentions which may have occurred under an overly-broad interpretation of the AUMF.”The Obama Administration appealed that decision the following day, resulting in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issuing a stay on the injunction pending the outcome of the government’s challenge. In February, hundreds packed the oral arguments hearing and rallied outside the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in opposition of the provision.Lead plaintiff Hedges posted his response to Wednesday’s ruling on TruthDig.com, where he’s a columnist:“This is quite distressing. It means there is no recourse now either within the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government to halt the steady assault on our civil liberties and most basic Constitutional rights. It means that the state can use the military, overturning over two centuries of domestic law, to use troops on the streets to seize U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers. States that accrue to themselves this kind of power, history has shown, will use it. We will appeal, but the Supreme Court is not required to hear our appeal. It is a black day for those who care about liberty.”Unreachable by telephone Wednesday, plaintiffs’ attorney Bruce Afran insisted to the Press the viability of his clients’ standing in February.“The journalists are in fact directly within the scope of the law,” he contended. “The journalists are harmed or brought within the statute.”Hedges v. Obama NDAA decision
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen SPIRE CU unveils new charitable giving app for CUs
Falcon Heights, Minn.-based SPIRE Credit Union and Minneapolis-based venture studio DNT BLNK launched a new industry app this month called NetGiver, which allows members to donate to charities directly from their credit union checking and savings accounts.The app boasts “100% charitable giving,” in that donations made through the platform will not incur credit card fees or other administrative costs that other charitable giving platforms typically skim from donations, the credit union said.“The NetGiver app provides a feel-good experience for credit union members with not only the simplicity of donating to their chosen nonprofit directly from their credit union account, but also the satisfaction of knowing every penny of their donation goes directly to the nonprofit organization,” the organizations said in an announcement this week. “With this new touchpoint for credit unions, NetGiver is designed as a unique acquisition and retention tool for new members and additional deposit accounts.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Your Smart Home Knows a Lot About You
How much does your smart home know about you? That was the question that Charles Givre, a data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, set out to answer in a recent experiment. Givre has an account on Wink, a platform designed to control, from a single screen, his Internet-connected home devices, such as door locks, window shades and LED lights. He wanted to learn what could be learned from his usage behavior. It turned out it was a little too much.Last week, at a big data conference in New York, Givre presented his results. By accessing his Wink account, he (or anyone with his login information) could identify his social media accounts, the names of his devices (like “Charles’s iPad) and his network information. An app that monitors his grill’s propane tank recorded the tank’s latitude and longitude, thus revealing the exact location of his house. From his Nest thermostat, he could figure out when his house was occupied and when it was not.The goal of his experiment, Givre said, was not to demonstrate security flaws in his devices, but to document the wealth of information that they amass through everyday use. To access his usage history, some accounts required verification keys; others only asked for Givre’s email address and password. He wrote programs to “ping” his devices to gather new information about what was going on in his home in real time, and to find patterns there. He noted that his smart devices seemed to transmit information securely on its way to the companies’ servers, “but most of the interesting stuff was in the cloud anyway.”As the trend toward networked “smart homes” and “connected cars” continues, security precautions are more important than ever. The Federal Trade Commission put out a report this year with best practices about how companies should notify their customers about data retention. Device makers say that customers can opt in or out of sharing their personal information with developers and third-party apps. But customers may not always be aware of just how much information their devices are collecting about them in the first place.The account for Givre’s “Automatic” device, which plugs into his car and tracks its trips and performance, included his car’s vehicle identification number (VIN), with which accident and ownership history is easily accessible. He had also hooked his Automatic account to the web-based service IFTTT (“If This Then That”), which connects smart devices with shortcuts and triggers like “when the ‘Automatic’ device senses my car is home, turn on the lights.”Interconnectedness, while convenient, is a trade-off. This portion of the experiment demonstrated how someone could “leapfrog” from one less-secure account to other accounts with more sensitive information. IFTTT collected his individual car trips in spreadsheets—including times, locations and even the exact routes he had taken—and protected this information only with an email address and password.“If you were to start aggregating this over time, you could get a frighteningly accurate picture of pretty much where I am at any given time of day,” Givre said.In fact, this data could also help build a character profile of someone. At the conference, Givre showed a graph of his car-trip frequencies by day of the week; there was a noticeable lack of activity on Saturdays. Why could that be? “I don’t roll on Shabbos,” Givre said, quoting “The Big Lebowski.”When asked about Givre’s findings this week, a spokesperson from Wink emphasized that each customer can only access his or her own account information. “Users should not share their passwords with others or grant access to untrusted applications,” he wrote. A spokesperson from Nest wrote, “Customers have complete control” over what types of information developers would have access to, “and can stop sharing at any time.”Buckley Slender-White, a spokesperson from Automatic, said Givre’s car’s VIN was only accessible to the app because Givre had opted to share it. As to Automatic’s sending his car trip information to IFTTT, Slender-White said, “importantly — that data is only accessible to the user and any app that they explicitly grant permission to.” Wink, Nest and Automatic address security and privacy concerns on their websites and suggest best practices to keep account information safe. (Attempts to reach the grilling app and IFTTT were unsuccessful.)Smart home devices are part of an industry called the Internet of Things, which attaches data-collecting sensors to objects in order to track, measure or remote-control them. While the technology involved is not new, the industry is still young. Last summer, Ben Kaufman, the founder of Wink’s former parent company Quirky, told The New York Times that the Internet of Things is “still for hackers, early adopters and rich people.” But the industry continues to grow. “I think consumers need to understand that their relationship with their devices is fundamentally going to change,” Givre said.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Denmark gives pension stats higher profile as sector grows
In the OECD’s Pension Markets in Focus 2019 report, these pension assets amounted to 198.6% of GDP in 2018, down from the 205.7% reported for 2017.Danmarks Nationalbank already releases quarterly statistics on the insurance and pension sector, but until now this has formed part of its financial accounts and securities statistics.Apart from now being reported separately, the new insurance and pensions statistics also contain data that is to a degree more granular and comprehensive than those previously published, and are accompanied by a “Statistical Insight” overview of the main highlights, the bank told IPE.The quarterly statistics will include the sector’s total balance sheet broken down by assets and liabilities specified by provision type; investments dissected into country and currency, with the option to look through stocks in Danish investment funds, as well as data on currency hedging and returns.The first report, which covers life insurers, pension funds and general insurance companies, reveals the sector had financial assets with a market value of almost DKK4.8tn at the end of September, with the pension sector accounting for over DKK4.6trn of this.Half of the sector’s shares and equity investments are shown in the statistical analysis to be unlisted, a category which the bank said included most of the sector’s alternative investments – mostly property, private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds.Most investments held by insurance and pension firms were foreign ones, the data showed, with only 46% being Danish.While the firms had invested primarily in assets denominated in Danish kroner and euros, the bank said the sector had dollar-denominated investments totalling almost DKK1trn, nearly a quarter of total assets.Returns for the first nine months of this year were DKK479bn, with the large returns reflecting gains on interest rate derivatives and bonds due to falling interest rates in the period, the central bank said.It noted that unlisted shares were often valued on the basis of models and assumptions regarding risk and illiquidity.“This means that returns do not always mirror market fluctuations,” the bank said. The Danish central bank is expanding its publication of data on the insurance and pension sector, as the industry becomes a more and more important part of the Nordic country’s economy.In the first of a new type of regular report it is issuing, the bank said: “Since the insurance and pension sector plays an increasing role in the Danish economy, Danmarks Nationalbank is introducing new quarterly statistics for this sector.”Pension and insurance assets in Denmark amounted to 213% of the country’s GDP at the end of September, according to the report.Denmark has the highest level of pension assets in funded and private pension plans compared to GDP of any OECD country, the organisation’s data show.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Love one another as I have loved you
Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Love one another as I have loved you by: – May 12, 2012 Share Share 19 Views no discussions Share Photo credit: writinglove.wordpress.comIf you were to ask any ten people what was the most important principle or rule of behavior that Jesus gave, the answer would be unanimous. The most important rule he gave, they would say, is love. And that’s right, of course. Jesus called love “the great commandment.” St. Paul put it differently, but with the same implication: “Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves his neighbour has fulfilled the law.” You couldn’t ask for a clearer statement of love’s preeminence.And yet, if you were to ask those same ten people to say something of how to go about loving, you’d get ten different responses, probably more. So we don’t doubt the importance of love. Where we have divergences is how to go about practicing it.That’s why in St. John’s gospel Jesus modifies the commandment. It is not simply “Love one another,” but “Love one another, as I have loved you.” What you have here is a definite criterion. You don’t have to guess how to go about doing it. The criterion is spelled out for us: as I have loved you.The question then is: how did Jesus love us? One can say many things about this, of course, but I would like to single out just three. The love of Jesus for us is, first of all, patient. It’s the quality Paul mentions first in his famous hymn to love in 1 Corinthians. Love is patient. Patience is not a quality we tend immediately to associate with love. If we had to identify qualities for the top of the list, we would say things like “wonderful,” or “hot.”Why is patience important? For the obvious reason, I think, that we tend to be impatient in our loves. We want to make people over in our own image. They should be more like this or less like that, and so on. Very often, the qualities we find fault with in other people, we tolerate very easily in ourselves.Jesus is patient with us in a variety of ways. He is patient with us through our faults, imperfections, and sins. He waits for us. We take time to get rid of our faults. We take time to become better. And Jesus is patient with us through it all. We are to love one another like that.The second quality in “as I haved loved you” follows from this. The love of Jesus for us is foundational, that is, in it and through it we are accepted and affirmed as such. We don’t earn or qualify for this love. As St. Paul put it: “It was while we are yet sinners that Christ died for us.” We do not merit this love because of our virtues or lose it because of our sins. It is something prior to all eventualities. It is there for us as such.This is not a sentimental thing. It is perhaps the most important thing about our lives as human beings. It’s really what is meant by “grace.” As I haved loved you means that we are meant to love like that, and the closest we come to it, I think, is when we respect other people. Respect for others is not a matter simply of having regard for their rights, important as that is. It is having a posture of reverence before them as bearers of the image of God, persons for whom Christ died, whom God loves, and whom he continues to sustain in being, just as he sustains me. Respect means giving persons this acknowledgment – just that, and as much as that.Finally, the love of Jesus for us is loyal. “Having loved those who were his own in the world,” St. John wrote, “he loved them till the end.” Loyalty in love is an irreplaceable human quality. It’s what we cherish in old friends. It’s what we admire at anniversaries of twenty-five or forty or fifty years. That’s what the love of Jesus for us is like, and what our loves should be, not superficial or transient, but loyal.This is the month of May, traditionally the month of Our Lady, the month of Mary. It’s no exaggeration to say the qualities I speak of were also part of the life of the Mother of God. She too loved her Son in that way, patiently, foundationally, loyally. “Now there stood at the foot of the Cross Mary his mother.” This is how mothers ordinarily love their children, of course, not for their achievements or their virtues, but for themselves. Jesus could just as easily have said: “Love one another, as my mother loved me.” She nurtured him, was patient even when the course of his life baffled her, and she stood by him until the end. This is how he himself loves, and how we as his disciples are invited to love.By: Henry Charles PhD
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Bulldogs And Eagles Win Sectional Crowns
WRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores. Monday (6-2)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Austin.Semi-Finals: Austin 10 Milan 2Championship: North Decatur vs. Austin. Tuesday (6-3)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Championship: Batesville 11 Rushville 1Congrats to The Bulldogs and Coach Alex Davis on winning The Sectionals.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Shawe Memorial.Championship: Jac-Cen-Del 3 Hauser 1Kudos to The Eagles and Coach Dave Bradshaw on winning The Sectionals.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East Central.Championship: Columbus North 5 Bloomington South 3Courtesy of The IHSAA.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Toland scores big win at Farley Speedway
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (May 6) – Racing action resumed on Friday night at Farley Speedway following a week off due to wet weather. A great field of cars provided an excellent night of racing on a beautiful early May evening.Rob Toland has his sights set on a national championship in the IMCA Late Model division in 2016 and a trip to Farley was another step in that direction for the long-time driver. Toland outraced 19 other competitors in the 25-lap Out Pace Racing Products feature and raced to his 399th career feature win.Jon Merfeld had a great run on Friday night in crossing under the checkers in second ahead of Tyler Bruening.Matt Gansen led a very competitive GSI Collision Products IMCA Modified main event flag to flag. Gansen drove a flawless race in holding off veteran Mark Schulte.Tyler Soppe continued his early season hot streak by winning the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Soppe raced to the front from his fifth row start on his way to the 15-lap feature win. Matt Short led early and drove to a runner up finish ahead of Gage Neal.Greg Gill made the tow from Muscatine on Friday night and made the trip payoff with a feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Gill crossed the finish line ahead of Tom Schmitt and Jerry Miles.Quinton Miller added another feature win to his resume on Friday night as he is out to defend his 2015 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track championship. Shawn Kuennen ran second ahead of Luke Bird.Racing will resume at Farley Speedway on Friday, May 20th with a special event featuring the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge. A $2,000 to win Out Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model feature will headline the special night of racing and all classes will be in action.
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen EPL: Gunners invade Palace
RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal Venue: Selhurst Park Kick off: 1:30PMArsenal make the short trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace this afternoon knowing that victory will be enough to move ahead of their hosts in the Premier League table. As well as having the opportunity to move four points clear of the Gunners, Palace could move into the top six if they prevail in this London derby. A few weeks ago, Arsenal fans would have felt that it was unrealistic for their side to keep back-to-back clean sheets, as well as continuing to play with a style which is easy on the eye. However, that is exactly what Mikel Arteta has achieved during his short time at the Emirates Stadium with victories being recorded over Manchester United and Leeds United. While there were times against Leeds when Arsenal were fortunate to avoid going behind, they rode out the storm before claiming a 1-0 success over the Championship high-flyers. That result came five days after a dominant 2-0 triumph over Manchester United, which helped the North London outfit move back into the top half of the table. With Sheffield United and Chelsea to follow the visit to Palace, neither Arteta or his players will be getting carried away with their recent upturn in results and performances, but it feels pivotal that the Spaniard has began his reign by lifting the mood at the club. Despite there still being nine points between themselves and fourth-placed Chelsea, achieving a Champions League spot come the end of the season no longer feels impossible, providing that the team can kick on in the coming weeks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s public commitment to the cause is also a welcome boost for Arteta, who will naturally have concerns over where the Gabon international sees his future. Nevertheless, in the short term at least, the captain is capable of producing a scoring run which can help Arsenal creep up the table, and another win on Saturday will leave their rivals looking over their shoulder. From Palace’s perspective, they have their own opportunity to once again become a factor in the race for the European places, despite winning just once in half-a-dozen outings. That victory – against West Ham United on Boxing Day – came courtesy of a wonder goal from Jordan Ayew in the closing seconds, highlighting what it has taken for the Eagles to get maximum points on the board of late. While four draws have also helped their cause, the stalemates have been versus Watford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton and Norwich City, games where they would have been hoping for much more. Roy Hodgson will feel like his side have missed an opportunity to get themselves among the sides competing with Chelsea for the final Champions League position, with just eight points separating the two teams ahead of the weekend. That said, had it been offered to him before the start of the campaign, Hodgson would have jumped at the opportunity to be sitting in ninth place heading into the second weekend of January. When the players take to the pitch on Saturday, there may be some disappointment lingering from the defeat to Derby County in the FA Cup, with Palace now having lost two home cup ties to EFL opposition this season. In the grand scheme of things, however, it gives Hodgson the chance to prioritise the Premier League at a time when he has seen a number of his first-team squad suffer with injuries. While that may ease come the weekend, the pressure is on his players to deliver maximum points, especially with a visit to Manchester City coming up seven days later. Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedeweld, McCarthy, Kouyate, McArthur, Ayew, Benteke, Zaha. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Tags: ArsenalCrystal PalaceEPLMikel ArtetaRoy Hodgson
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Concorde checks in for Punchestown
The six-year-old powered up the famous hill to claim the Champion Bumper at Prestbury Park earlier this month under a jubilant Robbie McNamara. Stable companion Vigil also ran well in fifth and may reappear at Fairyhouse’s upcoming Easter meeting. Dermot Weld’s Cheltenham hero Silver Concorde will bid to complete a Festival double in the championship bumper at Punchestown next month. Press Association Weld said: “The plan is to go for the Grade One bumper in Punchestown with Silver Concorde. “We’ll look at Fairyhouse for Vigil, or there is also a race for him at Punchestown. “One horse (Silver Concorde) wants good ground and the other likes plenty of cut.”
Category: uzgwhhwqhzdmxzen Cain Hoy drops Spurs interest
American investment firm Cain Hoy is no longer considering making an offer to buy Tottenham. The project, adjacent to their existing White Hart Lane ground, hit problems earlier in the month when it was revealed the ground was “highly unlikely” to be ready for Spurs to move in at the start of the 2017-18 season. That means the club would need to find a temporary base for home matches as their own stadium was finished, with the Olympic Stadium, Wembley and stadium:mk all believed to have been under consideration. However, West Ham, the official tenants of the Olympic Stadium from 2016, would likely block a ground share with Spurs, who had also bid for the lease. Press Association The US company announced in a statement to the London Stock Exchange that it had “terminated” its interest in Spurs. The statement read: “On September 12 2014, having previously approached Tottenham Hotspur with a proposal, Cain Hoy Enterprises, LLC (‘Cain Hoy’) confirmed that it was at the preliminary stages of assessing a cash offer for Tottenham Hotspur. “Cain Hoy has subsequently terminated its assessment and accordingly is no longer considering making an offer for Tottenham Hotspur.” Cain Hoy declared its interest earlier this month in a statement made without the consent of Tottenham. The Premier League club had distanced themselves from the speculation that suggested current owner Joe Lewis was willing to listen to offers of £1billion. Cain Hoy had until October 10 to indicate whether it will make a formal offer or indicate that its interest in Spurs is at an end, as it did on Thursday. However, it did leave the prospect of a return for Spurs open. “As a consequence of this announcement, Cain Hoy will, except with the consent of the takeover panel, be bound by the restrictions on making an offer for Tottenham Hotspur contained in Rule 2.8 of the UK Takeover Code for six months from the date of this announcement. “However, Cain Hoy reserves the right to make an offer in the circumstances set out in Note 2 of Rule 2.8 of the UK Takeover Code.” It is another turn in a story which is sure to rumble on as Spurs seek to finance their new stadium.