Federal judge rules acting DHS head Chad Wolf unlawfully appointed, invalidates DACA suspension

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Judge Nicholas Garaufis said court conferences would be held to work out details of his ruling.He concluded, “Wolf was not lawfully serving as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under the HSA [Homeland Security Act] when he issued the Wolf Memorandum” that suspended DACA.Karen Tumlin, a lawyer in the case and director of the Los Angeles-based Justice Action Center, said the ruling means, “the effort in the Wolf memo to gut the DACA program is overturned.”- Advertisement – She said the ruling applies to more than a million people, including more recent applicants and those seeking two-year renewals for protection under DACA.“This is really a hopeful day for a lot of young people across the country,” Tumlin said.RecommendedIndependent filmmakers have found ways to navigate the pandemic and get audiences to filmsCovid surge spurs North Dakota’s 1st mask mandate, New Mexico, Oregon partial lockdownsAlthough President Donald Trump formally nominated Wolf for the job in summer, Wolf has yet to get a full vote in the Senate, keeping his role as “acting.” Garaufis cited the Government Accountability Office, which wrote in a report to Congress in August that Wolf was the beneficiary of an “invalid order of succession.”The judge described an illegitimate shuffling of leadership chairs at the Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for immigration enforcement, for the predicament of Wolf’s leadership and that of his predecessor, Kevin McAleenan.“Based on the plain text of the operative order of succession,” Garaufis wrote in the Saturday ruling, “neither Mr. McAleenan nor, in turn, Mr. Wolf, possessed statutory authority to serve as Acting Secretary. Therefore the Wolf Memorandum was not an exercise of legal authority.”The ruling is part of an ongoing case with DACA recipient Martín Jonathan Batalla Vidal serving as the lead plaintiff in a six-plaintiff case against Wolf and the Department of Homeland Security. The suit initially challenged the state of Texas’ attempt to thwart DACA.On Saturday the National Immigration Law Center responded to the ruling on Twitter: “VICTORY!”center_img Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf looks up during the launch of a new initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2020.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters A federal judge in New York City on Saturday said Chad Wolf has not been acting lawfully as the chief of Homeland Security and that, as such, his suspension of protections for a class of migrants brought to the United States illegally as children is invalid.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration wrongly tried to shut down protections under the Obama-era legislation known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On July 28, Wolf nonetheless suspended DACA pending review.Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

first_img Those trends are occurring during some of the deepest state budget cuts in 60 years. Paradoxically, the decrease in employees comes at a time when public health is widely acknowledged to have a key role in addressing the threats of terrorism and emerging infectious diseases. “The events of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks brought the role and responsibility of the public health workforce in emergency response efforts to the forefront in public understanding,” said ASTHO President-Elect Richard A. Raymond, MD, in an ASTHO press release. “We can only be prepared if we have an experienced workforce that is qualified to carry out our mission.” The absence of employees is most keenly felt in public health nursing, epidemiology, laboratory science, and environmental health, the association found. The report, “State Public Health Employee Worker Shortage Report: A Civil Service Recruitment and Retention Crisis,” drew results from a 2003 survey of senior state and territorial health officials done in conjunction with the Council of State Governments and the National Association of State Personnel Executives. All states, territories, and the District of Columbia were invited to participate; 37 responded. More than 50% of the responding states reported they lacked qualified public health employees or employees who were willing to relocate to fill preparedness gaps. In addition, several state public health agencies reported they could lose over 40% of their workforce through retirement by 2006. Employees quit over low salaries, minimal advancement opportunities, and attractive private-sector job offers and career changes. Some prospective employees are dissuaded because fields such as epidemiology require many years of study and training, the report said. America’s growing shortage of qualified public health workers could undermine terrorism preparedness, according to a recent report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). A lack of public health laboratory personnel highlights the challenge of emergency preparedness. For example, 13 states responding to the survey had no doctoral-level molecular scientist; 23 states had one. Most officials questioned said that ensuring emergency preparedness demands two doctoral-level molecular scientists on staff. Jun 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The possibility of a smallpox outbreak highlights a key threat to America’s public health system: What if a person needs a vaccine but there is no nurse to give the shot? Amy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004. To counter the decline in workforce numbers, states are considering or trying a broad range of incentives, including offering higher pay, allowing flexible scheduling and telecommuting, providing professional training, conducting outreach campaigns to educate students about the field, and connecting employees to leadership institutes. Some states are rehiring retired employees to prevent further erosion of institutional knowledge. The role of these scientists is crucial, Steib explained. They are the front-line people who can tell one anthrax strain from another or determine whether foodborne illnesses in different states are linked. Federal funds are available to help pay workers, but departments still can’t find employees, she added. Experts are also considering using loan-forgiveness legislation, grants, and scholarships modeled on programs that allow doctors to get financial assistance in exchange for working in a specific area. Offering financial incentives might offset some of the losses detailed in the report, Steib said. “We’ve got more job openings and no people to fill them. And it’s going to get worse,” Paula A. Steib, ASTHO communications director, told CIDRAP News in summarizing the findings. The report found that the public health workforce is aging rapidly, with an average age of nearly 47; retiring at an expected average rate of 24% in the next 5 years; stretching to cover job vacancies of up to 20% in some states; and leaving public health jobs at a high rate (average, 14% per year among the 28 states responding to this question).last_img read more

Last year, a record turnover was achieved on Croatian motorways

first_imgThe A6 motorway generated HRK 879,7 million in revenue last year, 4,7 percent more. Dalmatina and A1 are in third place, with revenues of HRK 710,2 million, an increase of 5,3 percent. On the motorways under the jurisdiction of the state companies Hrvatske autoceste (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka – Zagreb (ARZ), a total of HRK 2,87 billion was collected from VAT in the past year, excluding VAT, 6% or 160 million more than in 2017, writes Individually by months, the highest toll revenue was realized in August, amounting to HRK 450,7 million. In that month, the record holder for toll collection was the A6 with revenues of HRK 155,7 million. It is followed by A1 with toll revenues in that month in the amount of 134 million kuna. On the A1, the very great sensuality of traffic is still visible. Thus, for example, 524 thousand vehicles passed that highway in January, while in the peak season in August, that number exceeds two million. The summer, 10 percent higher toll tariff last year took effect on June 15 and was in effect until September 15. According to HAC data, the growth of toll revenues was accompanied by an increase in traffic, so last year there were 58,56 million vehicles on their highways, five percent more than in 2017. They also recorded an increase in traffic and tolls on all highways. And the most significant revenue in 2018 was generated on the A3 motorway – HRK 946,9 million without VAT. Last year, a total of 17,8 million vehicles passed through this highway, almost a million more than in 2017. last_img read more

Denmark withdraws as host of 2021 Artistic Gymnastics worlds due to COVID-19

first_imgDenmark has withdrawn as the host of next year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Danish Gymnastics Federation (DIF) said in a statement on Tuesday.Copenhagen was set to stage the 50th edition of the competition from Oct. 18-24, 2021, two months after the re-scheduled Tokyo Olympics.The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said in a separate statement that it was disappointed with the Danish federation’s decision and would consider launching a bidding process to identify a new host country. “The Danish Gymnastics Federation has informed the FIG of its withdrawal from hosting the 50th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships,” the world governing body said.”The FIG Executive Committee (EC) has taken note of this decision and has expressed its regret and disappointment. The EC will shortly consider all consequences resulting from this situation, including the launch of a new bidding procedure.”The Artistic World Championships are held annually in non-Olympic years but, with the Tokyo Games pushed back a year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the two events will take place in the same year.Denmark had previously hosted the Artistic World Championships in 2006. Topics :last_img read more

Aon wins court case over relocation of pension fund to Belgium

first_imgA regional court in the Netherlands has ruled that Aon is not obliged to cover the funding gap at its Dutch pension scheme if its ‘works council’ (OR) continues to resist plans to relocate the fund to Belgium. Local financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad, citing the as-yet-unpublished verdict, said the Rotterdam court decided that covering funding shortfalls was not part of the actual pensions contract, on which the work council has the right of approval. Aon’s OR has opposed the company’s plan to move the pension fund to Belgium due to governance and regulation concerns.  The company said it would stop meeting any funding gaps if the OR persisted in resisting the move. In Aon’s pension plan, contrary to many other company schemes in the Netherlands, an additional contribution is not mandatory but a part of the contract for provision.According to the FD, the court sided with Aon’s position that the contract for pensions provision was not subject to the OR’s right of approval. Aon’s OR could not be contacted for comment.René Mandos, chairman of the Aon scheme, previously argued that the Belgian option would be the most beneficial for the pension fund’s participants. The court ruling comes as Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, tables a Bill to grant ORs right of approval for cross-border moves. In such cases, pension arrangements would become subject to another supervisory framework, which would alter the pension plan, she said.The concept legislation focuses on the pension contract rather than the pensions provider.It will not, however, affect arrangements made as a result of negotiations between employers and workers, such as those for mandatory sector-wide schemes, Klijnsma said.last_img read more

Frijns, Mensonides: New Dutch pension agreement is not ‘future-proof’

first_imgJean Frijns, former ABP chief investment officer, along with Jelle Mensonides, former ABP managing director, have warned that the new Dutch pensions agreement is not future proof and is just as sensitive to interest rates as the previous regime.In a co-authored report first published last week in MeJudice, a Dutch financial website, the duo said that because the timing of the introduction of the new system is still unclear, a different market interest rate will give different results.In a further interview with Pensioen Pro, Frijns added that it “is of no use if the starting situation is already unbalanced or if things change during the ride. And that will certainly happen”.He added: “For example, interest rates can rise or stocks can underperform for a long time. Then you want to know how to make adjustments without disproportionately disadvantaging certain groups.” For young people, the expected return is significantly higher than the risk-free rate, the report stated, adding that the expected real pension return for the elderly “does not look good”.Frjins stressed that elderly people are hit twice. Firstly, when entering the new system, how much capital is allocated to the elderly strongly depends on funding ratios and the interest rate at the time of entry.In a bad scenario with long-term low interest rates and a low funding ratio, their assets may be significantly lower than in a more favourable scenario, he continued. Jean FrijnsThe second disadvantage that elderly people experience, Frijns said, is that their assets are converted to an investment mix with fewer shares than their current assets in a pension fund.They will, therefore, invest less in commercial securities and more in bonds, he added, noting that government loans will have a negative return in the coming years.Long-term risksThe long-term risks are indeed great, the report stated. “Will the young people be better or worse off than the current elderly, that is the key question in the social discourse,” the duo noted.Interest has unfortunately proved to be notoriously unstable and in these times of low interest rates, without a high percentage of real assets, averaged over the entire life course, pensions become very expensive.“Shares are volatile – this applies not only in the short term but also in the medium and even long term,” they said in the report. The relevant question then is how to mitigate or control this risk.“The risks are easy to oversee for a young person; the financial capital is still small compared to the future premium flow, as is the interest portion in the portfolio. The biggest risks lie in the future: what if interest rates do not recover and what if equities underperform for a long time?” they asked.There is little else to do than gradually reduce the risk profile and reduce part of the nominal interest rate risk. The latter must be done with caution so as not to fall into a trap if inflation rises unexpectedly.center_img Jelle MensonidesContinued investment is the motto in the new pensions agreement, but the question is whether members are able to bear the equity risk without the collective support, the report said.On the other hand, investing in fixed income securities is not attractive under the current circumstances due to low interest rates and a dormant inflation risk.“We are by no means convinced of the effectiveness of risk mitigation only via financial instruments in the new system; the potential shocks are too great for that,” the pair continued.They both are great supporters of additional instruments that should be sought, particularly in the sphere of premium setting and the capital funding or cover mix.“The use of the contribution instrument is essential to absorb unexpected and persistent setbacks in the intended capital accumulation, but it does not work equally for all generations” they concluded.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Dominican student excels at Morgan State University

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dominican student excels at Morgan State University by: – June 11, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share 96 Views   3 commentscenter_img Share Tsehai Grell. Photo credit: CHIAKI KAWAJIRITsehai Grell could only smile when she heard that Shirley Ann Jackson, the first black woman to earn a doctorate from MIT, would deliver Morgan State’s commencement address in 2012.Grell is about to graduate from Morgan with a 4.0 average as a chemistry major, and she’s about to head to, yes, MIT to pursue her own Ph.D.“It’s very neat,” she said of Saturday’s serendipitous conclusion to her Morgan tenure.Grell came to Baltimore from the Commonwealth of Dominica, a mountainous island in the Eastern Caribbean known for its multitude of rare animal species. “We say that if Christopher Columbus were to come back, Dominica would be the only island he would recognize,” she said.She discovered her love of science under a chemistry teacher who had a gift for demonstrating real-world applications. How could a coconut husk, for example, produce soap?“You realize we would not be alive without science,” she said. “Science is all around us.”Most of the island’s gifted science students were expected to go into medicine, but Grell had an inkling that she might be happier doing research in a lab. She had family and friends in the United States, a few of whom studied at Morgan and praised the intimacy and rigor of its science programs. So she came to Baltimore to sort out her future.Only a few weeks after Grell arrived at Morgan in the winter of 2010, the city experienced a historic pair of snowstorms, quite a shock for someone who had never seen snow.“At first, I said, ‘Ooh, it’s so pretty, all big, fat,’” she recalled. “But then I fell asleep, and when I woke up the next morning, it was still snowing. I said, ‘Guys, is this supposed to be happening?’”She eventually dug out and discovered that the lab, where she worked on the crystallization of small particles with professor Kadir Aslan, was indeed the place for her. A summer at MIT only reinforced those thoughts.“I definitely found what I was hoping to find,” she said of her time at Morgan.By: Childs WalkerBaltimore Sun Sharelast_img read more

Antiqueños warned vs use of firecrackers

first_imgAntiqueños are cautioned against firecrackers that could cause injuries this New Year. Vendors were also told to sell only the allowed firecrackers in areas designated by the local government units. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY “Among the prohibited firecrackers arepiccolo, watusi, whistle bomb, Judas belt, atomic bomb and triangle,” Escobarsaid. “We are aiming for a zero-casualtyrelated to firecrackers this Christmas and New Year,” PDRRM officer BroderickTrain said on Dec. 23. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincialdisaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO) here warned Antiqueñosagainst the use of firecrackers as they celebrate the holiday season. Last year, there were 10firecracker-related incidents reported in the province, involving two minors –a six-year-old boy from Hamtic town and a 10-year-old boy from San Jose deBuenavista who obtained injuries from a candle bomb. Provincial Police Office deputydirector Norby Escobar recently warned to apprehend vendors who will be seenselling prohibited firecrackers. “As of Monday, there had been so farno firecracker-related incident yet that had been reported,” Train said. “Vendors should also be selling onlyin the designated areas and not along the streets,” he said. He added vendors who will be caughtselling the prohibited firecrackers will be fined from P20,000 to P30,000 withone-year imprisonment. He added the “Iwas Paputok” campaignwas spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Integrated ProvincialHealth Office in the province, with the assistance of the PDRRMO.  Eight other victims obtained minorinjuries from blast burns and were treated as outpatients while the two littleboys were admitted at the Delegate Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital during theNew Year’s Eve.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Congress to probe spike of fake Facebook accounts

first_imgMANILA – The House of Representatives and the Senate are set to conduct separate inquiry into the sudden spike in bogus accounts on social media platform Facebook.Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon filed House Resolution 968 seeking to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation into the proliferation of the clone Facebook accounts, which opens up its users to “a slew of exploitations” like online bullying, harassment, identity theft, violations of privacy and others.He said the government must create a joint task force composed of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group, the National Privacy Commission, and other related agencies to look on the matter.“The new normal would increase reliance in social media platforms…and it is therefore incumbent upon the government to ensure the safety of its users through the protection of their private data,” added Biazon, the senior vice chair of the House committee on national defense.Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, for his part, filed Senate Resolution No. 444, directing an appropriate Senate committee to conduct an inquiry into the proliferation of the fake profiles.Pangilinan said the inquiry will help determine the possible regulation of social media platforms “in accordance with the policy that respects the rights and freedoms of all Filipinos guaranteed by the Constitution.”“There is a need to look into our existing laws to increase the extent of liability and possible regulation of service providers or content hosts such as Facebook and other social media platforms,” Pangilinan said.Various universities around the country confirmed over the weekend that they received reports of fake and empty Facebook accounts bearing the names of their respective students and alumni.Among those who complained to have fraudulent Facebook account were those who opposed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature./PNlast_img read more

Real Madrid make shock move for Ndidi

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Spanish giants Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.According to Spanish transfer news site,, Los Blancos are looking to strengthen their holding midfield position this summer. Brazilian Casemiro, who has been a stalwart across recent years, is in danger of being replaced, according to the report, with Real boss Zinedine Zidane hoping to strengthen his midfield.The Spanish giants’ search for a holding midfielder has led them to two players in particular, the report claims, with City’s Ndidi as well as Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga being considered.Ndidi, who has been pivotal to City’s success so far this season, is said to be Zidane’s favourite options.But he is tied down at the King Power Stadium until 2024 having only penned a new contract in 2018.Ndidi is still only 23 years of age but he has become one of the most reliable players in his position across the Premier League and even Europe. City will be desperate to keep hold of him as they head towards Champions League qualification for next season.Though, Real Madrid would be quite the carrot for the Nigeria international.City fans will be hoping the La Liga giants gravitate towards Camavinga instead, ahead of next season.Interestingly, behind City star and Ricardo Pereira, Camavinga leads Ndidi by 0.02 tackles in second place when it comes to the most per game across European football.Tags: LeicesterMidfieldReal MadridSummer TransfersWilfred Ndidilast_img read more