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19 марта, 14:16

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**Must-Read:** What is the rule of law here? What should courts do when the President announces that he will not take care that the laws be faithfully executed? When a president announces that his policies will violate the Establishment clause, should courts let him proceed and so ignore the question...

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14 марта, 14:10

"Тинькофф банк" отчитался лучше прогнозов

"Тинькофф банк" отчитался о рекордной прибыли в 2016 году. Банк заработал 11 млрд руб. против 1,9 млрд руб. в 2015 году, превзошел как наш, так и консенсус-прогноз, обеспечив RoAE в 42,5%. Прибыль выше ожиданий была обеспечена более существенным совокупным доходом (г/г) на фоне роста комиссионных доходов компании, а также менее значительными отчислениями в резервы в 2016 году. Так стоимость риска по итогам года составила всего 7,6% (снизилась в два раза г/г), ниже целевых значений менеджмента, качество активов улучшилось (NPL коэффициент упал до 10.2%, -20 бп к/к). Операционные издержки в 2016 году выросли на 64% г/г, в результате чего CIR составил 44% (на уровне наших ожиданий). Существенный рост операционных издержек объясняется политикой компании, направленной на поглощение новых клиентов и создание "финансового супермаркета" (данная концепция была анонсирована в прошлом году).

06 марта, 19:01

Nude photos of female Marines online trigger US navy probe

THE United States Defense Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken

04 марта, 02:09

Judge Rebukes Miami-Dade County For Appeasing Trump On 'Sanctuary City' Crackdown

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); A Florida judge ruled on Friday that it was unconstitutional to detain a Haitian immigrant in Miami-Dade County, where the mayor has caved to President Donald Trump’s order cracking down on “sanctuary cities.” Judge Milton Hirsch, of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit, said the president’s January order effectively coerced local officials into doing the federal government’s “bidding” by making them agree to hold the detainee, James Lacroix, so that he could be handed over to immigration authorities to be deported ― even though he had no criminal charges or sentences pending against him. Miami-Dade’s decision to hold Lacroix at the behest of Immigration and Customs Enforcement rendered the county the “handmaiden” of the federal government and violated the 10th Amendment, the judge said.  Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 25 aimed at scaring local authorities around the country into cooperating with ICE efforts by saying he would deny federal funding to “sanctuary cities.” Many legal experts disputed whether the president had the authority to do so, and state and local officials around the country said they would not back down from their policies. But the Miami-Dade mayor, Carlos Gimenez (R), became the first in the nation to abandon an existing immigration policy. Even before facing a threat to funding, Gimenez said the county would abandon its previous policy against assisting ICE by continuing to detain certain individuals it would otherwise release, such as people who paid a bond or weren’t charged with a crime. Trump praised the move immediately.   We must protect our country from a great many things; but from nothing so much as from the loss of our historic rights and liberties. Judge Milton Hirsch Hirsch’s ruling, which contained references to the founding fathers and the Bible, relied heavily on a Supreme Court decision by the late Justice Antonin Scalia that laid out what the federal government is allowed to do in its relationship with the states. “Coercion achieved by financial starvation is no less effective than coercion achieved at sword’s point,” Hirsch wrote.  “The ‘people’ to whom the Tenth Amendment refers include the native-born as well as the naturalized citizen; the native English speaker as well as the speaker for whom English is a second, or third, language; the scion of old Yankee stock as well as the newcomer who took the oath of citizenship yesterday,” he said. “Miami is not, and has never been, a sanctuary city,” Hirsch added. “But America is, and has always been, a sanctuary country.” According to the Miami Herald, which first reported on the ruling, Miami-Dade immediately appealed the ruling, noting that the legal issues in the case are best left to a federal court to decide. It’s unclear if Lacroix was immediately released.  .@MayorGimenez -- Immigration issues will be resolved in the halls of Congress, not in a courtroom in Miami-Dade County. We need CIR. pic.twitter.com/rDZaaEXxzS— Mike Hernández (@HernandezMA5) March 3, 2017 Hirsch’s ruling notes that the issue in Miami-Dade “has nothing to do with affording ‘sanctuary’ to those unlawfully in this country,” but is instead about the separation of powers between the state and federal government laid out in the 10th Amendment. The judge wrote that it was understandable that ICE would attempt to use the infrastructure and human resources of local corrections departments to aid in their mission, but that doing so would mean subjugating state and local government. “Of course we must protect our country from the problems associated with unregulated immigration,” Hirsch wrote. “We must protect our country from a great many things; but from nothing so much as from the loss of our historic rights and liberties.” “America was not made for those who dream of power,” he added. “America was made for those with the power to dream.” Trump’s campaign against “sanctuary cities” has been complicated by the fact that there’s no single definition of the term. Nearly all so-called “sanctuary cities” cooperate with ICE to some degree, but they limit their assistance in various ways. Most often, jurisdictions decline to hold certain individuals for ICE beyond the time they would otherwise have been released. As in other localities around the country, Miami-Dade officials decided in 2013 to hold individuals based on ICE “detainer” requests only if the federal government reimbursed the cost and if the person had been convicted of a felony or had a pending felony charge. They argued this would allow them to avoid violating an individual’s constitutional rights and would save the county money. Other jurisdictions in the U.S. followed suit after a number of rulings across the country warned that they could be held liable if their cooperation with the federal government led to the wrongful detention of individuals.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

03 марта, 19:15

Should We Tell Immigrants To Go Back Into Hiding?

Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Jackson, Mississippi, arrested and detained Daniela Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, after she spoke out about immigration issues at a conference. Vargas was issued DACA, a two year renewable protection from deportation, that had lapsed, and because she entered the country on a visa waiver program, immigration officials are now stating that she has no right to a hearing before a judge. Vargas can be put on the next plane to Argentina. This news has sent shockwaves through immigrant communities. Non-citizens with DACA no longer feel safe, let alone those who have no protection from deportation. Advocates are urging people with DACA to not let it lapse, and to not speak out publicly about their immigration statuses. However, putting the onus on those who have taken great risks to protect themselves, hardly seems like an adequate answer to the Trump Administration’s continued assault on immigrant rights. Instead, we need to continue to organize, litigate and expose the injustices inherent in this system. This is not the first time that ICE has tried to deport a DACA-eligible person under a pretext, and it will not be the last. The U.S. government has long used immigration as a way to target political activists starting from Emma Goldman to Marcus Garvey to Tam Tran and now, Daniela Vargas. The fact that Vargas can be removed without trial, is probably not applicable to most people with DACA, and stems from the fact that she came here under the visa waiver program. Under the Visa Waiver Program, certain non-citizens are permitted to enter the United States as tourists for 90 days or less if they, among other things, waive any right “to contest, other than on the basis of an application for asylum, any action for removal of the alien.” But does that apply to minors and children who were brought here by their parents and grew up to become adults who knowingly or unknowingly overstayed their admittance? Imagine the case of Vargas, a minor who is brought over at the age of seven to the United States. She probably doesn’t speak or understand English at this time. She is made to sign a “visa waiver” form at the port of entry, waiving her right to a hearing in immigration court. The minor grows up in the U.S., overstaying the 90 days, through no real fault of her own, or anyone else. When she is 22, she gets stopped and detained by ICE for being politically visible under the pretext that her DACA has lapsed, and hence she has no protection from deportation. Does she have any right to a trial instead of expedited removal? After all, how can a minor waive her rights? The courts are clear that any waiver of rights by a citizen or non-citizen must be voluntary. See Nose v. U.S. Att’y Gen., 993 F.2d 75, 78-79 (5th Cir. 1993); Bayo v. Chertoff, 535 F.3d 749 (7th Cir. 2008). In Galuzzo v. Holder the Second Circuit Court cited Johnson v. Zerbst, 304 U.S. 458, 464, stating with emphasis that, “We indulge every reasonable presumption against waiver of fundamental constitutional rights.” Galuzzo, an Italian national, argued that he had not waived his right to a pre-removal hearing just because he entered on a visa-waiver program and moreover, the government failed to produce a signed waiver from him. The court ruled that absent a signed waiver, Galuzzo had a due process right to a pre-removal hearing. However, the court did not provide relief to Galuzzo and remanded the case to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine whether Galuzzo was prejudiced by a denial of his due process right to a pre-removal hearing. Additionally, in Mokarram v. U.S. Atty. Gen., 316 F. App’x 949 (11th Cir. 2009), the Eleventh Circuit ruled that an immigrant’s due process rights were violated when he was removed without a hearing under the visa waiver program and that this warranted remand to permit administrative determination as to whether he was substantially prejudiced against by such violation. The hurdle is whether the non-citizen was substantially prejudiced against by being denied a right to a pre-removal hearing. If a non-citizen has claims such as asylum or cancellation of removal, then she is more likely to be substantially prejudiced against. If there is pending legislation in her favor or she can adjust her status within the next few years through employment or family-based immigration, she can also make the argument that court proceedings would give her the time necessary for adjustment of status, a much better scenario than expedited removal in violation of due process to a country that she neither knows nor remembers. While the legal system has many drawbacks, advocates should ferociously fight any assertion that their clients have given up basic due process rights to a pre-removal hearing in immigration court. As the case law suggests, it may be unconstitutional to deny someone those rights, especially if they were purportedly waived by an individual as a minor. Undocumented youth and our parents have taken many risks and shown immense political courage over the past decade to come out of the shadows, and organized to protect themselves and their communities. This is not the time to tell immigrants to go back into the closet, but to join forces and show the Trump Administration that the risk immigrants took was not in vain. That’s what Emma Goldman, Marcus Garvey, Tam Tran and other change-makers targeted by pretextual deportations would have wanted from us. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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06 февраля, 08:17

Don't Believe Those Against Net Neutrality, Title II and Privacy--Funded by the Phone, Cable and Wireless Associations: USTA, NCTA, & the CTIA

Let's just start - Every time any person, organization, think tank, academic or non-profit speaks out against Title II, Net Neutrality or privacy - and they didn't tell you that they are funded directly or indirectly by the phone and cable companies (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Spectrum, etc.), or their associations, the NCTA, the cable association, CTIA, the wireless association, and the USTA, the wireline association, just say - I don't believe you. This trimmed excerpt is from a letter by a group called TechFreedom about a meeting at the FCC. The meeting included non-profits that represent minorities who are funded by AT&T, Verizon and the cable companies in multiple ways, and "telecom scholars", who are also funded by the telco-cable cabal. This meeting was to show that "minorities" and the "scholars" all believe that Net Neutrality and 'Title II' will harm investment. TechFreedom writes: In our next article we will explain just how specious their arguments are. As previously discussed many times (using Verizon's own state-based annual reports and filings), Verizon has classified the company's entire fiber optic deployment, including FiOS, as Title II for decades. This has allowed Verizon to charge local phone customers (and minorities) billions for the build out of networks most will never get. Worse, Verizon has cross-subsidized the wires to the cell sites using the wireline budgets that should have been used to upgrade and maintain the states' utility infrastructure up and down the East Coast. But I get ahead of myself. I Don't Believe You. (NOTE: We couldn't find the 2015 IRS 990 filings for these associations.) Here is the NCTA's (the cable association) IRS 990 forms for 2013 and 2014, revealing that TechFreedom, Free State Foundation, NAACP, National Urban League, and MMTC are all sucking on the teat of the phone and cable companies who arrange meetings like this to move public policies in their favor. They are joined by many others, but I'll get to that. For just 2013, the cable association's IRS filing (as a non-profit) shows that the MMTC got $35,000 from the NCTA, NAACP (just the Washington DC chapter) received $50,000, Free State Foundation got $100,000, while TechFreedom got $25,000. But, in 2014, as shown below, the Free State Foundation got a whopping $105,000, MMTC got $58,450 and TechFreedom was up to $95,000; we guess the increases were to do these types of meetings. And notice - Hey, there's the former Republican FCC Chairman, Mike Powell, now CEO of the cable association, and he's made a cool $4 million dollars in 2014. Say It Loud: I Don't Believe You. Why stop here. Then we have the wireless association, CTIA. And what do you know? There's Free State Foundation, MMTC, and even ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, who all got money from CTIA. And hey -There's Meredith A. Baker, now the President and CEO of the CTIA - and coincidentally, another former FCC commissioner. I'll return to the other groups listed above, like ITIF, as well as those at the FCC meeting, including Progressive Policy Institute and Hal Singer, as well as the FCC transition team leader, Jeffrey Eisenach, in a moment. Say It Loud: I Don't Believe You. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai - Former Verizon Attorney The idea that the other FCC Commissioners left to work for the industry is not the case with Ajit Pai. Ajit Pai, the new Republican FCC chairman, worked for Verizon as "Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives." Later, he worked for Jenner & Block; their clients were/are the cable association, NCTA, in a case by Comcast against the FCC, then they also represented Comcast (in a challenge by Verizon about its marketing practices). "The following cases, which represent only a sampling of the regulatory litigation matters that we have handled: Comcast Corporation v. FCC, No. 08-1114 (D.C. Cir.) - Represented NCTA in successful challenge to FCC rule capping at 30% of all subscribers the market share any single cable television operator may serve. Verizon California Inc. v. FCC, No. 08-1234 (D.C. Cir.) - Represented Comcast in challenge to FCC enforcement action against Verizon's retention marketing practices. But this isn't as troubling as the fact that Pai is a friend of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC's telecommunications group--which is funded by AT&T, Verizon and the cable companies. This group has left a trail of scorched earth--where legislatures, using model legislation designed to help AT&T, Verizon and the cable companies, have been used like block municipalities from offering service or removing/ erasing Title II on the state level. Pai spoke at an ALEC Meeting, December 6th, 2013 "I am honored to be with you today to give the keynote address at this meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council's Task Force on Communications and Technology. It isn't every day that a group comes to Washington, DC to advocate for a vibrant free market, limited government, and federalism. ...I congratulate you on the good work you've done on these issues in the past and look forward to working with you in the future. And going forward, please keep making your voices heard here in Washington." And he even commended their "model legislation" that strip-mines basic customer rights or blocks cities from getting upgraded - i.e., AT&T and Verizon helped to create legislation that was then handed to politicians, ALEC members, that were campaign-financed by the companies who helped to get into important state positions so they could help pass laws for AT&T and Verizon, et al. "The Task Force on Communications and Technology deserves special thanks for encouraging these reform efforts and for developing model legislation like the Advanced Voice Services Availability Act. In responding to the IP Transition, however, allowing new IP-enabled services to thrive free from undue intervention isn't enough. Some heavy-handed rules currently apply to the old telephone services provided by incumbent local exchange carriers. Those rules saddle carriers with tariffs, rate regulation, required cross-subsidization, and other requirements inspired by 19th century railroad regulation." And while Pai tells people he is for competition and companies like wireless ISPs, he doesn't bother with the facts, like the rules that outlawed competitors from using the networks - and the cross-subsidies that were designed to help the incumbent phone companies. And while I'm at it, the other Republican Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, spoke at the Free State Foundation's 10th anniversary luncheon - where, over the years, he laid out his plan to kill off Net Neutrality. Commissioner O'Reilly, December 7, 2016 "Let me start by extending my congratulations to Randy May and offering my sincere thanks for inviting me to be a part of the festivities marking the Free State Foundation's tenth anniversary. "Looking back, it is at Free State conferences where I dissected and disposed of the imaginary authority some claim is contained in Section 706 of the Telecom Act. It's also where I denounced the Commission's process and direction on net neutrality regulations, particularly its abuse of the forbearance function. And it's where I explored at length the need for FCC process reform. "Under Randy's deft leadership, the Free State Foundation has established itself as a leading champion of free market principles and policies that respect property rights and the rule of law. ...Right from the beginning, the Foundation has made invaluable contributions to nearly every major policy debate in the communications world." Gee. How nice. I didn't know free market principles were based on hiding who funds you and also to get 'non-profit' status--so they don't pay taxes. NOTE: Free State doesn't list the few hundred thousand it gets from the phone and cable companies' associations--or any other contributor. Say It Loud: I Don't Believe You. Jeffrey Eisenach Pai is, of course, joined by his transition team, led by Jeffrey Eisenach, who has been a consultant to Verizon in various formats, for two decades. Here's a collection of different projects Eisenach did for Verizon et al. And yet, here is the leader of the FCC transition team. He has been a vocal critic, like Pai, about Net Neutrality and Title II, and never once noticed that Verizon's entire networks have been Title II for decades -- before the FCC decision, and it never harmed investment--it is the investment vehicle. And if you want to get pissed some more -- you know that every cent these people are getting, not to mention, for these associations, are paid by you and anyone with cable or broadband service. Ironically, while we hear that there is a call for "transparency" at the FCC, this doesn't mean that anyone has to reveal their backgrounds and biases, much less their current telco-cable funding. Say It Loud: I Don't Believe You. Information and Technology and Innovation Foundation, (ITIF) Next, we have ITIF, which sometimes I think should be called WTF. ITIF would like you to think that they are independent, yet they are also a 'non-profit' and they never reveal their funding sources. And recently, Robert D. Atkinson, the founder and president of ITIF wrote a scathing analysis of those who are pro-broadband and pro-Net Neutrality--groups and people who have been backing cities offering broadband service, or having government help fund areas. "How Broadband Populists Are Pushing for Government-Run Internet One Step at a Time" ITIF can't be taken seriously when it claims it has the answer as it is, well, embarrassing. The other populist advocates for broadband are doing it because--THE INCUMBENT PHONE COMPANY NEVER SHOWED UP, BUT CUSTOMERS WERE CHARGED FOR UPGRADES, INCLUDING RURAL AREAS. Atkinson et al. have never, ever bothered to examine the fact that there were state commitments for fiber optic broadband deployments, state-by-state, or that there have been continuous rate increases to pay for these upgrades. Of course, ITIF never mentioned the failure to deploy broadband by the incumbents, AT&T and Verizon, which is the reason the 'populists' are doing what they are doing; Verizon et al. never showed up or even maintained their utility wires. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. ITIF's funding? Well, here is just the NCTA, the CTIA, and the USTA, which includes Verizon and AT&T... duh. And they all have been giving ITIF money. But, does ITIF ever explain that their telecom practice is funded by the very companies that its policies are designed to help? No, ITIF hides any funding and their non-profit, IRS 990 form shows they have a professional fund raiser raising money, (which isn't all for just telecom issues). Say It Very Loud: I Don't Believe You. Progressive Policy Institute (The Third Way) Besides those listed above that I didn't focus on like Tech Policy Institute, or the Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies, we go back to the "Progressive Policy Institute" and Hal Singer (PPI), who was at the FCC meeting. What caught my attention is the sleaze exposed while trying to find who is funding them. Ever hear of a group called "The Third Way"? This is their IRS 990 for 2014 and it shows "Third Way Foundation" as the organization and it is doing business as "Progressive Policy Institute", a fact that we could not find on their web site or any other place that we looked at, to date. And the NCTA and the CTIA have been funding some of their work for years. Say It Loud: I Don't Believe You. Which brings me to lots of other groups who signed onto a letter claiming that the FCC's privacy rules should be fixed. Dated January 26th, 2017, the headline states: "Free Market Groups Ask Congress to Rescind FCC Privacy Rules" This letter isn't worth quoting. It's total crap. Essentially it involves one thing - should we, the public, have the right to "opt out" of companies who are tracking our moves with software, selling information about us, and passing it around to their affiliate companies? The law should be - Screw you. You need to ask for our permission to spy and track us. We should not have to figure out how to "opt-out" of your plans. I.e., the companies want the right, without asking, to surveil you and track you unless you call them and say stop; that should never have been allowed to happen. But here's what Verizon currently says: Customer Proprietary Network Information "We may use and share your CPNI among our affiliates and agents to offer you services that are different from the services you currently purchase from us. Verizon offers a full range of services, such as television, telematics, high-speed Internet, video, and local and long distance services. Visit Verizon.com for more information on our services and companies." "If you don't want your CPNI used for the marketing purposes described above, please notify us by phone any time at 1-800-333-9956, online at www.vzw.com/myprivacy or through Customer Service at 1-800-922-0204 from Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m." "Unless you notify us in one of these ways, we may use your CPNI as described above beginning 30 days after the first time we notify you of this CPNI policy. Your choice will remain valid until you notify us that you wish to change your selection. Your decision about use of your CPNI will not affect the provision of any services you currently have with us." The letter has a lot of groups listed. This is just the NCTA 990 IRS for 2013, and what do you know - many (if not all) of the signatories of the letter are funded by the cable companies - at least. American Commitment Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Alliance Institute for Policy Innovation Also signatories include: TechFreedom--We already discussed it gets money from the wireless association as well as the cable association. NetCompetition--This group has been around for a long time. Sourcewatch writes: Corporate backing and "payola punditry" charges "Scott Cleland's NetCompetition.org and formerly Precursor are funded by a wide range of broadband telecom, cable and wireless companies, including: AT&T Comcast Sprint Verizon Wireless Qwest American Cable Association National Cable and Communications Association NCTA IRS 990 There are other groups on the letter, but I've run out of patience to finish this. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Competitive Enterprise Institute Digital Liberty American Consumer Institute Scream: I Don't Believe You. Finally, many of these mostly non-profit groups are directly funded by not only the associations but also the individual companies, or other related organizations, sometimes through 3rd parties to make it seem less odious and harder to track the money. And while I didn't focus on it, some of these groups are tied to the Democrats or to the Republicans, but they are partisan--partisan to the corporate-monopolies/duopolies that control communications vs the public interest. And let us not forget that actually you, your family and business are paying for this as the companies dump the expenses for their association membership into 'corporate operations' and the even their lawyers and lobbyists are charged to you. And you pay taxes and they are mostly 'non-profits' that don't. Scream It: I Don't Believe You. Next Up - Time for Some Telco-Cable-Cabal Barbecue. These conflict-of-interest laden groups and people that hide their funding ties haven't bothered with facts about broadband deployment, Net Neutrality, Title II or privacy concerns. It's time for facts, not the pablum and telco-cable babble that these people would want you to believe. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

03 февраля, 02:14

The Moving Story Behind This Viral Photo Of A Doctor's Powerful Sign

When a fellow doctor was detained in Sudan, his colleagues at a Brooklyn hospital got on it. Stat. Their outraged reaction became a viral photo. On Jan. 31, a picture of a doctor holding a sign that reads, “I am taking care of your mom … but I can’t go see mine,” was posted to Twitter by Khaled Beydoun. 25% of doctors are foreign bornMany come from Muslim-majority countriesIncluding the 7 states restricted by #MuslimBan Like this man pic.twitter.com/erdhoyvXs8— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) February 1, 2017 The photo has received over 21,000 likes and 11,000 retweets — including a retweet by J.K. Rowling. Beydoun’s comment on the photo: “Twenty-five percent of doctors are foreign born. Many come from Muslim-majority countries, including the seven states restricted by #MuslimBan. Like this man.” But that doesn’t tell the whole story. It starts with Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, who is not the doctor featured in the picture. Fadlalla is a second-year internal medicine resident who has been working at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, for 20 months. On Jan. 13, Fadlalla, who has an H-1B visa, granted to those in “specialty occupations,” went to visit his family in Sudan a week before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. He had planned to stay in Sudan until February, but colleagues urged him to return earlier after reports last week that the president planned to sign an executive order to ban individuals with visas from several Muslim-majority countries, including Sudan, from entering the U.S. The 33-year-old doctor decided to end his trip early and head back home. When he got to the airport in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Saturday, he initially thought everything was fine. He got a boarding pass, made it through an immigration checkpoint and was waiting at his gate when he heard his name being called over a loudspeaker. “When I got to the counter, they said there was a notice from Customs and Border Protection that ... they had to offload us from the flight.” Fadlalla told the Los Angeles Times. “I was shocked.” He waited at the airport for four hours before returning to his family’s home in Sudan. After Fadlalla’s colleagues heard the news, doctors at Interfaith Medical Center and members of the Committee of Interns and Residents union held signs at the hospital in support of his return, a spokesperson at CIR told The Huffington Post. They posted pictures of themselves holding their signs on social media sites. The signs’ messages include: “Kamal belongs in Brooklyn,” “Bring Kamal back” and “Immigrants keep hospitals running.” One of the doctors who participated in the show of support was Dr. Mazin Khalid, who holds the sign in the viral photo. Khalid went to medical school in Sudan with Fadlalla, and the two are friends, CIR told HuffPost. Yet, Khalid didn’t even write the sign featured in the viral photo, per CIR. It was another doctor, Dr. Sumit Dahal, who got camera shy and asked Khalid to hold the sign for him in the photograph. Yet, this doesn’t mean that Khalid doesn’t also hold strong convictions about what happened to his friend and colleague. “The executive order basically bans entry even for those already established and who have been vetted and practicing medicine for years,” Khalid said in a Facebook post. “I know that if I leave the country I won’t be allowed back in, and that my family can’t visit me anymore. I just hope that nothing happens to my family and I wish that I would be able to see them soon.” Khalid added: “For the time being I will continue to work among my Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, atheist friends who are my family here, who are concerned about our banned colleague and are praying for him day and night. We continue to treat, pray and hope, knowing that this decision is a unilateral decision that does not resemble American ideals in any way or manner.” This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story:[email protected] function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Economism and the Law

By James Kwak Economism—the simplistic, unreflecting application of Economics 101 models to complex, real-world issues—is particularly influential in the law, including both legal academia and actual court opinions that decide important questions. The "economism" that @jamesykwak talks about is at its worst in … Continue reading →

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На Земле ожидаются небольшие геомагнитные бури

Незначительные G1-класса геомагнитные бури вероятны в течение следующих трех дней, так как Земля проходит через поток высокоскоростного солнечного ветра.

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Прибыль ВТБ выросла за 10 месяцев до 38 млрд рублей

Чистая прибыль группы ВТБ составила в январе-октябре 38 млрд руб. против чистого убытка в размере 7,9 млрд руб. в январе-октябре 2015 г., сообщает банк.

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28 ноября 2016, 10:39

Прибыль ВТБ выросла за 10 месяцев до 38 млрд рублей

Чистая прибыль группы ВТБ составила в январе-октябре 38 млрд руб. против чистого убытка в размере 7,9 млрд руб. в январе-октябре 2015 г., сообщает банк.

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23 ноября 2016, 00:33

Applied Micro Hits 52-Week High, to Be Acquired by MACOM

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) is to be acquired by MACOM Technology Solutions (MTSI) for almost $770 million.

22 ноября 2016, 07:03

Десять вопросов Герману Грефу от сотрудника Сбербанка – продолжение

Некоторое время назад я опубликовал  письмо Валентина Е., в котором он задавал 10 вопросов главе банка Герману Грефу. Валентин Е. работает в Сбербанке, поэтому он опасается задать эти вопросы лично, вполне справедливо полагая, что вслед за этим он потеряет работу. При этом, хочется отметить, что такие вопросы накопились у миллионов граждан России. Поскольку ответа Германа Оскаровича не прозвучало, Валентин Е.подготовил новую порцию «недоумений». На этот раз в форме открытого письма главе Сбербанка от сотрудника Сбербанка. Герман Оскарович, добрый день! Не получив от Вас ответов на предыдущие вопросы, прошу ознакомиться с десятью новыми вопросами по 5 тезисам, которые раскрывают их суть.  1. На данный момент и во многом благодаря лично Вам и команде топ-менеджеров из американской консалтинговой компании McKinsey, Сбербанк России уже является одним из самых эффективных Банков в мире. А среди сопоставимых по объемам бизнеса банков — самым эффективным в мире. На это указывает один из самых почитаемых экономистами показатель  CIR (Cost/Income Ratio: соотношение производственных расходов к  чистым операционным доходам), который значительно меньше в сравнении с крупнейшими западными банками. При этом не секрет, что наибольший удельный вес в расходах любого крупного классического банка составляют расходы на персонал и филиальную сеть (до 80%). Вопрос 1. Газпром — национальное достояние, а Сбербанк — разве нет? При том, что в нашем Банке Bigdata с персональными данными россиян, и в Банке обслуживаются практически все граждане нашей страны? Вопрос 2. Скажите, для чего необходимо продавать Сбербанк в частные, скорее всего, западные руки, если он столь эффективен и приносит кроме налоговых поступлений ещё и прибыль для государства, а значит — для всех граждан России?  2. Осенью 2015 года Вы встречались с западными инвесторами в Лондоне, после чего стоимость акций Сбербанка резко пошла в рост. В это же время Вы проводили консультации и активно продвигали мысль о необходимости приватизации Банка, т.е. продаже контрольного пакета акций ЦБ РФ частным инвесторам (при этом уже сейчас пакет акций, находящийся в руках этих западных инвесторов составляет более 45%). Эту идею активно поддержали в экономическом блоке Правительства Медведева (г-н Улюкаев очень активно её продвигает и сейчас) и не поддержали в Администрации Президента России. При этом, Вы теперь предлагаете проводить мягкую приватизацию, продавая акции Сбербанка частным инвесторам постепенно, по 5-7%, что уже при первой подобной продаже приведёт к передаче западным финансовым кругам контрольного пакета акций и, по сути, выводу Сбербанка из под контроля государства.   Вопрос 3. Скажите, существует ли зависимость между Вашими поездками в Лондон и Стэнфорд и динамикой стоимости акций Сбербанка? Вопрос 4. Вы знакомы с исследованиями авторов конца ХIХ — начала ХХ веков о том, как работали финансовые спекулянты в середине ХIХ  века на Парижской бирже по искусственному повышению стоимости акций одного очень крупного европейского банка того времени, и к чему это, в итоге, привело?  3. Очередной этап стратегического развития Сбербанка очерчен 2018-м годом и предполагает завершение проводимых Вами реформ в Банке, которые непрерывно продолжаются с 2008 года. В моей трудовой книжке с учетом вкладышей уже нет места для записей по отражению переназначений и переводов внутри нашего Банка. И я могу только догадываться, насколько ведение трудовых книжек сотрудников трудозатратно для HR (кадровой) службы нашего банка.   Вопрос 5. 2018 год является годом президентских выборов в России и годом завершения Ваших реформ в Сбербанке — это простое совпадение? Вопрос 6. Вы активно продвигаете идею по отмене трудовых книжек и «оцифровыванию» работников. Понимаю, зачем это нужно Вам и HR-службе, но не совсем понимаю, зачем  это нужно работникам? 4. Предыдущий этап стратегического развития Сбербанка был очерчен 2014-м годом и формулировался в миссии банка следующим образом: «Мы даем людям  уверенность и надежность, мы делаем их жизнь лучше, помогая реализовывать  устремления и мечты. Мы строим одну из лучших в  мире финансовых компаний, успех которой основан  на профессионализме и  ощущении гармонии и счастья её сотрудников». Ныне же действующая миссия в рамках стратегии-2018 сформулирована так: «Мы даем людям уверенность и надежность, мы делаем их жизнь лучше, помогая реализовывать устремления и мечты». Из миссии убрано: «Мы строим одну из лучших в мире финансовых компаний, успех которой основан на профессионализме и ощущении гармонии и счастья её сотрудников». С построением лучшей в мире финансовой компании понятно, мы её уже построили (см. вопрос с показателем CIR), а вот с «профессионализмом и ощущением гармонии и счастья её сотрудников» не совсем понятно. Профессионализм — это очень сложно, он формируется не за один год и не только самостоятельно получаемыми сотрудниками знаниями в книгах из библиотеки Банка и проводимыми в Банке тренингами. Возможно, что из миссии-2018 профессионализм Вы убрали, потому что к этому году будет произведено полное «оцифровывание» как сотрудников, так и клиентов Банка, а труд сотрудников заменят роботы и компьютерные чипы, т.е. профессионалы будут просто не нужны. Но ведь непрофессионалы, то есть те, кто будут нажимать кнопку на компьютере или управлять роботами, — они ведь останутся. Вопрос 7. Из миссии-2018 убраны гармония и счастье сотрудников случайно или потому, что сотрудники Банка по Вашему мнению уже счастливы? Вопрос 8. Вы знаете, что во многих филиалах Банка по стране так и висит на самом видном месте миссия-2014, где написано про гармонию и счастье сотрудников?  5. Ноябрь месяц очень насыщен памятными датами: и трагическими, и счастливыми для нашей страны. 4 ноября мы праздновали День народного единства — день, когда народное ополчение под руководством гражданина Минина и князя Пожарского освободило Москву от врагов и, тем самым, вернуло суверенитет русскому государству.  7 ноября — очередная годовщина Октябрьской революции. 12 ноября 2016 года Сбербанк России отмечает 175 годовщину образования Сбербанка, отмечает в условиях жестких санкций со стороны Запада, которые стараются душить нашу экономику и наши домохозяйства. Согласитесь, что «денег нет, но вы держитесь» — не лучшее утешение для россиян от Медведева Д.А. При этом экономический и финансовый блок Правительства, а также Центральный банк Российской Федерации ничего не предпринимают для того, чтобы отвязать нашу национальную валюту Рубль от американского доллара, то есть — сделать нашу страну суверенной. Вопрос 9.  В 1612 году наша страна вернула себе суверенитет, в 1917 году она его, по сути, сохранила. К 2016 году мы его, потеряв в 1991-м, так полностью ещё и не вернули. Что нужно, по Вашему мнению, сделать, чтобы российские экономика, финансовая и банковская система, а значит и наша страна стали полностью суверенными?   Вопрос 10. Как Вы отмечали День народного единства и как отмечаете День работниа Сбербанка? Понимаю, что обозначенные мной вопросы очень сложные и масштабные, но очень надеюсь, что Вы на них сможете профессионально и честно ответить. С уважением, Валентин Е. P.S. Немного информации: «Глава Сбербанка Герман Греф назвал себя «главным футурологом» в Сбербанке. Об этом сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на заявление Грефа на конференции «Вперед в будущее: роль и место России». «У нас в Сбербанке нет футуролога. Я всегда считал, что самый главный футуролог — это я сам. Оказалась, что есть такая профессия футуролог. Точнее, о профессии я знал. Но всегда считал, что это люди, которые сидят в университетах, либо писатели фантасты и рассуждают о будущем», — отметил Греф. «Футурология — представление того, куда должна развиваться компания. Эта концепция кладется в основу концепции компании», — пояснил Греф. Ранее, 8 ноября, Греф заявил, что «наблюдательный совет [Сбербанка]одобрил идею превращения банка в экосистему». «Окончательное решение будет принято после представления нами новой стратегии [на 2019–2023 годы]», — пояснил тогда Греф. При создании экосистемы будет использована концепция открытого кода, которая подразумевает встраивание в платформу Сбербанка различных партнеров, сообщал глава банка. В сентябре Греф рассказал, что в Сбербанке обсуждают возможность создания виртуального сотового оператора MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)». 10 ноября [Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]Некоторое время назад я опубликовал  письмо Валентина Е., в котором он задавал 10 вопросов главе банка Герману Грефу. Валентин Е. работает в Сбербанке, поэтому он опасается задать эти вопросы лично, вполне справедливо полагая, что вслед за этим он потеряет работу. При этом, хочется отметить, что такие вопросы накопились у миллионов граждан России. Поскольку ответа Германа Оскаровича не прозвучало, Валентин Е.подготовил новую порцию «недоумений». На этот раз в форме открытого письма главе Сбербанка от сотрудника Сбербанка. Герман Оскарович, добрый день! Не получив от Вас ответов на предыдущие вопросы, прошу ознакомиться с десятью новыми вопросами по 5 тезисам, которые раскрывают их суть.  1. На данный момент и во многом благодаря лично Вам и команде топ-менеджеров из американской консалтинговой компании McKinsey, Сбербанк России уже является одним из самых эффективных Банков в мире. А среди сопоставимых по объемам бизнеса банков — самым эффективным в мире. На это указывает один из самых почитаемых экономистами показатель  CIR (Cost/Income Ratio: соотношение производственных расходов к  чистым операционным доходам), который значительно меньше в сравнении с крупнейшими западными банками. При этом не секрет, что наибольший удельный вес в расходах любого крупного классического банка составляют расходы на персонал и филиальную сеть (до 80%). Вопрос 1. Газпром — национальное достояние, а Сбербанк — разве нет? При том, что в нашем Банке Bigdata с персональными данными россиян, и в Банке обслуживаются практически все граждане нашей страны? Вопрос 2. Скажите, для чего необходимо продавать Сбербанк в частные, скорее всего, западные руки, если он столь эффективен и приносит кроме налоговых поступлений ещё и прибыль для государства, а значит — для всех граждан России?  2. Осенью 2015 года Вы встречались с западными инвесторами в Лондоне, после чего стоимость акций Сбербанка резко пошла в рост. В это же время Вы проводили консультации и активно продвигали мысль о необходимости приватизации Банка, т.е. продаже контрольного пакета акций ЦБ РФ частным инвесторам (при этом уже сейчас пакет акций, находящийся в руках этих западных инвесторов составляет более 45%). Эту идею активно поддержали в экономическом блоке Правительства Медведева (г-н Улюкаев очень активно её продвигает и сейчас) и не поддержали в Администрации Президента России. При этом, Вы теперь предлагаете проводить мягкую приватизацию, продавая акции Сбербанка частным инвесторам постепенно, по 5-7%, что уже при первой подобной продаже приведёт к передаче западным финансовым кругам контрольного пакета акций и, по сути, выводу Сбербанка из под контроля государства.   Вопрос 3. Скажите, существует ли зависимость между Вашими поездками в Лондон и Стэнфорд и динамикой стоимости акций Сбербанка? Вопрос 4. Вы знакомы с исследованиями авторов конца ХIХ — начала ХХ веков о том, как работали финансовые спекулянты в середине ХIХ  века на Парижской бирже по искусственному повышению стоимости акций одного очень крупного европейского банка того времени, и к чему это, в итоге, привело?  3. Очередной этап стратегического развития Сбербанка очерчен 2018-м годом и предполагает завершение проводимых Вами реформ в Банке, которые непрерывно продолжаются с 2008 года. В моей трудовой книжке с учетом вкладышей уже нет места для записей по отражению переназначений и переводов внутри нашего Банка. И я могу только догадываться, насколько ведение трудовых книжек сотрудников трудозатратно для HR (кадровой) службы нашего банка.   Вопрос 5. 2018 год является годом президентских выборов в России и годом завершения Ваших реформ в Сбербанке — это простое совпадение? Вопрос 6. Вы активно продвигаете идею по отмене трудовых книжек и «оцифровыванию» работников. Понимаю, зачем это нужно Вам и HR-службе, но не совсем понимаю, зачем  это нужно работникам? 4. Предыдущий этап стратегического развития Сбербанка был очерчен 2014-м годом и формулировался в миссии банка следующим образом: «Мы даем людям  уверенность и надежность, мы делаем их жизнь лучше, помогая реализовывать  устремления и мечты. Мы строим одну из лучших в  мире финансовых компаний, успех которой основан  на профессионализме и  ощущении гармонии и счастья её сотрудников». Ныне же действующая миссия в рамках стратегии-2018 сформулирована так: «Мы даем людям уверенность и надежность, мы делаем их жизнь лучше, помогая реализовывать устремления и мечты». Из миссии убрано: «Мы строим одну из лучших в мире финансовых компаний, успех которой основан на профессионализме и ощущении гармонии и счастья её сотрудников». С построением лучшей в мире финансовой компании понятно, мы её уже построили (см. вопрос с показателем CIR), а вот с «профессионализмом и ощущением гармонии и счастья её сотрудников» не совсем понятно. Профессионализм — это очень сложно, он формируется не за один год и не только самостоятельно получаемыми сотрудниками знаниями в книгах из библиотеки Банка и проводимыми в Банке тренингами. Возможно, что из миссии-2018 профессионализм Вы убрали, потому что к этому году будет произведено полное «оцифровывание» как сотрудников, так и клиентов Банка, а труд сотрудников заменят роботы и компьютерные чипы, т.е. профессионалы будут просто не нужны. Но ведь непрофессионалы, то есть те, кто будут нажимать кнопку на компьютере или управлять роботами, — они ведь останутся. Вопрос 7. Из миссии-2018 убраны гармония и счастье сотрудников случайно или потому, что сотрудники Банка по Вашему мнению уже счастливы? Вопрос 8. Вы знаете, что во многих филиалах Банка по стране так и висит на самом видном месте миссия-2014, где написано про гармонию и счастье сотрудников?  5. Ноябрь месяц очень насыщен памятными датами: и трагическими, и счастливыми для нашей страны. 4 ноября мы праздновали День народного единства — день, когда народное ополчение под руководством гражданина Минина и князя Пожарского освободило Москву от врагов и, тем самым, вернуло суверенитет русскому государству.  7 ноября — очередная годовщина Октябрьской революции. 12 ноября 2016 года Сбербанк России отмечает 175 годовщину образования Сбербанка, отмечает в условиях жестких санкций со стороны Запада, которые стараются душить нашу экономику и наши домохозяйства. Согласитесь, что «денег нет, но вы держитесь» — не лучшее утешение для россиян от Медведева Д.А. При этом экономический и финансовый блок Правительства, а также Центральный банк Российской Федерации ничего не предпринимают для того, чтобы отвязать нашу национальную валюту Рубль от американского доллара, то есть — сделать нашу страну суверенной. Вопрос 9.  В 1612 году наша страна вернула себе суверенитет, в 1917 году она его, по сути, сохранила. К 2016 году мы его, потеряв в 1991-м, так полностью ещё и не вернули. Что нужно, по Вашему мнению, сделать, чтобы российские экономика, финансовая и банковская система, а значит и наша страна стали полностью суверенными?   Вопрос 10. Как Вы отмечали День народного единства и как отмечаете День работниа Сбербанка? Понимаю, что обозначенные мной вопросы очень сложные и масштабные, но очень надеюсь, что Вы на них сможете профессионально и честно ответить. С уважением, Валентин Е. P.S. Немного информации: «Глава Сбербанка Герман Греф назвал себя «главным футурологом» в Сбербанке. Об этом сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на заявление Грефа на конференции «Вперед в будущее: роль и место России». «У нас в Сбербанке нет футуролога. Я всегда считал, что самый главный футуролог — это я сам. Оказалась, что есть такая профессия футуролог. Точнее, о профессии я знал. Но всегда считал, что это люди, которые сидят в университетах, либо писатели фантасты и рассуждают о будущем», — отметил Греф. «Футурология — представление того, куда должна развиваться компания. Эта концепция кладется в основу концепции компании», — пояснил Греф. Ранее, 8 ноября, Греф заявил, что «наблюдательный совет [Сбербанка]одобрил идею превращения банка в экосистему». «Окончательное решение будет принято после представления нами новой стратегии [на 2019–2023 годы]», — пояснил тогда Греф. При создании экосистемы будет использована концепция открытого кода, которая подразумевает встраивание в платформу Сбербанка различных партнеров, сообщал глава банка. В сентябре Греф рассказал, что в Сбербанке обсуждают возможность создания виртуального сотового оператора MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)». 10 ноября 2016 г. Источник: РБК Образец внутренней рассылки Сбербанка: Оригинал размещён в моём блоге.

10 ноября 2016, 22:23

Donald Trump's Signature Campaign Positions on Immigration and Refugee Protection and Why the President-Elect Should Reconsider Them

President-elect Donald Trump made immigration enforcement and reduced refugee admissions a centerpiece of his presidential campaign. This blog analyzes five of his more controversial positions on these issues, and argues that they should be reconsidered. In the final presidential debate, Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton "wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster and very unfair to all the people that are waiting on line for many, many years." In fact, Clinton favored comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), "with a pathway to full and equal citizenship." CIR legislative proposals, one of which passed the US Senate in 2013, would reform outdated legal immigration laws, provide for rigorous enforcement of the law, and offer a long and difficult path to permanent legal status for select undocumented immigrants. They cannot fairly be characterized as amnesty programs. Moreover, these bills included provisions to ensure that beneficiaries could not jump ahead of those who had sought status through legal immigration channels. Immigration status is a fluid condition, with tens of thousands of US residents gaining and losing status each year, as evidenced by the high percentage of new lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in any given year who were once undocumented. An estimated 4.4 million immigrants have been determined to qualify for a family-based visa, but languish in visa backlogs, some for decades. Perhaps another 14 to 15 percent are eligible for an immigration benefit or relief that would put them on a path to LPR status and citizenship, but do not know it or cannot afford the application and legal fees. In short, many undocumented immigrants are on their way to permanent legal status and none of them would benefit from US legal immigration laws at the expense of others. Second, Donald Trump has vowed to build "an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one" and force Mexico to pay it. The United States has already erected 600 miles of walls and fencing along its nearly 2,000 mile land border with Mexico. To secure the rest of this border, it has put in place an elaborate system of ground sensors, drones, radar technologies, video surveillance, and more than 17,000 agents. Former US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff argues that fencing has value in border crossing areas near "vanishing" points (towns or highways), but in other places "makes no sense at all" and "doesn't add any value." Moreover, constructing a 2,000 mile barricade would pose immense engineering and environmental challenges and the result would be far from "impenetrable." This proposal also assumes an out-of-control US-Mexico border, but the US undocumented population fell steadily between 2008 and 2014, border apprehensions are at one-fourth of their historic highs, and illegal entries have fallen to roughly one-tenth the level of a decade ago. Moreover, a growing percentage of illegal border crossers are fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle states of Central America. Additional fencing does not respond to refugee-producing conditions in these nations and will not prevent their nationals from crossing borders in search of protection. Finally, Mexico has repeatedly affirmed that it will not pay for a wall between nations that are, in fact, allies. Trump's enforcement plans would, however, bring a windfall to defense contractors and for-profit prisons. The stock of the two largest private prison corporations -- the GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America --experienced a sharp jump the day after the election. Third, President-elect Trump has said that his administration will remove or otherwise force out all 11 million US undocumented immigrants: "We're going to get them [all] out." Rather than upholding the rule of law, the deportation of 11 million persons would require draconian law enforcement tactics. This plan would also be disastrous to the US economy and tear apart millions of US families. One study has estimated that it would also cost anywhere between $400 and $600 billion in enforcement spending over 20 years. Undocumented workers constitute more than 5 percent of the US workforce overall, but this plan would shrink the US labor force even more (by 6.4 percent) and cause the GDP to shrink by $1.6 trillion over 20 years. It would particularly decimate industries like agriculture, construction, leisure and hospitality in which undocumented laborers are heavily concentrated. The undocumented population includes a high and growing percentage of persons with long tenure and strong family and equitable ties to the United States, including 1.9 million who have lived in the US for 20 years or more, 6.6 million for 10 years or more. There are 3.8 million undocumented immigrants with at least one US citizen or LPR child. If the concern is that employers exploit undocumented immigrants to depress wages and degrade working conditions for all workers, a cleaner solution would be to strengthen and adequately enforce federal labor and workplace protection laws. A path to legal status for undocumented workers would also strengthen their ability to exercise their rights and responsibilities as workers. Fourth, Trump has vowed to "immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties." The Obama administration created programs to defer the removal and grant temporary employment authorization to two populations of undocumented residents. The first, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), covers persons brought to the United States as children. The second, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would have applied to persons with a US citizen or LPR child. The legal ground for these programs is the well-established authority of the executive branch to enforce US immigration laws, an authority that is, in fact, central to Trump's immigration plans. The Obama administration pointed out that it lacked the resources to remove all US undocumented immigrants and, thus, would exclude low-priority cases from the immediate threat of removal. The DAPA program was blocked in court and never implemented. The original DACA program is available to undocumented persons who: arrived in the United States prior to age 16; have graduated from high school, or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or were honorably discharged from the US Coast Guard or armed forces; have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and do not constitute a security or public safety threat. A 2016 analysis by the Center for Migration Studies found that potential DACA and DAPA beneficiaries were "deeply embedded" in US society. Eighty-five percent of the DACA-eligible had lived in the United States for more than 10 years, and 19 percent for more than 20 years, and 89 percent in the labor force were employed. The beneficiaries of the DACA program were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age and did not willfully break the law. They contribute substantially to their country and are Americans in every way except immigration status. The DACA program has allowed approximately 700,000 young immigrants to further their education and professional training, obtain more stable work opportunities, and increase their economic contributions to their families and communities. Why deport young Americans who are already part of the national fabric and who have such potential to serve the United States in the future? Fifth, Trump's talking points on "defeating ISIS" identify the need to "[e]nsure that our security procedures and refugee policy takes into account the security of the American people." He has opposed the admission of Syrian and other refugees on national security grounds and may significantly reduce the refugee admission ceiling in FY 2017. The US refugee resettlement program is the most secure of all US admission programs. National security and refugee protection are often seen as at odds, when in fact the two are complementary needs. Refugees contribute immensely to the US economy, military strength, diplomatic standing, and civic values. They serve as a living testimony to the nation's founding ideals. Moreover, refugee protection and security strategies largely align. Conflict prevention, peace-building, reconstruction, reconciliation initiatives, safe return home, humanitarian and development assistance to refugee host communities, and refugee integration advance both refugee protection and national security. Occasionally terrorists pose as refugees, but the clearest connection between terrorism and refugees is that the former creates the latter. There were more than 65 million forcibly displaced persons in 2015, 21 million of them refugees, numbers which have almost certainly increased in the interim. The United States took a leadership role in responding to the crises in refugee protection after World War II and the Vietnam War. To resolve the current crisis will also require its leadership. However, it does not look as if this will be a priority for the Trump administration. If not, that will surely have negative security implications, as refugees languish indefinitely in camps. Moreover President-elect Trump has vowed that the United States would establish "great relationships" with "all nations." But forsaking the nation's obligation to do its fair share in helping refugees would undermine US standing with other nations. In the presidential campaign, President-elect Trump regularly disavowed and denied his past statements and positions. Thus, it is not clear if President Trump will carry out his harshest, most counter-productive immigration and refugee proposals, although he will certainly face strong pressure to do so from his core supporters. These measures would be bitterly opposed and would certainly not unify the nation or "bind" its "wounds of division," as Trump promised on election night that he would work to do. In fact, they would divide millions of American families, deal an extreme blow to the US economy, and resemble the actions of a police state, not a liberal democracy committed to shared ideals. It is not too late to reconsider them. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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10 ноября 2016, 19:01

Why Applied Micro (AMCC) Could Be Positioned for a Surge

Applied Micro (AMCC) could be a solid choice for investors as it has seen estimates moving sharply higher over the past four weeks.

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08 ноября 2016, 19:14

Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) Shares March Higher, Can It Continue?

As of late, it has definitely been a great time to be an investor in Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC).

04 ноября 2016, 17:04

Why Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) Could Be an Impressive Growth Stock

Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is a great company from a Zacks Growth perspective.

03 ноября 2016, 17:10

Is Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) Stock a Solid Choice Right Now?

Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

01 ноября 2016, 20:20

Applied Micro (AMCC) Q2 Loss Narrower Than Expected

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) reported adjusted net loss of a nickel, which was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a dime.

19 ноября 2012, 16:00

В Италии без лишнего шума проходит встреча Бильдербергского клуба

Источник перевод для mixednews – josserПока внимание большинства приковано ко всяким мелочам, похоже, что Бильдербергский клуб устроил нечто такое, что некоторые назвали внеплановым римским заседанием.И хотя бо́льшая часть европейской прессы хранит по этому вопросу молчание, что к сожалению присуще мейнстримным СМИ любой страны, некоторые итальянские газеты всё же сообщают кое-какие сведения, касающиеся встречи.Согласно сайту 21stCenturyWire, повестка собрания сосредоточена вокруг участи таких стран ЕС, как Италия, Испания и Греция, трёх государств, по которым сильно ударил мировой кризис деривативов и навязанные впоследствии меры строгой экономии.Разные газеты со всей Италии пишут о том, что для обсуждения событий, разворачивающихся в рамках инсценированного кризиса, на полутайное совещание в Рим были созваны примерно 80 членов Бильдербергского клуба, в особенности его организационного комитета.В полной противоположности с традиционными для Бильдербергской группы методами поддержания секретности, такими, например, как съём целых отелей днями напролёт с освобождением их на время конференции от гостей и даже некоторого обслуживающего персонала, эта итальянская встреча проходит в то же время, что и другое популярное мероприятие, Римский кинофестиваль.Таким образом, создаётся впечатление, что вместо того, чтобы собираться в обстановке строжайшей тайны, Бильдербергский клуб пытается спрятать своё вероломство у всех на виду, смешиваясь при этом с остальной толпой актёров, актрис, режиссёров и всеобщих знаменитостей.В данном случае можно предположить, что стратегия организации состояла в использовании кинофестиваля в качестве прикрытия для посетителей. Если бы в «Отеле де Русси» – зрелищном месте как в плане фестиваля, так и собрания – кого и заметили, всегда можно утверждать, что это связано исключительно с посещением кинофестиваля, дать короткое интервью о значимости кино в жизни Италии и своём любимом фильме, и большей частью остаться обделённым вниманием из-за расхаживающих вокруг настоящих звёзд.Бюджет римской встречи представляет собой насмешку и нескрываемое презрение в адрес «маленьких людей»: как пишет Джей Джи Вайбс на сайте Intel Hub, по оценкам итальянских газет он составит примерно 100 тысяч евро на 80 собравшихся.Согласно итальянскому сайту DagoSpia.com, перечень посетителей выглядит примерно так:Энрико Летта (заместитель секретаря левоцентристской Демократической партии Италии; здесь и далее – прим. mixednews.ru), Энрико Бонди (гендиректор Parmalat; прим.), Марио Монти, Марлике де Фогель (оргсекретарь; прим.), Коррадо Пассера (министр экономического развития Италии; прим.), министр образования Франческо Профумо, Паола Северино (министр юстиции; прим.), Эльза Форнеро (министр труда; прим.), Джулиано Амато (бывший премьер-министр Италии; прим.), председатель Европейского центрального банка Марио Драги, Лилли Грубер (телеведущая на итальянском частном канале La7; прим.), Энрико Ментана (директор La7; прим.), Франко Бернабе (глава Telecom Italia; прим.), Ферруччо де Бортоли (главный редактор газеты «Коррьере дела Серра; прим.), Венделин фон Бредов (журналистка The Economist; прим.), Мауро Моретти (гендиректор оператора итальянской железнодорожной сети Ferrovie dello Stato; прим.) из ВИКТ (Всеобщая итальянская конфедерация труда; прим.), гендиректор Mediobanca Альберто Нагель, председатель AGCOM (итальянский регулятор массовых коммуникаций; прим.) Анджело Джимбалс, Федерико Гиццони из UniCredit, Энрико Тиспунс из Intesa, Фульвио Конти из Enel, президент RAI Анна Марион Тарантола, президент CIR (Compagnie Industriali Riunite, промышленный холдинг; прим.) Родольфо Де Бендетти, и председатель Банка Италии Игнацио Виско.Ссылка