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Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News Groups Band Together to Protect Confidentiality of Census Data Distrust in government could lead to undercount By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | 5:00 am Make a commentcenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More than 275 stakeholders on Monday unveiled a watchdog coalition pledging to help monitor and protect the confidentiality of 2020 Census data.The coalition, led by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, will fight to safeguard confidentiality requirements, and to assure people that they should participate in the census and secure resources important for their family and community without worry.“Unfortunately, there is a general mistrust of government among various groups of citizens and non-citizens in the immigrant community, as well as other hard to count community members, that may make it difficult to ensure a full count of Pasadena residents,’’ Mayor Terry Tornek said in a report to City Council members prior to a vote in February by the council regarding the city’s efforts to guarantee confidentiality.Children, undocumented immigrants, racial/ethnic minorities and people experiencing homelessness are among the least likely to be counted accurately due in large part to a distrust in government and risk losing their fair share of political power and resources.In a local resolution, the council vowed to monitor for any breach of census data confidentiality, use the City Council’s collective power and influence to prevent, block, and/or bring an end to any breach of the currently established guarantee and understanding of the confidentiality of data collected as part of the 2020 census and emphasize publicly the critical importance of continued census safety and security.Federal law requires the Census Bureau to protect any personal and household information it collects and bars it from sharing such information with any other government agencies, including the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and law enforcement.Census data are crucial to allocating seats in Congress, drawing accurate election districts, and ensuring equitable distribution of federal funds for a wide range of vital programs including schools, hospitals, and other social services.“Heightened distrust in elements of the federal government is a threat to our nation’s ability to secure an accurate census, which is so critical to our democracy’s next decade,” said Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF president and general counsel in a prepared statement. “This Census data confidentiality protection pledge provides reassurance to all – including hardworking Census Bureau staff themselves — that powerful forces outside of government are working together to protect data confidentiality and the integrity of Census 2020.”The coalition is working to boost responses among communities that have been historically undercounted by reassuring households that not only are the Census confidentiality protections in law the strongest in the nation, but that the coalition is poised to help enforce them so personal information remains protected from any potential threat of disclosure.“We continue to hear concerns reverberating through communities of color, particularly the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, about the confidentiality of their information when filling out the 2020 Census but we are here to provide reassurance,” said John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. “For a community that includes undocumented immigrants and individuals in mixed-status households, it is imperative to remind them about the legal protections that will protect their responses to the 2020 Census. 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first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Government Backstop Necessary for Sustainable Mortgage Market? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Dean Terrell The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday titled “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform,” inviting several private sector leaders and policy researchers to provide their opinion on necessary changes for the mortgage and housing industry. During the meeting, the panel outlined recommendations to reform the Federal Housing Administration as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, what regulatory, legal, and statutory impediments can occur with private capital returning to the housing finance system, and what factors and metrics for Congress to consider when reforming the housing finance system, according to the memorandum.The panelists included David H. Stevens, President and CEO of MBA, Jerry Howard, the CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy for the Center for American Progress, Dan Goodwin, Director of Mortgage Policy at the Structured Finance Industry Group, Kevin Brown, Chair of the Conventional Financing and Policy Committee for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and Robert Dewitt, Chairman of the National Multifamily Housing Council, speaking on behalf of the Council as well as the National Apartment Association.“I look forward to having a more vigorous conversation with all of you on these topics as we would move forward,” said U.S. House Rep Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Chairman on the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee. “I would just hope that there’s going to be agreement, one, on the government backstop, but also, that we want market principles at play,” he said. Duffy went on to say that market discipline helps make sure another housing crash doesn’t occur.U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) asked the panel if it was necessary to have a government backstop in order to sustain a 30-year mortgage, with Brown replying “yes”, mirroring the whole panel’s response. He then asked the panel about a particular type of backstop, that is “private shareholders with a rate regulation-type environment that’s used in utilities” and if that would be a viable direction to take.“What we’re calling for is a mortgage-market liquidity fund, and that’s the rainy day fund.” said Brown. According to Brown, the fund for the GSEs would store profits in preparation for catastrophic losses after the system went through private capital, becoming a last resort to protect taxpayers. In response to Ross’s question on how the backstop should be restructured in terms of the homeowner’s, lender’s, and government’s level and reach of participation, Edelman responded “We do want a situation where the government is just the backstop and the market of last resort.” When asked by U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) on whether Congress should increase the amount of GSEs to more than two, Brown responded “Having two, we think is a perfect balance, we think that that has led to competition and innovation, so that has worked out well so far with the GSEs. Having multiple guarantors, we think would be just a race to the bottom in terms of pricing and then we would have liquidity problems in the market.” The topic of the mortgage-interest deduction cap was also a consistently discussed topic during the hearing, with a few representatives concerned of it being reduced and possibly removed.  U.S. Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA)  asked the panel on whether not the reduction of the cap would help increase homeownership or business. “We don’t think so sir, we are very concerned about the tax bill on housing. While we are in favor of the doubling of the standard deduction, we think there are revenue-neutral ways that the tax bill could solve the problem it creates with housing” replied Howard.U.S. Representative Al Green (D-TX) considered the cap lowering as a sign of it eventually being eliminated entirely and asked for Jerry Howard’s opinion on its reduction. “We’re angry. We think it’s very bad policy. We think it picks geographic winners and losers. We think it’s going to lower house values and it could lead to a housing recession.” Green then asked Brown who agreed with Howard. “Our economist came up with a number with a repeal of the SALT as well as a doubling of the standard deduction and we feel that it’s gonna be a 10 percent drop nationwide.”        The full press release can be viewed here. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Government Backstop Necessary for Sustainable Mortgage Market? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Why RE/MAX Delayed its Earnings Results Next: While Unemployment Drops, Homebuilders Face Labor Shortage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Al Green Brad Sherman Chairman of the National Multifamily Housing Council Conventional Financing and Policy Committee Dan Goodwin David H. 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first_img(BBC) – UEFA might consider revisiting the single-game knockout format in future seasons following its incorporation in this season’s Champions League.Football’s suspension during the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a revision of the club competition’s format in order that it could be completed at all.UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, said: “We were forced to do it, but in the end we see that we found out something new.“So we will think about it in the future for sure.”Both the final stages of the Champions League and Europa League – from the quarter-finals onwards – were held at neutral venues over a two-week period in August.There were thrilling climaxes in the Champions League quarter-finals involving Manchester City and Lyon, Paris St-Germain and Atalanta, and in RB Leipzig’s win over Atletico Madrid. And in the most eagerly awaited match, Bayern Munich trounced Barcelona 8-2.Ceferin believes games have been less cautious and teams have been forced to go for goals because there have not been second legs.He added: “If it is one match, if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is two-legged system then there is still time to win the next match.“But of course we also have to think about the fact that we have less matches and broadcasters say ‘you don’t have as many matches as before, this is different’ – so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends.”The current format cannot be changed until 2024-25, although discussions are expected to begin later this year on the structure for the competition in that next phase.last_img read more


first_img StumbleUpon Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Submit Slot developer Pragmatic Play has continued its portfolio expansion by reaching an agreement with Bethard Group.This will see the digital casino games provider roll out its 80 plus slot titles, following recent similar deals with GVC and GAMEIOM – which allowed them to reach tier one operators Ladbrokes Coral and BetVictor.Yossi Barzely, Head of Business Development at Pragmatic Play, commented:  “Bethard is one of the industry’s most attractive operators, and we are delighted to have signed an agreement to offer our leading selection of titles to its players.“Our games are among the top performers with all of our partners, built on our commitment to innovate game mechanics and immersive design.“I am certain they will prove just as popular with Bethard’s customers.”Bjønar Heggernes, Casino Manager at Bethard, said:  “A winner is always one step ahead and is looking for that edge.“That’s why we are excited to bring the highly rated Pragmatic Play games into the Bethard portfolio.“Not only does it give our players the best casino experience, it makes our players the real winners.”Pragmatic Play, who release two new games per month, now have their games library, which include recent released Queen of Gold, Pixie Wings and Jurassic Giants, available to Bethard customers. Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business   July 30, 2020last_img read more


first_imgDozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film will ante up and bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (Tower) 3rd Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Sofitel Hotel, Riviera 31, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.Samantha Harris, host of Entertainment Tonight, and former host of Dancing with the Stars, who is a breast cancer survivor, will be honored with the inaugural Cancer Free Generation Mission Award. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 PM PDT.The evening will honor Samantha Harris, breast cancer survivor and host of Entertainment Tonight, and longtime former co-host of Dancing with the Stars. The event has attracted the support of numerous celebrities who are expected to attend including rock icon Gene Simmons of KISS, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block), Jesse Spencer (Chicago Fire), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Gilles Marini (Sex and the City, Dancing with the Stars), Mekhi Phifer (ER/Torchwood: Miracle Day/White Collar), Samuel Hunt (Chicago PD), Sophie Tweed-Simmons (Gene Simmons Family Jewels), Tig Nataro (Comedian), Tito Ortiz (MMA/UFC Champion), Jason Collins (retired NBA player), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), WWE/E! Total Divas Maryse Ouellette and Eva Marie, Frank Kramer (The Heidi & Frank Show/ Dish Nation).Cancer Free Generation (CFG) is the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in the Southern California region, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer. Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation. CFG’s executive committee consists of young professionals working in a variety of fields including finance, law, real estate, entertainment, and medicine. Many members of CFG’s leadership are, themselves, young cancer survivors. Their common vision is the desire to build a more inspired community via connecting fascinating and passionate young people who make a difference in the world.Top prizes include a seat in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, January 2017 in the Bahamas; 5-Night Stay at the Trump Hotel Waikiki Hawaii; and a 3-Night Stay for Two at the Hilton Los Cabos.Tickets may be purchased at the Tower website or by calling 310.299.8477.last_img read more


first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – At 5 a.m. Sunday an intoxicated child welfare “runaway” was seen stumbling near corner of Ellice Avenue and Young Street.It wasn’t clear where she was coming from or what happened to her, and she was just wearing a bra and pants.But the “girl in the shadows” was there.Her first instinct was to help.She offered the 16-year-old Aboriginal girl a cigarette.“I asked her what happened and she didn’t remember,” says the young woman connected to the streets in Winnipeg who requested anonymity. She was recently profiled by APTN who called her the “girl in the shadows.”For this story we’ll call her “Hope.”“I asked her if she wanted me to call an ambulance,” she said.The girl didn’t want one called.But she needed someone.“I didn’t want her to take off so I couldn’t make the call myself,” said Hope, who texted someone to call police and for them to come to Ellice and Young.A police officer said “don’t let her go” before they could come and take her to safety.They did arrive and took her somewhere to get help.“She’s in their hands,” said Hope on Sunday an hour after helping the girl. “Victory.”APTN asked Winnipeg police to confirm the information and if Child and Family Services was involved.“Yes, a 16-year-old girl was located. CFS was notified and the female was taken to an appropriate location to ensure she remained safe,” said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen.He said a follow-up investigation into a possible attack or assault wasn’t immediately launched.“No, not at this time,” said Michalyshen. “The female was not forthcoming with information.”APTN spent a few days in June walking the streets in Winnipeg. Reporters came across a young woman who looks out for kids on the street.She sits in the shadows writing down license plates of men trolling for sex workers, particularly one who is her friend, on the edge of downtown.Winnipeg has a problem with youth being exploited, so much so they developed a specialized project aimed at ” protecting youth within our city who are at high risk of being sexually exploited.”The project hit the streets June 18 looking for youth being exploited.They checked 46 addresses for missing youth.Five “at risk” youth between the ages of 14-15 were found and taken to [email protected]last_img read more