first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government Rep. Schiff Introduces Legislation to Restructure NSA Telephone Metadata Program Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:39 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, introduced the Telephone Metadata Reform Act, which would restructure the telephone metadata program by specifically removing call records from the types of information the Government can obtain under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Instead, records would be obtained on a case by case basis from the telephone companies subject to approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.Schiff’s proposal mirrors the restructuring of the telephone metadata program recommended by the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, as well as changes that Congressman Schiff has been advocating for since before the metadata program was made public. The Review Group’s report stated that having telecommunications firms retain their records “would greatly reduce the intake of telephony meta-data by NSA, and it would therefore also dramatically (and in our view appropriately) reduce the risk, both actual and perceived, of government abuse.”“For a long time, I’ve been pushing to have the call records held by phone companies and “queried” on a case-by-case basis, instead of the government’s collecting vast amounts of domestic phone records,” said Schiff. “This idea gained new momentum last month with the President’s NSA review panel’s endorsement that restructuring the program is both technically feasible and more protective of the privacy interests of the American people. My legislation would restore the balance between security and privacy by allowing law enforcement and the intelligence community to access records when needed, but also respecting the privacy of Americans by ending government possession of these vast database.”Schiff’s bill would end the telephony bulk collection program as it is currently constituted, while still allowing the NSA and law enforcement to look at the records as needed for law enforcement and anti-terrorism activities:• Terminates the existing bulk telephony metadata program.• Allows the Director of the FBI to make an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requiring a telecommunications carrier to search their call records based on a particular “seed” call record upon showing a reasonable suspicion that the “seed” record is associated with a specific foreign terrorist organization or specific foreign intelligence. The FISC could approve or deny a request. If the FISC approves, a phone carrier would have 12 hours to return the call records to the FBI in the proper format.• The bill includes a provision for exigent situations in which it is not practicable to wait for FISC approval. Under this provision, the FBI Director would make a determination and order telecommunications firms to search their phone records on an emergency basis with a response required within 6 hours. The FBI would be required to notify the FISC immediately that it had exercised its emergency authority and to seek approval of the orders by the FISC within 72 hours.• The legislation does not impose any new burden on telecommunications companies to retain phone records.Schiff has introduced several pieces of reform legislation in addition to proposing changes to the phone metadata program. First, Schiff introduced the “Ending Secret Law Act” which would require the Attorney General to declassify significant Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) opinions, allowing Americans to know how the Court has interpreted the legal authorities created under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Second, Schiff introduced legislation to require that the 11 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Finally, Schiff introduced legislation to require the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board to create a pool of attorneys with experience in Fourth Amendment or national security law to argue the side of the public when the government requests a surveillance warrant in the FISA Court. 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first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Late Wednesday evening, former BYU men’s basketball star Mel Hutchins passed away at 90 near his home in Encinintas, Calif.Hutchins is one of only four Cougars in program history to have his jersey retired with the others being Danny Ainge, Kresimir Cosic and Roland Minson.Hutchins and Minson had their jerseys retired together February 16,2013. Hutchins was enshrined in the BYU Hall of Fame in 1976.Hutchins led the Cougars to three Skyline Conference titles (1948, 1950, 1951) and the 1951 NIT National Championship with a 62-43 rout of the Dayton Flyers.Hutchins was named as a first-team All-American in 1951 by Look Magazine, Converse, Helms and Sporting News.In his senior campaign, Hutchins netted 15.4 points per game and set a BYU single-season record for rebounds with 471 (or 12.7 rebounds per contest).Hutchins was then drafted second overall in the 1951 NBA Draft and after #1 overall pick Gene Melchiorre was given a lifetime ban from the NBA for point shaving as a collegian, Hutchins was recognized as the #1 overall pick. For this, he was given a $7,000 bonus which was awarded to the top pick in the NBA Draft at that time.While with the Milwaukee Hawks, Hutchins was named as the 1951-52 NBA Rookie of the year and led the league in rebounds (880) and rebounds per game (13.3).He was named as a 5-time All-Star (1953 through 1958) and led three NBA teams to Western Division titles.From 1951-1958, Hutchins amassed 4,851 points, 4,186 rebounds and 1,298 assists while starring for the Hawks (1951-1953), Fort Wayne Pistons (1953-1957) and New York Knickerbockers (1957-1958).Upon his retirement, Hutchins worked in real estate and gained recognition as an amateur golfer in northern California. December 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former BYU Men’s Basketball Star Mel Hutchins Passes Away At 90 Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Danny Ainge/Fort Wayne Pistons/Gene Melchiorre/Kresimir Cosic/Mel Hutchins/New York Knickerbockers/Roland Minson Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgGrahams Bakery in Dromore, Northern Ireland, has announced a partnership with charity Barnardo’s. As part of the bakery’s corporate and social responsiblity programme it has launched promotion packs to raise funds for the charity and has involved staff by encouraging them to fund raise at events. “We are constantly looking at ways to improve as a business, and want to get the community involved with what we do, and the obvious choice was a charity,” explained sales and marketing manager, Alistair Toal. The bakery then invited interest from a number of charities, involving their staff in the decision, before deciding that Barnardo’s was perfect choice.last_img read more

first_img(BBC) – Several riders and a race official were caught up in a horrifying crash on stage one of the Tour of Poland.Dylan Groenewegen, 27, drifted across the road in the final, downhill sprint and he and fellow Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen collided at high speed just before the line in Katowice.Jakobsen, 23, then fell over the barriers and collided with an official.Groenewegen, who was subsequently disqualified, and several other riders also fell after crossing the line.Cycling’s governing body UCI said it “strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour of Groenewegen”.A statement read: “The UCI, which considers the behaviour unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the disciplinary commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts.”Race organisers said an air ambulance was called to the finish but the condition of those involved in the crash has not been confirmed.Deceuninck-QuickStep said their rider, Jakobsen, was being tended to by doctors.Jumbo-Visma sprinter Groenewegen was initially named the stage winner before being disqualified.“Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today’s terrible crash in the Tour of Poland – crashes like these should not happen,” said Jumbo-Visma on Twitter.“We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement.”The podium ceremony was cancelled and the stage results have not been released.last_img read more

first_imgThe Eagles of Ghana have booked a place in the finals of the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup after an empathic 57-0 win over Rwanda at the Nduom Sports Stadium. Ghana started the semi-final tie on a positive note, dominating play and forcing their smaller opponents into errors.The Eagles, who are the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, were organized in the back row, solid in the centre row and lethal in front row.In the second period, Rwanda came into the game but they could not find an antidote to Ghana’s effective wing play.Despite the hevay win, head coach of the Eagles Lovemore Kuzorero said he expected more from his team. “We’re going back to the drawing board. We still have things to work on. We’ll fill all the loopholes. We’ll come back on Saturday and do better than what he did today”, coach Kuzorero told JoySports.President of the Ghana Football Rugby Union Herbert Mensah expressed his delight with the progress the Eagles have made in the last three years.“I think Ghana is four or five years ahead of schedule. The victory today[Wednesday] is an indication of progress, not success. It’s not an indication of success. I focus more on progress.”In the second semi-final, Mauritius produced a spectacular performance to rout Lesotho 49-16.Mauritius will face Ghana in Saturday’s final while Lesotho and Rwanda lock horns in the third-place play-off. The winner of the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup will earn a spot to compete in the Silver Cup which comes off later this year.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY — The protracted development application to construct a convenience store and gas station on Shrewsbury Avenue continues to be opposed by a business competitor and is scheduled to return to the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on Nov. 30.The application, presented by Shore Investment Realty, is seeking the board’s approval to construct a 5,496 square-foot QuickChek retail convenience store that will have on-site food consumption and outdoor seating for customers. The project also calls for the installation of a gas station with a 10-vehicle canopied fueling station.The project is proposed for a 6.35-acre property at 575 Shrewsbury Ave., near Apple Street, the former location of a Verizon telecommunications facility. Should the application be eventually approved, a portion of the site would continue to serve as a Verizon location for warehousing of materials, garage, staging yard and offices, according to the application’s public notice.The project would require the zoning board to grant a use “D” variance for use not permitted in the zone, as well as a number of other variances and design waivers.This application was the subject of eight previous hearings before the zoning board, beginning on Jan. 6, with the most recent occurring on Aug. 29. During those hearings the attorney representing Shore Investment has faced off against the lawyer representing the application’s primary objector, Lukoil America, a competing gasoline and fuel distributor. Lukoil operates a gas station located almost directly across from the property on Shrewsbury Avenue.The board had scheduled a special meeting on Nov. 2 to review this application. The board’s public notice published in an area newspaper was suspected of being insufficient under the state Open Public Meetings Act, requiring the meeting’s date change.The zoning board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the borough council/municipal court chambers, 419 Sycamore Ave.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s playoff time, for some teams, in Nelson Youth Soccer as the local roundball association gets ready to drop the curtain on another successful season on the pitch this weekend at the Lakeside Fields. In the U10 Girl’s Division Kootenay Lake Dental will attempt to complete the season undefeated as the squad takes to the pitch for a pair of games Saturday. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports are eager to give Kootenay Lake Dental a boost heading into the doubleheader weekend with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, Amreesa Bhabra, Zoe Taylor, Elisa Clark, Maia Thibault, Emily Raynor and Maren Kernan. Front, coach Bill Clark, Farrah Marzicola, Kelsey Andrusak, Kamylle Barton, Sophie Borhi, Abigail Bodnarchuk and Gretchen Lewandowski.last_img read more

first_imgThe ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’ group has renewed its appeal to Sinn Fein to support a boycott of water charges in the wake of the huge turn-out on Saturday’s protest march in Dublin.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigThe call also comes in the wake of Sinn Fein’s by-election defeat to an anti-charges candidate in Dublin South West.Councillor Micheál Cholm Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said Saturday’s massive demonstration of 80,000 people has confirmed that a huge wave of opposition has been building against water charges. “We have seen it locally in the response to meetings and protests. Despondency and resignation have given way to anger and an urge to resist. The clear mood from every activity is that people are ready to heed the call not to pay. The momentum in support of a boycott of water charges is proving to be unstoppable.”“I believe that we can defeat water charges through building a strong campaign which gives people the confidence to join the boycott in the knowledge that they will be among tens of thousands in Donegal and hundreds of thousands nationally who are standing together. As a public representative I see it as my responsibility to stand with the people on this. That is why I will not pay the charges and why I am supporting the call for a boycott.”He said he has been very disappointed with Sinn Fein’s position on this issue.“I believe their voters are also disappointed by their refusal to support the boycott and it has been acknowledged that the mixed messages they gave have cost them dearly in Dublin South West, where a candidate very vocally supporting a water charges boycott was elected instead.” “I am calling on Sinn Fein to re-assess their position. I welcome their commitment to abolish water charges if part of the next government, but we need a strategy which takes account of the possibility that they may not be part of that government. That strategy is a high level of non-payment through an effective boycott. Unfortunately the reality is that our ability to build a successful boycott campaign is hampered when leading Sinn Fein public representatives, including Pearce Doherty, announce their intention to pay.”He added that Can’t Pay Won’t Pay would like to see Sinn Fein join them in our call for a boycott, so that we can build the maximum unity of those who are opposed to these unfair and inequitable charges. ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ RENEWS APPEAL FOR SINN FEIN TO BOYCOTT WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img13 December 2011 The outcome of the Durban climate summit is a historic achievement that will go a long way towards furthering the global climate agenda, says the head of the South Africa’s COP 17 delegation, Edna Molewa. Speaking a few days after Sunday’s conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, Molewa – South Africa’s minister of water and environmental affairs – described the final outcome as “precedent setting,” adding that it ranked with the 1997 conference at which the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. A comprehensive package agreement, the “Durban Platform”, was finally reached in the dying hours of the conference on Sunday morning. Molewa said the agreement “sets a new long-term pathway for the development of a fair, ambitious and legally binding future multi-lateral and rules-based global climate change system, which can balance climate and development imperatives.” The agreement also ensures the fair participation of all countries in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the future.‘New willingness to negotiate’ The Durban climate summit was characterised by a new willingness by parties to move beyond entrenched negotiating positions. COP 17 also ensured the survival of the Kyoto Protocol through the decision to adopt the second commitment period, capturing legally binding commitments of the developed countries beyond the first commitment period expiration in 2012. “Under the convention, we anchored emission reduction targets for developed countries that are not willing to be part of the Kyoto second commitment period, as well as emission mitigation actions of developing countries, and were able to elaborate the transparency and accountability framework for both developed and developing countries,” Molewa said. “Crucially, we have been able to preserve the multilateral rules-based system underpinning the mitigation regime by agreeing on a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, through an agreement to amend the Protocol, setting up a five-year second commitment period from 2013 to 2018.” It was noted that the US had not joined the Kyoto Protocol, and not all developed countries were prepared to place their commitments under the Protocol.Transparency of mitigation efforts To address this gap, a process to increase transparency of mitigation efforts was established. “In the case of developed countries, we will review and assess their economy-wide emission reduction targets and commitments. In the case of developing countries, we will increase the transparency of their nationally appropriate mitigation actions.” With regards to finance, Molewa noted that there was an agreement on the detailed design of the Green Climate Fund. Africa’s priority of adapting to the impacts of climate change was also firmly placed on the global agenda. The Durban agreement put into operation a number of international mechanisms to enable and support mitigation and adaption efforts of developing countries, particularly efforts needed in the least developed, African and small island countries.Common vision for global cooperation Looking to the future, Molewa said COP 17 reaffirmed a common vision for global cooperation on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature below two degrees or 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Molewa said forcing countries to do more than they were willing or able to was a recipe for failure, adding that the solution was to build a system that gradually transitioned to a low-carbon future and simultaneously created jobs, reduced poverty and improved quality of life. “Therefore, under the Convention, agreement was reached on the Durban Platform, which initiates negotiations next year, leading to a legal instrument, protocol or agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all countries that will be adopted by 2015 and be fully operational no later than 2020.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sen. Pat Roberts introduced a bill to address the growing threat of a patchwork of state labeling laws and called for the urgent passage of this important legislation.“The introduction of Roberts’s proposal is an important first step to restoring sanity to America’s food labeling laws,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association President, a farmer from Maryland. “GMOs are perfectly safe and America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect our crops from insects, weeds and drought. Important food safety and labeling decisions should be made by the scientists and qualified policymakers at the FDA, not political activists and campaigns. Yet, despite the scientific evidence, states such as Vermont are quickly moving toward costly, confusing mandatory labeling legislation. It is imperative that the Senate takes up this issue quickly to avoid a situation in which all American consumers pay a high price and gain little actual information.”Vermont’s mandatory law requiring on-package labels of foods containing ingredients that have been genetically modified takes effect in July, and unless Congress acts swiftly, families, farmers and food companies will face chaos in the market and higher costs. Multiple studies have shown that the associated costs with Vermont’s GMO-labeling law and a subsequent patchwork of state laws will cost American families hundreds of dollars more in groceries each year — with low-income Americans being hit the hardest.Roberts’s proposal brings continuity to the marketplace, ensuring that consumers have the access to product information they deserve without stigmatizing this safe, proven technology valued by American farmers.The bill, which will go through a markup by the Senate Committee on Agriculture this week, will provide a national framework that places standards in the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and creates a campaign that will educate the public on both the safety of GMOs and on the way in which they can find out more about the foods they purchase. Not everyone is please with the bill, however.“National Farmers Union (NFU) represents 200,000 family farmers and ranchers across the nation who employ a wide variety of practices and philosophies.  Many of our members have chosen to incorporate genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into their production methods, while others have made different choices.  The rights of GMO and non-GMO producers should be respected as equal while public concerns about GMOs are evaluated by federal agencies,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “NFU also values consumer rights, including the ability of consumers to have access to as much pertinent information as they want to know about their food.  We support mandatory labeling of foods derived from genetically engineered plants, although we do not have policy on what such labeling should look like. As such, NFU opposes the proposed GMO labeling bill in its current form.”last_img read more