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_imgTwitter NewsCrime & CourtGardai investigating after three males are stabbed in series of attacks in Limerick city suburbBy David Raleigh – October 12, 2019 2211 WhatsApp Email Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Print GARDAI are investigating after three young males, including a 14-year old boy, received stab wounds in series of attacks overnight in Limerick.The attacks occurred in the vicinity of Corbally Baths, near the Mill Road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When gardai responded to the area they discovered an ambulance crew treating a 14-year old boy for minor stab wounds, sources said.An 18-year old male and 16-year old male received serious, but, non-life threatening stab wounds.A garda source said they believe all three incidents are linked, and that they all happened in the same general area, around the same time.Gardai were alerted to the scene after locals reported “a lot of activity and shouting”, and people running “up and down the street”.Some youths “ran for cover in a nearby house, but to be fair to the Gardai they were on the scene very quickly,” a local source said.They said they were concerned the alleged incidents had occurred early in the night close to houses, with “a crowd of about 15 youths plus”.The source said there was “a need for street lights at Corbally Baths, even to support gardai”.The area is a well known local beauty spot, located along the banks of the River Shannon.A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí are investigating an alleged assault that occurred in a park at Corbally Baths, Corbally, Limerick on the 11th October 2019 at approximately 8.30pm. A man in his teens received stabs wounds and was taken to University Hospital Limerick by Ambulance with serious but non life threatening injuries.” “A male in his late teens was allegedly involved in an altercation with other youths in a park at Corbally Baths and was taken to UHL with serious but non life threatening injuries.”The spokeswoman confirmed a third youth had received “minor stab wounds”.The motive for the attacks were unclear, however the spokeswoman said, “investigations are ongoing”.There were no reports of any arrests.While the Corbally Baths area is used by walkers during the daytime, it is also frequented by gangs of youths in the evenings and at night.Last February the area experienced a deluge of local youth gangs engaging in anti-social behaviour and violence.Extra garda resources were pumped into the normally peaceful community  after a local teenager was slashed in the face in an unprovoked attack last February.Last January a heritage sign at the historic baths was destroyed, prompting locals to seek the deployment of gardai on bicycles to the area.Anyone with information can contact gardai at Ardnacrusha (0611-345136) or Henry Street garda station (061-212400) or the Garda Confidential Line (1800-666-111). Previous articleLimerick Councillor claims Gardaí “squaring” minor offences “often done” to maintain good relationship with publicNext articleThe coming of Sheku Kanneh-Mason David Raleighlast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesStart Physical Functioning Of Courts & Open Hearings From June 1 : BCI Chairman Writes To CJI Nilashish Chaudhary26 May 2020 7:39 PMShare This – xBar Council of India’s (BCI) Chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, has urged Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde to issue appropriate directions to all Courts to resume physical open court hearings from June 1, 2020.Claiming to have consulted with State Bar Councils and a majority of Bar Associations across the country, Mishra conveyed the reservation and grievances of advocates regarding the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginBar Council of India’s (BCI) Chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, has urged Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde to issue appropriate directions to all Courts to resume physical open court hearings from June 1, 2020.Claiming to have consulted with State Bar Councils and a majority of Bar Associations across the country, Mishra conveyed the reservation and grievances of advocates regarding the prevalent practice of virtual hearings, through a letter dated May 26.This letter is in furtherance of a communication made by him on April 28 on the same issue. In that communication he had requested the CJI that though virtual hearings were the need of the hour, the practice should be done away with as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted. It was his claim that virtual courts are only accessible to a few lawyers, which leaves 95% of the fraternity brief-less, or without work.Reiterating his apprehensions, Mishra has pointed out that the Supreme Court, High Courts and most lower courts across the country have been functioning in a restricted manner, wherein only urgent matters are being listed before virtual courts. He has further apprised the CJI that with respect to even those matters which ought to be listed, several complaints suggest that not all requests for listing have been entertained adequately. As a result, he adds, only certain privileged Advocates are beneficiaries of virtual hearings whereas a huge majority of lawyers are left without work and therefore struggling to make ends meet. The current plan for the functioning of courts, through virtual hearings, offers no respite to these disgruntled advocates, contends the BCI Chairman.Apprising CJI Bobde of the ‘harsh reality’ of virtual hearings, Mishra thus throws light on the anguish of Advocates:-“The cases of only a few fortunate persons are being fixed, the kith and kin of only a few have earned huge money during this lockdown in almost all the High Courts. Such messages are pouring regularly in BCI.This has caused great loss to Common Advocates and there is a resentment developing among 95% of Advocates in almost all Courts.Therefore, we are bringing all these harsh facts to the knowledge of our Apex Authority. Almost same is the case with Supreme Court Advocates.”Expressing strong reservations against the Courts functioning through virtual hearings, the letter states,”Our view is that virtual court cannot displace and replace traditional courts even partly due to lack of knowledge and training in technology, lack of technological infrastructure and also due to law and procedures of dispensation of justice in trial matters, which, as we said, occupies a space of 80% in the litigation spectrum in India.”‘Litigants Unable To Get Justice Through Virtual Courts’ : Bar Council Of India To Hold Consultations On Resumption Of Physical Functioning Of Courts Invoking various features and procedures of a traditional hearing, Mishra vehemently advocates against the continued reliance on virtual Courts.”We cannot even imagine of trial court work being done in/through virtual courts proceedings. Can we think of recording of evidence in virtual courts? Exhibiting documents, confronting witnesses with documents, watching the demeanor of witnesses and, above all, ensuring that the witness is deposing without any pressure, coercion or undue influence, are some salient features of traditional court which would be impossible to achieve in virtual courts.We deeply ponder and wonder and find no plausible answer, as to why are we encouraging virtual hearings in the Supreme Court and High Courts when the system of Actual/Physical/face to face open court Hearing is fool-proof and fully successful. It is fully transparent and gives full satisfaction to all and when more than 80% of Supreme Court and High Court Lawyers are comfortable with Actual Hearings in court rooms, then why should we encourage Virtual Hearings and to think further about continuing with this system even after Lockdown.”Admitting that the COVID-19 situation will not go away anytime soon, the need to work safely around the pandemic is pressed by Mishra. Accordingly, the CJI has been asked to consider coming up with a suitable scheme, containing guidelines which would facilitate Advocates to safely appear physically in Court for open court hearings. To this end, the following suggestions have also been given:-“We could start with listing of limited number of cases, and allow only those Advocates whose matters are listed to enter court rooms/premises, and time slots for hearings may be fixed, leading to even lesser people inside court rooms/premises at a particular time slot. Waiting halls ensuring social distancing norms may be developed in the already available area. The Bar Associations/Chambers/Libraries may not be opened for general sitting of the Advocates, only those Lawyers may be allowed to enter the Bar Rooms/Chambers who have some work in the Courts.Those Advocates who wish to mention their matters may be allowed entry at a fixed time subject to showing their identity to the appropriate authorities at the entry gates of the Courts and particular time slots may be fixed for mentioning too, to be regulated by someone deputed for each of the courts which are sitting and working. All Advocates wishing to mention may be asked to wait in a hall, where social distancing may be ensured and their mentioning be regulated and after mentioning they would be requested to leave the court premises and regulators will have to ensure the same in a strict but polite manner.”Averring to those who are at greater risk to the Corona Virus, on account of age or medical health, Mishra states that virtual hearings may be considered only for them, subject to the consent of Advocates from both parties. This indulgence, he adds, may be allowed only till the time the Virus is looming large as e-courts cannot be allowed to function when normalcy is resumed.Click here to download letterRead LetterSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgThe smartest CEOs continuously learn, study and observe.  They don’t just learn facts, they learn about others, and they develop a keen sense of people. They also learn about themselves. These leaders practice self-awareness, actively seek knowledge of their blind spots, and work to improve on them. Self-knowledge is particularly important for the CEO.  This leader is ultimately responsible for the organizational culture, and the CEO’s attitudes, choices and practices reflect throughout the organization.  One client describes how he works to build a culture that reflects his strengths and not his weaknesses, and a prime strength is choosing happiness every day. He is always seeking ways to bring positivity to the life of the organization. Of course, everybody wants to be happy, but when leaders choose happiness and positivity every day, it actually leads to business results.A University of Michigan business research study by Dr. Kim Cameron and his colleagues found: “When organizations institute positive, virtuous practices, they achieve significantly higher levels of effectiveness.” Positive practices include: being interested in, caring about and maintaining responsibility for colleagues; supporting one another, especially showing empathy when someone is struggling; avoiding blaming others; forgiving mistakes; inspiring colleagues; treating others with respect, gratitude, trust and integrity; and emphasizing the meaningfulness of the work. The Michigan study correlated these virtuous behaviors to higher profitability and financial performance, productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement. Infusing the culture with this “happiness quotient” strengthens employee loyalty, improves retention, attracts talent and brings out the best in people. An organization where the leaders choose happiness provides a buffer against the negative stresses that are a constant factor of everyday modern work life, and improves employee resiliency in the face of difficulties. When a choice for positivity comes from the top, and is a criterion for recruitment and promotion, the organization fills with people who choose productivity and engagement over negatively and passivity. Choosing happiness is not just a function of personality.  A mindset of conscious positive choice is powerful in building a healthy culture, and is under the control of an emotionally intelligent leader. Even when a leader’s personality may tend away from the “happiness quotient”, they make sure that the culture does not reflect their weaknesses. All too often in the past, strategic genius was associated with a culture that was overtly critical and tore employees down. When a leader is self-aware and attentive to the culture, decisiveness, passion, and clear vision inspires those in the organization. With a positive culture, this drive to excellence is never interpreted as aggression, and it is never hurtful to others. In this healthy positive culture, leaders make sure people have true understanding about the meaningfulness of their work. The general philosophy of the culture is deep curiosity and inquiry. Probing conversations with varying viewpoints are explored in an environment of safety and trust. One client uses in depth probing and questioning to ensure that the employees know, not just the “how” of their work, but the “why”. This leader asks “why” until the employees arrive at a comprehensive answer. Only after the team is on the same page as to why, will they then focus on the how.  The organizational focus on positivity and meaning engages employees in their quest for innovation and continuous improvement. 265SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – England hailed a new Ashes hero for the ages on Monday after Ben Stokes dragged his country from the point of defeat to a narrow victory over Australia with an innings that almost defied belief.All the English newspapers carried a picture of the all-rounder celebrating his winning runs at a sun-bathed Headingley on their front pages, with The Sun splashing “Go Urn My Son!” and the Daily Telegraph “Howzat!”.Ian Botham’s unbeaten 149 at the same ground 38 years ago has long stood as the gold standard of an English Ashes performance but there were plenty of suggestions that it had been eclipsed. Former test opener turned pundit Geoffrey Boycott, never one to readily suggest the game was better now than it was in his heyday, certainly thought so and described Sunday as the best cricketing moment he had witnessed in half a century.Botham himself described Stokes as “The Special One” and Michael Atherton, another former England captain, said the unbeaten 135 was “one of the greatest test innings”. “It was a combination of all sorts of things, craft, skill, versatility and most of all, an ‘over my dead body’ attitude without which you are not a great player,” he added.Lawrence Booth, the Wisden editor, ranked it in the top five innings in the 137-year history of the Ashes, while former Guardian cricket correspondent and Test cricketer Mike Selvey admitted it had reduced him to tears. Some in the media were not happy restricting themselves to cricket, with Leo McKinstry in The Daily Mail saying the victory highlighted “timeless British virtues, such as stoicism in the face of daunting odds”.“Britain’s rich sporting heritage has produced many uplifting moments, from the World Cup triumph of 1966 to the glut of gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics,” he wrote. “But ranking with them, surely, is the England cricket team’s heart-stopping victory at Leeds yesterday in the third test against Australia by a single wicket, the narrowest of margins.” “SUPERPOWER”Matt Dickinson in The Times compared Stokes’s ability to produce his best just when the situation demanded it to Argentine footballing great Diego Maradona and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.“Of more than seven billion people, it felt as if only one ginger-haired left-hander from Cockermouth could muster all the truly extraordinary mental and physical abilities, not only to save a test match, and an Ashes series, but to make us wonder if, among us, there are very rare folk who have a superpower.” Stokes’s performance was all the more notable for coming only 44 days after his Man of the Match display helped England win the 50-overs World Cup for the first time in another extraordinary contest.Botham is now Sir Ian Botham of course and there were no shortage of suggestions on social media that Stokes, who arrived in England from New Zealand as a 12-year-old, should be similarly decorated. The punches he threw outside a Bristol nightclub two years ago that resulted in him missing England’s last Ashes tour might delay that honour, however, even if he was eventually acquitted of affray.Despite Sunday’s fireworks, Joe Root’s team still have plenty to do in the final two Ashes tests with the series tied at 1-1. Australia only need to draw the series to retain the urn.For Stokes, though, a spot in the pantheon of great English cricketers appears to be already assured on the back of his heroics over one long, hot summer.last_img read more