Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury issued a split verdict in the case of an ex-Suffolk County police sergeant on trial for allegedly stealing from Hispanic drivers that prosecutors said he targeted.Scott Greene was found guilty Friday of petty larceny, official misconduct and grand larceny but was acquitted of more serious hate crimes charges at First District Court in Central Islip.“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Latino community,” Juan Cartagena, president and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said in a statement after the verdict.Prosecutors alleged that the 52-year-old Shirley man targeted Hispanic drivers with out-of-state license plates, pulled them over and told them he was searching their vehicles for contraband when he stole their cash.His defense attorney argued that Greene didn’t target Latinos, although his victims were all Hispanic.Greene was arrested following an undercover sting in January 2014, a month after the county reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a probe into complaints that the police department discriminated against Hispanics.Cartagena reiterated calls for the DOJ to step in, citing the Green case and the recent arrest of James Burke, the former Suffolk police chief accused of beating a suspect and covering it up. Cartagena’s group is suing the department, claiming racial discrimination.Greene faces up to four years in prison when Judge Fernande Comacho sentences him. Greene, who retired a month after his arrest, collects a $68,790 annual pension.
Norwegian municipal pensions giant KLP has hailed its success in winning the first tender for an insured pension product from a local authority in seven years, saying the win shows it has delivered good services at a competitive price.However, financial services provider Storebrand – which has just re-entered the market – declared itself encouraged by this first tender process despite losing, because it demonstrated the firm was fully competitive and had delivered the best financial offer.Nye Øygarden Kommune (New Øygarden Municipality), a new local authority covering the archipelago to the west of Bergen formed from the merger of the Øygarden, Fjell and Sund administrations, awarded a four-year contract to KLP after a competitive tender process.The pension scheme holds total assets of NOK1.54bn (€152m) and an annual premium of NOK115m, according to 2017 figures. Marianne Sevaldsen, executive vice president for KLP’s Life DivisionBut Marianne Sevaldsen, executive vice president for KLP’s Life Division, told IPE: “The contract with Nye Øygarden is for four years as they requested in their call for public pension tender, and their decision to award the contract to KLP says nothing about a reconsideration after two years.”When it came to the financial proposition, she said the evaluation of the process with the municipality was that KLP was cheaper than Storebrand on administration costs, which she said was the part of the price the companies themselves had influence over.“Storebrand was a bit cheaper on estimating the premium for early retirement (AFP) in the ages 65 to 67. But, this is a liquidity question where the premium is based on different assumptions about the future,” Sevaldsen said.Storebrand has said it expects around 20 pension tender processes to be launched by municipalities next year.DNB Liv has also announced its intention to re-enter the municipal pensions market, but a spokesman for the firm said it had not participated in the Nye Øygarden tender.While Storebrand is gearing up to provide both the old and the new schemes, DNB Liv intends to bid only to provide the new public sector pension. Norway’s municipal pensions market has been shaken up by the far-reaching municipal reform on the one hand, which has seen many authorities merging, and agreement over a new hybrid public sector pension scheme on the other, which is due to start in January, running alongside the old defined benefit scheme.The new environment is expected to prompt more competitive pensions procurement from the municipalities, fostering increased competition between providers in a sector that has become a virtual monopoly for KLP in the last few years.Sverre Thornes, chief executive officer of KLP, said of the win: “It shows that we have spent our time well and delivered good services at a competitive price.”He said in the firm’s interim results announcement last week that parliament’s approval of changes to the pension scheme for public employees contributed to increased complexity also for KLP’s customers and members.“KLP is, therefore, investing heavily in solutions that will guide both employers and their employees, as well as lay the foundation for further streamlining their own operations,” he said.Although this was the first tender from a municipality for a full insured pensions product, there has already been recent competition in the market in the sense that several municipalities and other public entities have decided to leave KLP and establish their own pension fund.Different perspectivesJon Hippe, head of Storebrand’s new public sector department within its business market division, told IPE: “We are encouraged by this first process, in the sense that it showed we are fully competitive and delivered the best economic offer.”Hippe also said the minority on the Nye Øygarden joint committee at the time of the decision had made it clear that Storebrand had the best economic offer, and that it wanted a new tender offer in two years’ time.After recent elections, this minority is now the majority, Hippe said, adding: “So there is reason to believe this will in fact happen.”
Diego Costa’s injury-time equaliser robbed under-fire Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal, of a vital victory as Chelsea maintained their unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink.The pre-match build-up was dominated by reports that the Red Devils had approached Jose Mourinho to become their next manager, but the visitors looked to have earned their Dutch coach a stay of execution courtesy of Jesse Lingard’s superb second-half opener.However, the Blues snatched a share of the spoils at the death as Costa continued his resurgence in front of goal under Hiddink with a composed finish from a tight angle.It was hard on United who had looked to have built upon one of their finest displays of the season against Stoke with another dominant showing. For long spells the Red Devils were left to lament the brilliance of Thibaut Courtois while at the other end David De Gea produced some magnificent late saves to ensure they didn’t leave the Bridge empty-handed.The result leaves United six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, while Van Gaal’s hopes of a late title tilt look unlikely as they are now 12 adrift of leaders Leicester City.Chelsea will be delighted with the point and buoyed by stretching their unbeaten run under Hiddink to 10 matches as they aim to avoid the prospect of becoming the first Premier League champions to finish the following season outside the top seven. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Senior managers from Absa Bank will soon be leaving for North and South America to investigate sustainable business practices and observe new trends that they can bring back to South Africa. Mpumi Mabuza of Brand South Africa said that in order to properly represent the country, the Absa group needs to understand the direction it is taking.(Images: Kgopi Mabotja) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Hiles Brand South Africa Digital content manager +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • New slogan for Brand South Africa • Building a thriving African brand • Developments from the Brics summit • Deals a-plenty at fifth Brics summit Kgopi MabotjaBrand South Africa hosted a high-level delegation from banking leader Absa on 3 July, to hold discussions on how the country was perceived globally across a spectrum of issues including economics, politics, education and skills availability.The group from Absa were on a leadership training program run by the company; they will soon leave for New York and São Paulo respectively on a mission to investigate sustainable business practices and observe new trends that will contribute to South Africa’s knowledge and skills base.Speaking on the day, Enoch Malisa, head of debit and cheques at Absa, said the trip abroad will also help the group to “get a context for the role of South Africa in the world economy”.Mpumi Mabuza, Brand South Africa’s manager of stakeholder relations for business, said it was important that the Absa group understood the direction the country is taking, as a basis for their mission and to be good ambassadors of South Africa.“We invited you here today because you are going out of the country and you are brand ambassadors. It is important that we speak in one voice and remain consistent in our messaging because the way we are perceived outside our borders affects our brand,” said Mabuza.Brand South Africa’s research Manager Petrus de Kock presented a wide range of information, painting a comprehensive picture of South Africa’s position in relation to the rest of Africa and the world.De Kock said South Africa has made huge strides since the advent of democracy to position itself as a global player, and that its inclusion in the Brics bloc of developing nations and the G20 structures was an affirmation that its role in the continent and in the world was paramount.“We did not ask to be included in Brics – we were invited. China made a very strong case for our inclusion, and it’s a strong endorsement of South Africa’s growth in global governance. An important part in our messaging is to tell that story,” he said.Drawing a comparison between South Africa and other developing countries in Brics, De Kock said the country was on par.“If you look at the overall performance of Brics in the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness report, China is at 29, Brazil at 48 and South Africa is at 52, which means we are third in the group in terms of competiveness.“But if you look at South Africa’s overall performance in the financial market development we remain third in the world out of 144 countries. This is one of our key international messages as Brand South Africa,” said De Kock.He said if South Africa as a developing nation is ranked amongst the 40s and 50s in world then the country is on the right path. “The Obama visit is one of the important stories that attest to our recognition.” A great journey lies aheadDe Kock said in spite of the progress made since the dawn of democracy, there is still a great journey ahead. Brand South Africa’s specific focus leading up to 20 years of democracy in 2014 will be used to communicate the direction which the country is taking, as well as key government strategies such as the National Development Plan (NDP).“Twenty years of democracy is becoming quite a priority for us as Brand South Africa. In terms of messaging we have already started emphasising that point in some of our international programs. The NDP forms part of our key messaging,” De Kock added.He urged the Absa group to speak about the NDP whenever the opportunity arises – “Not only what the plan is about, but to raise awareness of our long-term policy projects projection. It’s important that we have the NDP which is a multi-stakeholder thing owned by the whole country, including business and civil society. All people here have a role to play in contributing not only to the debate but taking ownership as well.”The NDP, launched in early February is a long-term governmental strategy which aims, among others, to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to this plan South Africa can realise its goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnership throughout society. Major infrastructure developmentAsked about the major focus of the current administration under President Jacob Zuma, De Kock said that the infrastructure drive was central to the objective of developing a flourishing economy.“Hence we have the national infrastructure plan, which is in the ownership of the presidential infrastructure coordinating committee. I would say this has been a highlight of President Zuma’s administration.”De Kock said infrastructure alone could add colour to the Absa group’s discussions. “The kind of infrastructure we delivered during the 2010 Fifa World Cup is an interesting talking point, especially now that you will be going to Brazil.”Logan Redhi, Absa’s supplier relations manager, raised the point about South Africa using its stadiums post-World Cup, ensuring they did not turn into white elephants. “This makes a good selling point on sustainability. We have been able to hosts concerts, rugby games and many other events.” Talking about educationOn education and skills, De Kock said research shows positive indicators that education has become more accessible since democracy, even though its quality needs improvement. “Yes there can be a lack of skills, but we cannot forget that already we have tremendous skills in the mining, financial, and manufacturing sectors, so we must build on that.”Another possible talking point suggested by De Kock was the on-going discussions about the creation of a trilateral free trade area, a project that trade and industry minister Rob Davies is part of.“It will basically create a common market among Southern Africa’s developing nations and in East and Central Africa to connect about 650-million people. Free trade area will have a combined GDP of US$624-billion (R6.25-trillion),” he said.Redhi later said: “For me it has reinforced my thinking about the awesome country we live in.”Wyna Modisapodi, Absa’s corporate legal counsel, said the occasion was “an eye opener about the blossoming county that is South Africa.”
dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement BlackBerry is issuing the first software update to its BlackBerry 10 operating system this morning to address usability issues concerning apps, camera, calendar, contacts, browser and, perhaps most importantly, battery life.Apps Optimization & Camera UpgradeThe biggest complaints that initial users of the BlackBerry Z10 have voiced have revolved around app performance. Many apps (especially those ported from Android) are buggy on BlackBerry 10 and tend to lag and crash with moderate use. BlackBerry is addressing this problem in the update, saying it has “improved performance for 3rd party applications.” BlackBerry was not specific on exactly how 3rd party apps will be optimized going forward.BlackBerry also told users to keep an eye out for big new app launches coming in March, such as messaging platform WhatsApp. The company will feature new apps going forward by highlighting new entries to BlackBerry World every week with an announcement on Wednesdays. The first “App Wednesday” this week featured apps like “Where’s My Water” from Disney and the Slacker Internet Radio app. Another issue that BlackBerry is addressing is the camera app, which was performing poorly in low-light scenarios. The camera on the Z10 is serviceable but not without flaws (not many smartphone manufacturers can claim a camera without flaws) and it is astute of BlackBerry to address many of these features before the Z10 launches in the United States.Browser, Battery ImprovementsThe browser has been tweaked to improve how BlackBerry 10 handles video playback. BlackBerry has also issued improvements to the phone, calendar and contacts apps as well as features fixes for Gmail calendars and user interface improvements for call logging in BlackBerry Hub, the operating system’s central messaging system. BlackBerry has also made it easier to import contacts from online sources, a glaring hole in the initial release. As far as battery life goes, most users have complained that their new Z10 handsets were only getting seven to nine hours of performance, or enough for a basic workday. That is basically in line with what BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said about the BlackBerry Z10 battery at the keynote launch of the device, but the actual experience has been inadequate for many. BlackBerry says it has made 60 different battery-saving improvements to BlackBerry 10 and that heavy users should see longer average usage per charge cycle. The update will be delivered over-the-air and be about 150 MB in size. The timing of the update will vary by what carrier BlackBerry 10 owners use.Have you received the BlackBerry 10 update? Does it address the issues you have had with the operating system to date? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGame 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco drew a mammoth crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.But lost in the shuffle of the 16,159-strong fans who made their way to the Big Dome was the presence of Philippine basketball greats Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The legendary backcourt tandem was side-by-side again among the screaming crowd when their old teams clash for the title in the season-ending conference.As always, Jaworski’s presence drew a lot of attention as fans came in troves to get a photo of the former senator.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it didn’t take long before the public acknowledged Arnaiz, who was smiling as he soaked in the atmosphere from the rambunctious Araneta crowd, that even celebrities in attendance like newscaster Arnold Clavio couldn’t help but ask for mementos.With Jaworski and Arnaiz terrorizing the backcourt back in their day, they led their old Meralco team, then-known as the Reddy Kilowatts, to the 1971 Open Championship in the defunct MICAA. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Black challenges locals to make shots, help Durham Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight They then took their partnership in the PBA, as they helped Toyota win nine titles before switching sides to Ginebra, where they won the franchise’s first taste of gold in the 1986 Open Conference.The Gin Kings ended up taking Game 2, 86-76, to grab a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. MOST READ