Meford Home Invasion Suspects Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two 23-year-old men have been arrested for their alleged role on a Medford home invasion in which a victim was hit with a shotgun early Valentine’s Day morning, Suffolk County police said.Andrew Montgomery of Meford and Felix Dilones of Patchogue were each charged with first-degree burglary.Police said the duo and a third suspect who has yet to be apprehended entered an Eagle Avenue home through an unlocked side door, demanded to see somebody and struck a resident in the head with the butt end of a shotgun shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.The suspects fled the scene empty handed, police said. No information was available about the third suspect.Judge Peter Cohalan set bail for both men at $75,000 cash or $225,000 bond. They are due back in court on Feb. 20.last_img read more

Will FinCEN’s initiatives really make BSA/AML more effective?

first_imgOn September 17, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed changes, that if finalized, could have a widespread impact on how we deal with everyday BSA/AML compliance. Of course, the idea is to provide the most effective information to FinCEN and law enforcement to protect our financial system from bad actors. But will FinCEN’s proposals really provide the most effective information and make compliance easier, as hoped? Or is it all just wishful thinking? NAFCU raised several issues in our comment letter, which you can access here.Effectiveness ProposalNAFCU detailed FinCEN’s advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding changes to the regulatory anti-money laundering (AML) requirements in this Regulatory Alert and previously discussed it in a BSA/Compliance Network Insights post. To recap, the ANPR seeks to establish that all financial institutions must maintain an “effective and reasonably designed” AML program. As part of this definition, the regulations would explicitly require a risk-assessment that considers national AML priorities set by the Director of FinCEN every two years. National AML priorities could include those identified in FinCEN advisories. Credit unions will need to demonstrate effectiveness, and this could include the reallocation of resources from lower priority risks to higher priority ones. Although credit unions already conduct risk-assessments, it is important to highlight the potential ramifications of the inclusion of national AML priorities. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Injured Cooperstown firefighters get hero’s welcome home

first_imgPHOTO SOURCE: WKTV Newschannel 2 MIDDLEFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV/WBNG) — The two volunteer firefighters that were hurt in a gas explosion received a warm welcome home after spending time in Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse for injuries. Jon Roach and Scott Monington from the Cooperstown Fire Department were hurt in a gas explosion as they battled a fire in Middlefield, N.Y. RELATED: Firefighter’s conditions improving, remain hospitalized after Middlefield fire Several fire companies and law enforcement agencies lined the streets awaiting the two firefighters’ return. Fire officials say Roach and Monington are expected to return to service soon. Additionally, two Middlefield firefighters were hurt battling the fire.last_img read more

Resurgent Biden earns Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing before Super Tuesday

first_imgJoe Biden’s presidential hopes received a huge shot in the arm Monday after former rivals Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the United States’ Democratic race and endorsed the former vice president ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday primaries.The dramatic turn comes at one of the pivotal points in a fractured, often bitter campaign, with the Democratic establishment desperate to coalesce around a moderate candidate who can fight off the surging leftist frontrunner Bernie Sanders.As the five remaining candidates in the race made their final pitch to voters in 14 states, Biden has capitalized on the momentum he seized at the weekend with a blowout victory over Sanders in South Carolina. It was just one of several endorsements Biden earned on a busy day.Klobuchar dropped out Monday and her team said she will endorse the 77-year-old and join him onstage in Dallas.Democrat Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader said his onetime Senate colleague Biden represents “the starkest contrast to Trump’s amorality, corruption and utter incompetence.”Another former presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, reportedly will also be on stage with Biden in Dallas.”Most Americans don’t want a promise of a revolution, they want a guarantee of results on the things that affect them,” Biden told a rally in Houston in a swipe at Sanders, who advocates a “political revolution” against the status quo.”We need real results and we need them now. I’ve done that my whole career, and I’ll do it as president.”The departures and endorsements of Klobuchar and Buttigieg are gold for a resurgent Biden.His campaign was on life support after disappointing showings in the first three state contests, but he is suddenly the main challenger to Sanders on the biggest day of the primary campaign.New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who on Tuesday competes in his first primaries, has also been spreading his message to voters in a lavish multi-state ad blitz, but Super Tuesday will be his first official day on the ballot.Sanders – flush with money for ads, an extensive organization, and momentum in the polls – has focused on multiple states including delegate-rich California, Tuesday’s biggest prize.”It is no secret… that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders,” the frontrunner said about himself during a press conference in Utah.”The corporate establishment is coming together, the political establishment is coming together,” Sanders added. “They are really getting nervous that working people are standing up.”Sanders, whose ascent as a self-described democratic socialist has disconcerted Democratic grandees, is leading Biden nationally in polling, with Bloomberg in third place.Buttigieg had strong showings in predominantly white early voting states but was unable to draw black and Hispanic support after that.The campaign of pragmatist Klobuchar never gained traction. By endorsing Biden, she could deprive Sanders of a large delegate claim in her state of Minnesota, which votes Tuesday.Klobuchar’s endorsement “will bring more votes to Joe Biden,” Myliesha Smiley, a 23-year-old student at Biden’s Houston event, told AFP.Biden’s fortunes were resurrected in South Carolina, where African-Americans turned out in force to give him a crushing 48 percent to 20 percent victory over Sanders.”Super Tuesday is about momentum, and we’ve got it,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN.The win has earned Biden badly needed campaign funding – $10 million raised on Saturday and Sunday alone.The former number two to Barack Obama says his strength with blacks, Hispanics, women and suburbanites will show in the coming contests.Though Klobuchar was joining Biden’s camp, Sanders weighed in to appeal to her voters.”I hope her supporters will join us in our fight to defeat Donald Trump in November and win real change,” Sanders tweeted.Also courting moderate and independent voters is Bloomberg, who campaigned in Virginia on Super Tuesday eve.”I’ve won three elections so far, I don’t plan to start losing now,” Bloomberg said.Bloomberg has spent an unprecedented $500 million of his own fortune saturating the airwaves with TV spots.Topics : The 77-year-old Biden is consolidating support among moderates eager to blunt the advance of Sanders, who could take a potentially insurmountable lead in the all-important delegate count after Super Tuesday.Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana ran a historic campaign as the first openly gay major presidential candidate.Speaking in Dallas one day before residents of delegate-rich Texas and 13 other states cast their ballots, Buttigieg said he was “delighted” to endorse Biden in part because he embraces the politics of “decency.””I’m looking for a president who will draw out what is best in each of us, and I’m encouraging everybody who was part of my campaign to join me because we have found that leader in vice president, soon-to-be-president, Joe Biden,” Buttigieg said in Dallas, with Biden standing nearby.last_img read more

UGM students receive death threats over discussion on removing presidents from office

first_img“Can you tell your child? Or teach your child to be a good person?” another message read. “Please, just turn yourself in. I will kill your whole family.”Muhammadiyah Klaten has denied that it was in any way involved in the messages and condemned such threats as violations of academic freedom.“The regional leadership of Muhammadiyah Klaten urges the National Police to conduct a complete investigation into the crimes of impersonation, defamation, threats, terror and intimidation toward the organizers’ of the discussion,” the group said in a statement on Sunday. Read also: Fears of repression grow in virus-crippled IndonesiaOne of the students also had their WhatsApp account hacked on Friday. The hacker sent a message saying that the discussion had been canceled to a group of around 300 participants. The hacker also kicked out all participants from the group afterward.The other student’s Gojek account was hacked and was used to order GoCar and GoFood services to the student’s house. Aditya’s Instagram account and the CLS’s official Instagram account were hacked as well, though Aditya managed to recover his account.Constitutional law professor of the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) Nimatul Huda, who was a speaker at the discussion, was also reportedly threatened.“Professor Nimatul called me on Thursday night, and reported that several people had visited her house at 11 pm and knocked on her door and rang the bell repeatedly until 6 am,” UII’s School of Law dean Abdul Jamil said in a television interview.He added that Nimatul also received a death threat via text message.Following the threats, the committee officially canceled the discussion on Friday for security reasons. UGM’s School of Law dean Sigit Riyanto condemned the acts of intimidation as well as those who said the discussion was an act of treason.“This is a serious threat to academic freedom. These people arbitrarily and brutally defined the discussion as treason even before it started. The students are now experiencing psychological shock from the threats,” Sigit said in a written statement.He said he appreciated and supported the students’ initiative and contribution to offering different perspectives through discussion.“It’s also a part of freedom of speech. The School of Law also encourages the public to respect freedom of speech and academic freedom,” he said.The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) also condemned the incident and urged the police to find and arrest the perpetrators.“This is important so that serious crimes like this are not repeated,” the commission said in a statement on Saturday.National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Sunday that the police had yet to receive an official report about the intimidation, but were ready to start an investigation once it had. Topics : On Thursday, a poster of the discussion went viral after a man named Bagas Pujilaksono, who identified himself as an UGM academic, wrote an opinion article denouncing the discussion as an act of treason.According to the CLS statement, on Friday, two members of the discussion’s organizing committee started to receive threats in various forms including text messages, phone calls and the hacking of their accounts.Individuals claiming to be members of the Klaten branch of the Islamic mass organization Muhammadiyah sent death threats to the committee members’ parents through text messages.“Tell your child they will be charged with treason,” one message said. “I will kill your whole family if you can’t teach your child.”  Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has canceled a planned online discussion about the constitutional mechanism for removing a president from office after students and a professor received death threats and faced other forms of intimidation.The Constitutional Law Society (CLS), the student community that organized the discussion, said the event, scheduled for Friday, was meant to be a response to recent public discussions about the possibility of dismissing the President for what some perceive as his inadequate handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.“The aim of the discussion was to inform the public about the dismissal of a president from a constitutional law point of view,” CLS head Aditya Halimawan said in a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Saturday.last_img read more

Fee pressure dampens manager revenues despite AUM growth

first_img“Despite supportive markets during the first half of the year, European asset managers were unable to grow their fee revenues,” said Marina Cremonese, vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s, who authored the report.“This reinforces our concerns regarding the secular headwinds facing active asset managers.”However, the stagnation of advisory fees in aggregate masked broad variation between individual asset managers, according to the rating agency.It noted that bank-owned managers recorded a 0.8% increase in net revenues, while net revenues at insurer-owned managers fell 1.7%.Independent asset managers’ fee revenues increased by 3.5%, although this shrank to 2% when the impact of the Henderson-Janus merger was excluded.The Henderson-Janus merger completed in May.MiFID II research cost rule to drive consolidationSeparately, Moody’s said MiFID II was likely to accelerate consolidation in the European asset management industry as a result of the requirement that managers pay cash fees for any external research they use for investment decisions. Previously this was bundled in with the cost for trading.The emerging trend is for European asset managers to absorb the cost of fees for research rather than pass on the cost to clients.Moody’s said this added to operating costs and would squeeze the profits of smaller asset managers.“Small asset managers are particularly exposed because they tend to consume more external research than their larger peers, due to their more limited in-house research capabilities,” said Cremonese.Vontobel today became the latest manager to publicly announce it was taking the costs of research onto its own books for all funds and mandates governed by MiFID II rules.It said the decision would result in additional costs “in the low-single-digit millions of Swiss francs per year”, which were already factored into the its three-year business objectives published at the end of August.Fixed income specialist Muzinich & Co has also said it would absorb research costs. In a statement, the group said: “While we remain highly focused on our own in-depth proprietary analysis, we are committed to ensuring our investment teams also continue to have access to leading third-party market research. This tried and tested approach has enabled us to deliver attractive, risk-adjusted returns in client portfolios for nearly 30 years.”*Allianz Global Investors, Amundi Group, Anima Holding, Ashmore Group, Aviva Investors, AXA Investment Managers, Azimut Group, Credit Suisse Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management, Eurizon Capital, GAM Group, Janus Henderson Investors, Jupiter, Legal & General Investment Management, M&G, Mondrian Investment Partners, Natixis Asset Management, SAM Investment Holdings, Schroders, Standard Life, UBS Asset Management Net inflows for the group amounted to €117bn, compared with net outflows of €7.8bn in the first half of 2016.Fees were largely flat due to increased demand for low-cost multi-asset solutions and passive products, a trend Moody’s said it expected to continue.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# European asset managers failed to grow their total fee revenues in the first half of 2017 despite assets under management increasing, Moody’s Investors Services said today.Downward pressure on fees and changing asset allocations were the main causes, according to the rating agency.Total advisory fees were largely flat in the first six months of the year, up by just 1% compared with December, Moody’s said. When adjusted for the impact on assets under management of Henderson’s merger with Janus, fees were unchanged.Combined assets under management in the surveyed group of 21 managers* grew by 4% to €9trn in the same period; if the assets of US-based Janus are included the growth rate increased to 6%.last_img read more

Investment industry ‘must embrace new theory of investing’

first_imgAccording to Hawley and Lukomnik, however, the way in which the industry had adopted modern portfolio theory (MPT) – both consciously and inadvertently – combined with the industry’s current business models had created a tendency for asset managers to pursue strategies that diverged from this purpose.There were misalignments between the incentives of the industry and the investors who were its ultimate clients, they said: complexity, multiple and opaque fees, and short-termism.“Our clear recommendation is to unify this potential to affect real world risk under a common banner that could be called ‘systems-level investing’.”Jon LukomnikThe main remedy, according to the authors, was for asset managers to focus on changing the systemic risk/return of the market. This was not about a wholesale abandoning of modern portfolio theory, they said, but about adding “systems-level” considerations to security selection and portfolio construction.“Using a systems-based approach alongside modern portfolio theory has the power to evolve the asset management industry and realign its interests with its customers,” said Lukomnik. “Our clear recommendation is to unify this potential to affect real-world risk under a common banner that could be called ‘systems-level investing’. This will benefit not only the performance of the industry and its customers, but society more generally.”The paper is the second in a series about the purpose of finance, facilitated by Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), an insurer of defined benefit pension funds.Tracy Blackwell, CEO of PIC, said: “We believe profoundly in the importance of the finance industry. But asset management, like other parts of the finance industry, must demonstrate that it fulfils a clear purpose. As Hawley and Lukomnik argue, for that to happen, we have work to do.”Industry reactions In addition to arguing for a new intellectual paradigm for investing, the authors also recommended measures such as a simple fee statement – equivalent to the nutrition labels on prepared food – and a ‘do-no-harm’ pledge similar to the medical profession’s Hippocratic Oath.According to PIC, the paper generated “considerable interest”. A summary of stakeholder responses said they suggested “profound differences in perspective as to the problems within the asset management industry”.It relayed that “the industry challenges the argument that modern portfolio theory contributes to short termism and is responsible for… reliance on index benchmark approaches”. Short-termism was not inherent to MPT but was mostly driven by regulation, behavioural biases, and other factors, according to PIC’s summary. For further progress to be made on some aspects, asset managers felt asset owners needed to lead.Andreas Utermann, CEO of Allianz Global Investors, was one of the most critical of Hawley and Lukomnik: “The argument that MPT is (mostly) to blame for many of the ills that befall our industry, and in particular that it drives short termism and is responsible for (over-)reliance on index benchmark approaches, is tenuous,” he wrote.His and other stakeholders’ responses were included in the paper. It was “not clear” how MPT contributed to systemic factors being neglected in investment decision-making, added Utermann, and the paper “leaves the reader wondering what ‘systems theory’ is meant to be, other than the implications that it is somehow ‘superior’ to MPT”.“The idea that one can improve ‘beta returns’ is the most fanciful of all,” wrote Utermann. “Directing capital towards certain sectors/activities may have great societal (system) benefits but will likely lead to lower beta returns in those sectors as capital is ‘wasted’ from an efficient capital market perspective.”Gavin Ralston, head of official institutions at Schroders, questioned whether it was up to asset managers to move away from a model based on modern portfolio theory.“We would welcome the industry moving further in this direction, but it needs to be led by the asset owners,” he said.‘The Purpose of Asset Management’ can be found here . An overreliance on modern portfolio theory, which assumes away the effect investors can have on the market, has led to asset managers not adequately fulfilling their purpose, according to a new paper.Managers are ignoring “systems-level risks to investing, such as government actions, diversity issues and climate change”, authors Jim Hawley and Jon Lukomnik wrote in the report, ‘The Purpose of Asset Management’, published today.Lukomnik is a former deputy comptroller for the City of New York and investment adviser to the city’s pension funds, while Hawley is head of applied research at TruValue Labs and a professor emeritus at St Mary’s College of California.The asset management industry had a twin purpose, the authors said: to provide a reasonable, risk-adjusted return to clients by efficiently allocating capital to improve the economy and society.last_img read more

London CIV appoints chief of staff to aid governance overhaul

first_imgLondon CIV has appointed a chief of staff as it works to remedy governance shortcomings that had threatened to scupper the pooling project for the UK capital’s public sector pensions.Kristina Ingate has been appointed to the role, London CIV (LCIV) announced today. She will have responsibility for the company secretariat, governance and strategic planning.Ingate joins London CIV following a number of senior governance roles in both the public and private sector. She has worked at Highways England, housing association Peabody and in financial services, the company said.According to her LinkedIn profile, Ingate is a “company secretary and governance consultant who supports organisations managing change”.  Kristina Ingate, London CIV’s new chief of staffIngate added: “I hope my experience will help LCIV achieve its strategic goals and meet stakeholder expectations.“Quality investment management to deliver good pensions is important. I am excited to be joining LCIV at this phase in its development.”Ingate’s appointment comes after consultancy firm Willis Towers Watson found London CIV to be suffering from major governance problems.In a statement, LCIV said it had earlier this year reviewed its governance with its members – 32 London public sector funds – and the board had since approved recommendations resulting from the review.These “deliver the original vision for LCIV while responding to wider changes in the local authority pension fund landscape,” according to the company.LCIV’s assets represent around 40% of the 32 London local government pension schemes’ assets under management. Mark Hyde-Harrison, chief executive of the £13.6bn (€15.4bn) London CIV, said: “Kristina’s extensive governance experience is a valuable addition as we enhance our relationship with our members and stakeholders, and continue to deliver investment opportunities and greater cost efficiencies.”last_img read more

Bengals

first_imgAs you know, the Bengals lost a first-round playoff game again this year.  This makes three in a row and 0-5 for Marvin Lewis.  Everyone has their theory on what is wrong.  Of course, I have one, too.  I think the Bengals become too cautious in play calling during playoff games.  You have the best wide out in football and you don’t throw to him.  Also, they are too predictable on what plays they run in certain situations.  It has been reported that opposing teams call out Bengal plays before they even line up.  What does this mean?  The Bengals are so predictable in certain situations that the defense does not even have to guess what is coming.  If they throw on first down and do not complete it, they will run on the second down.  If this isn’t bad enough, the Bengals never seem ready to play in games that mean a lot on their schedule.  Take, for example, the sleep-walking first half against Pittsburgh and the underwhelming effort at the beginning of the San Diego game.  Unfortunately, this is repeated year after year in these important games.  That is when you have to take a look at the makeup of your coaching staff.  I don’t advocate constantly firing coaches, but this has now been going on too many years in a row.  Mike Brown does not like change, so he does not push and Marvin Lewis doesn’t seem to be a rah! rah! guy.  Some times you just might have to bend a few ears or burn a few britches to light a fire under your team.  I like Marvin’s demeanor on the field, but I wonder if he and his staff do enough in the locker room before a game and during half time.  Something is obviously not working!last_img read more

Spieth in control at Augusta

first_img Spieth added a second round of 66 to his opening 64 to post a total of 130, one shot better than the previous best set by Ray Floyd in 1976. That also equalled the 36-hole record in any major – shared by Nick Faldo, Brandt Snedeker and Martin Kaymer – and at 14 under is the lowest 36-hole score in relation to par. Jordan Spieth carded the lowest halfway total in Masters history to take a massive step closer to a first major title at Augusta National on Friday. Faldo was 12 under on his way to winning the 1992 Open at Muirfield, with Snedeker and Kaymer 10 under at the 2012 Open and 2014 US Open respectively. ” It’s cool. Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome,” said Spieth. “I’m very excited about today and the way I struck the ball. I struck it, I thought, better than yesterday and didn’t rely on the breaks as much.” Spieth, who led by two shots after seven holes of the final round 12 months ago before finishing second to Bubba Watson, came into the week having finished first, second and second in his last three events. And the 21-year-old has experience of winning tournaments by big margins after claiming the Australian Open by six shots in December and the Hero World Challenge by 10 a week later last December. “I just need to keep my head down, set a goal for myself,” the world number four added. “It’s definitely going to be more challenging and I am going to have to be aware of that and be okay with a bogey or two. “The hardest thing to do is put aside wanting to win so bad and just kind of going through the motions and letting my ball striking and putting happen. “I got off to a great start and had a chance to win last year on Sunday. I’d like to have that same opportunity this year. Again, this is only the halfway point and I’m aware of that. W hat I learned (last year) was patience. The weekend of a major, those rounds can often seem like two rounds in kind of the mental stuff that’s running through your head, the stress levels.” Spieth is just five months older than Tiger Woods was when he became the youngest Masters champion in 1997 and is playing at Augusta for only the second time. ” I got the awe factor out over six months before I even played the first time here,” he explained. “To get here and to play rounds ahead of time; to play the golf course and after getting into contention last year and seeing what Sunday in the final group was like, now it feels more like a regular event. “I think just having the experience of playing it a few times was all I needed to feel that way.” As the second round drew to a close, Spieth held a record-equalling five-shot lead over fellow American Charley Hoffman, who bogeyed the last to add a 68 to his opening 67. Ernie Els was another four shots back after a disappointing 72 with Tiger Woods on two under after a 69, his first sub-70 score at Augusta since the final round in 2011. “I have been there before but then again there’s a pretty big separation between first and third which I didn’t have back in 1997,” Woods said of Spieth. “He has played beautifully, I played with him and Ben (Crenshaw) on the back nine on Wednesday and it was just a matter of continuing that and he has. “Anything can happen here. You can play well and shoot over par, it’s one of those courses that does that to you.” Els added: ” Jordan is playing unbelievably well but we know how far there is to go. Front runners tend to do well here, but there have been some really good comebacks, so it’s a big weekend ahead. “I’d really like to shoot two 67s and see where that leaves me. That’d make me 15 under and that’s about as good as a man can do. “If it keeps blowing like this and the nerves get going… I don’t want to wish badly on anyone but if he takes his foot off the gas or has a bad break here and there, it really gives you thought of catching him.” Rory McIlroy’s bid to complete the career grand slam looked certain to end in disappointment, the world number one covering the front nine in 40 before a birdie on the 10th left him two over par and just inside the projected cut. Press Associationlast_img read more