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measles vaccination order will face legal challenge
Children’s Health Defense ( #CHD ) is supporting a #legal challenge to this #dangerous, #unprecedented #overreach. While the City has unquestionable authority to control #disease outbreaks, it may not violate the bedrock principle of prior, #free and #informed #consent to all #medical interventions, including #vaccines. This is a #fundamental #human #right. The City may #quarantine, #isolate, trace contacts and strongly urge vaccination, but it may not impose such a #draconian #mandate without demonstrating necessity, #reasonableness, #proportionality, harm avoidance, #non-discrimination, due process and equal protection. The #Commissioner has #failed to do this; the City’s actions violate #NewYork State law.I am not. this is how #democrats operate- by #force and #violence or the #threat of violence. It's in their #nature.
CHD board member Mary Holland commented, "I am shocked that Mayor #deBlasio would resort to such #police-state techniques to control an #outbreak of #measles. I don’t believe the City’s actions will withstand legal #scrutiny." CHD Chairman #RobertFKennedy Jr. is confident their legal challenge will prevail.
I am shocked...
#NYC #measles #ForcedVaccination
Fordham student dies after falling off clock tower
A private mass was held on campus on Sunday night for 22-year-old Sydney Monfries, who died after climbing inside the university iconic clock tower.
Monfries was just a few weeks away from graduation and earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fordham College at Rose Hill. Police said Monfries and her friends sneaked inside Keating Clock Tower around 3 a.m. on Sunday with designs on climbing to the top.
“It’s like a tradition, apparently, for seniors to sneak into the tower and climb up. And they were like trying to get good views of the city,” student Antonia Greene said.
#Fordham #News #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC #US #USA
Today the old City Hall station—closed since 1945—is popular with urban explorers. If you want to avoid a criminal trespass charge, you can take a sanctioned tour, available only to members of the New York Transit Museum. But be warned: Tickets only go on sale three times a year and sell out quickly.#nyc #newyorkcity #newyork #cityhall #subway #history #urbanhistory
The next round of tickets goes on sale to members on April 17. It is “one of our most popular behind-the-scenes tours,” says Regina Asborno, deputy director of the New York Transit Museum.
The bill passed by the New York City Council was the latest in a series of steps to ease cannabis restrictions as efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled.
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The bill passed by the New York City Council was the latest in a series of steps to ease cannabis restrictions as efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled.
Experts were not aware of other cities or states that have issued similar bans, even in states that have legalized marijuana.CreditCreditBryan Anselm for The New York Times
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Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council.
If the drug-screening law is enacted, it would put New York in relatively uncharted territory. Several drug policy and employment experts said that they did not know of similar laws on the books, even in states that have legalized marijuana.
In Maine, where voters approved legal recreational marijuana use, the law prevents employers from discriminating against people who have used cannabis, but it does not specifically regulate drug testing.
The Council’s bill would affect public and private employers in New York City, including companies with headquarters elsewhere, according to Jumaane D. Williams, the city’s public advocate and the bill’s sponsor. He said it was unclear exactly how many employers in the city screen employees for drugs and might be affected.
“I’m proud that the city has taken action where the federal and the state government have stalled,” Mr. Williams said on Thursday.
The legislation, which passed on Tuesday by a 40-to-4 vote, was the latest in a series of progressive steps that city officials have taken to ease cannabis restrictions as state lawmakers’ efforts to legalize marijuana have stalled.
In addition to Mr. Williams’s bill, the city also passed a bill that would stop the city from requiring marijuana testing for people on probation. Both bills are currently awaiting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature.
The mayor’s administration fully supports the employment bill, a spokeswoman for the mayor, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, said on Thursday. The employment screening bill would take effect one year after it is signed into law.
Not every employee would be exempt from drug testing if the bill becomes law. If workers appeared to be under the influence of marijuana at work, employers would still be permitted to drug test.
The bill also carves out exemptions for certain safety-sensitive industries, including law enforcement and construction, as well as jobs that require supervising children or medical patients.
The bill also would not stop federal and state employees or contractors, who are not under the city’s jurisdiction, from being tested. Nor would it end the drug-test requirements imposed by the federal government on transportation workers like truck drivers and pilots.
Dionna King, a policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, acknowledged that the range of exceptions could weaken the impact of the bill. Still, she said the bill was an important step toward ending the stigma attached to marijuana use.
“Through this legislation, there will still be a good number of folks who will no longer have to submit to testing just to get employment,” Ms. King said.
Pre-employment drug testing started to become increasingly common in the 1980s. Former President Ronald Reagan issued an executive order in 1986 that called for “drug-free workplaces” in the federal government, and mandated drug testing at federal agencies.
In 1988, the Drug-Free Workplace Act extended the policy to federal contractors and recipients of federal grants. From there, it ultimately spread to the private sector, pushed by advocates of strong antidrug policy, according to Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor at public policy at New York University.
By 2011, more than half of United States employers conducted drug screenings on all of their job candidates, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, a trade organization. Only 29 percent of employers did not conduct drug tests at all.
“It has become so normalized now,” Ms. King said. “People expect it as part of the hiring process.”
Employers defended the testing as a way to root out prospective workers whose drug use could have led to impaired judgment, lower productivity and higher absentee rates, according to Melissa J. Osipoff, a lawyer at the employment law firm Fisher Phillips.
But opponents to pre-employment drug screening believe that the practice is overly invasive and creates an unnecessary barrier to employment. Mr. Kleiman and Ms. King said there was little evidence that passing a drug test would be a predictor of an employee’s job performance.
In recent years, as attitudes toward marijuana have shifted, some employers began to reconsider their views on marijuana testing, Ms. Osipoff said.
Even in states that have legalized some form of marijuana, employers have felt pressed to reconsider drug-testing policies in order to hire competitively, Ms. Osipoff said.
“In states where it’s legal, they’ll tell you, ‘We can’t get good candidates if we test for marijuana,’” she said.
But Kathryn S. Wylde, 64, president of the Partnership for New York City, which represents business owners, called the bill an overreach by the City Council.
“This is another instance where City Council is interfering in the relationship between employees and employers,” she said.
Ms. Wylde, 64, said the bill would increase costs for global employers in particular, forcing them to modify existing policies to comply with the city’s law.
In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that he would push to legalize recreational marijuana this year. Though he had initially hoped to include the measure as part of the state budget, lawmakers were unable to reach a deal.
Mr. Williams said that while the state continued to negotiate legalization, it was important for the city to continue to enact what he viewed as sensible marijuana policy.
“If we want to be a progressive city, we have to really put these things into action,” he said.
Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest medical testing companies, released data on Thursday that said that marijuana use had risen among United States workers in 2018. An analysis of more than 10 million drug-test results showed that 2.3 percent of the American work force tested positive for marijuana use in 2018, up from 2 percent a year earlier.
Quest also said that the percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs was at its highest point since 2004.
The country’s growing acceptance of marijuana usage was likely to force employers to take a harder look at their drug-testing policies, Ms. Osipoff said. She expected that New York City’s bill would push employers across the country to consider broad changes.
“When New York City passes a law, that just gets employers talking,” she said.
One of the Council members who opposed the bill, Steven Mateo, a Republican of Queens, said he felt the city should not interfere with the private sector’s hiring discretion.
“I believe private businesses should have the power to determine their own hiring practices,” said Mr. Mateo, the City Council’s minority leader.
Mayor de Blasio Backs Legal Marijuana, With Caveats
Dec. 19, 2018
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How corporate interests frame new laws
Because I couldn't read the article yet, but still have a slight idea of what it may be about, I would like to ask you: Does anyone else have problems opening this link? It seems like it was deleted, because whenever I try to open it, it redirects me to the website itself. Still, there may be a similar article that has been published by the affiliate site The Rochester Democrat & Chonicle. Maybe it's the same article under a different header? I don't know.
#US #USA #CorporateInterest #Corporatism #CorporatismKills #Lobbyism #PaidPoliticians #Corruption #Crooked #Betrayal #Bribery #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC
New York City awaits first congestion price tax ever
Plans call for a six-member commission to decide how much motorists will get soaked for the privilege of sitting in Midtown traffic, with electronic readers automatically assessing the tolls.
Previous proposals have called for fees between $11 and $12 each for cars and $25 for trucks, and they could come in addition to other tolls for crossing New York City’s bridges and tunnels.
But as Manhattan’s streets grew increasingly clogged in recent years with Uber and Lyft drivers waiting for app-based hails, Gov. Cuomo warmed to the idea as a way to raise money for the crumbling subway system.
#NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC #News #Politics #CongestionCharge #CongestionPriceTax #SubwaySystem #US #USA
Bill de Blasio challenges Councilmember Kalman Yeger on Palestine comment
First: A letter to him, published by Mondoweiss.
You speak about Israel providing Jewish safety. Standing up for Israeli apartheid, as you have repeatedly done, does not promote safety. Quite the contrary. Our notion of safety is a city and a world in which all people feel and are safe. Yes, that means safety through solidarity with one another. That means safety by opposing all forms of injustice, which very much includes the injustice of occupation and the denial of a people’s right to live freely in their homes and their land.I feel like the only African-American Conservative Sen. who was asked about whether Kanye West's comment that slavery was a voluntary choice in the Southern states. It always gives me the creeps. On the one hand, I have a certain understanding of Israel and it's special needs in terms of security, especially when thinking of the Red Alerts when rockets are launched above Tel Aviv, but on the other hand, mtuual agitation towards violations of the opposite side will only worsen the situation. Oh, and also, the IDF should have a talk with their Social Media employee. Some of their Twitter posts are comparably pubescent.
In all your remarks, your lack of recognition of the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) of 1948, which refers to the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and land during the creation of Israel, reveals a gross disregard for the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people. That is also true about your lack of recognition (and denial) of the ongoing Nakba that Palestinians endure at the hands of a brutal Israeli government that disregards their basic civil and human rights.
Now, for what has happened, and what sparked the letter signed by oh-so many people. Of course the Haaretz has reported about it:
The tweet, which read, “Palestine does not exist. There, I said it again. Also, Congresswoman Omar is an anti-Semite. Said that too," was instantly met with backlash on social media and from city officials.Can you hear it? It sounds like: «Resign! Resign!»
In a radio interview, De Blasio later added that Yeger should apologize, saying that “people in public life should be about unifying people and finding ways to work together. What he is doing is the opposite, he should stop.”
City officials, including Council Speaker Cory Johnson, have said they believe Yeger should be removed from his position on the City Council’s immigration committee if he does not apologize.
#Israel #Palestine #Yeger #KalmanYeger #Brooklyn #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC #Omar #IlhanOmar #deBlasio #BillDeBlasio #US #USA #FreeIsrael #FreePalestine #News #Poltiics #Democrats #BlueWave
Most online salary data is suspect due to self-reporting and selection bias. We aggregate figures from actual offers made to engineers on Triplebyte in real-time. Senior software engineer: $175,000.…
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Weʼre showing base salary only. Companies also offer equity, annual bonus, signing bonus, relocation, and other benefits - which often add up to a substantial fraction of total compensation. However, itʼs disingenuous to compare these non-salary components on a single axis, and we advise candidates individually on these tradeoffs when comparing their offers.
Most online salary data is suspect due to self-reporting and selection bias. In contrast, we aggregate figures from all offers made to engineers on Triplebyte in real-time.
Engineers are at a fundamental disadvantage in salary and equity negotiations. They always know less than their hiring manager. We believe this is unfair.
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Amid her fights for environment, AOC forgets who got her in
“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” complained Roxanne Delgado, a local activist who said she has tried for months to get in touch with the congresswoman for help saving an animal shelter and to clean up parks in the district.Damn. This way, she is not going to be re-elected, and her opponent who recently threw her hat in the ring, is more likely to make the race. For Pete's sake, this cannto be true.
“I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there,” Anthony Vitaliano, a former cop and Community Board 11 member, said at a Feb. 28 board meeting.
Although Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about improving mail service in The Bronx this month, Vitaliano said he was still experiencing problems and waiting for her office to arrange a meeting with post-office management.
#NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC #Bronx #AlexFromTheBronx #News #Politics #House #HR #HouseOfRepresentatives #Aloof #AOC #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #OcasioCortez #US #USA
Republican woman intends to run against AOC after failed deal with Amazon
“ [AOC]chose ideology over paychecks,” swannabe candidate and medical journalist Ruth Papazian, noting that Amazon vowed to create 25,000 jobs before pulling out of its deal to open a campus in Queens. “People need jobs. We don’t have economic diversity in the outer boroughs.”Look at her picture in the article and then imagine her to tell you that you chose ideology over paychecks. Could you take her serious?
Anyway, but seriously: Amazon is known to employ people below the average payment of at least 12 Dollars or so. The warehouse conditions for employees are knowingly horrible, you cannot tell people that this was the most reasonable choice, to let Amazon create another headquarter in your borough because jobs were desperately needed. There have to be better choices, and AOC has to find them.
A daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Papazian said she would run on a platform of creating jobs, not chasing them away.When a Republican says that, it usually means lowering employee protection laws so that it will attract probable job creators. She won't win the next election.
Fellow Democratic resident Clara Figueras, 35, of Morris Park added, “This is my first time hearing [Papazian]name, so I’d have to do some research before I decided who I’d vote for. But honestly, I can tell you right now that Alexandria most likely will get my vote.At least she does some research, I approve of this.
#US #USA #NYC #NewYork #NewYorkCity #News #Politics #Bronx #AOC #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #OcasioCortez #Republican #Democrats #BlueWave #RedWave #Socialism #Communism #FreeMarket #AltarOfTheDollar #Bezos #JeffBezos #Amazon #HQ2
Anyone would like to join me?
This #2011 critique of #OccupyWallStreet ( #OWS ), published by the local, neighborhood, #NYC, #newspaper, #TheVillager, was very forward-looking, almost prophetic.
#BillWeinberg is a very misunderstood #leftist #journalist, because he is so critical of the #left. Imo, if more #leftists would listen to him, they/we would be stronger.
#PopulistRight vs. #CorporateRight
#capitalist #anticapitalist #rightism #leftism #populism #protest
Donald Trump Jr. defends Chelsea Clinton in standoff with NYU student on islamophobic comments
“I’m so sorry,” she said. “Certainly it was never my intention. I do believe words matter.”
Still, the student persisted in dressing down Clinton, claiming the shootings were “stoked by people like you.”
While it’s unclear which statements the student was referring, the exchange subsequently prompted a series of reactions on Twitter, including one from Drumpf Jr. who called it “sickening.”
Instead, he contended that he didn’t see white nationalism as much of an issue, speculating that the issue lies within “a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.”
#Trump #DonaldTrump #DonaldTrumpJr #Clinton #ChelseaClinton #Christchurch #NewZealand #NewYork #NYC #NewYorkCity #NewYorkUniversity #MassShooting #Islamophobia #Islam #Antisemitism #Religion #WordsMatter #LanguageMatters #News #Politics
Murdered mobster Frank Cali met murderer beforehand
Cali, 53, exited his home shortly before 9:20 p.m. Wednesday after a motorist in a blue pickup truck reversed the vehicle into the mobster’s parked Cadillac Escalade, causing it to “rock significantly,” Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea has said.
“It’s not like they came out, started a fistfight,” the high-ranking source said. “The importance of that is — it’s almost as if proof of the concept that hitting the car was contrived.”
Cali tried to escape the hail of bullets by hiding under the Cadillac, which initially led investigators to believe that he had been run over during the attack. Police no longer believe that was the case.
#NewYork #NewYorkCity #NYC #Mafia #News #FrankCarli #Murder #Homicide #Shootout #OrganisedCriminality #US #USA
Vice leader of Gambino family shot in Todt Hill section, pronounced dead in hospital
Investigators say 53-year-old Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was shot multiple times outside 25 Hilltop Terrace in the exclusive Todt Hill section shortly after 9:15 p.m.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had referred to Cali in court filings in recent years as the underboss of the Gambino organization, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia.
His only mob-related criminal conviction came a decade ago, when Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.
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One and half of a ton of Cocaine seized in ports of New York and Newark, NJ
(Just saying for the Trumpists who crave the wall along the US-Mexican border: No, the wall wouldn't have prevented these amounts of cocaine, because the wall doesn't extend overseas. Stick it in your pipe and smoke it: The wall wouldn't prevent the US from drug trafficking, even ships are more favourable for the dealers than the plain way across the landborder.)
The bust was part of a joint operation of the DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Police Department and New York State Police.
"This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children," said Troy Miller, CBP Director of New York Field Operations, in a statement.
On a national level, the volume of drugs seized at ports of entry and in the field has been fluctuating. Officials at the borders seized 6,550 pounds of cocaine in 2018, down from 9,346 pounds in 2017, but up from 5,473 pounds in 2016.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #NewYork #NYC #NewYorkCity #Newark #NewJersey #DrugTrafficking #Cocaine
Charges against NYPD officers in rape case dropped
Because the police are there to maintain law and order, how would they ever fall from grace by committing a misdemeanour on their own? This of course is impossible, thus, any charges against them were purely heretic! We all have to be glad this girl was taught her lesson, to never accuse the cops again.
(For those who didn't realise: I was being sarcastic)
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Rape Charges Dropped Against NYPD Cops Who Had Sex With Teen #ViaDiasporaNativeWebApp
Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg not going to run for president
(Unlike the former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Michael Bloomberg felled the right decision not to ruin his entire reputation by running as a self-financed candidate who embraces his so-called independence from anybody. No duties for Howie, huh?)
“I know what it takes to run a winning campaign, and every day when I read the news, I grow more frustrated by the incompetence in the Oval Office. I know we can do better as a country. And I believe I would defeat Donald Drumpf in a general election,” Bloomberg wrote. “But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”
“Many people have urged me to run. Some have told me that to win the Democratic nomination, I would need to change my views to match the polls,” Bloomberg wrote. “But I’ve been hearing that my whole political career.”
#US #USA #News #Politics #Election2020 #Elections2020 #GeneralElection #Bloomberg #MikeBloomberg #NYC #NewYork #NewYorkCity #Democrats #BlueWave
Alex from the Bronx moves to apt. in the Bronx
A day after residents at the Democratic congresswoman’s listed address told The Post they’d never seen her around, her spokesman on Sunday said she moved recently to a larger apartment “a block and a half away” with her boyfriend.
“A man was just arrested last week with a stockpile of guns specifically trying to kill me & others,”Ocasio-Cortez added in her tweet. “So yeah I’m not gonna disclose my personal address or tell people when I move. Sorry!.”
«Understandable, understandable // this is perfectly, understandable»
But as someone said in her tweet: A politician, especially a Rep., should live in the district he or she represents. Proximity to one's represented people is vitally important in such a relationship.
#US #USA #NYC #NewYork #NewYorkCity #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave #House #WhiteHouse #Congress #HouseOfRepresentatives #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #OcasioCortez #AOC #Bronx #AlexFromTheBronx #InDaHood
On AOC, the GOP, and ecnomics
“Frankly, if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district, ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that amount of money if we wanted to.”
As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio explained, the Amazon deal would have produced “$27 billion in new tax revenue to fuel priorities from transit to affordable housing — a nine-fold return on the taxes the city and state were prepared to forgo to win the headquarters.”
Think she and her allies have any idea how to, as her now infamous talking points put it, upgrade or replace “every building in America” … or replace “every combustible-engine vehicle” … or connect every corner of America with high-speed rail … or replace all fossil-fuel energy with alternative energy sources — all in 10 years’ time? Apparently, they think we just have to find all the magic pots of cash the government is hiding.
The difference is that some of the points she made in her Green New Deal refer to commands towards the privately owned companies. The government doesn't need to finance everything; sometimes, the actually responsible individuals have to be forced into doing their job. At least this plan could work out in the end. It simply has to, thus, many efforts have to be put in. Neither are there any second chances, nor is there any time left.
#US #USA #LeftWing #LeftWinged #News #Politics #Commentary #Economy #Economics #AoC #OcasioCortez #AlexandriaOcasioCortez #Socialism #Communism #GreenNewDeal #Amazon #LongIsland #NYC #NewYorkCity #NewYork #Gov #Government #Funding #DefiictSpending #MoneyPot
#news #US #Amazon #NewYork #NYC #AOC #SimonBlack #taxes #economics #finances
NYC Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invited by Amazon to ascertain herself about working conditions
"Is that culture of 'strict performance why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles & work while on food stamps to meet targets?'" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "'Performance' shouldn’t come at the cost of dehumanizing conditions. That’s why we got rid of sweatshops."
Ocasio-Cortez hasn't replied to Clark's invitation as of this writing, nor has she replied to requests for comment from the media. But! Let's not pretend like Amazon's totally innocent here.
Still, she should have accepted this invitation. Of course Amazon would have removed all the shameful evidences that proved her point, but at least, she wouldn't have looked like the one who bowed before her opponent.
#Amazon #Captialism #Neoliberalism #Corporatism #CapitalismKills #Corporatism #JeffBezos #Bezos #WarehouseBlues #WorkingConditions #Poverty #Exploitation #AOC #DemSoc #DemocraticSocialism #News #Politics #NYC #LongIsland #HQ2 #VulgarDisplayOfPower
However, a spokeswoman for [Cuomo's] office blasted Senate Democrats for #opposing "the greatest #economic #growth potential our state has seen in 50 years." Amazon has promised to create some 40,000 jobs at its new campus - jobs that reportedly will carry an average salary of $130,000.I bet there are other states that would take this #opportunity, as #NY continues to lose residents, business, economy suffering, etc, due to progressive policies. Maybe NY can just raise taxes to fix the subway instead.....
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding a small number of interviews for the Summer 2019 batch of YC in New York City on February 23. This will be the first in a series of interviews we do in…
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#HackerNews #interviews #nyc
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding a small number of interviews for the Summer 2019 batch of YC in New York City on February 23.
This will be the first in a series of interviews we do in cities outside the Bay Area. We’ll start with New York and will soon announce interview dates for other cities including Bangalore this spring and Tel Aviv in the fall.
These will be just like regular YC interviews in every way. There is no difference to the application, what we look for in an application, and our criteria for acceptance. If accepted, you’ll join the YC Summer 2019 batch immediately. The in-person program starts in June, but you’ll get funding and have access to YC partners and resources right away.
The deadline to apply to meet us in NYC is Friday, February 15 at 8pm PST. We’ll let you know if you’re invited to interview by February 20th.
We’re looking forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you think we should come to your city next, let us know.
Q: Can I apply to meet you in NYC even if I don’t live there?
Q: Does the the regular YC application deadline still stand?
A: Yes. This deadline is just to meet us in NYC. The normal application deadline is still March 25.
Q: What does it mean if I don’t hear from you by February 20?
A: If you don’t hear from us, it’s because your application is still under review. We’ll consider it for normal interviews in Mountain View and send you our decision by mid-April.
Q. I don’t live in one of these cities or I can’t make this application deadline. Should I still apply by the regular deadline? If I get invited to interviews in Mountain View does YC cover travel expenses?
A. Yes, and yes — as always, YC will reimburse travel expenses for teams that live outside of the Bay Area. You can read more about YC interviews here.
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LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli…
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LONDON (AP) — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The Associated Press has now learned of similar undercover efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm’s spyware.
The four others targeted by operatives include three lawyers involved in related lawsuits in Israel and Cyprus alleging that the company, the NSO Group, sold its spyware to governments with questionable human rights records. The fourth is a London-based journalist who has covered the litigation. Two of them — the journalist and a Cyprus-based lawyer — were secretly recorded meeting the undercover operatives; footage of them was broadcast on Israeli television just as the AP was preparing to publish this story.
All six of the people who were targeted said they believe the operatives were part of a coordinated effort to discredit them.
“There’s somebody who’s really interested in sabotaging the case,” said one of the targets, Mazen Masri, who teaches at City University, London and is advising the plaintiffs’ attorney in the case in Israel.
Masri said the operatives were “looking for dirt and irrelevant information about people involved.”
The details of these covert efforts offer a glimpse into the sometimes shadowy world of private investigators, which includes some operatives who go beyond gathering information and instead act as provocateurs. The targets told the AP that the covert agents tried to goad them into making racist and anti-Israel remarks or revealing sensitive information about their work in connection with the lawsuits.
NSO has previously said it has nothing to do with the undercover efforts “either directly or indirectly.” It did not return repeated messages asking about the new targets identified by the AP. American private equity firm Francisco Partners, which owns NSO, did not return a message from the AP seeking comment.
The undercover operatives’ activities might never have been made public had it not been for two researchers who work at Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog group that is based out of the University of Toronto’s Munk School.
In December, one of the researchers, John Scott-Railton, realized that a colleague had been tricked into meeting an operative at a Toronto hotel, then questioned about his work on NSO. When a second operative calling himself Michel Lambert approached Scott-Railton to arrange a similar meeting at the Peninsula Hotel in New York, Scott-Railton devised a sting operation, inviting AP journalists to interrupt the lunch and videotape the encounter.
The story drew wide attention in Israel. Within days, Israeli investigative television show Uvda and The New York Times identified Lambert as Aharon Almog-Assouline, a former Israeli security official living in the plush Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon.
By then, Scott-Railton and the AP had determined the undercover efforts went well beyond Citizen Lab.
Within hours of the story’s publication, Masri wrote to the AP to say that he and Alaa Mahajna, who is pursuing the lawsuit against NSO in Israel, had spent weeks parrying offers from two wealthy-sounding executives who had contacted them with lucrative offers of work and insistent requests to meet in London.
“We were on our guard and did not take the bait,” Masri wrote.
Masri’s revelation prompted a flurry of messages to others tied to litigation involving NSO. Masri and Scott-Railton say they discovered that Christiana Markou, a lawyer representing plaintiffs in a related lawsuit against NSO-affiliated companies in Cyprus, had been flown to London for a strange meeting with someone who claimed to be a Hong Kong-based investor. Around the same time, Masri found out that a journalist who had written about NSO was also invited to a London hotel — twice — and questioned about his reporting.
“Things are getting more interesting,” Masri wrote as the episodes emerged.
Like Almog-Assouline, the undercover operative the AP exposed in New York, the covert agents who pursued the lawyers made a string of operational errors.
The attempt to ensnare Alaa Mahajna, the lead lawyer in the Israeli suit, was a case in point.
On Nov. 26 he heard from a man who said his name was Marwan Al Haj and described himself as a partner at a Swedish wealth management firm called Lyndon Partners. Al Haj offered Mahajna an intriguing proposition. Al Haj said one of his clients, an ultra-rich individual with family ties to the Middle East, needed legal assistance recovering family land seized by Jewish settlers following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
“I believe you may be a good fit for this challenging task,” Al Haj wrote.
The request made sense. As a human rights lawyer based in Jerusalem, Mahajna has defended Palestinian activists and others at the receiving end of the Israeli government’s ire. But Mahajna became suspicious as he tried to learn more about the case. Al Haj was cagey about his client and seemed unwilling to provide any paperwork, Mahajna told the AP.
“Not even the basic stuff,” Mahajna said. “Usually people flood you with documents and stories.”
Mahajna said he was unsettled when Al Haj suddenly offered him an all-expenses-paid trip to London; no one had even asked him whether the case had any hope of success.
“At some point it was abundantly clear that this is not a bona fide approach,” Mahajna said.
Ten days later, Masri, the legal adviser in the Israeli lawsuit, received an email offering him a place on the advisory board of a Zurich-based company called APOL Consulting.
Masri became skeptical after he checked out the company’s website. Consulting firms typically trade on their employees’ intelligence and skill, so Masri expected the company’s site to prominently display the names, headshots and qualifications of its staff.
“Here there wasn’t even a name of one human,” he said.
When Masri turned down the position on APOL’s board, the representative who’d contacted him — a man who called himself Cristian Ortega — pressed Masri to see him in London anyway.
“I would consider it a privilege to have a chance to meet you in person for a friendly chat,” Ortega said in a Jan. 7 email. “No strings attached of course.”
Masri said that by then he and Mahajna had come to believe that Ortega and Al Haj were fictions and that their companies were imaginary.
But they didn’t yet know how widespread the covert operations were.
The undercover agents got a little further with Christiana Markou, the lawyer who is pursuing the Cypriot case against NSO-affiliated entities.
Her lawsuit, like Mahajna’s, draws heavily on reports by Citizen Lab that found that NSO spyware had been used to break into the phones of the Mexican activists and journalists who are the plaintiffs in both cases.
Markou told the AP she was approached over email Dec. 21 by a man who presented himself as Olivier Duffet, a partner at Hong Kong-based ENE Investments.
Duffet was ostensibly interested in inviting Markou — a leading data protection and privacy lawyer in Cyprus — to give a lecture at a conference. Markou said she proposed discussing the lecture over Skype, but he insisted on an in-person meeting in London, eventually flying her out, putting her up in a fancy hotel and chatting for a little more than an hour.
Most of the discussion revolved around the proposed lecture — but then Duffet suddenly pivoted to the NSO case, asking her whether she felt the lawsuit was winnable and who was funding it.
Markou said she “gave either incorrect answers or expressly refused to answer” because she found his questions suspicious.
Yet another target, Eyad Hamid, a London-based journalist who wrote a story about NSO, said he was also invited to a London hotel on two separate occasions to discuss his coverage of the Israeli company.
The purported company used in the operation targeting him was Mertens-Giraud Partners Management, which was described as a Brussels-based wealth management firm.
Neither MGP — nor any of the other companies — truly existed. The AP’s searches of the Orbis database of some 300 million companies, local corporate registries and trademark repositories turned up no trace of a Swiss firm called APOL, a Swedish company called Lyndon partners, a Belgian company called Mertens-Giraud or a Hong Kong-based firm named ENE Investments. Local phone books didn’t carry listings for a Zurich-based man named Cristian Ortega, a Hong Kong-based man named Olivier Duffet or anyone in Sweden bearing the name Marwan Al Haj.
There was no hint of APOL when the AP visited its supposed office not far from Zurich’s central train station; tenants said they’d never heard of the company. It was the same story in Hong Kong; a management representative at the Central Building, where ENE Investments was supposedly located, said he didn’t know anything about the company. An AP journalist wasn’t able to speak to anyone at Mertens-Giraud’s alleged office on Brussels’ Rue des Poissoniers; the entire building was boarded up for renovations.
At the modern office block in downtown Stockholm where Lyndon Partners claimed to have its headquarters, service manager Elias Broberger said he could find no trace of the wealth management firm.
“It says they are located here,” Broberger said as he examined Lyndon Partners’ professional-looking website. “But we don’t have them in any of our systems: not the booking system; not the member system. We don’t bill them; they don’t bill us.
“I can’t find them.”
Who hired the undercover agents remains unclear, but their operational and digital fingerprints suggest they are linked.
The six operatives all began approaching their targets around the same time with individually tailored pitches. Their bogus websites followed the same patterns; all of them were hosted on Namecheap and many were bought at auction from GoDaddy and used the Israeli web design platform Wix. The formatting of the websites was similar; in at least two instances — MGP and Lyndon Partners — it was identical. Even the operatives’ email signatures were the same — consisting of three neatly packed, colorful lines consisting of a phone number, web address and email.
The operatives’ LinkedIn pages were similar, too, featuring men in sunglasses shot from a distance, facing away from the camera, or at unusual angles — a tactic sometimes use to frustrate facial recognition algorithms.
Despite the indications that the undercover agents are all linked, there is no conclusive evidence who they might work for. An Israeli television channel, Channel 12, broadcast a report on Saturday claiming that an Israeli private investigation firm, Black Cube, had been investigating issues around the lawsuits against NSO. The TV channel showed secretly shot footage of the Cypriot lawyer, Markou, and the London journalist, Hamid, which matched the pair’s description of their encounters with undercover agents.
The TV segment was critical of the lawyers suing NSO, and quoted NSO founder Shalev Hulio in an interview accusing Markou and her colleagues of pursuing the lawsuits as a “PR exercise.”
NSO has previously denied hiring Black Cube, and Black Cube in a letter sent last month to the AP said it was not involved in the effort to ensnare researchers at Citizen Lab. “Black Cube had nothing to do with these alleged events,” the letter said, adding that no one acting on the company’s behalf did either.
Black Cube does have a possible tie to Almog-Assouline, the man who held the hotel meeting about NSO in New York. During a long-running Canadian legal battle between two private equity firms — Catalyst Capital and West Face Capital — one man caught up in the litigation said he recognized Almog-Assouline because he’d been approached by the same operative under a different identity several years ago.
“I recognized the individual, down to the accent and the anecdotes,” said the man, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
In court filings, Black Cube has acknowledged dispatching agents to meet with “various individuals” involved in in the private equity firms’ feud. But it’s unclear if other investigations firms might also have done work connected to the two companies’ legal battle.
Black Cube did not respond to repeated questions about whether it had ever employed Almog-Assouline. The firm previously drew international opprobrium for its unrelated work protecting the reputation of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Almog-Assouline himself denied working for Black Cube when two AP reporters confronted him in New York last month.
He has refused to answer any questions since.
When an AP reporter rang the door at his penthouse in Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon a week ago, a woman who identified herself as his wife said he wasn’t home. When the reporter followed up with a phone call to Almog-Assouline, he said: “I have no interest in speaking to you.”
Aron Heller in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, David Keyton in Stockholm, Sweden, Jamey Keaten in Zurich, Vincent Yu in Hong Kong, Sylvain Plazy in Brussels, Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Meneloas Hadjicostis in Nicosia, Cyprus, contributed to this report.
Documents related to the undercover operation: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:42174-Citizen-Lab-Undercover-Op
Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.com
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Infamous Brooklyn prison restored electricity
While the prison's statement said that "staff are working to restore the facility to normal operations," New York governor Andrew Cuomo has asked for the Department of Justice to investigate the prison and the circumstances leading up to the power outage.
I hope for this facility that it was not due to public failure. Because so far, what I have heard is that the privately owned prisons provide higher standards than the public ones do. Of course this is due to the fact that taxpayers' money has to be utilised rationally, and not wasted big-time so that there are hardly any saves for bad times, but on the other hand, it should be clear to see that the money was spent for good, and not for nothing.
The trouble began on Jan. 27 when an electrical panel caught fire at the prison, cutting off power to part of the facility. According to facilities workers, the prison then shifted to emergency power rather than generator power as the generator switch had melted in the fire.
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An insight on El Chapo's confinement
Instead I’m asking the court to force MCC NY to respect human dignity, the First Amendment, federal regulations, and other human and civil rights.
Just in case you wondered about the US' comprehension of the state of human rights enforcement: They incarcerate human rights activists as well, but fortunately managed to move him to end his hunger strike. After reading these first chapters, I wonder if they let the same thing happen as what happened with former Irish MP Bobby Sands., but with other human rights activists.
The prison transferred Spanish-speaking staff to his unit in case he ever let something slip in his native language. This also seemed to be part of a “good cop, bad cop” routine. They vacated the cell next to his in an apparent effort to reduce his conversational options. They seemed to hope that he’d get lonely and decide to speak to prison staff.
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#Brooklyn inmates freeze to death during polar vortex in richest country on earth
The commissary, where they can buy additional warm clothing and snacks, has also been closed down, due to the limited electricity.
Former supervising paralegal Rachel Gregory told Quartz that colleagues report accounts of “people sitting in darkness and in freezing temperatures all day long,” with the jail on temporary lockdown, or served cans of sardines rather than ordinary meals.
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Cuomo's planned legalisation on marijuana may be postponed
“With eight states now having enacted regulatory structures and launched consumer sales over the last five years, it’s certainly less of an unknown now. We’re happy to share w/you best practices&encourage you to review our core attributes,” the pro-marijuana group NORML responded on Twitter.
“You are welcomed to send any info, you believe is helpful to this process, but please have some patience. As a person of color, let alone the speaker of assembly it is disappointing that I am being scolded about a 6 week time-frame. This issue is deeply personal to me,” Heastie (D-Bronx) responded to NORML.
I wonder what this has got to do with his skin colour has got to do with it. Or does he refer to the correlation of drug abuse, a lower social standing and the byproduct that most of the lower social classes that are more likely to suffer from drug addictions are minorities? Then, this would make sense, and I guess that this was his main intention to stating it this way.
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She was released today, will stay in NY for the rally,
protesting her unjust detention
Yemen on the Edge @YemenEdge
Join the Global Day Of Action By Protesting Against Human Rights Violations For Marzieh Hashemi In #NYC [Grand Central Station, 89E 42st New York @ 5:30pm] https://twitter.com/YemenEdge/status/1088459177322631169